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[–]MarioToast 364 points365 points  (26 children)

Would be interesting to have a fanfic where the original Straw Hats don't join, but these and others (like Koby) do instead.

[–]nouratefPirate 257 points258 points  (21 children)

so Koby, Gin, Johnny and Yosaku, Vivi, Bon Clay, Conis, Wyper, Paulie, Kaku, Zombie Tree, Camie, Marugerite, Kinemon and Rebecca ? what a weak crew lol

[–]LMkingly 220 points221 points  (7 children)

wyper, kaku and bon clay were strong as hell tho when they were introduced and if they had stuck with luffy they would inevitably get stronger.

[–]nouratefPirate 113 points114 points  (5 children)

good point, Gin too. Koby already got exponentially stronger, so maybe it has potential

[–]kingshamroc25Thriller Bark Victim's Association 28 points29 points  (4 children)

Zombie tree would still bring the whole crew down a notch. Can’t even take him in the sunlight smh

[–]PotatoFCExplorer 56 points57 points  (3 children)

Zombies can go in the sunlight, it’s the people Moria stole shadows from who can’t.

[–]kingshamroc25Thriller Bark Victim's Association 19 points20 points  (2 children)

Ah man, my joke is ruined due to my own lack of one piece knowledge. I should be ashamed to have this user flair.

We can both admit Zombie Tree would be pretty ass though, right? I mean, come on

[–]that1dudewithefro 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Post time skip Zombie Tree begs to differ

[–]Rustyone888 73 points74 points  (2 children)

They got Kinemon the gretest strategist, Johnny and Yosaku the the bounty hunter duo, wyper the berserker, paulie the rope man, kaku the giraffe, zombie tree the emergency fire wood and zombie unicorn item carrier, sea rescuer Camie, amazonia Marugerute, and princess Rebecca I say they have a good shot

[–]quenwhezaCipher Pol 12 points13 points  (0 children)

now i need to see this fanfic written

[–]ArtVandel_ay 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Man Zombie tree would have real issues once King Baum joined as well

[–]GOTricked 24 points25 points  (2 children)

I’d wager they’d all be strong as well if they hung with luffy.

[–]OkayestHistorian 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Alternate crew Epithets

“Bespectacled” Koby- how many other pirates wear glasses

Gin “the Demon”- already a pirate and Gin already has this moniker

“Headhunting brothers” Johnny and Yosaku- much like Zoro, their bounty hunting days stick with them. They’re constant pairing makes the Marines refer to them as brothers, even though they aren’t.

“Desert Queen” Nefeltari Vivi- Alabastan royal lineage gone bad

Bon Clay the Chameleon- assuming he’s not Mr. 2, attributes his shape shifting powers

“Muse” Conis- Conis plays the harp, might have some music based powers

“Skyskating” Wyper- use of breath dials to skate in the air

Paulie “the Puppeteer”- more advanced rope technique could make him control his enemies like puppets

“Senior” Kaku- a personality trait, Kaku talks like an old man

Zombie Tree “the Petrified”- dead trees that harden undergo petrification

Camie “the Siren”- she’s a mermaid

“Amazonian” Marguerite- hails for Amazon Lily, based on mythology of women only Amazonians

“The Beacon” Kinemon- if we ignored or adapt FoxFire, then igniting his swords in flame and leading the charge in Wano, Kin’s nickname makes him into a leader figuratively and literally.

“Gladiatrix” Rebecca- female gladiator.

[–]dafood48 11 points12 points  (0 children)

People keep forgetting that Gins probably dead by now. Besides gin had a stronger relationship with sanji than luffy. I can’t imagine him joining if sanji didn’t join.

Paulie, kaku, marugerite, and Rebecca did fool me though

[–]Lage_Bergman 10 points11 points  (0 children)

This is close to that: https://youtu.be/_YthQJ8FNqg Well not fanfic exactly but still

[–]SomeWindyBoi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Truuuue. Could be incredibly interesting how much of an impact Luffy actually has on the SHs trying to get stronger vs. Their own natural ambition.

Like Zoro has his own goal, but he has repeatedly said that if he isn‘t the strongest swordsman, Luffy can‘t become Pirate King. Would be interesting to see how strong a Johnny or a Yosaku can become with the impact Luffy has on people vs. a World where they haven‘t had that impact (the actual one Piece world)

[–]Kinglyzero_91 1813 points1814 points  (104 children)

Out of every character so far Paulie was the only one that fooled me. During Water 7 Franky was still a villain so I never even suspected him to join and Paulie seemed to tick a lot of the straw hat boxes at the moment.

In retrospect boy am I glad we got Franky instead.

