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This article is about the Zamasu from the main timeline (before time is altered). For other incarnations of Zamasu, see Zamasu (disambiguation).

"I'm looking at things from a far higher perspective than you. I've observed the truth of all living things in this Universe and I've come to the decision that Mortals must be added out of the equation. Out of which the Gods have created Mortals are their sole failure. In order to make this Universe into a beautiful Utopia, I must eliminate the Mortals in place of the Gods who refuse to admit their mistakes. "
— Black Goku in Feelings That Travel Beyond Time - Trunks and Mai

Goku Black (ゴクウブラック, Gokū Burakku), usually just referred to as Black, is the main antagonist of the Future Trunks Saga of Dragon Ball Super.[2] His true identity is Zamasu (ザマス; Zamasu) from an unaltered timeline, in which he stole the body of Goku and sought to destroy all mortals alongside Future Zamasu.[3] He was given the name "Goku Black" by Future Bulma when he initially referred to himself as Son Goku.[4]

Appearance

His original appearance was the same as his counterparts. After stealing Goku's body, he underwent physical changes. While still essentially identical, he has a slightly darker skin tone and fully outlined eyes, along with a somewhat skinnier physique. In the manga, he has dark outlines around his eyes. His attire consists of a sleeveless dark grey uwagi, a long-sleeved black undershirt with a turtleneck, a red sash, black pants and white boots. He wears a single gold and green Potara earring on his left ear.[5] In the anime he also wears a Time Ring on his right index finger, while in Toriyama's artwork and in the manga Black does not possess the Time Ring. While inside dark clouds or fire, Black has a demonic appearance.

Personality

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Black shows his unhinged nature

Before acting on his dark impulses, as Zamasu, he was a calm and patient individual, willing to listen to his teacher's words. Finally giving in to his desires, Black mercilessly killed Gowasu as his first step down a dark path. Upon taking Goku's body, Black became much more emotional. He gained many opposite characteristics to his host body's personality.

Like his future timeline counterpart, he is extremely sadistic, seen when he kills Bulma, along with the vast majority of the Earthlings, believing it to be "justice". However, he retains his past self's politeness and is shown to be graceful during his first fight with Goku as Black. Black also claims to have already destroyed multiple different planets' populations before going to Earth. During his short battle in the present timeline, Black seems to enjoy the pain Goku inflicts on him in their battle, suggesting a masochistic side, which disturbs Goku. During his fight with Trunks, he showed a sense of brutality as he savagely fractured Trunks' arm and shoots a barrage of ki blasts at his defenseless opponent. However, Black also seems to share a few traits with Goku, namely his desire to fight strong opponents and love of battle, even going as far as holding his full power back in order to further enjoy a fight. Black also shares Goku's sense of determination, vowing to find Trunks as he escaped to the past.

Judging from his derogatory comment towards Trunks' Saiyan heritage, it's possible that he harbors some negative feelings towards the Saiyan race, yet at the same time referred to them as a proud warrior tribe, enough to make the decision to use Shenron's power to take over and reside in the body of a Saiyan: Goku. Black also seems to respect Goku's power. He seems to utterly detest humanity, perceiving them as a blasphemy and the gods' greatest mistake. He elaborates this hatred by stating that he has scoured several universes and has implied to have seen enough timelines (presumably also the past and the Android conflict as well) via the Time Ring to feel vindicated in his belief that humanity is an existence that prevents the universe as a whole from becoming a true paradise and has taken it upon himself to destroy all traces of mankind, who he believes have only been allowed to live as long as they have because the gods are too prideful to acknowledge their failure in creating humans. Also, rather than using the Super Dragon Balls and wish for mortals to be exterminated, he preferred to steal the body of Goku, displaying his infatuation with the Saiyan. This also seems to suggest that he wanted to destroy mortals by himself, as he believed that it was his own responsibility, as if he were the Supreme God.

He appears to have a somewhat different view on power compared to his other counterpart. Unlike the future Zamasu, who desired immortality, Black openly stated his disinterest on such a power. Instead, he is glad of the abilities he already gained through Goku's body and seeks to attain more power through his own effort, seeking battle from strong opponents to further progress his might, especially against the actual Goku from the main altered timeline.

Befitting his attitude, Black uses very formal speech patterns, and uses the pronoun 'watashi' (私) when referring to himself, which is gender neutral and but only goes to indicate his formal nature. However, while transformed into Super Saiyan Rosé, Black notably switches from 'watashi' to 'ore' (俺), a more masculine, casual pronoun, which can be used to sound arrogant. In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Black in his base form sounds dark and muffled, but upon transforming, he has a more godlike attitude.

Black has also shown a fixation on beauty (or more accurately, what he perceives as beauty), considering the utter removal of mortals as making the twelve Universes into a beautiful paradise - his "utopia", he also sees his Super Saiyan Rosé form as beauty itself for both its power and appearance. An interesting trait not shared with his original self and future timeline counterpart is his comparisons of fighting foes to food: as Black has designated Vegeta, Son Goku, and Trunks as the "opening dish", "main course", and "dessert" respectively.

