Follow TV Tropes

Following

Fanfic / The Dragon That Will Pierce the Heavens

Go To

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/luffy_zoro_hikari_law_and_kid.png
Our protagonist Hikari, with Luffy, Zoro, Law and Kid. *Credit goes to silkirose on Tumblr.*
Advertisement:

When Hikari set out to sea, she never dreamed of the adventures that awaited her. Meeting Monkey D. Luffy sets her down a path that will rewrite the very laws of the stars, and she finds herself enjoying the chaos along the way.

A Fusion Fic crossover of One Piece and Fairy Tail, with a Luffy, Zoro and original character three-way pairing. As of the Heartfilia Arc, this story is also building to add Trafalgar Law and Eustass Kid to make a five-way polyamorous relationship. Written by Dragon Princess 18 and originally published on May 05, 2019 on Archive of Our Own. Was rewritten starting December 07, 2019.

Currently has these arcs:

  • Romance Dawn Arc
  • Buggy The Clown Arc
  • Kuro Arc
  • Baratie Arc
  • Arlong Arc
  • Loguetown Arc
  • Laboon Arc
  • Whiskey Peak Arc
  • Little Garden Arc
  • Drum Island Arc
  • Alabasta Arc
  • Jaya Arc
  • Skypiea Arc
  • Advertisement:
  • G-8 Arc
  • Davy Back Fight Arc
  • Water Seven Arc
  • Enies Lobby Arc
  • Return To Water Seven Arc
  • Heartfilia Arc (Rewritten as of 5/8/2021)
  • Supernova Alliance Arc (Rewritten as of 5/8/2021)

Still in-progress.

Can be found here.

Also has an AU/Drabble series, Moonbeams and Stardust, found here and a smut side-story, 'Courtship Of A Dragon', found here.

Has a Tumblr Page as well, found here.

This story was partially inspired by This Bites! by Xomniac.


Advertisement:

This story contains examples of:

  • A Boy and His X: A girl and her sea-cow, a reindeer and his dog-gun, a girl and her nekomata-cloud-cat, a girl and her elephant-sword...
  • Abusive Parents: In the Heartfilia Arc, it's revealed that Hikari's father, Jomei, is emotionally, physically and mentally abusive to her, even in front of strangers. When Iceberg tells this to the Straw Hats in Part One, they're horrified.
    • This only gets worse as the arc progresses, with them learning more and more details of exactly what Hikari lived through before meeting Luffy and the crew. Including being sexually harrassed by some of the Star Guard.
  • Action Dad: Officially, Luffy and Zoro become this in Part Five of the Skypiea Arc, being father figures to Chopper, Gina and Sora while also being the most badass of the Straw Hats.
    • They eventually become this for Lily, Merry, Ariel and Naia as well when they join.
  • Action Girl: Hikari is very much this, shown as early as the Romance Dawn Arc when she was the first person to attack Alvida and kick-start the fight against her crew.
    • Gina is also an Action Girl, being crucial in taking down two out of four Skypiean Priests on her first official outing.
    • Sora proves herself one, as well, from as early as the Davy Back Fight Arc.
    • While all three dragons have filled in this role, Lily shows she's more a Badass Bookworm than a lightweight, helping fight through Estrella and take down one of the Star Guard once joining.
  • Alliterative Name: The Davy Back Fight Arc, and Return To Water Seven, reveals that Hikari has one: Hikari Heartfilia.
  • All-Loving Hero: Hikari herself is the straightest example, even with her more grumpy personality. She is always helping others, be they her crew or strangers, is tolerant of people's quirks and eccentricities, and has more than once done everything in her power to free oppressed people. But Beware the Nice Ones applies if you think of hurting others, especially her crew.
  • Amazon Chaser: Zoro proves to be this, as he does not show any real interest in Hikari until the Buggy Arc, where she took down Captain Buggy easily in their first encounter.
    • Luffy is also one, though not to a literal Amazon, since he is also drawn to Hikari’s strength and determination, starting with the Romance Dawn Arc against Alvida and growing with each adventure.
    • Judging by Law's reaction to Hikari pinning him upon first meeting in the Heartfilia Arc, and to seeing her fight a corrupted Capricorn not long after, the Supernova captain is also this.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Eneru invokes this with Hikari, kidnapping her in Part Two of the Skypiea Arc to be his bride despite her very vocal and violent disapproval, and continuing to do so once she's at his mercy in Part Three.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Hikari is prone to this towards all the crew, but mostly Zoro.
    • This is first shown in the Loguetown Arc, where she went into a fury over his ‘testing’ of Sandai Kitetsu, knocking him upside the head and pulling out the Full-Name Ultimatum.
    • This happens again in the Little Garden Arc, where she blew up over Zoro trying to cut his feet off and wrestled the swordsman down to bandage him up.
    • Once she realizes the Straw Hats came after her in the Heartfilia Arc, Hikari loses her temper out of fear for their lives, especially since they were fighting the people that had tormented her during her entire childhood.
  • Angry Animalistic Growl: Hikari, Gina and Sora have all done this, either as an intimidation tactic or a sign that they are losing control of their temper, considering all three are various species of dragons.
  • Animal Espionage: In Whiskey Peak, Hikari uses Eisaku the Chameleon as this, having him broadcast the 'private' conversation between Mister Eight, Miss Monday, Mister Nine and Miss Wednesday to the party being held to lull the Straw Hats into a false sense of security.
    • Hikari uses Eisaku for this same purpose in the G-8 Arc, his ability to capture conversations from a distance allowing her to listen in unnoticed on Vice Admiral Jonathan's plans while directing Gina and Gemini on where to go and where to avoid before effectively neutralizing his efforts to capture the Straw Hats.
    • Eisaku is becoming Hikari's go-to for planning, and he is integral in their assault on Enies Lobby for similar reasons as above, on top of broadcasting the video and audio of what's happening to THE ENTIRE WORLD.
  • Archnemesis Dad: In the Heartfilia Arc, Hikari's 'father' Jomei is very much this, being the entire reason for her running away from home and then being forcibly brought back in the Return To Water Seven Arc for an Arranged Marriage.
  • Arranged Marriage: In the Heartfilia Arc, it comes to light that Hikari is set up in one of these, and that is likely the reason she ran away in the first place. In Part Three, it becomes clear she's been set to marry Donquixote Doflamingo.
  • Asleep for Days: Having summoned two Celestial Spirits at once in the Arlong Arc, Hikari is physically and spiritually drained until she recharged by sleeping for three days.
    • Happens again in the Alabasta Arc, where her hours of Electric Torture and continuous summonings, on top of nearly being blown up and then transforming into her Draconic Humanoid form, had Hikari out cold for four days.
    • The opening of Part One of the Water Seven Arc reveals that Hikari ended up frozen by Aokiji during their battle and took two days after thawing to wake up.
    • The Return To Water Seven Arc reveals that Hikari passed out after Merry ate her Devil's Fruit, and slept for four days after Enies Lobby thanks to not only holding Happy's Gate open for roughly a day, but then also holding Eisaku's open all night before opening Aquarius'.
    • Hikari only sleeps for a day after her near-death experience in the Heartfilia Arc, likely due to how soon it was after Return To Water Seven and all the lightning she was fed to save her life.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: As with most crews, this is true of the Straw Hats. Luffy as captain is the strongest, with Zoro and Hikari equals under him as first mates.
    • This is precisely why Hikari is heeded more than say, Nami or Usopp, when it comes to plans; she has the strength to force Luffy and Zoro to listen, even if only for a little while, on top of being a natural strategist.
  • Awful Truth: In Part Four of the Heartfilia Arc, the Straw Hats and their allies learn the truth of what happened to the dragons; after Gold Roger's execution, the World Government hunted down every dragon there was to either kill them or, in the case of Hikari's mother, kidnap them to breed their own army. Nyoko Dragneel was effectively a sex-slave forced into a marriage with Jomei Heartfilia to birth Celestial Dragons, and committed suicide by poison to protect her daughter rather than see her die from the same. Hikari herself has no idea about any of this.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Hikari, Luffy and Zoro have their moments, such as in the Romance Dawn Arc, where Luffy attacked Captain Morgan when the man moved to crack open Hikari’s head, the Kuro Arc where Luffy and Zoro take extra care helping Hikari recover from over-extending herself with opening Gates, or in the Baratie Arc, where Hikari and Luffy launched themselves at Mihawk to protect a badly-wounded Zoro.
    • This happens again in the Loguetown Arc, where Hikari and Zoro immediately went to Luffy's rescue once hearing that he was being executed by Buggy.
    • This culminates in the Drum Island Arc where Hikari gets sick instead of Nami, with Luffy and Zoro spending the chapter caring for her before they take her up the mountain. When the battle is over and Hikari cured, Zoro is the one to initiate a Big Damn Kiss to each of them outside the castle.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Sora establishes herself as this in Part Five of the Skypiea Arc, being the youngest and most innocent of the crew.
    • She's eventually joined in this role by Naia, another Cute Mute, with others assuming Merry also fits this role...though the Zoan-ship is too much of a Knife Nut for anyone on the crew to baby her too much.
  • Badass Adorable: Hikari can be seen as this. In the Baratie Arc, Patty was surprised at her aggressiveness because she seemed like a petite, pretty girl, but she has proved multiple times to be capable of kicking butt without her Celestial Spirits.
    • Sora is showing shades of this in the Davy Back Fight Arc; while being a Cute Mute and an absolutely adorable little girl that has the crew wrapped around her pinky, she proves instrumental in winning the Donut Race and proceeds to actually knock Admiral Aokiji back a few steps when he freezes parts of Luffy, Zoro and Hikari.
    • Lily can also count, being fairly young and petite, but is creative enough with her powers to put up a fight alongside her stronger age-mates like Gina or Chopper.
  • Badass in Distress: Hikari is this in the Arlong Arc, when she's captured by the fish-men to be a tool in their conquest of the East Blue.
    • This repeats in the Drum Island Arc, having been bitten by the Kestia tick and nearly dying from the resulting illness.
    • This happens again in the Alabasta Arc, where Hikari is taken by Crocodile to help secure his future kingdom.
    • This is becoming a pattern, since Eneru kidnaps Hikari in Part Two of the Skypiea Arc to make her his bride.
    • In Return To Water Seven, Hikari is kidnapped by the Star Guard, who are taking her back to her abusive father, Jomei, to be married off.
  • Badass Family: Officially, Luffy, Hikari and Zoro create one of these in Part Five of the Skypiea Arc with Chopper, Gina and Sora, with the others acting as unofficial aunts and uncles.
    • This soon comes to include Merry, Lily, Ariel and Naia at the end of the Heartfilia Arc.
  • Badass Pacifist: Sora is proving to be one; yes, she'll fight when needed, but her real strength, like all Sky Dragons, lies in supporting her crew and family.
    • The biggest example is in the Heartfilia Arc's climax, when Hikari is the only one physically capable of keeping up with Admiral Kizaru's Glint-Glint Fruit. It's Sora's Enchantment that truly levels the playing field, putting Luffy, Zoro and Law up to their speed to outnumber and overwhelm their adversary for a proper send-off.
  • Bakeneko and Nekomata: In the Davy Back Fight Arc, Kilala the cloud-cat is revealed to have eaten the mythical Cat-Cat Fruit, Model: Nekomata, making her one of these, just like her namesake.
  • Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: Eneru pulls this in Part Three of the Skypiea Arc, having a servant take Hikari to a private bath while he monitors the 'survival game' in Upper Yard.
  • Battle Couple: More a Battle Triad, but Luffy, Hikari and Zoro show shades of this beginning in Whiskey Peak, with Hikari and Zoro covering each other while protecting their weaker crew-mates and Luffy joining with Hikari for a team-attack.
    • This is best seen in the Enies Lobby Arc, where she joins with Zoro to fight through the main island, and then has a Combo Attack with Luffy to break into the Tower of Justice.
    • If the Heartfilia Arc proves anything, it's that they could soon become a Battle Quartet by adding Law.
  • The Beast Master: Hikari is already a shade of this, being a key-holder, but truly embraces the role in the Arlong Arc, subduing Momoo and earning his lifelong loyalty.
    • She extends this skill to Chopper in the Alabasta Arc, helping him recruit Lassoo and gaining the little reindeer a valuable ally.
    • Gina appropriates this skill, in a more violent manner, to tame Funkfreed and gain the elephant-sword as an ally in the Enies Lobby Arc.
  • Belated Love Epiphany: Zoro does not acknowledge his feelings until the Drum Island Arc, when Hikari falls sick and is in real danger of dying.
  • Berserk Button: You DO NOT want to threaten the crew or innocent people when Hikari is around.
    • This is first hinted at in the Buggy Arc, where the harm Buggy inflicted on Luffy and Zoro, and tried to inflict on Mayor Boodle, only incited her anger.
    • This is fully explored in the Kuro Arc, where Hikari insists on fighting the coming Black Cat Pirates because of Kuro’s plan to attack the innocent villagers and an unsuspecting Kaya for her fortune, on top of trying to kill Luffy to hide it.
    • In the Baratie Arc, not only does she snap at Patty for hitting Ghin while he was down, she did not hesitate to join Luffy in attacking Mihawk when he sliced Zoro open, without thought to the consequences of attacking someone so much stronger than them.
    • Arlong hits this button plenty in his own arc, until Hikari snapped and summoned Aquarius to wipe out his entire crew for not only oppressing Nami and threatening Usopp, but trying to force Momoo to attack them.
    • Crocodile hits this before even meeting Hikari, when she meets Gina and realizes that he controls her with a shock collar. He then presses is again, throwing her into a calmer Tranquil Fury, by implying he's killed Luffy and is set to take over Alabasta.
