Riku Doldo III is a fictional character in the popular manga and its anime adaptation, the One Piece series, written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda.
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Riku Doldo III has been restored as the king of Dressrosa following the defeat of Donquixote Doflamingo, who had dethroned him a decade earlier. He currently serves as the head of the Riku Family and is the father of Scarlett and Viola, as well as the grandfather of Rebecca.
Notably, during the most recent Levely, King Doldo played a significant role as a prominent figure in the vote to abolish the Seven Warlords of the Sea, showcasing his influence on the global stage.
Doldo, under the alias "Ricky," participated in the Corrida Colosseum competition, where he vied for the Mera Mera no Mi, a powerful Devil Fruit.
He also stands as an ally of the Straw Hat Pirates during the Dressrosa Arc, where the story unfolds.
Riku Doldo III
King of Miracles
First Appearance in Anime
One Piece Episode 636: Supernova! Bartolomeo the Cannibal
Japanese Voice Actor
Banjō Ginga (Episode 666+)
English Voice Actor
King of Dressrosa
Corrida Colosseum Gladiator (former)
Dressrosa (Grand Line)
In the past, Dressrosa was ruled by King Riku Doldo III. Despite not being wealthy, the country enjoyed peace under his reign.
When Kyros was fifteen years old, he got into a fight that resulted in two deaths. King Riku attempted to speak to Kyros face-to-face, but during their encounter, Kyros struck the king on the head. Remarkably, the king ordered his soldiers to stand down and invited Kyros to come with him. He later witnessed Kyros fighting as a gladiator in the Corrida Colosseum.
Nine years later, King Riku, using the alias Ricky, fought Kyros in the arena as his 3000th opponent. Although Doldo was the only gladiator to wound Kyros, he ultimately lost the match. After the battle, King Riku encouraged Kyros to leave the Colosseum, emphasizing that he should not continue living his life in a cage and implying that he had held back during their fight. A year later, King Riku appointed Kyros as the captain of the Dressrosa army.
When Scarlett, his daughter, fell in love with Kyros, King Riku approved of their union despite potential public opposition. Kyros and Scarlett chose to live together in a flower field outside the kingdom. King Riku was delighted when he visited them and saw their newborn daughter, Rebecca. Both King Riku and Viola, also known as Violet, would occasionally visit the family.
One fateful night, Doflamingo appeared in King Riku’s chambers. Riku recognized him as a descendant of the Donquixote Family and acknowledged his infamous feats as a pirate, which included stealing money from the World Nobles and coercing the World Government into granting him the title of Warlord of the Sea.
Doflamingo presented his demand to King Riku, asking for a staggering fee of 10 billion Beli by the dawn of the next day in exchange for leaving the country unharmed. Initially, Riku was in a state of panic, but he realized that paying the ransom was the only way to avoid a devastating war. He made the difficult decision to gather the money from his soldiers without informing the citizens of Dressrosa about the situation.
However, Doflamingo, operating from behind the scenes, utilized his Devil Fruit ability to take control of King Riku's body. Under Doflamingo's influence, King Riku went on a rampage in the city of Sebio, creating chaos and panic throughout the kingdom. Doflamingo also extended his control to the soldiers, forcing them to attack innocent civilians against their will.
As a result of this manipulation, King Riku Doldo lost his credibility and the trust of Dressrosa's citizens. Doflamingo seized the opportunity to pose as a hero and used the situation to overthrow the Riku Family.
After taking control, Doflamingo imprisoned Doldo, the former king. When Kyros, a loyal member of the Riku Family, confronted Doflamingo at the palace, Doldo was present, lying at Doflamingo's feet. Just as Doflamingo was about to execute King Riku, Kyros intervened and managed to cut off the leg that was chained to a post.
Although Kyros was transformed into a toy by Sugar's powers, he successfully escaped the palace with Doldo. Unfortunately, Doldo had lost all memories of his previous life, including his connection to Kyros. While hiding in a shack, Doldo sent his guards to search for his daughter, Scarlett.
