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"The Straw Hat crew has performed countless miracles on their way here!"
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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:
    • The formation of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet happens entirely without Luffy's intention. At the end of the Dressora arc, the group found that they all like working with one another and they all have a mutual respect and admiration towards Luffy, who saved their lives and inspired them. Despite Luffy's protest, they all pledge themselves to him and decide to declare themselves as a member of his Fleet without his actual approval. The side effect of this ends up tipping the power scale of the universe and increasing the Straw Hat's infamy.
    • How Luffy becomes 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 causes the situation to escalate, which eventually leads to an assassination attempt on Big Mom because Sanji refuses to abandon his biological family to their fates by the Big Mom Pirates' hands. The ensuing chaos that resulted from the Big Mom Pirates chasing them down is then sensationalized by "Big News" Morgans, who declares Luffy to be the "Fifth Emperor" of the Sea. Essentially, the Straw Hats cause their reputations to skyrocket, to the point of being considered one of the five most powerful pirate crews in the world, by complete accident, despite Capone Bege being the mastermind for Charlotte Linlin's assassination attempt, but he's considered just an ally to Luffy, who gets all of the credit.
  • 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.
  • Almighty Janitors: The Straw Hats have been a strong crew long before they actually start getting recognized by the world; during the early days, the government keeps their exposure under wraps with various cover-ups and lies. As a result, they are often vastly underestimated and would shock the small groups of locals who witness their strength when they roll into various countries and defeat whatever corrupt forces are in charge 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 keep this trope somewhat in play for a bit after the Timeskip, but it's 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-Motif Team: They all have an animal motif.
    • According to Oda, they are as follows:
      • A monkey for Luffy
      • A shark for Zoro
      • A cat for Nami
      • A duck for Sanji
      • An armadillo for Usopp
      • A reindeer for Chopper
      • A crane for Robin
      • A bull for Franky
      • A horse for Brook
      • A bear for Jimbei
    • For the ships, it's a sheep for the Going Merry and a lion for the Thousand Sunny.
    • A cover also shows alternate motifs by showing the crew together with the animals: a tiger for Zoro, a ram for Sanji, a chameleon for Usopp, a tanuki for Chopper, a hawk for Robin, a rhino for Franky, a skeletal ostrich for Brook, and the rest remains the same.
    • Additionally, in One Piece: Unlimited Cruise, each of the Straw Hats has their own animal-themed costume:
      • Luffy: Lion
      • Zoro: Dragon
      • Nami: Tropical Fish
      • Usopp: Owl
      • Sanji: Goat
      • Chopper: Dinosaur
      • Robin: Butterfly
      • Franky: Rhinoceros
      • Brook: Swallow
  • 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.
  • 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 outright 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:
  • Butt-Monkey: Everybody, to varying degrees. Whatever kind of humiliation it might be, no one in this crew is immune. Robin is the only one to avoid this so far.
  • 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, black and white for Brook and ochre for Jimbei.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Due to the Party Scattering in the Sabaody Archipelago arc, the Straw Hat Crew (minus Luffy) are absent for almost the entirety of the Summit War Saga, except for some sporadic appearances in cover pages. 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 Fish-Man 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)
    • Jimbei: Parfait (It's hard to eat)
  • 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 are a pirate crew who has no problems with breaking the laws, but they are still good guys, so there have been many instances where an evil pirate's action shocks them.
    • 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 killing Nero for having lost a fight, to Chopper saving an Enforcer from Gedatsu's attack.
    • All of the Straw Hats are thoroughly horrified and disgusted at the truth of SMILE devil fruits and the starving treatment of the citizens of Wano.
  • 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 off on you, and sooner or later you'll find yourself making facial expressions you never think you would. Jimbei is somewhat resigned to it, while Law is still trying to resist. Vivi has learned to just roll 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).
    • Jimbei: Peony — represents prosperity, good fortune, riches, honor, and compassion.
  • Friendly Pirate: The Straw Hat Pirate crew consider themselves to be pirates, but they abide by a code of honor and will never harm innocents, frown upon traditionally cruel pirate behavior and will even fight against them if they ever encounter any.
  • 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 Zero to Hero: 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 Dracule 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.
    • 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.
