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Usopp
One Piece character
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First appearanceOne Piece chapter 23
Created byEiichiro Oda
Portrayed byJacob Romero Gibson
Voiced bySee Voice actors
In-universe information
Alias"God" Usopp (ゴッド ウソップ, Goddo Usoppu)
"Sogeking, the King of Snipers" (狙撃の王様そげキング, Sogeki no Ō-sama Sogekingu)
Long Nose
RelativesYasopp (father)
Banchina (mother)
Affiliations
Age17 (debut)
19 (after the timeskip)
Bounties
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200,000,000 (current)
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30,000,000 (first)[1][2]

Usopp (ウソップ, Usoppu) is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. He serves as the sniper of the Straw Hat Pirates.

He was the fourth member to join Luffy's crew and the third officially after the confrontation they had with Captain Kuro.[3] His dream is to become a great pirate like his father Yasopp, member of the Red-Haired Pirates of "Red-Haired" Shanks.

Usopp is recognizable for his long nose, a reference to the fact that he tends to lie a lot. He is a gifted inventor, painter, and sculptor.[ch. 42, 106, 190] In combat, he relies primarily on slingshots to fire various kinds of ammunition with great precision in coordination with a set of lies and other weapons giving him a unique fighting style named "The Usopp Arsenal".[ch. 332] To help the Straw Hats rescue Nico Robin, he achieves notoriety under his alter-ego "Sogeking, the King of Snipers" (狙撃の王様そげキング, Sogeki no Ō-sama Sogekingu), a hero sniper wearing a golden mask and cape. Usopp’s declaration of war on the World Government flag is cited by fans and critics alike as one of the best moments of One Piece.[4] Eventually, after helping the Straw Hats liberate Dressrosa from Don Quixote Doflamingo's rule, he becomes infamous as "God" Usopp (ゴッド ウソップ, Goddo Usoppu)[ch. 435] due to freeing thousands of people from live’s as slave toys, aswell as light shining from above onto Usopp whilst underground as he addressed the people he freed.

Most of Usopp's lies have become true in some shape or form after he tells them (eg: While talking to kaya, Usopp claims that he had landed on the poop of a giant gold fish thinking it was solid ground. Later on, in the little garden arc they encounter a giant goldfish prompting Dorry and Brogy to recall landing on the gold fishes poop, thinking it was solid ground).

Creation and conception

In the original concept art for the Straw Hats, Usopp was labeled the Vice-Captain of the crew.[5] Usopp is based on Pinocchio and his name refers to uso, Japanese for lie and Aesop’s Fables. When asked by a fan what the nationalities of the members of the Straw Hat Pirates would be if One Piece was set in the real world, Oda replied that Usopp would be African. Usopp is the only Straw Hat Pirate to be assigned a continent rather than a nationality.[6][7]

Usopp has black hair and a long nose and usually wears a dark handkerchief yellow boxes, special shooter glasses, coveralls, brown with a white sash and no shirt underneath (despite wearing a dark green shirt in the Skypiea Saga). Usopp inherited his famous nose of his mother, while the rest of his face resembles that of his father.

After the two-year timeskip, Usopp is much more muscular and has longer hair. Usopp also got a new hat and takes his glasses besides sniper in the neck and headphones. He also fights using plants from the Boin Archipelago, which may be inspired by the original concept art of the crew featuring a male botanist.[5]

Personality

Usopp is one of the most sentimental of the Straw Hat Pirates, and cries or gets angry at times of emotional stress. At the beginning of the series, Usopp was a liar and easily frightened, as well as anxious, insecure, and compulsive. Usopp's cowardice is the result of his fear and insecurity, especially when faced with uncertainty. While Usopp is a coward by nature, he is able to put aside their fears for desperate times: despite danger, Usopp faces his fears for the sake of their friends and sometimes even people he barely knows.

