ONE PIECE Mania: Arria’s Straw Hat Ranking

As many of you already know, I’m a HUGE ONE PIECE fan.  Just look at the sheer amount of posts I write about it.  I don’t mean to brag, but I even created my own set of ONE PIECE Quizzes for those awesome people who are aiming to be ONE PIECE Ou. 

Whenever I discuss OP with fellow fans, we often talk about our own Straw Hat rankings.  My ranking periodically changes depending on my mood and on the significance of the role of a Straw Hat on the current arc.  So as of today, this is my Straw Hat Ranking.

Arria’s Straw Hat Ranking

The following are my Honourable Mentions:

Going Merry

going merry - one piece
The Straw Hats consider their ships as “nakama”, too. Going Merry is the first ever ship of the Straw Hat Crew. They treasure Going Merry so much that they give it a Viking-style funeral when it became so damaged that it could no longer carry them. I cried so much during this scene, and it’s been reported that Oda-sensei cried while drawing this scene in the manga, too, and when he watched it in the anime for the first time. Merry’s funeral is #2 in my “Top 10 Most Gut-Wrenching Scenes in ONE PIECE (Pre-Timeskip)”.

merry funeral1

Thousand Sunny

thousand sunny - one piece

Oh my gosh.  This ship is AWE-SOOOOME~ It’s home for the Straw Hat members, but it’s also an amusement park, a restaurant, a park, and an artillery.  I love everything about the Soldier Dock System, but my favourite is Gaon Hou/Cannon.  It’s so bad-ass!

Now let’s start my own Straw Hat Ranking. Here we go!

9. Brook

brook-one piece Yohohoho! This hilarious skeleton is the oldest in the crew, but he’s one of the most childish. Brook is just so funny, and I can’t help but sing Binks no Sake whenever I see him.  He might be ridiculous most of the time, but he’s cool when he battles.  And when he became Soul King after the timeskip, what can I say?  He’s BONE TO BE WILD!  Listen to Binks no Sake below.

8. Sanji

sanji in love-nosebleedI know that many ladies (and ladies in heart) out there are crushing on this world-class cook, but he’s just too perverted for my taste.  I adore his chivalry, but it’s too extreme.  He becomes this pathetic nose-bleeding anemic because he refuses to hurt a woman, no matter how evil they are.  I still think that he’s awesome, especially since he’s one of the 3 strongest members of the crew alongside Zoro and Luffy.

7. Nami

nami with her clima tact - one pieceAh, the money-loving thief.  Nami is beautiful, but don’t let her huge, bouncy boobs and her insane hour-glass figure fool you.  Her intelligence and cunning are to be feared.  I really like that she’s super smart.  She’s a coward, but she will sacrifice her safety if one of her nakama is in grave danger.  After the timeskip, my opinion of her increased because she’s stronger and more capable as a navigator.

6. Usopp

usopp scared-one pieceHe’s just so hilarious.  He’s a coward, but that’s one of his charms.  Being the sniper of the crew works to his advantage because he can shoot down enemies without being in the heat of the battle.  To be honest, I didn’t really like him that much when the series started.  He started so weak, but as the Straw Hats overcome one struggle after another, he gradually became stronger and more confident.  He’s still a coward and a liar, but he’s way cooler now, especially when he created his alter-ego Sogeking.  Am I the only one who thinks Usopp is super cool when he shot down that World Government Flag at Enies Lobby?  Not to mention that his Pop Green weapons after the timeskip are wicked.  Looooove!

Sogeking is so cool!
Sogeking is so cool!

5. Nico Robin

nico robin-one piece-chucklingAh, I love Robin!  She would be my girl crush because she’s just so cool, so strong, and super-duper smart, too.  What more can you ask for?  With her ability to read poneglyphs, I’m sure that she’s going to play a huge role in the series’ ending.  I can’t wait.  I also like her new look after the timeskip, although I’m not too impressed with her bigger boobs.  My gosh.  Did you see her breasts during the Fishman Island Arc?  They’re humongous!  But I still love her anyway.  She’s mellowed a lot, and I like that she smiles a lot more.

4. Franky

franky-super-one piece

Ow!  Who are you calling hentai?  I didn’t like Franky that much before the timeskip, but after. . .my gosh!  Will you look at that wicked body?  So freaking cool!  He’s got insane mechanical building prowess, not to mention he’s the one who designed and built Thousand Sunny.  And of course, I can’t get enough of the Shogun, Iron Pirate.  Radical Beam!  I think that because of him, ONE PIECE has also become a mecha anime.

franky iron pirate - one piece

3. Monkey D. Luffy

monkey d luffy smiling-one piece

Luffy is the main protagonist of ONE PIECE.  He’s stupid and childish, but he will open the gates of Hell and punch the devil himself in the face with his own bare hands to rescue a nakama.  His Gomu Gomu power is not the most impressive among the other cooler Devil Fruit abilities, but he makes the most of it and uses it to fulfill his dream of becoming the next Pirate King.  It’s also impressive that all of his crew mates respect him for just being himself, unlike other pirate captains who make their subordinates obey them by intimidation.

2. Tony Tony Chopper

chopper-tony2

Ah, so adorable!  Love, love, LOVE Chopper!!!  He’s the cutest character in the entire series.  My gosh.  He’s the baby of the crew, and just about everything he does is adorable.  I can’t get enough of him.  He’s also super funny.  After the timeskip, he’s way cooler and way more adorable.  My favourite is his new transformation, Kung Fu Point.  Woocha!  Despite his cuteness, he’s super smart like Nami & Robin.  He’s also an amazing doctor to boot.  He would have been my favourite Straw Hat, but my #1 choice is just too cool to be dethroned from his #1 position.

And finally, we come to my #1 favourite Straw Hat.  Drum roll, please.

1. Roronoa Zoro

roronoa zoro
Oh. My. Gosh.  Zoro is just so freaking COOL.  Together with Luffy and Sanji, the three of them are the strongest members in the crew.  But I chose him as my #1 favourite Straw Hat because unlike Sanji, he doesn’t turn into this useless nose-bleeding anemic when faced with a beautiful woman.  And unlike Luffy, he’s pure strength and muscle without any Devil Fruit powers.  I also admire his dedication to be the strongest swordsman by training hard every single day.

My heart just about fell down to my toes when he debuted his new look after the timeskip.  He looks more samurai-ish.  And did you see those insane muscles?  (swoons)  There is also this running gag where he gets lost every time.  So adorable!  It also never fails to make me laugh whenever he frightens people with his scary, blood-thirsty face, making them wonder why he’s not the captain.  Overall, Zoro is my #1 favourite Straw Hat because he’s just SUPER-DUPER COOL!


Now you know my favourite Straw Hat ranking.  Like I said at the beginning of this post, this ranking changes depending on my mood and the current arc that I’m watching.  So this current ranking may change in the future, although I’m pretty sure that my top 3 will remain the same.  How about you?  What’s your Straw Hat ranking?

That’s all for today, folks!  Have an awesome weekend.  Cheers!

-Arria Cross

Links:
ONE PIECE Official Website (Japanese)
Weekly Shounen Jump’s ONE PIECE Manga Official Web Portal(Japanese)
ONE PIECE on Toei Animation (Japanese)


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6 thoughts on “ONE PIECE Mania: Arria’s Straw Hat Ranking”

  1. YES Zoro is my favourite One Piece character. Like you said, he’s so freaking amazing without a devil fruit and he doesn’t have such a big weakness as Sanji…well, unless you count his sense of direction =P

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