During his early childhood, Usopp (ウソップ Usoppu?) is abandoned by his father, Yasopp, who leaves to join the Red-Haired Pirates. Then, as Banchina (バンキーナ Bankīna), his mother, falls ill, Usopp starts telling tall tales, expressing his hope that his father would return and take them out to sea. Even after his mother dies, Usopp does not blame his father for leaving, but strives to become a great pirate himself, despite his cowardly disposition. He is a gifted inventor, painter and sculptor. In combat, he primarily relies on slingshots to fire various kinds of ammunition with great precision. Later on in the series, he achieves Observation Haki, while defending his captain. Eventually, he achieves notoriety under his alter-ego “Sniper King the King of Snipers”, a hero sniper wearing a golden mask and cape. Later on the series he is known as “God” Ussop. In the anime series, his voice actor is Kappei Yamaguchi. Jason Griffith and Sonny Strait provide his voice in the 4Kids and Funimation English adaptations, respectively.
In a 2007 Oricon poll, Usopp was voted the 10th most wanted character to receive a spin-off amongst all respondents, and the 5th most popular amongst males. In a review of Funimation Entertainment’s second DVD release for Mania Entertainment, Bryce Coulter notes that Usopp “brings lots of comic relief to the series”, but also comments that he “can be downright annoying at times.”