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  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read:
    • When Popora uses his powers to refresh Cross's memory in Chapter 60, he reveals and relives his memory of Ace's death in the War of the Best. Cross wakes up in a tearful Troubled Fetal Position, and Popora is stoically sobbing.
    • Apis's Whisper-Whisper powers, in addition to helping her understand animals, also allow her to project her thoughts into animals' minds to help them understand her. This trope applies when her thoughts get more... visceral, and it also allows her to keep her larger beasts like her dragon friend Lindy in line.
  • A Rare Sentence: Now has its own page. See here.
  • A Truce While We Gawk:
    • The battle between the Enies Lobby garrison and Galley-La, the Franky Family, the giants and the TDWS pauses when Nami, amped by Soundbite, proceeds to chew out Cross and Luffy for enjoying the Rocketman ride across to the Tower of Justice.
    • Hattori holds off on eviscerating Cross to let him broadcast Spandam's activation of the Buster Call and let the director dig a very deep hole for himself.
  • A Wizard Did It: Whenever people react to Soundbite being able to speak, Cross is able to erase any shock just by saying "Devil Fruit." This soon applies for pretty much any weird occurrence (like Brook), and many people often give a deadpan response to anyone who should be inured to the weirdness by now.
  • Accidental Misnaming: When the crew convinces Vivi to put their lives on the line along with hers to save Alabasta, Soundbite contributes by saying "ALL FOR ONE, ALL FOR ALL!" Word of God states that he misquoted on purpose:
    Xomniac: All of them for Vivi, all of them for all of Alabasta.
  • Accidental Truth:
    • Tashigi tries to throw the Marines off the Straw Hat Pirates' trail by sending them to Jaya... which is, in fact, their current location.
    • During the G-8 arc, Cross tells Sanji that he's glad he's one-third secret agent. Since Cross never saw anything past Chapter 800, the conclusion of the Dressrosa Arc, he has no idea how close to the truth he really is.
  • Achievements in Ignorance:
    • Chapter 32: Invoked, then averted. Cross doesn't tell Zoro that he's trying to cut through a diamond-hard seastone cage, because he thought if Zoro didn't know he couldn't do it, he might be able to. It doesn't work.
    • More deliberately invoked with the Eisen Dial which produces clouds as hard as iron. In canon, all cloud Dials don't work right outside of Sky Islands, but Cross tells Usopp that there's a way to make them work (going off of his knowledge from the Punk Hazard arc) in the hopes that he can figure one out. Eventually, he does.
    • In Chapter 45, Nami accidentally defeats Kizaru this way. She mistook his light-beam form as the glare of a sniper rifle and threw up a mirage that refracted him head-first into the Red Line.
    • In Chapter 68, Cross and Saint Charloss destroy the modeling industry (or at least drive it underground) after the latter's live interview on the SBS explains one of the World Nobles' popular hobbies: using fashion magazines to shop for spouses and murder models for being too good-looking. Cross almost has an aneurysm when he realizes what exactly he just did.
  • Action Survivor: Cross, fullstop. In comparison to his crewmates, he isn't really a fighter. All of the battles he fights that aren't against Mooks generally devolve into running from his enemy until he finds a way to either lose them or knock them out safely. Even then, he gets pretty injured, as attested by his many scars. The true reason why he qualifies for this is the fact that he doesn't really need to put himself in danger–as attested by Smoker–but he does so anyway for the sake of his friends and beliefs. Of course, he manages to transcend this as time goes by, particularly in Strong World.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • Cross's reaction to the second time Soundbite scares him with his powers.
    • Miss Valentine's Day openly laughs at Cross's guess that she's Miss April Fool's Day.
    • Cross eventually manages to get Carue to admit this in response to Soundbite's powers letting him speak coherently… in Donald Duck's voice.
    • Carue laughs when Cross answers Vivi's pondering of what Robin's game was by saying, "At a guess, I'd say baccarat."
    • Usopp admits to this after Cross calls him a Tengu… though he promises that he's going to spike his food with hot sauce for the next week as payback.
    • The Whitebeard Pirates share a laugh when Cross says the easiest way to guarantee Whitebeard coming down on someone with an unholy vengeance is... stealing his sake.
    • Vivi admits that Cross telling Usopp to go for a swim in the White Sea (knowing that there is no bottom) was a little funny, though still not nice.
    • Enel says that despite Cross's blasphemy, the scary story prank he played on the crew was hilarious.
    • Jonathan falls off his chair when he hears what happened to Inspector Shepherd.
    • Tashigi gets the giggles against her will when she hears what kind of state the Straw Hats left G-8 in.
    • Doflamingo chuckles when Cross pretends to pull a The Tape Knew You Would Say That early during Omatsuri Island. Especially since it's in response to something one of Doflamingo's own crewmates said.
    • Buggy refuses to find any aspect of the Straw Hat crew funny... until Soundbite plays the full original Who's on First? routine over the SBS.
    • Soundbite reluctantly smirks with amusement after Cross pulls a Duck Season, Rabbit Season on him while signing off from the SBS with Soundbite's own name and thereby tricking Soundbite into starting to sign off with Cross's name.
    • Cross spots Robin giggling at Brook's various skull jokes.
    • Cross's reaction to finding out he'd inadvertently created Mystery Incorporated, One Piece Edition.
    • Perona can't help but giggle at Donny and Brook pulling an Alas, Poor Yorick.
    • Nami's reaction to Perona successfully Tempting Fate and redirecting the backlash onto Cross.
    • Soundbite admits that Pappugg's burn that Cross could have used starfish regeneration a while back was pretty good.
    • Tilestone admits that Merry's suggestion of "Humorous Humerus" is a better comedy club name than his idea of "the Funny Bone Club".
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Crocodile's Sand-Sand Fruit and Don Accino's Hot-Hot Fruit are among the six of Alabasta's national treasures (along with Pell's Bird-Bird Fruit: Model Falcon, Chaka's Dog-Dog Fruit: Model Jackal, and the original Gust-Gust Fruit and Cloth-Cloth Fruit), kept in Alabasta through the power reincarnations for generations until they were lost to the nation ages ago, along with the Cloth-Cloth Fruit.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In this fic, it's revealed that Buggy saw his first independent crew eaten by Lily Carnation on the isle of Baron Omatsuri.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Conis can apparently fight on the level of Captain McKinley of the White Berets.
    • Hattori is actually a dangerous assassin capable of using the Six Powers.
    • All of the Supernovas have considerably higher bounties than canon, and there are more Supernovas.
    • Bartolomeo since he gets an actual competent crew and takes Cross's words to heart when they meet in Loguetown, along with his crew.
    • With the canon reveal that Lola is Big Mom's daughter and thus from the New World, she knows Armament Haki. She gets a lot more fleshing out once she becomes a New World Mason and also the Captain-Governor of Skelter Bite, able to match other New World peers in authority.
    • Canon Buggy is a weakling who never reached his full potential because he was too lazy to train himself. This Buggy? A Warlord-class combatant with mastery over both forms of Haki, who only stayed in East Blue because he got sick of the insanity of the Grand Line (especially the New World) after his time with the Roger Pirates. When his past is exposed, he snaps and goes on a rampage, ripping through marines with prejudice and going toe-to-toe with Dracule freakin' Mihawk.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Lassoo and Funkfreed were animal weapons in league with Baroque Works and CP9 respectively. Following the Straw Hats defeating both organizations, the two became partners to Cross and members of the crew.
    • Don Accino was a villain in the anime; here, he starts out one but does a Heel–Face Turn when Vivi offers him a position as a Royal Guardian for Alabasta, an offer he eventually accepts, after she reveals that his Devil Fruit is one of six that were counted among Alabasta's national treasures and points out the benefits of accepting the position.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Believe it or not Galdino, aka Mr. 3. Thanks to For Want of a Nail Cross caused on Little Garden, Mr. 3 escaped being fed to Crocodile's Bananagators and instead was assigned to flood Rain Base with his wax to wipe out the Straw Hats and the Marines, resulting in the deaths of many innocent people.
    • In the manga, Zola, the zombie who had Lola's shadow, bonded with Nami and helped her to defeat Absalom. Here, because Absalom was defeated early and Nami's abduction was avoided, she doesn't bond with the Straw Hats and instead is furious with them over defeating Absalom, and fights Lola and Raphey when the latter insults her lipstick.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: When Zambai came to ask the Straw Hats to take Franky with them, Soundbite announced, "FRANTIC FRANKY FAMILY foreman forthcoming". Cross complimented the alliteration.
  • Adult Fear: How else would you describe the emotions of all the Straw Hats' loved ones as the events against Lily Carnation are being broadcast to them and they have to listen to their children/friends/protégés slowly being digested?
    • Basically everything about Saboady Archipelago. Everything.
  • Advancing Wall of Doom: A tidal wave of wax floods Rainbase at the end of Chapter 18, and it takes remarkably little time for there to be nowhere left to run.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Robin does this a lot to Merry in her human child form. The latter is slowly getting sick of it.
  • Agony of the Feet: At Sabaody, Silvers Rayleigh confronts Admiral Kizaru just as in canon. However, this time he does more than stall him, since Borsalino's intent was to kill the Straw Hats and the Supernovas for angering him after getting some good hits on him. Rayleigh stops him by grabbing his lower leg (infused by Haki, no less), and crushes it under his grip, shattering the Logia's tibia in the process.
  • Alien Arts Are Appreciated: In Chapter 24, Vivi says she's a fan of Robert Louis Stevenson, and Robin says that she's more fond of H. P. Lovecraft and Mary Shelley.
  • Alien Catnip: Conis, as a Skypiean, has adapted to living in a low-oxygen environment. So when she ventures down to the Blue Sea, the high concentration of oxygen has her slurring and hiccuping like a drunk driver.
