Let’s take a look at what it takes to cosplay as Luffy, the main character of One Piece.
Luffy Cosplay Costumes of 2023
One of the most recognizable anime characters out there is Luffy, the protagonist of One Piece. While other shonen staples have since ended or put on hiatus, One Piece has been ongoing for almost 25 years, making Luffy one of the most long-lived shonen protagonists of all time. Here are a few things you should know when looking to cosplay as the kid who would someday become the Pirate King.
Who is Luffy?
Monkey D. Luffy is the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates, named after his straw hat, which he received from the famous pirate “Red Hair” Shanks, who in turn received it from the legendary pirate Gol D. Roger. As the inheritor of the dream to become the King of the Pirates, as well as the infamous Will of D, Luffy will stop at nothing to achieve his lifelong goal.
He is the user of the Gomu Gomu no Mi, a Devil Fruit which imparts whoever eats it the power of rubber, but at the cost of no longer being able to swim. He accidentally ate the fruit at the age of 7, and no one could really do anything about it.
He was then brought under the wing of Shanks and his crew, growing up in Foosha Village, and became blood brothers with Portgas D. Ace, who would become “Fire Fist” Ace, the first mate of the Whitebeard Pirates; and Sabo, who became the chief-of-staff of the Revolutionary Army during his purported death.
The reason why he wanted to become the King of All Pirates is that, according to him, the Pirate King has the most freedom in the world. In order to achieve this title, he and his crew must reach the end of the world and find the One Piece, the legendary treasure that the former Pirate King, the late Gol D. Roger, hid on an island somewhere beyond the Grand Line.
He would assemble a motley crew of misfits who came together due to their belief in Luffy and his dream of becoming the Pirate King. They themselves have their own dreams, but the one thing they all have in common is that they would forego their own dreams in order to achieve Luffy’s ambition to become the Pirate King, the freest individual in the sea.
As a captain, he can be quite hard to understand at first. He’s a fairly simple-minded individual who seems to goof around all the time. Many have even mistaken his first mate Roronoa Zoro to be the real captain due to Luffy’s apparent lack of seriousness. He also tends to get preoccupied with his stomach, gorging on food whenever it’s there, and ends up stuffing himself beyond logic.
However, when the going gets really tough, he can put his serious face on and lead his crew to victory from what looks like a certain defeat. He does this by charging in as a spearhead, trusting that his crew will fulfill their role in having his back and pulling off whatever harebrained plan they’re going with. This leadership style has exasperated the captains of other ships like Trafalgar Law, but they can’t deny that it’s effective and Luffy is an incredibly capable leader.
The most important trait of Luffy as a captain is his care for his crew. He sees them as not just his crew, but his friends and companions. While it’s not the same as how Whitebeard treats his crew as his own children, Luffy’s compassion for his crew is in itself comparable in both depth and intensity.
How to Look Like Luffy
Luffy’s most distinct physical feature is his skinny frame, which belies his incredible physical strength and resilience. While slim, he’s also muscular, despite being an absolute glutton whenever there’s food. He can turn from stick to thick with a flex. Anyone who underestimated him would be sent flying to the sky.
Aside from that, he has shaggy black hair, round black eyes, and can open his mouth really wide. He also has a scar with two stitches under his left eye, which he got from stabbing it with a knife to prove to Shanks that he was tough and unafraid of pain. He also has a large X-shaped scar on his chest, which he got after being severely wounded by Akainu in the Summit War Marineford.
Luffy Cosplay Variations
The good thing about the Luffy cosplay is that it’s distinct and instantly recognizable, especially since Luffy is one of the most iconic characters of all time in the shonen genre of anime. Unlike his crewmates like Nami and Nico Robin, he doesn’t really change his outfit much, unless the climate or culture of his current location forces him to wear something else. The only real variation in the Luffy costume is the timeline being evoked in the cosplay.
Top Luffy Costumes of 2023
Outfit Before the Time Skip
Luffy’s first outfit when he first gathered the Straw Hat Pirates was a sleeveless red vest, short blue trousers with cuffs, sandals, and his signature straw hat. He sets the tone of what the Straw Hat Pirates convey, which is that of a fun-loving crew who just want to be free to sail the seas.
Outfit After the Time Skip
When the Straw Hat Pirates came back together after two whole years, Luffy grew slightly taller and more muscular, as well as wearing a different outfit. He started wearing an unbuttoned long-sleeved cardigan. This revealed the large X-shaped scar on his chest that he got from Akainu.