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Crocus[3] is a doctor and the caretaker of the whale Laboon as well as the overseer of the Twin Cape Lighthouse that guides ships coming down from Reverse Mountain into the Grand Line.

Though he was a lighthouse keeper for most of his life, he spent three years as a doctor serving as a part of Gol D. Roger's crew.[5]

Appearance

Crocus has an appearance based off the flower with the same name, as seen with the petals around his head. He has a rather stocky and muscular body, is bald on the top of his head, but with white hair with yellow flower petal-like things, that have purple near the bottom of them, and a white beard that splits in two parts. His lower lip is noticeably larger than his upper.

He wears a pink shirt with a yellow and green stripe with purple circles in the yellow along with blueish-grey shorts with sandals. He also wears glasses, a seaweed necklace, three gold bracelets, and a green-gem bracelet on his left wrist. He also has a scar on his left arm.[1]

24 years ago, he had black hair, with yellow parts sticking out resembling a flower. His face was less wrinkled, and he wore a pink hat with black spots on it. He did not have a beard, but instead just had stubble.

As a member of the Roger Pirates, he wore a pink sleeveless shirt, dark pink hat, and carried harpoons on his back. His beard and hair were still black, and he seemed to be more muscular.

After the time skip, he has basically the same clothes, but with a new dark colored shirt with pictures on it.[6]

Gallery

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Crocus at age 21.
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Crocus at age 46.
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Crocus's concept art from the anime.
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Crocus's outfit after the timeskip.

Personality

Crocus is a wise and caring man. He has a strange habit of taking his time when it comes to answering questions. He once took a direct hit from a cannon attack by Mr. 9 in order to protect Laboon, showing that he deeply cares about the whale.[7] He strongly values friendship, as despite decades of separation with the Rumbar Pirates, Crocus had joined the Roger Pirates to search for its members in order to help Laboon reunite with them. As a member of the Roger Pirates, Crocus readily supported them from fighting to giving medical treatments. Crocus is shown to be strict when it comes to healthcare as he berated Roger for his excessive drinking despite having a terminal illness. Crocus also forbid Buggy from traveling with them to Laugh Tale due to his sudden high fever despite his desperate pleas.

Abilities and Powers

Medical Expertise

Crocus providing relief for Roger's terminal disease.

Crocus is an extraordinary doctor, one of the finest medical specialists in the world. According to Rayleigh, Crocus was the only doctor who could halt the deterioration of Gol D. Roger's incurable disease, prolonging the latter's life long enough to reach Laugh Tale and conquer the Grand Line.

Crocus is a capable pharmacist, developing effective medicine on his own and supplying large quantities for Roger so he could use it on himself to live out the remainder of his lifespan. He also developed a tranquilizer that works on even Laboon, a 400 meter long whale.

Moreover, Crocus is an outstanding surgeon as he was able to surgically modify Laboon to install routes in his body, facilitating medical treatment for the whale.

Physical Abilities

Crocus is a capable fighter, having participated in the battle between Roger and Shiki's respective crews, as well as the Whitebeard Pirates 26 years ago. He tends to use harpoons as his choice of weapons, and his strength alone is enough to defeat large sea creatures.

He has also been shown to have either a high pain tolerance and durability as he has taken direct hits from Mr. 9 and Miss Wednesday's bazookas while defending Laboon even in his old age, showing no signs of damage just moments afterward.

Haki

Further information: Haki

Crocus possesses the ability to use Kenbunshoku Haki.[3]

History

Past

Meeting the Rumbar Pirates

Fifty years before the current storyline, Crocus met the Rumbar Pirates as they entered the Grand Line through Reverse Mountain from the West Blue. As he welcomed them, he noticed that a whale, Laboon, had followed them into the Grand Line. Seeing also that their ship was banged up from their journey, Crocus agreed to allow them to stay in the Twin Capes Lighthouse while repairs were made to their ship. As their ship was being repaired, Crocus got to know the pirates personally,[8] especially their captain, Yorki, and musician, Brook.

