Gallant Hippo is a large zombie with a hippo head and a human-like body. He has long, thin limbs, a hunched back, and a stocky abdomen. He also has a mustache and the number 28 printed on him. In relation to his name, "Hippo Gentleman", he wears a full suit with a red bowtie. Additionally, his hands are the same color as his head, suggesting that they are covered in hippo skin.
Thriller Bark PiratesEdit
Gallant Hippo swore allegiance to Gecko Moria as a zombie and to Perona as a Wild Zombie in her garden. Unlike his relationship with them, the Gallant Hippo fears Absalom's power and, despite not being Absalom's subordinate, listens to him because of it.
Abilities and PowersEdit
Despite his size, Gallant Hippo is not very strong, as he was easily defeated by a single kick from Inuppe and again by Usopp's Impact Dial. However, he appeared to have some distinguishing strength as he held the position of vice commander of the Wild Zombies.
Gallant Hippo carried around a sword and shield. His skill with it is unknown, as he was always interrupted before being able to use it.
Like the other zombies, the Gallant Hippo was given life when Gecko Moria implanted it with shadows using his Kage Kage no Mi. He was created in the image of a toy hippo that Perona got some time in the past, which was a product of Wapol's toy factory made through his Baku Baku no Mi powers. This implies that Gallant Hippo had only been created sometime in the recent past before the Straw Hats arrived at Thriller Bark.
Thriller Bark ArcEdit
During the attack in the Wonder Garden, Gallant Hippo tried to attack Nami. He was however kicked away by Inuppe into a wall. Although he was temporarily knocked down and defeated, he recovered after the Wild Zombies came to the realization that if they let Nami, Usopp, and Chopper escape, they would face a severe punishment from Perona. As he and the other zombies gave chase, they were scolded to stop by Absalom, who told them to not harm Nami. They ignored his orders and insulted him back by calling him a pervert. As such, this angered Absalom, and warned them to watch their mouths. When Inuppe got in Absalom's way, Gallant Hippo and other Wild Zombies were knocked back by the impact of Abasalom shooting Inuppe with his bazooka.
Afterwards, Gallant Hippo led the Wild Zombies back to Perona's room. After Perona used her powers on Zoro, Sanji, Franky, and Usopp, he was ordered to capture them. To him and the Wild Zombies surprise, Perona's Negative Hollow refused to work on Usopp.
Later, during Usopp's battle with Perona in the hallways of the castle, Gallant Hippo tried to attack Usopp in revenge for him purifying his commander, Kumashi. Before he could strike, however, he was blown away by Usopp's Impact Dial and knocked unconscious.
It is unknown if he was purified by Usopp or not, as the Wild Zombies simply stated that he and Kumashi were defeated. However, regardless of whether he survived his ordeal with Usopp, his shadow would have been stolen by Gecko Moria's "Shadow Asgard" technique, effectively killing him.
Anime and Manga DifferencesEdit
Boss Luffy Historical ArcEdit
Gallant Hippo appeared in the Boss Luffy Historical Arc as part of the Thriller Company. Following Perona’s command, Gallant Hippo, Kumashi, and two other zombies infiltrated Duval’s portable shrine team. Perona had used Negative Hollows on four of the Duval’s men, and Gallant Hippo watched as Perona used a Negative Hollow on Duval to force the thug to withdrawal from the shrine race.
While walking through town and discussing their rampage, Gallant Hippo, Kumashi, and three other zombies came across Brook. Brook struck them down and knocked them off a bridge into a river.
- Wild Zombies vs. Nami, Usopp, and Tony Tony Chopper (interrupted by Inuppe)
- Gallant Hippo vs. Usopp