One Piece is an anime that certainly has its fair share of strong and powerful characters. Monkey D. Luffy, the series’ protagonist, has most often been featured in our One Piece-related comparisons, and that is going to be the case in this article as well. The character we are going to compare him to is Trafalgar D. Water Law, the captain of the Hearts Pirates. In this article, we are going to analyze the two, as we are going to pit Luffy against Law to finally determine who the stronger of the two is.
Had this article been written earlier, the situation would have been more difficult, since Law is very similar to Luffy in terms of power. But, ever since Luffy activated Gear 5 and discovered the true nature of his Devil Fruit, he has surpassed Law in every way and is the clear winner in this match-up at this moment.
The rest of this article will further elaborate on the above-given answer, as we are going to compare Luffy and Law in more detail. Through several categories, you are going to see who the stronger of the two is and why our answer is like it is, i.e., why Luffy would definitely be able to defeat Law in a direct fight.
Despite Caesar saying that the Yeti Cool Brothers are very strong, Law managed to dispatch one of them with relative ease. He has also shown great resilience, withstanding a direct blow to his heart from Caesar, which only caused him to momentarily lose consciousness. He was able to withstand a prolonged beating from Vergo, and although the fight was brutal and bloody, when he regained his heart he defeated him with a cut, despite Doflamingo saying that when Vergo used Busoshoku Haki it was impossible to cut.
Even when he was defeated and injured by Donquixote Doflamingo and Admiral Issho, Law was able to quickly recover and escape. During his second confrontation with Doflamingo he was able to fight him off and, despite still being injured from their first encounter and even after his right arm was amputated and further injured, he was able to continue fighting and stand up to Doflamingo. and give him a grievous wound with his gamma knife move. Even incapacitated by Trebol, he was able to use his severed arm and even defeat the supreme officer.
Luffy is endowed with immense physical strength, enough to lift gigantic boulders and shatter steel with his bare hands. His physical strength derives in part from the workouts his grandfather Garp subjected him to as a child, where he survived critical circumstances and used to face huge ferocious beasts. Even as a child he was able to defeat grown-ups and endure Polchemy’s torture.
His physical strength is such as to overwhelm the strongest fugitives of the eastern sea and to rival even that of the fish-men, as demonstrated in the battles against Arlong and Hody Jones, whose strength was even higher than that of the average of their race. In particular against Hody, after two years of training, he showed himself clearly superior, so much so that he defeated him despite being powered by Energy Steroids.
Points: Law 0, Luffy 1
Law possesses the power of a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit, the Ope Ope no Mi which allows him to create a spherical area of light blue aura. As Smoker says, having eaten this Devil Fruit, Law becomes a “Man-modifier”. In this area, he is able to separate and spatially move anything and everything. With his powers, he is able to look like he can quickly slice people to pieces from a distance with his sword.
He can also join the separated parts in any way he sees fit, such as sticking someone’s head to a barrel. People separated by this ability are not killed, and can still feel their separated parts, no matter how far apart they were separated from each other (much like Buggy separates himself using the powers of the Bara Bara fruit no Mid).
The effect persists even after Law deactivates his power. Separate parts can be reassembled, even by someone other than Law. He can make the people and objects that are in his sphere change places, as he did with Jean Bart and Bepo to protect the latter from a Pacifista; he can, for example, to protect himself, exchange pistol bullets for snowflakes contained in the sphere.
Luffy ate Gomu Gomu Devil Fruit which made him rubber, giving him the ability to stretch his body parts and hit enemies from a long distance. Although as a child he had problems in fully controlling his power, after intense training of over ten years, Luffy was able to use the fruit to exponentially improve his physical strength and his agility, thus making him a dangerous opponent.
Despite his fighting style sometimes appears improvised, it is precisely his creativity that makes him an unpredictable opponent, capable of overturning critical situations by adapting from time to time to combat. His rubber body also makes him extremely durable and immune to marine bullets, normal punches and even electricity.
However, he is not immune to swords and knives, as well as to dehydration or poison, although after the fight with Magellan he becomes immune to a wide variety of these.
Initially, Law might have had a chance against Luffy in this category, but this was solely due to the fact that Luffy had not activated the true form of his Gomu Gomu no Mi. Now that he has, there is absolutely no chance that Law could beat him.
Points: Law 0, Luffy 2
Luffy announced that Law had Haki. The extent of his ability to use it has not been revealed, but he displayed good enough proficiency in Busoshoku Haki to block Donquixote Doflamingo’s Five Color Strings, which still cut half of the palace. During his fight against Doflamingo, he also used his Buoshoku Haki offensively by successively hardening his fist and then his foot to attack the Corsair Captain. During his battle with Smoker, Law was shown to be able to bypass Logia defenses.
At some point, after Law and his crew visited Amazon Lily to deliver Luffy and Jinbei, while Law’s teammates admired the beauty of the amazons prompting Law to warn them that they were dangerous, one of the amazons fired an arrow imbued with his Haki at the Corsair Captain, and therefore lowered his head to dodge it, no doubt thanks to Kenbunshoku Haki. He is an experienced user of it, although he has never shown it explicitly.
Luffy has been trained by Silvers Rayleigh to become an expert Haki user. He knows how to use the Observation Haki, which he instinctively used for the first time against Mihawk, avoiding a swing that would have cut off his arms. He also mastered the Armament Haki at high levels, making it an essential part of Gear Fourth. Using this ability in combination with the powers of his own devil fruit, Luffy is also able to ignite his fists thanks to his friction.
He also knows how to use the rarest form of Haki, the Royal Haki, which is the one he prefers. With it, he was able to knock out fifty thousand fish-men at once. During his confrontation with Kaido, he proved to be one of the very few individuals able to use her to enhance his attacks. His third fight against the emperor also ripped through the sky.
The fact that Luffy can use all three types of Haki, while Law knows only two makes this situation quite clear. This point simply has to go to Luffy for quantity-related reasons.
Points: Law 0, Luffy 3
Law owns a sword called Kikoku, this sword does not belong to any qualification named by Tashigi, because according to Oda it is a cursed sword. This sword seems to be a nodachi (sword similar to traditional katanas, but much longer, approximately 1.20m blade). Law seems quite adept at swordsmanship, as he can slice through his targets from a long distance (although this power is also thanks to his devil fruit). Law was able to deflect Doflamingo’s strings with his sword, which is noteworthy, as Doflamingo managed to effortlessly cut through everything else thus far.
Luffy rarely uses weapons in combat, mostly due to his inexperience and the inability to use them. In his childhood, he wielded a metal pipe and that is probably the most sophisticated weapon he successfully handled. In Arlong Park, Luffy briefly tried to fight with swords but failed miserably.
Ultimately, like practically every time, Luffy loses in this category because Law is a better weapons user. Luffy doesn’t use weapons generally and he is quite clumsy with them.
Points: Law 1, Luffy 3
Trafalgar D. Water Law vs. Monkey D. Luffy: Who wins?
And while Trafalgar Law is one of the more powerful One Piece characters, this comparison was fairly simple due to the fact that Luffy is who he is. As the points confirm it, Luffy overwhelmingly beats Law in almost all categories, save for the weapons usage, but that was to be expected. Had this comparison been written a couple of years ago, before Luffy activated both Gear 5 and the true nature of his Devil Fruit.
Now that that has been done, Law simply cannot cope with Luffy’s amazing powers. He is a better weapons user than Luffy, but in all other categories, the Straw Hat clearly wins and that is why we are sure that Luffy would ultimately win this one.