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Having rode the Knock Up Stream, the Straw Hats make it into the sky and reach the island, Skypiea. But not shortly after their arrival they're branded as criminals and soon find themselves caught in a ancient old war between the Skypieans, the Shandians, and the "God" of the island (really just a fancy term for ruler of the island) Eneru who seeks the island's destruction.

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Skypiea Arc has the following tropes:

  • Acrofatic: Skypiean Priest Satori. His brothers, Hotori and Kotori also count. Yama is like a damn ballerina compared to these three, though.
  • A God Am I: Eneru, who truly thinks he is a God with Rumble-Rumble Fruit powers and enhanced Mantra.
  • A Truce While We Gawk: The Shandians and Divine Soldiers stare in shock when Nola laughs due to Luffy tickling her from the inside.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Wiper's one moment of genuine, complete vulnerability is to beg Enel to spare Raki. It doesn't work, of course, and Enel even mockingly lectures him on how all are equally valid targets.
  • Air Jousting: Shura vs Gan Fall.
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  • All for Nothing: The White Berets served Eneru and reluctantly enforced his tyranny over the Skypieans to protect them from Eneru's wrath, only to find out that Eneru had planned to destroy Skypiea from the very beginning, with the captain even commenting on it.
  • Alone with the Psycho: By the climax of the arc, Nami is deemed to have "won" to survival game, and is allowed to travel to Fairy Vearth with Eneru on the Maxim, with him needing very little reason to strike her down. Fortunately, when he tries, she's able to mount a decent defense (as someone who can also manipulate electricity) until Sanji, Usopp, Luffy, and Aisa can intervene.
  • Always Need What You Gave Up: A very tragic case. Noland left behind the gold he and his crew had received from the Shandians as penance for unknowingly cutting down their sacred trees. Without the gold, Noland was unable to verify his claim of the City of Gold to the King of Lvneel, who only believed him on hearsay, and thus thought he was lying when they found nothing, resulting in Noland being executed.
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  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: In this case, it's directed more at the Golden Bell finally ringing than Luffy beating the Arc Villain. Nobody even really notices when Eneru resumes his departure toward the moon.
  • Arc Villain: Eneru
  • Artistic License – Biology: The flora and fauna in Upper Yard are said to have grown gigantic because of the decreased atmosphere. Given the explicitly lower levels of oxygen, this should make them smaller, if anything (like insects compared to their prehistoric ancestors).
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever/One-Winged Angel: Eneru transforms into a much larger form covered in lightning in the climax.
  • Ax-Crazy: Eneru is easily one of the most psychotic villains in all of One Piece.
  • The Beastmaster: Ohm and Shura.
  • Bald of Evil: Ohm.
  • Berserk Button: Robin's is revealed for the first time: break archaeological treasures, and she will toss your sorry ass off a cliff and break your back in two.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Satori. Ho ho ho!
    • Inverted with Gedatsu, who's introduced as a vicious Blood Knight but quickly turns out to be an utterly scatterbrained (if still brutal) Cloudcuckoolander that practically helps Chopper defeat himself.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: Eneru fires one whenever someone speaks out against him, or time runs out in one of the Games his men take part in. Notable when one isn't fired when Conis denies his godhood in front of a crowd...because he has something far more terrible planned for the island.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Nora, the giant snake. After it eats Luffy, he manages to escape detection from Eneru's Mantra.
    • The giant, heavy, electricity-conducting golden orb Luffy had grafted on his arm by Eneru, which proves vital in defeating the villain and disspelling the Raigo he was planning on destroying Skypiea with.
    • The various golden items Luffy finds inside of Nora's stomach. The Straw Hats come back for them at the end of the arc, and the money they get from selling them becomes very important in the next saga.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The mysterious figure that Usopp sees fixing the Going Merry. It won't be until Water 7 that it's revealed to have been an avatar of the Merry herself, manifesting because of just how badly damaged the ship is.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Mantra allows for this.
  • Cool Airship: The Maxim.
  • Cool Horse: Subverted. Gan Fall's pet bird Pierre ate the Horse-Horse Fruit that Gan Fall claims lets him turn into a Pegasus. This is the actual result.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Invoked, but ultimately subverted when the crew learn after the fact that the seemingly expensive entry fee they disregarded wasn't actually as bad as it seemed due to a generous exchange rate. Either way, the crew still didn't have enough to pay the fee, so the issue is a moot point.
  • Cue the Sun: When Luffy destroys Eneru's Raigo, it clears away the thunderclouds and lets in the sun.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Eneru versus pretty much everyone but Luffy. Wiper is the only other character who even remotely gives him any trouble.
