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  • Hairpin Lockpick:
    • With Mr. 3 attacking Cross and Tashigi, his powers could not be used to free Luffy and the others from their cage in Rain Dinners. Fortunately, thanks to Cross' inspiration, Nami was able to free them using this.
    • Perona easily escapes a set of sea prism stone handcuffs because only one hand was cuffed and she used a hairpin to pick the lock. She even notes that no female pirate worth the name goes without a hairpin for the exact purpose, which Nami, Vivi, Robin, and Merry agree with. The remaining females promptly express a desire to learn it. Even Raphey, who doesn't even have hair.
  • Hammerspace: Even in her new human form, the Going Merry possesses all the storage space inside her coat as she did when she was a ship.
  • Hand Wave:
    • No in-story explanation is given for how a ghostly klabautermann can eat a Devil Fruit.
  • Headdesk:
    • In Chapter 23, Cross does this after Soundbite gives the Teenage Dugong Warrior Squad their name.
    • In Chapter 28, Cross does this after Isaiah, perching on Pierre's head while the latter is in his hybrid form, says "I'm on a horse."
    • In Chapter 33, Vice Admiral Jonathan does this when he realizes the full extent of the chaos the Straw Hat Pirates are capable of causing.
    • Chapter 37 has Vivi doing this after Boss successfully negotiates with Franky by flexing.
    • Chapter 42, when Sengoku hears that Admiral Kizaru (with the inadvertent help of Nami), has ended up refracting himself out of the fight, he does this. While in his Buddha form. Denting the Gates of Justice in the process.
    • Chapter 44, when Cross realizes that he and the crew were captured by the Accinno pirates and a certain quartet of Fierce Penguins.
    • Chapter 48 has Soundbite try to invoke this in Cross twice, once with Mystery Inc. and once with Thriller. Cross shrugs off the first one, the second one, he joins in.
  • Hearing Voices:
    • At the crux of Robin's decision at Enies Lobby, thanks to Soundbite and his powers, Jaguar D. Saul's voice becomes so loud it is heard and projected from beyond the grave, giving her that last bit of assurance.
    • The voice of the previous Pirate King helps his successor stand and take down Lucci.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Given the Gray and Grey Morality of One Piece, this is a little shaky, but after witnessing the political pettiness of their superiors, Smoker, Tashigi and Hina outright tell Cross that they want to ally with him to bring down the World Government. As of chap. 42 Captain T-Bone, Vice-Admiral Jonathan and Vice-Admiral Tsuru join them in treason.
    • The Living Weapons Lassoo and Funkfreed join Cross as his new partners after clashing with their old owners.
    • Don Accino and his family start off antagonistic, but find himself in need of the Straw Hats' skills more than their flag, and at the end of it all, works out a deal with Vivi to become, as the current user of the Hot-Hot Fruit, the Rage of Alabasta, one of the Alabastan Royal Guardians.
  • Heel Realization: Cross' words on tolerance and "perpetuating hate for hate's sake" make Hancock, Marigold, and Sandersonia realize they've become far too similar to the World Nobles they despise.
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X": Averted in Chapter 31 when Cross threatened to eviscirate Soundbite if he laughed after learning one of the ancient weapons was called Uranus.
  • Helping Would Be Killstealing:
    • Squardo and Whitey appealing to Luffy and Ace's honor as pirates is the only thing that stops the latter from rocketing off to immolate Baron Omatsuri alive.
    • During the plan to trap Absalom, Sanji is in place to stop anything from happening to Nami and Vivi who are acting as bait, but Nami asks him to give them the opportunity to fight first, wanting the chance to prove to themselves that all their training was worth it. As it turns out, they were right to keep him in reserve.
  • Here We Go Again!: This is the general air when Perona appears on the Sunny and asks for passage to another island of her liking – she snuck on like Robin, she asks the crew to "take responsibility" like Robin, she bribes Nami with treasure like Robin, and she asks to borrow some of the women's clothes like Robin.
    • Ultimately though, it doesn't end the same way, and Perona decides to leave after Strong World.
  • Hero of Another Story:
    • It seems that some of the adventures from anime filler-arcs, movies, and video games that this story is skipping over are still happening, just to other crews. Examples:
      • Bartolomeo went through the Warship Island arc and obtained both Apis and the reincarnated Millennium Dragon Ryu (now known as Lindy) as part of his crew.
      • Smoker & Tashigi traveled to the island where the plot of the Nintendo Wii-exclusive One Piece: Unlimited Adventure takes place and met Popora, who now accompanies them and is considered an ally of the New World Masons.
      • Eustass Kid (whom the term "hero" is loosely applied), was involved in Dead End Adventure and has Biera and the Bascùd siblings Adelle and Shuraiya as part of his crew.
      • Basil Hawkins got involved in the events of the 5th movie and the cursed sword Shichiseiken is now considered a member of his crew.
