You know I love thinking about what kind of reputation the Straw Hats, particularly Luffy, will have in the future, like after the end of the series. I mean most of the world will probably always see them as just criminals and monsters. But here and there in the East Blue, Grandline, New World, and even in the Marines you'll find a couple people and even the occasional whole island who have respect for them, who see them as heroes, or more importantly, as friends.
awww yeah it’s interesting to think about that! tbh i get the feeling that by the end of series, with whatever ends up happening with world government being taken down and the true history being uncovered and the straw hats “bringing the new dawn” as pedro says, it’s very likely the entire status quo will be overturned and the world might come to have great respect for the straw hats. (and realize that pirates don’t have to all be bad etc etc)
or i can totally see a situation where the straw hats do kinda low-key save the world (tied into whatever the one piece is and what being pirate king ends up truly meaning and all that) and have to the OPPORTUNITY to rule as heroes if they choose to, but instead they’re more quiet about their role and let themselves go down in history as just a powerful pirate crew, with their true heroics only passed on as legends and myths.