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Return to the Reverie is a 6-part One Piece fan-comic which ran from May to June of 2020, produced by Artur of The Library of Ohara blog, and illustrated by Gemini.

This fan comic project serves to fill in the events of the latest Levely (or Reverie), the gathering of all of the world’s leaders and royalty in Mary Geoise, which began in Chapter 903 of the manga, showcased many new characters, and then skipped over the whole week to the end of the gathering in Chapter 956.

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As the world leaders prepare to discuss current events, the Revolutionaries are infiltrating the holy land Mary Geoise, preparing to stage an attack on the nobles that hold the world in their grip. However, their mission may prove more difficult than they imagine, and many world secrets in this land are begging to be revealed…

With a hefty dose of Fanon and imagining of characters that have just been introduced, this comic serves as one fan’s interpretation as to how the world’s major mysteries all play out, in full, illustrated manga art.

This fan comic has been translated into multiple languages, and even has a video version with sound effects and background music, viewable here.

As this story strives to answer many of the manga’s mysteries, the mere presence of which are spoilers in and of themselves, SPOILERS FOR THE MAIN MANGA WILL BE UNMARKED! YOU ARE WARNED!

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Tropes contained in Return to the Reverie:

  • Adaptational Badass:
  • Adaptation Expansion: A metric ton of it:
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    • What is God Valley? A settlement of Celestial Dragons, and the location of a mysterious tomb, containing the body of the progenitor of the World Government, Queen Umi, and her legendary Devil Fruit, the Water-Water Fruit.
    • Bonney’s past is thoroughly fleshed out, from her original life as Bartholomew Connie, the Queen Dowager of the Sorbet Kingdom and her son Kuma's fall to become the Tyrant and his ousting, to his atonement after meeting Dragon, the World Government suddenly calling a Buster Call on her kingdom, her having to disguise herself as a youthful Supernova pirate, and her finally finding out her son’s fate and her ill-fated rescue attempt on Mary Geoise.
    • Vegapunk is in fact a Revolutionary.
    • Many bounties are revealed in this fic:
      • The Revolutionary Army all have bounties fit for the New World. Betty’s is ฿465 million, Lindbergh’s is ฿518 million, Morley’s is ฿650 million, Karasu’s is ฿710 million, and Ivankov’s is ฿888 million. Sabo’s also recently had his boosted, to a whopping ฿1.1 billion. No wonder an officer compares them to an Emperor’s crew.
      • So, what sort of bounty is befitting of Monkey D. “Most Wanted Man in the World” Dragon? ฿10 billion. The Celestial Dragons even created a fund to raise enough money for that bounty.
      • Dracule Mihawk claims that if the Marines want to capture him now that he’s no longer a Warlord, they’ll need all three Admirals to do so. And given his bounty of ฿3.69 billion and the cut on Kizaru’s cheek, he’s not exaggerating.
    • Kureha was indeed subjected to the Perennial Youth Operation.
    • What is All Blue? The old name of the planet itself, a planet of endless sea and numerous islands, until Poseidon and Pluton formed the Grand Line and the Red Line and split the world in four.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection:
    • Jewelry Bonney and Bartholomew Kuma are both connected through the Sorbet Kingdom, and through blood; Bonney’s real name is Bartholomew Connie, Queen Dowager of Sorbet, and Kuma is her son.
    • Dragon was inspired by Roger, and became a Roger Pirate.
    • Like Vinsmoke Judge, Lindbergh also was a known associate of Vegapunk.
    • The Kozuki Clan, the Minks, the Shandians, the Fishmen, the Kuja and the Sorbet Alliance were all old allies of Joy Boy, in his war against Queen Umi and the 20 rulers that would become the World Government.
    • Shakky and Bakkin were both Rocks Pirates.
  • Arc Symbol: The sun for Joy Boy. His dream was to forge a world where all species were equal and free under the sun, and many present pirate crews, organizations and groups, from the Sun Pirates and the Kozuki Clan, to the Kujas and Shandians, have a circular crest referencing that old connection to the sun.
  • Arc Words: From canon, “Inherited Will. People’s Dreams. The Destiny of an Era. As long as people keep searching for the meaning of freedom, these things… will never cease to be.” The final words of Joy Boy, also known as the Will of Dreams.
