Do you love Zoro just destroying dozens of mercenaries with minimal effort? Perfect, cause Whisky Peak’s best moment is just that.
After leaving Reverse Mountain, the Straw Hat Pirates are on their way to their first island on the Grand Line…Whisky Peak.
It’s a relatively short arc, but it’s full of important events in the Alabasta Arc. After some explanations, Vivi joins the ranks of the Straw Hats, who were given the task of bringing her to Alabasta and stopping Crocodile’s schemes before her country falls to ruin.
We also get to meet Nico Robin, an enemy at the time but an ally when she joins the crew after the Alabasta Arc.
Zoro’s actions on Whisky Peak and later his defeat of Mr. 1 gave him his first bounty.
Another small little bonus is that we get to see Zoro and Luffy fight each other, in a rather serious duel. Luffy assumed Zoro beat up all the mercenaries because he was a bad guy, so Luffy was pretty angry and challenged him to a fight. Zoro, who beat the mercenaries because they were trying to kill the Straw Hats, defends himself and fights back against Luffy.
This is where a theory of mine comes into play. It’s never really stated, other than in their bounties, but I have a hunch that Zoro is actually stronger than Luffy for most of the story.
Now before you get upset and riot, hear me out. Luffy always fights the big bad guys. Yes, that is true, and Zoro usually fights the second best bad guy.
Luffy usually puts himself through a lot of wear and tear before he gets to the final boss, because fighting him at 100% strength would often be too easy. The same can be said with Zoro. Zoro always has some sort of handicap, whether he is previously injured, missing a sword, or he’d already beaten a few dozen bad guys.
So basically this means they often are in similar situations when they fight right? So why is Zoro stronger in my opinion? I think he is stronger because of his weapons of choice.
Obviously he uses katanas, and early on in the series this would have made all the difference in fighting. Zoro could have easily beaten all of Luffy’s enemies with his swords. Luffy obviously relies on fists, so he beats enemies with blunt force. Before haki existed, Zoro could have cut them up with no issue.
Zoro is seen to be able to lift amazingly heavy objects, he is constantly put through tough and excruciating situations, and he can withstand EXTREME amounts of pain (Thriller Bark).
Yes Luffy has done this too, but Luffy goes through a lot more comical moments, and is often assisted by outside parties or external factors to be able to defeat the big bad guy.
Plus up until the time skip, Zorro is never far behind Luffy in terms of bounty, but he isn’t the captain or beating the strongest bad guy so he gets less recognition for his actions.