Before the War of Marineford changed everything, Eiichiro Oda had an overly affectionate reputation for his character. The proof he rarely kills a character.
Oh of course there are figures One Piece who died before Marineford. Call it Bellmere, Hiluluk, Nico Olvia and the entire population of Ohara, even Gol D. Roger himself. Yet all these deaths happen in the flashbacks of the past.
In a time setting One Piece both Luffy and his criminals tend to be too good. Even the brutal Enel and Crocodile alone failed to kill any of the important figures in their story. New Akainu is so strong that it is able to finish off a popular character in the background of a story that is not a flashback.
Eiichiro Oda's assumption does not have the heart to kill characters, in addition to the flashbacks, first strengthened yes because of the false death scene in One Piece involving Pell.
True OPLovers certainly remember the scenes that the author meant. Pell, having proved ineffective in the face of Baroque Works, finally acted very heroically at the end of the Arabasta conflict. He was carrying a very large explosive bomb into the sky. Then there was the explosion, and the eater Tori Tori no Mi Falcon's model disappeared.
This will be an excellent death scene for Pell. But in fact Pell then revealed still alive, just thrown away once. He could then be found to have acted as one of Vivi's bodyguards again.
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