Top 10 Best One Piece Characters

The Top Ten
1 Monkey D. Luffy Monkey D. "Straw Hat" Luffy is a fictional character and the protagonist of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.

Luffy is such a cute character! He's so charismatic and kind. It's ironic, but he acts more like a hero than a pirate. He always tries to help everyone and does everything he can for them. He seriously has a heart of gold. Even though he's an idiot sometimes, he is respected not only by his crew members but also by many other people.

Luffy always knows what to do and say. He's a natural leader! Also, he's quite introspective. The things he does may seem crazy at the moment, like punching Coby or not fighting against Bellamy, but he always does things for a reason. Furthermore, Luffy's instinct is scarily accurate. He can just tell when someone is a good person and when they aren't.

For example, even though Robin was his enemy, Luffy immediately welcomed her into his crew. And when Robin seemingly betrayed him, Luffy still wanted to go after her because, well, they were nakama. However, when Luffy encountered Blackbeard on Jaya, he seemed more introverted. Even though Blackbeard was blathering on and on about the same ideals that Luffy agreed with, Luffy seemed cautious against the guy. Anyhow, Luffy is just an awesome character. I love him!

2 Roronoa Zoro Roronoa Zoro, nicknamed "Pirate Hunter" Zoro, is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.

He's the coolest in world history. The word "cool" can't even describe how cool he is. He is the definition of cool himself and even more! I love him because I have no sense of direction, but he gets lost more than I do. Somehow that makes me feel better, but that's human, right? I personally think that the green-haired King could defeat Luffy, the captain. He's just that good and awesome. Remember when he took all of Luffy's pain, causing Luffy to pass out? He took it all and still stood straight in a pool of his own blood while saying, "Nothing happened." The last man standing, ladies and gentlemen: the King.

Choosing the best character in One Piece is a very difficult decision. There are so many great characters. I think Zoro is the best because of his calm attitude during the most challenging times. When the crew was falling apart during the Water 7 arc, Zoro didn't lose his cool. Additionally, he is very strong and loyal. Despite appearing cold-hearted, the less combat-oriented members of the crew quickly rely on him.

Zoro is incredible because he can be very intelligent when needed. He's immensely strong and determined. He's very loyal and trustworthy. And he has some humorous traits as well (like getting lost everywhere). His sacrifice to save his captain shows just how amazing a character he is! Besides, who could hate a Marimo?

3 Vinsmoke Sanji Vinsmoke Sanji, most commonly known by his moniker "Black Leg" Sanji, is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. He is the cook of the Straw Hat Pirates, as well as the former sous chef of the Baratie. He is also the third son of the Vinsmoke Family, thus making him a prince of the Germa Kingdom.

I love Sanji! Sure, he's kind and badass. We all know that. But what's often underrated are his leadership skills. He has been shown taking the lead on many occasions, and it always feels so natural. In my opinion, he also keeps the crew together. He serves as the bridge between the monster trio and the rest of the crew, if that makes sense. Zoro and Luffy are often in their own world, on a quest for ambition and adventure. But I've noticed that Sanji is the one who always keeps an eye on the crew. He rescues them and makes sure they're fine, and I love that about him. Oh, and his character development is superb - probably the best out of all the characters. I appreciate him a little more every time I watch the anime.

Sanji is a fantastic character with great development. He's also super strong and kind and always protects the crew and civilians. He is one of the wings of the Pirate King, and the title is fully deserved. He is simply the best!

4 Portgas D. Ace Portgas D. Ace, born as Gol D. Ace and nicknamed "Fire Fist" Ace, is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.

He had such potential as a character and should have been used more in the story. He was far too interesting to be killed off like he was. He's honestly one of the best characters in OP! I mean, seriously, what's not to like, even from the moment he appeared? He's a caring older brother, loyal, pretty strong, witty, and kick-ass. Did I mention he's hot? He deserved so much more, especially considering all the emotional and physical hardships he had to endure. I don't care how much time has passed. He will forever remain one of the most loved and remembered characters in OP. Plus, he's referenced constantly to this day.

Ace is the big brother who inspired Luffy to become a pirate, just like Shanks and Sabo did. He's the one who encourages our main character throughout the story and is a loyal son of Whitebeard. His bloodline makes him unique and complex, but he doesn't let it get in his way. He had the makings of a true pirate king, even though we all know that Luffy is going to be the one to find the One Piece.

5 Trafalgar D. Water Law "Surgeon of Death" Trafalgar D. Water Law is a fictional character of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.

