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|Manga - Anime|
|Official English Name:||Arlong|
|Debut:||Chapter 69; Episode 31|
|Affiliations:||Arlong Pirates; Sun Pirates (former)|
|Epithet:||"Arlong the Saw" (ノコギリのアーロン Nokogiri no Āron?) (English versions: "Saw-Tooth Arlong")|
41 (after timeskip)
|Japanese VA:||Jurota Kosugi|
|Odex English VA:||Brian Zimmerman|
|4Kids English VA:||David Wills|
|Funi English VA:||Chris Rager|
Arlong the Saw is a sawshark Fishman. He was the pirate captain of the all Fishman crew, the Arlong Pirates, a former member of the Sun Pirates, and the older half-brother of Madam Shyarly. He was the main antagonist of the Arlong Park Arc, and had the highest bounty in the East Blue before being defeated by Monkey D. Luffy.
Arlong is a large, muscular, light blue saw-shark Fishman whose most distinctive trait is his saw-shaped nose. He has long, black hair with a widow's peak reaching down to his shoulders, under a brown ushanka. He has a fin on his nape, surrounded by his hair, and the gills are located on both the sides of his neck. His Sun Pirates tattoo is on the left side of his chest, while his own Jolly Roger is on his lower left arm. Other notable features include thin, fierce light-blue eyes and a long, angular jaw.
Arlong's attire is composed of fashionable, light clothes, reflecting his rich status as well as his background as a thug. He wears a short-sleeved, unbuttoned yellow shirt decorated by many black lightning-like spots, Bermuda shorts which are brown in the manga and green in the anime, a purple sash around the waist and simple sandals. He also sports a lot of jewels: he has a golden chain bracelet around his left wrist and two golden bracelets around each ankle, with straw-like decorations hanging from them. On his hands are what appear to be rings, decorated by colorful gems. However, according to Oda in response to a fan about these rings, these aren't rings at all, but piercings that go straight through Arlong's fingers, as his hands are webbed and are incapable of wearing rings.
As a member of the Sun Pirates, he wore an A-shirt, sometimes changed to a sleeveless, unbuttoned shirt decorated by flower-like motifs, a bowler hat, and loose pants reaching down below his knees, first a light-colored pair with a line of similarly light spots on each leg's inner part, and later a similar pair, but darker in color and with spots on both sides of the legs. He already sported the straw decorations around his ankles and the sandals, and also donned a pair of large circular earrings.
During his first raid on the Conomi Islands, he had a long, light green scarf hanging from his shoulders, and wore a dark green coat and a pair of beige Bermuda shorts with a chain-like pattern on them paired with a green sash around his waist. Also, instead of the ushanka he currently wears, he had a simple, dark grey hat on his head.
Like many other One Piece characters, he has his own unique laugh, which is "Shahahahaha".
Arlong considers humans to be inferior beings and is very cruel to them. He is keen to separate his race from humans, and is constantly struck by this mentality that his people are superior to humans in every way. He thinks nothing of killing a town full of humans, although he seems to prefer controlling people with money and deals (like Nami and Nezumi).
Despite (or probably because of) his love for money and his ideology of money making the world spin, he is known to be very cheap, as Hyouzou refused to join his crew because Arlong refused to compensate for his service. He does not seem frightened by anything, and his Fishman strength has made him extremely confident that he and his crew are virtually invincible. After Nezumi told Arlong that he as a Marine would not stay for fear of being seen in Arlong Park, Arlong invited the Marine to a meal and offered to kill anyone who dared report him.
He has an eye for spotting exploitable talent that he can use for his ambitions and is an excellent planner. He spent eight years using Nami and her maps to plan his conquest of the East Blue. Nevertheless, any promise about money he makes, he keeps. The best example is when his crew urged him to keep Nami even if she brings the 100,000,000. However, even though Arlong states he cannot go back on his word, he has no qualms about exploiting loopholes in his deals to unfairly get his way. Like with Nami he said he would free her village if she brought him 100,000,000 but is more than willing to cheat her by having his corrupted marines find her remaining amount to keep her in his services.
He angers rather easily, as he nearly goes on a rampage after being attacked by Usopp and has to be dragged back to his base by his crew to prevent him from destroying the whole town. During his fight with Luffy, the boy's constant fighting back made Arlong mad, to the point where it drove him into a deep anger. Arlong himself had expected Luffy to die quickly, but his anger made him become reckless and destructive, even seriously damaging his own headquarters building while attacking Luffy.
