Pandaman

Pandaman

For the song, see Pandaman (song).

Pandaman is a joke character created by Eiichiro Oda, and one of the most prominent easter eggs in One Piece.

Originally designed for a Kinnikuman character creation contest, Pandaman has gone on to make cameo appearances in many manga chapters, anime episodes, films, and more. He is particularly prominent in several of the video games, even being playable in the first Grand Battle! and its immediate sequel.

Due to his status as a joke character, most if not all concrete data on Pandaman has been revealed through the SBS, and may or may not be serious on Oda’s part.

Appearance

Pandaman’s most distinctive feature is his head, which is stylized to look like his namesake (and sometimes emblazoned with the word PANDA). Whether this is a mask or his real face is unknown.

Meanwhile, his physique can vary wildly from appearance to appearance. Though most “official” portraits (including Oda’s original contest submission) depict him as tall and well-muscled, many of his cameos in the actual manga and anime depict him as slimmer, if not outright scrawny, to keep him better-hidden in crowd scenes.

Apart from his black trunks and lace-up boots, Pandaman usually goes undressed, and may bear a pair of heart tattoos on his pectorals, and bamboo tattoos on his arms. At times, however, he has been seen in civilian, pirate, or even Marine attire.

Pandaman does not always make cameos in the flesh. Indeed, cameos of his name have appeared scattered throughout the series in both katakana and romaji script.

Cameo Examples in the Manga

Pandaman’s first appearance in the manga.

“Pandaman” written within the Poneglyph in Arabasta.

Pandaman in Chapter 272’s cover (in the bottom-left corner).

A very hidden Pandaman in the Human Auctioning House (in the bottom-right corner).

Pandaman mixed into the faces of Bentham.

Pandaman charging with the New Fish-Man Pirates. He can be seen right in the middle, holding a sword.

Pandaman is a Marine in Chapter 691’s cover.

Pandaman in Cross Epoch.

Cameo Examples in the Anime

Pandaman’s first appearance in the anime (excluding the opening) in Episode 16.

Pandaman’s appearance on the Baratie.

Pandaman in Loguetown.

In a shirt in Whisky Peak.

Pandaman on Jaya.

Pandaman (back) between the crowd.

Pandaman amongst some Skypieans.

Pandaman at Water 7’s Dock 1.

Pandaman on Thriller Bark.

Pandaman on the Sabaody Archipelago.

The name of Pandaman on a list of Impel Down prisoners.

Pandaman amongst a group of Impel Down escapees.

Pandaman on a Marine ship.

Pandaman appears on a slot machine reel.

Usopp fishing up Pandaman in the 4th opening, BON VOYAGE!.

Pandaman’s bounty poster from the 9th One Piece Movie.

Pandaman as part of Heart Pirates (in the far right).

Pandaman as part of the crowd in One Piece: Stampede.

Pandaman among the Gifters.

Pandaman partying with the Roger Pirates (in the center right, beside Taro and wearing a blue shirt).

Pandaman in Wano Country.

Cameo Examples in the Video games

A Pandaman cameo in One Piece: World Seeker.

Personality

Little has been established about Pandaman’s personality in canon – save, perhaps, for his cowardice in constantly fleeing from debt collectors.

In contrast, video games frequently portray him with the boisterous, hot-blooded bravado stereotypical to pro-wrestlers. Apart from eagerly accepting any and all challenges to fight, he also constantly peppers his speech with the vocalization “sasa” (ササ?), a reference to the term for bamboo (, sasa?).

Relationships

Pandawoman

Pandaman is said to be in love with Pandawoman, but it is unknown if these feelings are reciprocated.

Tomato Gang

Pandaman, unfortunately, is also constantly on the run from Tomato Gang, a debt collector to whom Pandaman owes money.

Unforgivable Mask

Pandaman’s greatest rival, Unforgivable Mask, is hired by Tomato Gang to track Pandaman down and retrieve the money he owes Tomato Gang.

Abilities and Powers

While Pandaman has demonstrated no combat ability in any of his appearances, he does – according to Oda’s contest write-up – have a small repertoire of attacks:

  • S.P.D., short for Sasa no Ha Panda Drop (笹の葉パンダドロップ, Sasa no Ha Panda Doroppu?, literally meaning “Bamboo Leaves Panda Drop”).
  • Giant Panda Deathlock (ジャイアントパンダデスロック, Jaianto Panda Desurokku?).

