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Will of the D.
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Japanese Name: Dの意志
Romanized Name: Dī no Ishi
English Name: N/A
First Appearance: N/A

In the series, a number of characters have the middle initial "D.". This mysterious middle initial has been called the "Will of D" or "D's will" by several characters in One Piece.

The Mystery of D.

Gol D Bloodline

The bloodline of the Gol family.

The initial was first pointed out in Oda's SBS questions and answers corner, when he was asked what the D in Luffy's name stood for. Oda just replied to read it as a D for now and that he would reveal the truth behind it in time.[1] This was the first time Luffy's "D" was brought up, as well as Oda's first hint towards a bigger mystery.

In the storyline, Nico Robin is the first to mention The Will of D. when she rescues Monkey D. Luffy from drowning in Crocodile's sand, asking him why people with the name of "D" fight. It was revealed by Kureha that Gold Roger's (the late pirate king) true name was Gol D. Roger. She tells Dalton that Chopper has joined up with a very dangerous man.[2]

So it still lives... The will of D.
— Kureha speaks to Dalton about Luffy.

The "Will of D" has also been mentioned by Robin three times, the first being during the Alabasta arc, when she asked Luffy about the meaning of 'D' although Luffy had no idea. The second was when Robin was talking to Gan Fall after they pulled up the ancient belfry. Gan Fall spoke of Luffy leaving the same impression that Gol D. Roger did on him. He said to Robin, "It suits him to have a name of just one letter". The third time was when Robin tried to ask Silvers Rayleigh about the significance of the "Will of D" also mentioning the Void Century at the same time. While he did not reply on what the "D" stood for, Rayleigh stated that they (the Roger Pirates) discovered the details of the Void Century, but when he offers to tell her, she turns down his offer, determined to discover the truth herself. One clue about those who carry the "D" was left by Jaguar D. Saul who specifically said that, while he did not know the meaning of the initial, he did know everyone in his family carried it in their names.[3]

Although, there are some "D" families such as Trafalgar Law's, who know its meaning and tried to keep it secret from the public.[4]

Monkey D. Family

So far everyone in the Monkey Family has the initial "D".

So far, it seems that the Ds all may indeed be related to each other, if not by blood then at least by their fates.[5] Luffy does have a grandfather, Vice-Admiral Garp, whose full name is Monkey D. Garp. Luffy is also the son of the revolutionary Monkey D. Dragon. In addition, Luffy's brother (who took his mother’s maiden name in rejection of his father), Portgas D. Ace, has also been revealed to be blood related to Gol D. Roger and Portgas D. Rouge. Whitebeard noted that killing the bloodline of a D does not put out the flames that they (a person carrying the "D") carry and someone else simply will pick it up one day.[6]

Later on, Trafalgar Law stated "What's the Dark King thinking this time? The Will of the D. will almost certainly call up a storm again". It is still not clear why he said that, but it hints that Silvers Rayleigh had a clear purpose for wanting to find Monkey D. Luffy on Amazon Lily. In the Post-War arc, one of the Gorosei stated that "D" means danger. After the timeskip, Law mentioned the Will of D. once more, when he was asked by Doflamingo why he has so much faith in Luffy.[7]

When Donquixote Rosinante hears that Law is a "D", he reveals to Law that those with the initial "D" in their name are from the fated "family of D" (Dの一族 Dī no Ichizoku?). Back in the country where Rosinante came from, children were told that if they did not behave they will be eaten up by "D". When a D makes his name heard, all the elders would groan and mutter, "That "D" will surely bring with them another storm". Rosinante explains to Law that the "D" is a name that people have been secretly inheriting throughout history all across the world and in a certain land they referred to the "Family of D" as "God's Natural Enemy" (神の天敵 Kami no Tenteki?). According to Rosinante, the "D"s are considered to be the natural enemy of the Celestial Dragons, as the Celestial Dragons are considered to be "Gods".[8]

"Inherited Will"

Inherited will, the swelling of the changing times, and the dreams of people. These are things that cannot be stopped. As long as people seek the answer to freedom, these will never cease to be!
— One Piece, second intro[9] and words heard in Loguetown when Monkey D. Dragon appears[10]


It is not clear what the significance of the shared middle initial is, but it appears that all share a similar faith in their own (and others') dreams and/or destiny. Whenever a D. appears, a series of massive events can occur in the One Piece world particularly when they get involved directly, this has included the start of a new era, a war and many change of governments.

