Chapter Secrets – Chapter 1072 in-depth analysis

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The Egghead Traitor vs The Egghead Ally

We currently find ourselves in a really peculiar situation in Egghead, as on one side we have a traitor among our midst of those found at the Labophase who disabled the shield of the Frontier Dome, but on the other hand there also seems to be a traitor amongst the enemies, as Vegapunk claims to have another ally on the island. Now for the traitor on our side, given how it can’t be either the Straw Hats or Bonney, it would have to be one of the Vegapunks. And while there’s several possible options, the simplest answer could actually be Caribou. Caribou is desperately trying to escape ever since Zoro dumped him off the island, so it makes sense he would’ve tried to disable the Frontier Dome to try and desperately escape. It’s possible that rather than disable it manually through the control center he might’ve tried to just jam the machine with his fruit or something, causing the systems to briefly go down.

However, on the opposite end is what interests us a lot more, being the ally on the other side. So basically, in order to escape Egghead, Vegapunk Pythagoras mentioned how technically they now have an ally on Egghead who could assist with their getaway. Edison however brought this into question, claiming that their ally would lose their cover and cause them to be persecuted by the Government, but Stella simply gave up and called the ally to ask for help.

But who is this ally? Well, as absurd as it sounded at first, I think it’s actually Stussy, and the newest chapter seems to support this claim. Now I’ve been saying this online ever since Chapter 1071 was out, but once you start thinking about it, Stussy makes a lot of sense to be this mysterious ally.

For starters, there’s really not that many other characters who are on the island who could serve as allies, as not counting the Straw Hats, Bonney, and the Punks, we only have Sentomaru, who is kinda busy taking a nap, Caribou, and CP0. And considering that Lucci and Kaku are most certainly not the ally, that makes Stussy the perfect candidate. There’s also an important detail that easily gets lost in translation, being that in Japanese the ally speaks in very polite language, something that wouldn’t fit many other characters who speak more crassly (sorry Scopper Gaban fans), but would perfectly align with someone more refined like Stussy.

Beyond that though, it’s Stussy’s deep connection with Vegapunk that makes this allegiance all the more evident. You see it’s become evident that Stussy has some familiarity with Vegapunk, as she mentioned how Egghead was nostalgic to her, meaning she was there long ago, and she seemed to be familiar with a lot of the island’s technology and systems, showing a great deal of technical knowledge. This connection runs deeper in the fact that she was very well acquainted with Du Feld, the funder of MADS back in the day as revealed in the cover story. The two of them seemed fairly acquainted with each other, but specifically when Stussy commented on how Pudding reminds her of her younger self, Du Feld commented that being decades ago; this not only indicates that Stussy is a lot older than she appears to be, with even her Vivre Card databook entry listing her age simply as “SECRET”, but also that Du Feld knew her decades ago. Considering that the MADS were active during a time from around 25 to 35 years ago, it would make sense if they knew each other from back then. Particularly since the latest cover story showed the original five members of MADS, including a woman with short blonde hair and stockings just like Stussy. And if she was Vegapunk’s ally today, then it makes sense Oda is keeping her identity covered in this cover page to not give too many clues.

If Stussy was a member of MADS that later when absorbed into the Government decided to become a CP0 agent, it would make sense if she actually maintained her allegiance to Vegapunk and infiltrated as a Cipher Police agent. In fact it’s possible that given how Vegapunk is secretly working for Dragon and the Revolutionary Army, that similarly Stussy is also acting as a sleeper agent for the Revolutionary Army. This would be a very fitting plot twist, because Stussy was introduced as an Underworld Emperor, being known as the Queen of the Pleasure District, but was revealed to actually be a double agent working as a CP0 member, something I also predicted back in the day actually. So it would be fitting if all along she was actually a triple agent working for the Revolutionaries, bringing her story all around.

This would explain why she kept allowing Kaku to fall into the traps, as well as why she also pressured Lucci to wait on orders from the Marines before going after Vegapunk. This might even explain why she was the one who tipped Morgans about Luffy being the mastermind of Whole Cake Island since he is Dragon’s son. She’s been undercover for a long time feeding info from within the Government’s most secret services to Vegapunk and Dragon, which is why Edison suggested to not blow her cover that easily, but now she’s switching sides back again when Stella requested her help to escape.

