Straw Hat Pirates

15 11 2010


The protagonists of the One Piece series are part of the Straw Hat Pirates, a crew of pirates founded and captained by Monkey D. Luffy. Starting out with Luffy alone the crew’s number grows throughout the series as Luffy keeps recruiting new members. The name of their first ship is “Going Merry” (ゴーイング・メリー号, Gōingu Merī-gō?, renamed “Merry Go” in the English manga and 4Kids dub), however due to severe damage, the Straw Hat Pirates got a new ship called “Thousand Sunny” (サウザンドサニー号, Sauzando Sanī-gō?). Though the Straw Hats are few in number, the level of skill each member possess in his or her role on the ship can easily surpass that of a veteran sailor. The prowess in combat each member possess can easily allow them to become the captain of an average to somewhat skilled group should they choose to do so. The crew went from a little known gang of children, elevating their status as they journey through some of the roughest waters.

Straw Hat Pirates
Monkey D. Luffy Roronoa Zoro Nami Usopp Sanji
Tony Tony Chopper Nico Robin Franky Brook Thousand Sunny
Going Merry (Destroyed)

As a result of Luffy’s choice in who joins the crew, the Straw Hats are notable for being one of the most varied, if not bizarre, pirate crews in the One Piece world. Their ranks have members so vastly different from one another that it almost seems random in retrospect. These include a doctor who is a shape shifting reindeer who can be mistaken for something else depending on his form, such as a gorilla when full human, or a tanuki when in his usual mid-form; a cyborg for a shipwright who has very eccentric behavior and wears almost nothing except for shirts and speedoes; and a lively, undead, and perverted skeletal musician. Amongst them they have four Devil Fruit users which includes Luffy himself. The majority of them are also fairly young, with only three members being older than 30, although the two oldest members are just as childish as the others. Another thing is that they consider their ships to be crew members as much as the others. They are also very fun loving people.

Straw Hat Luffy
As the captain of the crew, Luffy has been recognized by the World Government as the most dangerous person of the Straw Hats. Originally, due to Luffy being a relatively new pirate, the World Government didn’t pay much attention to him. However, with each new outrageous exploit Luffy and his crew accomplished, the World Government’s view of Luffy changed. 

  • First bounty: 30,000,000 for defeating the top pirates of East Blue.
  • Second bounty: 100,000,000 for defeating Crocodile of the Shichibukai.
  • Third bounty: 300,000,000 for defeating Blueno and Rob Lucci of the CP9, for orchestrating the assault on Enies Lobby, and for declaring war against the World Government.
  • Fourth bounty: 400,000,000. Specific reasons unknown, may include some or all of the following: For defeating Gekko Moriah of the Shichibukai, for punching a World Noble, for breaking into Impel Down and breaking out along with 240 other prisoners, for his participation in the Whitebeard War, for ringing the Ox Bell which was taken as an act of war, and for being the son of Revolutionary Dragon.
Zoro's Wanted Poster
Pirate Hunter Roronoa Zoro
Recognized as a powerful fighter within the Straw Hats through his battles with various opponents, Zoro was given a bounty by the World Government with just as much recognition as Luffy in terms of being a powerful threat. 

  • First bounty: 60,000,000 for defeating 100 bounty hunters and Daz Bones.
  • Second bounty: 120,000,000 for his involvement with his fellow Straw Hats in the Enies Lobby incident.
Nami's Wanted Poster
Cat Burglar Nami
For her involvement with her fellow crew members in Enies Lobby, Nami was recognized as a threat by the World Government and was given a bounty of 16,000,000. While most of the other Straw Hats are impressed at having bounties, Nami doesn’t particularly like being a wanted person. Her picture was taken under the false pretense of a reporter wanting to do an article on her, hence the sexy pose.
Usopp's Wanted Poster
The King Of The Snipers Sogeking
For his involvement with his fellow crew members in Enies Lobby, and in particular setting fire to the World Government flag and sniping off marines on the Bridge of Hesitation, Usopp was recognized as a threat by the World Government and was given a bounty of 30,000,000. Due to Usopp disguising himself as Sogeking at the time, the authorities attributed Usopp’s bounty to his Sogeking persona. While most people easily recognize Usopp as Sogeking, the people of Usopp’s village (with the exception of Kaya and the former Usopp’s Pirates) don’t recognize that they are both the same person.
Sanji's Wanted Poster
Black Leg Sanji
For his involvement with his fellow crew members in Enies Lobby, Sanji was recognized as a threat by the World Government and was given a bounty of 77,000,000. However, because Attachan of the Marines forgot to remove the lens cap when taking the picture, a proper picture of Sanji was not taken. Instead, a crude drawing that barely looks like him was substituted. This, along with other incidents involving the picture, are part of a running gag on how Sanji has bad luck being recognized because of his bounty image.
Chopper's Wanted Poster
Cotton Candy Lover Chopper
Due to being mistaken for a pet, and thus not much of a threat, the World Government gave Chopper a measly 50 bounty.
Robin's Wanted Poster
Demon Child Nico Robin
While a cover story was given to the general public to explain Robin’s initial bounty, the actual reason was because the World Government saw her ability to read Poneglyphs as a threat to world safety. After joining up with the Straw Hats, however, the Government’s view of her became more genuine. 

  • First bounty: 79,000,000 for sinking six Buster Call battleships (in truth, for her ability to read Poneglyphs).
  • Second bounty: 80,000,000 for her involvement with her fellow Straw Hats in the Enies Lobby incident.
Franky's Wanted Poster
Cyborg Franky
While his gang’s involvement in the invasion of Enies Lobby was covered up, Franky’s own involvement with the Straw Hats was recognized. For that and for burning the blueprints for Pluton he was given a bounty of 44,000,000.
Brook's Wanted Poster
Humming Brook
In his previous life, Brook had gained a bounty of 33,000,000 for piracy. This bounty and the picture accompanying it were issued fifty years ago. After the timeskip, Brook’s managers sell him out to the Marines, allowing them to connect Brook’s skeletal appearance to the picture in the wanted poster. They also learn of his connection to the Straw Hats.





One response

17 05 2012
One Piece Journal

They are the best among the rest!!!!:) But brook story is the saddest ever…especially on what happened to his captain its heartbreaking T_T but also happy because brook find the best ever crew existed in one piece!!!

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