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Tropes for One Piece C-D

  • Call Back:
    • The first chapter is titled "Romance Dawn". The 601st chapter, which features the Strawhats finally sailing into the New World, is titled "Romance Dawn for the New World".
    • The most impressive example is Silvers Rayleigh, who showed up in two panels in a flashback during chapter nineteen, just long enough to establish that he was an officer in the crew Buggy and Shanks apprenticed on. Exactly four hundred eighty-one chapters later, Rayleigh — a bit older but still easily recognizable as the same guy from the flashback — is introduced as the Right Hand of the Pirate King Gold Roger, meets our heroes, and provides them with an incredibly important Myth Arc-changing revelation.
    • The victory party the Straw Hat Pirates, Shandorians, and Skypieans throw after Eneru's defeat is the exact same as the one thrown earlier in Upper Yard.
    • Coby, a timid boy who was Luffy's very first companion, parts ways with him after the first story arc. Much, much later he returns, having grown into a brave and powerful young Marine in the meantime. The two remain good friends despite being on opposite sides of the law.
    • Remember Ace's goofy misspelled tattoo (ASCE with the S crossed out)? Four-hundred-something chapters later it's revealed that it's actually a tribute to his fallen brother Sabo, who used a crossed-out S as his pirate flag and signature.
    • In one SBS it was confirmed that even Luffy's manly parts can stretch. Exactly 450 chapters later we have this.
    • As of chapter 619, we've got a new second place for longest distance between first and second appearance (although that said, it's more like a reminder than anything else). A certain character is mentioned by name by Yosaku, who state that he is responsible for sending Arlong into the East Blue, and never mentioned again. Flash forward 454 chapters, and we meet a kind, easygoing character who almost immediately joins with Luffy to rescue Ace and becomes one of his most powerful allies. The character: Jinbei.
    • Look at the cover for volume 61 and that of the very first volume. That pretty much sums up the whole evolution of the series.
    • There may be a new title holder, at a whopping FIVE-hundred-ninety-one chapters. In chapter 51, Mihawk mocks Zoro during their duel. In chapter 642, Zoro mocks Hyouzou of the New Fishman Pirates.

 Dracule Mihawk (drawing his smallest sword on Zoro): I'm not dumb enough to use everything I have to hunt a rabbit.

Roronoa Zoro (cutting all of Hyouzou's swords): And I even gave you a chance to escape my barrier! Now go bring me the strongest swordsman on Fishman Island! You want to kill me?! You couldn't even kill my boredom!!!

    • Zoro even throws Mihawks line about the frog in the well at Hyouzou in chapter 464
    • In chapter 101, we are shown the dangers of the Calm Belt, due to them being home to MASSIVE Sea Kings. In chapter 647, Shirahoshi calls those EXACT Sea Kings.
    • In the very same chapter (101) we are shown the huge mountainous whale Laboon, who's rammed his head into the red line for 50 years waiting for his comrades to return. Three-hundred-fifty-eight chapters later it is revealed that Brook is the last survivor (although he's dead) of Laboon's comrades
    • In chapter 69, Luffy mentions that some people call the Grand Line a paradise. Then, in chapter 594, we get this.
    • Zoro's zombie does a call-back to his first duel with Mihawk:

 Zoro: A scar on the back is a swordsman's shame.

  • Call to Agriculture: Gan Fall. Once the leader of Skypiea (with his position actually named God). Now a pumpkin farmer.
  • Calling Your Attacks: In fine Shonen form, though it should be noted that Usopp tends to enjoy subverting this by deliberately miscalling his attacks in order to throw opponents off. As expected from the style, quite a few of the names (especially those quickly made up) tend to be utterly hilarious.

 Sanji: Armée de l'Air Gomu Shoot!

    • Averted with Hawkeyes (who's one of the most no-nonsense guys in the series) and Whitebeard (who's probably well past the whimsey age).
    • Hilariously subverted during the Thriller Bark arc when Luffy's shadow was placed inside Oars. Despite the fact that he isn't in his rubberman body, he still tries to use his special attacks.

 Oz(Luffy): Gomu Gomu No (Though it's not Gomu...) Gatling!