This guy... is the best. He is a genius, has one of the coolest abilities in the series, and is a badass. He is deep down very kind-hearted despite his rude exterior and keeps his promises. Despite trying to be serious all the time, he actually has a goofy side to him too, like in Zou when he really wants to see the ninja do ninjutsu, just like all the other goofballs. He also begins to assimilate into the bizarreness of the Strawhats (he doesn't like bread, haha). He is a surgeon, has some major badass tattoos, and is a master of manipulation. And he definitely has the most tragic and epic backstory in the series. How could you not love it, even though it was sad? He is the perfect mix of evil and good.

Law's epic. What the hell? He's badass and smart, just like Sanji, except he's not a pervert. He's pretty funny, even when he's not trying to be, and he's kind despite his horrible past. The fact that he has the same goal as Luffy just adds to the adventure of the story. Though some people find it creepy that he can practically take someone's heart, I don't mind it that much.

6 Red-Haired Shanks ''Red-Haired" Shanks is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. He is the captain of Red Hair Pirates and member of Yonko. He is also a former member of the legendary Roger Pirates, the only group to successfully conquer the Grand Line.

While not yet the best character in the show, Shanks is a strong contender despite extremely limited screen time. He is one of the most complex and layered characters in the series. He seems to be an overall force for good, similar to Luffy, but in his first appearance, he murdered one of the mountain bandits, a casual display of violence that Luffy has never shown. He is worth more than 4 billion and can meet with the Gorosei. He has a history with Blackbeard and Mihawk and is intimately tied to Luffy's story. Luffy wants to be the Pirate King, but it is Shanks, not Roger, whom Luffy personally aims to surpass.

As I said, Shanks is already one of the best characters One Piece has to offer, probably in the top five. What really makes him so intriguing is that he is also the character with the most story potential. Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, and even Law may grow stronger, but their growth as characters will be limited. By the end of One Piece, I would not be surprised if Shanks was Oda's best creation.

7 Nico Robin "Devil Child" Nico Robin is a fictional character of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.

I love her so much! The anime was good already, but I loved it after Enies Lobby. I mean, who can forget the "I want to live" sentence? The whole world was her enemy for 20 years. She had to live alone and was called the "demon's child." It's too bad that Oda does not focus on her more. She is the most interesting crew member after Zoro. Her dark sense of humor makes me laugh so much. When they lost contact with Nami, her theory was, "Maybe they strangled her to death so that she cannot make a sound."

The best story out of all of One Piece, despite it being one of the saddest next to Brook's and Chopper's, belongs to her. She's mature and overpowered to the point where, even though she rarely fights in the story, when she does fight she's always badass. In fact, many of her fights aren't even fights. They're just her KO'ing the opponent by snapping their neck or something similar. She could be a Mary Sue if she were the main character and showed off her strength more. But she's so reserved. Ugh, why, Oda? Why?

8 Nami Nami is a fictional character in the One Piece franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. She is based on Ann and Silk, two characters from Oda's previous manga Romance Dawn.

Nami is my favorite female character in the series. Although I feel like she's annoying at times, I find her to be a more interesting and developed character than Robin. She plays an important part in the series. I find her character very enjoyable to watch due to her manipulation skills and mental strength. I also adore her relationship with Luffy because he never gets mad at her, and it seems he trusts her the most out of all the crew members. Although she is not the strongest character, she isn't a coward and is starting to learn how to handle herself, not to mention her skill in manipulation.

A goddess. She is the best navigator we've seen so far and the brains of the crew. As a math lover, I absolutely adore her logical and strategic thinking. She isn't just an ordinarily smart person. She's a prodigy! She is the best-written Straw Hat, right behind Luffy, but also has an amazing personality. She is caring, kind, outgoing, hardworking, and it's such a pleasure to watch how much better she becomes every time she appears.

9 Tony Tony Chopper Tony Tony Chopper, also known as "Cotton Candy Lover" Chopper is a fictional character of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda.

The funniest and cutest One Piece character actually made me watch and read One Piece. Chopper is funny because he can't hold his feelings in and is an awesome span user with seven forms. Plus, he's a doctor who loves cotton candy.

He is the funniest character, and just the sight of him makes me laugh. Especially when he's told that he is cute, he blushes ironically.

Thinking he's the best character doesn't make him happy, you bastard!