  • Asleep for Days: Dragon wakes up on Kamabakka Island after his defeat by Imu and wants to get back to Mary Geoise, but Ivankov says that he's just took the 3-day-long Paw-Paw flight, and the Reverie is over.
  • The Atoner: Kuma says as such after his mind is restored by the Revolutionaries’ chip, that the roboticisation was necessary for the Revolutionaries’ plans, and as the man once known as “the Tyrant”, he was the only one deserving of a punishment, and the only thing he could do to atone for all the lives he ruined.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: As per One Piece tradition.
    • The Five Elder Stars, despite being Celestial Dragons themselves, get the Adaptational Badass treatment. Two of them have high-tier Devil Fruit powers, one’s a master Haki user, and the other two are Badass Normals, one with his fists, the other with his sword.
    • Monkey D. Dragon, General Commander of the Revolutionary Army, the Most Wanted Man in the World, user of Conqueror’s Haki, and the Wind-Wind Fruit, able to call down a hurricane over Mary Geoise.
    • Admiral Ryokugyu, just like his fellow Admirals, is a Person of Mass Destruction with his Plant-Plant Fruit powers and powerful Haki. He’s able to one-shot the giant Morley and deal with Lindbergh’s Humongous Mecha with hardly a sneeze.
    • King Imu, the true ruler of the World Government. Wielder of the ability-draining Water-Water Fruit, and Kuma’s Paw-Paw Fruit. Once known as Rocks D. Xebec, kept young through the Perennial Youth Operation.
  • Because Destiny Says So: The reason why Roger apparently turned himself into the Marines - despite him and Xebec clashing as the reincarnations of Joy Boy and Umi, as was foretold, the Ancient Weapons had not been reborn yet and Roger was unable to fulfill his destiny, so he resigned himself to his fate and turned himself in. It’s also the reason why Imu banished Dragon away after their clash in Chapter 5 - as Dragon is the latest reincarnation of Joy Boy and Imu was once Xebec, only when they clash on the day of promise, with the Ancient Weapons in tow, will Imu be able to end Joy Boy’s reincarnation for good. Or at least, that’s how Imu/Xebec interprets things; Roger personally thought he was delusional.
  • Biblical Motifs: Quite a lot in this fan-comic.
    • Straight out, the mural in one room of Mary Geoise portrays a beautiful woman rising out of the sea touching the hand of a nude, reclining man, a la ‘’The Creation of Adam’’.
    • The tale of Joy Boy and his wife being tempted to eat the first Devil Fruit has more than a few parallels with the Garden of Eden and the Forbidden Fruit. Indeed, Joy Boy’s real name was “Adam” in that fairy tale.
  • Brown Note: When faced with Kaku and Jabra, Lindbergh uses an Ultra-Sonic Shooter to deal some serious Sensory Overload on the Zoan users.
  • Bodyguard Crush: In his youth, Garp the Marine was tasked to guard a Celestial Dragon, who eventually became his wife and mother of his child, Monkey D. Dragon.
  • Butt-Monkey: Even in this comic, Caesar Clown can’t catch a break. Not when he’s captured by the Blackbeard Pirates.
  • The Cameo: In Chapter 6, if you look closely at the first 20 Celestial Dragons, one of them is actually Pandaman.
  • Cataclysm Backstory: The story of the ancient kingdom ruled by Joy Boy and Queen Umi, who eventually came to blows, fought a global war that literally reshaped the world and sank entire islands, the legacy of which the Celestial Dragons want to erase into oblivion as the Void Century.
  • Cross Counter: Sabo and Lucci’s fight ends when they both land a Flame Dragon King and Six King Gun on each other simultaneously.
  • Dawn of an Era: A major theme of this comic. Joy Boy’s dream was to create a world where everyone is free and equal under the sun, and the reason why he named his coalition the Faction of the Dawn. Someday, he hopes that someone who has inherited his dream will create that world and usher in a new era of freedom.
    Roger: Dawning in an era that unifies the world as one, where anyone can explore it in an endless adventure! I suppose you could call that… a Romance Dawn!
  • Death by Adaptation: The Five Elder Stars explicitly don’t survive the fall off the Red Line.
  • Defector from Decadence:
    • Monkey D. Dragon was born a Celestial Dragon, but his mother always instilled in him a sense of humility. When she died, he could no longer stand his peers and abandoned them after being inspired by Roger.
    • SWORD, the covert branch of the Marines, is actually a secret faction that opposes the WG’s corruption. Issho, Ricardo and even Kuzan are all part of its ranks.
