Paulie's Arlong Park Evaluation
What you loved:
- Ropes - This is a truly unique battle tactic and it was pretty cool that Oda managed to pull it off without making it seem too unrealistic or goofy. As with every reasonably strong character who does not have a Devil Fruit, Paulie got some love for being tough on his own merit. His ropes added a lot to his memorability and actually made sense in the context of his character, he was a shipwright after all. Him helping defeat the giants and, later, saving them and others were acts that were also mentioned specific to his ropes.
- Design - Paulie doesn't have a very outlandish look relative to many of his One Piece peers but he does have an effective and memorable one. You guys like the goggles, cigars and jacket. Final Fantasy character Cid, whom I know nothing about, was mentioned more than once.
- Shy Sanji Antithesis - This is one of the funnest quirks shown out of all of the Water 7 characters. Essentially, in the presence of a pretty woman who is showing too much skin Paulie will get all uncomfortable and tell her to put some clothes on (hussy!) It was really fun and a nice change of pace from all the pervy dudes that Oda normal gives us. One reviewer mentioned that Paulie not having a scene where he Sanji argued was a badly missed opportunity on Oda's part. I completely agree.
- Red Herring Nakama - Easily my favorite love, as I have had some pretty long conversations with friends regarding this. I have always felt that everything about Paulie was Oda attempting to throw us, the readers, of the scent of Franky. Paulie had a unique fighting style, an interesting quirk that seems like it could foreshadow friction with Sanji, he had differences with Usopp and Lufy early on, a unique personality and (most importantly) he was a freaking shipwright on an island where Luffy specifically stated he was looking for just that. I remember when I first met Paulie in the anime (I was an anime only fan once upon a time) I thought he was a very strong candidate to be a Strawhat, to this day he might still be the strongest to never join. He just had it all.
- Gallery La Loyalist - Several of you guys appreciated what a loyal guy Paulie was and how hurt he was when he learned that Lucci and Kaku were traitors. Iceburg also, clearly, viewed Paulie as a guy he could trust above all others. I also like that he told Zoro to tell Kaku that he was fired, that led to a cool scene.
Favorite comment goes to Zar:
A surprisingly normal-looking character, considering this is Oda. I loved his fighting style, his personality, even his views towards women were cute. At first I thought he'd turn into another pervert but in the end he's just shy (and the women don't hesitate to talk back at him either, which help even things out). He could easily fit in with the crew, though I do prefer Franky. He was also a key-player during the betrayal scenes; the one I felt for the most was Paulie who truly thought they were comrades. In a setting where the Strawhats have no clue what is going on and where Iceburg and Franky were a bit too tight-lipped at the time for the reader to feel for them, Paulie was the emotional anchor for the Galley-La Company. Its a small but neccesary role.
Like Iceburg, he's one of those characters I'd love to hang around and talk with."
What you loathed:
- The Cliffhanger Asspull - Loved though it might be, not everyone loved the combat rope style. The scene where Paulie saved everyone off the side of the sheer cliff was mentioned several times and some of you mentioned that you didn't like that he had a seemingly endless supply of ropes…somewhere on his person at all times...cause how?
- Not A Strawhat / Stagnant - For a character with all the characteristics of a Strawhat, it's a little sad that he never even got very close. And he became a diminishingly important character as the Water 7 arc turned into the Enies Lobby arc. He is a strong secondary character but just a secondary character all the same, which inspires indifference in some of you.
Favorite comment goes to Kylor:
"Loathe: After Water 7, he was never challenged in any major way. He had cool abilities, and a clear conflict set out for him, but it never really went anywhere, and his role at the end was basically to be a deus ex machina for a bunch of other guys. It may just be me, but I never really felt as though he had truly earned the role of Iceburg's successor. I know the Water 7 and Enies Lobby arcs were pretty full already, but nevertheless it just seems like Oda forgot him." Finally,the poll! With 17 votes, Paulie's average score is…4.00! Cool, first time that has happened.
Thanks to all that responded! I will post my next pick later on today. Here's the HINT: If I could I would forget our next character…and I'm not alone.