Questions & Mysteries Is Luffy constantly nerfed by plot and what does it signify?

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  1. Uyuu

    Uyuu

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    In my opinion, Luffy's powerlevel is constantly nerfed to fulfill what the plot requires, for example a feel of desperate situation, or an impression of the opponent being too strong so Luffy must surpass the opponent to give a sense of satisfaction to the readers.

    For example:

    1. Luffy couldn't go G4 when fighting Hody Jones even when he already has it.

    2. Luffy's haki also was too weak to withstand Hody Jones' fangs and Bellamy's punch, even though in Dressrosa he can take Doflamingo's awakening to the stomach without being pierced.

    3. Luffy huffed and puffed and must go G2 or G3 against fodders, even though his base form was strong and agile enough to be able to make Doflamingo and Katakuri bleed. And even though his late G3 was strong enough to push Fujitora and compete against Katakuri's giant power mochi.

    What does it signify?

    It's almost Luffy was forced by Oda to look weak even if he hasn't shown his full power. It's different from other characters like Zoro that is clearly portrayed to be holding back while facing against an enemy below his level. We all know exactly that Zoro still kept his Ashura hidden at Dressrosa. Compared to that kind of portrayal, Luffy panting against Bellamy, Monet, etc seemed totally ridiculous and even laughable imo.

    Do you think Luffy's powerlevel is restricted too much by plot? Or is it the other way around, that Luffy's portrayal of powerlevel is too much?

    If you agree with me:

    Do you think it's necessary for Oda to do this even at this later portion of manga? How do you think Luffy's portrayal would be from now on, now that the author has bring out the big gun, Kaidou himself, for the MC to face? Would Luffy vs Kaidou be an exaggerated version of Luffy vs Kata, for example 100 non-stop manga chapters of Luffy being in the verge of death by Kaidou's attacks and suddenly pulling out a win? Must Oda think of a way to solve this underdog portrayal issue? What do you think?
     
  2. ShinmenTakezo

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    It goes both ways, Oda both restricts but also overexaggerates Luffy´s power, depending on the requirements for the narrative or to dramatize scenes.
    He is the most flexible in the entire story.
     
  3. Zabuza

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    His brain, yes. It's nerfed. But it's compensated by his luck.

    On topic: About his power levels, idk anymore. I'm not that positive about how Oda will handle the fight with Kaido anymore.
     
  4. Kibi D. Ango

    Kibi D. Ango

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    In one piece everyone is constantly nerfed by plot until they are required to fight a main battle.. Happens all the time
    Fujitora in dressrosa, Sanji in Punk Hazard etc
     
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  5. ShinmenTakezo

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    Neither fuji nor sanji were nerfed
     
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    Kibi D. Ango

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    That's why Fuji was busy pushing bird cage with fodder when he could do something against doffy, or why he let Zoro and law go when he could have pursued and caught them if he was serious.
    The one time he got serious luffy was flying away.
    Also Sanji's leg hasn't been broken yet.. Unless vergo kick > Sunny sized genie

    The story needs everybody if it's not time to fight or if it's not their opponent for the arc
     
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  7. ShinmenTakezo

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    Fuji literally gave the reason why he did that and its not nerfing.

    Size does not equal strength, just means vergo kick had more power.
     
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  8. Kibi D. Ango

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    Lol... Okay
     
  9. ShinmenTakezo

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    Nothing to laugh about, it´s not nerfing when there is literally a reason given for actions, or holding back.
    The fact that people still fail to understand Fuji´s role and actions in Dressrosa is mind-boggling.
     
  10. mettalica.D.symon

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    Sure Luffy get's nerfed but not as much as some of the major villains he gets to fight.
     
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    He is constantly nerfed. He waited until he was half dead to pull out gear 4ht against Doflamingo whenhe could have used gear 4th in conjuntion with Law to decimate Doflamingo WAY quicker.
     
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    I don't think it's nerfing so much as Oda making him lose 50 IQ points at the beginning of every arc.

    Somehow Luffy is only a "battle genius" at the end of arcs.
     
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    Yea Luffy just does dumbshit
    Even now I’m not convinced he can’t break the device that’ll potentially kill him if he falls out of the wrestling ring
    Muscle balloon can snap Doflamingo strings but not regular man made devices? He can’t just stretch or something and pop out?
     
  14. Kibi D. Ango

    Kibi D. Ango

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    :feelsokman:
     
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    The only time a villain was saved against Luffy
    Is Doffy... oda has to drag the drama just for the sake of it
     
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    It's time to reread the Dressrosa arc :catblush:
     
  17. Kibi D. Ango

    Kibi D. Ango

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    Wasn't that what happened?
     
  18. ShinmenTakezo

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    Doubt it will help much. If a character pretty much literally states his intentions, and people fail to understand it just by reading it once, i doubt they ever will.
     
  19. Luffy.

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    Yeah sure fighting in Colosseum using his Haki way too much which he could use to maintain G4 for the longer time and finish Doflamingo in One turn of G4 or Getting stab and becoming Katakuri punching bag for starting 7 hours is not nerf that can be compare to villains lol
     
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  20. mettalica.D.symon

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    So you wanna compare fatigue from shitty fights to an attack like Gamma knife lol. Or Katakuri stabbing himself to balance out the field.
     
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