Lao G

Lao G

Lao G is an officer of the Donquixote Pirates’ Diamante Army.

Due to his actions and role, he is a supporting antagonist during the Dressrosa Arc.

Appearance

Lao G is old and rather short. He is bald with veins protruding from his head. He has a beard and wrinkled skin. In his appearances, his eyes have been shadowed out, as they are extremely squinted. His mouth is also shadowed, suggesting that he doesn’t have any teeth despite being able to speak and eat.

He wears a blue jumpsuit with a white arrow pointing upwards with two blue lightning bolt-like shapes pointing towards his shoulders. The jumpsuit has a belt with the letter “G” on the buckle. He also wears white gloves and boots. He wears red tights under his jumpsuit, with blue arrows pointing downward on his legs.

As a child, Lao G had a curly patch of hair on his forehead with the front curl resembling a G. He wore a shirt with an arrow pointing upwards that had a “G” on it, a sash around his waist, white gloves, and black pants. His eyes were also wide and visible, yet to turn squinted. At age 54, he wore a dark blue bunny-eared hat and had a more muscular body, as well as a black beard trimmed to form a G, and was shown to still have teeth. At age 60, his hair had started to gray and he was becoming pot-bellied. He wore a cap with devilish horns and eyes, gloves, a blue bodysuit with a yellow gold matrix-pattern, what seems to be briefs over it and a belt with the green letter “G” as the gold yellow buckle.

Personality

He is a stern and loyal man, as is seen by his following Doflamingo’s orders to the letter and regarding his captain’s orders as absolute. He is very calm and analytical, as he was able to deduce that Doflamingo had an ulterior motive for his supposed abdication. However, despite his calm demeanor, Lao G has a bombastic and brutal side, joyfully showing his techniques against enemies to prove himself as a superior fighter and viciously pummeling his foes with brutal efficiency. In the anime, Lao G takes great pride in his skill, boasting to Sai, a formidable fighter in his own right, that he would need a century’s worth of training to defeat him. He also has an odd quirk that makes him emphasize the letter “G” in his words and even goes so far as to mimic it with his hands in various ways.

Lao G can also be exceptionally cruel as he gleefully mocked Baby 5 for being convenient for the Donquixote Family’s purposes due to her desperation to be needed and viciously disposed of Don Chinjao when he was distracted.

He seems to be rather senile in his old age, such as when he went back into the elevator that he had just left instead of going to the Toy House. He appears to be far-sighted, as he needed glasses in order to spot Kabu up close. This does not seem to affect his fighting capabilities, however, as he was able to swat Kabu away quickly with minimal effort. He is also hard of hearing.

He has his own Laughter Style: “Fafafafafafa”.

Relationships

Crew

Donquixote Doflamingo

Like other members of the Donquixote Pirates, he has respect and loyalty to Doflamingo and calls him “Young Master”; he considers Doflamingo’s orders to be absolute and . However, he was somewhat irritated by his decision to go to Punk Hard alone.

Trebol

Despite being an elite officer, Lao G berated Trebol for failing to protect a girl like Sugar, to which Trebol retorted in an angry manner of calling Lao G as a “geezer”.

Baby 5

Lao G is shown to have very little respect for Baby 5 for his naivety. As he played, he got angry when she tried to accept a prank proposal from Trebol, During his battle with Sai, he said that he only considered her someone “convenient” for the Donquixote Family. Though he still said he was going to “save” her from Sai.

Enemies

Sai

Because he had defeated his grandfather, Lao G became an enemy of Sai. During their confrontation, Lao G called Sai a “monkey from the Country of Kano”, further believing that he could quickly kill him; only for Sai to defeat him, still calling him “monkey”.

Chinjao

One of his matches was against Chinjao. At the end of their fight, Chinjao finally focused on his grandson and ignored Lao G; but in the end he couldn’t hear him. Lao G ultimately decided to finally defeat Chinjao while he was injured and bewildered.

