- This article is about the main character. For said character's father, see King Vegeta. For said character's descendant, see Vegeta Jr. For the home planet of the Saiyans, see Planet Vegeta.
"After we Saiyans served him faithfully, and after blindly following his every last order, he betrayed us, disposed of our race like common trash, wiped us from existence, so now we are all that remain. They're all gone. Your parents, my father the king. We Saiyans were growing in strength and numbers and Frieza feared that soon a Super Saiyan would be born among us. It terrified him. I'm begging you, please. Beat him, for me. For the pride of our race, you must defeat him, please. He must die by a Saiyan's hand."
Vegeta (ベジータ, Bejīta) is the prince of the fallen Saiyan race. He is the eldest son of King Vegeta, the older brother of Tarble, the husband of Bulma, the father of Trunks and Bulla, and the great-great grandfather of Vegeta Jr. Alongside Goku, Gohan, Krillin, 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, but later abandons his role in the Frieza Force, instead opting to remain and live on Earth, 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. His character evolves from villain, to anti-hero, to protagonist through the course of the series.
Vegeta is a slim yet well-built man of average 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 over 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. During the Androids Saga, he now wears an updated battle armor over a medium blue long sleeved jumpsuit with white gloves and boots. However, once he integrates into Earthly society, he abandons the Saiyan armor, at first gradually in Dragon Ball Z wearing a dark blue sleeveless jumpsuit while retaining the 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. 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 originally had a tail, but it was cut off by Yajirobe to remove Vegeta from his Great Ape state during the Vegeta Saga. At the celebration party for the defeat of Kid Buu, Vegeta wears a navy blue long sleeved shirt along with tan slacks and brown loafers.
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 Saiyan transformations.
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.
Before going off to train on Beerus' planet, Vegeta takes on a new suit made by Bulma. Vegeta wears a dark grey 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. 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.
Xeno Vegeta wears battle armor similar to Mira and the other Time Breakers', albeit black in color. During his temporary period as the Black-Masked Saiyan he also wore a mask with a green ring around the facial area and a Time Breaker symbol.
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.
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 of Super 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. However, he does delight in mocking his enemies, as demonstrated when he offers to reconstruct Android 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.
Initially, Vegeta was extremely aggressive and cold-blooded. Since his childhood, Vegeta had proven himself to be a ruthless killer, merciless like most Saiyans. During the Namek Saga however, 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 first sign of mercy was kneeing Gohan in the stomach, instead of killing him while looking for the Namekian Dragon Balls. Another sign of mercy he displayed was 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 and not wanting to get frog guts all over his boots. 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 Explosion against 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.
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 with Semi-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, 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, 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). 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."
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.
During Dragon Ball Super, specifically during The Universe 6 saga, he is shown to be rather ignorant and uncaring about the events around him, as he does nothing but sit on the platform as Champa threatens to kill all of the Universe 6 team. He also does not care if Jaco is killed when he claims that Frost was cheating in the tournament by Champa but simply wants to see if Frost was cheating. Along with this, he insults Magetta, who did nothing to him at the end of the battle between the two of them. It isn't clear why he suddenly became more cold and secluded with the events around him like this, though it could be because he was in a competitive mood. This attitude continues to show, as he leaves Bulma and Trunks once again to train with Whis, and when Future Trunks says hello to him, Vegeta does nothing, not even a nod, and simply stands there with his arms crossed and a scowl on his face. After Future Trunks tells the others about Goku Black, instead of sympathizing for Future Bulma's death and the destruction of earth in the future, he simply just insults Future Trunks for not fighting to the very end against Goku Black, and how it is dishonorable and disgraceful of him to retreat to the past. Despite all of this, he was shown to have a degree of care for his family, as he was shown to be internally upset with the death of Future Bulma while he was in the Gravity Room.
As a father, Vegeta was initially a very indifferent one, viewing Trunks only as Bulma's child. However, as he spent more time with his son's future counterpart and developed respect for him, he cam to appreciate his son, show great outrage when Cell killed Future Trunks. Upon settling down with Bulma and Trunks, his attitude as a father slowly but continuously improved. He has spent time with his family and attempted to connect with them. 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 reflexively 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, yet he seems to stray away from this path after the battle between Goku and Beerus, going to Beerus' planet for many months, and supposedly not talking or interacting with his family unless the situation called for it, such as when Frieza was resurrected or when Champa called for the tournament. Along with this, he stopped training Trunks for an unknown reason and spends much less time with him than he did before the Beerus saga. 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.
Vegeta tends to be hotheaded and quick tempered during battles, especially ones not in his favor. Beerus' mentor, Whis, claims that the Saiyan is too tense during fights and thinks too much before acting, putting a limit on his speed.
Relationship with Bulma
"Servant woman, bring me a drying cloth at once!"
Vegeta and Bulma initially met 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.
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.
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, and with Vegeta's goals and priorities not concerning Bulma, they had no reason to continue the relationship. 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 is also seen completely shocked and embarrassed when Goku is at his house with Bulma when she is wearing only a towel, and his face turns red when Goku notes that Bulma's breast's are sagging.
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.
Vegeta also is shown to do what Bulma says, and does not want to blame her or make her mad, as when Bulma is telling Vegeta about where Trunks and Goten went, and Vegeta says that would not have happened if she hadn't ordered the materials from Monaka, but immediately takes it back when Bulma accuses Vegeta of blaming her. Vegeta also will do as Bulma says, as he went with Jaco to get Trunks and Goten even though he did not want to, meaning that he has progressed to respect Bulma and do what she says even if he doesn't want to. If anything, Vegeta relationship with Bulma is improving than ever as the sagas continue, as he is willing to do nearly anything Bulma says, yet he has had an even more hostile and secluded relationship with Goku, not wanting to train with him, as well as Future Trunks, with Vegeta barely talking to him and barely giving Future Trunks any love or support. Instead, he stated that Future Trunks should've sacrificed himself like a true Saiyan. However, he secretly felt sad that Future Bulma was killed when he was alone.
Main article: Genocide of the Saiyans
Vegeta is born around Age 732. His father, King Vegeta, is the king of the Saiyan race. 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. In his youth, Vegeta saw his father being stepped over by the God of Destruction Beerus. In Battle of Gods, Vegeta doesn't seem to try to assist his father but in Dragon Ball Super, Vegeta attempts to help but he gets paralyzed, restraining him from moving by Beerus.
A little while before the genocide of the Saiyans, Vegeta is shown effortlessly destroying several Saibamen during a training session, and soon later conquering a planet for Frieza. 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 Planet Vegeta. As a result, most of the Saiyans are killed but few remain.
"Man! Frieza... the day will soon be here that we won't take any more orders from him, you watch."
Frieza keeps Vegeta, Nappa, and Raditz as slaves to do his bidding. 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. 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 member Guldo, 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.
Jaco the Galactic Patrolman
Vegeta is on an extraterrestrial planet with Raditz. While there, they are requested to return to Planet Vegeta. Raditz questions if they should return to Planet Vegeta but the prince says they should ignore the request.
Dragon Ball Z
Main article: Vegeta Saga
"Now I'll show you the wall that you can never scale with "hard work" alone..."
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, and Gohan 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.
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 in the way of 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.
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, it 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 times four 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 Bomb technique. 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.
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.
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.
"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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"There's no such thing as fair or unfair in battle. There is only victory, or in your case, defeat."
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).
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.
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. He launches 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.
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, and in the Namekian language. 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.
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.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, however, Goku intervenes and tosses a frog in the middle of the attack, switching Ginyu's body with that of the frog. 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. 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 had fused 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.
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 seriously wound him, 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 still far superior to Vegeta's. 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, telling Goku that he needs to harden his heart against Frieza in order to achieve the Super Saiyan transformation, yet Goku tells him he could never stoop so low as to become as heartless as him and Frieza. Then, in order to fill him with rage and to tell him about the race, he begins 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. Vegetal continues on, begging Goku to defeat Frieza for the pride of the saiyan race. Goku in honor prepares a grave, realizing that although Vegeta did care about his race being destroyed, he was more upset that Frieza had used him as a puppet for all of his life, and no matter what he did to try and stop Frieza, he could do nothing, nearly destroying the saiyan's pride. 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.
