In the vast world of One Piece, where legends and mysteries lay in wait around each corner, and characters are rarely, if ever, what they seem. One particular character has always intrigued fans. Buggy the Clown, the first Devil fruit-using enemy that Luffy ever faced, a former warlord and now a Yonko, has always been a fan favorite, and as a member of the former Pirate king’s crew, Buggy has always been a mystery for fans. As such, one question continues to linger in the minds of the fans: Is Buggy a D.?
Subtle hints scattered throughout the narrative suggest a deeper connection between Buggy and the ancient « D » lineage. Oda seems to love Buggy, and that makes fans believe that he’s saving Buggy for something big. From his association with the legendary gold. Roger to his possession of a treasured map belonging to the legendary Captain John. Buggy’s involvement in pivotal events raises intriguing possibilities.
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Overview on the D.?
The « D » clan, or people carrying the initial D in the middle of their name, have always been special and central to the world of One Piece.
There is no known connection between them, nor are they all human, as at least one, Jaguar. D. Saul is a Giant. But these people have existed in the world for at least 800 years, since the void century, and have always been in open opposition to the World Government.
According to Rosilante, the people who carry the initial D are the « Enemies of the gods ». These are people who are a threat to the world government and to the Celestial Dragons.
Almost all known members of the D clan have been extremely powerful and are connected by some unseen and all-powerful force. The question for the day is, does Buggy share that connection.
Foreshadowing and Symbolism:
The characters that carry the D also carry certain traits. These characters have always been great leaders, charismatic, and convicted.
Those who carry the initial D believe in freedom and free will. These characters are stubborn, rash, and unyielding.
They have their own morality, and people are always attracted to them. These character traits make the carriers of the initial D idea attract people; people form connections with them and follow them.
We have seen this with Buggy. He, too, has a dream and is willing to go to any extent to fulfill his dream. He does not let anything keep him down him and smiles in the face of adversity regardless of his fear. This adoption of the identity of a clown, a character that spreads joy and smiles, is a sign of his connection to the D as well.
But above all else, it is how people follow him, remain loyal, and trust in him that shows how much he can be a D. Since Impel Down, Buggy has gained many followers and has made a feared name for himself.
This climb to power and the faith of people are signs in favor of him being a D.
Buggy’s Role in the Story:
Buggy has always been a part of the One Piece story.
From the very start, he has linear and parallel development to Luffy himself. Buggy has been used by Oda as a gag character, a secondary antagonist, a secondary protagonist, an ally, and so much more.
His connections to arcs like Impel Down and Marineford are crucial to the development of the story. And if the past, he was on Roger’s crew. This means that not only did he travel to the farthest ends of the Grand Line, but he has also gone up against the Whitebeard pirates and almost been to Laughtale.
Buggy is a character with connections to too many great and powerful D clan members. It does not make sense for him to not have some significance. Additionally, it was Buggy getting sick that kept Shanks from going to Laughtale, another very important story role that he played.
He helped Luffy escape Impel down, and he helped save Luffy and Jimbe at Marineford.
Buggy has done enough for fans to assume that Oda is hiding a big fact about him, and judging by his importance, it may be an initial D.
Fan Speculations and Observations:
Fans have seen Buggy’s smiling nature and his joyous and jolly personality and have speculated that he has the name of D.
On top of this, there is a theory that suggests that Buggy was also found in God Valley, just like Shanks, and as they are rivals, he must be the D to Shank’s Celestial Dragon identity. (we talk about that here : Is shanks a celestial dragon ?)
Buggy’s laughter, his ability to make allies, and his connection to Roger have led to many other theories as one, one going as far as to claim that he is the Son of Rocks. D. Xebec.
In any case, Buggy can be anyone, and fans have every right to speculate.
Counterarguments and Skepticism:
With all that said, sometimes a character is just there for laughs. Many also believe that Buggy is not that important and that he is simply a gag character that Oda uses for humor.
They employ the argument that Buggy is too weak and too cowardly to be a D. and that Buggy has always been something like Usopp, a liar who gets lucky.
So logic, the chances of Buggy being a D are almost nonexistent.
Is buggy a D. ? Final words:
Based on all that, regardless of how fans may feel and what they may try to associate with Buggy, the truth is that nothing has been confirmed or even heavily hinted that may support this theory.
I want to share my thought and for me, he is a D. I will be curious to know his backstory.
Buggy may be a yonko, but the credit for that goes to Mihawk and Crocodile.
This theory is based on how Buggy is perceived as a character and his connections to others.
Buggy may have the humor and joy of a D, but he lacks the feats, traits, abilities, and gravity of a D. But then again, Buggy can be a D like Blackbeard, who lacks the personality for it.
But again, in the end, only Oda may know.