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For Better or For Worse is a One Piece Peggy Sue Fan Fic by Syluk, who also authored Boy With a Scar.

Official Summary: The Pirate King Monkey D. Luffy didn't come back to save the world. His only wish is to save his friends and assure their absolute happiness this time around. Even if he has to turn said world upside down while trying to achieve that. For better or for worse. (Hopefully not usual Time Travel AU, OP!Luffy, and general chaos and craziness that he brings into the world) SLOW UPDATES

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The general premise is that a massive war broke out between pirates and the Marines after Luffy became the Pirate King. One by one, each of his closest friends died and were subsequently buried on Raftel. After his last friend, Trafalgar Law, passed, Luffy returned to bury him, and there, met the ghost of Gol D. Roger, who asks him one question: "If you had to choose, what would you save: the world or your friends?" Luffy's answer: "That's a silly question. There is no world for me without them." Roger, pleased with his answer, sent Luffy back in time, with these parting words:

"If your will is strong, you'll be able to save them. For better or for worse."

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  • A Boy and His X: A boy and his Sea King, to the shock and horror of those who meet Kinto-un for the first time.
  • Abomination Accusation Attack: After stealing the Flame Flame Devil Fruit from a noble, Ace, Sabo and Luffy find themselves chased by him and his guards. Sabo orders Luffy (the youngest of them) to start crying hysterically and then screams for the whole world to that the noble is a pervert that tried to force himself on his little brother. The noble is promptly arrested by the marines that Sabo had charmed earlier.
  • Abusive Parents: Sabo states that his parents did not care one bit for him and were emotionally abusive. When they kidnap him back they go so far as to put explosive bracelets in his wrists.
  • Accidental Truth: Law accidentally guesses that Luffy is somehow repeating his life (causing Luffy to praise how smart he is). (Un)fortunately, he thinks it's a joke and doesn't realize how close to the truth he actually is. As of the later chapters, he seems to be giving that theory more credit.
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  • Badass Adorable: All the kids.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As in canon, Luffy is a kind, somewhat simple person... Until you threaten his friends/makeshift family. Then you learn just how terrible the wrath of the second King of the Pirates is.
  • Blood Brothers: The canon trio of Ace, Sabo, and Luffy, plus the additions of Law and Bepo.
  • Cassandra Truth: Luffy outright states to his True Companions, numerous times, that he is the Pirate King. They never believe him (mainly because he's still a kid and their worldviews are much more narrow since they've never been to the Grand Line, so the thought of Time Travel never crosses their minds).
  • Cuteness Proximity: Bepo, pretty much all of the Red Haired Pirates, Foosha Villagers and Dadan's family find him adorable.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: When Luffy goes to collect Zoro he takes Bepo with him. Sabo, watching them leave from a distance decides that the person that Luffy is visiting is either a girl or someone that likes cute, fluffy things. It turns out that Bepo just run into Luffy just as he was leaving and wanted to come along. Law flatly informs Sabo that he gave Luffy too much credit for subliety.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Kinto-un, Luffy's pet Sea King.
  • Guile Hero: Sabo relies on his wits and charms a lot. To the point were he is known as the 'charming devil.'
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Luffy and Future!Law, who went on the run together for five years after the death of the last member of Luffy's crew, Robin, until Law also died. The prologue even begins with Luffy traveling back after setting up Law's memorial at Raftel.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Corazon is raising three Ds along with Sabo and Bepo. Understandably he needs a long gulp of sake to cope with the insanity once in a while.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Vergo still dies — thirteen years earlier than in canon and this time, instead of being blown up, eaten by a sea king.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Corazon fears Luffy might do this after discovering that Luffy killed the mercenaries who tried to murder them. Luffy assures him he won't.
  • Mental Time Travel: How Luffy went back. Since haki is mostly a mental discipline, it came back with him.
  • Mugging the Monster: Those who act against Luffy and his family quickly find that they've done this.
  • Oh, Crap!: Sabo has one when he learns that Outlook III had his the mercs who captured him burn the house he'd been living in with Luffy, believing he killed everyone in it. Because he remembers what Luffy did when the Bluejam pirates shot Ace.
  • Parental Substitute: Corazon was already this to Law, and soon becomes this as well to Luffy and Bepo, and eventually, Sabo and Ace. Both Shanks and Makino even tease him for it, and the kids themselves welcome it after Corazon catches them at the end of their brotherhood ceremony.
  • Playing with Fire: Ace, as per cannon gets the Flame Flame Fruit and has some trouble mastering it at first.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: It's outright in the title. Luffy doesn't care about the world, only about his friends' happiness.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Bepo and Luffy use this to devastating effect a lot.
  • Only Sane Man: Poor Corazon and Makino.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • While Luffy's haki prowess makes him severely overpowered by the standards of East Blue (even moreso than in canon), his body is still that of a child, so it will be years before he is anywhere near his previous strength.
    • Related to the above, that is also why he hasn't tried to get Brook back yet. While he would love nothing more than to minimize the number of years his musician spent alone, he (and the rest of his True Companions) simply aren't strong enough to traverse the Grand Line yet. It's for this same reason that Bepo is with them as well, as while getting to Zou would be even harder since it's situated in the New World and impossible to get to with a Pose of any kind.
    • Since most of his True Companions have never been to the Grand Line, their worldviews are significantly narrower and the thought of Luffy being a time traveler never crosses their minds, despite all the signs being there and Luffy himself never denying it. This is also (presumably) the reason Luffy never outright tells them the truth — notably, the people he has told are people who have been to the New World (Garp and the Red Hair Pirates).
    • As far as the Logue Town marines know the only members of the family that actively participate in bounty hunting are Rocinante (their adult guardian) and Law (the eldest of them). Sabo is very aware that young children being able to defeat grown criminals would bring far too much attention to them.
    • Ace's emotional issues take a while to resolve and he is the last of the children to open up.
  • Secret Keeper: The only people that know Luffy is a time traveler are Garp and the inner circle of the Red Hair Pirates.
  • Ship Sinking: The author outright states in the second chapter that there will be no romance between any of the main characters. The only couples shown thus far are Shanks and Makino (which was teased in canon) and Yasopp and Banchina (which is canon).
  • Shock and Awe: Bepo is capable of generating electricity and use it to fight.
  • Spared By Adaptation:
    • Corazon, who is saved from Vergo by Luffy and subsequently escapes with both him and Law before Doflamingo learns of the deception.
    • Banchina, who is treated by Law before she can succumb to her illness.
  • Stations of the Canon: MASSIVELY SUBVERTED! Luffy travels back to when he is six, before he even met Shanks, and one of his main goals is to minimize the suffering of all his True Companions as much as possible. That means screwing up the timeline to such an extent that it is near unrecognizable. Among his changes is saving Corazon and killing Vergo, bringing the former (along with Law and eventually Bepo) with him to East Blue. He even causes Garp to become an admiral so that way he can watch over Akainu.
  • Technically a Smile: Luffy teaches Kinto-un how to bare his terrifying teeth in the parody of a smile. It has a tendency to send civillians plus Usopp into hysterics. Not to mention at one point someone gives Luffy a ship for free once they witness Kinto-un's 'smile'.
  • Tsundere: Ace, Played for Drama, he lashes out at the people he loves and tries not to get attached to anyone because of his emotional issues. Thankfully Corazon, Luffy, and Sabo manage to get through to him and help him heal.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The mercenaries that Outlook III hires have no compulsion about throwing a firebomb in the house where several children live (one of them sickly and bedridden) in an attempt to kidnap Sabo.
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