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Since first introduced, Usopp has been cowardly, known to constantly lie and enjoys telling tall tales to both friends and strangers alike. He is generally seen as the comic relief of the Straw Hats as well as the weakest member of the crew. Despite his cowardly disposition, he is unselfish, compassionate, and strives to become a great pirate as well as better himself. He also works hard to keep the crew safe and help his fellow crew members accomplish their own dreams as well as his own.
Usopp is one of the more sentimental Straw Hat Pirates, and cries or loses his temper in moments of emotional stress. At the start of the series, Usopp was an easily frightened, anxious, insecure, compulsive liar. Unlike Nami (whose cowardice is linked to just wanting to stay alive), Usopp's cowardice was the result of his fear and insecurity, especially when faced with uncertainty. Usopp is able to put aside his fear during more desperate times: despite being afraid, he faces those fears for the sake of his friends and people he barely knows.
Most of his lying was intended to make him feel better as Usopp is easily overwhelmed by his opponents, such as Aokiji, and used to run from them. Though some of Usopp's lies actually help and inspire people like Chopper and the dwarves of Dressrosa. He used to be the first to come up with an excuse to avoid doing something or to avoid putting himself in danger. One of the most frequently used excuses is that he gets a disease named, for example, "Can't-get-on-this-island disease". Before the timeskip, he also used to make up stories about being the captain, referring to himself as "Captain Usopp" when talking to Chopper (to impress him), opponents, or strangers (to scare them).
It is this which leads to his feud with Luffy - specifically his refusal to part with the ship he had come to love. This was the result of all his insecurities about his usefulness as a member of the crew culminating within him and finally exploding under the stress of having just been badly beaten by the Franky Family and then losing his ship. He was worried that since he was not as physically strong as Luffy, Sanji, and Zoro, he was just a burden to their crew. Though he is very intelligent and a talented sniper, he had trouble seeing his better qualities and his strengths until the fight at Enies Lobby opened his eyes. After said fight, Usopp was able to finally see his better half and realized that even though he was not as strong as the others, he was still quite powerful in his own right.
After meeting the giants Dorry and Brogy in the Little Garden Arc, Usopp began to want to travel to Elbaf one day and meet the proud warriors there. Usopp gave his first glimpse of understanding the ways of the warrior and the pride of a duel during the giants' battle. As a result Usopp often sees the Elbaf warriors he has met in his travels as sources of inspiration in his journey to become "a brave warrior of the sea".
Throughout Thriller Bark, many members of the crew fell victim to the effects of Perona's negative powers, causing them to become incredibly depressed to the point where they could not move. However, her power had little effect on Usopp, who got to his feet claiming that he could not become negative because he already is negative, even saying it in a brag-like way. After finding out about Ace's death, he developed the courage to escape and help out Luffy through the hardship or else he will not call himself a crewmate. Usopp shows an unusual lack of fear in his attempts to get off the island to rejoin Luffy, showing no hesitation in facing the giant beetle who was bigger than he was.
He also has a dislike for mushrooms, due to eating a poisonous one when he was younger.
After the timeskip, Usopp becomes, to some extent, more confident in himself, especially in terms of his fighting abilities, and boasts that he has become a warrior. Prior to the timeskip, Usopp freaks out about joining his crew in the fight at the Human Auction House. However, on his return to the Sabaody Archipelago, he shows no fear of the Fake Straw Hat Crew despite them having guns and attacks them without hesitation, and then turns his back to them to talk peacefully with Nami. Later in the battle of Gyoncorde Plaza, when facing off against Daruma, an officer of the New Fish-Man Pirates, he is shown to be smiling, seemingly excited about his imminent fight, though at the time, he was under the impression that Chopper would be providing him with backup. He now comically smacks people (mostly Luffy) more frequently when they annoy him or say something stupid. However, now he is willing to stand and fight with the rest of the crew.
He is still reasonably frightened of danger that is beyond his ability though, such as Luffy and Zoro popping the coating bubble while deep under the sea or the White Strom, or when traveling on Green Bit when he was adamant that he and Robin stay close together. His "I-can't-go-on-this-island-or-I'll-die-disease" is still the same as shown when he did not want to go to Punk Hazard, even despite the fact he understood the strength of his crew members. His habit of lying also remains, as displayed on Green Bit, where he adapted quickly to the naive dwarves, and immediately proclaimed himself to be Usoland, descendant of the hero Noland, after discovering the connection between the two.
Even though he claimed to have graduated from the Weakling Trio after his return to Sabaody Archipelago, Usopp has shown to retain his cowardly personality especially when it comes to foes with a fearsome reputation. After Luffy formed an alliance with Law, Usopp was extremely pessimistic at the idea of making enemies out of Kaido. At Dressrosa, Usopp only wanted to destroy the SMILE factory without confronting the Donquixote Pirates even after hearing about the atrocities they committed. During Operation S.O.P. at the underground trade port, Usopp showed a moment of weakness when he was fleeing from Trebol and nearly abandoned the dwarves.