Abilities

Despite not excelling in physical fitness, Usopp, like his father, has a unique aim with his slingshot, it is able to hit many people without missing once, even at distances at which he can barely see the target. To attack, Usopp uses a slingshot and shoots spherical projectiles which he built and called Boshis. Each Boshi has different effects: some include explosive, smoke, fire, barbed and even hot sauce. Following the visit of the Straw Hats to Skypiea, Usopp has added to its arsenal the Dials who he got there.[8] After the two-year time skip, Usopp uses a plant-based fighting style based on plants from the Boin Archipelago.

Also worth mentioning that Usopp is a great inventor and artist, created the Clima Tact for Nami.[9] When the Straw Hat crew was without a carpenter, Usopp repaired the Going Merry.

Haki

Usopp awakened his Observation Haki during the latter half of the Dressrosa revolt, as he was able to see auras of Luffy, Law, and Sugar, who were in the royal palace, from the old King's Plateau near the Corrida Colosseum. With this, he was able to pinpoint Sugar's location and snipe her down from such a distance

Voice actors

In the original Japanese version of the entire One Piece anime series (and later spin-offs in the franchise), Usopp is voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi.[10] Jason Griffith and Sonny Strait provide his voice in the 4Kids and Funimation English adaptations, respectively.[11][12]

Appearances

One Piece manga

Usopp lived on an island of the East Blue, in the Syrup village. There, along with three kids, Tamanegi, Ninjin, and Piimä, he was the captain of the band of "Usopp Pirates". He was good friends with a girl named Kaya, to whom he told grand stories about his adventures (of course, all lies). After struggling with Luffy and his friends against Black Cat Pirates, Usopp joined the Straw Hat Pirates and gave them their first ship from Kaya, the Going Merry.

Usopp is portrayed to be very close to Luffy and Tony Tony Chopper, and frequently takes care of the Merry. After traveling a while along with the Straw Hat Pirates, during the Water 7 Saga Usopp had an argument with Luffy over the status of their ship the Going Merry and left the crew.[13] Seeing Sanji and Franky try to save Robin made Usopp feel guilty for leaving the crew, so he covered his face with a mask and cape and developed an alter-ego, "King of Snipers Sogeking" (狙撃の王様, Sogeki no Ō-sama, renamed "Sniper King" in the Viz Media manga translation)[14]

Usopp’s declaration of war on the World Government flag is cited by fans and critics alike as one of the best moments of One Piece.[4] Usopp gets his own bounty of ฿ 30,000,000. In the Post-Enies Lobby Saga, he returned to the crew.[15] [16]

When the crew got separated, Usopp landed on the Greenstone island, where he improved his skills for two years until he was reunited with the crew. On the island of Dressrosa he would liberate a ground of enslaved toys, earning himself a temporary bounty of ฿ 500,000,000 by Doflamingo. This later becomes a permanent bounty of ฿ 200,000,000 and the new epithet "God" Usopp (ゴッド ウソップ, Goddo Usoppu).[ch. 435]

In other media

Usopp has made several appearances in other media, including, but not limited to, every One Piece licensed electronic video game to date. He is also a support character in Jump Super Stars. In 2006, he is featured in the Dragon Ball/One Piece/Naruto crossover game Battle Stadium D.O.N. as a playable character.

Usopp will be portrayed by Jacob Romero Gibson in the live-action adaptation of One Piece.[17]

Reception

Usopp ranked in the Top 10 of the first three Shōnen Jump character popularity polls.[18][19][20] In the fourth through seventh popularity polls, Usopp was ranked among the Top 15 most popular characters.[21] Usopp was also prominently involved in six out of the ten most heartbreaking scenes in the manga: the Going Merry’s funeral, Robin saying she wants to live, the Straw Hats departing from Alabasta, the Going Merry rescuing the Straw Hats, the story of Usopp’s mother’s death, and Usopp begging Luffy to rejoin the crew.[16]

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.[22] 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 down right annoying at times."[23]

