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|Manga - Anime|
|Romanized Name:||Donkihōte Dofuramingo|
|Official English Name:||Don Quixote Doflamingo|
|Debut:||Chapter 233; Episode 151|
|Affiliations:||Donquixote Pirates; Shichibukai; Dressrosa; Underworld|
|Occupations:||Pirate Captain; King of Dressrosa; Underworld Broker; World Noble (former)|
|Alias:||"Joker" (ジョーカー Jōkā?)|
|Epithet:||"Heavenly Yaksha" (天夜叉 Ten Yasha?, Viz: "Heavenly Demon")|
41 (After timeskip)
|Height:||305 cm (10'0")|
|Japanese VA:||Hideyuki Tanaka|
|Funi English VA:||Robert McCollum|
|Japanese Name:||Ito Ito no Mi|
|English Name:||String-String Fruit|
Donquixote Doflamingo is a member of the Shichibukai, captain of the Donquixote Pirates, a member of the Donquixote Family, the tyrant King of Dressrosa and formerly a World Noble. He is the son of Donquixote Homing and had a younger brother, Rosinante, who served under him on his pirate crew. He is also an underworld broker who operates under the alias "Joker".
His bounty before he became a member of the Shichibukai was 340,000,000. Although he appeared in the first half of the series frequently, he did not play much of a role until the second half. Due to his actions and position he is the main antagonist of the Dressrosa Arc and one of the central antagonists of the Pirate Alliance Saga.
Doflamingo is an unusually tall (standing at 10', and as a comparison taller than Kuzan as shown in their confrontation), blond-haired, very lean and muscular man with tan skin. He generally dresses in flamboyant clothes. In reference to his animal theme, the flamingo, his clothes are brightly colored, with his hot pink feather coat most distinctly of all. Doflamingo sports a pair of curved, thin white sunglasses, which appear to serve as his eyesight with red or purple lenses. He also walks with an odd, bow-legged waddle (though he does not always walk like this), which is also a reference to his animal theme.
He has a white shirt with red stripes, a green belt, and orange pants with white stripes. He also wears black dress shoes that are somewhat pointed. Originally in the anime, Doflamingo had a red shirt with black stripes, a purple belt, and black pants with red stripes. However, when he reappeared during the events of Sabaody, his color scheme was switched to its manga depiction, with the exception of his glasses. In the manga, he has orange-tinted glasses, while in the anime (pre-timeskip) he has purple-tinted ones. He is also seen often, if not always, smiling.
Two years after the war, Doflamingo's outfit is somewhat less elaborate, wearing a plain, open shirt that has small, dark Jolly Rogers as cufflinks, a different belt, and pink striped pants. However, he still wears his trademark sunglasses which have changed from purple to red lenses and dress shoes. Post-timeskip, he drapes his feathered coat on his shoulders instead of leaving his arms in the sleeves, similar to many high ranking Marines and pirates alike. He also now wears a golden hoop earring on each ear.
Even as a child, Doflamingo already had a liking for sunglasses, though he had not yet acquired his trademark ones. Before leaving Mariejois, Doflamingo wore the typical garb of the Celestial Dragons, though his hairstyle was not fashioned the same way due to it not being long enough, and was instead simply neat and tidy in a bowl cut. After leaving, Doflamingo's wardrobe consisted simple fine clothes: a low-neck button up shirt with black striped and a frilled cravat. However, due to the harsh life on the run from angry citizens, Doflamingo's appearance started to turn more bedraggled; in a depiction, his shirt and hair grew messier and unkempt, going barefoot, sitting on a tattered chair near palm trees, smoking a cigarette. At age 10, after gaining loyalty from his four closest childhood friends, he changed out of his tattered noble clothes for a more simple, yet cleaner, black shirt and white shorts. At age 17, his hair was longer than it is currently, he had two earrings on his left ear, and he sported a pair of goggles that he wore on his forehead. In addition, he also wore sunglasses similar to the ones he wears today, but they had a different temple design, and his signature feathered-mantle. At age 25, when Law first came to him requesting membership in the crew, Doflamingo seemed to have done away with the goggles, but otherwise seemed the same in appearance; he wore a black dress shirt with a tie and pants with a fiery design, with his signature mantle over it, and changed his sunglasses to the ones he wears currently. By the time he was 31, he had his hair cut down to the current length.
Like many other characters he has a unique laugh, being "Fuffuffuffuffuffuffu", or in characterized English, "Heh heh heh heh".
Doflamingo is one of the most arrogant, prideful and carefree characters in the series. He seems to have a penchant for dramatic phrasing, as well as a habit of exaggerated posing when giving declarations. He fears few people, as he openly taunts Fleet Admiral Sengoku, sits on the table during the Shichibukai meetings and shows only gleeful interest at the thought of warring with Whitebeard. He does, however, dislike it when people take rumors and speak them as facts, and does not cave into such prejudice from such false rumors, as seen when he grew irritated when Jora stated the incorrect belief that Amber Lead Syndrome was contagious.
When he was 8 years old, he had the spoiled and violent attitude typical of a Celestial Dragon, wanting slaves and wanting to shoot a commoner for merely talking back to him. Even after his father took him away from such a life of luxury, Doflamingo clung onto his heritage, believing he still has the rights of his lost origins, complaining that he did not want to live inside a rundown shack despite being hunted, and resents his father to this day for taking it all away from him. Doflamingo's arrogance stems from his heritage and he hypocritically states that what he despises the most is being looked down upon, while looking down on the world of commoners that he has been condemned to living in to this day. He believes that his suffering from his father's choice is greater than anything anyone else has suffered, deeming those instances as child's play comparing to his own miserable childhood.
He also has an odd habit of sitting in strange positions, like on the back of chairs, on tables, on barrels, and even on a pile of bodies in the middle of a war zone and on top of a wall. He is also completely calm and cool-headed in most situations; even when Baby 5 attacked him with what would be lethal blows, he simply dodged away casually while continuing to have his conversation over the phone.
Prior to the timeskip, Doflamingo has a complete and utter lack of fear and doubt, going as far as to rob the World Nobles of their tributes, so he could blackmail the government. He has never been seen looking with any feeling other than amusement by any turn of events regardless of whom they affect. Only on rare occasions does he let go of his trademark smile, such as frowning in annoyance at being summoned to Mariejois, surprised when Laffitte arrived unannounced and unnoticed until he was made known, and when Little Oars Jr. attempted to attack him directly. However, these moments were short-lived, as Doflamingo would usually just grin again. The only genuine fear he showed then was reliving his childhood memories: due to being attacked by a mob at age 8 because of their hatred of Celestial Dragons, Doflamingo learned pain and hunger for the first time in his life. Such events have left him suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder even up to age 25, causing him to have nightmares of the torture, and wake up in fear and drenched in sweat, to cope with it he drank copious amounts of alcohol.
Two years after the Battle of Marineford, he would continue to maintain his confident smile while everything was under control. However, when Law defeated Vergo and threatened the SAD supply, and even mocked him for his lack of fear and doubt as signs of overconfidence, Doflamingo finally expressed true anger and worry. When Law finally destroyed the SAD supply, captured Caesar, and used that to threaten Doflamingo into abdicating his position as a Shichibukai, Doflamingo finally lost his composure and showed utter panic and intense anger. Doflamingo also showed signs of fear of someone's ability when Admiral Fujitora brought down a meteorite during the three way confrontation between, the admiral, Law and him. Upon finally losing control over Dressrosa, Doflamingo succumbed to fear, despair and fury. Doflamingo became so frustrated by all this that he decided to just laugh everything off.
Doflamingo likes to toy around with his opponents and victims in a sadistic and cruel way, as seen when he gleefully forced two Marines to try to kill each other, and forcing Bellamy and Sarkies to fight each other and suffer injuries before dealing the final blow, all the while laughing at their pain. During the battle of Marineford, all of Doflamingo's confrontations had been for the sake of personal amusement, hinting at a sadistic side, such as when he is seen laughing joyfully after severing Oars Jr.'s leg. His sadistic side is further shown as when he shot Law with lead bullets, as a cruel reference to Law being sick from lead poisoning from when he was a child. This puppeteering nature is implied by Law when he claimed that they will not act the way he expects them to.
He was seen laughing when great events happened during the war, regardless of whom they affected. He found great amusement in virtually anything, from Whitebeard entering the battle, to the death of Whitebeard, to the arrival of the Blackbeard Pirates, and even to the arrival of the Red Hair Pirates. He even taunted Gekko Moriah for being too weak to continue as a Shichibukai, and he and some Pacifista took on the assignment of exterminating him with great joy and enthusiasm and yet treated his apparent escape gleefully even though he got away, seemingly unfazed by his own failure to kill him. Another indication of Doflamingo's lack of morality is that he ran the Human Auctioning House without showing remorse of any kind while selling captured people into slavery. He even profited from countries that are engaging in wars by providing weapons. However, when pressed for time and desperate, Doflamingo forgoes any form of sadism and interrogation, and instead rashly kills his opponents to satisfy his rage.
Doflamingo seems to live by a "might is right" philosophy, believing that the strong are the ones who make the rules and will be the only ones capable of living in the "New Era". Due to his belief in this "New Era", Doflamingo seems to lose interest in other things easily, as seen with his leadership of the Bellamy Pirates and the ownership of the Human Auctioning House. He also threatened to quit the Shichibukai if the orders given by the World Government are not satisfactory to his likings or if they annoy him, and that he never really cared about the World Government from the beginning. Though a firm believer of the "New Era" philosophy, Doflamingo, unlike his former subordinate Bellamy, himself seems to have an open opinion on dreams, though dreams themselves do not seem to interest him at all; despite his belief, he does not seem to oppose becoming the Pirate King.
Doflamingo also possesses an extremely bloodthirsty mentality as he brutally punished a gladiator for not shedding any blood for the spectators of his Colosseum fights and casually licked some of the blood from his gladiator victim off his own face. He also believes in the existence of an inherent cruelty in all human beings regardless of personality that is brought by the excitement of seeing blood and death. He would go as far as committing patricide at the age of 10, and fratricide at the age of 28, both incidents stemming from his contempt for his victims' actions.
Furthermore, when Doflamingo becomes furious, the veins in his head begin to pop out. Should he hold utter contempt for his victims, Doflamingo has a habit of shooting his victims with a gun, as shown with his father, brother and Law.
While he appears to regard those weaker than him as mere pawns rather than crewmates, he does still have some pride and a small sense of honor for his flag and despises the idea of those failing while using it. Though he could not care less for the weaker people, he is not above pointing out their flaws. Despite his apathy for the weak, he often seems to make alliances with promising rookies. He adopted Trafalgar Law, Vergo and Bellamy into his crew and apparently did it very early on their journeys, and treated Law and Baby 5 as though they were his younger siblings; upon Bellamy falling out of his expected standards, Doflamingo discarded him after torturing him first. However, he does have an extremely strong sense of loyalty, duty, camaraderie and compassion to the subordinates who had been with him for a long time, as he expressed remorse when he had to discard Monet and Vergo, felt disappointment when Law betrayed him, and went out of his way to destroy eight towns simply to protect Baby 5 from her personality flaws. This is also displayed by his anger when Trafalgar Law took his subordinate Jora hostage. Despite his loyalty, compassion, duty, camaraderie and devotion to his crew which itself is mutual, he can still be annoyed by their antics; such as Trebol being too close while chatting with him, as evidenced by his irritated frown. He cares enough for the officers of his crew that he protected Trebol from the defector ex-Shichibukai, Trafalgar Law, without a moment of hesitation for a second.
Ironically, despite his familial attachment to his crew, Doflamingo ruthlessly murdered his father and brother. He despised his father for throwing away his family's status as World Nobles, and killed him two years after his mother passed away due to illness. When confirming of Rosinante's treason, Doflamingo hardened his heart and murdered him for it after verbally disowning him.
