Introduction • Gallery • Personality • Relationships • Abilities and Powers • History • Misc. Foosha Village (former); Mt., Rufitarō? Luffy-no-Umi (ルフィの海, Rufinoumi? Even from when he was just a child, Luffy's entire life, drive and dreams were directly influenced and defined by the greatest names in piracy in the history of all of the seas, the Four Pirate Emperors of the New World both old and new. They would continue to do so even after he raised his own Jolly Roger, start his own crew and make his own way up the hierarchy of the world of piracy. In the time of just over two years since leaving home, during his perilous voyage throughout both sides of the Grand Line, the Pirate Emperors themselves and their massive crews would all come to see and acknowledge his potential as a powerful opponent and rival for the title of Pirate Kings; The Straw Hat captain and his own crew drew ever closer to their level in power, infamy and influence, even unofficially becoming the "Fifth Emperor of the Sea" in the eyes of the world and the media after raiding Big Mom's territory of Totto Land to rescue Sanji. Eventually through his victory over Kaido during the Raid of Onigashima, Luffy took his place among the Great Pirate Quadrant as the youngest Emperor of the Sea and one of, if not, the fastest to obtain the title since it conception. Luffy receives Shanks' straw hat. Shanks is an Emperor, the captain of the Red Hair Pirates, and a former member of the Roger Pirates.
Luffy first met Shanks in his hometown of Foosha Village when he was seven years old. The two get on extremely well and have equal intrigue and admiration for one another. They both made a promise to each other that they would meet again once Luffy has formed a crew and became a great pirate that has surpassed Shanks. Whilst on Foosha Village, Shanks found Luffy to be an incredible and endearing kid, so much so that he gave him his precious straw hat as a sign of his faith that he will become a great pirate. Luffy looks up to Shanks as a personal hero, believing him to be the ultimate pirate and a great person, and has remained devoted to the promise he made to him back on his home village. The two share a somewhat comedic relationship, with Luffy always getting frustrated by Shanks' refusal to let him join his crew and for pulling small pranks on him, such as tricking him into drinking juice to prove he is not actually a man. Shanks regularly teases Luffy and likes to joke about some of his claims, rarely taking him seriously. Behind all this, however, lies deep admiration and respect for one another that has survived the test of time, having not met for over ten years but still standing by the commitment they made all the way back on Foosha Village. Shanks is the one that is indirectly responsible for Luffy gaining the powers of the Gomu Gomu no Mi after he left it unattended next to Luffy who unwittingly ate the Devil Fruit.
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However, this ultimately proved to be a boon for Luffy as his fighting style became much more dynamic and formidable thanks to eating the Devil Fruit. Shanks has become extremely intrigued by Luffy and believes him to be destined for greatness. Before leaving Foosha Village, Shanks was greatly impressed after hearing Luffy's resounding statement that he would become a pirate on his own, form his own crew, and surpassed them all to become the Pirate King. He thus decided to leave Luffy his straw hat as a sign of his faith in him to fulfill this dream. This was a monumental gesture on Shanks' part as the straw hat is of high sentimental value to him having originally been worn by Gol D. Roger, his former captain. His first mate, Benn Beckman, commented to him that Luffy is going to make it big one day with Shanks agreeing. It appears that Shanks is betting everything on Luffy becoming the future of piracy and when talking to his fellow Emperor, and former adversary, Whitebeard, he took pride in having given up his left arm for Luffy, simply telling him that he bet it on a new age. Although never outwardly stated, it's apparent that Shanks sees a lot of his old captain, Gol D. Roger, in Luffy and has gone around spreading Luffy's name to various major figures in the world, such as Dracule Mihawk and Silvers Rayleigh. He was overjoyed when Mihawk delivered Luffy's first wanted poster to him and celebrated Luffy's success. He appeared somewhat disappointed that he could not meet Luffy when he arrived at the Summit War of Marineford but acknowledged that it was still too soon.
He keeps track of Luffy's progress and could not help but give a big smile when reading that Luffy was now considered the fifth Emperor of the seas. Shanks saves Luffy at the cost of his left arm. Shanks cares very much for Luffy's well-being. When Luffy stabbed himself in the eye he panicked and got him some immediate medical help. He became distress when he realized Luffy had eaten the Gomu Gomu no Mi and tried to force him to spit it out as it would take away his ability to swim. When Luffy was taken captive by Higuma he confronted the bandit and quickly defeated his underlings, but became frantic when he suddenly disappeared with Luffy. When Luffy was about to be eaten by Lord of the Coast he dived in to save him at the cost of his left arm, but was not at all upset, simply stating that it was just an arm and that it is more important that he is alive.
