Zoro is one of the strongest members of the Straw Hat crew. He joined alongside Luffy from the early days when ‘Luffy’ set sail in One Piece. Since then, Zoro has not only remained steadfastly loyal to the Straw Hats but has also acquired numerous new powers that bring him closer to his dream of becoming the strongest swordsman. Currently, these are the only known truths that most fans are aware of regarding Zoro. But are there any other hidden mysteries?Let’s Unveil 5 Secrets of Zoro that not everyone knows!
5. The Sole Member Personally Recruited by Luffy
As most One Piece fans know, when Luffy set out to fulfill his dream of becoming the Pirate King, he had no idea how he would achieve it. It wasn’t until he met Koby that Luffy realized he needed more crew members. During his search for new members, Luffy coincidentally encountered Zoro.
Impressed by Zoro’s actions, Luffy sought to rescue and persuade this skilled pirate hunter to join his crew. At first, Zoro seemed reluctant, but Luffy managed to convince him. This marks the only time Luffy personally sought out and convinced someone to join the crew, as the other members mostly volunteered to follow Luffy.
4. The Only Member of the Worst Generation Without a Devil Fruit
The Worst Generation is a group of notorious pirates who gathered at Sabaody Archipelago two years prior. It consists of several young pirates with high bounties and remarkable strength, including Monkey D. Luffy, Trafalgar Law, Eustass Kid, Blackbeard, and Roronoa Zoro.
Almost all members of the Worst Generation possess a Devil Fruit power, except for Zoro. He relies solely on his physical strength and exceptional swordsmanship. This led One Piece fans to playfully speculate that Zoro might be the only member of the Worst Generation who knows how to swim.
3. Inspired by a Real Pirate
As many fans know, many characters in One Piece are inspired by literary and real-life figures. In an interview, Oda confirmed that Zoro’s family name, Roronoa, is based on the Japanese pronunciation of François l’Olonnais. François l’Olonnais was a 17th-century French buccaneer, making Zoro the only Straw Hat crew member whose name is inspired by a real-life pirate.
2. Rumored Future Possession of a Devil Fruit
Currently, the Straw Hat Pirates are one of the strongest crews in the world of One Piece. The crew is a mix of Devil Fruit users and non-Devil Fruit users. In an interview, Oda was asked which Devil Fruit he would give to the members without Devil Fruits in the Straw Hat crew.
Oda chose the Uo Uo no Mi, Model: Seiryu, which is essentially Kaido’s Devil Fruit. Interestingly, Oda mentioned that instead of having Zoro eat a Devil Fruit directly, he would prefer if one of Zoro’s swords were to consume it.
1. Oda Initially Planned Zoro to Join Buggy’s Crew
While Zoro is now an integral member of the Straw Hat Pirates, author Oda initially intended for him to become a member of Buggy’s crew. Specifically, Oda envisioned Zoro as Buggy’s bodyguard. The image above shows Oda’s original sketch of Zoro.
If Oda hadn’t changed his mind, it would have been fascinating to see who would replace Zoro as the first mate of the Straw Hat crew. It’s possible that Oda would have eventually decided for Zoro to leave Buggy’s crew, but that might have been a challenging turn of events, considering ‘Red Nose’ was initially meant to be Buggy’s eldest sibling in his pirate crew.
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