How Shanks’ Decision to Reject Luffy Changed the Course of One Piece

Before Luffy invented the Straw Hat Pirates and he wanted to be a part of the Red Hair Pirates, What would have been the fate of One Piece in those days?

One Piece traces the adventures of Straw Hat Pirates. They are led and founded by Emperor Monkey D. Luffy. Luffy has always wanted to be a pirate since he grew up. Shanks, his crew, and Luffy become close friends as Red Hair Pirates make Cocoyashi Village the headquarters. Luffy loves pirates so much, he has asked to join them many times. Shanks does not like children being taken on dangerous voyages. But that doesn’t stop him from pestering him. If Shanks were to allow Luffy to join his team, the world of One Piece could be quite different.

Red Hair Pirates are one of the most infamous pirate crews in Two Piece. Because it is the pirate crew for one of the Four Emperors. The Red Hair Pirates are well-known not only in Grand Line but also in New World. If Luffy ended up joining their adventures their voyage would undoubtedly be different than what the Straw Hat Pirates took. It would also alter the story of One Piece as viewers are familiar with it.

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Most Straw Hat Pirate’s Fates Would be Miserable

Luffy is the Straw Hat Pirates’ leader. His pirate adventures begin without any crew members, only recruiting his fellows along the route. But, his recruitment isn’t as easy as placing a public advertisement. He is a close friend and can have a profound impact on the lives of his crewmates. Luffy’s recruitment process follows a predictable sequence. He sends out an invitation, then helps the new character. Finally, he re-extends his crew invite. Sometimes, however, he skips the first step to go straight into saving. If Luffy joined the Red Hair Pirates as a young man, then the rest would have had unhappy endings.

This is true for the majority of Straw Hats. Nami, if Luffy hadn’t been there, would likely still be working for Arlong. She and her entire village could have fought the Arlong Pirates to their end. The same could be said for Captain Kuro’s clever plan. It would have worked without Luffy’s interference. Brook would be drifting in the Florian Triangle and the Baratie could have ended up as Don Krieg’s unfortunate vessel. There is also the possibility that Zoro might have fallen from Helmeppo’s arms and Jimbei would still have been at Impel Down. Robin and Franky were likely to have had relatively favorable fates. Crocodile would keep Robin from deciphering other Poneglyphs. Franky would still be a ruffian on Water 7, assuming that he was not captured by the World Government.

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The Major Forces of the Seas Would Largely Stay the Same

To say that the Straw Hat Pirates are causing a stir in the world of One Piece is an understatement. They are the reason for several shifts in power among the major forces that rule the seas. Luffy and the gang were already destroying Warlords in the earlier episodes of the series. Crocodile and Baroque Works, Crocodile’s Baroque Works, are the first to be harmed by the Straw Hats. Luffy, Co. then goes on to eliminate Gecko Moraia and Donquixote Dorflamingo. They don’t stop at Warlords. They sail further into New World and the Straw Hats attack and destroy Emperors. They not only escape Big Mom’s Whole Cake Island but also take her down with Kaido from Wano Country.

This would not have happened if Luffy was not a part of the Red Hair Pirates early in the story. Without the Straw Hat Pirates’ intervention, the Warlords could have enjoyed a longer reign. Crocodiles, Moria, and Doflamingo will likely continue to do what they want, even if there is a World Government that decides to end the system. They are capable of protecting themselves, however. Blackbeard’s ascendance to Emperor status is undoubtedly inevitable. However, Kaido or Big Mom could still race to be the Pirate King if Luffy wasn’t there. Law and Kid have no chance of defeating the Emperors. They would either be killed or taken under Big Mom and Kaido’s control, as was the case with the other members of the Worst Generation.

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Shanks is the most likely candidate for the title of Pirate King

Luffy most often levels ups while fighting or trying to save his comrades. He can only reach his current level by winning many battles. It is obvious that he would not have experienced the same battles in the Red Hair Pirates had he joined early. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Luffy would be weaker. He could have learned from Shanks, and become stronger if he had joined Red Hair Pirates when he was young.

It wouldn’t be a change that Luffy’s Devil Fruit is the Human-Human Fruit Model: Nika. It’s only a matter of when Luffy will awaken his powers. But, Luffy could have joined the Red Hair Pirates while he was still a child, so his Awakening might have taken place earlier than the current timeline. Shanks is the most likely candidate for the position of Pirate King, as he would have another pirate emperor working under him. These pirates could not be stopped by any alliances of Emperors or the whole Marine force.

Luffy as a Red Hair Pirates member would make it easy to form valuable alliances. Shanks would have already welcomed a child to his pirate crew. He would likely continue doing so even if it was just to allow Luffy to have company. Luffy could then form and lead his own brigade, sailing under the Red Hair Pirates’ Jolly Roger. This is similar to Ace’s second-division command.

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