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Doflamingo is an incredibly arrogant, prideful, and a carefree person. 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 Giolla stated the incorrect belief that Amber Lead Syndrome was contagious.
He also has a 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 is rarely seen with any expression 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 Mary Geoise, surprised when Laffitte arrived unannounced and unnoticed until he made his presence 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, which includes being attacked by a mob at age 8 because of their hatred for the Celestial Dragons. Doflamingo learned pain and hunger for the first time in his life and 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 waking up in fear and drenched in sweat. To cope with it, he drank copious amounts of alcohol. He is also shown to be deeply afraid of Kaido, since he was aware that the Yonko would kill him if he could not provide more SMILEs for his army of Zoan users.
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. While discussing with Law about how his father abandoned the status of the Celestial Dragons and how he was setback from acquiring eternal life, Doflamingo became more and more frustrated as he relived the past.  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, his brother, and Law.
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 Age". Due to his belief in this "New Age", 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 liking 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 Age" 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 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 Sarquiss 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.
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. Doflamingo also has this habit of licking his lips at the action of causing bloodshed or an upcoming chaotic event, the latter which he was eager once Whitebeard started his rampage at Marineford and the former when he shot Law at the Colosseum.
Doflamingo has proven himself to be an underhanded businessman, as he has no intention of parting with certain goods despite placing them up for sell or prize, such as the Mera Mera no Mi and Goru Goru no Mi, and would be furious should these goods fall into outside hands. This suggests he places these events simply to earn all the profits, and then forcefully retrieve the item from the buyer/winner.
Doflamingo has immense pride in his flag, and he will let people sail under it, but has great expectations for them and will not hesitate to dispose of them should they fail him, viewing their lack of strength as tarnishing to his name. He does not have much respect for people he considers weak, and desires to only associate himself with the strong, being quick to cast aside the weak. Though he could not care less for weaker people, he does seem to have some interest in improving them if possible, as he will point out their flaws and occasionally give them second chances to please him.
Despite his apathy for the weak, he often seems to make alliances with promising rookies. He adopted Trafalgar Law, Buffalo, and Baby 5 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; It is extremely difficult to join his crew, as most people, especially children, were chased off.
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 Giolla hostage. He is also much more lenient toward his crewmates' failures. Despite his loyalty, compassion, duty, camaraderie and devotion to his crew, 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 Trafalgar Law without a moment of hesitation.
Though his care for his new family seems genuine, he will not hesitate in sacrificing any of them when he sees it necessary, as he intended to force Rosinante to sacrifice his life to perform the Perennial Youth Operation for Doflamingo's immortality, a plan that he switched to Law when realizing that Law ate the Ope Ope no Mi intending to "educate" the boy into seeing the importance to die for him. Law speculates that Doflamingo's care for his crew is really nothing but an act whenever it's convenient for him.
When he was 8 years old, he had the spoiled and violent attitude typical of a Celestial Dragon, wanting slaves and expecting subservience from commoners. He also had a habit of ending his sentences with "eh" as a result of being around Celestial Dragons who spoke with this speech pattern, which eventually disappeared when he was brought out of that atmosphere and his ties and values from his former life were slowly broken. 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 even though they were 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, as he deems those instances as child's play compared to his own miserable childhood.
Despite hating the Celestial Dragons for rejecting his return and swearing revenge on them, Doflamingo continues to believe to this day that he is nothing short of being their equal (if not superior), and that he has the blood of a god flowing through him, something he would flaunt at his opponents. Believing his heritage to be the supporting pillar to his greatness, and that one's bloodline is the determining factor to superiority, Doflamingo held humanity with contempt as was shown when he ceaselessly flaunted his title in front of Luffy, even in his final moments before Luffy defeated him, while believing that a mere commoner never had a chance to defeat him.
Born and raised in the comfort of Mary Geoise, an 8 year old Doflamingo was as oblivious of the outside world as the rest of his former compatriots, infuriated that commoners did not bow to him, unaware of their hatred for the World Nobles' abuse of their diplomatic immunity, and did not understand what genuine suffering was. As he suffered hunger, pain and persecution, however, Doflamingo's knowledge matured, allowing him to understand what true suffering humanity goes through first hand—though unlike his father and brother, Doflamingo in no way sympathized with the commoners' anguish nor felt any regret for them, and instead swore vengeance against all of them for daring to bring pain onto him, all the while his sadistic nature would make even more people suffer for many years to come: he continued to have anyone who offended him in even the slightest manner utterly destroyed and once burned down an entire town just for having shoddy pavement; he ran a slave shop and forced Dressrosa civilians and dwarves into slavery as an insult to how many slaves suffered at the hands of Celestial Dragons and even mocked the commoners' sufferings in revenge, using the fact that one boy was killed by sixteen shots from a Celestial Dragon to be the homage of his attack against Luffy, while referring to the sixteen string bullets as "holy ammunition".
