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"Cat Burglar" Nami

Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi [OVA], Akemi Okamura [TV series onwards]note  (Japanese); Luci Christian [Funimation dub], Kerry Williams [4Kids dub], Alison Lester [Odex dub, episodes 1-52], Chio Su-Ping [Odex dub, episodes 53-67], Cindy Cheekmore [Odex dub, episode 68-104] (English)note 

Age: 18 (Pre-Timeskip), 20 (Post-Timeskip)

Debut: Chapter 8 (Manga), Episode 1 (Anime)

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"What good is treasure if I'm all alone? I'd rather have nothing at all!"

The eighteen/twenty-year-old navigator of the Straw Hat Pirates and the second of Monkey D. Luffy's recruits. Nami is initially introduced in Orange Town as a thief who detests pirates and steals from them, tagging along with Luffy with dubious loyalty to him. The reason for her thievery is because her surrogate home, the Conomi Archipelago, was occupied by the Arlong Pirates for eight years. While serving as the cartographer for the Arlong Pirates, she wishes to buy her home back from Arlong for one hundred million berries and steals from pirates in order to do so. When Luffy frees the archipelago from Arlong's grip, she joins the Straw Hats for good.

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Nami is an exceptional navigator, able to read the weather with perfect accuracy then give instructions to pilot the ship through any storm, and is responsible for showing the way to each island. Although Nami isn't strong like her crewmates, she uses a weapon called the Clima-Tact (which Usopp later upgrades into the Perfect Clima-Tact and after the Time Skip becomes the Sorcery Clima-Tact) to manipulate the weather on a small scale, giving her a great range of tricks and attacks. Her thievery skills are also quite useful from time to time. As the crew's priorities lie more on seeking adventure than actual piracy, she also takes on the role of ship's purser, ensuring that they have enough money to purchase food and supplies for their voyages.

Nami's years of thievery have given her a sly and wily personality, as she isn't above taking advantage of or blackmailing her own crewmates. Despite these greedy personality traits, she is still very loyal to the crew, though they do get on her nerves from time to time. She is often the only member of the crew other than Zoro to personally confront or remind Luffy of the deep, gut-wrenching choices that he must face. She also has a gift in cartography, and her dream is to draw a map of the world.

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She has a bounty of 366,000,000 berries.note 


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  • Accidental Tickle Torture: In the English dub only, she screams "that tickles!" when Sanji hugs her at the conclusion of Luffy's duel with Foxy.
  • Action Dress Rip: During her fight with Miss Doublefinger, when she starts to become more confident in the abilities of her Clima Tact, she rips part of her robe and tears off her necklace in preparation for the fight.
  • Action Fashionista: She's capable of holding her own in a fight and she dresses in fashionable clothing.
  • Action Girl: Initially, Nami is not a fighter but her navigator skills make her one of the most important members of the crew. Before reaching Alabasta, Nami asks Usopp to make her a weapon so she can help in combat as well, and she gains the Clima Tact, making her able to fight. After the Time Skip, Nami's improved to become a One Woman Army like the rest of the crew, and then her Clima Tact is upgraded with the soul of Zeus, one of Big Mom's homies who has sworn loyalty to Nami after a round of Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal by Big Mom.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is yellow-orange in the manga, but veers toward reddish-orange in the anime. The Oda-directed Strong World and Film Z notably make it purely orange, similar to the way the former lightened Robin's skin before she has become permanently light-skinned post-Time Skip.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In the manga, Nami first appears in chapter 8, at the beginning of the Orange Town arc. In the anime, however, she makes an appearance in the very first episode, before Luffy himself.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Her chapter in the Heroines spinoff novel starts with her going shopping for shoes.
  • Almighty Janitor:
    • While technically her position is only the navigator, her word is law on all matters related to sailing, finance and the day-to-day management of resources, thus making her the unofficial quartermaster. This is Truth in Television: In Real Life pirate ships, outside of battle, the quartermaster held just as much, if not more, power than the ship's captain.
    • By the time the crew gets to Wano, even she's become much stronger than any of her measly bounties up to that point would imply thanks to the massive and dangerous upgrades she made to her Clima Tact. This is par for the course for the Straw Hats as they grow, but Nami’s low bounty has become especially egregious ever since she gets the city-destroying powers of Zeus for herself. She even has enough firepower to finish off Ulti, who’s worth a whopping 400,000,000 herself!
  • Anti-Hero: She starts off as a thief not willing to kill, but fine with putting pirates in situations where they are certain to die due to her past with the Arlong Pirates. After joining officially the Straw Hats, she still has the habit to steal and remains quite greedy.
  • Art Evolution: In the anime, her eyes have been drawn lighter since the Time Skip, going from dark brown to near orange. Furthermore, her eyes are originally drawn uniformly brown, with the irises only visible when she's showing strong emotion. Now, the irises are visible at all times (though the manga still generally follows the pre-Time Skip design of "uniform brown unless emotional"). Also, like all of the women from early One Piece (such as Tashigi or Vivi), Nami becomes curvier and significantly more well-endowed over time as Oda's art style evolves.
  • Author Appeal: Oda is Happily Married to Chiaki Inaba, the actress who played Nami in the Jump Festa stage performances. Now Oda thinks his wife is incredibly sexy (and to be fair, she is very pretty), so he altered Nami's design so when she plays Nami in future performances he could show off her beauty to everybody...and because he really enjoys seeing his wife in the increasingly revealing outfits he comes up with.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis:
    • While fighting Kalifa, she manages to figure out how her Devil Fruit ability works and how to counter itnote . This proves to be vital in her victory against her.
    • In Dressrosa, she points out to Luffy that it would be strategically beneficial for her, Sanji, Brook, and Chopper to take Momonosuke and Caesar to Zou rather than Dressrosa as they had been planning to do at the time. Persuaded by her reasoning, Luffy tells them to go to Zou.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a very cute young lady, and she knows it, but she's also far from helpless. She even sometimes lampshades it.
  • Badass Bookworm: Nami is a highly skilled navigator as well as a talented cartographer, to the point where Arlong considered her skills on par with the fish-men "superiority" since they were superior to any fish-man's. When Luffy destroys her room at Arlong Park, maps of both bathymetric and geographic nature were seen, indicating Nami has a wide variety of cartographic skills. She is capable of formulating advanced equations in mere minutes to predict a precise course of action, although she usually needs to write the equations down on a physical medium when formulating them. She has the innate ability to sense changes in the weather, and can even predict the appearance of supposedly unpredictable cyclones in the Grand Line, even when running a high fever. The movie Strong World also shows that she performs better than a crew of scientists with some advanced equipment in predicting the weather.
  • Badass Normal: She has no Devil Fruit powers, but the Clima-Tact more than makes up for it.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: At the Onigashima War, Ulti promises to spare Nami if she declares that Luffy won't become King of the Pirates. Nami starts to say "Luffy will never..." but completes the sentence by saying that he'll never give up on becoming King of the Pirates.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Averted. The front of her breast is clearly visible as she shows Sideboob during the Whole Cake Island arc, in chapter 852, while it's hard to make out (most likely on purpose due to One Piece being a Shonen Jump manga), there is a line that forms part of a nipple. The rest can't be seen part because she's filthy, and partly due to the art style.
  • Bare Your Midriff: A few of her outfits sport this, but her first timeskip design is the most evident case of this, since she wears only a bikini on the upper side of her body. Zou is actually the first post-Time Skip arc in which she's not baring it, and she starts the arc with a midriff-baring outfit before exchanging clothes with Wanda.
  • Bathing Beauty: Gets a few of these scenes occasionally.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Double-subverted. The serious damage she receives during her more intense fights does show, but as soon as the fights are over, in any of the more minor battles, and in the long run overall, her skin is absolutely flawless. The most ridiculous is probably the case of her shoulder; she stabs it repeatedly during her epic Freak Out at Arlong Park, and it leaves a very large and visible scar but, once she gets a new tattoo her scar is nowhere to be seen. In real life, a deep stab-wound scars like that would be nasty and never quite heal so completely.