When he arrived at the Summit War of Marineford he thanked Koby for his speech that managed to bring everybody on the battlefield to a standstill long enough for him to arrive and allow Luffy to escape. He also found his former straw hat and bribed Buggy to return it to Luffy. Following the Summit War of Marineford, he acknowledged the pain that Luffy must be going through at the loss of his brother, Ace. Luffy has extremely high admiration for Shanks and, more so than anybody else, he is responsible for Luffy's dream to become the Pirate King. His admiration for Shanks began when he first met him as a kid, eagerly wanting to join his crew and even stabbed himself underneath his eye just to prove he is tough enough to become a pirate, which got him his first notable scar. After Higuma assaulted Shanks he became upset with him for just laughing it off instead of fighting back and lost some of his admiration for the pirate captain. However, when Higuma returned to the bar he ridiculed the bandit for insulting Shanks, despite the risk to his own life. When his grandfather, Monkey D. Garp, also insulted Shanks he came to his defense in spite of the fear he has for him. Luffy is very fond of Shanks and, by extension, is very fond of the straw hat he gave him, referring to it as his one and only treasure.
He often becomes angry when someone damages his hat, such as when Buggy sliced through it, and rarely likes other people holding on to it save for Nami and occasionally one or two others. He is determined to return the straw hat Shanks gave him when he becomes a great pirate and has held on to it for this reason. Despite his admiration for him, Luffy has clearly stated that he wishes to fight Shanks one day when he told Trafalgar Law that he will defeat every Emperor, knowing full well that includes Shanks. However, when he formed his alliance with Law to take down an Emperor, he was only willing to do so as long as the target was not Shanks as he wishes to save him for last. It appears that Luffy has sought to emulate Shanks' style as a captain. He is just as laid back as Shanks and enjoys partying as much as he does. Shanks' statement about not taking offense to trivial incidents like spilling drinks or being spat on also influenced Luffy, as when Ace spat on him the first time they met he simply brushed it off after he reminded himself of what Shanks once said. It also appears this was the mindset he had when dealing with Bellamy on Jaya, as he chose not to fight back against him as he believed it was not worth the effort. Shanks' belief that you must protect your friends at all costs clearly resonated with Luffy, as he has gone above and beyond to protect everyone who he considers a friend and prioritizes them before anything else.
He once repeated a quote Shanks made, back when he saved him from a group of bandits, to Usopp when they first met on Syrup Village after he tried to intimidate him. When he recruited Brook into his crew he was very fond of his rendition of Binks' Sake because it was a song Shanks and his crew would always sing. After arriving on Sabaody Archipelago, and meeting Rayleigh, he became unusually embarrassed when he found out Shanks spoke highly of him. Luffy with the Red Hair Pirates. The Red Hair Pirates are an extremely infamous and powerful crew led by the Emperor, Red Hair Shanks. The crew met a young Luffy in his hometown of Foosha Village where they befriended him. Like their captain, they found Luffy to be endearing, impressive and fun, all sharing the opinion that he will become a great pirate. Luffy is very fond of the Red Hair Pirates, especially their captain, Shanks. He made friends with numerous members of the crew and enjoyed partying with them at Partys Bar. During Luffy's childhood, the Red Hair Pirates arrived on Foosha Village and started attending the local bar where Luffy would spend his days.
Throughout their time there they grew close to Luffy and partied with the young boy almost every day. One day, when Luffy was kidnapped by the bandit, Higuma, they followed their captain's lead to rescue him, managing to succeed. They were impressed when Luffy stated his intention to form his own crew and become a great pirate that would be stronger than all of them. They all watched gleefully as their captain gave Luffy his precious straw hat as a sign of that promise before sailing away. The Red Hair Pirates have come to enjoy Luffy's company, some often jogging with him about his desire to join their crew, whilst others indulge him, and at one point joined him in his pleas towards Shanks to let him join. However, they dropped their support when Shanks threatened to let Luffy take over one of their spots. Some members would talk to Luffy about their previous life, such as Yasopp, who would talk to Luffy about his own son, Usopp, back on Syrup Village, who would eventually join Luffy's crew. Despite rarely taking him seriously, they all acknowledged his claim to become a great pirate, with the first mate of the crew, Benn Beckman, telling Shanks that Luffy will make it big some day. They all panicked when they realized Luffy ate the Gomu Gomu no Mi, a Devil Fruit they had found. They all care for Luffy and came to his aid when they found he had been kidnapped by Higuma and searched for him when the bandit managed to escape with Luffy.
They all appear to share the same belief as their captain that Luffy will bring a new age of piracy. When they received Luffy's first bounty they all partied in his honor. When they arrived at the Summit War of Marineford, one of the crew's officers, Lucky Roux, asked Shanks if he wanted to see Luffy after ten years, as he was nearby. After Luffy officially joined Shanks among the ranks of the Four Emperors, many of the senor members were excited by the news and wanted to see him again. Luffy is fond of the Red Hair Pirates like he is with Shanks. He would enjoy being with them in the bar and partied along with all of them. He would occasionally get annoyed when they laughed at him whenever Shanks played a trick on him or when he made an outlandish claim. Nonetheless, he has nothing but happy memories of the Red Hair Pirates and has come to see them as the crew that his own must surpass. He established a friendship with at least three of the crew members, Benn Beckman, Yasopp and Lucky Roux. He was happy to know that they, and Shanks, are doing well after all these years when he met his grandfather in Water 7. Despite his fondness for them, he was greatly irritated they did not stand up to Higuma when he assaulted their captain, ridiculating them.