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Headscratchers: One Piece
  • How is Nami stronger than Usopp? Sure her weapon is certainly better, but it seems that Ussop is obviously stronger.
    • When discussing the crew's strength, it's important to remember that strength=/=combat prowess. Usopp is weaker than Chopper, but did a lot better in his fight against Luffy than Chopper likely would have through skill and tactics. Nami is mainly stronger than Usopp because he's a wuss, even post Time Skip. Usopp is still, and likely always will be, the Straw Hat most likely to panic at a given threat.
    • Also, most of his attacks are only good at long distances. It's all mostly stuff exploding all over, and if he targets someone too close to himself he can hurt himself too. Nami can just whack you on the head with the clima tact if the situation needs it. It's a long metal pipe after all.
    • I meant physical strength
      • When we discuss who is the weakest among the crew, it's not an evaluation of who can bench press more. Usopp probably has more physical strength than Nami, but the overall "value" of his personality, weapon, and skills is less than hers. Frankly, going by combat prowess alone Usopp is probably somewhere in the middle of the crew, but his rampant cowardliness makes him weaker overall.
      • Doylist Reason: Oda wanted Ussop to be The Everyman, no matter who joins the crew, Ussop is going to represent the reader.
    • Nami seems to largely be a Glass Cannon in relation to the other crew members, even Usopp. Especially Usopp. Her weapon's actually pretty nasty when you think about it (whistling up thunderbolts on command? The last guy who could do that pretty much owned everyone in the crew not made of rubber), but her physical stats are probably closer to a real-world human than Usopp's are.
  • Why did Law go to Sabaody? He was in a submarine, it probably was stronger than the Strawhat's sub and didn't need coating, as they said they went to the bottom to avoid Kizaru's light attack at Marineford (though this may have just been in the anime).
    • He probably wanted to get a good look at his competition.
    • Recruitment. He went specifically to see if there was anyone on sale at the human auction house worth getting his hands on
    • Restock on supplies. Food, water, medical, submarine fuel, etc.
  • A few things that I have wanted to know since Oda explained how the seas, grand line, red line etc were positioned is "Exactly how does the planet orbit the sun?" and "Where is the planet's axis positioned?". It would be most logical if it was the same as the earth, but then I want to know at what angle we are viewing the planet whenever it's displayed. Is the middle of North Blue and South Blue where the axis is positioned? Any ideas?
    • I always assume that the Red Line is like the Greenwich Meridian, and the Grand Line is like the Equator, with the axis passing through the Red Line in the middle.
      • Close. The Grand Line and the Red Line are diagonal. The poles are in the middle of the North Sea and the South Sea.
  • Another Marineford entry for this page. Why didn't Marco use his Devil Fruit powers to bring Ace and Whitebeard back to life? It is said that a phoenix's tears can bring people back to life, and Marco's Devil Fruit powers turn him into a phoenix.
    • This is not Harry Potter. Marco's phoenix abilities are limited to flight, talon-kicks and regeneration via fire. It's never stated that he can cure other people, and I'm pretty sure he can't, otherwise he would have done it.
  • In episode 80, temperatures are measured in Celsius. Since it is an alternate world, how do they know what a Celsius is? Also, considering the time period, would Celsius even be alive then?
    • They also have the concept of miles/kilometers, four cardinal directions, etc. It's a literary convention to make it so the readers will be able to understand.
  • Why where Luffy and his merry band afraid of the fall in Marine Ford, screaming they where going to die? Luffy had been thrown away from farther away (the bird that almost swallowed him) by explosion, Crocodile was punched through half a mile of freaking rock, Ivankov propulsed himself with 5 times more force than that when he escaped from Impel Down and both Buggy and Mr. 3 where punched by two ton superstrong beast... with a gigantic iron spiked club. How is a normal fall from 2 miles tall (which mean they would only fall at certain speed) or the very fights against Marine Ford would be more harmful than that?
    • Rule of Funny, and falling from that height means anything you hit will be like hitting concrete at the fastest possible speed. The Minotaur isn't that strong and Ivankov can't push with that much force. It was deadly for the non-Logia, non-rubber people in the group, or at least should have been even when hitting water. But, again, Rule of Funny is in full swing here.
    • The minotaur can punch hard enough to kill Sea Kings with ease, pulverize reinforced rock (or whathever is Impel Down made of) and were Iron spiked clubs. How a fall to ice would be deadlier? I mean, if they where normal humans, sure that would be deadly. But a normal human being hit with Luffy chapter 1 punch would be splatted at the best case scenario. Hell, just punching a guy through a cement wall would be enough to destroy every single bone and pierce their internal organs. So I guess its Rule of Funny with Reality Is Unrealistic, probably the same reason why bullets still are deadly in people who can be blown up and/or kicked with enough force to level mountains without killing them, instead of annoying mosquito bites.
    • A terminal velocity fall is very very fast, way harder than the minotaur or anything else in this universe could ever hit. And ice isn't some spongy surface. It's solid ice. You might as well be hitting concrete if you impact water. A solid surface is even worse.
      • People in One Piece have been punched with the speed of light into very hard surfaces. Pretty sure terminal velocity is no biggie in the OP world.
  • Why Rayleigh didn't act during the Marineford War? I mean, Ace was Gol D. Roger son, which would be an extremely big deal for somebody like him, with equal or beyond importance of that of Whitebeard. Instead he was only drinking Sake and remembering the Good Old Days while Ace croaked. I mean, the guy literally swam through a Sea King infested sea to find and train Luffy and he couldn't do the same for Ace? And how he didn't knew Ace was Gol son. Shouldn't the legendary "Dark King" be aware of something so important?. What, only Garp was deemed "trusting" enough to find out?.
    • Rayleigh had trouble against Kizaru alone. He's not the pirate he once was. He might have been able to help a little, but it probably wouldn't have changed anything.
    • Most likely, Roger just never managed to tell Rayleigh. Keep in mind that Roger's crew had already disbanded way before Roger died. When Roger was caught, the only one he could trust with his son was Garp. Also, keep in mind that Rayleigh was still a highly notorious criminal, which would make him very hard to find, and maybe even unsuitable for raising children what with all the people after him.
    • Also also, Rayleigh didn't do anything when Roger turned himself in. Roger had his pride. If Rayleigh knew about Ace, he'd likely assume that Ace had his pride too.
  • Why did Luffy's bounty got such a low upgrade, I mean his bounty was 300 mil. before Morias arc and now it's 400?
    • 100 mil is not a small amount. Most pirates are considered serious business if they can get up to just 100 mil.
    • Yes but it's lower than when he declared war on the World Government in Enies Lobby(in a way), he got from 100,000,000 to 300,000,000. This time he defeated Gecko Moria ,a Warlord of the Sea, attacked a World Noble, destroyed a Pacifista(with Zoro and Sanji), caused a breakout from Impel Down, participated in the Whitebeard War, freed Ace (failed to save, but freed) and he intruded Marine Headquarters a second time and ringed the Ox-Bell 16 times (which was taken as a declaration of war, this time public worldwide). Oh and it was revealed that he was "Revolutionary" Dragon's son and the sworn step-son of Gold Roger (kind of, he's Ace's sworn brother and Ace's father is Roger). Quite a list... So... why so low upgrade?
      • Because he's already done it before. There's quite a big discrepancy between a nobody declaring war on the world than a known formidable enemy doing what you expect them to do. It's also possible that the Marines didn't want to make people panic too much, so they're like "Ok, you did all those pesky things but that's just 100 mil in our book." These are the guys that are ignoring Impel Down's Level Six Criminals.
      • remember that the world goverment also keeps quite a few of those exploits secret, like his fight with moria, his breaking in and out of impel down, and the complete existence of the pacifistas.
    • Bear in mind this is also the highest bounty we've seen so far.
    • Crimes and whatnot don't "stack" in the same manner an RPG character gains experience and levels. Defeating a Warlord of the Sea gave Luffy a 100 million bounty, while declaring war against the entire world is enough to bump him to 300 mil. Simply beating another Warlord of the Sea isn't more heinous than that, and being someone's son hardly qualifies for an upgrade. The only major stunts he pulled were freeing ID prisoners and taking part in the WB war (but even then, he was a relatively minor player.)
    • Well I think that the higher the bounty the less they add up each time, money doesn't grow on trees you know, he defeated buggy, creig, and arlong and gor 30 million, he defeated a Shikibukai and got raised to 70, he defeated member of the CP9 and caused all that ruckus and got raised 200, now he hit a noble, damaged a Pacifista, defeated Moria, escaped Impel Down plus got other inmates (including 2 of level 6) out, declared war on the government, fought on the Marine ford battle and was a great force in said battle and only got raised 100 million, the people already got the idea that he's very wanted and powerful, they're starting to take many more offenses into account before raising a substantial amount because after all they have bounty on a lot of pirates, and like I said money doesn't grow on trees.
    • Luffy got the upgrade because he punched a World Noble and invaded Marineford (twice!). They didn't acknowledge Moira. As for why it's a minimal upgrade, you want a bounty that a) signifies threat and b) doesn't scare away hunters. If Luffy were bounced up to 5 or 6 hundred million, no one would think of attacking him.
    • Jimbe explains this post-Time Skip. Basically, 300 Million is a sort of "soft cap" as far as bounties go. Once you get that high, it starts taking some serious, unprecedented-level shit to get any higher. The fact that Luffy got bumped up a full 100 million so soon after reaching 300 million really says something about the feats he pulled.
    • Bounties are algorithmic, not linear.
    • Don't forget, Luffy LOST. He lost in the war, he lost against Kuma and he lost against Magellan. The 400 million was probably set on the basis that his full potential (pre-timeskip) was now known, and that it wasn't enough. ):
    • Ok, Moria, that was quickly covered up in order to not make anyone panic and because they felt they needed all seven warlords to confront Whitebeard so that wasn't a reason for the raise. His father, like was said said earlier that wasn't important and as Garp said Luffy had gained enough infamy that the revelation was weightless so that wasn't a reason either. Punching out a world noble and leading a successful break in and break out of the most famous prison? That got him the bounty raise.
    • Bounties really aren't a reflection of what crimes you've committed. The standard wanted poster format says "Wanted dead or alive" so being wanted for any sum already puts you on death row. Bounties are more of an indicator of how dangerous the individual is, which the reason that those who use them as fast and loose Power Levels get stomped a lot. Consider, Foxy had less than half of Bellamy's bounty but was much tougher because he spent all of his time on a near uninhabited island picking off chumps. Kidd's bounty was higher than Luffy's because he is a murderous psychopath. As for Luffy, going from 100 to 300 was because he had just proven to be entirely willing to throw down with the WG as a whole and is strong enough for them to need their heavy hitters to take him down. The move from 300 to 400 is a reflection of how, in the WG's eyes, Luffy is now also cunning enough to sneak into Impel Down and is enough of a Magnetic Hero to get a Yonko's crew to back him up.

  • Honestly. Why didn't the Whitebeard pirates just pay a visit to Impel Down instead of Marineford? It's public knowledge where he's being held. Sure, they have a ton of patrolling battleships, but those are no match for Whitebeard. And neither are Shiryuu and Magellan. Teach nearly destroys the place by himself later (although he did need to use his Warlord of the Sea credentials to get in).
    • My own guess is that it's because he wanted to punish the Marines for what they did to Ace. If Whitebeard had gone to Impel Down, he wouldn't have been able to convince his New World allies to join him in the fight, so a massive showdown at Marineford wouldn't have been possible.
    • Don't forget that Impel Down is in the sea-kings infested Calm Belt, and only marines have seastone layered ships to hide from them.
      • Then why couldn't they steal one of the dozen-or-so Marine ships sent out to keep an eye on him? Maybe only a small number of ships meant specifically for travel in the Calm Belt is layered with seastone?
    • Personally, I think it had more to do with the fact that the vast majority of Impel Down is underwater, and Whitebeard's power is really only good for mass-scale devastation. If he starts tossing around earthquakes in Impel Down, he'll bring the whole prison down, making rescuing Ace a moot point.
      • That's assuming he would need to. Sure, Magellan and Shiryuu are tough bastards, but I doubt that the entirety of Whitebeard's crew, and possibly also allied crews, would not be enough to get through Impel Down. Literally every other guard in the entire prison would be curb stomped. Can I call this a Plot Hole yet?
      • And you don't think that Impel Down would be able to get a call for help off, or that Marine HQ wouldn't do something about an assault? Remember that the reason they had to deal with Luffy's jailbreak on their own was because Marine HQ was bracing for an assault from Whitebeard. If Whitebeard shows up at Impel Down, that frees up Marine HQ's forces, and those forces include the Admirals, at least one of which (Kizaru) could make it to Impel Down in very short order. The Impel Down Guards might not be enough to stop Whitebeard and company, but Impel Down is a big place, and they could slow them down enough to allow the Admirals to arrive, and a fight between them and the Whitebeard Pirates in Impel Down would not bode well for the structure. It's just too risky for Whitebeard to try to attack Impel Down.
      • It would still take them quite a while to arrive. And I'm not sure if Kizaru can just fly there despite being light, since when he had to go to Shabondy he was seen traveling by ship. Even if he could, he alone can't take on the Whitebeard Pirates. I mean, sure, the Navy would respond in full force but you have to keep in mind that they prepared for the attack with 100,000 soldiers and practically every elite they had as well as a whole range of P Xes. There's no way they could have moved everybody all the way to Impel Down so quickly. Aside from giving Whitebeard the advantage in time, it probably would have worked out in his favor since his force was vastly outnumbered to begin with. But even if they'd sink all of Impel Down as soon as he shows up there, it still doesn't really explain why he didn't try to attack the escort ship. That would have been easy.
      • Consider this: It took Luffy almost five days to arrive on Impel Down with Boa Hancock on a Marine ship. The Whitebeard Pirates, in particular, the Moby Dick was in the New World, most likely pretty far in the New World when it received the news of Ace's execution, which is the same day Boa Hancock and Luffy headed off to Impel. In response to the news, 23 Marine ships were instantly destroyed, before the Moby Dick started to move. If Whitebeard headed for Impel Down, he would've likely easily annihilated the marine fleet awaiting the transfer of Portgas D. Ace. There's also the point that despite not knowing exactly where Ace is held, given time, it's possible that any of the commanders of the Whitebeard Pirates, let alone Whitebeard would locate Ace and escape with him. So, what was the problem? Well, as I stated earlier, Luffy and Hancock went off to Impel Down with six days left until the date of Ace's execution. This journey took nearly five days from Amazon Lily, which is in the Calm Belt. Considering it took that long to get to Impel Down from Amazon Lily in a Marine ship, which is a relatively close distance, imagine how long it would take for Whitebeard and his crew to get from the New World, likely the farther parts of the New World to Impel Down. The journey would be pointless became Ace would've been transferred to Marineford already, with the execution already underway. And also, from the New World, via Fishman Island the first location would be Marineford anyway. Not to mention, the key to the success of Luffy's, and later Blackbeard's break-in of Impel Down was they took a Marine ship, thus catching the element of surprise. Even with the power of the Whitebeard Pirates means nothing with the Gates of Justice aren't opened for incoming pirates to Impel Down, effectively trapping them in the Tarai Current. Although, Sengoku seemed to think that this factor was somewhat irrelevant when he ordered the Marines to be on high alert around the Impel Down post. Possibly for good reason as Whiebeard is a quake-man. Maybe if they attack Impel Down, not only would they be expecting them, but it may be enough time for the most powerful Marine forces to battle them there. I mean, even the distance between Marineford and Impel Down took nearly two hours on a Marine ship. The entire incident with Luffy breaking in and releasing 241 prisoners took place in a total of 29 hours, due to, of course, the might of the Impel Down staff, in particular Magellan. As strong as the Whitebeard Pirates are, I seriously doubt they can even so much as break-in Impel Down without a Marine ship, let alone go inside Impel Down and locate Ace, and break him out within two hours, perhaps less, until the higher-tier Marines, especially the Admirals arrive there, maybe on better Marine warships; and something of a war already takes place there, as opposed to Marineford. While I said that they could find Ace with time earlier, time is exactly what they don't have. In summary: 1. The journey takes too long, and would be pointless. 2. They would get immediately noticed by the Marines (they destroyed all the Marine ships they could've hijacked, remember), and possibly stuck in the Tarai Current. 3. They wouln't be be able to find Ace and escape less than two hours, even if they manage to defeat all of the Impel Down staff, without a mini-war taking place there as the powerful Marine soldiers would soon arrive on the scene. Even Luffy's mission in Impel Down was a partial failure. That's why the war took place in Marineford instead.
