While several superheroes are blessed with the eerie power of elasticity, two of the more iconic stretchy cartoon heroes are One piece Abe D. Luffy and Fantastic Four’s leader Mr. Fantastic. Since their forces are based on their ability to stretch and twist themselves into immortal forms, the question naturally becomes whose stretchability is the strongest.
Neither Luffy nor Mr. Fantastic was born with their powers. Instead, each came on their own as a result of an external event. In Luffy’s case, this incident happened when he was eating “Gum-Gum Fruit” as a child. As a result of eating the fruit, Luffy’s body was reproduced in a rubber-like state that allowed it
him to stretch, bend, lengthen and inflate his body. In contrast, Reed Richards’ transformation happened after he piloted an authorized flight into space with his future wife Sue Storm, her brother – Johnny Storm and Reed’s college resident Benjamin Grimm. The flight, which was carried out without proper protection, was contaminated with gamma radiation. That radiation transformed Reed’s DNA to give him the ability to stretch all parts of his body as if he were a rubber band.
On the surface, it may seem that there is little difference in the stretching ability of Luffy and Mr. Fantastic. Both Luffy and Mr. Fantastic’s resilience allows them to reform their bodies to any shape they want. In addition, their rubbery consistency makes them immune to most “blunt” attacks like punches, kicks or even a bullet. In addition, their elasticity allows them to transform their bodies into effective weapons. For example, both can use their bodies to redirect bullets and shells back towards the shooter. In addition, both can use their bodies to wrap up and prevent others from moving. A deeper dive into Luffy and Mr, Fantastic’s abilities, however, reveals that not all stretching abilities are the same.
Despite the similarities, there is a crucial metric that distinguishes the best rated from second place, namely maximum distance. In fact, how powerful is an elasticity if one’s ability to stretch covers only a short distance. In this regard, Luffy emerges as the clear winner. In fact, Luffy has the ability to stretch without limitations. That is, he can stretch as far as he deems necessary to perform the task. Conversely, although there is no official limit to how far Reed can stretch, it has been
demonstrated that there are limits to where Reed can effectively control his stretching abilities. There is a distance where Reed loses his ability to effectively control these body parts. Conversely, there is no such known limitation for Luffy.
Although there is no argument that both Luffy and Mr. Fantastic has incredibly strong elastic abilities, not all rubber-like abilities are the same. The Fantastic Four’s Mr. Fantastic might be able to use his powers to pack a villain across the street, the chances are great One piece Luffy can do the same a block or even a city away.