    • Jimbei wishes for peaceful coexistence between humans and merfolk, a dream inherited from his previous captain Fisher Tiger and deceased queen, Queen Otohime.
  • 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 (at least not in the original Japanese version; some translations will have him say it to clarify who he's talking about).
  • 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 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 and Zoro have all three varieties (including the one-in-a-million rare Conqueror's Haki), Sanji and Jimbei have both Armament and Observation, and Usopp has Observation.
  • Killer Rabbit: The Straw Hat Pirates are this as a whole in-universe, as they tend to just wander around exploring on the islands they travel to, making them come across as simply visitors instead of the group of powerful, yet benevolent and friendly pirates that they truly are.
  • 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 until the Zou Arc and Whole Cake Island Arc fill in a lot of details about his childhood. In short, the Monster Trio are both the strongest members of the crew and the most mysterious, in a way.
  • Nice Guy: While they're pirates and some of them are more selfish than the standard hero, they're mostly heroic people who help the inhabitants of the islands they visit.
  • 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: While they're still as quirky as ever, the trauma caused by the crew's separation by Kuma's hands and the realization they need to get much stronger for the New World, caused them to mature a lot during the two years timeskip.
  • 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 thanks to each individual's strength. 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 Grand Line, 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 Fish-man. Over the course of the series, the heroes eventually evolve into a Badass Crew.
    • This is 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: All members have one to go along with their badassery — "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, "Humming/Soul King" Brook, and "Knight of the Sea"/"First Son of the Sea" Jimbei. ("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.
  • 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 between each arc, they slowly get stronger and gain a new member, each one even more awesome than the last. This is invoked by Luffy after realizing that he and his crew are too weak for the New World, and leave a secret message that orders his crew to wait for two years before going back to Sabaody, during said time-skip, each Straw Hat has trained and improved their skills, often with the guise of a master, and returns to Sabaody much stronger than two years before. In their fights at Gyoconde Plaza, they show off their newly acquired abilities.
  • 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, takoyaki, and curry.
    • Jimbei: Vinegared Mozuku seaweed, fruits.
  • 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 Fish-Man 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.
  • Wake-Up Call: Starting from the Sabaody Arc up to the Marineford arc, a series of horrible events, up to and including the death of Luffy's brother made the crew realise that the journey ahead is tough and they need to get stronger for the second half of the Grand Line.
  • We Are "Team Cannon Fodder": One of the best aversions of this. While Luffy is the one to fight the Big Bad/strongest opponent, the others get their moments by fighting the remaining opponents. It was even said by Luffy that there are some things he can't do on his own.
  • 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). Upon entering the New World they actually land on an island which is so dangerous that the new Log Pose doesn't even point at it.
  • 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 (Jimbei's was added in SBS Volume 99):
    • 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
    • Jimbei: A train station attendant.
  • 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, indirectly helped expose and abolish the Warlord system by liberating Alabasta and Dressrosa to protect their Honorary True Companion (Vivi and Law respectively), 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), Emlyn Morinelli (EN, Odex); Nallely Solís (Latin American Spanish); Luis Vicente Ivars (SP)

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

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 don't mind anymore! The only reason I wanted to be human was to make friends! I'm fine being a monster for Luffy's sake!"
—Chapter 642

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. Hiriluk who tragically died after passing onto him a passion for medicine, if not actual skill. He then went under the tutelage of Dr. Kureha 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. Hiriluk. 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: Most video games (especially the Pirate Warriors series) put at least half his attacks in Brain Point, which has almost no combat ability in Canon.
  • 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 "ChoBro" 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 Apprentice: He was taught medicine by Dr. Hiriluk and Dr. Kureha during his time on Drum Island.
  • 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: Being confused for another animal, which is almost Chopper's designated Running Gag. It evolves from something he's frustrated over to being a legitimate button someone can press by the time of Wano, where literally everyone he meets assumes he's a Tanuki. When given a hostile target to vent his frustrations on, he goes Monster Point and hits Queen, one of Kaido's three strongest subordinates, hard enough to knock him over in a show of power that spooks everyone watching into making a mental note to not call him a Tanuki again.