    • Just about all of the Super Rookies have their own battles during the Straw Hats' assault on Enies Lobby.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Cross has a brief one in Chapter 19, when he realizes that it was his presence and intervention that resulted in Mr. 3 getting a second chance and killing countless civilians and Marines in Rainbase. It doesn't last long, however, before he refocuses his attention on the one who's more to blame.
    • One Played for Laughs: Nami suffers a stroke, heart attack and aneurysm all at once when Zoro manages to pay off his debt.
    • Foxy goes catatonic when Whitebeard calls into the SBS during the broadcasted Davy Back Fight, and Luffy manages to impress him. It takes Cross' foghorn to snap him out of it.
    • More than a few people faint, have heart attacks or go catatonic when they hear the events on the Secret Island.
    • Kiwi, Mozu and Paulie go temporarily numb when they think about what would've happened had they ended up antagonizing the Straw Hats.
    • Tashigi undergoes one after Enies Lobby due to learning the atrocities the Marines commit and that the corruption goes all the way to the top.
    • Cross has one in Skelter Bite after misinterpreting Eustass Kid's comment of "Do me." for something completely different.
  • Heroic RRoD:
    • Carue breaks every bone in his legs after breaking the sound barrier and knocking Funkfreed out in one kick.
    • Conis ends up dislocating her shoulder after one use of Wiper's Reject Dial.
    • Overusing her newfound Compelling Voice ends up disabling Vivi herself.
    • Pushing his Barrier-Barrier powers way beyond their limits ends up breaking both of Bartolomeo's arms in addition to giving him a splitting headache.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: As in canon, Zoro offers his head to Kuma in place of Luffy's and Cross', but when he hears that his head is only worth one of their lives, not both, Nami steps up in Cross' place.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Su admits that Conis is this for Cross, and she herself is this for Soundbite.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Captain T-Bone of the Marines is one of the few benevolent and caring Marines out there who is loyal to the World Government, the ideals of justice and has a hate for anything crooked or corrupted under his watch. A conversation with Smoker reveals that his Marine contingent in the West Blue was assigned to the manhunt for Nico Robin alongside 12 other contingents, but T-Bone and his men protested that the ensuing collateral damage made the amount of force too high. Unfortunately, this dissension got out by means of one of their own, and his superior Vice-Admiral Sakazuki disapproved greatly and completely exterminated his entire flotilla, only sparing T-Bone's life because he claimed he saw the evils of his men and promised to devote himself to the Marine's Divine Justice from then on. But despite this conversion (which Smoker wonders if it was genuine or done out of fear for his life) he has retained his core morality and benevolence to this day. Chapter 30 reveals it to be the latter.
    • Conis has trained alongside the White Berets in order to help defend Angel Island's borders from other pirates, and is said to be as dedicated as Captain McKinley himself. If that's not enough, her mother was a Roger Pirate.
    • Foxy had bought Big Pan the Wotan from Sabaody Archipelago. Also, the whole reason he is building up his crew with the Davy Back Fights is to weather the storm when the battle for the throne of the Pirate King reaches flashover.
    • What was it that drove Buggy, someone who has seen the insanity of the New World, to swear off exploring the Grand Line and made him stay firmly in the East Blue? Lily Carnation. His old crew weren't even that lucky.
    • Robin wore cowboy hats while in Baroque Works, because they reminded her of Saul and helped her feel strong in times of stress.
    • Why are Mr. 13 and Ms. Friday so stupidly tough and relentless? They're from Kuraigana Island; you know, the island filled with sword-wielding primates?
    • Boss somehow knows Grand Line Standard Sign Language.
  • High-Altitude Battle: The final battle against the flying pirate Shiki, involving both Luffy on the electric bird Billy (as in canon), and Bartolomeo on his dragon crewmate Lindy.
  • Hiroshima as a Unit of Measure:
    • When they notice that the Going Merry's talking audibly on the SBS, Pekoms says he wants no part of seizing the ship even if Big Mom wants it, stating that the antics of the Straw Hat crew are Emperor levels of crazy. At minimum.
    • During the escape from Enies Lobby, Nami's actions lead to Cross making one of these comparisons later on:
      Cross: "You decided to fry ten battleships with enough voltage to power New York City, and yes that is impressive where I'm from!"
  • History Repeats:
    • Jabra betrays Blueno, knocks him out and leaves him for dead, then after Luffy KOs him, the wolf-man gets back up a while later in an outright berserk rage... and is promptly finished off by a recovered Blueno and a stone door. Now think about the Baratie arc and what happened between Don Krieg and Gin. Kinda similar, no?
    • The Strong World Arc, just like in canon: the same pirate conqueror is taken down by a man who would become the Pirate King, from the same weak sea that he despises.
  • Homemade Sweater from Hell: Perona made a few of these for the Christmas season, and forces Absalom and Doctor Hogback to wear them (though it takes her using one of her more powerful, fear-inducing techniques before Absalom agrees to it).
  • Home Run Hitter: Luffy's pipe staff + Gum-Gum Pinwheel + Gum-Gum Rifle = Gum-Gum Home Run. Bye-bye, Satori.
