Daddy Masterson, also known as Daddy the Father, is a bounty hunter located in the East Blue town of Loguetown. Masterson is known for his expert sharpshooting skills and apparently even gained praise from notable Marines including Vice Admiral Smoker (formerly Captain) and notable pirates including Yasopp. He has a daughter named Carol. He only appeared in the anime and in the novel version of Loguetown Arc.
Daddy is a rather averagely tall man with a seemingly lean build, large sideburns, mustache, and goatee style beard. He has not changed much since his time as a Marine, except that he now wears a hat and no longer wears the Marine uniform.
Daddy Masterson is themed after the style of western cowboys and bounty hunters in the late 19th century. He wears the signature cowboy bucket hat and appears similar to a gunslinger. He also wears fingerless gloves and dons a cloak with several guns strapped to it along with his shirt and pants, symbolizing his status as a sniper.
Daddy is a fierce, serious, and rather mysterious looking bounty hunter when first introduced, although most of this illusion is given off by his attire and his deep voice. Later, when he is seen with his daughter Carol, a soft side of him is revealed. Even though he clearly shows love and attachment towards his daughter, he does not seem to change the depth of his voice or his behavior at all, merely speaking to her more leniently.
During the flashback with Yasopp, it is shown that Daddy possesses a code of honor, stating that as he lost their duel, Yasopp owes it to him to take his life. Despite Yasopp's refusal to take his life on the spot, Daddy developed a strong respect for him which he later passed on to the sniper's son Usopp.
Carol is Daddy's daughter, and she is the most important thing to him. He is always very affectionate with her, even when he scolds her for speaking rudely.
Daddy and Yasopp were rivals in the past. Some time ago, both fought a duel with pistols in which Yasopp was victorious. When Yasopp learned that Daddy had a young daughter, he abandoned the duel after telling him that he should think about her.
After Daddy recognizes Usopp as a pirate when he sees him in Luffy's wanted poster, both go to a duel. When Daddy discovers that Usopp is the son of Yasopp, who was his old rival, Daddy issued a challenge where Usopp had to hit a far off weather-vane with his slingshot on the first try. After passing the challenge, Daddy congratulated him, convincing him not to lose courage and that he would find his father in the Grand Line.
Daddy is very close to Smoker, as shown when Smoker tells him to say hello to Carol for him, Daddy replies: "I'll tell her Uncle Smoker said hello." Daddy often gives Smoker the pirates he catches. Smoker remarks that it's sad how the Marines' best sniper was reduced to a common bounty hunter.
Abilities and Powers
As a former Marine sniper, Daddy has excellent marksmanship abilities. He often asks people for showdown duels as seen with both Usopp and Yasopp. Furthermore, he is very fast at firing his weapons, as shown when he killed four men while they were aiming at him.
Daddy was once an ensign who joined the Marines at the same time as Smoker. He was among the elites and was considered a rising star at Marine Headquarters.
Years ago, he engaged in a duel with Yasopp. However, he lost to the pirate and, rather than being killed, was spared by him. Afterwards, he resigned from the Marines so that he would be able to remain safe and watch over his daughter. As such, he became a bounty hunter and only fought against small-time criminals.
After capturing three criminals with bounties, he went to Smoker's office and asked him to sign a release. Smoker asked him about his daughter and claimed it was sad how the Marines' best sniper was reduced to a common bounty hunter. Just as he was about to leave, Smoker told him to say hello to Carol for him. After he left, he effortlessly crushed a group of street thugs who sought revenge against him.
He later ran into his daughter Carol, who gave him a pair of goggles as a birthday present, to which he was grateful for. He also encountered Usopp, who had an argument with Carol over the goggles. After Usopp bragged about being in a crew of a captain worth 30,000,000 and demanded the goggles, Daddy challenged him to a duel. Usopp tried to run away at first, but eventually came to his senses and requested a real duel with Daddy. Daddy instead issued a challenge where Usopp had to hit a far off weather-vane with his slingshot on the first try. Usopp not only passed the challenge but hit the impossible-to-see gem on the weather vane. Daddy congratulated him, convincing him not to lose courage and that he would find his father in the Grand Line, and Carol gave Usopp the goggles he had tried to buy earlier.
- Daddy Masterson vs. Yasopp (Non-Canon)
- Daddy Masterson vs. Usopp (Non-Canon)
- Daddy Masterson vs. Pete (Non-Canon, unseen)
- Daddy Masterson vs. Riley Brothers (Non-Canon, unseen)
Daddy and Carol appear for the first time in the Loguetown Novel that features Oda's original design for the characters. The novel's version of Daddy is very different in appearance to the anime filler.
Translation and Dub Issues
Due to episode 50 being skipped in the 4Kids dub of the series, Daddy Masterson does not make an appearance. In the uncut FUNimation dub, when the title card is being read, instead of reading "Daddy the Parent" as shown "Daddy the Father" is read.
- Daddy's naming scheme differs from most characters in the series, where family names comes first, then the given. He shares this characteristic with Shuraiya Bascùd and his sister, and with Lily Enstomach.
- One Piece Anime — Episode 50, Daddy appears.