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Why LUFFY Is Actually A Great Leader | One Piece Character Analysis

October 12, 2019

“Has Luffy grown as a leader over the course
of the story?” That is what I was originally planning on
talking about in this video. And we WILL actually also answer this question
later on. But while doing the research on Luffy´s development
as the leader of the straw-hats, I very quickly became aware of a simple truth: Luffy is,
and always has been a great leader. Now this obviously does not mean that Luffy
doesn´t have any flaws or room for improvement in his role as a captain. And we will also discuss that towards the
end of this video, but it much rather means that Luffy as a person fulfills a TON of requirements
that make up a good leader. Leadership is an essential part of our world
and therefore, it is often at the center of much attention and debate. At its core, a leader is simply the person
holding the most power in a group or organization of people. Leadership by itself is therefore actually
a very neutral term. As a result, you will probably not have a
single person in mind when you hear the term leader. Rather you will think of good leaders and
evil leaders, of cruel leaders and kind leaders and of inspiring leaders and ineffective leaders,
as well as many more. But why is it that we look up to some of these
people while we dislike others? Why do we like some evil characters better
than good ones? And what actually makes a great Leader? Let´s take a look. There are many elements and aspects that determine
how leadership plays out. But in the end, it all comes down to the person
itself. This combination of individual personality
and power makes leadership a concept that fascinates us and that therefore plays a key
role in many stories. One Piece is no exception for this. The One Piece world is filled with different
kinds of Organizations with different kind of ideologies. The different leaders of the marines have
different values and goals. The different pirate captains have individual
leadership styles and ambitions. And every. Character. became a leader under different circumstances
and for different reasons. This makes it so incredibly fascinating for
us to watch opposed groups clash with each other in the story. No two leaders are the same. In the context of One Piece this diversity
of leadership styles, that Oda introduced, is what manages to give the huge number of
characters and groups in the world individual and memorable features and themes. Because at the bottom of it, every marine
or pirate crew mirrors the leadership style of their captain. But, while there are countless leaders in
One Piece that might be worth talking about, today we will discuss the most important of
them all: The leader of the straw-hat pirates: Monkey D. Luffy. As I have mentioned already, I´d like to
argue that amid all the criticism of Luffy´s leadership style and character, he has actually
always been a great leader with the potential to become even better. As a basis for this argument I´d like to
discuss the different characteristics and personality traits that are associated with
good leadership and then compare them with Luffy´s character. So, let´s start with the 6 most commonly
stated personality traits that can be found in great leaders:
The first trait we look at here, is honesty. Honesty is an important personality trait
for leaders because it inspires trust and credibility within their followers. This again brings with it many positive factors
when it comes to teamwork. As we all know, Luffy is an honest person
through and through. He is more or less incapable of lying and
probably has one of the worst pokerfaced in history. While this can sometimes come across as annoying
or tactless in the story, it is the bases of why the crew trusts him so much and takes
his words seriously. The second important leadership trait is a
sense of humor. This not only makes the leader more likeable,
but also creates a friendly and positive atmosphere in the group. Luffy´s sense of humor and the lightheartedness
that comes with it is the reason that the Straw-hat Pirates are so very different from
any other pirate crew you could come across in the grand line, with the exception of shanks
maybe. The crew feels comfortable and respected and
are able to form bonds on a level that goes far beyond what most other crews have. An example for this would be Luffy´s imitation
of his crewmates. Next on, we have confidence. While confidence is a great trait for a leader
in many aspects, the most important one is inspiring motivation among the group. Luffy´s confidence is pretty much beyond
limits and is a central part of his character. No matter how bad the situation, he is confident
in his ability to overcome any hardship with his powers. Just look at the fight with Katakuri. Additionally, he is also confident in the
characters and powers of each and every one of his crewmates, which might be perceived
as naïve, but ends up creating even more trust and loyalty towards him. This could be seen with Sanji in Whole Cake
Island or Robin in the Enis Lobby arc. Connected to the previous two, the 5th important
leadership trait is having a positive attitude. Approaching challenges and hardships with
a positive perspective is important in order to enable your group to create the necessary
conviction and motivation to tackle these challenges. Luffy without a doubt shares also this personality
trait. And that to the extent that he took on the
plan to take down Kaido with a broad grin, while Law was clearly being more serious and
pessimistic about it. Still I think you could argue that without
Luffy´s positive attitude, the Straw hats might never have made it to where they are
now. Last but not least, the 6th central leadership
trait is creativity. This trait is important to find creative and
flexible solutions to unexpected problems. Now while Luffy is in no means a genius when
it comes to creating creative strategies, he definitely proved to be creative when it
comes to fighting. His creativity can especially be seen in the
way he uses his devil fruit in more than creative ways. Simply the way that his gear system works,
is more than creative by itself. Additionally, the way he has built his crew
can definitely also be described as creative. Now, just to make it clear, I have not made
up any of these factors. I have taken them from up-to-date research
on leadership. And yet Luffy shares all of these traits to
a certain extend. I do not believe that this a coincidence. I rather think that Oda constructed Luffy´s
character exactly in this manner to make him as likable and able as possible as the leader
