Giving that you guys say that VAs are not weak at all, I have to ask where would you place EL rob lucci in terms of power level in "our fan" power ranking.
People clearly underestimate arlong as he deserved more than a merely 20 mil bounty, the same can be said about crocodile which had 81 mil. I know that bounties dont represent power levels but this two were clearly stuck on a old bounty that didnt represent their power level nor their threat to civilians and the WG. Crocodile because he was a shikibukai and arlong because he was kind of under the umbrella of jimbei.
Luffy is the other character I want to analyse but first I need to know at what point did he get powers boosts. Normally a character gets a boost after defeating an enemy, trainning or going through a new environment. Luffy (in my eyes) got it in alabasta, sky island, EL, TB, Rusukaina, Dressrosa and Tot land.
Luffy didnt show any effort in defeating arlong, so no boost. In alabasta crocodile pushed Luffy to his limits. In Sky island the straw hats couldn t even walk when they arrived because of the air pressure, by the end they were fighting and giving their all. In EL luffy went to his limit and introduced g2/g3. In TB he refined his g2/g3. In Rusukaina he learned haki and developed g4. In Dressrosa he once again went to his limit and fought two king haki users, DD and Chinjao and he even showed us g4 for the first time. Tot land is not over but luffy has been fighting non stop since he left puddings house, from the fighting ants, mirrors copies, homies, cracker a sweet commander and a bunch of Big mom fighters with impressive skills and bounties.
My point here is ?.. Luffy base is not close to VA level unless he's using haki, with g2/g3 he can clash with them but in a 1on1 fight I wouldnt bet on him because VA power level are to wide to be precise and without haki Luffy does not have a clear win.
Oh yeah! I remember now, my point was to help decide where I could rank Rob Lucci. He was a mid level VA in EL and if they introduce him again with his old skills and haki on top he wont be strong enough to just clash with Luffy g4 as Luffy would wipe the floor with him the same way he did to DD and Sabo did to bastille.