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Why Luffy is Called Ruffy? Meaning Explained and the Confusion Cleared

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Luffy or should I call him Ruffy?

Last Updated on November 24, 2022 by OtakuKart Staff

One thing that every anime wants or is its dream is to leave a mark on the masses or have an element that they will always remember or talk about often. That is why the concept of giving nicknames started in the anime community. Either be the coldest of all or the cutest people have been a fan of all. 

From Ghost of the Uchiha to the God of Shinobi, the Naruto fandom has used every single of it everywhere possible. And the other big three’s have not been behind. One such is the craze of Ruffy, a nickname of Luffy from the animanga One Piece.

Although half of the fandom refers to Luffy as Ruffy, the other half has no idea that it exists or how it even originated over time. Social media recently was flooded with questions regarding when it did change from Luffy to Ruffy, and especially the question “how” was the highlight.

Luffy is the main protagonist of the manga One Piece, which is one of the Big Three of anime. He is loved for his quirky personality and for the fact that everyone relates to his habit of laughing out loud in any serious situation. There are many questions surrounding the character, and today one of them is going to be answered.

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What is One Piece about? What is the story of one of the greatest anime? 

Monkey D. Luffy, a young fellow composed of rubber which is the main character in the series, sets out from the East Blue Sea in search of the legendary bounty known as the One Piece in order to establish himself as the King of the Pirates.

He is motivated by his hero, the ruthless pirate Red-Haired Shanks. Luffy saves and recruits a pirate fighter and combatant called Roronoa Zoro in an endeavor to form his crew, the Straw Hat Pirates, and the two of them go out in pursuit of the eponymous prize.

Head over heels for money thief and guide named Nami, a sharpshooter and obsessive liar named Usopp, and a gallant but lustful cook named Sanji accompany them on their voyage. They purchase the Going Merry, a ship, and embark on a battle with the infamous pirates of the East Blue.

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Luffy and his crew members

Later in the episodes, additional characters join Luffy and his team as they embark on their excursions. These include Tony Tony Chopper, a similar to humans reindeer doctor; Nico Robin, a research scientist and recently departed executioner for the Baroque Works; Franky, a giant robot-like shipwright; Brook, a bone-y musician and martial artist; and Jimbei, a carp crew member and senior head of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. Franky constructs the Straw Hat Pirates a new carrier, the Thousand Sunny, when the Going Merry is irreparably wrecked.

While sailing the seas in search of their goals, they come into contact with some other pirates, hitmen, criminal groups, rebels, undercover agents, and troops of the tyrannical World Government, as well as a variety of other friends and opponents.

Why Luffy is called Ruffy? Meaning Explained and the Confusion Cleared

The reason for this Luffy and Ruffy confusion is as quirky as him, and some fans even wrote that they are the biggest fan of the anime but never heard about the name Ruffy being used to refer to Luffy. As this is not a bad thing because, officially, the name of the character is Luffy, as stated by the writer himself numerous times in interviews. 

There is no official news about this Ruffy thing, but there have been two theories surfacing currently regarding how this name came into existence. The first of the two is that people who watched the episodes with german subtitles showed Luffy as Ruffy, as the letters ‘r’ and ‘l’ are often exchangeable.

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For example, even Rorona Zoro’s name was changed to Lolona Zolo sometimes in the German subtitles, and when they started talking about it, online, others got to know about it too. However, this sounds about right. There is another explanation which some people thinks is the best explanation for this when compared to the other ones.

The other one is that there are no “l” in Japanese, so if it’s written in Japanese, it’s always going to be “Ruffy”, but officially it’s “Luffy,” and whenever it’s spelled in English, that’s what it will be spelled as.

“Ruffy” is just an unfortunate result of the lack of an “l” in the Japanese writing system as well as the difficulty for Japanese people to pronounce said letter. This is why you often hear “Ruffy,” even in the anime itself. For example, Franky’s voice actor struggles with the L and always says Ruffy.

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