Within the Straw Hats, each member contributes their own unique charm and abilities to the crew. However, even in the midst of such exceptional individuals, the crew's strongest swordsman stands out as one of the most admired and awe-inspiring personalities in the series. From the very beginning of his journey with the Straw Hats, Zoro consistently displays his sheer badassery, amassing a dedicated fanbase that recognizes his extraordinary accomplishments and unwavering determination. It's worth noting that Zoro's coolness shines through even prior to the Straw Hats' infamous two-year hiatus.
Zoro holds the distinction of being the first to join Luffy as a member of the Straw Hat Pirates. His bond with Luffy runs deep, as he has been by his side from the outset, including their time sailing the seas on a small boat. Throughout their countless adventures and perilous encounters, Zoro has repeatedly proven his loyalty to his captain. Despite holding the position of second-in-command, Zoro has had numerous opportunities to shine, some of which don't involve engaging in a fight to the death. What makes his achievements even more remarkable is the fact that he attained them all without the use of Haki.
Zoro's journey Throughout the Pre-Timeskip Arcs of One Piece is Characterized by a recurring theme: His Frequent And Severe Injuries
Despite facing these daunting obstacles, Zoro manages to dominate in battles, showcasing his incredible strength and unwavering determination.
Engaging in fierce battles often leaves Zoro battered, bruised, and teetering on the edge of death. He endures deep wounds, broken bones, and excruciating pain, bearing the scars of his relentless pursuit to become the greatest swordsman. Given the gravity of his injuries, he seldom has enough time to fully recover before his next arduous fight—a circumstance he has faced on numerous occasions.
Zoro's lifelong aspiration is to become the strongest swordsman in the One Piece world. However, in order to achieve this feat, he must first defeat and surpass the current number one swordsman, Dracule Mihawk. An opportunity presents itself during their early adventures when Mihawk appears in East Blue, pursuing Don Krieg and his fleet. This encounter marks Zoro's first battle against Mihawk, albeit one-sided. Zoro suffers a significant defeat, yet Mihawk spares him, leaving him with a fatal cut.
Zoro carries the weight of that deep wound until the "Arlong Park" Arc, where he emerges victorious in a fight against Hatchan, an adept practitioner of the eight-sword style. This recurring theme of enduring injuries persists after Zoro's clash with Mr. 1, surviving Enel's devastating attack, and even bearing the burden of Luffy's stress and fatigue during the "Thriller Bark" Arc. Remarkably, despite his injuries, Zoro consistently triumphs in battle.
Zoro's coolness factor is further enhanced by his involvement with Baroque Works, a notorious criminal organization led by Crocodile. During his time as a bounty hunter, when an agent attempts to recruit him, Zoro refuses to join and eliminates the former Mr. 7, the agent assigned to enlist him. His refusal stems from his belief that he is not one to follow others. If Baroque Works genuinely wants him on their side, Zoro makes it clear that they must become his subordinates instead. Naturally, such a request would never be granted by a criminal syndicate of Baroque Works' magnitude.