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Brother on Board is a One Piece Alternate Universe Fanfiction by J0hnS1lver. The night that Saint Jalmack attempted to kill Sabo, Dogra had two full-sized bandit companions with him, who fished him out of the water and saved him. Sabo recovers with his brothers, but with strength put in perspective for him, he spends the next ten years training and growing stronger. He sets sail with Luffy as the Straw Hat quartermaster along with his girlfriend, a possessed rifle named Bonnie Anne, acquired in light of the weapon that nearly ended his life. With his levelheaded brother alongside him, how will Luffy's adventures go differently?


Its last update was in March 2017, classifying the story as dead.

Tropes contained in Brother on Board:

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    Tropes A - L 

  • A Twinkle in the Sky: Sabo wins his fight against Miss Wednesday and Mr. 9 by hitting them with his Knock Back attack which sends them both flying off into the sky. The author even includes the Twinkle sound effect.
  • A Wizard Did It: When Luffy, Sabo and Ace reunite in the Spice Bean restaurant in Alabasta. Ace watches his brothers each polish off a pile of plates' worth of food and inquires how Sabo is able to keep up with 'Rubber Stomach' Luffy. Sabo offers a simple explanation.
    Ace: Hey, how'd you keep up with Luffy?
    Sabo: Devil Fruit.
    Ace: Oh, that explains it.
  • Action Girl: Bonnie Anne, despite her current form.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In this universe, the Unluckies are Miss All Sunday's pets, loyal to her before Crocodile.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Nojiko's crush on Sabo begins in earnest when he defies Captain Nezumi and fights back against the corrupt marine to defend her tangerine grove and the treasure Nami buried in it.
    Nojiko: Nami... you didn't tell me your pirate friend was a sexy badass!
    Nami: Sexy? The guy's insane! Did he tell you about his rifle?
    Nojiko: You mean Bonnie Anne? Sure. He even showed me how to fire her.
    Nami: Oh dear God... he's corrupted my sister. SABO! YOU BASTARD!
  • Ascended Extra:
    • After Little Garden, Ayako aka Miss Goldenweek is recruited to join the Straw Hats.
    • Galdino, a.k.a. Mr. 3 is brought along with the Straw Hats as Ayako's 'baggage'.
    • Miss Valentine is brought along with the Straw Hats to deal with the amnesia she got when Sabo used her as a battering ram to escape Mr. 3's Candle Service Set. She elects to stay on Drum Island as Kureha's new assistant, as much to hide from Baroque Works as to atone for what she did as part of it.
  • Ass Shove: When Nami realizes that Sabo volunteered to go save Vivi because he was harboring thoughts of killing her himself, she immediately chases him, while shouting the following threat:
  • Astral Projection: After nearly dying, Bonnie Anne gains the ability to manifest her spirit for brief but frequent periods.
  • Bad Liar: Vivi. She's not bad at keeping her cover, but she's horrible at trying to repair it when it falls.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension:
    • Certainly seems to be the case between Sabo and Vivi if Bonnie's reaction in chapter 28 is anything to go by.
    • Sabo and Vivi's arguing reminds Dorry of how he used to fight with his mate.
    • Sabo tells an amnesic Miss Valentine that he has a girlfriend and she assumes he is referring to Vivi.
    • Bonnie reveals in chapter 34 that she was concerned by how much Vivi seemed to care about Sabo's opinion of her. But by this point, Sabo and Vivi are friends. Although, that doesn't stop the rifle-dwelling-fox from trying to keep the princess from getting too close with her boyfriend.
    • Bonnie's concerns may have some merit due to a scene in chapter 35 where Vivi 'hypothetically' asks Nami if Sabo would ever be interested in a normal, human girl.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Sabo's rage when it comes to threatening or harming Bonnie Anne is nothing short of murderous. Wapol found that out the hard way.
    • Threaten the Going Merry, and Usopp will go into Let's Get Dangerous! mode. The same goes if you insult his late mother.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: As seen in canon, Miss Goldenweek's Colors Traps are extremely powerful. This is made even more apparent in the story when she confronts Mr. 3 in Chapter 31. Not only does she hypnotize her Uncle but later she creates a new Colors Trap that puts him to sleep so he won't try to fight her hypnotism or cause any problems while he's on the Going Merry.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Thanks to Sabo's good sense, Luffy doesn't end up pulling this to save Nami from the thugs chasing her in Orange Town to get the map back. Instead, they arrive just in time to save her from being blasted away by a Buggy Ball.
  • Big Eater: Sabo's appetite expands to become just as big as his brother's after he eats the Munch-Munch Fruit.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Nami's reaction at the end of Chapter 14 when she realizes that when she took the Merry, Bonnie Anne was still onboard. Meaning that Sabo is coming after her.
    • Sabo's reaction in Chapter 19 when Nami kisses Luffy in retaliation for Sabo sleeping with Nojiko, at the latter's invitation.
    • Ace has a reaction similar to Sabo's when he learns what Nami's aforementioned actions in chapter 19 have caused. He then rounds on Sabo and demands to know how he could let something so horrible happen.
  • Bond One-Liner: A very, very livid Sabo gives one right after killing Wapol:
    Sabo: Rest in pieces... you son of a bitch...
  • Boomerang Bigot: Sabo, who has developed the bad habit of judging nobles and royalty, to the extent of punching someone who simply claimed to be a king on the spot, without bothering to learn anything else about them first. Despite, or more precisely because of the fact that he himself is technically a noble, which is a sore point for him.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • By taking Nami hostage, Jango manages to hypnotize Zoro and Sabo, ordering them to kill Usopp. Bonnie Anne snaps Sabo out of it immediately, but Zoro takes a bit longer.
    • On Little Garden, Miss Goldenweek puts Betrayal Black on Sabo and has him attack Usopp and the others.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Sabo and Bonnie Anne:
    • Scatter Blast: Bonnie's signature move, Sabo swings the rifle and fires all the rounds at an approaching group of enemies. The high caliber bullets hitting enemies in front causes them to go flying backwards and knock over any other enemies that may be behind them.
    • Knock Back: Sabo swings Bonnie like a bat, knocking his opponents back. Follows up by shouting "And she's/he's/they're outta here!"
    • Overwatch: Sabo shoots an approaching enemy.
    • Double Tap: Sabo follows up taking down one target by immediately shooting another one.
    • Burst Fire: Sabo fires a second shot at a target he's hit.
      • Burst Fire Barrage: Sabo (or Bonnie) fires multiple shots at the same target.
    • Rouse: Bonnie Anne fires on her own, and recoils enough to slap Sabo when he's sleeping/hypnotized/suffering from a really stupid idea (like making Zoro the Straw Hats' navigator).
    • Parting Shot: Sabo shoots an enemy that's running away.
