Dragon's oft-forgotten epithet in One Piece could be the key to understanding his powers and role

One Piece and the nature of Dragon
One Piece and the nature of Dragon's role and abilities (Image via Toei Animation)

One Piece has a lot of mysteries, but few are as important as Monkey D. Dragon's role and abilities. He is not only Luffy's father but also a former Marine and the leader of the Revolutionary Army, making him the most wanted man on the planet by the World Government. A new theory connects him to the Indian caciques of Peru from centuries ago and their resistance against Spanish inquisitors.

Due to his name, Dragon has always been connected by the One Piece fandom with the mythical creature. However, this theory reflects his nickname, "The Insurgent Serpent," and connects it with his ability. Despite being one of the most powerful and influential men opposing the World Government, very little has been revealed about Dragon in the story.

Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers for the series. Any opinion expressed here belongs to the author and not Sportskeeda.

New One Piece theory suggests what Monkey D. Dragon's abilities and role in the series could be

This theory suggests that the character of Dragon is inspired by Tupac Amaru II, born under the name José Gabriel Condorcanqui Noguera in 1742, in the Tungasuca region of Peru, then under the Spanish Empire. Tupac Amaru II led an uprising against the Spanish Empire, and the theory draws comparisons to the Shandian people from the Skypiea arc in the series, stating that Dragon could be connected to them due to similar marks.

The theory further explains that Dragon's Devil Fruit could be a Mythical Zoan Devil Fruit model: Amaru, a creature often described as a mixture of a dragon and a serpent. It also suggests that the Amaru was associated with the Inca culture because it served as a symbol to fight oppression, much like what Dragon is doing with the Revolutionary Army.

Additionally, there is the fact that Tupac Amaru II was executed by the Spanish Empire because of his actions, and his last words were "I will return and I will be millions." This leads the person making this theory to suggest that Dragon could die in the series against the World Government, but his actions and ideas will inspire millions of people for years to come.

The role of Dragon in the series

Dragon in the anime (Image via Toei Animation)
Dragon in the anime (Image via Toei Animation)

There is no denying that Dragon is one of the most mysterious characters in One Piece and one around whom fans have many expectations. His position as the leader of the Revolutionary Army makes him a natural enemy to the World Government, creating excitement to see him in action, especially since readers and viewers don't know much about him.

This last portion might be author Eiichiro Oda's biggest challenge with the character, as the story has not given Dragon enough moments to shine or display the full extent of his abilities. Most people assume he is very powerful, which makes sense considering he is part of Garp and Luffy's family and carries the Will of D, suggesting he has a big role to play in the story.

Final thoughts

Dragon has often been compared to and associated with the Inca culture within the One Piece fandom, and this theory is another example of that. However, the truth is that there isn't a lot of information about this character and what he can do in combat.

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