    • This is actually a little problematic, too. Characters only act out the attack after saying the name, and some names are very long, which can lead to other people attacking them before they finish.
      • Slightly subverted as most of the time the action is taken mid-sentence.
    • Deconstructed with Zeo: while camouflaged he calls out the name of his camouflaging skill, allowing Brook to locate and stab him.
  • Came Back Strong: Brook died and came back as a skeleton, so he is much faster now, a lot harder to kill, and able to run on water.
    • For a villainous example, Hodi Jones overdoses on steroids, but instead of dying, takes a page out of Dragon Ball and Super Saiyans into a more powerful form. Permanently. It inverts HARD however when the afteraffects of the overdose catches up to him and his crew, causing them to undergo Rapid Aging, thus making them practically harmless.
  • Came From the Sky: The Galleon at the start of the Skypiea arc.
  • Camp Gay: Bon Kurei (Mr. 2), and DAMN proud of it.
    • Emporio Ivankov - Queen of the Kamabakka Kingdom.
  • Canon Immigrant: Ryuuma the zombie samurai in the Thriller Bark arc. The character is originally from an early Oda one-shot, Monsters, which pre-dates One Piece and had no relationship to the series originally, but now has a place somewhere in its distant past; Ryuuma's feat of slaying a dragon (mentioned by Hogback) happens there. He died at old age, still a great swordsman, and an unspecified time later Hogback and Moria found his corpse and reanimated it with Brook's shadow. Since Ryuuma was a prototype of Zoro in some aspects, it's almost natural he got to fight with him.
    • As of chapter 655, it looks like Ryuma's homeland will get a more active role in the story.
  • Can't Catch Up: Nami and Usopp. Becomes a major issue for Usopp in particular.
    • Especially when his inventions put Nami significantly closer to the others than he is. This is also specifically pointed out by Zoro, who mentions (but not in front of Usopp) that Usopp has become an insanely powerful fighter, easily able to fight off a squadron of marines by himself; it's just that everybody he's fighting is so strong that he hasn't noticed.
    • Word of God says that Usopp will always be the weakest Straw hat regardless of who joins in the future, or else the balance of the story would be upset.
  • Carnival of Killers: The Seven Warlords of the Sea.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Oda is one of, if not the king of this trope.
  • Casting a Shadow: Certain Devil Fruits provide darkness-related powers to users. Blackbeard's Dark-Dark Fruit literally gives him the power of darkness.
    • Also Gekko Moriah's Shadow-Shadow fruit. In addition to bringing his shadow to life, he has the ability to steal the shadows of others and use them to create zombies.
  • Casting Gag: The Straw Hats' seiyuu are voicing the "Fake Hats" in the post-timeskip episodes.
  • Catch Phrase: Franky's energetic "Supeeeer!"
    • Also, Luffy's "I'm gonna be the Pirate King!" ("Kaizoku-ou ni, ore wa naru!")
    • Brook's "Skull Joke!" and: "May I see your Panties?" when he meets any girl.
  • Catgirl: Nami's got a subtle cat theme but that's about as far as it goes. (Somewhat confirmed with a line of figures representing the crew as different animals.) There's also several Cat Boys, from the Zoan user Rob Lucci to the Black Cat pirates, who wear cat ears and Avaro Pizarro.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Initially played straight with Nami's distrust of pirates and obsession with treasure. It turned out her hometown was taken over by pirates and she struck a deal with the leader to buy back her town if she had enough money. Subverted in that after the arc, Nami remains still quite greedy because she can now spend the money for herself, though getting better as seen in Thriller Park where she gives away part of her treasure to an ally who helped her and in Saboady Archipelego where she is willing to part with her money to get the kidnapped Camie back.
    • Post-time skip Sanji gets a major nosebleed every time he looks at a woman with Chopper commenting he was using up his stock of blood transfusions. When they arrived on Fishman Island where the mermaids are, Sanji loses a dangerous amount of blood , this time Chopper didn't have any more blood transfusions to help him and no mermen or merwomen was willing to donate blood to a human. Fortunately, they were able to find a donor and Sanji gets better.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: While still light and soft for the most part, they have put some focus on themes such as slavery, racism, political corruption, anarchy, segregation, and moral absolutism. And the most recent story arc, the mentality of the New Fishman Pirates can draw parallels to violent black supremacy groups, the KKK, xenophobic practices of ancient Japan, and Al Qaeda all at once!
  • Chameleon Camouflage: The minor villain Zeo is a carpet shark fishman, and can change his color to blend with the ground and apparently disappear. Played for Laughs when he gets stomped and clubbed by his own men.
  • Character Development: Bucket loads of it, even to minor and flashback characters. It applies to pretty much all of the Straw Hats (especially before and after the time skip) and their allies.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Arguably, the only character with Super Strength who isn't an example of this trope is Chopper, who was (blue nose aside) merely an ordinary reindeer before coming across the Human Human Fruit.
  • Charlie Brown From Outta Town: Sogeking. Chopper tries to pull this in chapter 595, but quickly gives up when everyone instantly sees through the disguise.
  • Chaste Hero: Luffy, clueless little lug that he is. This actually helps him immensely on Amazon Lily; he's immune to the powers of Boa Hancock's Devil Fruit because he honestly doesn't feel any lust towards her.
  • Chekhov's Armoury\Chekhov's Army: Oda is not one to waste detail. Everything and everyone, from Ace's Vivre Card to Sanji's wanted poster to the first mate on a ship from a flashback who turns out to be Silvers Rayleigh come into play; even insignificant details such as the sun tattoo that Arlong's crew sports play roles later on.
    • This got the 4Kids version into trouble more than once, as they cut out Vice-Admiral Garp, Laboon, and the giants Dorry and Brogy, all of whom are extremely important further down the line.
      • Or rather, it would have if 4Kids had continued the anime beyond the Alabasta Arc. Yet another reason to be glad they lost the license.
    • Recently, Oars Jr., who got beaten down by the Seven Warlords before managing to really do anything, has turned out to have collapsed over where the Marines' siege walls were to come up, keeping them from being pulled up to their full height and giving the Whitebeard pirates a fighting chance as a result.
    • Perhaps the ultimate example of this trope concerns Silvers Rayleigh, a character who showed up for ONE PANEL in an early chapter (in a flashback). He is not seen again for over TEN YEARS of real-world time, at which point he turns out to be an extremely important person, both to the plot and to the world of piracy in general.
