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    A 
  • Accidental Aesop: The fact that every child that the physical discipline-happy Garp raised all grew up to be infamous criminals instead of Marines(Luffy and Ace became pirates while Dragon became a revolutionary) could be taken as an argument against excessive corporal punishment.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The World Government is either a necessary evil that in order to maintain order in a world populated by criminals with insane powers and monster strength has to Shoot the Dog more times than it would like or is a hopelessly corrupt organization that hides its flagrant abuse of power behind the pretense of justice for the sake of maintaining the status quo. Even Oda can't seem to make up his mind on the matter.
    • To some, Luffy is a straight-up Idiot Hero, but to others, he purposely acts dumber than he actually is, possibly in order to challenge himself. There are times when he's surprisingly insightful, but also times when he does stupid things in life-threatening situations, despite being fully in Let's Get Dangerous! mode.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: In Japanese polls, Shirahoshi and Rebecca are popular in their home country, but they are widely disliked in the West, with many considering them weak retreads of Vivi.
  • Arc Fatigue: Possibly the series' Achilles' Heel, with readers noting its tendency to add too many elements in its arcs, causing them to last very long. It's even worse in later arcs of the anime (especially those that occur after the 2 year Time Skip) due to the producers using every Padding technique they can think up just to make sure that they don't overtake the manga.
    • Skypiea is a very long Story Arc and has relatively low stakes due to feeling disconnected from the rest of the setting.
    • The Water 7 Saga with the exception of the Davy Back Fight arc was effectively multiple arcs building off of each other with no break time in between and was so long that Oda actually had to cut a planned flashback for the story’s Dragon because he realized it would only drag things out further.
      • The Davy Back Fight is this in the anime due to how the arc was vastly extended. The Foxy Pirates only battled the Straw Hats to one Davy Back Fight in the manga while the anime pulls the Davy Back Fight twice back-to-back. This ends up feeling really repetitive as it increases the fight's game events you have to watch through from 3 to 6. Not to mention that Foxy and his crew aren't the most interesting or important of villains, which leaves some people feeling that they've overstayed their welcome during the second Davy Back Fight.
    • While the Paramount War Saga (Sabaody Archipelago until the Time Skip) is generally well liked, the rest of the Straw Hats are Put on a Bus for over three quarters of it. By the end, many fans just wanted to see the crew together again. The Marineford arc was also heavily criticized during its run for many repetitive moments that didn't serve any purpose except pad out the arc.
      • In the anime, the show's slower pacing could seriously be felt during Marineford. Particularly, the large string of episodes where it felt like Luffy was forever running across the ice trying to reach the platform where Ace was being held captive.
    • Oda's love of multi-chapter flashbacks, multiple characters, Call Backs, and all tropes Chekhov come to a head at Dressrosa. To wit: 2 and a half years in real life spent on the same island, about 10 individual flashbacks (though most are connected, making them easy to follow), a little over 50 named new characters, the reintroduction of several old characters, and 102 chapters of content. This makes it the second longest arc in the series after Wano.
      • Unsurprisingly given the Padding, Dressrosa in the anime ended up going even longer with 118 episodes aired in total; 16 more episodes than there were chapters. That's what using about 1/3 to 1/2 of one chapter's content for each episode will do.
    • Some grew tired of the Wano Country arc due to its excessive length; managing to go well beyond the length of Dressrosa to become the new longest arc of the series. Wano being broken up in a 3-Act structure compared to past arcs does help a bit by making Wano overall feel like it's an island consisting of multiple arcs, but it still doesn't change the fact that the Straw Hats were grounded on Wano for about four years between mid-2018 and mid-2022. The 3rd Act in particular is where people really start to feel fatigued with the arc thanks to two particular sections. First, the Kozuki Oden flashback ran a whopping 14 chapters (by far the longest flashback sequence of the series). And while it was generally liked and well received, to the point it's considered one of the peaks of the series writing-wise, it still left some fans wanting for it to finally end in order to get back to present-Wano for the war. Second, the following raid on Onigashima island that acts as the Final Battle of the arc goes on for 72 grueling chapters, which is more chapters than most whole arcs. This is primarily due to said raid being one massive chaotic battle that consisted of many fights going on all around Onigashima.
  • Archive Panic: As of January 2021 the manga has reached over 1000 chapters, with no end in sight. Viz Media put out omnibuses that collect three volumes each, but not only do they have lower quality paper than the single volumes, even if you're willing to look past that, it's still difficult to catch up even with them.
  • Awesome Art: While the art quality per se has been quite inconsistent, especially in later chapters as Oda's health declined, the panels where he shows off the absurd and creative places the Straw Hats visit fits perfectly with the series's cartoony style and are filled with details. Since the beginning, Oda has consistently received praise from critics for his paneling skills and the ability to make the pages enjoyable to read, being regarded as one of the best in the industry in that field.

    B 
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Usopp. Some like the angle Oda intended on making Usopp a relatively normal character in terms of strength who often has to use his wits to pull a victory, while others view him a nuisance for his cowardice and dead weight. This reached a head during the Water 7 arc, in which he temporarily parts ways with the crew out of a refusal to accept that the Going Merry is beyond saving. Some were sympathetic to his attachment, while others viewed him as an idiot who the crew would have been better off without. Even hundreds of chapters after the arc ended, people are still divided over whether he has gotten enough Character Development or he's still too much of a coward to be likable.
    • There's quite a bit of controversy surrounding how Pudding was handled. While her reception was fine even after she dipped into a Hate Sink following the reveal of her true colors, the issues start at the wedding. Sanji, unable to keep his lust down even for a woman he knows is eager to kill him, blurts out a compliment toward her Third Eye once he finally sees it, pacifying Pudding due to her Freudian Excuse regarding the discrimination she's suffered for it. For some (see Jerkass Woobie below), this redeemed Pudding and gave her even more depths. For others, the Freudian Excuse feels too sudden and contrived (especially regarding the criticism her eye apparently got from Big Mom, which is extremely out of character given her established love of her exotic and lifelong goal of creating a discrimination-free utopia) and simply allowed Sanji to dance around the lesson of being too weak-willed around pretty women, while for others it allowed to show the positive of Sanji's chivalrous personality. Others in that camp argued that the twist ruined what would have been a fascinating villain. Her later Tsundere characterization is either hilarious, or a waste of time during the final period of the arc.
  • Better on DVD:
    • One Piece is a manga planned more with a volume basis than with a weekly basis, resulting in some arcs appearing to be too long and dragged out if read chapter by chapter every week. However, many fans say that, if read in its entirety, the pacing problems are absent. This results in many arcs to be re-evaluated much more positively after a complete read.
    • Both the anime and manga have over a thousand episodes and chapters, respectively, as of this writing. With the manga, you can easily get the volumes to read at your own pace, but the anime has long arcs, some of them filler, that started off with adapting the chapters at a good pace, but after a while has resorted to adapting either one chapter per episode, or less than even that, so knocking out dozens of episodes by binging the show is the best way to watch it, especially when Oda loves to use Continuity Porn, Continuity Nods, and likes to bring back older characters after they previously appeared in earlier arcs. It's much more rewarding to binge the show in short bursts than it is to watch week to week.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Near the climax of the Alabasta arc, a group of soldiers known as the Kicking Claw Squad (who'd never been mentioned before) show up to fight Crocodile. They then reveal that they drank the "hero water" (which also had never been mentioned before), which increases their strength at the cost of eventually killing them. Crocodile simply flies to a safe place and waits for them to die. Neither the scene nor the Kicking Claw Squad are ever mentioned again.
    • The Davy Back fight that takes place between the Skypiea and Water 7 arcs is this. The battle against the Foxy Pirates has left no impact whatsoever on later events, and Foxy only ever reappears in irrelevant Filler. This is a case where Tropes Are Not Bad, however, since the arc was short and served as a Breather Episode between Skypeia (which was fairly long) and Water 7 (one of the most intense, dark, and emotional arcs in the series).
    • The magnificently bizarre "EVERYBODY! ZOMBIE NIGHT!" scene, where a bunch of zombies from Thriller Bark break into dance for seemingly no reason.
    • In Marineford, many scenes happen without consequences, like Sengoku rolling up one of his sleeves, ready to fight, only in the next scene to be still on the platform with the sleeve back down, or Garp sitting on the Admiral's Throne, which is treated like a big moment, only to leave no impact. This causes most of these moments to appear silly rather than epic.
  • Bile Fascination: Some people actually want to watch the 4Kids dub (which is becoming increasingly difficult), particularly the rap opening, just to see how awful it is.

    C 
  • Can't Un-Hear It: It's nigh-impossible to listen to the opening of the 4Kids dub without thinking of either Brock or Seto Kaiba, due to Eric Stuart narrating it.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal:
    • Most One Piece fans were able to correctly deduce that the Soldier toy was Rebecca's father given the scenes they were shown together in before the reveal.
    • Many One Piece theorists and readers were convinced that Lola is one of Big Mom's daughters long before her parentage was explored in full, because Oda didn't try to hide it and even hinted at her "mama" being a very powerful pirate as in Big Mom.