The same write-up also notes that Pandaman has a strength of 3,300,000 Chojin Power after eating bamboo and before meals.

In his playable appearances in Grand Battle! and Grand Battle! 2, Pandaman uses a variety of wrestling-based attacks, with the Giant Panda Deathlock in particular portrayed as a brutal backbreaker drop; aside from these, he also possesses the ability to summon Panda Sharks against enemies. Meanwhile, Gigant Battle! portrays him with the ability to fire an energy beam by crossing his forearms.

History

As an infant, Pandaman was said to have been abandoned in a bamboo thicket, and subsequently raised by giant pandas. Growing up, he was frequently picked on for claiming to have seen Princess Kaguya, and as a result trained to become a “Devil Chojin” (悪魔超人, Akuma chōjin?).

Eventually, Pandaman grew into a man of wealth and prestige, supposedly presiding over his own island. Rumors of this island (and its panda-like populace) reached as far as Foosha Village. Some time later, however, Pandaman fell into financial trouble with the debt collector Tomato Gang, who began relentlessly pursuing him, even hiring his rival Unforgivable Mask as an enforcer.

Pandaman first crossed paths with the Straw Hat Pirates during the Baratie Arc, where he witnessed the altercation between Sanji and Fullbody. Since then, he has appeared in the background of every locale the Straw Hats have visited (and several they have not, such as Lulusia Kingdom). The one exception is the all-female isle of Amazon Lily, where Pandawoman is seen instead; it is said that Pandaman fell in love with this woman, but it is unclear whether she even knows he exists.

(The true age of Pandaman remains unknown, though his chronologically earliest appearance places him among Mont Blanc Noland’s voyages, some four hundred years before the Great Age of Pirates.)

