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Straw Hat Pirates

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"The Straw Hat crew has left nothing but sheer miracles in its wake."

The Straw Hat Pirates are a small but powerful pirate crew that originated from East Blue, but have various members from different areas. They are the protagonists and the main focus of the series, and are led by the main protagonist, Monkey D. Luffy. The "Straw Hats" are named after Luffy's signature hat that was given to him by Red-Haired Shanks, and are first referred to as the Straw Hat Pirates by Smoker in Alabasta. The crew sailed on the Going Merry, their first official Straw Hat ship, up until the Water 7 Arc. After the Enies Lobby Arc, they obtain a new ship called the Thousand Sunny. The Straw Hats currently consist of ten members whose combined bounties equal 3,161,000,100 Berries.

Following the events on the Sabaody Archipelago, the first nine members were separated from one another. For two years, they trained in relatively isolated locations, becoming stronger for the sake of helping each other.

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Following the events of the Dressrosa arc, the crew was also massively expanded; the main crew didn't change, but seven other captains and their respective crews have pledged their allegiance to Luffy, forming the Straw Hat Grand Fleet.

Following the events of the Whole Cake Island Arc, Luffy's successful raid against Big Mom, the complete destruction of her castle, and his defeat of her top Commanders was made public knowledge by the journalist "Big News" Morgans. Furthermore, the formation of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet and the addition of a former Warlord to his crew (Jimbei) was also revealed to the masses. For this, Luffy is now considered the Fifth Emperor of the Sea in some circles of the world and the Straw Hats have become unambiguously recognized as one of the strongest pirate crews in the world.

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  • Above Good and Evil: For most of them, labels of "good" and "evil" generally don't matter. It's evident right from the beginning of the series, although various crew members took some time to get used to the label of "pirate".
    Zoro: Pirates are scum! Who would want to be one?
    Luffy: Does it matter? You're known as an evil pirate hunter.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: How Luffy became the "Fifth Emperor" of the Sea. Their entry into Big Mom's territory was initially supposed to be a discreet rescue mission for Sanji; circumstances caused the situation to escalate, which eventually led to an assassination attempt on Big Mom because Sanji refused to abandon his biological family to their well-deserved fates. The ensuing chaos that resulted from the Big Mom Pirates chasing them down was then sensationalized by "Big News" Morgans, who declared Luffy to be the "Fifth Emperor" of the Sea. Essentially, the Straw Hats caused their reputations to skyrocket, to the point of being considered one of the five most powerful pirate crews in the world, by complete accident.
  • Action Hero: Obviously, all of the Straw Hats are powerful fighters. Even Nami isn't afraid to use her weather abilities to slow her enemies down.
  • Adorkable: All of them to some degree. Most noteworthy in Chopper, Luffy and Sanji with his relationship with Pudding.
  • Almighty Janitors: The Straw Hats were a strong crew long before they actually started getting recognized by the world; during the early days, the government kept their exposure under wraps with various cover-ups and lies. As a result, they were often vastly underestimated and would shock the small groups of locals who witnessed their strength when they rolled into various countries and beat the crap out of whatever corrupt forces were there. Thanks to their undeniable rampage through Enies Lobby and Luffy's personal actions during their separation, their fame now matches their caliber and they're known as The Dreaded among most people. Their formerly outdated and disproportionately low Enies Lobby bounties (except Luffy's) still kept this trope somewhat in play for a bit after the Timeskip, but it's now fully averted by their most recent bounties following their role in the uprising on Dressrosa. Luffy and Zoro's in particular are now among the highest seen in the series.
  • Always Save the Girl: The crew goes before everything else. That level of devotion is where the Protagonist-Centered Morality comes from, as while the Straw Hats are genuinely good people, they tend to prioritize each other and their friends before everything else, even if it pits them against the laws and politics of the World Government.
  • Animal Motifs: They all have them. According to Oda, they are as follows: Monkey for Luffy, Shark for Zoro, Cat for Nami, Duck for Sanji, Armadillo for Usopp, Reindeer for Chopper, Crane for Robin, Bull for Franky and Horse for Brook. And for the ships, it's Sheep for the Going Merry and Lion for the Thousand Sunny. A cover also shows an alternate motif by showing the crew together with the animals: Zoro is a tiger, Sanji is a ram, a skeletal ostrich for Brook, a hawk for Robin, a rhino for Franky, and the rest remains the same.
    • Additionally, in One Piece Unlimited Cruise, each of the Straw Hats had their own animal-themed costume:
      • Luffy: Lion
      • Zoro: Dragon
      • Nami: Tropical Fish
      • Usopp: Owl
      • Sanji: Goat
      • Chopper: Dinosaur
      • Robin: Butterfly
      • Franky: Rhinocerous
      • Brook: Swallow
      • Jimbei: Shark
  • Anti-Hero Team: They don't really care about politics, and as a rule have a "live and let live" attitude when it comes to the oppressive customs of countries they visit. Barbaric cruelty towards the helpless and/or innocent WILL rouse their anger, but in general they only fight tyrants when It's Personal. That being said, due to their friendliness and generally good nature, they tend to make friends wherever they go. As a result, they almost always inevitably come in conflict with the oppressive regimes that are harming their new allies. When they topple said regime to save them, they earn the friendship of all the inhabitants of islands they liberated.
  • Badass Crew: They may be a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits, but there's no denying that this crew considers each other family, and will break anyone who threatens another Straw Hat. Despite the Enies Lobby incident being a prime example of this trope, the World Government still hasn't learned this lesson.
  • Badass Family: The lineage of a few of the Straw Hats are undeniably awesome.
  • Badass on Paper: If you were to read half of the Straw Hats achievements over the course of the series, you would assume that they were a ruthless crew of One-Man Army pirates who could steam roll anyone they face. If you were to actually spend ten minutes with the Straw Hats, you'd realize that they're a bunch of nut jobs who are lucky to have made it as far as they did. However, they're still able to defeat any pirate crew they come across. Trafalgar Law played this trope straight when he made an alliance with the Straw Hats, and was left dumbfounded by their antics.
  • Berserk Button: Harming innocent children in front of the Straw Hat Pirates is tantamount to opening declaring war with every last one of them. Just ask Caesar Clown.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: They are one of the most amicable, fun-loving pirates who never try to instigate fights or ruin the lives of others For the Evulz. But, they're NOT pushovers. Many villains who decide to push their Berserk Button above end up kissing the metaphorical pavement.
  • Beware the Silly Ones:
    • They are one of, if not THE most eccentric crews on the Grand Line. They are also one of the most powerful and legendary ones as well, having defied the World Government several times and have practically gotten away with it. They've broken into one of the most secure government facilities in the world, while Luffy, The Captain, has also broken into the other two. One of them, he broke into twice.
    • To clarify: The crew wages war on the World Government's courthouse and makes a mess of it, later nullified by the Buster Call out right destroying the whole island bringing down thousands of armed guards and the World Government's best assassins in the process. Then Luffy breaks into Impel Down, an underwater prison/fortress/hell and then breaks out with 240 other prisoners (Impel Down has only had one successful breakout in history, Luffy being the second), and then arrives at the Marine Headquarters in the middle of a war with said escapees. By falling out of the sky in a battleship. A few days later he strolls back into the Headquarters, makes a statement by ringing a bell and having a moment of silence and then walks out.
    • They've also defeated three of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, a Carnival of Killers who are some of the biggest badasses in the setting. Boosting the Straw Hats' ranks are three of those same Warlords - Hancock, Law, and Jimbei, two of which performed a Heel–Face Turn and are now fighting the opposition.
    • This is contrasted amusingly when the crew met Law, who's the captain of a formidable crew in his own right, and was highly shocked when the crew shows their very unorthodox tendencies.
  • Break the Cutie: All of the Straw Hats' backstories have shades of this, to varying degrees. Perhaps the most heartbreaking stories among them would be Robin's (hunted down by Marines just for being an Ohara survivor and betrayed by almost every single person in existence) and Sanji's (failed Tyke-Bomb who was viciously bullied and abused by both his father and similarly enhanced quadruplet brothers for being a compassionate "dud" until he ran away from home).
  • Bring It: Essentially what the Straw Hats told the World Government during the CP9 saga: if getting back Robin was tantamount to declaring war on the World, then the Government can bring it on.
  • Bully Hunter: Not intentionally, but as of the Sabaody Archipelago Saga, the Straw Hats have become feared amongst tyrants and despots for being this trope.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Not what they do, but what people do to them. Despite their fearsome reputation, there continues to be villains well below their league (like, let's say, Hody Jones and Caesar Clown) who insist on provoking them and/or people they befriend until they force them to kick their asses.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: They're an utterly random collection of individuals, quirky as hell (even the relatively saner ones), and about as far from normal pirates in this series as one can get. Get on their bad side, though, and they'll show you just how they earned those seemingly ridiculous bounties. Here's the list, in the order in which they joined the crew:
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Sanji is the most prominent example, but Usopp is one also, to a lesser degree. After the Thriller Bark arc, Brook is added to the list, what with his panty obsession.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Every single one of them, to varying degrees. Even Nami and Usopp, by far the most grounded members of the crew, have their moments: Nami's reasoning flies straight out the window and plunges down into the sea the very moment money is mentioned, while Usopp is a perpetual liar whose fear often gets the best of him, and frequently joins in on Luffy's antics. Sanity is in no way a priority with this crew.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Due to Luffy being Luffy, almost everyone functions as the voice of reason for him, including the similarly crazy Zoro. They usually fail to reign him in, more or less.
  • Color-Coded Characters: According to Oda, each member has their own color scheme. Red for Luffy, Green for Zoro, Orange for Nami, Yellow for Usopp, Blue for Sanji, Pink for Chopper, Purple for Robin, Light Blue for Franky, and Black and White for Brook.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Due to the Party Scattering in the Sabaody Archipelago arc, the Straw Hat Crew (minus Luffy) spends almost the entirety of the Summit War Saga Out of Focus. note 
  • Cool Ship: Both the Going Merry before her death in Enies Lobby and the Thousand Sunny.
  • Costume Evolution: After the Time Skip, the entire crew get entirely new clothes that symbolize Character Development and taking a level in badass.
  • Crime of Self-Defense: Their 'crimes' against the World Government are mainly for protecting themselves and their friends from either corrupt members of the Government, and/or the pirates on their payroll. Usopp even lampshaded it during the Fishman Island arc when he, Brook, Nami, and Zoro took King Neptune and his soldiers hostage by saying they wouldn't have done so if the latter hadn't attacked them first.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Don't let the Straw Hats' crazy antics fool into thinking they aren't dangerous. Many foes have made the mistake of Underestimating Badassery... and paid for it dearly.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Aside from Nami, they have rather jubilant reactions to their bounties going up, with Chopper being continually disappointed that his is always so low, due to constantly being mistaken for the crew's "pet". Indeed, to folks like them it can be as much of a benefit as a liability.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: All of the crew members have a painful past that makes you want to give them a hug, especially Robin, Nami, Brook, Luffy, and Sanji. The only one who averts the trope is honorary member, Vivi, who had a loving family and happy childhood.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Pirates in the One Piece world are generally reviled and feared criminals, which is justified due to the behavior of typical pirates. Luckily, the Straw Hats are not typical pirates and are generally nice unless provoked.
  • Delinquents: In the gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre: Red-Hair of Class 3 - Sea Time", all of the Straw Hats are portrayed as problem students - Usopp is a hacker; Zoro is a sword-carrying punk; Sanji is a chainsmoker; Franky and Chopper constantly coerce their classmates into bringing them soda and cotton candy, respectively; Robin makes shady dealings with criminals behind the scenes (with Vivi being a criminal she deals with); Nami wears very short skirts and charges anyone who looks at her legs 500,000 beri; and Luffy is an aspiring college student with an extreme Hair-Trigger Temper. Shanks is sent to discipline the Straw Hats by the principal, Bon Clay, and turn them into model students. Shanks inspires them to become pirates instead.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: As noted in Beware the Silly Ones above, when one of their own (Robin) was captured by the World Government, they reacted by burning the World Government's flag, saving Robin, and leaving Enies Lobby in ruins, taking down CP9 in the progress. Thus why all of them get new/improved bounties three days afterward.
  • Does Not Like Spam: In an SBS question, a fan asked Oda what each crew member's least favorite food was.
    • Monkey D. Luffy: A certain shop's cherry pie
    • Roronoa Zoro: Chocolate (It's too sweet)
    • Nami: Orangette (Prefers actual fruit)
    • Usopp: Mushrooms (Got sick once)
    • Vinsmoke Sanji: Konjac (Not nutritious)
    • Tony Tony Chopper: All things spicy (It's not sweet)
    • Nico Robin: Gum (Can't swallow it)
    • Franky: Marshmallow (It's not hard)
    • Brook: Lemon (Can't make a sour face)
  • Dope Slap: Or rather, "Dope Punch", and applied liberally. Luffy is the most frequent victim of this, due to being... well, Luffy.
  • The Dreaded: Following the timeskip, the crew has such an infamous reputation that only veteran New World pirates or vice-admiral class (or higher) fighters would dare to get on their bad side.
  • Dysfunction Junction: With the exception of Luffy at first, all of them have complicated quirks that somehow mesh together in a weird family bond unlike any other crew in the series.
  • Elemental Powers: Somewhat unusual version in-universe, as none of them possess a Logia Devil Fruit:
  • Everyone Has Standards: For the most part, they care about their members and friends more than anyone else, even the entire rest of the world, in Robin's case. However, they're typically shown to be quite upset whenever their enemies callously harm their own minions, from Sanji and Franky's shock at Rob Lucci pulling a You Have Failed Me on Nero, to Chopper saving an Enforcer from Gedatsu's attack.
  • Famed In-Story: In the beginning, they're nobodies who get laughed at wherever they go, which is justified by the World Government covering up and lying about their exploits. By the Time Skip, they're considered one of the most dangerous pirate crews in the setting and are always instantly recognized. But it isn't until the Dressrosa arc that things really kick off thanks to Fujitora revealing to the entire world that it was pirates who defeated Doflamingo, not the World Government.
  • Family of Choice: As per one of the show's themes that "family is who you choose", all of the crewmen are detached from their blood relatives in some way, and found a new family in the crew.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Really becomes evident during the climax of the Arlong arc, and reinforced during the Enies Lobby arc. Their efforts in sailing the Grand Line turn them become the Badass Family that we know and love now.
  • Fisher Kingdom: Fisher Crew, rather. It doesn't matter if you grew up as a stoic, paranoid child as you betray crews after crews like Robin, a Creepy Child whose default expression is a Psychotic Smirk like Law, or an infamous pirate feared and respected through the seas like Jimbei. The longer you spend time with the crew, the more their zaniness rubs on you, and sooner or later you'll find yourself making facial expressions you never think you would. Jimbei somewhat resigned to it while Law is still trying to resist. Vivi has rolled with it and indeed often laughs along with them.
  • Flower Motifs: In an SBS question, a fan asked Yuriko Yamaguchi (Robin's voice actress) what flower would suit each of the Straw Hats. She gave the following combinations:
    • Monkey D. Luffy: Cosmos - represents a balanced universe (he opposes villainy of all kinds as well as the heavily corrupt World Government).
    • Roronoa Zoro: Thistle - represents nobility (a stern yet noble swordsman) and warnings (a deadly and absolute Blood Knight if suitably provoked).
    • Nami: Sunflower - represents, in Chinese culture, vitality and intelligence (Oda stated she was one of few people who had the most intelligence in the series).
    • Usopp: Daisy - represents innocence and loyalty, though it can also represent dishonesty (he's a Consummate Liar).
    • Sanji: Delphinium - represents passionate attachment and a huge heart; ironically, because of the plant's toxicity, he can mean "death" (either a villain's evil plan dies; hilariously, any attempt on his part to attract and form serious relationships with women dies; or a reference to his family of assassins, how his biological mother died trying to save him and his quadruplet brothers from being turned into emotionless Tykebombs by their father, and Sanji being sentenced to starve to death in the family dungeons for being a "dud" while still a child).
    • Tony Tony Chopper: Tulip - represents forgiveness (he accidentally poisoned his Parental Substitute with a mushroom thinking it'll cure his sickness, and became a doctor to rectify that mistake) and cheerfulness (a Cheerful Child and Genius Ditz).
    • Nico Robin: Casablanca - represents devotion (Undying Loyalty to the Straw Hats) and the restoration of innocence after death (she is the Sole Survivor of the Ohara incident and an extremely Broken Bird who had her faith in humanity restored by the Straw Hats).
    • Franky: Anemone - represents death of loved ones (Tom's Frame-Up by Spandam and subsequent execution by the Marines), forsaken/forgotten love (he was thrown into the seas by his pirate parents as a child), bad luck (was a gang leader for a time, and was indirectly involved in Tom's death), and protection against evil (he built many hidden weapons into the SUPER Thousand Sunny, for one).
    • Brook: Rose - represents passion, love (his passion for music and love for women's panties) and/or death, farewells, and rebirth (his death as a human to illness and subsequent rebirth as a walking skeleton due to his Devil Fruit).
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: Robin and Brook have very little interaction with each other.
  • Friend to All Children: The Straw Hats act as big brother/big sister figures towards the children they meet in their journey. Which means they don't take it very well when the Big Bad hurts one.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: To the world's eyes, Luffy started off as an overly-ambitious kid in a small town with no crew. Two years and a whole lot of adventures later, his crew is considered legendary par none, with their latest jump in power officially making them into an Emperor-class crew, and the manga isn't even over yet!
  • Goal in Life: Going with the overall theme of dreams in One Piece, each Straw Hat has a dream that they want to come true someday.
    • Luffy wants to become the Pirate King, obviously.
    • Zoro wants to become the greatest swordsman, a goal shared with his deceased childhood friend, Kuina, and defeat Dracula Mihawk.
    • Sanji wants to find the All Blue, a sea where all types of fish gather from different parts of the ocean, and become an even better Supreme Chef.
    • Nami wants to make a chart of the entire world, and earn lots of money.
    • Usopp wants to become a better man and a hero like his father, Yasopp, who is serving as a sniper in Shanks' crew.
    • Chopper wants to become a doctor who is so skilled in medicine, that he'll be seen as a walking "all-purpose cure" for the afflicted.
    • Robin wants to find the Poneglyphs, which contain information about the "Void Century", a period in time that was heavily censored by the World Government.
    • Franky wants to build, and sail on, the greatest sailing ship of the seas.
    • Jimbei wishes for peaceful coexistence between humans and merfolk, a dream inherited from his previous captain Fisher Tiger and deceased queen, Queen Otohime.
    • Brook wants to find and reunite with Laboon, a baby whale his dead former crew befriended at the Grand Line, and whom the Straw Hats previously met before the Thriller Bark arc.
  • Heroic Neutral: They're pirates who do not commit acts of piracy. All around, they're the nicest crew in the series. When you closely examine their heroics though, you'll notice they very rarely go after any of the antagonists until one of their own gets targeted. This extends to people they consider allies as well.
  • A Hero to His Hometown: Their friends and families all regard their Wanted Posters as cause for celebration (which is justified, as none of them have much love for the World Government.)
  • Hey, You!: To Zoro, Sanji is "Cook", nothing more. To Sanji, Zoro is "Marimo" (ball seaweed, referring to his short green hair), nothing more.
    • In the Funimation English dub, Sanji instead calls Zoro "Mosshead", nothing more.
    • A fan in one SBS brought to Oda's attention that Sanji has used Zoro's name on a handful of occasions, while Zoro has never called Sanji by name.
  • Hidden Depths: Whether indicated in backstories or present events in the story, none of them are exactly what they seem at the surface.
  • Honorary True Companion: To the Straw Hats, Vivi, Jimbei, and Law are part of the crew even though they aren't officially members.
    • Vivi was given an offer to join the crew but had to turn it down due to her responsibilities in Alabasta. Despite that, she still remains a staunch friend and is notably the only person outside the crew to realize the true message of Luffy ringing the Ox Bell, though she lacked the context to understand what the message meant.
    • Jimbei was also given an invitation to the crew he turned down, but only to wrap up some business with Big Mom since he was allied with her and he fully intends to take up the offer if it still stands by the time he's free to do so. He eventually decides to fully leave Big Mom's service in the Totto Land arc and join the Straw Hats officially.
    • Law, and by extension his crew, makes a formal alliance with the Straw Hats and travels with them for a while; as a result, he is treated like a closer companion than the Straw Hats' usual one-arc allies... much to his own chagrin, since Luffy treats the alliance like a friendship pact as opposed to the business agreement Law envisioned. He nevertheless respects the Straw Hats, and gradually gets pulled into the crew's usual antics.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Everyone is this to Luffy. Unless it's fighting, eating, or personal/friendship related, Luffy sucks at it. Luffy himself has acknowledged this in the Arlong arc:
    Luffy: (to Arlong) I know! Of course I can't use swords, you idiot! I can't navigate! I can't cook! I can't even tell lies! This is why I need my friends if I want to survive!
  • The Idealist: A whole crew of them, unified by their unwavering desire to achieve their collective dreams.
  • Improbable Age: The crew as a whole qualifies, considering how powerful and well-known they are. Most of the crew are teenagers or young adults, and the oldest members of the crew are fairly young (even Brook, who is 90 post-timeskip, died at age 38, which isn't terribly old).
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: Since Luffy's opponent in each arc is the main antagonist, the other Straw Hats face off against the minions. To justify facing their opponents, sometimes the Straw Hats have a personal reason to fight them.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: As a whole, they are not physically stronger, faster, or smarter than other crews or the Marines. However, with each crew member falling under some varying niche, it allows them to exploit a weakness their opponents have, or one crewman cover the others when their weakness is exploited. For instance, when faced against Perona on Thriller Bark, only Usopp could stand against her as he was such a pessimist, her pessimist-causing ghosts became depressed by touching him.
  • Justified Criminal: Much like anyone who opposes the World Government, and their status as such tends to grow with every arc. Among the Straw Hats in particular, only Robin and Franky had direct, personal involvement with the World Government, since it screwed them and their families over in epically horrific ways.
  • Ki Manipulation: Haki (Ambition), an ability that comes in three varieties and can be used by five of the ten Straw Hats. Luffy has all three varieties (including the one-in-a-million rare Conquerer's Haki), Zoro, Sanji and Jinbe have both Armament and Observation, and Usopp has Observation.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Essentially how their Protagonist-Centered Morality works. If you are kind to the Straw Hats, they will do everything in their power to return that kindness tenfold. If you make them angry, however, you'll only live to regret it for the rest of your life.
  • Leitmotif: During their "eyecatcher" in the anime, they each have their own short, musical piece.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: While rare in the beginning, after entering the New World because of the increasingly complicated problems they face, the Straw Hats frequently split into groups to complete different objectives.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: All of them are this to each other — remove one of them, everyone else falls apart. Case in point: Ace's death in the Marineford arc sent Luffy this close to the Despair Event Horizon and it was the reminder of his crew being out there that kept Luffy from said horizon. In the sixth movie, Luffy was a near-dead wreck, trudging like a zombie towards Baron in an attempt to save his friends from being completely devoured by Lily, despite being turned into a human pin cushion.
  • Lovable Rogues: All of the Straw Hats, especially Brook and Chopper.
  • Magnetic Hero: Due to their general combination of incredibly zany personalities with pureness of heart and big dreams, tend to earn the respect and friendship of many characters in their travels. Most notable during the timeskip, when they were all separated and resolved to train and become more powerful to tackle the challenges of the New World. All of the Straw Hats made fast companions during this time.
  • Mama Bear: The female members are fiercely protective over their fellow crew. Hurt them and you'll die.
  • Mysterious Past:
    • The Monster Trio, all three of whom got the short end of the stick in regards to backstory. While we know the events that motivated them and inspired their dreams, their lives before that are virtually unknown. We know (or at least have idea) why Luffy ended up with Garp, but how and the circumstances surrounding it haven't be revealed yet. We have no idea where Zoro came from other than that once he decided he wanted to become a swordsman, he left home. We know Sanji came from North Blue, but how and why he ended up as an apprentice cook on a cruise ship sailing for East Blue isn't known. In short, the Monster Trio are both the strongest members of the crew and the most mysterious, in a way.
      • Right before the timeskip, we have learned more about Luffy's past: We learn that he was left to train under Garp and then ended up in the care of Dadan, a leader of bandits. Here, he met Ace and Sabo, how they became brothers and Sabo's supposed death. We are still left with questions about Luffy's mother though, and the exact circumstances that forced Dragon to abandon him and forced Garp to take him in.
      • It seems that Sanji's past will be very important in the New World. Apparently he comes from a royal family of famous assassins. Famous enough to have arranged a marriage between Sanji and one of Big Mom's daughters, Pudding. It's also revealed that Sanji has four siblings in the form of an older sister, and three older and younger quadruplet brothers, all who were psychologically and physically modified by their father in an attempt to turn his children into utterly remorseless Tykebombs, especially Sanji and his brothers, whose modifications took place in utero. Sanji's mother died trying to preserve her sons' humanity, and only Sanji came out completely normal as his mother planned, and for that, he was viciously abused and bulled by his father and brothers for most of his childhood. Eventually, he was written off as dead and left to rot in the family dungeons. With the help of his older sister, Sanji escaped and ran away from home, after which a series of events led to him meeting Zeff and living in the East Blue as a Baratie chef.
  • Not Me This Time: In the gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre: Detective Loomes", the titular detective Loomes (Luffy) and his assistant Dr. Usotson (Usopp) investigate the murder of rich man Bronegie (Brook) and round up some notorious criminals - Sanjeen (Sanji), a professional assassin; criminal couple Robie (Robin) and Cholyde (Chopper); Namiron (Nami), a greedy maid; Hanzoru (Zoro), an Ax-Crazy samurai; and Frack the Ripper (Franky), an equally Ax-Crazy Serial Killer. Despite committing horrible misdeeds themselves, the criminals Loomes interrogates insist they didn't kill Bronegie. Turns out they were right; Bronegie wasn't murdered, he knocked himself out by slipping and hitting his head. Namiron just so happened to discover him while he was out cold, leading to the murder investigation.
  • Older and Wiser: They have most definitely grown by the time of the New World saga.
  • One-Man Army: Or "One Woman Army". Each of the crew members are capable of kicking ass on their own, except for Usopp (and he is getting closer to being one).
  • Only One Name: Nami, Usopp, Brook and Jimbei never have their last names revealed. Nami's case is justified in that she doesn't have a last name to reveal in the first place, as her birth-given first name and surname have been lost to history due to her being orphaned as a baby.
  • Papa Wolf: The male members are fiercely protective over their mates. Hurt them and you'll die.
  • Parental Abandonment: Most all of them had adoptive families; Usopp's the only member so far who's even shown to have both biological parents (not counting Chopper, since his parents were just some average reindeer), and when he was a kid his father left and never came back, and soon after his mother died of an illness.
  • Party Scattering: At the end of the Sabaody Archipelago arc courtesy of Bartholomew Kuma, who defeats the crew easily and sends them off to faraway places at different ends of the world (though he was actually was being Cruel to Be Kind rather than outright malicious). They get back together after the two-year Time Skip.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Their only legitimate act of theft was to steal some gold from the Shandorians... who would have given them far more if they hadn't run away!
  • The Power of Friendship: The mere hint that one of their companions is troubled or in danger by an outside force will make them rise up to defend the friend. Even making them withstand what should be normally fatal attacks or situations simply because their friends need them. It's what motivated them to rescue Robin from the Marines and declare war on the World Government in the Enies Lobby arc and later rescue Sanji and the Vinsmoke family from Big Mom's crew in the Totto Land arc. Sanji even tried turning down the opportunity to marry an attractive woman because of his loyalty to the Straw Hats - unfortunately, his asshole family blackmailed him into complying.
  • The Power of Love: Many of Luffy's actions are driven out of the intense platonic, friendly love he has for his crew — there is nothing in the world Luffy wouldn't do for them. Luffy's crew, in turn, are willing to do almost anything for him, putting up with his selfishness without a second thought.
  • Quantity vs. Quality: Definitely a win for quality. Despite being smaller than most organized crews, the Straw Hats have proven to be one of the most dangerous crews in the world. When Luffy declared he wanted at least 10 members for his crew, he knew he wanted them to be on par, hence the reason he chooses highly specialized members instead of just anyone he comes across.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits:
    • The story starts with a rubber man recruiting a swordsman as his first mate. Then, they recruit an ace thief and meteorologist, a hapless cowardly sniper, and a kick-boxing chef. When they enter the East Blue, they recruit a shape-shifting reindeer doctor, an archeologist, a soda-run cyborg shipwright, and a living skeletal musician. Around the time they attack the Emperors, they are joined by a fishman. Over the course of the series, the heroes eventually evolve into a Badass Crew.
    • This at least partially on purpose. Two specific examples are Chopper and Brook whom Luffy recruited just because they were notoriously weird, even for One Piece standards.
    • Combine them with the Straw Hat Grand Fleet and they take this Trope one step further.
  • Red Baron: "Straw Hat" Luffy, "Pirate Hunter" Zoro, "Cat Burglar" Nami, "Devil Child" Nico Robin, "King of the Snipers" Sogeking (also known as Usopp), "Black Leg" Sanji, "Cyborg" Franky, and "Humming/Soul King" Brook. ("Cotton Candy Lover" Chopper doesn't really count though, since his cute appearance led the Marines to believe he's the crew's pet). Usopp was later known as "God" Usopp and got a drastic bounty increase to match. All members have one to go along with their badassery.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot:
    • The entire male crew's mouths could use a serious scrubbing with industrial-strength disinfectant; somewhat justified in that they do literally "swear like sailors." The Taiwanese translation of the manga in particular give them vocabulary so foul and vulgar it would make Eminem himself blush in embarrassment.
    • Nami can be almost as rough as the guys, though she is not very fond of Toilet Humor and thus usually avoids words like "shit". She can be more than the guys in certain translations (like in the Danish and German ones), probably to compliment her Pirate Girl image.
    • The first volume of the Viz translation used profanity abundantly, but it was quickly toned down for the rest of the series. The Funimation dub has a majority of the male crew members (and Nami) swear rather frequently, with Robin and Brook being the least profane and Sanji and Zoro among the most.
  • Spanner in the Works: This crew is the main reason why several villainous plots on the Grand Line haven't succeeded. It's either because they befriended someone who just happened to be directly affected by said plot, or thwarted said plot unknowingly while trying to accomplish a completely different goal. Sanji in particular is very good at displaying this trope when his crew isn't looking, especially in the Alabasta arc thanks to the adult-level military training his father, Judge, gave him when he was still a child living in the Germa kingdom.
  • Tears of Fear: Nami, Usopp, and Chopper are quite prone to this in troubling situations.
  • Took a Level in Badass: They start out well enough with Luffy, Nami, and Zoro. But with each arc finished, they Level Grind to a stronger point of Badass and gain a new member, each one even more awesome than the last. Then there was their jump after the time skip, to the point a previous hurdle was taken out with a basic attack.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In an SBS question, a fan asked what each of the Straw Hats' favorite food were. Oda gave the following as a reply:
    • Monkey D. Luffy: ALL KINDS OF MEAT.
    • Roronoa Zoro: White rice, sea king meat, and anything that complements ale.
    • Nami: Mainly tangerines as well as other kinds of fruit.
    • Usopp: Pike from an autumn island as well as other fish of the season.
    • Sanji: Spicy seafood pasta and food that complements black tea.
    • Tony Tony Chopper: Cotton candy, chocolate, and other sweet food and drinks.
    • Nico Robin: Sandwiches, cakes that aren't too sweet, and food that complements coffee.
    • Franky: Hamburgers, french fries, and food that complements cola.
    • Brook: Tea and takoyaki.
  • True Companions: The Straw Hat crew is the original Trope Namer, having had coined the term "Nakama" (before the page name was finally changed after 3 attempts). Despite their arguments, insults, and fists, their bond is so strong that in the Enies Lobby arc, when the Marines captured Robin for the crime of being the Sole Survivor of Ohara's Buster Call incident, the Straw Hats burned the flag atop the Tower of Justice and literally declared war on the world. Even Sanji, who is a Chivalrous Pervert par none, turned down Charlotte Pudding, a (supposedly) sweet girl he was forced to marry, instead choosing to stay loyal to his crew. Luffy, Nami, Brook, and Chopper were even shocked at the fact.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Robin and Nami to the guys. Vivi doesn't count, since she's only an "honorary member".
  • Underdogs Never Lose: In general, everyone, especially the World Government, saw the Straw Hats of the underdogs of the pirate world, since they started off as nothing more than fresh-blooded upstarts who decided to challenge more and more dangerous threats. What they failed to realize was 1) how powerful each of them are, and 2) how good they are as a team. This led to many a villain seriously underestimating them and paying for it later, arc after arc... until the Sabaody arc, where the Straw Hats not only lose against Kuma, but they could barely land a scratch on him together. Fortunately, Kuma was not malicious, and instead recognized how weak they were and separated the crew to help them, which led to two years' worth of training and getting stronger.
    • After the Sabaody arc, the Straw Hats go right back to winning, but it's getting clearer that the enemies they face are much more powerful. This culminates in half of them facing Big Mom and her crew in the Totto Land arc while trying to rescue Sanji, a fight that they can't hope to finish even while together. However, it's zigzagged in that while the Straw Hats couldn't defeat Big Mom, let alone an Emperor, the fact that they managed to get into an Emperor's territory, cause as much chaos as possible, and get out unscathed is seen as a huge victory in itself.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Can go both ways with this crew.
    • On the one hand, they'll happily jump to meet the next challenge, regardless of the danger posed (in fact, Luffy would have it no other way) which later resulted in a case of Reality Ensues when the crew pre-Time Skip try to confront Bartholomew Kuma and turn out to be collectively massively unprepared to take on such a foe, resulting in a humiliating defeat.
    • On the other, many of their enemies have a pattern of seeing the Straw Hats as easy pickings... only to severely regret it later on when they see just how much trouble this crew can make when they set their minds to it, as lampshaded by Trafalgar Law. It's doubly so since some of the Straw Hats were born/lived in East Blue, seen by many as the "weakest" of the four seas.
  • Undying Loyalty: No matter whatever hardships they face, no matter the burdens they carry, not a single member of this crew will ever betray Luffy. Ever. Likewise, this crew is the main reason why Luffy bothers continuing to live especially after Ace is murdered by Marines.
    • In the Arlong arc, when Nami discovers she's been screwed over by the titular arc villain and becomes a wreck over having her one chance to escape smashed to pieces, Luffy puts his Straw Hat on her head... before he leads his crew against Arlong to make him pay for what he did.
    • This trope became a plot point for the majority of the Totto Land arc where Sanji was essentially kidnapped by the Vinsmokes, his own family, and forced to choose between marrying a beautiful woman who shares her interest, or escaping to rejoin his crew. Further complicating matters was the fact that his family. most who had been rather abusive to him in childhood for being "weak", blackmailed Sanji into going through with the marriage, and the reveal that the blackmailing was all for naught since said marriage turns out to be a sham and his bride-to-be's family (including the bride-to-be herself) wants to kill off the Vinsmokes and obtain their secret cloning technologies. The result is a Trauma Conga Line.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Possibly to Trafalgar Law, depending on what exactly his true intentions are.
    • Turns out they're more of Spanners In The Works since Law's plan isn't going as smoothly as he liked. For one, the captain felt the need to not follow it through because he got too pissed off with the target, and sent him flying.
    • Mentioned by Law himself. When Smoker confronts him about this after the battle at Punk Hazard is over, Law mentions he is not so sure who is using who. He is referring to Luffy's plan of fighting all of the Four Emperors. This makes sense as before we found out it was Kaidou, Luffy had plans to fight 3 out of the 4. Shanks because of their promise, Blackbeard for retribution and Big Mom to free Fishman Island. With Kaido being targeted by Law, this alliance serves Luffy's purposes to take down all of them, as long as Shanks is last.
      • It became evident in Chapter 700 that Law, despite being the one who's calling the shots on the plan they have to take down Kaido, is not the one in control, and probably never was in the first place. He's eventually going to realize that Luffy does what he wants and doesn't give a damn about the consequences. Then he'll realize that he's being sucked into Luffy's circle, just like Luffy's entire crew did when each of them first met him.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Read any chapter and you're likely to find one of them yelling at/slapping/hitting another one (Sanji and Zoro, though, take the cake on this one). Don't ever let that fool you, though, they're as close as family.
  • Weirdness Magnet: It's deliberate. Most pirate crews on the Grand Line carefully calculate their routes to avoid danger. This crew on the other hand goes on the most dangerous route possible for the captain's amusement.
    • It gets worse in the New World. The Log Pose there has three needles, and the ones that shake the most violently are the most dangerous. Nami has a major freak out about the possibility of Luffy finding out (which he does, mere moments later).
  • What Could Have Been: In-Universe example. In an SBS question, a fan asked Oda what each crew member's career of choice would be if they weren't pirates, and he provided a response to the question made by another fan, seeing as they were suitable enough:
    • Monkey D. Luffy: A Firefighter
    • Roronoa Zoro: A Police Officer
    • Nami: A Childcare Worker
    • Usopp: A Graphic Designer
    • Sanji: A Beauty Salon Worker
    • Tony Tony Chopper: An Elementary School Teacher
    • Nico Robin: A Cabin Attendant
    • Franky: A Pilot
    • Brook: A Detective
  • Wild Card: There exists a tentative stability between the pirates and the Marines, which most crews can be expected to abide by. The Straw Hats are not one of those crews. To put it in perspective, the crew or its individual members have fought and unseated three Warlords under various circumstances, gave the proverbial middle finger to the World Government, punched a World Noble in the face, helped stage a mass breakout from Impel Down, fought in war between the Marines and Whitebeard, and are on their way to taking on the Four Emperors.
  • Wild Take: Hilariously exaggerated expressions are a trademark staple in One Piece, but the Straw Hat crew does this a lot, especially when they're reacting to a crewmate's (usually Luffy) idiocy. Usopp does it the most when the going's getting good. Even the crew's former ship, the Going Merry, pulled one just after everyone discovered the only way out of Skypeia was a 7,000 meter drop!.
  • Women Are Wiser: Nami and Robin, the only female members of the crew that are permanent, often serve as voices of reason for their male crewmates, but sometimes their antics infects the girls.
  • Worth Living For: This crew is filled with misfits and (in society's eyes) freaks. There isn't much that many of them have to live for — but for many of them, this crew, their family, is enough. After Ace's death, Luffy was close to crossing the Despair Event Horizon. Yet in the face of such an overwhelming tragedy, it is ultimately his crew that gives him the strength to move on and live his life, as Ace would've wanted him to.
  • Would Hit a Girl/Wouldn't Hit a Girl: The male members of the crew, or more specifically, the Monster Trio, having this in descending order. Luffy would hit a girl because it really doesn't matter who or what you are; if you piss him off, he will hurt you. Zoro will fight women, but he has a tendency to use the bare minimum of force it takes to defeat them. Sanji, however, will never hit a woman, which is not so much the belief that they're weak than it is his upbringing in which he was taught that men not hitting women is an absolute iron-clad rule of nature written since the time of the dinosaurs that prevents him from doing so. Though it doesn't stop him from bluffing, like he did with Robin back before she joined the crew. And he was willing to trade defensive kicks with Kalifa of CP9.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Every single one of them would gladly suffer any pain and face certain death for each other's sake. Best exemplified in the Enies Lobby arc when they declare war on the World Government, so they'd carry the same burden as Robin.

