Due to his actions, he is a major antagonist of the Orange Town Arc.
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.
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. 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 PowersEdit
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.
East Blue SagaEdit
Orange Town ArcEdit
As Buggy invaded Orange Town, Richie and Mohji beat up Chouchou the dog. They were then defeated by Luffy and knocked unconscious. When they finally came round, they once again get caught up with Luffy resulting in Richie being used as a shield by Cabaji.
Buggy's Crew Adventure ChroniclesEdit
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 and was declared the new captain.
Richie and Mohji later participated in the attack on Loguetown. It was their job to burn down the Straw Hat's ship, 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.
Sky Island SagaEdit
Summit War SagaEdit
Impel Down ArcEdit
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.
After Buggy reunited with his crew, Richie was seen in the background thinking about onigiri, candy, and cake.
During the TimeskipEdit
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.
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Four Emperors SagaEdit
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.
One Piece: StampedeEdit
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Wano Country ArcEdit
Early One PieceEdit
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.
Anime and Manga DifferencesEdit
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.
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- His name and his species are likely a nod to musician Lionel Richie.
- Richie's favorite food is meat.