  • Cowardly Lion: Nami and Usopp.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Usopp drowns in the cloud during the Knock-Up Stream ride, and Chopper has to revive him with CPR.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Wiper's Reject Dial can kill a man with one usage. Naturally, he uses it three times and still survives.
  • Death from Above: Eneru's Raigo.
  • Deus Exit Machina: This arc featured the former Trope Namer: Eaten By A Snake, in which Luffy during his duel with Wiper unceremoniously ended in a stalemate when...Luffy was eaten by a snake.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Sanji tells Eneru "Thanks for lighting my cigarette" just as Eneru electrocuted him. And before fainting, he says "To get ready to cry."
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Luffy fights a Physical God, and wins. Really emphasized when Eneru transforms into a Raijin-like being, only to get smacked into the Golden Bell.
  • Disney Death: Pretty much every named character who seems to "die" in this arc is actually revealed to be alive and well by the arc's end. Even characters like Yama, who had his neck and back audibly broken by Robin's disembodied arms as he fell off of a high cliff, turn up alive. In fact, the only named casualty of the fight who seems to stay dead is the Skypiean Preist Gedatsu.... until a manga-exclusive cover story-arc reveals he didn't drown in his Ordeal of Swamp, but fell through the clouds and down to the surface to Alabasta, eventually having a Heel–Face Turn and helping Kohza's wealthy uncle Gero build a resort.
    • Lampshaded with Pagaya when the group scold him when they were mourning his apparent death, and he replies "Oh! I'm sorry I survived!"
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • While they're waiting for Nami to get back with the money, the Straw Hats try to just mill around and act normal but everything they seem to do raises their criminal level with the White Berets, even just laying down and snoring. Though it turns out the White Berets are doing it deliberately, as they were ordered to by Eneru.
    • The King of Lvneel had Noland executed just because he believed that Noland had lied about the City of Gold to make a fool out of him.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Shandians, of course, visually resemble the Native Americans, and they're waging war with the Skypeians for "Vearth" (Skypeia's soil/the former Jaya), to return to their homeland which they were driven out of.
  • Doomed Hometown: The island nation of Birka, homeland of Eneru... until he ate the Rumble-Rumble Fruit and used his powers to destroy it.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Rubber beats Electricity. Eneru finds out the hard way. Heck, he didn't know what rubber was before Luffy hit him!
  • Fanservice: Nami spends a large amount of the arc without a shirt.
  • Fat Bastard: Satori (whose body is perfectly round!) as well as his triplet brothers Hotori and Kotori. Yama also counts.
  • Flashback: One that pops up right in the middle of the climax to the explain the true story of Norland and Calgara.
    • Another one deals with Gan Fall's period as God of Skypiea, the attempts to make peace with the Shandians, and how he eventually had his role taken by Eneru.
  • Floating Continent: Which even has its own ocean!
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Skypiea has the appearance of one. One of the first people encountered is even a winged young woman playing a harp.
  • Folk Hero: "Great Warrior" Calgara, and Noland to the Skypieans.
  • Forbidden Zone: Upper Yard, as it is God's (i.e: Skypiea leader's) territory.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Mantra, which would later be known as Observation Haki. And the first appearance of Klabautermann, the spirit of the a certain ship.
    • Usopp also took a load of Dials, which turned out to be very useful in future arcs.
    • When Eneru decreed that with Luffy powerless to fight him, no one would ever defeat him, Luffy retaliates that the Blue Sea had beings more powerful than even him. He had no idea how right he was.
    • Nami, seeing that Eneru's lightning has no effect on Luffy, realizes he's the only one who can fight the self-proclaimed god, calling Luffy "[Eneru's] natural enemy". The Dressrosa arc reveals that those who carry the "D" initial are called "God's Natural Enemies", in that instance "god" being the World Nobles.
    • After Kamakiri scolds Aisa for having been to the Upper Yard, she angrily replies that he can't beat Eneru. Take a wild guess of who he meet during the invasion of the Upper Yard...
    • When Noland's crew arrives, they mention in passing that even the Shandian crops appear to be sickly. It's later revealed that the plague decimating the population is capable of infecting both humans and plants.
  • Genius Bruiser: Eneru. The man knows things that Sky Islanders would not usually have a clue about, such as gold, or even much of the history of the Skypeian-Shandian war (even more impressive is that he wasn't born on Skypeia). One could possibly assume that he had the greatest intellect in all of Skypeia. He himself referred to his knowledge (along with his Mantra ability) as "omniscience".
