Category: DBZ Charaters

Vados

 

ヴァドス
Vados
Debut
Manga: “Goku’s Defeat”
Anime: “I’ve Come Too! Training Begins on Beerus’ Planet!”
Appears in
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Gender
Female
Occupation
Attendant
Martial arts teacher
Affiliations
Whis (brother)
Champa (boss & martial arts student)
Vados (ヴァドス) is the sister of Whis and is the attendant of sixth universe’s God of Destruction, Champa.

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Overview
Name
Vados’ name comes from the pun on “Calvados”, an alcoholic drink. Her name corresponding with an alcoholic beverage goes with the trend of the Gods of Destruction and their attendants possess.

Appearance
Lady Whis and Champa
Vados alongside Champa
Vados is a humanoid with teal skin and white hair, similar to Whis, although female. She carries a long scepter with a gem that floats above it, and she usually holds her staff in her right hand. Around her neck is a large light blue ring. Her attire consists of green robes, a black cuirass with the same white and orange circle decorations as Champa the Destroyer, and a red sash. She also wears white high heeled shoes with black soles.

Personality
Vados is confident of her fighting skills. When telling Goku who was stronger between her and Whis, she claims to be superior by a little but Whis objects to this. Vados wanted to test their power after Whis stated this. She can also be rather blunt and coy at times. Vados tells Goku that by looking at Champa’s and Beerus’ physiques, you can tell who’s stronger.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods – Uncut Version [HD]

Biography
Dragon Ball Super
Battle of Gods Saga
Main article: Battle of Gods Saga
In the manga of Super, in the seventh universe, Vados and Champa show up and notice that Beerus is awake. She and Champa try to stay anonymous while Beerus is fighting on King Kai’s planet. Vados and Champa notice that Beerus is moving and are heading towards a planet. Vados is with Champa when he’s destroying planets and they collecting huge orbs that no one has found. Vados are sensed by Old Kai and Kibito Kai and spot them through the crystal ball Old Kai made. Champa and Vados go to the Sacred World of the Kais. Champa asks them if they heard their conversation but they tell him that they didn’t hear a thing. Even though they don’t believe them, Champa and his attendant leave and return collecting the orbs.

Vados and Champa are in space then they encounter Guarana’s ship. Guarana and his crew has found a huge orb which Champa wanted. Vados watches Champa blow up Guarana’s ship, then they leave. Vados warns Champa of Beerus noticing what he is doing. Champa agrees and tells her that they’re going home and he’ll give Beerus a gift.

Resurrection ‘F’ Saga
Main article: Resurrection ‘F’ Saga
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Vados about to destroy a planet
Vados and Champa are in the seventh universe looking for a specific planet and destroying the ones they don’t find useful. Vados warps to a planet, knocking Sorbet’s spaceship out the way. Vados is ordered to destroy it but she insisted that Champa should do it. After Champa gets angry, Vados destroys the planet, even knowing that it wasn’t the one they were looking for. They continue their search for the planet they are looking for.

Champa Saga
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Main article: Champa Saga
Vados and Champa reach Beerus’ planet. Vados tells Goku and Vegeta that she is Whis’ older sister and that she is a little stronger than he is, but however, Whis disagrees. Vados also tells them that Champa is Beerus’ twin brother and that he is the Destroyer of universe six. It is explained by Whis to them that the seventh and sixth universes are twin universes, equaling 13. Vados was told by Champa to search for their universe’s Earth while he and Beerus have a food duel. She finds it and tells everyone that the Earthlings have been driven to extinction due to war. Champa declares a sixth and seventh universe tournament over having the seventh universe’s Earth using five warriors from their respective universes.[1]

After Whis explains why Beerus and Champa don’t fight anymore, the rules for the tournament are discussed. The rules are that if Champa wins, he will use the Super Dragon Balls to switch the universes’ Earth. To Vados’ surprise, she knows that Goku has knowledge of the Dragon Balls. If Beerus won, he will give the six balls he had but Beerus would have to find the last one on his own. The tournament will be held on the Nameless Planet in five Earth days at 10 a.m. Vados and Champa leave Beerus’ planet after this.

Vados and Champa are on the Nameless Planet arranging the arena. Vados asks Champa if he’s picked his team, and he responds that he notices that Goku and Vegeta are Saiyans and that he needs Saiyans for his team.[2]

Power
Manga and Anime
Being Champa’s martial arts teacher, she possesses superior power to him, making her the strongest in Universe 6. Vados claims to be “a little bit stronger” than Whis, but Whis objects saying she hasn’t trained him in one thousand years.

As shown in the past battle between Beerus and Champa, Vados is strong enough to knock Champa out with a single blow to the neck.

Vados displays the ability to destroy an entire planet from a distance simply by tapping her staff. She was later shown strong enough to be able drag six Super Dragon Balls with her while she was flying to the Nameless Planet.

Statements by authors and guidebooks
Vados’ profile for Preparing for the Tournament states that her true strength may be above Whis’.[3]

Technique and special abilities
Flight – The ability to fly with the use of ki.
Warp – A transportation technique used to travel anywhere she wishes.
Divination – Vados is capable of using her staff to look anywhere in the universe.
I Won’t Let You! – A chop to the neck used by Vados to knock down Champa during his battle with Beerus.
Energy Shield – Vados is able to create a large and powerful energy shield that can last for over five days. It was strong enough to resist ki blasts from Champa without a scratch.
Matter Manipulation – Vados possess matter manipulating powers, able to create an arena, food stands filled with food, portraits of Beerus and Champa, audience stands, and even a breathable atmosphere on the Planet of Nothing.

 

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Champa

 

Name

Champa’s name seems to come from “champagne”, continuing the alcohol name puns that the Gods of Destruction and their attendants possess.

Appearance

Beerus & Champa

Beerus and Champa with their attendants

Champa is a purple cat-like humanoid, similar to Beerus, but with a plumper build contrasting Beerus and likewise a much shorter tail. He wears clothings that resemble that of the ancient Egyptian royalty not unlike Beerus, complete with a red and pink collar with white linings on both edges and a red circle at the front, corresponding with Vados, his attendant. He also wears golden bangles and arm rings.

Biography

Dragon Ball Super

Battle of Gods Saga

Main article: Battle of Gods SagaIn the manga, Champa and Vados are in universe seven and they sense Beerus and notices he is awake. They also notice that Beerus is in a battle and want to stay unnoticed by him. Champa and Vados start heading towards an unknown place and senses Beerus and Whis going to another planet. Champa is destroying planets in the universe and is collecting mysterious orbs. However, they notice they are being watched by Old Kai and Kibito Kai, who spot them through a crystal ball. Instantly arriving on the Sacred World of the Kais, Champa is irritated that his conversation was being listened to and asks the Kais what they heard. Even though they deny hearing anything, Champa still finds them suspicious and leaves.

As he is heading to look for more of the large Dragon Balls, Champa encounters the ship of Guarana – theFrieza Force‘s second strongest – the soldiers on board detect the large Dragon Ball and attempt to report back to HQ, however Champa destroys their ship. He and Vados then prepare to head home, but not before finding a souvenir for Beerus.

Resurrection ‘F’ Saga

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Main article: Resurrection ‘F’ SagaChampa and Vados are in the seventh universe searching for a specific planet. Champa demands Vados to destroy the planet, but Vados wants Champa to do so. Champa gets angry, so Vados does it. The planet they had just destroyed is not the one they were looking for, so they continue their search for the planet.

Champa Saga

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Main article: Champa Saga Champa visits Beerus’ planet and wonders who Goku and Vegeta are, thinking they are new students. Vados explains to Goku and Vegeta that Champa is Beerus‘ twin brother and is the God of Destruction from thesixth universe. Champa tells Whis to wake up Beerus for a duel of foods. Champa and Beerus exchange foods and wonders where Beerus got his delectable from and was told that he received it from Earth. Champa tries to remember if his universe had an Earth but asks Vados to search for it, in which she did. Vados explains to everyone that their universe has an Earth but the Earthlings are extinct due to a war. Champa then challenges Beerus in a sixth and seventh universe invitational tournament of five warriors from their universes and the winner has the seventh universe’s Earth.

Champa explains to Beerus if he won, he will use the Super Dragon Balls to switch Earths. However, if Beerus wins, Champa says he will give Beerus the balls but the last one is for him to find. The rules for the tournament were settled between them: the rules are the same as the Tenkaichi Budokai, the tournament will begin in one week of the 8th Solar Calendar (five Earth days). As Champa and Vados are leaving the planet, he thinks that Goku and Vegeta are just pushovers. Champa goes and uses a planet called, the Nameless Planet to create the arena for the tournament. Champa gets asked about his decision for picking his fighters by Vados. Champa recognizes that Vegeta and Goku are Saiyans and that he should get Saiyans himself.

Champa later selects his warriors for his team. He finds the best warriors from his universe: Hit, Cabba, Frost,Botamo, and Magetta. The day of the tournament, Champa is waiting for the arrival of Beerus and his group. As they arrive, Champa greets them and is pleased that they showed up. Beerus speaks to Champa about the Super Dragon Balls. Champa claims that Beerus knew of the Super Dragon Balls, so Beerus lets it slide because they’re brothers. The written exam, requested by Vegeta, is beginning. Majin Buu is the only one to fail, so that leaves the tournament five on four in favor of Champa’s team.

Champa watches the first bout between Botamo and Goku, who Vados recognizes from being on Beerus’ planet. Champa says he underestimated Goku’s power, but says that Botamo has something for Goku.

Power

Manga

Champa is trained by Vados, making him incredibly powerful. Vados says it should be obvious from the builds of Champa and Beerus to see who is stronger with a teasing smirk, thus implying that Beerus is possibly stronger than Champa. This is further supported when Champa later scolds Vados for saying this and also when Beerus laughs at the idea of Champa asking to fight him. In Dragon Ball Super it was also revealed that his overweight frame also causes him to have low stamina, unable to continuously move about for long periods of time before getting exhausted.

Beerus and Champa once engaged in a clash that destroyed many planets. While Champa was strong enough to keep up with Beerus, Beerus clearly had control of the fight for its duration; not bothering to fight back and dodging his brother’s attacks without much effort. When the two were both about to clash with their Spheres of Destruction, it was implied that the universe they were fighting in would be destroyed. At the end of the fight, Champa was knocked down with a single chop from Vados. When Beerus and Champa fight each other at the start of the Champa Saga in an up close purely punching fight their destructive energy begins to destroy both the Sixth and Seventh Universe and frightens Goku and Vegeta – who attempt to flee from it, requiring Whis and Vados to step in.

It is shown in his battle with Beerus that with his physical strength alone, Champa possesses enough power to destroy a planet just by punching its surface.

Techniques and special abilities

  • Flight – The ability to fly with the use of ki.
  • Wrath of the God of Destruction – Used by Champa to wipe out Guarana and his soldiers.
  • Homing Continuous Energy Bullet – During his battle with Beerus, Champa fired several energy blasts which he could control to home in on his opponent.
  • Sphere of Destruction – Champa’s ultimate attack, he and his brother both prepare to use it against each other during their battle, however they are knocked out by their attendants before they can do so

 

Whis

Whis

Whis (ウイス) is a supporting character introduced in the movieDragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and the Battle of Gods Saga inDragon Ball Super. He is always with Beerus the Destroyer[1]and serves as his attendant, as well as martial arts teacher.[2]

Overview

Appearance

Whis is a humanoid with teal skin, white hair, and rather effeminate features. He owns a long scepter with a gem that floats above it, and he usually holds it in his right hand. Around his neck is a large light blue ring. Whis’ attire consists of a maroon robe, a black cuirass with the same white and orange diamond decorations as the God of Destruction Beerus, and a blue sash. He also wears black high-heeled shoes with white spats.

Personality

Whis has a calm, patient and peaceful personality, but is absent-minded, and often sets his priorities on elements that are not nearly as important as the one at hand.[3] He remains calm even when his student, Beerus, goes into fits of extreme rage, but can become irritated if Beerus goes too far. He is also shown to have a disliking for poor table manners, negatively commenting on Beerus’ sloppy eating when visiting a planet inDragon Ball Super. He is very polite and also has a great fondness for eating all varieties of food, as shown when he eats a cake while telling the Z Fighters that the entire Solar Systemwill be destroyed in an instant in honorific register or when he is shown visiting a restaurant and trying all of the cuisines while Beerus fights the Z Fighters on Earth. Much like Beerus, however, Whis does not show a certain degree of care toward the death of others, as when he travelled back in time for three minutes, he stated he only did it because of earth’s fine delicacies, not caring about the billions of lives on Earth.

Biography

Background

Whis is the one who taught martial arts to Beerus the Destroyer, and he apparently oversees and trains the successive Destroyer God of the Seventh Universe. Whis has an elder sister, Vados, who has trained him for years but eventually stopped. Sometime in the past, King Vegeta treated Beerus and Whis to a feast in his palace on Planet Vegeta.

Dragon Ball Super

Post-Battle Aftermath

Main article: Battle of Gods SagaSometime after the events of the Majin Buu Saga, Whis is first seen with Beerus visiting a planet full of hog-like humanoid aliens who offer Beerus a fine cuisine. Whis observes as Beerus consumes his food, commenting on Beerus’ lack of table manners. Whis goes to a planet to find dinosaur meat for Beerus and asks the leader of the planet’s race to give it to him, but Beerus arrived and took control. After Beerus destroyed the planet, Beerus is reminded of his dream and tells Whis about the Super Saiyan God and they go back to Beerus’ planet to talk about it while they eat.

Battle of Gods Saga

On their way back to Beerus’ planet, Beerus is still trying to remember the figure from his dream and gets hungry for thinking so much. Whis says that he has a special surprise for the two in the fridge. While thinking about for a while, Beerus questions Whis’ speed, to which Whis claims he is the fastest being in the universe. When they get there, the Oracle Fish was summoned and remembered the Super Saiyan God for Beerus. Whis tells Beerus that Frieza was defeated by a Saiyan known as Goku on Namek and turned into a Super Saiyan. He uses his scepter to locate the Saiyans and finds the remaining ones and Earth and sees that Goku is on King Kai’s planet. Beerus seeks to go to Goku and to ask if he knows about the Super Saiyan Godtransformation. Whis packs lunch for the two and sets towards King Kai’s planet which is 26 minutes away from his temple. When they get there, Goku mistakes Whis for being the God of Destruction Beerus.

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Whis arriving on King Kai’s planet.

Goku eventually realizes who Beerus actually is and starts commenting on his appearance. When the battle between Goku and Beerus begins, Whis watches their fight while getting the food he took along with him. After defeating Goku, Whis and Beerus teleport toward Earth where Beerus wants to ask Vegeta about Super Saiyan God.

Resurrection ‘F’ Saga

Main article: Resurrection ‘F’ SagaWhis visits Bulma from time to time. Whis is on Earth when he wants to try new foods. He is astonished by the tasty foods he has tasted. On their way to another restaurant, they encounter Vegeta. Whis is being asked by Vegeta to be training by him. He caves in after he hears that Vegeta could bring him the tastiest food on Earth. Vegeta gives him Ramen, which Whis finds fond of. Whis takes in Vegeta as his martial arts student and trains him for six months. After six months, Whis returns to Earth to eat with Bulma. Whis is approached by Goku, who hears that Whis has taken Vegeta to train him, who would like to be his student. Whis is hesitant to do so because of Goku’s annoyance to take him training. When Whis is finished eating, Goku joins him when Chi-Chi is trying to prevent him from going.

Whis puts Vegeta and Goku into doing housework. After they had finished, Wis trained the two himself. He had them go through vigorous training. He has also made Goku a new gi for him to have wile training under him. Later that day, Whis is having a conversation with the Oracle Fish. They discuss tat Whis is putting them through training that oould kill them and the Oracle Fish suggests to let them use transformation. Whis states that he didn’t add a restriction to use transformations, saying that they’ve decided that on their own, realizing the benefits.

Champa Saga

Main article: Champa SagaSometime after Goku and Vegeta’s fight with Golden Freeza, Whis is watching Goku and Vegeta spar. When Vegeta and Goku decide to use Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, Whis suggests a new name for Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan which is “Super Saiyan Blue”. Whis reminds Goku and Vegeta that transformations were prohibited so he punishes them by giving them heavy suits. Champa and Vados suddenly appear. Whis is told to get Beerus, who is currently sleeping as this time. Whis is said to be Vados’ brother by Vados herself. Vados claims that she’s stronger than Whis but he disagrees, telling her she hasn’t trained him in over a thousand years. Whis explains to Vegeta and Goku that there’re twelve universes and that a combination of two universes that equal 13 are twin universes, almost identical. Champa, knowing that his universe’s Earth’s Humans have been extincted due to a war, is having a tournament in exchange for the seventh universe’s Earth.

Movie appearances

Battle of Gods

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

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Whis visits Beerus

In the film, Whis is shown visiting Beerus in his temple. Whis tells him to get up and he says he will sing with a microphone if Beerus keeps sleeping because Whis is terrible at singing. When Beerus wakes up, he asks Whis whetherFrieza destroyed Planet Vegeta for him during his nap.The only reason showed for Beerus to order for Planet Vegeta‘s destruction is because Beerus thinks that King Vegeta was stingy and that the saiyans are nothing but trouble. Whis tells Beerus that Frieza was defeated by a Saiyan, and then uses his scepter as a projector to show the past battle between Goku and Frieza on Namek. He also explains about Super Saiyansand some surviving Saiyans living on Earth, including the Saiyan Prince Vegeta. Whis is later with the God of Destruction on King Kai’s planet when they meet Goku. When they arrive on the planet, the God of Destruction complains that King Kai’s planet is so small, but Whis reminds him that he is the reason it is so small because he destroyed it when he got mad after losing at hide-and-seek.

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Whis flying

Later, while Beerus fights with the Z Fighters, Whis is in a restaurant nearCapsule Corporation and he has apparently taken a liking to sushi while on Earth. At the end of the movie, Beerus reveals to the Z Fighters that Whis is his martial arts master and stronger than him. Whis asks Goku if he would like to be the next God of Destruction after Beerus dies, but Goku turns him down. From the Sacred World of the Kais, the Supreme Kais comment on Goku befriending the God of Destruction. As Beerus is completely worn out, Whis returns to his home with Beerus, to allow him to sleep for another few years. Whis shares his sushi with Beerus, and after Beerus tries some wasabi which is very sour and makes Beerus go out of control, Whis karate-chops Beerus to make him stop destroying other planets. Whis then lets Beerus sleep for three years, but informs him to brush his teeth first.

Resurrection ‘F’

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

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Whis blocking Goku’s and Vegeta’s attacks

Whis is training Goku and Vegeta on Beerus’ planet. The two come at Whis together with full force, however Whis easily manages to block all of their attacks with little effort. Whis called it finished due to them not reacting fast enough. Whis starts to talk about Vegeta and how he tries to be ahead of Goku but still falls behind. He continues to say that they need to let their body react and not to think about it. When saying this, Goku points out that Whis has stepped in poop. Whis made his final remarks about Vegeta and says that he needs to relax more like Goku. Whis uses his speed to punch Goku in the side. He comments that Goku’s flaw is that he’s too calm and he tends to have his guard down, telling him that it could be a big problem.

Beerus arrives sleepily and fires a ki blast in Goku and Vegeta’s direction, which it misses and hits a planet near his temple. Goku states that the ki blast could’ve blown him and Vegeta into bits. Whis tells them that Beerus is like that when he’s tired and tells them Beerus once blew up their two suns, leaving complete darkness. He reveals he has the ability to re-do events three minutes in the past, mainly when Beerus does something wrong. Beerus wonders why Goku and Vegeta are on his planet and was told that Whis brought them there, stating that food was the only thing to get on Whis’ good side. Whis tells Beerus that a new dish he received from Earth was pizza, which he shared with Beerus.

Later, Whis, Goku, and Vegeta are still training when the Oracle Fish arrives and tells Whis to check his messages and see that Bulma sends him a message regarding Frieza‘s revival. Unaware of this, Whis offered Goku a ride to Earth but it took 30 minutes to get there full speed, so Goku uses Instant Transmission. Though, he was only intrigued by the ice cream sundae she made for him, Whis came to Earth with Beerus so that they could eat the sundae. He watches the fight between Goku and Frieza and comments that Vegeta should be fighting alongside of Goku so the job will be easier.

In the end when Frieza blew up Earth, killing Vegeta and everyone else on Earth, Whis shields Goku, Master Roshi, Gohan, Jaco, Bulma, Beerus, Piccolo, Krillin, and Tien Shinhan by creating an energy field around them. Floating in space, Whis says that Frieza could possibly be alive even though he blew himself up. After Goku realizes he made a mistake, Whis goes back in time three minutes so that Goku could kill Frieza. In the end, Whis remarks that he only did this so that he could have more Earth delicacies.

Power

Manga and Anime

In Dragon Ball Super, Whis says that he is the fastest in the universe as he’s been shown and confirmed to have moved through nebulas (as shown when he retrieved lunch from the 65th Nebula) and large parts of the universe casually. After Beerus’ battle with Goku in space, Beerus reveals that Whis is his teacher and he is stronger than he is.

While Vados, Whis’ older sister, is stating to Goku and Vegeta she is stronger than Whis, Whis objects and tells her that it has been 1,000 years since Vados has trained him herself.

Movies

Whis is considered the most powerful character in Dragon Ball Z. Beerus states in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods that Whis is his master and stronger than he is. In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Whis reveals during his training of Goku and Vegeta that he has the power to undo time three minutes before and alter events to prevent them from happening. Also, Whis’ speed was shown to be so intense (and judging by his explanation after training with Goku and Vegeta) he is capable of reacting and fighting faster than his opponents synapses could reach their brain, thus, instructing the rest of the body to react to his movements. He also displays extreme power taking on Goku and Vegeta at once.

Statements by authors and guidebooks

According to the series’ original author Akira Toriyama, in terms of power, Goku as a Super Saiyan God would be a 6, Beerus would be a 10, and Whis would be a 15

Lord Beerus

Lord Beerus

Beerus (ビルス, Birusu), also known as the God of Destruction Beerus (破壊神ビルス; God of Destruction Beerus) or Beerus the Destroyer, is the God of Destruction within theseventh universe and, as such, his occupation is to maintain balance by destroying planets. Beerus’ twin brother is Champa, the God of Destruction of the sixth universe.

Overview

Creation and concept

Akira Toriyama‘s inspiration for the design came from an oldCornish Rex cat living with him (like Toriyama’s previous cat was the inspiration for Korin). After the cat became seriously ill, the vet declared it did not have much longer to live, but the cat miraculously recovered and the vet joked that it might be some kind of demon.[1] Beerus’ physical design also takes some inspiration from Ancient Egyptian deities,[3] notably Seth andSekhmet. Seth is a humanoid with a jackal-like head who is the god of desert, storms, darkness, evil, strength, winds, war, conflict and chaos in ancient Egyptian culture. Sekhmet is a humanoid with a lioness head who is the Egyptian Goddess of fire, vengeance, healing medicine, and she carried out divine punishment, such as destroying things, and sending out plagues. In addition to sharing the same position as Sekhmet, Beerus is a felid like her.

Appearance

Beerus is a thin, purple cat-like humanoid, with large pointed ears, similar to Cornish Rex and sphynx cats. He dons black, blue, and gold Egyptian-looking attire with the same white and orange diamond decorations as his mentor Whis.

Personality

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Beerus steps over King Vegeta

Beerus is powerful, yet playful too (like most cats). His similarities to cat-like behavior also display in his love for long sleep sessions, and in the methods he grooms himself. Similarly to many cats, he likes to display dominance, and will claim whatever he desires to have without much consideration for how it will affect others. He is also a gourmet, and his planet is stocked with fish and other sorts of food.[4] While he is a fearsome god, his cat-like gestures and his variety of facial expressions separate him from the more malevolent antagonists in the series.[5]

However, Beerus is hotheaded and somewhat selfish, and can become easily angered over trivial matters, such as being beaten in a game of Hide-and-Seek, being served greasy food, or being denied pudding. He is also confident in his superior power, not without cause, as he proved to be the strongest opponent ever fought by the Z-Fighters at the time. Despite his extreme power and role as God of Destruction, Beerus is surprisingly well-mannered and polite, and can be quite sociable and friendly when in a good mood; he uses exclusively polite pronouns, from the gentle-polite-masculine boku to refer to himself (much like Gohan, Trunks, Goten, and Babidi in the series) instead of the coarse-masculine ore (every other main adult-male in the series), and kimi (affectionately-polite form of “My Good Sir/Good Madame”) to refer to everyone. Beerus doesn’t like it when he doesn’t get the respect he deserves as a god.

He’s also comically abusive towards his servants. When Oracle Fish forgot the name of Beerus’ ultimate adversary, he suggests to Whis to cut his feedings from three times a day to two times a day.

In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse after faking to be controlled by Demigra’s Dark Magic due to being as a god, Beerus noted he would enjoy destroying Demigra because he “seems like an evil guy”, and also out of revenge, considering Demigra’s attempt to control him blasphemous that deserved punishment. Beerus also enjoys fighting strong opponents, as he looks forward to Goku, Vegeta and the Future Warrior becoming stronger. He also encourages the Future Warrior to see if they have a skill that can defeat him.

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Biography

Background

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Beerus pondering about the Super Saiyan transformation

Out of the many gods in the universe, Beerus is the most feared.[6] He is feared even by the Kais and the Supreme Kais. As a God of Destruction, he is tasked with maintaining balance in the universe.[7]Beerus is the Destroyer God of the Seventh Universe, and his administrative zone includes planet Earth. He slumbers for several years to several decades straight, and he destroys planets in his administrative zone during the few years when he is awake.[1] This is because destruction is required in order to create new planets,[4] but he does not act on the Supreme Kais’ orders;[1] the Destroyer destroys according to his own judgment. Also, because he is quite capricious, Beerus destroys even important planets without a second thought. When he finds it bothersome, he lets someone else act as an agent of destruction. While he is awake, tense days for the Supreme Kais continue, as nobody knows how many planets will be sacrificed.[1]

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Beerus with the Oracle Fish

Having existed for hundreds of millions of years, at some point in time Beerus was trained in martial arts by Whis. Once every 1,000 years, the Supreme Kais and the Destroyer Gods go to each other’s realms and hold a coordination meeting. During one of these meetings held 75 Million Before Age, they got into an argument over some trifling situation, and the short-tempered Beerus sealedOld Kai away inside the Z Sword, as it would not have been proper for him to destroy the Sacred World of the Kais itself.[8] Once, he stopped by the Time Nest and met the Supreme Kai of Time.[2] Another day, he stopped by King Kai’s planet, which was larger at the time. He and King Kai played hide-and-seek (or a car-racing video game depending on the version),[9] and Beerus lost, so the planet was destroyed by the peeved Destroyer. King Kai then took a large leftover fragment, whittled it down to a sphere, and built a road on it so that he could have fun driving there. This became King Kai’s current planet.[9] In “Showdown on King Kai’s Planet! Goku vs. God of Destruction Beerus“, Beerus says that he made his planet smaller because he didn’t like the food. One time when Beerus woke up, he sneezed and blew up of two of his world’s Suns, causing Whis to re-do time preventing him from doing it again. At some point in time Beerus met Frieza. The two got along fairly well as they both enjoyed destroying things. However one time Frieza got carried away and caused Beerus to get angry, with Beerus fighting Frieza and easily defeating the tyrant.[10] Beerus also claims that he once went to Earth, and dinosaurs took a rude attitude toward him, so he wiped them out.[11] Another day, Beerus was punished King Vegeta because he gave him the second best pillow in the universe but wanted the first which King Vegeta took, this resulted in him greatly injuring the king, and easily defeating Prince Vegeta – who attempted to attack the god. Before going to sleep, Beerus ordered Frieza to destroy Planet Vegeta because they annoy him.

In the movie Battle of Gods instead of getting a pillow for Beerus, King Vegeta treated Beerus and Whis to a feast in his palace on Planet Vegeta and Beerus used the Saiyan King as a footrest while he was eating. PrinceVegeta, who was just a child at that time, saw this and became upset, but remained silent.

Dragon Ball Super

Post-Battle Aftermath

Main article: Battle of Gods Saga

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Beerus and Whis in space after Beerus just destroyed a planet.

Beerus has awoken from thirty-nine years of slumber and in the anime is joined by Whis visiting a planet inhabited by hog-like humanoids. Beerus investigates most of his food they presented him by just touching it and sniffing it as well; He forgets his manners as pointed out by Whis. Beerus asks about a drink they brought him. Beerus finds the drink good but it has too much fat content. After deciding, Beerus destroys half the planet with a mere tap on the table. Beerus and Whis are in space, and Whis questions Beerus’s decision but Beerus says that too much fat is bad.

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Beerus waiting for his dinosaur meat from Whis.

While waiting for dinosaur meat on his planet, Beerus tries to remember his dream of a warrior who he can’t seem to remember. He gets impatient after waiting 2 minutes and 20 seconds, and goes to Whis on another planet, who had 40 seconds left, and encounters the leader, who wouldn’t give up the dinosaur meat and transforms to combat Beerus. Beerus effortlessly blocks the leader’s punches with one finger and dodges all of its blasts. The leader shoots a fire ball at Beerus but Beerus catches and throws it back at him. While Leader is unconscious, Beerus decides the dinosaur meat wasn’t going to be as good as he thought and destroys the planet with a small ki ball. As he and Whis were watching the planet’s destruction, Beerus sees a silhouette of the warrior from his dream and starts to remember the name of the powerful warrior who could entertain him endlessly. Beerus thinks he remembers the name and tells Whis the name was Super Saiyan God but isn’t sure of it. Whis has never heard of Super Saiyan God and suggests to return to their planet to eat and try to remember in the process.

In the manga events transpire slightly differently, instead of being shown visiting multiple planets Beerus instead goes to one planet, which has insectoid natives. When Beerus is having his meal on the planet he finds that the drink they have given him is poisoned – though this does nothing to the god – the insectoids then attempt to attack Beerus with their crossbows, but he easily destroys the entire planet with a finger beam. As they are floating in space watching the planet’s destruction Beerus notes that one of the dishes he had “Soup Yasi Jinkot” remined him of a prophetic dream he had of the “Super Saiyan God”, and so he and whis head back to Beerus’ planet so he can try and remember better.

Battle of Gods Saga

Main article: Battle of Gods Saga

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Beerus and Whis talking about the Saiyans.

On the way back to his planet, Beerus continues to remember the name of the figure and starts to want something sweet for thinking so long. Whis has something special for the two on the way back in the fridge. After traveling so long, Beerus starts to question Whis’ speed but is reminded that Whis is the fastest in the universe. Once they arrive, Beerus summons the Oracle Fish to remember the warrior of his dream. Oracle Fish seems to not remember and was threatened by Beerus to remember or she will get fed two times instead of three. After hearing this, the Oracle Fish remembered and called it Super Saiyan God, which confirms Beerus’ dream. Beerus was told by Whis that the Super Saiyan God doesn’t exist and wonders if the Saiyans knew but he remembered he told Frieza to destroy Planet Vegetabecause the Saiyans made him mad.

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Beerus arriving on King Kai’s planet.

While taking a bath, Whis tells Beerus that a few Saiyans survived the genocide, all living on Earth. He also mentions that Frieza was defeated by a Saiyan known as Goku who could go Super Saiyan. Beerus seeks to find Goku, who currently is training on King Kai’s planet to confront him about the Super Saiyan God transformation. Beerus and Whis make their way to King Kai’s planet, taking 26 minutes, as they have planned to eat grilled salmon on the way there. Mentioned by Old Kai, since Beerus’ awakening, he’s destroyed eight and one-half of the universes’ planets. On his way to King Kai’s world, Beerus is displeased by the food Whis packed for him, saying that the food he was eating, he was tired of even though he had it once 160 years before when he destroyed Planet Monser. He was told by Whis to finish his food because they’d arrive of King Kai’s planet in 10 minutes. After that time, he arrived on King Kai’s planet, striking fear into King Kai.

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Beerus using a pressure-point technique against Goku.

When Beerus meets Goku, he questions whether or not he is the Super Saiyan God from his dream. Goku immediately challenges him to a sparring match, but is unable to land a single hit on the god of destruction. Beerus than counters by flicking Goku in the forehead, then immediately knocks him down with a pressure-point jab in the shoulder. He then teleports with Whis to find Vegeta at Bulma’s birthday party.

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Beerus staring down Vegeta.

Upon arriving on Earth, Beerus sees Vegeta and starts messing with him by appearing and disappearing. Beerus stops and tells Vegeta that he remembers him since he was a child but Vegeta doesn’t until he is paralyzed by Beerus which takes him back and remembers who Beerus is. Beerus asks Vegeta if he knows of the Super Saiyan God which comes to Vegeta’s surprise. Bulma comes and greets Beerus and Whis and invites them to her party. Beerus and Whis greet the other attendees of the party. Beerus is approached by Yamcha and was told that he is the strongest and slaps his back. Krillin shows up and offers Beerus Russian Octopus Balls, balls of octopus but one is full of wasabi. Beerus takes one and enjoys it even though his doesn’t contain the wasabi.

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Beerus getting “super angry” after being blasted in the face with water by Trunks.

Beerus still seeks out the Super Saiyan God but Whis told him that most of the Saiyans are children and Goku and Vegeta are the only pure-blooded Saiyans. Vegeta arrives and brings more Russian Octopus Balls even Beerus is getting full and annoyed. He asks Vegeta about his relationship with Goku and was told that he is his rival. Before eating a Russian Octopus Ball, Trunks strikes Beerus with water from his water gun. Whis asks Beerus if he’s angry and replies that he’s not angry, he is super angry. Beerus gets furious and attempts to blow up the Earth but Vegeta calms him down by causing a scene: diving into the ocean and blasting an octopus and starts making more Octopus Balls. Beerus calms down and hears of pudding by Whis.

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Beerus getting ready to slap Bulma.

Beerus and Whis encounter Mr. Satan and Majin Buu at a table who has the rest of the pudding. Whis asks Majin Buu for pudding for both him and Beerus but Majin Buu refuses. Beerus gets angry with Majin Buu and they begin to fight. Beerus attacks Majin Buu and blasts him into the ocean.Gotenks steps up and and was easily beaten by Beerus by just getting tapped on the forearm. In the manga, Gotenks goes Super Saiyan 3 and was thrown into the ocean. Beerus was then challenged by Piccolo, Android 18, and Tien Shinhan. He dodges all of their attacks was ease and uses a kiai which takes them out. Majin Buu gets back up and challenges Beerus again. Gohan charges up and attempts to help but Beerus hits Majin Buu into Gohan. Beerus is lastly engaged by Super Saiyan Vegeta. Beerus merely paralyzes Vegeta and throws him to the ground. Beerus compares Vegeta’s weakness to him father while he smashes his head to the deck of the ship. Beerus then gains energy for a finger beam and was approached by Bulma and gets slapped by her. However, Beerus smiles at her which he slaps Bulma back and this action gets Vegeta furious.

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Beerus using his ki to recover from Vegeta’s attack.

Beerus is challenged by Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta and gets punched. Vegeta is however not down and continues to get hits on Beerus. Vegeta is attacking Beerus throughout the ocean and gets blasted with a Galick Gun. Beerus is not hurt by Vegeta’s attack but told him that he hasn’t used 10% of his power in a long time. Beerus then hits Vegeta, making him fall to the ground. Beerus is ready to destroy the Earth but doesn’t know if he should, due to the fact that Earth has pleasing food and wants it eat it. Bulma tells Beerus not to blow up the Earth and he gives them one chance to redeem themselves. Beerus scouts and then chooses Oolong for a game of rock-paper-scissors because he thinks he is the same race as Majin Buu.

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Beerus with his energy sphere ready to blow up Earth.

Oolong hesitated challenging Beerus because the fate of the Earth is in his hands. Beerus declares that if he doesn’t play, he’ll destroy the Earth anyway. Beerus and Oolong play and they both tie the first to two times with scissors. Beerus thinks that Oolong is cheating but Oolong says that he can’t be if he didn’t win. For the third time, Beerus wins using rock and Oolong uses scissors for the third time. Beerus gets excited and gets ready to destroy the Earth. Whis brings the take outs of sushi he promised Beerus. Beerus creates an energy sphere and is ready to launch it but Goku shows up and asks Beerus for time to bring the Super Saiyan God.

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Beerus excited to fight with Goku in his Super Saiyan God form.

Goku summons Shenron using the Dragon Balls and asks if he knows of the Super Saiyan God. Goku also mentions Beerus, who scares Shenron. Beerus is greeted by Shenron and tells him to summon the Super Saiyan God. Shenron however tells him how to make the form by doing a ritual using five righteous Saiyans flowing their energy into one other. When Shenron finishes, Beerus rushes the Saiyans to get started. After the first failed attempt by a miscalculation, Beerus wants to destroy the Earth but is told by Videl that there is a sixth Saiyan and she is pregnant. Gohan is excited and uses Videl in the ritual. After it doesn’t again, they start focusing their spirit into each other and it starts to work. While the ritual is close to finishing, Beerus sees the Super Saiyan God silhouette in resemblance to Goku. After Goku has transformed, Beerus applauds Goku and they are both excited to fight.

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Beerus punches Goku before he could.

Beerus and Goku are ready to fight so they fly into the clouds. Beerus requests Goku to show him the full power of a Super Saiyan God. Beerus understands that Goku hasn’t fully adjusted to the power which makes Beerus not want to move when Goku attacked. Beerus wants Goku to use more of his power so which Goku charges a Kamehameha. Beerus easily vanishes away from Goku’s technique. Goku’s move is appreciated by Beerus. After being suggested by Goku to actually fight, Beerus tells him that no one in the universe is stronger than him. The battle continues between the two and Beerus easily blocks Goku’s moves and begins to punch Goku too, which makes him flying away to rethink. Beerus catches up due to having more speed and after Goku tried to punch Beerus, Beerus counters and punches him back, sending Goku into the ocean. Goku rushes back to attack but Beerus continues to move at an intense speed to get hits on Goku making his arm burn. They both want to continue the fight but higher in the atmosphere. More punches are exchanged by Beerus but are not connecting because Goku has adjusted to his power and is gaining the ability to see them. After being hit by Goku, Beerus launches a sphere ball but it, however, was deflected. Punch after punch was given by Goku but is being blocked but one scratches Beerus’s face and Goku jokingly flicks and chops Beerus to get even. Beerus is tired of playing around and wants to begin a serious battle between gods.

Champa Saga

Main article: Champa SagaBeerus is asleep on his planet until Whis is told by Champa to wake him up. Beerus is annoyed and wonders what Champa and Vados wanted. He is challenged to a brotherly battle of foods. Beerus presents Champa noodles and Champa brings an egg from his universe. Champa is curious of Beerus’ choice and asks him where he received it. He is told that he got it from Earth and Champa realizes that his universe has an Earth but humanity was wiped out due to war. Champa offers a tournament between their universes of five fighters from their universes in exchange of Earths.

Movie appearances

Battle of Gods

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

Give up and accept your planet’s fate!
— Beerus using Wrath of the God of Destruction against Goku.

Thirty-nine years before the events of the movie, the Oracle Fish said to the Destroyer God that a strong opponent would appear before him, known as a Super Saiyan God.

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Beerus eating while telling Whis he wants to destroy Frieza.

During the events of the film in Age 778, alarm bombs explode, but Beerus still does not wake up. Whis tells him to get up and he says he will sing with a microphone if Beerus keeps sleeping. Since Whis is terrible at singing, Beerus eventually awakens from his long slumber and takes a bath. At his early feast, Beerus asks Whis whether the galactic overlord Friezadestroyed Planet Vegeta during his nap, saying the Saiyans and Frieza were very evil and King Vegeta was stingy. Despite the fact that Planet Vegeta was destroyed two years before Beerus went to sleep, he was unaware of it until he was informed of it by Whis. Whis then tells Beerus that Frieza was defeated by “a Saiyan known as Goku or Kakarot,” and uses his scepter like a projector to show the past battle between Goku and Frieza onNamek. Next, Beerus touches an egg and destroys it. When Whis explains about Super Saiyans and some Saiyans including Prince Vegeta living on Earth, Beerus recalls his dream about him fighting with the Super Saiyan God and he then calls the Oracle Fish. The Oracle Fish does not remember it, but Beerus is convinced that it said so. Since he heard rumors that a Saiyan defeated Frieza, Beerus tracks down this warrior, Goku, on King Kai’s planet.

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Beerus talking about Goku’s strength in his base.

When he arrives on the planet, the Destroyer complains that King Kai’s planet is so small, but Whis reminds him that he is the reason it is so small for destroying it when getting mad after losing at hide-and-seek. Beerus questions Goku and King Kai about the Super Saiyan God. After the two saying that they’ve never heard of a Super Saiyan God, Beerus wanted to visit Earth to see if the others know of a Saiyan God. Goku then asks to challenge Beerus to a fight. Beerus accepts Goku’s challenge and agrees not to destroy the planet if he got angry. Goku begins by demonstrating the various Super Saiyan forms he can achieve. Beerus blocks Super Saiyan 3 Goku’s punch and flicks him on the head. Next, Beerus repeatedly blocks Goku’s punch and defeats him with a Pressure Point Attack, making him unconscious and reverting him back to his base form. Disappointed by the subsequent lack of challenge, Beerus departs in order to see if the Saiyan Prince Vegeta and the other Saiyans on Earth know more about the Super Saiyan God.[12]

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Beerus concentrates his ki while he is on Earth, producing a purple-colored aura

He arrives at Capsule Corporation, where Bulma‘s birthday party is held. The Saiyan Prince Vegeta seems to have met Beerus before,[13] and he musters all of his excitement and casts aside his pride to put the party’s unannounced attendee in a good mood. Beerus easily acclimates himself to the festivities, and even politely apologizes to Bulma for being rude. When Beerus asks Majin Buu for one or two of the custard puddings he has, Majin Buu eats all of them, angering the God of Destruction,[14] who decides to destroy the Earth. Majin Buu is blasted away into a lake by a Kiai from the God of Destruction. Android 18, Tien Shinhan, Piccolo attempt to fight Beerus and the God of Destruction easily defeats them one after another with some chopsticks.[13]

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Beerus in a face-off with Super Saiyan Vegeta.

While Beerus retrieves Buu back from the water, Gohan powers up and attacks Beerus only to have his head slammed into Buu’s. Beerus also facesGotenks and quickly defeats him as well. Vegeta decides to fight the God of Destruction on his own after the other Z Fighters have been defeated, but he is ultimately defeated. While Beerus is about to finish off Vegeta, Bulma walks up and scolds Beerus for ruining her birthday party, slapping him. The God of Destruction returns the favor right back and responds with a slap of his own, only his is much harder. Seeing his wife being beaten, Vegeta explodes in a fit of rage starts knocking Beerus around for a bit. Vegeta’s anger gives him incredible power, but as soon as his rampage is over, Beerus is just fine and the Saiyan Prince once again accepts his and the planet’s fate.

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Beerus charging at Goku.

Soon, Goku turns into a Super Saiyan God and faces Beerus again. They have a battle in space, right above planet Earth. The form gives Goku the power to resist Beerus, but he reverts to his regular Super Saiyan form due to the form’s time limit. However, he learns the form’s godlike feeling, which allows him to use Super Saiyan God power against Beerus. Beerus points out to Goku that Super Saiyan God’s time limit ran out some time ago and that Goku did not notice because he was able to absorb Super Saiyan God power into his body while he was fighting. Beerus says that because of this, Goku did not greatly power down even after returning to normal.

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Beerus raises one hand towards Goku

The two seem to be equally strong at some point, but Beerus eventually wins when he uses his Sphere of Destruction. Goku stops Beerus’ energy sphere, barely holding it back, and the screen suddenly blacks out. Chi-Chi and Goku’s friends appear in Goku’s mind, then he briefly transforms to Super Saiyan God again and absorbs the energy ball. Goku gets exhausted, and Beerus wants Goku to say “I give up” and he says so. Beerus stops the fight and they talk for a while before going back to the ground. Beerus says that the Super Saiyan God was not that strong and the Oracle Fish’s prediction was a little exaggerated. Beerus reveals that Whis is his martial arts master and stronger than him. He also says that there are twelve universes, and the one Goku and his friends know is just one of them, the Seventh Universe. Beerus is the Destroyer of the Seventh Universe, and each universe has its Destroyer God. On the ground, when Beerus prepares to destroy the planet, he blasts only a small rock and says he has already run out of power. Whis asks Goku if he would like to be the next Destroyer God after Beerus dies, but Goku turns him down. To the pleasant surprise of everyone present, Beerus sincerely apologizes to Bulma for wrecking her birthday party and slapping her. Bulma accepts his apology and invites him to her next birthday party, promising that he will get a whole swimming pool of pudding to enjoy.  After making peace with and befriending the Z Fighters, Beerus and Whis return home.

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Beerus has a red face after eating wasabi.

Beerus tells Whis that both Goku and Vegeta might become formidable foes before long. While they are eating sushi, Beerus tries some of the wasabi. However, the sheer spiciness of the wasabi turns his face red and drives him into a hysterical rampage, flying around at high speed and destroying planets around his temple in the process. Whis eventually flies in and knocks out Beerus in a single karate chop to the back of the neck. After waking up, Beerus is slightly annoyed at Whis for hitting him and says he’ll destroy Earth if the sushi isn’t good. Of course, Beerus enjoys the sushi and goes to sleep, only to be immediately interrupted when Whis reminds him he hasn’t brushed his teeth yet.

Resurrection ‘F’

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

I’m a Destroyer God! I am not here to take sides!
— Beerus – Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

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Beerus sleeping upside down from a tree.

During Resurrection ‘F’, Beerus is still trying to get his three years worth of sleep. However, Goku and Vegeta’s training with Whis is very noisy and it makes it difficult for him to do so. Beerus walks toward where they were training wondering what the noise was and when he sneezes, he fires a kiblast toward Goku and Vegeta’s direction, but it misses blowing up a planet near his temple. Beerus goes to a tree and hangs from it to sleep. After listening for a while, Beerus notices Goku and Vegeta talking with Whis and wonders why and how they are on his planet. Goku told Beerus that Whis brought them to his temple to train because he couldn’t sense their energy. Beerus is curious and questions Goku of the importance of him getting stronger, hoping to overthrow him as Destroyer. Beerus asks Whis what food he was offered the time of visiting Earth he was introduced to pizza. He listened to Whis’s words carefully and picks up that Goku and Vegeta have been to his planet several times before.

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Beerus eating pizza for the first time.

Later, Beerus is watching Whis, Vegeta, and Goku train while eating pizza. He interrupted their training asks Whis a substance on his pizza, which was cheese. Beerus was asked by Goku to not interrupt their training but Beerus threatened to blow up the Earth. As soon as the Oracle Fish arrives and tells Whis to check his messages, Beerus and Whis see Bulma with an ice cream sundae and are interested in eating it. After hearing from Bulma about Frieza, only Beerus remains interested in the sundae.

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Beerus and Whis

A while later, Beerus and Whis arrive on Earth and are ready to eat the ice cream sundae Bulma had prepared, but was agitated by Bulma’s response at the moment. Beerus threatens Bulma by holding out a ki blast for Bulma to get the sundae. Beerus and Whis eat their sundae and watch Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku and Golden Frieza battle. During the fight, Beerus’s presence is seen by Frieza and he gets concerned of Beerus there. Beerus states that as a deity, he will not interfere with battles. Beerus says to Bulma that if the Earth starts to come to an end, everyone should stay by him. In the end, Frieza blows up the planet, but Whis shields Beerus, Bulma, Goku, Gohan, Jaco, Tien Shinhan, Piccolo, Krillin, and Master Roshi. Beerus tells Goku that he made a foolish mistake playing with Frieza and that he should send Frieza back to Hell. Whis uses his Temporal Do-over ability for Goku to kill Frieza. Beerus finds it ironic that a Destroyer revived a planet back from destruction.

