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  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Even in One Piece, this is Serious Business. Cross's lie that he and Mr. 13 were fighting over who is the strongest of the Four Emperors (and Mr. 13 said Kaido) leads to a street brawl among the onlookers that ends up setting half of Mock Town on fire.
  • Unexplained Recovery: The Kung-Fu Dugong Boss breaks off his own shell to negotiate with Franky with sheer manliness, and then in the next scene, he's jumping out of the water with the exact same shell as before, with no explanation of how he got it back.
  • Unfolding Plan Montage: Used twice for Cross's big plans, once when escaping from Navarone, and once when invading Thriller Bark.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Soundbite has no respect for the News Coos and the difficulty and bravery in their jobs. It's later revealed that it's because Coos, and birds in general, eat snails.
  • Unfinished, Untested, Used Anyway: In Chapter 68, Sentomaru reports to the Five Star Elders that the Typhon Laboratories' newest project is just about finished, but require a field test in order to gather the data needed to complete it. The youngest of the Elders sinisterly presents an idea, though the scene cuts away before he shares what it is.
  • Unwanted Assistance: The trope's older, pre-split title is quoted by Nami when Robin bribes her with Crocodile's jewels to get her on her side, much to Vivi's ire.
    Nami: N-n-no, it isn't! I'm, ah, I'm... (Grabs the bag of jewels) See, I'm stealing from her, I stole this! I-It was all just a ruse to get close to her! Cat Thief Nami strikes again! Hahaha...
  • Up to Eleven: Cross's "explanation" behind Awakened Devil Fruits can be summed up this way.
    Cross: Um... Devil Fruits are bullshit, Awakened Devil Fruits make mere bullshit their bitch?
    Boss: (nods) Your logic is sound.
    • Cross says as much when Garp proves himself dumber than Luffy.
    • An anonymous caller asks if it was Tempting Fate to say his parents would never figure out that he switched his father's hair gel and mother's hair dye. Cross's reaction sums it up perfectly.
    Cross: There's a difference between Tempting Fate and running up to fate, punching him in the nose, and yelling 'Come have a go if you think you're hard enough!' You get three guesses which category that falls into, and the first two don't count.

  • Ventriloquism: The basis of the Noise-Noise Fruit; it enables the user to emit any sound that they've ever heard, forward or reversed, at any volume, anywhere within range of the user's senses. Soundbite had a naturally extended range of a quarter mile already due to being a Transponder Snail, but once he's fitted with a standard rig for a Transponder Snail, that already impressive range at least quadruples.
  • Verbal Backspace: When talking about how incredibly large and well armored Oars is, Cross is about to say even Mihawk would have trouble before admitting that Mihawk would cut him in half without even looking up from his newspaper.
  • Vibroweapon: A combo made by placing Soundbite on Funkfreed's sword form. It helps Cross battle against the Draugrs.
  • Victor Gains Loser's Powers: Under Cross's suggestion, the Straw Hats have been claiming weapons from their opponents after defeating them, most notably Dials from Eneru's forces, with Ohm's Eisen Dial in particular ending up in Nami's possession.
  • Villain Has a Point: Cross may disagree on the World Government's policies on many levels, but the one thing he's in full agreement with is the presence of Impel Down's Level 6; that there are some people in this world bad enough to lock up for the rest of eternity.
  • Villain Respect: Luffy manages to get this a lot:
    • Lucci and Jabra admire Luffy's Determinator status and fighting ability.
    • Crocodile respects Luffy's ability, mostly since it proves he didn't lose to some pathetic rookie but rather the next rising star.
    • Sengoku respects Luffy enough to offer him a Warlord position after Luffy defeats Lily Carnation and has Baron Omatsuri buried with his crew.
      • This goes the other way in that Cross actually respects Sengoku. Though he loses a good amount of it in Enies Lobby.
    • To say nothing of virtually all of the other Supernovas, including characters like Kidd and Bege. Though that doesn't mean that they want him to lead them...