    "Straw Hat" Monkey D. Luffy 
See his page.

    "Pirate Hunter" Roronoa Zoro 
See his page.

    "Cat Burglar" Nami 
See her page.

    "God" Usopp 
See his page.

    "Black Leg" Vinsmoke Sanji 
See his page.

    "Cotton Candy Lover" Tony Tony Chopper 

"Cotton Candy Lover" Tony Tony Chopper

Voiced by: Ikue Otani (JP)Note ; Brina Palencia (EN, Funi), Lisa Ortiz (EN, 4Kids); Nallely Solís (Latin American Spanish); Luis Vicente Ivars (SP)

Age: 15 (Pre-Timeskip), 17 (Post-Timeskip)

Birthday: December 24th

Bounty: 100 Berries

Debut: Chapter 134 (Manga), Episode 81 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Human-Human Fruit

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Click here to see his Pre-Time Skip appearance 

"I realized that back then, the reason I wanted to become human, was that I really just wanted to have friends. Now, I just want to be a monster that can help Luffy."

Tony Tony Chopper is a reindeer made sentient by eating the Human-Human Fruit (Hito Hito no Mi), and joined the Straw Hats to serve as the ship's doctor. Exiled from his herd for having a blue nose then eating his Devil Fruit and being feared by the people of Drum Island as a monster, he found acceptance and friendship with his mentor Dr. Hiluluk who tragically died after passing onto him a passion for medicine, if not actual skill. He then went under the tutelage of Dr. Kuhera to actually learn being a doctor. Although he initially mistrusted humans, after having met and joined the Straw Hats, he has become very curious about the world and is eager to please.

Although Chopper is nearly always seen in his hybrid form, small and weak, he's not exactly a wimp when it comes to fighting. In his most humanlike form, he's quite tall and very strong. He's also developed a powerful drug named the Rumble Ball which once eaten allows him to transform into seven forms with their own strengths and weakness, a fighting style which he improves upon during the timeskip to transform without the drug, only using it to unleash the powerful Monster Form.

Chopper is a proficient physician, and his dream is to become a doctor capable of curing all disease, due to his accidentally hastening the death of his already sickly father-figure, Dr. Hiruluk. He has also resolved to prove himself as a man worthy of being a pirate, which sometimes seems at odds with his child-like behavior and gullible personality.

His current bounty is a measly 100 berries.note  He currently holds two dubious "records" for his bounties; lowest starting bounty (for his 50 berry bounty) and lowest active bounty (for his 100 berry bounty).