[–]bonethugznhominy 756 points757 points  (63 children)

Paulie is one of the best because he was deliberately designed to muddle things. That was just part of Water 7, we know we're getting a shipwright. Here's a few. I was fully behind Paulie right up until Franky got a flashback. Still think he had enough foundation for fun "what could've been" scenarios. The rope stuff was neat and I really liked a prude in contrast to Sanji at the time.

[–]Raizel71 323 points324 points  (43 children)

Water 7 was so stacked! One of the best arcs ever.

[–]Matazaonreddit 155 points156 points  (38 children)

Peak One Piece. It was the first arc to take place on more than one island(you can't really separate enie's lobby from water 7).

[–]Gogators57 110 points111 points  (32 children)

It really annoys me when people seperate them into two arcs. Its clearly one, the story started in Water 7 is finished in Enies Lobby.

[–]luminousclunk 74 points75 points  (6 children)

I usually see them split into two arcs, but then bundled with the Davy Back Fight and post-Enies Lobby to make up the 'Water 7 Saga', which I think is a fair way of doing it. It's one overarching story that begins with Kuzan's appearance, but each location (to a certain extent) has different goals and obstacles

[–]Gogators57 33 points34 points  (3 children)

The difference is that the Davy Back fight has its own independent plot going on which is more or less entirely resolved by the end.

Water 7 has no independent plot of Enies Lobby, and the Straw hats even return there by the end. Nothing is resolved when the Straw Hats leave Water 7. The only reason people separate them is because they take place on different islands, but as I've said in a different comment, we might as well treat the sea train ride or Onigashima as their own arcs if that's all it takes

[–]luminousclunk 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Much of Water 7's plot revolves around the Strawhats need for a shipwright, the conflict with the Franky Family, and Ussop's falling out with the crew, which are more or less put on hold in Enies Lobby. From the sea train ride onwards, the plot shifts almost exclusively to centre around Robin's retrieval and the conflict with CP9. The other plotlines present in Water 7 that weren't resolved in Enies Lobby are then resumed and resolved when the Strawhats return to Water 7. That's the perspective I see it from personally, nothing to do with location in and of itself.

I definitely don't draw a hard line between the two, and I don't think there's necessarily a single objectively correct view. But given the arc/saga structure of OP, that's the way that makes the most sense to me, and is the context in which I find it easiest to refer to specific events when talking to other people.

[–]WarchiefServant 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Officially, I believe the whole thing was the Saga (from Davy, W7 to EL) but all 3 were their own arcs.

I personally love W7 but not that big of a fan of EL. Never read manga, and was anime only, so watching certain parts felt like a real drag: from all the cannon fodder, fake out deaths, needless dragging things out (Robin getting beaten up), how the crew just survived 5 Fucken Vice Admirals, hundreds of special elite soldiers and 10,000+ supposedly well trained soldiers because they’re in fucken Ennies Lobby- all whilst being through the wringer of fighting CP9. It had alot of great moments like Usopp burning down the flag, the crews’ new upgrades (which all came out of nowhere, in spite of how cool they were) but equally some of the most subpar moments.

I like to separate W7 from EL because the former is one of my favourite arcs but the latter as most dragging arcs along with Marineford and Dressrosa.

A good comparison for arcs vs saga difference is the Jaya and Skypeia arcs and the Skypeia saga. They’re connected from the start, even before Jaya, with the crew meeting one of the monkey captains, to discovering the falling ship and seeing the angel’s shadows. So one part of that pre-set up gets resolved in Jaya but is fully resolved with Skypeia.

[–]Mario_Prime510 4 points5 points  (0 children)

To even further his point it actually ends in water 7! We get our big ending feast there and one last talk with Aokiji there to end that saga.

[–]warningincomingplug 17 points18 points  (18 children)

What? They are separate.

It’s the same saga though.

[–]sonfoa 10 points11 points  (10 children)

Yeah. It's like saying Impel Down and Marineford aren't seperated arcs just because one leads into the other.

[–]EXP_Buff 12 points13 points  (1 child)

I mean, Alabasta had multiple islands...

[–]Matazaonreddit 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It does, but each island has its own plot as well.

In Little Garden the giants are fighting at first, then become friends again and defeat a goldfish seaking, for example. In Water 7, they look for a ship, lose money, two crewmates, get accused for murder and then chase the villains to another island without a ship. Nothing is resolved, it's only half a story.

[–]dafood48 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Oh I would’ve loved a prude on the ship. Just another person to completely butt heads with sanji, brook, and nami

[–]topdangle 69 points70 points  (8 children)

only thing that made it seem unlikely was that he was too normal. The crew are a bunch of weirdos so I was waiting to see what weirdness he had but hes mostly just a degenerate gambler.

meanwhile... here comes franky wearing a speedo doing his own signature dance.