Doflamingo has a powerful desire to live, refusing to die even when citizens tortured him, while swearing revenge aloud, shocking his father, brother and the torturers alike. Even when being hunted down by the Celestial Dragons, Doflamingo managed to escape them due to his will to live. His strength to live on brought about a desire for immortality, which is the main reason he wants the Ope Ope no Mi. For this, he was prepared to force his brother, Rosinante, to eat it (unaware that Rosinante already possessed another power) and then order Rosinante to give up his life in exchange for giving Doflamingo eternal life, knowing that even though Rosinante is a traitor, he still could not reject his orders. This setback from immortalizing himself angers Doflamingo whenever this failure is mentioned.
As a former Celestial Dragon who is fanatical with the associated privileges and history, Doflamingo has an innate fear for those who bear the middle initial "D." in their names, knowing that such people are the Celestial Dragon's natural enemies. Rosinante believed that this alone made Law in danger of being anywhere near his older brother, and that if Doflamingo should find out, he would kill Law. Indeed, when Law reveals his hidden name, Doflamingo became shocked, and though dismissing the "D." being his natural enemy as superstitions, he became reckless in battle, attacking Law furiously while leaving himself close to his attack range.
Doflamingo once had deep ties to his family, especially his mother, given how distraught he was after her death. He also cared about his father Homing and his brother Rosinante, before Homing forfeited their World Noble status and Rosinante betraying him, which led Doflamingo to kill them and consider them with contempt. By his own claim, Doflamingo forgave both his father and brother when they died, believing that only by dying could they redeem themselves for him.
Doflamingo's father, Donquixote Homing, was a World Noble who forfeited his status in the modest wish to live a normal existence amongst commoners when Doflamingo was eight years old. This resulted the entire family to lose their privileges and much of their wealth, and, after residents of the island found out that the family lost their World Noble statuses, hunted them down and they were forced into a rotting shack. Due to the sudden deplorable conditions of they were forced into, Doflamingo's mother died of illness shortly after leaving Mariejois, and the rest of the family were left to suffer persecution and torture. Doflamingo, in turn, came to hold his father in utter contempt for condemning the family to such a state, considering the man to be foolish for abandoning the family's good fortunes, even screaming at the man for wrecking their existence, despite Homing's attempt to recall the World Nobles to save at least his wife and sons, a request that was coldly rejected. Upon reaching ten years old, Doflamingo's hatred reached a breaking point and finally killed his father, using the man's head in a failed attempt to regain his status as a World Noble. Due to the misfortune Homing brought onto the family, Doflamingo came to hold a grudge against his father up to even this day, as he viciously badmouthed Homing in front of Luffy, Law and Bellamy, showing utterly no remorse in killing him.
Doflamingo once considered Donquixote Rosinante to be his precious little brother, going as far as warning Law not to harm Corazon (as Rosinante is known as), as Doflamingo will personally bring death to anyone who dare hurt a single hair on Corazon's head. Doflamingo's protectiveness of his brother is also shown again as he was concerned upon seeing Corazon's stab wound.
However, when Rosinante left the crew with Law for six months, Doflamingo started to suspect his brother being a spy since Marines no longer pursued the crew. When Vergo reported Rosinante's attempt to pass vital information to the Marines, Doflamingo hardened his heart and disowned Rosinante from his family. Shortly after that, Doflamingo murdered Rosinante, the closest thing to regret he showed was contempt for his brother for forcing him to commit family-killing a second time. Like his father, Doflamingo spoke harshly about his brother to Law, proclaiming he was nothing more than an annoyance and it was a relief to be rid of him.
In return, Rosinante saw Doflamingo as a dangerously evil man, and it was Rosinante's duty as a brother to stop him. Because of this, Rosinante denied his true nature from the rest of the crew. He disappeared from Doflamingo's sight at age 8, and returned after 14 years, which Doflamingo never questioned due to their once-firm brotherly bond. Despite any distrusts and grudges, and even being surprised that his younger brother would dare point a gun at him, Doflamingo knows for a fact that Rosinante can never actually kill him, as Rosinante has inherited their father's kindness and compassion.
Doflamingo apparently treasured his mother very much so as Rosinante and Doflamingo brought food to their mother when she became ill, but she died right in front of an eight years old Doflamingo. Doflamingo mentions to Luffy and Law of how deeply he resented his father as he sees him the one ultimately responsible for her death.
While Doflamingo may be sadistically cruel and unforgiving to his enemies, he has genuine attachment towards the members of his crew, the Donquixote Pirates, to a very high degree, as they had been his family since his birth clan condemned him to a life of misery. This has been demonstrated when he was visibly distraught at the thought of Monet giving her life to destroy Punk Hazard, as well as when he gave his honest thanks to Vergo for his years of service. This is also further displayed when a foot soldier had laughed at Pica's voice, causing Baby 5 to shoot him as he provoked the ire of the entire family. This incident made Doflamingo explain how precious his "family" was to him, stating that the members of his crew with the titles of officer and above have shared joys and sorrows along with him and are all he has, threatening that he would not forgive anyone who laughs at them. Buffalo stated that Doflamingo was even willing to reinstate Law back into his crew, having held a seat for him since his betrayal. He will even calmly forgive failure, as long as his orders were followed. However, his brother Rosinante stated that only the Elite officers know his true nature, suggesting that even among his crew he shares some secrets. His kindness, however, did not extend out of the officer tiers, as he dismissed Bellamy for constant failures and being an eyesore, while threatening a peon for giggling at Pica's high-pitched voice.
Similar to the Straw Hat Pirates and Big Mom Pirates, the Donquixote Pirates seem to have a wide and assorted variety of crew members, as opposed to many crews that follow a specific theme, ranging from a young girl to elderly people. Several members have some personality quirks that Doflamingo is willing to look past, such as Vergo's witlessness, Baby 5's inability to refuse any request, Trebol's tendency of getting physically close when communicating, and Diamante's constant denial of flattery until it has been retracted.
The officers refer to Doflamingo as "Young Master" (若 Waka?), as a sign of respect, or by his alias "Joker" for discretion. The executive officers Vergo, Diamante, Pica and Trebol call him "Doffy" (ドフィ Dofi?) in a casual manner, similar to how his father and brother did.
Vergo is described as Doflamingo's most convenient and trustworthy Marine officer, implying there are other Marines loyal to Doflamingo. Vergo was originally the first Corazon of the crew. Along with Trebol, Diamante, and Pica, Vergo was one of four comrades who stayed the longest with Doflamingo, having known him since at least when Doflamingo was 10 years old. They never abused Doflamingo for being born a Celestial Dragon as the rest of the citizens did, and even declared Doflamingo as their leader upon witnessing his awakening of Haoshoku Haki. Vergo enlisted in the Marines by Doflamingo’s instructions, forfeiting his seat as Corazon, but nevertheless remaining as an elite officer. Vergo's loyalty to Doflamingo is fierce, as he violently beat up Rosinante for betraying Doflamingo's trust, and intended to kill Law in the most brutal fashion possible for treason.
After Vergo had been defeated by Law and left to die in the exploding SAD production room, Doflamingo expressed his eternal gratitude for Vergo's loyal services before bidding him farewell, showing a good relationship despite Doflamingo's dislike for failures. In return, Vergo smiled in gratitude.
Monet is a very loyal subordinate of Doflamingo, having been placed to keep Caesar Clown under surveillance, but he threatened her with death if she allowed anything negative to happen to the scientist. He also ordered her to commit a murder-suicide bombing to take out the entire Punk Hazard populace to clean up the mess. Despite this, they might have a benign relationship, as Doflamingo expressed what seems to be an apology for putting her through the entire ordeal, and even regretted that he must order her to die for him; Monet's loyalty did not waver, as she was already plotting to die in such a way before Doflamingo ordered her, and gladly accepted his last order to her. Right before she tried to push the button, Doflamingo appeared to lament the fact that he made Monet blow up the island.
Baby 5 and Buffalo
Baby 5 has a grudge against Donquixote Doflamingo to the point that she attempted to attack him with fatal blows, but Doflamingo does not see it as rebellion as he sent her to Punk Hazard to assist Vergo right after her failed assault. According to Buffalo, Doflamingo views her like a little sister, and killed all of her would-be boyfriends to protect her from her rash decision of accepting every proposal she receives. When infuriated by the deaths of her fiancés, she refers to him as "Joker" rather than his true name or, as some other members refer to him, "young master" and refers to him derogatorily. At times when she want to help him, she refers him as "young master" like the others.
Buffalo is perfectly fine with that fact that Donquixote Doflamingo destroyed eight cities and all the people living there, simply for the sake of keeping Baby 5 away from her "boyfriends".
Lao G has respect and loyalty to Doflamingo and calls him "Young Master"; he considers Doflamingo's orders to be absolute.
Diamante, as the "Hero of the Corrida Colosseum" on Dressrosa, is highly regarded by Doflamingo, so much so that Doflamingo openly notes on his importance and compliments him a lot, though he refuses this flattery until it has been retracted. The two have known each other for over 30 years and his loyalty to Doflamingo was fierce to the point he would help destroy an entire town for having bad pavement that made Doflamingo trip. He has enough faith in Diamante to hold onto the Mera Mera no Mi. Like Trebol and Vergo he refers to him as "Doffy".
Trebol is very casual around Doflamingo and does not seem to be scared of him, as he gets awkwardly close to him, much to Doflamingo's dismay. The two met during Doflamingo's childhood, at which point Trebol offered him his Devil Fruit and his signature flintlock. Trebol often refers to Doflamingo by the nickname "Doffy". Despite how casual Trebol can be with him, Doflamingo trusts Trebol as much as the other executives, possibly ranking him as the most significant of them due to trusting him with the protection of Sugar and keeping him by his side when Law and Luffy encountered him.
Pica is very loyal to Doflamingo as shown when he was willing to listen to him in spite of not liking Doflamingo's roundabout approach and preferring to take things head on.The two have known each other for over 30 years and his loyalty to Doflamingo was fierce to the point he would help destroy an entire town for having bad pavement that made Doflamingo trip. Doflamingo in turn does not tolerate anyone making fun of Pica's high pitched voice.
Although not exactly part of the Donquixote Pirates, the Bellamy Pirates pledged their allegiance to Donquixote Doflamingo, and he lent them his own symbol. Doflamingo, like the rest of the Bellamy Pirates, believes in the New Age but prefers to keep his opinions of other people’s beliefs to himself. Doflamingo has pride in his flag and when Bellamy disgraced it with his loss to Monkey D. Luffy, he punished him, as well as dismissing the crew under the claim that he has no use for Bellamy under his authority. When Bellamy brought a golden pillar from Skypiea as a tribute, Doflamingo gave him a second chance and officially recruited him into the crew, and even gave him a chance to become a high-ranking commander by winning the Corrida Colosseum. However, after Bellamy lost, Doflamingo lost faith once again, and ordered Dellinger to eliminate Bellamy in what he believes the likelihood of failing to assassinate Luffy.
During Doflamingo's "Bird Cage" game, Bellamy confronted Doflamingo about his betrayal to which the Shichibukai brutally assaulted Bellamy. Doflamingo then cruely mocked Bellamy for being weak and used him as a human shield against Luffy and forced his former underling to battle Luffy. He then released him to let him free and let him do as he pleases, to which Bellamy refused to betray his principles and wanted to fight Luffy one last time. Even after his loyalty Doflamingo showed no compassion to Bellamy and spoke harshly about him to Luffy after the latter defeated him.
Doflamingo is associated with Caesar Clown. Caesar needs him to approve of his actions before committing them, to avoid drawing attention to Punk Hazard, but Doflamingo distrusts the scientist and sends Monet to spy on him. The high value Caesar has for Doflamingo is due to the disgraced scientist's ability to produce the SAD, that the Shichibukai uses to create the SMILE, which is highly stressed in preventing a wrathful Kaido from killing the entire Donquixote Pirates. For this he threatens Monet with death if she let anything happen to him.
Upon Caesar's defeat, Doflamingo ordered Buffalo and Baby 5 to retrieve the fallen scientist to ensure his supply of SAD does not dry out, rather than dismissing him for his debacle as he did with the Bellamy Pirates. His need for Caesar was so intense that he tricked the world into believing he resigned from the Shichibukai, just to bring Law into a trap so he could rescue the scientist. As Caesar was working directly under Doflamingo, a Shichibukai, his crimes were pardoned as well. Doflamingo bolstered this protection by declaring Caesar as his subordinate in front of Admiral Issho, thus Caesar effectively became a member of the Donquixote Family.