  • Adaptational Badass: In the One Piece: Pirate Warriors series, he can kick ass in his hybrid form, which has no combat ability.
  • Adorkable: Try watching him geek out over Franky's new body without wanting to pick him up and give him a humongous hug.
  • Affectionate Nickname: After asking her to show him respect for his genius, Carrot starts calling him "Cho-niki" (a play on the Japanese word for brother and interpreted as "Bropper" in the English version) out of respect/affection.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Literally, being a send-up of Rudolph. He was secluded by his herd even before eating the Human-Human Fruit because of his blue nose. What caused the herd to finally exile him was when he ate the Devil Fruit.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Chopper is the youngest Straw Hat member and is treated like a younger surrogate brother to the older members, especially Zoro and Robin
  • Badass Adorable: Small, kind, insanely huggable, but very strong nonetheless. Too bad for him, the Marines only notices the "adorable" part, hence his small bounty.
  • Badass Bookworm: Being the doctor of the crew, Chopper possesses a vast knowledge of both medicine and medical drugs as well as the preparations of most remedies and ointments ranging from regular fruits, roots, and vegetables that can be found and used on most islands. He is also capable of administering surgery and resuscitation.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Justified since he has hooves. The only time he wears shoes is in Strong World, when the Straw Hats perform their Big Damn Heroes moment by bursting into the stronghold of the movie's Big Bad Shiki, dressed like the mafia, and completely armed to the teeth with guns.
  • Beast Man: In his Heavy Point he's bulky and hairy, to the point that in this form many mistake him for a gorilla.
  • Beautiful All Along: Played for laughs in the gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre - Red-Hair of Class 3"; he was depicted as a monstrous-looking problem student and a bully who coerced students into giving him cotton candy... but his "secret" is that he's actually a cute reindeer, much to Shanks' shock.
  • Berserk Button:
    • He's not a tanuki! Or a raccoon! Or a gorilla! (Heavy Point) Or a beetle! (post-time-skip Horn Point)
    • Don't do anything to disgrace the medical profession. Hogback learns that the hard way.
  • Big Brother Instinct: In the Punk Hazard arc, he developed one for the children on Punk Hazard, especially Mocha, after learning of the medical horrors inflicted on them by Caesar Clown to turn them into giants with short lifespans.
  • Bishōnen Line: His Horn Point form looks notably more human after the time-skip. Although Luffy calls him a beetle due to the horns.
  • Brainy Brunette: He has brown fur and is the crew's doctor.
  • Breakout Character: Chopper ended up becoming the series' mascot, with most of the series' merchandise being Chopper related and getting his own spinoff.
  • Broken Pedestal: He used to admire Dr. Hogback for being such a skilled doctor. He's unwilling to admit that he's connected to Moria, but after hearing from Hogback his story and motivations, Chopper declares he's no longer worthy of being called a doctor.
  • Butt-Monkey: His bounty of fifty Berries causes him great shame. Anytime his bounty is brought up, he has either a rare amusing Heroic BSoD, or he curls up in his Corner of Woe. Obviously, Oda made this into a Running Gag.
  • Canada, Eh?: While real nations do not exist in the One Piece world, the author has stated that Chopper would likely be from Canada, as reindeer are indigenous to that area. Whether intentionally or not, this is also reflected in his personality, as he is by far the nicest member of the Straw Hat crew.
  • Character Development: After the timeskip, Chopper seems to have grown more confident, much like Usopp. He no longer strives to be looked at as a human, now only wanting to "be a monster that can help Luffy" as he put it. He even has grown mature enough to smack his crewmates, mostly Zoro and Luffy, when they try to do something stupid or extreme. He also seems to have outgrown most habits mentioned above, but his habit of peeking still remains.
  • Cherry Blossoms: A part of his arc, introduction and jolly roger.
  • Combat Medic: He's the crew's doctor, and has no problems contributing to the fights.
  • Cowardly Lion: Like Usopp, he can be a scaredy-cat at times. Once push comes into shove, however...
    • Not so much after the Time Skip, it seems. He's already faced down a particularly vicious Shark Fish-man without losing his confident grin for a second.
    • Luffy raising the fear level to one of the four emperors was too much even for the new Chopper.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Being a Ridiculously Cute Critter, naturally he's voiced by women.
  • Cute Bruiser: He's cute as a button, but he packs a mighty punch.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Chopper was ostracized for his blue nose, and kicked out of his herd after eating the Human-Human Fruit. He was also rejected by Drum Kingdom's humans as a monster. The only human who cared for him was a quack doctor named Dr. Hiriluk. Being trained as a doctor, he got confused by the skull-and-crossbones, which Hiriluk described as a symbol of strength for pirates, but in medical terms meant certain death. As a result, he accidentally fatally poisoned Dr. Hiriluk. So his father-figure walked into a trap set by Drum's King, Wapol, and committed suicide.note 
  • Deadly Doctor:
    • Developed a drug specifically to be used for battle, albeit only on himself.
    • Uses his anatomical knowledge to tell the other Straw Hats exactly what they need to do to break Oars' spine.
    • Aside from the above, he's not much for using medical skills/equipment in battle... except in videogames, where hurling vials with toxic (or explosive) chemicals is usually one of his basic attacks.
  • Deadly Upgrade: The Rumble Balls give him access to four extra forms (in addition to his default three) for a period of three minutes. If he takes two within six hours, he loses control of his transformations. If he takes three, he ends up in "Monster Point", an uncontrollable beast who is a danger to his comrades and himself. He can now control Monster Point for a few minutes but is still drained for a two to three hours afterward.
  • The Determinator: He won't let anybody die on his watch, especially a friend. If you need a life-saving treatment and he can provide it, Chopper does not take no for an answer. Olga Myskina from the Heart of Gold special learned this all too well.
  • Ditzy Genius: He's a doctor and really knows his craft, but he may be even more excitable than Luffy (he believes Usopp's tall tales, for one). He also did not seem to be able to tell the Fake Straw Hats were fake right away.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite being a powerful pirate in his own right, the Marines mistake Chopper for simply being the Straw Hats' Team Pet and gave him a laughably small bounty as a result. Even his own crewmates has seen him as "emergency rations" on occasion.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: One of the most notable examples. Just compare Chopper not long after he joined to how he looks in the Emperor Saga.
  • Easily Impressed: He's just as easy to impress by silly things as Luffy, if not more.
  • Eat the Dog: Sanji jokes at first about him being their emergency rations, which comes back into play 686 issues later when, without Sanji to cook for them, Luffy is starving, and Luffy's subsequent attempt to cook results in crew-wide food poisoning and everyone begging Sanji to come back to them.
  • Enemy Scan: Brain Point gives him the power to scan for his enemy's weak points. He doesn't use it much anymore.
  • The Exile: He was exiled from his herd after eating the Human-Human Fruit.
  • Expy: Of Rudolph, natch. Unfortunately, while Rudolph is able to gain acceptance, Chopper's situation gets even worse after he eats the Human Human fruit, and when he encounters the herd years later while searching for a cure for Hiruluk, he gets attacked by them for no good reason. Also of the The Incredible Hulk, of all things, if you recall that classic Bruce Banner was a med student before he was a nuclear physicist, and transforming makes up the bulk of his combat abilities.
  • Funny Animal: In his Walk Point, which is his true form.
  • Funny Bruce Lee Noises: Frequently, when using his Kung Fu Point.
  • Genius Sweet Tooth: Chopper is an accomplished doctor, at 15, and loves anything sweet, especially cotton candy.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: When Hatchan accidentally reveals himself as a Fish-man when trying to help save Camie from being sold as a slave, the audience starts to throw objects at poor Hatchan, to which Nami states the crowds' reason behind doing so is because they despise all Fishmen. Upon hearing this Chopper's only response is to ask why since undersea dwellers like Hatchan and Camie are not any different from people. Chopper just cannot understand the mindset of the racist aristocrats and does not want to.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: In Totto Land arc, after Carrot knocks over the cauldron and splashes Brulee's group, causing chaos, he slips out of his chains, munches on a Rumble Ball, goes Monster Point and immediately grabs the giant talking crocodile guy who he then uses to smash the others.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Initially inverted, as he wore shorts but usually not shirts. He wore a jacket in Enies Lobby, but no shirt under. Averted since the time skip, since he now wears an A-shirt.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: His Brain Point, though all his forms bar Walk count.
  • Happy Dance: When a human flatters him with a compliment, Chopper tries to put up a front that he doesn't need patronizing comments from them, but he relishes the praise and starts doing a swaying dance with his mouth hanging open in a gawky smile (a Shout-Out to Ken Shimura's "Dirty Old Man Dance") that reveals his inner happiness.
  • Honor Before Reason: One time when Gedatsu drowned one of his enforcers with his swamp cloud attack, Chopper felt duty-bound as a doctor to save him. This did involve going into Heavy Point and beating on his chest.
  • Hour of Power: Actually three minutes of power, but that's all the time he needs to kick somebody's ass with his Rumble Ball.
  • Humanity Ensues: Used to be just a regular reindeer until eating a Devil's Fruit which made him anthropomorphic.
  • I Am Not Weasel: People often mistake his hybrid form for a tanuki. His Heavy Point form is mistaken for a gorilla.
  • Iconic Outfit: His simple burgundy shorts and original hat. His Time Skip hat is also fairly well known now.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: In the English dub, Chopper pulls this with Luffy over being categorized as a "pet" by the World Government with his paltry first bounty after the Enies Lobby incident.
  • In a Single Bound: His Jumping Point form, which greatly increases his jumping ability.
  • Intellectual Animal: At age 17, the Doogie Howser, M.D. of intellectual animals.
  • Jerkass Façade: However, it's very flimsy. When he receives mushy praise, he responds with jovial insults, though usually while waving his arms cutely or doing a happy dance.
    • At the beginning of episode 128, the royal doctor of Alabasta hung a lampshade on it when he "translated" Chopper's insults as gratitude.
    • He likely picked this up from Dr. Kureha, who never openly complimented his growing skill as a doctor, and literally chased him off with her stash of ornamental weaponry when he left, but obviously respected his skill and cared about him (and still does – after he left, she referred to him as "my stupid son").
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Inadvertently became one and Oda decided to ramp up his Chibi qualities to accentuate his cuteness even more.
  • Kiddie Kid: He's 15, and only a couple years younger than Luffy, but he can also be very childish and extremely gullible. It may involve that he was 8 years old when he ate the Human-Human fruit (his hybrid form has not changed, but his reindeer form has grown up).
  • Leitmotif: Chopper Eyecatcher.
  • Lethal Joke Character: The Marines consider him a pet and gave him a microscopic bounty, despite him being an extremely capable and destructive fighter.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His Kung Fu Point.
  • Like a Son to Me: Dr. Kureha secretly refers to him as "my stupid son" when he leaves Drum Island.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: His blue nose and Devil Fruit caused him to be shunned by his own herd, and after Hiriluk and Kureha took him in, he still had no friends until he met the Straw Hats.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: His Guard Point form, which grows thick fur that acts as a cushion against attacks.
  • The Medic: His role in the crew as doctor.
  • Mighty Glacier: His Heavy Point, Arm Point and Monster Point forms.
  • Morality Pet:
    • To Robin. She bonds with him very quickly after doing her damndest trying to dispel his image of her being really scary, and she generally has his welfare in mind during battle. She also becomes really pissed at Franky after Franky talks with his regular potty mouth and scowl in Chopper's Body.
    • Also, threatening Chopper is the easiest way to get the protective side out Zoro.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Sported some impressive guns in his Pre-Timeskip Arm Point form, and true to his appearance, his strength was the real deal while using it. His Post-Timeskip Heavy Point, meanwhile, now looks like the Incredible Hulk and is able to match the power of a giant Fishmen's hammer swing with a punch.
  • My Greatest Failure: When his mentor/father figure Dr. Hiriluk fell ill, Chopper tried to nurse him back to health. He only succeeded in getting him killed. Possibly subverted. Apparently, Dr. Hiriluk knew the mushroom was poisonous, but used it anyway to hasten his death, as he had a terminal illness, in addition to making his adoptive "son" feel good about himself. Then he blew himself up at Wapol's castle before the mushroom could kill him.
  • Never Bareheaded: He always wears his pink hat.
    • Post-time skip, he is always wearing his new cap, which is actually a bonnet on top of his old hat.
  • Nice Guy: One of the kindest characters in the series.
  • Nice Hat: Given to him by Dr. Hiriluk. Best not to ask how he managed to get it on there. Or how he puts it on, as several times he's been seen without it, and later with it on.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Isn't attracted to human females, so he's the only male character who can see Nami naked with impunity. This could be from the fact that Chopper is a doctor and is used to seeing naked bodies. Also because he's not really human.
    • As of the Zou arc, the latter may be the real reason. In Chapter 814, he becomes smitten with a Reindeer Mink. In Chapter 888, it may be hinted at with Carrot, a Rabbit Mink, as well.
  • Older Than They Look: Some of his forms are a case of this, most notably his most common one; he's 15/17, but not that you would know it from Brain Point.
  • Oh, Crap!: Chopper really freaks out the moment he recognizes the person he found washed ashore at a beach in Wano as none other than Big Mom.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Chopper, mostly thanks to his Rumble Balls. Zoan users have three transformations: their default form, an animal hybrid, and a full animal form. Chopper has seven transformations that mix the strengths and weaknesses of his default three forms, which surprises even people who are used to fighting Devil Fruit users. Then there is what happens if he eats three Rumble Balls within six hours before the Time Skip.
  • Out of Focus: He, Sanji, Nami, and Brook during the second half of the Dressrosa Arc. They were absent from the story for more than a year and a half in the real world before reappearing (from December 2013 to July 2015).
  • Parental Abandonment: Herd abandonment, to be exact. Already disliked for his abnormal blue nose, when he accidentally ate a Devil Fruit and turned into a human-reindeer hybrid, they cast him out of the group- Chopper's exact parentage among them is never elaborated upon, but if his parents were among the group, the relationship had to be really ugly. Chopper later confronted the leader of the herd in a violent and nearly lethal confrontation that netted him a broken horn and leg, so we know there is no love to be found with them.
  • Partial Transformation: His regular form (Brain Point), the miniature humanoid with antlers, is technically his hybrid human/reindeer form, also a case of Shapeshifter Default Form. His true form, of course, is as a real reindeer (Walk Point).
  • Petting Zoo People: In some of his forms due to his shape shifting abilities. The most human-like one is probably his pre-timeskip Jumping Point. The new Horn Point also generally has the proportions of a pre-teen human, though his forearms are swollen.
  • Power Fist: In Arm Point.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Chopper's main color scheme is pink and he always wears his trademark pink hat.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: In fact; his cuteness is the very reason why the Marines underestimated him and gave him a pathetically low bounty.
  • Running Gag:
    • Chopper's complete inability to hide behind corners. He hides backwards so only his head is hidden and the rest of his body is exposed.
    • When somebody gets injured, Chopper has a tendency to call for a doctor, only for someone nearby to remind him that he's the doctor.
    • When complimented, he acts like a tsundere and says it doesn't affect him, while doing a happy dance that totally shows how he really feels. Nami even lampshaded it by saying he's the kind of guy who just can't hide his feelings. It was rooted in his initial distrust of humans conflicting with his happiness over the praise.
    • Being mistaken for a tanuki.
  • Screaming Warrior: He hollers and screams like Bruce Lee while in Kung Fu Point.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: His typical chibi/child like appearance. Interestingly, as seen through the Time Skip, it's the only form of his that doesn't age. Also extra interestingly, his chibi form is technically not his default form; his real reindeer body is, although he rarely changes into it.
  • So Last Season: While his Rumble Ball transformations are fairly versatile, they've been getting noticeably less and less effective as the series has worn on. It got an upgrade, so he has fresh, new transformations now. It seems that all of his original forms have become stronger. Even better, he doesn't even need the Rumble Ball for most of them anymore. He has not used Scope Point for the longest time now, either, because the need to use it hasn't been paramount.
  • Spanner in the Works: In his first Monster Point rampage, Chopper indirectly helped his crewmates several times. He threw Kalifa's bathtub – this alerted Nami to the Bubble-Bubble Fruit's weakness to water and also turned Sanji back to normal. Then he interrupted Zoro and Sniper King's fight with Kaku and Jabra – the distraction bought Nami enough time to get the handcuffs off them.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He can talk to animals due to being an animal himself.
  • Species Surname: The "surname" portion of his full name, "Tony Tony", comes from "tonakai", the Japanese for "reindeer".
  • The Strategist: Showing off some of his newfound maturity after the timeskip, he remains calm and comes up with an ingenious Batman Gambit to defeat Charlotte Brûlée along with Carrot, which he prides himself in greatly.
  • Stone Wall: Guard Point, which makes him almost invincible but he can't attack in it.
  • Super-Deformed: A result of his Art Evolution; his head became rounder and larger than his body (which lost its original chubbiness), and his muzzle, at first large enough to conceal his mouth when it wasn't moving, now barely sticks out from his face (and it's only visible from a side view).
  • Super Drowning Skills: Like everyone with Devil Fruit powers. He likes to jump in the water to save Luffy, forgetting that he can't swim either.
  • Super Gullible: Chopper will believe just about anything he hears. He always falls for Usopp's stories and is the only one other than Luffy who was fooled by his Sogeking disguise. He even believed Nami when she lied to Lola about being a man.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Brought on by using three Rumble Ball transformations in a short period of time.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: After he was separated from the crew by Kuma, he believed that he had been marooned on an island filled with illiterate savages. Then he discovered they had a library full of extensive medical knowledge and loudly proclaims that they weren't as primitive as he believed... while the one that guided him there was standing a few feet away.
  • Sweet Tooth: He likes anything sweet, but especially cotton candy, hence his nickname.
  • Swiss Army Hero: Each form he turns into has its advantages and disadvantages, and his combat style relies on him shifting between each one at the correct time.
  • Talking Animal: His Devil Fruit gives him the intelligence and abilities of a person. Maybe even moreso, considering he was an experienced doctor at age 15.
  • Tap on the Head: When he was with Dr. Kureha, she had him give patients concussions as a form of anesthetic.
  • Team Pet: What the Marines assume him to be, hence his ridiculously low bounty of 50 Berries. He'd probably have a much higher one if they took him seriously.
  • Teen Genius: Was already an accomplished surgeon, physician, hematologist, and chemist (remember, he manufactured the Rumble Balls) at fifteen years old, and he's even more skilled at 17. Later on, he also proves himself a good strategist in combat situations.
  • Tender Tears: Being a bit of a scaredy-cat, and very, very cute, he does this a lot. He seems to have to gotten over this Post-Time Skip.
  • Token Mini-Moe: The youngest and smallest (the latter by far) of the Straw Hats. He's the only one to not be at least average height in his typical form.
  • Token Non-Human: He's the only non-human member of the crew, though the Human-Human Fruit gave him the ability to turn into a human-like form and gave him human intelligence.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His Heavy Point after the Timeskip is this trope Up to Eleven. It's a wonder how those little legs support that Hulk-frame.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cotton candy. In the gag comic "Mugiwara Theatre - Red-Hair of Class 3", he was even depicted as a bully who coerced his fellow students into giving him cotton candy.
  • Tragic Keepsake: The hat he wears was given to him by the deceased Dr. Hiriluk, who was also Chopper's father figure.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He has an extremely minuscule bounty. That said, his transformations can kick as much ass as the rest of the Straw Hat crew.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: This is what kept him in the "weakling trio" with Nami and Usopp before the timeskip. He's got super strength in several of his battle forms, but he wasn't trained in any combat styles and his battle plan amounted to: 1. Aim fist and 2. Smack a face. Averted after the Time Skip when he's shown to have become very proficient in kung fu. Jury's still out on whether or not he's still in the "weakling trio", however.
  • Uplifted Animal: Eating the Human-Human Fruit gave him human intelligence, as well as the ability to take on two different humanoid forms.
  • Vocal Dissonance:
    • Chopper keeps his high voice regardless of whether he's in his adorable man-beast form or his badass battle forms.
    • Averted in the 4Kids dub, where Chopper in his huge humanoid form sounds rather manly indeed.
    • Also averted with Monster Point post-time skip where his voice is digitally lowered to sound deep.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Chopper's primary fighting style relies on his hybridization and augmentation of human and reindeer parts. After the Time Skip, he no longer needs the Rumble ball for six of his transformations.
  • Wingding Eyes: He develops a crush on a Reindeer Mink named Milky, getting heart eyes whenever he talks to her.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: He occasionally performs some pro wrestling maneuvers while in Heavy Point, once notably putting Zoro in a Boston Crab. On one occasion in Thriller Bark, he teamed up with Robin (who likes to do submission holds) to do an aerial suplex.
  • Younger Than They Look. Not his typical child-like form (Brain Point), which is a case of Older Than They Look, but his Heavy Point transformation takes on the appearance of a grown man rather than a 15/17 year old. May be Justified due to Reindeer aging faster than humans.

    "Demon Child" Nico Robin 

"Demon Child" Nico Robin

Child Voice: Anzu Nagai (JP), Jad Saxton (EN, Funi)
Adult Voice: Yuriko Yamaguchi (JP)Note ; Stephanie Young (EN, Funi), Veronica Taylor (EN, 4Kids); Kerygma Flores (Latin American Spanish); Rosa Campillo (SP)

Age: 28 (Pre-Timeskip), 30 (Post-Timeskip)

Birthday: February 6th

Bounty: 130,000,000 Berries

Debut: Chapter 114 (Manga), Episode 67 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Flower-Flower Fruit

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Click here to see her Pre-Time Skip appearance 

"I can live? I never dared to wish for something like that, the world had denied me that hope. But now if I'm allowed to say my wish just this once then I... I WANT TO LIVE! Take me with you take me away from here!"

Adventurer Archaeologist, ex-Dragon, and Ms. Exposition, Nico Robin is one of the darker and more enigmatic members of the Straw Hats. Entering the story as the partner of Big Bad Mister 0/Sir Crocodile under the alias Miss All Sunday, Robin asked to join the crew because Luffy had forced her to live, rather than die. Despite some initial mistrust, she gradually settled into the crew. Since those early uncertain days, she's become something of the crew's Team Mom, and occasionally plays the role of Cool Big Sis for Nami. Her Devil Fruit, the Flower-Flower Fruit (Hana Hana no Mi), lets her sprout replicas of her limbs, and later her entire body, from any surface. She is twenty-eight years old (thirty post-Time Skip).

Unfortunately, her past eventually caught up to her and it was revealed that she's been on the run from the World Government for twenty years, after her home island of Ohara was razed, and a large bounty was placed on her head. However, after the rest of the crew proved that they were willing to essentially declare war on the World Government in order to get her back, she realized that she had finally found her place in life, and that she was not a burden to her new friends.

Her dream is to learn the history of the Void Century, a passage of time blacked out by the World Government, which is said to be written in a lost language inscribed onto huge stone cubes called Poneglyphs.note  Simply learning the language of the Poneglyphs is a capital crime, and is the reason that everyone on her island, including her mother, were killed by the Marines. She is now one of only a handful of people in the world who can read them, allowing her to not only discover the true history of the world, but also to potentially revive a lost superweapon.

She has a bounty of 130,000,000 berries.note  She currently holds one record for her bounties, being the person with the most known bounty picture updates (with 3).


