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Japanese Name: Dの意志
Romanized Name: Dī no Ishi
Official English Name: N/A
First Appearance: N/A

In the series, a number of characters have the middle initial "D.". This mysterious 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 toward a bigger mystery.

Kureha was the first to mention the "will of D." when she revealed that the true name of the late Pirate King was Gol D. Roger. She told Dalton that Chopper had joined up with a very dangerous man.[2]

So it still lives... The will of D.
— Kureha speaks to Dalton about Luffy.[2]

The "Will of D." has also been mentioned by Nico Robin three times, the first being when she rescued Luffy from quicksand during the Alabasta arc; she asked Luffy about the meaning of the "D.", but he had no idea.[3] The second was when Robin was talking to Gan Fall after they pulled up the ancient belfry. Gan Fall mentioned feeling that Luffy left the same impression on him as Gol D. Roger did. The third time was when Robin tried to ask Silvers Rayleigh about the significance of the "Will of D.", bringing up the Void Century at the same time. He did not reply on what the "D." stood for but stated that they (the Roger Pirates) had discovered the details of the Void Century; however, Robin declined his offer to tell her about it, determined to discover the truth herself.

In contrast to the openness of Luffy and other "D"-bearers, there are some "D." families who seem to know its meaning and try to keep it secret from the public, such as Trafalgar Law's.[4] This implies that most anyone could secretly have the middle initial "D." but choose not to show it.

Monkey D. Family

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

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.[5] This implies that the "D." is passed down between generations. So far, it seems that all characters with the "D." may indeed be related to each other, if not by blood, then at least by fate.[6] An example of the hereditary nature of "D." can be seen in the Monkey family, consisting of Monkey D. Luffy, his biological father Monkey D. Dragon, and his grandfather Monkey D. Garp.[7] This, however, does not necessarily imply that all "D."-bearers are closely related.

An apparently unique event within the enigma of "D." was the birth of Portgas D. Ace, whose parents, Portgas D. Rouge and Gol D. Roger, both bore the mysterious middle initial.

Whitebeard noted that killing someone with a "D." would not extinguish the flames of their will because someone would eventually inherit that will and carry on their wish.[8]

Later on, Trafalgar Law wondered aloud that the Will of the D. will would almost certainly call up a storm again. It is still not clear exactly what he meant, 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 Doflamingo asked him why he had so much faith in Luffy.[9]

When Donquixote Rosinante learned that Law is a "D.", he revealed to Law that those with this initial in their name are from the fated "family of D." (Dの一族 Dī no Ichizoku?).[10] In the country where Rosinante came from, children were told that if they misbehaved, they would be be eaten up by "D.". Similarly, elders of that country seemed quite wary of the "storm" that those with "D." were known to cause. Rosinante explained to Law that the "D." has been secretly inherited worldwide and throughout history, and that in a certain land, the "Family of D" was referred to 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 Celestial Dragons are considered to be "Gods".[11]

"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[12] and words heard in Loguetown when Monkey D. Dragon appears[13]


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. When a "D." appears, the general consensus is that they're going to stir things up on a global scale, for better or for worse. Examples of world-shaking events instigated by "D."s include wars, changes in government, and the dawn of a new era.

The biggest mystery of "D." is that most of those who carry the "D." are themselves ignorant of its true meaning. Jaguar D. Saul displayed a lack of knowledge on the subject when Nico Robin asked him what it meant.[14] Similarly, when she asked Monkey D. Luffy why those that carry the "D." fight, he was completely clueless as to what she was talking about.[3] However, it seems that the Marines have some awareness of the initial's significance, as Sengoku showed interest in Ace because of it.[15]

Trafalgar Law's parents also seemed to have some knowledge about what "D." meant, considering that although they passed down the middle initial to their children, they hid it and insisted on using only their surname and given names.[4] Gol D. Roger is the first and, as of yet, only "D."-bearer in the storyline to have discovered its meaning.[16]

Ace Dies

Ace dies with a smile on his face, a common trait among "D."s faced with their own death.

Those who bear the "D." in their name seem to be able to withstand an incredible degree of punishment in battle and only surrender to death when they know it is truly unavoidable. In the same vein is an unusual behavior that seems to be common to "D.": they are often seen laughing or smiling right before they die (or think they're about to die), as though they have accepted their fate and hold no fear of death. Observers have expressed shock and confusion at this phenomenon, unable to believe that someone could so thoroughly come to terms with the end of their life.

