He’s been out of town for decades Dragon Ball Saga indispensable: Vegeta, the prince of the Saiyans. Today we want to take a closer look at our main character Goku’s eternal rival, and you too reveal one thing Vegeta can do better as our protagonist.
Dragon Ball: From Villain to Antihero
But before we get to the matter in question, we must first take a look at the past and the development of the elite warrior. The prince was as Vegeta IV, named after his father the King, born on their eponymous home planet. It was clear early on that the young nobleman was about enormous fighting potential available and would receive appropriate training.
This was extremely successful, because alongside Nappa and another young Saiyan named Radditz, Vegeta conquered early first planets. That didn’t change after the destruction of his homeworld and the near-total extinction of his species. However, an ever-increasing hatred of his master gradually developed: Dragon Ball villain Freeza.
Only after his first fight against Kakarott/Goku did something gradually start to change in Vegeta. He temporarily allied himself with our heroes and begged with his last breaths even his former opponent to eliminate Freeza. One more character transformation however, our Saiyan Prince did so later when he found a new home on Earth.
There he met Goku’s girlfriend bulma who let him live on the Capsule Corporation property. Over time, they fell in love and had with each other trunks a son together. Vegeta was still harsh and unapproachable, but already pointed there Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyamaat least very discreetly, one soft side of the character.
We saw more of this towards the end of the Cell games: after Son Goku sacrificed himself, Cell returned to wipe out our heroes. His first victim was Future Trunkswhich in turn at Vegeta to a short circuit reaction led and he attacked the monster. After being very hard on his son from the future at first, Vegeta thawed even more in the years that followed.
Now let’s do one Time warp to the Dragon Ball Super present: Meanwhile, Vegeta has completed his transition from villain to anti-hero. Maybe he can even be called a real hero, even if his Saiyan nature always shines through. He and Son Goku now possess divine power, but characterful Vegeta has one thing ahead of him.
Unlike his eternal rival, Vegeta is a true family manwho for his wife and two children, Trunks and daughter Bra, would do anything. Even if he wouldn’t admit it himself, he loves his family and even shows it from time to time. Here he differs surprisingly clearly from Kakarott.
Vegeta is a better father than Goku in Dragon Ball
Ultimately, many “Dragon Ball” fans today probably agree that Vegeta is a better father than Goku. This is not to say that our protagonist is a bad father. In both the manga and the anime, it became clear again and again how important his two sons are to him. However, unlike Vegeta, he seems not being willing to drop everything for her.
Son Goku shines in this regard more after his father Bardock to come, who is indeed portrayed as a kind-hearted Saiyan, however not a very close relationship had to his sons. Vegeta on the other hand was even willing to do that Tournament of Power to let go because his daughter could be born at any time. Something that would be difficult to imagine with our hero.
In terms of their fighting power, Goku and Vegeta are currently about the same in “Dragon Ball Super”, but regarding the importance of their families in their lives there is a clear discrepancy. Of course, our main character has already sacrificed himself to save his loved ones, but one similar close bond as Vegeta has them for his offspring, Son Goku doesn’t seem to have them.
So there you have it, one thing Vegeta is actually better at than his eternal rival. Whether this aspect of their personalities also in the upcoming anime movie Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero will play a role, you can in Germany from August 2022 find out for yourself.