  • Absolute Cleavage: Depends on the outfit, but it shows up quite a bit. Her first post-Time Skip outfit is the most infamous example.
  • Achilles' Heel: Despite the versatility of her Devil Fruit, it has limits as to where she can sprout limbs: she can't create limbs on surfaces made of seastone, surfaces that don't have enough room, or surfaces that can't be grabbed (which renders her powerless against Logia-eaters as she does not possess Haki).
  • Action Girl: Robin is completely able to keep up with the Monster Trio (Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji) in a fight; this comes full-circle when she joins with Kyros and Rebecca for the fight against Diamanté, one of Doflamingo's dragons, a role only taken by the aforementioned Trio.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her eyes are light brown in the manga, Strong World and Film Z, but they're blue in the TV series and movies 7-9.
  • Adorkable: Not usually, but she does have adorkable moments; she sometimes has Imagine Spots, she laid flowers beside Kanjuro's dragon's "grave" when it turned back into a drawing, and Film Z shows she has a watering can shaped like a zombie.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: She's a sea-faring pirate, former assassin, and the Straw Hat's resident well for information on all things historical. Notably though, she technically subverts this trope because she actually employs the methods and ideology of real archaeologists rather than the "Indiana Jones" methods; destroying ancient artifacts and sites is a major Berserk Button of hers and she spends hours quietly studying books about history.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Arguably, she is this, considering she joined the crew right after the previous second girl (Vivi) left. However, she's far better handled, better developed, and more sympathetic than standard examples.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She was marginalized on Ohara after eating the Flower-Flower Fruit. It went From Bad to Worse after she was given a bounty, as people constantly either threw her away in fear of being considered criminals, or acted nice to her only to turn on her by selling her location to the Marines.
  • Almighty Janitor: Robin detests fighting, preferring to leave the dirty business to the Straw Hats that enjoy it and saving her Devil Fruit power for support purposes. If she is pushed however, her foes will quickly discover she is not to be trifled with, as her Hana attacks are practically unavoidable and are aimed at ending a fight as quickly and brutally as possible.
  • The Aloner: After Ohara's destruction, she spends most of her time being on the run with no friends of her own, until she met the Straw Hats.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Robin's the third tallest member of the crew (6'2"), has long flowing dark locks, is widely considered to be the most attractive member of the crew, and has an austere and sophisticated personality.
  • Always Save the Girl: Cares more about the Straw Hat pirates than the entire rest of the world, given that they are the only ones since Ohara to care about her.
  • Ambiguously Brown: In the pre-Time Skip anime, her skin was darker than Zoro's. Her pale skin post-Time Skip (which she always had in the manga) threw a few people off. It's noteworthy that her skin became lighter (but not outright light) while staying in the snowy Tequila Wolf.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Introduced as morally ambiguous, her powers make her an efficient Long-Range Fighter who can easily cripple her opponents with virtually no opportunity for resistance, with little action needed from her end. Now that she's a protagonist, her abilities are kept in check by either not giving her too many fights or somehow handicapping her when she has the opportunity.
    • This is actually more of a case of her being very cautious, unlike the rest of the crew. She tends to avoid fighting or using her ability at all unless she's forced to, which gives her several advantages, mainly that of ambiguity, as because she doesn't fight, no one can properly gauge her strengths or weaknesses. It's also implied that she mostly developed killing techniques during her time abroad and in Baroque Works, and there's an unwritten rule among the Straw Hats not to kill their opponents.
  • The Antichrist: The Marine's believe that she's it, anyway. Her Marine-created nickname of "Demon Child" comes from a belief that her bloodline is tainted and that she has the knowledge/power to destroy the world, or at least start Armageddon. This all turns out to be a fabrication by the higher echelons of the World Government to cover up her ability to read Poneglyphs — and thus blow the whistle on the hidden history of the world — and ensure she has no allies to turn to.
  • Anti-Hero: One of the most ruthless members of the crew.
  • Anti-Villain: Initially joined Baroque Works if for no other reason than to survive long enough to read a Poneglyph, and had no personal interest in power, until becoming an Anti-Hero.
  • Arc Villain: She originally began as the secondary antagonist of the Alabasta Arc. However, even so, she was never flat out nasty to the Straw Hats, which, needless to say, worked out well for her.
  • Badass Adorable: Despite her stoic demeanor, she is really cute, and more than capable of handling herself in a fight.
  • Badass Bookworm: She uses her powers to break grown men's spines in half and snap their necks (which is obviously either an instant kill or bound to cause a lot of pain), and then once the adventure is over, she kicks back and studies her archaeology and history books.
  • Badass in Distress: She willingly becomes a prisoner to the World Government in the Enies Lobby arc. After the Straw Hats declare war on the World Government, she plays a leading role in her own rescue mission and helps the Straw Hats defeat CP9.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Happens on and off through the series.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Typically abandons her colleagues to save herself when the Marines close in on her, knowing that they'd betray her given the chance. But when the Straw Hat Pirates don't do that upon meeting Admiral Aokiji, she gives herself up to the Marines in Water 7 in order to ensure their safety. Naturally, that doesn't roll with the Straw Hats. They burn the World Government flag just to let her know that they will always be there for her. Enies Lobby is destroyed not long after.
  • Becoming the Mask: Robin had originally planned to use the Straw Hats as a shield until they deemed her too dangerous to protect any longer, as she had with all of the groups she joined. However, after being accepted and loved by them as one of their own, she chose to give up her life for the sake of her crew by giving herself into the government that she had been running away from her whole life. Of course, this didn't stop the Straw Hats from trying to save her despite her claiming she wanted to die; however, upon realizing that they would stick by her no matter what, she claimed that she wanted to stay in their crew forever and sail the seas with them.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't bring up her nickname ("Demon Child").
    • Don't destroy historical artifacts in front of her.
    • Finally, don't mention, or dream about, her docking (a silly combination attack devised by Franky and the others). Just don't, unless you want a broken back or a snapped neck.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's generally extremely sophisticated and polite, but if you make her mad, heaven help you.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She seems to be gaining one of these towards Rebecca.
  • Blood Is Squicker in Water: A Running Gag is her casually pointing this out whenever possible.
  • Bond Breaker: Her leaving with the CP9 really soured things for the Straw Hats.
  • Brainy Brunette: Has black hair and is an accomplished archaeologist.
  • Broken Bird: Due to being pegged for death by a Government Conspiracy – specifically, she's the only one able to prove the conspiracy exists. It wasn't until the Straw Hats came to save her from Enies Lobby that she realized that she had finally found her place.
  • Building Swing: One of the uses for her power is connecting long chains of arms that she uses to swing from building to building. Not as fast as Luffy does it, but it's also much more graceful and controlled.
  • Character Development: Before the timeskip, she often spoke only when spoken to or if something noteworthy happened. Her calmness is likely a result of the childhood that led to her life of hardship. The calamity that befell Ohara had a profound and traumatizing effect on Robin as a child, which she has only just begun to recover from. However, as she begins to spend more time around the crew, her personality begins to ease up. When Robin is rescued by the Straw Hats from Enies Lobby, it is then that she considers herself both their friend and an official member of the crew. After the timeskip, Robin's personality is much more relaxed and playful in nature (as evidenced by her common giggling), due to her exposure to the other Straw Hats.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: In a much more subtle way than it's normally handled in fiction. Though it doesn't portray itself through the freakish physicality of Luffy, Zoro or Sanji, it's implied that Robin has some variety of Super Strength. She's not only capable of breaking the bones of people with explicitly superhuman capabilities in a way that requires a bit more of an explanation than 'leverage and superior skill,' though that certainly plays a part. She's also incredibly agile and is capable of carrying around Franky, who is more than seven feet tall and made almost entirely of metal, while both swinging around and flying. Proven even more when she stops Hakuba like it was nothing.
  • The Chessmaster: How she handled Baroque Works. It's how she tried to handle her own capture by the Marines, but the rest of the Straw Hats destroyed her plans.
  • Child Prodigy: At only eight years old, she aced an archaeology exam and was officially inducted as a scholar; Robin is also able to read the Poneglyphs.
  • Christmas Cake: Although she usually shows no signs of age angst, when she is de-aged to 18 in the Z Film and wants to return to normal, Usopp jokes that she should be happy that everything is in the right place. She does not take his comment well.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: As part of her Offstage Villainy, she apparently betrayed a lot of organizations; prior to the Straw Hats (and it got pretty close), every other group she's been a part of has been destroyed. Something of an Informed Flaw, though: the only one she has actually been seen betraying was Crocodile when she lied about the text on the Poneglyph. Otherwise, her flashback shows that a lot of her groups betrayed her, especially by trying to hand her in to the government so that they could claim the bounty on her head.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: When Robin was a child, her aunt excluded her from family outings and forced her to do chores.
  • Combat Pragmatist: No one should ever expect a fair fight from her. She fights to win and does not care one bit how she does it.
  • The Comically Serious: To the point that even when the entire crew is open-mouthed and bulging their eyes at the sight in front of them, even Zoro, she retains her composure completely.
    • Even she can't keep her composure when faced with the sheer naivete of the Tontatta.
    • Somewhat subverted, as she does laugh and smile at her companions antics/jokes; it's more that she's deliberately playing the Straight Man and has incredible composure.
  • The Consigliere: To Crocodile; she apparently ran most of the day-to-day operations of Baroque Works.
  • Contralto of Danger: One of the deepest female voices in the series goes to the woman whose M.O. leaves her opponents crippled.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Nami. Over the Time Skip, she also seems to have become one to Koala, considering she views Robin as an older sister.
  • Cool Shades: Part of her post-timeskip attire. Usually wears it over her head, but she was recently seen wearing it during the fight in Fish-Man Island.
  • Creepy Good: Robin is one of only two members of the Straw Hats to have killed in the past (she used to be an assassin and The Dragon to Crocodile). She is the only member who still uses her powers to kill (or at least severely injure), and frequently makes morbid comments about death. Her power to grow body parts from any surface also adds to her creep factor.
  • Cry Cute: Good grief; Robin in tears is so adorable you'd want to hug and protect her. Seriously, it makes you completely forget she was the right-hand lady of one of the most vicious mass-murderers in the Grand Line.
  • Cuteness Proximity: She finds Kanjuro's Rising Dragon so cute that it makes her blush heavily, and look seconds away from entering Cuteness Overload territory.
  • Damsel in Distress: Twice.
    • Most of Enies Lobby is a Rescue Arc where the Straw Hats are fighting the CP9 to save Robin. However, her status as a damsel in distress is justified by the fact that she willingly let herself get captured. She felt she had to die, so she surrendered to the World Government. Plus, although she was bound with Seastone by the time she regained the will to live, she still tried her best to escape, and the only reason she failed was because Spandam kept using Funkfreed to keep her in line. She started fighting back the moment she was freed from the Seastone.
    • The second time was when Bartholomew Kuma blasted her to Tequila Wolf, where she was forced to work as a slave. But in this case, she was saved by Revolutionaries more or less instantly, while apparently in the process of her own escape attempt and might not have been bound with Seastone anyway, making her status as "distressed" questionable at best.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Miniskirt, specifically. Though this was technically only seen in her introductory "cow girl" outfit, she's still been pulling off the effect anyway with short dresses ever since.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Initially abandoned by her parents and left to her abusive aunt and uncle until she learned to be a top archaeologist at age 8, her parents (along with all the other people of her land, Ohara) were then killed by the World Government for learning too much about the "True History". Although Robin was allowed to escape, she ended up on the lam, spending the rest of her childhood being betrayed by various people until she took cover in the Baroque Works crime syndicate.
  • Dark Magical Girl: While first appearing as a Dark Action Girl, an essential part of her Freudian Excuse for the more morally ambiguous things she did was the fact that she has been alone, hunted and constantly in fear of betrayal for about 20 years before the series began. The fact that the Straw Hats expressed unconditional love and friendship towards her made her into a better, less treacherous person.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Emphasis on deadpan, it's hard to tell when she's being serious or yanking somebody else's chain. Her sarcasm is more noticeably as Miss All Sunday.
  • Deep South: The 4Kids dub had her speak in a thick Texas accent, presumably because she wore a cowboy hat in her first appearance.
  • Defiant to the End: Towards Spandam in the Enies Lobby arc after the Straw Hats declare war on the World Government.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: While civil and polite to the Straw Hats from the beginning, it took until Enies Lobby for her to break down and finally express/realize her true feelings about the crew.
  • Disappeared Dad: Robin's dad seems to have perished, some time around when she was very little. We don't know the exact details or if he's really dead, just that Robin's mother claims he was.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She can talk about death and gruesome possible fates just as easily and calmly as she can talk about the weather.
  • The Dog Bites Back: During her imprisonment at Enies Lobby, Spandam took every possible opportunity to physically beat her while she was helpless and laugh in her face while he did it. When Franky catches up to them and unlocks her handcuffs, the very first thing Robin does is use her powers to beat Spandam to a bloody pulp. She gets another moment of this while the Straw Hats are making their escape, using her powers to forcibly bend Spandam backwards until his spine breaks clean in two.
  • Doomed Homeland: Her home island of Ohara was destroyed by the Buster Call.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": When she was working as a member of Baroque Works, she rejected the use of her birth name.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: She can make full body copies of herself with her powers after the Time Skip.
  • Enigmatic Minion: She played this role before her Heel–Face Turn. In fact, as far back as her first appearance, she was often assisting the Straw Hats and Luffy in particular as they took on Crocodile. Crocodile himself was wary of her, which worked out in his favor.
  • Enfant Terrible: The World Government would like folks to believe this, claiming she sank six ships by the time she was eight.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Yuriko Yamaguchi deliberately gave her a lower voice to the villainous Miss All Sunday. Once Robin joined the crew, Yamaguchi plays her with a slightly higher, softer voice.
  • Fanservice Pack: After the timeskip, her breasts have gotten larger and rounder. Unlike with Nami (where it can be somewhat justified since girls do often have a growth spurt at around 18), there's no good excuse for Robin, who was 28 – long since grown up – when introduced. She must have been eating very well during those two years.
  • Flower Motifs: Her Devil Fruit allows her to sprout extra body parts like budding flowers, and many of her techniques are named after flowers. Her voice actor stated that she is represented by the casablanca, signifying her devotion to her crew and her restoration of innocence after they saved her.
  • Friendless Background: A variant of it. Due to her introverted nature and having obtained her disturbing Lovecraftian Superpower at a young age, she was ridiculed as a child by other kids and could only make friends with adults - specifically, the Oharan archaeologists and Jaguar D. Saul. After they were all killed in the Buster Call, she had no close relationships with anyone for the next 20 years until she met the Straw Hats.
  • Full-Name Basis: Like Zoro, villains only ever call her by her full name.
  • Gainaxing: In Movie 7, when she pulls a piece of paper out of her cleavage.
  • Geisha: She work as a geisha in Wano to get close to Orochi so she can obtain intel on his forces.
  • Generation Xerox: She's a near carbon copy of her mother, Nico Olvia – she's an archaeologist, she can read the Poneglyphs, they have the same voice, and they look exactly alike. The only difference is the hair; Olvia's was white, Robin's is dark.
  • Genocide Backfire: The World Government was worried that the scholars of her home island, Ohara, would discover the Void Century, a point in time they didn't want anyone to know about. Therefore, they exterminated the entire island. As the Lone Survivor, Nico Robin vowed revenge by discovering the Void Century.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: With the attack Gigantesco Mano (Btw, it's Spanish/Italian for "gigantic hand") she makes a giant pair of legs spurt from the ground and then stomps on her enemies multiple times.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Robin's main color scheme is purple and many of her outfits (especially the earlier one), are purple.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: When calling up her devil fruit powers, she does so in three different languages, none of which are Japanese. "Fleur" is the French for flower. Before that, the number of appendages she wants to use in Spanish. After, the act she is performing in English.
  • Groin Attack: Her method of "convincing" Franky to join the Straw Hats was to...squeeze the ever-loving hell out of his family jewels.
  • Guile Heroine: Doesn't show often, but it's true. It's too bad on the occasions it does show, it's against pretty good Chessmasters.
  • Gulliver Tie-Down: When she goes to Green Bit, she's captured by the dwarves and tied to the floor with Leo's Devil Fruit in an obvious Shout-Out to Gulliver's Travels.
  • Harmful to Minors: Her childhood was not pleasant, but once the CP9 came to Ohara, it ended up going downhill: She saw her mentor and one few decent people on the island who treated her kindly shot and mortally wounded, saw her mother beaten and blooded, the entirety of the island razed, a boat full of survivors blown up out of a senseless act of "justice" and her savior frozen solid. Not even getting to having to learn to survive on her own from such a young age and people constantly turning on her thanks to the bogus story the government fabricated about her. It's a miracle she didn't grow up to be a psycho before she joined the Straw Hats.
  • Happily Failed Suicide: Twice.
    • The first was during the climax of the Alabasta Arc, when the local Poneglyph didn't have the info she wanted and Crocodile turned on her. See Interrupted Suicide below for details.
    • Later, fearing that her friends would eventually betray her and throw her away, she decides to surrender to the World Government, on the condition that they leave the other Straw Hats alone. However, when the Straw Hats raid Enies Lobby to save her, and burn down the World Government's flag, essentially declaring war on the entire world, Robin realizes that her friends will never betray her, and that she really wants to live.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Okay, so you can duplicate your body parts and make them sprout from anything you can see, I guess that's kind of cool, but how is that useful in a fight-OH MY GOD! WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR NECK?
  • Heel–Face Turn: Started out as Crocodile's Dragon before she outlives her usefulness. Granted, she's never been much of a heel anyway. She used to blatantly never give a crap about Crocodile's goals, and is just using his organization to get what she wanted. Too bad for her he knows that from the start.
  • Heroic BSoD: She goes through a brief one after the Ohara incident.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted by the Straw Hats equally heroic rescue mission, a heartbreaking flashback, and subsequent heartwarming I want to live! cry.
  • Heroic Willpower: Though she doesn't have the insane resilience that Zoro and Luffy possess, when it comes to mental fortitude Robin has everybody beat. After having her shadow ripped out it took about 15 minutes, tops, for her to get back on her feet. To put this in perspective, the average person would be incapacitated for three days. And in a Filler arc she was awake for multiple days (to prevent her memories from being stolen) and showed zero ill effects. This is justified as she has 20+ years of constant fear and paranoia; she didn't face constant violence, but the emotional strain was immense.
  • Hey, You!: One of Robin's main characteristics, and also one of the most overlooked due to how subtle it is. It's very rare for Robin to actually utter the name of someone she's talking to (or just referring to) in any dialogue; Robin's defense mechanism to protect her feelings pushes her into being as impersonal as possible to people she meets. However, once Robin found her place with the Straw Hats she started using their names, though so far Luffy is the only recurring character whom Robin will always call by name.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: One of the weaknesses of her Devil Fruit is that the limbs she creates still count, in a sense, as her real limbs. This makes her vulnerable to her enemies' Devil Fruit powers when she restrains them, as shown when Ain transformed her into a teenager in One Piece Film: Z and when Sugar transformed her into a toy. She also takes damage if the extra limbs are directly attacked, though this is seen less often as hitting limbs sprouted on someone else's body will hurt the victim too.
  • Iconic Outfit: A mild example with her Enies Lobby outfit (the leather dress and thigh-highs getup). She's generally a fashionista like Nami, but that particular ensemble is still showing up in merchandise and video games, 10 years later. Like the other Straw Hats, her first Time Skip outfit is already iconic now, appearing as her primary look in just about all the latest merchandise and depictions.
  • Imagine Spot: After Robin truly became a Straw Hat post Enies Lobby, one of the sources of humor on her part are the silly imagination thought bubbles about something she finds amusing or wished it happened, such as imagining Usopp and Zoro carrying her and Luffy on their backs like living rafts to cross a body of water on their way to Punk Hazard.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • Subverted. Miss All Sunday trolled Pell by making it look like she impaled Vivi, but in reality she just sprout an arm out of Vivi's back.
    • Ironically, Crocodile stabs her In the Back and through her chest for backstabbing him.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Post-timeskip. Hell, pre-timeskip. Though granted this applies to nearly every post-pubescent woman in this series that isn't a gonk.
  • Interrupted Suicide: After her hopes of finding the Rio Poneglyph were crushed in Alabasta, she decided to stay inside the crumbling Royal Tomb. She is wounded, but considering her powers she could have easily escaped if she had wanted to. The Unwanted Rescue comes in the form of Luffy, who tells her that she's better off living; she disagrees. He ignores her and drags her kicking and screaming out of the tomb. With time, and the Power of Friendship, this becomes a Happily Failed Suicide. Indeed, her ire at being forced to live through that suicide attempt is why she joins the crew initially, her stated line of reasoning more or less being "I'm only alive because of you, so you have to take responsibility."
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: If somebody loses to her, she's going to make a point of horribly maiming them and having them go out in a particularly undignified manner. Of course, the people who lose to her have almost always really asked for it. Just ask Spandam.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: A somewhat different take on the trope. Instead of falling from idealist to cynic, she had her cynicism from a pretty early age (being a renegade from the World Government since 8 does that to a person) and believed only in self-preservation and finding the True History. It was only after her stay with the incredibly optimistic Straw Hats that she felt that there were some people worth protecting.
  • Lady of Adventure: Is dedicated to archaeology and the hunt for the True History, one of the first reasons piracy appealed to her (other than it being her only option for survival).
  • Lady of War: When fighting, she still remains composed and in control of herself. Her fighting style is both refined and serene, sprouting her body parts from any surface she wants to take down scores of enemies without moving an inch. Petals even appear when she uses her powers, adding to her grace in battle.
  • Large Ham: It turns out that Robin is the biggest overactor of the crew. Subversion in that she only does this for musicals. Justified in that she thought it was supposed to be an opera. Normally she is quite serious.
  • Last of Her Kind: She's explicitly described as being the last living archaeologist who can read the Poneglyphs.
  • Leitmotif: Robin Eyecatcher.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The dark to Nami's light. She's as feminine as Nami, but tends to be more serious and wear darker clothing.
  • Little Black Dress: Often her attire after the timeskip.
  • Living MacGuffin:
    • The Straw Hats' rescue for Nico Robin drives the story of the Enies Lobby arc.
    • In the New World, it's revealed that the only way to find the island where Roger stashed One Piece is by reading the Poneglyphs, and Robin is the only known person alive capable of doing that. In other words, everyone that wants One Piece will need her to get to it.
      Boss Cat Viper: When the time comes and you go about reading those (Poneglyphs), all the Big Names from around the world will surely come to snatch you away!
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Aside from Saul and Clover, she had no friends until she met the Straw Hats.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: It's easy to forget that such a pretty woman's powers involve sprouting extra body parts, including on her opponent, which are frequently used to break their spines!
  • Made of Iron: Subtler than most others in this series, but she sure is. She's survived things like Kuma's Ursus Shock, being punched through walls, and being fried to a crisp by Enel's electric powers.
  • Magic Pants: Begins making use of this when she gains the ability to create full-body clones, as she also develops the ability to create outfits out of nowhere to clothe them with. Notable in that she blatantly avoided this trope up until this point (and actually still does, the full-body clones being the only application of her powers that have any clothes).
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: Because she doesn't actually get in that many fights, it's easy to forget that Robin is one of the most dangerous members of the crew, and is an experienced and ruthless killer. And in a more meta "extremely effective person who's often content to sit back" interpretation of this trope, she's oftentimes allowed the Straw Hats to continue on their journey by doing minor things like talking to locals or picking up a map.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: According to an SBS panel, Robin would be Russian. Her life's experiences made her very strong.
  • Ms. Exposition: As the resident Badass Bookworm of the Straw Hats crew, she's often the one explaining the world of One Piece for Luffy's (and consequently the audience's) benefit.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Oh yeah. Wears somewhat fetishistic outfits? Check. A tendency to end up bound (if not gagged)? Check. Sporting Absolute Cleavage on a frigid island in the middle of a blizzard? Check. In all fairness, that last one wasn't really her fault or intentional.
    • Heck, she won a poll run by the One Piece Wiki for the single most attractive woman in the setting, beating out Hancock and Shirahoshi, who canonically hold that title.
  • Ms. Imagination: A mild example, as she is often in touch with reality, but her vivid imagination is her other main quirk, along with being a Nightmare Fetishist. The two often overlap, such as when a person hasn't returned by the time he should, she likes to propose he has been eaten by a creepy monster or something similar. On the other end of the scale, her imagination can also be rather childish as when Luffy, due to a Lost in Translation pun, confuses the name "Dressrosa" with "an old hag in a dress", and Robin instantly imagines a funny-looking old lady dancing ballet in a fancy dress.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Her most common use of her Devil Fruit power is sprouting arms on her opponent(s) and putting them in submission holds.
    • Her standard badass/dramatic pose in most media involves flourishing fans of arms Kali-style.
  • Nerves of Steel: Was the only one who didn't react when Luffy brought Brook, a living skeleton, aboard the ship for the first time. Extra points when said skeleton bluntly asked her to show him her panties and she STILL doesn't react.
  • Nice Girl: One of the more soft-spoken and polite Straw Hats, but like the rest of the crew it's a very bad idea to piss her off.
  • Nice Hat: As Miss All-Sunday, she always wore a white cowboy hat. She still occasionally does, or sometimes a purple one.
  • The Nicknamer:
    • Prior to Thriller Bark, Robin would rarely address her crewmates by name, any name; she's very fond of Hey, You!. When she did go by name, it was a simple nickname like Long-nose (Usopp), Swordsman (Zoro), Mister Cook (Sanji) and so on. The only crewmate she would always call by name is Luffy, the captain himself, and this was only once or twice she found her place with the Straw Hats; before that she addressed him as Straw Hat, like all his foes, or as Captain.
    • Considering her past, this is probably her defense mechanism. Due to her bounty, everyone acted like a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing to her, pretending to be nice only to stab her in the back later by revealing her position to the Marines (and sometimes being damn hypocritical in the process), so nicknaming everyone was a way to prevent her from getting attached to them. However, during the events in Enies Lobby, she realized that she has finally found her True Companions, and starting in Thriller Bark stops using nicknames.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Possibly the only one besides Luffy who can find a monstrous, three-headed, decaying zombie dog cute. A page of cover art during the Skypiea arc also shows her preferring a scarred wolf to a cute seal.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: In times when members of the crew have befallen an uncertain fate, she usually suggests that they suffered the most gruesome demise possible, or otherwise points out macabre points of trivia.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Compared to the other Straw Hats, she is the most realistically drawn, with pupils noticeably larger than in most other female eyes.
  • Not So Different: From Nami. They both, as young children, were Forced to Watch their homes being threatened by horrific individuals, driven into criminal activity to survive, had to live constantly on the run, know full well what it's like to have your home town absolutely hate you for being alive, and were both in completely hopeless situations until Luffy came along, and gave them a place to call home.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • During her time at Enies Lobby had her show her true emotions, as she was afraid for her life and moved to Tears of Joy when the Straw Hats came to rescue her.
    • The Dressrosa Arc finally gave her a facefault because of naive gnomes showing her too much trust.
    • She gets another, even bigger facefault a bit later in the very same arc. Then again, she is still a Straw Hat at heart and her crew's goofiness was bound to rub off on her sooner or later.
    • And a third one, though more low-key, happens when the dwarves tell her, Rebecca and Bartolomeo how they're going to reach the King's Plateau.
    • She gets a more serious shocked expression when she and the other Straw Hats learn that the Poneglyph on Zou is one of the four keys to finding out where Raftel is.
    • Chapter 924 gives her the biggest face fault she's ever had by that point, by far.
  • Offstage Villainy:
    • In the (unseen) past, she was an assassin/criminal who survived the destruction of every group she was a part of by ruthless treachery, which in the Power of Friendship fueled world of One Piece, is a big deal. Of course, while people (usually the Marines) call her a horrible monster (her nickname is Demon Child, after all) you don't ever actually see her do anything evil. Notably, whenever it looks like she has killed someone, they turn out to be alive (Igaram, Pell, Tashigi). That's the World Government's story anyway. (That's where the name "Demon Child" comes from.) Since we never see her do anything evil and she was targeted by the World Government for being able to read Poneglyphs, there's no telling whether or not she actually ever did anything evil or if she was simply able to survive their targeting of her while her associates didn't.
  • Oh, Crap!: Since she's The Stoic, she mostly doesn't overreact. When it happens, it's means things are getting serious. The most notable ones are when she notices the presence of CP0 in Dressrosa or when she's caught by surprise when she sees that all of Orochi Oniwabasu have sneaked up right behind her.
  • 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.
  • Perky Goth: She sort of has a taste for the macabre. To name a few examples, she suggested "Being of Darkness" as a name for the Thousand Sunny and called the Cerberus on Thriller Bark "cute".
  • Petal Power: For some reason, pink flower petals appear whenever she uses her DF powers. This is explained from her Devil Fruit's name: Flower-Flower. The limbs sprout from the ground "like flowers". Don't think about that too closely, though.
  • Pirate Girl: She counts as one, having been either an outlaw, allied with pirates, or a pirate herself for most of her life, but it's Downplayed. For one thing, she does not have the personality or look you would typically associate with a pirate-tess; which, of course, is generally the rule for most of her crew too, but Robin is easily the least rowdy and pirate-like of the Straw Hats. Secondly, she's obviously a bit too mature to be called a "girl"; so, all in all, the greedy and hotheaded Nami takes up the trope better.
  • Pragmatic Hero: While Luffy will go on about the pride of being a pirate, Zoro will growl about a swordsman's honor, and Sanji waxes poetic on the Power of Love, Robin's main motivation is survival for herself and later her crewmates and in a loose, general sense, history and the preservation thereof. She's also the one most likely to get really simple solutions to puzzles that stump the crew.
  • Pretty in Mink: Wore a coat trimmed with white fur as Miss All-Sunday, and, at least in some art, has a dark green fur coat (bonus points since that's Crocodile's coat).
  • Professional Killer: She was an assassin in her past, though it wasn't money that motivated her, rather the protection that comes from belonging in a group.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Robin's main color scheme is purple.
  • Redemption Demotion: While she is by no means weak, after joining the crew, "snap the opponent's spine" is no longer her immediate solution to a conflict (emphasis on "immediate").
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: When compared to Nami, she's composed, sophisticated and in combat relies on brutal and precise holds to incapacitate her opponents. She's also much less talkative, but when she does speak it's something very important.
  • Seeker Archetype: A major driver in her character arc is her need to find out what's behind the Void Century and the Will of D. Roger apparently knew, so this may overlap with finding the One Piece.
  • Self-Duplication: She become able to create complete duplicates of herself during the Time Skip.
  • Sexophone: One of her eyecatchers during a commercial break and her leitmotif in the actual series include sultry saxophone music, written by series co-composer Kohei Tanaka.
  • She's Back: She's been held hostage by Spandam for most of the Enies Lobby arc, while in the middle of a Despair Event Horizon, but the support of her True Companions helps her getting better and puts as much resistance as she could despite wearingSea Prism Stone handcuffs, even using her own teeth to not be dragged through the Gate of Justice.
  • She's Got Legs: Robin has long and slender legs which get shown off quite a lot due to her uniforms, which usually have a very short skirt.
  • Sole Survivor: When the World Government unleashed a Buster Call on her home island of Ohara, she was the only one to escape thanks to the efforts of Saul. Unfortunately, this meant she spent most of her life as a fugitive because the World Government wants her dead.
  • Squishy Wizard: Robin is squishy compared to the freaks of nature that inhabitat the Grand Line. If you manage to get past her long range power you have a good chance at victory. As a result, once the enemy gets in position to give her direct blows, she's screwed.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 6'2" tall, dwarfing all of the other Straw Hats except Franky and Brook, who keep in mind are themselves 7'5" and 8'8", respectively. This is not a very impressive height in the One Piece world (see the Our Giants Are Bigger trope for a full diagnostic on height variations in the One Piece world), but would be huge if she were a real life woman.
  • The Stoic: Like Zoro, she is much more reserved than most of the crew, and unlike the others, has not had a single Face Fault (until the Dressrosa arc) – this is lampshaded in one of the anime's ending themes. Perhaps not the same ending theme, but one involves shots of each of the crew looking normally, before switching over to a crazy expression, with two exceptions; Zoro, who simply falls asleep, and Robin, who goes from reading books to... reading more books.
  • Straw Nihilist: She used to expressee elements of this belief, after believing her life's work (discovering the True History) isn't going to happen she states that she "doesn't care if the world is destroyed". Though this is in the midst of her Interrupted Suicide. She also expresses some opinions on dreams and the futility of them that are rather similar to Crocodile's. Considering her past, this is Justified.
  • Stripperiffic: Her third outfit for the One Piece Film: Z doesn't cover much.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: The only difference between Robin and her mother is that the former doesn't have white hair.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Her debut as Crocodile's right hand woman has her cold as ice, while after joining as a Straw Hat she warms up a notch, becoming basically sweet ice. Right after Enies Lobby, she goes in full blown sugar mode.
  • Super Drowning Skills: As a Devil Fruit user, she is affected by this, though the only time she's ever been in danger of this is the climax of the Enies Lobby arc, not counting the, non canon, seventh movie.
  • Team Mom: Word of God describes her as being like this, as she's one of the oldest and arguably the most mature member of the crew.
  • Tears of Joy: When Robin realized that the Straw Hats would never abandon her and really were her True Companions, to the point of declaring war on the entire world just for her sake, she could do little more than cry, having realized that Saul was right.
  • Tempting Fate: Her somewhat macabre sense of humor often unnerves her companions.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: After Yama destroys the ruins of Shandora with no respect or remorse and then begs for mercy, she says it's too late for apologies and proceeds to break his spine.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sure, her powers were pretty badass from the start, but she mastered them during the Time Skip. After the two-year interim, she was able to create thousands of limbs, make them large enough to restrain whole ships, and create duplicates of her entire body. She's a better fighter after this too; if she can't break a foe's neck, she can now twist his torso 180 degrees. She's also used her power to create hundreds of limbs, combine them into two huge limbs, and bring them down on a large number of enemies, crushing them like bugs. (In short, if you thought messing with her before was dangerous, you certainly don't want to now.)
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: Her time with the Straw Hats has made her genuinely happy and gaining a desire to live.
  • Tranquil Fury: After joining the crew, this is the state she gets in on the rare event that she gets pissed off. This is present in one scene when, without changing facial expression, she uses her Devil Fruit powers to snap Spandam's back.
  • Unwanted Rescue: First, when Luffy saves her from the crumbling Royal tomb. Then in the CP9 saga, when the crew goes to save her she doesn't only complain, she uses her powers violently on her comrade Usopp to make him and all the other Straw Hats to understand that she wants to die. Thanks to The Power of Friendship, she realizes she doesn't really want to die and it becomes a Happily Failed Suicide.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: She's also guilty of hiding things down her Absolute Cleavage.
  • Watching Troy Burn: As a child, she saw her hometown going up in smoke.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Robin is no stronger than your average athletic human woman. However, skillful use of her Devil Fruit powers enables her to take on foes much bigger and/or much more powerful than she is. After the Timeskip, her status as weak is debatable. She takes down Fishmen (who are said to be usually 10 times stronger than the average human) easily and, even better, effortlessly caught and restrained the clearly super humanly strong Hakuba when he tried to blitz her.
  • When She Smiles: Robin is a pretty mature and serious woman whose smiles are usually coldly charming; but her rare girlish giggles are so darned cute you'd once again forget that she was the right-hand lady of a mass murderer.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Became a common theme with her outfits after the Timeskip in canon material or otherwise. Not seen before at all, however.
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?: Robin is the archaeologist of the Straw Hat Crew, but until the Zou arc, there seemed to be no benefits of having an archaeologist on board. On Zou, the Straw Hats learn that they need to decipher all four Road Poneglyphs to find Raftel, which drastically increases Robin's importance for their journey. Furthermore, since she is one of the very few people who is able to decipher Poneglyphs, it gives the Straw Hats a massive advantage over almost every other crew who wants to find the legendary One Piece. Being the sole survivor and last archaeologist of Ohara, Robin is literally irreplaceable for the crew.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Though a completely rational fear, she is absolutely terrified of the World Government, the Admirals and in particular Cipher Pol. This is a fear most pirates (and civilians) have, but the fear is such an ingrained part of her she's based her entire life around. Preparing at a moment's notice to A) betray any/all of her companions and B) die if that isn't enough for her to escape. Due to Character Development, Enies Lobby, and spending 2 years with The Revolutionary Army, it seems that this is no longer the case.
  • Wild Take: Averted for the longest time, until the Dressrosa arc. Because Robin found her place in the Straw Hats and has begun developing her own free humor, she has started showing more shocked expressions; in the Wano Arc especially, Robin pulled off an unexpectedly extreme Wild Take, to the shock and hilarity of many fans.
  • Winged Humanoid: She can do so temporarily by fashioning a number of arms into wings.
  • Women Are Wiser: She possesses common sense in spades and lacks the quirks (Robin has her own quirks too, they're just fairly subtle compared to the others') and Berserk Button tendencies that Nami has. She tends to stay cool and collected in almost any situation, even when her captain has them haring off on some utterly ridiculous course on a whim. The major difference between her and Nami is that, while Nami tends to try to show the rest of the group how ludicrous their actions are (sometimes coming off as the Only Sane Woman), Robin is perfectly content to sit back, smile, and read a book while Luffy makes plans to blast the ship and crew into the sky.
  • Worth Living For: Robin was on the verge of giving up on her life until Luffy showed her that even one who has faltered and done wrong is worthy of love, and worth dying for. Even then, she didn't realize she had finally found her reason and her place in life until the Straw Hats literally declared war on the entire world for her.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Robin specializes in submission locks and her most common form of attack is taking down an enemy from a distance in this manner using her powers. After the Time Skip, she even takes it up a notch and one of her moves involves making a clone of herself to take down the legs in a submission hold while she herself performs a diving-neck snap. On a Fish-man twice her size. A Fish-man who, like all Fish-men, is said to naturally be 10 times stronger than the average human. Damn.
  • You Are Not Alone: Told to her, in those exact words, by Jaguar D. Saul. For much of her life, she was alone – from her fellow islanders ridiculing her, to her being hunted for her bounty and being an enemy of the World Government. She realized the Straw Hats loved her and were her True Companions when they burned the flag of the World Government, declaring war on the entire system, so they would be the same as her.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Robin can't return to Ohara thanks to it being destroyed by the Buster Call.
  • You Killed My Mother: Not just her mother, but her mentor/father figure, the group of archaeologists who were her only friends, and her hometown itself. Their murders are the reason behind her hatred for the Government, specifically Spandine and Spandam.
  • Your Size May Vary: Robin's height is fairly inconsistent in the anime. She's officially listed as being 6'2" both before and after the timeskip, but she frequently has been shown to be shorter than Zoro when standing next to him while he's only 5'11". However, her height is more consistent in the manga.

