Viola 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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Viola, the second daughter of the Riku Family, now holds the title of the current crown princess of Dressrosa, taking over after her niece Rebecca decided to step down from her position. She is also the younger sister of the late Scarlett.
During the period when the Donquixote Pirates seized control of Dressrosa, Viola aligned herself with them and assumed the alias "Violet." In this role, she worked as an assassin and held a position as an officer within the Trebol Army. However, Viola eventually turned against the crew, betraying them at a later stage.
First Appearance in Anime
One Piece Episode 632: A Dangerous Love - Dancing Girl Violet
Japanese Voice Actor
English Voice Actor
Donquixote Pirates (defected)
Princess of Dressrosa
Pirate Officer (former)
Dressrosa (Grand Line)
Giro Giro no Mi (Glare-Glare Fruit)
When Kyros was appointed as the captain of the royal guard, Viola, as the second princess of Dressrosa, accepted him, while her older sister, Scarlett, was initially sceptical of his role. However, Scarlett eventually fell in love with Kyros and left the castle to live with him. Viola and her father occasionally visited Scarlett, Kyros, and their daughter, Rebecca.
The pivotal moment in Viola's life occurred during Doflamingo's coup d'état. Monet, who had been working undercover as a servant, captured Viola and facilitated the Donquixote Pirates' invasion by opening the gates to the royal palace. Doflamingo, recognizing the usefulness of Viola's powers, agreed to spare her father's life under the condition that she joined the Donquixote Pirates.
Tragically, Viola's life took a darker turn when Diamante informed her that he had killed Scarlett. This news left Viola grief-stricken, and she contemplated taking drastic action. However, Tank Lepanto intervened, promising to protect her during this difficult time.
Viola and Sanji had an interesting encounter on Dressrosa. At first, she used her dancing performance to distract Sanji and evade the police. She sought his help to escort her to the next town, where she asked him to kill a man for her. Sanji, always eager to assist women, agreed to help her and even took out a sniper who posed a threat to them.
However, this seemingly cooperative interaction took a surprising turn when Viola revealed her true identity as an assassin from the Donquixote Family. She trapped and interrogated Sanji, trying to extract information about the Straw Hats and Heart Pirates' alliance. When she couldn't find the information she sought, Sanji's sincerity and his refusal to doubt a woman's tears touched her.
Viola decided to help Sanji by knocking out her subordinates and allowing him to escape. She warned him about Doflamingo's deception regarding his resignation from the Seven Warlords of the Sea and urged him to warn his crewmates. Despite her inability to oppose Doflamingo directly, she hoped that the Straw Hat Pirates could make a difference.
Viola and Sanji communicated with Franky about Doflamingo's trap using Den Den Mushi. She noticed that some of her subordinates were approaching their location. Realizing the danger they were in, she handed Sanji a map that led to what appeared to be a toy house but was actually a hidden SMILE Factory.
Sanji was concerned for Viola's safety and told her not to help him so much, but she believed her superiors were already aware of her betrayal. Despite his worries, Sanji promised to ensure her escape and instructed her to wait for him at the western shore. Touched by his commitment, Viola called him a romantic fool before hurrying to the shore.
Following this, Viola informed Sanji and Kin'emon that the Thousand Sunny had been seized by Giolla. As Zoro and Kin'emon decided to stay at the Corrida Colosseum, Viola and Sanji made their way to Green Bit. During their journey, Viola shared information about the number of Marines present in Dressrosa.
As they prepared to part ways, Viola reassured Sanji that she had government protection. After he departed, Viola came across a group of people who were watching the Colosseum tournament on a visual monitor and mocking Rebecca. Viola decided to take action, shooting the monitor, and then continued her journey to the royal palace.
Upon her arrival at the lift leading to the palace's entrance, Viola encountered Monkey D. Luffy, Zoro, and Kin'emon. She kindly offered to guide them to the palace, emphasizing that using the public lift would be risky due to their costumes and the risk of being spotted. Viola also disclosed that she had been using her unique ability to monitor the underground rebellion led by the Thunder Soldier. Grateful for Wicca's trust in her father, she thanked her and explained her personal connections to Rebecca and Scarlett.
Viola then led them to a secret passage known only to the royal family, where she revealed a hidden stairway. Zoro proposed a bold plan involving a pulley-driven basket to create an elevator, with Luffy acting as a counterweight. Viola was initially taken aback by the audacity of the idea but did not object, and Luffy began climbing the chain to set the plan in motion.