    • Of comparable status is that scene where Shanks scares off a Sea King with Haki in the first chapter. Haki isn't seen again until later, and still isn't explained until well after that.
      • A quick Call Back: Since the action of Chapter 1 was split in the anime between episode 4 and episode 504, Luffy beating the Sea King becomes a five-hundred-episode callback.
    • When Captain Morgan explains Devil Fruit powers in episode 3, he mentions two powers in particular: creating fire and causing tsunamis. These powers belong to Ace and Whitebeard.
    • Camie is first introduced in Hatchan's cover story in chapter 195. Almost exactly 300 chapters later, in chapter 490, she finally meets the Straw Hat crew, and it is her abduction that eventually leads to the crew being separated.
    • Wapol's cover story has the incredibly minor detail of him inventing a new type of metal. That metal is instrumental in the creation of Franky's Combining Mecha.
    • Franky, after his family steals 200 million from Usopp, mentions that something that he's waited for 3 years is now his to buy. At the end of the arc, the thing he happens to buy is a piece of special wood that is used to build the Straw Hats' new ship.
    • There's a lot of reference to blood transfusions in the Fishman Island arc, and how it's against the law there for Fishmen to give blood to Humans, and vice versa. Long before, this law doomed their savior, Fisher Tiger. So how does the arc end? With Jinbe giving blood to Luffy.
    • Remember Ryuma? The samurai zombie who had Brook's shadow? In the Thriller Bark arc, it was mentioned he lived in Wano Country and became famous for slaying a dragon (which Zoro did not believe in). Now, a 2 year time-skip and a few hundred chapters later (in chapter 655) Brook reveals that Wano is country whose swordsmen (called samurais) are so powerful that Marines are afraid to go there. And guess what shows up at the end of the chapter? Yup, a DRAGON (and Zoro is still trying to deny it's existence).
    • In chapter 650 Jinbe tells Luffy about a 'certain island' Akainu and Aokiji fought on,for the position of Fleet Admiral. The very first island in the New World the strawhats land on is,of course that 'certain island',namely Punk Hazard.
  • Cheerful Child: Chimney, Miss Goldenweek.
  • Chef of Iron: Sanji.
    • Don't forget his mentor, 'Red Leg' Zeff and pretty much the entirety of the Baratie's staff. Plus, Wanze counts.
  • Cherry Blossoms: Featured prominently with Chopper. One of his attacks uses this.
  • The Chessmaster: Quite a few of the villains, and they do it superbly. Captain Kuro is appropriately titled "Kuro of A Thousand Plans". Crocodile is perhaps the greatest example so far, manipulating an entire country for four years, pushing it ever closer to self-destruction, whilst keeping it secret from even the World Government and even lauded as a hero. Eneru is insane, but he is clever. He manipulated a final assault on him on Upper Yard from Shandians, the Straw Hats' adventurous natures and unleashed his subordinates on them, turning it to a survival game. He also successfully checkmated even Nico Robin when she tried to use knowledge she thought he didn't have against him.
    • Also, Commander Jonathan from the G8 filler deserves a mention for out-smarting and out-maneuvering the Straw Hats on multiple occasions, and even used actual chess pieces to plan out his strategies. And then lets them get away, saying he used the entire incident to boost his base's morale!
    • Sengoku, nicknamed The Buddha and the Strategist for good reason.
    • Marshall D. Teach, otherwise known as "Blackbeard", looks like he deserves this role so far, playing the Whitebeard Pirates and the World Government in his master plan to become "Pirate King".
  • Chilly Reception: Nico Robin is an interesting case, as only Luffy knew of her good nature; the others only knew her as a villain, and one that had been particularly cruel to their former nakama member Vivi. What follows is an incredible display by Robin where she manages to defrost all of them by playing off their personality quirks, except for Zoro, who remained cold until one Crowning Moment of Heartwarming at Skypiea.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Sanji, who has never actually really tried anything with a girl, and would rather die than hit one.
  • Chromatic Arrangement : Represented by the 3 Captains: Kidd (red; the most aggressive with the then highest bounty among Supernovas), Luffy (blue; the good guy) and Law (yellow; the laid-back) who made brief alliances outside the Slave Auction House during Sabaody Archipelago arc.
    • Also literally by the 3 Admirals: Akainu (red), Kizaru (yellow) and Aokiji (blue)
  • Circus of Fear: Buggy and his pirate crew.
  • City of Canals: Water 7.
  • Civilized Animal: If it's not A Day in the Limelight for some side character, every chapter splash is practically guaranteed to feature one crewmember with this sort of animal.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Gedatsu. Even funnier when you realize that he lives on Skypeia, a Sky Island floating on a cloud...
    • Kizaru qualifies for this as well. Mistaking his wiretap-snail for a Transponder Snail, asking the pirates that he's supposed to arrest where his subordinates are, explaining his powers in a retarded way while he is about to crush Zoro with his foot, etc.
    • Hell, Zoro himself certainly acts like one, albeit a very Badass one. Even thought he always acts very seriously, to the point of being The Comically Serious, he's known to do a Tarzan yell while swinging on a vine, because it's the right away to swing on a vine. Or irrationally accusing mysterious girls of intentionally copying his dead childhood friend. Or believing that when threatened with death by being encased in wax, it's important to strike a cool pose. Or thinking the best way to get out of a trap and to win against the opponent is to cut your own feet off. And let's not forget his hilariously bad sense of direction... this is the guy who mistakes East and West for Left and Right and often forgets he just came from one direction.
    • Oda himself.
  • Combat Medic: Chopper, Doc Q, Crocus, Dr. Kureha, and "Surgeon of Death" Trafalgar Law.
  • Combining Mecha: Parodied. In order to fight the massive zombie Oars, Franky, Chopper, Usopp, Zoro, and Sanji "combine" (really just stand on each other) into a massive humanoid figure dubbed "Big Emperor". It didn't do anything besides add extra comedic value, because Robin refused to "dock in" as the left arm, claiming that it would be "too embarrassing".
    • In One Piece: Unlimited Cruise 2, they do this again, with Luffy and Brook joining in.
    • Played straight with Iron Pirate Franky Shogun, which is made up of the Black Rhino FR-U IV and Brachio Tank V.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Sanji is guilty of a lot of this, especially in the anime. Sometimes he's an outright Jerkass toward the male members of the crew during their downtime; that said, he knows when to drop the obnoxiousness and get serious when his friends are in trouble.
    • Mildly justified at times. Sometimes the only way to keep Luffy from raiding the kitchen every five minutes is to resort to armor piercing kicks.
  • Comically Missing the Point : Lady Kaya in episode 45 of (the original Japanese version of) the anime, when her servant shows her a poster of a Wanted Luffy, and all Kaya notices is the fact that the back of her precious Usopp's head is visible in the background of the picture.
