Anime & Manga Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for anime and manga fans. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

There are a lot of characters with the middle initial "D". Is this an indication of something, or do they really all just have middle initials of the letter D? If they are initials, do we know what they stand for?

Examples of names:

Monkey D. Luffy
Monkey D. Dragon
Portgas D. Ace
Monkey D. Garp
Gol D. Roger

share|improve this question
And don't just forget Marshall D. Teach – abhishah901 May 19 '15 at 6:48
The D stands for devil. All people who have D in their names are the descendants of devils. – user14793 Jun 1 '15 at 18:49
also Trafalgar D. Law – shrey Jun 15 '15 at 5:21
I believe that those with D are the descendants of a family line that was the enemy of the Celestial Dragons, or something along the line – user15754 Jul 19 '15 at 3:18
And with Jaguar D. Saul, Portgas D. Rouge, and Marshall D. Teach. I don't think D has any other meaning but that letter itself since it's inherited by the god's natural enemies. – choz Jan 6 at 9:33
up vote 35 down vote accepted


We start to see the meaning behind the D. In the episode 703 of the Anime...

...Corazon talks to Trafalgar D. Law, telling him how young kids in Marie Jois are instructed to see D. as a sort of boogeyman:

"Badly behaving children will be eaten by the D."
He continues saying that in some parts of the world, the Family of D. is known as 神の天敵 (kami no ten teki), translated "God's natural enemy".

He also states that "God" in this instance is used to refer to the Celestial Dragons.

It hasn't been revealed yet I think.

The initial was first pointed out in Oda's SBS questions and answers corner, he was also asked what the D in Luffy's name stood for. Oda just replied to read it as a D for now and that he would reveal the truth behind it in time.

You can read more in the Will of the D. wiki.

share|improve this answer
Another perspective here, but I think the D represents the lineage from the people who existed in void century and were overthrown by the 20 Kings. Food for thought. – Zeus Jul 19 '14 at 3:20
@Zeus That might be another explanation. Certainly we'll discover something soon... or later. :P – Alenanno Jul 19 '14 at 11:02
Note: Some information is about to be revealed. I'll update the answer when the new info comes out. – Alenanno Jul 19 '15 at 16:12
Correct me if I am wrong but he also says that God, in this case, refers to the Celestial Dragons as they view themselves as gods. – kaine Aug 3 '15 at 12:38
@kaine Ah yes, you're right. I forgot about that! :D Adding it. – Alenanno Aug 3 '15 at 13:01

protected by ʞɹɐzǝɹ Jul 19 '15 at 3:20

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site (the association bonus does not count).

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.