Power

Manga and Anime

Just before Beerus fights Goku, King Kai states to Goku that Beerus has enough power to send Goku flying to the furthest ends of the universe just by snorting at him. When Beerus fights against Goku on King Kai’s planet, he is able to casually evade and/or block all of Goku’s attacks even at Super Saiyan 3. When Beerus finally agreed to attack, a simple finger flick launched Goku across the entire planet as a display of his power. Likewise, a single outstretched finger was able to easily disperse Super Saiyan 3 Goku’s Kamehameha. Beerus then instantly knocked Super Saiyan 3 Goku out with a pressure point to his shoulder (a chop to the neck in the manga adaption). After Goku was defeated, he stated that not even a fusion of himself and Vegeta would stand a chance against Beerus. When Beerus arrives at Bulma’s birthday party he restrains Vegeta by simply looking at him (paralyzing his whole body). In a heavily suppressed level of power he easily defeats base Gotenks, Piccolo, Tien Shinhan, Android 18, Majin Buu twice, Gohan and Super Saiyan Vegeta. After defeating an angered Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta, Beerus comments that it is the first time in a long while that he has fought at 10% of his full effort. The manga plays out in a similar manner except he defeats Gohan and Majin Buu with a kiai, and Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks instead of base Gotenks, he also makes no mention of how much power he uses against Vegeta.

After Goku becomes a Super Saiyan God, he is able to hold his own against Beerus, and when Goku awakens the true power of Super Saiyan God, Beerus is forced to power up somewhat (to at least a fair bit above the 10% power he used against Vegeta), after a long fight Beerus defeats Goku. Beerus battling full power Super Saiyan God Goku causes the universe to begin crumble by exerting enormous amounts of energy, and the sheer force of their blows can be felt throughout the universe. In the anime, Beerus tells Whis that he did not use 100% of his power and that he was trying to get Goku to show his power, and later on Whis states that in comparison to Beerus, Goku and Vegeta are merely small glass balls while Beerus is a castle. It is stated in the anime and manga that if Beerus’ were to use his full power he could destroy the universe.

Beerus stated that there is no one stronger than him in the universe. However, after his battle with Goku, Beerus tells Goku that Whis is his master and is stronger than him before leaving.[15]

Goku asks Champa who is stronger between him and Beerus, but Vados corrects Goku and tells him that their builds can have an idea of their power, which Champa yells at Vados for. On their birthday, Beerus ate Champa’s Puff-Puff Fruit that was on top of his birthday cake. The two got into a battle that destroyed many planets.

Beerus is easily able to destroy planets, he once tapped his nail and half of the planet was completely destroyed. He also destroyed a planet completely by letting a tiny bit of energy drop from his finger onto its surface. It is stated by the Supreme Kais state that Beerus has enough power to destroy the entire universe if he was provoked enough – and it is again later implied that at full power, Beerus would destroy the entire universe. It is also stated by King Kai that Beerus is at a level “far beyond strong”.

Beerus is shown to also have immense speed, able to go from his temple to another planet located in another star system or galaxy in less than two minutes, making him able to cross great distances within space without Whis’ help.

Movies

Beerus usually uses his power to destroy planets,[4] but he is strong enough to destroy entire solar systems with ease (as said by Whis when describing Beerus’ might when angered). At a greatly suppressed level of power, Beerus completely dominates Super Saiyan 3 Goku in battle, rendering him unconscious with just a lightchop to the neck and leaving him barely breathing.[6] Afterwards, Goku mentions that not even a Fusion of himself and Vegeta would be enough to take down Beerus. Still using only a tiny percentage of his true power, Beerus effortlessly defeats Majin Buu, Android 18, Tien Shinhan, Piccolo, Gohan, and Super Saiyan Gotenks. He dominates Super Saiyan Vegeta and beats him in under a minute, which surprises Krillin.

Against Goku’s Super Saiyan God power, the two seemed evenly matched, but Beerus eventually wins. After the end of their battle, Beerus states that Whis is superior in power and is his martial arts teacher. It is said by Whis when they returned home that Beerus hasn’t used nearly 70% of his full power in a long while.

In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Whis asserts that Goku and Vegeta were strong enough that if they were to fight Beerus together, they could potentially defeat him. Beerus also seems troubled by Frieza’s Repeating Death Beams destroying the planet, and requests that Whis quickly raise a shield.

Statements by authors and guidebooks

V-Jump notes that Beerus is without a doubt the strongest being in the history of Z.[6] However, this is disproven in Battle of Gods when Beerus reveals that his martial arts master, Whis, is stronger than him. Beerus’ power as a God of Destruction is in another dimension altogether in comparison to the non-godly Z Fighters.[1]. According to the series’ original author Akira Toriyama, in terms of power, Goku as a Super Saiyan God would be a 6, Beerus would be a 10, and Whis would be a 15.[16] Akira Toriyama states in Dragon Ball Volume ‘F’ that Frieza is no match for Beerus no matter what he does.

Techniques and special abilities

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Beerus charges a Ki Blast

  • Flight – The ability to fly with the use of ki.
  • Ki Blast – The most basic form of energy wave. Beerus can fire ki blasts strong enough to destroy planets, as shown in the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes.
  • Tail Attack – Beerus attacks the opponent by hitting them with his tail, used against Super Saiyan God Goku when the Saiyan had him in a hold.
  • Afterimage Strike – One of Beerus’ Super Skills in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
  • Divination – Beerus’ is said to occasionally have prophetic dreams, however it is noted by Whis that they are rarely accurate.
  • Headshot – A physical technique where Beerus knocks his opponent away with a simple finger flick to the forehead. He uses this against Super Saiyan 3 Goku during their short confrontation on King Kai’s planet.
  • Kiai – An invisible wave of ki that Beerus emits from his palm. Used against Mr. Buu.
  • Beerus’ Counterattack – A counterattack where Beerus dodges the opponent’s attack and delivers a hard chop from behind. Used against Android 18 on Earth. Named in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z.
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Beerus preparing his sun-like aura-ball

  • Pressure Point Attack – Beerus uses Pressure Point Attacks to render his opponents unconscious. He uses this on Super Saiyan 3 Goku during their confrontation of King Kai’s planet, using chopsticks on Piccolo, and later on Vegeta.
  • Can You Keep Up? – A rush attack where Beerus quickly moves in front of the opponent and delivers a series of kicks. Used against Ultimate Gohan, Mr. Buu, and Super Saiyan Vegeta on Earth. Named in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z. This technique shares its name with an equip-able Z-Soul in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
  • Continuous Energy Bullets – A combination of many energy wavesfired at a very rapid rate. Beerus uses an energy sphere barrage technique similar to Piccolo’s Hellzone Grenade attack. Used against Goku, as well as in the video game Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale.
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Beerus using God of Destruction’s Wrath in Battle of Gods

  • God of Destruction’s Wrath – Beerus glows purple then fires multiple kiblasts from his aura in all directions. Used in Battle of Gods by Beerus during his battle with Goku in the Underground Lake and later named inDragon Ball: Xenoverse.
  • God of Destruction’s Rampage – A rush technique used by Beerus as one of his Super skills in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse. Beerus attacks the opponent in succession while shrouded in a blue aura, which blocks attacks using stamina.
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Beerus prepares his ultimate attack

  • Beerus’ Judgement – Beerus fires his God of Destruction Super Energy Sphere and then follows up with his Wrath of the God of Destruction.
    • God of Destruction Super Energy Sphere – A huge energy sphere technique that resembles a yellow star. He uses this attack during his battle against Goku, while facing him above planet Earth. Named God of Destruction Super Energy sphere in Dragon Ball Heroes, and also used in Zenkai Battle Royale. It is called Sphere of Destruction in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
    • Wrath of the God of Destruction – A finger attack that is Beerus’ super attack in Dragon Ball Heroes. He uses this attack during his battle against Goku in the movie, in order to increase the size of his God of Destruction Super Energy Sphere. It is called God of Destruction’s Anger in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
  • Explosive Wave – Beerus is able to use this technique in the arcade game Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale.
  • Sealing Spell – Beerus sealed the Old Kai into the Z Sword after an argument with him during one of their coordination meeting held every 1,000 years.[8]
  • Attack Altercation and Redirection – A technique where the user uses their ki to catch an opponents attack, then alters it and fires it again as their own attack. Beerus used it to catch the strongest caveman’sFire Breath, turned it into a ball of fire and then shot it at the alien by pointing at him with his fingertip.
  • Paralyzing Gaze – Beerus narrows his eyes and stares at his foe, and due to his raw power the foe is rendered almost completely immobile. Only works on foes who are much weaker than he is.
  • Rebirth Kamehameha S – A special ability used by Beerus in Dragon Ball Heroes. It adds power to Goku’s Kamehameha Rebirth.
  • Palm Energy Infusion Explosion – Beerus places his palm on the opponent, infusing yellow ki into them through his palm by having it cover their body as an aura, then he releases and the ki explodes, injuring his foe.
  • Energy Nullification – Beerus is able to void out energy and energy-using attacks by canceling out their effects and turning them into nothing. Beerus used this ability during his fight with Goku, in which he negated a burst of energy created from a clash between the tremendous ki output of Goku and his own, which possessed enough energy to destroy the entire universe.
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Beerus uses clones

  • Atom-like energy sphere – A ki ball that is similar to an atom, which Beerus fires by physically hitting. The attack is said to be uncatchable and uncrushable, so Goku had to destroy it with a ki blast. Beerus uses this against Goku in Earth’s stratosphere in an attempt to destroy Earth.
    • Barrage Atom-like energy sphere – Beerus creates many Atomic Bombs and rapid fires them all by physically hitting the first one
  • Cloning – Beerus is capable of creating at least twelve clones of himself in order to aid him in battle against an opponent.
  • As a god, Beerus is immune to the effects of Demigra’s Dark Magic, though it is shown that he is also able to mimic the techniques visual effects (glowing red eyes and aura) in order to give the appearance he is under its control, allowing him to deceive the technique’s user.

Forms

Angered

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Beerus using close to his full power

A state taken on by Beerus when he is powered up. In his Angered state Beerus’ body is covered in a shining purple aura when he activates the form. During the climax of his battle with Goku, in order to counter the true, full power of Goku’s Super Saiyan God form, Beerus “undergoes a further transformation” into this state, releasing more of his power against the Saiyan. The two continue to fight, their clash threatening to destroy the entire universe, however in the end Beerus is victorious despite not using 100% of his strength like Goku did.[17]

The state was named in Dragon Ball Heroes, where it is playable since GDM3.

Video game appearances

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Beerus in Battle of Z

Beerus is a boss and a playable character inDragon Ball Heroes, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, Dragon Ball: Ultimate Swipe,Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Dragon Ball Discross and Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden. He is also a playable character in Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale, being unlocked after collecting all seven Dragon Balls during “Competition for Dragon Balls” battles.

Dragon Ball: Xenoverse
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Beerus pretends to be under Demigra’s control

Demigra sends his Mirage to Age 778 in order to use his Dark Magic to take control of the God of Destruction and use him to create a time distortion capable of freeing him from the Crack of Time. The Supreme Kai of Time realizes Demigra’s plan and knows that if Beerus falls under Demigra’s control all hope is lost and tells the Future Warrior and Future Trunks they must not allow Demigra to gain control over him or all hope is lost. During Bulma’s birthday party, Demigra’s Mirage hits Beerus with his dark magic as Trunks’ toy ball accidentally hits Beerus as he is about to eat some pudding (that Vegeta had saved from being eaten by Majin Buu) causing him to spill it on the ground enraging him. Though Beerus is hit by Demigra’s Dark Magic, initially he only shows brief moments of being under its influence and even seems to resist it completely taking control of him at times. However he finally seems to fall completely under its effects after Goku forfeits their battle high above the Earth. Dark Beerus then creates a Sphere of Destruction and it appears as if Demigra has won and that Dark Beerus will destroy the Earth. However it is then reveal that Beerus was the god that his Dark Magic cannot affect him and attacks Demigra’s Mirage with his Sphere of Destruction, surprising Future Trunks (who was watching the events unfold from within the Time Vault), the Future Warrior, and Demigra himself. After Demigra’s Mirage is defeated by Beerus and the Future Warrior, Beerus and Whis accompany the Future Warrior back to the Time Nest much to the surprise of Future Trunks and to the horror of the Supreme Kai of Time, where they agreed that if Future Trunks and the Future Warrior passed their “test”, Beerus would allow the two Time Patrollers the honor of destroying Demigra. After that, Beerus and Whis went back to Beerus’ temple, where Beerus wanted to sleep.

After Demigra’s defeat, Beerus and Whis are seen floating above Toki Toki City watching Trunks and the city’s inhabitants celebrate. Beerus mentions that it was worth staying awake just to see the Future Warrior defeat Demigra.

After the Future Warrior completes Goku’s training, they encounter Beerus who had apparently journeyed to Toki Toki City in his sleep. Remembering the Warrior, Beerus offers to train them personally, but at first has trouble taking his role as the Warrior’s Master seriously, but the Warrior proves himself to be a student worthy of training under the Destroyer God. Beerus ends the Warrior’s training by teaching the Warrior his Ultimate Skill, the Sphere of Destruction.

Goku

Goku

Goku (孫 悟空, Son Gokū), born Kakarot (カカロット, Kakarotto), is the main protagonist of the Dragon Ball metaseries created by Akira Toriyama. He is the adoptive grandson of Grandpa Gohan, the son of Bardock and Gine, the husband of Chi-Chi, the father of Gohan and Goten, the grandfather of Pan, and later the great-great-grandfather of Goku Jr. Cheerful, courageous and also a bit naive, Goku is a Saiyan originally sent to Earth as an infant with the mission to destroy it. However, an accident alters his memory, causing him to grow up pure-hearted and later become Earth’s greatest defender, as well as the informal leader of the Z Fighters.[13] Throughout his life, he trains hard and strives to be the greatest warrior possible, while at the same time using his amazing strength and skills to uphold peace.

Overview

Concept and creation

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Goku in his child and adult forms, as seen in Dragon Ball andDragon Ball Z

The name “Goku” means “awakened to emptiness”; theGo syllable means Enlightenment, and the syllable means Sky or Emptiness. In the Namek Saga, while training in the Capsule Corporation spaceship, it is seen that his name is written with an “h”, Gokuh, when he has to go to repair the ship. Goku’s full name, Son Goku, is the Japanese name for Sun Wukong, the main protagonist in the Chinese legend Journey to the West, on whom Goku is loosely based. The Dragon Balluniverse began as a loose adaptation of the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, with Goku starting off as more or less a parody of Sun Wukong the Monkey King. Similarities between the two include Goku’s prone for mischief as a child (due to his innocence), possession of Nyoibo (Sun Wukong’s staff that can fill the entire universe), and Flying Nimbus (the magical cloud the Great Sage rode on in Journey to the West). As the Dragon Ball manga continued its run, he was able to develop differently, eventually turning out to have similar origins.[17]

Goku’s design was based on Tanton, of Toriyama’s prototype manga Dragon Boy and Tongpoo, from his other manga The Adventures of Tongpoo. When Akira Toriyama started his first draft of Dragon Ball he originally planned on making Goku fullmonkey to make it faithful to Journey to the West. During Toriyama’s second draft he wanted to make Goku a full human dressed in sailor clothes that rode a flight mecha instead of theFlying Nimbus.[17] Toriyama’s 3rd and final draft of Goku was to have him human looking with a monkey tail.

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Akira Toriyama’s first draft of Goku

Goku’s Saiyan birth name, Kakarot, is a pun on “carrot”. Likewise, all pure-blood Saiyans that appear in the series are named using vegetable-related puns. Goku’s family are all named after root vegetables (burdock, negi, radish, and carrot). Comically, in Dragon Ball, Goku says he hates carrots when fighting against Monster Carrot.

Appearance

Goku has spiky black hair that never changes throughout the franchise. He is most commonly seen wearing his trademarkorange/red/golden gi over a dark blue undershirt. The gi has featured Master Roshi‘s, Kami‘s, King Kai‘s, and Goku’s Go kanji on its left side (over the heart). It is also featured on the back. After the Frieza Saga and during the Androids Saga andMajin Buu Saga, no symbols appear and Goku’s gi turns a darker orange, but retains the same dark blue undershirt. He wears dark blue wristbands, along with dark blue boots with a red border that are outfitted with yellow/beige laces. He originally wore a blue obi over his waist, although after the Frieza Saga this was changed to a blue sash. At the end ofDragon Ball Z, Goku now wears a turquoise gi with a white sash, orange wristbands, dark green pants, and black kung fu shoes with orange stockings. As a kid, he has a tail due to hisSaiyan heritage and also wields the Power Pole. He did not wear the blue undershirt and boots until his teenage and adult years, instead wearing simple shoes.

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Goku, born Kakarot, holding a carrot

At times, Goku has been seen wearing different clothing,[18][19][20] such as a gray business suit and tie.[21] Most notably, after training in theHyperbolic Time Chamber and in the nine days before the Cell Games, he wears casual Earthclothing consisting of an orange-and-black long-sleeved jacket, a white undershirt, lime green pants, and brown boots.

In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Goku wears a blue and white tracksuit while he trains on King Kai’s planet, but wears a Gi identical to the one from the Androids Saga and Buu Saga, but with Goku’s Go kanji on the left side and back for the majority. During Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Goku wore a new version of his orange gi, featuring a Whis’ kanji, lacking the dark blue undershirt and wears blue wristbands longer than previous as well as a blue side tied belt and new boots.

In Dragon Ball Super, while farming radishes, Goku wears farmer attire like he did in Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!!After arriving on King Kai’s planet, King Kai wants Goku to have proper apparel while on his planet so he puts on a blue and white track suit with red shoes so he could train in like he did in Battle of Gods. Goku is given a new gi Whis has designed for him, the same gi from Resurrection ‘F’.

In Dragon Ball GT. Goku’s skin tone changes from a pale tone to a darker and almost tan tone. His outfit in theGT series consists of a blue gi with a white sash, pink wristbands, ochre pants, and black kung fu shoes with white stockings, which resembles his first gi that he wore at the beginning of Dragon Ball. Later, with the aid of Old Kai, Goku regrows his tail so he could have additional power, but the tail is never seen again when Goku is an adult again at the end of Dragon Ball GT.

Name

Son Goku (孫悟空) is a Buddhist name that means “The Child Aware of Emptiness” or “Grandson that Perceives Air” and comes from his character development based on Sun Wukong (in Chinese and Japanese: 孫悟空; Sūn means “grandchild” in both languages and implies his origin as a monkey, and Wùkōng means “Aware of Emptiness”) from Journey to the West. The Wu syllable means “Enlightenment”, and the Kong syllable means “Sky, Air or Emptiness”. Sun (孫) is also a common Chinese surname.

From there, the name Son Goku is simply the name Sun Wukong converted into the Japanese on’yomi reading, albeit even with the same exact Asian characters used between both “Wukongs/Gokus” (孫 悟空), due to the similar writing systems both Chinese and Japanese happen to share.

Personality

Goku is known for his cheerful, energetic personality and his love of competition; specifically sport fighting and eating. He will eat anything.[3] He has remarkable intuition at seeing the good in others in spite of their actions, though his capacity for forgiving his enemies has occasionally been criticized as excessive; Goku, for the most part, only fights to win, and spares his enemies after defeating them only for them to attack him when his back is turned.[22][23] His staggering power is simultaneously reined in and enhanced by his fierce loyalty and morality. Goku can also be very blunt, and not afraid to express his opinion in a discussion, such as when he questioned Krillin‘s marriage to Android 18. Despite his kind-hearted nature, Goku can feel incredible anger in cases of extreme turmoil, such as the death of a close friend/relative, or when someone murders many innocents needlessly. This anger means he can be vengeful. He has a simple, practical view of the world and is somewhat naive to the world around him. Because of this, many characters incorrectly assume him to be somewhat stupid, although once he has a basic understanding of things, he learns very quickly. His most remarkable ability is his will to succeed, his tenacity and persistence. He is always determined to push himself beyond his limitations and never give up even when the odds are stacked against him.[23]

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Goku’s appearances throughout the Dragon Ball series

Goku is pure of heart, possessing no negative feelings or thoughts. He is also portrayed to be very innocent as a child, because of growing up in Mount Paozu and not having met anyone other than his grandpa until he meetsBulma. During his childhood, a recurring gag early in the series is that he is incapable of telling the difference between a male and a female without physically touching them, which often gets him into trouble.[24] Notable of these occurrences are in the scene where he removes Bulma’s panties while she slept and is horrified to discover that she had no testicles (which was also adapted in the movie Dragon Ball: The Path to Power),[25] and later when he first meets Chi-Chi and she pushes him off of the Flying Nimbus after he patted her genitals with his foot.[26] He eventually outgrew this once old enough to understand the difference. This trait was also referenced in Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, where Android 18 attempted to fight Goku due to paranoia that Goku would touch her there, with Goku explaining that he knows better now. In addition, during his youth, he seemed to not understand the concept of pornography, as when Bulma discovered her father’s secret stash of porn magazines with Goku nearby, Goku thought the girls were too poor to afford clothes, causing Bulma to angrily tell him that they were not poor.[27] Goku might not have a sense of family, he views family members simply as companions.[28] Though there are times when it seems that he does have a sense of family.

It is often teased that Goku is scared of his wife’s temper (as joked by Master Roshi upon Goku’s refusal to come back to Earth after the Frieza Saga: “He’s scared of the one thing that’s stronger than a Super Saiyan- his wife!”) Goku is shown to suffer from severe trypanophobia, or the fear of medical needles, but this only occurs in the anime.[29] He showed his fear for them twice in Dragon Ball Z, and three times during Dragon Ball GT. The first time was after his battle with Vegeta, and when he was taken to Wukong Hospital. The second time he showed his fear of needles was after the fight with Captain Ginyu on Namek, while he was on his way to recovering in a Medical Machine. In Dragon Ball GT, it was shown when Goku, Pan, and Trunks brought aninjured boy to planet Pital. The second time, during his first battle against Baby Vegeta, he was blasted intoSugoroku Space, where he witnessed a hologram of Chi-Chi that threw a gigantic needle at him. Lastly, Goku showed his fear after learning from Pan that the Four-Star Dragon Ball was coming out of his forehead, worrying that he would need a shot. In Battle of Gods, he is also shown to have a slight fear of angering Bulma, as he panicked when he realized he had forgot it was Bulma’s birthday party and again after Bulma slaps him for joking about letting her get slapped if in order for Vegeta increase his power (in response to Vegeta’s power increase when Bulma was slapped by Beerus) and after it is revealed that Goku had arrived on Earth much earlier via Instant Transmission and was watching them the whole time. It is likely that this is a fear he developed over the years he has known her and one he shares with his best friend, Krillin (who is shown to fear her temper as well during the Battle on Planet Namek).

During his fight with Oceanus Shenron, Goku states that he does not mind being nude in public and has demonstrated a lack of shame at various points in Dragon Ball such as when Bulma gave him a bath and again when he showed his testicles to disguised Hasky (after he mistakenly thought she was referring to his testicles when she was actually referring to the Dragon Balls he was carrying). This fact is also supported before going for a swim to find a Dragon Ball on Gelbo, during which he takes off his clothes in front of Doma and his granddaughter Pan without hesitation or embarrassment. He also gets upset when Pan tells him to put his clothes back on, refusing to go swimming clothed.

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Goku losing power when his tail is grabbed onto

Goku enjoys finding strong opponents and fighting with them.[3] Even in combat, Goku is shown to not be invincible, as he has two major weaknesses. The first weakness is his tail; before he conditioned himself prior to the Tien Shinhan Saga, Goku lost all his power when someone grabbed his tail (a trait that all Saiyans share at birth).[30] The second is his unfathomable appetite;[31]not only does he eat at a rate that would be nearly impossible for a normalHuman, but if he does not get any food, he becomes too weak to do almost anything. This weakness was never overcome, and almost got him killed against several enemies, like Tambourine and Nuova Shenron.[32] On the flipside, however, Goku’s love for food has gotten him out of trouble several times; for example, in theTournament Saga, when put to sleep by Jackie Chun, Bulma was able to save his match by screaming to him that dinner was ready, to which Goku immediately woke up to break the count.[33] Despite defeating some of the most dangerous villains in the universe, Goku is not a completely righteous hero as he does not fight for the sake of others, he simply fights because he wishes to fight strong opponents (according to Akira Toriyama, who was frustrated with the portrayel of Goku being a righteous fighter). [34] Though the anime portrays him as being a righteous fighter who also gets a real thrill out of facing a powerful opponent.

Goku seems to think very little of his brother Raditz and late father, Bardock, believing them to be vicious, selfish beings like most other Saiyans; however, he never knew of his father’s change of heart. Indeed, when he first learned of his Saiyan heritage, he rejected it out of horror and disgust at being from a race of vicious killers, though he ultimately embraced his heritage after hearing Vegeta’s last words during the battle withFrieza on Namek, fighting him to avenge the loss of his race as well as all of the other innocents whom Frieza had killed. While Goku is ultimately kindhearted, forgiving, and unquestionably loyal to the side of good, and did not inherit any of the inherently evil traits of his heritage, his Saiyan bloodline and its traits for combat have played small or moderate role in his judgement. He chose to remain in space after Frieza’s first defeat rather than return home soon and did not come home to his family until two years later when the restored Frieza was heading to Earth. When he trained Gohan and learned that his son had enough dormant power to destroy Cell, he chose not to train himself and his son for one more year, because rather than becoming strong enough to defeat Cell himself, he planned on sending his own son to fight the monster, gambling that Gohan would awaken his hidden power just in time during his struggling fight against Cell and ultimately win. He even went as far as giving a Senzu Bean to Cell so that Gohan gets a fair match against him, rather than a better chance to win and save the world. Also, after his death during the Cell Games, he chose not to be revived and return to his family to raise his still young son. He reasoned that Earth is repeatedly in danger because of his enemies and may become safer if he did not come back. Despite this, after almost all other fighters had faced their downfall, Goku is eventually revived due to Earth and the whole universe being in danger because of Super Buu.

From his mid-teens to early thirties, Goku became a famous celebrity on Earth for his defeat of King Piccolo, with several reporters being amazed that Yajirobe was a friend of his during Vegeta and Nappa‘s attack on Earth. Proceeding the events of the Androids Saga, Goku appears to have been largely forgotten in favor of the following World Martial Arts champion, Mr. Satan. However sometime between the defeat of the Shadow Dragons and one hundred years post-hence, Goku is once again revered as a hero and a giant statue of him is displayed in the World Martial Arts Tournament stadium, as shown near the end of Dragon Ball GT.[15]

Goku can be cocky at times, this is especially notable in the years after defeating Majin Buu, as seen in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, but later was humbled by Beerus due to him being on another level of power than him. His cockiness continues in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, where – believing he has completely and utterly defeated Frieza – he lowers his guard, resulting in him being critically injured.

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Biography

Early life

Dragon Ball Minus

Main article: Dragon Ball Minus

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Goku in Dragon Ball Minus

Kakarot was born on Planet Vegeta three years before its destruction. Kakarot had been inside his incubation chamber for three years since his birth when his father Bardock and his mother Gine decide to release him. Bardock makes the decision to send Kakarot away to Earth in an Attack Ball since he is worried about Frieza’s ambitions. Frieza destroys Planet Vegeta a month after Kakarot has been sent away.

Pre-Dragon Ball

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Goku, found alone in the forest

After crash-landing on Earth, the baby was found in the woods by an old man named Gohan and became his adopted grandson. He was then given his Earthling name, Goku. At first, Goku was extremely violent and ill-tempered, not obeying Gohan at all, but one day he fell down a deep ravine and hit his head, suffering severe head trauma that sent him into a coma and very nearly killed him and caused him to suffer long-term amnesia. After he woke up, he had lost all of his Saiyan aggression due to not remembering his mission, becoming a kind and mild-mannered young boy.[35] His Grandpa Gohan taught him martial arts and told him about such things as the city and people, as they lived in a very remote place in Mount Paozu, with no communication with other people.

Goku has a brief appearance in Jaco the Galactic Patrolman as a kid at the time he lived with Grandpa Gohan in. He is shown wearing a Battle Armor while having a meal in Grandpa Gohan’s house.

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Grandpa Gohan helping Goku to recover from his head injury

Gohan one day discovered Goku’s full moon transformation, and thus told him to never look at the full moon. However, one night Goku did, and he transformed into a Great Ape, causing him to unknowingly kill Gohan. After his grandpa’s death, Goku stayed at his home, carrying out his daily life of survival. From a young age, Goku developed the impression that his birth parents abandoned him in the mountains as a baby, leaving him for Grandpa Gohan to discover.[36]

Dragon Ball

Quest for the Dragon Balls

Main article: Emperor Pilaf Saga

Besides my grandpa, you’re the only human being I’ve ever seen.
— Goku when he first met Bulma in “The Secret of the Dragon Balls

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Goku while first meeting Bulma

Goku is introduced in the Dragon Ball manga and anime at 12 years of age[37](initially, he claims to be 14,[36] but it is later clarified during the Tournament Saga that this is because Goku had trouble counting), as a young boy living in obscurity on Mount Paozu. Goku owns the Power Pole and the four-starDragon Ball, inheritances from his grandfather.

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Goku meeting Master Roshi receiving the Flying Nimbus

One day, after doing his daily chores, Goku is hit by a car when on his way home after catching a Giant Fish. Having never seen a car before, he assumes it is a monster attacking him. When the driver shoots Goku with a gun, she becomes scared after seeing that it hardly does any damage and surrenders, revealing herself to be a Human girl, named Bulma. Goku states that he has never seen a girl before and that the only human he has seen in his life is his deceased grandfather.[36] Goku takes Bulma to his house, where she ends up discovering his four star Dragon Ball. However, Goku does not want Bulma touching it since it is precious to him, so Bulma decides to let Goku to join her on a quest to collect all seven Dragon Balls to summon the Dragon, not revealing to him that the Dragon Balls would be scattered across the Earth once they succeeded.[24] Later that night, when camping in Bulma’s Capsule House, Goku is introduced to various technology such as Television, lights and even a bath. Early the next morning, Goku is surprised when he learns a bit about the anatomy of women after he takes Bulma’s underwear off while she is sleeping.[38] Later that morning, Goku meets Turtle, whom he decides to take back to the ocean, forcing Bulma to come along. After defeating a Bear Thief who wants to eat the turtle, they make it to the beach, where he meets his future master, the turtle hermit, Master Roshi.[39] When the turtle hermit meets them, he rewards Goku with a flying cloud called the Flying Nimbus, that only allows people of pure heart to ride it, with which Goku has no difficulty. Bulma also receives the three star Dragon Ball out of this, in exchange for showing the old horn-dog her underwear (however, she is actually nude, because Goku had pulled them off the night before).[40]

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Goku fighting Yamcha in the Diablo Desert

Three days later, Goku and Bulma end up in Aru Village, which is under control by an evil shape-shifter named Oolong, who kidnaps the villagers’ daughters.[41] After Goku fails to impersonate Pochawompa in an attempt to find the location of Oolong’s hideout, he decides to face Oolong head on. After chasing him outside the village, Goku manages to capture him, forcing Oolong to give the villagers back their daughters. Afterward, they are rewarded the six star Dragon Ball and Oolong is forced to join Goku and Bulma on their quest.[41]While crossing the Diablo Desert on their way to Fire Mountain, Goku fights a bandit named Yamcha, who is friends with a former classmate of Oolong, named Puar.[42] Goku and Yamcha have a duel, and Yamcha is surprised when Goku brings out his Power Pole, learning that he is the grandson of the legendary martial artist, Gohan. After nearly losing to Yamcha’sWolf Fang Fist due to hunger, Bulma awakens, causing Yamcha to flee due to of his fear of women. Later that night, Goku and the others stay the night in Oolong’s House-Wagon, where Goku tells Oolong about the Dragon Balls while Yamcha and Puar hide outside and listen, also learning of the mystical spheres.[43] The next morning, Goku fights Yamcha again after he destroys the House-Wagon and attempts to rob them. Goku knocks out his opponent’s tooth and Yamcha, in a false display of apology, gives them a car that secretly has a tracking device for him to follow them.[44]

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Goku’s first use of the Kamehameha after seeing Master Roshi use it

Two days later, the gang ends up at Fire Mountain, where Goku ends up fighting the Ox-King after he attempts to kill Bulma and Oolong.[45] After Goku summons the Flying Nimbus, the Ox-King stops fighting and tells Goku that the man who gave Goku that cloud is the same master that taught him. In an effort to douse the fire surrounding the Ox-King’s castle at the top of the mountain, Goku is sent to retrieve the Bansho Fan from Master Roshi after picking up the Ox-King’s daughter, Chi-Chi. When they arrive at Master Roshi’s Island, he tells them that he accidentally threw the fan out and decides to come there himself and put out the flames. When they get back to Fire Mountain, Master Roshi uses a technique called the Kamehameha Wave to put out the flames, unfortunately destroying the mountain as well.[46] Much to Master Roshi’s surprise, Goku is immediately able to imitate the wave and makes one big enough to destroy their car. While Bulma and Oolong find the Dragon Ball in the rubble, Master Roshi asks that Goku trains with him after finishing his quest for the Dragon Balls.

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Goku in his Great Ape form destroying Pilaf’s Castle

On their way to the last Dragon Ball, they take a break at a town which is ruled by a gang known as the Rabbit Mob.[47] While there, Goku and Bulma get into trouble with the Rabbit Mob, but Goku defeats their leader, Monster Carrot with the help of Yamcha. When they get back on the road, they are attacked by a robot piloted by Shu, who steals five of their Dragon Balls. Luckily, though, Goku insists on keeping his four-star ball with him instead of with the rest of the Dragon Balls.[48] Yamcha gives them a lift to Pilaf’s Castle to get them back. However, once they arrive, they get locked in a room filled with sleeping gas, where Goku’s four-star Dragon Ball is stolen.[49]

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Goku leaves his friends to explore the world on his own

When they wake up, Emperor Pilaf summons Shenron and tries to use the wish to rule the world, but his plan is foiled when Oolong interferes and wishes for a pair of panties after getting out from a small hole made by Goku’s Kamehameha.[50] After trying to escape, the gang is placed into a special cell that will fry them when the sun comes out. Goku ends up looking at the full moon that night, causing him to turn into a Great Ape and destroy the cell along with the rest of Pilaf’s castle.[11] Seeing Goku out of control in the ape form, Yamcha grabs Goku’s tail and has Puar turn into a pair of scissors to cut Goku’s tail off, causing him to revert to his normal form. The next morning, Oolong begins to speculate that Goku is not a human, raising the question of whether he is “some kinda space alien.”[51] Declining the offer of his new friends to come with them to West City, Goku bids them goodbye to train with Roshi. While flying off on the Nimbus, Goku cheerfully says the world is an amazing place.

The 21st World Martial Arts Tournament

Main article: Tournament Saga

Amazing… in a day he’s learned a move that took me 50 years to master…
— Master Roshi – talking about Goku’s usage of the Kamehameha wave (FUNimation dub)

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Goku and Krillin deliver milk as part of their training with Master Roshi

After finishing his quest for the Dragon Balls, Goku leaves Bulma and the others in order to train with Master Roshi. Roshi agrees to train Goku, but only if he finds him a pretty girl.[52] After failing to bring him a decent girl, another wannabe student named Krillin arrives on the island, also wanting to train under Roshi, and assists Goku. After Goku fights off some Police officers, while Krillin cowers behind him, they finally return with a girl with a split personality namedLaunch.[53]

Satisfied with Launch, Roshi then brings Goku and Krillin to his special Training Island to train them.[54] They are put through very strange training that seems like it has nothing to do with martial arts, such as milk delivering to increase stamina, construction work for strength, swimming away from killer sharks, dodging bee stings, all while wearing very heavy Turtle Shells.[55]After the hard work, the two develop into two of the most powerful fighters on Earth. The huge boulder Roshi showed the boys much earlier they could not push, they can now push, much to Roshi’s surprise. After eight months of training, Roshi brings them to Papaya Island to compete in the 21st World Martial Arts Tournamentto test their training.[56] Upon their arrival, Goku is reunited with his friends Bulma, Yamcha, Oolong and Puar. Goku gets through the elimination rounds easily without even trying (even he is surprised at his remarkable new power) and makes it to the main tournament.[57]

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Goku vs. Jackie Chun in the final round

In the tournament, he is put up against a Gira named Giran in the quarterfinals. Goku struggles with the beast when he is trapped in Giran’s Merry-Go-Round Gum, but his tail grows back causing him to break free and win the match, with Giran forfeiting from being scared of the young boy’s power.[58] In the semifinals he is put up against a warrior named Nam. Goku and Nam take the battle into the air, and each is almost knocked off the ring. Just before Goku is knocked out by Nam’s Cross Arm Dive, Goku dodges and kicks him out of the ring.[59] In the final round Goku battles with defending Champion Jackie Chun (really Master Roshi in disguise).[60] During the battle, Goku turns back into a Great Ape and starts destroying the stadium. Jackie Chun who cannot leave the arena because they are still fighting destroys the Moon to revert Goku to his normal form.[33] The two continue their match, both losing their energy at a rapid rate. Goku ends up losing the match and learns that he should always continue to train because there are always people out there who are more powerful.[61]

Battling the Red Ribbon Army

Main articles: Red Ribbon Army Saga, General Blue Saga, and Commander Red Saga

But I did attack the Red Ribbon Army. I beat the whole bunch and I managed to get six of the Dragon Balls.
— Goku talking to his friends (FUNimation dub)

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Goku fighting Colonel Silver

After coming runner up in the World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku is told by Master Roshi that he should go out and see the world, and Goku decides that he will use this opportunity to search of his grandfather’s Four-Star Dragon Ball.[62] At the beginning of his quest he helps save Nam’s Village by accompanying him to Giran’s Village in order to get the river flowing again.[63]After completing this task, he decides to go skinny dipping in an oasis where he gets his Dragon Radar stolen by a homeless kid that sells it to an Antique Store in a nearby town. Once Goku gets there and gets his radar back, he confronts Emperor Pilaf, who is holding the four star Dragon Ball. After chasing Pilaf to hisflying fortress, Goku receives the ball finding out that it is fake.[64] While following the radar’s signal he ends up meeting back up with Chi-Chi who had a wedding prepared for them.[65] Goku and Chi-Chi quickly go together back to the Ox-King’s Village to find that an organization called the Red Ribbon Army has attacked.[66] Goku and Chi-Chi fight off the troops until they fled. Goku leaves Chi-Chi and the Ox-King in a hurry to go and chase them. He ends up in the Desert where he gets into Pilaf’s flying fortress while the Red Ribbon Army was attacking it. After Pilaf’s fortress is destroyed, Goku is caught in the explosion and wakes up in a forest where he meets a family of monkeys. After Goku finds the Dragon Ball, he battles Colonel Silver, who destroyed his Flying Nimbus. Goku easily defeats Silver, and knocks him out with his tail.[67]

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Goku attacks the Muscle Tower

After seeing that the Dragon Ball he found was not his grandfather’s Four-Star Ball, he has one of the army’s auto pilot droids fly him to the next Dragon Ball. The plane crashes when the droid freezes, and Goku freezes, unable to move.[68] He is then taken to Jingle Village by a girl named Suno. When he awakens, he hears that the Red Ribbon Army is there as well. Goku goes to their closest base known as Muscle Tower. Once he gets in he easily takes out three soldiers and then battles an android known as Major Metallitron.[69] Goku wins the battle when Metallitron’s batteries die and proceeds to the next floor where he fights the Ninja Murasaki. Goku easily defeats Murasaki and humiliates him, an example when Murasaki lands on Goku’s Power Pole. Goku proves to be a difficult match for Murasaki and even his brothers, so he resorts to releasing Android 8.[70] Android 8 ends up befriending Goku instead of fighting him because he dislikes violence, allowing Goku to reach the top of Muscle Tower. General White, the commander of the tower resorts to having his pet monster Buyon eat them, but the creature gets frozen and destroyed. General White is defeated and Goku saves the Jingle Village Chief while obtaining another Dragon Ball that Android 8 was hiding from the army.

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Goku stopping Hasky from stealing the Dragon Balls

Goku finds out from one of the village elders that his nimbus still works and decides to go to West City to have Bulma fix his Dragon Radar that broke. Goku arrives at Bulma’s house, Capsule Corporation, and has her fix the radar. Bulma then decides to join Goku on his quest for his Dragon Ball using her new invention the Micro Band. While still in the city Goku meets back up with Yamcha, Oolong, and Puar. They decide to spend the day in the new theme park Dream Land, where they were stalked by a thief hired by the Red Ribbon Army, named Hasky. After being tricked by her she tries to get away with Goku’s two Dragon Balls but he captures her and gets them back.[71]

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Goku fighting General Blue

Goku and Bulma travel to the site of the next Dragon Ball which was located at the bottom of the sea. Not having a submarine, Goku and Bulma obtain one from Master Roshi who has Krillin join them. Under the ocean, they find a Pirate Cave, where they are chased by the Red Ribbon Army’s strongest operative,General Blue.[72] Goku defeated a Pirate Robot and a giant octopus namedOctopapa while Krillin and Bulma were being attacked by Blue. Goku arrives to save them, but Goku is stunned by General Blue’s telekinesis. Goku was able to break free when a mouse scares Blue. While the cave began to collapse, Goku quickly grabbed the Dragon Ball and saved his mouse friend and barely escaped with Bulma and Krillin in an old submarine they found. When they arrived back at Kame House, General Blue arrives and uses his telekinesis to tie everybody up and steal the Dragon Balls along with putting a bomb on the island to kill them. Luckily, Launch returned and set Goku free to get rid of the bomb and chase Blue.[73]

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Goku in Penguin Village

Goku ends up chasing General Blue to Gengoro Island, where he crashes in a strange town named Penguin Village.[74] While there Goku meets Arale Norimaki and the Gatchans who try to help Goku look for General Blue and the Dragon Balls. Arale introduces Goku to Taro and Akane who seemed interested in his flying nimbus. Goku searched through Penguin Village and asked many of the residents if they have seen General Blue. Arale takes Goku to her house to have Senbei fix his radar. While at the Norimaki house General Blue shows up to steal Senbei’s plane and fights Goku again. While using his telekinesis again on Goku, Arale surprises Goku by easily defeating him and headbuttsGeneral Blue far away. While Goku got his Dragon Balls back he got his Dragon Radar stolen by Blue. Senbei’s son, Turbo uses his powers to create him a new one with parts from Senbei’s plane so he can continue his quest.[75]

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Goku does battle with Mercenary Tao

Goku’s next location was the Sacred Land of Korin where he defeats Captain Yellow and finally retrieves his four star Dragon Ball.[76] There, he meets two of the lands natives, a powerful warrior named Bora and his son Upa. Seeing that their best soldiers had failed against Goku, the Red Ribbon Army turned to the world’s deadliest assassin, Mercenary Tao, to kill him.[77] Tao arrives to Goku’s location and murders Bora with ease. Goku then attacks him. Goku loses against Tao in the battle against his Dodon Ray but survived because the four star ball in his shirt blocked the full force of the blast.[78] While Tao decides to stay in a town for a couple of days, Goku decides to climb Korin Tower to get the Sacred Water of Korin.[79] When he gets to the top, it takes Goku three days to snatch it from him. Goku drinks the water, yet does not feel any different, which Korin explained was not that the water made him stronger, but the training to try and get to it made him stronger. When Tao returns, Goku comes back and defeats him in battle by kicking one of Tao’s grenades back at him, thrown after he pretended to give up.[80]

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Goku fighting off Red Ribbon Army soldiers at the Headquarters

Feeling sad for Upa who lost his father to Tao, Goku decides that he will defeat the entire Red Ribbon Army and gather the Dragon Balls to bring his father back to life.[22] Goku travels to the main Red Ribbon Army Headquarters to defeat them.[81] While Goku is taking out several of the soldiers, Staff Officer Black kills Commander Red after learning that he just wants to be tall and not achieve world domination. Goku fights Black who uses a battle robot, Goku kills him defeating the entire army and gathering six of the Dragon Balls. When Goku leaves the base he sees all of his friends just outside of it ready to help him, but Goku tells them he already defeated them, greatly surprising everyone.[82]

Battling Fortuneteller Baba’s warriors

Main article: Fortuneteller Baba Saga

I’m so happy to see you grandpa! I’ve missed you so much!
— Goku when seeing Grandpa Gohan again (FUNimation dub)

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Goku in a match against Grandpa Gohan

After Goku’s victory against the Red Ribbon Army, he is still missing one more Dragon Ball to revive Bora, but for some reason Bulma’s Dragon Radar cannot locate it. Roshi tells Goku about his older sister Baba who can find anything.[83]Goku sets out to Fortuneteller Baba’s Palace with Yamcha, Krillin, Upa and Puar. Baba turns out to not be so generous, forcing them to fight her five strongest warriors to get their request.[84] The first two warriors are taken care of by Goku’s friends, but Yamcha is defeated by the third warrior, Bandages the Mummy.[85] Goku, the team’s last fighter, takes him out along with the fourth fighter, Spike the Devil Man in Devil’s Toilet.[86] After that, Goku is put up against the fifth fighter, who seems very familiar to Goku and Roshi (who had joined the group as a spectator). The mysterious fighter ruthlessly whips Goku around by his tail until it simply rips off. However, Goku is able to win the fight, and the fifth fighter is revealed to be his Grandpa Gohan, who was brought back from the Other World for a day.[87] Baba reveals the Dragon Ball to be in a case Emperor Pilaf has. Goku confronts Pilaf in his new robot fused with Shu and Mai‘s robots and easily defeats them.[88] With all the Dragon Balls in his power, Goku is able to call Shenron and revives Bora. After the wish is granted, Goku grabs the four-star ball before the others scatter.[89]

Goku prepares for the next World Martial Arts Tournament by going out into the world and training himself by the request of Master Roshi. Goku ends up meeting a girl named Chao and saves her village from two bandits known as Terror and Plague. He later stumbles into a city where he meets Chin Taiken, the master of the Chin-Star School and defeats Sky Dragon, the master of the Panther-Fang School for the title of Master of Martial Arts. Goku goes to Demon Land and saves Princess Misa from Shula with the help of Gola and Melee. Goku later chases after a monster named InoShikaCho that he later finds out is working with two martial artists named Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu in scamming villages. Goku saves InoShikaCho when Tien and Chiaotzu betray him and with the help of Tanmen, he convinces everyone that he is good. After three years are up, Goku begins his travel to Papaya Island but gets a little delayed when his new friend Konkichi gets into trouble with a gang.

Meeting Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu

Main article: Tien Shinhan Saga

You rely too much on tricks.
— Goku towards Tien Shinhan (FUNimation dub)

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Goku easily defeating King Chappa, a former champion

By the time the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament starts, Goku is 15 years old, though he still looks like a preteen boy.[2] Goku’s strongest opponent is Tien Shinhan, a warrior trained by Master Roshi’s nemesis, Master Shen – the Crane Hermit. Like Yamcha and Puar before them, Tien, along with his best friend Chiaotzu, will eventually side with Goku.