Gladius has blind loyalty to his captain, as he is quick to seek revenge for Violet's betrayal against him. Gladius also was overprotective enough to shoot Baby 5 when she was trying to kill Doflamingo, while the other members did not seem to care.
As the king of Dressrosa, Doflamingo had absolute dominion over the entire country. His status as a Shichibukai was what granted the privilege of governing the kingdom without his criminal record affecting his standing. A good number of citizens once had a great deal of respect and admiration for their king Donquixote Doflamingo, as well as the Donquixote Pirates. Citizens tend to become angered when their king is disrespected or spoken ill of, and citizens become disgusted at the sight of someone tarnishing Doflamingo's name.
He was very well beloved amongst the kingdom, as when his "departure" from the Shichibukai and abdication of his kingship became public, the island's citizens all went into mass panic and cried for his reconsideration. Even after that, he remained very popular, as the crowd in the Corrida Colosseum cheered and respected the laws his subordinates proclaimed, and furiously glared at Franky for speaking ill of their king. Of course, with his resignation being falsified, he remains monarch.
However, while Doflamingo has appeared to be a benevolent and heroic monarch on the outside, especially compared to former king Riku who ran rampant across the kingdom, in truth he manipulated the king to do so and deceived his way into the hearts of the people of the country. Doflamingo was in fact irritated when the citizens kept crying for his reconsideration when he announced his supposed resignation. His actions of converting citizens to toys and erasing memories of such citizens further demonstrate a maliciousness towards the kingdom.
The only denizens of the kingdom to realize Doflamingo's true colors and hate him for it are the soldiers who once served King Riku III, Tank Lepanto included, as he literally manipulated them to attack the people as part of his con to take the throne. While some died during the attack, the rest only serve Doflamingo to keep themselves alive and keep watch over the Princess Viola.
Upon Sugar fainting and her powers over the kingdom deactivating, her victims returned to their original forms, and revealed to the rest of the citizens of Doflamingo's true colors. Once the truth spread throughout the island, all the citizens immediately screamed for Doflamingo's head, leading to a massive revolt, thus dethroning him and ending the trust and adoration they once had for him, replacing it with hate and fury.
Exposed as a villain, Doflamingo resorted to psychological means to control the citizens, noting that he should have used tyranny to lord over them from the beginning. He forced everyone in Dressrosa to kill and harm each other, and in a sadistic move, took advantage of the people's fear and greed for his own entertainment, offering freedom from his game of death and prize money by capturing twelve of his enemies.
Despite this, Doflamingo never intended to let anyone live and, after having all his forces defeated, starting to shrink the Bird Cage to kill everyone faster. He even stated he can always make another kingdom, showing that he had no genuine care for the people of Dressrosa.
Despite being an ally of the World Government, he does not appear to care much about them. During the meeting at Mariejois, he showed no respect for the then fleet admiral of the Marines, Sengoku. Also, to kill his boredom, Doflamingo used his body manipulation ability to make Mozambia and Stainless fight each other. The fight was stopped when Sengoku told Doflamingo to stop messing around. Former ownership of the Human Auction House may have had some impact on the justice system, but apparently not enough to lose his position.
Also, after the Whitebeard War, he threatened to quit the Shichibukai if the orders given to him by the World Government were not satisfactory to his likings or they simply annoyed him. He also stated that he never really cared about the World Government. However, Doflamingo blackmailed the government to let him join from the start. It is also revealed by Law that he is an underworld broker, something unknown to the Government. He used Vergo as a mole into the Marines, manipulating certain actions and events through him to how he saw fit. Upon arriving at Punk Hazard, he killed or injured many Marines and he severely wounded Vice Admiral Smoker.
Being a member of the Donquixote Family makes Doflamingo a descendant of one of the twenty kings who founded the World Government 800 years ago, and thus, a World Noble. However, when Doflamingo's father forfeited the family's status as World Nobles, Doflamingo himself lost all the associated privileges and wealth. Even after killing his father and presenting the man's head to his former compatriots, the Donquixote Family was labelled a family of traitors, and he did not regain his lost status. Despite this, he managed to blackmail the Celestial Dragons into giving him equal privileges by utilizing the knowledge of their national treasure, thus allowing him to have the media print out falsified news of his resignation from the Shichibukai, simply to deceive Law and the Straw Hat Pirates, which only the World Nobles themselves would have the power to do. Doflamingo was noted for his lack of fear towards even his former compatriots, going as far as to rob their tributes to threaten the Government; because they refused to reinstate him, he swore to destroy the very world that they lord over. Ironically, Doflamingo continues to cling onto his heritage, flaunting it in front of Luffy, Law and Bellamy when he thought he was being looked down upon, believing himself to remain an equal (if not superior) to the Celestial Dragons.
After the events of Punk Hazard, Fujitora was sent to Dressrosa to assist Doflamingo against Trafalgar Law and the Straw Hat Pirates. Issho has shown great disgust with working with Doflamingo, and when helping him fight Law purposely tried to harm him in the process. Doflamingo shows very little respect towards his high ranking status, and enjoys being able to manipulate him for as long as possible.
Disco is in charge of the Human Auctioning House at Grove 1. When he was shot by Shaulia injured, he called the shop's owner, Shichibukai Donquixote Doflamingo for help. However, Doflamingo told Disco that he could have the shop and to never call again, as he, Doflamingo, was not interested in it anymore because the government was calling the Shichibukai to battle against the Whitebeard Pirates, much to his horror, and he already had big plans for the upcoming era of "Smiles", foreshadowing his complicity in the production of SAD long before Punk Hazard. Being abandoned by Doflamingo left Disco impoverished and bankrupt.
Alongside Caesar, Doflamingo helps supply Kaido of the Yonko with SMILE Devil Fruits. It is because of Kaido's immense power and influence that Doflamingo treasures Caesar to the highest level, and even fears the prospect of confrontation against the mighty Yonko, knowing that failure in producing any more SMILE will make the unassailable Kaido furious.
Doflamingo seems to know Crocodile, as they talked as though they knew each other before. While Crocodile threatened to kill Doflamingo for intruding in his business and mocking him, Doflamingo was willing to offer a partnership to take down Jozu. He however laughs at Doflamingo's offer and attacks both Jozu and Doflamingo. Later, Doflamingo cuts off Crocodile's head, saying he will become jealous if Crocodile allies with Whitebeard yet refuses his own alliance proposal. Crocodile regenerates and simply says that he is not allied with anyone and the two clash.
Even though no interactions have been shown between Doflamingo and Kuma, Doflamingo seems to be aware of the Pacifista modifications that he has undergone as he explained to Ivankov the reason that his personality has changed. However, he does not appear to know of Kuma’s former affiliation with the Revolutionary Army.
Moriah was also quite negative with regards to Donquixote Doflamingo, as Doflamingo damaged Little Oars Jr., despite Moriah wanting the giant intact. After the war he got into a fight with Doflamingo, when Doflamingo was ordered to kill him. Moriah was seen on the ground bleeding while Doflamingo laughs at him and says he is too weak to be a Shichibukai and it would be better for it to look like he died honorably in the war. When Moriah asked if Sengoku ordered his death, Doflamingo mockingly sneered and said that it was someone higher than that.
Trafalgar D. Water Law
Trafalgar Law used to be a subordinate of Doflamingo's. Law knows of Doflamingo's alias as the criminal underworld broker, "Joker". Doflamingo, seeing talent in Law, declared his intentions to make him his right hand man in the future. Doflamingo also used to perceive Law as a little brother, and even stood up for him when Jora falsely insinuated that Law's disease was contagious. However, after knowing that the young Law ate the Ope Ope no Mi, Doflamingo's motive became to use Law's new-found ability to grant himself immortality, even if it means to brainwash Law into sacrificing his life for that purpose; something Law overheard during Doflamingo's last conversation with his younger brother, making the boy realize that Doflamingo actually cares very little for him. After finding out about Law's treason, he ordered Vergo to murder him as brutally as possible, referring to it as a shame. Of all of Doflamingo's subordinates who carry his symbol, Law has modified his to omit the cross-out mark. Upon Law taking hold of the situation between the alliance of Doflamingo, Kaido and Caesar, Doflamingo became intensely furious at his former protégé. Because of Law, Doflamingo's position as Shichibukai was jeopardized, creating much hatred for his former colleague. It was later revealed that Doflamingo had not renounced his Shichibukai title and it was all a scheme to trap Law. Because of Law's betrayal, Doflamingo has shown utter ruthlessness towards him in battle, such as shooting him point-blank with a flintlock loaded with lead ammunition. Even when Doflamingo offered a final ultimatum for Law, Law used it to mock Doflamingo one more time, causing the latter to furiously shoot the young pirate repeatedly.
Upon learning that Law's name contains the initial "D." in it, Doflamingo became very shocked and even horrified, and more reckless in an attempt to rid himself of his natural enemy, despite desperately trying to deny his own fear with a fake front. As with Homing and Rosinante who betrayed him, Doflamingo claims that he will forgive Law with the embrace of death, believing that shooting him with a lead bullet is the most fitting way of execution.
Straw Hat Pirates
Prior to the timeskip, Doflamingo had no ill-intent towards the Straw Hats and did nothing to hinder Luffy's attempt to rescue Ace during the Battle of Marineford. However, after learning of Crocodile's defeat at the hands of Luffy, Doflamingo immediately took an interest in the rookie but was visibly shocked to see the D. in his name.
During the events of the Punk Hazard Arc, Law, who has become a traitor to the Donquixote Pirates, formed an alliance with the Straw Hats. Because their plan involves putting his partnership with Kaido in jeopardy, Doflamingo aimed to eliminate the Straw Hat crew along with Law. Doflamingo sent Baby 5 and Buffalo to clean things up and retrieve Caesar, and upon seeing that Monet failed to detonate the island's chemical weapon as ordered, decided to enter the island himself. However, Baby 5 and Buffalo were incapacitated by the Straw Hat Pirates, and then Caesar was also captured after his failed attempt to escape alone to Dressrosa.
After "resigning" from the Shichibukai, Doflamingo, with the help from his subordinates, set a trap for the Straw Hats at Dressrosa. He used the Mera Mera no Mi as bait to lure Luffy to the Corrida Colosseum, knowing that he would not allow anyone else to have the fruit, and ordered Bellamy to assassinate him before the tournament ends. Doflamingo also had his subordinates attack the Straw Hats while they were separated such as having Jora attacking the Thousand Sunny and Violet luring Sanji into an ambush. When it comes to it, Doflamingo will try to eliminate some of the Straw Hats himself as evident when he tried to attack the crew on the Thousand Sunny when the ship arrived at Green Bit and later attempted to kill Sanji during their confrontation.
Upon witnessing Doflamingo brutally shooting a defeated Law three times, Luffy grew angry and swore to defeat Doflamingo and rescue Law. After hearing about Doflamingo's atrocities, Franky and Robin became enthusiastic in helping Thunder Soldier and the dwarves succeed in their decisive operation in overthrowing the Shichibukai.
After Sugar's curse was undone, Doflamingo trapped everyone on Dressrosa and coaxed his prisoners to go after the Straw Hats by putting a price on their heads. Doflamingo holds a strong grudge against Usopp as he put the highest price on his head.
The gladiator quarters are a prison which holds the convict gladiators. They were imprisoned for opposing the Donquixote Family and they have to keep fighting until they either die in the ring or gain their freedom by winning 1000 battles. However, even the strongest among them do not survive that long. Rebecca hates Doflamingo deeply because of his evil rule. She stood up to him and he condemned her to eternal life in the Colosseum as a "convict gladiator". She wants to win the Mera Mera no Mi in order to be able to protect herself from him.