The biggest mystery with the D's is that most of those who carry the D. themselves do not fully know what it means either. Jaguar D. Saul displayed an absence of knowledge on the subject of the D. when Nico Robin asked him what it meant.[11] When she asked Monkey D. Luffy why those that carry the D. fight, he was also completely clueless as to what she was talking about.[12] However, it seems that the Marines are somewhat aware of the D's as Sengoku showed interest in Ace because of it.[13] Donquixote Rosinante also seemed to have an idea about it, and was horrified when he found out that one, Trafalgar Law, had been so close to Donquixote Doflamingo, even warning him to run away.[4]

Gol D. Roger also displayed a knowledge of it in a dialogue between him and Whitebeard. He begins "Long ago far far away" but it is cutoff before he can finish. Trafalgar Law's parents also seemed to have some knowledge about what D. meant, considering that though they passed down the middle initial to their children, they hid it and insisted that they only use their given and surnames.[4] Roger is the first and currently only known person in the storyline to have discovered what it means to be a D. himself, with it currently being unknown if Law's parents discovered it, or if it was simply passed down knowledge.

Ace Dies

Ace dies with a smile on his face; a common 'trait' seen on every "D." near or at their deaths.

Furthermore, they seem to be able to withstand incredible punishment in battle and only surrender to death when they know there truly is no way of avoiding it. An odd trait of the D's is related to this. Often they are seen laughing or smiling greatly when they are about to die, as if they seem to accept their death when they cannot escape it and display no apparent fear toward death. The reactions of many characters who witness this is often shock or disbelief because it is hard to imagine anyone not being afraid of dying at all.

So far this strange habit has been shown 5 times:

  • Witnesses claim Gol D. Roger died smiling during his execution.[14]
  • 22 years later one of those witnesses, Smoker, also witnessed Luffy smiling in the same manner as Gol D. Roger when Buggy was about to kill him.[14]
  • Nico Robin also witnessed Saul laughing and smiling as he was frozen to death.[15]
  • Portgas D. Rouge is seen both crying and smiling during the naming of Ace right before her death as a result of the childbirth.[16]
  • Portgas D. Ace was smiling after he thanked everyone for loving him right before his death.[17]

There was almost another instance which was the duel between Ace and Blackbeard, in which both Ace and Blackbeard smiled before their final attack against each other. However Blackbeard did display overconfidence in his Devil Fruit's power and probably believed that he wouldn't die, while Ace didn't die and was only defeated before being sent to Impel Down.[18]

Most notable, the mention of "will" creeps up on numerous occasions; Whitebeard himself went on to explain that when they die, another may pick up their "will" at a later date and carrying it on their back and fight for it, even if the bloodline dies.[6] Before Whitebeard's death, it is revealed through a flashback that he was told by Gol D. Roger of the true meaning behind the Will of D; he claims that Roger is waiting for a certain man with the initial D. He noted that Teach is not the one who is carrying "Roger's Will" which also includes "Ace's will" and that one day it will be picked up by another.[6]

However, Marshall D. Teach did show a fear of death, an odd trait amongst the men of D. When Whitebeard attacked him at Marineford, Blackbeard started to panic and became fearful saying "You would not do this to your son, would you?"[19] Blackbeard, even though he did not fear it when facing Ace, did not accept his death when it was before him. He did not die from that incident due to his own strength, but he still feared it nonetheless. He is the first D. to show this fear when faced with the possibility of death.

Known Carriers of the Initial "D."

[v · e · ?]
Will of the D.
Monkey D. Luffy Monkey D. Garp Marshall D. Teach Monkey D. Dragon Trafalgar D. Water Law
Gol D. Roger  Portgas D. Ace  Jaguar D. Saul  Portgas D. Rouge 

  •  : the character is deceased.
  •  *: the character's status is unknown. Hovering the symbol may give further details.
  •  : the character is non-canon.
  •  : the character is no longer part of this group. Hovering the symbol may give further details.

Carriers' Profile

Name Status Affiliation Nickname Notes
Monkey D. Luffy Alive "Straw Hat"
  • At age 19, he is currently the youngest known carrier of the "D." initial.
  • Son of Monkey D. Dragon, grandson of Monkey D. Garp, and adoptive younger brother of Portgas D. Ace and Sabo.
Monkey D. Dragon Alive "Revolutionary"
  • The most wanted man in the world.
  • Father of Monkey D. Luffy and son of Monkey D. Garp.
Monkey D. Garp Alive "the Fist"
  • Seemingly the oldest living "D." carrier.
  • Known by many as "Garp the Hero" for his brave actions as a Marine.
  • Father of Monkey D. Dragon, paternal grandfather of Monkey D. Luffy and adoptive grandfather of Portgas D. Ace.
Marshall D. Teach Alive "Blackbeard"
  • 40 years old.
  • The first "D." carrier to show fear of death, as well as extreme levels of disloyalty and immorality.
  • Possesses an "atypical body structure" that permits him to wield two Devil Fruit powers[20]
  • Succeeded Edward Newgate as the new Yonko.[21]
Trafalgar D. Water Law Alive "Surgeon of Death"
Gol D. Roger Deceased

