The legend of the One Piece and One Piece as well starts with the famed Pirate King, Gol D. Roger. And while a lot have tried to do so, Monkey D. Luffy seems to be the one destined to repeat Roger’s legacy. If you’ve been following the series, you’ll have seen that the two of them are very similar in a lot of ways and that there is a lot connecting the two. In this article, we are going to elaborate on that further, as we are going to tell you whether Gol D. Roger is related to Luffy, as well as some other related things.
As far as it is known now, Luffy and Roger are somehow connected but whether it’s an actual biological relation remains to be seen. Luffy and Roger’s son, Portgas D. Ace, were sworn brothers and they both have the so-called Will of D., which was described as something family-related by Donquixote Rosinante. The exact nature of their relationship is going to be explained when Oda fully explains the Will of D.
The rest of this article is going to focus on Gol D. Roger and Monkey D. Luffy, as we are going to elaborate on how the two of them are connected and why they are so similar in so many ways. If you don’t know the whole story of One Piece, we have to warn you that there are going to be spoilers in the following paragraphs.
In order to answer this question, we are going to go over Roger’s history first, so that you know exactly where he comes from. Gol D. Roger was born in Loguetown. According to Monkey D. Garp, Roger grew up in difficult circumstances and developed a great fear of losing his loved ones above all else. Sometime later in his youth he met Silvers Rayleigh and was impressed with his ship.
However, Rayleigh explained that he stole the ship to live there because his house had been burnt down. Considering their meeting a fateful reunion, he asked Rayleigh to join him. Roger became captain of the Roger Pirates, during which he dabbled in piracy while building his fame over several decades. Brook alluded to a “rookie” with that name while still with The Rumbar Pirates.
Roger and his crew sailed to the New World, where Roger managed to sneak into Charlotte Linlin’s territory of Totto Land and transcribe his Road Poneglyph. 39 years before the present, he and his crew reached the island of Lodestar, the last island pointed to by the Log Pose. Roger knew that the true final island was beyond this point and that the Road Poneglyphs gave clues to its location; however, he was unable to read the transcribed text.
About 38 years ago, Roger and his longtime rival, Vice Admiral Monkey D. Garp formed a temporary alliance against The Rocks Pirates, which resulted in the duo fighting on God Valley against the crew including Edward Newgate, Charlotte Linlin, Kaido and their captain Rocks D. Xebec. The battle resulted in the crew disbanding, with people viewing Xebec as Roger’s first and most formidable rival.
As you can see, there is no direct relation between Roger and Monkey’s family. Roger did meet and was a temporary ally of Monkey’s grandfather, Monkey D. Garp, but the Monkey family is not directly related to Roger. Now, Roger did have a son, later on, Portgas D. Ace, who is Luffy’s sworn brother, but their bond did not establish a direct blood relation between the families. Also, some suspect that the D. in their names is a sign of relation, but that has yet to be proven, as we are going to explain later. As far as things stand now, Luffy and Roger are connected, but not directly related.
Who are Luffy’s parents?
Now that we know that Luffy is not related to Roger, who is he related to? Who is Luffy’s family? The identity of Luffy’s mother has not yet been revealed. His family background initially revealed that he was raised by his paternal grandfather, Monkey D. Garp, but not much is known about his biological parents. And while his father’s identity has been revealed, the identity of Luffy’s mother has not been revealed yet.
In episode 314 of the anime, which adapted chapter 432 of the manga, titled “Jack in the Box”, it was revealed that Luffy’s biological father was none other than the revolutionary criminal Monkey D. Dragon.
He is the famous leader of the Revolutionary Army who is trying to overthrow the World Government. He is the greatest enemy of the World Government and is commonly known as the “World’s Worst Criminal”. Monkey D. Luffy is the son of Monkey D. Dragon. Like his father, Monkey D. Garp, he seems to have high expectations for Luffy. And while he has yet to introduce himself to Luffy, Dragon seems to support his son’s actions to this day.
He has appeared in Loguetown in order to see Luffy leave for the Grand Line and prevent Smoker from capturing him, showing that he cares somewhat for his son’s welfare (perhaps to push Luffy to become more mature). Dragon also seems to be very proud of his son because of all the trouble he has caused the world government.
What is the Will of D.?
In the One Piece universe, some people, Pirates, Revolutionaries or Marines, have the initial “D”. This mysterious initial was called the Will of D. by some One Piece characters. Some people call “D.” carriers “Natural Enemies of God”. Although the literal meaning of the middle initial is still unknown, it could be said that all who bear it share a similar faith in dreams or destiny.
When a D. appears, the global belief is that a series of events will be triggered on a global scale; for better or for worse, as explained by that old saying that the D. always brings storms. The biggest mystery of the D. is that they themselves don’t really know what it means. Jaguar D. Saul shows a complete lack of knowledge on the subject of the D., when Nico Robin asked him what it meant.
But, from what we could gather, it seems that the Marines are somewhat aware of the D., such as Sengoku, who took an interest in Ace because of it. Trafalgar D. Water Law’s parents also seemed to have some knowledge about the meaning of the D., considering it prudent to hide their children’s surname. Until now, and as far as we know, Gol D. Roger was the first known D. and the first bearer of said initial to have discovered its meaning.
On the other hand, they seem to be able to withstand an incredible degree of pain in battle and only give themselves over to death when they know there really is no way to avoid it. In this same line there is another unusual behavior that seems to be common in the D., and that is that they are seen smiling when they are about to die; seeming to accept death fearlessly when they can no longer escape it. The reactions of many characters who witness this are one of shock or disbelief, as it is hard to imagine anyone not being afraid to die.