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Luffy Has a Different Personality When He’s in Gear 5 Form!

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While reading Chapter 1044 and 1045, I strongly felt like something about Luffy’s personality was off and different when in Gear 5, so I wanted to point out some observations I made.

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I believe that Gear 5 somehow influences Luffy’s personality. How? It might be the will of the fruit, we’ve learned that Zoans have their “own will”. It might also be the will of Joy Boy? We have yet to see.

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The main thing that you’d notice is Luffy seeming like he’s not really taking the fight seriously. Let’s just look at how he acted during the fight before Gear 5:

Luffy 100% knows what’s on the line

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He feels pressure since he’s about to run out of energy

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Again, he knows how high the stakes are

He even got mad at Kaido for fooling around and being drunk. Basically what he is doing now. When Luffy turns into Gear 5, he starts laughing uncontrolled and even in a different way: normally his laugh is shi shi shi shi – now his laugh is also ha ha ha ha. As he said himself, he’s laughing because he finds his heartbeat “funny”.

“funny” heartbeat

different laughter

Also, I can’t really tell why, but something felt off about him in this panel to me. The way he is laughing and covering his eyes really has some psycho/crazy vibes. While in his Gear 5, his whole style of fighting obviously changed, but also his attitude and persona are completly different.

He doesn’t care

Look at how lightly he takes the situation. No Gear 5 Luffy would never just carelessly bounce around in Kaido’s attack range. Also look how he is sitting on the ground while in Gear 5:

He literally sits like a little kid, in a very childish manner

Legs suddenly behind him

And after Gear 5 wears off his sitting position changed while sitting? A bit strange but I guess the purpose is to show that the more “childish persona” is gone now and the real Luffy is back. Now after he’s been goofing around all fight long, he gets serious all of a sudden, exactly until he fully transformes into Gear 5 again.

It’s interesting that Momonosuke mentions “Luffy’s Voice is fading”. I have 2 things to draw from this:

1. It just refers to Luffy running out of energy and moving closer to the brink of death again, due to exhaustion and maybe side effects of Gear 5.

2. Momonsouke says it exactly the moment Gear 5 comes back up. Could this maybe be Luffy’s voice fading due to Joy Boy/the Nika Fruit taking over and swapping personas?

Gear 5 is back up and he instantly goes back to goofing around and not really caring. Now just a few things in addition. He clearly keeps a part of his personality in Gear 5. This can be seen at the end of the chapter, that’s a classic Luffy panel

He looks way more serious

What’s interesting here is that he managed to get kinda serious during Gear 5, after transforming into it for the 2nd time. I feel like this whole goofiness thing and the way he acts, is something that he right now can’t really control, and after using Gear 5 the second time he got a bit better at it. I think he will even be able to control the extend of how goofy he is, making the upcoming and final part of the fight a bit more serious again, while also adding a good amount of comedy.

*Theory by zoxh1337

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