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"Fine, Kakarot, you are the mightiest Saiyan, I've admitted that much. At least for now. But don't you dare think that this is over. I won't let you keep me in second place forever, feeding on the scraps of your glory. I will surpass you, and even then I'll keep pushing, I'll surpass every single warrior in the Universe. I won't stop until I'm the ultimate number one."
Vegeta (ベジータ Bejīta), more specifically Vegeta IV (ベジータ四世 Bejīta IV, "Vegeta the Fourth"), is the prince of the fallen Saiyan race and the deuteragonist of the Dragon Ball series. He is the eldest son of Vegeta III, the older brother of Tarble, the husband of Bulma, the father of Trunks and Bulla, and the ancestor 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 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 a hero through the course of the series.
Vegeta is a slim yet well-built man of a below-average stature. His hair is black (or dark brown, depending on the media) spiky and it firmly stands upwards and has a prominent widow's peak. Like most Saiyans, he possesses defined eyes with a near-consistently stern look to them and his hair is a shade of black. Like other Universe 7 Saiyans, he was born with a prehensile brown-furred tail, until it was permanently (despite him stating it would grow back eventually) cut off by Yajirobe.
Over the course of the series, Vegeta's physical appearance changes. While originally appearing very short and lean, especially compared to his massive partner, Nappa, he later seems to be somewhat taller and noticeably more muscular. His hair appears to be shorter and his facial features, which are perpetually in a scowl, also look more distinct and sharply defined as the series progresses, making him look much older in later sagas compared to what he looked like in the Raditz Saga.
A major characteristic of Vegeta's is the fact that he is the only living Saiyan who has continued to don a traditional Saiyan armor. His general look is a dark blue, full-bodied jumpsuit with white gloves and boots with the said armor on top. He has also been seen wearing alternate forms of the armor, customizing the armor to better suit his persona. When first arriving on Earth, he wore a white armor with yellow shoulder pads and also padding at his hips and nether-region. Along with it, he wore a red-lens scouter on his left eye. During the Frieza Saga, he replaced his heavily damaged armor with a similar one, minus the padding around his waistline. He also briefly wore another scouter until deeming it unnecessary. When his armor was damaged against Recoome, he replaced his outfit wit an older model design consisting of a black bodysuit, white gloves and boots, and a near-purely white armor without shoulder pads. During the Androids Saga, he wore an updated version of his original armor, but without pads. During the Buu Saga, to be allowed to fight Goku in the World Martial Arts Tournament, Vegeta fought without armor and his bodysuit had no sleeves.
As he continued to integrate into Earthling society, he abandons the armor, wearing a dark blue sleeveless jumpsuit while retaining the white gloves and boots, then in Dragon Ball GT, in favor of clothing more characteristic of a Earthling (Vegeta's uniform transition is symbolic of his adjustment to a Earthling lifestyle) such as a crimson tank top, violet gloves, dark blue jeans and violet boots along with a sleeveless black leather jacket. He also cropped his hair, which still spikes upward, and grew a mustache (until he mortified by Bulla insulting him for it). However, in Dragon Ball Super, he returns to wearing the same armor he wore during the Androids/Cell Sagas. During the early part of his training under Whis, Vegeta wore a new armor made by Bulma, which changes to have a grey bodysuit and a sleeker armor. Whis also placed his insignia the left of armor's chest.
When he appears in the Prison Planet Saga, Vegeta is back to wearing his Resurrection ‘F’ armor, but with a Capsule Corp logo in place of Whis' symbol. He also has small white leg paddings handing at his hips.
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. Despite this, even as an antagonist he did not act like an ordinary Saiyan, being even more cruel and prideful thanks to Frieza's influence. 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 and usually leads to his eventual defeat and sometimes death. 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 . 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. Aside from his more bleak sense of humor, he has also at times engaged in more sarcastic humor when gloating. A notable example of this was when fighting Semi-Perfect Cell. When Cell demanded to know how Vegeta was as strong as he was, Vegeta flippantly stated that he got that strong by "doing lots of push ups and sit ups, and [drinking] plenty of juice", as well as calling Kid Buu a "gifted speaker" when the latter barely responded at all just before the latter destroyed the Earth. Normally, his ego and arrogance overshadow his positive qualities. Despite his massive ego and arrogance Vegeta is capable of respecting individuals, although he never outright states it often showing his respect non verbally.
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's 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). He used to have a bigotry towards other races, considered physical and emotional attachments to be meaningless, and admittedly was repulsed by children, especially those with mixed heritage. However, all this changes when he falls in love with Bulma and she bears him two half-Saiyan children. After settling on Earth, Vegeta softened up and began to exhibit compassion for his family. As a result of his love for Bulma and the birth of his children, Vegeta started to feel content settling down with a loving family while being a competitive warrior. However, Vegeta secretly felt ashamed for sacrificing his goal of becoming the strongest warrior in the universe for the sake of his family and came to believe it was his attachment to them and the planet that rendered him weak compared to Goku.
Although he kept those thoughts hidden, 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. It is when his family falls victim to Majin Buu that Vegeta finally understands the pain of losing a loved one and fully grasps the harm he has caused to so many people, and he comes to regret his many transgressions. Since then, he has refrained himself from killing his opponents unless necessary and tries to be cautious of situations. Arguably, his most defining trait is his rivalry with Goku and his 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 prime 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. However, it should be noted that Cell used trickery and had knowledge of Saiyans due to their cells composing his structure. 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. While Vegeta lives for battling powerful foes, in some instances he has been seen to afraid of opponents for their tremendous power; such as the Legendary Super Saiyan Broly, the God of Destruction 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), and Frieza. However, against Broly and Beerus he visibly had a change of heart, displayed his pride, and took 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 much disdain from those around him, particularly Piccolo, Krillin, and Tien, who continually admonished him for his brutality. However, after his plan to defeat Kid Buu and save the Earth is a success, Vegeta is recognized as one of the most reliable and strongest warriors known, and this allows him to not only reconcile with all the Z Fighters but to accept them as genuine comrades. Naturally, Goku always takes an optimistic opinion about Vegeta. Vegeta almost always addresses Goku by his Saiyan birth name, Kakarot only calling him Goku on rare occasions. 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.
After the Kid Buu Saga, 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 Earthling life. His attitude towards fighting also changed; instead of training to surpass Goku, he is simply training because he is curious about what his own limits are. He does still retain his rivalry with Goku, but following his revelation at the end of the Buu Saga, Vegeta only wants to beat Goku purely to test himself rather than prove superiority. Vegeta later developed a strong age crisis, such as ignoring a group of teenagers flirting with his daughter until they called him a "geezer" and when Dr. Myuu criticized Vegeta for continuing to voice his pride as a Saiyan prince despite how much he had aged. During Dragon Ball Super however, Vegeta has been shown to retain his arrogance and competitive mood but he is more open to teamwork with the Z Fighters and is willing to help others in need. He has grown protective of the planet as he refers to it as his home and doesn't want to bear the burden of losing another home planet like he did with Planet Vegeta. He also develops strong morals, as he rejected Whis’ offer to become the next Universe 7 God of Destruction and refused to rejoin forces with Frieza.
Due to his initial lack of sentiment, Vegeta regarded as familial bonds as inferior. Vegeta showed little to no interest in fatherhood when Trunks was born and viewed him as only Bulma's child because Vegeta never wanted to have children. But Vegeta gradually came to understand the gratitude of having a family and home to return to. He even cited being able to teach Trunks everything he knows as a priority to being a father. He will often decline to participate in family activities in favor of training, which he justifies on the grounds of enhancing his strength to protect the world. Vegeta is aware this affects his family but he nevertheless strongly hints his appreciation for his family, as the Tournament of Power was being arranged, Vegeta initially turned down participating to witness the birth of his daughter. Vegeta also desires for Trunks to follow in his footsteps as a warrior but not so with Bulla, whom he dotes on, and gradually accepts if his children choose different paths as long as they are happy and safe. He is shown to be protective of his family, as it is shown Vegeta is unable to see his wife and children in pain or danger, which later serves as motivation for him to boost his capabilities in battle. Also, despite being nervous upon learning Bulma's second pregnancy, Vegeta was happy to learn he was having a daughter and enjoyed taking care of Bulla. However, he raised Trunks with a combination of respect and discipline, to where Trunks avoids misbehaving in his father's presence. Even more, he is willing to go to extreme methods to protect his family, including humiliation on his part for the sake of their well-being, and he is offended when he learns Goku would prefer training rather than spend time with his children. He is also proud of Future Trunks giving everything he had to protect his world from Zamasu and even protected Future Trunks from one of Fused Zamasu's attacks. His care for Future Trunks was further established in the second episode of Super Dragon Ball Heroes where seeing Future Trunks's life was in danger by the hand of Kanba, he was willingly to put on the Potara earring to fuse with Goku, something he was not willing to do before.
In addition to his wife and children, it is implied that on some level Vegeta cared and looked up to his father, despite his claims to the contrary. His father was one of the greatest influences on young Vegeta, instilling in him his strong Saiyan pride as well as his early elitist views. Vegeta also tried to defend his father from Beerus showing that he indeed cared for him which is also supported by his assertion that he followed Frieza when he was younger cause Frieza had threatened his father. While Vegeta coldly seemed to care little for his father when Frieza mentioned killing him, it is likely he kept his true feelings towards his father to himself as such emotions were considered a sign of weakness among the Saiyans. In addition to his father, Vegeta has a positive relationship with his younger brother which is ironically in contrast to Goku and Raditz's relationship. Though Vegeta is ashamed of his brother's weakness like his father was he gets along well with him despite this though this may be due to Tarble looking up to Vegeta and even letting his brother believe he was responsible for defeating Frieza. It is unknown how they got along when they were younger as Vegeta had mellowed when it came to his family by the time they in Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! though he apparently chose not to reveal he had a brother even to his own wife and children until Tarble appeared on Earth. It is also implied that his comrades (with the potential exception of Nappa who may have kept quiet about it out of respect for the royal family and not to upset Vegeta) were unaware of Tarble as Raditz never mentioned Tarble or any other Saiyan survivors indicating that he was unaware that Vegeta had a younger brother. However it is possible that Vegeta may have secretly wished to protect the gentle Tarble from Frieza in addition to protecting the reputation of the Saiyan royal family.
Vegeta tends to be hotheaded and quick tempered during battles, especially ones not in his favor. According to Whis, the Saiyan Prince is too tense during fights and thinks too much before acting, putting a limit on his speed. Whis recommended that Vegeta needs to relax once in a while and not be so focused on training constantly since it is too intense for him to concentrate.
During the beginning of the Tournament of Destroyers, Vegeta shows a great interest in the Saiyans from Universe 6, asking Cabba what the name of their home world is, and asking Cabba if he could learn more about the Saiyans of Universe 6, which is very uncanny of Vegeta as he rarely questions about the affairs of other people or planets. This shows that he has a deep-seeded passion and even curiosity of his race. Vegeta takes an instant interest in Cabba similar to a teacher-student relationship, going as far as to teach Cabba how to transform into Super Saiyan, expressing sadness when Cabba and Universe 6 is erased by the Zenos, and vowing to resurrect Cabba and his universe with the Super Dragon Balls.
Vegeta has often been shown to have a deep dislike for fighters who use unfair methods for a fight, which shows that he is someone who prefers to fight with dignity. He also shows contempt for those who abandon their own values and code as Top, who in Vegeta's eyes was only a loser who can not even protect his own pride.
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 Group dubs. The first hint of Bulma's attraction to Vegeta is right after Goku's battle with Frieza and Planet Namek's destruction, in which Bulma told Vegeta she thought he was cute and he should lighten up a bit, much to his bafflement.
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 Porunga. 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. When Vegeta returns to Earth, he becomes irritated at her for her domineering attitude and criticism towards his rude behavior but he often ends up submitting to her demands, much to everyone's amazement of how much Bulma can keep Vegeta under control.
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 engages in an affair 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. In the Japanese version, Future Trunks states that his birth was the result of a one-night stand, whereas in the Funimation dub, it was said to have been simply a short-lived affair. 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 exhibited indifference towards each other throughout the Androids and Cell Games Saga, which puzzled everyone, considering the two had a child together. 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. Initially choosing to remain on Earth and marry Bulma because he wanted to be there for Trunks, Vegeta eventually became fond of his family and it became apparent that he had fallen deeply in love with Bulma by the time of the Majin Buu Saga, but was ashamed of himself for doing so and for sacrificing his warrior lifestyle for the sake of his family, 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 when Vegeta admitted he felt torn between his desire to be evil again to get stronger versus his growing love for his family and the contentment of living on Earth. Nonetheless, Vegeta eventually realizes what is really important in his life, and he feels remorse for betraying his family for an empty goal he knows cannot be achieved. He ultimately sacrifices himself to save his family and Earth when fighting Majin Buu, although it was in vain. When he learns his family has been killed or absorbed by Majin Buu, Vegeta is overcome with sadness and rage that he lost his wife and son, and is even willing to fuse with Goku, even if permanently, because he wants to avenge his family. After Majin Buu's defeat, Vegeta's accomplishment in saving the Earth was enough for Bulma to forgive him, and from then onwards, their relationship became more content and happy, as Vegeta acknowledged he truly wishes to remain on Earth with his family.