    • In Part Two of the Jaya Arc, it opens with an unnamed pirate learning a very important lesson; Luffy and Zoro do NOT appreciate when others insult Hikari in any way, and groping is asking for a world of pain.
      • Bellamy is nearly ripped apart like a stag by hellhounds in the same arc by daring to ask how much it would cost to have Hikari on his crew, and only her mercy saved him from Luffy and Zoro.
    • Eneru pushes this in Part Two of the Skypiea Arc, not only by kidnapping Hikari and hurting Gina, Chopper, Lassoo and Momoo, but by effectively taunting Luffy and Zoro that there's nothing they can do to stop him from marrying her.
    • The entire crew gets their button pressed in the Water Seven Arc when Hikari reveals that CP 9 had blackmailed Robin into trying to betray them and effectively commit suicide to protect them from a Buster Call. As shown in the Enies Lobby Arc, they don't care about who you are, NO ONE messes with a Straw Hat!
    • This is pushed for the entire crew again, once they get over the shock, after the Return To Water Seven Arc. A group of strange knights with Devil's Fruit powers attack them, and then take Hikari when she gives herself up to save everyone, even leaving behind her keys. Once the shock of finding out she's a World Noble fades and they learn a bit more of her past from Iceberg, the Straw Hats are more than ready to go kick the butts of anyone who gets in their way of getting Hikari back!
    • This button is continuously pressed throughout the Heartfilia Arc as the Straw Hats and their allies learn more and more about Hikari's past. Law not only shows how much he hates those who would use poison to kill, but also loses his temper at the realization of Doflamingo's involvement.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Or, in the case of Nyoko Dragneel, better to poison herself and suffer a slow, agonizing death than allow her daughter to be killed and herself raped until producing a son for her 'husband'.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Hikari is the initial non-canon example of this, being friendly and willing to help anyone in need, but do not push your luck. Any abuse of your power, especially against the crew, will have her mercilessly beat you into the ground.
    • Sora is another non-canon example, being a very adorable little girl that loves puzzles and her crew, but threaten them, and you'll see why Sky Dragons could afford to be Technical Pacifists.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Hikari very much has the Big Sister variety of this trope, looking out for her crew-mates and getting into numerous fights in order to protect them, with her Heart Of Gold extending this to even strangers.
    • The best example of this is in the very beginning of the Romance Dawn Arc, where Hikari found a 'napping' Luffy and saved him without hesitation.
    • Aquarius also has a similar Big Sister Instinct towards Hikari herself, being by far the most violently protective of all her Celestial Spirits.
    • Gina Redfox proves to have a similarly-strong instinct towards Chopper in Part Two of the Skypiea Arc, challenging Shura to a fight to protect him even when she had a distinct disadvantage.
      • This also extends to Sora, and Chopper seems to have a Big Brother variant in her case as well.
      • It's safe to say that Gina and Chopper have this towards all their 'siblings', which now extends to Merry, Lily, Ariel and Naia, and they won't stand for any of them to be hurt.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Straw Hat Pirates pull off the biggest one of these in history, after they storm Enies Lobby to save Robin and Franky from CP 9.
    • And in the Heartfilia Arc, they pull off an even bigger one to save Hikari from her abusive father and an arranged marriage.
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: Sora does this against Spandam on the Bridge of Hesitation in Enies Lobby. Justified, since she's a ten-year-old, highly-sheltered, mostly-mute child that would not know most swear words.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Gina the Iron Dragon can create not only swords, but a variety of weapons and tools by shapeshifting her hands.
  • Blow You Away: As a Sky Dragon, Sora Marvell has this as part of her powerset, which she uses in the Davy Back Fight Arc to not only help her crew win the Donut Race, but to attack Aokiji.
    • Capricorn is revealed to have this power in the Heartfilia Arc as well.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Hikari sometimes plays the role of Gentle Girl to Zoro's Brooding Boy, like in Loguetown where she opened up about her mother and tried to comfort him about Kuina.
    • Given recent developments, it's likely that Law will fall into this dynamic as well.
  • Bully Hunter: Hikari has a deep hatred of people that use their strength or position to harm or belittle those weaker than them.
    • In the Kuro Arc, when learning of his plan to kill Kaya for her fortune and his attempt to kill Luffy to hide it, Hikari very calmly decided that he needed to die and insisted on fighting the Black Cat Pirates, even alone, to stop them.
    • An example is during the Baratie Arc, where she stood up for Ghin against Patty when he refused to serve him, even knowing he was a dangerous pirate.
    • In the Arlong Arc, the fishman's punishing of Genzo for having weapons caused her to break cover and attack, even knowing she was outnumbered.
    • When Tashigi insulted Zoro for walking away from their fight, Hikari snapped back at the Sergeant Major's Black-and-White Morality and her complaints on being born a woman, unable to stand by while someone else, even verbally, attacked her crew-mate.
    • Crocodile, in trying to kill thousands of innocent people and breaking Vivi's heart in trying to take over Alabasta, has Hikari pushing herself past every limit to make sure they stop him.
    • Bellamy gets his just desserts in Part Two of the Jaya Arc, where his attempt to beat on Luffy is stopped by Hikari before it begins, and she shows his crew why you do not mess with the key-holder of the Straw Hat Pirates.
    • Eneru also gains her eternal hatred not only for subjugating the sky-islands, and especially Skypiea and Shandia, but for deciding he could just kidnap her for a forced wedding.
    • When CP 9 take Robin and Franky to restore Pluton in Water Seven, Hikari shows that there's no bully too big for her to retaliate, immediately planning out how to thwart them and, when that failed, deciding to storm Enies Lobby without any hesitation.
    • The Heartfilia Arc reveals that this is likely in response to her own abusive childhood, where her 'father' and his top subordinates used their power to bully her and everyone else on Estrella. Similar behavior by others, like Arlong for example, would be a strong reminder of this and cause such a strong reaction.
  • Bullying a Dragon: A literal example was attempted in Part Two of the Jaya Arc, where Bellamy tried to attack Luffy from behind and ended up stopped by Hikari in a Tranquil Fury. He does not learn his lesson.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: The climax of the Heartfilia Arc culminates in Hikari doing this against her own father, seething over his abuse and saying to his face that she's not afraid of him anymore, and that he has no control over her deciding to leave with the Straw Hats.
  • Caretaker Reversal: For the most part, Hikari is the one taking care of Luffy and Zoro, especially when the latter is injured, most prominently in the Buggy, Baratie/Arlong and Little Garden Arcs, but it was Luffy and Zoro taking care of Hikari in the Kuro Arc when she was incapacitated by a paralytic, and in the Drum Island Arc when she fell sick thanks to the Kestia Tick.
    • In the Heartfilia Arc, it isn't Hikari taking care of the crew and making plans to help save someone, but the crew gearing up to go save Hikari and take care of her after she's been essentially kidnapped to go back to her abusive father.
  • Cast from Calories: As fully revealed in the Kuro Arc, summoning Celestial Spirits starts by drawing the energy from a key-holder's recent meal, then it's Cast from Stamina, before devolving into Cast from Lifespan, which would most likely cause death.
  • Cheerful Child: Chopper acts like this, as does Sora Marvell, despite their dark pasts.
    • Ariel the clownfish-mer is proving to be similar.
  • Chessmaster Sidekick: In the G-8 Arc, Hikari fully comes into her own as this. With only Eisaku the Chameleon, Gemini and Gina, she manages to completely turn around Vice Admiral Jonathan's plans to capture her crew and escape Navarone without any extra damage to the Going Merry on top of irrevocably incriminating Special Inspector Shepherd as a traitor and stealing all the confiscated gold on base.
    • She pulls this off again in the Davy Back Fight Arc; after Foxy dared to 'hunt' Shelly right in front of her, Hikari encouraged Luffy to accept his challenge, having Kurama steal a rulebook for her to study. With that knowledge, she absolutely CRUSHED the Foxy Pirates in both of the first rounds, taking back Shelly and then stealing their treasure, before Luffy defeated their captain in a duel and stole their Jolly Roger, which she allowed Luffy to redraw for them as a reminder not to mess with the Straw Hats.
    • In Water Seven, Hikari accidentally stumbled into CP 9's original assassination attempt of Iceberg, and realized immediately that they're threatening the Straw Hats with a Buster Call to effectively blackmail Robin into her own death. Immediately, she came up with a plan that effectively NEUTERED CP 9's efforts to force Iceberg's hand and only failed to stop them then and there because Lucci managed to get Blueno out to use his Door-Door Fruit. Unfortunately for them, Hikari had Sanji, Usopp and Gina waiting to sneak onto the Puffing Tom while the others followed on a repaired Rocketman, where she eventually revealed a streamlined plan to invade Enies Lobby in case they failed to retrieve Robin.
      • This plan has the Straw Hats and their assorted allies cutting through Enies Lobby's main island in an HOUR, with no casualties and barely any real effort, before breaking into the Tower of Law to face down CP 9.
  • Chrome Champion: The Iron Dragon, Gina, is this due to her draconic abilities and Iron Scales.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Hikari is very much this for the rest of the Straw Hats, though mostly Luffy. This is best exemplified in Part Two of the Alabasta Arc, where she is protecting and driving the crew forward through the desert while keeping Luffy from hurting himself.
    • Law acknowledges this aspect of her role in the Heartfilia and Supernova Alliance Arcs, and realized how taxing it was in the former.
  • Covered with Scars: The final part of the Alabasta Arc reveals that Gina is this, having about ninety percent of her body heavily scarred up from Crocodile's 'training'.
  • Combat Medic: Chopper begins to become one of these with Lassoo's help in the Skypiea Arc, helping Gina take down both Shura and Gedatsu.
    • Sora Marvell also shows shades of this, having healing abilities and combat skills on top of general support abilities.
  • Cool Big Sis: Gina Redfox is shaping up to be one for Chopper, though she's technically younger than him, being quiet and calm compared to his innocent good cheer and following him almost like an overprotective shadow.
    • This is solidified in Part Two of the Skypiea Arc, where she fights Shura to protect Chopper and they defeat him together.
    • This also extends to Sora, who clearly looks to Gina for comfort and safety whenever Hikari is unavailable, such as in Water Seven after the Merry is deemed unsalvageable and Robin is still missing.
    • With the way things are shaping up, she'll be this to every younger 'sibling' that Hikari adopts.
  • Cool Key: Like in their original series, the Celestial Spirit keys are still this, especially the golden Zodiac keys.
  • Cool Pet: Hikari gains one for the crew in Momoo during the Arlong Arc, who is immensely loyal to her and rather intimidating once riled, if still regularly meek.
    • In the Alabasta Arc, Chopper gains the crew another in Lassoo, the dog-gun once owned by Mister Four and Miss Merry Christmas.
    • In the Skypiea Arc, Sora Marvell comes onto the crew with her two-tailed cloud-cat, Kilala. It's not until the Davy Back Fight Arc, where they face against Aokiji, that anyone else realizes that the tiny feline is actually a MYTHICAL ZOAN; more specifically, a cloud-cat that ate the Cat-Cat Fruit, Model: Nekomata, which looks a lot like the Kilala her name derives from.
    • In Enies Lobby, Gina cheerfully recruits the elephant-sword Funkfreed as her own ally.
  • Clothing Damage: Hikari has caused this to herself, such as tearing her shirt into bandages in the Buggy Arc.
    • The worst so far is in the Heartfilia Arc, where Hikari's dress was completely shredded in her fight with Capricorn and basically left her naked until Law offered his hoodie.
