The Definitive DBZ Character Strengths, ((Sorry!
But it's actually not that bad! ))
There has been a bit of debate about the strongest
characters in DBZ for some time now. The purpose of
this editorial is to clarify this, or at least, show
you my opinion on the subject. Well, first, I'll say
that this is simply MY interpretation of the topic,
and is not meant to ruffle anyone's feathers who think
differently. On with the show!
Note: I don't count any of the fusions because they're
just combinations of two other fighters, and never stay
for very long anyway.
This editorial is different than some others in the
fact that I'm actually going to divide it into categories.
"Strength" is a generic term in DBZ, with
all their skills, different aspects of fighting come
to mind. I'm going to divide Strength into 3 categories:
Power ( Strength of Ki and Physical), Skill, and Spirit.
First, let's do power of Ki. Many people come to mind
here, including all of the saiyajin Z Senshi. So let's
start with the hero, Son Gokou. Gokou is definitely
a candidate, due to the sheer immense power of his Super
Saiyajin 3 form. He alone took on the true form of Majin
Buu, even though he lost, it was a close fight. But,
I say that this isn't Gokou, because most times he never
really relies on his sheer Ki power, relying instead
on his love for others and his saiyajin love and drive
to fight. Plus, Gokou's Super Saiyajin 3 form is no
match, really, for the powers of Mystic Gohan, who only
lost to Buu after Buu had absorbed a Super Saiyajin
3 himself. So scratch Gokou from the list of ki strength.
Next, everyone's favorite badass, Vegeta no Ouji. Sorry,
Vegeta fans, but I'm going to have to give you an emphatic
NO. Vegeta relies mostly instead on his skill and fighting
genius, instead of sheer power, though he certainly
embraces it whenever he can. But Vegeta couldn't fight
Majin Buu at all by himself, and when Majin Buu was
in his true form, only served to be able to stall for
time for Gokou. Plus, there's the numerous losses in
Vegeta's carreer, having basically lost to everyone
and his mother at one point, but we're not going into
that, that's the subject of another editorial.
Likewise for Goten and Trunks ( both versions), they
never really develop their power much after their inital
SSJ transformations. Which leaves:
Savior of the World on multiple occasions, Gohan has
proven that even though he may like some of the other
Z Senshi's sheer skill and prowess in fighting, he more
than makes up with it with the sheer power he posesses.
When Gohan becomes Mystic, and his power is fully unleashed,
this is all the more evident. He defeats Super Buu without
any trouble at all, and actually manages to stand up
to him a while even when Buu has added the power of
a Super Saiyajin 3 to his repertoire. He even cannot
trasnform to Super Saiyajin anymore, because not only
has he surpassed the power of any Super Saiyajin, but
if he tries to unleash that much power, our world won't
be able to take it! Mystic Gohan transforming into an
SSJ1 would be the equivalent of any other character
in the series transforming into an SSJ6. With that much
power, Gohan is definitely, by going on terms os sheer
ki, the strongest of the Z-Senshi.
Now, for Skill.
Gokou again automatically comes to mind, here. But
once again, everyone's favorite dumbass pure hearted
saiyajin comes up short. Gokou derives all of his power
and skill from other sources, repeated trainings being
one of them. The most naturally adept at fighting skills
would not be Gokou.
Gohan? I've already said that Gohan, while certainly
the most powerful of all the Z-Senshi, lacks the mind
for fighting, he hates it really, while part of him
loves it, so his skill is impaired by this. He never
really shows much innovation in his style or techniques,
always relying on the sheer massive power he posesses
instead to finish off his opponent. Goten and Trunks,
also a no. While they're definitely contenders for this,
as they so often prove their skill at their young age,
they really do it for fun and sparring, not pure lethality.
( That a word? ^_^ .)
The rest of the Z-Senshi come even closer to our grand
prize winner. Piccolo is definitely up there, his tremendous
skill and improvisation skills make him a formidable
opponent no matter who you are. So is Kuririn, who invented
the devastating Kienzan attack. Forget about Yamcha
all together, please. For second, place, I award Tenshinhan.
