I have come to the conclusion that Zoro is the most positive and optimistic of the strawhats
Because, since they were all, sans Usopp, hit pretty hard by Perona’s negative hollows, the nuances are pretty hard to see but if you look closely, you see that some of the strawhats were hit harder than others.
Since Usopp wasn’t affected at all, claiming to already be negative, we can use him as reference for this
the more negative you are, the less hard you’ll be hit by the negative hollows
the more positive you are, the more you’ll be affected by them
Usopp wasn’t affected at all, he’s entirely negative
Sanji was hit pretty bad but when he is, he says that his eyebrows are ridiculously curly, which is all about vanity, which, compared to the others, isn’t really all that much of a big deal, ergo, out of the ones we’ve seen hit and affected, Sanji is the most negative
And you can kind of see that in his demeanor, always planning and making backup plans and planning around JUST IN CASE because he recognizes the possibility of failure, and makes precautions because of this.
Next are Franky and Luffy who are both affected pretty similarly, both of them talking about what kind of insignificant thing they want to be reborn as.
As One Piece is Japanese, and Japan being a buddist country and culture, saying that you want to be reborn as something as low as a sea urchin is PRETTY DAMN DEPRESSING, because the whole reincarnation thing is deeply rooted into Japanese culture even though very few Japanese these days practice buddism actively.
And you see this in both Luffy and Franky in every day life. The endless vitality, the disregard of caution, the lack of any kind of shame. They’re both ridiculously positive and optimistic, even though Luffy’s immaturity makes it a bit more apparent than Franky. But when you see what Franky was like as a child, then you can pretty easily compare him to Luffy with his lack of disregard and love of dangerous weapons, especially his own.
And then there is Zoro
Zoro’s lines, when hit by the negative hollows are, “I’m sorry for being born” and “I’m sorry for walking upon the same earth as everyone else” (or something along those lines i’m sorry i haven’t watched thriller bark in a while).
That is… different from the others on a completely different scale.
Now we already know from Skypeya that Zoro is not a religious man, so that could be why he doesn’t mention reincarnation, but you have also seen Zoro, whose character’s nationality is in fact Japanese, do different very Buddist thing simply because it is so ingrained in Japanese culture, like offering prayers at people’s graves and such.
No, Zoro’s lines when hit by negative hollow are different because he is such an idiotically positive man. When he is turned around 180 degrees by the negative hollow he gets so depressed that the mere privilegie of being reborn, of reincarnation, is too good for someone as low as him. He doesn’t assume that he will be reincarnated becausehe doesn’t deserve it. He simply should never have existed, he is deeply sorry for ever having been born, something that was completely out of his hands from day one anyway.
Zoro is ashamed that he, who doesn’t even deserve to live, has the nerve to as much as walk on the same earth as everyone around him, these glorious human beings who are worth something, who are so much higher than his shameful existence. He doesn’t want to be reincarnated, he should have never existed in the first place.
Looking at this Zoro is definitely hit hardest by the negative hollows, and if you look at his normal personality from this perspective, we can begin to see it in his usual patterns. We are easy to assume that Luffy is the most positive one. He’s he one with the initiative. But Zoro.. Well Zoro is just so damn positive that he doesn’t even really care.
He is not religious because why would he bother? Everything is going to go his way anyway. Sandai Kitetsu isn’t POSSIBLY going to cut him, ‘cause he’s got so much luck to spare that it’s going to keep him safe.
OF COURSE he’s going to beat Mihawk, his dream isn’t a possibility, it’s a given that he’ll become the strongest swordsman in the world. He just has to train hard until that day comes.
He’s not smiling and cheery all the time like luffy and the rest of the crew because… why should he bother? Everyone is perfectly happy anyway, there’s no need to make an effort at it. Why make motivational speeches when everything is going to go the way they want it anyway?
Zoro is not the upbeat positive person you’d expect from the most positive man in the crew, but he has this unwavering belief that he and his nakama are going to survive no matter what is thrown this way, there’s no need to make a big fuss about it.
that is my Negative Hollow theory 8D
Wow, that is a nice theory, I like your theory. That reminds me of when he thought it’d be fine if either he or Usopp chopped off their hands because Chopper could sew them back on. He does such stupid reckless things.
It’s like flipping them over the Y axis and Usopp is y=0.
I’d like to point out that Sanji also said his existence was lower than that of a dead fish, but that isn’t talking about what he should be reincarnated as. I’m not sure if that is worse or better than wishing to be reincarnated as a sea urchin or stray dog or what have you. So he’s not nearly as negative as Usopp, but if you go by the theory is still more negative than the others, I think. That sounds right.