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Goku Vs. Tien in the final round

In the preliminaries, Goku is set up against a champion from a previous World Tournament,King Chappa.[90] Goku easily defeats him, and then goes on to defeat Pamput, a famous movie star, in the quarterfinals.[91] In the semifinals Goku is set up against his best friend Krillin, and defeats him after a fierce battle.[92] Goku moves on to fight Tien and his Crane School style in the final round.[93] Midway during the match, Goku is repeatedly paralyzed and pinned down by Chiaotzu and his Telekinesis technique, at the orders of Master Shen. After Goku is freed from Chiaotzu’s Telekinesis, the match continues as normal until Tien decides to use the Tri-Beam attack to destroy the stage. In mid-air, Goku knocks out Tien by using a Kamehameha to swiftly propel himself into Tien’s stomach. Falling at the same rate, Goku hits the ground first after crashing into a van, leaving Tien as the Tournament winner.[94]

The evil King Piccolo

Main article: King Piccolo Saga

It’s time for your terror to end!!!
— Goku towards King Piccolo (FUNimation dub)

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Goku finds his best friend Krillin dead early in the King Piccolo Saga

Right after the conclusion of the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, King Piccolo appears in the scene. Goku accidentally left his belongings behind and when Krillin went to pick them up at the area, he is killed by Tambourine, one of King Piccolo’s mutated sons.[95] Goku becomes angry, and chases after him through the skies, but still being fatigued from the tournament, Goku is defeated by Tambourine and his Flying Nimbus is destroyed.[96] While trying to recover in the wilderness, Goku sees a giant fish and eats it, which belonged to a samurai named Yajirobe, who has a Dragon Ball.[97] Cymbal, another one of Piccolo’s sons, is sent to get the Dragon Ball, but is killed by Yajirobe with his sword.[98] After sensing Cymbal’s death, Piccolo orders Tambourine to find his killer. Upon seeing Tambourine again, Goku finally destroys him.[99] King Piccolo feels this and arrives at Goku and Yajirobe’s location, Yajirobe’s Prairie. Soon after King Piccolo appears, he fights Goku. Goku knocks him down a couple of times. It is then revealed that Piccolo was holding back on his power, and then he swiftly defeats Goku with his Masenko attack, causing Goku’s heart to stop for a short time. Piccolo then takes the Dragon Ball Yajirobe gave to Goku. Yajirobe takes Goku to Korin Tower to help him recover.[100]

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Goku meets Yajirobe

Meanwhile, Tien, Master Roshi, and Chiaotzu try to stop King Piccolo from gathering the Dragon Balls, but fail and the latter two die in the attempt.[101]King Piccolo calls Shenron and wishes for his youth to be restored, giving him the power he once had. King Piccolo then destroys Shenron, and goes on toKing Furry‘s palace, in an attempt to rule the world.[102]

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Goku after drinking the Ultra Divine Water to become stronger

Once Goku is healed, he heads out on a quest to find the Ultra Divine Water, a sacred liquid that unleashes the drinker’s hidden powers if they have any, or kills them.[103] Goku drinks the water and survives, then heads off to King Furry’s castle where he finds King Piccolo’s newest son, Drum assaulting Tien Shinhan.[104]Goku steps in and defeats Drum, knocking his eyeballs out with one kick, and challenges King Piccolo to a battle.[105] Goku overpowers King Piccolo, even throwing him into the castle. King Piccolo eventually goes to full power, despite it shortening his lifespan, but still can not defeat Goku. King Piccolo fires his signature attack, the Explosive Demon Wave, at Goku, but Tien saves him by flying into the sky, but Goku’s leg is broken. Towards the end of the fight, King Piccolo uses Tien as a hostage, attempting to force Goku to surrender. Goku nearly resumes the fight despite the fact that Tien will die, thinking he could revive Tien with the Dragon Balls, until King Piccolo tells him he had destroyed Shenron. This leaves Goku at King Piccolo’s mercy.[106]

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Goku kills King Piccolo

Goku ends up with a broken arm and two broken legs as a result of Piccolo’s onslaught. As King Piccolo takes to the skies for his final attack, Goku, full of rage over the fact that Krillin and Master Roshi are gone forever, launches himself at King Piccolo with the one arm he had left, punching a hole through his chest and killing him.[12] Moments before King Piccolo’s death, however, he manages to spit out an egg far off in the distance that contains his final son and reincarnation, Piccolo Jr. to avenge his death and spread evil across the planet.[12]

King Piccolo’s reincarnation

Main article: Piccolo Jr. Saga

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Goku challenging Mr. Popo at Kami’s Lookout

After Goku defeats King Piccolo, he goes to Korin Tower, where Korin tells him about Kami’s Lookout, and that Kami, being the one that created the Dragon Balls, may be able to revive Shenron.[107] At Kami’s Lookout Goku overcomesMr. Popo‘s challenge of speed, and Kami, the Guardian of Earth, brings the Dragon Balls back by giving new life to Shenron.[108] Using the Dragon Balls, Krillin, Chiaotzu and Master Roshi are resurrected.[109] In return, Kami asks Goku to train with him and Mr. Popo for the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament to defeat Piccolo Jr., who wants revenge on Goku for killing his father. Goku’s training consists of defeating Mr. Popo, who proves to be stronger than King Piccolo and for Goku to face a doll version of himself as a way of conquering his own self. With deep meditation, being still like a rock, but faster than lightning, Goku endures the toughest training of his life. During or after the training, Goku’s tail is permanently taken off for the third and final time by Kami, who then makes a wish to the Eternal Dragon for the return of the moon. At some point during this training, Goku trained in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, but was unable to last more than a month in it due to the intensity.

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Goku vs. Piccolo Jr. in the final round

Goku returns three years later at the age of 19 (considered himself 18), to meet up with his friends and join the tournament and grown into a young man that no one recognizes.[110] In the preliminaries, Goku is put up against King Chappa, who wants to avenge his loss from three years prior, but fails again.[111] In the quarterfinals Goku is matched up against an unknown female fighter who seems to know who Goku is, and knows the fighting style that Master Roshi teaches. After Goku defeats her, she reveals herself to be Chi-Chi, whom Goku had unknowingly promised to marry years before thinking marriage was a type of food. Before leaving the ring, Goku asks for her hand in marriage.[112]

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Goku attacking Piccolo

In the semi-finals, Goku is put up against Tien Shinhan to settle the score from the last tournament. Goku and Tien seem to be even, until Goku removes hisweighted clothing and becomes much faster, winning the match and leaving him against Piccolo Jr. in the final round.[113] Before the fight started, Piccolo had trapped Kami inside a bottle with the Evil Containment Wave technique and ate the bottle, putting Goku at a stalemate; if he kills Piccolo, Kami will die too. The fight goes on for a while, but when the word spreads that Piccolo Jr. is the son of King Piccolo, the crowd flees. Goku encourages Piccolo Jr. to transform into his Giant Form, tricking him to fly into his mouth to retrieve the bottle Kami was in. Afterward, the stage is destroyed as they go into full battle. Goku seems to be doing quite well against Piccolo, using the Meteor Combination rush, seemingly knocking him out, but Piccolo blasts a hole in Goku’s shoulder, seriously handicapping him. Piccolo then makes sure Goku has no arms or legs to use, saying he will not make the same mistake his father did, letting Goku have one free arm to kill him with in the end. As Goku is about to die, he discovers how to fly and uses that energy to avoid one of Piccolo’s attacks. He then finishes Piccolo off with the last amount of energy he has left with a full force headbutt to the chest. After Goku is declared victor, he gives Piccolo Jr. a Senzu Bean to keep Kami alive and give himself a good rival.[114]

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Goku’s wedding

After Goku defeats Piccolo Jr., he travels with Chi-Chi to the Ox-King’s Village to prepare for their wedding.[115] But fire erupts at the castle, trapping the Ox-King inside the flames. Goku and Chi-Chi travel to find the Bancho Fan that Master Roshi once threw away in order to put out the fire.[116] When they find it, they are forced to fight Annin, a guardian of the border between the living world and the Other World. Goku defeats Annin and returns with the fan, which successfully extinguishes the fire. Goku and Chi-Chi get married, concluding the original Dragon Ball series.[117]

Dragon Ball Z

Saiyan attack

Main article: Vegeta Saga

That’s enough! Even if it is true and I’m some kind of alien from another planet, or even if you really are my older brother, it doesn’t matter, anyone who’d do the horrible things you say is no brother of mine! My name is Goku, and this is my home… and you’re not welcome here!
— Goku towards Raditz (The Enemy is Goku’s Brother?! The Secret of the Mighty Saiyan Warriors!)

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Goku after getting a kick to the ribs from Raditz

At the start of the Dragon Ball Z series, Goku is 24 years old and is still living at Mount Paozu in a newly built house near his old house, with his wife Chi-Chi and their four year old son, Gohan, named after Goku’s adoptive father, Grandpa Gohan.[10] After saving Gohan from falling down a waterfall, Goku drops by the Kame House with his son, to introduce him to Bulma, Master Roshi, and Krillin. All seems to be well, but suddenly, Goku senses a huge power nearby. The new threat arrives from space; Raditz, Goku’s older brother. Raditz reveals to Goku his Saiyan heritage, and informs him that he was originally sent to Earth to destroy the planet’s inhabitants and prepare it to be sold, but had forgotten about it due to his head injury as a baby.[35] When Goku refuses to carry out his forgotten mission, Raditz delivers a single kick to Goku’s ribs, knocking him down, and kidnaps Gohan, giving Goku an ultimatum: Raditz will kill Gohan unless Goku kills one hundred humans within the next twenty-four hours, and leaves them on the beach.

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Goku and Raditz are killed by Piccolo’s Special Beam Cannon

To defeat Raditz and save the Earth, Krillin and Master Roshi offer to help, but Goku does not accept their request, due to the fact that if they die again, they cannot be brought back, since they have already been killed. Piccolo, who had been listening to Raditz’s speech while hiding behind the Kame House, asks Goku to help him fight this new being, so they join forces.[118] When Piccolo and Goku find Raditz with Gohan locked up in his spacepod, Goku gives Raditz one last chance to free his son, but Raditz refuses. Goku and Piccolo both take off their weighted clothing to begin their fight. Even with their combined strength, Raditz still holds the upper hand. With the help of Gohan unleashing his inner powers to attack Raditz and weaken him, Goku and Piccolo are able to come up with a plan to win.

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Goku running on the Snake Way

Goku makes the ultimate sacrifice by holding Raditz in place so Piccolo can kill him with the powerful Special Beam Cannon, which manages to kill both Raditz and Goku.[119] Just before he dies, however, Raditz informs Piccolo and Goku that two even more powerful Saiyans, Vegeta and Nappa are on their way to Earth, and will arrive in one year. With Krillin by his side, Goku dies, and Kami takes him to Other World where King Yemma tells Goku to take Snake Way to the planet of King Kai for additional training to defeat the Saiyans.[120] During his journey, in filler, he encounters and escapes Princess Snake and even manages to escape Hell after accidentally falling off Snake Way.[121]

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Goku defeats Nappa

When Goku finally makes it to King Kai’s planet, he mistakes King Kai’smonkey, Bubbles, for the King himself, and he follows the monkey’s actions until he meets the real King Kai. He is given ridiculous challenges before he starts his training, including having to tell King Kai a joke,[122] catching Bubbles,[123] and smashing his pet cricket, Gregory, on the head with a heavy hammer.[124] Due to the planet’s higher gravity, Goku struggles with the challenges, but eventually completes them. After that, Goku masters several new techniques and increases his strength considerably.[125] His friends on Earth manage to wish him back to life using the seven Dragon Balls, but, due to a miscalculation on King Kai’s part (he forgot to take into account the time it would take to get back) he still must travel back down Snake Way, which King Kai estimates will take about two days at Goku’s current power level in order to reach Earth and join the battle against the Saiyans, which was already underway and going badly for the Z Fighters.[126]

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Goku about to fight Vegeta

By the time Goku arrives, Yamcha had been killed by a Saibaman, Chiaotzu had self-destructed in a failed attempt to kill Nappa, Tien Shinhan had killed himself by putting all his strength into a final but futile Spirit Tri-Beam, andPiccolo had sacrificed himself to save Gohan from a powerful attack launched by Nappa, which inadvertently killed Kami as well. Goku arrives on the scene, saving Gohan from Nappa’s power, and when he is informed by Krillin that everybody else has died in the battle, Goku goes in a rage, powering up, surprising Vegeta with his new power. Much to everyone’s surprise, Goku had become powerful enough to defeat Nappa without much difficulty, avoiding Nappa’s attacks, and taking Nappa’s ultimate, the Break Cannon, head on without a problem. When Nappa goes to kill Krillin and Gohan, Goku breaks Nappa’s back with the Kaio-ken Finish, but Vegeta is the one who kills him at the end.[127] When Goku begins his battle with Vegeta, they seem even. Vegeta gains the upper hand with even the Kaio-ken times two not working. Goku, in a desperate attempt, powers up to Kaio-ken times three, and overpowers Vegeta, causing Vegeta to go in a rage and attempt to destroy the planet with a Galick Gun. Goku’s Kaio-ken Kamehameha and Vegeta’s Galick Gun blasts collide, and Goku beats Vegeta in theBeam Struggle by going Kaio-ken times four, however, causing his body great pain. When Vegeta returns, he transforms into a Great Ape using a Power Ball, and Goku realizes he is the one who murdered his Grandfather, and apologizes for it, hoping for forgiveness.

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Goku uses his Kaio-ken x3 attack against Vegeta

After a long battle, Vegeta is eventually defeated by Goku’s Kaio-ken and Spirit Bomb techniques, and the timely intervention of his remaining companions Krillin, Gohan and Yajirobe.[128] However Goku had been brutally beaten to near death, with his legs getting crushed and broken by Vegeta in his Great Ape form. After the fight, Krillin attempts to take Vegeta’s life using Yajirobe’s katana, but is stopped by Goku, who convinces him to spare his life to give him a second chance at changing his evil ways and hopes to have a rematch one day.[129]

Journey to Namek

Main articles: Namek Saga, Captain Ginyu Saga, and Frieza Saga

You seem to delight in seeing other people suffer. And you treat life like a disposable commodity! You destroy homes. You take the lives of innocent, peace-loving people. You even take the lives of children. And all of this for your own amusement or personal gain! Well, now, it’s your turn!
— Goku towards Frieza (FUNimation dub)

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Goku easily defeats the mighty Recoome

After the battle with Vegeta, Goku is severely injured, and Korin is out of Senzu Beans, so Goku has to stay behind in Wukong Hospital with Chi-Chi while Gohan, Krillin, and Bulma go to planet Namek to find the Namekian Dragon Balls in order to revive their fallen friends.[130] After a few weeks, Korin grows a new batch of beans and sends Yajirobe to give one to Goku, which heals him completely. Goku then uses Dr. Brief‘s new spaceship, which he constructed from Goku’s original Attack Ball, to go to Namek.[131]

During his trip to Namek, the artificial gravity machine in Goku’s ship malfunctions, causing it to create 100x earth’s gravity, nearly crushing Goku. When he is finally able to gain control of the machine, however, he decides to leave it on this high setting in order to train to fight Frieza.[132] However King Kai advises him to steer clear of Frieza, claiming that he is the strongest being in the universe and that Goku would stand no chance against his evil might.

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Goku in Captain Ginyu’s body, struggling to stay alive

Arriving on Namek, once again Goku enters a battle already in progress, this time saving Gohan, Krillin, and Vegeta from the assault of Recoome, a member of Frieza’s elite fighting squad, the Ginyu Force, who were called to dispose of the three.[133] Goku heals the three of them with Senzu Beans, and shows his new powers by defeating Recoome with one elbow to the stomach, and then takes on Burter and Jeice together. Goku fools them into thinking his power level is only 5,000, because Goku rose his power in only the instant he attacked. After dodging Jeice and Burter’s attacks, Goku then takes out Burter, but is taken by surprise by the leader of the Force, Captain Ginyu, who has the ability to switch bodies with anyone he sees fit.[134] After a little sparring, Goku powers up in front of Ginyu, with his power level scaring Ginyu and Jeice, as it was much higher than theirs. Critically injuring himself, Captain Ginyu then swaps bodies with the more powerful Goku but is not able to fully control his new body and power.[135] Vegeta takes this chance to battle him, seriously injuring Goku’s body. Goku manages to get his body back after intercepting a beam sent by Captain Ginyu to swap bodies with Vegeta.[136]

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Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan for the first time after witnessing Frieza cut Piccolo down and Krillin’s murder at the hands of Frieza

Goku’s body, worn out and beaten, uses a Medical Machine inside Frieza’s spaceship taking several hours to heal.[137] When he emerges, once again it is to join a battle in progress, where Vegeta meets his doom against Frieza. Goku hears Vegeta’s tearful departing speech about the torture Frieza inflicted on Vegeta and the Saiyans, and buries Vegeta and gives his respects. In anger, he declares that he will defeat Frieza in the name of the Saiyans and Namekians he killed.[138] Goku and Frieza’s battle begins, with Goku still having a decent amount of confidence in his abilities. Goku and Frieza start off evenly matched, but Frieza gains the upper hand and Goku is quickly overcome. Goku’s confidence transforms into frustration and fright at Frieza’s power. Even with Frieza giving himself handicaps (such as not using his hands), Goku still cannot outmatch the tyrant. After Goku combines Kaio-ken x20 and his Kamehameha to no effect, Frieza starts pummeling Goku, but Goku remembers his Spirit Bomb ability and decides to gather energy, leaving himself open. Piccolo (who had been resurrected and was transported to Namek to help), Gohan and Krillin attempt to distract Frieza from Goku so he can gather the energy. Finally, with all his might, Goku launches the attack, which hits a struggling Frieza, and seemingly destroys him, along with a good portion of Namek in a devastating explosion. Worn out, Goku begins to laugh, along with his friends, who believe Frieza has been defeated. But even Goku’s most powerful attack, the Large Spirit Bomb, fails to kill Frieza.[139] Finally, when Frieza kills Krillin and critically injures Piccolo, Goku, in anger, taps into his inner power reserves and transforms into a Super Saiyan.[139] He eventually battles Frieza and dominates him. In desperation, Frieza uses his Death Saucer attack, creating two pink Destructo Discs and throwing them at Goku. Goku moves too quickly for the attack and maneuvers himself so that Frieza is in between him and the disks. Goku yells a warning to Frieza, but Frieza is too slow and is cut in half, losing an arm in addition to his legs. The weak tyrant begs Goku to help him. Goku, believing that Frieza does not deserve to be forgiven or spared, gives him some of his energy as a show of mercy. Bitter at his defeat, Frieza uses it to launch a powerful energy wave at Goku. Goku notices the blast and fires an Angry Kamehameha at Frieza, defeating him.

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The final battle on Planet Namek between Super Saiyan Goku and 100% Power Final Form Frieza

Goku then flies to Frieza’s spaceship and presses buttons to try to cause the ship to fly, however, it does not work and Frieza’s spaceship falls into the lava.[140] He quickly escapes Namek using one of the Ginyu Force space pods. The pod takes Goku to Planet Yardrat, which was going to be the Ginyu Force’s next target.[141] His friends, who were teleported to Earth by a wish made with the Namekian Dragon Balls, believe him to be dead.[142] However, months later, when they attempt to revive Goku and Krillin by warping them to the check-in station, they learn that Goku is alive.[143] When they decide to transport him back to Earth, he declines, stating that he’ll return later.[143] While on Yardrat, Goku learns a new technique called the Instant Transmission.[141]

The Androids

Main articles: Trunks Saga and Androids Saga

You might think you know everything there is to know about me… but really, you’re not even close.
— Goku towards Dr. Gero and Android 19 (FUNimation dub)

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Future Trunks tests Goku’s abilities in combat

Two years later, at the age of 27, Goku returns to Earth where he is confronted by Trunks, the half-Saiyan son of Vegeta and Bulma from the future. The teenage Super Saiyan had just killed both Mecha-Frieza and his father King Cold a few moments before Goku’s arrival. Trunks then tests Goku’s strength in battle by assaulting him furiously with his sword, which Goku knocks away multiple times with one finger (albeit charged with energy), claiming that he knew Trunks would not use his full power.[141]

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Goku returns home

Satisfied, Trunks gives Goku medicine for aheart virus that he will contract in one or two years, telling him to use it when he starts feeling the virus’ effects. Future Trunks also warns him about two androids that will threaten the Earth in three years.[141] Goku, Gohan and Piccolo then spend the next three years training for this new threat.[19] However, Future Trunks’ visit somehow alters the onset of the virus, so it does not manifest during those three years (six months prior to the Androids arrival), and therefore Goku does not use the medicine seeing no point in taking it when there seems to be nothing wrong with him..[144]

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Super Saiyan Goku battles with Android 19

Three years later, two androids, Dr. Gero (as Android 20) and Android 19, appear and attack a city.[145] The Z Fighters confront them, and Yamcha is first to be attacked, having been impaled by Dr. Gero’s hand and having his energy stolen. However, he is saved by the use of a Senzu Bean, and the Z Fighters lead the two killing machines out of the city to fight. Despite being a Super Saiyan, Goku is bested by Android 19 when he begins to drastically weaken from the heart disease he was warned of, which starts manifesting itself during the fight.[146] However, Vegeta, who now is a Super Saiyan as well, manages to save Goku before he can be defeated by the androids, and, after toying with it for a bit, destroys Android 19 with ease, enjoying the battle greatly.[147] Yamcha takes Goku to Chi-Chi to get the medicine that will save his life from the killer virus. Meanwhile, the rest of the Z Fighters learn from Trunks, who has returned to help them fight the androids, that history had somehow been altered, and that the androids of his time, Future Android 17 and Future Android 18, had not been the ones they were fighting.[144]Soon after, Dr. Gero states he will unleash No.17 and No.18, and he flees from the battlefield. They try to stop Dr. Gero from activating them but fail. However, once Dr. Gero activates 17 and 18, they are revealed to be unruly and kill him, and activate another android, Android 16, as well, who was solely created to be Goku’s assassin.[148]

Combatting Cell

Main articles: Imperfect Cell Saga, Perfect Cell Saga, and Cell Games Saga

Remember all the pain he’s caused, the people he’s hurt… NOW MAKE THAT YOUR POWER!!!
— Goku encouraging Gohan to defeat Cell (FUNimation dub)

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Goku and Gohan emerge from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber as Full-Power Super Saiyans

While the Z-Fighters try and fail to stop the androids, Piccolo (who had recently fused with Kami) discovers a new threat named Cell, a large biological life form created by Dr. Gero, made with DNA taken from Goku, his allies, and foes they fought in the past. Cell was designed to absorb Androids 17 and 18 in order to achieve a perfect state, kill Goku, and conquer the cosmos.[149] Cell hunts down the androids and absorbs Android 17, transforming into his second stage.[150]Meanwhile, Goku heals from his sickness and takes Gohan, Vegeta, and Future Trunks to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber at Kami’s Lookout to obtain a year of training in one day under heavy gravity and incredibly volatile temperatures.[151] Vegeta and Future Trunks go in first and while Goku and Gohan enter the Time Chamber next, go to find and fight Cell. While in the chamber, Goku gets to Super Saiyan Third Grade and Gohan believes that Goku can beat Cell with this power, however Goku explains that his speed has decreased in that form and the power to keep the form is too much. Goku realizes that half Saiyan hybrids like Future Trunks can turn Super Saiyan, so he trains Gohan intensely and helps him become a Super Saiyan as well. During this training, Goku notices that the potential Gohan has can easily surpass Goku’s own powers, especially after Gohan managed during their training to transform into an unprecedented Super Saiyan level before losing consciousness during a training session, and that, if he is unable to kill Cell, Gohan will.[152]

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Goku arrives on King Kai’s planet via Instant Transmission

While Goku trains, Cell absorbs Android 18 and reaches his perfect form thanks to Vegeta’s interests to fight Cell in his perfect form. Vegeta was easily defeated when he challenged Cell, as did Trunks, who failed because his new Super Saiyan Third Grade form had too much muscle mass to hit Cell quick enough, a flaw Goku noticed in the chamber.[153] After Goku and Gohan finish their training, Cell announces that he will be holding the Cell Games in ten more days, in order to give a chance to anyone who wants to challenge him.[154] For ten days, Goku and Gohan stay on Earth to train and relax while maintaining their Super Saiyan form the entire time. Goku also uses this time to travel toNew Namek to ask Dende to be the new guardian of Earth, as Piccolo had fused with Kami in an attempt to stop Cell, and the fusion had made the Dragon Balls useless.[155] After Dende creates new Dragon Balls based on the old ones, Goku searches for those reactivated Dragon Balls in order to use them after they defeat Cell to correct everything Cell had put wrong.[156]

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Full-Power Super Saiyan Goku wages a titanic battle against Perfect Cell

After ten days have passed, the Z Fighters head to the Cell Games. After the supposed strongest person on Earth, Mr. Satan, is easily defeated, Goku offers to be the first Z Fighter to fight Cell, believing that he is no match for the villain in order to truly test Cell’s abilities.[157] Goku finds himself almost equally matched but still at a disadvantage against a heavily suppressed Perfect Cell in every way, and cannot seem to gain the upper hand after many attempts. Even after trying theInstant Kamehameha (a combination of the Instant Transmission and Kamehameha), which destroys Perfect Cell’s upper half, he watches in horror as the android regenerates easily, thanks to Piccolo’s cells in his body.[158] After getting tired and worn out, Goku decides to give up and leave the battle to Gohan, whom he is convinced has the hidden power necessary to defeat Cell.[159] Gohan then states that Goku had been holding back, only to learn he had not, leading to the conclusion that Gohan may be stronger than Goku, who was fighting at full power.[160] Gohan then powers up to a point where his energy eclipses even Goku’s, and fights with Cell, but halfheartedly. After Gohan tells Cell that when he gets angry he gets much stronger, Cell starts to get curious and tries to force Gohan’s inner powers out of him by making his children, the Cell Jrs, attack Gohan’s friends and his father. All the Z fighters cannot beat the Cell Jrs, including Goku, who was worn out from his battle with Cell. After Android 16 attempted self-destruct on Cell, who blasted him, 16 asks Mr. Satan to bring him (his remaining Android head) to Gohan, and he then tries to convince Gohan that fighting is sometimes needed. When Cell destroys Android 16’s head, this triggers a change in Gohan, forcing him to ascend to Super Saiyan 2,[161] a form in which he greatly surpasses Perfect Cell, even after the behemoth decides to unleash his earth-shattering Full Power and a further powered up Power Weighted form, which Gohan easily overcomes to the point of forcing him to regurgitate Android 18 because of the damage he has sustained.[162]

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Goku says farewell to his family and friends before going to Other World

When a beaten Cell tries to destroy the Earth as a last resort, Goku is forced to step in with his “Instant Transmission” technique when Cell is about to trigger his self-destruction. He teleports them both to King Kai’s Planet, where he is killed by the explosion Cell caused, along with King Kai and his pets Bubbles and Gregory.[163] However, Cell is able to reconstruct himself as Super Perfect Cell, a trick even Cell himself did not know he had and uses the recently learned Instant Transmission to go back to Earth.[164] Goku then motivates Gohan from the Other World to help fuel Gohan’s Kamehameha wave against the reconstructed Super Perfect Cell, which, after a lengthy beam lock, successfully obliterates him.[165] After Cell’s defeat, Goku insists that he should stay dead, even though they could resurrect him, because he has attracted too many problems to Earth, like Frieza and the Red Ribbon Androids. Goku decides it will be safer for Earth if he does not return, and Earth has Gohan to protect it if needed.[166]

The Otherworld Tournament

Main article: Great Saiyaman Saga

I didn’t know it was going to be that kind of fight…
— Goku to Pikkon after transforming into a Super Saiyan

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Goku fighting Pikkon

During a filler portion only seen within the anime, Goku is shown on Snake Way with King Kai, Bubbles, and Gregory after the battle with Cell left the great king without his planet.[167] King Kai insists they head to the Grand Kai’s planet to go see the Grand Kai and enter the Other World Tournament.[167] The winner would be trained personally by the mighty Grand Kai himself. When they arrive, they confront King Kai’s rival, the West Kai, accompanied by his strongest fighter, Pikkon. Grand Kai instructs Pikkon to travel to Hell and stop Cell, Frieza, King Cold, and the Ginyu Force from causing havoc. Goku accompanies Pikkon to the fight and takes down the Ginyu Force, only to be astonished when Pikkon takes down Cell with ease, and proceeds to fell Frieza and King Cold with one blow.[167] Upon his return to King Kai, Goku is welcomed by many of King Kai’s powerful warriors, such as Olibu, who was once the hero of Earth. During the Tournament, Goku easily makes his way through the tournament by defeating Caterpy of the South Kai,[168] Arqua of the East Kai,[169] and Maraikoh of the West Kai.[170] Goku then faces off with Pikkon in the finals. After a long fight, they are both disqualified on a technicality, but the Grand Kai allows them both to train under him.[171] Over the next seven years, while Goku is training in Other World he achieves Super Saiyan 2[172] and Super Saiyan 3,[173] the latter of which boosts his power even beyond his already powerful Super Saiyan 2, but delivers an excruciating strain and immeasurable ki consumption.[173]

The evil wizard Babidi

Main articles: World Tournament Saga and Babidi Saga

Why’d I have to get this guy? Sure he’s big, but he kinda looks dumb to me.
— Goku commenting on Yakon’s appearance

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Goku and Fortuneteller Baba during the World Martial Arts Tournament

Seven years later, at the chronological age of 37 (physically about 30 due to current death, having almost made back the full year of his previous death in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber), Goku is given special permission to return to Earth for one day to participate in the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament, which he knows Gohan, Vegeta, Trunks, and his youngest son Goten, will be attending. Upon his return he meets his second child, Goten, who had been born after his death in the Cell Games, and Videl, Gohan’s girlfriend from his high school who is the daughter of Mr. Satan, the fraud who received the credit for saving the world from Cell. Goku was going to be set up against Vegeta in the 6th match, finally being able to settle their rivalry, but had to be postponed because Videl was beaten badly by the supposed weakling Spopovich, who, along with Yamu, is controlled by the evil wizard Babidi. While Gohan is matched up against Kibito (the assistant of the Supreme Kai, who was in the tournament as well), Spopovich and Yamu both steal Gohan’s Super Saiyan 2 energy and left the tournament while all the Z Fighters in the tournament ditched the tournament to follow them to Babidi.

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Goku continues to power up his energy, causing Yakon to explode from over-consumption

The Supreme Kai and his assistant, Kibito, introduced themselves and informed the Z Fighters about the plans of Babidi who wishes to bring destruction and terror across the whole universe by bringing back his extremely evil monster puppet by the name of Majin Buu. The Z Warriors follow Spopovich to Babidi’s ship where they are ambushed by Dabura, the powerful ruler of the Demon Realm, who kills Kibito and turns Krillin and Piccolo to stone. Goku, Gohan, Vegeta and the Supreme Kai enter Babidi’s ship and they take turns defeating each of his minions on each room of the ship, their power leaving Supreme Kai in awe. Goku fights Yakon who absorbs his energy, but Goku kills him by overpowering and exploding him. While Gohan is against Dabura, Vegeta complains that he can do better. When Babidi hears that, he possesses Vegeta through the evil in his heart and turns him into Majin Vegeta making him evil once again. Goku and Vegeta are both transported to a deserted landscape for them to settle their battle, while Gohan and the Supreme Kai continue on to stop Babidi.

The ancient monster, Majin Buu

Main article: Majin Buu Saga

Buu, I’m a man of courtesy, as well as strength, and I have to say, I’ve battled beings from beyond nameless galaxies and you by far are the best.
— Goku toward Majin Buu

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Super Saiyan 2 Goku and Majin Vegeta clash in a titanic battle

Goku and Majin Vegeta have an earth-shattering battle which gives more than enough energy for Majin Buu’s awakening. Although they are evenly matched at Super Saiyan 2, Goku ends the fight when he senses that Majin Buu has been released and pleads with Vegeta to help him defeat Majin Buu. In a false show of agreement, Vegeta knocks Goku out from behind while he is getting a Senzu Bean out of a bag. Vegeta then eats the only Senzu Bean left and flies off to face Majin Buu alone.

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Goku at Kami’s Lookout

Upon awakening, Goku could sense neither Vegeta nor Gohan anywhere and comes to the conclusion that they have been killed in the battle (when actually Gohan was narrowly saved by the badly injured Supreme Kai, and only Vegeta died in a vain attempt to try and eradicate Majin Buu). He heads to Kami’s Lookout and is healed by Dende, who confirms that Vegeta sacrificed himself in an attempt to destroy Majin Buu. After transporting everyone to the Lookout, he tells the bad news to them. With the little time he has left on Earth, with the help of Piccolo, he decides to teachTrunks and Goten the Fusion Dance, which he learned from Metamorans while in Other World, so they may form one immensely powerful being that might stand a chance against Majin Buu.

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Super Saiyan 3 Goku dominates Majin Buu in battle

‎After finding out that the Dragon Radar is still in West City and Majin Buu is about to cause more destruction, Goku decides to distract him while allowing Trunks to head into West City and retrieve the Dragon Radar before it is destroyed along with everything else in West City by Majin Buu, otherwise they will never be able to find the Dragon Balls. Goku teleports to Majin Buu’s location, and shows him and everyone (via Babidi’s telepathy) the incredible power of the new Super Saiyan 3 form, whose energy could be sensed all the way to Supreme Kai’s planet. Goku then engages in a fight with Majin Buu, whom he overpowers blow for blow. Amazingly, Majin Buu is still having a good time and enjoying the fight, even forcing Goku to narrowlydeflect an imitated version of his own Kamehameha wave, which chips over a tenth of the Earth. He later states, that he probably could have won, but that he wanted to leave it in the hands of Gohan, Trunks, and Goten because he will not be there forever, and that they need to have a shot at saving the universe instead of a dead fighter. Unfortunately, the action of sustaining Super Saiyan 3 to briefly fight with Buu shortens Goku’s time on Earth and he is forced to return to the Other World.

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Goku says farewell to his family and friends before going back to the Otherworld

Once Goku has returned to Other World, he learns that his son, Gohan, is not dead, but in fact training with the Supreme Kai on the Kai Planet teleporting there only to just miss having his head removed by Gohan practicing with The Z Sword. Gohan has been training with the legendary Z Sword, and to test its strength, the Supreme Kai summons a block of the densest metal in the universe, Kachin, as testing material. Goku throws the cube at Gohan, expecting the Z Sword to slice the block in half. Instead, the sword snaps in half and from it emerges Old Kai, who tells them that he will fully unlock Gohan’s potential with a ritual.

Fusion plan

Main article: Fusion Saga

Wake up! Majin Buu’s eaten everyone we care about! Everyone is gone, even Bulma! They’ve become part of Buu, they can’t even die! I just thought the least we could do is put our old differences aside, just this once, and really work together. We owe that to our teammates, our families Vegeta, our friends! Look, you’ve always talked about our Saiyan race, how we’re the last of a mighty people. Well it’s time to accept we’re starting a new race, one that can be just as strong, just as proud! But not if we’re caught up in so much of our old birthrights to see what we have right in front of us! We’ve lost our old race Vegeta… let’s not lose this one, too!
— Goku towards Vegeta

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Goku preparing to Fight Super Buu (Gotenks Absorbed)

Through a crystal globe, Goku watches the fight between Super Saiyan 3Gotenks and Super Buu with much anticipation, amazed that the two boys who, alone, could only access the Super Saiyan state were able to achieve Super Saiyan 3 so quickly when fused. As Gotenks is about to finish Super Buu after a lengthy battle, he reverts to his base form and quickly defuses. Gohan (after having his hidden power released) then arrives, effortlessly thrashing Buu with his newfound powers, but Super Buu escapes by self-destructing until Goten and Trunks can fuse again an hour later, and he then absorbs Gotenks and Piccolo, gaining the upper hand.

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Vegito, the result of the Potara Fusion between Goku and Vegeta

When Gohan fails due to Super Buu’s stolen powers, Old Kai gives his life to Goku so that he may return to Earth to help Gohan. Goku is also given Potara Earrings so that he can fuse with Gohan in order to create an unmatched warrior that would easily destroy Buu without even the need to transform according to Old Kai. When Goku arrives on the battlefield, much to the surprise of Gohan and Super Buu, he cuts Super Buu in half with a Destructo Disc and tosses one of the earrings to Gohan. Gohan misses for the grab, and Goku tells Gohan to hurry and find the earring. He stalls Super Buu, fighting as a Super Saiyan 3. After the fight, Gotenks defuses inside Super Buu, and his power drops to almost 1/3 of his original power. Goku states that he is not much of a threat anymore and realizes that they can beat Super Buu easily. However, Gohan is absorbed when Super Buu catches him off-guard. At this moment of despair, the newly resurrected Vegeta appears, and after Goku teleports there and convinces his stubborn rival, two of the most powerful remaining Saiyans fuse to become Vegito.

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Super Vegito dominates Super Buu

Vegito then easily thrashes Super Buu, even with Gohan absorbed. Super Buu tries every technique and attack he has got against the fused Saiyans, but Vegito manages to dodge by all of them without much trouble. After a lengthy fight, the mighty Vegito wins easily. However, supposedly due to Vegeta’s arrogance in not simply finishing Buu off, Vegito is eventually absorbed by Super Buu, with a Saiyan Shield protecting him. However, it is later revealed that he chose to be absorbed on purpose because he wanted to rescue his friends and family before killing Super Buu.

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Super Saiyan Goku and Vegeta fight Super Buu inside his body

Inside Buu, Vegito automatically separates into the two Saiyans due to the properties of Super Buu’s digestive system. While in the stomach, Goku is attacked by enzymes that quickly cover his body, making him sticky and burning him in pain. While Goku struggle to get enzymes off, aroundworm shows up. Goku is almost eaten by the roundworm until he finally blasts the enzymes off his body. After traveling through Super Buu’s body, Goku and Vegeta reach Super Buu’s brain where they find Gohan, Trunks, Goten, and Piccolo, unconscious but still alive. After freeing them and having to fight Super Buu inside his own body, Vegeta decides to remove the unconscious fat Majin Buu from Super Buu. Despite pleas from Super Buu, Vegeta pulls the fat Majin Buu free and Super Buu undergoes another transformation. Goku and Vegeta then escape from Super Buu’s body with the newly rescued Z Fighters. Super Buu then transforms back to his original form, Kid Buu.

The final battle

Main article: Kid Buu Saga

Majin Buu is so much stronger than anyone I’ve ever faced before… but I know there’s still a way to win!
— Goku after saving Vegeta

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Super Saiyan 3 Goku beating up Kid Buu

Outside, Goku rescues Mr. Satan, his dog Bee, and Dende, but fails in saving Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo before the newly transformed Kid Buu destroys the Earth in an extreme show of power (Vegeta previously stopped him from doing this with a much smaller blast that could still take out the planet, but he then charged a huge ball they could not deflect in response). Kibito Kaiteleports in and saves Vegeta, Goku, Dende, and Mr. Satan by bringing them to the Sacred World of the Kais. After regenerating, Kid Buu sets out to find Goku and Vegeta by copying Kibito Kai’s instantaneous movement technique (in the manga original, he teleports to Goku’s location instantly).

When Kid Buu finds them, Vegeta and Goku have a Rock-Paper-Scissors match to see who fights first. Goku wins and fights Buu. In the Anime, he starts the fight as a Super Saiyan 2, but eventually transforms into Super Saiyan 3. When he is a Super Saiyan 3, he fights evenly with Kid Buu for a short time, taking the advantage often. However, Goku had failed to account for the strain that fighting in a living body would have on him, and soon becomes exhausted. He attempts to gather up his strength while Vegeta distracts Buu in his Super Saiyan 2 form (getting mercilessly beaten in the process), but his Super Saiyan 3 transformation drains him of his energy reserves and he soon loses the ability to maintain the form. At Vegeta’s suggestion, Goku begins gathering energy for a Super Spirit Bomb that would employ all the available energies of the Earth and its occupants (he does this to have the Earth “save itself for once”).

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Goku charges the Super Spirit Bomb to destroy Kid Buu

Adios. I’ll be waiting for you, Majin Buu!
— Goku’s lines before throwing the Super Spirit Bomb

Using King Kai’s telepathy, Vegeta speaks to the newly revived people of Earth and begs for everyone to donate power to Goku’s Spirit Bomb, which they are hesitant to do. Everyone on New Namek and the Other World gives energy for the Super Spirit Bomb and possibly many other planets as well, along with Goku’s close friends. Meanwhile, Fat Majin Buu, while trying to hold off Kid Buu, falls in battle leaving a battered Vegeta to protect Goku while he forms the Super Spirit Bomb. Eventually, Mr. Satan finally convinces everyone on the newly regenerated Earth to give Goku all the energy he needs to destroy Kid Buu once and for all. With the contribution of power from Earth, Goku launches the Super Spirit Bomb. But as impossible as it seems, Kid Buu actually stops the Spirit Bomb and slowly begins to push it back at Goku. Vegeta realizes Goku used the rest of his power to gather and form the bomb and has nothing left to defeat Buu.

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Goku in his prime at the end ofDragon Ball Z

Using the last wish from the Namekian Dragon (the first two were spent restoring Earth to its normal condition and then reviving all those who died since Babidi’s arrival except the evil ones), Dende wishes for Goku’s full power to be restored. With his power restored, Goku powers up the Super Spirit Bomb even more, transforms into a Super Saiyan and stops Kid Buu’s forward progress and the Super Spirit Bomb comes back to Kid Buu. After several moments reflecting over the events that led to this moment, Goku makes one last wish to himself, that Kid Buu be reborn as a good being so they can fight again one day. With the blessing of Earth’s residents, Goku destroys Kid Buu.

Ten years later

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Goku takes Uub in as his student

With the passing of 10 years, at age 47 (physically about 40), Goku kept training despite the fact that Earth was at peace. He is shown training with his youngest son, Goten, after a ten-year time period between the Kid Buu Saga and the 28th Martial Arts Tournament. When the tournament comes around, Goku forces Goten to cancel his date to enter and Goten shows disdain toward Goku’s ruling. During the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku battles Majin Buu’s reincarnation, Uub, who was born after King Yemma heard his request made 10 years ago. However, Uub was experiencing an extreme bout of Stage Fright, so Goku was forced to make several insults towards his family and obscene gestures to try and get him angry enough to fight and overcome his fear.

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Goku and Uub in the final scene of the DBZ series

After a short, yet intense battle, Goku apologizes and explains to Uub that his insults were simply meant to coax him into using his true power. Goku then takes Uub to train him to one day help in being the protector of the planet, although he later tells Uub that after the training, he desires to fight him again not only to discover the strongest out of the two, but the strongest in the entire universe. Then they fly off in the distance, ending the series, and in the Kanzenban manga, giving his new disciple his old Nimbus Cloud.

Dragon Ball Super

Post-Battle Aftermath

Main article: Battle of Gods Saga

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Goku using a tractor to farm in a field.

Six months after the defeat of Kid Buu, Goku summoned Shenron to erase Majin Buu from the Earthlings’ minds. Sometime later, Goku is working as a radish farmer in order to gain money by Chi-Chi‘s demand. While plowing the field, Goten appears with lunch for Goku and Goku tells Goten to work the tractor while he eats. After he was finished eating, Goku starts training in Super Saiyan, causing Goten to fall off the mountainside. Goku quickly notices and uses Instant Transmission to save the tractor and Goten. He explains to Goten that he needs to watch what he’s doing so that he could train in case a stronger foe than Kid Buu appears.

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Mr. Satan giving Goku a briefcase of 100 million zeni.

After Goten tells Goku that he and Trunks had gotten Videl a wedding gift,Mr. Satan arrives to offer Goku 100 million zeni, as a way to say thank you for helping him defeat Buu. Goku initially declines, not understanding how large a sum 100 million zeni actually is and tells him to give it to Vegeta but Mr. Satan says that the Briefs is richer than he is. Goten reminds Goku that if he gave Chi-Chi all of the money, he could easily quit his job and go train with King Kai. At Mr. Satan and Goten’s recommendation, Goku accepts the offer, and after talking with Chi-Chi, transports to King Kai’s planet to start his training.

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Goku ready to train on King Kai’s planet.

When Goku arrives at King Kai’s planet, he causes King Kai to crash into his house. After the crash, King Kai makes Goku food and starts rebuilding his house. While King Kai wasn’t enjoying rebuilding his house, Goku was explaining to King Kai that he is there to train ten times the gravity of Earth. King Kai says to Goku that he is an important figure and the most important of all Kais, but Goku sees King Kai as a friend. Goku changes clothes to a blue and white tracksuit and starts his training.

Battle of Gods Saga

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Goku remembering Bulma’s birthday party

While training, Goku hears his name in a conversation between King Kai, Old Kai, and Kibito Kai to keep Goku away from the God of Destruction Beerus. Goku scares King Kai and gets paint all on him. To distract Goku from the conversation, King Kai brings up what Goku did, teleporting Cell to his planet, blowing it into bits, as a result causing King Kai’s death. After being successfully distracted by Kais’ conversation, Goku continues his training pushing tons of weights. Goku remembers that he was missing Bulma‘s birthday party and gets scared of what she might do. Goku starts to notice that King Kai was acting strange and wonders why but King Kai keeps it to himself.

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Goku firing a Kamehameha wave

King Kai asks Goku to go to Bulma’s party or he might lose friends, but Goku still refuses to go and trains some more. Goku fires a Kamehameha wave on King Kai’s planet causing his house to fall apart again. With King Kai frustrated, he slips the name Beerus and sparks Goku’s interest. King Kai starts to explain to Goku Beerus’ role in the universe: he is a god keeps balance in the universe and is the most fearsome god. This interests Goku even more, which makes Goku want to meet Beerus. King Kai senses Beerus’ ki getting closer and encourages Goku to not do anything reckless and also tells him to hide in his house. Beerus arrives on King Kai’s planet which strikes fear into King Kai.

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Goku peeking out to see Beerus.

Goku, who stayed hidden with Gregory in King Kai’s house, is still noticed when Beerus needed to speak with him. Beerus asked Goku if he ever heard of the name Super Saiyan God but Goku denies. Beerus is disappointed and asks him if he was the one who defeated Frieza and Goku claims that he did as used the power of a Super Saiyan. Goku’s power in his base was examined by Beerus and says that he’s couldn’t have beaten him unless he transformed. Goku is curious about Beerus’s power and asks to have a battle with him. Beerus accepts to see the power of Goku.

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Super Saiyan 2 Son Goku going for an open Kamehameha

Goku immediately transforms into Super Saiyan as soon as he was ready. He charges Beerus but he shows no effort towards Goku. Goku quickly bores Beerus, making him want to leave. Goku turns Super Saiyan 2 which surprises Beerus that Goku managed to surpass his limits. They both continue to fight but Beerus constantly dodged Goku’s punches and kicks. Goku wanted to pause the battle for a moment to ask Beerus if he could fight back instead of dodging. Beeus agrees and says that he will attack back if Goku managed to show more of his power. Even after agreeing, Beerus dodges his attacks. Goku continues to throw punches, putting holes through King Kai’s planet.

