One Piece: 10 times Nami deserved more respect (but went unnoticed)

Nami, the navigator of the Straw Hat Pirates, is one of the most important characters in all One Piece. Along with Zoro and Luffy, he forms the Romance Dawn crew trio, the three characters Oda considers the core of the story. However, unlike Luffy and Zoro, Nami doesn’t get enough credit simply because she’s not as strong as them.

Despite this, Nami stars in some of the best moments of One Piece and he has saved his crew countless times, though his contribution often goes unnoticed.

10 Nami carried the burden of a village by herself as a child

Nami was raised in the village of Cocoyasi along with her sister, Nojiko, by Bell-mère. The family, though poor, lived a fairly happy life until Arlong turned everything upside down.

Despite being a mere child, Nami took responsibility for the entire village on her shoulders and vowed to gather a hundred million berries to free the village from the tyranny of Arlong. Not only did he risk his life on a daily basis, but he also joined those who caused him pain to prevent them from hurting the people of the village.

9 Nami defeated a Baroque Works agent during the Arabasta arc1628954838 802 One Piece 10 times Nami deserved more respect but went.webp

Despite being considered one of the weakest members of the crew, Nami battled Miss Doublefinger during the Arabasta arc and brought out the best in her. Being the partner of Mr. 1, it is evident that Ms. Doublefinger was one of the strongest characters in the organization at the time, but that did not stop Nami from defeating her during their fight. Unfortunately, Nami receives little credit for this match that she won so bravely.

8 Nami is already the best navigator in the world1628954838 133 One Piece 10 times Nami deserved more respect but went.webp

Nami’s most important role in the story is sailing with the Straw Hat Pirates to their final destination, Laugh Tale. This is a task Nami is more than ready for; she is already the best navigator in the world.

Her understanding of the weather goes beyond human understanding, and during the Arabasta Saga, Vivi referred to Nami’s ability to perceive changes in the weather as a superhuman power that comes naturally to her. Without Nami, the Straw Hats would never make it into the laughter story.

7 Nami saved Sanji and Usopp during the Skypiea arc1628954838 715 One Piece 10 times Nami deserved more respect but went.webp

In the Skypiea arc, Sanji and Usopp fell quickly, as they were unlucky enough to run into Enel quite early in the war. However, Nami decided to protect her two unconscious companions with her life and managed to keep Hotori and Kotori at bay by herself.

Despite not being physically strong, he used an Impact Dial to protect his crew from harm at the cost of his own body. If it hadn’t been for her, Sanji and Usopp might have died.

6 Nico Robin was saved thanks to Nami’s actions1628954838 757 One Piece 10 times Nami deserved more respect but went.webp

Nami was one of the first people to discover the truth about Nico Robin from Iceberg during the Water 7 arc. As Luffy and Zoro were defeated by CP9, Nami made sure to gather everyone together and launch a rescue operation. He motivated Luffy to save Robin when he was in danger and asked Chopper to find Zoro. By saving Luffy and Zoro and telling them the truth about her crewmate, Nami paved the way for Nico Robin’s rescue.

5 Nami defeated a member of CP9 on her own during Enies’s lobby arc1628954839 417 One Piece 10 times Nami deserved more respect but went.webp

Nami may not have superhuman strength like Luffy, Zoro, or Sanji, but she has an incredible mind and uses her wits to bring out the best in those who stand in her way.

During the Enies Lobby arc, Nami confronted Kalifa, one of the Rokushiki arts teachers, and managed to defeat her with her use of the Clima-Tact and her understanding of the weather. Furthermore, Nami did not give up after defeating Kalifa and continued to help the others after concluding her own match.

4 Nami was willing to use all her money for Camie1628954839 311 One Piece 10 times Nami deserved more respect but went.webp

On the way to the Sabaody Archipelago, the Straw Hat crew met Camie, a mermaid from the island of Fishman, who ended up guiding them to the island. Unfortunately, Camie was captured by the island’s slavers and put up for sale, like many other slaves in the Auction House.

Nami, being the kind person that she is, decided to use all her money to get her back when everyone else was at the limit of her strength. The fact that Nami gave away her treasure showed how much she cared about Camie.

3 Nami saved Punk Hazard’s kids from Caesar’s horrors1628954839 450 One Piece 10 times Nami deserved more respect but went.webp

In Punk Hazard, the Straw Hat Pirates came across some children that Caesar was experimenting with. As expected, the children were experiencing a tremendous amount of pain and suffering, which Nami couldn’t bear to see. Despite not knowing anything about them or if they were really victims, Nami decided to help them. Even people like Chopper and Franky were hesitant to rescue the children, but for Nami, saving them was of the utmost importance.

2 Nami forgave Jinbe after hearing the truth about Arlong1628954839 510 One Piece 10 times Nami deserved more respect but went.webp

The arch of the island of fish-men from One Piece delved into the legends of the fish-man race, Queen Otohime and Fisher Tiger. Following Tigre’s death, the Sun Pirates were unable to work together for long, and Jinbe’s eventual rise to Shichibukai forced Arlong to confront him.

Although Jinbe was tasked with stopping Arlong right there from doing harm to humans, he preferred to set Arlong free. Consequently, Arlong ravaged East Blue and made Nami’s life miserable. Despite all that she had to endure, Nami chose to forgive Jinbe and only held hatred towards Arlong.

1 Nami earned a junkie gun in Wano country1628954839 21 One Piece 10 times Nami deserved more respect but went.webp

Nami stole Zeus, a thunder homie, from Big Mom during the Whole Cake Island story arc in typical fashion, and in the Wano Country arc, she made Zeus her partner permanently.

After the latter was abandoned by Big Mom, it somehow fused with Nami’s Sorcery Clima-Tact and gave her enormous power. With her power, Nami became strong enough to face Ulti, one of the Tobiroppo members, in battle and defeat her as well.