One Piece: What we know about Joy Boy so far
In One Piece, Joy Boy is a mysterious figure who lived during the Void Century. He was first mentioned in the “Fish-Man Island Arc”, and his legacy transcends the boundaries of time. Here’s everything we know about him so far.
One Piece doesn’t fall short of introducing mysterious characters such as Shanks, Mihawk, Im, and so many more. Yet, no other character is as important as puzzling as Joy Boy in the entirety of the series.
Ever since the series revealed Luffy’s true powers, the hype around Joy Boy had increased tremendously. However, the mysteries surrounding him kept on increasing just as much.
First mentioned in the “Fish-Man Island Arc,” the series often hints about his existence, but they’re too subtle to figure out the truth from 800 years ago.
Joy Boy is a title in One Piece and not a name
Joy Boy is always believed to be an individual. During Roger’s visit to Laughtale, he expressed his wish to be in the same era as Joy Boy. However, there’s no clarity as to whether the ‘era’ Roger talked about is the past or the future.
What’s more, Luffy’s devil fruit awakening was sensed by Zunesha, and he claimed Joy Boy’s return. This meant that as soon as Luffy realized his true powers, he himself became Joy Boy. Kozuki Oden’s wife, Amatsuki Toki, came from the Void Century in order to meet the second Joy Boy.
The comrades of the first Joy Boy
The only people associated with Joy Boy are the Mermaid Princess of the Void Century and Zunesha. One of the ancient weapons, Poseidon, is the power inherited by the Mermaid Princess in the era when a great change was about to happen in the world.
While Luffy is a close ally to the Mermaid Princess Shirahoshi, the first Joy Boy has the same relationship as one from his era. On the other hand, the relationship between Zunesha and Luffy’s predecessor is even more mysterious. Momonosuke explained that Zunesha and Joy Boy were comrades, but the rest remained history.
It is also highly likely that Zunesha committed a crime for his comrade’s sake and got punished for it. Even centuries after his comrade’s death, Zunesha remembers him and is elated at his return through Luffy.
The real-life inspiration behind Joy Boy from One Piece
Eiichiro Oda is known for drawing real-life inspirations to incorporate into the world of One Piece. He takes inspiration from real-life locations, famous personalities, several religions and mythologies, and even literary works.
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Joy Boy is a figure mentioned in the “Encylopedia of Things That Never Were” by Michael Page and Robert Ingpen. Published in 1985, the book describes Joyboy as a figure from Caribbean folklore associated with humans’ need to dance, sing, and celebrate.
He was brought to the Caribbean islands along with West African slaves. He smiled at all the world’s problems and cured the ills of humanity by playing his drum. His dance and song are said to cast off the black veil of despair.
In the series, Luffy’s heartbeat took on the sound of the “Drums of Liberation” after awakening his powers. Gorosei also mentioned that the user of this power would gain enormous strength as the “warrior of liberation” and would fight with a smile on his face.
The message left behind by Joy Boy to foretell his return
The first time Joy Boy was mentioned in One Piece was when Robin deciphered the Poneglyph in Fish-Man Island. It was a letter written by him addressing his grief over not fulfilling his promise to the Mermaid Princess. He also expressed his desire to carry on that promise towards the future and fulfil it someday.
The future that he spoke of is the current era where Luffy will fulfil the said promise. For reasons unknown, people from the Void Century were aware of Joy Boy’s return over 800 years in the future.
The One Piece treasure is related to Joy Boy
The mysterious treasure known as “One Piece” is said to have everything the world has to offer. The world believes that it is Roger’s treasure, but the truth is far from it.
At some point in his life, the first Joy Boy travelled to an unknown island that was later named “Laughtale” by Roger. On that island, Joy Boy left behind a treasure that would come to become known to the world as One Piece.
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