Brain works through electric stimuli. And Luffy is made of rubber. That explains much.
Luffy's manner of dress (loose sleeveless jacket, cut-off jeans, sandals) just seemed like beachwear, but after reading Required Secondary Powers, it occurred to me that it was possibly selected by Luffy after he ruined too many jumpers whilst training his Rubber Man powers — allowing him to stretch without ripping his clothes. - Ack Sed.
His new outfit, well shirt, reflects his improved control and uses of said powers, especially the fact that the sleeves extend out— Otakukun
Luffy's attacks are almost nigh intrackable/predictable to anyone without haki or ridiculous instinct. Why? Snap a rubber band as hard as you can, did you see it move? Probably not. Now imagine SOMEONE'S FIST doing that. In the Anime, we get long animations and a sound effect of Luffy's arm moving/ Luffy flying, in reality, Luffy's attacks look like this.
1. Luffy takes stance. 2. Luffy names his attack. 3. a split second after that, your face is caved in, and you have NO idea what hit you while you register the pain of something hitting you at insane speeds and forces greater than those required to SEPARATE MULTI STORY BUILDINGS. To anyone not superpowered or a Defensive Haki User, Luffy is a Lightning Bruiser with the "lightning" Up to Eleven to nightmarish levels (bruiser as well since he tries not to kill people). This probably explains why Luffy could predict where Bellamy was going to land despite his ridiculous bouncing maneuver, Luffy was already used to tracking things moving at those insane speeds. Even more frightening when you realize Luffy is constantly throwing himself at those speeds (Gum Gum Catapult anyone?) that by all rights, should snap a non-rubber human's neck from the whiplash.
For a while it bothered me that the Admirals and other major players all had such ridiculously overpowered Devil Fruit powers; I quickly realized that causality went the other way, and that they rose to that rank because of their powers being what they were (or they pulled a Blackbeard and sought that one out particularly).
The Vivre Card turns out to be made from fingernails. After reading up on nautical superstitions for a class, it turns out that it was believed to be very unlucky to cut one's fingernails while on ship. It might just be coincidence, but knowing that Oda does do the research probably means that this wasn't an accident.
In chapter 0, which acted both as a warm up for Strong World as well as a general background for older characters, Garp and Sengoku team up against Shiki in a huge battle which levelled half of Marineford. Unfortunately, the battle itself is never shown, simply the fighters preparing to do battle and the chaotic aftermath. I was beyond annoyed at what was perceived to be a wasted opportunity. However the current chapter reveals that a similar team up will occur against Whitebeard! In not showing us the battle itself and only hinting at the destruction the old fighters were able to wield in their prime, Oda has only heightened the tension and expectation for an ultimate battle to show case the strength of the old generation!
Garp has a scar around his left eye, the bottom part of which looks uncannily like Luffy's. Remember, now, that Luffy gave himself that scar in order to seem tough. That's not just Fridge Brilliance, that's Fridge Adorable. - PikaBot
At first Sir Crocodile just sounds like a cool name, but under a bit of scrutiny it becomes extremely meaningful/ironic. The most obvious is the fact that with the hook and being a pirate, he's a pretty strong shout out to Peter Pan. Then comes the fact that like any other DF user, he can't swim. Not only that, but water is his main weakness. If he so much as touches water, he can't use his powers, a sharp contrast to his namesake, which pretty much live in water. Finally there's his DF power (sand) and the fact that the island that he was the "hero" and "protector" of is a desert.
Also note, in that Peter Pan shout out, that Crocodile's named after the creature that ate Captain Hook's hand, necessitating the hook. — Sgamer82
Another thing to consider with Peter Pan is that Hook could not swim in the waters due to the crocodile wanted to eat him (because hook's hand tasted so good), Hook was probably at his safest on land where there was no large body of water nearby (water=crocodiles), so a place like the desert which has no large bodies of water close by would probably be the safest place for Hook. Also Sir Crocodile in One Piece has a pet crocodile.
There's also something to be said for Crocodile hiding the bomb that was the key to his plan inside of the capital city's clock tower. The crocodile in Peter Pan swallowed a clock.
While thinking about Luffy, Ace, and Garp’s relationship with each other I realized why Garp tried so hard to turn Luffy and Ace into marines. He did it because he wanted to prove that children don’t inherit the sins of the father, and in making them strong marines he would also be able to keep them safe because the World Government and marines would have no reason to hunt them or think of them as threats or monsters. - Cryoflar3
It also serves as a proper justification for Luffy and Ace's moral compasses. One would initially assume that since Luffy is the hero of the story, he's bound to be a good person. Garp's secretly proud of his two grandsons because he knows that while they are labelled as criminals, he's taught them to be good people.
Sanji was the only one who didn't get targeted by Baroque Works, due to not being off-screen every time members of the crew were found out (Luffy, Zoro, and Nami at first; Usopp later). He's also the only member of the crew that wasn't touched by Mr 2 Bon Clay, making him impossible to mimic. This tendency to avoid scrutiny turns out to be massive foreshadowing for later on in the series, not only for being able to trick Crocodile as "Mr Prince", but after Enies Lobby where he's the only member of the Straw Hat crew the Marines are unable to get a photograph of for his bounty poster, which itself becomes important not long after when the crew make a new ally. Chances are good this will continue to be important for the rest of the story.
This adds even more fridge brilliance to the fact that Sanji is always failing with women. The suit and the womanizing and his tendency to work on problems from behind the scenes makes him a shout out to super spies like James Bond. Except, he's sort of an inverted version. James Bond succeeds with women without even trying, and is effortlessly cool... but he is perhaps the least sneaky spy who has ever existed. Sanji tries REALLY REALLY HARD to succeed with women and be cool, but ends up failing horribly every time... but he's fantastic at keeping his identity and abilities a mystery and using his brains and ability to think ahead of his foes to his advantage. He just wishes it were the other way around.
Also, the only DF Sanji was interested in was the invisibility fruit.
Earlier in the manga, Bellamy mocks Luffy, Cricket and the Saruyama alliance for their dreams, even calling them the "same species" to top it off. At first it seems to be just a jab at Luffy's intelligence, but when you consider his animal motif...
The Devil Fruits are a fantastic source of Competitive Balance; no matter how strong Luffy gets, he will never be as effective underwater as Sanji, or even Usopp. - Confusion567
This point is similarly reminiscent of Sun Wukong's abilities (Journey to the West was the inspiration for Dragon Ball, at least initially). Though he is by far the strongest of the group, Zhu Bajie and Sha Wujing are still more effective water combatants than he is.- Blueflame724
For something that's supposed to occur only once in a million people, the list of people who can use Haoshoku Haki in the series is pretty long. And yet, it's clear that almost all the characters that are shown to have this ability are among the strongest in the series.
Ummm... do those Red Shirt Armies and sprawling masses of civilians just not exist to you? Not to mention that there are three entire oceans that the story hasn't even touched, and even of the oceans we have visited, we've seen maybe a handful of the islands that are actually in them. There have been only nine people revealed to possess Haoshoku Haki(if you include the fact that Gold Roger undoubtedly did, too), and when that figure is only applied to people who are actually alive, it gets whittled down to six. Unless everyone in the series without a given name just doesn't exist to you, that's not many at all.
On the other hand, the Grand line is viewed as a place where the strong will inevitably meet each other, so Luffy meeting others with that ability is more likely to happen in the Grand Line, than, says, in East Blue. The only surprising thing (till now) is Coby having such strong Haki.
The thing is, the distribution of powerful people in the world of One Piece isn't uniform because from the moment of Gold Rodger's execution EVERYONE in the world has wanted to get One Piece for one reason or another, and thus the entire grand line acts like a sorting device seperating everyone by how powerful they are.
I always assumed that Luffy's getting better ridiculously fast after anything that happens to him had no logical cause, but I only just realized it's as a result of his Devil Fruit ability. He's made of rubber, and rubber always bounces back.
One for me is that Chopper, after the Time Skip, has learned to use six out of his seven Transformations without the Rumble Ball. While this is a perfectly natural extension of his powers, it occurred to me it could well have been inspired by his fights at Enies Lobby. Not just in learning to control Monster Point, but also because his opponent in that arc used Biofeedback, enabling him to change and manipulate his own body at will.
I just now realized a detail regarding the "Where are they now?" Cover story that's been running since the about the start of Fishman Island. The covers detailing residents of Impel Down, the place widely regarded as "Hell on Earth" are taking place during the 660s, with the final one taking place at the prison itself being Bon Clay ruling New Kama Land in chapter 666.
You know, I've always wondered what the main treasure of One Piece is, and it's great expanses of what makes the thing wealthy.... But maybe, just maybe, as when the famous Gold Roger made known his treasure.... that maybe the One Piece isn't actually a material possession at all on the Grand Line or in their world at all? One thing I know about the name of the treasure.... "To make it back in one piece". Maybe, in a world where people are held back by oppressive and tyrannical despots, forced to slave under their rule, all ways of life dictated and cruelly governed over, Gold Roger wanted people to experience the joys and adventure of one treasure that, that was taken from them under such oppression. Maybe it's the freedom to venture and experience, to live life in its vastness, to live and bask in the good, and look back and laugh at all of the bad, to just embrace the greatness and vastness of life, all in "one piece". Maybe that's the great treasure, that Roger wanted the world to experience again and look for....
The whole bit about "making it back in one piece" makes more sense when you realized how much of a hellhole pirates considered the New World...
Of the Straw Hat Crew, only Chopper is the one that comes anywhere close to being a truly pure hero, the rest of them scattered across different archetypes of Anti-Heroes from Classical Anti-Hero (Usopp) to Unscrupulous Hero (Zoro/Robin). Why is that so? Besides them being the main protagonists of the story, didn't they also have flashbacks which showed their various role models making acts of sacrifice for them, influencing their moral compass? But look closely at their pasts and it seems their lessons are taken in a neutral view: Luffy learned how friends and being a friend is important but also remains one of the more egregious examples of Protagonist-Centred Morality; Sanji learned moreso the importance of sticking to your dream or how cooking is important rather than helping people/making sacrifices; Nami and Robin saw importance more in protecting or finding your loved ones/friends respectively, and as seen with Luffy this is subject to the same Morality; Franky was taught to be proud of his craftsmanship rather than being instilled with justice (Tom was a criminal after all) while Brook centers more on the importance of keeping promises or remembering your friends. At best, all their pasts have done was to let them exercise the morals of their lives with Chaotic Good intentions. On the contrary, Chopper’s past was about teaching him that besides having a good heart, actual knowledge was also important. His role models also held strong moral compasses: Hiruluk wanting to save the country and Kureha, despite being greedy and sly at times, still having the passion to save and/or cure human lives. It shows really, why he would be the one who holds the strongest sense of morality/ethics (as seen when he expresses anger at Hogback and Caesar).
I was wondering why Ace's crew were called the Spade Pirates, since normally, pirate crew names are connected to their leader somehow — the Straw Hats, Whitebeards, etc. But then it hit me: Ace is the Ace of Spades! In other words, the highest card in a deck. In fact, the U.S. military actually created a deck of cards featuring the most wanted members of the Iraqi government, and the ace of spades was reserved for Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi president. It's sorta the same way that the Marines view Ace—since he's the son of Gol D. Roger, his death becomes a priority above other wanted pirates. Oda probably didn't mean to make such a specific reference as the Iraqi most wanted deck, but it's just an example of the specific card's symbolism.
What's more, though, the ace of spades always carries the insignia of whatever printing house or brand a deck belongs to, and Ace has Whitebeard's logo tattooed on his back.
In a standard card deck, the ace of spades is also known as the "Death Card."
Here's a Stealth Pun that was probably entirely unintentional on Oda-sensei's part... He said that the language spoken in One Piece is English. English is "a language of pirates and traders, they beat up other languages and steal their words".
Robin's skin color post-timeskip. At first she was Ambiguously Brown, but now not only is the tan gone, but she's actually fairly lighter than the rest of the cast.. Well, she's spent the past two years in a land where it constantly snows.
The Magic Pantssecondary power of Devil Fruits seems to extend mainly to whatever attire or items the user has on them. Luffy's clothes stretch, Buggy's clothes split, and Ace's clothes turn into fire. The only person who doesn't seem to have this power is Jewelry Bonney who instead wears a skimpy outfit so it will fit when she shrinks. However it wouldn't make sense for her powers to shrink clothes because she can only change age. The most she could do with clothing is restore it to new condition or age it to the point it falls apart.