  • Becoming the Mask: Initially, she had only intended to use Luffy for all he was worth before leaving. But the longer she stayed with them, the more she grew to like being part of the Straw Hats (especially compared to her experiences with Arlong). Eventually, she betrayed them and cheerfully took off with Going Merry, but once she was on her own, she broke down and cried. When the Straw Hats eventually follow her, she is visibly upset while trying to keep them out of a fight she thought they couldn't win. Like with Robin later on, Luffy continues to think of Nami as part of his crew and confronts Arlong for her sake. The final nail in this was when Luffy told Nami to watch his signature straw hat, simultaneously a sign of his trust in her and a sign he was about to kick some serious butt. By this time she is too shaken with emotion to even move, ultimately coming to the realization she wants to be a Straw Hat, leading to her ultimate decision to leave with them after Luffy defeats Arlong.
  • Befriending the Enemy: In Thriller Bark, Zombie Lola tries to kill her out of romantic jealousy, but they actually get along pretty well once they sit down and talk things out. The friendship carries over to the human Lola as well once she gets her shadow back.
  • Bitch Slap:
    • With just a slap, Nami is one of the few characters able to render Luffy, who's made of rubber and therefore immune to most blunt attacks, a bruised and bloody mess. Eiichiro Oda says that it's because her blows are "emotionally and spiritually charged". This is actually subverted the first time in the manga, shortly after the Orange Town Arc; when she hits Luffy for being stupid, he just notes it bounces off him. So the next time she wants him to take her seriously, she pokes him in the eye with a needle.
    • Played seriously when she slaps Sanji after he gives Luffy a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown during the former's Break His Heart to Save Him gambit. It's probably the first time she actually gives up on a crewmate for real. Thankfully, they do make up later though once she learns his motives.
  • Black Magician Girl: Nami has all the trimmings of this due to her Clima-Tact: she's the weakest of the crew in a physical fight, but she's able to control weather effects as though they're magic spells being cast from a staff (with lightning being her specialty, although she's more than proficient with heat, wind, cold, water, sea clouds, and illusory techniques as well). Some of her opponents have even referred to her as a witch in response to her fighting style.
  • Blow You Away: Since she can control the weather with her Clima-Tact, she can creates strong guts to attack or send her enemies flying.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: When she claims to be a cross-dressing man to get zombie Lola off her case, she uses Bon Clay's "Not joking around!"
  • Boyish Short Hair: Her initial design has short hair, indicating her tomboyishness, however, she grows her hair over the Time Skip.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: A platonic example. In the Arlong Park arc, Nami tries to make the Straw Hats leave Cocoyashi since she's so close to paying off her debt to Arlong and buying back her town's freedom, and she doesn't want the Straw Hats to get hurt. After she finds out Arlong broke his promise and confiscated her money, she goes through a heartbreaking Heroic BSoD, and she angrily tells Luffy to leave her and her village behind, to no avail. What follows is a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown as the Straw Hats completely thrash the Arlong Pirates.
  • Brick Joke: Zoro still owes her money for that time he borrowed some from her in Loguetown to buy some new katana.
  • Broken Bird: Nami was broken as a little girl due to the brutal murder of her adoptive mother and her years in Arlong's crew, until Luffy defeats Arlong. However, while she warms up to pirates thanks to the Straw Hats saving her and her town from captivity, it takes her a while to feel she could start trusting Fishmen in general after the devilish impression she got from the Arlong Pirates, which Hatchan finds out the hard way.
  • Broken Tears: After Arlong decided to go back on his word and send corrupt Marines to confiscate the money Nami stole, Nami completely breaks down, sobbing as she stabs at the shoulder tattoo Arlong gave her and eventually asks Luffy for help. Cue Luffy and the Straw Hats' Curb-Stomp Battle on the Arlong Pirates.
  • Butt-Monkey: One of the rare female versions and one of the biggest ever. She's more so known as that one chick who blows up at her crewmate's idiocy, and a greedy pirate girl, but whenever something goes wrong, (which is all the damn time,) she'd be no better than Usopp. Best exemplified in the Thriller Bark Arc, where after Enies Lobby is all said and done, you would think that nothing could faze her. Cue the ghosts and zombies.
    • As of the Time Skip, this seems to be flipped: When her doppelgänger pointed a gun at her head, she didn't even flinch. Yes, Nami the greedy red head, pulled a Stoic. That goes thrown right out the window as soon as Luffy starts doing his usual antics because she doesn't have to put on a brave face anymore (and Nami didn't fear Chocolat one bit for pretending to be her and was actually rather annoyed), but Nami can still stare daggers when the moment counts.
  • Call-Back:
    • Nami gets déjà vu when she and Luffy manage to get out of Big Mom's book prison by burning it, which burns them and their clothes. It's a call back to Little Garden, where the same happened to get out of Mr. 3's Candle Set.
    • In chapter 995, during the Onigashima Raid, Nami refuses to say that Luffy won't become the pirate king under the threat of death by Ulti. This parallels how her mother, Belle-mère, was killed when she refused to say that Nami and Nojiko weren't her children. Like Mother, Like Daughter after all.
    • In a SBS from volume 79, it's mentioned that the dish she's best at cooking is roasted duck with orange sauce, which was the dish being prepared by Belle-mère before she was killed by Arlong.
  • Cat Fight: Gets into these all the time, but her fight with Kalifa in which Nami herself is scantily clad and getting rubbed all over by the just-as-buxom, fishnet-fond Kalifa using her "Slippery wet soap powers" takes the cake.
  • Cathartic Crying: When she joined the Arlong Pirates to buy back her village at age 10, she promised Nojiko that she wouldn't cry again no matter what she goes through. Eight years later after being betrayed right before she reaches her goal and finding out that her villagers are going to die fighting the Arlong Pirates, she breaks down in a mixture of despair and hatred.
  • Celibate Heroine: Her reason for not wanting to marry Absalom is (other than he's a creepy pervert) that she is way too young to get married and would rather go on adventures for the time being. While she regularly flirts with others to get what she wants, she is one of the four crew members (along with Robin, Luffy and Zoro) to never show unambiguous attraction to anyone.
  • Cerebus Retcon: This is initially played straight with Nami's greed and distrust of pirates. In the Arlong Park Arc, we find out her hometown was taken over by pirates and she struck a deal with the leader to buy back the town from him if she gathered enough money. Ultimately subverted, when this arc was over, Nami is still obsessed with money and treasure. Even in the flashback to Nami's past, she was stealing things before Arlong showed up. It likely has more to do with her poor background.
  • Character Development:
    • At the age of ten, after Arlong murdered her adoptive mother, Belle-mère, he promised her that if she drew maps for him and collected up 100 million beries, she could buy back her village and free the villagers from his rule. She agreed, despite the fact that she could’ve escaped any time she wanted to. Even after the rest of the village (seemingly) shunned her for selling out to Arlong, she stuck with it, believing that she was the only one who could help her village. This caused her to develop some serious trust issues and at the beginning of the story, she doesn't truly trust or rely on anyone. Although she gets along with the Straw Hats, she doesn't think of herself as a part of the crew and, after being reminded about Arlong, she betrays them and takes the ship (not without some regrets, however). It's not until she's completely desperate and begs Luffy for help that she's able to actually trust someone and consider her their friend.
    • After the two-year timeskip, she does not over-react, scold, or hit the crew as often for their rash actions anymore, like when she decides to take part in activities such as demanding money when the crew holds Ryugu Kingdom "hostage". In fact, she now appears quite calm in the most daunting of situations, most notably when Fake Nami held a gun to her head, implying she has become fairly confident in her abilities.
  • Character Tics: Playfully sticking her tongue out at someone she's robbed or just somehow screwed over. It also shows up fairly often in official artwork and merchandise.
  • Child Prodigy: Nami was able to draw impressive maps by the time she was only ten.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Nami definitely qualifies — First, she is a master thief, being able to steal items off of her victims without them noticing. Second, her animal motif is a cat, the animal most associated with being sneaky like a thief. And thirdly, her main nickname is "Cat Burglar" Nami.
