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I'm afrais this has already been discussed, but if it has, I can't find the post, and probably many will find this rather obvious. At first I thought that the process through which it is possible to steal someone's Devil Fruit was extremely long and complicated, but after reading Chapter 786, it became apparent that it can be carried out even during a revolt and by someone who lacks the powers of the Yomi Yomi no Mi: more importantly, it requires the eater of the fruit to be killed.

Now, when Smiley died, the power of its DF was transferred over to an apple nearby. Can we thus assume that it is possible to steal somebody's DF just by killing them while carrying a fruit (possinly the same type of fruit as the original DF), so that the power moves to that fruit, which is then consumed by the killer?