The series is prone to using paper-thin disguises throughout the series. Among the outfits that were generally successful include the fake Straw Hats' outfits, the crew's disguises in Dressrosa, and Ace infiltrating a marine base using a captain's coat and drawn on mustache AFTER he'd already been caught. Meanwhile disguises that didn't fool anyone include the Sogeking outfit and Foxy's disguises. Successful uses of this trope only worked on people who either didn't already know the person, are naive (Chopper), or are stupid (Luffy). These disguises always fail whenever someone knows the actual person's face or a characteristic trait and aren't foolish enough to fall for the disguise.
The short "Monster Time" re-imagines the One Piece cast if they are monsters. Only after seeing a Youtube comment do I realize that Luffy was portrayed as a dragon. To quote the remark that made me realize:
Monkey D. Dragon... Well played
Brook's backstory doesn't follow the Straw Hat tradition of having a traumatic childhood incident (death of childhood friend via stairs, accidentally poisoning your adoptive father figure, seeing your hometown destroyed, etc.) because his backstory is an inversion of the usual formula; Laboon is the "child" in this case who has experienced a trauma in the form of the death of his parental substitutes, with Brook now taking the role of a downtrodden parental figure instead of traumatized child. (Granted Laboon isn't exactly aware of the crew's death nor Brook's survival but the point on inverting the usual formula still stands.)
It's noticeable that Bellamy the Hyena and Donquixote Doflamingo share a number of similarities: blond hair with similar hairstyles, almost constant smirk, habit of sticking out tongue, massive ego and love for violence is present in both the characters. At first, it looks like Oda got lazy designing his characters, but then the realization comes: Doflamingo is Bellamy's childhood idol, and Bellamy just tries to imitate his ideal as much as possible.
Fishman Island is 10,000 meters below sea level. Fishmen and merpeople would have to withstand well over 1,000 pounds of water pressure. It makes sense that on land they are ten times stronger than humans.
East Blue Saga
The Straw Hat crew's visit to Loguetown was difficult to swallow at first. Luffy wanders all over the place trying to get to the square where Roger was executed. He even finds it once, then gets lost again! He only manages to get back to the square because the wind happens to pick up and carry his hat there. So he climbs to the top of the tower where Roger died, when suddenly Buggy pins him down. Buggy's inches away from decapitating Luffy, when the tower is struck by lightning. Luffy is unharmed (lucky rubber boy!), and Buggy is incapacitated. Meanwhile, both Buggy's subordinate and the local Marines are trying to blow up or burn down the Going Merry, but it starts raining, thus foiling their plots. After escaping the square, Luffy is running back to the ship, when Captain Smoker captures him. At this point, Dragon appears out-of-nowhere and sets Luffy free. The Straw Hats all get back to the ship and an immense wind speeds them ahead of any potential pursuit. Captain Smoker gapes at just how ridiculously lucky Luffy has been. But not a one of these events was chance or luck. Dragon did it. Dragon apparently possesses the kaze kaze no mi: He is the Wind Logia. He also shares some of Nami's weather-control knowledge. And he's been watching Luffy all throughout Loguetown, but is apparently too shy to look his son in the face. But I can just see Dragon face-palming the whole time he's watching his son. - Mothuzad Keen
The only part of the above that is unfounded guessing is how Dragon manipulated the events, not if he was behind it. Whether Dragon has a DF, a weather machine or a thus far unexplored form of Haki, he very likely was guiding and protecting Luffy in Loguetown.
Guys: "Dragon". Mythical zoan. Eastern dragons make it rain. The math - do it.
That's still Wild Mass Guessing.
But still not totally unfounded, considering how Oda has been shown to work his story.
Apis's Whisper-Whisper Fruit is played up to be the weakest and most ineffective of all Devil Fruits. All she gets is the ability to communicate with animals. But this is a world where most of the animals are ridiculously deadly. Apis has the right personality and demeanor to get animals to join her side. For starters, she could freely travel about the Calm Belt because she can befriend a Sea King. She can make her way to Rusukaina and became pals with all the creatures there. She'd have an army 500 Luffies strong. She could break into Impel Down, and since much of the prison's muscle are animals, she could turn them against the staff and cripple the prison. She could sway the super-strong bugs in the Boin Archipelago to her side. And there are very likely even stronger animals in the New World, so this is far from the limits of her potential.
Ehrm, it pains me to destroy your theory: the One Piece Wiki stated that the Hiso Hiso no mi allows Apis to understand animals and talk to them, but it gives her no power whatsoever over their will. So she could ask to a Sea King for a passage, but whether it accepts or not is up to the beast.
The first troper was saying she would befriend them and get them to do all that, not control them.
Sorry again, but befriending something that sees you as a tasty easy little snack? Even in Real Life, making friends isn't really that easy, let alone giant fierce animals capable of destroying whole countries by themselves.
In real life, most animals are fairly docile and peaceful when not hungry or in danger. You leave them alone, they leave you alone. (There are definitely some exceptions, such as badgers and tigers though.) I would presume the One Piece world's fauna works in a similar way. There have already been cases of powerful hostile animals turning friendly through someone able to communicate with them, such as the birds on the Torino Kingdom and Shirahoshi with the Sea Kings, so I wouldn't consider it beyond Apis's ability and her charismatic, gentle nature to convince the animals to come to her side. And if one can't be negotiated with, they can be forcibly put to one's side through triumph in battle, such as with Cerberus and Momoo. I don't think Apis has that kind of personality, but a user of the Whisper-Whisper Fruit could conceivably do that with animals they've befriended.
To be frank, what does any of this matter? Apis was the central character of a filler arc. In fact, her arc is not only non-canon, it was later directly contradicted by canon (Zoro not believing in dragons despite seeing them in this arc). This is probably why most fans seem to consider it the worst arc in the entire series.
Actually, there's a possibility that it's not contradicted be canon. Zoro stating that he doesn't believe in dragons happens in Punk Hazard. He encounters a dragon in the Warship Island filler arc. In between the two (but closer to Punk Hazard) is the Straw Hats' first visit to Sabaody, during which we actually see Zoro erasing his memory of Kokoro. Since he can apparently do that, I see no reason to assume that his not believing in dragons is a contradiction.
At first during the Arlong Arc, I always thought Arlong was bribing the marines to keep their mouths shut because he just wanted to stay hidden for simple reasons, like not having the marines chase him or to just relax. But after recent chapters, it got me that the only reason Arlong was freed was because Jinbe became a Warlord of the Sea, and if word got up to Marine HQ that Arlong was terrorizing a small island, Jinbe would have no doubt gone there and solved the problem himself. Arlong was bribing the marines because he didn't want to get Jinbe on him! And yes, this would probably happen since it has been implied that Jinbe hates Arlong's guts.
That theory would actually confirm what the Warlords of the Sea are for. Intimidating any minor pirate from doing anything. Or trying to cover it.
Oda's Foreshadowing in general is amazing. The examples are innumerable, and many of them are quite subtle, but here's a pair:
In Loguetown and just before reaching Alabasta, Nami is shown to have an exceptional weather sense (she predicts the huge windstorm that saves Luffy, and then a big cyclone with no plot significance. Then, at the end of the Alabasta arc, Nami's new weapon turns out to be weather control!.
From way, way early in the series, even before meeting Sanji, Luffy says he wants a musician on the crew (the line, paraphrased, is something like "Man, I hate not having good food out here. You know what we need on this crew? A MUSICIAN!"). He repeats this a number of times, ("Luffy, since we all got so injured in that fight, you should really add to the crew—" "A musician, I know!"), and then with Brook, they finally have a musician... Hundreds of chapters later! - Confusion567
In Romance Dawn, Haki, of all things, is foreshadowed, leaving the one thing I thought of coming out nowhere, no longer as irritating. Shanks uses it on the Sea Monster when he protects Luffy. More proof that Oda knows what he's doing.
All the way back in the Lougetown arc, Luffy was about to be executed by Buggy on the execution platform when it was struck by lightning. While Buggy is fried, and the platform burnt down, Luffy is miraculously unscathed. Cut to the Skypiea arc, and he is proven to be immune to Eneru's Lightning. Luffy's immunity to lightning was fore-shadowed very early on.
I wouldn't say this should actually be considered foreshadowing, considering that insulation of electricity is a well known property of rubber.
After the execution stand is struck down by lightning in Lougetown, Sanji asks Zoro if he believes in God (canon says he doesn't). A few arcs later we end up in Skypiea, where resident A God Am I Eneru uses, yup, lightning.
This borders a bit on WMG, but for a long time, I found Sanji's flanderization regarding women a bit tacked on, as if it was just there to make him more flawed. I just didn't think it was plausible how he went from reasonably cool to overly fawning of all the women he met. Then I realized that of the first five Straw Hats, he never really had a mother figure or a sister figure; Luffy had Makino and Dadan, Zoro had Kuina, Ussopp had Kaya and his mother, and Nami had Bellemere. Sanji on the other hand, mainly had Zeff and the other cooks, limiting his exposure to woman(especially since he's living on ship).
Also, observe the other Straw Hats. Chopper had Doctor Kureha. Robin had her mother. Franky had Kokoro. In contrast, look at Brook. His crew did not appear to have any women and aside from being isolated for fifty years, he was tactless when talking women (like strolling up to a girl and ask to see her panties).
Drum Island Arc
The noble quack doctor Hiruluk's last words are as follows "Sooner or later, I will die anyway. But a man does not die when he is shot. Nor does he die to disease, nor to eating a poison mushroom! He does not die due to a sword! A man dies when he is forgotten!" So what is he saying? If a man is remembered, he will never die. Flash forward to Gold Roger's old first mate recounting the man's last words to him before facing his execution because he's going to die soon anyway, due to a disease: "I won't die, partner." He then goes on to spark the Golden Age of Piracy with his last words, ensuring that he will never be forgotten. Not only do their death scenes parallel each other perfectly (Roger's death being grander), Gold Roger and Hiruluk have the same philosophy on death; Hiruluk probably picked it up from Gold Roger during their youth! -Enlong
This exact point is stated the Hávamál, which is a part of the Poetic Edda of Norse Mythology. It might just be a coincidence, but I recall Oda saying that his interest in pirates started with vikings. -Conflux
I'm currently working on the theory that the entire show is Gold Roger's inherited will. -Confusion567
A running gag in the Drum Kingdom arc was Luffy consistently having a delayed reaction to the cold weather around him. At least two or three occasions went by where Luffy was slow on the uptake, usually only noticing the cold after someone else pointed it out. At first glance this is just a joke at Luffy's idiocy, but then I realized: Isnt rubber an insulator? To be honest, I don't know if that's how it works here, but it made me realize that it's quite possible that Luffy actually can't feel cold right away. His insulated rubber body gives him a slightly higher tolerance for cold than most. He's hardly immune (Aokiji aside he nearly froze to death in Drum), but he is noticeably hardier in the cold than others. — Sgamer82
Oddly enough, Luffy seems no less sensitive to heat than normal people. — Rampulus
Rubber is an ELECTRIC insulator, which has nothing to do with temperature conductivity. People pointing it out to him wouldn't suddenly make him cold, it was simply done for laughs.
An interesting fact is that poor conductors of electricity are also poor heat conductors. So while not on the level of styrofoam, it is indeed a temperature insulator.
To add to all of this, rubber is in fact a good heat insulator. However, rubber's structural properties are affected by hot temperatures. This explains why, while Luffy would naturally be more resilient to both hot and cold temperatures, he's really only tolerant to the cold.
I was looking at picture of the Crowning Moment of Heartwarming page when something hit me. The picture on that page is the "cherry blossoms" from the end of the Drum arc. While truly an awesome and heartwarming moment, only when I happened to look at that picture at this moment did it hit me: The combination of the giant pink cloud and the sheer cliffs of the Drum Rockies look like an actual giant cherry tree.
Made all the more heartwarming because Luffy had no idea that Chopper is a doctor. He wasn't recruiting Chopper because his crew needed a doctor, he just wanted Chopper to be his nakama.
After Wapol fired on Hiriluk's Jolly Roger, Luffy went up and protected it, keeping it from falling. He then said to Wapol something along the lines of "This flag is not something you can just shoot down while smiling like an idiot." Now, of all the Straw Hats, which two are the ones who are, at any given moment, most likely to be smiling like idiots? Luffy and Usopp. Yet... neither of them were smiling like idiots when Luffy ordered Sogeking to shoot down the flag of the World Government in Enies Lobby!
