By Rei Penber
The Straw Hat Pirates have faced tough times on more than one occasion and despite being more than a family, they've had to lose a bunch of members.
Since Monkey D. Luffy first formed the Straw Hat Pirates by joining forces with Roronoa Zoro, his crew has steadily grown into one of the most important groups in One Piece history. After departing the East Blue, the Straw Hat Pirates immediately took down a Warlord of the Sea (Crocodile), setting the tone for their disruptive exploits over the following years.
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However, as with any established pirate crew, the Straw Hat Pirates have faced their share of trials and tribulations, and on multiple occasions, Luffy's subordinates have left his side for one reason or another. In each instance, the rest of the crew banded together, eventually welcoming their allies back into the fold with open arms.
Updated on May 27, 2023 by Kennedy King: With One Piece finally poised to enter its final saga, the bond between Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates has never been stronger. Each passing arc makes the crew a bigger threat to the World Government, and barring the unthinkable, they will likely remain together until the end of the series. However, there are still multiple instances where one of Luffy's crew members leaves his side, and as fans learn more about these characters, their departures become even more meaningful.
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Steals The Going Merry To Pay Arlong & Free Her Town
Nami serves as the navigator of the Straw Hat Pirates, and although she is the second person to join Monkey D. Luffy, the cat burglar is actually the first member of the Straw Hat Pirates to appear on-screen. She seemingly joins the crew in Orange Town, but during the lead-up to the Arlong Park Arc, she double-crosses One Piece's protagonists and departs from the crew.
As the Straw Hat Pirates battle Don Krieg aboard the Baratie, Nami steals the Going Merry and leaves for Cocoyashi Village. She does so in order to return home and buy her hometown's freedom from the Arlong Pirates, only for the fish-men to immediately break their agreement. Eventually, Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates go to Arlong Park to help Nami, at which point she firmly joins the group and leaves her old life behind.
Stays To Govern Her Kingdom
As the princess of Alabasta Kingdom and heir to its throne, Nefertari Vivi is arguably the most high-profile individual to join One Piece's Straw Hat Pirates. She infiltrates Baroque Works before aligning with Monkey D. Luffy and his allies, and after discovering the secret identity of its leader, she and the crew travel to several islands in an effort to take back control of her kingdom.
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During their adventure to defeat Crocodile and stop a civil war from erupting in Alabasta Kingdom, Nefertari Vivi officially joins the Straw Hat Pirates. Unfortunately, despite her attachment to the crew, her duties as the future monarch of Alabasta mandate that she stays behind and part ways with the Straw Hat Pirates when they leave the island. However, she will always be an honorary member of the crew, and in the coming war against the World Government, her allegiance to the Monkey D. Luffy will almost certainly be a vital asset.
Joins The Foxy Pirates
Tony Tony Chopper, the doctor of the Straw Hat Pirates, is recruited by Monkey D. Luffy during the Drum Island Arc. After learning from Dr. Hiriluk and Kureha — two of One Piece's most innovative doctors — for several years, the adorable reindeer eventually accepts the Straw Hat Pirates' offer to join their ranks.
Chopper's commitment to his crew is unwavering, but because of circumstances outside his control, he is briefly removed from the ranks of the Straw Hat Pirates. Davy Back Fights allow pirate captains to poach members from their rival crews, and when the Foxy Pirates challenge One Piece's protagonists, they're successful in stealing Chopper for several episodes. Thankfully, the Straw Hat Pirates ultimately defeat their dim-witted opponents, saving fans from any more of the group's aggravating behavior.
Quits After Challenging Luffy
Usopp is one of the first members of Monkey D. Luffy's crew, joining the Straw Hat Pirate's during their battle with Kuro in the Syrup Village Arc. Although Usopp initially planned on sailing to sea by himself, Luffy and Zoro invite him aboard the Going Merry after saving Syrup Village. In spite of his nervous disposition, Usopp proves himself to be an important member of the crew in almost every major arc.
