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"God" Usopp

Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (JP), Sonny Strait (EN, Funi), Jason Griffith (EN, 4Kids), Jaime Meldrum (EN, Odex, episode 9-53), Chuck Powers (EN, Odex, episode 54-104); Aldo Lugo, Rolando de la Fuente (OP Gold) (Latin American Spanish); Pepe Carabias (SP)

Age: 17 (Pre-Timeskip), 19 (Post-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 23 (Manga), Episode 8 (Anime)

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"The captain is a man who can change lies into the truth!!"
Click here to see his Pre-Time Skip appearance 

"There... Comes a time when a man has to stand and FIGHT!! This is the time when his friend's dreams are laughed at. Luffy won't die... I KNOW he'll be the pirate king one day. I WON'T LET YOU LAUGH AT THAT!!"

A rather boastful seventeen/nineteen year-old who likes to tell tall tales, Usopp serves as the crew's sharpshooter, and previously served as the (barely competent) repairman for the Going Merry. He's the son of Yasopp, a sharpshooter serving under Shanks, and comes from the East Blue. He becomes the third of Luffy's recruits after the latter protects Syrup Village from Kuro. At first a cowardly liar with self-esteem issues, Usopp grows to be a dependable part of the crew. He specializes in the use of a slingshot, called the Galaxy Slingshot (Ginga Pachinko), which he replaced with the Kabuto and later the Black Kabuto. These slingshot, coupled with his talent in tricking enemies, and his absurd sniping skills, make him a redoubtable sniper able to intervene at a very long range.

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His dream is to better himself and become a brave warrior of the seas, and while he's now quite brave, the challenges he faces have grown accordingly, meaning he usually keeps his usual attitude. According to Oda, he is the physically-weakest member of the crew, and his worries about not being able to keep up with the stronger members, with the resulting inner turmoil from that, put him at odds with Luffy during one story arc, and ultimately resulted in the creation of an alter ego dubbed Sogeking (a pun on "Sogeki" (Sniping) and "King", "Sniper King" in the English versions) which he uses to draw on his inner strength and courage.

His bounty is 200,000,000 Berries.note 

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  • 10-Minute Retirement: In the CP9 saga, he resigns from the Straw Hat Crew because of Luffy's decision to get a new ship which Usopp was vehemently against. He returns to the group after giving a heartfelt apology for his actions.
  • Abnormal Ammo:
    • It was one thing to be shooting hot sauce and gas bombs, among other things. Now he's shooting seeds which instantly grow into man-eating plants.
    • He defeats Sugar a second time by shooting a bizarre capsule-like contraption that opens up to reveal a drawing of himself doing a recreation of their previous fight, causing her to faint.
  • Accidental Aiming Skills: At first, as he discovered his genuine aiming skills by nailing a far away rock formation with a cannon by complete accident.
  • Achilles in His Tent: Water 7 and Enies Lobby, as a result of Luffy changing ships and feeling that he'll always lag behind the others.
  • All Up to You: During the Dressrosa arc, he's the only one left who can defeat Sugar and break the spell on all the humans-turned-toys. Unfortunately, that much pressure causes him to run away but their repeating his lies of his greatness forces him to go back, admit the truth, and then try his damnedest to win against Sugar. He does.
    • This is sort of Usopp's thing, actually, as he frequently comes in clutch to save the day when it's least expected.
  • Answers to the Name of God: While on Dressrosa he gains the title of "God Usopp". Later, it becomes his real title when the marines recognize him by this name.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Taking one look at his Pinocchio-like nose should tell you he's a liar.
    • A long nose is also evocative of the tengu, mythological creatures notorious for being boastful.
  • Aura Vision: His "Observation Haki" allows him to see people's auras.
  • Audience Surrogate: According to Oda, this is why he will always be designated as the weakest of the crew as his power level makes him relatively close to a real person. He tends to reflect how a real person might act and fight if placed in the One Piece world.
  • Badass Beard: He grows a goatee during the Time Skip.
  • Badass Boast:
    • "I am the great Captain Usopp! I have destroyed entire islands with my 8000 followers!" Come the Dressrosa Arc, he did destroy an island... a False Utopia created with Sugar's toy powers and maintained by Doflamingo and his pirates, with 8000 Tontatta dwarves supporting him.
    • Now in the manga: "It's true, I've deteriorated... I used to lie a lot more... NOW I CAN ACTUALLY DO THOSE THINGS!" Hell yeah.
    • Hilariously subverted in chapter 695: "I'll take on any enemy with their back to us!"
    • Right before sniping from halfway across Dressrosa to save Luffy and Law from Sugar's Ret Gone powers: "I'm the sniper; support is glory! Unnoticed by others, I shoot down the enemy to protect my friends!"
