The Nika fruit has more history than it seems…
When Luffy awakened the Nika Devil Fruit in One Piece, Zunesha commented that this boy’s presence reminded him of Joy Boy, the mysterious and legendary figure from 800 years ago. This makes Joy Boy the only other known user of this devil fruit.. We also know that he was an enemy of the World Government, or whatever iteration it was at the time, since they tried to erase his name from history. His presence opens the door to speculation.
Could Joy Boy have been the legendary Sun God that the slaves prayed to? If it were so, Luffy was inheriting immeasurable power, but let’s go in parts. The legend lived 800 years ago, and that’s a long time for a story to become a legend. Perhaps people forgot his name, remembering only his powers and appearance. Joy Boy must have had a god-like form when he awakened his devil fruit, so it’s possible that he was the “Legendary Warrior” people were talking about.
The only problem is that devil fruits also existed 800 years ago in One Piece. Oden’s wife Toki, was born during the Void Century and had a fruit to travel through time. Although there are only two confirmed fruits, it is likely that almost all of them existed during that time period. How could a figure like Joy Boy, who clearly had influence in the world as an ally of the fish-men and the old kingdom, not be remembered? Why would the slaves pray to Nika and not Joy Boy if he was the one who saved them? The answer may be that they are two different entities.
The Sun God also seems to have existed in other cultures. The Shandorians prayed to a Sun God only 400 years ago and, although they may not be connected, it would be strange if they forgot the name of Joy Boy after only a few generations. In that case, what if Nika was his own person? The legendary warrior could have existed even further back than Joy Boy. For example, going back to the Shandorians, his city of gold was built 1100 years ago, according to One Piece history, long before the Void Century.
Perhaps Nika was the chief or leader of this ancient tribe in Jaya all those years ago. I could have eaten the first devil fruit, which was nameless at the time, and then go on a journey, freeing slaves throughout the known world with his great power. This would have made him a legend in a time when there were no unified governments. Without knowing what devil fruits were, people would have thought that he was blessed by the gods.
Later, when he passed away and people started naming Devil Fruits, it is possible that Nika’s story was so prescient that the fruit was named after him. At the beginning of One Piece, the people of east blue know very little about devil fruits and make wild claims about them, but at least they know what a devil fruit is. Therefore, it is not unreasonable that they saw the awesome power of these foods and associated them with primitive gods.
The truth of Luffy’s devil fruit power in One Piece
The mysteries of Joy Boy and Nika will almost certainly be revealed as the “Wano” arc heads towards its end and Kaido talks more about it. For now, the only thing certain is that Luffy still doesn’t know the true nature of his fruit.but when he finds out, it will shake the One Piece world to the core.
The world of One Piece has changed forever now that Luffy has awakened his devil fruit and it has been revealed as the power that Joy Boy himself had. Luffy’s rubber-rubber fruit has actually been a mythical Zoan, the Nika human-human fruit model, all along.
The name Nika was first mentioned a dozen chapters earlier when he told the story of a legendary warrior who would free slaves and bring smiles to the people he met. The Sun God was a tale passed down from generation to generation, so maybe one day luffy take his place.
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