Back in chapter 801 when Joker made he famous speech in regards to the throne wars, he made quite an uproar in the One Piece fan base. However current events made one particular line stand out among the rest…
“Who will betray whom!?”
You might be wondering… why that line in particular?
Well, let me tell you my suuuuuuuuuper fascinating theory that has been floating around my head for quite a while now.
Back in chapter 821… We find out that Apoo is now under Kaidou
Following that, a few chapters later, we find Captain Kidd alone in a cell, battered and bruised.
Does this mean Apoo is the traitor? It’s easy to say, and it might very well be true, but I believe the real traitor is actually none other than…
My reasoning behind this lies in his character traits and abilities, Kaidou’s grand entrance, and Jack being able to enter Zou multiple times despite not having a Mink on his crew.
Basil as a character is very stoic and foreboding. Even when encountering Kizaru he calmly and correctly predicted with his powers that he would not die in his encounter.
Besides his abilities of prediction using his cards, his devil fruit allows him to use voodoo dolls made of straw to redirect the damage to other people. As a side note, I don’t believe the people here are his crew members; because they would definitely know how their captain’s Devil Fruit works, and perhaps following voodoo doll conventions, Basil had these men’s DNA embedded in the straw dolls. But this still doesn’t answer the question of “is Hawkins the traitor?”
Here is what I believe is the case… Hawkins already knew in advance, using his abilities, that the Sky Island of Legend’s location would coincide with Captain Kidd’s base. Something along the lines of: “Probability of location relating to Kidd’s base: 100%!” This would explain why Hawkins had this expression. He was surprised with the method Kaidou used to get down, but he wasn’t surprised in the slightest that he had arrived. His predictions after all, have proven to be correct thus far.
Hawkins’ surprise in this panel, may very well be, following my logic that he was surprised with Kaidou’s method… Awe, due to the Yonko not suffering any sort of damage after falling down such a long way (10,000 metres) Among the three, you can see that he seems the least concerned, not even taking a battle stance.
Because of this, its important to know why Kaidou would accept Hawkins into his crew in the first place, because alliances in One Piece often means both parties benefit from one another. This is where Hawkins’ real life identity comes into play, John Hawkins.
Eustass Captain Kidd = 13th century pirate monk “Eustace” + 17th century Scottish pirate “William Kidd”
X Drake = 16th Century Privater “Sir Francis Drake”
Basil Hawkins = Same as above “John Hawkins” + 17th century pirate ship’s medic Basil Ringrose.
Capone “Gang” Bege = Again same as above “Thomas Cavendish”
Trafalgar Law = 18th Century English Pirate “Edward Law”
Jewelry Bonney = 18th Century female pirate “Anne Bonney”
Urouge = 16th century Arab Pirates, the Barbarossa brothers “Urouge”
Scratchmen Apoo = 19th Century Chinese pirate “Cheung Po”
Admiral Sir John Hawkins (also spelled as Hawkyns) (1532 – 12 November 1595) was an English naval commander and administrator,merchant, navigator, shipbuilder, privateer and slave trader. His elder brother and trading partner was William (b, c, 1519). He was considered the first English trader to profit from the Triangle Trade, based on selling supplies to colonies ill-supplied by their home countries, and their demand for African slaves in the Spanish colonies of Santo Domingo and Venezuela in the late 16th century. He styled himself “Captain General” as the General of both his own flotilla of ships and those of the English Royal Navy and to distinguish himself from those Admirals that served only in the administrative sense and were not military in nature. His death and that of his cousin and mentee, Sir Francis Drake, heralded the decline of the Royal Navy for decades before its recovery and eventual dominance again helped by the propaganda of the Navy’s glory days under his leadership.
As treasurer (1577) and comptroller (1589) of the Royal Navy, Hawkins rebuilt older ships and helped design the faster ships that withstood theSpanish Armada in 1588. One of the foremost seamen of 16th-century England, Hawkins was the chief architect of the Elizabethan navy. In the battle in which the Spanish Armada was defeated in 1588, Hawkins served as a vice admiral. He was knighted for gallantry. He later devised the naval blockade to intercept Spanish treasure ships leaving Mexico and South America.”
