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Straw Hat Pirates
Total Bounty - ฿2,980,100,000
- Adaptational Badass: Thanks to Cross' involvement, the crew gains abilities they never had before, as well as regaining skills they've had before but neglected to use, while also discovering skills they didn't gain until later. It really says something that a crew like the Straw Hat Pirates can become even more powerful than in canon.
- Adaptation Expansion: While this version contains all the canon members (excluding Jimbei who hasn't been recruited yet), it also consists of characters that didn't originally join (or in Merry's case, didn't stay with the crew) as well as fic-exclusive characters.
- Arch-Enemy: The Straw Hats have faced many enemies over their journey, but the two movie-exclusive ones stand out the most.
- With Omatsuri and Lily Carnation, the level of villainy goes beyond just personal, he changes who the Straw Hats individually are at their cores and gets them to turn on each other and ignore the perilous situation at hand; Cross, in particular, is Jumping Off the Slippery Slope out of desperation to get more viewers. Then Baron Omatsuri really goes to town and completely drops his charade, not only torturing Luffy and Soundbite with the apparent one-by-one deaths of their friends and making them both completely helpless to stop it but inadvertently forcing pretty much everyone listening to the SBS at the timeMarines, pirates, friends, and familyto do the same. Not only is this enough to make Luffy want to murder Omatsuri, he actually does it.
- Shiki the Golden Lion from Strong World first kidnaps Nami, then he separates the crew and tosses them into his personal floating archipelago for his mutated beasts to hunt down, and then, when Nami manages to escape from him, he calls her his property and starts scolding them for "stealing" her away. And to top it off, they find out that he's the one trying to destroy East Blue, their home sea. By the time the Final Battle starts, every single member of the crew wants Shiki very, very dead. And though Shiki barely manages to survive the full force of Luffy's wrath, Hancock subdues him and hands him over to the Marines.
- Badass Crew: As in canon, the Straw Hats are an extremely powerful crew, with this version having 15 more members than they originally did. That includes five additional Devil Fruit users on top of their canon four.
- Berserk Button: There are a lot of things that piss this crew off, both individually and collectively, but above all else, if you mess with one of them, you mess with all of them. Shiki tried using this against them, and though he won the battle, he lost the war.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Unlike in canon, everyone is now perfectly aware of how insane the Straw Hats are thanks to the SBS. They are also aware that their insanity doesn't make them any less dangerous.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Three of the Straw Hat women fall under this: Conis (blonde), Robin (brunette), and Nami (redhead).
- Combat Breakdown: After a week of fighting in Shiki's Strong World, Conis is using melee weapons to fight, and Usopp has been using rocks for ammo for an unknown length of time. Porche of the Foxy Pirates notes that due to how fast ammunition runs out in a firefight, she would be amazed if they had any of their normal ammo left after more than a day there.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Averted. Despite the crew having 15+ extra members than in canon, the crew's effectiveness isn't diminished in the slightest. In fact, they've become even more dangerous.
- Death Glare: Even though many of them have done one individually at some point, the first collective one was the one they gave Shiki before his utter curbstomping of them due to the Dehumanizing Insult he gave both Nami and Billy. The next one was when they learned about Ace's capture and upcoming execution. It was so chilling that it scared X Drake, who was seconds from beating them over forcing the Supernovas to face the World Government's wrath.
- The Dreaded:
- Everyone in the crew is this to some extent for the average mook.
- Luffy, especially when he's angry. There's a reason why people call him the strongest rookie in Paradise.
- The events of Omatsuri Island are this for the crew, to the point that they refuse to acknowledge it as anything more than a bad dream while at Water 7.
- Famed in Story: The SBS has made the Straw Hats the most famous crew in history. Everyone knows who they are.
- Familiar: Three of them are Loyal Animal Companions to three other members: Carue, Su, and Billy to Vivi, Conis, and Nami, respectively.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: The Straw Hats went from a rookie crew from the weakest sea to the gold standard of their generation, who are directly responsible for what was outright declared the darkest day in the entire history of the World Government.
- It's Personal: Shiki seemed to be intent on pissing off the entire crew as much as he can. First, he kidnapped Nami and dumped the crew on his personal, hellacious floating archipelago, separating them all for a week and forcing them to jump from island to island trying to survive the very dangerous mutated animals that lived there. Then they find out that he was the one attacking their home sea of East Blue, which they had just been planning to take a detour to from their Grand Line journey. However, the absolute last straw for all of them was when he showed up to take Nami back after she managed to escape from him, and started scolding them for taking away his property. That caused all of them, especially Luffy, to absolutely fly off the handle.
- Mook Horror Show: Four of the weaker Straw Hats (Nami, Chopper, Cross, and Soundbite) instill such terror into the Marines they fight at Enies Lobby that the one calling for reinforcements is reduced to simply repeating "Oh god" over and over.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Slightly averted. Under Cross's guidance, this version of the crew does a lot more looting than in canon, albeit only from enemies.
- Power Trio: The crew includes three of these, two of which overlap with the third; Cross even remarks on it:
- Monster Trio - Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji, the top three fighters of the crew.
- Demon Trio - Chopper, Nami, Cross and Soundbite (who are treated as one), the ones who look and act normal until they take off the mask of normalcy and show what lies beneath.
- Kiddy Trio (AKA Dumbass Trio or Idiot Trio) - Luffy, Usopp, Chopper, the three least mature of the crew.
- On another note, all of them have been considered to be quartets as well, with Boss, Soundbite and Brook considered as the other fourth members respectively.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Among the canon misfits, we now have an inter-dimensional traveler, a loud-mouth, trolling Transponder Snail with Devil Fruit powers, a ditzy former princess and her duck bodyguard, a quintet of martial arts fighting amphibians, two former villainous Zoan weapons - a dog gun and an elephant sword - turned friends, a gun-toting tomboyish resident of a sky island and her cloud fox, the crew's first ship turned human, and a Cowardly Lion electricity-generating mutant bird.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
- Enies Lobby, which is even worse than it is in canon. In canon, all the Straw Hats did was completely wreck the judicial island trying to get Robin back (with some not-so-inconsiderate help from the Marines). In This Bites!, they did that, and aired it live, for the entire world to hear. That act sparked a massive crime spree all across the Grand Line, spearheaded by the other Supernovas, who were trying to one-up the Straw Hats and/or draw away some of the impending heat. It even caused some of the Four Emperors to act up, which distracted every single Marine on that side of the Red Line, plus half of the Warlords. But they didn't end there, oh, no. They fanned the flames by airing a shit-ton of the World Government's dirty laundry, permanently ruining their reputation and precipitating civil unrest on a global scale, with numerous countries worldwide going revolutionary, including Water 7. Their escape, an unprecedented victory by a single rookie pirate crew, over one of the three major superpowers no less, is the final nail in the coffin, and by the time they're done, they've made the World Government and the Marines assuredly regret the day they screwed with the Straw Hat Pirates.
- Strong World. In retaliation for Shiki's many transgressions against them, the Straw Hats loot his palace, crush his army, steal back the transceiver he stole from them, and all in all ruin the plan he had been working towards for the last twenty years. That's before Luffy beats his ass into the ground that is very, very below and they crash land Merveille into the sea. And this time, instead of the world hearing said rampage, they're watching it, all thanks to Shiki's Visual Transponder Snails.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Nearly every member of the canon crew has become even more dangerous than they were in the original story.
- Happens gradually offscreen during Strong World, with the crew slowly getting absorbed into Shikis evolution game by eating the SIQ-laced animals.
- True Companions: They might be silly and Vitriolic Best Buds three-quarters of the time, but when one of them is threatened, be assured they will go to war with the world itself for their crewmate, and the world is going to lose.
- Two Girls to a Team: Averted. While canon members Nami and Robin are still present, the number of females on the crew has increased with the additions of Merry, Vivi, Conis, Su, and Raphey.
- Victor Gains Loser's Powers: On account of the pilfering Cross has encouraged, the Straw Hats often obtain the equipment of their defeated foes:
- Lassoo and Funkfreed are both Devil Fruit weapons used by the Straw Hat crew's foes, but after Cross pulls a Defeat Means Friendship, they both decide to join him.
- During the Skypiea arc, Cross emphasized to the crew the importance of taking the Dials off of any foes they defeat. Of particular note are Ohm's Eisen Dial, which is integrated into Nami's Clima-Tact, and Yama's Axe Dials, which are integrated into the Thousand Sunny.
- The Straw Hats also picked up Seastone items from their attack of Enies Lobby and their encounter with the Accinos, which they later use to upgrade their weapons.
- Leo the Kung-Fu Dugong picks up the dual swords of two defeated foes, first those by Long John "Silverteeth", and later the meito Oto and Kogarashi.
- Weapon of Choice: Of the crew's 25 members (as of the end of the "Strong World" arc), nearly all of them carry (or have started to carry), have some access to, or are weapons, on top of their inherent abilities. The only exceptions are Soundbite, who relies solely on his Devil Fruit's powers (justified since, being a snail, he can't carry a weapon, though he can enhance others' weapon attacks), Su (who, being a regular cloud fox, has no real powers yet or ability to use weapons), and Billy (who mainly uses his lightning).
Joined in East Blue
"Straw Hat" Monkey D. Luffy - Bounty: ฿475,000,000
Captain of the Straw Hat Pirates who makes up for his idiocy with brawn and heart. His dream is to be the Pirate King.
- Anti-Hero: Downplayed, but, Luffy may be a Nice Guy at heart, but he's also kind of selfish. Unless he's directly confronted with something being wrong, he tends to just go with the flow, which means he lets a lot of things he could stop slip by because they don't directly involve him. A perfect example is the Sabaody arc; as in canon, Luffy would have rescued Camie for being kidnapped and then just stopped thinking about the slavery problem entirely. Cross is the one who decides that slavery is morally wrong and needs to be removed from Sabaody entirely—and better still, the world pushed towards actually enacting the World Government's on-paper decree of slavery being illegal, before coaxing Luffy into going along with it. To Luffy's credit, he is angry that Cross thought he needed encouragement to attack slavers, but still, that doesn't change that Cross had to be the one to decide that the Straw Hats should oppose slavery in the first place.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Luffy's main tactic is always being on the offensive. Mixing that with his Determinator-mindset makes him an extremely difficult opponent to defeat.
- Bash Brothers: Teams up with Bartolomeo against Shiki to great effect, complementing each other's abilities and skills.
- Beyond the Impossible: Luffy shows that his stupidity transcends space and time when he mistakes Coby for Natsu Dragneel.
- Combination Attack: "Gum-Gum Grand Slam". Having Cross shoot a Cani-Cannon baseball at him, Luffy uses a Gum-Gum Home Run to knock the projectile into his enemy, concentrating the force of impact on a smaller area hard enough to leave a crater in the ground just before the bomb detonates.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Cross explains to the Firetanks' Vito and Eustass Kid that Luffy relying only on his purely offensive mindset makes him difficult, but not impossible to defeat. On one hand, his Determinator status makes him able to bounce back from a physical defeat (or near defeat). But on the other, using esoteric tactics (such as Foxy's style) will really give him a challenge since Luffy can't brute-force his way out of it that easily.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He's a D., it comes naturally for him. Especially when the so-called superior being is threatening his crewmates. Just ask B.R.O.B. how well it went when they gloated about ripping Cross from his home and marooning him on a strange world. Or Enel when he kidnapped Nami and Cross.
- Dumbass Has a Point:
Shiki: I find myself curious, Straw Hat!...You somehow suspected me when you had no right to! How did that happen?Luffy: I remembered you from Shanks' stories! And he said that you were the most evil, hateful bastard of a tyrant that he ever met!Shiki: Sticks and stones, my boy! The words of none will ever hurt me! Not yours, not your third mate's, and certainly not that Red-Haired brat's either! JIHAHAHA!
- Upon hearing that Merry can never return to her ship form without tearing herself apart, Luffy comments that it doesn't matter, saying that the important thing is that Merry is still alive and can continue traveling with the Straw Hats. Everyone is dumbstruck by how much sense he made.
- During Strong World, he's the first one to figure out that the mutated animals have been playing them. How? The forest was too quiet, and he realized that wouldn't be the case unless the animals within were preparing for something. After listening to Cross and Boss' discussion over the plants and their chemical properties, he starts connecting the dots, and the other two finish it for him.
- There's also the part where he figures out that Shiki is evil:
- When Tashigi mentions that the Marines were having a difficult time rounding up the remnants of the Golden Lion Pirates due to someone burning Enies Lobby to the ground, Luffy pointed out that it was the Marines who did that. As true as his statement is, it doesn't keep Tashigi from Dope Slapping him.
- When the blockade to Sabaody Archipelago puts Cross's newest plan in jeopardy, he's the one to point out that if they waste too much time trying to break through it, an Admiral will definitely arrive there to destroy them.
- Dumb Muscle: When it comes to strength, toughness, and fighting instinct, Luffy is second to very few indeed. The downside is that... well, he's not very bright elsewhere, and although Cross's influence does cause him to start using his head a bit more, in the end, Luffy is still Luffy. Cross even admits at a conference of the Supernovas that this is Luffy's biggest weakness: in a straightforward brawl, Luffy is practically invincible, since pretty much nobody outside of the New World can take or dish out more punishment, and even in the New World, Luffy is pretty high-tier. If his opponent is smarter than Luffy, and plays to that advantage, then Luffy is in a lot of trouble.
- Dumbass No More: Luffy has been becoming less dumb over time thanks to Cross's influence, but he is still Luffy. However, a variation exists where he is mulling over everything that has happened in Chapter 60 and how he realizes he can no longer remain willfully ignorant of what Cross knows out of fear of spoiling the adventure. Not only because he realizes that Cross's future knowledge can be (and often is) insufficient because of how things can change, but also because he realizes just how much pressure Cross is putting on himself, something Luffy cannot ignore as Captain.
- Extreme Omnivore: Luffy has eaten enough plates that he can compare the taste of porcelain to china (and declare it superior).
- Generation Xerox: To Roger. Several people listening to the SBS have commented on it, but the parallel itself doesn't become obvious until the climax of Strong World, where Luffy enters Shiki's palace with the rest of the Straw Hats. The silhouette of his billowing cloak and the straw hat does not just leave the rest of the world absolutely stunned and breathless, but it also leaves every single member of the old guard feeling as if they were seeing Roger reborn.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Done when Cross starts to apologize for "usurping" him by strategizing a plan for the crew, Luffy gently reminds him that he's unable to cook, predict the weather, swing a sword, lie, or be smart. The underlying message is that it's okay because he has Sanji and Nami and Zoro and Usopp... and now there's Cross too.
- Home Run Hitter: One of Luffy's new attacks thanks to blending his old pipe-fighting techniques with his Devil Fruit-empowered fighting style. "Gum-Gum Home Run" twists his torso and his arms together at the same time, unwinding quickly for a massive swing.
- Idiot Hero: And how, though he's started taking Cross's encouragement to be less so. It's had some success, but not enough to count as Dumbass No More, hence Dumbass Has a Point above.
- For example: At the Accino Family wedding, Luffy, instead of his usual modus operandi of stealing food, decides to use one of Franky's contraptions to procure it all instead. While smart on the surface, one has to remember that A) he's not an engineer, and B) he was telling this to Vivi, who, being in proxy-Bridezilla mode at the time, promptly ties him up with the rope he was about to use to trigger the machine. Thus, after he finally manages to escape his bonds, he triggers the machine to see if it would work — and watches as it cuts every support beam in the church in half, causing the building to collapse in on itself.
- Magnetic Hero: And not even the Self-Insert himself is immune.
- Nice Hat: His treasure and trademark is the straw hat he got from his mentor.
