One Piece: Eiichiro Oda gives the reason why Luffy does not kill his enemies

Since 1997, Eiichiro Oda narrates the adventures of Luffy and the Straw Hat crew. A manga that has endured and prospered over the years, to the point of becoming one of the pillars of the genre. And while fans of One Piece desperately waiting to know the end of this work, Luffy continues not to kill his enemies. A principle similar to Spider-Man on which Eiichiro Oda returned in more detail.

a noble principle

In One Piece, Luffy, main hero of the shonen, does not kill. Admittedly, the pirate departed from his rule in One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island, when the film’s main antagonist dies. However, this 2005 animated feature film is not considered canon. The events presented there therefore do not impact the main plot of One Piece. What about Luffy and his principle that he wouldn’t kill his enemies?

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The readers of One Piece know it, but the straw hat pirate has a big heart. He resorts to force only in cases of extreme necessity, a principle glimpsed year after year, chapter after chapter. But what could be the reason behind this decision? Especially since the antagonists of One Piece are generally not soft. Beings whose death would also facilitate Luffy’s ascension to the rank of Pirate King. But as Oda explains in the Volume 4 Q&A shortly after the clash with Morgan, if the pirate doesn’t kill, it’s to give them another chance to realize their dream.

A reader : How come Luffy never kills his enemies? In “One Piece” manga, he didn’t kill Mohji and Helmeppo, but Morgan was killed by Zoro, why?

Oda: Hmm ! That’s a very good question. First, I have to announce that Morgan is still alive. He is currently in prison, where he was placed by his former subordinates. Why doesn’t Luffy kill his enemies? Because at this time, everyone uses their life to fight for their dreams. For an enemy, when his dream is shattered, it’s like losing a fight, and it’s as painful as death. I believe that as pirates, killing or not killing is secondary to winning or losing.

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A noble principle that allows the transition to Oda to keep important characters, even appreciated, for future adventures. However, several deaths have marked the minds of readers of the manga. Portgas D. Ace, Whitebeard or even Pedro, deaths that will forever resonate in the hearts of readers and viewers of the anime. It remains to be seen what Oda has in store for the end of his manga. Anyway, the mangaka has proven that his work, now legendary, deserves the attention of shonen fans. An end that is not in a hurry to arrive, let’s hope it is up to it.

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