In celebration of the 1000th chapter of One Piece, one of the longest-running series ever, Shueisha (Publishers of Shonen Jump) And Eiichiro Oda (Author and Mangaka of One Piece) started the World Top 100 Poll. Every fan across the world could vote for their favorite One Piece characters and rank them globally after months of voting. The final results are up. And it’s not really surprising who is number one globally. Let’s go over the top 10.
It should be no big surprise that the main character of the series and future King of the Pirates, Monkey D. Luffy, ranked number one. The rubber man has won over countless fans with his goofiness and inability to back down no matter the odds. As Captain of the Strawhat Pirates, Luffy has won over many characters within the series, turned enemies into allies, and naysayers into believers. He has faced the most incredible enemies and comes out on top every time. Luffy will face the odds time and time again, and if it’s for his friends or his goals, he will never stop until he overcomes those obstacles. I believe he will find the One Piece, and when he does, the world will celebrate alongside him. There’s no one else who can do it. He will live on in infamy, and that’s just the way he wants it. He’s my favorite character in the series, and that feeling is obviously shared with millions of others.
Zoro, the vice-captain of the Strawhats, ranks in second place. He is the second person to be recruited into the pirate crew. Fans love Zoro for his strength, his love of good sake, and his blunt attitude. His three sword style is unique to him, and his journey to becoming the World’s Strongest Swordsman is nothing short of admirable. Fans around the world know when he puts his bandana on that something incredible will happen.
The former cat burglar is ranked number three. As the third member appears in the series, it’s great to see her get the praise she deserves as one of the few characters who can beat up Luffy, Nami’s place in the Strawhats as a navigator is extremely important. She also functions as a surveyor and loves nothing more than the most luxurious things in life. It’s honestly really great to see that characters who have been in the series the longest are still some of the most impactful fans around the world. Nami, time and time again, has been crucial for the journey in the New World.
Sanji takes fourth place. The hilarious cook is a colossal womanizer and expert at combat. Sanji has been known as the third member of the Monster Trio, the strongest combatants in the Strawhats consisting of Luffy and Zoro. When he’s not fighting, he’s wooing over Nami and Nico and looking forward to providing delicious meals to his closest friends. His backstory was a mystery up unto Whole Cake Island, where we discover his origins. One of the sons of the Germa 66 forces, Sanji has left that world and chose the seas with his friends.
Law is the first non-Strawhat Pirate to make the top ten rankings in fifth place. His personality is a stark opposite of Luffy’s, being colder and calculating. However, he’s a doctor and seeks to help others in need. One of the Supernovas alongside Luffy, and Zoro, Law has become one of his greatest allies and friends. Together they took down Donquixote Doflamingo, one of the series’ most infamous villains. His Ope Ope no Mi is a mighty devil fruit allowing him to attack foes with surgical precision and heal others with its tremendous abilities.
Nico Robin is one of my favorite characters in the series. Her childhood is filled with tragedy, and her desire to live was tested in one of the series most fantastic arcs. Nico is the crew’s archaeologist, deciphering the puzzles of the Poneglyphs and putting together the mystery that is the Void Century and the key to reaching Raftel. Nico is as beautiful as she is intelligent and carries a rather dark sense of humor. She is the best example of enemies becoming allies, as she was once allied with Crocodile, a former warlord and the first real challenge Luffy has ever faced.
I’m amazed to see Boa ranked so high. The former warlord, pirate princess, and leader of the Amazon Lilies, Boa is renowned for her beauty and her harsh demeanor. She literally looks down on those dares to compare themselves to her, and her strength is just as great as her beauty. Her one weakness is none other than Monkey D. Luffy himself, who hilariously has no interest in her. Despite that, Boa has shown great care for the rubber man, aiding him greatly during his attempt to rescue his brother and offering him safety when everything fell apart.
Carrot is another surprising placement that I didn’t expect. Carrot is extremely popular, as one would expect from a cute rabbit mink from the Warrior tribe. She proves herself an excellent ally throughout the Whole Cake Island arc and participates in some hilarious gags with the crew. She really does fit in, and it’s no surprise that many fans want to see her become the 11th member of the Strawhat Pirates. Along with her all-powerful, Sulong form, Carrot can be an incredible fighter to have alongside you on the seas. Maybe Oda will throw us a bone and give her own spot in the Strawhats.
A character I definitely expected to see on this list, Ace is known for many things. He is Luffy’s brother, Former 1st commander of the Whitebeard Pirates, and son of the greatest Pirate in the known world, Gol D. Roger. His Mera Mera no mi gave him the powers of flames and made him one of the strongest pirates on the sea. Despite his strength, he was kind to many and loved celebrating with newfound friends; he also had a hilarious habit of falling asleep mid-meal. Unfortunately, he was killed during the Marineford War. Slain by Vice-Admiral Akainu. This event was devastating to fans all around the world. It was devastating to Luffy, who was too weak to save his brother, a moment that is forever marked with a devastating scar on his chest. The impact of his death was grand, as a death in One Piece is not so common outside of flashbacks. His memory has lived on with fans as he ranks number nine.
Sabo is an interesting character to take the final spot in the top 10. However, his character is still an important one. Long believed to be dead, Sabo returns during Dressarosa arc to help Luffy reclaim the Mera Mera no mi, the devil fruit that belonged to their late brother, Ace. It turns out Sabo lost his memory and ended up being recruited by the revolutionary army. A group of rebels fighting their war against the World Government. Honoring Ace, Sabo fights on with his newly claimed flame powers, defending the world from injustice. He lives on for Ace and does his best to look out for his little brother, Luffy.
The World Top 100 is an impressive poll with many exciting characters ranking a lot higher than expected. My biggest surprise was not seeing the Strawhat sniper, Usopp, taking a higher rank. If you wanna see where he and the rest of the Strawhats placed, you can see the rest of the results here. They also have rankings based on many regions around the world. If you’re curious to see your own region’s top ten, check it out here.
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