  • Close to Home: Since she spent her childhood under Arlong's abuse, harming any children is the one thing that sets her off. Nami becomes very protective when she learns of the children's experiments at Punk Hazard and, during the Onigashima War, Nami zaps Ulti for harming Tama, despite having tried to run from her just a few seconds before.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Being a navigator, the most responsible role on a ship, Nami is usually the one to discipline her crewmates when they act foolishly during the journey.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She will take advantage of any moment in a fight. From feigning innocence or injury, to attacking a weak point of the enemy directly, to using a vivre card which makes homies made by Big Mom respond to Nami's commands because that card is made from Big Mom.
  • Combat Stilettos: She's most often seen wearing high-heeled sandals, though she doesn't fight physically.
  • Composite Character: Nami's design and personality (and arguably her background story as well) is the result of a long process with several other similar characters. The first apparent character in the process of developing towards Nami was Silk in Romance Dawn, Version 1, who was then followed by another girl called Ann in Romance Dawn, Version 2. Each one of the girls had her own personality which seemed to have been placed into Nami's overall design.
  • Confusion Fu: One of the Clima-tact's abilities is to create several fake Nami illusions. It also makes her look like any one of them, meaning it's not a good idea to rely on the fact that they all look different from her.
  • The Consigliere: While all the Straw Hats can fill this role for the very dense Luffy, Nami is the one who most often directs him in the right direction with her advice and insight, especially in regards to navigation. Whether or not he actually follows that advice is really up to his mood, however, which is why Nami tries to avoid letting him in on making decisions that would cause the crew problems.
    • In general, she seems to be the one who makes the day-to-day decisions of the crew, such as handling supplies. This is historically accurate, too, since real-world historical pirate ships were run mostly by quartermasters, with captains usually only dictating navigation and combat.
  • Cool Sword: One of her new techniques is to create a wind sword, though she prefers creating atmospheric attacks.
  • Cowardly Lion: While not as bad as Chopper and Usopp, she does not have the fear immunity that the rest of the crew have. This is justified out of pragmatism than anything else, since she is completely untrained in physical combat and knows when she can't win a fight. After the Time Skip and two years of training, she's become much stronger and is no longer as cowardly, like when her doppelgänger points a gun at her head and she doesn't even flinch. However, she still gets scared while in the New World.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: In the Arlong arc, she encounters a young boy who wants to kill Arlong to avenge his father. Realizing the boy doesn't stand a chance, she hits him with a staff, condescendingly tells him that Arlong doesn't have time for him and leaves him a stack of bills. Unfortunately, her point doesn't sink in until Nojiko stops the boy, explains Nami's intentions and tells the boy that she has no patience for those who would get themselves killed when Nami chooses to persist despite how painful things are.
  • Cry into Chest:
    • During the Davy Back fight, she gets overwhelmed and cries while Robin hugs her.
    • At the conclusion of Onigashima, Tama sobs into Nami's chest upon realizing she won't live under the Beast Pirates' oppression any longer.
    • When she reunites with Luffy and the others during Zou, she hugs him and then cries out of worry for Sanji, .
  • Cynic–Idealist Duo: When Nami meets Luffy at Orange Town, the two of them have completely opposite views on pirates, due to their differing backstories. Luffy, who is good friends with the Redhair Pirates as a child, possesses the idealistic image of pirates as freedom-loving adventurers. Nami, who watched the Arlong Pirates murder her mother and enslave her island, cynically views pirates as the scum of the earth—a view reinforced by her years of stealing from various pirate crews. As time goes on and she lives as an actual pirate, Nami realizes that although most pirates are bad people, pirates such as Luffy prove that they don't necessarily need to be.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: The death of Belle-mère at the hands of Arlong caused Nami to hate pirates with a passion. She gets over it after Luffy defeats Arlong and becomes an actual pirate.
  • Damsel in Distress: During the Thriller Bark arc, she needs Sanji's and Lola's help to be saved from Absalom. Justified, since she has been narcotized. Once she wakes up, she deals with Absalom by shocking him with a thunderbolt.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Nami had one of the worst upbringings among her crew. Her parents were killed in a war when she was a baby, and she and another girl, Nojiko, were de facto adopted by Belle-mère, a wild child-turned-Marine-turned-tangerine farmer, who brought them home. When Nami was 10, Belle-mère was murdered by Arlong when she used all the money she had to pay for the lives of her children instead of herself (she didn't even have to, since they weren't registered). She was then conscripted into Arlong's pirates for her mapmaking skills, then dicked around for a 100-million berry bounty on the town's freedom that Arlong never intended to allow her to pay.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The special "Episode of Nami" TV Special that aired between episodes 560 and 561. A retelling of the Arlong Park Arc. It is actually post-Time Skip Nami reminiscing while on their way to Fish-man Island.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the Funimation dub. Luci Christian clearly enjoys making Nami as wry as possible.
  • Defiant to the End: During the Wano Arc, after being beaten bloody by Tobi Roppo member Ulti, Ulti demands that Nami admit Luffy will never become Pirate King. Even knowing that she's only one of Ulti's headbutts away from death, Nami refuses and declares through tears that Luffy will definitely become Pirate King.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: At first, she claims to only want to work with the crew to accomplish her goals, and maintains that for a little while before she eventually betrays them to steal their money during Arlong's last days in the East Blue. But by that time, she had grown so comfortable with them that she didn't want to leave; even her own sister remarked that it had been a long time since she had seen Nami so emotional.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Gets caught off guard during her fight against Kalifa by the latter's attractiveness.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: She will often go barefoot when relaxing and her usual choice of footwear exposes a good amount of her feet.
  • Does Not Like Spam: According to Oda, she hates orangeades (chocolate-coated oranges) and prefers the actual fruit.
  • Dope Slap: Or rather, "Dope Punch". She applied it liberally whenever her crewmates (usually Luffy) act very stupid. She mellows out on it after the Time Skip, though.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She beats her crewmates up very often, but never do said crewmates respond in kind. She does decrease the beatings after the Time Skip, though.
  • Dude Magnet: Oda comments that Nami and Robin are considered very beautiful women In-Universe, and indeed many men are shown attracted to her, such as Sanji, who constantly flirts with her. Nami herself exploits her attractiveness as much as she can. Unfortunately, she ends up gaining the interest of Absalom, who even attempts to marry her via force. In the Wano arc, Nami shows her naked body to distract the enemies and ends up distracting many women as well.

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  • Early-Bird Cameo: Twofold. In the anime, she appears in the first episode and in the Morgan arc. In the manga, she appears alongside Luffy and the Red Hair Pirates in the first chapter's cover spread.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: By the time of Wano arc, a glimpse of her naked body after a Wardrobe Malfunction has even some women among the crowd nosebleed with hearts in their eyes. Also, in One Piece novel: HEROINES, shop employee Miucha cannot help but admire and praise Nami's beauty.
  • Everybody Knew Already: She asked Nojiko to keep her efforts to buy her village back from Arlong a secret, even after Genzo had her banished from the village for joining Arlong Pirates, knowing that the villagers struggled to pay the tribute. It turns out that Genzo, unwilling to believe she'd join the pirates willingly, got Nojiko to tell him the truth, but decided to keep it a secret from Nami so she could run away if she was unable to go on.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • As greedy as she is, she's willing to give up treasure for the sake of her friends, such as giving some of Thriller Bark's treasure to her friend Lola as a gift, or being willing to spend all the treasure to buy Caimie and set her free (unfortunately, she gets preemptively outbid).
    • She'll gladly take and steal money, but the idea of being bought really angers her.
    • When it comes to children, especially orphans or kidnapping victims, she will fight hard to protect them and keep them safe.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: She grows her hair out during the Time Skip.
  • Fanservice Pack: Over the course of a few hundred chapters/episodes, Nami's physique changes: her breasts gradually increased in size, from modest B's to full-blown F's. According to Oda, Nami goes through many growth spurts despite the series taking place in two years.
  • The Fashionista: One of her hobbies is buying and wearing fashionable clothing.
  • Fashion Model: She gets roped into this during the Heroines spinoff novel.
  • Femme Fatale: She can be sneaky, seductive, and manipulative (mostly to Sanji), but she has a nicer side.