    • From pretty much the moment she was introduced fans easily deduced that Komurasaki was actually Hiyori because in the very next scene Momo talks about his sisters, making it pretty easy to connect the dots. At the same time, though less so, many correctly guessed that Kyoshiro is actually Denjiro thanks in part to the Anime Opening giving a visual clue, spoiling even the manga readers.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • There is a surprisingly big factor going on in this series, but two characters stand out: Luffy and Robin. Both of whom mutilate their opponents. Special mention goes to Robin, who uses her Devil Fruit powers to break the spines of her enemies. Of course, all of her opponents were assholes, so they really deserved it.
    • Meta and in-universe example with the World Nobles, a group of rich snobs who seem to have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Nearly every appearance has them do something that makes the cast and fans hate them more, and nothing gives both more joy than seeing them get retribution.
    • The legendary Enel Reaction face. Enel, the Big Bad of the Skypeia Arc, spends majority of it in A God Am I mode because he could No-Sell whatever attack was sent his way. This expression finally came about when Enel realized that not only could Luffy hurt him, but he was also immune to his electricity attacks.
    • Whitebeard's vicious beatdown of Akainu after he had just murdered Ace. Admit it, you were cheering.
    • Luffy activating Gear Fourth and beating the shit out of Donquixote Doflamingo is utterly gratifying, given what a petty, repulsive monster the man had continually shown himself to be.
    • After almost 100 chapters and over 2 real-life years of shrugging off everything thrown at him and being an arrogant, murderous bastard in general, Luffy smashing Kaido's face into the ground and managing to draw his blood in the manga's 1,000th chapter is beyond fucking satisfying.
    • Big Mom has been shown to treat her family absolutely horrendously, whether it be abusing them physically and/or emotionally, sucking out their life force, sending assassins after those who defected, and even eating them, and this is on top of her being a petty, dog-kicking tyrannical despot. You'd have to be a patron-goddamned-saint to watch her get bloodied up and brutalized by Law and Kidd, then subsequently blown up by several bombs, and not feel any sense of euphoria from it.
  • "Common Knowledge":
    • Many fans believe that the Grand Line splits the One Piece world in two horizontally like an equator, while the Red Line, perpendicular to it, is vertical. In truth, as shown in some maps or when the moon's hump changes side between some arcs, they both cross the world diagonally. This is why the Blue Seas are named after the cardinal directions.
    • A minor case is with fans to consider Elbaf an island while in-universe it has always been referred to as a village or a kingdom.
    • Though fans continue to refer to her as such, Kaya is not Usopp's childhood friend. Usopp himself says he's only been speaking to her for about a year, shortly after her parents died - technically speaking Kuro has known her longer.
    • Many fans believe that One Piece's story is divided into "sagas" collecting story arcs of varying lengths, totalling 30 arcs collected into nine sagas, and that this is an official idea. This is decidedly not the case in the Japanese, and never has been (least of because there exists no such verbal distinction in Japanese). The actual official listings for story arcs had existed for years, including the volume blurbs, but only became widely known with the publication of the 25th anniversary website.
  • Continuity Lockout: So very, very much. It is a true test of character to try to describe the series to a person who has never heard of it. It's especially one of the reasons why the 4Kids dub is despised since the dub had a tenancy to skip entire story arcs, creating a lot of continuity-related plot holes.
  • Crazy Is Cool:
    • Luffy. Sailing up a geyser and once absorbing a hundred souls (when most badasses can only hold two or three), are some of his saner plans.
    • Franky. Take a guy, dress him up in a Hawaiian shirt and speedo, then watch as Oda consistently (and successfully) challenges himself to make that the least bizarre thing about him.
    • Brook's first appearance convinced Luffy this guy needs to be brought into his crew, due to this.
    • Kaido also deserves special mention. His debut involves him climbing up to Sky Island and fricking BODY SLAMMING his way down to the earth. He doesn't do this to attack, mind you, he does this to see if he can handle it.
    • Despite being probably the most certifiably insane character in the series, many fans love God Eneru for his undeniable badassery and hope for an excuse to bring him back down from the moon.
  • Creator Worship: Eiichiro Oda has been mentioned at least three times on this site as being awesome, crazy prepared and an author who never forgets. Fans also deem him the "Jesus" of Shonen (when Akira Toriyama is the "God"). Oda himself acknowledged this: In one SBS, when one fan asks him what his greatest treasure is, he answers "of course, it's ALL YOU READERS."

    D 
  • Development Heaven: The love and effort Eiichiro Oda pours into each chapter is astounding. With all the little details in both the art and storytelling, it's easy to see that he loves writing manga.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • If the fanart is any indication, the Vinsmoke boys (other than Sanji, of course) have been getting this treatment from some fangirls (no doubt due to their appearance).
    • To a lesser extent, almost all of CP9 gets this but especially Kaku, Lucci and Kalifa. They're all assassins and rather unapologetic about the fact (Lucci even said that the main perk of their job is legally-sanctioned killing), including attempting to kill both Iceberg and Paulie immediately after their reveal. Lucci and Kaku are even revealed to have gone back to the government and joined CP0 during or after the time-skip. When Saint Charlos tries to enslave Shirahoshi, Lucci and Kaku are among those who stop Shirahoshi's family and new friends from intervening. But there's plenty of people who would love to see at least one of them join the crew or become allies.
    • Caesar Clown, despite being an unrepentant Mad Scientist specializing in WMDs, has gotten plenty of readers sympathetic toward his plight since his capture at the end of the Punk Hazard arc to actually want him to join the crew. (No doubt his comedy bits help him out a lot) It got to the point where Oda had to remind readers of his actions in Punk Hazard when a fan in the SBS wondered why Nami insulted and wished death upon him at every opportunity.

    E 
  • Ending Fatigue:
    • The Dressrosa arc, already suffering from Arc Fatigue, fell into this as the final blow was stalled off for several chapters, since Luffy's Gear Fourth had worn out and he needed time to recover his Haki, putting focus on random citizens running and the protagonists trying to slow down the Birdcage to buy time.
    • Whole Cake Island. The Straw Hats had already accomplished all their goals of obtaining Big Mom's Poneglyph, retrieving Sanji, and saving Sanji's family from an assassination attempt, and the story had already established that Luffy wasn't ready to take on Big Mom yet. But there are still about three volumes of contents as the Straw Hats on the Thousand Sunny struggle to face obstacle after obstacle in their way while Luffy fights Katakuri, and Sanji bakes a cake for Big Mom.
  • Evil Is Cool: Too many to list. It's easier to name the villains who aren't awesome, and many of them that aren't that impressive to begin with get better as the series continues.
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    F 
  • Fair for Its Day: While nowadays Mr. 2 appears to be a bad caricature of the LGBTQ+ community and crossdressers, at the time of his debut an openly gay (and ultimately a positive one) character was something rarely seen before, especially in a series aimed at young teens, to the point some western releases and/or dubs remove the any reference to the "gay way".
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • With the other three big shonen series of the 2000's: Naruto (especially with the Dueling Shows dynamic), Bleach and Fairy Tail.
    • With Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, which was the first manga in twelve years to have dethroned One Piece as the best-selling manga of the year.
    • There seems to be one between diehard fans of Zoro and Sanji, not unlike the characters themselves.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Big Mom is also called Big Mama by some fans, a bit of a corruption of her title.
    • Some fans like to call Zeo, one of the New Fishman Pirates, "Evil Zoidberg", due to the fact that he kinda looks like him.
    • Rayleigh Silvers, since it has a pretty nice ring to it.
    • Jimbei fans often call him Jinbae, a term of romantic endearment.
    • MANSOPP (all caps, no exceptions) for post-Time Skip Usopp. Following the label Doflamingo gives him during the Dressrosa Arc, this got upgraded to GODSOPP.
    • The crew that impersonates the Straw Hats after the Time Skip are referred to collectively as the Flawhats.
    • Sabuto. Sabo the character... plus Naruto's voice actress.
    • The alliance between Luffy and Law and their crews is frequently referred to as the Lawffy Alliance or the StrawHeart alliance, with the Heart and Straw Hat crewmembers collectively called the StrawHearts.
    • Throughout the Dressrosa Arc, a lot of characters with long names are given in-universe nicknames. Most notable are Doffy/Mingo (Doflamingo) and Cabbage (Cavendish). Naturally, the fanbase refers to these characters by their nicknames any chance they can get.
    • Fans have started calling the Vinsmoke children the "Eyebrow Rangers" due to their color-coded titles, high-tech weapons and suits, numbered outfits, and the fact that there would have been five if Sanji hadn't left.
    • After Chapter 903, "Big News" Morgans is now "Fake News" Morgans for his... exaggerated coverage of the event on Whole Cake Island.
    • Before Karasu formally debuted, he was seen in the form of his Devil Fruit powers as a murder of crows. He became colloquially known as the "crowzone" guy. This was the term people went with up until an expanded version of the scene with the crows from the manga hit the anime and his name got revealed as Karasu.
    • Some characters get jokingly referenced as having the Will of D by the fandom. These include Go D. Usopp, "Ma D. Monk" Urouge, and Buggy D. Clown.
    • Eiichiro Oda himself is sometimes called "Goda".
    • Even though In-Universe Ryuo is just Wano's term for Haki, fans often use it to refer to advanced Armament Haki.
    • In the Wano arc, Ulti's Affectionate Nickname for her comrade and "brother" Page One is "Pay-tan", which is translated in the English version as "Pay-Pay". The fandom has largely taken to also referring to Page One as "Pay-Pay" whenever possible, similar to the above Dressrosa examples.