"Pirate King"

"Gold Roger"

  • Died 24 years ago when he turned himself in to the Marines 4 years after being diagnosed with a fatal illness.
  • Father of Portgas D. Ace and lover of Portgas D. Rouge.
Portgas D. Rouge Deceased
  • Mother of Portgas D. Ace
  • Lover of Gol D. Roger
None
  • Died 22 years ago from childbirth after carrying her son, Ace, in her womb for 20 months.
  • Mother of Portgas D. Ace and lover of Gol D. Roger.
  • The first and only known female carrier of the "D." initial.
Portgas D. Ace Deceased "Fire Fist"
  • Died 2 years ago: at age 20, killed by Admiral Akainu while protecting his adoptive brother from a fatal strike.
  • Son of Gol D. Roger and Portgas D. Rouge, adoptive grandson of Monkey D. Garp and adoptive older brother to Monkey D. Luffy and Sabo.
  • Born "Gol D. Ace" but changed surname to match his mother's out of respect.
  • The first "D." carrier to die in the present and not in a flashback.
Jaguar D. Saul Deceased None
  • Died 22 years ago: killed by Vice Admiral Kuzan for betraying the Marines, and protecting Nico Robin.
  • He is the only known giant who carries the middle initial "D".

Translation and Dub Issues

Some translations mistakenly refer to it as "Gol D's will" in reference to Gol D. Roger, the late Pirate King. The English dub by 4Kids chooses to refer to the D as the "Gol D.'s will", while the FUNimation dub refers to it simply as the "Spirit of D." both deriving from a mistranslation of the original Japanese text. In the recap supplement Grand Line Times, they were referred to as the "Men of D."[22]

The English translations that use of "Gold D's spirit" or "Gol D.'s Will" instead of "Will of D" in Dr. Kureha's talk with Dalton can be considered an error. While Gold Roger is spoken of in the previous lines of text, Kureha made no mention of Roger in that particular line of text in the original Japanese manga and anime.

Trivia

  • A few of the characters with the D. have shown to be narcoleptic, such as Garp, Ace and Luffy. So far it has not yet been stated if this is a trait to the Will of D. But this could also be attributed to their care free nature.
  • Oddly, Whitebeard also spoke about One Piece in the same statement when discussing the Will of D., thus it would seem One Piece itself has some link to them, not just as Roger's great treasure. This is not the only time the Will of D. and One Piece have had a mention in the same chapter.[6] Previously, Usopp and Robin had both inquired about One Piece, the Void Century and Will of D. to Rayleigh but did not get a response back for various reasons.

References

  1. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 8, fan question: what does the D in Luffy's name mean?
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 17 Chapter 154 and Episode 91, Dr. Kureha talks about Luffy and the D.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 41 Chapter 392 and Episode 95, Saul talks about the initial "D".
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 One Piece MangaChapter 763.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 18 Chapter 159 and Episode 275, Luffy's interaction with his brother.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 One Piece Manga — Vol. 59 Chapter 576, One Piece is mentioned by Whitebeard.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 729 and Episode 661, Law mentions the Will of D.
  8. One Piece MangaChapter 764, Rosinante mentions the "Family of D".
  9. One Piece Anime — Opening Theme 2 Believe.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 100 (p. 1) and Episode 52, Dragon appears in Loguetown.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 41 Chapter 392 and Episode 275, Jaguar D. Saul says he doesn't know the meaning behind his D. initial
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 20 Chapter 180 and Episode 111, Luffy is ignorant of the Will of the D. when Nico Robin asks him why those with the D. fight.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 552 and Episode 461, flashback of Ace's rise to infamy as a pirate.
  14. 14.0 14.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 99 (p. 17) and Episode 52, Roger's and Luffy's stance against death.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 41 Chapter 397 (p. 15) and Episode 278, the strange laughter/smile before death.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 56 Chapter 551 (p. 6) and Episode 460, Rouge dies smiling after naming her child.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 573 (p. 6) and Episode 482, Ace is seen with a smile on his face after dying.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 46 Chapter 441 and Episode 325, the finale of the battle between Ace and Blackbeard.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 576 (p. 9) and Episode 485, Blackbeard panics as he was about to be killed by his former captain for killing his crewmate.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 577 (p. 16) and Episode 486, Marco wonders if Teach's atypical body structure is the reason behind his capacity to hold two different abilities.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 66 Chapter 650 (p. 8) and Episode 570, Jinbe mentions Blackbeard succeeded Whitebeard in his position as a Yonko.
  22. Grand Line Times.

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