  • Fiery Redhead: Nami's red hair indicate her fiery and hot-blooded personality, especially when she has to deal with Luffy.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: The Clima-Tact's most basic function is to create three types of air bubbles named the Heat Ball, Cool Ball, and Thunder Ball. It used to be a slight subversion in that with the first version of the Clima-Tact, the Heat and Cool Balls were useless as attacks, and tended to be used for weather manipulation only. Once it got upgraded, the Heat and Cool Balls became strong enough to inflict damage to enemies (albeit relatively minor damage) in their base form.
  • Flower Motifs: According to Yuriko Yamaguchi (Robin's voice actress), Nami's flower is the sunflower, which are Chinese symbols of vitality and intelligence. She is a beautiful woman and, as stated by Oda, one of few people who are the most intelligent in One Piece (the other being Benn Beckam, Shank's First Mate).
  • Food as Characterization: A major symbol for her character is tangerines, which are considered a symbol of wealth in China.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The rash, thieving Foolish to Nojiko's level-headed, strait-laced Responsible. To top it off, Nami has red-orange hair while Nojiko has blue hair.
  • Forced to Watch: She and Nojiko are forced to watch Arlong kill Belle-mère before their eyes.
  • Forgiveness: It doesn't happen immediately, but during Saboady Archipelago she forgives Hatchan for his time in the Arlong Pirates. Likewise, she quite easily forgives Jimbei for setting Arlong free from Impel Down after hearing his side of the story.
  • Former Bigot: Nami used to be a Tragic Bigot towards fishmen because they were heavily involved in her Dark and Troubled Past. But after hearing the story of the slavery of fishmen from Hatchan and later, the story of Jimbei's late boss Fisher Tiger and late mermaid queen Otohime who fought for fish-men's rights in different ways, she has a change of heart and she renounces all of her hate towards fishmen, except for those who really did bad things.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: She wears tight clothes every now and then, but mostly in the anime, which likes to exaggerate the original designs. Take this polo shirt, for example.
  • For Want of a Nail: Oda confirms that if she were allowed to have a Devil Fruit, she'd have the Goro-Goro Fruit.
  • Freudian Excuse: Nami's kleptomania was largely due to growing up with a poor tangerine farmer for a mother, and not having enough for things like books.
  • Friend to All Children: Despite her many Anti-Hero tendencies, Nami has a soft spot for kids. Probably due to her background as an orphan.
  • Gainaxing:
    • In the 7th movie, sometimes they bounce wildly when she moves very little.
    • It's also the case in Film: Z. Though you could argue this is compensating for the fact that she spends most of the movie as a kid.
  • Giver of Lame Names: It doesn't come up often, but she tends to simply name things after a characteristic. She named the camel and crab in Alabasta "Eyelashes" and "Pincers", respectively. When Oda was asked what the other Straw Hats would have named Sanji's superhero persona, Nami's choice was "Cape". When Zeus tells her to give him a new name after he joins their side completely due to Big Mom trying to kill him, she goes with the name "Fluff", leading Zeus to go back on this and continue going by his original name.
  • Glass Cannon: Starting with the Enies Lobby arc, Nami's clima-tact becomes a weapon of mass destruction. Releasing powerful storm AOE the very few can stand against. That said Nami herself is a normal human and if the enemy can get to her they rarely have a hard time subduing her.
    • Ever since the Whole Cake Island arc, now that Nami has obtained Zeus, she has an Emperor-class attack in her arsenal. As a result, in terms of offensive-power capabilities alone, Nami is now one of, if not the strongest of the Straw Hat Pirates. As of Wano, Zeus has seemingly lost most of his power, but now possesses the Sorcery Clima-Tact, turning it into a Morph Weapon and allowing Zeus to temporarily take over clouds emitted by the Clima-Tact. This lets him attack on his own as well as control the direction of her lightning attacks to ensure they hit the target.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: In the Thriller Bark arc, she is captured by the creepy perverted Absalom that wants her as a wife and therefore wakes up in a gorgeous wedding dress. This temporarily distracts both Sanji and her would-be husband as they admire her (while she's still unconscious).
  • Good All Along: In the Arlong Park arc it initially appears as though she's a ruthless pirate who sold out her village for money, when in reality she's a victim who's just trying to do what she can to protect her loved ones.
  • The Glomp:
    • When Nami and Chopper reunite with Robin at Enies Lobby, they practically jump onto her out of relief for their friend's safety.
    • When Luffy reunites with her, Chopper, and Brook at Zou she runs up to him and hugs him before crying out of worry for Sanji, who was kidnapped by the Big Mom Pirates.
    • When Sanji returns to the Sunny in Wholecake Island, she, Chopper, and Brook hug him. Given that the character in question is Sanji, it quickly transitions into a gag where he takes it as a love confession.
  • Greed: One of her main traits. If there's money to be made, count her in! She started off as treasure-obsessed and would do nearly anything to get large amounts of money, which includes raiding a Marine base during the confusion of an attack. This is justified a couple of arcs in: She wants to use the money for the REAL Greed-monger, her then-captain, so she could buy him off and he'll leave her hometown alone.
    • The fact that it's a defining characteristic of hers is played within her in-betweener. Even after Arlong is dealt with, she's still just as greedy, justifying it by saying that she's now free to use her money as she pleases.
  • Guile Hero: "Heroine" in her case. To compensate for her lack of Devil Fruit powers (Robin, Brook, Chopper), technological enhancements (Franky), and monstrous physical/Haki skills (Luffy, Zoro, Sanji), her usual approach is the tactical one; when she first meets Luffy, she calls him "Boss" to get the guys chasing her off her tail. In the Totto Land arc, she manages to defeat Charlotte Cracker this way - using her Clima-Tact to soften up his Biscuit Soldiers so Luffy can eat through Cracker's defenses and gain a more powerful form.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: As the most triggered of the Straw Hats, Nami goes from calm to extremely angry with minimal provocation, and often deals with it by using physical violence in her immediate area.
  • Happily Adopted: After losing their parents in a war, she and her non-blood sister Nojiko were taken in and raised by Belle-mère, who was a good mother to them both. Then Arlong had to kill her in front of her daughters...
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • As a child, she's traumatized when Arlong murders Belle-mère.
    • In the Arlong arc, Nami goes into a major one when Arlong steals her fortune to buy her village's freedom and turns on her. She collapses in front of Luffy and starts crying Broken Tears, stabbing at the shoulder where Arlong tattooed her and screaming at Luffy for his crew to leave her and her town alone. She seemed intent on giving up on escaping pirate captivity altogether but Luffy snaps her out of it.
  • High-Heel Power: Frequently wears high heels in combat.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: When she first got her Clima-tact, she had no idea what it would do, and spent some time doing party tricks built into it by Usopp.
  • Humanizing Tears: Despite being a cunning and sly woman, Nami is very sensitive. Despite acting like a massive jerk for the first half of the Arlong arc, after Arlong has the treasure she amassed for ten years stolen, Nami breaks down crying, begging for help in one of the series' most famous panels, emphasizing how weak she is at that point. She also cries a lot when Usopp and Luffy fight and when the former temporarily leaves the crew, and another one in Zou when she tells Luffy that Sanji has been kidnapped by Capone Bege.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Nami doesn't trust Robin when she first joins and calls Luffy, Chopper, and Sanji idiots for being easily swayed by Robin to allow her to join up despite her history with Crocodile. She then goes to tell Robin that she herself won't be as easily swayed as she doesn't trust her. However, as soon as Robin casually offers up a bag of gems, Nami does a complete 180 and gets easily swayed. She even called her "Sis".
    • Nami likes to charge her crewmates for ridiculous reasons, but when one of them tries to do the same to her, she runs off.
  • Iconic Outfit: She has 3 of them; Her very first (the white shirt and orange skirt), her Enies Lobby outfit (the infamous cutoff brown blouse and blue skirt) and her first Time Skip outfit, the bikini top and jeans. She's also always seen wearing a Log Pose on her wrist like a watch.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: At the beginning of the story, Nami is forced to work under the Arlong Pirates and draw maps for Arlong. Only the deal to buy her village back convinces her to stand her sufferings, and she tries really hard to steal money for that deal. She is totally heartbroken when she finds that Arlong never intended to set her free and has all of her money stolen. Luffy defeating Arlong and freeing her is what seals her alliance with the Straw Hats.