  • Cuddle Bug: Luffy, like in canon, but the entire crew really gets in on it. Luffy, Zoro and Hikari are very touchy with each other, even before acknowledging their feelings, and they are equally so with the kids they pick up. Gina will let her siblings climb all over her, sit on her shoulders or curl up against her for a nap; Sora loves snuggling up to others, sitting on laps to nap or be read a book; Chopper also enjoys cuddling up to his crew; and Ariel enjoys using her tail to mimic Luffy's full-body hugs.
  • Cute Mute: Sora the Sky Dragon is this, mostly communicating in chirps and growls and whines but no words. At least until Part Five of the Skypiea Arc.
"Mama!"
  • She eventually starts growing out of this with time, but still reverts to growls and trills when under stress.
  • Naia is a straighter example, given she can only 'speak' in clicks and does not seem to have functioning vocal chords.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Hikari first pulls this off in the Arlong Arc, when she’s captured by the fishmen pirates to become their ‘pet’ key-holder. Rather than sit around waiting for Luffy to show up, she picks the locks on her shackles and the door, retrieves her keys, and manages to safely store all of Arlong’s ill-gotten wealth in the Celestial Spirit World with Virgo before her crew arrived.
    • With some help from Gina, Hikari pulls this off again in the Alabasta Arc, escaping from Crocodile's Electric Torture chamber and finding Luffy before the Warlord even reached Alubarna.
    • After a bit of a hiccup, Hikari does this again in the Skypiea Arc, escaping from God's Shrine with not only her keys, but a Sky Dragon, to sabotage the Ark Maxim and interrupt Eneru before he could attack the rest of her crew.
    • The fact she is NOT doing this in the Heartfilia Arc shows how afraid she is of her father.
      • Once Law shows up with the reveal that her crew came to save her anyway, it seems to snap Hikari out of her funk and she breaks them both out to rejoin the Straw Hats.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In the Return To Water Seven Arc, the crew learns that Hikari is also hiding one of these. Not only was one entire side of her family, plus hundreds more, wiped out by the World Government before she was born, her mother Nyoko Dragneel was captured and effectively turned into a sex-slave by being forcibly married to Jomei Heartfilia with the intent of 'breeding' true Celestial Dragons. But Jomei also wanted an heir that was a key-holder, and when his son Akeno proved unable to summon Aquarius, threatened that if he didn't manifest as one soon, both he and his baby sister would be killed to make room for a son who could. This drove the seven-year-old to desperately swim into open ocean in a bid to summon the Celestial Spirit, where he got caught in a riptide. Hikari, all of four years old, swam out after him and managed to summon Aquarius, but it was too late to save her brother. Infuriated that his son was a 'failure' and his 'useless' daughter had dared to be a Celestial Dragon key-holder, Jomei then ordered his 'wife' to kill Hikari to make room for a 'proper heir'. Rather than poison the only child she had left, or live through seeing more of her children likely die or be similarly abused in pursuit of his ambition, Nyoko took the poison herself in secret and passed away roughly a month after her son, forcing Jomei to keep their daughter alive in order to even somewhat salvage his plans. What followed was fourteen years of emotional, mental and physical abuse, not just from Jomei but from his Star Guard, until Hikari was almost eighteen and set to be married to Donquixote Doflamingo to be similarly 'bred' for Celestial Dragons, which is when she ran away.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Hikari, who often has something to say about the reckless, wacky hijinks that surround her.
    • Gina is shaping up to have an equally-sharp tongue, when she's not quietly watching the crew's hijinks.
  • Dead Person Conversation: In the Drum Island Arc, Hikari has one of these while Talking in Your Dreams, speaking not only with Natsu, but with her mother, Nyoko, and brother, Akeno.
    • She has this again in the Water Seven Arc, though it's with a 'dying' Merry rather than her mother.
    • Happens for a third time in the Heartfilia Arc, where Hikari is technically dead for less than a minute and not only meets her mother again, but also Lucy Heartfilia and all the lost adopted families of her crewmates.
  • Declaration of Protection: Zoro's promise to Luffy in the Baratie Arc is also one of these to Hikari, who is withholding a mixture of Broken Tears and Tears of Fear over the damage he received from Mihawk. Sanji also constantly makes these, encompassing both Hikari and Nami, but Hikari is far less impressed.
    • Hikari makes a heartbreaking one to Aokiji in the Davy Back Fight Arc, claiming the Straw Hats as her treasure and swearing that no one would hurt them while she was alive. This immediately preceded her having Aquarius pick the crew up and toss them back towards the Going Merry so she could face the Admiral alone.
    • Hikari makes one on behalf of the Straw Hat Pirates to the entire world before properly storming Enies Lobby in Part 2, telling the world that you do not threaten the nakama of the future Pirate King...or the treasure of a dragon.
  • Defector from Decadence: Hikari is revealed to be this in the Return to Water Seven Arc, being a Heartfilia, who are World Nobles, that ran away from home before meeting Luffy.
  • Defiant Captive: In the Arlong Arc, Hikari is this when captured by the fishmen pirates.
    • Hikari does this again in the Alabasta Arc, purposely defying Crocodile in order to buy her crew more time to get Vivi to Alubarna.
    • Even after being brutally overpowered in their fight in Part Two of the Skypiea Arc, Hikari is not giving Eneru an inch in Part Three, which seems to amuse him.
    • In the Heartfilia Arc, she's defiant by effectively locking away every emotion and reaction she can, not responding at all.
  • Delaying Action: Hikari pulls this off in Part Four of the Skypiea Arc with help from Zoro, Nami, Robin, Gina and Wyper, distracting Eneru long enough for Sora to find Luffy in the sky-snake and bring him into the fight.
    • In the Cliffhanger of the Davy Back Fight Arc, Hikari attempts this, facing Aokiji with only Aquarius to give her crew time to escape.
  • Designated Parents: Hikari becomes the designated mom, with Luffy as 'dad' and Zoro as 'papa', with Chopper, Gina and Sora.
    • They soon add Lily, Merry, Ariel and Naia to this list.
  • Determinator: In Part Four of the Alabasta Arc, Hikari refuses to slow down despite extended electrocution, multiple summons, or being WITHIN FEET OF A GIANT EXPLOSION. This is only the beginning of how far she'll go for her crew.
  • Disappears into Light: The Celestial Spirits go through their Gates in a non-fatal version of this trope.
  • Disapproving Look: Hikari often has this on her face in regards to the many antics of her crew.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": Hikari very much dislikes when her Celestial Spirits call her 'hime', or 'princess', and when Sanji began copying them, it annoyed her even more.
    • Hikari has a more visceral reaction in the Cliffhanger of the Davy Back Fight Arc to being called Heartfilia.
    • This is, as shown in the Heartfilia Arc, a reaction to her hatred of being a World Noble and part of her father's family.
  • Dragon Rider: In a sense, Luffy did this with Hikari in Part Four of the Alabasta Arc; after all, Hikari is a Celestial Dragon, and Luffy was riding on her back when they saved Vivi from Crocodile dropping her into the war-torn square.
  • Driven to Suicide: The Heartfilia Arc reveals that Hikari's older brother Akeno and her mother Nyoko were pushed to this extreme by her father.
    • Akeno, at roughly seven years old, was told that if he failed to somehow manifest as a key-holder, he and his sister would be killed to make way for a son that WOULD, which ended with him wading into a riptide in a desperate attempt to summon Aquarius. This ended with his death.
    • Nyoko was ordered, after the death of her son, to poison her daughter so no one would be in the way of a future son being his heir. The only way she could think to protect Hikari was to take the poison herself.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Hikari unhappily admits this about Luffy's description of Reverse Mountain.
  • Dumb Struck: Sora is a case of this, being a Cute Mute that was kept locked up in a cell by Eneru for six years with only a cloud-cat for company.
  • Electric Torture: Hikari is subjected to this by Crocodile in Part Four of the Alabasta Arc, though he fails to break her. It's implied that he did the same to Gina.
    • Swallowing Eneru's lightning in Part Two of the Skypiea Arc has a similar effect on Hikari, the second time knocking her out cold, and Gina goes through being struck by his attacks twice.
  • Emotion Suppression: In Part One of the Heartfilia Arc, Hikari employs this after being taken, and it's implied she had to do this before running away.
  • Endangered Species: Part Three and Four of the Alabasta Arc show that dragons are so rare that Hikari and Gina are thought to be the very last left in all the Blues and the Grand Line.
    • This is proved wrong in the Skypiea Arc, where they find Sora the Sky Dragon, also considered the last of her kind.
    • The reason for this is discovered in the Heartfilia Arc; after the execution of Gol D Roger, the World Government went about systematically killing every dragon they could find, and kidnapping the women they could to effectively breed their own army. Some escaped, such as Gina's parents, or were captured, like Hikari's mother, while the Sky Dragons were effectively left alone, since they were safe away in Skypiea.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Hikari, with help from Eisaku the Chameleon, effectively does this to CP 9 and the World Government when the Straw Hats invade Enies Lobby, broadcasting a recording of them plowing through the island's defenses and hearing Robin's story of Ohara, on top of Spandam's immoral glee for a promotion and callousness over Robin's pain.
  • Entitled to Have You: Eneru is this from his first appearance in Part Two of the Skypiea Arc, where he comes to Hikari while she's separated from the others in Upper Yard and declares that he's come to take her as his bride.
    • This is implied with Doflamingo, even though he doesn't appear in the Heartfilia Arc himself, since he seems more amused at Hikari's attempts to avoid their wedding than anything.
  • Everyone's Baby Sister: Hikari is actually an example of this with her Celestial Spirits; Aquarius and Virgo especially see her as a younger sister or even daughter, having effectively raised her during an abusive childhood, and are thus extremely protective of her. The others are equally protective, since she either saved them from abusive key-holders or decades of loneliness, and Leo, for one, will pop up whenever she needs him no matter what Hikari says. It's not advised to see what they would do if she was genuinely hurt without her crew around to help.
    • It could be argued that Sora and Merry share this role among the crew as a whole.
      • Sora is the most innocent of the 'kids', and the crew frankly spoils her with affection and treats to make up for her dark past; even as powerful a combatant as she is, being a Sky Dragon, anyone who hurts her had better hope the crew never finds out. Like poor Kumadori once Sanji saw what he did.
      • Merry, while newly humanoid, has always had a special place in the crew's hearts. Her fate in Water Seven very nearly broke them, and Hikari pushed past her own limits to ensure she was saved no matter the cost. Even in Estrella, the crew made sure to leave Merry with Sabo before breaking into the castle, so she would not end up in danger from the Star Guard again. There's no doubt if anyone threatened the little Zoan-ship, the Straw Hats would all come down on them like a tsunami of fury.
  • Excellent Judge of Character: Hikari has proved to be one, alongside Luffy.
    • The first big example is Nami; while Luffy trusted her immediately, Hikari was noticeably wary until Nami herself began to warm up to the fledgling crew, and then was just as invested.
    • This is also clear with the alliance to Law and Kid, where Luffy immediately trusts them but Hikari, while accepting their help in the moment, still tested if they would stay before opening up.
  • Eye Colour Change: Hikari's eyes fluctuate between black and a darker gold, depending on her mood.
    • In the Drum Island Arc, this is revealed to be her inner dragon peeking through her control.
    • Sora also has this; her eyes are normally a dark purple, but they become silver with slit pupils when slipping into dangerous instincts.
  • Face Palm: Hikari is fond of these, considering the crew she hangs out with.