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Goku as a Super Saiyan 3 battling Beerus the Destroyer

Beerus seems that Goku has power and wants him to go even further. Goku transforms into his final transformation: Super Saiyan 3. Goku charges with full force, managing to get punches on Beerus. The power of Goku’s punches is pushing Beerus back and making the grass go away. A Kamehameha wave was shot towards Beerus but was blocked by his finger. Goku began to feel intimidated by Beerus and attacks him once again. He notices his hits aren’t landing and that Beerus let him get hits on him. A final Kamehameha being blown, missed Beerus and went through King Kai’s planet. Beerus had enough and decided to attack Goku, flicking him on the forehead and pressed a pressure point on Goku’s shoulder, making him revert back to his base form. Beerus and Whis left to Earth after this. Goku is lying on the ground in agony. He remarks about the comments Beerus made about the Super Saiyan God. He still wants to fight Beerus and suggests fusion with Vegeta but still doesn’t think that isn’t enough. He gets up, knowing that the Earth is in danger and wants to go back to prevent Beerus’s destruction.

Goku is given a Senzu Bean by King Kai, recovering from his battle with Beerus. Goku wants to go to Bulma’s birthday party but King Kai, Gregory, and Bubbles won’t let him. Goku decides to wait it out on King Kai’s planet but doesn’t know if he can do so. After the battles of the Z-Fighters and Beerus, Beerus decides that he should destroy planet Earth. Goku intervenes Beerus before he does so and asks for time to summon the Super Saiyan God. Beerus gave him the time he needed to use the Dragon Balls to summon Shenron. After Goten and Trunks laid out the Dragon Balls, Goku summoned Shenron and asks him if he knows of the Super Saiyan God.

Goku summoned forth the wishing Dragon and asked him to bring the Super Saiyan God to them while a nervous Shenron spoke to Beerus. The dragon tells them that he cannot summon the Super Saiyan God as he does not exist yet. But, he can tell them how to create one instead, proceeding to speak the procedures required to make one before disappearing. Now knowing how to create it, Goku along with Vegeta, Goten,Trunks and Gohan attempt to channel their powers over to Goku, but they only succeed in increasing his power. Whis notes that they need six righteous Saiyan and Videl soon steps up, announcing her pregnancy. They then attempt the ritual once more, this time with Videl. With six righteous Saiyans’ powers combined, the ritual was reattempted. All the Saiyans were now transformed and peculiarly, Videl too as the aura changed into a bright blue hue, which channeled through the Saiyans, passing on their “spirit” to the epicenter, Goku. A golden beam strike down as Goku is secluded from the rest, hovering as golden clouds dominate the ambiance. The phenomenon continued to have changed weather patterns until it settled back as Goku’s body illumines in bright red, descending back to the surface of the ship, dimming down soon after to reveal his new form. He has finally become, a Super Saiyan God.

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Goku as a Super Saiyan God.

Now finally a Super Saiyan God, Goku challenges Beerus one more time and they both ascend into the sky. Goku is yet to get a hold on his great power and attempts a few failed attacks on Beerus, but while he fought, he slowly came to grasp this new height of power. To measure his power, Goku charges a Kamehameha Wave and launches it soon after at Beerus, who effortlessly evades it as the blast explodes in the sea. Beerus then attacks the Saiyan, showing him the difference between them however, Goku, while slowly getting used to his new power, manages to grab Beerus’s fist, demonstrating that he can catch up to the Destroyer now.

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Goku holding up the middle finger.

Beerus compliments his power and proceeds to launch an energy ball at Goku, which Goku struggles greatly in deflecting but manages to throw it off eventually. Goku charges up before attacking Beerus yet again, a few failed punches followed by a successful one that aggravates the deity. An angered Beerus attempts yet another punch, but is surprised by Goku who evades his fist, locking the god in his arm and then flicking him in the forehead, continuing to chop him in the neck, similar to how Beerus defeated him atKing Kai’s planet. However, unlike Beerus, Goku’s hits were too weak to knock the god out while Goku states that they are even now, Beerus commenting that he didn’t expect him to be the type of person who’d carry a chip on his shoulder. Beerus then announced that henceforth, a battle between the gods will continue.

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The battle between Goku and Beerus continues. Goku first charges at Beerus but without Beerus knowing, Goku uses the Afterimage Technique to hit Beerus in the abdomen. The two fight on par as the sky is beginning to become absent of clouds with the sheer power of Goku gaining rapid punches to Beerus and Beerus does the same. Beerus decides to launch a Sphere of Destruction at Goku in which he compresses the blast. The gods exchange several attacks towards each other: Goku bites Beerus’s tail, Beerus smooshing Goku’s face together, Goku screaming in Beerus’s ear, and Beerus pulling Goku’s nose with his finger nail. Goku notices that Beerus isn’t using his full power against him. Before Goku could finish speaking, he is blasted several times by Beerus and is blown onto an island. While on the island, Goku is getting pounded on by the Destroyer until Goku headbutts and punches him. Goku is launched into the air and is repeated being hit until he reaches space.

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Son Goku ready to continue the battle between the gods and show more power.

Goku is immobile until Beerus tries to motivate Goku to use his full power. Beerus creates an atomic bomb and kicks it towards Earth. The is unblock-able so Goku decides to blast it with a one handed Kamehameha. Beerus creates multiple and fires them, so Goku powers up a Kamehameha to blast them all. Without reacting quickly enough, he is impaled through his abdomen from Beerus which makes him think he’s found the wrong warrior to fight. Goku fall down to the Earth, into the ocean. Goku starts to think that he didn’t know a person that strong could’ve existed. In the moment, his body starts to heal with the power of Super Saiyan God and starts to get excited. Goku launches from the ocean back to space. Goku states that the power of Super Saiyan God is rising his power and wants to continue the battle and see the power of Beerus.

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Son Goku in a collision with Beerus.

Goku and Beerus continue to ascend in space. While rising, Goku notices Beerus wasn’t following from below and was behind him. After an attempt to chop Goku’s hand, Goku catches it and they both agree to not use any “cheap tricks”. Goku and Beerus charge their ki and rush towards each other to clash their fists. This clash leads to rifts in the universe. The power of the two clashing could destroy the planets, the gods, and themselves. Goku and Beerus continue to clash even though they were both contacted by Kibito Kai to cease battle. Goku and Beerus continue to charge their ki and clash on last time, after three others. The clash however was canceled by Goku, as he used the same amount of power and attacked at the same angle as Beerus. After Goku has stated to have been testing his new techniques on Beerus, Beerus becomes frustrated and starts exchanging blows with Goku. Goku leave a scratch on Beerus leaving him to an Atomic Bomb attack on Goku and he returns a Kamehameha. The collision of the blasts cause rifts throughout the universe, destroying planets and other effects. Goku continues to surpass his limits using the Super Saiyan God’s powers. After the draw of power, an explosion of light flares out.

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Super Saiyan Goku

Goku is struggling in the ki clash with Beerus. Beerus eventually nullifies the energy that was being exerted out; Goku is told that he was able to do so if he used 100% of his power. Goku and Beerus continue exchanging blows toward each other. Goku’s power has been increasing during his battle as stated by Beerus. Goku also started to use 100% of his power against him. When Beerus used an attack he used against Goku earlier in the battle, Goku grabs his head and gets three headbutts on him – eventually still getting blasted by Beerus’ attack. Goku’s Super Saiyan God form is starting to expire, due to having a time limit, but still possesses the power. Goku reverts back into his Super Saiyan form, but still is able to gets hits on Beerus.

Resurrection ‘F’ Saga

Main article: Resurrection ‘F’ SagaGoku and Whis are approaching Beerus’ planet. When they get there, Goku is happy to see Vegeta and notices that he’s gotten stronger since being trained by Whis for six months. Goku has to do chores with Vegeta and help him change Beerus’ sheets. When they get into Beerus’ room, Goku is amazed and demanded to remain quiet so Beerus won’t wake up. Goku and Vegeta have to wait for the perfect moment to change his sheets but Goku is getting impatient.

Champa Saga

Main article: Champa SagaA short while after the battle with Golden Frieza, Goku is sparring with Vegeta on Beerus’ planet which is being supervised by Whis. Goku and Vegeta fight on even terms until Vegeta got angry and went Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan. Goku gets blasted by a ki blast from Vegeta. Goku reminds Vegeta that Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan was off limits but turns Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan anyway. While stating their power to each other, Goku bites his tongue saying Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan repeatedly. Goku asks for a new name and a suggestion given from Whis is “Super Saiyan Blue”. Whis punishes Goku and Vegeta for transforming by making them put on heavy space suits.

While Goku and Vegeta complain, Champa and Vados arrive on Beerus’ planet. Goku notices that they both look like Beerus and Whis and was told by Vados that she is Whis’ sister and Beerus and Champa are twins. Beerus is woken up by Whis with the request of Champa. When they both get back, Goku is told that the sixth universe has their own Earth and the humans were wiped out by war. Champa challenges Beerus to a five on five sixth and seventh universe tournament for the seventh universe’s Earth, which makes Goku excited.

Dragon Ball GT

Search for the Black Star Dragon Balls

Main article: Black Star Dragon Ball Saga

So, does this mean I have to go back to school now?
— Goku after being turned into a child

In Dragon Ball GT, at the age of 52 (physically 50; before the wish by Shenron turning him to a small child), Goku has finished training Uub, and they have just finished testing their abilities against one another in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Soon after Uub leaves the lookout and Goku finds out what is going on, an accidental wish by Emperor Pilaf transforms Goku back into a child. This wish was made on the Black Star Dragon Balls. As a result, Goku must travel the galaxy and return them to Earth to prevent the planet from exploding from the negative energy created by the wish.

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Goku during Dragon Ball GT

After leaving Earth in the spaceship designed by Bulma, a piece of the ship falls off and Goku, Trunks, and Pan are forced to crash land on the planet Imecka to get the parts needed to repair the ship. Groups of merchants swarm Goku and the others and they have to go to the gold star hotel to hide from the swarms of sellers. They then realize they are being charged every second for everything in the hotel including the lights. They escape without paying and stumble upon the house of an old couple and their children. They talk about Don Kee, the ruler of the planet, and how he mistreats his people. Just then, Don Kee’s men come and repossess the old couple’s house saying they were behind on payment. Goku suggests that they go and fight Don Kee, but the couple says that is impossible because of his grand army. On their way back to the ship Trunks drops the Dragon Radar and it is swallowed by a small robot named T-2006, nicknamed Giru, who says that he can not give the radar back to them because it is already integrated into his system.

Meanwhile, Goku notices the ship being dragged away by Don Kee’s men. He tries to use Instant Transmission to teleport them to the ship, but after two failed attempts, he realizes that he can not use it with his small body. They are forced to travel to Don Kee’s palace on foot to recover their ship. Pan decides that they will use a stealth operation to recover the ship and would only result to fighting as a last resort. After briefly sneaking around, a large rock falls on Trunks’ head and Giru starts making noises that alarm the guards. The guards open fire on Goku and the others and Pan says that they must fight now, so Goku agrees. Pan jumps in the carrying car while Goku moves the ship onto the car and Pan drives the ship out of the palace with Goku and Trunks. While escaping, Don Kee’s henchmen Galeand Sheela fire a combined Energy Wave at Goku, but Goku deflects it back with ease towards Ledgic, Don Kee’s right-hand man who recognizes them as Saiyans. Goku and the others escape, but Trunks says they have to go back into town for more parts due to Pan’s “reckless driving”.

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Goku in child form during Dragon Ball GT

Once they reach the town, everyone hides and Trunks finds the three of them on Imecka’s most wanted list. While running from Don Kee’s soldiers, they fall into the house of a nice old couple who offer them food after realizing Goku and company mean no harm. They say that Don Kee made it a law that no one is allowed to own a ship so that no one would escape the planet including the old couple. Pan gets fed up and convinces Goku and Trunks to go face Don Kee head on. They turn themselves into the police and get brought to the palace. Once there, Goku, Trunks, and Pan incapacitate Gale, Sheela, and all of Don Kee’s guards. Then Goku blasts his way into Don Kee’s throne-room. Don Kee sicks Ledgic on the fighters after capturing Pan in an energy chamber. Ledgic says that he will fight Goku, but for his own satisfaction. After a short fight, Goku defeats Ledgic as a Super Saiyan and they take down Don Kee and make him give everyone free rent and give them back their ships free of charge. Plus Don Kee gives them the parts they need for free and they leave Imecka. They then land on an unnamed planet where everything is larger than life. Goku finds the Four Star Ball in the tooth of a giant and they go to the next planet.

On planet Gelbo, they find the Six-Star Dragon Ball in the hair of the princess of the village, Leena. Trunks asks for the ball, but her fiancé Doma said that they were in a large problem already. The amphibian creatureZoonama was threatening the village with his power to create earthquakes and volcano eruptions by shaking his whiskers if they did not give him a wife. Goku decides that he would help them out in exchange for the Dragon Ball and they agree. Pan comes up with the idea to disguise Goku as Leena, but it does not work out, so Trunks poses as Leena instead. Zoonama comes and starts getting impatient waiting for Leena and threatens to shake his whiskers. Then Trunks arrives dressed as Leena and Zoonama takes him to his layer. Trunks gets Zoonama tipsy and Goku arrives with Pan and Doma. Doma slices off Zoonama’s left whisker with a huge pair of scissors and as he cuts off the left one, Zoonama awakens in a drunken rage. He begins to wiggle his whiskers and an earthquake begins to come, but stops soon after while Zoonama continues to wiggle his whisker. Pan realizes that he can not cause earthquakes, he can only predict them. But now he is so tipsy that he did not realize that the quake was over. Suddenly a really big earthquake erupts and Goku and the others leave the cavern with Zoonama. Goku then stops the huge volcano with a Kamehameha, saving the city and winning the Dragon Ball. Just as they are leaving the planet, Bon Para, one of the mysterious Para Brothers, arrives and takes the ball from Pan’s hands using his telekinesis. In shock, the three Z Fighters just watch as he leaves.

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Goku, Pan and Trunks arrive on Rudeeze to search for a Dragon Ball

Goku then jumps in the ship with Pan and Trunks and they chase after the Para Brothers’ spaceship. The brothers trick them onto the asteroid, Beehay, inhabited by huge bloodthirsty worm-like creatures called Mouma. The Para Brothers escape and fly to the planet Luud. They go to Cardinal Mutchy Mutchy, who tells them that they have failed and that Goku has another Dragon Ball on his ship that they failed to get and they must go retrieve it. They travel back to find Goku and the others and they get hypnotized by the Para Para Boogie until they are saved by the hungry Mouma after they wake up. Pan goes aboard the Para Brothers’ ship to find the Dragon Ball that they stole. She accidentally activates the auto-pilot and is brought to Luud. There she is captured and turned into a doll for the evil lord,Dolltaki. Goku shows up with Trunks and kills Cardinal Mutchy Mutchy, who reveals that he is actually two parts the body and the whip transforms into Mutchie and fights Goku. Trunks finishes Mutchie off with the Brave Cannon and saves Goku from his whip arms. Then Dolltaki turns everyone except for Goku, himself, Trunks, and Pan into dolls and feeds them to the machine deity, Luud. Dolltaki then awakens Luud who takes him and Pan inside of his body to gain their energy. While Luud fights Goku and Trunks, Pan forces Dolltaki to tell her the weakness of the seemingly invincible Luud. Dolltaki reveals that Goku must strike the outside of Luud’s mechanical heart while Pan strikes the inside at exactly the same time. After multiple tries, Goku finally succeeds and destroys Luud freeing all of the people including Pan who is turned back to normal. Goku then takes back his Dragon Ball and they leave the planet.

Battling Baby, the evil parasite

Main article: Baby Saga

Then that’s what I’ll do. I know where Baby’s hiding right now, and if everything goes smoothly, Earth and all her people will be back to normal by the end of the day. Mr. Satan, you’ll take care of Pan.
— Super Saiyan 4 Goku before fighting Baby Vegeta

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Goku engages Baby Vegeta

As our heroes arrive on the supposedly deserted planet M-2, they continue on their quest for the Black Star Dragon Balls. They find themselves caught in a trap by the planet’s inhabitants, mutant robots, and that Giru was deceiving them all along. Pan manages to escape and later rescues Goku who does battle with the robotic group of commandos known as the Sigma Force and their leader General Rilldo. However, both he and Pan are captured again and taken to Dr. Myuu for studying. Giru has a change of heart though and manages to rescue the trio thanks to a clever plan by Trunks. It is then that we see Myuu’s true creation, Baby, who breaks free from his containment after being revived, but stopped by Goku and the others. However, as a defeated and injured Dr. Myuu escapes, a piece of Baby’s scattered remains jumps onto his skin, later busting out of Dr. Myuu and reforming into his original state. Baby, is in fact the last surviving Tuffle, the original inhabitants of Planet Vegeta (Planet Plant). Baby is a machine mutant who was created by Dr. Myuu; however, Baby states that he is Dr. Myuu’s master, and that Dr. Myuu was designed to revive him.

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Super Saiyan 3 Goku is overtaken by the power of Super Baby Vegeta

Goku, Trunks, and Pan arrive on Earth to return the Black Star Dragon Balls, but soon discover that Baby has infected the population with mind-controlling eggs and chosen Vegeta as his new host. After a short fight with Baby, Goku discovers that he can not sustain Super Saiyan 3 while still being a child. After being pummeled by Baby Vegeta, Goku is weak and defenseless. During this fight, however, Goku learns of Baby’s one weakness; he is sensitive to taunts, and easily angered. Meanwhile, Baby uses the Revenge Death Ball to finish off Goku, but Kibito Kai arrives just as the bomb strikes to save Goku and bring him to the Sacred World of the Kais.

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Super Saiyan 4 Goku dominates Super Baby Vegeta

There, Old Kai hatches a plan to “solve Goku’s energy problem” by re-growing Goku’s tail. Progress is slow at first, but Goku has an idea about how to accelerate the process. After a very painful procedure where the tail is pulled out by a pair of pliers, Goku returns to the Tuffle planet (where most of Earth’s residents had migrated to) to confront Baby.

During the long and hard battle with Baby Vegeta, Goku is able to sustain his Super Saiyan 3 form, but is still unable to win. As he lies on the ground, defenseless, he gazes at Earth and realizes he has failed it. But instead of dying, looking at the Earth causes Goku to transform into the form of a Golden Great Ape. With Pan’s help, Goku is able to regain control of himself and become a Super Saiyan 4.

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Goku fires a 10x Kamehameha to destroy Baby

Baby Vegeta is no match against a Super Saiyan 4. In desperation, Bulma (who’s under Baby’s control) uses a Blutz Wave Generator that causes Baby Vegeta to transform into a Golden Great Ape. Although Goku outclasses Baby in terms of speed, he is slowly worn down by Baby’s power. Just as Old Kai loses all hope of Goku succeeding, Supreme Kai removes Gohan, Goten, and Trunks from Baby’s control using the Sacred Water from Kami’s Lookout. After realizing that they cannot help by fighting the ape, they channel some of their energy to Goku. Goku eventually succeeds in defeating Baby Vegeta and leaves him defenseless. In desperation, Baby leaves Vegeta’s body and tries to escape from Planet Tuffle, but Goku uses his Kamehameha attack to destroy Baby and blast his remains into the sun.

Super 17, the Ultimate Android

Main article: Super 17 SagaGoku is still a kid and fights in the 31st World Martial Arts Tournament, having to fight in the Junior Division with Mr. Satan saying there is a height requirement. In the finals, his opponent wins by tickling Goku while he is talking to Vegeta, resulting in Goku falling out of the ring.

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Goku faces off against Cell and Frieza in Hell

Some time afterwards, Goku and his family and friends are at home eating, until a badly beaten up Trunks arrives, saying he encountered Android 17, who told him to tell Goku to go to Hell to set things straight. Goku leaves for Hell, where he meets Dr. Myuu and Dr. Gero, who leave, making Goku very frustrated with no way out, until two of his most fierce enemies of the past drop by, Cell and Frieza. Goku manages to deal with both of them in his normal state. Realizing Goku’s power, Cell forces out his tail and absorbs Goku. This only lasts for about ten seconds, since Goku finds his way out of Cell’s body. After a fight between Goku, Cell, and Frieza, they show Goku a new technique that they learned in Hell, the Hell’s Buster: they create a tornado type spin that throws Goku down to the deepest part of Hell. While there, a strange, old lady demonstrates various tortures which evidently ends by freezing Goku in a block of ice.

Meanwhile, Cell and Frieza wait to use a finishing move on Goku. Goku’s end seems to have arrived until everyone realizes that the finishing move does not work on the living. Despite being frozen, Goku manages to hear their conversation. In his retaliation, he breaks free, attempts the freezing technique on Cell and Frieza, and successfully freezes them, but accidentally shatters them.

So, you’ve made quite a mess, 17. What do you say you show your face so I can start cleaning up, now?!
— Super Saiyan Goku before fighting Super 17

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Goku destroying Super 17 with a Dragon Fist

Still trapped in Hell, Goku tries to find a way to get out. He asks King Yemma to aid him, with King Yemma responding that he does not know how to get Goku out. Piccolo contacts King Yemma and asks him to transport him to Goku. Believing the plan is ludicrous, King Yemma refuses, leaving Piccolo to destroy significant portions of Heaven as a means to convince him. King Yemma eventually follows through with Piccolo’s idea and transports him directly to Goku where he, with Dende’s help, open a gate between Hell and Earth to allow Goku to escape Hell. Successfully escaping, Goku immediately leaves for the battlefield.

Goku fights the newly fused Super 17 after reaching the battlefield. With the help of Android 18, vengeful towards Android 17 for Krillin’s death, Goku is able to defeat Super 17 with the use of the Super Dragon Fistthrough the android’s stomach and chest. This attack presumably destroys Android 17’s Energy Absorptiondevices. Goku then finishes off the android with a Kamehameha through the wounded Super 17’s stomach, causing him to explode.

The Shadow Dragons

Main article: Shadow Dragon Saga

What’s ridiculous is the creature that doesn’t believe in respect. There are certain things you don’t do, certain things that are understood. You don’t ever mess with a man’s family.
— Goku to Eis Shenron

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Super Saiyan 4 Goku attacks Syn Shenron

When the dragon, Shenron, is summoned to revive those killed by Super 17, the Dragon Balls crack and a different, cigar-smoking dragon appears in his place. This Black Smoke Shenron promptly splits into seven Shadow Dragons, each with a cracked Dragon Ball in its body. Goku and his companions fight valiantly to defeat these new dragons. However, after six of the seven are defeated (Naturon, Rage, Haze, Oceanus, Eis, and Nova) in a series of many struggles, the One-Star Dragon, Syn Shenron, absorbs the other Dragon Balls into himself, forming Omega Shenron. After Goku and Vegeta (now a Super Saiyan 4) fail to defeat him, they fuse, creating Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta. However, the fused warrior does not finish off the evil Shadow Dragon before the fusion wears off. After being presumably killed by Omega’s Negative Karma Ball, Goku asks the people of the planet Earth to send him their energy. The collected energy is not enough to defeat Omega Shenron, so Goku asks King Kai to help him. Energy from all over the universe is collected, creating a Universal Spirit Bomb. The Spirit Bomb is successful in destroying Omega Shenron.

Goku leaves with Shenron

Goku leaves with Shenron

The people of Earth witness this and finally realize Goku is a hero. Afterward, the real Shenron appears once again, saying that no more wishes will be granted for a long time. After convincing Shenron to grant one last wish and asking that all the people who were killed by Super 17 and the Shadow Dragons be revived, Goku decides to accompany the dragon and train with him. Before leaving, Goku tells Vegeta that the lives of everyone are now in his hands, passing the role of protector of the Earth and anyone in need of help, to Vegeta. Goku also visits Krillin, who has recently been revived by the last wish, and the two of them have one last fight before Goku flies off with Shenron.

Guiding a new generation

Main article: Dragon Ball GT: A Hero’s Legacy

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Goku meets his descendant, Goku Jr.

A century later, Goku’s descendant Goku Jr. wants to cure his (great-great) grandmother Pan with the Four-Star Dragon Ball. When he finds the Dragon Ball, nothing happens and he gets angry and upset. Goku appears and explains how to use the Dragon Balls, that all seven are needed to grant a wish. Then, a helicopter with Pan and Puck appears and Goku disappears. When Goku disappears, he tells Goku Jr. that it was his courage and bravery that caused his grandmother Pan and his friend Puck to be alive and safe. After that, Goku tells Goku Jr. to keep and treasure the Four-Star Dragon Ball as a memory of him, and tells him that he is proud of him and wishes him good luck for his future and a farewell to his descendant.

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Goku, a hundred years later, in the very last scene of Dragon Ball GT

Later, as an aged Pan watches the World Martial Arts Tournament, she catches a glimpse of a familiar face in the stands: her grandfather, Goku (now grown up once again, and without his tail). When she tries to follow him, however, he disappears. Goku is then seen flying into the air, grabbing onto his Power Pole, calling for the Flying Nimbus and finally flies off into the distance while yelling, “Until we meet again you guys!”

Film appearances

Dragon Ball films

Goku appears in all of the Dragon Ball movies: Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies, Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle, Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure, Dragon Ball: The Path to Power.

Curse of the Blood Rubies

Main article: Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies

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Goku in Curse of the Blood Rubies

This movie is a retelling of Goku’s first journey, and his battle against King Gurumes. He meets Bulma who tells him of the seven magic Dragon Balls. Soon, he encounter the Gurumes Army after they steal his Four-Star Dragon Ball. During their journey, Goku and Bulma rescue a girl named Penny form Oolong. While pursuing Oolong, Goku is attacked by Yamcha and Puar. After the battle against Yamcha, Penny tells the gang about King Gurumes and the Blood Rubies. They meet Master Roshi and Turtle as Penny thinks the Turtle Hermit can help her village against Gurumes’ forces. On Roshi’s island, they are attacked by King Gurumes’ army and Goku witnesses Master Roshi performing a MAX Power Kamehameha to defeat Gurumes’ men. Soon afterwards, Goku and his friends heads to the Land of Gurumes and fight head on against Gurumes’ forces. They encounter King Gurumes himself. When he eats the Dragon Balls, Bulma summons Shenron and the wish is used to remove the Blood Rubies from the land. Peace is restored and Goku heads out on the Flying Nimbus, bidding farewell to his friends.

Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle

Main article: Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle

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Goku in Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle

After Goku arrives at Kame House in order to begin training under Master Roshi, he meets Krillin and wishes to undergo his training. In order to do so, he and Krillin must first travel to Devil’s Hand in search of the Sleeping Princess. While at Devil’s Hand, they fight against Lucifer and his demons. It is revealed that the Sleeping Princess is a large diamond and Lucifer want to use its power to destroy the Sun. After being captured by Lucifer’s men and encased in a wall, Goku looks at the full moons and soon undergoes a transformation into a Great Ape. His tail is once again removed, causing him to revert to normal state. Goku and his friends then fight against Lucifer, manage to defeat him, and he is killed by his Devil Castle Cannon in the process. Goku and Krillin then bring Launch to Master Roshi, allowing them to begin their training under the Turtle Hermit.

Mystical Adventure

Main article: Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure

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Goku in Mystical Adventure

As they completed their training earlier, Master Roshi takes his students Goku and Krillin to a Martial Arts Tournament held by the Mifan Emperor Chiaotzu. In a bar the night before the tournament, the gang helps Bora against the Mifan Army and Goku has a brief fight against Major Metallitron. The next day, Goku witnesses Yamcha’s defeat at the hands of Bora and Bora’s death at the hands of General Tao. He then enters the ring and fights against Tao, but is defeated and blasted into the Sacred Land of Korin. Tao’s Dodon Ray blasts Goku all the way from Mifan to the top of Korin Tower, where he meets Korin. At the bottom of the tower, Goku meets Arale and the Gatchans. They then take on General Tao and manage to defeat him. Goku returns to Mifan and rescues Upa from Major Metallitron. After the defeat of Master Shen, the gang uses the Dragon Balls to resurrect Upa’s father back to life.

The Path to Power

Main article: Dragon Ball: The Path to Power

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Goku in The Path to Power

This movie is a retelling of Goku’s first journey and his battles against the Red Ribbon Army. He meets Bulma for the first time and also meets Oolong, Yamcha, and Puar while they are in the desert. After a battle with Yamcha, Goku and his friends accidentally run into Muscle Tower, but Goku is able to defend them. While inside the tower, he defeats Major Metallitron and meets Eighter. After taking the Dragon Ball from Muscle Tower, they meet Turtle on the road. After returning him to the sea and meeting Master Roshi, they are attacked by General Blue. After seeing Master Roshi perform one, Goku releases a MAX Power Kamehameha that nearly destroys all of the enemy forces. After Goku’s friends are kidnapped by the army, he attacks the main headquarters. He attacks Staff Officer Black, who ruthlessly murders Eighter in front of Goku. Goku snaps, and releases a Kamehameha that destroys Black. Goku then uses the Dragon Balls to revive Eighter.

Educational films

Goku appears in the two educational Dragon Ball films, “Goku’s Traffic Safety” and “Goku’s Fire Brigade“, two films about teaching children how to stay safe that only aired in Japan.

Dragon Ball Z films

Goku appears in all the Dragon Ball Z movies, making only brief cameos in Bojack Unbound, Broly – Second Coming, and Bio-Broly.

Bardock – The Father of Goku

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku

Just an average power level… and I thought you were special.
Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku – Bardock after reading his son’s power level (FUNimation dub)

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Goku as a baby being sent to Earth minutes before Frieza came to destroy planet Vegeta

Kakarot was born sometime in Age 737 on Planet Vegeta, during a time ofgreat turmoil.[2] Following a Saiyan custom, Kakarot was sent as a baby to planet Earth, in order to destroy its inhabitants and clear the planet for its future sale.[35] As Earth’s inhabitants were thought to be weak, a baby Saiyan was considered enough for the task, especially after transforming into a Great Apeby Earth’s full moon. Kakarot’s father, a low-class Saiyan warrior named Bardock, disappeared in his home planet’s destruction at the hands of Frieza shortly after Goku’s departure to Earth,[174] and his older brother Raditz was on another planet.[35] What happened to Goku’s mother Gine is not clearly stated, but it is implied she was killed when Frieza destroyed Planet Vegeta.

Dead Zone

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone

Those fancy moves won’t work on me!
— Goku while fighting Ginger, Nikki, and Sansho.

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Goku with the Power Pole inDead Zone

Four years after the defeat of Piccolo Jr. in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, Garlic Jr. and his henchmen kidnap Gohan in order to get the Four-Star Dragon Ball he wears on his hat. Garlic Jr. uses this and the rest of the Dragon Balls to successfully wish for immortality. Goku, Kami, Piccolo and Krillin go to Garlic Jr.’s fortress in order to stop him. Goku and Piccolo team up for the first time, and are able to stop Garlic Jr. Thinking Garlic defeated, they start to fight with each other, in order to settle their old score. In the middle of their duel, Garlic Jr. comes back and opens a portal to the Dead Zone, trying to suck everybody in. Gohan gets angry at seeing Goku in danger, and, unconsciously taking out his power, he pushes Garlic Jr. into the Dead Zone, sealing him inside.

The World’s Strongest

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The World’s Strongest

You’re going down, no matter how long it takes me!
— Goku toward Dr. Wheelo.

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Dr. Wheelo’s Bio-Warriors attack Goku

After learning that Dr. Wheelo has captured Bulma and Master Roshi, thinking Roshi is the strongest warrior in the world, Goku goes to Dr. Wheelo’s icy fortress to save them. Goku overcomes several of the fortress defenses and Dr. Wheelo’s Bio-Warriors, with some help from Gohan and Krillin. After fighting and freeing a brainwashed Piccolo, Goku and his allies fight Dr. Wheelo himself, who has only his brain left, and attacks from a giant robot. After a long fight, Goku is able to destroy Dr. Wheelo using the Spirit Bomb.

The Tree of Might

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might

Keep on dreaming! Cause that’ll never happen with me around!
— Goku toward Turles.

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Turles steps on Goku

In this movie, Goku and his comrades confront Turles, a surviving Saiyan who comes to Earth in order to plant the Tree of Might and get its powerful fruit. Goku and the Z Fighters, seeing the destruction that the giant tree was bringing, attack Turles and his men. Though most of the Z Fighters are defeated, Goku is able to best all of Turles’ henchmen. Turles is far stronger, but Goku gives a fair fight using the Kaio-ken. However, after Turles eats the fruit from the Tree of Might, Goku starts to lose his ground. Once again using his Spirit Bomb, taking its force from the Tree of Might while the Z Fighters divert Turles, Goku is finally able to destroy both Turles and the Tree of Might.

Lord Slug

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug

Gosh, what now? None of my techniques are working on this guy. He’s two steps ahead of everything I do. He’s picking me apart…
— Goku during his battle with Lord Slug.

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Goku as a Pseudo Super Saiyan ready to attack Lord Slug

Lord Slug, a very old Namekian that travels from planet to planet with his army, arrives to Earth in his asteroid, in order to make Earth his new temporary home. Lord Slug starts terraforming Earth to his liking, and learns and gathers the Dragon Balls in order to recover his youth. Goku, Gohan and Piccolo take on Slug’s soldiers and defeat them. The final battle against Slug is left in the hands of Goku, and Slug starts taking the upper hand using the Power of Darkness. However, an angry Goku transforms into a Pseudo Super Saiyan, allowing him to thrash Slug around. Slug transforms into a giant version of himself to outclass Goku, but thanks to Piccolo’s help, Slug is subdued by his weakness: his extremely sensitive hearing. While Slug is distracted, Piccolo gives what little strength remained in him to Goku. Thanks to Piccolo, Goku is able to use the Kaio-ken, and defeat Slug, finally destroying both Lord Slug and his terraforming generator with a Spirit Bomb hit.

Cooler’s Revenge

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge

You’re as twisted inside as your brother! Full of hatred. Well, no more! You’ve dug your own grave.
— Goku toward Cooler after the former was unaffected by a punch from Salza.

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Super Saiyan Goku grasping Cooler’s wrist

In this movie, Cooler, Frieza’s brother, comes to earth with his troops in order to avenge his brother by defeating Goku. They arrive to Earth and attack Goku while he was camping with his friends. When Goku tries to protect Gohan from an attack from Cooler, he is seriously injured. Gohan takes him to hide in a cave, and goes to get Senzu Beans to help him recover, while Cooler’s troops try to find Goku. On his way back, he is attacked by Cooler’s henchmen, but Piccolo stalls them long enough to let Gohan get a bean to Goku. Goku then fights Cooler, who transforms into his fifth form and gets the upper hand. But Goku turns into a Super Saiyan, and is able to destroy Cooler by pushing his Supernova attack back with aKamehameha Wave, which sends Cooler to the sun.

The Return of Cooler

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler

You can laugh if you want, but you’re not exactly in a position to defend yourself, are you? I don’t see any of your Meta-Coolers coming to help you this time.
— Goku toward the real Cooler in the Big Gete Star.

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Goku attacks Meta-Cooler

Sensing that New Namek is in danger, Goku and his friends travel there in a spaceship in order to help their Namekian friends. After getting there, they discover that Cooler was saved by the Big Gete Star from his destruction, and is now back as a machine, leading an army of robots that have enslaved the Namekians. Goku tries to fight Meta-Cooler but he is no match for Cooler’s new powers; the Cyclopian Guards manage to defeat and capture Goku’s friends. Not even after turning Super Saiyan, and getting Vegeta’s help as a Super Saiyan too, are they able to stop Meta-Cooler; on the contrary, thousands of copies of Cooler appear, knock down and capture the two Saiyans. Cooler then tries to steal the Saiyan’s energy to give more power to the Big Gete Star, but Goku and Vegeta are able to overload it by sending all of their energy at once. They thus destroy the Big Gete Star and the robot army, and Goku and Vegeta manage to blast the last remains of Cooler.

Super Android 13!

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!

I don’t care what you’re called, taking other people’s lives is wrong. And I won’t stand for it!
— Goku to Android 13

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Even in his Super Saiyan state, Goku cannot inflict any damage to Super Android 13

In this movie, while Goku is in the city shopping with Chi-Chi and Gohan, they are suddenly attacked by two androids, Android 14 and Android 15, whose only goal is to destroy Goku. They move out of the city to fight, and Android 13 joins the battle. Future Trunks and Vegeta come to help Goku, and eventually destroy 14 and 15. Super Saiyan Goku is not able to defeat Android 13, and even as other Z Fighters join the fight, they can not stop 13 from turning intoSuper Android 13, by absorbing parts from Androids 14 and 15. Super Android 13 beats the Z Fighters, and Goku tries to create a Spirit Bomb to stop him. Wanting to get more energy, he turns Super Saiyan, which makes him accidentally absorb the Spirit Bomb. However, he is able to punch Super Android 13 and channel his energy to the attack, making the android explode.

Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

Heh, Broly, you surprise me. So, I’d say you won the first round. But, now it’s time for round two.
— Goku toward Broly.

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Goku after his victory

Goku is in a suit to help Chi-Chi with getting Gohan in a school, when he is warned by King Kai about the appearance of the Legendary Super Saiyan. Goku teleports around the galaxy trying to focus on the Legendary Super Saiyan’s ki, eventually arriving to New Planet Vegeta. There Goku met several of his friends, including Vegeta, who had been brought there by a Saiyan calledParagus who wanted Vegeta to be the king of a new Saiyan planet. However, they eventually discover that Paragus’ son, Broly, is in fact the Legendary Super Saiyan. Broly breaks free of his father’s control and attacks Goku and the Z Fighters, who are no match for him. It is revealed that an asteroid was approaching the planet, and that Paragus had tricked Vegeta to kill him, in order to avenge his grudge against Vegeta’s father. All the beaten fighters give their energy to Goku, who is able to punch and defeat Broly. Goku escapes with his friends using Instant Transmission, just before the asteroid destroys the planet.

Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans

Main article: Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans

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Goku surrounded by the monsters inPlan to Eradicate the Saiyans

In this special, Goku and his friends go to investigate a gas called Destron which has been accumulating on Earth, and is slowly killing living beings. The gas is coming from four different points, but before splitting up to cover them all, Goku and the Z Fighters are attacked by some weird monsters. Goku discovers that the Destron gas is also preventing them from using Energy attacks. Goku goes to the Grand Apron, and destroys the generator there after defeating its guardians, and after rejoining with his friends, they destroy the last remaining generator in the Land of Ice. However, another one appears in the Western Capital, so the Z Fighters travel there to destroy it too. While there, they have to fight Ghost Warriors of Frieza, Cooler,Turles and Lord Slug, and eventually defeat them.

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Goku with Vegeta in Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans

However, in order to destroy the generator, they have to travel to the Dark Planet and defeat Dr. Raichi. After several troubles, they are able to reach the Dark Planet, and discover that everything was a ploy from Dr. Raichi to avenge the Tuffles that were destroyed by the Saiyans years ago. Dr. Raichi releases his ultimate creation, Hatchiyack, and after a long fight, Goku and his friends defeat them. This destroys the last remaining generator on Earth.

Bojack Unbound

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound

Gohan, the world is depending on you, Gohan. I believe in you, son. Unleash your true power. It’s the only way.
— Goku coming to Gohan’s aid against Bojack.

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Goku coming back to help Gohan

While a dead Goku is hanging around with King Kai in the Other World, the Z Fighters enter a tournament on Earth, which was hijacked by the alien mercenary Bojack. He had been freed from his imprisonment when Cell made King Kai’s planet explode, thanks to Goku. The Z Fighters are unable to defeat Bojack and his band, and when Bojack starts to bear-hug Gohan to death, Goku teleports to Earth using Instant Transmission (something somehow against the rules of the dead), which allows him to appear briefly and punch Bojack away. Goku also tells Gohan to protect the Earth and unleash all the anger and power he had in him. Goku then vanishes back to the Other World. Not sure if he really saw his father, Gohan is nevertheless encouraged enough to release his power and defeat Bojack.

Broly – Second Coming

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming

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Goku, Gohan, and Goten use the Family Kamehameha against Broly

Gohan, concentrate! Look past your fear, Goten, you can do it! Are you willing to let Broly destroy the Earth?! We can end this now, but we must work together!
— Goku encouraging Gohan and Goten to defeat Broly.

Due to being long dead, Goku doesn’t appear in the movie until he is brought back in spirit form to aid Gohan and Goten with their Kamehameha. After helping his sons defeat Broly, he vanishes and returns to the Other World.

Bio-Broly

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly

Alright, I’m on my way, Broly. *stomach growls* What, you need more? I guess it wouldn’t hurt to have another bite to eat. I can’t fight on a half-empty stomach.
— Goku in his brief appearance at the end of the movie.

Goku makes a brief appearance in the last part of the movie, shown eating while given a message saying that he and Pikkon have to go to Hell and calm Broly down because he is on a rampage.

Fusion Reborn

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

You act innocent, but you’re deadly. It’s over, Janemba.
— Goku after transforming into Super Saiyan 3.

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Super Saiyan 3 Goku in Fusion Reborn

In this movie, Goku was fighting with Pikkon in the Other World tournament ring when Janemba appeared and the barriers between dimensions were disrupted. Because Other World was no longer isolated from the physical plane, those who had died were able to walk amongst the living. Goku used Instant Transmission to go to King Yemma’s check-in station with Pikkon and saw the first form of Janemba sitting on the station’s roof. Eager to engage Janemba in battle, Goku gleefully left Pikkon behind to free Yemma (much to Pikkon’s dismay). Goku was soon forced to use his Super Saiyan 3 form to combat Janemba’s unique arsenal of techniques.

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Goku using the fusion dance with Vegeta

At Super Saiyan 3, Goku made quick work of Janemba, only to be outclassed when Janemba transformed into a smaller, fiercer demon. Vegeta soon arrived on the scene (no longer being confined to Hell due to the disruption in the dimensional barriers) and was persuaded by Goku to attempt the Fusion Dance. Their first attempt failed and produced a fat Veku. Due to sheer luck, they were able to survive against Janemba until the fusion expired. After regrouping, Goku and Vegeta were able to fuse properly while Pikkon distracted Janemba. Gogeta appeared as a Super Saiyan and destroyed Janemba with ease. Later, Goku and Vegeta are seen standing at the Blood Pond where Vegeta vanishes and goes back to Hell. Goku hopes that they can see each other again, but like in the series, Vegeta only tells him “we’re never fusing again.”

Wrath of the Dragon

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon

Look, I don’t care what you are, this ends NOW!
— Goku before engaging Hirudegarn with the Z Fighters

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Goku failing to open the music box

In this movie, Goku tries to open a magic music box that Gohan had gotten from Hoi but he can not open it, so they go and find the Dragon Balls to summon Shenron. When Shenron opened the box, Tapion came out. Because Tapion was freed, the upper half of Hirudegarn was also freed. The lower half was already attacking the city, but Gohan was working on stopping him.

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Goku defeating Hirudegarn with the Dragon Fist

The next day Tapion went to Trunks’ home and Bulma made him a house with the same material as the music box, so Tapion could sleep without worrying about Hirudegarn, but when Tapion went to sleep, Hirudegarn escaped and found his lower half, thus making him one monster again. When Goku, Gohan and Goten try to attack him, it does nothing because Hirudegarn is too fast. Later, Gotenks is formed and he gets Hirudegarn down, but it only made him transform and Hirudegarn knocks Gotenks out. When there was almost no hope left, Goku transformed into Super Saiyan 3 and started to fight Hirudegarn. When Trunks wanted to help Goku, he said that he wanted to handle Hirudegarn alone. Then he catches a few punches from Hirudegarn, and when Hirudegarn threw another punch, Goku simply jumped over it and fired the Dragon Fistat Hirudegarn, thus destroying him.

Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!!

Main article: Dragon Ball: Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!!

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Goku as a radish farmer

Two years after Kid Buu‘s extinction, Goku becomes a radish farmer. Goku and his family are invited by Mr. Satan to come to the opening of his hotel. At first, Goku is reluctant to go, but when he hears he may eat as much as he wants, he goes. When he gets to the hotel, he first has a little food competition with Vegeta, later when they are eating they feel the ki of two beings heading for earth, as a result Goku and the others go and check it out. They appear to be Gure and Tarble, the little brother of Vegeta, Tarble tells them two strong enemies and former servant’s of Frieza are coming to Earth. Goku wants to fight them, but then the other fighters show that they want to fight too.

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Goku in Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!!

They then begin to argue until they agree to pick radishes; a game that declares the one with the longest radish as the winner, this is Trunks. When they go back to the hotel, Abo and Cado arrive. Goku tells Goten that he may help Trunks with his fight. Goten and Trunks defeat Abo and Cado, so Abo and Cado merge into Aka. Because of this, Goten and Trunks decide to fuse intoGotenks to even the match. After a short fight, Aka starts to overpower Gotenks with strong attacks. When Gotenks can not handle it anymore, Goku and Vegeta intervene after Aka launches a Super Wahaha no Ha. Goku plays a “dirty trick” on Vegeta, so he can fight alone and then goes Super Saiyan to do a Kamehameha on the energy attack Aka launched. The Kamehameha dissipates Aka’s Super Wahaha no Ha. After that, Goku punches Aka in the gut, thus making Aka split up.

Afterward, they resume the banquet they were having before the arrival of Tarble and Gure. This time with the addition of Abo and Cado eating Goku’s radish. As they eat, Goku and Vegeta begin to argue and turn Super Saiyan. It ends with everyone happily watching the argument except for Chi-Chi and Bulma.

Battle of Gods

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

I WILL NOT LET YOU DESTROY MY WORLD!
— Goku to Beerus during their battle

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Goku running with Bubbles.

Four years after the titanic battle with Majin Buu, Goku has come to King Kai’s planet to train and he is running with Bubbles when he notices King Kai is discussing something interesting. He then learns about Beerus, a God of Destruction tasked with maintaining balance in the universe. Goku says that he wants to fight Beerus, and King Kai scolds him. Soon, Beerus arrives on the planet and Goku is questioned about the Super Saiyan God. Goku demonstrates the various Super Saiyan forms he can achieve to Beerus, but he cannot help Beerus about the Super Saiyan God. However, ecstatic over the new challenge, Goku ignores King Kai’s advice and battles Beerus, but he is overwhelmed and defeated by only two hits. Beerus then leaves, heading towards Earth.

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Goku as a Super Saiyan God.

It is revealed that Goku is on Earth watching when Vegeta battles Beerus, and he does not intervene because he wants to watch Beerus in action in order to form some kind of strategy. Goku decides to use the Dragon Balls and ask Shenron how to reach the Super Saiyan God. He and his friends summon Shenron, and the dragon says that a Super Saiyan God once appeared on Planet Vegeta to stop evil Saiyans, but he failed because of the form’s time limit. The dragon also reveals that they need the power of six righteous Saiyans for one of them to reach the Super Saiyan God form. Vegeta’s younger brother is mentioned when Goku and his friends realize that they need a sixth Saiyan, but they do not know how to contact him. Goku transforms into a form beyond the Super Saiyan 3, the Super Saiyan God, during the battle[175] thanks to the power of himself, Vegeta, Gohan, Trunks, Goten, and Pan (from inside her mother, as she was not born yet). Goku confronts Beerus again and they fight, with the battle first taking them through a city, then in a forest, into a wasteland, an underground cavern, and finally up in space, right above planet Earth.

