The number of battles in the One Piece franchise is enormous. Some of them have been more important, some less. Some have been more epic, some less epic. But, most of them were actually very entertaining. Referring back to one such battle, we have decided to compare two amazing One Piece characters and tell you who the stronger one is. One of them is the series’ protagonist, Monkey D. Luffy, and the other is Donquixote Doflamingo, one of Luffy’s greatest opponents. You’re going to find out who the stronger character is!
As was evidenced by their fight in both the manga and the anime, Monkey D. Luffy is the stronger of the two characters. And while Donquixote Doflamingo certainly is a formidable opponent that forced Luffy into giving it his all in the battle, Luffy is the one that ultimately came out as the winner and that is why he is the stronger character in this case.
The rest of this article will further elaborate on the above-given answer, as we are going to compare Luffy and Donquixote Doflamingo in more detail. Through several categories, you are going to see who the stronger of the two is and why our answer is like it is, i.e., why Luffy was ultimately able to defeat Donquixote Doflamingo in a direct fight.
His immense strength and physical abilities are only surpassed by his inexhaustible willpower (also a result of his childhood and his training with Garp), as has been shown on several occasions throughout the series, both in battle and in some of his acts. One of the most outstanding occasions of this nature is that, in Thriller Bark, he is able to take more than 100 shadows without losing consciousness, unlike any normal humans, who could only take 2 or 3 before falling down.
This force of will allows him to survive even beyond what the toughest normal people would be capable of, as demonstrated when he was poisoned by Magellan and survived far beyond what a human would have been capable of, sustaining his life. in critical condition thanks solely to his enormous willpower.
It is also shown, after that moment, when he survives Emporio Ivankov’s “healing hormones”, whose action guarantees a very negligible survival capacity, and would leave any person totally destroyed internally and externally, subtracting, even, the period of life estimated for himself considerably, and having a recovery time of at least two days, but Luffy recovered in twenty hours. It was also demonstrated, among many other occasions, in the occasion in which Basil Hawkins uses his ability to divine the fortune of any event or person, and he assures that, despite taking the test many times, the opportunity to Luffy’s survival never reached zero.
A testament to his power is that from his appearance in the series, until the Dressrosa Arc, he had never been injured by a character during a battle. This is notable as he was present at the Marineford war, a war in which most of the strongest characters in the series, like Sengoku, ended up injured in some way. He was also shown to have enough strength to evenly deal with Crocodile’s uppercut, with just his kicks.
When Baby 5 attacked him, he easily dodged all of her attacks, and when she finally hit him with an explosive round, Doflamingo took no damage at all and continued their conversation, not even paying attention to her. He was able to block a Diable Jambe kick from Sanji with his knee, and block with his fully exposed arm, the subsequent barrage of kicks from Sanji.
His leg strength allowed him to produce a wave of razor-sharp 360-degree blows, enough to cut through all three of Dressrosa’s palace towers almost instantly, similar to Kaku’s Rankyaku “Amane Dachi”, but using only one leg and without preparation.
Doflamingo’s physical powers are truly impressive and he is undoubtedly one of the best fighters in the series, but Luffy is simply Luffy and he would not give up until Doflamingo was finally down. Which is what he actually did, and that is why this point goes to him.
Points: Luffy 1, Doflamingo 0
Luffy’s basic combat abilities are enhanced by having eaten the Gomu Gomu no Mi which is actually one of the rare and coveted Devil Fruits later revealed to be a Paramecia type. By eating it, Luffy obtained an elastic body and is, therefore, able to stretch for very long distances and use this advantage for various and varied uses such as combat, moving quickly over long distances, and clinging to objects to avoid falling into some ravines in which it would have been pushed beforehand.