Befitting the eponymous trope, Ace in many ways functions as the ideal hero not just in comparison to Luffy, but in general; friendly, sociable, is the son of the most influential figure in the series, has a classic hero power(fire), and is considered one of the strongest characters. With his death, the story emphasizes that despite these qualities, Luffy is the hero the story needs.
Ideal hero? We're talking about the same dine-n'-dashing, pirate-following, rebellious, Marine-busting, reckless Ace right?
So, in the Alabasta arc, after Luffy's defeat by Crocodile, Robin saves him and questions why "those with the initial of D. are so persistent." Of course, she was talking from experience, as we learn that the giant who saved her life 20 years before also had the middle initial "D".
In the Baroque works saga, Mr 2 Bon Clay announces his special technique—composite face changing, where he can change each part of his face—and announces that he will create the strangest face known to man! five seconds later, he turns back with "90% of his own face". That was funny in and of itself (see: the ten-second long awkward silence afterwards), but what I only realized the second time watching was the the 10% he changed was his nose... To Usopp's.
A moment of Fridge Brilliance that occurred to me a while ago regarding the Alabasta arc. The key element that allowed the Straw Hats to escape Crocodile's fiendishly clever trap was the fact that Crocodile's information about the Straw Hats was incomplete, which allowed Sanji (who he never knew about) and Chopper (who he dismissed as a pet) to trick him. It wasn't for a long time that I realized he should have known about Sanji all along. The Unluckies only identified Luffy, Zoro, and Nami at Whiskey Peak, and the Mr. 3 and 5 pairs met Usopp at Little Garden. But in between Miss All-Sunday met all five current Straw Hats. The fact that Crocodile didn't know about Sanji despite his own Dragon having met him makes you realize Robin was undermining Crocodile's activities even then.
Okay, so during the final battle between Luffy and Crocodile, Antonin Dvorak's 9th symphony played during Luffy's finishing move. I love the New World Symphony and all, but I didn't realize the following until almost a year after I watched the episode, when I was literally removing food from my refrigerator. Get this: baroque music was playing during the defeat of the leader of Baroque works.
About that... Dvorak composed "romantic" music not "Baroque" (the Baroque period was about a century earlier).
That only inspires anotherFridge Brilliance: It's used for the triumph of romantic ideas, which Crocodile was just criticizing Luffy for having!
More brilliance... the name of the music played is From The New world. I'm not sure if this is just a coincidence or more foreshadowing on Oda's part, but what's the name of the latter half of the Grand Line that makes the first half seem like paradise?
Well, Oda really doesn't have much if any control when it comes to the anime (although unlike most creators, he likes the adaptation), but that just makes everything awesome in hindsight.
In the same vein, Oda stated in his SBS that the characters were in love "with adventure" in order to justify not having romance (the more serious reason being Romantic Plot Tumor). This actually makes a great deal of sense however; Luffy's all about going on adventures and fulfilling "a man's romance"! The journeys that each character takes to achieve their dreams only reinforces that. As opposed to most heroes who only want to get stronger, Luffy really cares about the adventure that he goes on to become Pirate King, not so necessarily about being the strongest. After the war, it seems that Luffy even reinvigorated Crocodile's motivation as well. Romance is there... it's just not the kind you're thinking of.
It struck me as odd that the swan-themed Mr 2 Bon Clay was the only male member of Baroque Works that didn't have a number motif in his character design. But then I realized it was there all along- swans have the same shape as the number 2!
Actually a comment from One Piece Wiki: During the Alabasta arc, Ace tells Luffy that they will meet at "the summit". Though it's said to be a mistranslation (It was more "they will meet again after becoming great pirates), it makes sense. Where does Luffy finally meet Ace? At Marine Headquarters, in a battle of the three great powers!- Blueflame724
In Crocodile's first fight with Luffy, when they were in the desert, he said he was unbeatable there. Simple villainous boasting? Yes, but it was proven to be true, Luffy only managed to defeat Crocodile when they met inside a city. Looking at what he could do in the desert as opposed to the capital (where his powers were limited by lack of sand) it's entirely possible Luffy would've never beaten him if their third fight didn't occur where it did.
Another one for Crocodile. A lot of people thought for a long time that Crocodile was one of the weakest Warlord of the Sea because his former bounty was so low compared to the others, and in a few cases were confused as to how he was holding his own so well in Marineford. His low former bounty should actually be seen as proof of how tough he is. See, it's easy for pirates with bounties exceeding 300,000,000 berries like Gecko Moria and Doflamingo to have the intimidating reputations a Warlord needs, but it takes a special breed of Bad Ass to make the Marines suddenly realize that they need you on their side before your bounty even comes close to getting that high.
As for how he lost to Luffy, pay attention to the third fight; Crocodile almost never uses his powers throughout it. He himself stated that his mastery over his Devil Fruit powers were his main claim to power, and he forgoes using them in favor of simple meleeing, which is Luffy's specialty. He attempted an I Am Not Left-Handed gambit, and severely miscalculated.
Also, pay attention during the fights Crocodile gets into in Marineford. No one ever attempts to use water to land hits on him like Luffy does, and his opponents are the other Warlords (His former allies) and Whitebeard's crew (Who he fought at one point), the people who logically should know more about his fighting ability than anyone else Crocodile would be facing. With Crocodile's ability to instantly dry up moisture, Luffy may very well be the only one who actually knows about this weakness(Well, except Robin and the few people in Alabasta who saw Luffy using water to kick Crocodile's ass, of course).
You don't need to use water to hit Crocodile if you have armor haki. Armor haki makes it so that a devil fruit user's physical(real) body will be hit. While the marines, Seven Warlords and Whitebeard pirates may or may not know of his weakness to being hit by water or wet objects, why go through the trouble of soaking your limbs when you have access to haki and seastone?
Actually, no, Haki-infused attacks aren't that useful against him either. Crocodile has been stated to have mastered his powers to the extent that he transforms reflexively the instant an attack starts to make contact(which makes water by far the more effective option; when an attack with a soaked fist/foot makes contact, it's already too late for him, while a Haki-based attack he can get out of the way of before it can actually do damage), and even Haki-infused attacks have to actually hit him to do anything. After all, he No Sell'd a beheading from Doflamingo. Also remember, he's been to the New World, and it took Whitebeard to put him down; you don't get that far by folding to every combatant with Haki that comes your way.
The point of the above argument is that people who believe that Crocodile is one of the weak Warlords bring up that his vulnerability to water in the mostly-oceanic One Piece world is an apparent Weaksauce Weakness. Basically, the idea here is that not only is Crocodile capable of negating that weakness in most situations, it's entirely likely that no one even knows about that weakness.
Also, just pointing it out, but seastone is almost exclusively available to the Marines, and is used mostly for building their prisons/handcuffs and coating their ships so they can avoid Sea Kings; it's almost never used as a weapon against Devil Fruit users.
Seastone was used later in the story as a weapon of sorts to attack another fighter with logia-like (but not actually logia) powers - Marco. The reason why no one bothers with Crocodile may be that his major defense strategy is (as later shown) easy to beat for anyone who's been to New World, which is almost everyone significant in Marineford arc.
Pell surviving his Heroic Sacrifice is seen as an Ass Pull by many, but makes sense after the concept of Haki is explained. He used a weak, instinctive, form of Armament Haki that left him with just enough life for that doctor to save him. Doesn't make it feel like any less of an asspull on first viewing, coming off as poorly implemented foreshadowing, but it would also explain why nearly everyone in One Piece is Made of Iron.
On the subject of Haki, one might wonder how Luffy Gum Gum Storm'd his way through the blades created by Crocodile's final attack. Maybe that was foreshadowing of his Haki.
Just having re-read that arc, I was wondering if the fact that Luffy was able to hit Crocodile in their last fight wasn't down to blood, but down to subconscious Haki.
Like many others, I was somewhat bothered that Crocodile,a villain who was fought relatively early in the series was capable of holding his own in Marineford while Luffy was continually struggling. But you have to remember that much of Crocodile's development revolves around his cynicism and disillusionment. He goes from a reasonably powerful New World pirate to terrorizing a kingdom in the first half of the Grand Line(not to say the latter isn't an achievement). When he lost his motivation, he stopped challenging himself and relied on the powers of other weapons(like Pluton).
I was thinking about Robin's alias in the Baroque works and how funny it was that since she's the most powerful female member there it was sort of implying that Sunday is the ultimate day of the week which is toty allaccurate if you ask me, when it hit me: the All in Ms. Allsunday counters Crocodile's Mr. 0: it's everything and nothing, respectively.
Fairly early on in the Skypiea arc Eneru's powers are shown for the first time when he tries to kill Conis for trying to convince the Straw Hats to run away. The first time you read the chapter it looks like a straightforward sequence of events that you wouldn't question; Luffy manages to dodge the blast long enough for Gan Fall to swoop in and pull them the rest of the way to safety. But, if you reread the sequence later you'll notice that Gan Fall pops up with them through the massive hole in the clouds left by Eneru's blast, implying that he wasn't actually the one who saved them, he just caught them once they were blown through the ground. Which means that this is actually neatly foreshadowing Luffy's immunity to Eneru's lightning, disguised in a way that people wouldn't think twice about. It also means that Conis is very lucky that he held her close enough to shield her while trying to dodge.
Chapter 597 made this fridge brilliance hit me like a ton of bricks. The entire Skypiea arc WASN'T ultimately pointless to the rest of the plot, as most fans have dubbed it to be. In Skypiea, we see several examples of what we will eventually know as Haki, displaying several different types of it and what exactly can be done with it. In other words, the entire arc is ONE MASSIVE PIECE OF FORSHADOWING. - Toa Novu
There's also the fact that the Skypeia Arc gets the crew treasure, giving them enough money to warrant a visit to Galley-La in Water 7, starting off the conflict with Usopp during the CP9 saga.
In fact, the immense strain put on the ship from the journey to Skypiea is a large factor in why the Going Merry broke down.
The 'dial' technology introduced there was later integrated into Nami's and Ussop's weapons, giving a completely logical explanation for their sudden increase in power.
This arc reinforced that "Gold Roger" is in fact "Gol D. Roger" (first mentioned in an aside by Dr Kureha in the Drum Island Arc). Readers didn't think anything about Ace having a D. because he's Luffy's brother, but seeing the King of the Pirates sporting the initial made the whole 'Will of D.' thing a pretty big deal.
And it also served as Foreshadowing that the Roger pirates had figured out the Void Century (or Lost 100 Years, or whatever you want to call it).
And the Poneglyph in Skypiea will probably be important in the Fishman Island Arc, and possibly much more important later on as the Straw Hats get further along in the New World.
The conflict with Bellamy and the quick scene at the end of the arc establish Doflamingo and his idea of the "new age."
and most importantly, it puts time between Robin joining the crew, and being forced to leave it. If you pay attention to her character throughout that arc, she's continually pleasantly surprised by the Straw Hats' happy-go-lucky attitude, and tendency to choose adventure and fun over practicality. Especially in the bonfire scene, and at the end when she is the only one who knows the residents of Skypiea aren't chasing them to get the gold back but to give them more. Without the experiences of getting to know the crew she gains in Skypiea, Robin wouldn't have given a damn if Aokiji blew them up, and probably would have betrayed them as per her usual MO.
During a meeting between Gan Fall and a young Wyper, Wyper's Berserk Button was pressed when Gan Fall mentioned he enjoyed drinking pumpkin juice, leading to him to irrationally attack Gan Fall. At first, it seemed rather strange for Wyper to flip out over something like that. Then we see in the flashback of Noland with Wyper's ancestor Calgara that Noland introduced pumpkins to Shandians. So it was possible that pumpkins were considered sacred to the Shandians or perhaps Wyper felt that pumpkins belonged specifically to the Shandians and for the former Lord of the Skypieans to enjoy it must have felt like a terrible offence to him.
It was probably simply the fact that pumpkins come from Shandia. They are plants and therefore can only be grown in Skypiea on Upper Yard. Gan Fall's statement could be interpreted (and clearly was by Wyper) as "I really enjoy the things my people have forcibly taken from your people."
The Straw Hats may have misinterpreted the Skypieans bringing them the giant golden pillar, but if you think about it, it's really just as well and might be why Robin chose not to correct them. If they hadn't done so and accepted the Skypieans' gift, it would have sunk their ship, even if the Going Merry was in peak condition and they left behind all the gold they "stole".
At the end of chapter 253 the Shandians are discussing attacking Upper Yard. In the panel that talks about them taking back their home the view switches to the moon above. Where do we eventually find out the ancestors of the Skypieans and Shandians were from?
