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: Usopp
Epithet : Sogeking
Age : 17
Birthday : April 1st
Height : 174 cm
First Appearance : Manga Chapter #23, Anime Episode #8
Species : Human
Bounty : 30 000 000 Berries

Usopp's name is probably based on "Isoppu", which is the Japanese pronunciation of Aesop, the ancient Greek fabulist. Considering that "lie" in Japanese is pronounced "uso", the name Usopp can (and is most likely meant to) be taken as a portmanteau name between uso and Isopp, both defining a liar or teller of tall tales (for example, when introducing himself, Usopp is known to say "Ore wa Usopp!" which can mean either "I am Usopp!" or "I am a liar!"). Usopp's long nose is an allusion to Pinocchio, a wooden boy who possessed a nose that would stretch after he lied.

The other aspect of Usopp besides his lying is his cowardice; he is a very timid person, or so he thinks. In extremely stressful situations, Usopp has proven to be far more courageous than he believes himself to be. He may display cowardice, but shows great resolve when his friends are threatened or mocked by outsiders.

UsoppDespite his lack of physical strength compared to other members of the crew, Usopp seems to be much more resilient than his comrades. He suffers injuries in almost every fight he participates in, but shrugs them off after a very short period of time. Part of this is the result of care by the Straw Hats' very capable doctor, yet some of this appears to be a natural ability to absorb punishment.

His goal in life is to become a proud and strong pirate like his father Yasopp of the Red Haired Pirate Crew.

Usopp is a liar and likes to play pranks on his crew members or just goof off with Luffy and Chopper. He also likes to tell tall tales with Chopper (or Kaya when he started with it) as thankful listeners. He sometimes sees a role model in Zoro who never seems afraid but always proud. Usopp lacks a bit of self esteem and is often taken advantage of by Nami to make her weapons or repair and improve them. Usopp is also very artistic, and drew the Straw Hat Pirates Jolly Roger.

UsoppUsopp is easily scared and always tries to make up excuses so he does not have to go on an island, which are simply ignored by his teammates. This is possibly a reference to the Dragon Ball Z character, Mister Satan ("Hercule" in the US dub), who often made similar excuses. Despite his timid nature, he realizes when his friends need him and will do anything to help them, even if it means to stand up to a disproportionately more powerful enemy. In battle he normally tries to trick his enemy by telling tales or deceiving the enemy. His ability to bear loads and loads of damage is one of his best traits, in addition to his cunning and intelligence, saving the Straw Hats on many occasions. Also he proved to be very brave in some occations, like when he said he was going to fight aggainst Lucci, after seeing Luffy in a pool of blood, just to encourage the captain.

After meeting the giants Dorry and Broggy in the Little Garden arc, Usopp wants to travel to Elbaf one day and meet the proud warriors there. 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.

UsoppAfter the battle with Aokiji, Usopp watched his friends easily beaten which scares him and makes him question his belonging in the crew. He was afraid that the crew is encountering stronger adversaries and since he was the weakest crewmember he started to lose confidence. A series of conflicts result in Usopp leaving the crew and, eventually, gaining the now terminally-damaged Merry Go. Usopp was later detained by CP9.

After being freed from CP9 captivity by Sanji during the Sea train chase, Usopp announced that he has no business with the Straw Hat Pirates and disappears. Yet Usopp came back a minute later in a disguise. He was wearing a mask and a cape, using the alias "Sogeking" (sogeki means sniper, so Sogeking (Sogekingu) is a pun meaning "Sniper King"). According to his stories, Sogeking is from an island of snipers, Sharpshooter Island, that can be found in your heart, and Usopp has even written a themesong for this identity.

He helped Franky and Sanji in order to rescue Nico Robin but they fail to do so. After being in the detached cart 4 and 3 with Sanji, they were found by the Franky Family and finally reunited with Luffy. When they confronted CP9, Sogeking unveiled a new weapon, a long staff with a more powerful slingshot attached called "Kabuto".

UsoppAll of the Straw Hats (including Galley-La and Franky Family) realize who he really is except for Luffy and Chopper. It is unknown if Usopp is going to rejoin the crew. His motive for concealing his identity is both so that he will not become a fugitive with an inflated bounty over his head, as attacking the Marine Base would cause this subsequent action and to keep his identity a secret towards the crew (even if it only worked on Chopper and Luffy).

Sogeking (Usopp), Zoro, and Sanji re-united with Nami and Chopper in the tunnel underneath the Bridge of Hesitation, along with the sea train conductor Kokoro and her grand-daughter Chimney, but the tunnel was flooding with water and they were in danger of drowning, until Kokoro transformed into a mermaid and saved all of them. After arriving on the escape ship, in a rare display of courage, Sogeking (Usopp) suggested they go help Luffy defeat Lucci, but Zoro stopped him. However, several Buster Call ships arrived where they were and attacked the group with several Marine lieutenants and captains. Through a large hole in the tower Luffy and Lucci are fighting in, Usopp saw Luffy lying face down in a pool of blood. He took off his mask and called out Luffy's name, provoking him with insults and encouraging to get up and finish off Lucci, which he does.

When first seen on his return to Water 7, Ussop was sitting on Oimo's shoulder, questioning whether or not to follow the giants to Elbaf. When Garp, Luffy's grandfather, paid a visit to his grandson, Usopp was peeking into the room along with Yukozuna. Usopp is enjoying the large party in Water 7 along with everyone else, but as Sogeking. He now has a bounty of 30 million, however as his alter ego Sogeking, now known as "Sogeking, King of Snipers"". Interestingly, this is Usopp's second time appearing on a wanted poster with someone else's name on it, as he is also on Luffy's.

While he wanted to rejoin the Straw Hats, he would prefer Luffy to beg him to rejoin. Last time he was seen he was practicing different scenarios of rejoining the crew.

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