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Karoo[2] is Nefertari Vivi's pet super spot-billed duck, a fast-footed riding bird (one of the fastest modes of transportation available in Arabasta).[1] Alongside his owner Vivi, Karoo infiltrated the organization known as Baroque Works. With her, he ended up traveling with the Straw Hat Pirates for most of the Arabasta Saga after their cover was blown. He is the leader of the Super Spot-Billed Duck Troops in Arabasta.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Karoo is a large, brown (yellow in the anime) duck. His wings are tipped with black (though this is not always present), as are his tail feathers. As the name implies, he has a spot on his bill. He wears a blue chullo with a white pattern on it and pink goggles with blue lenses.[1] During his travels in Arabasta, he carried a barrel of water around his neck, complete with a straw sticking out of it.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main[edit | edit source]

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A close up of Karoo's face.
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Karoo at age 3.
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Karoo's color scheme in the manga.
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Karoo's appearance in the digitally colored chapters.

Video Games[edit | edit source]

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Karoo in the Arabasta Team in One Piece: Going Baseball.
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Karoo & Nefertari Vivi in One Piece Thousand Storm.
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Karoo & Nefertari Vivi (Halloween) in One Piece Thousand Storm.
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Karoo & Nefertari Vivi (Valentine) in One Piece Thousand Storm.
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Karoo & Nefertari Vivi (Summer) in One Piece Thousand Storm.
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Karoo & Nefertari Vivi (Levely) in One Piece Thousand Storm.

Other[edit | edit source]

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Karoo's concept art from the anime.
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Karoo and Vivi in the 1st set of Eyecatchers.
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Karoo on the cover of the disc One Piece Nippon Judan! 47 Cruise CD.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Karoo is very loyal to Vivi as well as to her friends, the Straw Hat Pirates. He acts very uniquely, sometimes doing exactly what he is told such as extending one hand, and sometimes doing exactly the opposite such as drinking a large amount of water despite Vivi telling him to conserve his water in the desert.

His role during Vivi's time with the Straw Hat Pirates is mostly that of comic relief, although he does relay valuable information to Chopper from time to time, help Luffy and Usopp to defeat the Baroque Works agents in Little Garden and save Vivi from Mr. 2 Bon Kurei in Arabasta.[4] He is the center of several jokes in the Arabasta arc. At one point he was used as bait for fishing by Luffy and Usopp, much to Vivi's anger and chagrin, and he was mistaken for an ostrich by Sanji.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Nefertari Vivi[edit | edit source]

Straw Hat Pirates, Vivi and Karoo show their friendship mark.

Karoo has been the pet and friend of Vivi since the princess's childhood. He has always been attached to her, even joining her in infiltrating Baroque Works. In Arabasta, he shows his love for her by protecting her from the rebels and taking her over to Alubarna.

Super Spot-Billed Duck Troops[edit | edit source]

Karoo is the leader of the Super Spot-Billed Duck Troops. The troops are very loyal to Karoo and Vivi, so much so that they assisted them and the Straw Hats in traveling through the desert, and later in the fight against Baroque Works. The newest member, Matsuge, also helped in the fight against Baroque Works and has been very close with the two ever since, even sometimes seen shopping with them.

Straw Hat Pirates[edit | edit source]

During his adventures with the Straw Hat Pirates, Karoo became fond of them and was proud to share the X mark with them.

Abilities and Powers[edit | edit source]

Karoo has been shown to have a significant amount of speed and stamina, and the strength to carry a rider for long distances. As a spot-billed duck, a species of incredibly fast runners known to be capable of reaching speeds faster than a leopard, Karoo has proven himself to be a reliable mode of transportation for Vivi, being more than fast enough to get her and himself out of harm's way if need be. As the leader of the Super Spot-Billed Duck Troops, reputed to be the fastest troop in the Kingdom of Arabasta, Karoo's speed is top notch. Karoo also demonstrated extreme endurance and durability when he protected Vivi from a trampling stampede of the Rebel's horses, and had enough strength to later continue carrying Vivi. He subsequently survived being hit by a stray bullet, again showing his tenacity. Despite this, his actual fighting capabilities are negligible. While he was able to successfully defeat Ms. Goldenweek, it was only because she was caught by surprise. Still, Vivi as Miss Wednesday has been shown to engage in combat while riding Karoo, suggesting that the two possess a level of combat teamwork; although the actual effectiveness of the mounted pair was shoddy at best from the lack of coordination they demonstrated against Zoro.