Water 7 / Enies Lobby Arcs
In the scene where Luffy and Usopp were fighting about the fate of Going Merry, Zoro was the only one who barely reacted to the situation, keeping a calm head, when everyone else was arguing and yelling. At first, even I thought that it was a little cold of Zoro to be like that. Then, I thought about how everyone was actively trying to stop the fight, while Zoro simply let it went as it did. Even if they managed to stop the fight, Luffy and Usopp would have butted heads over the matter again sooner or later. And imagine what would have happen if they fought later on while trying to rescue Robin? It would have brought everyone's morals down and made their teamwork less effective.
Remember when Spandam was boasting to Luffy about the power the World Government wields, and asking Luffy if he could possibly understand what defying the WG to rescue Robin from Enies Lobby would mean? Luffy's response then was: "Yes, I understand exactly how the WG thinks." Taken at face value, it could be seen as simply Luffy being Badass enough to not cower before Spandam. However, if you take into consideration the fact that the World Nobles were responsible for the death of Sabo waaaay back in Luffy's childhood, Luffy's declaration to Spandam takes on a whole new level of deep meaning. Essentially, he's got a really deep-seated desire for vengeance against the entire WG in general and the World Nobles in particular that he keeps well-hidden behind his idiotic smile at all times.—Justice Reaper
If that is so then wouldn't the contempt be even greater since the WG has now killed Ace?
While the World Government did order his execution, they didn't have much of a choice because he was captured, and he was a pirate, so Luffy probably bears no grudge against them for doing something they were expected to do. Luffy has more contempt for Ace's actual killer, Admiral Akainu, also known as Fleet Admiral Sakazuki.
This is a great scene, not only because it references parts of Luffy's past that haven't been made known to the reader yet, but because of how it subverts Luffy's status as a classic Idiot Hero. Up until this point, Luffy, while obviously brave, could have been doing all the crazy shit he's doing out of ignorance of how badly it could go wrong, and his over confidence has only been enforced by his extreme luck. But in acknowledging that he KNOWS how big a threat he's facing, and is still willing to fight and act in his reckless manner, it shows that he's not an idiot running around Cutting the Knot because he's ignorant of there being another way to do things, but instead someone who made a conscious decision on how he wants to live his life despite the consequences. And the latter is much more badass, and casts a different light over a lot of his antics.
From the same troper: This also lends some rather heavy significance to Luffy's words to Vivi during the Alabasta arc. Words which, in retrospect, he said to her because he himself had to learn the truth of those words the hard way. "Vivi... people die."
I got to thinking about Aokiji warning Luffy repeatedly that having Robin aboard his ship would spell certain doom for the Straw Hats... and is struck by how closely that mirrors the old sailor's superstition that it's bad luck to have a woman aboard.
But...they had Nami on board their ship for quite a while before they got Robin, and Vivi as well...
Both of whom led to trouble: Nami kick-started the Arlong arc (where she steals the ship and leaves the crew), and taking on Vivi launched the Alabasta arc (where they got involved in world politics, and Luffy, you know... met Crocodile), respectively.
All but one of Luffy's bounty-rises were due to these incidents (Arlong Arc got him a bounty in the first place, Alabasta Arc more than tripled it, Enies Lobby tripled that).
So I was wondering, what's the deal with CP9!? They are still way low on the Sorting Algorithm of Evil (Think lv 50 boss out of 200) when they can be beaten, by the Straw Hats, and by extension, all eleven supernova crews, then there are the World Powers, and basically everyone in the New World... But then I realized something, CP9 are assassins!, They don't need strength, because even Mihawk would die if you slit his throat in his sleep; in other words, CP9's strength is only proportional to their quality as assassins, which is also why everybody else in CP9 seems to hate Fukuro.
In addition, it's highly probable that they're the best of Cipher Pol not only because they were strong but also because they were good at gathering info and other spy stuff (like, yeah, assassination). It's a testament to their ability that they managed to even give a good fight to the Straw Hats, despite direct combat technically not being their strong suit.
One small thing. The Straw Hats are probably the second most powerful Supernova crew (out of the Supernovas, they had the second-highest captain bounty and the second highest non-captain bounty at Sabondy, behind Kid's crew). Since the Straw Hat's pulled out all the stops and barely beat the CP 9, it's doubtful that most of the other Supernova crews could pull it off. Still a good point though.
In their encounter with Aokiji, he claims that every organisation Robin has been part of has been destroyed, and not one person has escaped except her. A few episodes later she starts working with CP9 to retrieve Pluton. Naturally, the Straw Hats defeat CP9. Looks like what he said was true after all.
Mainly because they never accepted her, they never came to love or care about her, becoming True Companions. They only used her as a tool. The Straw Hats, however, care about her regardless of her past. And they not only survived but became even stronger.
During the raid on Franky House, at the start Luffy starts using Gatling in what seems to be him charging up a punch. His skin also goes red. This is really neat foreshadowing of Gear Second, in which Luffy pumps blood round his body to increase his power.
Robin's seastone handcuffs are unlocked by the #5 key. Said key was held by Kaku, meaning Spandam gave the key to his strongest enforcer left.
Thriller Bark Arc
It annoyed me that Brook and zombie Ryuuma’s slightly different personalities were handwaved by saying that Brook’s shadow had just forgotten his past. That couldn’t be the only explanation because Ryuuma showcased Blood Knight tendencies that Brook lacks. Then I remembered Cindry, a zombie who somehow retained a bit of her free will. I realized that there’s a line hinting that something similar happened with Ryuuma: "It feels as if I am about to fight a titanic creature... It even sends shivers down my body. What a feeling! Yohohoho!" I have to conclude that “a titanic creature” refers to a dragon which samurai Ryuuma slew meaning that his zombie form still has some unconscious memories of his life. Therefore zombie Ryuuma’s personality is, in fact, a mix between amnesic Brook and a loyal zombie with shades of Ryuuma's old personality.
Moria is the subject of a lot of hate for being a Flunky Boss and for going down easily when he went One-Winged Angel and at Marineford. But he's not shaped like that (entirely) because it's funny, since we've seen him at Roger's execution looking slim and muscular: His defeat at Kaido's hands led him to become morbidly obese, and therefore has very poor mobility and hand-to-hand combat, which he was forced to rely on both times he seemed to have been worfed.
I was watching a video of the Straw Hats / Oars battle when a thought hit me. In Thriller Bark, Gecko Moria turned Luffy's power against the Straw Hat crew by putting Luffy's shadow into Oars and using his own powers to simulate Luffy's stretching on top of that. How does Luffy respond? By turning Moria's powers against him in the form of Nightmare Luffy.
Sabaody Archipelago Arc
Despite the unbridled awesome to come, I was somewhat disappointed after the Straw Hat crew were scattered across the globe by Kuma and the manga's focus shifted almost entirely to Luffy with only hints of what the others were going through. Upon consideration, however, it could be brilliant because when the anime catches up, instead of making up Filler Arcs to give the manga time to pull ahead again, the animation team will be able to spend time telling the stories of the rest of the crew.
Perhaps the most brilliant part of the separation arc occurs at the end after Luffy's heartbreaking loss of his brother. After focusing on Luffy for so long the crew is pushed to the back of the reader's mind, as they were pushed to the back of Luffy's. In this way, his realization that he has not lost everything and wants to see his crew becomes that much more poignant and accessible to the reader. It allows us to feel the chunk of time they weren't together more personally.
Some of the logia powers shown so far in the manga have all had a element of mystery. Kizaru is once heard mumble a cryptic Pre Ass Kicking One Liner - "Light is...weight." If one isn't familiar with Einstein's relativity theory, it makes absolutely no sense. - Spirit Of Sahara
For the sake of those that aren't familiar, I'll dissect the comment; Things get more massive (and usually heavier as a result) as they get faster, and reaching the speed of light gives you infinite mass (infinate weight if there's anything with gravity nearby). Light can do it because it had no mass to begin with, so infinity times nothing is still nothing. Kizaru's immense destructive power need not be superhuman strength at all, as if he kicked someone at the speed of light, he would have to turn back at that speed to be solid, giving him a mass that rivals a black hole for the instant it takes him to slow down. And according to Newton that makes the force greater than.... I'll stop there.
The bottom line being that Kizaru's mass destructive powers are actually based on solid physics, and that Oda did the research yet again. The other Fridge logic being that Kizaru is much, much, smarter than he appears at first glance.
Bartholomew Kuma asks "If you're going on a trip, where would you like to go?" before his target is propelled to a far away location, possibly torn away from True Companions, with no way of getting back anytime soon...except every time he's done this, he's sent them 'exactly where they want to go or need to be. This gives an impression he's benevolent and/or a very good Chessmaster... or rather WAS.
And after the two year time skip, Brook has become a celebrity soul musician. Why hasn't he been arrested after these two years? Because no one from Marine HQ knew that he was part of the Straw Hats yet, and therefore, despite him having a bounty while alive, has no price on his head for those particular incidents.
This also explains why there are people impersonating each of the Straw Hats except for Brook.
They're aware now.
How were the Fake Straw Hats going to imitate a living skeleton, anyway? That is simply not possible without the Revive-Revive Fruit.
Then again, most everyone who sees Brook assumes he's just wearing a skull mask of some kind.
Whitebeard (Edward) and Blackbeard's (Teach) names are based of a single real pirate: "Blackbeard" Edward Teach. Now that Blackbeard has absorbed Whitebeard's DF and killed him, Blackbeard has metaphorically become the real Edward Teach. Could Oda have really planned this from the start?!
Yeah...it's pretty obvious that he did.
When Rayleigh first meets Luffy, his first comment to him is "That straw hat suits you". Seems like an odd offhand comment at first...then we later find out that Rayleigh's old captain Gold Roger wore a straw hat (if not THAT straw hat).
Although I don't think it's ever been specifically stated (Although it still might have) it is strongly implied that Roger passed the hat to Shanks.
As sad as it was to see the Straw Hats separated, it did make sense. Considering everything Luffy went through from Impel Down to Marineford, if the other Straw Hats had accompanied him on his mission to save Ace, they would've been slaughtered.
It also gave Luffy a chance to develop a strong bond with soon-to-be crewmate Jinbe.Heartwarming In Hindsight because that would mean when the other Straw Hats couldn't be there for Luffy, he already had a Straw Hat with him, albeit unknowingly.
Amazon Lily Arc
Several of my friends rolled their eyes when Luffy turned out to have a one-in-a-million superpowerful Haki in one of the more recent arcs of One Piece, and at first I agreed, since it made Luffy seem more like he was just lucking out into a sort of Chosen One rather than just an insanely determined kid with big dreams. On further reflection, however, it occurred to me that Luffy has ungodly powerful Haki not because he had good genes or a destiny, but because he is Luffy. Luffy's willpower and ambition exceed that of practically any being on the planet, and he acknowledges no authority higher than himself; the World Government's authority means nothing to Luffy, and he even talks to Whitebeard like an equal, to the shock and alarm of nearly everybody, and tells him to his face that he's going to be the pirate king. King's Disposition indeed!
Luffy's "King's" Ambition/Haki both grated and ended up making sense for a different reason. What grated was the fact that, assuming the Mook-KO part of the power is exclusive to the King's, this supposedly one-in-a-million power was seen to be possessed by at most four people (Luffy, Hancock, Shanks, and Rayleigh) and the Contrived Coincidence of all of these people winding up in direct contact with Luffy. What actually causes it to make sense though, is the fact that nearly all of these people are among those who have aimed for or reached the top of their game. In that regard, given the escalating nature of the Grand Line, it makes perfect sense that people with this power would show up together even in small groups farther up the Grand Line. I also has a "Wild Mass Guess" that people with this particular form of Ambition are instinctively attracted to one another, explaining how Luffy managed to meet them all. — Sgamer82
Actually, both Ace and Coby have Haki as well, Ace's being similar to Luffy's and Coby's being the ability to hear "voices". Coby's Haki in particular points to the powers of the people of Skypeia (most notably Eneru and his priests, and Aisa) being some form of Haki as well despite going by a different name (likely due to the fact that they were floating in the sky apart from the rest of society).
It is possible that other minor events in the series that didn't draw much notice or seem notable at the time may have been perpetrated with the help of Haki ...
To the above, I like to think this about how Luffy was able to stop Arlong's sword. It may have been rage-induced strength, or his unknown Haki, or even just a combination of both.