  • 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: A variety. He has brown fur and is the crew's doctor, has a vast knowledge of medicine and is skilled enough that he has made special medicine balls to power up his Devil Fruit ability or even make cure for new diseases.
  • 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: When he first meets Dr. Hogback, Chopper admires him for being such a skilled doctor and is unwilling to believe 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, then one-hundred, 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.
  • Child-Like Voice: His diminutive stature, teddy-bear like appearance and overall timid and impressionable disposition are well-complemented by a very boyish voice, both in Japanese and both English dubs.
  • Close to Home: Due to being a trained doctor, there are a few things relating to his profession that can set him off.
    • He despises the misuse of medicine. In the Punk Hazard arc, when he finds out how the abducted children are being treated and experimented on, he gets personally pissed at Caesar Clown.
    • He also despises the weaponization of viruses. In the Wano arc, he gets enraged at Queen for his Koori Oni virus, stating that those who do so are bound to lose control of them eventually.
  • 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. During the timeskip, he advanced his Rumble Ball and control over it to the point where he can now safely use Monster Point for three minutes, but is still drained for two to three hours afterward. Later, as revealed in Wano, he upgraded it again en route to Dressrosa with Caesar Clown's help, increasing the time limit to half an hour but with added risks.
  • 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 Hirluk, 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 Fish-men. 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.
  • Happily Adopted: By Dr. Hiruluk first and then Dr. Kureha next. Both doctors openly proclaim that he is their son and how proud they are of him (although in Kureha's case, it's only said in confidence to Dalton).
  • 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.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold:
    • However, the facade is 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").
  • 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. Unfortunately, it doesn't turn him fully human but into a yeti-like beast at best, which caused him to be avoided by both humans and reindeers.
  • I Am Not Weasel: A Running Gag of the series is people mistaking Chopper's Brain Point for a tanuki. Even some of his other forms are mistaken for other animals, like his Heavy Point form for a gorilla and his new Horn Point makes Luffy think he's a stag beetle. Chopper never likes being mistaken for another animal, and this gag reaches a breaking point during the Wano arc, where Queen, the Pleasures and the Waiters, the rebellion forces, and Marco all call him a tanuki. Already enraged at Queen for having used medical knowledge to make bio-weapons, Chopper changes into his Monster Point and slaps brachiosaurus form Queen in the face while yelling that he's not a tanuki. Everyone proceeds to guiltily cover their mouths and mentally apologize to Chopper for it.
  • Iconic Outfit: Chopper distinguishable feature is his pink hat, given to him by Doctor Hiriluk. It is carried over the time-skip, although with a light blue cap over it.
  • 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.
  • 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: Chopper's Kung Fu Point is a fighting form he developed over the Time-Skip and combines the previous Arm Points strength and Leg Points agility.
  • 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: Chopper's role in the crew is the doctor and, whenever a Straw Hat is sick or heavily injured, he's the one who takes care of him/her.
  • Mighty Glacier: His Heavy Point, Arm Point and Monster Point forms are very strong and tough physically, but much slower compared to other forms.
  • Morality Pet: To Robin and Zoro, the two most stoic members of the crew. Robin bonds with Chopper 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. While 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 Fish-man'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 or Wapol's men could kill him.
  • Never Bareheaded: Chopper always wears his pink hat which he received from doctor Hiriluk, as a sign of affection toward his foster father. After the time-skip, Chopper wears a bonnet on top of his old hat; sometimes he changes hat, like a samurai helmet during the raid at Onigashima, but his head is never exposed.
  • 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: In SBS Vol. 47, a reader wanted to know why Chopper wasn't interested in women when at the time he was, proportionately, 15. Oda, in one of the few times he's answered seriously, says that Chopper isn't interested in naked human women because he's still a reindeer, the Human-Human Fruit just upped his intelligence without doing anything to his physiology. Granted, he can fall in love with a human on an intellectual level, he just wouldn't be aroused by them. This is then demonstrated during the Zou arc, where he becomes smitten with a Reindeer Mink.
  • 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.
  • Out of Focus: Chopper, 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).
  • Power Fist: In Arm Point, as its name implies, his arms becomes much more muscular and stronger, giving him the strongest attacks of all his forms save Monster Point.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His ultimate technique in Arm Point, "Cherry Blossom Blizzard".
