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Monkey D. Dragon
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Monkey D. Dragon Anime Infobox

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Japanese Name: モンキー・D・ドラゴン
Romanized Name: Monkī Dī Doragon
English Name: Monkey D. Dragon
Debut: Chapter 100; Episode 52[1]
Affiliations: Revolutionary Army[2]
Occupations: Leader of the Revolutionary Army[3]
Epithet: Dragon the Revolutionary (革命家ドラゴン Kakumeika Doragon?),[4]
The World's Most-Dangerous Criminal (世界最悪の犯罪者 Sekai Saiaku no Hanzaisha?)[4]
Birthday: October 5th[5]
Japanese VA: Hidekatsu Shibata
4Kids English VA: Dan Green
Funi English VA: Bryan Massey
For the type of animal, see Dragon (animal).

Monkey D. Dragon[6] is the father of Monkey D. Luffy and the son of Monkey D. Garp.[2] He is the infamous Revolutionary leader who has been attempting to overthrow the World Government. He is the World Government's greatest enemy, and is the most dangerous and most wanted man in the world.[3][4]

Appearance

Dragon is usually seen dressed in a long green cloak (colored black in the manga), underneath which he wears the garb of a revolutionary, colored white in the anime, and orange in the manga. He has spiky black hair with a widow's peak hairstyle, and what resemble tribal tattoos on the left side of his face (which he received sometime after Gol D. Roger's death), they are colored dark red in the anime, and bright red in the manga. Also, he appears to have no eyebrows, however, he does have a bit of stubble on his chin in the form of a goatee. He is most often seen sporting a sinister grin on his face, further aiding his already intimidating visage. Only on rare occasions, such as at Roger's execution, has Dragon not been seen smiling.[7]

Twenty two years before the start of the series, at Roger's execution, his appearance was the same as it is now except he did not have his tribal tattoos or his stubble.

Gallery

Dragon's Color Scheme in the Manga
Dragon as he is drawn with his hood in the manga.
Dragon manga
Dragon as colored in the manga.
Young Dragon
Dragon as he appeared twenty four years ago, during Roger's execution.

Personality

Dragon's personality is mostly unknown due to the many mysteries surrounding him, save for an apparent love for freedom and a belief in fate, traits of a "D". Despite this he is serious about his crusade warning his subordinates that the conflict against the World Government will be protracted and arduous.

In contrast to other members of his family, or D's for that matter, he has a stern and serious demeanor. However, he is often seen with a confident grin on his face.

He also seems to be concerned about innocent people (possibly seeing the World Government's oppression towards them), as shown where he willingly rescued the denizens of the Gray Terminal and offered them a position in the Revolutionary Army.

He speaks as though he is a mystic of sorts and apparently does not like to speak of, or be asked about, his past. He also has a strange habit of always looking towards the East Blue when the wind changes. His revolutionary comrade Emporio Ivankov attributes this to his instincts, having left Luffy in East Blue.[8]

Relationships

Revolutionaries

Dragon and Ivankov

Dragon speaking to Ivankov at the HQ.

Emporio Ivankov is one of Dragon's comrades and one of the commanders of his revolutionary army. Ivankov apparently understands Dragon's habit of looking at the direction of East Blue whenever the winds blow, as though he is homesick. However, Ivankov had no knowledge of Dragon's family until after he met Luffy years later, which led the commander to protect him at all cost. It is unknown how Dragon met Ivankov.

Bartholomew Kuma was once a member of Dragon's crew and the Revolutionary Army, as shown in a flashback when Dragon rescued the people of Trash Mountain in the Goa Kingdom. His relationship with Dragon is still a mystery, though he knows that Luffy is Dragon's son, a fact that even Ivankov did not know until he met the boy. Though Kuma was working with the Revolutionary Army in secret as a Shichibukai, his final modification into a full Pacifista now places him fully under the World Government's control. Dragon is seemingly aware of Kuma's deal with the Marines.

The other Revolutionaries were relieved to find out that their mysterious leader is in fact a "human" when they heard that he is the father of Luffy and son of Garp. This shows that the Revolutionaries are loyal to Dragon since no one deserted him due to learning of his heritage.

Dragon's hatred of the nobles does not seem to include Sabo. In fact, Dragon was shocked to hear the boy's shame of being born a noble, and listened to what he had to say. Following the telling of the boy's confession to the plot Dragon and the revolutionary army rescued the citizens of the Gray Terminal. He later saved Sabo's life and allowed him to join the Revolutionary Army, where he eventually rose up the ranks to become the Army's Chief of Staff. Sabo refers to Dragon as "Dragon-san" and appears to be loyal to him and is trusted enough to lead the Revolutionary Army's investigation of Dressrosa's weapons trade.