Don't forget there are instances of clear foreshadowing leading up to this arc. Remember when Luffy fought Iron Mask Duval he took his bull, Motobaro on by himself and got angry enough to release a dose of Haki that scared Motobaro into shaking in his boots.
Pell.Armament Haki. Could be why the plot had Robin take him out before he could get a chance at Crocodile himself.
It has been stated that the winner in a fight is one with the stronger convictions. The straw hats have only lost to Aokiji, Kizaru, Kuma, and Sentoumaru, with a near-loss to Magellan. Combined with Hannyabal's "You Shall Not Pass!" speech and his impressive showing despite having no devil fruit powers, it seems like their convictions are stronger than the Straw Hats. Even villains can have ideals and dreams too...- Fish Stampede
Well, that's also assuming that all of those characters are straight-out villains. Aokiji seems like a very decent guy ('Lazy Justice' my ass, he was deliberately trying to give Robin a second and even third chance, despite his obvious duty being to kill or capture her.), Kuma may or may not have been an actual good guy at some point, and Kizaru seems more Lawful Neutral than villainous. What must be remembered is that most of these 'villains' are actually protecting people, the normal citizens of their world, from the pirates who would harm them. Luffy's crew is the exception, not the rule. I wouldn't call the enemies 'heroes', but most of them aren't straight-up villains either. Even Akainu, that most bastardy of bastards in the marines, is basically a Well-Intentioned Extremist / Knight Templar with lava powers—he's utterly ruthless and definitely takes things way too far... but he's not deliberately doing cruel or evil things. He doesn't seem to enjoy hurting people, but believes in absolutely NO mercy. In fact, the sheer complexity of every character is what makes Oda-sensei so great... if you compare Luffy's reaction to that of the fans, you'll see that initially, they're similar (both the fans and Luffy see things extremely simply at first; Luffy's simplicity doesn't change, however, even when the situation gets complex). On the other hand, as can be seen here, the situation is immensely complex, and who is or is not a villain/hero can be up to debate, just like in the real world. Despite how over-the-top the show is about EVERYTHING, very few of the characters are overtly and absolutely of a specific alignment—as in real life, you get far more Chaotic Neutral, True Neutral, and Neutral Good characters than you do Lawful Good and Chaotic Evil, and even then, they can't be defined strictly by their alignment.
In his mind, yes. He was ordered to make sure none of the archeologists escaped. He felt he couldn't take even the slightest chance. It doesn't justify it to US. But he was acting "for the good of the world."
Keep in mind that hundreds of people had probably already died because of the Buster Call. If any archaeologists escaped, that would mean they died for no reason, and furthermore that OTHER islands further down the line might suffer the same fate.
In a way that is true fridge brilliance, afterall Robin did escape, and another island was destroyed. If Akainu's will had been respected Enies Lobby would have been spared.
Problem being those people didn't have to die if the government just summary executed the scholars when they were rounded up instead of wiping the island off the map. Also, was it too much for the marines to search the escape ship after it dock to see if they were anyone who snuck onboard? Seeing what happened to their home, I doubt any of those citizens would had protect any scholar. Really, blowing the ship up was an act of laziness and a disregard to human life on Akainu's part.
As it was killing the marines that tried to escape the Marineford war to go home with their families when they saw they stood no chance against Whitebeard's troops.
For the two above: Laziness? Maybe, but it seems more like desperation instead. You think it would be good/easy enough to inspect all the people in the ship while in the middle of an assault? As for the marines in the Marineford war, they're technically deserting and, even in Real Life, deserting can be punishable with death (not to mention they're supposed to be protecting the HQ).
While reading over the most recent chapter, something became apparent about the way Whitebeard died. Quite a few characters had wanted to land the killing blow themselves, but in the end, who does it? Not Blackbeard, but the Blackbeard Pirates as a whole, reinforcing how Blackbeard feels about his crew and his Evil Counterpart status with Luffy by having them take part in his big moment. - Shotgun Ninja
It's more like showing that despite all his big talk and apparent similarities to Luffy, Blackbeard's nothing but a coward. The anime shows it especially well. Whitebeard, despite his condition, is easily trouncing Blackbeard, and you can see the fear in Teach's eyes, and the instant Whitebeard hesitates, Blackbeard calls his crew in to gang up so that he can be sure that he finishes the old man off, rather than risk defeat.
This was from a filler part of the War on Marineford arc where Ace is officially made 2nd Commander of Whitebeard's fleet. The crew pulls him in as he eats and crowds on him, which exactly mirrors Chopper's first party as a member of the Straw Hats. Essentially, it was the same dynamic of an outcast that had been taught that he was a monster finally finding acceptance in group that treated him like family! It also gives a heartwarming spin on the Whitebeard pirates' determination to rescue Ace: he's their Chopper! - Pickled Plums
You could also draw plenty of comparisons between Ace and Robin. Both had to grow up being told that they were scum simply for existing (even if the people were only being hypothetical with Ace), and both found crews that were perfectly willing to invade heavily defended Government bases in order to get them back. Also, each rescue started somewhat similarly, with Ace/Robin screaming for the Whitebeard/Straw Hat pirates to just leave him/her alone and leave him/her to his/her fate. Followed by the rescuers ignoring the request and just commence with the rescuing anyway.
In the same vein: Luffy went to a goverment island (Enies Lobby) to save one crewmember, declaring war on the world in the process. Whitebeard went to Marineford (another goverment island) to do essentially the exact same thing. Luffy was also the only one involved in both, and he caused major troubles in Impel Down to save on person, too.
Why did Whitebeards ships come up to Marinford? He had just come from fishman island
Or Whitebeard was, you know, getting past the first line of defense
In an SBS a while back, Oda said that if a human ate Chopper's Human-Human Fruit, they'd become "enlightened." This is actually foreshadowing Sengoku's powers because he ate the Human-Human Buddha Model Fruit!
Luffy is pegged as a threat by the government early on because of his defeats of Buggy, Krieg, and Arlong. This level of danger only escalates in the government's eyes as Luffy's accomplishments increase. This comes to a head during the Paramount War, when Luffy's uncontrolled burst of Haki levels many of the combatants. Sengoku makes Luffy his highest priority short of Whitebeard himself. As noted in a few entries above, King's Haki users are among the most powerful people around, but there's even more to it here. According to Whitebeard, when someone finds the One Piece, it'll shake the world and Sengoku is afraid of that happening. Among the known users of Supreme King Haki, Luffy is the only one seen actively seeking the One Piece and Sengoku knows it. This puts Luffy high on the kill-before-he-can-become-a-serious-threat list.
Benn Beckmann threatens Kizaru enough for the man to halt his attack. What could Benn have in his gun to make Kizaru hold off? Seastone bullets. Unless bullets could be imbued with Haki, seastone bullets would be the one type of bullet which could even harm a Logia-user.
It may be possible that his bullets are imbued with haki since the Kuja of Amazon Lily do this with their arrows.
Being the the two major deaths in the major timeline, Ace and Whitebeard meet their ends in rather similar ways. They both die for the sake of family, but in different ways. Ace of course loved the Whitebeard pirates like his family, but symbolically gave it up to protect Luffy(with his Whitebeard tattoo utterly ravaged).
Sengoku tells Blackbeard that Marineford can just be rebuilt. He would know after the fight with Shiki and Garp left it destroyed.
When Buggy tells Shanks that he hates him so much because is his fault that he ate the Bara Bara fruit, Shanks' response is only "so that's what happened" followed by Buggy bewildered that Shanks take it so lightly. While Funny as hell, it actually makes sense. Shanks, along the rest of the crew, saw Buggy eating the fruit, and the next time he sees him, he can't swim. Everybody knew the rumors of no being able to swim, so there was no reason for Shanks to think that was his fault anything that happened to Buggy.
First time we meet Ace, he is more or less 100% fangirl bait with a shapely bod, no shirt to hide that or his tattoos, and a cool head to contrast with Luffy's impetuity. However, every facet of this has a reason for existing: he's went under more rigorous training living under Dadan than Luffy (since living under Dadan meant you ate what you hunted); his tattoos actually illustrate very important stages of his pre-story Character Development (the Whitebeard mark being an obvious one to his acceptance of Whitebeard as his true father and the misspelled name on his left arm being a tribute to his first friend Sabo); his flame powers would burn off any shirt he put on since his Logia powers woule instantly activate if anyone tried to hit him torso-up; and his maturity is not only based on him being Luffy's main caretaker when they were kids, but also Sabo's last request to look after him, their little brother. - Rookiez78
As part of Designated Protagonist Syndrome, Luffy is often considered to have the least tragic backstory of the main characters. Yet in more recent events, Oda decided to break the "One Piece characters only die in flashbacks" rule, starting with Ace. However, it rather fits Luffy's character; he's the kind of person who doesn't care about the past, as evidenced with his disregard for Robin and Nami's pasts. Therefore, the worst tragedy for the hero himself happens in the present day.
Now that we've seen what happened to Sabo, this no longer seems to be true.
Nevertheless, It is Ace's death that brings back Luffy's memories.
As the date of his execution drew near, Ace told Jinbei that he didn't have to worry about Luffy after meeting the Straw Hhat crew back in Alabasta. After Ace's death, Jinbei reminds Luffy of his crew, giving him a much-needed snap-out from his Heroic BSOD. The first scene actually makes more sense in the anime, since about 400 episodes ago Ace had spent a good time travelling with the Straw Hats, rather than the brief encounter he had with them in the manga. In other words (at least in the anime's context), what we thought of as filler episodes with one of the series' Ensemble Darkhorses a few years ago indirectly led to one of Luffy's most crucial moments in the whole story. - Rookiez78
In the anime, there is a brief scene showing Kuzan sneezing. He's been doing a lot of work because of recent increase in piracy. The most effective way to do his work is by using his Ice Devil Fruit. He caught a cold from too much ice.
He specializes in all of them. He simply prefers to use Armament Haki because there's a good chance a lot of his opponents have very high willpower.
Add in that it is obvious, especially on re-reading, that he is using Observation Haki; take note of how he dodges attacks, even from behind, or being shot at from the side.
Fishman Island Arc
Hody Jones is what Arlong would have become if he hadn't fought Kizaru. Hody is very similar to Arlong, but with one major difference: he's never been to the surface. He's always been on Fishman Island, the big fish in the small pond. Arlong saw the strength of others, and found out just how small he was. Arlong knows to lay low, Hody thinks he can chew the admirals up and spit them out - Jcogginsa
It's also become clear that the majority of his crew has most likely never been to the surface either. If Hody got his ass kicked by Luffy so easily, while the crew (all 100,000 of them) got so easily decimated, then there's no way in hell they'd last against the World Government. Surely some of them had been to the surface, and they'd been smart enough to know that such a small army wouldn't stand a chance against what is effectively the entire world. They'd have enough common sense to at least warn Hody of the possibility, though considering how he treats his crew, it would have been a moot point. - Nyame
Luffy declares during Fishman Island that he has no desire to become a hero, and explains it using an example of having a huge piece of meat that a pirate would devour himself and a hero would share. He wants to eat meat! The beauty of this outlook is that, if that were true, Luffy would get meat whatever happens! — Sgamer82
Franky's nipple lights. Why? How is he supposed to see if he's using his eyes as lights?
As disappointing as it is that Jinbe turned down Luffy's invitation to join the Straw Hats until a later time, Oda had a good reason for it. Right now, Jinbe's bounty is higher than Luffy's, which would go against Oda's rule of having a member of the crew with a higher bounty than Luffy (Zoro, despite being equal to Luffy, has a lower bounty). Obviously, during the time between now and Jinbe returning to join the Straw Hats, Luffy's bounty is going to get a major increase.
I beg to differ; we've never seen Jinbe's bounty yet. Some of the Warlords of the Sea (of which Jinbe is formerly a member) had a comparatively little bounty before they got "frozen" (heck, Blackbeard's got no bounty). Of course, this doesn't take into account the possibility of bounty increase after Time Skip, especially since Jinbe's bounty might've been reinstated again...
It WAS reinstated. And it was said that it rose to over 400 million, which is Luffy's current bounty.
Numerous parallels exist between Skypeia and Fishman Island. Some are more obvious than others.
They're both several thousands of meters above and below respectively.
Both possess Poneglyphs, and we later learn Skypeia's explicitly refers to Fishman Island.
Large ships, the airship Maxim and the sunken Noah, feature prominently in each arc and are a potential source of mass destruction until stopped.
The villains of each arc believed themselves all-powerful, with Eneru thinking himself a god and Hordy Jones thinking he operated under divine mandate. Both villains are also big fish in a little pond.