- Not Me This Time: Upon arriving at Amazon Lily, Luffy has to defend that he is not responsible for the chaos currently afflicting the Kuja, and most certainly he didn't try to assassinate Hancock and Marigold!
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: An indication of how pissed off Luffy is in the climax of Strong World; he's completely serious, with no silly antics in sight, and most notably, making sense. Even his crew are a bit offset by that.
- Papa Wolf:
- Do not EVEN think to harm Luffy's crewmates if breathing is an activity you enjoy. Seriously, don't. When Lucci brought Luffy to the edge of defeat for the second time, a voice from beyond was able to get him back on his feet by pointing out that Lucci would murder every member of Luffy's crew if he couldn't stop him. Needless to say, an ass-kicking ensued with Lucci on the receiving end.
- He even stands up to his grandpa, the one guy he's absolutely terrified of, for the sake of his crew.
- Immediately goes to try to attack Shiki as soon as he realizes just who he is despite knowing he's out of his league. When he meets Shiki again and the man starts addressing Nami as his "property", Luffy flips, hitting the ground so hard with his fist that it shatters.
- When Luffy learns that Kuma was going to scatter the Straw Hats to train whether they were willing or not, and told this to Cross when he was already put down by the actions of Doflamingo and the reveal of Ace's capture, he is infuriated enough to punch the Warlord into a mangrove tree.
- Pipe Pain: In his childhood, before he developed his powers, this was Luffy's Weapon of Choice. At Cross's recommendation, he begins using one again, and he's fully integrated it into his fighting style since then, using it as a bat, blowgun, and anchor.
- Chapter 53 has Usopp add sea prism stone caps to the ends.
- Rage Breaking Point: After an entire week of running around, jumping from flying island to flying island, separated from his ship and most of his crew, all while fighting off mutated animal after mutated animal, Luffy has finally reached his absolute limit. When the animals show up to attack him and his friends again during the first bright spot they've had in days, he outright snaps and all but roars at them to leave, awakening his Conqueror's Haki in the process.
- Rubber Man: Courtesy of the Gum-Gum Fruit.
- Strong Family Resemblance:
- To his grandfather Garp. Two people have noted this thus far: Aokiji, as in canon, and Jabra, who noticed after pushing Luffy's Berserk Button. Especially notable in the fact that Jabra didn't know that the two were related at the time.
- Then, after Jabra unwisely smashed Luffy's Berserk Button in order to get the fight of his life, he realized he was wrong. Luffy was much worse.
- He also resembles his father Dragon enough that Cross would have probably figured out their relationship after meeting Dragon had he not already known.
- To his grandfather Garp. Two people have noted this thus far: Aokiji, as in canon, and Jabra, who noticed after pushing Luffy's Berserk Button. Especially notable in the fact that Jabra didn't know that the two were related at the time.
- Terrible Artist: As in canon. It's actually weaponized by Nami when discussing the terms of Foxy's joining the crew - she informs him that if he doesn't agree to their terms, they'll just claim the Foxy Pirates' flag and let Luffy draw them a new one. Then she shows him Luffy's first attempt at drawing the Straw Hats' Jolly Roger, which is so terrible it makes him blanch.
- Took a Level in Badass: Most likely due to Cross's advice, Luffy intensified his training, to the point where he developed his Gear Second technique three arcs early, albeit only an incomplete version that he called "Gear 1.5".
- Then, in Navarone, we see that he developed Gear 2.5 as well.
- As of Chapter 35, Chopper worked out a way to decrease (or eliminate) the canon consequences of using his gears.
- Even better as of Chapter 42. He used Armament Haki five arcs earlier than canon.
- Better still in Chapter 56: he awakens his Conqueror's Haki, and while it's not much earlier than when he first used it in canon, its result is much more impressive: it brings several mutated animals to heel and even knocks back members of his crew.
- Chapter 57 sees him managing to figure out a half-assed version of Moonwalk by punching the air, and in the middle of his fight with Shiki no less.
- Tranquil Fury: By the time Robin is done explaining the truth about Ohara to the crew, CP9, and thus the entire world, Luffy is so furious that he's completely calm and composed, which, for him, is not a good thing.
- Villain Respect: Due to the actions of the SBS, Luffy is far more well-known. Because of this, coupled with his Magnetic Hero tendencies and the sheer craziness he gets himself, several villains have developed a great respect for Luffy, normally coupled with an interest in fighting him:
- First there was Lucci and Jabra who, after the fight with Foxy, both wished to fight him one-on-one.
- Then there is Sengoku after the whole business with Lily Carnation; he developed similar respect towards Luffy for ridding the world of Lily. Granted, this was before the Straw Hats literally gave him a heart attack in Enies Lobby...
- During the assault of Enies Lobby, Doflamingo himself announces that he wants to see, more than anything, the sheer madness that will arrive from the Era of the Straw Hat Pirates.
- Finally, pretty much all of his Supernova rivals hold him in incredibly high esteem. Kid outright calls him the gold standard for every pirate of their generation since he beat Crocodile, and Capone Bege declares that due to Luffy inspiring him to rob the Marines' gold stockpile, he owes Luffy a debt that will take years to repay.
- Worthy Opponent:
- The narrative outright states that Luffy is the only opponent Lucci will ever see as an equal, for giving him "the fight of his life".
- Crocodile also clearly views him as this; he bears no grudge against Luffy for ruining his plans and is pleased by all his accomplishments as it mitigates the humiliation of said defeat.
- Kuma, while more subtle about it than both Lucci and Crocodile and not actually a genuine enemy considering his conections with the Revolutionary Army, also holds Luffy in such regard. Unlike the final canon encounter between himself and Kuma in Sabaody Archipelago, this time Luffy not only manages actually instill a amount of fear into Kuma with his rage, but he also manages to land some pretty brutal blows on The Warlord that actually has Kuma admiring the younger man. This all ends with Kuma metaphorically tipping his hat towards Luffy by calling him by his given name instead of his Red Baron epithet just before sending him away.
- Written by the Winners: Part of his plan when he finally takes the Pirate King's crown: to redefine the whole idea of 'pirate' so that adventurous pirates like him will be the real pirates and the Rape, Pillage, and Burn assholes will be the wannabe fakes.
"Pirate Hunter" Roronoa Zoro - Bounty: ฿150,000,000
First Mate of the Straw Hat Pirates, a warrior who wields three swords and aspires to become the World's Greatest Swordsman.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Like in canon, he begged Kuma to take him instead of Luffy. In this story, Kuma was there for Cross as well and shocked the swordsman by saying that his sacrifice would only make him release one of them.
- Blood Brothers: Conducts a sake sharing ceremony with Nami and Cross at the end of the Thriller Bark arc, cementing them as siblings.
- Blood Knight: He loves nothing more than a good fight.
- Clean Cut: Zoro's strongest attack since Enies Lobby is One Sword Style Asura: Imperial Lion's Anthem. Ideally, it cuts a battleship in half. If performed 'incorrectly', it cuts the sea and the sky as well while the battleship is cut halfway through and collapses under its own weight the rest of the way.
- Cool Sword: Wields one in each hand and one between his teeth.
- Code Name: As a Straw Hat confidante and thus privy to the New World Masons, he is given the codename Sidewinder.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Cross began training under him after the crew entered the Grand Line, and considering how hard Zoro trains himself, it's not surprising that he's like this. And after The Reveal, it only gets worse for him; he barely considers it worth it.
- Mr. Fanservice: His female crewmates enjoy watching him while exercising, and after the SBS gains a video component, enough of his workout routines are broadcasted that he is definitely viewed as this in-universe. Enough that Cross has to blacklist a lot of his female viewership calling in with rather indecent questions.
- Secret Keeper: Shortly after Cross's promotion to third mate, he and Nami begin serving as confidants for sensitive information.
- The Lancer: All of the crew is loyal to Luffy, but none more than Zoro.
- Took a Level in Badass: To a lesser degree due to how badass he is normally, but by Enies Lobby, he manages to One-Hit KO Vice Admiral Momonga, and cut through his ship, the sea and the sky behind him in the process. Momonga wasn't using his Haki for offense (at first), but even he admits Zoro has him beat in traditional swordsmanship.
- Willfully Weak: In the "don't want to use an advantage" sense; Zoro is too much of a traditionalist, where swordsmanship is concerned, to lace his blades with sea prism stone, even after the crew obtains a sizeable supply. Though sea prism stone caps on the pommels are just fine with him.
- One-time and necessary advantages are acceptable, like putting salt paste on his swords to combat the zombies of Thriller Bark.
- The Worf Effect: An interesting play with the trope - while he was still able to beat Ryuma on Thriller Bark, even after the latter went all-out, he had to redirect the zombie samurai's attack back at him to win, and was pretty clearly at a severe disadvantage strength-wise. And this was Ryuma without Haki, after his body had been decaying for several centuries, and "powered" by Brook's shadow (who, while skilled, is still a relatively less skilled swordsman than Ryuma).
- Wrecked Weapon: Yubashiri, as in canon. Zoro manages to save it from complete destruction thanks to Cross's forewarning, but the damage is still too severe for the Water 7 blacksmith to fix before the crew leaves, and so Zoro leaves it behind. When he unexpectedly meets up with Tashigi later, he reluctantly offers to give it to her as compensation for beating her in a duel.
- What You Are in the Dark: He fully intended to sacrifice his dream to Kuma for Luffy and Cross.
- Zorro Mark: Done via his Three-Sword Style Burst - Five Sense Ravager attack. Zoro put the Straw Hat Jolly Roger on the gold pillar to claim it as his.
"Weather Witch" Nami - Bounty: ฿125,000,000
Second Mate, Navigator, and Treasurer of the Straw Hat Pirates, a treasure-loving master of meteorology who dreams of drawing a map of the entire world.
- Achievements in Ignorance: When she saw a glint from a far-off battleship, Nami assumed it was a sniper, and threw up a mirage to throw off said sniper's aim. What it actually was, was Admiral Kizaru attempting to warp over to the Bridge and slaughter them all. Bottom line? Nami not only accidentally defeated Kizaru without even realizing it, she refracted him clear into the Red Line.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Upon hearing that Kuma would release only Luffy or Cross with Zoro's sacrifice, she offers up her own head and dream to save the two.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Subverted. The aftermath of taking Cross's pain onto herself really beats her up, and leaves her left arm badly scarred on account of her clawing at it in an attempt to escape the pain.
- Blood Brothers: Conducts a sake sharing ceremony with Zoro and Cross at the end of the Thriller Bark arc, cementing them as siblings.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Nami briefly falls victim to one of Miss Goldenweek's Color Traps, which makes her attack Cross and Vivi, though they're able to quickly snap her out of it.
- Chekhov's Skill: When she starts wondering if her skills as a thief would be able to help the crew in the future, Cross brings up a few pertinent ones, including lock picking. Said lock picking comes in handy when they end up in Crocodile's cage under Rain Dinners.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: She's quite adept with these (to the point where Cross once wonders if she ate the Cat-Cat Fruit, Model Cheshire while he was unconscious). Notable instances:
- When she's gloating to Kureha about Cross getting out of her medical bills.
- When fighting Kalifa, who is already peeved, while taunting her. Kalifa goes berserk.
- Code Name: As a Straw Hat confidante and thus privy to the New World Masons, she is given the codename Callie (short for California Mountain Snake).
- Cool Bike: Her Waver, which Pagaya modified to be a one-man portable affair.
- Said Waver is strong enough to allow her to drive through the whirlpools and massive waves around Enies Lobby, allowing her to reach the gate controls and slam the Gates of Justice in Sengoku's (and the Marine fleet's) face.
- Unfortunately, it's destroyed by Shiki in Chapter 57.
- Defiant to the End: Is this to the "Golden Lion" Shiki.Nami: Fulfill my wish first and then I'll join. And don't worry, it's an easy one.
Shiki: Deal! What is it?
Nami: (smiling beatifically) Kill yourself.
Shiki: (laughs for eight seconds, and then grabs Nami by the throat) Alright, listen here, baby! (pauses as he sees the defiance in her eyes) ...You really aren't afraid of me, are you?Nami: I...grew up... with evil... and I've... faced death... with a smile... you're... nothing... new...
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: As detailed in Achievements in Ignorance above, she accidentally defeated a Marine Admiral.
- Five-Finger Discount: Part of her thieving history involves pickpocketing. During the Skelter Bite arc, she greets Apoo and pickpockets him while he pickpockets her in return. Later on, she attempts to do this to Capone Bege only to say to the man he has no wallet to steal.
- Green Lantern Ring: The Eisen Dial embedded into her Clima-Tact allows her to create solid constructs out of Iron Cloud.
- Had to Be Sharp: Living a life as a thief working under an oppressive Fishman pirate has led to her developing quite a few skills just to survive, including lockpicking, stealth, acting, and observation. In particular, the last one includes looking out for telltale glints of light, which could indicate gold to be snatched up or snipers homing in on her (which almost got her killed one time).
- Hairpin Lockpick: In lieu of using Mr. 3's powers to open the Straw Hats' cage under Rain Dinners, Nami used this to get them out. She scoffed at the fact that Crocodile would use such a common lock.
- I Shall Taunt You: She enjoys tormenting her opponents when she has the upper hand. No surprise, since she's been on the sidelines for so long. Notable instance: she deliberately taunts an already incensed Kalifa despite knowing how dangerous she is, utilizing Cross's prophetic taunt:Nami: Maybe Conis misinformed me. But I thought you said that you'd sooner kiss Cross than take his advice? Because from my point of view... You're looking really bubbly right now.
- Impossible Thief: Cross Lampshades this when she, somehow, manages to locate and steal all of the Accino family treasure in a couple minutes.
- Money Fetish: Cross unintentionally found out that this is literal for Nami, as his dramatic declaration of how rich their crew will become causes Nami to orgasm to his horror. In Chapter 31, she actually dry humps a pillar of gold.
- Never Gets Drunk: Openly admits that her tolerance has gotten so high that she simply can't get drunk anymore, courtesy of her Dark and Troubled Past.
- Only Sane Man: Frequently falls into this role.
- Psychoactive Powers: The first time she uses the Eisen Dial in an actual fight, the clouds generated are shown to react to her subconscious thoughts (like strangling Cross) unless she actively gets a hold on them.
- Secret Keeper: Shortly after Luffy promotes Cross to being the third mate, she and Zoro begin serving as confidants for sensitive information.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Besides her "Happiness Punch", she also changes on the Rocketman in full view of everyone.
- Simple Staff: Before obtaining the Clima-Tact, Nami's only method of defense was bojutsu with a three-piece staff. After Boss and his students join, Nami has Donny give her help in reestablishing that skill.
- Super Senses: Nami can detect Yoko spying on her due to the change in air currents.
- Tempting Fate: She really shouldn't have kept opening her mouth when Cross said he wanted to get the heck out of Enies Lobby before the Marines (including Sengoku) broke through the Gates she just slammed shut in their faces. As it turns out, the top two brass there (Garp and Sengoku) are fully capable of smashing through them if they have enough time.
- Tattoo as Character Type: Her canon mikan and pinwheel tattoo on her arm counts, but after she almost claws it off in her agony while taking on Cross's pain, she takes the chance to update it with a lattice of stormclouds and lightning, as a banner to her new badassery.
- Took a Level in Badass: Due to both her training and Cross telling her Kalifa's abilities in advance, Nami effortlessly takes the assassin down in Water 7.
- Also applies when she integrates Ohm's Eisen Dial into her Clima-Tact.
- Her aforementioned warping Kizaru into the Red Line.
- Frying ten battleships during the escape from Enies Lobby.
- All of this eventually culminates in her becoming one of the Supernovas.
