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Tank Lepanto is the commander of Dressrosa's Self-Defense Army.[2] He joined as a gladiator at the Corrida Colosseum to compete for the Mera Mera no Mi.[1]

AppearanceEdit

Tank is a very huge muscular man with disproportionately small legs. He has a thick dark pointed beard. While participating in the Corrida Colosseum, he wears only a left shoulder guard linked by a chain and a dark skirt with a belt and boots.

GalleryEdit

Tank Lepanto Ten Years Ago
Tank eight years before the start of the series.
Tank Lepanto Portrait
Tank's face close-up.
Tank Lepanto Full Body Anime
A full body view of Tank Lepanto in the anime.
Tank Lepanto's Regular Outfit
Tank in regular clothes after the end of the crisis.

PersonalityEdit

Tank is a Riku Family loyalist who struggled under Donquixote Doflamingo's rule.[3] During the competition at Corrida Colosseum, in order to claim the Mera Mera no Mi, he allowed himself to be paid to ally with Dagama, Elizabello, and several other gladiators just to get the advantage over Bellamy. He stated that rather than dreaming big, he believes in taking commands from others to get compensated[2], having a strong desire to win despite the cost. He also has the intelligence to pick out Bellamy as the first person to target, since he is one of the strongest competitors in Block B.

RelationshipsEdit

Riku Dold IIIEdit

Lepanto is very loyal to Riku Dold III, the former king of Dressrosa. When Doflamingo came to blackmail them for protection money, Tank followed the king's orders to gather the Beli10,000,000,000 required, and was even about to risk his own life to ask foreign assistance (despite Doflamingo banning that), and even followed the king's refusal to fight back for the sake of peace. When Dold was forced by Doflamingo to attack the citizens, Tank was at first devastated and confused to see his beloved king supposedly turned violent, but when his own body started moving in the same fashion against his will, he immediately figured out the king was in the same position.[4] When Dold was ousted from the country, Tank remained under Doflamingo only to keep a watch over Princess Viola.[5] Ten years after the incident, Tank was the first to recognize Dold despite his helmet and came to tears of joy upon seeing that his king is still doing well. When Dagama criticized Dold for the incident ten years ago, Tank immediately stepped forward to defend the former king.[3]

Donquixote DoflamingoEdit

As Donquixote Doflamingo literally manipulated Tank and the soldiers in Dold's supposed crimes, he knows of the pirate's true colors and hates him for it.[4] He only came to serve Doflamingo to keep himself alive and keep watch over Dold's daughter, Viola. Tank was biting his lips very hard while Doflamingo insisted to the public to forgive the soldiers for supposedly following Riku's orders to attack the kingdom out of greed.[5] It was his hatred for Doflamingo and his crew that Tank acted disrespectfully towards Bellamy during their battle.[2]

Abilities and PowersEdit

Tank has shown significant strength and fighting ability, and wields a spiked ball and chain with ease. The fact that he is an army commander of Dressrosa is another testament to his strength and fighting abilities. He was also able to block one of Bellamy's attacks, although he showed some discomfort in doing so.[2]

WeaponsEdit

He was seen fighting with a large spiked ball on a chain. He is fairly proficient in using it, since he was able to take down a few competitors with it.[1][2]

HistoryEdit

PastEdit

At some point in the past, Tank gained his status as the commander of Dressrosa's Self-Defense Army.[2] He was a loyal soldier to Riku Dold III during his rule.

After Donquixote Doflamingo demanded a ransom of Beli10 billion, Riku Dold gathered his soldiers and asked them to gather money from the citizens in order to avoid a war. Tank assisted the king, knowing that it wasn't an easy decision for him to make. However, just as the money was being gathered, Doflamingo controlled Dold from the shadows and made him go on a rampage. As panic and confusion spread throughout the kingdom, Doflamingo proceeded to take control of Tank and the other soldiers as well, making them attack innocent civilians against their will.[4]

After Doflamingo overthrew the Riku Family and took the throne, Tank remained in his position of commander but he struggled under Doflamingo's oppressive rule.[5] After Scarlett's death, Tank prevented Viola from doing something rash.[6]

Dressrosa ArcEdit

Block B Alliance

Lepanto, along with Elizabello, Dagama and several allies in Block B.