After reaching the palace rampart tower, Viola was going to sneak them in, but Luffy smashed through the gate, which alerted the guards. They decided to charge in. When they reached Rampart Tower B-1, they encountered Pica. Viola explained Pica's Devil Fruit power, and Pica tried to crush them with the palace walls.
Viola and Luffy escaped, leaving Zoro to fight Pica. They then ran into Gladius just in time for Luffy to save Thunder Soldier from him. Viola wanted Luffy to continue to the second floor's suit room. Gladius was angry at Viola for betraying Doflamingo, but she clarified she was never loyal to him.
Gladius exploded his helmet in response, and they escaped through a window to take a shortcut to the second floor. Outside the suit room, Viola was surprised to see her father and waited with Luffy and Thunder Soldier to attack Doflamingo. When Sugar's curse broke, Thunder Soldier transformed back into Kyros.
Viola was overjoyed and explained to Luffy that Kyros is Rebecca's father. After Kyros seemingly defeated Doflamingo, Luffy and Viola entered the room. Viola gave Luffy the keys to Law's cuffs, but their rescue was interrupted by Pica's sudden appearance and the revelation that Doflamingo was still alive.
After the fake Doflamingo was revealed to be a clone, the real Doflamingo appeared and had a brief fight with Kyros and Luffy. Pica, another one of Doflamingo's officers, then threw Viola, Doldo (King Riku), Luffy, Law, and Kyros out of the palace. From outside, they could only watch as Doflamingo began setting up the Birdcage, a dangerous and deadly barrier.
Doflamingo forced everyone on Dressrosa into a survival game, and Viola was on his list of targets.
Meanwhile, on the old King's Plateau, a group including Tank Lepanto, Usopp, Robin, Rebecca, Bartolomeo, Hack, and the Tontatta dwarves had reached the top. Viola found the key to Law's Seastone handcuffs and tried to convince her father, Doldo (King Riku), to trust the Straw Hat Pirates. She argued that they couldn't rely on the Marines and the World Government for justice and that Luffy was genuinely committed to defeating Doflamingo. Rebecca volunteered to deliver the key to Luffy and Law.
Leo explained a plan to reach the flower garden on the new King's Plateau. Viola, along with Doldo and Tank, watched as Robin, Rebecca, Leo, and Bartolomeo used Yellow Giant Rhinoceros Beetles to travel to the new King's Plateau.
As Dressrosa citizens started pursuing Usopp and Doldo, Usopp began to panic. Viola reassured him that the citizens wouldn't harm Doldo once they learned the truth about the past. She and Doldo received information from the dwarves that Mansherry was not imprisoned inside the SMILE factory, raising hope.
Using her special ability, Viola located Mansherry inside the royal palace and relayed this vital information to Leo. However, her alarm grew when she discovered that Sugar had recovered, posing a renewed threat to their plans.
Usopp took the initiative to snipe Sugar, who was attempting to turn Luffy and Law into toys. Viola used her unique ability to assist Usopp in targeting Sugar accurately, while the rest of the group kept the Dressrosa citizens at bay. When Usopp successfully incapacitated Sugar a second time, Viola was thoroughly impressed and congratulated him for his quick thinking. She then happily informed Usopp that Luffy and Law had reached Doflamingo without any harm.
The Dressrosa citizens, recognizing the truth, decided not to hand over King Riku and Usopp to Doflamingo, realizing that it would only serve Doflamingo's agenda. Viola was taken aback when Admiral Fujitora expressed his trust in Luffy and left Doflamingo's defeat in his hands.
As the battles with the Donquixote Pirates continued, Viola kept her father informed about the progress of Law and Luffy's fight against Doflamingo. She also updated Usopp about the situation of each of the Donquixote Pirates' officers.
Viola later got in touch with Leo and Kabu as they made their way to the palace chapel. She informed them that Mansherry had been captured by Giolla and was being forced to heal the defeated Donquixote Pirates' officers. Viola was deeply concerned when Giolla began torturing Mansherry but was relieved when Leo and Kabu managed to defeat Giolla and rescue their princess just in time.
Viola also relayed the news of Kyros' victory over Diamante to the group on the Old King's Plateau.
Soon after, she witnessed Pica, in the form of a colossal stone behemoth, heading toward the Old King's Plateau, threatening to crush everyone on it. Viola was amazed when Zoro skillfully sliced up the massive statue, defeating Pica.