He has been ill-tempered since his younger years. However, he was not always entirely brutal. During a battle with the Marines, Arlong told Jinbe to leave the unconscious Marines alone. However, it was later shown that he had grown more arrogant over time to the point that he completely had no sympathy for humans. Tiger's death led to his hatred hitting rock bottom. He also failed to understand Fisher Tiger's reason for letting humans that they attacked live. As a result, when Arlong led his own crew and had committed murder, humans came to view him as a "monster". He was loathed for the actions of him and his crew. In the end, he enslaved humans just as the humans once enslaved many Fishmen.
Though his opinions and his ideals were extreme, he displayed a high level of brotherhood with his crew and even towards Nami despite her species divide. Arlong looked after his subordinates and even though he betrayed Nami, he did so because he did not want to lose her talent. On top of this, in the final moments of the battle with Luffy, he stated that Nami was his crewmate and would be forever, and while he never displayed any regard for her as a friend he was prepared to fight to keep her in the crew. If humans insulted their group, Arlong would react to the insult, and due to the high level of concern amongst his officers they would attempt to keep his temper under control. When weaker members of his crew were hurt, Arlong would seek out revenge on those who had committed the act against those crew members. He cared for his crew to a level that when Luffy used one of them as a shield, Arlong became extremely angry.
Ironically, Arlong is a hypocrite, having accused Koala of being raised to look down on Fishmen and think of humans as better than everyone else, when Arlong looked down on humans and preached Fishmen superiority himself, making him no better than the humans. Surprisingly despite his hatred of humanity according to Hatchan, Arlong would never harm his fellow Fishmen no matter the circumstance.
He cares for his own crew (shown when he apologizes for accidentally biting them and becoming enraged at Luffy for using one as a Fishman shield), while many of his crew share his ideals. They would call him "Arlong-san" while Arlong would call his crew his "brethren". He can be very angry when someone hurts his crew rather similarly to Luffy's feelings towards his crew. However, this is exclusive to Fishmen.
Of humans, the only one he ever had respect for was Nami. In particular, he cut away from his normal human discrimination to humans for her, since her navigation skills were superior to any fishman's. After he mentioned Fishmen and their superiority over humans, Nami responded how tired she was of hearing it, leading Arlong to acknowledge her skills in the only witnessed incident in his appearance. He then apologized saying that she simply could not help what species she was. However, this was simply because of her skill to draw maps and he mistreated her constantly while she was on his crew, i.e. locking her in the tower and never properly feeding her.
Despite his treatment, Arlong considered her as one of his brethren and always celebrated her return to Arlong Park. He would even have his crew celebrate when Nami 'came home' as greeting their returning sister.
Nami was expected to act how he wanted her to. However this led him to misjudge her character. This was mostly because of his own ideals based on materialistic values. He could not see how she would not be happy unless she had clothes, money and a place to sleep. He also did not see her betrayal happening until it was too late. Even at the final stages of his fight against Luffy, he still stated that he regarded her a friend.
In their youth, Arlong and Jinbe were both friends who grew up together as orphans in the Fishman District. They once saw each other as brothers but they later became rivals when Arlong became a pirate and Jinbe became a soldier. While Arlong apparently wanted to be on friendly terms with him, Jinbe, who hated pirates, often argued with him. When Fisher Tiger took on the World Government, Arlong and Jinbe teamed up and got recruits from the Fishman District and joined the Sun Pirates. The circumstances of Jinbe letting Arlong loose into the East Blue are revealed to be a fight that took place between the two of them, with Arlong expressing distaste towards Jinbe for becoming a "government dog", seeing it as an insult to Fisher Tiger's memory, accepting sanction from the people who orchestrated their former captain's demise, so he ultimately wanted to separate from Jinbe's crew and reform his former Arlong Pirates with the intention of becoming the "rage" of the Fishmen. Arlong's relationship with Jinbe ended on bad terms.
Arlong looked up to Fisher Tiger as a hero and a big brother; in fact, Tiger's hatred of humans may have rubbed off on Arlong. Despite this he and Tiger often had arguments about this; Arlong wanted to slaughter the humans they came across to make the world fear Fishmen while Tiger did not want to kill anyone because they would be stooping to their oppressors' level. When Tiger was betrayed and killed, a heartbroken Arlong cried and attempted to get even by attacking the people who committed the treason, and lying to the Marines about how Tiger's circumstances of death in order to preserve his big brother's honor and reputation. Despite his enormous respect for Tiger, Arlong was unable to fulfill his final wish of being at peace with humans; if anything, Tiger's death is what led Arlong's relationship with humans to corrode even further. Tiger was the only reason why Arlong remained in the Sun Pirates, as when Jinbe took over and became a Shichibukai, Arlong departed.