However, during One Piece's Water 7 Arc, many of Usopp's insecurities and shortcomings finally boil over, resulting in his dramatic departure from the Straw Hat Pirates. Upset about the impending loss of the Going Merry and his weakness, Usopp challenges Luffy to a fight, where he is defeated and expelled from the crew. After assisting in a grueling battle against the forces of CP9 and the World Government, Usopp and the Straw Hat Pirates save Nico Robin. At this point, Usopp sees the error of his ways and apologizes to his captain, once again joining his friends in the journey across the Grand Line.
2 Nico Robin
Surrenders Herself To Save The Crew
Nico Robin joins the Straw Hat Pirates at the end of the Alabasta Kingdom Arc, and in the process, she finds a long-term home for the first time since a Buster Call destroyed her homeland of Ohara. The Devil Fruit-wielding archeologist stays with the crew until Water 7, at which point she makes what could be considered One Piece's ultimate sacrifice. All Robin wanted in life was friends that accepted her, and as soon as she finds that among the Straw Hat Pirates, she gives it all up in an effort to save them from being affiliated with her in the eyes of the World Government.
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Recognizing her noble decision, Monkey D. Luffy and his crew fight tooth-and-nail against the forces of CP9 in order to rescue her. Eventually, they are victorious in their battle, and although the Straw Hat Battles officially become enemies of the World Government in the process, their efforts to save Nico Robin are completely worth it.
Returns Home To Germa Kingdom
By the time One Piece's timeskip occurs, the members of the Straw Hat Pirates are firmly established as life-long allies. This includes Sanji, the crew's cook who joined Monkey D. Luffy way back during the East Blue Saga. However, even a long-standing member of the Straw Hat Pirates like Sanji isn't without his struggles. After being notified that his father, Vinsmoke Judge, has betrothed him to one of Big Mom's daughters, Sanji takes his leave from the Straw Hat Pirates and departs for Whole Cake Island.
Because of threats to the life of his mentor, Zeff, and the other Straw Hat Pirates, Sanji abandons Monkey D. Luffy and his allies to once again assume his position as a prince of Germa Kingdom. Alongside several members of the crew, Luffy and the Sanji Retrieval Team travel to Whole Cake Island, going as far as to challenge Big Mom, an Emperor of the Sea, in order to bring him back. Ultimately, Big Mom turns against the Vinsmoke Family as well, allowing Sanji to finally return to the Straw Hat Pirates.
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So far, Nami, Robin, and Usopp have all chosen to leave the crew in the past, before returning. Additionally, Chopper and Sanji have been coerced by third parties to leave the crew despite their wishes, with Chopper returning soon afterwards.How many Straw Hats have left the crew? ›
So far, Nami, Robin, and Usopp have all chosen to leave the crew in the past, before returning. Additionally, Chopper and Sanji have been coerced by third parties to leave the crew despite their wishes, with Chopper returning soon afterwards.Why did Nico Robin leave the crew? ›
She stayed with the crew until after the events of the Water Seven arc, when she was found out by the CP-9 and coerced to turn herself in to help the World Government read the Poneglyphs. She initially refused, but agreed to leave after the CP-9 threatened to launch a Buster Call against the Straw Hats.
After being notified that his father, Vinsmoke Judge, has betrothed him to one of Big Mom's daughters, Sanji takes his leave from the Straw Hat Pirates and departs for Whole Cake Island. Because of threats to the life of his mentor, Zeff, and the other Straw Hat Pirates, Sanji abandons Monkey D.Will Zoro leave the crew? ›
No. However an explanation is in order. Zoro will never betray Luffy for four reasons. Without Luffy Zoro would have met an early death at the hands of the Marines.Who will be Luffy's 11th crew member? ›
Yamata is going to become the 11th member of the Straw Hat pirates soon. We thought she will become one by the end of the Wano arc, but unfortunately, she stayed to help Momonosuke and the others raise Wano back to glory again. But Yamato is confirmed to be the unofficial 11th member of the Straw Hat pirates.Who will be the final Straw Hat? ›
The final member of the Straw Hat Pirates may not be who One Piece fans were expecting. Dr. Vegapunk, the genius scientist responsible for the most advanced inventions in the world of One Piece, is on the run from the World Government and has asked Luffy to take him on his ship.What devil fruit would Zoro get? › How old is Zoro? ›
|Roronoa Zoro||November 11||19 21|
|Nami||July 3||18 20|
|Usopp||April 1||17 19|
|Sanji||March 2||19 21|
However, in exchange for these powers the Devil Fruits cause their users to weaken when submerged in seawater. While many members of Luffy's crew have eaten these fruits and can use their abilities, the majority have not, including many fan favorite characters like Zoro, Sanji, and Nami.