After three months of repairs and partying while they were being done, the Rumbar Pirates' ship was ready to set sail again. Since Laboon was too young at the time, they feared that the young whale would not be able to face the dangers of the Grand Line and so they entrusted Laboon to Crocus. Crocus agreed to watch over Laboon until the pirates came back from sailing around the world and came back down Reverse Mountain again. However despite the Rumbar Pirates' promise to come back after two to three years, Crocus did not meet them again at the promised time and waited much longer.[9][8]

Voyage with Gol D. Roger

Crocus as a member of the Roger Pirates.

Twenty-six years before the start of the story, Crocus met another group of pirates that came into the Grand Line through Reverse Mountain. These were the Roger Pirates and they hailed from the East Blue. Learning that their captain, Gol D. Roger, was suffering from a terminal disease, Crocus was asked by the pirates to join them as their doctor in order to help stabilize Roger's health, as he was believed to be the only doctor with the ability to do so. Wanting to find out what had happened to the Rumbar Pirates, Crocus accepted their offer and joined them along their voyage.

For the next three years, Crocus journeyed as a member of the Roger Pirates, all the while searching for an answer to what had happened to the Rumbar Pirates as he kept Roger's health stable. He found a report that stated that some of the Rumbar Pirates had tried to escape the Grand Line through the Calm Belt. Crocus believed that the entire crew had fled the Grand Line in cowardice and broken their promise to return to Laboon, unaware of their tragedies and Brook's condition.[5]

At some point 26 years ago, the Roger Pirates were causing a ruckus on an island. After defeating a group of Marines, they learned that the Whitebeard Pirates were docked on the other side of the island.[10] The Roger Pirates then clashed with the Whitebeard Pirates for three days and three nights before the skirmish ultimately became a gift exchange. Afterwards, the Roger Pirates were joined by Kozuki Oden and his family, as well as Nekomamushi and Inuarashi. At some point, Crocus told Roger that he had one year to live and the crew visited Skypiea.[11]

After leaving Skypiea, the crew's voyage took them to Water 7, Tequila Wolf, Sabaody Archipelago, and Fish-Man Island. Sometime later, they left Kozuki Toki, Momonosuke, Hiyori, Inuarashi, and Nekomamushi at Wano Country. Sometime after the visit to Zou, the Roger Pirates finally reached Laugh Tale. When the crew discovered Joy Boy's treasure, they responded with a burst of laughter.[12]

Sometime after Roger became Pirate King, Roger decided to disband the crew. Roger was the first to leave and the crew tearfully parted ways with him. They later returned Oden to Wano Country and they bid farewell to him as well.[13]

Crocus left the crew as it disbanded. Upon returning to the cape twenty-three years before the current storyline, Crocus then returned to his home in the entrance to the Grand Line and told Laboon what he learned in his travels. However, despite Crocus telling Laboon of what he believed had happened to the Rumbar Pirates, the whale would not believe him and started bashing against Reverse Mountain in an attempt to rejoin his pirate comrades. Crocus, unable to stop Laboon from such a futile effort, decided to heal the scars Laboon was creating in any way he could as a doctor. Over the years as Crocus tried to convince Laboon to stop, he built an elaborate system of tunnels inside Laboon as the whale had grown too big for conventional medicines to work from the outside.[14]

Reverse Mountain Arc

Some twenty-three years later, Crocus met the Straw Hat Pirates after Laboon swallowed them, while Luffy came in through the main entrance on top.[1] Laboon tried once again to break through the Red Line, but Crocus injected the whale with a sedative. After Luffy defeated Miss Wednesday and Mr. 9, who tried to kill Laboon for meat,[7] Crocus showed the way out to them, and explained Laboon's history. Saddened by this and intrigued at the same time, Luffy eased his loss the only way he knew how: by picking a fight with Laboon. Luffy declared it as a draw, and said while he may have lost his former crew mates, he now has a rival in Luffy, and will return to finish their fight after they reach end of the Grand Line. As Laboon cried tears of joy, Crocus was glad for him,[15] and noted Luffy's similarities to that of Gol D. Roger.[16] Before the Straw Hats departed, Crocus gave Nami a present, which was his personal Log Pose after the Log Pose that she snatched from Mr. 9 earlier was destroyed because of Sanji and Luffy. He gave it as thanks for the Straw Hats in stopping Laboon from rampaging further.