As a pirate with a bounty, he is the enemy of the Marines and had the highest bounty in the East Blue until the Straw Hat Pirates were announced to the world. As he had been paying off the Marines to keep quiet, it's likely that his bounty did not fully reflect neither all of his crimes nor his true power/threat level. Also, during his time with the Sun Pirates, he fought against the marines many times, including rear admiral Kadar and his crew and Borsalino (being a vice admiral at that point).
After enduring Arlong’s tyranny for eight years the villagers decided once and for all they had had enough and head off to Arlong Park to fight with the pirates much to Nami's tearful plea. Genzo kept the town together after Arlong took over the island, making sure everyone was safe and able to pay Arlong's tax. When her 8 years of hard work to save them fell apart after Arlong's betrayal, he decided enough was enough. If they were going to die, they would die trying to fight Arlong even with Nami pleading that she can just start all over again. Having endured Arlong and his crew for many years, Genzo began to put various plans of rebellion into place. Things go wrong and the weapons the villagers are hiding are discovered. He barely escapes death until Usopp steps in and interferes.
His cruelty against Nami and her village has assured him an enemy to all of them, as well as to the Straw Hats, who defeated him. Arlong and his pirates were her enemies for a long time; despite Arlong taking her into his crew she showed no love for them due to what they did to her village and for killing Bell-mère. Arlong had fought Luffy claiming that she was his crewmate in his fight, even admitting she was "cute" for a human and admitted he had no respect for humans yet she was one of about 2 humans he was seen to show respect for, the other being Nezumi. Despite his treatment, Arlong considered her as one of his brethren and always celebrated her return to Arlong Park. He would even have his crew celebrate when Nami 'came home' as greeting their returning sister. Nami while apart of his crew would always attempt to escape from his grasp through different poisoning him, hiring someone, sneak attacks, and building enough money to buy her freedom.
Nami was expected to act how he wanted her to. However, this led him to misjudge her character. This was mostly because of his own ideals based on materialistic values. He could not see how she would not be happy unless she had clothes, money and a place to sleep. He also did not see her betrayal happening until it was too late. Even at the final stages of his fight against Luffy, he still stated that he considered her a friend.
When dealing with Nezumi, Arlong tells him that he does not like humans, with the exceptions of Nami due to her navigation skills and those who understand how to do business like Nezumi. However, Arlong's hatred for humanity is harsh, as he did not sympathize Koala's past as a slave. When humans betrayed Fisher Tiger which led to his death, Arlong noted the true colors of humans, and tried to kill the ones who committed betrayal.
Arlong spent the entire time objecting to her presence on the Sun Pirates' ship, attempting to beat or kill her for being a human, even when other members of the crew came to accept her. Koala seemed to have left a long-term impression on Arlong as it seemed, notably, in the final moments of his fight with Luffy, Arlong stated that as long as Nami was fed and well-clothed, she was happy. As a slave, Koala had little much to her name and what made Koala happy was the things she had missed while being a slave such as nice clothes and suitable meals.
Madam Shyarly of the Mermaid Cafe is Arlong's younger half-sister. The two were not seen interacting with each other, but they have different views on humanity, as Arlong was bitterly hateful against them, yet Shyarly was more accepting.
During his childhood, Hody Jones looked up to Arlong. While Hody was growing up in the Fishman District, Arlong preached to him and his friends about Fishman superiority and taught them to hate all humans with extreme prejudice. Thus, Arlong's influence was one of the factors that shaped Hody into a monster. Hody did not join Arlong when he first wreak havoc on the seas since Hody was very young at the time.
Hody Jones mentions at the time when the Straw Hat Pirates defeated the Arlong Pirates he was gathering strength at Fishman Island in order to be his right hand man. Hody claims to have learned from his hero's mistakes, dismissing Arlong as a barbarian and that the "Arlong Pirates" are nothing more than an empty symbol for the unity of Fishmen who hate Humans.
Abilities and Powers
Arlong is one of the Fishmen, massive humanoids that are taller and stronger than any normal human. Arlong, however, is a giant even among Fishmen. His power was remarked to be greater than Don Krieg, the strongest (military) force in the East Blue, with only Krieg's military might and massive armada forcing the Marines to deem him the bigger threat.
As a Fishman, he is physically ten times stronger than a common human, and even more underwater. However, he seems to possess amazing physical strength even for Fishmen standards: he was seen lifting a house with his bare hands in pursuit of Usopp, and his powerful shark-like jaws are capable of bending metal, crushing stone, and ripping through flesh alike. Arlong's fortitude was also displayed when he was able to withstand most of Luffy's attacks. Although Luffy unleashed most of his techniques and forced Arlong back, he was mostly unfazed after each attempt.
