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Rope Action is Paulie's fighting style. It is based on using ropes in a variety of ways to bind, strike, or defend against opponents. Combined with Paulie's acrobatics, this style is quite versatile and formidable. The amount of ropes Paulie keeps seems to be infinite, and he seems to pull them out from hammer space. These ropes are also strong enough to support the weight of giants and Yagara Bulls; Paulie says it is a special Galley-La Company woven rope and claims it is unbreakable.[2] These two traits, among others, often give the false impression that the ropes result from the power of a Devil Fruit.


  • Rope Action: Round Turn (ロープ・アクション ラウンド・ターン Rōpu Akushon: Raundo Tān?): After positioning himself between several enemies, Paulie grabs them with ropes and pulls them inward, slamming the victims against each other.[1]
  • Rope Action: Bowline Knot (ロープ・アクション ボーラインノット Rōpu Akushon: Bōrain Notto?): Paulie launches a rope that ties around an opponent's wrist, restricting their movements.[3]
  • Oshioki: Ippon Dzuri (オシオキ 一本釣り Oshioki: Ippon Dzuri?, literally meaning "Punishment: Gone Fishing"): After snaring an opponent with rope, Paulie throws them and slams them head-first into the ground.[4] This is called Hook, Line and Sinker in the Viz manga, Punishment Hook, Line and Sinker in the FUNimation dub and Punishment Pole-and-line Fishing in the FUNimation subs.
  • Rope Action: Half-Knot Air Drive (ロープ・アクション ハーフノット エア・ドライブ Rōpu Akushon: Hāfu-Notto Ea Doraibu?): Paulie ties a rope around an opponent's neck, choking them, and slams them into the floor.[5]
Pipe Hitch Knives

Pipe Hitch Knives.

  • Pipe Hitch Knives (パイプ・ヒッチ・ナイブス Paipu Hitchi Naibusu?): Paulie launches a rope with a spiraling row of knives tied to it to cut or slash his target.[6]
  • Rope Action: Figure of Eight Knot (ロープ・アクション フィギュアオブ・エイト・ノット Rōpu Akushon: Figyua obu Eito Notto?): Paulies shoots out eight ropes, knotted heavily on the ends, like fists in eight directions. It can be used to hit multiple targets at once.[7] This is called Figure-of-Eight Knot in the FUNimation dub.
  • Rope Action: Timber Hitch Tug (ロープ・アクション ティンバー・ヒッチ・タグ Rōpu Akushon: Tinbā Hitchi Tagu?): Paulie jumps into the air, somersaults, and unleashes several ropes that grab an enemy, with the force of Paulie's fall pulling the target down into the ground.[8]
  • Top Knot (独楽結び (タップ・ノット) Tappu Notto?, literally meaning "Spinning Top Bind"): Paulie throws a rope that spirals upwards and ties around his target's body. Then, when the rope is pulled with enough force, the enemy spins like a top, eventually collapsing from dizziness.[9]
  • Shrouds and Rat-Line Knot (シュラウズ・アンド ラットリン・ノット Shurauzu ando Ratto-Rin Notto?): Paulie creates a large net out of ropes and slams it on top of several enemies.[10] This is called Shrouds and Rattling Knot in the FUNimation dub.


  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 34 Chapter 326 (p. 15-16) and Episode 232, Paulie uses Rope Action: Round Turn against members of the Franky Family.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 44 Chapter 428 (p. 5) and Episode 310, Paulie claims that Galley-La's rope will not break.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 34 Chapter 327 (p. 8) and Episode 232, Paulie uses Rope Action: Bowline Knot against Rob Lucci.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 34 Chapter 327 (p. 8-9) and Episode 232, Paulie uses Oshioki: Ippon Dzuri against Lucci.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 36 Chapter 337 (p. 6-7) and Episode 238, Paulie uses Rope Action: Half-Knot Air Drive against Luffy.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 37 Chapter 347 (p. 7) and Episode 245, Paulie uses Pipe Hitch Knives against Lucci.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 39 Chapter 377 (p. 11) and Episode 265, Paulie uses Rope Action: Figure of Eight Knot against several Marines.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 378 (p. 12) and Episode 266, Paulie uses Rope Action: Timber Hitch Tug against Kashi.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 380 (p. 4-5, 12) and Episode 267, Paulie uses Top Knot against Oimo.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 383 (p. 9) and Episode 270, Paulie uses Shrouds and Rat-Line Knot against several Marines.

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