  • De-Power: An apparent ability of the Water-Water Fruit, as due to its initial user, Queen Umi, the progenitor of Devil Fruits, all Devil Fruit powers must eventually return to the sea that bore them. Both Dragon and Kuma have had their Devil Fruit powers removed; the latter’s even got transferred to Imu himself.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Stussy should've thought more about engaging someone who can de-age you to toddlerhood with a touch in melee combat.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Vegapunk is apparently a member of the World Government's science division, a Revolutionary, and a member of the anti-World Government Marine contingent SWORD all at the same time.
  • Elite Four: Of the Rocks Pirates, Xebec had his Four Horsemen, his strongest commanders, Newgate, Linlin, Kaido and Shiki.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Admiral Ryokugyu’s full introductory scene. His real name is revealed as Ricardo, he is introduced with an “Olé!” Written Sound Effect, he speaks casually with his contemporary Fujitora, and when a maid comes in to bring Fujitora a meal, Ryokugyu wastes no time in seducing her, only interrupted by Fujitora Dope Slapping him with his cane.
  • Favouritism Flip Flop: Wapol is having none of what Dragon has to say about the dissolution of the Celestial Dragons, until he mentions that the dissolution means that the Heavenly Tribute no longer needs to be paid, thus allowing the nobles to keep it for themselves. Wapol is suddenly a lot more eager to listen.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The Levely arc in canon ended with several of the Revolutionaries (including Dragon) gathered at Kamabakka Kingdom, despairing over how the Revolutionaries were beaten by the Admirals at Marie Geoise and about something that had happened to Sabo. This comic illustrates how things got to that point.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In Chapter 2, during the tale of how Devil Fruits and the World Government came to be, look closely at the panels depicting the minions of the Sea Devil and the heroes summoned by Mother Sea. The fact that the silhouettes of the minions and the heroes line up near identically (aside from the horns) indicate that they and their patron are one and the same.
    • For a brief moment in Chapter 4, when Vivi is agitated, a small tremor occurs. Then in Chapter 6, when Imu has her father Cobra Impaled with Extreme Prejudice in front of her, Vivi’s powers as Pluton’s reincarnation are awakened and the Earth Kings that make up the Red Line rise to her call, just like how the Sea Kings reacted to Shirahoshi at Queen Otohime’s life being put in danger.
  • Flashback: The last part of Chapter 6 is Dragon remembering his last talk with Roger before his old captain’s execution, when they discuss the true meaning of the Will of D..
  • Fling a Light into the Future: Villainous example that’s ultimately subverted. Queen Umi, believing Joy Boy’s prophecy about how they’ll eventually return in 800 years to clash once more, formed the World Government out of her 20 followers and told them to never forget her and prepare for their return. However, her followers were instead terrified of her inhuman power and viewed both her and Joy Boy as their natural enemy, and that their return would herald another storm just like the one she unleashed before, so they censored the entire history, which became the Void Century.
    • In the face of that censoring, the factions on Joy Boy's side preserved his final words, known as the Will of Dreams, into the names of their descendants with the initial, D.
  • Gag Haircut: Kumadori tries to use his Prehensile Hair against Lindbergh and his mech, the Spirit of Nyan Louis, but ends up bald when the mech busts out a flamethrower.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Queen Umi, Joy Boy’s wife. She grew apart from her husband’s ideals of harmony and instead espoused the ideal of a sole, powerful monarch. This eventually lead to her spawning the first Devil Fruit, consuming it, becoming a tyrant, and waging war against her husband for control of the world.
  • Green Thumb: Ryokugyu’s Devil Fruit is the Plant-Plant Fruit, which allows him to create and control city-spanning plant matter.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Rocks D. Xebec stole Queen Umi’s Water-Water Fruit, faked his death with the destruction of God Valley, presented himself to the Five Elder Stars, cowed them into subservience with their Goddess’s power, and renamed himself King Imu.
  • Horns of Villainy: Queen Umi's consumption of the first Devil Fruit and her transition into the tyrant known in legend as the "Sea Devil" is signified by her sprouting two ox-like horns on her head.
  • Humongous Mecha: Lindbergh’s ace gadget, the Spirit of Nyan Louis, is a giant cat-mecha. He breaks it out to deal with Kumadori.
