Monkey D. Luffy, also known as "Straw Hat Luffy" and commonly as "Straw Hat", is the main protagonist of the manga and anime, One Piece. He is the son of the Revolutionary leader Monkey D. Dragon, the grandson of the Marine hero Monkey D. Garp, the sworn brother of late "Fire Fist" Portgas D. Ace and Revolutionary chief of staff Sabo, and the foster son of Curly Dadan. Luffy is a pirate and his lifelong dream is to become the Pirate King by finding the legendary treasure left behind by the late Pirate King, Gol D. Roger. He believes that being Pirate King means having the most freedom in the world. He has eaten the Gomu Gomu no Mi, which gives the consumer's body the properties of rubber. As the founder and captain of the Straw Hat Pirates, he is the first member of the crew, as well as one of its top three fighters.
Luffy has a worldwide reputation for causing trouble, challenging the Shichibukai, the Marines, and two of the Yonko (Big Mom and Kaido), additionally committing felonies and actions which were deemed threatening by the World Government. Furthermore, in the majority of these confrontations, he emerges as the victor. He has gained a reputation for being "reckless" and, in some cases, "insane", after causing an incident in Enies Lobby, assaulting a World Noble at Sabaody Archipelago, entering and escaping from Impel Down, and joining the Battle of Marineford.
He is, therefore, infamous for being the only known pirate to not only deliberately attack the three most important government facilities, but also escape from all of them alive. The additional fact that he punched a World Noble with full knowledge of the consequences, as well as his heritage, has caused Luffy to be labeled as a "Dangerous Future Element", earning the wrath of Fleet Admiral Sakazuki and Marine Headquarters.
These acts, among other things, have given him his current bounty of 500,000,000, one of the highest past or present bounties in the series. Having had a bounty of 300,000,000 prior to his arrival at the Sabaody Archipelago, Luffy is one of eleven rookie pirates who has been referred to as the "Eleven Supernovas", pirates with bounties over 100,000,000 who have reached the Red Line. He is also one of twelve pirates referred to as the "Worst Generation" (formerly known as the "Eleven Supernovas").
Luffy is renowned for his trademark straw hat (from which he gets his nickname "Straw Hat Luffy"), which was lent to him when he was young by the legendary pirate captain, "Red-Haired" Shanks, who in turn received it from Gol D. Roger. He wears short, blue trousers with cuffs, sandals, and a sleeveless red vest. Luffy also has a scar with two stitches underneath his left eye (which he earned by stabbing a knife under his eye to show Shanks that he was tough) and short, messy black hair. He was severely wounded by Akainu in the Battle of Marineford, leaving a large X-shaped scar on his chest. Appearing to be scrawny underneath his shirt, he has a surprisingly well-built physique. He is quite short since he appears dwarfed by most individuals in the series (though it must be noted that characters in One Piece are often very tall for real life standards).
Before the Timeskip
Similar to most of his male crewmates, Luffy has the same outfit throughout most of the series, as opposed to the rest of the crew (especially Nami and Nico Robin), who change frequently. Luffy may wear a different outfit to suit the climate of an island (like a hooded parka on Drum Island or desert robes in Alabasta), but will switch back to his trademark red vest and blue shorts after the adventures on that island are over. Despite this, he will wear his usual outfit in different colors and has been known to sport other miscellaneous items on his person from time to time.
- During the Drum Island Arc, he wore two parkas, the first being a dark red parka with fur on the cuffs, hood, and hem, and then a checkered, hooded parka with the colors white, orange and bright yellow, which Nami wore in the beginning.
- During the Alabasta Arc, he wore desert robes consisting of a dark red robe with three white rings decorated along both of the sleeves and a light blue wrap over his head.
- During the Skypiea Arc, he wore a black wristband around his left wrist with a white bangle over it.
- During the Long Ring Long Land Arc, Luffy wore an afro on his head, dark red shorts, and red bandages on his feet, getting an image of a blue flaming skull and crossbones painted on his chest as well, when he was fighting Foxy.
- During the Enies Lobby Arc, he wore black shorts which had more pockets than his blue shorts (However, Luffy noted that he couldn't fit his meat in them.).
- During the Post-Enies Lobby Arc, Luffy wore a white T-shirt with the Galley-La Company emblem on it in red; red liners around the top, shoulders, and collar; and navy blue shorts.
- During the Thriller Bark Arc, he wore an orange vest and red shorts. After the battle against Moriah in Thriller Bark, Luffy wore a dark decorated, jewelled armband around his left bicep, given to him by Nami. This armband was later revealed to be a map that leads to Captain John's lost treasure, which Buggy sought for some time - leading to Luffy handing the armband in for Buggy in exchange for his services at helping him navigate through Impel Down.
- During the Sabaody Archipelago Arc, in the manga he wore a blue vest and red shorts (which can be seen on the cover of volume 52). In the anime he wore the same blue vest, but with dark blue shorts.
- During the Amazon Lily Arc, Luffy wore a light blue vest with red shorts.
- During the Impel Down Arc, Luffy wore his outfit from his stay on Amazon Lily until after his fight with Magellan, at which point he replaced his light blue vest with a bright yellow vest given to him by Inazuma.
No matter where he is, Luffy wears his Straw Hat through absolutely everything, though at the start, the hat was prone to getting knocked off his head easily, forcing Luffy to either put it aside or have someone hold onto it during fights. From the Alabasta Arc onward, he has gotten a string strap for it, which was sewn on by Nami, allowing the hat to hang from his neck during fights.
During his return to Marineford to give a silent prayer, Luffy was briefly shown with four characters written on his right arm spelling 2Y, with the 3D crossed out to symbolize that the Straw Hat Pirates should meet up in 2 years (2Y) rather than the 3 days (3D) as planned after fleeing from Bartholomew Kuma.
After the Timeskip
Luffy's two dominant traits are his apparent lack of intelligence and his utter fearlessness. Luffy can easily be amazed by the simplest things, such as hermit crabs, and can be confused by concepts such as that by digging a hole right next to another he may be unintentionally filling the other hole. He likes monsters and will ask weird creatures to join his crew (as seen in the Thriller Bark Arc, asking a talking tree to join his crew). He also has no knowledge of medicine: when Nami had a high fever he told her to eat cold food and later tried to make Roronoa Zoro better (after battling Bartholomew Kuma) by pouring sake onto him because Zoro likes sake. When attempting to think up a plan to get off of Amazon Lily, while he managed to make some logical sense of where to look, he is seen to strain himself and notes that he is going to feel sick from too much thinking. He is rarely disturbed by violence and bloodshed as he has fought his whole life. Even the worst battlefields rarely disturb him except when it involves a friend or relative as in the case of Ace. He is seemingly unphased by the most horrifying sights such as headless men left after Law's attacks or the extreme violence of Kid.
His simple mind actually saved him against Hancock's powers because he mistook it for a "Noro Noro Beam", which was used by Foxy, which brought out a fear of being slowed down (though it is shown later he is simply immune to her powers, because of his pure heart). If Luffy finds something he does not understand, even if someone explains in detail, he calls it a "mystery thing"; like calling Dance Powder a "mystery powder". One of Luffy's running gags is asking "non-humans" such as Keimi and Brook if they can poop, in which case the answer is usually a yes. Another running gag is Luffy's slow reaction time, especially to freezing temperatures.
It has been stated more than once that Luffy's instinct and behavior is similar to that of a wild animal's, like when he knows who he has to fight before he even gets to the battle. Even his fights show this as he relies on his instincts and counterattacks, which complements the way he views the world. He is most often seen smiling, except in a fight where he is forced to use all his power (and sometimes even then). Luffy also seems to rarely change personality wise, because he views the world in a straightforward and simple manner. He is occasionally the only person who can see past events that have taken place and realize the true goal, yet at other times he can fall into the simplest of traps.
However, he is a genius when it comes to fighting, such as when he figured out how to defeat Crocodile's Devil Fruitpower on the verge of death, how to use Soru from sight, developed a number of effective counters to Enel's "Mantra" ability and, most recently, learning everything Silvers Rayleigh had to teach him about Haki in a year and a half (even though Rayleigh mentioned that two years were too short a time to learn about Haki). He does have a habit of holding a grudge even in dire situations, such as calling Franky a "bastard" in the middle of his fight with Rob Lucci causing Franky to retort "Now's not the time to be mad at me" and refusing to let Crocodile help him escape Impel Down (even when there was no alternative). However he tries not to hurt civilians and people he likes, even if they intend to do harm to him, preferring to run from them than fight.
The author of the manga One Piece, Eiichiro Oda has said: "when drawing Luffy, i'm tries to make him very straightforward about what he wants to be and how he feels, which is why out of all the main characters, he has the least number of thought bubbles, since he acts and says what he wants to do rather than think it". To complement Luffy's naïveté and straightforward attitude, there is a running gag through the series where Luffy can identify similarities on things that have little resemblance (like being able to see the resemblance between Sanji and his Wanted Poster, or being able to see Spoil as an old man with major wounds rather than a zombie), but is unable to see similarities with things with obvious connections (like being unable to tell that Sogeking is Usopp or not seeing through Foxy's pathetic disguises).
Luffy's simple attitude and naïve comments during fights are often mistaken by his opponents as poking fun at them. Due to this, many of his opponents lose their cool and charge at him in anger. While he is goofy and reckless, he gets quite serious when anyone is in serious danger, notably his crew, whom he considers his family. Luffy also has the tendency to unwittingly poke fun at an opponent's most sensitive trait, like calling Buggy "big nose", Alvida "the fat lady", and Kureha "old hag". In many cases, the opponents fail to understand whether Luffy is serious or just playing during fights due to his bizarre actions like drinking too much water in his fight with Crocodile or punching out Arlong's teeth and using it as a weapon to bite him. Luffy, however, has maintained that he is always serious during fights. In most cases, once he starts to fight he maintains a serious attitude and is only seen laughing once he defeats the enemy or is certain the enemy will be defeated, like in Buggy's case when he laughed before sending Buggy flying in the air.
Every time Luffy defeats an enemy, he smiles shortly afterward. There has been only one exception: after his fight with Usopp in Water 7, Luffy did not smile for a whole day.
In battle, Luffy has shown signs of intelligence, high tactical and innovative skills. He can easily adapt to hindering situations such as Mr. 3's Candle Lock or Enel's Gloam Paddling into an attack. He also used a mirror to reflect Foxy's Noro Noro Beam attack. During the Marineford Arc, Dracule Mihawk mentions that Luffy seems unusually clear-headed by avoiding Mihawk's attacks. Additionally, during his battle against Mihawk, he uses Buggy as a scapegoat shield to help protect him and move forward towards Ace. Luffy also has a habit of saying things with a lot more weight and (occasionally) wisdom than he realizes without even thinking or meaning to.
Luffy also shows significant leadership skills, which at other times he usually lacks and therefore has his captain duties done by another crew member. An example of his leadership is usually present at the most dire and serious times. Such as in the Water 7 Arc in which a portion of the Straw Hats, some Galley-La foremen, and the Franky Family are present. Luffy brings the three together by pointing out that they now have a common enemy and should form an alliance to take back what the enemy has taken. Another time could be when he takes on the burden of being a Captain and does not hold back when dueling Usopp, and restrains himself from calling Usopp back afterwards. Crew members also listen to his orders without question when he is serious, all respecting his position. In the Sabaody Archipelago Arc, Jewelry Bonney comments on how not just anyone could order Zoro around, since Zoro seemed to be so independent and ruthless. Yet he respects Luffy's commands when the time calls for it.
The one thing that Luffy does not allow is someone or something getting involved in another person's fight. At these times Luffy shows both remarkable restraint during the battles, and rage when something or someone outside the battle is involved, especially if it is a person he considers a friend. Luffy showed this early in the series when Zoro fought Mihawk, and managed to hold himself (and Johnny and Yosaku) back until Zoro was defeated. Since then he has shown it several times, like when Baroque Works sabotaged the giants' duel on Little Garden; when Crocodile attacked Yuba with a sandstorm in the middle of their fight; when he challenged Aokiji to a 1-on-1 fight; when he fought Lucci and insisted that Franky does not get involved in their battle; when the Boa sisters threatened to break the petrified form of his saviors; and when he was visibly enraged with Hody Jones who attacked some civilians who tried to halt Noah. He even went so far as to cover Sandersonia's back from the citizens of Kuja while it was still burning, even though they were trying to kill him, claiming it has nothing to do with their fight.
Another one of his running gags is that during the battles, Luffy often gets into situations (accidentally or intentionally) in which he can not fight. In such cases, his crew mates fight with other weaker enemies associated with the main antagonist and defeat them. This happened when he fell into a cage in the Orange Town Arc, fell asleep in the Syrup Village Arc, was stuck in stone and thrown into the water during the Arlong Park Arc, and when he entered a snake's stomach in the Skypiea Arc. When all other enemies are defeated, Luffy fights with the strongest, the one whom only he can defeat.
— Luffy's response to a zombie telling him that his crew wouldn't survive.
Luffy is very loyal to his crew-mates and other friends, and can lose his temper quickly if they are harmed in any way (a trait that he apparently shares with the late Pirate King). Luffy is willing to do drastic things to avenge and defend those dear to him, even if it means breaking a promise to his friends, such as striking Bellamy down for attacking Montblanc Cricket's crew, and punching World Noble Saint Charloss in the face for shooting Hatchan, despite promising not to defy the World Nobles. Additionally, Luffy believes that all people should be loyal to their friends, and if Luffy sees anyone betraying their own comrades, he would stand up for the victims (even if they are enemies). Notable examples of this are Captain Kuro killing his own crew, Don Krieg attacking Gin, Boa Hancock petrifying her fellow Kuja tribe members, Caesar Clown using his subordinates as mere guinea pigs, Donquixote Doflamingo treating Bellamy cruelly despite the latter's admiration for the former, and Big Mom attempting to betray and murder the entire Vinsmoke Family to obtain the technology they possess. Sanji even pointed out during his fight with Vergo that he was the type of person Luffy would hate the most due to the vice admiral's betrayal of G-5 and attacking his subordinates despite their admiration for him.
Luffy acquired the reputation of a very dangerous person because of his recklessness and even insanity. However, unlike other pirates who have a reputation as a psycho (like the Killer of the Marines Caribou or Bellamy) for unjust violence against civilians or authorities, Luffy gained his reputation for helping his friends in the face of power, usually passing over beyond the bounds of reasoning.
Luffy's apparent selflessness often inspires others to side with him as a result. Notable among these people are Boa Hancock, Jinbe, and Emporio Ivankov, who would not have helped him out otherwise, given their individual beliefs. He also shows respect for things that a person is willing to die for, be it a treasure or a secret, to the point of even fighting to protect that which the person would throw their lives away over. The most noticeable action of this would be when he protected the Gorgon Sisters' secret by using his own body to cover the mark on Boa Sandersonia's back, even though they were trying to kill him.
Luffy is also willing to recklessly put his own health and safety at risk to protect those he cares about, even if it means risking death or causing a permanent injury to himself, such as overexerting himself during the Battle of Marineford to save Ace and begging Emporio Ivankov to use tension hormones on him again as he would rather risk his health and try to save Ace, or Luffy will kill himself if he allows Ace to die. Other examples are Luffy repeatedly attacking Noah with Gear Third to save Fishman Island, despite rapid blood loss from the injury Hody Jones inflicted on him, and Luffy willing to risk losing his arms to break free from his restraints in Big Mom's cell to save Sanji, after learning Sanji's wedding is a set-up and the Charlotte Family intends to kill him (along with his family), though this was prior to Jinbe showing up to free him and Nami.
However, despite all his peculiar traits and habits (with his trademark dimwitted behavior), Luffy's most defining part of his personality is the ability to make allies out of absolutely anyone (including former enemies, villains and even Whitebeard himself), which is said by Mihawk to be the most dangerous ability in the world.
When other individuals heard Luffy mention that he, his crew, and the people they meet are friends or comrades, it touched the hearts of others who were later grateful to Luffy and his crew and support them, like Carue, Vivi, Nefeltari Cobra, and Fukaboshi. That also applies to Nami and Chopper who later joined the Straw Hat Pirates.
It is shown that Luffy can get irritated when his crew or people around him constantly whine about the dangers they are in that he caused, which is mostly shown in Zou. He would appreciate if people stayed happy and cheery in these situations, like the rabbit mink Carrot.
— Luffy speaks out against learning what One Piece is from Rayleigh
Luffy also has an extreme thirst for adventure, which he has stated is the main reason he wants to become the Pirate King, having the belief that the Pirate King would be the one on the entire ocean with the most freedom for adventuring. Because of this adventurous nature, he tends to avoid taking 'the easy way out' at times, such as when he destroyed the Eternal Pose to Nanimonai Island given to him by Robin (Miss All-Sunday at the time), stating that he did not want an enemy to decide his destination. He also has no intention of trying to learn what or where One Piece actually is until he finds it himself, and once stated he would quit being a pirate if his crew tried to find out, not wanting to 'go on a boring adventure'. Luffy has no actual sense of caution and in fact, has been known to literally laugh in the face of danger and walk into potentially harmful situations with a massive grin as, for example, when the Straw Hats approached the Knock-Up Stream and when they decided to board the Rumbar Pirates ghost ship and also when entering Thriller Bark and while descending to Fishman Island, Luffy never says goodbye to those he considers friends, in hopes of seeing them again.
As a person with the middle initial D., Luffy shares the common trait of not fearing death. He will often state that if he reaches his goal, that's fine, but if he dies on the way, that's fine too. He even smiled when he was nearly executed by Buggy in Loguetown, although he did have a look of shock and surprise in his eyes before this happened when Sanji and Zoro tried to rescue him. Throughout the series, several characters have stated similarities between Luffy and other D. carriers, whether in personality, words, actions or presence. So far he is thought to be similar to Jaguar D. Saul by Nico Robin; to Monkey D. Garp by Aokiji, by at least one of the Gorosei, and by his own crew; to Monkey D. Dragon by Emporio Ivankov; and to Gol D. Roger by Smoker, Crocus, Kureha, Gan Fall, Shanks, Rayleigh, Kokoro, Shakuyaku and the non-canonical Raoul.
Like other D's so far, he is also quite a glutton despite his skinny appearance: he especially loves meat and can eat a fish whole - bones included - and because of this, a running gag of Luffy's is him constantly stealing other peoples' food with his rubber powers, causing them to yell at him and sometimes hit him. It should also be noted that he becomes more gluttonous over the series as there are moments he becomes morbidly obese, though he loses the weight in some way, usually exercise. Also, after the events of Enies Lobby, Luffy seems to have developed narcolepsy, much like his brother Ace, though for only a short time.
Luffy's personality is like that of a child's, in the sense that he tends to go to the extremes. He can either be extremely greedy, especially in cases of food, who his crew is, and adventure; or extraordinarily selfless, going so far as to virtually sacrifice himself to avenge or protect his friends, crew, and family. This childish mentality of his allows him to get to the root of the problem, and allows him to figure out the most simple way of solving it.
Another running gag is his habit of being amazed at various abilities of villains, often yelling out "amazing" with stars in his eyes and around his head. Luffy believes that he is at his "coolest" when he is wearing armor. Luffy also seems to have a slight obsession when it comes to outfitting himself with full-body armors, and has a habit of wearing one whenever he gets the chance. But every armor that he manages to find and outfit himself with usually ends up destroyed either in a battle or by some other comedic scenario. He also constantly insults his opponents by giving them degrading nicknames (such as calling Gekko Moriah a "leek" or Enel "earlobes"). Luffy apparently has no skill with insulting people, usually taking either a physical aspect or unique ability and trying to make it degrading (like calling Zoro "three-swords style" when everyone was lamenting Vivi's absence, only to be corrected by Usopp).
Luffy also has absolutely no talent for lying whatsoever, and cannot hold a straight face or poker face at all when intimidated to confess the truth. In fact, more often than not, Luffy would blurt out, without thinking, what he knows regarding a certain event whenever someone asks something concerning the events that transpired. In contrast, Luffy has a tendency to suck his lips in and turn his head to the side when an attack or technique fails to affect him, such as Enel's various electrical attacks or Boa Hancock's Mero Mero no Mi.