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An angered Super Saiyan Goku

The form gives Goku the power to resist Beerus, but he reverts to his regular Super Saiyan form due to the form’s time limit. However, he learns the form’s godlike feeling, which allows him to use Super Saiyan God power. Beerus points out to Goku that Super Saiyan God’s time limit ran out some time ago and that Goku did not notice because he was able to absorb Super Saiyan God power into his body while he was fighting. Beerus says that because of this, Goku did not greatly power down even after returning to normal. Goku did not quite like Super Saiyan God because he could only reach that level of power with everyone else’s help rather than on his own, so Goku feels contented becoming able to fight at a level not too far removed from Super Saiyan God all on his own. The two seem to be equally strong at some point, but Beerus eventually wins when he uses his Sphere of Destruction. Goku stops Beerus’ energy sphere, barely holding it back, and the screen suddenly blacks out. Chi-Chi and Goku’s friends appear in Goku’s mind, then he briefly transforms to Super Saiyan God again and absorbs the energy ball. Goku gets exhausted, and Beerus wants Goku to say “I give up” and he says so. Beerus stops the fight and they talk for a while before going back to the ground.

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Super Saiyan Goku flying towards Beerus

Beerus says that the Super Saiyan God was not that strong and the Oracle Fish’s prediction was a little exaggerated. Beerus reveals that Whis is his martial arts master and stronger than him. He also says that there are twelve universes, and the one Goku and his friends know is just one of them, the Seventh Universe. Beerus is the God of Destruction of the Seventh Universe, and each universe has its Destroyer. On the ground, Beerus tries to destroy the planet, but he blasts only a small rock and says he has already run out of power. Before returning home, Whis asks Goku if he would like to be the next Destroyer after Beerus dies, but Goku turns him down. The Supreme Kais comment on Goku befriending the Destroyer God. When Goku reveals that he was on Earth watching the battles, he says that Vegeta became an incredible Super Saiyan back when Beerus slapped Bulma and even jokes that they should just have their enemy hit Bulma the next time they are up against some nasty opponent. Goku needles Vegeta about shouting “My Bulmaaa!!!” when defending her against Beerus, and Vegeta denies that he said such a thing. Piccolo then says that Goku must have been watching back during that fight, and everyone gets mad at Goku for not helping out then.

Resurrection ‘F’

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

See? I told you’d run out of gas. Now take my advice and get out of here, and live to fight another day. I’ll be here for a rematch when you’re ready. I promise.
— Goku after getting the advantage over Frieza

Goku is a main character in Resurrection ‘F’.

At some point prior to the events of the film, Goku asked Whis that he train him, with Vegeta also deciding to come along as he did not want to be left in the dust.[176]

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Goku in a one-on-one training fight with Whis.

Goku and Vegeta are training with Whis on Beerus’ planet. Goku and Vegeta charge at Whis with full force – their attacks are repeatedly being blocked. After Vegeta had been knocked unconscious, Goku took the chance and challenged Whis by himself. Goku’s punches and kicks were blocked as well. After Vegeta had gotten up, they tried to fight as a team again but however, their training was halted by Whis because of their lack of speed – without noticing, their tops have been signed. Whis starts to tell them what they did wrong and they should not think about fighting and just fighting without thinking, something Beerus hasn’t mastered. After Whis tells Vegeta his flaws, he punches Goku in the side goes on to tell Goku that he is too calm during his fights and how it could be problem in the future no matter how strong he is.

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Goku blocking his eyes of Beerus’ destruction aftermath.

Their training was noisy enough to wake up Beerus. While Beerus is walking towards Goku, Whis, and Vegeta, he sneezes and the shoots a blast in Goku and Vegeta’s direction, in which it blows up a planet near his planet. Goku says that the blast had enough power to blow him and Vegeta into bits. Whis goes on to say that Beerus is like that hes sleepy and that he destroyed the two Suns they have. Confused, Goku asks if they are powerful enough to create stars but Whis reveals that he can do-over time whenever necessary. Beerus starts to become aware and asks Goku why he is on his planet. Goku explains to him that he couldn’t have found his planet because he can’t sense Beerus’ or Whis’ kion that planet. Goku goes on to say that he asked Whis to take him their to train (Vegeta tagged along) so he could get stronger. Beerus hears by Whis that Goku and Vegeta have been on his planet several times before.

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Goku firing his Kamehameha.

Goku, Vegeta, and Whis continue training but they get interrupted by Beerus, who is eating pizza for the first time. The Oracle Fish arrives and tells Whis to check his messages. He sees that Bulma has messaged him a while ago and calls her telepathically. Bulma is furious and explains to themFrieza‘s revival and that she needs Goku and Vegeta to return to Earth. Goku uses Instant Transmission with the help of Frieza’s power and the Z-Fighters powering up. When they arrived, Frieza immediately transforms into his fourth form, which surprises Goku, wanting Frieza as a sparring partner because of his training. Goku battles Frieza in his base, winning their fight. During their fight, Vegeta gets furious that Goku isn’t taking turns fighting against Frieza, but Frieza wanted to fight Goku instead. Goku is displeased and wants him and Frieza to not hold back their power.

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Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku damaged.

Goku and Frieza transform: Goku turns Super Saiyan God Super Saiyanand Frieza turns into Golden Frieza. Golden Frieza has more power than Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku. Golden Frieza has the upper advantage until Goku and Vegeta figured out his weakness which later makes Goku have the advantage in power. Golden Frieza’ power has been depleted enough for Goku to take over and have Frieza on all fours. While having his guard down, Goku gets penetrated by a beam from Sorbet‘s Bad Ring Laser, who was signaled by Frieza.

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Goku smiling.

Goku is in pain, nearly dying from the beam. Frieza takes advantage of the situation and tortures Goku. While Frieza wanted a different way to kill Goku, he calls Vegeta to do it. Vegeta declines killing Goku even after being offered supreme commander in Frieza’s Frieza Forces. Goku is given aSenzu Bean by Krillin with the request of Vegeta, who challenges Frieza in his Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan form. The Earth gets destroyed by Frieza when Vegeta took too long to kill Frieza but Goku is saved by Whis along with Beerus, Gohan, Piccolo, Jaco, Bulma, Tien Shinhan, Krillin, and Master Roshi. This event is however undone by Whis using his Temporal Do-Over technique. Goku is given another chance of killing Frieza, ending his empire. Vegeta is mad that Goku took his kill. Goku asks Vegeta if they should team up next time like Whis said but declines and Goku also agrees.

Other Dragon Ball manga

Resurrection ‘F’ – Special One Shot

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ – Special One ShotGoku appears as a Super Saiyan while Frieza is dreaming in Hell, with the tyrant recalling his first defeat at the hands of the Super Saiyan during the climax of the final battle on Namek.

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Goku engages Frieza in combat

In the present day (four months after Frieza’s revival), as Saiyan beyond Gods, Goku and Vegeta face off against Whis on Beerus’ planet as part of their training to gain control over their godly energy and more power. The two are unable to land a single blow on Whis and are soon taught their flaws by the godly attendant. However, the two soon find that Frieza has been revived far more powerful than before and Goku uses Instant Transmission to get himself and Vegeta to Earth.

Upon arriving they meet Frieza, who takes on his fourth form, revealing his new power, and engages Saiyan beyond God Goku in battle. The two fight for a time, with Goku gaining the upper hand by firing a God Kamehameha at the powerful tyrant. Who emerges from the smoke with a few injuries and announces that he will reveal his further evolution to Goku.

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Goku in Nekomajin

Goku makes an appearance in the last chapter of Nekomajin, searching for his student, Neko Majin Z, to help him fight an enemy that neither him, Ox-King, Chi-Chi, Goten, Pan or Uub can beat.

Goku flies out to find Z but has a hard time sensing his power, eventually he accidentally stumbles upon Z’s friend, who attempts to to trick him into getting his photo taken with a “koala” (in actuality just Z in a costume) for money. Z immediatly recognizes Goku as his martial arts teacher and puts his gi back on. Goku then requests to see how strong Z has become and engages him in a battle, the two are fairly equal in their base forms, so Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan. Z immediately takes on his Super Neko Majin form as a counter. However Goku pulls out a cat toy, which Z cannot resist. Goku reveals that the fight was a farce, and that he actually just wanted to test how cat-like Z was. He then reveals that their is a foe that he and his family could not deal with.

The three head to Goku’s house with Instant Transmission, where they are greeted by Goku’s family. They all head to the storage shed, where Goku reveals the enemy is a rodent. Unimpressed, Z deals with this “foe” and then he and his friend leave.

Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission

As Beat is training with the other Dragon Ball Heroes at Heroes Laboratory, Tsubasa has Beat go into an extra-hard mission against five different incarnations of Goku. The five versions of Goku are easily defeating Beat until a mysterious voice (that of the real Goku) speaks to him and helps him to regain his ground in the fight, eventually allowing him to win. Afterwards, Beat learns that no one else heard Goku’s voice, but Beat thanks Goku for helping him.[177]

Video game stories

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3

According to Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, at some point after the defeat of Kid Buu, Kibito Kai meets Goku and shows him a few stories never shown before as a thanks for Goku’s help in saving the world. These stories include: “Dream Match: Goku vs. Arale“, “Affectionate Android“, “Galaxy Battle“, and “Unexpected Help“. After viewing these worlds, Goku wishes to view more, but Kibito Kai reveals that this is as far as he can guide Goku through the different possibilities. Goku is okay with it and is amazed at how much he did not know about the universe and decides to train even more.

Dragon Ball: Xenoverse

During the events of Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Goku is an important character.

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Goku is hit by the Special Beam Cannon

During the Saiyan Saga, Goku and Piccolo team up to fight Raditz, as he has kidnapped Gohan. The fight goes the same as before until the Time Breakerspower up Raditz, allowing him to dodge Gohan’s headbutt. Goku and Piccolo then attempt to defeat Raditz using the Full-Nelson Special Beam Cannon, however due to not being injured, the powered up Raditz easily gets out of Goku’s grip just as Piccolo fires the attack, causing only Goku to be hit and letting Raditz kill Piccolo. Future Trunks sends the Future Warrior back to fix things, and the Future Warrior manages to put events back to normal, causing both Raditz and Goku to be hit by the Special Beam Cannon.

Later, during the Return of the Saiyans Saga, the Time Breakers alter the timeline again, forcing Goku (using Kaio-ken) to be forced to fight against Great Ape Vegeta and Great Ape Nappa, both in Villainous Mode.

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Goku faces off against Villainous Mode Frieza

During the Frieza Saga, Goku faces off against Frieza alongside the other Z Fighters, and is assisted by the Future Warrior once more. The Future Warrior and Piccolo hold off Frieza so that Goku can hit him with the Spirit Bomb.

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Super Saiyan Goku uses a Spirit Bomb on Frieza

However, Frieza survives the attack, returning in Villainous Mode, he then grievously injures Piccolo and kills Krillin, causing Goku to become a Super Saiyan. Super Saiyan Goku and the Future Warrior both fight against Villainous Mode Frieza (100% Full Power), however Frieza outmatches them, so Goku creates another Spirit Bomb and attacks Frieza with it. Eventually, Frieza loses the power up, reverting to his normal Full Power state, and is defeated by Goku.

During the Cell Saga, Goku is among the fighters defeated by the Villainous Cell Jrs. and is the only one still conscious. He watches as Gohan and Villainous Cell clash Kamehameha’s, and is unable to do anything as the Cell Jrs. aid Cell in the attack, overpowering and killing Gohan.

During the Majin Buu Saga, Super Saiyan 3 Goku fights against Majin Buu, however after knocking him away and then pursuing him, he finds that Majin Buu has been given a Villainous Mode, and then split into three, Goku defeats Majin Buu with the help of the Future Warrior. Later, Goku and Vegeta fight Villainous Kid Buu after he teleports to the Sacred World of the Kais. Goku manages to hit him with a Super Spirit Bomb, but it is not strong enough until the Future Warrior arrives and he and Goku push the attack into Buu together, destroying him.

During the God of Destruction Beerus Saga, Goku is present alongside Future Warrior as Beerus is given Villainous Mode and prepares to destroy Earth with his Sphere of Destruction.

After Demigra’s escape from the Crack of Time, the Future Warrior is forced to fight the revived Buu, Cell, and Frieza. The Supreme Kai of Time then calls for Goku’s help, in which he helps the Future Warrior defeat Buu, Cell, and Frieza, and the brainwashed Gotenks, Gohan, and Vegeta. After the Future Warrior returns to the Time Nest, he finds that Demigra has taken over Tokitoki City, and has brainwashed Trunks into doing his dirty work. Once Trunks was reverted to normal, Goku finds his way to the Time Nest. Due to his earlier transformation into a Super Saiyan God, he was immune to Demigra’s magic. After Demigra’s defeat, he escapes to the Time Next, and Goku uses Instant Transmission and brings everyone back to his location, the Time Vault. Demigra is angered and tries to destroy the Time Vault, despite the Supreme Kai of Time’s warning. The Future Warrior and Super Saiyan 3 Goku charge at him, but Demigra fires spears at them both. One impales and kills the Future Warrior, while four of them trap Goku in an electrified force field. Then the Future Warrior (apparently from a different timeline) appears and destroys Goku’s electrified gate. After the Future Warrior enters the portal that Demigra escaped to, Goku struggles to stop the gigantic energy ball from destroying Tokitoki.

Goku was able to stop the giant ball from destroying Tokitoki, and uses Instant Transmission to catch up to Demigra and the Future Warrior in the Crack of Time. They fight Demigra in his final form, and finish him off with a combined Kamehameha. Once his defeat, Goku and the Future Warrior return to the Time Nest, where Trunks and the Supreme Kai of Time are relieved to see them. Goku then challenges the Future Warrior to a fight, where he/she gladly accepted. The Supreme Kai then stops them and tells them that fighting there would cause a disaster.

In the aftermath, the Supreme Kai of Time thanks Goku for everything. Goku then replies that he should be thanking her instead, for giving him something to be excited for. Goku then leaves, but not before being welcome to return in the future.

Power

Main article: List of Power Levels

Manga and Anime

Goku is one of the most powerful characters in the series, able to take on many powerful opponents and hold his own.

Due to living most of his life among humans, Goku seemed to have an extraordinary growth by human standards. By Saiyan standards, Goku was actually a late bloomer, with his power levels being extremely pitiful for a Saiyan until he trained. Goku’s power even surpassed the level of King Kai who he admits to. After training with King Kai, he obtained power rivaling Vegeta, who was considered to be a prodigy by Saiyan standards from a young age. After his gravity training, Goku’s power became far stronger than the average Saiyan, easily defeating most of the Ginyu Force, who easily defeated Vegeta.

By the time of his battle with Raditz, his power level had become 416 without his weighted clothing. After training with King Kai in the Other World, Goku’s power level had increased to be over 8,000 (or mistakenlyover 9,000 in the English dub) and he could use the Kaio-ken technique to further increase his power level. Thanks to further training, Goku’s power had increased to 90,000 by the time of his battle with the Ginyu Force.

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Goku as a Super Saiyan 3, his most powerful form in the original Dragon Ball manga

Goku’s power continued to increase throughout the series thanks to numerous training sessions, though it is possible that Goku reached his peak power in Base and Super Saiyan forms after training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, as he tells Vegeta that further training in the chamber would be a waste of his time as he could not get any stronger. He later achieves further forms that increase his power (Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 3, etc.) after he died during the Cell Games.

Vegeta noted that Goku as a Super Saiyan 2 has surpassed Gohan’s power when he defeated Cell. Given that Super Perfect Cell’s Solar Kamehamehawas stated to be powerful enough to destroy the entire solar system, with Gohan being comparable to Cell in power, and Goku in turn later ascending even further in power to the likes of Super Saiyan 3, it is likely that Goku too is capable of this. Even simply transforming into a Super Saiyan 3 was enough to cause worldwide earthquakes when facing Majin Buu for the first time, with Tien Shinhan worrying Goku could in fact destroy the planet by the sheer weight of his power if he didn’t stop. Super Saiyan 3 Goku was shown to possess power on par with Kid Buu, and it was said that at full power he could wipe out the Majin. In the anime only, Super Saiyan 3 Goku manages to hold his own against Super Buu (Gotenks dominate in absorption) for an extended period of time, and states that he can defeat Super Buu (Piccolo dominate in absorption), in the English dub only.

In Dragon Ball Super, Goku begins his training under ten times Earth’s gravity on King Kai’s planet. The episode “Showdown on King Kai’s Planet! Goku vs. God of Destruction Beerus“, just before his fight with Beerus, the God of Destruction states that in his base form, Goku would have absolutely no chance of defeating Frieza unless he transformed to increase his power level, which King Kai agrees with. However upon facing off against Super Saiyan Goku’s full power he states that he now understands how Goku was able to defeat Frieza.

After Goku attained the Super Saiyan God transformation, the power and speed overwhelmed him, making him adjust to the abilities he obtained. As a Super Saiyan God, after awakening the form’s true power Goku is strong enough to face off against Beerus (though not using anywhere near his full power, he does use more than 10% at least), and even do some damage to him, however in the end he loses to the god. The fight between Super Saiyan God Goku and Beerus in the stratosphere causes the universe to start to crumble as they were both were exerting massive amounts of energy. After the Super Saiyan God power depleted due to its time limit, Goku reverts back into a Super Saiyan, but Goku is still able to be on par with Beerus because he was able to absorb the power of Super Saiyan God. At the end of their battle, Goku uses 100% of his power battling Beerus, but the god did not, only claiming he did because he wanted Goku to show off his power.

Sometime after the battle with Beerus, Goku goes with Whis to Beerus’ planet so he could train with him and Vegeta. Goku admits that Vegeta has grown stronger than he was after six months training with Whis, and is potentially stronger than Goku himself. Later on, while talking with the Oracle Fish, Whis reveals that the two are only on the lower levels of the god’s power – as he states that if the gods’ power was the equivalent of Beerus’ castle, Goku and Vegeta would only be a small glass orb.

Early in Dragon Ball GT, Goku in his base form (apparently using half of his full power) is able to match and overpower base General Rilldo, who is stated to have power even greater than Majin Buu’s. By the time of the Baby Saga, base Goku was able to defeat both Super Saiyan Infected Gohan and Super Saiyan Infected Goten at the same time, and was also capable of breaking through a dimensional barrier using his Dimension BreakerKamehameha. While Goku as a Super Saiyan 3 was shown to be inferior in power to Majuub in the Baby Saga, it was shown that by the time of the Super 17 Saga that Goku in his Super Saiyan form had surpassed Majuub in power, as he was capable of holding an advantage against Super 17 (before he absorbed energy), while Majuub could not deal any damage to the Android. When base Goku used the “golden, shining dragon“, it was capable of driving a hole through Super 17’s body, and when he used it as a Super Saiyan 4 it was capable of obliterating Omega Shenron’s body.

In terms of physical strength: as a child he could push extremely large rock formations with ease for Master Roshi‘s training. When he was older he could lift and throw a super-sized Piccolo with ease, and even while wearing clothing weighing well over 100 kilos was able to move at super-speed. Base Goku is shown to be able to lift two tons on each limb while training on King Kai’s planet by the time of the Majin Buu Saga, though he is unable to move when the weights are changed to 10 tons. When transforming into a Super Saiyan, he can lift 10 tons on each limb easily, and it was also shown that he could push mountains apart with ease or destroy them with a single blow. In Dragon Ball GT, Goku is able to lift up a mountain in his Golden Great Ape form and lifts half a city while in his Super Saiyan 4 state, though it leaves him panting from the effort. However, it is to be considered that despite his raw physical limits, when in actual combat his attacks are bolstered by ki, allowing him to injure opponents such as Frieza, Cell, and Majin Buu, who are capable of withstanding planet-shattering blasts, with the likes of punches and kicks.

When it comes to speed, Goku has always been very fast. He could effortlessly deflect or dodge bullets as a child (except for comedic moments) and run at high speed, and swam halfway around in the world in a single day at the age of 15 to reach the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament. After training with Master Roshi, he is able to use the Zanzoken technique which enables him to move so fast he can leave multiple after images with ease. When training with Mr. Popo, he apparently learns to move faster than lightning when attacking, though this may have been a figure of speech. He could outrun Piccolo’s Ki Blasts during their battle in the 23rd Tournament despite their high speed. He could also cross the entirety of Snake Way in less than a year after his first death – which according to the Ogre who brought him too it was apparently 1,000,000 kilometers, and after training with King Kai he crossed it in several hours, showing a high speed increase – flying at least over 20,000 kilometers per hour if he crossed it in less than two days, or over 17 times the speed of sound. His speed likely increased from this later on thanks to training. In the anime, it was shown that by the time of initially transforming into a Super Saiyan he was able to move faster than light, as King Kai was unable to track him when he fought Frieza, but was previously able to track a ship moving through space at far in excess of light speed.

Films

In Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might movie, Goku’s power is stated to be 30,000 by Turles, and is thus at 300,000 when using Kaio-ken x10 (or 600,000 when using the Kaio-ken x20 in the English dub) against the evil Saiyan. In Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, when Goku becomes a Pseudo Super Saiyan, he is able to completely overwhelm and nearly defeat Lord Slug. Before his Zenkai in Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge, Goku was able to fight Salza, Neiz, and Dore all at the same time. Goku also survived a Darkness Eye Beam by Cooler and gained enough power from his latest Zenkai to be able in fighting more than evenly with Cooler. In Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon, when Goku used the “golden, shining dragon“, it proved capable of destroying Hirudgeran after he transformed, who had previously defeated the likes of Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks and Ultimate Gohan.

It is stated by Beerus in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods that it would be seemingly impossible for Goku in his base form to defeat Frieza, stating that he would need Super Saiyan to be capable of doing so – a statement which King Kai agrees with. When Super Saiyan Goku is given the power of Vegeta, Gohan, Trunks, and Goten in an attempt to turn Super Saiyan God, it is said by Gohan that Super Saiyan Goku has become more powerful than any other fighter. Goku’s power has risen when he achieved a new level of power, Super Saiyan God]. Upon entering the cavern, Goku had used 80% of his power even in Super Saiyan God. Later inBattle of Gods, Goku absorbs the godly power of Super Saiyan God even after returning to base form, allowing him to keep it and use it in his base and Super Saiyan form, he also manages to briefly become a Super Saiyan God without the help of six other Saiyans. After Goku had absorbed Beerus’s Sphere of Destruction, Goku used 100% of his power due to the fact he couldn’t fight anymore. Beerus states at the end of their battle that Goku is the second strongest he’s ever faced.

In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Goku manages to train hard enough to master his god power and use it in his base form. In this state, he becomes stronger than Frieza in his final form after returning upon Earth. Going further, Goku obtains a new Saiyan transformation, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, to combat Golden Frieza, whose power surpasses his. Whis asserts that Goku and Vegeta were strong enough that if they were to fight Beerus together, they could defeat him. Whis later says that if Goku and Vegeta fight together, they could be an “unstoppable force”.

In terms of physical strength, during the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods movie, while in Super Saiyan 3 he could punch through King Kai’s small planet with a single punch despite its enhanced density for ten times gravity, and during his rematch with Beerus as a Super Saiyan God, they effortlessly destroyed entire mountains, and even fought within the crust of the Earth itself without slowing down from their physical strength.

Statements by authors and guidebooks

As a baby, Goku was stated to have a power level of 2, but by the time he had grown into a child his power was 10, going to 100 when he briefly uses the Great Ape form, his Great Ape form at this time was described as having destructive power similar to that of a battleship’s main gun.[2] When he competed in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku’s power had increased to 180 thanks to his training. After drinking the Ultra Divine Water to combat King Piccolo, Goku’s power level increased to 260.

During his battle with Frieza on Namek, Goku’s power takes a leap to 3,000,000 thanks to a Zenkai, and it increases to 150,000,000 while utilizing his Super Saiyan form against Frieza.

The movie pamphlet for Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might states that Goku’s power level during Dragon Ball Z: World’s Strongest is 10,000.

According to the series’ original author Akira Toriyama, during Battle of Gods, in terms of power, Goku as a Super Saiyan God would be a 6, Beerus would be a 10, and Whis would be a 15.[178]

According to Weekly Shonen Jump #20, Goku as a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan in Resurrection ‘F’ has an “overwhelming power that the world has never seen before”.

Video games

In Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai’s Dragon Road story mode which takes place in two years after Buu’s defeat, Goku in his Super Saiyan form is able to defeat Legendary Super Saiyan Broly (who had received multiple Zenkais over the course of the game), and Full Power Frieza (whose power is said to have increased to be above Super Buu, even when using his base final form). Using his Kaio-ken, Goku is also able to hold his own against Super Saiyan 2 Teen Gohan (from the Cell Games time era) long enough to get through to him and stop Janemba’s possession over him.

Dragon Ball Z: The Anime Adventure Game states that Goku’s base power rose to 8,000,000 by the time of theTrunks Saga. In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, it is stated that as a Super Saiyan 4, Goku is at his ultimate potential.

Techniques

Main article: List of techniques used by Goku

Kamehameha

Main article: Kamehameha

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Goku fires a Kamehameha wave

Goku’s signature move throughout the series. Goku first learns the move after witnessing Master Roshi using it to save the Ox-King and Chi-Chi’s castle from an inferno (but only ends up destroying it, along with a nearby mountain). Throughout the remainder of Dragon Ball, Goku continues to master the Kamehameha and uses it in nearly every battle during Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT. This is Goku’s second most powerful move after the Spirit Bomb.

Kaio-ken

Main article: Kaio-ken

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Goku uses the Kaio-ken

Goku learns this technique after his death against Raditz while training under King Kai. He uses this attack numerous times throughout early Dragon Ball Z up until his ascension to a Super Saiyan.

Spirit Bomb

Main article: Spirit Bomb

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Goku prepares his Spirit Bomb while battling Frieza

Arguably Goku’s most powerful technique, taught to him by King Kai during his training for the upcoming battle against Vegeta and Nappa. Goku uses the Spirit Bomb numerous times, most notably against Frieza and Kid Buu. It is only against the latter that the technique actually works in the manga storyline.

Instant Transmission

Main article: Instant Transmission

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Goku prepares to use the Instant Transmission

Goku learns this technique on the Planet Yardrat after his battle with Frieza. This technique allows him to teleport to any location so long as he can find an energy source to home onto. He uses this technique frequently throughout the series, one of his most valuable abilities.

Dragon Fist

Main article: Dragon Fist

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Goku launches his Dragon Fist

Goku uses this technique on Hirudegarn to finish him off in the 13th Dragon Ball Z movie. He also uses this in GT: against Super 17, as well asEis Shenron and Omega Shenron, though the latter regenerates.

Transformations

Great Ape

Main article: Great Ape

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Goku as a Great Ape in Dragon Ball

Like all Saiyans, Goku can transform into a Great Ape (Oozaru) when he sees the full moon while he possesses his tail, though every time it was not at will. Because this tail was removed permanently in the main series by Kami when restoring the moon, this transformation was never taken by Goku again untilDragon Ball GT (in which it is shown very briefly before the full transition into Golden Great Ape), making it his least used Saiyan transformation.

Kaio-ken

Main articles: Kaio-ken and Super Kaio-kenWhile usually considered a power boosting technique, several video games, such as the Budokai games, consider this power up as a transformation. An enhanced version named Super Kaio-ken is a combination between Goku’s Kaio-ken and Super Saiyan forms.

Pseudo Super Saiyan

Main article: Pseudo Super Saiyan

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Goku in his Pseudo Super Saiyan form

During the movie Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, Goku achieved this form in an attempt to defeat Lord Slug. Through rage of being beat down, Goku unleashed a huge amount of aura and became a false-like Super Saiyan, which gave him more speed and strength for a few seconds enough to thrash Lord Slug. In this form, he looks similar to his Kaio-ken form, but he becomes bulkier, except his eyes are whited out like Broly’s in his Legendary Super Saiyan form, and his hair stands up and gains a red tint.

Super Saiyan

Main article: Super Saiyan

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Goku as a Super Saiyan

Goku achieves this powerful transformation in a rage after Frieza kills Krillin. Frieza had destroyed the Saiyans out of his fear of their growing power and the idea of a possible Super Saiyan. As a result of defeating Frieza, Goku avenges both the Saiyan race and the death of his best friend Krillin.

After his fight with the God of Destruction Beerus, Goku realizes that fully mastering his Super Saiyan form would cause it to eventually raise his level more than Super Saiyan 2 and Super Saiyan 3, and sap less of his strength.[179] The series original author, Akira Toriyama, says he thinks that Goku probably will not use the Super Saiyan 2 or 3 any more because of this.[179] Goku is as strong as a Super Saiyan God as seen when he said ” But i dont feel like my power has gotten weaker at all” transforming back to a regular Super Saiyan.

Super Saiyan Second Grade

Main article: Super Saiyan Second Grade

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Goku as a Super Saiyan Second Grade

After having witnessed Vegeta and Trunks emerging from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber (Room of Spirit and Time), Goku concludes that surpassing the normal Super Saiyan form may be more possible than initially suspected, and enters the room to train himself and Gohan. After teaching Gohan to become a Super Saiyan, Goku is able to achieve this form alongside the further extreme of the form known as Super Saiyan Third Grade. However, although this new power up would not take a hit on his speed as the successor would, he decides that staying transformed like this demands far too much ki to be spent, and so decides that the regular Super Saiyan form is the best suited for combat, and makes a plan for him and Gohan to master it before they leave the chamber. As a result, after under 20 hours spent in the room (Vegeta and Trunks had spent a whole day each, and would spend another prior to the Cell Games), he and Gohan emerge as Full-Power Super Saiyans. As a result of this and the new discovery of the most powerful Super Saiyan state at the time, Super Saiyan 2, this form is never used by Goku again, Vegeta and Future Trunks.

Super Saiyan Third Grade

Main article: Super Saiyan Third Grade

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Goku as a Super Saiyan Third Grade

Like the Super Saiyan Second Grade form, Goku achieves this form in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber while training with Gohan. Although apparently stronger than Cell in this state, Goku told Gohan he could not defeat him because Cell was much faster, because “all the power in the world would do no good if you can’t evenhit the guy.” Instead of persevering harder to simply increase power output, Goku decides that simply mastering the Super Saiyan form to suppress its downsides and make it a natural state is the best way to fight and gain power. As a result, this form is never used after its initial unlocking, along with Super Saiyan Second Grade.

Super Saiyan Full Power

Main article: Super Saiyan Full Power

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Goku in his Super Saiyan Full Power form

After realizing the weaknesses inherent to the higher grades of Super Saiyan such as the energy train while using the form, Goku concluded that mastery over the basic Super Saiyan form would be more advantageous and went on to improve his endurance in that form, thus achieving this state.

Super Saiyan 2

Main article: Super Saiyan 2

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Goku as a Super Saiyan 2

Goku achieved this transformation while training with King Kai in the Other World[17] where he could put unlimited energy into his transformation. It was first seen when Goku powers up to overflow Yakon with energy, and Vegeta notes that Goku has achieved the same form that Gohan used to defeat Cell. In his fight against Majin Vegeta, both transform into this state before the battle begins. Goku later transforms into this state before showing the Super Saiyan 3 transformation toMajin Buu and Babidi, and again in an anime filler where he begins to fight Kid Buu.

Goku uses the form during the movies Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn andDragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon.

When Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan 2 he has some noticeable changes, such as his hair growing longer and becoming even more spiky, making his hair more defined than his other previous Super Saiyan forms, along with disappearing hair strands surrounding the forehead which are exclusive to this form, like Gohan (but in a different way; for reference, see the picture). He also gains electricity in his aura surrounding his body, and his aura grows markedly larger and more vibrant in both the anime and manga.

Super Saiyan 3

Main article: Super Saiyan 3

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Goku as a Super Saiyan 3

Goku achieved this level in Other World, where he could put more energy into his transformation, it took him many years to achieve the form.[17] Goku is first seen using this transformation against Majin Buu during the Majin Buu Saga. Once in this form, Goku was able to easily overpower Majin Buu in his first form and stood up to Kid Buu for a fair amount of time. However, the transformation is extremely draining in terms of energy, as it cut Goku’s time left on Earth from hours to a stated thirty minutes after performing the transformation for a short time. When attempting to gather enough energy to defeat Kid Buu during their final battle, he was unable to sustain it as he had not taken into account the strain overcoming his living body, and soon reverted to his base state. Altogether, these heavy disadvantages make it impractical to use the transformation out of the afterlife.

Super Saiyan God

Main article: Super Saiyan God

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Super Saiyan God Goku

Super Saiyan God is a Super Saiyan transformation even beyond Super Saiyan 3.[175] Goku achieves this form in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, and uses it against the God of Destruction Beerus. In several media, Goku is calledGod Goku in this form. When Goku powers up to this form, he has flame-like aura. He then appears with his hair glowing red and with a shape similar to that of his base form, red eyes, slightly thinner, and he has a flame-like aura.[180]The power of this ultimate warrior excites even the God of Destruction Beerus.[181] The form allows Goku to sense godly ki and has incredible power, but he reverts to his regular base form due to the form’s time limit.

Upon dropping out of his Super Saiyan God form and back into his base or Super Saiyan form, Beerus stated that Goku had retained Super Saiyan God power in the form, which allowed him to continue to battle against Beerus.

In the Demon God Demigra Saga, Goku had to go Super Saiyan 3 to use his Super Saiyan God power. However, in this state he lacks godly ki’.

Saiyan beyond God

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Goku beyond God in Dragon Ball Z: Ressurrection F

This powered-up state that Goku achieved after his time limit with Super Saiyan God ended and his body absorbed the power from the experience. Goku later perfected this state at some point during his training with Whis, allowing him to make full use of its power without transforming into a Super Saiyan. In this state, he is able to pressure Whis just enough while sparring to muss the latter’s hair and quickly overwhelm Frieza’s refined and increased strength.

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Goku as Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan in Ressurrection F

After training with Whis, Goku gained the ability to use the Super Saiyan form alongside his godly power, thus entering in a Super Saiyan form with blue hair. The form’s power surpasses that of a Super Saiyan God accordingly to the manga version of Dragon Ball Super.

Goku uses this form in order to fight againstGolden Frieza. During the battle he notes Golden Frieza possesses superior power, however his stamina drains at a massive rate while in his Golden Form, due to not having the proper training to maintain the form. Thus, Goku manages to hold his own against Golden Frieza long enough that his power drops to a level below his.

Kid (GT)

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Goku in his childhood body in GT

Emperor Pilaf unintentionally wishes Goku back into a child in the beginning ofDragon Ball GT. In this form, it is harder for Goku to maintain more powerful forms, such as Super Saiyan 3. While a child he was able to get his tail back, with the help of Old Kai, which not only allowed for easier access to the third Super Saiyan form, but eventually permitted him to transform into Golden Great Ape and Super Saiyan 4.

At the end of the GT series, Goku is again seen as an adult without a tail, though in one of the endings to the show, he is seen with a tail in adult form facing the rest of the cast.

Super Saiyan

Main article: Super Saiyan

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Goku as a Super Saiyan in his childhood body

After being wished into his childhood form, Goku can still transform into a Super Saiyan. However, he is unable to maintain the form for as long as he can in his adult body (in much the same way that he lost the ability to perform the Instant Transmission technique when being downsized), though for far longer than his Super Saiyan 3 form. However, after his tail is restored, he is finally able to maintain the form for as long as he can normally (in his adult body).

The Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game calls this the GT Super Saiyan form. In Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout, Goku is called Super Little Goku while in this form.

Super Saiyan 2

Main article: Super Saiyan 2

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Goku as a Super Saiyan 2 in his childhood body

Goku uses this form as a kid only once in the series, to guard against an attack by General Rilldo. Also, he briefly appears in the form while powering up to transform into Super Saiyan 3 twice while fighting Baby Vegeta. GT Goku has this form in the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes.

Super Saiyan 3

Main article: Super Saiyan 3

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Goku as a Super Saiyan 3 in his childhood body

After being wished back into his childhood form, Goku is still able to transform into a Super Saiyan 3. However, he is only able to maintain the form for a few minutes. This problem is somewhat overcome by regrowing his Saiyan Tail, which assisting him in conserving his energy reserves. Despite that, this form is still not enough to defeat Baby Vegeta, so Goku is forced to recruit help from Old Kai, which leads to his Golden Great Ape transformation. Because Goku gains the ability to access the Super Saiyan 4 transformation soon afterwards, this transformation is never again used.

Golden Great Ape

Main article: Golden Great Ape

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Goku as a Golden Great Ape

Goku achieves this form in Dragon Ball GT, after Old Kai helped Goku to regrow his tail which allowed him to once again transform into a Great Ape. When he looks at the Earth during the Baby Saga, its sufficient substitute Blutz waves allows Goku to take this form, a combination of the Super Saiyan state and the classic Great Ape transformation. Upon regaining control over his Golden Great Ape form, Goku transforms into Super Saiyan 4.

Super Saiyan 4

Main article: Super Saiyan 4

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Goku as a Super Saiyan 4

Goku is referred to as Super Goku 4 in this state.[182] This form is achieved by Goku after achieving the Golden Great Ape state and being calmed down by Pan. The overwhelming power of this transformation is apparently great enough to overcome the Black Star Dragon Balls‘ power making Goku’s transformation into a child by Ultimate Shenron. The spell is only dispersed during the transformation, however. In addition to him being turned back into an adult temporarily, Goku’s overall appearance changes yet again. The hair is even more wild and longer than when in his normal state, reaching his mid-back. His gain golden-yellow irises and the pigments around his eyes become lined in red. His tail becomes longer and gains scarlet fur covering almost all of his body from head to toe. His clothes change from his childhood garb, leaving him only dressed below the waist (excluding his armbands). His wristbands and stockings turn blue while his sash changes to a stone blue color. As a Super Saiyan 4, Goku is able to easily surpass all but the most powerful enemies in Dragon Ball GT. He also regains the Instant Transmission in this form and can also be used in special circumstances when Goku uses this form to teleport an entire population to the Tuffle Planet before the Earth is destroyed in two weeks.

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Fully-powered Super Saiyan 4 Goku

After getting energy from Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Pan, Goku briefly attains what is called a “fully-powered Super Saiyan 4” state, gaining a red aura which occasionally flashes over his whole body and increasing his power dramatically.

Fusions

Vegito

Main article: Vegito

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Vegito, the result of Potara Fusion between Goku and Vegeta

Vegito is the product of a Potara Fusion between Vegeta and Goku. With unrivaled power, Vegito is one of the most powerful beings in Dragon Ball Z and is created as a desperate plan by Old Kai to stop the powerful Super Buu, when he was winning against Ultimate Gohan after absorbing Gotenks and Piccolo. It has been theorized that Vegito could easily attain the form of Super Saiyan 2 as well as Super Saiyan 3. However, neither was necessary to finish his task of defeating Super Buu, as his Super Saiyan state alone berthed enough in battle that he single-handedly pummeled Buu blithely without even needing to use his fists or any effort. It was obvious he had the physical power to maintain such feats, but he only appeared for a short time before his strategy to deliberately be absorbed into Buu’s body (whilst keeping a barrier on to avoid being assimilated into his being) resulted in his diffusion, after which Vegeta crushed his earring, vowing to never fuse with Goku again regardless of the circumstances. Goku follows suit reluctantly, and as a result, despite Old Kai’s offer for the two to merge into Vegito again and take care of Kid Buu in a flash, the two decide to fight alone, and Vegito is never again seen.

Goku’s relaxation, and Vegeta’s strategic mind enabled Vegito to be quite an intelligent fighter without being overcome by arrogance as Vegeta alone would be but possessing the ruthlessness to kill Super Buu that Goku would lack. In addition, Vegito also possesses the immense power and speed of both Goku and Vegeta amplified to great degrees, as well as the tactics and skill of both. He is very similar to Gogeta, who is another fusion of Goku and Vegeta.

Gogeta

Main article: Gogeta

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Gogeta, the Fusion Dance result of Goku and Vegeta

Gogeta is one of the most powerful characters introduced in the series. Like Vegito, Gogeta was an act of desperation, though this one was to stop the powerful demon of the 12th Dragon Ball Z movie, Janemba, rather than Majin Buu. Gogeta annihilated Janemba with hardly any effort, disposing of the demon in seconds. He derives his strategic battle tactics and skill from Vegeta, and his massive power and energy potential from Goku. However, due to his extraordinary power, the fusion will only last for 10 minutes (so far only confirmed for his Super Saiyan 4 form), as opposed to the usual 30 minutes, though this has been proven ample time to defeat almost any foe many times over.

Gokule

Main article: Gokule

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The fusion between Goku and Hercule, as imagined by Goku

Gokule is the fusion of Goku and Mr. Satan (Hercule) formed by the Potara earrings. He only appeared in Goku’s imagination and as a playable character in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2. After Goku returns to life and Earth, he finds Gohan to be the only remaining strong fighter to fuse with. But when Goku threw the Potara earring to Gohan, Gohan dropped it and when he finally found it he was absorbed by Super Buu. As the only two beings that were still alive are Mr. Satan and Dende, he imagined what the fusion would look like and which of the two would be better. He chose Hercule, because Hercule had more fighting experience and might make Goku a little stronger. In addition, fusing with Dende would make the Dragon Balls of Earth disappear. Just at the moment Goku said that Hercule should catch the earring and put it on his left ear, Vegeta appeared and Goku used Instant Transmission to find Vegeta and fuse, forming Vegito. This being the case, Gokule was only a hypothetical character in the anime, and is only seen as Goku’s mental image of what the fusion would look like.

Hypothetical fusion with Dende

Main article: Den-Goku

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The hypothetical fusion between Goku and Dende, as imagined by Goku

After Goku returns to life and Earth, he finds Gohan to be the only remaining strong fighter to fuse with. But when Goku threw the Potara earring to Gohan, Gohan dropped it and when he finally found it he was absorbed by Super Buu. As the only two beings that were still alive are Mr. Satan and Dende, he imagined what the fusion would look like and which of the two would be better. He chose Mr. Satan, because if he fused with Dende the Dragon Balls would cease to exist. Just at the moment Goku said that Mr. Satan should catch the earring and put it on his left ear, Vegeta appeared and Goku used Instant Transmission to find Vegeta and fuse, forming Vegito. This being the case, the fusion with Dende was only a hypothetical character in the anime seen as Goku’s mental image of what the fusion would look like, and named Den-Goku in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.

Broku

Broku is a hypothetical fusion of Goku and Broly. It is a “Fusion Frenzy” card in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game, however, the card itself does not depict the fused character, instead showing the two fusing characters beside each other.

Appearances in other media

Dr. Slump remake

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Goku fighting Bojack in one of the Dr. Slump movies

Goku appears as a kid in the remake TV series of Dr. Slump. Arale helps him fighting General Blue and Ninja Murasaki. He also transforms into a Great Ape during the series. Kid Goku even appears in the video game Dr. Slump: Arale-Chan. Goku also makes a minor appearance as an adult in the movie Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N’cha! Love Comes From Penguin Village, where he is seen fighting Bojack in the background.

Video games

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Against Future Trunks’ wishes, Goku interacts with his child self during a trip to the past inDragon Ball Z: Atsumare! Gokū Wārudo

In video games, Goku appears in virtually every Dragon Ball licensed electronic game to date; see the list of video games where Goku is playable. He is also featured in various crossover games; he appears the Famicom gamesFamicom Jump: Hero Retsuden and Famicom Jump II: Saikyō no Shichinin, the DS games Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars. He is featured in the Dragon Ball Z/One Piece/Naruto 2006 crossover game Battle Stadium D.O.N. In December 2007, Goku, along with Naruto Uzumaki and Luffy, would make guest appearances in avatar form in the MMORPG Second Life to promote “Jump Festa”.

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Super Saiyan Goku in Shin Budokai

Goku was among a number of Dragon Ballcharacters to appear in the Terebikko game Dragon Ball Z: Atsumare! Gokū Wārudo. This game was packaged as a VHS tape and a telephone peripheral used to input commands to Goku and friends when requested, telling a feature-length story involving time travel leading up to the Cell Games. Like the anime, Toei Animation was responsible for the footage, and as well each voice actor reprising the role of their characters.

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Kid Goku from Dragon Ball Minus

For the first time ever, Kid Goku is playable in his Dragon Ball Minus (Jaco the Galactic Patrolman) outfit in Dragon Ball Heroes as part of the sixth mission of Jaaku Mission (JM6).

Live-action movies

Main articles: Monkey Boy (Charles Chen) and Goku (Justin Chatwin)Goku’s first appearance in a live action film was in the Korean Dragon Ball filmreleased in 1990.

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Goku in the 1990 Korean Dragon Ball film

He appears as the main protagonist in the Chinese film Dragon Ball: The Magic Beginsunder the name of Monkey Boy portrayed by Charles Chen.

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Charles Chen playing Monkey Boy in Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins

Goku is the main protagonist in the 2009 American live-action movie Dragonball Evolution directed by James Wong. The character is portrayed by actor Justin Chatwin. Chatwin did not wear a wig as it is felt his hair already resembled Goku’s. In the movie he carries out his grandfathers wishes and seeks out Master Roshi for training and he attempts to collect all the Dragon Balls before Piccolo. Along the way he befriends Yamcha and Bulma. Justin Chatwin quoted “First of all, it’s an honor to play Goku, because he is a very important and epic character. He is always seeing the positive side of things, does good things, and always tries to help and take care of the weak, not only pursuing his power. He is a dependable and loving man as well as a boy. So I like Goku. In preparation for the role, of course I read the original manga (all of it), in addition, I read [Journey to the West] a little, because Dragonball is based on [Journey to the West]. And during the break time of shooting, I got into Goku’s character, telling jokes with other cast in search of the real communication which can be used in acting. This is the most interesting movie for me. Because I have never fought with anyone though, I trained in martial arts and acrobatics, and then we shot it. That’s fun as well as challenging. Fighting with Eriko (Tamura), she punched me in the face, actually she intended to hit lightly, but… it was a clean hit (laugh) She said “I’m sorry!” and apologized to me, but thanks to her, we could shoot very powerful action scene. Through this work, I think I could learn a lot of things.”

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Goku being portrayed by Justin Chatwin in Dragon Ball Evolution

Goku also appears in the 2010 live action battle show Dragon Ball Kai: Super Battle Stage, which is loosely based on the 1993 movie Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan.

In popular culture

Goku has often been deemed a positive role model for children throughout Japan. In June 1988, Goku and other Dragon Ball characters were featured in two PSA shorts. The first short was entitled “The Goku Traffic Safety” (悟空の交通安全, Gokū no Kōtsū Anzen) where Goku is taught the importance of obeying traffic safety by others. The second was called “Goku’s Fire Brigade” (悟空の消防隊, Gokū no Shōbō-tai) where he teaches two children the importance of fire safety; this short is notable for featuring Goku as a volunteer fire-fighter.

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Goku’s appearance on “Yamada Katsute-nai Wink”

Goku has made guest appearances in various Japanese television shows and manga. He is a recurring character in the anime remake of another series by Toriyama, Dr. Slump. In 1990, Goku (in anime form) made a surprise 2 min.30 appearance on “Yamada Katsute Nai Wink” (やまだかつてないWink, “Yamada Katsute Nai Wink”). Here, he uses the Dragon Balls to help J-Pop star and hostess Kuniko Yamada gain her abilities, including the ability to execute a Kamehameha, which she playfully uses on him. In 1993, Goku (with a halo) appeared accompanied by Maruko-chan (another manga character) in a promotional broadcast for Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! and Chibi Maruko-chan: My Favorite Song, which were released in Japan on July, 11th 1992, and December 19, 1992 respectively.[183] In 2006, Goku, Vegeta, and Frieza would make a surprise appearance in a special issue ofKochiKame. Here, Ryotsu Kankichi travels to Namek and issues Frieza a citation for parking his ship illegally. Ryotsu also meets Vegeta and Goku on the planet. In 2005, Goku appears in the Toriyama parody mangaNeko Majin, where he is the sensei of the main character, Neko Majin Z. He, with the other Dragon Ballcharacters, would team up with the cast of One Piece in a crossover manga titled Cross Epoch. Here, Goku is traveling nomad who meets up with Monkey D. Luffy. Together, they fight the Pilappaggy Villain Union, a gang led by Pilaf and Buggy.

