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Doflamingo is a descendant of one of the royal families that formed the World Government and moved to Mariejois. However, when Doflamingo was eight years old, 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. Subsequently, the people of the country persecuted him and his family. They burned down their mansion and drove the Donquixote Family into a makeshift shaft on a junk pile, forcing the children to eat out of garbage cans out of desperation. When Homing called the World Nobles for their help, only to be rejected, Doflamingo overheard this and was silent with shock. 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 PiracyEdit
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 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. Vergo's mission left 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. Later, Doflamingo perused a book about Flevance, while drinking some wine, and fell asleep while putting the book on top of his face.
After Doflamingo woke up from a nightmare about his childhood, Jora and Machvise brought Law before him. 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 came under fire by Tsuru's squadron, though managed to escape.
One year later, Doflamingo and his crew held an auction for the Gol Gol no Mi, though he did not intend to actually sell it. Gild Tesoro went to the auction and sent criminals to kill many people, allowing him to gain possession of the Devil Fruit. Doflamingo got angry and sent assassins to kill Tesoro, but they all failed.
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Takeover of DressrosaEdit
Ten years ago, 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 created segregation between humans and toys.
The Bellamy Pirates also swore their allegiance to Doflamingo, 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-type 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.
Eight years ago, the Donquixote Pirates attempted to kill Gild Tesoro and his crew again, but Tesoro's crew was too strong for them to defeat. Doflamingo decided to use Tesoro as a business partner instead, and gave him connections in the World Government. It is unknown what Doflamingo intended to do to Tesoro in the future.
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After Crocodile's defeat at Alabasta two years ago, 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'.
Sky Island SagaEdit
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.
Water 7 SagaEdit
Long Ring Long Land ArcEdit
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 SagaEdit
Sabaody Archipelago ArcEdit
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 ArcEdit
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.
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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 was later confronted by the Whitebeard Pirates' 13th Division Commander 'Water Buffalo' Atmos. When Atmos questioned him what was funny, Doflamingo responded by saying that being in the core of the Era "cracked" him up. Doflamingo then used his ability on Atmos, forcing him to attack 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 stated that the ground was neutral and whoever was at the top would define Justice, thus shouting that 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 is actually Dragon, Doflamingo commented that Ivankov's appearance at the battlefield and fighting on Luffy's side finally made sense. During Ivankov's confrontation with Kuma, Doflamingo asked Ivankov if he had any prior relationship with Kuma before stating that Kuma was dead.
When Luffy made his way to where Ivankov and Kuma were battling and recognized Kuma, Ivankov told Doflamingo that Kuma was standing before him and cannot be dead. After Ivankov noted that something was wrong with Kuma, Doflamingo spoke on Kuma's behalf, saying once again that the man standing before Luffy and Ivankov was not the Kuma they knew, 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 became 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 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 usual.
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.
During the TimeskipEdit
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.
Punk Hazard ArcEdit
After the Straw Hats, the G-5 Marines led by Vice Admiral Smoker and Kin'emon 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.
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.
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 would not 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.
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.
After easily defeating the gladiators who tried to attack him, Doflamingo found himself confronted by Viola with Rebecca watching nearby.
Doflamingo gravely injured Viola, saying that he does not tolerate traitors. While immobilizing Viola, he took control of Rebecca, preparing her to strike down her defenseless aunt. At that moment, Gatz made his broadcast, revealing to everyone on Dressrosa that Luffy would bring down Doflamingo once and for all in ten seconds. Gatz taunted Doflamingo, causing the Shichibukai to become enraged and stab him with a sheet of string. When Doflamingo was about to kill Viola through Rebecca, Law switched Viola's position with Luffy, who prepared to fight Doflamingo once more.
Doflamingo attacked both Luffy and Rebecca with his strings, but Law saved Rebecca, so he turned his attention solely to Luffy. Doflamingo then turned an entire portion of the town into string to attack Luffy with a thousand "Flap Thread" string arrows.
Doflamingo immobilized Luffy and taunted him by saying that all the slaughter could have been avoided had the people of Dressrosa just accepted their manipulation. This enraged Luffy to the point where he instantly reactivated Gear Fourth and broke the strings holding him, taking the remainder of the fight into the skies above.
After once again saying Luffy stood no chance against him due to his "commoner's blood", Doflamingo attempted to trap him in his Spider's Web. As Luffy enlarged his right arm and readied his final attack, Doflamingo unleashed 16 God Threads in a last ditch effort to kill Luffy. Despite this, Luffy's King Kong Gun broke through Doflamingo's attack and slammed Doflamingo into the ground. The force was so powerful that it upturned an entire section of the city in the impact and shattered his trademark sunglasses.
Doflamingo fell into the underground trade port as a result of the attack and finally lost consciousness, making the Birdcage crumble away. His broken sunglasses clattered to the ground beside him, landing upside down. His unconscious body was later found by the Marines and they arrested him while chaining his body in Seastone shackles, formally stripping him of the title of Shichibukai, while Issho publicly apologized to Dressrosa and the neighboring countries for the World Government's mistake in letting such a dangerous pirate hold this title, bowing in apology with all the Marines present in the ruined kingdom.
Doflamingo was later locked in a cell aboard a Marine ship. As Tsuru watched over him, Doflamingo expressed his frustration over Issho's decision to not work with him in taking down Luffy and Law, because he considered himself the one who reigned in all the "monsters" in the world, yet continued to find mirth even in defeat, taunting the Marines with a smile and laughter at the thought of what would happen now that he has been removed from the Shichibukai.
After Tsuru reminded him of the reality that he lost, Doflamingo commented on the era where Whitebeard ruled in front of the throne of the Pirate King instead of claiming it out of respect for Gol D. Roger, noting 25 years had elapsed since the Pirate King's voyage across the Grand Line. He further explained that there are many individuals who would attempt to be rulers of the seas in their own right and with himself removed from power and no longer feeding the monsters, there was no one left to hold back a battle for supremacy and the war for the title of Pirate King will one day soon begin. He also told Tsuru that the World Nobles will be removed from power as well. Aware that the ship was headed for Impel Down, he asked for a newspaper every day to prevent himself from getting bored.
Afterwards, Kaido's right-hand man, Jack, pursued Doflamingo's escort of four Marine warships and attempted to take Doflamingo back by force. However, the rescue attempt failed and Jack was presumed dead.