Tragically, the guards returned with the heartbreaking news that Scarlett had been shot by Diamante, further adding to the family's misfortunes. In a desperate bid to spare Doldo's life, Viola, Doldo's own daughter, made a painful choice to join the Donquixote Pirates, aligning herself with Doflamingo's forces.
Doldo, disguised as Ricky, entered the Corrida Colosseum to compete for the Mera Mera no Mi, a Logia-type Devil Fruit. He was placed in B Block for the battle royale. During the chaotic showdown in the arena, where Bellamy clashed with forces from the Prodence Kingdom, Ricky faced off against three opponents. Two of them were struck by his unusual strength and fighting style, leading some to speculate if he might be a samurai from Wano Country.
Ricky swiftly defeated these opponents with remarkable speed, leaving the audience curious about his true identity. An elderly spectator even felt a sense of familiarity with Ricky's fighting style, as if he had seen it in the distant past.
Ricky then encountered Blue Gilly, who launched an attack, but Ricky managed to evade his kick. However, later in the battle, Blue Gilly defeated Ricky with a powerful kick to the neck, causing some of his armor to shatter. Wounded and lying in a pool of his own blood, Ricky couldn't help but reflect on his inability to overcome the effects of aging. He heard the cheers from the crowd, which infuriated him, and he harbored a strong resentment towards Donquixote Doflamingo.
As Elizabello II prepared to unleash his mighty King Punch, Ricky contemplated the significance of the king's title. When the devastating punch was finally launched, Ricky mustered the strength to rise from the arena floor and attempted to deflect the attack. Unfortunately, his efforts resulted in the breaking of his sword.
Following the conclusion of the battle royale for Block C, Ricky, still injured and attempting to leave the Corrida Colosseum, encountered the medical staff who offered to treat his wounds. Ricky, harboring bitterness toward them for allowing a life-threatening battle in front of a cheering crowd, angrily declined their help. When a staff member tried to remove Ricky's helmet to treat his severe head wound, Ricky slapped the man's hand away and brushed past them, refusing to remove his protective gear. He ordered them to lead him to the exit.
However, Ricky's injuries were too severe, and the pain forced him to his knees right in front of Rebecca, another participant in the tournament. Rebecca, showing kindness, examined Ricky's wounds and insisted that he should seek medical attention. Ignoring her compassionate words, Ricky once again ordered the medical staff to stand aside, stating that he could manage on his own. As he made his way towards the exit, he silently apologized to Rebecca in his thoughts.
Later, Ricky was thrown into an underground dungeon filled with former participants who had been disqualified from the tournament. In this pit, Tank Lepanto stepped forward and asked if Ricky was the former king of Dressrosa, a revelation that Ricky confirmed.
The other fighters and participants in the pit were filled with awe and respect upon learning of his true identity. Elizabello II, recognizing Ricky, hugged him with joy and mentioned that he had aided the Prodence Kingdom in the past. The former soldiers of Dressrosa and some of the transformed toys also stepped forward to show their reverence for the former king.
However, as time passed and several fighters were abducted and turned into toys, Riku and Chinjao engaged in casual conversation, seemingly forgetting about those who had suffered the same transformation. During their talk, Doldo experienced a strange feeling, reflecting on something he had felt ten years prior.
Riku was later taken to the palace where he had an audience with Doflamingo. Upon witnessing Rebecca's victory in her group's battle royale, Doldo confronted Doflamingo and expressed his strong determination to fight for Dressrosa and everything it represented. He mentioned that Doflamingo's falsification of his resignation as king was reason enough for him to stand up for the kingdom.
During Doflamingo's interrogation of Law regarding the Straw Hats' connection with the dwarves from the Tontatta Kingdom and their efforts to target Sugar, Doldo remained silent and refrained from revealing any information.
When Sugar's curse was broken, all the transformed toys returned to their original forms, and their lost memories were restored. Doldo, having regained his memory of Kyros, emotionally called out to him as Kyros charged in and decapitated Doflamingo. However, to everyone's shock, it was revealed that the Doflamingo who was decapitated was merely a copy. The real Doflamingo appeared and briefly skirmished with Kyros and Luffy.