  • Honor Among Thieves: During the set-up of the Sabaody Revolution, Franky & Merry meet up with Bomoss and the Double Dozen Smugglers. Bomoss specifically says they may be smugglers of all kinds of goods and merchandise, but even they aren't sick enough to smuggle people or slaves.
  • Honor Before Reason: The only reason why Shiki does not use Haki in his final fight against Luffy and Bartolomeo: he's missed the chance to crush the Straw Hats with it at the very beginning, and to use it in the middle of their fight when he's losing would mean conceding, in his mind, that the two Rookies from the weakest sea are too strong for him to beat, something anathema to his whole mindset.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Hogback, proponent of necromancy, is aghast at the capabilities of Lily Carnation, bringing an entire crew back to life with hardly any problems whatsoever. Ivankov, master of the Horm-Horm Fruit and witness to all its biological changes without batting an eye, throws up when he sees the Body Horror that is Lily Carnation with its embedded prey.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Foxy invokes this when he gets a new crew member from a Davy Back Fight. The new crew member can cheat once during that Davy Back Fight, and that one only, to help their former crew.
    • Cross invokes one on Spandam after his To the Pain speech, where he tells Spandam he's not going to do any of that to him. Instead, he's going to do something far worse: let Robin and Franky do whatever they want to him.
    • Perona has one after she hears that Chopper has got his hands on her real body. When she wakes up in her real body and sees no mad doctor looming over her, she hugs one of her top-hatted stuffed toys in relief... only to remember that she doesn't own any top-hatted stuffed toys.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight:
    • Cross compares fighting Kuma to being worse than fighting Mihawk. With Mihawk they can at least run if he doesn't care enough. Against Kuma, they can't fight or run.
    • Earlier, the Straw Hats suffered their first major defeat at the hands of Admiral Aokiji. In Strong World, their first fight against Shiki the Golden Lion ends in failure when he uses Lion's Threat: Earth Bind.
  • Humanity Ensues: What happens when the Going Merry consumes the Human-Human Fruit, Model: Child.
  • Hurt Foot Hop: When Cross first meets him, Popora hits his leg with his hammer, making him do this. Turns out it was from Popora making Cross relive the pain his leg experienced rather than hurting it himself.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Lampshaded when Cross is trying to convince Zoro to tell them what he knows about Mr. 9 and Miss Wednesday:
    Cross: Zoro, if you know something that could be important, then you need to tell us! None of us can afford to spare any information, otherwise we risk jeopardizing the crew!
    Soundbite: (sotto voce) Hy~po~cri~te!
    • Zoro calls Cross out on his hypocrisy about sharing info after The Reveal. Unlike above, this is pure Hypocrite and no humor.
    • In Chapter 14, after tricking Kureha into forfeiting her right to keep them there, all of the medical costs, and all the food in the castle:
    Vivi: Evil. You guys are all pure evil.
    Cross: Hey, what can I say? We're pirates! It's kind of our M.O.
    Vivi: Oh, no, I don't have any issues with that, don't worry! I'm only realizing it just now is all.
    Luffy: (cackling and sticking out his tongue) Heheheh, you're pretty dumb, Vivi!
    Nami, Vivi, and Cross: (deadpan) And you're one to talk?
    • Wiper has a moment in the Christmas Special. One of the reasons for stringing Aisa to the totem pole is because she accepted a bag of almonds from a Skypiean instead of fighting to the death as a Shandoran warrior. That doesn't stop him from enjoying the almonds himself.
    • In Chapter 17, after Cross digs himself to sleep (see The Penance below), Toto refuses to let him dig anymore until he gets some rest.
    Cross: This from the coot who's been digging all night alongside me, as well as through several sandstorms?
    Toto: Wait until you're my age, then you can be as hypocritically stubborn as you want to be.
    • In the aftermath of the Alubarna battle, Sanji finds himself trying to avoid people complaining about walls he'd kicked down during the battle. Cross and Usopp love the hypocrisy, only to find themselves running into people complaining about a bar (where Cross fought the Unluckies) and the ruins outside the city (where Usopp and Chopper fought the Mr. 4 pair).
    • Chaka and Pell trade barbs about animalistic behaviors in their Zoan forms (self-licking and preening) respectively, before Igaram tops them by commenting on the increase in flea and lice population.
    • When he sees Merry's human form bring out crates and piles of dirt from inside her coat, Paulie, the guy who hides enough rope on him to rig a battleship, asks where she held all of that.
    • When Garp chastises De Lis of the Marines' Giant Squad for letting the Accino bounty hunter family into a blockaded country without checking if they had permission from the Marines first, De Lis takes offence, considering what the absent-minded vice-admiral recently revealed on the SBS.
    • When Vivi considers taking up drinking, Nami removes the bottle she was going to knock back on account of preventing her from developing a habit. But since Nami already has a habit and a tolerance, she can drink it just fine.
    • When T-Bone comments on Smoker's smoking habit, Smoker responds by highlighting T-Bone's love of capes.