In the manga, however, Black's personality was drastically different from his anime counterpart. While Black in the anime always manages to stay calm and never lose his composure, even when losing a battle, Black in the manga is more prone to losing his composure the moment things do not go his way. This was shown when he was losing his battle against Vegeta, where he breaks down in a fit of rage. The difference in their personality is also reflected in their contrasting fighting styles. Black in the anime performs his attacks with a sense of finesse and flamboyance. Black in the manga, however, prefers to use brute force alone to overwhelm his enemies, taking a more aggressive fighting style. The difference in personalities is likely due to Black in the manga never meeting Goku personally prior to their encounter in the future timeline, and thus many of Goku's traits such as his calmness and desire for battle never manifested in Black.

Biography

Background

Main article: Zamasu

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Zamasu wishes to swap his body with Goku's

He was originally a version of Zamasu from the present timeline. Due to the powers of the Time Ring, the death of the other present Zamasu under Beerus' hand did not affect him.

Zamasu was originally the North Kai of Universe 10.[6] However, due to his prodigious fighting skill, he was selected to become a Supreme Kai-in-training under one of the current Supreme Kai, Gowasu.[7] With his continuous distrust of mortals and growing dismay of the Kais' passive and indirect influence of the universe's development, he ultimately rejected his teachings and went rogue, developing his Zero Mortals Plan. To which, his ultimate goal became to annihilate all mortals in a specific timeline, then build up from there, conquering every other timeline with it, making the multiverse a "true utopia" rid of the mortals who ruin it. Requiring a Time Ring for his plans, Zamasu killed Gowasu and took his Potara to become a Supreme Kai so he could wield the Time Ring.[8]

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After the body-swap, Zamasu prepares to kill Goku

For the next part of his plan, learning of Goku's might surpassing even the Supreme Kais and the power of the Super Dragon Balls, Zamasu gathered the wish-granting orbs and wished to switch bodies with Goku, thus merging his soul with the Saiyan body. Upon his wish being granted, to erase all personal ties to Goku's past, he killed Goku, followed by his family,[8] and took the name of Son Goku for himself.[9]

Despite his newfound power, Zamasu needed to find a reality without a God of Destruction, still fearing their intrusion to his plans. With that being said, Zamasu began traveling to various parallel realities in search for one with the ideal settings so he could act initially unnoticed. Eventually, he found one in Future Trunks' reality where the final Supreme Kai of Universe 7, Shin, was killed in a battle to defeat Babidi and Dabura, thereby killing Future Beerus due to the life-link.[10] He also met his counterpart from that timeline, Future Zamasu, immediately allying with him shortly after Zamasu killed Future Gowasu. The two then gathered the Super Dragon Balls and first wished for Future Zamasu to become immortal. They then traveled another year into the future to wish for the Super Dragon Balls to destroy themselves and stealthily annihilated all the Supreme Kais of that reality (which thereby killed the other Gods of Destruction) to leave their path of destruction unchallenged.[11]

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Black walks among his destruction

Beginning the main part of his plans, Zamasu traveling to many different planets and destroyed all life on them for "the sake of justice" while proclaiming himself to be "Son Goku". Upon his arrival on Earth, he goes on a rampage, his first attack caused half of mankind to be wiped out. Since his arrival, Zamasu became known as a terrifying warrior only known as Goku Black. Those who survived formed resistance cells, with Mai leading them. They attempted to lead Black into an area rigged with remote detonated explosives, but Black emerged unscathed.

Dragon Ball Z

Gods of the Universe Saga

Main article: Gods of the Universe Saga

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

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Black as Mai threw a flash grenade at him

In the midst of causing destruction, Black began to sense Trunks' ki, so he then pursued him. After Black caught sight of Trunks, he fired several ki blasts at Trunks while he was attempting to flee but failed and he was hit by a ki blast. While Trunks was on the ground defeated, Black declared it was over for Trunks as he prepared a Black Power Ball to kill him. However, Mai saved Trunks by throwing a flash grenade at Black and then they both quickly escaped. After Black regained his sight, Black stated that Trunks could not run forever.[12]

Dragon Ball Super

"Future" Trunks Saga

Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga

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Goku Black's first appearance

Trunks survived their encounter and, for a year, prepares to travel back in time using a Time Machine with Bulma in an attempt to save the future. Future Trunks and Bulma are eventually intercepted by Black himself, killing Bulma and destroys their hideout. Trunks narrowly escapes with a canister holding enough fuel for a one-way trip back to the past while Black pursues him. Later, as Trunks and Mai arrive to Capsule Corporation, Black attacks them both, knocking out Mai and heavily injuring Trunks. An angry Future Trunks transforms into a Super Saiyan and engages Black in battle, but is easily beaten. As Future Trunks fires a Masenko, Black blocks the attack, but Trunks disappears. He then begins to sense for Future Trunks' ki, and spots Future Trunks about to leave in the time machine. Black fires a Kamehameha, but the attack narrowly misses as Future Trunks leaves, and Black realizes that Trunks' ki has completely disappeared from this world. Growing angry, Black vows to find Future Trunks as he has nowhere to run.