There are a couple of things to note about Hawkins’ real life counterpart. John Hawkins was the first English slave trader to profit from theTriangle Trade. Countries demanded for slaves in the Spanish colonies of Santo Domingo. He had a cousin named Sir Francis Drake. X-Drake’s real life counterpart, and we know X-Drake is a part of Kaido’s crew. Another interesting to note is that on the One Piece wiki, both X-Drake and Hawkins are from the North Blue.
Santo in english means Holy, and a certain Don Quixote Doflamingo belonged to a group called the Tenryubito from the Holy Land of Mariejois. Another thing to note is that Doflamingo is Domingo with the added “fla” in between, and that Dressrosa is based on Spain. Immediately, we see MANY immediate links to both Kaido and Doflamingo and his underground trades using SMILE.
So, how does Hawkins, besides being the possible cousin of X-Drake, relate to the occurrences in Zou? As seen in the amazing conclusion of One Piece Chapter 816 “Dog vs. Cat”, the entire island of Zou kept their mouths shut in regards to Raizou when threatened by Jack. Nekomamushi goes as far as to say that the Minks would never rat out their friends to the enemy.
But… What about Minks outside of Zou, with their own crews and bonds of friendship?
We know that Bepo helped the minks defend against the attacks of Jack on Zou, and that Pekoms had no idea that his home island has been attacked. So neither of these two minks could possibly be the traitor…
Judging from Wanda’s reactions we can also say that Carrot could not possibly be the traitor. The monkey’s reaction in the other hand is a big concern, the fact that he tried to defend carrot and how he brought up betrayal in the first place means there must have been a traitor from Zou, and he most likely is the reason that traitor has a vivre card due to hi super innocent nature to the point that he’s stupid.
But if it’s not Carrot, Pekoms, or Bepo… Who could it be?
Are there any other Minks outside of Zou besides these three?
The answer is yes.
In Hawkins’ crew, there is a cat Mink that may just fit the bill. During Kaidou’s landing, what’s interesting to note is how the cat Mink is the only one FACING the hole while jumping backwards to avoid the shockwave… While we could just chalk that up to cats being agile, it does not explain why he was facing the direction of the hole. It’s almost like he knew something was coming, and his captain being Hawkins… You can see which direction I’m taking this.
Instead of trading in slaves, he is trading his and his crews’ abilities and relationships to Kaidou in order to survive in the new world. Due to everything that has occurred and his reactions during Kaidou’s arrival, as well as the events in Zou, I have concluded that this is the most likely scenario!
Being a part of Kaidou’s crew by being in ties with his cousin X-Drake, he was required to show Kaidou how he could be of use, and thus gave Jack information on Zou via his Mink crewmate. Getting called in by Killer to join in an alliance with Kidd, he used his abilities to read into the future with his cards to know that the alliance would bear fruit, feeding more intel and systematically destroying one of the most stubborn competitors to the throne: Kidd.
Due to Killer’s intelligent nature, Hawkins perhaps sought his Alliance but not Kidd’s, informing him of what will occur. Apoo, being a coward, gave in to Kaidou due to his overwhelming strength in hopes that it will protect him for the time being. This will explain why Hawkins, Apoo, and Killer are not in the cell with Kidd. It was all in the cards, as predicted by Hawkins and everything fell into place.
- X-Drake and Hawkins are cousins. They are both a part of Kaidou’s crew during the 2 years period.
- Hawkins’s Cat Mink betrayed Zou, possibly not having a choice, or an extension of Hawkins’ voodoo ability.
- Killer, Apoo, and Hawkins is the REAL Alliance, Kidd was in theway of their aspirations for the Throne.
I understand I do not have any evidence other than the real life counterparts for X-Drake and Hawkins being cousins but I do believe this theory is plausible.
*Theory by Frankystein