Luffy never kills any of his enemies (no matter how cold-hearted they are); instead, he frequently sends the enemy flying, knocking them out or beating them until they have reached the point that they are almost near death. Oda explains that it is not a question of morality so much as a matter of punishing the villains for their crimes - he feels that killing the villains lets them off too easily, whereas he considers letting them live to see their dreams ruined a far more fitting punishment; however, it is evidently clear that Luffy is not against others completing the final act themselves, as seen when Luffy allowed Law to make his attempt to kill Doflamingo, while making sure Trebol does not interfere, however this may have been more to do with stopping Doflamingo's birdcage (which would only deactivate if Doflamingo willed it or was dead or unconscious) from killing civilians than actually harboring any desire to see Doflamingo killed. Ironically though, some of the people he has defeated have become good after their defeat, most noticeably Wapol becoming a rich CEO of a toy factory, though he became evil once again after he created his new kingdom.
Another dominant trait of Luffy is his humble nature: he does not brag about the powerful foes he's defeated in the past, though he's not above about claiming that no one has ever beaten him in the past (which is not true, having been defeated many times by Ace and Sabo as a child, twice by Smoker (though non-fatal), twice by Crocodile before defeating him, once by Aokiji, once by Rob Lucci before defeating him, once by Gekko Moriah before defeating him, once by Bartholomew Kuma, once by Magellan and once by Kizaru, all in the past). He remains humble despite having done outrageous acts like defeating Shichibukai-level pirates and issuing the order to burn down the World Government Flag back at Enies Lobby. When Franky pointed out the latter, Luffy only replied that it was nothing to get worked up over (hinting that he only gave the order on a mere whim), for he and his crew were only there to take back a crew member that was taken from them. When Sengoku tried to cover up Gekko Moriah's defeat by ordering Bartholomew Kuma to kill the Straw Hat Crew, Vice Admiral Garp told him, "Ah, do not worry yourself Sengoku! Luffy is not the sort of guy who'd go around boasting about taking out Moriah anyway!".
Prior to the timeskip, Luffy had displayed a side to himself where he occasionally gets into fights with others over needless issues (i.e. he nearly got into one with Blackbeard in Mock Town over a matter of quality of the pies that the tavern served to their patrons). He still has this trait after the timeskip when he is shown to fight with Momonosuke when he arrives on Dressrosa. However when Luffy is told to keep a low profile or to restrain himself he will resist his urges to pick fights over small matters. There has been only one exception: when Luffy accidentally ran into Demaro Black, he did not want to get involved in the conflict with him and finished it with the least amount of effort, which was evident when he knocked him out and the other Impostor Straw Hat Pirates with the use of Haoshoku Haki. Although, most likely, he did this to prevent deviations in plans.
Despite his passion for fighting, Luffy also generally refuses to fight someone that he does not personally consider an enemy, preferring to either talk it over or run away from the confrontation. Over the series, Luffy has become more mature and levelheaded, though he only shows this part of his personality when he and his friends are in dire situations or someone insults him, calling people like him and their beliefs foolish. Other than that, he still acts the same as he was at the start of the series.
He almost never gets irritated with normal people, though there are a few exceptions, like when they seem to have an opposite taste in food as he, or when they ask if they can take a look at his "privates". Luffy also has no problem with other people stretching and playing with his rubber body, however, he does get a little irritated if they are doing so while he's in the middle of eating.
Luffy calls every mixed-appearance creature he finds by whichever creature is its secondary (non-dominant) part. On Gaimon's island, the dog/chicken was referred to as a chicken when it was mostly a dog, the snake/rabbit a rabbit even though it was mostly snake, and the pig/lion a lion even though it was mostly pig. This becomes a running gag: later when he meets Bananawani, he calls them bananas with crocodiles attached to them. Also, after seeing Pierre transform, he continued to refer to him as a "horse" instead of a bird. And related to this running gag, when on Long Ring Long Land island, he called every animal by what he thought they resembled rather than the actual species they were.
Another interesting personality is that during sailing, he likes to sit on the bow of the ship, such as the head of the Going Merry and the Thousand Sunny, the nose of Rocket Man, the head of the right Yuda of the Kuja Pirates' ship or even on top of the front cannon of a captured Marines' ship.
Luffy's interest in women is a complex matter: in an SBS Volume 54, Oda stated that the reason Luffy acted in an aroused manner when Nami stripped, yet remained neutral when Hancock did so, was that he was with Usopp at the time Nami did so, as Usopp is his age and a bad influence on his behavior. He also hasn't yet displayed any romantic inclinations, having nonchalantly refused to marry Hancock without a second thought. Ironically, despite his lack of interest in all things love related, Luffy has earned the affections of many women along his travels (such as Alvida's admiration, the love of Boa Hancock, etc.), quite a few of whom are royalty.
Luffy also respects his friends' decision if they choose not to join his crew, even if he asked them more than once, and would prefer not to forcibly take them with him. One example is his declining Zeff's offer to forcibly take Sanji with him, aware of much the Baratie meant to Sanji, and would only take him if Sanji agreed to do so. One minor exception is the Straw Hats' involvement in using more forcible methods in getting Franky to agree to join only because Iceburg insisted there was no other way due to Franky being too stubborn to listen to reason. This leads to Luffy and most of his crew to help the other members of the Franky Family with their plan, allowing them to succeed in convincing Franky to join the Straw Hats (with some additional help from Iceburg who provided the necessary advice) and seeing the importance to fulfilling his dream.
Luffy has shown to admire heroes, though he has stated vehemently that he really does not want to be one, his reasoning more-or-less translating that the definition of a good hero is to be entirely selfless. Ironically, many of Luffy's actions are mostly selfless, with his selfishness mainly revolving around his gluttony and his thirst for adventure. This trait leaves everyone he meets with to think he is some kind of hero, but not by his own design. However, he is easily convinced by Jinbe for his plan of becoming a hero of the Fishman Island with an agreement of meat.
When his adoptive older brother Ace was killed at Marineford, the mental strain of watching Ace die in his arms caused him to fall into a catatonic state. After waking from this state, Luffy flew into a rage and went on a destructive rampage to vent his grief and anger. Afterwards, Luffy re-evaluated himself and came to the conclusion that he had been too naïve, and was weak and unworthy of becoming Pirate King, falling into a state of depression and self-pity. Some encouragement from Jinbe and Rayleigh gave Luffy some renewed courage to continue pursuing his dream. After the timeskip, he tells Rayleigh that he will be Pirate King, having regained his confidence to fight for his dream.
Whenever Luffy is seriously injured he always requests that his friends or allies get treated first, even when he is the one who needs it the most. The greatest example of this is when in Impel Down, after being severely poisoned by Magellan and getting to Level 5 with an injured Bentham and meeting Ivankov and Inazuma, he begged them to save his friend first even though he was truly suffering the most and in the worst condition (he was actually on the verge of death, and would have certainly died had Inazuma not found them).
Also, as a bit of a running gag, Luffy, when talking about money, tells his crew-mates to budget their money, only for them to react in return that it all goes towards feeding him. Another running gag involves Luffy randomly telling someone a secret, such as the identity of his and Ace's fathers, only to casually ask them to keep it a secret afterwards. He shares this trait with his grandfather.
Luffy is also a extremely heavy sleeper. During the operation to ruin Sanji and Pudding's wedding ceremony, Jinbe could not wake him up even after smacking him hard several times and yelling directly into his ears. Only after he was presented meat, his favorite food, did he finally woke up.
— Bartholomew Kuma, commenting on Luffy and his crew
Because he is the Captain and recruited all the crew mates personally, Luffy cares tremendously for his crew. As far as captaincy is concerned, Luffy sees his other crew mates as equals in contrast to other pirate captains, who mostly sees theirs as subordinate underlings (his crew mostly calls him by name, rather than with an honorific or "Captain"). In fact, it could be argued that he is the only one that is generally beaten up and ordered around on the ship as several members of the crew have shown, especially Nami who never hesitates to give Luffy a beating for his idiocy (albeit, in comedic fashion). This is something of a contrast between him and his grandfather's way of commanding a group. While Garp (who is even more absent minded) responds by mercilessly beating up his subordinates for showing him disrespect and to keep them in line (even if he himself did do something foolish), Luffy lets their disrespect slide. Luffy only pulls rank when he wants to go "adventuring", despite what his crew thinks. Examples being when wanting to go to Skypiea and following the swaying needle to the New World.
Much like his idol, Shanks, Luffy is the kind of benevolent pirate captain who does not seek to actively harm others unless they give him and his crew (or anyone he cares about) a very good reason to. However, during the Jaya arc he was willing to start a fight with Blackbeard over a difference in opinion on pie. As the Straw Hat Captain, Luffy has utmost faith in his crew. In fact, after the timeskip, Luffy's trust grew even more as shown when he overheard that his crew were being apprehended by the Ryugu Kingdom's guards, he did not seem perturbed at all, and was confident that his friends could take care of themselves. This is seen once more when he accepts Law's proposal for an alliance. When his crew confronts him about it, he claims that even if Law is untrustworthy, he is not worried because of the faith he has in his crew and the training they put in during the time-skip, eliciting a shock from them before reacting positively to his praise. Luffy also has the rare ability to cheer up just about anyone with his idiotic antics, even pulling a smile every now and then from the serious Zoro and Robin.
In turn, his crew, while often frustrated at his immature and impulsive nature, trust him unconditionally. They also show great concern for him when he is put in life-threatening situations. It can be said that Luffy has both greatly impacted and changed the lives of each of his crew members and is typically the one cited as having revived each of their dreams.
— Rob Lucci to Luffy
During his battle with Lucci, even though Luffy knew his crew were in danger (courtesy of Lucci flooding the tunnel) he kept fighting Lucci because they would manage and because Luffy knew that if he let Lucci get away, he would definitely kill all of his crew. This focus caused Lucci to compliment him on his leadership skills.
Though all of Luffy's crew tries to look out for him, due to Luffy's reckless and carefree attitude, on numerous occasions a crew member might wonder why they followed such a crazy captain. However, by the end of the day (or adventure), none of them truly regret following him and generally enjoy being in the crew. He likes to make fun of others' imperfections and character traits, such as Zoro's bad sense of direction (though he is barely better). Luffy also likes to comically imitate his crew members, and sometimes even himself; despite nearly dying from being frozen by Aokiji, he covered himself in flour and hopped while frozen in a pose to imitate the experience.
His level of trust and friendship with his crew is so high that he would even offer them a chance to eat the Mera Mera no Mi, which once belonged to his beloved foster brother, while the thought of it ending up in the stomach of some stranger was unbearable.
Despite the trust he has in his crew, he can get annoyed with their constant whining whenever they are put in constant danger that he starts, which has been shown during the timeskip.
The Straw Hat
Luffy has a very bizarre relationship with his signature Straw Hat. The original owner was Gol D. Roger himself as told by Silvers Rayleigh. Eventually, it was given to Shanks, who passed it down to Luffy after saving him from a giant Sea King, on the condition that he take care of it, never lose it and only return it when he became better than Shanks. The hat cements Luffy's promise to become the Pirate King and has been with him for over ten years. Subsequently, it has been repaired several times (mostly by Nami). In the beginning of the series, Luffy let people hold the hat during battle for fear of losing it, and whoever held it was considered to have his highest trust and respect. He has only entrusted it to Zoro when entering the Grand Line, Usopp during the Davy Back Fight, and to Nami during the Arlong Park, Drum Island, Jaya and Skypiea Arcs. As his fighting style got better, a string was added (most probably by Nami) so that he could keep his hat on without losing it.
The straw hat has become an identifying marker for him by his enemies, to the point where his nickname became "Straw Hat Luffy" and his crew the "Straw Hat Pirates". Luffy is almost never seen without it, even when sleeping or fighting. His love for the hat is so strong, he is willing to kill anyone who tries to damage it, and during the fourth movie he actually cried a small waterfall when it went missing.
The first crew mate to join the Straw Hat Pirates was Zoro, a bounty hunter who decided to serve under Luffy as a pirate after he saved his life from a dishonorable death at the hands of a corrupt Marine, but vowed if Luffy ever got in the way of his ambition, he will kill him. Later in the series, they have developed a very close bond which is underlined by their tremendous amount of trust and respect for one another, to the point where Zoro is willing to die for Luffy's dream to become Pirate King and sacrifice his own dream of becoming the world's greatest swordsman. Though, he still hints at Luffy needing to uphold his duties and capabilities as captain, such as when he jokes that if Luffy were not at least able to defeat at least half of the New Fishman Pirates, he'd have to step down as captain of the crew.
Luffy and Zoro are known to occasionally mock each other; Luffy will laugh heartily whenever Zoro gets lost or does something noticeably stupid, though he is usually worse in that respect. Zoro like the rest of the crew will reprimand Luffy for his idiotic habits. When Luffy and he battled in Whiskey Peak (as Luffy thought Zoro was attacking innocent people when they were actually bounty hunters), Zoro was exasperated with his Captain for not understanding the situation and decided to not hold back. When the battle was stopped by Nami, who explained the situation to Luffy, he laughed as he thought Zoro attacked people for giving food he did not like to which Zoro responded angrily "Who do you think I am?".
In times of trouble, Zoro has also served as an adviser to Luffy as to what course of action they should take. This is best illustrated during the events at Water 7 when Luffy was initially willing to have Usopp rejoin straight away, only for Zoro to explain what that would mean for the crew. Luffy accepted Zoro's determination as he denied Usopp's comeback when the liar wasn't admitting his stubborness. Luffy has great trust and admiration for Zoro's supreme sword skills such as when they were onboard Rocket Man and obstacles were in their way Luffy states to the Franky Family "Zoro's got this" as the Swordsmen sliced everything (including T-Bone) out of their way. Later in the New World Zoro was also the one to realize Luffy's recklessness would have to stop, going out of his way to reprimand his captain for behaving that way and making it clear they needed to take things more seriously in order to survive, with Luffy understanding it and apologizing. Luffy will sometimes mock Zoro for acting like he doesn't care about certain crew members like in Zou when Sanji was in a predicament and Luffy found Zoro listening outside the door he joked that Zoro was worried about Sanji, the Swordsman responded by saying "Don't make me kick your ass".
At Thriller Bark, Zoro decided to give up his life to save Luffy from Bartholomew Kuma because he was ready to die for the dream of his captain. Kuma found this trust admirable as he was moved by Zoro's compassion.
Though she respects him as a captain, Nami often scolds Luffy's airheadedness, but he never gets angry at her, even when she manipulates him. Luffy also has no problems taking orders from her when it comes to the navigation of the ship. Even though he is made of rubber, Luffy can still get hurt by Nami's physical attacks as she beats him up either by angering or annoying her. Despite the slight conflict occurring because of his recklessness, she has deep trust in him and views him as a great source of strength and comfort. When Nami fell sick just prior to the Drum Island Arc, and without a doctor on board, Luffy desperately tried to help Nami the only way he knew how. He consistently stayed by her side, and attempted to get her to smile, becoming sad when he wasn't successful, trying to keep the promise he made to Genzo. When it was determined that the only way to get her treatment was actually climbing the Drum Mountains by foot, she implicitly trusted Luffy to get her there safely. Luffy barehandedly climbed the 5000 meter tall mountain to get her to a doctor, with enhanced pain caused by the reaction of rubber to cold.
Even though Nami betrayed him when she stole their ship and treasure during the chaos at Baratie, Luffy never changed his opinion of her, insisting that she become the navigator in his crew. Oddly, he seems to place the most trust in her out of all of his crewmates - after learning from Johnny that he witnessed Nami killing Usopp, he refused to believe him, even going so far as to threaten him with a beating for "lying". In a similar situation in Whiskey Peak, where he was told that Zoro had killed and hurt the people who fed him, Luffy outright attacked him, even though that information came from an unreliable source (unlike the case with Nami). While he is normally oblivious, Luffy is still occasionally wary of angering Nami. When he heard Absalom was going to marry her Luffy simply said "He wants to marry Nami? He's brave".
Even without knowing anything about the horrible past she suffered, seeing her cry was enough for Luffy to place his hat on her head to console her as he went berserk on Arlong and his crew, similarly to how Gol D. Roger acted. Nami is the only person that Luffy places his straw hat on as source of comfort to her.
Luffy's relationship with Usopp is perhaps the closest example on the ship of a sibling relationship because of their similar pasts and fun loving mindsets. Despite his fears, Usopp at times finds the strength within himself by following the example set by Luffy and the rest of the crew. When he exclaimed that he was good with cannons, Luffy immediately made him the gunner of the ship. Usopp and Luffy are also destined to cross paths with the Red Hair Pirates in the future in some manner; Luffy to reunite with Shanks, and Usopp with his father. Luffy and Usopp are notorious for being the "idiots of the crew" and will set bad example for the youngest Chopper. During the Davy Back Arc he showed a strong trust in Usopp by allowing him to care for his Straw Hat while Luffy sported the afro, something he'd only allowed Nami to do before.
Their relationship faced a great turmoil when Luffy was forced to fight Usopp during the tragic events Of Water 7 over the fate of the broken Going Merry, and Luffy is emotionally distraught. Luffy engages in brutal combat with his best friend and took a surprising amount of damage from the Sniper's tricks before finally ending the battle with a Gomu Gomu No Bullet. Though Usopp lost the fight, Luffy gives him what he wanted (the Going Merry) and he and Usopp cried deeply over their briefly broken friendship. Luffy remained depressed along with Chopper and Nami about the event, but after the events of Enies Lobby tearfully and joyfully accepted him back when he later apologized and begged to rejoin the crew. He was willing to do this without an apology however, due to how much he missed him.
Usopp felt deep sorrow for Luffy when he lost his brother, and dedicated his timeskip training to getting stronger for him. He now has a lot more confidence in his ability, and so does Luffy. He stops Trafalgar Law from attempting to apprehend Caesar Clown after the events of Punk Hazard, reminding him that the sniper said he could handle it. He displays this again during Dressrosa, when he doesn't question in the slightest that Usopp can get the job done when he learns of his role in the Tontatta's plans. He was also happy to hear Cavendish praising Usopp for saving him from the life as a toy slave.
He adores Sanji's cooking, especially meat, dropping anything he's doing for a meal despite Sanji's claim that he puts considerably less effort into Luffy's food than the meals he prepares for the women. Sanji will cook any animal that Luffy catches, but is also usually the one who has to "discipline" Luffy whenever food is stolen (usually by kicking his captain around whenever food is pinched). Despite this, Sanji put his life on the line for Luffy's sake when Bartholomew Kuma had them weakened. Sanji has rescued Luffy from drowning more than any other crew member and trusts Luffy to defeat the enemies Sanji himself has trouble against. Before Sanji became part of Luffy's crew, he stated that Luffy's dream was foolish, but acknowledges that his own dream is foolish as well.
Though Sanji finds Luffy stupid at times, there is an underlying and often unspoken understanding that Sanji has great loyalty and respect for Luffy, his ideals and his dreams. In addition to being willing to trade his life for Luffy's, he declared to Capone Bege his belief that Luffy would become Pirate King, and that he would never do anything that would endanger Luffy's dream. Upon meeting Charlotte Pudding (Sanji's betrothed), Luffy (along with Nami, Chopper and Brook) learned that Sanji had turned down Pudding in order to be able to return to the Straw Hats. Luffy and the others were all greatly shocked to hear that Sanji would turn down a woman - especially such a beautiful and (seemingly) kind one - in order to continue adventuring with them, which moves Luffy so much that he starts crying. Sanji has also demonstrated his respect for Luffy's position as the crew's captain. He backed Zoro in telling Luffy that Usopp had to apologize for disrespecting Luffy's decisions before being allowed back on the crew. Additionally, after a duel between them, Sanji tells Luffy that, by insulting and attacking his captain, he had forfeited his right to return to his captain's ship.
Luffy reciprocates Sanji's loyalty and respect by tasking Sanji to be the temporary captain of the Thousand Sunny while Luffy fought in Dressrosa; this task included not only protecting the ship and crew, but also battling a Yonko's crew and reaching Zou. This outstanding trust continued when Luffy landed in Zou to find Sanji absent, with Luffy (along with Zoro) trusting that the cook would "look after himself" despite Nami's protests. Luffy later attacked Charlotte Cracker for insulting Sanji's loyalty, by suggesting that Sanji looked down on the crew due to their inferior social status, and that he would choose a comfortable married life over returning to the crew. Even after Sanji instigated a duel between them, Luffy refused to back down, defend, or retaliate; afterwards, Luffy declared that he knew Sanji's insults about the crew were all lies. Completely unlike his fight with Usopp, Luffy refused to hurt his cook and stated that he would not move or eat anything other than Sanji's cooking, until Sanji's returned. He also claimed that he couldn't become the Pirate King without Sanji, causing Sanji to break down in tears.
