Now going into this theory, you guys are going to seriously have to keep an open mind. This is one theory I know that a lot of people are going to disagree on, and honestly, I even questioned myself at first when I came up with it, but I have rid myself of all doubts.
The first thing I want to address, is Shiliew of the Rain, and how I made a theory over a year or so ago addressing that the Blackbeard Pirates, would steal Jozu’s Devil Fruit and give it to Shiliew. Well I no longer believe that to be the case, as I no longer believe Shiliew is going to be the person that Zoro faces off against at the end of the series. There is one major reason that I never even thought about when I made the original theory, and that is the fact that, not only did Shiliew become a member of the Blackbeards Pirates out of pure chance, but also, Blackbeard specifically stated that they don’t fully trust Shiliew.
Now why would this have any bearing on whether or not Zoro will face off against Shiliew? Well it’s simple actually, and that is the fact that Zoro has always fought the second most powerful member of every crew that the Straw Hats have faced off with, and the majority of the time, that person is always the Number 2 guy. With Shiliew, becoming number two, just isn’t possible, especially since he’s not one of the original members, and he isn’t trusted.
So that begs the question, just who exactly is Blackbeards number two man? Some people speculate Jesus Burgess, due to the fact that he is the First Division Commander, but me personally, I believe it is actually someone who hadn’t yet joined up with the Blackbeard Pirates, even though he has been with Blackbeard since the very beginning….In fact, this man, joined the Whitebeard pirates alongside Blackbeard, with the very same goal in mind, as there was a Devil Fruit he always wanted, but was unable to obtain it, due to the fact that a member of the Whitebeard Pirates, already possessed the fruit, that he desired! So who could this man possibly be, and what fruit was it that he desired?
Hold the fucking phone Dragon! How and the hell could you possible think that Vista has been working with Blackbeard this entire time? Well, I will get to that in just a bit, but first, I want to explain to you, how I even thought of Vista as a villain in the first place. Now you might think it’s pretty comical, and you’ll probably think I’m crazy, but it makes sense….Vista’s entire character design, is actually modeled off of a villain. Don’t believe me? Check it out!
You done laughing yet? I know, it took me awhile to stop laughing also. But here is where it makes sense. Snidely Whiplash, was actually created to parody the villains of the silent film era. They all shared two things in common, they had a handle bar mustache, and they wore a top hat…..
Looks an awful lot like Vista’s character design doesn’t it? Whichs makes you wonder, why would Oda create a “good guy” but yet modeled him after a “bad guy” unless the “good guy” himself, was actually evil….So I had to figure out a reason as to why Vista himself would have stayed with Whitebeard, after Blackbeard obtained the Yami Yami no Mi, and left the crew, and that is when I realized, what if Vista himself also had his sites set on a Devil fruit, but the one he wanted wasn’t as easily obtainable. Especially since that fruit was already eaten by someone else. The Diamond fruit that Jozu possesses. The only way for Vista to obtain this devil fruit is for Jozu to die, but Jozu isn’t easily killable. Vista couldn’t leave the Whitebeard Pirates when Blackbeard did, because there was a possibility that Jozu could die, and if he wasn’t around when that happened, then he wouldn’t be able to acquire the fruit, he had waited so long to obtain.
So why would Vista want the Diamond Fruit? Because diamond is the one substance in the One Piece World (Besides sea stone) that is damn near impossible to cut. It’s the absolute perfect Devil Fruit for a Swordsman. Vista himself stated that it is every Swordsmans dream to cross swords with Mihawk, which implies that Vista himself dreams of defeating Mihawk and becoming the World Strongest Swordsman.
Which brings me to the second half of the theory…..Shanks secret crew member…. Well technically, there is two, but I have yet to come up with who the second person could be. You are probably wondering though, why I think there is two members of the Red Haired Pirates that have yet to be revealed. The reason is because of what we saw during the Marineford War. It was basically foreshadowed that at some point the Blackbeard Pirates and the Red Haired Pirates will clash. But when the Red Haired Pirates showed up at Marineford, there was only 9 main crew members shown, and one member who you could only see apart of his cape, and little bit of his neck. (That is the member I am not sure about)
So with that in mind, we have 10 main members of the Red Haired Pirates, and the Blackbeard Pirates has 11 main members, so the Red Haired Pirates are still down one main member for when the inevitable clash between the two crews happen. So who could this secret member be? Well he was at Marineford also, but he arrived there well before Shanks did. Some of you have already figured it out….The man I am talking about, is none other, than Mihawk. Yes, Dracule Mihawk, is a member of the Red Haired Pirates, but left the crew shortly before Shanks became a Yonko, in order to become a member of the Schichibukai, and act as Shanks inside man for the World Government….