    • The Straw Hats cause so much chaos that Doflamingo openly declares that he can't wait to see the sheer madness the Era of the Straw Hats will bring.
    • Cross's To the Pain speech to Spandam impresses Sadi-chan enough to have her copy down his ideas and state that if he weren't a pirate, he'd make executive at Impel Down within six months.
    • During the trip to Skelter Bite, the Straw Hats and Barto Club meet members of the Beasts Pirates and Big Mom Pirates, both of whom offer them a position on their crews due to Kaido and Linlin having been so impressed with their actions. The offer is turned down though.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Bellamy has one when he hears Luffy's proclamation (amped by Soundbite), that the City of Gold did exist in the sky all along.
    • The entirety of the Enies Lobby incident is this for Sengoku, who is increasingly stressed out and enraged by the ongoing actions of the Straw Hats and the other Super Rookies (even suffering a heart attack over it). By the time Spandam spills the beans on his plans to overthrow the Five Elder Stars, live on the SBS, he has a Slasher Smile on his face when he informs Spandam of his eventual fate once he returns to HQ.
    • Moria has a big one, on account of the Straw Hat Crew sedating him and completely annihilating his zombie army before he woke up. So big, in fact, that his Shadow-Shadow Fruit AWAKENS.
  • Villainous Valour: Duval manages to impress the Straw Hats when he admits that he knows they'll kick his ass and destroy his base but doesn't care because he has a score to settle with them.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Cross and Soundbite. While not as bad as Zoro and Sanji, they're both snarky, and Soundbite's pranking tendencies often get on the human's nerves, as do Cross's insults. Point of reference for how much they really care: Cross was ready to tear Miss All Sunday apart when she stole him (who, as a point of reference, is not only a future crewmate but also a powerful assassin who he had pretty much no chance of surviving a fight with in a haze of rage), and Soundbite's concern for Cross when he fell ill was as clear as day.
    • Vivi has an Alabastan term for this called "Kismet", which is paraphrased to 'two souls determined to hatefuck each other in the personality'. She quickly identifies Zoro and Sanji as one such pair, and a moment later, Cross and Tashigi as another.
    • Vivi had this dynamic with her fellow princess Priscilla.
  • Voice Changeling: Soundbite can mimic any sound he's ever heard, backwards, forwards, or any other way you can think of. This is, however, the only way that he can speak, which results in him using an amalgamation of different voices for his sentences. Chapter 17 reveals that he's fully capable of picking one voice and sticking with it, and he explains his reasoning for doing otherwise: when he gives animals the ability to speak with his powers, he determines their voices based on what/who they are. The voices he gives them suit them, but his own voice is all of the voices.
  • Volleying Insults: Cross and Apoo exchange these on account of their rivalry during their first public meeting on Skelter Bite. At least until they can't hold back the laughter any longer.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: The crimes against humanity and decency in general gleefully explained by Saint Charloss on the SBS makes Cross pause for him to blow chunks out of sight of the Celestial Dragon.

  • Wave Motion Gun: The Thousand Sunny's Gaon Cannon is finally fired to punch an Oars-sized hole through the privateer and Marine blockade, giving the Straw Hats a clear path to Sabaody.
  • Waxing Lyrical: When the Straw Hat crew enters the Florian Triangle, Cross starts singing Bink's Brew to stave off the unnaturalness of the dark fog. Pretty soon his whole crew is singing along, and when Brook finds them and joins in, Cross makes it a worldwide sing-along affair through the SBS. And it is beautiful.
  • We Can Rule Together:
    • A non-villainous example: Dragon offers Cross a partnership in the Revolutionary Army after Enies Lobby. He's turned down for an official partnership, but Cross comes up with a counter-proposal as "allies in Revolution" - separate groups (in part so that if one falls, the other can carry on), but still friends and working towards the same goal.
    • Two villainous (and one non-villainous) examples when delegates from three of the Four Emperors offer Luffy and the Straw Hats positions in their crew or alliances with them. Luffy turns them all down on the grounds that Pirate Kings don't have bosses, though not ruling out being friends with the Whitebeards, since he is grateful to the man due to everything he did for Ace.
