A female Trafalgar Law was once thought to be mere speculation, but Oda found a way to sneak her into the series proper. Now she is officially canon.
The following contains spoilers for One Piece Chapter 1063 “My Only Family” by Eiichiro Oda, Stephen Paul and Vanessa Satone, available in English on Viz Media.
the One piece meta has a weird way of tying into the main story. Additional material, such as side stories and what certain characters looked like as children, can creep into the story and some fans never know where it came from. Now gender swapping is another part of the meta that has become the main story.
As of Chapter 1063, “My Only Family”, Trafalgar Law has been officially shown as a female. Before this was only presented as a concept; no one could have anticipated that she would become the main story. However, Eiichiro Oda found a way to sneak into this wild hypothetical scenario. To emphasize how important this is, here’s a look at how the Surgeon of Death’s makeover was done and where it’s been shown in the past.
When did Law become a woman?
The gender change occurred when the Heart Pirates were being chased by the Blackbeard Pirates. Doc Q had used his Sick-Sick Fruit to infect Law and other members of his crew with the feminizing disease. As his name implies, he turned any male infected by him into a female. However, Law only remained a woman for a couple of pages before overcoming the illness with Haki. Regardless, the fact that change did occur cannot simply be overlooked.
In truth, this gender-swapped version of Law has appeared in other One piece media. In an SBS for Volume 72, Oda drew Law and other members of the Worst Generation as the opposite sex. This was back in 2013 when Luffy and company. they were still in Dressrosa.
A similar version of Law’s Rule 63 appeared as a collectible figure distributed by MegaHouse in 2016. It was the first of their Portrait Of Pirates IRO (Informal Request ONE PIECE) line. The IRO line focused specifically on popular gender swapping One piece characters, namely Law and Luffy. Where Oda only provided a photo of Law’s head, MegaHouse was generous enough to show off the Surgeon of Death in all of his curvaceous glory. He also got his nails done.
As interesting as these designs were, they were pure speculation. Law was as likely to become a woman as he was to meet Emporio Ivankov, which is not saying much. For a long time, there was no reason to believe that Law would ever become a woman.
With the “help” of feminizing disease, this hypothetical scenario finally came to light. Even if it was just for a moment, seeing Law switch genders in the series proper comes as a surprise to long-time fans of the franchise. It took him nine years to achieve this, but Oda finally found a way to turn Law into the beautiful woman she was always destined to become.