  • All for Nothing: In Chapter 69, after Cross learns that everything he and the crew accomplished throughout the Saboady Archipalego arc was because Doflamingo allowed them to, he has a major Heroic BSoD, believing they didn't really succeed at anything. Soundbite tries to snap him out of it by saying that did make a difference.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Seems to be the belief of Nami and demonstrated by the male members of the crew.
    • All Women Are Lustful: ... Then again, there seem to be quite a few moments where the female members of the crew are just as perverted as the male ones.
  • All of Them:
    • This is Miss Valentine's response to how many ships will be sent after the Straw Hats for attacking Enies Lobby.
    • Also during Enies Lobby, a variant happens when Sengoku realizes the Straw Hats are invading that location:
    Poor Vice-Admiral: E-Everyone—!?
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us:
    • In Chapter 31, the "1000th Review Spectacular!", the Bleeding Heart Bounty Hunters attack the Going Merry by human cannonballing themselves onboard. Unfortunately for them, they manage to press a few Berserk Buttons. The ensuing battle is so short it's painful.
    • Chapter 52 has the aftermath of the Thriller Bark arc, and a heroic example at that: so as to spit in the eye of Moria and his legacy, Lola has plans to co-opt Thriller Bark itself and turn it into a safe haven for pirates leagues better than Mock Town, named Skelter Bite.
  • All Your Powers Combined:
    • Every Straw Hat (with a ranged attack) assists in shooting down the World Government Flag. Every one.
    Cross: (holding up Lassoo) CANI-BLAST!
    Conis: (frigidly) Burn Bazooka.
    Sanji: APÉRITIF!
    • How the Six Powers interact to form the Six King Gun: using Iron Body and Paper-Art to balance strength, immobility, and flexibility, using the concepts of Moonwalk and Tempest Kick to feel and affect the air around oneself, using Shave to compress all the explosive movement into one single action, and Finger Pistol for the mentality to turn oneself into a living weapon.
  • Almighty Janitor:
    • Despite the outward appearance of arrogance, Foxy is not only a dangerous fighter, but has an intelligence network extensive enough to fill Apoo with dread. It's heavily implied that the only reason his bounty is so low is that he has been actively attempting not to make a name for himself.
    • Even though he's one of the weaker members, Blueno is the agent that Cross is adamant has to go down first due to his Devil Fruit.
    • For all their strength, as the ship guards the Kung-Fu Dugongs are technically the lowest ranking members of the crew. Boss deserves special mention, since he's outright stated to be just one notch below the Monster Trio in strength.
  • Alpha Strike: The Straw Hats unload one on an Awakened Moria.
  • Altar Diplomacy: During the Lovely Land arc, Don Accino reluctantly agrees to join the Accino Family with the Hiruno Famiglia this way, cementing their alliance by having Lil Accino marry Burrato Hiruno. The two wind up breaking it off at the altar, but remain friends; the alliance, on the other hand, goes belly-up. Fortunately, the Accinos have already found an alternate and better solution to their problems.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: During Chapter 57, Tsuru and Sengoku have a conversation about justice and its validity, but it's not clear who says what in the conversation, with both interpretations equally valid.
  • Analogy Backfire:
    • Chopper tries to invoke this when Cross compares the former's hyper-intelligent self to Mr. Hyde, saying that Hyde was the embodiment of Dr. Jekyll 's vices while Chopper's other half... is his heightened intelligence without any of his morals. The straight example comes in that while Jekyll at first needed a potion to change between himself and Hyde, the chemical Chopper used makes his Mad Doctor persona a permanent resident.
    • When Nami and Merry are arguing over Merry's new cannon due to how much the special ammo it uses costs, Nami claims that it would use up the Straw Hats' savings faster than Luffy in an All-You-Can-Eat buffet. Merry counters that nothing is faster than Luffy's appetite.
  • Ancestral Weapon:
    • T-Bone's sword, passed down from commander to commander of the 13th Royal Marine Flotilla.
    • The Devil Fruits of the Alabastan Royal Guardians, kept within the kingdom's possession via a secret vault of fruit trees. Comprised of the Jackal, the Falcon, the Rage, the Grace, the Desert and the Storm.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • Quoted in full by Dragon as he witnesses the Body Horror of the Straw Hats stuck in Lily Carnation.
    • Played for laughs; Spandam somehow remains conscious through all of Franky and Robin's graphic retribution–although it doesn't quite count, since he still can scream.
    • Hancock thinks like this as she tries to fight off the paralytic that Stussy of Aegis-0 applied to her, as the latter prepares to kill her and frame Luffy for it.
  • And That's Terrible: The Christmas Episode, at the tea party on Little Garden between Dorry, Brogy, Mr. 5, Miss Valentine, and Miss Goldenweek:
    Dorry: You do realize that we won't help you off this island just for tea, yes?
    Miss Goldenweek: That doesn't matter to me in the least, Mister Dorry. What matters is that today is Christmas, and neither of you have properly celebrated it for the past century. And that's terrible.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: The reaction to Merry escaping her Viking Funeral fate, both in-universe and out.
  • And This Is for...:
    • Vivi beating up Mr. 2 in Chapter 20. She slugs him in the throat for hurting Usopp, breaks his nose for attacking her country, and then gives him a Groin Attack for his outfit.
    • Koala finally getting her pound of flesh from Vice-Admiral Strawberry. Though she says that only the first blow is for Fisher Tiger, her friend whom the Marines mortally wounded at Strawberry's direction; she's got a lot more to name for all the rest.
  • Animal Nemesis: Mr. 13 and Miss Friday end up becoming this for Cross and Soundbite. In fact, Cross's fights during each arc are usually with the enemy's animal, which are on his level.
  • Angrish: Sanji's reaction to his wanted poster is written in symbols and according to Soundbite, was complete gibberish.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Perona offers one of these to Sengoku and Garp, offering them a host of captured pirates and safety from her new beast friends, in exchange for her replacing Moria as a Warlord.
  • Anvil on Head: Merry does this to a mook during Chapter 57.
  • Arc Words: What Cross first said to Smoker as part of his The Reason You Suck speech way back in Loguetown is recycled and refined in Alabasta, and afterward used by Cross and Smoker himself multiple times to convince other Marines that the World Government is corrupt and need to be rebuilt from scratch.
    "A good Marine follows his orders to the letter and sacrifices everything for the sake of Justice, while a decent Marine sacrifices everything for the sake of all… even Justice, if it comes down to it."
  • Armor-Piercing Question: After narrowly being saved from Kizaru by Rayleigh, and learning that he failed to stop the War of the Best, Cross is confronted by Kuma alone, who bluntly tells him that he will not allow the entire Straw Hat crew to attempt a rescue mission, and will scatter them around the world as he would have done in canon. Unlike Enies Lobby, Marineford and Impel Down will not have lax security, and many of the world's top powers will be gathered there. If they attempt to attack as a group, chances are there will be at least one fatality, and the fault will lie solely on Cross's head for knowing that they're getting in over their heads. He ends it with a question that leaves Cross completely unable to answer, no matter how much he defiantly wants to: "Do you believe, fully and completely, that all of you as you are can survive a war between the most powerful forces in the world, and then proceed to the Emperors’ domain and successfully claim Roger’s throne?"
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When a Marine tries to convince Kashi and Oimo that Cross is lying about Broggy and Dorry being free rather than in Impel Down and is using Soundbite's powers to fool them, Cross admits it is possible but there's just one problem.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • In the Christmas Episode, Wiper binds and gags Aisa and uses her as the replacement for their broken Christmas Star. What did she do to earn this? Sneaking out to Upper Yard to gather Vearth, accepting a gift of roasted almonds from the Skypiean Conis rather than fighting to the death as a Shandoran should, and using her Mantra to figure out where they were hiding the Christmas presents. That last one is what makes Laki think the punishment is appropriate.
    • Why doesn't Smoker like Alabasta? The heat, the sand, and the fact that no-one there can roll a good cigar.
    • The example under And This Is for......
    • The list of offenses Drake levels against Cross ends with the illegal importation of South Birds, an endangered species.
    • While disrupting the Buster Call at Enies Lobby, Cross sows sabotage, mutiny, breaks in communication, and an impromptu birthday party for Akainu.
    • Included in the things that piss off Don Accino the most are Cross talking, the Hirunos, anyone messing with his children, and "those annoying little Brussels sprouts that always seem to unravel in his throat."
    • Dr. Indigo's Chemical Juggling utilizes many toxic and dangerous chemicals, from nitroglycerin and hydrofluoric acid, to oil and... honey. (Somewhat justified, though, as honey is known for having antimicrobial properties.)
  • Arranged Marriage: Don Accino arranges one between his youngest daughter and an heir of the Hiruno famiglia so he can merge his family and theirs together for more manpower against the ever-growing competition between bounty hunter families.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • The Straw Hats pick up a few minor or arc-specific characters to join the crew full-time, like Lassoo, Conis, Su, and Funkfreed.
    • Smoker, Tashigi, Hina, T-Bone, Jonathan, Tsuru, and the people of G-8 all get larger roles due to being part of the New World Masons. For a similar reason, so do Bartolomeo, Apoo, Foxy, Dorry, Broggy, and Lola.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: When Commander Drake asks if Vice Admiral Jonathan is alright after a meeting with Cross, Jonathan reminds him that he's a Vice Admiral whereas Cross is a member of a rookie crew and not a terribly strong member at that.
  • Asshole Victim: Several Marines come across the bound and Mugged for Disguise Inspector Shepherd during the Straw Hats' infiltration of the base. None of them ever let him out of the closet he's stuffed in.
  • At Least I Admit It: In Chapter 35, Cross responds to Aokiji's accusation of being a demon by saying at least he's honest.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • Soundbite quickly realizes that with his new transceiver, he can call every Transponder Snail in the world or none of them, no in-between.
      • Somewhat averted during the Enies Lobby attack, when he realizes that he can both call people like a regular Transponder Snail, and also that he can create a 'dead zone' the size of, say, Enies Lobby itself, where they are unable to receive the SBS broadcast and thus unable to preempt the attack.