So far this strange habit has been shown 5 times:

  • Witnesses claim Gol D. Roger died smiling during his execution.[17]
  • Smoker saw Luffy smile in the same way when he was about to be killed by Buggy, though he survived in the end.[17]
  • Nico Robin witnessed Saul laughing and smiling as he was frozen to death.[18]
  • Portgas D. Rouge is seen both crying and smiling when she named Ace, dying shortly after.[19]
  • Portgas D. Ace thanked everyone for loving him and died with a smile on his face.[20]

Blackbeard is unusual among those with the "D." in that he has shown fear of death. When Whitebeard attacked him at Marineford, he started to panic.[21] Blackbeard, though he did not show fear when fighting Ace, could not accept death when it became a strong possibility.

Known Carriers of the Initial "D."

See also the associated category: Will of D..
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Will of the D.
Monkey D. Luffy Gol D. Roger  Portgas D. Ace  Marshall D. Teach Jaguar D. Saul 
Monkey D. Garp Monkey D. Dragon Portgas D. Rouge  Trafalgar D. Water Law

  •  : 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 to 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 disloyalty and immorality.
  • Possesses an "atypical body structure" that permits him to wield two Devil Fruit powers[22]
  • Succeeded Edward Newgate as the new Yonko.[23]
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 took his mother's surname out of respect.
  • The first "D." carrier to die in the present rather than 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 chose 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 derive from a mistranslation of the original Japanese text. In the recap supplement Grand Line Times, they were referred to as the "Men of D."[24]

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

Trivia

  • When Whitebeard was discussing the Will of D., he mentioned One Piece in the same statement, implying that "D." and the One Piece are connected by more than just Roger.[8] This was not the only time that both were mentioned in the same chapter: Usopp and Robin asked Rayleigh about One Piece, the Void Century, and the Will of D., all within one conversation.

References

  1. SBS One Piece MangaVol. 8, fan question: what does the D. in Luffy's name mean?
  2. 2.0 2.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 17 Chapter 154 (p. 7-8) and Episode 91, Dr. Kureha talks about Luffy and the D.
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 20 Chapter 180 (p. 4-5) and Episode 111, Luffy is ignorant of the Will of the D. when Nico Robin asks him why those with the D. fight.
  4. 4.0 4.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 76 Chapter 763 (p. 16) and Episode 702, Law reveals his full name to Baby 5 and Buffalo both and explains it.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 41 Chapter 392 (p. 14) and Episode 95, Saul talks about the initial "D.".
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 18 Chapter 159 (p. 9-10) and Episode 275, Luffy's interaction with his brother.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 432 (p. 9-10) and Episode 314, Coby and Helmeppo express surprise to hear Dragon's full name.
  8. 8.0 8.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 576 (p. 13) and Episode 485, One Piece is mentioned by Whitebeard.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 729 (p. 6) and Episode 661, Law mentions the Will of D.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 76 Chapter 763 (p. 19) and Episode 702, Rosinante reveals to Law the secret of D..
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 77 Chapter 764 (p. 7-8) and Episode 703, Rosinante mentions the "Family of D".
  12. One Piece Anime — Opening Theme 2 Believe.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 100 (p. 1) and Episode 52, Dragon appears in Loguetown.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 41 Chapter 392 (p. 14) and Episode 275, Jaguar D. Saul says he doesn't know the meaning behind his D. initial
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 552 (p. 6) and Episode 461, flashback of Ace's rise to infamy as a pirate.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 576 (p. 12) and Episode 485, Whitebeard recalls his conversation with Roger as the former is dying.
  17. 17.0 17.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 99 (p. 17) and Episode 52, Roger's and Luffy's stance against death.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 41 Chapter 397 (p. 15) and Episode 278, the strange laughter/smile before death.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 56 Chapter 551 (p. 6) and Episode 460, Rouge dies smiling after naming her child.
  20. 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.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 576 (p. 9) and Episode 485, Blackbeard panics as he was about to be killed by Whitebeard.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Grand Line Times.

