One Piece: Fans overlook the true purpose of Luffy’s Gear 5

Tulisha srivastava
A still from One Piece Luffy Gear 5 episodeCrunchyroll

Fans love the goofy version of Luffy’s Gear 5 in One Piece. However, they tend to neglect that the fight is supposed to be more than just entertaining.

One Piece is currently airing the highly-anticipated Gear 5 episodes, breaking records worldwide. As such, fans love the entertaining fight that provides some comfort after years of heart-breaking episodes of the Wano Country Saga.

After awakening his devil fruit, Luffy acquires a form strong enough to overpower Kaido, a Yonko. The transformation is even more amazing in anime as the top animators in the world gather together to deliver the best results. 

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The series creator, Eiichiro Oda, draws inspiration for Gear 5 from the popular cartoon Tom & Jerry. The resemblance is uncanny, as Luffy vs. Kaido matches the same energy as the cartoon. However, as fans enjoy the light-heartedness of the battle, they somehow overlook the true purpose of Luffy’s Gear 5.

Gear 5 in One Piece represents Luffy’s future role

One Piece Gear 5 transformationCrunchyroll

Luffy becoming the second Joy Boy almost confirms that the series will repeat the history of the Void Century. Just like the Joy Boy from the Void Century, Luffy has the powers of the Sun God Nika. The devil fruit Hito Hito no Mi: Model Nika is something the World Government has been searching for for over 800 years. However, it always slips through their grasp. 

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Probably through fate or someone’s plot, the power eventually lands in Luffy’s hands. He is now the Joy Boy, Sun God Nika, and Warrior of Liberation, all at once. No spoilers are necessary to figure out that Luffy will be at the center of the Final War. From Arabasta to Wano, he has liberated several islands and kingdoms and will continue to do more. 

With the legendary powers at his disposal, Luffy is destined to end the tyranny of the World Government. Genocide, human trafficking, slavery, corruption – there’s no end to the atrocities committed by the World Government and nobles. As the series is currently featuring its Final Saga, it won’t be long before the Final War begins. 

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Additionally, the Gear 5 transformation reflects Luffy’s character development instead of focusing on just his strength. It centers around his ambitions, desire for freedom, and personality rather than the basic powers of the world. When you think about the similarities between Sun God Nika and Luffy, the latter couldn’t have received a more suitable power for himself. 

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Tulisha is an anime writer at Dexerto. In the past, she has worked for Comic Book Resources. She is most knowledgeable about Shonen series, particularly One Piece and Jujutsu Kaisen. You can contact her at