  • The Comically Serious: Zoro and Robin. That is all.
  • Commedia Dell'Arte: One of the forms of Filler is an Elseworld starring the same characters in 19th century Japan. It has the pleasant side effect of giving more limelight to some of the more colorful (but less threatening) villains of the series by placing them in a situation other than Beyond the Impossible combat.
  • Composite Character: Inverted. Some characters share inspiration on the same real life pirate and adapt different traits of them. The most prominent example would be Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, whose name and features were inherited by at least 3 characters: Blackbeard, Whitebeard, and Thatch.
  • Compressed Adaptation: The Movie retelling of Alabasta cut out a lot of the build up and side information, resulting in a rather severe case of Continuity Lock Out for non-fans. The retelling of Drum fared better by benefitting from adapting a shorter arc, a longer running time, and going with a "What if?" scenario instead of a straight adaptation.
  • Conservation of Competence
  • Conspicuous CG: The Thousand Sunny is very often rendered in full CG during full-bodied sailing shots. There are also a few examples in the movies, such as the stem of the Lily Carnation in Movie 6, the island turtle in Movie 7, Crocodile's sand in Movie 8, the avalanche scene in Movie 9, and the lions that Shiki conjures up out of stone and earth in Movie 10.
  • Convection, Schmonvection: Ace and Akainu have the power of fire and lava, respectively, and can both use their powers without instantly frying absolutely everyone standing in close proximity. Seriously, Akainu fought with the Whitebeard pirates and Crocodile in a FROZEN SEA! How the hell is that possible?
  • Cosmopolitan Council: The Council of Kings.
  • Cool Boat: The Going Merry and the Thousand Sunny definitely qualify for this. A number of other ships from the One Piece world could also hold this title, including the Whitebeard crew's Moby Dick.
    • Basically all of the great pirate crew ships become this. The former Pirate King's ship is legendary to the point Tom is sentenced to prison if not death for building it.
    • A special mention goes to Law's ship-submarine since it gives his crew a distant advantage of mobility to him over mostly everyone in the One Piece world. If we also add that Law's devil fruit power gives him a complete control of space around him in a large radius, it is easy to see that his ship with him on board is basically an inpenetratable underwater fortress, even more so when we think about how devil fruit users are totally useless in water.
  • Cool Old Guy: Whitebeard, Rayleigh, Garp, and Gan Fall.
  • Cool Train: The sea trains in Water 7, Puffing Tom and Rocket Man.
  • Costume Copycat: Post-timeskip, a bunch of wannabe pirates have done this with the Straw Hats in the hopes of cashing in on their reputation. They have poor timing, to say the least.
  • Cowardly Lion: Usopp and Chopper in particular, though Nami can be like this at times as well.
    • Though with her, it's usually just as much a case of biding her time.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: CPR has been used twice in the series: on Luffy during the Arlong saga, and on Usopp during the Skypiea saga. The latter was more Played for Laughs. Ahead Of Its Time; only chest compressions are done both times, the Luffy instance being a full decade before doing so was recommended in real life.
    • ...except that when giving CPR to a victim of drowning, it's recommended that you give them rescue breaths to help give them more air in the lungs.
  • Crap Saccharine World: On the off chance the World Government isn't oppressing you, the Pirates are. It looks like this might be changing though, by dropping the saccharine.
  • Crazy Prepared: Crocodile had absolutely no reason to believe that anyone would find his bomb in time. Despite that, he still engineered his plan in such a way that even if the cannoneers are killed, the bomb would still do a lot of damage. Also, he has a retractable dagger under that hook.
    • Also Usopp at times, especially for his fight with Luffy.
  • Creator Breakdown: Apparently, the whole thing with Gold Roger, Ace, and Rouge was because Odacchi was worried about his new baby being born.
    • Also, if Chopper takes 4 rumble balls within 6 hours, the author goes wild.
  • Creator Cameo: The character Odacchi from the One Piece Soccer Special, who was not only named after Oda but was voiced by him as well.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: Subtle example in episode 3; during the exposition about devil fruits, they appear ordered in a cross shape.
    • Then there's the scene when Zoro discovers that all the inhabitants of Whiskey Peak are bounty hunters. Cut to a closer look at the giant cacti near the town, revealing that they're actually hills. The "quills" are actually cross-shaped grave markers.
    • Mihawks's black sword and the dagger he wears on his necklace are cross-shaped, which is strange considering his vampire motif.
  • Credits Running Sequence
  • Criminal Doppelganger: Inverted. The crew is wanted by the authorities, and therefore all have wanted posters. Their pictures are all from photographs except for Sanji, whose photo they could not take; they (badly) drew his wanted picture instead. At one point, the crew get attacked by a guy who looks exactly like Sanji's terribly-drawn wanted poster, because he's fed up of being mistaken for Sanji.
  • Cross Counter: This occurred during a brief brawl that Luffy had with Zoro on Whiskey Peak.
    • Also happened numerous times in the fight between Sanji and Mr. 2.
  • Cross Dresser: Bon Kurei
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Everyone who's voiced Luffy and Chopper in the original and both dubs.
    • This happens to Sentomaru too, with the result that the axe-toting sumo sounds like an old lady who smokes like a chimney. The dissonance is pretty wild, but at the same time works pretty well.
    • To be fair to the (Funimation) English dub, they wanted to cast a man as Luffy, and Toei demanded they cast a woman.
    • Averted in the Singaporean English dub (done by Odex) where Luffy is voiced by Chuck Powers.
  • Crossover: One shots with Dragon Ball and Toriko. The latter even got a anime episode.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Luffy, and occasionally Sogeking.
    • And Shanks's crew were this way in Luffy's flashback. Another one of the ways in which Luffy takes after his mentor.
  • Crying Wolf: Usopp falsely reports that pirates are coming (which was a way of trying to convince his mother that his father was coming back for them). It catches up to him when he has to convince Kaya that her butler is a pirate and she won't believe him because of his lies and the fact that he already hates the butler. Becomes Fridge Brilliance when you know that his name is a portmanteau of the word uso (Japanese for "lie") and Aesop (a famed storyteller).
  • Cue the Sun: Inverted in episode 405. It is only when Luffy is down on the ground sobbing over the disappearance of his friends that the light from the sunset filters through the trees.