    "Iron Man" Franky 

"Iron Man" Franky

Child Voice: Junko Noda (JP), Terri Doty (EN, Funi), Greg Ayres (EN, Unlimited Adventure), Mercedes Espinosa (SP)
Adult Voice: Kazuki Yao (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN); Galo Balcázar (OP Gold) (Latin American Spanish); Miguel Ángel Pérez (SP)

Age: 34 (Pre-Timeskip), 36 (Post-Timeskip)

Birthday: March 9th

Bounty: 94,000,000 Berries

Debut: Chapter 329 (Manga), Episode 233 (Anime)

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"I'm feeling especially super this week!"

Franky, real name Cutty Flam, is the crew's shipwright. His eccentric behavior (SUUUPPERRR!!) and habit of wearing very little other then his trusty speedos lead many to brand him a pervert (which he takes pride in), yet he is loyal and protective of his friends, often calling them his "little bros". He's also prone to striking poses and breaking out into torrents of tears at the slightest hint of anything sentimental. Initially, he was the leader of the Franky Family, a gang of villainous dismantlers who provoked the Straw Hats' wrath by mugging Usopp and stealing most of their money. As his epithet implies, he is a cyborg known as BF-36 (BF = Battle Franky) due to being hit by a sea train and washing up on a scrap yard and using said scrap to modify his body to keep from dying. He later uses blueprints from the world's best scientist to upgrade himself to BF-37.

His past is tied to Nico Robin's, as while she can read the location of the superweapon Pluton, he actually owns the blueprints themselves, it having been passed down among the shipwrights of Water 7 for generations. After being captured by the World Government along with Robin, he burned the blueprints and fought alongside the rest of the Straw Hats to save her, and eventually joined them after being blackmailed through theft of his speedos.

His dream is to build and sail on what he deems the greatest sailing ship on the seas, which resulted in the construction of the Straw Hats' new ship, the Thousand Sunny.