To become king of Dressrosa, Doflamingo orchestrated a nefarious plot to oust the Riku Family by first forcing Riku Dold III to commit a heinous crime and making him a villain in the eyes of the citizens. In the process, he condemned the entire Riku bloodline to disgrace. In the attempt to eradicate the Riku Family entirely, Scarlett was killed, Rebecca's father was transformed into a toy, and Dold was forced into hiding while Rebecca was forced to become a gladiator at some point in time. After being defeated in the Colosseum battle royale, Dold (as Ricky) expressed his hatred toward Doflamingo. In order to save her father's life, Viola joined Doflamingo's crew. While the crew respected and trusted her, she held Doflamingo to the greatest enmity and even asked Sanji to help her kill him.
Doflamingo, after taking the throne from the Riku Royal Family, originally wished for Kyros to work under him as he had heard of the former gladiator's reputation; however, Doflamingo was unwilling to spare anyone of the Riku Family, including Rebecca and Scarlett, as he told Kyros that he will kill them due to their lineage. Ultimately Kyros turned down Doflamingo's offer as he saved his father-in-law, albeit with much difficultly as Kyros was turned into a toy; after losing his wife, and with how his daughter cannot remember him, Kyros become one of the many victims to the tragedies caused by the Shichibukai. Having retained his free will, he plotted against Doflamingo over the years. The toy soldier is determined to overthrow him even knowing that Doflamingo is a powerful foe. After Doflamingo falsified the news of his resignation, the soldier and his fellow rebels decided to initiate a decisive attack against him and planned to assault the underground world where Doflamingo conducts his illegal activities. Thunder Soldier deduced that by defeating the one person responsible for turning humans into toys and undoing her powers, Doflamingo's grip on Dressrosa will weaken. After returning to being human again, Kyros wasted no time assaulting Doflamingo.
Nine hundred years ago, the Donquixote Family started oppressing the Dwarves. During Donquixote Doflamingo’s reign, the Donquixote Family kidnapped 500 dwarves and put them to work in the Dark Factory of Dressrosa. The dwarves formed an anti-Doflamingo army, Riku Royal Army, headed by the Thunder Soldier. He also kidnapped and imprisoned the dwarf Princess Mansherry and manipulated his kidnapped dwarves slaves into believing she was ill and that SMILEs were the only cure. According to Riku Dold III, the only reason Doflamingo hasn't killed Mansherry is due to her having consumed the Chiyu Chiyu no Mi which grants her healing abilities as well as the power to restore the SMILE Factory should any damage occur to it, making her abilities a valuable asset to Doflamingo's operation.
Although the two have not been formally introduced, Momonosuke shows a deep rooted fear of Doflamingo. Despite his tough upbringing, witnessing the brutality of Doflamingo first hand traumatized him, to the extent that seeing Doflamingo or even hearing his name causes him to lose control of his Devil Fruit transformation.
For some reason, Doflamingo wanted to capture Momonosuke as when Jora attacked the Thousand Sunny, she demanded Nami's group to hand the boy over to her.
Abilities and Powers
As the captain of the Donquixote Pirates and unusually powerful member even for a Shichibukai, Donquixote Doflamingo has complete authority over the crew. He is active in the realm of underworld brokering (including slavery, production and distribution of weapons of mass destruction, and Devil Fruit trafficking) in the New World, and is currently the most resourceful and influential broker there is. In addition, he is the former king of Dressrosa, which gave him dominion over an entire kingdom. Being able to deceive the entire world that he resigned from the Shichibukai is considered to be an impossible feat by anyone less than a World Noble, as Doflamingo was indeed one, which gave him the privilege to do as he pleased on a global scale, without any fear of repercussions. Upon his father dragging him away from such a luxurious life he lost all the privileges; however, he has managed to obtain knowledge of the Mariejois' national treasure, which, when used in combination with the powers of the Ope Ope no Mi, could shake the foundation of the world, a fact he used to blackmail the Celestial Dragons when they failed to kill him, allowing him to regain the privileges of a Celestial Dragon and mobilize the CP-0 to falsify his resignation from the Shichibukai.
Ten years before the current storyline Doflamingo managed to steal riches from the World Nobles and by threatening the World Government, earned himself the status of Shichibukai. His reputation was also enough to force king Riku Dold III to gather money from Dressrosa's citizens to avoid fighting against him.
He is the only Shichibukai known to fight one of his colleagues, Gekko Moriah, and seriously injure him (though he was aided by a small group of Pacifistas and Moriah had yet to recover from his injuries from the war). Whoever ordered him to take out Moriah apparently had enough confidence in his strength to have him kill a fellow Shichibukai, and was highly disappointed when he allowed Moriah to escape before the final blow could be dealt. He claimed that the one who gave him the order to kill Moriah was of higher rank than Sengoku, those being either the Gorosei or Commander-in-Chief Kong, or somebody else of high rank within the World Government.
He is so powerful that Law suggested that if Doflamingo resigns from his position, the Marines will send their top fighters, the admirals, against him. This was also confirmed when Kuzan told Smoker to immediatly warn Sakazuki about Doflamingo, and the fleet admiral should dispatch the admirals. His strength over the lower ranked Marines was enforced when Doflamingo toyed around with Vice Admirals Mozambia and Stainless, and then later defeated Vice Admiral Smoker, both occasions with tremendous ease, showing that he has the ability to take down at least a Vice Admiral at Smoker's level (who's formidable as a Logia-class Devil Fruit user). He is so strong that Law, a super rookie and a Shichibukai, chose not to fight until he encountered Doflamingo to save energy and have a higher chance against him.
Aside from his tremendous combat skills, Doflamingo has great amounts of influence on the world, being a Shichibukai and a world famous pirate. He is also known as Joker, the most powerful broker in the underworld. He had the Bellamy Pirates under his authority, as well as powerful subordinates such as Vice Admiral Vergo and Monet, as well as formerly Trafalgar Law, who was a fellow Shichibukai. He had Vergo installed into the Marines as a spy, thus having a trusted and convenient Marine under his command. Doflamingo is also associated with the former World Government scientist, Caesar Clown, but does not trust him and placed Monet as a deep cover agent to monitor his actions. He declared Caesar Clown to be his direct subordinate, which in turn instantly cleared all of Caesar's crimes and cannot be arrested by the government any longer.
In addition, Doflamingo was the owner of the once-most popular Human Auctioning House in Sabaody Archipelago, but gave it to Disco when he lost interest in slave-trading in favor of the Battle of Marineford and the New Age. His abandonment of the auction hall made it succumb to ruination, further demonstrating the power of his influence (and the consequences for the lack of it). He seems to have a lot of connections as he was able to acquire the reborn Mera Mera no Mi.
He is well-versed in psychological warfare, as he prepared to use the fruit as bait to break apart the alliance between Luffy and Law, believing that Luffy would never allow anyone else to have it. True enough, after learning of the fruit being offered as the grand prize at the Corrida Colosseum, Luffy immediately entered himself into the contest to try to win it. This displays great insight from Doflamingo towards other people. He also used his influence to have the media print out falsified news of his resignation from the Shichibukai in order to set a trap for his foes. Upon Sugar's defeat, Doflamingo regained control over Dressrosa via turning everyone else against his enemies with prize money and the chance to survive, showing ample strategic preparation.
Donquixote Doflamingo is one of the most powerful pirates to appear so far. He has displayed physical abilities of superhuman strength, reflexes, spryness, dexterity and speed, with excellent reaction time.
Doflamingo has also shown considerable hand-to-hand combat expertise, specializing in a kick-based style of combat, as he was able to deliver a single roundhouse kick to his opponent badly wounding him and fluidly dodge his attack in an instant.
Doflamingo has considerable reflexes and agility. He was able to dodge Oars Jr.'s attacks with relative ease and completely jumped over Oars Jr.'s gigantic body. He was fast enough to escape through the eye of Crocodile's sandstorm and exit unscathed.
Strength and Endurance
A testament to his power is that over the course of the series until the Dressrosa Arc, he had never been injured by any other character during a battle. This is noteworthy as he was present in the war between the Marines and Whitebeard Pirates, a battle in which most of the series' strongest individuals, such as Sengoku, were in some way injured. He also showed enough strength to equally clash against Crocodile's hook with just a kick. When Baby 5 attacked him and actually hit him with an explosive round, one that he did not even attempt to dodge, Doflamingo took no damage at all and continued his conversation, not even paying attention to it. He also effortlessly dodged all other attacks from her. He was able to block a Diable Jambe enhanced kick from Sanji with his knee and block the subsequent barrage of kicks that followed with his arm without taking damage. His leg strength is so great that he managed to produce a 360 degree razor-sharp shock wave, enough to cut through all three of the Dressrosa palace towers in one swing, almost instantly, similar to Kaku's Rankyaku: Amane Dachi, but using only one leg and without the preparatory spinning. Because of his height, width, size, and build he can effortlessly carry around a full grown human being without tiring, like the former Shichibukai, Trafalgar Law.
He managed to prevent himself from being completely frozen by Kuzan, as shortly after the ice encased him, he shattered the frozen prison, showing absolutely no pain or discomfort from doing so. He took a direct attack from Luffy's Red Hawk, a move that caused even a steroid-enhanced Hody Jones to spew blood, and recovered in mere moments, though he did cough up a little bit of blood upon being struck. However, Law stated shortly afterwards that the attack only managed to inflict superficial damage to the Shichibukai. Even after taking Law's Gamma Knife, which ruptured his organs, he was able to stitch them back together and continue fighting Luffy and taking further damage like nothing. Furthermore, he has shown great strength, managing to give Luffy a devastating kick even though he was defending with Haki, a maneuver which Luffy was able to easily block Hody with, while at the same time sustaining no injury.
- Further information: Ito Ito no Mi
Doflamingo ate the Ito Ito no Mi which was given to him by Trebol, granting him the ability to create and manipulate strings. He usually moves his fingers accordingly to bend them as he pleases for either manipulating people like puppets or bifurcating his targets. The strings are extremely thin and some may even be invisible, making it almost impossible to notice and avoid them. He has shown himself capable of controlling more than one person at the same time without apparent effort.
Using his "Parasite" move, he can make his victims move to his will by moving his fingers accordingly. Doflamingo mainly uses this power to force comrades to fight (and even kill) each other, while Doflamingo himself sits at the sidelines and watches. Every one of his victims being controlled was unable to resist his powers and therefore was rendered completely helpless. This ability is even powerful enough to stop the physically strong "Diamond" Jozu in his tracks, preventing him from further attacking Crocodile.
The strings can also be used for cutting, allowing Doflamingo to effortlessly slice off body parts and destroy weapons. He managed to cleanly sever Oars Jr.'s right leg in one swift motion  and decapitated Crocodile, though Crocodile's powers only made this a nuisance (due to them not being imbued with Busoshoku Haki). When Issho brought down a meteorite on Green Bit, he crossed his strings to form a net, and sliced the meteorite into small pieces to protect himself from harm. As a further testament of his strength with his fruit, one of his clones was able to easily slice through the back of Bobby Funk (controlled by Kelly). Bobby's body had earlier proven impervious to an axe coated in Haki.
He can also glide or fly in midair by attaching his strings to clouds, creating a "Sky Path", as seen when he did so to cross over the seas to reach Punk Hazard from Dressrosa. Currently the only known limitation of his abilities is that he cannot float where there are no clouds, meaning that he loses his ability to fly.
In the case of an emergency, Doflamingo can use strings to repair his internal organs as a crude way to staunch the worst effects, though it is not considered actual healing or regeneration.
Doflamingo's mastery of his Devil Fruit is so advanced that he was able to awaken his powers, being able to even turn his surroundings into string.
Doflamingo possesses both Busoshoku Haki and Haoshoku Haki. His Haki powers were first revealed during his fight against the G-5 Marines, when he used Busoshoku Haki in conjunction with his Devil Fruit ability to cut Smoker, a Logia class user, seriously wounding him, and Haoshoku Haki to knock out the majority of G-5 soldiers. His Haoshoku Haki first awakened when he was around ten years old, when being pursued again by North Blue citizens who tried to continuously torture his family in revenge, knocking them all out, thus saving him.