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Chopper's main color scheme is pink and he always wears his trademark pink hat, even when he's in his bulky human form.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: His cuteness, and the fact they've never seen him in combat, is the very reason why the Marines underestimates him and give him a pathetically low bounty.
  • Running Gag:
    • Chopper's complete inability to hide behind corners. He hides backwards so only half of 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.
  • Slasher Smile: He sports this almost immediately after using Monster Point for the first time after the Time Skip on Fish-Man Island. It's an Inversion, fortunately, because it's to inform Usopp (and the audience) he's in control and can now distinguish between friend and foe.
  • So Last Season: While his Rumble Ball transformations are fairly versatile, they get noticeably less and less effective as the series goes on. They gets an upgrade, so he has fresh, new transformations after the timeskip. 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 throws Kalifa's bathtub – this alerts Nami to the Bubble-Bubble Fruit's weakness to water and also turns Sanji back to normal. Then he interrupts Zoro and Sniper King's fight with Kaku and Jabra, bringing Nami enough time to get the handcuffs off them. Chopper becomes a Spanner again in the Wano arc, where he discovers Big Mom washed up on the shore and takes her directly to the prison where Luffy is being held, which winds up destroying a large portion of the prison and causing a revolt, thereby securing thousands of allies and weapons for the rebellion against Kaido.
  • 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.
  • Superpowered 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: Following his childish personality, Chopper likes anything sweet, but especially cotton candy, hence his nickname.
  • Swiss Army Hero: Each form Chopper 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: Chopper, a reindeer, and Jimbei, a fishman, are the only non-human members of the crew, though the Human-Human Fruit gives him the ability to turn into a human-like form and human intelligence.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His Heavy Point after the Timeskip is more monstrous than the previous one because Chopper wanted to develop a more combat-oriented form, which has more muscular arms and larger shoulders, but the legs have remained the same.
  • 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, the only one to have initially accepted Chopper and who was mentor and father figure to him.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Poor Chopper suffers from this trope perhaps more than any other Straw Hat. Because of his naive and immature nature, cute appearance, and the fact he's unconscious for most of the Enies Lobby arc, the Marines think of Chopper as the pet mascot of the crew and assign him a bounty of mere 50 berries, which later gets updated to a still miniscule 100 berries, both of which are the lowest bounties seen in the series. Chopper's hybrid Zoan form (his appearance most of the time) is also uniquely the only hybrid form in the entire series which is smaller than either his natural form or his Zoan transformation, which leads many to underestimate his considerable strengths - which are: Chopper is quite powerful naturally as a reindeer, with the physical potential and fighting techniques of a human, his strength is further enhanced by his Zoan Devil Fruit, which he has mastered to give himself more transformations than other Zoan users, and in his Monster Point form he gains strength akin to an Awakened Zoan (without the recovery rate) or the Mink's Sulong.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: This, along with the Rumble Ball's limited duration, is what keeps him in the "weakling trio" with Nami and Usopp in the early series. 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. Chopper has also since been proven capable of emphasising the "strong" part far more, in both surviving a slugfest with Big Mom despite having no Haki and easily dealing a heavy blow to Queen, who is one of Kaido's strongest fighters, possibly graduating him from the "weakling trio" in the process.
  • 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.
  • Wendigo: With its enormous size, thick, shaggy fur coat, crown of antlers, and indiscriminate bloodlust (until the time-skip), Monster Point is clearly modeled after this monster.
  • 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: Chopper occasionally performs some pro wrestling maneuvers while in Heavy Point, once notably putting Zoro in a Boston Crab. In Thriller Bark, he teams up with Robin (who likes to do submission holds) to do an aerial suplex on Doctor Hogback.
  • Wrong Context Magic: 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, which turns him into a giant beast that destroys everything in his path. After the Time-Skip, Chopper can control the last form, called Monster Point, and activate it by eating just one rumble ball.
  • 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 
See her page.

    "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)

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

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"No matter what weapon you've got... Just BEING isn't a crime! Existing is not a crime!!!"
—Chapter 375

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, then 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, the plans 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. Most of his weapons are in his massive forearms, but he's willing and able to pack them in anywhere, as anyone who's had to deal with his Nipple Lights can attest.
