Originally Posted by Dagoro
The way Dofla's subordinates address him is leading me to believe that he could be a noble. In the pics Oda drew of the SB as children he looked pretty raggedy, but so did Sabo.
It would be interesting to see a noble being the most notorious crime lord in the world of OP.
Since you brought up the subject; I've had a theory for the longest time that he might be a half-noble. I'm not sure if I've ever posted it on this site or not though.
Basically the theory is the Doflamingo and Jewelry Bonney are both half-nobles. Nobles are notorious for doing whatever they want, and especially for taking slaves. This also includes taking multiple "wives"
, which are essentially sex slaves that are tossed aside once they get bored with them. In a situation like this children are bound to be born from such relationships. I doubt anybody that rides around on the back of other people like they're animals is gonna care about 'pulling out'. So what becomes of these children. This sets up the classic "Spock" scenario of how do they fit into society. They obviously wouldn't be considered pure blooded, but not commoners either. They might be grouped in with the lesser nobles like Sabo's family or something.
My main reasoning for wanting Doflamingo and Bonney to both be in this category is that they represent complete opposites of each other. Doflamingo seemingly embraces his noble heritage, and uses it to his advantage. The guy simply does things other people could never get away with. He's carved out a niche for himself in the higher echelons as someone who the nobles could turn to if they need something done but don't want (or trust) the marines to do it. Assassinating Moria comes to mind. Running a slave business in another example. Even if the marines ever became fully aware of his connections to CC, I doubt they'd do anything to him. So in a sense the nobles shielding him from any government retaliations allows him to run amok as much as he wants.
Bonney on the other hand rejected her heritage, but the nobles still wanted her for her powers. We don't know much about her really, other than she's originally from the south blue. I have a suspicion that her mom was a wife to some noble that (not knowingly) got her pregnant, and then got bored with her and sent her back to being a commoner. Years later he found out Bonney was one of his, and came to take her back. Her mom refused to let her go and died protecting her. [Cue recycled Nami flashback]. She's hated the government ever since and has been constantly on the run. I'm not sure how her relationship with WB fits into this though? She had a great respect for the guy apparently.