Why did Sanji "betray" Luffy in the One Piece series? Here is a simple explanation. Everything Sanji did in Whole Cake Island was to protect his friends. Luffy already knew that he would never willingly leave his pirate crew.Who is Sanji's wife? ›
Charlotte Pudding is a supporting character from the anime and manga series, One Piece. She is Charlotte Linlin's 76th child and 35th daughter, and one of Charlotte Linlin's favorite daughters. She was arranged by her mother and Vinsmoke Judge to marry the Straw Hat's cook and Judge's estranged son, Vinsmoke Sanji.Why did Robin betray Luffy? ›
The reason Robin “betrayed” the Strawhats is because CP9 had permission to order a Buster Call on the Strawhats. This is an overkill arrangement whereby five vice-admirals arrive with ten battleships and destroy the target with extreme prejudice.Who replaces Zoro? ›
After Hiyori begged Roronoa Zoro to leave the stolen Shusui, an O Wazamono grade sword in its rightful place as a national treasure in Wano though he earned the sword from its previous zombified owner, she offered Enma as an equal replacement.When did Zoro lose his eye? ›
The circumstances surrounding Zoro's left eye aren't a complete mystery; at the very least fans know that it happened sometime during the two-year time skip. During this time, each member of the Straw Hat crew committed to training and growing stronger.Does Nico Robin like Luffy? ›
Robin also seems to be very devoted to Luffy, as he is the only person whom she wants to get stronger for. This shows how great her dedication to her captain has become after the Enies Lobby Arc.Is Carrot In Love With Luffy? ›
Their relationship is not displayed frequently, but it is heavily shown that Carrot has become highly fond of Luffy. Whilst her tribe's way of greeting others is by nuzzling their cheek to another person, Carrot has a unique habit of nippling onto Luffy's ear whilst wrapping her arms around him.Is Yamato A Boy or a girl? ›
Additionally, the Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary lists Yamato's gender as a female in her card entry and then even goes on to refer to Yamato only using she/her pronouns.Who will join Luffy crew in future? ›
There are two characters, who have been heavily linked to becoming the next Straw Hat. These are - Carrot and Yamato.Will there be a traitor in Straw Hat? ›
The Straw Hats, along with Vegapunk Stella and his six clones/duplicates, retreat inside Labophase where they should be safe. However, the defense systems of the laboratory are mysteriously sabotaged, and shortly after that, the original Vegapunk disappears, proving that there is a traitor in the group.
The main crew consists of Roronoa Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Tony Tony Chopper, Nico Robin, Franky, Brook and Jinbe. Despite the crew having fewer members, their members are quite diverse and each one has a unique background.Who are the Big 3 for Straw Hats? ›
Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji have pulled off some amazing things over the years. This is why they're the Straw Hats' "Monster Trio". The Straw Hat Pirates are a powerful crew that hail from the East Blue, the weakest of all the seas in the One Piece world. Led by Monkey D.Does Zoro eat 3 Devil Fruits? ›
Actually not just 1, he can eat 3 devil fruits. Yes. Boom!Who is Zoro's love interest? ›
Zoro x Hiyori
They shared intimate moments and Zoro might even find a sense of belongingness when he's with her. Throughout his tedious journey, Zoro met a lot of potential partners but the connection he seems to have with Hiyori seems special as Wanokuni has immense influence over Zoro's life.
