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For other uses of this name, see Straw Hat (Disambiguation).

A straw hat can refer to any brimmed hat that is woven out of straw.

One straw hat is particularly famous, having been worn by Gol D. Roger and Shanks. It is now worn by Monkey D. Luffy, giving him his epithet "Straw Hat Luffy", and the namesake and symbol of the Straw Hat Pirates and Straw Hat Grand Fleet by extension.

Straw Hats

Gol D. Roger/Shanks/Monkey D. Luffy

The first known owner, Gol D. Roger.

Monkey D. Luffy's straw hat is the main symbol of the entire series and is the origin of his nickname "Straw Hat Luffy." His straw hat was given to him by his idol, Red Hair Shanks when Luffy was a child, and he promised to give the hat back to Shanks once he becomes a great pirate (or in other words, the Pirate King). Much later, during the Straw Hat Pirates' departure for Fish-Man Island, it was revealed by Silvers Rayleigh that this straw hat originally belonged to Gol D. Roger

Although Luffy's straw hat is his treasure, he is seen without it on occasion. This is usually because he does not want anything bad to happen to it, in which case he usually gives it to another member of his crew for safekeeping. It has been damaged twice in the manga canon. The first time it was damaged by Buggy when he was fighting Luffy. Buggy spat on the hat as well when he learned that it previously belonged to Shanks. After the fight, Nami repaired it for him. However, Luffy was overjoyed that Nami had repaired it, resulting in Luffy poking it several times, accidentally making another hole in the repair work. This caused Nami to hit him with the sharp end of the needle, since the repair had only been temporary. Nevertheless, she repaired it again.

During the Alabasta Arc, when Ace leaves the Straw Hats and Vivi, he gives Luffy a "blank piece of white paper".[2] After saving the vivre card from getting eaten by Matsuge, Nami sews it on the inside of the red band around the circumference of Luffy's hat. After the arc, the hat was also given a string, so that Luffy could wear it securely on his person and would not have to worry about losing it.

Shanks is briefly reunited with his old hat.

During the Marineford Arc, Luffy's hat fell off when Jinbe, who was carrying him, was struck by Admiral Akainu. As Luffy was mentally shattered from his brother's death, he did not notice the hat falling off, nor did Jinbe, who was occupied with dealing with the Admiral. After Shanks appeared, the straw hat was temporarily reunited with its old owner after over ten years.[3] Shanks convinces Buggy to return the straw hat to Luffy, resulting it to end up in Trafalgar Law's temporary care. The straw hat was then handed over to Rayleigh, who in turn returned the straw hat to Luffy after he recovered. Prior to his training with Rayleigh at Rusukaina Island, Luffy set aside the hat on the island's only safe location. Luffy picked the straw hat back up after the training was over.

Overlapping Headwear

Occasionally, Luffy may overlap the straw hat with another piece of headwear, either as a disguise (since he refuses to put the hat away), as a necessity, or as a part of fashion.[4]

During the Alabasta Arc, Luffy wrapped a blue shawl over the hat and around his head as extra protection from the sun.[4]

At the end of the Punk Hazard Arc, Luffy placed the hat atop a samurai kabuto helmet created by Kin'emon's ability.[5]

While in disguise during the Dressrosa Arc, Luffy disguised the straw hat with a black wide-brimmed bowler hat, again using Kin'emon's ability.[6]

While sailing from Zou to Totto Land, Luffy briefly wore a chef's hat over the dome of the straw hat, just so that he could look the part while he was cooking.[7]

For his initial disguise during the Whole Cake Island Arc, Luffy overlapped the hat with what appears to be a white turban.[8] Though he lost it during his fight against Charlotte Cracker.[9] Later, after receiving a change of clothes from the Fire Tank Pirates, he overlapped the straw hat with a black fedora with a white band.[10] He removed it after defeating Charlotte Katakuri.[11]

During the non-canon G-8 Arc while in the disguise of a cook, Luffy stretched a white chef's hat over the straw hat in Episode 197, until Sanji removed it for him in Episode 200, after their cover was blown.