  • We Have Become Complacent: Enies Lobby is so secure that no one would ever think of attacking it. As a result, the Marines stationed there treat it as a vacation post and are completely unprepared when it actually does get attacked.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Cross and Soundbite. Cross has a good tactical mind and knowledge from another dimension, but even with Zoro's Training From Hell to increase his stamina, Kureha's miracle vitamins to increase his durability, and Usopp's custom-made armor to increase his strength, his physical capabilities remain at the point where the only enemies he can reliably fight on his own are Mooks. Soundbite's Noise-Noise Fruit powers make him masterful in bluffing out and disabling his opponents, as well as mustering reinforcements in seconds, and he develops genuine attacks as time goes on, but he's only a baby snail otherwise. With their wits combined, however, and Lassoo and Funkfreed as the main source of firepower, they're easily formidable enough to have a place with the Straw Hat Pirates.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Completely justified with Soundbite's weakness to salt; he is, after all, a snail. Also to a lesser degree, flour, as it completely clogs up his throat and renders him temporarily mute. The latter ceases to be as much of problem after he Awakens his Devil Fruit and consequently doesn't need to speak aloud to use his powers.
  • We Used to Be Friends:
    • After Tsuru confronts Sengoku about not court-martialling Admiral Akainu despite him committing genocide on Ohara, she gets a face-ful of just how much her old friend has bowed to The Chains of Commanding and the Necessary Evils of being Fleet Admiral, and their bond is badly damaged.
    • After learning that their hate-filled propaganda turned the New Fishman Pirates into monsters, Koala tells Kuroobi and Chew in no uncertain terms that she is not their friend, claiming that the good Kuroobi and Chew who were part of the Sun Pirates are dead and that in their place are a pair of loathsome Arlong Pirates. The pair is surprisingly heartbroken over this.
  • Wham Episode: Three in a row.
    • Chapter 22. Small wham: Lassoo joins the crew. Bigger wham: B.R.O.B. pays back Cross's Rage Against the Heavens with a Snail Transceiver, a device enabling him to connect to every other snail in the world at once. He uses it to start up a radio program. Then ending with a massive wham: Vivi joins the Straw Hats permanently... because the World Government has falsely accused her of treason.
    • Chapter 23. Notable occurrences in chronological order: in retribution for Vivi, Cobra declares Alabasta's secession from the World Government; the newly formed Dugong Pirates help the Straw Hats escape the Black Cage Corps, and then five Dugongs join the Straw Hats; and last but not least, the second infuriating cliffhanger in as many chapters as the final scene shows Cross bound and gagged and Chopper playing Mad Doctor and about to dissect him.
    • Chapter 24. Chopper officially becomes an Adaptational Badass thanks to developing a formula that essentially turns him into Mr. Hyde, and Smoker, Tashigi, and Hina enlist Cross's help as an informant for their new goal: forming a coup to take down the World Government and restore the integrity to the Navy.
    • Chapter 31, Skypiea Arc wrap-up. Soundbite's Devil Fruit is revealed to enable him to hear the Voice of All Things, Conis and Su, inspired by Cross's defiance to Enel and his description of the world, decide to join the Straw Hats as their gunner, just like her mother did with the Roger Pirates, and a lot of the crew is outfitted with Dial Weaponry, including Nami getting Ohm's Eisen Whip.
    • Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island. Witnessing Luffy get impaled by the Baron's Rain of Arrows elicts enough anguish in Sabo to restore his memory, Luffy's relation to Garp is revealed to the world, and he gains the respect of Sengoku after he kills the monsters that are Lily Carnation and Baron Omatsuri, yet allows the latter to be buried with his crew.
    • Chapter 42 has a wham worthy of Garp's Fist: Thanks to another model of the Human-Human Fruit, Merry lives.
    • More whams from Chapter 43, the post-Enies Lobby wrap-up: Cross replaces his baton with Funkfreed and, in spite of all of Cross's efforts, Ace, Whitey and Squardo still lose to Blackbeard and are captured by the Marines... thanks to Aokiji's unprecedented interference. And due to Ace not being "injured", Cross has no clue and thinks his efforts have worked.
