What is the Titanomachy?
In Greek mythology, the Titanomachy was a ten-year battle fought by the Titans (older generation of gods) against the Olympians (younger generation of gods). This battle culminated when Zeus, the sky god, sent some Titans to Tartarus, a deep abyss in the underworld.
But what is the relationship between the Titanomachy and One Piece? Well, you might have already connected the obvious dots, but… it seems like the Titanomachy really inspired Kaidou’s entire epic, more than you can see at first glance, from when Luffy and Law agree to defeat him, until 1050 when Luffy is declared the winner.
Period of time
This is probably the most amazing reference on this list. Remember I mentioned that the Titanomachy was a ten-year battle? Well, in chapter 668, Luffy agrees to join Law in the plan to defeat Kaidou. This chapter was released on May 28, 2012.
In Chapter 1050, Luffy is finally declared the winner, ending the plan. The unofficial release of this chapter was more or less on May 27, 2022, while the official release is scheduled for May 30, 2022. If you ignore the really insignificant difference of two days, you can notice that it is exactly TEN YEARS their alliance began.
Wow, Oda is truly a genius. Even though it’s not related to the Titanomachy at all, it’s truly amazing how he managed to manipulate Wano’s pace.as that special date got closer and closer, in order to match the two releases (yes, that’s how we think he pulled it off).
Olympians vs. Titans
The Titanomachy is the story of different generations of gods who clash. Basically, it’s the older generation, the Titans, versus the younger generation, the Olympians. In One Piece, we always say that Luffy, Law and the others are the new generation and that they will attack the old one (Kaidou, Big Mom, Shanks…).
In Greek mythology, Zeus fought alongside people like Poseidon and Hades. Hades is also known as Pluto. Have you ever heard these names elsewhere? We’ll talk about that later.
In Chapter 1050, Kaidou and Big Mom were sent straight underground, falling into a pool of magma. You know what lives underground and looks like hell? Tartarus.
Tartarus is where Zeus imprisoned some of the Titans after the Titanomachy. Considering our analogy, Kaidou and Big Mom are exactly those Titans, sent to a hellish place like Tartarus.
If the coincidences can be summed up, certain evidences are a little more explicit. We are talking about the representation of Luffy in Zeus. At one point during the battle, Luffy attempts to hit Kaidou with a bolt of lightning. It’s cute and all, but what’s the point of this scene? At that point, we already knew that Luffy could turn things into rubber thanks to his awakening. Maybe Oda wanted us to see it?
Based on this evidence, what can we speculate? While Greek mythology obviously isn’t matched 1:1 to the One Piece story, we can speculate on some topics by drawing some parallels.
Poseidon and Pluto
In the Titanomachy, Poseidon and Hades were allied with Zeus. Hades is also known as Pluto (or Plutōn).
A certainty is that Poseidon (Shirahoshi) is allied with Luffy, and that Luffy is playing the role of Zeus here (and maybe that’s not just limited to this epic). Does this mean Pluto will be used by the Straw Hats in their favor? Is it in possession of an ally?
Considering that Pluto was once said to be in Alabasta, that Vivi is suddenly important to Im-sama, and also that Vivi is friends with the Straw Hats, well… we think that it is directly linked to it! Therefore, she could now join the crew, but rather join them in the final battle, using Pluto to destroy something big (the Red Line perhaps?).
Forget that funny pun for a moment. In Greek mythology, Uranus was the father of the Titans. Although not a Titan, we can’t help but link Uranus to Shanks, given that he’s the last pirate of the old generation (although he’s younger than Blackbeard), and that he has yet to be defeated in One Piece. But if the Titanomachy is over with the defeat of Kaidou and Big Mom (according to the evidence), then who exactly is he? Friend or enemy ? A Titan or an Olympian?
We know there is an ancient weapon called Uranus, which has yet to be revealed. Whoever Uranus is in this analogy, we believe is those who hold (or even are) Uranus. It’s possible it’s not Shanks, but he’s saving it for whoever is Uranus.
Additionally, in Greek mythology, Uranus, the father of the Titans, has a direct relationship with the Giants (we believe he is their father as well). Yes, Giants are also part of Greek mythology. So does Uranus have anything to do with Elbaf and his giants? Or at least with the ability to turn others into giants? Is Shanks, “the last Titan”, related to the giants in any way? We all know that the GT and other people have tried to “gigantize” people. Why such an obsession with giants and what is their history?
Another possibility would be that Uranus is related to Dragon, since Uranus is considered the primordial sky god, and it’s possible that Dragon is able to manipulate the sky, as we’ve seen many times in the story. He is also part of the older generation (or more?), given that he is Luffy’s father, which makes Luffy his successor. (just like Zeus is to Uranus as sky god).
Other possibilities include Rocks or Im-sama, as they can be considered the “fathers” of the Titans, but without knowing their history, it’s really hard to say. It could also be Blackbeard (since he is also interested in Im-sama) or even Nika (considering that Luffy is Nika’s successor, just like Zeus is Uranus’ successor) .
Another important clash in Greek mythology is the Gigantomachy, a clash between the Olympians and the Giants. Even though the giants in Elbaf (and Shanks himself) are more tied to Norse mythology, let’s speculate on a few things.
First off, we didn’t see Luffy fighting giants for any reason, but that myth still exists, so Oda could use it somehow. We know that the Prince of Elbaf, Loki, is the commander of the most powerful army in One Piece, according to Chapter 858. We don’t know Loki yet, or who Elbaf’s villain will be.
One thing I imagine, but of course this is just a guess, is that GT might use giants against the Straw Hats at some point, just like they used those two giants in Enies Lobby , or maybe the GT is the giants in this case, which makes for a metaphor. Who knows ?
Finally, if the Straw Hats have Poseidon and Pluto, the enemy might have Uranus. If somehow Uranus is a tool to make WG soldiers giants, then here’s our Gigantomachy: they wouldn’t fight Elbafs, but giantified Sailor Soldiers instead. It would make a lot more sense given our friendly expectations of the Elbafs.
There were subtle references, like that of duration, but also more aggressive references, like the fact that Luffy looks a lot like Zeus at one point. Did this tale also inspire other elements of the story? Or is it pure coincidence? Again, Oda is a genius. Personally, we don’t believe in coincidences when it comes to him, but who knows?