Comprehensive List

Manga Appearances

  • Chapter 0 – Page 08 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 44 – Page 09 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 44 – Page 13 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 44 – Page 14 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 44 – Page 15 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 44 – Page 16 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 45 – Page 15 – panel 05
  • Chapter 46 – Page 11 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 46 – Page 17 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 51 – Page 02 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 51 – Page 17 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 55 – Page 01 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 55 – Page 02 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 57 – Page 01 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 60 – Page 05 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 60 – Page 07 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 64 – Page 03 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 64 – Page 08 – Panel 06
  • Chapter 67 – Page 08 – Panel 06
  • Chapter 72 – Page 07 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 75 – Page 10 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 78 – Page 02 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 87 – Page 03 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 93 – Page 06 – Panel 01 (Picture and name appears on book)
  • Chapter 94 – Page 08 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 96 – Page 13 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 98 – Page 04 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 98 – Page 07 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 99 – Page 07 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 99 – Page 16 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 106 – Page 17 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 107 – Page 13 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 117 – Page 03 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 117 – Page 05 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 141 – Page 01 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 141 – Page 03 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 142 – Page 11 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 142 – Page 12 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 142 – Page 15 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 142 – Page 17 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 145 – Page 01 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 153 – Page 07 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 155 – Page 05 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 158 – Page 05 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 162 – Page 01 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 163 – Page 15 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 165 – Page 09 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 167 – Page 01 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 168 – Page 14 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 170 – Page 17 – Panel 01 (Picture on the wall in the top right)
  • Chapter 172 – Page 09 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 174 – Page 16 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 178 – Page 15 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 179 – Page 14 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 182 – Page 14 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 183 – Page 07 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 189 – Page 14 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 193 – Page 12 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 196 – Page 03 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 196 – Page 18 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 197 – Page 10 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 197 – Page 16 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 202 – Page 18 – Panel 01 (Name appears in katakana on poneglyph)
  • Chapter 210 – Page 15 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 212 – Page 07 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 212 – Page 10 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 213 – Page 06 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 215 – Page 12 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 220 – Page 03 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 221 – Page 07 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 222 – Page 13 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 223 – Page 15 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 224 – Page 02 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 224 – Page 12 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 225 – Page 10 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 227 – Page 08 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 233 – Page 03 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 233 – Page 11 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 240 – Page 07 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 244 – Page 02 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 249 – Page 16 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 251 – Page 11 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 252 – Page 01 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 272 – Page 01 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 276 – Page 18 – Panel 08
  • Chapter 277 – Page 18 – Panel 06
  • Chapter 278 – Page 06 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 278 – Page 13 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 279 – Page 02 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 281 – Page 09 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 282 – Page 07 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 283 – Page 12 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 286 – Page 03 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 289 – Page 05 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 291 – Page 05 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 291 – Page 15 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 292 – Page 02 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 292 – Page 08 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 292 – Page 11 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 295 – Page 08 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 301 – Page 10 – Panel 07
  • Chapter 302 – Page 07 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 304 – Page 07 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 307 – Page 03 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 308 – Page 19 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 309 – Page 19 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 314 – Page 19 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 317 – Page 16 – Panel 10
  • Chapter 318 – Page 11 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 324 – Page 18 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 325 – Page 06 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 326 – Page 02 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 329 – Page 09 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 336 – Page 15 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 338 – Page 16 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 340 – Page 08 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 341 – Page 15 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 342 – Page 05 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 349 – Page 02 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 353 – Page 16 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 354 – Page 03 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 355 – Page 18 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 357 – Page 07 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 359 – Page 07 – Panel 06
  • Chapter 366 – Page 16 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 371 – Page 09 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 375 – Page 01 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 377 – Page 15 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 377 – Page 18/19 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 378 – Page 08/09 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 380 – Page 06 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 381 – Page 12 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 387 – Page 04/05 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 389 – Page 08 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 390 – Page 10/11 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 391 – Page 03 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 394 – Page 05 – Panel 06
  • Chapter 408 – Page 15 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 409 – Page 10 – Panel 06
  • Chapter 410 – Page 04 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 414 – Page 08 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 419 – Page 02 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 422 – Page 05 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 425 – Page 06/07 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 426 – Page 06 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 428 – Page 02 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 428 – Page 04 – Panel 08