of the straw-hat pirates and the main character of the story. To prove this even more, let´s look at the
5 most important principles of a great leader and weather Luffy shares them as well:
The first principle we´re gonna look at is “leading by example”. In other words: It is important to be able
to do yourself what you expect your followers to do. This is pretty much Luffy´s supreme discipline. Luffy always goes first heads on into the
fight. He does not expect his crew to do his job,
but rather sees it as his duty to fight and bleed for them. A good example for this his fight against
Katakuri that Luffy only starts and enters on his own, to allow his crew to get away. The second principle is “talk less, listen
more”. While many leaders think it is important to
do all the talking and demonstrate skill, it is actually much better to involve the
group into discussions and decisions. This is especially important to get people
on your side and connect with you. In return it shows your respect for your group
members. As we know, Luffy is defiantly not the super
talkative guy. When it comes to making decisions or even
to fighting, everyone in the crew can have their say in it. Tactics and tasks are decided on together. This creates a sense of equality and respect
in the Straw hat crew. Next, it is important to “not play favorites”. While this one should be quite obvious, in
many groups in the One piece world, certain people receive special treatment or status. Luffy however has never given any straw hat
a different treatment than any of the others. This strengthens his credibility and respect
within the crew. The fourth principle we´re looking at is
“be yourself”. This one is, once again, very important for
credibility and authenticity which will strengthen the morale in the group. This principle is actually much more prominent
in the One Piece world than in ours. While many leaders in our society definitely
“aren´t themselves” in a way, in the context of One Piece, only Buggy comes to
mind when it comes to breaking this principle. Now the last important leadership principle
is “taking responsibility for your actions”. In essence this means two things: Sharing
success with the group and taking the blame when something goes wrong. Luffy does not only take the responsibility
for his own actions, but also takes the blame of others to protect them. For example, when Big Mom threatened to destroy
Fish-Man Island for not supplying her with their monthly candy tribute, Luffy took the
blame of eating all of the candy to protect the island from Big Mom’s wrath. Also, when Katakuri apologized to Luffy for
Flampe interfering with their fight, Luffy told him that fighting dirty is normal in
a battle between pirates, and that it was his mistake for not dodging. What has become very clear in my mind is that
Luffy actually fulfills all of the most important personality traits and principles that a great
leader needs to succeed. He inspires and motivates his Nakama and he
has built a crew that is as loyal and close as maybe no other in One Piece. So now, this leads me directly to the question
of why so many people think that Luffy is not a good enough leader at this point in
the story. And the only way I can rationalize this is
that people have expectations towards Luffy that he simply cannot fulfill. People seem to yearn for a more “badass”
leadership style from Luffy and I often see the comparison to Law. Not only is Luffy a great leader the way he
is, but also becoming more serious or stern would lead to Luffy´s personality getting
lost resulting in a character that has little to do with the Luffy we love. Additionally, without the positive and careless
approach that characterizes Luffy´s leadership style it is not clear that the Straw Hats
would succeed in the New World. Luck and positive will play a huge role in
the crew’s success. Another point of criticism that I often hear
is that Luffy hasn´t really developed as a leader over time. I also think that this is only true partially,
if at all. The time skip, but especially Whole Cake Island
have shown that Luffy has in fact lost some of his naivete and has grown. This can be seen in various instances: Luffy
stayed calm after Pedro was killed and he saw sense in and supported the plan to bring
down Big Mom. Luffy also started fighting smarter: He mostly
avoided a direct confrontation with Big Mom and accepted the power difference between
himself and Katakuri. And he also used Bruleé to move around more
freely while recharging his Haki. All of these behaviors we most likely wouldn´t
have seen from pre-time skip Luffy. Now having said that, I certainly DO think
that there is an area that Luffy can and maybe should improve in. And that is leadership skills. While Luffy has a great set of personality
traits and principles that make him a great leader, there are many skills that make leadership
more effective and that might be necessary to make it to Raftel in the end. While there are probably a few skills that
might be necessary for Luffy to learn in terms of leading his crew, I want to introduce two
that I find particularly important: “Thinking ahead” and “creating a strategy”. While I don´t think that Luffy needs to become
more serious in order to become cooler (because let´s face it, Luffy is already super cool!),
I DO think that he should think ahead a little more from time to time. And even though Luffy is not famous for great
acts of thinking, he certainly isn´t stupid. So I think that this would definitely be a
skill that he would be able to learn and that would prove immensely useful the closer he
gets to become the pirate king. Now the second skill builds a little bit on
top of the first. After thinking ahead, it would be smart to
use the insight you get and translate them into a useful plan or strategy. Same as with the previous point, I think that
Luffy would be more than capable of doing so, even if it might act out in a different
way than we would expect. So all in all, based on the arguments of leadership
personality traits, principles and skills, I hope I could lay out for you why I think
that Luffy is actually a great leader. If you made it this far into the video, I
am sure you have your own thoughts about this topic! So, please let me know your opinion in the
comments below. Do you think Luffy is a good leader? Do you think there are other important leadership
traits that Luffy has or does not have? And where do you think Luffy still needs to
grow in the future? Tell me your thoughts in the comment section
below. If you liked this video, don´t forget to
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then, have a great week.