He also has incredible endurance to pain: during his fight with Luffy, he ripped off many sets of his rapidly re-growing teeth, and he rearranged his broken nose without a grimace. Arlong is also capable of entering a kind of berserker mode upon angered. When this happens, his eyes take on an appearance similar to those of Sea Kings. While in this state, both his strength and his speed grow exponentially, making him far more dangerous than previously stated.
Arlong was not bothered by Luffy having a Devil Fruit power and took advantage of his weakness to the effects of the sea. With the Marines focusing their attention on the Grand Line and the incapacitation of all other major East Blue pirate bands by the Straw Hats, there would have been nothing to stop them from taking over East Blue if the Straw Hat Pirates had not intervened.
Arlong's weapons are mostly natural features of his saw-shark Fishman body. With his fishman strength, something as harmless as throwing a handful of water can strike as hard as a bullet. This attack is similar to the Uchimizu technique of Fishman Karate. He was also seen killing Bell-mère with a flintlock.
Even his nose is a weapon. It is over a foot long and lined with razor-sharp points, and more than sturdy enough to use as a melee weapon. Swinging his head back and forth, Arlong defeated Zoro (who was weakened by the massive wound given to him by Mihawk previously and his fight with Hatchan) in a sword fight with this natural blade. He is very proud of his nose and claims his nose is unbreakable. However, Luffy managed to twist his nose in another direction during the fight. This unbreakable-ness is particularly evident by the fact that when he flew directly into the concrete section portion of his park, and got with any damage done, causing others look on in pure shock, and comment on its toughness. This unbreakable-ness is also reinforced by how he straightened his nose after luffy snapped in another direction, without any pain nor discomfort.
He can remove his massive teeth and snap them at opponents like castanets, almost like hand-held foothold traps. The teeth are replaced by a new set in mere moments, each regrown mouthful stronger than the one before. Luffy demonstrated, however, that these teeth can also be used against Arlong, either by holding them in his hands or as he chose, fitting them in his mouth and biting his opponent with them. However, Arlong states that only a Fishman can fully utilize the strength of the teeth as he possesses greater strength than a human.
- Further information: Kiribachi
In the last phases of his fight with Luffy he used a giant saw-like sword, the Kiribachi, with great proficiency, as he was able to cut even a building with it. He has had such weapon since his younger days, as he was already seen wielding it during his time in the Sun Pirates. Predictably, as formidable an opponent as Arlong is on land, in the water he is twice as powerful.
- Shark on Darts (鮫・ON DARTS（シャーク・オン・ダーツ） Shāku On Dātsu?): Arlong shoots himself at his opponent like a torpedo, piercing them with his sharp and apparently unbreakable nose. When used from water, the speed of the attack is greatly increased. This attack is simply called Shark Darts in the Viz Manga and FUNimation dub and Shark and Awe in the 4Kids dub.
- Tooth Gum (歯ガム（トゥースガム） Tūsu Gamu?): Arlong pulls out his own teeth and uses them as weapons with his hands. He immediately grows another set of teeth after pulling the previous ones, so he can bite his opponent with both his mouth and his hands. In the Viz Manga and FUNimation dub, this is called Tooth Attack.
- Shark on Tooth (鮫・ON 歯車（シャーク・オン・トゥース） Shāku On Tūsu?): An enhanced version of his Shark on Darts attack, Arlong fires himself at his opponent spinning with his mouth open, trying to bite them down and tear them to pieces. The kanji used for Tooth is that of Haguruma which means "gear" in Japanese in the manga. This is called Shark Tooth Drill in the Viz Manga and FUNimation dub and Shark and Destroy in the 4Kids dub.
A Broken Family
At a very young age, Arlong was abandoned by his father in the Fishman District and soon forgets his father's face. However, at the age of 15 he was then approached by a man claiming to be his father who left Arlong with a young girl, born to a different mother.
Fisher Tiger's Time
During his childhood, Arlong grew up in the Fishman District along with Jinbe, Macro, and Fisher Tiger. When he was 25 years old, he formed his own crew. On Fishman Island, Arlong would usually spend his time teaching younger Fishmen, such as Hody, to hate humans or harassing the citizens of Fishman Island for befriending humans, much to Jinbe's scorn. Jinbe severely disliked Arlong for his brutish actions and behavior, often stepping in when he was causing trouble. Whenever Fisher Tiger returned from an adventure, both Arlong and Jinbe would give him a warm greeting. After Fisher Tiger attacked Mariejois, became an enemy of the World Government, and formed the Sun Pirates, Arlong and his crew integrated with Tiger's crew. During a battle with the Marines, Arlong was surprised at Jinbe's brutality towards them, continuing to beat them long after they had lost consciousness. In the aftermath of the battle, Arlong commented on how brutal it was.