  • Chapter 432 – Page 15 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 433 – Page 14/15 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 436 – Page 11 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 436 – Page 14 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 437 – Page 03 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 439 – Page 16 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 441 – Page 05 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 444 – Page 15 – Panel 08
  • Chapter 445 – Page 10 – Panel 01 (Name on tombstone)
  • Chapter 449 – Page 11 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 453 – Page 09 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 458 – Page 02 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 469 – Page 17 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 473 – Page 13 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 473 – Page 15 – Panel 06
  • Chapter 476 – Page 04 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 480 – Page 07 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 481 – Page 14 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 482 – Page 08 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 483 – Page 13 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 484 – Page 08 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 487 – Page 10 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 488 – Page 01 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 489 – Page 09 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 500 – Page 11 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 501 – Page 04/05 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 502 – Page 03 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 502 – Page 13 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 503 – Page 03 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 503 – Page 11 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 534 – Page 11 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 536 – Page 05 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 541 – Page 18 – Panel 04 (One of Bon Clay’s faces)
  • Chapter 547 – Page 12 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 549 – Page 06 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 549 – Page 09 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 550 – Page 18/19 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 557 – Page 03 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 559 – Page 04 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 559 – Page 05 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 559 – Page 06 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 560 – Page 11 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 561 – Page 14 – Panel 08
  • Chapter 562 – Page 12 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 571 – Page 12/13 – Panel 06
  • Chapter 573 – Page 02/03 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 577 – Page 16/17 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 579 – Page 06 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 588 – Page 05 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 594 – Page 09 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 601 – Page 02 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 621 – Page 07 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 626 – Page 08 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 632 – Page 14 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 634 – Page 12 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 644 – Page 12 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 645 – Page 07 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 647 – Page 17/18 – Panel 08
  • Chapter 651 – Page 02 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 652 – Page 11 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 669 – Page 17 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 670 – Page 15 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 678 – Page 11 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 684 – Page 12 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 684 – Page 15 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 691 – Page 01 – Panel 01 (Behind Franky’s arm)
  • Chapter 701 – Page 09 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 702 – Page 11 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 703 – Page 14 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 705 – Page 02 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 706 – Page 04 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 706 – Page 12/13 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 708 – Page 14 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 709 – Page 07 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 715 – Page 02 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 716 – Page 18/19 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 717 – Page 05 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 722 – Page 06 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 730 – Page 02/03 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 731 – Page 06 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 754 – Page 05- Panel 03
  • Chapter 760 – Page 04/05 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 761 – Page 03 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 762 – Page 07 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 763 – Page 08 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 775 – Page 04 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 778 – Page 05 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 803 – Page 10 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 808 – Page 02 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 815 – Page 14 – Panel 06
  • Chapter 822 – Page 14 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 830 – Page 02 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 846 – Page 12 – Panel 05 (First floor on a balcony; right side)
  • Chapter 849 – Page 14 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 868 – Page 09 – Panel 07 (On a Shirt)
  • Chapter 869 – Page 17 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 880 – Page 09 – Panel 02 (In front of the door; center)
  • Chapter 882 – Page 16 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 897 – Page 02/03 – Panel 12
  • Chapter 897 – Page 06 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 902 – Page 15 – Panel 09
  • Chapter 902 – Page 18 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 907 – Page 14 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 920 – Page 16 – Panel 03 (Under Law)
  • Chapter 930 – Page 02 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 935 – Page 10 – Panel 01 (Bottom left corner)
  • Chapter 940 – Cover Page (As a candy art)
  • Chapter 941 – Page 14 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 942 – Page 05/06 – Panel 06, 08
  • Chapter 943 – Page 09 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 951 – Page 10 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 957 – Page 06 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 961 – Page 15 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 966 – Page 15 – Panel 05
  • Chapter 968 – Page 09 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 972 – Page 08 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 981 – Page 03 – Panel 03
  • Chapter 1002 – Cover Page (Behind Hattori; left side)
  • Chapter 1007 – Page 03 – Panel 06
  • Chapter 1007 – Page 07 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 1030 – Page 16/17 – Panel 11
  • Chapter 1034 – Page 04 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 1049 – Page 08/09 – Panel 10
  • Chapter 1050 – Page 16 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 1051 – Page 03 – Panel 04
  • Chapter 1057 – Page 13 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 1076 – Page 17 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 1080 – Page 02 – Panel 02
  • Chapter 1088 – Page 18/19 – Panel 08
  • Chapter 1089 – Page 03 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 1089 – Page 09 – Panel 01
  • Chapter 1090 – Page 06/07 – Panel 03
  • Memories With Oda-san – Page 09 – Panel 3
  • Party Chapter 1 – Page 30/31 – Panel 5
  • Party Chapter 3 – Page 15 – Panel 1
  • Party Chapter 4 – Page 27/28 – Panel 2
  • Party Chapter 5 – Page 28 – Panel 5
  • Party Volume 1 – Back Cover
  • Party Chapter 6 – Page 12 – Panel 6
  • Party Chapter 8 – Page 27 – Panel 5
  • Party Chapter 9 – Page 19 – Panel 6
  • Party Chapter 10 – Page 25 – Panel 2
  • Party Chapter 11 – Page 30 – Panel 7
  • Party Chapter 12 – Page 5 – Panel 6
  • Party Chapter 13 – Page 11 – Panel 5
  • Party Chapter 15 – Page 26 – Panel 4
  • Party Volume 3 – Back Cover
  • Party Chapter 16 – Page 6 – Panel 1
  • Party Chapter 18 – Page 1 – Panel 2
  • Party Chapter 19 – Page 5 – Panel 4 (Pandaman’s ship)
  • Party Volume 4 – Back Cover
  • Party Bonus Episode – Criiitubers – Page 1 – Panel 4
  • Party Chapter 21 – Page 4 – Panel 1
  • Party Chapter 22 – Page 14 – Panel 5
  • Party Chapter 23 – Page 2 – Panel 1
  • Party Chapter 24 – Page 9 – Panel 4
  • Party Chapter 25 – Page 5 – Panel 3 (Logo on a shopping bag)
  • Party Chapter 27 – Page 10 – Panel 4
  • Party Chapter 28 – Page 14 – Panel 3
  • Party Chapter 30 – Page 21 – Panel 4
  • Party Volume 7 – Dust-jacket (Robin’s book cover)
  • Party Chapter 31 – Page 37/38 – Panel 1
  • Party Volume 7 Art Spread – Page 96/97
  • Party Chapter 33 – Page 15 – Panel 1
  • Party Chapter 34 – Page 17/18 – Panel 1
  • Party Chapter 34 – Page 21 – Panel 2 (Name on sign)
  • Party Volume 7 – Back Cover
  • Luffy’s Grand Adventure – Inside Cover
  • Luffy’s Grand Adventure Chapter 2 – Page 3-4 – Panel 1
  • Luffy’s Grand Adventure Chapter 3 – Page 5-6 – Panel 1

