One Piece fanfiction is one of the most popular forms of fanmade media online.
Works which are based on the One Piece manga and anime tend to be about romance, fighting, death, and other emotional topics.
In this article we’ll go over some of the different types of One Piece fanfiction available for writers to choose from as well as a few tips on how to write a successful story based on this popular source material.
There are many different ways to write fanfiction, but today we’ll focus on those that bring romance and love into the equation.
What is One Piece Fanfiction?
The world of One Piece fanfiction is one where pirates exist as they do in the original series and manga, but there are also pirates who follow the ideals of their long-lost King of the Pirates.
The most popular kind of fan fiction though – and hard for any non-fans to tell apart – is the romantic one.
It’s a clichéd trope: a pirate and a pirate who loved each other fall in love and face (and often overcome) various challenges as lovers before their happiness can be realized.
The people behind the scenes of One Piece are only superficially similar to the Straw Hats or their allies, but One Piece fanfiction is all about close companionship between friends.
Potential Fanfiction Prompts
Generally there are several main plots fans use in One Piece fanfiction. Here are a few of them for you to consider:
Luffy leaves his crew and sets out on an adventure to find One Piece with his beloved nakama. The story can be interpreted in any way that makes sense, but the most popular version describes Luffy heading out to become the Pirate King with his crew in tow. Fans have written numerous variations on this theme, so feel free to experiment here.
A Luffy and Zoro only story where the two pirates work together while secretly in love. Describing this plot is quite difficult because it’s so rare, but let’s try to break it down:
1. Luffy and Zoro get very close.
They bond over their nakamas and/or their shipmates, and eventually realize they’re in love with each other.
When this realization arrives, they feel uneasy about the emotions that come with it.
Perhaps Zoro feels he doesn’t deserve such happiness or that Luffy can’t truly love him after all he did for his crewmates (and would do again if he had to).
Maybe Luffy doesn’t want to risk his heart by falling for someone he may have to betray later on.
2. They try to work together despite these feelings.
Perhaps Zoro is already in love with another pirate, so he makes it clear they are not friends.
Or maybe the two of them are being forced apart by their crewmates or what have you.
The point is, they are committed to being comrades on the surface, but have no choice but to be separated on the inside.
3. They realize they’re in love with each other and they go off on an adventure/submarine/etc together!
If it’s a stand-alone story then this would be the end of it – just two friends who love each other going off on their own adventures after realizing they’re in love with each other.
If it’s a longer story, they will have to overcome some kind of obstacle that prevents them from being together. Maybe they are separated or maybe one of them dies?
4. They are reunited/are able to be together.
This part of the plot is the most difficult to pull off, but if you know what you’re doing it can be truly successful.
The first time they are together again is usually an awkward encounter or short-lived reunion where they must part again. Then they have a moment of joy, and then…
5. Something comes up and/or they must go their separate ways again.
Maybe something happens to them which prevents them from being together. Maybe one of them is captured or exiled while the other has to sail off without him/her!
This can be an intensely sad moment, but there are a few things to keep in mind:
They aren’t done with each other yet! The story doesn’t have to end here. They shouldn’t feel that by being apart from each other they’ve lost everything.
After a few weeks or months apart, they reunite. It should be a happy moment in the story, not a sad one.
6. Happy ending!
It doesn’t have to be a wedding but something to show that the two of them are together and in love!
Maybe they find out that their time apart has changed them in some way that made them fit together even better than before?
Maybe they decide to live in separate places but visit each other when they can? Any happy ending is acceptable as long as it fits the story!
There’s no “wrong” way to end your One Piece fanfiction, but there are definitely some ways which are more effective than others.