Family

Monkey D. Garp

Dragon is the son of the famous Vice-Admiral Monkey D. Garp.[2] No direct interaction has been seen between the two. However, Garp was casual towards telling Luffy about Dragon's criminal status, going so far as to pick his nose while saying this. He even laughed when he realized he should not be telling people that kind of information. There appears to be some sort of understanding between the two, as Garp stated that the reason why Dragon was in Loguetown was to see Luffy set off for the Grand Line but Dragon ended up rescuing Luffy against Smoker's Kairoseki Jutte.

It is clear that both Garp and Dragon have different assessments of the East Blue. While Garp perceives it as a rather peaceful place, Dragon expresses his disgust with Garp's view of "peace" since it was nothing more than a form of oppression authorized by the law in places, such as Tequila Wolf and the Goa Kingdom, evidently forcing common people to inhabit horrible living conditions.

It was Dragon's being Garp's son that made him a target for Chinjao's grudge when the revelation was made worldwide.[9] Since Chinjao gave up his grudge against both Luffy and Garp when Luffy restored his old head, it can be assumed that he gave up his grudge against Dragon as well.

Monkey D. Luffy

Ace, Dragon, Garp, and Luffy on Newspaper

Dragon appears on the news about Luffy's return.

Luffy is Dragon's son.[2] Like his own father, Garp, he seems to hold high expectations for Luffy. And although he has yet to introduce himself to Luffy, Dragon appears to support his son's actions thus far. He appeared in Loguetown to see Luffy off to the Grand Line [1] and stopped Smoker from capturing him, showing that he cares somewhat for his son's well-being,[10] though he did not seem to have participated in raising Luffy himself. Dragon also appears to be incredibly proud of his son because of all the trouble Luffy has been causing for the World Government. His unusual habit of standing in the wind and facing East Blue (where he had left Luffy), apparently means that he misses his son. When he was informed about Luffy's second intrusion in Marineford, he decided to focus on his own goals, and that Luffy was old enough (in his opinion) to take care of himself.

Enemies

World Government

Due to the fact that he is the leader and main center of the largest anti-government organization in the world, Dragon has been dubbed the most-dangerous and the most-wanted man in the world by the World Government. As Nico Robin has said, many people and organizations (especially pirates) try to steer clear of disrupting the World Government and drawing attention to themselves.

However, the organization led by Monkey D. Dragon does the exact opposite. Although many people call him a revolutionary, the World Government feels that his ideals and goals can collapse the strength and justice of the World Government. So far, it seems the World Government is the only known enemy of Dragon. Regardless, just being the son of Dragon is enough to make Luffy a target for "justice".

Marines

The Marines being the World Government's primary military force have much disdain for Dragon and his ideals, especially Akainu for unknown reasons. Sakazuki was also one of the only people who (before Sengoku made it public) was aware that Luffy is Dragon's son and that Dragon is the son of Garp. It is unknown if that was simply common knowledge amongst high ranking Marines or not. However, the marine soldiers were shocked when they learned Straw Hat Luffy's father was none other than the Revolutionary Dragon. Smoker, then-captain of Loguetown's base, was surprised to see Dragon there, and even more confused and angry when Dragon saved Luffy from capture; it was not until the Battle of Marineford that Smoker fully understood why Dragon intervened, at that point he saw Luffy as an even more potential threat than ever.

Nobles

So you've finally forced your own children to say things like this, Goa Kingdom!!


Dragon seems to hold much hatred towards the nobles for destroying Gray Terminal, and saved the residents of the junkyard as an act of defiance to the nobles who tried to kill them. Dragon's hatred of the nobles does not seem to include Sabo. In fact, Dragon was shocked to hear the boy's shame of being born a noble, and listened to what he had to say. His hatred may not be absolute, it is unknown what he thinks of Nobles who are good to their people, like Dalton, Cobra, or Vivi.