    • Kid makes some jabs about the pirate life not being a daycare for little girls, drawing ire from Apis, Ms. Goldenweek, Vivi and Merry, but he is immediately undercut by a little girl on his own crew: Adelle Bascùd, his ship's engineer.

  • I Always Wanted to Say That:
    • After Cross fails to learn Kureha's secret to eternal youth (guessing the most prominent theory in the fandom):
      Cross: Still, in the future, I'll have a legitimate reason to use the phrase 'once more, the secret to eternal youth has eluded me!'
      • See below for when he actually uses it.
    • Itomimizu, the Foxy Pirates' announcer, finally gets his chance to start and interrupt the SBS.
    • Cross apparently has a bucket List Of Things He Wants To Say At Least Once In The Right ContextTM.
      1. (During the Davy Back Fight) LLLLET'S GET READY TO RRRRUMBLLLLLLLLE!
      3. (At the first use of the Gaon Cannon) FIRE MAIN CANNON! note 
      6. (While talking to Trafalgar Law) CURSES! Once more the secret to eternal youth has eluded me!
      4. (During the attack on Thriller Bark) The cavalry has arrived!
      9. (When invading Judge Baskerville's courtroom) Order in the court.
    • In chapter 48, Cross is happy he finally gets to use the world "bamboozle".
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Ryuma is normally weighted down with molten lead. Once he lets it all out, he becomes fast and strong enough to cut through the Florian Triangle's fog.
  • I Choose to Stay:
    • Vivi had always planned on leaving Carue behind when she left with the Straw Hats, but Carue wanted none of that and came along anyway.
      • Su does the same thing when Conis joins the Straw Hats.
    • Perona decides to stay in the ruins of Merveille with all the animals to tame instead of becoming a Straw Hat Pirate.
  • Idiot Ball: A brief moment from Nami in Chapter 21, when she's talking about the effectiveness of lightning as an attack:
    Cross: Yeah, just as long as you’re not fighting someone who ate a Devil Fruit that makes them immune to lightning.
    Nami: …Are we going to be fighting someone like that?
    (Cross and Soundbite give her flat looks, beat, then Nami facepalms)
    Nami: Right, stupid question.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: Cross and Robin do this on behalf of Aokiji, stating that if he was there to kill them, he'd have sunk their ship from miles away.
  • Ignore the Fanservice: Cross has forced himself to do this a few times, especially whenever his female crew members try to get a rise out of him by showing some skin.
  • I Heard That:
    • The above example from Casual Danger Dialog.
    • The Christmas Episode, in response to Merry chastising Carrot, Pepper, and Onion's caroling:
    Kaya: Oh, don't listen to that old goat. In my opinion, I think he might be going a little deaf in one ear, if you know what I mean.
    Merry: (somewhere in the depths of the mansion) I heard that!
  • I Lied: The Authors. Multiple times.
  • I Like Those Odds:
    • When Cross 'learns' from Luffy that they have to climb the Drum Rockies to get to a doctor:
    Cross: Sheer rock faces?
    Luffy: Looks like it!
    Cross: Inhospitable temperatures?
    Usopp: I think I might have frostbite already, and that's just down here…
    Cross: Ravenous beasts?
    Cross: So… overall, it's a deathtrap?
    Dalton: That's… a bit much, but accurate.
    Cross: (grinning goofily)…Is it my birthday?
    • When storming Enies Lobby, Soundbite and Paulie sum up the odds as over 2,500 Marines and World Government Agents versus roughly 70 Straw Hats, Franky Family members, and Galley-La workers.
    Zambai: Doesn't seem fair, does it?
    Usopp: No, it really doesn't. These poor bastards don't even stand a chance.
    Cross: Please... you say that as if they ever did.
  • I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That:
    • When first informed by Smoker, Tashigi, and Hina of their planned coup against the corrupt government, T-Bone starts walking out of the room, loudly talking to himself about meeting Smoker the next day.
    • During the events of Strong World, Commander Ripper admits he's not going to notice any support the local Marine base gives the Straw Hats for the rest of the day. Likewise, Ririka, who'd just admonished her daughter for cursing, decides that she'll be deaf for the rest of the day.
  • I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You!:
    • Captain Gorilla tells Vivi exactly how his Iron Body works against his will. Then again, thanks to Vivi's Sovereign Will, he never really had a choice in the matter.
    • Garp does this twice on the SBS, first about Luffy's parentage, and then about Vivi's Sovereign Will.
  • Inconvenient Summons: When Franky calls out his lieutenants and backup dancers Kiwi and Mozu to perform for the Straw Hats, Kiwi was in the shower and has to run out in a bathrobe. After the dance, she makes sure her boss knows how displeased she is.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    • Cross and Nami get this sentiment when Luffy, Masira and Shoujou start singing.
    • Wiper gets this sentiment when he finds himself the Only Sane Man in a Straw Hat party.
    • Smoker, Hina, Tashigi and a visiting Captain T-Bone get this sentiment when Su joins Soundbite on Cross' SBS.