    • Quick Draw: Sabo shoots an enemy 'shooter' before they can get off their shot.
    • Quick Adjust: Sabo fires a second shot at a target he's missed.
    • Return Fire: Sabo fires back at an enemy that has missed him.
    • True Grit: Sabo fires back at an enemy that has hit him.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Sabo, apparently.
    • In Chapter 6, he uses the 'wooden leg named Smith' joke from Mary Poppins. Not a bad joke, per se...compared to others.
    • In Chapter 32, when he makes the Drum Lapins run away, and Sabo calls it a 'receding hare line', Sanji groans and Luffy and Miss Valentine laugh. The former only because it's expected, because it goes over his usual.
    • Later in Chapter 32, when they're watching the Lapins jumping in an attempt to cause an avalanche, Sabo theorizes that they might be 'hopping mad'. Sanji and Valentine both groan this time, Luffy can't bring himself to laugh, and Bonnie Anne gives him a Dope Slap that knocks him down.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Apparently Luffy, who Sabo cautions the rest of the crew they do not want to see drunk.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Sabo and Bonnie acquire rubber bullets from Monkey D. Dragon's secret warehouse in Loguetown. They almost immediately put the rubber rounds to good use when they are jumped in the alley right outside the warehouse by 'Iron Mace' Alvida and Mohji 'the Beast Tamer'.
    • The rubber bullets are used again in Whisky Peak to silence a laughing Nami and later by Bonnie to defend a drugged Sabo from Mr. 9 and Miss Wednesday.
  • *Click* Hello: Sabo pulls this on Helmeppo while he's trying to hold Coby hostage.
  • Cliffhanger: S1lver enjoys doing this. Aside from the ones borrowed from canon...
    • Chapter 20 ends with the newly formed Legion of Doom heading to Loguetown to find Luffy.
    • Chapter 32 ends with Sabo, Sanji, and Valentine about to fight off Wapol and his henchmen.
    • Chapter 33 ends with Sabo devastatedly clutching Bonnie to his chest after Wapol broke the rifle in two.
  • Companion Cube: Bonnie Anne initially appears to be Sabo's rifle... until the story reveals that said rifle is Haunted Technology, the spirit within being Sabo's girlfriend. Eventually, the rest of the crew considers her a full member, though the more sane or stoic members most often grouse about their lost sanity as they do.
  • Cool Guns: Bonnie Anne's Advanced Wheel-lock Rifle with added scope and custom revolving action is a cool gun. It's a sniper rifle combined with a revolver that shoots powerful magnum caliber ammunition.
  • Counting Bullets: One of the plot points for Sabo during the Kuro Arc is that he's running low on bullets. He's down to two dozen bullets when they arrive on the island and makes a point to count down his rapidly diminishing stock of bullets during the battle with the Black Cat Pirates. See One Bullet Left for how the last bullet was used.
  • Crossover: Initially, S1lver only planned on making Bonnie Anne based off of the character from Pirates 101. But the idea grew until he changed his mind and made her the same exact character.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Sabo versus Alvida.
    • Straw Hat Pirates versus Buggy Pirates.
    • Luffy versus Mr. 5 at Whiskey Peak goes even faster than in canon.
    • Wapol makes the mistake of ordering Sabo to bow to him in their first encounter. It doesn't end well for him.
  • Dead Hat Shot: Sabo takes Usopp's place in being 'killed' by Nami. When Nami throws his 'corpse' into the Arlong Park waterway his signature top hat floats up and bobs on top of the water. Nami snags the hat and uses it to further convince Luffy that she murdered his brother in order to drive him away and supposedly save his life.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Sabo hates people who abuse authority and lord their power over others, which is why Nezumi and his men don't survive meeting with him.
    • Sabo and Mr. 5 face off in a duel to the death that ends poorly for the Bomb Man.
    • Sabo already wanted to kill Wapol for being a ruler that fit his prejudice to a T, but the former king signed his death warrant when he snapped Bonnie in half. Also, the snow birds nesting in the Tin Titan Royal Crown Seven Barrel Cannon die when Wapol eats said cannon.
  • Dodge the Bullet: Most of Sabo's major battles have thus far been against enemy shooters such as Choo and Mr. 5. Sabo has shown his skill at dodging bullets before firing his own in return.
  • Dope Slap: Bonnie will go off on Sabo or Luffy when they do something stupid.
  • Dramatic Gun Cock: Sabo does this numerous times with Bonnie Anne. The first instance is when he pulls the *Click* Hello on Helmeppo in Chapter 4.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Koala shows up in Loguetown along with Dragon.
  • Embarrassing Nickname:
    • Koala gives Sabo the nickname of Dandy Man. He's hoping it doesn't catch on.
    • After learning Sabo's noble upbringing Zoro give Sabo the nickname of Noble Pirate. Sabo doesn't like this one either.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Morgan teamed up with the East Blue pirates that Luffy defeated in an attempt at revenge. But when it fails and he ends up caught between the choice of becoming a pirate and staying locked up, he chooses the latter, having enough Marine pride left to refuse to turn to piracy.
  • Evil Uncle: Galdino is this in this adaptation. Initially, his niece Ayako, a.k.a. Miss Goldenweek, saw him as a Cool Uncle, being her biggest encouragement for her artistic passions. Then one day he convinced her parents to let him take her so that they could spread their art to the world. By the time Ayako realized exactly what that entailed and how much of a monster her uncle was, it was too late for her to risk backing out.
    • It's revealed in Chapter 31 that Galdino did something to Ayako's parents because they wouldn't let her travel with him. Ayako isn't ready to ask what the murderer wax sculptor did to her parents because she knows she's not going to like the answer. He admits while hypnotized that he knows that when she finds out what he did, she'll never trust him again.
    Galdino: Did you really think they'd allow their precious daughter to leave home with just her crazy Uncle? I'm under influence of your paint. You only have to ask and I'll be compelled to answer. You see... it's against my own best interest because once I tell you what I did to them... you'll never trust me again.
  • Faking the Dead: All the way back in Chapter 1, a recovering Sabo is told that his father thinks he's dead. Given Sabo's relationship with his old man, he's perfectly fine with letting him go on thinking it. This may have changed with the publicity Sabo now has as a member of the Straw Hat Pirates.
  • Fantastic Fox: Bonnie Anne. Enough said.
  • Fin Gore:
    • Sabo shoots off Jango's fingers from all the way up the pass to keep him from hypnotizing Usopp.
    • Sabo shoots Mr. 5's fingers off to stop him from picking his nose anymore... ouch.
  • For Want of a Nail: In the opening scene, Dogra has two fully grown mountain bandits with him as he watches Saint Jalmack blow up Sabo's ship. Those two save him, and Sabo grows up to join Luffy's crew when the latter turns 17. And his presence on the crew changes everything.