Trafalgar Law

In the time when Law was in the crew, Lao G was not concerned that the boy was hurt by Rosinante, reminding him that he should always obey his superiors no matter what. Even so, he was one of those who took care of training him. But once Law quit, Lao G considered him a traitor.

Abilities and Powers

As an officer of the Donquixote Pirates, Lao G held authority over the crew’s lower-ranking members and addition to having command of 2000 soldiers.

He is powerful enough to frequently participate in the Corrida Colosseum’s tournaments, where the caliber of the fighters is very high, despite his age. It is said that when Lao G and the other three officers of the Diamante Army enter the tournament, they have a 100% chance of victory. This is especially notable, as Lao G is the only one of the officers to lack Devil Fruit powers or fish-man heritage, while boasting the same achievement based on physical skill alone.  

Doflamingo also trusted him enough to guard the entrance to his factory from the Straw Hats’ actions.

Physical Abilities

Despite his elderly age, Lao G has proven himself to be an extremely powerful and skilled martial artist, being able to knock down Thunder Soldier, a toy known for his speed and dexterity, with ease and pummel larger opponents with little effort. His incredible speed and reflexes are seen further when he managed to put his glasses on and then swat Kabu away in a fraction of a second, despite the fact that the dwarf, a member of a species that can move faster than the untrained eye can see, was mere inches away from his face.

Despite his frail appearance and behaviors, Lao G has a massive level of durability and endurance, able to survive with no notable injuries and stay conscious after Sai directly kicked his head with a Busoshoku Haki-imbued Kiryu Kirikugi, which split the entire ground they were standing on.

Even the likes of Chinjao, a pirate of legendary strength, is shown to be no match for him (although at the time the latter was still weakened by his fight against Luffy). He was the one who taught Law hand-to-hand combat, along with a diagram of pressure points, showing his skills as a teacher.

However, his legs seem to be frail from old age, as they were shivering while standing, and his eyesight requires spectacles to see more clearly. Lao G also has shown that his hearing is not very good, as could not hear people that were right in front of him. His body can even become so weak that his spirit may leave it and be ready to pass on. However, he can just as quickly recover from near-death if he feels he has been called back, showing that he still has a very strong life force.

Jio-Ken

Further information: Jio-Ken

Lao G is a master of a martial arts style known as the Jio-Ken. The techniques utilized all revolve a theme around his advanced age, taking advantage of any debilitating symptoms of an elderly as his fighting stance. With his mastery of Jio-Ken, he could fight and overwhelm Chinjao, who is an extremely powerful master of Hasshoken.

Lao G can use the ultimate technique of this style, which is to use qigong, the principle of cultivating and balancing one’s own spiritual energy, to conserve his physical vitality from back during his youth, which he can store up until he needs it, granting him access to the immense strength of his prime once unleashed, thus negating his weaknesses of senescence. In fact, it would seem that the practitioner’s fighting prowess even increases as they age.

Weapons

In the past, Lao G used a bazooka to attack a Marines ship.

History

Past

Lao G was already a member of the Donquixote Pirates, at age 54, when a 10-year-old Trafalgar Law joined. After Law had been with the crew for about a week, Lao G was having a meal with the other members of Doflamingo’s “family”. The crew then learned that Law was sick with the Amber Lead Syndrome and heard how Law escaped the extermination of Flevance. While out on a raid, Lao G and Gladius explained to Baby 5 about the country of Flevance and how its people were inflicted with the Amber Lead Syndrome.

After Law was made an official member of the crew, the Donquixote Pirates spread their influence as they traveled to the Grand Line. They participated in various activities such as looting, making business deals, and collecting bounties. Lao G was also instructed by Doflamingo to teach Law hand-to-hand combat skills.

Six months after Corazon and Law left the crew, the Donquixote Pirates plotted to steal the Ope Ope no Mi from pirates who were going to sell it to the Marines. They later arrived at Minion Island and were informed by Vergo of Rosinante’s treachery.