Anime Appearances

  • In the Strong World: Episode 0, when Buggy went to Crocus asking if Roger could fight, a panda face can be seen as a pattern on a crew-mate’s back.
  • One Piece: Romance Dawn Story, when the townsfolk realize pirates are coming Pandaman can be seen running across the screen. He is also seen at the ending song.
  • In Movie 2, he is seen getting launched off by Luffy’s punch as he is climbing the Trump Castle.
  • In Movie 3, he is seen with the animals that were called by the trumpet pig when the new animal king is being announced.
  • In Movie 7, he is seen as one of the inhabitants of the island the turtle is approaching.
  • In One Piece Gold, he is one of the fighters fighting in a golden cage
  • In One Piece: Stampede, a newspaper Smoker reads mentions Pandaman 20 times:
    • His wanted poster is seen near the Straw Hats three times in the intro.
    • He is also seen sitting by a table at the Pirate Expo.
    • He is among the spectators in the main event.
    • He’s eating at a food stall.
    • He’s passing by Smoker in the crowd.
    • He’s among the pirates charging towards the treasure during the Treasure Race.
    • He’s running from the Marines when they arrive.
    • He’s cheering Buggy fleeing.
    • He’s among Buggy’s crew again later.
    • He is seen among the crowd admiring Boa Hancock.
    • He’s captured by Marines behind Grount.
    • He’s a Marine behind Mihawk cutting the meteore.
    • He’s again a Marine on the ground later.
    • He’s a Marine officer during the meeting about Bullet.
    • He’s a Marine fleeing the Buster Call.
    • He’s a Marine cheering Luffy’s victory.
    • He’s a Marine next to Kizaru when he’s getting on his ship.
    • His back is seen when he’s standing next to Ann, Hatchan, Camie and Pappag in the ending.
  • In opening 1 We Are!, he is seen fighting against Zoro.
  • In opening 4 BON VOYAGE!, he is caught by Usopp’s fishing rod during the colored mini-boat scene.
  • In Episode 16, he is seen among the Black Cat Pirates.
  • In Episode 21, he is seen as one of the customers of the Baratie while Fullbody is being beaten by Zeff.
  • In Episode 29, he is seen as one of the Krieg Pirates boarding Gin’s boat when they are leaving Baratie.
  • In Episode 45, Sanji is seen wearing an apron with a Pandaman print.
  • In Episode 50, he is seen in the crowd of the Red Hair Pirates.
  • In Episode 51, he is seen in the restaurant where Buggy was eating.
  • In Episode 52, he is seen behind the people who are stunned by Alvida’s beauty.
  • In Episode 56, he runs across the deck of a marine ship preparing to give chase to Zoro and Usopp after they rammed a docked marine ship.
  • In Episode 64, his head can be seen on a boy’s shirt while the crowd is cheering for the arrival of Going Merry.
  • In Episode 69, there is a panda figure on the book Koby is reading.
  • In Episode 70 during the conversation between Mr. 3 and Miss Goldenweek when they are first seen talking, the back of Pandaman’s head can be seen with him talking to someone by the pool. He can also be seen behind Mr. 3 after he takes the orders from Crocodile. Another Panda headed person can be seen wearing a bikini, just over Mr. 3’s right hand.
  • In Episode 76, there is an orange plant that has a panda figure at the lower left of screen outside the house made of wax where Sanji is drinking tea.
  • In Episode 88 after Chopper uses Brain Point to find Chessmarimo’s weak spot, Pandaman can be seen engraved on the castle wall above the door.
  • In Episode 95 he is seen watching Ace and Smoker’s confrontation, later in the same episode he is seen on one of the Baroque Works ships, rushing in the background among other Baroque employees.
  • In Episode 104 he is seen in the left hand corner of the crowd when showing the Casino from the plaza.
  • In Episode 105 he is seen passing Nami and Usopp, right before Luffy appears with Smoker chasing him.
  • In Episode 106 his head is seen as one of the figures in the slot machine, right after Luffy entered Rainbase
  • In Episode 120 he is seen in the crowd.
  • In Episode 133, a panda can be seen in Sanji’s apron.
  • In Episode 134, a panda mask can be seen on the side of Sanji’s head during the fireworks.
  • In Episode 146 he is seen behind Nami after Zoro and Luffy help Doc Q and Stronger. He is also seen at the back while Burgess is beating up one of Roshio’s crew.
  • In Episode 195 he is seen among the Skypieans and Shandia when the Shandia Chief asks Gan Fall to become God again.
  • In Episode 212 he is seen as one of the Foxy Pirates when Luffy is choosing a crew member as a prize for the Davy Back Fight.
  • In Episode 228 he is seen in the crowd listening to Mont Blanc Noland’s tales.
  • In Episode 230 when Chopper and Robin saw a shop selling masks, a Pandaman mask can be seen among them.
  • In Episode 238 he is seen at the crowd when Nami was cheering for Luffy in his fight with Franky.
  • In Episode 248 he is seen in the crowd when the Sea Train Puffing Tom begins its maiden voyage.
  • In Episode 249 he is seen running away from the attacks of Franky’s Battle ships.
