The Real Reason Why Blackbeard Was Able To Eat Two Devil Fruits

The pirate Marshall D. Teach, known as Blackbeard, is one of the most unethical individuals in the One Piece fictional world. He started out as a member of Whitebeard’s crew, but later betrayed his captain and comrades when he murdered his fellow crew member Thatch to steal a powerful Logia type Devil Fruit ability called the Dark-Dark Fruit.

Years later, Blackbeard captured Ace and handed him over to the Government authorities in exchange for being granted Warlord status.

Blackbeard committed these terrible acts in order to cause conflict that would assist him in assembling his preferred pirate crew, defeating Whitebeard, and taking Whitebeard’s Tremor-Tremor Fruit vibration abilities for himself.

Blackbeard | One Piece (Credits: Eiichiro Oda)

However, how could one person have two Devil Fruit powers when that should not be possible?

Oddly, Blackbeard is the first documented example in One Piece of someone using two Devil Fruit abilities at the same time, which is thought to be unable to occur.

Blackbeard | One Piece (Credits: Eiichiro Oda)

The CP9 agent Jabra has confirmed this limitation is genuine and not a fabrication by the authorities. Additionally, both pirates and marine soldiers alike were shocked to see Blackbeard employ two distinct powers, and neither they nor their fans understood how he accomplished this feat.

Several intriguing One Piece fan theories try to explain the abnormality of Blackbeard having two Devil Fruits. But for now, it remains one of the biggest mysteries surrounding this deceitful pirate.

Tremor-Tremor Fruit Connection

This particular One Piece theory stands out because it diverges from the common belief that something unusual about Blackbeard’s body lets him wield multiple Devil Fruits.

One Piece (Credits: Eiichiro Oda)

Instead, this fan theory focuses on the special nature of the Tremor-Tremor Fruit and proposes it could explain why Blackbeard was so determined to steal it from Thatch.

Additionally, this theory supports Blackbeard’s claim that his Dark-Dark Fruit is uniquely powerful among Devil Fruits.

Since his battle with Ace, Blackbeard has stated his Dark-Dark Fruit is extraordinary even compared to other Logia types.

One Piece (Credits: Eiichiro Oda)

While it doesn’t grant him the intangibility most Logias provide, and in fact makes him more vulnerable to attacks, Blackbeard insists the Dark-Dark Fruit’s other abilities make up for that downside.

For example, his mastery over darkness enables him to manipulate gravity to some degree, pulling objects and people toward him against their will. He can even absorb things into his darkness and expel them later with tremendous force.

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The most notable power of Blackbeard’s Dark-Dark Fruit, as demonstrated in his fight with Ace, is its singular ability to cancel out other Devil Fruit abilities through physical contact.

Many One Piece fans speculate this power, or some augmented version of it, is what allowed Blackbeard to absorb and use Whitebeard’s Tremor-Tremor Fruit after his death.

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If true, it would make sense why Blackbeard was so determined to obtain the Dark-Dark Fruit, even waiting for decades on Whitebeard’s crew hoping to find it, as he admitted.

Possession of the Dark-Dark Fruit and its unique nullification ability was likely crucial to Blackbeard’s plan to steal the Tremor-Tremor Fruit.

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By shutting down Whitebeard’s powers upon defeat, Blackbeard could obtain the Tremor-Tremor Fruit without its powers killing him for already having a Devil Fruit ability.

This theory provides a plausible explanation for how Blackbeard can wield two Devil Fruits, centered on his Dark-Dark Fruit’s rare capacity to disable other Devil Fruit powers.

The Chimera Theory

The “Chimera Theory” is one proposed explanation for how Blackbeard can wield two Devil Fruit powers. Chimera means a creature composed of parts from multiple animals.

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Instead of gaining multiple Devil Fruits from actually eating them, the Chimera Theory suggests Blackbeard was simply born with a unique body that enables this.

There is some evidence for this in the story, as Marco noted during the Marineford arc that Blackbeard’s body was abnormal.

One Piece (Credits: Eiichiro Oda)

The Chimera Theory is inspired by real-life medical cases of “Vanishing Twin Syndrome”, where multiple fetus’ absorb each other in the womb, leaving one fetus with multiple sets of DNA and potentially duplicate organs.

This rare event produces a “chimera” person with two genetic profiles.

One Piece (Credits: Eiichiro Oda)

Applying this to One Piece fiction, the Chimera Theory proposes Blackbeard absorbed a twin in the womb, giving him two sets of organs. This would allow him to consume two Devil Fruits, with each fruit’s powers contained in a different organ set, avoiding the rejection reaction normally seen.

This congenital bodily anomaly would explain Blackbeard’s strange constitution and capacity to employ two Devil Fruit abilities simultaneously.

Cerberus Theory

The popular Cerberus Theory proposes that before eating the Dark-Dark Fruit, Blackbeard had already consumed a Mythical Zoan Devil Fruit, possibly called the Dog-Dog Fruit Model: Cerberus.