As with Nami, Robin and partly Usopp, Luffy was quick to respond when it seemed that Sanji was on the verge of leaving the crew. While Luffy was initially happy to accept Sanji's intended bride as part of the crew, as long as Sanji himself returned, he quickly learned from Pekoms that the arranged marriage would entail Sanji joining the Big Mom Pirates. In response, Luffy yelled at the lion Mink, saying that he would never allow that to happen, and proceeded to lead the Sanji retrieval team into Big Mom's territory, risking conflict with both a Yonko and an infamous Underworld army in order to get Sanji back. After getting captured and learning of Big Mom's true plan to assassinate Sanji, Luffy became enraged and tried to rip his own arms off in order to escape and warn Sanji. After being freed by Jinbe, Luffy's first thought was rescuing Sanji, despite his injuries and hunger, and he rushed through Big Mom's palace searching for him. After Reiju informed him that Sanji became aware of Pudding's plan, a relieved Luffy decided to return to the spot where he promised to wait for Sanji.
Just as he did with Nami and Chopper at Punk Hazard, Luffy understood when a decision was important to Sanji, and decided to support that decision. When Sanji stated that he could not leave Whole Cake Island with Luffy after learning of Big Mom's plot to assassinate his family, Luffy responded simply that was who Sanji was, and that he and the Straw Hats would help Sanji wreck Big Mom's plans.
Tony Tony Chopper
Chopper, as the youngest of the crew, often joins him and Usopp in singing and fooling around, and he credits Luffy for helping him find the courage to go on adventures. Luffy accepted Chopper as a person and didn't treat him like a monster as so many others did and corrected Chopper when he said he didn't have any friends by shouting "You're wrong reindeer, I'm your friend!" this caused a great impact on Chopper causing him to love Luffy like a big brother. Chopper also often tends to jump after Luffy whenever his captain starts drowning, despite also being unable to swim due to having eaten a Devil Fruit as well. Luffy has deep faith in Chopper's doctoring skills, as when he explained that the "candy" that the giant children were eating was in fact a dangerous drug, he broke a promise with one of them to bring some more "candy".
Chopper devoted himself to "becoming a real monster" during the timeskip, no longer afraid to be feared as long as he can be of help to Luffy.
Luffy and Nico Robin first began as enemies, but after Robin saves his life in Alabasta, Luffy grows to trust her more deeply which he shows by allowing Robin to join his crew without any reluctance. Robin is especially grateful to him for taking her in despite the risks it involved, as well as for pursuing her all the way to Enies Lobby and directly opposing the World Government. At Water 7, Luffy reveals that he is very impressed by Robin's intelligence when he is talking about her with the mayor Iceburg. As such, Luffy always turns to Robin for explanation whenever they encounter an unfamiliar person, place, or thing. At first she joined the crew because Luffy had saved her life when she wished to die, and had nowhere else to go, but eventually all of the crew members became important to her personally. Out of all the crew members, Robin is the most tolerant of Luffy's silly behavior, and actually finds him amusing. Robin is also one of the few members of the crew who unquestioningly follows Luffy into any dangerous adventure he wants to embark on.
Luffy initially did not like Franky, with the latter's robbery of Usopp, despite Luffy and Usopp not being on the best of terms themselves. This led to his distrust of Franky for a long while, before he eventually came around to the shipwright during the Enies Lobby Arc and Franky's eventually joining the Straw Hat Pirates. He is always amazed by Franky's building talent, and is often in awe of Franky's cyborg enhancements and modifications, a running gag among many males throughout the show. He also deeply respects him as a man after he was willing to show his genitals to everyone without shame and begging Robin not to rip them off, so he would still be a man when he joins the crew. After the timeskip, with Franky looking and acting even more robotic, he has only become even more amazed. Especially with Franky's mecha Franky Shogun which Luffy holds in dumbfounded awe.
Upon hearing Ace's Mera Mera no Mi has resurfaced and was a grand prize in the Corrida Colosseum, Luffy offered Franky to eat it, showing a great deal of trust and friendship, though Franky refused due to not wanting to lose his ability to swim.
Luffy came to almost immediately befriend Brook up their meeting, even despite the rest of the Straw Hats distrusting and outright refusing Brook, whether due to the initial mysteries behind his form or simply his personality. Luffy's admiration and eventual trust for Brook was cemented in his offering Brook a place in his crew, Luffy's self-considered family.
As the musician of the crew, Brook is often requested by Luffy to perform a song. When requested to play by Momonosuke, he states that he will only respond to orders by his captain, before finally giving in and playing a song. Brook will often join Luffy, Usopp, and Chopper in immature antics, despite Brook being the oldest member of the crew at 90 years of age. Luffy had always stated that he wanted a musician in the crew, so Brook's job is very important to him. Brook often appears to enjoy Luffy's child-like antics and sometimes would even reinforce his humorous behaviour. Luffy is the only member of the crew to find Brook's skull jokes funny. This relationship is strengthened by the fact that Brook was part of the Rumbar Pirates, the crew that were such good friends with Laboon, and promised to meet up again.
Straw Hat Grand Fleet
Monkey D. Dragon
Luffy has discovered that Dragon the Revolutionary, the most wanted man in the world, is his father. The two have yet to talk to each other. In fact, their only meeting was when Dragon rescued Luffy from being captured by Smoker in Loguetown, and the only thing Luffy said to him was "who's there?" while being pinned headfirst to the ground by Smoker. It is highly probable that Dragon cares for his son's life because he saved him in Loguetown and he always looked towards East Blue where his family lived. Dragon seems to expect great things from Luffy, much like his grandfather. However, unlike Garp, Dragon seems to be in favor of Luffy's decision to lead his own crew as a pirate, although he believes they will meet someday. Luffy was unaware of who Dragon was before he was told by Garp and did not understand what the revolutionaries are capable of doing to the world when told about it by Ivankov. So far Luffy has not mentioned anything about how he feels toward Dragon and his ideals, but he is fine with people knowing that he is Dragon's son.
During the Whole Cake Island Arc, Luffy reads a newspaper where he is able to see his father's face for the first time in his life. He is comically surprised to see the latter but casually remarks that Dragon doesn't look like him before admitting to being more worried about Sabo than his father when hearing that the Blackbeard Pirates attacked the Revolutionary Army.
Portgas D. Ace
"Fire-Fist" Ace and Luffy were immensely close to each other. They grew up together and fought every day, with Ace always winning even though Luffy had eaten a Devil Fruit. Luffy displayed no grudge against Ace for always winning, but instead boasted that he could win now (though he appears to still acknowledge that Ace is still the stronger of the two, he proclaimed during the war in Marineford that he will eventually surpass Ace one day). Despite the battles they fought, Ace was protective of Luffy from Garp's abusive nature even going as so far to insult him to stop abusing Luffy. As for Luffy, this protective streak is reciprocated, leading to him embarking on a one-man rescue mission to extract Ace from captivity in the one place regarded as the most secure prison of the world, Impel Down, after hearing of Ace's capture and subsequent imprisonment there. However, while they are exteremely loving brothers to each other, Luffy always made Ace angry and worried by doing reckless things. As such, Ace readily believed Boa Hancock when she told him that Luffy had broken in to the prison. Even near his death, Ace grew angry with Luffy's reckless infiltration of Impel Down, while the endangered Luffy was worried about Ace's safety so much he had even snuck in the world's greatest prison, lost 10 years of his life, and even risked his arms to attack Magellan.
Luffy's devotion and love for his brother were shown to extremes when he not only took on every Marine stationed at Marineford, but the three Admirals themselves, showing that nothing would stand between him and saving his brother, not even three of the most powerful Marines around, and even shouting out loud he would save Ace even if it killed him. While Ace regarded Luffy as his brother and even acted like it, it was revealed moments before his execution that Ace was a child of Gol D. Roger, and that he chose his mother, Portgas D. Rouge's surname, which makes them brothers through adoption. A flashback shows Luffy and Ace first meeting as young children, which means that Luffy was aware of this fact. When this happened, Luffy already had his signature straw hat and the scar under his left eye, which means it was after Shanks gave his straw hat to Luffy and left the Foosha Village. He had also gained his devil fruit powers by then, which happened when he was 7 years old. It is revealed in a flashback that Luffy was sent to live with Ace and his guardian Dadan after Shanks left, since Garp thought that living in Foosha Village had somehow made Luffy "too soft". Ace was quite hostile to Luffy at first, even spitting at him before they were introduced to each other. Luffy, however, constantly tried to make Ace his friend, following him everywhere and trying to make up.
Eventually, thanks to the "Sabo Incident" Ace mentioned before he died, Ace grew fond of Luffy and they officially became brothers. Sometime after meeting Ace he managed to find out that Ace was the son of Gol D. Roger. Though many were heartbroken when Ace died, none took it harder than Luffy; Luffy was so devastated that he suffered a mental collapse and became unresponsive to his surroundings, and would have been killed by Akainu if others had not defended him. Jinbe speculated that this comatose phase was a way for Luffy to defend his mind from the impact of the loss, and worried about how Luffy would act when he woke up. Indeed, when Luffy did wake up, all he could do was scream in agony and cry and wish it was all a nightmare, and that he would wake up soon. The loss of his brother also had a crucial impact on Luffy, leading him to think that he was not worthy of becoming the Pirate King for the first time in his life. He only came out of his depression after Jinbe made him realize that Ace had entrusted Luffy's safety to his crew. After the two year timeskip, Luffy has fully gotten over his grief as he was able to talk about Ace's death freely, although his hatred for the man who killed his brother apparently still remains. Nonetheless, Luffy accepts Ace's fate, but also finds comfort in the fact that Ace truly believed he could become the Pirate King.  Donquixote Doflamingo would later take possession of Ace's Mera Mera no Mi, an item which the Shichibukai was certain would draw Luffy to him, adding that Luffy would never allow anyone to gain the powers that once belonged to his beloved brother. Indeed, Luffy showed surprise when he heard of the fruit being handed out as a prize in a tournament and, not wanting it to go to just anyone, entered the tournament to win it. He was, however, fine if one of his crew members ate it, as he offered Franky the fruit. He has shown that he doesn't like it when Ace's death is made fun of as when Don Chinjao said that it was a wise move of the Marines to 'cleanse that demonic bloodline two years ago'. This angered Luffy to the point that he struck Chinjao with a Gomu Gomu no Thor Elephant Gun.
Monkey D. Garp
Though the two of them get along fine, Luffy is utterly terrified of his grandfather Garp. This is due to the extreme training he was put through in his younger years in his bid to make Luffy a Marine, as well as Garp's tendency to punch Luffy to discipline him. Garp had high expectations for Luffy, but to Garp's dismay, Luffy did not share his grandfather's plans for his future. However, Garp respects Luffy as a great person, even if he is a pirate. He often brags about Luffy to his superior Sengoku, laughing whenever Luffy does something audacious and is prone to saying "That's my grandson" much to Sengoku's exasperation. When Sengoku was talking with Garp and Kuma, Garp said that Luffy is not the type of person to brag about defeating someone, arguing that Bartholomew Kuma did not need to kill Luffy to keep Moria's defeat a secret. When Luffy entered the battle of Marineford, Garp recognized him and looked shocked and horrified at the sight of his grandson entering the fearsome battle. Later, as the battle rages on, Garp merely looks resigned as his grandson furiously makes his way to the execution platform. When Luffy came close to the platform, Garp stands in his way in the name of his Marine duties. However, in the end, Garp chose family over his duties as he allowed Luffy to hit him and reach the execution platform to save Ace. He also tried to attack Admiral Akainu when Ace was killed by the admiral and Luffy was on the verge of being killed as well, but was stopped by Sengoku. As Garp has resigned from the Marines, he and Luffy are no longer enemies by law.
The mountain bandit, Curly Dadan, is Luffy and Ace's foster mother. She had been blackmailed by Garp into taking care of them, and did not seem pleased with having Luffy as her surrogate son, due to being already occupied with the troublesome Ace. Luffy, in turn, did not seem to like the Dadan family anymore than they liked him, due to his run-in with the bandit Higuma. However, as time passed, they came to care for each other, with Dadan coming in to save Luffy from Bluejam, and Luffy worrying for Dadan's safety. Luffy states that he hates bandits but he likes her.
Sabo was never an actual member of Luffy's family, but he, Luffy, and Ace shared a drink making them official brothers and establishing the deep bond between the three. They seem to be reasonably close, though not as deep as Ace and Luffy. This is however most likely because they did not spend as much time together with Sabo being taken away and they never saw each other again for 12 whole years. He still had a tendency to defend or save him when they were children hunting together. Even though when Sabo first met him he wanted to kill him for discovering their plans. According to Luffy, when they were young, Sabo was a nicer brother to him than Ace. After Sabo and Ace fought together against Porchemy to save Luffy's life they became friends. At this point they were seen after different events of stealing and hunting. Sabo was seen being taken back by his father, who recently revealed that he was the son of a Goa Kingdom Noble. They show a relationship of trust and love since he gave up and returned with his father so that Luffy and Ace would be safe from the hired pirate Bluejam. When Sabo's apparent death was reported by Dogra, Luffy cried all night until he fell asleep, showing the genuine love he had for his elder brother. Luffy only snapped out of this sorrowful moment when Ace told him to live proudly, as Sabo wanted. In a way, Sabo is one of the earliest contributors to the molding of Luffy's personality as a free spirit.
When Sabo and Luffy were reunited after twelve whole years, Luffy did not recognize him at first and even challenged him after hearing he won't let him have Ace's power. However, upon hearing the story of the day they became brothers, he reacted in shock as he realized the latter's identity. Luffy quickly embraced Sabo and began joyfully crying for a great deal of time after finding out his remaining brother was alive and well. Sabo thanked Luffy for surviving the Battle of Marineford and asked for permission to eat the Mera Mera no Mi which Luffy unhesitatingly allowed. When Jesus Burgess attempted to kill Luffy, Sabo quickly intercepted him and Luffy was happy to see his brother and even more so after seeing that Sabo inherited Ace's power. When Sabo was preparing to leave Dressrosa, he left Luffy a Vivre Cardand entrusted Luffy's safety to the Straw Hats similar to what Ace once did.
During the Whole Cake Island Arc, Luffy expressed worry for Sabo's safety after learning the Revolutionary Army fought against the Blackbeard Pirates only calming down when Pedro mention the possibility of Sabo being okay due to there being no mention of him being killed or captured.
"It's not some sort of special power, but he has the ability to make allies of everyone he meets. And that is the most fearsome ability on the high seas..."
— Mihawk, commenting on Luffy at the Battle of Marineford
It is notable that Luffy has connections to some of the most powerful organizations or people, mostly through his extensive and famous family. His known family alone has him connected to powerful members in the Revolutionary Army, Marines, and Whitebeard. Besides his family, he has Shanks, Rayleigh, Boa Hancock, Jinbe, Coby, and Helmeppo, who connect him to another Yonko, Shichibukai, and again the Marines. As the Kingdom of Alabasta is an affiliate nation of the World Government, through Vivi (and by extension, Cobra), he may also possess some influence there. Therefore, of the reigning World Powers, the Gorosei is the only organization to which he is not somehow amicably connected.
Luffy befriends most of the civilians he meets on his journey, who normally fear him for being a pirate but hold him in admiration by the time he moves on to the next adventure. He can be naïve at times and is quick to befriend people, often calling people whom he has known less than a day his friends and being willing to go as far as necessary for them. During his journey, Luffy saved or freed civilians from the tyrannical clutches of villainous antagonists on several occasions. Luffy befriended many civilians from Shells Town, Orange Town, Syrup Village, Cocoyasi Village, Drum Island, Alabasta, Skypiea, Water 7, Fishman Island, and Dressrosa.
"He has connections with Red-Haired Shanks?"
— Robin's reaction to finding out that Luffy knows Shanks
Luffy shares a strong relationship with Shanks, the pirate who saved his life twelve years ago in his hometown, and looks up to him as his role model of an ideal pirate. Shanks and his crew are the ones Luffy proclaimed he would beat as they were leaving Luffy's hometown. Luffy will often defend Shanks when others insult him and was relieved to hear from his grandfather that Shanks and his crew were okay. Part of Luffy's dream is to return the hat Shanks gave him when he becomes a great pirate. Shanks, while frequently making fun of him as a child, has remained informed of Luffy's activities and is proud that he has become a pirate. Luffy has since worked diligently on keeping that promise and is infamously known as "Straw Hat Luffy". While discussing taking down the Yonko with Trafalgar Law, Luffy indicated a desire to defeat Shanks as well; echoing his promise to one day form a crew strong enough to defeat the Red Haired Pirates, though he wants to save him for last.
Red Hair Pirates
Twelve years ago Luffy seemed to be friends with the Red Hair Pirates. This extends to two years ago when Benn Beckman stopped Kizaru from attacking Luffy. Lucky Roo seemed fond enough to want to see Luffy again after rescuing him at Marineford to the point he asked Shanks if he wanted to see him after 10 years.
While Coby, the first person Luffy met on his journey, acknowledges that as he is a Marine, they will inevitably have to fight. However, they consider each other friends, as Luffy helped Coby muster the courage necessary to become a Marine. Coby holds great respect for Luffy, and he promises to always be a friend, though his dream - becoming a Marine - is opposite to that of Luffy's. Later on, having met on Water 7, Luffy inspired Coby to pursue his dream of becoming a Marine admiral. Despite having clashed during the war, it appears not to have damaged their friendship, as Coby still admires Luffy's strength.
After entering the Grand Line, Laboon was the first thing the Straw Hat Pirates saw. Launching the cannon in the hopes that it would slow them down, Luffy, instead, hit Laboon. After saving him from Mr. 9 and Miss Wednesday who were trying to use Laboon for food, Crocus explained to Luffy why Laboon would slam his head into the Red Line. Luffy, in an effort to give Laboon a renewed sense of hope, picked a fight with the whale by jamming the Going Merry's mast into the whale's head. After the battle (which Luffy called a draw), Luffy promised Laboon that he would return to see him, under the guise of wanting a rematch, moving Laboon to tears of joy. As a sign of the promise of the future rematch, Luffy paints the Straw Hat Jolly Roger on Laboon's head, commenting that the insignia would be washed away if Laboon hit Reverse Mountain further. This prevents him from slamming against the mountain anymore. The Straw Hats then depart in good spirits for Grand Line.
Luffy is good friends with Nefeltari Vivi, who was with them all throughout the Alabasta Arc, and he even considers her an honorary Straw Hat crew member. Whenever she sees Luffy doing something that might compromise the crew's safety, even when he means to help, she reminds him of a leader's responsibilities, and she holds Luffy in great respect for helping save Alabasta. She was not shocked that Luffy took Nico Robin into his crew despite her being Vivi's enemy in the past (showing trust in his judgment), and she did not show any prejudice about Luffy being the son of the world's worst criminal.
Mr. 2 Bon Kurei
Luffy became good friends with Bentham after he apologized for causing them trouble in Alabasta, and distracted the Marines so the Straw Hats could escape. Bon Kurei went as far as to give his life away to save Luffy and other prisoners by posing as Magellan and ordering the opening of the Gates of Justice during the Impel Down Arc. While he was later determined to be alive, Luffy is unaware of his friend's condition.
Skypieans and Shandia
Defeating the "God" of Skypiea and freeing its people, as well as granting the Shandia back their homeland, ringing the golden bell, and saving Angel Island, Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates have become heroes to the people. They even offered the broken column to their saviors. With peace restored to the land many hope that the Straw Hats will visit again. Many were also disappointed that they never got to say good bye and rang the golden bell instead. Aisa seems to hero worship Luffy as a role model, and Gan Fall also compares Luffy to the Pirate King Gol D. Roger.
Luffy also seems to have developed a positive relationship with Trafalgar Law and his crew, as they braved the Whitebeard War and the attacks of the Marine admirals just to save him. Although seeing that they are both Supernovas, and therefore rivals, there may be some ulterior motive behind Law's decision to save Luffy. While on the other hand, Law has been shown to respect Luffy, and could quite simply have come to save him because of that respect. When Luffy met Law on Punk Hazard, Luffy was happy to see him again, not knowing Law's intentions. Luffy stated, with a happy smile on his face, that he and Law will be enemies if he's going after the One Piece too, but he is grateful nonetheless. Luffy was visibly surprised when Robin revealed that Law became one of the Shichibukai during the time-skip. When Law helped save Nami, he proposed an alliance to Luffy to take down one of the Yonko. To the surprise of their crewmates, he accepted after being told that they would be taking down Kaido; saying he intended to take them all down. He appears to trust Law to go along with this plan of action. When Law was shot by Doflamingo, Luffy showed a lot of concern for his ally. After that, when the North Blue pirate was kidnapped by the Shichibukai, Luffy stated his desire to rescue him. Due to Law being his life saviour, Luffy has great gratitude towards Law, considering Law to be his friend. Since the two have formed an alliance, Luffy has developed a running gag of making decisions on behalf of the alliance without considering Law's opinion, usually to the latter's annoyance. He decided to send Caesar Clown flying away in Punk Hazard when the agreed upon plan was capturing him, defeating Donquixote Doflamingo outright when the plan was leaving him for Kaido, and most recently, joining forces with the Mink Tribe and Kozuki clan to take down Kaido. They even have a comical argument about this in Dressrosa, as Law decides to terminate the alliance in light of their plan being compromised. Luffy says Law is his friend and that he can't decide these kinds of things for the both of them, and Law retorts that is precisely what Luffy is doing. Luffy was shocked and later utterly outraged when he thought Law was killed by Doflamingo.