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Black arrives in the past

Anime: While Black tries to figure out how Trunks escaped, a Time Ring that he wears has a sudden reaction which creates a portal to the past. After going through the portal, Black finds himself in the present timeline which he quickly spots Future Trunks and eventually introduces himself to Goku. When Black arrives in the past everybody's shocked that he looked exactly like Goku. Black then realizes that it was time travel and also seems to know Vegeta and the God of Destruction Beerus. Trunks, upon seeing him, is enraged and goes to fight him but he is stopped by Vegeta. Goku goes in his place, beginning to battle with Black. Black opens with the same golden-black ki sphere he attempted to use on Trunks. Goku blocks it while the force of the ki sphere knocks Goku into a rocky plateau. Goku powers up to Super Saiyan 2 and fights back. By sharing the fist blow with Goku, Black is amazed at Goku's power as a Super Saiyan 2 and gets excited against such a powerful opponent.

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Black powers up during his fight against Goku

Now Black powers up a little and release his evil ki. Black then attacks Goku with several punches, eventually landing a hit on Goku in the abdomen and kicks him away, following up with a barrage of ki blasts. Trunks is confused as to why Goku is not using his Super Saiyan 3 powers, when Vegeta explains Goku's bad habit of holding back his power during the beginning of battles. While the fight goes on, Black and Goku are evenly matched with both of them hiding their true power. Goku threatens Black, betting him that he'll be able to force out his doppelgänger's true power. Goku bolts and lands several punches until Black manages to throw Goku into another mountain.

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Black fighting Super Saiyan 2 Goku

While Black gloats, he feels a distortion in Time and Space. The distraction creates an opening for Goku, as he lands a sharp kick in Black's abdomen. Black, clearly damaged but delighted, claims that the pain will make him even stronger as he powers up even further. Black stops and throws a large ki blast at Goku, who managed to deflect it. Black then follows up with a kick to the Saiyan's head, which knocks him into the ground and forms a large crater. The impact knocks over the Time Machine. As Black realizes the Time Machine's function after Future Trunks accidentally reveals it, Goku returns with full force and lands a sharp punch in Black's stomach. They both lock fists and go into a power struggle as the pull from the distortion gets stronger and Black pulls towards it, interrupting the fight. Before getting pulled back to his own timeline, Black destroys Trunks' Time Machine. During the battle, Beerus points out that Black is clearly not Goku, noting his ki feels strange and dark.

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Time Portal pulling Black back to the future

Throughout the fight, the Time Ring attempts to pull him back to the future. Black attempts to resist its pull, but is unable to. Before being pulled into the portal, Black fires a Ki blast at Trunks' Time Machine, destroying it, effectively stranding Trunks in the past. Upon returning to Future Trunks' time, he collapses from his injuries after his fight with Goku before regaining his composure. Black proceeded to test his power, using a Golden-Black ki sphere, causing it to grow bigger than its usual size before firing it, pleased at his increased power and integrating Goku's fighting style into his own. He also mocks that Trunks is now stranded in the present, leaving him free to terrorize the future as he pleases. With Trunks's departure, Black moves to attacking the base of the resistance formed by the Earthlings, who struggle to defend it from him and are for the most part murdered by Black then and there, the few survivors having to flee and designate a new base. None of this occurs in the manga, as Black does not possess a Time Ring.

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Black compliments Vegeta for reaching the realm of the gods

After Trunks travels to the future with Goku and Vegeta, Black is surprised, given his destruction of Trunks' time machine, and confronts them, Black fights Vegeta who was able to secure a match with him first via a round of rock-paper-scissors with Goku. Black moves close to Vegeta, touching his neck in a show of his speed before Vegeta attacks him with a barrage of punches. Suddenly Vegeta stops, wondering what he just felt as Black slowly walks out of the crater and kicks Vegeta away not having taken any damage at all, though he is impressed by Vegeta's strength and offers to show him something as a "reward". Black then transforms into a form to resume fighting Vegeta, naming the form "Super Saiyan Rosé" in the spirit of Goku's naming pattern. Black mocks Vegeta, calling him the opening act before his fight with Goku. Enraged, Vegeta charges Black and unleashes another assault, but Black effortlessly avoids every punch. Black lands a mighty blow to Vegeta and prepares to finish him with another but Vegeta catches it and launches a counter assault. Before Vegeta can land any real damage, Black is quick to stop Vegeta by turning his aura into a energy blade and stabs Vegeta clean through the right side of his chest, mortally wounding him, acknowledging that Vegeta has strengthened him through their fight. He thanks Vegeta for the warm up and tells him to know his place before pulling his blade out and allowing the injured Saiyan to fall to the ground, nearly dead, prompting Goku's entry into the brawl. The two fight evenly in the eyes of Future Trunks, though Vegeta determines that Black is overwhelming Goku. Black indeed does defeat Goku, but just as he prepares to fire a Kamehameha at him, Future Zamasu stops him as he arrives, recalling Black's prior promise to save killing Goku for him.