    • Also inverted near the end of Thriller Bark, where the sun rising was a very BAD thing, meaning that four Straw Hats would die unless Moria was forced to return their shadows.
    • Much, much earlier, however, this was played straight in Episode 43 after the fall of Arlong Park.
    • In between all that, when Luffy busts up Eneru's Raigoh.
  • Culture Chop Suey: An early episode had Rice Balls (edited out by 4Kids to be cookies), even through the pirates are mostly based on Western fictional depictions of pirates.
    • Several pirates, such as Zoro and Shanks, also seem to prefer sake over rum.
    • While the official language of One Piece is English, the Marines have taken a liking to Japanese kanji. Whether or not this is subtle symbolism has yet to be revealed.
  • Culture Clash: It's not a good idea to go around cutting down trees without consulting the natives first, even if it's for a good cause. Or killing giant animals that they worship.
  • Curb Stomp Battle: Oars Jr. It doesn't matter that you're so immensely huge that you dwarf giants, do not mess with the Seven Warlords of the Sea; YOU. WILL. NOT. WIN, especially if one of them wants your corpse for his undead army.
    • Earlier on, Luffy beats down Bellamy with one punch. See, there's a reason he wasn't fighting Bellamy earlier; until he made it personal, there was no point.
    • The Strawhat Crew vs the Franky Family (sans Franky himself). Honestly does that even count as a battle?
    • And incredibly depressingly, the end of the Sabaody Archipelago arc. The Straw Hats face (and take beatings from) a Pacifista, Admiral Kizaru, Sentomaru, and Bartholomew Kuma, all in a row with absolutely no time to rest in between. And it ends with Kuma scattering the Straw Hats to the four corners of the world with no effort. Luffy's crew never even had a chance. It was absolute, utter defeat.
    • Even moreso when Luffy fought Magellan. After being told numerous times that there was no way he could possibly win, they proved it since Luffy couldn't hit Magellan without getting poison on himself until even his endless determination couldn't keep him going.
      • And then, Magellan vs. the Blackbeard Pirates, which consists of Magellan saying "I don't have time to waste asking why you're here" and one-shotting the whole bunch of them. He apparently loses in a rematch, though
    • More recently, Luffy fought his grandfather, Garp, and there was lots of manly banter before Luffy punched him into a wall, skipping what could have been an epic fight. Damn you Oda!
    • In chapter 601, after the Time Skip, Luffy shows just how much he's improved by taking out a Pacifista with one hit. Sanji and Zoro take out another Pacifista just as easily. The scene suggests either one would've done it alone.
    • Zoro vs. Hody Jones near the beginning of the Fishman Island arc. Zoro takes him out with one slash. Underwater. And Hody has been overdosing on extremely dangerous steroids for the rest of the arc, just so he can remain standing after the attack. He later fought an octopus swordsman and cleaved the latter's 8 swords right down the middle. And he wasn't serious. At all.
    • The Strawhat pirates vs Hody's army of 100,000 pirates. Lufy takes out 50,000 by just releasing his Haki, then his friends go and absolutely pulverize the remaining 50,000.
    • Luffy vs Hody Jones. Even after transforming after too many steroids, Hody is no match for Luffy's haki.
    • The Strawhat crew vs. Hody's henchmen.They didn't have a chance.
    • Arguably, the entire mermaidland arc was made just to showcase how much more Badass the Strawhat crew has become. When the big battle actually starts, not a single one of them had any kind of difficulty except for Luffy, who was fighting the Big Bad of the arc while underwater, which puts him at severe disadvantage, while trying to prevent a Colony Drop and protect the princess at the same time. The only wound he got out of that are a few big bites (a hell of a lot cleaner than most of his pre-timeskip fights). Heck, Zoro defeated Hody the first time they fought in one slash, and injured him badly enough he had to keep taking his drugs continuously throughout the arc just to keep standing.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Buggy the Clown. His Devil Fruit makes him powerful, but he never intended to eat. To this day, he still holds a grudge with Shanks regarding it.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Nami has both orange hair and orange eyes, possibly in honor of her cat motif.
  • Cut and Paste Translation: The 4Kids dub lay in a pool of its own digitally erased blood, before FUNimation came along to give it a proper burial. Most people unanimously declare it a Macekre.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Perona initially subverted this slightly by controlling ghosts rather than being one, though it's played straighter later on, when she reveals that she can project her consciousness out as a ghostly version of herself.
  • Cutlass Between the Teeth: A key part of Zoro's fighting style.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul -- This is what happened to Kuma.
    • Completely averted by Franky, who is almost entirely metal, but the most boisterous member of the Straw Hat Crew.
      • Luffy actually accuses Franky of being an example of this once, but that was strictly for Rule of Funny.
  • Cyborg: Franky, obviously. Especially after the two year skip. Also, Kuma and the Pacifistas.
  • Cycle of Revenge: The Fishman Island arc is all about this, bringing together several subplots that have been running since almost the very beginning of the series. For what is considered a generally silly shonen series, Oba gives a very nuanced view of the problems of hatred and forgiveness.
    • Queen Otohime is the most open minded of the fishmen/mermaids, always advocating peaceful reconciliation rather than continued retaliation, though the issue weighs heavily on her and she can't bring herself to stop those who have truly suffered from slavery from striking back. She holds this view even to her death, with her passing her goals down to her children.
    • Fisher Tiger supports Otohime's philosophy much more than is first apparent, but can't just leave those who are enslaved to their fates, so leads strikes against the World Government, freeing fishman, mermaid, and human alike. He always leaves his human enemies alive and truly believes in a peace, but still cannot bring himself to totally forgive humans for what they have done. This ingrained hatred eventually leads to his death, as he refuses to accept a human blood transfusion, which is the only way he can live.
    • Jinbe eventually finds a place between Tiger and Otohime's philosophies, but his role, especially in the flashbacks, is mostly one of learning. His arc is one of understanding the situation and his role in the present story is advise and lead those on the thorny path of inter-race relationships and hatred, explaining why the (mostly) human Straw Hats defeating Hody will cause even more problems.
    • Arlong is the first seen to be totally against peace (indeed, the first person really seen in this conflict), with the things he's seen and suffered driving him to return in kind to humans. The flashbacks show he originally was not as willing to totally kill and subjugate humans, but the continued hatred, prejudice, fear, and finally the death of Fisher Tiger convince him that humans are nothing but trash.