      • However, a flaw in this ability appears in Chapter 75; although the dead zone prevents people inside from hearing the broadcast, people outside the dead zone can still call into it, which is exactly what Trebol does to warn Disco that the Straw Hats and the Supernovas are advancing on the Human Auctioning House.
    • While Cross and Nami could have the entirety of their weapons coated with seastone, they decide to only have parts of them (the orbs of Nami's Clima-Tact and the knuckles of Cross's gauntlets) so that the crew's Devil Fruit users won't be "conked out" by touching them. This is doubly important for Cross, since his gun and sword are also Devil Fruit users and coating his gauntlets entirely would leave them as nothing more than ordinary weapons whenever he held them.
    • The new paddles used by some ships do provide more speed, but only for as long as they have fuel. Also, the paddles make for tempting targets for ship cannons.
  • Awesome by Analysis:
    • Scratchman Apoo figured out Soundbite's transponder number by a slight noise he makes during SBS broadcasts which told him what model the transponder is, then calling shops in Loguetown to find out who sold it.
      • During the Enies Lobby arc he was able to figure out that Foxy is allied with Cross and then coordinate an attack with both them and the Kung Fu Pirates on "Task Force Cerberus" before they can join the forces on Enies Lobby.
    • Law determines Luffy isn't dead yet while fighting Lily Carnation because he can tell where each attack hit purely by sound and that none are instantly fatal.
    • Chopper combines this with Crazy-Prepared in his duel with Dr. Indigo, by not only identifying every toxic chemical used by the Mad Scientist, but bringing out their exact counter.
    • After the memory of Queen Otohime's assassination and assassin is put in everyone's head, Sanji, Chopper, and Usopp all deduce that the accused human shooter couldn't possibly have been responsible, because a starved, malnourished man like him would never have been able to shoot accurately from that distance under those conditions.
    • Komei manages to uncover the New World Masons five times because of his tactical and analytical ability.
    • Bentham (Mr. 2 Bon Clay) was able to figure out that Cross has knowledge of the future after correctly guessing the reason Cross asked Bentham to let himself be captured was to assist Luffy on the off-chance that Cross's attempts to prevent the War of the Best failed, accurately predicting that he had seen Luffy's journey through Impel Down. Ivankov, in turn, also accurately determines that Cross knew about the war beforehand and only realized he failed to avert it based on the contrast of emotion between his euphoric broadcast after Enies Lobby and his most recent rage-filled broadcast.
  • Awesomeness Is a Force: When Cross meets up with Ace and tells him that his brother Sabo is alive, he ends up on the receiving end of Ace's Conqueror's Haki as a lie detector test. Cross describes it as a puny, insignificant human standing in front of the sun, a literal force of nature.
    • This is often the description of other users of Conqueror's Haki, from Hancock's predatory world serpent, Charlotte Linlin's titanic world-shaking giant, and Sengoku's golden divine glow, to Vivi's royal Pharaonic countenance and Luffy's monstrous beast.
  • Awful Truth: Law doesn't take it well when Funkfreed tells him that the Amber Lead Syndrome rumors and the quarantine of Flevance were done by the World Government on purpose, to justify the planned massacre to exterminate the line of D. rumored to be living on the island.

  • Backhanded Apology:
    • From the Straw Hats to Fukuro about his voice.
    • From Cross to Amigo Pirate Corto when taunting him incorrectly.
      Cross: Toro, to-! Oh, wait, my apologies! Allow me to be more appropriate: fatso, fatso!
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: This trope is conversed by CP9 while watching the Straw Hat crew's appearance in Shiki's palace on the SBS.
    Blueno: You know, in the earlier days of our training, I often questioned how practical it was to be dressed professionally when we were out on the job.
    Kalifa: I remember that, and they always gave us plenty of plausible answers. Covering more of your form leaves less opportunity to drop a trace of yourself.
    Kumadori: While at the same time testing you to ensure that you can execute without staining yourself. There is also the fact that the World Government would never have any employees of significance dressed otherwise while on the job.
    Kaku: And the fact that limiting our mobility is supposed to give us constant training, in life and on the job. All valid reasons… and none of them the real one.
    Rob Lucci: The real reason… is that it's just so much more satisfying to hand someone their head if you look good doing it.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • When Cross gets the newspaper after Crocodile's uprising, he finds three bounty posters instead of two. The first two are for Luffy and Zoro as canon, and everyone thinks the third is Cross', but it's only at the end that the readers find out that it's Vivi's.
    • On the SBS, Cross details the easiest way to make the Whitebeard Pirates mad enough to bring their entire might on someone's head... stealing their sake.
    • Cross uses this twice in quick succession when Robin tries to seduce answers out of him. First, he tells her that he'll answer all her questions if she does one thing: tell the Straw Hats about the day Ohara died. Second, when Robin asks if doing so will make him trust her, Cross answers no; he already trusts her.
    • The lead-up after the Thriller Bark arc made it seem like Perona would be the next new Straw Hat, but after Strong World, it was not to be – the one who joins the Straw Hats instead is Billy, the electric bird.
    • In the final part of the Thriller Bark arc, Tsuru mentions that prisoners are missing from Justice; specifically, certain individuals who raised a stink against the World Government suddenly disappeared and were largely forgotten by the rest of the world. The only clue to their fates was a single word popping up in a handful of cases: "darkness". Then, in the teaser for the grand finale of This Bites!, Cross is shown making a desperate distress call to Tashigi to get them out of the "Seventh Hell, Hell of Darkness". This led to some speculation of there being a seventh level in Impel Down reserved for criminals far worse than those in Level 6. While there is indeed a Level 7, it's nothing more than a surplus storage room; the one Cross mentions is Serpent, a hellhole in a corner of the North Blue that is leagues worse.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: While watching Zoro train televised on the SBS, Inazuma comments on the gleaming, well-polished surface... of Zoro's blades, much to Bentham's surprise.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comparison:
    • As they row away from Laboon:
      Usopp: Seriously! Is this thing so big that it didn’t notice a freaking cannon firing into it or is it just slow!?
      Cross: I think it’s more the former than the latter! After all, from my experience? The intelligence of animals can seriously surprise you at times!
      Soundbite: REPRESENT!
      Cross: After all, you’d expect a snail that can speak to have at least half a brain-cell…
      Soundbite: OI!
    • As Zoro and Cross wonder why Franky can't stay in Water 7:
      Zambai: Are you-! Right, one of you isn't local, the other's an idiot.
      Zoro: Hey, Cross isn't that dumb.
  • Balance of Power: The same as in canon. However, as a result of Enies Lobby, let's just say the power is now tipping in favor of the Four Emperors. The Morton's Fork situation with the Straw Hats didn't help the Marines and World Government at all.
  • Balls of Steel: Absalom has these, unfortunately enough. Turns out even a Groin Attack by a Cute Bruiser can be No Selled if you can completely turn off your sense of pain.
  • Bang, Bang, BANG: At the end of Chapter 65, the Straw Hat mates are warned by Soundbite when a gunshot is heard then immediately followed by more shots, revealing a World Noble just killed someone.
  • Bar Brawl: Cross instills one among the Supernovas and all their crews at Skelter Bite in order to alleviate the tensions between all the assembled egos. Set to Bad Reputation. It is as glorious as it sounds.
  • Battle Discretion Shot:
    • Whatever the hell happened to Spandam when Robin and Franky finally got their hands on him is never outright stated. Though apparently, Spandam's ribs somehow ended up where his eyes are (or should be).
    • None of what Chopper and Su do to the Macro Pirates is shown, but half of it is apparently not legal in Texas.
    • Zoro and Tashigi's spar to finally get it out of their systems is unfortunately off-screen.
    • When Vice-Admiral Komei tries calling in to Sengoku at one point, all he can hear is his superior beating up his peer Garp for more of his stupidity.
  • Batman Gambit:
    • In Chapter 21, Miss Friday corners Cross and Soundbite, but she doesn't know which of two curtains they're hiding behind. Soundbite produces an obvious sneeze from the curtain where they're hiding, prompting Miss Friday to shoot up the other stall, having learned not to trust her ears from the last encounter with the pair. Once she's out of bullets, Cross takes her down.
    • In Chapter 31, Soundbite tells everyone in earshot that a rat infestation is coming their way... causing Aisa to leap out of the barrel she was stowing away inside of in fright.
    • Chapter 34 has the Foxy Pirates being very pleased about having a Davy Back Fight broadcast on the SBS, with their tricks fully explained to the listeners, as it would entice other pirate crews to challenge them expecting a win, while only knowing a fraction of the Foxy Pirates' playbook.
    • Chapter 37 has Cross needing to find a way to get Kaku and Kalifa to reveal themselves, so he convinces Franky and Iceburg that Robin has no desire to awaken the hidden weapons, the risk of which is the whole reason they hid the Pluton blueprints. This leads to Franky taking out the blueprints to burn them, causing the two CP9 agents to make a grab for them. Cross then has Lassoo burn them, and taunts them, which results in them fully breaking cover.
    • In Chapter 39: "Black Bart" Bartolomeo attacks a Celestial Dragon and then calls the World Government to taunt them. He gets the Five Elder Stars who proceed to send Akainu and five battleships after him. All to draw off some of the World Government's firepower so the Straw Hats can save Robin.
    • By broadcasting that Chopper has found Perona's real body and is planning to do Science to her, Perona flies back into her real body in a heartbeat to protect it. Of course, this means that when Chopper puts her to sleep for real, she's not coming back out.
  • Battle Aura: Like in canon, Conqueror's Haki is portrayed as this, only here it's a little more individualized and based on how a person feels being in the vicinity of an active user.
    • Luffy's takes the form of a "Raging King of Beasts", but hasn't ever been seen or described fully onscreen.
    • Boa Hancock's takes the the form of a "World-devouring Serpent" when she uses it on Bartolomeo and, during the Marineford War, against Doflamingo.
    • Sengoku's, unsurprisingly, is described by Akainu and Cross both as a "Divine Golden Presence", to go with his theme as "The Buddha."