  • Failure-to-Save Murder: As revealed in Part Three of the Heartfilia Arc, Hikari feels that she committed this with her older brother Akeno...when she was FOUR YEARS OLD. Akeno had gone into open water in a vain attempt to summon Aquarius, got pulled out by a riptide, and subsequently drowned before Hikari swam out and summoned the Spirit to save them both. She considers being unable to reach him as a sign of her own weakness.
  • Family of Choice: The Straw Hats are this, as in canon.
    • This is what Luffy, Hikari and Zoro create within the crew with Chopper, Gina and Sora in Skypiea, with the rest of the crew as aunts and uncles.
      • And eventually adding Lily, Merry, Ariel and Naia after the Heartfilia Arc.
  • Fastball Special: Hikari and Zoro have pulled this off in the Kuro Arc, where the latter threw her in order to summon Horologium close enough to get Kaya inside him and protected.
    • They pull it off again in the Loguetown Arc, with Hikari jumping onto the flat of Zoro's sword so he could throw her up to the platform to save Luffy from Buggy.
  • Fear of Thunder: Unsurprisingly, Gina and Sora have a certain aversion to electricity and thunder. Gina, from years of Electric Torture at Crocodile's hands and her swift defeat by Eneru in Skypiea, and Sora from the genocide of the Sky Dragons and her own imprisonment by Eneru for more than half of her life. Hikari becoming a Lightning Celestial Dragon seems to be helping ease them out of this.
  • Fiery Redhead: Hikari is a pink-haired example, especially as she thaws out over the course of the story. She is generally outspoken and temperamental, though she does go quiet and cold when reaching the threshold of her fury.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The Straw Hats are this, as in canon.
    • The Heartfilia Arc seems to be serving as a first round of this for the Straw Hat, Heart and Kid Pirates as an alliance.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Hikari shows shades of this, having calmed Momoo and effectively claiming him as her own.
    • This skill was extended to Chopper in recruiting Lassoo, and Gina took her example to recruit Funkfreed.
  • Flat "What": Hikari has done this on multiple occasions, such as in the Kuro Arc, when Happy was blubbering that Luffy was dead and Zoro spotted him on the beach below, fast asleep.
  • Foreshadowing: There have been hints to Hikari's past over the entire story, and none of them are pleasant. Some of the big ones are:
    • In the Buggy Arc, when Hikari removes her top to make bandages for Zoro, they immediately notice a massive, aged bruise on her back in the shape of a boot. She made an excuse about being in a fight before meeting up with Luffy, but Pantherlily was noticeably uncomfortable while Luffy and Zoro clearly didn't believe her.
    • Upon seeing Kaya's mansion in the Kuro Arc, Hikari grew incredibly uncomfortable, and Kuro's baiting of Usopp about his pirate father brought out a very aggressive reaction from her.
    • While introducing her newest Celestial Spirits in the Baratie Arc, Hikari blows up on Zoro over a joke he made about 'what sort of princess curses like a sailor', having a major overreaction despite denying and trying to stop her spirits from calling her 'princess' the entire story so far.
      • Luffy also noted how she had more than enough money to pay for repairs to the Baratie without even batting an eye, and Hikari hesitated a moment before saying she had saved up to go out to sea.
    • When confronting Nami in the Arlong Arc, there were mentions of gilded cages and deep empathy with her, along with a chilling statement:
    "You make it sound like I haven't dealt with ego-maniacal tyrants before."
    • In the final chapter of the Alabasta Arc, Hikari reveals that she knew Vivi from before their adventure and sparks the princess' memory by calling her 'bluebird'. The images that return are of bruises and fake smiles, hinting at a less-than-pleasant childhood.
    • In the Jaya Arc, Usopp's tirade against Montblanc Cricket got a visceral reaction from Hikari when he claimed that, as a descendant of Montblanc Noland, he must be a liar.
      • This is followed by her comforting a slumped Usopp in the aftermath with these words:
      "Being brave isn't about not being afraid. It's about facing your fears when you have the chance to run away. And from where I'm standing, you're a hell of a lot braver than I am."
    • In Part Three of the Skypiea Arc, Hikari tries to scrub off the feeling of Eneru's touch in the bath, her thoughts implying that this was not the first time a man had felt entitled to molest her in such a way and that she had escaped at some point.
    • In the final part of the Skypiea Arc, Hikari reveals she knows about the Will of D when Robin reads out Gol D Roger's name.
    "The Ds will bring a storm."
    • The Davy Back Fight Arc ends in a Cliffhanger, with Aokiji recognizing Hikari before a horribly one-sided fight and referring to her as Heartfilia.
    • In the beginning of the Water Seven Arc, Hikari reveals a lot of knowledge about Water Seven and the Puffing Tom, as well as Iceberg, that are out of place with someone from East Blue.
    • Part Three of the Water Seven Arc reveals that Hikari knows about Franky and his underworld connections, and also has her meeting with Iceberg privately in his office, chatting like old friends. She also reveals knowledge about CP 9, when their initial attempt at assassination is thwarted, and about the Buster Call that destroyed Ohara.
    • In the Enies Lobby Arc, Hikari reveals knowledge of CP 9, Enies Lobby, and the Buster Call that are explicitly not meant to be common knowledge, and prods Robin to reveal the truth of Ohara to the world. On their way, when Zambai wonders why Robin would fight so hard against being saved, her response is sad and hints at past suicidal ideation.
    "When you're so scared that you can't think...When it feels like every second is just anticipation, waiting for someone to rip out your heart...Death can seem like a relief."
    • This culminates in the Return To Water Seven Arc, when the Star Guard ambush the Straw Hats and Hikari goes with them to protect the crew, apologizing for being selfish and ignoring the risks of her past.
      • The Heartfilia Arc lays out exactly what she went through as a child up until she ran away only weeks before meeting Luffy, which included physical, mental and emotional abuse, on top of sexual harassment at best, that did nothing but make her guarded about being a caring, selfless human being and determined that none of her crew, or anyone else, ever feels like she does.
  • Friends Are Chosen, Family Aren't: In the Heartfilia Arc, this is fully explored with the reveal that Hikari's blood family basically consists of her abusive World Noble father that she ran away from, while her friends are the Straw Hats, who are family in everything but blood.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Sora has these, even before Hikari rescues her in Part Three of the Skypiea Arc.
  • Good Bad Girl: In a somewhat downplayed example, Hikari. Yes, she's in a polyamorous relationship with two men, and (according to Courtship Of A Dragon) they are certainly not afraid of having plenty of sex all over the ship, but she is still very much the moral center of the Straw Hat crew, and arguably one of the very best people in the story.
    • Nami is arguably this, given her flirtatious personality and tendency to manipulate men, but she's also loyal, genuinely caring, and clearly devoted to Vivi.
  • Good Is Not Soft: The Straw Hats prove this in the Enies Lobby Arc to the entire world. Kind and helpful they might be, but mess with innocent people or, heaven forbid, one of their crew, and they will beat you down without mercy.
    • Hikari is a particularly strong example of this; while a very maternal, caring, helpful, self-sacrificing sort, she is not someone to push unless you want to see exactly what a Lightning Celestial Dragon and a key-holder can do.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Luffy, Hikari and Zoro prove this true in the Skypiea Arc, as shown in 'Courtship Of A Dragon'.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Hikari's dream, as revealed in the Buggy Arc, is to gather all twelve Zodiac keys.
  • Growing Wings: Hikari does this when transforming into her Draconic Humanoid form.
  • Guilt Complex: Aquarius reveals in the Heartfilia Arc that Hikari suffers from this, believing that those who are hurt around her or by the Government's actions are effectively her fault, for being a World Noble. This was enforced not only by the drowning of her brother, but by her father Jomei eventually punishing her by force-feeding Lily Mc Garden a Devil's Fruit and throwing her to drown whenever Hikari did anything he disapproved of.
  • Hates Their Parent: Hikari has a very justified version of this trope, given her father not only abused her mentally, emotionally, and physically but would threaten others to force her into compliance. She absolutely hates him, but also fears him after years of abuse.
  • Healing Magic Is the Hardest: Sora's Sky Dragon's Healing is this in Part Five of the Skypiea Arc, where she speeds up the closing of Chopper and Lassoo's accumulated wounds from Ohm but stops from the pain, exhausted.
  • The Heart: Luffy and Hikari share this role in the crew, the former being the one to pull everyone together and providing a safe place for everyone's dreams while the latter takes care of them and offers emotional support and help on a more individual level.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Gina the Iron Dragon pulls one of these fully in Part Four of the Alabasta Arc, defecting from her forced servitude to Crocodile to bust Hikari out and join the Straw Hats in Alubarna to stop the war.
  • Heroic Lineage: In the Drum Island Arc, Hikari is revealed to be a descendant of Natsu Dragneel and, after the Heartfilia Arc, Lucy Heartfilia.
    • Gina can also be assumed to be a descendant of Gajeel Redfox.
    • And Sora a descendant of Wendy Marvell.
    • Lily could also be a descendant of Levy Mc Garden.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: While 'hero' is certainly subjective, it's clear that Luffy, Zoro and Law are all attracted to the pink-haired Hikari, who actually fulfills the requirements of hero better than they do.
  • Heroic Suicide: Nyoko Dragneel performed this to protect her daughter, Hikari. When ordered by her 'husband' to kill their daughter with poison to make way for another son, she knew that, so long as she herself was still alive, Jomei would merely continue raping her until getting the child he wanted, killing those that got in the way. By taking the poison herself, she left him with no choice but to keep Hikari alive, thus giving her daughter a chance to escape in the future.
  • He's Back: Part Seven of the Heartfilia Arc has Hikari coming back to form after an arc where she was mostly passive, utterly trouncing a demon-like Capricorn and then Calling the Old Man Out.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Zoro and Hikari fit this trope, with Zoro being taller than average and Hikari shorter. This technically also fits with Luffy and Hikari, since he is still taller than her.
    • This is actually much more pronounced with Law, who is even taller than Zoro.
  • Hybrid Power: Mixing a line of key-holders with a line of powerful Fire Dragons was the entire point of Jomei Heartfilia forcing Nyoko Dragneel into 'marriage', which created a very powerful Celestial Dragon with the ability to summon Celestial Spirits: Hikari.
  • I Can Still Fight!: Hikari invokes this multiple times, but most prominently in the Drum Island Arc, where she is already dangerously sick when Wapol and his men attack the Going Merry. This nearly kills her. On more than one occassion.
  • I Die Free: As a former New World pirate turned into what essentially amounted to a sex-slave and broodmare, Nyoko not only protected her daughter by poisoning herself, but also died on her own terms and put a severe wrench in her tormenter's plans.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Aquarius gives this talk to Luffy, Zoro and Nami at the beginning of the Kuro Arc, warning them that if they ever make Hikari cry, she will make the Grand Line look like a children's party.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Eneru does this in Part Two of the Skypiea Arc, kidnapping Hikari with the express purpose of making her his bride, and is quite pleased with himself when he taunts her about this in Part Three.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Hikari felt this way about Momoo, though she asked Nami for permission before bringing the sea-cow along on their adventures.
    • Hikari invokes this again with Chopper, though she’s more gentle in her approach than an excited Luffy.
    • Hikari does this a third time with Gina the Iron Dragon, and the crew seems to be accepting this as a thing she does.
    • Chopper gets in on the action by recruiting Lassoo the dog-gun.
    • Hikari continues this tradition in Skypiea, recruiting Sora the Sky Dragon and her cloud-cat, Kilala.