  • In Episode 291 he is the not-so-hidden Pandaman:Tot-san in the “Christmas-Special:Samurai-Detective Luffy” filler.
  • In Episode 303 he is in the restaurant drinking sake as Tot-san and at the end of the episode hiding in the crowd.
  • In Episode 317 he is seen among the crowd when Abi meets Luffy the first time.
  • In Episode 326 he is seen on the top of the stack of wanted posters that are being flipped through by Salchow.
  • In Episode 336 he is seen in a TV-show and in the audience of the fight: Usodabada vs. Chopperman.
  • In Episode 340 he is seen, in the top-middle, as one of the zombies that attack Usopp, Nami, and Chopper.
  • In Episode 351 he is seen attacking Usopp and Chopper as a zombie in the middle of the zombie group.
  • In Episode 368 he is seen with Perona’s zombies cheering for her as she attacks Kuma.
  • In Episode 370 he is seen as a silouhette of a shadow getting absorbed into Luffy’s body.
  • In Episode 374 he is seen in behind Lola when all the shadows are being released.
  • In Episode 376 he is seen in behind Lola as Kuma started attacking.
  • In Episode 378 he is seen in a flashback in the bar.
  • In Episode 379 he is seen in the flashback fighting against the Rumbar Pirates.
  • In Episode 379 he is seen in a flashback of the Rumbar Pirates singing to Laboon.
  • In Episode 424 he is seen in Buggy’s flashback of Ace.
  • In Episode 437 his name is written in the list of Impel Down’s Level 5 prisoners beside the crossed-out Emporio Ivankov.
  • In Episode 440 he is seen twice witnessing Luffy’s recovery.
  • In Episode 447 he is seen as one of the escaping prisoners as they go up from Level 4.
  • In Episode 450 he is seen as one of the escaping prisoners when Emporio Ivankov finally got back up.
  • In Episode 452 he is seen at least five times as one of Buggy’s new followers from Impel Down.
  • In Episode 463 he is seen charging the marines in the scene with Izo.
  • In Episode 481 he is seen as one of Squard’s crew as they charge.
  • In Episode 512 he is seen behind Duval when he is telling the bandits that they cannot have the Thousand Sunny.
  • In Episode 515 he is seen cheering in the crowd for Brook.
  • In Episode 517 he is seen carrying a large bag while Robin is being followed by kidnappers.
  • In Episode 537 he is seen shocked with the other Fish-Men when Shirahoshi says Vander Decken IX is not her type.
  • In Episode 553 he watches the Thousand Sunny, along with some of the Straw Hat Pirates, land on Gyoncorde Plaza.
  • In Episode 557 he can be seen as one of the pirates being crushed by Franky’s new General Weight attack as well as one of the pirates being amazed by it.
  • In Episode 582 there is a doll that looks like Pandaman in the Biscuits Room.
  • In Episode 590 he can be seen in the crowd next to Franky.
  • In Episode 636 Pandaman is seen trying to cover himself from the fake bomb Bartolomeo threw.
  • In Episode 702 he can be seen with the pirate crew beating up Doflamingo.
  • In Episode 702 he can be seen in the crowd cheering for Buggy.
  • In Episode 757 he can be seen with the Mink Tribe left of blonde deer mink shortly after Jack destroys the gate and enters the forest.
  • In Episode 766 he can be seen as part of the Heart Pirates. He can also be seen beside Nekomamushi at the start of the feast.
  • In Episode 773 he is beside Zoro when the minks were suggesting another feast.
  • In Episode 778 there is a young Pandaman in Wapol’s flashback.
  • In Episode 812 he can be seen with the Chess Soldiers when Brook checks the Treasury.
  • In Episode 829 he is riding a llama in Chocolat Town, Cacao Island.
  • In Episode 832 he is seen cheering Sanji and Pudding from below when the two are flying above.
  • In Episode 838 there is a man wearing shirt with Pandaman on it and a P letter.
  • In Episode 840 he walks then stands behind Katakuri, Oven and the Charlottes.
  • In Episode 855 he is seen on the pile of Big Mom Pirates who were defeated by Germa 66.
  • In Episode 872 he is in the crowds on bottomleft below Prim.
  • In Episode 881 he is seen being staggered together with Newkama when Luffy screams for food.
  • In Episode 886 he is seen in the crowd giving a thumbs up after Donquixote Mjosgard hits Charlos.
  • In Episode 896 his bounty poster can be partially seen in Buena Festa’s lair.
  • In Episode 928 he is seen in the crowd as soon as Nami and Shinobu fall from the roof.
  • In Episode 941 one of The Gifters transforms into Pandaman.
  • In Episode 951 he can be seen as part of the Heart Pirates.
  • In Episode 966 he can be seen as part of the Roger Pirates as they have a drinking party after Kozuki Oden makes oden on the Oro Jackson.
  • In Episode 969 he can be seen as a citizen in Wano welcoming Oden’s return. This appears again in Episode 972.
  • In Episode 974 he can be seen cheering Kozuki Oden when he survived the boiling.
  • In Episode 976 he can be seen as part of the 4200 people fighting against Kaidou.
  • In Episode 978 he can be seen as part of the Heart Pirates.
  • In Episode 987 he can be seen as part of the Beasts Pirates after Queen gives permission to kill.
  • In Episode 1080 he can be seen as a member of the Heart Pirates when they cheer for Law’s new bounty.

