Would've had this up sooner, but I had to update myself on Luffy. The price of not actively following a series, I suppose. Anyways, extensive and somewhat rambling attempts at logical justification for judgment to follow. You have been warned. Luffy, very good, yes. Obvious curbstomp? In no way that I can see. Now, in all honesty, I think Luffy vs. Crocodile is probably one of the best showings for him. Even up against Lucci, he wasn't showing that kind of pure, battlefield-destroying power that makes measuring strength so much easier. Better speed, sure, but not more impressive in terms of sheer collateral damage. The same could be said for a lot of his earlier fights, really. Though that may be simply because they were less focused on getting around the enemy's gimmick moves. Anyways, the fight, yes. Ulquiorra doesn't deal much in blunt damage, except when he's hurling somebody into conveniently-placed pillars, so that makes things a bit riskier for Luffy, especially given the level of speed involved. Not a lot of holding back is going to be happening here, I think. Luffy can fire off a lot of strong shots at once, but seeing as Ulquiorra can stop some pretty impressive hits without even a scratch, I don't think he's going to go down to simple punch-spamming. Also, a number of Luffy's better moves seem to take a while for him to charge up before firing them off. Since Ulquiorra shouldn't be trying to prove a point here, I can't see him being nice enough to sit there and wait until he's done before counterattacking. As a side observation, Luffy seems to reach his peak faster when he has specific issues with his opponent, while Ulquiorra upgrades based on the threat posed. Don't know if that'll really make a difference here, but it might. On another destructiveness note, maybe I'm not looking in the right place, but I haven't been able to find anything from Luffy that would be comparable to Cero Oscuras or even Lanza del RelÃ¡mpago. Luffy has a pretty nice attack range on the odd times that he needs it, but not quite at the power or speed level of shots like those. If Ulquiorra didn't have the ability to use even his second release here, I'd probably be much more favorably inclined towards Luffy, but as things are, I'm going to have to go with Ulquiorra unless I see something else ridiculously powerful from the pirate. Also: I agree.