The Bliking Pirates' Jolly Roger depicts a skull with a round, metallic jaw licking its own lips and wearing a large crown, as well as the standard crossbones located behind it. All those traits likely refer to the crew's captain's physical features, gluttonous nature and royal background.
|Wapol||Chess ‡||Kuromarimo ‡||Chessmarimo *|
|Isshi-20 ‡||Robson *||Musshuru ≠|
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Though they are nothing compared to the protagonists of the story, Wapol and his cabinet managed to subdue an entire nation, and flashbacks showed Wapol easily defeating Dalton in his "ultimate form". It should be noted that Wapol did not get the chance to use this ultimate form, which he would have achieved by eating all of Drum Castle's weapons, because Nami stole the key to the armory from him.
Musshuru (Movie 9 only), however, proves to be a much stronger opponent than expected; aside from his formidable fighting skills, his poisonous spores are capable of annihilating the entire Drum Island's population, but he is nonetheless defeated by Luffy's Gear Second attacks.
When Wapol's father died and his son assumed the throne, Wapol initiated a "Doctor Hunt" throughout the nation. According to his logic, by forcing every doctor except for his Isshi-20 to leave, the citizens would have to grovel at his feet in order to get any medical attention, which would keep them under his control. However, two doctors managed to escape his grasp: the quack doctor Hiriluk and Kureha. Wapol then came up with a trap to draw them out—he would spread the news that all of the Isshi 20 were sick (which they weren't) so the two doctors would come and try to cure them. Hearing about this, Dr. Hiriluk, who was already going to die that day due to a disease and being accidentally poisoned by his adopted son, Tony Tony Chopper, arrived at the castle only to find a group of soldiers aiming rifles at him. Glad that the doctors were alright, Hiriluk gave a speech on the nature of death and drank an explosive potion so that he would not be killed by either Chopper or Wapol. Moved by his actions and angered by how Wapol simply laughed at all this, Dalton decided to speak against his king, claiming, "There is no cure for stupidity!", causing Wapol to attack and imprison him. Soon after that, the Blackbeard pirates attacked the island and Wapol, knowing well that he was no match for them, fled the country with his followers, assuming the role as pirates to survive.
Drum Island Arc
The Straw Hat Pirates first encounter the Wapol Pirates out on the sea. Using their submersible ship, the Bliking, the crew ambushed the Straw Hats, but when Wapol tried to eat Luffy, he was merely knocked into the ocean, forcing the rest to leave in order to rescue him. Dalton, who is trying to form a new government on Drum, helps the crew find a doctor for a sick Nami. Later on, following the Straw Hats for revenge, the crew finally finds themselves back on their home island and Wapol decides to return to his throne. However, he was defeated by Luffy's crew. The Isshi 20 reveal that they care about the nation just as much as everyone else, but they were forced to work for Wapol, and become the nation's doctors.
The force of Luffy's attack is so powerful that it sends Wapol flying to another island. While Wapol lived in poverty, he used his ability to turn trash into toys in order to amuse himself. As luck would have it, however, his toys became an international phenomenon and he became the wealthy CEO of a toy company. As the result of this, he becomes much more wealthy and powerful than he was as Monarch of Drum Kingdom, and marries the One Piece world's Miss Universe. Eventually, he once again becomes the ruler of his own kingdom, the Black Drum Kingdom.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 15 Chapter 131 and Episode 79, The Bliking Pirates make their first appearance.
- One Piece Manga — Vol. 15 Chapter 131 (p. 11), Wapol's introduction box states the crew's name.
- One Piece Manga — Vol. 25 –Vol. 28 Chapters 236–261, cover story: Wapol's Omnivorous Hurrah Vol. 1-22.
- One Piece Manga — Vol. 64 Chapter 635, cover story: From the Decks of the World Vol. 19.