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Black and Future Zamasu standing side-by-side

The two quickly conflict as Black insists that his body is yearning to fight Goku and battles him in an even match while Future Zamasu separately duels Trunks until Future Zamasu grabs hold of both Goku and Trunks to allow for Black to fire a beam at the pair which he does in the form of a Kamehameha, causing the two Saiyans to take damage. Black then joins with Future Zamasu in trying to fire at the pair, an attack stopped by Vegeta's intervention, which allows Goku and Trunks to escape. Black attempts to locate them by sensing their ki, but has trouble thanks to its faintness and being mixed among others. In the meantime, Goku, Trunks and Vegeta use a time machine to return to the past, which Black later is able to sense as it departs, failing to catch them with Future Zamasu insisting that they'd return.

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Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta easily dodges Super Saiyan Goku Black's attacks

In the manga, however, Black faces off against Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta, becoming a Super Saiyan to fight him. However, Vegeta manages to hold an advantage against Black and then further transforms into a Super Saiyan Blue and easily overwhelms Black, even after he transforms into a Super Saiyan to try and even the odds. Black states that he couldn't achieve the Super Saiyan Blue form, and is overwhelmed by Vegeta. When Vegeta is about to kill Black with his Final Flash, Black is saved by Future Zamasu. Future Zamasu heals Black, allowing him to receive a power-up from the near-death experience and causing his god mind and Saiyan body to become more connected. This allows Super Saiyan Black to fight on par with Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, and after getting healed again, he gains yet another power up from his injuries and evolves into his Super Saiyan Rosé form. He then proceeds to face Vegeta while Future Zamasu faces Goku. Thanks to his new form, Black manages to hold an advantage over Vegeta and soon takes him down, and at the same time, Future Zamasu takes down Super Saiyan Goku. However, Future Trunks uses the Solar Flare to stop them in their tracks and the Saiyan trio manage to escape. Future Zamasu states that they will just have to wait for them, but Black locates Future Mai's energy and teleports to her. However, they fall into a trap, and Future Trunks takes Future Zamasu out of the fight by piercing through him with his sword. Black is then sent flying away by the empowered Trunks, as Black gets up, he witnesses Vegeta and Goku escaping in the Time Machine, but before he can attack with a ki blast, he finds himself being beaten back by Future Trunks. Due to Trunks' interference, Goku and Vegeta manage to escape back to the past, while Black tells Trunks to not get carried away before battling him.

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Black and Future Zamasu discussing their plans

In the anime, Black and Future Zamasu are seen at their cabin in a nearby mountain, waiting patiently for Goku's return to the future. They discuss their plans, and Future Zamasu insists that Black should wish for immortality, but Black refuses, stating that he was already satisfied having Goku's body and because of having Goku's cells running inside him, couldn't help but wanting to become stronger on his own.

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Black fighting Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta

Upon sensing the return of the trio (Trunks, Goku and Vegeta, along with Bulma) in the future, Black and Future Zamasu waited and eventually encountered them again. Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta quickly charges at Black, who entered his Super Saiyan Rosé form. They stopped their exchange of blows for a while and returned to their respective base forms, with Goku assuming that they were right about Zamasu and his plans with the Super Dragon Balls. Black "corrected" Goku and claimed he is Zamasu who switched bodies with Goku with a wish from the Super Dragon Balls, but kept his heart and soul intact, and killed the Goku in Zamasu's body.

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Black stabbing Goku through Future Zamasu

The fight continued, with the duo had the upper hand on the Saiyan trio, and Black and Future Zamasu revealed to Goku that after Black stole Goku's body, he killed Chi-Chi and Goten in cold blood. This caused Goku's power to rise tremendously due to his anger, and Goku then began overwhelming both Black and Future Zamasu for a short time but was ultimately defeated by Black nonetheless. As Goku laid defeated on the ground, Black and Zamasu revealed one of the reasons behind their plans, stating that Trunks was the one to blame for traveling back and forward through time causing history to change. They declared Trunks a "sinner", because of his actions, causing Trunks to give into his anger completely and was able to access a never-seen before Super Saiyan transformation, and with his newfound power, declared the end of both Black and Zamasu.

In the manga, Black completely overwhelms Future Trunks during their battle, smashing him from building to building until the latter powers down to base form. Mai tries to retaliate but is easily swept away. He then flies up and prepares to launch another energy blast to finish Trunks off, before he is interrupted by Gowasu, who has his fate changed thanks to Beerus killing the Zamasu from the main timeline. Black is surprised to see him as he takes Trunks and Mai to his timeline, he too vanishes as well. Black then heads home with Future Zamasu and Zamasu worries about Future Zen-Oh finding out what they are doing to the multiverse. Black then shrugs it off, stating that their plans were noble and righteous.