While Doflamingo covered part of the island in his Birdcage, the Donquixote Pirates raided and looted the Barrels Pirates’ hideout. When they found Rosinante, they viciously attacked him until Doflamingo arrived. Buffalo and Baby 5 later informed Doflamingo that the Marines stationed at the island took custody of a boy. Thinking that the boy might be Law, the Donquixote Pirates left Rosinante for dead and prepared for departure. Before they left the island, they found themselves under fire by Tsuru’s squadron.

He participated in Doflamingo’s takeover of Dressrosa. After Monet opened the gates to the royal palace, the Donquixote Pirates stormed the palace.

Dressrosa Saga

Punk Hazard Arc

Lao G played cards with Giolla and asked Doflamingo what he would do to Trafalgar Law. Later, when Sugar asked where Doflamingo was, Lao G suggested that he was in his room on the fourth floor, only to be told that she already looked there. They then figured that Doflamingo went to Punk Hazard alone. Lao G stated that it is just like Doflamingo to go off on his own while leaving behind his crew.

Dressrosa Arc

While playing cards again, Lao G declared that Doflamingo’s supposed decision to abdicate his throne was absolute when Baby 5 asked them if they saw Trebol. When Trebol, who jokingly asked Baby 5 to marry him, and she started to think he needed her, Lao G and Giolla yelled at her not to go there.

He later appeared at the Corrida Colosseum as one of the Donquixote Pirates’ representatives in the tournament for the Mera Mera no Mi. However, before the first round ended, Lao G was ordered to guard the SMILE Factory.

After waiting at the entrance of the factory, he reentered the lift. When the lift reached mid-way to the palace, he defeated Thunder Soldier and his group of dwarves without considerable effort.

The lift later reached the palace and Lao G continued to have the upper hand. When the palace shook due to Pica’s confrontation with Luffy’s group, Baxcon, Nubon, and Daikon took the opportunity to pin Lao G down so that Thunder Soldier, Kabu, and Rampo could continue going after Doflamingo.

After the toys returned to their original forms, Doflamingo was exposed as a villain and proceeded to implement his “Birdcage” plan. Sometime after Pica relocated the royal palace to the top of Flower Hill, Lao G and some other officers gathered there to discuss with Doflamingo about plans concerning the Straw Hat Pirates and the Marines. Lao G reprimanded Trebol for failing to protect Sugar and Diamante for losing the Mera Mera no Mi.

He was later seen on the second level of the new King’s Plateau guarding the palace alongside Machvise, Baby 5, Gladius, and Dellinger. As Luffy’s allies reached the second level, Lao G declared that they will defeat them one by one. Lao G and his four fellow officers later joined the fray. During the skirmish, Lao G punched Orlumbus in the face.


The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.


Lao G engages in a brief battle against Elizabello II, where the king fails to hit him as he is very agile. He then hits Ideo, who was going to attack Gladius in surprise as he was fighting with Sai. After a brief exchange of blows between all of them, Gladius exploits mines in the ground that repel Sai and Ideo.

He is seen having an argument with Chinjao, which ends with both hitting each other with their fists, causing several Donquixote Family subordinates to fly off due to the force of the impact.


Concludes non-canon section.


Continuing the battle, Lao G assumes the Yotsu no Kamae stance, after which he attacks Chinjao with a series of attacks from Me no Tsukare, Kata Kori and ends with Fushi Bushi no Itami, inflicting severe pain on Chinjao. He says that the more experience and pain his body knows, the stronger he becomes, since this is the power of his Jio-Ken fighting technique. However, Chinjao ignored his words and began a verbal skirmish with his grandson, which seemed to anger Lao G. At this moment, Lao G dies, and his soul prepares to pass into another world, though Baby 5 calls out to him, causing him to return. Lao G again tried to turn to Chinjao, but was ignored again as the latter was arguing with Sai.