During their time roaming the Grand Line, the Sun Pirates battled numerous Marines including those led by Rear Admiral Kadar. Arlong, who had become completely ruthless, killed a Marine simply because he was human. After the battle, Tiger had a discussion with Jinbe and Arlong telling them not to kill humans. Otherwise, they will stoop to their level. Tiger went on saying that their ultimate goal was freeing the oppressed and not becoming cold-blooded murderers much to Arlong's dismay. When Arlong brought up the suggestion of instilling fear in humans by using ruthlessness, Jinbe smacked him in the head. The Sun Pirates later visited an island where a former slave of Mariejois named Koala resided. The inhabitants there had no way of returning the girl to her homeland so they asked the Sun Pirates to take her. After she boarded the Sun Pirates ship, Arlong hit her for being a human and had to be restrained by Hatchan.
Even though most of the Sun Pirates warmed up to Koala, Arlong remained antagonistic towards her. He believed that Koala was no different from the cruel humans, but Jinbe disagreed with him. Eventually, Koala was returned to her home, Foolshout Island and Arlong merely commented that Koala was just going to grow up into the humans he known and hated. Not long after Koala returned to her family, the Sun Pirates realized that the citizens there betrayed Tiger and the crew by summoning the Marines in exchange for ignoring Koala's status as property of the World Nobles. In the ensuing battle with the Marines led by Rear Admiral Strawberry, Fisher Tiger was badly wounded. The Sun Pirates lost their ship, but they were able to steal a Marine ship and escaped.
On board the stolen Marine ship, the crew tried to save Tiger's life with a blood transfusion using human blood, but Tiger firmly refused the transfusion. Tiger told the crew that he was in truth a slave who escaped Mariejois, and that he could never truly love humans due to all that happened. He ultimately died from blood loss.
After Tiger's Death
Arlong, enraged by the treachery that led to his captain's death, returned to Foolshout Island in an attempt to murder all its citizens in revenge, but Vice Admiral Borsalino defeated and captured him.
Arlong was then brought to G-2, where he was interrogated. Arlong lied about Fisher Tiger's death to preserve his honor. Arlong was then imprisoned in Impel Down. Some time later, following the recruitment of Jinbe into the Shichibukai, Arlong was released. Arlong then expressed his resentment towards Jinbe for becoming a "government dog" and told him that he was going to go back to being captain of the Arlong Pirates.
At an island, Arlong told Jinbe to kill him if he wanted to stop him or Arlong would do as he pleased. Arlong's arrogance then lead him into a fight with Jinbe. This resulted in Arlong being beaten to a pulp and was carried off afterward. Jinbe left Arlong alone as the two went their separate ways. Jinbe allowed the Arlong Pirates to run loose in East Blue, and this was a decision that the Shichibukai would later regret. Arlong had also attempted to recruit both Hyouzou and Vander Decken IX, the first turned down Arlong since he had a tight-wallet and the second refused to be the subordinate of another.
Subjugating East Blue
When Arlong and his crew (including Hatchan, Chew, and Kuroobi), first arrived on the island that would someday become Arlong Park, the first village he encountered was Cocoyasi Village (Coco Village in the English version), the home of Nami. Arlong then proceeded to extort money out of the residents of Cocoyasi Village. Adults would have to pay 100,000, children would pay 50,000 or be executed by Arlong's men. Bell-mère (Nami's adoptive mother) only had 100,000 so she decided to pay for Nami and Nojiko and sacrifice herself.
Arlong shot her in front of her children as an example of disobedience and then kidnapped Nami after seeing her talent for drawing maps.
Arlong set up his domain on Cocoyasi Village, with a number of smaller villages in the vicinity under his control. Arlong dismantled his original galleon and used the materials to build Arlong Park, an eight-story building that served as his headquarters. From Arlong Park, Arlong hoped to conquer all of East Blue using superior underwater tactics through maps drawn by Nami that charted underwater terrain.
Arlong Park Arc
Encountering Nami's New Friends
Yosaku mentions to Sanji that due to Nami's suspicious behavior being connected to their copy of Arlong's wanted poster, he and Johnny suspected earlier that there had to be a connection between them. Once Nami arrives at the park's gate, a boy confronts her, trying to fight Arlong for the death of his father. Nami slaps him however and gives him some money to make him go away. After this, they are introduced to Arlong and his crew and discover that Nami is part of Arlong's pirates. Indeed, in Arlong Park, which is the base of Arlong's Fishmen pirates, after he deals with a Marine Nezumi, Nami is introduced as one of the pirate officers and the only human Arlong can trust.