  • Grapes of Luxury: Eneru has an entire fruit bowl next to his throne.
  • High-Altitude Battle: The final fight against Eneru, which isn't so much defeating him as reaching him.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Earlier in story during the Orb Ordeals, Satori got his Tama Dragon attack thrown back at him. He survives but it distracts him long enough for Luffy to sneak up on and grab him before Sanji finishes him off.
    • During his first fight with Eneru, Luffy manages to temporarily defeat him, but gets a gold ball grafted on his arm to both weigh him down and incapacitate him. However in the climax of the arc, Luffy uses the same ball to stop Eneru's Raigo (a huge lightning ball) as well as punching it right into Eneru to both defeat him and ring the bell.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Conis.
  • Hope Spot: A villainous version, as the first time Luffy reaches Eneru he manages to catch him with his trident giving Luffy to option of getting impaled or falling. Luffy falls... only to grab onto the solid cloud Nami is on and sling himself back up.
    • Earlier on, it looks like Wiper's actually going to kill Eneru, having somehow found Seastone to weaken Eneru with and being in position to deliver a blow from a Reject Dial. Sadly, Eneru's powers let him restart his heart from the otherwise-fatal blow.
  • Island With A Dark Secret: Fittingly, the Fluffy Cloud Heaven Floating Continent is actually an Orwellian Dystopia whose ruler hears the thoughts of all its citizens and smites anyone with a dissenting opinion.
  • Irony: The one time the Straw Hats decide to act like stereotypical pirates becomes all for naught since it involves stealing the gold that the Skypeians are more than willing to give to them anyway. In fact, they end up with less gold than they would have done if they'd just waited for the Skypeians to say they wanted to thank them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Wiper. He has a short temper, and is hostile to all outsiders, but cares very deeply for people, and wants to fulfill his ancestor's dream.
  • Karma Houdini: Despite the thrashing he got from Luffy, and his plan of genocide stopped, Eneru still achieves his goal of escaping Skypeia to the “Fairy Vearth” on the Moon where he rules over the Spaceys with no real consequences beyond minor setbacks. With a villain as powerful as Eneru the only logical way to deal with him — short of killing him, which Oda isn't big on — is to put him somewhere he won't bother the heroes.
  • The Legend of Chekhov: Carries over from the last arc: Not only is the Sky Island true, but most of Jaya itself became a part of it, meaning the "City of Gold" was Real After All and Noland wasn't a liar. Moreover, it had a Poneglyph describing the Ancient Weapon Poseidon.
  • Light Is Not Good: God Eneru. His immediate subordinates are called "The Priests of Skypeia", while his army is officially "God's Enforcers".
  • Mêlée à Trois: Between the Straw Hats (who are gold hunting), Eneru's group, and the Shandians.
  • Morph Weapon/Whip Sword: Ohm's cloud sword weapon.
  • Mr. Exposition: Conis and her father Pagaya are some of the most explicit examples in the series, since Skypiea runs on such a radically different set of rules.
  • Nice Girl: Conis.
  • No-Sell: Rubber against Electricity. Yeah, Eneru's screwed.
    • Earlier, Eneru makes a show of no-selling everything that was thrown at him. He was shocked when Luffy managed to hit him.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Satori. His casual and playful demeanor made him look ridiculous, but his trickery, reliance on Mantra and Impact Dials made him a rather dangerous (if annoying) foe.
  • Not So Invincible After All: For the majority of the arc, Eneru seemed virtually unstoppable, with nobody able lay a finger on him despite valiant attempts. Then, Luffy appears before him and inadvertently revealed Eneru's one weakness.
  • Now You Tell Me: Conis informs the Straw Hats about the big fall back to the Blue Sea after they sail off Skypiea.
  • Oh, Crap!: The legendary one after Eneru realizes his powers have no effect on Luffy.
  • Outside-Context Problem:
    • Due to it being their first time dealing with Mantra and Dials, the Challenge of the Ball goes a lot harder for Luffy, Usopp and Sanji than it should have.
    • Likewise, rubber doesn't exist in the White Sea, so Luffy being a rubberman really and truly caught Eneru off-guard, especially when Luffy uses it to counter his Mantra.
  • Pendulum of Death: The first obstacle encountered by Luffy, Usopp, and Sanji as they navigate the Cloud River in Upper Yard is a series of huge scythe-like pendulums swinging back and forth across the river.