    • Mr. 5 gets this when they realize Su has joined Soundbite full-time on the SBS.
    • Foxy shares a cask of rum with Apoo as he tells him exactly what kind of insanity he's getting into.
    • Nami breaks into Zoro's booze stash right before Soundbite finally gets to sing the Spongebob Squarepants theme song.
    • Apis goes in search for some after playing translator for a Sea King negotiating with Cross.
  • Infernal Retaliation: On Thriller Bark, Lassoo shoots a Cani-Blast at Cerberus, only for Cross and Soundbite to lampshade this trope.
    Cross: Because see, the thing is? While it might think that it's feeling pain, it'll soon remember that it doesn't.
    Lassoo: Eh? And what does that matter?
    Soundbite: It matters, because once it remembers, not only will the zombie continue to chase us... BUT IT WILL DO SO WHILE STILL ON FIRE!
  • In-Joke: CP9 has one of these in the Christmas Episode, when Galley-La and Iceburg are meeting in Blueno's bar, and Blueno, as a Christmas present, gives Lucci a bag of catnip. It takes every measure of control that Kaku and Kalifa have not to burst out laughing, and Hattori doesn't even try, rolling on the floor cackling.
  • In Medias Res: Chapter 46 starts with Cross and Soundbite watching the Accino-Hiruno marriage fall to pieces, and then it proceeds to show exactly how the chaos started.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Cross' attempted interventions seem to result in keeping the crew safe… only for him to take the hit instead. This happens with the prehistoric bacteria on Little Garden, the initial meeting with Mr. 2, and the 1st round of the Davy Back Fight.
    • Cross warns Vivi about the bomb in the clock tower ahead of time, and she includes that warning in her message to her father that she sends to Alubarna. Due to the moles in the Royal Army, Baroque Works gets wind of it, and the army they amass together with the Mr. 7 pair's sniping skills results in them guarding the bomb successfully against the siege until the war begins.
    • As Vivi finds out, one of Cross' biggest fears in this world is, despite everything he's tried to do, failing to stop the Paramount War.
    • Despite Cross' planning, Luffy still ends up revealing himself to Jonathan.
    • Cross manages to stop Foxy from shooting the horse Shelly, but after witnessing Foxy's callous attitude, Luffy still ends up accepting the Davy Back Fight anyway. When the rest confront him about it, Luffy says that he already knows the Fight's risks from Shanks's stories, but he also knows about the one-on-one Captain's Fight at the end, and he wants to beat up Foxy for pretending to be a pirate.
    • Despite Cross' promise, Merry's keel is still broken beyond all hope of saving.
    • Robin still hands herself over to CP9 to keep the crew safe.
    • A downplayed example: Shu still manages to rust part of Yubashiri's blade. Though it isn't destroyed, the blacksmith at Water 7 can't repair it in time before Zoro leaves with the crew, and so it's left at Water 7.
    • Despite Whitey and Squardo's assistance, Ace still loses to Blackbeard and is captured by the Marines... on account of Aokiji sticking his nose in at exactly the wrong moment.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Cross wonders if it'd be this to make a tongue-tied joke after wrapping Luffy's tongue around his neck like a scarf.
    • Bartolomeo makes one when he hears Eneru went to the moon:
      "...He's a literal lunatic."
    • Salchow makes one that even has his wife Arbell thinking it's horrible.
      Cross: Concede to our demands, and maybe we'll make this a mutually beneficial arrangement, rather than merely bouncing your heads off the cobblestones and being on our merry way. So, you game?
      Salchow: Er... don't you mean on your sunny way?
  • Inertia Is a Cruel Mistress: Ace's attempt to catch a cannonball sends him flying back several feet.
  • Inevitable Waterfall:
    • The Straw Hats encounter one in Chapter 9 as part of random Grand Line madness.
    • The rescue team encounters one in Chapter 29 on the way to the Ordeal of Balls, as in canon. Cross sees it coming, of course.
    Cross: Oh, come on, don't tell me you didn't see the 'inevitable waterfall' cliché a mile off.
    Su: (whimpering) I hate you, Cross.
    Everyone else: JOIN THE CLUB!
    • The Straw Hats encounter the big drop on their way out of Skypiea. Cross, Conis and Su all see it coming.
  • Insane Troll Logic:
    • Quite apart from his nonsense of direction, Zoro seems to have this attitude in regards to training, believing that broken bones heal stronger than they were before. Even in One Piece, that remains untrue, and Chopper is simultaneously infuriated and horrified.
    • The Bleeding Heart Bounty Hunters' rationale that since the WG cannot be trusted, Vivi's bounty is fake, and since all pirates are evil, she would never work with them willingly, therefore the Straw Hats kidnapped her.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • Cross objects to being called a kid or brat, being 18. He also objects to Vivi's nickname for him, Mister Jeremiah, which comes across as implying he's much older than he is. The insistence ends in Chapter 18, when he finally gives up.
    • The Going Merry is very emphatic that the Thousand Sunny is her big brother despite being younger than her. According to her, he's going to be King of the Seas so there's no way he can be anything less.