Anime and Manga Influences

Pandaman was originally conceived for the New Chojin Contest (新超人コンテスト, Shin chōjin kontesuto?), a character-design contest for the pro-wrestling series Kinnikuman. As such, his design is meant to evoke a costumed pro wrestler, with lots of exposed skin, striking colors, and an overall “foreign” theme akin to those used by heel wrestlers in real life.

(Oda would return to pro-wrestling for several later character designs, including Jesus Burgess, Spandam, and the Jeet-Abdullah duo.)

In addition, Pandaman’s (supposed) backstory directly references the myth of Princess Kaguya, who was said to have been discovered in a bamboo stalk by a kindly woodcutter.

Anime and Manga Differences

The anime portrays Pandaman more-or-less identically to the manga—as a background curiosity who interacts with neither the plot nor the other characters in any meaningful way. However, the anime will often insert Pandaman cameos where the manga had none; indeed, the anime Pandaman made his first appearance during the Syrup Village Arc, mixed in among the Black Cat Pirates.

Special Episode

Pandaman’s usual status was completely subverted in one installment of the Boss Luffy Historical Special, where he not only interacted with other characters, but played a pivotal role in the plot.

In the alternate Jidaigeki-esque reality known as the Grand Jipang (グランドジパング, Gurando Jipangu?), Pandaman is a well-beloved townsman known as “Pop” (父さん, Tō-san?). This moniker led to much trouble when he fell ill, shortly after being trapped in debt to the gang-leader Buggy. On finding him in the care of a neighborhood girl, the Buggy Gang assumed she was his daughter and schemed to sell her off as collateral, even enlisting aid from a corrupt magistrate. Nevertheless, this scheme was foiled by Boss Luffy and the aristocrat Vivi.

After Buggy’s threat was ended, his would-be debtor joined Boss Luffy and several close friends in celebrating the exotic foreign holiday known as Christmas.

Translation and Dub Issues

All English translations generally preserve Pandaman’s cameos faithfully, with the Viz manga accurately relaying all of Oda’s SBS contributions and both the Funimation and 4Kids anime dubs leaving his cameos unremarked upon. His name, however, is generally written out as two words (“Panda Man”) rather than one.