    • Chapter 50's ending: Moria Awakens his Devil Fruit and uses a technique called "Niflheim".
    • Chapter 52 is one wham after another: Nami absorbs Cross' pain, Lola joins the Masons and turns Thriller Bark into a pirate's haven, the Florian Triangle is revealed to be alive and becomes harmonious, Su has Coo use his resources to track down a legend called the Children of Inari, and Perona ends up traveling with the Straw Hats!
    • The preview for Chapter 57 ends with Vivi finally consuming the seed of the Gust-Gust Fruit, making her a Logia.
  • Wham Line:
    • This line at the end of Chapter 22:
      Vivi: Because the World Government has unjustly and erroneously accused me of treason.
    • And this line in Chapter 23. Like daughter, like father:
      Cobra: Today, I declare Alabasta's formal secession from the ranks of the nations of the World Government!
    • This line in Chapter 31:
      Cross: Soundbite… YOU CAN—! *lowers his voice* You can hear the Voice of All motherfucking Things?!
    • The voice in Chapter 39 that encourages Robin to live:
      Saul: The sea's a vast place. So I guarantee... someday you'll find friends who won't ever leave you. No matter who you are, ain't nobody born into this world to be alone! Your friends are right there waiting for you, Robin. All you gotta do is get back to them! Share your life with them... and never let them go!
    • A mysterious voice encourages Luffy in Chapter 42:
      A D-shaped smile flashed through Luffy's head.
      Roger: You wear my old hat damn well.
    • Chapter 50:
      Soundbite: (about Moria) HE FIGURED IT OUT...
    • Chapter 61, where Funkfreed tells Law what he knows about his Doomed Hometown:
      Funkfreed: Spreading the rumor that Amber Lead Syndrome was contagious, along with ensuring that nobody ever researched otherwise, which would inevitably lead to the quarantine of Flevance. And from there, the perfect excuse to massacre the entire country when they tried to fight back against it.
      Law: …Why?"
      Funkfreed: Because… the Elder Stars knew that hiding somewhere in the country was a family from the line of D.
    • Chapter 63, when Cross is negotiating an armistice with a Sea King Elder, and the latter asks for a phrase that identify his allies. Cross has two words that come to mind that shocks the Elder to his core:
      " Joy Boy."
  • Wham Shot: Chapter 70 shows possibly the biggest one of the entire story. After Kizaru announces to the assembled group that Ace's execution is in 10 days, Cross rejects him and has Luffy check Ace's Vivre card showing it intact...until it bursts into flames.
  • What Is This Feeling?: All her life, Perona has always put herself and her safety first, allying with monsters and doing heinous acts so long as she survives. So Nami becoming her first real friend, enough that Perona would throw all of that away just to help her, is confusing and foreign enough that it drives the ghost-girl to a terrified, Inelegant Blubbering Freak Out!.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: A Devil Fruit that allows you to turn into a human child would be pretty much useless for anyone. Unless they happen to be an inanimate object, like a ship.
    • The spy/assassin it was originally intended for might have been able to use it for infiltration and similar purposes.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Everyone is all but shouting at the SBS during the events of Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island, as they listen to the Straw Hats slowly turn on each other. Through no fault of their own though.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Cross relies first and foremost on his wits and his partners' wits and powers, having neither weapon skills nor the time and discipline to develop them (at least until he gets Funkfreed). To that end, he had Usopp build arm and leg armor for him, and while the upgrades to it after the Skypiea arc don't quite put him in the One-Man Army category, they definitely make him formidable enough that he's no pushover without his partners.
  • When It All Began: Bomoss explains to Franky & Merry about Sabaody's past and how it became the center of the slave trade when the first slavers decided to capture and sell off the nearby fish- and merfolk thanks to the rampant Fantastic Racism. This was then followed by enslaving everything and everyone else.