Instead of accepting how the World Nobles caused much suffering to humanity, Doflamingo cursed his father and brother for allowing their kindness to bring them down to the mortal world, and that they deserved to die so they could redeem themselves in his eyes. Due to his matured outlook of life in the commoner's world, Doflamingo became very observant of the environment people grew up in, as he officially adopted Law for seeing the boy's sufferings from the tragedy of the White City while disliking prejudice based on inaccurate rumors (and did not cave in to such in regards to Law's illness), and later rescued the sisters Monet and Sugar from the extremely unfortunate environment they grew up in. In contrast, he saw the Bellamy Pirates as little more than rowdy ruffians unworthy of his positive attention, as he showed little to no respect for them.
Doflamingo has an unbreakable will to survive with pride, refusing to plea or die even when citizens tortured him in a failed attempt to break him, while swearing aloud to live through it just to get his revenge by killing every one of his torturers; compared to how Homing and Rosinante were begging for mercy, Doflamingo's willpower utterly horrified 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.
Due to his abilities, heritage, and blackmailing the World Government, Doflamingo is extremely self-assured, confident that he can get and do whatever he wants even if their is a chance the odds are against him. He has such confidence in his Devil Fruit and abilities, he has no concern with facing whoever stands in his way or who he is up against. He was able to fight several of Whitebeard's men and making one of them attack the latter's crew. He even went as far to go against Crocodile, another former Shichibukai, to where he tried to form an alliance with him and didn't no any hesitation when the former attacked him. When he was blackmailing the government, he threatened an official that will he quit whenever he feels like it, knowing he holds the knowledge to the World Nobles' sacred treasure. Doflamingo isn't without caution as he didn't believe Crocodile was defeated by a Marine captain. After hearing about Luffy, he took an interest in him, especially that bears the initial "D." so he had his crew to gather intel on him and his crew. Doflamingo even warned Vergo and Monet to be careful with the Straw Hat captain as he can use Haoshoku Haki. Still, because of his arrogance and overconfidence, Doflamingo underestimates his foes, as he didn't count on Vergo and Monet being defeated, and when he was about to kill Smoker he was caught off guard by the sudden arrival Kuzan, yet still, he tried to kill Smoker only to be immediately frozen by Kuzan. Doflamingo had to change his strategy since he couldn't kill Kuzan, showing he has common sense, and he can admit when he gets carried away, as when he tried to kill Sanji only to have Law intervene. When facing Luffy and Law, Doflamingo had Trebol by his side, he thought he could beaten them, however, he didn't count of Trebol's defeat and the interference of Luffy's allies. When Doflamingo saw Luffy's Gear Fourth, the former just laughed at how ridiculous the appearance of his form only to feel the immense power from it. After Luffy's Gear Fourth deactivated, Doflamingo made his sworn priority to eliminate him at all cost while attacking anyone who gets in his way.
As a former Celestial Dragon who remains a fanatic when it comes to their 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 he dismissed the idea of the "D." being his natural enemy as an idiot superstition, he became reckless in battle, as was seen by his 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. Prior to Homing renouncing their World Noble status, Doflamingo had respected Homing as a fellow World Noble. Homing's choice had resulted in the entire family to losing 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 Mary Geoise, 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 cursing at the man for bringing them such unnecessary misfortune, 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 used the pistol that Trebol gifted him to kill his father, using the man's head in an attempt to regain his status as a World Noble; this failed, as the Celestial Dragons refused to let a "family of traitors" return, thus condemning Doflamingo to the world of commoners forever. Due to the tragedy 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 absolutely 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 would personally bring death to anyone who dare hurt a single hair on Corazon's head. Doflamingo's protectiveness of his brother was also shown again as he was concerned upon seeing Corazon's stab wound. Even as children, the two were close together, as they hunted food together for their ill mother, and Rosinante cried in horror for his brother's injuries.
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 personally 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. He also held a furious grudge against Rosinante for thwarting his attempt at gaining immortality by feeding Law the Ope Ope no mi as was shown when Doflamingo was outraged at Law's steadfast dedication to Rosinante even moments before his presumed death.
