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Eric the Whirlwind was an anime-only character and mercenary, who was the main antagonist of the Warship Island Arc.


Eric was a slender man with a square-like face, long sharp fingernails and purple hair, curled upwards in the shape like a hook. He wore a grey blazer and pants with red-colored sides, and a purple striped shirt underneath. On his chest, he wore something that looks like a golden brooch shaped like a bird-wing. He also wore a pair of earrings with pearls hanging underneath them. It is later revealed that under his glasses his eyes are very thin and doesn't show any of the eye itself at all.


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Eric's face closeup.
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Eric without his sunglasses.


Eric was a very selfish man. Though he was hired to capture Apis and the Thousand Year Dragon in order to obtain the dragon bone elixir for Nelson, Eric's true intention was to use Nelson in order to keep the elixir for himself. He was also very cruel and brutal, as he was willing to enter the Calm Belt and put the entire fleet he was with in danger to achieve immortality. Upon Nelson's defeat at Monkey D. Luffy's hand, Eric showed no patience for his former employer's stammering and attacked him for being in the way, while trying to kill the Straw Hat Pirates and Apis in order to capture Ryu. Being defeated by Luffy, Eric bore a grudge and tried to avenge himself for his thwarted plan.

Abilities and Powers

Eric was skilled enough to be hired by Nelson, and was shown to be quite acrobatic, jumping to evade Luffy's attacks. He also seemed to be confident of his own abilities, as he was undaunted during his first encounter with the Straw Hat Pirates and did not show any sign of fear upon learning that Luffy is also a Devil Fruit user, which apparently scared the marines with him.

Devil Fruit

Further information: Kama Kama no Mi

Eric slicing the air with his ability.

Eric ate the Kama Kama no Mi, a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit that allowed him to make his fingernails long and sharp, allowing him to release razor-sharp wind slashes. This power earned him the epithet "The Whirlwind". The nails were also useful as close-quarter blades, capable of slashing through a person.[2]


East Blue Saga

Warship Island Arc

As a mercenary under Nelson's command, he was ordered to retrieve the runaway girl Apis and capture the legendary Thousand Year Dragon, Ryu. He tracked down and followed the Straw Hat Pirates the entire time they were on Warship Island.[3] He then followed them as they disappeared into the mirage. He set off on his own into the mirage as Hardy refused to jeopardize his ships' safety by sailing into the unknown.

While on the island within the mirage, he confronted the Straw Hats as they were about to leave. He then engaged in a fight with Zoro, to which he had the upperhand.[4] To his frustration, Zoro was saved by Luffy when he pulled him back to the ship.

After the crew escaped the island, he returned to Hardy's ship and ordered him to continue their pursuit. Eventually, they reached Nelson's fleet as the Straw Hats were blockaded in. Seeing as how Nelson would get his hand on the Sennenryu, Eric requested a ship to set sail into the cannon fire. He reached the pirates' ship and took Apis hostage while also taking away Ryu with him. He then exclaimed to Nelson that he had no intention of assisting him in obtaining the elixir of immortality.[5] However, he was thrown into the water after Ryu became angered at him harming Apis.

Eric survived the fall into the water when the Lost Island rose out of the sea. He encountered Nelson, but quickly lost his patience and swiftly slashed him, leaving him presumably dead.[6] He then engaged in a fight against Luffy and his crew in a bid to try to obtain the plethora of dragons which would aid him in making the elixir. He managed to deal a significant amount of damage to Luffy, but was defeated when Luffy sent him flying off Lost Island with his abilities.[7]

Eric would later reappear once again to obtain his revenge just as the crew began to climb Reverse Mountain, leading to the infamous Grand Line, but was tipped over the edge of the Going Merry and into the water by Nami before the battle could even begin. Due to his inability to swim as well as the strong currents of the mountain, Eric almost certainly drowned.[7]

Major Battles

Translation and Dub Issues

A running gag throughout that arc was Luffy and the others would mishear the name of his Devil Fruit (Kama Kama) as Okama Okama, making them think Eric was a crossdresser calling him "Eric the Crossdresser" who ate the Okama fruit. In the Funimation dub, since the name of his Devil Fruit was changed to the "Sickle-Sickle Fruit", the joke was changed to them mishearing the name as the "Sicko-Sicko Fruit".


Video Games

Enemy Appearances

Non-Playable Appearances


Concept art showing Eric filing his nails (bottom left).

  • In the concept art for Eric, it was shown that he liked to file his nails to keep them sharp.


  1. One Piece Anime — Episode 54, Eric makes his debut.
  2. One Piece Anime — Episode 56, Eric uses his Devil Fruit power to attack Luffy.
  3. One Piece Anime — Episode 57, Eric tracks down the Straw Hats.
  4. One Piece Anime — Episode 59, Zoro vs. Eric.
  5. One Piece Anime — Episode 59, Eric reveals that he only used Nelson for his own purposes.
  6. One Piece Anime — Episode 60, Eric slashes Nelson for standing in his way.
  7. 7.0 7.1 One Piece Anime — Episode 61, Luffy easily defeats Eric, then Nami tips him into the sea.

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