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Son Goku (孫 悟空, Son Gokū), born Kakarot (カカロット, Kakarotto) on the Planet Vegeta (though he considers Earth his home), but most often referred to as just Goku (悟空, Gokū), is the main character of the Dragon Ball franchise, including Dragon Ball R. He is the husband of Chi-Chi and the father of both Son Gohan and Son Goten. He renowned as a powerful martial artist, considered the most powerful Saiyan in existence and, at times, holds the title of "strongest in the universe".
Goku is average in height when compared to most human males and even to most Saiyan men. He has uniquely-shaped, spiky black hair which, like most full-blooded Saiyans, has remained unchanged ever since he was a youth. He wears an orange gi which has changed many times throughout his life. Currently, it features no symbol on the front, while on the back it features the symbol of King Kai. Underneath this gi is a standard blue shirt. In addition to this, he also wears dark blue wristbands, a blue obi around his waist, and dark blue-colored boots.
Goku is quite unlike the average Saiyan warrior. Rather than being a ruthless killing machine, Goku is known for his kind, naive, and energetic personality, which hasn't changed from the time he was a young boy. One of Goku's defining traits is his love for competition, best seen in his demanding that the Z-Fighters not destroy Dr. Gero following the warnings of Future Trunks, so that he could fight the Androids despite knowing fully well how dangerous they were.
Goku possesses a strong sense of loyalty to his comrades and the Earth, and has an unusual knack for seeing the good in people; even his greatest enemies, something he has been repeatedly criticized for by Vegeta. This almost pure naivety to the world around him causes others, including Vegeta, to at times assume that he is stupid, when he is actually quite intelligent. Goku is driven to be the best fighter in the universe and, for that reason, gets extraordinarily excited whenever a powerful opponent appears. Vegeta comments that he is astounding because he absolutely refuses to lose.
It is often joked that Goku is afraid of his wife, Chi-Chi, because of her often astounding temper. He is also shown to suffer from extreme bouts of trypanophobia — a fear of medical procedures, specifically needles.
Goku was born, the son of Bardock, by the Saiyan name "Kakarot" on Planet Vegeta shortly before the planet was destroyed by Frieza. Just as Frieza destroyed the planet, a space pod carrying Goku to Earth left the planet; forever leaving the doomed world behind. He is later found by Grandpa Gohan who takes him in and raises him. Sometime during this time, he falls down a ravine and hits his head, forever losing his ruthless Saiyan demeanor. At some point, during a full moon, he turns into a Great Ape and kills his grandpa by accident, an incident that haunts him even in the present.
Apollyon Saga Edit
Power Level Edit
Goku is one of the most powerful beings in the universe, easily being the strongest known Saiyan in existence. His power allowed him to become a Super Saiyan where none had been seen in over a thousand years. He was also the one to overcome Frieza, the most powerful being in the universe at the time. During the Cell Games, Goku was considered to be almost even in power with Perfect Cell — though he admits that he is a bit weaker, something confirmed by Korin. After training in the Other World, Goku's power level jumps tremendously as he becomes Super Saiyan 2 and Super Saiyan 3. He then becomes more than a match of Majin Buu, whom he states on two different occasions that he could beat if at full power.
As a Saiyan, Goku has access to a number of transformations to increase his power and allow him to fight more powerful opponents.
Great Ape Edit
In the light of a full moon, as with most Saiyans, Goku can become a Great Ape. In addition to increasing his size, the Great Ape form increases his power ten times what it is in his base form. Since he did not receive the training that most Saiyans do on Planet Vegeta, Goku loses all reason in his Ape form, which is one of the reasons he accidentally killed his grandpa in the form. Since Kami removed his tail when he was a teenager, it has not regrown itself, therefore, Goku no longer has access to this form.
Super Saiyan Edit
Goku first ascended to the level of Super Saiyan after witnessing his best friend Krillin's death at the hands of Frieza. Since then, it has become his most commonly used transformation and he has mastered it to a higher degree than most Super Saiyans. During his training with Gohan in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber in preparation for the Cell Games, he revealed that he had knowledge of and could preform the Ascended Super Saiyan and Ultra Super Saiyan forms, but rejected them due to their drawbacks. In the same training session, he mastered the form in what he calls the Full-Power Super Saiyan state; a state he uses for the rest of the series.
Due to his mastery of the form, Goku can remain a Super Saiyan as if it were his normal state — with minimal strain on his energy reserves or his body. With this form, he was able to defeat Frieza, hold his own against Perfect Cell, and fight with Majin Buu.
Super Saiyan 2 Edit
Goku becomes a Super Saiyan 2 during his training in the Other World, following his death against Cell. In this form, the strands of hair that hang down in his Super Saiyan form are spiked up with the exception of three, which dangle in front of his forehead. He also gains lightning sparks in his aura. As a Super Saiyan 2, Goku is said to be stronger than Gohan was when he fought Perfect Cell in the Cell Games. It also allows him to fight evenly with Majin Vegeta. It also allowed him to fight somewhat evenly with Kid Buu at the beginning of their battle. He is rarely known to use the form, unless when necessary.
Super Saiyan 3 Edit
Like Super Saiyan 2, Goku manages to become a Super Saiyan 3 during his time training in the Other World. He noted that in his dead body, he could put unlimited energy into the transformation and, therefore, could sustain it for long periods of time. In his living body, however, the transformation rapidly consumes his energy, meaning he cannot sustain it for more than a few minutes.
In this form, his hair greatly elongates to his waist and his eyebrows vanish, leaving only the ridges of his eyes visible. Additionally, his energy aura contains more violent bursts of electricity than when he is in Super Saiyan 2. In this form, Goku's speed and strength are drastically increased, to the point that he completely dominates Majin Buu and later states that he has enough power to destroy Kid Buu at the form's full power.
The form possess some risk to the planet, as in both of Goku's early transformations into Super Saiyan 3 on Earth, the earthquakes caused by the form's energy output nearly destroyed the planet. Since then, however, Goku seems to have mastered the form to a degree that this no longer becomes a problem.
Appearances in Other Media Edit
Dragon Ball Sai Edit
- Main article: Dragon Ball Sai
In Dragon Ball Sai, a character named "Kakarot" appears, though he is the exact opposite of Goku. According to the author, he is that story's version of Goku where he not to have gone to Earth.
- Since Dragon Ball R ignores the existence of Dragon Ball GT, it also ignores the abilities Goku gains in that series.