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  • Reply Joel Eriksson May 8, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    i agree with everything you said here in this video, however there is ONE thing that i wish luffy would learn. what i'm waiting for regarding his character as a leader is for him to be able to put on a tone of voice where what he says with that tone isn't nagotiable in the crew. as he is now, his attempts to do so always needs either zoro, nami or robin to step in (which one depends entirely on who's dissagreeing) and shut the crew up. his layed back style of leadership NEEDS a voice tone that demands respect since he usually doesn't demand it. this fact is pointed out by zoro at water seven when uffy and usopp had an argument where zoro said that "we can't run a crew with people who don't respect the captain and a captain who doesn't demand it", i've been waiting for that trait since then as i thought it foreshadowed the aquirering of said skill

  • Reply Koushik Rahul May 8, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    notification on

  • Reply Jero demortal May 8, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    I only counted 5 points wtf is wrong with me.

  • Reply Elvin Yap May 9, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Love you videos first one I watched was zoro… hope that you do more on the whole straw hat crew… the only thing I hate is your character lol I get it but don't like it 不不不 it's an abomination lol
    And a little creep you need a better one

  • Reply anthony stephen worrell May 9, 2019 at 10:42 am

    He is

  • Reply Doctor Odin May 9, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Lucy's a great leader because through his early goofball personality Act he embodies a large amount of the characters of a good leader.
    Especially after the time skip because Ace's death forced him to lose his childish arrogance that they both possessed.
    One of the main things you may not think of a good leader because you didn't mention it as a leader they have to be the proverbial Rock by being what his subjects need them to be. And largely for the straw hats that's being someone that will ensure them that they have a right to have fun and everything will be alright. Which besides marketing is there a reason why Luffy continues with his goofball persona even though it's largely more so an act now. Because he no longer childishly wings it he interprets and adapts. While maintaining his outward goofball personality appearance because now they need him to be both.

    The other aspects others are shown with his interactions with momonosuke with him both treating the boy as a child and as a leader at certain times. Because that's what the boy needed.

  • Reply Minerman Gaming May 9, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    I like his personality and he is the best leader in one piece

  • Reply Andrew Rey Babia May 10, 2019 at 12:39 am

    You sound like betosky不不

  • Reply asdf May 10, 2019 at 5:09 am

    you are a fool. using a stupid evil looking cat in the place of luffy. you are filled with insecurity.

  • Reply HawaiianBLANKA May 10, 2019 at 8:43 am

    I love Luffy the way he is. He may not be the smartest or the most serious person as a captain, but its when he does get serious is when people should be careful. He cant be too stupid if he can make one of the most underrated devil fruits as one hell of a force to be weary of!

  • Reply Tladi Lebohang May 10, 2019 at 9:11 am

    From G-8 arc, that's when I stated believing in his to be a real true leader

  • Reply Tim from the basement May 10, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Luffy is my favorite character in the series, and I love that you made this video because you was point with nothing but facts. I just don't understand why there is a small percentage of so called one piece fan's that hate Luffy, I just don't get it.

  • Reply David Rideeoutte May 10, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    look about luffy is what triggered his change in that first place. The lose of some One close to him. I believe in an episode offer ace died luffy wanted to get stronger to protect the people he cares about cause he doesn't want to lose anyone else again. I think that's when luffy really began to grow as a character and a leader.

  • Reply David Rideeoutte May 10, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Wouldn't a leader that shows emotion make a good leader it would make him more approachable to those how follow them right.

  • Reply Daniel Walters May 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

    10:05 hopefully this skillset will become further developed towards the 90% or 95% point of story completion. Because as you've mentioned, Luffy has grown a little since the timeskip. He is probably going to run into someone where he will need to think ahead. Just think, if he did plan ahead, think about how strong his observation haki will get.

  • Reply Kendrique H May 11, 2019 at 5:28 am

    "the way he built his crew" Not really creative, he kinda just copied Shanks. Not a bad thing, just wasnt "creative"

  • Reply NoobyBoy81 May 11, 2019 at 10:20 am


  • Reply Lippy aus L禱tzeburg May 11, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Hey gudden Moien
    Thanks for the video, i just watch One Piece for fun, bur now that you menchen it. Jepp Luffy/Ruffy ( in German) is a good leader. never thougt about it befor. He is kind of Dum ( like Son Goku ) but always keep his promises. I d ont know how long One Piece will bee. But i am shore that Luffy ends up one day as Pirate King. I watch the show now for jears and jears like a lote of peaple an just hope that can watch it for another 10 jears. The grand line and the quest to find the ONE PIECE is such a great story. I wealy enjoy the Universe of One Piece.

