Already a pirate before the time of Roger, “Humming” Brook (ブルック Burukku?) first enters the Grand Line as vice-captain of the music-themed Rumbar Pirates. Leaving their pet, the infant whale Laboon, behind at Reverse Mountain, they promise to return after sailing around the world. Instead, they are annihilated, with one exception. The power of the Paramecia-type Revive-Revive Fruit (ヨミヨミの実 Yomi Yomi no Mi) allows “Dead Bones” Brook to rise again and live a second life as a skeleton. Fifty years later, Brook’s goal is still to fulfill his late crew’s promise and to that end joins the Straw Hat Pirates. Brook is an excellent musician, who says that he can play any instrument, although he is usually seen playing the violin. He can even influence people with his music to the point of making them fall asleep. While separated from the other Straw Hats, and incognito as “Soul King” Brook, he gains world fame, filling concert halls with fans. He is also a skilled fencer, who uses a shikomizue (a Japanese cane sword) in battle. His reduced weight allows him to jump extraordinarily high and to run across water. And eventually, he learns how to use his devil fruit ability to leave his skeleton body and explore his surroundings as a disembodied soul. He is voiced by Chō. Ian Sinclair provides his voice in the Funimation English adaptation.The idea of a skeleton musician was first conceived by Oda in 2000, about the time of Laboon’s introduction and more than half a decade before the first appearance of Brook.
The son of pirate parents who abandon him at age ten, Cutty Flam (カティ・フラム Kati Furamu?), nicknamed Franky (フランキー Furankī), is taken in as an apprentice by a shipwright who secretly holds the plans for a devastating ancient weapon. Franky’s recklessness eventually provides an opportunity to World Government agents seeking these plans. Attempting to rescue his master, Franky suffers severe injuries and only survives by rebuilding parts of his body using pieces of scrap metal, turning himself into a cola-powered cyborg with super-human strength. After gaining notoriety as “Cyborg” Franky (サイボーグ フランキー Saibōgu Furankī) and to fulfill his dream of sailing a ship he built around the world, he constructs the Thousand Sunny, a brigantine-rigged sloop-of-war, for the Straw Hat Pirates and joins the crew. In the anime television series, his voice actor is Kazuki Yao. Patrick Seitz provides his voice in the Funimation English adaptation.
Growing up in Ohara (オハラ?), home of the world’s oldest and largest library, Nico Robin (ニコ・ロビン Niko Robin) becomes an archaeologist at the age of eight. At some point she gains the power of the Paramecia-type Flower-Flower Fruit (ハナハナの実 Hana Hana no Mi), which allows her to have temporary copies of parts of her body, including her eyes and ears, spring up on surfaces near her. Behind the backs of her teachers, she acquires from them the outlawed knowledge of how to translate the ancient stones called Ponegliffs (歴史の本文 Pōnegurifu, alt. Poneglyphs), which are scattered around the world, and comes to share their goal of finding the illusive Real Ponegliff (真の歴史の本文 Rio Pōnegurifu), which is said to tell the world’s lost history. However, the World Government finds out about these efforts and sends a battlefleet to stop them. Only Robin escapes the devastating attack that claims the lives of the island’s entire population, including that of her mother. Called “Devil Child” (悪魔の子 Akuma no Ko), traumatized and with a bounty on her head, Robin lives a life on the run, unable to trust anyone. To survive, she cooperates with various pirates and other outlaws, until eventually joining forces with Sir Crocodile, leading Baroque Works with him, under the codename “Ms. All-Sunday” (ミス・オールサンデー Misu Ōrusandē). and became their vice-president. After Baroque Works falls apart, without anywhere else to go, she tags along with the Straw Hat Pirates and grows so fond of them that she gives herself up to the Government in order to save them. Only after they find out about her motives and declare open war on her powerful nemesis to get her back, does she come to realize that she has finally found people who will never sell her out, and becomes a part of the crew. In the anime television series, Robin’s voice actress is Yuriko Yamaguchi. In the 4Kids English adaptation, her Baroque Works codename was changed to Miss Sunday and she is voiced by Veronica Taylor. In the Funimation English adaptation, her voice is supplied by Stephanie Young.
Tony Tony Chopper (トニートニー・チョッパー Tonī Tonī Choppā?) is a doctor and a blue-nosed reindeer. The power of the Zoan-type Human-Human Fruit (ヒトヒトの実 Hito Hito no Mi) provides him with the ability to transform into a reindeer or a reindeer hybrid. A self-developed drug he calls Rumble Ball (ランブル・ボール Ranburu Bōru) enables Chopper to perform even more transformations. When complimented, Chopper acts really sad while either yelling at the animal who complimented him to stop trying to make him happy, or that Chopper is not very happy. His voice actress is Ikue Ōtani. In the 4Kids and Funimation English adaptations, his voice is supplied by Lisa Ortiz and Brina Palencia, respectively.
When creating Chopper, Oda wanted a mascot who is both cute and very weak. An IGN review of the manga praised Chopper’s character as one of the best in the series and said that he was able to be both touching and funny. With Chopper’s back story, Oda wanted to illustrate that one need not be blood-related to be considered family.
While serving as an apprentice cook on a passenger ship, nine-year-old Vinsmoke Sanji (ヴィンスモーク・サンジ Vinsumōku Sanji?) stands up to a boarding party of pirates led by the infamous “Red Foot” Zeff (赫足のゼフ Aka-Ashi no Zefu). During the encounter, Sanji is swept into the sea by a massive wave, but Zeff jumps after him because of their common dream of finding the All Blue (オールブルー Ōru Burū), a legendary sea, containing every kind of fish in the world. While castaway together, the pirate saves Sanji’s life yet again by giving him their entire food. After their eventual rescue, Sanji stays with Zeff for several years and helps him build a floating restaurant, the Baratie (バラティエ). Zeff in turn makes him a first rate cook and teaches him his kick-based fighting style. Mirroring Zeff, Sanji will never refuse a starving person a meal, and in fighting only uses his legs, so as to protect the hands he needs to cook. He also develops an unusual weakness for women, and makes a principle of never harming one, even if it means his death. Eventually, he becomes infamous under the name of “Black Leg” Sanji (黒脚のサンジ Kuro Ashi no Sanji), and while training for a period of two years in Emporio Ivankov’s Kamabakka Queendom, develops the Sky Walk, a variant of the Six Powers technique Moonwalk, which allows him to essentially run through air. In the Japanese anime television series, he is voiced by Hiroaki Hirata. In the 4Kids English adaptation, he is voiced by David Moo. In the Funimation English adaptation, his voice is supplied by Eric Vale.
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.”
Adopted and raised by Navy seaman turned tangerine farmer Bellemere, Nami (ナミ?) and her older sister Nojiko, have to witness their mother being murdered by the infamous Arlong, whose pirate gang occupies their island and extracts tribute from the population. Striking a deal with him, Nami, still a child but already an accomplished cartographer who dreams of drawing a complete map of the world, joins the pirates, hoping to eventually buy freedom for her village. Growing up as a pirate-hating pirate, drawing maps for Arlong and stealing treasure from other pirates, Nami becomes an excellent burglar, pickpocket and navigator with an exceptional ability to forecast weather. After Arlong betrays her, and he and his gang are defeated by the Straw Hat Pirates, Nami joins the latter in pursuit of her dream and acquires infamy herself as “Cat Burglar” Nami.
In the Japanese anime television series, Nami is voiced by Akemi Okamura, In the 4Kids English adaptation, she is voiced by Kerry Williams. In the Funimation English adaptation, her voice is provided by Luci Christian.