Later, Zoro has been taken to Arlong Park where he has been being questioned by Arlong. Zoro insults Arlong by calling him a half-fish mutant and restates that he is looking for a girl. Arlong says he will forgive Zoro once for the insult and says fishmen are superior to humans. Shortly after, Nami appears much to Zoro's surprise seeing her here with Arlong. Arlong says she is an exception and is revealed that she is the Arlong Pirates' cartographer. Once hearing this, Zoro questions why Nami is with Arlong who asks if they know each other. Nami answers by saying that he was just another victim. Then Zoro asks Nami if this is her "true self" and she answers yes and that she has been with Arlong all along. After Nami's statement, Arlong laughs and calls her a "cold-blooded witch" who only wants money much to Nami's dislike. Zoro notices this and jumps into the pool. Nami reacts to this by diving in and saves Zoro. After the rescue, Nami asks what he was doing which Zoro remarks that he should be asking that question to her and says she shouldn't be acting tough. Nami replies that she does not want him involved in this anymore. Afterwards, Nami tells the fishman to lock Zoro up and she will kill him later. Shortly after, a fishman approaches Arlong saying that a longed nose human got away. Arlong says that the human is probably in Cocoyashi Village and says he has business to attend over there anyway.
In Cocoyashi Village, the villagers hear of Arlong's arrival and wonder what business he has since he already collected the tribute. Genzo answers by saying that Arlong found his weapons. Arlong arrives and begins questioning Genzo on possession of weapons. Genzo answers that it is a hobby to collect weapons. Arlong says he cannot possess any weapons since all they do is bring violence. Arlong threatens Genzo by stating back when he destroyed Gosa Village due to no one paying tributes. Usopp asks what a tribute is which Nojiko explains that tribute is money they pay every month in order for them live. If one person does not pay in the village, the village is destroyed. Before leaving, Arlong tells the town to work hard for money since tribute is coming up. Genzo possesses a weapon which is forbidden by Arlong’s rules, as a weapon may be seen as a start of rebellion against him. As a result, Genzo shall die, and make an example of the inferiority of humans against Fishmen. While the villagers of Cocoyashi Village try to save the life of their friend, Genzo begs them to stay quiet as it would mean that what they have done since 8 years would have been for nothing.
When Arlong is about to give Genzo the final blow, he gets hit by an explosion. It is Usopp who has targeted him from a roof nearby and tries to act bravely. This causes Arlong to go berserk, and in retaliation to Usopp's attack, he destroys the house on which Usopp is perched on top. Afraid that their leader would destroy the entire village in which they need to get money, the Fishmen restrain him and promise to catch Usopp and drag him back to Arlong Park. Arlong comes back to find the what Zoro has done. Later it is revealed that Usopp has gotten captured. In order to regain the trust of the pirates who start to think that she let the swordman escape, Nami starts to fight with Usopp who has been captured. She even stabs him and plunge him into the sea. Satisfied by this behavior worth of a true Arlong Pirate, the Fishmen congratulate her. However, she tells him that she only did that so that she can buy the village Arlong promised her.
Meanwhile, a marine ship led by Commodore Pudding Pudding has come to try to liberate the inhabitants of the island. The ship fires a cannon ball against the Arlong Park. Arlong easily breaks it with his teeth. The pirates get rid of them easily with only 3 of Arlong's lieutenants. With the strength of the Fishmen and the skill of Nami with maps, they will be invincible. Later, some Marines, led by a captain named Nezumi, land on the island. Nezumi has Genzo take him to Nami and Nojiko's household, where he accuses Nami of harboring illegal money. Nami tries to stop them, but the Marines find the money. Genzo reveals to the Marines that the money is for the repurchase of the town, and admits to a startled Nami that he and the town always knew what she was doing after she "joined" Arlong. Nami tries to prevent the Marines from taking the money. However, she fails, and Nojiko is shot in the arm when she tries to protect Nami. Nami runs back to Arlong and accuses him of sending the Marines to look for her money. However, Arlong denies it, claiming that he never broke their deal and tells her that if she wants her village back, she will just need to start again from scratch. Nami runs off in both fury and anguish as he laughs. After unsuccessfully trying to dissuade the villagers from declaring a siege against Arlong, Nami furiously stabs at the Arlong Pirates tattoo on her arm with a knife. Suddenly, Luffy stops her from doing more harm.
