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Trope list for One Piece; K-M

  "Just who in blazes had the gall to place a kitten in my path?!!"

    • As about less literal examples -- how about every single significant villain?
    • Averted hard with Smoker, whose first scene looks like it's about to be a typical kick the dog moment: a little girl bumps into him, spilling her ice cream cone and ruining his expensive uniform. The look on his face implies he's about to do something terrible... but then Smoker apologizes for his pants "eating" her ice cream and gives her money for a bigger cone.
  • Killed Off for Real: Rest in peace, Portgas D. Ace and Edward Newgate.
  • Killer Rabbit: Chopper.
    • A more literal example would be the Lapahn on Drum Island.
  • Kill the Poor: A flashback shows this happening in Luffy's home island in an effort of "clean things up" before a visit of the World Nobles.
  • Kneel Before Frodo: King Nefeltari Cobra at the end of the Alabasta arc.
  • Knight Templar: Many of the notable underlings of the Word Government. Some of the others, like Smoker, seem Knight Templarish, until you remember that The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, like Straw Hats, actually are exceptions.
    • Admiral Akainu in particular deserves a honorary mention for blowing up a refugee ship out of suspicion that some people, targeted by the World Government, might be aboard.
      • And later on, almost killing Coby just because he was trying to talk some sense into the other Marines. They had technically achieved their objective, but were ruthlessly going after the fleeing pirates and leaving their wounded Marine compatriots behind.
    • And CP9, but especially Rob Lucci, whose personal doctrine of "Dark Justice" marks extreme Knight Templar tendencies.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Oddly enough, this can be played straight AND inverted. Ace has proved, with Blackbeard, that he's perfectly serious about pounding in anyone who even considers hurting Luffy. Luffy, despite being the younger brother, has recently broken into the One Piece world's most highly guarded prison, let loose hundreds of convicts, and wrecked havoc all across the Marine HQ all for the sake of rescuing his older brother, Ace.
  • Know When to Fold'Em: For a series stuffed to the brim with Determinators, there are at least a few moments when "cut and run" is thought of as a viable tactic. The most recent example is during the Whitebeard war, when the arrival of Shanks convinces Sengoku that taking on a fresh Emperor and his crew ain't exactly the brightest move. He's all too willing to make concessions just to keep the peace.
    • Also, when the Strawhats are surrounded by the powerful Haki-using Sentamaru, Kizaru (an Admiral), multiple Pacifista, and Bartholomew Kuma. They decide to run. It doesn't work.
  • Knuckle-Cracking: Luffy's Let's Get Dangerous moments.
  • Kraken and Leviathan: Aside from the world having some of the biggest (and most absurd-looking) sea monsters to exist, the Straw Hat Crew's new Team Pet is a literal Kraken..
  • Kryptonite Factor: People with Devil Fruit powers can have their abilities stripped away through contact with Seastone or by submerging them in water (which they're unable to swim in, and which cancels their powers). People who ate Logia Devil Fruits often have unique weaknesses. Such as sand is ineffectual against water, and electricity won't work against rubber.
    • Poison is ineffective against wax. Even Mr. 3 was surprised by that one.
  • Kryptonite Is Everywhere: While the Marines make liberal use of Seastone, they almost never use it offensively, instead making ship lining and handcuffs out of it.
    • The guards in Impel Down was shown using cannons loaded with Seastone nets, so they appear to be learning.
    • Smoker has his jutte tipped with the stuff.
  • Kudzu Plot: It's what you get when there's Loads and Loads of Characters and over 500 chapters.
  • Kuudere: Robin. Most of the time, she's calm and doesn't usually participate in the crazy antics the rest of the crew end up getting into. I say "most of the time" because during the later part of the Water Seven/Enies Lobby arc, she eventually burst into tears and begged Luffy and the others to save her.
  • Lady Land: Amazon Lily Island
    • Inverted when Sanji is sent to an island full of transvestites.