    • The random townie who asks Gold Roger where he hid his treasure, nicknamed by the fanbase as Ask D. Question.
    • Fans have referred to the events on top of Onigashima as "Roof Piece" thanks in part to the amount of hype & awesome moments that happened on it (Akazaya Nine vs Kaido, Worst Gen vs Kaido & Big Mom, Luffy vs Kaido)
    • Since "Ryokugyu" is a somewhat difficult name to pronounce for English speakers, Admiral Ryokugyu is consistantly called Admiral "Green Bull" by the fansnote .
  • Fanon: It's widely belived that when he sailed the Grand Line, Red Foot Zeff made it as far as the New World before leaving for the East Blue. This is brought up because he's the first person to refer to the Grand Line, or rather its first half, as "Paradise".
  • Fan Wank: Oda often offers cryptic explanations on things (with intentions of fully explaining them months or possibly years down the line sometimes) or doesn't bother to explain things at all, leading to quite a bit of this among the fandom. Common topics include explanations for Pell surviving a nuke, Blackbeard's two Devil Fruits, or how exactly some of the abilities work (E.g. How Zoro can create illusions, how Luffy can spontaneously use fire or electricity, etc.).
  • Fetish Retardant: The overly hourglass-shaped proportions of female characters (especially post-Time Skip) comes off as too unnatural to be sexy to some people. The anime tends to exaggerate their proportions further (particularly with much larger breasts) as well as upping the Male Gaze, further pronouncing this trope.
  • Fight-Scene Failure: Ever since Toei became adamant toward not going any farther than adapting one chapter per episode, the action-scenes, for the most part, have been showing an obvious drop in quality in an attempt to pad each episode out. Fights are painfully extended through the use of opposing stares and reaction shots, as well as the action itself coming off extremely slow-paced. Laziness will also crop up from time-to-time when all Toei will animate is a single still-frame, or even repeat the same scenes, most notable in the battle between Zoro vs. Pica when the anime took an entire episode for Pica to lumber all the way over to the King's Plateau and the exact same stomping motion of his foot was used at least three times. Worse, some adaptations will stagger at half-chapter pacing, causing certain scenes to be dragged out so badly that if Toei doesn't add new scenes to fluff things up a bit, the story will completely stall out. Though this has gotten somewhat better again starting with the latter portions of Whole Cake Island, due to multiple factors mainly boiling down to Oda himself sort of skimming through fights (leaving ample opportunity for the anime to expand upon things in a more natural fashion) and many new and incredibly talented animators coming in to work on the show, leading to far more standout moments.
  • Foe Romance Subtext:
    • Surprising absolutely no one, we have Doflamingo, who jokes about how Crocodile siding with the pirates instead of the World Government is "making me jealous".
    • Nami's fight with Kalifa. At one point, Nami admires how smooth Kalifa's skin must be and how she would want her to be her own Sexy Secretary. Lampshaded when she reminds herself that she isn't a Dirty Old Man.
    • Shiki and Roger. Shiki initially wanted Roger to join him (Roger fought back because it meant subordination), went on a rampage in Marineford to prevent Roger's execution, and the driving force behind his actions in the present is disappointment in how the seas without Roger have become.
    • Zoro and Tashigi. They seem impressed (to varying degrees) by each other's knowledge and commitment to swordsmanship when the first meet. Tashigi's resemblance to Kuina, Zoro's unwillingness to kill her, her mistaking this for chauvinism, and her subsequent The Only One Allowed to Defeat You attitude give their relationship some romantic subtext.
    • Trafalgar Law and Doflamingo, although it's mostly one-sided from Doffy's part. Law wants him dead, while Doffy wants him to be one of his subordinates... and he even chained Law to the heart seat of his castleContext . The fact that he saw Corazon (Law's idol and father-figure)'s name on Law's shirt and spitefully shoots Law's back for it is often interpreted as jealousy.
    • Sanji and Black Maria. The latter seemingly only seduces him to capture him and bait Robin, but that doesn't stop Sanji from declaring his love for her momentarily. The subtext increases when Maria reveals she doesn't just want him as bait, but also as a pet, who is going to love her and only her.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Eustass Kid and Trafalgar Law have quickly become one of the most popular pairings of the Supernovas due in part to their position as reluctant and snarky Enemy Mines.
  • Franchise Original Sin:
    • Some of the longer arcs have run into pacing problems, especially when it comes to flashbacks. For example, Skypiea had a flashback several chapters long in the middle of the climax, with plot-critical details(Noland's expedition to Jaya, how the Shandorans got blasted up to Skypiea, and the truth behind Noland's failed second expedition and execution). When Dressrosa had a longer and more drawn-out climax, including Law's flashbacks during the climax, readers started complaining.
    • Somewhat related to the pacing, while people have started complaining about padding in the anime adaptation since just before the Time Skip, the anime has always expanded on the manga in various ways, from adding new scenes and lines of dialogue to reaction shots and shots of characters walking. The difference is that in the past, the anime covered more than one chapter per episode, and used filler episodes to allow the manga to get farther ahead. Around the time the series got up to Sabaody Archipelago, leading to long arcs with no opportunity for filler arcs, the anime had to fall back on making anime episodes cover manga chapters, thus leading to the padding problem getting that much worse. This became an especially noticeable problem as of Dressrosa, which was already one of the longer arcs in the manga, and its pacing is slowed down to a drag by the anime adaptation.
    • For much of the series, some of the more epic battles happened almost entirely offscreen. In the early series, people didn't mind, since those glimpses of the most powerful fighters generally served to build up excitement for future battles (for example, Shanks and Whitebeard clashing aboard Whitebeard's ship post-Enies Lobby, or Ace vs. Blackbeard ending on a cliffhanger). However, as the series goes on, some people are starting to see this trope as a bit of a cop-out, such as when Kanjuro Kurozumi, the traitor in the Red Scabbards (a significant antagonist) is defeated and thought to have been killed offscreen, or when Jack, one of Kaido's Lead Performers apparently loses to Dogstorm and Cat Viper in their Sulong forms offscreen.
    • The series has long been reluctant to kill off characters outside of flashbacks. At the end of the Baratie arc, the fatally poisoned Gin's fate was left ambiguous, and while Igaram's survival seems farfetched, the fact that Robin pretended to kill him retroactively makes sense as her first act of betrayal against Crocodile. It only became a problem when characters' surviving is rather improbable (Pell surviving the detonation of a city-destroying bomb, Pagaya avoiding Eneru's lightning) and/or ruins the emotional impact of supposed character deaths (Bon Clay performing a Heroic Sacrifice twice and surviving). The series managed to buck the trend by killing off Ace and Whitebeard at Marineford, but later developments, like Sabo surviving his supposed death in Luffy's flashback, Pound coming back in a cover story and Kin'emon not dying after Kaido ran him through, prove that this trend hasn't quite gone away.
    • While some of the princesses after Vivi were criticized for being useless and being overly reliant on the Straw Hats and other protagonists, to the point of existing to give the protagonists a reason to fight, it's worth noting that some of this applied to Vivi, who was weaker than the Straw Hats and unable to win any fights on her own. The difference, however, was that Vivi was able to uncover Mr. 0's identity as Sir Crocodile, which was key to unraveling Baroque Works' conspiracy, and was able to convince Koza to end the rebellion, with only Baroque Works' interference thwarting her efforts. When you compare how Shirahoshi kept the identity of her mother's killer secret (thus allowing Hody to get as far as he did), Rebecca was unable to accomplish anything by herself and Komurasaki almost becomes a non-entity in Wano Act 3, only gaining relevance near the tail end of it, you can see why the other princesses aren't as well received. It also helps that Vivi was a far more proactive and goal-oriented character than the later princesses. She was the one who came up with the plan to take down Crocodile in the first place and was consistently driving the plot throughout the Alabasta arc.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • In general, fans of Dragon Ball are usually fans of One Piece, due to the similar art style and tone. It helps that Eiichiro Oda practically idolizes Akira Toriyama.
    • There is pretty strong overlap between fandoms for One Piece and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, primarily on the basis that they both have very distinct art styles, that Eiichiro Oda and Hirohiko Araki are extremely pop culture savvy in regards to both Japanese and western media and flaunt it in their work whenever they can, and that both series are Long-Runners whose stories have only gotten wilder and wilder since they began.
    • One Piece fans and Pirates of the Caribbean fans can get along quite well thanks to similar pirate theme between the two and Jack Sparrow, who is more or less an adult, Devil Fruit-less version of Luffy.

    G 
  • Gateway Series: Regardless on how bad the bowdlerizing is, at least the 4Kids dub had made some viewers become fans of the manga before or after they found out the source material.