- Also applies when she integrates Ohm's Eisen Dial into her Clima-Tact.
- Touché: When she first sees the pillar of gold in Skypiea, she initially "offers" to let the crew have ten percent of the gold they can take with them. See the following...Nami: STINGY?! I'M LETTING THE CREW HAVE TEN PERCENT OF ALL THE GOLD WE'VE FOUND! THAT'S NOT STINGY, THAT'S GENEROUS BEYOND ALL BELIEF!"
Luffy: "THAT'S NOT EVEN ENOUGH FOR HALF OF MY MEAT SUPPLY! WE NEED AT LEAST EIGHTY PERCENT!"
Nami: "Ugh, you and that stupid appetite FINE, TWELVE PERCENT!"
Luffy: "NINETY PERCENT!"
Nami: "YOU'RE GOING THE WRONG WAY, DUMBASS!"
Luffy: "I'm just following your modus operandi!"
Nami: "Ah..." Beat "Alright, fair enough..."
- Weak, but Skilled: After gaining Ohm's Eisen Dial, she shows far greater mastery of it in just a few minutes than its previous wielder ever did.
- Weather-Control Machine: The Clima-Tact, one of these in the form of a staff, is Nami's weapon of choice. Chapter 53 has Usopp reinforce the orbs with sea prism stone.
- What You Are in the Dark: When she learns that Kuma only will release either Luffy or Cross and not both due to Zoro's sacrifice, she too intends to sacrifice her own dream alongside Zoro to get the two captured allies released.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Shortly before arriving at Sabody, Nami comments to Cross how despite her efforts to stay "normal", she's actually become quite the badass who's definitely earned her Supernova level bounty.
- Wrecked Weapon:
- During the events of Strong World, her Waver was destroyed by Shiki.
- During the confrontation with Kizaru on Saboady Archipalego, her Clima-Tact is half melted by one of Kizaru's laser blasts.
"Sniper King" Usopp - Bounty: ฿40,000,000
Sniper of the Straw Hat Pirates, a coward and a liar with unequaled marksmanship skills who dreams of becoming as great a pirate as his father.
- Bad Liar/Consummate Liar: It depends on the circumstances which one he is; his tall tales are typically outrageous enough to be unbelievable, but at the same time, he's pulled off a lot with his bluffs.
- The Blacksmith: An atypical example, but he is responsible for many of the crews' weapons and armor, be it building, repairing or upgrading them.
- Brats with Slingshots: His Weapon of Choice. Unassuming at first glance, but in Usopp's hands, it's as threatening as a gun, especially with the variety of Trick Bullets he has on hand.
- Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: Chapter 53 has him mentioning some special sea prism stone ammunition for him and Conis.
- Fake Special Attack: Played straight with a few of his attacks, including his Turtle Wave and Usopp Pound moves, but subverted with variations of those moves that are genuinely dangerous.
- Gadgeteer Genius: As the weakest member of the crew, he leans heavily on these skills to keep up with the rest of the Straw Hats. And considering the fact that apart from his versatile arsenal he built and upgraded Nami's Clima-Tact, Vivi's Lion Cutters, and Cross and Carue's armor, and that said weapons have a reputation for being extremely durable, it's clear that said skills are a force to be reckoned with.
- I Like Those Odds: Usopp's thoughts on facing roughly 2500 enemy Marines with at most 70 people on his sides?
- It's Raining Men: His Usopp Skyglider a.k.a. a parachute.
- Lovable Coward: The basis of his personality.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: Nami will never let him forget about his trying to put party tricks into her Clima-Tact, as evidenced when she says she'll be going over every page of the blueprints for the saddle he's making for Billy.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Cross reassures Usopp that while he'll always be the weakest member of the crew, that only means he's the weakest out of the world's strongest crew, and one day he'd have the epithets of "Sniper King" and "God".
- Took a Level in Badass: After Boss and TDWS join the crew, Usopp steps up on his training, to the point that he takes out 1/3 of an army that tries to storm the Merry in Mock Town.
- And during the Enies Lobby Arc, he manages to utilize Shave.
- Wake Up Fighting: Once sniped down the Unluckies with a single shot within milliseconds of being roused from unconsciousness.
"Black Leg" Vinsmoke Sanji - Bounty: ฿90,000,000
Chef of the Straw Hat Pirates, a lady-loving man with unparalleled culinary skills and kicks stronger than cannons. He dreams of finding the All Blue, a legendary sea that is a home to all species of fish in the world. He later reveals he is actually the third prince of a group of assassins known as the Vinsmoke Family whom he disowned due to his past.
- Age-Gap Algebra:"Shirahoshi might forever be out of my reach by way of half-plus-seven, but surely there must be other women who I can grasp!"
- Armed Legs: In Chapter 53, Usopp makes special soles out of sea prism stone for his shoes.
- Berserk Button: Never insult or hurt a lady in front of him, especially not a lady on his crew. And even more importantly, never, ever waste food in front of him.
- Black Sheep: Of the Vinsmoke family when he confesses his past in Chapter 59. Unlike other examples, he's glad to be disowned by them.
- Burning with Anger:
- When Conis is hit with one of Ohm's Iron Clouds, Sanji goes berserk to the extent that he subconsciously uses both Diable Jambe (with the power of the post-Kamabakka "Flames of Hell") and Sky Walk against the priest. Unfortunately, it doesn't last.
- Upon learning what Absalom did to Robin and Nami in canon, he spontaneously bursts into flames and takes multiple crew members to hold down.
- Chef of Iron: One of the main bases of his personality.
- Chivalrous Pervert: One of the main bases of his personality.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Sanji reveals his time before meeting Zeff was this when he lived in the Germa Kingdom.
- Didn't Think This Through: His reaction after running into Blueno's pocket dimension to prevent him from using it.
- Extremity Extremist: Since a chef's hands are his life, he relies exclusively on his feet to attack. And as stated above, he's trained enough that his kicks are stronger than cannons.
- Genre Savvy: At end of the Little East Blue arc, Sanji remarks that he knows enough about comic plotlines to know they're going to be in the thick of whatever scares Boss Kabuto so much.
- Mafia Princess: Rather, Mafia Prince, he's the third son of the Vinsmoke Family, although he rejects them due to his past.
- Meaningful Name: "San-ji", which means "Third Child", as in the third child of the Vinsmoke Family.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Cross unleashes him on the Marines by telling him that they scarred Vivi. The results are predictably vicious and fiery.
- Playing with Fire: His Diable Jambe is this, especially when he combines it with his version of the Tempest Kick.
- Razor Wind: Apéritif, his version of the Tempest Kick.
- Secret Legacy: In Chapter 59, he reveals his past being part of the Vinsmoke Family to the Straw Hat Pirates, much to the surprise of everyone, including Cross.
- Shed the Family Name: His last name is Vinsmoke, but he rejects it as he doesn't want to be related to them after being disowned.
- Spit Take: Sometimes he starts choking on his cigarette whenever Cross makes a seemingly-innocuous remark. Usually whenever he mentions secret agents and family.
- Supreme Chef: Dude manages to make cloth and oil smell and look delicious when he prepares something for Merry.
- Took a Level in Badass: He was already one in canon, but by Enies Lobby, he is fully capable of combining the aforementioned Apéritif with his Diable Jambe flames to send out flaming air blades that can cut through pretty much anything.
- And during Thriller Bark, his finishing move against Absalom is Hell Memories, fueled by his memories of an iron mask, an attack he only used previously post-time skip.
"Voice of Anarchy" Jeremiah Cross a.k.a. Ophiuchus - Bounty: ฿1,500,000,000 (shared with Soundbite)
The story's Author Avatar, third mate, tactician, public relations and co-communications officer of the Straw Hat Pirates.
- Achievements in Ignorance: His systematic obliteration of the World Government's reputation has the accidental side effect of the destruction of the modelling industry, after an interview with Saint Charloss reveals that the World Nobles use fashion magazines to not only search for spouses, but to also kill anyone of notable beauty for daring to equal the radiance of the Celestial Dragons. Cross nearly has an aneurysm once he comes to this realization.
- Action Survivor: In comparison to his crewmates, Cross isn't really a fighter. All of the battles he gets that aren't against Mooks into generally devolve to running from his enemy until he finds a way to either lose them or knock them out safely. Even then, he gets pretty injured, as attested by his many scars. The true reason as to why he qualifies for this is the fact that he doesn't really need to put himself in danger - as attested by Smoker - but he does so anyway for the sake of his friends and beliefs.
- Actually Pretty Funny: When Soundbite pulls his SBS interruption with the "But it was me, Dio!" meme, Cross starts to rage only to begin laughing and admit it was funny, especially since they started the SBS by playing Sono Chi no Sadame.
- The Unluckies, who despise him so much that they refuse to retire until he's dead.
- Sengoku, who calls him the biggest aggravation of his career, if not his life. It's ultimately one-sided though, as while Cross has lost a lot of respect for him, there is no personal animosity on his side of the equation.
- Armor-Piercing Response: When Robin tries to press Cross for an answer on how he's so knowledgeable, even trying to seduce him, Cross tells her she'll answer her question on one condition. When she asks what that is, he tells her to tell the crew about the day Ohara died. This completely shatters Robin's attempts and outright scares her.
- Bandage Babe: A "bandage boy", thanks to Enel's Electric Torture, his forearms and lower legs were flash-cooked inside his armor, leaving them looking like melted wax. Although he can still use his limbs and hands, they are now perpetually bandaged to preserve his exposed nerves, and he keeps them that way even after Law fixes them up in chapter 63. Hattori slashing open his face means he'll be keeping his face bandaged as well, and when his future-self appeared, it was covered in enough bandages to resemble a mummy.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: From the moment he entered the One Piece world, Cross looked forward to when he'd get his own bounty. However, the insanely high price that Garp had placed on him was more than he bargained for.
- Berserk Button: Do not call him any variation of Jeremiah, and do not mess with Soundbite.
Cross: Last time I tried talking sense to a couple of stupid bigots who wouldn't hear my words, I snapped. It's an exercise in futility and I am distinctly not in the mood.
- Spandam's entire existence. Cross absolutely and completely loathes him, to the point of telling the crew point blank that he would have no issues in killing him.
- Out-of-series references are another, more comical button. It grates heavily on his sanity whenever Soundbite (or by extension B.R.O.B) gives any animal a voice from a different series, and even more so when their names happen to match. To the point where he wonders if they're intentionally trying to drive him insane at some points.
- On a more serious note, bigotry really pisses him off. In chapter 67, he finally snaps for what is only the second time in the story and goes on a massive "Reason You Suck" Speech toward Kuroobi and Chew on how their behavior led to the rise of Hody Jones and the representation of pointless cruelty. Enough so he begins foaming at the mouth and was about to get violent before Koala knocked him out... and Luffy was holding him back the whole time!
- In Chapter 74, he gets engaged with another random bigot who wants him to stop broadcasting fishman equality on the SBS because "they're freaks". He doesn't bother trying to talk; it takes all of his self-restraint to settle for knocking the ass out cold with his bare fist, rather than going for the Impact Dial and hoping it would blow him to bits.
- Blood Brothers: Conducts a sake sharing ceremony with Zoro and Nami at the end of the Thriller Bark arc, cementing them as siblings.
- Brass Balls: Lampshaded when he asks why Nami is always attacking his head or his groin, she yells back that they're both such large targets.
- Break the Haughty: By the end of the Sabaody Arc, Cross's mindset had been dragged through the wringer, having to suffer an exhaustive SBS with Saint Charloss, the realization that Doflamingo had been pulling the strings behind everything they've done, and that Ace has still been captured and slated for execution, capped off with Kuma outright telling him he's powerless to do anything more about it. By the end, he's despairing over the fact that even with his newfound Herculean strength and all the new crew members, skills and weapons they've gained up to now, it's still just not enough to match up with the top powers of the world.
- Break Them by Talking: It's practically his Weapon of Choice, and undoubtedly his most dangerous; every time someone allows him to open his mouth, it proves to be more than they can handle. Vivi's masquerade as Miss Wednesday? Broken. Smoker and Tashigi's faith in the Navy's justice? Broken. Aokiji's unflappably nonchalant demeanor? Broken. Kaku and Kalifa's flawless masquerades? Broken. Hogback's intention not to tell the world about Thriller Bark? Broken. And those are just the ones he did on purpose.
- But Not Too Foreign: Chapter 66 reveals he's half-French and he says he spent some years growing up in France. But, still, he considers himself American first.
- Chairman of the Brawl: He begins the Supernova Bar Brawl on Skelter Bite by taking a chair and smashing it clean across Killer's face.
- The Chew Toy: Between bites to the ear, strangulation, broken noses, Groin Attacks (usually from Vivi), Zoro's Training from Hell, or generally being laid out cold by whomever he draws ire from, Cross is very well acquainted with physical abuse.
- Chick Magnet: Downplayed. He doesn't fall into the pit some self inserts do of being harem protagonist tier chick magnets, but his radical leanings do make him attractive to girls who share the same views. His "world shaking" plan makes Koala barely able to hold herself back and Sandersonia practically went feral with her words implying she was seconds away from launching herself at Cross and mounting him before Koala knocked her out.
- Code Name: As the warden for the New World Masons, he has the codename Ophiuchus, the unofficial thirteenth member of the Western Zodiac.
- Comically Missing the Point: When Tashigi informs him that Shiki used the Snail Transceiver to broadcast visual projections of the Straw Hats' struggles, he is far more concerned over Shiki getting more viewers than he has listeners on the SBS. He does admit though he did it on purpose because he was incredibly stressed out at the moment and needed something to lighten the mood.Tashigi: (emotionlessly) Please tell me someone else is listening to you right now, Cross. Because I need to hear someone punching you for getting your priorities out of line. I need to hear you in pain.
- Defiant to the End: Is this in the face of Enel demanding he Kneel Before Zod, and despite the amount of Electric Torture he endures, he refuses to give in.
- Double Meaning: Sometimes Cross's future info comes out like this; either because there are things he really does not want particular people to know, or simply because he wants a laugh.
- Disproportionate Retribution: On the receiving end. Cross's bounty was not initially specified by the narrative because it was ridiculously high — Sengoku asked for a perfectly reasonable ฿500,000,000, but somebody (*coughcoughGarpcoughcough*) forged his signature for a much higher bounty request, adding an extra 1 at the beginning and tripling it to ฿1,500,000,000.
- Due to the Dead: After seeing the dead body of the innocent bystander Saint Roswald killed, he slowly approaches the body, takes off his gauntlet, closes their eyes in reverence, and returns to his crew with the intent of starting the Sabaody Revolution.
- The Faceless: Subverted; for the first twenty-one chapters and the Christmas Episode, the author gives no description what Cross looks like aside from his clothes, but he did have a picture before the story gave a few details, and eventually a full description in Chapter 32.
- The Gadfly: He can either be this or a Troll. He ping-ponged himself back quite a few many times, depending on the nature of the prank.
- Fatal Flaw: Cross has quite a few, but the most prominent is his recklessness and his mouth. His adrenaline junkie tendencies has caused him to jump In Harm's Way on a regular basis (such as against Garp), and he often doesn't quite know when to stop needling people (like Jonathan), leading to more problems than is really preferable. Aesop Amnesia doesn't even begin to describe it, as he rarely learns his lessons.