      • Consider this from the WB pirate perspective... if the Whitebeards attempted to take Impel Down, not only would they have to deal with the Marine reprisal from the outside, which would include basically... their most potent combatants possible, but Magellan as well. Magellan's Venom Demon represented a lethal threat to all of the key members of the WB pirates except... Marco (presumably) and Whitebeard (assuming he could keep his distance and not accidentally destroy the place). Faced with the Whitebeards, Magellan wouldn't hold back. He'd wait for them to get just deep enough, then Venom Demon his way through their forces until two or three Admirals showed up. Magellan is normally restricted to Impel Down, but is easily a world class combatant, equivalent, if not equal, to the Admirals. Why invite that disaster on yourself?
      • At Marineford, Ace was basically on display. A lot easier to rescue than tucked away in a dungeon. Plus, if Ace comes into contact with water while the WBs are breaking the walls of Impel Down — especially with those shackles on — he's boned. And then there's the factor of all the ridiculously powerful pirates locked up in the same level as Ace that hate WB's guts.
      • And then there is the possiblity that the marines simply decide to blow impel down up when the WB pirates enter and cannot be stopped. Do you seriously think they never thought of rigging that place with explosives? Not that it would be neccesary if marco, jozu, ace, whitebeard, vista etc. with all their troops fight their way down. No matter how careful, sooner or later somebody is going to break something, and everyone inside dies, devil fruit or not.
      • Something that needs to be considered is the public aspect as well. When Ace is at Marineford, he's out in the open and exposed to the world. News crews are filming and broadcasting the whole event. If Whitebeard tries to storm Impel Down, one of the guards can just slit Ace's throat under the pretext of preventing an escape. It's not like they could hold back the World's Strongest Man and Ace is a criminal on death row anyway so who cares if it wasn't done properly? But at Marineford, Ace is surrounded by the Marine's elites, their cream of the crop. If they kill Ace ahead of schedule in that situation, they are admitting to the world their greatest forces aren't enough to stop Whitebeard. In essence, they would be declaring a pirate to be stronger than the World Government. So, with the idea that they have to play by the rules, if you will, at Marineford, Whitebeard attacks there rather than risk Ace just getting offed by someone when he goes to save him. What he didn't expect was Sengoku forcibly deactivating the cameras at Marineford and stepping up the execution time. Remember Sengoku declaring that the Marines will tell the world only that they won after the fact? And how furious he was when Buggy kept another camera running? He didn't want the public to know anything about what happened during the war because the Marines are, in a sense, cheating.
    • Consider this. You attack Impel Down. Not only do you have to contend with all the staff from the prison, but by the time you get to the bottom, it's very likely a huge marine force has arrived from headquarters and you've got to fight all the way back up to get to the single exit. You probably can't free prisoners like Luffy did, since many of them probably have grudges against Whitebeard, and trying to escape through the single exit while against the full force of the navy is like shooting fish in a barrel for them.

  • Nami's backstory drives me crazy. So, okay, everyone has to pay a Arlong a ransom. 100,000 a month for each adult, 50,000 a month for each kid. And Nami can buy the whole island for 100,000,000. Fine. So, judging from the attack on Arlong Park, there are about 100 adults in Nami's village. Let's ignore kids. 100 x 100,000 = 10,000,000 A MONTH. 120,000,000 A YEAR. Doesn't seem like a very good deal for Arlong, does it? Putting aside the obvious question of how a stranded village can afford these taxes (because we have no idea about the value of money in the One Piece world—Fan Wank suggests that it's similar to the Yen, but that just raises more questions than it answers), it took Nami eight years to gather what her village can routinely pay in only ten months. In those eight years, this one, tiny little village paid 960,000,000 B to Arlong! Kinda makes Luffy's little bounty seem like a joke. And don't say, "Oh, Arlong was never planning on going along with it," etc. etc. The one thing Nami knows best is money. Word of God states that she's one of the smartest people in the East Blue. She wouldn't be able to tell that this is a ridiculous deal? I don't buy it.
    • And there's more! What about Bellemere's death? Oh, everyone in the village loves Bellemere, they love Nami, they love Nojiko, it's so good to see those kids grow up, blah blah blah. But would any of them just slip Bellemere the money that she needed to SURVIVE? No. Even before Arlong's invasion, it seemed to be common knowledge that Bellemere's family was having a hard time staying afloat, but there's no charity—just endless dinners made entirely out of tangerines. Worst. Villagers. Ever.
      • Ummm, no. Everyone in the village gave all the money they had and distributed it equally, it just happened they were 100,000B short. If they could pay for her, they would've.
      • Wait, so, you're saying that the entire life savings of every person in the village is equivalent to the amount that they had to pay every month thereafter? The Arlong Landing Tax and the Monthly Living Tax were both the same: 100k for adults, 50k for kids. So every single beri that every person in the village could contribute when Arlong landed just happens to be the same as what they could pay EVERY MONTH, and that wasn't enough for Bellemere and the kids.
      • And, anyway, you're wrong! That "equal distribution" thing you mention never happens. Genzo even asks Bellemere if she has the money, and she says that she only has 100,000B. He did NOT say, "Hey, we pooled all our money together, and it just so happens that we don't have enough for you and your kids—what've you got?" Maybe you got confused when you saw Arlong with all the money together, but he was just counting the total. That scene wasn't showing that they all gathered their cash to pay for everyone in the village. And even if your theory WAS true, Bellemere still pointlessly admits she has kids, without even knowing that they're around to see her empty gesture (they were hiding and they don't cry out until after it's clear that Bellemere is about to be shot). Nami's backstory is full of stuff like that—nonsensical actions that utterly fail to disguise paper-thin faux-tragedies.
      • One possibility is that Bellemere wasn't the only person who couldn't pay, but had the potential advantage of being outside the village, and thus any spare money had to cover the ones who were in town. Genzo most likely hoped the fishmen wouldn't notice her house, but this was thwarted when the fishmen spotted the smoke. As for Nojiko and Nami, there were only three choices for them; 1)Send them out to sea (which failed because the boats had been sunk), 2)Leave them on the island and let them possibly get killed for not paying or 3)Pay for them at the expense of Bellemere's own fee. Bellemere clearly can't accept 2), but it's unclear whether she knew about 1) or that it wasn't an option.
      • Kuroobi counts the money, and gets roughly 25 million Berries on the first collection, which would indicate at least 250 people lived in the village. It's hard to imagine how the villagers would pay that amount of money each month, much less eight years, especially considering that it's flowing out of the village economy.
      • Nami's hometown, never mind the entire island, isn't exactly a gold-mine town, just from the looks of it. The residents would certainly have enough of an economy to take care of their basic daily needs and transact regular business and all that, but all that got shot to hell once Arlong and his gang arrived. And Arlong KNEW from the outset that it would be hard as nails for the villagers to come up with the monthly stipulated amount. He was just being a real bastard about it.
      • Which causes one to wonder if there were any extended families, i.e. families with more than two children at the most, plus grandparents and other relatives, as well as relatives who might have been unable to work to pay that total amount per month, and just what might have happened to them if they were unable to pay...Arlong DID say the money was rent for them to keep their lives, after all...
    • The deal wasn't for money really. It was so Nami would have a reason to willingly serve Arlong and in that regard it succeded marvelously right up until Nami's former crew members showed up.
      • There's also a certain level of diminishing returns Arlong would have to deal with because there is only so much money people can make in a month. Unless Nami paid the difference over time (which she likely would not do without hope anyways) the population would either be rapidly dropping or he did not get the 120,000,000 a year and simply let some people get away with not paying their full taxes because something is better than nothing, and honestly the villagers would be a lot less cooropertive without the deal anyways which would mean a faster diminishing returns.
    • The thing with Bellemere's death is that Arlong is really big on people needing money to be important. He declares that those without money will die when he takes over the village. It's not much of a stretch to assume he wouldn't allow "parasites" to live, so the villagers might not have been able to cover for Bellemere even if they wanted to.
  • This is a minor one that I don't even think we can answer yet based on the manga, but what would happen to a Devil's Fruit if it were submerged in water? I ask because I saw the "fish eating the Hito Hito no Mi" and wondered how the fruit would even reach a fish.
    • Nothing relevant to the fruit's power happens when it is adrift. In fact I recall that the Yami Yami no Mi (Blackbeard's fruit) was found while a crewmate - both then on Whitebeard's boat - fished it out of the ocean.
      • Seawater prevents fruit users for using their powers, and drains their strengh. as fruit does not have powers or strengh, this is a bit of a non-issue.
  • Why doesn't Smoker use smoke more lethally? Just push it into someone and they will suffocate. Very quickly. One breath of smoke that thick could leave permanent lung damage and easily take someone out.
    • Probably for the same reason why the other Logia users like Crocodile and Ace don't; because it would make them grossly overpowered and boring to boot.
    • He probably could do something like Gedatsu's swamp attack, but why would he? Smoker's not the type to kill someone who he could restrain, and the only people he can't restrain are logia and haki users, who probably wouldn't be vulnerable to a suffocation attack anyway.
      • And for Logias, he's got his seastone jitte, and his crew has seastone nets, so he's got ways to restrain them as well. And even most haki users are probably not the equal of the likes Hancock and her Warlord of the Sea-class fighting power and King's haki, so he could probably restrain them as well. Besides, he's had all of what, 4(?) fights in the series, and they were all interrupted by Dragon, Ace, Crocodile's seastone cage and Hancock before he could do too much more than catch up to and grab Luffy.
    • With the appearance of Caesar Clown (who did precisely that), we have an answer: Smoker can only control smoke, not oxygen. Smoke suffocates because in reality smoke almost always accompany a reduce in oxygen, but Smoker's DF ability is to generate smoke without reducing the oxygen in the air, thus it is likely that Smoker cannot suffocate people this way.
    • He should still be able to fill his enemy's lungs with smoke, not letting room for oxygen.
  • Boa's behavior bugs me right now. At first, her love for Luffy was extremely cute and endearing and a good direction for her character, IMO. Right now, she's practically advertising to a bunch of people that she's protecting Luffy. That's right, Boa. Just tell all those marine members that you're fighting against them. This TOTALLY doesn't put your position as a warlord in danger, and it's TOTALLY not going to jeopardize the security the island full of innocent people who worship the ground you walk on you happen to have responsibility for. What. The. Fuck.
    • This would be the same Boa Hancock who is introduced turning Vice-Admiral Momonga's entire crew to stone and stealing all their treasure for attempting to summon her to Marineford, right? Because in all honesty, Boa has never been loyal to the Marines and in fact has good cause to not be loyal to them. Plus, no matter what the final outcome of the battle is, the marines will be stretched so thin that they won't have anywhere near the manpower needed to take Amazon Lily.
    • Point there. Okay, I feel better now.
    • Don't worry, she will always be forgiven. Why? Because she is beautiful.
  • What happens if a devil fruit user eats the Yomi Yomi no Mi(Brook's Fruit)?
    • Any DF user that eats another DF will die because the two fruits will react against one another and destroy the DF user.
    • The question is probably if the Yomi Yomi no Mi would bring the DF user back and if he would still have his old powers after that. The answer is probably "no", but I guess only Oda knows. Or not even him, if he haven't thought on that.
      • ODA THINKS OF EVERYTHING.
      • The user's body would probably be destroyed, leaving the soul no place to return. Brook died from being poisoned, so his body was still intact (albeit a skeleton). If he had been dismembered or incinerated, he most likely wouldn't have been able to move his body, and if he'd fallen into the ocean, he would have drowned as soon as he returned
      • Rather related to this: does one need to eat the devil fruit whole to get its power? What happens if 2 people find some Whatever Whatever no Mi and decided to split it between them 50:50?
      • Oda addressed this: Whoever eats first gets the power alone. And a single bite of the fruit is enough.
      • But what if they both eat it at the exact same time?
      • Then whoever managed to disgest it ever so slightly faster would have it.
  • Blackbeard killed Thatch and defected from the Whitebeard Pirates several months before the events of OP, prompting Ace to go after him. So how did Ace get Luffy's wanted poster to proudly show Whitebeard since Luffy got his first bounty about a month (to be generous) before he went to Drum? The Blackbeard pirates had by then already sacked Drum, which meant that by that time Blackbeard had already left the Whitebeard pirates and Ace had gone after him and had already visited Drum a few weeks before Luffy and his crew arrived.
    • Travel time between islands seems to be vague. The time they spend sailing between any of the islands could easily be months. And do we have a definite time for when Blackbeard sacked Drum Kingdom? It seemed to be fairly recently before Luffy arrived there, considering that King Whats-his-name was still hiding outside his kingdom. And there's no indication that Blackbeard defected in the months before One Piece started. He could have easily done that sometime between the Arlong arc and the point where they arrived at Reverse Mountain to enter the Grand Line.
    • It's probably since I haven't re-read the older chapters recently but when did Ace show Whitebeard Luffy's wanted poster? I don't remember that...
    • Ace was searching for Blackbeard. Let's say he was last spotted in the New World, Ace is searching around. Whitebeard hears that Ace is near the island, goes to visit. Ace shares the bounty, gets world Teach attacked Drum Island, heads off there.
  • Why is the World Government stupid enough to go to war with Whitebeard? An all out war of that scale will have massive casualties for both sides and with three out of Four Emperors remaining, the Marines can't possibly take another fight if they manage to defeat Whitebeard.
    • Because Ace is the son of the former pirate king, Gol. D. Roger, and thus the apparent heir to the pirate king. Thus, he can be seen as a symbol of the future of the pirate era which was established by the dying words of Gol. D. Roger, and which the Wolrd Government is desperately trying to destroy. However, if they simply quickly execute Ace, than Whitebeard will come in and go into an all out war in order to destroy the World government. However, by announcing it, they basically make a public announcement about it, so in as to draw in Whitebeard. Thus, instead of Whitebeard going to war and trying to destroy the Marines, it is instead a rescue mission to save Ace. At this point, when Whitebeard shows up, he has to hold back a bit in order to not kill Ace as well, as rescue missions are generally alot more difficult than simply destroy missions. Thus, this is probably the best chance the Marines have of killing two birds with one stone. If they succeed, they will have essentially destroyed a great deal of the pirate era's current strength (whitebeard), and future potential strength (Ace).
