Yamato is a very powerful One Piece character but a very strong case can be made for Luffy being stronger still. His speed and abilities all appear to be greater than that of Yamato’s. In addition, Luffy’s devil fruit ability is just way too versatile to be beaten. He can shift gears at will and while I see this as an extremely close battle right now, it will probably become far less so as the years go on. Luffy will continue to get stronger. Luffy wins.
Bullet was incredibly powerful and it’s safe to say that he was stronger than Luffy at the time of the movie. That said, the gap continued to shrink and shrink until in Wano I would say Luffy is stronger. Bullet would not be able to overpower him anymore unless you think Bullet’s on Kaido’s level and I don’t think so. Luffy just wins in all the relevant stats so this will be a clean outcome. Luffy wins.
Ulti is a powerful fighter but she isn’t going to be taking down someone like Luffy. Luffy’s gear abilities make him far too strong and fast to be stopped very easily. He’s on a different level from Ulti here and while she can potentially beat him if he holds back too much, a Luffy who’s going all out from the start would win quickly. Luffy wins.
Suggested by Sonic Kanda has his sword skills but he isn’t quite ready to take on Luffy here. Luffy has his haki abilities which further amps up his impressive stats. Right now Luffy is fast enough where Kanda would just not be able to keep up with him. Mix in Luffy’s dynamic power and Kanda’s sword will quickly be snapped in two. There’s no way to counter an opponent who counters you so hard. Luffy wins.
Smoker is a powerful fighter and so far he’s always managed to get the upper hand on Luffy. That said, if they were to fight now then there wouldn’t really be a contest. At this point in the game Luffy is far more powerful than Smoker. There just wouldn’t be a chance to close the gap because of Luffy’s advanced Haki. He would be able to land punishing blows on Smoker and his superior speed also ensures his victory. Luffy wins.
Gecko Moria is a pretty powerful fighter but you could argue that Luffy surpassed him early on. Gear 4 would likely make short work of him in the modern day. Gecko’s no slouch in the power department by any means but at this point in the story Luffy is both faster and stronger than Moria. When that’s the case it can always be very hard to overturn that. Gecko would need a significant power up in order to even start the discussion and good luck with that. Luffy certainly won’t stop growing stronger either. Luffy wins.
This is a tribute to Film: Z. While Luffy may have been getting wrecked in most of the fights here at least he kept on getting up over and over again. I’ll give him points for persistence. It’s what should have happened instead of him getting completely wrecked by Apoo. Definitely one of Luffy’s worst moments in recent history. That being said, I suppose Apoo is reasonably strong in his own rights and sound related abilities are tough to deal with. Luffy’s sheer speed and overwhelming power will ultimately be enough to keep him going though. Power will outweigh sonic waves here. You just can’t stop this guy. Luffy wins.
Akainu is a powerful One Piece villain and I think he has a real chance to be Luffy’s final opponent in the series. It’ll likely be between him and Blackbeard at the very least. While he was definitely shown to be more powerful than Luffy back in part 1, I would say that Luffy has surpassed him. Armament Haki means that Luffy can now deal solid blows and he was always faster than Akainu in the past. The lava just won’t be enough to keep Akainu on top. I have no doubt that he has improved as well, but to Luffy’s level? I don’t think so. Luffy wins.
This is a tribute to One Piece Strong World. While Luffy definitely took a lot of losses here, I would still make the case that he looked good as a character. He went all in to try and save Nami from Shiki and just kept getting up until it happened. While Shiki was definitely stronger than Luffy here, if they were to have a rematch right now there would be no contest. He just wouldn’t be able to keep up with Luffy’s speed or haki abilities. It would be game over for him. Luffy wins.
Suggested by iKnowledge It’s time for the mythical Cthulhu to take center stage. He gets a lot of hype in the mythos, but I’ve never been too impressed with the monster. I like the design and all, but is he really a match against someone like Luffy? Luffy has unlocked the second Gear and with that he can easily speed blitz just about any foe. I don’t think Cthulhu will be able to keep up with him nor will be able to endure Luffy’s punishing attacks. Luffy wins.