Tank Lepanto entered the Corrida Colosseum to compete for the Mera Mera no Mi. For the battle royale, he was placed in Block B.[1] Some time before or during his participation in Block B, he was coaxed into fighting for the Prodence Kingdom.[1]

When Block B's battle royale began, Tank and the other competitors teamed up with the Prodence Kingdom to defeat Bellamy, with the burly man knocking out multiple gladiators to get to their intended target.[1] Tank then came face to face with Bellamy. When Bellamy asked him why he was assisting fighters from a foreign country, Tank, grinning widely, responded by saying that he was only fighting for the money, before lashing out at the Donquixote Pirates member with his spiked ball chain. Although his attack managed to knock several gladiators out of the ring, Bellamy dodged the attack with ease and countered with his Spring Death Knock technique, which Tank manages to block while gritting his teeth in concentration.[2]

Abdullah and Jeet Defeat Lepanto

Lepanto is defeated by Abdullah and Jeet.

Sometime later, Tank is seen lying on the ground, unconscious and covered with blood, having been beaten by Abdullah and Jeet, who stand victoriously over his prostrate body, reveling in their trickery.[7]

Sometime after the battle, Tank was dropped down into an underground dungeon along with the other disqualified participants. There, he correctly identified the gladiator Ricky as the former king of Dressrosa, Riku Dold III. When the former king removed his helmet and revealed himself, Lepanto was tearfully overjoyed as he explained how his loyalty to the old king never wavered, despite being under Doflamingo's oppressive rule. When Dagama was about to blame Dold for the troubles that various countries have been facing since Doflamingo's ascension to the throne, Tank angrily told him that he knew nothing about what had actually happened ten years ago.[3]

After Doflamingo trapped Dressrosa in his "birdcage", Tank apparently escaped the colosseum. He was next seen on top of the old King's Plateau with Riku Dold III and Viola when Usopp, Robin, Rebecca, Bartolomeo, Hack, and the Tontatta Dwarves arrived there.[8]

Once Leo finished explaining his plan to reach the flower garden on the new King's Plateau, Tank, Dold, and Viola watched as Robin, Rebecca, Leo, and Bartolomeo travel to the new King's Plateau using the Yellow Giant Rhinoceros Beetles.[9]

The group on the old King's plateau were later joined by Kin'emon and Kanjuro.[10]

When the Dressrosa citizens reached the top of the plateau with the intent to capture Dold and Usopp, Tank held them back long enough for Usopp to snipe at Sugar.[11]

Tank was later happy to hear from Viola about Kyros's victory over Diamante. Riku Dold III decided to go to the city and Tank volunteered to accompany him. However, Pica was making his way to the Old King's Plateau.[6]

When Pica prepared to crush everyone on the plateau, Tank told Riku to run. He was awestruck when Zoro destroyed the Pica statue and defeated Pica.[12]

With the threat of Pica eliminated, Tank accompanied Dold as he and the citizens were leaving the Old King's Plateau.[13]

Tank Lepanto and Riku Dold III later assisted the citizens and warriors in pushing the Birdcage back just long enough for Luffy to defeat Doflamingo.[14]

After the downfall of the Donquixote Pirates and the Birdcage's collapse, Dold asked Tank to shelter the pirates and warriors who fought on Dressrosa's behalf as well as the citizens who lost their homes.[15]

Three days after Doflamingo's defeat, Tank was present with Dold in the royal palace. Dold asked him to bring Viola and Rebecca as he prepared to go to the city to announce his return to the throne. Tank was very happy to hear this.[16]

When he witnessed Issho preparing to strike Luffy and his allies with all the rubble from Dressrosa, Tank was worried for Luffy.[17]

After Luffy and his allies escaped, the people of Dressrosa proceeded with the celebrations. After Dold received a note explaining that the reverie will take place soon, Tank commented that other countries are preparing for it.[18]

Major BattlesEdit

Anime-Only BattlesEdit

  • Tank Lepanto, Riku Dold III, and Hack vs. pirates

TriviaEdit

  • His name may have originated from the Battle of Lepanto, which took place during the Fourth Ottoman-Venetian War.
    • Incidentally, the nickname of the author of Don Quijote, Cervantes, is el Manco (one-armed) de Lepanto. This nickname refers to the Battle of Lepanto where Cervantes' left hand became paralyzed. Tank Lepanto's name might so be a reference to Cervantes, while Donquixote Doflamingo and Rosinante are references to arguably his most famous work.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 706 and Episode 636.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 707 and Episode 636.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 726 and Episode 658, Tank defended his king from Dagama's criticisms.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 727 and Episode 659, Doflamingo takes control of Riku and the soldiers of Dressrosa.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 728 and Episode 660, the Thunder Soldier tells what happened to the soldiers of Dressrosa.
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 78 Chapter 777.
  7. 7.0 7.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 708 and Episode 637.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 75 Chapter 750 (p. 7-12) and Episode 686, Tank meets up with Rebecca, the Dwarves and the others.
  9. One Piece Manga — Vol. 75 Chapter 752.
  10. One Piece Manga — Vol. 76 Chapter 756.
  11. One Piece Manga — Vol. 76 Chapter 758.
  12. One Piece Manga — Vol. 78 Chapter 778 (p. 2-19), Pica attempts to punch the Old King's Plateau but is stopped by Zoro.
  13. One Piece Manga — Vol. 78 Chapter 780 (p. 8), Tank, Riku and the citizens leave the Old King's Plateau to help the other citizens.
  14. One Piece Manga — Vol. 79 Chapter 789.
  15. One Piece Manga — Vol. 79 Chapter 793.
  16. One Piece Manga — Vol. 80 Chapter 797.
  17. One Piece Manga — Vol. 80 Chapter 798.
  18. One Piece Manga — Vol. 80 Chapter 801.