  • Friend Versus Lover: Bonnie is extra territorial of Sabo in regards to Vivi.
    • Bonnie Anne seems concerned by how much Vivi cares about Sabo's opinion of her. There are multiple instances where she interjects herself to keep them from getting too close. Either physically or emotionally.
    Bonnie: (to Vivi) ...I've never seen anybody so concerned about what my boyfriend thought about 'er. An' that scared the hell out of me. For the first time since we got together I was scared about losin' 'im.
    • At one point Vivi asks Nami if Sabo would ever be interested in a normal, human girl and then gets embarrassed and flustered when the navigator teasingly informs her that Sabo might actually have a type based off of his and Bonnie's history with Nojiko.
    Nami: You may be pleased to know that Nojiko is calm, patient... and has blue hair. So maybe he has a type?
    Vivi: (while blushing furiously) I wasn't... I'm not... I was just curious! I said hypothetically!
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Bonnie Anne is more or less a One Piece Mink which means she wears clothes like a normal person. In chapter 36, Sanji comes up with the idea that Sabo can change Bonnie's outfit using his Devil Fruit Powers.
    • Bonnie's original outfit is her Fox Musketeer outfit from Pirate 101 which consists of a black bandana tied around the top of her head, brown leather boots, matching elbow-length leather fingerless gloves, a shoulderless white blouse with billowy sleeves, a plaid skirt with black leggings under it, a bandana around her neck, a sash going across her chest and a leather ammo belt around her waist. Due to being a ghost at the time, everything is in blue-scale so it's hard to tell the specific colors of some of her clothing.
    • When they reach Alabasta, Bonnie wears a dancer outfit picked out by Sanji. The halter top is green with brown outlines and has an angled cut and an extra bit of material on the bottom which causes it to look like a V. A pale yellow cape hangs from the bottom and reaches the mint green skirt. The skirt has an angled cut at the waistband which causes the green and brown design to resemble another V while also allowing room for Bonnie's tail to come out from the back. Bonnie kept her black bandana and brown leather gloves and boots which would have matched the brown designs on her outfit if everything hadn't faded to blue-scale when she put it on.
  • Funny Animal: Bonnie Anne is an anthropomorphic fox. Everyone from One Piece that knows what a Mink is automatically assumes she is a Fox Mink.
  • Got Me Doing It: After spending enough time with Sabo, Zoro finds himself talking to his swords. Sabo notices, and is all too happy to return the favor of being called crazy for his relationship with his rifle.
    Zoro: That's your fault. I should've known that your rifle nonsense was contagious!
    • In chapter 34, after Bonnie herself points out the lack of communication between Zoro and his swords, he finally fully concedes, albeit in private, and starts talking to them.
  • Green Around the Gills: Ayako's laziness in her years as an assassin comes back to bite her when she joins the Straw Hats, and finds that not only is her stamina very low, but too much motion gives her motion sickness.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: What does Sabo use to free himself from Mr. 3's candle service set? Miss '10,000 Kilogram' Valentine, that's what.
  • Guile Hero: While Sabo is more than capable of holding his own in battle. A large portion of his skillful shooting can be attributed to Bonnie Anne. Sabo's main contribution to the series has been from his position as Quartermaster where he has done the seemingly impossible: keep Luffy out of trouble. Sabo uses his natural charisma combined with written contracts to ensure that the Straw Hats conduct themselves honorably. This puts them on good terms with the World Government and results in Luffy not getting a bounty put on his head following the events of Arlong Park.
  • Gun Fu: One of Sabo's earliest close range battles is against a hypnotized Zoro. Sabo's years of stick fighting with a pipe pay off and enable him to wield Bonnie Anne like a staff in order to deflect the swordsman's strikes and at one point even pole-vaults over his entranced opponent.
  • Gun Nut: Sabo is fanatically attached to his rifle Bonnie Anne to the point of calling it his girlfriend, polishing it in an extremely intimate manner and even slow dancing and singing to it. But it's less weird when we find out that it's genuinely Haunted Technology.
    • This is also one of Zoro's go-to insults for Sabo.
  • Guns vs. Swords: Sabo and Zoro have this rivalry going on. Sometimes Zoro wins, sometimes Sabo wins. It's fairly equal so far.
  • Haunted Technology: Chapter 19 makes Sabo's relationship with Bonnie Anne somewhat less odd; the gun is possessed, and Sabo is trying to free the spirit trapped inside, putting stock in the rumors that anything can happen in the Grand Line. Luffy apparently discovered it first.
  • Heel–Face Turn: A few examples thus far.
    • Ayako, formerly Miss Goldenweek, wasn't a Heel by choice; she simply didn't have the capability to fight against Baroque Works and survive on her own. When the Straw Hats showed up and showed their power, however, she accepted their offer to join without hesitation.
    • Miss Valentine follows suit. Sabo used her as a battering ram to free himself from Mr. 3's wax, resulting in her getting amnesia. Sabo had an acute and unexplainable sense of sympathy in that regard, and brought her along. After she regains her memory thanks to Kureha, the turn is complete, though she stays on Drum rather than joining the crew permanently.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Sabo, the guy who has a relationship with his rifle, spots Zoro talking to one of his swords, he immediately takes the opportunity to mock Zoro.
    Sabo: Are you actually talking to your sword? You know that's crazy, right?
  • I Call It "Vera": All the way back in Chapter 2, Sabo introduces his rifle as Bonnie Anne... and his girlfriend.
    Sabo: This is my girlfriend Bonnie Anne. (To Bonnie) Bonnie, these nice guys pulled us out of the water.
    Sailor: Uh... that's a rifle.
    Sabo: She's not just a rifle! She's an Advanced Wheel-lock Rifle with an added scope and custom revolving action.
  • I Like Those Odds: When the crew faces the Black Cat Pirates:
    Usopp: There's... one, two, three... TWENTY-FIVE pirates down there!
    Sabo: Yeah, they should've brought more.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Kureha expresses this sentiment in regards to Bonnie Anne, whose spirit just gained the ability to communicate. And possibly dealing with the Straw Hats in general.
  • Idiot Ball: In chapter 27, Nami of all people picks it up after Igaram reveals Vivi's identity and she tries ordering Zoro to save Vivi so they can get a royal reward. Zoro protests, but Sabo decides to take matters into his own hands. After he's gone...
    Zoro: You're such an idiot.
    Nami: I'm an idiot!?
    Zoro: What else would I call you? You just let the guy with a malicious grudge [against] anyone noble or royal... go off to rescue a Princess.
    Nami: (pales) OH, SHIT!
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Initially, this applied to Sabo, but Bonnie Anne is an even better shot than he is.
    Sabo: I trained for years with Bonnie to get to be the good shot that I am and she's still way better than me.