  • Genius Bonus: There are dozens of characters Named After Someone Famous, mostly pirates, but most are only famous if you're a historian and/or a fan of real-life pirates of the past. Many readers may recognize Edward "Blackbeard" Teach and the One Piece characters named after him (Edward Newgate and Marshall Teach), or Anne Bonney and her One Piece counterpart Jewelry Bonney. There are way fewer readers who will know Roronoa Zoro is named after François l'Ollonais, Cavendish is named after Henry Cavendish, or Scratchmen Apoo is named after Chui A-poo. Trafalgar Law gets a reference in both parts of his name: He's named after English pirate Edward Low and the Trafalgar-class submarine.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Carrot, big time. While Japan likes her enough, the rest of the world adores her. So much so that her popularity managed to propel her to 8th place in the first Worldwide Popularity Poll. Beating out titans like Ace and Sabo. Regional breakdown showed her getting 24th place in Japan, but anywhere from 4th to 8th place in the rest of the world.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • Many fans note that One Piece really starts coming into its own during the Arlong Arc (the first arc where Luffy and company profoundly stuck their noses out for someone who had been badly hurt and oppressed), and even after a few hundred chapters, simply hasn't stopped delivering in entertainment.
    • Alabasta is another moment for the series, being the highly anticipated payoff to the Baroque Works Saga, featuring a villain who soundly defeats Luffy twice and introducing some of the mysteries of the world, such as the Poneglyphs.
    • As for the anime, it really came to be its own series with the greater animation budget, fighting scenes and overall story with the beginning of the Water 7 Arc.

    H 
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In the Volume 15 SBS, Oda explains sailing ceremonies, where a bottle of liquor is broken against the bow of a new ship to celebrate its completion. If the bottle doesn't break, the ship is cursed with bad luck. Right after that, Oda drew a short scene where Kaya is performing the ceremony for the Going Merry. The bottle doesn't break.
      • In the Jaya arc, Sanji and Zoro both bring up the possibility of getting a new ship to replace the damaged Going Merry, which Usopp yells at them for. Anybody who knows what happens to the Merry later on will find that brief moment to have a much stronger impact. This is compounded when Luffy reassures Usopp by calling Merry an irreplaceable crew member after Zoro suggests it. Makes the future event of Usopp leaving the crew, and dueling Luffy even more heartbreaking. Even worse, the snapped keel (the main reason why the Going Merry can't be repaired) was collateral damage from Bellamy beating up the Saruyama Alliance during that arc.
    • In the Post-Enies Lobby arc, Zeff and co. of Baratie say that they will hang up the badly-drawn poster of Sanji and say that he lived and worked there. Later on, Judge blackmails Sanji with a picture of Zeff and reveals that he knows all about the Baratie. The chefs' flaunting may have been what caused Big Mom's intel network to link Sanji and Zeff.
    • In the Sabaody Archipelago arc, Duval wears an iron mask to hide his face because it looks exactly like the drawing used for Sanji's wanted poster. Turns out that Sanji was forced to wear an iron mask during his childhood because his father didn't want to see his face, both figuratively and literally.
    • In the Punk Hazard arc, when Momonosuke first encounters Luffy, he says that Luffy can't be a pirate because pirates are giant men, weighing 400 kg, and are more fierce looking. The man who best fits that description is Kaido, who we later find out, kiiled both of Momonosuke's parents.
    • In the Thriller Bark arc, Lola kept asking men, particularly strong men, to marry them, and the caption reveals that she did this over 4,000 times. The Whole Cake Island arc reveals that by running away from an arranged marriage her mother Big Mom set up, she screwed up a very important political union that could have given her enough power to defeat her rivals and become Pirate King. In any case, Big Mom is still very sore about that, and Lola could be trying to make it up to her with her casual marriage proposals, unaware that Big Mom has disowned her and plans to kill her for her disobedience.
    • Also from the Thriller Bark arc, Sanji's claims that he wanted the Clear Clear Fruit to become a super hero and also peep on women in the bath becomes less funny come The Reveal about Sanji's past and Germa 66 in the Whole Cake Island arc. It's likely that the idea of becoming invisible was very appealing for young Sanji for an entirely different reason.
      • To add on to events related to the Clear Clear Fruit, someone else far more dangerous ended up beating Sanji to it: Shiryu of the Blackbeard Pirates, to be precise, meaning the Straw Hats are likely going to have another run in with the fruit's powers.
    • The Straw Hats find out in the Dressrosa arc that women in Dressrosa are notoriously "passionate" and it's a common occurence for them to stab men who cross them or just stab them in betrayal. Zoro comments that a Chivalrous Pervert type like Sanji will "get stabbed for sure" to which Sanji remarks that he wouldn't mind. It was funny at the time, but two arcs later Zoro's words echo when Sanji's chivalrous nature and soft spot for women ends up getting him metaphorically stabbed in the back by a very sadistic Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
    • In the Enies Lobby arc, Kalifa would say "that's sexual harassment" when her superior, Spandam, did or said almost anything. Following the Harvey Weinstein incident in 2017 along with victims of sexual harassment coming forward with the #MeToo movement, this quirk lost its humor.
    • At the end of the Syrup Village arc, Luffy invites Usopp to join his crew, despite the fact that Usopp isn't particularly strong(unlike Zoro) and doesn't fill any necessary roles(unlike Nami and most of the other Straw Hats) simply saying they're friends. At the time, it seems like a nice thing to do for his new friend, but in the Water 7 arc, Usopp seems to believe Luffy brought him along out of pity despite the fact that Usopp's ambitions are nowhere near as lofty as Luffy's.
    • Zoro mocking Sanji's Ball on his head as a crown of "Moronica" from the Long Ring Long Land arc has became harsher after the reveal of Sanji's past as a Vinsmoke family in the Germa Kingdom.
    • In the localization of the manga, after Lucci tells Sanji, "From the way you open doors, you don't seem to be a very patient fellow," Sanji snarkily says, "You're right. My parents raised me wrong." His father was a horrible person who wanted Sanji to be a sociopathic Super Soldier, so not only did Sanji's father not raise him well, but Sanji didn't turn out the way Judge had hoped.
    • Lola giving Nami part of her mother's Vivre card seems like a nice gesture, until it turns out that Lola's mother, Big Mom, one of the Four Emperors wants to kill her, unbeknownst to Lola. Granted, the Vivre card turns out to be a useful tool for the Straw Hats, but in hindsight, Lola comes off as rather thoughtless.
    • The Marineford scenes where Blackbeard gains Whitebeard's quake powers and unleashes them on Marineford, causing Tsunamis to head towards Sabaody was aired shortly before the 9.0 Quake and Tsunami disaster in Japan.
    • One of Brook's most awesome moments comes from him staring down Big Mom and dismissing her threats with the line "What kind of fool would have come planning to die?" Later that arc, it turns out Pedro did come planning to die, since he got most of his lifespan stolen the last time he encountered Big Mom and is determined to make his death count.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • Fisher Tiger and Koala. Even after the ambush from returning Koala to her village by the Marines, he declared on his deathbed that she, not knowing of the hatred between humans and Fish-men, represents the hope for a better future. Skip to fifteen years, and find out that Koala has joined the Revolutionaries, and when she's not starting uprisings against oppressive governments, she teaches Fish-man Karate. She's also a good friend of Hack, a Fish-man who's an acquaintance of Jimbei's.
    • After Sanji's tragic past that was revealed in Whole Cake Island, any scene between him and Zeff could qualify for this, especially in the wake of Koji Yada (Zeff's Japanese voice actor)'s death.
  • He's Just Hiding!:
    • At the end of Luffy's flashback almost no one believed Oda would suddenly introduce Sabo, another "brother" of Luffy and Ace only to suddenly kill him off. Then Sabo appears during the Dressrosa arc, revealing he's been working with the revolutionaries and simply lost his memory.
    • In Chapter 986, Kurozumi Kanjuro, the traitor among the Red Scabbards, is shown lying in a pool of his own blood, surrounded by the comrades he betrayed, and a flashback scene shows them in happier times. Many fans don't believe that he's actually dead, since they find it hard to accept that the traitor would be Killed Offscreen in such an anticlimactic fashion. Sure enough, Kanjuro entered the fray once more in Chapter 1007.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: See here.
  • Hype Backlash: Because of the high critical reception and how often fans consider the series "the best manga ever made", it's only natural that many people disagree with the notion and think the series, while usually considered good, doesn't deserve all the hype.

    I 
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: One Piece is the best selling manga in history and the second best selling comic book of all time. It's also been consistently popular all over the world for almost two decades. Naturally, some people are taken aback by this popularity and consider the series overrated.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!:
    • In general, most One Piece arcs tend to follow the same formula and, while some argue that each arc manages to have its own identity and different feel, other fans have gotten sick of the formula and the series has gotten too repetitive, it doesn't help that its length means there have been many arcs and therefore it's very easy to find the plot-formula.
    • One of the most commonly cited examples is Dressrosa, compared to Alabasta. In both arcs, the Straw Hats seek to defeat one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, who is trying to/has taken over a country, and they gain help of that country's princess and an honorable Marine. Some members of Doflamingo's crew (Gladius and Machvise) even have similar powers to members of Baroque Works (Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine).
  • It Was His Sled:
    • The Going Merry gets replaced by the Thousand Sunny. Since the Straw Hats' ship is often shown in promotional material, it's hard to hide the Straw Hats getting a much larger ship that looks rather different from the old one.
    • The identities of the 9 Straw Hat crewmates before the two year Time Skip. Again, the main cast is prominently featured in promotional materials, even members like Robin or Franky, whose joining comes as a bit of a surprise.
    • Ace being the son of Gold Roger himself.
    • Both Ace and Whitebeard die in Marineford.
    • There's a 2-year Time Skip.