Following Pica's defeat, Viola updated the group that Luffy had defeated Bellamy, leaving only Doflamingo and Trebol as the remaining enemies.
As Doldo, Tank, and the citizens left the Old King's Plateau, Viola kept Usopp, Zoro, Kin'emon, Kanjuro, and Hack informed about Law's defeat in their ongoing efforts against the Donquixote Pirates.
Viola appeared nervous as the Birdcage, Doflamingo's deadly creation, began to shrink and close in on Dressrosa. As she descended the Old King's Plateau with the rest of the group, Viola explained the grave danger of remaining on the plateau due to the encroaching Birdcage.
Upon reaching the base of the plateau, Viola contacted her father using a Den Den Mushi (a communication device) and informed him that Doflamingo was now the only enemy left to deal with.
When Luffy delivered a powerful blow to Doflamingo, Viola initially believed that Luffy had won and conveyed this information to Usopp. However, she later updated Robin about Zoro, Franky, and the dwarves' efforts to slow down the advancing Birdcage.
As more people joined the fight to stall the Birdcage, Viola decided to confront Doflamingo herself. When Rebecca stumbled upon their confrontation, Viola instructed her to stay back for her safety.
During the confrontation with Doflamingo, he severely injured and immobilized Viola, taking control of Rebecca and coercing her into attacking her defenseless aunt. Just as Rebecca was about to strike Viola, Law intervened by swapping Viola's position with Luffy, who took the hit unharmed.
After saving Rebecca from Doflamingo's aggression by teleporting her away from the battle, Viola witnessed the final showdown between Luffy and Doflamingo. She watched with tears of joy as Doflamingo was ultimately defeated.
Three days after Doflamingo's defeat, Viola informed Rebecca that Luffy and his allies were being pursued by the Marines. When Luffy arrived at the palace and spoke with Rebecca about her father, Rebecca asked Viola for a favor: to assume her role as princess. Viola fulfilled Rebecca's request and informed Doldo (King Riku) of Rebecca's decision to relinquish her title.
As Viola watched Issho (Admiral Fujitora) prepare to unleash a devastating attack with the rubble from Dressrosa, she worried about how they could evade such an impending assault. Fortunately, Luffy and his group managed to escape the attack.
With Doflamingo defeated, the people of Dressrosa celebrated, and Viola was seen happily participating in the festivities, dancing alongside others.
As the time for the Levely (a world summit) approached, Viola asked Rebecca to join the Riku Family as a lady-in-waiting, possibly to accompany them to the Levely.
Viola and Rebecca helped make new clothes for Leo and his band, who had decided to become pirates.
While en route to the Levely, Viola's ship came under attack by pirates who intended to abduct her. However, the attack was thwarted by the intervention of Koby and Helmeppo, who protected her.
Upon arriving at Mary Geoise, the location of the Levely, Viola engaged in conversation with Fukaboshi at the castle. She noticed that Rebecca appeared happy while conversing with Vivi and Shirahoshi, indicating a pleasant interaction.
During a critical moment, when Mjosgard prevented Charlos from enslaving Shirahoshi, Viola stood close to Shirahoshi. Mjosgard pledged to protect the Mermaid Princess during the Levely, and Viola was present to witness this event.
When portraying the role of Violet in the Donquixote Family, she fits the stereotype of the passionate and romantic dancing women of Dressrosa. She appears emotional and charming, capable of manipulating people to her advantage. Viola is not hesitant to resort to violence when necessary, as shown by her ability to kick Sanji forcefully in the face, leaving him injured.
However, beneath this ruthless exterior lies a deeper cynicism. Viola's past experiences have led her to be wary of men, as she has never encountered honesty in her relationships. Her unique powers allowed her to uncover the deceit in those around her. Despite her initial cynicism, she possesses a kind heart that was touched by Sanji's genuine honesty and kindness. This led her to help him, even though it came with potential consequences.
Viola's true self is characterized by nobility and selflessness. She made significant sacrifices for her family, including giving up her freedom to save her father's life. Her loyalty lies with her family, and she never felt true allegiance to any king other than her father. Even during her time working for the Donquixote Family, she secretly kept tabs on the Tontattas' efforts without revealing their plans to Doflamingo.
Before her family's dethronement, Viola displayed a more amiable and trusting personality. She tried to persuade her sister to trust Kyros, despite his background, showcasing her willingness to see the goodness in people.