Sean Cubillas of Screen Rant wrote, "As the Straw Hats' resident comic relief, Usopp has made the fans laugh for several years. Whether it's intentional or with his reluctant cowardice, Usopp has had some of the most unique interactions in the story. However, his most iconic scene to date is one that's played totally straight. Adorned as the incredible Sniper King, he's asked by Luffy to declare war on the world itself. Raising his slingshot up high, Sniper King shoots down the World Government's flag in a fiery blaze that turns it to ashes and lights up the whole sky. With just a slingshot, Usopp managed to hit fans pretty deep."[4] In another article, Cubillas stated, "More fiction than fighter, Usopp has skirted his way through the series with tales so detailed and grand that he often uses them to trick his enemies. However, he always saves his best lies for his crew, as he realizes any adventure with Monkey D. Luffy could spell disaster for him. So, like a lot of kids trying to get out of middle school gym, Usopp turns to the doctors' notes. If Usopp doesn't want to go somewhere or if he doesn't want to leave the shop, he'll always say he has some sort of disease, like the fan favorite "Can't-Get-On-This-Island-Disease."[24]

Christian Markle of Comic Book Resources stated that Usopp has had the best character development of the Straw Hats due to his transition from cowardice to dependability and noted how he was the only person to temporarily leave the Straw Hats for personal reasons.[25]

Further reading

References

  1. ^ Oda, Eiichiro (2007). "435 You Have My Sympathies". You Have My Sympathies. One Piece. Vol. 45. Shueisha. ISBN 1-4215-3461-4.
  2. ^ Oda, Eiichiro (2015). "801 Opening Speech". Opening Speech. One Piece. Vol. 80. Shueisha. ISBN 978-1-42-159024-0.
  3. ^ One Piece manga, Volume 5, Chapter 41
  4. ^ a b c Cubillas, Sean (May 23, 2021). "One Piece: Each Main Character's Most Iconic Scene". Screen Rant. Retrieved June 5, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Eichiro Oda (September 16, 2020). One Piece Magazine Vol. 10. Shueisha. ISBN 978-4-08-102406-3.
  6. ^ Koide, Jamie (October 1, 2015). "One Piece characters' nationalities revealed, but fans have mixed opinions". SoraNews24. Retrieved May 29, 2021.
  7. ^ "One Piece: Why Usopp's 'African' Origin Is So Problematic". CBR. 2021-09-03. Retrieved 2022-05-03.
  8. ^ One Piece manga, Volume 32, Chapter 301
  9. ^ One Piece manga, Volume 21, Chapter 109
  10. ^ One Piece Log Collection: East Blue (DVD) (in Japanese). Avex Mode. 2010.
  11. ^ One Piece: Collection 1 (DVD). Funimation Entertainment. 2011. ISBN 978-1-4210-2341-0.
  12. ^ One Piece: Volume 3: The Teller of Tales (DVD). Viz Media. 2006. ISBN 978-1-59861-002-4.
  13. ^ One Piece manga, Volume 35, Chapter 331
  14. ^ One Piece manga, Volume 38, Chapter 367
  15. ^ One Piece manga, Volume 45, Chapter 438
  16. ^ a b One Piece 10th Treasures p.185
  17. ^ Otterson, Joe (November 9, 2021). "'One Piece' Netflix Live-Action Series Sets Main Cast". Variety. Archived from the original on November 10, 2021. Retrieved November 10, 2021.
  18. ^ Volume 7, page 148 (in the Japanese version).
  19. ^ Volume 24, pages 206–209 (in the Japanese version).
  20. ^ Volume 43, pages 214–219 (in the Japanese version).
  21. ^ Weekly Shonen Jump issue 49 of 2008; One Piece chapters 771, 884, One Piece Magazine Vol.13
  22. ^ "スピンアウト企画、予想ランキング1位 『デスノート』のL(エル)" (in Japanese). Oricon. January 5, 2007. Retrieved November 9, 2008.
  23. ^ Coulter, Bryce (October 1, 2008). "One Piece Season 1 Part 2". Mania Entertainment. Retrieved July 6, 2009.
  24. ^ Cubillas, Sean (May 23, 2021). "One Piece: 10 Funniest Running Gags, Ranked". Screen Rant. Retrieved June 5, 2021.
  25. ^ "One Piece: The Straw Hat With the Best Character Arc - and It's Not Luffy". CBR. 2021-12-27. Retrieved 2022-05-03.