One Piece: Franky


Franky, originally known as Cutty Flam, is the crew shipwright and seventh to join. He is a cola-powered cyborg, who wishes to construct a ship capable of sailing around the world. He is a skilled carpenter, capable of building an entire bridge in a matter of moments. Together with the Galleyla shipwrights, he builds the Thousand Sunny, a brigantine-rigged sloop-of-war, to repay the Straw Hats and take on the “spirit” of the destroyed Going Merry. The ship is built from an extremely strong wood from the “Treasure Tree Adam”, the same material of Gold Roger’s Ship, bought using money stolen from the Straw Hats. Franky is voiced by Kazuki Yao in the Japanese version of the anime and by Patrick Seitz in Funimation’s English dub.
He is the son of a pirate from the South Blue, who abandons him at the age of ten. He is taken in on Water 7 by the master shipwright, Tom, who built Gold Roger’s ship. Along with his other apprentice, Iceburg, they construct a sea train and various other small warships. Tom held the blueprints to the ancient superweapon, Pluton, which leads the World Government to charge him for building Roger’s ship, and frame Cutty by using his ships to attack the city. Tom takes the blame for Cutty, and he is sentenced to be taken away to the Marine prison, Impel Down. Cutty attempts to stop the train, though it ends up hitting him. He reinforces his nearly dead body with mechanical parts to become a cyborg, and returns to Water 7 as Franky. He rounds up the lowlifes of the city to form the Franky Family, a group of ship dismantlers and delinquents. He ends up helping to fight CP9 after antagonizing the Straw Hats, and reluctantly joins the crew through the encouragement of the Franky Family.

Franky’s artificial body grants him incredible strength, as well as making him practically invulnerable to most frontal attacks. He is unable to modify his back, leaving it vulnerable to attacks. His fighting style focuses on projectile attacks, including an extendable right bionic arm, cannons in his left arm, and nails and fire that can be launched from his mouth. His chest contains a compartment to hold up to three bottles of cola, which fuels him and his attacks. Franky’s hair style and attitude are affected by the type of drink he uses for fuel. He can use up much of his cola to launch powerful bursts of wind from both his arms, with “Coup de Vent” taking one whole bottle.

~ by edgarluvitug on February 8, 2009.

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