    "I just want to get free soon, Belle-mere..."
  • It Was a Gift: The bracelet she always wears around her wrist was a gift given to her by her sister Nojiko. According to Word of God in an SBS, the scene where Nojiko gave it to her had to be cut due to lack of space. However it's included in Strong World during a flashback.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: In the 92nd SBS, Oda draws two possible outcomes of Nami at age 40 and age 60. In the bottom path where "something" happens, age ravages Nami into a heavy set, heavily wrinkled crone. If this mysterious something doesn't happen, the top path shows her to be a Silver Fox.
  • Implied Love Interest: While Eiichiro Oda did state there will not be any romance in the series, it's worth noting that the baby that Luffy is holding (in a, granted non-canon, page) that represents Oda's daughter looks like Nami.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: While initially she's just a Noodle Person, from the Alabasta arc her body has "developed" enough to be visible and it's much more defined after the Time Skip.
  • Instant Expert: Wavers are usually so hard to master that even Skypiea native Conis is barely starting to get the hang of it after ten years of practice. Nami's navigational skills allow her to master using it within minutes.
  • Interclass Friendship: With Vivi. Despite the fact that Nami came from a poor family and Vivi is royalty, the two of them are close friends.
    • Similarly, she becomes friends with "Mermaid Princess" Shirahoshi during Fishman Island, bonding over their similar pasts.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Emphasizing the "Jerk", at first. She can be selfish, manipulating and rude, but there's no doubt she cares about her friends. She gradually outgrows this behavior over the course of the series. By the time the Time Skip rolls around, she rarely acts like a jerk anymore (towards her friends, at least) unless they're asking for it.
  • Join or Die:
    • When Arlong has the Straw Hats at his mercy at the climax of Arlong Park, he tells Nami that he’ll kill everyone in her village unless she chooses to join his crew as his navigator. She panics momentarily but, remembering that she and her crewmates decided to place their trust in one another, declines his offer—trusting that the crew will be victorious.
    • Enel offers all the winners—Zoro, Nami, Robin, and Wyper—of his "game" a choice to join him on the Arc Maxim or be annihilated. After the other three get effortlessly demolished after refusingnote , Nami goes along with his offer out of pure terror.
    • In Strong World, Shiki offers her a spot on his crew after he defeats the Straw Hats. Should she refuse, he'll kill her crewmates. For the sake of her friends' he accepts his offer. However, it's revealed at the very end of the movie that she had complete faith that her crewmates would come back to save her.
    • She tells Zeus she'll kill him if he won't serve her. He's later seen to be content as her new servant, and then becomes her partner after Big Mom tries to feed him to her new cloud Homie and his soul possesses the Sorcery Clima-Tact.
  • The Lad-ette: She skirts the edge of this trope. She's very feminine in her dress, cute in her mannerisms (when she wants something) and knows how to manipulate men (Sanji, not that that takes much) with her looks. On the other hand, she can out-drink Zoro, who is a bit of an alcoholic, drops the sweet talk when she isn't trying to scam you out of your money going for insults instead and shows no fear of playing hardball with men much stronger than her (even if she's just doing the negotiations, and intends to step back and let the stronger crew members do the actual beating). Of all the pirates, she probably comes the closest to "raping, pillaging, and stealing." Zoro often comments that Sanji's attentions to her (and Robin, but whatever) are even more pathetic taking into account that Nami is more of a man than the cook himself. Even if she does like to look pretty.
  • Leg Focus: Most of her outfits pre- and post-Time Skip consist of short skirts and shorts that emphasize her legs, so they're often the first thing people see. It helps that Eiichiro Oda's wife is Chiaki Inaba, the incredibly attractive actress who once played as Nami, so Oda based her character on her as a tribute. Her legs are Played for Laughs in the gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre - Red-Hair of Class 3-Sea Time", where she's depicted as a school bully who would wear a short skirt and charge anyone who saw her legs 100,000 berries.
  • Leitmotif: Nami Eyecatcher.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Usually the light to Robin's dark. Can be zigzagged though, as while Nami is more bubbly and girly than Robin, she is much less ladylike, and she even has her moments where she is cold and aloof while Robin shows curiosity and childish imagination.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: She's noted to have the same adventurous personality as her adoptive mother, Belle-mère.
    Genzo: Hahahah! You really are your mother's daughter!
  • Little Miss Badass: In the twelfth movie, after she was temporarily turned into a kid by Ain. She was also this when she actually was a kid; she started tricking and stealing from pirates at merely 10 years old.
  • Little Miss Con Artist: In Film: Z, she takes advantage of that to trick some Marine soldiers into giving her info about Z.
  • Living Weapon: The Sorcery Clima-Tact gains a life of its own when Zeus' soul possesses it and turns it into a Homie.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Nami has very feminine features, which are enhanced in her Post-Time Skip appearance, which gives her longer hair.
  • Lovable Rogue: While not a villain, Nami is known for being a thief, but she's still a lovable person.
  • Made of Iron: Although Nami is a normal human, on paper, she occasionally takes direct superhuman blows and continues fighting. Most notably, Nami tanks a headbutt from Ulti and survives, although she notes another would be the end.
  • Magic Compass: As the navigator of the Straw Hat Pirates, she's the one who wears the log pose. While it's not exactly a magical item, it is a fantastical one as it exists as a response to the setting of the Grand Linenote .
  • Magic Staff: Her Clima-Tact, her main weapon. can even create small-scale weather effects which Nami is able to use very strategically. After the time-skip, the weather effects are not so small anymore. Ironically, Usopp only designed it as a staff with magic tricks for entertainment during parties.
  • Mama Bear: When faced with the imprisoned children of Punk Hazard begging to be taken back to their families, the rest of the crew (Sanji in particular) remain indifferent to their plight (though Chopper and Franky did want to go back too, they considered it too reckless). Nami however, is the first to take a stand for them, and her fervor in protecting Caesar Clown's young victims eventually inspires and awakens the dormant conscience of her friends. She's also this to her friends. Considering her backstory, it's very understandable.
    Sanji: Hey, what the hell do you mean, Nami? They're not our problem! We're not Samaritans who go around saving people!
    Nami: I know we're not! But when little kids are begging and crying for you to help them, you CAN'T just leave them and do nothing!
    • She displays a similar protective attitude in the Wano arc towards Tama, likely because she knows what it's like to grow up an orphan. The two of them visibly become close friends by the end of the arc.
  • Mark of Shame: She initially has a tattoo of the Arlong Pirates' Jolly Roger on her left shoulder, which marks her as being little more than Arlong's slave. During her Freak Out, she stabs at it with a knife in an attempt to deface it, and she later has it covered over with a tangerine and pinwheel pattern in tribute to Belle-mère and Genzo.
  • Marilyn Maneuver: Nami is shown holding her dress down in front of a strong gust of wind in the cover spread for Chapter 911.
  • Mars and Venus Gender Contrast: Nami proves to be an archetypal character for this trope. As the series unfolds, it's clear Nami simply doesn't get men's way of thinking, whatever it is values, attitudes, behaviors, codes, intentions, decisions or actions. Specifically, she doesn't understand the tacit communication between Luffy and Zoro (as seen in Buggy arc), is the only character who hates to be in a Wanted poster (in contrast with general cheerfulness male characters react to publications and updates of those posters) and her opinions and advice are usually disregarded in topics like adventures, honor or discipline and respect, who are important for men (like her permission for Luffy and Zoro to fight Bellamy in Jaya arc, her attempt to ruin Luffy's adventure in Skypiea and her refusal to have a campfire in Upper Yard, the whole Usopp affair in Water 7, or the "Monster Trio" accepting or supporting the "Davy Back Fight" challenge against the Fox Pirates). Even after the Time Skip, that situation doesn't change at all, as seen in Punk Hazard arc or the Whole Cake Island arc, where Nami decided to cut bonds with Sanji, only to see how Luffy, unlike her, shows totally loyal with him, overriding her decision in the process.