Afterward, Doflamingo conveyed to Doldo his intention to create an even greater tragedy than the one he had orchestratedx ten years prior. Pica then used his powers to throw Doldo, along with Monkey D. Luffy, Law, Kyros, and Viola, out of the palace. From outside, they witnessed Doflamingo initiating his "birdcage" plan, which trapped and forced everyone on Dressrosa into a survival game.
As the chaos unfolded, Doflamingo encouraged the entrapped citizens to go after twelve specific individuals by placing bounties on their heads, and Doldo found himself on Doflamingo's hit list.
After Tank Lepanto, Usopp, Robin, Rebecca, Bartolomeo, Hack, and the Tontatta dwarves reached the top of the old King's Plateau, Doldo noticed that Viola had found the key to Law's seastone handcuffs. He initially reminded Viola that Luffy was a pirate, but Viola passionately pleaded with her father to trust the Straw Hats, emphasizing that they couldn't rely on the "justice" of the Marines and the World Government.
The dwarves also chimed in, expressing their gratitude to the pirates for breaking the curse set by Sugar. The group then watched as Robin, Rebecca, Leo, and Bartolomeo traveled to the new King's Plateau using the Yellow Great Rhinoceros Beetles, following Leo's plan.
Doldo and his group received a message from the dwarves in the SMILE factory, informing them that Mansherry, the dwarf princess, was not present there. Doldo confidently asserted that Mansherry must be locked up inside the royal palace and that Doflamingo would not harm her because of some special ability she possessed.
When the Dressrosa citizens reached the plateau with the intent to capture Doldo and Usopp, Doldo and his companions held them back, allowing Usopp to snipe Sugar and break her curse. However, they eventually released Riku and the others, realizing that they were falling into Doflamingo's trap by continuing their pursuit.
They sought guidance from Riku, who advised them to wait and place their trust in Luffy. At this moment, they were encountered by Admiral Fujitora, who shared Riku's belief and made the same bet.
As the battle against the Donquixote Pirates intensified, Viola kept Doldo updated on the progress of Luffy and Law's confrontation with Doflamingo.
Upon learning of Diamante's defeat from Viola, Riku decided to descend into the city. They observed Pica, in the form of the giant Pica statue, approaching them.
When Pica drew near to the Old King's Plateau, Doldo instructed the citizens to flee while he and the others prepared to confront Pica. Despite Pica's mocking words, Doldo openly admitted his inability to protect the country and renounced any intention of returning to the throne.
He explained that a nation with a history filled with massacres could not have a hopeful future. Just as Pica was about to attack, he was intercepted and defeated by Zoro, leaving Doldo and the others in awe of Zoro's strength. The rubble from the fallen Pica statue was then destroyed by Elizabello's King Punch.
With the immediate threat of Pica eliminated, Doldo left the Old King's Plateau along with Tank and the citizens. As Doflamingo began shrinking his Birdcage to end the deadly game, Doldo expressed his disgust at Doflamingo's villainous actions.
Viola later informed Doldo via Den Den Mushi that Doflamingo was the only enemy left. As despair began to grip the citizens, Doldo addressed them through the speakers and encouraged them to persevere, survive, and assist each other until Luffy could defeat Doflamingo.
While Luffy was regaining his strength to face Doflamingo, Doldo and Tank Lepanto joined the citizens and warriors in pushing back against the shrinking Birdcage. Finally, when Luffy emerged victorious against Doflamingo, Doldo witnessed the Birdcage's collapse and tearfully reminisced about the night Doflamingo arrived on Dressrosa, a night that now marked Luffy's victory.
With the Donquixote Pirates defeated, the citizens expressed their joy and, despite Doldo's initial reluctance, begged him to return as king. Fujitora approached Doldo and offered a heartfelt apology on behalf of the Warlord system and the World Government for the devastation caused by a Warlord of the Sea.
Doldo respectfully asked Admiral Fujitora to raise his head, but the admiral didn't mind kneeling, believing it was important for the world to know the truth. Fujitora acknowledged that he had no right to preach justice, and Doldo, in a show of gratitude and responsibility, asked Tank to provide shelter and assistance to the pirates, warriors, and citizens who had fought against the Donquixote Pirates and lost their homes.