- Foil: When it comes to opinions and dreams, he's startlingly similar to Queen Otohime of all people. He too dreams of a peaceful world in which people would try to understand each other and live together, using his words to beseech everyone listening to give it a chance. The major difference, aside from the species and rank thingnote , is in their methods. Otohime believed in seeking change through education, passive resistance, and working within the system. Cross believes in the judicious use of chaos to overturn the status quo, and preaches the Family-Unfriendly Aesop that sometimes Violence Really Is the Answer, even calling out that Otohime and Shirahoshi covering up the true identity of Otohime's killer was a noble-yet-stupid idea, since it allowed Hody the chance to build up his powerbase for years and ultimately come within inches of destroying Fishman Island to trigger a full-blown race war. Cross acknowledges this when Fukaboshi compares the two, even admitting wholeheartedly that if they ever met face-to-face, Otohime in all likelihood would've slapped Cross clean across the face for his methods.
- He's also a foil to Belo Betty of the Revolutionaries. Both of them incite the public to rebel against the authority of the corrupt government, but while Belo Betty used a devil fruit explicitly tailored towards this, Cross is just an otherwise ordinary person who gets through with pure words and charisma. He's also had far more success with his endeavors, something Betty is left bitter about, feeling upstaged by a "normie" like him. In fairness, Cross's creation of the SBS allows him to reach a far larger audience than Belo Betty can, who has to be up close and in person to use her powers.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: For the World Government, he was initially an annoying pirate kid unable to shut his mouth, even when imperiled. Then he started waving their dirty laundry for everyone to see by using the SBS, and he's scarily well-informed about what's really going about. After Enies Lobby — well, he's one of the most wanted men in the world.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Cross's fighting style is straight up brawling and his teachers agree the only way for him to get better is by fighting.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Makes use of the Usopp AAaaaAAAaaaAA! (a grappling hook belt) long after the Skypiea Arc is over, perfected so that it can detach.
- Groin Attack: A frequent victim of this, courtesy of his angered female crewmates.
- Guile Hero: Only somewhat stronger than everyday Mooks, and does the majority of damage through his silver tongue, unorthodox strategies, future knowledge, and penchant for tap-dancing on Berserk Buttons.
- Heroic BSoD:
- Cross has a brief one in Chapter 19 when he realizes that it was his presence and intervention that resulted in Mr. 3 getting a second chance and killing countless civilians and Marines in Rainbase. It doesn't last long, however, before he refocuses his attention on the one who's more to blame.
- He gets another 50 chapters later when he realizes that everything that happened in Sabaody, from them destroying the slave market to causing chaos in the Auction House to free Keimi, was all because of Donquixote Doflamingo and that he himself was Out-Gambitted.
- Hyperventilation Bag: Required one after seeing his ridiculously high bounty.
- In Harm's Way: On a day-to-day basis, Cross has an alarming disregard for his own health and safety towards self-destructive levels due to being an adrenaline junkie that goes Laughing Mad whenever he's in a dangerous situation, like tow-skiing on a tightrope, having a galleon fall on his head, or pissing off Garp in person.
- Insistent Terminology: For the first dozen and a half chapters, he objects to being called a brat or a kid, being eighteen, and later on nineteen. He still insists on it now and then, but it's less frequent... mainly because people calling him a brat or a kid is also less frequent.
- In Spite of a Nail: Despite his foreknowledge and subsequent actions to change the future, things rarely turn out very differently than before in a beneficial way. This is actually his greatest fear: that despite his best efforts, he'll fail to stop the War of the Best and Ace's death.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he can come off rather callous with his pranks and full of snark, he does care for his friends in the Straw Hats.
- Last-Name Basis: Everyone calls him Cross, initially because they don't realize Cross is his family name, but later because it's simply his preferred nickname.
- Leitmotif: Ronald E. Harris composed a theme song for Cross in the spirit of the main characters' anime themes. Listed here.
- Like Brother and Sister: Has this relationship with Robin, who returns the sentiment. It's very sweet.
- Made of Iron: Thanks to Kureha's miracle vitamins and local food, this is what Cross becomes, enough to survive 100,000,000-volt Electric Torture. But originally, he was...
- Made of Plasticine: When the baseline of the world is being Made of Iron, this applies to an outsider like Cross; one of Nami's Idiot Punches knocks him out for ten minutes. Fortunately, Kureha's vitamin supplements fix that problem for the most part when they get to Drum.
- Magnetic Hero: Not exactly in Luffy's league, but it's thanks to him that the crew is nearly three times bigger than it is in canon.
- The Man Behind the Man: Cross would object to this term being applied to him, because he genuinely does like and respect Luffy and wants him to claim the One Piece, but the truth is that Cross's intelligence and more morally-motivated proactive nature means that he does sometimes end up in the position of being the brain directing Luffy's brawn. The best example of this is the Sabaody arc, when Cross is the one who decides that a true stand needs to be made against slavery, and he essentially manipulates the Straw Hats (and the Supernovas) into going along with it.
- Meaningful Name: No matter his distaste for his name is, the name Jeremiah referred to the prophet. Cross himself feared not preventing the War of the Best and Ace's death.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: By Chapter 54 onwards, Cross isn't described as being any more muscular than when he started, but he's Took a Level in Badass enough that he can pull off Neck Lifts and inflict Grievous Harm with a Body on the Mooks he once struggled against with hardly any effort.
- Mind Rape: Cross suffers a brief, but brutal case of this at the Human Auction House. Realizing that Doflamingo may have set them up, he confronts "Disco", only for it to be revealed as Doflamingo's Black Knight clone, which promptly blasts him point-blank with Conquerer's Haki. He's so overwhelmed that he suffers an illusion of him being turned into a faceless puppet helplessly controlled by a string, which is then severed by a pair of scissors. The metaphorical message is that Doflamingo literally holds his life in his hands, and can kill him at a moment's notice, and only didn't because he decided to let them live. It was so much for him that he suffers an identity crisis when he breaks out, having to mentally remind himself who he was. He describes it as the single-most terrifying moment in the entirety of his time spent in the One Piece world on a level of horror far deeper than he ever experienced, and it leaves him so shaken that the realization that he had been completely played by Doflamingo leaves him crying and laughing hysterically.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: Cross doesn't lose his old jobs, but he goes from being the communications officer of the Straw Hats to also being the third mate, tactician, and public relations officer.
- Nice Hat: He obtained a Marine cap from a random grunt in Chapter 18, which Tashigi allowed him to keep in Chapter 19. In Chapter 26, Usopp finishes the redesign of the cap, coloring it black with white crossbones and a cross moline. And in Chapter 38, Usopp upgrades it into an inconspicuous Hard Hat.
- Not So Omniscient After All: As much as Cross knows One Piece inside and out, he was inserted 9/19/2015, and thus has read up to chapter 800 of the manga at best, meaning all events from Zou onward to the end of the story are a total unknown for him (including Luffy's bounty increase to 500 million - he says Luffy's increase to 475 million after Enies Lobby is the highest he knows; this is also a sign that he is unaware of the contents of "One Piece 15th Anniversary: Dive to Grand World", a minibook released in August 2012 with that week's issue of Shonen Jump, which revealed Ace's bounty of 550 million). He also has some glaring blind spots because he never saw any of the movies, and doesn't know how much of the anime is crossed over. That one puts him through all kinds of hell as he only saw the poster for Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island. It also hits him hard in Strong World, particularly when he refuses to listen to the last part of Nami's Tone Dial message, which the audience knows was her asking the crew to come save her.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
- He completely drops his usual joking attitude in favor of unbridled rage when he fights against the Golden Lion Pirate subordinate crews due to both his week of hell in Merveille and having Shiki kidnap Nami twice. It's enough to make even Tashigi scared seeing him like that.
- Hearing and witnessing the aftermath of Saint Roswald shooting an innocent bystander is enough to silence him cold, pay his last respects to the dead and informing the crew in a chilling tone their plan to destroy Sabaody's slave trade has officially begun.
- When it is finally revealed that Ace was captured and will be executed, he coldly addresses Tsuru that an emergency meeting of the Masons will be called.
- Only Sane Man: The threshold for sanity on this crew is so low that the adrenaline-addicted gadfly is a model of rationality. Though just like the other Straw Hats, he trades this role in and out depending on said level of adrenaline.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Near the end of the Sabaody Arc, Cross punches a mangrove as hard as he can and leaves a crater deeper and wider than he is tall. By his own admission, a year ago he'd have been blown away at the thought of such strength, but in the current situation, Cross is depressed that he's not capable of more.
- Plot Allergy: Eating biscuits, for a reason that not even he knows, causes him an instantaneous and excruciating case of diarrhea that lasts for a half hour.
- Punctuated Pounding: While viciously slamming Tatsu, the memory-stealing seahorse, against a tree, Cross vents his frustration regarding that bit of filler.Cross: I! HATE! AMNESIA! EPISODES! NOW! GIVE! US! BACK! OUR! MEMORIES! AND! SCREW OFF!
- Rage Breaking Point: Cross has only gotten mega-pissed twice. First is the above mentioned with the Golden Lion and the second time was when Chew's comments finally set him off, enough to where Luffy has to hold him back.
- Running Gag:
- Whenever Cross ends up in trouble on islands they are on, it usually ends with the town on fire, with Vivi being the one to ask why the hell it happened.
- Cross also likes to trigger his Snail Transceiver's foghorn feature, much to the crew's ire.
- Scars Are Forever: Cross's forearms and legs are permanently scarred from his Electric Torture at Eneru's hands. Chopper says he could have fixed them but didn't have time as he first had to make sure Cross's internal organs weren't going to fail.
- At Enies Lobby, his face is slashed open, leaving his nasal cavity exposed unless he keeps it bandaged.
- If his future-self is to be believed, Cross will eventually become something of a mummy due to all the innumerable scars in the far future if he doesn't keep his recklessness in check.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When he sees that he's going to be facing Shichiseiken instead of Sir Bearington or Brook (who have already done this), he asks Funkfreed if he's okay with him making a run for it (Funkfreed agrees, and insists that he do so).
- Sherlock Scan: Shortly after meeting Yoko, Cross asks Mayor Fabre which of her parents died, how badly, and when. He came to the conclusion of her Freudian Excuse by noting that while she was dirty and injured, the Marine cap and coat she was wearing were immaculate.
- Signature Laugh: "Pfffhahahahahaha!"
- The Smart Guy: Explicitly acknowledged as such by Luffy when he decides to make Cross the Third Mate and tactician, as our straw-hatted glutton fully knows he's not that smart.
- Stunned Silence: When he and Soundbite see their new bounty.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: While pointing out that Brook is a skeleton thanks to a Devil Fruit, Cross finally snaps and shouts at his crew for constantly missing the obvious answer.Cross: Yes, everyone, skeletons aren't supposed to be alive. On the other hand, animals aren't supposed to talk, either. Also, reindeer shouldn't be part human, guns shouldn't turn into dachshunds, swords shouldn't turn into elephants, ships shouldn't turn into girls, people shouldn't be able to stretch or grow limbs anywhere and everywhere and WHY DO I STILL HAVE TO SPELL THIS OUT WHEN WE'VE TRAVELED ALMOST HALF OF THE FREAKING GRAND LINE?!
- Supporting Protagonist: The story may be told mostly from his perspective, but it's usually a POV story where he aids Luffy and the Straw Hats on their journey.
- Sword and Gun: Due to taking ownership of Lasso and Funkfreed. He's still working on using them simultaneously.
- The Teetotaler: Cross doesn't like the idea of getting black-out drunk and refrains from drinking at almost all times. The only exceptions are when he's trying to block out Luffy, Shoujou, Masira's singing and when he, Nami, and Zoro become Blood Brothers through a sake ceremony like Ace, Sabo, and Luffy.
- Terrible Artist: A self-admitted one. He mentions that there was a time when he wanted to be an architect, but quit that path when he realized how much art was involved, because "I draw like Luffy".
- This Is Gonna Suck: Cross's complete mindset the moment he learns that Saint Charloss of the World Nobles is a fan of the SBS, and that in order to keep his extremely fickle Psychopathic Manchild attitude (which has the added bonus of possibly digging the WG's bad PR grave even deeper) from shooting him dead or giving him up to his WG agent entourage, Cross has to do a live show with Charloss. The mere thought makes him vomit.
- This Cannot Be!: When Kizaru informs everyone of Ace's capture and upcoming execution, he casually snarks him but has Luffy check his brother's Vivre card again showing it normal. Right up to it bursting into flames.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill:
- Cross has a notable aversion to actually killing anyone (except Spandam). He panics initially taking down a Baroque Works Mook in Whiskey Peak, and a Marine Mook in Alabasta, until he confirms that they're alive. It's solidified, however, when he has Mr. 13 at his mercy, the assassin having just tried to kill him. Even considering the fact that he's just an otter ultimately isn't enough, and he settles for simply knocking him out... albeit brutally.
- In Water 7, after he's attacked by the Unluckies for the third time in a row and they've made it clear they won't rest until they've subjected Cross to both Cold-Blooded Torture and a Cruel and Unusual Death, Cross still refuses to kill them. When Lassoo and Soundbite lampshade how stupid this is, including Cross stubbornly refusing to let Franky or Lassoo kill them for him, he claims they would still be dying by his hand indirectly. He then admits that he knows he'll have to kill eventually, but he wants to delay it as long as possible, and that he absolutely refuses to give the Unluckies the satisfaction of them being what makes him a killer.
- Trauma Conga Line: Suffers through a major one in Saboady Archipalego. Following being on top of the world after the success of his operation to break up the slave trade, he learns that Doflamingo was lurking behind the scenes from the moment that they set foot on the island. The knowledge that they only succeeded because he allowed them to leads to him feeling that he didn't really accomplish anything on the archipalego. Then the Straw Hats and their allies receive a vicious Curb-Stomp Battle at the hands of Admiral Kizaru, during which he finally learns about Ace's capture and imminate execution, and finally being confronted by Kuma who declares the Straw Hats will be scattered, not just for training, but to prevent them from getting involved in the coming War. The whole situation leaves Cross almost as devastated as Luffy in canon, and borderline suicidal. After relaying their inevitable split-up, many of his allies, including himself, are having doubts he'll come back alive.
- Tranquil Fury: Cross was originally willing to pit strategies against Komei on even footing, but once he sees that the Marine has deployed the likes of Strawberry (who was the one responsible for giving Fisher Tiger the injuries that lead to his death, and by extension torturing Koala with guilt of being responsible for it), he adopts a look eerily similar to the face he bore when facing down Shiki's crew, and declares that playtime is over.
- Troll: While not as bad as Soundbite, Cross can sometimes...well, cross into this territory, engaging in very mean-spirited pranks for a laugh or purposefully omitting or using half-true information just to get a rise out of the crew. See Double Meaning above.
- Took a Level in Badass: As of Chapter 54, he has gotten strong enough to face an entire pirate crew all by himself and win.
- The Un-Reveal: His new bounty, which is so large that Robin can only name Dragon and the Four Emperors as having bounties higher than his off the top of her head. note One he's bumped down a rank is Jack - a Person of Mass Destruction worth ฿1,000,000,000. Later chapters state that the Five Elder Stars were going to intentionally give him the highest starting bounty in history, and that Garp beat them to it. Finally, on 09/26/19, with spoilers for manga chapter 957 having revealed the bounties of all four Emperors (pre-timeskip) and Roger, the number was retroactively inserted into the chapter: ฿1,500,000,000, the same as Luffy's post-Tottoland bounty that made him "The Fifth Emperor" in canon.
- Weak, but Skilled: Even with Zoro's Training from Hell to increase his stamina, Kureha's miracle vitamins to increase his durability to the standard of a World of Badass, and Usopp's custom-made armor to increase his hitting power, Cross's strength is enough to stand up to Mooks and not much else. He makes up for that, however, with his cleverness, to the point where Luffy named him the crew's tactician and third mate shortly after they entered the Grand Line.