  • I Am Not Shazam: In-Universe example. The shipwrights of Water 7 created a colossal battleship with enough firepower to break through the Red Line, which was originally created by the first Pluton. Because the ship was also called Pluton, many legends thought the battleship was the ancient weapon itself, instead of the Earth King-controlling reincarnation of Joy Boy’s daughter it was built to counter.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Bonney starts messy-crying with hope when she hears that the Revolutionaries can restore her son Kuma back from a mindless Pacifista into his old self.
  • Irony: Crocodile spent the whole Alabasta Arc antagonizing Vivi and looking for the Ancient Weapon Pluton. He never knew that Vivi is Pluton.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Miss Bakkin is a Rocks Pirate in this retelling. If the stunning woman with floating hearts at the top left corner of the Rocks Pirates group shot in Chapter 1 is her, age has not been kind to her.
  • Just Between You and Me: Imu has no qualms in telling King Cobra all about the Void Century, since he plans on killing him immediately after.
  • Land, Sea, Sky: The Ancient Weapons, Pluton, Poseidon and Uranus, follow this theme. Each one is said to be the Reincarnation of one of Joy Boy and Queen Umi’s three children of the same names, each possessing special Observation Haki that allows them to command colossal behemoths of land, sea or sky.
    • Poseidon was said to lead the Sea Kings, the monstrous leviathans of the deep, of which Princess Shirahoshi is the latest incarnation.
    • Pluton was said to control the Earth Kings, towering humanoid golems as big as islands, made of indestructible rock, of which the mysterious figures inside the Florian Triangle are some. As Pluton allied with Queen Umi during her and Joy Boy’s war, her bloodline was passed down through the Nefertari family, until the latest Pluton was reborn as Nefertari Vivi.
    • Uranus was said to command the Sky Kings, colossal elephants that towered into the sky, of which Zunesha is the last living specimen. It's not stated in the comic, but this implies that Momonosuke, who could hear Zunesha, is the latest incarnation of Uranus.
  • Latin Lover: Admiral Ryokugyu, as befitting his Macho Latino aesthetic. His very first scene has him flirting with a maid, and when a guard comes to get him during an emergency, he walks out of his bedroom, proud and nude, with the aforementioned maid sleeping in his bed behind him.
  • Macho Latino: Ricardo a.k.a Admiral Ryokugyu, fits this to a tee. Rugged, long-haired, bearing a Carpet of Virility, an incorrigible flirt to the waitstaff, heck, even his introductory scene has “Olé!” as a Written Sound Effect. He's also not ashamed to strut out nude after seducing a maid all night, and is proud to go shirtless during a fight.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Imu a.k.a. Rocks D. Xebec, user of the Water-Water Fruit. Said to be the most powerful Devil Fruit of all, not only is it the very element needed to neutralize other Devil Fruit users, but it’s also capable of permanently stripping users of their powers.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!":
    • All the Reverie attendees have one when Dragon enters the meeting room.
    • Then, all the Revolutionaries on Kamabakka have one when Dragon tries to return to Mary Geoise only to find that his Wind-Wind powers are gone.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Joy Boy's last words and The Prophecy that arose from them. Is Xebec/Imu right and they mean that Joy Boy's inhuman Haki will allow him to be reincarnated in the present day? Or is Roger right and that the idea is completely metaphorical, and that all it means is that Joy Boy's dreams will be passed down from generation to generation of future pirates through his legend and memories, until someday, someone achieves them?
  • Metaphorically True: As one of the Elder Stars says about the children’s tale that tells how Devil Fruits and the World Government came to be, “Everything in that tale is completely correct. It is simply a matter of understanding the context.”
    • The tale said that when Joy Boy was offered the first Devil Fruit, he refused, but the temptation was too strong. And indeed it was… for his wife, Umi.
    • The tale illustrates how the Sea Devil offered Joy Boy a pact via Devil Fruits, how a once-beloved monarch became a devilish tyrant espousing Might Makes Right, and how Mother Sea raised 20 heroes to stop her husband. What isn’t said is that the Sea Devil, the monarch-turned-tyrant and Mother Sea are all the exact same person, Queen Umi.
  • The Mole: Kuzan, former Admiral Aokiji, now one of Blackbeard’s Ten Titanic Captains, is actually the undercover commander of SWORD.
  • Named by the Adaptation:
    • Bonney’s Fruit is named the Age-Age Fruit in this version.
    • Ryokugyu's identity in this version is a Macho Latino named Ricardo.
