I'm sorry, this is so dumb, but I'll post it anyway. I guess this thread is the one for stuff like this?
Caveat - I didn't go through all 700+ replies to this thread:
For a while, Ace's fate was unknown. Eventually, it becomes apparent Ace lost - though at the time we weren't sure if he was merely captured or was killed. I always felt strongly that Oda wasn't going to kill off Ace, because in terms of the storyline having Ace actually be dead didn't necessarily matter at that point. I also think the intention was to have everyone suspect the worst.
Anyway - you know the theory that when a DF user dies, the fruit that user ate will grow anew on that spot? (We know already there can't be more than one particular DF "at a given time" from the existence of the DF Encyclopedia and the SBS question in volume 48)
My theory that doesn't deserve its own thread:
Well, now we know Ace is alive and is only being held prisoner by the WG.
If the theory on how Devil Fruits work is accurate, then Ace's capture (and execution) would essentially ensure the WG has control of the Mera Mera Fruit.
With the reader now comfortable with knowing Ace's fate, I think this is a perfect opportunity for Oda to capture people off-guard.
The scenario: the Strawhats are facing off against another powerful opponent. Say, a marine. Name someone…...I don't know, Akainu or somebody.
He reveals he has a Devil Fruit -
It's the Mera Mera Fruit.
Seeing as Aokiji (the blue pheasant) has the Ice logia, the fire logia might compliment someone like Akainu (the red dog)..?
That's my dumb theory, thanks for your time.