Please bear with me as this is a theory I started back on OPF and recently found. It’s my first and likely incoherent. I spoke about it a bunch and never posted it. I really wanted to do a lot more fleshing out of it but then it would never get posted. So... here’s what I’ve got. :
So Oda has been recently repeating Devil Fruits in some vital places and that’s got me thinking. I believe that this isn’t an accident. I think it’s a sign of deeper meaning for both the fruit and the Will of D in the story at large. Basically I think that the Luffy is tied to the Will of D and is helping it to play out it’s plan for the devil fruits’ karma for lack of a better word. Now that we know that the devil fruits go back as far as the Ancient Kingdom, thanks to Toki. And there’s been speculation that the Birkans from the ancient lunar civilization were in fact the inhabitants of the Ancient Kingdom as well, considering that they settled the earth ~1100 years ago. If this is true, then it leads more credence to what follows. I propose that the in the Will of D, the “D”= Diana Nemorensis who was a triple fold deity representing the moon, hunting and the netherworld.
The grove by the lake in Aricia of the original temple represents where they were originally grown in the Ancient Kingdom and they were solely for sacred, justifiable use by those in need of saving and assistance. Historically, it is believed that these trees were sacred and limited to use by runaway slaves for Rex nemorensis—a battle with the reigning priest to gain freedom and the right to rule.
When things happened historically in the world that changed the practice into gladiatorial fights for power, things got corrupted. So too did the changes in the Void Century (I propose that the leaders who became the CD coopted the power of the fruits in the same manner as was historically done with the fights, the trees, etc) corrupted the power of the fruits and the association of the D from Diana to Devil for her underworld associations. However, the fruits themselves and the will remain the same in that they’re meant for justice and fighting the wrongs of the world. So they bond better with those who are misfits. Those who feel out of place, done wrong, at odds with the current world structure or like they need to make a difference, or are lacking something vital that has been denied them by the current world, vibe with the fruit and are better able to draw out its power. I argue it is these very people who are susceptible to the Will of D as it is played out in the story and enacted/enabled by Luffy.
- Ace: he always felt the world was against him and he was super strong, super fast with his fruit.
- Sabo: he hates the way the world is and has since childhood. He mastered the fire fist almost instantaneously and was able to stand up against Fujitora almost immediately after receiving his fruit even though the latter wasn’t fighting seriously. Burgess definitely was.
- Bellamy: didn’t really have much of a purpose of principles when he was following Doffy at first but after running into Luffy, his beliefs and senses of his place in the world as well as what is just/fair started to shift so he was better able to tap into his power
- Doflamingo: has a super strong sense of entitlement and injustice from childhood and thus has awakened his fruit and has a great mastery of it.
- Katakuri: has a strong desire to protect and prevent, undo if he can, the state of the world that makes it so that people are cruel for differences and perceived vulnerabilities, thus has mastered and awakened his fruit
- Sakazuki: super strong sense of justice, great mastery and control of his fruit
- Luffy: didn’t feel like the world owed him anything as a child, so it took a while for him to learn new techniques. And adapt. He believes in freedom and wants change. His sense of justice is stronger now so he’s getting better at it. He’s much more capable with his fruit.
- Linlin: miserable abandoned child, instinctively picked up how to use a fruit power she didn’t know she had or really existed as such.
The fruits themselves being born of lunar deity powers, bonding best with those who burn with their own sense of righteousness or purity as recognized by the D, would fit in with why, in such a myriad and vast universe, we’re seeing repetition from an author who can create anything and has made up many more devil fruit. These repeats have meaning and speak to cycles of learning, rebirth and karmic debt to which Luffy is tied. Before someone yells, but there’s fruit that have been “eaten” by inanimate objects, where’s the bonding force there? Inanimate objects are very pure. They have a purpose—that’s it. Oftentimes they’re imbued with the energy of their builders, their wielders, but they’re generally not conflicted or cruel. Depending on how much it was used before, how it was crafted, it could contain any amount of energy but I’d still argue that those bonds are weaker than the type to which I’ve referred earlier. If we were talking feeding a DF to Shusui, that would be different, it’s got a spirit just by virtue of the history and care behind it. The other objects of which I’m aware were much more mundane in nature at the outset.
Some examples of fruit that have been duplicated that we know of and whose karma/wielders alignments have altered...
- Soru Soru no Mi: from Underworld Agent (Carmel) to abandoned child with dreams of uniting the world (Linlin)
- Mane Mane no Mi: from Kurozumi Higurashi to Bentham
- Bari Bari no Mi: from Kurozumi Semimaru to Bartolomeo
- Gura Gura no Mi: Whitebeard to Blackbeard
- Suke Suke no Mi: Absalom to Shiryu
- Mera Mera no Mi: Pirate (Ace) to Revolutionary (Sabo)
I think that we’ve yet to see the full potential for the devil fruit to shine nor the ways in which Luffy will play a role in these people’s lives. It’s clear that the Bari Bari no Mi and Mane Mane no Mi wielders have seen fit to go from negative people to more positive behaviors through their interactions with Luffy. This is a huge switch from their previous incarnations. Absalom wasn’t a too terrible guy for a bad guy—okay he wasn’t good; Shiryu is rotten. I’d be interested to see how he and Blackbeard work out with Luffy but that’s a long way down the line. As for Linlin, she’s still got potential to turn out alright because her dreams are good ones and when reverted to her pure state, she wants to help people. Her methods suck because she was warped and never taught to manage her strength but she hopefully can learn.
Okay this meandered all over the place and I doubt that it was very clear. Let’s try to sum it up:
- DF came from the pre Void Century Ancient Kingdom when Lunar citizens were still around.
- The D stood for Diana of the Grove (grove being the copse where the fruit grew)
- Fruit were only for those who sought justice against their oppressors/powers that be (just like ancient Dianic practice)
- This was subverted during the Void Century by those who’d later become Celestial Dragons, Diana became Devil much like historic conversion to gladiatorial fights
- Herego fruit bond best/fastest with those who have strong purity/righteousness/sense of justice/injustice/disenfranchisement
- Repeating of fruits is karmic, Will of D (Diana/Devil) is Luffy’s path to help those fruit work through their greater debt/path as he uncovers the truth/continues his journey.