    Sorry for the bad Englich see you, have a nice day

  • Reply Ula Tugbok May 11, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    I disagree on thinking ahead… Simply because luffy is spontaneous and but goal oriented. When he say's we save someone he does it without thinking how. He defeated OP characters just by EVOLVING mid battle. BUT robin could take on the responsibility as ADVISOR and think of possible outcome for their future endeavors and luffy can balance it if its practical or morally right to do so.

  • Reply Orlando Lazardi May 11, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    I dont agree that he necessarily should learn these skills. Luffy has gotten this far without thinking ahead and its simply not in his character to do so. Many times the crew complains that he should think ahead but for that reason luffy depends on his crew. Sure thinking ahead a little bit is fine however, i cannot imagine luffy having strategies or big plans.

  • Reply TexasFlood May 11, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    OMG your video is soooooo cringy.

  • Reply Mohon Meh May 12, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Luffy doesnt = great leader
    Luffy = great character

    He doesnt really care about leadership, he cares about deciding the adventure and just being a normal person with out responsibility. He doesnt want want power, but wants freedom. He likes to keep his nakama safe so hell do whatever he can to provide that. He takes down bad guys because they others to do what what they want and that goes against Luffys freedom mentality.

    Take down the baddest guy who forces people to live their way and then you dont have any tyrannical issues.

  • Reply Some random ghost 19 May 13, 2019 at 3:53 am

    God damn man the thumbnail made me choke

  • Reply Arthur Miller May 14, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Are you going to do Story Arcs Discussion too ? I love your insights into the characters.

  • Reply Adys ! May 15, 2019 at 5:17 am

    Hey, thats pretty good

  • Reply Marvin Martian The geek May 17, 2019 at 10:52 pm


  • Reply nu1x May 20, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    The main theme of Straw Hats is trusting in your nakama 100%. That's why Luffy doesn't need to be perfect – there are nakama that compensate for his shortcomings. This theme is super hammered in throughout the story.

  • Reply Jackpot Da Don May 21, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    First time on your channel like this video a lot

  • Reply Yakov Weinberger May 23, 2019 at 2:06 am

    My favorite thought going through; buggy is the opposite of almost all of these

  • Reply Kara Lovett May 24, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Subbed, cause Luffy is my favourite character in One Piece and Im happy to see you agree with my stance on his position as Captain, yeah he has his flaws but a lot of that his made up for by his massive amounts of charisma and that trait is even noticed by people like Mihawk and a few others throughout the series.

  • Reply Rowdy Rob Gaming May 24, 2019 at 6:05 am

    A great leader knows their own short comings and builds a team to complement those shortcomings. A great leader delegates what they cannot do alone, which is literally what Luffy recruited everyone for.

    A leader ultimately calls the shots but they dont have to be the planner or most forward thinker. Most of the best leaders are either fierce planners who can make sure it is followed to the letter or are impulsive thinkers who make good decisions in the moment without an ability to think about it, or a combination of both.

  • Reply Takeshi Blue May 26, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    can't wait to see the videos for the rest of the crew really enjoying it thus far. Keep up the good work.

  • Reply Joe henry May 27, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Excellent synopsis on luffy as a leader….. You are now worthy of a Like and subscribe.

  • Reply Navneet Pandey May 28, 2019 at 4:06 am

    Agree with you

  • Reply Dheemaas May 28, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Luffy's personality is actually scary.

  • Reply Ethan Sou May 30, 2019 at 12:56 am

    1:38 katakuri is not a captain

  • Reply AmigoRoberto May 30, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Starts video.
    0:12 Ok I'm liking this.
    0:25 Sounds good I'm ready man.
    0:33 AAAGH!

  • Reply Despairs Magic June 1, 2019 at 8:34 am

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  • Reply Syed Farzan June 1, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    u want to see a true leadership go watch trump luffy is just fine as he is

  • Reply Malcolm Twombley June 3, 2019 at 11:36 am

    I just wish Luffy would would be a little more considerate and thoughtful. He can force the crew into less-than-favorable situations with a complete disregard to their input.
    I agree with the think ahead, because a lot of pre-timeskip issues stemmed from not thinking ahead and planning accordingly

  • Reply Crawlingdash June 4, 2019 at 7:30 am

    I feel like you are the vaativadia of one piece

  • Reply Ngh藺a L礙 June 4, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Luffy shouldn't make Strategy and he just need to make a decision. The other crewmember should do the Strategy stuff because it will create a sense of responsibility for them because they have a part of it, not like I hurt because Luffy's strategy sucks. Most of the villains in the series have a common. They're the smartest person in their crew, their plans failed because of that.