      • Whitebeard could have destroyed Marineford with a massive tidal wave, just like he tried at the start of the battle. But they also announced it so they'd know when he would come. Can't just have 100,000 men standing around there day and night waiting for an attack.
    • Also, by handing over Ace, Blackbeard essentially forced their hand. If Blackbeard handed him over publicly enough (which he probably did), they would be forced to choose between executing Ace (thus starting a war with Whitebeard) or letting Ace go (which would have caused a massive blow to the world government's reputation — and we know how much the WG cares about their reputation). The plan they went with gave them a shot at the best possible outcome for that scenario, from their perspective.
    • Also,they wanted to get rid of Whitebeard anyway,and that would be easier on their terms(i.e.on their stronghold)
    • It wasn't a good idea. The fallout from the war is proof of that. The WG believed that killing Gold Rogers living son would be a big enough blow to cripple the age of pirates. Bringing down Whitebeard would be the last nail in the coffin and end the pirate's age. But then Whitebeard got his Thanatos on, his turf practically exploded when he died, and Blackbeard played everyone for chumps.
  • Usopp says in the Thriller Bark Arc that no two Devil's Fruits that grant the same power, yet Blackbeard said he knew that the Yami Yami no Mi was the Devil's Fruit he'd been searching for because he saw it's illustration and description in a book full of Devil's Fruit illustrations and descriptions. How is that possible?
    • That was actually brought up in an SBS. Oda said to read that as "A Devil Fruit's power cannot be possessed by two people at the same time." Oda implied that Vegapunk will explain everything in due time, but for now the fanbase generally assumes that once the Fruit user dies or such, a new Devil Fruit is grown somewhere.
      • It is most likely that once the user of a fruit dies, another grows/appears in its place to be eaten by someone else. They have to have been used before; Sanji mentions reading a book about them and their effects, which was how he knew about the Suke Suke no Mi (Absalom's Devil Fruit).
      • This was confirmed in a recent chapter, in which Smiley died and its Devil Fruit regenerated in a nearby apple. So presumably once the fruit user dies the demon/whatever is in it inhabits the closest fruit at hand.
  • Exactly what is Sanji going to train himself towards? Luffy wants to surpass Shanks and be the Pirate King, Zoro wants to surpass Mihawk and be the best swordsman, Sanji...wants to find a sea with a bunch of fish in it? It bugs me because Sanji is repeatedly put in the same league as Luffy and Zoro, yet he doesn't seem to really have a benchmark for his strength.
    • Of course he does. It's Zoro. Which is why he is slightly weaker than him, since Zoro is training for Mihawk and Sanji is training to keep up with Zoro.
    • Because to get to that sea, Sanji needs to travel through the most dangerous sea in the world, which is inhabited by the most powerful people in the world.
      • He still doesn't have a benchmark like Luffy and Zoro.
    • How else is he going catch the monster giant fish? The fish with which a fishing rod probably won't be able to do much good.
    • He might not have a specific, active fighter to use as a benchmark, but his goal isn't simple strength. Neither he, nor Luffy have mere strength as a goal: Sanji's a chef, and Luffy wants to be the Pirate King not necessacarily the strongest man on earth. He's still the second-strongest member of the absurdly powerful Straw Hat crew and is able to go toe to to with both of the ones above him.
    • You honestly believe that Sanji isn't training himself for something? Forshame. Remember, Sanji is a chef - an ass-kicking badass normal pirate chef - but a chef none the less. And what do all chefs do? They cook of course! He has a reason for wanting to find the Great Blue and catch all those fish: to cook them up in any dish his imagination can create. So anytime he's cooking away in the kitchens, he's essentially continuing to improve his skills as a chef. And with a captain that as a Bottomless Pit of an appetite like Luffy, he's never short on practice. Sure, it doesn't emphasise on physical strength, but why does he need to aspire for something that requires muscle when he has an actual talent at something productive? It fits well into his character as being someone who "loves to cook" and avoids getting his hands dirty (I only mean literately; he has no problem in doing the dirty work himself metaphorical) in any sense.
  • How did Luffy have Shanks's hat already when he was dumped off by Garp?
    • You mean in the latest chapter? Garp dumped Luffy with Ace and Dandan after he'd met Shanks, eaten the Gum Gum Fruit, and received Shanks' hat. So Luffy and Ace originally met when Luffy was 7 and Ace was 10.
  • How on earth did Dragon's identity stay hidden so long? Garp very casually revealed it in front of his entire brigade and Luffy's friends, and then only absently realized that he probably shouldn't have revealed that fact in front of so many people! Seriously, does Dragon employ Amnesia Dust or is he just incredibly lucky?
    • You know how Luffy never even mentioned he had a brother until he showed up? I feel like that's the way Garp handled talking about his family with his subordinates. Garp and Luffy have really similar personalities. I think Dragon is more responsible than that though. Iva seemed relatively close to the guy after all, and even questioned him about where he came from, and he still didn't mention having kids.
    • Everybody knows who Dragon is. They don't know that Luffy is Dragon's son.
      • One of Garp's mooks mentioned that this was the first time he heard Dragon's full name, Monkey D. Dragon. And Garp's men are equally shocked that Dragon is the son of their superior. In fact, even Dragon's men don't seem to know his true identity as Dragon passes over Luffy's bounty poster and his subordinate begins to give him Luffy's profile, evidently unaware that Dragon already knew him.
      • Or more like, knew OF him. As not even Luffy knew his father's identity, it's rather obvious that they haven't met, at least not when Luffy was old enough to remember. It's quite a bit like Usopp and Yasopp, except Banchina didn't hide Yasopp's identity.
  • So didn't they once say that anyone in Marine HQ is about the equivalent of someone three ranks higher anywhere else? Wouldn't this mean that Coby and Helmeppo, both coming from HQ, are in reality around lieutenant rank?
    • The titles that they were given in the manga were "Sergeant Major" and "Sergeant" which is below Lieutenant rank but above the average Mook.
      • I am aware of this. But since they are from the HQ, this is their ranks by HQ standards, which is three ranks lower than they would have everywhere else.
      • They said that strenght, skills etc. are as if they're three ranks higher.
  • If you go south from Roguetown, through the calm belt (which at least the Marine has the ability to easily do), wouldn't you get straight to Raftel?
    • You can't sail in the Calm Belt because there's no wind, in addition there's Sea Kings in the Calm Belt. You have to go the long way. Marines have some degree of advantage because of upgrades to their ships. Boa Hancock likewise has a ship driven by Yuda, creatures even the Sea Kings are scared of.
      • There must be something that prevents you from getting to Raftel, then.
      • I think they call that something "a shitload of pirates".
      • Don't the maps show a ring of land along the "prime meridian" equivalent? The hemisphere we've seen has Reverse Mountain blocking the sea route from Rogue Town.
      • That and they can't find islands like that in One Piece. Remember on Jaya Island they had to get a 'bird' that always faces south since regular compasses don't work in the grand line, and without the log pose guiding you from one island to the next, you'll end up completely lost. Of course there are Eternal poses that always point to specific islands, but those are normally made by the World Government after they've discovered an island. Guess which one isn't on the list.
      • Also, we don't really know anything about Raftel. All we know is that it's SUPPOSED to be the last island on the Grand Line, which means it PROBABLY is where the undefined treasure is located. We don't know how big the ocean is, or how far apart islands are. And, about the Marine ships, though they can travel through the Calm Belt, that's a big secret (remember the phony newspaper article that showed Helmeppo and Coby crying as they supposedly went down Reverse Mountain?). I get the feeling that Raftel is really just a fake island, or maybe even the true Marine Headquarters/Vegapunk's hideout.
    • Rogers had offered to tell Whitebeard "the way" to Raftel, implying there's some trick you have to know to get there.
  • Why are so many characters in One Piece gigantic? Whitebeard, Blackbeard and his crew, Gekko Moriah, Aokiji/Kuzan, Jerry, Kumadori, Fukorou, The Destroyers, Donquixote Doflamingo. These guys have been eating their greens.
    • Largely I think it's just Oda's sense of design, but if you want to look for an in-canon excuse, the best I could give you is that they've somehow got giant genes somewhere in thir historyy since there are, y'know, actual GIANTS in the series.
      • Oh man.
      • NO WORRIES! Because there's no romance in One Piece, that means sex doesn't exist in this universe!
      • Oh, I'm pretty sure it does; otherwise, what are Sanji and Brook always getting so excited about when the girlies are half naked. XP
      • Sex and romance are two different things. Sex is the act of sexual reproduction. Romance is a lot more complicated than that.
      • Wait, then what did Shakky mean when she said Raleigh was 'looking for women'?
      • Word of God says there's no romance for the Straw Hat Pirates.
    • NO MATTER HOW BIG THEY GROW, THEIR HEARTS WILL ALWAYS BE BIGGER!
      • Wait, including Donquixote? I thought he was cynical...
    • Luffy lampshades this in the Jaya arc by wondering why everyone on that island is so big. It may just be the norm for Grand Line inhabinants. Laboon was once a normal sized baby whale before he became the biggest whale ever, Franky, Brook, and even Chopper's human form and pretty tall, Amazon Lily isn't helping at ALL, Little Garden even LESS, giants are in huge abundance, heck, even Robin is one of the taller females in the series, and she wasn't even born in the Grand Line. And let's not even get started on Luffy. Gear Third.
    • Training could also explain it. These guys are all tough characters to fight, so it stands to reason that they've trained for years to become some of the most dangerous pirates around. Of course training for so long would get you pumped in size, however as this is manga, the size must be exaggerated just to show how really strong these guys are just by looking at them. Even in real life, body builders tend to be large and built, just not to the extremes as what the manga (any manga in fact) shows.
      • Body builders aren't 3 times as tall as the average person. No matter how much you lift, there's only so mch that you can change about your skeletal structure.
      • First of all the trooper above clearly said that it was an exaggeration, not that hard to miss, and second, your bone structure changes and adapts to your body depending on the situations, true someone in his 30s have to follow your rule, but someone that started training at a young age can affect their growth, that's why people that play sports, specially basketball will almost always be very tall.
    • To make the Straw Hats look smaller, and therefore more badass if they beat someone perhaps. After all, most of the Straw Hats look fairly harmless.
    • They suffer from gigantism. No, seriously.
    • People in the real world vary widly in hight. Oda just exaggerated this fact, just like everything else in the series.
  • Is it more than a coincidence that the Blackbeard Pirates are eerily similar to the Strawhat Pirates?
    • I don't think think so. I remember specifically hearing that Blackbeard (along with many of the D's) is sort of an analog to Luffy, and more or less his "evil counterpart".
      • What about the other BB Pirates?
      • They're all evil counterparts to some of the Strawhat Pirates. Probably it's just the case that Blackbeard is still in an intermediate stage of forming his nakama. Check the WMG entry for more info.
  • What's the deal with Lafitte of the Blackbeard Pirates? Judging by the Ace VS Blackbeard fight Lafitte seems to have Soru or at least some form of super-speed.And how did he sneak into Mariejora without Mihawk,Doflamingo,Sengoku, and the others noticing?
    • While wearing tap shoes, no less. I think this is a case of Just That Good.
  • Is Doc Q of the Blackbeard Pirates weak or is he just lazy?
    • I wouldn't say "weak", but most likely that his body doesn't work right. In the sense that he couldn't do extraordinary things, but his body doesn't work well for day-to-day living.
      • He's faking. I recall him rowing the crew's boat and keeping up with Burgess on the other oar, who's enormous and can lift a hotel. Not to mention him carrying what appears to be some sort of very large weapon on his back...
      • Confirmed in Chapter 577. The weapon is a Sinister Scythe.
  • What did the Gorusei mean when they said that if the "3 World Powers were to collapse the world would descend into Chaos"? I think having all of the Pirates dead would give order rather than chaos.
    • Well, those 3 powers includes the Marines, but not all of the pirates. In other words, there'd be a huge power vacuum, followed by a huge power struggle.
      • The Three World Powers are the Marines, the Seven Warlords of the Sea, and the Four Emperors (the four most powerful pirates in the world, including Whitebeard and Shanks, as well as two other unknowns). Right now it's an uneasy tension, but if something went wrong—the Warlords collapsed or were wiped out, for example—it could devolve into a massive war. Hell, the Four Emperors are equal enough that they barely keep each other in check, and an all-out war between them could cause mass devastation. Remember that Shanks is powerful enough to make people pass out just by being near him.
      • No, I remember an early episode saying that the Marines were the third world power, long before the Four Emperors were created. But regarding the original question, I thought it was possible that the World Government just overestamates their importance. Given what huge bastards they are, how could they not?
    • Keep in mind that the Four Emperors are apparently equivalent to actual empires with the amount of territory and allied crews that they command, in addition to the absurd strength that their primary crews possess. The World Government is almost like a super-nation composed of other smaller nations, with the Four Emperors being the only other alternatives. The "Three Powers" are essentially the "Three Deterrents".
    • Actually, the three powers are the World Government (including the Marines, the Seven Warlords of the Sea, and all of the national armies, though the third one seems pretty useless), the Rebels lead by Monkey D. Dragon, and the Four Emperors. All three powers are in opposition to each other, as the Four Emperors and Rebels consider each other 'rivals', and the World Government wants to wipe both of them out. Currently, they are in stalemate, but with Whitebeard and Ace dying/dead... the balance will change.
      • No, it's stated in the story that the three powers are Marine HQ, the Seven Seas, and the Four Emperors.
      • Presumably, the three powers not only balance each other out but also keep any pirates or other forces not affiliated with them from gaining strength; Whitebeard's territory becomes vulnerable to attack from pirates like Brownbeard after his death.
    • The 3 Powers maintain order not by enforcing a cold war style situation with each other but by being the dominant forces in their respective regions. In the first half of the Grand Line, the Marines by and large rule the seas and can quickly stomp out any major pirate activity. In the New World, the Yonko rule their respective territories with iron fists. The Warlords are also powerful pirates who can crush most enemies and in at least five cases (Hancock, Jinbe, Moria, Doflamingo, and seemingly Crocodile) have established turf that they protect from attackers. The last two Warlords are a WG weapon and a guy who preys on lesser pirates to kill time. Anyone who intends to upset the status quo must fight and defeat one of these forces. If some of the Three Powers fall, then portions of the Grand Line become vulnerable to attack and are decimated by weaker pirates. That's part of the reason the Marines don't tango with the Yonko much, it would only make things worse for the civilians in their territory. That they were willing to risk bringing down Whitebeard just to kill Ace shows how badly they are scared of Rogers' spectre.
  • What would happen if someone were to eat two Devil Fruits?
    • They'd die, I believe it was stated.
      • Ayup. It was stated in the Enies Lobby arc that whoever eats two Devil Fruits is blown up by their combined effect.
      • That is, however, just rumor. Only Vegapunk really knows a thing or two about Devil Fruit, and Rob Lucci (or some other CP9) even mocked Jyabura for believing such rumors.
      • Wrong. The rumor he was mocked for believing was that he would blow up by just being near a devil fruit as a person who ate one. Eating a second one would still cause an explosion- http://www35.onemanga.com/One_Piece/385/03/
  • Why did the World Government flat out annihilate Ohara and it's various treasures rather than take it's resources for themselves?