  • Meaningful Appearance: As a thief, she went with practical and rather plain boots, but when she put that life behind her, she traded them for a preference toward wearing glamorous-looking high-heeled sandals, a holdover from her days of wearing sandals in a tropical environment growing up, along with her adoptive mother and sister and practically the rest of the islanders. However, she'll mix it up every so often with some other fancy footwear, including boots.
    • Prior to Arlong Park, Nami is always shown wearing sleeved shirts. This actually turns out to be a plot point, as the sleeves cover up the Arlong Pirates tattoo on her shoulder. After Arlong is defeated, she modifies her tattoo into a symbol of her family. From that point on, she almost always wears sleeveless clothing to show off her tattoo.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "wave", and she is, after all, a navigator on a ship...
  • Meta Girl: Spends a lot of her early appearances reacting to Luffy and Zoro's inhuman abilities. Almost everyone falls into this role when introduced to the wackiness of the Straw Hat Crew, but the more human members (like Nami) keep it up longer. Like most of the other characters, she now reacts to how strange the people that the Straw Hats meet are instead.
  • Missing Mom: Belle-mère died saving her and her adoptive sister by being shot by Arlong himself. Nami saw the whole thing. Her birth mom, on the other hand, is likely a casualty of war.
  • Mistaken for Gay: When she’s kidnapped by the Yeti Cool Brothers during Punk Hazard, she goes on about how cute she is. Given that she’s in Franky’s body when she says this, the Yeti Cool Brothers conclude that she’s an okama.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: In the Arlong Park arc, Nami becomes fed up with Arlong thanks to years of being forced to draw maps and having the crap beaten out of her. After Arlong has Nezumi steal her treasure and destroy Belle-Mère tangerine orchard, she decides to side with the Straw Hats and watch Luffy take down Arlong.
  • Money Fetish: She's such a classic case that she's the current image for that page.
  • Morph Weapon: Due to Zeus' soul possessing the Sorcery Clima-tact and turning it into a Homie, the orange appendages of Nami's Clima-Tact can extend and transform into more offensive forms (such as a mace).
  • Ms. Fanservice: Nami's the most conventional in the world, as she's… stacked, bouncy, flirtatious, and rarely covers her stomach. After the time skip we have… bikini top, low-riding pants that expose her hips and upper crotch-lines, high heels, and much longer and free-flowing hair. She takes this trope up to eleven in the "Glorious Island" movie tie-in; most of the focus is on Nami bouncing around in a tiny bikini, with her breasts larger than ever before. Her wardrobe seems to shrink for each story arc as she's down to the bikini top and short shorts in the Dressrosa storyline.
  • Ms. Vice Girl: She is obsessed with money and often cons other characters (including her own crewmates) out of their hard-earned cash. Despite this, her good qualities still outweigh her greed. In the Arlong Park arc, it's shown exactly why she's so fixated on getting rich. The habit doesn't exactly die after the fact, but she slowly gets better about it, at least.
  • Mundane MacGuffin Person: She's sought after by a few notable pirates—namely Arlong and Shiki—for her excellent navigational and cartography ability.
  • Mundane Utility: Inverted; Nami asks Usopp to make her a weapon so that she can participate in battles like the rest of the crew and Usopp makes her the Clima-Tact. In his instructions, Usopp reveals he designed it with magic tricks to entertain during the parties but Nami is able to use them in combat. Completely averted after she improves the Clima-Tact to give it new combat tricks.
  • The Navigator: Her role in the crew. She's good at drawing maps, and has an innate gift to detect extremely subtle changes in the weather that foreshadow storms, making her a very valuable navigator. This also means she has the highest authority when the crew is travelling from island to island.
  • Never Gets Drunk: Nami can hold her liquor just fine. She out-drinks fifteen people and goes on like it was nothing. She may even be better than Zoro, as she actually outdrank more than him, and although she had to fake passing out to trick her enemies' attention in Whiskey Peak, she said she could go on even longer. She actually does get a little tipsy in the Fish-Man Island arc, but not outright drunk.
  • Ninja: To blend into Wano, Kin'emon gives her a ninja outfit and Nami calls him out for having made it too fanservicey. During the arc, she infiltrates with Shinobu, a real kunoichi, in Orochi's castle to gather information.
  • Not Drawn to Scale: Nami is officially 5'7", even shorter than Luffy, which is saying a lot in this series. Despite this, she is usually drawn with very long legs and an oblong, slim body so that she looks like a Statuesque Stunner. In some panels, she is correctly drawn shorter than Luffy, Zoro, Usopp, and Sanji (or same height/slightly taller if she is wearing heels), but in other panels she seems to tower over them and is almost the same height as Robin.
  • Not so Above It All: Gets her fair share of this. She can be just as goofy as the rest of the crew. She sometimes uses Luffy's off-the-wall nicknames for people, i.e. "Weird Knight" for Gan Fall and "Tra-guy" for Trafalgar Law.

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  • One-Woman Army: Nami is already fairly powerful, but in the climax of the Whole Cake Island Arc, she and Luffy alone are able to take down a good part of the Big Mom Pirates — the only reason they even lose is due to the enemy having such superior numbers (and Charlotte Galette no selling her powers, without which she's just an athletic but overall weak human).
  • Only One Name: Although several other characters, including some of the Straw Hats, also count, she's especially notable in that she literally has only one name. Being orphaned when she was a baby, it was her adoptive mom Belle-mère who named her Nami, and her surname has been lost to history, as has her birth-given name. Belle-mère also had only one name, so no adoptive surname exists for her, either.
  • Only Sane Woman: Has bemoaned how their crew always seems to attract the weird ones. She actually cries tears of joy when Robin joins.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Nami's knowledge of weather as well as her innate instincts allow her to use the Clima-Tact to the best of its ability. Even Usopp, who created it, is flabbergasted at what Nami is capable of with it.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • When Usopp is beaten by the Franky Family and loses a large amount of money, Nami tells him to forget the money and is not mad at him at all. Considering she loves money and gets mad at the other Straw Hats easily, this shows how much she cares about him.
    • Her running into Luffy's arms and crying over Sanji's fate in Zou proves that the situation is serious.
    • If Nami decides to cook, she'll charge anyone who wants to eat. In the Whole Cake Island Arc, when Luffy's cooking skills deplete the Straw Hats' entire food supply and blows a hole in the roof of the kitchen, she decides to cook for free so it won't happen again (because she knows the consequences of letting him have free of reign of it again), earning a Big "WHAT?!" from Luffy.
    • Normally, Nami reacts very loudly and expressively to imminent threats or things that scare her. However, when stuck with nowhere to go on the Sunny and with Big Mom about to drop an enormous tsunami over their heads, she quietly and calmly apologizes to Luffy over the "phone" (not really; long story short, it's a mirror shard that acts like facetime) and simply says that she thinks they're done for while tearing up a bit. It seems that she actually believes they're about to die this time, and it's utterly heartbreaking.
  • Out of Focus: Nami, Chopper, Sanji, and Brook are absent during the second half of the Dressrosa Arc and, in return, get a prominent role during the Whole Cake Island Arc.
  • Parental Abandonment: Nami's birth parents were never seen, but her and Nojiko being the only survivors of their hometown leaves no doubt about their parents' fate.
  • Persona Non Grata: When Nami returned to her village the day after Belle-mère's murder, supposedly having joined the Arlong Pirates for money, Genzo demanded that she never set foot in the village. Subverted after Genzo learned the real reason behind her actions. He allowed her to pass through the town to reach her childhood home, but didn't say anything to her to prevent her from realizing that the other townspeople knew about her quest to buy the village from Arlong, so that she could give up if it got too difficult for her.
  • Phantom Thief: Nami can steal practically anything without anyone noticing (as seen in the Drum arc). However, she prefers to brag.
  • Pirate Girl: She wasn't at all proud to work with Luffy at the start of the series due to watching a pirate kill her mother and being enslaved by that same pirate at the start of the series. Thanks to Luffy intervening, however, she now embraces her role as a pirate, as it has brought her many great friends and lots of money.