    • The identities of Luffy's two "brothers." Ace is revealed early on in the series, but Sabo doesn't debut until just before the Time Skip.

    J 
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Nami, the self-centered, mood swinging, thieving Insufferable Genius of the Straw Hat Pirates, comes off this way in the East Blue Saga. She's rather hostile to Luffy and Zoro, views her association with them as an alliance of convenince, and eventually steals their ship. However, her personality, in particular, her obsession with money, is explained as a result of being an orphan raised by the Marine officer Bellemere, along with another girl Nojiko. The family was too poor to afford the things Nami wanted, and when Arlong came along and imposed a tax on the people in her village, with the penalty for not paying as death, Bellemere only had enough money to either pay for herself and hope they don't find out about Nami & Nojiko or pay for the two of them; she chose to save her children rather than herself, and was shot in front of her children's eyes. Arlong then forced Nami to be a part of his crew, even going so far as to forcibly tattoo her, and said that if she manages to get 100 million belli, her village will be freed as well as herself. Even worse is that Arlong had no intention of keeping his end of the bargain, and wanted to enslave her for the rest of her life. Good thing she met Luffy and the other Ragtag Bunch of Misfits who dealt with Arlong personally. She ends up becoming nicer after the end of the Arlong arc.
    • Kuina, Zoro's childhood friend/rival, came off as rather arrogant and insulted Zoro a lot but she was covering up her huge self-esteem issues about her gender and being a swordswoman, being told that despite her talent, she will not be able to pursue being the best swordswoman in the world, or inherit her family dojo. Her father's suggestion in the anime that she might just have overcome her own limitations if she hadn't died makes her sudden and pointless death in an accident that much more tragic.
    • Montblanc Cricket had to deal with the shame of his heritage because of the legacy left behind by Norland. His own (original) crew abandoned him when he decided to resolve his issues with the shame placed upon his ancestor. He initially was annoyed with the Masira and Shoujou for being fans of the tale. But came to love them and admitted he was glad they came along as the loneliness after being abandoned by his original crew was unbearable.
    • Boa Hancock was introduced as a puppy-kicking Vain Sorceress. She showed herself to be an aloof, arrogant, complete Jerkass who wasn't above defenestrating her grandmother for giving the sincerest of warnings and petrifying her subjects for allowing a man (Monkey D. Luffy) onto their island. She was even complacent with her two younger sisters, Marigold and Sandersonia, breaking them in their petrified state just to mess with Luffy — just a hair's breath of crossing the Moral Event Horizon. However, when Luffy defeated the sisters and spared their pride by hiding their tattoos, this brought to light another side of Hancock unseen before: as she explained to Luffy, the tattoo was forced upon Hancock and her sisters (sensing a pattern here...), and is an eternal source of shame from slavery under the World Nobles, descendants of the founders of the World Government and, as shown in the previous arc, a whole 'nother ball of the MEH wax, known for kicking, shooting, and blowing up their slaves if they get frustrated or bored with them. The three sisters, who were just pre-teenage girls back then, spent four whole years enslaved to those bastards and were force-fed a Devil Fruit strictly for their entertainment. Hancock's own experience was such that she couldn't even talk about it without being reduced to tears. The very fact that she kept the law of her island to the letter could be explained due to her personal experience with one particular World Noble who was in her words "the very object of terror itself", which jaded her view on the opposite gender. It's only that Luffy didn't care that she and the other two were slaves, and hates the World Nobles anyway (for shooting a friend of his, who wasn't even one of their slaves) that caused her icy persona to warm up a bit, and even fall in love with the guy.
    • The Whole Cake Island arc shows that Charlotte Pudding is one. She spent years being abused by her family for her Third Eye, Big Mom included, until she snapped and became the sadistic actress we see in the present. Even after she earned her keep, Big Mom still antagonizes her about not unlocking her eye's potential, and her role as the family's Honey Trap doesn't seem to help her sanity much, either. When Sanji says her eye is beautiful, she breaks down on the altar and has her first real case of Inelegant Blubbering in the story.
    • Even Gecko Moria is this. Losing all your crew to someone like Kaido would fuck anybody up; he’s lucky to even be alive! Yes, he does attempt his take on a Zombie Apocalypse, but given his desire for a crew that’ll never die, you almost feel bad for the guy; especially since he barely made it out of Marineford alive.
    • Eustass Kid is a Jerkass to the nth degree, and his first mate Killer isn't exactly all that nice either, but it's hard not to have at least some sympathy for everything that happened to them since the end of Dressrosa. It turns out that one of their allies, Apoo, completely screwed over them and their other ally, Hawkins, as he was working for Kaido all along and him joining the alliance was a trick from the start. Hawkins, despite not being in on this deception, chose to save himself and bend the knee to Kaido, and did nothing at all to help Kid and Killer when they fought Kaido, lost, and were beaten up and imprisoned. Kid later finds out that, while he was in jail, Killer (his best friend since childhood) was forced to eat a faulty SMILE Fruit that made him laugh all the time (even though Killer deeply hated his laugh) and work for Orochi, and Hawkins speculates that the rest of Kid's crew was forced to work for the shogun as well. Apoo's and Hawkins's respective betrayals, and what happened to Killer in the aftermath, seems to have deeply jaded Kid, who states that the only people he'll trust from now on are his own crewmates.
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    L-O 
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Obvious joke aside, several major characters get this treatment, such as Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, Usopp, Robin, Ace, Nami, and Law.
  • LGBT Fanbase:
    • While the series rarely touches upon the subject of romance, it has its share of shipping, especially between the crew of True Companions. In particular, Nami is often believed to be Ambiguously Bi given her interactions with many female characters.
    • The series is also popular among Asexual and Aromantic communities due to Luffy being one of the very few aroace characters, let alone protagonists, in any manga or anime.
    • The Wano Arc has been incredibly well received by gay and trans people in the West due to the introduction of several trans characters who are not treated for comic relief; O-Kiku, who's a trans woman, and Yamato who's a trans man. While there is a lot of discourse about whether Yamato counts as a trans character (see here) almost every trans fan was immensely pleased in chapter 1052 when Yamato and O-Kiku go into the baths of their chosen genders rather then their assigned genders and the other characters accept them and don't treat it as weird with many seeing this as a positive step forward in representation especially in a genre rather infamous in terms of trans representation. Especially with the strong implication that Yamato will likely be the final Straw Hat added to the crew, meaning a trans character is going to become a main character for the rest of the series.
  • Macekre: The 4Kids dub gets a lot of flak for skipping entire arcs, unnecessary character name changes (Smoker gets Bowdlerized, which makes sense, but Ace is a problem?), generally weird edits, and a host of other problems that are associated with the company. Though to be entirely fair, 4Kids themselves wanted nothing to do with the show, as they were well aware of how un-family friendly it was, but they were forced into dubbing the show by Toei themselves, as they wanted to get it into foreign markets as soon as possible and would only license other shows to 4Kids as part of a packaged deal, so they were basically forced into dubbing One Piece against their will, hence why they dropped it after a year.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Buggy, both in-universe and out. He's a goofball who was defeated early on, but his history as a former cabin boy on the Pirate King Gol D. Roger's crew, as well as several coincidences during the Marineford War, leads to many lauding him as one of the most powerful pirates of all time.
    • Many characters who are silly and weak such as Gaimon, Foxy, or Tonjit are hyped up as secretly as strong as the Four Emperors or the Admirals.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Ace, after his not-so-glorious death that leads many to compare him to a donut, as well as the fact he doesn't win any on-screen fight except against mooks and an anime-only hunter who has no powers. He was a bit salvaged after he stalemated Yamato, who can stall Kaido for a while.
    • Also Kid, due to most of his panel time post-Timeskip involving him being beaten up, betrayed or screwed over in some way. Started to change after the raid on Onigashima where he has been given more badass moments and Kid teaming with Law defeated Big Mom.
    • Bellamy the Hyena is best known as "that guy Luffy beat with one punch". Though this died down quite a bit after he came back in the Dressrosa Arc and Took a Level in Badass, and even when he still went down in one punch again he earned Luffy's respect this time.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: Luffy is beloved by many aroace viewers in spite of his dimness and falling under the stereotype that asexuals only care about food.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Marines are often played as evil by the fandom; the Marines are run by corrupt Jerkasses and Smug Supers, while the pirates are romanticized as freedom-loving people who want to live life to the fullest outside the law. For the most part, the Marines are portrayed as morally questionable, and several good pirate crews are seen (such as the Straw Hats). However, it is made clear that crews like the Straw Hats are exceptions. Several pirates are evil, cruel, and murderous, many of them infinitely worse than most Marines. For the most part, the Marines are at least trying to do the right thing, and want to protect people from pirates and other criminals. The dynamic between pirates and Marines is more a case of Grey-and-Grey Morality, while fans tend to simplify it to pure Black and White.
    • Several fans believe that Sanji's inability to hit a woman is a trait that makes him weak and that calling for Robin's help after being captured by Black Maria is a sign of cowardice. However, Black Maria herself voices this belief while Robin promptly shuts her up and replies to like that Sanji trusted her, while it's later shown that Sanji's refusal to hit a woman is one of the traits that makes him human in contrast to his cold and emotionless siblings. And Sanji redeems himself shortly after when he realizes Queen made him think he hit a woman and humiliates him.