    • Duh. It's because they're dickwads. Also, the level of intelligence we're dealing with here is that which shares genes with Spandam. Logic need not apply.
    • It was because the scholars knew how to read poneglyphs which among other things contain information regarding the blank century and the Pluton/Poseidon blueprints. As for the resources, it's anyone's guess.
      • Given the way the Government acts, the speeches from most of their subordinates about Justice and the sole existence of something like the "Buster Call", I suppose they simply think it's better to sacrifice any resource from Ohara instead of letting it fall on the right(or wrong?) hands, in case it contained a clue to the Poneglyphs or anything illegal that they couldn't detect. After all, they did explode a ship full of innocent people during the Buster Call at Ohara, didn't they?
      • Speculation among some leads to the theory that the World Government was the prevailing side of the war that took place during the blank century. History is written by the winners, so normally the atrocities and horrible acts comitted by the winning side are shrugged off and suppressed. However, the poneglyphs were written by the losing side, and detail things that might undermine the entire World Government. The Government, unable to eradicate these accounts history, simply chose to wipe out anyone who might read that history. The Pluton theory doesn't hold in my opinion, simply because the World Government has shown that they'd rather obtain the blueprints than destroy them.
      • They could have acted thinking that they were destorying leads to what happened in the blank century, and it's only afterwards, reading some surviving documents or something, that they learn that there's more than just history on the poneglyphs, there's weapon blueprints, too.
      • The part that gets me is this. The World Government didn't have to wipe Ohara off the map. They could had gathered up all the scholars, like they did in the manga/anime, and had them summary executed by shooting each in the head once they had verified the crime. That way there wouldn't be any need for an ax crazy marine like Akainu to blow up the escape ship, which killed hundreds of people that had nothing to do with the poneglyph. Instead of doing things simple and quick, however, the World Government felt the need to wipe the entire island off the map and destroying everything. Including hundred of years worth of knowledge that the World Government most likely benefited from given that Spandam was actually reading one of the books saved by one of the scholars that they marked as devils. It wasn't like they could had destroyed the poneglyph on the island anyway so the entire Ohara incident was a waste of both manpower, resources, and life. Then again, the World Government seems to think it is more important to set an example instead of using common sense.
      • I thought that was because of the utter paranoia the WG seems to have when it come to the poneglyphs. Killing everyone makes sure there are no other people like Robin out there on the island, who are not really researchers but still seek answers and study that part of the fobidden history.
    • Destroying the books means that none of their men being there could accidentally read something. Extreme? Sure. But they seem to really be afraid of anyone finding out what happened.
    • Sauro actually brought this up, asking why, if the research into poneglyphs was so dangerous, the government just didn't help the scholars instead of killing them. Sengoku told him to shut up and follow orders, thus he defected.
      • It's indicated that the poneglyphs contain two topics. Those are information on the ancient weapons and whatever happened during the Void Century. It's presumed that the WG, or at least the Elder Stars already know what happened during the Void Century and decidedly do not want anyone else to know about it. That they are willing to wipe islands off the map is a sign of how big a secret they are hiding. Until recently they were also willing to give up the power the ancient weapons would give them to keep that secret. It was only eight years ago that they decided to not just bury the ponegylph information and try to exploit Robin and the Water 7 blueprints to get the firepower they need to end the age of pirates.
  • Why is Van Auger of the Blackbeard Pirates the only gun user who has a scope?
    • Maybe his gun's the only one with enough range and accuracy to make a scope reliable.
      • Indeed, probably only his gun and Sogeking's Kabuto. Of course, the Kabuto maybe isn't able to hit a seagull soaring several miles away from coast, but then again a simple scope wouldn't help much anyway...
      • For the record, Usopp's goggles are his scopes.
      • As is his nose.
      • That's technically mere speculation; Yasopp is said to be just as good as his son, if not better, and he doesn't have the nose; it came from Banchina. That isn't to say that it's not an amusing speculation...
      • Keep in mind: Yasopp is a sharpshooter with a pistol. it's not shown that he can do it at range as well.
  • Who were the 3 Marine Admirals prior to Aokiji,Akainu,and Kizaru?
    • Sengoku and two unknowns.
      • Sengoku, Z and an unknown.
  • Why hasn't Whitebeard or one of the other Top tier Pirates found One Piece yet?
    • Dunno. Whitebeard's said to be close, though.
    • Because if Whitebeard made a deliberate move for One Piece, all the other three Emperors would form an Enemy Mine alliance and stop him. Whitebeard may be the single strongest man alive, but her can't beat the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th strongest together.
    • According to Sengoku's theory, Whitebeard doesn't want to find One Piece. He wants Ace to find it.
      • Whitebeard isn't interested in it. Said so himself.
    • Plus another one of the Emperors, Shanks, probbaly already knows what/where One Piece is as he was on Gold Roger's ship when he conquered the Grand Line.
      • But was he really on the ship at the time that they conquered the Grand Line, or did he come later? I have a horrible memory, so perhaps Shanks specified that he was, but maybe he wasn't. Buggy's attitude seems to reflect that they have no idea if One Piece exists or is on Raftel, for sure.
      • I think they came after, Roger probably just had a small but powerful crew first that could withstand the New World, and after he started accepting more weaker members like shanks and buggy (who were kids then).
      • No, Chapter Zero shows that Buggy and Shanks were members of Roger's Crew for at least the end of his pirate career. More likely, Buggy never went after One Piece because he wanted to lay low, and Shanks wants Luffy to be the one to get it.
      • Shanks wants to see if Luffy can surpass him, but I don't believe he actively wishes for him to gain One Piece over him. Also, regarding Whitebeard, he never said anything about not wanting One Piece. In fact, Ace states that he wishes for Whitebeard to get One Piece and that's his goal (at least it was before he died and expressed his true desire to see his brother succeed). Most likely, the answer is that obtaining One Piece is even difficult for top-tiers. That's how insane it is.
      • Following the fan theories that One Piece is something sentimental to Rogers, Shanks wouldn't have much interest in braving some deadly sea to get one of his old boss' knick-knacks.
    • In their last meeting together, Rogers offered to tell Whitebeard the way to get to Raftel and Whitebeard turned him down due to lack of interest. The fact that there exists some special way to get there explains why only someone who could hear "the voice of all things" could get there and why no one else has gotten there since. And if we're willing to dip into WMG territory, Luffy is implied to have the same ability, which would be how the Straw Hats get there themselves.
  • If Gold Roger was so powerful than how did the Marines capture him?
    • Bad luck, perhaps?
      • Most likely, he turned himself in, having, from his viewpoint, done everything in life.
      • He had aids.
      • Almost, but yeah, he turned himself because he knew he was dying, and he wanted to start the New Age or something alike.
      • He turned himself in for a number of reasons, but even so the Marines went and said he was captured (Garp and Sengoku were possibly the only Marines strong enough to give him a challenge then and neither of them did it)
  • Why doesn't anybody know who the Blackbeard Pirates are?They did sack an entire country...
    • Wapol kept his mouth shut. He's a big enough egotist that he couldn't stand the thought of the rest of the World Government knowing that he got chased off his island by like five guys.
  • What exactly is the punishment for a country to harbor pirates?
    • It's never stated outright. Considering the World Government's warm, tender, caring nature, it could range from being cast out of the WG (and left to defend itself against every empire-builder pirate that comes along) or outright annihilation (which they HAVE done in the past when they felt like it.)
      • Consider that it's canon (ep. 524) that when a country refuses to enter the WG, its whole population is send to slave labor at "Tequila Wolf" to build a bridge that makes the Great Wall a backyard fence.

  • What makes the World Government think it can control the Seven Warlords of the Sea? Crocodile rebelled; what makes the Marines think that they can keep the other super-powerful pirates they're sheltering from trying to take over their half of the Grand Line?
    • Because if they did they would not only have to fend off the Marines but also maybe the Four Emperors as well. Secondly Crocodile was searching for the Ancient Weapon Pluton which I wouldn't be surprised if he needed it to fend off the Marines as well as other groups.Thirdly I get the impression that the SB's are Pirates who were too strong for the MS or the YK's to defeat individually but too weak to fight both groups at once. Also I seriously doubt the WG really expects the SB to follow every single rule they make.
      • The Seven Warlords are basically privateers. They're not powerful enough to take out the World Government (and smart enough to know that outright challenging the World Government is a real good way to destabilize everything and get killed by the Four Emperors). They were made Warlords of the Sea because the World Government considered them a greater threat to other pirates than to the WG, and I'm ASSUMING that they just don't target Government-affiliated things. It's really a sweet deal-legal immunity and license to kill. Not to mention the Seven Warlords of the Sea being far too fractured and independent to band together as a force on any topic short of outright annihilation.
      • In case you haven't noticed, the WG doesn't really control the Warlords that well. Crocodile starts rebellion to try and takeover the world with the ancient, Moriah creates a zombie army to try and become pirate king, Mihawk runs around picking of pirates trying to enter the Grand Line, Kuma lets the Strawhats escape, and Doflamingo is plotting something involving the New Age and war with Whitebeard. They don't all come to meetings when called, and some consort with wanted pirates (Mihawk going to meet Shanks when the Strawhats first enter the Grand Line) Plus Kuma states in chapter 513 the Warlords have no obligation to the Marines except where the government is involved. They really are loose cannons, but since the Warlords aren't figured into the 3 Powers, it's most likely that they aren't strong enough to deal with the upper level marines and the Four Emperors.
      • The Three Great Powers are the Marines, the Four Emperors, and the Seven Warlords of the Sea so they are most likely strong enough to take on the Marines or the Four Emperors but obviously not both.
      • I use to think it was a matter that it would take several Warlords to defeat an Emperor (as in Emperor and their main fleets) or that the 3 admirals together would be able to, but in the war, we see that the Four Emperors are very powerful but that their underlings aren't that far behind, several Warlords and the admirals not to mention countless soldiers and all of the Black Beard pirates fought Whitebeard and it still was not an easy task to kill him. So the balance is mostly maintained by the fact that neither the Warlords or the Emperors are a joined group unlike the World Government and it's pretty obvious how without the Warlords the WG would fall to the/a Emperors while without the WG the Four Emperors would probably divide the world among themselves and without the Four Emperors the WG would get rid of all the pirates it could find (eventually the SB would fall too) so it's a pretty fit power, maybe that's why the rebels (who would be a 4th power) is such a big threat to the WG if Dragon decided to attack them.
      • Didn't Kuma say that he was ordered to warn Moriah, but wasn't ordered to capture the Straw Hats, since they didn't know they would be there.
      • The only reason is because he was made into a cyborg by the WG, and thus under their control to an extent. Possibly even moreso now than before.
      • Don't forget Boa Hancock, who seems to get her kicks by turning entire marine platoons to stone and smuggling notorious high-bounty criminals into top-security prisons.
      • It is better to have the Seven Warlords of the Sea secretly plotting against you than to have them rampaging across the Grand Line. The World Government still doesn't trust them much. That's why, despite theoretically having two of the three great powers under its command, the World Government hadn't moved against the Four Emperors.
      • You want to know the answer? THEY CAN'T. As shown by the latest chapter, in a conversation between a high-ranking Marine and Donquixote Doflamingo-
    Doflamingo: Hey, you'd better not get too cocky here...since when did you become my boss? No matter how much power you may hold within the government, I'm a pirate...so it doesn't mean shit to me...!! Once dealings with you become boring, I can quit the Seven Warlords of the Sea. Anytime I want...you'd better not forget that!!
    • IMO, it's a moot point. In a way, the Government must know that the seven warlords haven't got what it takes to be threats akin to the Four Emperors. The basic idea about the Warlords? They are loosers. They became pirates, faced Grand Line and were broken by it. Each of them. Crocodile became a pirate with big dreams, wanting to be the next king and lost against Whitebeard. The guy became a jaded warlord and dealt with his weakness focusing on military power (probably because of his supposed association with the revolutionaries which would explain his knowledge of ponegryphs). Notice his talk about "rookies" when he faced Luffy... It's quite revealing. Moria lost against Kaidou and lost his crew. His way to deal with the idea? Zombies. Doflamingo's new pirate era is also probably a way to deal with the lost of his dreams. Jimbei, Hancock and Kuma's deals reflects this idea too. Anyway, they don't have the will to really be big threats. Sure they can still be a pain to deal with from time to time but keeping this idea in mind their usefulness way outclass the danger they represent. They lost their dreams, their will... so they lost their power in a way.
      • That doesn't explain Law, one of the New Warlords. He seemed not to have lost any of his ambition, although we still know little about him and his plans. I also wouldn't call Moria broken since he haven't given up his dream as it took a twisted new turn that probably made him even more dangerous. Doflamingo is still a big question mark and we don't know if he ever had a dream besides being more of a stereotypical pirate. Kuma was a double agent for the Revolutionaries and Jimbei and Hancock become Warlords for the benefit of those around them than given up a goal or a dream. Hawk Eye seemed to became a Warlord out of boredom than being broken by anything. The only person among the Warlords who 'gave up' was Crocodile and he arguably became more danger since he wanted a weapon that could destroy an entire island, which is more of a threat than the Four Emperors. To me, becoming a Warlord in most pirate's eyes is a way to get the government off your back while you make other plans.
      • One thing that I would like to point out from the above mentions about the Warlords' strength... Have you all forgotten that Mihawk used to duel Shanks in battles that made the GRAND LINE shake? That even Whitebeard's ears were still ringing from it? The only reason Mihawk stopped fighting Shanks was because he lost his arm. Not to mention Hancock can freakin' knock out Pacifistas with her kicks! So physical strength isn't really an issue. They probably COULD handle most of the Marines, but who wants that on their backs?
      • Why would the World Government recruit loser pirates? The Marines, consisting of the entire planet's military force, need backup from the Warlords just to even out the balance of power. Besides, even "losers" by the New World standards are still tremendous threats anywhere else. They may not actually obey the government, but they're still useful, as trying to hold on to their Warlord titles reduces their activity somewhat. Not to mention Mihawk has shown he can travel anywhere in the world on a mere raft, and Doflamingo is active in the New World, so it's not like it's the norm for the Warlords to fail in the New World.
  • Given that the Gorosei most likely know that One Piece is on Raftel, and possibly that the Rio Poneglyph is on Raftel, and assuming that the Marines do indeed have an Eternal Pose to every island on the Grand Line, why don't they just Buster Call the hell out of Raftel?
    • Why indeed?
      • Seriously, though. The idea is that the farther along the Grand Line an island is, the harder it is for anyone to get to, even the Navy. Especially when you consider that the Four Emperors rule that half of the Grand Line, and those four pirates together are a match for the entire planet's military force.
      • Not the entire planet. Just the Seven Warlords and the Marine HQ.
      • Right, and those two groups compose the military force of the entire planet. It's not just the marine HQ, it's ALL the Marines.
      • No it's just the HQ.
      • And the HQ commands the rest of the Marines.
      • Yeah, but the rest of the Marines don't matter. As far as battles between the HQ and the Four Emperors are concerned, they'd be not so much a combat force as a shield of ablative meat.
