Straw Hat Pirates
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The members of the Straw Hat Pirates (jap. 麦わら海賊団, Mugiwara Kaizokudan), often titled the Straw Hat Pirates, Straw Hat Pirates, or simply Straw Hats, are the protagonists of One Piece’s story.
Monkey D. Luffy
Monkey D. Luffy is the protagonist of the series. His big dream is to become the king of the pirates. That’s why he starts his journey to the Grand Line at the age of 17. On his journey, he meets many new friends who join him and so his pirate gang keeps growing. One thing that stands out about Luffy is the scar he had inflicted on himself under his left eye to impress Shanks. Like all the other Straw Hats, Luffy had a troubled past, witnessing Shanks have his left arm cut off. He was raised by Dadan, but she treated him more like a worker than a son. His role models are Shanks and the pirate king Gol D. Roger.
Roronoa Zoro is a member of the Straw Hat Pirates. He is the first crew member that Luffy was able to recruit to his crew during his journey. He has a dream of becoming the best swordsman in the world. Like Luffy, Zoro had a drastic experience in his childhood. His training partner Kuina died when she fell down the stairs after one of their many successful fights against Zoro. Before that, both had made a promise to each other that Zoro should become the best swordsman in the world, as Kuina was too weak as a girl. Zoro wears three earrings on his left ear, these, as well as his green hair, make him unmistakable. Zoro’s role models are Kuina, whom he could never defeat, and his master Koushirou, who gave him Kuina’s sword after her death.
Nami is the navigator and cartographer of the Straw Hat Pirates. She joined the gang as the fifth member after Luffy defeated Arlong. Before that, however, Nami also traveled on the The Going Merry, having formed a sort of partnership of convenience with Luffy. Her dream is to draw a perfect world map. Nami also had a difficult past, being found and raised as an infant along with Nojiko by Bell-mère until she was shot by Arlong. Nami offered to buy her village free from the pirate for 100 million berry, in exchange she had to join his gang. She was a member of the gang until Luffy faced Arlong and defeated him. Nami also has a feature on the left side of her body that makes her distinctive. She has a tattoo on her left shoulder in the shape of a windmill combined with an orange, she also wears the log port on her left arm, as well as Nojiko’s bracelet to remind her of her sister. Her great role model is Bell-mère, who always stood up for her children.
Usopp is the gunner of the Straw Hat Pirates. His father is Yasopp, a member of Shank’s pirate gang, and his mother’s name is Banchina. His big dream is to become a brave warrior of the seas and the best gunner. That’s why he joins Luffy’s gang at the age of 17. Like every other Straw Hat, Usopp had a drastic experience in his past, so his father left the village when Usopp was still very young, his mother died some time later, so Usopp grew up alone. Furthermore, Usopp also has a certain feature on the left side of his body, which makes him unmistakable, he wears his striped sweatband on his left arm. Besides his dream of becoming a brave warrior, he wants to become a perfect marksman like his father Yasopp.
Sanji Vinsmoke, also known as Blackfoot Sanji, is the Cook of the Straw Hat Pirates. He was the head cook at the floating restaurant Baratié before joining. His goal in life as a chef is to find the All Blue. He adores not only the female members of the gang, but any pretty lady he comes across. Furthermore, he refuses to use his kicking skills against women, even if it means his death. In Luffy’s gang, he also often takes on the role of strategist. He was working as a galley boy on a passenger ship many years ago when Zeff raided his ship. A violent storm arose, sinking both ships as well as washing Zeff and Sanji up on a high rock. There they starved for several months until a ship rescued them. Sanji revealed almost nothing about his past even to his crew. Only that he is from the North Blue, he once told casually. In fact, he is the third son of the Vinsmoke family, a family of assassins.
A distinctive visual feature about Sanji is that one of his eyes is always covered by his hairstyle; initially, you never saw his left eye, but after the gang split up for two years, it was the other way around. So now only his left eye can be seen. His role model is Zeff, from whom he probably also took his kicks.
Tony Tony Chopper
Tony Tony Chopper is a reindeer and the ship’s doctor of the Straw Hat Pirates. He once ate of the Man-Human Fruit, which gave him a number of human characteristics, such as reasoning, walking on two legs, and even the ability to speak. His dream is to find a medicine that acts as a cure for all diseases. His antlers broke off while trying to save Hiriluk by searching for a rare mushroom. Since then, it has been fixed with a metal clamp. In addition, Chopper was once cast out by his pack because he had a blue nose, unlike the other reindeer. He was taken in by Hiriluk and raised by him. Another shock for Chopper was his death due to an incurable disease. After this heavy blow, Chopper was taken in by Kureha, who now took care of him. His role models are Kureha and Hiriluk, both excellent doctors.