  • Who's on First?: Cross and Soundbite weaponize the dialogue to get the drop on a Government Agent who got the drop on them.
    • Followed by Soundbite broadcasting the original sketch to the entire world. Busted guts abound.
  • Worth It:
    • Cobra declares Alabasta's secession from the World Government due to them scapegoating Vivi and driving her into exile. He comes right out and says she's worth whatever comes.
    • Cross's opinion of the scary story prank he pulled on the rest of the crew and their guests, even if it got him mobbed and beaten up afterward. Just like he wanted.
    • Cross and Soundbite say this as they hang out of Rocketman's window, in response to Nami's criticism that they'll die.
    • Cross says as much when the truth of Duval's face is revealed and Sanji turns his ire on him.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • After hearing Luffy's Davy Back Fight with Foxy broadcasted on the SBS, Lucci decides that the moment he can, he's cashing in all his vacation time so he can find Luffy and have the fight of his life. Jabra agrees with this assessment. Several chapters later, when his fight with Luffy concludes, Lucci smiles and states "It was a hell of a fight" before losing consciousness.
      • Though later, the leopard-man finds another worthy of the title: Captain T-Bone, when he manages to outlast the Zoan in a bloody battle lasting two full days and nights.
    • Zoro admits after defeating Kaku that he was the best fight he'd had in a long time.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Cross has no qualms about giving Vivi a conk on the head if she gets too generous with the Groin Attacks.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Hammond tries to make a couple of fishman kids eat a Transponder Snail for listening to the SBS, or else he'll kill them. Fortunately, Jinbe steps in and says anyone who threatens that will answer to him.
    • Absalom has no qualms in hitting Merry in her child form.
  • Wrecked Weapon:
    • Cross's tactical baton gets cut up on the Bridge of Hesitation.
    • Shu still manages to rust Yubashiri, and although it can be repaired, Zoro leaves it behind on Water 7.
    • Leo's katanas break when he manages to pull of a Razor Wind attack on Long John Silverteeth. After his defeat, John offers his swords in replacement.
    • Shiki destroys Nami's Waver when she tries to escape on it.
  • Written Roar: The way Xomniac writes Soundbite's Cluster F-Bomb is taken directly from Berserker of Fate/stay night.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
    • Captain Sharinguru thinks himself a comicbook hero and that the Straw Hats are the villains. Conis reminds him that everyone is the hero of their own story right before blasting him.
    • After confronting the Amigo Pirates, the serum that they had received from Dr. Indigo, and some hints about flying islands from Boss Kabuto, Sanji, who's very familiar with comic book storylines, figures they'll be encountering Indigo and his allies soon and wants Cross to start preparing plans now. Cross, who never watched the movies, provides a counterpoint in Oda's love for playing the long game, and with the perpetrator's apparent power level, this particular Chekhov's Gun will most likely only be fired long into the New World. Unfortunately for Cross, One Piece Film: Strong World is coming up right on schedule...

  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Just before dropping Cross into the One Piece world, B.R.O.B gave him the courtesy that upon reaching the end of the story, he'd be returned to the exact moment he left, so no one would know he'd been gone.
  • You and What Army?: Invoked by a mercenary commander to a pair of fishmen guards arriving to safeguard the Straw Hats, their allies, and the slaves. The fishman responds by bringing a platoon of Ryugu Kingdom soldiers, Prince Fukaboshi and the Minister of the Left, leaving both the mercenary and Marine commanders speechless.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: After Cross admits how much pressure he feels delivering the right message to the world via the SBS, having known all the hatred spewed in his own world and how numb everyone seems to be to it all, Koala tells him of an island that had listened to his words and began talking to Hack after they had been liberated (as opposed to a previous island where Hack was feared), and reaffirms to Cross that he is making a difference, that his words of peace and tolerance are being heard.
  • You Are Fat: Several times in Chapter 54: Be it Cross commenting on Lassoo's increased weight that the dog-gun takes offense to, or Cross taunting his opponent Corto with fat-insults.
  • You Are Not Alone:
    • Cross does his level best to hammer this into Robin's head in an attempt to avoid the events of Enies Lobby. It doesn't work.