By the start of the Kid Buu Saga, Vegeta shows a comical jealous side in his love for Bulma, such as 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 original version, Vegeta yells at Goku to show the Old Kai pictures of Chi-Chi, to which Goku responds "But Chi-Chi would kill me!"). Vegeta sometimes shows jealousy towards other men who are around Bulma, such as ordering Jaco to not try anything "suspicious" with her. Vegeta was 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 breasts are sagging.
"How dare you... THAT'S MY BULMA!!"
By his own admission, Vegeta's respect for and attraction to Bulma is known to be partially due to her somewhat overbearing and willful personality, as it has been noted in the past that such qualities were much sought after in mates by Saiyan males (including Goku). Her ability to intimidate her overwhelmingly strong husband is both a source of irritation as well as attraction to Vegeta, as his often quietly menacing body language and expressions are known to terrify most humans with no effort.
In Dragon Ball Super, Vegeta's relationship with Bulma has grown to be a very loving one. When Beerus slapped her despite Vegeta's pleas to not hurt her, Vegeta flew into a heated rage and attack Beerus, whom he was initially afraid of; Master Roshi and Goku note that Vegeta's power surpassed the latters in that moment of anger. He has also grown to fear Bulma's temper and tries to avoid angering her, such as when he mentioned Trunks and Goten wouldn't have left with Monaka if Bulma hadn't ordered the supplies and she accused him of blaming her, and he took back what he said. He has grown to be protective of her and proud of her, often praising her inventions and will do anything she says even if he doesn't want to. When Future Trunks arrived in the past and informed him of the events in his timeline, Vegeta secretly felt sad that Future Bulma was killed and vowed to never forgive Goku Black when he was alone. This showed that regardless of the difference in the timelines that Vegeta cares deeply about his wife, and that no matter the incarnation, Bulma is Bulma to him. When Bulma was pregnant with their daughter Bulla, Vegeta not only chose against training for Zeno's tournament so that he could be by his wife's side during the birth but he dropped training altogether to take care of her throughout the pregnancy. Vegeta was displeased when Bulma named their daughter without his consultation, as he wanted to give their daughter a Saiyan name out of respect for his heritage, but he quickly accepted the name. Although Vegeta refused to cooperate with Frieza in the Tournament of Power, Vegeta was willing to set aside this resentment because he wanted to save his wife and children from erasure if their universe loses. As he was losing against Jiren, Vegeta thought of Bulma and their children, giving him the desire to protect them. When Vegeta ultimately lost, he felt guilty for failing to protect his family and shed tears as he apologized to Bulma.
Vegeta is born around Age 732. His father, King Vegeta, was the king of the Saiyan race. Vegeta and his race are also under the rule of the interplanetary warlord Frieza, and King Vegeta 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 try to assist his father but in Dragon Ball Super, Vegeta attempts to help but he gets paralyzed by Beerus, restraining him from moving.
Jaco the Galactic Patrolman
While Vegeta and Raditz are on a mission to on another planet they are given the message to return to Planet Vegeta, however Vegeta ignored the call - planning to tell Frieza that he and Raditz had not heard it. A month later, Frieza destroys Planet Vegeta, killing most of the Saiyans while Vegeta and Raditz are still away.
Between Jaco and Dragon Ball Z
"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 combatants 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.
Dragon Ball Z
"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.
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. He spots Krillin flying nearby with a Dragon Ball and follows him to Bulma's hideout. Vegeta threatens harm to both of them if he doesn't get the Dragon Ball but says he will show mercy if they comply. 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 fight 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 defeating 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 Wild Rush Blaster, 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 him within 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 stop 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. He also becomes somewhat reformed; he no longer cares about immortality or conquering the universe, but becomes obsessed with becoming stronger. Vegeta 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, Kakarot. 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 homeworld 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 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. At one point, he senses Goku on a nearby planet and races to the other to see him, however a large asteroid gets in his way and upon destroying it finds that Goku has disappeared. He vows that he will become a Super Saiyan one day as he takes off.
"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. Vegeta acts hostile towards Bulma and the others due to the mistrust between them but he finds himself speechless and submissive towards Bulma's orders, much to everyone's shock. 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.
"Such a shame you're not a fraction as tough as you'd like to believe. It's easy enough to know that from the few moves I've seen all that anyone need do is avoid the extraction node on your palm. Funny, I seem to recall you feeding Kakarot the same bull right before he transformed. The distinct looks on your faces when he went Super Saiyan didn't exactly inspire confidence. One doesn't predict or calculate power such as ours. But I am curious, are Androids capable of experiencing anything akin to real 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 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"). Android 20 tries to kill Bulma, baby Trunks, and Yajirobe (all who had been wanting to see the battle) to escape but are saved by Future Trunks, who questions why Vegeta didn't try to save Bulma and their child. Vegeta replies they are no concern to him and continues his pursuit of the android. 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 later senses Piccolo's power, he is shocked to hear he fused with Kami. Piccolo then informs Vegeta and the others about Dr. Gero's creation Cell, Vegeta is especially stunned to hear that Cell has some of his cells and Goku's as well as others. He resolves to ascend higher than Super Saiyan and flies off to find a way. He is approached by Goku who tells him of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber at The Lookout and Vegeta theorizes to attain higher power if he trains for nearly a year (a day outside) in the room. Vegeta goes in the room with Future Trunks.
"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 his perfect form. Vegeta doubted Future Trunks would fight back, though he is proven wrong when Trunks actually blasts him away from the battle into the sea, in the process drawing Vegeta's blood.
Vegeta became proud that his son dared to attack him but becomes angry at his wound, he quickly 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. Cell then broadcasts a message to tell Earth that 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 being shocked they exit so early. He is surprised at them achieving the Full-Powered Super Saiyan state and how they are normal in demeanor. After talking with Goku, 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; Vegeta was shocked to watch Gohan with his awakened power, as the latter 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. Vegeta is further shocked when Goku sacrifices himself by teleporting Cell 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, distraught to see his son get killed and guilt-ridden for rejecting his efforts to help him, attacks Super Perfect Cell in a fit of rage, 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, apologizes to Gohan for his actions.
During the Kamehameha struggle, Vegeta observes 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 won'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 about to finish Gohan but 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 are 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 begins to finally accept his rapidly changing morality (as he, like Piccolo before him, has now grown to care for others), and begins to settle down on Earth, becoming quite fond of it, he marries Bulma and begins to truly care about his family. With Goku dead and gone, and perhaps due to guilt from allowing Perfect Cell to come to be and wreak havoc on the world, Vegeta vows to never fight again, and resolves to be a better husband and father.
Majin Buu Saga
"Yeah, when's the last time you trained? Seriously, just because we live in peaceful times isn't an excuse to be lazy, boy."
Seven years after the Cell Games, despite lacking a worthy opponent, and having abandoned his role as a fighter, 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 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've continued training, in his opinion, "living in times of peace is no excuse to be lazy".
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 and proud 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 decides to take 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.
"You needn't worry about the publicity, dear. If too many come, I'll deal with them swiftly and mercilessly!"
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. When Trunks won the Junior Division final match against Goten, Vegeta is very proud of his son's victory. Soon, Shin 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 Shin, 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 Shin 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 Shin enter Babidi's ship.
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.
"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!"
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 Shin says that Dabura is the most powerful Majin. Suddenly, Vegeta begins acting strangely, screaming that something invisible is attacking him. Shin 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 Shin, 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 Shin back to the World Martial Arts Tournament. Majin Vegeta, eager to fight Goku, blows up part of the spectator bleachers, killing dozens of people and almost killing his wife, trying to convince Goku to fight him. After taunting Goku for a while, Goku eventually agrees. Shin 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. Majin Vegeta refuses to oblige, even when told Majin Buu will kill his family. Goku angrily berates him for lying about this because, even in his current state, Vegeta still has a soul and conscience. Majin Vegeta agrees to postpone the fight. 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'm doing 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 and allowing Majin Buu to be freed. He wants to atone his sins by fighting Majin Buu to the death and saving the Earth. He also believed Gohan was killed as he cannot sense his ki and feels genuine remorse, vowing to avenge Gohan. Destroying Babidi's spaceship, 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 Final Explosion in an attempt to kill Majin Buu in a spherical explosion, and narrating an emotional goodbye to his family and Goku. 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 Shin's ancestor sacrificing himself) 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 2, 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. Enraged and devastated by the loss of his family, 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 (in the anime while they appear directly in the brain just as the other absorbees were in the manga), 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 pleads for the Saiyan prince to stop, saying "If you tear those attachments, I won't be me anymore," only further convincing Vegeta to tear them. Vegeta, with sadistic glee, then pulls the pod, causing Super Buu's mental-avatar to gruesomely 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 and morphs back into his original form, Kid Buu.
"Just look at that slackjawed look on your face, you repulsive abomination! What, were you convinced that any of your pithy techniques would do me in? Me? The legendary Saiyan Prince? My might and power span universal! My lust for battle demands far too much to fall under the likes of you!"
Vegeta and Goku have a small conversation afterwards, with Vegeta making fun of Goku because he was so worried that 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 Kai Kai to transport himself, Goku, Vegeta, and the three others to the Sacred World of the Kai. 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. However, they get happy as Dende tells them that they can revive everyone and Earth with the Namekian Dragon Balls. They soon watch through a Crystal Ball and see that Kid Buu has regenerated and using Kai KAi while 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 and Vegeta is welcomed back by his family and friends. He later attends a party at Capsule Corp.
Goku and Vegeta finally become friends after being rivals for many years, though they still keep a friendly rivalry between them.
At some point after the defeat of Kid Buu, by utilizing his deep rage while training, Vegeta manages to unlock Super Saiyan 3.
Gods of the Universe Saga
Vegeta and Goku spar with Whis who dodges them with ease even causing the two to ram into each other by mistake, Goku watches as Vegeta however Vegeta is quickly sent flying into the water. After Goku attacks Whis alone, Vegeta rises from the water and the duo proceed to continue their assault, though it soon ends and Whis reveals that he has marked their outfits with his symbol. He then explains the principles of Ultra Instinct to them and points out there flaws. Beerus then interrupts, firing a ki blast in anger, much to the shock of Goku and Vegeta.
Soon after, Goku and Vegeta are informed of Frieza's resurrection and invasion and teleport back to confront him. Frieza immediately takes on his final form, shocking Vegeta at how strong he has become.
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God of Destruction Beerus Saga
Main article: God of Destruction Beerus 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 his family 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 decided to come on vacation with them. He tells her that he only went because he is keeping a promise he made to Trunks at the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament. Bulma tells Vegeta that he has changed so much since the fight with Majin Buu and he has gotten soft towards Trunks, but he denies this. 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. As Beerus is about to retaliate, Vegeta pleads for Beerus to not hurt her but when he slaps her, Vegeta flies into a furious rage.
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 not 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 chance to save Earth in a game of rock-paper-scissors. Oolong is Beerus' contestant in the match but Oolong loses. Vegeta and the rest of the Z Fighters are powerless from stopping 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 for being a good family man. 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.
Golden Frieza Saga
Main article: Golden Frieza Saga
Vegeta has been training in the wilderness for several days but is angry that his power level remains the same. He returns to Capsule Corporation and 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. He then tries to cook himself but fails miserably. He deduces that Bulma had been hiding the world's "most delicious food" from Whis: instant ramen noodles and Whis 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 have surpassed him. Vegeta along with Goku goes to Beerus' room to change his sheets.
After they change his sheets, they continued doing house work. Later on, 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 his 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 transformation 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 revels in scaring Frieza and 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, Good 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 were strong-willed and pursued by Saiyan men, leading Piccolo to realize why Vegeta and Goku chose Bulma and Chi-chi as their wives.
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 Sadala, the original planet of the Saiyans. Vegeta is shocked that the planet still exists in his universe.
