One Piece fans have wondered for years how Nami beat Luffy despite his rubber body. These are some possibilities.
The fandom has been asking for answers to the age-old question of how Nami can hurt Luffy. The Straw Hat captain is made of rubber so a blunt force should not work on him. Nami has beaten Luffy to death every time he has been annoying her, despite this fact. Similar questions were asked about Luffy’s crewmates who have also beaten him.
According to everyone, there is no reason Luffy could take such beatings from Nami. But that doesn’t stop people from asking questions and trying for the answers. Many fans, including Eiichiro Oda, have offered their ideas on how to make this phenomenon possible.
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These are the possibilities for Nami to Hurt Luffy.
This question is technically answered by the canon. Oda says that Nami is actually attacking Luffy’s spirit and body. He argued that because these beatings are often in admonishment and with a strong sense of purpose, that is what really hurt Luffy and hits him in the spirit.
With the right convictions, there may be some truth to the idea of beating up a Rubber Human. Monkey D. Garp said he could beat his grandson because of the familial love and support he felt for him. Maybe Luffy hurting is a matter of intent.
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This answer could be due to the way it was received. This was during Volume 43’s SBS. It is possible that there was a concept not yet introduced to the story by Oda. He kept this secret with a false answer. He admitted that he wasn’t sure about the answer he provided here.
Haki was an unintroduced concept that was discovered during the Enies Lobby Arc. Although there were clues that this power system existed, it would be many years before it was officially introduced to the story. Many fans believe Nami may be using an undeveloped Armament Haki form to cause harm to her captain, as evidenced by the introduction of Haki.
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A new possibility has been introduced: Luffy’s Gum-Gum Fruit’s true nature, or the Human-Human Fruit Model, Nika. This Mythical Zoan Fruit gives Luffy all the rubber properties but also allows him to do ridiculous feats such as jumping out of the air and reaching through the eyeholes. He is effectively a cartoon character.
Could Cartoon Physics Have Something To Do with It?
This is why Nami, along with a few, can beat up Luffy. These beatings have a comical effect. Luffy’s abilities are comical in nature so he might feel just as much pain and laughter.
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It’s possible, however, that you might be unable to attribute these cartoonish beatings and other story elements. They’re intended to be comical. They have no significant effect on the story. They are just one of many gags in One Piece and it seems that this is all they are meant to be.