    • Perona, as the newest Warlord of the Sea, insists that her epithet specifies "Princess", not "Queen".
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!:
    • The Barto Club has as one of its crewmates a Millennium Dragon named Lindy, who is kept in line by his handler Apis.
    • Chapter 61 shows the Great Kung Fu Fleet getting an entire division of Millennium Dragons due to the Fleet ending up at Warship Island in East Blue during Strong World.
  • Instant Expert:
    • Thanks to hearing the Voice of All Things, Soundbite can listen to objects and figure out their functions.
    • Boss, who has explicitly said that he has spent his life learning to learn. After only 10 minutes with a Six Powers cheat sheet, he can replicate it to its full effect.
    • Subverted with Kalifa who realizes she can clean anything, including her opponent's mind. But her attempt to wipe Nami's mind clean instead merely erases several years of stress.
    • Turns out ships assimilate parts of the crew that make up their soul, knowledge, memory and fighting skill. Only now with her human body, Merry can actually use that info.
  • Insult Backfire: Cross and Mr. 2 in Chapter 20:
    Mr. 2: My, my, what a mouth you have on you, dear. Didn't your mother teach you any better?
    Cross: Momma taught me how to smack a bitch.
    Mr. 2: Flattery will get you nowhere, boy.
  • Interspecies Friendship:
    • Once Su gets her voice as a Little Miss Snarker, she and Soundbite get along like a house on fire.
    • Likewise for Boss and Franky, due to similar attitudes.
  • In the Back: Amigo Pirate Largo nails Cross in the back with a throwing knife after he beats his brother Corto. However, due to how many levels of badass Cross has been taking, all it does is tick him off.
  • I Resemble That Remark!:
    • Scratchman Apoo states with a smile that Vivi's statement about all Long-Arm Tribe members only putting in effort for making money and causing trouble is harsh, stereotypical, downright racist, and absolutely correct.
    • Corto of the Amigo Pirates takes real offense to Cross goading him like a matador bull, by charging at him exactly like a bull, complete with snorting and pawing.
  • Irony: During the fiasco that is the Accino-Hiruno wedding, Cross declares that due to Oda's stance on romance, short of Absalom's attempts, he'll never have to go through another wedding ever again, especially not one done for the sake of a political alliance. Boy, will he eat his words when he reaches Totland...
  • Is It Always Like This?: When the Straw Hats see Franky and Iceburg arguing the moment they come into contact:
    Leo: Uh, are they...always like this?
    Paulie: (With an exasperated sigh) Sadly, yes. Seriously, half of Water 7 sets their clocks to these damn fights...
    Kaku: Half nothing, I take my lunch breaks whenever they clash.
  • Is This Thing Still On?:
    • Cross accidentally broadcasts a few of Blackbeard's crimes when they encounter him during the Knock-Up Stream launch.
    • Cross' torture by Enel and the surgery to save his life are broadcasted worldwide because everyone (including Soundbite) forgot they were still broadcasting.
    • The entirety of the battle with Baron Omatsuri, INCLUDING ALL THE STRAW HATS BEING DEVOURED, is broadcast as well.
      • Averted about halfway through when the characters who remain realize it's still broadcasting but keep it going so as to be a warning to all would-be travelers to stay away from Omatsuri Island.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!:
    • Chapter 7.
    Cross: Zoro, you're a lot of things: you sleep too much, you're focused on swords to an unhealthy degree, you’re grumpy—
    Zoro: I am not grumpy.
    • Chapter 25: After Robin accidentally insults everything about Shogun Octavio and his country (due to Vivi not reading the translation guide thoroughly), Octavio says he would have laughed off all of them except they insulted his surfing ability, which is unforgivable.
    • Chapter 25, after the chapter's events, a couple of listeners express their thoughts:
    Buggy: A Devil Fruit user being a natural surfer, better than someone who was literally born for the sport? That’s just insane.
    Alvida: It does sound ridiculous when you say it like that, doesn’t it? About as ridiculous as surviving an execution attempt thanks to a lightning bolt striking the tower.
    Buggy: Indeed.
    Alvida: Or as ridiculous as how losing some freckles can make a world of difference in helping people perceive your natural beauty.
    Buggy: Yes, that's… just as ridiculous.
    Alvida: Or as ridiculous as a nearly no-name clown-themed pirate from the East Blue managing to survive two days in the Grand Line, much less two months.
    Buggy: Okay, now that’s just insa—WHAT THE HELL DID YOU JUST CALL ME, WOMAN!?
  • It Can Think:
    • Perona freaks out when she realizes it wasn't Baron Omatsuri's crew inviting everyone to the island, but Lily Carnation.
    • This is the effect that Chopper's increased intelligence has on his Monster Point: it might not be smart enough to communicate, but it is smart enough to learn.
  • It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context: Cross warns Sanji that Luffy and Boss riding a giant bug doesn't make any more sense with context than without.