During Law's desperate struggle against Doflamingo, it was shown that Law thinks highly of Luffy and his crew, saying that they are capable of performing miracles. Law later stated that if Luffy was to be defeated by Doflamingo, he would allow himself to be killed as well, since they are in an alliance together. He also said that the fight between Luffy and Doflamingo is his fault, but Robin corrected him, saying that Luffy would not enter a battle with no personal reason.
It also seems like Luffy cannot pronounce "Trafalgar" properly and calls him "Tora-man" (トラ男 Tora-o?) instead, a portmanteau of the "Tra" in "Trafalgar" and the Japanese kanji for "male". It is often localized as "Tra-guy" in some subs or as "Traffie" in Pirate Warriors 3.
Ever since Rayleigh had heard about Luffy from Shanks he had wanted to meet him face to face. When Luffy found him on the Sabaody Archipelago, he was really excited about hearing stories about Gol D. Roger. The more they talked, the more amused Rayleigh felt as he compared Luffy's demeanor to his old captain. He, like Shanks, has very great expectations for him. After the war had ended, he swam across the Calm Belt to reach Amazon Lily where Luffy had been recuperating from his injuries and from losing Ace. From there, he helped Luffy break into Marine Headquarters again with Jinbe in order for him to send the secret message to his crew. Rayleigh also mentored Luffy on how to master all three different forms of Haki that he possessed. After the 2 year timeskip, it is apparent that both of them became close from their training together as before heading to his ship, Luffy yelled towards Rayleigh with a big smile "I'm gonna do it, I'M GOING TO BE PIRATE KING!", with Rayleigh donning a smile with tears in his eyes. Rayleigh himself later proudly proclaimed Luffy as his pupil to the Marines and kept them busy to prevent them from interfering in Luffy's departure. While Luffy set sail Rayleigh seemed to be comparing his late captain Roger and Luffy, claiming that destiny is slowly but surely taking shape and that Luffy has become a man well fit to wear the Straw Hat, which originally belonged to Roger. He also said that it might be worth living a little longer.
He also has a very friendly relationship with the entire population of Amazon Lily despite their initial hostility towards him. But after Luffy gained Boa Hancock's friendship, it seems every single Kuja practically worships him, as they had never seen a man before. They even went as far as selling "touches, pokes and stretching" of Luffy and his rubbery skin for 20 gold pieces each and most of them affectionately refer to him as "Luffy-sama".
Luffy managed to befriend the Gorgon Sisters, despite their previous attempts to kill him for seeing the mark on Shichibukai Boa Hancock's back, which the other two sisters also have. The mark was of the World Noble, proof that they were once a slave to them, and they would have rather died than show the mark to anyone. During a fight with Hancock's sisters, when Boa Sandersonia's mark was about to be revealed, Luffy served in preventing everyone present from viewing it as a form of respect to his opponents, claiming that their secrets have nothing to do with their fight. This sparked up past memories in Hancock, and she then revoked her decision to eliminate him. Upon further testing his selflessness, she reveals their past to him, and Luffy forgives them, showing that he only hates the Celestial Dragon who did all of them wrong, earning their friendship and Hancock's love. He has come to greatly appreciate Hancock in return, as she helped him in the two major instances of helping him break into Impel Down and giving him the key to Ace's seastone handcuffs. However, while Luffy does not have the same romantic feelings towards Hancock that she feels towards him, he has shown that he genuinely cares for and appreciates her. During his fight with Magellan, when the warden stated that he would have Luffy tell him how he managed to break into Impel Down, Luffy protected Hancock by declaring he would not tell Magellan even if it killed him. He later showed his gratitude by hugging her and remarking afterward that she had "saved his ass" twice, both in helping him break into Impel Down and giving him the key to Ace's seastone handcuffs. After the two-year timeskip, Hancock mentioned that she's a thoughtful woman suitable to be a great wife for loading the ship with Luffy's favorite foods. Luffy replied that he was grateful to her for bringing food for him, but he wasn't going to marry her. Regardless, Luffy replied that he wishes to see her again sometime in the future.
While initially assisting Luffy only to protect and rescue Ace, the ex-Shichibukai Jinbe grew so fond of Luffy that he proclaimed while fighting Akainu at Marineford that he would gladly lay down his life to protect Luffy. After escaping the ordeal, he stayed with Luffy on Amazon Lily while he was recovering. It was Jinbe who also brought Luffy out of his self-pity and doubt. The fishman made Luffy realize that even though Ace had died, he still had his own pirate crew. As Jinbe departed from the Kuja ship, he and Luffy expressed the desire to see each other again in two years. Luffy tells Keimi of this desire, only to be disappointed when he finds out that Jinbe had to leave Fishman Island. However, before he left, Jinbe did leave a message for Luffy with Prince Fukaboshi.
When they met after two years, Jinbe was happy to see him again but surprised he had not received his message. As he himself stated, he has the deepest gratitude for Luffy and his crew for stopping Arlong. He also wanted to apologize to them for Arlong, since he was the one who let Arlong go to the East Blue. Despite the mutual respect between them, after Luffy announced his desire to fight against Hody Jones to save his crew, he informed Jinbe that if he wanted to stop him, he would have to fight him. They eventually reached a compromise and formed a united front to combat Hody Jones and his crew. After the battle of Fishman Island, in which Luffy lost a large amount of blood, Jinbe offered his blood for the transfusion. Upon recovering, Luffy asked Jinbe to join his crew. While happy to have been asked, Jinbe declined the offer, stating he has other business to take care of first, but said when all that was done and they meet again, if Luffy and his crew still wanted him to join later, he promised he would join then. Luffy and all the crew members show they want him to join.
During the Whole Cake Island Arc, while Luffy and Nami were being held prisoner by Charlotte Opera, Jinbe came to their rescue by attacking the captor as Luffy was very excited to see his friend who stated his intention of freeing them. It is shown that Luffy trusts Jinbe's opinion, as he fully agreed to meet with Capone Bege (even after hearing the horrible actions Bege did in the past). Jinbe also broke up an argument between Luffy, Bege, and Caesar by pointing out that they share a common enemy in Big Mom.
In the midst of the chaos at Big Mom's tea party, Luffy was delighted when Jinbe confronted Big Mom and officially declared his intention to leave the Big Mom Pirates in order to join the Straw Hats.
Luffy has on numerous occasions been aided or befriended by members of the Revolutionary Army due to being Dragon's son. In Impel Down, he befriended Emporio Ivankov and Inazuma. Before directly encountering him, however, Ivankov and all of his Okama followers were already aware of Luffy's status as not only a pirate but Impel Down's first-ever intruder through the Den Den Mushi surveillance systems within the Great Gaol, and he unintentionally achieved a celebrity status within New Kama Land as a result. Ivankov helped save Luffy's life with his healing hormones because he was moved by Luffy's selflessness, as Luffy begged that Bentham be saved even while being on the verge of death himself. Once they learned of his connection with Dragon, Ivankov determined himself to ally himself with Luffy, and protect the young pirate's life as best he could. Ivankov and Inazuma both aided Luffy in the breakout of Impel Down and assisted him in rescuing Ace at the Battle of Marineford. Upon the war's end, they snuck aboard the Marine ship that Boa Hancock took over. Ivankov then left Luffy in Jinbe's hands and then left with his Newkama followers to return to Momoiro Island as well as saying that he would like to meet Luffy again.
During the Dressrosa Arc, when Jean Ango mentioned his intention of capturing all the escaped Impel Down prisoners, Luffy wondered how Ivankov was doing.
He gained the assistance and admiration of all of the Whitebeard Pirates and allies, even Whitebeard himself, in his quest to save Ace. They followed Whitebeard's orders to back up Luffy after witnessing him unleash his Haki. After the death of Ace, the whole Whitebeard Pirates crew protected Luffy, as if he were Ace, claiming that he is all that is left of Ace's spirit. After the time-skip, Luffy expressed shocked at hearing they fought and lost to Blackbeard as he was eager to see them again and thank them for protecting him from Akainu.
Luffy met Bellamy back on Jaya and, after the latter mocked Luffy for chasing his dreams and believing in things like One Piece and Sky Island, Luffy chose not to fight back and let Bellamy and his crew beat on him, mirroring what Shanks did to Higuma. However, after Bellamy assaulted Cricket and stole his treasures, Luffy returned to fight him. As Bellamy continued to ridicule him on his dreams, Luffy returned the favor from earlier and brutally pounded Bellamy in the ground with one punch.
Two years later, Luffy was shocked to see him again and surprised that Bellamy no longer holds any ill towards him and will not laugh at him. During his fight in Block B Luffy even cheered for him and they later had a friendly talk. Bellamy was even reluctant to assassinate Luffy per Doflamingo's orders. During the Bird cage game, Luffy declared Bellamy a friend after seeing him so horribly beaten by Doflamingo after all the admiration the latter had for him. After Doflamingo released Bellamy from his control, Bellamy refused to betray his own principles and asked Luffy to fight him one last time. Though Luffy tried to talk him out of it, he reluctantly punched Bellamy in the ground in a similar manner at Jaya. With his last thoughts, Bellamy thanked Luffy for calling him a friend. After Doflamingo was defeated, Bellamy parted ways with the Straw Hats and while stating he will not be Luffy's subordinate like those who join the Straw Hat Grand Fleet, he would keep a piece of the Vivre Card just in case he got into trouble.
Alvida was the first enemy Luffy encountered on his journey. Luffy freed her cabin boy, Coby, and became the first man to ever hit her.
Luffy had a dislike towards Kuro for planing to destroy Syrup Village. In return, Kuro did not consider him or his crew as a threat, seeing them as mere children instead of genuine pirates. Even after Kuro saw his own crew defeated, he believed that it was only due to their own weakness until Luffy revealed his Devil Fruit powers. Kuro’s beliefs for the life of a pirate angered Luffy, who had completely a different opinion about this matter. Luffy even stated that Kuro did not have what it takes to be a pirate and became utterly furious when Kuro attacked his own crew without showing any remorse. Kuro's contrasting believes and underestimation of Luffy's capabilities are what led to his ultimate downfall.
Luffy and Krieg became enemies when the latter showed his desire to take over the Baratie as well as his ambition to become the Pirate King. Krieg was blinded by his arrogance and Luffy's seemingly harmless looks. After witnessing his Devil Fruit powers, Krieg came to believe that Luffy will just be another pirate in the Grand Line, as the place is filled with Devil Fruit users like him. In return, Luffy became infuriated when Krieg attacked Sanji, despite the latter offering food to him and his crew, and ordered Gin to throw away his gas mask and breathe the deadly MH5 poison gas after refusing to kill Sanji. During the fight, Krieg knew about Devil Fruit users' weakness towards sea water and tried to take full advantage of Luffy's weakness of the ocean. Even after being defeated, Krieg unconsciously got up and demanded to continue the battle only to be knocked out by Gin.
Luffy developed a strong hatred towards the fishman for his cruel treatment towards Nami and her village. In return, Arlong considered Luffy a weakling, given the former's ideal view on humans being inferior and fishmen being superior. During their battle, Arlong believed that Luffy did not have what it takes to beat him. Luffy agreed that he does not have the talents like his own crew but was confident he would beat him. As the fight went on, Arlong went into a berserk state and recklessly attacked him. Luffy's rage towards the fishman reached its peak when they were in Nami's room in Arlong Park after learning that this was the place where Arlong forced Nami to draw maps for his crew. Luffy resorted to destroying the room and the maps, which deeply enraged Arlong further. After breaking Arlong's nose, Luffy declared his intention to destroy the room and Arlong Park, but Arlong retorted that Arlong Park would not fall to a mere human. This proved to be his downfall as Luffy's attack not only destroyed the building but also defeated Arlong, ending his tyrannical rule.
Wapol first met the Straw Hats on their way to Drum Island and antagonized them by eating a bit of their ship. When Luffy met Wapol again on Drum Island, Luffy sent Wapol flying, keeping him out of Drum Island for good.
On Skypiea, Luffy and his crew made enemies out of Enel and his priests for breaking their laws. During the survival game, Luffy was angered at Enel for hurting his friends and swore to defeat him. Being made of rubber, Luffy proved to be completely immune to Enel's electrical powers, which made him a natural enemy. Eventually, Luffy defeated him and put an end to his evil plans.
When Foxy first met the Straw Hats, he appeared to look down on them for their naivety and ignorance, despite their crew holding bounties far above his own. His overconfidence from being undefeated in Davy Back Fights led to him underestimating Luffy and believing his cheating ways would be enough to secure victories, even against a 100,000,000 bounty. After losing the Davy Back Fight to Luffy, Foxy vowed to get the Straw Hats back for his loss.
Vander Decken IX
Doflamingo's Business Associates
Charlotte Family and Big Mom Pirates
Luffy's personality has left an imprint on Eustass Kid, being left with respect for him after he boasted that he would be the one to find One Piece. They departed on good terms and agreed to meet up again in the New World. After the Whitebeard War, Kid stated that he is not generous enough to let Luffy run around as he pleases.
Though she and Luffy have yet to actually meet face-to-face, Luffy's actions during the Celestial Dragon incident have unintentionally garnered him Bonney's fury, a fury that even extended to the rest of the Straw Hats. Upon hearing of Luffy's attack on a Celestial Dragon, Bonney was angered and swore to crush the Straw Hats in the New World. However, after the time-skip, when learning of Doflamingo's defeat, Bonney was happy for Luffy's victory and stated that she was proud to be in the same generation with Luffy.
After Luffy punched a World Noble, Capone Bege was angered at him for causing trouble at Sabaody Archipelago. He later antagonized his crew by capturing his cook, Sanji, and forcing him to attend the wedding with Big Mom's 35th daughter, Charlotte Pudding. Later when Jinbe talked about Bege's past, Luffy was appalled by his cruelty, and was further angered towards him after learning that he abducted and attempted to kill Pekoms. However, Luffy agreed to meet with his fellow Supernova to discuss terms for a possible alliance in order to take down Big Mom. At the negotiations, the two had a heated argument with Luffy wanting to attack Bege for hurting Pekoms but they were forced to put aside their differences after Jinbe pointed out that they share a common enemy in Big Mom. After listening to the assassination plot, Luffy agreed to being the bait in Bege's plan due to finding it interesting.
Even the Marines started to take him more seriously after he defeated the villainous Marine Captain "Axe-Hand" Morgan and several known pirates such as Buggy the Clown, "Pirate Admiral" Don Krieg, and Arlong the fishman. A 30,000,000 bounty was placed on his head after he had beaten Arlong and the Marines were cautious about Arlong's defeat because it had brought to question the worth of their units. This reward eventually becomes 100,000,000 after he defeated Crocodile, when the World Government deemed him a serious threat for defeating one of the Shichibukai. After the invasion of Enies Lobby, where they declare war on the World Government itself, the government raised the bounties of the entire crew; Luffy's was raised to 300,000,000, to 400,000,000 after the Whitebeard War and to 500,000,000 after defeating Doflamingo.
During his voyage, Luffy has had a few meetings with the Marines, from the not too serious looking return of Ironfist Fullbody (whom Luffy met first by the Baratie) and Captain Smoker of Loguetown, to Admiral Aokiji. While some are easy to defeat, Luffy has been unable to defeat Smoker or Aokiji due to their powerful Logia abilities, and has resorted to running away from Smoker when he encounters him (until he mastered haki).
Luffy has a great rivalry with Smoker since the two met in Loguetown. After Smoker watching Luffy show no fear when Buggy attempted to kill him, he recognized Luffy as a potential threat and was determined to capture him at any price only for Dragon (Luffy's father) to stop him.
Even though they are enemies, Luffy admitted that he likes him and sees him as a good guy. In Alabasta, Luffy asked Zoro to save Smoker from drowning, showing some compassion for the Marine.
During the war at Marineford, Smoker initiated another confrontation with him and easily overwhelmed Luffy until Hancock intervened. When they met again in Punk Hazard, Luffy was happy to see Smoker alive, and stated that he was worried about him after the battle at Marineford. Both Luffy and Smoker were forced to put aside their rivalry to join forces and face Caesar Clown and Vergo. After rescuing the children that were held captive by Caesar, Smoker once again allowed Luffy, his crew, and his allies to go free.
While Sakazuki was an Admiral, he caused the most damage to Luffy during the war at Marineford, sending him into a mental breakdown by successfully killing his brother, Ace. Akainu then proceeded to hunt him throughout the entire battlefield, swearing to end his life no matter what, despite Blackbeard attempting to bring down Marineford. True to his word, Akainu focused all his efforts on ending Luffy's life, which reached the point of dangerous obsession, as it took the combined efforts of Jinbe, Crocodile, and the Whitebeard Pirates just to protect Luffy from Akainu's relentless pursuit. Akainu ultimately failed to kill Luffy after the intervention of Coby and the arrival of Shanks. Nonetheless, after striking through Jinbe, Akainu managed to leave Luffy with an x-shaped scar on his chest, which seems to remind him of the ruthless Marine officer, evidenced when Luffy touched the scar in anger upon learning of Akainu's promotion to Fleet Admiral.
For killing his brother, Ace, in the war at Marineford, Luffy holds hatred for Fleet Admiral Sakazuki. To this day, Akainu is the only enemy in the series who succeeded in completely breaking Luffy's spirit.
Luffy first met Admiral Aokiji at Long Ring Long Land. Luffy was hostile as he tried to attack Aokiji on the believe that the Admiral would try to take Robin away. Later on, Luffy warmed up to him after the Admiral helped Tonjit. However, he was a little shocked to learn that Aokiji knew his grandfather. Luffy's hostility towards the Admiral returned when Aokiji changed his mind about not taking Robin into custody. Luffy engaged Aokiji in a one-on-one fight which ended with Aokiji emerging as the victor. Aokiji spared Luffy due to owing the latter for defeating Crocodile, but also because he was indebted to his grandfather, Garp. Due to bearing witness to Aokiji's power, Luffy decided to act less naive against future conflicts.
The two met again at the Battle of Marineford, where Aokiji attacked Luffy, stating that while he was indebted to Luffy's grandfather, the latter had chosen his path of death. Before Aokiji could finish off Luffy, Marco got in the way, allowing Luffy to advance. Aokiji was very shocked to see Luffy unconsciously release a burst Haoshoku Haki, nearly sweating at the sight. Near the end of the war, Kuzan tried to prevent Luffy from escaping when he froze the sea before Jinbe (who was carrying Luffy) could reach it and when he attempted to freeze Law's submarine when the Heart Pirates were taking Luffy away.
Two years later, Luffy was very shocked to hear from Jinbe that Kuzan was no longer a Marine and that he fought and lost against Akainu for the position of Fleet Admiral.
Due to Luffy assaulted a Celestial Dragon, Kizaru was sent to Sabaody Archipelago to arrest him. However, he escaped from Sabaody due to Kuma's interference. During the Battle of Marineford, Kizaru was a major hindrance to Luffy's attempts to rescue Ace. He kept Luffy from his goal multiple times and even destroyed the original key to Ace's handcuffs. Kizaru also mocked Luffy for lacking in power to save Ace. Despite that, Kizaru was very surprised to see Luffy unconsciously release a burst of Haoshoku Haki and joined his fellow admirals in trying to eliminate Luffy.
Before resigning from the Marines, Sengoku was angry with Luffy's actions such as defeating Shichibukai Crocodile, invading Enies Lobby and defeating Rob Lucci of the CP9, and defeating the then Shichibukai Gekko Moriah. After hearing that Luffy punched the World Noble, Saint Charloss, he was enraged, wondering what was wrong with Garp's family.
