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Richie[4] is Mohji's pet lion and a member of the Buggy and Alvida Alliance as part of Buggy Pirates. He is currently a member of Buggy's Delivery. He is classified as a Type C creature, "Big Savage".[5]

Due to his actions, he is a major antagonist of the Orange Town Arc.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Richie is a large lion that shows a fierce expression during fights and confrontations. However, he can also show a goofy face when he is not doing anything.

In the anime, his eye colors can sometimes change from white sclerae to scarlet red sclerae, or vice versa, depending on the animators. His eyes are usually white when he is in a comical or friendly mood, but red when he is in a vicious or enraged mood.

He has golden brown fur and a pink mane in the manga. In the anime, his fur is green and his mane is purple.

After the timeskip, he has gotten fatter, and wears a one-piece garment with white and orange rhombuses, and a white frill collar.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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Richie in the Digitally Colored Manga.
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Richie's concept art from the anime.
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Richie's motorcycle handlebar-style hair in the Loguetown Arc.
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Richie's attire during the Zou Arc.
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Richie in Mohji's wanted poster in One Piece Grand World.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Despite his size and fierce look, Richie mostly acts like a kitten, having his own goofy moments when doing nothing. Richie is intelligent enough to adopt human-like mannerisms, but is otherwise not very bright and most of the time thinks only about food.[6] Sometimes, his own crewmates will mistake his melodramatic longings for food as though he felt moved by a sad or touching moment if such has just taken place.

Abilities and Powers[edit | edit source]

Being a large lion, Richie can fight by biting and mauling his victims. He is fairly strong, having enough biting force to destroy a thick iron cage that not even Roronoa Zoro thought he could cut down and being capable of knocking Monkey D. Luffy away through a wooden building with a single swipe of his paw.[7]

History[edit | edit source]

East Blue Saga[edit | edit source]

Orange Town Arc[edit | edit source]

As Buggy invaded Orange Town, Richie and Mohji beat up Chouchou the dog.[7] They were then defeated by Luffy and knocked unconscious.[8] When they finally came round, they once again get caught up with Luffy resulting in Richie being used as a shield by Cabaji.[9]

Buggy's Crew Adventure Chronicles[edit | edit source]

Richie became captain of the crew.

During the fight between Cabaji and Mohji over who should be captain, Richie fell asleep and dreamed about being captain himself and fighting a dragon. He beat up Cabaji and Mohji (who had both been weakened from fighting each other) while sleep walking[10] and was declared the new captain.[2]

However, he and the rest of the Buggy pirates got captured by the Kumate Tribe.[11] Luckily, Buggy and Alvida managed to save them by defeating the cannibalistic crew.[12]

Loguetown Arc[edit | edit source]

Richie and Mohji later participated in the attack on Loguetown. It was their job to burn down the Straw Hat's ship,[13] which they failed to do as soon as it started to rain. Usopp found them and before Mohji could do anything, he slipped and bumped his head on the ship's hull, getting knocked out. After the Straw Hat Pirates escaped, they reunited with their crew.[14]

Sky Island Saga[edit | edit source]

Jaya Arc[edit | edit source]

Richie was later seen in the background (picking his nose) when Ace hopped on board Buggy's ship. Ace also asked Richie to jump through a hoop of fire.[15]

Summit War Saga[edit | edit source]

Impel Down Arc[edit | edit source]

Richie's appeared again when the Buggy and Alvida Alliance attempted to save Buggy from Impel Down, even having bought an Eternal Pose that worth quite much. While Buggy's crew was at first desperate to save their captain, Alvida explained about the dangers surrounding their decision and so they gave up and decided to follow Alvida. Among all of this, Richie was comically shown to only think of food and nothing else.[6]

Post-War Arc[edit | edit source]

Richie and his crewmates hug Buggy after his return.

After Buggy reunited with his crew, Richie was seen in the background thinking about onigiri, candy, and cake.[16]

During the Timeskip[edit | edit source]


The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.


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Richie and the rest of the Buggy Pirates surprised to see Luffy and Boa Hancock fighting together on the Groseade.