"The blood in your veins. That perfect instinct for battle. There's no denying what you are. Reach down deep. Feel the pain of those who fell. Your brethren were all decimated. Your home world lost. Does it not enrage you to stand before the monster responsible for driving us to extinction? My father. Your Father. Both gone. Dead. Killed by him. Lord Frieza. You are the last of our kind, Kakarrot. Everything we were survives now only in you. And he won't rest until every trace of that has vanished. Because he is haunted every day and night by a single overriding fear. That the Legendary Super Saiyan will rise up from the ashes and obliterate him. I dreamt, I urned to be the one to avenge us. Yet he battered and broke me just as he did the others. You cannot know the torment I died in. Unless you're the one to finish this, we will be lost, lost forever to the memory of time. "
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, giving him a very inspiration speech about Frieza's fear of the legends of the saiyan race, how Goku should be filled with rage with the thought of his species and homeward having been destroyed by Frieza, and convincing Goku that he needs to avenge the saiyans, or else they will be lost to the memory of time.
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.
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.
"What? Haven't you seen a pink shirt before? If you like it so much, you can have it!"
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 named Trunks 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.
"Let me ask you, does a machine like yourself ever experience fear!?"
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.
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 my son"). 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."
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.
"Now, I'm going to show you what true power REALLY is! That's right! I'm SUPER VEGETA!"
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 Flash technique, 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 Grade Super 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.
"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."
During this time, Goku and Gohan got their turn in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and began training, mostly for the purpose of Gohan becoming a Super 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 arts champion 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.
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 kick 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.
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).
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.
Majin Buu Saga
"Well, well... Aren't you looking dumb? A true warrior should be ready, even at times of peace."
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 peacetime."
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. He then 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 in the face. 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.
"I don't see what the problem is! When the journalists come, I'll just destroy them!"
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 of Babidi'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.
"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!"
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, whereas Goku could not. However, Goku manages to defeat the creature by forcing him to absorb too much of his energy and blow up, briefly giving Vegeta a glimpse of Goku's Super Saiyan 2 powers.
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 to take 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, saying that he will only fight Goku.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, where they proceed to 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 within 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. Then Goku and Majin Vegeta fight furiously, with each fighter having one glorious moment after one another.
Vegeta was able to fight evenly with Goku, (catching 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 aside as nonsense. Eventually, Goku calls the fight to a halt because he senses Majin Buu's extraordinary power, meaning he has been released from 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 knocks him out.
"Trunks... Bulma... I do this for you... and yes, even for you, Kakarot!"
Majin Vegeta then 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.
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 Destruction technique) in an attempt to kill Majin Buu in a spherical explosion. In the end, all that is left of Vegeta is his body that turns to stone and then falls to the ground, leaving a few broken parts that 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.
"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!!!"
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 permanently fuse 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.
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. They then 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.
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 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.
"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 and Goku have a small conversation afterwards, with Vegeta making fun of Goku because he was so worried but he just shrank. Kid Buu decides to destroy the earth in his wake with his Planet Burst .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 using Instantaneous 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 a Crystal 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.
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 majin. 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.
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.
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 then return to Earth.
Goku and Vegeta finally become friends after being rivals for many years, though they still keep a friendly rivalry between them.
Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Main article: Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Two years after the end of the defeat of Kid Buu, two remnants of Frieza's Galactic Frieza Army, Avo and Cado 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 non-aggressive 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.
Nonetheless, Vegeta is fine with helping his brother out and actually wants to handle Avo and Cado 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 Avo and Cado use a cloning 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, Avo and Cado merge 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 Avo and Cado 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.
Dragon Ball Super
Battle of Gods Saga
Main article: Battle of Gods Saga
Before the events leading up to Beerus' arrival, Mr. Satan offers his money from saving the world to Vegeta while he is eating lunch, however Vegeta declines it because he already has enough.
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 and Trunks. 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.
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.
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.
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 rage state after Bulma gets slapped.
Vegeta transforms into a Super Saiyan 2 and charges at Beerus. Vegeta strikes at Beerus multiple 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.
Afterwards, Vegeta is practicing his bingo dance while watching aerobic videos but he is mad that he wasn't able to show it off.
Resurrection ‘F’ Saga
Main article: Resurrection ‘F’ Saga
Vegeta is at Capsule Corporation when he encounters Whis with Bulma. He wants Whis to train him but first he has to become a God of Destruction. Vegeta says that he'll show Whis the tastiest food on Earth to be his student. Whis accepts this. First, Vegeta took him to different restaurants but Whis has already been there because of Bulma. After later gives Whis Ramen and he finds it delicious. He takes Vegeta in as his student and takes him to Beerus' planet to train him for six months. After six months has passed, he is waiting for Whis return from Earth. Whis has Goku along with him. Goku notes that Vegeta has gotten stronger and he may ave surpassed him. Vegeta along with Goku goes to Beeru's room to change his sheets.
After they change his sheets, they continued doing house work, then, they trained with Whis. In block training, Whis has Vegeta's weights twice the weight of Goku's because he has been training with him longer. Vegeta and Goku have to try to get across a path before they get lost in the ground below, into another dimension. That night, while Goku goes to sleep, Vegeta continues pulling weights to get stronger. The next day, Vegeta and Goku train to hit Whis. However, Whis stops the sparring match because they lack the speed to touch him. Whis says that Vegeta overthinks the situation so he needs to relax like Goku.
While Frieza has gotten revived on Earth, Goku senses him energy but doesn't know what it is. Vegeta, who is unaware of the situation, tells him to ignore it and continue doing housework. Later, Vegeta and Goku are sparring under the supervision of Whis and somehow tap into the power of a new power up and told Beerus, when he woke up, that he wanted to match and surpass Goku's power and jokes that Whis can be a klutz sometimes when he asked.
Vegeta and Goku continue training but they were halted by Whis because they both were just throwing blows at each other but Whis says that they could do that anywhere else. Beerus comments that Vegeta and Goku have gotten stronger and wants to fight them. Goku turns it down saying that Beerus is still beyond their power. Beerus suggests sending Vegeta and Goku to "that place" to get stronger quicker. While they're in that place, Vegeta and Goku cannot move. Vegeta eventually realizes that they shouldn't have their ki leaking out while being in there. They also point out that the room is similar to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber but riddled with god ki, more pressure, and no signs of an exit. Without knowing where to go, Vegeta and Goku head towards Whis' staff.
Vegeta and Goku are delivering blows to each other. They are suddenly released from that place because Whis needed his staff to give Beerus more food. However, the food is gone because Vegeta and Goku ate them while in that place. Beerus gets angry and then chases Vegeta and Goku into the woods for eating his pizza. Goku says that they had no choice but to eat the food because they were getting hungry. The Oracle Fish comes to tell Whis that he received a message from Bulma, telling him that Vegeta and Goku are needed on Earth.
Vegeta and Goku need a way to get to Earth. Whis offered but time was a problem. Goku tried using Instant Transmission but Earth is too far for him to sense anyone. However, after trying, Goku is able to sense Gohan when he powered up due to Piccolo's death. Goku's hand is held out for Vegeta to hold on, but Vegeta goes for his shoulder instead. As soon as they get to Earth, Vegeta gets rid of Ginyu, who possessed Tagoma's body, because he could interfere in their battle against Frieza.
When Goku asks how Frieza has been revived, Vegeta says that the Earth's Dragon Balls were used. Frieza powers up into his final form to combat Goku. Vegeta is surprised that Frieza could be that level of power. He
then wants to get a shot at Frieza but Goku says that since he took out Ginyu, he takes him instead. Vegeta watches the battle between Goku and Frieza. While they are fighting, Frieza deliberately takes shots at Bulma so Vegeta saves her. He later gets angry at them because they aren't going all out with their power. Vegeta charges at Goku and kicks him in the back while they are fighting. This leaves Goku confused and they eventually duke it out for a while, impressing Frieza about Vegeta's loyalty and leaving the others worried that Vegeta might return to Frieza's side. When Frieza interrupts their duel, Vegeta congratulates the tyrant for this resurrection and claps so long, fast, and loud that Frieza becomes annoyed by it, even he appreciated it at first. After a bit of a snide remark, Vegeta gets ready to fight Frieza and tells him that would never work for him again and he tells him that he wants to get his 'revenge' on Goku first. Eventually, Vegeta decides to stand on the sidelines once more and wait just a little bit longer.