Powerless, Nami asks him to help her. Luffy does not need to be asked twice, giving his precious hat to Nami for her to keep it safe, he gathers his crew and departs to Arlong Park. There, the villagers have been stopped in front of the park's door by Yosaku and Johnny, who have been defeated easily. They tell the villagers that they do not have to fight, because some helpful guys are coming. Along with Zoro, Sanji, and Usopp, they march into Arlong Park, challenging them. After Luffy's explosive entrance, he is stopped by Arlong's men. Luffy cannot forgive Arlong for making Nami cry because he still considers her as his navigator. Luffy throws a huge punch into the face of their fishman captain.
Destruction of Arlong Park
After this declaration of war, the fishmen start to attack Luffy, but they are easily knocked out by Sanji, who also has entered the fray alongside with Zoro and Usopp. Hatchan, angered upon Zoro tricking him, threatened to use them as the future meal of his pet, Mohmoo. But when the giant sea cow appears, he still bears the wounds from his previous encounter with Sanji and Zoro. After some blackmail from Arlong, it starts to attack the Straw Hats anyway, but Luffy, thanks to a new attack, blew everyone not worthy away. The Fishmen of Arlong Pirates did not seem to be worried at all. Chew requests Arlong to calm down and they would fight the Straw Hats. Hatchan attacks the Straw Hats with his Jet Ink. However, all of the Straw Hats were able to dodge the attack, leaving Luffy doused from head to toe with ink. Arlong takes advantage of Luffy's weakness of the sea and uproots a portion of the concrete surrounding Luffy's implanted feet and tosses him into the sea.
After Arlong's officers have been defeated, Sanji and Zoro fight him in order to gain some time for Luffy’s rescue, but they are no match for his strength and are easily defeated. Nami arrives and she bravely tells Arlong that she will kill him. This makes him laugh, he even tries to make a deal with a her: to be his eternal navigator or having all the villagers killed, but Sanji and Zoro will die anyway. While Zoro keeps Arlong distracted, and with minor interference by Hatchan, Sanji dives back into the water and frees Luffy's body. But on land Arlong rips off the bandages on Zoro’s chest, injuring him even more and shocking everybody. Before he kills the swordman, he reveals Zoro's bandages and realizes that they are not ordinary ones, but wounds that are usually fatal.
Luffy gets out of the water. With the speed of his retracting neck, he jumps high into the air making everyone full of hope again. He "saves" Zoro by switching place with him and starts a few attacks on Arlong. They are inefficient against Arlong, but that was just the warm-up. Arlong tells Luffy about the innate superiority of Fishmen on the human and provides a direct demonstration. Luffy is only barely able to avoid the fatal attacks of the Shark. When Luffy shows him that he has a different type of strength, Arlong mocks him since Luffy was unable to get out of the water without help. But for Luffy, needing help is not a sign of weakness, without his friends, he would be helpless, but he is the one who can defeat Arlong. Arlong attempts to bite off Luffy's head but he takes out a chunk of the pillar behind him. Luffy continues to mock him and he takes up two swords to try and fight with, that Arlong effortlessly takes away. Annoyed with his antics, he is caught off guard when Luffy delivers a powerful blow shattering his teeth.
Within seconds, his teeth regrow and using this, he pulls his teeth out to create hand-held castanet weapons for each hand. When he goes to attack Luffy again, he uses one of his crew as a human shield taking the blow. This upsets Arlong further at his dirty tactics. Luffy breaks his teeth out again, and steals one of his castanet teeth to use against him. Arlong hits Luffy in his side with the remaining weapon, as Luffy retaliates by stuffing his own teeth in his mouth to use as a weapon and bite down on his neck.
Arlong states that the power of the bite does not come from the teeth but from the jaw muscles as he bit through Luffy's arm. Luffy frees himself by slamming him to the ground, releasing his hold on his arm. Arlong then takes to the water to fight, gaining the advantage of speed. Launching himself like a torpedo, his attack Shark On Darts increasing speed is able to break through all solid objects. Luffy is able to catch him, and critically injures him with a powerful kick to his stomach. That is the last straw; Arlong snapped, and his eyes change, resembling that of a Sea King before it attacks. Nami states she had never seen his eyes change like that. Seeing that direct attacks will not work on Luffy, Arlong decides to use a giant saw sword Kiribachi.
Swinging the Kiribachi to attack Luffy, Luffy retreats to a room on the top floor of Arlong Park, making Arlong to comment that Luffy has no place else to run. Luffy notices and comments that the room is filled with papers. Arlong tells him they aren’t just any papers and the room is the room Nami used in drawing maps. Arlong further acknowledges Nami's talents and tells Luffy that Nami was his friend. Luffy then responds telling Arlong that Nami is their Navigator. Arlong in turn, tells Luffy that Nami's talent is wasted by being with them. Just then, Luffy notices a blood-stained pen and hold onto it. Arlong, on the other hand, keeps declaring that Nami will continue to draw maps for his world domination; and he will use her better than Luffy would ever do so himself. Luffy, enraged from hearing the word, "use," crushes one of the teeth from the Kiribachi, causing Arlong to hesitate.
