Oda’s One Piece series has introduced us to a variety of amazing and powerful characters. Some of them had a short run in the series, some had a longer one. Some were more interesting, some were less. This article is going to be dedicated to a major supporting character, whose role in the story is actually pivotal. The character in question is Trafalgar D. Water Law, the captain and doctor of the Heart Pirates. In this article, you’re going to find out everything we know about Trafalgar D. Water Law in One Piece.
Trafalgar D. Water Law is a renowned North Blue pirate who acts as captain and doctor of the Heart Pirates, being in turn a former member of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. Being one of the eleven Supernovae who landed on Sabaody two years ago, he is part of what is known as “the worst generation” of pirates in history. Together with Monkey D. Luffy and Kozuki Momonosuke, he is one of the leaders of the Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance, whose origin was outlined in the initial alliance between the Heart Pirates and the Straw Hat Pirates, which achieved overthrow the smuggler regime of Donquixote Doflamingo causing great upheaval in the world.
The rest of this article is going to focus solely on the character of Trafalgar D. Water Law, as we bring you everything you need to know about him and his actions. We are going to tell you some information about the history of the character, as well as his role in the whole story. We are also going to answer a series of relevant questions about Trafalgar D. Water Law.
Who is Trafalgar D. Water Law? Origins explained!
Law is originally from North Blue, and more specifically from the White City. He grew up in the White City. We learn that this city was the Pays de Flevence and that its inhabitants caught a disease, lead poisoning, an intoxication due to a special lead called white Saturn or ceruse, very present in the city, which reduces life expectancy.
After leaving his country, the king made it believe that lead poisoning is a transmissible disease is a genocide then decimated all the inhabitants including Law’s family. He managed to flee the city by crossing the border, hidden among the corpses. He will join the crew of Don Quixote Doflamingo, wanting to take advantage of the time he has left to live to destroy everything. He will be violently attacked by Doflamingo’s mute brother, Corazon. Wishing to take revenge on him, he stabbed him.
To his surprise, Corazon survived and said nothing to his brother. Spending many years with his “new family”, he will be surprised when Corazon revealed to Baby 5 and Buffalo that he is a D. Corazon will then reveal that he is not mute and has lied to his crew and that as an ex-Celestial Dragon, the D’s are considered demons and that he is in grave danger if Doflamingo finds out. Corazon will kidnap Law, revealing that he is a Marine working for Sengoku and has infiltrated his brother in an attempt to arrest him, promising Law that he will cure him of his illness.
For a year, they went through the hospitals, but had nothing to do. They will then decide to steal the Ope Ope no Mi to heal Law but they will be intercepted by Doflamingo who will kill Corazon while Law flees. He then arrived on Swallow and encountered a Mink Bear there, and two thugs attacking him. He separated the three individuals and the two thugs, who named themselves Shachi and Penguin, liked Law and decided to stay with him, just like Bepo. They thus formed the Heart Pirates crew and began one of the most notorious and best-known pirateering careers in the franchise.
What are Trafalgar D. Water Law’s powers and abilities?
Law is a fearsome pirate who, along with most of his crew, proved resistant to Rayleigh’s Haki as nearly everyone in the slave-selling hall passed out. He is also a good fighter. He is brave, as he allowed himself to attack several Marines at close range on the Sabaody Archipelago, despite being a long range fighter.
While on the Sabaody Archipelago, the Kid Pirates and the Heart Pirates were attacked by a Pacifista. The end of the fight was not seen; however, the Heart Pirates reappeared during the Marineford arc, suggesting that they managed to defeat the Pacifista or at least escaped him.
Trafalgar Law proves to be a very skilled and opportunistic leader; despite being a former Supernovae and a talented pirate captain, Law is considered one of the most powerful pirates of his generation and he is also the only one to have remained in the second half of Grand Line, for at least a few months, rather than venture into the New World, as he is being cautious.
After the two-year timeskip, Law has become so powerful and infamous that even the G-5 Marines, renowned for their cruelty, are deeply afraid of him. Before he became a Corsair Captain by bringing one hundred pirate hearts to the World Government, Law had acquired a higher bounty than Luffy, another proof of his power.