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Goku and Maruko-chan in a promotional broadcast for their respective 1992 movies

Goku can also be considered a regular commodity for Fuji TV. In 2003, Goku would appear in the interactive feature entitled Kyutai Panic Adventure! (球体パニックアドベンチャー!, Kyūtai Panikku Adobenchā!?; lit. “Orb Panic Adventure!”), which was featured exclusively at the Fuji TV headquarters. Here, Frieza attacks tourists by blasting the orb section free it from the rest of the Fuji TV building followed by a cannon attack by Arlong and his gang. It features teamups of Goku, Luffy, and Astro Boy. This was followed up with the 2004Kyūtai Panic Adventure Returns! (球体パニックアドベンチャーリターンズ!, Kyūtai Panikku Adobenchā Ritānzu!?; lit. “Orb Panic Adventure Returns!”). Here, the evil Eneru appears and attack the headquarter’s location in the aqua city of Odaiba. It features team ups with Goku, Luffy, and KochiKame’s Ryotsu Kankichi. The feature is also known for Goku and Luffy’s tag-team attack on Eneru, which fans have dubbed as the “Gom Gom Kamehameha”.

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Goku’s appearance as a commentator at the 2007 Nippon Ijin Taishō

On April 7, 2007, Goku appeared along with Fuji TV announcer Masaharu Miyake as commentators to an anime segment in Nippon Ijin Taishō · Saikyō no Ijin wa Dare? (日本偉人大賞・最強の偉人は誰?; lit. “Japan’s Great Awards – Who is the Strongest Hero?”). The segment featured a special World Martial Arts Tournament that was to decide who was the greatest person in Japanese history. The fighters were Musashibo Benkei, Himiko, Prince Shotoku, and Amakusa Shiro. During the intermission, Goku managed to plugged the then soon be released copies of R2 releases of the Dragon Ball DVDs. The winner was Prince Shotoku, who defeated Benkei in the final.

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Goku in a KFC commercial

Goku has often been the subject of various parodies over the years. On an episode of Operation!, Takeshi Castle, which is currently known as in the US as MXC, had an episode called family day. In that episode, the hosts Beat Takeshi and Sonomanma Higashi were dressed as popular anime characters one was Kid Goku and the other was Doremon. In the MXC dub of that episode, when asked who about his Goku costume, the host replied “Who, me? I’m dressed as a crack head!” The Shonen Jump “Gag Special 2005” issue released on December 1, 2004 featured a Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo one-shot Dragon Ballparody manga. The manga was a humorous retelling of the battle between Goku and Vegeta in the Saiyan Saga. Jelly Jiggler was Goku and Don Patch was Vegeta. In the anime episode “Fire It Up! Abenobashi Hong Kong Combat Shopping Arcade” of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, character Sasshi Imamiya goes Super Saiyan much like Goku and fires a Kamehameha.

Reception

Goku’s character was well received by publications for manga, anime and other media. Several pieces of merchandising based on Goku has also been released including action figures,[184][185] plushes,[186][187] and keychains.[188] Anime News Network noted Goku to be a good part of the comedy of the series and remarked that after all events that happen to him, he is still the same naive character.[189] THEM Anime Reviews noted him to be Goku is not the omnipowerful one in the first series unlike Dragon Ball Z, nor does he randomly disappear for long stretches of time between sagas. They also liked how the series tell all his adventures making him a good main character.[190] Rationalmagic.com praised Goku’s innocence as one of the funniest parts of the series.[191] His journey and ever growing strength resulted in the character winning “the admiration of young boys everywhere”.[192]

Goku ranked consistently high in the Anime Grand Prix poll in the category of “best male character” in the late 1980s and early 1990s, appearing fifteenth in the 1988 poll,[193] second in the 1989 poll,[194] fourth in the 1990 poll,[195] third in the 1991 poll,[196] fourth in the 1992 poll,[197] thirteenth in 1993 poll,[198] and twelfth in 1994 poll.[199] In Mania Entertainment’s 10 Most Iconic Anime Heroes written by Thomas Zoth who commented that “Goku and Dragon Ball completely revolutionized shōnen manga.”[200] In a Newtype magazine poll from March 2010, Goku was voted the fifth most popular male character from the 1980s. In 2005, The Daily Reader printed an article entitled “The Greatest Geek Movie Heroes of All Time”. Goku is the only animated character on the list, coming in nine places after the winner.[201] Other manga artists, such as Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto and One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda, have stated that Goku inspired their series’ main protagonists.[202][203] In 2000, Goku placed third in an Animax poll of favorite anime characters.[204] In a survey conducted by Oricon in 2007 between 1,000 people, Goku ranked first place as the “Strongest Manga character of all time.”[205] In the survey “friendship” developed by rankingjapan.com in which people had to choose what anime character they would like to have as a friend, Goku ranked fifth.[206] Masako Nozawa, the Japanese voice actress for Goku, has commented she liked when he lost his tail because that made him more normal but liked that the character was still the same in the end of the series.[207] Jackie Chan has gone on record stating that Goku is his favoriteDragon Ball character.[208] IGN.com named Goku the number 1 anime character of all time in their list of the “Top 25 Anime Characters of All Time” in 2009[209] and third on the 2014 list.[210]

Goku’s background is something similar to Superman’s origin, they both escaped their home planets and adopted by humans, their fathers tried to warn their people. In the 133rd edition (September 2002) of Wizard Magazine, a hypothetical Superman vs. Goku match-up was published. Goku won the fight quite easily, not even needing to use Super Saiyan form. The article fell under heavy criticism by upset Superman fans. Later that year, Wizard did an open poll at the Toronto Fan Expo and New York Comicon asking attendees who would win. Over 80% said Superman would defeat Goku.

Goku has been the inspiration for many characters, including Monkey D. Luffy from the One Piece series,Naruto Uzumaki from the Naruto series, Zatch Bell from the Zatch Bell series, and most recently Toriko from the Toriko series. The disbanded German rock band “Son Goku” takes their name from Goku. The band’s front man Thomas D specifically chose the name as Goku embodies the band’s philosophy. Stating he was “fascinated by Goku’s naïveté and cheerfulness, yet, at the same time, a great warrior saving the world”

Vegeta

Vegeta

Vegeta (ベジータ, Bejīta), or Prince Vegeta, is the prince of thefallen Saiyan race and arch-rival to Goku. He is the eldest son of King Vegeta, the older brother of Tarble, the husband ofBulma, the father of Trunks and Bulla, and the great-great grandfather of Vegeta Jr. Alongside Goku, Gohan, and Piccolo, he is easily one of the most prominent characters in the series, receiving more character development after being introduced than a number of other characters.

Regal, egotistical and full of pride, Vegeta was once a ruthless, cold-blooded warrior and outright killer,[6] but later abandons his role in the Frieza Force, instead opting to remain and live onEarth, fighting alongside the Z Fighters; all the while striving to become the universe‘s most powerful warrior, specifically with the mission to defeat and surpass Goku in power.[7] His character evolves from villain, to anti-hero, to protagonist through the course of the series.

Overview

History

Vegeta was once a young member of the Saiyan Army under the Frieza Force, but after his race’s demise, he worked alongside Nappa and Raditz, directly under Frieza. He later joins the Z Fighters while battling alongside them on Namek, and returns to Earth with them as well, where he remains for the rest of his life.

Appearance

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Goku and Vegeta’s height difference.

Vegeta is 5’5″ tall (in comparison with Goku‘s 5’9″ height). His hair is spiky and it firmly stands upwards, and has a prominent widow’s peak. Like most Saiyans, he possesses black eyes and jet black hair, though his hair is infrequently black with red highlights in various media (posters, trading cards, and similar merchandise in particular). A main characteristic of Vegeta’s is the fact that he is the only living Saiyan who has continued to don the traditional Saiyan armor underneath a dark blue long-sleeved jumpsuit with white gloves and boots. He has also been seen wearing alternate forms of the armor, customizing the armor to better suit his persona. However, once he integrates into Earthly society, he abandons the Saiyan armor, at first gradually in Dragon Ball Zwearing a dark blue sleeveless jumpsuit with white gloves and boots, then completely in Dragon Ball GT, in favor of clothing more characteristic of a human (Vegeta’s uniform transition is symbolic of his adjustment to a human lifestyle) such as a crimson tank top, violet gloves, dark blue jeans and violet boots along with a black leather sleeveless jacket.[citation needed]However, even after Vegeta loses the armor in Dragon Ball Z, he is always seen wearing iconic white gloves and white boots in battle. Vegeta once had a tail, but it was cut off by Yajirobe to remove Vegeta from his Great Ape state during the Vegeta Saga.

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Vegeta in Resurrection ‘F’

Vegeta’s hair never grows in length. He states to Bulma, in an episode of the Perfect Cell Saga, that a pure-blooded Saiyan’s hair does not change from the day they are born, aside from Super Saiyantransformations.

If observed closely, Vegeta actually changes appearance physically over the course of the series. He was originally intended to appear deceptively small, lean, and less threatening in comparison to his massive partner, Nappa. However, by the end of Dragon Ball Z, he seems to be taller and more muscular, the length of his hair having also been shortened, though he is still comparatively shorter than Goku, who also appears to have grown taller. Vegeta’s facial features also look more distinct and sharply defined as the series progresses, making him look older (though this may be attributed to gradual aging). It should be noted however that some of these changes (mainly the more defined facial and anatomical features in most male characters, and the increase in muscularity in all characters) are mainly due to a visible shift in Akira Toriyama‘s artistic style over the course of the series.

In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Vegeta takes on a new suit made by Bulma. Vegeta wears a black long-sleeved jumpsuit and altered chest piece with Whis‘ insignia along with the same white gloves and boots from the other outfits that he wore.

In Dragon Ball Super, as Vegeta becomes accustom the Earth, he starts to wear clothes Earthlings would wear. Vegeta is seen wear a blue collar shirt with a white undershirt. khakis and brown shoes. Vegeta receives a new battle suit from Bulma, the same one from Resurrection ‘F’.

Personality

Vegeta is arrogant throughout the series, and becomes bitter due to the abuse his race suffered at the hands of Frieza. Following the destruction of his home world Planet Vegeta, his hatred toward Frieza grows. His royalty seems to have bestowed upon him an inflated sense of superiority, holding himself above nearly everyone he encounters. He is immensely proud of his Saiyan heritage and believes his race to be the most powerful in the universe.

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Vegeta in his first appearances on Earth as he prepares to do battle with Goku

As the Prince of a demolished Planet Vegeta, Vegeta is initially introduced as an unrepentant villain. Judging from his evil intentions before joining the Z Fighters, Vegeta has been consistently characterized as extremely arrogant, vengeful, and at times, cold. Many of Vegeta’s early heroic acts are because of self-interest or revenge, although he later settles down and grows fond of Earth as his home, raising a family with Bulma. Having been born into the upper tier of Saiyan society, Vegeta was fixated on achieving the legendary status ofSuper Saiyan and becoming the most powerful warrior in the universe. Vegeta is more of a tactical fighter who often rushes in the brawl without hesitation. However, his rage or arrogance often causes him to underestimate his opponent. His royal blood and intense fighting style has both benefited and harmed him in many battles. Vegeta has been shown to be one of the more intelligent characters of the series, as well as one of the most serious, rarely exhibiting humor. When he does so, his humor is often very dry and in some rare occasions it is based on black humor.[citation needed] However, he does delight in mocking his enemies, as demonstrated when he offers to reconstructAndroid 18 into a “toaster” or a “washing machine” (FUNimation dub only). He also shows his bleak sense of humor towards Goku when he was about to battle him in the World Martial Arts Tournament. Normally, his ego and arrogance overshadow his positive qualities.

Vegeta is extremely aggressive and cold-blooded. Since his childhood, Vegeta has proven himself a ruthless killer, merciless like most Saiyans. During the Namek Saga, he began to exhibit changes; rather than killing Krillin or Gohan as he promised in the previous saga, he instead forges an alliance with them. Throughout the first half of the Frieza Saga, whomever he defeated, he killed without mercy. His only sign of mercy is when he let Namekian Frog Captain Ginyu live, taking delight at the notion of Ginyu being stuck in the frog’s body as punishment enough. After his defeat at the hands of Frieza, Vegeta tearfully explains to Goku that Frieza forced him to be ruthless and that he never had the chance to be anything else (implying that he could have been kinder and more merciful were it not for Frieza). From then on, Vegeta softened up and occasionally showed compassion to his new family, Bulma, Trunks, and Bulla. In addition, during the Kid Buu Saga, he notably became enraged when he learned that Goku’s deal with Old Kai involved allowing the latter to take advantage of Bulma, feeling it was very senseless of Goku. It was not until the Babidi Saga that he gave in to his obsession of overtaking Goku in might, becoming a Majin and “evil” once more. This was a desperate, failed ploy to restore his former wickedness, believing it to have been the source of his true power. Goku believes Vegeta is bluffing, and correctly so; Vegeta demonstrates his prevailing softness in hugging Trunks for the first time and telling him that he is proud to be his father, before performing a sacrificial Final Explosionagainst Majin Buu. Arguably, his most defining trait is his rivalry with Goku and obsession to surpass him in power. In Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, he goes so far as to break down in tears over his inability to surpass Goku. However, this obsession has led him to save Goku’s life on several occasions, insisting that only he will defeat Goku. When Goku sacrifices himself to save the Earth from being destroyed by Cell, Vegeta is devastated to the point that he vows never to fight again.

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Majin Vegeta

From the beginning of the series to near the end, Vegeta is shown to be exceptionally vain and egotistical. A tragic example of this is in his fight withSemi-Perfect Cell. Though he could have easily destroyed this weaker form of Cell, his arrogance bested him, and he purposely let Cell absorb Android 18 just to have a challenge in Cell through which to test his power. While fighting Super Buu, as well as while fighting Janemba on a different occasion,[8] Vegeta vehemently opposed fusion with Goku due to his pride, but Goku managed to persuade him. Later, Vegeta becomes more willing to fuse, going so far as to propose it himself in the battle against Omega Shenron in Dragon Ball GT. On several occasions, Vegeta conceitedly underestimates his opponents; in the cases of Perfect Cell and Kid Buu, Vegeta was fooled by their diminutive appearances, believing that they had only “shrunk”, which is somewhat ironic, given his own short stature, yet large power. In some instances, Vegeta has been seen afraid of opponents such as Frieza, Broly,[9] or Beerus (he does everything he possibly can to ensure that the God of Destruction is not angered when the latter arrives at Bulma’s birthday party).[10] However, he often visibly has a change of heart, displays his pride, and takes to the fight.

The boy doesn’t mean any harm, Zarbon. He just hasn’t learned how to control his passion. Give him the hardest assignment that you have, and Vegeta… do come back alive.
— Frieza when responding the young Vegeta’s plea for another combat assignment.

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Vegeta along with Raditz and Nappa, after conquering Planet Shikk

His opinion of Goku always being one step ahead of him, even though Goku is a lower class Saiyan, runs the gamut from contempt to rivalry, and later to respect and friendship. Because of his arrogance, attitude and past wrongdoing, Vegeta gains a lot of disdain from those around him. Naturally, Goku always takes an optimistic opinion about Vegeta. Vegeta almost always addresses Goku by his Saiyan birth name, Kakarot, but has on rare occasion addressed him as Goku. After the defeat of Kid Buu, he has a change of heart and his angry grudge against Goku becomes a friendly rivalry. Though he is still highly annoyed with Goku on the grounds of his immature tendencies. In the manga, Pan calls him, Uncle Vegeta, even though they are not blood related, signifying a meaningful bond between Vegeta’s family and Goku’s.

Though they grew up apart, Vegeta does care about his younger brother Tarble. Though he is highly disappointed with Tarble’s extreme lack of fighting power despite the fact he comes from the powerful royal bloodline.

At the end of the Buu Saga and in Dragon Ball GT, Vegeta is much more relaxed. He is often seen smiling and cracking jokes, such as when he forced Trunks to enter the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament, threatening to “cut his allowance” if he did not enter the competition. Often being more caring and kind to his family, especially his daughter, Bulla, Vegeta admittedly has a kinder side, per his adjustment to Earthly life. The best example of caring for his family is the aforementioned example of hugging Trunks before he fights Majin Buu as Majin Vegeta. However, Vegeta can still be seen sitting on the sidelines, while everyone else is happy, enjoying themselves in the thick of things. Later on, Vegeta developed a strong age-crisis. For example, when driving home with Bulla and seeing two teenagers in another vehicle flirting with his daughter, he ignores them. After a while, one of the boys calls Vegeta a “geezer”, causing him to become angry and break their car.

In the anime, Vegeta is shown to have a fear of worms, as when the small roundworms appear behind a larger one when inside Buu, Vegeta bolts behind Goku.[11]

As a father, Vegeta was a fair and good one. When Trunks wasn’t willing to do certain things in his training, Vegeta motivated him to try by rewarding him if he succeeded. One example was he offered to take Trunks to the park (amusement park in the original dub) if he was able to land a punch on Vegeta’s face. When Trunks succeeded and Vegeta reflexably punched Trunks in the face, he realized he went too far, and although his pride prevented him from apologizing, he kept his promise to Trunks. Having known he was always emotionally distant with his son, Vegeta attempted to be a better father after the fight with Buu by spending more time with his family and was willing to make amends as a father. He shows a degree of favoritism towards Bulla, such as not forcing her to train, taking her shopping, and reacting with dismay when boys flirt with her.

Relationship with Bulma

Servant woman, bring me a drying cloth at once!
— Vegeta ordering Bulma to bring him a towel after a shower

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Bulma suggests that Vegeta takes a bath

Vegeta and Bulma initially meet on planet Namek, but neither actually talked to the other; Bulma was too frightened, and Vegeta did not care, especially when his main concern was to find the Dragon Balls. However, their first interaction with each other was prior to his rematch with Zarbon, to which Vegeta threatened to kill both Bulma and Krillin. The first time any affection is displayed between them is in “Immortality Denied“, in which Vegeta, during a conversation with Gohan, refers to Bulma as a “Gorgeous Girl” in the Ocean dub.

Despite their rocky start, Bulma was more than willing to put up with Vegeta, even if he scared her. Upon his resurrection after being killed by Frieza, and then being teleported to Earth, Bulma invites Vegeta to live at Capsule Corporation as he has nowhere to go, on the condition that he does not touch her. Vegeta reluctantly accepts her offer, but quickly leaves Earth in search of Goku after he discovers his unwillingness to return to Earth from the Namek Dragon. During his absence on Earth, Bulma begins to slowly but surely show signs of affection towards the Saiyan Prince, after having a dream about him; she also shows a deep concern for him after being informed that his ship is about to run out of fuel soon. Her then boyfriend Yamcha not only begins to get jealous, but also shows resentment towards Vegeta, who has no idea about Bulma’s feelings towards him.

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Bulma showing affection towards Vegeta after he was injured during his training

At one time, Vegeta is seriously injured after his training capsule explodes while he tries to train under 300 times Earth’s gravity. Bulma shows immense concern for Vegeta and tries to convince him to stop training and to rest. Vegeta defiantly attempts to return to his training, but collapses, and Bulma then takes him to Capsule Corp to nurse him back to health. Later, Vegeta awakes to find Bulma asleep beside him, and wonders why she’s there (having no idea of Bulma’s feelings for him). When Bulma sees Vegeta return to training, she firmly tells him to stop because of his injuries, but Vegeta refuses to listen, and shouts at her to leave him alone. This leaves Bulma feeling very bitter about Vegeta and his stubbornness for a while afterwards.

After approximately a year since Future Trunks‘ warning about the Androids, Bulma breaks up with Yamcha and becomes romantically involved with Vegeta, ultimately leading to the conception of Trunks. However, even the birth of their son was not enough to bring the two together, as of that time Vegeta prioritized his rivalry with Goku before anything else, even his relationship with Bulma. Arguments were common between the two, with Bulma often calling Vegeta a “jerk” and Vegeta showing little to no care or emotion for either his son or his future wife; this was demonstrated during an incident in which Bulma’s plane is destroyed and their lives are at risk. When Future Trunks saves the two and questions Vegeta as to why he did not try to save them, Vegeta responds that he has “more important things to worry about than that foolish woman and her blasted child.” Bulma later humiliates Vegeta in front of everyone when she says that every time he sticks his “Ugly Mug” up to Trunks, it makes Trunks cry, much to Krillin and Gohan’s amusement and Vegeta’s anger.[12]

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Vegeta with his family

Vegeta’s and Bulma’s indifference to each other during the Androids Saga strongly implies that the circumstances surrounding their child’s conception was no more than a brief affair; Future Trunks states to Goku that in his timeline, even though Bulma fell in love with Vegeta, they did not stay together very long because their attraction was solely based on passion and loneliness.[13] Also, in the alternate timeline, Future Vegeta was killed by the Androids soon after Trunks was born, so his relationship with Bulma did not have a chance to progress in that timeline.

However, the seven years of peace that came after the conclusion of the Cell Games would suggest that the two settled their differences and began to have a much better relationship than previously, as they were already married by the time the Majin Buu conflict took place. Vegeta eventually became fond of his family in the Majin Buu Saga, but is ashamed of himself for doing so, wanting to be the cold-hearted prince he once was. He attempted to return to his former self by allowing Babidi take control of him and denounced his ties to Bulma and Trunks, but Goku deduced that Vegeta was bluffing. Nonetheless, Vegeta eventually realizes what is really important in his life, and sacrifices himself to save his family and Earth when fighting Majin Buu.

Another more comical show of his fondness towards Bulma can be seen in his angry reaction when he finds out that Goku promised Old Kai that he could kiss her (in the original version, Goku promised to show Old Kai some sexy pictures of Bulma), causing Vegeta to throw a fit, yelling to Goku “Let him kiss your woman!”, to which Goku’s replies “Your wife is prettier than mine!” (in the manga, Vegeta yells at Goku to show the Old Kai pictures of Chi-Chi, to which Goku responds “But Chi-Chi would kill me!).

Vegeta showed his love for Bulma when Beerus slapped Bulma and Vegeta flew into a heated rage, causing him to attack Beerus, whom he was initially afraid of; Master Roshi and Goku note that Vegeta has grown powerful in that moment of anger.[10]

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Biography

Childhood

Main article: Genocide of the Saiyans

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Vegeta when he sees Beerus stepping over his father

Vegeta is born around Age 732. His father, King Vegeta, is the King of theSaiyan race. In his youth, Vegeta saw his father being stepped over by the God of Destruction Beerus.[10] Trying to help him, he gets paralyzed, restraining him from moving by Beerus. King Vegeta and his race are also under the rule of the interplanetary warlord Frieza, and the former was also forced by Frieza to surrender him to the latter through undisclosed means. While under Frieza’s grip, Vegeta was pressured by Frieza to do his bidding or else Frieza would murder Vegeta’s father.

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A young Vegeta fighting a team of Saibamen

A little while before the genocide of the Saiyans, Vegeta is shown effortlessly destroying 6 to 7 Saibamen during a training, and soon later conquering a planet for Frieza.[14] Despite this, Frieza kills King Vegeta anyway after the latter attempted to form a mutiny against him to free Vegeta. While Vegeta is on another planet, Frieza destroys the Saiyan planet, Planet Vegeta. As a result, all the Saiyans (except for Goku, Raditz, Vegeta, Nappa, Turles, Paragus, Brolyand Tarble) are killed.

Man! Frieza… the day will soon be here that we won’t take any more orders from him, you watch.
— The young Vegeta when speaking to Nappa

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Vegeta as a kid in Bardock – The Father of Goku

Frieza keeps Vegeta, Nappa, and Raditz as slaves to do his bidding, while Goku escapes the devastation by being sent to cleanse Earth of its inhabitants moments before Planet Vegeta was destroyed. In the manga chapter of the Namek Saga, Vegeta is angry over working under Frieza. Vegeta is especially reluctant to take orders from Frieza’s right-hand man, Zarbon, whom Vegeta states is responsible for mocking him for many years and “working him like a slave.” Despite being Frieza’s underling, Vegeta constantly and proudly calls himself the “Prince of all Saiyans.” Vegeta does not refer to himself as the “King of all Saiyans”, possibly out of respect for his father, a refusal to admit the extinction of the Saiyans, or because he was never formally declared King. Vegeta planned to assassinate Frieza several times. However, after witnessing Frieza’s incredible display of power when he destroyed an entire planet and the rebels who opposed Frieza on it with a single gigantic energy ball fired from his index finger, Vegeta decided that he would need to wait before challenging Frieza.[15] After an assignment to wipe out the planet Shikk alongside his comrades Raditz and Nappa, Vegeta restrained Nappa when the latter attempted to brashly attack Frieza, Zarbon, and Dodoria for mocking the manner in which they took out the planet as he realized that his group did not stand a chance against Frieza’s Elite. Nonetheless, he was still visibly angry and had to restrain himself from attacking when Zarbon mocked him as he was leaving.

At one point during his time serving under Frieza, Vegeta gets into a squabble with the Ginyu Force memberGuldo, over how Vegeta is more important in the eyes of Frieza. Guldo mocks Vegeta for being a Saiyan and says he should take orders from them, and Vegeta responds that Guldo takes orders from Frieza the same as he does and mocks Guldo for being a “four-eyed freak”. As the angry Guldo prepares to attack Vegeta, Frieza arrives and blasts Guldo away. Frieza then has Vegeta come with him to conquer a planet.

Dragon Ball Z

Battling Earth’s Special Forces

Main article: Vegeta Saga

Now I’ll show you the wall that you can never scale with “hard work” alone…
— Vegeta taunting Goku prior to their battle (FUNimation dub)

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Vegeta’s first appearance inDragon Ball Z Kai

Vegeta is introduced to Dragon Ball Z at 29 years of age as a mercenary forFrieza. Vegeta comes to Earth when he receives Raditz‘s dying report of seven magic objects known as the Dragon Balls which will grant wishes. After hearing this report, and of Raditz’s death, Vegeta and his companion, Nappa, decide to come to Earth and use the Dragon Balls to wish for immortality (it is implied in later sagas that he desired immortality so he could defeat Frieza for his years of suffering). Goku and the Z Fighters are warned of their arrival, and begin to train themselves. While Vegeta and Nappa travel to Earth, they stop by Arlia in an anime filler. They were only there for a short time, and while they were there, they made short work of the planet’s strongest warriors, before destroying Planet Arlia. When they landed on Earth, Nappa and Vegeta wreaked havoc with little to stop them. They then found Piccolo, Krillin, andGohan waiting for them, with Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu, and Yamcha appearing just after. After losing Yamcha (after one Saibaman self destructed), Krillin destroys most of the Saibamen with Piccolo destroying the last Saibaman.

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Vegeta prepares to destroy Arlia

This causes Vegeta and Nappa to become impressed, but Nappa decides to heat things up by being the first to battle Earth’s defenders. Vegeta sits back and watches the beatings. Nappa easily dominates all the Z Fighters, resulting in Chiaotzu sacrificing himself by blowing up on Nappa’s back, which was in vain, leaving his best friend Tien sacrificing himself to avenge him, which was also proves to be in vain. While Nappa does manage to get wounded every now and then, he seems to have complete control of the battle. In the middle of the battle, Vegeta demands that Nappa stop his rampage for three hours to give Goku a chance to arrive at the scene. Nappa succumbs to Vegeta’s orders and obeys him. In filler, Vegeta allows Nappa to destroy the Earth’s Military and Navy with the condition that he doesn’t use up enough energy to break a sweat. Throughout both parts of the battle, Vegeta chuckles to himself whenever Nappa stumbles on a technique, or when one of the Z Fighters gain the upperhand on Nappa for a limited amount of time, also constantly belittling Nappa, calling him weak and idiotic. However, despite Vegeta’s lack of faith in Nappa, he does assist Nappa in dire situations, such as when he warns Nappa about Krillin’s Destructo Disc. As Nappa continues to hold the advantage in the battle, the remaining Z Fighters desperately call for Goku to assist them. When Goku finally comes back on Earth and heads directly towards them using his Flying Nimbus, Vegeta reads Goku’s power level and then orders Nappa to kill Goku’s friends, noting that their assistance with Goku in the battle could be difficult for he and Nappa to defeat. When Gohan angers Nappa to higher levels, Nappa attempts to annihilate Gohan, but Piccolo quickly stands between his attack, thus sacrificing himself for Gohan’s sake.

After Piccolo bids his farewell to Gohan, Gohan furiously attacks Nappa at full force with a Super Masenko, which is still not enough to injure Nappa. Vegeta recognizes that Gohan’s power only increases with intense displays of emotion, and orders Nappa to kill the boy. Goku arrives just before Nappa can crush Gohan with his foot. Vegeta detects the high power level of Goku with his scouter, and after a quick introduction, Goku begins to fight Nappa. Goku and Nappa seem to be evenly matched at first, but the benefits of Goku’s training quickly became evident. Eventually, Vegeta calls Nappa back after taking too long, so Nappa decides that he will kill Gohan and Krillin instead. Goku activates the Kaio-ken technique, and stops Nappa before he can do anything, crippling him in the process. Goku orders Vegeta to take his injured friend back to where they came from for immediate medical attention. Because of Nappa’s failure to defeat a low class Saiyan like Goku, when Nappa begs Vegeta to help him, Vegeta fools Nappa into thinking he will assist him, but instead throws Nappa in the air and kills him for his failure. After giving Krillin and Gohan Senzu Beans, which fully recovers their strength, Goku tells Gohan and Krillin to leave Vegeta to him and requests to Vegeta to fight somewhere else.

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Vegeta crosses Goku

Vegeta eventually agrees, and they leave the battle field. At Gizard Wasteland, Vegeta offers Goku a chance to join him, but Goku quickly turns down the offer as he already has everything he wanted, completely disagrees with Vegeta’s selfish intentions, and has already seen how Vegeta treats his partners. Vegeta and Goku continue discussing who is truly right, with Vegeta stating that even Goku’s multiplying Kaio-Ken technique will not reach his elite rank power level, with Goku replying by stating if someone struggles hard enough, a low-class can reach the rank of an elite warrior. Their fight now begins, and it is made clear that Vegeta is much stronger than the much-improved Goku. Even using Kaio-ken at the second level (Kaio-ken times two) was not enough to stop Vegeta. Thus, Goku had to push the multiplier of the technique even higher, ignoring King Kai‘s warnings. With this power, Goku was able to fight Vegeta on equal ground to an extent, and the Prince of Saiyans lost his temper and decided he would destroy the planet with his Galick Gun technique, and go find the Dragon Balls on Namek instead. However, Goku countered the Galick Gun with a Kamehameha, and the two struggled for several minutes. When it seemed Vegeta was gaining the upper hand, Goku finally pushed himself to unforeseen levels and used Kaio-ken x4 to boost his power even higher, in turn surprising and overwhelming Vegeta and sending him skywards. Vegeta managed to survive the beam carrying him ever higher. Thus, Vegeta decided to transform himself into a Great Ape, which would multiply his power tenfold, throwing a Power Ball into the air, as Piccolo destroyed the moon a couple of months before. When Vegeta transformed, Goku was completely outclassed and had to resort to using the Spirit Bombtechnique. However, before he could use it, Vegeta disrupted it with a Chou Makouhou. Then Vegeta grabbed Goku and began to slowly crush him, making him suffer instead of killing him quickly. Krillin and Gohan had seen the Power Ball that Vegeta had used to transform, and had returned to the battle.

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Vegeta transforms into a Great Ape

Upon finding Goku defeated, they attempted to distract Vegeta and cut off his tail, in order to force him back to his normal form. This attempt failed, but Yajirobe succeeded where the strong Z Fighters had not. When he was back to normal, Vegeta became enraged and fought Gohan briefly. Despite Gohan’s efforts, Vegeta proved to be far stronger and faster than the boy. Goku then decides to give Krillin the last of the Spirit Bomb he managed to retain. Krillin accepted this new energy, and was instructed by Goku how to unleash it on Vegeta.

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Vegeta, battle-worn following the loss of his tail

Panicking at first, Krillin receives further instructions from North Kai, and he hurls the Spirit Bomb at Vegeta. When Yajirobe shouted at Krillin to throw it, making Vegeta notice him, Krillin throws it, and at first it missed, but Gohan was pure enough that he could bounce the energy back, striking Vegeta. The Spirit Bomb hit him and severely damaged him, reducing his energy and strength greatly; but he survived. Vegeta then draws upon his Ki reserves and unleashes a mighty blast that strikes down everyone nearby. Vegeta notices that Gohan has regrown his tail from the effects of the Power Ball, and realizes that he may soon transform. The villain is unable to prevent this thanks to Yajirobe distracting him with an attack from behind. Realizing his mistake, Vegeta quickly returns to Gohan, but was too late. Gohan assumes the Great Ape form, and Vegeta in his severely weakened state could not defeat him. However, Vegeta could out-think the primitive ape form of Gohan, and manages to cut off Gohan’s tail, returning the young half-breed to normal size and power. Before Gohan could fully return to normal, however, he fell on Vegeta as a Great Ape, and Vegeta was unable to dodge in his wounded state.

Vegeta finally retreats, and crawls to his space pod, realizing he cannot keep fighting in his current condition. A weakened Krillin gains consciousness, and just when he is about to stab Vegeta with Yajirobe’s katana sword, Goku telepathically pleaded for Krillin to let Vegeta go, wanting to have a rematch one day and also wanting Vegeta to have the same chance to change his ways that Piccolo got; after much persuasion, Krillin agrees. Vegeta then departs Earth, vowing to make Goku regret sparing him, and his space pod takes him to one of the planets controlled by Frieza. With his extreme arrogance he cannot understand how a “Low-Class” Saiyan like Goku could have done so well against him, unwilling to factor the contributions of the other three warriors into the battle.

War on Namek

Main article: Namek Saga

You’re not going…anywhere. You will pay for your part in this, just as Frieza soon will. But I want you to know… I do this not for my planet, not for my race, but because you thought you could make the prince of Saiyans a slave to your whims!
— Vegeta to Dodoria

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Vegeta is beaten by Zarbon

After rehabilitation, Cui tells Vegeta that Frieza is already on Namek alongside his henchmen Zarbon and Dodoria, and that they are searching for the Dragon Balls. Without wasting any time, Vegeta makes his way to Planet Namek, now planning to make a wish with the Dragon Balls. During his stay on the planet, he meets up with Krillin and Gohan, who were also in search of the Namekian Dragon Balls. He tries to track them down and torment them, but eventually leaves them alone since he has much bigger problems such as Frieza, his previous master and the warlord who was also in search of the mystical Balls. While on Namek, Vegeta is followed and ambushed by Cui. Frieza had given Cui the order to terminate Vegeta, a command Cui had been hoping to hear for many years. However, unbeknownst to Cui, Vegeta’s encounter with the earthlings allowed his strength to grow exponentially higher (as a Saiyan’s strength increases every time a battle leaves him at near death). Now seeing Vegeta’s true power, Cui attacks Vegeta, but Vegeta easily evades Cui’s attack, telling him that when his power increased, so did his speed. He then easily kills Cui.

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Zarbon retrieves Vegeta

Vegeta later takes the opportunity to dispatch Dodoria as well. Once Dodoria is alone, Vegeta learns from him the true circumstances of Planet Vegeta’s destruction by Frieza himself. Dodoria offers Vegeta the opportunity to join forces with him to defeat Frieza, however Vegeta declines the offer and as he reveals his true power, Dodoria runs away cowardly calling for Frieza’s help. Vegeta then ruthlessly executes Dodoria as well. After killing Dodoria, Vegeta goes and causes mass havoc in a Namekian village in order to obtain one of the Dragon Balls. Frieza and his henchmen had already collected five Dragon Balls, so he planned to hang on to one and steal the rest from Frieza when the opportunity arose, thus preventing Frieza from making his wish. Once Vegeta obtains the Dragon Ball from the Namekian village and hides it, he takes flight and soon comes face to face with Frieza’s most powerful henchman: Zarbon.

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Vegeta in the rejuvenation chamber

Vegeta and Zarbon enter a fierce battle and Vegeta seems to have the upper hand until Zarbon undergoes a powerful reptilian transformation. Zarbon and Vegeta resume the brutal battle, with Zarbon making sport of the Saiyan prince, pounding him around and completely dominating him. Before finishing the battle, Zarbon reveals to Vegeta that Frieza can also transform, much to his horror. Zarbon easily defeats Vegeta with multiple kicks and combos and performs a powerful piledriver, sending Vegeta headfirst into the ground and completely battered in a crater that soon filled up with sea water, which Zarbon detested going into (as it would make him wet), and simply left him for dead. Zarbon returned to Frieza to relay the message of his victory, but Frieza was not satisfied. Frieza is well aware that Vegeta may know the location of one of the Dragon Balls so he sends Zarbon to go and retrieve Vegeta’s battered body and bring him back in order to heal him for interrogation.

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Vegeta brutally rams his fist clean through Zarbon’s stomach

Vegeta was later dragged back to Frieza’s spaceship by Zarbon, where he healed him in a Medical Machine. Vegeta waited for the right opportunity to escape. He made a clever distraction (he blasted the wall to the outside off leading Frieza and Zarbon to believe he ran off, although he was actually hiding in the ship) and ran away with Frieza’s collected Dragon Balls, dropping them inside the pools of water nearby and then recovering them. Frieza is extremely angered and he sends Zarbon after Vegeta once more, giving him a limit of one hour. Zarbon is able to locate Vegeta, along with Krillin and Bulma. A fierce clash ensues and the now healed and fully rejuvenated Vegeta reveals that he has become far stronger from his near death experience. Zarbon cannot believe it, but he is unable to defeat Vegeta even in his transformed state. Vegeta ruthlessly slams his fist clean through Zarbon’s stomach and blasts him, sending him to a watery grave in the Namekian sea.

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Vegeta spitefully knees Gohan, unaware of Gohan’s secret

Realizing that he can not keep the Dragon Ball from Vegeta, Krillin begrudgingly hands it over without a fight. Now in a fine mood, Vegeta spares his life and Bulma’s for the time being. Vegeta now has six of the seven Dragon Balls in his grasp, and needs only one more to make his dream of immortality a reality. While en route to where he had hidden his Dragon Ball, he meets up with Gohan and hits the boy in the stomach for fun before continuing onward. After getting back to where he had hidden his Dragon Ball, Vegeta realizes that Gohan has stolen it and berates himself for letting a kid fool him. He heads back to where Bulma had made her hideout and destroys it, but to his frustration, finds that everyone had already left. He then swears to get them for this humiliation.

Combating the Ginyu Force

Main article: Captain Ginyu Saga

There’s no such thing as fair or unfair in battle. There is only victory, or in your case, defeat.
— Vegeta after responding to Guldo’s accusations of Vegeta fighting unfairly.

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Vegeta joins forces with Gohan and Krillin

When Vegeta escaped Frieza’s ship with five of the seven Namekian Dragon Balls, Frieza sent word to summon the Ginyu Force, the most powerful warriors in his army. The Ginyu Force were a team of five, consisting of: Recoome,Burter, Jeice, Guldo, and their leader, Captain Ginyu. They were strange, often making amusingly choreographed dances and poses, but were also extremely powerful, said to be the mightiest in the universe. Once they arrived on planet Namek, Frieza ordered them to retrieve the Namekian Dragon Balls, bring Vegeta back to him alive, and kill any others that got in their way. Meanwhile, Vegeta sensed the arrival of the Ginyu Force and forged an alliance with Gohan and Krillin, all three deciding that their only chance for survival was to wish for Vegeta’s immortality with the Dragon Balls (Vegeta had six and Gohan and Krillin had the last one).

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Vegeta defeats Guldo

Vegeta, Gohan, and Krillin race back to where Vegeta was keeping his six Dragon Balls, and are about to wish for Vegeta’s immortality, but Krillin hesitates out of fear of an immortal Vegeta, despite Vegeta’s (false) promises that he would not harm them. Suddenly, the Ginyu Force arrives on the island where Vegeta, Gohan, and Krillin are, right next to the other six Dragon Balls. Terrified, Vegeta attempts to “hide” one of the Dragon Balls by throwing it far off into the sea, but Burter uses his incredible speed to catch it in mid-air. Vegeta then desperately orders Krillin to destroy the Dragon Ball he is holding so that Frieza cannot make his wish for immortality, but before Krillin can destroy it, Guldo freezes time and snatches the Dragon Ball out of his hands. Outmaneuvered, Vegeta, Gohan, and Krillin look on in terror as Captain Ginyu takes the seven Dragon Balls and flies off to report to Frieza, leaving the four remaining members of the Ginyu Force to deal with Vegeta, Gohan, and Krillin.

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Vegeta takes on Recoome

After playing Rock-Paper-Scissors to determine who would fight who, Guldo prepares to engage Gohan and Krillin. As the three begin fighting, it appears as if Gohan and Krillin have Guldo on the ropes, as Guldo is barely able to freeze time long enough to escape the two’s energy blasts. Just when it seems that Gohan and Krillin will win, Guldo reveals his trump card: the ability to mentally petrify his enemies. He uses this desperate move to trap Gohan and Krillin in place as he uses telekinesis to make a skewer out of a nearby tree. Helaunches the skewer at the frozen Gohan and Krillin. Just when it seems like Gohan and Krillin are about to become shish kebab, Vegeta fires an energy beam at Guldo and cuts his head off, stopping the skewer just seconds away from impaling Gohan and Krillin. After Guldo’s decapitated head insults Vegeta for not playing fair, the Saiyan prince disintegrates it, now fearing his fight against the brute Recoome.

With Guldo gone, Recoome steps up to challenge Vegeta. With his newfound power after recovering from his battle on Earth and his battle with Zarbon, Vegeta launches into a powerful assault on Recoome, landing several powerful hits and firing an intense energy blast, the Final Crash, at Recoome that appears to take care of him. However, as the dust settles and Recoome emerges unharmed from the debris, it looks like the trio is in trouble. When Recoome effortlessly takes down Vegeta, Krillin goes in to help, believing that the only chance they have of surviving is if Vegeta survives. However, Krillin’s efforts are in vain as Recoome easily knocks him aside with a single blow. Gohan then goes in to help Krillin, and despite the young warrior’s newly unlocked hidden powers (courtesy of Grand Elder Guru), Recoome manages to easily fend him off. Just when all hope seems lost, Goku lands on planet Namek. After a quick scan of the power levels on the planet, Goku concludes that the strongest power level is Frieza’s, the second strongest is Captain Ginyu’s, and his friends’ power levels are quickly fading. Goku quickly rushes onto the scene where the three remaining members of the Ginyu Force (excluding Captain Ginyu) and his friends are. Goku heals his friends and Vegeta (against Krillin’s protests) with Senzu Beans that he brought from Earth, although out of his desire to allow his rival a chance to settle the score, and partially to repay Vegeta for helping Gohan and Krillin when they were in danger of Guldo’s attack.

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Vegeta finishes Burter

The remaining members of the Ginyu Force, agitated by the interruption of Goku’s arrival, proceed to engage him in battle, but they prove to be no match for Goku, and he soundly defeats them all, knocking out Recoome (with a single hit) and Burter, and letting Jeice flee. Angered that Goku refuses to finish off Recoome and Burter, Vegeta kills them himself by cracking the unconscious Burter’s neck and blowing up the fallen Recoome from behind with an energy wave. Goku becomes upset that Vegeta would do such a thing and Vegeta explains that by letting them live, he and Gohan’s lives would be at risk. After the fighting is over, the others state that all hope is lost as Captain Ginyu has probably already brought Frieza the Dragon Balls and Frieza may already be immortal. Krillin remarks that on Earth, the sky turns black when the Dragon is summoned, and since that has not happened, Frieza probably has not made his wish. That’s when Goku fills the others in on a little secret, the Namekian Dragon Balls can only be activated when one says the correct password. Meanwhile, Jeice arrives at Frieza’s ship and requests Captain Ginyu’s help to deal with Goku. Annoyed at having to get his hands dirty, Captain Ginyu agrees and flies off with Jeice to fight Goku.

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Vegeta mercilessly executes Jeice

Goku tells Gohan and Krillin to fetch the Dragon Radar and locate the Dragon Balls. Captain Ginyu and Jeice arrive on the scene just as Gohan and Krillin leave. Goku asks for Vegeta’s help in fighting the remaining Ginyu Force members and Vegeta agrees, but quickly flies off laughing, leaving Goku to deal with Jeice and Captain Ginyu by himself. After some short fighting, Captain Ginyu realizes that Goku is holding back, and asks that he reveal his full power. Using his scouter, Captain Ginyu is shocked to find Goku reaching a power level of 180,000 with just the normal Kaio-ken. Coming to the conclusion that he can not hope to defeat Goku, he instead to use the Body Change (his special ability) to swap bodies with Goku, but not before fatally injuring his own body (causing Goku to suffer from pain when he enters Captain Ginyu’s body). Satisfied with his cunning trick, Captain Ginyu flies off in Goku’s body, with Jeice trailing.

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Vegeta fights Captain Ginyu

The new Captain Ginyu in Goku’s body, now wields a great power from Goku. He starts to fool Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan. Vegeta, however, realized that Goku was not himself. Krillin and Gohan were easily fooled, but immediately came to their senses that Goku is not himself when they saw Goku wearing a scouter, and hanging around Jeice. Krillin and Gohan then joined forces to stop Captain Ginyu in Goku’s body. Meanwhile, Vegeta handles Jeice on his own. He swiftly kills the meddling Ginyu Force member, and heads off to fight Captain Ginyu. Goku, now in Captain Ginyu’s body, makes an alliance with Vegeta to stop Ginyu in Goku’s body. As Ginyu had figured out how to use Goku’s body, he took the upper hand against Krillin and Gohan. Vegeta, however, completely overpowered him and was about to finish him off. Captain Ginyu fired another change beam, which was fortunately intercepted by Goku, and both returned to their original bodies. Captain Ginyu, now in his injured old body, was no match for Goku or Vegeta, and was soon being pummeled by him. Knowing he is finished, Captain Ginyu planned another Body Switch using his change beam, with Vegeta. The beam was about to connect with Vegeta, but Goku threw a frog in between them. The body switch was now with a frog. Captain Ginyu was now a frog, and the frog was Captain Ginyu. Vegeta merely scoffs at the powerlessness of the once-proud Captain Ginyu, and decides to not kill Goku and take his revenge on him, because he needs his help to stop Frieza. Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan take Goku into a recovery chamber, where he would begin healing.

The Evil Tyrant, Frieza

Main article: Frieza Saga

Kakarot…please…destroy Frieza…He made me what I am…Don’t…let him…do it…to anyone else…whatever it takes…Stop him…Please.
— Vegeta’s dying words toward Goku after being fatally wounded by Frieza (original FUNimation dub)

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Vegeta battles Frieza

Eventually, after Cui, Dodoria, Appule, Zarbon, Guldo, Recoome, Burter, Jeice and Captain Ginyu have all failed in their attempts to kill Vegeta, Frieza decided to take matters into his own hands. After realizing his powerful Ginyu Force members were all taken down in battle, Frieza was furious. He fled towards his ship to find any traces of his collected Dragon Balls. Meanwhile, Vegeta stands by a rejuvenating Goku. Vegeta spares Goku only in time on his assistance against Frieza. While Vegeta falls asleep, tired after all the battles, Krillin and Gohan sneakily gather the seven Namekian Dragon Balls, and began telling their wishes. Their first wish was for Piccolo’s return. Then they wished to transport him back on Namek. Their third and final wish was interrupted by an enraged Vegeta, waking up and spotting the Namekian Dragon. Frieza also realized this strange feature, and was gaining on them at high speeds. Vegeta pries Dende, the wisher of Porunga the Namekian Dragon, to wish him immortality to stop Frieza. The wish almost succeeded, but Guru, the eldest of all Nameks, died just before they could finish. Vegeta goes into a rage, but stops when he spots Frieza, and becomes slightly fearful, as Frieza looks down on them from above. He provided a sneak peek at his amazing power, but Vegeta was just able to match him.

