As we have seen recently, Kuzan and Van Augur went to Cacao Island. When Charlotte Cracker tried to stop them from kidnapping Pudding, Kuzan froze Chocolat Town, including Cracker and the residents. Kuzan and Augur then took Pudding back to their ship.
It’s baffling to many readers that Kuzan, a former Admiral, affiliated himself with none other than Blackbeard. We all know Kuzan is no villain, he is a compassionate and morally uptight individual. Doflamingo basically asked Kuzan on our behalf: “Just What are you now Kuzan? Where do you stand?“
Note that, Oda confirmed through Doflamingo that Kuzan is no aimless vagabond. He is a man on a mission. Doflamingo said:
There are a few theories floating around and I wanted to discuss those.
1- Kuzan joined the Revolutionaries
This was a popular theory back in the days before Kuzan’s affiliation with Blackbeard was revealed. This speculation was fueled by Kuzan outright saying, he never thought World Government was perfect and there are things he can see clearly now that he is not part of the Marines.
This theory resurfaced after Blackbeard crew destroyed the Baltigo base when the Revolutionaries already deserted it. The speculation was Kuzan informed them.
2- Kuzan is a Marine spy
The next popular speculation is Kuzan is a double agent. He is collecting intel for the Blackbeard crew to destroy them from inside out. This speculation gained more popularity since the introduction of SWORD unit inside Marines. Some people even speculate that Akainu-Kuzan duel was orchestrated by the Gorosei.
3- Kuzan is aiming for Laugh Tale
I believe destroying Blackbeard or the World Government is not Kuzan’s objective. He is simply trying to reach Laugh Tale by allying himself with Blackbeard. I will elaborate my thoughts here.
It is a crime to conduct any research on the Void Century and deciphering the Poneglyphs. Due to the propaganda of the World Government, the Marines believe that anybody studying the Void Century is basically trying to revive the Ancient Weapons and destroy the world. It is clear from Nico Olivia’s statement that the Marines are a subject to this indoctrination:
Kuzan was also a firm believer of this. He was a man who followed “burning justice” and believed in laws of the World Government. He was willing to be ruthless for the greater good.
However, things changed since the Ohara incident. Saul was a friend of Kuzan by his own admission, but Kuzan had to kill him at Ohara. He also despised the fact that a ship of civilians was massacred by Akainu. I believe Kuzan could never get over the horrors of Ohara and couldn’t justify his conscience of killing innocent civilians. If you think about it, Kuzan’s hatred towards Akainu’s action at Ohara eventually culminated in the unprecedented duel of the Admirals. Kuzan was initially indifferent to the Fleet Admiral appointment, but he fought a death battle just to stop Akainu from shaping the Marines under his extreme vision. Kuzan saw with his own eyes how (I am quoting him) “…complete and unyielding justice… can turn a man to madness sometimes”.
The death of Saul and the massacre at Ohara impacted Kuzan to the point he let Robin escape and closely followed her growth afterwards. I believe Kuzan was trying to keep a small Ohara alive in Robin. He told her “…then keep yourself alive…And Ohara… hasn’t fallen.“
The point I am trying to make is Kuzan’s change to lazy justice, his duel with Akainu and eventual resignation from the Marines all lead back to Ohara. That’s why it won’t be far fetched to believe Kuzan is highly interested in knowing the real reason behind the Ohara massacre, i.e., the Void Century and Ancient Weapons. In Chapter 967, it was explicitly mentioned that the Roger Pirates crew learned (a) the 100 year history of the Void Century, (b) what the people of D and (c) what the Ancient Weapons are, and (4) the treasure left by Joy Boy once they reached Laugh Tale.
That’s where Blackbeard comes into Kuzan’s objective. I think Kuzan affiliated himself with Blackbeard as this would give him the highest chance to reach Laugh Tale and know the answers he is looking for. Kuzan has always been in close contact with Ds. Monkey D. Garp is his idol and Jaguar D. Saul was his friend. He probably knows a D. would be a safer bet to reach Laugh Tale than the likes of Kaido and Big Mom.
*Theory by Nidai_Kitetsu