When Frieza transforms into his new Golden Frieza form, he smiles at first, but then looks astonished at the sight of the new power-up and Frieza had Goku on the ropes, Vegeta called him an "imbecile" and ignored Bulma asking him to join the fight against them. Later on, when Vegeta thinks Goku is going to continue being oblivious, he offers to step in and kill Frieza himself but Goku kept insisting that he "almost got him" and Vegeta eventually leaves Goku with Frieza despite the fact that he doesn't trust his "almosts". Goku almost beats Frieza and asks him to leave for a rematch for a later time but Sorbet shots him his Bad Ring Laser and critically injures Goku even further leading Vegeta to step in save Goku when Frieza tries to kill him with a couple of ki blasts.
Vegeta then explains to Frieza that he can't afford to let Goku be killed because it's because of him that he pursues the path to power and tells Goku that he is an idiot despite Whis warning him that this outcome would happen. Vegeta then kicks Goku toward the location of Krillin, Gohan, and others and deflects Frieza's Death Beam towards Sorbet, killing him in the process. Vegeta then proceeds to fight Frieza in Goku's place and, to everyone's (except Goku's) surprise, he too, turns into a Super Saiyan Blue, which Goku explains that this power is purely his own. Vegeta then proclaims that he will send Frieza back to Hell and easily dominates over the exhausted Golden Frieza until he reverts into his Final form. He was about to kill Frieza with a Big Bang Attack until Frieza uses his Earth Breaker technique to blow up the Earth and that in turn, kills Vegeta and everyone else on the planet, except all of those shielded by Beerus and Whis.
The event was later undone by Whis' Temporal Do-Over technique as Goku kills Frieza himself in his Super Saiyan Blue form after Vegeta teleports himself out of the way of the Kamehameha. Vegeta gets angry with Goku for stealing his kill but then Bulma and others explained about what happened when he died and came to conclusion that he would have died if Goku hadn't interfered thanks to Whis. Vegeta later attends the party thrown by Bulma and joins his friends and family. Goku later asks Vegeta if they should practice working together more often but Vegeta refuses, which Goku agrees to making them both happy that they finally agree on something for once.
Universe 6 Saga
Main article: Universe 6 Saga
Sometime after the battle against Golden Frieza, 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 Blue and blasts Goku. Goku gets mad and turns Super Saiyan Blue too. After saying Super Saiyan Blue, Goku bites his tongue and childishly 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 from Universe 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 are twelve universes 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.
After Whis explains why Beerus and Champa don't fight each other anymore, they discuss the details for the tournament. The rules will be the same as the Tenkaichi Budokai and will be in five Earth days on the Nameless Planet at 10 a.m. If Champa won, he will use the Super Dragon Balls to switch the universes' Earths. If Beerus won, he will give him the six Dragon Balls he collected but Beerus has to find the last one on his own. Vegeta and Goku join Beerus' team off the bat. They also select Piccolo, Buu, and Beerus wants the strongest fighter he's ever faced, who's not Whis. Vegeta suggests to have Gohan fight instead because he has the highest potential but Goku doesn't want him to because he's focused on studying. Vegeta and Goku go to Earth to get Bulma to invent a new Dragon Radar.
Bulma creates a new Dragon Radar but it doesn't work where they are, at the edge of the universe. Bulma gets in contact with her sister, Tights, to get Jaco to go to Earth. In 50 minutes, Jaco tells Bulma that he's busy but he'll take her to see Zuno to know where the center of the universe is to use the Dragon Radar. When Goku tells Vegeta that they both have feisty wives, he tells him that he doesn't mind because Saiyan women are strong-willed, even Piccolo realizes this.
Vegeta is training with Goku in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. As Goku wonders if the Universe 6 fighters will be strong, Vegeta says that they'll be strong because Champa is confident in his fighters even after watching them train before. Goku then remarks that Vegeta is smart, compared to him. Vegeta wants Goku to act his age. Without knowing what he meant, Goku brings up a conversation he had previously with Vegeta, saying that Saiyans are young until they reach the age of 80. Vegeta was acknowledging his mentality level instead. Vegeta is tired of talking so he transforms into Super Saiyan Blue. Goku does the same thing so they both could train and go all out in the room. They continue to train in the room for three days (three years in the room).
The day of the tournament, Vegeta and Goku come out of the room and go to Capsule Corporation with
beards and smell bad. They are told by Bulma to take a shower before entering the cube Whis brought to transport them to the Nameless Planet. After bathing and shaving, Vegeta and Goku return to be taken to the tournament. Before they go to the event, they go to Beerus' world to pick up Beerus and their fifth fighter, Monaka. Vegeta wonders who the mysterious attendee is, so Whis goes on to say that he's the strongest fighter Beerus has ever fought, Monaka. Vegeta doesn't think that Monaka is anything special. Piccolo (Goku in the anime) comments that they tend to underestimate other people. While traveling to the planet, they eat meat Chi-Chi has grilled, which Vegeta is pleased because he hasn't had a decent meal in three years. They also game of Shiritori.
After two hours and forty-five minutes of traveling, they arrive on the Nameless Planet. Vegeta is prepared to take the exam to be able to compete, as he requested. As he is walking to the stage, Vegeta and Goku notice a warrior from Universe 6 that looks similar to Frieza. He is said to not be Frieza by Piccolo, saying his does not sense an evil aura around him, signaling he is good. The written exam is about to begin on the command of Vados. As Vegeta is about to take his seat to take the exam, he catches eye of Cabba. He asks them if they're Saiyans and Vegeta is impressed he noticed and wonders if Saiyans are present on his team. Cabba reveals he's a Saiyan to Goku and Vegeta which surprises them. Vegeta comments on Cabba's attire an says that the attire he's wearing resembles the style the Saiyans wore before getting taken over by Frieza, which Cabba doesn't seem to know Frieza.
Vegeta asks Cabba what planet the Saiyans are based on in their universe and Cabba responds saying Planet Sadla, the original planet of the Saiyans. Vegeta is shocked that the planet still exists in his universe.
Cabba is curious if Planet Sadla exists in Universe 7 but Vegeta says that it has been destroyed because of an internal conflict between Saiyans and he further explains what happens after that. Goku then asks Cabba where his tail is to which Cabba says that they had tails long ago but don't now because they evolved. Vegeta wonders if they're still a "warrior race" and Cabba says they are but they do not steal planet but their main objective is to get rid of evil doers. As Vados yells at them for not taking a seat, Vegeta demands that Cabba takes him to Planet Sadla when he is able to and tells him not to worry because they do not steal planets any longer. Cabba agrees to and tells Vegeta he will not hold back in the match.
The exam is ten questions to test the participant's intelligence. After ten minutes Vegeta passes, but however, they are short of one fighter because Majin Buu failed, he even spelled his name wrong. Vegeta is blamed by Goku because Vegeta requested the exam. Beerus chooses Monaka to be last and Vegeta is third after Goku became first and Piccolo is second. Vegeta watches the first match between Goku and Botamo. As he watches the match, Vegeta doesn't think Goku can win if he can't deal damage to Botamo. Piccolo thinks that Goku can only hurt Botamo if he goes all out but Vegeta doesn't think Goku should. Vegeta is curious of Goku's plan to beat Botamo and is shocked to see that Goku thought of pushing Botamo down and throwing him out the ring but he didn't think of that tactic.