Cabba is curious if Planet Sadala 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 planets. Though 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 Sadala 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 childishly blamed by Goku for losing a member of their team. 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 Special Beam Cannon 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 Sadala 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 Zeno arrives, Vegeta wonders who he is, but shortly afterward, 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: Copy-Vegeta 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 Beerus 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 upon Beerus tail popping out the back of the costume. Piccolo blocks Goku's sight with his cloak while Vegeta assist Beerus in rearranging his costume. Piccolo seeing Beerus and Vegeta struggle with the outfit, Piccolo attacks Goku with his Namekian ability to stretch and restrains Goku, claiming "Monaka" appears to have the ability to control people. Vegeta quitly calls Piccolo a "shitty actor" and then swallows his pride and claims Monaka has taken control of his body as well and begins to charge Goku while Piccolo is restraining him. Beerus, having rearranged his costume, throws Vegeta into Piccolo knocking them both into the ground and re-enters the fight, but the fight is stopped by Whis
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 Jaco to go to Potaufeu to retrieve the boys. Vegeta says it wouldn't have happened if she hadn't ordered the supplies from Monaka and Bulma angrily accuses him of blaming her, a fearful Vegeta takes back his words. She then orders Vegeta to accompany Jaco, although Vegeta was irritated but went anyway. After arriving, 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, Duplicate 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 Duplicate Vegeta fire a Galick Gun of his own. As Duplicate 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 Duplicate Vegeta. Later, Gotenks engages in battle with Duplicate Vegeta, who is unable to deal any damage to him. As Vegeta's time is running out, his body becomes transparent. Before Duplicate Vegeta can finish off Goten and Trunks, Goku appears, confused about the whole situation, and believed Duplicate 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 Duplicate Gryll tries to forcefully control Duplicate Vegeta, Vegeta is irritated, and then feels proud when Duplicate Vegeta overcame the control and defeated Duplicate 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 Duplicate Vegeta, yet as the battle commences, Vegeta still becomes frustrated with the battle, looking in anger 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 Duplicate Vegeta in the stomach, which causes Vegeta to scream at Duplicate Vegeta for not dodging that attack, with Duplicate Vegeta having a look of confusion. Shortly after, Duplicate Vegeta manages to land a seemingly powerful blow on Goku, which Vegeta triumphs at, even though he will lose his life if Duplicate Vegeta wins. This sort of changing sides with Vegeta continues for a w while, until Vegeta gets fed up and flies up to attack Duplicate Vegeta, yet he goes right through Duplicate Vegeta. Duplicate Vegeta then mocks Vegeta, telling him to disappear like the empty shell he is. Vegeta comments on Duplicate Vegeta's weak skills and then tells Duplicate 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 Duplicate Vegeta saying at the same time who's side is he on.
After Goku and Duplicate 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 Duplicate Vegeta and Vegeta, with Monaka there as well since he has fainted. While Duplicate 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 Duplicate 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 Duplicate 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 Bulma and Vegeta. When Trunks got his sword, Vegeta says he doesn't need it but Trunks states that it makes him feels better. After Future Trunks tells them about Goku Black and how he escaped to the present timeline, Vegeta berates Trunks, as a proud Saiyan, turning his back on 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.
In the anime A thunderstorm soon appears, a portal opens and Black arrives which surprises Future Trunks, then Goku and Vegeta meet 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 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 Black, Vegeta began training in the gravity chamber while Bulma attempted to repair the time machine. An angry Vegeta swore vengeance against 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 Black but him as well. As Vegeta scoffs and leaves, Future Trunks bows and thanks him.
These events do not happen in the manga - and as such Black never destroyed Trunks' time machine like he did in the anime. The Z Fighters still have to wait for Trunks' time machine to be re-fueled and during this time they play a racing video game, with Vegeta coming in last. Vegeta then goes on to train Future Trunks in a gravity chamber.
In the anime, 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 Rosé. 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 Black, and he falls to the ground in a near-death state. Vegeta is unconscious throughout the entire fight between Goku, Future Trunks, 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 Black and Future Zamasu, and while still knocked out, is sent back to the past alongside the two other Saiyans.
In the manga, upon arriving to the future they save Future Mai, however they do not meet any other resistance members. They then draw Black over and meet him for the first time. Vegeta decides he will fight Goku Black first and transforms into a Super Saiyan 2, Black becomes a Super Saiyan in order to counter, but finds himself at a disadvantage against Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta, Vegeta then transforms even further into a Super Saiyan Blue and completely overwhelms Goku Black, however as he is about to kill him with his God Final Flash, Zamasu reveals himself - saving Goku Black and healing him.
While Goku accompanies Beerus and Whis to Universe 10, Vegeta stays at Capsule Corp, arduously training in the Gravity Chamber. The three Saiyans later return to the alternate timeline, this time with Bulma accompanying them. They engage in another fight with Goku Black and Future Zamasu, with Goku Black explaining the truth behind his identity: being Zamasu from another timeline who has switched bodies with Goku and killed him. With the Saiyans defeated once again, Future Trunks grows angry with the duo's words and he transforms into a new form, now able to fight both of them by himself as Vegeta, Goku and Bulma return to the past to figure out a plan. When Goku takes the idea from Piccolo to use the Evil Containment Wave, Vegeta decides to enter the Hyperbolic Time Chamber for a fourth time to train for half a day (roughly six months) as the Time Machine re-charges.
In the anime, after half a day has passed, Vegeta, Goku and Bulma return to the time machine and they realize that Future Trunks' ki is fading away, before being immediately confronted by Future Zamasu and Goku Black. As they prepare to fight, they are interrupted by the arrival of Gowasu and Shin, who traveled to the future via a Time Ring. Goku and Vegeta shield Gowasu and Shin from being killed by the corrupt pair, and both pairs start fighting, and Vegeta succeeds in pushing Goku Black and landing several blows on him thanks to his increased strength. While Goku Black is being beaten down, Vegeta tells him that he will not lose to a fake who stole Goku's body, in which he has developed from many fierce battles and that only he has the right to use it.
Vegeta continues powering up as he faces off against Black. He lands many hits on Black, but Black warns Vegeta that he is just an "appetizer", and follows through with a punch that the Saiyan swiftly dodges. Vegeta, once again, gets the upper-hand in the fight and fires off a huge blast at Black, mocking him and telling him to come out of hiding. Black realizes that rage is what made Vegeta so strong, and the Saiyan watches as Black summons a scythe and creates a dark rift in the universe. The fight continues, and when Goku Black clones himself, Vegeta powers up alongside Goku and the two fire off Ki Blasts at the clones. This only causes more clones to appear. Goku Black explains how Zamasu will be going to kill the others which causes Vegeta to yell at Goku to use Instant Transmission. Trunks later uses the Evil Containment Wave on Zamasu which makes Goku Black wonder what is going on. Goku Black uses the Instant Transmission technique to teleport to Zamasu which causes the rift to close and allows Goku to use the technique. Vegeta checks up on the others and then explains that Goku and himself will finish off Goku Black and Zamasu. Vegeta watches as Goku Black and Zamasu fuse.
In the manga, Vegeta arrives in the future alongside Goku and Vegeta begins to fight Goku Black, again, Black powers up to his full power Super Saiyan Rosé and Vegeta unexpectedly counters by transforming into a Super Saiyan God. Vegeta then begins to overwhelm Black in combat, and it is revealed by Goku that Vegeta has come up with a tactic where he moves around as Super Saiyan God and transforms back and forth between the form and Super Saiyan Blue in order to attack and defend. Goku Black and Future Zamas then fuse together into Fused Zamasu to the shock of Goku and Vegeta.
In the anime, Vegeta wonders what Fused Zamasu plans on doing while the fusion felt his new power. After Fused Zamasu forms his Ring of Light, Vegeta orders Future Trunks to protect Bulma and Mai, and then holds off one of the fusion's attacks with Goku to ensure that they make it to safety. Vegeta and Goku hold off against Fused Zamasu's Blades of Judgement which shakes the Earth. Vegeta remarks that it's possible to win because he never felt such a power before, and states that he will never forgive Zamasu. Vegeta, after listening to Fused Zamasu's speech, warns the fusion not to get too cocky, and charges at him, dodging all of his attacks, and then fires an energy blast at the fusion. Unharmed, Fused Zamasu creates a Wall of Light and fires his Lightning of Absolution at Vegeta, launching the Saiyan towards the ground. Vegeta gets up and tells Fused Zamasu to stop talking as he powers up, explaining that Saiyans have no limits. Vegeta and Goku, at full power, charge Fused Zamasu, dodging the Lightning of Absolution. They enter the Wall of Light itself and after flying through it, the wall is destroyed.
Vegeta and Goku then fly towards the fusion once again, but their attacks are blocked by his hands. Fused Zamasu explains that trying to touch a God is Vegeta and Goku's sins, and then releases dark energy down the Saiyans' arms which hurts them. The fusion throws them to the ground and casts his Blades of Judgement towards them. Future Trunks arrives at the scene and powers up after seeing Vegeta and Goku lying on the ground. After a fight, Future Trunks finds himself firing a Galick Gun at Fused Zamasu's energy blast. Vegeta joins his son, creating the Father-Son Galick Gun. The two push back Zamasu's attack, but the fusion remains unharmed, and fires his Absolute Lightning at Future Trunks. Vegeta steps in front and takes the hit for his son, knocking off a piece of his battle armor in the process and injuring him.
Vegeta remains under Future Trunks' care while Goku temporarily ends Fused Zamasu's attacks. In both manga and anime Goku proposes the idea of using the Potara to fuse with Vegeta. Vegeta is surprised by this proposal and yells at Goku that he would never fuse with him again. After being persuaded by Goku and eating a Senzu Bean, Vegeta complies and puts a Potara on his ear, fusing into Vegito. After or just before Vegito uses his Final Kamehameha depending on the media, the fusion wears off early due and they are beaten down by Fused Zamasu.
Goku and Vegeta watch as Future Trunks engages in battle with Zamasu, and witness Trunks finish Zamasu off with his Sword of Hope after gathering everyone's energy and slicing Zamasu in half.
In the manga, Vegeta is knocked away by Fused Zamasu, who begins torturing Goku, Future Trunks is about to heal Vegeta but Vegeta reveals that while fused with Goku he learned that Goku had mastered Super Saiyan Blue and thus tells Trunks to heal Goku instead, Vegeta saves Goku from Fused Zamasu's assault and is then grabbed by the god, Vegeta utilizes a weaker version of Final Explosion to free himself from Fused Zamasu and falls to the ground, Fused Zamasu then begins to brutally beat Vegeta until he is unconscious and Goku steps in before Vegeta is killed. Shin then rescues Vegeta and Future Trunks stabilizes him. Vegeta then watches with the others as Goku battles Fused Zamasu.
As they celebrate, they quickly find out that Zamasu's will remained intact and he became a reality encompassing entity and began taking over the multiverse. Goku then calls Future Zeno and has him erase Fused Zamasu, and accidentally the entire multiverse of Trunks' timeline, from existence and they retreat back to the present timeline before he does so. Later, when Future Trunks and Future Mai are ready to travel to another timeline to live with their other counterparts, Vegeta attacks Future Trunks to test his power, and smiles after seeing Trunks easily block his attack and the two bid farewell.
Shortly after Zamasu has fallen Vegeta is seen training alone on Beerus' planet with Whis, still unable to touch him. Beerus interrupts the training and shocked Goku isn't present and is concerned about Goku not training for Zeno's tournament. Whis tells him Goku didn't want to come and Beerus orders Whis to make Goku train as Beerus says that Goku is Universe 7's strongest fighter and there chosen champion for the tournament hands down with no other contenders. Vegeta annoyed at not even have been considered and once again chosen under Goku demands to do Goku's workouts and wants to prove he is better than Goku once and for all. Whis refuses saying Vegeta can't handle Goku's warm up even but may allow him to do some if he can finish his work out early. Annoyed Vegeta powered up to Super Saiyan Blue and charged Whis attempting to prove him wrong. After some more time passing Vegeta still hasn't gotten through his work out reps yet and Vegeta attempts to lie and say yes but Whis caught him and says he has 13 left. Knowing Goku is up to something and desperate to know what Goku is actually up to as he knows Goku wouldn't stop training for nothing Vegeta tricks Beerus and Whis to go to Earth where they see Goku and Hit fighting and witness the end of the fight where Goku ends the battle in a draw with Hit. Vegeta confronts Goku instantly jealously telling Goku he seems to enjoy fighting Hit more than himself. Goku says no and that Hit was here to kill him. After learning someone put a hit out on Goku's life Vegeta demands to know who, with Beerus initially believing it to be Vegeta but Vegeta quickly figures out Goku put a hit on himself so he could fight Hit again.