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Dressrosa
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Donquixote Pirates: Donquixote Doflamingo   •  Trebol   •  Diamante   •  Pica   •  Machvise   •  Lao G   •  Jora   •  Baby 5  •  Gladius   •  Buffalo   •  Senor Pink   •  Dellinger   •  Monet   •  Sugar   •  Bellamy  •  Kyuin
Riku Family: Riku Dold III  •  Rebecca  •  Viola  •  Scarlett   •  Kyros/Thunder Soldier
Other Citizens: Gatz  •  Spartan  •  Tank Lepanto  •  Fighting Bull  •  Esta  •  Milo  •  Mario  •  Aremo Ganmi  •  Mukkashimi Tower  •  Tegata Ringana  •  Shin Detamaruka  •  Shin Jaiya  •  Uhho
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Ito Ito no Mi   •  Yuki Yuki no Mi   •  Buki Buki no Mi  •  Guru Guru no Mi   •  Bane Bane no Mi   •  Giro Giro no Mi  •  Ato Ato no Mi   •  Hobi Hobi no Mi   •  Sui Sui no Mi   •  Hira Hira no Mi   •  Ishi Ishi no Mi   •  Ton Ton no Mi   •  Beta Beta no Mi   •  Pamu Pamu no Mi 
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Locations: Acacia  •  Sebio  •  Carta  •  Primula  •  Corrida Colosseum  •  Flower Hill  •  SMILE Factory 
Story Arcs: Punk Hazard Arc  •  Dressrosa Arc  •  Totto Land Arc
Others: SMILE  •  Toys  •  Operation SOP
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Corrida Colosseum
Participants
Donquixote Pirates' Diamante Army: Diamante  •  Senor Pink  •  Dellinger  •  Lao G  •  Machvise
Block A: Jesus Burgess *  •  Komaking 
Block B: Bartolomeo *  •  Bellamy  •  Elizabello II  •  Dagama  •  Abdullah  •  Jeet  •  Blue Gilly  •  Tank Lepanto  •  Ricky  •  Hack  •  Capman
Block C: Lucy * (Monkey D. LuffySabo)  •  Chinjao  •  Sai  •  Boo  •  Bobby Funk  •  Kelly Funk  •  Hajrudin  •  Jean Ango  •  Ideo  •  Fighting Bull
Block D: Rebecca *  •  Cavendish  •  Suleiman  •  Orlumbus  •  Mummy  •  Meadows  •  Agyo  •  Damask  •  Rolling Logan  •  Acilia  •  Gardoa 
Unknown Block: Spartan  •  Hera  •  Gambia
Former Participants: Kyros
Others
Staff: Gatz
Spectators: Franky  •  Issho  •  Aremo Ganmi  •  Mukkashimi Tower
Animals: Fighting Fish
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Mera Mera no Mi  •  Gomu Gomu no Mi  •  Bane Bane no Mi  •  Bari Bari no Mi  •  Jake Jake no Mi  •  Sui Sui no Mi  •  Hira Hira no Mi  •  Ton Ton no Mi
Fighting Style Based: Haki  •  Fishman Karate  •  Jao Kun Do  •  Hasshoken  •  Ryusoken  •  Jio-Ken
Weapons Based: Durandal
Miscellaneous
Locations: Dressrosa  •  Kano Country  •  Mogaro Kingdom  •  Prodence Kingdom  •  Rommel Kingdom  •  Majiatsuka Kingdom
Prizes: Mera Mera no Mi
Crews: Donquixote Pirates  •  Blackbeard Pirates  •  Straw Hat Pirates  •  Barto Club  •  Beautiful Pirates  •  Happo Navy
Organizations: Revolutionary Army  •  Marines  •  Yonta Maria Grand Fleet

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