Arlong continues by telling Luffy that Nami gets all she needs by being with them and she will forever remain his tool or rather his "friend". Luffy, upon hearing this statement, begins to destroy the room. Nami then remembers her first day at Arlong Park and how she has been treated. Arlong gets angry saying Luffy is destroying his ambitions along with the room. Nami, tearing up, tells Luffy "thank you." Luffy and Arlong continue to battle and Luffy tells Arlong, the only thing he understands is that he has to help Nami. With that being said, Luffy comments, that he cannot let that room exist and he would destroy it all. Using the full power of his attack Gomu Gomu no Ono, Luffy manages to sends the full force of Arlong's attack: Shark On Haguruma attack through to the bottom of Arlong Park, destroying the building in the process and defeating the fishman, as he lies buried in the rubble.
Later, Arlong and the rest of his crew were arrested by the Marines. Hatchan, the most benevolent of them, is the only one to escape, while it is unknown where the rest of them are being held. His defeat echoed through the ranks of other Fishmen who were colleagues or associates of his.
Fishman Island Arc
Arlong was often referred to when the Straw Hat Pirates arrived at Fishman Island. Hammond identifies them as the ones who put an end to Arlong's ambition, and it seems that Arlong is considered a hero among the New Fishman Pirates, who share his symbol and his hatred toward humans.
Hody Jones mentions that he shared the same ideals as Arlong and at the time when the Straw Hat Pirates defeated the Arlong Pirates he was gathering strength at Fishman Island in order to be his right hand man. Hody claims to have learned from his hero's mistakes, referring to Arlong as a barbarian and that the "Arlong Pirates" are nothing more than an empty symbol for the unity of fishmen who hate humans.
- Arlong vs. a Neptune Soldier
- Sun Pirates vs. Marines (numerous times at sea)
- Sun Pirates vs. Marines (Foolshout Island)
- Arlong vs. Vice Admiral Borsalino
- Arlong vs. Jinbe
- Arlong vs. Bell-mère
- Arlong vs. Genzo
- Arlong vs. Usopp
- Arlong vs. Monkey D. Luffy
- Arlong vs. Sanji and Roronoa Zoro
- Arlong vs. Roronoa Zoro
- Arlong vs. Monkey D. Luffy (Second time)
Translation and Dub Issues
Arlong's brutality was censored in the 4Kids dub, as seen when he threatened to imprison Bell-mère instead of murdering her for not paying her tribute. He does not offer to spare everyone except the other Straw Hats if Nami rejoins, or threaten to kill everyone in Cocoyashi if she leaves. During the climax of the battle, scenes of him slamming Nami's head against a desk for drawing a picture of Bell-mère instead of a map, and threatening to kill someone from Cocoyashi Village if she disobeyed him, as well as Luffy destroying the maps, are removed.
He was also given a gargly sound to his voice in the 4Kids dub, and he refers to humans as "Pew-mans".
In the FUNimation dub, Arlong's dialogue was made much more believable and accurate to the original translation. However, Arlong's unique laugh "Shahahaha" is not kept. According to a spokesman from FUNi when they took over, the reason for the loss is that in many cases the unique laughters of some characters were hard to convey over from the original Japanese version and were simply lost in the translation and dubbing process.
Arlong has so far appeared in just a few series of merchandise. He has been featured in the CharaColleCan, Anichara Heroes, One Piece Amazing Log Collection, One Piece DeQue, One Piece Imagination Figure, Gashapon Full Color Collection From TV Animation One Piece, Super Deformed World Series and in World Collectable.
- One Piece: Gear Spirit
- One Piece: Gigant Battle
- One Piece: Gigant Battle! 2 New World
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2
- One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X
- One Piece: Dance Battle
- In a panel containing a small flashback scene of Hatchan's, Arlong's silhouette is seen alongside Hatchan's, Kuroobi's, and Chew's as they look upon Sabaody Park in a distance from the water.
- In the 4th Japanese fan poll, Arlong is ranked the 48th most popular character in One Piece.
- According to One Piece 10th Treasures, Arlong's hat costs 100,000.
- Arlong is the first individual known overall to have been released from Impel Down.
- Ushanka - Wikipedia article about type of hat Arlong wears.
- Sawshark - Wikipedia article about the type of fish Arlong is.