The next match is between Goku and Frost. Later in their match, Goku watches Frost to transform into is final form. Frost does transform but Vegeta knows that the form he transformed into is not his final form, saying Frost is trying to fool them. He watches Frost having an upper hand over Goku is his base form as both Frost transforms into his final form Goku also turns Super Saiyan. Frost is no match for Goku but after he uses poison to knock him out Vegeta is extremely surprised. Vegeta is also doubtful as to how Goku could have been knocked out with a single blow. While Piccolo fights Frost, he suggests that Piccolo's Makankosappo is ineffective as it requires a lot of ki and would need time. While watching the fight Jaco sits alongside Vegeta stating it's a better view, as he is also suspicious of Frost. In the manga, Piccolo does not use the Makankosappo and is easily knocked out of the ring. When it is figured out and pointed by Jaco that Frost cheated, Vegeta remarks "Frieza is Frieza no matter what universe". After Champa raises his hand to destroy Frost due to his embarrassment, Vegeta intervenes stating that he wants to beat Frost himself. He then forces Piccolo to forfeit who was declared the winner and so he does.
As the match begins, both fighters seem confident about their abilities. Frost threatens to kill Vegeta and says that since there are no restrictions in using his needle he will use it as well. As Frost charges towards Vegeta, he transforms into a Super Saiyan and immediately delivers a blow to Frost in the stomach and throwing him out of bounds. After this, a new rule has been decided and it is that if one touches the barrier around the ring, it counts as a ring out.
His next fight is with Magetta, as soon as he arrives Vegeta estimates him to be slow due to his size but as he starts to punch Vegeta, he realizes that he is both powerful and fast. Vegeta attempts to get rid of Magetta's head by kicking it repeatedly. Magetta's head soon pops out with smoke. Vegeta is surprised Magetta gains both speed and power each time he attacks. He then flies towards the barrier now established in the tournament as he is aware that Magetta cannot fly due to his large size. Despite his multiple blasts at Magetta, they are clashed with Magetta's Magama Spit. He then dodges the magma trying to understand his strategy before the room starts to get full of smog. Vegeta clears the smog by turning into a Super Saiyan but is exhausted due to the immense heat generated by Magetta.
Magetta continues spitting lava again at Vegeta. He then lets out a hot water vapor attack which pushed Vegeta to almost fly out of the barrier. Later on, Trunks calls out on Magetta for using a weapon, but the referee says it was a natural fart. While Vegeta prepares for a Galick Gun attack, Magetta raises the temperature which causes the whole arena to become extremely hot. Magetta easily blocks Vegeta's Galick Gun with his Lava Spit which becomes solidified. He spits another lava on Vegeta, and uses the lava to ambush Vegeta. He successfully hits Vegeta with a club created by the cooling the magma, making him fall out of the ring. However, Vegeta is lucky enough to land on one of the broken rocks from the stage platform. Magetta gets pushed back by Vegeta's ki after releasing it to break the barrier. Vegeta uses his Final Flash on Magetta, while Magetta prepares for another Lava Spit. However, the Final Flash easily overcomes Magetta's lava and pushes him to the edge of the arena platform. As a result of Vegeta's Final Flash, Magetta becomes dizzy and is left open to Vegeta's attack. Despite trying to block it, Vegeta shouts out an insult which makes Magetta lose his will to fight. Thus, Magetta falls out of bounds and Vegeta is declared the winner of the match.
The next match between Cabba and Vegeta begins. Vegeta notes that Cabba has his identical fighting stance. As the battle commences, both Vegeta and Cabba are very evenly matched. As both realize this, Vegeta tells Cabba to transform into a Super Saiyan. Cabba states that he cannot transform, and then asks Vegeta how to do this. Vegeta gets angry at this, wondering how Cabba could ask him that question, and then Vegeta transforms into a Super Saiyan. Vegeta then proceeds to pummel Cabba, taunting him on how disgraceful he is. Cabba, after being pummeled, says that he surrenders to Vegeta. Vegeta gets even angrier, saying to Cabba if he surrenders, he will kill him. Vegeta then says that he will destroy Sadla once the tournament is over. Cabba then fills with rage and becomes a Super Saiyan. He then attacks Vegeta with a flurry of punches, and Piccolo notes that Vegeta is struggling to combat against Cabba. After Cabba uses his Continuous Energy Bullets technique, Vegeta tells him to not forget the feeling of anger. This confusion with Cabba causes him to lose his Super Saiyan state. Vegeta then explains how the Super Saiyan transformation is achieved through anger. Cabba then understands that he only provoked him to achieve the Super Saiyan state.
Vegeta then barks at Cabba to transform again, to which he does. Vegeta turns into his most powerful form, Super Saiyan Blue, to Cabba's surprise. Vegeta then tells Cabba that he will become this powerful one day, and then knocks him out cold with a single punch to the stomach. Vegeta tells him to never forget this anger, as it is his fuel to his Super Saiyan power. The referee then declares Cabba knocked out, granting Vegeta three consecutive wins. Vegeta gets a bucket of water to wake Cabba up and splashes it on his face. Cabba bows his head toward Vegeta, which greatly upsets Vegeta, and he says that bowing to your enemy is the same as giving up, and then tells Cabba about Saiyan pride, and how it is the strength of the Saiyans. Vegeta then tells Cabba to surpass him in strength, but how Vegeta won't stop training though and for Cabba to train relentlessly. The last words of Cabba are how the Saiyan King of Universe 6 is a strong and prideful person similar to Vegeta. Vegeta replies that he hopes to meet him someday.
The next battle between Hit and Vegeta begins, with both fighters having a stern face. Throughout the fight Vegeta is unable to land a single attack on Hit and is completely dominated and effortlessly beaten. Next up is Goku vs Hit and Vegeta watches on from the side. Vegeta along with everyone else, including Beerus and Champa is stunned when Goku suddenly blocks Hit's attacks and begins to actually lands blows on him, much to Vegeta's annoyance. As the fight continues, Vegeta becomes enraged when Goku uses Kaio-Ken in his Super Saiyan Blue form, enraged at remembering he loss to Goku from Kaio-Ken and the realization that Goku always has been one step ahead of him. As Goku continued to power up to Kaio-Ken time ten Vegeta along with Piccolo were stunned at Goku's massively increased speed and power.
Vegeta is mostly silent for the duration of the battle between Hit and Goku. He is generally surprised when Goku gives up and lands out of the ring.
When the omni-king arrives, Vegeta wonders who he is, and simply insiders him a shorty, but is very shocked when Beerus reveals that Zeno rules over the 12 universes, making him very surprised. He then goes onto the arena to where the Omni-King is present.
After Zeno leaves, Cabba then refers to Vegeta as his mentor, and then asks Vegeta if he wants to go to his home planet. Vegeta then responds in an annoyed tone not to call him mentor, yet Cabba still calls him mentor, making Vegeta still a bit annoyed but he just ignores it.
In the Manga Vegeta grows frustrated and enraged with Goku during his fight with Hit upon seeing Goku turn into a Super Saiyan God, genuinely surprised that Goku was still holding back transformations so late into the fight against a powerful opponent. His anger grew even more when Goku willingly forfeits his fight against Hit due to the tournament rules putting the assassin at a distinct disadvantage. Vegeta confronts Goku about this to which Goku responds with Vegeta wasting his own Super Saiyan Blue form on Cabba, who he could have beaten as a regular Super Saiyan. Vegeta says he just wanted to whip his fighting spirit into shape by showing it to him and says that he believed Goku wouldn't forfeit his match as well
Main article: Potaufeu Saga When Vegeta arrives on Earth again, he attends Bulma's party. For the most part, he constantly asks and insists Bulma to make sure there is enough food at the party and to not upset Beerus in anyway. When Bulma realizes Monaka is really weak and criticizes Bulma for it, Vegeta sides with Beerus and tells her that the reason why he did it was to inspire Vegeta and Goku to train harder, even though for the most part Vegeta didn't really care about Monaka. While Goku fought with "Monaka" (Beerus wearing a Monaka costume), Vegeta and Piccolo interfered in their match, claiming that "Monaka" has the ability to control others, but Beerus throws the two out of the match.