    • In chapter 24, Sabo fires at Mr. 9 as a warning shot and gets close enough to draw a line across the '9' on his cheek.
    • In chapter 27, Nami annoys Bonnie and she shoots at her accurately enough for the round to tear through the waistband on both sides of Nami's skirt without hurting her. Bonnie managed these two shots while on the ground.
    • In chapter 30, Bonnie influences a hypnotized Sabo's shots so he doesn't hit anyone. This is especially impressive when Bonnie somehow manages to miss the trapped giant Brogy. Much to Miss Goldenweek's shock.
    Miss Goldenweek: You even missed the giant! How could you miss the giant? He's huge!
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • In the early chapters, Luffy calls Sabo his First Mate, but Sabo appears to be fond of traditional pirate terms, preferring to be called the Quartermaster.
    • Whenever someone reacts to Bonnie Anne being a rifle, Sabo corrects them by saying that she's an Advanced Wheel-Lock Rifle customized with an added scope and revolving action. The exact wording varies slightly.
  • Interspecies Romance: Bonnie Anne is a Fox from Pirate 101 (basically a One Piece Mink) while her boyfriend Sabo is a human. And just to make the relationship weirder... the humanoid fox is trapped in a rifle. And after chapter 34, she's living INSIDE Sabo thanks to the Munch Munch Fruit.
  • Jaw Drop: While jaw-drops are fairly common in One Piece, Sabo's new Munch Munch Devil Fruit Powers enable his mouth to open wider than normal. Now Sabo's jaw-dropping is on par with Luffy's rubber jaw. In chapter 36, when Ace displays his Flame Flame Fruit Devil Fruit Powers to his brothers for the first time, both Luffy and Sabo's jaws drop so far that they hit the ground.
  • Juggling Loaded Guns: Sabo shows no regard for gun safety due to his rather intimate relationship with Bonnie Anne. And while it is established that Bonnie would never shoot Sabo, that doesn't excuse the fact that he does a number of reckless things with his loaded rifle including kissing the nozzle, slow dancing with it, cuddling with it, sleeping with it and polishing it in a manner that often results in Bonnie going off and blowing a hole in the roof.
  • Karma Houdini: Part of the reason Sabo hates royalty and Nobles is that they can pretty much get away with anything. He intends to fix this.
  • Kinetic Clicking: Sabo's rifle sometimes makes the Kinetic Clicking noise when he prepares to fire.
    • Bonnie Anne often makes Kinetic Clicking sounds on her own. One of the earliest instances is during her and Sabo's first encounter with Nami.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Miss Valentine gets a complete case, forgetting everything about herself, as a result of Sabo using her to break the wax restraints that Mr. 3 trapped him in.
  • Legion of Doom:
    • As in canon, Buggy and Alvida are out for revenge after the Straw Hats. This time, however, Kuro, Morgan, and Jango join them, and then they liberate and convince Arlong.
      • After their failed attempt at Loguetown, Buggy kicks Kuro out and Morgan leaves, but Arlong agrees to stay onboard until they reach Fishman Island. Word of God states that, as in canon, Mr. 3 will eventually join them as well.

    Tropes M - Z 

  • Malicious Misnaming: Sabo, Luffy and Zoro start off a chapter by calling Buggy various mutations of his name to piss him off, such as Boogie, Boogle, Bitchy, and Buffoon. Buggy predictably loses his temper.
  • Meaningful Echo:
    • The last thing Ace says to Sabo before he sets out to sea is paraphrased from Sabo's own farewell letter:
    Ace: Luffy's our younger brother. Make sure to look after him.
    • In a somewhat warped but no less heartwarming echo of Shanks, Sabo sacrifices his left arm to save Bonnie.
    Sabo It's just an arm... that's a small price to pay if it means that you're safe.
  • Meaningful Name: Miss Valentine picked her codename because she's a romantic and loves chocolate, and Miss Goldenweek picked hers because it's a week-long vacation, referencing her very laid-back nature.
    • S1lver named Miss Goldenweek 'Ayako' which means Color Child. For a fourteen year old artist that hypnotizes people with colored paint that fits perfectly.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: In the middle of Luffy chasing Chopper around Drum Castle, they pause when they find the two steaming mugs of hot chocolate that Miss Valentine left them in the kitchen. They enjoy the drinks together...and then the chase resumes.
  • Mistaken for Gay: When Sabo tells Ms. Monday he is spoken for, and gestures to Bonnie, Miss Monday, quite understandably since at a glance Bonnie's an ordinary (though definitely a high quality) rifle, looks past Bonnie and at Zoro, and jumps to the wrong conclusion. To make things all the more awkward, Nami overhears, and recalls how often Sabo and Zoro argue. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal:
    • After the aforementioned Legion of Doom's attempt to take revenge on Luffy, Kuro attempts to pass all the blame onto Buggy. This results in Buggy neglecting to rescue him in the subsequent jailbreak.
    • In the same vein, Buggy offers Jango a position on his crew, and considering Kuro's treatment of him over the years, Jango accepts.
    Jango: Sorry Kuro... but this guy's got a better health plan. He's less likely to try and kill me.
    • After Sabo, Sanji, and Valentine beat Wapol, Chess, and Kuromarimo, Wapol's woolly hippo Robson remains. Valentine sweet-talks him, and one minute later the newly rechristened Marshmallow is giving them a lift to the castle.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Pretty much every time Sabo prevents a problem from canon, someone (usually him) remarks on how that exact problem could have happened if he hadn't been there.
      • It starts happening with Ayako too, in Chapter 32.
    • Chapter 35 shows that the opposite is also true when Zoro's paranoia helps him realize how much they screwed up by allowing Mr. 2 and Sanji to meet.
    • Sabo openly wonders who would work for a stubborn guy like Dragon. Anyone who read ahead in the Manga is laughing their ass off at that.
    • When Sabo discovers that Miss Valentine has amnesia after he uses her to escape Mr. 3's Candle Service Set, he takes it upon himself to ensure the Officer Agent receives medical attention. This could be considered an homage to the fact that Sabo in canon suffers from a severe case of amnesia.
    Sabo: I can't explain why... but something about her amnesia really resonates with me. All of my instincts are screaming at me to help her.
    • Also in chapter 35, when Nami is explaining the steam and the hotspot, Sabo can't help chiming in and mentioning his dislike for magma. This does not bode well for his future interactions with a certain Red Dog.
  • Named Weapons: Sabo's rifle/girlfriend is named Bonnie Anne, and his closeness with his girlfriend goes deep into I Call It "Vera" territory. Again, however, see Haunted Technology.
  • No Gun Safety: Bonnie Anne's broken safety switch allows her to fire whenever she wants. This results in numerous humorous situations in the early parts of the story where she fires on her own and terrifies someone that might be annoying her. In the side-story Bonnie compares the safety switch to having a muzzle stuffed on her face.