      • If they tried, it would probably get out, and they'd have the Four Emperors, the Seven Warlords, the Eleven Supernovas and a hell of a lot of pissed off pirates baring down on them. Either that, or maybe they know that somebody on Raftel is sittin' on one of those weapons like Pluton or Poseidon. Would sure as hell be enough to keep me away.
      • Also, wouldn't it be kind of pointless anyway? A buster call wouldn't destroy a treasure of gold and jewels (damage and scatter perhaps, but not completely destroy) and it would be unable to damage the Rio Poneglyph at all. It would be a worthless gesture and furthermore the smoke rising from the island would be a navigational aid making it that much easier for anyone else to get to it and find the undamaged Rio Poneglyph among the rubble and ashes.
    • For the same reason none of the Four Emperors reached Raftel. Doing so is supposed to be ridiculously hard (for the reasons still unknown). Gold Roger was the first man in centuies who set foot on Raftel.
      • Yeah, I mean the Emperors are even closer than the WG why haven't they gone for it? There has to be stuff between them and Raftel which makes even Whitebeard and Shanks worried.
      • A recent flashback suggests that there is some trick to getting to Raftel. Rogers was going to tell Whitebeard but Whitebeard didn't care.
  • What happens to Brook if he's submerged to water? I mean, since he's technically a dead guy, he doesn't need to breathe, right? So, while any other Devil Fruit user would just die, wouldn't Brook's fate be kinda a lot worse than death?
    • Presumably it might happen at a later date. Worse yet, since the Devil's Fruit is explicitly the reason why he's NOT dead, would water/Seastone just cause him to die again (possibly temporarily)?
      • One needs to to consider his Devil Fruit power, which is to come back from death, so supposebly if he is killed while underwater or touching a seastone, he's Killed Off for Real. This raised the question, how do you kill off a skeleton?
      • But wasn't it stated that he can come back to life only once?
      • You know, I've looked into that. The fandom seems to accept the "once" figure, but I'm unsure how accurate it is. I'm sure we'll find out, though.
      • I own the Japanese tankobon. His ability is, translated as literally as possible, a "promise of a second life". The actual Japanese, for those more knowledgeable that me that want to confirm it, is ”二度の人生を約束される”. From this, I judge that he can only come back once.
    • Brook was submerged in water recently, after he and Chopper leapt in to save a drowning Luffy. He was fine.
      • If by "fine" you mean collapsed and coughing. He didn't die from having his DF suppressed though, it's true. Also to the person that asked the initial question: pay closer attention, Brook DOES breathe and get tired and eat and all sorts of stuff that living people do that makes no sense for a skeleton. So yes, he'd die.
      • Brook wouldn't die, he lived on an abandoned ship with no food for years, my personal theory on Brook is that it is not that he has to breathe/eat it's that he prefers too.
      • Most likely he eats, sleeps, breathes,and poops all through the power of the yomi yomi no mi making his body act like it is alive, despite not being truly alive. It is shown his soul simply went back to his corpse, and he has been shown to leave the skeleton in spirit form, so it's technically only animating a skeleton that can simulate life. Also, if I turned into a living skeleton, I'd do anything to convince myself I am still a properly living human, and doing mundane and very human things would certainly help that.
    • It's been shown in the fight against Arlong that devil fruit powers are still active while the person is submerged, one just can't do anything. So presumably, as long as someone was able to fish him out, Brook would be okay. Eventually.
      • More precisely, as far as I can tell water/etc fails to suppress innate abilities that come from some Paramecia powers. A submerged Logia user is probably boned, and we've seen that a submerged Zoan user reverts to a base form (as seen when they dunked Monster Chopper during the CP9 arc). I figure that certain Paramecia powers are impossible to outright suppress, though, with ones that require activation (like Robin's or Whitebeard's) being disabled entirely, but ones that cause a permanent change, like Luffy's rubber body, being unsuppressed but them being paralyzed. It's one explanation for why Luffy was pretty much paralyzed by contact with the seastone bars of Crocodile's cage during Arabasta arc but Robin was able to move and act while wearing seastone cuffs... the other explanation being that Seastone just has different forms that affect people differently.
      • Well, Aokiji can FREEZE the ocean, which always bugged me because I was of the thinking that the sea would supress DF powers. But then you mentioned that Luffy's still worked, so perhaps it's the same for certain Logia, even.
      • The sea does not supress Devil Fruit powers. What it does is rob the user of the energy needed to activate those powers. Aokiji can freeze the sea because his power is the ability to freeze objects. Water behaves the same as any other object. If he were submerged he couldn't do so, but as long as he's above-water it's fine.
      • But isn't Luffy a Logia user, even though it's a fairly weak one? think about it: Crocodile is made of sand, Ace is made of fire, Aokiji is made of ice, etc., and Luffy is made of rubber. The Paramecia users aren't made of their power—they have the ability to use it. The Logia users are made out of their element.
      • A common misunderstanding about logias. For a DF to be of a logia type, it has to meet all three basic requirements: 1. Turns the user into an element. 2. Allows the user to generate and control a limitless amount of that element. 3. The element is a force of nature. (Luffy is a paramecia because he only meet the first requirement, Magellan and Mr. 3 only meet the second requirement. Blackbeard, though being an odd one out, is a logia because he meets all three requirements.)
    • Would it really matter whether he died outright or not? He would eventually sink low enough that the pressure would destroy his bones, as it's been shown that his body is completely subject to natural decay. And it was also shown that his soul could live on, but he needed to a body to be "alive." So basically, if he fell in the ocean and sank, he would either outright die or would become a soul again eventually and float around aimlessly.
  • How do Mermaids and humans have sex?
    • It's stated that the tail splits into two 'legs' after 30 years. Presumably another split occurs too, if you'll forgive the crude phrasing.
      • These aren't your Little Mermaid type mermaids - these are Our Mermaids are different type Mermaids.
  • Buggy was a contemporary of Shanks, and his rival at an early age. He has a devil fruit that makes him invulnerable to swords. He sailed with Gold Frickin' Roger!! Why is he so weak?
    • Shanks went to the Grand Line and became a Four Emperors. Buggy hung around in the East Blue, maybe because he assumed it'd be an easy mark? Whatever the reason he stayed there, it seems like he just let himself stagnate.
      • It's the Grand Line that does it. None of the Straw Hats, even Luffy, was particularly impressive before going there, but afterwards they all started to gain power in great speeds. Similarly, when Buggy limited himself to the East Blue, he started to get weaker: Now that he's returned to the Grand Line, my bet would be that he's started to regain his old strength. Hell, he even has a nice chance of becoming a major villain.
      • Even more than that, he didn't even fight other pirates. When we met him, he was beating up on townspeople. There's no way for your skills to not become rusty if you never use them for anything more than that. Compare to Luffy's crew, who started by fighting pirates and have now moved to fighting the people who spend their time fight pirates.
      • Maybe it's not really the Grand Line that does it... it's having a dream. Each of the Straw Hat crew has a dream, and they've become more powerful for it. Now that Buggy and crew have the dream of catching Luffy, they'll probably be improving enough to be a decent threat.
      • I doubt it's just having a dream that does it. I think it's having a will to do something. Buggy's probably going to give up on 'catching' Strawhat Luffy now that Luffy sprung him from jail. Buggy is a coward who never risked anything to get stronger. I think you're supposed to look at him and Shanks and ask 'what's the difference?'
      • Another part is training. Shanks has been traveling the grand line, seeking greater and greater challenges, and trained accordingly. Meanwhile, buggy has been sitting on his arse in east blue, with his only opponents beeing around the level of kuro or don krieg (and he would have possibly avoided them, anyway), so he didn't have a reason to become stronger.
      • It also doesn't help that Buggy is both a coward and an idiot. As seen for Impel Down and Marineford, Buggy prefers other people to do the fighting for him while he stays more in the background and take the glory. Also, although Buggy has a very good Devil Fruit, he doesn't use it all that well. He's probably one of the best examples of people who merely possess a Devil Fruit, but never bothered to master it. He is also the only Devil Fruit user that we have seen that shows contempt with his powers since he can't swim anymore, which is probably why he never bothered to master it. Overall, Buggy is lazy and prefer to do things easy which is why he never really grown.
    • Take Usopp. Get rid of the Pop Greens, the Kabuto, and his willingness to man up when his friends need him. In fact, drop him having good friends at all. Then stick him in a position where the only enemies he fights are ones he chooses to. What's left is someone who, though he was in an incredible crew and has great potential, is little more than a cowardly wimp. Buggy is the same. He never had the development he needs to reach the heights he's truly capable of, and his personality makes him try hard to avoid situations where he could get it.
  • When the hell did the CP9 become such good friends with each other (to the point where they were willing to do street performances to get Rob's medical expenses)? I was under the impression that since they were all just assassins, they didn't have that great of an attachment to one another.
    • I think it happened the moment they were cast to the wolves with only each other to depend on. Oda showed even Lucci was capable of affection when Hatori came back.
    • I kinda assumed they had some sort of dark version of true companions relationship, or something to that effect.
    • We see very little of CP9 when they aren't at work. But they seemed to be on good terms with each other, even despite Jyabura's rivalry with Lucci and other quarrels. The only time Lucci ever seemed relaxed and the only time he ever smiled outside of battle was while being alone with other CP9 members (the scene when Kaku and Califa ate their Devil Fruits). Also, Spandam framed CP9 for defeat of Enies Lobby, and taking pains to save your strongest fighter and leader, when you are on the run from the World Government, is just a display of common sense.
    • All CP9 members were brought up together by World Government. http://beta.onemanga.com/One_Piece/565.5/15/ They are more like childhood friends than a band of professional assassins hired by World Government.

  • What are Luffy and Zoro's power in Dourikis?
    • We never get the exact number, but... we can assume that Luffy's is over 4000 and the same for Zoro's since he's stated to be his equal, but at least way over 2300.
      • Fool! It is surely OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAND!
      • Actually, I think that Luffy and Zoro (and Sanji's legs) are somewhere along 4000 when not using Super Mode. Remember, where Luffy was matching an untransformed Lucci in strength, Zoro and Sanji were fighting Kaku and Jyubura, who were using their powers (Jyabura explicitly stated during the "power level thingy" that his Demon Fruit boosted his power a lot).
      • I think that, based on their fights, Zoro and Sanji's douriki probably matched their opponent's transformed forms so probably around 3450-3500 (without using their best moves) but for Luffy I get the impression that his douriki was actually around 3500 while in gear second it shots up to 4000+, maybe around 4500. In his fight against Lucci he's constantly outclassed and thrown around against both human and leopard forms with ease and in while in gear second that gets reversed. That said, dourikis are very vague and probably not very reliable. I mean, how the hell does Luffy manages to have any sort of trouble against Blueno earlier who has around 800 and then be able to hold up against Lucci later even without gear second? They seem to be as reliable as bounties for reading someone's toughness and battle prowess.
    • Before the timeskip, luffy was probably around 4000 (remember, he didn't win that fight on strength, he won on [[Determinator stamina]]) and Zoro and sanji around 4000-3500 (Sanji's only slightly behind Luffy and Zoro). After the timeskip, that probably doubled. At least. Just ask those Pacifistas they trashed).
  • Didn't Sanji, and Zeff, find All Blue already? I mean, the way to the Grand Line is through the Reverse Mountain, to which water comes from all four Blues...
    • No, occasionally fish just get caught in the waters and end up in other seas. The area around reverse Mountain isn't All Blue, it just (in Sanji's mind) is proof All Blue can exist. And Zeff stated that even though he did sail through the Grand Line for a year, he never did actually find All Blue.
      • My hypothesis is that All Blue is actually at the bottom of the ocean, or even further down than that, in another ocean BELOW the bottom of the ocean, an "underground ocean." The only way for pirates to get to the second half of the Grand Line is by traveling underwater to Fishman Island, which is beneath Mariejois (the World Government capital). Fishman Island is located on a "hole" in the Red Line, a passageway between one ocean and the other. It would make sense that All Blue is somewhere around this area; there's probably some way to get to Fishman Island from each of the other four oceans, like how it is on the opposite side of the world, on Reverse Mountain. Logically, if all four oceans have access to this one other area in the sea, that place would be All Blue. Also, finding All Blue AND the home of the Mermaids (Sanji's two biggest goals) in the same place would be the ultimate dream of the Strawhat Pirates' perverted cook. If this hypothesis is correct, finding All Blue/Mermaid city would be one epic moment.
      • Except, then Sanji's dream would have concluded halfway through the manga. My wild guess is that Raftel is located on All Blue.
      • It might happen at Fishman Island, at which point he could say something like "I'd stick around for all eternity for Nami-san and Robin-chan!" while inwardly thinking about his bond with his True Companions. The crew's goals require them to go to the Grand Line, not necessarily Raftel (although that is Luffy, Robin and Franky's final destination, and Brook's is on the other side of Reverse Mountain),
    • This is not my theory, but one of my friends suggested that All Blue may be UNDER Reverse Mountain, which would make sense due to the currents pouring in from each Blue, as well as its connection to the Calm Belts and the Grand Line. In a fic, she also had Zoro suggest that they could smash Reverse Moutain apart, forcing the seas to meet. MY theory is that All Blue lies directly BEYOND Raftel, in the X number of miles between the island and the Red Line.
    • My guess is that All Blue is the waters around Raftel, in which the island recides, and it has something to do with the "trick" of getting there.
  • Yet so far, it's been implied that the only way into the Grand Line is up the mountain. But that route only goes one way. So how are pirates (like Gold Roger and Zeff) expected to leave the Grand Line when they're done? Do they just brave the Calm Belts or something?
    • Explained in the recent chapters that they coat their ships at an archipelago at the Red Line and go down to Fishman Island, crossing into the New World, and sailing around, it can be assumed that in Zeff's case it's likely that he snuck aboard a ship to get to East Blue. The ships are probably coated with seastone, considering that pirates don't necessarily turn back; for Don Krieg he probably braved the Calm Belt seeing as he had so many ships he might have lost a few there, but mostly pirates generally travel through and eventually die, or become so powerful the sea monsters look at them (like Shanks) and go 'Fuck that I wanna live.'
    • Actually, the Red Line bisects the world and the Grand Line runs perpendicular to it. The two split the world into the four oceans. That means, the Red Line and Grand Line intersect twice. The first time being Reverse Mountain, which spits out people on one side of the Red Line, where Laboon was. The second time being at Fishmen Island. Therefore, it makes sense that after hitting Raftel, the water from the Grand Line would also flow up Reverse Mountain. Which, in the anime anyways, showed current going up AND down into the ocean. Alternatively, you could just be stuck XD
  • Why the hell does everyone call Shura (the priest with the ordeal of string)'s bird, Fuza's attack "Fuza's Wrath?" I've never seen him call it that.
    • Probably depends whether you're reading the official English translation, reading One Manga, watching the dub (ick!) or watching a fansub. It'd all be translated different.
    • Let me make myself more clear: a lot of websites list it as one of his attacks, but as far as I've seen in both the anime and the manga, he never gives a name, period. Ridiculously minor, I know, but it still bugs me.
  • Related to Buggy up above, is it just me or was Crocodile ridiculously weak compared to the other Warlords of the Sea? Perhaps it's just his readily available elemental weakness, but he didn't seem anywhere near Kuma or Mihawk.