In return, Rosinante saw Doflamingo as a dangerously evil man, and it was Rosinante's duty as a brother to stop him. The fracture of this brotherly relationship actually began when Doflamingo threatened their torturers fearlessly, which frightened both Rosinante and Homing. Rosinante lost all genuine attachments for Doflamingo when the latter killed Homing two years after leaving Mary Geoise, where Rosinante pleaded in vain for his brother to stop; this traumatizing move left the younger brother in tears. Because of this, Rosinante denied his true nature from the rest of the crew. He disappeared from Doflamingo's right after this event, 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 knew for a fact that Rosinante could never actually kill him, as Rosinante inherited their father's kindness and compassion.
Doflamingo apparently treasured his mother very much as he and Rosinante brought food to her when she became ill, and looked worried when she started coughing. She died right in front of an eight-year-old Doflamingo. Doflamingo mentions to Luffy and Law of how deeply he resented his father as he sees him as the one ultimately responsible for her death.
While Doflamingo may be sadistically cruel and unforgiving to his enemies, he holds a 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, while also 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 (although this was something of an offset when Doflamingo has decided to use Law as a sacrifice for the Perennial Youth Operation). 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. Furthermore, while he will forgive any kind of failure, the one thing he will not tolerate is betrayal; he threatened to kill Law if he dares to break the Blood Law of the crew (by bringing harm to any member of the crew) and when Rosinante, Law and Viola turned against him, he demanded their deaths in the most cruelest of ways.
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?, Viz: "Dofy") in a casual manner, similar to how his father and brother did.
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, with Trebol never torturing Doflamingo like the other north blue citizens did and even offered him power by giving the former celestial dragon his Devil Fruit and 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.
Doflamingo cares for Trebol's well-being which was shown when he intercepted an attack from Law when he had Trebol cornered. In return, Trebol cares for Doflamingo's well-being as seen by his jumping to his aid whenever he appeared to be in danger or killing anyone who offended Doflamingo in the slightest manner.
Though, when Trebol was injured by Law, Doflamingo did call him an idiot for ignoring his repeated warning and falling into Law's trap. Nevertheless, he was visibly shocked when Trebol attempted to blow himself up to kill Law.
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.
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".
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. Like the other elite officers, he refers to Doflamingo as "Doffy".
Doflamingo was concerned about Giolla's life when Law threatened to kill her. In fact, he cared for her so much that he would let the Straw Hat Pirates escape, while still holding Caesar captive, just to save her. In turn Giolla is very loyal to Doflamingo, where she would gladly give her life for her young master, just to make sure that nothing gets in his way.
Lao G has respect and loyalty to Doflamingo and calls him "Young Master"; he considers Doflamingo's orders to be absolute. Lao G commented that Dressrosa belongs to Doflamingo and everybody in the country are slaves to him. Lao G also mused an apology towards Doflamingo during his defeat against Sai.
Gladius has blind loyalty to his captain, as he was 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.
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 derogatorily by his codename "Joker" rather than "Young Master", which is the standard way the lower officers refer to Doflamingo. At times when she wants to help him, she refers to 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". He cares a lot for Doflamingo's well-being, as he was on the verge of tears when Kuzan used his ability to freeze Doflamingo at Punk Hazard and was outraged when Kyros seemingly decapitated Doflamingo in front of him.
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.
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 Doflamingo has for Caesar 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.
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 an opportunity 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 him in what he believed the likelihood of failing to assassinate Luffy.
During Doflamingo's "Bird Cage" game, Bellamy confronted Doflamingo about his betrayal and was brutally assaulted. Doflamingo then cruelly mocked Bellamy for being weak and used him as a human shield against Luffy and forced his former underling to battle Luffy. He later released him and allowed him to do as he pleased, 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 after Luffy defeated him.
While he was 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. The 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.
Disco is in charge of the Human Auctioning House at Grove 1. When he was shot and injured by Shaulia, 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.
While Doflamingo was being transported to Impel Down, Jack attempted to rescue him by force, but he was defeated by the three Marine Vice-Admirals Tsuru, Maynard, and Bastille, a Marine Admiral Fujitora, and the Former Fleet Admiral Sengoku.
After the war at Marineford, Doflamingo was ordered to kill Moria. After severely injuring Moria, Doflamingo merely laughed at him and casually informed him that the World Government deemed him too weak to be a Shichibukai and it would be better for it to look like he died honorably in the war. Even though Moria escaped his clutches, Doflamingo was not concerned, believing that he would still die from his wounds.