He was also able to harden his body enough to resist Luffy's Jet Gatling without any visible injury, and counterattack with an enhanced punch that injured Luffy and sent him flying back a considerable distance. His Busoshoku Haki, however, is not strong enough to block sharp or bladed objects, as seen when he grasped Law's sword and cut his hand slightly as a result.
Doflamingo was given an obsidian-black flintlock pistol with luxurious gold plating by Trebol at 10 years old. Doflamingo was first seen using it after he defeated Trafalgar Law at Dressrosa. He was shown using it to fire three shots in rapid succession to brutally wound Law. It was loaded with lead ammunition, infecting Law with lead poison as a mocking reference to Law's past with the Amber Lead Syndrome. He used this very pistol to kill his father.
10 years ago, he was also shown using a sword when he nearly executed King Riku Dold III.
Doflamingo is a descendant of one of the royal families that formed the World Government and moved to Mariejois. However, his father Homing chose to cease being a World Noble and live a normal, but still somewhat well-off, life along with his wife and two children. After moving to an unknown northern country, Doflamingo was still accustomed to his old lifestyle as a World Noble and arrogantly expected the commoners to bow for him. Despite his father renouncing his World Noble title, the people who they tried to live among resented them due to their longstanding hatred for the World Nobles. When Doflamingo was eight, the people of the country subsequently persecuted him and his family. They burned down their mansion and drove the Donquixote Family into a makeshift shaft on a junk pile. Sometime later, Doflamingo's mother died from illness, due to the deplorable household they were forced into.
Eventually, the angry citizens tracked them down to their shack and, unable to contain their anger at the former World Nobles, attacked Doflamingo, Rosinante, and Homing. The three Donquixotes were lynched and severely beaten, but they ultimately survived, and it was then that Doflamingo swore to kill everyone, which horrified his father, brother and the mob. The memory of this experience would stay with Doflamingo for many years, and would go on to blame his father for all this suffering from thereon.
At some point, Doflamingo met Vergo, Trebol, Pica, and Diamante and displayed the ability to use Haoshoku Haki, knocking out a mob who tried to lynch him. Impressed, Trebol believed Doflamingo to be chosen by heaven and then gave Doflamingo the Ito Ito no Mi and a pistol, giving Doflamingo the power to exact revenge on anyone he wanted to kill.
At the age of ten, Doflamingo then decided to kill his father to regain his former status as a World Noble. With the pistol gifted by Trebol, Doflamingo shot Homing in the head while ignoring Rosinante's pleas to not kill him. He then returned to Mariejois with his father's head in an attempt to regain his old status as a World Noble, but he was rejected as one of a "family of traitors" by the Celestial Dragons. Since then, he swore revenge on the Celestial Dragons for rejecting him. Doflamingo managed to flee Mariejois with knowledge of the Celestial Dragon's national treasure, which would later allowed him to blackmail his former compatriots to grant him the equal rights that he lost.
After returning to North Blue from Mariejois, Vergo, Trebol, Pica, and Diamante then elected Doflamingo as their leader and swore to build him up into the next Pirate King and promised to never let anything stand in his way. Their devotion for him is such that they would kill any and everyone who would so much as offend Doflamingo in even the slightest manner. Trebol shot down some thugs who hurt Doflamingo and they went as far as burning down an entire town for having poor pavement that made Doflamingo trip.
Ascent to Piracy
Ever since his youth, his new "family" had always been the Donquixote Pirates who he came to treasure deeply.
Before becoming famous, Vergo was enlisted in the Marines under Doflamingo's orders, and he ascended the ranks for fifteen years, eventually becoming a vice admiral, while keeping his true identity hidden from everyone outside of his affiliates, thus granting Doflamingo the most trusted and convenient Marine officer available to him.
He finally reunited with his younger brother, Rosinante, when he was 24 after his younger kin went missing for 14 years. About one year after this, Vergo was sent to infiltrate the Marines, thus leaving the Corazon title for Rosinante to succeed.
At age 25, he encountered a 10-year old Trafalgar Law in North Blue at a port town called Spider Miles. While strapping himself with bombs, Law asked Doflamingo to let him join. After Law had been with the crew for about a week, Doflamingo was seen having a meal with his "family". Law held a grudge against Corazon for throwing him out of a window, but Doflamingo warned Law not to lay a hand on his brother. The crew then learned that Law was sick with the Amber Lead Syndrome. Jora thought the disease was contagious until Doflamingo corrected her. They then heard how Law escaped the extermination of Flevance.
After waking up from a nightmare about his childhood, Jora and Machvise brought Law before Doflamingo. He then announced that Law became an official member of the crew.
Law reminded Doflamingo that he would die in three years time, but Doflamingo went on to explain that their "family" dealt with underworld businesses and told Law of a possibility for survival: obtaining a Devil Fruit power that could heal him. He further explained that if Law was lucky to find one before his life expired, he would raise and train him to be his right-hand man in ten years. Doflamingo later noticed that Corazon had a wound, but he wrote a note saying that he was attacked by an enemy.
During the next two years, Doflamingo and his crew spread their influence as they traveled to the Grand Line. They participated in various activities such as looting, making business deals, and collecting bounties. Doflamingo also had his crew members teach Law various forms of combat.
While the crew engaged in a battle with the Marines out at sea, Law and Corazon suddenly left. Senor Pink showed Doflamingo a note from Corazon, saying that he left to find a cure for Law's illness. Six months later, Doflamingo contacted them via Den Den Mushi.
After asking them about their search for a cure, Doflamingo asked Corazon and Law to return to the crew. He also revealed that he had found information on the Ope Ope no Mi and wanted Corazon to eat it and heal Law, unaware that his younger brother already possessed another Devil Fruit power. He explained to Corazon about his plan to steal the Ope Ope no Mi from a trade that was going to occur on Rubeck Island and told Corazon to rendezvous with him on Swallow Island three days before the exchange. After speaking with his younger brother, Doflamingo then had a meeting with Diamante, Trebol, and Pica. They expressed their suspicion of Corazon being a Marine informant, seeing no Marine soldiers knew of their whereabouts during Corazon's absence. However, Doflamingo found it uncomfortable to believe that his younger brother was a traitor.
Doflamingo and his crew later arrived at Minion Island where the pirates who had the Ope Ope no Mi were based. After his arrival, he was informed of Corazon's treachery by Vergo. Doflamingo expressed his disappointment and deduced that Corazon had stolen the Devil Fruit. He then used Birdcage to prevent Corazon from escaping.
Doflamingo later confronted Rosinante after he was captured and beaten by the rest of the Donquixote Pirates. Rosinante pointed his pistol at him and revealed his Marine rank. Doflamingo then demanded the whereabouts of Law and the Ope Ope no Mi. Rosinante revealed that Law already ate it and misinformed him that Law escaped the birdcage safely and was in the custody of the Marines. When Buffalo and Baby 5 informed Doflamingo that they intercepted a transmission saying that Marines took a boy into custody, Doflamingo dispelled the birdcage and prepared to go after Law. After Rosinante firmly declared that Law would not obey him, Doflamingo shot Rosinante multiple times before leaving. When they returned to their ship, the crew was under fire by Tsuru's squadron.
Rosinante's death resulted in Law defecting from Doflamingo and swearing vengeance on him.
Takeover of Dressrosa
Eight years before the start of the series, a thirty-one year old Doflamingo started building his powerful reputation by stealing money from the World Nobles and blackmailing the World Government to attain the position of Shichibukai. One night, Doflamingo appeared at Dressrosa in Riku Dold III’s chambers. After Riku recognized him as a descendant of the Donquixote Family and commented on his feats as a pirate, Doflamingo stated his demand, asking for a 10 billion fee until the dawn of the next day in exchange for leaving the country alone. To avoid war, Riku Dold agreed to the demand.
Just as the money was being gathered, Doflamingo, from behind the scenes, used his Devil Fruit ability to control Riku and made him rampage in the city of Sebio. As panic and confusion spread throughout the kingdom, Doflamingo proceeded to take control of the soldiers as well, making them attack innocent civilians against their will. As he gleefully watched from the shadows, Doflamingo and his top three subordinates waited for the right moment to step in and act as saving heroes in the eyes of Dressrosa's citizens.
While Doflamingo continued to control Riku Dold III, his subordinates managed to take control of the castle with the help of an inside spy (Monet) and also took princess Viola hostage. Once the citizens' trust for their king was shattered and they gave in to despair, Doflamingo, Diamante, Pica and Trebol appeared and defeated the king and his army, passing themselves off as heroes and setting the grounds for the Donquixote Pirates' takeover of the island.
He then held Dold captive at the palace. When Kyros arrived to confront Doflamingo, he told the former gladiator that he had sent subordinates to kill his wife and child. When Doflamingo was about to execute Dold, Kyros attempted to attack him, losing his leg and getting transformed into a toy by Sugar in the process. Despite this, Kyros managed to escape the palace with Dold.
After that night, Doflamingo ascended to the throne. He claimed that the former king was responsible for making Dressrosa a poor country and promised wealth to the citizens. In the meantime, he had his subordinates hunt down anyone with an affiliation to the previous king. Because he found Viola's Devil Fruit ability to be useful, he spared Riku Dold's life on the condition that she would aid the Donquixote Pirates. With the castle bearing his smiley, the Donquixote Pirates used the island as their base. Doflamingo used his weapon trading to instigate wars by supplying arms to various factions including the enemies of the Flower Country.
Doflamingo, using Sugar's Devil Fruit ability, turned those who opposed him into living toys, erasing their past and making the people close to them forget who they were. In addition, he enacted two laws that must be followed to the letter.
- The first law is that the lights go out precisely at midnight, after which no one is allowed outside. Humans must stay in their homes, while toys stay in their toy houses.
- The second law is that humans and toys may not enter one another's houses.
The Bellamy Pirates also swore their allegiance to the Shichibukai, and were permitted to use his Jolly Roger.
Some time after gaining a powerful influence in the underworld while using the alias Joker, Doflamingo formed a three-way alliance with the rogue Marine scientist Caesar Clown and Kaido of the Yonko, in order to create the SAD and Zoan artificial Devil Fruit, to create an army of Zoan-class users within the New World. However, needing Caesar for the SAD production and not trusting him, Doflamingo assigned Vergo to act as an intermediate. Doflamingo provided cover for Caesar's research with the assistance of Vergo, who officially reported the kidnapped children to have died in accidents at sea. He also placed Monet as a deep cover agent to monitor the deranged scientist.
He murdered all eight of Baby 5's boyfriends and destroyed the towns they originated from on the way, due to wanting to protect her from rash decisions because she was unable to refuse any request.
After Crocodile's defeat at Alabasta, Doflamingo did not believe the official reports of a Marine defeating him. He noticed Luffy's increase in bounty and asked Trebol to gather information about him. He was quite shocked that Luffy is a 'D'.
Doflamingo was introduced through his attendance at a meeting held by the World Government, supervised by Fleet Admiral Sengoku after the arrest and dismissal of Crocodile as a member of the Shichibukai.
At Mariejois, Vice Admiral Stainless and Mozambia were seen fighting. One stated that he had no control of himself, his hands were moving by themselves. Vice Admiral Tsuru told the Shichibukai Doflamingo to stop. After being asked to halt with his antics, Doflamingo took matter further by having the two Marines draw their swords ready to kill each other. Just then, Sengoku walked into the room and asked Doflamingo if he was there for a battle. Doflamingo mocked him, and Bartholomew Kuma backed Doflamingo up by stating they now had a target. Surprised that 2 of the 6 remaining Shichibukai came, Sengoku started the meeting. Doflamingo and Sengoku exchange comments on the success of pirating. Just then, Mihawk arrived, commenting on the behavior of the Marines and other Shichibukai he had heard from outside the room. Doflamingo stated Mihawk was the least expected person to show up and Mihawk replied that he was there to be merely a spectator as the meeting was about pirates of particular interest to him.