- Weapon of Choice:
- Lawman Baton: Smoker gave him one in Loguetown. In Chapter 35, Usopp upgrades it with a Thunder Dial, turning it into a Taser Baton. Unfortunately, it's destroyed in Chapter 42.
- Power Fist + Armed Legs + The Hard Hat: Usopp originally created the gauntlets and greaves to help with Cross's last-ditch brawler fighting, but once he has access to Dials, he upgrades his gauntlets with a Flash Dial and an Impact Dial. In Chapter 38, his cap is added, padding and metal plating changing it from accessory to armor. In Chapter 53, it is upgraded with sea prism stone knuckles and reinforcement.
- Equippable Ally: Soundbite can amplify and disguise his voice, giving him an even greater ability to screw with people. The trope is played a bit straighter with Lassoo, and later Funkfreed. And even later, both.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Enel's Electric Torture left him with a case of astraphobia, making him flinch whenever he saw so much as a flash of lightning. As of Chapter 37, however, Chopper's therapy has undone most of the damage.
- Wrecked Weapon:
- During the fight on Enies Lobby, the baton he received from Smoker was broken by a Marine. Cross didn't take kindly to that.
- During the confrontation with Kizaru on Sabaody Archipalego, his gauntlets are crushed by the Admiral. He's still able to wear them, but it's unknown if they still work.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Cross really doesn't like the fact that Saint Charloss of all people is a fan of the SBS. He gets a double-dose when the Noble tells him that if he wasn't a fan, CP0 would have already gone after him.
"Voice of Anarchy" Soundbite - Bounty: ฿1,500,000,000 (shared with Jeremiah Cross)
Co-communications officer of the Straw Hat Pirates, a Baby Transponder Snail that ate the Noise-Noise Fruit. Cross's partner and best friend.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: He constantly snarks at Cross and never hesitates to bite him, but genuinely cares about his well-being, becoming utterly distraught when Enel inflicts Electric Torture upon Cross and plotting a way to Curb-Stomp the Foxy Pirates in order to retrieve Cross from them. Most notably, when Cross is about to be killed in the Enies Lobby arc, he Awakens his Devil Fruit to save him.
- Berserk Button: Soundbite sees himself as a legitimate Straw Hat and Cross's partner. He takes offense to being called a "pet" or being excluded in any way.
- Calling Your Attacks: Cross and Soundbite begin doing this in Chapter 21, basing them off of the root "Gastro" as in gastropod.
- Gastro-Blast: Soundbite's primary offensive technique. While in physical contact with a victim, Soundbite lets out a loud noise along the same frequency as his or her bones, shattering them. Initially lethal, he manages to tone it down enough to leave the victims alive after practicing. Also capable of shattering wood, stone and metal and flash-cooking and liquefying food.
- Gastro-Phony: Soundbite's secondary offensive technique. Taken from "cacophony," Soundbite fills the air with noise to mask the underlying tones that tickle the inner ears of anyone in the vicinity, causing extreme dizziness and nausea.
- Gastro-Amp: Soundbite amplifies the volume of someone's voice within his range so that anyone in said range can hear that voice.
- Gastro-Clone: Soundbite speaks while flawlessly imitating a voice he's heard, typically for either deception or entertainment.
- Gastro-Blur: Soundbite masks someone's voice with a distorted male and female voice speaking in unison, for the purpose of protecting their identity.
- Gastro-Flash: Soundbite lets out an earsplitting siren while Cross activates a modified Flash Dial, resulting in a flashbang effect.
- Gastro-Scramble: Soundbite fills the air with white noise to prevent anyone from eavesdropping on their conversation. Unfortunately, it can't affect the ghosts made by the Hollow-Hollow Fruit or anyone with sufficiently strong Observation Haki.
- Gastro-Sonar: Like a bat, Soundbite bounces sound off objects to get a visual map of the immediate location. One of his new Awakened abilities.
- Gastro-Barrier: Soundbite wraps himself in a sphere of polarized sound, which diverts away most damage directed at him.
- Code Name: As Ophiuchus's partner, he chooses the codename Knucker.
- Everyone Has Standards: Even after Robin joins the crew, Soundbite maintains his enmity towards her from their encounter in Whiskey Peak... up until Cross gives him a peek at her Dark and Troubled Past.Cross: Ever see an entire island, people and all, perish in fire in less than an hour?...She has; that's what happened to her home when she was eight. She was the only survivor, and the World Government's been hunting her ever since.
- Despite being practically the poster child for The Gadfly and Troll, even Soundbite finds nothing funny about people dying.
- Once they get to Saboady Archipelago, Soundbite reveals he's fully aware of all the dark info in the internet, but was able to bury it under use of memes, but once he hears the despair in the prison the "island" had become, he's shaken at just how real that info seems to him now.
- Fantastic Racism:
- Has this towards birds due to their place in the food chain compared to snails. The only exceptions are Isaiah and Terry (Because he loves how their antics drive Cross crazy), though Coo has earned some respect.
- He also isn't fond of his aquatic cousins, Territorial Sea Slugs, due to the fact they like to brag about being able to take saltwater unlike Transponder Snails. Unfortunately, he states he also cannot block themnote .
- Forgot About His Powers: When Chopper first goes mad and tried to viviscet Cross, he gagged Soundbite with a metal rod. It takes a gagged Cross attempting to shout "Gastro-Blast" to remind Soundbite he could destroy the rod, letting him call for help.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: As Nami put it, he can hear everything within a mile of him and make anyone in that range hear anything he wants. Plus, as of Chapter 31, "hear anything" apparently extends to the Voice of All Things. The same power that enabled Roger to read Poneglyphs and him and Luffy to understand Sea King speech. If that's not enough, by Chapter 40, Awakening his Devil Fruit can even make his opponents hear silence.
- Hey, That's My Line!: Doesn't like it when other people steal his 'Start the SBS' Running Gag.
- Insistent Terminology: Soundbite always objects to being treated or designated as less than a genuine sentient being; he's a true member of the Straw Hats, not their pet.
- Karma Houdini: Somewhat subverted. Despite being a Troll more often than not, he got plenty of good things going for him such as hearing the Voice of All Things and Awakening of his Devil Fruit. It's very often it's Cross who got the brunt of the crew's anger due to Soundbite more frail nature as a snail.
- Logical Weakness: If his mouth or throat are obstructed, he can't use his Noise-Noise powers. This changes once his power Awakens.
- Meaningful Name: Referred to his Noise-Noise Fruit and tendency to bite people. Also doubled with a sound bite, an extracted piece of a recorded audio/video that was chosen specifically for appropriateness. Exactly the same way Soundbite speaks usually.
- Parrot Pet Position: His usual spot is on Cross's shoulder.
- Pirate Parrot: The closest thing to one that the crew has: sitting on a member's shoulder, repeating what he hears, and being a wise-cracker.
- Secret Keeper: He overhears Zoro and Nami's What You Are in the Dark sacrifices to Kuma in order to save both Luffy and Cross from being taken by him. Soundbite knows if anyone were to learn this, it would be catastrophic for the morale of the Straw Hats. He eventually tells Lassoo and Funkfreed this since he couldn't hold it in.
- Shoulder Pet: While he'll bite you for being called a pet, Soundbite often perches himself on Cross's shoulder.
- Signature Laugh: Some combination of "Hoohoohoo", "Heeheehee", "Hohoho" and/or "Hahaha". The order varies. Cross describes it as an in-universe laugh track Soundbite makes by playing all the different laughs he's heard together.
- Speaks in Shout-Outs: By eating Cross's iPhone and gaining a connection to the vast internet, Soundbite frequently uses media quotes to communicate and chooses the voices he provides in translation based on some media character. He also gets limited access to One Piece material (specifically, the soundtrack) after Awakening his Devil Fruit during Enies Lobby.
- Toilet Humor: Cross specifically prohibits him from playing the Wedding March at the Accino/Hiruno wedding to avoid this, since he probably would have done it entirely out of fart noises. Soundbite concedes the point.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- When overuse of his Devil Fruit in Skypiea unlocks the ability to hear the Voice of All Things.
- And again in Enies Lobby, when Cross about to be killed causes his Devil Fruit to Awaken.
- Troll: It is basically Soundbite's shtick. Or The Gadfly, depending on the situation or the pranks. He often engages in pranks with little regards for others, somewhat sharing this with Cross.
- Ventriloquism: The basis of the Noise-Noise Fruit; it enables the user to emit any sound that they've ever heard, forward or reversed, at any volume, anywhere within range of the user's senses. Soundbite had a naturally extended range of a quarter mile already due to being a Transponder Snail, but once he's fitted with a standard rig for a Transponder Snail, that range extends to a full mile.
- Verbal Tic: As he has no voice of his own, he speaks with a randomized combination of other people's voices, like a spliced recording.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Mostly he and Cross; while they're seamless in battle, they love snarking at each other more than anything. But Soundbite has this relationship with many of the other members of the crew as well due to his prankster tendencies, most notably Usopp, who usually serves as his Butt-Monkey.
- Voice Changeling: Soundbite can mimic any sound he's ever heard, backwards, forwards, or any other way you can think of. This is, however, the only way that he can speak, which results in him using an amalgamation of different voices for his sentences. Chapter 17 reveals that he's fully capable of picking one voice and sticking with it, and he explains his reasoning for doing otherwise. One aspect of his powers that he uses often is giving animals the ability to speak. Vivi's pet duck Carue speaks in Donald Duck's voice, Eyelashes the camel in Alabasta speaks in Achmed the Dead Terrorist's voice, Scissors the moving crab from Alabasta speaks with Gratuitous Spanish... and so on. The point is that when he gives animals the ability to speak with his powers, he determines their voices based on what/who they are. The voices he gives them suit them, but his own voice is all of the voices.
- Weak, but Skilled:
- Soundbite's powers make him amazing at listening in on enemies, bluffing out his opponents and mustering reinforcements in seconds, plus he's managed to work out some genuine attacks. But without his powers, he's just a snail.
- Applies especially after his Awakening: his control over his powers is boosted by several orders of magnitude, but a snail just doesn't have enough energy to throw around that sort of power for very long.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Salt. He is a snail, after all; this has mostly been Played for Laughs. Chapter 34 reveals that due to Transponder Snails as a species building up a resistance over years at sea, saltwater isn't outright deadly, but does give him extreme nausea.
"White Menace" Going Merry - Bounty: ฿50,000,000
First ship of the Straw Hat Pirates, considered an honorary crewmate, her love for the crew was strong enough that she developed a life of her own. To save her life, she ate the Human-Human Fruit, Model: Child, allowing her to heal from all of the accumulated damage and still travel with the Straw Hat crew, to fulfill her dream of traveling to the end of the Grand Line with them. When the Thousand Sunny is built, her connection with him makes her the perfect choice for the Straw Hat Pirates' helmsgirl.
During the Time Skip, she is sent to Davy Jones's Locker; a hidden ship graveyard at the bottom of the sea, where a massive dome of coral keeps the wreckage trapped in a giant bubble of air.
- Anvil on Head: She saved Usopp and Conis from one of Shiki's men by dropping an anvil from above on him. She bemoans having to sacrifice it though.
- Astral Projection: Her Klabautermann, a ship spirit, manifests itself in the form of a ghostly child wearing a raincoat and carrying a hammer in her hand. This is how she speaks with the crew prior to her transformation, and how she repaired herself in Chapter 29.
- Badass Longcoat: While the other Straw Hats put the outfits they wore during the Final Battle with the Golden Lion Pirates into storage, Merry decides to hold onto hers, intent on making it her official outfit.
- Berserk Button: People who don't take care of their ships or treat them as disposable (for obvious reasons), a trait she shares with Franky.
- Big Damn Heroes: Much like in canon, she arrives during the climax of Enies Lobby to help the crew escape. Fortunately, this time it doesn't become a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Bottomless Magazines: Not quite bottomless, but her Hammerspace hold allows her to hold a lot more ammo than normal.
- Butt Biter: Merry is not afraid to bite down on someone's exposed backside with a set of jaws second only to Soundbite.
- Child Prodigy: Due to have Robin's intelligence combined with Franky's mechanical expertise, she is one of the most technical savvy members of the crew.
- Code Name: As a Straw Hat confidante and thus privy to the New World Masons, she is given the codename Cottonmouth.
- Composite Character: Since the crew is the heart and soul of a ship, Merry has personality traits inherited from her fellow crewmembers, such as Cross's love of pranks or Vivi's occasional ditziness.
- Cute Bruiser: Apparently, a girl with "the proportionate strength of a caravel" makes her strong enough to hammer people into stone walls.
- Did Not Think This Through: On occasion, posited to be due to Vivi's influence:
- When she was prepping the bathhouse doors for the girls' fight with Absalom, she reinforced it to take blasts from wrist-mounted Hand Cannons. What she didn't remember was that they were dealing with a guy who had an extra 600 pounds of muscle willingly grafted onto himmeaning that said hand cannons were much heavier artillery than expectedand that he'd only need to blast the door halfway off its hinges and let the water pressure do the rest.
- She probably should've negotiated the price better with Goldenweek before she commissioned the artist for a ship-sized art project.
- Dope Slap: When her sentience became public knowledge, she would occassionally use her pulley to do this, particuarly when Cross neglected to mention the drop from Skypeia. After becoming human, she would team up with Sunny to do this with his pulley.
- Extreme Omni-Goat: Given her Animal Motif and her nature as a Zoan ship, she can consume a lot of inorganic matter. Her favorite food is cloth.
- Gatling Good: After Strong World, she gets her hands on an M66 Jingo Rotary Cannon from Shiki's arsenal, which she claims as her Weapon of Choice. However, due to how much the specialized ammo costs, she had to promise Nami to ration the shells she obtained, unless they encounter another threat as bad as Shiki.
- Hammerspace: Merry still has all the storage room she normally does, even while still a little girl. She can keep and remove massive items from her coat pockets.
- Hidden Depths: Merry longs to be with her crew and dreams of sailing the world with them. However, when Cross manages to get a one-on-one talk with her, it's revealed that she's angry at herself for not being as strong as she feels she should be for them.
- Humanity Ensues: Manages to survive her damages by consuming the Human-Human Fruit, Model: Child and becoming a real girl.
- It's All My Fault: Due to the insults of other ships in Jaya, Merry has a Heroic BSoD along these lines at how she's not pulling her weight with the rest of the crew.
- Jaw Drop: She has one when the crew ends up in Great Octopus Shogunate. Note that this was before she became human.
- Killer Rabbit: A tiny cute innocent-looking girl at first glance... until she starts cussing like a sailor, talking like a buccaneer, and tearing your ass off at the seams.
- Lady Swears-A-Lot: Merry swears a lot more than Usopp was expecting, though Mekao says it's only natural given that a Klabautermann is always surrounded by sailors.
- Machine Empathy: She has this in spades with Sunny. She helped build him, she put in many hidden supplies and secret switches that she can navigate by heart, she can operate Sunny's very complicated, un-labeled control system with ease, and she's a ship herself, so she can really connect with her big brother in a way few others can.
- Morphic Resonance: Her human form has clothes the same color as her deck. And her hair is white except for two brown locks that resemble rams horns. Merry also has several large scars from the damage she took in the Grand Line.
- Power Copying: With how a ship's crew is its heart, Merry's connection with the Straw Hat crew means that she can potentially mimic all of their skills and/or fighting styles through muscle memory. Borrowing Franky's skills are how she helped build Sunny after all.
- Secret Keeper: After becoming human, she joins in as a confidant to Cross alongside Zoro, Nami, and Vivi. She justifies this as she already knew everything, seeing as how the meetings had been taking place on her.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: By necessity. Although she still has the power to transform, her ship body is so badly damaged that if she tries, her weight will tear her to pieces in a heartbeat.