  • Anime Hair: His Post-Timeskip hair changing feature includes relatively normal and probable styles (Mohawks, goldilocks), to styles normally expected by anime standards, to downright bizarre changes like the shape of a cannon or a whale.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Was very much this to Iceburg, who's shown in flashbacks constantly bickering with Franky about how irresponsible and selfish he is.
  • 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).
  • Bell-Bottom-Limbed Bots: Franky the cyborg has big, inflated forearms which becomes even bigger and boxy after the Time Skip. Justified in that he puts many things in there, such as ammunition, long chain, a shield and a box of tools.
  • Big Fancy Sword: The Marauder's sword, the Franken.
  • Big Little Brother: Franky is four years younger than Iceburg, but as an adult he easily towers over his adoptive brother, especially with his latest body modifications.
  • 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 Is Cool: 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.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: While he respects Usopp's devotion to his ship, he realizes that it would be suicidal to set out on a journey with the Going Merry, which can't even reach the next island. He then tries to get Usopp to abandon the Merry by tearing chunks off of the ship, and then by throwing him into the water under the ship so he can get a good look at the damage.
  • 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, the 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.
  • Debt Detester: A variant. He's noticeably grim when he states that with Kuma's personality now being completely overwritten, the Straw Hats owe him a debt they can never repay.
  • 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.
  • Drink-Based Characterization: Cola, which is his favorite drink as Oda confirmed which is justified as the drink is his main source of fuel.
  • 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.
  • Energy Weapon: 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.
  • 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.
  • Friend to All Children: Or more specifically to all boys (girls react to him and anything he does with a blank stare). After the Timeskip, most kids he comes across tend to get starstruck at the sight of (what they think is) an actual robot right in front of them. And Franky is all too happy to oblige in showing his features to them. In Punk Hazard, he steps up with Sanji to hold off the guards from killing the kids being experimented on, saying disappointing them is not an option.
  • 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.
  • 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. Double subverted HARD when it fought Baby 5 and Buffalo.
    • 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!
  • Idiot Hero: While Franky is a Gadgeteer Genius, he's also rather emotional and lacking in common sense, which often results in him making foolish decisions.
  • 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 Steampunk, 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 Señor 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.
  • Mad Scientist: Played for Laughs. He is a prodigy in cybernetics who has added some truly bizarre features to his cybernetic form, such as having his legs extend forward to become a "centaur", detachable sideburns that can be used as boomerangs, the function to fart with such force that he is able to "rocket jump", and in the timeskip, he added functions like nipple lights and the ability to change his hair by pressing his nose.
  • 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 for their adoptive father 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 it's a personality trait. Since the time-skip, he seems to have grown past his usual Sand In My Eyes routine (such as in Dressrosa where he openly admits that the tragedy of the country's backstory is bringing him to tears), and become more honest about his emotions.
  • 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; Oda says that he would rank last in a 50 meter race with the rest of the crew because he weighs the most. 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.
  • Never Gets Fat: He drinks cola. A lot. Although justified, since his body is mostly robotic and the cola actually gives him more strength!
  • 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 adoptive brother 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 Señor 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 prior to the time-skip.
  • 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.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: A non-fatal version happens on the sea train, when he helps separate the car Sanji, Robin and Sogeking are from the one the CP9 agents are on, in hopes that it will help Robin get away. Unfortunately, Blueno uses his Devil Fruit powers to bridge the gap between the cars and take Robin away, resulting in the heroes losing both Franky and Robin for the moment.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: Mainly the "no pants" variety. His flashback even has him reluctantly wear pants because Iceberg tells him too. When the Franky Family tries to force him to leave with the Straw Hats by stealing his underwear, he never tries to cover up when running after them; eventually, he even lets the Straw Hats keep it while striking his signature pose in public! Even when he finally relents, he leaps onto the Sunny still half-haked while Zoro tells him to Please Put Some Clothes On. In his canon Filler segment on Vegapunk's island, he declines pants because he wants to keep his "freak" reputation.