Enma is the strongest blade that Zoro owns at the moment. It's one of the 21 Great Grade swords, with the potential to become as strong as one of the twelve Legendary Grade swords. Zoro accepts the challenge and takes Enma, hoping to turn it into a black blade.Who did Zoro marry? ›
On the day after Zoro and Kuina made their vow, Kuina had fallen down the stairs and died.Who is Zoro dad? ›
Meanwhile, Furiko eventually married a village swordsman and gave birth to Roronoa Arashi, Zoro's father. Unfortunately, both of Zoro's parents have already gone to the great beyond. Arashi lost his life in a battle with pirates, while his mother succumbed to illness.Who does Nami fall in love with? ›
Their bond is real and built over time. As the series progressed, Nami developed feelings for Luffy. There may not be a proper romance between them, but it's evident that she cares about him more than anyone else in the crew.Which Devil Fruit did Nami eat? ›
She ate the Love-Love Fruit, which allows her to turn her opponents into stone. In order for this power to work, the target must first have feelings of attraction towards the user. Nami is beautiful, and it has been shown that many characters find her attractive, just like Hancock.What is Nami's Devil Fruit? ›
The Nami Nami no Mi is a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit that allows its user to become a "Tearful Woman" (涙の女, Namida no On'na) as it enables them to change the the properties of their tears. "Nami" comes from the word "Namida" (なみだ), the Japanese word for "tears".
The Daishou Daishou no Mi is a Paramecia type Devil Fruit eaten by Nefertari Vivi a month after the Straw Hats departed from Arabasta. It grant's the user the ability to change their size.Who slashed Luffy's chest? ›
Luffy got his scar on his chest from Roronoa Zoro this happened while Zoro's being controlled on Episode 223 from 10:55 - 11:10.Who stole Luffy's flag? ›
Meanwhile, Lil's flying fish manages to steal the Straw Hats flag. They realize this but decides not to find and tell Luffy as they do not want to get scolded by him, shortly before noticing that Zoro, who helped them by cutting through one of the icebergs, but got lost, is still missing.Who is Luffy final villain? ›
Law. Blackbeard is set up to be protagonist Monkey D. Luffy's final villain; the fight between these two Yonko's is sure to be an enthralling duel.Who is Nami's husband? ›
Jong-hak Baek: Nami's Husband.Who likes Luffy? ›
Throughout his journey Luffy has made strong bonds with numerous women. At least two have fallen in love with him, Alvida and Hancock, whilst another two have become enamoured with him, Rebecca and Shirahoshi. Nami, Robin and Vivi all share close and deep bonds with Luffy and have become some of his closest friends.Who is Sanji's crush? ›
Nami was the first woman Sanji was interested in. He was mesmerized by her charms seconds after seeing her at Baratie and has remained so ever since.Is Nami a traitor? ›
She betrayed Luffy and even wished him dead before he formed a crew. Her original membership into the crew was just as an "alliance" with Luffy, which she later ended to return to her home village, but by then, she had become fond of the crew and found it was not so easy to just leave.How did Nico Robin turn white? ›
In One Piece, why did Nico Robin's brown skin turn into white? Robin was always supposed to be light-skinned. What happened was that Oda had not produced a colored image of her before she first appeared in the anime, and so Toei made a guess about her skin color that turned out to be wrong.Does Robin have crush on Luffy? ›
Does Robin love Luffy? Robin also seems to be very devoted to Luffy, as he is the only person whom she wants to get stronger for. This shows how great her dedication to her captain has become after the Enies Lobby Arc.