Thriller Bark Arc

When Brook, the last survivor of the Rumbar Pirates, announced that he would join the Straw Hats, Laboon gave out a triumphant wail as if to say he knew Brook was returning to him. Crocus noticed Laboon was feeling much happier.[17]

From the Decks of the World

After the time skip, Crocus was seen drinking with another person on the Twin Capes.[6]

From the Decks of the World: The 500,000,000 Man Arc

While reading a newspaper of Brook's new bounty, Crocus was pleased to see Laboon happy.[18]

Translation and Dub Issues

The 4Kids-dubbed anime, in one of its more extensive (and notorious) edits, completely removed Crocus and Laboon from its storyline, creating in its place a heavily-truncated Reverse Mountain Arc where the Straw Hats do not meet any new characters and simply destroy an iceberg on entering the Grand Line. No official reason has ever been given for this, though many have theorized it was meant to dodge media controversies about whaling (which frequently involve Japan and Japanese practices in particular).

In any case, this removal left an immediate plot-hole in regards to how the Straw Hats acquire their first "Grand Compass" and learn the Grand Line's geography; as a solution, 4Kids created new scenes (mostly from recycled footage) establishing that Nami, Usopp, and Sanji had been given the necessary knowledge by their respective mentors. Retroactively, it also created a plot-hole concerning the Thriller Bark Arc and Brook's motivations, though 4Kids lost the anime license long before reaching this point in the storyline.

(Crocus' removal was—like Laboon's—sometimes ignored even by merchandise released alongside the 4Kids anime. The localization of Bandai's contemporary collectible card game, for instance, retained and faithfully translated his card.)

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Trivia

  • The crocus is a genus of flowering plants which looks much like the plume on Crocus' head.
    • The 'autumn crocus' resembles but is unrelated to the 'true crocus'. It is a poisonous but medicinal plant, possibly referring to Crocus' status as a doctor, much like Belladonna and her namesake flower.
    • In the language of flowers, the crocus can mean "abuse not", a reference to his caring for Laboon.
  • Upon meeting the Straw Hats, Crocus states that he is a Gemini and his blood type is AB.[4] However, his birthday is later revealed to be on January 4, which would make him a Capricorn.[19] In the Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary, his birthday is given as June 4, which would fit his initial statement about his zodiac sign.[3]
  • He has a running gag where he glares fixedly, apparently activating a series of dramatic jump-cuts, before making a completely anti-climatic statement, much to the irritation of anyone subject to the glare.
  • An alternate romanization is Krokas, as shown in Episode 62.
  • His favorite food is giant squid meat.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 102 and Episode 62.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 598 and Episode 517, two years pass in the storyline.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #0127), Information about Crocus is revealed.
  4. 4.0 4.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 103 (p. 4) and Episode 62, Crocus gives trivia about himself to the Straw Hats.
  5. 5.0 5.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 52 Chapter 506 and Episode 400, Rayleigh relates the story of Crocus' involvement with the Roger Pirates.
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 64 Chapter 631, cover story: From the Decks of the World Vol. 16, Crocus is seen again after the timeskip.
  7. 7.0 7.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 103 and Episode 62, Crocus protects Laboon.
  8. 8.0 8.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 103 (p. 18-19) and Episode 62.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 50 Chapter 487 and Episode 379, Crocus meets the Rumbar Pirates and promises to watch over Laboon.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 96 Chapter 965 (p. 16) and Episode 965.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 96 Chapter 966 and Episodes 965967.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 96 Chapter 967 and Episode 967.
  13. One Piece Manga — Vol. 96 Chapter 968.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 104 (p. 7-12) and Episode 63.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 104 and Episode 63.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 105 and Episode 63.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 50 Chapter 489 and Episode 381, Laboon's happy call.
  18. One Piece Manga — Vol. 81 Chapter 813, cover story: From the Decks of the World: The 500,000,000 Man Arc Vol. 7.
  19. One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 56), Crocus's birthday is given.

External Links

  • Crocus – Wikipedia article about the flower that Crocus' name and appearance is based on.

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