When Goku and Goten were looking for a sparing partner, Goten told Gohan that Vegeta is too busy to train (possibly because of Bulma's pregnancy and Vegeta had dropped training altogether to take care of her). Goku and Krillin were sent into a forest to retrieve a special herb for Master Roshi, an illusion of Vegeta and many other villains from the Z-Fighters' past show up to challenge the duo. Goku reminded a terrified Krillin that they weren't real because Vegeta is their ally now. As Goku casually went backhand the illusion of evil Vegeta, it blocked the hit and then punched Goku into a large rock.
Universe Survival Saga
Main article: Universe Survival Saga Months later, Vegeta nervously awaits the imminent birth of his second child. Goku arrives to invite him to Zeno-Oh's tournament but Vegeta declines because he wants to stay with Bulma until she gives birth, much to the bewilderment of Goku and later Whis. After Goku returns from training with Whis and talking with Zeno and getting the tournament set up Goku asks Vegeta to partake in the exhibition matches Future Zeno wanted to see. Vegeta once again says no but tells Goku to go and ask his son instead. Goku initially considers Goten and Trunks but tells Vegeta they are too young but then remembers Gohan and leaves. In the manga, Vegeta helps with the laundry, saying his body is moving without thinking, as Bulma is looking confused. Vegeta keeps an eye on Bulma as she exercises in the gravity room because he is concerned about her moving too much. Vegeta is also thinking he is gonna start getting rusty soon due to not training. Goten asks him if he is excited about the baby but Vegeta says he is only staying because it's what Bulma wants. As Vegeta leaves to go train Goten and Trunks want to train with him, Vegeta says no not today and tells Trunks to finish the baby's room and Vegeta thinks of a proper Saiyan royal name.
As he decides on "Eschalot", Goku returns and informs him of the events from the Zeno Expo and of the battle royal in two days. Vegeta is interested but has a revelation and asks why is Goku and now Gohan so intent on him entering and goes on to say that normally the chance to fight 70 other people Goku wouldn't hesitate to fight them on his own and wonders what is different this time. Vegeta still refuses to enter unless they convince Bulma to allow him. Whis now annoyed proceeds to use his staff power to bring the baby out from inside Bulma and, with the baby now born, tells Vegeta he can enter the tournament. Seeing Bulma with their newborn daughter, Vegeta quickly comes to love the baby. Vegeta stays afar as everyone bonds with the baby girl and reacts with anger and turns Super Saiyan Blue when Hercule and Yamcha make her cry. Trunks asks Vegeta to hold the baby, and Vegeta instantly agrees because he says Trunks is not holding her properly and takes Bulla from him. Vegeta tries to act indifferent but he obviously is smitten with the baby as he holds her. He is about to announce a name for her when Bulma says she has decided on Bulla, much to Vegeta's outrage because he wants his daughter to have a strong Saiyan name but he relents a few moments later saying it's not a bad name either in a happy tone. He later gets irritated at Beerus and Whis for lounging at Capsul Corp., saying it is not a cheap hotel for them to nap at. The next day, Trunks calls out to Vegeta as he tries to change Bulla's diaper, and Vegeta effortlessly changes her diaper, stopping her crying and Vegeta smiles at his daughter.
In the manga, Vegeta agrees to fight in the tournament without much of an argument and is involved in discussing strategy with Beerus, Whis and Shin. After Buu is found to have entered a hibernative sleep, Vegeta put's Gohan in Buu's place stating that if Gohan can regain his fighting senses in time his full potential will be extremely useful. Even though Beerus protested it, Vegeta remained steadfast on Gohan, showing an unusual amount of faith and confidence in him
Vegeta goes to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber for last minute training, and is warned by Mr. Popo to not blow it up again or he will be banned. Vegeta blows it up anyway and returns to Capsule Corp., where Gohan tells everyone the truth about the universe being erased if Universe 7 loses. Goku offers to pay everyone money for participating but Vegeta retorts Chichi has control of the couple's money. When Goku suggests they recruit Frieza, Vegeta adamantly refuses this and tells Goku to not use the Dragon Balls to resurrect Frieza. Nevertheless, Goku goes to Hell to recruit Frieza. Vegeta is still uneasy with this but Whis points out that Frieza's resurrection compared to the current dilemma is small. When Trunks questions why Frieza's picture is on the team member board, Vegeta lies that Frieza is redeemed to confirm Bulma's lie about everyone being guests for the celebration of Bulla's birth, although he is disgusted with himself for defending Frieza. Vegeta and Bulma then get irritated at Goku for using Trunks as a bargain to convince 17 to enter in the tournament. When Goku returns to Capsule Corp. with Frieza, Vegeta stands in front of Bulma and mocks how the angel's halo suits Frieza, who retorts he will give Vegeta one. Beerus and Goku tell the two to stop provoking each other. Vegeta refuses to agree to the plan of teamwork because they should take out the opponents who appear strong and Frieza mocks him. Vegeta is ready to retaliate until Piccolo reminds him that his children will be erased if Universe 7 loses. Shin explains the plan to attack their opponents as a group but Vegeta says Saiyans don't rely on numbers to fight. He then refuses to be in a "friendship circle" with Frieza as the team starts to leave and ends up holding hands with Beerus. After arriving at the World of Void, Vegeta is greeted by Cabba and is introduced to Caulifla and Kale. Caulifla insults the Saiyans by calling them wimps for acting scared of Jiren, making Vegeta offended.
Later, the Great Priest emerged from the center of the arena and explained the rules for the tournament once again. Gohan then goes over the plan with the team with Vegeta pointing out that it's boring in his opinion. Soon afterwards, both Zenos expressed the desire to start the tournament and with the fighters prepared, with Great Priest's word, the Tournament of Power finally began. Vegeta spent the beginning of his time in the tournament sticking together with his team despite of his opinion of the plan, but as Goku went off to fight Toppo, eventually Vegeta went on his own as well as the Androids and Freiza. Vegeta was then seen twice repeatedly punching Hyssop who was at the time crossing his arms for defense.
Vegeta then turned his attention towards other fighters, such as Nigrissi and Obuni, and then noticed that the Trio of Danger were overpowering Goku and then appeared by his side to help him as he ki barrier went away after he blocked and counterattacked the Dangers' Triangle, but then the mutts were joined by their own teammates via Ro's orders. Vegeta went after the Trio De Dangers first via first-come, first-served. After escaping the Dangers' Triangle via Goku's interference, Vegeta formed a ki barrier around his body to dodged and avoid Lavender and his poison before knocking him away. He then found himself fighting Hopp, who used her claws to attack and her agility to dodge his ki blasts. Hop then delivered a beatdown then jumped up and let Lavender deliver a poisonous blow to Vegeta, but he ignored it and kept blocking attacks from the mutt, but then the latter's teammate Hyssop, who freezed one of his hands with his Ice Lance attack, however he teleported away with ease when Lavender and Hop teamed up to attack Vegeta when he was down, leading to Hop accidentally slashing Lavender. As Hop was shocked, Vegeta attacked and defeated her with his Amazing Impact and knocking her off the stage in the process. He was then attacked by Oregano who used his threats to attack him, but then Vegeta went Super Saiyan and freed himself from the thread and frozen arm. Vegeta then proceeded to overpower Hyssop and blasted both him and Oregano with a strong enough ki blast. Vegeta then focused on fighting Lavender and Basil as the Trio and the Trio De Dangers were the last Universe 9 members left and after Vegeta overpowered Lavender when he tried to poison him again. When the trio tried to finish off the Saiyans with their Triangle Danger Beam, he combined his Final Flash with Goku's Kamehameha as they went Super Saiyan Blue and knocked them off the stage, which resulted in Universe 9 getting erased by the two Zenos, as he, alongside Goku and the other competitors watched in shock and reverted into their base forms.
Afterwards, the fighting resumed and Vegeta went after Hit in Super Saiyan form to pay him back for the previous tournament they were in, but his punch was blocked by Botamo. After punching him repeatedly to no avail, Vegeta initially planned to throw Botamo, but after the latter prevented it from happening, the Saiyan figured it out, tied his arms in a knot, and would have thrown him off the arena if Auta Magetta hadn't interfered. The Saiyan then found himself confronted by the two fighters but remained confident nevertheless. He then tried to defeat the metal man with insults, but the latter overcame his mental weakness and teamed up with Botamo to form a seemingly unstoppable duo, Bota Magetta, which gave Vegeta a hard time in a fight.
He continued to fight the two as he kept up on the agility and dodged their attacks until he managed to lose them. Afterwards, Cabba approached him and decided to fight Vegeta after he effortlessly defeated Nigrissi and Murisarm at the same time. The two of them then noticed Kale's Legendary Super Saiyan transformation prior to the start of there battle. Uncharacteristically, Vegeta actually shows concern for Goku and tells him to be careful and watch out. While not knowing what the form is Vegeta believes it may be a Saiyan's True Form. As Kale begins to devastate the arena Vegeta, along with majority of the other competitors avoid the barrage of ki blasts. After the dust settles and Kale begins to look for Goku, Vegeta is shown on a newly formed perch of rubble high in the air calling her a monster. After Kale's rampage, he regrouped with the other members of Team Universe 7 and noticed that Frieza defeated Mulithim and scolded him for stealing his target.
Later on, Vegeta went up against the Kamikaze Fireballs alongside Goku and Android 17. He then fired a blast that blows away the pink-colored gas shading the entire tournament ring, disappointed in Universe 2's minuscule increase in power. Brianne de Chateau calls Vegeta impatient, saying that the attack was just a greeting and the real fight starts now. Brianne and Vegeta fight an equal battle, and Vegeta is impressed that their transformation isn't just for show. Brianne does an attack where she turns into a ball and launches herself at Vegeta, and Vegeta prepares to punch her, but instinctively dodges the attack due to her gross face.
Vegeta and Goku approach Tien while he is investigating Dr. Rota' unconscious body. Vegeta and Goku are attacked by the sniper and they duck. Vegeta calls the sniper a coward and an annoying enemy. Vegeta, Goku and Tien watch as Gohan and Piccolo are being attacked, Goku notices Prum and says that one attacks while Prum reflects it. Vegeta and Goku then go to take out Prum, charging a Galick Gun and Kamehameha respectively, and destroy Prum's position. Vegeta fires another Galick Gun at Prum only for him to reflect it back at them. If Ki Blasts won't work, Vegeta decides to throw rocks, and Goku follows him. After Hermila is eliminated, Vegeta and Goku corner Prum, who runs away but is tackled by Dr. Rota. Vegeta then takes out both with another Galick Gun, out of annoyance. Goku tells Vegeta that they lost 2 members, however Vegeta tells him it doesn't matter as long as they take out the rest. Goku tells Vegeta to fight to their fullest, for Krillin and Tien. The two then depart together.
While fighting Roshi, Frost notices Vegeta observing the Tournament and shoots a Chaos Beam at him, only for Vegeta to deflect it. Vegeta then saves Roshi from being eliminated, however he only saved him because Frost angers him. Frost then buys time for Auta Magetta to get there by telling lies to Vegeta, who does not believe them. Vegeta then engages both Frost and Magetta in combat. While Master Roshi tries to fire an Evil Containment Wave on Magetta, Frost reflects it and throws it at Vegeta, who is then sealed inside a jar. However, Master Roshi manages to save Vegeta, who turnes Super Saiyan Blue. Vegeta destroys one of Magetta's ear covers and insults him, and the Metalman loses all his will to fight. While Vegeta prepares to attack Frost, Frost uses a Ki Smoke Bomb and retreats. Vegeta then kicks Magetta off the stage. Vegeta tells Roshi that it is time he gives up. Vegeta tells him to eat a Senzu Bean before he dies and to leave the rest to him. Vegeta then departs without another word.
Vegeta observes the fight between Goku and Jiren, and like the other fighters, is in utter shock of the magnitude of power Jiren possesses. When Goku is collecting the energy from his team for Universe 7's Spirit Bomb, Vegeta is the only one who does not give him energy. Vegeta notices Brianne attempting to fire a pretty cannon at Goku while he is distracted, and blasts her away with a ki blast. Later, after Goku emerges with a new form and begins to fight on par with Jiren, Vegeta doesn't comprehend how Goku was able to increase his power and hone his movements so accurately. When Goku is finally defeated by Jiren, Vegeta goes next to Goku, asking him how Goku managed to attain such power, but Goku has no answer for him. Vegeta then leaves his teammate on the ground defenseless, opting to return to the battleground.
When Cabba is being pushed around and beaten by Monna, just as he is about to fall out of the arena, Vegeta grabs his hand and saves him. Cabba thanks Vegeta for the assistance and bows to him, but Vegeta knees him hard in the gut, causing him to fall in pain. Vegeta coldly states that he didn't save him, but rather, he couldn't stand to see a weak saiyan. Vegeta reminds Cabba of the promise he made about introducing Vegeta to the Universe 6 Saiyan King. Cabba replies by saying either one of their universes could get erased, but Vegeta reaffirms him by telling him he will use the Super Dragon Balls to resurrect them after the tournament. Vegeta tells him to fight with the pride of a Saiyan, then leaves him to fight Monna.
