Donflamingo can control people using his strings. Why doesn't he use his ability to control Luffy, or Law instead of fighting them?

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I think Doflamingo can only control those who are weaker than him with his strings.

The most powerful man he has been shown affecting with his strings by far is Jozu, but he didn't control him in the same way he did Bellamy, he just froze him still. Jozu couldn't move, but Doflamingo didn't move him around like a puppet either, whether because he couldn't or just didn't bother isn't clear.

I suspect that for people far weaker than Doffy, like Bellamy or Riku, he is able to completely control their movements, for those weaker than himself he is able to stop their movement, but not move them like a puppet, and that those stronger than him, like presumably Kaido, are able to move freely even when he's trying to control them.

Almost no-one in One Piece has any absolute powers, I don't think Doflamingo's puppet ability is magic, I think he is just able to exert a great deal of his strength through his strings. I think Luffy and Law are at the level that Doflamingo could perhaps stop their movements, but he wouldn't be able to puppet them around like Bellamy.

  • The same goes for Sanji. Whether he's stronger than Jozu, I'll leave open for debate. Commented Nov 30, 2014 at 1:38
  • Also off-topic, Doffy-sama seems to be able to unconsciously control people (like Bellamy), which he probably wouldn't have been able to do with stronger opponents. I too believe he puts force on them with his strings, although it wouldn't explain how he does this unconsciously though. Does he connect them with his nervous-system or something? I mean, he is controlling hundreds of people, keeping up a cage and could still troll around Law... Commented Nov 30, 2014 at 1:44
  • Has he controlled someone who knows haki yet?
    – kaine
    Commented Dec 2, 2014 at 14:07
  • @kaine Yes, Sanji and Bellamy. Commented Mar 20, 2015 at 9:56
  • @peterraeves when did doffy control sanji? He held him still when they fought, not moved him. After that sanji took the boat away right?
    – kaine
    Commented Mar 21, 2015 at 18:21

I think he has to make them weaker and break their mind psychologically before he can control them, like he does with Bellamy.

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    like capturing pokemon ? :D
    – Mansuro
    Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 9:35
  • Yeah sort of .:p
    – TheGass
    Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 9:37

In my opinion, Doflamingo is only able to control opponents stronger or equally strong as him in a limited amount of time, while the latter still don't figure out yet what Doflamingo's power is about.

After they realize his strings Devil fruit power, they can use Haki to break free. However, their Haki must be strong enough to free themselves from Doflamingo's non-Haki strings, and stronger than Doflamingo's Haki in order to overcome his Haki-imbued strings.

Like when Luffy very recently did it with Gear fourth.

I hope I made sense in the comment above :)

  • You don't need to add spoiler warnings, because due to the spoilertag I added, we all know the hidden text will contain a spoiler. That's the great thing about having a spoiler tag, it will hide spoilers automatically :) Commented Jul 13, 2015 at 9:59

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