this is one of my favorite panels of one piece
and before you get upset, it’s not about Doflamingo or Law, it’s about how Oda chooses to depict the brutality of his Villains.
Arlong was brutal in a cat-and-mouse way, and the other Blue Sea villains were ruthless, but rarely more brutal than comical. Throughout the grand line the most brutal foes were always wrapped in a level of ridiculousness. Mr. 3 will turn you into a statue, Foxxy was pure ridiculous, most of CP9 was just off-the-wall. Kuma has cat paws, Moriah is goofy, it’s all pretty lighthearted most of the time.
And even the most “serious” villains were ruthless, but rarely as openly violent. Lucchi popped off the strawhats and just sent them flying (his only real unprovoked violence pre-combat was when he Shigan’d Nero), Sir Croc was frustrating, but he was actually in combat when he was at his most violent. Ect ect…
My main point is: That Doflamingo is presented as this carefree jerkoff for most of the comic’s canon, since he first showed up in that meeting with Kuma, Mihawk and Sengoku. He was pink, flashy, hot, grinning, and even during the Paramount War he was basically like “IDGAF, bitchesss” and flying around having fun. So in Dressrosa, it’s clear he is a bad dude who needs to go down.
But then this moment happened. A defeated and brutalized Law was totally done, and in the middle of the street, in front of marines, in front of citizens (its right outside the Colosseum there must be bystanders), in front of the Strawhats he does a total break from all other past One Piece Villains.
He disregards his “powers” and throws off the comfortable “Doflamingo Schtick” and just pulls out a gun and blows him away. The unexpected brutality of this scene is amazing, Doflamingo’s face is entirely dark, and Law’s hand is up in a prone position, like he’s begging and just getting slammed by the bullets.
It’s amazing. It’s like a cold bath, it wakes you up and makes you pay attention. It completes the transformation Doflamingo has gone through in the past dozen chapters from Mr. Pinky to one of the most despicable guys in the Mugiwara’s history.
And That’s all right here.