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When Chopper wants to spy into a room, he hides the wrong way, so that he is exposed totally. Why does he do that? It can be seen multiple times through the Manga.

Chopper Hiding

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It is a Running Gag, which along with his other peculiar actions1, is used for comic relief and to bring out his childish and naive personality.

Chopper as a child was treated very harshly due to his blue nose and isolated from the rest of his herd. This became even worse after he ate the Devil's fruit. I think the gags, besides offering comic relief, also subtly reinforce that Chopper hasn't grown out of childhood mentally due to those experiences.

Another explanation is that although his instinct tells him to hide, he subconsciously sees this as isolating himself, and wants to avoid going out of people's sight, ending up in that comical hiding pose. (This is the most convincing "serious" reason I could think of, don't know if Oda-sensei thought so seriously about it.)


1 Believing Usopp's lies, getting excited about beams, and the cursing dance.

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    The devil's fruit power hasn't made his brain capable of generating complex thoughts. Why do you think that? He's a doctor! :D – Alenanno Feb 20 '13 at 9:43
  • Ah, I did not think of it. Thanks. :) However, One Piece logic is always interesting. – Masked Man Feb 20 '13 at 10:26
  • What's the cursing dance again? I can't remember it. :D – Alenanno Feb 20 '13 at 10:38
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    He curses anyone who praises him, while doing a happy dance. I call that the cursing dance. "I don't want your upvotes. Your upvotes won't make me happy. Don't mess with me, jerks." :D – Masked Man Feb 20 '13 at 10:46
  • Ah that! Of course! XD – Alenanno Feb 20 '13 at 11:07

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