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Sanji’s Most Controversial Choices In One Piece

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For nearly two decades, One Piece has been regarded as the best manga series in the world, and the anime has done a fantastic job of bringing Eiichiro Oda’s story to life. People love One Piece because it tells a grand story that is filled with emotion, action, and stellar characters. It focuses on the Straw Hat Pirates, and Sanji Vinsmoke serves as the crew’s cook, but he is also one of their strongest fighters.


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Sanji is known for fighting with his legs, and that is because he believes that a chef should only use their hands for cooking. He loves women, and he is fiercely protective of his friends. The Straw Hats are all good people despite being pirates, but that does not mean that they have not made questionable decisions, and Sanji has made several.

10 He Almost Left The Straw Hats For Viola

Sanji Falling For Viola On Dressrosa

The Dressrosa Arc focused on Doflamingo and the Donquixote Pirates, and it featured a beautiful princess named Viola. Sanji fell for her as soon as he saw her, and when she actually reciprocated his advances, he decided that he would leave the Straw Hats to be with her.

At the time, Viola went by Violet, and she was actually one of Doflamingo’s agents, and she led him into a trap. Luckily, she realized what kind of man Sanji is and helped to set him free. He ended up returning to the crew, and mentioned nothing about leaving them for a woman.

9 He Used His Raid Suit To Sneak Into A Bath House

Sanji After Seeing Nami In The Wano Bathhouse

The Suke Suke no Mi is one of the most versatile Devil Fruits because it allows the user to turn invisible, and Sanji wanted it for lecherous reasons. He may despise his family, but they gave him this ability when they gave him his own raid suit after the Big Mom incident.

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While in Wano, he put the raid suit on as a disguise, and used the invisibility feature to sneak into a bathhouse that Nami and Robin were in. He ended up saving them when X-Drake and Hawkins attacked the building, but that does not excuse his unwarranted spying.

8 Attacking The Kyoshiro Family Put The Wano Plan At Risk

Sanji Confronting Members of The Kyoshiro Family In The Flower Capital

The Onigashima Raid has been the highlight of the Wano Arc, and Sanji nearly put the entire plan in jeopardy when he visited the Flower Capital. Sanji was there to secretly spread word of the attack by selling Soba, but he ended fighting with the Kyoshiro Family.

Members of the family started causing trouble and wrecked the Soba stand, while also destroying a number of prepared dishes. As a chef, this did not sit well with Sanji, and he beat the entire group. Unfortunately, this alerted both Queen and Denjiro, who sent two members of the Tobiroppo to search for Sanji.

7 Sanji Was Mean To The Members Of The Kamabakka Kingdom

Sanji Meeting With Ivankov In The Kamabakka Kingdom

When Bartholomew Kuma separated the Straw Hats with his Paw-Paw Fruit, he sent Sanji to Momoiro Island, where he spent the next two years training. Sanji became much stronger, but he considered the island to be hell because it was the home of the Kamabakka Kingdom.

The kingdom is populated by men who dress like women, and Sanji wanted nothing to do with them. He was mean to most of the inhabitants, even though they treated him well. The worst thing they did was try to get him in a dress. The only person he seemed okay with was Emporio Ivankov of the Revolutionary Army, who saved Luffy’s life.

6 He Was Cruel To Jinbei

Jinbei Staring At Hoddy Jones

Before joining the Straw Hats, Jinbei was part of the Seven Warlords, and when he resigned, he joined Big Mom so that she could protect Fishman Island. While the Straw Hats were on Fishman Island, Jinbe revealed that he is the reason Arlong went to East Blue.

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Arlong caused Nami a great deal of pain, and Jinbe felt that he needed to apologize to her. He stated that he should be punished for Arlong’s crimes, and Sanji said that Jinbe should pay with his life. Fortunately, Nami disregarded Sanji’s idea and accepted Jinbe’s apology without incident.

5 He Decided To Not Finish Off Page One

Sanji Vs Page One In The Flower Capital

As one of the Tobiroppo, Page One was one of the highest ranking members of the Beast Pirates, and he was the first member of the group to interact with the Straw Hats. Sanji was the one who first confronted Page One, and he did so while wearing his raid suit.

Sanji beat him quite easily, but he refused to deal significant damage to him. He had a chance to eliminate one of the enemy’s strongest fighters, but he did not, and Page One ended up fighting against the Straw Hats and their allies during the Onigashima Raid.

4 Sanji’s Perverse Mind Left Him Hospitalized

Chopper Watching Sanji Fall with a Nosebleed Cropped

After spending two years in the Kamabakka Kingdom, Sanji became overly excited whenever he saw an attractive woman. It got to the point that his nose would bleed if he saw a picture. This was a funny gag at first, but things got serious when the Straw Hats were on Fishman Island.

He saw many beautiful mermaids on the island, which caused him to suffer comically severe nose bleeds that left him temporarily hospitalized. Even Chopper was worried that Sanji would die from all the blood loss. Sanji’s perverse mind literally almost killed him.

3 He Put His Friends In Danger To Save His Terrible Family

Sanji Coming To His Family's Rescue

During the Whole Cake Island Arc, it was revealed that Sanji was part of the Vinsmoke Family, and his father allowed him to go into exile because he considered Sanji to be a failure. Sanji was beaten by his brothers every day, and they enjoyed it because they lacked compassion.

When Sanji learned that Big Mom planned on killing his family during his wedding to Pudding, he asked Luffy and his friends to help save his family. Sanji cared for his family despite them being horrible people, which shows how compassionate he is, but that compassion forced his friends to fight a full Yonko crew.

2 Not Attacking Female Villains Puts His Friends At Risk

Sanji Captured By Black Maria In Onigashima

Sanji is the most chivalrous character in One Piece. He will never hit a woman, and he will not allow a woman to be harmed in his presence. This may be a great trait, but it can be problematic in battle.

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One Piece has introduced several female villains over the years, and Sanji encountered a few of them. At Ennies Lobby, he made Nami fight Kalifa, and in Wano, he would have died if Nico Robin did not save him from Black Maria. Not only does his chivalry put his life at risk, but it puts his friends at risk too.

1 He Acted Inappropriately While In Nami’s Body

Sanji Having Fun In Nami's Body

While on Punk Hazard, the Straw Hats encountered Trafalgar D. Law, and he used his Devil Fruit to swap some of the crew’s bodies. Sanji ended up in Nami’s body, which was both the worst and funniest possible outcome.

As soon as Sanji realized what happened, he became overjoyed and his perverse mind took over. He took the opportunity to look down Nami’s shirt, and he did some fondling. This was meant to be a gag, but it made Sanji look very immature and lecherous, and worst of all, he did it all without Nami’s consent.

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