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Lieutenant Commander Hardy is an anime-only Marine from East Blue, serving as a commander in the 8th Branch. He appears in the Warship Island Arc. He is a subordinate of Commodore Nelson Royale who sent him after Apis, along with Eric.
Hardy has a standard Marine Uniform along with a Coat. He also has a black mustache.
While a believer of Absolute Justice in catching pirates, Hardy seems to lean towards a more lenient version of the code, showing care for his men's lives. This is in stark contrast to Nelson, who only wishes to fulfill his own desires and could care less about the people working under him. Hardy does not seem to get along very well with Eric, as they frequently bicker whenever they share a scene together.
Abilities and Powers
As a Lieutenant Commander he has command over those with a lower rank.
East Blue Saga
Warship Island Arc
He found Apis with the Straw Hat Pirates where he then proceeded to chase them. When he saw they had entered the Calm Belt he immediately informed his men to cease pursuit for he did not wish to endanger his men's lives.
Later, when the 8th Division invades Warship Island, he was surprised to see the existence of Ryu and that Luffy had Devil Fruit abilities. Even though the pirates escaped the island, Hardy and his men decided to go after them, only to see the Going Merry vanish into thin air. Despite his protests, Eric ordered him to let him borrow a boat so that he could pursue the Straw Hats. When Eric returned unsuccessful, Hardy made a snide remark to Eric under his breath and told his men to continue the chase. His ships eventually catch up to the Straw Hats as they are confronted by Nelson's fleet. Eric then requests a small boat from him so that he could sail straight to Ryu.
It is unknown what happened to him after Lost Island rises. However, if his ships were above the island before it rose, then him and his ships were presumably stranded on the island after the water receded.