- Signature Laugh: "Mwahahahaha!"
- Small Girl, Big Gun: Carries over twice her body mass in nothing but pure gun which she uses to full extent in the final battle at Strong World.
- Something Only They Would Say: When Usopp comes aboard and sees her Klabautermann for the first time, Merry reveals her identity by saying that she was the only one who knew that Usopp dropped pieces of Nami's Clima-Tact in her bilge and had to dive in to retrieve them.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Thanks to Cross's efforts, she managed to escape her Viking Funeral fate.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Due to carrying Chopper, Soundbite, and the dugongs for months, she learned how to understand animals even without Soundbite's translating powers.
- Super Strength: Downplayed. The amount of weight she could support transferred with her to her new body, giving her "strength proportionate to a caravel." This would normally be a Charles Atlas Superpower, but in the Grand Line, it only promises that she has nothing to fear from Mooks.
- Talk Like a Pirate: When her true nature as a pirate ship comes out.
- Walking Spoiler: The fact that she's even still around post-Enies Lobby makes her a very big one.
- What Were You Thinking?: Cross gives her this when he points out that she ate a Devil Fruit while standing on the ocean.
Joined in Paradise
"Spark of Genius" Tony Tony Chopper - Bounty: ฿66,000,000
Doctor of the Straw Hat Pirates, a reindeer empowered with intelligence thanks to the Human-Human Fruit who dreams of finding a cure for all illnesses.
- Adaptational Badass: Due to Cross's advice and his subsequent experimentation, Chopper... well, let's just say he grows a lot more capable of channeling his foster mother and teacher, Kureha.
- Berserk Button: Don't disregard Doctor's Orders, and don't perform any medical "malpractice" in front of him.
- Catchphrase: While under the influence of his new split personality, the mad doctor will often talk about "SCIENCE!", always shouted.
- Crazy-Prepared: When it comes to chemistry. Not only does he easily identify every chemical Dr. Indigo throws at him, but he is ready with the proper antidote and counter to it.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique:
- Monster Point, his dangerous eighth form that he can access by consuming three Rumble Balls. Though thanks to his enhanced intelligence, he doesn't lose all of his mental faculties when he enters this form; he keeps enough to be able to learn and adapt to attacks... which makes it even more dangerous.
- In another way, he has developed serums and stimulants that can keep him running long past exhaustion, but will knock him out for hours when they wear off. One's even labeled "Last Resort".
- Fate Worse than Death: One of the Marines at Enies Lobby tells his comrades to make sure Chopper doesn't take him alive, even if they have to shoot him themselves.
- For Science!: The mentality of Chopper's Mr. Hyde-esque alter-ego, created by using a serum to access his Devil Fruit's human intelligence. The only way to snap him out of it is a strong conk to the noggin.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When sufficiently angered, Chopper's eyes flash a glowing cyan like his berserker Monster Point.
- Knife Nut: After analyzing all the times Kureha chucked scalpels at him (and traumatizing himself in the process), Chopper has managed to replicate her throwing technique. In Chapter 53, Usopp helps with it by making some scalpels out of sea prism stone.
- Mad Doctor: After experimenting with his powers at Cross's suggestion, he soon finds himself capable of increasing his intelligence at the cost of entering a Mr. Hyde-like state with a propensity For Science!!
- Multiform Balance: His method of combat revolves around the speed, strength, and intelligence granted by his Devil Fruit's three forms, as well as expanding those forms into seven with his Rumble Ball.
- Science Hero: Between his trick compounds and serums to boost his stamina, he's definitely this with a focus on chemistry.
- Split Personality: By experimenting with an enzyme to unlock greater intelligence in his mind, Chopper developed a split personality with great knowledge, but little to no morality or impulse control. Cross specifically relates the new change to Jekyll and Hyde.
- Tranquil Fury: Learning the truth about Hogback gives Chopper the means to control his Mr. Hyde-like personality: by focusing all his psychosis on a single target.
- Trick Bomb: His experience with chemistry has produced some interesting compounds, such as:
- Cherry Blossom Blast: Essentially nitroglycerine's older brother; Chopper throws scalpels with pinpoint accuracy to strike test tubes filled with the stuff and detonate it.
- Cherry Blossom Blast Blizzard: A much more volatile form of Cherry Blossom Blast, used very sparingly.
- Cherry Blossom Haze: A smoke bomb; a single test tube of the stuff creates a pink cloud capable of covering a football field.
- Cherry Blossom Slumber: A chemical used to make combatants fall asleep; first used offscreen.
- Cherry Blossom Blast: Essentially nitroglycerine's older brother; Chopper throws scalpels with pinpoint accuracy to strike test tubes filled with the stuff and detonate it.
"Corsair Princess" Nefertari Vivi - Bounty: ฿80,000,000
The kindhearted princess of the desert kingdom Alabasta who allied with the Straw Hat Pirates to save her country from the criminal syndicate Baroque Works. The World Government unjustly assigned her a bounty following the Alabasta arc, and she subsequently joined the Straw Hats as the negotiator.
During the Time Skip, she is, ironically, sent back to Alabasta.
- Adaptational Badass: Due to staying with the Straw Hats after the Alabasta arc, she becomes a more formidable fighter. In addition, she posseses a story-exclusive ability called Sovereigns Will, and even became a Logia during the Strong World incident.
- Ambiguously Bi: All but stated to have a crush on Kohza, but given how Robin's able to set her off and the way she and Nami negotiate, it's not a stretch to say she batting for both sides. Cross even calls out the latter when they cash the gold in on Water 7.
- Ancestral Weapon: Her Gust-Gust Fruit is one of the Devil Fruits traditionally held by the six Alabastan Royal Guardians, the Storm of Alabasta.
- Ascended Extra: Due to her being forced to stay with the Straw Hats in this story.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Pacifist though she is, when she gets mad, she's capable of scaring the likes of Smoker.
- Blow You Away: As of Strong World, she's a Logia, having eaten an aril from the Gust-Gust Fruit.
- Bridezilla: By proxy. During the Lovely Land arc, she uses the arranged marriage between the Accino and Hiruno famiglias to arrange what would've been her dream wedding. As a result, she is intent on making sure everything goes as perfectly as possible, much to everyone's consternation.
- Childhood Friend Romance: See Ship Tease. It's implied that Vivi and Kohza are aware their feelings for each other are mutual, but obviously, circumstances currently prevent them from having a relationship right now. There is, however, an understanding that they will be together when they get the chance.
- Code Name: As a Straw Hat confidante and thus privy to the New World Masons, she is given the codename Copperhead.
- Compelling Voice: As of Chapter 41, she's unlocked an ability that lets her order people to do whatever she says for a given period of time. Garp later identifies it as the Sovereign's Will, a variation of Conqueror's Haki.
- Covert Pervert: According to Carue, she has quite the Hentai collection.
- The Ditz: She has a tendency to act before remembering, considering, or displaying all available information. It doesn't happen much, though; she tends to only do that when it involves something potentially deadly.
- Dramatic Wind: In the final fight at Merveille, she releases her ponytail as her long hair is immediately blown by wind. However, the wind is self-generated by her new Logia powers and she then uses it to literally blow the roof off Shiki's palace.
- Empowered Badass Normal: During "Strong World", she finally eats the seed of the Gust-Gust Fruit, becoming a Logia.
- Godzilla Threshold: During the Strong World arc, following Shiki curbstomping the crew and re-abducting Nami, Vivi finally eats the Gust-Gust Fruit seed.
- High-Class Glass: While planning the Accino and Hiruno wedding and in complete Bridezilla mode, Vivi took to wearing a monocle she came across. As they're sailing away, Cross gets the TDWS to destroy the monocle and chuck its remains into the sea so as to never summon that kind of Vivi again.
- I Choose to Stay: Averted. Instead of staying in Alabasta, Vivi leaves with the Straw Hats due to the World Nobles having the Government issue her a bounty for working with the Straw Hats, meaning she can't become queen eventually, and the trip to either Impel Down or Mariejois that would result from her being caught.
- I Want Them Alive: Her bounty specifies that she is to be taken alive, as opposed to 'Dead or'. Her father and Cross suspect that this is due to the World Nobles wanting to handle her punishment personally, which would effectively serve to punish her friends and family as much as her herself.
- Immune to Bullets: A standard Logia power as any bullets her way just pass through her air-like body and even no sells a cannon blast to the head as it quickly regenerates from air. As she states, only sea prism-based weaponry can now hurt her, or people armed with Haki.
- Literal Metaphor: Thanks to her new Gust-Gust powers, many of her crewmates jumped on the chance to point out how much more of an airhead she's become.
- My Rule-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: Befitting a negotiator and a well-learned noble, she manages to make an obstinate Marine Commander shut up by pointing out a certain rule in the WG's Foreign Policy which not only allows the pirates and slaves go free, but also makes the area in Sabaody they're all in part of the Ryugu Kingdom's protection and an embassy to boot.
- Necessary Drawback: While the Sovereign's Will is more versatile than Conqueror's Haki in that it lets Vivi command others to do her bidding, it comes with an additional requirement. Not only does Vivi have to impose her will like with Conqueror's Haki, her intended victim has to respect her and her authority or her Will is powerless against them. The marine she fought when she unlocked this power overcame it through his own Heroic Willpower, Garp only respects the select few who outrank him, and Cross learned to overcome it by focusing on Vivi's aspects that he didn't respect.
- One Degree of Separation: Apparently was propositioned by Niji Vinsmoke during the last Reverie, due to her hair color.
- Oh My Gods!: Frequently invokes the Alabastan (read: Egyptian) pantheon.
- Polyglot: In Chapter 14, she states that she knows twelve different languages.
- Precision F-Strike: Vivi expresses her sentiments on being accused of treason by the World Government as."Fuck every last one of those bastards who banished me from my home, hard."
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: As stated above, she's a pacifist. Despite that, she left her royal lifestyle and infiltrated in a criminal organization that was trying to destroy her country, portraying herself effectively as a bounty hunter. For two years. Starting when she was 14.
- Sadistic Choice: Kuma's training ground for her presents a choice to her. Now that she's back in Alabasta for her two years of training, does she train then return to the crew or remain in her dearly missed homeland? She knows Cobra and Luffy would support either choice, which leaves her guilt ridden no matter which option she picks because to pick one would mean abandoning the other.
- Secret Weapon: Her Sirocco charm-container, given to her by her father to be used in the direst of emergencies. It contains a single aril from a specific pomegranate hidden back in Alabasta's royal storage: the Logia-type Gust-Gust Fruit.
- Ship Tease: With Kohza. Cross outright admits he won't pursue her because Kohza would kill him if he did, Soundbite idly notes that Kohza would enjoy Vivi's new bounty picture, and Vivi states she started planning her dream wedding when she realized she had feelings for a certain someone. At this point, they're the closest the story has to an Official Couple, even if Kohza's already minimal screen time went down drastically after the Alabasta arc ended.
- Technical Pacifist: She hates hurting people, but she is perfectly willing to fight for her friends. She also likes to break Cross's nose when he gets on her nerves.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- In canon, she admits that she was probably the weakest of the Straw Hats when they left Alabasta. Here, by the time of Enies Lobby, thanks to her Sovereign's Will and her Lion Cutters, she manages to defeat a Marine Captain.
- She takes another during Strong World when she finally eats the aril of the Gust-Gust Fruit.
- Weapon of Choice: Her Peacock Slashers when they first meet her, but this changes to the Lion Cutters, a pair of chain-linked crescent-blade kusarigama, when she joins the crew full-time. Chapter 53 has Usopp temper them with sea prism stone.
- Voice Changeling: In Chapter 69, she calls the Auction House and sets herself up as part of the bidding audience by pretending to be a countess and changing her voice without using Soundbite's abilities, and in the end she manages to fool the House's operators.
Carue "the Duck"
A Supersonic Duck, a species of duck native to Alabasta as big as humans and capable of moving at great speeds. Vivi's pet, bodyguard, and best friend, who joined the Straw Hats alongside her.
As Vivi's confidant, he joins her in Alabasta during the Time Skip.
- Angrish: Soundbite gave him Donald Duck's voice.
- Ascended Extra: For similar reasons as Vivis.
- Berserk Button: He has a lot of pride in his captaincy in the Alabastan Military and as Vivi's lifelong bodyguard; mock his capabilities in either at your peril.
- Lovable Coward: Not as much as Usopp, but it's noticeable enough.
- Loyal Animal Companion: Emphasis on loyal; fear aside, he'll gladly give his life to protect Vivi.
- Sapient Steed: To Vivi.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Robin is about to give Vivi her first lesson in reading Poneglyphs, Carue ran off because his bodyguard duties explicitly exclude tutors.
- Super Reflexes: As a Supersonic Duck, his brain can process visual information a lot faster than normal to prevent him from crashing into things no matter how fast he goes. It goes into overdrive when he gets an adrenaline rush.
- Super Speed: He's a Supersonic Duck; it's Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- And when he starts Shaving, he starts throwing around sonic booms.
- Took a Level in Badass: Masters Shave to safely get him and his passengers past Rob Lucci.
- And then he starts kicking the ground more times per second to go even faster.
- Weaponized Animal: Has taken to wearing armor with bladed wings and talons after joining the Straw Hats full time. It's tempered with sea prism stone in Chapter 53.
A bazooka granted life by the Mutt-Mutt Fruit, Model: Dachshund. Formerly the pet/weapon of Baroque Works' Mr. 4 pair, they gave him to Cross following the events in Alabasta.
- Ascended Extra: Due to his ownership being transferred to the Straw Hats.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Can accurately guesstimate distances, trajectories, and fuse times in the space of a few minutes, all to ensure his shots land their mark.
- BFG: His original form.
- Blood Knight: The whole reason that Mr. 4 and Miss Merry Christmas gave Lassoo to Cross in the first place; they were planning on retiring, but Lassoo is a weapon, literally born for battle, and would never be satisfied with retired life.
- Bottomless Magazines: Stated to be part of his Devil Fruit abilities; just as a living body can produce blood, bile, and mucus, his ammo chamber can perpetually reproduce any ammo he uses without ever having to reload.
- Calling Your Attacks: 4 and Christmas didn't give his attacks names, so Cross remedies that.
- Cani-Cannon: His basic technique, shooting bombs shaped like baseballs.
- Cani-Slick: Courtesy of Usopp's upgrades, he shoots a spray of slippery octopus ink at his targets.
- Cani-Plaster: Another of his upgraded ammo shots, he fires a glob of adhesive tar at his targets.
- Cani-Screen: Another of his upgraded ammo shots, he produces a smokescreen, either for discombobulation or distraction to run away.
- Cani-Palm: Taken from 'napalm', Lassoo shoots fire courtesy of a Flame Dial. Exceptionally deadly when combined with Cani-Plaster.
- Cani-Blast: An upgraded shot courtesy of Conis, Lassoo fires a pillar of superheated air, like a Burn Bazooka.
- Cani-Blank: A shell with compressed air that knocks back opponents.
- Cani-Pyro: A variation using the flame dial where he coughs up a plume of gas which he ignites in a blue flame, turning him into a blowtorch.
- Combination Attack: Has two.
- With Soundbite, he can perform the Gastro-Cani Combo: Bass Cannon and Bass Mortar, where Soundbite polarizes the volume of his bombs' explosions to make the sound hit like a physical force.
- With Funkfreed, he can perform the Pachy-Cani Combo: Superhot Hell Riot, where the two fire their respective elemental Dial attacks (Cani-Palm and Pachy-Riot) to create a blinding cloud of steam vapor.
- Equippable Ally: Technically, he's Cross's weapon, but don't call him anything other than his partner.