  • Reply Nogy June 5, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Awesome piece of content. Keep up the great work! :))

  • Reply C矇lia Collet June 5, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Tbf since lot of people still seem to think he's a hero instead of an anti hero as well as think he's dumb, I'm not even surprised they didn't consider him a leader

  • Reply judy issa June 5, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    I think luffy should improve in one thing only that is to stick to the plan they have already made … Being more serious or thinking ahead is not the luffy we love.

  • Reply Manuel Sacha June 6, 2019 at 6:13 am

    So, you looked up "most important leadership traits" and found "sense of humour"? That seems superfluous.
    You also imply that having a sense of humour means respecting everyone (while, curiously, showing the odd case of disrespectful behaviour), but there's no logic in that.
    People who are extremely serious might just be as respectful as (and usually much more than) people who joke all the time.

    I could come up with many quailties more fitting for a leader.
    But I guess nobody bothered to mention obvious ones, like "the ability to focus for more than 10 seconds at the time" or "not being so reckless as to endanger everyone all the time".
    They should have mentioned intelligence, though, a field where I'm sorry to say Luffy is severely lacking.
    And yes, that includes tactical intelligence, i.e. the part that you so cleverly skipped over, i.e. the ability to have more than the one "I'll go there and kick his ass" strategy.

    PS: Yes, Luffy ran away from Big Mom… but only because someone (Brook, IIRC) had to convince him to, after his first decision was to stay his ground and fight her head on, one on one.
    Yes, Luffy "acknowledged" Katakuri's power… and after "acknowledging" that notion, he put it aside, and still decided to go and fight him head on, one on one, anyway.
    There's also many instances where Law calls him out on this, and has to rein him back over and over.
    These are not signs of improvement. If anything, these are signs of lack of improvement.

  • Reply Stev O June 7, 2019 at 12:47 am

    You did a good job man. You did good

  • Reply PoisonVessel * June 7, 2019 at 1:12 am

    hahahha your the opposite of Nuxtaku … Nice video dude very nice

  • Reply Luna June 8, 2019 at 1:24 am

    You make good points and it make sense. I'm subscribing.

  • Reply Nicholas Vu June 11, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Luffy isn't just goofy though he is serious when he needs to be like the fight with usopp about the merry and Luffy does respect his crewmates enough to listen to them but he doesn't directly follow what they say Luffy's opinion is always the most important because of his attitude all he wants is to just do watever he wants while having fun.
    Other than that the video was dope

  • Reply aslana977 June 12, 2019 at 6:59 am

    But he does think ahead sometimes! You remember in Punk Hazard, he told Robin to look for Sea stone cuffs beforehand and they were definitely useful.

  • Reply Carolina Colorado June 13, 2019 at 12:23 am

    "the 6th central leadership trait is creativity"
    Me: remember those Luffy drawings. Hahahahaha
    Great video

  • Reply Maxime Faure June 14, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    If you'r interested in leardearship look for Simon Sinek on yt , he coaches people into becoming better "leader"

  • Reply Strig Wilson June 14, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Great video, but man your oc is just awful. Idk why so many anime youtubers have their OCs in the video at some parts. I'll never get it..

  • Reply MrNickaus June 15, 2019 at 2:26 am

    Yup. I agree bro. I didn't give much thought about it. I basically judge/like a person based on his character and the sense "feeling" i get of him. Same with real life. Over the years we get to journey with Luffy. Without a doubt he is a great leader. Lmao.

  • Reply Amar Yousif June 15, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Luffy does not need foresight and planning as he has a tactic joining his crew (Jimbei).

  • Reply Do I have a good profile pic? June 16, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Luffy is also creative as seen from the wholr cake island arc where he turns animals into himself to eat the cake big mom wanted

  • Reply jeramahia123 June 17, 2019 at 3:45 am

    "Church just sort of shouted orders and we'd get around to them… Eventually… Or not – whatever." – "Church wasn't the best leader ever. He just took the blame whenever shit went wrong." Tucker from Red. Vs. Blue explaining why Church was Blue Leader.

  • Reply Andrew Durfee July 1, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Leadership is influence over others, nothing more nothing less.

  • Reply Trynia Merin July 1, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Thank you for an insightful video.

  • Reply Ozzie Physique July 5, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Nothing wrong with luffys leadership style he keeps everything exciting. Its extrovertedness that helps him succeed

  • Reply Leon Eldarion July 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I like your vids but I hate the way you say nakama. The notion "stress" is not strange to English. Stress is in the first syllabus "na" so next one you almost not pronounce the a in "ka". Make it very very short.

  • Reply Gold Cross July 11, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Is it weird that I want to use these principles as a list of traits I want to employ?

