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15 Things You Didn't Know About Monkey D. Luffy

Updated May 26, 2021 8.7k votes 1.3k voters 101.1k views15 items

Monkey D. Luffy might be one of the most iconic characters in shonen anime history. Even if you've never seen a single episode of One Piece, you still probably know who he is. But even Luffy's most dedicated fans still may not know all there is to know about him. That's why we're bringing you trivia and little-known details about everyone's favorite pirate. 

What are some things you didn't know about Monkey D. Luffy? Well, you know how canon doesn't generally portray him as especially smart? His first incarnation was supposed to be a lot smarter. Why Oda made this change isn't clear, but it might be because he prioritizes having fun with his characters. That's why he gave Luffy the Gum-Gum Fruit - his stretchy powers can diffuse any tense situation, which is something that a more straightforwardly strong ability might not be able to do. 

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    Why Does He Let His Enemies Live?

    In some shonen anime, the protagonist will refuse to take their enemy's lives out of moral principle. For Luffy, it's a little different. Oda explains his reasoning:

    "Why doesn't Luffy kill his enemies? Because in that era, everyone uses their lives to fight for their dreams. For an enemy, when their dream has been shattered, it is the same as losing a fight, and as painful as death. I believe, for a pirate not to kill an enemy, it's giving them a 2nd chance to fight for their dreams."

    Essentially, he's letting them experience something more painful than losing their lives, but he's also giving them a chance to try again. While this could easily result in them becoming his enemy again, his former foes sometimes become his friends. 

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    He Doesn't Give His Crewmates Nicknames

    Luffy is constantly giving nicknames to random people he meets, but he's never given any to his crewmates. There's actually a good reason for this. Oda explains:

    "Well...Luffy's a type of person who, basically, doesn't really care about remembering someone's name, so he'll give people a nickname based on his impression of them whether they like it or not, but with that said, when someone becomes his crewmate, he finally remembers their name. He knows their names, so he calls them by their names. That's really all there is to it."

    Basically, not giving them nicknames is proof that he's formed a bond with them. 

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    Why Does He Have The Gum-Gum Fruit?

    The protagonist should always have the strongest, coolest power...right? For some shonen creators, the answer is yes - but that isn't how Oda sees things. He intentionally gave Luffy the silliest ability he could imagine to keep things fun for himself even when things get intense.

    "It must seem like a mystery when you consider all the other strong and cool abilities. The answer is simple. I have picked the most ridiculous ability. If the protagonist were the typical strong guy, I doubt I could continue on with this for long. No matter how serious the story gets, Luffy is there to stretch and inflate. He always gives me a chance to fool around. That's the kind of manga I wanted to write."

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    Usopp Might Bring Out His Pervy Side A Little

    Many fans have speculated that Luffy isn't attracted to women, because of the fact that when Boa Hancock used her Love-Love Fruit, which uses the target's lustful feelings to turn them into stone, Luffy was unaffected. 

    Others think that there has to be another explanation because Luffy has reacted to seeing Nami's nude body. They say that it's just that he wasn't into Boa specifically. Oda puts the issue to rest in an SBS column.

    "I noticed this when we were drawing it, but if Luffy had a nosebleed when he saw Hancock's body, I think you would all be like "Ehh!?". That's not the Luffy we know. I believe that Luffy reacted to Nami's naked body twice, in volumes 18 and 23, and both times it happened, Usopp was with him! He's the suspicious one! In other words, when Luffy is alone, his reaction is what it was with Hancock. He's interested, but he's not entranced by her. But when he's with Usopp, who's the same age, it's like a kid on a school trip: his bad side comes out!! Yeah, both sides of Luffy feel right to me, so the culprit is definitely Usopp!!"

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