10 Usopp

I love Usopp a lot as a Straw Hat member. Every other Straw Hat member has some unique power or ability (even Nami, whose navigation skills are crucial), but Usopp entered the story with skills no different from a normal person. And yet, this man held on through the harshest times and withstood obstacles that tested his loyalty and intelligence. He always felt inferior to the other Straw Hat members, but he still held on and pushed himself beyond his limits for the sake of his friends. Even when his nose was crushed and his face was tainted with blood, even when fear made it hard for him to stand up, he tried his best.

In conclusion, even though he may not be the bravest or the strongest, Usopp has the heart of a true Straw Hat pirate.

Although not as powerful as some of the other Straw Hat pirates, Usopp is what makes One Piece great. As a normal human, he was thrown into a world of pirates, exploration, and dreams. He may not be brave, but among the Straw Hat pirates, he displays some of the most fun and greatest willpower among them, using brains over brawn and putting his friends above his own pride.

The Contenders
11 Brook "Soul King" Brook is a fictional character of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. Brook is the musician of the Straw Hat Pirates. He is a Devil Fruit user who ate the Yomi Yomi no Mi, and is undead, having been brought back into a pseudo-immortal state because of its powers.

The most underrated Straw Hat. Come on, man, the dude is kind, funny, and positive even after the terrible thing that happened to his crew. He's very useful.

He's that guy that everyone would love to hang out with, but with bones! No skin! Plus, who else will sing Binks' Sake at 45%? Exactly. And he has an afro! Just ask Usopp and Luffy. An afro is what makes a man. What more do I have to say? Hmm... how about: YOHOHOHOHOHO!

Yo ho ho! He's not the best-written character, but I like his personality. He kept a sense of humor even after being on a ship alone for 50 years.

12 Franky "Iron Man" Franky is a fictional character of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. He is the shipwright of the Straw Hat Pirates.

Funniest character, great personality. He made the best ship, the Thousand Sunny, and has just about anything in his robotic body - lights, heavy weapons, laser beams. He's just awesome. He has become one of the most powerful characters. He's amazing!

Franky is MY FAVORITE One Piece character! (Next to Chopper) He's so cool. He's strong, funny, and metal. If anything, he should be the king of the pirates!

How is Franky, one of the main crewmates, this low on the list? I think he's awesome, and he has the best theme out of all the Straw Hats.

13 Dracule Mihawk Dracule "Hawk Eyes" Mihawk is a fictional character of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. Mihawk is a member of the Shichibukai and the first one to be revealed in the series.

He destroys entire armadas of ships with just a few flicks of Yoru. He doesn't look down on Zoro for wanting to take him down and actually encourages it. He's an antagonist, but not necessarily a bad guy. He ranks among the strongest characters in the show, and his eyes are remarkable.

He is one hell of a badass swordsman. He makes himself clear almost all the time. He is quiet, strong, and merciless but also has a sense of justice and a bit of compassion in the depths of his heart.

This guy cut down all of Don's ships in the Grand Line. Who else could do that? Plus, he has awesome hawk eyes.

14 Nefeltari Vivi

She feels like fresh air. She has no supernatural power, but she still seems a strong character (not physically). Her story was beautiful. She became a pirate hunter and then a pirate just for her country and her citizens. A wonderful girl!

This girl was really sweet, and I feel like there were hints of character development I would have loved to see in her had she stayed as an official SH crew member. But alas, she has duties as a princess, and the country needs her. :-)

After two years, she's coming back! Reverie, here we come!

15 Boa Hancock Hancock has a well proportioned figure compared to the abnormal and huge appearance of her sisters. She is a very tall, slender woman with long black hair that extends past her waist with locks of hair that frame her face down to her chin, pale skin, large breasts, a high forehead, and dark brown (dark blue in the pre-time skip anime then changed into black after the time-skip) eyes that have long,... read more

She is pretty, badass, and powerful! She's amazing! I can't believe how few people realize how relatable she is when she messes things up because of Luffy.

She's super hot and really powerful. She's irresistible and can turn you into stone. I wish I were her husband.

She is the most beautiful woman, alongside Nico Robin and Nami.

16 Buggy the Clown

How can Buggy possibly be so low on this poll? Buggy is the greatest character ever. He is our messiah and the future king of the pirates. He is so hot! All hail Buggy-sama!

I'm glad we still see him around. A cool twist on the idea of unbeatable pirates. He's just a simple pirate who, with some luck, is going pretty far.