    • Nojiko is the one who reveals in chapter 16 that Bonnie's safety switch has been broken off.
    Nojiko: Ah, there's your problem. Most rifles have a safety switch that keeps them from randomly going off. The switch on this rifle is broken. Actually... the safety switch has been broken completely off. I wonder who would do that?
    Nami: I know exactly who would do that.
    • It's revealed in a heartfelt flashback at the beginning of chapter 34 that Sabo broke off Bonnie Anne's safety switch to give her the freedom to fire whenever she wants. This was the moment where he promised to get her out of the gun and where their unique relationship truly began.
    Sabo: You're stuck in a gun. I can't imagine how horrible that is for you. You can't move on your own... you can't talk... you can throw me around from dusk til dawn but that doesn't change your situation. I'm not gonna force you to do something you won't want to do. That would make me just as bad as them. But we can't work together if we don't trust each other. And so far I haven't really given you a reason to trust me. That changes now. Bonnie Anne... I swear to you... no matter what happens... I'm gonna get you out of that gun.
  • Noble Bigot: Sabo, oddly enough; for all his politeness and PR skills, he's convinced that all royalty and nobility are bigots who look down on their subjects and take advantage of them at any opportunity for their own desires, so much so that he gladly punches out Mr. 9 for claiming he was a king. He sees Vivi as an exception only after a lot of effort on the latter's part to prove herself one.
    • He seems to have this mindset against rich people in general, as he automatically assumed the worst of whoever lived in the Syrup Village mansion up until he learned that Kaya was a sick and lonely orphan rather than a rich snob.
  • Noisy Guns: Bonnie Anne makes two noises that put her in this category. But they also serve as her main means of communication.
  • Not So Stoic: The unflappable Miss Goldenweek completely flips out when Sabo, despite being under the influence of her Colors Trap, fires over a dozen shots, and misses all of them. Or rather, Bonnie Anne misses for him.
    Miss Goldenweek: ARE YOU ON MY SIDE OR NOT!?
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • At the end of Chapter 1, Luffy's reaction to the whirlpool as they set off is, as in canon, Casual Danger Dialog. Sabo? Not so much.
    • At the end of Chapter 10, Luffy and Sabo cut their farewell short when they discover that the Marine coming to pick up Kuro is Garp.
    • At the end of Chapter 26, Zoro says a variant upon being caught red handed talking to one of his swords by the guy he calls crazy for doing the same to his rifle.
    • In Chapter 27, Nami says a variant when Zoro points out to her that she just allowed Sabo - the guy with a malicious grudge against royalty - to go off and rescue a Princess.
    • In chapter 34 when Sanji realizes that he now has to cook for TWO pirates with Devil Fruit-powered stomachs.
  • Once for Yes, Twice for No: With Bonnie Anne being trapped in a rifle, she has severe limits for communication, meaning that conversations often involve a lot of this. Up until chapter 34, when Sabo merges her with him to save her and they can hear each other's thoughts.
  • One Bullet Left: Sabo starts the Kuro Arc with two dozen bullets and as the battle with the Black Cat Pirates goes on he quickly runs through his supply. Sabo is forced to fight a hypnotized Zoro when he's down to his last bullet but refuses to waste it on his entranced crewmate. Instead, Sabo ends up tossing Bonnie Anne to Usopp so that he can shoot Jango through his ring and save Kaya.
  • "Open!" Says Me: S1lver shows no respect for locked doors in Chapter 34 and uses this trope a total of 4 times.
    • First, Miss Valentine smashes through the locked door of the patient room so Nami can escape.
    • Second, Sabo tears open the locked doors of Wapol's armory in a fit of rage.
    • Third, Zoro and Sanji help an emotionally exhausted Sabo by knocking down the frozen-over doors to Wapol's kitchen.
    • Fourth, Nami gets Luffy to rip the locked doors off of Wapol's massive refrigerator.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Master of disguise Mr. 2 actually pulls this off well while hunting down Mr. 3. His powers let him turn into a physical double of anyone he's ever touched, but he can only use his martial arts effectively in his true form. So, what does he do? He puts on a plain suit and removes his makeup. Remarkably effective at disguising the normally flamboyant okama.
  • Played for Laughs: Ayako's motion sickness.
  • Pistol-Whipping: Sabo employs this as one of his attacks, Knock Back.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Being armed with a rifle, Sabo often averts the 'nobody dies in One Piece' rule. Two notable examples thus far:
    • In chapter 17, after Sabo ruins Nezumi's plan of robbing Nami's gold at Arlong's instruction...
    Nezumi: You... you'll pay for this! I'll place a bounty on your head! A big one! You'll regret the day you crossed me, pirate!
    Sabo: Oh yeah? Well, there's just one problem with that, chief. You have to be alive to place that hit.
    • Then in chapter 34, he does Scar proud with the absolutely chilling one-liner he gives to Wapol: "Long... live... the king."
  • Quantity vs. Quality: As early as the first chapter Luffy says he wants about ten crew members, Sabo, knowing that many of the crews in the Grand Line had much larger crews, tells Luffy that those ten will have to be the best of the best, clearly intending to invoke this trope.
  • Quick Draw: Bonnie Anne can fire on her own and save Sabo the precious fractions of a second that it would normally take to pull her trigger. This was first used in the duel against Mr. 5 on Little Garden.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Dalton. He genuinely cares about his country and his people.
  • Rescue Sex: Nojiko, having already developed a crush on Sabo, thanks him like this after the Straw Hats obliterate Arlong Park.
  • Refusal of the Call: In canon, Sabo joins Monkey D. Dragon's Revolutionary Army. In this story, he gets the offer much later, and since he's already on Luffy's crew, he politely turns Dragon down. He even ponders to Bonnie who would actually work for Dragon.
  • Related in the Adaptation:
    • It's implied that S1lver has made Jewelry Bonney Akainu's daughter in this story.
    • Additionally, S1lver made Mr. 3 and Miss Goldenweek uncle and niece.
  • Reliably Unreliable Guns: Bonnie Anne can fire or not fire whenever she chooses.
    • Bonnie's Rouse technique works on this basis. She fires on her own to wake Sabo when he's sleeping, hypnotized or being stupid.
    • Bonnie fires on her own and takes a shot at Miss All Sunday when she disarms Sabo and the others during her visit to the Going Merry.
    • When Sabo is hypnotized on Little Garden, Bonnie Anne intervenes and ensures that none his shots do any major damage.
  • Revealing Skill: The time when Sabo and Bonnie first meet is shown in a flashback during chapter 34. During which, Bonnie Anne lands five would-be kill shots on the rubber Luffy. The rifle's accuracy opens Sabo's eyes and makes him realize that Bonnie Anne is not just a rifle.