Usopp is always in favor of doing to things the "easy way". Whenever the crew is forced to take the high risk path, Usopp panics and loudly complains about it. When the crew learned about the Road Ponegylphs and how they could guide them to Raftel, Usopp suggested sneaking into the Yonkos' territory and getting the Ponegylphs' blueprints without needing to fight. After Luffy made a sour face of disapproval, he called him out for being childish.
Usopp has on a few occasions displayed a subtle perverted side of him, that is often not noted upon. There are four cases in which Usopp has revealed his perversion; two times during the Alabasta arc (when he saw Nami's naked body twice, the first time through Mr. 2 and the second time when he and the others peeped on her in the bathhouse), another during the Thriller Bark arc (where he ended up seeing Nami completely naked once again while she was in the bath, and pervertedly thanked her after seeing her), and the fourth time during the Fish-Man Island arc. The best example of this is when he, Zoro, and Brook are trapped in a suspended cage in Ryugu Palace and Brook explains his newfound ability to extend his soul over long distances. He also explains that his soul can travel through solid objects, including walls, to which he begins to have a small nosebleed, indicating that he used this ability to peep on girls over the duration of the timeskip. Usopp begins crying to Zoro, stating that Brook was, "making him jealous." Usopp (along with Brook) got very excited when Sanji showed off Nami's body on Punk Hazard.
Sogeking is Usopp's alter-ego that he developed during the Water 7 and Enies Lobby Arcs after he left the crew. Later when he saw the others trying to save Robin, it made him feel guilty for leaving, so he stated to Sanji and Franky that he cannot help them fight for this reason. He hastily disguised himself in a mask and cape and began calling himself "Sogeking". This name is a pun between "sogeki" ("sniper" in Japanese) and the English word "king." He is called "Soge King" in the FUNimation subs. In the Viz manga and FUNimation dub, he is called "Sniper King". Sogeking's trademark mask is from the Sea Train Puffing Tom: as Sanji leaves the last car of the Sea Train, the mask is visible sitting in an open suitcase. It was probably left over from the mask festival that was taking place on a nearby island at the time. The Sogeking costume is only complete when Usopp incorporates his favorite goggles into the mask's eye holes.
During this facade, he sometimes dons a deeper voice to disguise himself, which can be seen as the "true" Sogeking. Sogeking refers to nearly everyone with a "kun" suffix (Luffy-kun, Zoro-kun, Robin-kun, etc.) and, when asked for the whereabouts of the 'Island of Snipers' he supposedly comes from, maintains that it exists "in your heart." As Sogeking, he changes the name of his attacks from Japanese to English, such as the "Firebird Star" when shooting at the World Government flag. The "true" Sogeking has been known to break character on occasion, speaking in Usopp's normal voice and temporarily dropping his fearless demeanor. For example, he briefly lost his cool when Nami called him "Hanapp." Everyone except for Luffy and Chopper realized right away that Sogeking was Usopp at the sight of Usopp's significantly long nose. Chopper was even fooled to such an extent that he accepted an autograph from Sogeking thinking him to be a celebrity. Tamanegi, Ninjin, Piiman and Kaya were also able to recognize him, though they claimed no one else in Syrup Village did.
As his alter-ego, Usopp was able to fight alongside the others without having to address the issue of his departure. During his time spent as Sogeking, Usopp began to realize that while he was one of the weaker crew members, his role as the crew's sniper and a supporting crew member made him more valuable than he thought. Ultimately, he was recorded as Sogeking on his wanted poster. The fact that Usopp himself is not technically wanted by the law later allows him to slip through enemy lines seemingly undetected, as shown when Oars originally let Usopp go because (being Luffy's shadow) Oars did not recognize him as Sogeking.
During his fight with Perona, Usopp started arguing inside his head with his alter ego over their situation. Once he put on the mask, he gained the confidence that enabled him to defeat Kumashi. This indicates that he compartmentalizes this aspect of himself to deal with the stress of the situation.
The genuine Sogeking has not yet made an appearance since the two year time skip. However, during the Straw Hats' return to Sabaody Archipelago, when Usopp and Nami face four of the Fake Straw Hat Crew, Usopp sees the mask worn by the Fake Sogeking. While he says "Sogeking", it does not indicate whether he is merely surprised that someone is impersonating him or actually believes it is the real Sogeking. Although when he reunites with Chopper, Usopp and Nami tell Chopper that they are impostors.
Usopp does get along with his crew. However, as the comic relief character, he is often made fun of. When he left the crew, he said that he felt inferior to the rest of the crew because of their courage and superhuman strength. Upon Usopp's introduction, the crew only consisted of Luffy, Zoro, and Nami. When they arrived to his village, he immediately attempted to scare them off with his typical lies about his large following, but Luffy instead found him very amusing. He told them about Kaya and the ship that her family owned, and the Straw Hats decided to try her as an option.