Immediately after Buggy became a new Shichibukai, the Buggy Pirates received the summons to fight against the World Pirates. Coincidentally, they happened to come upon the World Pirates' ship and saw that Luffy and Boa Hancock were fighting with Sebastian. Richie then followed the rest of the crew as they boarded the enemy ship. On board the ship, they watched as Byrnndi World defeated Luffy and then went to help revive him.

Later, they encountered Gairam who attacked them with his Devil Fruit powers. During the attack, while the rest of the crew were cheering on Buggy for his supposed words of encouragement to Luffy, Richie thought about ice cream. Then while the crew continued cheering and while Buggy was thinking about the Impel Down escapees' bounties being higher then his, Richie changed to thinking about curry on rice and then a melon. However, when Gairam began attacking again, the crew made a run for it while Mr. 3 fended off the attack. Eventually, however, Gairam is defeated by Hancock and the crew escaped outside the ship.

Outside, they saw a fleet of Marine ships approaching, which then began to fire on the World Pirates' ship. Buggy and his crew then make their withdrawal back to their own ship.


Concludes non-canon section.


Four Emperors Saga[edit | edit source]

Zou Arc[edit | edit source]

Buggy's dispatch company celebrates Donquixote Doflamingo's defeat.

Richie made his first appearance after the timeskip at Karai Bari Island at Buggy's Delivery, where he was seen sitting behind Buggy at a feast with Mohji, Cabaji, Alvida, and Galdino as they celebrated the defeat of Donquixote Doflamingo and the positive effect it had on their business, before Mohji revealed the resignation of the New Giant Warrior Pirates from the dispatch company to align themselves under the flag of the Straw Hat Pirates.[17]


The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.


One Piece: Stampede[edit | edit source]

He and the rest of the Buggy Pirates are attendants at the Pirates Festival in Delta Island.[18]


Concludes non-canon section.


Wano Country Arc[edit | edit source]

After the abolishment of the Shichibukai system, those on Karai Bari Island were confronted by a Marine fleet led by Stainless.[19]

Major Battles[edit | edit source]

Early One Piece[edit | edit source]

A sketch of Buggy's crew showing an early version of Richie.

Early sketches of Buggy's crew featured a version of Richie which was no bigger then a normal lion and also appeared more sinister looking.[20]

Anime and Manga Differences[edit | edit source]

In the manga, Richie's fur is golden brown, while his mane is red. In the anime, he is given light green fur and a purple mane.

Merchandise[edit | edit source]

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Support Appearances[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • His name and his species are likely a nod to musician Lionel Richie.
  • Richie's favorite food is meat.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 2 Chapter 9 and Episode 6, Richie makes his debut.
  2. 2.0 2.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 7 Chapter 60, cover story: Buggy's Crew Adventure Chronicles Vol. 19 and Episode 47.
  3. One Piece Blue Deep: Characters World (p. 201) , his birthday is revealed.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary , Richie's name is romanized and his information is revealed.
  5. One Piece Blue: Grand Data File (p. 88-89) , classification of animals by dangerousness.
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 54 Chapter 525 (p. 5-7) and Episode 422, Richie only thinks about food while the rest of Buggy's pirate crew are worried about their captain.
  7. 7.0 7.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 2 Chapter 12 and Episode 6.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 2 Chapter 13 and Episode 6.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 2 Chapter 16 and Episode 7.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 7 Chapter 59, cover story: Buggy's Crew Adventure Chronicles Vol. 18 and Episode 47.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 8 Chapter 67, cover story: Buggy's Crew Adventure Chronicles Vol. 22 and Episode 47.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 9 Chapters 74 and 75, cover story: Buggy's Crew Adventure Chronicles Vol. 27-28 and Episode 47, Richie is seen celebrating the return of Captain Buggy.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 99 and Episode 52.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 12 Chapter 100 and Episode 53, Mohji is seen together with the rest of the crew again.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 233 and Episode 145, Ace asks Richie to jump through a ring of fire.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 593 (p. 18-19) and Episode 512.
  17. One Piece Manga — Vol. 80 Chapter 803 (p. 10-11), Richie's first post-timeskip appearance.
  18. One Piece Movie 14.
  19. One Piece Manga — Vol. 95 Chapter 956.
  20. One Piece Manga — Vol. 2, Oda's notes on Buggy's crew in their early stages.

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