One Piece has been running for over two decades as of this writing, and while the series has delivered some of the most unique locales, characters, and stories over its tenure there have been quite a few similar throughlines and ideas that have made their way into the proceedings. One instance in particular is surprising when you really look back on it, and as noted by @kikicheea on Twitter, Luffy's been imprisoned quite a few times over the course of his journey across the seas. Although it might seem like a reach, there's a hilarious amount of evidence.
@kikicheea's Tweet pointing out this has gone viral among fans of the series as everyone realizes that Luffy really has been put behind bars quite a few times. The Wano Country, Whole Cake Island, Alabasta, Orange Town, and Amazon Lily arcs are just a couple of them. And that's just scratching the surface!
Why is Luffy always in JAIL 💀😂 pic.twitter.com/zBL41CkxjI— Kiki 🧐 (@kikicheea) January 5, 2020
Hilariously enough, Luffy's found himself recently thrown into prison in the latest episode of the Wano Country arc too. This is just the most recent example in a long line of prison settings that Luffy often finds himself in because he's just so straightforward about everything. Unlike the other cutthroat pirates that the Straw Hats come across in their travels, Luffy doesn't really hide any ulterior motives and often bluntly lives out his desires.
This means that Luffy gets thrown into prisons and jail cells by his rival and enemy pirates. He's been put in cages more so by them than the Marines themselves. The one time the Marines were involved, he actually went into Impel Down himself. But like just as how often nonchalantly Luffy treats his many prison sentences, the series doesn't treat it as a major setback either. It's just yet another obstacle he often tears his way through.
Eiichiro Oda's One Piece first began serialization in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997. It has since been collected into over 80 volumes, and has been a critical and commercial success worldwide with many of the volumes breaking printing records in Japan. The manga has even set a Guinness World Record for the most copies published for the same comic book by a single author, and is the best-selling manga series worldwide with over 430 million copies sold. The series still ranked number one in manga sales in 2018, which surprised fans of major new entries.