The wide range of his skills and abilities make him
a formidable opponent, as showed when he helped the
Z Senshi battle Non Perfect Cell using his Shin Kikoho.
His multiform, solar flare, and large repertoire of
attacks just pretty much make him unbelievable cool.
But ultimately, I'm going to have to award this one
The Saiyajin Prince, Vegeta no Ouji.
Now don't remind me of what I said before, of Vegeta's
constant losses. He is still, undoubtably, THE MAN.
He never gives up ( in the series, anyway), and was
born the strongest saiyajin back in the good ol days
of Vegetasei. He demonstrates extreme prowess in fighting
skill, his style being harsher and more lethal than
the other Z Senshi's, a backdrop to his saiyajin heritage.
He learned how to sense ki from one battle! Plus, his
use of ego and confidence ( as demonstrated in the fight
with Androids #19 and #20), shows that he is adept at
ALL aspects of fighting. Vegeta is, without a doubt,
the most skilled warrior out there.
Now finally spirit.
Let's automatically eliminate everyone but Son Gohan,
Son Gokou, and Vegeta. No insult to anyone else, but
these fighters are the most driven and strongest in
the series, unlike the human fighters, can use the strength
of their spirit to look deep inside themselves and pull
reserves of power where no one thought they had them.
I'm sure all of you already know the winner, but humor
me. First, Son Gohan. Sorry, but he is eliminated rather
easily, as I'm talking about spirit when it comes to
fighting. Gohan has known gentle tendencies, and is
often proven to torn by a deeper battle in himself,
between his saiyajin heritage, which embraces violence,
and his human one, which wants nothing but to be another
scholar. Nowhere in all of Dragon Ball is this demonstrated
better than in the Perfect Cell Saga. Gohan tries, he
really does, to warn Cell to stop what he is doing,
that he is afraid of killing Cell. But when Cell finally
pushes Gohan too far, you can actually see the point
where Gohan snaps, giving into his saiyajin heritage
and exploding with all the power he could muster, transforming
into a Super Saiyajin Level 2. This is possibly the
most breathtaking scene in all of DB, you truly feel
for the gentle Gohan, who has been forced to fight when
he has never wanted to, forced into a life of war when
all he wants is peace, and is still a very young child.
But it also demonstrates Gohan's torn spirit and inner
battle, automatically kicking him out.
Now the clincher. Son Gokou and Vegeta. Son Gokou has
proven his pure heart and determined spirit countless
times, always sacrificing himself for what he believes
in, never giving up. But Vegeta ( in the Buu saga, anyway),
demonstrates his own formidable spirit in the Buu Saga.
Gokou needs time to gather enough energy to kill Buu,
and Vegeta promises all his saiyajin pride to be able
to buy Gokou his time. Even when Gokou tells Vegeta
that since he's already dead, if Buu kills him, he'll
cease to exist, Vegeta laughs it off, and says it needs
to be done. He then gets pounded by Buu time after time
again, but keeps coming back. The look on Buu's face
when Vegeta is crawling out of a crater is priceless.
Vegeta shows here that he is formidable no matter how
strong his opponent is, that he is indeed worthy of
the title of Prince. But, by the same token, Vegeta
here has admitted that Gokou is number one ( it was
the title of an episode ^_^ ), and has accepted it.
This is why Son Gokou wins. Son Gokou is not only pure
of heart, but he never gives up. Only once, in his whole
life, to Cell, and that was only because he knew Gohan
could do it. He has sacrificed himself for Chikyuu not
once, but twice, dying to protect the people he loves.
And no matter what the odds, Gokou never gives up. He
trains as hard as possible, even during peace time,
to be able to defend those who need it, resulting in
his gaining the power of a Super Saiyajin Three. Gokou
is a hero, in every sense of the word.
Now, for the Strongest in general.
This is rather simple. Power is important, and so is
skill, but this is all for all useless without spirit.
As Gokou has the strongest and most determined spirit
of the Z Senshi, he automatically wins. I present to
Son Gokou, son of Bardock, father to Son Gohan, and
the strongest warrior the universe has ever known.