One Piece: What is Crocodile Secret?

Crocodile, till he became a shichibukai crocodile was 22 years old when Roger the Pirate King died. As was the case with his death many who bore witness were inspired by Roger and aspired to become great pirates or Navy soldiers. It only took him a few years as a rookie to become a shichibukai, at which point he was already in his mid-20s in essence from age 22 to 25. Crocodile had made a name for himself and became a shichibukai. From the age of 25 to 44 when he met Luffy that’s 19 years quick maths as a shichibukai.

Crocodile Secret

It also bears nothing that crocodile only gained a bounty of 81 million berries in those three years before he became a shichibukai. As we know a bounty is not just based on strength but the amount of crimes for the most part in severity. It tells us a character has committed a number of crimes to the world government’s knowledge. So crocodile only had a bounty of 81 million berries in just three years before becoming a shichibukai.

What is crocodile’s secret?

So what is crocodile secret, we know it has something to do with Ivankov. The secular translation talks about knowing his weakness and that can lead one to assuming he’s talking about his weakness to water but that doesn’t really seem like a big deal especially since carrying water around just to hit crocodile as inconvenient and new world pirates who are seasoned would likely be able to make use of haki. From what I can piece together I believe crocodile aimed to become a shichibukai before going after whitebeards head he possibly needed to increase his infamy and lure pirates into working under him. In other words he needed to promote himself a bit more which he couldn’t with just 81 million.
In order to become a shichibukai I believe again I’m just speculating that crocodile handed Ivankov over to the world government and he became a shichibukai in return. Sounds dubious but Ivankov wanted to go in to impledown as he implies to us here for the Revolutionary Army. Crocodile pretending to be responsible for capturing Ivankov got him inside the impledown to gather intelligence and this is possibly what crocodile finds embarrassing and somewhat crippling as he needed the help of another to reach this heights. He in essence is trying to protect his pride and reputation and intends to keep this a secret.

We also know that Vagapunk also has ties with the Revolutionary Army seeing as Bartolomeo kuma of the revolutionary was worked on by Vegapunk. To aid the straw hats as dragon intended crocodile may have played a part in even recommending kuma as a shichibukai so this may give some credence to this idea. Crocodile couldn’t get enough infamy to be recognized as a huge symbol of fear got the opportunity to capture Ivankov and have him placed and impledown on behalf of the Revolutionary Army and this earned him his status as a shichibukai and infamy, this is what Ivankov holds over him and as a result his pride is hurt by his inability to reach such heights without his own power. A bounty of only 80 million berries in three years is after all nothing fantastic. Meaning he was never a super rookie implying. He never stormed the world of pirates like ace and many other notable pirates did.

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