Why do I believe Mihawk is a member of the the Red Haired Pirates? Because he is the only Pirate in the entire series who has no crew, no flag, no ship, and yet is somehow considered a Pirate by the World Government. In order for that to be the case, I believe that at some point Mihawk had to have been apart of a pirate crew, and to me, the only logical crew that could have been, is the Red Haired Pirates. The way Mihawk acts when it comes to Shanks goes beyond that of a rival. He knew exactly where to find Shanks when he wanted to inform him about Luffy’s bounty. The way Shanks grabbed Mihawk, and told him he had to stay with them and party, reminds me of something a Captain would do to a crew mate. Mihawk actually apologized to Shanks in his head before he attempted to kill Luffy. And then Mihawk refused to fight any longer when the Red Haired Pirates showed up at Marineford.
So now, the only thing left to say, is what I believed happened during the two year time skip, and what will eventually happen when the Blackbeard Pirates face off against the Red Haired Pirates. I think after the war ended, and Whitebeard and Ace were buried, at some point Vista managed to separate Jozu from the rest of the crew. After he was separated, Jozu was attacked by the Blackbeard Pirates, and was either killed, or Blackbeard managed to remove his Devil Fruit from him, finally allowing Vista to obtain the power he has waited so long to get his hands on. Vista has finally been reunited with his true captain, and has taken up his position as Blackbeards right hand man.
During the Marineford War, when Vista and Mihawk faced off against eachother, neither of them were going all out, and neither of them broke a sweat. The two of them both came to the agreement, that they would postpone their battle, and considering they have their pride as Swordsmen the line, there is no reason to believe that this fight isn’t going to happen. I believe this fight will happen when the Blackbeard Pirates finally face off against the Red Haired Pirates.
Personally I believe Mihawk and Vista were fighting evenly during the Marineford War, and now that Vista has acquired Jozu’s Diamond Fruit, it is going to give him the slight advantage he needs in order to defeat Mihawk, and claim the title as the “World’s Strongest Swordsman” This will set up the inevitable clash between Vista and Zoro, where Zoro will not only be able to avenge his Masters defeat/death (I haven’t decided on Mihawks fate) but he will finally cut Diamond like Mr. 1 foreshadowed, and obtain the title of Worlds Strongest Swordsman.
A couple cliff notes to add….
In one of the Whitebeard Pirates flashbacks the 3 main members shown of Whitebeards crew were Marco, Jozu, and Blackbeard.
During the Marineford War, Marco, Jozu, and Vista (Blackbeards right hand man) were the center focus of the Whitebeard Pirates, besides Whitebeard himself.
Vista and Yasopp were shown to have some sort of grudge against each other, which could be a foreshadow of Vista fighting against the Red Haired Pirates….
Vista was the least injured member of the Whitebeard Pirates after the War was over, which is a testament to not only his strength, but could also imply (For the sake of this theory) that he wasn’t trying as hard as the rest of the Whitebeard crew.
I had more I was going to add, but the theory is already long enough, so I will just answer all questions and concerns as they come along. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it….
Edit: Something else to think about.
Also think about this….Pre-time skip, the Gorosei were shown discussing the results of the War (Chapter 594) and in that discussion, they stated that Marco, and the remnants of the Whitebeard Pirates were possible candidates of stopping Blackbeard…At that point in time, they still controlled all of Whitebeards territory, but during the two year timeskip Blackbeard took it over….What could have happened during that time period to have given the Blackbeard Pirates the advantage over the Whitebeard Pirates? I think losing two of their most powerful members (Vista and Jozu) would have tipped the scale in the favor of the Blackbeard Pirates, allowing them to conquer Whitebeards territory….
*Theory by Celestial D. Dragon