    • Personally, I think one of the things Oda is best at is not putting characters up to these indisputable 'levels of power' that a lot of other animes have. He does it to a lesser extent, but your level isn't absolute. It also depends on circumstances. It's sorta like in real life, how the Red Sox might be shitloads better than the Yankees (hypothetical situation, but you know it's true) but that doesn't mean they'll win every game. Croc isn't weak, he just ran into the unstoppable force that is Luffy trying to protect his true companions. In recent chapters he's just as kickass as Jimbei. (Raise your hands if you're waiting for the inevitable Jimbei-Croc smackdown that will occur the moment the 'escape impel down' truce is over). I mean, look at Mr. 3 for an example. He's the third most powerful guy in an arc that took place like six power ups ago, and he somehow manages to significantly delay the Big Bad of Impel down, who Luffy AND Iva couldn't take down.
    • He definitely looks weaker than Kuma, but I think he was still about the same level as Moriah. It makes sense that there are some Warlords who are stronger than others.
      • He really wasn't all that weak; He owned Luffy's ass 2 times out of 3. Plus, he spends his time in Alabasta, which is in the "weaker" part of the Grand Line (compared to Kuma, who probably spends most of his time in the "stronger" New World.)
      • He also has poison that can dissolve rock and what is essentially a 1HKO move.
      • I think someone more or less stated that Crocodile was basically the little bitch of the Warlords, but I guess he was powerful enough to merit a membership anyway.
      • I chuck it up to the water weakness. If Luffy didn't think it up or use blood as an alt, Crocodile could have won. The same thing happened to Enel.
      • I chalk it up to being the first to appear. It doesn't matter how badass or high-ranking you are if you're the boss of level 6 out of 100. :(
      • Since he was able to manipulate a whole country to the brink of civil war while remaining a hero in the public eye himself, I think that his power was more in the way of planning, strategy and social engineering rather than raw fighting power.
      • Yes he is. Being far too weak by the Grand Line standards (easily-exploited water weakness, cannot fully utilize his abilities at sea, isn't that strong physically, the only maimed Warlord of the Sea) and being incredibly bitter about it practically defines his character. Remember that Croc's dream is to become the Pirate King. He lost all hope of defeating other contenders without some sort of cheat, like Pluton, and is eager to humiliate those weaker than himself, precisely because of his own lack of real strength.
      • Luffy suggests that he stole Alabasta's rain partly in order to guard against his weakness, which also suggests that he's strongest in his native terrain (when he fights Luffy in the desert, he can manipulate the sand in the ground in addition to becoming sand, making him stonger). He's presumably much less powerful at sea, and may have used his planning skills to get his Warlord title.
      • He's the Radditz of their group! But seriously, we're talking about a guy who can manipulate land-based weather on a large scale and instantly dehydrate people. He may be weak for a Logia user, but his power is still pretty earth-shattering when you think of how many things he was able to do.
      • Also, it's just a matter of finding the right combination to defeat them. Magellan of Impel Down seemed impossible to defeat head on due to his poison powers but Mr. 3 (one of the weaker former members of Baroque Works) had a Devil's Fruit power that could neutralize the poison. It must be quite annoying for a chief jailer to know that his powers can be stopped by wax.
      • Are you guys serious? Crocodile is a Magnificent Bastard and he's most definitely one of the strongest characters out there. He is not weak as a logia. He has obtained such mastery over his powers that he can turn people into dry husks by touching them. Did anyone else see how he's fought Mihawk, Doflamingo, Jozu, AND Akainu in the latest arc? And did he lose to any of those mentioned? No, he didn't. He did nothing but kick ass during the Marine Ford arc and he was most certainly not the little bitch of the Seven Warlords. Someone said his bitterness about his weakness was a defining part of his character. Wrong. Sounds nice but it's not true. Crocodile was disillusioned by his time in the Grand Line. Power levels in OP are not set in stone. Why does no one remember him curbstomping Luffy two times! And let me say again he's been fighting Akainu! The man made of lava. Crocodile is as bad ass and powerful as they come.
      • Oh, and, as an aside, we're talking about the top 0.00001% of the world here. Is Crocodile relatively weaker than the other top 0.00001%? Maybe, but he's still indisputably in that range. I mean, as a Logia-type, Crocodile already instantly owns 100% of all non-Devil Fruits, and 99% of all Devil Fruit users. It's like living with God Mode on.
      • The best way to describe Crocodile in terms of Warlord strength is as Weak, but Skilled. He may not have Blackbeard's raw physical strength, Jinbe's martial art skills, or Hancock's knowledge of Haki (or maybe he does), but he has his intelligence, his experience and a complete mastery of his powers, which is still a Logia-type. Why he lost to Luffy is because he suffered a Villainous Breakdown and did not use his powers like in Rounds 1 & 2 and forgot to Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight, especially against someone like Luffy.
      • I think it needs to be pointed out that it has been heavily implied(if not outright stated) that the guy that stopped Crocodile's rise to the top was WHITEBEARD HIMSELF. I think that kinda says a little about Crocodile's abilities. Just to clarify, though, being vulnerable to water may be a serious Weaksauce Weakness in the One Piece world, but remember that Crocodile is capable of eliminating moisture with his powers. After all, Crocodile still Curbstomped Luffy even after the latter found out about that weakness and started exploiting it; it wasn't until Luffy started using his own blood that Crocodile started losing his edge, and I wouldn't be surprised if Luffy was the first person to ever try that on him. To all the people claiming that Crocodile is physically weak, he stopped an attack from Mihawk, 'nuff said; he may not be the strongest out there, but combined with his powers and intellect, he's definitely strong enough to at least competently take on pretty much anyone. And as someone mentioned above, Crocodile's loss to Luffy way back in Alabasta could probably be more chalked up to Croc getting sloppy and not bothering to use his powers rather than Croc simply being weak; after all, he did curbstomp Luffy twice, and when Luffy finally won, it took all the effort he could possibly muster just to knock Crocodile unconscious.
    • Another theory is this: The Seven Warlords of the Sea may be like pirate bounties: It's not always how strong you are, such as how much of a threat you could become that can get you the title. This is evident in that they tried to recruit Ace back when he was still relatively green, because they feared what he could become. It also explains Blackbeard getting the title when he was a total unknown: Any total unknown that could bring in Ace could be a major threat in the future. Also, the most recent chapter has Buggy receiving a letter from the World Government, possibly to become a Warlord of the Sea, which makes sense when you think about it. Buggy's not all that strong, but his crew has just been buffed up with Impel Down escapees, he was on the ship of the Pirate King, is (supposedly) friends with one of the Four Emperors, and survived the Whitebeard War. This all makes him a very credible threat in the future, so it's best to get him on your side now. Considering all this, the Government probably wanted to control Crocodile before he became a major problem, not that it did them much good.
      • How about this, it took luffy THREE FULL BATTLES to beat Crocodile! all of the other villains will have at most two. And then consider this, Croc guarded his Weak Sauce Weakness VERY tightly, for several years, so pbviously in his second fight he would have been very suprised, but then using your own blood must have been the icing on the cake, because would you really expect something like that, even if you had Crocodile's brains? Plus, Luffy only managed to survive through an incredible mountain of luck (first battle:Robin appears out of the blue to save his ass, second battle: one of the water bubbles Luffy fired just happened to float down onto his face, third battle: Luffy decides to save Robin who just happened to have an antidote to Crocodile's poison). Oh and this man also considers WHITEBEARD his Worthy Opponent
      • Actually, I kind of thought Moriah was the weakest of them, really. I mean, at least Crocodile and the others actually were out regulary fighting people and other dirty deeds. Moriah just sat on his ass getting fat, weak and lazy by relying on his zombies for 10 years. Probably why Jinbe one-shotted him back at Marineford.
      • Moriah was not so much weak but lazy. He had the chance to wipe out the entire Strawhat crew several times before they knew what was happening and was easily able to capture the top fighters. He, with the combination of Oars, would had finished off the remaining Strawhats if Luffy hadn't absorb 100 shadows and even then he got back up for one last battle. If Moriah had any sense at the end, he would never had taken on 1000 shadows and should had kept the number down between 50 or 100. That way he would had been ungodly powerful without being on the brink of unconsciousness, but Moriah allowed his pride to defeat him in the end more than anything Luffy did himself. Crocodile is, as another troper said, weak but skilled given that his combat skills are rather mediocre, but he knows how to use his powers to maximum effect along with his battle experience and his intellects. Also, being a logia is broken in the One Piece world if you don't know their weakness or know Haki.
      • actually, crocodile may be one of the more dangerous warlords. Yes, he doesn't have the pure physical strenght of Kuma or Jimbei (meaning that he is just ridiculously strong), but he has a very powerfull DF (remember, he can drain water on touch, counterign his own weakness) that he has precise control over, a grand arsenal of dirty tricks, massive amounts of intelligence and charisma, and and of course a massive attitude (illustrated by him attacking WHITEBEARD, and when that fails, joining him and luffy in the rescue operation, taking on opponents like Mihawk and akainu in the process, and getting anway scot-free without a scratch in the end. And since it has been foreshadowed that we will see him again, a rematch against luffy would be very interesting indeed.
      • One of the things that One Piece really doesn't have is absolute "can't touch this" power levels. Crocodile may have lost to Luffy back at Alabasta, but he held his own at Marinford. Moriah was toying with Luffy without much effort and only lost because he fought the entire Strawhat Crew (And Nightmare Luffy) with Oars, yet he lost to Jimbei fairly quickly. The Warlords of the Sea are all cunning and powerful, and while a few of them may have an advantage over the others, it is nowhere near a sure thing that one Warlord will beat another.
      • Essentially One Piece is Plot Tailored to the Party: The Manga. Eneru is a god until he runs into Luffy. The only person who can withstand ghosts that eliminate your self-confidence is the weakling crew member who has no self-confidence. Wax beats poison. Splitting beats swordmastery. Crocodile lost when an entire pirate crew, a royal family, a country's militia, a revolutionary force and his own aide de camp were all against him. During the free-for-all at Marineford he's able to put up a far better performance.
      • Crocodile, when relying only on his physical combat abilities, lost to a rookie. Yes, Luffy is insanely strong by the standards of where he came from, but compare his holding his own against Crocodile to having to vastly increase his strength and speed to do the same with Lucci, and being pretty much powerless against the Vice Admirals. In terms of physical ability, he's invincible in the Four Blues, tough on the Grand Line, but a whipping boy in the New World. It's his Devil Fruit that makes him truly formidable, but in the New World he'd be going up against much stronger opponents with Color of Armaments, plus equally broken Devil Fruits. Being immune to physical attacks doesn't matter when nearly every major opponent can bypass that immunity while being a better physical fighter.
  • Is being unable to swim really that big a deal when you have infinitely stretchy limbs that can grab on to the nearest floating object or push you up from the ocean floor like giant stilts?
    • When a Devil Fruit User falls underwater, they lose the strength to use their power. In Luffy's case, he can use his power, just that he cannot move underwater. Outside sources can still make him stretch, but he loses all strength to even use his power. The problem with grabbing a floating object to push you up from the ocean floor like Giant Stilts is that the Ocean floor reaches many levels of Depths meaning you'll have to get stilts above 1,000,000 miles just to walk over the ocean. There are also Sea Kings in the ocean.
      • Are oceans in One Piece really that deep? That's insane. For reference, the deepest ocean trench on Earth is less than 7 miles. The world of One Piece is significantly bigger than our sun.
      • The only definitive comment about how deep the oceans get is in reference to Fishman Island, at 10,000 meters. No idea where that 1 million miles thing came from.
    • He doesn't have "infinite stretchy limbs." In at least one author interview, the author stated that devil fruit powers like the gum-gum and chop-chop fruit powers have a limit on how far from the person they can actually work (I think Luffy's may have been a distance of some 32-36 gum-gum fruit, and Buggy had trained for a lot longer and could therefore control his limbs up to 100 chop-chop fruit lengths away). It is probablye, given the reappearance of Buggy, sans body, that it is a limit on control rather than a limit on the power not working at all.
      • Oda is notorious for giving nonsensical answers to that sort of thing, which I entirely understand since it keeps him from Word of God-ing himself into a corner. The implication was that there was a physical limit to the range but that he wasn't going to share the specs.
    • That's not how Luffy's powers work. He's not like Mr. Fantastic - he doesn't just stretch on command. He literally works like rubber. He's not going to stretch unless there's some force behind it, and it snaps back as soon as possible.
      • Luffy doesn't work like Mr. Fantastic...except for the times that he does. The vast majority of the time he has impart momentum to his body parts to make them stretch. But there have also been instances of him, for example, stretching out his neck and looping it around to look over Nami's shoulder.
  • When Luffy crashes into Zeff's restaurant, he tries to apologize and tells him that he doesn't have any money to pay him back. He says this even though he has treasure he got from Buggy. What's the deal with that? Granted, Nami wouldn't be too happy about it, but Luffy tends to do what he feels like regardless of whether his true companions approve.
    • At the time, Nami was saving money for her villages liberation from Arlong's clutches. Besides, she said she keeps all the treasure and Luffy, at the time when he crashed into Zeff's place didn't have money in his pockets.
      • Even so, Luffy didn't know what Nami needed money for.
      • Nami actually told him that she wanted to buy back a certain village with the money. Even if he didn't know that, though, Nami most likely wouldn't let him pay.
      • Been awhile since I read the Buggy/Baratie arcs, but didn't Nami say at some point that she was keeping the treasure, and Luffy said that he didn't care? So technically, it was NAMI'S treasure, because Nami was not then an official Strawhat pirate, and despite being a pirate himself, Luffy isn't much inclined to stealing (unless it's meat).
    • Or maybe Zeff just didn't want to piss off the Marines, seeing how he's a former pirate.
      • I always thought that the reason Luffy had not paid Zeff for the damage was because of the fact that he left all the treasure back at the village Buggy took over so they could rebuild and stuff. Nami wasn't too happy about that....
  • If a fish would have eaten the Human Devil Fruit, would he turn into a fishman? And if so, would he not be able to swim?
    • Techinally, yes. If a fish were to eat a hito hito fruit, then they would be able to turn into a fish, a "mer-fishman" (Top half like a human, bottom half like a fish) and a fishman (with a humanoid body). Also, they would probably gain the ability to breath on land since they ate the Hito Hito Fruit and yes, they wouldn't be able to swim. As Shanks said, "no matter how good you are at swimming, after you eat a devil fruit, you won't be able to swim anymore".
    • With all this, it stands to reason that a fish who eats the Hito Hito no Mi would be less powerful than even a human who eats it, and all that happens to thee human is that they are "enlightened".
    • Relating: what were to happen, if Chopper didn't have the Hito Hito Fruit, if a human were to eat said fruit? Just the regular, normal Hito Hito Fruit. Does that mean a human were to gain additional forms or just be stuck as a regular human being with no additional powers?
      • Word of God says that if a human or animal eats a Devil Fruit of their own species they will become enlightened.
  • Any particular reason why there has to be Seven Warlords of the Sea?
    • Because the number seven is in the name? Shichi from the Japanese "Shichibukai" means seven after all. C'mon, that's like asking why there has to be four Emperors, man.
    • Maybe because more than that would upset the balance of power too much.
    • Um, because pirates sail on the SEVEN SEAS? So you obviously need Seven Warlords for the Seven Seas.
      • I was thinking more or less, but I read that the Seven Warlords of the Sea are stated to be equal to the Four Emperors and Marines in terms of power, so maybe they need 7 for it to stay equal.