Generally speaking, Luffy’s body parts only lengthen if they experience enough force. Luffy, for example, doesn’t seem to be able to just stretch his neck like that without moving. He will have to apply a force in the opposite direction to the direction in which he wants to lengthen his limbs to lengthen them and measure the force to establish the desired elongation. Once his limbs are stretched, he can then use them when they are lying down to do whatever he wants. Luffy, who has great physical strength and has been rubber for ten years, has absolutely no problem with it.
Doflamingo ate a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit, the Ito Ito no Mi which allows him to create threads from his fingers and control people at will, like puppets. He can control people as he pleases by moving his fingers accordingly. Doflamingo uses this power for the first time to force allies to fight each other (and kill each other), while Doflamingo himself stands aside and watches them. We do not know (for the moment) the limits of his abilities. He is able to control multiple people at the same time with no apparent effort (such as the night he seized power and forced the entire army of Dressrosa as well as Riku to kill the citizens).
Each of his victims who were under his control was unable to resist his powers and thus were completely helpless against him. This ability is strong enough to stop “Diamond” Joz who is physically strong in his tracks, preventing him from attacking Crocodile further. We notice that he cuts Odz Jr.’s leg with a wire. Also, one of his named attacks in the video game (One Piece Unlimited World Red) is called Marionette, reinforcing the idea of puppet manipulation. His victims would only be puppets carried by these threads.
Both Luffy’s and Doflamingo’s Devil Fruits are extremely powerful and since they are so different in their natures, we couldn’t really discern between them, which is why we decided to divide the points.
Points: Luffy 2, Doflamingo 1
Luffy is able to use the most powerful and rarest Haki, the Royal Haki. Luffy, on his first use of this ability, caused Motobaro, Duval’s bison, to lose consciousness. However, it was learned that Luffy was a wielder of the Royal Fluid only during his Amazon Lily adventures. After the two years of training, Luffy became very good at all types of Haki, including the above-mentioned Royal Haki. He uses it amazingly to knock out 50,000 of the 100,000 Fishman with one blow, all of whom are ten times the strength of a human being. During the Dressrosa Arc, Luffy used this Haki to intimidate Fighting Bull and later make him an ally. The Straw Hat also had a Royal Haki duel against Don Chinjao and Doflamingo.
Doflamingo masters all three forms of Haki. The Armament Haki was used in conjunction with his sons to slice Smoker, despite the latter having eaten a Logia-type Devil Fruit. The Royal Haki has been used to cause G-5 Marines to pass out while standing still. He was also able to block Sanji’s Devil Leg as well as his barrage of kicks effortlessly. Doflamingo even managed to take a “Red Hawk” from Luffy and a Gamma Knife from Law while standing and continuing to fight. Finally, he managed to escape unscathed when Kuzan froze him, demonstrating that Doflamingo is one of the most powerful characters in the series.
Although both of them are very apt at using Haki and know all three forms, the fact that Luffy managed to defeat Doflamingo means that we have to award him this category.
Points: Luffy 3, Doflamingo 1
Luffy rarely used weapons due to his inexperience and inability to use them. In his childhood, he wielded a metal pipe. In Arlong Park, Luffy briefly tried to fight with swords but failed miserably.
In Chapter 729, Doflamingo uses a pistol to finish Law off by firing three bullets in succession Celestial Dragon style. Ten years ago, Doflamingo was seen using a sword as he was about to kill King Riku, during his Coup.
The fact that Luffy doesn’t actually use any weapons and that even if he did, he would suck at it, means that anyone who can even wield a kitchen knife is more skilled than him in this category. This means that Doflamingo wins this one easily.
Points: Luffy 3, Doflamingo 2
And now for the most important and interesting section of our article – the analysis. Here, we are going to use what we have found out about these two characters and analyze how all these facts would (or would not) help them in a fight against each other. Let us continue.
Finally, the points tell us what we wanted to know, but that was obvious if you’ve read the manga or seen the anime. The difference between these two is not that big, as Doflamingo truly is one of the most powerful characters in the series, but Luffy has defeated him in the series and that is why he is the winner in this comparison.