He was able to defeat Vice Admiral Smoker, who is the possessor of a Logia-type Devil Fruit, without seriously injuring him. It is also said that in Caesar and Law’s bargain that Law is more powerful than Caesar. Moreover, he was able to overcome Vergo, a very powerful fighter and was even able to counter the attack of a Navy Admiral (Issho).
In addition to his Devil Fruit, Law has enough physical strength and tactical skill to take on Smoker as an equal. Although Caesar recognizes the strength of the Yetis Cool Brothers, the latter acknowledged that they were not powerful enough to deal with Law who got rid of one of them with amazing ease. Law possesses a very great endurance because he regained consciousness despite the beating he suffered in front of Vergo and despite the fact that he was no longer in possession of his heart for a while.
Law also possesses great physical strength in the anime as he was able to compete with Luffy (controlled by Breed) without his Devil Fruit powers. However, he was defeated by Don Quixote Doflamingo, his former captain, who took care of him without much difficulty and put Law in a very bad state.
However, he took a lot of attacks in the Dressrosa Arc and he’s still up and alive while some are said to be dead, which means he’s really very resistant. In addition to that, he managed to defeat Trebol, one of the executives of Doflamingo’s crew with an ease that testifies to his strength, he even managed to cause a serious injury to Doflamingo thanks to his most powerful attack.
What is Trafalgar D. Water Law’s Devil Fruit?
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.
After the timeskip, he can also swap the personalities of the people present in his “Room” thanks to the “Shambles” attack. He managed to cut out Vergo who had coated his whole body with the Busoshoku no Haki and at the same time cut out the factory that produces the SAD embedded in the mountain.
The weakness of the technique seems to be its energy consumption, Law clarified that every time he uses his Devil Fruit, his body becomes depleted. The ability also seems to require him to gesture with his hands in order to centralize the effects on his victims. The extent of this ability remains unknown.
He also seems able to make a small area, circling just the underside of his hand, seen when he was ready to fight alongside Eustass Kid against a Pacifista. This technique is not yet known. In the opening credits of the game One Piece Gigant Battle, he is seen creating a small area around his body to protect himself from attacks. Thanks to the Ope Ope No Mi, he can give eternal life thanks to “Operation Youth” in exchange for his own life.
What is Trafalgar D. Water Law like?
Law is an extremely laid-back person, who is almost always seen smiling (deceptively). He often has a cheeky attitude toward other pirates, which has led to him being labeled by the World Government as a dangerous individual. For example, he casually asked X Drake how many people he killed in his very first appearance, and didn’t hesitate to give the middle finger with a smile to provoke Eustass Kid, the most wanted and one of the most dangerous Supernovae on Sabaody Archipelago.
However, he hates being given orders, proof being his frown and annoyance after Kidd asked him and Monkey D. Luffy to stay back while he held off the Marines attacking them. He is, however, able to recognize when he and his crew are in grave danger, and he is not against forging alliances with his rivals in order to survive.
He speaks in a politely sarcastic manner and usually refers to others by calling them “Sir” or “Madam” described in the Japanese language by adding certain honorific suffixes like “-san”. He seems to be honorable enough to refuse to take credit that is due to others. This is seen when he replied to Jean Bart that half of his gratitude also went to Luffy when the former slave offered him his gratitude.
Elsewhere, Law displays a more competitive side in the anime where, along with Kid and Luffy, he engages in a childish debate over who was going to deal with the Marines posted outside the Slave Sale House when they had to go out. On the downside, he doesn’t seem as keen on joining the New World as the other Supernovae and their crews.
Thinking that the One Piece will still be there anyway, while the other crews are fighting among themselves, and he has to steal the “right” throne. A reference may be to Emperor Kaido whom he is targeting with Luffy. This caution turned out to be to Luffy’s advantage, as Law was one of the few people who knew what really happened to the Straw Hat Captain after the War at Marineford Summit.
Law also seems to have a sense of honor (or at least respect for those he sees as potential rivals). This is seen when he appears in Marineford and claims to want to help Luffy, because he would be “damned with shame” to see his future enemy die there. It’s a pretty stark contrast to what most people think of him since Scratchmen Apoo claimed Law was infamous for his cruelty. Law is also very direct and candid when responding to people.