    • Gina joins in by 'convincing' Funkfreed to be her sword.
  • It's gotten to the point where none of the crew is surprised when she rejoins them in the Heartfilia Arc with two new children, and mers at that!
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Hikari invokes this near the end of Part Five of the Alabasta Arc so she can properly deal with interrogating Robin about joining the crew.
  • It's All My Fault: The Heartfilia Arc shows that Hikari feels this way about the deaths of her mother and brother, but also the death and destruction perpetrated by the World Government, on top of any hurts her crew sustains.
  • Killing Intent: Hikari releases this when coming upon the Baroque Works' agents plotting to capture the Straw Hat pirates and steal their treasure. It causes a justified Oh, Crap! reaction.
    • Hikari has a way of visibly showing her Killing Intent by literally sucking in the light to make day into twilight, like in Enies Lobby, which CP 9 rightfully takes as a warning.
  • The Lady's Favor: There is a gender-inverted version in the Drum Island Arc, where Zoro gives Hikari his bandanna and the scarf she made for Luffy before they take her up the mountain to Doctor Kureha.
  • Land, Sea, Sky: Like the canon Monster Trio, Luffy, Zoro and Hikari's fighting styles match this dynamic: Luffy is fluid and unpredictable like the sea, Zoro is strong and unmoving like the land, and Hikari is fast and strikes hard like the sky, which is only enhanced with her reveal as a winged Draconic Humanoid.
    • The dragons of the Straw Hat Pirates also fill this trope: Gina is like the land, being built for defense and devastating strength, Sora is fast and strikes hard like the sky, and Hikari, unlike her position above, is like the sea, being strong enough to tank hits and also relatively fast to outmaneuver enemies.
  • Lap Pillow: Hikari often provides this for Zoro, like in the Buggy Arc when he defeated Cabaji.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Or, rather, Like Father, Unlike Daughter. Jomei Heartfilia is a cold, greedy, amoral World Noble that is obsessed with proving his family's superiority. His daughter, however, is a somewhat hot-headed, selfless, altruistic Supernova pirate. They could not be more different.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: From what is shown in the Drum Island and Heartfilia Arcs, Hikari is very much like her mother, both being dragons (one Fire, the other Celestial) that put a lot of importance on protecting their loved ones by any means necessary, even if it could mean their death. Unfortunately, Nyoko Dragneel DID end up dying to protect her daughter.
  • Little Bit Beastly: The dragons of the Straw Hat Pirates have this to varying degrees.
    • Hikari looks human most of the time, but can gain reptilian eyes, wings, scales, horns, and other draconic changes more-or-less at will.
    • Gina also looks mostly human, but retains her reptilian eyes at all times, and often uses her Iron Scales, with other changes coming at a loss of control.
    • Surprisingly, Sora is the most 'beastly', always having her wings and cat-like ears, but otherwise looks like an adorable little girl.
  • Little Guy, Big Buddy: In his Brain Point, Chopper is the Little Guy to Gina's Big Buddy, even though he's a year older. While the human-reindeer is generally naive, optimistic and easily frightened, the Iron Dragon is world-weary, cynical and one tiny step away from being a Blood Knight. Even so, Gina is very protective of him, as shown in Skypiea.
    • As more children are adopted onto the crew, Gina performs this role for pretty much all of them as a Cool Big Sis.
  • Mama Bear: Hikari fully awakens as one in Part Two of the Skypiea Arc, where she manages to put up a decent fight against Eneru to protect Gina and Chopper, and then tanks swallowing lightning TWICE to prevent them from being caught in the crossfire.
  • Marital Rape License: In Part Three of the Skypiea Arc, Eneru implies this when he pins Hikari down, not only forcing a hickey on her neck but touching her thigh with the intent to do more.
    • It's revealed in the Heartfilia Arc that Jomei pulled this 'license' with Hikari's mother Nyoko, forcing her in order to get the children he wanted.
      • This is also implied with Doflamingo, who's set to marry Hikari for the express purpose of 'breeding' her for Celestial Dragons. Whether she wants to or not.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Zoro is the victim of this with Hikari, such as in the Romance Dawn Arc, where she tried to shield him from damage and misjudged her leap.
    • This happens again in the Drum Island Arc, where Hikari, running fully off dragon instincts, pinned him down under her breasts to get some sleep.
    • Beginning in Part Five of the Alabasta Arc, Luffy begins to subject HIMSELF to this, purposely burying his head between Hikari's breasts at every opportunity.
  • Meaningful Name: Hikari Dragneel's name means 'light' and presumably 'dragon', which is fitting for a Celestial Dragon.
    • Even her 'true' name, Heartfilia, fits. After all, Hikari is considered one of the 'hearts' of the Straw Hat Pirates.
  • Mega Neko: Having eaten the Cat-Cat Fruit, Model: Nekomata, Kilala the cloud-cat becomes one of these, just like her namesake.
  • Missing Mom: Hikari admits in the Loguetown Arc that her mother died when she was very young.
    • This is made even more painful in the Heartfilia arc, when you learn how Nyoko Dragneel ended up 'married' to Jomei Heartfilia and committing suicide to protect her daughter after the loss of her son.
  • Modest Royalty: Hikari is revealed to be this in the Return To Water Seven Arc, being a World Noble that is much less arrogant and selfish than her contemporaries.
  • Moment Killer: Sanji is striving to be this at every opportunity, starting as early as the end of the Drum Island Arc and Part One of the Alabasta Arc.
    • He does this again at the beginning of Part Five, so this is certainly becoming a habit.
  • Near-Death Experience: Hikari has one in the Drum Island Arc, thanks to her illness, just before Doctor Kureha's medicine begins to work.
    • She has another in the Heartfilia Arc after using Urano Metria to finally force Kizaru into retreat, which caused her heart to stop, and it took the combined efforts of Luffy (with her Asteria Bolts), Nami (with her Iron Thunderbolt Tempo: Dragon's Vengeance), Lily (with her Script: Lightning) and Law (with Counter Shock) to bring her back.
  • Nerves of Steel: Hikari has these, staying calm and defiant under threat from those much stronger than her time after time. This is best exemplified in the Davy Back Fight Arc, where she faced off against Aokiji with only Aquarius as backup, intending to sacrifice herself so the crew could escape.
    • This seems to be a result of her abusive childhood, as revealed in the Heartfilia Arc, where she learned to hide any fear or uncertainty to stay calm during dangerous or painful moments.
  • Nom de Mom: In the Return To Water Seven Arc and the Heartfilia Arc, Hikari is revealed to be purposely going by her mother's surname, Dragneel, rather than her father's surname, Heartfilia.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: Hikari declares this, more or less, to her father in the climax of the Heartfilia Arc, after seven chapters of fear.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Hikari and Zoro have a moment like this in the Drum Island Arc, when he has to pin her down to prevent Hikari from attacking the villagers of said island when they accidentally shoot Vivi, and Sanji, Nami and Luffy walk in on them.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: Hikari proves to be this as early as the Buggy Arc, not understanding why anyone would care about her undressing. It never seems to occur to her, even with Sanji's constant praise and entering a relationship with Luffy and Zoro that she's attractive.
    • The biggest example is when, in Part Five of the Water Seven Arc, she changes clothes in Rocketman without any thought to the many people in the car, and has no idea why Zoro is basically threatening Zambai, Lulu and Tilestone with castration for getting nosebleeds.
  • Offing the Offspring: In the Heartfilia Arc, it's revealed that Jomei essentially pulled this sort of plot against both of his children. With Akeno, he threatened that continued failure to manifest as a key-holder would see them both dead, and Akeno did end up dying attempting to summon Aquarius. When left with his daughter, he ordered Nyoko to kill her to make room for another son as heir. This attempt, however, failed.
  • Oh, Crap!: Mister Nine, Miss Wednesday (Nefertari Vivi), Mister Eight (Igaram) and Miss Monday have a moment of this when they realize Hikari has caught them plotting to capture her crew and steal their treasure. It is very much justified.
    • The Bellamy Pirates have a moment of this in Part Two of the Jaya Arc; Luffy and Zoro were happy enough to let Hikari deal with their captain, excited to maybe fight if prompted, but the moment Bellamy asked how much Hikari cost, the pair nearly made the entire opposing crew wet themselves in their fury.
    • The marines of Navarone experience this in the finale of the G-8 Arc, where Hikari's own plans are set into motion and completely neutralize all their efforts to capture the Straw Hats, starting with a massive pitfall trap.
  • One of the Boys: Hikari proves to be this, having more in common with Luffy and Zoro than Nami.
    • Gina seems to be of the same mold.
  • One True Threesome: In the Drum Island Arc, Luffy, Zoro and Hikari make one of these.
    • The Heartfilia Arc suggests this will become a One True Foursome by adding Trafalgar Law.
  • Only Sane Man: Hikari and Nami share this position in the crew, though Hikari is sometimes more willing to go along with things to an extent, such as indulging Luffy's desire to recruit Zoro despite his known reputation.
  • Opposites Attract: No matter how you slice it, each pair of the main triad are this.
    • Luffy is a cheery and tactile person to Zoro's more reserved and standoffish personality.
    • Luffy is simple and bouncy to Hikari's moodier and mature disposition.
    • Hikari is anxious and temperamental to Zoro's calm and serious.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: As a Dragon Slayer, Hikari is capable of tapping into dragon powers that actually cause a transformation into a Draconic Humanoid.
    • Gina the Iron Dragon has abilities matching her predecessor, which are very different from Hikari's.
      • This is fully revealed in Part Two of the Skypiea Arc, where Gina's transformation into a Draconic Humanoid is not only wingless, but a heavily-armored digger capable of calling up iron spikes from deep in the earth at will.
    • Sora the Sky Dragon is also different from both of them, having feather-scaled wings and cat-like ears at all times, on top of having healing abilities.
  • Parental Neglect: The Heartfilia Arc implies this with Hikari's father, Jomei, who seemed to either ignore her existence or nitpick every move she made.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Hikari has these moments, first shown in the Baratie Arc against Sanji, where she did not appreciate his overdramatic flirting and sent him flying with a single punch.
    • When Sanji and Usopp join Cobra and Igaram in peeping on the girls' bath in Part Five of the Alabasta Arc, they set off a bigger explosion than ever before.
  • Piggyback Cute: Luffy invokes this with Hikari often, hanging off her back when they are walking somewhere or even just to 'get a better look' at something in the distance.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Being smaller than most of her crew-mates, Hikari fits this trope, as she fights on the same level as the crews' heavy-hitters.
    • Sora also fits this trope, being an adorable ten-year-old girl that can take on trained government assassins and even make an admiral stumble back a step.
  • Please Wake Up: Tragically, Hikari did this when Aquarius was just too late to save Akeno Heartfilia from drowning, begging her older brother to wake up. She was four years old at the time.
    • This goes unsaid, but very much felt, by the Straw Hats when Hikari herself nearly dies after the battle with Kizaru. Luckily for them, she does.
  • Post-Stress Overeating: Hikari is prone to this in situations where she is not allowed to fight someone she feels deserves it, such as in the Kuro Arc, after Usopp was insulted for helping Kaya and all of them were thrown off of Kaya's property by Kuro.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: Besides canon examples, Hikari has one in Part Four of the Alabasta Arc, where she was tortured by Crocodile, exhausted from summoning, bare feet away from an explosion capable of leveling everything within a five kilometer radius, and then turned into a Draconic Humanoid in a last-ditch attempt to scare the two armies into submission before Luffy finally defeats Crocodile, collapsing once the war is truly over.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Hikari hits one of these in the Drum Island Arc during a Moment of Weakness; after months of keeping her crew in some semblance of order and learning of what's going on in Alabasta, she ends up sick from the Kestia tick and is frustrated with slowing down their journey to help Vivi. When Wapol attacks, he not only threatens the crew, but insults her and damages the Going Merry. This is the moment where her full dragon abilities are revealed in a Traumatic Superpower Awakening.