    • Vivi's takes the form of a "Desert Queen" when she uses it on Cross during the Ice Hunter arc.
    • Rayleigh's isn't seen in full, but is described briefly with the following terms (referencing his title as the "Dark King").
    "And then the world lurched, and for a brief second I was kneeling at a black throne, set at the foot of a crumbling yet still-regal monument-"
    • Doflamingo's seems to describe him as "The Puppetmaster", with the people he hits with it as "Puppets on his String".
    • Douglas Bullet's is described explicitly as that of a "War Machine."
    • Big Mom's appears as a massive giant, large enough to crush the entire world.
    • Ace's feels like standing mere feet from the sun itself.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill:
    • In Chapter 18, Cross pulls this to outfox a trio of Marine Mooks.
    • In Chapter 32, Nami accidentally finds herself impersonating a Marine Captain and takes Drill Sergeant Nasty Up to Eleven as she yells at a Marine for bumping into her.
    • From the same chapter, in addition to what all the other crew are doing, Sanji and Luffy outsmart a group of Marines when they run away from Vice Admiral Jonathan by yelling in a panicked tone that Jessica (Jonathan's wife) just learned he's been throwing out the meals she made him. The best part is that it's completely true.
    • Cross had Soundbite use an approximation of Spandam's voice to order the Marines to shell the portion of the tower Spandam is in with mortars.
    • Cross and Soundbite pull off an entire series of these to tie up the Buster Call ships into shooting each other.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • At multiple points, Vice Admiral Jonathan wonders why he thought it was a good idea to let the Straw Hats stress-test Navarone.
    • Fleet Admiral Sengoku wishes for the Straw Hats to engage in 'traditional piracy' and when he hears them doing just that over the SBS, he plans on saying prayers for those who'll end up losing their homes. Then he recognizes the voices/names on the broadcast and realizes exactly which island they're destroying— The Judicial Island, Enies Lobby, one of the Marines' three greatest strongholds.
      Cross: We're going to take a leaf out of the pages of the big black book of piracy! Only… It's not the edition you were hoping for. We're tearing this straight out of the Four Emperors' personal playbook: you touch one of ours? We fuck you up. This goes beyond a mere rescue mission, this… this is nothing short of a crusade. We are going to pummel the men stationed here. We are going to take back our archaeologist. And besides making the World Government look like the idiots they are in the process? We are going to burn this fucking island TO THE GODDAMN BEDROCK AND CAST IT INTO THE FUCKING ABYSS IT'S HANGING OVER, SENDING IT RIGHT BACK TO WHERE IT FUCKING BELONGS! WHO'S WITH ME!?
    • Jabra taunts Luffy in hopes of getting the best possible fight. Unfortunately for him, he did so by not just pressing Luffy's Berserk Button, but slamming it with a sledgehammer. No-Holds-Barred Beatdown ensues.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Cross gives a News Coo he meets a 900 Berry tip when he buys a 100 Berry newspaper from him. Then after the Alubarna battle, said News Coo, named Coo, gives Cross an edition of tomorrow's paper due to the very raw deal that the Straw Hats and Vivi are getting.
  • Berserk Button: Cross has a great habit of stomping on these to get people all riled up.
    • Do not insult Tashigi's womanhood if you have any interest in not being castrated.
    • Do not insult Emporio Ivankov in front of Mr. 2.
    • Do not disparage Donquixote Doflamingo in front of Bellamy, or worse, tell Bellamy that Doflamingo will never respect him.
    • Do not touch Nami's tangerine trees unless you have her express permission. Soundbite apparently took a single leaf once in the past, and whatever happened put him off of them for good.
    • Do not insult Sengoku's choice of goats as a pet. Not even if you're Akainu.
    • Do not harm Luffy if you have any interest in not being slaughtered by his family. While listening to the SBS broadcast of the events on the Secret Island, Squardo and Whitey Bay had to keep their Haki up lest they be incinerated just by being near Ace. Garp got to the point where he was prepared to rip Lily apart with his bare hands. Dragon had no doubt that Luffy would win but nonetheless swore to kill Lily if Luffy didn't.
    • Do not touch one of the Straw Hats. You Wouldn't Like Them When They're Angry.
      Soundbite: Did you really think we would TAKE THIS SHIT LYING DOWN? THEY WANT TO PLAY DIRTY, that's their problem. BUT WHEN THEY TAKE ONE OF OURS... we fight BLOODY.
      Cross: You touch one of ours? We fuck you up.
    • Do not mention "sins of the father" anywhere near Ace unless you want to be extra crispy.
    • Do not look down on Jabra because you think he's weak. He gets enough of it from Lucci, and it really gets under his skin.
    • Do not make light of a life-or-death struggle in front of Kalifa; she takes her assassination work very seriously. And thanks to Cross, really don't call her "bubbly".
    • Amazingly, even the Dirty Coward Smug Snake Spandam has one: Do not insult his father.
    • Do not insult Hogback's intelligence.
    • Do not tell Fire Zombie Bill that he's not funny.
    • Do not mess with Bearsy whenever Perona is around, and especially don't call either of them creepy.
    • Do not say anything positive about the East Blue around Shiki.
    • Do not badmouth the Ryugu Royal Family in front of Megalo, and do not question Pappug's loyalty to his kingdom either.
    • Do not insult reading in front of Cross and Robin.
  • Berserker Tears: Koala starts shedding these even while she's beating Vice-Admiral Strawberry, the man responsible for her friend Fisher Tiger's death, to a bloody pulp.
  • Better the Devil You Know: Cross's reason for allowing Eneru to escape to the moon, as it was the best way to keep the Rumble-Rumble Fruit in a known location and not end up in a future enemy's hand when it reincarnates if Eneru was killed
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Vivi. It was scary enough when she got angry at Cross for lying to her face about where the Rebel Army was (for good reason, and she apologizes for it later), but after escaping Rain Dinners and Smoker decides to try arresting the Straw Hats...well.
      Tashigi was downright quaking in her boots by this point, the woman who had fearlessly cut down an assassin not an hour ago looking ripe to piss her pants. Smoker’s external reaction was one of stoic calm, but I could see the sweat dripping from his temple, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t from the heat.
      • What makes this doubly impressive is that, for the first time, Vivi invokes her family name as one of the 20 original world-creating kingdoms to do so.
      • Later Vivi fantasizes (to the point of drooling) over having a Buster Call initiated on a World Government island like Enies Lobby.
    • Shanks, as in canon. Nice Guy all the way through, but this line says it all:
      Shanks: We'll see if the Golden Lion has bitten off more than he can chew by challenging [the Straw Hats]. And if he hasn't? Then he'll wish that he had.
    • After Keimi gets to confront the subdued Macro Pirates (fishmen slavers), there is a distinct fire in her eyes when she decides to hand them over to Jinbe.
  • Beyond the Impossible:
    Sanji: Cross is right. Applied bullshit is our area of expertise.
    • The Water 7 doctor states (shouts) that even with a rubber body, it makes no sense at all that Luffy is still alive after his fight with Lucci, especially as he accumulated so much fatigue he should have lost consciousness two days ago despite the fight having been yesterday.
    • After Luffy mistakes Coby for Natsu Dragneel, Cross blows up at his captain's stupidity transcending time and space. And then Garp proves himself even stupider by broadcasting Luffy's parentage on live radio.
  • Big Ball of Violence:
    • Luffy and Lassoo get into a brawl when Cross orders Lassoo to maul him after Luffy ruins his second favorite jacket. The two end up in "a nigh cartoonish ball of violence, dust cloud and all."
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Quoted in full by Boss, Franky, and Cross/Soundbite as they join the battle on the Bridge of Hesitation.
    • Sanji does this several times, once to save Cross from a raptor, another to save Nami, Vivi, Merry and Carue from Absalom.
    • Su helps save Coo the News Coo from an enemy eagle.
    • A delegation from the Ryugu Kingdom arrives at Sabaody to safeguard the cornered pirates and slaves.
    • Subverted with Rayleigh, whose underestimation of Doflamingo leads to him arriving immediately after the damage has been done; the most he can do is prevent any more. He plays it straight, however, when he single-handedly stops Kizaru's attack on the Straw Hats and the Supernovas just as the Admiral has everyone else on the ropes.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: An example played for comedy – Nami lays one on both Cross and Robin when they deliver the giant pillar of gold from Skypiea.
  • Big Eater: A standard part of One Piece is that Luffy has a ridiculous appetite. Frame of reference from when the crew learns from Crocus Baroque Works was trying to kill Laboon for a food supply that would last a few years for their town, which contains around 100 people:
    Luffy: (flat look at Crocus) That's just stupid. This guy could only feed them for three weeks, tops.
    Cross: (flat look at Luffy) Your answer terrifies me beyond all belief for so many reasons.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Everyone's response to when, after the Grand Line's weather between Reverse Mountain and Whiskey Peak, Zoro complains about them waking him up for that and asks if they could have handled it themselves.
    • In the Break Them by Talking below, Cross finally makes Vivi snap by accusing her of being a bounty hunter out of sadistic pleasure, resulting in this.
    • This is the crew's response when Cross breaks out the Stink Bomb bug repellent lotion on Little Garden. Cross vetos it.
    • This is the crew's response when Cross threatens to use his new foghorn to make an enraged Nami calm down enough to listen to reason.
    • Shiki's reaction to realizing that Luffy is about to smash him to pieces and there's nothing he can do to stop him.
  • Big "YES!": Cross when Luffy orders all of the Straw Hats to shoot down the World Government flag in Chapter 39.
  • Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...:
    • After escaping an Inevitable Waterfall, Nami asks if anyone else has any more impending disasters. These are the responses she gets: "Nope!; NO thanks!; No...; Not at all, Nami-swan!; Cross is gonna be the third mate.; I'm good..."
    • When the Straw Hats all join in blasting down the WG flag, Vivi doesn't join in for lack of a proper long-ranged attack. Why does this count? Because Boss, who is after her, does.