Vegeta then sets his sights on Jiren, who is meditating, but before he can do so, Toppo appears in front of him. The Leader of the Pride Troopers tells Vegeta to fight him, but Vegeta states he has no interest in fighting Universe 11's second fiddle. Toppo retorts by saying Vegeta is Universe 7's second fiddle too, greatly angering Vegeta and promptly beginning their battle. For most of the time, they are able to fight evenly, but due to the battle between Caulifla & Kale vs Goku, Vegeta is distracted for a great period of the battle. Toppo notes this, and says to Vegeta if he is so interested in their battle, he could watch it on the sidelines, proceeding to trap Vegeta in a lock. Vegeta shouts with great pain, but after regaining his senses, Vegeta hardly elbows Toppo in the gut, releasing him from the lock and causing Toppo to lay on the ground while momentarily knocked out. Vegeta spectates the battle between Ultra Instinct Goku and Super Saiyan 2 Kefla, and it is only then that he comes to the realization that Goku has attained Ultra Instinct. Vegeta then sets a new goal for himself, determined to master Ultra Instinct before Goku does.
While he is roaming the battlefield, he is met by Katopesla, a policeman of Universe 3. Katopesla changes from his Speed Mode to his Battle Mode, which increases his attack's power 300 fold. Vegeta closes his eyes, emptying his mind in an attempt to attain Ultra Instinct against Katopesla. When Vegeta makes no moves, Katopesla goes on the offensive and hits Vegeta with a punch, which Vegeta does not anticipate. Katopesla continues his assault with no attempts of defense or dodging from Vegeta, who is unsuccessful in attaining Ultra Instinct. Having had enough, Vegeta catches Katopesla's right fist, counterattacking with a hard punch to his gut, then following up with a barrage of punches which Katopesla is utterly helpless against. During this, Whis figures out what Vegeta was trying to do and says it will be very hard, if not impossible for Vegeta to attain Ultra Instinct due to that he always has to be thinking.
Following this, he begins to fight Team Universe 3's remaining warriors. After Team Universe 3 creates Koichiarator, Vegeta initially lets Gohan do the fighting, but is forced to intervene. He then initially struggles against the giant Anilaza, but is eventually able to defeat it with the combined efforts of his universe.
"Indeed, I am arrogant. But, to me, that's precisely what my pride as a Saiyan is! I'll never beat you? Don't make me laugh! I can never throw away who I am! Kakarot can have his Ultra Instinct! I'll defeat you in my own way, Jiren!"
After Universe 3 is erased, Vegeta and the remainder of Team Universe 7 fight Team Universe 11. Vegeta interrupts Goku's fight with Jiren with the intent on defeating Jiren himself. Even after he caught on to Jiren's movements, he is overwhelmed and nearly thrown off the stage. Vegeta manages to survive, and responds to Jiren's comment on his arrogance by declaring that he cannot run from who he is and that instead of using Ultra Instinct, he'll find his own way to defeat Jiren. Following this, he dramatically increases his power before using a Final Flash. Despite the initial appearance of Vegeta's victory, Jiren is unharmed and severely injures Vegeta. However, Vegeta is eventually able to recover and achieve a new form of Super Saiyan. He joins Goku in attacking Jiren, and the awkward timing of the duo's attacks puts Jiren on the defensive.
"I'm not like you! I cast aside nothing! With only this amount of power, how can you call yourself stronger? You're a loser who can't even protect his own pride! I won't lose to someone like you!"
He continues to fight Jiren; however, Jiren leaves Toppo, who has transformed into a God of Destruction, to fight him. Vegeta initially struggles against Toppo, and wonders if he is fighting the same warrior as before. Toppo manages to knock Vegeta back and declares that the Saiyan will never win while he carries "unnecessary" traits. This infuriates Vegeta, who proclaims that he never throws away anything. Vegeta raises his aura just in time to disspate Toppo's attack and begins attacking Toppo. Vegeta berates Toppo for being a "loser who can't protect even his own pride." Vegeta then uses Final Explosion, which breaks free from Toppo's Hakai and blasts him out of the now half-destroyed ring. To his teammates' relief, Vegeta survives the attack, though he does not have a lot of energy left to fight. Vegeta, Goku, and Android 17 prepare to face Jiren.
Despite the combined efforts of Goku and Vegeta's attacks, Jiren is unfazed and overwhelms them with his strength, even stating to Android 17 "strength is absolute" during his face-off with 17. As the battle rages on, Goku and Vegeta's stamina is depleted and they collapse to the ground, where Jiren attempts to finish them off, but is stopped by Android 17's selfless sacrifice to protect Vegeta and Goku. Fueled by 17's demise, Vegeta faces Jiren alone, despite the disadvantage he against Jiren. Throughout the fight, Jiren questions why Vegeta continues the fight despite being outmatched, to which Vegeta retorts that even if he told him, Jiren knows nothing about what it's like to fight to protect something, calling Jiren an "emotionless bastard" which incites Jiren. Vegeta presses the attack, but is easily overpowered. Jiren acknowledges Vegeta's "great pride" before finishing Vegeta off, with Vegeta apologizing to Bulma and Cabba, and gives the remainder of his energy to Goku in order for him to fight Jiren. Beerus, Whis, Gohan, and Roshi praise Vegeta's ability to hold out as long as he could, with Beerus stating Vegeta "truly did well" and Whis following up that he's glad Vegeta's okay. Following his defeat, which he surprisingly accepts calmly, Vegeta stuns everyone and opts to cheer on Goku, even going as far as to berate the other gods for even showing a ounce of doubt in Goku. After Universe 7 emerges as victorious and erased universes are restored by Android 17 with the Super Dragon Balls, Vegeta and the team return to Capsule Corp, where Bulma tearfully embraces Vegeta while he holds Bulla. During the celebration party, Vegeta smiles proudly at his daughter but he gets angry when Pan hits him in the face while she flies and he decides to have a rematch with Goku. At the location where their first fight occurred, the two begin to quarrel; Goku admits he can no longer use Ultra Instinct and Vegeta declares he will achieve a power far greater. The two then proceed to have their rematch.
Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga
Main article: Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga
Peaceful World Saga
Main article: Peaceful World Saga
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 cut Trunks' allowance in half if Trunks does not fight. During the preliminaries, Vegeta also casually backhands his would-be opponent into a billboard when the latter made the mistake of trying to trash-talk him and also suggested to the referees that his opponent "forfeited" before their match started.
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.
The updated version of the manga ends with Vegeta at the tournament grounds, leaning on a pillar and thinking to himself that one day he will fight Goku and defeat him.
Dragon Ball GT
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."
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. 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
"I shaved my mustache you idiot!"
Vegeta shaves the mustache off after his daughter, Bulla, tells him that it makes him look like a "geek."
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!!!"
A year later 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. Vegeta is the only Z Fighter capable of standing up against Super 17, but is at a disadvantage. 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 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. Afterwards he begins fighting Omega with Goku by his side, but both are unable to win. 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.
"They are. Take good care of those, Pan."
Gogeta overwhelms Omega Shenron in power and almost brings the heroes to victory, but the fusion time runs out before they can deliver the final blow. The two Super Saiyan 4s then try fusion several more times, but are stopped by Omega each time. When finally they get a clear space to fuse, Goku's power runs out which causes him to revert to base form. Soon after, Vegeta also loses his power. Vegeta then 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 and during the battle he is brutally pierced through and electrocuted by Dragon Thunder. Goku then surprises everyone by powering up the Universal Spirit Bomb and killing the Shadow Dragon. 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. Vegeta was the only one aware of where Goku was headed.
Bardock - The Father of Goku
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku
"Ugh, I'm sick and tired of being cooped up here all day. I want a real assignment, no more mediocre training sessions!"
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).
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, although he makes clear that he's only saving Goku because he wants his shot at killing him. 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."
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.
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.
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.
Broly - Second Coming
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming Vegeta does not actually appear in Broly - Second Coming (not counting the opening sequence), although he was mentioned by Trunks, where he privately admits that Vegeta would be ashamed of him for showing cowardice in the face of the titular villain while hiding in a waterfall.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
"What, how am I here, standing before you now? I am just as lost as you. You needn't worry about me, Kakarot. Unlike you, I have one thing in my favor: I have nothing to lose. You're noble and selfless, Kakarot, I've been selfish. The afterlife quite frankly sucks for me. But I know fighting him will be a piece of cake. Anything's better than my loathsome 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.
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.
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’
"Hmph, look at you. All that boasting of superiority, and now here you are, beaten and groveling in the dirt. At the very least, show some damn honor in defeat. I hope you enjoyed your second chance at life, because trust me, you'll never have another."
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 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 in the battle, and uses a Kamehameha to completely obliterate Frieza before he destroys the Earth again. After Goku kills Frieza, Vegeta was angry at Goku for taking his spotlight. Goku suggests that they should work together next time, but Vegeta declines and Goku agrees.
Main article: Dragon Ball Super: Broly
Other Dragon Ball stories
Plan to Eradicate the 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. Lychee, 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.
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."
30th Anniversary Special Manga
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Super Tenkaichi Budokai
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D at Super Tenkaichi Budokai
Society Survival Saga
Main article: Society Survival Saga In this scenario, Vegeta decides to get a job and becomes a new recruit at the DB Commercial Affairs. On his first day he encounters Goku, who joined the company on the same day as he did. Due to being super competitive - the two have a showdown of Rock-Paper-Scissors, and Vegeta is victorious, thus Goku has to pay for lunch.
Dragon Ball Online
Main article: Dragon Ball Online In Age 801, when Goku and Vegeta realize that their time as warriors were almost past, he and Vegeta both leave the Earth in order to have a final battle to settle their rivalry with what little remaining time they have left. Years later, supernova explosions were detected from where Goku and Vegeta had their final battle. The outcome is unknown.
Main article: Dragon Ball Xenoverse
- Legendary Super Saiyan Saga
Demigra's Wormhole causes the Future Warrior, Bardock and Broly (under Dark Magic influence) to be sent to Dying Planet Namek at Age 762, during the time of Goku and Frieza fought, being transported to Earth due to Dende's wish. The Future Warrior and Bardock battles Dark Broly for some time until Vegeta appears. Vegeta does not recognizes Bardock, but Bardock recognizes him as the prince of the Saiyans, and by that, Bardock deduces Vegeta can make a Power Ball. Vegeta is asked by Bardock to make a Power Ball and he does it, turning the latter into a Great Ape. With Vegeta joining the battle, the three characters manage to defeat Broly.
Prison Planet Saga
- Prison Planet Gathering Saga
At some point after the Universe Survival Saga, Vegeta and Goku are back to training with Whis on Beerus' Planet. Future Trunks and Future Mai travel back in time and Future Trunks trains with Goku and Vegeta. At some point, Future Trunks is kidnapped and taken to the Prison Planet and it only after a mysterious person named Fu tells them that it is there where Trunks is located do Goku, Vegeta and Future Mai head there to rescue him.
The group encounter Goku: Xeno on the planet and soon after learn about Fu's true intentions, to have a group of fighters taken from across different planets and era's fight it out in order to gather the seven Special Dragon Balls which are needed to escape. Shortly after Goku: Xeno leaves, Vegeta and Goku sense a powerful Ki heading in their direction belonging to an evil Saiyan named Cunber.
Without warning Cunber attacks them but when Goku and Vegeta go in to fight him head on, Cunbers evil Ki causes Goku to undergo a transformation called Super Saiyan: Berserk where he immediately losses all rationale and attacks Vegeta. After Trunks and Cooler appear, with the latter causing Goku to return to normal, Future Mai throws Goku and Vegeta a pair of Potara given to her by Shin and the two fuse together to become Vegito.
After using up all their power during the fight with Cunber, they return to their individual selves and witness the Golden Great Ape Cunber standing before them. Transforming into Super Saiyan, Vegeta and Goku attempt to battle the great ape but come up short and Vegeta soon reverts to normal.
Universal Conflict Saga
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Main article: Detective Vegeta!? The Case of the Missing Limited Edition Ice Cream Vegeta's limited edition ice cream goes missing and so he becomes Detective Vegeta in order to reclaim it.