  • Item Crafting: After Thriller Bark, Usopp and Franky decide to do something with all the seastone the crew had collected from Enies Lobby and Lovely Land, using it to craft new weapons or attachments, like a butterfly knife for Robin and pommel caps for Zoro's swords, or upgrading existing equipment like Nami's Clima-Tact and Cross' armor.
  • It Runs On Nonsenseoleum: As befits its origin. Devil Fruits in particular are called out:
    Cross: Um... Devil Fruits are bullshit, Awakened Devil Fruits make mere bullshit their bitch?
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Cross taking advantage of the Vision Transponder Snails Shiki distributed around the world to take the the SBS visual sounded like an ingenious idea. Unfortunately, he didn't realize that Zoro's workout routines would basically be considered softcore porn to his female viewership.
  • It's All My Fault: When Cross manages to speak with Merry's Klabautermann directly, she has this mentality for being too weak to carry her crew through the Grand Line. She even asks Cross why he isn't blaming her for being too weak.
  • It's Personal: Unlike the rest of Baroque Works' agents who hold no real grudge against the Straw Hats, the Unluckies have made it clear they will only retire after they've brutally killed Cross and Soundbite.
  • I Work Alone: Variant example – Luffy has received quite a few offers to become allies and/or subordinate crews to the Four Emperors and even an offer to become a Warlord, but he's rejected them all for the simple reason that the future Pirate King can't have a boss.

  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: The Straw Hats resort to this while trying to get information on Sabaody's slave trade.
    • Trying to get info from a doctor, Donny holds him up by his ankles while Chopper and Conis interrogate him. First, by having her eat the doctor's lunch and threatening to kill him. When that doesn't work, Chopper goes into his "Spark" persona and prepares to perform SCIENCE on him, which finally gets the guy talking.
    • After finding some busboys who could tell them how slaves are fed, Sanji and Mikey immediately catch them and give them the option of either talking or feeding them to Sandersonia. They talk without a second thought.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Tashigi ends up getting a pair when she hears about the atrocity that is Ohara, much to Smoker's chagrin.
  • Jaw Drop: It's a One Piece fic, of course this is a staple. Specially abundant in Chapter 25.
  • Jerkass Gods: B.R.O.B., the omnipotent being that dumped Cross into the One Piece world is obviously this.
  • Joke and Receive:
    • When De Lis of the Giant Squad calls HQ for confirmation about letting the Accinos into the currently blockaded Alabasta, she gets Garp saying that the Accinos never did make any requests.
    Garp: Why, did they trick you into letting them into Alabasta or something?
    De Lis: (Eye Twitch) Um... well...
    Garp: ...You did, didn't you.

  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Or at least, defeated mid-sentence:
    • Mr. 3 in Chapter 19. He focused all of his attention on Cross, giving Tashigi the opportunity to slash him from behind.
    • Mr. 2 in Chapter 20, twice. First, when he's about to kill Cross, Chaka comes out of nowhere and saves him. Then when he's going on about how he's not defeated yet, Vivi delivers a few punches, knocking him down the stairs of Alubarna.
  • Kitchen Sink Included:
    • While a literal kitchen sink isn't present, the trope is referenced when, at Whiskey Peak, Cross talks Nami into joining him in "Looting everything that isn't nailed down, and a lot that is!"
    • It happens again during the Enies Lobby arc, as Jewelry Bonney and her crew (along with the Heart Pirates) invade Marine Base G-76; Bonney calls Sengoku to inform him that her crewmates are "taking whatever isn't nailed down, and they're bringing in crowbars for whatever actually is".
  • Kirk Summation: Luffy does this twice:
    • First when telling a broken Moria how he's a ghost stuck in the past, lost in the memory of him losing his crew, and how someone as lost as him could never become the Pirate King.
    • Second is to Shiki when he declares that he sails the sea and chases the Pirate King's throne, not for strength, but for freedom.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Enel demands that Cross acknowledge his godhood. Cross refuses.

  • Lame Pun Reaction:
    • When Bartolomeo makes his "lunatic" joke about Enel, Hina whacks him, and when he objects considering that they're under a truce, Goldenweek claims that he deserved it.
    • After Salchow's pun about the Straw Hat crew going on their "sunny" way instead of their "merry" way, his wife Arbell slaps him.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For all of Spandam's crimes, when the Marines finally court-martial him, he is thrown into Impel Down's Level 5, the perfect location for Ivankov to find him, capture him, and squeeze all the info out of him for the Revolutionaries.
  • Last-Name Basis: Partially due to having a different naming convention, all of the Straw Hats call Cross by his last name instead of Jeremiah. This is also on account of Cross much preferring to be referred to as, well, Cross instead of Jeremiah, or any variation thereof.
  • Late To The Punch Line: While hearing the Who's on First? routine, Mr. 4 starts laughing at the beginning of the joke when the skit is halfway through.
  • Laughing Mad:
    • Cross becomes this whenever things get too dangerous; that is, when his adrenaline spikes.
    • Garp, whenever Cross' SBS comes on. It's so much that he causes tremors when he gets going, much to Sengoku's frustration.