Doflamingo was once an ally of the World Government, but he did not appear to care much about them. During the meeting at Mary Geoise, he showed no respect for the Fleet Admiral of the time, 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, when a government worker attempted to reprimand him for his failure in handling Moria, Doflamingo responded by threatening and telling the man that he was a pirate and he could quit the Shichibukai if the orders given to him by the World Government were not to his liking 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; in fact, the other World Nobles attempted (and failed) to kill Doflamingo for even daring to return to Mary Geoise. Despite this, he managed to blackmail the Celestial Dragons into giving him equal privileges (to a limited extent) by utilizing the knowledge of their national treasure. This 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. The Government finds Doflamingo's lack of fear and respect for the Celestial Dragons to be a worrisome trait. 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 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. In the anime, Doflamingo mentioned he planned on having Issho killed after he fulfilled his usefulness towards his plans.
The Marines on Dressrosa started becoming enemies of Doflamingo when he activated the Birdcage on Dressrosa and forced some Marines to kill people against their will. When the Birdcage started closing in, several Marines including Fujitora helped in attempting to stop it. After Doflamingo was defeated by Luffy, the Marines quickly found and arrested him, wrapping his body in Seastone shackles. While being transported to Impel Down by Tsuru, he told her and the Marines present to tell the Celestial Dragons that in the coming war they will be yanked down from their golden thrones atop the ivory towers of Mary Geoise and asked that a Newspaper be brought to him everyday while imprisoned in Impel Down, believing that it would be a good way to stave off boredom.
Before he became a Shichibukai, Tsuru constantly pursued him. He holds a certain degree of respect for her due to her tenacity in pursuing him while on duty. During his first appearance on Mary Geoise, Tsuru told Doflamingo to stop manipulating the other Marine officers into fighting each other before Sengoku's arrival.
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 Giolla falsely insinuated that Law's disease was contagious. However, after discovering 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 brainwashing Law into sacrificing his life for that purpose. Law overheard this 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
Doflamingo first learned of Luffy when he heard the cover up story about Crocodile's defeat in Alabasta and had his crew search for the truth. Upon figuring out Luffy was responsible, Doflamingo immediately took an interest in the rookie but was visibly shocked to see the D. in his name. Despite this, 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.
During the events of the Punk Hazard Arc, Law, who had become a traitor to the Donquixote Pirates, formed an alliance with the Straw Hats. Because their plan involved 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, he 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 Giolla 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, largely for exposing his true nature to the citizens of Dressrosa.
When Luffy initially confronted Doflamingo, Doflamingo did not take him very seriously as he easily defeated the pirate in their first encounter. He liked to use subversive tactics to rile Luffy up, such as using Bellamy as a puppet. He willingly freed Bellamy when Luffy was confronting him below, knowing Bellamy's loyalty to him and the fact that Luffy would be stalled since he considered Bellamy a friend. After he shot Law again, Doflamingo was excited to see Luffy's reaction when he saw Law's body.
However, Doflamingo started developing a deep hatred of Luffy due to the Straw Hat Captain preventing him from killing Law several times. However, he was confident that Luffy was too weak to defeat him and took a very casual attitude in their battle. This changed when Luffy activated Gear Fourth and unleashed devastating attacks on him, causing Doflamingo to consider Luffy a great threat and use awakened attacks on him. When Luffy was rendered immobile for ten minutes, Doflamingo stopped at nothing to find him due to being determined to make him pay for his actions. In their final confrontation, Doflamingo used his most powerful offensive and defensive moves to kill Luffy, going so far as to destroy what was left of Dressrosa, but was ultimately defeated by Luffy.
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 Doldo 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 Doldo 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, Doldo (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.
Rebecca and Viola later confronted Doflamingo to buy Luffy time, hoping to kill him. However, Doflamingo immobilized both of them and gleefully forced Rebecca to attack Viola, showing no mercy to his former officer.
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, as well as his daughter being unable to 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 Doldo III, the only reason Doflamingo has not 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, Kozuki 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.
Doflamingo wanted to capture Momonosuke because of the child's connection to Kozuki Oden, who was a part of the Roger Pirates, and therefore had knowledge of the "secrets of the world". However, Momonosuke was not given such knowledge before Oden was executed. When Giolla attacked the Thousand Sunny, she demanded Nami's group to hand the boy over to her.
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.
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. However, he laughed at Doflamingo's offer and attacked both Jozu and Doflamingo. Later, Doflamingo cut off Crocodile's head, saying he would become jealous if Crocodile allied with Whitebeard yet refused his own alliance proposal. Crocodile regenerated and simply said that he was not allied with anyone and the two clashed. He also recognizes his strength, as Doflamingo didn't believe he would be taken down by a Marine captain after hearing about his defeat at Alabasta.