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Black fighting Future Trunks

In the anime, Trunks charges at Black and the two begin fighting. They seemed evenly matched until Zamasu stepped in and the duo begin to overpower Trunks. He doesn't stay down though and tells Vegeta to take Bulma and the injured Goku back to the past so that they can come up with a way to defeat Black and Future Zamasu once and for all, while he stays behind to hold off the duo. Black tries to stop them, but they are protected by Trunks. Black says that they will be back and continues to fight Trunks. Trunks was eventually saved by Future Yajirobe, while Black and Future Zamasu retreated. When Future Mai and some resistance members attacked Black at their cabin, Trunks appeared just in time to save them, and the fight continued, and despite gaining the upper hand early on, Black and Future Zamasu defeated Trunks, and Goku and Vegeta soon returned to the future timeline, with the Evil Containment Wave to seal Future Zamasu, but Black broke the Mafuba when he destroyed the time machine.

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Black being overwhelmed by Vegeta

While Vegeta and Goku argue, Gowasu and Shin show up with the Time Ring and confront Black and Zamasu about their actions, but they attempts are in vain, and Black affirms that his path was already chosen and nothing that Gowasu said could change it and attempted to kill him, but Goku and Vegeta blocked the attacks. The Kai's refuse to leave when asked, wanting to see the battle through. Vegeta requests to take Black, believing that he couldn't be beaten by a fake Goku. Vegeta overwhelms Black, while informing that he could never achieve the full power of a Saiyan by stealing Goku's body. Declaring Black as being nothing but a fake, Vegeta affirms that he was the Prince of all Saiyans and that he would destroy him.

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Black with his clones created from his scythe

Black continues to be overwhelmed by Vegeta on the battlefield, noting that Vegeta must have grown stronger due to his anger. Possessing the body of a Saiyan himself, Black decides that he will do the same, and stabs his energy blade into his hand, revealing a new, large scythe variation of it. Black slashes at Vegeta, who dodges it, but the slash creates a large rift in time itself. As Future Zamasu pursues Future Trunks and the others, Vegeta and Goku are held back by the illusionary clones created by the large rift, and Black mocks them as they are surrounded by the clones.

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The birth of Fused Zamasu

Soon, Black realizes Future Zamasu' flustering energy (Future Zamasu was sealed with the Evil Containment Wave, but the seal could not be complete, and managed to escape, but at the cost of a tremendous amount of energy) and uses Instant Transmission to teleport towards Zamasu, with Goku and Vegeta in pursuit. When the two reunite, Future Zamas admits that their opponents were far stronger than expected and couldn't be underestimated anymore, and informed Black about their "secret weapon". Black and Zamasu then use their Potara earrings and fuse into one, single, powerful warrior known as Fused Zamasu. Fused Zamasu was later erased from existence (along with the entire future multiverse) when Future Zen-Oh erased him after Goku summoned him, putting an end to both Future Zamasu and Black's plans once and for all.

Power

Before attaining Goku's body, Zamasu was already a fighting prodigy and the strongest Kai to ever live. After claiming the abilities of a Saiyan his skills and power only increased. As Goku Black, his power kept rising after each battle like other Saiyans do.

Anime

Upon gaining the might and abilities of Goku's body while in unison retaining his prodigious fighting skills and powers as a Supreme Kai, Black has proven repeatedly to be a highly dangerous opponent. Black in his base form is strong enough to easily beat Super Saiyan 2 Future Trunks - though Future Trunks was extremely underfed at the time. It is stated in the anime by Future Trunks that Black in his Base form is at least equal if not somewhat stronger than Super Saiyan 3 Goku. In his first fight against Goku, his base form is roughly on par with Super Saiyan 2 Goku as neither gained a clear advantage. When Black returned to the future, he noted that from copying Goku's fighting style and experiencing the mighty Saiyan's blows, his power increased significantly. With his newfound strength and skill, in his base state he is able to shrug off blows from Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta and even manages to knock him back.

Upon transforming into Super Saiyan Rosé, he takes down Vegeta with a surprise piercing blade attack and is shown to be able to fight on par with Super Saiyan Blue Goku and get the upper hand on several occasions. Continuing his fight with Goku, and due to Future Zamasu' interference, a full-force hit from a Super Black Kamehameha was able to defeat Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Super Saiyan 2 Future Trunks. In the third fight he overpowers Goku, Vegeta and Trunks simultaneously. When Super Saiyan Blue Goku powers up from his rage and brutally overwhelms Black, Black was able to quickly recover and once again imprint on the power to further increase his might and viciously retaliates and nearly kills Goku. However upon Goku and Vegeta's return Black was completely overwhelmed by Vegeta's power increase.

Upon recognizing the Saiyans' ability to grow stronger as they get angry, Black decided to incorporate this by using his universal anger, stabbing his Aura Slide blade into his hand and revealing a new scythe version. With this scythe, Black was able to create a large rift in space in one swing, feeding off an evil energy that blocked Goku's usage of the Instant Transmission.

Manga

It is revealed that initially, Black had trouble accessing Goku's powers upon gaining his body, and he could not even become a regular Super Saiyan. Upon traveling to different worlds and killing the gods in each world, and from his constant fights with Future Trunks, Black has grown stronger after each battle by exploiting the Saiyan Power ability by letting Future Zamasu heal his injuries every time. Currently, Black in his base form is able to defeat Super Saiyan 2 Future Trunks (though the half-Saiyan was underfed and thus may not have been able to use his full power), no longer having to become a Super Saiyan against him as Future Trunks comments in Black's fight with Vegeta that he hasn't become a Super Saiyan in a while.