When Goten and Trunks were trapped in Monaka's delivery truck and Monaka went to Planet Potaufeu to deliver an item, Bulma finds out via her surveillance camera footage, and tells Vegeta to accompany Jaco to Potaufeu to retrieve the boys. Vegeta gets there just in time to intercept an attack aimed at Trunks. Wanting to hear the story from Trunks later, Vegeta engages the Commeson copies of Gryll and his henchmen, easily defeating them. Vegeta then confronts Copy-Gryll, but a piece of Commeson sneaks up on him from behind, and absorbs him. Vegeta's power is completely drained, and an exact copy of him, Copy-Vegeta, is created. Irritated, Vegeta attempts to fire a Galick Gun, but nothing happens, as his power has been drained. He is then surprised to see Copy-Vegeta fire a Galick Gun of his own. As Copy-Vegeta hesitates to attack Trunks, Vegeta notices this. The group then retreats, with Goten carrying Monaka, Trunks carrying Vegeta and Potage, and Jaco retreating on his own.
At a safe spot, Potage explains to the group the true nature of Commeson, along with its side effects to the victims. Vegeta, being a victim, is suspected to die in 3 to 5 minutes, as his body is supposed to disappear, and the only way to reverse this is to defeat Copy-Vegeta. Later, Gotenks engages in battle with Copy-Vegeta, who is unable to deal any damage to him. As Vegeta's time is running out, his body becomes transparent. Before Copy-Vegeta can finish off Goten and Trunks, Goku appears, confused about the whole situation, and believed Copy-Vegeta to be the real Vegeta. Vegeta tells him that he does not need to know the details, and tells Goku to defeat him in 3 minutes, but smirks and wonders if he can. When Copy-Gryll tries to forcefully control Copy-Vegeta, Vegeta is irritated, and then feels proud when Copy-Vegeta overcame the control and defeated Copy-Gryll.
When the fighting begins, Vegeta simply watches, with anger rising with each attack, at first saying how Goku was landing such weak blows against Copy-Vegeta, yet as the battle commences, Vegeta still becomes frustrated with the battle, looking in upsetness at the fight even when Goku is winning. Then, when Goku distracts Vegeta with a fake kick to the head, Goku then uses this distraction to punch Copy-Vegeta in the stomach, which causes Vegeta to scream at Copy-Vegeta for not dodging that attack, with Copy-Vegeta having a look of confusion. Shortly after, Copy-Vegeta manages to land a seemingly powerful blow on Goku, which Vegeta triumphs at, even though he will lose his life if Copy-Vegeta wins. This sort of changing sides with Vegeta continues for a w while, until Vegeta gets fed up and flies up to attack Copy-Vegeta, yet he goes right through Copy-Vegeta. Copy-Vegeta then mocks Vegeta, telling him to disappear like the empty shell he is. Vegeta comments on Copy-Vegeta's weak skills and then tells Copy-Vegeta to beat Goku as quickly as possible, and then tells Goku to not even think about losing to the copy. Vegetal then heads back onto the ground, with Goku and Copy-Vegeta saying at the same time who's side is he on.
After Goku and Copy-Vegeta transform into Super Saiyan Blue's, Jaco notes that Vegeta looks even more transparent then before. Potage then tells him to chew on the key to sealing Commeson (which is a pacifier), saying it might give him a little more time before he disappears, and Vegeta gladly takes it, thanking Potage as well, and as he puts the key in his mouth, both Goten and Trunks are relatively shocked, with Goku looking at Vegeta in confusion as well. Jaco however finds it hilarious, and attempts to photograph Vegeta sucking on a pacifier, yet his camera has no battery, and Jaco yells how at all of the times his camera runs out of battery then.
As the fight commences, Vegeta and the others head towards another area since the fighting has gotten too dangerous. Trunks asks if there is any other way to save Vegeta, then Potage recalls that if the core of Commeson is destroyed, then all of the copies become much weaker. Trunks and the others then go to find the core of the Superhuman Water, while Vegeta continues to watch the fight against Copy-Vegeta and Vegeta, with Monaka there as well since he has fainted. While Copy-Vegeta and Goku continue to fight, Vegeta becomes upset once again that he isn't fighting against Goku, and he is the one that needs to defeat Goku, and only him, while his ki either fades or weakens
When Trunks and the others return to Vegeta, Trunks is relieved that Vegeta is still with them, saying there is still time. When Goku and Copy-Vegeta are powering up, Vegeta notes that they are trying to end the battle with a decisive blow. While Vegeta and the others watch the impact from that skirmish, Commeson appears behind them, and sets Trunks as his target, as Trunks looks behind in horror, and Vegeta turns around to protect Trunks, yet lets the key fall out of his mouth, and his body shows to further disappear, as he attempts to grab onto Trunks, and fails to grab onto him, with Trunks looking in complete horror as Vegeta is almost about to disappear. Vegeta then attempts to protect Trunks, and Trunks yells for his father, waking Monaka up, causing him to fall back in dizziness, stepping on the crystal in the process. Goku then notices Commeson and the others, and realizes Vegeta is about to disappear, then in a rush, Goku prepares a God Kamehameha against Copy-Vegeta, obliterating him and ending him once and for all.
Trunks rushes to Vegeta, hugging him and saying how glad he is that Vegeta didn't die. After Potage seals the weakened Commeson back into his container and thanks Monaka, Trunks, and Goten for all of their help, Goku is impressed that Monaka defeated the superhuman water, yet also says that if he had a little more time he could have defeated Copy-Vegeta at full power, to which Vegeta immediately objects, but Goku changes the subject and asks Vegeta why he was chewing on a pacifier as an adult. Vegeta doesn't understand where Goku is coming from, and is completely mortified when Videl shows Pan sucking on a pacifier and saying how babies suck on pacifiers. Vegeta and Goku are then standing near the ledge, with Vegeta still melodramatically whining about having unwittingly humiliated himself. Goku asks if he knew, and Vegeta told him that he obviously didn't know, and he would have preferred death than unintentional humiliation. Goku objects to Vegeta preferring death, stating that they'd never be able to settle their score. Amused, Vegeta brags he'll win, and Goku muses that he won't lose, all the while watching the sunset.
"Future" Trunks Saga
Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga Vegeta is discussing the ramen he ate with Goku, Beerus and Whis on Beerus' planet. Whis receives a distress call from Bulma on Earth, who shows Goku and Vegeta a severely injured and unconscious Future Trunks, having barely escaped his alternate timeline with his life. The four teleport to Earth, and Vegeta tells Goku to teleport to Korin Tower to get some Senzu Beans. When he returns, Bulma feeds Future Trunks a Senzu Bean, and he wakes up. Hearing Goku's voice and seeing him, Future Trunks angrily attacks him, surprising everyone. Bulma then slapped Future Trunks and then came to his senses and sees his Mother and His Father. When Trunks got his sword Vegeta says he doesn't need it but Future Trunks says it makes him feels better. After Future Trunks tells them about Goku Black and how he escaped to the present timeline Vegeta then berates Future Trunks, as a proud Saiyan, turning his back on Goku Black and running away to the past. He is then interrupted by Bulma saying there was a message in the notebook she found in the time machine. Goku and Vegeta decide to go to the future and help Future Trunks defeat Goku Black. Krillin and Piccolo soon arrive then a thunderstorm appears, a portal opens and Goku Black arrives which surprises Future Trunks, then Goku and Vegeta meets Goku Black. Future Trunks becomes enraged and tried to fight him but Vegeta stops him. Vegeta, Future Trunks, Piccolo, and Krillin soon watch the fight between Goku and Goku Black with Future Trunks wondering why Goku doesn't go all out. Vegeta then tells him Goku has a bad habit of not going at full power during the start of the fight. Soon the Time Ring starts to pull Black back into the portal he came in but not before destroying the time machine and is then sent back to the future. Future Trunks then groans over the destruction of the time machine with Vegeta telling him to not give up hope then Bulma comes back with a capsule opening it revealing the Time machine Cell came in from the future hoping that it will work.
To prepare for their battle with Goku Black, Vegeta began training in the gravity chamber while Bulma attempted to repair the time machine. An angry Vegeta swore vengeance against Goku Black for the murder of Future Bulma and the endless torment Future Trunks suffered at Goku Black's hands.