  • Right Behind Me: Dragon pulls this on Koala in Loguetown.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Wapol breaks Bonnie, Sabo spends a few seconds being devastated before quite literally roaring his rage to the heavens, storming into the castle, ripping open the armory doors with his bare hands, arming himself with all the weapons he can carry, charging after Wapol, blasting him with as many non-lethal shots as he can, sending him flying, and then blowing him up with a grenade as the killing blow.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: At one point during the chase between Luffy and Chopper, their positions get reversed, and Chopper is running screaming towards Luffy, who's running from him. They correct it quickly.
  • Shoot Your Mate: Sabo is vulnerable to hypnosis which causes this trope to come into play multiple times during the story. However, Bonnie Anne appears to be immune.
    • During the Kuro Arc, after seeing Kuro's plan begin to fall apart courtesy of the Straw Hats, Jango hypnotizes Sabo and Zoro and orders them to kill Usopp and then attack the village. Sabo fires at Usopp but Bonnie Anne intervenes with her Rouse technique and saves Usopp while simultaneously breaking Sabo's hypnosis so he can stop Zoro. This was the moment that convinced Usopp that Bonnie Anne wasn't just a rifle.
    • On Little Garden, Miss Goldenweek hypnotizes Sabo using Betrayal Black and orders him to shoot his friends. Sabo is helpless to resist the hypnotic paint but once again Bonnie Anne is unaffected. She does not prevent Sabo from shooting Luffy since she knows the rubber pirate can't be hurt by bullets but intervenes when Miss Goldenweek orders Sabo to fire at everyone else and ensures that Sabo doesn't hit anyone.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Sabo's stance, stemming from the fact that Jalmack nearly killed him with one.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Bonnie Anne's name comes from the author's favorite companion from Pirate101, an anthropomorphic fox who is in turn based off of the real pirate Anne Bonny. Chapter 34 reveals that she's that very same fox.
      • Bonnie Anne/Sabo's attacks are also from the game. Bonnie Anne's/the Musketeer Epic Abilities.
    • While playing with the Shells Town civilians by saying Zoro and Morgan's names, Sabo says 'Roronoa Zolo', which causes one person to scream very loudly.
    • When Buggy sees his crew lose, he chops off his hand for a bit of shock factor. Then it begins to move like Thing.
    • In chapter 25, Sabo pranks Luffy and Usopp by claiming that putting his top hat on his snowman will bring it to life.
    Sabo: Y'see, I heard this story about some kids that put a magic top hat on a snowman and it came to life.
    Usopp: Wait... are you saying that your top hat is magical?
    Sabo: No, don't be silly. But we're in the Grand Line now. This is the legendary ocean where anything is possible. So if magic exists in any part of the world... it would be here.
    • During Sabo's fight with Vivi and Mr. 9, he had one bullet left, and told them they were going to have to share.
    • When Miss Friday and Mr. 13 fly off with Sabo's top hat, he aims Bonnie Anne at them but can't bring himself to shoot and quotes The Princess Bride.
    Sabo: I'd sooner destroy a stained glass window than an artist like [him].
    • When Igaram shows up in drag, Nami hears her crewmate's reactions and quotes Scar in response:
    Nami:: "I'm surrounded by idiots…"
    • Robin quotes Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka when Sanji and Usopp confront her on not getting Baroque Works Bounties like the others.
    Robin: So you get nothing. You lose. Good day, sirs.
    • Luffy shouts "Yabba-Dabba-Doo" when sliding down a dinosaur on Little Garden.
    • In chapter 29, Sabo calls Vivi a pristine Princess and Vivi responds by quietly mumbling 'I'm not that pristine...'
    • At the end of chapter 29, Sabo quotes Josey Wales following his duel with Mr. 5.
    Usopp: How did you know he wasn't going to turn before the tenth step?
    Sabo: I didn't. But I never paid [that] no mind; you were there.
    • In chapter 32, Ayako paces and prods her head like a certain honey-loving bear while she thinks of a plan.
    Ayako: Think... think... think...
    • Chapter 34 Disney reference 1 of 3: Sabo does a much angrier version of Aramis' last line to Cardinal Richelieu in Disney's Three Musketeers after Wapol - accidentally but remorselessly - eats the snowbirds nesting in his Bliking Cannon.
    • Chapter 34 Disney reference 2 of 3: Right before Sabo sends Wapol flying, he intones, "Long... live... the king."
    • Chapter 34 Disney reference 3 of 3: Bonnie's goodbye to Sanji is on par with Genie's in terms of heartfelt sentimentality.
    Bonnie: No matter what anyone says... [you'll] always be a Prince to me.
    • Also in chapter 34, after Sabo saves Bonnie by fusing her body with his using his new Munch-Munch powers, Kureha muses:
    Kureha: Hmm... a noisy blonde kid with a fox spirit living inside him. I feel like I've heard this story before...
    • In chapter 35, Bonnie tips off Sabo that Mr. 2 wasn't using his real name when he introduced himself so Sabo returns the favor and introduces himself as Dodger. Which is a tribute to the iconic literary character that Sabo is modeled after. It turns out that Ace and Sabo came up with the nickname when they were younger. Sabo in turn calls Ace 'Oliver'.
    • In chapter 36, Bonnie Anne and Usopp debate upon whether Robin Hood is human or a fox.
    • Another shout out in chapter 36, when Sabo and Luffy find Ace sitting face-down in a dish of food in the middle of a restaurant in Alabasta, Sabo doesn't hesitate to sit down on the stool next to his supposedly dead brother and tell the cook, "I'll have what [he's] having."
    • Also in chapter 36, one of Mr. 2's henchmen makes the mistake of mocking Usopp's mother Banchina while being interrogated. After psychologically torturing the hapless minion using some of his comedy techniques, Usopp delivers a familiar one-liner from The Waterboy.
      Usopp: I love my mama very much. Now you know that.
    • The author believes that since Sabo is One Piece-English, that gives him the right to quote Monty Python, and he has done so on multiple occasions (though thus far, only with the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail):
    • In chapter 17, when Sabo reunites with the Straw Hats and reveals that Nami didn't kill him:
      Luffy: SABO! Usopp said you were dead!
      Sabo: I got better.
    • In chapter 18, when Sabo is fighting Choo on the roof of Arlong Park and has shot him in both arms:
      Sabo: What're you gonna do? Bleed on me? Look, you stupid bastard. You've got no arms left.
    • In chapter 27, when Mr. 13 refuses to join their crew as their Artist:
      Sabo: You make me sad.
    • Also in Chapter 27, Sabo and Vivi discuss their vastly different views on government and politics. Sabo's political views end up putting Luffy and Zoro to sleep. But Dennis from Holy Grail shares them.