While fighting Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta, Black in his base form was able to hold his own somewhat. Black transforms into his Super Saiyan state and is able to fight on par with Vegeta until the prince uses his full Super Saiyan 2 power, gradually overwhelming Black. Once Vegeta transforms into his Super Saiyan Blue form, he effortlessly pummels Black, to which he would have likely killed Black if not for the timely intervention of Future Zamasu. After being healed by Future Zamasu, Black gains a power up from his near-death experience, and in his ordinary Super Saiyan form becomes powerful enough to challenge Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, and even pressure him on the defensive. Due to gaining more injuries from Vegeta, Black is healed one more time and gains another power boost, exclaiming his godly mind is further connecting with his Saiyan body and cells, evolving his Super Saiyan form into Super Saiyan Rosé. In this state, after a short fight with Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta he takes down the Saiyan Prince by hitting him with several heavy blows to his stomach, knocking him out. When Future Trunks gains a power boost to hold off Black, Black chooses to use his Super Saiyan Rosé form to combat the half-Saiyan, and despite Trunks' power up Black is able to easily beat him around. However when Vegeta returns to the future and utilizes his Super Saiyan God-Super Saiyan Blue switch out strategy, even as a Super Saiyan Rosé Black is outmatched.

Statements by guidebooks and authors

According to the producer of Dragon Ball Super, in his opinion Goku Black is the strongest fighter other than the God of Destruction Beerus.[13]

According to the Dragon Ball Super rival danger scale, Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black is ranked as a twelve out of twelve.[14]

Techniques

  • Flight - The ability to take flight through the manipulation of ki.
  • Ki Blast - Black is shown to use ki blasts while terrorizing Future Trunks' timeline.
  • Continuous Energy Bullets - Black used this technique against Trunks.
  • Black Power Ball - Black can create a golden colored Energy Ball with a core of black energy to attack the opponent. Once he fires it, the attack becomes completely golden with a black outline.
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Black preparing his Black Kamehameha.

  • Black Kamehameha - Black is shown to be able to use a black-colored version of the Kamehameha. It is named in Dragon Ball Heroes.
    • Super Black Kamehameha - A stronger version of the Black Kamehameha used by Goku Black in his Super Saiyan Rosé form. It is named in Dragon Ball Heroes.
  • Instant Transmission - Used by Black several times, in the manga in order to quickly get up close to Trunks and attack him and in the anime to avoid an attack from Goku.
  • Ki Sense - The ability to sense ki and power levels.
  • Shockwave - After engraving Goku's power into his own being he is shown using this technique while testing his new abilities. It also appears as one of his Super Skills in Xenoverse 2.
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Zamasu in Goku's body prepares his Aura Slide

  • God Split Cut - Zamasu's signature attack, used by Zamasu after obtaining Goku's body to kill the Son family.
    • Violent Fierce God Slicer - After further refining his power, Black is able to use an enhanced version of the technique, he emits a blade of violet energy from his hand to slash and stab his opponent. It seems to be enhanced by the form's ki aura. In the Manga, Black used this technique in his base form to mortally wound his former master, Gowasu.
      • Divine Lasso - In Super Saiyan Rosé form, Black can shoot out multiple energy javelins from his blade that first pierce the target and then explode. It was named in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
      • Violent Fierce God Slicer (scythe) - A more powerful version of the Violent Fierce God Slicer technique, attained by Goku Black after he turned his anger into power. It became capable of opening a large rift in the universe to an unknown place or time which would release an evil energy.
        • Cloning - From the energy of the rift, Black is able to form many clones of himself. These clones are unstable and if they were hit, they would disperse, but can immediately reform themselves after. They have the same physical might as Black himself. The clones and the rift dissipate once Black goes too far away.
      • Spirit Sword - One of Goku Black's moves in Dragon Ball Fusions.
  • Saiyan Power - Goku Black is capable of gaining power boosts once recovering from almost any form of physical harm caused by his enemies like other Saiyans. In the anime this ability appears more advanced than an ordinary Saiyans. Even minor injuries and moments of pain are able cause noticeable boosts in his power. Even more, he appear able to recover from injuries much faster than normal Saiyans. In the manga, Goku Black works in the normal nature, as only recovering from more serious injuries will boost his power, to which he also needed aid from Future Zamasu healing him before he could return to battle. Each time he uses this power up it allows his "god mind and Saiyan body" to tie further together, until finally he can access his godly ki, evolving his Super Saiyan form.
    • Mimicry - In the anime, as an extension of his newfound Saiyan biology, Black is also capable of imitating anything that he learns from Goku in battle due to them sharing the same body. He used his fight with Super Saiyan 2 Goku in order to have "battle memories" engraved on his body, and thus to learn his fighting style and become stronger as a result. He also applied a similar method when fighting Vegeta, recognizing anger as source of power for Saiyans and mimicking that to further increase his power.
  • Energy Shield - In the manga, Black is showed to using this to defend against Super Saiyan Vegeta's ki blast attack.
  • Telekinesis - Like Shin and Future Zamasu, Black is able to utilize telekinesis to hold down his foes. Black is using this against Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta but it didn't work on him, and later against Future Trunks in the manga.
  • Invisible Eye Blast – The ability to shoot an invisible blast of ki out of his eyes. Used against Future Mai in the manga.
  • Meteor Blow - One of Black's Super Skills in Xenoverse 2.
  • Break Strike - Black's Evasive skill in Xenoverse 2.
  • Solar Flare - According to currently unused lines in Xenoverse 2, Black can use Solar Flare.[15]
  • Kaio-ken - According to currently unused lines in Xenoverse 2, Black can use Kaio-ken.[15]
  • Pure Heart - Despite his evil actions, Goku Black is immune to the effects of the Devilmite Beam (and Psidevilmite Beam) indicating that he has a pure heart and that his evil actions are a result of his misguided belief that mortals are evil beyond repair. One of Goku Black's passive Skills in Dragon Ball Fusions. It should be noted that Zamasu also possesses this Skill.
  • Spirit Shot- In the manga, Black uses this in order to clear the dust that Future Trunks had created..