Nico Robin is an archaeologist and the seventh member of the Straw Hat Pirates. Prior to joining, she was the vice-president of the Baroque firm and a partner of Crocodile. During her time as an agent, she called herself Miss Bloody Sunday. Her dream is to find the Rio Poneglyph and learn the truth about the “lost history”. She possesses the power of the Flora-Flora Fruit and thanks to it, she can grow her body parts anywhere in her sight. She is the sole survivor of the Buster Call on Ohara, which not only killed her family and the people of Ohara, but also Robin’s role model, Professor Shamrock. Robin wears a bracelet on her left arm, the meaning and origin of which is still unknown. In addition, she was impressed by Saul’s and Olvia’s courage, so that she also sees them as a role model.
Franky, whose real name is Cutty Framm, is the shipwright of the Straw Hat Pirates and was once the boss of the ship-scraping Franky Family in Water 7. In order to hide from the world government, he named himself Franky after his return to Water 7 to remain unrecognized. He was abandoned at sea by his parents many years ago, and was found and raised by Tom, the best shipbuilder in the world, and his future role model. Together with him and Iceburg, Tom built various ships until the master was indicted and executed by the world government for building the Oro Jackson, Gol D. Roger’s ship. Tom was transferred to Enies Lobby by the sea train he built himself, Franky tried to stand in his way but was run over and had to rebuild himself into a cyborg due to the severity of his injuries. In the process, he integrated many weapons into his left arm. His dream is to sail around the world on his dream ship, the Thousand Sunny.
Brook is a skeleton and the ninth member of the Straw Hat Pirates. His joining finally fulfilled Luffy’s desire to be a musician in the gang. However, Brook made new friends through the gang and returned to the pirate life. Previously, Brook was a member of the Rumba Pirates as a vice under Yoki. When Yoki died of an infection, Brook took over the role of captain. Some time later, the gang was involved in a fierce battle in which all were killed. Brook’s devil power began to work and so his soul was able to return to his body, however, it was already just a skeleton. Furthermore, his suit has some holes on the left side. Brook’s dream is to see Laboon again, the whale that has been waiting at the Cape of Twins for over 50 years for the return of the Rumba Gang.
Jinbe is a whale shark fishman, a former samurai of the seas, and the helmsman of the Straw Hat Pirates. Before the great battle in Marine Ford, he refused to fight with the Navy against Whitebeard and his alliance, whereupon he was imprisoned in the Impel Down. There, he was freed again by Luffy and his breakout alliance. In Marine Ford, Jinbe finally shed his title as Samurai of the Seas and fought relentlessly alongside Luffy to save Ace from execution.
Since then, Jinbe and Luffy have shared a deep friendship. Even on Fish-Man Island, the whale shark fishman supported Luffy with all his might and even donated blood to him, breaking a taboo among the fishmen. Although Luffy already invited him to join his pirate gang there, Jinbe had formed an alliance with Big Mom during the time jump to protect Fish Man Island. Because of this, he put off joining indefinitely until he had certain things sorted out. Jinbe then made his way to Whole Cake Island, where he officially pledged allegiance to Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates and severed the alliance with Big Mom.
The Going Merry
The Going Merry was designed and constructed by Lamb. After Luffy protected Syrop, Usopp’s home village, from Kuro and his gang, Lamb and Miss Kaya gave the ship to the Straw Hats as a thank you. They used it to sail the Grand Line for a while, but it often suffered damage, making it unseaworthy and eventually burned by Luffy on the open sea.
The Thousand Sunny, or just “Sunny”, is the new ship of the Straw Hat Pirates. It was built by the best shipwrights in Water 7 from the wood of the Adam Tree. In general, the Thousand Sunny is about twice the size of the The Going Merry, whose spirit now resides in this ship, and features many firsts. Iceburg proclaims at the unveiling of the ship that it is one that can truly sail the seas. He also calls it the ship of the King of Beasts.
- Luffy said at the beginning of his departure that he wanted ten crew members. Among fans, this statement always causes discrepancies due to different translations. In the original Japanese Luffy literally says “I want ten people!!!” (jap. “10人はほしいなァ!!!”, Juuninha Hoshiinaa!). This is also the translation Stephen Paul, now translator of the official English version of VIZ, chooses to use in his script, which he made in the early days of the manga and is known in fan circles for its faithfulness to the original Japanese language. From the statement, it can be deduced that Luffy would thus like to have ten crew members besides himself, thus not counting himself. This fact is also pointed out in One Piece Magazine Vol. 10. Currently, the Straw Hat Pirates would still be missing one member if Luffy’s statement were to be followed.
- The Straw Hat Pirates has at least one member from each sea: from the East Blue, Luffy, Zoro, Nami, and Usopp; from the Northblue, Sanji; from the Grand Line, Chopper and Jinbe; from the Southblue, Franky; and from the Westblue, Robin and Brook.
- Their combined bounty currently stands at 3,161,000,100 . This means that the Straw Hat Pirates is currently only surpassed in this respect by the gangs of the Emperors Big Mom, Kaidou and Shanks. It should be mentioned, however, that especially in the ranks of the Blackbeard pirate gang some bounties are still unknown.
- The Straw Hats are linked by some characteristics as well as traits, though not all of them are 100% applicable to each member:
- The following information is taken from answers of questions to Oda (Warning! Table may contain spoiler information!)
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