  • Lady of War: Nami; Nico Robin; Boa Hancock; Hina
  • Lampshade Hanging: Chapter 577 is appropriately titled, "Major Events Piling Up One After Another".
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: What's hidden inside Hannyabal's chin? COULD IT BE DREAMS??!!
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: After meeting the cute mermaid Camie, Zoro promptly deletes his memory of having met the not so cute mermaid Kokoro through sheer willpower. Here
  • Laughably Evil: Where do I start!? There's too many of them! Buggy The Clown, and even that is because he's sensitive about his nose. Wapol when he ate the fat out of his body and became slim. Mr. 4 and Miss Merry Christmas, and Mr. 2 Bon Clay before his Heel Face Turn. Foxy when he acts very arrogantly, only to be insulted and feel down. Spandam in every scene, where he isn't doing something horrible, including when he burnt himself with his own coffee. And some Lampshade Hanging of when Kaku of CP9 turned into a giraffe.)
  • Lawful Stupid: The World Government is ruled by a bunch of arrogant, disgustingly inept elites who are perfectly willing to ignore a massive prison break comprised of some of the worst criminals the world has ever known to save face and to focus on erasing out the remainder of Roger's legacy. Brilliant, guys.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: On the last page of Chapter 597, Luffy says "The pirate 'Straw Hat Luffy' is going on a holiday for a bit", then at the bottom of page it is announced that the manga is going on a four week break, its longest so far. We get it, Oda.
    • There's also the part where in chapter 627, after a seven chapter long flashback arc (One of the longest, if not the longest so far), Jimbei tells everyone that he's sorry that it took so long to tell them the whole story. Almost as if Oda himself is apologizing to the readers for the flashback taking so long by having Jimbei say it for him.
  • Leave Him to Me: A heroic example. Even though Hody Jones has taken some of his crew captive, Jimbe tells Luffy not to fight Hody and leave him to Jimbe in order to stop the repeating cycle of hatred between fishmen and humans. However, considering the fact that Jimbe has been captured, along with the fact that Hody was the one who assassinated Otohime, he might've reconsidered.
    • Until the reveal that Jimbe had (mostly) planned for that to happen, with the intent of allowing Luffy to fight Hody and come across as a hero to Fishman Island instead of a Jerkass who beat the crap out of Hody For the Evulz.
  • Leitmotif: Each member of the Strawhat crew except the ships have one that play during their respective eyecatches.
    • Several of the movie villains, namely General Gasparde, the Wapol brothers, and Gold Lion Shiki all have recurring musical motifs in various tracks relating to them.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: During the flight from the Pacifistas.
  • Libation for the Dead: After the crew defeat Arlong, Genzo pours sake on Nami's adoptive mother's grave.
  • Liberty Over Prosperity: Luffy expresses little to no interest in treasure, and doesn't care if One Piece even exists. His main motivation for becoming Pirate King is to be able to have the most freedom. This goes even beyond safety or warnings, from fellow pirates and allies, or Lawful marines. He once declared war on the entire World Government because it got in the way of him saving his crewmate. He'll do whatever the heck he wants, and damn the consequences; we're lucky he's a good guy.
  • Light Is Not Good: Admiral Kizaru. That smile of his may fool you for a short time, but if you did any form of piracy in your life, then expect him to kick your ass, and a light-based explosion to blow you into itty-bitty pieces. The only reason why he doesn't go after the Seven Warlords of the Sea is because he's not legally allowed to. It's only mildly subverted (at least from his perspective) in that he believes he's right and the pirates, no matter what reason, are sinners.
    • Another Marine example is Fleet Admiral Sengoku, a man who is nicknamed after the Buddha, and can actually transform into a copy of the Buddha, yet he supports the fairly oppressive World Government's policies and tells Saul not to question his orders.