Viola is a striking and well-proportioned woman known for her beauty. She has long, slightly wavy dark brown hair that she typically pulls back and secures with a rose, with a lock of hair hanging down to the left side of her face. This rose, aside from its decorative function, conceals a hidden dagger. She wears round earrings, purple stiletto heels, and a stylish attire consisting of a long, sleeveless white Flamenco dress adorned with violet polka dots and maroon frills.
Her adult appearance is characterized by her tall and slender figure, exuding an air of elegance. Viola is known not only in her country but also beyond for her captivating beauty.
In her younger days, at the age of 19 before joining the Donquixote Pirates, Viola sported a different hairstyle, with her hair in a side-parted, chin-length bob, complemented by a pink hairband. She wore a long dress featuring a black top and a light, frilly bottom.
As a child, Viola was seen in dresses with puffy shoulders and a shorter, rounded bob haircut.
After the defeat of Donquixote Doflamingo, when she regained her status as a princess, Viola adopted a different style, wearing a long fuchsia dress with white frills and tying her hair into a ponytail.
Towards the conclusion of the Dressrosa Arc, Viola donned a long dark blue dress with white frills, maintaining her hair in a ponytail.
During her appearance in the Whole Cake Island Arc, Viola opted for a light purple blouse, a dark purple long skirt with white frills, light purple pumps, and, of course, a red rose securing her hair.
In her appearance during the Levely Arc, Viola wore a red-violet dress with white frills, matching pumps, and a red rose in her hair. She accessorized with two necklaces and a cream-white long cardigan draped over her shoulders.
Viola is a highly skilled flamenco dancer known for her grace and elegance. She is not only a dancer but also an accomplished fighter and assassin within the Trebol Army. Her combat abilities were evident when she inflicted severe wounds on Sanji, although it's important to note that he was unwilling to fight back due to his chivalry.
As the princess of Dressrosa, Viola wielded significant authority within the country, which was temporarily taken away from her family when Doflamingo seized control. As a former officer of the Donquixote Pirates, she also had command over 2000 soldiers.
Viola is proficient in the use of firearms, particularly a pistol, which she demonstrated by accurately shooting a screen displaying the Corrida Colosseum Block D battle.
When facing Doflamingo, she revealed her skill with a knife, seemingly drawing it from a rose-shaped ornament in her hair.
Viola's Devil Fruit ability, the Giro Giro no Mi (Glare-Glare Fruit), is a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit that grants her remarkable powers. She can see through solid objects and over vast distances, activating this ability by forming a circle with her thumb and index finger and looking through it like a lens.
Her ability to see through solid objects allows her to inspect opponents by seeing beneath their clothing and even through their skin, ensuring they have no hidden weapons or surprises. Moreover, she can utilize her power to observe anything within a vast 4,000-kilometer radius, maintaining a comprehensive view in all directions simultaneously and scrutinizing details with great precision.
Viola's mind-reading capability makes her virtually impossible to deceive, making her an invaluable asset for interrogation purposes. She can easily see through lies and deceit.
Remarkably, Viola can enlarge her tears and manipulate them as projectiles, using them to pursue and strike her opponents with blunt force.
Viola has a deep love and respect for her father, Riku Doldo III. She cares for him deeply, as evidenced by her willingness to become one of Doflamingo's subordinates in exchange for her father's life during the tumultuous events in Dressrosa. Her actions highlight her commitment to protecting her family, particularly her father.
Scarlett was Viola's late older sister, and Viola cared for her sister's happiness. Viola even helped Scarlett fake her death so she could be with the man she loved, demonstrating her willingness to go to great lengths for her sister's well-being. Viola's love for Scarlett is further evident in her occasional secret visits to her sister. The fact that she attempted revenge on Diamante upon learning of Scarlett's death reflects the deep bond between the two sisters.
Viola is deeply affectionate and caring toward her niece, Rebecca. She was present at Rebecca's birth and visited her occasionally before the arrival of Doflamingo in Dressrosa. Viola's love for Rebecca is evident in her protective actions, such as shooting a screen that displayed spectators booing Rebecca in the Colosseum.
Viola's assurance to Rebecca, even after Doflamingo manipulated her, that nothing was her fault and that she bore no grudge toward her, underscores the strength of her love for her niece. Viola supported Rebecca's decision to live with her father, Kyros, and take her place as the crown princess of Dressrosa, demonstrating her selflessness and devotion to her family.