Odd as this may sound, both feature the Straw Hats' first extensive experiences with Haki. Even if we didn't know it at the time, Skypeia showed us the first unambiguously identifiable instance of it in the Mantra used throughout the arc. Fishman Island showed the first in-depth, deliberate, and controlled uses of it by Luffy against a major villain.
Hell Shaboady, Fishman Island and a bit of Punk Hazard are full of refereces to things that happened pre-timeskip. Luffy befriending a princess: happened for Alabasta, a swordsman full of himself challenges a opponent he cant hope to beat: happened at the Baratie, frog reference included, Luffy fighting alongside Jimbe: happened in the Whitebeard War saga, etc, etc,
There are even parallels between Fishman Island Arc and way back to the Romance Dawn Arc; Luffy after telling the cowardly, pink-haired crybaby (Shirahoshi and Coby respectively) that he doesn't like them, yet ends up both befriending them and inspiring them to be stronger, not to mention being (to an extent) pivotal in unleashing their hidden powers later; Coby unlocks his Observation Haki during the Whitebeard War, Shirahoshi unleashes her power as Poseidon in calling forth Sea Kings.
Luffy's declaration that he's not a hero isn't just to address the morality issues. Later, he declares Fishman Island to be his territory to Big Mom, mirroring Whitebeard before him. Despite his denial of heroism, Luffy found a way to help his friends while still remaining true to his pirate ideals.
It seems really convenient that Oda had Robin come up after Jinbe's flashback since otherwise we would be aware much sooner that Koala would become a Revolutionary.
The modified version of the Mark of the Sun tattoos that Hody's gang uses is pretty significant too. The center is hollow, which would defeat the original idea of masking a slave brand and further demonstrates that none of Hody's crew have actually been slaves themselves. As an extension of that, it shows that they have abandoned the core principles of Tiger's mission and don't intend to protect anyone.
Punk Hazard Arc
Why did Doflamingo know about the final phase of Kuma’s cyborgisation when the said information should be classified and the marines don't trust the warlords enough to reveal all their secrets to them? Marines didn't share the information about Vegapunk and Kuma, but Doflamingo has another means to get valuable information to be sold to a highest bidder.
Law becoming a Warlord, might have more to do with him being a subordinate of Doflamingo, than sending a hundred pirate hearts to the government.
Trafalgar Law has stated his immediate plans are to be one big Spanner in the Works for Donquixote Doflamingo. Given this, it's no wonder he teamed up with Luffy. Who better to ally with when that's your goal? Pity the poor Emperor this monkey wrench gets thrown at.
Logia types are likely to be the rarest type of devil fruit power you'll find in the New World. You would think that since they are supposedly the strongest type of devil fruit powers, they would be more common in the most dangerous sea in the world, right? However, if you think about Pekom's comment about logia types having short lifespans, it makes perfect sense. Logia types have a habit of depending entirely on their logia defense; however, since everyone in the New World has some kind of mastery over Haki, this makes this defense useless, and their inability to cope with this causes their deaths. It should be noted that the logia types that have survived the New World (the Admirals, Crocodile, Ace, Smoker) are some of the most powerful characters in the entire series.
Protecting children is certainly not an uncommon redeeming quality, but I wondered specifically why Nami was so defensive of them(going as far to keep Usopp from attacking them while they were enraged). But I also realized that of the Straw Hats, Nami was explicitly one of the few who expressed shame at her familial circumstances initially(wishing she had been adopted by a rich family). Therefore she didn't want to turn her back on them, especially when her own adoptive mother risked her life and pride as a mother.
Moria's fascination and usage of zombies at first seems to be just tying a Freudian Excuse and a horror themed villain together. But his Arch-Enemy Kaidou seems to have an army of beasts.. Inspiration perhaps?
Law constantly seems surprised or frustrated with Luffy when he acts goofy and disregards Law's plan. To us the audience it's obvious that Luffy would act that way, so why is Law surprised? Because the two times he interacted with Luffy before, Luffy was totally serious. Law encountered Luffy when the Strawhats rescued Camie from the slave shop, and right after Ace died. Luffy wasn't screwing around either time, and Law thought that was his default personality.
After Zoro, Sanji, and Kinemon run after the thieves who stole Shusui, Franky holds Luffy back and tells him that he's already figured out how the local underworld faces work and knows what needs to be done. How? Because HE used to be the underground face of his own home town and is basically falling back on the knowledge of his previous profession.
When the Caesar Return Team cross the bridge to Green Bit, it made sense that Caesar would be able to turn to into a hot air balloon. Apart from his Devil Fruit allowing it, it made sense since he is full of hot air considering most of his experiments are either copied from Vegapunk's, or are complete failures.
Or he filled himself up with helium. Caesar's devil fruit does allow him to transform into any type of gas afterall.
Chapter 719, which concludes the fight between Luffy and Chinjao, offers two pieces of Fridge Brilliance in one shot.
First, the revelation that the treasure Chinjao wanted so badly was encased in an unbreakable block of ice goes a long way to explain why he was after the tournament's prize to begin with.
Second, we see something of the contrast between Garp and Luffy in Chinjao's backstory. We see that Garp is responsible for flattening Chinjao's once-very drill like head, locking him out from his prized treasure. How does Luffy finish their fight? By hitting Chinjao so hard it pops his head right back into its old drill shape. As a Marine, Garp dedicated his life to stopping the goals and dreams of pirates (and, often, rightfully so). Luffy, as a pirate, is a firm believer in dreams and will typically protect someone else's dream unless he's attacked first or the other party otherwise prove themselves villainous. For all his antagonism, Chinjao isn't truly the villain of this piece. As for Luffy, take away the Sins of Our Fathers scenario and he has no real animosity towards Chinjao. In the end, Garp's act crushed Chinjao's dreams. Luffy's restored them.
Donflamingo claims his mission to dispose of Moria came from "higher up" than Sengoku. Who's higher up than the fleet admiral? Him.
Chapter 722 appears to truly confirm this with the revelation that the Donquixote family were the rulers of Dressrosa before going to Marie Jois becoming Celestial Dragons. It explains a lot about what we've seen about Doflamingo so far.
His declaration during the Paramount War about how history is Written by the Winners? He is descended from people who did exactly that.
How he, as a pirate, successfully took over a country and be regarded as a hero rather than usurper? He's descended from the original royal family, giving him a claim to the throne. And that's assuming he didn't simply set up the Riku family to take the fall for his own actions.
Law & Fujitora wondered if Doflamingo had the authority to fake the newspaper article claiming he'd quit the Warlords? The answer: If he's a Celestial Dragon as his claims imply, he really does.
More of a Wild Mass Guess, but the Human Shop way back on Shabody? It was frequented by Celestial Dragons likely because they knew it was run by one of their own.
As Doflamingo revealed, the Nefertari family is one of the twenty royal families whose kings founded the World Government. Meaning that technically speaking, Vivi is a World Noble in spite of the fact that she does not reside in Mariejois.
And both these revelations go some way to explaining why Doflamingo's Human Shop was tolerated but Crocodile's attack on Alabasta was not. Doflamingo still has some leeway as a former Celestial Dragon, and the fact that he caters to his former peers helped that. Crocodile, however, engineered what basically amount to a coup of one of the founding kingdoms of the World Government, and was ruled by what are essentially Celestial Dragons even though they do not reside in Mariejois or use those privileges bestowed to the descendants of the twenty kings. If it had been any other kingdom they could've easily covered it up as the rulers being complete despots and Crocodile being a champion of the impoverished people, had he not acted so directly against them.
Doflamingo's heritage does certainly explain his being one of the series' biggest Jerkasses
Robin's Facefault in chapter 728 might seem like just a normal gag but then one remembers that it never happened before and she was mostly stoic throughout the series. Then, however fridge logic kicks in and Crowning Moment of Funny turns into Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. Robin was stoic and always wore the same expression because of a lifetime or horrors, running away and essentially not being able to show any weakness. This means that she actually feels comfortable enough around Straw Hats that she can show her emotions and weakness around them. She finally has people she can laugh and cry with, people who will always protect her and whom she doesn't have to hide anything from.
Another one for Robin is during the story of how Doflamingo took over Dressrosa, when the Thuderous Soldier of Rage explains that the King's daughter Viola joined Doflamingo's crew in exchange for sparing King Riku's life, you can see a saddened and somewhat pained looking expression in Robin's face since it mimicked her circumstances in how she joined Crocodile.
Why did Doflamingo shoot Law three times instead of finishing him off with his Devil Fruit power? Because if he uses it on public, people will figure out what happened to King Riku 10 years ago and revolt.
The Straw Hat Crew disguising themselves with ridiculous moustaches and disguises? Silly. Said disguises allowing Sabo to disguise himself as Luffy/'Lucy'? Not so silly after all.
How did Doflamingo know about Scarlett and Rebecca if Scarlett had faked her death earlier? Monet, having spied on the Riku family and most likely figured out who the royal family was sneaking off to visit.
Brook is pretty lucky, considering how if he had found his body earlier (but still having gotten lost), he would have been a rotting zombie. Being 100% skeleton runs on nonsenseum, but if he still had flesh when he came back to life, would he have become a leper due to all the bacteria that were decomposing his body? All the other undead have been preserved (IE Odz) or made from fresh corpses, while Brook's body has been completely exposed to the elements for 50 years.
Er, actually...Brook had only been out of his body for a year after dying. It just took 50 years for the Straw Hats to find his ship. Still, one year would be plenty of time for an unpreserved body to decay completely.
Speaking of Brook, remember the Bink's Sake song? Theoretically, he can outlive the Straw Hats, too, even though they're all pretty young now.
Two of the Devil's Fruit powers of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, Barholomew Kuma and Marshall D. Teach can be this. Kuma's power is pushing anything, which one such example is pushing people so fast that it's akin to teleporting. Now, there's nothing saying he can't poof you to the center of the sun or thousands of miles under the sea, and there's nothing you can do about it. Teach's power is basically being a living Black Hole, and during his raid on Impel Down, he sucks in some guards inside of him, and later expels them. The guards are horribly crushed, bleeding, and can only mutter Darkness!, meaning no light, and being crushed by gravity, utterly helpless to avoid it. Boa Hancock's power of turning people to stone could have been this, but they are unconscious while turned into stone.
You think Kuma's powers is bad? You haven't seen half of it. He can literally push pain and injuries away from one's body (and that's nightmare fuel in itself), so what stops him from pushing your soul out? Maybe...The characters have no soul. Now this is Nightmare Fuel.
He probably just never though of it. If he did, he probably wouldn't WANT to do that to someone. Seriously, that's just way to cruel.
They have souls. Brook's one was seen when he explained his powers. So, yup, he can push your soul out....
Apparently Law has this ability.
Almost, but not quite. He can't cut your soul out with his ability, he cuts your heart out. The soul isn't a tangible thing. (I mean, where does Brook keep his? We'd be able to see it.) The heart is, but it seems hearts have the 'essence' of the person in the same way Brook's soul does when he escapes his body. Maybe in One Piece, your soul is stored in your heart?
No, we've seen Law cut out Smoker's heart and it seems that it's not at all the same as what he did to the Straw Hats.
Now remember, he didn't rebuild his body in a single day. For some time Franky looked like a mess of meat and metal. And he was missing for four years, maybe living all that time in the rusted old ship. Stranded in a boat, alone for years, with a scary appearance... Does it remind of someone? That's right: Brook. Even Robin was perplexed about the question which Franky asked to Brook in Thriller Bark, but his insight becomes less surprising in hindsight. Franky knew Brook should need a strong motivation to continue living, because he went through the same situation.
Franky: "If you go out and meet people with the way you look you know what kind of reactions they'll have... right? You're a talking skeleton. There's no way that you could become friends with a guy that creepy. Something that abnormal will die of shame! Even if you got out of this Cursed Sea, your fate will be the same as those hopeless years you spent here. You said that "You were lonelier than death", right? If I was you... I would've given up living a long time ago!!! Living such a small existence... Acting like a gentlemen from time to time... Tell us what you left out of the story! To go that far, to live like that... What did you want to accomplish? What was the promise that you made with your nakama!?"
While he did mention that getting shot with bullets hurts, isn't it possible that at least a good deal of his pain receptors are dead? So it still hurts, just not as much as it would for other people?
There's also the implications of the Pacifista project in which Barholomew Kuma was on, substituting his body part by part until they finally ripped off his personality and free will.