Equipment

  • Potara - After killing Gowasu, Black took his former master's (Gowasu's) Potara earrings, allowing him to use the full capacities of a Supreme Kai. Upon meeting his future counterpart, Black gave him the right earring.
  • Time Ring - Retaining his godly ki as a Kai and wearing an earring of a Supreme Kai, Black is able to wield a Time Ring, which allows him to travel through time and even alternate realities. The ring also acts as a stabilizer, keeping his existence unaffected by changes in the past, even when Beerus killed his past self. He only wields this in the anime, while in the manga his partner Zamasu is the one who possess the Time Ring.
  • Metamo-Ring - In Dragon Ball Fusions, Goku Black wears a Metamo-Ring when performing EX-Fusion with Broly to form Kalory Black.

Forms and Transformations

Goku's body

Main article: Goku Using a wish from Super Shenron, Zamasu switched bodies with Goku and gained its might. In this form he became the dark and evil Saiyan warrior known as "Goku Black".

Super Saiyan

Main article: Super Saiyan

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Goku Black as a Super Saiyan

In Toriyama's notes for Black, he was stated to have a regular Super Saiyan form. However he only transforms into a Super Saiyan in the Super manga, using the form to combat Super Saiyan Vegeta. Upon transforming into it, Future Trunks notes he had not seen Black using the Super Saiyan form for a long time. Noticeably, this form gains sparks similar to the Super Saiyan 2 form and his eyes gain a black outline (similar to that of Majin Vegeta) and is able to compete against Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta.

In the manga, after getting a power up from nearly dying at Vegeta's hands, Goku Black's Super Saiyan form becomes exponentially more powerful than before - strong enough to match Vegeta's Super Saiyan Blue, and soon after causing his Super Saiyan form to change into his Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan form: Super Saiyan Rosé.

Saiyan beyond God

Main article: Saiyan beyond God

Dark Saiyan God

Goku Black with a god-like aura

As a natural god who was able to synchronize the power of his newfound Saiyan body upon harnessing Super Saiyan Rosé, his variation of Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, Goku Black possesses the power of Super Saiyan God, and thus this state.[16]

Super Saiyan Rosé

Main article: Super Saiyan Rosé

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Goku Black as a Super Saiyan Rosé

Goku Black possesses the ability to become a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan. In the anime Black stated that he fully mastered Goku's power to be able to achieve Super Saiyan Rosé. In this state, Black is able to overpower Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta individually. During the three matchups with the Saiyans, Black remains transformed in this state while fighting.

In the manga, Goku Black's Super Saiyan form eventually evolves into this form after exploiting the Saiyan Power ability by letting Future Zamasu heal his injuries a few times. It is speculated that this form's color is light pink due to Goku Black's (Zamasu's) identity as a natural-born God, as Goku and Vegeta's Blue forms are blue due to them being mortals possessing godly ki.

Fusions

Fused Zamasu

Main article: Fused Zamasu

Zamasufusion

Fused Zamasu

An extremely powerful permanent fusion born between the union of Future Zamasu and Black by the Potara earrings. This is due to Black's body, able to power up constantly when in near death or while fighting, and Future Zamasu's immortality. In Dragon Ball Fusions, Black fuses wity Present Zamasu and is instead named Fused Zamasu.

Karoly Black

Main article: Karoly Black

Karoly Black

Karoly Black

A game-only fusion born between the union of Broly and Goku Black through EX-Fusion in the game Dragon Ball Fusions.

Video games

Goku Black makes his debut appearance in a video game and as a playable character in Dragon Ball Heroes, introduced in the ninth mission of the God Mission series (GDM9). He is also playable character in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 as DLC (if the game was pre-ordered he is instantly accessible), where he's playable in his Base form and his Super Saiyan Rosé form.

