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ONE PIECE: Why Didn’t Two Major Pirates Become Emperors?

by Harry Brown

In the last chapters of ONE PIECE it has come to the conclusion of the narrative arc of Wano. The consequences of the Onigashima War led to the beginning of a new era and a new shogunate in the country of Wa, and the recognition of new Emperors, from which however Eustass Kidd and Trafalgar Law were excluded, for what reason?

Currently the title of Yonko is answered by Shanks the Red, Marshall D. Teach, also known as Blackbeard, Bagy, and Monkey D. Luffy. While for Bagy the reason that led him to play such an important role still appears smoky, Luffy in the war of Onigashima has shown that he can fight a man of Kaido’s strength, considered the “strongest creature in the world”. In addition to having earned the title of Emperor, Luffy has also obtained a considerable increase in his size, which has reached 3 million berry, as well as those of Eustass Kidd and Trafalgar Law.

Given that all three were instrumental in Kaido and Big Mom’s defeat and demise, one wonders why they didn’t all three become Emperors. The most immediate answer might be that neither Kidd nor Law poses such a great threat as Luffy for the Navy and for the World Government. Law in the past was part of the Fleet of Seven, and in that period the greatest achievement was however forging an alliance with the Straw Hat, giving them information and suggesting apparently perfect strategies, but then not followed by Luffy.

On the other hand, Kidd has made an alliance with Hawkins and Apoo, two other members of the Worst of Generations, only to find himself in the Udon prison, and try to escape thanks to Luffy. In essence, the greatest result achieved by the two, at least in the eyes of the World Government, is having defeated the Empress Big Mom. An undertaking that is certainly not of little value, but which, compared to the chaos constantly generated by Luffy since his entry into the New World, and disseminated through the newspapers, appears to be of lesser importance.

Since Punk Hazard the Straw Hat Pirates have been the protagonists of events that have become public domain, both for the confusion caused, as on Whole Cake Island for example, and for the importance of the personalities faced by Luffy, such as Do Flamingo, ruler of Dressrosa. Also worth considering is the little influence that Kidd and Law have over Luffy, indirectly at the head of the Great Straw Hat Fleet, thousands of pirates who have sworn to serve him.

So in the eyes of the institutions that deal with managing the world order, Kidd and Law don’t appear that dangerous and influential as much as Monkey D. Luffy, and that is why the two captains, who still have a large bounty on their heads, do not deserve the title of Emperor. Tell us what you think in the comments.

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