There were several marines and pirates who had half of their face turned to stone by Boa Hancock when she kicked them. That part of their head or face now is frozen in stone possibly forever (seeing how Hancock isn't so forgiving to men) and also cracked and shattered from her kicks. Even if Hancock reversed the process, they have a gaping hole where their brain and face should be.
Decken had been stalking Princess Shirahoshi for 10 years. Chapter 622, which took place 15 years ago from present time, shows Shirahoshi as an infant. That means when Decken first touched Shirahoshi, she was around six years old.
Chapter 625 reveals that the real reason why Decken wanted to marry Shirahoshi was because of her special ability to summon Sea Kings. He wanted to marry a six year old just to get her powers. It doesn't make it any less creepier.
626 reveals that He's after a large stash of treasure somehow related to Shirahoshi's powers, and intended to use a magic item to age her, so that makes it...slightly less creepy?
Not one bit: It was revealed that said treasure was the Energy Steroids pills, which can make the user stronger and stronger but eventually make him/her grow old when overdone. So, yup, he was going to feed a 6-year old girl steroids.
After escaping from the Straw Hats, Caribou has been kidnapping mermaids and planning to sell them later. Said mermaids happen to be pretty, curious and friendly. Caribou also happens to be a homicidal serial killer who wanted to privately ambush Nami in her room when he was captured.
At the beginning of the Skypiea arc, we are shown a ship that fell from the sky, with all the crew long dead. It is later that we find out that said ship, and all those aboard had been given the slow death sentence of Cloud Drifting. This means that these poor saps weren't all killed by the Skypieans, they drifted around on that cloud for years, surely they must've run out of food. Now this is where it gets the horror from, after exhausting all their food supplies, what's left on the ship to eat? The crew. Just consider that little fact for a while, before we move on, in order for a slim chance of some of the crew surviving, they more than likely had to eat each other, which may have been a last resort on their part. In fact, we have no idea the level of their bond as crewmates were. However, we do know that the latest people, thus far, to receive the life sentence of Cloud Drifting, 3/4 of Eneru's priests, none of whom like each other, and considering that Hatori is the plumpest, and the weakest of the trio, guess who was most likely first.
Kuma's power is to push something. Now beyond physical objects, like people, he can push medical conditions from people as well, even if a fraction of it, like Luffy's pain. Now we know he was key in making the Pacifistas with that doctor and Admiral Kizaru. Now, if we assume the Devil Fruit alters the most basic parts of its user, then it is a physical condition. These points make me realize Kuma could strip a person of a Devil Fruit power permanently. Hell, he could even push the life out of a person, considering he was called The Tyrant in the past. To me, he has the scariest power in the One Piece Universe, beating out even Blackbeard's. - isoycrazy
Wild mass guessing as it may be, but it may be entirely possible Kuma could do just that. Why? Well we know that Vegapunk has developed a way for inanimate object to eat Devil Fruits and that Kuma has been working with him for a while now. Who's to say that the process isn't 1. Have some poor sod eat a fruit. 2. Kuma pulls that power right the hell out and shoves the bubble into said object? Fridge horror indeed if the fact that most people would die with two powers in them. Two users come in, oneshot one and the other lacks his main form of combat— easy pickings.
Trafalgar Law's Devil Fruit ability allows him to literally dis-assemble opponents, and put them back together anyway he desires, such as attaching a head to a barrel. We don't know if the disassembly effects persist after he dis-engages the sphere, but I just realized what would happen if Trafalgar Law simply disassembled someone, and then released the technique...*SPLAT*
No, we know it keeps going. After his first use of it, he held the marine's head in his hands for quite a while. I just hope there's a time limit to the thing, or the entire platoon he rearranged is gonna have some serious problems (I'm not sure which one was worse, the guy with two torsos or the head with someone else's feet).
Apparently the latest chapters seem to show that You can still survive with your heart taken away from you (see other fridge horror below) but goodness knows how long...
Apparently one can live for a while. Downside is holding the heart of a person gives one power over them as when you crush the heart, they feel it in their body and react accordingly. Now, remember those 100 hearts Law sent to the Marines, they just got 100 slaves who must obey or die.
Boa Hancock's childish and borderline ridiculous obsession with Luffy and love is a result of her being made into a slave at age 12 or 13 and enduring unspeakable abuse at the hands of her masters, who were the first men she had ever met up close. When you think of it, it's much less ridiculous... and much more horrifying and sad, as it means that despite all of the power and strength she adquired upon the years, Hancock still has the mentality of a very young girl — one who was horribly abused in many ways, which wrecked her view of the world. And Luffy is one of the first males who offered her something akin to genuine kindness.No wonder she clings to him.
If the Straw Hat crew didn't arrive to Fishman Island at the time they did, Hody Jones would have taken over Fishman Island and he would have begun his plan to kill everyone at the next Reverie, which included princess Vivi who will be representing her father and Alabasta.
Or.. They would have all been killed and destroyed by Big Mom. Can you imagine such an hungry behemoth feasting on the fish-people?
Or ... Hody would have been killed by the top ranking Marines likely guarding the place. I highly doubt the Marines would leave the place unguarded, so Kizaru would likely be there and he could kill Hody on any level easily.
In a flashback of chapter 644, Hody was shown actively terrorizing fishmen who had given blood to humans by burning down their houses. This happened when he was a member of Neptune's army and Prince Fukaboshi pretty much admits that they neglected to reach out to those in the Fishman District. How many Fishmen and Fishwomen were attacked by Hody under the watch of the Neptune army?
Remember that one Fishman that Otohime was seen slapping? He said his home was burnt down by arsonist. That was Hody's crew!
It is stated by Oda that the devil fruits do not grow stronger,their user grows more imaginative. Now consider that if Wapol was not a total idiot he would be able to eat everything including abstract meanings Kuma is able to push.Think about it for a moment and tell me if you still think Kuma's power is stronger than Wapol's. Now think how many unintroduced devil fruits remain that,in the hands of a user like Kuma can manipulate abstract meanings...
Trafalgar Law was able to become a Warlord of the Sea after extracting and delivering 100 pirate hearts to the World Government. Knowing said person's ability, the government could easily kill those pirates slowly and torturously or even force them to do their bidding, similar to what Cutler Beckett did to Davy Jones.
In hindsight, the Heart Pirates moniker has a whole new meaning.
Hody planned on killing any of the merfolk and fishfolk that signed the petition to migrate the the surface, calling them traitors for sympathizing with humans. If he's willing to kill them for wanting to live alongside humans, then what would it mean for someone like Chimney who the grandchild of Kokoro, who is a mermaid and a human? What would Hody do to someone who is an offspring of a human and merperson/fishperson given his already violent tendencies to humans that did nothing against him personally?
It's been shown that the energy steroids caused the users to grow extremely old after a certain amount of time. It has also been stated that the New Fishman Pirates had their giant sea beasts take the steroids as well and at the time, Surume was working alongside them before the Straw Hats showed up. Was it ever confirmed that he was among the sea beasts that took the steroids? If so, what would it mean for him since the last time he was seen, he was carrying Wadatsumi (Who also took an Energy Steroid) out of Fishman Island since he was too big for any of the prisons, as well as the other sea beasts who were forced into working with the New Fishman Pirates? They may have just basically robbed their unwilling servants of most of their lifespan!
Blackbeard's Devil Fruit nullifies the fruits of others. What exactly would happen if he came in contact with Brook?!
Post-timeskip, we've already seen two antagonists that have now seem to make it child's play out of crossing the Moral Event Horizon: Hody Jones and Caesar Clown (and to a certain extent Big Mom). To keep the long story short, let's just say Hody and Caesar serve as examples of Fantastic Racism and Would Hurt a Child respectively... taken up to eleven. This in itself isn't Fridge Horror though. The Fridge Horror is that they are merely two of the first villains we are starting to see in the second part of the Grand Line: Just how much worse will the later pirates be?
Considering that this is the second half of the Grand Line and where the most powerful of all pirates are located, we're going to see the greatest of all pirates, and the worst of them.
Aaaaand... Big Mom just ate a guy alive for the hell of it. Yeah.
It was recently revealed that the experiments done on the kidnapped children will cause them to die within five years. FIVE FUCKING YEARS. Even if Chopper can somehow heal them, that'd take time and medicine, and it was medicine that caused the children to enter this condition. So this seems to imply that even if they can be healed, their lifespan will be shortened immensely. If it's true, then fuck you, Caesar Clown.
In general, whenever the Straw Hats reach a new location, it seems like they often arrive just in time to save the day. If they hadn't reached Reverse Mountain on time Vivi and Mr. 9 would have killed Laboon, Brook's main reason to keep on living. If they hadn't reached Alabasta in time, the country would have been devastated by the civil war Crocodile started. If they hadn't reached Fishman Island on time, Hody Jones would have slaughtered everyone before doing the same with the people at the Reverie, including Vivi (Granted, he would have probably been stopped before, but you never know). They never plan to save the day, but still.
For that matter, think what would have happened to some of the Straw Hats if they didn't meet Luffy. Zoro would have been executed that day by Helmeppo. Nami and her village would remain under Arlong's rule. Usopp would have died fighting Kuro pirates. Sanji and the rest of the Baratie crew would have died from fighting Don Krieg and his crew.
If we look at Luffy himself, it becomes clear that even if he didn't become an infamous pirate, his family line and connections would've put him in danger anyway. His father and grandfather are a infamous revolutionary and famous marine respectively, while his adoptive brother was in one of most infamous pirate crews. Ace's death served to show what could potentially happen to Luffy if he doesn't become strong enough.
If you think that's bad, then try to think about all the places where the Straw Hats didn't go. By all accounts, the world of One Piece is rather a Crapsack World, where something is always going on someplace or other. Just as some examples among the countless, there was the country Big Mom had burned down because it could not produce candy, and chapter 700 briefly shows one very much like Alabasta. For every island or kingdom the Straw Hats rescue, for every individual they help out, another goes without a hero of their own and is plunged into oblivion. And just because we do not know much of them does not mean they deserve being saved any less than Nami, Vivi, or the others the Straw Hats did help
Anyone remember from the end of the Skypiea arc? Aisa said she wanted to be just like Luffy, a "Gum-Gum Warrior". Now recall what exactly would have to happen for that to become possible. She obviously has no idea what that would incur, but at the very least its Harsher in Hindsight.
It takes time to be traumatized to the extent Koala was. Knowing that, remember that when Fisher Tiger met her, she was 11 years old. That was three years after she was freed, which means she was only eight when she was saved. Just how young was she when those assholes kidnapped her ?!
Baby 5's quirk is that she cannot say no to anything. Some of the things she accepts are in the more innocent end such as subscribing to 50 different newspapers and lending out way too much money, but she has also been engaged to many men, and who knows what they would ask her for other than marrying them... Maybe there is a a reason that she has become a villain (other than the fact that she cannot say to joining the baddies either) and acts extremely capricious and frustrated. And that's not even mentioning that all the fiancés she actually liked are killed off. The reason her quirk is played for as much comedy as possible is possibly to avoid all those complications.
In an early episode of the anime (I think 68, maybe? And I don't remember if it was in the manga... Point is, it's the episode where Smoker intercepts the message between Crocodile and Little Garden). After Smoker gets the message, he calls for Tashigi. Tashigi runs over to him, in the process tripping down a few stairs. The sword she was carrying lands on the ground just inches away from her face and she takes on a startled expression, but the whole thing is Played for Laughs. Then you remember who Tashigi looks like (hint: Kuina). Then you remember how Kuina died (hint: falling downstairs) and you realize just how close Tashigi came to being even more similar to Kuina.
Chapter 722 has a huge one. Donquixote Doflamingo was already a strong and influential pirate by himself. As a World Noble however, he, as a pirate that has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to get ahead, has access to all of their resources, which includes not only the strongest Cipher Pol, CP0, but also the Admirals. And it's also been established that he's downright psychotic.
Believe it or not, it goes From Bad to Worse. Chapter 727, besides cementing his Jerkass status in the OP-verse, also has terrifying implications of his DF powers. He was shown as not just being able to control King Riku but even his army simultaneously in all the chaos. One can hope the trouble he has in store for Luffy when the latter is inevitably going to fight him...