After Goku's return from Universe 10, Vegeta tells Future Trunks he is going to train him. As Future Trunks transforms into a Super Saiyan 2, he requests Vegeta not to hold back and transform into a Super Saiyan 3 like Goku, but Vegeta laughs and transforms into a Super Saiyan Blue, which shocks Future Trunks. Vegeta then says that if Future Trunks can land a single blow on him, he will win. Future Trunks transforms into his Super Saiyan Third Grade form, and Vegeta is visibly disappointed and angry that Future Trunks still relies on such a "primitive" transformation and prepares to attack. Vegeta is surprised to realize that Future Trunks only assumed the form to catch Vegeta off guard, powering down from the form right when Vegeta attacks him. Vegeta slams Future Trunks on the ground, giving him a 3/10 for that strategy. As Vegeta beats down Future Trunks, he notices Future Trunks smirking, and angrily exclaims he will not allow Future Trunks to lose to anyone just because he and Goku are there. Future Trunks then lands a blow on Vegeta, proclaiming he wins and he will not only surpass Goku Black but him as well. As Vegeta scoffs and leaves, Future Trunks bows and thanks him.
With the Time Machine fixed Goku, Future Trunks and Vegeta go to the Future. When they arrive Vegeta and Goku are shocked about all the wreckage and Future Trunks discovers Future Mai's hat. Vegeta follows Future Trunks and Goku is shot at by the resistance who think Goku is Black. After the misidentification is resolved, Vegeta meets Future Mai and other survivors of the conflict. Vegeta is successful in securing the right to fight Black first and begins battling him when he appears before the group, Vegeta powers straight up to Super Saiyan Blue and is congratulated by Black on reaching the level of gods. Black suddenly moves in faster then Vegeta can react and puts his finger under his chin to show off his speed. Vegeta now attacks with numerous punches but after a few moments suddenly stops and jumps back, questioning what he just felt. Black emerges from the crater unharmed and kicks Vegeta away and then Black transforms into a Super Saiyan Rose. Vegeta moves back into attack but to no avail as Black is able to avoid the hits and lands a hard shot of his own to Vegeta, calling the Saiyan prince only a warm up and goes to land a massive shot which is caught by Vegeta who then deflects the blow and responds with another barrage of punches and goes for a massive punch when suddenly Black catches him and everyone off guard by transforming his aura into a blade and stabbing Vegeta clean through the right side of his chest, mortally wounding him. Vegeta is shocked at how even as a Super Saiyan Blue he is considered a "warm-up" to Goku Black, and he falls to the ground in a near-death state. Vegeta is unconscious throughout the entire fight between Goku, Future Trunks, Goku Black and Future Zamasu, only waking up to witness Future Zamasu's appearance and waking up once again to save Goku and Future Trunks from being killed by the two evil entity's combined attack, falling unconscious once again. He is saved by Future Mai after Earth's Resistance distracts Goku Black and Future Zamasu, and while still knocked out, is sent back to the past alongside the two other Saiyans.
Ten Years Later
In the decade since Majin Buu's defeat, Vegeta goes on to father a second child, his daughter Bulla. He has fully accepted life as an Earthling, and has traded in the Saiyan battle fatigues for more casual Earth clothing. Ten years after Majin 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 Majin Buu. He also has Trunks participate in the tournament, and also jokingly threatens to take away Trunks' allowance if Trunks does not fight.
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.
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Black Star Dragon Ball Saga
Main article: Black Star Dragon Ball Saga
"Give it a rest! Both of you have grown unbearably soft in these times of peace. And with Kakarot leading to search, you'll see trouble in no time."
"I shaved my mustache you idiot!"
Five years after Goku leaves with Uub at the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament and Goku bidding farewell to Vegeta, 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 that it makes him look like a "geek." It was Vegeta's suggestion that Trunks and Goten, who he called "soft", go with Goku on the search for the Black Star Dragon Balls (Pan ultimately snuck aboard, and Goten was left behind).
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."
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.
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 Saga
Main article: Super 17 Saga
"Saiyan blood still courses through my veins... AND I CALL THE EARTH MY HOME!!!"
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.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 of Android 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.
Shadow Dragon Saga
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."
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.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.
"They are. Take good care of those, Pan."
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.
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!"
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 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!"
Vegeta appears midway through The Return of Cooler, where he knocks Meta-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.
"And that's the last time you'll underestimate a Saiyan."
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 will help you because I want you alive. So I can have my shot at destroying you, and no robot junkyard trash is going to take that chance away from me."
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 takes Android 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 a Masenko, but this did not hurt him and he throws a blast at Gohan to have it deflected by Piccolo.
"Inferior craftsmanship to say the least."
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!"
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.
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 world Shamo, 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 is the one who deduces that a Tuffle remnant is responsible for the Destron Gas attack 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.
The Real 4-D
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D Vegeta arrives in his Super Saiyan form alongside Piccolo and Krillin to save Goku when he is about to be killed by Frieza. Vegeta contributes to stalling Frieza while Goku prepares the Spirit Bomb by attacking with his Final Flash, though it deals no damage to the tyrant and Vegeta is knocked down alongside his allies by Frieza's kiai.
After Frieza is defeated by the Spirit Bomb, Vegeta helps the other Z Fighters repair the destroyed city, though he complains about the work.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound
"Leave him to me..."
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.
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."
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 as a Super Saiyan 2 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.
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 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.
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.
Battle of Gods
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
"How... dare you...! THAT'S MY BULMA!"
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 Mr. Buu eventually angers the God of Destruction.
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.
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.
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."
Before the film, Goku asks Whis to train him and Vegeta tags along so he doesn't trail behind Goku.
Sometime after the encounter with the God of Destruction Beerus, Vegeta and Goku are sparring with Whis on Beerus' planet. Their sparring wakes Beerus up, making him angry. After being woken up, Beerus sneezes, causing a ki blast strong enough to kill both Goku and Vegeta, but they both successfully get away. After hearing that Frieza was revived by the Oracle Fish, he and Goku went to Earth by using Instant Transmission. After encountering Frieza, Vegeta watches the fight with Goku fighting against the revived and empowered Frieza. At one point, Vegeta was furious with Goku and started attacking him.
After Goku was defeated by Frieza, Frieza offers Vegeta supreme commander in the Frieza Force if he killed Goku, but declines. Vegeta wanted revenge after Frieza for destroying his home planet, Planet Vegeta. Vegeta then tells Krillin to give Goku a Senzu Bean. With fury, Frieza shoot a ki blast at Krillin, but Vegeta blocked it, killing Sorbet, Frieza's last henchman. Vegeta takes on the Super Saiyan Blue transformation and combats Frieza after Goku is beaten. Vegeta easily beats Frieza after not getting used to his form, causing Frieza to revert to his final form. Before Vegeta could finish Frieza off, he is killed by Frieza along with everyone on Earth when Frieza blows up the planet in response to sensing he was losing to Vegeta.
However, thanks to Whis and his ability to rewind 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.
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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."
- Manga and Anime
Vegeta is one of the most powerful characters in the series, his power often rivaling that of Goku.
From a young age, Vegeta showed tremendous power even by the standards of First-Class warriors and the royal bloodline of the Saiyan race, able to effortlessly defeat 8 Saibamen simultaneously and noted to have even surpassed his father King Vegeta, putting his power level over 10,000. By the time he first arrived on Earth as an adult, his power reached about 18,000, putting him well above Nappa, who proudly declared he was the second strongest Saiyan ever. Once fighting against Goku, it took Goku tripling his power with the Kaioken to overpower the prince. Even with battle-worn from Goku's various energy attacks, Vegeta showed remarkable resilience, able to continue fighting against the Earth's defenders and even hold his own against the Great Ape Gohan.
After healing from his defeat on Earth, Vegeta's power rose to 24,000 thanks to the Zenkai, putting him above Frieza's personal-guard in Dodoria and Zarbon, albeit the latter quickly pummeled Vegeta after transforming. After healing again, Vegeta's power increased enough to easily defeat the transformed Zarbon and cause some minor damage to Recoome, putting his power level at 30,000. After healing from his battle against Recoome, Vegeta showed an especially potent increase in power, able to fight on par with the full power of Frieza's first form, putting Vegeta's power at about 530,000. Once healed by Krillin's blast in an attempt to become a Super Saiyan, Vegeta's power level shot up once more, becoming able to perceive Frieza's movements in his true form, but ultimately proved no match for the tyrant.