Viola shares a respectful and amicable relationship with Kyros, her brother-in-law through his marriage to Scarlett. She had sympathy for Kyros when he was tasked with guarding the princesses, and her unique power allowed her to see his true nature.
Viola's respect for Kyros is reciprocated, and she is grateful to him for raising and caring for Rebecca in place of her sister. When Kyros regained his human form, Viola was visibly moved, shedding tears of emotion as memories of her brother-in-law returned.
Viola has a long-standing friendship with the dwarves that dates back to her childhood. She, along with her sister Scarlett, used to engage in mischief with the dwarves. Despite getting into trouble and being sent to the "punishment room," their relationship remained strong. Viola continued to cherish her connection with the dwarves even after the fall of the Riku family's power, indicating her loyalty and affection for her childhood friends.
Initially, Viola saw Sanji as a target to be hunted down, exploiting his vulnerability to women. However, after using her Devil Fruit abilities and realizing Sanji's genuine intentions and trust in her, her perception of him changed.
She was profoundly surprised by his honesty, and this led her to help him and the Straw Hats in their quest to destroy the SMILE Factory. Viola's evolving relationship with Sanji demonstrates her ability to recognize sincerity and build trust with others.
Viola assisted Luffy and his crew in their mission to reach Doflamingo's palace. Although initially taken aback by Luffy's reckless nature, she trusted him and believed in their sincere commitment to defeating Doflamingo. Viola's faith in Luffy was rewarded when he and Trafalgar D. Water Law saved her from Doflamingo's threat.
Witnessing Luffy's final clash with Doflamingo left her amazed and overjoyed, leading her to express gratitude for Luffy's role in liberating her country from tyranny.
Viola joined the Donquixote Pirates as part of a desperate attempt to save her father, Riku Doldo III, from Doflamingo's planned execution. Despite her involvement with the crew and Doflamingo calling her by her real name, Viola harbored a deep hatred for Doflamingo due to his actions against her family and her country.
She wished to kill him to avenge her family and liberate Dressrosa from his tyranny. Doflamingo, in turn, wounded her when she confronted him and manipulated her niece, Rebecca, into trying to kill her. Viola's role in Doflamingo's defeat left her with tears of joy, marking her triumph over her sworn enemy.
Before her defection, Viola was trusted and respected within the Donquixote Family. She held a position in Trebol's subdivision, indicating her status among the crew. However, her true feelings toward the crew were characterized by deep-seated bitterness and hatred, especially toward members like Diamante, who had murdered her sister, Scarlett. Her betrayal and subsequent attacks on her subordinates, like Gladius, enraged them, but Doflamingo was not surprised by her actions.
Viola harbors deep distrust and resentment toward the World Government due to her family's dethronement by one of the Warlords of the Sea, Donquixote Doflamingo. She believes that the World Government's protection of Doflamingo as a Warlord is responsible for the corruption and chaos that plagued Dressrosa.
Viola has no faith in their definition of justice and believes they only listen to the people's cries when it suits their interests. Her surprise at Admiral Fujitora's faith in Luffy to defeat Doflamingo reflects her skepticism toward the World Government's actions and motivations.
In addition to the manga and its anime adaptation, Viola also appeared in video games.
She is a playable character in the following games:
One Piece Treasure Cruise
One Piece: Dance Battle
She also appears as an enemy in One Piece: Burning Will and a supporting character in One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X.
Both "Viola" and "Violet" can refer to a genus of flowers.
Viola's dance style, Flamenco, originates from the Andalusia region in southern Spain and is a form of Spanish folk music and dance.
Viola's alias and ability may allude to "ultraviolet," a term associated with light that can reveal things normally invisible to the human eye.
Viola's birthday initially created some confusion. Oda accepted a fan's submission to have her birthday on January 30, despite it being given as April 30 in a previous volume. However, the official Birthday Calendar maintains her birthday as April 30, making her one of two characters, alongside X Drake, with two birthdays.
When asked why Viola and Doflamingo referred to each other as "Violet" and "Doffy" in Chapter 788, Oda hinted at a deep secret behind this, but he couldn't reveal more because it was a mature part of the story.
Viola's favorite food is crema catalana.
The song Viola dances to when she's introduced, "Violet's Passionate Dance," references Sanji by using the Spanish translation of his epithet.