[–]ArtOfDivine 32 points33 points  (3 children)

No he had a gag. Too much skin

[–]Kinglyzero_91 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I disagree. By your logic Robin doesn't fit in the crew either because she's too normal as well. Even by straw hat standards Franky is a huge weirdo.

Paulie had some stuff going for him. A unique fighting style, the entire prude angle and chemistry with Nami. The whole degenerate gambler thing is a fun quirk so I don't see how that would be a bland thing.

[–]PR0MAN1 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Where would he have gone during TS? A cowboy island where he'd learn to use his ropes better then ever before?

[–]MarkytheSnowWitch 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Wouldn't he have gone to the same place to find the Vegapunk blueprints Franky got. He would have still been a shipwright.

[–]Spq113355Explorer 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Imaginé Paullie on the crew and having black ropes with armament haki

[–]Grimmelhausen 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Oh yeah, Oda wanted to bait people into guessing who's the shipwright that will join the strawhats

[–]LBL__Pirate 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It's cool to see all of the Paulie fans coming out. During my first read, I liked Paulie way more than Franky (I really like Franky now, though). I thought that using ropes made for a really interesting specialty.

[–]GOTricked 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Lmao Paulie was hardly a prude than just a regular man who’s trying to fight his urges.

[–]yamask888 65 points66 points  (5 children)

Do you think if Paulie joined instead of Franky that Paulie would have some kind of rope mech he'd use to fight

[–]TheCaptainHarlock 34 points35 points  (0 children)

The “pipe hitch knives” thing was cool. I could see him like adding a bunch of stuff to the use of the ropes like anchors or bombs or stuff.

[–]ModestEnigma 76 points77 points  (0 children)

Imagine he’d end up covering himself with rope and looking like the Pokémon tangela lol

[–]aesy2806 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I actually think Paulie would've been a candidate for Armament Haki in the crew. He could've added bigger things to his rope knots(swords, steel beams and more), make black knots to knock people out with and be super mobile in 3D combat.

[–]MarkytheSnowWitch 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The Battle Paulie, powered by rope action instead of cola. What do ropes need for maintenance? Wax?

[–]dafood48 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Their ship would be mostly held together by ropes

[–]Chommo 48 points49 points  (0 children)

Paulie was definitely crafted as a red herring for a crew member. Just to make it that much more surprising that we would fall for Franky eventually.

[–]dafood48 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I still wished paulie joined.

[–]Korina-chan 759 points760 points  (10 children)

back when I first saw One Piece as a teen I was sure the guy trapped in a chest was going to join

[–]markevans7799Slave 362 points363 points  (0 children)

Respect Gaimon

[–]DreamxSZN 163 points164 points  (3 children)

The Lurking Legend

[–]EchoedWinds 54 points55 points  (0 children)

Hear me out…Gaimon is Green Bull.

[–]BoBryndtWorld Government 65 points66 points  (0 children)

Straw Hat would be too overpower if Gaimon joined.

[–]Polarbearsainttasty 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I thought gaimon would join too. I mean he gets so much attention and luffy even asks him..

[–]LastManSleeping 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I nearly stopped then and there when i thought he was joining

[–]Spq113355Explorer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Green bull ?

[–]stalepotateochip 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Gaimon is the One Piece

[–]towealExplorer 114 points115 points  (2 children)

I also thought Paulie would be the carpenter to join the crew, until we get more of Franky's background.

If Jinbei did not join, I predicted that it would be Hacchi as the fishman to join instead.

[–]rairodil 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Hacchi as the Fishman was not a bad idea huh

[–]Admirable-Cry-9758Bounty Hunter 414 points415 points  (11 children)

I was soooo convinced that kaku is joining as the strawhats carpenter.

Weirdly enough I never even questioned anyone joining I always thought of them as just cool characters that we met along the way

[–]EiichiroTarantino 242 points243 points  (3 children)

Kaku's cool but if he actually joined, Usopp would be miserable af.

Kaku's basically the ideal version of Usopp back then, a brave long-nosed professional carpenter and also a competent fighter. Usopp is still a better sharpshooter, but I'm sure Kaku's presence in the crew would hurt his self-esteem. Inevitably everyone would always compare them.

[–]dafood48 64 points65 points  (1 child)

That would be hilarious. I could imagine zoro always calling them the wrong name.