- Manga and Anime
From a young age, Vegeta showed tremendous power even by the standards of First-Class warriors and the royal bloodline of the Saiyan race. He has even noted that his entire combat experience and fighting style is purely self-taught, having grown-up with no teachers, further showcasing his prodigious talents as a warrior. He effortlessly defeated eight Saibamen simultaneously and is noted to have even surpassed his father, King Vegeta, putting his power level over 10,000. Ultimately, his power prompted the interest of Frieza, who decided to add Vegeta to his personal elite forces. 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 Kaio-ken to overpower the prince. Even when badly battle-worn from Goku's various attacks, Vegeta showed remarkable resilience, able to continue fighting against the Earth's defenders and even hold his own against the Great Ape Gohan. At this time, Vegeta's Galick Gun had enough power to at the very least ravage the entire surface of the Earth.
After healing from his defeat on Earth, Vegeta's power rose to 24,000 thanks to the Saiyan Power, 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 just under 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 being 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 do despite having spent more than twice as much time training compared to Goku.
Vegeta continues training for the next seven years, eventually reaching 500 times gravity. By then, Vegeta became stronger than Gohan, who previously defeated Cell while obtaining Super Saiyan 2, as the hybrid slacked off on his training since. On Babidi's spaceship against Pui Pui, one of Babidi's strongest warriors that even Shin was concerned to face, Vegeta effortlessly repelled the possessed foe's repeated assaults, even while exposed to 10 times Earth's gravity. 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. Ultimately, however, Goku managed to gain the upperhand and overwhelm Vegeta, forcing the prince to feign a draw long enough to catch Goku off-guard and knock him out. Later, against Majin Buu Vegeta initially began pummeling Buu about, shocking all spectators. Even Piccolo noted that Vegeta's might eclipsed Gohan's against Super Perfect Cell. 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. Once facing Kid Buu with Super Saiyan, while soundly pummeled by the primordial monster, Vegeta still returned to his fight and defiantly returned to fighting, momentarily scaring Buu. Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta then managed to briefly hold his ground in a power struggle against Buu.
In Dragon Ball Super, Vegeta's training in the gravity chamber reached a point that he was no longer affected by the chamber's max gravity setting. When Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta faced off against Beerus, he was easily knocked down by the God of Destruction. However, once witnessing Bulma getting slapped by Beerus, he underwent a rage boost able to get several hits on him, something that Super Saiyan 3 Goku, Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, and even Ultimate Gohan couldn't do - Beerus even claimed that he hadn't need to use 10% of his power for a long time before Vegeta. Months later, determined to master Super Saiyan God on his own, Whis notices Vegeta's progress, complimenting it and noting that with proper guidance he could catch up to Goku. 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. After training with Goku, his strength further increases, and both Goku and Vegeta unlock the Super Saiyan Blue form. As a Super Saiyan Blue, Vegeta easily defeated a tired Golden Frieza.
In preparation for the Tournament of Destroyers, 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.
During the Tournament of Destroyers, Vegeta, as a Super Saiyan, defeated Final Form Frost with one punch, albeit Frost was considerably battered and exhausted from his previous matches. Against Auta Magetta, while Vegeta was initially able to casually evade the massive opponent's assault, Vegeta's attacks proved to have no affect on Magetta and forced to use Super Saiyan was Magetta's power increased. Even after doing so, Vegeta was almost ringed out, however, this was largely because of Magetta's heat suffocating Vegeta in the dome. Ultimately, it took Vegeta unknowingly exploiting Magetta's weakness to knock him out of the ring. In his base form, he had a slight advantage over Cabba and quickly pummeled Cabba with Super Saiyan. Once Cabba turned Super Saiyan, the two fought evenly, however Vegeta seemed to be holding back, as he took no damage from Cabba's solid hits. As a Super Saiyan Blue, he beat Super Saiyan Cabba with one punch. Against Hit, even as a Super Saiyan Blue, Vegeta was dominated, however this was largely because Vegeta had no knowledge of Hit's Time-Skip and was tired after his previous 3 fights.
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. Afterwards, Duplicate Vegeta proved able to essentially fight on par with Goku in their respective matching base and Super Saiyan Blue forms.
In preparing for his encounter with Goku Black, Vegeta trained in the gravity room arduously. In the anime, upon facing the mysterious fighter, Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta proved powerful enough to overwhelm Black in base form (albeit he showed no visible damage from the assault) and quickly recover from the foe's 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 God Split Cut, taking him out of the fight. Despite his severe wound, Vegeta was able to stay conscious and gather enough energy to re-enter Super Saiyan Blue long enough to fire blast able to distract Black and Future Zamasu. In the manga the fully powered up Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta held an advantage over Super Saiyan Black and as a Super Saiyan Blue easily overwhelms Black. Once Black recovered thanks to Future Zamasu healing him, Black's power increased tremendously to gain a slight advantage over Vegeta. Once healing again and refined his power into Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black, Black gained a commanding lead over Vegeta, even after healing himself from his severe injuries.
Later in the anime, after healing from his battle against Black and training again in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber for six months (half a day in normal time), his power was able to destroy the Time Chamber. Upon his rematch against Black, Vegeta proved able to gradually push back the Saiyan-wannabe, even block his energy blade with the back of his aura-shrouded wrist. As he began voicing his disdain at Black for mocking Saiyan pride by masquerading as one for a quick path for power, the rage from these feelings gave Vegeta a boost able to utterly overwhelm his foe, leaving Black battered and baffled at the gap in power. In the manga. Vegeta learns how to switch between Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan Blue. Able to conserve and replenish energy more efficiently through his God form while using Blue form in the moments he blocks and attacks, he could fight extend how long he could maintain the max power of Super Saiyan Blue, using this tactic to overwhelm Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black. After Fused Zamasu's time-limit ran up and forced the rogue Kais back into two but mutated back into their merged form separately, Vegeta unleashed a Gamma Burst Flash which proved able to blow the two foes into pieces, albeit they both quickly regenerated into an army.
In the manga following Zamasu's defeat, Vegeta is on Beerus's planet training with Whis, who actually complements Vegeta's speed as being much improved but still to slow to hit him. Beerus approaches and is annoyed so Vegeta arrogantly challenges Beerus to a fight and powers up to Super Saiyan Blue and attacks, believing himself to have surpassed Beerus. Beerus initially toys with Vegeta and slaps him through a mountain into a lake where Vegeta emerges and reveals he is also able to perform the Completed Super Saiyan Blue form and attacks again. Beerus still not impressed until he is pushed back for a moment and gets serious by defeating Vegeta in one blow. Though, Beerus notes that Vegeta is now strong enough to become a candidate for God of Destruction in a different universe.
In preparation for the Tournament of Power, in the anime Vegeta trains in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber for one hour (the equivalent of half a month inside) to raise his power. When discussing bringing Frieza back for the Tournament of Power, Goku notes that either he or Vegeta can defeat Frieza if he betrays them, although this was without knowing about Frieza's further growth while in Hell. In the manga the now stronger Frieza believes that he could beat the now much stronger Vegeta, and Goku says that he is not sure who would win between them.
Alongside Goku and Frieza, Vegeta is seen as one of the trump cards for Universe 7's potential victory in the Tournament of Power.
During the Tournament of Power, in the manga, Vegeta blocked joined attack from Katopesla and Nink, easily throwing both into the air simultaneously before blasting them off to eliminate them. In the anime, Vegeta easily knocked away Nigrissi and Obuni with a barrage of punches. He struggled against Hopp and Lavender, however, once they were distracted, Vegeta knocked Hopp out of the arena with an Amazing Impact. Once he turned Super Saiyan, he easily defeated both Hyssop and Oregano with a Final Galick Cannon. When the Trio of Danger fired their Triangle Dangers Beam, he and Goku turned Super Saiyan Blue and overpowered the beam with a Final Kamehameha, knocking the Trio out of the arena in the process. As a Super Saiyan, Vegeta struggled against the Bota Magetta combination: Botamo's invincible body and Auta Magetta's steel psyche. As a Super Saiyan, he was able to fight on par with Ribrianne.
In the manga, Toppo declared Vegeta to be Universe 7's second best warrior. This however angered Vegeta being considered weaker than Goku. Using Perfected Super Saiyan Blue, he was able to catch the superfast Dispo off guard to easily knock him aside and then pressured Toppo with his relentless assault push him back. Impressed with Vegeta's display, Toppo acknowledged Vegeta's raw might as on par with Goku. Later, Perfected Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta is knocked out of the arena by Legedary Super Saiyan Kale with one punch (though he saves himself using an energy sword). As his fight resumed against Toppo, Vegeta gained ground to overwhelm the Pride Trooper, forcing the foe to access his godly ki to continue fighting Vegeta.
In the anime, in his base form, his Galick Gun was powerful enough to knock Prum and Dr. Rota out of the arena. He was able to effortlessly deflect one of Final Form Frost's Chaos Beams with one hand in his base form. As a Super Saiyan, he was able to match Final Form Frost, who has become stronger than before, and Auta Magetta in combat simultaneously. Also, against the latter, Vegeta's new might proved to be able to push back the highly durable foe unlike their previous battle. When he turned Super Saiyan Blue, he scared both Frost and Magetta, and made the former retreat. In his base form, Vegeta easily knocked Monna away with a Ki Blast, who previously overwhelmed Super Saiyan Cabba. As a Super Saiyan Blue, he was able to clash with Toppo. When Toppo caught Vegeta with a Justice Rear Naked Choke, Vegeta managed to resist the pain and free himself with a blow powerful enough to keep Toppo disoriented and passed out for a few moments. In an attempt to access Ultra Instinct like Goku, he willing let Katopesla attack him. After taking a barrage of blows from the opponent's x300 power increase of his Raging Battle Mode, base Vegeta is left merely annoyed by the assault, quickly pummeling his foe. As a Super Saiyan, Vegeta was able to overpower Katopesla's strongest attack, Katopesla The Final Mission, with a Final Flash. In his base form, Vegeta was able to hold his own against Team Universe 3, even after his movements have been analyzed. Against Koichiarator, Vegeta and Goku turned Super Saiyan Blue and were able to hold their own against the mighty fused warrior, even being able to match Koichiarator's beam with a Galick Gun and a Kamehameha. Against Anilaza, as a Super Saiyan, Vegeta was overwhelmed by the giant warrior. Together with all the remaining members of Team Universe 7, Vegeta engaged in a beam struggle with Anilaza as a Super Saiyan Blue, and even then, Anilaza almost overwhelmed Team Universe 7. It was only when Android 17 damaged Anilaza's energy reactor that Vegeta and his teammates were able to knock Anilaza out of the arena. Against Jiren, Vegeta as a Super Saiyan Blue at first was easily knocked away, however after seeing through Jiren's attack, he was able to land a punch on Jiren, shocking everyone, even Jiren himself. Vegeta then proceeded to fight on par with Jiren, even managing to land a kick to his stomach. However, Vegeta calls out Jiren, saying that he was faster and stronger when he fought Goku earlier. Jiren then proceeds to overpower and almost knock Vegeta out of the arena with a Power Impact, seriously injuring Vegeta. However, Vegeta manages to get back on his feet, turn back into Super Saiyan Blue, and fire a Final Flash powerful enough, that Jiren needed to block, and also almost destroy the spectator bench. However, Jiren reveals that he took no damage from the Final Flash, although he admitted that the force of the attack wasn't half bad. Jiren then easily knocks Vegeta unconscious with an energy attack.
Despite this and the severe injuries he sustained, Vegeta was able to get back up on his feet. Then, being driven to keep the promise he made to Cabba, Vegeta was able to break his self-limiting shell and achieve a transformation beyond Super Saiyan Blue. In this state, alongside Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken Goku, the two were able to fight on par with Jiren, and throw him off balance. Against God of Destruction Mode Toppo, Vegeta at first was at a disadvantage against him, even in his Super Saiyan God SS · Shinka form. After being disgusted by Toppo casting aside all of his beliefs in order to win, Beyond Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta was able to easily overpower him, even being able to destroy his Destruction ball with his punch. Vegeta then unleashes his Final Explosion, which is powerful enough to knock Toppo out of the arena. Vegeta has also gotten so strong to the point that he was able to withstand the full power of the Final Explosion without dying, however, he used up all of his energy, leaving him so battered and exhausted that he could barely stand. Impressed by Vegeta's performance, Jiren openly voiced his respect and admiration for Vegeta, having reached such a level of power without forsaking his goals and integrity. This ultimately prompted Jiren to unleash his full power.
Despite the injuries he sustained, Vegeta retained enough strength and stamina to continue using Super Saiyan God SS・Shinka and fight alongside his allies. Ultimately, the combined assault between Vegeta, Goku, and Android 17 at their full might was repelled by Jiren with only moderate difficulty, leaving Vegeta and the others worn out. Despite Vegeta no longer having enough stamina to transform at all, he still managed to endure Jiren's assault for an extended period of time, earning Jiren's respect at Vegeta's tenacity upon finally eliminating the prince. Despite this, Vegeta retained enough energy to transfer it to Goku, giving his fellow Saiyan enough energy to transform again.