He has a bounty of 94,000,000 berries.note 


  • Achilles' Heel: Because Franky did all his upgrades himself, everything (including his defenses) ended up in front, leaving him vulnerable to attacks from behind.
  • Anatomy Arsenal: Thanks to extensive self-modification.
  • The Apprentice: He and Iceburg were the shipwright apprentices to the late Tom.
  • Arc Villain: Subverted. Early in the Water 7 arc, Franky was initially presented as if he would be the arc's main antagonist as his group was responsible for stealing the Straw Hats' money, an act which led to the fallout between Luffy and Usopp. However as events further unfolded, Franky's position of supposed villain shifted to unexpected ally with the reveal of the arc's true villains, CP9.
  • Arm Cannon: There's a cannon in his left arm.
  • Artificial Limbs: To a near exaggerated extent. He's a cola powered cyborg, having rebuilt his limbs and much of his body from the wrecks of his old battleships aka Battle Frankys.
  • The Atoner: Iceberg suggests that the creation of the Franky Family to give its members a living while stopping crime in Water 7 is Franky's atonement for indirectly condemning Tom to execution.
  • Badass Baritone: In the Funimation dub, as he's voiced by Patrick Seitz.
  • Badass Biker:
    • In One Piece Film: Strong World, he made two motorcycles out of a giant crayfish, which he called Zarley Davidson, and a giant grasshopper, which he called Batta GT-7000.
    • Post-Time Skip, he has built the Black Rhino FR-U IV, a massive rhino-themed caterpillar track motorcycle.
  • Bald of Awesome: After the timeskip, Franky usually sports a buzz-cut (which he can change at will).
  • Big Fancy Sword: The Marauder's sword, the Franken.
  • Blatant Lies: He's not crying, damn it! HE'S NOT!
  • Blow You Away: His Coup de Vent technique, which shoots a blast of compressed air at the opponent. After the Time Skip, he has a one-handed version which acts as a Hand Blast.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Franky's represents the color cyan or light blue.
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif: Franky's theme actually pre-dates Franky himself, originally being used for Usopp's 5-Ton Hammer escapade, and especially before that, when Luffy first meets Eyelashes.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: A running gag in the series is that of Franky being extremely compassionate whenever he overhears what he experiences a touching story or moment, causing him to cry uncontrollably.
  • Building Swing: Like Luffy and Robin, he can use an expandable arm (his right forearm being connected to his bicep with a metal chain, in his case) to climb and swing from buildings.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite all of his eccentricities, never doubt the genius of Franky's work. A perfect example would be a recent addition to his body, Nipple Lights.
  • Catchphrase: "SUPER!"
  • Chick Magnet: If his interactions with Señor Pink are any indication, that plus the fact he spent his time as an underworld boss surrounded by two hotties everywhere he went.
  • Child Prodigy: The reason Tom took him on as a shipwright apprentice — he witnessed a then child-aged Franky make a cannon out of scrap that was lying about.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: With his eccentricity and his tendency to shut "SUPER!" whenever he can, there's no denying he's an odd man.
  • Combining Mecha:
    • The Iron Pirate Franky Shogun is composed of the Black Rhino FR-U IV and Brachio Tank V.
    • Pre-Time Skip, Franky attempts to form one of these with the other Straw Hats in Thriller Bark. Robin is mortified at the thought.
  • Cool Shades: Always wears a pair of sunglasses.
  • Crazy Awesome: Invoked. This is the In-Universe opinion of him as far as Luffy, Chopper, and Usopp are concerned.
    • Franky's really used to showcase Oda's viewpoint on gender. Men, especially young boys, are generally impressed by Franky's various weapons, even Sanji (although he doesn't go crazy over all of it like Luffy does). On the other hand, women (like Robin and Nami) just don't understand what's so great about robots.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite how he usually behaves, you really really don't want to get in a fight with him. Two close subordinates of Doflamingo learned this in a very painful way.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul:
    • Averted. He's one of the most emotional Straw Hats, being extremely quick to laugh, cry, or get angry.
    • Played for Laughs after the timeskip, as he occasionally repeats instructions in a robotic voice and (sometimes) adds the suffix "-robo" or "-mecha" to sentences, though it's implied he's showing off. Robin jokes (maybe) that she can't really consider him "human" anymore.
  • Cyborg: It's even the epithet on his Wanted poster.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: After being thrown overboard by his pirate parents, Franky was taken in at Water 7, and trained to be a shipwright along with adoptive brother Iceburg. His mentor, Tom, was prosecuted for building Roger's ship, Oro Jackson, but cut a deal where he would build the Sea Train. After building it and four lines, he was framed by the World Government when they used ships built by Franky to attack Water 7. When they tried to take Tom to Enies Lobby to be executed Franky tried to stop the Sea Train, and got run over in the process.
  • Determinator: He turned himself into a cyborg... after getting hit by a train!
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He is always barefoot by default. Even when made to wear pants before becoming a cyborg, he didn't use any footwear. As a cyborg, he doesn't need any because he has artificial body parts reinforced with iron, including his feet. Though he has worn both footwear in movies and filler, he has yet to do so in canon.
  • Dr. Fakenstein: A subtle example, but it's there. While he doesn't mess around with corpses, he is a talented engineer who is more than willing to modify his own body and his name sounds close enough to Frankenstein's. One Halloween-themed artwork also had him cosplaying as a Frankenstein's Monster, just to drive the point further.
  • Eagleland: While the USA obviously doesn't exist in the world of One Piece, Franky's appearance and personality are a very over-the-top mishmash of various stereotypes the Japanese have about Americans, and Oda claimed in an interview that if Franky were real, he'd hail from America. A full analysis can be found halfway down this page.
  • Emergency Transformation: He rebuilt himself. From the scraps of a derelict ship. After being hit by a train. Heck, this guy gives Tony Stark a run for his money, appropriately enough.
  • Expressive Hair: His hair style automatically changes according to what he's fueling himself with at the time. While he usually uses cola, which makes it stand up in a sort of pompadour, it tends to hang-down and wilt when he's running on empty, has a more onion-like shape if he uses vegetable juice and a more wavy style when using tea. Post-Time Skip, his hair can change between infinite styles with a push on his nose. Oda has decided to make this a Running Gag.
  • Fartillery: He can channel his Coup de Vent attack out of his posterior...resulting in a name change to Coup de Boo.
  • Fighting with Chucks: Heavy Nunchuk! It's made from two stone pillars attached to already large steel nunchuks. Thriller Bark only.
  • Finger Firearms: Before the Timeskip, he had the "ability" to open his finger like a door hinge and fire a bullet.
  • Foil: His past in relation to Nami's. Both grew up adopted with a sibling, with both children and the parent all the same gender. While Nami's adoptive parent was a former Marine killed by a Fish-man, Franky's adoptive parent was a Fish-man killed by the Government to which the Marines are associated.
  • A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: Zigzagged, and ultimately subverted. Back when he was a villain, Franky and his Family blew a lot of the money they stole from the Straw Hats on booze and parties, and a large part of the remainder went into the huge party the crew had to celebrate their victory in Enies Lobby. However, most of the money went to a much better use, as Franky used it to buy some Adam wood which he used to build the Thousand Sunny.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: While they're not brothers by blood, Franky had this dynamic with Iceberg. One guess as to who was the former.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: After the time skip, he's developed this as a finishing move called the Franky Radical Beam as a replacement to his Coup de Vent. Which, according to One Piece Film: Z, can wipe out Pacifistas.
  • Full-Name Basis: To Robin, when he first joined the crew. It eventually switches to First-Name Basis. Justified, as Nico Robin was a sort of bogeyman to him when he was younger, and as he gets to know her she stops being a mythic figure and becomes a person.
  • Funny Afro: Since he can change hairstyles at will after the timeskip, he sometimes goes with afros.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Franky was able to remake his own body.
  • Gatling Good: There's a machine gun in the knuckles of his left hand.
  • Genius Bruiser: Built fully functioning robotic prostheses out of random junk from scratch and attached them himself, while severely injured. Also the largest of the Straw Hats by a good margin, with a body that is mostly made of literal iron.
  • Gentle Giant: Becomes very apparent around children and normal people. Beneath the hard metal shell of his gigantic body is a really soft center.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: After the Time Skip, Franky now has two stitch-mark scars on his torso running down from the back of his neck indicating that he had sewn his skin back on.
  • Gratuitous English: Probably the most frequent user outside of combat.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Initially introduced as the leader of a gang who acted as villains for most of the Water 7 arc.
  • Hidden Depths: Iceberg suggests different reasons for why he became a mob boss. Recruiting the bums and thugs off the streets gives them stable employment, and the job they do (hunting down pirates and dismantling their ships) is good for Water 7 as a whole.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: Weaponized. His "Franky Triangle Jacker" consists of him plucking off his sideburns and throwing them like sharp boomerangs.
  • Humongous Mecha:
    • The Iron Pirate Franky Shogun.
    • In a hilarious subversion of what normally would be expected of a giant mecha, it proved pretty useless in its first appearance, as the only attacks that actually hit the opponents were the ones used by Franky by momentarily coming out of the cockpit. Lampshaded by Robin, who wondered why he had brought it out in the first place.
    • Until Franky revealed that he has a scaled-down copy of the Thousand Sunny's Gaon Cannon, called the General Cannon, built into the thing. Nothing says surprise quite like getting hit by a compressed air stream that can blow up an entire ship.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: How he fits everything inside his body is probably best left unanswered.
  • Iconic Outfit: Open, loud red Hawaiian shirt? Sharp black shades? Inappropriately small blue speedo? It could only be SUUUUUUUUUUUUPER Franky of course!
  • Immune to Bullets: Particularly important in the literal Taking the Bullet scene for Robin during the Enies Lobby arc. However, he's only immune in the front and not the back; after all, since he did all his modifications himself, he couldn't reach his back.
  • Important Haircut: He got one of these after the Time Skip, but can revert to his old style or change to a new one by pressing his nose for more than three seconds.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Post-timeskip, he can change his hairstyle by pressing his nose. Some of them are really bizarre, like rifle-shaped hair.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Will bawl his eyes out whenever he hears a sad story. Considering that almost everyone in the One Piece world has some kind of tragic past, this happens a lot.
  • Insult Backfire: He takes "pervert" as a compliment.
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: His cyborg functions are powered by carbonation! So is the ship he made, for that matter. It may also serve as an Incredibly Lame Pun and a joke on Steam Punk, since the most popular brand of cola is Coke and coke is a type of fuel that was used in steam engines.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As a Straw Hat Pirate, this was to be expected, though after Enies Lobby, it seems he's full on Nice Guy now. Or at the very least there's more emphasis on the "Heart Of Gold" part.
  • Kavorka Man: Given his obscenely Frankenstein like appearance after the time skip, it was amazing he could charm Señor Pink's hired help the way he can.
    • Though given that said hired help was also attracted to Señor Pink, it's possible that they were admiring his manly attitude more than anything.
  • Kick the Dog: In one scene Franky and a couple of enemy agents see each other at a distance, said agents decide they have no reason to attack an unknown bystander, on the other hand Franky just starts shooting them, it is never justified why he attacked them.
  • A Lady on Each Arm: Used to be the case with the Square Sisters; Mozu and Kiwi back in his mafia days. Even two years later at the final stages of the Dressrosa Arc shows that he's still got it, having smitten some of Señor Pink's fanbase with his charm.
  • Large Ham: Natch. He once responded to a sad backstory by playing a somber tune on his guitar.
  • The Leader: Before becoming the shipwright of the Straw Hat Pirates, Franky was the underworld boss of Water 7.
  • Leitmotif: Franky Eyecatcher.
  • Likes Older Women: Unlike Sanji, Brook, and Usopp, Franky has no interest in young beautiful women as he and Senor Pink stated in their battle Franky only kissing Qween (Smile factory Manger) to shut her up. Franky does however show interest in older women like Robin, and did show excitement when Nami ripped up Kalifa's clothes shouting "AOW!" and giving the thumbs up.
  • Lost in Translation: Some of the situations involving Franky and the word "pervert" are actually Japanese pun-based jokes involving "Hentai!" (abnormality) and the more traditional Toku phrase "Henshin!" (transform) commonly used in Sentai series. While "hentai" can also mean "metamorphosis", its more common meaning of "weirdo" or "pervert" creates obvious humor.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Hilariously parodied. The forearm is actually much larger than the Iron Pirate Franky Shogun's shield.
  • Magnetic Hero: Because of his unbiased and protective attitude, he is quick in making friends and allies with the most unlikely of individuals, such as street thugs and pirates. He is seen as a 'big brother' figure, and is admired by many for his efforts to protect them, such as Nico Robin and the Franky Family.
  • Man of the City: According to Iceburg, Franky made himself this for Water 7 because he felt responsible Tom's death. He took the downtrodden dregs of the city and formed the Franky Family to get them off the streets, who he had work as salvagers and bounty hunters to give them legitimate work, and said work was intended to protect the city by taking out pirates that approached it.
  • Manly Tears: Whenever Franky hears a sob-story his eyes turn into rivers. He does it so often its a personality trait.
  • Meaningful Rename: His original name was "Cutty Flam" but Iceburg decided to nickname him "Franky" because "Cutty Flam is a weird name".
  • Mighty Glacier: The slowest Straw Hat in the crew; not that he's snail-slow or anything, but he runs and moves about as fast as a normal, athletic man his age and size is expected to. But when it comes to raw strength, he's easily the 5th strongest Straw Hat, just behind the monster trio and Jimbei.
  • My Greatest Failure: His Battle Franky ships being stolen by Spandam and used to attack the judicial ship in order to frame him, Tom, and Iceberg, injuring the latter two in the process. This motivated his decision to give up on making ships.
  • Naked People Are Funny: The Straw Hats stole his speedo to convince him to join them.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: On the island he was sent to, he unintentionally self-destructed the laboratory of Dr. Vegapunk, the smartest man in the One Piece world. His lab was considered a treasure to the Marines.
    • He ended up doing this twice.
    • In his past, all the ships that he built end up getting used to frame him, Tom, and Iceberg for attacking the judicial ship as part of Spandam's plan to confiscate Pluton's blueprints.
  • The Nicknamer: He used to nickname his crewmates, calling them by attribute-related monikers like "curly eyebrow" or "skeleton" instead of their real names (Except for Robin, who he referred to by her full name). Much like Robin, he stops using nicknames as he gets closer to his crewmates.
  • Nigh Invulnerable:
    • Franky's armored body can resist almost anything, even more so after the time skip. Only from the front, though. He couldn't reach his back so it's totally unarmored.
    • His Iron Pirate robot is even tougher, able to take a barrage of ordinance from Baby 5 that she claimed would have been enough to damage a Pacifista. She had to turn into a sickle to penetrate its armor.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Some fans believe he might be based off of Jim Carrey.
    • His post-Time Skip body seems to modeled after Henry Rollins.
    • He was also created after Eiichiro Oda heard all of Kazuki Yao's voice work as Jango and Bon Clay, specifically designed to give him a permanent casting role.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: He is this trope. From his debut, to the Time Skip, you always see his abs.
  • Odd Friendship: With Brook. He's initially the only Straw Hat to hold prejudice against Brook for being a skeleton that would only have a miserable life if he carried on in society. An opinion that Robin scolds him for. But once hearing the story of carrying on with the promise to meet Laboon, he grows to have great respect for Brook. After the time skip, Franky believed Brook wouldn't return to the crew becoming a famous rock star, but is overjoyed to see him after 2 years and continues to show him respect even greeting him first on Zou before the other Straw Hats.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: He was renamed by Iceberg who found his real name silly. Everyone has called him Franky ever since.
  • 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.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Franky when he was first introduced. The Straw Hats didn't know how to really fight him since he's a cyborg. They actually thought he was a Devil Fruit user. CP9 had a better advantage since half of them lived in Water 7 for five years and personally knew him. Those who didn't know or understand Franky's abilities had a hard time countering him, especially since he's literally Made of Iron.
  • Power Palms: Can shoot a burst of highly compressed and destructive air from his palms.
  • Power Source: Cola it's his main source of power, though others drinks works too but gives him a different personality. In his pre-timeskip appearance, whenever he's out of energy, his hair droops.
  • Powered Armor: The "Franky Shogun" mecha-suit, which he also refers to as "Armored Me". He can fire laser beams, highly compressed bursts of air, and wield a giant katana, among other things. Luffy, Usopp, and Chopper personally consider it the coolest thing ever, likening it to a Humongous Mecha. Still, Franky is unhappy that the Marines apparently mistaked it for his real body, as his current Wanted poster features the suit rather than his real face.
  • Rated M for Manly: His fight with Senior Pink isn't a simple exchange of attacks, it's also a context for who's the manliest. Franky wins.
  • Red Baron: "Cyborg". After Dressrosa it becomes "Iron Man".
  • Ridiculously Fast Construction: Played for laughs several times during the Thriller Bark arc, when, among other things, he builds a bridge with flower motifs and frills in the time it took the others to blink, and buids a staircase leading up to super-giant Oars as fast as another crewmember is able to climb it. Best shipwright/carpenter/engineer ever.
  • Rocket Punch: With all of the homages to fighting robot series in his character, it's no surprise he can do this. Though, cleverly, his hand is attached to his forearm with a chain so it comes back after being fired. He can only perform this with his right arm.
  • Sand In My Eyes: Often brought to tears by sentimental backstories. He always denies it.
  • Scenery Censor: In episode 321 of the anime, his family snatches his speedo and takes it to the Straw Hats to get him to go with them, making him run through town bottomless. While the show has no problem showing his rear end, they occasionally use this to obscure the front.
  • Science Hero: Considering that everything is operated on cola, it's hard not to hit this trope.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: In the English dub he and Brook do this when Oars is about to throw a tower at them. In his defense though that's probably an appropriate reaction to have in that situation.
  • Self-Surgery: On the verge of death after being run down by a train when he was 22 years old, Franky rebuilt himself using spare parts from an abandoned ship. As he was alone at the time, he was unable to modify his back, making it the only part of his body that is still flesh and blood.
  • Shoulder Cannon: Has a couple of 'em that dislocate his shoulder blades. He gets a Shoulder Rocket Launcher and a more functional Shoulder Cannon after Time-skip.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Because of his antics in the island of Baldimore, he caused "The Nightmare of Baldimore", and he accidentally set fire to the tiger skin he was wearing to mask himself and ran out scaring the suspicious Marines chasing him, becoming "The Burning Beast of Baldimore" to make legends for generations to come.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: To stop Kyuin from talking, he kisses her and she ends up in a Post-Kiss Catatonia.
  • Super Strength: Franky's great physical strength is one of the things he can boast of. While his combat abilities may still be below the monster trio, his physical strength is very likely to be on par with them. He gives Luffy a run for his money when they first meet (as enemies). So he's likely still high up there after his post-Time Skip upgrade.
  • Tank-Tread Mecha: He can turn his legs into tank treads for faster movement.
  • Team Dad: According to Oda. He's of the bumbling variety, however. He certainly was one to the Franky Family as well.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Acting like a mob boss in Water 7, the Cool Shades he almost always wears, Large Ham tendencies, pretending he isn't crying when he gets saddened by something, not to mention a battle of one-upmanship in being "manly" against one of Doflamingo's executives (who happens to be a man dressed like a baby...) - Let's face it, he is this trope.
  • That Man Is Dead: As part of Iceberg's plan to hide the Pluton blueprints, "Cutty Flam" died when he tried to stop Tom from being taken by the Government.
  • This Is a Drill: There's a drill on the top of the Iron Pirate Franky Shogun's head.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: General Shield Boomerang!
  • Top-Heavy Guy:
    • He was of rather normal proportions before his accident with the Puffing Tom, albeit a bit lanky. After he rebuilt himself, his arms and torso became much wider and bulkier, while his legs haven't changed much. Taken Up to Eleven after the Time Skip, where further modifications have made him a lot taller and his arms massive, while his legs haven't changed a bit.
    • His Humongous Mecha, just like him, has massive arms and an even bigger torso, but stick-like legs.
  • Trouser Space: Apparently he keeps the hammer he uses to build things in his speedo...
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: In the anime (Japanese dub). "Good smell! Flllllavor!"
  • Unfortunate Names: His real name is Cutty Flam. Iceberg, one of the few who knows it, was the one who convinced him to change it.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Iceburg, who even lampshades it.
    "Look at us... we yell as soon as we look at each other. You jerk! I'm glad you're alive!"
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: He is a Parody of this in every sense of the word, considering he wears a speedo.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: More like "He Can Rebuild Himself". As previously mentioned, he became a cyborg after being run over by the Puffing Tom, surviving, and then refitting his own body with mechanical parts. In fact, he's rebuilt himself twice! After causing the "Nightmare of Baldimore" and incinerating his own skin, he rebuilds himself into an even bigger and more powerful body, incorporating plans from Dr. Vegapunk himself.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Senor Pink this. The two of them reached an unspoken agreement during their fight to take each other's blows without even attempting to avoid them until one of them finally fell. Afterwards, Franky says he'd like to meet Senor again and hear the story of his wife Russian over drinks.
  • Would Hit a Girl: As his fight against Baby 5 can testify.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: He randomly busts out a German suplex against the Smile factory leader Kyuin, despite having never used such maneuvers before.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Franky has light blue hair and it's even styled after Ace Ventura's.
  • You Killed My Father: Franky utterly loathes Spandam for arresting his mentor/father figure Tom and sentencing him to death and Franky does his best to make Spandam's life absolute hell every time they come into contact. When Spandam kicks Tom's unconscious upon arrest, Franky promptly breaks his face with the butt of a rifle (permanently disfiguring him) causing Spandam much grief. But if that wasn't enough when meeting him again after twenty years, Franky despite being being chained bites Spandam skull and refuses to let go forcing Kumadori to separate them. But Franky doesn't just perform physical revenge for Tom, he also burns Tom's blue prints for Pluton the Ancient Weapon (which the The Government have been seeking for years) directly in front of Spandam's face causing Spandam to go spare.

    "Soul King" Brook 

"Soul King" Brook

Voiced by: Yuichi Nagashima (AKA: "Cho") (JP), Ian Sinclair (EN); Darío Olivares (OP Gold) (Latin American Spanish); José Posada (films) (SP)

Age: 88 (Pre-Timeskip), 90 (Post-Timeskip)

Birthday: April 3rd

Bounty: 83,000,000 Berries

Debut: Chapter 442 (Manga), Episode 337 (Anime)

Devil Fruit: Revive-Revive Fruit

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Click here to see his Pre-Time Skip appearance 

"I really am glad to still be alive!"

Brook is the crew's musician. He ate the Revive-Revive Fruit (Yomi Yomi no Mi), which enabled his spirit to reanimate his corpse after he died. Unfortunately, after his death, his spirit got lost for an entire year before finding his body, and it had decayed into a skeleton. He later developed the ability to control his own soul. Deprived of his shadow by the Warlord of the Sea, Gecko Moria, he was adrift within the gloomy Florian Triangle until he met the Straw Hats by chance. He's something of a Dirty Old Man who repeatedly asks Nami and Robin to show him their panties, and he also has the distinct habit of making cringe-inducing puns relating to his skeletal state at every opportunity. He's eighty-eight/ninety years old, though he doesn't age after dying at the age of thirty-eight. He is also a fencer who executes extremely fast attacks and can use music as a form of hypnosis.

His dream is to reunite with Laboon, a whale who lives at the entrance to the Grand Line, whom the Straw Hats had previously met. Fifty years ago, the baby whale had befriended the pirate crew Brook was a part of, but they had to leave him behind as their travels became more dangerous. After his shadow was recovered from Gecko Moria, Brook happily accepted Luffy's invite to join the crew, pleased to have finally found new friends to call his own.

