We had many possible candidates in mind for the ally that Vegapunk called in chapter 1071, but something clicked earlier when we watched a reaction to the chapter. The criteria for determining who this person might be are:
- Someone who would inspire unanimous confidence in Vegapunk’s escape mission (whether through strength, reliability, anything that might help protect them from CP0).
- Someone who would take the risk of being discovered by the GT.
- Obviously, someone who is allied with Vegapunk and waiting for a potential order.
So many ideas have been floated about people like Fujitora (who meets or can presumably meet these three criteria), Ochoku (Wang Zhi) (who could also meet these criteria), Scopper Gaban (similar story).
Of these options, Fujitora seems the most realistic to us, but we’ve heard another idea circulating: Stussy is the one who disabled the border dome. We like that idea, but what really appealed to us was the idea that Stussy is actually the ally Vegapunk has in mind.
Thinking about it in more detail, we very recently learned that Du Feld is the person responsible for sponsoring MADS, and the next chapter shows someone in the group photo that looks a LOT like Stussy.
Now think back to Whole Cake Island when we were first introduced to Stussy. We are going to tell you a bit more about it, because it is a good clue for this idea.
We were introduced to her as the ‘Queen of the Pleasure Quarter’, alongside an older Du Feld and many other underworld family bosses. Later, during the turmoil of the wedding, Du Feld slips away to loot Tamate’s box. Stussy catches him in the act and kills him.
Dead ! For an attempt to steal a treasure that isn’t even his own. Why would Stussy kill a major underworld figure if he wasn’t a threat to her?
We think Stussy kills Du Feld because he knows about his ties to Vegapunk. Stussy says “GM is going to claim the box” and pressures Morgans to “print this version of the story”, in order to hide his real intention. She even follows him back to his home at the end of the arc, perhaps to make sure his hit on Du Feld doesn’t go public.
With that in mind, it would be odd if Vegapunk and his clones didn’t recognize that they have someone on their side within CP0 who is currently on the island. This would give the escape mission a lot of confidence considering they have an ally in the opposing ranks, and it would also pose an immediate threat to Stussy’s position if this connection to Vegapunk was exposed in front of the other agents.
By extension, while it seems a bit flimsier for now, we also agree that it’s possible that Stussy could have been the one to disable the dome in that same chapter. The dome collapsed after Vegapunk’s call, and remained long enough to distract Lucci and Kaku and buy him time to help Vegapunk, though they nearly didn’t take the bait.
We think Stussy is the ally Vegapunk calls for, as she’s heavily hinted that she has a past with Vegapunk and even killed former MADS sponsor Du Feld, presumably to protect her cover as someone still allied with him. The tamate box angle provided the perfect alibi that she made sure Morgans would publish in the papers. She would make a perfect countermeasure against CP0 since one of her roles is a CP0 agent.