Character References / Resemblances
Enel is the name of an Italian manufacturer of electricity, which is reminiscent of Enel being a Thunder God.
Whitey Bay a.k.a Ice Witch
White Bay’s name is similar to the English town called Whitley Bay which is famous for its ice rink.
Vander Decken IX
Decken, the captain of the Flying Pirates, is the only fishman who is a Devil Fruit user, therefore making him the only fishman who is unable to swim. This is similar to the popular legend about the real-life Flying Dutchman, a ship whose captain was human but could not step onto land.
Smiley’s demise is a reference to a pyroclastic flow, a fast-moving current of hot gas and rock which results from an explosive volcanic eruption.
Issho a.k.a Fujitora
Issho’s appearance is based on the fictional character Zatoichi who is a blind swordsman that carries a "shikomizue," a cane sword used for walking and fighting.
Bastille (formally known as Bastille Saint-Antoine) is a famous fortress in Paris, France. One of the prisoners at Bastille was famous for wearing an Iron Mask.
Donquixote Rosinante a.k.a Corazon
Rosinante is the name of the horse of the fictional character Don Quixote, the protagonist of the story El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha made by Spanish author Cervantes.
Pica has abilities similar to the mythological Greek half-giant Antaeus. They are both invincible provided that they remain in contact with the ground.
When Kyros was turned into a toy soldier, he resembles the titular character of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Steadfast Tin Soldier who also stands on one leg.
Cavendish and Hakuba
Cavendish’s split personality is reminiscent of the famous novel Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. The book features a location called Cavendish Square where Dr. Jekyll’s best friend lives.
Event References / Resemblances
Gol D. Roger - Olivier Levasseur
Roger’s controversial execution was similar to Olivier Levasseur, a famous pirate known for allegedly hiding a treasure and leaving behind a cryptogram regarding its whereabouts during his public execution.
Ohara’s Buster Call - Qin Dynasty
Robin’s tragic past, the annihilation of Ohara, was similar to an incident in the Qin Dynasty of Ancient China where scholars were executed and books were burned as Emperor Shi Huangti believed that uneducated people were easier to control.
Caesar Clown - Julius Caesar
Caesar Clown’s captivity by Luffy and Law mirrors the event where Roman Emperor Julius Caesar was held for ransom by pirates, although negotiations did not go as planned.
Rosinante - Joker
Rosinante’s act of burning down a hospital where doctors refused to treat Law was similar to a scene from The Dark Knight where Joker burned down a hospital.
Nico Robin - Gulliver’s Travels
Robin’s first encounter with the little people of the Tontatta Tribe in Dressrosa resembles Lemuel Gulliver’s first encounter with the Lilliputians in Gulliver's Travels.
Fashion Icon Luffy
Luffy became the first ever anime character to appear on a Japanese fashion magazine when he landed the cover of the popular Men's Non-No.
Armani Exchange Suits
The outfits of the Straw Hat members in One Piece Film Z were actually designed by A|X Armani Exchange.
Real Ace and Whitebeard Tombs
Universal Studio Japan has actually built a replica of the tombs of Ace and Whitebeard as a tribute to the series.
Concept of Impel Down
The concept of Impel Down resembles how Hell is depicted in Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, with different prisons having different forms of punishment.
Hancock - Rubber
Thomas Hancock is the manufacturing engineer who founded the British rubber industry. Does that surname ring a bell? Yes, as we all know, Boa Hancock is madly in love with the rubber man Luffy. Who knew these two had a connection this close to home?!
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