Most One Piece characters belong to a group, an organization or a crew. This is something that Oda is prone to doing and it doesn’t really surprise us to see a character belong to one or more groups. Some of these groups are more open than others, but one of the most closed and most mysterious groups are the World Nobles, also known as the Celestial Dragons. This mysterious group is one of the primary antagonists of the series and while its membership is exclusive and very limited, people still wonder about the members. In this article, we are going to tell you whether Monkey D. Luffy is a Celestial Dragon or not.
Monkey D. Luffy is not a Celestial Dragon, at least from what we know about him at this point in the story. Luffy is not, as far as we know, a descendant of the Twenty Kings, which automatically disqualifies him. On top of that, he is a “D.”, and the “D’s” are the natural enemies of the World Nobles, which additionally disqualifies him from the membership.
The rest of this article is going to be split into two sections. The first is going to explain the Celestial Dragons, because we have to establish who they are and how does one become a member of this group. The second section is going to elaborate further on why Monkey D. Luffy is not a Celestial Dragon in One Piece.
How does one become a Celestial Dragon (World Noble) in One Piece?
The Celestial Dragons, or the World Nobles, claim that their nobility status stems from the fact that they are the descendants of the Founders of the Government. Thus, it was decreed from the creation of this Organization that the descendants of the Founders will enjoy quasi-divine privileges. As a result, they have such a high opinion of themselves that they refuse to breathe the same air as the rest of the world, and live wearing a bubble that acts as a mask that allows them to breathe air that is is clean.
The Celestial Dragons boast of possessing “the blood of the creators of this world”, and for them, this condition is enough to justify their actions. This fact alone allows them to even ignore the law at will when it goes against their personal interests. They have no respect for justice, and because they cannot be punished for their crimes or actions (due to their status), they have no remorse or regret.
Kid considers them a prime example of the degree of corruption and absurdity of this world. However, if a Celestial Dragon chooses to give up their status and live among “normal” people, then those nobles, along with their family members, would be considered traitors, and permanently stripped of their privileges and immunities.
Their arrogance is seen in the way they treat their slaves; indeed, we see on several occasions that they use them as mounts. After Sharlia, the sister of Saint Charlos, killed Devil Dias, she immediately asked her father to buy her a new slave, as if it were an easily replaceable object, even a toy, and not a person.
Although the “normal” people bow down in their presence, they fear and despise the Nobles due to their arrogance and the cruelty they show, but dare not attack them because attacking them also means s attacking the World Government and such an act consequently results in the arrival of an Admiral.
Some people, however, are willing to ignore this reality when the need arises and attack Nobles without worrying about the consequences, such as Fisher Tiger and Monkey D. Luffy.
In short, the Celestial Dragons are so unpopular among the citizens, especially among the escaped slaves, that if given the chance, all would immediately try to kill them. In addition, following the resignation of Donquixote Homing from the World Nobles, he and his family were mistreated and even nearly stoned by the population, too happy to have a Celestial Dragon as a scapegoat to express all their resentment and hatred.
However, while the commoners and former slaves despise these people, the nobles seem to idolize them. As in the Kingdom of Goa, where the nobility of this country went to great lengths to properly receive a Celestial Dragon who came to visit this kingdom. Even after witnessing the presumed death of Sabo, who was shot by Saint Jalmack, Sabo’s own parents were more concerned about not angering the Celestial Dragon than worrying about the fate of their child.
As you can see, the Celestial Dragons are a very closed group. Basically, there is no way of entering the group save for being born in it. The only way to actually become a Celestial Dragon is to be born into a family that is a descendant of the Twenty Kings from the old days. There is, as far as we know now, no way of entering the group in any other way. Let us now see whether Luffy is a part of the group or not.
Is Luffy a Celestial Dragon?
Now that you know how this group was formed and how one becomes a Celestial Dragon, you’ve probably deduced for yourselves that Monkey D. Luffy, the protagonist of One Piece, is not a Celestial Dragon. From what we know of his heritage, the Monkey family are not descendants of the Twenty Kings, which means that he is not a nobleman and claims no right to be a member of the Celestial Dragons.
On top of that, Luffy is a “D.”, and it is well known that the only group that the Celestial Dragons actually fear are the “D’s”. Namely, despite the Celestial Dragons’ snobbish belief in their own politically empowered invincibility, those who bore the “D.” in their name have been their natural-born enemies for – as of this moment – unknown reasons.
Why they fear them is still unknown, but they would scare their children by saying that if they didn’t behave, the “D.” would devour them. Doflamingo was shown trying to dismiss this as superstition at one point, but after learning that Trafalgar Law was also a D. and was working with Monkey D. Luffy to bring him down, Doflamingo was actually shocked and scared.
Be that as it may, these are the reasons why Luffy is not a Celestial Dragon in One Piece.