A piece is a series known for its absurdist humor and action, which is something that comes as a surprise to watch luffy came close to death a few times. From characters surviving brutal, often fatal injuries, to comedic antics to serious conflict, the series’ depictions of violence vary widely. Nearly every character in the Straw Hats has experienced a near-death situation at least once or twice, but Captain Monkey D. Luffy has had more experiences than any other character.
Part of what makes Luffy such a compelling character is his stubborn unwillingness to give up, whether it’s in his relationships with his crew or in mortal combat. Although many of his antics outside of fighting would lead you to believe that he despises his death, each of his near-death experiences is important to the story, driving him forward. forward or show the depth of his character.
15 Right at the start of your journey
Before Luffy began his great adventure, he began with a life-threatening experience. While listening to his hero and one of the best parental figures in anime, Red-Haired Shanks, tell stories about his pirate adventures, a group of robbers begin to badmouth their friends. Luffy’s. After a struggle, Luffy was kidnapped and taken out to sea by the robber – who rowed them straight towards a sea king – a large and dangerous creature. While Luffy was saved by Shanks, the pirate lost his arm in the process. This important moment in Luffy’s life teaches him about sacrifice and courage.
14 When Luffy first met his brothers
After Shanks saved him from a giant sea monster in the first chapter of the series, Luffy befriended his later brothers Ace and Sabo. Although the two initially disliked him, Luffy felt a strong loyalty towards them, which was tested when he was kidnapped and tortured by a pirate whom Ace and Sabo had stolen. . As a child, the beating he received was brutal and would have killed him if Ace and Sabo had not saved him. Despite nearly dying, this is what led to the deep bond between Luffy, Ace, and Sabo, and was thus a very formative experience.
13 At Arlong Park in the swimming pool
Having overcome many previous villains in East Blue, Arlong is indeed a serious threat to Luffy. The immense physical presence of the Fishman and his powerful followers gave them the upper hand against the Straw Hats, drowning Luffy in seawater. With his devil fruit power, Luffy was greatly weakened and almost drowned. Only the quick thinking of his crew saved him, as they were able to pull his neck and pull his head above the water. After recovering, Luffy spectacularly defeated Arlong, but this was his first life-threatening moment after he began his adventure.
12. In Roguetown, before entering the Grand Line
As the Straw Hats prepare for their adventure to the legendary treasure One Piece, they arrive at Roguetown. This island is where legendary pirate Gol D. Roger was executed after he hid his treasure at the end of the Grand Line. While here, Luffy has a moment of reflection on Rogers’ death – and is captured by his first enemy, Buggy the Clown. When Buggy raised his sword and prepared to execute Luffy at the exact spot where Roger died, Luffy laughed in the face of death; just like Roger did. This moment told everyone present that there was something special – even dangerous – about Monkey D. Luffy.
11 Crocodiles fight in the Kingdom of Alabasta
The harsh desert kingdom of Alabasta is where Luffy confronts the Crocodile. As the Leader of the mafia-themed group Baroque Works in One Piece, one of the seven pirate lords, and the villain behind Alabasta’s political instability, Crocodile is one of Luffy’s most dangerous opponents. ever faced. When Luffy first faced Crocodile, he was unprepared and weak. The crocodile sucked out all of Luffy’s moisture with his sand powers and left him to die in the quicksand. If it weren’t for Nico Robin coming back to ask why Luffy continued to fight, Luffy would have died under the sand dunes without anyone finding him.
10 When meeting Aokiji for the first time
The World Government is completely opposed to piracy. So, it’s no surprise that these major villains frequently attack and threaten Luffy and his crew. Aokiji is one of four naval admirals and his power is appropriate to his rank. With his ability to control ice, Aokiji revealed one of the dangerous weaknesses that someone essentially made of rubber like Luffy would face – the danger of cold. Aokiji easily stopped the Straw Hats’ advance when he warned of the dangers Nico Robin could pose to them – specifically himself and the world government. Luffy’s loyalty to Robin is shown by his refusal to let her leave. This conflict quickly ended with Aokiji freezing Luffy in a slightly terrified state.
9 When he was poisoned in Impel Down
The infamous prison island Impel Down is managed by Magellan. Magellan’s Devil Fruit abilities allow him to control any type of poison, which he can freely use to punish and destroy the criminals he watches over. Luffy and his new allies break into the prison in an attempt to free his brother Ace but are captured instead. When Luffy faced off against Magellan, he delivered the decisive blow – but at the cost of a fatal illness. Without the life-saving medicine provided by prisoner Emporio Ivankov, Luffy would not be able to survive even a day. As an added benefit of surviving this encounter, Luffy from then on is resistant to all types of poison.
