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After the rather terrifying encounter with Aokiji, the crew make their way to Water 7, a island known for its shipwrights, to get the Going Merry repaired. However reaching the island proves to be the only good thing about the journey as a series of bad news and incidents threaten to tear the crew apart.

Water 7 has the following tropes:

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Save for the government spies, everyone on Water Seven adores Iceberg, and immediately turn against the Straw Hats when it looks like Robin shot him. It's also implied that even CP9 like Iceberg, as Kalifa outright states that they wanted to be able to complete their mission without hurting him.
  • Aerith and Bob: Iceburg, Cutty Flam, and... Tom.
  • Anti-Villain: Franky, at first. His presence as the premier mob boss of Water 7 is actually his way of protecting the city he loves, especially from the WG, alongside keeping tabs on his adopted family.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Sodom and Gommorrah.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Subverted with Iceburg. He is a very good shipwright, but lacks any fighting ability.
  • Badass Crew: The Galley-La.
  • Batman Gambit: Nami, Zoro and Chopper attempt one regarding Luffy when he runs off to break into the now-heavily guarded Galley-La HQ a second time. Figuring he'd break in through the front door, they decide to do the same, figuring the guards would all be busy chasing after him...only to jump the gate and realize all the guards are right where they're supposed to be, and Luffy isn't there (though to be fair, their guess was right; Luffy was planning to go in the front door, but he got incapacitated along the way).
  • Berserk Button: Never attack one of the Straw Hats, and rob them. Bad idea.
    • Paulie keeps criticizing women who wear Stripperific outfits.
    • Since Sanji hates wasting food, he really hates those who battle using food, considering them a disgrace to the name "chef".
  • Big Bad: Franky initially, before the CP9 reveal themselves.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The arc ends with CP9 successfully recapturing Franky, stealing Robin back from Usopp and Sanji, and arriving at Enies Lobby. However, the Straw Hats now all know that Robin did not betray them and are determined to rescue her, and the entire crew is separately on their way to Enies Lobby as well, with a large group of new allies to back them up.
  • Bond Breaker
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Pretty much all the workers of Galley-La. They all have strange and silly quirks, but they are some of the world's best shipwrights and extremely badass when they beat up any pirate looking for trouble. Their leader and mayor Iceburg is also this.
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  • Catchphrase: Kalifa: "That's sexual harassment".
  • Cerebus Syndrome: By and far one of the darkest arcs of the series.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Ussop, during his fight with Luffy. He uses every trick in the book to try to fight Luffy on as close to equal footing as possible. Even so, Usopp knows he's not going to beat him.
  • Combination Attack: Luffy & Zoro vs a tidal wave from Agua Laguna: GUM-GUM 300 POUND CANNON!
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, and Chopper vs the Franky Family. Result: Bye-bye, Franky House.
    • The Straw Hats vs. CP9. This time they're on the losing end; see The Worf Effect below.
  • Cycle of Revenge: This was fortunately averted. The Franky Family beat up Usopp while stealing the crew's money. The Straw Hats retaliated by destroying their house and everyone in it. Franky finds out his True Companions were beaten up and hunted down Luffy to get even. However, due to certain circumstances, the Straw Hats and the Franky Family would become allies and they forgive each other.
  • Darkest Hour: An entire arc of it. Things don't get this dark again until Sabaody.
  • Decoy Protagonist: At first, Paulie was expected to be the next Strawhat member with his unique fighting style and personality. Then it turns out to be Franky.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: The four masked CP9 members who forced Robin to work with them and tried to kill Iceburg turn out to be 1) Rob Lucci, the pigeon-ventriloquist shipwright; 2) Kaku, the polite long-nosed shipwright; 3) Blueno, the barkeep at the bar where Franky, Kokoro, and Chimney were drinking; and 4) Kalifa, Iceburg's Sexy Secretary. Bet you didn't see that coming. Especially notable in Kaku's case since, up until The Reveal, some fans were hoping that he would become the Straw Hats' new shipwright crew member.
  • Evil All Along: Lucci, Kaku, Kalifa, and Blueno, Iceburg's friends who were actually government CP9 assassins sent to spy on him and who later try to kill him.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Robin appears to have done one. Turns out she was given a Sadistic Choice.
  • A Father to His Men: Franky immediately ran out in search for Luffy after the latter and three other crew members beat up the former's gang and wrecked his house.