    • It's a Shout-Out to Seven Samurai.
    • As for why there are seven in terms of story asthetics, it's because 7 in many cultures and religions is a symbolic number for devinity, so there's some sort of symbolism/allusion going on here. As to why there have to be seven in regards to the world of the story, it's just what the WG set down (like how there are only three Admirals).
    • If I remember correctly, the literal translation for "shichibukai" is something like "seven armed seas," so it's probably referring to the realworld seven seas.
    • Probably way back in the day when they were founded there were only seven for whatever reason (that's how many they could get/control, some in-universe significance to the number seven, etc.) By now they maintain seven because that's how many Shichibukai there are and they don't want to change.
  • Why didn't Ao Kiji suffer the effects of putting his hands in the water when he froze part of the ocean for stranded people to cross? He clearly dipped both his hands into the sea, which should at least dizzy out a Devil Fruit user.
    • That only comes into effect when the user is almost or completely submerged. There have been times when Luffy and others have been in knee-deep water and they've been fine.
    • During the fight with Calipha, Nami stated that a Devil Fruit weakness starts kicking in when their body is 50% submerged. So Luffy can still use his powers if he's ankle-deep in shallow seawater, for instance.
  • What in the world made the World Government think that that Very Good could take CP9 back into custody? He was a mere part of a horde of Superpowered Mooks who lost to the Straw Hats, who also beat CP9. Odds were not good.
    • Captain Very Good was leading the whole capture raid. Apparently, I think the World Government thought he would be a good lead because of his devil fruit advantage. I guess the World Government underestimated CP9 and their skills.
    • Maybe they thought that CP9 suffered some permanent damage at Enies Lobby, as all members were mauled really badly. Maybe that's just another display of incompetence.
  • With that voice, how can Luffy possibly be seventeen? And no, I've never seen any of the dubs.
    • Everytime his balls dropped, they bounced right back up. Poor guy can't go through puberty.
    • Keep in mind that the voice of a character really doesn't matter in anime because the manga is the original version anyway, and it's not like the character literally talks when you read a manga. Perhaps Luffy canonically sounds different. Either way, it doesn't really matter.
  • Nami's goal is to draw a map of the world, right? How exactly is she going to do that? Part of the problem with the Grand Line is that the individual magnetic fields of the islands override the world's. That means the only time she can be certain of which direction she's going is at sunrise and sunset and quite possibly at night if One Piece world has the equivalent of a North Star. What navigational instruments does she have? How can she keep track of which direction each island is from each other? And how far, since Grand Line currents can spin you in a completely different direction unless you're paying attention? From what we've seen, the South Bird (and North Bird and their two birdie children, West and East) are the closest you're going to get to a real compass on the Grand Line, but that flew away at the end of the Skypiea arc.
    • Seafarers during the Renaissance (and before then) never relied solely on a compass to determine location (which, obviously, is what you want to know if you'll make a map). They used a Davis quadrant (and then the sextant) to determine longitude and an astrolabe (a mariner's astrolabe, to be exact) to determine latitude. We have seen Nami holding a sextant in the past, and if she has one, she most certainly has an astrolabe too as it wouldn't make sense to have one without the other. In addition, many of the islands the Straw Hats have reached have civilizations on them, who might know of their exact location in latitude and longitude. And while no such devices in One Piece are known to exist, the fact that the directional birds exist implies that there IS a way to determine your exact orientation.
  • Ok. Whitebeard has been protecting Jinbe's homeland, and fellow fishmen from slavers. Jinbe is highly grateful to him because of this. So why the hell did Sengoku think that out of all the Shichibukai, he'd be the one MOST willing to fight against Whitebeard? Surely he at least TALKED to the guy before having him sent to Impel Down?
    • I don't remember Sengoku stating that, even so, it doesn't seem unlikely he would think that. Jinbei is the most controllable Shichibukai (except for Kuma) becuase he honors the agreement to work for the WG and is less unruly.
      • In chapter 523, Sengoku says "And to think, I had expected him to be the most cooperative of [the Shichibukai] in this matter." after being told about Jinbe's refusal to fight.
    • My guess is Jinbe was one of the most willing Shichibukai to follow WG orders when dealing with pirates. Sengoku just didn't take his friendship with Whitebeard into account.
  • So it's recently been confirmed that Devil Fruits do indeed regenerate when the eater dies. What happens to the Yomi Yomi Fruit? When you die, you're brought back to life. Does the fruit regenerate or is its power bound to the eater until they die again?
    • Seeing as its power is still active and only works once, it'll probably reincarnate once Brook dies (if he still can).
    • Probably will only regenerate if Brook dies in the Ocean. Or trapped in kairouseki (seastone, right?).
  • I wanna throw in a what-if. Mr. 2 Bon Kurei touched Chopper's face. So can he/she turn into all of Chopper's forms now? Can his/her Devil Fruit copy all Zoan fruits, because if so, that would be freaking amazing.
    • Can Bentham copy animals' faces? Chopper is still a deer that ate a zoan fruit. I don't think he could actually use another fruits power, because one can only have the power of one devil fruit in one body, with the exception of Blackbeard of course.
    • On a similar note, he showed (with Nami) that he was capable of changing his body to that of the people he copies. Well, Brook's BODY is made of bones. Luffy's BODY is made of rubber. Blackbeard's BODY is capable of sustaining multiple Devil Fruits. Can Bon copy those aspects as well when he changes into them?
      • I would guess that Bon can't duplicate Devil Fruit powers. So he can't become rubber and if he tried to become bones, he would die as the yomi yomi no mi wouldn't keep him alive.
  • Okay, how come most of the fandom sees Luffy freeing the prisoners of Impel Down as an evil act? Even disregarding the fact that the world goverment frequently punishes innocents, my personal belief that many of the pirates range from chaotic neutral to chaotic good (99% of them are evil? when did we get this percentage, from the World Government? Being a pirate in the world of one piece seems to be more about "freedom from anything, even laws" than about "pillaging",hence the frequent the "pirates who do not do anything". Half of the (old) Yonkou are, at worst, chaotic neutral, for God's sake), the fact that the world government would imprison innocents and scapegoats there and the fact that many of the pirates Luffy freed (by contrast with the ones Blackbeard freed) either would quit pirating after that experience or joined Buggy's crew (Crocodile and all the other guys who seemed not to be crying for their lives being the exception. I only saw Crocodile (who, now was pretty much harmless,and who was pretty much freed out of necessity and due to Ivankov anyway), Mr 1 and Mr 2 the fact that this prison blatantly ignored any semplace for human rights,not just the ones we have today, but even the ones MOST EVIL OVERLORDS WOULD ADHERE TO. Luffy did not see "evil pirates who were kept there due to their evil nature", this is what many readers saw,and what most people in the OP world saw,but not what Luffy saw. He saw them for what they truly were at that moment "crying people begging from mercy,tortured to the point of insanity and killed for trivial reasons" in other words, he saw in them, with his simple (not necessarily foolish) and instinctual way of thought, not what they were in the past, or what they could be in the future, but what they were in the present,and so he did what most good-aligned characters would do: he destroyed a den of torture and suffering not even the worst monster deserve (also,the torture and suffering and the random deaths served absolutely no purpose, the prisoners could be held inside even without them, plus the few of them badass enough not to care were a minority against whom it, again, served no purpose). Truly, do you know why the guards had a nazi motif? Because the way the prison worked was reminiscent of a concentration camp. At worst, the decision "freeing them or not freeing them" was grey, so either choice would have been equally evil (or good, or just neutral). So why is Luffy, a character who is known for his lack of foresight, chastised as selfish for his decision?
    • Mostly because it's IIRC the first morally ambiguous thing Luffy did. In previous arcs he usually saved a town/country/land from an all-powerful oppressor with his own strenth (and the strength of his crew), while here he releases criminals for the sole reason of saving his brother, not to mention that one of those prisoners is among the previously counted oppressors. While the treatment of the prisoners is extremely harsh, this is still the world of One Piece; Anyone in that prison could have a devil fruit or other superhuman abilities that could mess things up royally. Also, the marines and by extentension the World Gov. Are never portrayed in an idealistic light, they do whatever they have to do to keep things from spiraling out of control.
    • It's one of the first times where it really highlights Luffy and the Straw Hats' Protagonist-Centered Morality. The Strawhats themselves are nice people, and the people they befriend tend to be nice people as well. But that doesn't necessarily mean that their actions will be moral. Mr. 2 and Mr. 1 still helped terrorize a country, and Crocodile definitely doesn't seem to have stopped being a pirate after escaping.
    • To correct OP, my take on the breakout is that Luffy didn't even think about the torture or possible morality of the various prisoners. He freed them because it would help him get to Ace, without any thoughts as to what the aftereffects or fallout of the deed itself would be. That's why it highlights Luffy's Protagonist-Centered Morality. He simply didn't care about anything other than rescuing his brother. Not necessarily an evil act, but definitely a selfish one.
  • How on earth did the Tenryuubito / World Nobles survive and not die out thanks to inbreeding? We know the World Nobles claim direct heritage from the 20 kings who founded the WG 800 years ago. Even if there were 10 people in every family, that would equal only 200 World Nobles. to maintain enough genetic diversity, nearly 500 people would be needed. It is possible to think that the World Nobles use some of their slaves for sexual purposes, but I doubt they would accept a child from a slave as a true World Noble.
    • While the Tenryuubito wouldn't accept slaveborn heirs, they might accept lesser nobels like the ones from the Goa Kingdom.
      • Who's to say that they don't reproduce with just anybody they like? In the episode/chapter (forgot which one) he's introduced Charloss says that he wants a random woman on the street to become his wife and she wouldn't be the first one. That should easily answer your question I guess.
  • I'm a bit confused by Zoro's logic for making Usopp apologize. While I certainly felt both Usopp and Luffy had to own up to their flaws, Zoro seemed to be saying "Make Usopp apologize or it makes you look weak. And I'll leave the crew." Isn't that kind of contradicting himself? If Luffy is the captain it's ultimately up to him if he should forgive Usopp. I'm all for Usopp apologizing for his actions, but shouldn't it be more because "he was wrong", not "he disagreed with you"?
    • In this context "he was wrong" and "he disagreed with you" are both kinda the same. In this case Zoro was talking about Luffy's authority. While Luffy doesn't really act like a captain, he still is, so when Usopp disobeyed him and left the crew (not to mention the way he did it) he went against Luffy's authority and Zoro felt that he couldn't be taken back into the crew without apologising/admitting that it is up to Luffy to take Usopp back. You could also see this from Zoro's point of view. To Zoro strength is everything (or at least it means a lot) so for someone like Zoro it is important that whoever he follows needs to be stronger than him, so if Luffy took Usopp back, Zoro would be like "Fuck this shit, I ain't following no doormat"
      • Forcing Usopp to apologize is more about him than Luffy. Usopp abandoned the crew and chose to go his own way. If the others invite him back, or he returns without acknowledging what he did was wrong, then that in Zoro's eyes makes ditching the crew entirely acceptable.

  • Why do all the fruits have their names said twice? Like, why not instead of the Mera Mera no Mi (Flame Flame Fruit), just say Mera no Mi (Flame Fruit)?
    • It all started with the Gomu Gomu no mi, Oda wanted to call it Gomu no mi (the rubber fruit), but that name already existed, so he just named it Gomu Gomu no mi.

  • Why doesn't Luffy wear his afro more often? Surely with an afro he would be able to defeat all his opponents single-handedly?
    • Because it was a one-time gag for a funny arc.
    • Also, Luffy got it (and his boxing gloves) from the dressing room on Foxy's ship. It was probably on loan only, so he would have returned it (or the Foxy Pirates would take it back) after the fight.
    • Plus, just after the fight with the Foxy Pirates, the next place they went was Water Seven and Enies Lobby. Due to the need to rescue Robin immediately, combined with the fact that the fights with Galley-la and the Franky Family were very unexpected, there's no way Luffy could have gotten an afro on with such short notice. And immediately after that arc was Thriller Bark. Starting in Thriller Bark, Brook (who has his own afro) joined the crew. Luffy would no longer have any need to wear a fake afro because from then on he would always have an afro in his heart.

  • If Pluton was so dangerous, why didn't Tom or Iceburg just destroy the blueprints so it could never be rebuilt/awakened?
    • Because IIRC Robin became notorious during that time, and because she could read the Poneglyphs, she could, in theory, create another superweapon that could rival Pluton. So Tom/Iceburg didn't want to destroy the blueprints in case they would need to build Pluton later.
      • That's exactly what Tom tells Iceburg when he gives him the blueprint. I think it's also repeated when Iceburg hands them to Franky, then again when Franky destroy them at Enies Lobby, where he says he's betting on the Straw Hat rescuing Nico Robin so she won't be forced to restore one of the ancient superweapon and Pluton isn't needed anymore.

  • (Cough Cough) Okay, the less thought about just HOW Queen Otohime was able to conceive her four children with the monstrously-huge Neptune in the first place, the better. ( Cringe ) But it REALLY begs the question; just HOW the heck was she able to carry SHIRAHOSHI (who is 5 times her size at birth) to term without re-enacting the Chest Burster scene from Alien? (1979) (Shiver)
    • Well, that's actually easily explainable using real life evidence with fish. If we assume that Mermaids/Mermen are capable of reproducing the same way as fish in real life do (which, until proven otherwise, can be assumed because MERMAIDS DO NOT POOP!) then they're conceived without any actual penetration involved. Queen Otohime probably just dropped eggs for the king to inseminate, and one of those eggs probably grew bigger to become Shirahoshi.
    • Well either Shirahoshi rapidly expanded after leaving her mother OR Otohime's heart was just bigger (Probable Oda answer). She couldn't have hatched as an egg since Merfolk are born and not laid.
    • There is already a trope how these four children were conceived. It's Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action.

  • Why is the effect of Kairu Seki (Seastone) on DF users so inconsistent? For example, if Luffy touches Seastone, he is unable to even move. But Nico Robin and Boa Hancock were perfectly able to walk around normally even wih Seastone Cuffs on. These three powers are all classified as Paramecia.
    • I believe it was once stated to depend on the consentration of Sea Stone in the objects. A high concentration, or pure Sea Stone, would rob them of all their energy instantly, making them collapse, while a low concentration would make them unable to use their powers, but still able to walk (which is an easier state of making someone follow you).
    • Another theory is that the seastone only comes into effect when people use their powers, so people like Luffy, whose powers involve a full on physical change, would be affected all the time by seastone, whereas people like Robin, who have to trigger their powers manually, would only be affected when they try to use them.
    • That, and (my personal headcannon) Luffy probably exaggerates its effects on him because he likes being dramatic/likes the attention. Several times during the Fishman Island Saga he punches someone/something underwater (through a bubble) and, while apparently weaker than his normal attacks, they still do a significant amount of damage, which implies that when the chips are down, he can still function in contact with the ocean and/or sea-stone (which are basically equivalent to devil-fruit users), it just takes him more effort and he still can't do quite everything he can normally

  • Why did Luffy cheer for Bellamy in the tournament? As far as any of us knows, he visited Skypiea, stole the pillar of gold, and hinted that he hurt or killed the friends of Straw Hats in there.
    • He has a good feeling about him? Let's be honest here, Luffy is not the type to hold any effective grudge for too long.