They instead arrived to witness Usopp defending his pirate heritage to Kaya's servant; this prompts Luffy to remember Usopp's father, Yasopp, and the many stories he told Luffy about him when he was a child. This immediately creates a bond between Luffy and Usopp. Usopp fully befriends the crew when they decide to help him defend his village from the Black Cat Pirates. He thinks they don't take him seriously because he shows obvious fear by his legs shaking as he talks, but Usopp is touched when they reveal that they are helping him because they admire his courage and determination.Despite his own fears and shortcomings, Usopp continues to draw strength from this faith in him as the crew grows larger, and decides that he will always do his utmost to help the crew. He eventually passes this philosophy on to Nami and Chopper as well, who also don't possess the monstrous physical strength that the "Monster Trio" does. However, while Nami and Chopper aren't as strong, their roles as navigator and doctor respectively are still absolutely essential to the crew.
After facing an opponent as powerful as Admiral Aokiji during the Long Ring Long Land Arc and not being able to do much, the seeds of doubt as to his usefulness to the crew are planted. They grow larger after he loses a large sum of money for the crew after being abducted and beaten by the Franky Family, and come to a head when Luffy decides that the crew must say goodbye to the Going Merry at Water 7. Although Usopp leaves the crew, he never loses his attachment to the ideal that he must still do what he can for them, which prompts him to go as far as to create an alter-ego (Sogeking) to still help them rescue Nico Robin. Most of the crew still recognizes him however, and even though they didn't agree with his decision to leave, still grant him support, advice, and trust.
Although it doesn't come easy, his re-entry to the crew shows that the love is still mutually unconditional. Usopp has grown exceptionally from this experience and now trusts Luffy and the crew implicitly; dedicating his time-skip training to becoming stronger for his captain's sake.
Usopp's attachment to the crew's first ship, the Going Merry, was an important factor to his relationship with the rest of the crew. The two of them started their career as Straw Hat Pirates together, and along with that it was a gift from Usopp's good friend Kaya, made Usopp cherish the Going Merry as much as an actual comrade, a sentiment shared by the rest of the crew. In fact, when Nami first betrayed the crew and took Merry in escape, Zoro suggested that they should just forget about her, but Usopp's concern was the ship.
However, as Merry continued to suffer more damage that the Straw Hats are having trouble in repairing due to their lack of experience in ship maintenance, Zoro and Sanji would often suggest in giving up on the ship and get a new one, Usopp would snappishly remind them how it was a gift from Kaya. Usopp would continuously dedicate his efforts in patching up Merry, refusing any replacement. This eventually came to a head with Luffy, who was persuaded by shipwrights that the Going Merry suffered terminal damage and should get a replacement at last. Usopp's unyielding attachment for ship, coupled with his doubt of his own usefulness for the crew and the loss of 200,000,000 to the Franky Family, drove him into defying Luffy's decision and quitting the crew. As a result, Usopp challenged Luffy to a duel for Merry's ownership, despite knowing full well he could never defeat his former captain in a battle. Despite losing, Usopp was given the Merry as a sign of pity, and he continued to speak to the ship as though he could save it. It was only when Franky made him see the damage at the keel that Usopp finally realized that his love for the ship blinded him with denial, though even this did not stop him from crying in despair when Kaku set it to sail into a waterfall.
When the Merry (gaining its own sentience from the devotion the crew gave it, along with the Iceburg's skills extending it's life slightly) later came to rescue the crew from the Buster Call, Usopp was the first to unhesitatingly board the ship to escape. While overjoyed by this escape, Usopp was once again horrified when Merry suddenly split apart, and was told by Iceburg that the ship was simply being held together by desperate measures. At that time, Usopp finally realized that he must let the Merry go, as anymore would be just causing it pain, and allowed Luffy to give it a Viking's funeral. Usopp was crying hard when he watched the Merry burn, to the point of biting his lips to hold it in.
Monkey D. LuffyEdit
He was inspired by Luffy, Zoro and Nami and decided to go out to sea, following his dream of becoming a "brave warrior of the sea". He will often goof off with Luffy and shares a strong, brotherly relationship with him. He and Luffy share a common path towards an eventual meeting with the Red Haired Pirate Crew: Luffy to reunite with Shanks and Usopp with his father. Through this small connection and the fact that they are the same age and, thus, at the same level of maturity, Luffy and Usopp had a very special bond from the moment they met. Usopp fully believes Luffy will become the King of the Pirates and got furious when Miss Merry Christmas laughed at his dream, but even with this faith in Luffy it took a long time for Usopp to truly respect Luffy as more than his friend but as Captain.