  • The Power of Trust: After Arlong breaks the pact and reveals the location of her treasure to a Marine, Nami is in complete despair knowing that all of her hard work she did for years is gone and that the villagers are going to die fighting Arlong. With nowhere else to turn, she begs Luffy to help her, effectively placing the lives of her loved ones in his hands. Luffy responds by giving Nami his straw hat—entrusting her with his most valued treasure just as she did for him. Nami chooses to reciprocate this trust by arc's conclusion; at the climax, Arlong tells Nami that he'll spare her village if and only if she decides to join him as his navigator. Although she initially panics, she remembers the trust that she and Luffy placed in each other and promptly turns down Arlong's offer.
  • Protective Charm: The Vivre Card that Lola gave Nami in Thriller Bark arc turns out to be this in the Totto Land arc. Lola says that it's actually her mother's card - that is, Big Mom's, who ate the Soul-Soul Fruit; as Vivre Cards are representations of someone's soul, Big Mom's naturally have a profound effect when it comes to the "Homies" animated by Big Mom putting people's souls into them. Namely, they don't want to attack Nami because they feel Big Mom's aura around her.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Nami is the Red Oni to Nefetari Vivi's Blue Oni, for the brief time that the latter travels with the Straw Hats. Nami is an energetic Fiery Redhead from a poor family whereas Vivi is a far calmer Politically-Active Princess. It even corresponds to their hair colors.
    • When compared to Robin, she's far more likely to raise her voice and express emotions (anger and frustration, but occasionally sorrow) or otherwise breakdown. Also, compare the visual aesthetic of the Fiery Redhead Nami to the Aloof Dark-Haired Girl Robin.
  • Rejected Apology: During Wholecake Island she tells Sanji that she'll never forgive him for trying to cut ties with the crew. It's subverted as she evidently comes around to him by the end of the arc.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: She's typically the shameless variety, although there are times where she gets put into situations like this that are outside of her control such as in the Wano bath house.
  • Remember That You Trust Me:
    • Towards the climax of Skypiea, Nami goes along with Enel on the Arc Maxim due to being utterly terrified of the man. When Luffy comes to save her, she's beside herself with fear and frantically asks Luffy what they should do. In a Call-Back to Arlong Park, Luffy tosses her his hat and tells her to stop worrying. He points out that she'll be fine because, after all, she's the future pirate king's friend. A similar situation happens again later on in the arc when Luffy refuses her requests to run away before Enel destroys the island, but this time she decides to put her trust in him.
    • During Strong World this is subverted. After Shiki finds Nami after she had escaped and reunited with her crew, he says he'll murder her crewmate right then and there unless she decides to become his navigator. She agrees to his offer, but leaves behind a dial to say goodbye to her crew. When her crewmates wake up and hear her message, Luffy is pissed that she still doesn’t trust them after all this time and storms off before hearing the tail end of what she said. The Straw Hats, of course, go on to defeat Shiki and his crew and save Nami. At the very end of the movie after they get her back, Luffy tells her that he’s disappointed in her for being unwilling to rely on the crew even after all this time. Everyone else responds in confusion. The others, much to Nami's embarrassment, reveal that the last part of her message was actually a request for the others to save her.
  • Sand In My Eyes: When she's captured at Weatheria and put in jail for trying to steal meteorological equipment, she reads about Ace's death in the newspaper and breaks down crying, causing her captors to freak out and release her. She quickly reveals that it was just an act, and she makes off with the equipment she stole, along with one of the meteorologists, who notes that she still hasn't stopped crying.
  • Save the Princess: In the author's note for Volume 104, she's depicted as the damsel in distress in an oldschool NES platformer.
  • Science Hero: Her climatact allows her to manipulate air temperature and create small amounts of static electricity. Given that she’s already a prodigy in navigation and meteorological science, she’s able to use it to do things like turning invisible or creating massive thunder clouds.
  • Screaming Woman: Though it's more so because she's only one (other than Usopp) perceptive enough to realize just how bad things are, Nami's shrieks of terror are a regular occurrence.
  • Self-Harm: During Arlong's final days in the East Blue, after a corrupt Marine in league with Arlong "confiscates" the ransom money Nami had spent eight years collecting on his orders, Nami freaks out and starts repeatedly stabbing the Arlong tattoo on her arm with a knife, not stopping until Luffy makes her do so.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: She's given a fancy, backless dress as a thank-you present from Wanda for helping save the country of Zou. Sanji was visibly pleased with it... which, in short, helped earn him a Megaton Punch.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: She isn't ashamed to show her body to others as long as they pay her afterwards. She even flashes people with her naked body just so she could charge them with money for seeing it in the Alabasta arc.
  • Shipper on Deck: Played with. Nami tells zombie Lola that she thinks zombie Lola and Absalom would make a nice couple, but she actually doesn't believe it in the slightest.
  • Shock Stick: Her Perfect Clima Tact, essentially a super-taser on a stick, can create lightning strikes and other electrical discharges under the right conditions. It has other weather-related functions, as well.
    • After the Time Skip, she gets a substantial upgrade in the form of the Sorcery Clima Tact. She can now produce electricity that visually looks about as powerful as Enel's 30,000,000 volt vari, which is a huge upgrade.
    • After the Whole Cake Island Arc Zeus, one of Big Mom's special Homies able to unleash powerful thunderbolts, is now living in her Clima Tact.
  • Shouldn't You Stop Stealing?: For some time after her reason for stealing (i.e freeing her village) ceases, she still keeps her stealing habit. Likely due to her poor background.
  • Show Some Leg: Nami tends to use her charm in this form to her advantage.
  • Silver Fox: In the volume 92 SBS, Oda drew Nami as she would appear at age 40 and age 60 with two likely outcomes. The top images show that she would be as lovely as ever. The bottom pictures where "something" happens leave her fat and ugly.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: She brings this very trope into question during the Davy Back Fight, believing she'll be the one picked to leave the crew because of how attractive she is.
  • Sole Survivor: Along with Nojiko, who was a toddler at the time, they're the only survivors from their initial hometown after a pirate attack.
  • Soul-Powered Engine: Following the Onigashima raid, Zeus, who is made with a piece of Big Mom's soul, becomes integrated into her climatact.
  • Squishy Wizard: While she is not gifted with superhuman speed, strength, or toughness, in fact, she's probably the weakest (physically) character in the crew after Usopp, she still manages to keep up in fights because of her Climatact and all its variations allow her a wide variety of extremely versatile and powerful effects. She can emulate the powers of multiple Devil Fruits, and she can usually avoid getting hit by crafting illusions or just making herself invisible.
  • Stealing from Thieves: Nami collects the money she needs to pay Arlong by stealing from pirates, whom she considers (at first) scum.
  • Support Party Member: Although she can fight 1 on 1, she truly shines on the battlefield when she's backing others up. In Luffy's fight against Cracker, for instance, she plays a vital role in Luffy's victory by using her climatact to weaken Cracker's armor.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Just before the crew entered the Grand Line, Oda was asked who had the highest and lowest IQ of all the characters introduced so far; he replied that Shanks's first mate, Benn Beckman, and Nami were the smartest (in that order), but he couldn't decide which characters were the dumbest because almost every other character is an idiot or a space case.
  • Tattooed Crook: This is very important to her backstory. She has a black tattoo (blue in the anime) on her left shoulder, which represents tangerines and pinwheels (a homage to Belle-mère & Nojiko, and Genzo, respectively), where she used to have a tattoo for being a member of Arlong's crew.
  • The Tease: She flirts with random villains to get information or to provide a distraction. Though as the show is No Hugging, No Kissing, her flirtations are rarely more than a wink and some tame compliments of the mark.
  • Telescoping Staff: After the events of the Zou arc, Ussop upgrades her staff with his Pop Greens, allowing it to extend to great lengths just by putting pressure on the handle.
  • Teen Genius: Nami is eighteen and knows the ins-and-outs of sailing various kinds of ships, and almost entirely instinctive knowledge of climatology and meteorology, and an incredible knack at cartography that she had been refining since she was only ten years old. Eiichiro Oda states she was the third smartest character introduced in the East Blue Saga. The other two were pirates with years of experience, one being the first-mate of one of the most powerful men in the world. So yeah, she's smart.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Used this on Sanji to verbally wound him for being a Fake Defector in the Whole Cake Island arc.