Other

No mother or wife (if he was ever married) has been named for Dragon. However, both were left as "?" in the supplement issue Grand Line Times. As a carrier of the Will of the D., he may also be related to other D's. It is unknown, prior to Sengoku making it public to the world, if Dragon knew that Portgas D. Ace was the son of Gol D. Roger, or if he was aware of Ace's adoption into the family (though his subordinate Kuma did know). But Ace was aware that Dragon is Luffy's father (before it was announced to the world by Sengoku).[11]

Abilities and Powers

He is the leader of the Revolutionaries and has full command of the organization. There have been some hints that Dragon may be one of the most powerful characters in the entire One Piece series, since the World Government has dubbed him as the "World's Most Wanted Man". After Luffy tells Emporio Ivankov that Ace is his brother, the okama queen greatly fears the possibility of the World Government warring against Dragon along with Whitebeard.

Dragon is already a powerful threat in his own right, as well as having powerful subordinates such as Sabo, Emporio Ivankov, Bartholomew Kuma, and Inazuma who are in comparison, lower in rank. This only speaks volumes of Dragon's true power. When Sengoku told everyone of his relationship with Luffy, most people were stunned, including Gekko Moriah of the Shichibukai and members of the Whitebeard Pirates. This reputation alone was enough for Luffy to be marked as a dangerous potential to the future, and for Demalo Black to take advantage of via impersonation.

Ivankov has been seen commenting on how Luffy's will to live and his phenomenal strength only helps to prove the idea that he is indeed Dragon's son, implying that Dragon has similar strength and will.

History

Past

Someday, I promise you, they will all watch as I change the world.
— Dragon speaking to Ivankov when saving those from the Gray Terminal.[12]


Dragon's history remains mostly a mystery, aside from him being born in the Goa Kingdom.[13] Thus, it is unclear why Luffy was left to be brought up by his grandfather Garp instead of Dragon himself. However, it can be inferred that sometime before or after Luffy's birth, he began the Revolutionary movement becoming its leader and his ideals began to slowly spread throughout the world. One by one, countries slowly began to support him, though sometimes through war. He was shown to have witnessed Gol D. Roger's execution, but he had not yet acquired his tattoo at this point. It is unknown exactly what the tattoo means.[7]

Twelve years before the current storyline, Dragon returned to his home in the Goa Kingdom and witnessed the burning of the Gray Terminal. After witnessing the sorrow of its own people by way of Sabo, with the boy begging for help and claiming shame of his heritage, Dragon enacted a plan in order to save the people and embarrass the government by creating a causeway to allow for those on Trash Mountain to escape and join him. Due to his actions, the nobles merely noticed that the charred remains from their burning of the mountain was far less than anticipated.[13]

Sometime later, the Revolutionary Army docked in Shimotsuki Village for food and supplies, coincidentally close to where Roronoa Zoro was currently training. There, Dragon is seen on his ship, being scolded by Ivankov for being late.[14] In the anime, Ivankov asks Dragon where he had been, to which he replied that he had been at the World Noble's reception ceremony on Dawn Island. When Ivankov indignantly asks why he wasn't invited, Dragon told him that he attracted too much attention.[15] Then Dragon asks if they have enough food. When he hears that the local dojo had resupplied them, he nods before announcing that they would be returning to Baltigo.[14]

Thalassa Lucas Anime Infobox

Thalassa Lucas holding up a photo of Dragon 8 years ago.

Eight years before the main storyline, the Council of Kings gathered at Mariejois to discuss Dragon's revolutionary movement and his ideals, both of which were threatening the World Government. Thalassa Lucas showed his picture. Lucas then went on to say that while Dragon was currently no real threat, he could easily become one in the next five to six years or so, if not dealt with.[6]

Loguetown Arc

Dragon Saves Luffy from Smoker

Dragon saves Luffy from Smoker.

His first appearance was during the Loguetown Arc where he saved his son Monkey D. Luffy from Captain Smoker. At that moment a green gust of wind passed through Loguetown blowing Luffy, Smoker, Buggy, Alvida and their crew away. It's not known if he controlled the wind that blew off the marines at this point. Smoker would question Dragon's action, to which the Revolutionary replied about letting Luffy follow his path.[10] Smoker would question about Dragon's motivation for saving Luffy [16] until their relationship is revealed later on.[2][17]

Post-Enies Lobby Arc

While visiting Luffy, Garp let it slip that Dragon was Luffy's father in a casual conversation with him.[2] The reaction of those present was of dire shock, while Luffy himself did not even know who Dragon was. Everyone is shocked and surprised that Luffy never heard of him. Robin then tells Luffy just why his father is so feared.[3]