- Gun Nut: He was extremely grateful when Conis provided them with a massive arsenal. Not surprising, considering that he's a gun himself.
- I Am Big Boned: When Soundbite and Funkfreed claim he's gotten fat while he's gorging on a steak, he vehemently claims that he's hefty. In truth, the reason he weighs more is putting back on the weight he had when he first joined Cross that Chopper and Usopp trimmed off.
- Lazy Bum: In a bit of Irony despite (or because of) him being a living weapon. He seems to be this whenever he's not in combat, even if it's in the midst of another sort of life-or-death situation.
- Living Weapon: Of course.
- Morphic Resonance: Modifications to his gun body show up in his dog form too; after Usopp upgraded his revolver chamber, it shows up as a patch of discolored fur around his midsection.
- Secret Keeper: Keeps Soundbite's secret regarding Zoro, Nami, and Kuma safe.
- Signature Laugh: Soundbite gave him the "Hweehweehwee" wheeze-laugh of Muttley.
- Sneeze of Doom: Lassoo had a problem with sneezing up ammunition when in hybrid form. Usopp realized that his gun form's feather-sensitive trigger translated into sensitive sinuses, resulting in the perpetual cold. A modification corrected this flaw.
- Trick Bullet: Usopp integrated some of his trick ammo into Lassoo's upgraded revolver chamber.
"Man of the Sea" Boss Dugong - Bounty: ฿80,000,000
Chief Ship Guard of the Straw Hat Pirates, a seasoned and powerful Kung Fu Dugong that joins the crew at the end of the Alabasta arc. He dreams of learning every martial art in the world, to one day find and surpass his own traveling master, Sifu Dugong.
Alongside his apprentices, he is left in the Sabaody Archipelago during the Time Skip, much to their mutual disgruntlement, since there was no reason for Kuma to paw-blast them to end up exactly where they'd started from.
- Almighty Janitor: As a mere ship guard, he is technically not very high on the crew's pecking order, even if you take his bounty into account. But that hasn't prevented his strength from being compared to that of the Monster Trio's.
- Catchphrase: Boss has one whenever he exults about the glory of doing something awesome being "A Man's Romance". Lately, it has expanded into "A Man's Pride", "A Man's Duty" and "A Man's Dream".
- Calling Your Attacks: Boss and his 'Half-Shell Style', another blatant TMNT reference.
- Cigar Chomper: Is very rarely seen without one.
- Epic Flail: Boss's Weapon of Choice is a rope dart, with the rope made of seaweed and the dart made of both metal and coral. When it begins to wear out, he finds a new weapon in Mock Town: a cargo hook on a rope. He can even use it as a sling for long-range attacks.
- This is upgraded to a Thermal Dart once Usopp gets his hands on a Heat Dial. And later with sea prism stone.
- Fantastic Fighting Style: His Half-Shell Style and later Full-Shell Style, the latter of which is a renamed version of CP9's Six Powers that he also teaches to the TDWS.
- Heroic Build: Is absolutely ripped underneath his shell.
- Hidden Depths: Boss apparently knows Grand Line standard Sign Language, such that he can communicate without Soundbite (at least to those that know it as well).
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Like several other Dugong tribe-members, he doesn't have any other name than his title. As a novice, his name was Apprentice. As Sifu's student, he was Disciple. And now, as the strongest Kung Fu Dugong of his generation, he is named Boss.
- Instant Expert: Boss claims he's devoted himself to learning how to learn, and it SHOWS. 10 minutes with a Six Powers cheat sheet, and he can replicate the entire martial art, including its ultimate attack.
- Made of Iron: Boss Dugong has been hardening his fists for so long that he can take cigar burns without even feeling them. Even more so when he gets the hang of Iron Body.
- Meaningful Rename: Boss' original name was Apprentice, but he took the name Disciple while learning under Sifu Dugong, and just before joining the Straw Hats, Chief Dugong renamed him Boss, a name reserved for the strongest of all Kung Fu Dugongs.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Let's not forget that for all his manliness, fighting prowess and rock-cracking strength, he's still only a few feet tall.
- Rated M for Manly: Enamored that he is with "a Man's Romance", testosterone is his lifeblood. When he witnesses Afro Luffy during the Davy Back Fight, it starts poisoning him.
- Sergeant Rock: Has the voice of a drill sergeant, if not the temperament (that only shows up when disciplining the TDWS).
- To Be a Master: Boss's dream is to learn every martial art there is, for the sole purpose of following in the footsteps of his own master.
- Took a Level in Badass: When his Half-Shell Style no longer becomes sufficient, Boss kicks it up a notch to the Full-Shell Style, his version of the Six Powers.
- Training from Hell: Both a recipient and arbiter of such.
"Disciples of the Sea" Teenage Dugong Warrior Squad - Bounty: ฿45,000,000 ("Half-Shell Blade" Leo - ฿15,000,000; Mikey, Raphey, and Donny - ฿10,000,000)
Ship Guards of the Straw Hat Pirates, Boss's four Kung Fu Dugong apprentices that join the crew alongside their mentor at the end of the Alabasta arc. Though not related by blood, they have known each other all their lives and consider themselves siblings. They consist of Mikey, the funny one; Donny, the smart one; Raphey, the tough one; and Leo, the leader.
Like Boss Dugong, they were left in the Sabaody Archipelago during the Time Skip, much to their mutual disgruntlement, since there was no reason for Kuma to paw-blast them to end up exactly where they'd started from.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: All four of them give the others hell as only close siblings can, but after a week away from each other, and a little of Boss's prodding at how real men don't hold back their tears, all four of them commence a Group Hug as only close siblings can too.
- Ambiguous Gender: Even Soundbite couldn't tell that Raphey was short for Raphaella until she corrected him.
- Catchphrase: TDWS has the group one of "GO, BOSS, GO!" whenever Boss does or says something awesome.
- Calling Your Attacks: The four students seem to name their attacks after the artists that they took their names from.
- Don't Split Us Up: A non-adoption-based example - Boss (Disciple at the time) was their last hope for a master since none of the others wanted to take all four of them as students at once.
- Expy: The acronym alone should be enough to draw the links to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If it's not, we have the names (Mikey, Donny, Raphey, and Leo, references to Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael, and Leonardo), the weapons (twin nunchucks, bo staff, twin sai, and twin katana, respectively) and the headbands (orange, purple, pink, and blue).
- Family of Choice: The four of them are not actually blood-related, but they've been together so long that they all consider each other siblings.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble:
- Got Volunteered: As the only other swordsman on the crew (at the time), Leo is quickly co-opted as Zoro's training partner (or sparring dummy). Chapter 53 has Mikey and Donny join him in getting volun-told as Sanji's sous-chef and Chopper's assistant respectively.
- Hold the Line: Said word for word by Leo when the TDWS decides to hold off the Just Eleven Jurymen to give the rest of the Straw Hats time to reach Robin.
- I Have Brothers: Raphey gives this as an explanation to why she's good at Shell Body.
- Inspirational Insult: Donny motivates Leo to learn to cut steel by suggesting that Mikey be his replacement. The student rivalry is what kicks him into high gear.
- The Lad-ette: Raphey to a degree. She likes fighting and training just as much as her teammates and does not consider herself a lady. But she will not let you forget she's female, either.
- Lost in Translation: Apparently, there's difficulty translating from water-based animal language to land-based animal language, enough so that Soundbite couldn't tell that Raphey was a girl.
- Off with His Head!: Leo uses a technique he calls "Medusa Mitigation" on Gecko Moria's Terrible Trio zombies just before they wake him up.
- Only Sane Man: The female Straw Hats frequently fall into this role, and Raphey seems to be no exception. But let it not be forgotten that she supports Boss's "Man's Romance" just as much as Mikey, Donny, and Leo.
- When she loses her temper though, Donny, as The Smart Guy, usually fills the role instead.
- Pink Is Feminine: Just about the only reason the female Raphey's bandanna is pink and not red like her namesake.
- Ranged Emergency Weapon: The TDWS begins developing their longer ranges as they travel, and pick up secondary weapons to use as such:
- Smart Ball: Just before going to Thriller Bark, Mikey had the brilliant idea to sedate Gecko Moria to keep him asleep, much to the shock of his crewmates.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: For their wanted poster, they did a group photo. Much to Cross' dismay though, Soundbite taught them the Ginyu Force pose.
- Teenage Mutant Samurai Wombats: Maybe not "mutant", but they definitely qualify.
- Training from Hell: Boss's own training aside, Leo has found himself his own personal hell on account of being the only other swordsman on the crew, cementing his unwanted position as Zoro's daily sparring partner.
- This changes when Brook shows up.
- Wrecked Weapon: Leo pulls off the flying slash for the first time when he manages to defeat "Long" John "Silverteeth", but his blades shatter from the force. Though John offers up his swords in replacement, Leo later gets his hands on a much better pair - Oto and Kogarashi, the meito of Shiki the Golden Lion.
- You Are Already Dead: Raphey and Leo's first demonstration with their weapons is reminiscent of either Zoro's Lion Song technique or Brook's preferred style.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: This is their general reaction to learn that they were sent flying by Kuma for three days, only to end up back at Sabaody.[WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT BUCKET OF BOLTS THINKING?!]
"Devil Child" Nico Robin - Bounty: ฿99,000,000
Archaeologist of the Straw Hat Pirates, formerly the second-in-command of Baroque Works who Luffy allowed a place on the crew after Alabasta, who dreams of learning the true history of the world.
- Badass Bookworm: She loves nothing more than learning about history. She's also fond of the written works of such authors as Lovecraft and Shelley.
- Brain Bleach: Out of curiosity, Robin used her powers to peek on just what it is Nami does with the gold they have stored. Afterward, Cross notes she looked like she swallowed a lemon.Robin: My kingdom for a way to wipe my memory...
- Code Name: As a Straw Hat confidante and thus privy to the New World Masons, she is given the codename Black Mamba.
- The Comically Serious: After her defrosting, a lot of humor comes from her trying to remain stoic in the face of the wacky antics of the Straw Hats. Especially since the crew (especially Cross) are less afraid of getting physical with her.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Thanks to Cross's foreknowledge, the crew has no doubts about Robin, and that combined with Cross actively attempting to make her happy results in her seeing the crew as the place where she belongs by the end of the Skypiea saga.
- Eye Scream: On one occasion, one of her compact Ojos Fleur eyes is damaged by a blow from Scarlet the gorilla and her normal eye on her head starts to bleed because of it.
- Knife Nut: She's shown to be quite handy with a Butterfly Knife, even a sea prism stone one. Robin justifies it as being from the West Blue.
- Like Brother and Sister: She and Cross have this relationship post-rescue.
- Morality Chain: Resolves to be this for Vivi, using her seastone knife to keep her grounded and reminded of her mortality, lest the princess get Drunk with Power on her new Logia powers and become as bad as Crocodile or Eneru.
- Nice Hat: In canon, she wore cowboy(ish) hats through the Skypiea arc but stopped when they got to Water 7. Said hats are a reminder of her friend Saul and help her remain strong in times of stress. Thanks to a talk with Cross, they remain part of her signature look starting after Enies Lobby.
- Secret Keeper: Due to her Flower-Flower ability to eavesdrop on everything around the ship, she becomes privy to the New World Masons' conversations in the ship. Cross formally adds her to the Masons during Chapter 59.
- Self-Duplication: Courtesy of the Flower-Flower Fruit, allowing her to bloom her body parts like flowers anywhere she sees.
- Signature Laugh: Normally her laughter is pretty normal, but when she finds something really funny, her side splitting laughs become Saul's signature "Dereshishishishi!"
- Squee!: If there's anything that can elicit this response from her, it's the chance of finally finding someone to teach her wealth of knowledge to, as shown with Vivi and Conis asking to learn the Void Language.
- Stern Teacher: Seems to be this case when teaching Vivi and Conis the Void Language. Although if you were to ask her students, especially after some of her punishments, she veers straight past Stern and right into Sadist.
- The Stoic: She starts off this way. Then the Straw Hats start getting to her.
- Tempting Fate: Has done this twice, when she says that things are returning to normal right as galleons start falling from the sky, and saying that they're home free when escaping from Enies Lobby only for Vice-Admiral Momonga to block them.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Eh, sorta. Her talk with Lil is what ultimately dooms the Accino wedding, sparking it into a massive brawl. Then again, the Accino kids wanted the Straw Hats to sabotage the wedding anyway; the only reason why it was going so well in the first place is that Vivi went into Bridezilla mode and tried to live her dream wedding vicariously through Lil's.
"Angel of Destruction" Conis - Bounty: ฿77,000,000
Gunner of the Straw Hat Pirates, a former citizen of Skypiea who befriended the crew upon their arrival. Their strength and their easygoing nature, as well as Cross's courage and tales of the Blue Sea, inspired her to set out to sea herself.
- Adaptational Badass: In canon, she could wield a BFG. In this 'verse, she can do it on the level of the White Beret's Captain.
- Alien Catnip: During her first transition from the White Sea to the Blue Sea, the overabundance of oxygen left her staggering and slurring like she was three sheets to the wind until she adjusted.
- Alliterative Name: Having received a formal rank from the White Berets before leaving, she is officially Commander Conis.
- Ascended Extra: A supporting character during the Skypiea Arc, she became a full-fledged member of the crew.
- BFG: Conis wields one that's literally half her size and weight.
- Beware the Nice Ones: For all that she is a nice, demure, sweet girl, she is still the one carrying guns big enough to melt your face off.
- Cute Bruiser: Living 10,000 meters above the ground naturally makes one stronger due to the thinness of the air. During the G-8 arc, we see this in the form of Conis' physical strength having apparently multiplied by four due to the increased oxygen on the level of the Blue Sea.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Wiper gives her his Reject Dial after the Skypiea Arc. Even mounted into a bazooka, one use of it just about dislocates her shoulder.
- Depleted Phlebotinum Shells: Chapter 53 has Usopp mentioning some special sea prism stone ammunition for him and Conis.
- Gratuitous Latin: How she Calls her Sky Warfare attacks, specifically the dial-enhanced ones.
- Growing Wings: In Merveille, her vestigial Skypiean wings suddenly grow to enormous size in response to Su's suffering and due to all the SIQ-imbued bushmeat she'd been eating. However, due to her unfamiliarity in using them and a sudden bout of muscle strain, her flying is cut short.
- Even after she gets used to them, Chopper says that since they're attached to muscles she's never used before, she can only glide with them until she gets enough exercise.
- The Klutz: During her first time on solid ground in the Blue Sea, she needs a moment to get her land legs. After all, Blue Sea islands don't move with the wind.
- Nice Hat: As a parting gift from Captain McKinley, Conis is deemed the commander of the White Berets: Straw Hat Pirates division, and receives a white beret as a signification of that.
- Pistol-Whipping: With some training from Boss, she can do this with a bazooka.
- Precision F-Strike: Her reaction to Soundbite's quote saying "How about
today is a good day to die?"Conis: Fuck that. It's a good day for someone else to die.
- Saying Too Much: She realizes too late that she landed Merry in hot water with Nami when she mentions how expensive the ammo for Merry's new cannon is.
- Secret Legacy: Her mother, unmentioned in canon, joined the Roger Pirates when they came to Skypiea.
- Tomboy: Upon leaving with the Straw Hats, she quickly discovers that she prefers masculine attire to feminine, not to mention the fact that she is, after all, their gunner.
- Walking Armory: When you're the crew's gunner, are four times as strong as a regular human, and have access to a very large amount of firepower, this is the logical conclusion.
- Winged Humanoid: This is a given considering she's a native of a sky island. While on Mereville, they end up growing to the point that she's capable of flying.