      • Sengoku has some morals, though. He did not like it when the WG decided to pretend the jailbreak didn't happen instead of putting out warrants.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The zombie giant Oars. No, really. I know what you're thinking. The words "giant" and "zombie" would imply he's slow moving, but in a battle, he would disappear from the scene to give a serious counter-attack. He avoided Franky's ammunition at point blank range and knocked him out with a kick. Some Lampshade Hanging was made on this. It was finally explained that since he had Luffy's shadow in him, he would have his agility. No, seriously.
    • Also Lucci, Kaku, and Jyabura of CP9 in their Zoan-produced forms, Nightmare Luffy, and Kuma.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: Aokiji's Ice-Ice fruit turns him into ice; it shatters when hit, but he can simply pull himself together like the T-1000.
  • Live Action Escort Mission: In the most recent flashback, Fisher Tiger ends up having a recently freed human slave girl on his ship. For some reason, she just won't stop smiling. After he's told about what the life of a slave is like, Tiger decides to bring the girl home. He personally brings her back and all seems good... until Marines show up and try to kill him.
  • Living Legend: There are several powerful pirates who fit in this category, most notably Silvers Rayleigh, the Number Two of Gold Roger himself.
  • Living MacGuffin: Robin, most likely the only person in the world who can read Poneglyphs, and Franky, for being in possession of the Pluton's blueprints, both become this during the Enies Lobby arc.
  • Living Weapon: We have a dog and an elephant that were once a gun and a sword before eating a devil fruit. They can still act as weapons, so this is a type 1. In chapter 649, we find out that Shirahoshi is a type 2. Being able to talk to and control FREAKING SEA KINGS makes her one of these. Her weapon name is even Poseidon.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Seriously. The author even gives names and backstories to background characters who don't have any speaking lines, and who may or may not turn out to be Chekhov's Gunmen several hundred chapters down the line.
  • Loads and Loads of Races: Humans, Giants, Merfolk, Fishmen, The Sky Peoples (Skypieans, Shandians, & Bilkans), Longarms & Longlegs, Snakenecks, Kuja, Minkmen, and Dwarves, at least (though some of the later ones might just be variants of human).
  • Logical Weakness: Numerous examples.
    • Luffy's rubber powers give him resistance to blunt force and bullets[1], but leave him vulnerable to blades. They also allow him to No Sell Eneru's electricity powers. Heat also makes him rather runny.
    • Crocodile's sand powers can be neutralized by getting him wet.
    • Kalifa's powers are based on coating her targets in soap; their effects are easily neutralized by rinsing off the soap with water.
    • Mr. 3's wax powers protect him from Magellan's poisons.
  • Loophole Abuse: The Davy Back Fight allows the team that wins each match to pick a member of the opposing team and force him or her to join their crew. After winning the second round and the Strawhats now may pick one person from Foxy's team, Nami considers choosing Foxy, who is set to compete in the Combat event against Luffy, so that they win by default in the third match and can easily get Chopper back. While some members of the opposing team hypocritically protest, Robin notes that this is legal, but none of the Straw Hats want Foxy with them.
  • Long Runner: One of the most famous. Running for almost 15 years with no end in sight and is the most popular manga of all time, bar none.
  • Lost Technology: Pluton and Poseidon.
  • Love Can Make You Gonk: Sanji is rather prone to this unfortunate condition.
  • Luffy Let Portgas D. Ace Die: Subverted. Said death was a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Lucky Translation: During the Amazon Lily arc, when Luffy describes his balls, he uses the Japanese euphemism "gold balls", resulting in Marguerite and the rest of the Amazons believing that they're just that. The fan subs and the English manga used the euphemism "family jewels" to achieve the same effect.
  • Luffy Grabs A Sword: Happens twice. Once, while at Whiskey Peak when he thought that Zoro had killed a bunch of people that he was unaware were bounty hunters, failing to effectively use it. The second time was during Thriller Bark when he had a hundred shadows in him, which proved effective this time since one of the shadows was that of a marine swordsman (Somehow, having a shadow of someone who can use a sword makes you able to as well).