    • Gina hits her own in Part Two of the Skypiea Arc; after being effectively kidnapped as hostages for God's Judgement, she's alone with Chopper when Shura arrives to kill one of them, and manages to win with some assistance from him and Lassoo. Then Eneru shows up, beating on Hikari and hitting the Iron Dragon with lightning when she tried to intervene, and forcing Hikari to swallow his lightning TWICE to save them, causing her to fall unconscious. Eneru implying he's going to take her sets Gina off, and she transforms into her full Draconic Humanoid form to try killing him with a wave of iron spikes from below. Unfortunately, she doesn't manage to hit him and goes down from one of Eneru's most powerful attacks.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: As in canon, the Straw Hat crew is this, and the story adds a runaway World Noble Celestial Dragon key-holder, a former-assassin Iron Dragon who has a knack for building and playing music, a mostly-mute Sky Dragon, a former slave who was forced to eat a Devil's Fruit and then became a Revolutionary, and two genetically-engineered merchildren, one of whom can literally slide their gender between male and female.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: Hikari goes off on one of these in Part Two of the Alabasta Arc when Vivi says there are no dangers in the desert, listing off the hallucinogenic cacti, thieving birds, poisonous spiders, and giant man-eating lizards with growing ire.
  • Razor Wind: Part Seven of the Heartfilia Arc reveals that Capricorn has this ability, on top of the usual wind-based tropes.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: As hinted in the Davy Back Fight Arc, and confirmed in the Return To Water Seven Arc, Hikari is actually descended from a World Noble family, and this is revealed when her father sends knights to retrieve her. She tried to sever ties by running away and ended up becoming a pirate; not only a pirate but a Supernova, one of the most infamous pirates of The Worst Generation.
  • Rebellious Princess: Besides Vivi, Hikari is one of these, being a World Noble that rebelled and ran away from home to become a pirate.
  • Red Baron: Luffy and Zoro have their canon titles of Straw Hat and Pirate Hunter, and in Part Two of the Jaya Arc, Hikari gains her own, Dragon Princess.
    • In Return To Water Seven, more epithets are revealed as everyone gains bounties:
      • Zoro gains the new title Demon Hunter.
      • Nami's epithet is Weather Witch.
      • Sanji gets his canon Black Leg.
      • Robin is still known as Demon Child.
      • Franky gains his canon epithet Cyborg.
      • Usopp also is known directly as Sniper King.
      • Chopper not only has a much higher bounty but the title Monster Doctor.
      • Gina's epithet is Red Steel.
      • Sora is now known as the Sky Sorceress.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The main triad is this, in all their pairs.
    • Luffy's Red to Zoro's Blue, as in canon.
    • Luffy's Red to Hikari's Blue.
    • Hikari's Red to Zoro's Blue.
  • Relationship Upgrade: In the Drum Island Arc, Luffy, Hikari and Zoro officially upgrade from crew-mates to significant others. They eventually also upgrade to 'mom and dad/pop' of the crew's kids as they join.
  • The Reliable One: Hikari is this among the crew, always working even in the background to make sure everyone is taken care of and, in emergencies, being the one to save them from more danger. This is exemplified by Nami and Usopp clinging to her in times of fear for protection, rather than the slightly-stronger Luffy or Zoro.
    • This is shown best in the G-8 Arc, where Hikari's efforts behind the scenes save the entire crew from Vice Admiral Jonathan's plans, resulting in no damage to the Going Merry and all of their gold plus extra being onboard on their initial escape.
  • Rescue Romance: Sanji hopes to invoke this whenever Hikari is captured or in some dire situation.
    • This is first shown in the Arlong Arc, where Hikari was kidnapped by the Arlong Pirates to be their ‘pet’ key-holder and the crew goes to rescue her once Luffy arrives. While Hikari already pulled a Damsel out of Distress, Sanji mentions wanting her to ‘see me valiantly rescuing’ her, which does not impress Hikari in the least.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: Luffy, Zoro, Sanji and Usopp effectively pull one off in the Arlong Arc when they accept Nami’s plea for help and head off to also free a captured Hikari, even though she ends up freeing herself.
    • Hikari, Zoro, and Sanji pull one in the Loguetown Arc to save Luffy from being executed by Buggy.
    • Luffy attempts one off-screen in the Alabasta Arc, destroying more than half of Raindinners, a good chunk of Rainbase, and quite a bit of desert to get Hikari back from Crocodile.
    • The Straw Hats go on one again in the Skypiea Arc, where even Usopp and Nami agree they have to save Hikari from Eneru's grasp and send Luffy and Zoro out to do just that.
    • As in canon, the Straw Hats Pirates storm Enies Lobby to save Robin from herself.
    • And in the Heartfilia Arc, the Straw Hats prepare to go on another to save Hikari from her abusive father.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Temperamental as she is, Hikari also qualifies as this, being caring, altruistic, helpful and likely the most romantic one in her relationship.
    • As in canon, Virgo and Aries are also examples.
  • Royal Blood: In the Return To Water Seven Arc, Hikari is abruptly shown to be a World Noble, which means she has this.
  • Royal Rapier: Cynere, a swordswoman part of the group that kidnaps Hikari in the Return To Water Seven Arc, wields one of these.
  • The Runaway: In Return To Water Seven, Hikari is revealed to be this before a mysterious group comes to take her back, and in the Heartfilia Arc is further shown to be an example of the Abused variety.
  • Runaway Fiancé: In a sense, Hikari became this when she ran away the first time from her Arranged Marriage to Donquixote Doflamingo.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Luffy is the Energetic Boy to Hikari's Savvy Girl and Zoro's Savvy Guy, pulling the more serious pair into his reckless adventures while they try to keep him alive and on track.
    • Funny enough, he also starts pulling Law into the role of Savvy Guy to his Energetic Boy starting in the Supernova Alliance Arc.
  • Security Cling: Somewhat humorously, Usopp and Nami tend to do this with Hikari, most notably on Little Garden and also on Jaya. While Hikari is smaller than either of them, she's considered part of the Monster Trio, and on top of that, is much more careful than Luffy or Zoro, so it makes sense.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Hikari is fully shown to be this, not only having enough to cover repairing the Baratie or buy Zoro swords but actually being a World Noble.
  • Sex for Solace: Hikari needs this from Luffy and Zoro in the Skypiea Arc, trying to erase Eneru's touch from Part Three, as shown in 'Courtship Of A Dragon'.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: While Hikari would argue the 'sexy' part, she begins wearing these after fully unlocking her draconic abilities in the Drum Island Arc, mostly to make room for her wings and not destroy all of her shirts.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Hikari does not care about walking around without a shirt in the middle of a life-or-death situation, such as in the Buggy Arc, when her shirt was needed to make bandages. This causes Zoro or Luffy to invoke Please Put Some Clothes On and a Sexy Shirt Switch that leaves him a Walking Shirtless Scene until there's a chance to change clothes.
    • In the Heartfilia Arc, Law gets in on covering her up after Capricorn shreds her dress.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: Gina the Iron Dragon has this ability, turning her hands and arms into whatever weapon or tool she needs.
  • Shed the Family Name: As hinted in the Davy Back Fight Arc, and fully exposed in the Return To Water Seven Arc, Hikari had shed the surname Heartfilia before even meeting Luffy and the crew.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: In the Loguetown Arc, Zoro and Hikari have this moment towards each other and a baffled Luffy when a mugger mistakes them for 'lovebirds' in an alley.
  • Shipper on Deck: Nami proves to be one for Luffy, Hikari, and Zoro, and is joined by, surprisingly, Hikari’s mother Nyoko Dragneel.
    • As of Skypiea, Nami seems to have recruited Robin to her way of thinking.
  • Shock and Awe: After the Skypiea Arc, Hikari gains these powers from eating Eneru's lightning and becoming a Lightning Celestial Dragon.
  • Shrinking Violet: Sora is very much this, being a Cute Mute that mostly watches from the sidelines as craziness ensues.
    • Naia joins her as a fellow Cute Mute that seems to prefer watching rather than being involved in the crew's antics.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Sora, with her long dark-blue hair and shyness as a Cute Mute, is this.
  • Sick Episode: The Drum Island Arc is this, though it is Hikari that is sick, not Nami.
  • Simple, yet Opulent: Hikari has this aesthetic, using Aries' wool and other fabrics from the Celestial Spirit world that are not particularly flashy but of high-end quality.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: For all their faults, Luffy and Zoro are good guys, and it's their silly, soft sides that Hikari is drawn to, though she appreciates their seriousness in battle, too.
    • As much as he would argue the point, Law was already showing signs in the Heartfilia Arc that he was not as cold or sadistic as he wanted to appear, and Hikari caught on quickly thanks to Law safeguarding Luffy's hat and her keys, and then giving his hoodie to effectively replace her destroyed dress.
  • Sins of the Father: Like Ace, it's shown part of Hikari's Guilt Complex is built on this, feeling that her father's and, by extension, the World Government's crimes are just as much hers as theirs.
  • Snow Means Love: Hikari, Luffy, and Zoro share their First Kiss in the Drum Island Arc.
  • Spoiled Sweet: With the reveal in Return To Water Seven, Hikari is this. Unlike other World Nobles who are arrogant, supremely self-centered, and frankly narcissistic, she is self-deprecating, selfless to a fault, and cares more about others than herself.
  • Star Power: As a Celestial Dragon and a key-holder, Hikari's powers mainly derive from the stars and their constellations.
    • Gina draws inspiration from this for her own attack, 'Iron Dragon's Two Swords Style: Star Storm'.
  • Stepford Smiler: Hikari also proves to be this, in Part 3 of the Supernova Alliance Arc. The entire chapter, she acts like her usual self, taking care of the kids and keeping everyone on track...Until the very last part, where Law finds her breaking down in the middle of the night, scratching her shoulders and arms bloody with her claws, over what happened to her mother, brother and entire extended family.
  • Stepford Snarker: Hikari has been a defrosting version of this the entire story leading up to the Heartfilia Arc. She tried at the beginning to not get very attached to her crew, being rather deadpan about the chaos they caused, while truly being an extremely empathetic, caring, deeply traumatized person because of her abusive childhood. This eventually failed, and while Hikari never stopped being snarky, she was more willing to show affection and care for her crew-mates, who knew without a doubt that she loved them fiercely even when complaining.
  • Stop Saying That!: Hikari says this often in the Alabasta Arc in regards to Luffy's one-track mind on beating Crocodile.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Besides canon examples, the three Dragons of the Straw Hat Crew all qualify.
    • Hikari is a petite woman of fairly average build, but is perfectly capable of knocking opponents well over triple her size flat on their butts with one punch if necessary. There's a reason she replaces Sanji as one of the Monster Trio.
    • Gina is a teenager well into that gangly, somewhat awkward phase of puberty, tall for her age and still fairly thin from Crocodile's neglect, but don't let that fool you. She is more than capable of tanking hits from trained government assassins and Skypiean priests, and hitting back just as hard.
    • Sora is a small child, certainly smaller than most ten-year-olds, very quiet and innocently endearing. Give her enough reason, and she has the strength to stagger a Navy Admiral.