In the manga, in anger at Goku breaking his limits and getting one step ahead once more, Vegeta achieved a heightened state of Perfected Super Saiyan Blue, blowing Top back in the process. Using this enhanced state Vegeta began pressuring Jiren - who noted that Vegeta in this state had given him more trouble than anything else he had faced during the Tournament of Power aside from the "ascended state" that Goku has displayed shortly before - openly acknowledging the Saiyan prince. To which, Jiren then revealed more of his power, at which point he easily took down Vegeta. Teaming with Goku after he lost Ultra Instinct, their combination proving greater than the sum of it's parts and allowed them to gain an edge over the greatly weakened Jiren.
In 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. During the Black Star Dragon Ball Saga, Vegeta is mentioned by Trunks' to be one of the people on Earth stronger than him and Pan. During the Baby Saga, Vegeta is remarked by Goten to be the strongest Saiyan on Earth. While possessing Goten, Baby notes that gaining Vegeta's body would allow him to surpass even Trunks and Goku. He is able to easily avoid Super Saiyan Baby Gohan's Kamehameha in base, and is able to easily overpower him in Super Saiyan, though has trouble when he is backed up by base Infected Goten. Vegeta is remarked by Baby to be the mightiest body in the universe and the perfect one for him to be able to defeat Goku. This is proven correct when the two become Baby Vegeta. Their power levels are much closer when the two (Goku and Vegeta) are using the same form. Vegeta believed that he could defeat Goku while they were both in their Super Saiyan forms during the 31st World Martial Arts Tournament. During the Super 17 Saga, the fully-powered Super Saiyan Vegeta was able to hold his own against Super 17 for a short time, though the android was toying with him. During the Shadow Dragon Saga, Vegeta believes that the only difference between the two is the Super Saiyan 4 that he does not have access to (due to his lack of a tail). However, Vegeta manages to temporarily gain the Super Saiyan 4 form, allowing him to battle Omega Shenron alongside Goku. In a short bout with the powered-up Nuova Shenron, Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta is outmatched.
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 followed along when Goku asked Whis to train him, not wanting to fall behind Goku. 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 - it is implied that Whis was referring to fusion, as when talking about working with Goku, Vegeta states he only did it once with Goku and never wishes to do so again Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta has less power than Golden Frieza at his max but when Frieza's power was greatly drained, Vegeta was able overwhelm Golden Frieza.
In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Vegeta was initially able to easily match Broly even with his winter uniform inhibiting him but as Broly continues to grow, Vegeta is forced to reveal his battle uniform and go to Super Saiyan, at which he is able to initially overwhelm him until Broly grows in power enough to pressure him. His Super Saiyan God form was able to easily overpower Broly in his initial levels until he gains his Wrathful form and steadily overwhelms Vegeta, though he is still able to hold his ground for a time and survives being punched through mountains.
- Super Dragon Ball Heroes
Vegeta's progress under Whis continued to improve, as the tutor complemented Vegeta in his performance during a sparring match.
- 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.
Takao Koyama, the writer for the first thirteen Dragon Ball Z films, noted that he made Vegeta appear weaker in the movies than he actually was - because Goku always had to be the one to win at the end of the movies.
According to the Dragon Ball Super rival danger scale, Vegeta ranks as a three out of twelve.
Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta is equal to Super Saiyan 4 Goku.
- Video games
It is stated in 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 lazily remarks Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta was a lot stronger than before, and maybe he could even win. In the story mode of the GT Pack two, Vegeta remarks that he and Goku are evenly matched as Super Saiyan 4's.
In Dragon Ball FighterZ, Vegeta is initially at the mercy of Frieza in the Super Warrior Arc and is about to be killed by him but saved by Goku, Piccolo and Krillin. Vegeta believes that if was capable of using his full power, he or Goku would be able to stop Android 21 on their own.
Main article: List of techniques used by Vegeta
- Galick Gun
Main article: Galick Gun
Vegeta's signature technique. He was first shown utilizing the technique to clash with Goku's Kamehameha during their first battle on Earth. The Galick Gun is normally purple in color. Vegeta later goes on to develop a more powerful Galick Gun.
- Lucora Gun
Main article: Lucora Gun
One of Vegeta's more common attacks is his Full Power Energy Blast Volley, the Lucora Gun. It is performed by rapidly alternating blasts between both hands to fire a massive barrage of ki blasts. Despite it's generic nature, the technique is utilized by Vegeta so much that upon Goku seeing Buu utilize it, he refers to it as being "Vegeta's technique".
- Big Bang Attack
Main article: Big Bang Attack
A technique developed by Vegeta during the time when he became a Super Saiyan. By raising his hand up at a 90-degree angle, he produces a high-powered energy ball that is fired at the opponent.
- Final Flash
Main article: Final Flash
The Final Flash was a technique developed by Vegeta during his first training session in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, appearing to be an upgraded version of his old Final Crash attack. For his most serious fights, the Final Flash acted as Vegeta's ultimate technique, able to damage foes stronger than he was. When charged to the maximum, it can overwhelm, if not seriously harm, the strongest of foes.
- Final Impact
Main article: Final Impact
Also known as Atomic Flash, this attack is a large beam fired from Vegeta's index finger, middle finger, and thumb. It was first shown by Vegeta after he had been altered by Babidi's Manipulation Sorcery. Once fired, it unleashes a highly focused and speeding beam able to pierce through its target.
- Gamma Burst Flash
Main article: Gamma Burst Flash
Vegeta's ultimate technique in his Super Saiyan Blue state. This technique is a last resort as it takes a heavy toll on Vegeta; however, it is incredibly powerful - blowing apart multiple enemies who were stronger than Vegeta.
- Spirit Sword
Main article: Spirit Sword Vegeta is able to use the Spirit Sword technique developed by Vegito. He uses it in the manga version of the Tournament of Power to stop himself from being knocked off the stage by Kale.
- Final Shine Attack
Main article: Final Shine Attack
A technique developed by Vegeta in Dragon Ball GT. Normally, it is a green energy wave charged in one hand and then fired at the foe; however, when utilized in the Super Saiyan 4 state Vegeta, utilizes it similar to the Final Flash.
- Great Ape
Main article: Great Ape
"Bare witness to the ultimate power of the Saiyans, Kakarot! The giant ape, destroyer of planets! Soon, this world will feel my wrath!"
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 using 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.
- Super Saiyan
"The sleeper has awakened! I am the prince of all Saiyans once again!"
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 cement his status as a warrior of legend and one of the strongest in history. Seeing Goku achieve this form first and used it to defeat Frieza only fueled his desire to unlock the potential hidden within him. Once using this form, his muscle mass increases slightly, his skin-tone turns lighter, his hair turns blond, and his eyes turn green. He also is able to generate a golden aura and his peek performance increases either 10 fold or 50 fold from his base form. Vegeta first showed off the Super Saiyan state while he was fighting Android 19, where the increase of stamina and ki was so great, he could afford to let the android absorb some of his energy, all for the purpose of ripping his foes hands and thereby rendering it defenseless before destroying it..
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Vegeta's Super Saiyan form is referred to as Super Vegeta and while the standard Super Saiyan form increases melee damage, Vegeta's version increases ki blast damage instead. Recoome also calls this form Golden Vegeta upon viewing it.
- Super Saiyan Second Grade
Main article: Super Saiyan Second Grade
"Are you ready now? To witness a power not seen for thousands of years?"
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 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. His power in this form is double that of his Super Saiyan 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 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.
- Demon Prince
"Do you understand now, Kakarot? That's why I needed Babidi: to set me free, by releasing the evil in my heart. He has freed me of these petty attachments. And I have to say, it feels pretty good."
Demon Prince (魔王子 Maōji), also known as Majin Vegeta (魔人ベジータ Majin Bejīta), 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 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. In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, this state was originally called Majin Vegeta, though after an update it was changed Prince of Destruction Vegeta.
- Super Saiyan 3
Main article: Super Saiyan 3
By combining his training with his deep rage, Vegeta attained this from at some point after the defeat of Kid Buu - extracting every drop of potential from his Saiyan blood.
Unlike Goku, Vegeta has never reached this transformation in the original manga; this form of Vegeta is almost entirely exclusive to the video games, making its first appearance in Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Battlers.
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.
- Rage Mode
Main article: Rage Mode When severely angered enough in battle, Vegeta's power will rise dramatically during the emotional state, turning him into Prince of Rage Vegeta. Against the God of Destruction Beerus, Vegeta was able to briefly hold his own against and even land several solid blows on the infamously powerful deity, something not even Super Saiyan 3 Goku, Potential Unleashed Super Saiyan 2 Gohan, or the combined effort of the Dragon Team were capable of doing while Beerus heavily suppressed himself. In the anime, Beerus noted he needed 10% of his power to defeat Vegeta, something no one had accomplished in eons.
- Super Saiyan God
In the manga, when training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber Vegeta manages to train the Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan Blue forms so that he can transform back and forth between the two forms in an instant - moving around as a Super Saiyan God, and attacking and defending as a Super Saiyan Blue, this allows him to negate the stamina flaw of the Super Saiyan Blue form, and allows for more concentrated and powerful attacks. Later, Top noted that the Super Saiyan God state possess the Aura of a God.
- God-like Saiyan
Main article: God-like Saiyan
After experiencing the power of Super Saiyan God, Vegeta gained the ability to use it's god-like power without changing form. When in this state, if Vegeta tries to become a Super Saiyan he will instead become Super Saiyan Blue.
- Super Saiyan Blue
Main article: Super Saiyan Blue
"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."
During training with Whis, Vegeta learned that by attempting to transform into a Super Saiyan while in his God-like Saiyan state would cause him to transform into a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan. It is currently Vegeta's strongest form and at many times he's been able to enhanced the transformations power through different means. In this form Vegeta's hair becomes blue and he gains a sharp, silky blue aura. 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 Tournament of Destroyers, 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 less than 10% due to this being Vegeta's fourth match in a row and the form requires a certain amount of stamina to maintain. 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.
Later while fighting Goku Black, Vegeta was initially able to dominate Black until he turned Super Saiyan Rosé. Then, Vegeta was swiftly crushed by Goku Black and nearly killed with a ki blade through the chest. After returning from the present Vegeta was once again crushed by the duo of Zamasu and Goku Black and escapes with the near dead Goku and after a quick training session in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber was able to finally mount and defeat Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black.
In the manga during one of his many training sessions in the Hyberbolic Time Chamber, Vegeta manages to train the Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan Blue forms to the point where he can swap between the two at will in an instant. Using the Super Saiyan God form for moving and Super Saiyan Blue for attacking and defending. By doing this Vegeta is able to get around the extreme stamina flaw of Super Saiyan Blue. He uses this while battling Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black and easily overwhelms him.
- Perfected Super Saiyan Blue
Main article: Perfected Super Saiyan Blue
In the manga, prior to the Tournament of Power Saga, Vegeta manages to attain the Perfected Super Saiyan Blue state. He uses this form in a match with Beerus and proves to have become strong enough to hold his own, however he is still beaten. Though, Beerus notes that Vegeta is now strong enough to become a candidate for God of Destruction in a different universe.
- SS Blue (Evolved)
Main article: SS Blue (Evolved)
In the manga, through anger at Goku breaking his limits and getting one step ahead once more, Vegeta drew on the pride of nearly all his training over the years was purely self-taught, letting him evolve his Perfected Super Saiyan Blue state. In this state, his appearance remains virtually the same but also generates a strong yet calm aura again. Vegeta challenges Jiren with this state and manages to pressure Jiren; who notes Vegeta has given him more trouble than anything else he had faced during the Tournament of Power aside from the "ascended state" that Goku has displayed shortly before. However Jiren proceeds to easily defeat him after releasing more power.
In the anime, while fighting Jiren alongside Goku in the last minutes of the Tournament of Power, Vegeta awakens to a new power beyond Super Saiyan Blue with power rivaling Goku's Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken. It appears similar to Super Saiyan Blue but with darker hair, and visible black pupil swhile the irises are royal blue. Physically, he is built similar to Super Saiyan Second Grade, sporting somewhat sharper hair and his muscle mass increasing somewhat. He also can generate a denser aura that is a darker shade of blue and the particles sparkling about it.
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 white in favor of the golden color of Super Saiyan, and red marks appear on his face. There is also a massive power augmentation. 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 Vegeta 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", Baby was transformed into a Golden Great Ape in order to compete with Super Saiyan 4 Goku. After his tail is severed, Baby Vegeta reverts to Vegeta's normal state and Baby leaves Vegeta's body.