  • Badass Bookworm: His creative engineering has resulted in the creation of both the Clima-Tact and Kabuto. He also appears to have some knowledge concerning chemistry, being solely responsible for manufacturing the highly innovative slingshot pellets, or "stars", that he uses for ammunition.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Prior to the time skip, Usopp wore a bandanna and while he was a coward, he still had his badass moments when the chips were down.
  • Badass Normal: He doesn't have the Devil Fruit superpowers of Luffy, Robin, Brook, and Chopper, the cybernetic enhancements of Franky, or the super-strength of Zoro and Sanji, but he's still capable of challenging opponents much stronger than him... when he gathers the courage to do so, that is.
    • He's also got perhaps the highest pain tolerance of the entire crew, which really says a lot. He remained conscious after his battle in Alabasta which included every single bone in his body breaking. It comes up again in One Piece Film: Strong World where the Big Bad wipes out the whole crew by crushing them in stone and leaving them all unconscious...except Usopp.
    • It's implied that after the Time Skip, confronting fearsome opponents is less of a problem for him now. You know, comparatively. It takes a much higher level of threat to scare him than it used to, even relative to the higher levels of threat the crew is actually facing now, and sometimes he's quicker to overcome his fear.
  • Bad Liar: Alternates between this and Consummate Liar. Everyone knows when he's lying and their only reaction is either with a snarky remark or comical hit to Usopp's head.
  • Becoming the Boast: Post-Time Skip. In Dressrosa, Usopp takes out a key officer of the Doflamingo Family not once but twice. One so vital to their enemy's plan that she was guarded night and day by an Elite Officer. The first time he does it through luck. But the second? He snipes her from the other side of a country with a bullet designed to target her mental trauma. "Sniper King" indeed.
    • It's also a running theme for him. When he was introduced, he'd frequently tell lies and stories to frighten enemies, amaze children, and entertain his friend. After going on adventures with the Straw Hats, he'd keep finding strange situations that he'd completely made up like a monstrously huge gold fish and over time each one of his stories began to be something he'd be able to retell as truth. With the above The result of taking out Sugar means he'd in one fell swoop liberated Dofamingo's entire slave force, exposed the true nature of his rule over the country, and gained the devotion and admiration of every slave that benefited. In other words, he "brought a country to its knees with his army of thousands of followers".
  • Big Damn Heroes: To himself with his own alter ego.
    • Sogeking saving Robin while she was on the brink of the Gates of Justice certainly counts.
    • When he returns in the Time Skip, he rescues Nami from her fake doppelgänger and reunites with her.
    • In Dressrosa, he saves Robin from being stripped naked by gnomes... off-screen. Yeah, that's right! When the gnomes are about to take her clothes, they immediately stop as one of gnomes tells them to stop. The reason: Usopp lied to them that he is their hero and he mentioned that Robin is his friend. Usopp himself doesn't even appear in that chapter.
  • Bond Breaker: The entire argument and fight between himself and Luffy over leaving or keeping a heavily-damaged Merry. Why do you count him here? The entire debacle happened before we found out that Merry was sentient. note 
  • Brainy Brunette: Despite being a constant liar and Lovable Coward, Usopp has proven to be a brilliant inventor and adequate battle tactician.
  • Brats with Slingshots: As a 17 year old kid, Usopp's personal weapon of choice was a simple slingshot rather than the guns most other snipers use. Despite being seemingly mundane, it's a very dangerous and effective weapon in his hands. Even after several upgrades (including utilizing a sling-staff) and a Timeskip, Usopp will still fall back on the classic slingshot when he needs to.
  • Butt-Monkey: Every now and then. A Running Gag seems to feature him refusing to go into a dangerous place out of fear, or getting himself in the most dangerous situations either by accident or by his crewmates.

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  • Calling Your Attacks: While everyone in the series does this, Usopp occasionally exploits this trope by deliberately miscalling his attacks.
  • Can't Catch Up: Part of the reason he temporarily leaves the crew in the Water 7 arc. He began to feel he was more a burden then anything else.
  • The Cape: Sogeking is a parodied-yet-straight example. On one hand, his first action as Sogeking is to volunteer his services because the Straw Hat-Franky Family alliance was trying to rescue a Damsel in Distress. His Sogeking persona is likewise more heroic and professional, and yes, he wears a cape. On the other hand, he takes this persona on because he can't swallow his pride and help as "Usopp, former Straw Hat", his former crewmates think he's nuts (except for Luffy and Chopper who were respectively too oblivious and too childish to realize Sogeking was Usopp), and the theme song is played for cheesiness.