Warning: Unmarked Spoilers: There is a peaceful kingdom. It is not terribly rich, but even the poorest man has something to eat. That kingdom has a king who, like the long line of kings before him, is inhumanly just. That king has a lonely daughter who can carry herself in a fight. One day, one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea decides he wants the kingdom. He is a schemer and a magnificent bastard so he decides to use his resources to villify the king in order to "save" the kingdom, becoming its hero and king in the process. Now for the million dollar question: Am I talking about Alabasta or Dressrosa? Both: Dressrosa is what Alabasta could have been, the parallels are too much to ignore. That also casts the conversations between Crocodile and Doflamingo in the Paramount War in a new light: Oda had already constructed the parallel back then. As a last insult to the injury, in terms of who wound up ruling in the end, the winning sides of both situations are both, technically, World Nobles. This truly makes Dressrosa a dark mirror of Alabasta...
Ok, so we know that the toys on Dressrosa will go back to normal if the fruit user is knocked out. That means a lot of toys become humans. But what about all those scrapped toys and toys missing parts?
In the Fishman Island arc flashback, Vander Decken expressed his wish of being able to use the Tamatebako to age the then-six year old Shirahoshi into a young woman, so he could marry her. At first, the Insane Troll Logic he uses to actually try and carry out that plan (He intended to get his hands on the Tamatebako by marrying Shirahoshi) is funny, but then you learn that what was in the box was the Energy Steroids Hody and his crew used. These pills make the user much stronger for a period of time, but shave off their lifespan and cause Rapid Aging, to the point that Hody's crew turned into frail old men. Thank goodness Decken never actually succeeded in stealing the Tamatebako...
Sugar's power just in general, she can turn people into toys that are forced to do Doflamingo's bidding is bad enough but the fact that being turned into a causes everyone to forget your existence? Even the Doflamingo crew themselves? The people who have forgotten must have had to do some serious cosmic retconning in their own minds to explain event in which someone who is now a toy was integral to.
Now entering Ascended Fridge Horror as Chapter 738 reveals that Sugar can use her powers and immediately make a contract with your allies. Not only will they suddenly turn against you, a former friend, but you too have forgotten everything about them thanks to her "contracts". The paranoia and Nightmare Fuel arising from such a situation is unthinkable.
Sugar's power grows more and more terrifying the more you think about it. Doflamingo can easily rewrite history on world scale. Toyfing someone high profile would pretty much Mind Rape he entire world into forgetting them. All their actions and their consequences forgotten. Depending on whom Doflamingo captured the entire world might be experiencing massive headaches after Sugar is beaten. He had ten years to accumulate a massive army of toys, who knows whom he has there.
Fridge Logic: It was stated that Queen Otohime's body was very weak. Then you see how big Shirahoshi was as a baby...
Not entirely impossible, since we don't know how the mermen/fishmen birth process works. She could have laid an egg which grew bigger over gestation.
Fridge Brilliance: Maybe the reason she's so frail is because she gave birth to a giant little girl like Shirahoshi!
Fridge Logic: In an early episode, Luffy is trapped in a cage, with Buggy the Clown about to fire a Buggy Bomb at him, and Nami burns her hands putting out the fuse. Oh yeah, wait, Luffy is made of rubber. Possibly just a Plot Hole for some.
When he did repel the bomb later, he was shown expanding himself. Maybe he couldn't have done it from the cage?
Blunt impact can't hurt Luffy, but sharp shrapnel? That would probably do it.
The whole cage bomb incident happened before Nami knew Luffy had the powers of the Gum-Gum fruit. She assumed that if Luffy was hit by the Buggy Bomb, he'd go splat like a normal person. The very reason she put the cannon's fuse out was because she didn't want to be a 'murderer.'
No, no, no, think about it. Luffy is still vulnerable to explosions and fire, right? Well, the "Buggy Ball" would have exploded on the metal cage first before it would have hit Luffy's rubber body and bounce off- that's why he said "I'll be blown to bits"!
I think the original point here is that Luffy should logically have never been in any danger to begin with; his rubberman abilities would have allowed him to squeeze through the bars, or stretch his arms out to yank the fuse out of the cannon or something. He just...didn't. Then again, he is kind of an idiot.
Speaking of which, why couldn't Sanji hit Eneru? He has rubber soles on his shoes, and yet his kicks went right through him. Worse still, Eneru would have never seen it coming even with Haki because he doesn't know about rubber. It seems like a giant oversight.
Because Eneru's power is a Logia type. He can avoid any physical attack that is not enhanced with Haki. The only Logia that can't do that is Blackbeards power. As for why Luffy could hit him... maybe he used Armament haki without knowing it?
Luffy's hitting Eneru is explicitly because of his rubber body. Like hitting Crocodile with water, Haki never entered into equation at all.
Crocodile is weak to water because all Devil Fruit users are cursed by the sea. Remember Morias zombies? they were defeated with salt because it carries the power of the sea. Rubber cannot nullify devil fruit powers. Luffy didn't have the slightest chance in his fights against Aokiji (just before reaching Water Seven) and Akainu (at Marineford).
This is true in a sense, that rubber cannot nullify DF powers, but it's still an insulator meaning it dosen't conducts electricity, and Eneru is basically electricity itself(well, at least he can turn into it), so it makes sense that Luffy's attacks hurt him.
Further, while all Devil Fruit users are vulnerable to the sea, Crocodile is specifically noted as being more vulnerable to water in general. Volume 41's SBS specifically notes the difference by stating that while most Devil Fruit users are fine taking a shower, Crocodile would be one of the only ones completely unable to use his powers while doing so. Luffy also notes during their second fight that this is the reason Crocodile worked so hard to put Alabasta into drought. Taking away rain helped ferment rebellion but, more importantly, he was afraid of it and the potential disadvantage it could give him. The whole "Water-Luffy" shtick would not have worked on any other known Devil Fruit user for the reasons it did on Crocodile. In short, most, if not all, Logia have some specific weakness that prevents use of their powers. From what we've seen in-series, water is Crocodile's, rubber is Eneru's, Akainu's Magma was Ace's, and if you want to get into the movies, we had flour for Gasparde.
If he can't shower Crocodile must use a lot of cologne. Look at your captain, now back to me?
He can shower, he's just unable to use his Sand-Sand powers while doing so. Which, come to think of it, would go a long way towards explaining how he can be so Crazy-Prepared. If you have every legitimate reason to worry about attack while bathing you'd develop an insane level of caution and foresight.
If the OP World is divided in four seas by the Grand Line (with the Calm Belts) and the Red Line, and the technology to cross the Calm Belts without being sunk and devoured by Sea Kings is exclusive of the Marines. Then how is it possible the communication between seas? For example: How does Sanji, born in North Blue, meet Luffy in East Blue?.
It would seem they could travel to say one of the mountain range that span the circumference of the world and pay for passage over it, referenced when the Straw Hats came back to this range in the Thousand Sunny and didn't have the means to go underwater at the moment. We don't know where Zeff and Sanji met, so it could be they moved the restaurant into the weakest of the seas for safety reasons.
Not to mention that they have those snail-phone thingies. Wireless communication works pretty well too.
If the marines have the technology to enter the Grand Line at any point, what's keeping them from just sailing around one of the calmer seas and crossing directly over to Raftel without fighting through the entirety of Paradise and the New World?
Whose to say they can enter from the side like that? Perhaps there is something so powerful it keeps the Marines from going that way? Or maybe they don't want to go there as that holds the secret to the Void century and the less people know of it the better?
It's even mentioned that there are some places the Marines simply won't go to, such as Wano Country. Why would they risk going to Raftel?
For the longest time, it bothered me that the Straw Hat Pirates apparently have no first mate (although popular opinion is that Zoro is the first mate). And then it hit me... of course they don't have a first mate! Luffy has zero intention of dying, why would he bother picking a first mate?
Zoro is the first mate. He is the one who takes charge when Luffy's not around and they are not at sea, then Nami's in charge as Navigator. Zoro is also the voice of reason at times, such as letting Ussopp back in the crew after he left and self-sacrifice by taking Luffy's pain during Thriller Bark. Zoro has his own dreams but is more than willing to give them up to serve the crew and his captain. That is the epitome of the First Mate.
Even so, Zoro is not 'officially' the first mate. His statue among the crew is simply swordsman and he has no official job unlike the other crew members. The only real 'job' he has on the ship is to rise the anchor. Nami could almost be consider the first mate since she runs the ship and tells everyone what to do when they are out on sea. She also tends to plan ahead and also acts as Luffy's common sense at times. At Thriller Bark 'everyone' on Luffy's crew was willing to die and give up their dreams to protect Luffy and Sanji offered his life as well before Zoro knocked him out. So, Zoro is not the only one who fulfill the status of first mate.
But notice another thing: when someone else takes charge, like Zoro or Nami, Luffy never says anything. The Straw Hats don't need a first mate because anybody can take charge of any situation that may arise depending on who the strongest against a particular threat is.
Fridge Logic: In the Fishman Island arc, Otohime's signatures catch fire, and she immediately panics. Understandable, since she spent years trying to get them. But, why didn't anyone tell her that they could just sign them again? It wouldn't have taken long,and it just would have been a minor annoyance in the long run.
Because there's a fire that could immediately go out of control if left unchecked. She also happens to be right next to the fire, and would instinctively avoid injury before trying to put it out first. She after all worked years just to get that many, and it was a shock to her that so many signed it at all. She probably felt that she will not allow the universe to screw with this Woobie again. Alas, it was not to be...
Or, it could be the fact that leaving a fire in the open for too long would eat all the oxygen in the bubble that surrounds Fishman Island, therefore suffocating all the residents.
Fridge Logic: Why don't Ace's pants burn off when he uses his powers?
The same reason other Logia uses don't lose their clothes when they transform. For whatever reason their clothing is incorporated into their powers. My question is whether or not that's a trained ability or something Logias have from the get-go.
It is an oddity common to all Devil Fruits : The user's (and sometimes victims') clothes change along with them with only three exceptions so far (Ain's rejuvenating powers, Honey Queen's Toro Toro no Mi, and Jewelry Bonney's age-manipulating fruit).
There's an easy explanation for those exceptions. Ain and Bonney's powers change the age of the target. Shrinking is just a side effect of reducing the age of a human. Clothes however would simply lose the wear they've developed. As for Honey Queen, Rule of Sexy
The Minister of the Right put a bomb in a treasure chest in order to prevent thievery. Okay, but is it really smart to put a bomb in a confined room, surrounded by countless treasures, for years on end? Especially since only one person seemed to know about it, and forgot?
Brook is either a jerk or extremely forgetful. During the time skip, he spent 2 years traveling all across the seas doing concerts and never once visited Laboon.
Or his tour never took him in that direction and he couldn't force them to go to this tiny lighthouse with only two people there. Considering how much money the managers were raking in, it seems unlikely they would give up time at what could be a packed concert for such a trivial visit.
Brook's entire goal isn't just to reunite with Laboon, it's to reunite with Laboon after crossing the Grand Line (Quoted from Ch. 488):
Brook: Laboon... if you've been waiting there for fifty years... can you be patient for one or two more? I have my pride as a pirate!!! You're waiting for us to return after circling the globe... and I intend to keep my promise and return from the right direction!!!
Give just how curved Crocodile's hook is, how did he manage to stab it through Luffy's body so easily without making a huge gaping hole?
Why is it so important to knock out the user of the Hobby-Hobby Fruit to undo the power? It seems an unusually Weaksauce Weakness for One Piece. Putting aside the fact that nothing seems to change when she sleeps normally, we know from past experience, specifically Gecko Moria, that simply defeating a Devil Fruit power with a power like this isn't a guarantee of undoing the effects. Moria had to either be convinced to release the shadows he had stolen, or be put into a situation that he lost control of his power (as happened in the end).
Just a theory, but what if she sleeps when the population isn't allowed to go out? They would keep the reality hidden and the two groups seperated.
Actually, we've seen this happen a few times in the past already. Decken was knocked out, and his power stopped working. Shiki was knocked out and his power stopped working. Moria released his power moments before he passed out. There's probably a lot of seemingly "permanent powers" that would end if knocked out at the right moment. In fact, since Robin guessed it, it's probably an accepted fact that "unnatural" results of power use will end if the user loses consciousness.
When you fall asleep, your brain keeps going, monitoring heart rate blood flow and all that. So when a Devil Fruit user with that kind of ability goes to sleep, the brain probably just continues keeping the effect running. But when you're violently knocked out, your brain goes "Keep vitals running, fuck everything else." Thus why you sometimes shit or wet yourself. Your brain isn't trying to keep your anus clenched when it's too busy going "KEEP THE HEART AND LUNGS WORKING!".
TLDR: It's probably subconscious. Mentally trying to keep track of all those thing you altered would leave the user functionally brain-dead/comatose from overloading the brain because you can't do 1,000+ thing consciously at once.