In the three years preparing for attack of the Androids, Vegeta trained under intense amounts of gravity, eventually reaching 450 times Earth's gravity. By the time the Androids arrived, Vegeta, having finally obtained Super Saiyan, was able to effortlessly outclass Android 19 and 20. To which, Piccolo noted that Vegeta may have surpassed Goku. After proving too weak to face either Android 17 or 18, Vegeta trained in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Once emerging, he was effortlessly able to subdue Cell in his Semi-Perfect state with his Super Saiyan Second Grade form. After soundly defeated by Perfect Cell, Vegeta chose to train again in the Time Chamber, fueled even more after learning of Goku and Gohan's newfound mastery of Super Saiyan. At the Cell Games, Vegeta's continuous rivalry experiences a break point after Goku proves able to fight in equal terms with Perfect Cell, which Vegeta could not despite having spent more than twice as much time as Goku training.
Vegeta continues trains in the seven-year gap towards the Majin Buu Saga, eventually reaching 500 times gravity. By then, Vegeta became stronger than Gohan who, while was strong enough to defeat Cell, had slacked off on his training since. While in Babidi's ship, after seeing a glimpse of Goku's increased power, Vegeta lets himself get possessed by Babidi because he wanted to receive Babidi's magic and get more powerful. In this state, combined with Super Saiyan 2, Vegeta becomes able to fight on par with Goku's Super Saiyan 2 might. However, unbeknownst to Vegeta, Goku had access to Super Saiyan 3. To which, the power gap between them is shown against Kid Buu who Super Saiyan 3 Goku is able to fight on par against, while Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta is swiftly defeated. In the anime, as a Super Saiyan Vegeta also managed to defeat the fake Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks and fake Piccolo who possess as much strength as the originals.
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, once witnessing Bulma getting slapped by Beerus, he underwent a rage boost while transforming into Super Saiyan 2 and is able to get several hits on him, something that Super Saiyan 3 Goku, Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, and even Gohan couldn't do - Beerus even claimed that Vegeta forced him to use 10% of his power. Later on Vegeta trains on Beerus' planet with Whis for six months, to which Goku admits upon their reunion that Vegeta may have surpassed him.
In preparation for Beerus and Champa's tournament, Vegeta and Goku train together in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber for three years (the equivalent of three days in the outside world) - though it is noted by Vegeta that their power would not increase very much in this time.
Days after the tournament when Vegeta traveled to Planet Potaufeu, an exact copy of Vegeta was created that proved unfazed by Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks and likewise defeated the fused warrior with only a few blows in just his base form.
In preparing for his encounter with Goku Black, Vegeta trained in the gravity room arduously. Upon facing the mysterious fighter, Vegeta proved powerful enough to overwhelm Black in base form (albeit he showed no visible damage from the assault) and quickly recover from a powerful kick. Once Black transformed into Super Saiyan Rosé, Vegeta still proved able to fight on par with the enemy, until he was caught off guard and stabbed by Black's Energy Blade, taking him out the fight. Despite the severity of his wounds, Vegeta was able to stay conscious and gather enough energy to re-enter Super Saiyan Blue long enough to fire blast able to distract Goku Black and Future Zamasu.
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. However, it was revealed that Super 17 was actually faking it. 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.
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 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Vegeta challenges Beerus as a Super Saiyan, but he 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 asked Whis, along with Goku, to train under him. Vegeta has become stronger and achieved the god power to get his Saiyan beyond God state. Vegeta as stated by Whis lacks the to speed to keep up with him. Vegeta also becomes Goku's equal in power. Whis claims that if Vegeta and Goku work together, they can potentially beat Beerus. Vegeta has less power than Golden Frieza at his max but when his body couldn't get used to the power, Vegeta is able combat Frieza in his golden form, sending him back to his final form.
- 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.
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.
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 Game Vegeta'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.
Main article: List of techniques used by Vegeta
Forms and transformations
Main article: Great Ape
Vegeta transformed into the Great Ape transformation during his battle against Goku and later Gohan, Krillin, and Yajirobe. When Vegeta is first seen transforming into the Great Ape transformation by sing Blutz Waves because the Earth had no moon. 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 ten times more powerful than his normal form when transformed, and easily crushed Goku, who exclaimed that not even a Kaio-ken x5 would work on him. 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.
Main article: Super Saiyan
This is Vegeta's Super Saiyan form. Though it was only a Saiyan Legend at the time, 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 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 becoming a bit more rigid while standing more up right, the irises of his eyes become green, and he acquires a golden aura just as Goku before him. He gains a slight increase in muscle mass 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 viewing it.
Super Saiyan Second Grade
Main article: Super Saiyan Second Grade
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. He also used it against 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 Grade Future Trunks speculates that Vegeta achieved this form during his training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber but did not use it, Cell also says that Vegeta could transform into this form but did not use because he knew of its disadvantages. The anime comic for Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks lists Vegeta as a user of the form.
Super Saiyan 2
Main article: Super Saiyan 2
Vegeta was first shown as a Super Saiyan 2 when he was Demon Prince Vegeta, he become as strong as Demon Prince Vegeta upon his return to Earth to fight against Super Buu. Vegeta attained this form through many years of intense 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.
Vegeta is first seen in this form when he fights against Goku while as Demon Prince 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. 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.
In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Super, when severely angered, Vegeta releases a Quake of Fury and his power in this form rises dramatically, heightening it to levels able to briefly hold his own against the heavily suppressed Beerus - something not even Super Saiyan 3 Goku or Potential Unleashed Gohan were capable of doing - and in the anime forcing the deity to use 10% of his power to defeat Vegeta.
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.
"I'm going to crush you, and throw you into the wind."
Demon Prince (魔王子, Maōji), also known as Majin Vegeta, is a powered up form taken on by Vegeta. Vegeta takes this form when Babidi harnesses the evil in Vegeta's heart to take control of him, giving him a significant boost in power, including maintaining his Super Saiyan form. While having the Demon mark 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 dark nature is reawakened and he becomes more powerful than he was before (thanks to Babidi's magic unlocking 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. Demon Prince 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 Demon Prince state and reverts back to his normal stage, but retains the power boost gained from it.
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.
Super Saiyan 3
Main article: Super Saiyan 3
Unlike Goku, Vegeta has never reached this transformation in the original manga or anime; this form of Vegeta is almost entirely exclusive to the video games, making its first appearance in Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Battlers and subsequently appearing in the Raging Blast series, Dragon Ball Heroes and Dragon Ball Zenkai Battle. Raging Blast 2 states that Vegeta attained this from at some point after the defeat of Kid Buu through training.
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.
Super Saiyan Blue
Main article: Super Saiyan Blue
After training with Whis, Vegeta gained the ability to use the power of a god with Super Saiyan, allowing Vegeta to become a Super Saiyan Blue. In this form Vegeta's hair becomes blue and he has god ki. Vegeta uses the form against Golden Frieza after Goku had been taken out and switched turns with him. After the battle against Golden Frieza, Vegeta uses this transformation while training with Goku. When in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Vegeta transforms so he and Goku could go all out in the room.
During the Universe 6 and Universe 7 tournament, Vegeta's displays the form to Cabba, whom Vegeta took a mentor role over. When Vegeta transformed against Hit, the power of the form was reduced to 10%. Despite being more powerful than Hit's suppressed state, Vegeta was incapable of hitting him due to Hit's Time Skip ability and was totally dominated, unable to even land a single strike on him.
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 light 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.
Golden Great Ape
Main article: 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
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.
Demon Prince Transformations
In Dragon Ball Heroes, Demon Prince Vegeta can use Super Saiyan 3, Destruction Prince Super Saiyan 3 (Hakaioji Super Saiyan 3) Vegeta appears as a playable character, introduced in the fifth mission of the Jaaku Mission series (JM5
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.
Dark Magic transformation
During the finale of the Xenoverse Demigra 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.