History[edit | edit source]

Past[edit | edit source]

Vivi and Karoo when they were very young.

Karoo has been Vivi's friend since childhood and has lived with and grown up with her as her pet, becoming greatly loyal and attached to her.

Around this period of time, Karoo became the leader of his own group of spot-billed ducks, which came to be known as the Super Spot-Billed Duck Troops. The group was given the same royal treatment as Karoo as a result of his leadership.

Years later, on a quest to save the Arabasta Kingdom, Karoo, along with Vivi and Igaram, infiltrated Baroque Works, a secret crime organization that has been manipulating the people of Arabasta Kingdom. Vivi and Igaram managed to learn the boss's identity, Crocodile, who in turn decided to take action against them.

Arabasta Saga[edit | edit source]

Whisky Peak Arc[edit | edit source]

Vivi rides Karoo as Miss Wednesday while spinning her Peacock Slashers.

In Whisky Peak, Karoo assisted Miss Wednesday (Vivi), Mr. 9, Miss Monday, and Mr. 8 (Igaram) in their fight against Roronoa Zoro. Karoo had trouble following the simplest instructions from Miss Wednesday.[5] Eventually, Zoro defeated the Baroque Works agents. Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine arrived on the scene with orders to eliminate Vivi.[6] Karoo helped Vivi evade the two officer agents until Monkey D. Luffy and Zoro intervened and defeated them.[7]

After Vivi accidentally told the Straw Hat Pirates of the boss's identity and Igaram's decoy ship blew up, Karoo quickly fled Cactus Island with Vivi and the pirates.[8][9]

Little Garden Arc[edit | edit source]

Karoo, Vivi and Luffy meet and dine with the giant Dorry.

Following the log pose, the Straw Hats arrived at Little Garden. After disembarking, Karoo and Vivi went with Luffy to explore the island[10] and met a giant named Dorry.[11] After Dorry drank some alcohol that had been tainted with explosives, the giant held Luffy responsible and Karoo quickly left the scene.[12] While running through the jungle, the duck unfortunately ran into Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine. The two officer agents tried to force Karoo to cry for help, but the duck remained silent. They beat Karoo up and dragged him to Dorry's home where Luffy, Usopp, and Vivi were present. After Vivi was abducted, Karoo, Luffy, and Usopp set out to save her.[13]

Karoo, Luffy and Usopp run to save their friends.

They later encountered two more Baroque Works agents other than the Mr. 5 pair: Mr. 3 and Miss Goldenweek. They also found Vivi, Zoro, and Nami stuck on Mr. 3's candle set and being turned into wax figures.[14] Karoo and Usopp spend most of the battle running from Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine, but they also helped Luffy break free from Miss Goldenweek's Color Traps.[15] After Usopp figured out how to free Vivi, Zoro, and Nami, he had Karoo run around and wrap Mr. 3's candle set with a rope coated with oil. Luffy then lit the rope with the fire atop of Mr. 3's head, freeing the captives.[16]

Luffy and Karoo went after Mr. 3 and Miss Goldenweek as they were fleeing the scene. After Luffy knocked out Mr. 3, Karoo attacked Miss Goldenweek and quickly defeated her.[17]

After Sanji acquired an eternal pose to Arabasta from the Unluckies, Karoo, Vivi, and the Straw Hats set sail for the desert kingdom.[18]

Drum Island Arc[edit | edit source]