After the chaos settled in the aftermath of Doflamingo's defeat, Doldo was back at the palace, discussing with Rebecca her future as the princess of Dressrosa once he reclaimed the throne.
Three days following Doflamingo's downfall, Doldo officially returned to the throne. Inside the palace, he had a conversation with Elizabello II, where he expressed his commitment to serving Dressrosa until Rebecca was ready to assume the throne.
As he was preparing to announce the Riku Family's return to royalty in town, Doldo was surprised to learn that Luffy had taken Rebecca from the royal palace. Viola then informed Doldo of Rebecca's decision to relinquish her title of princess.
When he witnessed Admiral Issho lifting all the rubble from Dressrosa, Doldo wondered if the admiral intended to eliminate Luffy and his allies in one decisive move.
Following Luffy and his allies' escape, the people of Dressrosa began their celebrations, and Doldo presented himself to the citizens. He also received a note informing him of the upcoming Levely.
As the time for the Levely approached, King Elizabello II contacted Doldo, inquiring about the possibility of traveling to Mary Geoise.
While en route to the Levely with Elizabello II, Doldo played a game of chess with him. They were startled when the Dressrosa-Prodence Kingdom convoy came under attack by pirates, but their convoy was saved by Koby and Helmeppo.
Upon arriving at Mary Geoise just before the Levely, Doldo had a meeting with Admiral Fujitora and Nefertari Cobra. Subsequently, he joined other kings and queens in the conference room to commence the Levely.
As a result of the combined efforts of Doldo and Cobra, the Seven Warlords of the Sea system had been successfully dismantled.
However, in an unexpected turn of events, Nefertari Cobra was tragically murdered by Imu and the Five Elders, and Wapol hastily fled the scene. The remaining royals were left unaware of this shocking development, and they received instructions to continue the conference in the absence of Cobra and Wapol.
Ham Burger then shifted the agenda towards discussing a Four-Nation Alliance in the North Blue. Nevertheless, Riku Doldo III couldn't shake off his growing suspicions that something was amiss.
Riku Doldo III is a man of remarkable kindness, nobility, and compassion. Despite the negative public perception of his name during Doflamingo's rule, he possesses a deeply caring nature and places the well-being of Dressrosa's citizens at the forefront of his concerns.
As a ruler, he demonstrated his genuine concern for his people by offering assistance to other nations in need and promoting the values of compassion and pacifism that his ancestors upheld. This earned him the respect of monarchs from other countries, such as Elizabello II.
A strong advocate for peace, Riku Doldo III opted to pay Doflamingo's ransom rather than resort to war. He deeply values the principles of peace and harmony and was willing to humble himself by bowing before his citizens, even when his advisers cautioned against it. This willingness to go to great lengths for the sake of his people illustrates his selfless and compassionate character.
Despite his pacifist ideals, Riku Doldo III was not blind to the suffering his peaceful reign inadvertently caused, including the loss of his daughter, Scarlett. He recognized the shortcomings of his rule, which contributed to the suffering of Dressrosa's citizens, leading him to initially decline the idea of returning to the throne after Doflamingo's downfall.
Pride is another notable aspect of his personality. He refused medical attention for his injuries after his defeat in B Block, partly to conceal his identity and protect his granddaughter, Rebecca, from the truth.
Riku Doldo III is an elderly yet remarkably well-built and muscular man, showcasing his physical strength despite his age. When in disguise as Ricky, he wears a distinctive outfit. This ensemble includes a dark purple (blue in the anime) cape adorned with a skull and crossbones motif on the back.
He dons black briefs concealed by a leather pteruges skirt and a leather chest harness. His distinctive gold (silver in the anime) masked helmet obscures his face entirely, with the exception of his eyes. The helmet also features a flame-like design.
During his time as Ricky, a crack in his helmet revealed his thick brown mustache and beard. He maintains a robust and formidable appearance.