Usopp had difficulty going along with all of Luffy's decisions, though this is due to the contrast of his cautious nature and Luffy's carefree thirst for adventure. The breaking point came over the fate of the broken Merry: Usopp couldn't stand the idea of throwing the ship he loved aside and fought with Luffy over it. Naturally Luffy won, but took a lot of damage from Usopp. Luffy gave Usopp the Merry and left with the rest of the crew, but both Luffy and Usopp cried over the turn of events. Although this was the strongest obstacle their friendship had ever faced, their care and belief in one another never wavered in the slightest. Usopp was depressed and felt he couldn't face Luffy again, but when Robin was taken by CP9, Usopp disguised himself as "Sogeking" who awed Luffy and Chopper (as they didn't know it was him). Upon catching up with Robin on the train to Enies Lobby, he encouraged her to believe in Luffy. Usopp was the one who inspired Luffy to get up and beat Rob Lucci, revealing himself in midst of a battle and even challenged Lucci to fight while chiding Luffy for looking like he was about to die. This miraculously caused Luffy to get to his feet again and beat the assassin before he could kill Usopp.
After the battle at Enies Lobby, Usopp wanted to rejoin the crew and was shocked to learn of Luffy's heritage but understood his strength more. Usopp soon started to practice on how to rejoin while Luffy was more than willing to let Usopp back into the crew but Zoro put his foot down saying Usopp had still disrespected Luffy as captain and he would only accept Usopp back if he apologized. When the crew was leaving Water 7 Usopp thought they'd accept him back with open arms, but when he saw them leave without him the Sniper broke down in tears and yelled his apology. Luffy (likewise crying) stretched himself to Usopp and told him "grab on you idiot". With Usopp part of the crew again, Luffy and the others were jubilant to have the cowardly Sniper back. When Usopp heard that Ace had died and that they would meet again in two years, Usopp swore he'd become stronger for his captain and trained relentlessly with Heracles for two years straight.
After the time skip, Usopp was happy to see his captain again. Their brotherly bond has grown even stronger now, and Usopp now comically beats Luffy up more often for his outrageous decisions. He still has the utmost faith in his captain. In return, Luffy showed the same belief as he told his crew that he still had them when forming an alliance with Trafalgar Law, something that flattered Usopp. Also, he was happy to hear Cavendish praising Usopp for saving him. However, he remembers that he would never have cared for coming to sea if it weren't for him. A powerful display of this comes during the Dressrosa Arc, where the very thought of forgetting him (due to Sugar's powers) causes him to awaken his Kenbunshoku Haki and save him from his fate as a toy. In Punk Hazard after Caesar's subordinates disrespected Luffy right in front of him, he delivers an impactful speech to actually get them to believe in Luffy, after he explains that things would have been much easier for him had Luffy been the kind of captain who would turn his back on his crew.
Tony Tony ChopperEdit
Chopper loves Usopp's stories and often falls for his tall tales, and Usopp, in turn, loves Chopper's hero worship of him and makes a point to act cool in front of his "younger brother". Chopper was very upset when Usopp left the crew and was elated when he begged to rejoin. Chopper was in awe of "Sogeking" and asked for his autograph. The other crewmates often request that Chopper make cure for Usopp's cowardliness to which Chopper says it's a hopeless cause. Usopp and Chopper (and sometimes Nami) are easily terrified running like the wind when monsters and strong foes appear, and the pair will often cower behind stronger crewmates. Despite this cowardly nature, the sniper and the doctor make a surprisingly good fighting team, as seen when they defeated Mr. 4 and Miss Merry Christmas and after the time skip when they bested the New Fish-Man Pirates.
After they separated at Dressrosa and they reunited at Zou, Chopper jumped into Usopp's arms, overjoyed to see him.
He gets along with Nami but, like Chopper, is often intimidated by her sometimes violent behavior. Usopp and Nami have a special bond as they are the only "normal" crew members. At some point during the Alabasta arc, Nami approached Usopp and asked him to make a weapon for her, convincing him to do so by confessing her feelings of inadequacy when compared to the awesome strength of Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, and even Chopper. Nami said that Usopp was the only one who could understand these feelings, and thus was the only one who could help her. Usopp and Nami are usually the ones to prevent Luffy making the crew go on super dangerous adventures but they are rarely successful and will sulk afterwards. Usopp cares for Nami and did his best to stop foes like Absalom and Shiki from getting their hands on her (Usopp even volunteered to accompany Sanji to rescue Nami from Absalom out of guilt for not being able to prevent Nami from being taken, though he ended up having to face Perona instead). Like Sanji, Usopp does find Nami attractive and does make noticed of her body a few times, like in Thriller Bark when he saw her naked he bowed and said "thank you" much to Chopper's shock. When reuniting after two years apart, Nami hugged him and complimented on how he has grown. In turn, Usopp noticed she has grown too as she hugged his face to her breasts. Also when Sanji swapped bodies with Nami (thanks to the Ope Ope no Mi) and flaunted her body to the crew, Usopp became very excited.
When Wanda first appeared to the Dressrosa crew Usopp panicked at the sight of Wanda wearing Nami's bikini, fearing for Nami's safety. Inuarashi praised Nami for getting the crew so far, Usopp (along with Luffy) claimed she's the best in the world.