- Tuffleized Super Saiyan
Main article: Super Saiyan
Due to being made into a permanent host by the Tuffle Baby inside him, when Vegeta transforms into a Super Saiyan, he has red lines across his face, crosshair-like lines on his eyes (a common trait among Machine Mutants) and silver-white hair and black eyes in place of the golden blond and green eyes typically seen of Super Saiyans, due to being a Tuffle-Saiyan hybrid.
- Strongest Form 1
Main article: Strongest Form 1
Once Baby Vegeta gathers energy from Gohan, Goten, Trunks and Bulla, Vegeta's body goes through further developments. These include an increase of muscle mass that rips apart his shirt, his eyes becoming blue-colored visors, red lines sprawling across his chest and forehead, the acquiring of large metallic shoulder pads, and Vegeta's hair returning to its original length. Baby does not assume this form for long, as he soon gains enough energy from his followers to prompt a further transformation. Upon reaching this form, Baby says he is now the strongest being in the universe, a claim which is confirmed by Goku. This form might be a version of Vegeta as a Super Saiyan 2; the form that Baby Vegeta had before transforming into this state was a Super Saiyan, and Strongest Form 2 is also implied to be the Tuffle-Saiyan version of Super Saiyan 3. This form's hair also resembles Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta's hair, as it is spiked.
- Strongest Form 2
Main article: Strongest Form 2
After sapping his mind slaves of their energies worldwide, Baby Vegeta again transforms, Baby's being dominating Vegeta's body so much that it bears a great resemblance to his real form. He now wears a black bodysuit with red and gold-colored gloves, boots and shoulder pads. His physical structure also has been completely altered, now bearing almost no resemblance to Vegeta, but rather mimicking a humanoid version of Baby's adult form. When Baby leaves Vegeta's body, he briefly retains Strongest Form 2 before reverting to normal. This form might be a version of Vegeta as a Super Saiyan 3; the first volume of the Dragon Ball GT Perfect Files states that "Strongest Form 2, which resembles Super Saiyan 3"; this claim is supported by the fact that the form lacks eyebrows and has the augmented browline, Vegeta could have used Baby's extra power to reach the form, and also because of Baby Vegeta's previous two forms can be seen as his equivalents to Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 2. Additionally, in the video game Scouter Battle Taikan Kamehameha, Super Saiyan 4 has 1.25x the power of Super Saiyan 3, and Baby's Golden Great Ape form has around 1.2x the power of his Super Baby 2 form, suggesting that it is Super Saiyan 3. Additionally it is noted in the Dragon Ball GT Perfect Files that his hair is longer in this state than in his previous forms - one of which is confirmed to be Super Saiyan, and the other of which is implied to be Super Saiyan 2. The extremely long hair might be absent due to Baby shaping it to match his own appearance.
- Great Ape Baby
Main article: Golden Great Ape
Great Ape Baby is the form that Baby Vegeta achieved after receiving Blutz Waves from Bulma's Blutz Wave Generator. Baby Vegeta takes this form after receiving 1,000 times the normal amount of Blutz Waves. Baby Vegeta transforms into a Golden Great Ape. This is his strongest form, as shown when he easily pounded Super Saiyan 4 Goku. Despite his immense size, he is surprisingly fast as he was able to keep up with the much smaller Goku for a time.
Like Goku in this form, he has golden fur that covers most of his body but retains the "armor" that Baby naturally possesses. His eyes are different from normal Great Apes, as is his skin, which is blue colored rather than the brown color that normal Great Apes have. Like all the other Great Apes and Golden Great Apes, he is much larger than his normal form.
- 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
"At long last... I have ascended."
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 changes, the top becoming long again and nearly identical to his original hairstyle becoming longer, while becoming "wild" to extending past his shoulders and turning dark brown in color. 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.
Noteworthy, Vegeta is not able to become a Super Saiyan 4 at will like Goku does. He instead needs to be exposed to enough Blutz Waves if he wants to take on the form, which will only last for about ten minutes. Once returning to normal, he also loses his tail again.
- Giant Form
Main article: Giant Form
In Dragon Ball Z: V.R.V.S., in Vegeta's ending he wishes to Shenron to have the world beneath his feet, resulting in Shenron turning him into a giant many times larger than the Earth.
- 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 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.
In Xenoverse 2, Majin Vegeta is shown to transform further into a type of villainous power up a raid quest.
- Spirit Bomb Super Saiyan
Main article: Spirit Bomb Super Saiyan
In Shin Budokai, Vegeta manages to become a Spirit Bomb Super Saiyan during the battle with Super Janemba on Earth, when the Spirit Bomb is launched Vegeta unwillingly absorbs it with his Super Saiyan 2 form. In this state Vegeta is able to defeat Super Janemba, and dispel all of his evil energy from the area.
- Villainous Mode
Main article: Villainous Mode
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: Vegito
The Potara fusion between Vegeta and Goku. He was created as a desperate plan by Old Kai to stop the powerful Super Buu. With unrivaled power, Vegito is one of the most powerful beings in Dragon Ball Z and is created as a desperate plan by Old Kai to stop the powerful Super Buu, when he was winning against Ultimate Gohan after absorbing Gotenks and Piccolo. At only base form, this fusion had a slight advantage against the Majin. Once transforming into Super Saiyan, he single-handedly pummeled Buu blithely without even needing to use his fists or any effort. It was obvious he had the physical power to maintain such feats, but he only appeared for a short time before his strategy to deliberately be absorbed into Buu's body (whilst keeping a barrier on to avoid being assimilated into his being) resulted in the ending of his time limit, resulting in diffusion. Vegito later makes an appearance in Dragon Ball Super and uses Super Saiyan Blue to fight Fused Zamasu, where they learn that mortals using the Potara Earrings can only remain fused for an hour, while Gods remain permanently fused.
Goku's adaptive and creative nature along with Vegeta's analytical and strategic mind enabled Vegito to be quite an intelligent fighter without being overcome by arrogance as Vegeta alone would be but possessing the ruthlessness to kill Super Buu that Goku would lack. In addition, Vegito also possesses the immense power and speed of both Goku and Vegeta amplified to great degrees, as well as the tactics and skill of both. He is very similar to Gogeta, who is another fusion of Goku and Vegeta. Elder Kai mentions the innate rivalry between Goku and Vegeta makes the fusion far more powerful then usual.
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.
- EX Gogeta
Main article: Vegenks Vegenks is the EX fusion between Vegeta and Future Trunks who appears in Dragon Ball Fusions.
Main article: Yamta Yamta is the EX fusion between Vegeta and Yamcha who appears in Dragon Ball Fusions.
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.
- Scouter - A wearable, all-purpose computer that Frieza's army uses.
- Attack Ball - Spaceships used for interstellar travel.
- Medical Machine - Large containers filled with some form of liquid that can completely heal a person from near death.
- Senzu Bean - Mystical beans with immense rejuvenation properties.
- Capsule Corporation spaceship - A ship made by Capsule Corporation that was used to travel throughout space.
- Gravity Machine - A device invented by Dr. Brief to help the Dragon Team train under more powerful gravity in order to become stronger and raise their power levels.
- Potara - Earrings worn by Supreme Kais and their apprentices. Despite being worn so casually, they have incredible properties, allowing two individuals to fuse or permitting the wearer to use the Time Rings.
- Weighted Clothing - Clothing fitted with built-in weights to make them heavier than ordinary clothes.
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.
Video Game Appearances
List of characters killed by Vegeta
- His name is a pun on the word "vegetable" itself.
- 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 desire may come from a wounded pride over the fact that Goku surpassed him with the Kaio-Ken and needed to resort to transforming into the Great Ape.
- Vegeta is the first and only Z-Fighter so far to have had the Evil Containment Wave used on him and the only one ever trapped by the technique.
- While Vegeta noted that a Saiyan's hair does not grow longer or change shape from how they were born (minus facial hair), In Bardock - The Father of Goku and flashbacks during the "Frieza Saga", Vegeta's hairstyle as a child was shown having a bangs over his forehead, unlike his normal depiction of a prominent widows-peak.
- 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.
- In the episode "Gohan's Rage" which he makes his debut appearance, his cameo appearance in "Reunions" and in his first few filler appearances, most famously his filler appearance in "Terror on Arlia", Vegeta appears with a totally different color scheme from his usual one appearing with red hair and battle armor consisting of a green khaki chest piece and burnt orange guard pieces, orange gloves, a navy blue jumpsuit, and parts of his boots orange and brown with the upper parts being orange and the lower parts being brown. This is a mistake by Toei Animation as they guessed his colors due to the manga not showing any official colored scenes of Vegeta and Toriyama not giving them any description about Vegeta's actual color scheme at the time those early episodes of Dragon Ball Z were being produced for Vegeta to be adapted into them. This was later fixed in the episode "Counting Down" and in the Dragon Ball Z Kai version of the episode he makes his debut appearance. This color scheme also appears as an alternate color for his Battle Armor in various video games.
- 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.
- While Vegeta is shorter than Bulma throughout Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, he becomes taller than her in Dragon Ball Super and the movie counterparts.
- The original Super Saiyan God appears identical to Vegeta, right down to even the clothing they wear, suggesting some kind of relation between them.
- 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). This didn't pan out, as the sequel film still featured Goku as the main protagonist.
- 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, specifically when Vegeta ate the senzu bean and gained a zenkai boost, Vegeta surpassed his previous power limitation 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 speculates after witnessing Vegeta's performance that the prince may have surpassed Goku. This continued when he came out of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber for the first time; even Piccolo, who was the strongest Z-fighter 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 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, or at the very least is around equal to Goku.
- In Xenoverse 2, if the Future Warrior talks to Vegeta while wearing Future Trunks' attire, he will say while thinking out loud "That outfit, I wonder how he's doing" before telling them not to worry about it.
- Vegeta has remarked on three separate occasions that he dislikes being in Gag Manga/Anime. **The first time was at the end of his cameo role in Neko Majin Z.
- The second time was in the Dr. Slump crossover episode of Neko Majin Z.
- The third time was in the Dr. Slump crossover episode of Dragon Ball Super.
- Vegeta does not have a last name.
- There is a running gag of Vegeta and the color pink; despite his distaste for it, the color is frequently shown him, such as wearing a pink scouter in the Xenoverse series, eating pink ice cream, wearing a pink apron, and the famous “Badman” shirt he was given when he began living on Earth.
- In Xenoverse 2, Vegeta infamous "Badman" shirt appears as an outfit under the name Vegeta's Shirt. If the Future Warrior talks to Vegeta while wearing it he will say "Wh-What are you wearing?! Where did you dig up something that old?! Tch... You're dredging up bitter memories!... But I guess it shows that I've gotten used to life on Earth... Heh!".
- Vegeta is the first mortal character to defeat a God of Destruction on-screen.
- Vegeta has the largest kill count out of all the Dragon Team. Unless one counts Goku's kills from Dragon Ball.
- Vegeta has killed every member of the Ginyu Force.
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
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super: Broly, 2018
- ↑ 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: 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"
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2
- ↑ Kanzenshuu's article on Toriyama interview
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super volume 1, "Warriors from Universe 6!"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Q Atsushi Maekawa Story Q&A
- ↑ Cinecon Walker, March 2013
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super episode 28, "The 6th Universe's Destroyer! His Name is Champa!"
- ↑ Dragon Box The Movies Dragonbook. kanzenshuu (April 14, 2006).
- ↑ Rival danger ranking. kanzenshuu.
- ↑ Animedia: Dragon Ball Super Featurette. twimg (September 2017).
- ↑ Herms' translation of the tweet by Dragon Ball Super director Megumi Ishitani. Twitter (August 9, 2018).
- ↑ Herms' tweet on DB Official Site's Tatsuya Nagamine interview. Twitter (August 4, 2018).
- ↑ 29.0 29.1 Dragon Ball GT Perfect File Vol. 2
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, 2004
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi, 2005
- ↑ Daizenshuu
- ↑ 33.0 33.1 Dragon Ball: Super Exciting Guide
- ↑ "Dragon Ball Heroes", 2010
- ↑ 35.0 35.1 Daizenshuu 2, 1995
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Budokai (series)
- ↑ Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, 2016
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi series
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, 2014
- ↑ Promotional material for Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
- ↑ Vegeta's profile in Dragon Ball Fusions
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super chapter 29, Toppo, Universe 11 God of Destruction Candidate!
- ↑ Dragon Ball GT episode 29, "The Fall of the Saiyans"
- ↑ 44.0 44.1 Dragon Ball GT: Perfect File, 1997
- ↑ Dragon Ball GT Episode 62: "Rescue Goku"
- ↑ 46.0 46.1 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
- ↑ Ask Akira Toriyama! interview. kanzenshuu (January 2003).