If Dragon Is From Skypeia, It Could Reveal His Devil Fruit Identity
As A play enters its final saga, the number of mysteries that remain will slowly begin to be solved. Fans have always come up with their own theories and speculations, but Eiichiro Oda likes to play with expectations, always remaining unpredictable in the process. The mysterious Monkey D. Dragon has remained an enigmatic figure since his introduction in the Loguetown arc nearly two decades ago.
To be the most wanted man in A play, leader of the revolutionary army, son of the legendary sea hero, Garp, and on top of all that, the father of Monkey D Luffy, the protagonist of the series. While Dragon is a legend in his own right, audiences know next to nothing about him. His backstory, his relationship with Garp, his non-existent relationship with Luffy, and more have yet to be worked out, but certain details in his character design may possibly provide clues to his past.
The most striking thing about Dragon’s character design is the tattoo on his face. An X-shaped pattern criss-crosses the left side of her face, with an interesting red and black color scheme. Tattoos like this have only ever been shown in one group of people: Skypeans.
The Skypeians are the native tribe that lives on the sky island of Skypeia. Their culture and designs are obvious references to real-life native tribes, and the markings on their skin are no exception. The fact that Dragon shares the same tattoos as them isn’t a mistake, but what exactly that means is up to interpretation at this time.
It is unlikely that Dragon was born in Skypeia, simply because Garp, his father, would have had no reason to go to Skypeia. Unless Garp married and had a child with a Skypean woman, it’s more likely that Dragon went there sometime in his youth and was integrated into the tribe in some way. , receiving his tattoo as a result. If the tattoos are indeed of Skypeian origin, they could help explain another mystery surrounding Dragon: whether he has a Devil Fruit.
When Luffy was about to be executed in Loguetown by Buggy, lightning struck the stand he was being held on. Later, when Luffy was apprehended by Smoker, a searing wind started, just as Dragon touched Smoker’s shoulder for him to release Luffy. None of these things can be a coincidence, and yet Dragon hasn’t been seen with these mysterious abilities since.
If Dragon possesses a fruit, combined with the native symbolism on its face, it is possible that Dragon is the user of the mythical zoan devil fruit, the Tori-Tori no Mi, Pattern: Thunderbird. The Thunderbird is a spirit bird in native North American mythology said to have the ability to control powerful storms, lightning, and thunder.
In Algonquin iconography, the thunderbird is depicted in an X-shape, with its body in an X-shape, and the wings and head turned to the side. The dragon’s supposed abilities and their similarities to the powers of the mythological creature make this connection almost certain.
The Thunderbird is also said to fight against the creatures of the underworld, especially the Great Horned Serpent, to protect the inhabitants of the world. The Thunderbird is also said to be a morality enforcer, punishing wrongdoers with impunity.
The Revolutionary Army is dedicated to fighting the Celestial Dragons, the nobles who control world events. The Celestial Dragons could easily be the interpretation of the great horned serpent in the myth, neatly tying the bond between the Dragon and the Thunderbird together.
Although it’s unlikely that Dragon actually came from Skypeia, he does seem to have at least some connection to the land above the clouds. The tattoos, the general patterns of her character design, and her abilities all point to this fact. His allusion to the devil fruit might also turn out to be something completely unexpected. Fans have already waited twenty years to see what Dragon can do, a few more years won’t hurt.