  • 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.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Iceburg, though they are adoptive siblings. Throughout their childhood, Iceburg was the dutiful, respectful sibling while Franky was violent and disruptive. This continues into their adulthood with their roles in Water 7. Iceburg becomes the beloved mayor of the island who unites all the shipwrights and helps maintain the city's prestigious status as the shipbuilding capital of the world. Franky takes over the city's seedy underbelly, reining in the criminal element and using them to keep the city safe from pirates, and is even celebrated by the city's lowlifes as the face of Water 7's underworld. Together the two of them make Water 7 a better place to live.
  • 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: One of the the Iron Pirate Franky Shogun's attack, General Shield Boomerang, consists of throwing away the shield. Ironically, it's also the only way to make the shield useful, since its comically small and doesn't even cover the forearm.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Franky is of rather normal proportions before his accident with the Puffing Tom, albeit a bit lanky. After he rebuilt himself, his arms and torso have become much wider and bulkier, while his legs haven't changed much. This is even more extreme 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. Franky Shogun, 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 Señor 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 Señor 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 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 chained, bites Spandam's 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 blueprints 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)

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 can't just die hoping to be forgiven! Because when a man promises to return, he must return!!!"
—Chapter 459

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: Brook is powerful afro-wearing undead musician! His afro is part of his iconic appearance and has remained unchanged over the timeskip.
  • 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 against an Emperor alone with anything to show for it, as he was able to wound Prometheus during their battle.
  • 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.
  • 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. (Even though, 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.
  • Banishing Ritual: At Thriller Bark, Brook teaches the Straw Hats how to use salt to purify the zombies. At Whole Cake Island, Brook's control over souls lets him hurt Big Mom's homies, including Zeus and Prometheus.
  • Berserk Button: How dare something turn up its nose after trying to eat him. Bone has plenty of nutritional value! (Becomes a case of Be Careful What You Wish For after encountering the canine Minks on Zou.)
  • 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, jovial, fun-loving demeanor, 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, then 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.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Excuse me Miss, may I see your panties?" This 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!"
  • Character Signature Song: Bink's Sake (or Bink's Brew depending of the translation) is Brook's iconic song. It's a famous pirate shanty in-universe and was often sang by his old crew. Brook's most prized possession is a record dial containing a recording of the last song of the Rumbar Pirates, an interpretation of Bink's Sake they all sang together before dying.
  • 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 Laugh Tale 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.
  • Close to Home: People not valuing their lives. Brook has first-hand experience dying and knows it's no light matter. When Zeo orders his men to throw their lives away to become a grudge against humans, Brook singles him out for the callousness.
    Brook: Nothing but bones are left behind when you die, let alone something as a grudge.
  • 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.
  • Cranium Compartment: Being a skeleton, he's fine having his skullcap opened up like a lid. He tends to secretly hide stuff inside his head that way.
  • 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 attacks and is the first person period, to injure Zeus and Prometheus, homies that are animated with 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.
  • Famed in Story: During the timeskip, he becomes a ridiculously famous musician known as "Soul King" and when he reaches Sabaody, he performes the last concert of his musical tour.
  • Fights Like a Normal: He originally relies on his swordsmanship due to not being able to utilize his Devil Fruit for combat. After the Time Skip however, Brook has learned to do so, such as turning his sword into an ice weapon by channeling the power of the underworld.
  • Fragile Speedster: Fast enough to rival the Monster Trio in speed,note  but his body is not the toughest thing around. In addition, this trope is what sets him apart from Zoro, who is a "Strong Blade" type. While Brook doesn’t have the strength that Zoro has, his sword style is much faster and precise (this style is called "Gentle Blade" In-Universe).
    • 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.
  • Friendly Skeleton: He instantly befriends the Straw Hats when he meets them, although part of it is because he craves socialization after having spent fifty years all alone, and his eccentric and entertaining personality, plus his musical skills, convince Luffy to ask Brook if he could join the crew.
  • 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, since the rest of his body is unrecognizable compared to when he was alive. 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 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: After the Timeskip, he can channel the freezing cold of The Underworld into his sword.
  • 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:
    Brook: 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 just regressed mentally and is making up for lost time.
    • Alternately, it could also just be senility of some sort, being old, with the isolation definitely having an impact on him.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Ironic Fear: He is easily scared by spooky things, like ghosts and zombies.
  • 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 a 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.
  • 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.