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Luffy's father is the world's most wanted criminal, Monkey D. Dragon, and his grandfather is the legendary Vice-Admiral Monkey D. Garp.
    • And then, our expectations get twisted when it turns out that Ace's father is actually Gold Roger.
  • MacGuffin: The "One Piece".
    • The characters seem to think of it as something of a [[[MacGuffin]]] as well. Luffy turns down an offer of information about it because that would make his adventure less interesting.
    • Chapter 0 seems to hint that it may be a weapon of mass destruction through Golden Lion Shiki's assertion. Roger doesn't protest or confirm this, however...
      • Whitebeard finally gives some information on One Piece before he dies.
  • Mad Artist: Mr. 3 likes to think of himself this way when he's turning people into wax statues. His partner, Miss Goldenweek, counts as an antagonistic artist too, but she comes across as less "mad" and more "working on commission."
  • Made of Iron: Everyone, but especially Zoro; while Franky and Mr. 1 are literally Made of Iron.
    • In actuality, Mr. 1 is made of steel, so... yeah.
    • Rokushiki's Tekkai (Iron Body) technique harden's the body like iron.
    • Of special note is Jinbei, who somehow made a full recovery from taking a stream of lava through the ribcage.
  • Made of Indestructium: Anything made of seastone is apparently "stronger than diamonds", which leads one to question how it was cut.
  • Madness Mantra: Usopp likes to say, when faced with an enemy or place he just got a scare out of: "[Name] scary... [name] scary... [name] scary..."
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Hogback, Vegapunk and, to a lesser extent, Franky.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: Most of the Devil Fruit powers are given some sort of expository explanation beforehand, and they tend to be used very consistently.
  • Magic Antidote: One Piece zig-zags all over this one. Generally, healing actually does take time in the series, but sometimes, medicines and concoctions take effect instantly (the big example here is Chopper's Rumble Ball, which seems to activate as soon as he bites it). Sometimes, though, it's hard to tell if healing is actually genuinely complete after a few minutes, or if the characters are such Determinators that they don't realize they haven't healed yet.
  • Magic Mushroom: Luffy once ate a mushroom which caused mushrooms to grow all over him.
  • Magic Pants: At least two-thirds of the Devil Fruit users.
  • Magnetic Hero: Lampshaded by Hawkeye in reference to Luffy: "This is... the most dangerous ability in this world!"
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: "That geezer-tree and... a unicorn are having a drink!"
  • Making a Splash: While deadly enough on land, once in the water Fishman Karate of the fishmen can produce effects like splitting waves and throwing around streams of water with the force of cannons.
    • There's also Merman Combat, which is basically the merfolk equivilant of the above.
  • Mama Bear: Bellemere is the earliest example within the series. Chef Zeff and Whitebeard also serve as Papa Wolves. The queen of this, however, is Portgas D. Rouge for staying pregnant for nearly two years, by sheer willpower, to ensure Ace's safety.
    • Post Timeskip, Nami shows signs of this when giant children ask for her to help them get back home. She orders Sanji and the others to help them.
  • Man-Eating Plant: Lots of them on the Bowin Archipelago, the island where Kuma sends Usopp to. Episode 455 takes it to its logical conclusion by revealing that the entire island is in fact a Man-Eating Plant, which periodically tips its petals into the air, sending any unfortunate creature not holding onto something into its gaping maw.
    • Post-timeskip, Usopp seems to have taken to using them as weapons.
  • Manly Tears: Many and frequent, though Franky is especially prone to blubbering at the drop of a hat while fervently denying it.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Crocodile. Fullbody fancied himself one, early in the series.
    • And from what we've seen so far, Donquixote Doflamingo.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Nami's greeting to Usopp after the time skip.

 "You've... been doing some growing of your own, I see."

  • Mask Power: Usopp/Sogeking after the Enies Lobby arc.
  • Master Apprentice Chain: Luffy was inspired by Shanks, who apprenticed under Roger.