    • The Five Elder Stars are given the following names in this comic: Saint Stavros (hat, cane, ringlets), Saint William (youngest, blond), Saint Nicholas (bald, walrus mustache), Saint Ferdinand (tallest, long hair and three-sectioned beard), and Saint Mohanda (bald, glasses, robe, sword).
  • No-Sell:
    • Jabra tries to use his claw-tipped Shigan against Morley. All it gets is him sucked into his fat, and then launched a mile away.
    • Kumadori’s Haki-powered staff doesn’t even leave a mark on Lindbergh’s mech.
    • Then, the Spirit of Nyan Louis’s Orteig Home Run, which previously sent Kumadori flying, does absolutely zilch against Ryokugyu.
  • O.C. Stand-in: Admiral Ryokugyu and King Imu were barely even introduced into the manga at the time of this story's writing, so the author took their own liberties, making Ryokugyu a Macho Latino and Imu Rocks D. Xebec in disguise.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Stussy gets this expression after Bonney de-ages her into a child.
  • Omniglot: Joy Boy’s mastery of the Voice of All Things allowed him to speak to any race or species, allowing him to build a society where all species could live in harmony.
  • Older Than They Look: Jewelry Bonney counts due to the power of her Age-Age Fruit, which makes her The Ageless. Chronologically, she is old enough that Kuma is her son.
  • One Degree of Separation:
    • Elizabello was the one who helped Bonney infiltrate Mary Geoise.
  • Power Misidentification: Karasu, rather than using a Crow-based Devil Fruit, instead has eaten the Logia Tar-Tar Fruit. Because he’s awakened it, he can see and hear through his crow constructs, but can also create living creatures out of tar, and reshape tar around his body to form wings and talons.
  • Precursor Hero: Joy Boy, in this version, is a legendary figure who was the ruler of a kingdom during the Void Century that espoused equality through all races, and who also possessed extraordinary Haki and the Voice of All Things. He led his followers in a titanic war against his own tyrannical wife Queen Umi, which reshaped the earth around them. Just like Roger, Shanks and Luffy, he too wore a straw hat (it's not stated if it's the same straw hat).
  • The Prophecy: One made by Joy Boy in the last moments of the fight between himself and Queen Umi - that he would not die and 800 years later, his will would be inherited to bring the world into the dawn, but her will will also be inherited to stop him. To King Imu, this means that the spirits of Joy Boy and Umi would eventually be reincarnated into new bodies to fulfill their destinies, with first Gol D. Roger and then Monkey D. Dragon inheriting Joy Boy’s will and Rocks D. Xebec inheriting Umi’s. That’s why he, the man once known as Rocks D. Xebec, sent Dragon away after their confrontation, believing that they’ll eventually clash on the day of promise and Joy Boy’s cycle of reincarnation will finally be ended.
    • Or at least that’s Imu’s belief. For his part, Roger thought that the reincarnation idea was stupid and the whole idea of inherited will is more abstract in nature, and merely refers to Joy Boy’s dreams of freedom on the seas, passed down through his memory and legend.
  • Really Royalty Reveal: Jewelry Bonney’s disguise of “Conney, Queen Dowager of the Sorbet Kingdom“ turns out to be her true identity all along.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Chairman Ham Burger proves to be this. Even after Dragon crashes the Reverie with the intent to talk, despite some protestations from others, Burger allows Dragon to say his piece, as the point of the Reverie is to listen to others.
  • Reincarnation: Crops up a lot, especially in The Reveal in the final chapter.
    • King Imu believes that Joy Boy’s Haki was so extraordinary that his will literally reshaped reality and allowed him to be reborn in a new vessel, the same way that Queen Umi would be reborn and be destined to stop him. According to him, Joy Boy has been reincarnated as first Gol D. Roger and then Monkey D. Dragon, and Queen Umi has been reincarnated as Rocks D. Xebec, who has survived to the present day as King Imu himself.
      • Or at least that’s what Imu thinks. Roger himself thought the whole idea was stupid, with the only thing passed down being will and dreams through memories and legends.
    • The Ancient Weapons, Poseidon, Pluton and Uranus are all reincarnations of Joy Boy and Queen Umi’s three children, each possessing a facet of their father’s special Observation Haki (the Voice of All Things) that allows them to command a behemoth species of their world.