Vegeta ordered Frieza to transform and explained that Zarbon had already mentioned that Frieza also had the ability to transform, seeing it was no longer a secret. As a result, Frieza decided to transform with some provocation from Vegeta, after telling Vegeta the fate of his own father in a flashback. In this new form, Frieza was too powerful for Vegeta, and especially Krillin, Dende, and Gohan. Frieza impales Krillin, and after doing away with Gohan, Frieza asks Vegeta if he will help the defenseless child, but Vegeta backs away from helping in fear. Frieza is then confronted by Piccolo, who Vegeta thinks is a worthless waste of a wish and wonders what the Namekian who lost to Nappa can possibly do against Frieza as he does not know that Piccolo hadfused with Nail to become even more powerful. In filler, while Piccolo and Frieza are fighting, Vegeta attempts to run away, but he is spotted by Frieza and kicked into a Namekian mountain. It seems Piccolo can handle Frieza in his second Transformation. As a result, Frieza decides to transform into his most hideous form. After transforming yet again, Frieza is once again too powerful for anyone, including the fused Piccolo who is saved by Gohan.

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Vegeta defeated by Frieza

When Frieza eventually manages to deflect Gohan’s Full Power Masenko, Vegeta realizes Frieza may be too strong for even him or Goku, and concocts a plan to reach the rank of Super Saiyan by having Krillin hurt him badly, leaving only an inch of his life, then having Dende heal him (because Saiyans grow increasingly stronger when they recover from near-death experiences). He fails as Frieza decides yet again to transform due to Gohan, when angered, being powerful enough to almost deter his third form.

After Frieza kills Dende, Vegeta watches Gohan, Krillin and Piccolo battle the tyrant all at once with no success, and jumps in to save Gohan’s life when Frieza fires another Bang Beam at him. Vegeta then declares himself a Super Saiyan and attacks Frieza directly, trying to hit Frieza with a raging flurry of punches, which Frieza manages to dodge quite easily, as his speed and power are far superior to Vegeta’s still. Angered by this, Vegeta fires the Final Burst Cannon at Frieza, using all of his power, however, the tyrant still easily deflects the attack, making Vegeta lose all hope, and for the first time in his life, cry. Frieza goes on the assault and begins pummeling Vegeta, leaving him on the brink of death until the renewed Goku shows up and distracts him. Sensing Goku’s increased strength and watching Goku outsmart Frieza and even kick him in the jaw, Vegeta begins laughing and taunting Frieza that Goku is the Super Saiyan who will defeat him. Frieza fires a Death Beam right through Vegeta’s heart, ending the Saiyan Prince’s tortured life. Vegeta dies slowly and painfully, pouring his heart and his past out to Goku as the only other pure-blooded Saiyan left alive, this with tears rushing down the Saiyan Prince’s face. Goku vows to take revenge for Vegeta on behalf of their race, burying the fallen prince as a sign of gratitude for Vegeta saving Gohan and helping to revive Piccolo.

After Goku is being beat by Frieza, Vegeta, King Vegeta and Bardock appear to Goku in a vision and convince him that he can defeat Frieza by becoming a Super Saiyan.

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Vegeta meets his end at the hands of Frieza

Vegeta is later resurrected when a wish is made with the Earth’s Dragon Balls to bring back everyone killed on Planet Namek by Frieza and his men. He also becomes somewhat reformed; he no longer cares about immortality or conquering the universe, but becomes obsessed with becoming stronger. He is revived and brought to Earth, but not before he sees that Goku has transformed into the legendary Super Saiyan warrior that Saiyan legend says will appear only every one millennia (three millennia in the English dub, this only occurs in the anime, and is ignored by the series itself). He also attempts to launch an attack on a bewildered Frieza after the latter asked if he was a ghost, but is transported to Earth by Porunga before he can finish the attack. Meanwhile, Goku defeats Frieza but is apparently killed in Namek’s explosion. Only in the anime, Vegeta hides his remorse for Goku by boasting happily about it until Gohan challenges him to a fight. Vegeta subdues Gohan but is stopped from hurting him seriously by Piccolo, and flies off. Desiring to learn how to become a Super Saiyan, Vegeta comes up with the idea of wishing Goku to the Check-In Station in the Other World and then wishing him back so that he will be brought to Earth instead of where Namek used to be. When the wish is made, however, Goku is revealed to have survived and refuses to be wished to Earth, promising that he will return himself later. Only in the anime, as he is unwilling to wait, Vegeta steals a Capsule Corporation spaceship and ventures out to search for Goku and bring him back.

Search for Goku

Main article: Garlic Jr. Saga

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Vegeta interrogates a woundedLitt warrior before eliminating him

Only in the anime, Vegeta travels through space with the Capsule Corporation spaceship in an attempt to locate Goku and find out how to become a Super Saiyan. He eventually attacks and kills a number of Frieza’s remaining minions to prove to them that their leader is dead. As some warriors are still refusing to believe him, Vegeta ruthlessly executes any remaining combatants. However, his search for Goku is in vain.

The Mysterious Youth

Main article: Trunks Saga

What? Haven’t you seen a pink shirt before? If you like it so much, you can have it!
— Vegeta responding to Future Trunks’ fake reason for staring at him, which he says is his pink shirt.

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Vegeta awaits Goku’s return

One year and eight months after the events on planet Namek, Vegeta returned to Earth, not having found Goku. Vegeta had been training during that time, and was quite a bit more powerful than before. However, he still did not achieve the Super Saiyan transformation. After calling off his search, he returns to Capsule Corporation, where Bulma forces him to take a shower and gives him a pink shirt to wear as his alternate clothing. While he is still living at Capsule Corporation, Frieza and his father King Cold are sensed on their way to Earth, Frieza having survived the explosion of Namek. However, a young man namedTrunks appears, transforms into a Super Saiyan, and destroys both Frieza and his father. After the fight, the boy tells them that Goku will soon arrive. The Z Fighters (Vegeta, Piccolo, Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu, Yamcha, Gohan, and Krillin), along with Bulma and Puar, wait for 2 hours for Goku’s arrival. Vegeta is curious as to who the stranger really is and is jealous of the young warrior’s ability to become a Super Saiyan, seeing him as an obstacle to his goal of becoming the strongest fighter in the universe by obtaining the Super Saiyan form himself as well as being in denial about Future Trunks being a Saiyan. While waiting for Goku, Future Trunks keeps staring at Vegeta, causing Vegeta to demand why he is staring at him. Eventually, Goku shows up and he explains that he ended up on Planet Yardrat and learned Instant Transmission from the natives. Future Trunks speaks with Goku privately (though Piccolo was able to hear them with his sharp hearing), after testing the Saiyan’s power briefly. He tells Goku that his father is Vegeta, his mother is Bulma, and he is a Super Saiyan from 20 years in the future. In actuality, the reason why Future Trunks was staring at Vegeta was because this had been the first time he actually met his father, due to Future Vegeta being killed by the Androids while Future Trunks was still an infant. Goku does not talk about this with the others but he does speak about Future Trunks being a Saiyan, which makes Vegeta angry and jealous. Vegeta says it is impossible, because there is no way for the boy to have Saiyan blood (he and Goku being the last of the Saiyans, and Gohan being a half-breed).

Future Trunks then gives Goku an antidote for a heart virus that Future Trunks says Goku will develop in a few years time. He also says that in three years, two Androids, created by former Red Ribbon Army scientist Dr. Gero, will appear, kill all of the Z Fighters, and begin a reign of terror over the Earth. During the next three years, the Z Fighters began to train very hard. Vegeta was no exception, as he trained the hardest to become a Super Saiyan. After witnessing the lower class Goku and another stranger he does not even recognize as from his race being Super Saiyans, Vegeta trains with pure determination. This eventually leads to him getting injured in a training-related accident and being hospitalized temporarily, and causes Bulma to get closer to him, rendering Yamcha jealous.[16]

The Androids

Main article: Androids Saga

Let me ask you, does a machine like yourself ever experience fear!?
— Vegeta toward Android 19 as he prepares to unveil his Super Saiyan form.

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Vegeta defends Goku against Android 19

Two years later, Vegeta and Bulma develop an intimate relationship and, as a result, Bulma gives birth to a son named Trunks. However, Vegeta shows little to no interest in his son due to his priority to surpass Goku and his inability to act as a father. During this time, Vegeta trains himself intensely, determined to become a Super Saiyan like Goku. Training at 450 times normal gravity, Vegeta pushes his strength to the limit, but still finds himself unable to achieve the level of Super Saiyan. Eventually, Vegeta takes the ship with the Gravity Machine on it to a planet so he can train without distraction. While on this planet, Vegeta is forced to defend the ship from a sudden meteor shower, a task which proves to be difficult for him as he is weakened from his training. Just as it seems that both himself and the ship are going to be destroyed by a giant meteor, Vegeta, out of sheer hopelessness and desperation, finally becomes a Super Saiyan and is easily able to destroy the meteor.

It is not long after that the prophesied Android 19 and Android 20 (Dr. Gero) appear and wreak havoc a year later. Vegeta is at age 35 at the time. When the heart disease begins to attack Goku while fighting Android 19, Vegeta appears out of nowhere and kicks the Android in the face, saving Goku. Vegeta tells them to give Goku his medicine. Goku is then flown home by Yamcha, where the heart medicine is given to him. Vegeta then greatly surprises everyone by transforming into a Super Saiyan. Vegeta then begins to effortlessly demolish Android 19 with his increased power and after ripping the Android’s hands off, he finishes it off with his Big Bang Attack.

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Super Saiyan Vegeta charges his Big Bang Attack to kill Android 19

Vegeta seems to be far more powerful than both of the Androids, and Android 20 decides to flee. During this time, Future Trunks arrives and informs everyone that Android 19 and 20 are not the androids of his future world. After Vegeta takes a Senzu Bean to recover his power, Piccolo calls Future Trunks by name, causing Vegeta to realize who he really is; Vegeta is initially shocked by this realization, although he is also apparently resolved as this explains how the boy could become a Super Saiyan (Vegeta is also implied to be proud to be Trunks’ father, as he reacts with surprise at Trunks’ Super Saiyan transformation at his age, and then thinks “But then again, he is myson“). After pursuing Android 20 (who is really Dr. Gero, with his brain in a cyborg body) Vegeta and the rest of the team discover Android 16, Android 17, and Android 18, who were activated by Android 20 in a desperate attempt to save himself. These Androids were far more powerful than either Dr. Gero, or Android 19. However, Android 17 crushes Dr. Gero’s head, not being loyal to his creator at all.

The Super Saiyans of legend were an invincible warrior race! I am their son. And at long last, I have risen to claim my birthright. I have stepped into the ranks of greatness. All my life, I have worked toward this goal and for what? To be brushed aside as easily as a common housefly by an android? A true Super Saiyan would not have fallen. Maybe I am not who I think I am. Perhaps there are still new plateaus for me to reach, far greater heights to which I must ascend. Yes, I will ascend. The universe will marvel to see the ultimate Saiyan potential once again realized… and I will be legendary. And then Kakarot, then I will see you bow before your Prince.
— “Unwelcome Discovery

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Vegeta painfully discovers a Super Saiyan’s limits

The three new Androids fly away from Dr. Gero’s secret laboratory, but the Z Fighters follow them, and Vegeta challenges them to battle. He fights with Android 18, and seems to be doing fairly well at first and surprises the Androids with his newfound power, but is eventually defeated due to the fact that Android 18 has infinite power while Vegeta has to use all his power to fight her. When Piccolo, Tien, and Future Trunks step in, they too are beaten into submission. The Androids then head off to look for Goku in order to destroy him – the mission they were made for. Krillin, the only Z Fighter not to have gotten involved in the skirmish with the Androids, gives everyone Senzu Beans, which revived all of his fallen comrades. Vegeta then spends three days standing on a cliff, thinking about his defeat. His anger erupts, causing him to transform into a Super Saiyan. He decides that there must be a level beyond Super Saiyan, and resolves to reach it. Vegeta enters the Hyperbolic Time Chamber at Kami’s Lookout and trains for nearly a year (a day outside) with Future Trunks. Meanwhile, Dr. Gero’s ultimate Android creation is discovered.

Battle with Cell

Main article: Perfect Cell Saga

Now, I’m going to show you what true power REALLY is! That’s right! I’m SUPER VEGETA!
— Vegeta after transforming into an 2nd Grade Super Saiyan for the fight with Cell.

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Vegeta delivers a heavy blow to Semi-Perfect Cell

After Imperfect Cell manages to absorb Android 17 and becomes even stronger than Piccolo, Vegeta and Future Trunks emerge from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, and confront Semi-Perfect Cell. After powering up into a Super Saiyan Second Grade, Vegeta completely dominated Semi-Perfect Cell, and even made the evil android beg him to allow him to absorb Android 18, in order to become complete, and make the fight more interesting. This strategy was obvious to everyone, including Vegeta, and he initially refuses. However, eager to show off his new power, Vegeta eventually permits Semi-Perfect Cell to do as he wishes, even going so far as to fight Future Trunks and stop him from preventing Semi-Perfect Cell’s attainment of perfection. Future Trunks fights back and blasts Vegeta away from the battle into the sea, in the process drawing Vegeta’s blood. Angered, Vegeta returns to the battlefield, just as Cell has obtained his Perfect form. Cell fights Vegeta again, but this time, Vegeta is the weaker one, with Vegeta angry that Cell was not taking their battle seriously. Vegeta had to resort to using his Final Flashtechnique, which, to his credit, was too strong for Cell to block. He dares Perfect Cell to take the attack head on, and Perfect Cell, confident that it will not harm him, stays put as the beam hits him. Though it failed to destroy Perfect Cell, the attack’s power was obvious, as Perfect Cell was missing a third of his body from the blast. When Vegeta thought he had won, Perfect Cell regenerated, though, thanks to Piccolo’s Cells, and then badly beat the weakened Vegeta. Perfect Cell then fought Future Trunks, who managed to put up a fight against the perfect Android, but he was defeated as well, when he gave up after realizing the 3rd GradeSuper Saiyan form was too slow to fight Cell. Instead of killing the defeated Z Warriors, Perfect Cell proposes a tournament so that he can have some fun before destroying Earth. The tournament would commence in ten days.

The Cell Games

Main article: Cell Games Saga

It is painfully clear at this point that no one among this group is stronger than Kakarot is. Not even…myself. So, he deserves to have the fight of a true warrior, and that means…to the death.
— Vegeta when commenting on Goku’s fight with Cell

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Vegeta emerges after his second session in the Time Chamber

During this time, Goku and Gohan got their turn in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and began training, mostly for the purpose of Gohan becoming aSuper Saiyan, his hidden power would be very useful then if he could at least keep up with Perfect Cell normally. Goku and Gohan then appear from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber with Vegeta praising their tactics of achieving the Full-Powered Super Saiyan state. Vegeta then decides to once again enter the Hyperbolic Time Chamber hopeful to gain an increase in power as he had before but this time decided to do things differently, first by entering alone instead of with Future Trunks deciding that he would just slow him down and to instead gain control over the original Super Saiyan transformation as Goku and Gohan had done before rather than increasing his power as much as possible. Vegeta then reappeared from the chamber disappointed at how little increase in power he had achieved. All the Z Warriors then gathered at the tournament after nine days had passed. On the day of the tournament, the martial artschampion Mr. Satan (Hercule) and his trainees attack Perfect Cell first, but they are easily defeated. Then the tournament truly begins, as Goku is the first of our heroes to fight Perfect Cell, even though he already knows that he will probably not be able to beat him. He matches Perfect Cell blow for blow and puts up a good fight; but as Goku expected, Perfect Cell is quite a bit stronger then him.

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Vegeta takes on one of the Cell Juniors

Goku eventually quits the fight after a huge Kamehameha that decreases his own power, and remembers the training inside the Hyperbolic Time Chamber that he and Gohan went through. Goku is confident in his son’s abilities and sends the 11-year-old Gohan out to fight Perfect Cell, assuring Perfect Cell that if Gohan could not beat him, no one would be able to. Gohan reluctantly fights Perfect Cell, but Gohan does not show the same love for fighting and confidence that Goku does, and it is that lack of interest in fighting and lack of confidence that gets him into trouble. Gohan does not use his full strength and Perfect Cell makes seven miniature versions of himself to fight the Z Fighters and eventually kill them. This charade continues until Android 16 (who is now allied with Goku) is killed – when this happens, Gohan’s dormant power erupts in his rage and he transforms to a level that surpasses the known limits of any Super Saiyan. This new level of power is “Super Saiyan 2“. It was just as Goku had predicted; Gohan with his awakened power, dominates the perfect android until a well placed punch to the stomach makes Perfect Cell regurgitate Android 18, forcing him to become semi-perfect again. No longer at his ultimate power, he begins to self destruct as a last resort. Goku teleports him to King Kai’s planet, and is killed in the explosion. Semi-Perfect Cell survives, and comes back in his perfect form, but due to his Saiyan genetics, Super Perfect Cell comes back stronger after his near fatal injury. He returns to Earth, where he kills Future Trunks with a Full Power Death Beam.

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Vegeta blasts Cell in order to help Gohan finish him

Vegeta attacks Super Perfect Cell in a fit of rage when he sees his son killed, blasting the android straight on with an incredible volley of Ki Blasts. When it is all over, Super Perfect Cell emerges, completely unharmed. He knocks Vegeta aside and then attempts to finish him off once and for all with a ki blast, but Gohan throws himself in the way of the blast, losing the use of his left arm in the process.

What follows is a turning point in the life of the Warrior Prince: seeing that his pride and rage has taken the victory from a brother Saiyan and warrior, Vegeta, for the first time in his life, apologized for his arrogance (though Gohan thought that this might also have partially to do with the fact that the Earth was dying).

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Vegeta says goodbye to Future Trunks

During the Kamehameha struggle, Vegeta observed the battle and briefly expresses some doubts about the other Z-fighters (namely Tien Shinhan, Yamcha, and Krillin) going to aid Piccolo in trying to distract Cell long enough to have Gohan overpower Cell, thinking their actions wouldn’t make a difference either way. However, after witnessing them distract Cell long enough to yell at them for interfering, Vegeta starts wondering whether it would actually work. He then has some remaining doubts, before eventually becoming a Super Saiyan again. After an intense Kamehameha duel, Super Perfect Cell is finally defeated by Gohan’s Kamehameha after Vegeta distracts him with a Ki Blast to the back, allowing Gohan’s beam to finally overcome Super Perfect Cell’s. Realizing that both Goku and Gohan were superior to him not only in power but in character and honor as well, Vegeta understands that he was beaten by Goku in more ways than one. His last words on the battlefield are “Kakarot, you died without fear. What does that make of me?” With the battle over, Vegeta began to finally accept his rapidly changing morality (as he, like Piccolo before him, had now grown to care for others), and began to settle down on Earth, becoming quite fond of it, and begins to truly care about his family. With Goku gone, Vegeta is left without a reason to fight, and vows never to fight again.

Seven years later

Main article: Great Saiyaman Saga

Well, well… Aren’t you looking dumb? A true warrior should be ready, even at times of peace.
— Vegeta after meeting with Gohan for the first time in 7 years

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Vegeta decides to fight Goku and his sons in the World Tournament

Seven years after the Cell Games, despite lacking a worthy opponent, Vegeta continues his vigorous training at Bulma’s house, coming much closer to Gohan’s Super Saiyan 2 power due to Gohan focusing on his studies. Now that Goku is gone, Vegeta’s goal is no longer to become stronger than him, but it is now to make Trunks stronger than both Gohan and Goku’s second son, Goten, as he strongly believes Gohan’s Super Saiyan 2 was Goku’s doing. He is first seen emerging from a gravity room after training with Trunks, when Gohan comes to have fun with Trunks. While Gohan greets Vegeta kindly, Vegeta gives Gohan a cold look and tells him that he should continue training, even in peacetime, quoting “You look out of shape. Never get soft in peace time.”

Later, upon hearing from Gohan that Goku will be coming to Earth for 24 hours to fight in the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament, Vegeta boasts and claims that he will beat Gohan, Goten, and Goku in the tournament, believing that he has surpassed Gohan in strength. During training for the tournament, Vegeta is shown to be a rather harsh and stern teacher towards Trunks, commenting rudely on Trunks’s inability to adapt to the intense gravity in the training room, but at the same time worrying about his well-being by asking him to rest. Then, he becomes shocked when Trunks effortlessly goes Super Saiyan and adapts well (thus reducing the “transformation into the legendary warrior” to a “child’s play thing”). Vegeta orders Trunks to attack him, promising to take him to the amusement park if he manages to hit him. Trunks manages to land a blow on Vegeta, who strikes him to the floor. Impressed with his son’s fighting abilities, Vegeta takes him to the park as promised. However, Vegeta becomes slightly irritated when he hears that Goten is also a Super Saiyan (especially after hearing it was Chi-Chi who triggered the transformation in the first place) and only slightly weaker than Trunks, and vows to make the gap between Trunks and Goten’s power as big as possible.

The World Tournament Begins

Main article: World Tournament Saga

I don’t see what the problem is! When the journalists come, I’ll just destroy them!
— Vegeta on Bulma’s comment about journalists flooding her yard

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Vegeta qualifies for the tournament

Vegeta then arrives at the tournament with his family and in turn joins up with the Z Fighters in order to greet Goku on his return. When Goku appears, Vegeta, with his son, look on as the others greet Goku in happiness. They then all take turns hitting the punch reader machine. While the Z Fighters lower their strength to hit the machine, Vegeta hits it without holding back, completely destroying the machine, to the disgrace of the others. Vegeta is eager to fight Goku in the tournament to prove that he was the stronger one and to his delight, his first match is with Goku. Goku meets his son Goten and the tournament starts. Soon, Supreme Kai and Kibito appear and tell Goku that a wizard named Babidi is about to unleash an evil monster named Majin Buu on the world, and they must help stop him. Majin Buu needs energy from fighters so he can be freed from the shell he is trapped inside. Goku prepares to go with Supreme Kai, but Vegeta is enraged – he was scheduled to fight Goku and thinks Goku is trying to wiggle out of it. He joins Goku, Gohan, Videl, Piccolo and Krillin. They follow Supreme Kai to Babidi’s spaceship. However, the gang is ambushed. Piccolo and Krillin are turned to stone statues by Dabura, one ofBabidi’s henchmen. Videl returns to the tournament, advised that the fight against Babidi might be too dangerous for her as she is inexperienced. Goku, Gohan, Vegeta and Supreme Kai enter Babidi’s ship.

Return of the Dark Prince

Main article: Babidi Saga

It will take more than head games to stop me! You may have invaded my mind and my body, but there’s one thing a Saiyan always keeps…HIS PRIDE!
— Majin Vegeta breaking free from Babidi’s control

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Majin Vegeta

They fight their way down the levels, encountering a different Majin (Babidi’s fighters) at each level. Vegeta was the first of the three to fight, after winning a match of Rock-Paper-Scissors. He fights the minion Pui Pui with absolute ease, not even having to transform into a Super Saiyan. Seeing Pui-Pui fall to Vegeta’s might, Babidi transports Pui Pui and the others to Pui Pui’s home planet Zoon, which has 10x the gravity of earth. Vegeta, having already trained under 500X gravity when preparing for the androids, is not fazed at all by this change (also note that Vegeta grew up on Planet Vegeta, which already had 10X the gravity of earth). Vegeta then proceeds to eliminate Pui-Pui swiftly by killing him instantly with a point-blank energy blast, completely disintegrating the minion. Goku was up next, and he fought a pet creature of Babidi known as Yakon. At first, Yakon was troublesome, seeing as though he has the ability to see in dark, Goku did not. However, Goku manages to defeat the creature from him absorbing too much of his energy and blowing up, briefly giving Vegeta a glimpse of Goku’s Super Saiyan 2 powers.

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Vegeta kills innocent people to provoke Goku

At this point, Vegeta realizes that even though he has trained as hard as he could for seven years, there was still a gap between Goku’s power and his. Then Gohan begins to fight Dabura. During the fight between Gohan and Dabura, Vegeta and Goku have an argument about how to best handle the Babidi/Majin Buu threat. Dabura notices Vegeta’s anger quickly boil and rise, and he retreats saying that there is a different fighter who is more powerful. They are confused, as Supreme Kai says that Dabura is the most powerful Majin. Suddenly, Vegeta begins acting strangely, screaming that something invisible is attacking him. Supreme Kai informs the others that Babidi is trying totake over Vegeta’s mind and they encourage him to fight back, but it is too late. Vegeta is overwhelmed by Babidi, and is transformed into a much more powerful stage, Majin Vegeta. Babidi orders his new apprentice, Majin Vegeta, to destroy Goku, Gohan and Supreme Kai, but he refuses. He says he will only fight Goku.

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Goku vs Vegeta: Round 2

Babidi is surprised by Majin Vegeta’s ability to fight his mind control, but obediently transports the three fighters and Supreme Kai back to the World Martial Arts Tournament. Majin Vegeta, eager to fight Goku, blows up part of the spectator bleachers, killing dozens of people, trying to convince Goku to fight him. After taunting Goku for a while, Goku eventually agrees. Supreme Kai tries to get in the way of the two Saiyans’ feud, but backs down when Goku threatens to blast him if he gets in the way (to the surprise of Vegeta). Goku and Majin Vegeta then are teleported to a secluded mountain area, and fight. Majin Vegeta reveals to Goku that he deliberately let Babidi control him in order to allow his evilness to resurface, which would allow Vegeta to fight Goku as he once was, saying “I was cold and ruthless, unencumbered by foolish emotion!” He further elaborates that he came to realize that he had become a normal person; he has a wife and son he adores and has started to like living on Earth, but he has become ashamed of the change in him and believes his ties to his family and the planet made him weak. After that, Majin Vegeta and Goku both power-up to Super Saiyan 2, with power levels just surpassing that of Gohan’s when he fought Super Perfect Cell.[17][18] Then Goku and Majin Vegeta fight furiously, with each fighter having their glorious moment after one another.

The ancient monster, Majin Buu

Main article: Majin Buu Saga

Trunks… Bulma… I do this for you… and yes, even for you, Kakarot!
— Vegeta when preparing to sacrifice himself to kill Majin Buu

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Vegeta attacks Majin Buu

Vegeta was able to fight evenly with Goku, (which caught the latter off-guard on a few occasions). Throughout the battle, Vegeta informs Goku of how he began to enjoy comfortable family life with Bulma and Trunks, but his Saiyan nature began to disagree with this new cozy, non-violent lifestyle, making Vegeta feel weak and useless, thus, Vegeta wanted to retread the path he was on a long time ago, evil and ruthless. Goku tries to persuade Vegeta that his life has changed, and he can still easily enjoy being a competitive fighter with a loving family, but Vegeta brushes this notion as nonsense. Eventually, Goku calls a halt to the fight because he senses Majin Buu’s extraordinary power, meaning he has been released due to the energy spent by Goku and Majin Vegeta which Babidi used to revive the sleeping Majin Buu. When Goku turns his back to get out the last Senzu Bean and split it between him and Majin Vegeta to stop Majin Buu, Majin Vegeta attacks Goku and knocks him out.

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Vegeta hugs his son

Majin Vegeta takes the Senzu Bean and goes to fight Majin Buu by himself: as he felt that he owed Goku for the destruction wrecked during the Cell Games, as it was his fault Semi-Perfect Cell absorbed Android 18. Majin Vegeta wants to repay his debt by saving the Earth, as he also believed that Gohan was dead at the time. Majin Vegeta fights against Majin Buu, but cannot win, even his most powerful attacks only slightly hurt Buu. He inflicts many blows on Majin Buu, but the pink monster seems invincible. Majin Buu then proceeds to constrict Vegeta using his Potbelly Attack and mercilessly beats the Saiyan Prince into submission.

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Vegeta sacrifices himself in an attempt to kill Majin Buu

After Trunks saves Vegeta from one of Buu’s attacks, Vegeta decides the only way to destroy Buu is to sacrifice himself. For the first time since Trunks was a baby, Vegeta holds his son close and tells him how proud he is of him, before knocking him and Goten out. He leaves them in Piccolo’s care, and then uses the Final Explosion (a Self Destructiontechnique) in an attempt to kill Majin Buu in a nuke-like explosion. At the end, all that is left of him is his body turned to stone which falls to the ground and leaves a few broken bits of his stone body, which quickly scatter. This technique does not kill Majin Buu, as Majin Buu regenerates from the pieces of him which were left. Everyone finds out about Vegeta’s sacrifice, and mourns the Saiyan Prince’s demise. When Bulma and Yamcha wished back everyone who died after the World Tournament, Vegeta did not come back due to the fact that he had already been wished back once before (during the Frieza Saga).

Vegeta’s return

Main article: Fusion Saga

You may think he’s the most powerful being in the universe, and maybe he is. But just like you, he does not have true pride! I don’t expect you to understand, not you, Kakarot. I set myself into a cold oblivion and I did it on a lie! The Saiyan prince will not fall again!!!
— Vegeta as he prepares to attack Super Buu

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Vegeta is summoned by King Yemma

Later on in the saga, Vegeta is given the chance of another shot at Majin Buu by King Yemma, which Vegeta accepts. He returns to Earth but unfortunately, he is still dead. He finds Goku (now brought back to life, thanks to one of Supreme Kai’s ancestors sacrificing themselves) who tells him that everyone has been killed or absorbed by Majin Buu. Majin Buu was now much more powerful than when Vegeta first fought him. As a result, Goku asks and pleads to Vegeta to put on one of the Potara Earrings so that they can permanentlyfuse their bodies and minds together and fight as one. Vegeta denies Goku’s offer, and tells him that he knows about Goku again surpassing him, furious that he had found and reached the new Super Saiyan 3 stage, thinking he was mocking him by not using this form during their last confrontation. Vegeta got angry at Goku for holding back in their fight before because Vegeta would not have had to sacrifice his own life if he had known that Goku’s true power rivaled that of Majin Buu, and thus he initially rejects the offer. Goku and Vegeta are then confronted by Super Buu.

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Vegeta attacks Super Buu

In the anime, fighting at Super Saiyan, Goku and Vegeta were absolutely no match for him. They were both being completely dominated. As Buu was coming down with a finisher (which never took place in the manga, as the following dialogue is spoken prior to Buu catching up to them), Goku mentions the fact that Bulma has been killed, and Trunks and the remaining Z Fighters have been absorbed. Vegeta decides to go along with the plan. Then when Vegeta agrees to fuse with Goku he explains they would be stuck together forever. Seeing he had no other choices, Vegeta agreed to fuse, even if it means being stuck with Goku forever, because he wants to avenge his family’s death and to stop Super Buu. Vegeta then agrees with Goku, and they fuse to become Vegito. Vegito fights Super Buu w/Gohan absorbed. The fused Saiyan, in the normal Super Saiyan form, is far stronger than even the mass-absorbed Super Buu, easily able to beat him even after being turned to a coffee-flavored jawbreaker. However, Vegito realizes that he cannot destroy Super Buu because his friends and family have been absorbed into Super Buu’s body and allows himself to be purposely absorbed after putting up a Saiyan Barrier so that he may rescue them. The strange circumstances within Super Buu cause the fusion to separate and Goku and Vegeta find themselves back in their own bodies. Stating that nothing is worse than being fused with Goku forever, Vegeta crushes the Potaras to powder without hesitation. Goku and Vegeta fight their way through Super Buu’s body to the brain (however, in the manga, they appear directly in the brain just as the other absorbees were), where they find not only Gohan, Goten, Trunks and Piccolo but also the original fat form of Majin Buu.

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Vegito attacks Buu

Vegeta recalls (having seen these events in the afterlife) that at some time in the past, Majin Buu split into his good and evil sides. The evil side absorbed the good side, Majin Buu. Goku and Vegeta fight a “thought-form” of Super Buu inside the brain, and think they have won until Super Buu regenerates and defeats them. Super Buu’s power had tremendously been decreased in comparison to when he fought Vegito. However, he was still stronger than both Goku and Vegeta (the former of whom states that Buu would kill them easily if they were to go out unfused), and to make matters worse, (exclusively in the anime) inside Buu’s head the monster’s very thoughts became reality. Super Buu was about to destroy Goku when Vegeta distracts him by threatening to tear the fat Majin Buu out of the pod he was trapped inside of. Super Buu gets really scared and frightened at what Vegeta is about to do, and begs the Saiyan prince to stop, saying “If you tear those attachments, I won’t be me anymore,” which only seemed to increase Vegeta’s interest in ripping them. Vegeta then pulls the pod, causing the Super Buu thought-form to dissolve, and he and Goku then escape. They take their sons, and Piccolo with them. Once outside, they see that Super Buu’s form is changing again. He morphs back into Kid Buu, his original form before he absorbed Southern Supreme Kai and, the benevolent leader of the Supreme Kais, the Grand Supreme Kai. The new Buu, Kid Buu, was the original, said-to-be pure evil form of Majin Buu. A form that is nothing but pure evil.

The Final Battle

Main article: Kid Buu Saga

What’s so funny, freak? What are you gawking at? What did you think, huh? That I was gonna roll over and die from an attack like that? You’re nothing, just a trickster. I am a warrior, the saiyan prince, VEGETA!!!
— Vegeta towards Kid Buu

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Vegeta attacks Kid Buu

Kid Buu decides to destroy the earth in his wake with his Planet Burst. Vegeta and Goku have a small conversation afterwards, with Vegeta making fun of Goku because he was so worried but he just shrank. Goku and Vegeta could not stop Kid Buu’s horrible power, and the two Saiyans fly quickly to try and reach the now-free absorption victims, but Goku made a detour and picked up Mr. Satan, the young Namekian healer Dende, and Mr. Satan’s pet Labrador puppy, Bee. There was no time to save Gohan, Goten, Trunks or Piccolo as Kid Buu’s attack was speeding towards them. Suddenly Kibito Kai appears usingInstantaneous Movement to transport himself, Goku, Vegeta, and the three others to the Sacred World of the Kais. Vegeta blames Goku for the needless death of their sons. Vegeta also gets further incensed when he learned that, while Vegeta was still dead and in the afterlife, Goku bribed Old Kai with allowing the latter to grope/gain nude pictures of Bulma (a kiss in the English dub), lashing out at Goku for his senselessness and stated that he should have just used Goku’s own wife instead. They watch through aCrystal Ball and see that Kid Buu is destroying planet after planet in search of them, Kid Buu knew they escaped, and as a result decided to hunt them down. Goku and Vegeta decide it can not go on, and power up to entice him to come to the sacred planet to fight them both.

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Vegeta’s refusal to give up

Kid Buu answers their call, and quickly makes himself visible at the planet. After playing a quick game of Rock-Paper-Scissors to decide who faces Kid Buu first, Goku wins and starts his fight. Exclusively in the anime, Goku powers up to a Super Saiyan 2 and fights well against the child version of Majin Buu. However, Kid Buu powers up and Goku then powers up to a Super Saiyan 3 to try and match his power. Goku evenly fights the psychotic demon. However, Kid Buu seems to have a slight advantage over Goku as the fight progresses due to Goku’s constantly depleting energy supply. Goku fights in his Super Saiyan 3 stage for a while, and as a result, loses a colossal amount of energy. He starts losing so much power he eventually collapses when he tries to fire the powerful Kamehameha attack. Vegeta steps in and fights for a period of time, but is dominated and cannot match Kid Buu in power. Goku recovers in the nick of time and begins fighting again at his full strength. Vegeta goes through a long flashback sequence, remembering how he met Goku and everything that’s happened since then – he thinks about their different attitudes to their families, about Goku’s friends, and most of all about their strength. He finally comes to terms with his rivalry with Goku and acknowledges him as the best as Goku fights for pure reasons and not for his own personal gain.

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Vegeta grapples with Kid Buu

Goku gradually began losing power despite being in Super Saiyan 3 form, and since Kid Buu maintained his full strength even after multiple powerful attacks from Goku, the Saiyan warrior began to panic. Vegeta fought Kid Buu in his Super Saiyan 2 form as a distraction so Goku could get his energy back, even though he knew that his destruction would be permanent if he were destroyed while he was dead. He was beaten viciously, but would not give up (even shocking Kid Buu). Later, the good Majin Buu took Vegeta’s place after being spit out. However, Goku was unable to get his energy back, reverting into his base form. Vegeta realized that Goku could not defeat Kid Buu by using his power alone, and devised a plan for Goku to create a massive Spirit Bomb with energy given by all the people on Earth in order to destroy Kid Buu, which Goku thinks at first will not succeed. Communicating with King Kai, he coordinated the search for the seven Dragon Balls of New Namek and had the Nameks use them to make three wishes: The first being the restoration of the destroyed Planet Earth.

The second wish affirms the sincerity of Vegeta’s newfound humanity, as it entails the revival of everyone who had died since the arrival of Babidi who do not possess an evil heart, so that they can give their energy to the Spirit Bomb. When asked by Goku why the wish was worded so, he reasoned that to wish otherwise would revive Dabura and Babidi, and those whom he murdered at the tournament would stay dead. Surely enough, his own halo disappears, indicating that his heart was no longer an evil one. Vegeta tries to convince the people of Earth to give their energy to defeat Buu, but they do not listen to his pleas. All hope seems lost until Mr. Satan orders the humans to contribute energy, which the humans then do. When Goku completes the Super Spirit Bomb, he can not throw it because Kid Buu was holding the injured Vegeta down. However, the good Majin Buu tackles Kid Buu away so Mr. Satan could move Vegeta away. Finally, Goku launches it.

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Vegeta showing care for his family and friends by smiling

This last wish, that of recovering Goku’s full strength, was made when Kid Buu was about to overpower the Super Spirit Bomb. Combining Goku’s and Vegeta’s enormous strength and Vegeta’s strategic mind, the last two pure-blood Saiyans were able to defeat Kid Buu and save the universe. Afterwards, Vegeta was eager to dispose of the good Majin Buu, but Goku convinced him that the good Majin Buu had saved his life. Vegeta then changes his mind and accepts the good Majin Buu as one of them. The fighters return to Earth.

Goku and Vegeta finally become friends after being rivals for many years, though they still keep a friendly rivalry between them.

Ten years later

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Vegeta and his family at the end of Dragon Ball Z

In the decade since Kid Buu’s defeat, Vegeta goes on to father a second child, his daughter Bulla (Bra in the manga and original anime). He has fully accepted life as an Earthling, and has traded in the Saiyan battle fatigues for more casual Earth clothing. Ten years after Kid Buu’s defeat, Goku, Vegeta, and the others enter the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament. Vegeta hopes to fight Goku (again) and Goku hopes to find the reincarnated version of Kid Buu (Uub). He also has Trunks participate in the tournament, and also jokingly threatens to take away Trunks’ allowance if Trunks does not fight.

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Vegeta at the end of Dragon Ball Z

At the end of his fight with Uub, Goku reveals to everybody that he will be leaving for a while to train Uub. Vegeta is the last to talk to Goku before he leaves. Goku apologizes in a way, and tells Vegeta that he wants to have a friendly battle with him one day (to which Vegeta simply replies that “when we fight, we would need a whole planet as an arena”). After Goku and Vegeta say their goodbyes, both Goku and Uub fly away, and Vegeta once again swears to himself that he will fight Goku someday and defeat him. This is where Dragon Ball Z ends.

Dragon Ball Super

Post-Battle Aftermath

Main article: Battle of Gods Saga

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Sometime after the defeat of Majin Buu, Vegeta takes the unusual step to take time off from his training and go on a family vacation with Bulma andTrunks. Vegeta is riding on top of Bulma’s aircraft while heading to the resort. Vegeta is disinterested while shopping with Bulma and Trunks. While Trunks is trying on clothes, Vegeta was asked by Bulma why he was different after the fight with Majin Buu. He tells her that he only went because he is keeping a promise he made to Trunks at the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament. Vegeta, Trunks, and Bulma continue doing activities afterward. While Trunks was carrying multiple gifts, Bulma gets furious with Vegeta for not helping but Vegeta responds that he was hungry. The three go out and eat. When the chefs brought out an octopus, Vegeta pulls one of its tentacles but he gets sprayed with ink – getting him angry but they leave immediately.

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Vegeta shouting

At night time, Vegeta, Bulma, and Trunks go to a festival but Vegeta was separated. Vegeta wants to leave because he knows that Goku is training even though he has defeated Majin Buu so he wants to train too. Vegeta gets called out by the singer on stage, wanting him to go on stage to dance. Vegeta gets furious by the cheers and the shoving and blasts off from the resort. Vegeta goes back to Capsule Corporation to train and surpass Goku one day.

Battle of Gods Saga

Main article: Battle of Gods Saga

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Vegeta remembering who the Destroyer Beerus is.

Vegeta continued his training while the rest of the gang attended, also with the exception of Goku, Bulma’s birthday party. While finishing his 150 times gravity, Vegeta gets interrupted by Capsule Corporation‘s secretary, that Bulma called she wants to tell Vegeta to go to her party. Vegeta, however, is disinterested and keeps training, but he later decides to go. When King Kai alerts him about Beerus coming to Earth, Vegeta was unconcerned until he learned that Goku fought Beerus and lost by two shots. When Beerus arrived, he was playing around with Vegeta which got him angry. However, Vegeta does not recognize who Beerus is until he gets paralyzed by him, being reminded of being paralyzed by Beerus a long time ago. Vegeta then cast his pride aside to ensure Beerus stayed in a good mood until Majin Buu made Beerus mad by not sharing his pudding with him and Whis.

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Vegeta being stepped on by Beerus.

Vegeta tries to stay back from fighting Beerus knowing what he can do. Vegeta gets yelled at by Bulma and was told to get Beerus out of the party. Without luck trying to calm Beerus down, Vegeta watches the battles between Majin Buu, Tien Shinhan, Piccolo, Android 18, and Gotenks. Being the only warrior left, Vegeta engages Beerus in his Super Saiyan form but gets paralyzed and gets thrown into the ground. Vegeta’s heads gets smashed by Beerus’s foot and gets compared to his father, being called a weakling. Vegeta is on the verge of facing death until Bulma walks up to Beerus and slaps him for messing up her party. Knowing of what Beerus might do, Vegeta starts getting furious and enters a Furious Mutation after Bulma gets slapped.

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Vegeta, Bulma, and Trunks.

Vegeta transforms into a Super Saiyan 2 and charges at Beerus. Vegeta strikes at Beerus miltple times and starts to fight Beerus throughout the ocean. After Vegeta blasted a Galick Gun at Beerus, Beerus states that he has used a tenth of his power in a long while. With this said, Vegeta gets flicked back towards the deck of the ship. Beerus decides that he would give the Earthlings another chaance to save Earth in a game of rock-paper-scissors. Oolong is Beerus’ contestant in the match but Oolong loses. Vegeta and he rest of the Z Fighters are defenseless from the destruction of Earth until Goku arrives and ask for more time to summon Shenron and learn more about Super Saiyan God.

After summoning Shenron and learning that six righteous Saiyans are needed for the ritual to create a Super Saiyan God, Piccolo claims that Vegeta isn’t righteous but Master Roshi and Chi-Chi defend him and declares him as righteous. After the completion of the transformation, Vegeta watches the battle between Super Saiyan God Goku and Beerus on the ship while most the crew went in Bulma’s aircraft. When Piccolo and Whis are bickering at each other, Vegeta fires a ki blast at the two out of annoyance. As Goku is falling toward Earth after a collision with Beerus, Vegeta catches Goku before he could hit the ground. Beerus does not destroy Earth, falling asleep doing so. Whis takes Beerus home afterward. Later that day, Goku tells Vegeta that he could reach Super Saiyan God next time they need it. Vegeta tells him that he will surpass Goku and Super Saiyan God. Vegeta gets mocked by Goku for saying “My Bulmaaa” when she got hit by Beerus, who was watching from a distance.

Champa Saga

Main article: Champa SagaSometime after the battle with Golden Freeza, Vegeta continues his training with Goku and Whis. On Beerus’ planet, Vegeta and Goku are sparring. The two are fighting evenly until Goku commences with using Instant Transmission, furiating Vegeta. Vegeta begins to lose his cool, as pointed out by Whis. Before Goku could strike Vegeta, Vegeta turns Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan and blasts Goku. Goku gets mad and turns Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan too. After saying Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, Goku bites his tongue and blames Vegeta for giving it a long name. The form is then suggested the name “Super Saiyan Blue” by Whis. Whis reminds Vegeta and Goku that using transformations were prohibited and their punishment is wearing heavy suits.

Champa and Vados unexpectedly show up on Beerus’ planet. When Whis is told to go get Beerus, Goku starts asking questions to Champa but Vados responds. They are told that Champa is a God of Destruction fromuniverse 6 and Beerus’ twin brother. She even comments that she is Whis’ sister and that she is a little stronger than Whis is but Whis disagrees. A while later, Vegeta is told by Whis that there’re twelve universe and the sixth and seventh universes are twin universes and that there is an Earth in universe 6. After Champa is informed that his Earth’s Humans have been wiped out by a war, he challenges Beerus to a five-on-five tournament using warriors from their own respective universes.

Dragon Ball GT

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Vegeta sporting a mustache, before shaving it off after a comment from Bulla

In Dragon Ball GT, Vegeta has turned 57. He has become fully accustomed to life on Earth, he got rid of his armor and now wears a jacket. He still has a sour disposition, but appears to have a longer fuse, shaking off most annoyances by rolling his eyes rather than throwing his fists. Another distinguishing trait of Vegeta’s that differentiates him from his previous incarnations (his appearances before the end of Dragon Ball Z) is that he has greatly matured. It becomes evident that he no longer retains the self-assured, cocky attitude which he possessed before, and has learned to take his opponents more seriously instead of charging in stubbornly.

Search for the Black Star Dragon Balls

Main article: Black Star Dragon Ball Saga

I shaved my mustache you idiot!
— “Baby’s Arrival

 

Five years later (ten years in the FUNimation dub) Vegeta is now sporting a mustache, and his hair has also become noticeably shorter. However, he shaves the mustache off shortly after his daughter, Bulla, tells him how much she hates it. It was Vegeta’s suggestion that Trunks and Goten go with Goku on the search for theBlack Star Dragon Balls (Pan ultimately snuck aboard, and Goten was left behind).

Baby, the evil parasite

Main article: Baby Saga

Enough games! You’re nothing but a loser like your ancestors. King Vegeta threw your people out for one reason, which is they were unworthy.
— “The Attack on Vegeta

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Vegeta powering up to defeat the infected Gohan and Goten

In this saga, an artificially-created Tuffle came to Earth. These people were the race that used to live on the Saiyan’s homeworld before being wiped out by the stronger race. He possessed people, including Gohan and Goten, to find Vegeta. Vegeta fought both Goten and Gohan, and beat them, but Baby entered Vegeta’s body through a cut and proceeded to control him. Although Vegeta resisted him much longer than anyone else, he was eventually taken over.

