Tuesday, December 21, 2010

franky ~ shipwright "The Straw Hat Pirates"

Franky (フランキー Furankī), nicknamed "Cyborg" Franky (サイボーグ フランキー Saibōgu Furankī), is the crew's 34 year old shipwright. After his pirate parents abandoned him at age ten, he became an apprentice of the master shipwright Tom along with Iceburg, who later becomes the mayor of Water 7. When Tom was taken away as a criminal by the government for building Gol D. Roger's ship, the "Oro Jackson", Franky tried to stop them. In the attempt, he was severely injured and, in order to survive, had to exchange parts of his body with replacements made of scrap metal, turning himself into a cola-powered cyborg. Franky, thus, gained an artificial body which grants him super-human strength. Its front is heavily armored and insensitive to most attacks, while his back, where he could not reach, remains vulnerable. His body is equipped with a wide variety of weapons, including several guns and an extendable right arm. His stomach contains a refrigerator compartment that can hold up to three bottles of cola to fuel him and his attacks. His personality is also affected by the type of beverage that is stored in his refrigerator compartment. He can use up large amounts of cola in an instant to launch powerful bursts of air from his arms, one such move is called the Coup de Vent. After word of his death had spread, he cast off his original name, Cutty Flam (カティ・フラム Kati Furamu), and became the underground boss Franky. His dream is to build a ship, to become its shipwright, and sail it to the end of the world. To that end, he builds the Straw Hats Pirates' second ship, the brigantine-rigged sloop-of-war Thousand Sunny, and joins the crew. Franky tends to act tough most of the time like saying his catch phrase "SUPER!!" However, Franky can get emotional very easy and start to cry, but then denies it. Franky's current bounty is 44,000,000 Berries. He is voiced by Kazuki Yao as an adult and by Junko Noda as a child in the Japanese version of the franchise. In the English dub, he is voiced by Patrick Seitz as an adult and by Greg Ayres as a child for Funimation.

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