  • Physical God: Eneru. His Logia Devil Fruit: The Rumble-Rumble Fruit (Goro Goro no Mi) grants him the power of lightning, and all that entails even averting Convection, Schmonvection and acting as a Magical Defibrillator to himself if he is killed (making him practically immortal), not to mention amplifies his Mantra ability to the range of the entire island: His abilities were truly god-like, and it's not hard to see how he'd delude himself into thinking he's one.
  • Poke the Poodle: The arc ends with Luffy deciding that the crew (for once) try to steal the gold from Shandora before the Shandians and Skypieans find out. They "steal" about 200 millions worth...However, since Shandians don't value gold, it doesn't really do them anything. In fact, they were wondering why were running before they were about to give them a huge golden pillar as tribute to their efforts. Only Robin knew the truth (and found it all very amusing).
  • Predecessor Villain: The King of Lvneel, who had Noland executed in a show trial for "deceiving" him of the "City of Gold", and the God of Skypeia during Calgara's time, who led the Skypeians to claim Jaya (which had recently become part of the sky island) for themselves, and begin a campaign to remove the Shandians from their home.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Skypiea's Priests, along with the Commander of God's Enforcers, Yama. They're pretty effective fighters, though.
  • Razor Floss: The Priests Shura and Ohm both uses this to an extent, though the former's strings don't cut; they're near-invisible and unbreakable strings that simply hold opponents in place so he can rush in for the final blow.
  • Remember That You Trust Me: Towards the climax of the arc, Nami goes along with Enel on the Arc Maxim due to being utterly terrified of the man. When Luffy comes to save her, she's beside herself with fear and frantically asks Luffy what they should do. In a Call-Back to Arlong Park, Luffy tosses her his hat and tells her to stop worrying. He points out that she'll be fine because, after all, she's the future pirate king's friend. A similar situation happens again later on in the arc when Luffy refuses her requests to run away before Enel destroys the island, but this time she decides to put her trust in him.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Zig-zagged over the place in this arc as expected:
    • There been a golden gate at the entrance of Skypeia and even a young woman playing a harp, leads to more Heaven themes.
    • Upper Yard, the forest of Skypeia, is also called "God's Land", and therefore sacred. Why? Because nothing grows in Skypeia, a Sky Island, the God of Skypeia four centuries prior considered it "his great miracle", and waged war with the Shandians for that reason.
    • Zoro faces off against Sky Priest Ohm in his ordeal of Iron: Which has a 0% survival rate. Zoro eventually defeats him, continuing the theme he's an immortal.
    • God Eneru uses a Cloud Dial to create a Cloud Ball, with his staff making for a brief shout-out to Sun Wukong.
    • Luffy faces off against a god, and pretty much wins.
  • Running Gag: Captain McKinley been ran over by a woman riding a Waver, and knocked into a building.
  • Self-Deprecation: After Nami decides that only the weakest members of the crew can blow the whistle for Gan Fall's help, she, Usopp and Chopper start arguing over who is the absolute weakest, with each one shamelessly berating themselves more and more.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: After Chopper defeats Gedatsu, the looney priest ends up waist-deep in his own swamp cloud. Gedatsu however soon recovers, resolves to escape with the Milky Cloud Dial on his shoe (Chopper took the other one in their fight) and propels himself deeper into the swamp, because he landed head-first. A later cover arc reveals that he blasted himself right out of of Skypiea.
  • Shmuck Bait: When the crew get to Skypiea, they run into a toll gate and are asked to pay 1,000,000,000 Extols to enter (Extols being the Skypiean's equivalent of Beris). When the crew reveal that don't have that much, she lets them in anyway but fails to tell them they would be branded as criminals for doing so.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sinister Surveillance: Eneru's Mantra, enhanced by his Devil Fruit power, grants him an iron grip on everyone on Skypiea. He can tell where they are, what they're doing and saying, and fry them with lightning if he doesn't like what he hears.
  • Soft Water: Sadly averted in that the landing after leaving Skypiea accumulated more damage to the hull of Going Merry that was already caused by Bellamy's crew. This'll have consequences an arc later.
    • Played very straight in this arc. Justified somewhat with the oceans being "Island Cloud".
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Subverted. Eneru is actually one of the strongest antagonists Luffy has ever defeated. He easily curb-stomped all of his opponents, and the only reason Luffy stood a chance against him at all is because he had the Devil Fruit power Eneru was least capable of countering. The fact that his fight with Luffy was still a close one shows how far up the ladder Eneru actually was.note 
  • Spell My Name with an S: In the anime, the Shandians are referred to as the Shandorians, after their sacred city.