  • Reply Ivan Hammell July 12, 2019 at 5:30 am

    Luffy gets considered a bad leader because he really doesnt try to be. While he is the captain of the straw hat besides the initial telling people to join his crew he really doesnt ask for his crewmates to do anything. He doesnt tell them to go do specific jobs on the ship or even to go fight really. When the straw hat grand fleet comes in he diesnt want them as he really has no desire to control others actions. His streangth as leader is easilly making friends that want to help him and folliw him but for the most part never ordering them. As someone whose whole goal is to be the freeest man in the world this fits as not only does he nit want to be responsible for ordering people around but he doesnt want people to be controled either.

  • Reply abel contreras July 12, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I think luffy already has the the quality of thinking ahead , it may be different than what people consider that. If a normal person who does not have the qualities that luffy possess your version of thinking ahead is no room for error and best chance at success, do's and don'ts . While luffy who purposely chooses the most difficult routes and detours for his adventure for the sake of his own entertainment and knowing that he has the confidence to deal with almost any situation he comes across (especially after the time skip). I remember a few times he would get caught or explain his straight forward plan and everyone looks at him crazy because his plan had obvious flaws, but the him he knows what is ahead wither it be more fights or escaping in a certain way. I'm sure in the Big Mom arc if bege was not there luffy would have still found a way to get close enough to take sanji back and have a way to deal with the Big mom pirates. He didnt expect a better outcome and allies would help him and thats why he abandon his original plan to form a new one with bege. His straight forward nature seems foolish especially pre time skip but i feel like he gradually grew when people needed and depended on him the most, his needs will always be first but i does seem there is more thought process that luffy is letting the reader know. From him thinking a new ways to fight , to new techniques to try out, to knowing he can get out of a prison and hide somewhere else

  • Reply Aleksi Juvakka July 14, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    You make good points and I liked the video, but please for the love of god drop the avatar thing.

  • Reply Samir Ahmadi July 16, 2019 at 2:43 am

    Why luffy is the leader? Let me tell you why
    Luffy : join my crew
    Sanji : i refuse
    Luffy : i refuse your refusal
    Sanji : what?
    * sanji joins the crew

  • Reply Roland Gunslinger July 16, 2019 at 4:38 am

    I've always seen Luffy as being a good if not great Leader. I think some of the criticisms that come up are because many people really don't know what a good leader is. The ideaofthe badass, incredibly tough, intelligent andcharismatic leader is nearly if not impossible. Very few people have had all those qualities simultaneously in history. Alexander the Great being one of them potentially. Many people who are called great leaders by some people are really just what those people wish they were personally. Many ofthose leadersare just winging it if not full out lyingabout their skills and abilities so they don't look weak or like a fool. I have one person in particular in mind when I've been typing this. Shouldn't be too hard to figure that one out.

  • Reply Andrea Centeno July 16, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Make a video about law

  • Reply iHateNormies July 16, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Awful lip synching m8

  • Reply I AM THE WORM July 17, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    nah he's stupid just not retarded

  • Reply Jeldan Constantino July 19, 2019 at 9:59 am

    this channel is really awesome. been looking for great content like this.

  • Reply Chochtopf July 23, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    The newest chapter 949 is a great example of Luffy being a leader.

  • Reply J Rore July 25, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Come 949

  • Reply KenpachiX420 July 31, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    He gambled his crewmates on a game.

  • Reply Geoffrey Van Horn August 2, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    You need a filter, or replace the one you have. When you say a word with a "P" in it, it makes a noise as if your mouth is too close to the mic. Not terrible, and also I'm not being a dick. It is constructive criticism. Also, I do very much a appreciate your videos! Keep up the good work!

  • Reply kj fan August 14, 2019 at 3:34 am

    I think Luffy is a great leader, although he still is rash which can end up dragging his crew into danger. However, one of the traits Luffy has (which I believe why his crew respects him a lot) is his selflessness. Luffy never hesitates to protect anyone unless it risks the lives of others. Back when before his crewmates joins him, he did not hesitate to help them, even if they did not ask for help. Every crewmates of his saw him as a saviour in some point back then.

  • Reply Nejva Kaimi August 15, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Do a charachter analysis in Trafalgar Law pleaseeee I would love to hear your thoughts in such a complex charachter. Loved the video

  • Reply Michael Alexander August 19, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    I think due to the observational haki practice hes gotten now, hell probably learn to think ahead more in planning

  • Reply Jaymie Lopez August 19, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Luffy is pretty

  • Reply Mellathor August 21, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    I also think that the events in water 7 also helped him develope. He was forced to the fight against usopp to show that he is the captain, not usopp. Making a wise decision abandoning the going mery although it broke everyones heart. And not taking usopp back into the crew until he actually apologized, despite enies lobby. I think that was a HUGE ark about his leadership amongst the crew. Even putting usopp back into his place.

