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Template:Char box Spandam (スパンダム, Supandamu) is the chief of CP9 and the antagonist of Water 7 arc/Enies Lobby arc.

Personality

Spandam is very clumsy (he tends to spill coffee on himself during moments of excitement) and short tempered, with special sensitivity towards his name. Franky's nickname for him, "Spanda" (due to his panda-like markings around the eyes and nose), always causes him to lose his head. As a result, Spandam comes off mostly as a comedic villain like Buggy, though he often reveals real malice when gloating over his prisoners - as seen when he broke his promise of the Straw Hat Pirates' safety, and proceeded to beat on his defenseless captive, Nico Robin.[1] He is not detached from the idea of exploitation, backstabbing or the use of loopholes[2] to get his own way, as he has proven many times in the past.

Spandam is also a great believer of the "absolute justice" conveyed by admiral Akainu, and believe that the end justifies the means, with the end being the acquisition of the ancient weapons and the means being as many murders or sacrifices as it takes. He sees himself as the world's greatest hero for capturing Robin, and is very interested in his rank and prestige, often coming across as extremely power hungry (even contemplating using the weapons' power for his own benefit, instead of the world's)-unlike the other agents, who don't want any recognition whatsoever. He has no consideration for the lives of others at all and doesn't even consider the loss of innocents, only having power at his command.[3]

Spandam main personality aspect is his cowardly outlook on life and even when he does not display his cowardice, he is constantly thinking about such things. He is confident while he feels safe because he has no strength, seeing as he has a douriki as 9 (while a average marine has 10), so relies on others to protect him. Thus to this end, every move that he made through out the Enies Lobby arc was a move to put his safety above all others. [4]

The most important thing is my life!!! My promotion! If I let them go freely, who will protect me when something happens? - Spandam on considering what orders to give to the other CP9 members


Abilities and Powers

Spandam is the least powerful of the group as he has a Douriki level of only 9 (a normal, armed marine has a douriki level of 10)[5]. Being this way, he is incapable of learning and knowing any Rokushiki moves. This said, the rest of the Cipher Pol 9 do not mind and "respect" him as the chief from the Marines, with the possible exception of Kumadori as he was the only one who saved Spandam from being bitten further by Franky (albeit sending Spandam flying into the ceiling in the process).

Because of his physical weakness, Spandam relies on his natural talents of intelligence and talent at deception, as opposed to actual combat. He also often reveals extreme cowardice, though he doesn't hesitate to use his rank to boss around subordinates (though he fears the power of the CP9 agents, especially Lucci's) - he even threatens to fire them or have them killed in order to get a job done.

He owns a sword, "Funk Freed" (ファンクフリード Fankufurīdo), which somehow absorbed a Devil Fruit, Zou Zou no Mi (ゾウゾウの実 Elephant Elephant Fruit)[6]. Using this fruit, it can turn into an elephant. This phenomenon has only been witnessed once before in the series, with Mr. 4's gun-dog, Lasso[7].

Spandam also has many contacts, which was the reason why he was able to get hold of two Devil Fruits easily. [8]

History

Past

Used to be the CP5 leader and was the first one to come after the Pluton blueprints held by Tom. When Tom refused, Spandam framed him by using Franky's battleships on a judiciary ship, making it seem like Tom and his apprentices (Cutty Flam and Iceburg) were the culprits. In the end though, Spandam was outsmarted (as Tom safely hid the plans away) and only got a very scarred face for his trouble (courtesy of Cutty Flam).

Spandam became a chief almost 8 years ago, replacing his father Spandine. Lucci was also with him as proven in his mini-flashback. 5 years ago Spandam dispatched the CP9 to Water 7 to finish what he was trying to do 8 years ago: Seize the blueprints.

Present

Before the Water 7 arc, Aokiji contacted Spandam of Robin's whereabouts. Spandam almost had his CP9 take action but delayed to wait for her arrival. Knowing Robin through his father and her weakness he sent Blueno to keep a eye out for her. Spandam also acquired the authority to summon the Buster Call with the Golden Den Den Mushi on the admiral's behalf.


Spandam was not seen in the story until chapter 359 when the CP9 contact him about capturing Franky. Spandam ordered them to bring Franky to Enies Lobby.

He was briefly seen during the Sea Train story.

In Enies Lobby, Spandam played a major role.

Spandam was assisted by Lucci to take Robin to the Gates of Justice. Along the way, Lucci stayed behind to fight Luffy, and Spandam foolishly activates the Buster Call by accident, causing chaos and confusion to ensue on the island. Near reaching the gate however he was hit at long-range with one of Sogeking's explosive projectile attacks, allowing Nico Robin to escape and break free of her handcuffs, much to Spandam's horror when he realizes that the "unbeatable" CP9 has indeed been defeated. Robin's first act was to beat him. [9] When he tried to attack Robin to prevent her from escaping, Franky crushed him with his own sword, finally settling his vendetta for what he did to Tom.

Near the end of the arc as the Straw Hats are escaping on the returned Going Merry, he recovers (though now horribly bruised and swollen) and gives the order to fire stating Aokiji gave him permission to do so despite Robin being on board (though obviously this is just another lie), Robin notices this and uses her "Clutch" move on him breaking his spine as her group sails off. It is unknown if he survived.

Trivia

  • Following CP9's animal theme, he has a panda theme, because not only does he have markings around his eyes and nose resembling that of a panda, but his name also has the word panda in it. This is also presumably the reason behind why Franky calls him Spanda, much to Spandam's chagrin.
  • In a recent Weekly Shonen Jump, a poll to determine the most popular One Piece characters, Spandam ranked at 28th with 179 votes [10].
  • In the Volume 44 SBS, Oda drew pictures of the CP9 agents as children. Based on these illustrations, it seens Spandam had a small elephant as a pet when he was a child.
  • Many characters in One Piece were given distinct laughs. Spandam follows in this tradition with a short "wa" at the beginning of his laugh (i.e. "Wa ha ha ha ha!"), though it sounds more like "Da" in the anime.
  • In the One Piece: Unlimited Adventure game, Spandam is one of the major bosses that the player needs to beat, where instead of fighting on his own, he takes several marines into battle with him.
  • Though it is never stated he stole the Golden Den Den Mushi from Aokiji, whenever someone asked about Aokiji handing it to him, Spandam would panic and show signs of guilt about having the Golden Den Den Mushi. In the end the only note Spandam made was to say he 'borrowed' it off of Aokiji. Whenever authorities reacted to the Buster Call, they expected Aokiji to be on scene but were surprised at Aokiji's absence and Spandam's presence.

References

  1. One Piece manga - Chapter 382, Spandam kicks Robin around.
  2. One Piece manga - Chapter 382, Spandam uses a loophole in his agreement with Robin to attack the Straw Hat Pirates.
  3. One Piece manga - Chapter 391, Spandam's view of the world as a map rather then a place to live is denounce as cruel by Robin.
  4. One Piece manga - chapter 391, Spandam speaks of protecting his own life most of all, this is just one of the many examples of how cowardly he is.
  5. One Piece Manga - Vol. 40, Chapter 379
  6. One Piece Manga - Vol. 42, Chapter 400
  7. One Piece Manga - Vol. 20, Chapter 184
  8. One Piece manga - Chapter 385, Spandam mentions he has contacts.
  9. One Piece manga - Chapter 420, Robin's revenge against Spandam.
  10. Poll Results: One Piece Manga - Vol.43 Results 26-50

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