So I’ve been thinking about this a lot ever since Issho mentioned that he wants to abolish the Shichibukai system altogether, and I know that if/when that happens there will be MAJOR twists in the storyline for the current members still intact (only 5 according to the OP Wikia as of this writing).
So far, the only former Shichibukai either resigned or were defeated to have their title become invalid (minus Law, whose status was revoked for his alliance with Luffy).
Jinbe – Resigned
Crocodile – Revoked (Defeated by Luffy)
Blackbeard – Resigned
Moria – Revoked (Defeated by Luffy)
Doflamingo – Revoked (#rekt by Luffy)
Law – Revoked (Made alliance with Luffy)
This leaves only 5 active members in the system:
So the only question now is, what is the fate of the current members if the system is abolished?
It’s obviously too soon to tell, and anything that could be predicted about this could be for nothing if the system stays in place, but something tells me it won’t be around forever, even if it isn’t abolished until after the Zou, Wano, Elbaf arcs, or even any arc after those. New members could be instated to bring the total back up to 7, which is likely if the system sticks around for a while, and current members could resign or have their titles revoked for whatever reason.
OR, dare I say, current members could DIE. I know Oda doesn’t like killing off characters, and only two characters in the current storyline (meaning not in flashbacks) have actually been confirmed dead (I still think Monet and Vergo are dead, but I digress), but anything is possible with Oda.
I want to now go through each current member of the Shichibukai system and talk about where I think their future is headed. I may sound batshit crazy, but that’s why this is a theory. I’m only speculating, so please be gentile with criticism.
I’m starting with Weevil because he’s the newest character, and not much is really known about him yet. Actually, we know basically NOTHING about him except for he (probably under the advice of Miss Bucking) is the self-proclaimed son of Whitebeard and that he has a bounty of 480 Million Beli.
I believe Weevil is going to hunt down Marco like Miss Bucking ordered, but won’t end up killing him. I believe Marco was too close to Whitebeard (being his #1), and that his role moving forward is too important for Oda to kill him off, even if Oda does eventually have more characters die. I believe Marco will be the one Commander of Whitebeards crew that Weevil won’t be able to beat. Or, he’ll end up deciding that Miss Bucking is just a liar and will leave her for dead or kill her himself. I could see Weevil ending up working under Marco or possibly in the Straw Hat fleet if Luffy is present during his clash with Marco (which is not very probable, but you never know). Either way, I believe he’ll resign from the Warlords before the system is shut down.
I feel like I don’t really need to say much about Mihawk, since it’s a well known fact that he’s a lone wolf badass who doesn’t really need much help from anyone, and can basically take on anyone who’s put in front of him (besides Buggy obviously). That being said, I think ol’ Hawkeye will stay with the Shichibukai until the system is abolished, but will be otherwise fine on his own after that happens. This does NOT however mean that I think he would continue to travel on his own, as he would no longer have the protection of the government. I think Hawkeye is smart enough to align with someone as equally strong, if not stronger, to at least have an ally. Shanks could be a possibility for this but who knows.
I REALLY don’t have a whole lot to say about Buggy. It’s obvious that the only reason he became a Warlord in the first place was because the Government is afraid of his connections with Gol D. Roger and Shanks. I think Buggy is the sort of person that would use the Shichibukai system to it’s fullest extent (because he is such a coward in the long run), and therefore it will be astronomically shitty for him if/when the system goes caput. He will stay in it for it’s entirety, barring his defeat, but will be rather screwed when it is over. He alone is the reason I think the system will be around for a little while longer, only because he and Weevil were just added recently.
Alrighty. This crazy woman is the whole reason I made this theory. Boa Hancock is the most interesting character left in the Warlords in my mind, and not just because of her hilarious affection towards Luffy. Hancock is the only one who really has a sad, meaningful backstory (the whole saddening slave thing). I think this could be a set up for something huge, which I’ll explain, although I may sound nuts. Also, she’s the only one that really has a real bond with Luffy besides Kuma, but he is a little different in that respect.
The entirety of Amazon Lily is protected by the WG because of Hancock’s status as a Shichibukai, and is what keeps the island from, quite frankly, being Buster Called. IF/WHEN the Shichibukai system is abolished, Amazon Lily as a country is, by all means, f***ed. At least to me. The WG labels the whole country as pirates, no matter if they sail on Boa’s ship or not. So if Boa ends up not a Warlord anymore, either because of her relationship with Luffy or because of a future abolition of the Shichibukai system, I believe the entire population of Amazon Lily will be forced off the island by Boa’s word before the WG can wipe the island out.
Obviously they’ll need a bunch of ships, but that’s not a huge problem. The problem lies with the WG going after the Kuja pirates as a whole. Boa will be chased down, and I feel like even though he doesn’t feel the same for her, Luffy would do everything in his power to keep her safe, as he’s helped/saved him multiple times already, so it’d be his time to return the favor.
This being said, I believe if the entirety of the island sails together after having to leave AL, that they’d be strong enough to take on Marines on their own. AND, I also think that Boa’s sisters would be strong enough in their own right to lead and command the theoretical Kuja fleet on their own. I think Luffy would want to have Boa under his protection and (this is my biggest prediction for this writing) I truly believe, that whether he asks her, or she asks him,
BOA HANCOCK WILL JOIN THE STRAW HAT CREW.
I know this is completely out of left field, and I may sound COMPLETELY nuts, but I think that this crazy theory of mine has a chance to happen, but not for a while. The Straw Hat crew only has two females, and at this point, I don’t think there would be any other female characters that would be introduced (except Luffy’s unmentioned Mother, who will definitely not be even passed in conversation for a long while), that would have any reason to join the crew. (Save the Monet talk. I’m 99% sure she’s dead). I think a character like Vivi could “rejoin” at some point, but Boa is the only other female I could see joining the Straw Hats, and the circumstances I mentioned are the only way this could even remotely happen.
*Theory by CP-0