Zoro gets along well with him, but before the timeskip, often admonished Usopp for his cowardice and sentimentality. Zoro displayed unusual caring or loyalty for Usopp by attempting to slash Nami when she lied that she had killed Usopp during the Arlong Arc before being stopped by the recently joined Sanji. Zoro has also been similar to an older brother for Usopp, demanding to the others that they must let him step up and deal with the consequences of leaving the crew, attempting to indirectly aid him in single-handedly achieving his dream of becoming a "Brave Warrior of the Sea". Usopp will often cling onto to Zoro's legs leading to the swordsman shaking him off. While Zoro showed no outwards signs of grief, he was nevertheless concerned when Usopp left the crew and was happy to fight with him when he was disguised as "Sogeking" even when they got handcuffed together.
Though he was pleased Usopp was safe, Zoro still prevented Luffy from letting him rejoin the crew as Zoro wouldn't let anybody (even friends) disrespect his Captain. When the stubborn Sniper finally gave in and apologized Zoro was happy to have him back. After the time skip, Zoro and Usopp get along well. Usopp was able to beat him up at one point on the way to Fish-Man Island when the swordsman was going to pop the bubble shielding the ship while submersed (though it was more of a comical moment than an actual fight). Despite this, Usopp is still shown to value and be amazed by Zoro's strength such as in Dressrosa, where Usopp, like Bartolomeo, was awed when Zoro defeated the stone giant Pica. Usopp will still cower behind Zoro as seen in Zou when encountering the minks. Usopp hid behind Zoro but still verbally threatened them and even used Zoro's arm to point at them.
Usopp did not get along with Sanji at first. When they met, Usopp was annoyed that Sanji was giving Nami free food while Usopp had to pay for mushrooms (which he hates) to which Sanji asked why he asked for them in the first place but Nami broke up the argument. When they met again, Sanji accidentally knocked Usopp out and later tried to make it up by calling him "buddy" but to no avail. After the destruction of Arlong Park, Sanji and Usopp got along well enough. Both Sanji and Usopp deeply enjoyed Whisky Peak and slept though the midnight battle. Usopp soon came to be in awe of Sanji's strength and battle prowess and would request that Sanji be his personal bodyguard but the cook will shrugged him off (only wanting to be Nami's bodyguard).
Sanji will often act like he cares little for Usopp, but this is far from true as Sanji has saved Usopp life countless times like when Enel fired his "El Thor" lighting attack at Usopp, Sanji kicked him out of the way and took the blast himself. And in Tower of Justice when Jabra was about to kill Usopp, Sanji returned in the nick of time to save Usopp and then fight the Wolf-man. Sanji even kicked Luffy when he about to tell Usopp to leave the crew and was one the most upset when Usopp did leave and chased after him along with Nami and Chopper. Sanji was the one to ultimately inspire Usopp to see the value inside himself saying that while he (Sanji) was physically stronger and could do what Usopp couldn't do, Usopp possessed skill to save Robin and could do what he "couldn't do". Usopp and Sanji make quite the comic pair as seen in Skypiea and Strong World as Sanji will fearlessly charge into battle while dragging a terrified Usopp behind him.
In the anime, Usopp didn't take Sanji's "only alive" bounty condition seriously, joking that Sanji probably messed around with a Marine's girlfriend and probably wanted to kill Sanji himself. Usopp later realized the gravity of the situation with Sanji's family and wondered about them. Usopp also agreed with Zoro about Sanji possibly becoming lovestruck with his fiance and going along with the marriage, which fortunately did not come to pass.
Usopp was nervous when Robin joined the crew as she worked for the criminal company Baroque Works, so Usopp decided to interview her to see if she was trustworthy. When Usopp asked what Robin specializes in she responded with "assassinations", to which Usopp panicked, but when he saw the fun Robin's Flower Flower fruit ability he got distracted and forgot his fear of Robin. Usopp grew to trust Robin during the Jaya arc and following the Skypiea arc. He even saved her life with Chopper when she was frozen by Kuzan. Robin was with CP9 when Usopp fought with Luffy over the Merry so she didn't know he was no longer part of the crew when she made the deal that CP9 wouldn't harm the Straw Hats (Usopp included). When Usopp and Robin met again on the Puffing Tom, Usopp was disguised as "Sogeking" and Robin was a prisoner of CP9. Robin berated the sniper for trying to save her and told him she had made her reasons for leaving clear to Luffy. Usopp was not disheartened and told that Iceburg had revealed her real motive to the crew. Robin was surprised but still refused to go with the sniper. CP9 interrupted the argument and a vicious struggle ensued.