  • Master of Your Domain: Life Return (Seimei Kikan).
  • Meaningful Echo: Queen Otohime always pinky swears with her children as a promise to make their future better. When she was dying, her oldest son Fukaboshi promises her that they will collect all the signatures she had long fought for and they will protect Shirahoshi, to reassure her that the future will be better. They seal the promise with a pinky swear.
    • Done again when the Straw Hats leave Fishman Island, Shirahoshi pinky swears with them that not only will they meat again, but that she'll be stronger when they do.
    • At his death, Roger proclaims that One Piece exists, sparking the Pirate Age. At his death, Whitebeard proclaims that One Piece exists, sparking the New Age.
  • Meaningful Funeral: Just try not to cry when they consign the Going Merry to the depths, we dare you.
    • Chapter 590: Ace and Whitebeard's graves.
  • Meaningful Name: Many names. Usopp is a combination of "Aesop" and the Japanese word "to lie"; the One Piece Blackbeard and Whitebeard are named Teach and Edward, respectively, after the real-life "Blackbeard" Edward Teach; a gangster-themed Supernova is named Capone; and Donquixote Doflamingo, a man who doesn't believe in dreams, is named after the most iconic dreamer in Western literature.
    • Ironically, Doflamingo shares one trait with his namesake, namely the fact that neither realize that their beliefs are merely a product of their own insanity.
    • Silvers Rayleigh has a triple meaningful - or even quadruple - name combined with Fridge Brilliance. For starters, silver is commonly held to be the second most valuable metal after gold, which is fitting as Rayleigh is Roger's second in command, and Roger is more well known by "Gold" Roger than his real name. The name 'Rayleigh' may be a reference to Lord Rayleigh, a physicist who explained the phenomenon known as Rayleigh scattering, an effect whereby light can be scattered by particles that are smaller in size than wavelength of light. Reference Rayleigh's fight with Kizaru, a light Logia. His name also sounds strikingly similar to Sir Walter Raleigh, who was a 16th century English explorer who ransacked a Spanish outpost. Also, there is the connection that Rayleigh's last name (Silvers) can also refer to Long John Silver, of the popular book regarding piracy of the nautical nature, Treasure Island. It could all just be a cosmic coincidence, but given Oda's track record...
    • Nami and Nojiko's foster mother was called Bellemere. Belle-mère means mother-in-law in French.
      • It can also mean stepmother, which is closer to being accurate in this case.
    • The country Kuma sends Brooke too is referred to as Harahettania, the land of poverty. "Harahettania" just means "I'm-hungry-nia" in Japanese.
  • Mechanical Monster: The Pacifistas, Made of Diamond and wielding firepower said to be the equivalent of a battleship.
  • Mega Manning: Blackbeard.
  • Meganekko: Tashigi. Robin occasionally wears glasses as well, although she qualifies more as a Hot Librarian.
  • Megaton Punch: Kuma prominently, though Luffy's pulled it off a few times.
  • Memetic Badass: Buggy is actually becoming an in-universe example.
  • The Men First: Played for comedy with T-Bone. Then played completely straight with Luffy, who goes through ridiculous lengths to protect his crew before his own well-being (Nami at Drum Island, Mr. 2 at Impel Down, etc.) and most recently Whitebeard, Badass, Father to His Men extraordinaire.
  • Merciful Minion: In the Arlong arc, Nami pretends to stab Usopp to save him from the fishmen.
  • Meta Origin: The Devil Fruit. Paramecia-type give you superpowers, Zoan-type transforms you into an animal, and Logia-type effectively give you complete control over an element. These powers can be given to humans, animals, or even inanimate objects, and most recently "awakened" Zoan-type Devil Fruits have shown up. As have Ancient and Mythical Zoans, making what was previously seen as the least useful type seem quite a bit more worthwhile; X Drake's Ancient Zoan turns him into a T-Rex, while Marco the Phoenix's Mythical Zoan turns him into exactly what you'd expect.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Usopp, of course. Though lately, he's gotten better at not running away at the first sign of danger.
