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Monkey D. Luffy (モンキー・D・ルフィ Monkī Dī Rufi?), nicknamed "Straw Hat" Luffy (麦わらのルフィ Mugiwara no Rufi?), is the 19 year-old captain of the Straw Hat Pirates and the main protagonist of the franchise. Though he is the crew's leader, Luffy's lack of intelligence causes him to have a brave attitude towards life and can easily be amazed by the simplest things. He is also an expert fighter. In the beginning of the series, he accidentally eats a paramecia Devil Fruit called the Gum-Gum Fruit (ゴムゴムの実 Gomu Gomu no Mi?), causing his body to gain the properties of highly stretchable rubber.ch.1 These properties are a result of Oda's desire for the fighting style to be silly, so that no matter how tense a situation gets, the reader can relax without becoming stressed out. Luffy later learns "Gear Second" (ギア2 (セカンド) Gia Sekando?, renamed "Gear Two" in the Viz Media manga translation and "Second Gear" in the Funimation subtitles), a technique which increases his blood flow and speed for an instant. However, "Gear Second" hacks away Luffy's life force dramatically, increasing a chance of having a much shorter life because of his hunger. Later on, Luffy learns how to go beyond "Gear Second" and into "Gear Third" (ギア3 (サード) Gia Sādo?, renamed "Gear Three" in the Viz Media manga translation and "Third Gear" in the Funimation subtitles). Luffy increases the size of his limbs by biting into his thumb and inflating it hard, transfer the air through his entire body, requiring the torso to act as an interface for his various limbs. Luffy leaves the form by exhaling heavily and causes him to shrink for the amount of time spent in "Gear Third" mode. After two years of training with Silvers Rayleigh, Luffy no longer shrinks after using "Gear Third". Luffy is saved by Shanks when he is seven years old, who made him promise to achieve the tantamount goals of finding the One Piece and succeeding Gol D. Roger as King of the Pirates.ch.1 Ten years later, wearing Shanks' straw hat, he sails off on his own to achieve his goals, eventually forming his own crew of pirates and sailing to the Grand Line, where the One Piece is supposedly hidden.ch.7 Luffy is also capable of using the Conqueror's Haki (覇王色の覇気 Haōshoku no Haki?). Portgas D. Ace is Luffy's older brother through adoption. His bounty is initially set at 30,000,000 Berries, but this is eventually raised to 100,000,000 Berries, 300,000,000 Berries and then 400,000,000 Berries. Luffy is voiced by Mayumi Tanaka in the Japanese version of the franchise.ep.1. In the English versions of the series, he is voiced by Bella Hudson in the 4Kids Entertainment dubep.1, and by Colleen Clinkenbeard in the Funimation Entertainment dub.ep.1 Luffy ranked first in all three Shōnen Jump character popularity polls.