How is he so low on the list? He is an amazing character and, in my opinion, the funniest. There's a reason he is the creator Oda's favorite character.

17 Viola
18 Sabo

Sabo should be higher on the list! He's a kind older brother, quite attractive, and wears suits that are spot-on. Additionally, he is the chief of the Revolutionary Army. He embodies the saying beware the nice ones because if you are racist, he'll mess you up - all while smiling. He was also a cute child, and Oda shocked everyone by bringing him back.

Why is Sabo down here?

Come on, people! He's the Revolutionary Army's #2, Luffy's second older brother, lost his memories after almost dying, finds Luffy in Dressrosa, eats the Mera Mera no Mi, and saves Luffy from Jesus Burgess.

So why, WHY is he down here!?

He should be in the top ten. He beat Jesus Burgess, the first division commander of Blackbeard, easily, went one-on-one against an admiral, ate the Mera Mera no Mi, and he himself is the second in command of the Revolutionary Army. Furthermore, he is the brother of Luffy and Ace and is handsome! He was in fifth place in the fifth One Piece poll, so why not here?

19 Gol D. Roger

Gol D. Roger, the former Pirate King and owner of the One Piece - the greatest treasure ever - is the one who started the Pirate Era. He inspired most people to desire to become like him, to be the Pirate King. During his execution, he smiled and announced the existence of the One Piece, a treasure of untold riches. There is no doubt that he was one of the strongest pirates ever, equally matched or even better than Whitebeard. Gol D. Roger was undoubtedly a badass.

The only pirate to sail the entire world without backing down, and the owner of the One Piece - the treasure of untold riches! Dude, he was smiling when he was executed and he literally knows everything we want to know. And the mustache is on point!

The former pirate king, considered one of the strongest pirates ever, was the owner of One Piece. He knew what happened in the Void Century. He knew what the Will of the D is as well.

20 Vinsmoke Reiju

Awesome female character.

21 Monkey D. Dragon

He is Luffy's father, the son of a legendary Marine, the leader of the Revolutionary Army, and the most wanted man alive. He is very powerful and very cool.

A revolutionary waging war against the corrupt world government, he is the son of one of the strongest Marines ever and the father of the future Pirate King.

He is Luffy's father, Garp's son, and the leader of the Revolutionary Army. He's also the most wanted man alive. He is very strong and very cool.

22 Charlotte Katakuri

Gave Luffy the best fight in the entire series. Has so many cool abilities. Can't wait until he shows up again in future arcs.

Best character of the One Piece series shows honor, respect. How most antagonists should be.

Second-best boy. Why is he so low?

23 Donquixote Doflamingo Donquixote Doflamingo is a fictional character of the One Piece manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. Doflamingo was the captain of the Donquixote Pirates, a former Shichibukai with a frozen bounty of 340,000,000 Beli, the most influential underworld broker under the codename "Joker", and is a former World Noble of the Donquixote Family descent.

Despite being a villain, I really sympathize with him. His past was messed up and extremely sad, which should have shown everyone that his evil side was formed by these events (and Trebol & Co.). He is so well-written, and I hope we'll see him return in some way in future chapters. He's definitely my favorite character in One Piece!

Doflamingo is a very interesting villain. He is twisted and has a well-written past. His design is both funny and freaky, and his power is very interesting.

He is probably one of the main villains since the beginning: so twisted, charismatic, and calm, which is why I love him so much.

24 Crocodile

Crocodile has squirmed his way into my favorite character slot. If we're talking about cuteness, then Chopper wins. But this guy is the best in almost every way, in my opinion. He is so cunning. He led an evil plot while making himself a hero in the eyes of the people before becoming the first villain to give Luffy a good beatdown, twice! His Suna Suna no Mi powers are at their peak. For example, he can cause dense sandstorms and suck the moisture out of almost anything. I love him. I'm even being him for Halloween this year.

One of the greatest. He beat Luffy a good two times before his weakness to water was discovered. He is just such a badass character who is almost invincible in deserts. Did I mention he can suck water out of bodies? He's a damn awesome character!

In the manga, the sky turns black when he's mad. Who else can accomplish that? Croc was the first villain to beat Luffy.

25 Bartholomew Kuma

He is one of the best and most mysterious characters in the One Piece world. He had relations with the Revolutionaries, the Marines, and the pirates, yet we don't know his intentions.

Without him, the Straw Hat crew would be dead. It was probably Dragon who told him to save them.

He has the best personality and is probably the biggest fan of Luffy and his crew.

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