They were then interrupted by another person, a silhouette of a man was seen greeting himself as an observer also, but stating he wished to participate in the meeting. He was identified by Tsuru (in the Anime by Mozambia) as Laffitte, a policeman who was renowned for his violent ways and exiled from the West Blue. He stated he wished to put forward his captain's name for appointment to the position of Shichibukai. The name of "Teach" was put forward by Laffitte. He was told that because Teach is an unknown pirate, he being a Shichibukai will have little deterrence to other pirates, and thus the government can hardly accept Laffitte's request for the nomination of Teach. However, Laffitte stated they were working to change this and to remember the name of the Blackbeard Pirates.
Long Ring Long Land Arc
At Mock Town Bellamy and Sarkies were having an unexpected battle against one another. The reason behind the battle was the unexpected return of their true leader: Shichibukai member Donquixote Doflamingo. He felt upset that his "symbol" was being used in shame to deride foolish dreams, such as the existence of a city of gold in the sky. Although Bellamy begged for forgiveness and stated that he would never shame the flag ever again, Doflamingo saw no use for him, and used his powers to have Sarkies attack him. With this done, Doflamingo touted the beginning of a "New Age" where only worthy pirates exist and the trash is abandoned.
Summit War Saga
Sabaody Archipelago Arc
Doflamingo was revealed to be the owner of the Auction House. Disco called Donquixote Doflamingo to help out since the Auction House was owned by him. Doflamingo told Disco that Slavery was old news and that they were now in the age of smiles. He then told Disco to keep the Auction House and never call him again. Disco desperately tried to convince Doflamingo to help, but he refused. He mentioned that all of the Shichibukai were assembling at Mariejois to set up the battle to come: The Royal Shichibukai vs. the Whitebeard Pirates.
Amazon Lily Arc
Upon the looming threat of the Whitebeard Pirates he answered the call of the Shichibukai to battle Whitebeard and join the war. He was later shown dining with the other Shichibukai, except for Jinbe and Boa Hancock, at Mariejois.
Concludes non-canon section.
When the broadcasted execution of Ace started, he, alongside Bartholomew Kuma, Dracule Mihawk, Gekko Moriah, and Boa Hancock, stood ready for the war. When Sengoku announced the father of Ace was Gol D. Roger, he along with Moriah was surprised and greatly amused by this revelation. While the Marines were in panic as two tsunamis advanced towards them, Doflamingo laughed at the "Legendary Pirate", meaning Whitebeard, while the great pirate himself also laughed.
Until the arrival of Little Oars Jr., he was content to watch the battle unfold from the sidelines, commenting that things were getting interesting. When Oars Jr. managed to get to the plaza of Marineford, the pirate attacked Doflamingo in an attempt to take down at least one Shichibukai before falling over. However, Doflamingo dodged the attack with ease by jumping in the air, and in the process somehow sliced off Oars Jr.'s leg, laughing all the while, much to Moriah's anger.
Doflamingo responded to the Whitebeard Pirate, 13th Division Commander 'Water Buffalo' Atmos, saying that being in the core of the Era "cracked" him up. Doflamingo used his mysterious ability on Atmos who suddenly warned his comrades to stay back. However, Atmos was late with his warning and was forced to fight his own comrades. The Shichibukai himself shouted that terms for things that changed over time. People who had not seen war had different meanings for "Marine" or "Pirate". Doflamingo states that the ground was neutral and whoever was at the top, would define Justice, thus shouting, Justice would prevail.
When Luffy and his party finally arrived at Marineford, he was delighted to see that all the current and former Shichibukai (excluding Blackbeard) were assembled and, at the same time, amused that Luffy, the "famous rookie", was there as well. When Sengoku revealed that Luffy's father was actually Dragon, Doflamingo commented that Ivankov's appearance at the battlefield and fighting on Luffy's side finally made sense (revolutionaries and pirates have not been known to associate with each other up until now). Upon Ivankov's confrontation with Kuma, Doflamingo asked Ivankov if he had any prior relationship with Kuma. He also said that Kuma was dead.
Luffy, contemplating on how helpful Hancock is happened to make his way to where Ivankov and Kuma were battling. While Luffy recognized Kuma, Ivankov told Doflamingo that Kuma was standing before him and cannot be dead. Luffy asked Ivankov if he and Kuma knew each other, and Ivankov confirmed, while stating that something was wrong with Kuma. Doflamingo once more spoke on Kuma's behalf, saying that while the two seemed to know Kuma, the man standing before them was not Kuma, as Vegapunk had finished his modifications on the former Bartholomew Kuma. Doflamingo then explained to Ivankov the process Kuma volunteered to undergo, as his body was converted into a "Pacifista", with bits and pieces of him being modified at a time.
Ivankov said that Doflamingo was lying as Kuma hated the World Government and would never work with them. While Doflamingo admitted that he did not know what kind of deal Kuma and the World Government made, he went on to say that until a few days ago he had retained his personality, but now he was a walking corpse with no human memory, following the World Government's every command: PX-0. As Jozu attempted to slam Crocodile again with his diamond body, he was stopped by Doflamingo, who was riding on his back and controlling his movement.
While Crocodile seemed antagonistic towards Doflamingo, Doflamingo asked if he and Crocodile could team up. However, Crocodile only laughed at this, and asked Doflamingo if he thought they were on the same level, instead mocking him, saying what Doflamingo was actually asking was to serve under Crocodile. Doflamingo laughed right back saying he was hoping for Crocodile to be rational, to which Crocodile responded by saying that if he was he would not be here in the first place. He then attacked both Doflamingo and Jozu with a massive sandstorm.
When Whitebeard gets stabbed by Squard, Doflamingo was seen grinning. After Whitebeard used his Devil Fruit to tilt all of Marineford and a good portion of the ocean, Doflamingo laughed, saying Whitebeard was a "crazy old guy". After Crocodile saved Ace by blowing away the executioners, Doflamingo somehow used his powers to decapitate him apparently out of envy that Crocodile had "joined up" with Whitebeard and not with him earlier on. Crocodile responded that he joined with no one. With that settled, Doflamingo engaged Crocodile in battle.
The battle was interrupted at a certain point, since Crocodile was later seen fighting with Dracule Mihawk. When Luffy managed to free his brother, Doflamingo said that it would be a lot funnier if they escaped Marineford, so he did not want to fight them, which angered Momonga. Later, when the Blackbeard Pirates showed up, Doflamingo laughed, saying that this was the best and that things were really getting awesome now. When Whitebeard met his end at the hands of the Blackbeard Pirates, Doflamingo once again laughed.
When Shanks arrived and called for peace between the pirates and the Marines, Doflamingo casually stood where he was, smiling as he always does.
With the war over, Doflamingo was seen in the backstreets of Marineford, accompanied by several Pacifista units, all attacking Gekko Moriah. Doflamingo stated that Moriah had gotten too weak, and thus can no longer fulfill the duties of the Shichibukai, and that he was going to make it look like Moriah died in the war. When Moriah asked if it was Sengoku who was responsible, Doflamingo pointed up and told him to "try higher".
Later, Doflamingo informed a government official that Moriah disappeared into thin air before he could deal the final blow. Doflamingo did not seem to care since Moriah was critically injured and would probably die soon anyway. He even joked that there was a chance Moriah would even come back as a zombie, which befits him. The official, however, was clearly not as amused and scolded Doflamingo for not completing the job properly. Doflamingo then stepped up to the official saying that he does not care about the powers in the World Government and warned the official that he would quit the Shichibukai if he feels like it.
Sometime during the timeskip, Doflamingo managed to come into the possession of the Mera Mera no Mi, which was reborn after Ace's demise. He kept it with him in the hopes of using it to lure Luffy to him, having developed an interest in the Supernova.
After Bellamy presented Doflamingo with a gold pillar from Skypiea, the Shichibukai gave him a second chance.
Pirate Alliance Saga
Punk Hazard Arc
After the Straw Hats, the G-5 Marines led by Vice Admiral Smoker and Kinemon intruded on Punk Hazard, Doflamingo gave Caesar Clown permission to eliminate them. He also threatened Monet with death if she let something happen to Caesar.
Doflamingo was first seen after the timeskip relaxing on Dressrosa. He was contacted by Vergo, who told him that Law had entered the SAD production room. Meanwhile, Baby 5 started assaulting Doflamingo with the intent of killing him. While Doflamingo brushed her off, he ordered Vergo to eradicate Law mercilessly, but to also be cautious of Luffy, saying "that kid" possesses Haoshoku Haki and to kill him if he threatened Caesar's life. Once his attacker was subdued, Doflamingo contacted Caesar and Monet. He informed them that he was going to send Buffalo and Baby 5 to Punk Hazard as support. He also told Caesar and Monet that once they arrived, everyone was to return to Dressrosa after they had completed their missions.
When Vergo started to battle both Law and Smoker, Doflamingo monitored the battle via a Den Den Mushi under Vergo's coat. After retrieving his heart, Law spoke to Doflamingo, and claimed that he would defeat Vergo and Luffy would do likewise to Caesar, leaving him without SAD. Law then started taunting Doflamingo, and said that his overconfidence would be his undoing. Doflamingo, in turn, reminded Law of a beating that Vergo gave him some time ago. Law then cut Vergo and continued to taunt, leaving Doflamingo without his smile and angered by Law's words.
Buffalo called Doflamingo to report that they had found Caesar, looking tattered after being sent flying out of his lab and crashing into a tanker. Doflamingo was surprised at first, but then smiled. He ordered Buffalo to retrieve Caesar and return to Dressrosa immediately. Doflamingo began laughing under his breath, saying that with Caesar in his custody again, he could continue to make SAD.
Later, Monet called Doflamingo. He informed her of the defeat of Vergo and Caesar Clown before apologizing for being mean to her. He then told her to press a button that would activate a weapon that would kill everyone on the island except for Caesar. Monet replied that she was already in front of the button and bid Doflamingo farewell as she prepared to press the button.
After that, he called Vergo to thank him for his hard work before the SAD room exploded. However, before Monet could press the switch, Caesar unknowingly stabbed her heart, killing her. Realizing that something was wrong, Doflamingo decided to personally go to Punk Hazard, by flying over the ocean. His subordinates complained about his rash behavior and how he left them behind.
Along the way he encountered a life raft from the SAD tanker ship. On it he found the severed but alive heads of his crew mates Baby 5 and Buffalo. They apologized profusely to him, but he told them that they were only following his orders. A Den Den Mushi of Law's began to speak to Doflamingo. Doflamingo noted Law was a hard person to get a hold of. He asked Law what he had done with his crew mates' bodies, but Law told him he did not know. Doflamingo laughed at Law's confidence, warning him to not to anger him. Law responded that the only one who was going to be angered is Kaido, one of the four Yonko. Law told Doflamingo that once he finds out he can no longer produce the SAD he will not be able to bargain with him, and will be killed.
Doflamingo asked what Law wanted in exchange for getting Caesar Clown back. Law demanded that he abdicate the position of Shichibukai that he had held for a decade and return to being a common pirate. That once he was no longer protected, the admirals would hunt him down. Law told Doflamingo if the newspapers do not say that he has resigned, their negotiations would be over. After this, Doflamingo was left simmering in rage over what to do next.
After the Straw Hats departed from Punk Hazard, Doflamingo arrived on the island. He promptly reattached the heads of his subordinates while gliding in from the sea. He used Haoshoku Haki, which knocked out a majority of the G-5 Marines. Doflamingo then demanded them to tell him where the Straw Hat Pirates and Law went. They opened fire, ignoring Smoker's order to stand down as Doflamingo used his string based powers to slice apart the crew and their weapons. Still enraged, he demanded the location of the pirates.
Smoker confronted Doflamingo and lied about not knowing where Law and the Straw Hats went, and that he intended to report this to Vice Admiral Vergo. Annoyed, Doflamingo said that Smoker knew too much and used the power of Haki to cut him down. The remaining G-5 Marines despaired, as Doflamingo promised he would kill them as well and catch up to Law and the Straw Hats. Before he could deliver the finishing blow, the former Admiral Kuzan appeared suddenly and demanded that he step aside.