  • Character Development: Usopp becomes a more confident fighter and loses a some of his cowardice with each new arc. The most important steps of this development happen during the Dressrosa Arc, where he admits his own cowardice and learns about his role as sniper of the crew.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: Because of how he left the crew, Usopp made up the Sogeking persona so he could join in the rescue mission. Everyone except Luffy and Chopper sees through the Paper-Thin Disguise.
  • Chick Magnet: Despite being a Lovable Coward, Usopp attracts women at parties.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: A subtler example than most. The best example of this is when he, Zoro, and Brook are trapped in a suspended cage in Ryugu Palace and Brook explains his newfound ability to extend his soul over long distances. He also explains that his soul can travel through solid objects, including walls, to which he begins to have a small nosebleed, indicating that he used this ability to peep on girls over the duration of the timeskip. Usopp begins crying to Zoro, stating that Brook was, "making him jealous." The "chivalrous" part also comes in when he sees Nami naked and politely thanks her.
  • Confusion Fu: Mixes a bit of this into his fighting style, including calling the wrong attack names and randomly attacking his opponents with a Rubber Band Of Doom. Psyching his opponent out is an important part of his fighting style, as when he beats Perona by convincing her he can lift a 10-ton hammer (an inflatable balloon which explodes on impact – by which time she has fainted) and taking out an opponent with one blow from his "5-ton hammer" before that – two frying pans and a stick wrapped in foil.
  • Consummate Liar: Alternates between this and Bad Liar. Usopp never leaves a chance to tell a big lie about himself. Unfortunately for him, this gets deconstructed in his character introduction when he tries to warn Kaya about Kuro. He begins to gradually stop doing this after some Character Development.
  • Covert Pervert: While not as bad as Sanji or Brook, Usopp shows a subtle but very strong perverted side.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's usually the first Straw Hat to turn around and haul ass when something dangerous is going on. It's only when he's in his element (and far away from the battle site) does he provide useful aid for his friends. But once the fights end and his bravado wears off, he's normal Usopp once more. He's slowly overcoming this after the Time Skip, completing his Character Development by admitting of being a coward.
  • The Cracker: The gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre - Red-Hair of Class 3-Sea Time" depicts him as a school delinquent hacker who plans to hack into the world's Transponder Snail system for presumably nefarious reasons.
  • Crazy-Prepared: His fight with Luffy shows us what Usopp can really pull off with a little prep time and prior knowledge of his opponent, to the point of going toe to toe with Luffy despite the latter being overwhelmingly stronger. Then, he make a hundred ways to apologize to him. Spent days doing that. In the end, none of them were of any use, but intention is what matters. In many fights, such as the ones against Perona and Daruma, Usopp proves of being able to plan on the spot.
  • Crying Wolf: He's introduced as a guy who often warns the inhabitants about pirate's arrival, but it's all a lie he says as protective mechanism to cheer her mom, since his father has left to become a pirate. Since he lies about it every day, it comes back to bite him in the ass when pirates really do come to his island and no one believes him.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Usopp's dad, Yasopp, left him and his mother, Banchina, behind to become a pirate (though with her consent). His mother fell ill shortly after. He started telling lies about his dad returning to cheer his mom up, but she died anyway. He kept lying as a protective mechanism, which turned him into an outcast routinely chased by his neighbors in the village he grew up in (but it turned out that said neighbors really did appreciate him, as his constant shouting about pirates served as their alarm clock and reminder to get ready for the day).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even Usopp has his moments, particularly when paired with Luffy.
  • Does Not Like Spam: In his first-ever interaction with Sanji, he explains that he hates mushrooms due to getting food poisoning from eating them once. Oda being Oda, he naturally remembers this little factoid some seventy-odd volumes later, in a question corner listing the Strawhats' most-liked and hated foods.
  • Drop the Hammer: The few attacks that don't involve his slingshots seem to be this; a slight subversion in that most of his hammers are anything but deadly, just large hammers that actually weight a couple of pounds. Although both of them seem to have some sort of psychological effect on the target. The only hammer to play it straight it his simple hammer.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • The French manga has him renamed "Pipo" (a word for "lie") to keep the Meaningful Name.
    • The Funimation dub and Viz manga change his alter ego's name from Sogeking to "Sniper King".
    • The German anime and manga renamed him Lysop, a reference to the word "lie" (Lüge).
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: His signature Gag Nose is just noticeably pointy and considerably shorter in his debuts. After a bit of Art Evolution, it eventually rounded itself into the one we now all know.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: As of Dressrosa, Usopp now has Observation Haki and can use it to see and hit very distant targets.