  • Reply Caleb S. Davis August 22, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I think Luffy is a great leader because he says you are part of the crew, even if you dont think so yourself.

    I.E. When Nami left, Luffy was waiting for her to realize that she was a crew member.

    Sanji left, Luffy was waiting for him.

    Thats why it was so hard for Usopp, he had to accept that Usopp was truly off the crew.

  • Reply Cephalopod51 August 26, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Luffy is very much like the Fool from :The Fool and the Flying Ship,: with the addition of the elastic powers of Plastic Man and Mr. Fantastic. Like Luffy, the Fool from the old Russian folk story was able to gather a group of skilled and unique crewmen mainly through his own kindness and generosity, and Fool's crew were loyal to him in return.

  • Reply Roronoa Engkus August 27, 2019 at 12:17 am

    luffy is a great leader because he knows what he is and not capable of..
    he couldnt use sword, he couldnt navigate, he couldnt cook, …….
    he couldnt lie …….

    usopp: oi !

  • Reply rex2g4 August 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Correction: Influence determines the power level.

  • Reply Talimpan August 30, 2019 at 4:57 am

    When i look an your ears my OCD screams

  • Reply Matt Travers August 31, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Hes great cause he doesnt wanna be a hero (share meat)

  • Reply MLPisawesome IC September 9, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Luffy is one of my favorite anime characters

  • Reply Mitzi Bartlett September 16, 2019 at 3:23 am

    Watching One Piece through from the beginning (just finished Terror Bark), Luffy reminds me in a way of Carrot from the Discworld series. Yes, the two are considerably different, they share one common trait: They are Simple. And as Carrot at one point tells one of his companions, the thing people often get wrong is that Simple doesn't mean Stupid. Both Carrot and Luffy fit that point very well.

    I have also seen hints in Luffy of one thing that Carrot's commander observes (very carefully, in the back of his mind) is that Carrot is best when he's being Simple, because when Carrot gets Complicated, he gets Terrifying. Luffy had enough Terrifying moments already, a Complicated Luffy is something I'm not sure I'm ready to see.

  • Reply SirCan Sir September 16, 2019 at 6:36 am

    I think one of the reasons Luffy is such appealing to people as well as hated by others is because of how he is portrayed. And by portrayed I mean that we ve seen pretty much everyone at one point or another show their thoughts to understand a little more behind of what they actually "think" in some specific scenarios.

    That shows more of their core character and how they take action/what they value and prioritize and how they weigh the odds. In luffy's case though even in his 1 on 1 fights you never see his thoughts, you only see the action he takes. That leads to either labeling him as someone who never thinks and just takes action or as someone so mysterious and random you dont know what to expect from.

    We only see luffy's actions and the result of the process but never the crafting itself. Pretty sure that adds to his charisma. Judging by his actions he seems like someone who is crazy and dependable but also unpredictable. So eventually Oda has made him to be someone we judge ourselves instead of having a solid character that gives away everything making our expectations from him more concrete.

    Thinking about it thats actually pretty ironic. Luffy is always the one that when asked if he is an enemy or ally, a good or a bad person, answers "That's something you will judge yourself".

    And as far leadership goes. You always trust someone who's actions speak more than words. Hehe, there we go Oda.

  • Reply PorkPie Hat D Mingo September 16, 2019 at 9:33 am

    I don't know why people think Law is a good leader.

  • Reply Paul Jones September 17, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Luffy just happens to be my favourite straw hat.

  • Reply Krvys September 17, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    I disagree with you on how he can improve being a leader, with better planning and such. Because then you take away one of the other important aspects of Luffy: he believes in the direct solution. Immediate cause and effect.

    This is arguably something people claim to Luffy being stupid. His solutions are simple and direct. People say as a result, he doesn't think of the concequiences. And perhaps he doesn't. But he believes if A is the problem, do B to solve it. That simple.

    You made my friend cry. I'm going to beat you down.
    You shot my friend. Going to punch you hard.
    You stole my friend. Going to declare war against you.

    Simple solutions, and many have larger concequiences. But those concequiences are unimportant.

    Another character who, when written well, has these traits, is booster Gold. It usually doesn't Go as well for him, but still. Unfortunate booster Gold is sometimes written more poorly

  • Reply Sides How September 22, 2019 at 8:49 am

    what sold me on luffy was his reaction when he thought zoro had attacked the townspeople. He thought it was wrong and wanted to fix it. It didnt matter at all that it was zoro. Still one of my favorite scenes

  • Reply MetalB1985 September 22, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    A little late but also an important fact about Luffy's leadership skills: He knows his limits and surrounds himself with people, who has the skills he needs. Let's not forget, that Luffy planed out in detail, any profession in his crew, who he needs to get the One Piece. Many are centered around his own short-comings (cooking, lying, sword fighting, navigation, music, craftsmanship, painting, steering).
    A crew is like an enterprise and the job of the leader is getting the right people, manage them, building up connections, making the hard decisions and taking all of the responsibilities. Luffy is an amazing leader.