  • Losing Your Head: During their fight, Zeo rips Brook's head off with a chain. After a moment of Zeo bragging about killing a Straw Hat, Brook reveals he's perfectly fine. His head even floats back up to reattach to his body. Since learning it's his soul that controls his body, which is made of bones, such injuries are trifles to him now.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Usually often would make a common phrase that includes a body part (eyes, stomach, etc.) and then say: wait, I don't have [said body part].
  • Magic Music: Brook uses violin chords to put people to sleep. After the 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, combining his musical and fighting skills together. Especially because his violin bow hides his sword.
  • Named After Someone Famous: Brook's name comes from the Soul Musician Brook Benton, Eiichiro Oda's favorite artist of that genre.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Jimi Hendrix, Phil Lynott, and Ozzy Osbourne, the former moreso after the Time Skip. 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 one... 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Invoked In-Universe by himself, he acknowledges that he can help fight to protect his crew, but thinks his primary purpose is to raise their spirits with his humor and positivity.
  • 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. Puns of the incredibly lame variety are his favorite types of jokes.
  • 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. He's by far one of the goofiest Straw Hats, in no small part because he's a goofy pervy skeleton with an affinity for puns. He's also a lonely, miserable soul who's at the lowest point in his life by the time the Straw Hats find him.
  • 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:
    • In the English dub, he and Franky have this reaction just before Oars throws a tower from Thriller Bark at them, not that it's 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: Brook can run on water by flailing his legs wildly, avoiding one major Devi Fruit user weakness.
  • 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.
  • Super Speed: Certainly one of the quickest Straw Hats.
  • Surreal Humor: Loves making "skull jokes" about the fact that as a skeleton, he no longer has skin, blood or stuff like that.
  • 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.
  • 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 the time he sounds as if he's about to burst into good, healthy laughter at any moment, as indeed he often does.
  • 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.
  • Wowing Cthulhu: Big Mom becomes practically smitten with him after he actually manages to put up a fight against her personal homies.
  • 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 Gōri (JP, 2009), Katsuhisa Houki (JP, 2010-present), Daniel Baugh (EN), Sylvain Lemarié (FR)

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

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

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"It's not my flesh that hurts! It's my heart, Ace... because I'm not able to do what's right!"
Chapter 528

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, thanks to Whitebeard's declaration of putting Fish-Man Island under his protection, protecting the country against marauding slavers that often kidnapped Fish-Men and Merfolk for sale in the slave trade, on top of other nefarious visitors. 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 gotten close to him during the ordeal there, and as well as during their escape from Impel Down, as well as the subsequent the Paramount 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 eventually 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 giving him captain's orders to survive and rendezvous with them in Wano Country. He eventually survives the encounter with Big Mom, and is able to come to his captain's aid in Wano. 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 Gōri, 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 become the 10th member of the crew?
  • Big Damn Heroes: He has a growing habit of these moments.
    • He appears just in time to free Luffy and Nami, right before Nami is about to be tortured by Charlotte Opera.
    • Jimbei does it again during the Wano arc, where he saves the samurai fleet (Including Straw Hat crew, Kid Pirates and Hearts Pirates) from being sunk by the Animal Kingdom Pirates' long distance cannonballs, by sinking their ship with a well placed water attack.
  • 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.
  • Breakout Character: Ever since his debut during the Impel Down arc, he became very popular with the fanbase, despite not being a Straw Hat. And then during the end of the Whole Cake Island arc, he officially becomes a member of the Straw Hat crew, 9 years after his debut (and 20 years after his first mention).
  • The Bus Came Back: Jimbei returns just in time during the Wano arc to take part in the battle against Kaido and Big Mom. Jimbei's appearance is Big Damn Heroes moment as he sinks a warship singlehandedly and giving a badass introduction.
  • Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": He looks less like a whale shark and more like a guardian lion with gill slits and blue skin.
  • Close to Home: Jimbei doesn't like when someone talks down about the slavery of Fishmen and assumes all were slaves at one point. Who's-Who touches a major nerve when he insinuates that Jimbei should know about a legend within the species by assuming he was a slave at one point. Jimbei responds by cranking up the durability of his Armament Haki, breaking Who's-Who's fingers when he tries to pierce him with Shigan attacks. Followed by crushing his wrists and finishing it with a Fishman Karate punch that not only hits Who's-Who but demolishes the area behind him.
