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Why does Zoro respect Luffy? When they first met, he wasn't really pleased about Luffy. Zoro was always quite a loner, even now in the crew. Does he accept Luffy as his captain because of his dream? Or because he is stronger than him? (even though their strength is similar, I think Luffy is still stronger)

On Thriller Island, we saw how big his support for his captain was, when he took all the pain, to save them all!

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    Zoro and luffy have mutual respect since the moment they met. Everybody called zoro a demon but luffy decided to think otherwise when he saw zoro eat the ricecake and heard he was in trouble for helping the girl. He saw zoro's true colors back then. The same goes for zoro when he hears luffy punched helmeppo in the face for betraying him.Their kind heart and demonic powers makes them respect each other. You can see zoros respect from chapter two when he defeated the marine with the axe. Luffy didnt need to say a single word and zoro obeyed already after having joined the crew for a few seconds – Peter Raeves Dec 21 '14 at 1:10
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    Also, he probably feels like he is indebted to Luffy, as Luffy saved him from execution, giving Zoro the chance to fulfill his dream. I think Zoro feels like he owes Luffy to help him with his dream, while chasing his own. Following Luffy also gives him a better chance of fulfilling his dream as he would encounter stronger opponents on the way. – Peter Raeves Dec 24 '14 at 11:39
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    Adding to everything everyone said, it comes down to he was about to die and Luffy gave him a way to continue fulfilling his dream without sacrificing his morals. Over time he gained respect but in Water 7 he reiterated to Luffy if his choices ever get in his dream's way he'll leave the crew. This was however counterpointed by his choice to learn from Mihawk where he said he'll give up his dream if it mean helping Luffy. – Quikstryke Jan 8 '15 at 16:00
  • I think zoro just wanted to fulfill his contract with him if it lead to him being the greatest swordsman in the world..but as he went through so much with luffy, helping his captain fulfill his dream became his priority – user18109 Sep 23 '15 at 19:45
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I just rewatched the beginning and it makes is surprising clear. At that time everyone knows who Zoro is, it is implied Zoro could kick Luffy's ass, and everyone looks down on Luffy until they get confused by his devil fruit power.

Zoro is a demon.

Zoro is however a very honorable demon. He signs (figuratively) a contract to torture himself to protect someone he views as innocent from someone he views as completely dishonorable. He follows that contract twice: once to honor the efforts of the girl he was protecting after the vermin mistreated her; once when the vermin clearly broke their contract.

He, while powerless, signs a contract with Luffy. As long as Luffy frees him and supports (or more accurately does not get in the way of), Zoro's dream to become the worlds greatest swordsman, Zoro will be part of Luffy's crew. Even when Zoro finds out that Luffy doesn't really have a crew at all, he shows a ting of apprehension but no willingness to break his contract.

As time continues, Zoro increasingly grows to respect Luffy above and beyond the requirements of his contract. He will not leave Luffy, however, unless his contract is broken. This would have likely occured if Luffy was not strong enough to proceed into the New World and provide Zoro the opponents he needed.

I guess when you make a contract with a straight shooting demon, expect him to follow through in incredible ways.

  • Luffy and Zoro are not very different when it comes to fighting skills and strength, so if luffy is not strong enough to go on then Zoro will not be able too either. That's what happened after the war of the best. The only other possibility is that Luffy decides to give up on his dream which I think is even less possible :P – Siamore Jan 9 '15 at 9:31
  • Pretty sure he's forgotten the contract. He stated during Water Seven that if Luffy allowed Usopp back into the crew casually, he would leave the crew too. That would be a breach of contract – Bryan Tan Dec 27 '17 at 19:37
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I guess he accepts him as captain because of his kindness, when he was about to be executed, the soldiers hold up their rifles and open fire, and Zoro thinks how he cannot die, and remembers Kuina. However, before the bullets can reach them, Luffy leaps from the Marine base and uses his rubber body to block the bullets and send them flying. When Zoro is shocked and asks who he is, Luffy responds that he is Monkey D. Luffy, and that he will become the Pirate King.

He wants to help Luffy to become Pirate King not because he asked him to join the crew but he was willing to help and to meet Dracule Mihawk while they're sailing .

Click Here: First Meet

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It is his trust in Luffy and Luffy's dedication to his dream. He believes Luffy has what it takes to be a Captain.

Zoro believes in Luffy, he believes that Luffy would go to any length to keep his word. He sees this quality the first time they met each other. He said that Zoro was his comrade and he fought for him, honoring his word. He also sees that Luffy has a big dream, and he was serious about it. Plus, he believes in Luffy to be Captain.

This can be seen when Luffy fights Usopp. Luffy had to beat Usopp and leave him, which was very hard for Luffy to do, but Luffy does it as a Captain. Zoro remarks that it's the burden of the Captain, and the rest of the crew relies on him to bear it (read more about it on the wikia).

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The fact that Zoro cannot bear Luffy's pain (as depicted above) is why he will never be the Captain. Besides, why would he want himself as the Captain, if he is the one who joined Luffy's team? By so doing, I think he is fully aware that the Captain of Luffy's crew is Luffy himself.

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