During the journey to Arabasta, Nami suddenly became sick and the crew needed to find a doctor.[19] They disembarked on Drum Island and Zoro and Karoo stayed behind to watch the ship.[20] Zoro took a swim in the cold river to train himself. Karoo, fearing that Zoro would freeze in the river, decided to jump after him but ended up getting frozen in the river himself. After the crew recruited Tony Tony Chopper and returned to the ship, they found the frozen Karoo and defrosted him. Once Chopper translated Karoo's speech on how he ended up like that, Nami smacked Zoro on the head since Zoro was solely responsible for this mishap.[21]

Arabasta Arc[edit | edit source]

On their way to Arabasta, the Straw Hats were short on food. Luffy and Usopp decided to use Karoo as bait to catch fish much to Vivi's dismay. After passing through a hot spot, Karoo caught Mr. 2 Bon Kurei.[22] After Mr. 2 is picked up by his own ship and crew and leaves, the Straw Hats disembark on Arabasta. Vivi sent Karoo with a message to Alubarna to warn her father. Karoo reached the palace and successfully delivered the message.[23]

Karoo and the Spot Billed Duck Troops make their appearance.

As Vivi and the Straw Hats (minus Luffy) make their way to Alubarna, Karoo and the Spot Billed Duck Troops came to their aid and they traveled to the capital. Once they reached the capital, the Straw Hats lured the Baroque Works officer agents away from Vivi. Vivi tried to stop the rebel army, but a dust cloud caused by a Baroque Works agent undercover in the royal army prevented the Rebel Army from seeing her. Karoo covered Vivi preventing her from getting trampled by the rebel army's horses. When Mr. 2 arrived attempting to finish off Vivi, Karoo ran off with her climbing the steep walls of Alubarna, but was still pursued by Mr. 2. However, Mr. 2 was delayed by Sanji, who bought Vivi time to get to the palace. On their way to the palace, Karoo was shot by a stray bullet. The Spot Billed Duck Troops took Karoo to safety while Vivi headed for the castle.

Karoo and Vivi saying goodbye to the Straw Hat Pirates with their X Mark.

After Crocodile's defeat and the rebellion came to an end, Karoo rested and recovered in the castle with the Straw Hats. When Vivi tearfully declined the offer of joining the Straw Hats, Karoo was there with her bidding farewell to the pirates.

Gedatsu's Accidental Blue-Sea Life[edit | edit source]

Karoo and the Spot Billed Duck Troops later enjoyed the geothermal baths of Ukkari Hot Spring, owned and operated by Goro (Toto's brother and Koza's uncle).[24]

Water 7 Saga[edit | edit source]

Post-Enies Lobby Arc[edit | edit source]

Karoo was later seen when the Straw Hats received their bounties after the Enies Lobby incident.

Summit War Saga[edit | edit source]

Post-War Arc[edit | edit source]

Karoo and Vivi read about Luffy's reappearance at Marineford.

After the Battle of Marineford, Karoo and Vivi read an article about Luffy's second appearance at Marineford, looking surprised by Luffy's actions.

From the Decks of the World[edit | edit source]

Karoo and Matsuge ate apples and walked around with Vivi while she greeted the townspeople.[25]

From the Decks of the World: The 500,000,000 Man Arc[edit | edit source]

As the disclosure of Luffy's new bounty after his victory over Donquixote Doflamingo reached Arabasta, Vivi seemed to be happy to learn how her friends are doing while Karoo carefully added the recent news article about the Straw Hats to a scrapbook.[26]

Four Emperors Saga[edit | edit source]

Zou Arc[edit | edit source]

As the time for Levely approached, Karoo accompanied the Nefertari Family to Mary Geoise alongside Chaka, Pell, and Igaram.[27][28]

Levely Arc[edit | edit source]

On the way to the Levely, Karoo received the news of Luffy's exploits at Totto Land.[29]

The Arabasta Kingdom participants later arrived at Mary Geoise. At the castle, Karoo accompanied Vivi as she conversed with Rebecca and Shirahoshi about Luffy.[30]

After Donquixote Mjosgard stopped Charlos from enslaving Shirahoshi, Karoo stood close to Vivi as Mjosgard promised to protect Shirahoshi during the Levely.[31]

Major Battles[edit | edit source]

Merchandise[edit | edit source]

He is featured alongside Chopper in the One Piece Desert Kingdom Mascot Keychain/Cellphone Strap collection.

