FEATURE: Why The Build-Up Was The Most Important Part of Luffy vs Doflamingo


Donquixote Doflamingo first appeared within the One Piece anime in Episode 151 on April 20, 2003. His defeat would come on March 20, 2016 in Episode 733. That's practically 13 years between debut and downfall, and through that point, One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda was ready to make sure that Doflamingo persistently remained an ominous and fascinating presence. However how did he do it? How did he construct up a battle between Doflamingo and Monkey D. Luffy that followers just about knew was coming for 13 years with out making issues really feel stale or making individuals pissed off with the lengthy wait?




As a result of make no mistake — the build-up is all the time there. This isn't a case of a personality showing randomly after which simply taking place to come back into the trail of Luffy a lot later. From Doflamingo's first look, he's on a collision course with the Captain of the Straw Hat Crew. Nevertheless, this build-up is available in phases, creating an ideological battle earlier than ever giving us a touch of a bodily one.


One of many first instances we see Doflamingo, he's utilizing his powers to torment two marines, cruelly forcing them to battle one another for his personal leisure. That is coming within the Jaya Arc, only a few episodes after Luffy tried to keep up his composure whereas being taunted by Bellamy and in the identical one the place Luffy punches Bellamy down after Bellamy insults his desires and robs one in every of his pals. So already we’ve got an opposition: Doflamingo inflicts violence when he’s bored, harming others just because he's highly effective sufficient to get away with it. Luffy inflicts violence on people who bully as a result of they assume they will get away with it. Briefly: In the event that they met, Luffy would most likely punch Doflamingo. 


Doquixote Doflamingo


Oda takes this additional within the Sabaody Archipelago Arc throughout which Luffy invades the slave public sale home and punches Saint Charlos after Charlos shoots Hatchan and usually acts like a jerk to everybody. In the meantime, we study that Doflamingo was truly a pressure behind the scenes within the public sale home, however has instantly misplaced curiosity in it. This exhibits us that whereas Luffy confronts issues instantly, Doflamingo is greater than prepared to permit others to do his bidding, and has no downside abandoning them in the event that they don't swimsuit his goal anymore. 


Through the Marineford Battle, Doflamingo's objectives and Luffy's objectives couldn't be extra completely different. Doflamingo appears content material simply wreaking havoc on individuals, slicing off Little Oars Jr's foot and clashing with different highly effective pirates each every so often. He makes an enormous speech in regards to the winner of the struggle "deciding justice," however his perspective towards all of it could be very lackadaisical. The preventing and the bloodshed principally amuses him. In the meantime, Luffy's objective is direct and energetic, as he desires to avoid wasting his brother from being executed, which is the very reverse of feeling amused by bloodshed. 


Donquixote Doflamingo


Lastly, we get to Dressrosa and Luffy will get his likelihood to punch Doflamingo loads. However Oda isn't executed contrasting the 2. For instance, throughout the varied flashbacks on this arc, we study that Doflamingo's personal brother betrayed him and was an undercover officer for the Marines. For this, Doflamingo kills him. Examine this to when Luffy is "betrayed" by his crew, like when Robin leaves in Water 7. Luffy doesn’t attempt to punish her however as an alternative tries to make issues proper. Doflamingo's pirate "household" could be very close-knit, however Doffy can also be prepared to finish their lives if he feels slighted. Luffy, however, would by no means dream of doing that. He cares for them irrespective of how harshly they disagree.


We additionally study Doflamingo's backstory because the son of a former world noble who deserted his lavish place and went to reside amongst "common individuals." Doflamingo resented this transfer a lot he'd ultimately kill his father, feeling that his lineage was now disgraced. Luffy, however, was raised among the many decrease lessons, and doesn't actually care about who his father is or the facility he wields. 


Donquixote Doflamingo


When Luffy and Doflamingo lastly come to blows, it isn't as bodily gripping as Luffy vs Lucci, or as satsfyingly dramatic as Luffy vs Crocodile, or as visually dynamic as Luffy vs Katakuri. Quite, its depth comes from the truth that, for over a decade, Oda has been organising this conflict within the background (and ultimately the foreground) of the collection for therefore lengthy. It's an excellent instance of One Piece's long-term storytelling that 90 p.c of the build-up for this battle is spent with none form of bodily contact, however quite the viewer simply understanding that Luffy and Doflamingo wouldn't like one another. That's nice stuff.


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