His frustration reached its breaking point after hearing that Luffy made into and out of Impel Down and intruding on the war against Whitebeard in an attempt to rescue Ace. During the war, Sengoku revealed to the world that Luffy was just as dangerous as Ace, because he is the son of Revolutionary Dragon. He was very shocked to see Luffy unconsciously use Haoshoku Haki but attempted to execute both him and Ace when Luffy managed to reach Ace with a key to his chains.
Luffy also made a very dangerous enemy out of Magellan during his break-in at Impel Down. The fact that Luffy was the first to break into Impel Down was enough to infuriate Magellan. The chief warden severely poisoned Luffy during their first battle causing Luffy to lose ten years of his life span in a painful healing process. After realizing that Luffy survived his poison and had released more prisoners, Magellan did everything in his power to ensure that Luffy did not leave Impel Down alive. Even though Luffy did not manage to defeat Magellan in battle, he did successfully tarnish his reputation by escaping his grasp.
Luffy and his crew are major enemies of the CP9 agents for declaring war on the World Government and for them trying to kill Robin. Luffy originally thought of the agents he met at Water 7 to be good people, but once he saw them trying to frame them for killing Iceburg, destroying Galley-La Headquarters and forcing Robin to accompany them, Luffy became enraged by their actions and became enemies.
Luffy viewed the agent Blueno an annoyance for standing in his way from getting to where Robin was, but thanked him for a good fight and helping him uncover his Gear Second.
Spandam originally viewed Luffy as a weak pirate, but after his assault on CP9 and his crew winning and saving Robin, Spandam has developed a grudge against them.
Luffy's biggest enemy of CP9 is Rob Lucci. With Lucci, Luffy holds a deep hatred for trying to kill him and his crew and all of Galley-La despite knowing them for years. Lucci even personally attempted to make sure Luffy's crew would not survive Enies Lobby by flooding the underground passage from where they all in hopes of Luffy losing everything for his own enjoyment. Lucci continuously mocked Luffy, stating he's too weak to defeat Enies Lobby and save Robin. However, Lucci is one of the strongest opponents Luffy has ever faced and forced the Straw Hat captain to push himself beyond his limits to defeat him. Regardless, Luffy stated he is glad to have met them, due to him having become stronger from fighting them.
Though antagonistic towards one another earlier in the East Blue, Luffy's relationship with Buggy is overall similar to that of Buggy's relationship with Shanks: a friendly yet slightly antagonistic way. Though Buggy was a formidable opponent for Luffy when they met, now Buggy is nothing more than an annoyance to the Straw Hat captain, having barely noticed Buggy when he met him again in Impel Down. Buggy on his part tends to attempt to take advantage of Luffy's naivety for his own personal gain (though whenever Luffy responds with his usually kindness results in Buggy being very guilty). After learning who Luffy's father was, Buggy was deeply shocked realizing further why Luffy is such a trouble maker.
Despite his fearsome reputation, Luffy let Zoro face the Shichibukai and, after seeing Dracule Mihawk nearly kill Zoro, Luffy flung into rage but later was pleased seeing Mihawk let him live to surpass him. When Mihawk asked Luffy his dream, the latter stated it was to be Pirate King a goal which Mihawk stated would be harder than surpassing him something Luffy shrugged off. It appears Mihawk likes to keep tabs on Luffy and his crew due to the vast potential they posses. During the Whitebeard War, Mihawk was amused at Luffy's entrance in the battle and unfazed after finding out who the latter's father was. He also purposely fought Luffy to test him if he's worthy of the next age, even though he maintains the upper-hand, he compliments Luffy by stating he wasn't as reckless as he thought. In Mihawk's opinion, he views Luffy as a potential threat for the future due to his unique ability to make allies out of everyone he meets, even former enemies.
Bartholomew Kuma similarly came to the rescue of the Straw Hats on numerous occasions. In their first meeting, Kuma allowed Luffy's crew to escape from Thriller Bark, despite being ordered to kill them. This was likely due to his conviction as an officer of the Revolutionary Army. While it is not known what his intentions were in engaging the crew in battle, and forcing Zoro through an incredible test of endurance, it is likely that he meant to test their dedication to Dragon's son, and expose them to the terrifying power of forces in the seas ahead. In their second meeting, Kuma directly interfered with an assault by the Marines to save the crew with his teleportation powers. Finally, as his last act of free will, he had Dr. Vegapunk program him to protect the Thousand Sunny until its crew returned. The incredible lengths Kuma took to aid them has made him a savior of the crew. When also considering the army's care for Robin during the two years of separate training, it is likely that the Revolutionaries will prove to be powerful and dedicated allies in the future, despite Dragon's choice to have almost no direct contact with his son. However, Franky stated that while they owe a great debt to him, the next time they meet he will have become nothing more than a mindless killing machine for the government.
After seeing Crocodile and his Operation Utopia plan to destroy Vivi's kingdom, Luffy grew furious at the Shichibukai, swearing to defeat him. However, Crocodile viewed Luffy as just another rookie who knows nothing of the world. During their third fight, Crocodile stated once Luffy learns what the seas are truly like, he would forsake his dream. In the Impel Down Arc, Luffy was enraged to see Crocodile and refused to accept his help and only allowed the latter to join when Emporio Ivankov promised to keep an eye on him. When they arrived at Marineford, Luffy knew Crocodile would try to attack Whitebeard and prevented the latter from doing so, much to Crocodile's chagrin. Though Crocodile claimed to align himself with no one during the Battle of Marineford, he saved Luffy's brother, Ace, and later Luffy from the then Admiral Sakazuki. However, Crocodile's reason for protecting Luffy was to prevent the Marines from having their way.
Luffy is a major enemy of Gekko Moriah for trying to take his and his crew's and others shadows. That feeling is mutual, and they also seem to see each other as rivals, as they both aim to become the Pirate King. Like Crocodile, Moria viewed Luffy as an inexperienced rookie stating the he's no where near ready for the New World and would only lose everything due to his overconfidence. True enough, Luffy and his crew were utterly powerless to Kuma and were scattered across the world and trained for the next 2 years to grow ready for the New World. At the Battle of Marineford, Moriah was very displeased to see Luffy again and attempted to steal his shadow once more only to be repelled by Jinbe. Moriah was also the only Shichibukai to be shocked upon hearing that Revolutionary Dragon was Luffy's father.
During the war at Marineford, even Whitebeard himself came to respect and admire Luffy, so much so that he refered to Luffy as "Straw Hat Luffy" whilst he refered to others as "Brat". After seeing the lengths to which Luffy would go to save Ace, Whitebeard even remarked that he would not forgive Marco if he let Luffy die. Soon after, he assigned his crew and allies to back up Luffy after witnessing him unleash his Haki.
Marshall D. Teach
When Luffy first met Marshall D. Teach in the Wild Cherry on Jaya Island, they were rivals over some petty things like favorite foods. After Luffy got mocked by Bellamy for being a dreamer, Blackbeard gave the Straw Hat captain a friendly speech telling him not to give up on his dreams, despite his later attempt to capture Luffy as a means to attain the Shichibukai position left by Crocodile. However, during the mass breakout attempt in Impel Down, when Luffy learned that the man he met on Jaya was Blackbeard, the one responsible for Ace's capture and impending execution, Luffy flew into a rage and attacked him. The two almost got into a fight only for Jinbe to intervene and remind Luffy of his desire to save Ace. Luffy calmed down as Blackbeard admitted he underestimated Luffy's strength. Though this encounter led to them becoming enemies, Blackbeard continued to encourage Luffy to pursue his dreams.
Two years later, during the Dressrosa Arc, Luffy spoke with Blackbeard and greeted him in a hostile manner as Blackbeard jovially greeted him and stated Burgess would win the Mera Mera no Mi before Luffy swore that would not happen. During the Zou Arc, Luffy was told how the Blackbeard Pirates defeated the Whitebeard Pirates remnants, and usurped the vacant Yonko position, which further infuriated Luffy. In the Whole Cake Island Arc, Luffy was even more angered to learn that Blackbeard and his crew attacked the Revolutionary Army's base at Baltigo, which put his father and Sabo in danger.
Shanks and the Straw Hat
"Master Rayleigh, I was really surprised!! Over in the East Blue...! There was a kid who said the same things as Captain Roger...! Those exact same words as the captain!"
— Shanks to Silvers Rayleigh, talking about Luffy
Luffy was born in Foosha Village in East Blue. When he was seven years old, he met and befriended a crew of pirates led by a captain named Red Haired Shanks. Luffy was inspired to become a pirate by Shanks and his crew. He once stabbed himself with a knife under his left eye to prove himself to Shanks so that he could join them in their adventures. However, later, Shanks refused to bring Luffy, stating that he was still too young to join Shanks' crew.
During a scene with Shanks and Higuma, a local mountain bandit that insulted Shanks and his crew, Luffy accidentally ate a Devil Fruit known as the Gomu Gomu no Mi and unwittingly turned himself into a rubber human. Initially, this situation affected Luffy badly as it means he will never be able to swim again, which is a great weakness to anyone who wishes to journey the seas. This, however, does not deter Luffy's dream and he continued aspiring to become a pirate.
Later, Luffy stood up to Higuma on behalf of Shanks. However, he was easily defeated and became a hostage. His captors were easily defeated by the Red-Haired Pirates, but the bandit leader Higuma has fled out to sea with Luffy.
While out at sea, Higuma threw Luffy in the ocean, only to be attacked by a sea king. Moments later while he was laughing at Luffy, Higuma was eaten. Though Shanks manages to save Luffy, he paid a high price: his left arm was lost to the sea king.
Shortly after, Shanks set sail along with his crew, but before leaving, he and Luffy promised each other that one day Luffy will surpass Shanks and become the Pirate King. Shanks then leaves Luffy his straw hat as a parting gift, telling him to return it once he surpasses him.
Meeting Portgas D. Ace
Sometime later, Monkey D. Garp took Luffy into the care of Curly Dadan, which was the first time Luffy meets Portgas D. Ace. Garp took him to Dadan, while Luffy refused. Garp picked him up, knocked on the door and put him down. He then got spit on by the newly arrived Ace, and the two angrily glare at each other.
Thinking back about the recent incident with Higuma, he told Dadan and the rest of the bandits that he hates bandits. Dadan bitterly scolded him for saying something like that, telling him he can stay at their hideout or starve to death. Luffy took a look at the meat-eating Ace, asking if he can have a piece. He then got scolded by Dadan, telling him he can do fine with just rice and water, but he saw Ace leave and followed him. Luffy said to Ace that he was not angry at Ace for spitting on him (since it was not something to get worked up about, and he is also thinking about Shank's behavior) and wanted to be friends. Ace responded by knocking a tree down at Luffy. Luffy then followed Ace across a bridge. Ace noticed him and knocked him off of the bridge. Luffy returned to Dadan's house a week later and told Dadan that he was being chased by wolves and fell off a cliff. Luffy got sent to bed without any treatment for his wounds. The next day, Ace went out again and Luffy followed, wanting to start a friendship, only to get shunned by Ace. After three months of persistently trying to follow Ace, Luffy eventually came across the Gray Terminal. Luffy overheard Ace and Sabo's conversation about buying a pirate ship. Luffy showed up to them and said that he wanted to be a pirate too. Ace and Sabo then tied Luffy to a tree and decided that they should kill Luffy to keep their secret safe. While Luffy panicked, Ace and Sabo have a hard time deciding who should kill Luffy since both Ace and Sabo have never killed anyone before. They heard someone coming and they untied Luffy and hid in the bushes. Porchemy of the Bluejam Pirates arrived searching for stolen money. Luffy then wandered off and got caught by Porchemy. Luffy yelled out Ace's name. Porchemy, recognizing that name, took Luffy away for interrogation.
Porchemy then dragged Luffy into a small house and tied him up. Luffy stated that he was not going to say anything. Porchemy then hit Luffy with a giant hammer, and discovered Luffy's Devil Fruit powers that prevent him from getting harmed by the hammer. Porchemy then used spiked gloves that are effective against Luffy. However, Luffy refused to yield. Porchemy lost his patience, drew a sword and was about to kill Luffy when Ace and Sabo arrived. They cut Luffy loose and defeated Porchemy. Out in the woods, Ace asked Luffy why he did not tell Porchemy about the whereabouts of Ace and Sabo's treasure. Luffy then told Ace that he wanted a friend, that he had no parents who can take care of him, and most importantly, that he did not want to be alone. After that, Ace and Sabo started to trust Luffy and he joined the two and the trio started making a name for themselves.
Later on, Luffy was shown fighting Ace with the former losing (for the 50th time). After that, along with Sabo, they went to hunt gators, look for trash in the Gray Terminal, and eat and run. However, while they were running from the restaurant, they saw a man that called out Sabo's name. After they escape, Ace and Luffy started questioning him by choking him and forcing him to tell them who the man was. Sabo said that the man who called out to him was his dad, a noble. He told Ace and Luffy that at the time when he was a noble, even though he had parents, he was still lonely. He later joined Ace and Luffy when they shout out their dreams, and said that he wanted to draw a map of the world. However, the trio soon realized that they could not agree to be subordinates of the brother who might become captain on their pirate ship. Ace came up with an idea, telling Luffy and Sabo that they all could become brothers by exchanging sake that he stole from Dadan. As long as they have this bond, it will not matter where they are.
One day, the Bluejam pirates captured the trio, and Bluejam told the trio that Sabo's father hired Captain Bluejam to get rid of Ace and Luffy and bring Sabo back to him. Sabo pleaded with his father to stop hurting his brothers. He said that he will do whatever his father commanded him to do if they stop hurting Ace and Luffy. Ace and Luffy protested, but his father agreed to the deal and ordered Sabo to come home. Sabo agreed to the deal. As he walked away, Ace and Luffy begged him to stay. As Sabo walked away with his father, tears were running down his face.
Luffy and Ace were carried away by the pirates, and they agreed to a deal that the Bluejam Pirates will let them go if they carried cargo to a marked location in Gray Terminal. Later, Bluejam revealed to Luffy and Ace that the cargo that they had carried was oil and gunpowder and that the Gray Terminal will be engulfed with flames. Luffy and Ace reacted angrily but were quickly apprehended by the pirates. Bluejam then informed them that all of them- the brother and the pirates- will die and that the nobles tricked them. They lost their sanity, and Bluejam asked Ace where the brother's treasure was stored. Later that night, the flames started and Luffy and Ace managed to cut themselves loose after being tied up. Luffy and Ace then ran for their lives.
While trying to escape, the two ran into Bluejam once more. Bluejam decided that if he was to die, that he will take the two with him; however, he first asked Ace one last time to reveal the location of their treasure. While Luffy was against it, Ace was willing to let the pirates have the treasure to ensure Luffy's safety. However, after Ace told Bluejam where the treasure was, Bluejam had his crew restrain Ace and Luffy. As Bluejam began to badmouth Sabo, Ace verbally retaliated, spurring Luffy to bite his captor's arm. The pirate responded by slashing him across the face with his sword; before the pirate could finish Luffy off, though, Ace let out a scream of rage, unbeknown to everyone there (including himself) that he was wielding Haki. The blast knocked everyone out, aside from Luffy and Bluejam. Bluejam almost killed Ace, but then Dadan appeared to rescue the two boys. Although she said that they should all run away, Ace refused to run from his enemy. Luffy decided to stay and fight as well, but Dadan forbid of it, remaining in his place. Luffy was then taken back by the bandits to recover at home.
Luffy awoke the next day, crying and saying that he wanted to know if Ace, Dadan, and Sabo were all right. After Dogura went to check the remaining ashes of Gray Terminal, Luffy was very upset for not being allowed to go look for Ace and Dadan. Suddenly, Ace arrived carrying Dadan on his back, Luffy jumped over to Ace, crying in relief for Ace being alive. He said that Luffy should not worry about him being dead, because he won't die, hitting Luffy on his head. Ace told how he and Dadan got out of the burning Terminal after beating Bluejam, and Dadan rested while getting healed with the medicines Ace stole from the town. Later that day, while outside playing with two beetles, Luffy saw Dogura coming back from the forest, and told him that Dadan and Ace were already home. Dogura then told them that while looking for Ace and Dadan, he went to the city, and saw Sabo setting sail on a boat, and then get shot by a ship. Ace attacked Dogura, accusing him for lying, but he replied he's not lying, nor dreaming, and he saw it with his own eyes. Luffy realized that Sabo was not happy at all for coming back to the city, and started to cry, Ace tried to go to the city to avenge him, but was stopped by Dadan, because she was afraid of Ace being killed, blaming the country for killing Sabo, not only the nobles. Since Ace was still too angry, he was tied up to a tree, while Luffy cried the whole night.
A while later, Luffy, still mourning Sabo, asked Ace to never die, to which Ace made the promise to Luffy that he will not leave his "crybaby brother" alone. Luffy then decided that he wanted to be much stronger. After years of training, stealing food from the royal town and growing with Ace, Luffy witnessed Ace's departure at seventeen when he himself was fourteen.
Waiting three more years, Luffy decided to train some more, finally mastering his Gomu Gomu no Pistol and other various attacks. Ready to depart when he turns seventeen, he thanked Dadan and the bandits, then waved goodbye to the rest of the village, saying he was the third, after Sabo and Ace, to depart.
East Blue Saga
Romance Dawn Arc
Luffy leaves his village on a small boat with a barrel. He then waits out upon the open sea for the Lord of the Coast. With his attack named "Gomu Gomu no Pistol", he punchs the Sea King in the face. With plans to create his own Jolly Roger and to get at least ten crew members, he then decides to begin his journey as a pirate and sails on. Luffy declares that he will become the Pirate King.
While sailing across the ocean, Luffy accidentally comes across a whirlpool. To escape from it, Luffy hides inside a barrel he brought in his boat as the whirlpool sucks his boat in. He and his barrel are recovered some time later by some pirates who were in the service of Alvida. Luffy then jumps out from his barrel much to their surprise and meets up with Coby. Luffy encourages Coby to follow his dreams of becoming a Marine. After defeating Alvida, Luffy is able to free Coby from his servitude and acquires a small boat. As he and Coby are sailing to the next island so that Coby could enlist in the Marines, Luffy decides to seek a infamous pirate hunter who is imprisoned there. Luffy decides to ask the forementioned pirate hunter, Roronoa Zoro, to become the first of his crew.
Upon arriving in Shells Town, Luffy and Coby learn the truth about Zoro through a small girl named Rika. Rika states Zoro was imprisoned for false reasons, and that Zoro had rescued her mother and herself from Helmeppo, who was harassing the customers in the bar with his pet wolf. With this in mind, Luffy decides to free Zoro from Captain Morgan and Helmeppo. With the promise of giving Zoro's swords back if he would join Luffy's crew, Luffy goes into the Marine Base and earns Morgan's wrath. After witnessing Zoro's unique fighting style, Luffy fights with Morgan and defeats the Marine captain. The Marines, seeing their corrupt leader finally defeated, rejoices and allows Luffy and Zoro to go unpunished. However, since Luffy and Zoro were pirates, the Marines asks them to leave the island.
As they were leaving, Commander Ripper asks about Coby's past. To help Coby fulfill his dream, Luffy pretends that they are not friends and provokes Coby into starting a brief fight between them. After Luffy beat Coby, Luffy and Zoro upon leaving are saluted by Coby and the Marines for their efforts. Luffy and Zoro then sails on to their next destination.
Orange Town Arc
While sailing, Luffy was enlightened that neither he nor Zoro knew how to navigate. With this, they decided to get a navigator for their crew. While pondering on this, Luffy decided to get them some food. Luffy spotted a bird named Pinky flying above and decided to catch it. Unfortunately, the bird instead caught him and flew away with Luffy in his beak. Luckily, the bird was shot at and Luffy was dropped in the middle of Orange Town. While in Orange Town, Luffy met up with Nami and asked her to become the navigator of his crew when he learned of her abilities. Nami was initially not thrilled at first at Luffy's offer and instead tricked him into being captured. Nami tied Luffy up and brought him before Buggy The Clown. Nami lied and said that Luffy was her boss and ordered her to steal Buggys charts and asked if she could join his crew, which he agreed. Then a confused Luffy was locked in a cage while the crew partied. Buggy then ordered Nami to fire a cannon ball at Luffy which Nami refused. Just as she was about to be attacked, Zoro came to Luffy's rescue. Zoro then defeated most of the crew. Luffy and his companions were able to escape from Buggy. Unfortunately, Luffy had been locked in a cage and the three had learned that Buggy had eaten the Bara Bara no Mi, as well as Zoro gaining a not-quite-lethal stab wound.