  • The Rest Shall Pass:
    • After Sabo and the Commanders’ assassination attempt on the Five Elder Stars is stalled due to their hidden strength, Dragon takes over the fight while his subordinates escape to save Bonney and Kuma.
    • Then when Lucci intercepts them, Sabo does the same while Lindbergh, Morley and Karasu carry on.
  • The Reveal: All over this fic, but the biggest one is in the last chapter where Imu tells King Cobra the origins of the World Government, the truth about Joy Boy, the secrets of the Ancient Weapons, the origin of Devil Fruits, the real meaning of the Will of D., and even the location of All Blue.
  • Screw Destiny: For all of Xebec/Imu’s obsession with Joy Boy’s prophecy about the reincarnation of himself and Queen Umi, Roger thought his old rival was completely delusional. In his opinion, Joy Boy’s statement that he wouldn’t die is more metaphorical than literal and follows Hiriluk’s line of thought, that men only die when they’re forgotten. Therefore, the memories of Joy Boy in those that remember him carry his dream and his will with them, and if anyone does fulfill Joy Boy’s dream of bringing the world to its new dawn, it will be because they took his dream, made it their own and achieved it honestly, and not because of destiny, lineage or prophecy.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Is it really surprising that King Imu, believing himself to be the reincarnation of Queen Umi, named himself as such?
  • Secret Legacy:
    • Dragon, and by extension Luffy, is descended from a Celestial Dragon on his mother's side.
    • The Nefertaris, in addition to being one of the 20 original kingdoms of the World Government, is descended from the original Pluton, and Vivi is its latest reincarnation.
  • Shaping Your Attacks:
    • Karasu does this a lot with his Logia powers. Crows are his standard, as befitting his Animal Motif, but he’s used his Tar-Tar powers to even form a T-Rex out of tar.
    • Dragon conjures a full Eastern Dragon out of wind in his battle with Imu.
  • Shout-Out: The Fanon from this fan-comic takes a few cues from One Piece’s Shōnen contemporaries:
    • From Naruto:
      • An ancient queen that created fruit of power, consumed it, and became a tyrant? Are we talking about Queen Umi or Princess Kaguya?
      • Two ancient figures, one espousing equality and the other espousing strength, destined to reincarnate, clash with each other and fulfill a prophecy? Are we talking about Joy Boy and Queen Umi, or Indra and Asura?
      • A past villain, part of the aforementioned cycle of reincarnation, pulling the strings behind the scenes? Are we talking about Rocks D. Xebec or Madara Uchiha?
    • From Attack on Titan:
      • Ancient giants forged into a huge wall? Are we talking about the Earth Kings forming the Red Line or the Titans forming the walls of Paradis?
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Saint Stavros of the Five Elder Stars calls out Dragon for going after them, Dragon has none of it.
    Stavros: So this is where your petty quest for revenge has led you… do you feel no remorse in killing your own kin?
    Dragon: I am not a man of revenge. My past has no bearing on my actions. However… after having soaked your hands in the blood of millions… you dare talk to me about remorse?!
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The meeting of the world’s royalty, spelled Levely in canon, is spelled Reverie here. This is a deliberate choice, given that a major theme of this comic is dreams, and another name for a daydream is a reverie.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: The married couple of Silvers Rayleigh and Shakky can count, given that he was a Roger Pirate and she was a Rocks Pirate.
  • The Stinger: The video of Chapter 6 ends with Enel zapping a News Coo out of the sky, a scene that showed up in the middle of the illustrated chapter but was turned into the stinger for the video.
  • Story-Breaker Power: The likes of the Water-Water Fruit. Not only is it a Logia-type, not only does it make the user a Man of Kryptonite for all other Devil Fruit users, but it also seemingly allows the user to steal Devil Fruit powers from others. Queen Umi was the very first bearer of this fruit, and it rested in the mausoleum in God's Valley for many years until it was stolen and eaten by Rocks D. Xebec, and used this power to blackmail the Five Elder Stars into letting him become Imu, the king of the world.
  • Sudden Principled Stand: In the face of his captain’s brutal ambitions that threatened his dream and the stability of the world, Whitebeard, one of Rocks D. Xebec’s Four Horsemen, turned against his captain and crew and joined Roger and Garp in their defense of God Valley.
  • This Cannot Be!:
    • Dragon’s reaction when he sees Imu’s true face, and recognizes him as Rocks D. Xebec.