  • Suicidal Sadistic Choice: Nyoko Dragneel has one of these, where the only way she could see to save her daughter's life was to poison herself rather than give said poison to Hikari. She took the poison.
  • Summon Magic: Being a key-holder, Hikari is capable of summoning Celestial Spirits through the use of silver and gold keys.
    • As of chapter fourty-four, at the climax of the Heartfilia Arc, Hikari holds seven Zodiac Keys (Aquarius, Virgo, Leo, Aries, Scorpio, Gemini and Capricorn) and ten silver keys (the non-canon trio of Happy, Carla and Pantherlily, the non-canon Kurama the Fox, Eisaku the Chameleon, Moro of Canis Major, and Himeno the Centaur, plus Horologium, Nikora and Pyxus).
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Hikari has these, thanks to her draconic nature. Whenever tapping into her powers as a Lightning Celestial Dragon, or just for intimidation, her eyes go from dark brown to gold.
  • Super Senses: Hikari gains these upon awakening as a dragon in the Drum Island Arc, and Gina is shown to have the same. This is also implied with Sora.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Hikari certainly feels this way in the crew.
  • Taking the Bullet: In the Romance Dawn Arc, when saving Zoro, Helmeppo attempts to shoot Hikari when her back is turned and causes Virgo to literally take the bullet instead.
    • Virgo does this for Hikari again in the Little Garden Arc, which clearly distresses her.
    • Hikari effectively pulls this off herself in Part Two of the Skypiea Arc, swallowing Eneru's lightning twice to save Gina, Chopper, Lassoo, Momoo and the Going Merry from his attacks, which knocks her out cold.
    • Hikari metaphorically does this in the Davy Back Fight Arc, having Aquarius force the other Straw Hats to retreat to face Aokiji alone in an attempt to help them escape.
    • Unfortunately, this foreshadows Hikari doing so again in Return To Water Seven, giving herself up when a mysterious group ambushes the crew to save them.
    • Hikari's distress at Virgo pulling this trope on her seems to stem from her brother's death in some way, feeling that it should be her life put on the line rather than anyone else's, which is why she constantly puts herself in danger first.
  • Talking Animal: In her nekomata form, Kilala is capable of speech, and enjoying being a Deadpan Snarker on top of that.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Gina is shaping up to be this in Part One of the Jaya Arc, being taller than most of the crew, wearing all black, and inheriting Hikari's snark.
  • Team Dad: Zoro fills this position in some ways more than Luffy, being mindful of their weaker/younger crewmates and going out of his way to protect them in whatever situation Luffy inevitably leads them all into.
  • Team Mom: Hikari is most definitely this towards the whole crew, especially her Celestial Spirits and 'kids'. While not as sweet or traditional an example, being a Cute Bruiser with a temper, she is very serious about protecting her ‘family’ and will destroy anyone who threatens them by any means necessary.
    • Becomes an official mom to Chopper, Gina and Sora in the Skypiea Arc.
    • Adds Merry, Lily, Ariel and Naia to that list in the Heartfilia Arc.
  • Team Pet: Unlike canon, Chopper is not shoe-horned into this role, and it's instead held mostly by Momoo the sea-cow, though Lassoo and Kilala may pick this up when not acting as support for their crew.
  • Their First Time: Luffy, Hikari and Zoro have this in the Skypiea Arc, as shown in the side-story 'Courtship Of A Dragon'.
  • The Unfavorite: When finding his son dead and his young daughter crying over him, Jomei Heartfilia made this known in no uncertain terms by telling her "It should have been you."
  • They Do: In the Drum Island Arc, Luffy, Zoro and Hikari officially start a relationship.
  • They're Called "Personal Issues" for a Reason: Like the other women of the crew, Hikari believes this about her own past and issues. When it comes back in Return To Water Seven, Hikari gives herself up and threatens to commit suicide if anything should happen to the crew, apologizing to them for letting things go this far. The Straw Hats don't agree.
  • Tom Boy: Being more combat-oriented and practical clothing-wise, Hikari and Gina fit this trope.
  • Tom Boy And Girly Girl: In comparison, Hikari and Gina are the Tomboys to Robin and Nami's Girly Girls, though all four are not to be underestimated in how far they'll go to win a fight.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Hikari is this, being a close-combat fighter that wears clothes practical to her strengths (meaning that cover as little skin as possible, so she can passively absorb plenty of light, or that effectively act as armor like her boots), but she's a Team Mom to the entire crew, crocheting and sewing up clothes, providing emotional support and pep talks, adopting Momoo because she thought he was adorable, deciding to adopt Chopper for the same reason, adopting Gina and Sora to mother them...And anyone who tries to ruin any of what she does will regret it for the rest of their lives.
    • Return To Water Seven reveals she's also a Tomboy Princess, which explains some of those skills.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Quite a few of the Straw Hats are proving this in the Enies Lobby Arc, compared to their canon selves. Nami, for one, uses her new iron- and swamp-clouds to make short work of Kalifa in Part Four.
  • Trauma Conga Line: The Heartfilia Arc is revealing Hikari's entire childhood was this, with losing her mother and brother on top of all the physical, emotional, and mental abuse her father heaped on her. Running away and joining the Straw Hats was perhaps the least traumatic part of her life...Until the Star Guard came and took her back.
  • True Companions: The Straw Hats prove time and again to be this, just like canon.
  • Tsun Dere: Hikari is an example of one, being a more mixed bag in general, often being Tsun-Tsun with Luffy and Zoro with growing moments of Dere-Dere, while being purely Dere-Dere with Chopper, Sora, Ariel and Nala, purely Tsun-Tsun with Sanji, and a reactive mix with Usopp, Nami, Robin, Franky, Gina and Lily.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Besides the canon examples, this happens often in regards to Hikari.
    • The earliest example? In Part One of the Romance Dawn Arc, where Alvida dismissed her as inconsequential and Hikari slammed her through a wall.
    • An egregious example happened in the Arlong Park Arc, where Arlong locked her into a room, handcuffed and chained, and honestly thought she would not get out.
    • This happens again in Part Four of the Alabasta Arc, where Crocodile left Hikari in his electric chair and expected her to still be there once he was done conquering Alabasta.
    • Eneru is making the same mistake in Part Three of the Skypiea Arc, leaving Hikari completely unguarded and expecting her to play along rather than make any attempts to thwart him.
    • The Star Guard make this mistake with the Straw Hats as a whole, believing themselves so above CP 9 power-wise that they think these rookie pirates won't stand a chance. They are proved very wrong.
  • Undying Loyalty: Hikari most definitely has this towards the crew, though it is strongest towards Luffy and Zoro.
    • This is best exemplified in Part Four of the Alabasta Arc, where Crocodile tells her he's killed Luffy and Hikari proceeds to laugh in his face, not believing for a moment her captain is dead. Why?
"Because he hasn't kicked your ass yet."
  • It seems to be what snaps her out of a depressive spiral in the Heartfilia Arc, when Law hands over Luffy's hat and scarf alongside her keys.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: In a sense, Hikari and Zoro are the Uptight to Luffy's Wild, both benefitting from their captain's easy affection and blunt attitude while Luffy relies on them to take care of the crew and keep him in line.
    • Law joins as another Uptight.
  • Uptown Girl: The relationship between Luffy, Hikari and Zoro is revealed to be this in Return To Water Seven, with Hikari being a World Noble, Luffy the son of a Revolutionary and grandson of a marine hero, and Zoro an orphan.
    • This is added to by Law, who was the son of two prestigious doctors before his country was destroyed and he joined the Donquixote Pirates, and then Rosinante saved his life, which caused him to eventually turned to a life of piracy.
  • Vehicular Sabotage: Hikari pulls this off in Part Four of the Skypiea Arc, finding the Ark Maxim with Sora's help and sabotaging the inner workings before going to confront Eneru in the ruins of Shandia.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Hikari sees Luffy as this, and downright says so in the Baratie Arc, after his actions cause a cannonball to fly through the roof of said ship.
  • Wanted a Gender-Conforming Child: From Hikari's own hangups about what people expect from women (being demure and polite and weak, for the most part), we can tell that Jomei very much resented having a very headstrong, independent, physically powerful daughter with a mouth worse than any sailor's. Very much a case of Why Couldn't You Be Different?.
  • Wanted a Son Instead: Jomei wanted his son Akeno to be a Celestial Dragon key-holder to continue his line. He makes no secret of his displeasure that it was his second-born daughter, Hikari, that ended up being so.
  • We Have Become Complacent: This is Enies Lobby's fatal flaw. After centuries of no one daring to attack, none of the people stationed there were ready for the Straw Hats and their Galley-La/Franky Family forces, especially with Hikari's instructions.
  • White Sheep: With the reveal in Return To Water Seven that Hikari is a World Noble, she can be considered this for all of them.
  • Will Not Be a Victim: Hikari invokes this trope often, refusing to be kidnapped, tortured, beaten, or lied to by any of the enemies they face without getting her pound of flesh.
    • This is most blatant in Part Three of the Skypiea Arc, where Hikari needs to gather herself after being molested by Eneru before making her escape.
    • This seems to be a reaction to her abusive childhood, including her sexual harassment by the Star Guard and, one can only assume, Doflamingo.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Crocodile proves to be this in Part Three of the Alabasta Arc, having scarred Gina up in the process of breaking the Iron Dragon to his will. At most, Gina is fourteen years old, and it's implied he's been doing this for YEARS.
    • The full extent of her scars are revealed in Part Five, from cigar burns to whip lashes over pretty much every inch of Gina's body, on top of severe malnutrition or starvation. The sight immediately kills any suspicions Nami had about her being loyal to Baroque Works.
    • Eneru proves willing to do this in Part Two of the Skypiea Arc, not hesitating to hit Gina with one of his strongest attacks or to take Chopper down brutally off-screen.
      • The discovery of Sora in Part Three shows how far the 'God' would go to prove his superiority for entertainment.
    • Lily also suffers from this at the hands of Jomei and his Star Guard, who force-fed her a Devil's Fruit so they could try drowning her to punish Hikari.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Hikari upgrades to this in the Drum Island Arc, already being protective of Luffy and Zoro before sealing their relationship.
  • You Are Not Alone: Hikari makes a point of showing this to every member of the Straw Hat Pirates, though it is shown most explicitly with Nami (in the Arlong Arc), Usopp (sprinkled everywhere, but most prominent in the Water Seven Arc), Chopper (especially while convincing him to join them in the Drum Island Arc), Gina (starting from adopting her in the Alabasta Arc), and Sora (after saving her in Skypiea).
    • The Straw Hats remind Hikari of this themselves in the Heartfilia Arc after she gave herself up to protect them.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Like in canon, the Straw Hats declare in Water Seven that Robin is worth fighting CP 9 and the World Government.
    • The Heartfilia Arc has the Straw Hats do this again, only for Hikari. She gave herself up to protect them, basically saying her life is not worth the danger they would face, and they will not stand for it.
  • You Got Spunk: Eneru's amusement with Hikari's defiance seems to stem from this since he's grown used to his subjects' fearful obedience and her pushing back is something no one has dared in years.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: Jomei Heartfilia let his four-year-old daughter know this in no uncertain terms the moment he found her crying over Akeno's body after she desperately summoned Aquarius to save him.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: The quickest trigger for Hikari's Draconic Humanoid transformation is anger, and she becomes a One-Man Army against whoever decides to make her furious enough, usually by threatening her crew-mates.
Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report