  • Misblamed:
    • Those who don't like the Hotter and Sexier post-Time Skip female design often criticize Oda. While Oda is a self-admitted pervert and women have gotten curvier over the course of the story, he actually still does draw his women's breasts to be much smaller and at a more consistent size than Toei, who are the ones really responsible for ballooning up bust sizes.
    • As it has been pointed out multiple times by multiple people in the industry that Toei approved every single alteration 4Kids made to One Piece. Changing a gun into a spring-controlled mallet... thing? Somebody at Toei approved that. Digitally altering Laboon into an easily-destroyed iceberg to completely skip a rather important dozen-plus episodes of plot simply to get to the "cute" character more quickly (and causing severe plot holes had the show run for much longer)? Yep, somebody at Toei signed off on that too. The "One Piece Rap"? A Toei exec... well you get the idea.
  • Narm Charm:
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: While most One Piece games haven't seen a release overseas, they're genuinely fun to play regardless, ranging from role-playing games, mini-game mashups, and even a dungeon crawler with Tony Tony Chopper as the main character is on the Wonderswan Color. Additionally, Unlimited Adventure was a pretty good Survival RPG/Beat 'em Up, with its own unique level up and item creation systems. And Unlimited Cruise (1 and 2) isn't just a good licensed game, it's a good game overall, with ratings ranging from 7 to 10. And then there are the epic Pirate Warriors games.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: As hilarious/awful as the 4Kids dub was, it still attracted people who eventually became fans of the Japanese dub, the Funimation dub, or the manga.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Many SMILE users appears for just one single scene or even as a background character, but many of them have such a goofy and absurd designs that gain the attention of many fans. Particularly Four Tricks, Hamlet and Briscola (the latter is beloved by Italians due to being named after an Italian card game)

    P-S 
  • Padding:
    • Since Toei Animation has pretty much abandoned all usage of long Filler Arcs ever since the Straw Hats separated, which previously allowed for the manga content to space itself out from the anime, this trope is Toei's current day answer to make sure that their anime adaptation never overtakes the manga. As a result, a single anime episode will go to great lengths to extend the content as much as possible to fit in one manga chapter's worth of content. Sometimes even less, which has resulted in the later Story Arcs of the series having more episodes than there are chapters. While this Padding technique can be looked at as completely justified, it can be grating as well since it causes the pace of the story to drop drastically. Even though Toei still adds filler arcs, they tend to be short-lived and not too ambitious unless a really good idea comes up or Oda gets on board with production or they tie in to a movie.
    • One of the most notorious cases is the flashback of Rebecca and the Soldier, which plays roughly 48 times during the anime adaptation of the Dressrosa arc.
    • For the Whole Cake Island Arc, Luffy, Nami, Chopper, and Carrot getting lost in an enchanted forest was used as a means to simply keep them preoccupied while Oda used that time to develop Sanji's current problem regarding his Vinsmoke family joining up with Big Mom. It's especially bad in the anime, which adds scenes from Luffy's ten-hour battle with Cracker to pad things out in the middle of episodes focusing on Sanji and the Vinsmokes. One video estimated that one sample episode from Luffy's fight with Katakuri was 43% extraneous material.
    • Some have joked that if you removed the opening, ending, last episode recap, and the use of seeing everyone's reaction to a scene, there is about five minutes of new content per episode.
  • Periphery Demographic: In Japan, One Piece is most often read by people who don't normally read manga. For very obvious reasons, it is especially popular with middle-aged housewives. Thanks to its extremely long run and its handling of more mature themes, a good part of its readers are grown up adults in spite of it being a manga published in a magazine aimed at teens, and in Japan whole families read One Piece together, since people who started reading One Piece as kids might now have families of their own. It has also gathered the interest of many history buffs thanks to the often obscure references to many historical events, figures or famous legends, particularly around piracy.
  • Realism-Induced Horror: While the series is well known for having a wide array of fantastical villains with strange powers and grand evil plans, the scenes showing the evils of slavery and the suffering of those who are enslaved are never played for anything but pure horror, and rightfully so. In a world full of many different kinds of terrifying monsters, villains, forces of nature and supernatural elements, the parts showing the dehumanizing and commodifying of sapient peoples is often when the story is at its darkest, with the Celestial Dragons being some of the worst sources of it. And of course, slavery is a very old and still-living horror in the real world.
    • Arlong and later on Hody Jones. While they are shark fishmen that’s not entirely what makes them terrifying. It’s their heavily racist views on humans and superiority complex being very reminiscent of the Nazis that makes them scary. Although monstrous, Arlong had a Freudian Excuse due to what happened to his former captain, as well as a personal bad experience with humans. Hody on the other hand? Never had any bad experiences with humans. He's a racist purely from the environment of the slums he was raised and being told humans were inferior. Many real-life racists gain similar viewpoints from being raised with nothing to oppose what they have been taught.
    • Additionally, at one-point Hody forces the people of Fishman Island to declare allegiance to him by forcing them to step on a picture of their Queen Otohime. This is similar to something done in Imperial Japan in the 1600s where Christians were forced to renounce their faith by stepping on a likeness of Christ.
    • Wapol's ploy of purging the doctors of Drum Island either by hoarding the 20 that gave in or leaving the rest to be exiled or executed has basis in reality reminiscent of the aptly named Doctors Plot done in 1950s Soviet Russia.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: For a long time Momonosuke was generally despised for being a bratty Dirty Kid. Throughout the Zou and Wano arcs, however, Momonosuke received quite a bit of Character Focus where he struggled with living up to his father's legacy as Shogun and eventually became a far more confident person. When Momo and Kin'emon said goodbye to the Straw Hats at the end of the Wano arc, many fans who had previously hated Momo admitted that they had warmed up to the guy.
  • The Scrappy:
  • Self-Fanservice: Despite Yamato's figure being very similar to most female characters in the series (thin with large breasts), it is very common for fanart, especially from the western side of the fanbase to draw him much more muscular and masculine looking that he's drawn in the manga.
  • Shipping Goggles:
    • Nami’s emotional cry for help to Luffy back at Cocoyashi Village’s crisis against Arlong and his crew is, undoubtedly, one of the most memorable moments in the entire series; that event, however, is the singular point where many of those who like to ship Luffy with Nami will trace themselves back to, the moment in which Luffy gives his straw hat to Nami is a key event with a clear underlying message: Luffy trusts Nami with his treasure, reassuring her that he did not see Nami as a traitor, she immediately understands what Luffy means by quickly remembering how Luffy didn’t like random ruffians touching his prized hat; later during the climax of Skypea, Luffy also gives his straw hat to Nami, as she was panicking thinking about how Eneru could even be dealt with, Luffy does it as a mean to calm Nami down and trust he will win as it is only natural to the future King of Pirates; shippers, on the other hand, likes to see those events as something more than just trust, which was further fueled by early anime filler really pushing the idea of Luffy preferring to leave his hat with Nami whenever a situation called for it.
      • In Film Red, Nami appears as though she's bothered by Uta's and Luffy's close relationship, which a number of people interpreted as jealousy.
    • Zoro often gets paired with two women in the forms of Tashigi and Perona. Tashigi is because of their shared interest in unique swords along with the fact that she looks like his deceased friend, Kuina. Meanwhile, Perona is because the two years they spent together at Mihawk's home is ripe for Fanfic Fuel, and because Perona wanted to stay around Zoro just so that she wouldn't be lonely.
    • Sanji originally got shipped with Nami and Robin here and there given his persona towards women. However, the Whole Cake Island arc gave him a more universal ship that fans tend to pair him off with in Pudding; a woman that was aiming to kill him at first, but ended up genuinely falling for him after he complimented her Third Eye.
    • Robin and Franky has always been one of the more popular ships due to people viewing them as the two parents who watch over the rest of the Straw Hats. They were, after all, the oldest of the crew before the arrival of later crew members. The shipping really picked up steam during the Punk Hazard arc when it's shown that Robin is perfectly comfortable with acting as a Lap Pillow for a sleeping Franky.
    • Ever since his introduction arc, it's quite common to see people pair off Usopp with Kaya: the rich ill girl that Usopp often visited in his village to tell her outlandish stories in an effort to cheer her up, and then protected her from her butler who turned out to be a dangerous pirate. As a result, Kaya tends to be portrayed as the wife that's waiting for her husband to return home from his grand adventure. It helps that Usopp has by far the strongest emotional attachment to the Going Merry, the ship Kaya gifted the Straw Hats.
    • There's a lot of fans out there who are convinced that Koala and Sabo are already a couple due to how often they're seen interacting with one another. Both of them being children that grew up together as members of the Revolutionary Army is also a perfect set-up for Fanfic Fuel.
  • The Ship's Motor: In Shipping fanart, it’s very common for Tama to be depicted as Luffy’s and Nami’s adoptive daughter, as she is an orphan who had very warm interactions with both of them in canon.
  • Shocking Moments: Tends to rise the farther along the Grand Line the Straw Hats sail, with a very sharp increase ever since Amazon Lily, and especially since the start of the Marineford arc. Post-timeskip? Off the charts.
    • The Marineford Arc in its entirety. Also known as "The Paramount War", the "War of the Best", and "The Holy Shit! Arc".