Robin says that Dragon is the leader of the Revolutionary Army and has spread his ideals to every nation and kingdom in the world, causing many of them to fall. He manages to instigate rebellion, against monarchies, all over the world and has successfully pushed the world towards civil war. His actions greatly enrage the World Government and he is considered the most dangerous man in the world. Until Luffy had been told who his father was, nobody had known anything about Dragon, not even his full name.[3]

He has since appeared again on Baltigo. Seeing Luffy's new bounty, one of his men was about to tell him that Luffy was Vice Admiral Garp's grandson. However, Dragon interrupted him by leaving the room and says he will stay in the wind for a while. He walks out into the castle's balcony where he remarked that the true nature of the world will be answered and that he will meet Luffy again.[18]

Post-War Arc

After Whitebeard's death and the liberation of the slaves at Tequila Wolf, Dragon expressed the desire to see one of the slaves: Nico Robin, the archaeologist of his son's crew and the sole survivor of the Ohara Incident.

Dragon is seen again in his headquarters talking to Ivankov through the Den Den Mushi. Ivankov tells Dragon about a newspaper article about Luffy and comments on how much he is like him. In turn, Dragon tells the Okama that Luffy's no longer a child that one should keep an eye on, but did not expect the boy to be under Ivankov's protection during the war, and is somewhat grateful as a result. Dragon informs Ivankov that as Whitebeard has died, they will soon have to gather the Revolutionary leaders spread around the world as the world's balance is beginning to shift. Dragon then goes on to tell Ivankov about Kuma.[19]

Trivia

  • Monkey D. Dragon is in the first anime opening for One Piece, We are!, showing his face for a brief second.
  • Of all the characters in One Piece, Dragon perhaps has been the center of the most myths among fans, usually concerning whether he has Devil Fruit powers or not. Before his status as a D. was revealed, his possible family connections to other characters was also a major point of discussion within the fan-base.
  • Whether it is a foreshadowing on Oda's part or a coincidence, Luffy appeared in the short Mugiwara Theatre - Monster Time as a dragon years before he was revealed to be Dragon's son.
  • All members of the Monkey Family have shown to have a noticeable mark on the left side of their faces. Both Luffy and Garp have a scar while Dragon has a large tattoo.
  • So far, the few times he was seen in the series outside of Baltigo, there was always at least the suggestion of a storm coming, if not one already there. This happened when he saved Luffy in Loguetown,[20] at Gol D. Roger's execution,[7] and in Goa Kingdom.[13] However, Baltigo has been shown to be very windy. This is referenced in his appearance as a support character in One Piece Gigant Battle and its sequel, where he can help his Leader or blow his opponents away with a gust of wind.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 100 (p. 1) and Episode 52, Dragon debuts.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 432 (p. 16-17) and Episode 314, Dragon is revealed by Garp to be his son as well as Luffy's father.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 432 (p. 18) and Episode 314, Dragon is spoken of by Robin.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 440 (p. 10) and Episode 324, Dragon is introduced.
  5. One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 184), Dragon's birthday is given.
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 16 Chapter 142 (p. 6) and Episode 91, Dragon's full name is revealed.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 0 Chapter 0 and Episode 0, Dragon made an appearance in Roger's execution 24 years ago.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 55 Chapter 539 and Episode 441, Traits of Dragon's personality are shown.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 708 and Episode 637, Chinjao declared that if he knew Dragon was Garp's son sooner, Luffy would never have been born.
  10. 10.0 10.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 100 (p. 17-18) and Episode 53, Dragon saves Luffy from Smoker.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 54 Chapter 525 and Episode 422, "Luffy and I both carry the blood of a world-renowned criminal."
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 587 (p. 15) and Episode 502, Dragon reveals his plan to his comrades as they are assembled.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapters 586587 and Episodes 501502, Dragon appears at Goa Kingdom.
  14. 14.0 14.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 589 (p. 7) and Episode 504.
  15. One Piece AnimeEpisode 504, anime-exclusive filler scene.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 100 (p. 20) and Episode 53, Dragon is questioned by Smoker why he is helping the Straw Hat crew.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 558 (p. 14) and Episode 467, Smoker finally realizes Dragon's motive for saving Luffy.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 440 (p. 9-10) and Episode 324, Dragon talks about the nature of the world and Luffy.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 593 (p. 10-11) and Episode 510, Dragon and Ivankov discuss the news about Luffy, current events and Kuma.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 100 (p. 19-20) and Episode 53, a storm occurs in Loguetown upon Dragon's arrival.

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