One Piece: the most iconic scene for each main character
It’s hard to imagine a story of pirates, magic fruits, giant robots, and dragons not having some iconic moments. In A piece, fans enjoy the various exploits of the Straw Hat Pirates as they aspire to make Monkey D. Luffy the Pirate King. It involves epic battles with competing pirates, constant clashes with the law, adventures on magical islands, and, oddly enough, the rescue of a few princesses.
A piece there is nothing without its characters, as their personalities, stories, and goals fuel how epic each of these encounters can be; As the Straw Hats gear up for their next big threat, it’s time to reflect on some of their best moments.
ten Jinbei: Looking at Big Mom
Jinbei’s introduction was more than enough to give fans chills. He was a former warlord whose refusal to fight in the war at the top led him to the deepest recesses of Impel Down. On top of that, his constant contributions to Luffy’s rescue team, including calling the whales and rescuing Luffy himself from Akainu, have all been history highlights.
It is only towards the Whole Cake Island Arc, however, that it will have its legendary scene. Having decided to join the Straw Hats, Jinbei decides to personally hand in his resignation to Big Mom. Not too happy to lose an important member of her crew, Big Mom tries to steal her soul. Jinbei, however, quickly proves that until people fear her, she can’t.
9 Franky: His fight with Senor Pink
Franky the Cyborg as a visual spectacle is already iconic with every step he takes. Whether he’s drinking cola or yelling “Great,” Franky is by far the easiest person to choose among the Straw Hats. Some of his best moments involve his various weird inventions, him trying to train a human robot with the crew, and his attempt to stop a train with his bare hands when he was young.
Her most iconic moment to top it off, however, was the decisive end of her fight with Senor Pink. All of the entertainment in this fight seemingly came out of nowhere, and Franky not only gave him a bloody barrage to finish it off, but also gave his opponent a weirdly sincere and stoic sendoff.
8 Brook: the last concert of his first crew
If “Soul King” Brook is remembered for anything, it will be his music. As good of a swordsman or a gentleman as he may be, Brook’s ultimate role in the Straw Hats is to be the musician who entertains and energizes the crew, and he does it brilliantly.
He’s responsible for many of the anime’s best musical numbers and a big concert to commemorate the return of the Straw Hats. His most iconic performance, however, was part of his final farewell to the Rumbar Pirates. After a devastating loss to a rival crew, Brook and his teammates performed one final gig together, the melody of which is both nostalgic and tragic for fans to this day.
7 Nico Robin: Say “I want to live”
Nicor Robin is one of the most popular female characters in the series. Based purely on the aesthetic, Nico Robin is an easy fan favorite for his dark and mysterious design and demeanor. Her story more than skyrocketed her legendary status, as it made everyone cry and broadened the reach and political meaning of the series. It didn’t take long after that for the series to truly immortalize him.
Once Luffy and the Straw Hats approach the top of the Enies Lobby, Luffy requests Robin’s resignation personally before finally encouraging her to say what she really wants. When Nico Robin shouted “I want to live!”, The sea level rose with the tears of the fans.
6 Tony Tony Chopper: begging Dr. Kureha to teach him
Tony Tony Chopper on design alone is already very iconic. He is supposed to be the mascot of the series and after seeing all of the A piece merch with his face on it, he did a really good job.
The scene to define it, however, comes in its backstory. After tragically losing Dr Hiluluk to political assassination, his own poisoned mushroom soup, and an undisclosed terminal illness, Chopper runs to Dr Kureha’s office waving Hiluluk’s pirate flag. He begs the old woman to teach him, proclaiming that he wants to be a doctor who can cure any disease.
5 Usopp: bringing down the flag of the world government
As the resident comic relief of The Straw Hats, Usopp has been making fans laugh for several years. Whether intentional or with his reluctant cowardice, Usopp has had some of the most unique interactions in history. However, its most iconic scene to date is one that is performed in a completely direct fashion.
Decorated as the Incredible Sniper King, Luffy asked him to declare war on the world himself. Raising his slingshot very high, Sniper King brings down the flag of the World Government in a fiery flame that turns it to ashes and lights up the whole sky. With just a slingshot, Usopp managed to hit fans pretty deep.
4 Sanji: his nosebleed mermaid
As part of the “Monster Trio” series, it would make sense for Sanji’s most iconic scene to be a difficult and endearing scene. It could have been him giving Gin food on the Baratie, the time he saved everyone as “Mr. Prince” on Alabasta, his scorching leg attack on Jabra, or his bad news of Charlotte Pudding’s betrayal.
However, because creator Eiichiro Oda is much more cruel to him than the Vinsmokes ever were, his most memorable scene was a gag, though it did become deeply important to the plot. After a group of mermaids attempted to hide the crew of the Fishman Island guards, Sanji was quickly overwhelmed by the new characters and had such a severe nosebleed that he formed a giant mermaid. It almost killed him as well.
3 Nami: ask Luffy to help him
Even before A piece has become a thing, Nami has always been part of the DNA of Eiichiro Oda’s story. Despite this, its formal membership was a bit of a rocky road. Due to her past with Arlong, Nami had come to hate all pirates and only reluctantly worked with Luffy for personal gain. After being called back to Arlong, however, Nami would steal Luffy’s ship to return home.
Distraught to recover their ship and navigator, the Straw Hats headed for the village of Cocoyashi, where they would find an entire town under pirate rule. With few options after Arlong steals Nami’s treasure, she turns to Luffy for help. For many fans, this was the turning point in history.
2 Roronoa Zoro: hide (and survive) his fight with Bartholomew Kuma
As Luffy’s first mate, it makes sense that the Pirate Hunter has a lot of iconic moments. His fights with Daz Bones, Kaku, and Pica are all amazing and he has one of the best racing gags in the series. His most iconic scene, however, came when Bartholomew Kuma came in to replace Gecko Moriah.
With no other option against the Second Warlord, Zoro humbly loses and offers his life in exchange for Luffy’s. Kuma accepts and transfers all of Luffy’s stress from the previous battle as a trial. Zoro takes the pain willingly and silently, leaving behind only a bloody mass that simply says nothing has happened.
1 Monkey D. Luffy: Hitting the Sky Dragon
As the main character, Luffy is bound to have many iconic moments in history. Each of the Straw Hats has fond memories of him which led them to join his crew, and he has plenty of epic and shonen battles under his belt. There is the time when he fell from the sky to save his brother, rang the legendary Shandorian bell and even smiled for his own execution.
Above all, there is easily a scene in the series to define the very essence of Luffy, which has incredible replay value. It would be his epic punch on the Heavenly Dragon that shot Hatchan which was so huge that he re-styled the anime in black and white.
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