After Chinjao granted Sai the title of Don, Lao G performed Jio-Ken Kyukyouku no Higi: Sento Ho Ken and easily defeated Chinjao. He then proceeded to fight Sai, proclaiming that as long as he lived, both Dressrosa and Baby 5 belonged to his master. However, Sai retaliated by kicking his head with a Haki-imbued Kiryu Kirikugi, which split the entire ground they were standing on. Lao G apologized to the young master for his defeat and cursed Sai while falling into the split cracks.

His unconscious body was later brought to the palace alongside the fallen Machvise, Dellinger, and Sugar. Giolla intended to use Mansherry and her healing powers to revive him and the others. However, Giolla’s plan was thwarted thanks to Leo and Kabu arriving and defeating Giolla and saving Mansherry.

After Doflamingo’s defeat, Lao G and his fellow officers were arrested by the Marines.

Major Battles

  • Donquixote Pirates vs. Thugs
  • Lao G vs. Thunder Soldier, Kabu, and members of the Tontatta Tribe
  • Donquixote Pirates vs. Corrida Colosseum gladiators
    • Lao G vs. Orlumbus
    • Lao G vs. Chinjao
    • Lao G vs. Sai

Filler Battles

  • Lao G and Gladius vs. Ideo and Sai

Merchandise

Video Games

Support Appearances

  • One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X

Trivia

  • Lao means “old” in Chinese (老). G is homophonic with jii (?), which means “grandpa” or “old man” in Japanese. Effectively, Lao G’s name means “old grandpa” or “very old man”.
  • Lao G, Vergo, and Dellinger are the only officers of the Donquixote Pirates who do not have the power of a Devil Fruit.
  • Lao G is the only officer of the Donquixote Pirates who did not confront a member of the Straw Hat Pirates.
  • Lao G’s favorite food is aged-meat steak.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 69 Chapter 682 and Episode 608.
  2. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 75 (p. 162), Lao G’s age is revealed.
  3. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 84 (p. 60), Lao G’s birthdayy is revealed.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Vivre Card – One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #0907), Information about Lao G is revealed.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 702 (p. 13) and Episode 632, Lao G appears in the broadcast of the Corrida Colosseum.
  6. 6.0 6.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 74 Chapter 732 (p. 12-14) and Episode 664.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 70 Chapter 694 and Episode 620.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 70 Chapter 700 and Episode 629.
  9. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 80 (p. 186), Lao G is drawn as a child.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 76 Chapter 762 and Episode 701.
  11. 11.0 11.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 728 and Episode 660.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 77 Chapter 771 and Episode 710.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 74 Chapter 736 (p. 16-17) and Episode 670.
  14. 14.0 14.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 75 Chapter 747 (p. 5-7) and Episode 682, Lao G reprimanding Trebol for his failure to protect Sugar.
  15. 15.0 15.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 729 and Episode 661.
  16. 16.0 16.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 77 Chapter 768 and Episode 707.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 76 Chapter 761 (p. 9) and Episode 700, Doflamingo reminds Law who trained him how to fight.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 76 Chapter 763 (p. 15) and Episode 702, Lao G sparring with Law.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 77 Chapter 764 (p. 12) and Episode 703.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 76 Chapter 763 (p. 15) and Episode 702, Lao G trains Law.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 77 Chapter 765 and Episode 704.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 77 Chapter 766 and Episode 705.
  23. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 77 Chapter 767 and Episode 706.
  24. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 74 Chapter 739 (p. 8, 12, 16) and Episode 672.
  25. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 75 Chapter 750 (p. 4-5) and Episode 686, Lao G and the other executive analyze the progress of their enemies.
  26. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 75 Chapter 752 (p. 8-9) and Episode 689.
  27. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 76 Chapter 753 (p. 6-7) and Episode 690.
  28. One Piece Anime — Episode 691.
  29. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 77 Chapter 774 and Episode 714.
  30. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 79 Chapter 792 and Episode 735.

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