    • Hody Jones is even more extreme than Arlong. While Arlong was just a racist, taking his vengeance on humans, Hody sees anyone who associates with humans as his enemy, and subsequently attacks and kills fishmen and mermaids. He's basically the result of a child growing up in a culture dominated by hatred and racism and his actions show it in horrifying detail, being very willing to declare war on all of humanity and destroy the world. He's second generation Arlong and epitomizes the problem of passing down hatred to one's children. He even states outright that humans have done absolutely nothing to him personally.
  • Dance Battler: Sanji; Mr. 2; Bon Clay; Boa Hancock.
    • Bon Clay's fighting style, Okama Kenpo, also has a mastery-level version called Newkama Kenpo, practiced by Iva and the residents of Kambakka Kingdom.
  • Dance Party Ending: Happens at the end of two arcs. The first one happens after everyone gets back from Enies Lobby after kicking Spandam's ass. The second one happens after Moria's defeated and everyone sings "Binkusu No Sake".
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Chopper must take care not to take three rumble balls within six hours; otherwise,he undergoes a ferocious transformation that, despite being powerful, is dangerous to himself as well as his allies.
  • Dark Action Girl: Nico Robin, Boa Hancock, and Catarina Devon
  • Darker and Edgier: Movie 6, Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island. Among other things, the Straw Hats are driven to distrust each other, the violence is more brutal than in the series proper, the villain absorbs his comrades into his "Lily", a Man-Eating Plant that creates replicas of the villain's former friends, and it's also first movie where Luffy kills the antagonist.
    • The main series itself has become this after a string of recent developments that will surely leave their mark on the world.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Quite a few characters. Robin stands out the most among the Straw Hat group. Ace apparently also has one, which is all the more jarring due to the fact that he's one of the more cheery and outgoing characters.
    • All the members of the Straw Hat crew have one. It seems to be a requirement, along with having a dream.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: In an odd sort of reveal, antagonists Magellan and Hannyabal have proved that while, yes, they stand in Luffy's way, they are not bad people and really are just trying to keep dangerous convicts locked up away from everyday civilians. Made more impactful by the fact that the whole Impel Down crew seems to be a parody of Demons and imps.
    • Not to mention "Dark King" Silvers Rayleigh.
      • Before either of them came Nightmare Luffy; even though he looks like a blue version of the Hulk, and speaks with a menacing rumble, he's still the same good guy he always was.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Buggy; Coby; Helmeppo.
    • If you're talking about the cover stories, there's also Jango, Hatchan, Wapol, Ace, and Gedatsu.
  • Day of the Week Name: Several code names in Baroque Works.
  • The Dead Can Dance: Brook is able to sing and play a song on the piano. As for the other zombies, well, Everybody Zombie Night!!!
  • Deadly Upgrade: Chopper's three rumble balls. Arguably Luffy's Gear Second as well, since Lucci has said that his life span is being used up twice as fast whenever he enters it.
    • Ivankov's Emproio Vigor Hormones can give a powerful adrenaline boost, but will have equally powerful side effects afterwards.
    • As noted above, Kuma.
  • Deal with the Devil: For reasons as yet unknown, Kuma (said to despise the World Government) agreed to be the prototype for Vegapunk's Pacifista project.
  • Death by Childbirth: Portgas D. Rouge, although justified in that she purposefully extended her pregnancy for 20 months at the cost of her life so that her son wouldn't be connected to Gold Roger.
  • Death By Origin Story: All over the damn place. It used to be that the only time anyone died in One Piece was via flashback.
    • Special mention must be made, however, of Brook -- he died in his OWN origin story. For a bit.
  • Death Glare: An actual power; some pirates are so badass that people actually faint in their presence.
  • Death World: At most, 5/8 of a death world. The most settled area, the Blue seas (North Blue, East Blue, West Blue, South Blue) is most definitely not dangerous, once you get past the fact that there are numerous pirates (It's hinted now that it has more raiders than Pandora) and a few giant sea monsters. The first part of the Grand Line, "Paradise", fits the description of a death world, as it has giant sea monsters, even stronger pirates, it's nearly impossible to navigate without a special compass, and the weather defies logic itself. Then comes the "New World," which we know next to nothing about. We do know, however, that it slaps physics in the face even by Oda's standards, with pirates that are to the pirates of "paradise" what the pirates of "paradise" are to most pirates in the Four Blues, islands that are partially invisible, have lightning rain, one that seems to be a floating Gantz in the middle of the sky, and it's outright stated that it only gets more insane from there.
  • Debut Queue: The original five Straw Hats were introduced in successive story arcs.
  • Decade Dissonance: You have an island that's still stuck in the prehistoric era, another island that has what would be called modern technology, and then we have an island where there's a train that runs along some tracks that are right in the water. Not to mention an island where everything is basically a cyborg.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Luffy defeating Eneru, although that was more to do with being a Rubber Man, defeating Rob Lucci of CP9, and defeating Gekko Moriah, with a thousand shadows within him.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Starting in the end of the Impel Down Arc and throughout the Marineford arc, several major enemies that Luffy has gone up against join his side, though Bon Clay is the only one that actually considers him a friend, the rest are just along for the ride.
  • Defector From Decadence: Ace and Luffy's brother Sabo.
  • Defensive Feint Trap: A favorite tactic of Usopp's.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Boa Hancock.
  • Delayed Reaction: Ivankov has one of these when he discovers that Luffy is Dragon's son, and it is very humorous.
    • Recently, Jimbe had one of these when he realized the mermaid princess was in front of him.
  • Dem Bones: Brook
  • Demon Head: Any time someone gets angry at Luffy, especially Nami.
    • Or at anyone else who does something stupid.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The name of Usopp's alternate persona, Sogeking, is a Portmanteau of the Japanese word "sogeki" (sniper) and the English word "king". When he gets a bounty, the poster gives him the Badass Nickname "King of Snipers" Sogeking. For comparison, that's like calling Bruce Wayne "Man of Bats" Batman.
    • Manga chapter 124: The Tea is Good. After Luffy is hypnotized into having a picnic with Ms. Goldenweek, the following dialogue takes place