  • Enhanced Archaic Weapon: The Kabuto slingshot incorporates a breath dial that serves to increase the shot velocity and to add a spin on the projectile for better stability. The Kuro Kabuto/Black Kabuto is a Living Weapon, incorporating a carnivorous plant called the Chomping Grass into its structure, which Usopp has trained to gather rubble for use as ammunition. It can also be used to launch multi-stage rockets.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero:
    • His tall tales eventually gained him this status in Skypiea, where cover stories show a "Rubber Band Land" (as he'd claimed he'd destroyed the Giant Jack with his "Usopp Rubber Band") featuring a statue of himself looking not unlike Shandian hero Calgara. A running gag is that more and more of his lies come true as the series goes on.
    • Sogeking also counts.
      "On the Sniper Island, I was born. A hundred shots, a hundred hits! Lu lu lala lu Even a mouse's eye, lock on! Even your heart, lock on! The man who came from the Sniper Island lululu lala lu Run away! Sogesogesoge Sogeking!"
    • It's gotten even more ludicrous as the Dressrosa arc continues as he is dubbed "God Usopp", the roof of the weapons factory collapsing is perceived to be his miracle by the gladiator convicts, and Doflamingo issues the highest bounty to him out of the twelve that have been a massive hindrance to his plans for "defeating" Sugar alone. Bartolomeo was squeeing at being in the presence of "Sogeking": the man who set the World Government flag aflame.
  • Fantastic Flora: Some of the Pop Green plants are quite strange, such as a plant that has a bouncy bubble on it and a wolf-shaped bushes, the bulbs of which release shock waves.
  • Flower Motifs: According to Yuriko Yamaguchi (Robin's voice actress), Usopp's flower is the daisy, which represents innocence, loyalty, and (alternatively) dishonesty. He's a Kiddie Kid who's a Friend to All Children, utterly devoted to Luffy and crew despite his cowardice, and a Consummate Liar.
  • Foil: To Luffy. He and Luffy are around the same age and were inspired by the same pirate crew each with their own idol (Shanks with Luffy, Yassop with Usopp). While they get along quite well, their underlying dispositions are quite the opposite; Luffy is a fearless pirate captain with absurd strength, while Usopp aspires to be a great pirate captain but is often hampered by his cowardice and weakness. Luffy is a barehanded fighter who often fights close range while Usopp is a long ranged fighter who prefers to be in the shadows.
  • Fragile Speedster: An odd case. He's a living double-subversion; he's not exactly super fast and not exactly fragile. He does run very fast, but more on par with a real-life Olympic sprinter than the superhumanly fast Monster Trio and Brook. He also will go down with a few hard hits, which is deemed "fragile" in the One Piece world... but considering those blows come from people who can punch holes in concrete, he's really not that fragile either.
  • Freudian Excuse: His constant lying started when his father, Yasopp, left him and his mother, Banchina (with her consent) to become a pirate. Shortly after, Banchina fell ill, so Usopp would shout that "pirates are coming!" to cheer her up until she died. He continued lying ever since as a psychological defense mechanism.
  • Friendly Sniper: He fits the trope to a T. Usopp is very personable and cheerful, always hanging with Luffy to have some fun together, and he has a knack for making friends at the right moment which has saved the day more than once. He can still snipe you from kilometers away far above the range of most guns.
  • Friend to All Children: While all the crew are friendly to kids, Usopp is the most openly helpful, giving advice and offering aid publicly, while the other main defender of children, Zoro, cloaks his in a stern, emotionless facade.
  • Friendly Target: Suffered through this during the Water 7 arc.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: His main contribution to the crew. He notably made and upgrades his and Nami's weapons.
  • Gag Nose: A distinguishing feature and helps liken him to Pinocchio, also famous for lies.
  • Generation Xerox: Like his father, Usopp is the marksman of his crew and follows under a captain who wears a straw hat.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Inverted. Usopp wears goggles and they do come in handy whenever Usopp is making another invention or aiming at a target from a considerably long distance.
  • Gonk: A downplayed example. Usopp's bug eyes, long nose and large lips make him distinctly cartoonish-looking, which is especially noticeable when compared to the other "ordinary" men on the crew Zoro and Sanji, who are both drawn to be very handsome.
  • Green Thumb: After the Time Skip, he's able to fire off Pop Green seeds which immediately sprout things ranging from man-eating plants, to seaweed, to bamboo spears.
  • Heavy Voice: Has one after gaining weight on the Bowin Islands. He loses the voice when he burns off the weight and then some though, gaining quite a lot of pure muscle over those 2 years.
  • Hero Worship: He idolized his father Yasopp, even after his father left the family to become a pirate. Usopp later has a similar idolism towards the Giant Warrior Race of Elbaf.