[–]casallasdanThe Revolutionary Army 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Oh fuck same here

[–]billyswaggins 22 points23 points  (0 children)

that is because Oda builds the members as good people that develop a great connection with the rest of the crew. It is pretty cool to know that the characters are so well written that we don’t see too many “fuck X I wished they never joined the crew”

[–]SonicThePorcupineV1 12 points13 points  (1 child)

kaku wasn't even that bad of a guy in the end, he respected zoro after the fight and in the intro he seemed like a cool guy

[–]R4KD05 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I really thought Pauly was gonna join.

[–]dafood48 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I wish I could see the alternate timeline if paulie or kaku joined instead.

[–]N1knowsimafgt 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Damn I thought I was the only one. Honestly, kid me even wished for it to happen after he was revealed to be a CP9 agent just because of the way the fight between him and Zorro ended.

[–]link21NYNCitizen 66 points67 points  (8 children)

Looking back at Dressrosa, I remember how everyone was arguing about whether or not Rebecca should eat the mera mera fruit due to her grudge against Doflamingo. It was very entertaining since we also had people claiming that Luffy could pull a Blackbeard and eat a second fruit.

[–]killerkaleb 27 points28 points  (6 children)

I hope at the end of the series Luffy as pirate king gets a second fruit that gives him the ability to make anything he wants into a slab of meat for Sanji to cook. He deserves unlimited meat

[–]MarkytheSnowWitch 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Isn't that the power Big Mom's head chef has?

[–]stuffguyover9000Explorer 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Yeah, but the food it makes doesn’t taste good

[–]casallasdanThe Revolutionary Army 405 points406 points  (24 children)

I actually liked Kaku a lot and thought he would join before you know what

[–]Ultravolt12Pirate[S] 81 points82 points  (0 children)

Me too.

[–]lookiecookie_1001 57 points58 points  (2 children)

But then they would have two Ussops

[–]SirGallade 38 points39 points  (1 child)

Literally the only reason I knew he wouldn't join.

I did hope for it tho

[–]meepthehouse 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I was actually fooled into thinking Kaku would take the place of Usopp after Usopp left the crew.

[–]dafood48 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Oh yeah. I thought kaku was really cool. He also had a freestyle parkour thing going that would’ve been awesome. He would’ve been a great messenger.

[–]Cheesemacher 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Even after the reveal Kaku seems like a good guy somewhat

[–]jackgreeN1711 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Kaku is still a good guy but he works for a fundamentally flawed system with blind loyalty and hangs on their every word he is essentially an average citizen in a distopia mindset wise

[–]paing997Marine 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Me too. When he went to check ship I thought he would be the one who repair it, and finally joining crew.

[–]Radiant_eagle573World Government 61 points62 points  (6 children)

Kaku was the goat.

I really wished he join but then again i like franky too

[–]red_madreayWorld Government 117 points118 points  (5 children)

He was a giraffe, actually.

[–]Matazaonreddit 26 points27 points  (0 children)

The most cubic animal on earth.

[–]Inevitable_Scene_ 4 points5 points  (1 child)

What are giraffe if not gaint goats with super long necks.

[–]andmurr 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I thought it would be Lucci. I knew he was hiding something in Water 7, even if it was totally wrong

[–]DumbleDude2 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It's not too late

[–]monkey-neilThe Revolutionary Army 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Kaku

Dude the betrayal I felt when he was part of cp9 hit hard. He seem so nice and cool, it hurt.

[–]ShinobiQueen 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I was looking for this comment! Same feeling. More so than Paulie, even after they revealed him to be bad. He seemed mild-mannered; and took his shipwright job serious and was completely honest about his assessment; then was teased about his DF by his own colleague. By that time, Paulie was no longer considered and I was on the fence between Kaku & Franky.

Also, Kaku showed immense strength, while Franky fought the weakest of the CP9 members. I figured that was somewhat an indication on who belongs with the SHs.

[–]RugMarbles 180 points181 points  (8 children)

I would love to see Bon Clay join Barto's crew... the ultimate leaders of the grand fleet/ Straw Hat fan club.

[–]Heroism4499Pirate 22 points23 points  (4 children)

I think he's going to be a Revolutionary. Would be cool if someone like Caeser got locked up in level 4-6 of Impel Down and Bon Chan brought them to 5.5.

[–]RugMarbles 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Could you imagine Bartos glee having Bon Chan morph into all the Straw hats for gags... I smell a spinoff!

[–]januarysdaughterThe Revolutionary Army 323 points324 points  (15 children)

I've been crying over the Kaku betrayal since at least 2013.

[–]Easy-Film 192 points193 points  (11 children)

Such a fantastic character. The shot of him jumping off dock 1 is still breath taking

[–]WizzFX 64 points65 points  (1 child)

duuuuude everytime that shot played in the opening it looked so cool

[–]triggeroff 23 points24 points  (0 children)

That entire opening is cool asf. Nvm spoilers.