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Just as the three-headed Cerberus of myth could think independently with each head, Blackbeard can utilize multiple Devil Fruits.

There are several clues that connect Blackbeard to the number three and support this theory:

First, his unique Jolly Roger features three close-together skulls, resembling Cerberus.

One Piece (Credits: Eiichiro Oda)

Second, his signature weapon is a three-bladed claw, which likely gave Shanks his infamous scars.

Third, Cerberus exists in the One Piece world, making the Devil Fruit plausible.

One Piece (Credits: Eiichiro Oda)

Theorists surmise that with a Cerberus Zoan form underlying his Dark-Dark powers, Blackbeard functions as three independent “beings” in one body. This would allow him to consume multiple Devil Fruits when normal people can only use one.

Rather than just two fruits, the Cerberus theory suggests Blackbeard could potentially gain a third power as well.

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His triple motifs and the existence of Cerberus in-universe give this theory strong credibility for explaining Blackbeard’s impossible feat.

The Cannibalistic Theory

The most disturbing One Piece fan theory for how Blackbeard obtained Whitebeard’s powers suggests he resorted to cannibalism. By consuming part of Whitebeard’s corpse, Blackbeard could absorb the Tremor-Tremor Fruit abilities without having to find where the fruit reappeared.

 

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There is canon precedent for this, as Big Mom accidentally ate Mother Carmel and gained her Soul-Soul Fruit powers that way. It seems a Devil Fruit’s essence permeates the user’s entire body.

Consuming enough flesh and blood transfers those powers to the cannibal.

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Applying this to Blackbeard, theorists propose he may have drank Whitebeard’s blood on the battlefield, or ripped out and eaten his heart. By ingesting part of Whitebeard’s body, Blackbeard could immediately take the Tremor-Tremor powers for himself.

Though gruesome, this theory offers an explanation based on Big Mom’s origin for how Blackbeard circumvented normal Devil Fruit rules.

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The cannibalism theory could integrate with other explanations for Blackbeard’s two Devil Fruits. For instance, if Blackbeard does have a Cerberus Fruit, he could gain additional powers either by eating Devil Fruits directly or through cannibalism.

In Whitebeard’s case, Blackbeard may have chosen cannibalism to immediately take the Tremor-Tremor abilities rather than wait for the fruit to respawn.

One Piece (Credits: Eiichiro Oda)

Essentially, this theory proposes the cannibalism method is how Blackbeard fast-tracks obtaining powers from slain Devil Fruit users. As for why no one else in One Piece utilizes this, it could be that this method of power transfer isn’t common knowledge.

Big Mom discovered it accidentally, while Blackbeard may have purposefully unearthed this obscure truth so he could exploit it.

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That would explain how he alone uses cannibalism to bypass normal Devil Fruit limits for the sake of the overarching plot.

The Vegapunk Effect Theory

Perhaps the most speculative explanation is the Vegapunk Effect theory, which proposes Dr. Vegapunk enhanced Blackbeard’s body to handle multiple Devil Fruits.

One Piece (Credits: Eiichiro Oda)

This is considered less likely, as it requires several unsupported assumptions. Most critically, it presumes the infamous Vegapunk, a longtime World Government scientist, met Blackbeard before the One Piece storyline.

Little is known about Vegapunk. Franky landed on his home island of Karakuri after the Sabaody separation, and while Blackbeard was born on a Grand Line island, his exact homeland is unrevealed.

One Piece (Credits: Eiichiro Oda)

For Vegapunk experiments to have occurred, Blackbeard would likely need to be from Karakuri, which is unconfirmed. It’s also doubtful the World Government would enable Blackbeard this way knowing his threat.

The Vegapunk Effect theory argues the scientist modified Blackbeard’s body but provides no evidence of a connection between them. With Blackbeard’s island of origin unclear, it’s speculative to claim Vegapunk is responsible for his abnormal Devil Fruit powers.

One Piece (Credits: Eiichiro Oda)

Considering Blackbeard’s triple motifs, if he can use two Devil Fruits, he may even be able to gain a third. But the Vegapunk Effect remains an unproven fringe theory for now.

Perhaps the most speculative explanation is the Vegapunk Effect theory, which proposes Dr. Vegapunk enhanced Blackbeard’s body to handle multiple Devil Fruits.

One Piece (Credits: Eiichiro Oda)

This is considered less likely, as it requires several unsupported assumptions.

Most critically, it presumes the infamous Vegapunk, a longtime World Government scientist, met Blackbeard before the One Piece storyline.

Little is known about Vegapunk. Franky landed on his home island of Karakuri after the Sabaody separation, and while Blackbeard was born on a Grand Line island, his exact homeland is unrevealed.

One Piece (Credits: Eiichiro Oda)

For Vegapunk experiments to have occurred, Blackbeard would likely need to be from Karakuri, which is unconfirmed. It’s also doubtful the World Government would enable Blackbeard this way knowing his threat.

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