    • Dressrosa Arc becomes even bigger than the Marineford arc for this. Loads of fighters, thus loads of fight scenes, and no less than 3 Dark and Troubled Past (prominently Law's, in which it's revealed that he's a D) are shown here.
    • The Zou Arc marks the first time pirate bounties break into the billions. Not only that, but the highest revealed bounty to date was only about half as high- Ace's 550 million berries, who himself was one of the most infamous names of any pirate alive at the time simple due to his lineage. There is also the fact that this arc introduces a new kind of Poneglyph that is mission-critical to finding Raftel, and reveals that two are in the hands of an Emperor apiece, meaning that if the Straw Hats want to make it to One Piece, they MUST confront these Emperors and their forces on their home turf, and almost certainly will have to engage in fights against the Emperors themselves.
    • Whole Cake Island Arc, seeing the very first time the Straw Hats are in a serious head-to-head confrontation against an Emperor, featuring much more explicit and repeated instances of death, and showcasing a villain with the power to instantly murder people, a gigantic family of equally capable pirates, three of which are on Jack's level, if not higher, a villainous organization of mercenaries threatening to conquer the North Blue that is being deceived, and at least three groups of people plotting to take down a common enemy. On top of all this, the unspoken bits of Sanji's past come into light and actually dwarf the Dark and Troubled Past he was first seen suffering in the Baratie Arc- in fact, they're a lead-in to this suffering that makes his ordeal of being marooned look like a gleeful walk in the park!
    • Chapter 1060. As Sabo calls the Revolutionary Army and denies killing Cobra, he's about to reveal that there's someone on the empty throne, which is one of the most closely-guarded secrets in the One Piece world. Then, Imu, the one on that seat, declares that those listening in on the call heard nothing and the island where Sabo was hiding never existed before obliterating that island, a terrifying display of Imu's power.
  • Smurfette Breakout: Uta is the only main antagonist in a One Piece movie to be female and is by far the most popular. The amount of fanart and promotional material she's received in comparison to Shiki or Tesoro is rather staggering.
  • So Bad, It's Good:
    • The Singaporean English dub by Odex. There's a particular moment you can hear the Japanese voice track (around 1:44 in the video), but with the volume turned down.
    • The 4Kids dub is this for some as a way to heckle at, and the addicting rap.
  • Spiritual Successor:
    • The series is considered Shonen Jump's next Kochi Kame, not because of their content but by the fact that after Kochi Kame ended, One Piece has become the oldest series that is still serialized in Weekly Shounen Jump. As of 2017, it's celebrating its 20th anniversary and the only other series that premiered before the 2000 era is Hunter × Hunter, a manga that is barely present in the magazine due to its high amount of hiatus and it was even completely absent in 2015, and every other series premiered in 2012 and later.
    • While many shonen manga running in Jump and other magazines are heavily influenced by Dragon Ball, One Piece, more than any other series, is seen as its generation's equivalent to that manga, having reached the same level of ubiquity and success in Japan, critically and financially. In an inverse of how it compares to Kochi Kame, it's run much, much longer than Dragon Ball but has similar content and characters.
  • Superlative Dubbing: It's common consensus among fans that Funimation did a much better job dubbing the show than 4Kids did. It's well-written, well-acted, and well worth your time to listen to. For the first 206 episodes, when they redubbed the episodes 4Kids had done (including the episodes that they skipped), and the next 100, the acting and production work was largely good, but not great since they had to rush them out, but at 207 where they picked the series back up a few years later and the show went full HD, the acting got phenomenal. Everyone feels comfy in their roles, the scripts were really well done, and everything is just superb all around.

    T 
  • Take That, Scrappy!: After the Time Skip, one of the more notable casualties of Blackbeard's hunt for Devil Fruit users is Absalom, who, among other things people hated about his character, failed to use his Devil Fruit to the fullest extent.
  • Tear Dryer: At the climax of the Skypiea arc, Enel throws out his strongest attack, "Raigou", a gigantic sphere of lightning that he'll use to decimate the whole Skypiea. We then get multiple shots of different Skypieans in despair who are saying their prayers. Then Luffy shows up and uses a special technique (aided by the golden ball that's grafted to his right arm [long story] and his Rubber Man powers) to disperse the lightning sphere; this brings back joy to the watching Skypieans and the other heroes.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • There was a lot of outcry after Toei forced 4Kids to edit the series as part of a licensing package deal in 2002; even 4Kids wasn't happy with the result. When Funimation acquired the license to the series in 2007, a different section of the fanbase criticized the Funimation voices for not matching the ones 4Kids used.
    • While Robin had a tanned or dark complexion for the pre-timeskip anime, her complexion became paler after the Time Skip. While this does match the manga, in which she's always had a pale complexion in the colored pages, the change angered fans who'd liked Robin's pre-timeskip design.
    • Some readers who'd grown attached to Franky's pre-timeskip design, which is one of the most colorful and memorable Straw Hat designs, weren't thrilled with his post-timeskip appearance, particularly the buzz cut he had in the first few post-timeskip arcs.
    • The anime adaptation of Luffy's first fight with Kaido made a few changes that made it seem like Luffy had more of a chance than he did, such as him landing one last King Kong Gun on Kaido just as Kaido took him out. As a result, manga readers complained that the scene didn't do the sheer power gap between the two justice.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Depending on who you ask, you'll get this complaint about any character that the fans wish had become a member of the Straw Hats to follow along on the journey. The list could go on for awhile due to One Piece's massive cast. Perhaps the earliest example of this was Vivi where some people wish that she went through with ditching Alabasta for the Straw Hats once it was time to sail to the next island. Other examples include the Skypieans, such as Conis or Wyper, since despite the potential of possibly having a unique Skypiean character join the crew, such a case ended up not happening.
    • When it comes to the Straw Hats being given the spotlight for important fights, some people tend to complain that Robin has gotten the worst treatment since any time she shows off her abilities are usually when she's in the support role, and not as the main fighter. Her only standout duels are against Yama during the Skypiea arc, Hammond in Fish-Man Island, and later Black Maria in Wano, all of which are very short. Some people may argue that Robin has fallen behind the others, due to mainly being reliant on her Devil Fruit powers, while others argue that as a formerly powerful antagonist who gained some new moves over the course of the Time Skip, she should be a capable fighter.
    • Whenever there is a discussion about a Straw Hat who hasn't received much screentime recently, the one most frequently brought up is Chopper who, since Punk Hazard, hasn't received a moment which showcased his abilities and only served as device to heal the crewmembers or as a mascot. Although him saving everyone inflicted with Queen's Ice Oni virus during the Onigashima raid did quell many complaints about him not getting to use his skills much.
    • There are instances of characters being introduced with hints of backstories, intriguing designs, and character quirks only to be completely dropped soon after. The most egregious example are the General Zombies of Thriller Bark, who literally had a bridge dropped on them. Well, bits of a bridge, anyway. The same goes for the many pirates introduced in the Marineford Arc. But there's plenty more where that came from.
    • While Jimbei is invited to join the crew at the end of Fish-Man Island, his actual joining has been delayed for so long, first because of him having to sever ties with Big Mom, and then because of staying behind to deal with her and allow the Thousand Sunny to leave. He finally joins them for good in the Wano arc, but many feels he, especially someone as important as a helmsman, should've joined as soon as Fish-Man Island.
    • When it comes to the 3 Sweet Commanders of Big Mom's pirate crew, a lot of people tend to poke fun at how useless Smoothie turned out to be for her Charlotte family during the Whole Cake Island arc. The other 2 commanders, Cracker and Katakuri, engage in full battles against Luffy, unlike Smoothie who simply follows the Thousand Sunny and attempts a couple of slashes in her giant form. This left many fans believing that Smoothie failed at living up to the hype as one of Big Mom's strongest crewmen. While she has won every minor fight she was in, she never had a big battle against any Straw Hat, not even in Wano, which increased the complaints.
    • Toki. She turns out to be a time traveler who was born during the Void Century, so some thought that she'd end up sharing important revelations about that time period. This never ends up happening, and the only use she has for her Time Time Fruit is to send Momonosuke, Kin'emon, Kanjuro and Raizo forward in time, an act that results in her death.
    • Throughout Wano, it's repeatedly implied that Zoro had some kind of connection to the Shimotsuki clannote , but this subplot never gets explored beyond vague hints.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Punk Hazard has a neat setting where half the island is ice and the other half is fire due to the land being transformed from a past fight between the admirals, Kuzan and Sakazuki. However, a vast majority of the arc has the Straw Hats dealing with Caesar Clown and his minions at his base that's been set up within the island's ice half; meaning that barely any time is spent on the island's fire half.
    • In the Dressrosa arc, when Rebecca reaches Diamante, the man who killed her mother, instead of fighting him, she flees from Diamante and cries until Kyros saves her and hijacks her revenge arc (In fairness, Kyros had his reasons to fight Diamante as well), while Rebecca ends the Dressrosa arc without getting any meaningful fights.
    • The Barto Club parting ways with the Straw Hats at the start of the Zou arc was mainly a thinly-veiled excuse to get a group of superfluous characters away from the main plot, who by their own admission felt they were getting in the way of things, but one can't help but wonder what would have happened had they stuck around.
    • Despite the presence of bounties and their importance in the story, after the Baroque Works saga, there hasn't been any bounty hunter in the canon story (with the Accino family in the anime-exclusive Ice Hunter Arc being the only bounty hunters since encountered by the Straw Hats period) and only the marines are shown hunting down pirates with bounties.