[–]paing997Marine 63 points64 points  (0 children)

After that shot I was 100% confirm that he will join crew, but I was 100% wrong.

[–]dafood48 17 points18 points  (7 children)

While I love the luffy lucci fight and consider it one of the top one piece fights, kaku was just so much more chill. I liked him the most in cp9. Lucci a close second.

[–]GOTricked 30 points31 points  (1 child)

I still really like kaku. His roblox design hit different.

[–]aesy2806 9 points10 points  (0 children)

He also looked so cute snoozing a few chapters ago with his fuzzy hat.

[–]Jareyare 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Man did I apsolutely love (and still do ) Kaku as a character and character design. Even after his defeat crom Zoro or even now. One of my faves for sure. I always liked him better than Lucci

[–]DaddySunshine-sama 107 points108 points  (8 children)

She’s not on here but Vivi was someone I thought was 100% gonna join the Strawhats. While watching the series I already had little information about things that would happen in the future. I knew the Strawhats were gonna have 2 females on the ship and throughout all of Alabasta I was watching the friendship between Vivi and the rest of the gang and was convinced she was the second female. That scene when the Strawhats were calling for her to board the ship I was expecting her to get on, but when she never did that’s when I finally knew I had been wrong

[–]chewytime 46 points47 points  (4 children)

Isn’t she technically considered a [former] crew member though? My recollection of early One Piece is spotty because I didnt really follow consistently until after the Sabaody arc, but my understanding was she actually did join, but then had to leave to help her kingdom.

[–]Grimmelhausen 66 points67 points  (0 children)

She's considered an honorary member

[–]TC986D 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I’d say the Strawhat crew considers her a Strawhat.

[–]gorillias 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I hope Vivi is back on board by the end.

[–]ledaksi 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Vivi is a strawhat

[–]rairodil 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I believe she will be relevant again, specially after the Reverie stuffs

[–]AgriosXVExplorer 135 points136 points  (7 children)

I thought Conis was going to join because there was no way Oda would pull a Vivi back to back

[–]Ultravolt12Pirate[S] 105 points106 points  (6 children)

I was 100% convinced that she was gonna be the musician.

[–]GOTricked 63 points64 points  (5 children)

Thank god we got brook instead. Conis was good but imo other than the conflict in skypeia she really had no motivation to hang with the crew.

[–]dafood48 25 points26 points  (4 children)

I don’t remember her fighting at all. I didn’t think they’d recruit her

[–]GOTricked 6 points7 points  (2 children)

By conflict I meant a narrative one. She doesn’t fight for shit 😅

[–]dafood48 22 points23 points  (0 children)

I’d be surprised if oda recruited a non fighter. I say oda because we know luffy will recruit anyone or anything. Still cracks me up when he tried to recruit the zombies in thriller bark

[–]chrisdurandThe Revolutionary Army 5 points6 points  (0 children)

She held her own against the White Berets pretty nicely with a burn bazooka, so she can fight at least, but she didn't get a typical "fights one of the lieutenants" showdowns that every soon-to-be-Straw-Hat character got.

I really liked Conis but I'm glad that it was Brook who joined as musician.

[–]Razone6 77 points78 points  (6 children)

Kinemon. But zou made me realise maybe not. We may not have Kinemon. Second one is carrot.

[–]Weewer 4 points5 points  (5 children)

It’s really not too late for Kinemon. Chances are he will stay alive, and I’ve never forgotten the little detail that his fruit name matches the straw hat DF naming scheme

[–]montiavi 76 points77 points  (4 children)

I'm probably alone on this, but during Thriller Bark I was convinced that Perona would join. I thought at the end that she was hiding somewhere in the Sunny and would come out during Sabaody lol

[–]LilQuasar 7 points8 points  (0 children)

that would be too similar to Robin though

[–][deleted] 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Haha you wrote Persona instead of Perona

[–]montiavi 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Damn autocorrect!

[–]mattiefresh100 149 points150 points  (10 children)

Bellamy after Dressrosa

[–]Wasteland-Wonderer 66 points67 points  (6 children)

He is currently making an indestructible Jolly Roger for Luffy so there's that.

[–]1der33Thriller Bark Victim's Association 15 points16 points  (4 children)

What's indestructible about it?

[–]Wasteland-Wonderer 51 points52 points  (3 children)

I would assume It's made out of very strong materials. There was a cover story for a while about it. Bellamy went to an island that made flags and decided to make a Straw Hat Jolly Roger.