In Chopper's Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals, when Luffy attempted to disguise himself as an animal, he tied a couple of leafy ranches to his hat with a cloth, in order to (poorly) duplicate horns.[12]

For the first half of One Piece Film: Strong World, Luffy wore an orange aviator helmet with goggles underneath the straw hat, until he switched into his third outfit.[13]

Luffy's first outfit in One Piece Film: Z had him place his straw hat atop a floppy orange-red headpiece with straps dangling from the sides and a drape covering the back of his neck.[14]

In One Piece: Stampede, Luffy placed an oversized bulbous brown hat atop the Straw Hat, which he got during the Pirates Festival. The hat had a bulb-like shape with a wavy rim, mainly light brown in colour, and has a dark-brown triangle design band around the widest part.[15]

Oars Jr.

The kasa (conical straw hat) made by Ace was given to Oars Jr., as he believed it would help the giant since he was so close to the sun. Oars Jr. was so moved by this gift, he fought with all of his strength to save Ace during the Battle of Marineford.

Demaro Black

In a poor attempt to impersonate Luffy, Demaro Black wore a straw hat. However, his straw hat was different as it was frayed and unkempt, with a flat top rather than a domed one, and a striped band around its circumference. It fell off when Sentomaru smashed him on the head.

Fish-Man Island Children

After Luffy and his crew defeated the New Fish-Man Pirates and saved Fish-Man Island, the children of Fish-Man Island wanted to get straw hats so they could play hero. Despite the adults saying that straw hats can only be bought on the surface, Jinbe stated that he would pick some up for them. After obtaining the hats, the children were rejoicing.[16][17]

Dressrosa Children and Tontatta Dwarves

In the anime, the Dressrosa children and dwarves wore straw hats after Luffy ended Doflamingo's tyranny.[18]

Mary Geoise's Straw Hat

The straw hat of Mary Geoise.

A straw hat is kept in a freezing room in Mary Geoise. It is very large, rivaling the size of Im. The hat's significance is currently unknown.[19]

Trivia

  • In the game Pirates of Black Cove, one of the unique items that can be acquired is Luffy's straw hat, which lowers the damage one receives in battle by a little bit.
  • In the game King's Bounty: The Legend, and in its sequels, a player can acquire a similar straw hat with red ribbon. It boosts the leadership of the hero. It was confirmed as an Easter Egg with a nod to One Piece in the official forums by a representative of the developers.
  • As part of a promotion from July 22 to July 29 2019, in celebration of its fifth anniversary and the twenty-second anniversary of the One Piece manga, players of the game Pokémon Go received a Pikachu that is wearing Luffy's straw hat.[20]

Luffy's straw hat as a human

  • In the SBS, Oda drew Luffy's straw hat personified as a human.[21]

References

  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 and Episode 1, The Straw Hat is seen.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 18 Chapter 157 and Episode 101, Ace gives Luffy his Vivre Card.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 579 and Episode 489, The straw hat and Shanks reunite.
  4. 4.0 4.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 18 Chapter 161 (p. 5) and Episode 96, Luffy's Alabasta outfit is seen for the first time.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 70 Chapter 699 and Episode 625, luff's Kabuto helmet.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 701 (p. 13) and Episode 630, Luffy's Dressrosa disguise.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 82 Chapter 824 (p. 3-7) and Episode 779, Cooking Luffy.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 82 Chapter 827 (p. 12) and Episode 786, Luffy's first Whole Cake Island outfit.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 84 Chapter 841 and Episode 805, The turban's gone.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 85 Chapter 858 and Episode 827, Luffy's second Whole Cake Island outfit.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 89 Chapter 896 (p. 15) and Episode 81, Luffy covers Katakuri's mask with the fedora.
  12. One Piece Movie 3.
  13. One Piece Movie 10.
  14. One Piece Movie 12.
  15. One Piece Movie 14.
  16. One Piece Manga — Vol. 83 Chapter 828, cover story: From the Decks of the World: The 500,000,000 Man Arc Vol. 19.
  17. One Piece Manga — Vol. 90 Chapter 903 (p. 6), The Fish-Men Islands children are seen wearing straw hats.
  18. One Piece Anime — Episode 778, The Dressrosa children and the Tontatta dwarves are seen wearing straw hats.
  19. One Piece Manga — Vol. 90 Chapter 906 (p. 17), The Straw Hat of Mary Geoise is seen.
  20. Pokémon GO Game Launches One Piece, Kumamoto Collaboration
  21. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 97 (p. 80), Luffy's straw hat is personified as a human.

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