One Piece: Here’s How Luffy Got His Scars

How Did Luffy Get His Scars In One Piece?

Alongside Son Goku, Ash Ketchum, and probably Naruto, if there is one anime and manga character that does not need a detailed introduction, it is One Piece’s protagonist, Monkey D. Luffy. Luffy is the leader of the Straw Hat Pirates and is one of the most recognizable brand names in anime and manga, which explains his popularity. Now, aside from being a brand name, Luffy is also visually recognizable, as his appearance is quite well-known. Although he hasn’t changed much, the number of scars on his body has increased over the years, and in this article, we will explain how Luffy got each of his scars in the series.

  • Article Breakdown:
  • Monkey D. Luffy’s appearance hasn’t changed much over the years, which has made him one of the most recognizable characters in the world. Still, despite that, the number of scars has increased.
  • His first major scar is the small one on his cheek, which is self-inflicted, as he cuts his face with a knife to prove to Shanks that he is old enough to become a pirate.
  • His second scar is the large X-shaped scar he has on his chest, which he received in Marineford after facing Sakazuki.

Luffy’s appearance hasn’t changed much over the years

Luffy is a boy of medium height with black eyes and hair. He has a scar under his left eye caused when he was still a child to impress the Red Pirates. He is easily recognizable due to the hat he always wears, to the point that “Straw Hat” has become his nickname. Inside the hat, he also kept Ace’s Vivre Card before his death. Luffy is wearing shorts, sandals, and a T-shirt.

At the age of seven, he was ninety-one centimeters tall and wore a white T-shirt with the words ANCHOR in blue and a red anchor. Like his male companions, Luffy almost always wears the same clothes, namely a red sleeveless shirt tied with buttons, which he usually keeps open. Sometimes, he has to change clothing to adapt to the climate of the place he is in, such as in Drum, where he wears a coat, or in the kingdom of Arabasta, where he wears light clothes due to the desert climate. During the last round of the Davy Back Fight, Luffy, on Usopp’s advice, put on an afro wig and drew a flaming blue skull on his chest.


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After fighting Gekko Moria, he started wearing a bracelet around his left arm, which is a gift he received from Nami. He later discovers that it leads to the pirate John’s treasure and offers it to Buggy the Clown in exchange for his help in reaching the sixth level of Impel Down.

After the time skip, Luffy has become a little taller and more muscular due to the two years of hard training. In Dressrosa, he initially disguises himself by wearing a fake white beard. Inside the bullfighting coliseum, he also wears a Viking-style helmet and a cloak. In Wano Country, he temporarily disguises himself as a samurai with a red kimono with blue patches and collects his hair in a chonmage.

And this is the story of his general appearance, and as you can see, it hasn’t changed much over the years. On the other hand, his scars have increased over the years!

How did Luffy get the scar on his face?

As far as his facial scar is concerned, Luffy got it when he was seven years old, i.e., when he was still a child. Namely, Luffy desperately wanted to join Shanks and his crew and become a pirate, but Shanks told him that he was still too young, a child and that there was no room for him in his crew. Luffy, being determined and stubborn, could not accept such an answer, so he set out to prove to Shanks that he was tough enough to become a pirate, even though he was a child.

So, what did Luffy do? Well, he took a knife and stabbed himself just under his left eye, creating a wound that bled severely and which ultimately left a scar he had on his face. This was Luffy’s first major scar in the series, but it will not be his last one.

How did Luffy get the scar on his chest?

The second scar that Luffy is famous for is the large X-shaped scar he has on his chest. It is mostly covered up, as Luffy does not go around with a naked torso, but it can be seen occasionally, so you deserve to know how he got it.

This happened during the Summit War in Marineford, as Luffy was fighting Akainu, who had just killed Ace. Because he saw his “brother” die at the hands of Akainu, Luffy was furious and wanted to kill the Admiral on the spot, but he was no match for him at that moment. Jinbe stepped in to help and protect Luffy, but that wasn’t enough at the time. Although Jinbe blocked Akainu’s attack, the Admiral was able to unleash a powerful magma attack that went through Jinbe’s body and gravely injured Luffy in the chest, thereby leaving the notoriously famous X-shaped scar on his chest.


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Both of them were ultimately saved by Crocodile, who intervened in the fight and recovered later. Still, Luffy was left with a grim and permanent reminder of his tragic encounter with Akainu, and that is the story of how Luffy got his chest scar. He has gotten some other smaller bruises and scars over the years, but the face and chest scars are the most important ones, and we have told you all you need to know about them.

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