Luffy decided to battle against Buggy and his crew. Using one of Buggy's cannonballs against him, Luffy was able to take out most of Buggy's crew. Later, Mohji and his lion Ritchie show up and battles Luffy. Luffy easily takes out Ritchie with Gomu Gomu no Tsuchi. Luffy is then angry with Mohji for destroying Chouchou's treasure and defeats Mohji with one punch. With most of Buggy's crew defeated, Luffy and Zoro battled against Buggy and his second mate, Cabaji, respectively. During the battle, Luffy's hat got torn and Luffy learned of Buggy and Shanks serving together on the same pirate ship in the past. With fierce determination for his treasure, Buggy decided to attack Nami as well. Luckily during the fray however, Nami was able tie Buggy's body parts up so that Luffy could deliver the final blow.
After defeating Buggy, Luffy and his companions found themselves in a situation. Due to Luffy knocking out the village chief, Boodle, the villagers got mad at them and decided to chase them. Luckily for Luffy and his companions, Chouchou decided to repay his debt with Luffy by stopping the angry villagers. As Luffy and his companions decided to sail on to the next island, they were thanked by Boodle for all their hard work. Luffy, with his new navigator, Nami, then sailed on to the next destination.
Syrup Village Arc
After sailing for awhile and getting his hat re-stitched thanks to Nami, Luffy and his crew then went to an island in hopes of finding some food and possibly a new crew member. The island they came however was deserted and was apparently filled with all sorts of strange animals. As Luffy and Nami explored the forest, a mysterious voice called out to them. This voice threatened them with forest judgment unless they left the island. Luffy was then shot at but was unaffected due to his powers. Nami and Luffy then found that the shot came from a man with a large green afro in a box, Gaimon. After sorting out the misunderstandings, Gaimon, Luffy, and Nami talked about One Piece and the Grand Line. Gaimon then explained his predicament and his past. Luffy, learning about this, decided to help Gaimon. Luffy, with his powers, scaled the hill where Gaimon's treasure was supposedly located. However when he found the treasure boxes, Luffy revealed that they were unfortunately empty. Gaimon however, was grateful that he was able to learn the truth before he died. Afterwards, Luffy then decided to continue on his journey. As Luffy and his crew were leaving, Luffy asked Gaimon if he could come along too. Gaimon replied however that could not join them as he had some responsibility for the animals on the island. With some thanks from Gaimon, Luffy then sailed off to the next island. In the anime, these series of events happened after Luffy and his crew defeated Kuro.
Luffy and his crew then came upon Gecko Islands. Upon landing, they met Usopp, the local troublemaker of Syrup Village. After some misunderstanding about coming to the island, Usopp told Luffy and his crew that they could get a ship from the owner of the large mansion in town. Luffy and his crew, following Usopp, then learned of Usopp's father and his relationship with the mansion's owner, Kaya. Later while talking with Usopp about his father on a cliff, Luffy and Usopp overheard a scheme to both kill Kaya and steal her fortunes being discussed by the caretaker, Klahadore, and Jango. They learned that the caretaker was actually Captain Kuro and he had been planning this for the past three years. Luffy, not liking this, revealed himself to Kuro and Jango, and accidentally got hypnotized by Jango. Luffy then fell off the cliff. Luckily, because of his rubber body, Luffy was able to survive.
Later upon learning that no one would believe Usopp, Luffy and his crew decided to help Usopp defend his village. They then set a trap for Kuro's crew at the coast where Kuro and Jango discussed their plans. Early the next day however, they suddenly realized that the pirates would attack from the other coast. Luffy realizing this, asked Usopp for directions and dashed ahead. Unfortunately, Luffy misinterpreted on where to go and ended up going back to the village. Luffy, along with Zoro, were then luckily able to find the right coast and give Nami and Usopp a hand.
In the midst of the battle, Luffy accidentally got hypnotized by Jango again. Luckily, this was a good thing as Luffy was able to beat most of the pirates. Just as Luffy was about to crush the pirates with the figurehead of Kuro's ship, he was hypnotized once again and fell asleep. Luffy was then awoken by Nami and got one of Jango's rings lodged at the back of his head. In the anime, this scene was altered so Luffy instead caught it in his mouth.
Luffy then seeing Usopp's determination to save Kaya and his village, decided to fight Kuro who had gotten there. Kuro questions why Luffy, an outside to the village, would fight upon their behalf. Luffy responds, telling him that there is someone in the village he doesn't want to die.
In the midst of the fight with Kuro, he and the caretaker discussed briefly on what a pirate was. With firm belief, Luffy boldly told Kuro that Usopp was better than him. After witnessing Kuro's ability and the slaughter of some of Kuro's own crew, Luffy defeated Kuro. Luffy then threw an unconscious Kuro back to his crew and told them to remember him.
Later, after everything settled down, Luffy and his crew were given a ship for helping save Kaya. The ship, the Going Merry, impressed Luffy a lot. Luffy and his crew then saw Usopp rolling down the hill with a large backpack. They then offered Usopp a place on the crew for which Usopp accepted. Luffy, his crew, and his new crewmate, Usopp, then sailed off on their new ship.
While sailing on the Going Merry, Luffy decided to draw his Jolly Roger. His drawing, however, was poorly executed. Everyone aboard joked about it failing to strike fear into opponents hearts when they see Luffy's flag. Fortunately, Usopp was able to draw a better version of Luffy's design. With this, Luffy's crew decided to paint it on the sails.
Great Gold Pirate
A short time after Jolly Roger was painted, Luffy began practicing firing the cannon. Luffy's shots were horribly misplaced and he missed hitting the island all together. Usopp helped Luffy and they were able to shoot a nearby island on their first try. Later, as Luffy and his crew were discussing who they should get next, somebody had climbed aboard the ship and called out to them.
After a brief bout with Luffy, Johnny, the one who had climbed aboard, revealed that he came aboard to get at people who fired at him and Yosaku while they were on the nearby island. Luffy and Usopp, realizing their mistake, asked for forgiveness. Johnny explains Yosaku had become sick and was bleeding from previous injuries. Nami explained that Yosaku was suffering from scurvy. Luffy and Usopp helped Yosaku gain his strength back by giving him lime juice. Seeing this, it was mutually agreed amongst Luffy's crew that they need a chef to supply them during their long voyage. Johnny, grateful for their help, told Luffy where he could get a chef. With this info, Luffy and crew then sailed to the sailing restaurant, Baratie.
Upon arrival in Baratie, Luffy and his crew unfortunately met up with the Marine Lieutenant, Ironfist Fullbody. With orders from Fullbody, his men shot a cannonball at Luffy and his crew. Luffy luckily diverted it away with his Gomu Gomu no Fusen technique. Unfortunately, he redirected the shot to the restaurant ship. For damaging the ship, Luffy was brought before the restaurant's owner, Zeff. Since Luffy had no money at the time to repay for the damages done, Zeff asked Luffy to repay him by working in the restaurant for one year.
Luffy, not wanting to wait for a whole year, tried to negotiate with Zeff. Unfortunately the negotiations did not go so well and the two of them ended up creating and falling through a hole in the restaurant. The two then landed in between an argument between the second head chef, Sanji, and Fullbody. Luffy then watched as Gin, one of Fullbody's prisoners demanded food, but was instead denied and kicked out. After witnessing Sanji give the pirate some food despite having no money, Luffy declared that he had found a good chef for his crew.
As Luffy argued with Sanji about the latter joining the former's crew, Gin interrupted and warned Luffy not to go to the Grand Line. Later, after Gin left, Luffy was put to work. Only making things more difficult in the kitchen, Luffy was told to take some orders from the customers. Upon encountering the rest of his crew relaxing in the restaurant, he tried to dirty Zoro's drink with his booger. This scheme however failed as Zoro easily saw through this plot and shoved the tainted water down Luffy's throat.
Two days of work later, the Dreadnaught Sabre, the flagship of Don Krieg, the most feared pirate of the East Blue and Gin's captain, came to the Baratie. Its owner demanded food and, after he was fed by Sanji, claimed that he would take over the restaurant ship. As he announced his plans, Chef Zeff appeared and offered food in exchange for a peaceful agreement to leave. Krieg was shocked to learn "Red Leg" Zeff was still alive and told Luffy and all aboard about his past as a famous pirate who successfully sailed the Red Line.
The Baratie was suddenly attacked and they headed topside to investigate. Luffy learns that Nami has stolen their treasure and has escaped on their boat. He heads back to the Baratie with Zoro.
After witnessing a fight between Zoro and Dracule Mihawk, who had chased after Krieg and destroyed his ship, Luffy told Usopp, Johnny, Yosaku, and Zoro to try to catch up with Nami, who had taken the Going Merry. Luffy then decided to repay his debt to Zeff by fighting off Krieg's pirates which Zeff accepted.
While Sanji battled a man claiming to be invincible and to have never bled in battle, Pearl, Luffy is attacked by Don Krieg. He is sent reeling from an attack and is tossed into the back of Pearl's head, causing him to bleed for the first time ever. Scared at the sight of his own blood, Pearl then threatened to burn everyone including Luffy due to fear. Luckily, with Sanji's help and one of Don Krieg's attacks redirected by Luffy's Gomu Gomu Bazooka, Pearl was knocked out.
Gin, who had taken Zeff hostage, tried to reason with everyone to back down from the fight. After hearing Sanji's explanation for why he would die for the Baratie, Luffy destroys the Baratie's fin in order to stop the pirates from attacking. Luffy then explained to Sanji that he was not repaying Zeff at all by letting himself die.
As Gin and Sanji battled, Don Krieg decided to fight Luffy. He fired a shuriken bomb and impaled Luffy with several sharp spikes. However, Luffy continued to assert that he believed he was stronger than Krieg. As Krieg prepared to launch his poison bomb, MH5, Luffy stole two gas masks from two of Krieg's men for Sanji and Gin. Unable to find one for himself, Luffy found a gas mask laying beside him. After the bomb was fired and the gas subsided, it was revealed that Gin had given his mask to Luffy. Enraged by Krieg's act, Luffy then charged at Krieg and resumed their fight.
Although Krieg revealed another secret weapon, a spear with an explosive tip, Luffy still managed to press on, shattering the tip of the spear. He finally managed to crack Krieg's armor with a Gomu Gomu no Bazooka. However, Krieg had one last trick up his sleeve. With a net, Krieg attempted to drag Luffy with him into the ocean.
In retaliation, Luffy grabbed Kreig's face with his legs and slammed him onto the porch of the Baratie. With this, Luffy finally defeated Don Krieg. However, despite Luffy defeating Krieg, he still fell into the ocean, making it more of a stalemate. Luckily, Sanji then dove in after Luffy and thus saved him from drowning.
After awakening from being knocked out conscious by falling into the ocean, Luffy was told by Sanji of Gin's final words to Luffy. Seeing as his debt to Zeff was finally repaid, Luffy then once again tried to convince Sanji to join his crew. Though rejected once again by the chef, Luffy and Sanji talk about Sanji's dream of finding All Blue. After discussing about Sanji's dream for awhile, Luffy and Sanji decide to join the other chefs for a meal.
During the meal, Zeff and the other chefs angered Sanji by saying the soup he made was bad. Luffy on the other hand, thought the soup was good and asked them why they acted as such. Zeff and the others then explained themselves to Luffy and asked him to take Sanji along with him. Luffy however, refused to take Sanji along unless he agreed to go by his own free will. Just as Luffy and the chefs were discussing, a half eaten Yosaku came barging into the restaurant.
After Luffy freed Yosaku from the Panda Shark, Yosaku explained to Luffy that the others needed his abilities to deal with the situation with Nami. Just as Luffy and Yosaku were about to leave, Sanji decided to join Luffy's crew. After making some preparations, acquiring the Shimashima Shopping to travel on, and witnessing Sanji's farewell to Zeff and the other chefs, Luffy, Yosaku, and Luffy's new chef, Sanji, sailed on to find Nami.
Arlong Park Arc
Luffy sailed to the last known location of Nami. On their journey, he was informed by Yosaku that Nami was headed to a place called Arlong Park, which was ruled by a fishman named Arlong. Arlong was originally under one of the great lords of the sea, Jinbe a fishman Shichibukai, who was very strong compared to Don Krieg. Luffy however did not pay much attention to what Yosaku was saying and instead attempted to draw some interpretations of what a fishman would look like. Being unable to grasp the situation fully any further, Luffy then simply just stated that they will understand it when they get there. With that, Luffy decided to join in a meal prepared by Sanji. As Luffy and company were enjoying the meal, a giant sea cow called Mohmoo appeared before them and attacked them. The monster however was beaten off easily by Luffy and Sanji. With the monster subdued, Luffy and company decided to continue their meal. After finishing their meal, they hooked Mohmoo up to the ship and used him to travel on further to Arlong Park.
Eventually Luffy and company reached Commi Island where Arlong Park was located. However, due to some unfortunate events, the Shimashima Shopping was hurled further into the island, through a forest, and onto Zoro. After recovering from the wreckage, Luffy was then informed by Zoro and further by Johnny about the current situation, that Usopp had been captured and then killed by Nami. Nami then suddenly showed up where Luffy and company were. With her on the scene, Luffy tried to reason with Nami to come back to his crew. Nami however refused Luffy's pleas and told him and the rest of his crew to get out before it is too late. Unable to reason any further, Luffy simply then decided to fall asleep in the middle of the road with the intention of not leaving the island without Nami. After a while, Luffy woke up to find out that Usopp was alive and in actuality saved by Nami. Luffy and crew were then greeted by Nami's sister, Nojiko, who decided to tell them why Nami was with Arlong's crew. This she hoped would explain things to them so they could then leave. Luffy however refused to listen to Nami's past as it would mean that he would then have to leave. With that in mind, Luffy alone left as Nojiko told about Nami's past to the rest of his crew.
As Luffy wandered into Cocoyasi Village, he noticed a pinwheel on top of Genzo, a town officer. After a while, Luffy noticed a commotion in town. Seeing Nami amongst the other people, Luffy offered to help. However much to his confusion, she once again told at him to leave and hurriedly left out of town leaving Luffy to ponder what exactly was happening.
Later, Luffy witnessed Nami stabbing her Arlong tattoo with a pair of scissors. He stopped her and was once again told to leave by a crying Nami. However, Nami gave in and finally asked Luffy for help. With that, Luffy placed his straw hat on her head and agreed to help her. With the rest of his crew, Luffy then barged into Arlong Park and called out for Arlong. Within Arlong Park, Luffy and his crew began fighting against Arlong and the rest of his fishmen.
In the midst of the battle, the octopus fishman, Hatchan, called out for Mohmoo to aid in the fight. As the monster came forward, Luffy embedded his feet in the ground and twisted his body. He then grabbed onto Mohmoo's horns and spun the monster off far away. As Luffy spun the creature, the majority of Arlong's fishmen were all completely knocked out. While the attack was able to take out most of the fishmen, it left Luffy unable to move due to his feet being stuck in the ground. As Luffy's crew attempted to protect him from the fishmen's attacks, Arlong approached towards Luffy. Arlong pulled up Luffy while still stuck in the cement block and announced he was aware of the Devil Fruit weakness. He threw Luffy into the pool knowing that Luffy would be unable to move in the water. Luffy immediately tried to stop Arlong before the fishman could throw him in. His efforts were in vain, however, and Luffy was thrown into the water with the cement block encasing his feet by Arlong.
Unable to do anything but hold his breath, Luffy sank to the bottom of the pool as the rest of his crew were forced to deal with their fishman opponents. Fortunately, however, Genzo and Nojiko decided to dive in after Luffy in order to rescue him. Initially, they could not do anything to help Luffy because of the cement block. However through quick thinking, they were able to at least keep Luffy from drowning by pulling his head up to the surface. This way they could get the water out of Luffy's system as they figured out a way to free him from the block. After several incidental events with Luffy's crew, Sanji then dove into the water. and broke the block encasing Luffy's feet. With his feet freed, Luffy's neck snapped back to normal and his body was catapulted into the air. With himself saved, Luffy immediately saved Zoro from Arlong and began pummeling the fishman with several of his attacks. Arlong however merely got back up from the attacks and the battle between Luffy and Arlong began.
Arlong, as he attacked, explained to Luffy that humans are completely inferior to fishmen due to what they are incapable of doing. Luffy however countered by stating that he himself is incapable of doing certain things but he has friends who he can depend on for such problems. As the argument continued, Luffy was able to smash Arlong in the face and broke the fishman's teeth. Arlong however rectified the situation by pulling out his broken set of teeth and growing a new one. The fishman then pulled out two sets of his teeth and attacked Luffy with them. Luffy managed to grab a nearby fishman and use him as a shield. As Luffy witnessed this, he came up with a good idea. The next moment that Luffy got an opportunity, he kicked a set of teeth out of Arlong's mouth and began fighting with them in his mouth like Arlong. While Luffy then got a good shot and bit Arlong with his own teeth, the attack however did not do much damage and Arlong countered instead by biting Luffy's arm. Fortunately, however, Luffy slammed Arlong onto the ground before he could do any real damage.
As Luffy stood up to recover from that last attack from Arlong, he noticed that Arlong had dove into the pool nearby. Luffy then found himself dodging Arlong's high speed attacks using his nose like a spear. After several attacks, the fishman dove back to the water to repeat his barrage of attacks on Luffy. Luffy however countered Arlong's attacks by catching him with his hands positioned like a net and kicked the fishman in the chest onto the ground. This attack however angered the fishman and Arlong began to attack Luffy more viciously. With Kiribachi, a massive sword with a saw for a blade, Arlong then chased Luffy up across Arlong Tower. The two then ended up in the highest room of the tower, the room where Nami was forced to draw maps for Arlong.
Within the room, Luffy was then explained by Arlong what the room was used for, and how Nami had been used for the last eight years to fulfill the fishman's desires. Luffy remained relatively calm, until Arlong said that Luffy could not "use" Nami like he could, which enraged Luffy. With this, Luffy broke Arlong's Kiribachi and started wrecking the room. Arlong, angered by this, grabbed Luffy and bit him. Luffy however then countered by breaking Arlong's nose, stating that he did not care if the fishmen are so great or about charts, but that he now knew how to help Nami. Luffy then said that she hated being in the room and he was gonna destroy it for her. Although Arlong lunged at Luffy with a spinning bite attack and bit deep into Luffy, he managed to swing his outstretched leg down and send him straight to the bottom of the tower through several floors of concrete. With that, Luffy had defeated Arlong. That last attack however broke the stability of the entire tower and the whole thing collapsed with Luffy still inside it.
With Arlong and his gang defeated, and Arlong Park completely destroyed, Luffy rose from the wreckage and proclaimed Nami his friend. Before they could celebrate for long, the Marine Captain Nezumi decided to take everything that Arlong had stolen. Although the Marine was beaten up and sent packing away with his men, he took out his vengeance by reporting Luffy in to his higher ups.
After the whole commotion at Arlong Park, Luffy was sent to Dr. Nako to heal his wounds along with the others who were injured. As Luffy watched the doctor re-stitch Zoro's wounds, the doctor gave Luffy the idea that his crew should have a doctor. For the next several days, Luffy and his crew then celebrated alongside the people of Commi Island over being finally freed from Arlong. As Luffy was looking for some more meat to eat in the party, he came across Genzo at Bell-mère's grave. There, Luffy promised to Genzo that he would take care of Nami and not hurt her feelings.
After all the partying, Luffy and crew were ready to set sail once again. They thus bid their farewell to the villagers of Cocoyasi Village as well as Johnny and Yosaku. Nami came running towards the Going Merry and told them to immediately raise the anchor. As Nami went through the villagers and jumped on board the Going Merry, Luffy and the rest immediately realized that she had stolen the wallets of the villagers as she passed through. After this final hilarious incident, Luffy and his crew then set sail once again with Nami.
As Luffy and crew sailed towards the Grand Line, they were startled by a wanted poster included within a newspaper bought by Nami. The wanted poster was of Luffy and included his first bounty of 30,000,000. Luffy had become the most wanted pirate in all of the East Blue. As the crew sailed on, the island where Loguetown was located came into sight. Wanting to see the place where Gol D. Roger was born and executed, and also to refresh the crew's supplies for the voyage ahead, Luffy and crew decided to dock in the place. Upon arriving there, Luffy decided to visit the scaffold where Gol D. Roger was executed.