He has a bounty of 83,000,000 berries.note 


  • Afro Asskicker: A powerful afro-wearing undead musician!
  • Almighty Janitor:
    • Brook's official position in the Straw Hat Pirates is the musician. That doesn't mean he won't leave you dead before you can blink.
    • Brook actually manages to fight and impress Big Mom, though he ultimately loses. It's implied that she's going easy on him because she wants to add him to her collection of rare creatures, and his Revive ability is uniquely suited to counter her Soul ability, but Brook is the only Straw Hat thus far to face off with an Emperor! (Except Luffy's brief encounters with Blackbeard and Whitebeard.)
  • The Aloner: It's implied that Brook developed his bizarre humor and Incredibly Lame Pun tendencies as a means to entertain himself while he was stuck alone on a ship full of (inanimate) dead people for half a century.
  • An Ice Person: After the Timeskip, he can channel the freezing cold of the underworld into his sword.
  • Artistic License – Biology: While being a living skeleton is because of his devil fruit, and we can understand that milk heals him, there's the fact he became taller during the timeskip, this despite being a 88-90 years old skeleton. (And strangely, he said his hair won't grow.)
  • Astral Projection: A power he developed over the Time Skip.
  • Back from the Dead: The Devil Fruit he ate let him come back to life after being killed. Once. Though he's harder to kill a second time.
  • Badass Longcoat: His outfits after the Timeskip usually feature longcoats.
  • Berserk Button: How dare something turn up its nose after trying to eat him. Bone has plenty of nutritional value!
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's a simpleton and loves cracking jokes about his skeletal status, but don't let that fool you into thinking he's weak.
    • Because just like his captain he won't back down even if it means fighting one of the Yonko, Big Mom alone.
  • Blessed with Suck: Initially, though it's later subverted. His Devil Fruit only returns someone from the dead once, and his skeletal body didn't seem to offer much additional resistance against damage and pain, leaving him at first with little more than Super Drowning Skills. However, he later discovered many more uses to both his Devil Fruit power and his skeletal body.
  • Borrowin' Samedi: Brook doesn't just look skeletal, he is in fact a walking skeleton and dresses in a nice suit and top hat as a matter of course. About the only switch-up is the huge afro. His love of music and horrible manners might be further references to Samedi. He's even pictured in the trope page itself!
  • Brick Joke: Throughout the series, starting right after teaming up with Zoro in Episode 3, Luffy keeps suggesting that they need a musician for a crew member next, his suggestion getting shot down every time. 300+ episodes later...
  • Butt-Monkey: At times. He's not as much of one as Usopp or Sanji, but he does have his moments, especially post-timeskip.
  • Came Back Strong: The more his powers are revealed, the more obvious it becomes his revival was a case of this. First of all, as a skeleton, he is immune to poison because he doesn't have any blood or internal organs, and much harder to damage with conventional weapons.
    • Especially shown in the fact that he's now capable enough and willing to rob and later fight against Big Mom herself. Alone, without any backup, and still able to insult her, to her face by calling her a Young Lady.
  • Came Back Wrong: Well, it happens when your soul gets lost in a fog-laden sea and your body decomposes as a result before it can reach it.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Excuse me Miss, may I see your panties?"
    • Includes variants such as "may I borrow some money?" should panties be unavailable.
      • These are all variants on a running joke (which works better in Japanese because of the billions of levels of politeness they have built into their language), in which he asks extremely rude things in an extremely polite manner.
    • "SKULL JOKE!!!"
  • Chekhov's Skill: That crack in his skull cap that allows him to open it and carry a Tone Dial inside the empty space where his brain used to be is only seen in use during the arc in which he was introduced, so it probably slipped a lot of people's minds that he has this compartment unless they considered the possibility he might find another use for it in the future. Which he did: Brook used that very same compartment to hide rubbings of the poneglyphs he copied from Big Mom's hall of treasures and slip away with them totally unnoticed, because even though he got cornered and defeated in battle against her and underwent a body check down to his underwear, Big Mom and company did not realize Brook's skull has a hatch in it. Because of this, Brook has now obtained one of the most important endgame pieces to finding Raftel and two other important recordings, and with the Straw Hats en route to Wano, birthplace of the Poneglyphs, having these rubbings becomes all the more vital. In short, this is a huge leap forward in their quest to find the One Piece.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Never asks to see panties without a courteous "Excuse me, miss..." first, after all. There's more emphasis on "pervert" over "chivalrous" compared to fellow lady-lover Sanji, however.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's the oldest of the Straw Hats, an amazing musician, expert swordsman, and a Nice Guy.
  • Cool Shades: We've never seen what Brook's eyes look like because even when he was alive- as both a child and an adult- he always wore a pair of these, hiding his eyes. After he becomes a rockstar during the Timeskip, he goes back to this look, usually always sporting a pair of shades with his outfits.
  • Creepy Good: A reader can forget that Brook is still a walking talking corpse, which always frightens people whenever they meet Brook or at least spooks them? And now that he can detach his soul from his body, he can also pass as a ghost too! And let's not forget how he channels the energy of the underworld and can dominate souls. Thankfully, it's balanced by his constant humor.
  • Cursed with Awesome: While his skeletal body seemed to not give him a lot of advantages at first, he ended up finding many of them as he got stronger:
    • For one thing, he moves faster and is much lighter due to having no flesh.
    • His Super Drowning Skills are partially balanced by his ability to dash across water because he's so light. He can also jump extraordinarily far and high. Yes, even becoming a skeleton who can't swim can be turned into an advantage in this series.
    • Plus, he doesn't really suffer the same effect of internal damage as the rest of the crew. Stabbing him in the eye just chips his skull, stabbing in the ribs notches them, and a blow to the gut does nothing unless it hits his spine. All three happen within what is probably no more than thirty seconds in universe during his fight to retrieve his shadow.
    • After the Time Skip, he's learned how to remove his soul from his body. Both the women's baths and getting messages to people when he's locked up are now within his reach.
    • The Time Skip further reveals that there's an inexhaustible energy that allows his soul to continue living in the world. He can draw on the power of the soul to strike enemies with the freezing fire of the dead. His sword becomes coated in a blue flame that's freezing cold.
    • His ability to directly attack and manipulate souls means he's the perfect counter to most (he still got caught) of Big Mom's attack and is the first person period, to injure Zeus and Prometheus, homies that were animated portions of her own soul.
    • His skull also serves a great place to store small items such as Tone Dials. Or better yet, Poneglyph rubbings.
    • Since Brook doesn't have any skin or organs, he's pretty much immune to chemicals like poison or sleeping gas, and lightning doesn't affect him either.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Brook entered the Grand Line 50 years before as a musician after befriending the young whale Laboon and promising he would return for him at Reverse Mountain. His captain and half the crew then contracted an incurable disease and were forced to be abandoned. After taking over as captain, Brook and the remaining members of the crew were wiped out by an enemy with poisoned weapons after entering the Florian Triangle. Although he revived with the Revive-Revive Fruit, his ship's rudder was broken, so he was stuck in the same spot for over 50 years with no way to return to his friend as promised. He wasn't even revived instantly, and spent the first of those fifty years in soul form, wandering aimlessly until he found his body, which had already decayed into a skeleton by then. And as mentioned above, he spent the remaining 49 years alone, with nothing to eat or drink, and the bodies of his crew as his sole company. Even worse, for the last five of those fifty years, he was without a shadow thanks to it being stolen by Gecko Moriah, so he couldn't leave the Florian Triangle even if he was able to.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Brook's main color scheme is black and white. He's also a skeleton.
  • The Dead Can Dance: And sing, and play just about any instrument. In fact, death made his playing even better. He now knows firsthand exactly what touches your soul.
  • Death-Activated Superpower: His Devil Fruit powers only kicked in after he died. Although he was still unable to swim.
  • Dem Bones: While his Devil Fruit brought his soul back into the realm of the living, by the time he found his body it had already decayed to a skeleton.
  • Diagonal Cut: When he chops up Talleran.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Zigzagged, he distracts Big Mom by asking her to see her panties so he can cut Zeus in half. Not said as an insult exactly, but not something you would say to someone as scary as Big Mom.
  • Dirty Old Man: He has a habit of asking women to see their panties (including mermaids), with the usual reaction of being pummeled.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: His Skull Jokes would probably be funnier if he let their inherent irony sink in instead of either explaining why they should be hilarious or quickly laughing at them himself. His jokes would, but he wouldn't.
  • The Dreaded: To the denizens of Thriller Bark. He was the only man who knew the zombies' weakness to salt and used that knowledge to decimate their numbers when he tried to retrieve his own shadow. He hummed to himself to keep his spirits up, and the zombies associated his music with death, dubbing him "the Humming Swordsman".
  • Duty That Transcends Death: He will not break his promise to one day return to Laboon. Dying is no excuse.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: His power of the soul makes him immune to abilities that can affect the souls of others, much like Luffy Vs. Eneru, this lets Brook stand against Big Mom despite her threat level being way above him, as he's the perfect counter to her life manipulating abilities.
  • Expressive Skull: Brook can emote with his eye sockets, shifting from a neutral to a battle ready angry expression frequently. He can also cry and receive lumps when hit on the head.
  • Fights Like a Normal: He relied on his swordsmanship due to not being able to utilize his Devil Fruit for combat. After the Time Skip however, this is no longer the case.
  • Famed In-Story: He becomes a ridiculously famous musician during the Time Skip.
  • Fragile Speedster: Fast enough to rival the Monster Trio in speednote , but his body is not the toughest thing around.
    • In SBS 85, Oda actually clears up that Brook would win a 50 meter dash among the Straw Hats (with Sanji in second and Luffy in third).
  • Freeze Ray: Doubles as a Sword Beam, he can fire the energy of his soul at his opponent with his sword which freezes them.
  • Funny Afro: That somehow survived even after he died. Luffy finds it to be an endless source of humor. Though on a more serious note, Brook's afro is very important to him since he fears that Laboon won't recognize him without it. Also, because of his "condition", it won't grow back if it's cut.
  • Gallows Humor: Has a tendency to make 'Skull Jokes' which involve him making a comment, then realizing it wouldn't make sense as he's dead. Definitely more literal than most cases.
  • Gentle Giant: He's the tallest member of the Straw Hat crew, and also the kindest and most even tempered.
  • Ghostly Chill: Weaponized version. After the Timeskip, his Revive-Revive Fruit's power enables him to harness the chill of underworld and channel it through his blade.
  • Ghost Pirate: Becomes the skeletal variant after dying once and his devil fruit allows his spirit to return, only for his body to be reduced to bones by the time he found it.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: You can see some slippage during his fifty year isolation, with things such as hallucinations of his crew alive and well again. Some of his quirkiness in the present is also likely attributable to this.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Brook's old head wound is, pre-skeleton, a bit more messy-looking and disfiguring than the usual Good Guy scar. This may well fall into "hard life" or "Every Scar Has a Story" territory, though at the moment all we know is he was formerly part of a kingdom's military.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: He, along with the other Straw Hat Pirates, borders on anti-heroic. At one point being the captain of the guards in his home country, Brook is well versed in swordplay. Despite his usual goofy personality in battle, he is extremely capable and can do more than hold his own. His fighting style resembles a combination of classical fencing and iaidō.
  • Horrifying Hero: Especially after the timeskip, when his Yomi Yomi abilities have gotten really creepy - but, of course, mostly Played for Laughs. However, this is played straight when Brook fights against the homies of Big Mom, as the projection of his soul takes a Creepy Awesome demonic appearance.
  • Human Hummingbird: Thanks to his light body, he's able to run at amazing speeds, even across water without sinking for a few minutes.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: His fighting style is a combination of this and classical fencing.
  • An Ice Person: One of his new abilities is freezing things with his sword, by channeling the chills of The Underworld.
  • I Gave My Word: Brook's drive to fulfill his 50 year promise to Laboon firmly cements him as a Determinator. As he puts it:
    "Death is never an apology!! Because when a man makes a promise, he doesn't stop fighting until he fulfills it!!"
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: Invoked with his powers, which let him summon the freezing cold of death with every swipe of his sword, leaving thin trails of ice. It's cold enough to damage equipment that works fine on the frigid half of Punk Hazard.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Brook has a serious side, but is very quick to join in on the unnecessary playfulness that the younger members make. He claims to just love having fun.
    • Considering he was alone for over 50 years, he's probably making up for lost time.
      • Considering he was alone for over 50 years, he probably just regressed mentally.
    • Alternately, it could also just be senility of some sort, being old.
  • Impossible Theft: In the first half of the Whole Cake Island Arc, Brook worked alongside Pedro to pull off the seemingly Impossible Task of stealing rubbings of the Poneglyphs in Big Mom's possession. Despite WCI's security being strongest in the Treasure Room and Brook being captured by Big Mom herself, he ended up succeeding in obtaining the imprints of the Poneglyphs and stashed them in his skull.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: They are his favorite types of jokes.
  • Inhuman Human: Brook ate the Revive-Revive fruit, which gave him the ability to come back to life after he died. Problem is, he died in a very foggy region of sea, and it took him an entire year for his soul to find his body again. By this time, all that was left of it was a skeleton and a massive afro.
  • Insane Equals Violent: Greatly subverted. As described by some of the other tropes listed, Brook is not entirely well. As described by still other tropes, he is also the least likely to even act like a jerk, let alone be particularly violent as pirates go.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Brook is old enough to be Franky's grandfather or Luffy's greatgrandfather!
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: His entire existence.
    • Acording to The Other Wiki, his Devil Fruit allows him to function like a normal human despite not having the necessary organs to do so. (Yes Luffy, he poops.) He's finally given an explanation. It's not organs, or muscles, it's his soul!
    • The reason why he still has an afro even as a skeleton? Deep roots.
    • An 88 year old somehow grew five more inches by the time he was 90. A technically dead 88/90 year old, mind you. How? Who knows. Why? Because why not, that's why.
    • He can completely heal cracked bone and regains missing bone fragments with milk. Because... calcium!
  • Just Between You and Me: He witnesses the conversation between Big Mom and Pudding about their plans to murder both the Straw Hats and Germa 66 at the wedding ceremony.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Luffy had some difficulty convincing the other Straw Hats to join his crew. (He would usually have to fight the antagonist of the arc just to get them to consider.) Brook, on the other hand, joined the crew right away when asked.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Once, when he says "to be continued in the next chapter".
  • Leitmotif: Brook Eyecatcher.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: For all his antics, Brook did manage to amass a large bounty while he was still alive, and can hold his own on a fight, though he's not as badass as Zoro is in swordsmanship.
    Brook: "Young lady...What kind of fool would ever... plan to die?"
    • Said to none other than the Yonko herself.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: After his crew, including himself, died, Brook was left alone and stranded on his ship for fifty long years, until he met the Straw Hats.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: [Common phrase that includes a body part (eyes, stomach, etc.)], wait, I don't have [said body part].
  • Magic Music: He has used violin chords to put people to sleep. Post-Time Skip, he can use music to hypnotize people into seeing illusions, such as a festival.
  • Misery Trigger: He loves making skull jokes, but they are all he's got. He gets very sad when somebody steals his punchline.
  • Musical Assassin: Brook sometimes uses his music as a weapon.
  • Mysterious Past: It's easy to forget, given Brook's Immortal Immaturity, but Brook is the member of the Straw Hats we know the least about. Besides the events of Thriller Bark, which occurred in his second life, all we really know about him is that he was a captain of a battle convoy in a "certain kingdom," before becoming a pirate 50 years prior to the start of the series. Some people took to thinking it was the Germa Kingdom upon recognizing the existence of the Vinsmoke Family and their former rule over the North Blue long ago, but that theory went out the window when Brook showed knowledge of the place but not any kind of affiliation with them.
  • Nice Guy: While the crew is made up of goodhearted people, all of them can be really offensive or act like jerks when you meet them... except for Brook, who just comes off as a kind old man with bad manners.
  • Nice Hat: A top hat... that somehow can sit on his afro without falling off.
    • Replaced by a big gold crown two years later. It's like his hair is some kind of hat adhesive.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Yes, yes, yes, and no. Brook isn't a robot. That's Franky.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Brook is undoubtedly based on famous guitarist Saul "Slash" Hudson. The resemblance is more noticeable in his younger appearances. When he was alive, he also wore rocker shades that added to the resemblance. He also shares some minor resemblence to both Jimi Hendrix and Ozzy Osbourne. As a skeletal being, much of the resemblances are, of course, ancient history now.
  • No Last Name Given: Brook has said absolutely nothing of his family or if he even has once... or if he even remembers them anymore.
  • No-Sell: Has a habit of doing this to enemy attacks. Some examples include:
    • Pierce or shoot him, and it goes right through gaps in his body harmlessly (unless you strike his bones directly).
    • Suck the moisture out of him? There's nothing left to drain.
    • Decapitate him? He simply reattaches his head.
    • Try to fry him with lightning? He has no flesh or organs or nerves to affect, so he'll shrug it right off.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: He'll try to prevent enemy combatants from contact with his hair at any cost. This is because being a skeleton, he considers it his only visible trait still the same from when he was still alive, and it won't grow back if it gets cut off again (and considering his sole purpose now is to meet up with Laboon again, he kinda needs Laboon to still be able to recognize him somehow). He protects it to such an extent that he loses his very first real fight in the series in order to avoid damage to his hair.
  • Not Hyperbole: His stage name and new epithet "Soul King" isn't a mere title that references his soulful music. As he demonstrated against Big Mom's homies, he truly has become the King of Souls.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Brook is the Straw Hat most likely to play dumb for a purpose. It helps that he doesn't have any facial expressions to read and usually has to announce how he's feeling at any given time.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: Simultaneously played straight and subverted to humorous effect.
  • Old Soldier: He's a 90 years old swordsman and pirate. Granted, being an animated skeleton mitigates the problem of age. So much so that he refers to Big Mom as "young lady" to her face!
  • Our Souls Are Different: Due to the effect of his Devil Fruit. Even more so after the Time Skip.
  • Out of Focus: He, Chopper, Nami, and Sanji during the second half of the Dressrosa Arc. They were absent from the story for more than a year and a half in the real world before reappearing (from December 2013 to July 2015).
  • Papa Wolf: Don't dare attack his crew. "I already lost a crew once. You won't make me lose another!"
  • The Pollyanna: "If we're going to die, we might as well enjoy it..."
  • Power Perversion Potential: First thing he did once he learned to separate soul and body at will: Women's baths.
  • Pulling Themselves Together: A natural extension of being a living skeleton, which he unveils after the timeskip.
  • Pungeon Master: He's constantly making puns about being a skeleton, to either the amusement or annoyance of others around him.
  • Random Smoking Scene: In the movie One Piece Film: Strong World. (While dressed like a hippie. Exactly what he's smoking is anyone's guess.)
  • Red Baron: "Humming". After the Time Skip it's "Soul King", his stage name while he was a famous musician.
  • Running Gag: "(common expression including a body part). Oh, wait, I don't have (body part)."
  • Sad Clown: Especially in his introductory storyline.
  • Scars Are Forever: Even 52+ years later and with all his flesh gone, whatever head injury he once suffered while alive remains visible.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: He and Franky have this reaction just before Oars throws a tower from Thriller Bark at them in the English dub, not that its not warranted mind you.
    • He reacts like this again when he rides the rollercoaster at Sabaody Park.
    Brook: Oh, look at this view, how relaxing! *beat as the coaster enters the drop* AAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEE!!!
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Or "screw politeness, I spent fifty years of my afterlife without food or company after watching my friends die". He still regards himself as a gentleman, but that's less to do with his (bad) manners and more to do with his own personal code.
  • Signature Laugh: The traditional pirate laugh: Yohohohoho! Often done after making a joke about a body part that he no longer has.
  • Silly Walk: He can run on water by apparently flailing his legs wildly.
  • Skeletal Musician: He was an excellent musician in life, and remains one in death.
  • Soul Power: During the Time Skip, he learned the true power of his Devil Fruit: the power to control the inexhaustable energy of his soul.
  • Stealth Pun: (Combined with Punny Name and Fridge Brilliance.) His becoming the Soul King, because (apart from his skeleton and his hair) that's the only part of him remaining after he came back to life. After the Time Skip, his soul can become mobile at will.
  • Stepford Smiler: He kept himself (sorta) sane over fifty years of isolation by constantly cracking lame jokes and performing silly stunts. Underneath that though... It's telling that at the end of the Thiller Bark arc, he was surprised he was happy to be alive.
  • Super Drowning Skills: As with all Devil Fruit users, he sinks like a stone in water. Though one would assume, since he has no organs, that this wouldn't be as inconvenient for him, his body still seems to act as if it has the organs even if they don't physically exist. Like Chopper, he also forgets he can't swim, but he can at least run on the surface of the water.
  • Surreal Humor: Loves making "skull jokes" about the fact that as a skeleton, he no longer has skin, blood or stuff like that.
  • Super Speed: Certainly one of the quickest Straw Hats.
  • Sword Cane: His primary weapon. During the timeskip, the longarms sharpened the blade and it was given the name "Soul Solid."
  • Thanatos Gambit: Having already died once (and not by choice), he heavily disapproves of these on general principle.
    Brook: Young Lady...what kind of fool...would ever plan to die?!
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: The power of his devil fruit really shines during the Totto Land arc due to many of the enemies being animated by errant souls, courtesy of Big Mom's power, which he can exorcise with little effort. He even gets to fight Big Mom directly because of this, and though he can't exorcise Prometheus, Zeus and Napoleon (they're extensions of Big Mom's own soul), he can still harm them.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Possibly has the most new abilities of all the Straw Hats after the time skip. During the battle on Fish-Man Island dedicated to showing off these new abilities, despite being one of the (relatively) weaker crew members he gets paired to fight with the New Fish-Man Pirates' second in command, and defeats him effortlessly too. His most recent badass moment is fighting Big Mom... one of the Four Emperors, even though he didn't win, he still injured one of her special homies... something no one else has ever done before.
  • Unable to Cry: Subverted. He claims that he's so happy to meet the Straw Hats after decades of solitude that he would cry if he could. At the end of the Thriller Bark arc, he sheds Tears of Joy after Luffy informs him that Laboon is alive and well.
  • Undead: Due to his spirit not finding its way back to his body before it wastes away to bones, he becomes one of the Dem Bones variety.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Played with; the Grand Line is full of people with odd powers and Devil Fruit abilities, so Brook being a nine foot tall living skeleton might not raise too many eyebrows, but at the same time, even Franky warns him that he might stand out too much... yet no one ever comments on his appearance. The most he ever gets is someone thinking that he's wearing a mask.
    • While it was kind of weird before the time-skip, it's justified after, since he became a famous musician.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Not really upper class, it's just a facade that he puts on, but he would not be out of place in Black Adder.
  • Visual Pun: Brook sees the world through rose-tinted glasses.
  • Vocal Dissonance: He's a living skeleton with creepy (and downright horrific) abilities. Yet his voice is amazingly soft, calm and musical. In fact, most of time he sounds as if he were about to burst into a good, healthy laughter anytime.
  • Walk on Water: Due to his light frame, he can dash across the ocean's surface for a short time. How long is only limited by endurance.
  • You Are Already Dead: His signature attack, Hanauta Sancho: Yahazu Giri, involves slicing his opponent once at incomprehensible speeds (literally, the audience never even sees Brook do so much as Flash Step during this attack), and then slowly walks away. After 3 steps, Brook sheathes his sword... followed by a massive slash bursting from his opponent. He has many variations on it, as well.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: He tried this against a Pacifista to protect Sanji and Usopp at Sabaody Archipelago. It didn't go very well.
  • Your Size May Vary: Brook is ridiculously tall, but sometimes sloppy animators forget this fact while others exaggerate it. In other words, his height (and the size of his afro) depends on the art director of an episode. Officially, he's 8'9 before the timeskip and 9'1 afterwards.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: His "Soul King" moniker is no empty boast; he really can manipulate souls, up to ripping unnatural souls off the physical shell.

    "First Son of the Sea" Jimbei 

"First Son of the Sea" Jimbei

Voiced by: Daisuke Gori (JP, Episodes 430-432), Katsuhisa Houki (JP, Episodes 440+), Daniel Baugh (EN)

Age: 44 (Pre-Timeskip), 46 (Post-Timeskip)

Birthday: April 2nd

Bounty: 438,000,000 Berries

Debut: Chapter 528 (Manga), Episode 430 (Anime)

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"It's not my body that hurts! Ace... what hurts is my heart... that can't enforce justice!"

The last of the Seven Warlords to be formally introduced, and the 10th member and helmsman of the Straw Hat Pirates. Jimbei is a whale-shark Fish-man and the former captain of the Pirates of the Sun after the death of Fisher Tiger. His becoming a Warlord eight years before the events of the main story saw the crew split up, with one faction headed by Arlong. He is also the series' most skilled practitioner of Fish-Man Karate.

He claims to be indebted to Whitebeard, since thanks to Whitebeard's declaration of putting Fish-Man Island under his protection, the island was spared from the marauding slavers that often kidnapped Fishmen and Merfolk for sale in the slave trade. He also has a grudging respect for Portgas D. Ace, having apparently fought him some time in the past. Possibly as a result of this, Jimbei doesn't seem to hold humans in such low regard, or at least isn't as open about it, rather presenting himself as someone who wishes to keep events at a relatively peaceful equilibrium.

Luffy asked him to join his crew when meeting him on Fish-Man Island, having become gotten close to him during the ordeal there, and as well as during their escape from Impel Down, as well as the subsequent the Marineford War. However, Jimbei turned him down for the time being, stating that he had some unfinished business to attend to. That business was severing his ties with the Big Mom Pirates, which he does do, and later meets up with Luffy and company in the midst of doing so, helping to arrange the necessary players to crash Charlotte Linlin's tea party so they could rescue Sanji from harm. He left his captaincy of the Sun Pirates to Aladdin and Praline, with the intention of fully joining up with Luffy at the end of this situation. He does indeed join the crew as their official Helmsman, but as Big Mom and her crew bear down on them, he stays behind to help Aladdin and the Sun Pirates escape, with Luffy commanding him, as his captain, to survive and rendezvous with them in Wano Country. He is thus the first and so far only person to officially join the crew as one of its core members (Grand Fleet notwithstanding) after the time-skip.