  • Milestone Celebration: The Straw Hats finally get to the Grand Line in the 100th chapter of the manga. Oda had to severely truncate the Loguetown arc to make it so, however.
  • Million-to-One Chance: The reputed odds of someone possessing the Color of the Supreme King Haki. Though since 6 different characters have been confirmed to have it (Luffy, Boa Hancock, Shanks, Silvers Rayleigh, Whitebeard, and Ace), you get the impression that it's not as rare as people say.
    • Alternatively, it could be said those with this power find themselves at the epicenters of great events in history and it is fate that they meet up.
    • However, it needs to be pointed out that this series has Loads and Loads of Characters, and that's not even counting the virtually numberless masses comprising the various Red Shirt Armies and the civilian population. And as pointed out, the Marineford drew in nearly all of the most powerful characters in the series, so of course just about all of the characters with Overlord Haki are going to end up in the same place. In fact, it's a bit telling that an arc containing so many powerful characters introduced so few that actually have it.
  • Mind Screw: The Punk Hazard arc has been pretty much this so far, what with the dragon, the talking samurai head/legs, the bird woman, and the nursery full of giant children. Obviously, these things will be touched upon later, but there's now doubting how weird it all is.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Pearl.
  • Miser Advisor: Nami pretty much always has money on her mind. Occasionally in her eyes as well.
  • Misfit Mobilization Moment: The Straw Hats' Power Walk to Arlong's base of operations.
  • Missed Him by That Much: An amusing scene where Luffy and Buggy are standing right next to each other and keep looking in exactly the wrong direction to actually see each other. They even have a brief conversation without realizing who they're talking to.
  • Missing Mom: Several characters are affected or motivated by the lack or loss of their mother. Nami, Usopp, Robin, and most recently Ace.
    • Even more recently is Princess Shirahoshi.
  • Mistaken for Badass: Buggy the Clown received this treatment when a bunch of Impel Down escapees heard that he was on Gold Roger's crew alongside Shanks, even though he was just an apprentice. Throughout the remainder of the Marineford Arc, the convicts believed everything Buggy did was badass, so much so that they eventually joined his crew.
    • This trope was used again when the Impostor Straw Hats attempted to build a crew made of the strongest rookies they could find. Unfortunately, unlike Buggy, their secret is exposed and they lose their recruits. Guess Oda only wanted Buggy to be that lucky.
  • Modesty Towel: Used after Luffy defeated Crocodile while everyone is in their own gender baths. Gets averted when the guys are looking over at the girls and Nami decides to give them what she liked to call: Happiness... PUNCH! Made funnier by Vivi's horrified expression at Nami when she does this.
  • Monster Clown: In movie 10, Gold Lion Shiki employs one Dr. Indigo. With his crazy face-paint, ridiculous looks, and fart-noise shoes, he makes for a good Villainous Harlequin. He starts heading towards this trope once he drops his silly behavior and begins to conjure ghostly fire from nowhere and sling it around.
  • Mooks: And how. The low-class soldiers will charge in by the hundreds, then get carted back out again a short time later on a single, massive stretcher, never once questioning why they should willingly get themselves beat up or what's so great about the World Government or Marines anyway. The best example of mooks since the stormtroopers.
  • Moment of Weakness: When Luffy angrily tells Usopp in Water Seven that he can just get off their ship if he doesn't like how Luffy does things.
  • Monster Mash: Thriller Bark. It even has a nod to Thriller by Michael Jackson.
  • Mood Whiplash: The Water Seven/CP9 arc is the king of this trope.
    • Right after the Straw Hats and Aokiji team up to save a group of stranded civilians (and the former celebrates, complete with cheerful music), Aokiji informs them that he has to kill them. And then proceeds to curb stomp everyone.