  • Token Human: Nami is the only human member of the Arlong Pirates. Justified because she was kidnapped and didn't actually join.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
    • She is the Tomboy to Vivi's Girly Girl, though it's all relative as neither is very tomboyish or girly (Vivi's girliness came out once she returned to Alabasta).
    • Also the more passionate and headstrong of the two ladies aboard the Thousand Sunny, although her hobbies are much more girly than Robin's, which are just... ''weird''.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Nami drinks and swears like a sailor, has a fiery temper, is greedy for money, and can knock a man flat with one punch. However Nami also loves clothes shopping, adores cute things, has a soft spot for children, is terrified of bugs and spiders, is noticeably pleased whenever a dashing man rescues her from peril, and is a wonderful cook (though she charges for every meal). At one point Nami is put in a wedding dress and she can't help but gush over it, despite being very opposed to getting married.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Nami's childhood flashback showed she was completely inept in stealing. As an adult, she is now at Kaitou-level when it comes to performing thefts.
    • Every time she gets a new Clima Tact (i.e. in Alabasta, Enies Lobby, and after the timeskip), but special mention needs to go to her after the timeskip, where she electrocutes a whole bar, takes down Fish-Man soldiers (who are 10 times stronger than normal humans and used to terrorize her, mind you) like they were nothing, and displays the ability to make herself invisible with mirages to steal a very important document from Fishmen on power-increasing steroids. Also, she is far less of a coward than before: for example, she doesn't even flinch when having a gun pointed against her temple.
    • Post-Whole Cake Island arc Nami now has Zeus living in her Clima Tact, making it much more powerful. Feeding it some Black Balls and a Weather Egg allows it to unleash an enormous thunderbolt which was thought to be unleashed by Big Mom herself to annihilate the Straw Hats.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: She used to be a shameless Classy Cat-Burglar with a visceral hatred for all pirates as a result of a very traumatic childhood, where she was exploited by the pirate who killed her mother. After seeing the lengths to which Luffy, a young pirate, goes to protect and avenge her, she learns to trust the world again. Since her tormentor is Arlong, a Fishman, she hates all Fishmen as well, but over time sheds this prejudice out, explaining it to Jimbei at Fishman Island.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: This trope happens slowly as the series has gone on, but particularly after the timeskip. From forgiving Hachi, to hugging Usopp and Chopper when they reunite, to even immediately forgiving Jimbei for letting Arlong loose on East Blue, she's come a pretty long way from the "mean woman" act she started out with.
    • Not to mention, she hits her crewmates far less often after the timeskip.
    • Even before the timeskip she showed signs of this. When Robin was rescued and returned to the crew during Enies Lobby, Nami's immediate reaction was to glomp her.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Nami's favorite food and a distinctive part of her story are tangerines, which she tells Luffy early on that she likes as much as money. Her adoptive mother Bell-mere grew a lot of them, and found various ways to prepare them to get by on their lack of money. Nami replaces her Arlong Pirates tattoo with one of a tangerine alongside a pinwheel relating to Genzo, and she grows a few trees for them on the Straw Hats' ships. Oda says that she likes fruits in general.
  • Tragic Bigot: A downplayed example. Her experience with the Arlong Pirates left her not outright racist, but with the impression that all Fishmen are violent and oppressive toward humans, which made her initially reluctant to go to Fish-Man Island. Then the Saboady Archipelago arc shows her that Fishmen actually suffer far more prejudice from humans than vice versa, and Hachi, one of the less malevolent members of the Arlong Pirates, pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Nami's tangerine groves, which belonged to her adoptive mother before her, are the only thing she has left of Belle-Mère.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Nami sees her adoptive mother die at Arlong's hands and becomes a Classy Cat-Burglar with a resentment towards pirates thanks to her years with the Arlong Pirates. She eventually gains enough money to save her village, only for Arlong to go back on his word and have the Navy confiscate it.
  • Tsundere: She gets pissed at the idiotic nature of her crew despite being very close to them; it's completely understandable, of course.
  • Underboobs: Episode 560 conspicuously shrinks her bikini top to show them off.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Both Ms. Doublefinger and Kalifa don't take their fights with her very seriously until Nami starts to show that she's a capable fighter. Naturally it proves to be their undoing.
  • Undying Loyalty: Although in the early arcs Nami sees Luffy and the others as just another band of pirates to rob, after being rescued by Arlong's grasp, Nami develops an unquestionable loyalty in her crew. When Ulti threatens to smash her head if she dared to consider Luffy better than Kaido, Nami replies that Luffy will become the Pirate King.
  • Unknown Rival: Toward zombie Lola, who is jealous that Absalom has made her his bride. This is quickly solved, with Nami explaining the feelings aren't mutual at all.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: She wears a different outfit in each arc and is never shown wearing the same outfit twice.
  • Use Your Head: In episode 239, in the anime only, Nami escapes from a man holding her by headbutting him.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Where she can keep several things, depending on the situation. Oda even jokingly calls it "the hidden Nami valley"!
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Post Time Skip, until the Zou arc, her outfits almost always included a bikini top. Kin'emon initially believes that she's been stripped (not that he's really complaining).
  • Water Is Womanly: Nami has a water motif: her name means "wave" in Japanese, she's the navigator of the Straw Hats' ship, wears a bikini top after the time skip, and can control the weather with her Clima-Tact. She's quite feminine, having cute mannerisms, a compassion for children, and pride in her good looks, and is one of the only two women in the Straw Hat Pirates with a tendency to reel in the more rambunctious male members of her crew.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Her knowledge of the weather and her tools have gotten her out of tight spots more than once. Note the "weak" here is only in correlation to her crew, the strongest of whom can punch an entire city into two.
  • Weather-Control Machine: Her Clima Tact and later Perfect Clima Tact. Even later, the Sorcery Clima Tact. Before those she used a normal wooden quarterstaff.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She can't stand spiders or insects. When trying to get the South Bird, she understandably has an Oh, Crap! moment when she sees them.
  • Wild Take: While hers aren't as often or expressive as Usopp's, there's only two situations that make her do this - 1) when she's scared, and 2) when her crewmates are being idiots.
  • Wingding Eyes: Whenever anything related to cash is mentioned.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • She whacks a young boy who's seeking revenge against Arlong on the head in order to prevent him from getting himself killed.
    • Averted in the Punk Hazard Arc were Nami refuses to harm the enlarged children when they are suffering from withdrawal symptoms that causes them to fly into a raging fit and attack everyone, even preventing Luffy from striking them.
    • In Egghead, she outright refuses to attack the Jimbei Seraphim, even when it's charging right at her.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: She pretends to be a starving young woman after coming upon a small ship of pirates at sea. She tells them that she'll give them some treasure if they can give her some water. When they come on the ship to steal it, they find that the chest is empty and look up to see Nami sailing off with their ship. Since this is the first time she's shown in the manga, it clues the audience into what kind of character she'll be.
  • Wowing Cthulhu: Towards the end of the Onigashima Raid, Kaido announces that he has killed Luffy, causing Nami to yell at him that he's a liar. Although Kaido immediately tries to kill her after that, he notes that he's impressed by her courage.
  • X-Ray Sparks: Commonly happens to her enemies after she hits them with a Thunderbolt Tempo.
  • You Are Not Alone: Upon learning Arlong backstabbed her and stole her fortune she would have used to buy her village's freedom, she starts crying and begs Luffy for help. He simply puts his hat on her head and moves Zoro, Sanji, and Usopp to attack Arlong for making her cry.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Nami usually refers to Sanji as "Sanji-kun" as a term of endearment. After Sanji tries to protect both her and Luffy from being killed by his family and Big Mom, Nami (who's unaware of his true reasons) slaps him and disowns him while calling him "Sanji". Afterwards, Sanji cries for having hurt Nami's feelings.
  • You Killed My Mother: Her hatred over Arlong is because the pirate murdered her foster mother, Belle-mère.

Alternative Title(s): One Piece Straw Hat Nami, One Piece Cat Burglar Nami

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