Robin stopped Blueno from killing Usopp, as he wouldn't stay down. Usopp, barely able to stand, said he knew that she was still hiding her past from them, but reassured her to "have faith in Luffy". During the climax of the Enies Lobby Arc, Usopp helped Robin escape the clutches of Spandam by sniping him and the Marines from the Tower of Justice. After being saved, Robin has had great affection for Usopp, seen when she wanted to stay close to Usopp on their journey in Green Bit after the time skip in Dressrosa. Usopp was later dismayed when he realized that he had forgotten about Robin after she was transformed into a toy and this was enough to drive him to ensure that the same did not happen to Luffy.
Usopp had the most hostile first encounter with Franky as he beat up Usopp during the Straw Hats' visit to Water 7 and stole 200,000,000 from him. This event made Usopp felt useless, which led to an estrangement between Usopp and Luffy and the sniper leaving the crew. Franky decided to kidnap Usopp to draw Luffy out (Franky was angry with Luffy for beating up his "family"), but Franky didn't know Usopp was no longer part of the Straw Hats. While Usopp was a hostage, he and Franky began to understand each other once they talked about the Going Merry. Franky also told Usopp that he liked him and asked him to join him as a ship dismantler, but Usopp declined because he would rather stay as a pirate. This discussion was interrupted by CP9 who made short work of the sniper and cyborg. Both Usopp and Franky became hostages of CP9 along with Robin until they were saved by Sanji.
The trio then worked hard to save Robin and were "almost" successful before CP9 went off with Robin and Franky, leaving Usopp and Sanji behind in their disconnected train car. After the Enies Lobby battle and Franky's joining the crew, along with Usopp rejoining, Usopp and Franky became the best of friends. Usopp is usually the one who tests Franky's cannon-type inventions Usopp would often call Franky "big bro" much like the Franky Family. They have also bonded over their ability and mutual fondness for engineering and both tend to the ship together, upgrading and maintaining it. After the Dressrosa Arc, Franky has gotten a small grudge on Usopp, because now his bounty is higher than his own and Usopp gloated about it but they are still friends, though that didn't stop Franky choking Usopp a little.
Usopp was naturally terrified of Brook when he first appeared on the crew and tried to ward him off with a crucifix and was against the idea of Brook joining the crew even after finding out he was harmless Usopp stated "I wouldn't be able to sleep with a skeleton walking around". Only after hearing about Brook connection with Laboon and subsequent battle at Thriller Bark did Usopp finally trust the musical skeleton and loved listening to Bink's brew accepting Brook as a crewmate. Usopp like the rest of the crew (except Luffy) find Brook's skull jokes annoying and lame and didn't believe that milk could heal Brook, saying that calcium doesn't work that fast. After the time skip Usopp gets on well with Brook even revealing his slight perverted side to the Skeleton when he was jealous of Brook's ability to phase though walls and Usopp and Brook also got very excited when Sanji was showing off Nami's body.
He shared a deep fondness for Kaya back in his village due to her losing her parents and often tried to keep her happy. Unfortunately, his lies backfired when he tried to protect her when Kuro put his 3 year plan into action and Kaya lost all respect for him, until the truth was revealed. After Kuro's plan is stopped, she decided to try to remain happy for him while he was gone and Usopp is left happy that she is safe. When his "Sogeking" bounty is made public, Kaya is able to identify him and seemed proud of his accomplishment. Just seeing his poster inspired her to get back to her medical studies, wanting to be able to take care of his injuries upon his eventual return. Kaya is in debt with her friend Usopp and has grown very fond of him since he saved her life, more so than she ever had been in the past. She was willing to listen to Usopp's tales knowing he was a liar, yet incapable of accepting some of the grim realities when the stories become serious about Klahadore, believing the butler to be loyal and faithful to her.
Partially due to Kaya's influence, Usopp found it virtually impossible to part with the Going Merry, having a strong bond with the ship. Usopp refused to relinquish the ship despite the rest of the crew already gave up on it due to it being irreparable and dying, to the point of nearly breaking his ties with the Straw Hats solely to keep the Merry for himself. Usopp had knowingly deluded himself into thinking that the Merry can be saved, until he was made to see the undeniable fact, that by forcing the Merry to go on would just cause it pain. When the Merry was finally given a Viking's funeral, Usopp cried deeply.
Back at the village, his old pirate trio also await his return. Originally they were a small crew who would create minor mischief together for fun, they instantly believed him when he had claimed the butler Klahadore is a pirate. Usopp lied to them by claiming that he lied to get back at Klahadore, in order to keep them safe; although they act disgusted at first for their captain's supposed cruel jokes, they remained skeptical and knew deep down Usopp was simply hiding the truth from them. They unhesitatingly went down to the battlefield to attack Kuro, and protected Kaya with their lives under Usopp's request.
When they last met they parted ways with him to lead off on their own dreams. They have been following the reports of him ever since via the newspapers and are proud to have called him captain. The former members of Usopp Pirates (Ninjin, Tamanegi, and Piman) were seen again after Enies Lobby was raided, reacting to Usopp's new bounty. Even though it said "Sogeking" and he was wearing a mask, they could recognize him because of his nose. Two years have passed and they were recently seen reading news of the Straw Hats' return in the newspaper that shows the current look of their former leader, Usopp. Upon reading his updated bounty, they were crying in joy and pride.