 Luffy: "The tea is good"

    • Later...

 Luffy: "Aah... the tea is good"

Usopp: "LUFFY! What are you doing?!"

Luffy: "THE TEA... IS GOOD!"

  • Designated Girl Fight: Nami is a major offender; Robin's been noticeably immune, though.
    • An extremely contrived version of this appears in Impel Down, where one character turns himself into a girl for the express purpose of fighting the sole female member of the Quirky Miniboss Squad.
  • Detachment Combat: Buggy's Devil Fruit ability allows him to do this.
    • Inverted with Trafalgar Law, who has the ability to detach other people's body parts and combine them with other people/objects.
    • Marine captain Berry Good also has this as his power, but by becoming bouncy balls.
  • Determinator: A lot of the male characters including and especially, Luffy, Zoro and even Usopp.
    • This trope has been increasingly subverted throughout the series, however. Determination is fine, but there are clear points in which not even Luffy, Sanji, or Zoro can power through their injuries or defeat the truly top-tier opponents they face. A running subversion is Luffy's exhaustion after using the Gears to fight Big Bads... regardless of his determination or the threat to his life, he cannot move when he's that tired.
      • In the current Whitebeard arc this has been deconstructed rather well. Luffy has more determination and guts than anybody there, but the enemies he faces are simply too damn strong.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Trope Namer for the redirect Eaten By a Snake.
  • Development Gag: The titles of chapters 1 and 601, as well as the fifteenth anime opening, "We Go", use the phrase "Romance Dawn", which was the working title of One Piece.
  • Diabolus Ex Machina: Marineford Arc, to the point of overkill.
  • Did Not Do the Research: A Real Life example involving 4Kids. In an interview with Anime News Network, a 4Kids executive revealed they licensed the show without giving it a proper viewing. They just heard it was popular and thought they could market the hell out of it. Of course, we all know how that turned out.
    • And then there's an in-universe example with the Impostor Straw Hat pirates failing to learn more about the actual Straw Hats before impersonating them.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Sanji gets electrocuted by Eneru, and then says "Thanks for lighting my cigarette." Then he tells him before fainting "To get ready to cry."
    • To a significantly lesser extent, Luffy telling WHITEBEARD to shut up and that he's going to be King of the Pirates and impressing the old man could be said to fall here.
    • There's also Buggy completely gimping Mihawk's swordsmanship after Luffy used him as a human shield. Too bad he had to chuck that bomb at him afterwards...
    • This quite literally happens (sort of) in the manga when Trafalgar Law gave Eustass Kid (who was infamous for killing people if they did so much as look at him funny, as well as having the highest supernova bounty) the middle finger.
    • Luffy strikes again. This time is with Big Mam, one of the yonkou. He tells her it's too dangerous to leave her in charge of Fishman Island, so when he gets to the New World he's going to kick her ass and claim the said island as his OWN territory.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The Straw Hats and Shandian forces are all but entirely defeated by Eneru, and Nami is too scared of his awesome power. It's starting to look like he might be the Almighty God after all. And then, Luffy appears and kicks him in the stomach. Open a can of whoop-ass that momentarily knocks him out, makes him afraid to challenge him, and when he finally reaches him, he finishes him by knocking him through a giant bell in the air.
    • Wiper killed Eneru first by wearing Seastone skates, and puts him in lock firing a Reject Dial on his chest. However, Eneru's powers allowed him to restart his own heart, leaving Wiper very exhausted, despite the fact he should be dead himself.
    • The Straw Hats defeating Oars, a zombie giant about four times the size of normal giants. He is known for conquering an entire continent. And then in the same battle the Big Bad Gekko Moriah grew to a massive size by taking in the strength of 1000 shadows (including Luffy's) to increase his power. Luffy used both Gears together to knock Moriah into the main mast/tower, which fell right on top of Moriah, knocking him out and releasing all the shadows.
    • The Monster Trio quite literally punch out Cthulhu when beating up a Kraken at least five times the size of the ship (And probably larger)
  • Didn't Think This Through: The pirate who pretended to be Luffy thought it would be a clever way to gather powerful minions using Luffy's reputation, however, he didn't realize how much trouble he'd wind up in by boasting that he's one of the most wanted men in the world, especially when he doesn't have the power to back it up.
    • Especially when the real Luffy happens to drop by and reveal that the guy who was pretending to be him is a complete fake.
    • Even moreso when it's revealed that a couple of the guys who joined up with Demalo Black were Starscreams who had intended to infiltrate his ranks and kill him while he was off-guard to boost their reputation.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Ace in the Marineford arc to Luffy.
  • Died Standing Up: Whitebeard.
  • Dirty Old Man: Averted in general with the exception of Brook, who gets bonus points for being a Dirty Old Man post-mortem.
  • Disability Superpower: Usopp's depressed "negativity" and massive inferiority complex allowed him to be the only one who could fight the Dementor-like powers of Perona.
  • Disappeared Dad: Dragon and, less spoilerifically, Yasopp.
    • And of course GOLD FUCKING ROGER.
  • Disney Death: In the early days of One Piece, no named character outside of a flashback ever died. Pell and Conis's father are two perfect examples of this (the latter survived a massive lightning bolt, and the former survived a massive city-wide explosion at ground zero). However, named character deaths slowly became more common as the series went on, and with the deaths of Ace and Whitebeard, this trope seems to have been abandoned.
  • Disney Villain Death: After Luffy defeats Shiki, he's sent plummetting towards the sea, and the islands suspended in the air by his power follow suit.
  • Distant Finale: One of the prototype "Romance Dawn" chapters ends with Luffy as an adult with a strong resemblance to Shanks, about to make landfall on a new island with his full crew of pirates.
  • Distressed Dude: Ace in Impel Down.
  • The Ditz: Luffy; Gedatsu; Porche of the Foxy Pirates.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Fake Robin crouching in front of Chopper, holding a cucumber and offering it to him.
    • Sanji and Zoro arguing about who has a bigger rhinoceros
    • The "knock-up stream".
  • Dojikko: Tashigi. Less extreme version of the trope so far, though.
  • The Don: Capone "Gang" Bege, modeled after Al Capone and head of a mafia-style pirate crew.
  • Dope Slap: When someone isn't getting hit with an Armor-Piercing Slap, it's this.
  • Double Jump: Geppo, although it goes a lot further than just double-jumping...
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Spandam may have been the leader of Cipher Pol 9, but his main subordinate Rob Lucci might as well as been considered the true Big Bad of the Enies Lobby Arc.
  • Dr. Jerk: Doctor Kureha. The residents of Drum Kingdom call her a witch, although if you say it to her face, she just might will kick your ass.
    • And of course, Chopper picked this up in that he will, if praised or thanked, say that doesn't fool him, though it's a lot easier to see through his Jerkass Facade since he usually does a dance when he's happy.
    • And Dr. Kureha is Mother fricking Teresa compared to Dr. Hogback.
  • Dropped a Bridget On Him: Sanji is not amused when he finds out he landed on an island full of transvestites.
  • Drunk with Power: Captain Morgan.
  • Drunken Master: Hyozo is this, to the point of his nickname being the "Alcholic Assassin".
  • Dual-Wielding: And triple-wielding, and sextuple-wielding and nonuple-wielding...
    • The sextuple-wielding thing is a little easier to understand when you mention that it was an octopus man who did it.
      • The triple-wielding, on the other hand, is by a guy who uses his mouth for the third sword.
    • X Drake dual wields a cutlass and an axe. Of course, that's when he's not using his Devil Fruit Power to assume the form of a T-REX.
  • Dub Induced Plot Hole: Hoo boy. The 4Kids dub had a bunch.
    • First, there's the skipping of the Laboon arc, which featured the Straw Hats meeting a whale living at the entrance of the Grand Line. Said whale was kept by a pirate crew as a pet until they decided that it would be too dangerous to take him into the Grand Line, so they left him there and told him that they would be back... and fifty years later, they're still not back. It was this arc that introduced the concept of Log/Eternal Poses (or Grand/Eternal Compasses for 4Kids dub viewers), but it gets worse; Much, much later on, it's revealed that the Straw Hats' future musician and eighth member was a member of this crew, and the only one who survived the journey. Reuniting with the whale was his whole reason for joining them in the first place.
    • Then, there's the skipping of the Little Garden arc, which was the Mr. 3 team's introduction. This arc provided much character development for Usopp, and inspired him to visit the giants' island, Elbaf, one day. In addition, Sanji acquires an Eternal Pose to Alabasta in this arc, which meant that the Straw Hats could set sail for it immediately instead of waiting a year for their Log Pose to record Little Garden's magnetic field. Then, there's the "Mr. Prince" subplot, which starts in this arc and eventually leads to the Straw Hats escaping Crocodile's death trap in Alabasta. Lastly, Mr. 3 makes another appearance in the Alabasta arc, but since he hasn't ever met the Straw Hats in the dub, this leads to some awkward plot holes.
      • That's not even getting into the fact that the Straw Hats' meeting Broggy and Dorry are what enable Usopp to get Oimo and Karsee to Heel Face Turn in Enies Lobby.
      • Unfortunately for 4Kids, they did not anticipate Oda's faithfulness to all tropes Chekhov's.
    • Since one of Sanji's defining characteristics is being unwilling to fight women, the German dub's decision to make one of his opponents (who he ended up cracking the skull of) a woman was quite awkward.
    • The FUNimation dub isn't entirely immune, either: at the end of the Alabasta arc, it's stated that Mr. 1 was killed in the battle. This is a little strange, since he later shows up alive (albeit in prison). The scriptrwiters appear to have simply conflated "cut down" (by Zoro) with "killed outright", when it really only meant "defeated".
    • Oddly enough, 4Kids did manage to invert this trope by skipping the Warship Island filler arc. Said arc had two instances of Zoro contradicting future developments in the manga, particularly when he cuts through steel before he should know how to do so.
    • In the Buggy arc of the 4kids dub, Zolo calls Nami by name when she hasn't introduced herself or had it said in his presence.
    • 4kids also suggests that Roger was hanged, when all other evidence suggests he was decapitated or impaled with two swords.
  • Dude, Not Funny: An in-universe example: When Arlong's name is brought up in Chapter 617 Brook, who had no knowledge of Arlong or of Nami's Dark and Troubled Past, attempted an Incredibly Lame Pun based off of his name. Cue...