  • Foreshadowing: Before arriving to Water 7, Luffy draws a picture of what his future shipwright should look like. It happened to look a lot like Franky.
    • Enies Lobby is mentioned in passing before it becomes the focus of the next arc.
    • The Gates of Justice, Impel Down, and Marineford are also mentioned it passing, foreshadowing the Summit War Saga.
    • Franky's conversation with Kokoro has the latter warn him about a branch of Cipher Pol so secretive that its existed in rumor, and their possible involvement with Iceburg.
    • It's also mentioned how strange it is that there's a Sea Train scheduled to arrive during the Aqua Laguna. It's later revealed that CP9 plan to make their getaway on it.
    • A minor example: after being forced to give the money back and whacked upside the head, Paulie ropes Lucci and swings him in an attempt to throw him into the ground. Lucci manages to break the fall, landing perfectly on one hand, with his fingers digging into the cement. Of course, it's later revealed that Lucci's a member of CP9, skilled in rokushiki which includes the ability to strengthen muscles to protect from damage as well as reinforce their fingers for the shigan (finger pistol) attacks.
  • Frame-Up -> Clear My Name: As a result of Robin, a known Straw Hat member, working with Iceburg's masked shooter and being present for the shooting, Iceburg (and everyone else) assumes that the Straw Hats were behind the assassination attempt, and the entire town immediately turns against them. The Straw Hats then decide to catch Robin in the act to figure out who's really trying to kill Iceburg, although it's less about changing public opinion of them and more about trying to find out what's really going on with Robin.
  • From Bad to Worse: Let's see — being told the Going Merry is unfixable, losing their hard earned money from Skypiea, Usopp leaving the Straw Hats and fighting Luffy over the ship, Robin disappearing and the crew being pinned the blame on Iceburg's assassination attempt, and of course the incident in the city's town hall the following night.
  • Giant Wall of Watery Doom: The Aqua Laguna.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In-Universe, as lampshaded by Nami: after Usopp quits the crew and Robin disappears, the adventures that the crew has had together are this for all of them.
    Nami: All the fun times we had up until this's like they never happened!
  • Hope Spot: Near the end of the arc, Usopp/Sogeking, Sanji, and Franky succeed in getting Robin away from the CP9 and separating their train carriages. Then one of the CP9 uses his Devil Fruit Powers to re-capture her. It doesn't help that Robin resists the attempts to rescue her due to her deal with the CP9 to not hurt the Straw Hats.
  • Hypocrite/Moral Myopia: The Franky Family tries to kill Zoro and rob the Going Merry while he's alone on board; when that, naturally, fails, they later kidnap Usopp, beat him up quite badly, and steal the money he was carrying, then beat him up again when he tries to come get it back. Their actions, of course, piss off the rest of the Straw Hats, and all of the other male members proceed to break into their fortress, destroy it, and beat the crap out of everyone there (which does not include Franky himself, since he was gone at the time). Franky then has the gall to swear revenge against the Straw Hats and treats what they've done to his men as an unforgivable crime, even though those same men were the ones who started the whole conflict in the first place. While they were bounty hunters stealing from pirates, the Straw Hats specifically did not do anything to incur their wrath; the Franky Family just wanted the money, and so their attacks were entirely unprovoked. Franky seemed to see it as Pay Evil unto Evil, as he assumed that as pirates, the Straw Hats stole the money in the first place.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Most of the Galley-La use saws, scalpels, and wooden beams as weapons. Paulie even uses ropes and knots.
  • I Warned You: In Franky's flashback, Iceburg was constantly telling Franky not to build battleships for hunting Sea Kings and then leave them lying around. Spandam uses these ships to frame Tom, leading Iceburg to drop this trope onto Franky one more time.
  • Kick the Dog: Invoked. Lucci tells Paulie that if the idea that himself, Kaku, Kalifa, and Bluneo are actually Government agents is too hard to believe, he is willing to step on Iceburg's face to help convince him.
  • Local Hangout: Blueno's Bar serves as one for Franky, Kokoro (and Chimney), and implicitly most if not all of Dock One's foremen. Which makes it an extra kick in the teeth when the big reveal rolls around.
  • Mêlée à Trois: Luffy and Franky are fighting over their respective grudges (Luffy wants revenge for the Franky Family attacking and robbing Usopp while Franky wants revenge against Luffy for destroying his house). Then the Galley-La shipwrights attack Luffy, mistakenly believing that he sent Robin to shoot their leader Iceburg while also attacking Franky for getting in their way.