When Riku Doldo III later reveals his true identity beneath the Colosseum, he appears with a full beard, mustache, and thick eyebrows. His hair forms a spiky ring around the back of his head, with a single tuft of hair near his crown.
A notable stitched scar extends from just above his left eyebrow to the top of his head, serving as a reminder of a head injury he sustained during his initial encounter with Kyros. Additionally, he bears a second scar running across the right side of his upper chest and lower neck.
In his younger days as the king of Dressrosa, Riku had a head full of dark-colored hair, with the temples still retaining their original hue. His facial hair and eyebrows matched this coloration. During this period, his attire typically included a royal mantle.
Doldo is the former king of Dressrosa, holding complete authority over the country and its resources during his reign. However, after Doflamingo's coup, he lost his influence and was seen as a common criminal by the citizens. Later, when his name was cleared, he regained his authority and was once again sought after for his wisdom and leadership.
Despite his old age, Doldo displayed remarkable physical abilities. During the battle royale, where he adopted the persona of 'Ricky,' he exhibited extraordinary speed, surpassing other gladiators in B Block. His agility resembled the Rokushiki's Soru technique. Doldo also possessed incredible stamina and a rapid recovery rate.
He could withstand powerful attacks, such as a kick to the face from Blue Gilly and Elizabello II's King Punch, albeit briefly fainting from the latter. Remarkably, he recovered without the need for medical treatment.
Doldo's swordsmanship skills were honed through training by Kyros. His swordsmanship was so exceptional that some gladiators speculated he hailed from Wano Country. In his youth, he managed to inflict a small but permanent scar on Kyros, a feat unmatched by any other gladiator.
Although he claimed to have weakened over time, Doldo still incapacitated some contestants with a single swing of his blunt sword. In the anime, he wielded two wooden staffs as improvised swords, effectively defending against multiple pirates attacking citizens for Usopp's bounty.
His weapon of choice was an old and blunted sword, which he wielded with both hands. However, this sword was ultimately destroyed by Elizabello II's powerful King Punch.
Rebecca is Riku Doldo III's granddaughter, and he was present at her birth. Their relationship has become distant due to Riku's need to hide from Doflamingo's tyranny. Despite this, it's clear that Riku loves her dearly and deeply regrets the difficult life she's had to endure under Doflamingo's rule. He fully supports her decision to live with her father, recognizing the hardships she's faced.
Viola is Riku Doldo III's younger daughter. He is extremely grateful to Lepanto for taking care of Viola after Doflamingo ascended to the throne, despite the humiliation of serving under a tyrannical king. Viola, in turn, loves her father very much and was willing to assist Doflamingo in exchange for her father's life. Their bond is marked by mutual affection and support.
Scarlett, Riku's eldest daughter, had a deep connection with her father. Riku fully supported her love for Kyros and even allowed her to leave the royal family, even if it meant falsifying her death. Before Doflamingo's arrival in Dressrosa, Riku would visit Scarlett's family in secret. Her death at the hands of Doflamingo's cruelty haunted Riku for ten years, contributing to his belief that he was an unworthy king.
Riku Doldo III and Kyros have a profound and complex relationship. Initially, Kyros was known as a ruthless killer, and when they first met, he attacked Riku. Despite this, Riku showed him compassion and mercy. Over time, their trust and friendship grew stronger. Riku watched over Kyros and even visited his friend's grave. When Kyros married Scarlett, Riku approved of their union and would visit them regularly.
Their trust is unwavering, as Kyros immediately refuses to believe that Riku would attack the kingdom of his own volition, instead believing Doflamingo to be responsible. After Riku's dethronement, Kyros plotted against Doflamingo to restore Riku's honor.
Their tearful reunion upon Kyros's return to his true form showcased the deep bond between them, with both expressing regret for not recognizing each other earlier and apologizing for the time lost.
King Doldo was loved by the people of Dressrosa for his kindness, but Doflamingo manipulated him into hurting the citizens. This made the people hate Doldo and his family, especially his granddaughter, Rebecca. They even wanted them dead, calling them "impure."