    • A very common occurrence throughout the series is for a character to seemingly have a heroic and/or tragic death, only for it to later be revealed that they survived. Many feel that this retroactively ruins a lot of otherwise poignant moments and that the series' overuse of fakeout deaths removes a lot of tension from otherwise high-stakes arcs. The most infamous example of this is by far Pell from the Alabasta arc, although plenty of other examples exist.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: While the dialogue left a lot to be desired, even detractors of the 4Kids dub enjoyed Marc Diraison's performance as Zoro/Zolo since his voice was considered the most unique among the cast. Some have even admitted to liking it better than Christopher Sabat's performance in the much better received Funimation dub.

    U-W 
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Boa Hancock can fall under this, being an extremely self-centered misandrist and petty bitch who embodies Screw the Rules, I'm Beautiful! to such a degree that it's almost painful to watch. Her Freudian Excuse that she was enslaved by World Nobles doesn't make her misandry any less irrational, as there are plenty of female World Nobles and male slaves, and the later Fish-Man Island arc's narrative is quite adamant about not judging humanity as a whole based on the World Nobles. And all it took for the narrative to turn a blind eye at her attitude is that she fell for Luffy.
    • While it's easy to feel sorry for Luffy as his brother Ace is killed by Akainu, many fans don't feel the same way for Ace himself. Not only did he go after Blackbeard against Whitebeard's orders because he couldn't stand that Blackbeard had disgraced their father by betraying the crew like that, but when he's finally freed after no small amount of bloodshed, which caused him plenty of grief during the first half of the arc, he stops escaping because Akainu has insulted Whitebeard. Despite his allies, including Luffy of all people, pleading with him to ignore the jibes, he fights the Admiral and is killed by him. It can be difficult to feel terribly sorry for him when he not only disregards the sacrifice of the dozens if not hundreds of his allies that died for his sake, but gets himself killed in a glaring case of Idiot Ball, rendering all their efforts pointless.
    • Momonosuke on paper is a poor orphan kid whose parents were killed horribly, his country was taken over, and has a massive amount of responsibility laid on his shoulders as heir to his clan. But Momonosuke is also a Dirty Kid who exploits his apparent innocence to grope Nami and Robin and acts like such a Bratty Half-Pint that most readers/viewers would rather throw him under a bus than respect and sympathize with him.
    • Fujitora is clearly meant as a complex old blind man who sees right through the corrupt Marines and World Government and wishes to reform it completely with his plan. However, his completely passive attitude during the Dressrosa arc, doing nothing while citizens are threatened by Donquixote's bird cage and at one point accidentally crashes a meteorite caused some readers to completely despise him, despite Fujitora having made clear his refusal to act is because he doesn't want the World Government to take the credit for solving a problem caused by its own Warlord system.
    • Rebecca can fall into this somewhat. Granted, her desire to aid her father and aunt in their respective battles with Diamante and Doflamingo is admirable, but all it ends up doing is making said battles even more difficult than they would have been if she had just stayed the hell out of both of them. While the former can be somewhat forgiven as Diamante did ambush her, the latter is much more egregious as Rebecca knows what Doflamingo is capable of and that her going into battle would be nothing but a burden. Low and behold, she gets possessed by Doflamingo and is forced to kill Viola. Had it not been for Luffy's intervention, Viola would've been dead by her unwilling hand.
    • Though many parental figures suffer from some Values Dissonance, Yasopp is frequently criticized by fans for abandoning his family to be a pirate, with his wife dying and Usopp developing a massive inferiority complex and abandonment issues, while the narrative frames his choice as a downright admirable and romantic one.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • As per typical of most Shonen series, an uninitiated American might be surprised that such a bright, colorful show that's ostensibly "made for kids" (according to Oda himself) features swearing, alcohol use, heavy tobacco use, scantily clad women, and the occasional Family-Unfriendly Violence like bloody mid-combat amputations — all of which have increased over the series' run. The most dissonant value though would probably have to be the buxom, Stripperific, and Male Gaze prone Rebecca (among a few other teens like Vivi and Shirahoshi, who often had the 19/21-year-old Sanji hitting on them) who's only 16-years-old, which would be a major no-no on a kid's network in the West. So, it's no surprise that, aside from Funimation, this show has largely been Bowdlerised whenever it's green-lit for America.
    • It's not uncommon in One Piece to see a loving parental figure hit their child at least once or even actually beat them frequently, such as Garp, Zeff, or Bellmere. Disciplining through corporal punishment in Japan, however, is largely seen as perfectly acceptable as long as it's warranted and done to make the kid a better person. Out West, however, this depiction of parenting is far more likely to be scrutinized as child abuse regardless of the preceding circumstances.
  • Vindicated by History: Happens to most of the post-timeskip arcs. Since the majority of the fandom has been following the series weekly since the timeskip, it causes most of the arcs to appear weaker when read chapter by chapter than in their entirety like happened to the pre-timeskip arcs.
    • When it first came out, the fans' reaction to Fish-Man Island was very negative, because it was often considered the worst arc of the series, since the Straw Hats had very little trouble with their enemies, and it didn't help that Fish-Man Island had been built up since Enies Lobby. With time, its reception among the fandom has improved thanks to its nuanced story about racism and doing a good job at showing the skills the Straw Hats have learned during the time-skip.
    • The Dressrosa arc wasn't exactly well received at first because of its incredible length and its refusal to end but, once it ended, many fans noted that most of the pacing problems are absent if read or watched without having to wait a week for every chapter and it is now mostly regarded among the best story arcs of the entire series. This is moreso in the manga, as the anime is still considered painfully slow.
    • The Skypiea arc was for a long time considered one of the weaker arcs by many fans, largely due to it seemingly having nothing to do with the overarching narrative. More recently, however, many fans have since warmed up to the arc, in large part due to its strong sense of adventure with the Strawhats exploring a fun and unique landscape. Additionally, many have come to appreciate it more as its role in the larger Myth Arc has become more clear.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • Any scene animated by Naotoshi Shida, like Luffy kicking Hody to save Neptune, or his first transformation into Gear Fourth.
    • The movie-level quality episodes directed by Megumi Ishitani, such as Episode 957 marking the abolition of the Warlord system, Episode 982 kicking off the raid on Onigashima, and Episode 1015 starting the rooftop fight with Kaido.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This is a show meant for all ages, but the high amount of violence wouldn't pass for a kids show in the States. The U.S. version of the series tried playing it straight by reducing most of the violence and language for any kids channel, including Cartoon Network, but after 4Kids dropped the license, Funimation averted this trope when they released it in its uncensored form and now has a rating of TV-14.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?:
    • The Punk Hazard arc, full stop. Giant skulls. Dragons. Flying bird lady things. Gas mask men who are lamb people underneath. Centaurs. Giant kids in a nursery. Moving, talking blob who is the leader of said lamb people. Giant, frozen corpses. Franky's beetle-jaw hairstyle?
    • There have been islands in the sky (a habitat for giant birds with key-shaped beaks, along with bizarre fish such as "Skysharks"), a hypnotist that moonwalks everywhere he goes, a man who tried to turn the main characters into a giant wax sculpture, and snails as long distance communication. Our heroes include a rubber man, a skeleton with an afro, a Speedo-wearing cyborg, and a reindeer doctor. Many of these individuals gained their powers by eating a mystical fruit, which has also been shown to be able to be "eaten" by things like guns and swords.
  • Win Back the Crowd:
    • Many fans were feeling downbeat about the series given the negative reception of the 4Kids adaptation. However, they were delighted when it was revealed by Funimation licensed the series in 2007 and made a more faithful adaptation. Even better received was the revelation nearly eight months later that they would actually re-release the first 143 episodes of the anime in their unedited version with a new dub.
    • Or at least quell the riot. Several veteran animators returned partway into Whole Cake Island, bringing back a bit of the quality seen in the first half of the series. While the quality's still nowhere near what is was and the pacing is still a nightmare, it's starting to cool down the fans complaining about the state of the anime.
    • The Anime's adaptation of the Wano arc takes this even further, and is easily the most consistently well animated arc in the entire series, arguably looking as good as some seasonal anime. While the less-than-a-chapter-per-episode pacing is still an issue, it's much easier to deal with thanks to generally more well done Adaptation Expansion and less obnoxious padding than prior arcs.
  • Woolseyism: The Swedish translation of the manga translated Baroque Works as Barockbruket and Crocodile's president title as Patron (the title the owner of a Swedish iron factory had prior to the 20th century) giving them a definite steel factory theme.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?:
    • Many of the fans and critics mercilessly questioned the choices of the voice actors/actresses for the 4Kids dub, particularly David Moo/Sanji.
    • In Marc Diraison's case, the fans pitied him for being chosen to voice Zoro.
    • Alejandro Orozco is considered one of the best Mexican voice actors of the modern era, but the tone he used to voice Usopp in the Latin American Spanish dub of One Piece in Netflix is considered as not good by the fanbase. This has decreased over time, however, as Orozco started to adapt better to the character during the Alabasta saga, and fully dropped the shrill tone he used during the early arcs when voicing Usopp in Strong World and Stampede, at which point the fanbase warmed up to his performance.


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