    • While scanning the third level of Impel Down for a way down, Luffy spots "Cell, chain, prisoner, cell, old man out of a cell, more chains..."
  • Blinded by Rage: If Cross isn't breaking his opponents with words, he's tap-dancing on their Berserk Buttons, which gets them mad enough for him to play them for fools.
    • Insulting Tashigi's womanhood? Cross drawing her ire and leading her and her men away from his crew.
    • Insulting Emporio Ivankov in front of a disguised Bon Clay? Out-of-Character Alert.
    • Calling Bellamy Doflamingo's dickweasel to his face? Cross turns him into a distraction to get Mr. 13 off his back.
    • Insulting Dr. Hogback's intelligence? Get him to blurt out his plans on live radio.
    • Taunting Corto with fat jokes? Get him pissed enough to turn him into a Bullfight Boss, which he can take out with ease.
    • It's even used against the Straw Hats once: when Shiki calls Nami his "property", it gets all the Straw Hats present incensed enough for a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, which makes them sloppy enough that a veteran like Shiki beats them easily.
    • However, this tactic has sometimes backfired, such as when Robin tries to insult Spandam's father, which makes him mad enough to try and kill her, orders be damned, or when Raphey insulted Zombie Lola only to have Unstoppable Rage played very straight.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The results of the Sabaody Revolution Arc. Good news? Cross's plan of getting rid of Sabaody's slave trade goes off without a hitch, turning the slave trade business itself into the biggest target for pirates since none of the slave traders actually use the money they earn in their auctions. Bad news? The only reason Cross's plan worked was that Doflamingo allowed it. And just to make matters worse, despite his best efforts the War of the Best is still on track and Ace is still slated to be executed. While the Straw Hats are forced to disband and train to get stronger during the two-year timeskip, they do at least part on a much better note and give their last goodbyes until they all see each other again.
  • Bloody Hilarious: What happens when Sanji gets a high-pressure Nose Bleed – while carrying the mermaid Keimi in his arms. Guess who gets a very... sanguinary shower?
  • Blow You Away: In Strong World, Vivi consumes the aril of the Gust-Gust Fruit in response to Shiki curb-stomping the Straw Hats and becomes a Logia.
  • Body Horror:
    • The aftermath of Enel's Electric Torture practically melts Cross's skin inside his armor.
    • Lily Carnation.
    • Moria's Nidhogg form.
    • Dr. Indigo's Chemical Juggling techniques involve him injecting some incredibly toxic chemicals like hydrofluoric acid into his own veins, and somehow sweating it out into chemical orb to throw at his foes.
    • The Snake-Eater. Some things were just not meant to be transformers.
  • Bond One-Liner:
    • After Tashigi knocks out Mr. 3 in Chapter 19:
    Tashigi: That was for my men, you bastard...
    • Nami to Kalifa in chapter 37:
    Nami: Science lesson: be it a cloud or a body, Iron still conducts electricity.
    • Conis to Captain Sharinguru in chapter 41:
    Conis: We're all the heroes of our own story. Guess the world just found mine more interesting than yours.
  • Bookcase Passage: At Cross's request, Merry installed a secret room for New World Mason meetings inside the Sunny, accessible under the fish tank in the lounge.
  • Book Safe: The priest who was supposed to perform the Accino-Hiruno wedding is revealed to have hollowed out his Bible and used it to store a flask of vodka.
  • Bothering by the Book: After Vivi paralyzes Spandam, his Marine escort calmly stands back and waits for him to recover as he's the only one allowed to open the Gates of Justice.
    • Being given orders to release Fire Fist Ace early for his execution, Magellan declares that he will not release Ace until the agreed-upon day, not one second sooner. The Marines arrive at such a time so that once the paperwork is processed, Ace will be released into their custody at the stroke of midnight on the specified day.
  • Bound and Gagged:
    • Vivi trusses up Luffy to keep him out of the way during the Accino-Hiruno wedding.
    • A partial example Played for Laughs in Strong World: After Usopp has finally had enough of his crewmates trying to call out to their comrades and attracting more dangerous beasts to them, he Shave-gags them with duct tape.
  • Brain Bleach:
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: While distracting Dr. Hogback, Cross offers to tell him a story about the Straw Hats involving a chicken, a quesadilla, and a chicken quesadilla.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: A minor case in Chapter 25 when Cross says that he couldn't make up the events that he was reporting if he tried. Soundbite, or perhaps B.R.O.B. possessing him again, noted the irony.
  • Break Them by Talking:
    • Cross's words are undoubtedly his most dangerous weapon; every time someone allows him to open his mouth, it proves to be more than they can handle. Vivi's masquerade as Miss Wednesday? Broken. Smoker and Tashigi's faith in the Navy's justice? Broken. Aokiji's unflappably nonchalant demeanor? Broken. Kaku and Kalifa's flawless masquerades? Broken. Hogback's intention not to tell the world about Thriller Bark? Broken. And those are just the ones he did on purpose.
    • Aokiji's canon lecture to Robin still counts, but it's the last words he says to Robin that really count, as they shatter Robin's faith in the crew she had found.
      Aokiji: You've found people who will protect you, Nico Robin. They're willing to take on the world for you, of that I have no doubt. But can they win? I seriously doubt that.
      • They manage to repair the damage some, but ultimately, Enies still happens.
    • Robin utilizes this against Spandam to slow him down on the Bridge of Hesitation. It doesn't turn out well for her.
    • Shiki and Luffy trade attempts to do this during their final clash.
  • Brick Joke:
    • In Chapter 6, Cross does some Tempting Fate that turns into Retroactive Wishing, ending with him wishing that a billion berries would fall from the sky. Nothing happens, and Cross loudly objects to the divine being not following the Rule of Three. But in the Christmas Episode, it turns out that a billion berries DID fall from the sky… onto Johnny and Yosaku.
    • In Chapter 15, after Mr. 2 leaves and Vivi berates herself for not recognizing him based on the description she heard, Cross sarcastically asks Vivi if she wants him to suggest memory exercises then or wait for her to forget some touchy nation's customs. In Chapter 25, she rushes through a translation manual... and accidentally insults some touchy nation's customs.
    • In Chapter 23, Cross first calls Koala "cuddly" over the SBS and she immediately vows revenge. In Chapter 44, she gets her chance.
    • During preparations of the Accino-Hiruno wedding, Luffy comes up with an exceedingly complicated rope invention for him to get to the food, only for Vivi to hogtie him before he can trigger it. After the Straw Hats get away, Luffy finally manages to set it off.
    • In the first part of Strong World, Isaiah vanished while Jonathan was watching the Visual Snail. In the final part of Strong World, it's revealed he flew all the way to Merveille just to get on another horse. Where Cross can hear him.
    • Whenever someone shouts "Aye aye, captain!", Soundbite is prepared to sing the Spongebob Squarepants theme, but Cross tells him to wait until they meet the talking starfish. Come Chapter 59, they finally meet Pappug.
    • In Chapter 14, Cross mentions wanting to use the line, "Once more the secret to eternal youth has eluded me!" Come Chapter 63, he uses it after Law refuses to perform the immortality surgery on him.
  • Bring It:
    • Cross's reaction when they arrive in Alabasta, and he reflects on why they're there, and what's ahead of them.
    • Bartolomeo's reaction after taunting the Five Elder Stars.
    • Su shouts this to get the Thriller Bark Surprise Zombie ambush going:
    • Cross does this to the Amigo Pirates when he takes them all on by himself.
    • Cross and Vice-Admiral Komei declare this to each other right as the former's pirate alliance goes up against the latter's Marine blockade.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Bartolomeo using his Devil Fruit's strongest defense to block a falling mountain breaks his arms and gives him a severe migraine in the process, but it gives Luffy enough of an opening to set up the killer blow.
  • Brown Note:
    • Soundbite learns to produce a sound that causes extreme nausea and disorientation in everyone who hears it, enabling Cross to take them down easier. He and Cross christen it "Gastro-Phony" (going off of cacophony) in Chapter 25.
    • When DJ Gappa of Baron Omatsuri's crew, possessed by Lily, broadcasts on the SBS to invite them to come to their island, the sheer fakeness being broadcasted sends chills up everyone's spine.
      • To say nothing of what happens when anyone tries calling Soundbite while on the island. All they get is a completely unholy sound, with a hint of something underneath. What? 
  • Buccaneer Broadcaster: In Chapter 22, B.R.O.B. gifts Cross with a Snail Transceiver, an outlawed piece of technology that allows Soundbite to broadcast to every other Transponder Snail in the world. The chapter's end heralds the birth of the Straw Hat Broadcasting Station (SBS).
    • Then, in Chapter 24, Soundbite begins what he confirms is going to be a Running Gag by interrupting and intercepting Cross whenever he tries to start the SBS.
    • Then there becomes a Buccaneer Broadsheet as well: Coo and a few of his News Coo colleagues begin collaborating with Scratchman Apoo to create a newspaper that prints the truth, named the Free Feather Report.
    • After the crew swipes a Visual Transponder Snail from Shiki, Soundbite makes the show visual.
  • Bullet Catch: Luffy pulls one when Sheepshead of Kaido's Beast Pirates tries to kill Porche just for being a weakling in his presence.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • Kaku tries to invoke this for why the Straw Hats shouldn't challenge the CP9. Cross points out that as pirates, they fight the World Government as a matter of principle, and furthermore the two are both outnumbered and outgunned.
    • Spandam's habit of this comes back to bite him when Franky and Robin are given free access to him with no one around who's capable of stopping them.
    • Corto of the Amigo Pirates tries to talk his brother and captain Largo out of attacking the Little East Blue and the attending Straw Hats, but Largo still decides to go through with it on account of their patron being a veteran and rival of Gold Roger himself, fully confident in the gift he gave them. Let's just say his confidence was misplaced.