Mihawk gave Zoro the scar on his left eye to force him to learn to fight only using one eye. Sharp eyesight obviously improves one's fighting ability, but it's especially necessary/crucial for a swordsman's fighting style.Will Zoro lose his eye? ›
In the dual between them Zoro lost his eye but was able to successfully defeat Mihawk. Immediately after the dual he left for saobody , that's why he was the first one to reach there.Who removed Zoro's eye? ›
So this theory suggests that Mihawk noticed this and scarred Zoro's left eye, which is supposedly suffering from ocular dominance, and instructed Zoro to keep it shut until he trains his right eye to become strong enough.Why is Zoro one eye closed? ›
It's entirely possible Mihawk noticed through their duel and training that Zoro suffers from ocular dominance in his left eye. That is to say, the left eye is stronger than the right. As a result, maybe Mihawk scarred the left eye shut and instructed Zoro not to open it until his right eye was trained enough.Is Zoro's eye gone forever? ›
Prior to One Piece's timeskip, Zoro's left eye was fully functioning and completely uninjured. Yet when the Straw Hats reunited after their respective adventures, Zoro's left eye was mysteriously scarred shut. Prior to the timeskip, his left eye had been seen glowing when using certain attacks.Why Zoro lost his smile? ›
So, for fans who wonder why Zoro stopped laughing, it isn't as simple as merely losing his sense of humor along with his sense of direction. Rather, it was due to Zoro realizing just what his crew needed him to be, as well as what he needed to become, in order to accomplish his own goals.Who will marry Luffy? ›
[One Piece] Luffy Gets Married with Hancock_2.Who is Luffy most likely to marry? ›
1 Boa Hancock
She is cruel and manipulative. Boa uses her beauty to gain others' forgiveness after acting inhuman. Still, Boa Hancock is the one who most likely will end up with Luffy because fans are still excited by the idea.
"Kancho" (Luffy) "Kenshi-san" (Zoro) "Kokaishi-san" (Nami) "Nagahana-kun" (Usopp)
Chapter 438 is titled "Pride".
In the Post-War arc, one of the Five Elders stated that "D." means danger. After the timeskip, Law mentioned the Will of D. once more when Doflamingo asked him why he had so much faith in Luffy. “ In certain places, the clan of D. have been called by another name, God's Archenemy. ”Why isn t Zoro smiling anymore? ›
Regardless of how much stronger he was compared to the vast majority of the people he knew, deep down, he was aware of just far the gap was between him and his ultimate goal. This humbling affected Zoro on a deep level, so much so that it seems to have caused him to become much more serious.Who did Zoro lose to? ›
Zoro is defeated by Mihawk. Mihawk destroys two of Zoro's swords, excluding the Wado Ichimonji.Is Sanji a Devil Fruit? ›
However, he is also an equally important fighter in the crew, being part of the Monster Trio, along with Zoro and Luffy, and, one of the Pirate King's Wings. While Sanji does not have a Devil Fruit, if you were to ever eat one, there are certain ones that would fit him perfectly.Can Zoro's sword eat a Devil Fruit? ›
9 Won't Eat: Roronoa Zoro
Wielding three swords, Zoro possesses immense proficiency in this art and, over the course of time, his Haki has been consistently improving as well. For someone like Zoro, eating a Devil Fruit doesn't make much sense because he doesn't need to depend on one.
Over the years, he has come a long way and become one of the strongest pirates on the seas. Zoro has attained terrific strength, but he does not rely on a Devil Fruit at all. However, had Zoro eaten a Devil Fruit, there are some that would suit him more than others.What fruit did Zoro's sword eat? ›
|Enma Enma no Mi|
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|English Name||Fruit of the Devil|
Kureha was the first character to mention the “Will of D” in the One Piece Drum Island arc (Episode 91, Chapter 154). She shed light on Roger's name, and it was an important twist in the series. While most fans believed the pirate king's name was Gold Roger, she confirmed that it was Gol D.What does D stand for? ›
The D simply stands for “day.” The designation was traditionally used for the date of any important military operation or invasion, according to the National World War II Museum. Thus, the day before June 6, 1944, was known as D-1 and the days after were D+1, D+2, D+ and so on. Advertisement.Why is Luffy's name monkey? ›
Why is Luffy called Monkey? Monkey is Luffy's family name. That's why his father and grandfather are called Monkey D.