    • In chapter 32, Sabo and Sanji wave off Dalton's concerns about the Lapins by quoting Holy Grail.
      Sabo: Yes, yes, I'm sure they're the most foul, cruel, bad-tempered rodents we've ever set eyes upon with vicious streaks a mile wide.
      Sanji: We can handle rabbits. If the little bleeders attack us we'll have rabbit stew coming right up."
    • In chapter 34, Sabo uses a "holy-looking hand grenade" as the coup de grâce on Wapol, killing him. Sabo furthers the shout out by counting (in)correctly.
      Sabo: One... two... FIVE!
  • Showdown at High Noon: At the end of chapter 29, Sabo and Mr. 5 face off in a classic gunslinger duel pitting Sabo's Bonnie-powered rifle against Mr. 5's bomb-powered revolver.
  • Signature Sound Effect:
    • Bonnie Anne makes a loud KER-CHOW sound when she fires.
    • Bonnie's means of communicating are a loud KER-CHOW and a quieter Click.
      • Sabo has proven to be adept at interpreting these responses.
      • Due to their rivalry, Nami admits that she automatically translates anything Bonnie 'says' to her into a curse.
  • Slasher Smile: Sabo to Wapol in their second encounter.
    Sabo: Actually when I pumped you full of bullets yesterday, I had no idea you were a King. (Slasher Smile) Wait 'till you see what I do to you now that I know how you used to run your former country!
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Sabo, obviously; it's the whole basis of the story.
    • Marine Commodore Purin Purin also survives.
  • Steampunk: After Sabo eats the Munch-Munch Fruit, he incorporates metal into his outfit to make him a living example of this trope.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: Ayako confronts her Uncle Galdino and informs him that she's joined the Straw Hat Crew. Mr. 3 initially thinks that she joined them as a spy and that all his years trying to teach her cunning finally paid off. But Ayako then makes it blatantly clear that she's siding with the Straw Hats by hypnotizing her Uncle with Betrayal Black. She reminds him that she's always hated being an assassin and that they're probably going to turn him in to the Marines so he can't hurt anybody. She gets off one last parting shot when she leaves.
    Ayako: And by the way, Earl Grey is piss. I tried one other kind of tea at my Welcome Tea Party and I liked it way better.
  • Tears of Joy: Usopp invokes this trope in Chapter 34 after Sabo saves Bonnie Anne.
    Vivi: Usopp... are you still crying?
    Usopp: No! These are manly tears of joy! I'm just so happy for them...
  • Tempting Fate: Sabo meets Wapol and attempts to negotiate with the wayward King for usage of one of his doctors. Wapol being Wapol refuses. Wapol finds Sabo's counteroffer to him eating their ship disrespectful and orders the royal-hating pirate to bow to him and grovel for forgiveness. The Straw Hats all know that this isn't going to end well for Wapol.
    Wapol: Not good enough. Where'd your manners go all of a sudden? A proper apology is done with a bow. Grovel for forgiveness... and maybe I'll only eat half of your ship.
    Sabo: ...
    Luffy: He shouldn't have said that...
    Usopp: That guy's toast.
    Zoro: Great... now he has an excuse...
    Sanji: And that's strike three...
    • In the same scene, Wapol continues to make matters worse for himself.
    Wapol: Got a problem with that? Or perhaps you'd prefer if I cut your tongue out?
    Sabo: No... I'll bow... I'll give you all the respect that you deserve...
    Ayako: I don't know what's going on... but I know malice when I hear it.
  • The Assimilator: The user of the Munch-Munch Fruit is this, meaning that Sabo is this, as he demonstrates by eating and merging with Bonnie Anne's broken rifle, saving her life.
  • The Atoner: Miss Valentine chooses to stay in Drum Kingdom as Kureha's new assistant to make up for the acts she committed as an assassin.
  • The Gunslinger: Both Sabo and Bonnie Anne. Although Sabo will freely admit that Bonnie's a better shot than him.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Bonnie Anne can feel pleasurable sensations through the rifle.
    • In Chapter 19, Nojiko points out a hole that Bonnie had blown in the roof of her house at some point over the course of her and Sabo's activities the night before.
    • In Chapter 34, there's the infamous 'Polishing Incident' during the flashback. Luffy returns to the tree house just as Bonnie blows a hole through the roof. He enters the room in time to hear a polished but shame-filled and spent rifle-woman mumble.
    Luffy: (quoting Bonnie) "You could've at least bought me dinner first..." Why's she talking about food?
    • After taking a moment to confirm what happened, Sabo does the gentlemanly thing and immediately asks Bonnie out.
  • The Promise: Sabo has vowed to free Bonnie Anne from the rifle that she's trapped in. He hopes to use the 'magic of the Grand Line' to accomplish this.
  • The Reveal: The big reveal in chapter 34 is that the Bonnie Anne trapped in Sabo's rifle is the actual Bonnie Anne from Pirate 101. She eventually reveals to Sabo that she was sent to the One Piece World through a Transportal made by Bishop. But the portal didn't work and Bonnie ended up trapped inside the rifle that had been thrown through with her.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: Ace sent a letter to his brothers claiming that the Grand Line is a place where anything is possible. Sabo takes this to heart and insists that the Grand Line is the place where he'll find a way to free Bonnie Anne from the rifle.
    Sabo: (to Nojiko) The real Bonnie Anne is trapped in there. I'm trying to find a way to get her out. The Grand line is rumored to be a magical ocean where anything is possible. So if there's any way to get her out I'm bound to find it there.
    • Sabo is even further convinced of this standpoint when he, Luffy, Bonnie, Vivi and Carue see a living breathing dinosaur on Little Garden.
    Sabo: You see that Bonnie? That's proof of everything I've been saying all these years! Dinosaurs are alive here! That means anything is possible in the Grand Line! We'll definitely find a way to get you out of that gun! I know it!
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Sabo goes on his Roaring Rampage of Revenge after Wapol breaks Bonnie Anne. Sabo breaks into the armory and chases him down in the high tower where he proceeds to shoot off Wapol's feet and hands, blows an eighth hole in the seven-barrel cannon in his chest, wields another cannon like a club and destroys the aforementioned seven-barrel cannon, crushes Wapol's tongue cannon with his bare hand before cutting his tongue out with a dagger, then smashes him through the wall sending him flying out of the tower before blowing him up with a holy-looking hand grenade.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Sabo's Conqueror's Haki first manifests when Bonnie (accidentally) gets kidnapped by Nami.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
    • When Sabo realizes Nami stole the Going Merry, with Bonnie still on it, his anger manifests in the Haki of the Supreme King, knocking out a couple other pirates. And following that? He roared. He rampaged. And he got bloody satisfaction.