  • Misblamed: See "It Got Worse".
  • The Mole: It's quite frightening that three of the moles were actually in Iceburg's inner circle and the fourth one was a regular he interacted with. Kalifa was even planted by the government even before Iceburg became mayor, knowing he had the blueprints for Pluton.
  • Moment of Weakness: While in a heated argument with Usopp, Luffy tells him that if Usopp didn't like the way he did things then he should just leave the crew. Sanji immediately stepped in to shut Luffy up, and Luffy apologized as soon as he realized what he'd said. But the damage had been done, Usopp took Luffy at his word, and (temporarily) left the crew. However, Zoro does point out that Luffy was indeed the captain and he ultimately has to do what's best for the crew even if the rest don't always agree as in this case, otherwise he'd never grow as a captain.
  • Mood Whiplash: As Chooper happily claims the crew's arrival in Water 7 is the best day ever, Robin has an encounter with a CP9 agent, and things get dark after that.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Paulie, whose Establishing Character Moment was running from a bunch of debtors.
  • Mugging the Monster: In the Franky Family's first appearance, they attempted to attack Zoro while he was sleeping. After that, they attacked Lucci and Paulie. And later, after they beat up Usopp and stole the crew's money, they had to deal with Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, and Chopper.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Iceburg. He kept government agents at bay for years thanks to this.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Usopp's Sogeking disguise consists of him wearing a mask and cape. With his long nose still sticking out of the mask. And while still wearing his regular clothes and all his bandages. And calling out attack/shot names that Usopp uses. Sanji nonetheless tries to play along and call him "Sogeking", but slips and calls him "Usopp" during tense situations.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Usopp interprets Luffy's decision to stop trying to fix the unfixable Merry in the worst possible way, assuming he's just 'dumping' whatever becomes useless. He also fails to tell anyone that he suspects Merry's sentient, which would've gone a long way toward explaining his behavior.
    • Also, Luffy struggles with this a little bit; rather than tell Usopp straight away that the Merry can't be fixed, he goes out of his way to avoid saying this (since he himself doesn't want to admit it), instead just saying that he's "decided to change ships." This greatly offends Usopp, and by the time Luffy finally forces the words out to say that Going Merry is irreparable, Usopp is already too angry with Luffy to listen to reason.
  • Properly Paranoid: Iceburg handed the Pluton blueprints off to Franky (who was thought to be dead) because he believes the World Government is on him. He was right.
  • The Reveal:
    • The identities of the CP9 assassins who tried to kill Iceburg; see The Dog Was the Mastermind above.
    • Iceburg possessed blueprints to an ancient weapon, but passed them to his fellow apprentice under Tom. The apprentice? Cutty Flam, currently known as Franky.
    • Robin didn't truly betray the Straw Hats, but was forced into a Sadistic Choice in order to save their lives.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Usopp during his fight against Luffy. He doesn't win, but surprisingly manages to give Luffy a very tough time during the bout with his use of weapons.
  • Undying Loyalty: Franky Family are extremely loyal to Franky, willing to go to Enies Lobby to rescue their leader. Likewise, Paulie, Lulu and Tilestone wanted to get even with their previous friends who tried to assassinate Iceburg.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: It's revealed that Franky and Iceburg were once this. The "vitriol" part was really emphasized as their reunion since Tom's death had both of them viciously arguing over his memory, and blaming each other for it. However, Iceburg was reduced to tears of joy from Franky alive again, and likewise Franky was stunned when CP9 told him that they had killed him (they didn't thanks to the last minute rescue from Chopper but still...).
  • Wham Episode: Try a Wham Arc!
  • Wham Shot: Franky throwing Usopp underwater to see the irreparable damage to Going Merry's keel.
  • The Worf Effect: Luffy and Zoro both get owned easily when fighting the CP9 members in Iceburg's room. This trope especially comes into play when considering that, the next time they meet (at Enies Lobby), the battles aren't nearly so one-sided. However, it's also given in-universe justification by Nami. She states that, since the rest of the Straw Hats were afraid at the time that Robin had abandoned them, they were fighting with hesitation in their hearts; however, once they know that Robin did not betray them and needed saving, they would all fight much harder in the ensuing Roaring Rampage of Rescue.

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