  • Strange Salute: The White Berets of Skypiea.
  • Swallowed Whole: Luffy and later Nami, Aisa, and Gan Fall get this when Nola accidentally swallows them.
  • Swamps Are Evil: Zig-zagged; while Gedatsu's "Ordeal of the Swamp" might be the most horrifying way to die out of all the Ordeals, it's actually the safest Ordeal because of how spacey he is.
  • Tired of Running: In Chapter 262, Chopper realises that in order to survive as a pirate, he has to learn to fight on his own.
  • Treasure Map: A rather unconventional one. Noland's last log reads, "I saw gold in the skull's right eye." After learning that Jaya and Upper Yard were once one island, Nami combines the maps of present-Jaya and Skypiea to reveal the island originally skull-shaped, and that the City of Gold must be where the right eye is!
  • Unholy Nuke: Eneru's ultimate move, Raigo.
  • Villain Respect: Despite having pretty much no redeeming features as a human being, Eneru is oddly the first (if not only) Arc Villain who doesn't disdain Luffy's dream of being Pirate King.
    "King of all the Blue Sea... that doesn't sound half bad."
  • Villain with Good Publicity: God Eneru during this tenure as... God. Though, it's portrayed more realistically: It's because he's a totalitarian dictator that the Skypieans praise and fear him. After the Skypieans find out that he plans to annihilate Skypiea, while many were terrified, some were genuinely upset that their God would do such a thing.
  • War Arc: Not as big as Alabasta, but the early part of the arc sees the crew getting unwittingly involved in one between Eneru's forces and the Shandians who are trying to reclaim their homeland, Upper Yard.
  • Wham Shot: While exploring Upper Yard, Nami, Zoro and Robin discover what looks like half of an ancient hut built on the edge of a cliff...just like the one Cricket lives in. This proves that the City of Gold Montblanc Noland claimed existed is not only real, but has been up in Skypiea for 400 years.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: The value of gold and currency is a recurring theme in this arc. The Upper Yard in Skypiea is an entire city of gold, yet the original natives found it useless (save for the bell) and were even willing to let foreign strangers take as much of it as they liked.
    • The Skypieans themselves also never saw any use for gold, instead seeing soil and items from the "blue sea" as holding more value.
    • The Straw Hat Pirates, who — despite being pirates — never actively sought treasure up until this arc, finally take an interest in pillaging the gold from Skypiea. Too bad they leave before realizing the Skypieans would have gladly given them more than they ended up stealing.
    • Eneru does have a use for the gold, but not for monetary gain. Instead, he uses it to build his Ark Maxim.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Enel. He eletrocutes Raki, and then Robin (the latter incident even has Zoro call him out for attacking a woman). He also tries to do that to Nami, but she can No-Sell attacks with her Clima-Tact.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Eneru massacres his entire force of scientists who built him the Ark Maxim once it was complete, as well as all of his personal soldiers, and saw no shame in making his priests and soldiers battle the invading Shandians to the death despite having the ability to wipe them all out singlehandedly.

Story Impact

  • Skypiea's existence gives a new vision of world geography. As explained by Gan Fall and Captain McKinley, there are more sky islands.
  • The golden city Shandora is confirmed to actually exist, legitimizing the claims of Mont Blanc Noland and the beliefs of his descendant Mont Blanc Cricket. It is revealed that the city, along with a large part of Jaya, became lost by being sent up into the sky by a Knock Up Stream.
  • Cricket discovers the truth upon hearing the Shandorian Golden Belfry Bell ringing, bringing an end to the Saruyama Alliance's expedition.
  • The Going Merry takes significant damage during the Straw Hat Pirates' voyage to and through Skypiea, which leads to it being declared unfit for sailing and destroyed during the Water 7 Saga.
  • A Poneglyph is discovered in the ruins of Shandora; Nico Robin deciphers it and discovers the existence of another Ancient Weapon, this one known as Poseidon. Robin also finds a message left on the Poneglyph by the Pirate King, Gol D. Roger. This leads her to deduce that the Roger Pirates learned the entire lost history of the world, and that the Rio Poneglyph can be found on the final island Laugh Tale.
 
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Skypiea's names changes

For the Cartoon Network broadcasts, Funimation's One Piece dub used an 'edited' set of names inherited from the 4Kids dub. The uncut DVD version replaced these with more accurate adaptations of the Japanese names.<br><br>The "IQ Love Test" becomes an "Ordeal of Love", the "Knights" becomes "Priests", "Loftra" becomes "Shandora", and "Wyler" becomes "Wyper"

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