    • Cobra’s reaction when Imu tells him that Pluton is the reincarnation of a legendary figure with destructive power, who is now reincarnated as his daughter Vivi.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Exploited by Imu when he stabs King Cobra in front of Vivi, so that she would awaken her abilities as the reincarnation of Pluton and rouse the Earth Kings that make up the Red Line.
  • Trespassing to Talk: The fourth day of the Reverie has Monkey D. Dragon himself interrupt the meeting of the world’s royalty, not to target them, threaten them or order them to do anything, but to inform them that his goal is the dissolution of the Celestial Dragon system, that the World Government is eliminating resistance and stockpiling weapons to declare a world-shaking war, and that they should think very carefully about their next actions.
  • The Unchosen One: Zigzagged. King Imu at first thought that Luffy was the inheritor of Roger, and thus Joy Boy’s will, but with his father Dragon’s actions in directly opposing him, Imu has concluded that Dragon is the reincarnation of Joy Boy and has singled him out as such. However, Roger’s own interpretation is that the inheritors of Joy Boy’s will are anyone that remembers his dream of a free sea and world and will chase it to the very end, a description that fits Roger, and Luffy, to a tee.
  • Underestimating Badassery: As Sabo and his fellow Revolutionary Commanders find out, Authority Equals Asskicking applies to those you least expect, specifically, to the Five Elder Stars.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Listening to Imu expound to Cobra about The Prophecy and how it ties into the Void Century, for all that he believes it and that events are destined to shape up around it, Dragon’s reflection on Roger reveals that the King of the Pirates had a much different take on the matter.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Lampshaded when Kaku wonders why Admiral Ryokugyu is discarding his shirt before taking on the Revolutionary Commanders. The easy answer is that Karasu scratched it up moments before; the easier answer is that Ryokugyu is just that macho.
  • Wham Line: Abound.
    • In Chapter 1:
      Hina: You said you and Roger protected the Celestial Dragons. But I thought you always despised them. Why did you agree to protect them?
      Garp: Because my child was among them!
    • In Chapter 4:
      Fujitora: Me and Ricardo are part of a secret faction within the Marines that opposes the corruption of the World Government. We call ourselves SWORD!
    • At the end of Dragon and Imu’s battle:
      Imu: (unveiling paw-adorned hands) Let us meet again on the final island… (banishes Dragon away)… JOY BOY!
    • Midway through Chapter 6:
      Kuzan: (secret commander of SWORD) I’d rather not resort to this, but we have no other option! I wish to propose an alliance with the Revolutionary Army!
  • Wham Shot:
    • Imu revealing his powers: Water control.
    • Karasu asks a restored Kuma to help them escape Mary Geoise, but Kuma takes off his gloves to reveal his hands are bare of pads.
      • Then later, Imu taking off his gloves to reveal he now owns the Paw-Paw Fruit’s powers.
    • The reveal that Rocks D. Xebec became King Imu under a new identity.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • For all that the Five Elder Stars are built up to be Adaptational Badasses, with powers and skills that can give Sabo and his fellow Commanders a rough time, all it takes is Dragon entering the room with his Wind-Wind powers to blow all of them out of Mary Geoise and clean off the Red Line.
    • The CP-9 turned CP-0 agents, Kaku, Jabra and Kumadori, are used to showcase the real power of the Revolutionary Commanders.
    • Ryokugyu's The Cavalry moment against The Revolutionaries is him basically showing how hilariously outclassed The Commanders are against an Admiral, Ricardo never dropping his shit eating grin while walking all over them with ease.
    • Then Dragon falls victim to this effect when King Imu not only beats him, but strips him of his Devil Fruit powers and sends him back to Kamabakka Island.
  • World Sundering: In the past, the planet was known as All Blue, an endless stretch of sea from horizon to horizon dotted with islands. Then during the war between Joy Boy and Queen Umi, Poseidon commanded the Sea Kings to form barricades out of ocean currents that would become the Grand Line, and Pluton commanded the Earth Kings to form a titanic wall out of their bodies, forming the Red Line.
  • "X" Marks the Hero: Is it a coincidence that all members of SWORD, the covert branch that opposes the corruption of the World Government, like Coby, Drake, Issho and Ricardo, have an X-shaped scar somewhere on their bodies?
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Helmeppo is in tears when he and Coby approach Vice-Admiral Cancer for promotion announcements, only for Cancer to tell him that he'll be promoted to Captain... eventually.
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