Stussy on the Rocks

And through the newest chapter, we can also get an idea of what Stussy’s connection to MADS is, being in reality a clone of Miss Buckingham Stussy. Miss Buckingham Stussy, now more commonly known as Miss Buckin, is the mother of former Shichibukai Edward Weevil, and self-proclaimed lover of Whitebeard, claiming Weevil to be their child. It’s of course brought into question on if the two actually had Weevil together, given how she seems to be taking advantage of her kid, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Weevil is the legitimate son of Whitebeard, just not her own. But beyond that she is also a former member of the Rocks, as Marco confirmed in Chapter 909 that around 40 years ago Miss Buckin was on the same crew as Whitebeard, which would’ve been the Rocks back then, which indicates that at least in her prime she was likely very powerful to be on that crew. This would explain why she was able to defeat an awakened Kaku so easily, which by the way would be a really cute detail since in the chapter when Stussy first debuted, she had a drink from a screaming giraffe.

Stussy’s Mythical Devil Fruit

This isn’t all however, as to top all this off Stussy can be seen with bat-like wings, which makes me believe that she actually has eaten a Mythological type Zoan, the Batto Batto no Mi, or Bat Bat Fruit, Model: Succubus. I don’t think that she’s eaten a vampire fruit, since that’s already been eaten by a non-canon character and Oda usually likes to name canon and non-canon fruits that have the same ability with different names for the sake of continuity, but in this case a succubus is also more fitting for Stussy.

The succubus is a demon of folklore who is usually depicted in its modern form as a seductive woman with bat-like wings that seduces men to devour their blood. This blood allows a succubus to always remain with a young appearance, which allows her to keep seducing men even after long years. This may actually be the secret behind Stussy’s own incredibly youthful age. After all Du Feld already suggested she’s lived for several decades, which she must have if she was a member of MADS, but if she is a clone of Buckin then she would have to be around 76 years old like she is right now. But the reason she manages to look this young is because of her Succubus fruit, which being a mythological fruit it would have special properties, in this case granting Stussy perennial youth (though not immortality, as she likely can still die, just not of old age), as well as allowing her to suck blood out of her enemies, causing them to faint. This would also likely explain the name Buckingham, as it’s likely a reference of Buckingham Palace, the seat of British royalty, with Stussy possibly referencing Queen Elizabeth II and how she was famously known to have lived a very long time, having had one of the longest rules of a queen in history and often joked of being perennial youthful. However, if that’s the case then it would suggest that Miss Buckin does not have the fruit, and that it wasn’t inherited with the clone and its bloodline elements, as otherwise Miss Buckin would also look fairly young now, unless the young age is caused by something else instead. Meaning that the Stussy clone was likely fed the fruit after she was born.

Other Rocks Clones and Crack Theories

Much like Stussy we’ve seen in several instances now that living beings can be cloned, what with the Kuma clones, the Germa army, the Seraphim, or someone like Stussy being the first in this long line. The fact that she is referred to as the No.1 clone that MADS created makes me wonder if more exist out there among all the characters we know, particularly other clones of the ROCKS pirates. A likely chance could be Edward Weevil, who maybe is a partially failed clone of Whitebeard rather than his kid, who maybe Miss Buckin managed to get in exchange for providing her own clone to MADS. But on the other, there’s a certain character who comes to mind, someone who is on Egghead right now and very relevant to the current plot… Jewelry Bonney.

Now this might sound crazy at first, and by all means it is, but hear me out: you see, if you’ve been in the fandom long enough, you may recall that the fandom has had a big obsession with the theory that Bonney is actually Big Mom’s daughter for a very long time. This is because the two look quite alike, have the same hair color, and even similar traits such as their obsession with food. However, this theory lost a lot of popularity once it was revealed that Big Mom has like a gajillion children, which wouldn’t really make Bonney being a Yonko’s kid quite that important anymore. But what if we had it wrong the whole time and Bonney wasn’t the kid of Big Mom… but her clone?

Manga panel coloring by: https://twitter.com/Amanomoon_/status/1497955236748615681

After all the two behave in very similar ways, both wanting to eat all the time, and both being easily prone to getting angry and being overly emotional. The two also practically look identical, we don’t have a 22 year old Big Mom to use for reference, but she hardly looks much different from a 28 year old Big Mom. Unfortunately the only caveat in this theory is that Bonney actually has purple eyes, and since Big Mom has orange-brown eyes, then the two can’t possibly be clones of each other… or does she? Because actually this was an anime-only change and in the original manga designs by Oda Bonney actually has the exact same eye color as Linlin, making her look practically biologically identical to Big Mom. Big Mom’s eye color in the manga can vary slightly depending on the lighting of the scene, but it appears brown-like in many panels too.

