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I'm assuming that Black Beard will be Luffy's closest competition for Pirate King. He will be the last rival defeated before reaching Raftel. Kid will certainly be an important enemy sooner or later.
There is a character everyone seems to forget when discussing serious rivals: Drake. He has also challenged a Yonkou, presumably seizing one of Kaido's favorite islands. He has also been acknowledged by Brown Beard, along with Kid, Law, and Hawkins, as a major source of trouble in the New World. I suspect he will be very important later, along with Kid and Hawkins. It remains to be seen whether he will be a friend or foe to the Strawhats.
Well, drake has been somewhat less relavant so far to be fair lol. Certainly that he would cause trouble against a yonko that early is impressive but he has not shown in any way to be as important as law or kid to the plot so far. I get the feeling he is more likely to befriend luffy than fight him though, dunno why but he seems like one of the more reasonable supernova.
I wouldn't put BB in the same league as kid though. BB is purely an enemy, someone luffy must unilaterally destroy. Odds are that right now he is the man closest to OP however due to his history I find it unlikely he will end up as a rival in the same sense WB was a rival to roger. I mean, WB ended up drinking sake with roger before his death. They fought till they respected each other. Such a scenario is viable with any supernova but not with BB IMO.
I can see Kidd being Luffy's WB. Rogers sought to conquer the seas, right? Luffy's definition of pirate king is having the most freedom in the seas, if I recall. Already in a way, both are different. Luffy's WB doesn't exactly have to be like Whitebeard, but be Luffy's rival. They don't necessarily have to be on good terms, and I can't see a Shichibukai being a WB. Kidd seeks to conquer the ocean, as opposed to Whitebeard seeking family. Luffy seeks to have the most freedom and find One Piece, while Rogers sought to conquer the sea and travel to the end.
Blackbeard is more like the villain, considering he caused Ace's death and set off a new age that threatens so many lives. His power is the only thing that can make him Luffy's WB, but his strength is what makes him Luffy's enemy more than anything else. I can't see Coby being strong enough to be Luffy's rival either unless he gets a strong Devil Fruit and trains hard.
LOL is Buggy even worth mentioning in this thread ? He's just fodder and will always be IMO either he's a Shichibukai now or not .
AS for who is Luffy's Whitebeard ..hm i don't know maybe Law ? , or maybe Kidd ? But still Whitebeard and Roger had an interesting relationship , they kinda respected each other so i don't see Kidd as someone like Whitebeard for example . They are really different and Kidd hates Luffy , we all know that . After all remember how frustrated he was after all that Luffy did in the war , taking front page and being the "Leader" of the SN and he misunderstood that bell he rang thinking he was marking the start of his era or something like that .
As for Luffy's Garp i stick with my believes and say Smoker fits that role pretty well . I don't wanna hear about Coby
It was clear that Law respected Luffy as far back as their first meeting on Sabaody. After Jean Beart thanked Law for freeing him, Law told him to save half his thanks for Luffy here. Roger clearly respected Whitebeard and Whitebeard, Roger. If Luffy is to have a Whitebeard like rival there has to be respect, whether they fight or not. Based on that Law seems most likely. They may even spar at the end of this arc, a fight I would expect to be inconclusive.
Kidd and Luffy have each challenged Big Mom's preeminence as a Yonkou, each in their own way. I fully expect Luffy to defeat her and be proclaimed a Yonkou. At that point I expect Kidd to challenge Luffy, and that Luffy will ultimately defeat him. Kidd will be a strong enemy but will never have the stature to be compared to Whitebeard.
The Garp is definitely Coby.
It's already set in stone that Coby will remain loyal to the Marines as it's "his dream".
And, although I doubt he will be as strong as Luffy by the end, we already know that he can use Haki, so I expect him to be very potent in Haki, enough to fight Luffy.
As for the Whitebeard... right now, I would say that Law is the best bet.
He's a rival, but a friend also...
Could be Buggy too, but he's not serious enough for that...
Coby seems to young, weak, and low ranked to be Luffy's Garp. Smoker has been perusing Luffy since Loguetown, shows some respect to his adversary, and has the same rank as Garp. Like Garp he is hardly an orthodox marine. While Coby could be Luffy's Garp, the parallels are mostly speculation based on possible foreshadowing from early in the series. The parallels between Smoker and Garp are fairly well established already.
Unless like people have said, he gets a strong Devil fruit and has developed the hell out of his Haki, then he will not give Luffy any trouble.
I personally believe Law will at some point become a straw hat. I dont know why but i have this undying feeling that Luffy will somehow help Law by recovering something of Laws or something completely extreme.
Not sure who would be Luffys WB though since i forsee Law joining him. If Law doesnt Join them then he will be Luffys WB
On the other hand, Luffy doesn't have a clear pirate rival yet. There's no one that has been appearing sufficiently frequently as an enemy, and is from the same generation as Luffy. One of the Supernovas could become one, but I believe Law is more of an ally than a friendly enemy.
Regardless of how much hard work he has done, he simply cannot hope to even threaten Luffy at this point, well unless he has a powerful DF and somehow awoken BH to injure Luffy with. I still do not see him ever being able to corner Luffy like how Garp did with Roger.
Coby's reintroduction at EL and at Marineford showed that he's more important that it seemed at the beginning.
For him to even by any small chance be able to hold Luffy back at this point is ridiculous. You do understand that Luffy did nothing more than train for 2 Years. For Coby who again never posed a threat to pre timeskip Luffy to even make Luffy flinch is just not realistic.
Thats true, since a lot of marines are given fodder treatment, Coby does stand out amongst them.Quote:
Thats true, but Luffys growth potential IMO is much much more above Cobys. What Luffy could achieve in 2 years i would expect Coby to in 4~7 years.Quote:
He might be important, but not important enough to give Luffy a good run for his money. Not at this point anyway.Quote:
I would think Oda could keep Coby out of the plot for another 1~2 one piece years and then reintroduce him once Luffy is a Yonkou and Coby is a Vice Admiral.
Roger - Luffy
Whitebeard - Law
Garp - Coby
Shiki - Kidd
Sengoku - Aokiji
Tsuru = Helmeppo (?)
Roger, Whitebeard and Garp were all friendly . . . to a degree. I think that Coby could be like Garp, eventually. Right now a lot of people are enemies but they could be friendly if Luffy comes out on top.
Shiki was/is a bit of a dick, like Kidd
Sengoku is levelheaded, and not superior to Garp but took responsibility, like Aokiji
Tsuru is a women, like Helmeppo
Im not saying its perfect, but after some shared experience and Whitebeards inevitable death, if not by Luffy's hands then by Whitebeards men / Shanks / someone else who is totally badass it could fit