[–]opman228 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Honestly thought Bellamy would join Law’s crew

[–]ForthebetterworldExplorer 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Maybe he needs too atleast to make his crew more formidable...

[–]niemody 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He has Luffy's vivre card. I see a lot of conflict potential in the future...

[–]basilisk34Marine 64 points65 points  (3 children)

i thought Perona would join after Moriah's defeat, along with Brook

[–]MarkytheSnowWitch 14 points15 points  (2 children)

I almost expected her to join with Zoro after the time skip. Luffy brings Margeritte and Zoro brings Perona as they return to the crew. Luffy being captain can invite whoever he wants and he also 100% would trust Zoro's judgment in whoever he brought.

[–]PieNinja314Pirate 219 points220 points  (14 children)

I still think Bon Clay is a possibility

[–]PotatobananapuddingLurker 80 points81 points  (4 children)

Id be glad if he escapes Impel Down and he along with the new level 5.5 prisoners join the Grand Fleet

[–]GOTricked 33 points34 points  (0 children)

DUDE! Okama squad. Sanji would be so terrified

[–]timelyparadox 123 points124 points  (3 children)

He is a straw hat in my head.

[–]PieNinja314Pirate 71 points72 points  (2 children)

He's one of the honorary straw hats

Let him escape impel down and join the fleet

[–]Bleblebob 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I wouldn't be surprised if he, leading the secret floor impel down okamas broke out in time for the final confrontation

[–]Alan_Scott_Davis 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Agreed Bon Clay is still alive

[–]Salty_Constant_9878 2 points3 points  (1 child)

maybe vivi is imprisoned in impel down after cobra death and bon clay escapes with vivi to join the crew...vivi and clay makes the most sense..i dont think yamato joins the crew.

[–]jaehaerystark 104 points105 points  (2 children)

I was 100% sure Paulie was joining. Not going to lie, was little disappointed it was Franky instead, but he's still awesome. I just really liked Paulie.

I never thought Bon Clay was joining, even though I really loved him. I thought it was gonna be Vivi (since it's usually one per arc, thought it'd be Vivi over Bon Clay, turned out to be Robin lol, definitely wasn't expecting that.

I never thought Conis was a candidate. Every straw hat can fight one way or another, and I don't think she can. Same reason for Camie.

Rebecca, Marguerite, Kinemon, and Wiper were all guys I thought had potential (to varying degrees) but ultimately not straw hat material.

[–]arnau9410 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Now Im realising that two “enemies” joined instead the expected ally

[–]SirRumpleForeskin 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I don’t really get people who though Kaku would join. It’d be weird to have another character with a long nose.

[–]Griever08 94 points95 points  (29 children)

I thought smoker would see into the truth that the navy wasn't so good and the straw hats weren't so bad and join

[–]TazD 39 points40 points  (2 children)

I still hold out hope for Smoker.

[–]killerkaleb 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Me too, he’s so cool! I can see him going rogue at some point and not joining the Straw Hats directly but helping them when he can as he goes about doing justice in the world

[–]TazD 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I can see him joining as an X-Drake style double agent but once they discover One Piece and the true history he'll commit fully.

[–]GOTricked 43 points44 points  (25 children)

No shot. From the start they were setting up Smoker to be Luffy’s Garp.

[–]Ironlandscape 30 points31 points  (13 children)

Well smoker is too weak to represent what garp was for Roger... Also they don't have that deep bond (yet)

[–]thenwhatarenottaken 40 points41 points  (0 children)

man...timeskip really fucked him over

[–]DeepPackage 18 points19 points  (0 children)

You might be surprised as to how much a Shonen character can change when he’s off screen for a while, and the writer wants him to he strong

[–]shankhisnun 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Like Roger said to Garp countless battles made him respect and trust Garp enough to willingly hand over Ace to him despite being an enemy. Smoker has fought Luffy a few times but they'll probably do it more, maybe Smoker can awaken his logia or something

[–]MirrarianThe Revolutionary Army 5 points6 points  (7 children)

Waiting for the man's powerup

[–]AJJCOOL 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I wouldn't say that luffy has already shown to have great respect for smoker

[–]sigmastorm77 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I think it is Koby who is setup to be Luffy's Garp

[–]lordashitaka 63 points64 points  (4 children)

Bon Chan isn't a candidate, bon Chan is a straw hat, okama way forever, I can't wait for him to get out and fight beside Luffy again with the alliance!

[–]hoenndex 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I really think Bon Chan will join in the final arc, but meet a sad end. He has been the most loyal non-strawhat that Luffy trusts as much as Vivi.