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Will of the D.
Monkey Family: Monkey D. Luffy  •  Monkey D. Dragon  •  Monkey D. Garp
Gol Family: Gol D. Roger  •  Portgas D. Ace  •  Portgas D. Rouge
Other Carriers: Marshall D. Teach  •  Jaguar D. Saul  •  Trafalgar D. Water Law
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Gomu Gomu no Mi  •  Mera Mera no Mi  •  Yami Yami no Mi  •  Ope Ope no Mi
Fighting Style Based: Haki
Swords: Kikoku
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Archaeologists: Demons of Ohara (Nico Robin  •  Professor Clover  •  Nico Olvia  •  Rint  •  Zadie  •  Roche  •  Busshiri  •  Hack  •  Gram  •  Hocha)
Literature: Brag Men  •  Liar Noland  •  Rainbow Mist, Volumes I to VIII   •  Newspaper
Significant Figures
Explorers and Pioneers: Montblanc Noland  •  Fisher Tiger  •  Louis Arnote  •  Jew Wall
Pirates: Gol D. Roger  •  Kaido  •  Silvers Rayleigh  •  Fisher Tiger  •  Shiki  •  Captain John  •  Edward Newgate  •  Vander Decken  •  Chinjao
Marines: Sengoku  •  Monkey D. Garp  •  Vegapunk  •  Kong
Leaders/Royalty: Monkey D. Dragon  •  Calgara  •  Tom  •  Oars  •  Shirahoshi  •  Otohime
Misc.: Rob Lucci  •  Ryuma  •  Jigoro  •  Joy Boy  •  Mousse  •  Herb  •  Seto  •  Pantri  •  Kashigami
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Ancient Weapons: Pluton  •  Poseidon  •  Uranus
Artifacts: Poneglyph  •  Shandorian Golden Belfry Bell  •  Noah
Locations: Loguetown  •  Tomb of the Kings  •  Water 7  •  Tree of Knowledge  •  Ohara  •  Shandora  •  Mariejois  •  Raftel  •  Sea Forest  •  Fishman District
The Great War: World Government  •  Great Kingdom  •  Shandia
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Roger Pirates
Members: Gol D. Roger   •  Silvers Rayleigh  •  Crocus  •  Shanks  •  Buggy  •  Scopper Gaban  •  Seagull
Ship(s): Oro Jackson
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Bara Bara no Mi
Fighting Style Based: Haki
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Story Arc(s): Romance Dawn Arc  •  Loguetown Arc  •  Drum Island Arc  •  Skypiea Arc  •  Water 7 Arc  •  Post-Enies Lobby Arc  •  Sabaody Archipelago Arc  •  Marineford Arc  •  Post-War Arc
Associated People: Edward Newgate  •  Shiki  •  Tom  •  Monkey D. Garp  •  Portgas D. Ace  •  Portgas D. Rouge
Others: One Piece  •  Will of the D.  •  Whitebeard Pirates  •  Red Hair Pirates  •  Buggy Pirates  •  Battle in Edd War  •  Tom's Workers
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Revolutionary Army
Current Members: Monkey D. Dragon  •  Sabo  •  Emporio Ivankov  •  Inazuma  •  Terry Gilteo  •  Bunny Joe  •  Koala  •  Hack
Former Member(s): Bartholomew Kuma
Associate(s): Nico Robin
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Horu Horu no Mi  •  Choki Choki no Mi  •  Nikyu Nikyu no Mi  •  Mera Mera no Mi  •  Hana Hana no Mi
Fighting Style Based: Newkama Kenpo  •  Fishman Karate  •  Haki  •  Fishman Jujutsu  •  Ryusoken
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Story Arc(s): Loguetown Arc  •  Post-Enies Lobby Arc  •  Impel Down Arc  •  Marineford Arc  •  Post-War Arc  •  Dressrosa Arc
Associated Locations: Baltigo  •  Momoiro Island  •  Newkama Land
Conquered Locations: Centaurea  •  Tequila Wolf
Others: Will of the D.  •  Okama
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Members: Marshall D. Teach  •  Van Augur  •  Jesus Burgess  •  Doc Q  •  Laffitte  •  Stronger  •  Shiliew  •  Sanjuan Wolf  •  Vasco Shot  •  Catarina Devon  •  Avalo Pizarro
Affiliates: Kuzan
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Yami Yami no Mi  •  Gura Gura no Mi  •  Hie Hie no Mi
Weapon Based: Nodachi  •  Senriku
Fighting Style Based: Haki
Related Articles
Story Arcs: Jaya Arc  •  Post-Enies Lobby Arc  •  Impel Down Arc  •  Marineford Arc  •  Post-War Arc  •  Dressrosa Arc
Locations: Jaya  •  Banaro Island  •  Impel Down  •  New World  •  Corrida Colosseum
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