    • Montblanc Cricket, when he hears the Golden Bell ring in the sky.
    • Miss Valentine after the Barto Club's ship gets towed by Sea Kings.
    • Chopper goes crazy when he hears his original epithet and bounty.
    • Moria breaks into a fit after witnessing his army's defeat at the Straw Hats' hands and when his Devil Fruit Awakens.
  • Lemony Narrator: For satirical or comedic purposes. Not common, but not exactly rare in more recent chapters.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: How Paulie sums up the situation at Enies Lobby:
    Paulie: So, let me see if I've got this straight. Two days ago, I thought that Kaku and Lucci being government agents was nonsense, CP9 was a myth, and charging Enies Lobby on a rescue/revenge mission was something that nobody in the world was crazy enough to do. Then along came the Straw Hat Pirates. I don't think I need to say any more than that.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Invoked by Cross and Soundbite to get the Unluckies that are pursuing them in Jaya off their backs. Soundbite goads Van Augur to start shooting at Ms. Friday, and when that doesn't stop Mr. 13, Cross finds Bellamy and insults him to his face to spring him right at him, and by extension, Mr. 13.
    Cross: Excuse me, is it true that Doflamingo's spring-heeled dickweasel can be found here, or is this the wrong bar?
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again:
    • In Chapter 19, while waiting for Tashigi's restraints to melt, Cross tells her the story of why Zoro wants to become the greatest. Both agree that the conversation never leaves the house they were in.
    • In Chapter 22, Usopp, Sanji, and Cross get caught in hypocrisy when the damages caused by their battles with Baroque Works is exposed to one another, and as such decided to call it even and never speak of it.
    • The whole incident with "Magical Girl Inferno Aniki".
    • When Cross finds out from B.R.O.B. that the secret of Luffy's speed-eating is a Thing Man Was Not Meant To Know.
    • The memories of Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island have been repressed by the entire crew.
    • Fukuro and Hattori have this reaction in Chapter 40 shortly after busting each other's chops about taking so long with their respective opponents.
  • Literal Metaphor:
    • In response to Cross' obscene bounty, Sengoku declared he wouldn't put such a price on the son of Dragon, and he meant that quite literally (Luffy only got 475 million).
    • When Cross explained that in canon, Perona was blown away by Kuma, an irate Sanji took this as a Deadly Euphemism, before Cross elaborated on Kuma's ability to send people flying across the world.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Once she gets her voice, Su, Conis's cloud-fox, proves to be this, in addition to having a particularly rough vocabulary. Much to Conis's chagrin.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Thanks to Cross and a special function of his transceiver, Spandam is completely unaware of the degree to which the Straw Hats are decimating Enies Lobby until they are practically right outside his window.
  • Lodged-Blade Recycling: Minus the recycling part, but Cross does pull out a throwing knife that gets lodged in his back, and after the battle, Chopper proceeds to discuss exactly why this is a stupid trope.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • As revealed in Chapter 14, in order to use the Noise-Noise Fruit's powers, Soundbite needs to be able to speak coherently; if he's gagged, his powers are useless. Or at least until Chapter 40, when he Awakens his Devil Fruit.
    • In his light form, Kizaru is vulnerable to being refracted right out of the battlefield, such as by a mirage.
    • Because Iron Body requires tensing your body to endure a blow, being forced to relax negates it entirely.
    • Boa Hancock's Love-Love Beam doesn't work on anyone/anything with no interest in humans or someone too young to feel lust.
    • Vivi's Sovereign's Will relies on the victim's respect for the wielder so if they don't respect the wielder enough or focus on what they don't like about them, it can be easily broken or outright ignored.
    • Don Accino's Hot-Hot powers mean that he can breeze through his iceberg archipelago home without a care. However, once he's trudging through the much wetter, snowy climate of Drum Kingdom, he finds himself in the novel experience of suffering the common cold.
  • Look Behind You:
    • Cross pulls this twice in Little Garden to convince someone from Baroque Works that a T-rex is right behind them. The first time, it's Soundbite using his powers. The second, there really is one.
    • Right before Cross is about to be cuffed, Soundbite begins sounding alarm bells, warning them that something dangerous is coming. Tashigi is skeptical...and then comes the Advancing Wall of Doom.
  • Loose Lips:
    • Cross, from the time they leave Little Garden to the time they leave Drum, courtesy of Primal Cholera-induced delirium from Little Garden.
    • Vivi's blurting of Crocodile's identity is Lampshaded by Cross when she asks to be let in the loop of Secret Keepers.
    Cross: But pleeeeease promise me that you won't blab anything we need to keep secret to anyone who shouldn't know it?
    Vivi: (Face Fault) T-that was one time!
  • Loud of War: In Chapter 31, Cross discovers that his transceiver has a foghorn button built in. He very quickly comes to love it.
  • Luminescent Blush: Vivi gets one after Cross asks her if she's trying to sneak more eye candy while watching one of Zoro and Sanji's spars.

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