He ignored him and tried to finish Smoker off. Before he was able to make another move, Kuzan froze him solid but Doflamingo broke out of his ice. He then told Kuzan that he had no intention of engaging him. He then questioned briefly just what he has become, saying that the rumors about him were not good, before leaving with Baby 5 and Buffalo. The next morning, the newspaper reported that he had given in to Law's demands and resigned from the Shichibukai, as well as abdicating his position as monarch of Dressrosa. He was seen sitting alone in his room letting a record player drown out the noise from outside. He was shown scowling waiting for Law's call, then the Den Den Mushi rang, and he picked it up.
Putting His Plan Into Action
Doflamingo answered the call and told Law that he resigned from the Shichibukai. Luffy suddenly interrupted the call and angrily asked Doflamingo if he is the boss of Caesar. Doflamingo asked Luffy where he has been the past two years, but Luffy refused to answer. He then stated his desire to see Luffy and informed the Straw Hat captain that he has something that Luffy would want to get, which Luffy thought was meat. Law then took back the Den Den Mushi and informed Doflamingo that he will return Caesar as promised. Law then told him that he could pick up Caesar at Green Bit, an island north of Dressrosa.
Doflamingo ordered Baby 5 to find Trebol and let him come to him along with it. While waiting, Doflamingo showed gratitude to Diamante, for the profitable Colosseum that he supervises. Afterwards Trebol arrived, but Doflamingo remarked that he was standing too close to him. Trebol gave him his desired object inside a small chest, and Doflamingo stated that Luffy would come when he learned about it. He left it in the capable hands of Diamante and revealed the object inside the chest to be the Mera Mera no Mi, and correctly asserted that Luffy would definitely come to make sure nobody gains his brother's power.
Doflamingo granted Bellamy an opportunity for an officer position by allowing him to compete in a tournament at the Corrida Colosseum. After Bellamy lost the tournament, Doflamingo gave him an order to assassinate Luffy before the tournament ends. However, Doflamingo had no confidence that Bellamy will be able to succeed in the assassination. Having considered Bellamy an eyesore, Doflamingo ordered Dellinger to kill him.
By the time Sanji revealed to Law that Doflamingo never resigned from his position as a Shichibukai and that it was actually a gambit to fool Law into returning Caesar, Doflamingo was seen approaching Green Bit right on time for his appointment with Law, laughing maniacally.
After Doflamingo and Issho arrived at the exchange site, Law told Doflamingo that he has become aware of his deception and was surprised that he was able to use the powers of the World Government. After Law explained that only the World Nobles have the authority to beguile the whole world, Doflamingo replied that it is way more complicated and that he really wanted to kill Law.
Since the deal was off, Law refused to release Caesar. Upon seeing Issho, Doflamingo commented on how he and Ryokugyu were beasts in terms of power. Issho explained that he is aware that Doflamingo was not following the rules as a Shichibukai and that he noticed that Caesar referred to Doflamingo as Joker.
Doflamingo simply replied that if the admiral wants to investigate him, he better be prepared to back up his claims. After Law declared that he and Luffy are indeed in an alliance, Issho took away Law's title and used his gravity ability to bring down a meteor. Before the meteor impacted, Doflamingo, Issho, and Law used their abilities to reduce the meteor to pieces. After emerging unscathed, Doflamingo, Issho, and Law faced off in a three-way confrontation.
As the battle continued on, Doflamingo smiled, commenting that Issho was not showing any mercy. After Law contacts Chopper, Doflamingo directly confronts him and demands that he return Caesar's heart. He informs Law that Luffy has fallen for a trap at the Corrida Colosseum and orders him to surrender, asserting that his alliance is finished.
Law was later defeated and Doflamingo took what seemed to be Caesar's heart. As Law lies injured on the ground with Issho sitting next to him, Doflamingo explains some history of the Donquixote Family, such as them being one of the founders of the World Government. Doflamingo went on to explain that while he was a World Noble in the past, he remains one no longer.
As Caesar ran towards Doflamingo, begging him to return his heart, Law stated that he never said that the heart belonged to Caesar. Doflamingo then realized that the heart belonged to a Marine instead. While Issho was distracted, Law used Room to escape. He then grabbed Caesar and made a run for it. Doflamingo quickly pursued him and became confused when he saw Law make for the bridge, knowing that it leads to Dressrosa, Donquixote's home territory, and when he saw the Thousand Sunny, he understood Law's intention. He flew towards the Sunny, intending to destroy it but Sanji intercepted him.
Despite Sanji's best efforts to fend off Doflamingo, he was soon immobilized by Doflamingo's strings. When Doflamingo was about to deal a lethal blow to Sanji, Law intervened by using Shambles. He then teleported Sanji, Caesar, and himself to the Thousand Sunny. Doflamingo continued to assault the Sunny along with Issho and his Marine platoon. Law then took Jora hostage, halting Doflamingo's attack and giving Nami's group enough time to escape using a Coup de Burst.
Once the crew on the Thousand Sunny escaped with Caesar Clown and the Marines headed for Dressrosa, Law and Doflamingo stood opposite from one another on the iron bridge. Law then told his former captain that he is ending his alliance with the Straw Hats, because once they stop the production of SMILE, Kaido will target Doflamingo. Law also revealed that his goal was to make Doflamingo pay for what he did thirteen years ago, even if it will cost him his life.
After releasing Jora, Law stated that he was not fighting for revenge but for the will of someone else. Doflamingo and Law begin to clash, destroying the iron bridge in the process.
During their battle, Law uses his "Mes" attack and nicked Doflamingo's cheek as he maneuvered out of the way. He retaliated with a powerful kick, launching Law into the air. Doflamingo used his Tamaito ability to fire a piercing string from his index finger like a bullet, wounding Law's left shoulder. Doflamingo then taunts Law, offering him advice to flee into Dressrosa for cover.
Diamante suddenly contacts Doflamingo via Den Den Mushi, informing him about Violet's betrayal. Doflamingo then orders him to send Lao G to the SMILE factory. He begins questioning Law's plan, stating that he overestimated the amount of time he'd be able to distract him from their mission. He asks why he was putting so much trust in them even though he was using them. Law responds that he believes that "D" will bring forth another storm.
The battle then rages across Dressrosa and concludes right outside the Corrida Colosseum with Law ultimately defeated by Doflamingo. Infuriated at his defiance, Doflamingo fires off three shots into Law from a flintlock. Doflamingo smiles as Law falls unconscious.
Doflamingo then told the witnessing citizens about the ploy Law orchestrated earlier that day. Zoro and Kin'emon then rushed Doflamingo to rescue Law. Zoro was intercepted by Issho and Doflamingo kicked Kin'emon away when he was about to grab Law. Doflamingo offers the Straw Hats to the Admiral if he assists him. Issho merely tells him that he will decide once they are done talking. With Law in tow, Doflamingo heads back to the palace with Issho.
While Franky attempted to breach the toy house, Doflamingo heard the commotion through a Den Den Mushi. Doflamingo then asked Issho if the Marines should do something about the Straw Hats.
At the palace, Doflamingo later spoke with Riku Dold and commented that Rebecca was lucky to win her group's battle royale at the Corrida Colosseum. He then expressed his displeasure of both Dold and Rebecca competing for the Mera Mera no Mi and Viola's betrayal. He was also confident that Luffy cannot leave the colosseum as a human, Franky will not be able to penetrate the toy house, and the Straw Hats will not ever be able to reach the underground.
When the Marines made a move to arrest Franky at the toy house, Doflamingo thanked Issho. The admiral responded by telling Doflamingo not to mistake him as an ally. He went on to say that all he was trying to do was minimize the damage done to the populace and he would deal with Doflamingo later. He then stated his desire to abolish the Shichibukai system. After Issho mentioned the Alabasta incident, Doflamingo tried to kick him. The admiral blocked his kick while warning him about the consequences of his transgressions. Doflamingo assumed that Issho would try to eliminate him, but the admiral stated that he would be on friendly terms with him for the time being.
While watching the finals via a visual monitor, he then heard that some intruders, including Luffy, have breached the palace rampart tower. After learning that Luffy was no longer at the colosseum, he furiously asked who was the Lucy fighting in the finals.
Later, Doflamingo learned that the Straw Hats were allied with the dwarves from Tontatta Kingdom and some of the crew members had infiltrated the underground world and were targeting Sugar. He then interrogated Law, who firmly stated that he had ended his alliance with the Straw Hats and knew nothing about their intentions. Doflamingo then questioned Riku Dold III, who remained silent.
After Usopp's battle with Trebol in the underground trade port, Doflamingo ordered Trebol to move Sugar to the royal palace. Trebol assured him that there was nothing for him to worry about as Usopp was completely subdued.
Activating the Birdcage: The Ultimate Death Game
Doflamingo was then shocked to hear that Sugar lost consciousness and her curse has been broken. As the toys transformed back into their original forms, Doflamingo became distraught as his hold on Dressrosa started to crumble. Kyros then took Doflamingo by surprise and decapitated him.
When Pica appeared from the floor in his stone form and held Doflamingo's body and severed head in his hand, Doflamingo revealed himself to be still alive and prepared to implement a plan known as the "Birdcage".
It was then revealed that the Doflamingo that was decapitated was only a copy. As Kyros attempted to attack the copy again, the real Doflamingo appeared behind Kyros and attempted to behead him with a kick, slicing the palace in the process. Luffy managed to save Kyros from a fatal blow. Doflamingo and his copy then tried to attack both Luffy and Kyros but they jumped out of the way. Luffy retaliated by using Jet Gatling but Doflamingo blocked the attack. His copy then struck Luffy from behind and he followed by giving Luffy a punch to the face, knocking him back.
After informing Dold that he planned to create a bigger tragedy than the one he orchestrated ten years ago, he ordered Pica to throw the intruders present out of the palace. He then initiated his "Birdcage" plan, spreading his strings around the island forming a "cage" and blocking anyone from leaving. He then used his "Parasite" ability to take control of numerous people in the country, making them rampage throughout the island. After Pica moved the royal palace away from Luffy's group to the top of the Flower Field, Doflamingo then made a public announcement to the country, claiming that now that the truth has been revealed, he is initiating a "game". Everyone is trapped inside his cage until one of two things happens: if someone manages to get to the palace and kill him, or they manage to kill a list of people he prepares to name off.
Doflamingo then explained his hit list and each head is worth a certain number of stars with each star worth 100 million. Rebecca, Robin, Kin'emon, Viola, and Franky were each worth one star. Kyros and Zoro were each worth two stars. Sabo, Luffy, Law, and Riku Dold III were each worth three stars. Usopp, who angered Doflamingo the most, was worth five stars.
During a gathering with some of his officers and lower-rank subordinates at the top of the palace, Doflamingo pardoned Trebol and Diamante for their failures. He then destroyed the keys to the SMILE factory to ensure the Straw Hats would not be able to break in. He also assured his men that Issho would not attack the Donquixote Pirates and he would eliminate the admiral when the time comes. When one of the subordinates laughed at Pica's high-pitch voice, Doflamingo and the other elite officers glared at him angrily. After the subordinate was shot by Baby 5 and thrown out of the palace, Doflamingo firmly declared to his lower-rank troops that his officers are his precious "family" and will not forgive anyone who laughs at them.
When Luffy, Law, and Fighting Bull reached a dead end with a pool of water in a tunnel located on the first level of the new King's Plateau, a string clone of Doflamingo appeared behind them.
The clone then attacked Fighting Bull with bullet thread, knocking him unconscious. As Luffy and Law fell into the water and became powerless, Doflamingo expressed his disappointment in Law for choosing Luffy as an ally. Before he could kill them, Abdullah and Jeet arrived and struck the clone in the back. At the palace, the real Doflamingo reminisced about the day he first met Law and commented that Law used to be like him.
Bellamy later arrived and questioned Doflamingo about his betrayal. Doflamingo simply replied that their goals had been different from the very beginning and anything was fine by him as long as he can destroy the world. He then severely injured Bellamy.