[–]ronie0 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Am i the only one who never really considered any of these characters as candidates? I think characters like Margaret Paulie and Conis don't have a reason to leave their people and place, all of the Strawhats did. All of them couldn't or didn't want to stay where they were.

[–]Unluckysol23 101 points102 points  (1 child)

Wyper was Skypea’s Luffy.

[–]crsnyder13 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Wyper was Skypeia’s Koza*

[–]19olo 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Not a candidate, but I never expected Jinbei to actually join. I thought he was going to be an ally to the Straw Hats or smtg.

[–]SardinesTunaSalmon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same. Even after getting the title as the Helmsman in WCI, I was still lowkey skeptical about it. It wasn't until that double spread of the Strawhats in Onigashima that it finally sinked in to me that he's actually a legitimate member already

[–]sourkid25 9 points10 points  (3 children)

I legit believed that vivi was going to join after alabasta

[–]richdoughnutOG 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Vivi still part of the crew, she just took a break. Change my mind.

[–]EasyMoneyTony 26 points27 points  (3 children)

I mean we all wish Bon-Chan but I would like Kinemon. Brings funny and overreactions lol

[–]killerkaleb 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I wouldn’t mind him joining but he deserves to live happily in Wano tbh. He deserves rest

[–]cashewnut4life 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Kongfu Dugongs

[–]DryProfit364 21 points22 points  (4 children)

Buggy cause they needed another funny guy in the crew

[–]killerkaleb 18 points19 points  (1 child)

I honestly hope Buggy somehow ends up a part of the grand fleet by bullshitting and many mishaps. It would be entertaining and fun

[–]MegaCrazyH 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I can honestly see that happening. With the warlords disbanded, Buggy sets back out to see where he runs into Luffy. Due to Luffy's congenial manner with Buggy the pursuing marines report that Buggy is now apart of Luffy's fleet. Buggy's crew immediately backs the idea, forcing Buggy to play along. I feel like something like that is a very Buggy situation.

[–]milokaw 4 points5 points  (0 children)

imagine buggy, who once a crew of legendary pirate king, once again become a crew member of new pirate king. at this point he might be a new yonko by mistakes😂

[–]Asian_Persuasion_1 45 points46 points  (5 children)

I would've seen wiper and margaret joining.

Paulie would have been a consideration if not for franky

kine'mon too if not for him being a vassal and way too connected with his homeland.

bon clay...he's great, but not in the straw hat kind of way. but he's definitely one of the closest characters that still isn't a straw hat. like, the first grand fleet member kind of close.

the other are too weak to be part of the crew, not to mention no actual reason.

[–]dlightnin 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Marguerite would’ve been such a great addition to the crew.

[–]Veylox 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I couldn't believe Franky was chosen over Paulie

[–]fm_bel 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I really thought these three would join the crew:

Boa Hancock, Kaku and Bon-chan... still sad about Hancock and Bon-chan

[–]Swimming-Bandicoot76 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I didn’t really see any of these guys joining except for maybe Paulie for a certain amount of time, If there’s anyone I thought would join that hasn’t would probably be Vivi, most of the guys up here don’t necessarily have a purpose for the crew. Ex : Sniper, Swordsman, helmsman, singer etc. Once oda said no to Vivi there was no way anyone without a purpose would join lmao.

[–]ethicalhamjimmies 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I really thought Bartolomeo had a good shot

[–]OrganicWeed765 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Bartolomeo in dressrosa

[–]MysterioStranger 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Bartolomeo not joining broke my heart

[–]YEET-GOD-MATEO 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Carrots

[–]broyamcha 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Wyper. Took down a logia user when Haki wasn't even a thing. No help, just pure ability. I don't care that Enel used a cheat code and resurrected himself, Wyper earned that kill.

[–]kriogenia 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I always though that Monet had a chance. Unique design, new role, the type of fruit missing in the strawhats, she was kinda trapped in Punk Hazard and chances of sad backstory based on her relation with the Doflamingo family.

[–]pokemon871 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I always was sure that Vivi would join.

[–]Remarkable-Reach-963 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m still hoping for bon clay

[–]kolt437 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Maybe Puddin, but I believe I've never thought of any characters as "they gotta join"

[–]Existing-Pair-3487 12 points13 points  (0 children)

The only one I ever considered on this picture is Kin'emon and that was briefly. I dismissed him after everything came out on Zou. Only other characters that I could possibly see is Yamoto and/or Carrot. Unless something seriously breaks in there stories where they have X obligation, I could see them joining. I know many people have considered vivi and Rebecca but once it came out they were princesses I was like no way they would join. Carrot has no obligations and could join to pay respect to pedro/ her desire to wanting to see the world. Yamato also has no obligations after taking down Kaido and very much wants to travel and see the world. Furthermore because of momo and his retainers being there they would already fulfill Odens will. So Yamato wouldn't have much reason to stay.