    • Duval may have seen the impossible, awe-inspiring feats the Straw Hat Pirates are capable of, and he knows how far they'll go for one of their own, but he doesn't care what he has to face as long as he gets his pound of flesh from Sanji.
    • The Risky Brothers do this literally when they dare the dragon Lindy to do his worst as they are hunkered down in their bunker at Skelter Bite's gate.
  • Burn Baby Burn: Ace's Vivre Card bursts into flames just after he himself finally awakens from his four-month-long chemically-induced coma, which was also the exact moment Luffy checked his Card after Kizaru tells everyone at Sabaody of Ace's capture and imminent execution.
  • Butt Biter:
    • Soundbite's Establishing Character Moment; Chapter 1 ends with him chewing on Cross's ass.
    • After joining the crew, Lassoo chomps Usopp on the rear in retaliation for some of his actions against Lassoo during Usopp and Chopper's battle with Lassoo and his former owners.
    • Merry in her child form; she bites Garp hard enough to leave marks. She also bites Zoro there when they're en route from Lovely Land to Thriller Bark.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ironically, Cross is this to the Straw Hats, especially after his antics which oft lead him being the target of either Nami or Vivi's ire. However, ever since taking Dr. Kureha's vitamins, Cross has upgraded to...
    • Iron Butt Monkey: Where he has withstood many an attack that should've killed him. Cross even lampshades it:
      Cross: Did it say bad things about the past few weeks that an impact that should have, by all rights, split my head like an egg only hurt a little more than a common bump? Yes, by god yes.

  • Call-Back:
    • Cross threatens Zoro with Chopper's medicine in Alabasta, causing Zoro to remark "So many colors, and I couldn't cut any of them." Later in Skypiea, Zoro threatens Cross with the same, prompting Cross to mutter, "So many colors, and none of them would listen." Lampshaded by Soundbite of course.
    • When Sanji is informed that Princess Shirahoshi is underage and thus out of his range unless he wants to be a creep, he screams "CURSE YOU, FATHER TIME! CUUUURSE YOOOOUUUU!" Later, when Nami learns that a defeated Enel had flown off to the moon along with all her gold, she screams "CURSE YOU, ENERU! CUUUURSE YOOOOUUUU!" Bonus points for Soundbite responding with a deadpan "Seriously?"
    • Cross tells Nami that her facing down Crocodile directly would lead to her being eviscerated in 10 seconds (8 to monologue, 1 to laugh, and 1 for the eviscerating). Nami repeats this for what the sea will do to them if they try finding a Knock-Up Stream without the help of a South Bird.
    • At the end of Alabasta, Cobra asks Luffy to take care of Vivi when she is branded as a pirate by the World Nobles and forced to leave her country, which Luffy agrees to without hesitation. And at the end of Skypiea, Pagaya asks Luffy to take care of Conis when she joins the Straw Hats, to which Luffy happily agrees to since he made similar promises twice (the other example being Genzo for Nami as in canon).
    • When one of the Alabastan guards calls Cross and Soundbite scary for torturing the Unluckies with Vogon poetry, Cross responds with "Pi~ra~te." Later in the story, Robin responds with the exact same phrase when Cross calls her out for playing dirty. This soon becomes a catch-all statement used by a lot of people for all manner of dirty tactics.
    • During Thriller Bark, Donny makes use of Mikey's motto of "If it's stupid and it works, then it's not stupid." to beat his zombie opponent. Later after one of Cross's harebrained ideas to cut tension among the Supernovas by starting a Bar Brawl, Mikey revises his statement to, "If it's stupid and it works... sometimes it's still stupid."
    • At one point, Lassoo exclaims, "Praise be to doggy Jesus!" Later, Funkfreed thanks the "Merciful elephant Buddha".
    • Near the end of the Ice Hunter arc, Cross tries to detonate the explosive placed on the Hiruno's family ship, only for the detonator to fail, which Soundbite rectifies by biting through the wire. When trying to blow open Luffy's cell with dynamite in Impel Down, Buggy finds out that the detonator doesn't work. Luffy fixes that by taking the detonator and crushing it with his hand
  • Call-Forward:
    • After Cross receives the Snail Transceiver at the end of the Alabasta Arc, he comments that the odds of him finding a manual for the thing are about the same as Buggy becoming a Warlord. One wonders if he was trying to Tempt Fate...
    • During the G-8 arc, Cross tells Sanji that he's glad he's 1/3rd secret agent. Given that the Vinsmoke family is made up of assassins...
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
  • Calling Your Attacks: In Chapter 15, Luffy, Usopp, Chopper, and even Zoro insist that Cross and Soundbite come up with names for their techniques.
    • In Chapter 21, they finally begin doing so.
    • Parodied by Conis in chapter 38. Since all of her attacks use guns, she simply announces which gun she's firing just before she does.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: In Merveille, consuming the native animals or plants infused with Indigo's drugs grant super strength and stamina. The strongest monsters (and the Straw Hats inadvertently) get stronger by consuming other monsters.
  • Cannon Fodder: While working out a way to bypass a Marine and privateer blockade around Sabaody Archipelago, the Supernovas find themselves in need of some way to tie up the blockade once they've busted through and prevent them for pursuing them. Kid comes up with the idea of making the trip a Dead End Race with a big cash prize, to draw in all the chaff pirates from the area, get them to join in the assault, and use them to keep the Marines occupied while the big-names make tracks.
  • Canon Immigrant: On their own journey through the Grand Line, Smoker and Tashigi encountered Popora, the memory-manipulating wolf-rabbit from the video game One Piece: Unlimited Adventure, and recruited him as a member of the New World Mason Cleaners.
  • Can't Catch Up:
    • While most of the Straw Hats have gained enough self-confidence to overcome this, one who hasn't is Su, a cloud fox with a big mouth (thanks to Soundbite), talent for sneaking, a bit of SIQ-enhanced strength, but not much else. She's currently looking for something called the "Children of Inari" that could change that but doesn't locate a solid lead until after Kuma separates the crew.
    • Applies when Bartolomeo's old friend Desire appears and joins the Barto Club to keep him in line. She initially demands to be a co-captain, but since Barty can beat her ass like a drum, she has to settle for the first-mate position (and only after she fights his current one).
  • Can't Fire/Imprison You, Still Need You: Sengoku is very emphatic that the sole reason he has not dishonorably discharged and/or imprisoned Akainu is that his abilities are too vital to the Marines.
  • Cant Unhear It: Cross was left disturbed when he heard Bonney chowing down on barbecue ribs, to the point that it was like he could still hear it. Turns out he actually was due to Soundbite replaying it.
  • Captivity Harmonica: When Vivi and Nami are locked in a cell at G-8, Soundbite pipes in harmonica music. When Vivi yells at him cut it out, he opts for playing "Jailhouse Rock" instead.
  • Cargo Ship: Acknowledged In-Universe: the Cannibal, the Barto Club's ship, has turned her captain's Fanboyism to the Straw Hats into outright amorous feelings for the Thousand Sunny. Much to the ship-whisperer Merry's discomfort.
  • Casual Danger Dialog:
    • Chapter 7, while navigating the Grand Line's weather for the first time, after Cross has finished expressing how much he loves feeling alive, Nami snaps for him to get to work:
      Usopp: What happened to you enjoying living your dream?!
      Cross: (quietly) Nami's not a part of that dream, she's a goddamn course hazard!
      Soundbite: Headstrong! NOT SUICIDAL!
    • Chapter 39, while fighting against the soldiers of Enies Lobby.
  • Centipede's Dilemma: Referenced a few times.
    • When Sanji asks Merry how, in her human form, she can turn her raincoat into Bags of Holding that are connected to her Hammerspace brig, she says that if it stops working because he questioned it, she will end him.
    • When Vivi is suffocating Brook:
      Robin: How are you accomplishing that when he doesn't have any lungs?
      Vivi: Don't know, don't question it and make it stop working.
  • Cerebus Retcon: The fanfic takes many concepts that were originally Played for Laughs and makes them more emotional and serious.
    • Nami's Never Gets Drunk tendency stems from nights of drinking away the death of Belle-mere while she was with the Arlong Pirates.
    • Absalom's perverted tendencies, which were originally done for humor in the manga, is shown to be much more frightening here, as Cross outright calls him a predator note  rather than a mere pervert.
    • Sanji's desire to eat the Clear-Clear Fruit and be able to disappear is hinted to stem from his Dark and Troubled Past at the hands of his father and brothers.
  • Chairman of the Brawl: How Cross starts off a tension-cutting Bar Brawl. By using this on Killer.
  • Check, Please!:
    • Cross calls it to give up on sanity when he hears Soundbite give a wild wolf the voice of the Fonz.
    • Cross calls it again during the disaster at the Accino-Hiruno wedding, right after the Hiruno matriarch gets hit with the contents of a cauldron full of super-spicy punch.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Among the items Luffy was given before the crew was split apart by Kuma was "Usopp Elastic Wonder of Doom..." which is an ordinary (albeit tempered) rubber band. However, it proved instrumental in stopping Magellan's ultimate attack and allowing Luffy to finish their fight.
  • Chekhov's Gun: While Cross had managed to stop Bentham (Mr. 2 Bon Clay) from touching the faces of the other crewmates, he still got away with touching Cross's own face. This comes in handy several times during the Impel Downfall and Marineford Misery arcs where he uses Cross's infamy to draw attention to himself by disguising himself as the Voice of Anarchy.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The weakest potential CP9 agent, Nero, turns out to be a lot more important than anyone realized: In addition to Kalifa and Kaku's Devil Fruits, there was a third one in Spandam's possession meant for Nero when he got back to Enies Lobby. But since Nero was knocked out and never made it, that Devil Fruit sat in Spandam's office until Cross stole it, and it turned out to be the exact kind needed to turn Merry human and thus save her life.
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • In Chapter 17, Cross tries to encourage Nami, who's still worried about her skills even with the Clima-Tact nearing completion, by telling her that she must have picked up a lot of useful skills during her run as a thief. Two chapters later, after For Want of a Nail leaves most of the Straw Hats trapped in the cage under Rain Dinners with no Mr. 3 to break them out, she remembers that talk and utilizes one such skill: lockpicking.