      • He is a great judge of character, yes, and wouldn't hold a grudge about the whole thing that happened with Cricket, but I'm not sure it'd be enough to deal with the fact that many of his friends on the Skypiea may be dead. He held a grudge with Crocodile for a while, too, for doing something similar.
      • Yes, but the difference is that Crocodile was unrepentant, while he told him he changed his ways. Luffy may be hopelessly naive, but he is the best judge of character in the crew (compared to, say, a paranoid Nami, a psychopathic Sanji and an overly naive Chopper). Besides, he is not smart enough to suspect from his words that he killed his friends not that he did have many there (do not confuse "named characters "or "citizens" with friends, for all we know, prior to the party he had only three) and it is quite impossible, considering that the two of them are non-combat unassuming citizens and the other a very powerful governor, to kill them, and that is assuming he went to a murderous rampage, which is something I am pretty sure he did not. All that assume the logical process of a in-story character, however, for thanks to the cover arcs we are pretty sure no one was hurt in any way. Also,do not forget that from the Skypeians' point of view, the golden pillar that made Bellamy rich was a useless slightly decorative item, with which they would easily part (and that they would give to anyone who said that he knows Luffy, or Usopp, and would otherwise not care much about it being taken/stolen). Lastly, Bellamy did not hint on anything, he merely said something along the lines of "I went to Skypeia and I took that pillar" when took could mean "taken by force" (unlikely), "stole", "took it with me because it was in plain view but nobody cared, even though I would seriously hurt anyone who stopped me" or "was given (...because I told them I knew you)".

  • Excluding the Straw Hats of course, how exactly will the rest of the One Piece universe find out who actually discovers the treasure, One Piece?
    • Den Den Mushi? Word of mouth? At that point it doesn't matter how they do it, nobody is gonna dispute them seeing as nobody but an ultimate badass (crew) can get to Raftel.

  • Why was Crocodile able to use his power at all? As far as I understood it, he can't transform into sand if he is wet. However, he tried to take over a desert kingdom. Wouldn't he be constantly wet from sweat?
    • Pretty sure body water does not count, even for the most sensitive to water Devil Fruit user, or else nobody could eat Devil Fruits at all since, you know, the majority of human body is water. Even if that does not hold true for Crocodile (who is much more sensitive to water than any other Devil User) he is too cool to excrete sweat (yes,you can laugh from the pun and ridiculous explanation, but I have seen more ridiculous at SBS, so this might even be canon)
  • How come nobody recognizes Luffy in the tournament? Did they not notice the strechy limbs? Even after the old guy and Cavendish started attacking him (And people heard them shouting his name) nobody thought twice about it? Am I just looking too far into this?
    • Luffy had, prior to the most recent chapter (Lucy and Ucy) yet to actually show any stretching. He befriended the bull, and rode it while it rampaged. Presumably he did a few non-stretching punches and kicks while he ran around, but otherwise let the bull do the work. At the end of the chapter he did use Gear 2 to knock out the giant, but its speed might make it impossible for most people to see. With only higher level fighters being able to keep track. Keep in mind, Doflamingo's group already know he's participating, Cavendish and Bartolomeo know who he is, and the whole reason they needed to hide his identity has basically become moot by this point.
  • Just how extreme is Z? This guy makes Akainu seem reasonable in comparison.
    • Is this a headscratcher or a statement? Anyway,as Oda would (probably) answer 7,000 funky extreme-extremes.
  • Why did Rob Lucci and the rest of CP9 put up with Spandam at all? We see that Lucci is willing to kill others, as we see him kill Nero. Why did he not just kill Spandam and write it off as an accident?
    • Spandam is too connected. Nero was just some rookie and the other people he kills are either because he's under orders or because it's in the WG best interest.
    • In addition, Rob Lucci seems to be the sort who would follow a superior's orders without question. He was willing to take out Nero because Nero ranks beneath him. He doesn't get second thoughts until Spandam ditches him horribly injured.
    • Nero was Lucci's subordinate, it was within his rights to kill him for failing CP9's agenda and putting the rest of the team at risk, however small it actually was. If nothing else, he was going to kill Cutty Flam, who they were supposed to bring in for questioning. If Nero got away or kept himself from being killed, then he'd probably just write it off. Spandam is his boss, and he's going to follow orders, because he has the authority to do so. That's just Dark Justice.
  • This one has always bothered me a lot. In the Thriller Bark arc, Brook states that once Moria steals someone's shadow and implants it on a zombie, he puts them back into their boat and sends them to the sea, instead of killing them, because killing them would also remove the shadow from the zombie. But... wouldn't it be easier to imprison those people and MAKE SURE they don't die, instead of just sending them off into the sea and hoping they never enter contact with sunlight or die in any of the other myriad of ways one can die? I mean, he even planned to do that to LUFFY, who just gave him the shadow for his most important and powerful zombie, the one he'd REALLY want to keep alive.
    • No matter how big the Thriller Bark is, at some point Moria would run out of space and food. The zombies may not need any food, but the crew itself needs food. Also, if he would keep more and more prisoners on his island/ship, one day they could stage a revolt against him. No matter how strong Moria is, at some point even he would run out of endurance.
  • ...How can these be the names of Brook's former crewmates?
    • Those look Finnish.
      • As a Finn, they definitely aren't.
      • There's clearly the occasional Japanese name in there. Likely it's the names of the animation staff or something, and the parts that are initials or numbers are probably nicknames. In story it's possibly some kind of code or in-joke the crew had.
  • If one takes into account the "What If" section of XKCD and the article named "Relativistic Baseball", sending an object near the speed of light should trigger a nuclear explosion as the objects' atoms collide with the atoms floating in the air. That being said, this troper doesn't understand how Kizaru's power works. If he can indeed strike at the speed of light, that should make him way too over powered. On one hand, he is undodgeable except maybe with sensor Haki, on the other ... his attacks should be even more devastating !!
    • Overpowered Devil Fruit mean nothing in One Piece. Technically, Wapol's and Foxy's are overpowered too, while Luffy's and Smoker's are underpowered (Smoker's relative to the other Logias) and so are most Zoan. Has this stopped anyone, especially the Haki users, from beating the ones with overpowered fruit? Or has this ever stopped powerful people with underpowered fruits from becoming strong? Mr OP, know that nothing is OP in OP (I have been waiting for a chance for this pun)
  • So what's the role of Wapol's family in regards to the twenty kings and the World Government? If they were amongst the original twenty families, why didn't they go live in Mariejois, nor were mentioned by Doflamingo as another family that refused (like Nefertaris)? But if they weren't, and were instead elected by the kingdom after the original royalty left, then why was Wapol in a meeting with the other families, Nefertari included?
    • Other countries has been included in the WG since it's foundation.
    • Wapol's family seems to be one of the "new" royals, either that or they were too small to be considered for the WG. They were included in the meeting with Nefertari because they're on the same level as Nefertari. They're both Royalty. Heck, the Drum Kingdom might not have existed 800 years ago seeing as the only old building is the castle and it doesn't look as ancient as the Nefertari palace.
    • Said meeting was Reverie, which is not limited to World Nobles. Remember how Otohime got permission to join Reverie if she had sufficient signatures?
  • How come Brook is perfectly capable of talking and interacting with people after 50 years of solitude? Was he talking to himself all the time? Was he constantly thinking about his lost comrades?
    • Yes.
      • Aaaaand...Fridge Tearjerker.
  • Did Brook have a supply of tea that lasted for fifty years when the Strawhats found him or...?
  • Why do the ship names have a "Go" suffix (Going Merry Go, Thousand Sunny Go, etc.)? I thought it was a honorific, but it seems to be not, and it doesn't look like a Japanese ship-naming convention either. Any reference which explains this naming convention?
    • ...Engrish?
    • Adding "-go" as a suffix actually is a Japanese naming convention when it comes to ships and the like. Think of it like "S.S."
  • How can Kuma have a bible? Please don't tell me that Jesus of all characters is real in OP world.
    • It's a reference to the pirate he was named after, Black Bart.
    • There's also Jesus Burgess, but that's a different matter, I suppose.
    • Christianity's been referenced quite a few times in the series. Zoro was attacked by a bounty hunter disguised as a nun at Whiskey Peak, and Chopper & Usopp were carrying around crosses for a good portion of Thriller Bark. I think the wiki even has a page on real-life religions depicted in the series.
  • If Sugar's power is dispelled after she's knocked out, does that mean she can't sleep? EVER?
    • Maybe natural sleep isn't disruptive enough to break her power. The plan is to scare her till she passes out, so they might be trying to jar her badly enough that it all comes undone.
    • We've seen it in the past before. Falling asleep is different than being knocked out, physiologically. Shiki slept, but he still managed to keep his island/ship in the air. Hancock sleeps, but people stay stone. Vander Decken's power let him keep a lock on Shirahoshi despite sleeping, but when he's knocked out his powers stop working, letting Noah fall to the island.
  • So what stops everyone from having the "Will of D"? I mean, you could simply name your child XX D. XXX, and then does he have the "Will Of D" immediately?
    • Based on Whitebeard's comments to Teach about him not being who Rogers was waiting for in addition to how Teach is a Dirty Coward unlike the rest of the D.s and how Whitebeard then mentions that Ace's and Rogers's will has been passed down, it seems that the "Will of D" is certain personality traits that appear in members of families with the D. initial. Obviously, Teach doesn't have the Will and there are likely other D.s who didn't either. Possibly, those with D. are connected to the mystery nation of the Void Century, but that is speculation.
    • Don't be surprised if we later find out someone isn't really a D, despite having the name.
      • It's worth noting that every D whose parentage we know of had at least one parent who was D too, so it may be that whatever the Will of D is it's literally hereditary. Presumably just giving your kid a D name doesn't count as you don't have whatever is being passed down.
  • I'm a bit confused as to what the producers of the anime were thinking with the placement of the second and third openings. Instead of spoiling two huge twists (Vivi leaving and Robin - an up-until-then supposed villain - joining) by starting Hikari E fifteen episodes early, they could have very easily put a new opening around the time of Drum Island (inserting Vivi, Carue, and Chopper as members of the crew) and waited on Hikari E until the beginning of Jaya, when Robin was officially a member of the crew and not spoiling anything.
  • So Sugar, apparently, is unable to fall unconscious in any way, or she risks losing her control over the toys and their memories. Usopp is right there, and neither Sugar nor Trébol had noticed him. Why doesn't he shoot a Sleep Star into the room and be done with it right then and there? Sugar being too quick is no excuse, as he could've done so when the Tontattas were trying to fight her. (Unless it ties into the WMG above, where they have to be knocked out with concussive force.)
    • Simple: It would have given their location away. Remember how ridiculously fast, powerful and precise Trébol is? It's not unlikely he would have noticed Usopp peeking out to prepare his shot before he could actually pull it off. Plus, there's the risk that the Sleep Star would have worked only on Sugar, and not on Trébol. If I were Usopp in this situation, I wouldn't have taken any chances, and waited for Trébol to leave.
  • Ok, so the Whitebeard Pirates show up at Marineford to save Ace, and Ace tells them all to go, saying that it's his own fault he's in his predicament because of his decision to ignore their advice and go after Blackbeard. So why do the Whitebeard Pirates suddenly start going "No it's not! We told you to go after Blackbeard!"? It's not like it would have reduced Ace's guilt, since he knew what really happened, and he'd just taken responsibility for causing the current series of events.
    • I believe Whitebeard said he told Ace to go after Blackbeard because he instilled the firm sense of family amongst the crew and Ace. Whitebeard 'told' him to go because Ace went due to the values Whitebeard had given him.
    • I believe that Whitebeard and the others publicly lied in order to cover the fact that Ace disobeyed his Captains' orders by persuing Blackbeard. Ace was willing to risk his life to protect Whitebeards' honor, so Whitebeard protected Aces' honor by publicly taking responsibility for what happened.
  • Something that's been puzzling me for a while: Fukuro's Te Awase ability allows him to measure the power level of others by having them hit him. So how the hell does he now his own power level?
    • There might be someone else within CP9 or the World Government's forces with that ability. Alternatively, Fukoru might just hit himself.
  • Another one: If Luffy's Gear Second increases his blood flow, why don't his wounds gush blood when he is injured?
  • How is Luffy able chew things. If his entire body is made of rubber including his bones and organs how is he capable of biting through steel when his teeth should be rubber as well.
    • It's been shown that Luffy's bones are pretty hard despite being rubber (e.g. Gear Third). It's entirely possible that his teeth are hard enough to chew and bite.
  • Why was Franky affected by Robin's Groin Attack? Doesn't he have literal Balls of Steel?
  • The audience's reactions to the Block B results baffle me. Elizabello nearly destroys a quarter of the Colosseum, along with all the people sitting there, and everybody cheers. And then when Bartolomeo creates a barrier, saving all of those people (despite probably not doing it deliberately) everybody in the colosseum boos him, including the people whose lives he just saved.
    • It's shown that the fights in the colosseum used to not be like this, that the audience used to prefer civilized, gentlemanly fights, and Doflamingo did something to turn it into a Blood Sport. My guess is that the sheer quantity of people turned into toys caused so many memory gaps that the people of Dressrosa eventually just stopped caring for each other. The other thing to remember is that people don't die in One Piece unless proven otherwise, and property damage seems to be enjoyed in the colosseum. As for Bartolomeo, he established himself as a heel pretty early on, so the audience, by and large, was rooting against him. They wanted to see him lose at any cost.
  • Is anybody else bothered by the fact that Alvida's personality seems to do a complete 180 when she meets Buggy after eating her Devil Fruit? Yeah, Characterization Marches On and all, but still...
    • Alvida was severely humbled by the fact Luffy pummeled her. Luffy taught Alvida to have some humility in a way.
    • Her negative traits slipped away after eating her DF.
  • Is the Red Line habitable? I am aware that the World Government capital of Mariejois lies at the top of it, but I'm not sure if it was already inhabited prior to the rise of the World Government, or if it was built from scratch after the creation, in a motion of good ol' political dick-waving. Has Oda ever mentioned any other possible settlements upon the Red Line, off the shores of the four Blues? I ask this mostly because the Red Line contains the majority of the planet's landmass, and quite honestly, the concept of such a continent being nigh-uninhabited unnerves me more than anything else in this series.
    • I recall some people casually mentioning about people from the Red Line without them mentioning Mariejois specifically, so I'm sure much of the Red Line IS inhabited. However, I'd bet that you don't hear much from the Red Line because the Red Line countries by and large don't participate in ocean-going activities.
  • I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask, but why isn't the rest of the cover stories animated? Surely it would help reduce the need for fillers and padding?
    • Toei tried with the Coby and Helmeppo story and the Buggy and Alvida story. They got pretty low ratings, so Toei is too fearful to ever try it again.
  • Wait a second, why are the members of CP 0 wearing masks again? Sure, it made sense when CP 9 did it because people usually wear strange masks there, but why CP 0? Isn't wearing masks just drawing more attention to yourself?
  • Is it just me, or has Jet Gattling appeared to have... slowed down? When Luffy used it to beat Lucci at Enies Lobby, you couldn't even see his arms moving; all you could see was slipstreams. But now, Jet Gattling seems to be treated like a slightly faster version of the normal Gum Gum Gattling. Why did the visuals change?
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