I don’t think much of an introduction is needed regarding the blackbeard pirates. Their captain Kurohige or Blackbeard, Marshall D Teach, is one of the most interesting villains in One Piece. We first saw him at Mock Town and i must admit it, i became a fun of him after his speech about pirates and people’s dreams.
From a nutcase bubbling about dreams there, he went on to recruit one of the most powerful crews, become a Yonkou himself and even acquire two devil fruits(and possibly even more now). The funny thing is he accomplished those feats using his evil ways, and became in our eyes maybe one of the most hated and most promising villains in One Piece.
They all look dark and evil. A lot of them are ex prisoners of Impel Down who followed him during the Marineford war. Some others were with him even before that. But who are they really and what are their roles? Lets mention them briefly.
Marshall D Teach, Jesus Burgess the helmsman, Shiliew a legendary swordsman, Lafitte, Van Augur the sniper, Doc Q the doctor with his horse Stronger, Sanjuan Wolf, Vasco Shot, Catarina Devon the most dangerous female criminal and Avalo Pizzaro are the current known members.
Also, they are somehow affiliated with Ao kiji, though the true nature of that relationship remains a mystery right now. The whole crew’s power seems enormous, especially if someone considers how fearful and legendary the criminals he recruited from Impel Down are supposed to be.
How they steal devil fruits
Without further ado, lets get to the gist of the article. It is really interesting to see how the blackbeard pirate crew has evolved in the New World. After the Marineford war, Blackbeard showed us an ability we never thought even existed.
Maybe with the use of his Yami Yami no Mi or with another way we can only guess about(that’s the purpose of this post), he was able to steal the fruit of the deceased Whitebeard shocking us all. It seems that the whole crew is now stealing devil fruits all over the New World and Teach himself could now possess even more devil fruit powers. The real question is, how do they do it?
The fruit theory
There is a very interesting theory regarding the way the devil fruits are stolen, which we will analyse right now. First of all, it’s important to remember the way devil fruits behave after the respective user dies. A
theory states that the devil fruit of the user who dies, reappeares at the nearest fruit.
There are also theories that they appear again randomly in the world or that they appear in the nearest tree not fruit. For the purpose of our theory regarding the way the Blackbeards steal devil fruits, we have to assume that the first theory is the correct one.
What they do
A possible clue to the way the Blackbeards go about stealing devil fruits can come to us if someone noted Jesus Burgess. He has been seen going around with a bag in his hand. It is quite possible to assume that the bag is full with fruits. That way, when a Devil Fruit eater he hunts dies, guess where his devil fruit will appear. Right in Burgess’s bag of fruits. Pretty sick right?
The secret of Blackbeard
We can make some speculations about the reason Teach is able to possess more than one Devil Fruit. Lets start with the obvious, which is his Yami Yami no power. It has been stated that it can draw the power of a devil fruit inside the darkness, but could this be the whole story? I believe some other possibilities also exist.
Lets talk about one most of you couldn’t imagine. Blackbeard having one or two parasitic twins living inside of him. It can explain why Luffy and Zoro referred to Teach as “they” back in Mock Town. Is it possible that they noticed that? Also, Marco stated during the war of the best that Kurohige’s body is “atypical”. That way we can all understand how he possesses more than one devil fruit. The parasitic twin(s) has(have) eaten it/them and not Teach himself.
How he draws the power in?
There is a theory(we can talk about it in more detail in another post), that devil fruits are in actuality souls. That way, when someone who has eaten one dies, the soul of the devil fruit itself leaves his body. After that it occupies the nearest fruit.
In that case, Teach with his fruit’s power may be able to draw in the soul of the devil fruit as it exits the dead user’s body and make it his own. He may did that specifically when they covered Whitebeard with the black sheet after he passed away.
The Cerberus theory and their Jolly Roger
It is essential to mention one of the most popular theories that exist, that of the Cerberus fruit. Could it be possible that Blackbeard already possessed a fruit before the Yami Yami no Mi?
If that is the case, it is quite probable that fruit is the Cerberus fruit. As we know, the Cerberus is a mythical creature with three heads. How about that for an idea? Three heads equal three fruits, the Cerberus one, the Darkness one and the Earthquake one.
This can lead to some connections that seem quite fascinating. Firstly, the Jolly Roger of the Blackbeard Pirates is three skulls. A coincidence or maybe a well thought out choise for a flag?
A second more indirect hint can be the role of the Blackbeards. If we assume that they will be the final villains before the last island Raftel, it is quite probable that they indeed have the role of a Cerberus for the Straw Hats. In essence, guarding the gates of hell.
To sum up
What are the ideas we can take away from this post as we wait for the new mangas in order to find out the truth? (Interested in where to read manga? check here). First and foremost, the Blackbeards are insanely powerful in my opinion, probably more than we believe them to be. Secondly, their role is a mystery and the whole story regarding the devil fruits is interesting at the very least. Lastly, there are so many mysteries about the crew that a follow up post seems a necessity :).
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