      Nami: Crocodile might be a criminal mastermind, but he is a cheap bastard when it comes to locks. A South Blue double-tumbler deadlock without any of the typical security features or precautions one might expect? Please. I almost felt insulted.
    • Ever since Cross recruited Lassoo as his new partner and weapon, he's been training to carry him without much strain. By Little East Blue, Cross has noted that although all of Lassoo's new upgrades has increased his weight to about 2 tons, Cross can carry him around no sweat, which says a lot about how strong he is now.
  • The Chessmaster: Donquixote Doflamingo was already one in canon, but the fanfic actually makes him into an even bigger one as the entirety of the Sabaody Archipelago arc was manipulated by him. Cross has a major Heroic BSoD when he realizes he's been Out-Gambitted.
  • Christmas Episode: Between Chapters 14 and 15.
  • Cliffhanger:
    • Chapter 12 ends with Cross finding out that he's subconsciously spilled his guts about things that he shouldn't know for days, and Sanji is nearby saying that they need to talk.
    • Chapter 22 ends with Vivi telling the world that she has been accused of treason.
    • Chapter 23 ends with Cross bound and gagged and Chopper having apparently gone mad and about to dissect him.
    • Chapter 24 ends with the ship tilting and Usopp screaming that the Kraken is attacking them.
    • Chapter 25 ends with the sky falling onto the Straw Hats (the start of the Skypiea arc).
    • Chapter 26 ends with an escaped Mr. 13 and Ms. Friday tracking Cross to Jaya and prepared to tear him and Soundbite limb from limb.
    • Chapter 29 ends with Enel appearing where Cross is and blasting him with lightning. And then the Cross-Brain goes on hiatus for the next week due to oncoming exams.
    • Chapter 31 ends with the Straw Hats landing in Marine base G-8 on the island of Navarone.
    • Chapter 34 ends with the Straw Hats running into Aokiji.
    • Chapter 35 shows this not in the actual chapter, but the first preview the fanfic ever had that came after it. The Straw Hats get hold of a poster of a certain...festive island. What makes this even more of a cliffhanger? Cross never actually saw the movie, just the poster of it. Yes, he saw a picture of this, without realizing that the movie itself involved this.
    • Chapter 37 ends with Robin still handing herself to CP9 to keep the crew safe, along with Cross's transceiver.
    • Chapter 41 ends with Sengoku and the Marine Fleet arriving at Enies Lobby. And he's pissed.
    • Chapter 43 ends with Blackbeard declaring he'll be Pirate King in front of Aokiji and a captured Ace, Whitey and Squardo, with Cross none the wiser, as Aokiji's Hie Hie no Mi doesn't show up on a Vivrecard. Extremely dick move on Aokiji's part; he approached Cross earlier, shaken by the revelations of Spandam's black book, begging for advice – and was told to stop being a doormat. He crawls away with his tail between his legs without saying a word.
    • Chapter 44 ends with the Straw Hats trapped by the Accino family.
    • Chapter 50 ends with Soundbite outright panicking. The reason? Moria just Awakened his Devil Fruit.
    • Chapter 51 ends with Cross realizing someone had to wake up Moria even after being heavily sedated only for Kuma to appear behind him before everything goes black after one touch.
    • Chapter 54 ends with Hina calling T-Bone about a problem, and the chapter preview shows the beginning of One Piece Film: Strong World.
    • Chapter 56 ends with the Straw Hats charging at Shiki, intent on beating him to a bloody pulp.
    • Chapter 59 ends with the Straw Hats arriving at Takoyaki 8 with both Koala of the Revolutionary Army and Boa Sandersonia already present, and Jinbe on his way. A joke is made about a Marine showing up. Cue Tashigi's entrance.
    • Chapter 65 ends with the 3 Straw Hat mates hearing the aftermath of Saint Roswald killing an innocent bystander, followed by Cross approaching and paying his last respects to the victim. He then returns to the crew and coldly states that their plan to destroy the slave trade in Sabaody has officially begun.
    • Chapter 66 has the Straw Hats and Supernovas initiating their plan to systematically destroy and rob blind every active slave trade location they can find. However, the Donquixote Famiglia take advantage of a loophole in Soundbite's call dead zone by calling Disco from outside, alerting him to their plans, with Trebol revealing they've sent one of their own in anticipation of the Straw Hat's arrival to ensure they don't mess with Doflamingo's hold on the slave trade.
    • Chapter 68 has a big one thanks to Saint Charloss foolishly telling the entire world about the rampant hedonism and crimes against humanity done by the Celestial Dragons in Mariejois, the Five Elder Stars realize the Godzilla Threshold has now been crossed and they send all available manpower from Admirals to Warlords to even "test experiments" to Sabaody and put an end to the Straw Hats. Also, Donquixote Doflamingo, who was revealed to be the one manipulating events in Sabaody, sets up a plan to bring the Straw Hats to the Auction House for something using Keimi as bait.
    • Chapter 69 has probably the biggest and cruelest yet: the crew rescues Keimi from the Auction House, Luffy does the epic punch on Charloss, and Cross meets Rayleigh; however, Cross also learns that he and the crew were set up by Doflamingo and that everything they accomplished since arriving on the archipelago was because of his manipulations and lack thereof, sending Cross into a Heroic BSoD, and the chapter ends with Cross coming face to face with Kizaru, who declares Cross is under arrest.
    • Chapter 70: Rayleigh saves the crew and Supernovas from Kizaru, but not before he reveals that Ace had been captured and set for execution in 10 days. Kuma then confronts Cross alone, and bluntly tells him that he will scatter them around the world not just to train them, but to prevent them from going on a suicide mission trying to save Ace together as a crew, saying that only Luffy would be capable of managing it. He leaves stating he will return to make good on the deed at sunset, and tells Cross that it's time to tell them to get ready for their 2-year separation.
    • Chapter 71: The crew gets separated as per canon, but this time knowing they are to train and get stronger. Of the new TB!Straw Hats, Billy is sent with Nami to Weatheria, Conis and Su are sent to Eden's Cinders, home of the Jewel Tree, Adam and a Forever War between a multitude of factions, Merry is sent to Davy Jones's Locker, an undersea graveyard of wrecked ships surrounded by a dome of air, Vivi and Carue are sent back to Alabasta, but with both hesitant in actually being back, Boss and the TDWS are Sabaody to remain guarding the Sunny and actually complain of Kuma having to send them on a three-day flight only to return to the same spot, and Cross and his partners are sent to a mysterious place that is not even described and is covered by spoiler blocks. Luffy is sent to Amazon Lily, but now is facing the wrath of the Kuja as they accuse him for attempting to kill Hancock.
    • Chapter 77: After recovering from Magellan's poison, he wakes to find out from Ivankov that the Marines have moved the timetables up, and they're taking Ace out of Impel Down even as they speak. Ace himself is confronted by Isuka, who as Ace's analogue of Smoker, declares that she's requested - and been granted permission - to be the one to personally execute Ace at Marineford.
  • Clothing Damage: Implied to be the result of Cross playing with a newly-acquired Flame Dial... with Nami and Vivi being the unfortunate recipients. Su implies the same thing happened to Conis at one time.
  • Cluster F-Bomb:
    • Cross's reaction when he's inserted into One Piece.
    • Cross's breathlessly relieved reaction after leaving Smoker's presence following his "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    • Soundbite's deafening reaction to finding out that the salt-filled vial that Kureha gagged him with was, in fact, filled with sugar instead.
    • Chopper's reaction to being told he has five minutes to get Kobato roused and on their side before several injured Marines arrive. It even leaves Soundbite speechless.
    • Nami's (thankfully-censored) reaction when she uses the Impact Dial during the Davy Back Fight. Live on the SBS, much to her loved ones' frustration.
    • Jabra drops a long one over the idea of not getting to finally fight Luffy after waiting since the Davy Back Fights.
    • Cross gives one as a big Bring It to the Marine reinforcements swarming at them at the climax of the Enies Lobby arc.
    • Merry gives a hilarious one after eating a Devil Fruit to save her life.
    • This is Bartolomeo's response after his crewmate throws him onto his ship with two broken arms.
    • Eustass Kid is prone to delivering these, such as when the Straw Hats bust out the Gaon Cannon in all its glory.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Blueno tries to avoid entering his dimension to fight Sanji by throwing a couple of grenades in via a hand-sized door.
  • Combination Attack: Soundbite, after his Awakening, has a couple with Cross's other partner-weapons, Lassoo and Funkfreed.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • After Alabasta is out of sight, Nami looks back with tears based on what was yet to come. Cross tries to console her...
      Nami: No, Cross, it's not that…It's just… looking back… I… I think that the crocodile on top of Rain Dinners might have been solid gold.
      • So much so, that it's Vivi that gives her the Dope Slap.
    • While listening to Vivi talk on the SBS about how a ruler's anger needs to be cold, controlled and legendary, Hancock concludes that her anger isn't legendary enough.
    • When a doctor declares that during Enies Lobby, Luffy took "48 hours of Olympic-grade fatigue in a sixth the time" and should, by all right, be dead, Cross is surprised they have the Olympics.
    • When Apis suggests the Barto Club play a game of strip poker, she thinks their shocked stares are because she said it wrong. She did not, of course; she's simply too ill-informed from Miss Goldenweek to understand the meaning of the game.
    • Vivi manages to be a complete tyrant while managing the Accino wedding ceremony, which Cross and Soundbite call her out on.
      Vivi: In my defense, I was just trying to make this wedding the best it could be!
      Cross: We were supposed to tank the wedding, you blue-haired bimbo! The Accino kids wanted to make sure their sister didn't get married!
    • When told she has an incredibly dark and twisted mind, Robin doesn't get why she would be offended by that.
    • Why is Brook so appalled at his face? Especially since he's senile enough to get scared by it?