Much larger liberties were taken in 4Kids’ localization of the video game One Piece: Pirates Carnival. This game originally featured Pandaman in a minor role, as the focus of a Where’s Waldo-styled mini-game; the localization kept this mini-game, but also extended his role into a separate mini-game originally hosted by Blueno (since 4Kids had made no preparations for dubbing the Water 7 Arc). As a result, this Pandaman possesses Blueno’s abilities, as well as an unusually dark and vengeful personality, claiming to have trapped the Straw Hat Pirates in a burning maze as revenge for picking him out of crowds.

Merchandise

Video Games

Playable Appearances

  • One Piece: Become the Pirate King!
  • Grand Battle!
  • Grand Line Dream Adventure Log
  • Grand Battle! 2

Enemy Appearances

  • One Piece: Treasure Wars
  • One Piece Romance Dawn: The Dawn of the Adventure

Support Appearances

  • One Piece: Treasure Battle!
  • One Piece: Gigant Battle
  • One Piece: Gigant Battle! 2 New World

Non-Playable Appearances

  • Birth of Luffy’s Dream Pirate Crew!
  • Grand Battle! Swan Colosseum
  • One Piece: Grand Battle! 3
  • One Piece (Game Boy Advance)
  • One Piece: Grand Battle! Rush!
  • One Piece: Pirates Carnival
  • One Piece: Unlimited Adventure
  • One Piece Unlimited World Red
  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors
  • One Piece Treasure Cruise
  • One Piece: World Seeker
  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4

Trivia

  • In the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th fan popularity polls, Pandaman was ranked 19th, 31st, 39th, 51st, and 97th, respectively.
  • Several of his attributes are linked with the number three (, san?), in reference to the Japanese term for bamboo (ササ, sasa?). This extends to his anime-only bounty of 3,333,333.
  • The anime occasionally inserts Pandaman on items such as shirts, similar to fellow Easter Egg Doskoi Panda. The “official” relationship between these two—if any—remains to be seen.
    • The video game Treasure Battle!, notably, has Pandaman being summoned through a Doskoi Panda token.
  • His design foreshadows—perhaps inadvertently—the Gifters, whose names and physiques likewise combine human and animal parts. Indeed, he makes a cameo among the group of the Gifters introduced in Chapter 943 (Episode 941), though no in-story connection has yet been established.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 5 Chapter 44 (p. 9), Pandaman appears as one of the patrons in the Baratie.
  2. One Piece Anime — Episode 1, Pandaman makes a cameo in the first opening as one of the many enemy pirates Zoro is fending off.
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Anime — Episode 16, Pandaman is seen among the Black Cat Pirates as Kuro threatens to unleash his Shakushi technique.
  4. 4.0 4.1 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 6 (p. 66), Oda acknowledges Pandaman for the first time and his name and occupation are revealed.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 7 (p. 68), Oda supplies a biography of Pandaman.
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Red: Grand Characters (p. 0), In a message on the dust jacket, Luffy recounts rumors of a “Panda Island” he heard at Partys Bar.
  7. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 85 (p. 138), Pandaman’s birthday is revealed.
  8. 8.0 8.1 One Piece Movie — Episode of Chopper Plus: Bloom in Winter, Miracle Sakura, Pandaman’s wanted poster is briefly seen at the beginning.
  9. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 30 (p. 24), Fan question: I found Pandaman’s name on the Poneglyph. Is Pandaman an important thing in Arabasta?
  10. 10.0 10.1 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 55 (p. 46), Oda confirms Pandawoman and Pandaman relationship.
  11. 11.0 11.1 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 27 (p. 66), Fan question: Who is that guy in the same panel as Pandaman?
  12. 12.0 12.1 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 48 (p. 166), Unforgivable Mask revealed.
  13. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 22 (p. 146), Fan question: where does Pandaman live?
  14. One Piece Manga — Vol. 29 Chapter 272, cover story: Ace’s Great Blackbeard Search Vol. 1.
  15. One Piece Manga — Vol. 31 Chapter 289 (p. 5), Pandaman is seen among all the Noland crewmen that have been captured by the Shandia. This cameo is not present in the anime.
  16. Weekly Shounen Jump 07 – 17 – 2017, 20th anniversary
  17. One Piece Anime — Episode 291, The second installment of the Boss Luffy Historical Special spotlights Pandaman.

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