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Klabautermann Infobox
Japanese Name: クラバウターマン
Romanized Name: Kurabautāman
Official English Name: Klabautermann
First Appearance: Chapter 254; Episode 167
Features: Spiritual manifestation
Homeland: N/A (born from ships)
Funi English VA: Brittney Karbowski
For the chapter of the same name, see Chapter 351.

A Klabautermann is said to be a water spirit (or fairy) that dwells on ships and is basically an incarnation of a ship that has been well cared for. It is a merry and diligent creature that is said to warn sailors when a ship's in danger and help in bigger ways sometimes. They are normally considered to be only a legend among seafarers.[1]


A Klabautermann resembles a small humanoid sailor wearing a sailor's raincoat and a pair of shoes, and carries with it a small wooden hammer. The human form of a Klabautermann only reveals itself to someone that truly cares for their ship.


Sky Island SagaEdit

Klabautermann Fixing Merry

Klabautermann seen fixing the Merry.

The Klabautermann of the Going Merry was first seen during the Skypiea Arc, when Usopp saw it fixing the heavily damaged ship. The sharpshooter of the Straw Hat pirates overheard the Klabautermann saying that it would strive to sail the crew farther for a little while longer.[2]

Water 7 SagaEdit

It was spoken of briefly by Franky when he had kidnapped Usopp after he had temporarily left the Straw Hats crew. He revealed that a Klabautermann is a manifestation of a ship's soul brought about when it has been loved and cared for enough by its owners. Usopp then realized that it really was Merry who had spoken to him in Skypiea. Franky then reveals that if the ship were to sink with Usopp still onboard, its Klabautermann would not be able to go to Heaven, much to Usopp's further grief.[1]

It can be said that it was the Klabautermann of the Going Merry that spoke to the Straw Hats at the Going Merry's viking funeral.[3]

New World SagaEdit

The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.

Klabautermann Episode of Merry

Klabautermann on the Thousand Sunny.

During Episode of Merry, the Klabautermann made an appearance again briefly on the Thousand Sunny. It was sitting above the sails, watching the Straw Hats and smiling. 

Concludes non-canon section.


  • Strangely enough, despite not making much of an appearance, the Klabautermann was ranked as the 49th most popular character in the series (with 46 votes), 2 votes more than the Going Merry herself.
  • In real world myths, it is said to be a male seafaring spirit that aids ships of crews that truly deserve it, rather than being an incarnation of the ship. Klabautermann means "ship's kobold" in German, a kobold being the spirit itself.
    • There is also one omen associated with it. That it only makes itself visible to the crew of a doomed ship. This is shown to be true in One Piece, as Usopp saw the spirit fixing Going Merry back in Skypiea, and in the end, due to various events occurring, Going Merry was broken beyond repair and had to receive her Viking Funeral.


  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 37 Chapter 351 and Episode 247, Franky explaining to Usopp about the Klabautermann
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 27 Chapter 254 and Episode 167, Usopp seeing the Klabautermann
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 44 Chapter 430 and Episode 312, The Going Merry's funeral

External Links Edit

  • Klabautermann - Wikipedia article about the water sprite in real-life legends.

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