Video Games[edit | edit source]

Playable Appearances[edit | edit source]

Support Appearances[edit | edit source]

Non-Playable Appearances[edit | edit source]

Translation and Dub Issues[edit | edit source]

His name appears to be derived directly from karugamo (軽鴨カルガモ?), a term that most commonly refers to the Eastern spot-billed duck. While often romanized as Carue in early fan translations, it is rendered Karoo in all officially-licensed English sources; the latter spelling was eventually confirmed canonical by the Vivre Card series.

The original Japanese anime and - to an extent - the FUNimation dub typically stress the first syllable of his name when speaking it aloud (i.e. "KAH-roo"). In contrast, the 4Kids dub typically stresses the latter syllable (i.e. "Kuh-ROO").

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In the 6th Japanese Fan Poll, Karoo is ranked the 55th most popular character in One Piece.[32]
  • His favorite foods are cold water and volti.
  • Despite his long absence from the series and ambiguous status as an "official" Straw Hat Pirate, Karoo - alongside Vivi - continues to appear semi-regularly in the manga's cover illustrations.
    • In addition, he was - again alongside Vivi - the first character outside the crew to be featured in one of the anime's eyecatchers. However, this practice stopped after the Arabasta Saga.
  • Karoo may have been inspired by the Chocobo, a fictional flightless bird commonly featured in Square Enix games (particularly the Final Fantasy series) as ground transport.
    • While probably not a direct inspiration, his name is also shared with the Karoo, a semi-desert region in South Africa.

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 13 Chapter 109 (p. 4-5) and Episode 65, Karoo debuts.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary , Karoo's information is revealed and his name is romanized.
  3. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 82, Karoo's birthday is revealed.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 20 Chapter 183 (p. 13) and Episode 113, Captain Karoo saves Vivi.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 108 and Episode 65.
  6. One Piece Manga — Vol. 13 Chapter 110.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 13 Chapter 111 and Episode 66.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 13 Chapter 113 and Episode 67.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 13 Chapter 114 and Episode 67, the Straw Hat Pirates, Vivi, and Karoo flee Whisky Peak.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 13 Chapter 115 and Episode 70.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 13 Chapter 116 and Episode 71.
  12. One Piece Manga — Vol. 13 Chapter 117.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 14 Chapter 120 and Episode 73.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 14 Chapter 121 and Episode 74.
  15. One Piece Manga — Vol. 14 Chapter 124.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 14 Chapter 125 and Episode 76.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 14 Chapter 126 and Episode 76.
  18. One Piece Manga — Vol. 15 Chapter 128.
  19. One Piece Manga — Vol. 15 Chapter 130.
  20. One Piece Manga — Vol. 15 Chapter 132.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 17 Chapter 154 (p. 9-10) and Episode 91.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 18 Chapter 156 and Episode 92, Karoo as bait catches Mr. 2.
  23. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 18 Chapter 159 and Episode 96, Karoo sends a message to Alubarna.
  24. One Piece Manga — Vol. 36 Chapter 344, cover story: Gedatsu's Accidental Blue-Sea Life Vol. 28.
  25. One Piece Manga — Vol. 65 Chapter 640, cover story: From the Decks of the World Vol. 24.
  26. One Piece Manga — Vol. 81 Chapter 815, cover story: From the Decks of the World: The 500,000,000 Man Arc Vol. 9.
  27. One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 Chapter 822.
  28. One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 Chapter 823.
  29. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 903 (p. 7) and Episode 878.
  30. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 906 and Episodes 884885.
  31. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 908 (p. 2) and Episode 888.
  32. Poll Results: One Piece Manga — Vol. 43 (p. 218), Results 31-50.

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