As Luffy explored the scaffold, he was ambushed by Buggy and his crew, and a now skinny Alvida. Luffy was then all of a sudden trapped in a wooden restraint by Cabaji and sentenced to death by Buggy. With the execution being publicly shown atop the scaffold before all of the people of Loguetown, Luffy was asked by Buggy if he had any last words. To this Luffy shouted out that he will become the next Pirate King. (This was seen by Bartolomeo, although not revealed until much later.) As he stated this, Zoro and Sanji came to Luffy's rescue. However, despite their efforts to get to their captain through Buggy's crew, they were not fast enough. Despite his inescapable situation, Luffy merely smiled and said he was sorry as Buggy's sword came down. However just as Buggy's sword was about to decapitate Luffy, a lightning bolt suddenly struck the platform, shocking Buggy and freeing Luffy. As Luffy ran to his ship through the raging storm that suddenly appeared in Loguetown, Luffy was stopped by the Marine Captain, Smoker. Despite all his efforts Luffy was unable to fend off Smoker and was caught. Just as Smoker was about to gain the upper hand on Luffy, Dragon, Luffy's father, stopped him (unbeknownst to Luffy). A big gust of wind then came by and freed Luffy from Smoker.
Not knowing exactly what happened, Luffy continued escaping towards his ship. Back onboard the Going Merry with the rest of his crew, they decided to enact a ritual before going to the Grand Line. After escaping from the Sea Kings dwelling there, Luffy and crew continued sailing through the storm and towards the Reverse Mountain.
Luffy and his crew soon came upon the mountain and headed into the canal that was the entrance. Despite some tough maneuvering which was helped by Luffy using his Gomu Gomu no Fusen technique to bounce the Going Merry away from the gate, the ship was able to go into the canal. Within the canal, they then rode it up to the top of the mountain. Reaching the top, Luffy and crew saw and entered into the Grand Line.
Reverse Mountain Arc
Nami navigates the Straw hats up the Reverse Mountain where the four ocean currents converge creating an upward draft. They came to an unexpected surprise, a gigantic whale was in their way. Fortunately, Luffy was able to slow down the Going Merry before it could hit the whale by firing a cannon. However in the process, Luffy's favorite seat, the Going Merry's figurehead, was broken. Angered by this, Luffy punched the whale's eye to the shock of the rest of Luffy's crew. The whale in response to Luffy's attack swallowed the Going Merry. Fortunately Luffy was able to grab the whale's tooth and jump on to it's back before it could swallow him along with his ship and his crew. As Luffy desperately tried to persuade the whale to spit out his ship and his crew while on it's back, Luffy found a hatch on the whale's back leading into the very whale itself.
Unable to do anything else from the outside, Luffy entered the whale from the hatch. While inside the whale, Luffy accidentally bumped into two strangely dressed characters and into the whale's stomach as the whale began thrashing at the Red Line from the outside. Within the whale's stomach, Luffy was reunited with his crew and witnessed a scene between the two characters he bumped into earlier and an old man living in the whale. From the scene, Luffy learned that two characters, Miss Wednesday and Mr. 9, were planning to kill the whale for food and not even allow the old man, Crocus, to stand in their way. Seeing this and Crocus' attempts to save the whale, Luffy took out the two trouble makers. For doing this, Luffy and his crew were led out of the whale by Crocus.
As Luffy's crew and ship were led out through a canal in the whale and outside to nearby cape, Luffy and his crew were told about the whale, Laboon's tale. From it, Luffy learned that Laboon had been waiting for over fifty years for some pirate friends of his who left him behind in the cape to circle the Grand Line. Luffy also learned that after Laboon heard in disbelief that the pirates might have abandon him, the whale was ramming the mountain itself in a futile attempt to reunite with them. Seeing Laboon's loyalty, Luffy decided to ease the lonely whale's pain, by ramming the Going Merry's mast into an open wound. Having caught the whale's attention, Luffy and the whale began to battle. In the middle of it however, Luffy told Laboon that they'd have to put on hold since he's planning to circle the Grand Line. With this statement, Luffy touched Laboon's feelings and the whale in response agreed. Having given hope once again to Laboon, Luffy painted a crudely drawn painting of his Jolly Roger on Laboon's scars as symbol of their pact to meet once again.
After rekindling Laboon's hopes once again, Luffy and the rest of his crew suddenly realized that their compass does not work. With that matter at hand, Luffy and the rest were then taught by Crocus about how the Grand Line works and how they needed a special compass called a Log Pose. Having discovered one of these compasses earlier after beating the two characters earlier, Luffy presented it to Nami but unfortunately broke while in a small scuffle with Sanji. Fortunately, Crocus had an extra one for Luffy and his crew to use. In the midst of what was happening, Luffy and his crew also encountered again the two characters who tried to kill Laboon. Learning that these two needed to report back to the company they working for, Luffy and the rest were requested by them to give them a ride back to their island of Whiskey Peak. Though a bit suspicious, upon learning that Whiskey Peak is on one of the paths that the Straw Hats needed to follow to travel the Grand Line anyway, Luffy and his crew took the two aboard and sailed towards Whiskey Peak, leaving Laboon with the promise of returning once again.
Whiskey Peak Arc
Upon arriving in Whiskey Peak, Luffy and his crew were caught by surprise. Though the two characters that they took aboard left before they could land, Luffy and his crew were welcomed graciously by the townspeople of Whiskey Peak. There, Luffy and his crew were treated as gods with a grand party. Luffy even ate more then the cooks could put out. Eventually, Luffy passed out from all the excitement of such a celebratory day. However when he awoke later that night, Luffy came to a shocking sight. Scattered everywhere before Luffy, were the beaten up bodies of the townspeople that served him and his crew.
Upon learning from one of them that they were defeated by Zoro, Luffy thought that Zoro had beat them up as an act of ungratefulness. Confronting Zoro, Luffy and his first crew mate collided into a battle that apparently nothing could deter them from. The two were so immersed in their battle against one another that they completely ignored and defeated two other characters in same scene, Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine, who were apparently distracting them for some reason. It was only however when Nami stepped in and interrupted their fight that the two calmed down to listen to reason.
Having been subdued, Luffy learned everything that happened while he was asleep. He also learned that one of the two strangely dressed characters that tried to kill Laboon before, Miss Wednesday, was actually Princess Nefeltari Vivi of the kingdom of Alabasta in disguise. From her, Luffy learned that she, along with her pet duck Carue and loyal retainer Igaram, had infiltrated a secret criminal organization known as Baroque Works in order to learn the organization's reasons for meddling in their country's affairs. From Vivi also, Luffy and his crew not only learned of Baroque Works' scheme to take over Alabasta but also that the criminal organization was led by none other than the Royal Shichibukai, Crocodile. Having gotten involved in all this, Luffy and his crew decided to help Vivi by taking her and Carue to Alabasta while Igaram distracted Baroque Works with a disguise. However in the midst of this plan, Luffy and the rest witnessed Igaram's ship blow up. Miss All Sunday, Crocodile's partner and vice president of Baroque Works suddenly announces herself as she sits on the ship's sails. Fortunately, apart from some tense formalities between them and her, Luffy and his crew did not have to fight her as she let them go for her own reasons. Luffy and his crew were also warned by her of their next destination and even offered them an alternate route. Luffy however declined her offer despite protests from the rest of his crew.
Having survived from the ordeals of Whiskey Peak, and gaining a mission to help a princess, Luffy and his crew sailed forth Whiskey Peak to their next destination, Little Garden.
Little Garden Arc
Luffy and his crew eventually arrive in Little Garden. The jungle island fascinated Luffy, not only because of the adventure it could provide, but also because it contained all sorts of prehistoric animals, which ranged from sabre-tooth lions to dinosaurs. Luffy decided to venture out from their ship and explore. Vivi decided to travel with Luffy to escape her boredom. Luffy learned about the reason the island was like this. The reason being that because of the Grand Line's unique environmental conditions, the islands within in develop much more differently than they normally would, and the very island they were on was still in the dinosaur era. As Luffy ventured around the island with Vivi and Carue, the three soon discovered something much larger than the dinosaurs on the island. In the midst of Luffy messing around with a Brontosaurus, the other members of the crew met a giant.
Meeting Dorry, Luffy and his companions were invited over to the giant's place. There, Luffy was treated to some dinosaur meat and got acquainted with Dorry. From the giant, Luffy learned that he was staying on Little Garden in order to settle an argument with another fellow giant, Brogy, in battle. As the matter was being discussed, the island's volcano erupted, signaling the next match between the giants. With it, Luffy saw a gigantic clash between two giant warriors that awed him. Eventually the match ended in a tie and thus Luffy continued talking with Dorry. Learning further about Little Garden's magnetic field from Dorry, Luffy also learned about two of his crew staying with Brogy. Just as things seemed going well at the moment, something suddenly shocked Luffy and those with him. A barrel of rum that Dorry was drinking exploded. Since the rum was taken from Luffy's ship and given to Dorry by Brogy, Luffy and his crew were suspected of sabotaging the barrel. With this, Luffy and Dorry got into a fight. Fortunately, Luffy was able to knock Dorry down during their fight. However with this sudden turn of events, Luffy started to suspect that his crew weren't the only ones in the island as neither they nor Brogy would do such a thing. But before Luffy and those with him could do anything else, the volcano erupted again and Dorry in response got up.
With the next match being signaled and knowing that the giants' fight was tainted by someone else, Luffy tried to convince Dorry to not go. Luffy's words however did not reach Dorry's ears due to the giant's pride and instead Luffy was pinned down by Dorry with the giant's home. Unable to get out of this predicament to help Dorry, Luffy suddenly encountered Usopp, who had wandered into Dorry's home. Reunited with his crew mate, Luffy and Vivi recounted what had just happened and were likewise filled in by Usopp. As Luffy and his companions were figuring out what to do next, they heard the awful scream of Dorry being defeated by Brogy due to the tainted fight. Angered even more by this, Luffy was filled with more determination to find out who blasphemed the giants' fight. Luffy fortunately did not have to wait long though to find out who it was, as two of the perpetrators of the crime, Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine, suddenly came before Luffy and his companions, bringing a beaten up Carue. Because of his current predicament, Luffy was unable to aid his companions and was hit with an explosive kick caused by Mr. 5's Bomu Bomu no Mi powers. Unable to protect Vivi from these Baroque Works agents, Luffy and the other two with him were left for dead.
As Luffy and the two with him were lying, they decided to get revenge for the atrocity caused by the Baroque Works agents. They eventually got back on their feet and charged immediately to where the Baroque Works agents were holding their friends.
Luffy and company arrived and found that their friends were being made into candles by Mr. 3's Doru Doru no Mi powers. Luffy engaged in a battle with the artist while his comrades battled with the rest of the agents. Despite some complications from Mr. 3 and his partner, Miss Goldenweek, Luffy was able to free his captured friends with a little help from Usopp.
After finishing off Mr. 3, Luffy rejoined the rest of his crew to the marvelous relief. Due to the giants' weapons being worn out from one hundred years worth of fighting, Dorry was actually okay and had instead passed out from the wound inflicted. With everything done, Luffy and the rest went back to Dorry's place to treat his wounds. As Luffy and everyone were resting from the ordeal and wondering how to deal with the island's magnetic field, they were rejoined by Sanji, who brought with him some great news and stuff while everything else was happening. From Sanji, Luffy and the rest learned that not only did Sanji trick Crocodile into thinking they were all dead by pretending to be Mr. 3 via a Den Den Mushi call, but the cook also brought with him the solution to their current problem, an Eternal Pose to Alabasta. With the Eternal Pose, Luffy and crew bid their farewells to the giants and set off.
As Luffy and crew sailed off from Little Garden, they were provided by the giants with an act of gratitude. With help from the giants' strength, Luffy and crew were able to pass through a giant goldfish and sail on.
Drum Island Arc
Nami suddenly came down with a terrible sickness. The crew decided to alter their course from Alabasta and instead look for a nearby island to have Nami treated by a doctor. The crew is suddenly attacked by Wapol who demands their log pose. The crew fight back and Luffy knocks him off the boat so they can continue forward as Wapol's crew curses them and warns them they'll get their revenge. The crew eventually comes to a snow-covered land called Drum Island, which is renowned for their advances in medicine. There the current inhabitants try to scare away the crew until Vivi lowers her head with Luffy in humility. The "leader" of the islanders, Dalton, tells the villagers to take the crew to the nearest town, however, Zoro and Carue were left behind. At the village, Dalton tells the crew about the "witch" of the island, Dr. Kureha, who is the only doctor left on the island. To make matters worse, there is no way to contact her as she lives on top of the mountain in the castle previously occupied by King Wapol. Hearing this, Luffy, along with Sanji, decides to carry Nami up the mountain to the castle.
On the way up, Sanji, Luffy, and Nami run into some Lapahn, which are man-eating rabbits. Sanji fights off the Lapahn's as Luffy, carrying Nami, cannot attack or be hit at the risk of Nami being injured as well. Later, the Lapahn's cause an avalanche, forcing Luffy and Sanji to escape downhill. Unfortunately, the group is about to run into a sharp and rocky cliff when Sanji rescues them by kicking them out of the way, but in the process Sanji is knocked unconscious. In the aftermath of the avalanche the village Usopp and Vivi are at is buried along with Wapol and his crew. Wapol survives and sets up the mountain with Chess and Kuromarimo. Back at the mountain, Luffy, now carrying Nami and Sanji, saves a buried Lapahn. Soon, Wapol catches up to Luffy, and attacks him after Luffy shows his back to them. Luffy unable to attack, runs away. However Chess and Kuromarimo catch up and are about to strike Luffy, when a large group Lapahn's save him in repayment for Luffy saving one of them earlier.
When Luffy climbs the mountain and reaches the top, he nearly falls and is rescued by Chopper and taken in by Dr. Kureha. Later, Luffy and Sanji awaken and see Chopper for the first time, they try to cook and eat Chopper, until he turns into a giant form and smashes them down, which greatly impresses Luffy. Luffy asks Dr. Kureha to join his crew, but she declines.
Finally, Wapol arrives at the castle and begins arguing with Dr. Kureha when suddenly Luffy punches him hard. Wapol then retaliates using his Baku Baku no Mi powers to turn into a house with cannons and fuse Chess and Kuromarimo into Chessmarimo. Wapol then shoots Dr. Hiluluk's flag a symbol Chopper highly values. Wapol shoots once again but Luffy protects the flag. Finally the fight begins and Chopper begins fighting Chessmarimo and Luffy fights Wapol. However, Luffy is distracted by Choppers fight (because of Chopper's ability to transform into several different forms thanks to the Rumble Ball) letting Wapol escape into the castle.
After Chopper wins, Luffy goes in and kicks a now thin Wapol who was harassing Nami. Wapol decides to open the weapons room and eat the weapons but Nami had stolen his one-of-a-kind key. Wapol is chased up to the top of the castle where he tries to attack using his special cannon, but fails due to the snow birds living in there. Wapol then tries to eat Luffy but is stopped so Wapol turns his tongue into a cannon for one final attack but Luffy dodges it and sends him flying getting him stuck in the roof. Luffy then, ignoring Wapol's pleas for mercy and empty promises and send him flying far away.
The Straw Hats regroup at the summit and Dalton thanks Luffy and Chopper. After some persuasion, Chopper decides to go with Luffy and his crew, with Dr. Kureha's blessing. As Chopper leaves, Dr. Kureha initiates Hiluluk's finished research, a powder that makes pink colored snow fall. Chopper seeing it, starts crying loudly. The Straw Hats formally welcome Chopper to the crew and head to their planned destination, Alabasta.
With his new doctor on board, Luffy and his crew journeyed onward to Alabasta with Vivi and Carue. A few days later, while fishing with Usopp and Carue, Luffy and crew picked up something strange as they passed through the sulfuric steam of an undersea volcano. The thing they accidentally picked up was the okama Mr. 2 Bon Kurei. Having passed the steam the same time as Mr. 2's ship was passing through, Luffy and his fellow fishermen accidentally hooked the Baroque Works agent.
Not initially knowing who this was, Luffy and along with some of his crew immediately became friends with this flamboyant man as he put on a show for them with his Mane Mane no Mi. It wasn't until Mr. 2's crew came to pick him up that Luffy and his crew realize that he was an enemy. Fortunately, since Mr. 2 did not likewise know who they were, Luffy and his crew were spared at the time. However, since they were fortunate to meet such an opponent ahead of time, Luffy and his crew decided to take measures to protect themselves from his powers. Taking advice from Zoro, Luffy along with his crew and traveling companions wrapped bandages covering an X on their left wrists. This was so they could tell whether the person before them was the okama in disguise or not.
Upon arriving at the port of Nanohana in Alabasta, Luffy immediately ran off ahead of his crew in search in food. Not caring for the recklessness of his actions, his search for food leads him to a restaurant. In his haste to get to the restaurant, Luffy accidentally slammed two men straight through the back of the restaurant and through several houses. To his surprise, one of the men he knocked into was Smoker. Recognizing the Marine, Luffy instantly ran away and was soon being chased by Smoker and his Marines all over the town. In the midst of the commotion, Luffy was saved by the other man he knocked over, his brother Ace.
Regrouping with his crew back on the Going Merry, Luffy explained things to them about Ace. As Luffy was talking, Ace appeared and momentarily asked Luffy and his crew to join the crew he was under, the Whitebeard Pirates. Though Luffy bluntly refused the offer and even stated that he would fight against Ace's captain, Edward Newgate, for the position of Pirate King, the brothers parted ways on friendly terms. Before sailing off however, Luffy received a strange piece of paper from his brother so that they can meet again, and got a little more aid with Ace obliterating some Baroque Works Billions and their ships.
After sailing across the Sandora river and reaching the other side, Luffy and his crew began their journey to Yuba where Vivi hopes to persuade the rebel leader, Kohza, and his troops there to stop the senseless violence. Upon landing, there was a little incident wherein Luffy defeated and acquired 100 Kung-Fu Dugong apprentices. Though he could not bring such a large group along with him, he had formed an everlasting deep bond with the creatures. As Luffy and his crew were further explained by Vivi about the Dugongs, they passed through the once green town of Erumalu and were further enlightened regarding the problems and conspiracies facing Alabasta.
After traversing across the huge desert of Alabasta and acquiring a new companion, Eyelash the camel, Luffy and his fellow travelers reached Yuba. There however, they discover that town was plagued by sandstorms and deserted except for one old man. This old man, Toto, was an old acquaintance of Vivi, and from him Luffy and the others learned that the rebellion had transferred bases due to the drought and sandstorms in Yuba. Though Toto was initially hostile to Luffy's group thinking that they were people wanting to join in the rebellion, he changed his hostilities towards them once he recognized Vivi and offered them shelter for the night.
As the rest took up Toto's offer, Luffy however decided to help Toto in his desperate search for water to restore the oasis of Yuba. Though slightly incapable of digging and falling asleep midway in digging, Luffy's efforts however helped Toto dig up some water. The next day as Luffy and the others prepared to travel to the rebel's new base, Luffy was given some of the water he dug up as present from Toto. With this Luffy and the others departed Yuba. Just as they were beginning their journey to Katorea, the rebel's new base, Luffy did something that surprised the rest of them. He announced to all of them that he "quits".
As Luffy's comrades asked him to stopped with this seemingly childish act, he explained to them his reasons. He explained to them that even if they stopped the rebels, Crocodile will not be stopped. To completely solve the matter, Luffy explained that Crocodile himself must be defeated. As Luffy surprised everyone in his insight over the entire situation, Luffy told Vivi that her desire to save everyone was naïve as people die. This little statement started an argument between the two of them which escalated in small battle. As Vivi explained herself and told Luffy that risking her life to save everyone was the only thing she could risk, Luffy asked her why she will not risk the Straw Hats' lives as well since they were her friends. Having stated this, Luffy moved Vivi to tears by his statement of trust and friendship.
Seeing her in this state and seeing how she was the one who wanted Crocodile to be beat up, Luffy asked her where they could find him.
Having understood each other, Vivi tells Luffy and his crew where to find Crocodile, Rainbase. Regardless of the fact that Officer Agents would be awaiting there, Luffy and his group pressed forward to confront the Shichibukai. Upon arriving at Rainbase, Luffy and Usopp were sent by the rest to ask for some much needed water after much journeying in the desert island. However, upon finding water in a bar, the two accidentally encountered Smoker and Tashigi. Soon enough, another large commotion was caused with Luffy and his crew being chased all around by the Marines. Regardless of the commotion however, Luffy and some of his crew managed to escape from the pursuing Marines and headed into Crocodile's casino, Rain Dinners.
