Picking my most favorite goofy character from the vast ranks of anime-dom’s goofy characters is actually quite easy. In this case, it’s no comparison… no, wait, check that: it’s not about comparing them. I just love this character so much anyway, and the word “goofy” fits him like a glove.
It’s that simple. I love him, and he’s goofy, which is part of why I love him.
So, with virtually no ado, which fits because he is not an “ado” sort of person, I present another One Piece character, none other than the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates, the future King of the Pirates, the leading man himself:
Monkey D. Luffy!
What I really like about Luffy… well, ok, I like most everything about him, but to pick a starting point, and one which ties into his goofiness, is simply: his unique perspective.
Luffy just doesn’t see the world the same way everyone else does. He can, at times, be lost in his own little world, but for the most part, he’s just seeing the same thing in a different way. He has his own opinions and priorities, and with his unnatural resilience combined with his even more unnatural upbringing, which included his grandfather practically killing him pretty much every day, self-preservation is not number one on that list. When it comes to looking before he leaps, Luffy tends to “leap” very, very far and free-fall for a good long while before he even begins to “look.”
Yeah, getting into trouble is perfectly ordinary for him. In fact, everyone expects it. The same way they expect a man to get struck by lightning when he’s jumping up and down on a mountaintop in the middle of a storm while wearing copper armor and screaming “All gods are idiots.” (thank you, Terry Pratchett) Granted, in Luffy’s case, he’s just that combination of strong and wacky enough to usually survive the trouble he gets into on his own, and for the rest, he has his crew and a number of friends.
Whenever Luffy gets out of trouble, be it the momentary crisis of falling from the sky or the miracle of surviving a cataclysm, Luffy laughs. He laughs in pure, childlike joy. In fact, he often laughs like that during trouble anyway. He’s just having a good time, not taking things too seriously, and loving life. He’s not waiting until he’s old and gray to laugh at all the trouble he got into in his wild days as a youth. He laughs now.
All that said, it’s no surprise how he never hesitates to get into trouble. Whether it’s irritating the cheating proprietors of a gambling house when they try to cheat a blind man, or investigating a singing skeleton on a derelict ghost ship, or declaring war on the world and it’s armies in order to save one kidnapped friend, or delivering a much-needed and incredibly well-deserved punch straight to the face of a member of the world’s royalty, or just stuffing his face full of food in the company of formidable and notorious navy officers he has collided with in the past, Luffy does not shy away from trouble. At all. In fact, he usually wants to go towards trouble or, as he calls it, “the party.”
All the goofiness aside, Luffy can be serious. I believe I have said before how he and his crew tend to be selfish, such as when Luffy charges into trouble, laughing, but that is suspended when they see people’s lives being stepped on. They all have some experience with this, and Luffy is no different. It offends him when he sees others being stripped of their freedom, especially when they haven’t done anything wrong, haven’t hurt anyone. That’s when things get real. He may laugh during trouble anyway, but when facing his enemies, facing the tyrants who step on people like insects, he does not play around. He fights with everything he has, all his passion and love for life, never surrendering.
His goofy nature isn’t a facade, but who he truly is and likes to be. It’s his freedom. And he cherishes freedom, all freedom, most dearly.
Luffy is goofy, but he is also sincere.
That, I think, is what I like the most about Luffy’s goofiness. I could wax on for pages and pages about how awesome Luffy is and the hilarity of his antics, but that’s really it. He doesn’t pretend. He sees the world his own way and acts accordingly to the best of his knowledge and he follows his own code. He truly means everything he says and does.
He just doesn’t take himself too seriously. 😉
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That’s been a long time since I’ve seen anything One Piece related even if I did put a lesser-known villain in my Top 7 Underrated Anime Villains list. Luffy is a good choice. My favorite goofy character is Taichi from Comic Party. He stole that show for me with his wacky otaku antics and dramatic speeches. Liam O’Brien did a phenomenal job voicing him in the dub of the original series.
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…I only saw the first episode of Comic Party, so far, but is that the guy that went, “MY brother! And MY sister!” all grandiose in public? That was hilarious!
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Yes! That’s him! Taichi is so hilarious. To finish that quote: “The appointed place and the appointed time is here and now! Where are you going? [Puts finger on glasses] Don’t run from fate!”
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