You might bring into question how older Bonney looked fairly different from Big Mom, but as this chapter clarified, Bonney’s power allows someone to age into different potential futures of their older selves, which is why Luffy aged as his future where things went wrong, or Bonney aged herself into a future where she is really buff. Plus, her fruit might also explain why she always looks so slim despite always eating so much, which would make her slimmer than Big Mom looked. And you have to keep in mind that although Bonney looks around the age of 22, Oda clarified in the SBS that’s only the appearance she is usually seen in and that her real age might be very different. So much like Stussy, she is likely older than that, and may have very similarly been born as a clone of Big Mom shortly after the God Valley incident during the period of MADS. Which would explain why Akainu considered Bonney such a threat, which wouldn’t make quite as much sense if she’s just Kuma’s daughter. The girl that Vegapunk speaks of at the start of the chapter could potentially maybe not even just be referring to Stussy, but maybe Bonney as well.

After her birth as a clone, Kuma may have grown attached to her and decided to take her in and raise her as his own daughter, which is why she considers herself as such. This would explain the discrepancy that Kuma is said to be from a special race, but Bonney instead seems to be a full-blooded human. Which could tie with this chapter revealing he has bear-like ears, but may also have to do with his fruit since he didn’t seem to have them when he was still human.

And that could explain why Vegapunk promised to Kuma that he would never divulge the secrets of his past to Bonney. As we find out in this chapter, Vegapunk brought up how a certain doctor in the West Blue believed that people’s souls are lost after death, which given his age, location, and research into the dead, this certain doctor may very well be Dr. Hogback! But yeah, as many suspected, Kuma’s consciousness, what some would call the “soul”, has been preserved thanks to the use of his powers, meaning that despite Kuma being just an empty dead robot right now, he could possibly come back if those memories are re-implanted into him.

And as we see in this chapter too, Vegapunk tried to stop Bonney from accessing her father’s memories at all costs, because he promised Kuma that he would not let her know the truth of Kuma’s past. And it would make a lot of sense if that truth is that Bonney was a lab experiment, a clone of Big Mom, because Kuma wanted to spare Bonney from the truth of having an existencial crisis of just being a clone of someone else.

Still, this is just a potential theory, as at the same time there’s some aspects that still need more clarification, so I’m not completely sold on it yet. There’s also the chance that Kuma also hides some dark truths in his past, and that there may have been very real reasons as to why he was called “Tyrant” back in his youth that Bonney may struggle to accept, seen as how she claimed that there is no way her father could have committed any crimes, which would explain why Kuma found it embarrassing to show it to Vegapunk too.

Devil Fruits and Cloning

But furthermore, this makes me wonder if it really is just the same process behind how Kaido’s fruit was cloned. Especially as Vegapunk describes Stussy’s birth as “being born upon this world”, similar wording to how “all things that are dreamed of are born upon this world”, which referred to devil fruits. As after all, Zoan fruits are said to possess a will of their own, meaning that by all means, they are actually living creatures. This may be why they are able to be cloned, whereas Paramecia require copying and replicating the mechanics of each fruit’s respective bloodline element effect through the Green Blood, and Logia are too hard to clone. But since Zoan fruits are actually alive, then that’s the reason why they too can be cloned a lot more easily. Not only do they carry the wills of living animals within them but some, like the Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika even carry the will of a god within… but I’m sure we’ll find out more secrets about the truth of devil fruits soon enough!

2 comments

  1. I see just one problem with Bonney being Big Moms clone. As kids they lloked very different. Because I doubt she was born with that fruit, as green blood seems a rather new invention. And to change her appearance at young age seems to stretch it a bit.
    But this argument falls flat if the girl in the flashback with Kuma is not realy Bonney.

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  2. There are some opinions on this analysis that makes me believe again on Bonney is from Void Century again… Like, Kuma could have be a cyborg from Void Century, Bonney is from there too and lost part of her memories, things like that. IDK, I’m going a little bit nuts

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