8 In his fight with Rob Lucci
While mourning their retiring pirate ship, the Going Merry, the Straw Hats develop a friendship with the shipwrights of Galley-La. This group includes their next recruit – Franky – and one of Luffy’s most dangerous enemies, Rob Lucci. Lucci is a member of CP9, a secret agent of the World Government. The group uses deadly martial arts along with the power of Devil Fruits in a combination that nearly kills the entire Straw Hat crew. While Luffy tried to fight Lucci, he would have died without the help of Nico Robin and Usopp. Thanks to Usopp’s eagle eye and Robin’s devil fruit abilities, Luffy can fight another day.
7 When he lost his shadow at Thriller Bark
While enjoying themselves on their newly built ship, the Thousand Sunny, the Straw Hats are led into a mysterious fog. This fog contains the giant ship Thriller Bark on the haunted island. Captain Gecko Moria has the ability to take a person’s shadow, using it to give his undead constructs the powers and personality of the shadow’s owner. A scary side effect of this is that shadowless people will die if exposed to sunlight. Even though Thriller Bark is surrounded by fog, this looming doom hangs over Luffy and the other affected Straw Hats throughout the arc. The main disadvantage of this arc is meeting Brook, the music-loving character who joins the Straw Hat crew of One Piece.
6 When meeting Android Pacifistas
Bartholomew Kuma is an imposing figure, even in a manga filled with both literal and figurative giants. He is a former officer of the Revolutionary Army, captured and used as a base for the strange and menacing robots, the Pacifistas. The Straw Hats first met them on Thriller Bark, where one of the robots witnessed Gecko Moria’s defeat. Under orders to prevent rumors of Moria’s defeat from spreading, the pacifists were ordered to eliminate all witnesses. The Straw Hats manage to even scratch the android, narrowly escaping the super-powered creature. These androids were created by the evil genius Dr. Vegapunk, who suited each model with destructive weapons.
5 Fight to save Ace at Marineford
One Piece is notable for having a significant time skip marking the end of the first ‘half’ of the series. Everything leading up to the Marineford War resulted in Luffy fighting alongside and against many characters from the past in an epic battle to save his adopted brother, Ace. This battle is notable for the way it sets up many of the story arcs that follow, introducing or detailing the diverse cast. Unfortunately, Luffy was unable to save his brother from execution. Witnessing Ace’s death caused Luffy to fall into a state of stress and almost died at that moment. Thanks to the allies he gained during his journey, he was brought to a safe place to mourn.
4 During the battle with Doflamingo in Dressarosa
The battle between Luffy and Doflamingo was one of the first battles after the timeskip, allowing Luffy to show off his newly acquired abilities as well as show off the scale of the new enemies he would face. Their fight nearly destroyed the capital and Luffy’s abilities were not enough at first. During the ten minutes in the middle of the battle, Luffy was so vulnerable that he was almost certain to die – but thanks to the distraction of the people of Dressarosa, Luffy was able to emerge victorious.
3 Fight Big Mom’s lieutenant Katakuri
On Whole Cake Island, the Straw Hats face many powerful enemies that they are not prepared to fight in order to rescue crew member Sanji. Aside from Big Mom, the formidable Yonko that rules the island, the most fearsome opponent they face is Katakuri. Katakuri was able to change the shape of his body with the Mochi Mochi fruit and used his extremely developed Observation Haki to see the future. His one-on-one battle with Luffy pushed the Straw Hat pirate to the limit and threatened to end his career forever. Luckily, Luffy was able to win and he barely escaped the arc with his life and that of his teammates.
2 The first phase of the war against Kaido
The raid on Onigashima in the Wano arc culminates in a battle between the top new generation pirates such as Luffy, Kid and Law against Yonko Kaido and Big Mom. This fight quickly divides, Kid and Law confront Big Mom and Luffy confronts Kaido. Initially, things seemed to go well for the Straw Hat Captain, but Kaido eventually gained the upper hand, dropping an unconscious Luffy off Onigashima into the ocean below. Luffy only survived with the aid of a submarine that came to save and resuscitate him, making this one of the Straw Hats’ most death-defying moments in the series.
1 Just before unlocking Gear 5
After being saved in his first near-death experience against Kaido during the raid on Onigashima, Luffy and the Yonko clashed once again. This time Luffy was able to fight harder, forcing Kaido to use his drunken fighting style. However, the World Government wanted to make sure Luffy would lose so they sent a CP0 agent to help Kaido defeat him, seemingly dealing a fatal blow. However, as he lies on the ground seemingly dead, Luffy’s heart begins to beat again like a freeing drum and allows him to unlock his ultimate fighting form Gear 5. This makes this the moment despite Luffy’s most epic death.
Luffy may face many more near-death moments as One Piece enters its final story and the Straw Hats face even more dangerous enemies. However, this list shows that he has faced such deadly threats before and survived, meaning he will likely continue to do so. As long as he has friends by his side, luffy will be able to fight through all the dangers that the world of A piece can throw at him.