    • Said Haki manifests again much later, after Wapol snaps Bonnie in half. Everyone on the mountain feels it, as do the ones traveling up the mountain. Then comes the Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Thanks to Sabo running damage control, the general public sees the Straw Hats as this: pirates, but ones whose heroic actions make them better allies with the Marines than enemies. The Five Elder Stars openly accept this, promoting them in hopes that Luffy will follow in his grandfather's footsteps rather than his father's.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: Thanks to Sabo's skillful PR work, the Straw Hats are on the right side of the World Government so far in this story. In chapter 27, after Luffy and Sabo convince the otter sketch artist Mr. 13 to turn their sketches into Wanted Posters, Nico Robin takes it upon herself to give the Straw Hats Baroque Works Bounties which - true to Robin's morbid sense of humor - all read 'Wanted Dead' across the top. Robin gives reasons for her numbers but isn't above allowing her personal biases to influence the amounts she adds as seen when anyone does anything in regards to the Unluckies.
    • In chapter 32, Robin's double agent status is confirmed when she's shown hiding the posters from Crocodile while updating them. The new bounties are revealed in chapter 35. She even goes as far as to place bounties on the heads of Crocodile and the remaining Baroque Works Officer Agents.
    • Whisky Peak Bounties - Total 130,000,000 berries.
      • Zoro - 18,000,000
      • Sabo - 23,000,000
      • Nami - 9,000,000
      • Luffy - 30,000,000
      • Vivi - 50,000,000
    • Post-Little Garden Bounties - Total 260,000,000 berries.
      • Luffy - 47,000,000
      • Sabo - 43,000,000
      • Zoro - 41,000,000
      • Sanji - 40,000,000
      • Ayako - 20,000,000
      • Usopp - 10,000,000
      • Nami - 9,000,000
      • Vivi - 50,000,000
  • Would Hit a Girl: Sabo makes it clear from all the way back in Chapter 2 during the confrontation with Alvida that he's not afraid to hit a girl.
    • At Whiskey Peak, Sabo isn't afraid to hit Miss Wednesday or Miss Valentine with his rifle.
    • On Little Garden, Sabo takes this a step further when he uses Miss Valentine as a battering ram to escape Mr. 3's Candle Service Set.
    • There is a line however, Sabo is unwilling to hit Miss Goldenweek. See Wouldn't Hurt a Child
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: On Little Garden, Sabo threatens Miss Goldenweek while she's holding Bonnie Anne hostage. But then realizes that even he can't morally beat up a child. He manages to find a suitable alternative threat.
    Sabo: Listen up, you little brat! If you get so much as one crumb on that rifle... I'll come over there and kick your ass!
    Nami: SABO! She's a kid!
    Zoro: Somehow that doesn't surprise me. He clearly lost his fight to the Princess so now he's set his sights lower.
    Sabo: Screw you! Although... Nami does have a point... she's a little kid. I don't know if I could morally beat the crap out of her...
    Miss Goldenweek: ...
    Sabo: Yeah... still a kid... Okay! New threat! Kid, if you get so much as one crumb on that rifle... I'll come over there AND GIVE YOU THE WORST SPANKING OF YOUR LIFE!
    Miss Goldenweek: EEP!
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Sabo's pretty good at adapting to situations on the fly. Considering he grew up with Luffy, it's easy to see where he got the practice.
    • Choo is forced to up his game during his fight against Sabo at Arlong Park. The latter lured him away from the water and up into a room on the third floor of Arlong Park. After being shot in the stomach and running out of water to spit, the fishman adapts on the fly and shoots a cannonball-sized blast of his own blood at Sabo.
  • You Shall Not Pass!:
    • In Chapter 19, Sabo joins the fight against Arlong until Luffy can be rescued and take over.
    • In Chapter 32, Sabo, Sanji and Miss Valentine hold off Wapol, Chess and Kuromarimo so Luffy can run ahead with Nami.
      • Admittedly Sabo didn't really need an excuse to fight Wapol again.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: On Little Garden, Usopp manages to get his hands on Bonnie Anne while faced with a hypnotized Sabo. But the rifle intentionally misfires and refuses to shoot her boyfriend.
    Sabo: Hypnotized or not... Bonnie would never shoot me.
    • But just because Bonnie refuses to shoot Sabo doesn't mean she's above hurting him. The recoiling rifle ends up throwing Sabo around and smacking him in the face in an effort to break his hypnosis.
  • Zany Scheme: While it seems as though Bonnie is the smarter of the Sabo x Bonnie Duo, Sabo has been known to come up with various crazy schemes on the fly.
    • In chapter 27, Sabo ropes Luffy into a zany scheme in an attempt to keep the Unluckies from flying off with the sketches they drew of Luffy, Sabo, Nami and Zoro upon overhearing their conversation with Vivi. The scheme fails but to his credit, Luffy and Sabo's failed scheme did succeed in cheering up Nami who was going through a nervous breakdown upon learning that they were going against one of the Seven Warlords.
    Zoro: So... were you guys actually trying to recruit that monkey... or was that all a desperate hair-brained scheme to try and steal the sketches back?
    Sabo: Um... yes. That was my plan all along. Nami was having a nervous breakdown so I tried to solve the problem by getting the sketches back.
    Luffy: But Sabo... you grabbed the otter... not the sketches.
    Sabo: Shut it! They didn't know that until you blurted it out.
    Zoro: Either way, your plan failed. And the turkey stole your hat.
    Sabo: Well if you're so smart why don't you come up with a plan then.
    Nami: (previously crying - now smiling faintly) Idiots... they're all idiots...
    • Later on in the same chapter, Luffy and Sabo manage to convince the visiting Nico Robin to add actual bounties to the Wanted Posters that Mr. 13 drew. And at some point in the process, Sabo even manages to get his top hat back. While Vivi is against them befriending a powerful enemy, it's once again Zoro who manages to see the true point of Sabo's scheme. Although it is worth noting that Miss All Sunday never had any intention of killing them.
    Vivi: Are we really wasting our time with this?
    Zoro: Quiet... they're distracting her. You saw what happened to the decoy. And we all saw how easily she disarmed us. I'd bet my life that she has Devil Fruit Powers of some kind. But we have no idea what they are so we have no way to stop her if she decides she wants to blow us up like she did with the crossdresser. Keep quiet and don't provoke her.
    Usopp: I like this plan! Let's not provoke the scary lady with the mysterious powers.
    • In chapter 29, Sabo enacts another zany scheme to escape Mr. 3's wax candelabra. Sabo starts by holding his breath to avoid breathing in the wax, then lures Miss Valentine in with the prospect of an invasive pat-down so he can use her to crack the wax at his feet, before taunting Mr. 5 into firing an exploding bullet at him which not only melts the wax off of him but ultimately allows him to escape the candelabra.
  • Zerg Rush: Sabo's Scatterblast is quite good at No Selling these.