  • Hope Spot: When Doflamingo initiated Birdcage, Usopp expresses relief that he wasn't one of the targets... except Doflamingo was saving the best for last: he ranked Usopp as the highest target of them all.

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  • Iconic Outfit: His original brown overalls with the bandanna and goggles as well as his first Time Skip outfit, the baggy yellow overalls.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills:
    • He's able to take out soldiers several hundred yards away while standing on the roof of a building that's a good couple hundred feet tall. While it was very windy. With a goddamn slingshot/staff thing. Notably, the soldiers he's shooting at point out that even if they were able to aim reliably at this distance, their rifles couldn't shoot that far.
    • And now he topped that by sniping Doflamingo's key ally Sugar from one country away. With another goddamn slingshot/staff thing! King of Snipers indeed...
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He often alternates between bragging and being either cowardly (when played for laughs) or deeply insecure in his skills (when it isn't). This has lessened with Character Development during and after the Water 7 arc.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: One of his defining traits and an essential part of his Overshadowed by Awesome neurosis. He's good at quite a bit, but there's a crew member that's better at it (except sniping). He can cook and has a decent sense of strategy (look at what he did in his fight with Luffy), but Sanji is the supreme chef and a genius tactician. He's shown some talent for stealth and deception, but Nami is a master thief and people actually believe her lies. He's an inventor and shipwright, but Franky rebuilt himself into a cyborg and created a Cool Ship with a Wave Motion Gun. He's competent at medical care (he's usually assisting in operation and the like) and a versatile fighter, but Chopper is a super doctor and has a devil fruit that allows him to do almost anything in a fight. And he's (surprisingly) physically resilient and has shown a good deal of charisma, but Luffy is made of Heroic Spirit and has warmed the hearts of people who have wanted him dead. Overall, he's the weakest fighter of the group, and when it comes to being one of the smart/crafty guys. Even his gift at ranged combat is unfortunate, as he lives in a world where Annoying Arrows seem to be the rule, and every fight of importance is resolved face to face.
    • At the same time, he's a useful member because of this trope, considering how, at any point, when a crew member needs help, he is almost always the crew member to go to. With the above in mind, even though everyone is better at a certain thing than him, that doesn't mean he's bad at any of the above: on the contrary, he's quite skilled. The weakest crew member status is only really there because he doesn't specialize in one fighting style that isn't sniping. Otherwise, why the hell do you think he has Haki?
      • In terms of trades, he takes up every role that isn't already occupied by a specialist. A short list would include designing the Straw Hats' skull-and-crossbones and painting it on the Going Merry, creating various weapons and ammo (including mastering some very esoteric technologies to do so), creating functional diving bells out of crap that was lying around the ship, cutting the crew's hair (along with Robin), fishing (along with Luffy and Chopper), cooking (apparently he's the best male cook in the crew besides Sanji), amateur carpentry, and that's all on top of his dedicated role of manning the cannons.
  • Jerkass Realization: The first major step is his Character Development is him realizing how much of a Dirty Coward his act of turning and running when the crew fights Arlong's forces really is.
  • Kiddie Kid: Usopp was introduced as a 17-year-old young man who spent his time hanging out with a bunch of 8 year olds and told outrageous lies for no real reason other than the fun of it (and, due to Parental Abandonment, as psychological defense). Part of his character development is him turning from this into a true man like his father.
  • Lamarck Was Right: His new badassery (despite being the weakest of the crew) actually makes sense when you consider his pedigree. His dad Yasopp is the sniper of an Emperor's crew.
  • Large Ham: He's very theatrical when boasting and reacts exaggeratedly to the strange things he assists to. When he's being Sogeking that he becomes even hammier.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Whenever he cowardly retreats from a fight and then calls all of his courage to go back and fight, he always receives a beating, almost as a punishment for his cowardice and boasting. He still manages to win these fights, though.
  • Leitmotif: Usopp Eyecatcher.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Sogeking. Also, other Straw Hats have fought Luffy, but because of some misunderstanding or starting out as a villain. Usopp is the only one who has ever challenged Luffy to a duel – and taught him the seriousness of being a captain in the process.
  • Like Father, Like Son: An infamous sniper working for an infamous captain. Sounds like his old man, Yasopp, the sniper of the Red Hair Pirates.
  • Lovable Coward: In Chapter 695, he says this:
    Usopp: Leave all wounded enemies with their backs to us to me!
  • Made of Iron: Being the weakest doesn't stop him from getting beaten up just as bad as the Monster Trio. Sometimes even worse. But that usually doesn't stop him.
  • Magnetic Hero: It's strange, but there have been a number of times when the Straw Hats would've been screwed without Usopp showing up with new allies. His "8000 followers" boast might actually come true one day.