      • He later uses it to snap Robin out of a Heroic BSoD when the Buster Call begins leveling the island around them.
    • Cross says as much to Marigold when they meet via the SBS, that Amazon Lily can count on his support.
    • Bartolomeo and the other pirates don't even hesitate to help out their Marine comrades in the New World Masons, not when the East Blue is at stake.
  • You Are Not Ready:
    • A while before reaching the Red Line, Cross tells his confidantes on the crew about Kuma's upcoming separation plan, bluntly saying that it is necessary for them to survive the New World and that they'd be lucky to survive the first island into the New World, let alone any farther. No-one likes hearing it, and Cross especially dreads breaking the news to Luffy.
    • Later on Sabaody, after Cross's mindset is completely shattered by the news that Ace is still to be executed, Kuma appears to Cross first and bluntly tells him that the Straw Hat crew is not up to the task of raiding Marineford to save Ace when they're currently at maximum security and preparing to fight with Whitebeard, and that if they tried, one them would most likely die in the process, which would be on Cross's head. He caps it off saying that their training can not be avoided, and that he will forcefully send everyone off by sunset, whether they want it or not.
  • You Can Talk?: Everyone's reaction to Soundbite first translating Animal Talk in real time. Including Carue.
  • You Do NOT Want to Know: Foxy's response when someone asks why he has a wooden horse torture device in his possession.
  • You Got Guts:
    • This is Whitebeard's response when Luffy says he would never consider becoming one of his sons, because the Pirate King doesn't have a boss. He laughs and tells Luffy that he awaits him in the New World.
    • When Nami lets slip to Capone Bege that she just tried pickpocketing him, Bege bursts out laughing, says that she has brass, and says that he might have considered recruiting her if she wasn't taken, before inviting her into his castle-body to witness his ill-gotten gains.
      Nami: Oh? Not worried about inviting a thief into your… everything?
      Bege: Girl, the walls literally have eyes and ears and I know every inch of everything in there like the back of my hand. The mere idea of anyone stealing so much as a spare beri from me is as impossible as it gets on these seas.
      Nami: That, sir, sounds like a challenge.
      Bege: That's because it was.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!:
    • Cross's reaction when he first meets Soundbite, realizing that a Transponder Snail ate a Devil Fruit. Shortly afterward, he has this reaction again when he draws the conclusion that eating his iPhone gave said snail access to the Internet.
    • Nami and sometimes Usopp's reactions to Cross's adrenaline junkie tendencies.
    • Everyone’s reaction to the Inevitable Waterfall.
    • Nami and Vivi's reactions to finding out what the importance of their dancer outfits is: making it so that Scissors can get across the Sandora by dancing for him.
    • Jabra's reaction right before Luffy delivers the coup de grâce.
  • You Just Had to Say It: In Chapter 39, after Spandam tempts fate one time too many, with an apoplectic Sengoku on the Transponder Snail that Kaku is holding.
    Kaku: A-Ah, Fleet Admiral? Before you proceed to rip my superior a new one… executive permission to speak freely?
    Sengoku: Make it fast.
    Kaku: Thank you, sir. (gives Spandam a flat look) You had to say it, you absolute fucking idiot.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry:
    • Soundbite parodies this trope in his response to Su's punishment for him teasing the human Merry.
      Soundbite: "PUT ME DOWN! You wouldn't like me when I'm revengening!"
    • Quoted by Cross once they hear the news about what Shiki is doing to the East Blue and the hometown of a good chunk of the Straw Hats.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: This trope doesn't even begin to cover it when Cross finds out that of all people Saint Charloss is a fan of the SBS. And his feelings on the matter only get worse from there.

  • Zerg Rush: Coo subjects an enemy Merveille monster to a seagull mob, in order for him to get Cross's transceiver back.
  • Zorro Mark: Rather appropriately, Zoro's Three-Sword Style Burst: Five-Sense Ravager technique does this by etching the Straw Hat's Jolly Roger into a target.

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