In Chapter 224, BB was presented as a very distinguished opponent. He appeared to stand out with more admirable ideals. Almost like a version of Luffy with a bad moral compass. At that time, I would have certainly pegged BB as the final villain. Even as recently as the Impel Down jail break, BB stands out as a master strategist. His improv skills are reminiscent of one Captain Jack Sparrow. Despite all this, I felt Oda backtracked on that reputation when he portrayed BB at Marineford, where we saw BB’s true colors of cowardice. Since Marineford, I’ve had a hard time accepting that a coward like BB is worthy of being the final villain. I want to see BB bring back those original vibes, if he does I could see him fitting the role of final villain. But he was portrayed so in such a bad light at Marineford it almost made me wonder if Oda himself changed his mind and decided to take BB in a different direction. Unless BB gets some good character development, right now my money is on Im.
Teach has probably the best development of any of the minor characters. Arguably more than some of the SH crew. Teach has always shown his cowardice even against Ace.
Roger's spirit lives on in both Luffy and Teach. All share the same goal to be Pirate King so that they can be the most Free. But all went about it differently. Luffy going the most pure straight forward route. Roger was middle of the road, some bad stuff like killing crews but mostly good, likely the line right between Shanks and Buggy honestly. lol. However while Luffy is the most pure and straight forward, Teach is the most corrupted and underhanded. Roger wanted himself to be the most free, Luffy wants the same but he also wants everyone to be free in the process. Teach wants to be the most free by being the one in control, similar to the spot Imu has now.
This disagreement between the Blackbeard camp and the World Government camp makes sense because both camps are supported by things Oda has been very clearly setting up for.
First, Blackbeard has been shown as the anti-Luffy, and while that is not guarantee of final villain status (Katakuri is also a mirror of Luffy, for example), it gives him some support. He was also portrayrd as a long term planner, someone with a similar sized main crew that very obviously suggests match ups with Luffy's crew, and Luffy's biggest rival for the title of PK. It makes sense for the manga to end with a series of 1v1 fights between the Strawhats and the Blackbeards.
But on the other hand, the plot has very strongly implied to be heading to a final war against the WG. We have the void century, the rio poneglyph, Luffy being hinted to be a type of chosen one, the WG being responsible for more evil in this manga than any other characters come even close to, and Luffy's ultimate skill of gathering allies anywhere being the key to win such an impossible war.
So it is obvious both confrontations are going to happen. But which one will happen first? Does BB take down the WG by himself and then become the final villain? Is it a three-way war? Or is BB just the penultimate boss?
Personally I lean on BB being the penultimate boss, but I could see the other possibilities. The way Oda is writing it makes a lot of ways possible.
I agree. I think BB's only chance for final villain is to align with and betray either the SH's or the WG again in the end.