Honestly no wonder Luffy’s so stubborn about the whole “alliance means friendship” thing. Luffy has gone through life making friends by stubbornly refusing to not be their friend. So to have someone, unprompted, approach him and just ask to be his friend (in his mind, at least) of course he’s going to cling to that!
Funny that of the strawhats the only ones to have at least 1 known biological parent are Luffy, Usopp, Sanji and Robin but none of their bio-parents actually stick around through their childhoods. Then there's Nami, Zoro and Franky who just show up and the closest questionably responsible adult adopt them on sight. Jinbe and Brook are already adults in their flashbacks and Chopper is in a weird limbo between adopted pet and orphan child adopted as a medical assistant.
Oda really made a main cast that is a found family through their core!!
🎈 One Piece characters throwing you a surprise birthday party
a/n: spoiler - some are very bad at it
those who keep up the surprise till the last second, really tricking you into thinking you're keeping them company for some boring task until you get smacked in the face by a confetti bomb and a room full of people screaming at you
❀ Rayleigh, Robin (gaslight girlboss gatekeep), Law (he too), Izou (... you guessed it), Marco, Black Maria, Hina, Mihawk, Benn, Boa, Crocodile, Doflamingo, Lucci, King
those who are WAY TOO EXCITED to keep the surprise to themselves
❀ Luffy, Perona, Ulti, Shanks, Roger, Yamato, Sabo, Bartolomeo
those who avoid you two weeks in advance because they're afraid they'll tell you something they shouldn't
❀ Kid, Ace, Sanji, Usopp, Thatch, Page One, Kiku, Paulie, Oden, Buggy
those who are are trying hard to be discreet but ask you very obvious questions about your favorite party food, if you prefer golden or colorful decorations, how you feel about dress codes and if there's anyone you would hate to meet at a random encounter where there's cake
❀ Zoro, Franky, Rosinante, Smoker, Denjiro, Killer, Whitebeard, Who's Who, Katakuri, Jinbei, X Drake, Kalifa (for Iceburg), Cavendish, Garp
those who go all in and buy you a whole outfit for the occasion, one they know will make you feel like a fancy mf (that you are)
❀ Rayleigh, Nami (your next gift for her better be something equally expensive, she kept the receipts), King, Sanji, Izou, Sabo
those who will wear a party hat for you but their face will be like 😐 the whole time ("having fun, babe?" "yeah, why do you ask?" 😐😐😐)
❀ Law, Crocodile, Kid, X Drake
those who eat up the whole buffet within three seconds
❀ Luffy, Ace, Garp
those who will fistfight anyone who tries to drag them away from the karoke machine
❀ Whitebeard, Queen, Roger, Thatch, Oden
those who hired a stripper for the special occasion
❀ Cavendish, Robin, Boa, Kalifa, Hina
those who are the stripper
❀ Kaido, Roger, Rayleigh, Smoker, Denjiro (yes it's just dilfs, let me have my self-indulgent hcs)
those who weren't hired as stripper but strip anyway
❀ Shanks, Queen, Sabo, Ace, Thatch, Oden, King, Franky
those who will let you know what a pain in the ass it was to throw you a surprise party but they would do it all over again because they love you <3
❀ yeah, basically all of them
Thinking about how One Piece is a Chosen One story where the audience is aware of the protagonist’s destiny and worldly importance long before he is. And not because it’s the first episode/season and we know a chosen one story when we see one. But because even though the protagonist isn’t all that interested in fate and power and battles between good and evil the story still follows him taking steps to become a figure of grand world importance of his own accord and for his own reasons.
He’s not becoming a chosen one because someone told him he’s the chosen one with a grand destiny he must fulfill. He’s just doing what he wants to do and if destiny says that’s what he does then it just makes sense because it’s what he already wanted to do.