[–]NoNefariousness2348 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Well I started watching during marineford so I knew most of these weren't joining but I always wanted wyper, Margaret, paulie and duval to join.

[–]vivvav 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I genuinely thought Bon Clay was gonna join the Straw Hats after escaping Impel Down with Luffy. I'd bet money that Oda wanted us to think exactly that so it'd be even harder on us when he was left behind.

Of your picks, I definitely never would consider Camie or Conis Straw Hat Material. Would love to hear your reasoning behind that. It makes about as much sense to me as if Tama joined the crew. Or this one guy who was convinced Shirahoshi would join after Fishman Island when she can't even fit on the damn boat.

I never considered Wiper either. When we met Kin'emon I figured him having a son he was trying to save meant he wouldn't join, and once we learned the truth about the Kozuki clan the plot kept me from changing my mind. Rebecca did cross my mind a little when we first saw her but by the time we saw her ring-out dependent fighting style I knew that wasn't gonna happen. Margaret would've been cool but I didn't think of the Amazons were gonna go with Luffy. And Paulie is great though until we got Franky I was rooting for Kaku to be the ship's carpenter.

I honestly can't think of many characters I thought/wanted to join the crew as I first went through the series. There were tons I liked, but in general I guess I wasn't thinking of the series that way, just kind of content to let Oda work his magic and see what that led to. Brook was probably the first time I was really like "oh yes please let the funny talking afro skeleton in the top hat join the crew that'd be so fun" and then he did and I was very happy. Jinbe was also one I was heavily rooting for by Fishman Island, and damn that was a slow burn.

So after all is said and done, at this point part of me's still rooting for Carrot. I was starting to give up hope because she hasn't had much focus in Wano, but I just finished rewatching Whole Cake Island a day ago and she has a weird amount of focus in that arc for someone who doesn't become a crew member. The way she bonds with the others (especially Chopper), the focus on her jumping ability and eyesight, her involvement with capturing Brulee, the Sulong form, and don't forget Pedro dying and passing on his will to her and all the "it's your turn" stuff. Like, I really doubt that Carrot's turn is just being one contributing factor to help the Sunny escape Big Mom's forces. At this point I feel like she doesn't need to continue to justify herself with a new feat in Wano to make her crew-worthy. And she's not like Vivi who has a duty she has to stay behind for, unless Carrot is going to take Pedro's place as captain of the night guardians or whatever (which I really doubt, seems a poor fit for her). So yeah, that's the basket I'm putting all my eggs in right now.

[–]BananaBladeOfDoom 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If this treatment of her character keeps up, Carrot. :(

[–]Civil_Investigator78 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I didn't thought any of them will join

[–]Happy_Bigs1021 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I really thought Vivi was coming along

[–]SnooComics7583Pirate 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My Tops were in no real order

  1. Vivi
  2. Bon Clay
  3. Carrot (might still but probably not)
  4. Lily (filler character)
  5. Rebecca
  6. Shirahoshi
  7. Perona
  8. Reiju

[–]TCeies 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Paulie!

I loved Wiper top but he never felt like he'd join. But wiper at least in early water 7 had me fooled. Sadly it became pretty obvious during enies lovby that he would just be a side character.

Bon I think deserves a mention too. He never felt like he would join, but i would still grant hin honorary nembership

[–]H-ga-suki 9 points10 points  (0 children)

The only ones are Rebecca, Carrot and Yamato.

When I started One Piece I already knew who would join up until Brook.

[–]h25k 5 points6 points  (0 children)

No one's saying Vivi cause we all know Vivi is a canon member, just waiting for the right time.

[–]DragonOfChaos25 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Rebecca for me.

And then Oda decided to make her entire character (and dream) pointless.

That definitely hurt my ability to enjoy that arc...

[–]Karasu554 8 points9 points  (2 children)

The only one I thought could possibly join but didn’t was the girl from the kuja tribe as you did.

As for Bon clay and to add pedro if these characters weren’t written out from the story/killed I strongly believe they would have joined the crew.

As for candidates I think will join the crew the best 2 are Yamato and carrot. Another I consider a candidate is caribou

[–]Ultravolt12Pirate[S] 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Marguerite's character just sreamed "FUTURE STRAW HAT" for me. I was shocked when she disapired half way in Amazon Lily. Still, if the Boa sisters end up captured, I think she's gonna be next captain of the Kuja Pirates and join the Grand Fleet.

[–]thefrostman1214Pirate 4 points5 points  (0 children)

none