Dorry and BrogyEdit
When Usopp first met them, they heavily inspired Usopp's dream to seek out the land of Elbaf and train with Giants to become a great warrior of the sea. Usopp looked up at them like heroes and found their personal duels to be very moving. When their duel was interrupted it heavily enraged Usopp, and sought out the perpetrator. When fighting to protect the Giants, it was one of the few moments Usopp showed absolute bravery and confidence against a superior opponent. The two giants befriended Usopp and helped him and the Straw Hats leave the island. Even when the Merry was swallowed by a giant goldfish, Usopp's belief in them did not waver that they would keep their word and let nothing stand in their way.
Oimo and KashiEdit
"Sogeking" also made friends with the giants Oimo and Kashi after he revealed the truth to them concerning the Usopp (still disguised as Sogeking), who had been accidentally left behind, hears them lament about their tragic existence. After this he realizes their leaders were none other than Dorry and Brogy, whom the Straw Hats had met during their adventures in Little Garden. He told the two the real truth and how he had met them and proved this by showing Dorry and Brogy's unique laughs and combat style. Angered at being deceived for fifty years, Oimo and Kashi switched sides and swore vengeance upon the World Government and Naval forces that had been deceiving them for so long. They arrived just in time to save the Franky Family from being overwhelmed by the marines when Yokozuna gets knocked out, as well as take over it in guarding the door to the inner courthouse, keeping the marines out—but not before flinging Sogeking up to the rooftop to rejoin the Straw Hats.
After landing on the Boin Archipelago, Usopp was rescued by, and quickly befriended Heracles, who tried to stop Usopp from injuring himself any more than he already had while he tried to escape Greenstone. Heracles also saved Usopp from being eaten by the Stomach Baron when Usopp became fat. He later became Usopp's teacher and helped train him in the 2 years the Straw Hats were separated in order to become "the true king of snipers".
Due to Usopp's lies with the dwarves of the Tontatta Kingdom about him being a descendant of Mont Blanc Noland, the Dwarves view him as their hero. Leo in particular worships Usopp and values him as a hero. Due to his lies, Usopp was referred to as "Usoland". However, Usopp was terrified of the thought of fighting against a Shichibukai as powerful as Doflamingo and intended to leave when he got the chance. When he did try to abandon them against Trebol, Usopp, hearing Leo and the others refusing to doubt Usopp, caused the Pirate to be filled with guilt in his actions and ultimately return to face the stronger Donquixote Family members to save the dwarves and become their hero. Though he was easily defeated by Trebol, he was able to make Sugar pass out due to the Tatababasco ball shoved in his mouth, causing him to make a terrifying image and ending her Hobi Hobi no mi powers in the process. Because of his actions, the dwarves wept over his success with Leo promising they would make a statue in honor of his heroism. Even with the truth about who Usopp is, none of the dwarves turned on him and protected him during Doflamingo's "Bird Cage" game. After Doflamingo's defeat, the dwarves are shown to greatly respect Usopp to the point the Tonta Corps pirate ship bears effigies and is named Usoland in honor of Usopp, who is apparently considered a hero by the dwarves just like Mont Blanc Noland.
Due to Usopp's actions in saving the toy slaves, the Giant Hajrudin came to greatly respect Usopp for his courage. Having been saved by Usopp from the Hobi Hobi curse, Hajrudin immediately grew to admire Usopp to the point where he held Usopp in the air before all the other slaves to proclaim him as their savior.
Abdullah and JeetEdit
Because Usopp saved them from the Hobi Hobi curse, the two criminals came to respect him for his selfless deed. In fact, when Usopp was held in the air by Hajrudin and declared as their savior the two had shed tears of joy and happily followed his order of saving the dwarves and destroying the SMILE Factory. Unlike the other former toys who pursued the bounties of Doflamingo's enemies the two stayed on their "God's" side and wanted to take Doflamingo's head as repayment. Additionally, Abdullah even called those that pursued the bounties of the Donquixote Pirates enemies "shameless" for their lack of gratitude to the ones who saved them from slavery.
He has a deep personal grudge for Kuro, whom he fought against to protect Kaya. He mocked Usopp when he called himself a pirate, calling his act a "childish game", and sees him as equal to an insect. Usopp dislikes him for this, and comes to hate him after realizing his true intentions and plans for Kaya. Upon discovering Kuro's true identity, Usopp came to fear him for his reputation, and even regretted punching him, a fear that only intensified when he saw Kuro's superhuman speed. However, when Kuro openly insulted Kaya, breaking her heart in the process, Usopp forgot his fear and flew into a rage, attempting to strike Kuro once again.