Though Luffy and his crew mates with him managed to get into the casino, they however entered without Vivi to help them identify what Crocodile really looked like. To make matters worse, Smoker had caught with them and started chasing them all around the casino. As they were running around, Luffy and those with him were tricked into falling through a trap door by the casino. Having fallen for the trick, Luffy and the others, including Smoker, found themselves trapped in a seastone cage. As they were pondering their current predicament, they were greeted by Crocodile.
Having finally met the one who orchestrated the whole mess in Alabasta, Luffy and the others with him were unable to do get at Crocodile because of the cage they were in. As the situation developed with Vivi being brought before Crocodile by Miss All Sunday and the powers of the Devil Fruit Crocodile ate, the Suna Suna no Mi, were revealed, Luffy and the rest learned of Crocodile's awful master plan as he mockingly explained it before them. As it went further, Luffy and the others found themselves being placed in a little game the Shichibukai decided to challenge Vivi in.
The Shichibukai explained before Luffy and the rest that due to events being carried out, they needed to get to Alubarna, the capital of Alabasta, fast in order to stop the upcoming war. However, due to the situation Luffy and those encaged with him, Vivi would have to get a key that Crocodile presented and threw into a pit, where it was eaten by a Bananawani. Explaining further that he deciding to self destruct the room they were in, Crocodile presented before Vivi in front of Luffy and the rest, the choice between getting to Alubarna in time or saving Luffy and those with him before the room completely floods. As Crocodile was explaining this challenge to Vivi, Luffy overheard Toto being mentioned by the Shichibukai and soon learned that it was Crocodile that was causing the sandstorms that plagued Yuba.
Angered by Crocodile's cruelty, Luffy urged Vivi to get the key so that he and the rest can beat Crocodile. Despite Luffy's encouragement, a single Bananawani proved too much for Vivi as it and the rest of group entered the slowly flooding room. Though all seems lost, amidst the ensuing chaos, Luffy and everyone heard a Den Den Mushi ring.
Recognizing Sanji's voice calling from the Den Den Mushi, Luffy and the others realized that there was still hope as Sanji and Chopper weren't captured. As events unfolded with this new development, Luffy and the rest found themselves depending on Vivi finding someone from the outside to get them out. In an attempt to free themselves, Luffy and the others tried to coax one of the Bananawani into biting open the cage. Though their attempt at breaking the cage through this failed, their hopes were however revived as Sanji finally showed up at the scene. With him, the key that Crocodile was found alongside a familiar foe, Mr. 3. Though the Baroque Works agent that came out of the Bananawani threw the key, Luffy and the others with him were however still able to escape the cage via Mr. 3's wax powers. Escaping just in the nick of time, Luffy and the others were able to get out. As the room flooded and they escaped, Luffy told Zoro to grab Smoker along with them.
Having saved the Marine, Luffy and his companions were allowed to go free to get Alubarna. As they were thinking of a way to get to Alubarna fast they were greeted by Chopper who brought Scissors, a giant crab friend of Eyelashes whom they can ride on. However just as they were getting aboard, Vivi was literally hooked by Crocodile. Fortunately, Luffy freed her just in time as she was taken away. With Vivi safe, Luffy told his crew to go on as he faced off the Shichibukai by himself. As Luffy prepared to face Crocodile, he was told that the Shichibukai would humor him for three minutes. After that, Crocodile would leave for Alubarna to complete his scheme. With the time limit in mind, Luffy fought ferociously against his opponent. Though he attacked the best he could, it was however apparent that no matter how much Luffy attacked, he could not damage Crocodile.
As they continued to fight one another, Luffy's arm was dehydrated by Crocodile. Using the water given by Toto however, Luffy was able to restore himself. Remembering the old man, Luffy declares that no matter how much Crocodile attacks Yuba with sandstorms, it will never be destroyed. As Luffy declared this, his three minutes were up.
As the three minutes ended, Luffy witnessed Crocodile decide to do something horrible. Spurred on by Luffy, Crocodile created a massive sandstorm and sent it towards Yuba. Seeing this new development, Luffy desperately tried to stop Crocodile. Unfortunately in midst of all this, Luffy was impaled by the Shichibukai and left for dead in the sand.
Despite being heavily wounded and buried in the sand however, Luffy still struggled with the will to fight. As he struggled, in a surprise turn of events Luffy was suddenly pulled out by Miss All Sunday. Having been pulled out from his sandy grave, Luffy was left in the care of Pell, the hero of Alabasta that the Baroque Works agent defeated awhile back.
With Pell's help, Luffy was able to recover from his wounds and get a ride to Alubarna via Pell's Devil Fruit, the Tori Tori no Mi, Model: Falcon. Through various events that happened in the city, by the time that the two arrived at Alubarna, a great battle was being waged by the rebels and the royal army in the city square with a sandstorm covering the place. As they arrived, they got just in time to save Vivi, who was dropped by Crocodile from the palace walls. With Vivi safe, Luffy flung himself up the walls to face Crocodile again.
During his previous fight, Luffy noticed that water made Crocodile unable to turn into sand as he and the water barrel that Toto gave were pierced by Crocodile's hook. Realizing this, he brought a huge barrel of water to aid him in his rematch against the Shichibukai. As Luffy thus fought Crocodile again, he soon realized that his barrel of water could easily be jeopardized. Figuring this out, Luffy decided to switch tactics by drinking all of his water and storing it within himself, essentially become what he dubbed "Mizu Luffy". While this new tactic infuriated his opponent, it however proved effective for Luffy. Though Luffy was aided greatly by water this time around, the fight however just made his opponent really mad.
Having landed some good hits on Crocodile and angering the Shichibukai as well, Luffy had incurred the Shichibukai to use his most powerful technique. Though Luffy was able to evade Crocodile's devastating powers of erosion, he unfortunately got caught by his opponent. As Crocodile's hand held Luffy, he was severely dehydrated and was once again left for dead. Fortunately however, some water bubbles that Luffy misfired earlier revived him from his near death state. Rejuvenated once again, Luffy set off in search of his foe. Learning from Tashigi while on his search, Luffy headed to royal Alabasta tomb.
As he ran, the wound from his chest unfortunately opened, and Luffy, feeling unusually faint, briefly fell unconscious. Recovering himself, Luffy noticed a passageway and ran down into the tomb. Eventually Luffy caught up with his foe once again in the collapsing ruins. Encountering each other, the two fought each other again, however having been severely wounded from his previous matches with Crocodile, Luffy used his own bloody body to negate Crocodile's powers this time around.
As the climatic battle between Luffy and Crocodile commenced, Luffy was struck by Crocodile's poison hook. This however did not deter Luffy's resolve against his opponent. As the battle continued, Luffy kicked Crocodile into the air. Upon doing so, Luffy was blasted with one of Crocodile's powerful techniques. Luffy however withstood the attack and prepared to retaliate. Using a series of moves, Luffy propelled himself up to Crocodile to deliver the final blow. As a last resort, Crocodile tried to stop Luffy by turning his hand into blades.
This however did not stop Luffy as he broke through the sand created weapons with his bare fist and delivered a flurry of punches onto his opponent. Delivering the punches, Luffy attacked Crocodile with such force that it penetrated a layer of pure bedrock and sent Crocodile flying, defeating the Shichibukai finally. Falling back into the ruins, Luffy was thanked by Nefeltari Cobra for all he had done.
After being given the vial of antidote to Crocodile's poison from Miss All Sunday, Luffy mustered what was left of his strength to carry both the king and the former Baroque Works agent out of the ruins. Having used the last of his strength, Luffy was then carried by the king to his crew.
For their valiant heroism in saving Alabasta, Luffy and his crew were treated secretly as VIPs by the royalty for three days. Having fully recovered from his wounds from the battle with Crocodile on the third day, Luffy and his crew decided to leave before the awaiting Marines could catch them. Just as they were heading back to the Going Merry which was secured by Mr. 2 Bon Kurei before the Marines could find it, Luffy and the others offered Vivi the choice of joining the crew. They gave her until noon the next day.
Setting sail with the reformed Bon Kurei and his men the next day, Luffy and his crew encountered the blockade the Marines set up to capture them. Through a tearful sacrifice by Mr. 2, Luffy and his crew were able to escape the blockade to go to the rendezvous point to pick up Vivi. Arriving there, they found that Vivi had come as promised. However to their disappointment, she told them that she still had responsibilities as Alabasta's princess and could not come along. Despite this, Vivi asked them that if they ever meet again, would she be accepted to come along again.
While Luffy and the others wanted to reply out loud to Vivi that she would still be accepted, they could not out of fear that the nearby Marines would implicate her as a criminal. Instead however, they quietly showed her the mark that they used to protect themselves if Mr. 2 impersonated one of them, a sign of their friendship. Having delivered their silent response to their friend, Luffy and his crew set sail away from Alabasta and onto their next adventure.
Though depressed about not having Vivi on the crew, Luffy and the other came across a new development. Nico Robin, a.k.a. Miss All-Sunday from Baroque Works, had stowed away on the Going Merry and demanded Luffy take responsibility of saving her by letting her join his crew. Without much hesitation, Luffy agreed much to everyone's surprise.
Goat Island Arc
Dead End Adventure
Ruluka Island Arc
Sky Island Saga
Not long after Luffy and the Straw Hats left Alabasta, a massive ship fell from the sky and into the sea. From Nico Robin and a brief search of the sinking ship which wielded a map, Luffy and his crew learned that the ship fell from an island in the sky called Skypiea.
Needing more info on the matter, Luffy and his crew decided to explore more of the ship. Using special diving suits created by Usopp, Luffy, along with Zoro and Sanji, explored the sunken ship. As they explored the ship and found few things, their search was cut short as the ship was suddenly clamped and filled with air, and a bunch of other people appeared. After taking care of the intruders within the newly created air pocket, the three encountered a monkey-like person bursting into the room. Although Luffy and the stranger initially got along, they unfortunately got on bad terms when they found out that they were after the same thing.
Fortunately with thanks from his two crew mates, Luffy escaped from Masira and a giant turtle that ate the ship at the same time. As Luffy and the others were about to deal with this new foe, they suddenly witnessed something that completely scared them, the shadowy silhouettes of creatures several times larger than regular giants. After escaping from the creatures and getting rid of Masira who accidentally tagged along, Luffy and his crew learned of Jaya from an Eternal Pose that Robin stole from the guy. Needing info on how to get to Skypiea, Luffy and his crew sailed for Jaya.
Arriving at Jaya at the port of Mock Town, Luffy and his crew found that the place they landed on was a lawless town filled with pirates. Wanting to explore the town as well as get information, Luffy, along with Zoro and Nami, went offshore into town. With a promise not to fight while in Mock Town to Nami, the three explored the place and encountered several of the inhabitants. They eventually end up in a bar wherein Luffy has a small argument with another customer. Though the incident ended without a hitch, Luffy and his companions encountered a much more serious one.
Luffy and his companions soon encountered in the bar Bellamy and his crew with the intention of seeing if Luffy was worthy of joining his "New Age" of pirates. However upon learning that Luffy and his crew wanted to go to a Sky Island, Bellamy along with the rest of the bar started ridiculing them and the notion of dreams such as a Sky Island. Though the situation got worse with Luffy and Zoro taking hits from Bellamy's crew, they however refused to fight. As the two were dragged out by a frustrated Nami, the three were congratulated and encouraged by the pirate that Luffy had a brief argument earlier. Though the man assured them that dreams would never die, Luffy and Zoro however sense something up with him and the people that are apparently associated with him.
Returning to the Going Merry, Luffy and the others soon learn that while their search was unproductive, Robin's was successful. Learning that a man by the name of Montblanc Cricket might know something, they headed off to the other side of Jaya. After escaping a brief encounter with Masira's brother, Shoujou, Luffy and his crew reached Cricket's home. There they had a brief misunderstanding with Cricket who they found out apparently suffered from decompression sickness. However upon helping Cricket and clearing things with him, Luffy and his crew were able to get better acquainted with the former pirate. For helping Cricket, they were also able to reconcile with Cricket's proteges, Masira and Shoujou.
As they explained their problem and got acquainted with Cricket and his proteges, Luffy and his crew learned of Cricket's past and his ancestor. Showing interest with Cricket's dream, Luffy and his crew convinced Cricket to help them out in getting to Skypiea. While having acquired help from someone who could aid them in getting to Skypiea, Luffy and his crew however found out that they needed an important thing to aid them, the South Bird. This bird as explained to them by Cricket, was needed to find a Knock Up Stream needed to help them get to Skypiea. Having been told this, Luffy and his crew quickly went in search for the bird.
Splitting into various groups, Luffy and his crew searched the nearby forest for one of these elusive birds. Though they encountered all sorts of obstacles and antics while searching for the bird, they were able to catch one in the end thanks to Nico Robin. With the captured bird, they went back to Cricket's. Upon returning however, they discovered the horrid aftermath of an incident that happened while they were away, Cricket and his proteges were defeated and had been robbed by Bellamy and his crew.
Spurred on by this, Luffy decided to go after Bellamy and get his wounded friends' gold back. At Mock Town, Luffy was engaged by Bellamy who wanted to prove once and for all to those around him that Luffy and Cricket's dreams were nothing. Despite Bellamy's over the top display of his Devil Fruit ability, Luffy however defeated the arrogant pirate with a single normal punch. Having completely obliterated Bellamy in front of his crew and the other pirates, Luffy was able to retrieve Cricket's gold without any further trouble.
As the morning of the next day came, Luffy arrived back to Cricket's house. There he saw the newly modified Going Merry as he gave Cricket's gold back. With the new modifications for the trip up to Skypiea and the South Bird, Luffy and crew set sail with the ships of Masira and Shoujou escorting them. As they were leaving, Luffy and his crew were cheered on by Cricket's final words of encouragement. With that, Luffy and crew sailed off to where they could ride a Knock up Stream.
After a long wait out on sea, the weather and the sea started to show signs of a Knock Up Stream. As Luffy and his crew were preparing themselves for the journey to Skypiea, they suddenly encountered the ship and crew of the pirate that Luffy fought with in the bar. From this encounter, Luffy and his crew learned of his and Zoro's new bounties for which the pirate planned on collecting. The encounter however was brief as the Knock Up Stream started. With the Knock Up Stream shooting the Going Merry into the sky, Luffy and his crew set forth to new adventure as well inadvertently escaping from the pursuing pirate.
Thanks to the Knock Up Stream, Luffy and the Straw Hats arrived at Skypiea. As soon as they arrived, they are attacked by a mysterious masked warrior who Luffy had trouble fighting. But, luckily, they were saved by a knight named Gan Fall. After he rescued them, Gan Fall decided to leave.
Luffy and the Straw Hats pass through Heaven's Gate and arrived at the shore of Angel Island, in which they meet Conis, an inhabitant of this island. While having fun, Luffy discovers, the hard way, that the White Sea has the same effect on him just like the Blue Sea.
After hearing that Nami has ventured into Upper Yard, a forbidden sacred place in which the god Enel and his priests reside, Luffy decided to head out to rescue her, but he makes it obvious that he simply wants to go to Upper Yard to explore and have an adventure. Unfortunately, he was stopped in his tracks by the White Berets, who tried to arrest them for illegally entering Angel Island. However Luffy easily defeated them.
Luffy, Usopp, and Sanji discover that a giant shrimp has kidnapped the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates, and taken them to Upper Yard. The three pirates decided to rescue them. After finding a ship that can take them to Upper Yard, the Karasumaru, Luffy, Usopp, and Sanji learned that Conis was responsible for calling the White Berets. She was almost killed by Enel's lightning, but was saved by Gan Fall. Despite this show of Enel's power, Luffy, Usopp, and Sanji started their travel to Upper Yard.
Luffy, Usopp, and Sanji travel through the Milky Road in which they avoided several deadly traps. After that, they entered the Ordeal of Balls, in which they encountered Satori, one of Enel's priests. Satori was a strong opponent, especially because he possessed an ability called Mantra. But, despite this, Luffy and his friends managed to defeat him.
After the battle, Luffy, Usopp, and Sanji managed to rejoin their friends at the Sacrificial Altar along with Gan Fall, who arrived to save Chopper from Shura. Later that night, Luffy and his friends had a great party along with the company of a pack of wolves. In the morning, the crew decided to split into two groups; one which would go search for the city of gold in Upper Yard, which was revealed to be part of Jaya 400 years, while the other group will go out of Upper Yard. Luffy searches for the city of gold.
Luffy, Zoro, Chopper, and Robin were searching for the city of gold in Upper Yard, until they are pursued by a gigantic snake, which forced them to split up. After that, Luffy encountered Wiper, the man who attacked him and his friends on their arrival in Skypiea, and the two began to fight. During their fight, the giant snake appears, interrupted their fight, and eats Luffy. In the snake's stomach, Luffy sees mountains of gold and ruins, but cannot seem to find his way out, under the assumption that he's in a cave. Later, Gan Fall, his horse Pierre, Nami, and Aisa joined Luffy inside the snake's stomach. Nami finds out from Luffy that his attacks within the snake are responsible for the its erratic behavior and comically beats him up in anger. After Enel blasts the surface that the snake, Zoro, and Wiper were on, the three fell towards the hidden ruins of Shandora. Gan Fall and Nami managed to escape the snake, but accidentally left Luffy, Aisa, and Pierre behind. With the snake remembering the city from long ago, from which she came and gave a triumphant roar, Enel silences it with a thunderbolt powerful enough to knock it unconscious. Later that day, Luffy, Aisa, and Pierre managed to escape the unconscious snake. But, at the moment they escaped, they noticed the destruction that Enel has caused. After a barely conscious Robin explains the situation, and Enel's intentions to eradicate Skypiea, Aisa explains to Luffy that she can use her mantra to lead him to Enel. Following Aisa's direction, Luffy decided to stop Enel.
Luffy finally reaches Enel and challenges him. As Luffy charges, Enel fires electrical attacks at him only to find that they have no effect on a rubber Luffy. Not only that, but Luffy can neutralize the invulnerability from his Logia fruit power. After this unexpected turn of event, Enel switches to a different mode of attack by reforming his staff into a trident, and using his Mantra to predict Luffy's moves.
While Luffy and Enel duel continues, the Maxim starts to rise and Enel activates Maxim's secret function: Deathpeia to produce thunderclouds into the atmosphere allowing him to attack the island from an island-scale range. Luffy manages to hit Enel a few more times despite his mantra hence Enel decides to incapacitate the rubber boy by attaching a large ball of gold to his arm instead of defeating him. He then can get rid of Luffy by knocking him off the ship back onto Upper Yard. With the help of Aisa, Luffy tries to get the golden ball off him as the two try to give chase to Enel and his rising ship Maxim.
Luffy manages to recover in the ruins of Shandora and, along with Aisa and Pierre, runs towards the beanstalk with the golden ball still attached to his arm. Seeing Robin made it with the others on Giant Jack, Luffy tosses Aisa and Pierre onto them to look after the two as he chases Enel. Luffy makes it to the top of the beanstalk and grabs onto the Maxim, only for Enel to kick him off, and destroy the top of the beanstalk before using the thunderclouds to form a giant sphere with his power called Raigou to annihilate another Sky Island. Luffy is eventually met by Nami, who tried to convince him to leave, but he replies that he has to ring the bell so Montblanc Cricket and everyone else will know that the city of gold is in the sky. Using the Waver's full power, Nami and Luffy blast up the plant and are sent flying towards Enel. However, Luffy pushes Nami onto a cloud and makes a detour into Enel's Raigou.
Luffy swings the gold ball around with Gomu Gomu no Hanabi Ougan Botan to draw the electricity from the Raigou into him and eventually destabilizes it clearing the sky. Despite Enel unleashing his full power, Luffy manages to kick him, only falling back when the weight of the golden ball allows Enel to pierce him with the tridents. Luffy jumps back using the cloud Nami was on and fire Gomu Gomu no Ougan Rifle at Enel, with such such speed that he cannot dodge it and sends him crashing into the Shandorian Golden Belfry Bell sending a ring that could be heard everywhere, thus ending the war between Skypieans and Shandia, and informing Cricket that the bell was always in the sky. In Jaya, Luffy's shadow in the sky is seen by Cricket, Masira and Shoujou, which let them conclude that the city of gold is in the sky.
After Enel's defeat, Luffy, his crew and the rest of the inhabitants of Skypiea had an enormous party at night. After the party, Luffy decided to take several bags full of gold, thinking that as pirates they should simply take them not knowing that the natives already allowed them to take them in the first place. Once that was done, Luffy and his crew boarded the Going Merry and go out of Skypiea using the Clouds End door, thanks to Conis and her father Pagaya who thanked them for saving Skypiea from the tyranny of Enel.