  *Thwack!* Brook: "Oww!! Hey, why'd you kick me Usopp-san!?"

    • It should be noted that Brook was present when the crew ran into Hatchan again, but he could've forgotten the brief explanation of Hatchan's past connection to Arlong.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma: Happened to Nami when Absalom was trying to marry her while she was unconsious.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Luffy to Vivi during the Alabasta Arc. Even his crewmates were amazed at his logic.
    • Earlier on, coming out of Reverse Mountain, the Going Merry seemed like it would crash hopelessly into Laboon, a giant whale right at the entrance. Luffy went below deck and used the cannon as a retro-rocket. Instead of crashing catastrophically, it bumped into Laboon only hard enough to break off his special seat.
  • Dumb Is Good: Luffy is probably one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, even though he's not very smart.
    • This series actually tends more toward averting this trope. Yeah, there's Luffy and Zoro, but there are plenty of genuinely smart characters just among the main protagonists, and even more that just happen to be among the "good" side.
  • Dumb Muscle: Gedatsu; Hamburg of the Foxy Pirates; Oars Jr; "Blood Splatterer" Coribou.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Gold Roger's last words inspire the Great Age of piracy. Whitebeard does something similar moments before his death, confirming Roger's words on live television.
  • Dysfunction Junction: The Straw Hats. All of them have some sort of scarring past:
    • Luffy was abandoned by his parents and abused by his grandfather in training, but was given a relatively stable upbringing with the mountain bandits of Goa and his adoptive brother, Ace. Still, he suffered a traumatic experience after eating his devil fruit where his idol, Shanks, lost an arm saving him from a Sea King. And his lost other best friend, Sabo.
    • Zoro's parents are unknown; he appears to have been raised by a strict but decent kenpo sensei. He lost his closest rival, the sensei's daughter Kuina, in an accident. How bad his childhood actually was depends on how close he and Kuina actually were, which is unknown to this day.
    • Nami had one of the worst upbringings. Her parents were killed in a war when she was a baby, and she and another girl were de facto adopted by Bellemere, a wild child-turned-Marine, who brought them home. At age 8, Bellemere was murdered by Arlong when she used all the money she had to pay for the lives of her children instead of herself (she didn't even have to, since they weren't registered). She was then conscripted into Arlong's pirates for her mapmaking skills, then dicked around for a 100-million-beri bounty on the town's freedom that Arlong never intended to allow her to pay.
    • Usopp's dad, Yasopp, left him and his mother, Banchina, behind to become a pirate. His mother fell ill shortly after. He started telling lies about his dad returning to cheer his mom up, but she died anyway. He kept lying as a protective mechanism, but it ultimately cost his village as they refused to believe him when pirates invaded and attempted to sack the town. On a plus, his stories cheered up a local girl, Kaya, who also lost both her parents, and he had a group of kids that worshiped him and his tall tales.
    • Sanji's ship was attacked by the pirate "Red Leg" Zeff, but a storm wrecked both ships, leaving Sanji and Zeff the sole survivors on a small, barren, desert isle. They nearly starved to death. At first Sanji thought Zeff kept most of the food he salvaged from the wrecks, but after weeks alone (half of which was after he ran out of the little food he had), Sanji found out that Zeff gave him all the food they had. He also lost one of his feet (in the manga, he ate it; in the anime, he lost it saving Sanji from the shipwreck). They were rescued just in time, and Zeff went on to open the floating restaurant Baratie with Sanji as one of his apprentices.
    • Chopper was ostracized for his blue nose, and kicked out of his herd after eating the Hito Hito no Mi (Human Human Fruit). He was also rejected by Drum Kingdom's humans as a monster. The only human who cared for him was a quack doctor named Dr. Hiriluk. Being trained as a doctor, he got confused by the skull-and-crossbones, which Hiriluk described as a symbol of strength for pirates, but in medical terms meant certain death. As a result, he accidentally fatally poisoned Dr. Hiriluk. So his father-figure walked into a trap set by Drum's King, Wapol, and committed suicide.
    • Robin had the absolute worst upbringing. Initially abandoned by her parents and left to her abusive aunt and uncle until she learned to be a top archaeologist at age 8, her parents (along with all the other people of her land, Ohara) were then killed by the World Government for learning too much about the "True History". Although Robin was allowed to escape, she ended up on the lam, spending the rest of her childhood being betrayed by various people until she took cover in the Baroque Works crime syndicate.
    • Franky was taken in at Water 7, and trained to be a shipwright along with adoptive brother Iceburg. His mentor, Tom, was prosecuted for building Roger's ship, Oro Jackson, but cut a deal where he would build the Sea Train. After building it and four lines, he was by framed by the World Government when they used ships built by Franky to attack Water 7. When they tried to take Tom to Enies Lobby to be executed Franky tried to stop the Sea Train, and got run over in the process.
    • Brook entered the Grand Line 50 years before as a musician after befriending the young whale Laboon and promising he would return for him at Reverse Mountain. Eventually becoming his ship's captain, he and his crew were wiped out by an enemy with poisoned weapons. Although he revived with the Yomi Yomi no Mi (Revive Revive Fruit), his ship's rudder was broken, so he was stuck in the same spot for over 50 years with no way to return to his friend as promised.
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