Due to Usopp being the first (and only) person immune to Perona's negative powers, he made an enemy of the Ghost Princess Perona. While he had difficulty in defeating her due to her toy zombies, Usopp was able to defeat her after making her believe she was going to be crushed by a 10-ton hammer which was really just a balloon, to which he berates her for challenging him in a battle of lies and negativity. Because of her defeat, she harbors a grudge against Usopp for losing her first fight. She even stated that "the long-nose" is her natural enemy when addressing Nami.
While he himself is at ease with the Marines, his plainly obvious alter-ego carries a bounty. In the anime, the Pacifista was able to associate Usopp with Sogeking, with Sentomaru commenting that his epithet, "King of Snipers" (Sogeki no Ō-sama), was ridiculous. In the New World the Straw Hat Pirates had new pictures taken, with an image of Usopp titled "Sogeking". It is likely that he is as recognized as any crew member, minus Sanji, despite his name differing on the wanted poster.
However in the wake of Donquixote Doflamingo and the Donquixote Pirates defeat at the hands of the Straw Hat Pirates and Heart Pirates Alliance, the Marines have issued new bounties for the entire Straw Hat crew, resulting in Usopp's wanted poster being upgraded with his true name and face (albeit an unflattering photo of Usopp while he was unconscious), while his bounty was increased to 200,000,000 along with his new epithet, God for his role in knocking out Sugar and freeing all the Toy slaves which ultimately led to Doflamingo's years of deception being exposed. This has apparently caused the Marines to view Usopp as a far greater threat than they did in the past as his current bounty is the fifth highest among the Straw Hats.
Usopp was very afraid of Trebol after he saw the Donquixote executive set several dwarves on fire, causing him to run away. However, he overcame his fear after he realized the dwarves' dependence on him, and attacked Trebol. He was easily defeated by Trebol, but did not regret his choice. In defeat, Usopp dealt a large blow to Trebol as he indirectly knocked Sugar out, which caused her curse to be broken and ironically destroyed everything Trebol's crew worked for.
Due to frightening her so much that she passed out, which in turn undid the effects of the Hobi Hobi no Mi on hundreds of people on Dressrosa, Sugar both hates and fears Usopp greatly. In fact, she has extreme reactions whenever she sees someone with a long nose or anything that resembles a long nose such as sausages. As for Usopp, he hates the fact that she caused him to completely forget about Robin and became determined to prevent her from turning Luffy and Law into toys when he learned that she woke up.
Even though they never met, Usopp has earned Doflamingo's hatred by knocking out Sugar and freeing all the toy slaves in Dressrosa, which led to the people realizing Doflamingo's true nature as well as causing him to lose control over the island. When listing the bounties of the twelve "criminals" on the island, Doflamingo gave Usopp the highest bounty while proclaiming him as the person who angered him the most as Usopp reacted in shock and fear.
Yasopp is Usopp's father. While Usopp has yet to be shown interacting with his father, Usopp has remained proud of him even though he took the path of a pirate. Yasopp also seems to care deeply about his son despite being absent for the majority of his life. It is also unclear as to how well he knows his father, as it was never said when exactly Yasopp left (except for the flashback during the fight between Usopp and Daddy Masterson with Yasopp saying "I left when he was just a baby to sail with Shanks' crew").
Usopp is revealed to be Yasopp's son. Usopp does not know much about his father, only that he is a member of Shank's pirate crew. It is said by Merry back at Syrup Village that Usopp started lying that pirates were coming to the village, hoping that his father would come back. When Monkey D. Luffy was younger, he remembers Yasopp telling stories about his son that he had left back home. Both Yasopp and Usopp are great sharpshooters, which seems to be somewhat of a shared trait. One clue is in Chapter 41, it is said Usopp's mother died not that long after Yasopp left, in the flashback, Usopp looks like a small child. Usopp either knows about his father from stories told by his mother or from actual memories, which one it is remains a mystery.
It is currently unknown if Yasopp is aware his son has also become a pirate and that he is a member of Luffy's crew, however given the fact Usopp's current bounty now shows Usopp's true name and face, it is likely that he will become aware of it (unless he was already aware of it due to him recognizing Usopp's long nose on his Sogeking poster as it was a trait he inherited from Banchina) due to the Red-Haired Pirates' tendency of keeping tabs on Luffy's (and by extension his crew's) progress as a pirate, as well as the fact that the Doflamingo Pirates defeat by the Straw Hats and their allies is headline news.
Banchina was Usopp's mother. He deeply cared about her well being, to the point of creating his original set of lies about his father returning in an attempt to give her hope and keep her alive. Every day he would tell the same lie, that his father had returned to take them away, hoping it would keep her hopes high and help her to recover. However, she knew he would never return and before her death she told Usopp that she was glad he had gone out to sea. When she died, he suffered a deep loneliness that led him to keep on lying even though he no longer had a reason to do so. His mother's death eventually led him to develop sympathy for Kaya, and caused him to devote his time to helping her overcome her parents' death.
- Snipers — Wikipedia article on snipers.