Main article: Time Breaker mind control
Black-Masked Saiyan (黒仮面のサイヤ人, Kuro Kamen no Saiyajin) is a state taken on by Vegeta when he is under control by the Time Breakers. In this state, Vegeta wears a dark bodysuit and a Time Breaker armor colored like his regular Saiyan armor. Just like Bardock, he attains a mask that can block Blutz Waves. Black-Masked Saiyan makes his debut appearance in Dragon Ball Heroes, introduced in the ninth mission of the God Mission series (GDM9). His special technique in this state is a dark variation of the Final Flash technique, called Dark Final Flash. Once he is defeated, he returns to normal and is known as Xeno Vegeta.
Main article: Vegito
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. 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.
Main article: Gogeta
The Fusion of Goku and Vegeta, Gogeta is 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.
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 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.
Appearences in other media
Vegeta appears again in gag manga in 2006, in a crossover chapter with KochiKame 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 appears in many Dragon Ball video games, such as Dragon Ball Z: Kyōshū! Saiyan, Dragon Ball Z II: Gekishin Freeza, Dragon Ball Z: Legend of the Super Saiyan, Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzōningen, Cult Jump, Dragon Ball Z: Goku Hishōden, Dragon Ball Z: Super Gokuden: Kakusei-Hen, Dragon Ball Z: The Legend, the Let's! TV Play games, Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu, Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans, and Dragon Ball Online.
He is a playable character in Dragon Ball Z: Gekitō Tenkaichi Budōkai, the Butōden series, the Legacy of Goku series, Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors, the Budokai series, the Supersonic Warriors series, Dragon Ball Z: Sagas, Dragon Ball GT: Transformation, the Budokai Tenkaichi series, Super Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit, the Raging Blast series, Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, Dragon Ball Z For Kinect, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, and Dragon Ball: Xenoverse. He is also playable in the arcade games Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: V.R.V.S., Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle, Data Carddass Dragon Ball Z, Data Carddass Dragon Ball Z 2, Dragon Ball Z: Bakuretsu Impact, Dragon Ball Z: W Bakuretsu Impact, Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Battlers, Dragon Ball Heroes, and Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale, Dragon Ball Discross. His What-if battles in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast are "Ginyu Force Shakeup Part 2: Ginyu Demoted", "Vegeta's Humiliation", "The Father-Son Tagteam", "The Strongest Super Saiyan 3" and IC Carddass Dragon Ball.
- Japanese: Ryō Horikawa
- English dubs:
- French dub: Eric Legrand (adult), Brigitte Lecordier (child), Frederic Bouraly (Movie 6)
- Tagalog dub: Vincent Gutierrez (adult), Richie Garcia (child)
- German dub: Santiago Ziesmer (Seasons 1-2), Oliver Siebeck (Season 3-onward)
- Spanish dubs:
- Latin America: René García (Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, Dragon Ball Z Kai Majin Buu Saga), Luis Daniel Ramírez (child), Andrés Gutiérrez Coto (Dragon Ball Z Kai until Cell Saga)
- Castillian: Alberto Hidalgo
- Catalan dub: Joan Sanz
- Portuguese dubs:
- Brazil: Alfredo Rollo; Dado Monteiro (Dragon Ball Z Kai)
- Portugal: João Loy (I, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super), Vítor Rocha (II), Ricardo Spínola (III)
- Italian dub: Gianluca Iacono, Massimo De Ambrosis (movies)
- Greek dub: Giannis Papaioannou, Themistoklis Psixogios (occasionally), Dimitris Mylonas (Films)
- Croatian dub: Zrinka Kušević
- Polish dub: Borys Szyc
- Hungarian Dub: Zoltán F. Nagy (DBZ), Péter Bozsó (DBZ & DBGT)
- Thai dub: Kaiwan Wattanakrai
- Mandarin dub: Guan Zhihong, Yu Zheng Sheng(Battle of Gods)
- Cantonese dub: Guozhi Quan, He Chengjun (Kai)
- Korean dub: Kim Min Seok, Kim Hwan Jim (Films), Kim Seung Jun (Kai)
- Valencian dub: Francesc Anyo
- Hebrew dub: Ami Mandelman
- Danish dub: Michael Elo
- Arabic dub: Ayman Al-Salek
- Galician dub: Suso Alvarez
- Serbian dub: Vladan Savic (Old Serbian dub), Tomas Saric (New Serbian dub/Ultra TV)
- Indonesian dub: Endi Rarahjo
- Basque dub: Felix Arkarazo
List of characters killed by Vegeta
Main article: List of characters killed by Vegeta
- Vegeta's hobby is training.
- Vegeta will eat anything.
- Vegeta's favorite vehicle is the attack ball.
- During a flashback in the Frieza Saga, it is shown that, as a child, Vegeta was on Frieza's ship when Planet Vegeta exploded. However, in Bardock - The Father of Goku, he is on another planet. The latter is supported in the manga/anime by Raditz who tells Goku that he, Nappa, and Vegeta were on other planets when Planet Vegeta was destroyed.
- Despite Vegeta's obsession with defeating Goku, Goku has never actually beaten him. However, Vegeta's wounded pride over the fact that Goku surpassed him with the Kaio-Ken x3 and needed to resort to transforming into the Great Ape. This is likely the main reason for his desire to beat him, which continues to the end of the series as he constantly talks about proving himself stronger (though in a more friendly manner).
- In the Greek dub of Dragon Ball Z, Vegeta and Nappa's voices have filters like the other villains in the series (including former villains). But sometimes, these filters won't be heard on some occasions.
- Ironically, the first time Vegeta openly shows his love of Trunks and Bulma occurs when he is possessed by Babidi which traditionally brings out the evil in people.
- Noticeably, while Vegeta was shorter than Bulma throughout Dragon Ball Z, he unexplainably became taller than her in Dragon Ball Super.
- In an interview in the March 2014 issue of Saikyō Jump (released on February 2014), Akira Toriyama says that, in the event that there is talk of another animated film after Battle of Gods (2013), he would like Vegeta to play the main role (adding that this is nothing more than intentions, and that he has not decided anything at all).
- There have been several times where Vegeta has been stronger than Goku, but was eventually surpassed by him:
- The first time was on Planet Namek. While Goku was healing on Frieza's ship, Vegeta had been able to surpass his own power and Goku's power, but Goku was shown to be much stronger after healing on Frieza's ship.
- The second time was during his fight with the Androids; Piccolo, who had trained with Goku for several years and knew his limits, said Vegeta might have surpassed him. This continued when he came out of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber for the first time; even Piccolo, who was stronger than Goku at the time, was amazed by his power.
- When Beerus shows up at Bulma's birthday party, Vegeta gets angry when Beerus slaps Bulma. Master Roshi states Vegeta has surpassed Goku.
- Before the events of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Vegeta catches up to Goku as they train with Beerus' master, Whis together. In Dragon Ball Super, Vegeta trains with Whis and six months prior to Goku. At this period, he surpasses Goku.
Main article: Vegeta/Gallery
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Dragon Ball: Super Exciting Guide, 2009
- ↑ Dragon Ball Online, 2010
- ↑ Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy, 1997
- ↑ Same as Bulma, Daizenshuu 7, 1996
- ↑ Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, 2013
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 7, "Trouble on Arlia"
- ↑ As seen throughout Dragon Ball Z
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, 1995
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan, 1993
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, 2013
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 274, "Mind Trap"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 132, "Follow Dr. Gero"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 122, "Mystery Revealed"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku, 1990
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: The Anime Adventure Game, 2000
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 124, "Z Warriors Prepare"
- ↑ Dragon Ball chapter 458, "Two Battles to the Death"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 229, "Vegeta's Pride"
- ↑ "Warriors of Universe 6"
- ↑ Cinecon Walker, March 2013
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, 2004
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi, 2005
- ↑ Daizenshuu
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Dragon Ball: Super Exciting Guide
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 Daizenshuu 2, 1995
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Budokai games
- ↑ Dragon Ball Heroes
- ↑ Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2, 2016
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi series
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, 2014
- ↑ 31.0 31.1 In the manga, they were only Super Saiyan. However, the animators gave them grossly enlarged muscles in the anime, indicating that they might have been 2nd Grade Super Saiyan.
- ↑ Interview with Akira Toriyama - Saikyō Jump #3, 2014
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