Sanji became the backbone of the Straw Hats despite all the difficulties, despite not having big goals like Luffy and Zoro. Sanji’s unique dream of finding strange fish at All Blue sets him apart from other pirates and powerful marines. Sanji’s ethics and philosophy limit his own power, but he still manages to become one of the strongest characters in One Piece.
A pieceThe Straw Hats are one of the most formidable gangs in the series, with each member being strong and taking on a unique position. The crew’s chef, Sanji, is one of their strongest and most trusted, along with Luffy and Zoro, he becomes the main fighter of the Straw Hats. However, Sanji never intended to become that strong, as he is significantly different from both Luffy and Zoro.
Known and feared as Black Leg, Sanji was never expected to become as powerful as he is, but against all odds, he has become a mainstay of the crew and a key piece of the puzzle. Luffy’s path to becoming Pirate King. Sanji can quickly become violent when he has to protect a woman, but his main goal is not as big as Zoro and Luffy.
Sanji wishes to go to All Blue, a sea where fish from all other seas converge. A chef’s instinct told him to go there to see what kind of exotic fish he could find. In a sea where great ambition (literally, Haki) is needed to become strong, Sanji manages a simple, peaceful dream that can make any pirate and mighty marine no need to race to make money.
Sanji greatly limits his own power
Sanji is considered a serial womanizer, which causes him to never fight with women no matter what. This sometimes causes problems for him, as the Grand Line is filled with powerful women such as Boa Hancock and Captain Hina. Furthermore, Sanji does not use his hands to fight. This is because he believes that a chef should only use his hands to cook for others and not harm them. His ethics and philosophy work against him significantly, although it is admirable that he does not waver in his beliefs.
The passage of time was a crucial point for the Straw Hats, as they found themselves completely weak against Kuma and Kizaru. They spent two years honing their techniques and expertise, and each member returned stronger and more proficient. Sanji is sent to the Kingdom of Kamabakka, where he must (in his words) “survive” being chased by okama and challenge the masters of Newkama kempo. Although Sanji did receive some training from the powerful Ivankov, this was nothing compared to the masters that Luffy and Zoro had during the timeskip: Gol D. Roger’s right-hand man, Silver Rayleigh, and swordsman strongest, Mihawk.
Sanji’s “ambition” is very different from Luffy and Zoro
Despite this, Sanji still achieves the same level of power as Zoro (and fans will never stop debating who is stronger between Zoro and Sanji). However, the difference between the two is more philosophical than anything. Sanji limits his power in many ways, including destroying his Germa suit. Even when Germa’s genetic enhancements appeared in his body, he still struggled to accept and use them. This is because, essentially, Sanji is not a warrior like Zoro and Luffy.
However, this does not mean that Sanji is weak. In fact, his path to power is even more compelling and interesting than that of his two powerful companions, who follow established patterns. Sanji primarily pursues power to protect his friends and support Luffy’s ambitions, while his personal dream remains one more suited to a chef than an aspiring warrior. From lacking ambition to limiting your options, Sanji became one of the strongest characters in One Piece beyond expectations.
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