Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece grinning
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How old is Luffy in ‘One Piece’?

The chipper protagonist of 'One Piece', pirate captain Luffy, appears at several different ages over the course of the anime.

The perpetually chipper protagonist of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece has been a fan favorite for decades.

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Monkey D. Luffy, the pliable leader of the Straw Hat Pirates, is a surprisingly nuanced character, given the seeming simplicity of his backstory. His upbeat personality distracts from Luffy’s darker side, one that fans glimpse only occasionally when the youthful pirate captain enters battle.

The young pirate definitely grows up throughout the series, but it can be hard to tell exactly how much — and with a live-action series based around the popular anime on Netflix, people are desperate to find out.

Do we know Luffy’s age throughout One Piece?

A graph of Luffy throughout the years is shown.
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Luffy’s age has varied a few times over the course of One Piece‘s run. The manga the popular anime is based on was first published in 1997 and is still going strong. The manga continues to put out fresh issues, as does the anime, leaving many viewers confused as to the character’s ages.

As in most anime, the characters in One Piece don’t age much over the course of the series, but they don’t remain entirely stagnant either. Luffy, as the show’s primary focus, has aged quite a bit over the course of the series.

Debut

Luffy is seen as a child looking upset in One Piece.
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At the very beginning of One Piece, Luffy is introduced as a fresh-faced 7-year-old. His stint as an adolescent doesn’t last long, but it is absolutely vital to the overall story of One Piece. It is at this age that Luffy accidentally consumes the Devil Fruit Gomu Gomu no Mi.

Also called the “Gum Gum Fruit,” the legendary Devil Fruit essentially turns Luffy’s body to rubber, allowing him to stretch his body at will. The new powers eventually come in immensely handy, but also rob Luffy of the ability to swim.

Before the time skip

Luffy is wearing a hat and looking at something out of the corner of his eye.
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The majority of One Piece‘s first half is told while Luffy is 17 years old, following his departure from his childhood home in Windmill Village. Following a decade of dreaming, Luffy finally sets off to track down his childhood idol, Shanks, and the legendary “One Piece” treasure.

Much of the content fans are familiar with features Luffy at this age, complete with his recognizable red vest and blue shorts — and, of course, his straw hat.

After the timeskip

Luffy is looking down at something in One Piece.
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Part-way through the lengthy storyline in One Piece, the Straw Hat pirates experience a time jump. Two full years pass following the events of episode 516 of the One Piece anime, according to Distractify, during which time the main pirate crew is separated.

The crew disperses to train in their various styles for this time, leaving room for each member to experience a drastic rise in power without requiring a bunch of filler episodes.

Following the two-year time skip, Luffy is 19 years old. His outfit undergoes a slight update, emphasizing his newfound maturity by exposing more skin and scars. He’ll likely remain at (approximately) this age for the majority of the upcoming story, but another time jump isn’t out of the question.

The manga is expected to come to a conclusion in 2024 or 2025, according to series creator Eiichiro Oda, leaving plenty of time for the crew to skip ahead another few years.

Hell, by the time Luffy actually becomes Pirate King, maybe he’ll have finally hit 20.


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Nahila carefully obsesses over all things geekdom and gaming, bringing her embarrassingly expansive expertise to the team at We Got This Covered. She is a Staff Writer and occasional Editor with a focus on comics, video games, and most importantly 'Lord of the Rings,' putting her Bachelors from the University of Texas at Austin to good use. Her work has been featured alongside the greats at NPR, the Daily Dot, and Nautilus Magazine.