What Did Luffy Say to Sabo and Ace in One Piece?

What Did Luffy Say to Sabo and Ace in One Piece?

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One of the best stories of One Piece is that of Luffy, Sabo, and Portgas D. Ace. It is also one of the saddest stories in the series. The friendship and bond that formed between the three “brothers” became a true one over the years and with its tragic ending, a beautiful story actually came to a very grim ending. But, moving that aside for now, in this article, we are actually going to tell you about a scene where Luffy said something to Ace and Sabo when they were kids, which confused them wholly. In this article, we are going to try to explain what happened there.

It is not known what Luffy said to Sabo and Ace when they were kids that consumed them so much. The exact phrase was censored, whereas we only got to see Sabo’s and Ace’s confused looks. It is interesting, though, that this scene is reminiscent of an even-earlied one where Gol D. Roger said something to Oden and Whitebeard, which made them react in the same way that Sabo and Ace did. This is why it is possible that both of these pirates said the same thing.

The rest of this article is going to explore Luffy’s relationship with Ace and Sabo while focusing on a particular scene that took place when the three of them were children. Now, we don’t have any information about that particular scene save for some theories, which we are going to present here, hoping that you’ll make something of it along with us.

What did Luffy say to Sabo and Ace in One Piece?

Before we start, take a look at this:


Now, you probably recognize a young Sabo to the left and a young Ace to the right, and seeing that they reacted with a very bewildered “Huh?”, you probably know that the person they are looking at and listening to can only be Luffy. Because only Luffy would say something this stupid or confusing; Sabo seems to be scared/confused, whereas Ace is just “what the actual f*** did he say’?”. So, what did Luffy say?


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Well, we actually don’t know what Luffy said that confused these two so much. It could’ve been some complete nonsense, but knowing the whole context of the story and the significance of this scene, he probably said something that did not make sense back then but will make complete sense once Luffy’s story comes to an actual end. Why do we think that? Well, check this out:

Does this panel look familiar? Well, Oda tried to reference himself very precisely – he even put the bandages on the same places, apart from having the characters react in the exact same manner. To the left, we have Kozuki Oden who, like Sabo, is something between scared and confused, whereas Whitebeard to the right is simply in complete disbelief. Now, this scene is from before Luffy’s time, so these two younger versions of the famous characters we met, later on, did not react to something Luffy had said, but rather to something that Gol D. Roger said.

Now, just as is the case with Luffy’s sentence, we have absolutely no idea what Roger said, but knowing how similar Roger and Luffy are, we assume – heavily – that Roger and Luffy said the exact same thing. Now, we don’t know what it was, but it was probably something significant to them and something in-line with their personalities. It probably doesn’t have any deeper meaning, but is a funny yet odd thing to say, but not if you’re Monkey D. Luffy or Gol D. Roger.

We have to reiterate that this is just a theory and it is tied to our interpretation of the similarities between Roger and Luffy, which means that we’ll simply have to wait for Oda to reveal the phrase later on to get official confirmation. Now, let us see why Luffy’s relationship with Sabo and Ace was so important.

How and why are Luffy, Sabo, and Ace connected?

Although Oda could’ve put any Straw Hat crew member in place of Sabo and Ace, he did not and that is because the relationship between Luffy and the two is extremely significant and we are going to elaborate on why. When Luffy was placed in the care of Dadan by his grandfather Garp, Sabo and Ace were already best friends and had amassed greater treasure through minor and major thefts when Luffy spotted them at the edge of Gray Terminal.

Since he seemed to get in the way of their plan to become pirates with the treasure, the two captured the little one and tied him to a tree to kill him. But that turned out to be more difficult than expected since none of them had done anything like this before. They also found out about Ace’s last victim, Polchemy, a pirate from the Bluejam pirate gang. The two take cover, but Luffy is caught by the pirates and kidnapped because he pretends to know neither Ace nor Sabo, but is bad at lying.


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After the two panicked and brought their treasure to a new hiding place, Sabo found out that Luffy had been tortured by Polchemy, but hadn’t spilled a word. Impressed by Luffy’s endurance and loyalty, Ace and Sabo stormed into Polchemy’s lair, free Luffy, and together defeated Polchemy, who was then shot dead by his captain, Bluejam, for losing the money Ace had stolen from him and losing to two children.

It was then clear to the three of them that Sabo was no longer safe at the Gray Terminal – so he also checked in with Dadan without further ado. As a trio, they trained for the next time and provided decent meals on the hunt together. Luffy kept challenging the two but lost every fight. The three of them also ventured into the capital of the Goa kingdom, mixed up a number of petty crooks, and ate in a few of the city’s restaurants, only to then cheat the bill.

On the street, however, they suddenly meet Sabo’s father, who recognized his son years after he ran away from home. Back in the forest of the Colubo mountain, the two friends confronted him, whereupon he confessed to having deceived them since he was not an orphan like the two of them, but an aristocrat who ran away from home.

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When Ace and Luffy didn’t care, Sabo told them his dream: He wants to travel the world and write a book about it. When the other two also describe their dreams, the three then drank to their brotherhood. The three of them made the area unsafe for the following weeks and helped each other wherever they could. At Foosha Village, they were welcome guests to the young and pretty Makino, who was very popular with the mountain bandits.

Garp also snowed in in the meantime to spank them three times properly. After some time, Dadan finally found a note signed by Ace, Sabo, and Luffy: The three moved out and now lived in a shelter in the forest. Living together came to an abrupt end when Sabo’s father tracked down his son with the Bluejam pirates and threatened to have Ace and Luffy killed so that his son would no longer have a reason to eke out his existence in the forest. In order to protect his friends, Sabo then gave up his dreams and agreed to go back voluntarily if his father spared his friends.

Back in town, Sabo wanted to prevent Ace and Luffy from being blamed for his disappearance, but he was powerless against the corrupt system in which Sabo’s father was easily able to pursue matters of his interest with a bundle of to clear berry bills. Back home, Sabo learned that he had a little brother, Sterry, whom Sabo’s parents adopted to be heirs after the disappearance of their eldest son.


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He eventually learned that the aristocrats were planning to burn down the Gray Terminal, with all the trash and people, to present a clean cityscape for the coming guest: a tenryūbito. Sabo tried with all his might to save the people of Gray Terminal but was stopped by the city’s troops. In the streets of the city, Sabo met a man in a cloak – Dragon – who heard Sabo’s words with horror that he had had enough of these abominable and inhuman conditions.

Sabo eventually joined the Revolutionary Army led by Luffy’s father. Ace became a member of Whitebeard’s crew and died while protecting Luffy from Akainu. Luffy, as we all know, went on his own journey to become the Pirate King. Luffy would later meet Sabo again, whereas Ace’s tragic death is still one of the most heartbreaking moments in the history of One Piece. And this is why the scene was made with Sabo and Ace in mind because they knew Luffy to the core. They are important people in his life and Oda wanted to stress that out with this scene.

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