    • He turned Oimo and Kashi against the Marines at Enies Lobby in the nick of time.
    • In Dressrosa, he leads an army of dwarves.
    • After saving the toys, they change back to their original forms and they worship him like Jesus (not the Burgess guy). And they follow his command.
  • Manchild: Not to the extent of Luffy (because who possibly could match Luffy as a Manchild anyway?), but he's still this after the Timeskip (before then, he qualifies as more of a Kiddie Kid). Aside from Chopper and the aforementioned Luffy, he's the one most likely to be seen goofing around, playing silly pranks, and getting excited over boyish things like robots despite almost being in his 20's.
  • Mask of Confidence: How Sogeking works, he literally wears a mask and use the Sogeking alias to feel brave and more confident in his ability. During the fight against Perona, he starts to lose and literally calls for Sogeking help, after wearing Sogeking's mask, he becomes confident and manages to win the fight. After the time-skip, he stops using Sogeking as alias and only fight by himself, to the point he gains the title of God.
  • Meaningful Name: The "Uso" in Usopp means "Liar" or "Lie" in Japanese, and we all know what a (good or bad) liar he is. In a hilariously awesome twist, his constant lies end up becoming truth, especially after the time skip.
  • Miles Gloriosus: In his introduction chapter.
  • Never Bareheaded: He always has some kind of headgear on.
  • Nice Guy: In spite of his cowardly nature, Usopp is a sentimental and fun-loving guy who would do anything for his friends.
  • Nice Hat: After the timeskip, Usopp begins wears a yellowish hat. He also wears one in the pre-timeskip movie Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island, which is nice enough to make DJ Kappa want to steal it for his own.
  • Nightmare Face: In the Dressrosa arc, Sugar feeds him a grape covered in Tatabasco sauce that was actually meant for her. It make Usopp do such a horrific Wild Take that Sugar is scared into unconsciousness, which deactivates her toy powers, allowing every toy to turn back and everyone to remember and breaking Doflamingo's hold over Dressrosa. It's later weaponized by Usopp himself, by using a projectile bearing his earlier Nightmare Face to exploit Sugar's new fear of anything with long noses in order to save Luffy and Law from being turned into toys.
  • No-Sell: He's completely immune to Perona's Negative Hollow because he's a natural pessimist. And not only that, it's the Hollows who become depressed when hitting him. Perona and her zombies even beg him to not give up because they think he'll be Driven to Suicide otherwise.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: While under his Sogeking guise in the anime, his "heroic" voice tends to go away when he's surprised or otherwise distracted.
  • Only Sane Man: At times when Luffy's around, though he's equally willing (or not willing) to join in on the silly antics.
  • Out of Focus: Zoro, Robin, Usopp, and Franky are all completely absent during the Whole Cake Island arc due to heading for Wano instead. This mirrors Nami, Chopper, Sanji, and Brook's absence during most of the Dressrosa Arc.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Eiichiro Oda pegs him as the guy who will always be the weakest of the crew. Lampshaded when he says he can't keep up with the rest of the crew's "monster" strengths during the Water 7 arc. In practice, he's only this compared to the rest of the crew, as come present day he's still able to hold his own with in the New World, something very few pirates could do.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Sogeking. Only Luffy and Chopper failed to realize that it was actually him, and his bottom lip can be seen when he exclaims.
  • Possession Implies Mastery: Played straight. Usopp can operate or make wondrous inventions out of anything he can put his hands on, including a cannon (which he'd never operated before), advanced fireworks, and the bizarre "Dials" of Skypiea (which he could never even have seen or researched).
  • Punny Name: It's a cross between "uso", the Japanese word for lie, and "Aesop".
  • The Reliable One: Usopp is the Lovable Coward, Miles Gloriosus, and weakest member of the crew. So why is he this? He lost a duel with Luffy and had to leave the crew at Water 7. However, when Usopp hears that Robin offered herself to the Marines, he immediately joins the rest of the Straw Hats to take back Robin, in disguise. He's saved Robin from death or worse twice. The first time was at Enies Lobby, when no one else was able to - the second time being in Dressrosa after he had lost all memory of her, didn't even know she needed saving, and with all his character development from saving her the first time completely undone. While doing that he also kickstarted a full-scale revolution by breaking a Devil Fruit curse on thousands of people. And with Luffy unaware of Doflamingo's most dangerous subordinate, he did it all on his own. There's a reason why Doflamingo, one of the most cunning and calculating pirates in the world, gives Usopp a higher bounty than Luffy, Law, or Sabo.
  • Running Gag:
    • The "Rubber Band of Doom" attack, consisting of Usopp simply flicking a rubber band at the enemy. Whenever Usopp gets in a long string of attacks, expect the Rubber Band of Doom attack to show up right in the middle.