Later, when Luffy and Law infiltrated the palace, Doflamingo prepared for a confrontation as they stood in front of him. Doflamingo expressed his disappointment over how Luffy and Law had done such detrimental actions to his works, as well as expressing disappointment over Bellamy's failure. Luffy attacked Doflamingo with his foot, but the latter used Bellamy as a shield. He then attacked Law with a string clone and took control of Bellamy to attack Luffy. However, Luffy aimed an attack at Law. Doflamingo was at first confused, but he realized too late what was going on when Law used Room to switch their places, resulting in him getting hit in the midsection by Luffy's Gomu Gomu no Red Hawk.
As he recovered from the attack, Doflamingo defended Trebol from Law's attack and used a move called Fulbright to incapacitate Law. After knocking down Law, Doflamingo proceeded to attack Luffy with a Haki-imbued kick. He then used his powers to bind Luffy's arms and then have Bellamy slash him. Doflamingo then told them about how he hates being looked down upon and revealed to everyone his former status as a World Noble. He went on, explaining to them about his past and how he would destroy the world the World Nobles control.
He then proceeded to send his string clone and Bellamy after Luffy, while he confronted Law. When Law asked him why he was able to summon CP-0 despite being exiled from the World Nobles, Doflamingo revealed that he had knowledge of a secret National Treasure. Since the World Nobles could not kill him, they became cooperative. Doflamingo then explained that Law's Ope Ope no Mi had the power to give someone eternal youth at the cost of the user's life. As he and Law clashed, Doflamingo revealed that he never wanted Law to have the fruit in the first place and reminded Law that he had taught him multiple forms of combat. He then expressed his anger as Law declared that he would use the fruit's power to end him and his crew.
As the battle intensified, Law revealed that he has the letter "D" in his name, much to Doflamingo's shock. Doflamingo continued with his attack while dismissing the saying of "D" being God's natural enemy as superstition. Law eventually found an opening and injured Doflamingo with Injection Shot.
Law continued to send a barrage of attacks at Doflamingo and attempted to use "Mes" on him. However, Doflamingo grabbed Law's arm and stopped him, using the opportunity to taunt Law. Doflamingo then used his string powers to create a saw on his leg and used it to sever Law's right arm. As Law lay on the ground in pain, Doflamingo prepared to kill Law, saying that a lead bullet is the most fitting end for him. Before Doflamingo could fire though, Luffy distracted Doflamingo by destroying the string clone by punching it though the ceiling onto the level where Doflamingo and Law are.
With Law unable to stand, Doflamingo once again told Law to surrender, saying that he had no chance of victory. He then held Law at gunpoint and commented that he will die in vain. Doflamingo offered Law one last chance to use the Ope Ope no Mi to grant him eternal life in exchange for granting Law any wish. Law responded by mockingly telling Doflamingo to bring Corazon back and go lick the asses of every person in the country. While giving Doflamingo the middle finger, Law commented that the Straw Hat Pirates are a group that can make miracles happen and they won't be defeated. Angered, Doflamingo pulled the trigger on his pistol. Doflamingo noticed the word "Corazon" on Law's back and repeatedly shot Law while expressing annoyance that Law did not occupy the Heart Seat.
After Luffy defeated Bellamy and yelled out Doflamingo's name in anguish, Doflamingo laughed, saying that Luffy is in for a shock once he sees Law's dead body.
Ending the Game
Luffy returned to the palace rooftop and resumed his battle with Doflamingo. As they clashed, Luffy stumbled upon Law's unconscious body. When Luffy tried to speak to Law, Doflamingo stated that Law is dead. However, Luffy refused to believe him. As the Straw Hat captain screamed in rage, Doflamingo prepared to end his game as his Birdcage started to shrink.
Doflamingo informed Luffy that the Birdcage will destroy everything in Dressrosa in about one hour. Luffy charged at Doflamingo, but to Doflamingo's surprise, Law suddenly appeared in front of him. Law attacked Doflamingo with Gamma Knife, damaging his internal organs. Doflamingo then grabbed onto Law's face but was quickly kicked away by Luffy's Jet Stamp. Law then placed a Room around himself and Doflamingo. As Doflamingo lay injured on the floor, Law condemned him for murdering Corazon. When Doflamingo insulted his brother, Law attacked with Counter Shock. After Law collapsed from exhaustion, Doflamingo stood back up, revealing that he can use his string powers to fix his internal injuries. He then attempted to stomp on Law's head, but Luffy quickly intervened.
Doflamingo attempted to finish off Law again, but Luffy countered him again using Haoshoku Haki. Doflamingo then battled Luffy, and though he managed to counter Luffy's early strikes, Luffy exploited an opening and repeately punched Doflamingo before attempting to finish him off with Gomu Gomu no Eagle Bazooka. However, Doflamingo evaded Luffy's final attack and kicked him using Athlete, sending Luffy into Trebol's trap. Trebol gave Doflamingo the chance to finish Law off, but decided to go after Law himself after the Shichibukai insulted him. Trebol told Law about how he and the other Donquixote executives had cultivated Doflamingo to become a king, but Law questioned Doflamingo's loyalty to him and the other executives. This caused Trebol to go into a rage and attack Law, even though Doflamingo noticed that Law activated a Room and warned Trebol not to attack. However, Trebol ignored Doflamingo, resulting in his defeat. Doflamingo was then caught in Trebol's explosion.
Doflamingo managed to evade the explosion and saw Luffy throwing Law down to Nico Robin. Not willing to let Law get away, he tried shooting at Robin's group on the Flower Field using Tamaito, but was immediately hit afterwards by Luffy's Gomu Gomu no Hawk Whip. He then watched as Cavendish arrived and deflected his Tamaito. Even though Cavendish desired to fight Doflamingo, he and the others left on Luffy's request. Doflamingo then resumed his battle with Luffy, with both of them commenting on each other's injuries. Luffy hit Doflamingo using two Busoshoku Haki-imbued fists, sending Doflamingo flying off the roof. Doflamingo laughed them off, saying that Luffy's punches felt like no more than tickles. He then used Overheat to send Luffy flying off the roof, remembering the times he saw and heard of Luffy. Doflamingo kicked Luffy into the palace wall, causing a large chunk of it to fall apart. The two then clashed again, with Luffy using Gomu Gomu no Grizzly Magnum. However, Doflamingo easily evaded this attack and exploited an opening it left to kick Luffy into the ground. He then taunted Luffy about the shrinking Birdcage, saying people would die soon all because the Straw Hats set foot on Dressrosa. Luffy became enraged at Doflamingo for hurting his friends, activating Gear Fourth.
Upon seeing Luffy activate it, Doflamingo laughed at the absurdity of the form, thinking Luffy just simply made himself bigger and bouncier in a desperate attempt to intimidate him. However, Luffy gave him a showcase of his new power by retracting his fist into his arm and hitting Doflamingo with it like a cannon. Doflamingo tried to block, but the impact sent him flying from the palace into the center district of the town much to the astonishment of the citizens. Doflamingo got to his feet and scared them off, surprised at how far he was sent flying. He then noticed Luffy using his new form to fly towards him. Once in view, Luffy suddenly disappeared and reappeared on his left side. Luffy then hit Doflamingo with a drop kick attack that sent him flying through several buildings. Finally getting fed up, Doflamingo managed to avoid one of Luffy's punches and aimed a kick to Luffy's stomach. However, to his surprise, he found that even though Luffy is using Busoshoku Haki, his body is still rubbery and blunt attacks just bounce right off him. Luffy then knocked Doflamingo back a good distance and sent another punch after him. Doflamingo tried to evade the attack, but the attack followed him and succeeded in punching him in the face.
Doflamingo was sent crashing into the ground again, and tried to comprehend Luffy's new form. Luffy then flew toward Doflamingo, intent on ending their battle. Doflamingo mocking asked Luffy how much time he had left in that form as he blocked Luffy's attack by summoning a wave of strings from the ground. Doflamingo then revealed to an astonished Luffy the increased potential of Awakened Devil Fruits as he turned the surrounding buildings into string.
Twenty minutes later, Doflamingo continued hurling string at Luffy as he listened to Riku's speech. Doflamingo then stated that it was time for everyone to die and turned more buildings into string, aiming all of them at Luffy. However, Luffy evaded the string and flew toward Doflamingo, hitting the Shichibukai with Gomu Gomu no Leo Bazooka. Doflamingo tried to counter, but was sent flying into the palace mountain.
Luffy's attack failed to completely incapacitate Doflamingo and his Birdcage remained active. He got back up and soon found himself confronted by the gladiators from the colosseum.
While pursuing Luffy, Doflamingo struck down anyone standing in his way. To make Luffy come to him, Doflamingo accelerated the shrinking of the Birdcage.
- Shichibukai and the Marines vs. Whitebeard Pirates and their allies
- Doflamingo and some Pacifistas vs. Gekko Moriah
- Doflamingo vs. Baby 5
- Doflamingo vs. G-5 Marines
- Doflamingo vs. Smoker (interrupted by Kuzan)
- Doflamingo and Issho vs. Trafalgar Law
- Doflamingo vs. Sanji
- Doflamingo vs. Trafalgar D. Water Law
- Doflamingo vs. Kin'emon
- Doflamingo vs. Kyros
- Doflamingo vs. Monkey D. Luffy
- Doflamingo, Trebol, and Bellamy (controlled by Doflamingo) vs. Monkey D. Luffy and Trafalgar D. Water Law
- Doflamingo vs. Trafalgar D. Water Law (Palace rooftop)
- Doflamingo vs. Monkey D. Luffy (Palace rooftop)
- Doflamingo vs. Monkey D. Luffy (Dressrosa streets)
- Doflamingo vs. Corrida Colosseum gladiators
Translation and Dub Issues
His family name, Donquixote, is originally one word. In the English translations, it has been separated into two, Don Quixote, possibly due to the translators believing it was inspired by the titular character of a novel.
The Yaksha part of his epithet, Heavenly Yaksha, refers to demons of dual personalities who guard natural treasures hidden deep under the earth and roots, from Buddhism, Jain and Hindu folklore. The English manga translated it into "Heavenly Demon".
Anime and Manga Differences
In the manga, in the moment when Sengoku reveals the relationship between Dragon and Luffy, he stated that was the reason why Ivankov was with Luffy. In the anime, he did not say anything; he was only briefly seen smiling.
In the manga and other related merchandise, Doflamingo has a different color scheme than the one that was presented initially in the anime. The anime later however changed the majority of Doflamingo's color scheme to match that presented in the manga.
Early One Piece
In One Piece Green: Secret Pieces, an early concept of Donquixote Doflamingo was revealed, showing that he was originally a rapper, and that he was supposed to be a little younger than his current setting.
- One Piece: Unlimited Cruise
- One Piece: Gigant Battle! 2 New World
- One Piece: Unlimited World Red
- One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X
- One Py Berry Match
- One Piece: Dance Battle
- His physical appearance is similar to the famous French singer Michel Polnareff.
- Doflamingo's flag was the first "smilie" style Jolly Roger to be seen in the series. Doflamingo also stated that slavery is "out", but smilies are "in". With the introduction of SAD and his illicit underground network trafficking in man-made Zoans, "SMILE", the meaning behind his words and symbol become much clearer.
- His surname is a reference to Don Quixote, the main character of the famous Spanish novel "El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha", while his given name, Flamingo, is a bird whose plumage resembles Doflamingo's flamboyant jacket and likely comprises it.
- Doflamingo's Devil Fruit has had the longest gap between its first demonstration and when it was named, at 490 chapters (over 11 years).
- Although he is not themed around a suit of cards as his executive officers are, the Joker in a pack of cards is a unique card that often changes the game.
- In the 5th Fan Poll Doflamingo ranked 17th, making him the 3rd most popular of the original Shichibukai, and 4th most popular over all. This also ranks him as the second most popular major antagonist of the series.
- Doflamingo is the second antagonist (the first being Ceasar Clown) to have his own original soundtrack (the soundtrack can be heard during the flashback where he blackmails King Riku).
- Don Quixote — Wikipedia article about the main character of a famous Spanish novel, after which this character is presumably named.
- Flamingo — Wikipedia article about the animal Doflamingo's animal theme is based on.