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Neko Neko no Mi, Model: Leopard
Neko Neko no Mi Model Leopard
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Japanese Name: ネコネコの実 モデル:豹(レオパルド)
Romanized Name: Neko Neko no Mi, Moderu: Reopado
English Name: Cat-Cat Fruit Leopard Model (Viz, Funimation);
Meaning: Cat
Debut: Chapter 348; Episode 245[1]
Type: Zoan
User: Rob Lucci

The Neko Neko no Mi, Model: Leopard[2] is a Carnivorous Zoan-type[3] Devil Fruit that allows its user to transform into a leopard hybrid and a full leopard at will, making the user a Leopard Human (ヒョウ人間 Hyō Ningen?).[4] "Neko" is Japanese for "cat". It is called the Cat-Cat Fruit Leopard Model in the Viz Manga and the Cat-Cat Fruit, Model: Leopard in Unlimited Adventure, which was dubbed by FUNimation. It was eaten by Rob Lucci.

Strengths and WeaknessesEdit

The fruit's major strength, as demonstrated by Lucci, is that its user gains more physical strength in their hybrid and full leopard forms, equivalent to that of an actual leopard and more. Their half leopard form is extremely large because it increases their original height and mass by a great degree. Fighting styles and abilities, like Rokushiki, are greatly enhanced by the power of the fruit.[3]

As stated by Tony Tony Chopper, animals of the Carnivorous Zoan are more predatory and bloodthirsty than others by nature and as such tend to be better adapted for combat. [3] Users that turn into such animals are naturally more dangerous and powerful in physical combat, and may have useful features, such as claws, to aid in a fight. One of the most extreme examples of such a Zoan user is Rob Lucci, who went as far as to maul his opponent in full-leopard form. According to Lucci, those who have eaten fruits like it are highly specialized in physical strength and close combat.

The fruit so far does not seem to have any specific weaknesses outside the standard Devil Fruit weaknesses.

UsageEdit

Regardless of the type of power, it all depends on how you use it. The chances of you weakening from it are very low. Besides, being a hammer isn't much of an inconvenience.
— Rob Lucci on Devil Fruit powers
Lucci Mauls Luffy in Leopard Form

Rob Lucci mauling Luffy in full leopard form.

The powers of the fruit have been used mostly by Rob Lucci for combat purposes and to further fuel his lust for battle. Lucci notably uses the fruit's powers to make his Rokushiki techniques like Shigan and Rankyaku more powerful with the addition of claws on his fingers and the added strength in his legs respectively. Lucci, unlike other Zoan users so far, has also used the fruit's power in a more bestial manner, having used his full leopard form in battle to attack Luffy like a real leopard with claws and teeth.[5]

Seimei Kikan Kami-e Bushin

Lucci's smaller hybrid form.

While most Zoan Devil Fruits normally allow three forms of transformations under normal circumstances, Lucci is able to access a fourth form using Life Return. Through Life Return: Kami-e Bushin, Lucci's muscles shrink and compress, granting him a smaller and slightly more human half leopard form. In this form, Lucci is apparently faster and capable of executing more hits than his normal half leopard form, he also becomes a smaller target especially compared to his normal hybrid-form. However, in exchange for this increase of speed, his physical power apparently lowers.[6]

Anime and Manga DifferencesEdit

In the anime, the half leopard form Lucci turns to using the fruit's powers was originally colored all yellow.[7] It was later shown as white at Enies Lobby.

However on the cover of volume 44, it was shown that the form actually has some white fur underneath with some bits of his original human skin sticking out.[8] This coloring scheme of Lucci's half leopard form was incorporated into a later episode of the anime in order to match the volume cover.[9]

Neko Neko no Mi, Leopard
The anime's original coloring of Rob Lucci's half leopard form.
Lucci Leopard Manga
The cover of volume 44 showing Rob Lucci's half leopard form with white fur.

ReferencesEdit

  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 37 Chapter 348 and Episode 245, A silhouette of Rob Lucci transforming into his half leopard form is seen.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 37 Chapter 349 (p. 4-5) and Episode 246, The Neko Neko no Mi, Model: Leopard is revealed.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 37 Chapter 349 (p. 6) and Episode 246, The Neko Neko no Mi, Model: Leopard is revealed.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 37 Chapter 349 (p. 5) and Episode 246, Zoro calls Lucci a Leopard Human.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 44 Chapter 422 and Episode 305, Lucci in full leopard form, attacks Luffy like a real leopard.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 44 Chapter 423 and Episode 306, Lucci turns into a Kami-e Bushin form using Life Return.
  7. One Piece AnimeEpisode 246, Lucci's half-leopard form is shown originally as all yellow.
  8. One Piece Manga — Volume 44 cover, Rob Lucci's half leopard form is shown to have some white fur.
  9. One Piece AnimeEpisode 300, Lucci's half leopard form color has been changed to match the manga.

External LinksEdit

  • Leopard - Wikipedia article about leopards.

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Non-Canon: Tori Tori no Mi, Model: Eagle  •  Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Bake-danuki  •  Batto Batto no Mi, Model: Vampire
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