    • Where is Sniper Island? It's in your heart.
    • All of Usopp's lies and stories actually happen for real at one point or another. For a few specifics:
      • When he nailed a faraway rock formation with the Merry's cannon, his immediate response was I Meant to Do That. He'd later develop those skills for real, and become the crew's sniper.
      • One of his many lies is visiting the country of the dwarves, which is exactly what he gets to do in the Dressrosa arc as he visits Green Bit.
      • After Luffy, Zoro and Sanji were knocked out in the Thriller Bark arc, he woke them up by claiming a beautiful swordswoman just brought meat. In the Dressrosa arc, enter Rebecca, a beautiful young swordswoman who does befriend Luffy by feeding him.
      • His most classic lie is him having 8000 followers. He does eventually gain a lot of followers in Dressrosa for knocking out Sugar and causing everyone there to return to normal, and the end of the arc sees the formation of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet.
    • Pre-Time Skip, due to his cowardly nature, he would be the first to do a Wild Take and try to haul ass whenever danger rears its ugly head. He doesn't do it as much anymore due to Character Development on his part.

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  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: A Running Gag of his to haul ass while things are getting good, and does this in every major fight he participates, but almost always come back remedy for his cowardice. Saving Robin before Spandam can take her through the Gates of Justice and beating Choo during the fight against Arlong's crew are just a few examples.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Has this dynamic whenever he's paired up in scenes with Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, or others like them. Downplayed, as he's not that "sensitive" as much as he is simply practical and cautious; he more so comes off this way when contrasted to the Monster Trio's hyper-masculinity and fearlessness.
  • Significant Birth Date: Usopp was born on April 1st, which is fitting for a liar.
  • Sinister Shades: He wears a pair of sunglasses in the gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre - Red-Hair of Class 3-Sea Time", where he's depicted as a teenaged hacker trying to hack the world's Transponder Snail system.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: When he lies, he speaks of himself as a Marty Stu. Only Chopper ever believes him, though.
  • The Smart Guy: He looks like a ditz and occasionally acts like it, but he's come up with some decent plans and tricks to use in battle over the years. During their duel, he even discovered ways to bypass Luffy's innate rubber defense.
  • Smoke Out: One of his more common gadgets pre-Timeskip, and at least moderately useful all the way up to the CP9 saga. Strangely enough, his own crewmates are prone to dissing it, with Sanji even claiming it only took CP9 by surprise because of how cliché it is.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: Toad Oil Salesman, as his cover identity while infiltrating Wano. Subverted in that the goods do seem to work properly, but he otherwise fits the archetype.
  • Spanner in the Works: To Doflamingo in the Dressrosa arc. Usopp took out a key member of the Doflamingo family by scaring her into unconsciousness. The kicker is that said key member, Sugar, has the power to Ret Gone people by turning them into living toys, which has the side effect of erasing the memories of anyone related to her targets. Doflamino heavily relies on Sugar to maintain his False Utopia. When Sugar is knocked out, all of Doflamingo's plans fall apart. When bounties of the Straw Hats were posted in Dressrosa, Usopp's was five hundred million.
  • Spider-Sense: Awakens his Observation Haki during a stressful situation on Dressrosa where he has to blindly snipe the enemy from one country away or doom the whole mission. Impressively, his very first use is good enough to see the target clearly through a wall from several miles away and get the perfect shot.
  • The Starscream: Parodied. He constantly refers to himself as the captain, but actually feels Undying Loyalty towards Luffy.
  • The Storyteller: He frequently tells stories, and his name is a reference to Aesop. There's actually a Running Gag throughout the series of Usopp's stories actually coming true.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks like a combination of his mother and father's traits. Yasopp even looked like his son when he was younger, down to the black hair (before he dyed it blonde).
  • Super Speed: While it's not really super-human in itself, he's still a very fast runner, he can run "as fast as a Pacifista while carrying Zoro". A very useful quality for a Cowardly Lion.
  • Team Normal: Along with Nami. It's more played in his case though, since he lacks any supernatural abilities or talents (until he gets Observation Haki) and has easily the most mundane backstory. Deconstructed because it causes some self-worth issues and Usopp fears he would be left behind, to the point he decides to leave the crew. Reconstructed once he gets over and rejoins the crew. After the timeskip, he becomes an ever-increasingly Badass Normal.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: He tends to fight some of the trickier enemies, ones where even Luffy and the Monster Trio's usual fighting style and demeanor would be unsuited for. Some examples include Miss Goldenweek, Perona, and Sugar, who need more brain than brawn to be defeated.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In the Dressrosa Arc, he has dwarves from Tontatta that believe every lie he says and revere him. Subverted when he abandons them and they still put all of their faith in him, believing that Usopp is planning to sneak on Trebol and Sugar, which causes Usopp to mature and confess for the first time of being a liar, while gathering all of his courage to fight Trebol and Sugar.