During a dangerous game orchestrated by Doflamingo, the citizens realized Doldo was innocent when they saw how Doflamingo made people fight each other. They felt guilty for doubting Doldo and wanted to capture him to stop the game.
But when they caught Doldo and others, they realized they were playing into Doflamingo's hands. They released their prisoners and asked Doldo for help in making Dressrosa peaceful again.
Even in their darkest hour, with Doflamingo's Birdcage threatening everything, Doldo inspired them to keep going until Luffy defeated Doflamingo.
After Doflamingo was defeated, the citizens wanted Doldo to be their king again because they trusted him.
Tank Lepanto is portrayed as an incredibly loyal and devoted soldier who served under King Riku Doldo III's command. He not only understood the difficult decisions that Doldo had to make to protect the country but also recognized Doldo's true identity when he was disguised as Ricky.
Tank Lepanto's loyalty and respect for Doldo were evident when he cried tears of joy and bowed before his old king upon the revelation of his true identity. He also stepped forward to defend Doldo when his reign and actions were criticized.
King Riku enjoys unwavering loyalty from the soldiers of the Riku Royal Army. This loyalty is attributed to his benevolent rule and just leadership. Even after Doldo's dethronement by Doflamingo, many of these soldiers remained faithful to their former king. Even those who were once part of the army, including those who were turned into toys, showed respect by bowing before Doldo when he revealed his true identity.
King Riku shares an extremely close friendship with the dwarves of the Tontatta Kingdom. Initially, the dwarves were misled to believe that Riku had become an evil tyrant due to Doflamingo's manipulation. However, they later realized their mistake and sought to restore his honor.
Doldo's close relationship with the dwarves is evident through their willingness to risk their lives to rebel against the Donquixote Pirates and their leader, Leo, persuading Doldo to put his faith in the Straw Hat Pirates to defeat Doflamingo. Doldo values the dwarves' capabilities and even assigned Leo's crew to be his escorts for the Levely.
King Elizabello II of Prodence Kingdom is a close acquaintance of King Riku Doldo III. Their relationship is characterized by mutual respect and admiration. When Doldo revealed his true identity during the chaos caused by Doflamingo's "bird cage" game, Elizabello II greeted him joyously, expressing gratitude for his past aid as a ruler.
Despite Elizabello's typically surly demeanor, he showed deference to his former peer. After Doflamingo's downfall, Elizabello II encouraged Doldo to return to the throne of Dressrosa, emphasizing their friendship.
Initially wary of Luffy and his crew due to their pirate status, Doldo's perception of them changed when Viola persuaded him that they were different from ordinary pirates. He came to recognize Luffy's crew as individuals willing to risk their lives to save Dressrosa. During Luffy's battle with Doflamingo, Doldo put his full faith in Luffy and encouraged his followers to do the same, recognizing Luffy's determination and commitment to defeating Doflamingo.
Despite initial misunderstandings, Doldo's relationship with Luffy evolved into one based on trust and gratitude for their assistance in liberating Dressrosa.
King Riku Doldo III holds an intense hatred and grudge against Donquixote Doflamingo. This enmity is a result of Doflamingo's manipulation, which forced Doldo and his soldiers to attack and massacre their own citizens, leading to the citizens' negative perception of him.
Doflamingo's actions, including falsifying his resignation from the Seven Warlords of the Sea and his rule over Dressrosa, further fueled Doldo's disgust at the corruption and suffering brought to his country. Doldo's relationship with Doflamingo is defined by deep resentment and the desire for justice.
King Riku Doldo III shares a respectful and cooperative relationship with Admiral Fujitora (Issho). Both of them made the same bet on Luffy during the battle against Doflamingo, demonstrating their trust in the Straw Hat Pirates.
After Doflamingo's defeat, Fujitora expressed his respect for Doldo by bowing down and apologizing for the World Government's negligence in allowing a vicious pirate to take control of Dressrosa. Doldo accepted Fujitora's apology and engaged in a private conversation with him before the Levely, indicating their continued cordial relations.
Doldo's birthday is on June 27, which is known as "Speech Day".
His favorite food is gazpacho.