If not the strongest in physical strength, then definitely in spirit. I believe that's the type of hero, Oda, is looking to carryout here. Someone who can influence others in a positive way and still eligible to fight.
This is probably the main reason why, One Piece is suppose popular to the younger audiences, because Luffy remains a positive force in the story, no matter what challenges come his way.
If you look back, they said that whitebeard is the only person tie a fight with roger, and after roger died, whitebeard hold "the strongest title". That means, roger and whitebeard is the strongest in the world previously. So, IMO, along the journey, luffy will slowly become the strongest in the world. Even Mihawk said that, his ambition to become pirate king is much more crazy than zorro's ambition to become no1 swordsman. So, yes, luffy will become the strongest in one piece, no doubt about that.
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they're both stubborn (hence haki), so if they had differing views that required them to face off, i don't see them hesitating at all to take each other on
There's a complex dynamic going on in One Piece in terms of power that very few other stories use where you don't necessarily have to defeat the strongest in battle to achieve your goal.
For example, Whitebeard was definitely called the strongest in the world but when Luffy met him, Whitebeard supported him before he died which means that now that he's dead he will always be known as someone who died holding that title while undefeated as well as Luffy never getting to show us if he's literally stronger than Whitebeard since he will never get the chance to fight him (or Gol D. Roger) mano a mano (as Luffy said to Aokiji).
The other angle to approach this from is that in terms of Luffy's support, having been barely crossed the halfway point of the Grand Line, Luffy already has as his allies or friends:
- Rayleigh, Crocus, Shanks, and possibly Buggy just from the Roger Pirates
- Mihawk, Hancock, Jinbei (former), and possibly Crocodile (former), as well as Law (and Buggy?) of the Shichibukai
- Drum Kingdom, Arabasta Kingdom, Skypea, Water 7, and Ryuguu Kingdom (as well as possibly Wano country through Kinemon and Elbaf through Dory and Broggy in the future)
- Pluton (through Arabasta, Robin or Franky), and Poseidon (through Ryuguu Kingdom)
- Red Hair Pirates, and whatever's left of the Whitebeard Pirates of the Yonkou
We can only guess who or what else will side with him by the time he reaches Raftel meaning that when the time comes for him to take down the strongest powers that oppose him he will have plenty of the strongest in the world on his side so that he wouldn't have to take on the whole world on by himself to come out on top when all is said and done.
OP is not some kind of a power fest like typical shonen mangas. The total defeat of pirate side at marineford War showed us that even the strongest man on earth is nothing without strong AND many allies. Hey, even Roger was about to lose when he was outnumbered by Shiki. It was sheer luck that saved him back then.
Thus, I think it's Luffy's actual goal now to achieve what WB and Roger failed to : : unite the rest of the world as his allies. And by 'the rest world', I mean literally the world. Pirates, Revolutionary Army, kingdoms (at least the ones that Luffy helped before), and various races (skyfolk, merman). Think about it, there's no other way the overcome the big war that WB foreshadowed back then.
i think the final fight would be luffy leadidng the entire world in a revolution
and i still think (with the little kid in me) that laboon will be the one that holds off with san juan wolf in this final fight
laboon and his entire family will end up being luffy's biggest (in size) allies/guns
its not like if u r strongest peopel will not respect u but it other way they will respect u more , they will look to u they will like to become powerful like u .
if u r strongest even who dont wanted to acknowledge u will acknowledge u
if ur friend is strongest one will u afraid of him without any resone
if u r strongest it only make u more worthy of the title of PK.
In terms of logic,
strongest person ~~> leads to ~~> respect
respect ~~> not always means ~~> strongest person
In other words, being the strongest person is not a requirement to become respected or to become the pirate king. People are respected for lots of different reasons (only one of which is being the strongest). The only two requirements to become the Pirate King is to "conquer" the Grand Line (meaning reach Raftel) and acquire the greatest treasure: One Piece.
The best example is that Whitebeard was respected as an equal to Gol D. Roger while only Roger was known as the Pirate King. Even though in power they were known as equals/rivals, Whitebeard had no interest in reaching Raftel, acquiring One Piece or becoming the Pirate King even long after Roger's death and Whitebeard became a Yonkou. Also, the four emperors are all considered to be equal in power (as a whole including all their allies) even though Whitebeard is clearly known as the world's strongest person which would technically mean Kaidou, Shanks, and Big Mom would have lost to him on a one on one fight.
Last edited by Anduren; September 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM.
bro i didnt say if u r strongest that the only way to b PK. what i mean is even if u r strongest u can become PK well being strongest is plus point for title of PK.
but luffy will probably never be the strongest. not technically. this is oda's world, not dragonball, there's no strict power hierarchy. rock paper scissors style, luffy will always have his weaknesses, and that's why he needs his teammates and allies covering him