  • Token Adult: He starts as the captain of the Usopp Pirates, whose other members are three kids: Ninjin, Piiman and Tamanegi.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As Sogeking, he feels more confident, therefore the cowardice that holds him back disappears. Post-timeskip, he becomes more muscular and a Badass Normal. He still runs away when he is scared, but this time he attacks back without the aid of Sogeking.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Not only is he immune to the crushing despair normally caused by Perona's Negative Hollow, it's the Hollows who became depressed.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Downplayed. During the Dressrosa Arc, his Observation Haki was activated during a very stressful situation, trying to save both Law and Luffy from being turned into toys by Sugar, while also dealing with greedy townspeople out for the ridiculously high bounty Doflamingo put on him. It was a "life or death" situation for both his crew and everyone living on the island. He had been concentrating on making his shot so hard that he activated his Haki.
  • Trick Bullet: All of his ammunition. Some produce gas or dangerous plants after being fired.
  • The Trickster: He's not above using Looney Tunes style tricks to fool his opponents. Maybe the most outrageous of them all was the 10 ton hammer he used on Perona. It was actually a balloon, but he sold the "heft" of its "weight" so well that she legitimately though she was going to be crushed to death and passed out in fear.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Ended up here at the beginning of the Skypiea saga. Drowning, then falling, might do that to somebody.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He gets underestimated by enemies a lot due to his status as the weakest of the Straw Hats but well, he's the weakest of the Straw Hats
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He unknowingly plays a part in the "death" of the Straw Hats' old ship, the Going Merry - he spots her Klabautermann, the living personification of a ship that is beloved and well-cared for. Spotting a Klabautermann means that the ship it personifies will be doomed. While the injuries the Going Merry sustained from the Straw Hats' adventures - specifically, her cracked keel, it's Usopp that led to her getting those injuries in the first place, and then to his famous fight with Luffy over the Going Merry's possession.
  • Voice Changeling: He has a talent for mimicking other people's voices perfectly.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Post Time Skip, he doesn't wear a shirt so that he can emphasize his muscular physique.
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • Physically the weakest of the crew (Word of God says he always will be, no matter what), but he's able to come out on top through a wide array of tools, gadgets and clever tactics. At this point, "weakest of the crew" just means he can't beat them in a straight-up fight. In his fight against Luffy, the inhuman powerhouse, Usopp holds his own for a respectable amount of time in their duel using only his intimate knowledge of his captain's fighting techniques and one day to get Crazy-Prepared.
    • The best example of this for Sogeking would be sniping soldiers on top of the tower at Enies Lobby... where the wind is against him and not even guns can fire accurately. At a range guns can't even reach!
    • Later, Usopp picks up on Observational Haki. Not only that but he's so good at it that he can accurately find and shoot a target from across a country. Most people only use it to predict an opponent's moves in close combat.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • A slingshot; he upgrades to the Kabuto, a slingshot/staff hybrid.
    • His Black Kabuto turns out to be a Living Weapon, it can change into a carnivorous plant called Chomping Grass that can eat things and spit them back out.
  • Wild Take: While exaggerated expressions are a common staple in One Piece, Usopp is usually the first one to react whenever something crazy is going on. It's weaponized in the Dressrosa arc, where being fed a super spicy grape turns Usopp's usual Wild Take into a Nightmare Face so horrific that Sugar, who can Ret Gone people by turning them into toys, is scared into unconsciousness, turning everyone back to normal and breaking Doflamingo's hold over Dressrosa. Usopp later exploits this to save Luffy and Law from being turned into toys by firing a projectile at her that heavily resembles his spicy grape-induced Wild Take.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being a durable and tricky fighter, sometimes he is defeated relatively easily to show the massive power gap that only the Monster Trio or the stronger crew members can take on. Examples include Mr. 2 Bon Clay, the Franky Family, Jyabura, and Trebol.
  • Would Hit a Girl: It's not an issue for him - actually, the fact that he often ends up fighting female enemies (especially young, harmless-looking ones who are actually quite dangerous) is approaching a Running Gag. It's also a Running Gag, however, that while he is perfectly willing to hit female enemies, he ends up defeating them without hitting them. Miss Merry Christmas was defeated by her own dimwitted partner who mistook her for Usopp thanks to some smoke, but his most recent tactic is apparently scaring the opponent to unconsciousness, as seen with Perona and Sugar.

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