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Vegeta during Earth’s evacuation

Baby Vegeta spread his control, taking over the minds of everyone on Earth using special seeds, save those with special protection (i.e. Majin Buu’s ability to control his body in any way he wishes protected him from the seeds). After creating a new Tuffle homeworld with the Black Star Dragon Balls, he began moving the people of Earth there bit by bit, proclaiming himself ruler. After a battle with Goku, who managed to reach Super Saiyan 4, Baby Vegeta transformed to a Golden Great Ape form. The two battled and Goku eventually won by blasting off Baby Vegeta’s tail. Baby fled Vegeta’s body and was blasted into the Sun by Goku.

In the aftermath of Baby’s destruction, they discovered that, because Baby used the Black Star Dragon Balls again, the Earth was still in danger of exploding. With only two weeks left, Vegeta devised a plan to migrate the entire population of Earth to the Tuffle Planet with the help of Goku, Kibito Kai, and Mr. Satan, while he himself took on the job of physically forcing any non-believers to cooperate by knocking them unconscious and throwing them in the spaceships with the luggage. After the explosion, the Earth is wished back by the Namekian Dragon Balls.

Super 17, the ultimate android

Main article: Super 17 Saga

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Super Saiyan Vegeta faces Super 17

Saiyan blood still courses through my veins… AND I CALL THE EARTH MY HOME!!!
— Towards Dr. Myuu’s comment of the lost pride of the Saiyan race

During the 31st World Martial Arts Tournament, Vegeta tries to compete, even though the tournament has already started. After the closing of the tournament, Vegeta challenges Goku to another fight, but it never happens due to Goku becoming hungry.

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Vegeta powering up against Super 17

Soon after a rip between Hell and Earth is formed and many dead villains return, after Nappa ignored his warning to run away, the 58-year old Vegeta easily kills Nappa again. Vegeta then battles against a newer version of Android 17, easily dominating him in base form. After Goku gets trapped in Hell and is forced to fight Frieza and Super Perfect Cell, Vegeta claims that he is the Earth’s protector in the case of Goku’s absence and is determined to win the battle against Super 17 (the fusion ofAndroid 17 and his clone from Hell). He uses his new technique, the Final Shine Attack in an attempt to vanquish the artificial being. Unfortunately, this proves futile, as Super 17 simply absorbs the attack, noting how sad it seemed. After all the other Z Fighters have been knocked down, Vegeta stands back up for one final attempt to destroy the android. He prepares to take on a beam from Super 17, until Goku saves him by pushing him out of the way. Afterwards, due to injuries, Vegeta falls unconscious. With Goku’s arrival, Vegeta decides to take care of Trunks, and tells him to rest, as he senses that Goku and Android 18 have finally delivered the final blow to Super 17.

The Shadow Dragons

Main article: Shadow Dragon Saga

I’d listen to him if I were you. More often than not, the things Kakarot says come to pass. But I know it’s going to take more than words to change your mind. I had to learn the hard way myself.
— Vegeta helps Goku in imploring Omega Shenron to change his evil ways before it is too late.

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In his Super Saiyan 4 transformation, Vegeta battles Omega Shenron

As Goku continues to have trouble against the One Star Dragon, Omega Shenron, Vegeta comes to his aid. Bulma proceeds to grow Vegeta’s tail back with her device, the Blutz Wave Generator. The waves cause Vegeta to turn into a Great Ape where he pretends to go insane. He proceeds by destroying the whole area and grabs Super Saiyan 4 Goku and starts to squeeze him like when Vegeta first turned Great Ape in the Saiyan Saga. He then reveals that he was only pretending and says that he could never let this form take control due to his Saiyan heritage and training to control this form. He turns into a Golden Great Ape and then due to his exceptional control, remains in that form for a few seconds and transforms into a Super Saiyan 4. When even this form fails to stop the Shadow Dragon, Goku and Vegeta fuse to become Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta, Vegeta being the one who suggested fusion this time.

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Vegeta preparing to attack Omega Shenron as a Super Saiyan 4

Gogeta overwhelms Omega Shenron in power. He almost brings the heroes to victory, but the fusion time runs out before they can deliver the final blow. Vegeta suggests that all his family and friends take Bulma’s spaceship and leave the planet while he tries to stop Omega. However, Trunks, Gohan, and Goten return to help Vegeta, but all four of them are incapable of defeating Omega until Goku surprises everyone by powering up the Universal Spirit Bomb.

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Vegeta telling Pan to treasure Goku’s clothes

Eventually, thanks to the people of the Earth and universe, Goku creates a Spirit Bomb powerful enough to completely destroy Omega Shenron. Before leaving for 100 years, Goku tells Vegeta that the lives of everyone are now in his hands, passing the role of protector of the Earth and anyone in need of help, to Vegeta. When Pan finds Goku’s gi on the ground, Vegeta is last seen confirming that they are indeed Goku’s clothes and tells her to treasure them dearly before he leaves.

Film appearances

Bardock – The Father of Goku

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku

Look, I’m bored! This is lame, I want an assignment!
Bardock – The Father of Goku

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A young Vegeta with Nappa

In this movie, Vegeta is still a child. He has incredible power for his age, and is fighting a few Saibamen. When he is finished with killing them, he orders his guard to open the door of the room he was training in. He tells Nappa that someday he will kill Frieza. When he visits Frieza, he tells him straight up that he wants another assignment, but Zarbon and Dodoria refuse until Frieza gives it to him. He gives him the hardest one and tells him to come back alive. At the end of the movie, Vegeta finds out that his home planet is destroyed by a huge meteor (although it was really Frieza who was responsible for this deed).

The History of Trunks

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks

Kakarot……no!
— Future Vegeta, hearing the news that Goku has died

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Future Vegeta receives a hard knee to the gut delivered by Future Android 17

Future Vegeta finds out about Goku‘s death and mourns the fallen warrior (though they were not actually friends at the time, it is possible that Vegeta was devastated at the untimely death of a Saiyan brother, and because he would never get to fight Goku again as he desired). In this timeline, Vegeta is shown to have become a Super Saiyan, possibly due to his extreme frustration at Goku’s death, but even his new strength is not enough to save him from being killed shortly later in a battle against Future Android 17.

The Return of Cooler

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler

That metal freak… I can’t even pick myself up and we haven’t even put a dent in him!
— After getting hit by Lock-On Buster

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Vegeta arrives on New Namek

Vegeta appears mid-way through The Return of Cooler, where he knocksMeta-Cooler off of Goku. When Meta-Cooler expresses shock that there is a second Super Saiyan, Vegeta admits that it is true that he is second in terms of numerical order, although is quick to point out that he does not view himself as second in terms of stature. Even with the two working together, however, Goku and Vegeta prove little match for Meta-Cooler. Using everything they have, they successfully destroy one Meta-Cooler, only for the Big Gete Star to correct all flaws to the Meta-Cooler’s body by producing one thousand Meta-Coolers, who overwhelm Goku and Vegeta and drag them to the Big Gete Star.

The real Cooler hooks up Goku and Vegeta to machines and begins to drain all of their Ki to power the Big Gete Star and destroy New Namek. However, Goku and Vegeta take advantage of this and flood the systems with so much energy that they overload.

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Vegeta injured after the long fight with Cooler

Goku attempts to finish off Cooler once and for all, but is quickly strangled by wires. When all seems lost, Vegeta fires an energy blast that shears off Cooler’s arm and frees Goku, passing out after stating, “And that’s the last time you’ll underestimate a Saiyan.”

Goku destroys Cooler, but, after being healed by Senzu Beans, Vegeta departs in a Saiyan Pod. Holding the original chip of the Big Gete Star in his hand, Vegeta promptly crushes it to ensure that Cooler will never return.

Super Android 13!

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!

Let me make one thing clear. I didn’t do this out of the goodness of my heart. I did this because I want you alive. So I can have my shot at destroying you, and no worthless piece of junkyard trash is going to take that chance away from me.
— Vegeta to Goku

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Vegeta comes to the rescue to help Goku and Future Trunks

When Android 13 fires a S.S. Deadly Bomber, Vegeta steps in and knocks the attack away. Goku starts fighting Android 13 again and now Vegeta takesAndroid 15 while Future Trunks takes Android 14. Goku, Vegeta and Future Trunks are getting beaten, but then they go Super Saiyan and Vegeta and Future Trunks destroy their respective Androids. Super Saiyan Goku was only equal with Android 13. Then Gohan and Krillin attack Android 13 with aMasenko, but this did not hurt him and he throws a blast at Gohan to have it deflected by Piccolo.

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Vegeta hits Super Android 13, but it has no effect at all

Piccolo goes to help Goku battle Android 13, along with Vegeta and Future Trunks, and Android 13 knows he does not stand a chance against these warriors. Thus, Android 13 absorbs the main computer chips and power cells of Android 14 and Android 15 and starts to transform into a big blue being with red hair, becoming Super Android 13. After the transformation, Vegeta recklessly rushed over to attack the Super Android, claiming that he does not need Goku or the other’s help to beat him. However, to his shock, his flurry of punches proved to be completely ineffective against Super Android 13, with the Super Android responding by grabbing Vegeta, slamming him down into the ground, and then firing a blast at him.

Nobody stood a chance against Super Android 13 and are all beaten. Goku is kicked into the water, where he starts to make a Spirit Bomb. When Super Android 13 noticed this, he tries to make an S.S. Deadly Bomber to blow the Spirit Bomb away, but he fails because everybody is attacking him. Piccolo even lifted him up so he missed. Now, Goku has all the power and transforms into a Super Saiyan to absorb the Spirit Bomb into himself and destroy 13.

The final scene of the movie depicts Piccolo and Vegeta sitting back to back on an ice block in isolation. In the dub, he also tells Piccolo that the film isn’t over until “the fish jumps.”

Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan

I am the ruler of all Saiyans! Even you, Broly!
— Vegeta before attacking Broly

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Vegeta battles Broly

While at a picnic, Vegeta is approached by Paragus, one of the few remaining Saiyans, who wants to recreate the Saiyan empire and stop the rampaging Legendary Super Saiyan and leads him to a New Planet Vegeta, while Krillin, Future Trunks, Gohan, Master Roshi, and Oolong tag along.

After searching for the Saiyan, Vegeta encounters Goku, who had also arrived on the planet in search of the Super Saiyan. Vegeta vehemently declares that he will defeat the Saiyan, and orders Goku to stay out of his way.

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Vegeta gives energy to Goku

The next morning, Goku reveals to Vegeta that Broly is the Saiyan that they have been searching for, which Paragus initially tries to deny, but ultimately admits the deception after a cumulation of Future Trunks revealing to Vegeta that he used slaves to try and build the so-called New Vegeta, the city was nothing more than ruins, Broly being responsible for the partial destruction of the slaves’ home worldShamo, and Broly going berserk. Broly powers up fully and attacks at full force, and Vegeta is paralyzed with fear throughout most of the fight. However, when he is insulted by the newly arrived Piccolo, Vegeta comes around, only to be defeated quickly by Broly. When Goku is the last one standing, Piccolo, Gohan, and Trunks all transfer their power to Goku, but Vegeta initially refuses due to his pride. However, as Goku ends up on the losing end of the fight, Vegeta relents and transfers his power to Goku, which allows him to punch through Broly’s stomach, apparently killing him. They all escape just as Comet Camori hits.

Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans

Main article: Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans

What could a bunch of fools who were so miserably killed before do against us now? You don’t know who you’re up against.
— Vegeta towards Frieza

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Vegeta is the one who deduces that a Tuffle remnant is responsible for the Destron Gasattack on Earth, by way of their technology. He, Goku, Piccolo, Future Trunks, and Gohan all attempt to stop the machines releasing the gas and briefly battle ghost versions of Frieza, Cooler, Turles, and Lord Slug. Vegeta and the others ultimately destroy the ghost warrior responsible, Dr. Raichi, with Vegeta using his devastating Final Flash. The Z-Warriors are then confronted by Hatchiyack, Raichi’s ultimate creation. After they take a brutal beating, Goku discovers his weakness and all five fire their special attacks in unison when Hatchiyack is charging his attack, destroying the Tuffle plan once and for all. After the defeat of Hatchiyack, the Z Fighters realize that the planet they are on is about to be destroyed. Due to this, Goku uses Instant Transmission to get everyone back to earth safely.

Bojack Unbound

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound

Leave him to me…
— Before battling with Bojack

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Vegeta comes to help Trunks and the others

Because of Goku’s death, Vegeta was unwilling to fight anymore due to the fact that he is most likely deprived of any chance of defeating Goku. This also resulted in him not going to the Intergalactic World Tournament. However, when he notices that Future Trunks might be in danger from Bojack, he goes over to help, taking Trunks’ sword with him. Vegeta is one of the characters who fights Bojack and the Galaxy Soldiers, but is defeated. After Gohan becomes Super Saiyan 2 and defeats Bojack, Vegeta and Piccolo are once again seen together in isolation.

Fusion Reborn

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

Don’t worry. I have one thing in my favor: I have nothing to lose. You’ve been good, Kakarot, I haven’t. The afterlife quite frankly sucks for me. Fighting him will be a piece of cake. Anything’s better than my existence here.
— Talking to Goku before fighting Janemba

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Vegeta fights Janemba after saving Goku

Vegeta appears to save Goku when he is at the mercy of Janemba. Though Vegeta was sent to Hell and stripped of his body when he died, the instabilities caused by Janemba restored Vegeta’s body, like all the other residents of Hell. Vegeta fights Super Janemba but is no match for him, being knocked out of the form when the demon delivers a powerful choke. Goku saves Vegeta from Janemba’s rampage and hides in a ball of spikes. Vegeta states that he does not care if Janemba destroys him, as he despises “life” in Hell and states that even non-existence is better.

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Vegeta performs the Fusion Dance

When both himself and Goku are quickly swiped aside and they take shelter elsewhere, Goku proposes using the Fusion Dance to defeat Janemba. Vegeta refuses, but ultimately relents. The fusion fails due to Vegeta failing to extend his index finger at the last second, producing a very fat and weak fighter dubbed Veku, who is easily thrown around by Super Janemba. Veku manages to avoid Super Janemba long enough for the fusion to wear off. They perform the dance again, this time successfully forming Gogeta, who finally defeats Super Janemba. After the fusion wears off, Goku and Vegeta bid each other a friendly farewell before Vegeta is once again stripped of his body and sent back to Hell.

Wrath of the Dragon

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon

Hey you, over here! I was enjoying my first day off in over a month, until some flat-footed, mutated, behemoth stepped on my house! You’re going to regret this, you freak. All the way to the GRAVE!
— Vegeta yelling at Hirudegarn

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Vegeta rushes to attack Hirudegarn

Vegeta saves Gohan‘s life before he is squeezed to death by Hirudegarn by firing a Ki Blast at his arm. He then proceeds to fight the monster, as he is angered that Hirudegarn had ruined the Capsule Corporation headquarter building on his first day off in a month; he transforms into a Super Saiyan 2 and rushes to attack him.

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Vegeta shields innocent workers from Hirudegarn’s flame breath attack in an office building

After a brief fight in which he is easily outclassed, Vegeta is thrown into a nearby building but is knocked out after he saves the people in the building from Hirudegarn’s flame attack by using all of his energy to create a barrier strong enough to withstand the attack. He is later shown at the end of the movie sitting on a rock whilst the Z Fighters bid farewell to Tapion.

Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!!

Main article: Dragon Ball: Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!!

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Vegeta in Heya! Son Goku and Friends Return!!

This special takes place two years after the end of the Kid Buu Saga. Two remnants of Frieza’s Galactic Frieza Army, Abo and Kado have pursued Vegeta’s younger brother Tarble and his wife Gure to Earth. Tarble comes to Earth with Gure to find his brother and ask him for help to fight against them because they have been terrorizing the planet Tarble has settled on (proving to be too powerful for Tarble) and have also followed Tarble to Earth. Vegeta appears to be apathetic to Tarble’s arrival. He also has a low opinion of him due to his exile from Planet Vegeta for being a weak and unaggressive fighter and the fact Tarble could not handle it on his own. He is, however, respectful (though surprised) by Tarble’s wife and even returns her bow in kind.

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Vegeta meets his sister-in-law, Gure

Nonetheless, Vegeta is fine with helping his brother out and actually wants to handle Abo and Kado by himself. In the end though, all the Z Fighters want to be involved (to Vegeta’s annoyance) and through a contest of seeing who can pull the longest radish, Trunks wins and is the one to face the incoming villains, though Vegeta is content with his son being the one and encourages him to avenge uncle Tarble. Goten also joins in due to Goku’s playful encouraging. Trunks and Goten initially have the upperhand until Abo and Kado use acloning technique and tip the odds. Vegeta comments on Trunks forgetting basics which Bulma claims is because he does not teach them to Trunks, which leads to Vegeta claiming he lacks motivation and the trait comes from Bulma’s side of the family, leading to a short argument that is ended by Goku (joking about the marital quarrel). After Gohan’s coaching assistance returns the favor to Goten and Trunks, Abo and Kado use Fusion to become Aka and once again gain the upperhand, leading to Goten and Trunks using Fusion to become Gotenks.

Gotenks seems to have regained the advantage until Aka starts using his Super Wahaha no Ha and wrecks the surrounding area. While Gotenks and the rest of the Z Fighters defend their weaker friends from the blasts and falling debris of Mr. Satan’s hotel, Vegeta and Goku go in to stop Aka. Vegeta however is tricked by Goku who points off in another direction to distract Vegeta while Goku proceeds to finish Aka off himself (which Vegeta comments on afterwards by saying that was not fair). Afterwards Abo and Kado separate and are shown getting along with everyone, having changed their ways. The final scene shows Vegeta and Goku at the dinner table arguing over food whilst their wives (Bulma and Chi-Chi) look on in embarrassment.

Battle of Gods

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

How… dare you…! THAT’S MY BULMA!
— Vegeta after Beerus slapped Bulma

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Vegeta in Battle of Gods

In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, four years after Kid Buu’s defeat, Vegeta was in a training session when King Kai contacted him about Beerus, and he did not even join Bulma’s party until he goes to try prevent Beerus from getting irritated. However, when he waiting for his arrival, Beerus is already there, so Vegeta has to immediately start playing party-host instead. Vegeta musters all of his excitement and casts aside his pride to put the party’s unannounced attendee in a good mood, but Buu eventually angers the Destroyer God.

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Vegeta dances in Battle of Gods

After the other Z Fighters have been defeated, Vegeta decides to fight the God of Destruction on his own but he is ultimately defeated. While Vegeta has admitted defeat at this point and Beerus is about to finish him off, Bulma walks up and scolds Beerus for ruining her birthday party, slapping him. When Beerus returns the favor and slaps her right back, Vegeta explodes in a fit of rage.

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Vegeta flying towards Beerus

Vegeta unloads on Beerus with a barrage of punches and kicks that connect and send the God of Destruction sailing backwards. Master Roshi says that Vegeta’s power seems to have surpassed that of Goku in that moment. Vegeta’s anger gives him incredible power, but as soon as his rampage is over, Beerus is just fine and Vegeta once again accepts his and the planet’s fate. Later, Vegeta helps Goku to reach the Super Saiyan God form. At the end, Vegeta says that he will be Super Saiyan God next time. Goku needles Vegeta about shouting “My Bulmaaa!!!” when defending her against Beerus. Bulma then tells Vegeta that she felt loved and Vegeta proceeds to deny ever having said such a thing, but says that he surpassed Goku during that moment, to which Goku agrees, to both Vegeta and Bulma’s surprise. Goku then says that next time they face a powerful adversary, he will ask them to slap Bulma. This enrages both her and Vegeta, and Bulma slaps Goku in the face. Piccolo then says that Goku must have been watching back during that fight, and everyone gets mad at Goku for not helping out when Beerus was going on a rampage. Goku then says that he simply wanted to analyze the situation first from afar, whereby Vegeta gets sickened by him to the point that he asks Bulma to slap him again.

Resurrection ‘F’

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

That’s right. You had no idea did you? I’ve been a Super Saiyan for years, and now I too have the power of a god.
— Vegeta after turning Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, shocking Frieza.

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Vegeta having Whis in a hold.

Vegeta and Goku are training with Whis on Beerus’ planet. Vegeta gets angry with Goku for hitting him and challenges Whis by himself. Vegeta is easily taken out with a chop to the neck. After another try of redemption, Vegeta challenges Whis with Goku but their trying is stopped by Whis due to them lacking speed to keep up. Whis gives Vegeta and Goku a lesson on their weaknesses and tells them to not think and let their own body parts move on their own. He tells Vegeta that his weakness is getting frustrated in battle and he needs to become tranquil like Goku. Beerus awakens due to their training and walks towards them and accidentally fires a ki blast that could blow Vegeta and Goku into pieces. After hearing that Whis could perform a Temporal Do-Over, Vegeta asks Whis what he is but doesn’t get a clear answer.

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Vegeta frustrated.

Vegeta, Goku, and Whis continue their training. Their training is however continuously getting interrupted by Beerus asks for a top on pizza which is cheese. The Oracle Fish arrives to tell Whis he received a message from Bulma. Whis telepathically calls her and to their unnotice, Frieza has been revived. Vegeta teleports to Earth with Goku using Instant Transmission. Vegeta is disgusted by Frieza’ appearance but remains silent. Vegeta stays back while Goku battles Frieza. He is surprised by Frieza when he transforms into his Final Form while Goku remains in his base. Vegeta stands on the side while they both fight. After a while, Vegeta gets annoyed that Goku hasn’t switched for fighting Frieza. He reaches their location in the sky and attacks Goku but Frieza tells Vegeta that he wants to kill Goku instead.

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Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta battling Golden Frieza

After Goku is shot by Sorbet‘s Bad Ring Laser, Golden Frieza takes advantage of this situation and tortures Goku. While Frieza wanted to make a different approach of killing Goku, he asks Vegeta to kill him. Vegeta turns down Golden Frieza’s offer for taking the supreme commander role in his Frieza Force. Vegeta has decided to kill Frieza for destroying Planet Vegeta. Vegeta tellsKrillin to give Goku a Senzu Bean. Krillin is fired at by Golden Frieza but Vegeta evades his blast, killing Sorbet. After Goku had been healed, Vegeta tells Goku he is taking his turn against Frieza. Vegeta then immediately takes on his Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan form combating Frieza. Vegeta manages to revert Frieza back to his Final Form (because of his weakness of his power draining). With Frieza on his fours and a Big Bang Attack ready to sent him back to Hell, Frieza fires Repeating Death Beams into Earth killing everyone on Earth except Whis, Beerus,Goku, Piccolo, Jaco, Bulma, Gohan, Tien Shinhan, Krillin, and Master Roshi.

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Vegeta angry at Goku for taking his kill.

However, thanks to Whis and his ability to do-over time, the Earth was restored and his death was undone. Goku then interferes the battle uses Kamehameha to completely obliterate Frieza before he destroys the Earth again. After Goku kills Frieza, Vegeta was angry at Goku for taking his spot light. Goku suggests that they should work together next time but Vegeta declines and Goku agrees.

Other Dragon Ball manga

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Vegeta transforms into a Super Saiyan.

Vegeta appears in Akira Toriyama’s gag manga Nekomajin, which takes place at some point after Age 784.

Vegeta is called out by Frieza, and told by him that his son and a surviving Saiyan named Onio who works for him have been away for months, and he asks Vegeta to bring them back. Vegeta is annoyed that Frieza is wasting his time but obliges and heads back to Earth in his space pod to collect them.

During a game of soccer in which Neko Majin Z and his unnamed friend play against Kuriza and Onio, Onio kicks the ball to Kuriza who performs a double kick and sends the ball hurling into the sky. Z proclaims that he can do better and leaps into the air to perform the same type of kick on “the falling ball”. Instead of hitting the ball, the Neko Majin hits the space pod that belongs to Vegeta – injuring his head due to crashing – who had been sent to look for Kuriza and Onio by Frieza’s orders. Onio says that they are on the planet because there is one outrageously strong guy, Neko Majin Z. Vegeta begins to fight Neko Majin Z but finds himself unable to take him out and goes Super Saiyan. Onio says that he also went Super Saiyan but it was no use against Neko Majin Z, who transformed into a Super Neko Majin. Then, before they can continue fighting, Vegeta gets a phone call about something apparently serious and leaves, claiming that “he will never appear in a gag manga ever again.”

Other appearances

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Vegeta in Cross Epoch

Vegeta appears again in gag manga in 2006, in a crossover chapter withKochiKame titled “Kochira Namekkusei Doragon Kōen Mae Hashutsujo”. He is spying Frieza on Namek, waiting for an opportunity to steal his Dragon Balls, when Ryotsu Kankichi arrives and says that Frieza cannot park his spaceship there. Vegeta is among the Dragon Ball characters that appear in the 2006 crossover manga Cross Epoch, as the captain of his own crew: the Vegeta Sky Pirates. On the way to Shenron‘s tea party, they find the Pilappaggy Villain Union‘s Tettiri Number 55 and Vegeta destroys it with an energy wave.

Vegeta is also in the 2010 live action battle show Dragon Ball Kai: Super Battle Stage, which is loosely based on the 1993 movie Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan.

Power

Manga and Anime

Vegeta is one of the most powerful characters in the series, his power often rivaling that of Goku.

Vegeta gains more power throughout the series as he progress and gains more transformations. When Vegeta first appears as a Super Saiyan, Piccolo stated that he was stronger than Goku, and later as “Super Vegeta” he was effortlessly able to subdue Cell in his Semi-Perfect state. In both instances, Vegeta debuted a new transformation, gaining the Super Saiyan form against Android 19 and the Super Saiyan Second Grade form against Cell.

However, Vegeta and Goku’s continuous power rivalry experiences a break point after Goku and Gohan leave the Time Chamber as Super Saiyan Full Powers, as Goku demonstrates to be able to fight in equal terms with Perfect Cell, while Vegeta was unable to. Even after a second day in the Time Chamber, Vegeta states that he is still no match for Perfect Cell.

By time of the Buu Saga, Vegeta had achieved Super Saiyan 2 form. Vegeta knows that Goku has surpassed him and willingly let Babidi possess him to become equal to Goku’s Super Saiyan 2 form.

However, unbeknownst to Vegeta, Goku had already unlocked the Super Saiyan 3 transformation and the power gap between them is again demonstrated in a fight, when Super Saiyan 3 Goku is able to hold his own against Kid Buu, while Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta is defeated in a matter of seconds.

In Dragon Ball Super, Vegeta faced off against Beerus in his Super Saiyan form and was easily knocked down by the God of Destruction. However while witnessing Bulma getting slapped by Beerus, he underwent a Furious Mutation and transforms into Super Saiyan 2 and is able to get several hits on him, something that Super Saiyan 3 Goku, Gotenks (Super Saiyan 3 in the manga), and even Gohan couldn’t do – Beerus even goes as far as to say that Vegeta managed to get him to use 10% of his power. Days after that day, Vegeta has been training and Whis notices it after returning to Earth to have food with Bulma. Whis believes that if he can master his ki control, he could possibly surpass Goku. Vegeta trains on Beerus’ planet with Whis for six months, to which Goku admits upon their reunion that Vegeta has surpassed him. Months later however, Goku’s own training under Whis allows him to catch up with Vegeta.

By the time of Dragon Ball GT, the difference in power between Vegeta and Goku continues to become even greater, as Goku has gained the Super Saiyan 4 form while Vegeta is still in the Super Saiyan 2 form. Even while fighting both in Super Saiyan form, Vegeta seems to be still weaker; as he is unable to do any real damage to Super 17, while Super Saiyan Goku endures a longer and more balanced fight and is able to hurt the android at one point. During the Shadow Dragon Saga, Vegeta gains the Super Saiyan 4 transformation and becomes Goku’s equal once again during their battle against Omega Shenron.

Films

In Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku, Vegeta as a child is shown to be able to easily defeat several Saibamen all alone and he himself states that he had surpassed his father.

In the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Vegeta challenges Beerus, only to last for less than a minute. He is enraged when Bulma is mistreated by Beerus and his anger causes his power to temporarily rise dramatically in his Super Saiyan 2 form, becoming even stronger than Super Saiyan 3 Goku, as stated by Master Roshi.

Sometime before Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Vegeta gained the Super Saiyan God form and mastered its power to become a Saiyan beyond God and using Super Saiyan to transform into a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, becoming Goku’s equal once again as he had also done the same. He is capable of beating aroundGolden Frieza (though his power was severely drained) and Whis also asserts in the movie that Goku and Vegeta were strong enough that if they were to fight Beerus together, they could potentially defeat him. Whis later says that Vegeta and Goku fighting together could be an “unstoppable force”.

Statements by authors and guidebooks

When Vegeta attacks Earth with Nappa, his power level is 18,000 according to Daizenshuu 7, or 16,000 according to the movie pamphlet for Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might.

Video games

It is stated in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 that, at the beginning of the Majin Buu Saga, Vegeta was not as strong as Goku in any form, until he gained the Majin boost from Babidi, becoming Goku’s equal.[19]

In the story of the game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, Majin Vegeta becomes much more powerful when he is taken over by Janemba. He is strong enough to hold his own against Ultimate Gohan, and is capable of almost equaling Super Saiyan 3 Goku. After getting a large Zenkai due to Janemba’s damage to his body, Vegeta as a Super Saiyan 2 has enough power to somewhat rival Super Saiyan 3 Goku, but it is stated that Goku is still stronger. Additionally, at one point in the game, Vegeta absorbs the Spirit Bomb and his power grows so much that while in his Super Saiyan 2 state he is able to defeat Super Janemba.

According to Dragon Ball Carddass, Young Vegeta’s power level in Bardock: The Father of Goku is 2,900

Several Dragon Ball Z video games give different power levels to Vegeta during the Vegeta Saga and Namek Saga: Dragon Ball Z: Goku Hishōden gives Vegeta a power level of 15,000 during the Vegeta Saga. Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu gives Super Saiyan Vegeta (who appears as a special secret boss after Frieza’s defeat on Namek) a power level of 6,000,000. According to the Dragon Ball Z: The Anime Adventure GameVegeta’s power level against Frieza is 3,600,000. His power level in the Android Saga is 8,000,000 in his base form and 22,000,000 in his Super Saiyan form before going to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.

In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Beerus remarks Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta may in fact be strong enough to win against him.

Techniques and special abilities

Main article: List of techniques used by Vegeta

Forms and transformations

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Vegeta in his base form

As a member of the Saiyan race, Vegeta possesses a large number of transformations that enhance his abilities to varying degrees and drastically alter his physical appearance.

Great Ape

Main article: Great Ape

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Great Ape Vegeta

This is Vegeta’s least used transformation. He was seen within this form twice in the series. The first time Vegeta transformed into this huge ape like monster, he used a Power Ball resembling similar effects of the moon. The second time when he transformed, was in GTwhen Bulma used the Blutz Wave Generator that she created for him, because he was missing his tail. His eyes are big and red. He has sharp teeth, and a large “U” shaped mouth.

Unlike Goku and Gohan, Vegeta retains his rationality and composure when transformed. Likewise, he also retains the ability to fully speak and manipulate his energy for feats such as flying. He is much more powerful than his normal form when transformed, and easily crushed Goku, who exclaimed that not even a Kaio-ken x 5 would work on him. Vegeta’s power in the Great Ape form is ten times that of the Saiyan’s base form. Despite his immense increase in size and bulk, he is noted by Goku to have grown equally faster in this form. In direct proportion to his paramount size, his ears are become equally keen, able to detective the most minute sounds from great distances.

Rather uniquely, Vegeta claims disgust of the Great Ape form in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse. In the original series, Vegeta did originally display a hesitance to transform, but this was more the principle of the point (fighting Goku, who he deemed to be a “low-class warrior” in his Ape form) than any other form of preference.

Super Saiyan

Main article: Super Saiyan

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Vegeta as a Super Saiyan

This is Vegeta’s Super Saiyan form. Though it was only a Saiyan Legend, Vegeta was fascinated with this transformation and obsessed over obtaining it so that he could avenge his race by having the power to defeat Frieza. Goku achieved the state prior to Vegeta however as did Future Trunks, which only fueled his desire to unlock the potential hidden within him (though chronologically, Future Vegeta actually achieved it before Future Trunks). Vegeta first showed off the Super Saiyan state while he was fighting Android 19, ripping off the Android’s arms and thereby rendering it unable to keep absorbing his energy, after which he reduced it to a lifeless head with the Big Bang Attack.

In this form, his power increases many times over from his regular level. His hair turns blond, the irises of his eyes become green, and he acquires a golden aura just as Goku had done before him. He gains a slight muscle increase as well.

In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Vegeta’s Super Saiyan form is referred to as Super Vegeta and possess greater ki control than regular Super Saiyans. Recoome also calls this form Golden Vegeta upon vieweing it.

Super Saiyan Second Grade

Main article: Super Saiyan Second Grade

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2nd Grade Super Saiyan Vegeta

This form wields much greater power than his Super Saiyan level. At this level, Vegeta personally calls himself “Super Vegeta.” He has the same basic golden features of his Super Saiyan level, only now his muscles are much larger. His hair also is bigger and slightly sharper, and he looks and acts more dominant. Due to Vegeta’s muscle mass increase, he is much stronger than in his Super Saiyan form, and his speed and agility are unencumbered, unlike the 3rd Grade Super Saiyan, which significantly decreases speed (but greatly increases in strength). Vegeta went through this transformation when he was training to fight Cell in his Semi-Perfect form and he fought, as well as Cell in his Perfect form (where he is outmatched, and knocked out with his face to the ground after a hard hit to the spine, reverting him to base form). It is suggested by Tien that this form had a power equal to Perfect Cell’s, and by Piccolo that Vegeta only lost against Cell because he fought sloppily as when Vegeta used the Final Flash attack, he destroyed a large portion of his body, but he had to redirect the majority of the power of his blast upwards to avoid destroying the planet, and it assumed that Cell escaped the brunt of the attack. Had Cell taken the brunt, he might have actually been destroyed. However it was soon realized that Cell was really holding back. #16 also notes that although Cell had grown much stronger after absorbing Android 18, he was still ahead in every way, though Vegeta is able to tell that Cell was holding back his power, and this is proven when Cell does not use anything close to his full power to defeat Vegeta with ease.

Super Saiyan Third Grade

Main article: Super Saiyan Third GradeIn the manga/anime, Future Trunks speculates that Vegeta achieved this form during his training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber but did not use it because he knew of its disadvantages. The anime comic forDragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks lists Vegeta as a user of the form.

Super Saiyan 2

Main article: Super Saiyan 2

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Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta

This is Vegeta’s strongest form in the Dragon Ball Z anime and manga, becoming as strong as Majin Vegeta upon his return to Earth to fight against Super Buu. It is sometimes debated when he first achieved this form; there are quite a few hints he achieved it before he became Majin Vegeta, with practically none to the contrary, as Vegeta only states Goku to be stronger than Gohan once he, too transforms into Super Saiyan 2, holding complete confidence in his superiority over Gohan prior to becoming Majin Vegeta. He transforms into this state on his own free will from the normal Super Saiyan long after he became Majin Vegeta. Vegeta attained this form through many years of intense training.[20]

Vegeta is first seen in this form when he fights against Goku while as Majin Vegeta. He also uses this form when fighting Super Buu before the Vegito fusion, albeit only in the anime. He also fights Kid Buu so Goku can gather enough energy in his Super Saiyan 3 form to defeat Kid Buu, during which he is easily beaten and reverted to base as Goku fails to charge up to his full power due to energy depletion. It was also used in the movies Fusion Reborn and Wrath of the Dragon, reverted to base form in both instances; in particular against Hirudegarn, knocked down after defending a group of people inside a building that he was thrown into. Strangely enough, in all three of those instances, including when fighting Kid Buu, lightning is removed from his transformation despite the bolts constantly surrounding his body in the original manga, causing some confusion over whether he actually used this form in the anime or not, as the bolts only appear for about a few seconds when he fires a barrage of ki blasts to stall for time, possibly due to budget issues (even Super Saiyan 3 Goku has no lightning for this particular scene). He also used this form to battle Super 17 and Omega Shenron, but is badly beaten both times and seriously injured by Omega Shenron’s Dragon Thunder.

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Super Saiyan 2 GT Vegeta

Both the Daizenshuu and Dragon Ball: Super Exciting Guide character profiles state that Vegeta was awakened to his Super Saiyan 2 form by means of extensive training in between the Cell and Buu arcs, which assures that Vegeta did indeed achieve this transformation through training. When Vegeta transforms to a Super Saiyan 2, he receives some noticeable changes, such as his hair growing a little bit longer, spikier and becoming more defined than his other previous Super Saiyan forms. He also gains electricity in the aura surrounding his body in this form.

In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Super, when severely angered Vegeta’s power in this form rises dramatically, heightening it to levels above even Super Saiyan 3 Goku and was able to briefly hold his own against Beerus, something not even Gohan was capable of, in fact Vegeta becomes strong enough that Beerus needed to use 10% of his power to defeat him. When Vegeta goes through this “Furious Mutation” his pupils and irises temporarily vanish.

In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Vegeta’s Super Saiyan 2 form is referred to as Super Vegeta 2 and possess greater ki control than a regular Super Saiyan 2. Cell also refers to the form as Ultra Super Vegeta.

Super Saiyan 3

Main article: Super Saiyan 3

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Vegeta as a Super Saiyan 3

Vegeta has never reached this transformation in the original manga or anime; this form of Vegeta is a game exclusive form for Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Battlers, theRaging Blast SeriesDragon Ball Heroes & Dragon Ball Zenkai Battle. Raging Blast 2states that Vegeta attained this from at some point after the defeat of Kid Buu through training.

Vegeta is seen fighting as a Super Saiyan 3 in a trailer for Dragon Battlers: Goku is seen being beaten by Super Saiyan 3 Broly. Just as Broly is about to deliver the final blow, he is seen struck by an energy blast. The blast is then revealed to have come from Vegeta who is in his newly attained Super Saiyan 3 form. Goku then gets up and transforms into his Super Saiyan 3 form and joins Vegeta, as the two of them power up in preparation to face Broly.

In Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, Vegeta fights in this form as part of a What-if scenariocalled “The Strongest Super Saiyan 3“: Vegeta is shown to have finally attained Super Saiyan 3 and, upon reaching the form, challenges every other Saiyan who has managed to reach the form as well. He then faces and defeats all other Super Saiyan 3s (Gotenks, Broly, and Goku), proving that he is indeed “The Strongest Super Saiyan 3”. While in his Super Saiyan 3 transformation, Vegeta reveals a more powerful version of the Galick Gun technique, which, instead of being purple like the original, is somewhat reddish in color.

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Super Saiyan 3 GT Vegeta inDragon Ball Heroes

Super Saiyan 3 Vegeta makes his debut in the fourth mission of the original series (before the Galaxy Missions) in Dragon Ball Heroes, while Super Saiyan 3 GT Vegeta makes his debut in the seventh mission of the Galaxy Mission series (GM7). In the spin-off manga Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission, the form is used by the regular Vegeta, GT Vegeta, and Majin Vegeta.

Saiyan beyond God

Main article: Saiyan beyond God

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Vegeta beyond God

After receiving a large power up during his battle with Beerus, and then learning how to properly control hiski from Whis, Vegeta managed to obtain the power of a God in his base form. During his training with Whis he managed to fully attain this state of being. This state is merely Vegeta’s base form but with the power of a God.

Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan

Main article: Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan

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Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta

After training with Whis, Vegeta gained the ability to use the Super Saiyan form alongside his god power through currently unknown means thus entering a Super Saiyan form with blue hair and god ki, increasing in power.

Vegeta uses the form against Golden Frieza after Goku had been taken out and switched turns with him.

Golden Great Ape

Main article: Golden Great Ape

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Vegeta as a Golden Great Ape

After Goku tries to destroy Omega Shenron by self-destruction, Vegeta comes to his aid and tells him that he has a plan to reach Super Saiyan 4. Bulma shoots at Vegeta the same Blutz Waves that she used against Baby, which allows Vegeta to grow his tail back and become a Great Ape and then a Golden Great Ape. After Vegeta becomes fully conscious of himself, he transforms into a Super Saiyan 4.

Super Saiyan 4

Main article: Super Saiyan 4

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Vegeta as a Super Saiyan 4

Bulma used the Blutz Wave amplifier as a substitute for the moon and used it on Vegeta. These waves ran through Vegeta’s veins, forcing his tail to grow back, which is necessary for a Saiyan to transform into a Great Ape. With his tail back, like Goku, he was able to transform into a Great Ape. His enormous power allowed him to then transform into a Golden Great Ape, and then, upon gaining control of himself, he transformed into a Super Saiyan 4. Vegeta’s features are quite different from his previous forms: his hair style changes, becoming longer, more “wild”, a dark brown in color, and extending past his shoulders. His eyes are aqua-colored with a red outline, and he has red fur on the upper part of his body, except for the chest. In the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game, Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta card is called King of Saiyans, and in Xenoverse Recoome refers to this form as Golden Vegeta, and Cell refers to this form as Ultra Super Vegeta.

Possessed or Impure Forms

Evil Energy power up

Main articles: Towa’s Dark Magic and Great Ape

Dark Vegeta

Vegeta uses the power up

In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse Towa gives Vegeta the evil energy power up. He uses it twice, first during the conflict on Earth, and then during the battle with Ginyu.

Majin Vegeta

Main articles: Babidi’s Mind Control, Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, and Super Saiyan 3

I’m going to crush you, and throw you into the wind.
— To Majin Buu, “Final Atonement

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Majin Vegeta

Majin Vegeta (魔人ベジータ)[21], called Prince of Destruction (魔王子, Maōji) in Daizenshuu 2, the Budokai games, andDragon Ball Heroes, is the form Vegeta takes when Babidi harnesses the evil in Vegeta’s heart to take control of him, giving him a significant boost in power. While having the Majin seal on his forehead, dark black lines around the eyes, and increased muscle mass puff up to the level that veins appear all over Vegeta’s body and face. Vegeta’s true dark nature is reawakened and he becomes more powerful than he was before (thanks to Babidi’s magicunlocking his potential), the Manipulation Sorcery also gives him other special traits – including a seemingly unlimited stamina supply and the ability to survive and heal from injuries in an almost zombie-like way. Majin Vegeta usually fights at the level of Super Saiyan 2 and his power equals that of Goku at his Super Saiyan 2 level. After Vegeta is killed by his devastating Final Explosion as a last resort to destroy Majin Buu, he loses his Majin form.

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Majin Vegeta Super Saiyan 3

The form is called “the Dark Prince” (in the episode title where it debuts), and the Dragon Ball GT Perfect Files refer to this state as “Demon Prince Vegeta” (Maouji Vegeta). It is also called Evil Prince (Maoji) and Vegeta (Destruction)in Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors.

In the story of the PSP game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai – Another Road, set during the Majin Buu conflict in Future Trunks’ timeline, Future Babidi uses his magic to again turn Vegeta into Majin Vegeta; he is brought back to his senses after a battle against Goku. In Dragon Ball Heroes, Majin Vegeta as Super Saiyan 3 appears as a playable character since Jaaku Mission 5 (JM5). Super Saiyan 3 Majin Vegeta also appears in the manga Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission.

Possessed by Janemba and Janemba’s Majin Vegeta

Main articles: Janemba’s Majin Vegeta, Janemba, and Super Saiyan 2

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Vegeta under Janemba’s control

In the PSP game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, Vegeta battles with Janemba’s copy of Majin Vegeta, who then possesses him, despite Vegeta’s best efforts to prevent it. After being possessed by Janemba’s Majin Vegeta, he is later possessed by Janemba himself. It is then stated by Goku that Vegeta is starting to become Janemba. Vegeta starts his transformation into Janemba by taking on his Majin Vegeta form, and then beginning to produce the evil energy necessary to transform fully into a second Janemba. Vegeta stops the transformation by using his pride to drive out the evil energy and taking on his Super Saiyan 2 form.

Demon God Possessed

Main articles: Demigra’s Dark Magic, Villainous Mode, and Super Saiyan 2

Villainous Vegeta

Demon God Possessed Vegeta

During the finale of the Xenoverse Démigra takes control of Vegeta alongside Ultimate Gohan and Gotenks in order to have them fight against the Future Warrior and Goku. When possessed, Vegeta is fought in game, and he uses a unique version of Villainous Mode named Villainous Mode (Super Saiyan 2). The playable version of this form lacks Villainous Mode.

Baby Vegeta

Main articles: Baby Vegeta, Super Baby, Super Baby 2, and Great Ape Baby

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Super Baby Vegeta 2

Like Majin Vegeta, this is a form outside the normal Saiyan transformations. This was achieved when Vegeta was cut and then infected by the alien Baby. Vegeta was able to resist the takeover longer than anyone else but eventually Baby took control. Baby seems to have fused with Vegeta more completely than any of his other hosts, none of which were transformed. In the early stage, Vegeta’s hair turns gray in favor of the golden color of Super Saiyan, and red marks appear on his face. There is also a massive power augmentation. In this form, Baby is completely unfazed by a full force punch to the face from a Super Saiyan 3 Goku, even before being altered to augment his strength. This form is transformed when Baby absorbs the negative energy from the infected people of Earth, briefly taking the form of Super Baby Vegeta, before finally becoming the more familiar Super Baby Vegeta 2. Later, when being completely overwhelmed by the power of Super Saiyan 4 Goku, Baby transforms yet again, this time becoming a Golden Great Ape, a transformation which has previously allowed Goku to surpass Super Baby’s power. Due to Baby-possessed Bulma’s application of wave surges called “Blutz Waves Generator” (“Bruits Waves” in the original version), Baby was transformed into a Golden Great Ape in order to compete with Super Saiyan 4 Goku. In this state, Baby Vegeta is able to compete with the powerful Saiyan foe. After his tail is severed, Baby Vegeta reverts to Vegeta’s normal state and Baby leaves Vegeta’s body.

Fusions

Vegito

Main article: Vegito

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Vegito, the result of Potara Fusion between Goku and Vegeta

The Potara fusion between Vegeta and Goku. He was created as a desperate plan by Old Kai to stop the powerful Super Buu. Goku’s relaxation, and Vegeta’s strategic mind enabled Vegito to be quite an intelligent fighter without being overcome by arrogance as Vegeta alone would be but possessing the ruthlessness to kill Super Buu that Goku would lack. In addition, Vegito also possesses the enormous power and speed of both Goku and Vegeta, as well as the tactics and skill of both. He is very similar to Gogeta, who is another fusion of Goku and Vegeta.

Gogeta

Main article: Gogeta

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Gogeta in Super Saiyan Form

The Fusion Dance of Goku and Vegeta, Gogetais considered to be one of the most formidable characters introduced in the series. Like Vegito, Gogeta was an act of desperation, though this one was to stop the powerful demon, Janemba, rather than Majin Buu. Gogeta easily outclassed Janemba, and Gogeta quickly disposed of him in a heart beat by using his Stardust Breaker.

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Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta

Vegeta contributed his Saiyan smarts, and his power. It is Metamorans who taught Goku the technique. As a Super Saiyan 4, Gogeta is one of the strongest known beings in the Dragon Ball universe. However, due to his extraordinary power, the fusion will only last for ten minutes, (as opposed to the typical half hour), though this has been proven ample time to defeat any foe many times over. He is very similar to Vegito, who is another fusion of Goku and Vegeta.

Vegecell

Vegecell is a hypothetical fusion of Vegeta and Semi-Perfect Cell. It is a “Fusion Frenzy” card in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game, however, the card itself does not depict the fused character, instead showing the two fusing characters beside each other.