I know this is random but during my usual One Piece obsessing online I came across a lot of statements about Luffy describing him as a dumb, static character (coming from both fans and haters) and I felt like posting what I thought about this.
Luffy is a simple-minded, brash, enthusiastic character with a ton of energy to exert.
A generic Shonen main character following his dreams.
What sets him apart is Oda's revelation of his character beyond that first look and his usual attributes.
As the One Piece story develops, Luffy is forced to make more and more mature decisions as a captain and this has revealed a side of him that can only be seen in these situations. A hidden maturity that makes him such a facinating character to me. Isn't that how true character is revealed in real life? It's not like someone changes with traumatic situations placed before them, that's when they show their true colors that would not have been seen otherwise.
So character-wise, Luffy is simple yes, but Oda reveals a mature and wise character that arises when faced with hardship.
As for development, Luffy is a beautifully developed character. What Oda does best in this regard is place characters in his path that teach him something (Shanks, Vivi, Zoro etc.). We see clear changes in his initial reactions to things based on acknowledgable influences from others.
It's not some magical transformation that happens with experiences (like in 90% of manga), it comes from observing others.
Basically. Character is REVEALED through hardship and challenges, while character DEVELOPMENT happens mostly by learning from others.
(once again, look at real life and tell me if this is the same for you)
Basically, Oda has character design and development down to a science and he does it like a magician.
Luffy observes Shanks laughing off insult, showing he doesn't have to protect his pride from people who aren't worth the time.
- L character revealed- Ace spits on him as a little kid and he practically quotes Shanks to control his temper. Later at Mock town he takes a heavy beating from skeptics towards Skypea, once again showing that they aren't worth his time and being above their taunting.
--- ODA DOESN'T MAKE LUFFY A WISE CHARACTER BECAUSE HE'S HEAD-SMART, HE MAKES HIM WISE BECAUSE HE OBSERVES WITH THE HUMILITY TO LEARN
When Nami is sick and the crew stops at Drum Island they are turned away by the villagers. At first he just wants to fight to get them to help them, but Vivi shows him that showing humility and handling those situations delicately is how to be a wise leader.
- L character revealed- Luffy immediately follows her lead and bows to the villagers, begging for help. He also reveals this at Amazon Lilly when he begs Hancock to have mercy on the women she turned to stone.
After Luffy fights Usopp he is devistated and says that what he is dealing with is "heavy". Zoro tells him that this is his burden as captain and that he has to be strong or they won't have anyone to believe in.
- L character revealed- Not given any time to recover from the loss of his crewmate, Luffy is shoved into a conflict in which they are blamed for attempted murder. He takes charge and makes wise decisions despite the consistent heaviness seen in his expressions.
And there are so many other examples but I'll leave it at that.
You guys should also know I have started a new fanfic if you are not already aware! As a sequel to "For Nakama" I bring youuuu "Blue, Gold, and Pale" in which I will struggle desperatly to touch Oda's god-like character writing.
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so what do you think about Luffy as a character? agree? disagree?