  • Reply Cristina Sandoval September 25, 2019 at 3:27 am

    I gotta say that I have always thought of Luffy as a good leader but pretty reckless to do so. He takes risks that can put him and his friends in great danger but you make a good point: a good leader is always motivated and trusts his followers. Luffy wants to be the Pirate King, a journey that takes him to the end of the World. He follows it and focuses that title that is present in his attitude and actions. The risk that he takes are the ones that a fearless king of the sea has to do to be said person. If he doesn't do that he would be like Big Mom: strong, capable to rule the seas but prefers to take the easy way and remain still while others do the work. The fact that Luffy constantly moves is congruent to what he wants to be and sets to himself as an example to his friends to become stronger and braver and that he fully trust them to do so without telling them.

  • Reply Juan Rangel September 30, 2019 at 4:12 am

    Luffy needs to create a pod cast like Gary Vee

  • Reply Marshall D. Teach October 2, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    A big comment I just wanted to share about Luffy being a great leader was when him and usopp had their fight during w7 and at the end of the arc when they are all leaving without usopp and he keeps yelling on the side of the beach for them to stop and turn around but zoro stated earlier that usopp needs to say sorry to come back and luffy (being a great leader) realizes zoro is right and that he cant just have people walking all over him and out on him considering hes the captain, he will leave usopp here and end their connection if he cant say sorry, that shows how luffy even though he considers usopp a best friend still stuck by his moral code of im a captain and i need my respect first before we can continue our journey again

  • Reply Rox Sen October 6, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    you'r name is misleading i thought for the last 5 video that this is ohara library

  • Reply Rickard OneUp October 10, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I so love Luffy… his character have even become the mentor of my own life.

    – He's an uncompromised positive character. He sees the good in everything, even the most bad situations. However, the OP universe will try his attitude on this matter on and on again. After even losing his brother Ace, he carries on through his depression knowing that Ace lives on with him and his uncompromised energy. Extreme persistance, moving even mountain at his will. His will alone is a great lesson for people to learn, that will overcomes every single obstacle thrown at you. Never give up! Honor those who made you strong, even when they're gone they live on with you!

    – He is wreckless, and unpredictable. This is balanced with honor and conviction. He is uses few words, but the words that comes with him carries such big princibles, guided by universial truth. He loves the struggle, and he honors it. Even to the point where he refuses to step into other people's conflict, solely because everyone is on their own path and if one doesn't learn how to carry oneself, he is hindering the development of that person.

    – Leadership. He only ever comments on anyone's action when universial principles are broken. He knows that the rest will sort out itself. He takes on himself the weight of the world, and sometimes blame himself for not stepping in quicker. Because he know that the one with the strongest will posess the properties of helping the weaker ones. It is his duty to use his will for the better. This said, he sees the potential of the people around him and he really picks his crew mates with care. Often knowing his crew's potential better than the crew mates themselves, he has just the right ammount of expectations. When expectations aren't met, he does not falter at all. Clearly shown in his conflict with Usopp, Nico Robin and Sanji. He expects the same ammount of trust back from the people he himself put his trust in. And in the end, he is shown that he is always right – and he teaches people things about themselves they would otherwise never come to know.

    – Above all, why I love Luffy the most in this show is because even with all his principal seriousness, he carries on with the wind and surf the waves of live like he is god sent, with the widest smile – knowing that he is himself to the fullest – something that seems to be the really important for Luffy. To STAY true through everything. This is probably why he so recklessly run into the most impossible challenges one could strive for, because he knows that this is what he needs in order to make him as strong as he can possibly be. And why does he want this? At first, because he has the biggest dream one could wish for, and he is really serious about this one. He one to be the most free person in the whole damn world. He also understands why he is who is, because of all the really unique people around him that didn't teach him, but showed him what was right and why it was like that. He understands that even though one must pursue his dreams, nobody can make it to the end without honoring and defending the ones that made it possible.

    There is so much more to say about this simple, yet extremely complex character but I'll stop with one more thing. This dude is the TRUE Buddha of his world, clearly following the Noble Eightfold Path that will finally lead him to the end of the most complex thing one could strive for – enlightenment, and with that power – change the course of the world as much as he can possibly do.

    Luffy is human potential personified. Because of this, he is THE Dragon of his world.

    EDIT: One more thing: He is one of the greatest Haki users the world has ever seen, and imo Haki as a force really resonates with the power of consciousness. The power of will. He can feel the energies and intent of everything around him. If this isn't the result of his obvious enlightenment, I don't know what is.

    Thank you Oda for bringing me all this wisdom through the world of One Piece, it has made me grow as a human being. And even pursue my dreams to the fullest.
    I have even walked through hell with a smile and come out stronger thanks to this show.


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