      Brook: I'm starting to go yellow around my orbital sockets! Now how will I get all the hot young skeletons to love me?!
    • When Tashigi informs Cross of Shiki using the Snail Transceiver and broadcasting the Straw Hats' struggles in Strong World, he is miffed over the number of viewers Shiki received in comparison to his listeners on the SBS.
  • Comically Small Demand: While it wasn't intended as such, Cross's demand for flags that the Accino family stole turns out to be this. They're the ones who have to clean them all the time; Arbell outright says she'd rather eat her skirt than clean one more flag.
  • Compelling Voice:
    • Sovereign's Will, a variation of Conqueror's Haki that Vivi unlocks. Everyone who hears it is forced to follow her orders, no questions asked. However, it can be countered by those who disrespect her or who can focus on things about her that they don't respect, as it is fueled by the listener's natural respect for her.
  • Compensating for Something: Soundbite tells a double-layered variation of this to "Big Knife" Sarquiss; that his knife isn't big enough for him to compensate with. Even members of the Bellamy Pirates couldn't help but snicker.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • How was Vivi to know that they'd show up at Water 7 right when the Aqua Laguna would be coming in on the next day? Well, knowing the Straw Hats' luck...
    • While fighting on the Bridge of Hesitation, of all the dropped swords he could pick up, Cross ended up grabbing Funkfreed, which he lampshades. Fortunately, he turns it to his advantage and convinces Funkfreed to join him.
    • Cross lampshades this again when explaining to Jinbe that Hody killed Queen Otohime. After providing context that points Hody as the real killer, Megalo, who witnessed the incident in question, arrives to pick up the Ryugu royal family's order from Hatchan.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In order for her to apologize properly for harming her father, Vivi requests that Robin write him a 20-page-long apology... with her real hands.
  • Cooldown Hug: Nami gives one to Perona to help her understand that their friendship is real and genuine.
  • Cool People Rebel Against Authority: Defied and Deconstructed. The point of Cross's stance was that there are people who can be just as bad as pirates and as good as Marines postured themselves to be. Pirates aren't heralded by the common people as cool unless they are the good pirates like the Whitebeard Pirates and the Straw Hats. Rebels aren't considered cool in-universe either because the people needed a legitimate reason to rebel. There are still people who still held trust in the Marines for various reasons, many of whom believed they can change it from the inside and whatnot. Most of the people rebelled during the Enies Lobby fiasco was furious over the WG's dirty laundry and were slowly learning to stand up for themselves to the point of attacking bases in broad daylight. Koala noted that most of the time, people have a hard time being brave and speaking their mind and standing up against a tyrant. This especially confused the general public about Cross, who called himself normal when he's really not in the OP general public's terms anyway. There is a reason why the people of Drum/Sakura, Cross, and the Revolutionary Army aren't considered the norm, unlike the world Cross came from.
  • Cosmic Lottery Winner: Through all his Tarot Troubles during the battle against Baron Omatsuri, Basil Hawkins sees this with Luffy, as no matter how he shuffles his deck, all the cards representing hope and victory end up at the top and the one representing disaster ends up on the bottom.
  • Cosmic Plaything: After all the broadcasts on the SBS, the world considers the Straw Hat Pirates to be this. They have the insane luck to survive anything thrown at them, but also the worst luck that constantly throws the worst they can handle at them in the first place. By the time they run into Shiki, a veteran New World pirate, while still in the Paradise side of the Grand Line, Beckman even wonders aloud how their luck could possibly be that bad.
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: When Keimi unknowingly suggests cooking an octopus that turns out to be an ambassador from Octopus Shogunate, she apologizes to him by offering him a coupon for Takoyaki 8, only for Pappug to not-so-subtly say "COUGH–cannibalism–COUGH!" note 
  • Counting to Potato: Chapter 23. Maybe a typo, maybe not:
    Cross: (to Lassoo) Hey, fine by me. One, the stronger I get the more damage I can take and dish out, and B. I want to be able to tote around a badass cannon like you.
  • Covert Pervert: Nami and Vivi who certainly don't mind Zoro training shirtless.
    • Vivi and her "magazines" about hentai.
    • Robin muses about royals and their...excesses after Vivi learns to use Sovereign's Will. It could have been just teasing, but then, it is Robin.
    • X Drake apparently does or reacts in a way that makes Boa Sandersonia realize that he is quite vulnerable to feminine charms. An experienced beauty like Pascia immediately pegs him as a hair-trigger covert pervert.
  • Crack Fic: Consider:
  • *Crack!* "Oh, My Back!": Sengoku's 77 years of age finally catch up to him when he gets so incensed during the Enies Lobby arc that he suffers a heart attack. It barely slows him down afterward, but he has to keep his temper in check unless he wants a repeat performance.
  • Crapsaccharine World: The World Goverment is to be seen by the average citizen as upholding the law, taking dramatic steps to ensure it remains so. However, following the events of Alabasta, a goal of Cross's is to make the world a better place by being to exposing the World Goverment's actions by ripping away the venere of peace. He exposes massacures, slavery, the fact that some Marines will kill their own men for the chance of getting a pirate killed and more.
  • Crazy Enough to Work:
    • Cross employs a number of these via the Straw Hat Pirates' specialty of "applied bullshit", but one of them elicits this response from Tashigi:
      Tashigi: Cross, out of all the plans you've ever devised, this has to easily be the most ludicrous, outrageous, completely unhinged one yet!
      Cross: …and?
      Tashigi: …and Themis save me but it could actually work.
    • Donny has to use a few plans that he mentally thinks of as "If it's stupid and it works..." while fighting Fire Zombie Bill.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Mr. 3, when he catches up to Cross and Soundbite in Rainbase, had learned from his experience with Soundbite's powers, so he came prepared: breath control to keep him from hearing his breath, a wax vest to mask his heartbeat, a little tapper to make it seem like a heartbeat is coming from elsewhere, and earplugs to guard against Soundbite's distractions. The Unluckies, Ohm, and the Foxy Pirates are among others who used forewarning to guard against Soundbite's powers.
    • Cross manages to a lesser extent due to knowing most of the plot up to Dressrosa, such as saving most of the gold they got from Skypiea to both repair/save Merry and purchase Keimi.
    • Lola has reinforced her bar on Skelter Bite in preparation for Bar Brawls.
  • Crossover:
    • Cross and Soundbite meet Jones and Ruatha in an omake chapter thanks to the Rainbow Mist.
    • In the 2020 Halloween special, B.R.O.B. sends the Straw Hats and the New World Masons to Halloween Town to really enjoy the holiday in style.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: During the Omatsuri Island chapter, it's revealed that Buggy, one of the setting's weakest characters, managed to escape from the island after Baron Omatsuri revealed the true form of Lily Carnation.
  • Cry Cute: Averted. When Robin breaks down in tears at Enies Lobby, Cross calls it "messy, loud, and ugly" but insists it was absolutely beautiful for it's complete and undeniable sincerity.
  • Cryptic Conversation:
    • During the 1000 Review special, Cross asks his future-self Wyvern if he's caused anything Nine Minutes-ish. Fans of the story know he's asking if he caused a Bad Future.
    • In Chapter 30, when Cross and Nami end up on Eneru's ship as he's about to take off to destroy Skypiea and then sail to the moon, Cross's reaction is to get a Vision Dial ready for the show. His response to Nami's rage? "Hey, Nami, did you ever pass on my request to Usopp to upgrade my armor with rubber sleeves? It would have come in handy earlier." When she understands that what he's saying is that Luffy is immune to Eneru's powers, and what he's preparing to take pictures of is Luffy beating Eneru down—and, in the same vein, that Luffy is on the way—she matches his Slasher Smile.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • The Bellamy Pirates' assault on Cricket's home ends like this. All it takes is Soundbite's Gastro-Phony and Gastro-Blast techniques, and the whole crew is out with Cross or Luffy hardly having to lift a finger.
    • Thanks to Cross's foreknowledge and cunning, Soundbite's listening, Lassoo's trick ammo, and the rest of the crew's defensive reflexes, Satori is sent flying without even laying a hand (or ball) on the crew.
    • Jabra slammed on Luffy's Berserk Button as hard as he could in hopes of getting the fight of his life. The resulting Death Glare makes him fully aware that it was a fatal mistake, and what follows isn't so much a fight as a massacre.
    • When Zoro finally fights Tashigi seriously, she's next seen covered in bandages with Chopper complaining about having to sew up that much small intestine.
    • The Straw Hats once left the dugongs behind in the ocean, and when they caught up, the TDWS took out their ire on Sanji. They quickly regret their decision.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion:
    • Suddenly finding themselves facing Admiral Kizaru, the Straw Hats and the rest of the Supernovas struggle to even lay a hand on him even as he holds onto Cross. It took all their combined effort and ingenuity just to manage to land a blow on him, but all this manages to accomplish is pissing Borsalino off enough that he decides to outright kill them all, and would have if Rayleigh didn't intervene and administer a curb stomp of his own for taking his aggressiveness against them that far.
    • Stussy of CP-Aigis-0 completely manhandles Luffy, Marguerite, and a drugged Hancock (the latter of whom she was trying to assassinate), with hardly much effort, except when Hancock manages to partially petrify her throat. Also, Stussy is forced to flee when Hancock manages to whistle for her sisters to aid her.
    • Luffy's fight against Magellan seems to be going well, until the end when Luffy realizes that his best efforts weren't even able to make the warden lose his temper.
  • Curse Cut Short: Very common. Most usually the following:
    Assorted: CROSS, YOU SON OF A—!!
  • Cutaway Gag: When Don Accino wants to know how Lil managed to get up onto a lamp in his flag collection room, the scene cuts away to Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private exchanging toasts to Lil.
  • Cutting the Knot: This is Cross's main strength as a tactician – he works best when he's allowed to work outside the box. It's why he's no good at strategy games like chess; he feels he works better when he's allowed to flip the table.

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