He has a bounty of 438,000,000 berries.note 


  • Acrofatic: Jimbei is a big, but nimble fish-man.
  • Animal Motifs: The shark, being a whale shark fish-man.
  • The Atoner: For allowing Arlong to rampage in the East Blue. Nami even notes how much it was eating him up inside.
  • Badass Baritone: Initially with Daisuke Gori, who had a natural tough sounding voice. After Gōri's death, Katsuhisa Houki (who originally voiced the higher pitched fellow Warlord, Gecko Moria) manages to pull it off well. Also very present in the English dub.
  • Badass Driver: He's a phenomenal helmsman, able to steer an entire ship through the green room of a massive wave and make it look easy.
  • Bait the Dog: Completely inverted! Considering that he was Arlong's former captain and the one who let him run wild in the East Blue, it seemed like Oda was setting Jimbei up to be a major villain. Who would've thought that he would not only be one of the Straw Hats' biggest allies, but also get invited to join the crew?
  • Big Damn Heroes:He appears just in time to free Luffy and Nami, right before Nami is about to be tortured by Charlotte Opera.
  • Blow You Away: His Arabesque Brick Fist technique (Karakusagawara Seiken) creates a shockwave that blows away enemies.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Jimbei is a blue whale-shark fish-man known for his bravery, nobility, and kindness.
  • Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": He looks less like a whale shark and more like a guardian lion with gill slits and blue skin.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's like a third dad to Luffy.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Although he resembles an oni (traditional Japanese ogre) with a whale shark motif, he's far from a bad guy.
  • Delayed Causality: His Arabesque Brick Fist technique (Karakusagawara Seiken). After throwing the punch the shock wave takes a couple of seconds to take effect. In the anime, this is stretched out, and has the shock wave build up to its full effect.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Oh yes. Besides Luffy, he's one of the only people to stare down Big Mom, (currently the most unstable, psychotic of the Four Emperors), tell her he's not afraid of her, completely No-Sell her powers, and rebel against her. This fish-man has BALLS!
  • Easily Forgiven: Nami forgives him for indirectly causing Arlong to make Nami's childhood a misery. Justified in that Jimbei had no intention to let it happen or even any idea that it would, and Nami had already forgiven Hatchan, another member of Arlong's own crew who did have a more direct hand in the matter, though in his case far less easily than Jimbei.
  • Escort Mission: Finds himself on one in Caribou's cover story, in that he finds him in the process of trying to kidnap mermaids again, beats the tar out of him, and then promptly takes him to G-5 so he can imprison him and gain his huge bounty for the sake of Fish-Man Island.
  • A Father to His Men: His compassion for his crew outstrips that of Arlong. His decision to accept the government's offer to become a Warlord was at least partially motivated by a desire to allow members of his crew to return home to their families without fear of punishment by the law. And he primarily backed down from Big Mom's roulette not because of the threat it presented to his own life, but because a number of his crew would've been killed alongside him.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Subverted. He has a mouth full of fangs (though real whale sharks have small teeth), and his lower canines even stick out prominently from his closed mouth, but he's a nice guy.
  • Gentle Giant: 9'8'' and the nicest Warlord. The trope goes along with his basis; whale sharks are the largest fish, but quite docile.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: To Luffy, to make him realise that even if he has lost his brother, he still has to get his crew back together.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: His gentleness makes people underestimate his intelligence. He was smart enough to back off from his request to leave Big Mom's crew, as she only would have willingly let that happen if he had spun her roulette, which would have very likely killed him and his crew. He instead frees Luffy and Nami when they are captured and decides to openly rebel against Big Mom.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has lightning-shaped scar over his right eye and he's quite noble.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: As he explains to Luffy during their skirmish in the Fish-Man Island arc, the principle of Fish-Man Karate is that the user can manipulate water for their attacks, even if that water is in the atmosphere or in a person's body. Which means his very punch can create shockwaves potent enough to hurt Luffy, whose rubber body normally makes him immune to blunt attacks.
  • Heroic BSoD: Goes into a brief one when Sanji reminds him about what Arlong did to Nami.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Jimbei himself claims that he's not very impressive on dry land, which is technically true compared to his capabilities in the water, but it is a bit misleading, seeing as he can still outfight his fellow Warlords on land.
  • Honor Before Reason: Zigzagged with his departure from Big Mom's crew. At first Jimbei insists on approaching the infamously temperamental Big Mom and formally withdraw from her crew face to face. When it becomes clear this departure would cost him years of his life and an unknown number of his own crew's lives, he relents and chooses to instead quietly start a rebellion against her by joining forces with Luffy and Capone. But when this rebellion leads to him coming face to face with Big Mom again, Jimbei does formally quit her crew, complete with returning his ceremonial sake cup in the middle of a battle.
  • Ki Manipulation: He demonstrates Armament Haki during the Whole Cake Island arc, and according to Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary (card #0010), he's got Observation Haki as well.
  • Large and in Charge: He's a whale-shark fish-man, so naturally he looms over most normal characters.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Obviously becomes one underwater, but this applies even in land battles. Gecko Moria lampshades it: "You're fast for a big fellow!" He is also able to keep up with Luffy in their brief skirmish, although to be fair, neither opponent really wanted to seriously injure the other.
  • Lost in Translation: His title is a pun on a Yakuza title and the word for a channel. This doesn't carry into English, leading to the "First Son of the Sea" approximation.
  • Made of Iron: No explanation is given on how he survived Akainu's lava fist through the chest; note that Akainu killed the 550,000,000 bounty Ace in a few minutes with the same type of punch.
  • Making a Splash: When he finally gets into the water, he uses his karate moves to throw around torrents of water as if they were silk.
  • Manly Tears: He cried when his captain Fisher Tiger died, when Ace died, and when Nami forgives him for Arlong's deeds.
  • Mr. Exposition: He's a very knowledgeable man and he often explains pivotal background information on things to Luffy.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He let his hatred for humans get the best of him and wound up indirectly responsible for Arlong comitting his atrocities, which includes causing Nami's tragic past. He feels quite ashamed of this.
  • My Greatest Failure: How he feels about how his becoming a Warlord allowed Arlong to run free in the East Blue.
  • Nerves of Steel: Not only is he completely and utterly unafraid when facing down Big Mom (which saves him from her Touch of Death powers), but he even takes a moment to lay down a cup of sake and formally leave her crew with a sincere thank-you. She's so dumbfounded that it actually takes her a brief moment before she tries to kill him again.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his somewhat intimidating appearance, he's the nicest pirate warlord there is.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • His actions in sparing Arlong during the breakup of the Sun Pirates ensured that Arlong would enslave Nami's village and make her life a misery.
    • At one point during the breakout at Impel Down, he's fighting to take over a Marine battleship alongside Crocodile and Mr 1. He tries to support them with his Fish-Man Karate, only to wreck the ship instead.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: As mentioned, he takes a magma fist through the chest yet turns out just fine after resting up a bit.
  • No-Sell: He shrugs off Big Mom's attempt to steal his lifespan, since her powers require fear to work. And Jimbei will bow down to no less than the King of the Pirates.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Jimbei is a man of conviction and does whatever he thinks is right. After breaking out of Impel Down, Jimbei was willing to lay down his life for Whitebeard for protecting Fish-Man Island. When Big Mom demands his lifespan for leaving her crew, her powers fail to work, as Jimbei doesn't fear her.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • While usually one of the most focused characters in the series, he can occasionally lose his cool, as shown in how he dealt with Ace's death. On a lighter note, see the Oh, Crap! entry below.
    • In chapter 650, after telling the Straw Hats some vital information, he gets a face fault at Luffy being more concerned about food. When he berates Luffy for not taking the news seriously and Luffy cheerfully replies that he likes to leave things to chance, Jimbei bemoans to the others how hard it must be to have Luffy as a captain.
    • Chapter 899, right after Luffy misinterprets every last insult Judge sent at Sanji as compliments and wondering why he'd do that, Jimbei actually bursts out laughing, knowing he's gonna have a good time aboard from that moment on.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • His face fault after the timeskip when he sees Shirahoshi and a wounded Hachi with Luffy.
    • A more serious example is shown in the anime, when Sanji reveals to him how badly Nami had suffered under Arlong's tyranny.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: At first, he seems to feel this way with regards to Hody Jones, as he feels if a human (Luffy) were to defeat him, the Cycle of Revenge would create some new tyrant like Jones was when Arlong was defeated. It turns out that he's merely opposed to Luffy beating up Hody without the support of the citizens of Fish-Man Island. If Luffy can come out of the ordeal looking like a hero to fishmen and merfolk, and not like a domineering human (the kind with which the island has plenty of experience), then Jimbei has no problems whatsoever.
  • Only Sane Man: He and Hatchan are this to both the Sun Pirates (after Fish Tiger's death) and the entire Fish-man race so far.
  • Pacifism Backfire: In sparing Arlong during the confrontation that led to Fisher Tiger's crew splitting up, Jimbei was indirectly responsible for, among other things, Arlong enslaving Nami's hometown and making her childhood a living hell. He does not take this discovery well at all.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: His weapon during his days in the Neptune Army.
  • Punny Name: Jimbei-zame means "whale-shark" in Japanese. Also, he wears a type of traditional Japanese tunic called a Jimbei.
  • Put on a Bus: While, as of the conclusion of Whole Cake Island, he is officially a Straw Hat Pirate, he stays behind to help his former crew escape. Luffy orders him to survive and rendezvous with them on Wano.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • He's the Blue, Ace the Red.
    • He's also the Blue in relation to Arlong's Red. Jimbei decides to take a reasonable approach to help the Fishmen/Merfolk relations to accept the World Government's request to be a Warlord, while Arlong chose to make himself "the wrath of the Fishmen" to humanity. Interestingly, they were both pretty firm Reds in the Sun Pirates, with Arlong being the calmer one.
  • The Reliable One: Jimbei is a stolid and straightforward man who can be counted on to do more than his part whenever he's around. Sengoku says that Jimbei's refusal to fight in the Paramount War is surprising, as he is usually so dependable when it comes to fighting pirates. One of his best attributes is his ability to keep every aspect of a situation in mind so he keeps ahead of his enemies. He's the member of the Impel Down escape crew to keep in mind that they will need a ship to leave the prison and goes to get it. Baron Tamago says that Jimbei timing the Fish-Man Pirates' departure from Totto land to coincide with the chaos of the Tea Party assassination attempt is the kind of meticulous planning they can expect from Jimbei.
  • Sand In My Eyes: In the anime, he denies shedding Tears of Remorse after Nami forgives him for indirectly letting Arlong into her life when Luffy (who slept through the explanation) asks why he's crying.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Really, this is what Jimbei is all about:
    • In full defiance to Fish-Man Island's laws, Jimbei donates blood to Luffy. He lampshades it himself while stepping forward, reasoning that since he is a pirate, he really shouldn't be expected to follow the rules anyway.
    • He refused to answer the World Government's call to fight Whitebeard because his homeland owed a debt to Whitebeard, which leads to him being arrested and sent to Impel Down. But by doing so, he befriends Luffy and defects to help Luffy and Whitebeard in rescuing Ace from his execution.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When he tries to leave Big Mom's crew, she tells him that he has to stay or spin her wheel and pay a price. Jimbei originally is perfectly willing to spin it as he realizes that the price is likely to be his life regardless of where the pointer lands. However, when he knew that the wheel also dictate certain number of his men that also going to be sacrificed, he decides to Take a Third Option and back out of leaving long enough to just up and run later. Pedro later commends him for doing so.
  • Shark Man: Specifically whale shark.
  • Skewed Priorities: Small example. When discussing a plan with the Straw Hats on how to face Hody Jones, he stops to ask them what they should name their plan before they actually carry it out.
  • Slave to PR: Downplayed, but Jimbei is very aware of how public image is important in dealing with the Fantastic Racism from humans towards fishmen and vice versa. One of his reasons for joining the Seven Warlords was it would be a good gesture of inter-species cooperation. When confronting Hody, he makes a point of arranging the Straw Hats' counter attack in a way that wouldn't look like humans oppressing fishmen yet again.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He can communicate with whale sharks, a trait that's unusual for fishmen to possess.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Due to different ways you can romanize Japanese, his name can be written as either Jinbe, Jinbei, or Jimbei. The One Piece Databook Green decided to go with "Jinbe", while Viz and Funimation use "Jimbei", which is the spelling used on this very wiki.
  • Staring Down Cthulhu: When Jimbei openly declares that he intends to leave Big Mom to join the Straw Hats, Big Mom demands a price and Jimbei offers his lifespan. However, while most people cower in fear of death, her powers don't work on Jimbei, because he is not one bit afraid of Big Mom.
  • Stout Strength: He's real stocky, but he's also very strong, capable of throwing really hard punches.
  • Take a Third Option: Big Mom gives him a choice: Stay with her crew or spin her wheel and pay a price, and then he can leave. Jimbei ultimately does neither. He refuses to spin the wheel, as he knows the price would certainly cost his and his men's life, no matter where the pointer lands. He then decides to just openly rebel against her.
  • Threatening Shark: Subverted. He's the only shark fish-man thus far that hasn't been a Jerkass. He used to be hardcore to the point that even Arlong used to think he was too brutal, but has considerably softened up, thanks to Koala's innocence and Fisher Tiger's death and final words. Still a threat to his enemies, though.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of the Warlords, being the only one that isn't cruel, out of his mind, a prick, or not caring about anyone.
  • The Unfettered: Jimbei is an honorable guy, but he proves he's a true pirate in that he's willing to do the dirty business if he has to. Case in point; knowing that he and the Straw Hats need firepower, he's willing to disregard Pekoms' wishes and fight Big Mom alongside a scoundrel like Capone Bege if it means that that the Straw Hats get to accomplish their goals.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He becomes a Warlord and spares Arlong during the confrontation leading to the dissolution of Tiger's crew, thus causing Arlong to run wild in the East Blue.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He was one when he was a member of the Sun Pirates, championing fish-man/merfolk rights, and he in particular was especially brutal during their battles with the Marines to the point where even Arlong thought he was too rough.
  • We Will Meet Again: Heroic version done thrice. First was when Jimbei said he'd see Luffy on Fish-Man Island. Second, when he said he'll be back to join the Straw Hats. Third, when he promises to reunite with the rest of the Straw Hats in Wano.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: He considers himself useless on land. This is not really true despite him being a One Piece version of Aquaman – even without water to throw, he is still a huge fish-man karate master capable of taking on top tier pirates and marines.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • During his You Shall Not Pass! moment, while Jimbei manages to get a hit in, Mihawk deals with him in a single blow.
    • On the giving end of this when he fought against Moria, defeating him with a single blow.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Ace one, as they fought for five days straight to a standstill.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Delivers a Megaton Punch Big Mom right in the stomach in chapter 890. And note that he did not hold back at all.
  • Yakuza: It's in his full title, a translation of which could be "Jimbei, Yakuza of the Sea". Despite this, he's a benevolent person.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: In the anime, he tries this on Mihawk, who is in the process of curb-stomping Luffy. Keyword being "tries".

Ships

    Going Merry 

Going Merry

Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN)

Debut: Chapter 41 (Manga), Episode 17 (Anime)

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"Let's go everyone...! Back to the sea of adventure again! I came to take you home!"

The Straw Hat Crew's first ship, a caravel-class ship designed by Merry in the East Blue, which later became a gift for Kaya to give to the Straw Hats (then comprising of Luffy, Zoro, and Nami; Usopp comes with the Merry) to reward them for taking out Captain Kuro and his Black Cat Pirates. Over time, the ship came to be loved by the crew as a home and as a friend, so much so that it literally took on a life of its own and became just as much a part of the crew as any of them.


  • Animal Motifs: Sheep. Sheep are symbols of purity and loyalty, traits that Merry certainly has as a member of the Straw Hat pirates. Because she has ram horns, rams can apply as well, as they symbolize fearlessness—when it comes to helping her friends, Merry can be quite the Determinator.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Merry's Klabautermann, a ghostly manifestation of a ship's spirit that is born out of its crew's love for it. Unfortunately, a Klabautermann being seen by its crew is a sign that their ship will soon meet its doom; Merry's gets seen in the middle of the Skypiea Arc, and true to form, she is immobilized due to accumulated, terminal damage to her keel once the Straw Hats reached Water 7 at the beginning of the Enies Lobby Arc, and by the end of the arc she is finally laid to rest.
    • The special for her reveals she lives on in the form of the Klabautermann, quietly and cheerfully watching over her crew on the Thousand Sunny.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: She was reconfigured to look like a chicken after being made able to fly. Unfortunately, the wings broke almost immediately and the rest of the modifications apart from the braces used to repair where Bellamy trashed her were removed by the Klabautermann, who decided to return to her old look.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She comes all the way from Water 7 to aid the Straw Hats and co. in Enies Lobby, her timely surprise appearance allowing them to escape certain doom at the hands of the Buster Call fleet that had finally cornered them.
  • Cool Boat: Merry might not be as visually impressive as some of the other ships in the series, but she definitely fits. How many sentient pirate ships can you name?
  • Covered in Scars: It accumulates a huge amount of damage:
    • Railing sliced apart by Johnny upon attacking the ship thinking he could score bounties, who later made amends by repairing it himself.
    • Figurehead broken upon crashing into Laboon, then put back on with tin plates.
    • An explosion in the kitchen from Apis's horrible cuisine (non-canon).
    • Luffy breaks off the mast and uses it as a weapon against Laboon, again put back together with tin.
    • Wapol eating one of the sides of the ship, which was crudely repaired with wood.
    • Pierced through by Hina's attack ships, which drive giant stakes into the ship designed to sink vessels, resulting in a bunch of new tin plates to mend the damage.
    • The rudder lever once broke from the force of the water current and trying to steer it.
    • Floorboards totaled more times than one can count.
    • Leaks aplenty more times than one can count.
    • The ship being torn apart by the force of the explosion that launched it out of Ape's Concert (non-canon; used to illustrate the damage the anime failed to acknowledge, which had slowly accumulated in the manga)
    • Bow cracked open by Bellamy when he cruelly used the ship as a springboard, technically attacking a member of the crew along with the Saruyama Alliance and getting Luffy riled up to the point of facing him personally. It also rendered the ship inoperable for awhile. The alliance repaired the damage by partially rebuilding the site of the breakage with metal plates while reconfiguring the ship for flight. They also took off the patches where Wapol ate part of the ship and faithfully reconstructed it for real.
    • The newly-added chicken wings breaking off upon a harsh landing in the skies.
    • Shura burning the ship with his Heat Lance, causing severe damage to it. Repaired by the Klabauterman with tons of patch-ups here and there and had its configurations for flight taken off, but it was now nearing the end of its life.
    • The landing it made from a 30,000 foot drop, implied to have busted its keel and sealed its fate.
    • Crashing into the train tracks of the Sea Train (if the former incident did not ruin the keel, this certainly did, as the place where the keel damage occurred is on the front of the ship where it ran aground on the tracks; if the damage was already there, this only served to make it worse).
    • Franky tearing off part of the ship in an attempt to dismantle it and force Usopp to acknowledge it was beyond recovery and they'd be better off trying to salvage what they could. Usopp immediately lunged at Franky and attacked him before he could do any further harm.
    • Finally breaking in half from the strain of enduring Aqua Laguna and travelling all the way out to Enies Lobby in what would be its final voyage. It was then incinerated in a Viking funeral.
  • A Day In The Lime Light: Merry gets her own TV Special, the Episode of Merry: The Tale of One More Friend.
  • Determinator: Water 7's dreaded Aqua Laguna and a violent rainstorm didn't stop her from coming to her crew's rescue in Enies Lobby despite her physical form being barely held together by Iceburg's temporary fixes. The Buster Call fleet comprised of the Marines' most immense and armed-to-the-teeth battleships didn't even make her flinch (not that they managed to hit her in the first place). The only thing that did stop her was her keel (the ship equivalent of the human body's spine) finally giving in to all the damage it sustained over the past several arcs, causing the ship to essentially break in half. Even then, said damage didn't appear to have any effect on Merry until after the Straw Hats had another ship to carry them back to land, suggesting Merry was keeping herself seaworthy through nothing but sheer force of will.
  • Final Speech: She delivers one to the Straw Hats in order to assure them that she neither blames them for her death nor has any regrets, as she had been truly happy throughout the time she was with them.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Despite being technically a ship with a drawn smile, the happy way she talks to the Straw Hats during her Viking Funeral can make the scene be interpreted as a beloved crew member dying with no regrets, with a smile on her face.
  • I Regret Nothing: She truly doesn't regret sailing with the Straw Hats despite the tremendous crap she is subjected to as a by-product of their adventures, and tells them as much during her Viking Funeral. Her only regret, according to her, was not surviving long enough to carry her friends through more adventures.
  • Love Imbues Life: Franky explains that a ship's Klabautermann is manifested out of a crew's love for their ship, though if it's ever seen by its crew, it's a sign that the ship will soon meet its end.
  • Mortal Wound Reveal: An anthropomorphic variant. It suffered a breakage to its keel, the part of the ship that is literally its backbone. When that part breaks, the ship loses its structural integrity, and the only solution is to rebuild from the ground up. Usopp refuses to believe this until Franky physically throws him into the water, where Usopp is able to see that her hull is indeed in a grave state. Eventually, it becomes painfully obvious when the Merry breaks in half from the accumulated damage to its keel, leaving it genuinely irrecoverable and the Straw Hats only one choice-to put her out of her misery.
  • Oh, Crap!: Not even she was immune to this during the end of the Skypiea arc, when the Straw Hats returned to the Blue Sea... by being dropped 30,000 feet from the White Sea. Everyone's eyeballs popped out, including hers!
  • Out of Focus: In spite of her importance, she ultimately fades into the background as the majority of a given arc will generally take place on the particular island said arc is centered on where Merry can't follow for obvious reasons, particularly since the series tends to focus on intense personal battles between powerful individual people, rather than the ship-to-ship combat of actual real-life naval warfare.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Well, if she had a face, it would have been smiling. As it is, we have to settle for her figurehead's drawn smile.
  • Reality Ensues: After all the crap Merry went through (including blasting up and then falling down 30,000 feet), she was bound to suffer irreparable damage.
  • Replacement Goldfish: The Mini Merry II is her spiritual reincarnation. This was also Usopp's initial attitude to getting a new ship to replace the Merry, as he treated her as one of their friends, and took great offense to the idea of abandoning her, especially someone built by Kaya's servant.
  • Rule of Symbolism: The damage done to her keel is drawn and shaded much like wounds would be on a person.
  • Sapient Ship: Implied at first, but then shown explicitly when she sails to Enies Lobby without a crew.
  • Tears from a Stone: Technically, it was a splash from a wave, but it happened during the climax of the fight between Luffy and Usopp, as a way to underline the tragedy the crew was facing.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Merry is the only crew-member that never complains or causes trouble and is self-sacrificing and conscientious to a fault, so of course she's the crew member who dies.
  • Undying Loyalty: The motivation for the feats described in her Big Damn Heroes and Determinator entries.
  • Viking Funeral: She is given this after she is finally broken irreparably following her Big Damn Heroes feat.
  • Wild Take: Yes, even a pirate ship in the One Piece world can do this. She was sentient enough to realize that the only way to leave Skypiea is going through a 30,000 drop, and have an appropriate reaction to this discovery.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: Her cracked keel. The Galley-la shipwrights, the best in the One Piece world, tell the Straw Hats that it would be better to get a new ship. They could make a new keel for Merry, sure, but it wouldn't be the same, and nobody would feel that more than the Straw Hats. This eventually leads to Merry herself being rendered beyond repair and dying from her injuries.

Straw Hat Grand Fleet

See its page.

Alternative Title(s): One Piece Straw Hat Pirates After East Blue, One Piece Straw Hat Pirates East Blue

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