"Cottontail" Su - Bounty: ฿100,000
A Cloud Fox, a species of fox native to the Sky Islands. Conis' pet and best friend, who joined the Straw Hats alongside her. Although the World Government considers her the crew's pet, her role is more of powder-monkey/fox, with how she helps Conis with her weapons.
Like Conis, she was sent to Eden's Cinders during the Time Skip.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Best Friend: As Conis's childhood friend, she has a million embarrassing stories about the Skypiean, and loves to share them at every opportunity.
- Break Them by Talking: To the Marines during the Enies Lobby arc.Su: Attention, Marine dipshits! To clarify your current situation, the reason you are fighting against a crew that your bosses know you have little to no chance of defeating is that you are what is commonly referred to in the business as fodder! For those of you who find the truth of your lot in life too disturbing to contemplate, I suggest that your next course of action be to curl up and kiss your asses goodbye!
- Can't Catch Up: Has this air after Thriller Bark, when she sees how much weaker she is compared to everyone else, even Soundbite. To this end, she asks Coo and his fellow gulls to look up something called "the Children of Inari".
- Little Miss Snarker: Arguably the most dominant part of her personality. But then, she IS a fox.
- Loyal Animal Companion: She's been this for Conis since the day she was born.
- Signature Laugh: "Tseeheeheeheehee!"
- The Sneaky Gal: She uses her small size and speed to great effect, whether it be for infiltration, retrieval or sabotage.
- Took a Level in Badass: Due to ingesting Merveille's strength-enhancing toxins for a week, she becomes strong enough to down a huge mutant squirrel.
- The knowledge Su requested on the Children of Inari is, doubtlessly, also intended for this purpose.
- Unorthodox Reload: In battle, she runs around Conis's body, reloading her holstered weapons.
A saber granted life by the Elephant-Elephant Fruit. Formerly owned by Spandam, Cross acquired him by accident during the final fight on Enies Lobby, and with Lassoo's help, persuaded him to join him.
- Ascended Extra: Due to his ownership being transferred to the Straw Hats in this story.
- Asexuality: Due to a misunderstanding, Funkfreed mentions that it's his sword origins that handle reproductive urges, therefore he has none.
- Blood Knight: Just like Lassoo, Funkfreed is a weapon, literally born for battle, and was very unsatisfied with a coward like Spandam for a wielder, which made him more pet than weapon. Cross's emergency use of him on the Bridge of Hesitation was the first real sword fight he'd had in a long time.
- Calling Your Attacks: Thanks to Cross:
- Pachy-Charge: Funkfreed goes from sword to hybrid form in a flash as Cross stabs with him, extending his range by a massive amount. Basically the quick version of his canon Ivory Dart attack.
- Pachy-Pede: Pachy-Charge performed as fast as Cross can thrust him, resulting in a storm of stabs from tusks and sword-trunk.
- Pachy-Riot: Thanks to some Dial modifications, Funkfreed sprays water from his trunk with the force of a riot hose.
- Pachy-Shield: Funkfreed encircles Cross in his hybrid form which protects him from all ranged attacks.
- Pachy-Cryo: In his blade form, a stream of water flows down the blade and then a Cool Dial freezes the water, turning him into an ice sword.
- Pachy-Charge: Funkfreed goes from sword to hybrid form in a flash as Cross stabs with him, extending his range by a massive amount. Basically the quick version of his canon Ivory Dart attack.
- Combination Attack: Has two.
- With Soundbite, he can perform the Gastro-Pachy Combo: Treble Blade move, where Soundbite makes his extending blade vibrate enough to allow him to cut through anything.
- With Lassoo, he can perform the Pachy-Cani Combo: Superhot Hell Riot, where the two fire their respective elemental Dial attacks (Pachy-Riot and Cani-Palm) to create a blinding cloud of steam vapor.
- Cool Sword: His original form.
- Equippable Ally: Just like Lassoo, he technically belongs to Cross.
- Honorable Elephant: Following joining Cross, he's shown to be a decent and friendly individual.
- Impact Silhouette: During Enies Lobby, he gets a dent of Carue's foot on his forehead to knock him out. Then at Skelter Bite, he gets another dent in the shape of Urouge's head during the Supernova Bar Brawl.
- Living Weapon: Of course.
- Mighty Glacier: Besides the raw power that comes from being an elephant, his hybrid form is made of steel just like his sword form. When he starts rapidly transforming in the blink of an eye, he goes into Lightning Bruiser levels.
- Morphic Resonance: Any sort of attire he possesses is from his sheath. When he got a new one, his old harness is replaced with plate mail armor.
- Nice Guy: He's very personable and polite, and given the voice he has only reinforces this.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Hawkins brings out Shichiseiken during the cage match between Cross, Brook, and Sir Bearington on Skelter Bite, Funkfreed flat out tells Cross that he had better run unless he wants to fight the Evil Weapon in question with the "no sword" style.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Even in canon, the main reason he was "evil" is that he works for Spandam, and that's pretty much it.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: See O.O.C. Is Serious Business
- Secret Keeper: Keeps Soundbite's secret regarding Zoro, Nami, and Kuma safe.
- Vibroweapon: Placing Soundbite on his sword form turns him into this.
- Vocal Dissonance: He's an elephant that sounds like a mouse. And given Carue and Lassoo's voices, there's only one mouse it could be.
"Cyborg" Franky - Bounty: ฿70,000,000
The shipwright of the Straw Hat Pirates, an unholy cyborg fusion of Popeye and Ace Ventura from Water 7 and the head of the city's underworld, leading the bounty hunters and ship dismantlers known as the Franky Family. Formerly known as Cutty Flam, apprentice to the legendary shipwright Tom, he discarded his real name in order to remain incognito from the World Government. He became a fan of the Straw Hats long before they reached Water 7 thanks to the SBS. His dream is to build the greatest ship in the world and sail it to the end of the Grand Line.
- Adaptational Heroism: While he wasn't necessarily a villain before, thanks to being won over by the SBS, the initial conflict between him and the Straw Hats in canon is avoided and he ends up being their ally from the start.
- Adaptational Intelligence: In the canon, the Straw Hats' plan to blackmail Franky into joining them depends on him only having one pair of briefs for them to take hostage. In this story, he initially laughs off their stealing his briefs by revealing that he has a spare set, and he's honestly insulted when even his own men admit they actually didn't think him smart enough to buy more than one pair. The plan still works because Merry helps steal the new pair.
- Berserk Button: People who don't take care of their ships or treat them as disposable, a trait he shares with Merry.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: With his eccentricity and his tendency to shout "SUPER!" whenever he can, there's no denying he's an odd man.
- Especially when you factor in all the personality changes caused by improper drink fuels.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite how he usually behaves, you really, really don't want to get into a fight with him, as Spandam (twice, even!) and assorted Marines found out the hard way.
- Cyborg: Obviously.
- The Engineer: He's the one keeping Sunny in shipshape after all.
- Made of Iron: Both literally (due to being a cyborg) and metaphorically. Seriously, the guy was able to survive long enough to modify himself into a cyborg even after being hit by a sea train.
- My Greatest Failure: Franky failing to save Tom from the World Government.
- Power Fist: His right hand is mainly used for punching, especially when he reveals its metal skeleton. He later adds some sea prism stone brass knuckles to it.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Strong Left-Right Combo, an upgrade he applied to himself mid-Enies Lobby that turns his arms into a piston-powered punching machine.
- The Dog Bites Back: Spandam was responsible for his mentor's death ten years ago. Present day Franky repays the favor during the Enies Lobby arc, with extensive interest.
The second ship of the Straw Hat Pirates, a three-masted barque built by Iceburg, Franky, Galley-La and Merry to be the King of the Seas, the throne for the King of the Pirates.
- Animal Motifs: The Lion, of course.
- Crazy-Prepared: What else would you call installed switches that drop specifically-placed pulleys for the sole purpose of delivering Dope Slaps?
- Hidden Supplies: During construction, Merry secretly installed a lot of hidden switches and spots around Sunny's body that activate a lot of concealable features, including ropes that can pull crew members all over the ship, a collapsible hibachi grill for Sanji and a Wall of Weapons for Conis, Lassoo and Funkfreed.
- Now You Tell Me: He kept Perona's presence in his hold a secret from Merry because he was following her example involving Robin.
- Razor Wind: The Leo Fangs, a series of Axe Dials mounted in Sunny's figurehead that can chop through anything directly ahead of it.
- Sapient Ship: Only just built, and already has developed a personality enough to communicate to a ship-whisperer like Merry.
- Wave-Motion Gun: The Gaon Cannon (just like in canon) is a blast of concentrated air powered by cola and simulates a laser cannon shot. Instead of using it during the raid on the Flying Fish Riders' stronghold, the story instead uses it to open a path through the Naval Blockade set up around Sabaody. It is as awesome as it sounds.
- You Don't Look Like You: Was a brig sloop in canon, but is now a three-masted barque thanks to Merry's involvement in the design process and Cross's intervention on Skypiea getting them enough gold to raise the canon budget to ฿400 million. Cross goes over the differences when he first sees him.
"Humming" Brook - Bounty: ฿33,000,000
Musician of the Straw Hat Pirates, a skeleton reanimated by the Revive-Revive Fruit, he was originally the acting captain of the Rumbar Pirates until they were wiped out and left for dead in the Florian Triangle 50 years ago. He dreams of meeting up with the Island Whale Laboon and playing to him his crew's last song. The Straw Hats met up with him when they entered the Florian Triangle and revealed their connection to Laboon.
- Astral Projection: Is something he can do thanks to the Revive-Revive Fruit. This time, he figures out how to do it before the time skip instead of after.
- Dirty Old Man: Considering how much he's obsessed with ladies' underwear...
- Ocean Madness: Much like in canon, being stuck for 50 years in the Florian Triangle alone in the wreck of the Rumbar Pirates' ship did no favors for his sanity.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: During the three-way battle royale between him, Cross and Sir Bearington at Skelter Bite. When Basil Hawkins crashes the fight by unleashing a straw dummy powered by Shichiseiken, he cuts through the cage and runs for it, and Bearington, Funkfreed, and Cross are not far behind.
- Sequence Breaking: In canon, he joined the crew when the arc ended. Here, he joined the crew when the arc began.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: This is Brook before the time-skip; so he's dressed in a three-piece suit and a top hat. They were tattered from over fifty years of wear and tear, but Nami fixed them after he joined the crew.
- Sheath Strike: Usopp plans to temper his cane sheath with sea prism stone to give him an option.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: His introduction. While the crew was singing Bink's Sake to keep up morale, his ship floated up to them unnoticed and he joined in the fun. It took Cross a Double Take to realize he was there.
- Sword Cane: His Weapon of Choice.
- Tears of Joy: His reaction when Cross reveals the SBS transmitted his music to the whole world, which means Laboon and Crocus heard him and know he's alive and coming back.
A hybrid between a peacock, chicken, and duck that was originally a creation of Dr. Indigo, capable of generating bioelectric shocks. Gentle and timid but powerful, he was a vital help to the Straw Hats against Shiki and afterward joined the crew at Nami's insistence.
During the Time Skip he is sent flying by Kuma with Nami to the Sky Island of Weatheria.
- Ascended Extra: What sets Billy apart from the other TB! recruits is that he's the first movie character to join the crew.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Is completely loyal to Nami because she showed him nothing but kindness and saves her life twice in return. Though he did require a little "coercion" not to part ways with her when she left Merveille.
- Bilingual Bonus: Carrying over from the canon film, Luffy named him Billy in the dub because of his duckbill, but in the original version, his name came from 'biri', the Japanese onomatopoeia for an electric shock. Soundbite had a suspicion this was the case after hearing the name, but couldn't figure it out.
- Cowardly Lion: In spite of his cowardly status, he is courageous enough to save Nami twice in Strong World and becomes Luffy's mount to take on Shiki in the skies.
- Horse of a Different Color: Nami plans to ride Billy as a mount the same way Vivi rides Carue.
- Lovable Coward: Timid but affectionate.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: A bird with red plumage, the head of a duck, and long tail feathers of a peacock.
- Shock and Awe: His bioelectric shocks are potent enough to slay half a dozen of Merveille's monsters in one shot without breaking a sweat.
- Spider-Sense: Developed his survival instincts to such a razor-sharp point that he can sense danger approaching. This comes naturally as he was born and lived in Strong World.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Billy initially protests staying with the crew due chiefly to how cowardly he is. Nami reinforces that although he ran in fear, he came back and was instrumental in defeating Shiki, proving his merits to be a Straw Hat.
Pinky, Brain and Gif
Transponder snails of the Straw Hat Pirates. Pinky and Brain are Baby Transponder Snails that Cross and Soundbite bought in Loguetown, to give the rest of the crew ways to communicate without Soundbite's powers. Later, Franky rescued a Visual Transponder Snail from Shiki's flying base and named her Gif, and her capabilities allow the SBS to have both audio and visual components.
- Expy: When the first two Transponder Snails act on their own volition, one's a Cloudcuckoolander with a cockney accent and the other is an intellectual megalomaniac. Is there any other reason they were named Pinky and the Brain?
- Helicopter Pack: Franky upgraded Gif with one to allow her better angles and manoeuvrability to get the perfect shots.
- Meaningful Name: Gif is a Visual Transponder Snail, which is the One Piece equivalent of a camera.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: No-one knows how two baby transponder snails filled the Going Merry with enough Booby Traps to capture nearly all of the Straw Hat crew, but they did.
- The Power of Rock: How Soundbite chose Pinky and the Brain: while looking through the selection of Baby Transponder Snails in Loguetown, Soundbite burst into a guitar solo, and those two were the only ones enjoying the music instead of hiding in their shells.
- Spear Carrier: As far as the story is concerned, unlike most of the other Talking Animals of the Straw Hat crew, Pinky and the Brain are only used for their main purpose as communicators and little else. They virtually have no lines outside of their one scene where they were named.
- The Speechless: Visual Transponder Snails don't have a vocal language, and Gif is no exception. However, she is very expressive. Heck, she speaks in Emoticons!Gif: ( ﾟ▽ﾟ)/
- The Starscream: Played for laughs, Brain attempted to usurp Luffy's position as captain, but Soundbite put a stop to that.
Isaiah Swagger and Terry Bear Glove
Two South Birds recruited in Jaya to help the Straw Hats navigate to the Knock-Up Stream, who stick around with the crew for the rest of the Skypiea saga due to their enjoyment of being able to speak.
They choose to remain at G8 following the Straw Hats' escape.
- Comic Relief: They were valuable allies for the Straw Hats in Skypiea and Navarone, but this was undoubtedly their biggest role.
- Expy: They're blatant references to Terry Crews and Isaiah "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like" Mustafa, two muscular and hammy spokesmen for Old Spice who more than doubled the company's revenue with their advertisements. At one point, the two of them starred in the same commercials, Isaiah promoting the Swagger scent (and Timber, but that's not important here) and Terry promoting the Bear Glove scent.
- Cold Ham: Mustafa's trademark is being cool, calm, and suave, primarily speaking to the ladies while promoting his own attractiveness. Isaiah of the Swagger tribe is much the same.
- Large Ham: Crews' trademark is having No Indoor Voice and doing over-the-top and very impossible stunts that typically involve him shouting out "POWER!" Terry of the Bear Glove tribe is much the same.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: Virtually every time the two open their beaks.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
- The birds ultimately are unable to cope with the Straw Hats' insanity and choose to stay in Navarone at the end of the G-8 Arc.
- They left Skypiea for a similar reason, as according to Soundbite, the South Birds up there didn't really care about the "power" of their tribes, due to simply being much bigger than them.