Voice actors

Battles

  • Zamasu vs. Goku (Super Saiyan 2) (Anime only)
  • Goku Black vs. Future Trunks
  • Goku Black vs. Future Mai
  • Goku Black vs. Future Trunks (Base/Super Saiyan) (Anime )
  • Goku Black vs. Future Trunks (Super Saiyan 2/Base) (Manga)
  • Goku Black vs. Goku (Base/Super Saiyan 2) (Anime)
  • Goku Black (Base/Super Saiyan Rosé) vs. Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue) (Anime)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) vs. Goku (Super Saiyan Blue) (Anime)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) & Future Zamasu vs. Goku (Super Saiyan Blue), Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue) and Future Trunks (Super Saiyan 2) (Anime)
  • Goku Black (Base/Super Saiyan) vs. Vegeta (Super Saiyan 2/Super Saiyan Blue) (Manga)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) vs. Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan Rosé) vs. Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue) (Manga)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) vs. Goku (Super Saiyan Blue) (Anime)
  • Goku Black (Base/Super Saiyan Rosé) & Future Zamasu vs. Goku (Super Saiyan Blue), Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue/Base), & Future Trunks (Super Saiyan 2) (Anime)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) & Future Zamasu vs. Future Trunks (Super Saiyan 2) & Future Mai (Manga)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) vs. Future Trunks (Super Saiyan 2) & Future Mai (Manga)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) & Future Zamasu vs. Future Trunks (Super Saiyan Rage) (Anime)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) & Future Zamasu vs. Future Trunks (Super Saiyan Rage) & Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue) (Anime)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) & Future Zamasu vs. Future Trunks (Super Saiyan Rage) (Anime)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) vs. Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue) (Anime)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) vs. Goku (Super Saiyan Blue) & Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue) (Anime)
  • Goku Black (Base/Super Saiyan Rosé) vs. Future Trunks (Super Saiyan 2) (Manga)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) vs. Vegeta (Super Saiyan God/Super Saiyan Blue) (Manga)

List of characters killed by Goku Black

  • Gowasu (Goku Black's timeline) – Killed by Black so he could steal both the Potara earrings and Time Ring. Event erased upon present Zamasu's death.
  • Goku (Goku Black's timeline) – Killed by Black after stealing his body. Event erased upon Present Zamasu's death. However, due to Goku Black's Time Ring, he is allowed to exist in the body which he stole from Goku.
  • Chi-Chi (Goku Black's timeline) – Killed by Black along with Goten in the anime. Event erased upon Present Zamasu's death.
  • Goten (Goku Black's timeline) – Killed by Black along with Chi Chi in the anime. Event erased upon Present Zamasu's death.
  • Future Gowasu – Killed by Black.
  • Future Supreme Kais – All killed by Black during his travels across every Universe (except for Shin in the manga, who died due to injuries sustained from his battle against Future Dabura and Future Babidi).
    • Future Gods of Destruction – When Black killed all the Supreme Kais, the Gods of Destruction died with them (except for Universe 7's God of Destuction in the manga, who died at the same time as Shin, due to their lives being linked together).
  • An unknown number of mortals from several planets.
  • Earthlings – Black killed more than half of the human race during his rampage on Earth.
  • Future Bulma – Killed by Black while he destroys her lab.

Trivia

  • Bulma nicknamed him Goku Black so she would not confuse him with Goku.
  • Goku Black's name uses katakana for Goku (ゴクウ) rather than kanji for Son Goku (悟空).
  • At first, Black refers to himself with the formal pronoun watashi (私), similar to Zamasu. Upon ascending to his Super Saiyan Rosé form, however, he adopts the more masculine, assertive pronoun ore (俺). Finally, after fusing with Zamasu to become Fused Zamasu, the merged entity refers to himself with either the self-appreciating phrase kono Zamasu (このザマス, "this Zamasu") or the highly formal, poetic pronoun ware (我).
  • Goku Black is the second character to be named Black in the series, the first being Staff Officer Black of the Red Ribbon Army.
  • Goku Black's debut episode featured lettuce frequently, which was most likely a reference to Turles, the main villain of The Tree of Might who coincidentally also resembled an evil Goku (although in the latter case his resemblance to Goku was due to Saiyan Genetic makeup rather than Goku's body being stolen).

Gallery

References

  1. http://www.fujitv.co.jp/b_hp/dragonball_super/index.html
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  3. Dragon Ball Super Anime Episode 57.
  4. Dragon Ball Super Anime Episode 49
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  6. Dragon Ball Super chapter 16, page 33
  7. Dragon Ball Super episode 53
  8. 8.0 8.1 Dragon Ball Super episode 61
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  10. Dragon Ball Super manga, chapter 16, page 17
  11. Dragon Ball Super manga, chapter 16, page 27
  12. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ — "Future" Trunks Special Edition
  13. Producer comment on Black's power
  14. Rival danger ranking
  15. 15.0 15.1 Goku Black lines
  16. Promotional material for the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ movie refers to Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan as a "Saiyan who has the power of Super Saiyan God, then proceeds to transform into a Super Saiyan".

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