  • More Hero Than Thou: Sanji and Zoro pulled this crap on Thriller Bark, until the latter knocked the former unconscious.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Despite Nami's greed and Usopp's cowardice, both are decent, even heroic characters underneath.
  • Mr. Fanservice:
    • A large portion of the male cast fits into this trope: Luffy, Zoro, Ace, Smoker, and Trafalgar Law, to name a few.
    • For the ladies who prefer their men older, I present to you Shanks.
    • Sanji, who most recently became bait for a very different sort of Estrogen Brigade, much to his dismay.
    • Yorki: A drunken blonde cowboy pirate who loves singing and cute animals. Delicious.
    • After the timeskip, the whole Straw Hat male crew became this (except of course the unmistakably machinized Franky and the all-bones Brook). We have to mention Sanji's smart and small goatee, Zoro's mature atmosphere and manly scar, Usopp's whole new muscular build and much-much cooler style, and Luffy's scar and serious moments which tell that there is a lot more in him than he usually looks. Even Chopper evolved from the "just cute" part to become a multitude of baits with his differently looking forms for the furry-loving part of the Estrogen Brigade...
  • Ms. Fanservice: Quite a few, but Nami and Robin in particular.
    • There's also Hancock, Ms. Doublefinger, Porche, Kalifa, and Marguerite.
  • Mugging the Monster: Most of the Jaya arc has this in some form or another, with Bellamy and his crew being the muggers. The first time, Luffy and Zoro just shrug off their insults, despite either being able to beat the entire crew single-handed. Then Bellamy goes and robs Luffy's new friends. Big mistake. Later on, Sarquiss, Bellamy's first mate, accidentally bumps into Blackbeard and starts mouthing off. Blackbeard gives him a nice taste of the wooden dock for his trouble.
    • Immediately after the time skip, a random pirate crew posing as the Straw Hats come across the genuine Nami and Usopp, who give the imposters a small taste of what they've been learning over the past two years. Then the same fakes have the misfortune of threatening the real Luffy. Luffy nonchalantly dodges a bullet to the head from Fake Luffy's pistol (never mind that, since he's all but immune to blunt force, it'd probably bruise him at the most) and knocks out all of the Fake Straw Hats present with Haki.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Hatchan, Nico Robin, Omigumo, and Zoro when using his mysterious 9-sword style.
    • Also one of Whitebeard's allies, who has an octopus theme and six fully functional arms. Whether he's a fishman hybrid or a fruit user is yet to be seen.
  • Multiple Demographic Appeal: Adult female readers compose one of the manga's largest audiences.
  • Multiple Reference Pun: Sanji's parage shot and Nami's hometown Cocayashi Village (See entry on that page for details).
  • Musical Assassin: Scratchmen Apoo. (His own body is the instrument.)
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: The whole point of the show. The adventures were launched when Gold Roger announced the existence of One Piece at his execution.
  • My Favorite Shirt: Luffy's hat is his greatest personal treasure, and perhaps the only of his possessions that would put him into an Unstoppable Rage if lost or damaged.
  • My Greatest Failure: Luffy has two: the defeat of his crew that scattered them over the oceans and being unable to save Ace.
    • Jinbe is also haunted by Ace's death and the fact that he indirectly let Arlong terrorize East Blue and contributed to Nami's tragic past.
  • My Name is Monkey D. Luffy. You took my True Companions. Prepare to get your ass kicked.
  • My Suit Is Also Super: Clothes stretch, grow, shrink, regenerate, and transform along with the wearer, with a few exceptions. No Hand Wave is attempted in-series, but Oda admits in his Q&A column that if Devil Fruit powers were portrayed more realistically, his manga would have a lot of unnecessary nudity.
  • Mysterious Parent: Dragon
  • Myth Arc: The past history of the world and the crimes of the World Government, as well as the long term plans of several villains.

Notes

  1. Although this is apparently only because One Piece's firearms aren't so advanced yet--it's been stated that a modern round could pierce Luffy
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