  • 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.
  • 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. Maybe Justified, as a 9'8'', very wide Fishman it may have injured a much smaller proportion of his organs.
  • 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.
  • Master Actor: Pulls a very convincing act when infiltrated into Kaido's crew by laughing at a crucified Momonosuke.
  • 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.
    • During their fight, Who's-Who tries to hit Jimbei with a barrrage of Fang Pistol and Finger Pistol, but Jimbe covers himself with an Armament Haki strong enough that he doesn't even flinch under his attacks.
  • 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 Wild Take 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 Fish-men 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 Fisher 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 Fish-men/Merfolk relations to accept the World Government's request to be a Warlord, while Arlong chose to make himself "the wrath of the Fish-men" 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.
  • Sinister Shades: When playing the part of an Animal Kingdom pirate, Jimbei wears a pair or round dark-shaded glasses to be more into the role.
  • Sixth Ranger: Formally joins the Straw Hat Pirates in the Wano Arc as their Helmsman, much later than last official Straw Hat, Brook. For this reason, he's initially unaware of the full dynamics of the crew and a bit of a fish out of water.
  • Skewed Priorities: Downplayed. 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 Fish-men 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 Fish-men yet again.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: He can communicate with whale sharks, a trait that's unusual for Fish-men 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 even by the impressive standards of his race, and as a Fish-man karate master, he can use his punches and kicks to propel jets of water fast and hard enough to destroy warships in a single blow.
  • Strong and Skilled: All Fish-men have innate Super Strength by human standards, and Jimbei is strong even for a Fish-man. He's also a master of Fish-man Karate, an undersea variant of the martial art that uses the force of its blows to create devastating shockwaves in the surrounding water.
  • 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.
  • Takes Ten to Hold: During the Battle of Marineford, the Marines tries keeping Jimbei down with chains without success.
  • Tempting Fate: His most common Running Gag is that he's immune to this trope. He'll do or say things that should result in his immediate injury or death by all narrative logic, and come out without a scratch.
  • Third Time's the Charm: Luffy first asks Jimbei to join at the end of the Fish-Man Island arc, to which the latter declines due to having to deal with Big Mom first, since she is in charge of protecting Fish-Man Island in exchange of sweets and Jimbei has sworn loyalty to her. Jimbei returns during Whole Cake Island, resolves the Big Mom situation and declare his loyalty to Luffy only to remain behind to protect his former crew, the Sun Pirates. When he returns for the third time in Wano, Jimbei has finally officially joined the crew as the helmsman.
  • Threatening Shark: Subverted. He's the only shark Fish-man thus far that hasn't been a villain. 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. This is downplayed since the whale shark, Jimbei's fish-type, is pretty innocuous and eats krills.
  • Token Good Teammate: Among the Warlords, Jimbei is the only one that isn't cruel, out of his mind, a prick, or not caring about anyone. The reason he joined the Warlords in the first place was to prevent the World Government from interfering with Fish-Man Island.
  • Token Non-Human:
    • He’s the only one of the original Seven Warlords to be explicitly non-human.
    • He later shares this distinction with Chopper when joining the crew.
  • 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.
  • Worthy Opponent: He donsiders Ace one, as they fought for five days straight to a standstill.
  • Would Hit a Girl: To send Linlin away from the Thousand Sunny, Jinbe hits her with a full-force karate fish-man hit, without holding back. Justified since a little less effort and the hit would do nothing to Big Mom.
  • 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.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: A variant. Her final and decisive breakdown occurs immediately after the Straw Hats meet the Galley-La ship on their way back from Enies Lobby. Or, put another way, she falls apart seconds after her crew finds an alternative means of transportation and she no longer needs to carry them to safety.
  • 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.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Go back to the beginning of the series. As you progress, keep an eye on her expression. That's right; even in the the background of scenes, her expressions are often subtly different, and in line with what everyone else is feeling or thinking. Notably, she seems more strained and less cheerful as they aproach the Sea Train, and by the time they anchor on Water 7, her usual smile is almost gone.
  • 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-foot 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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