Vegeta's Respect (ベジータ脱帽!!悟空おまえがNo.1だ Bejīta Datsubo!! Goku Omae ga Nanba Wan Da) is the fifth episode of the Kid Buu Saga and the two hundred eightieth overall episode in the original dubbed and the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. The episode first aired on October 18, 1995. Its original American air date was March 20, 2003.
The episode begins as Super Saiyan 3 Goku continues his fight with Kid Buu as the whole universe watches on. In Hell, Goku's enemies of the past watch the battle in a giant Crystal Ball most intently as the fight intensifies. In rage over Buu's disobedience, Babidi offers his hopes that Goku kills Buu once and for all. The fight continues to intensify but Goku has nearly exhausted himself while fighting Kid Buu. Goku tries to power up with his most intense Kamehameha, but does not have enough energy to stand against Buu and in his effort to power up nearly passes out.
Vegeta rushes over to see if Goku still wants to continue the match or if he could step in. Goku reluctantly lets Vegeta fight Buu. Vegeta faces the hundreds of Kid Buus created from Goku's attack and blows them up. Kid Buu reforms and Vegeta tries to fire a blast at him, but it has no effect. They start fighting and despite great effort, Vegeta cannot land a single punch on Kid Buu. Vegeta is no match for Kid Buu and begins to wonder how Goku fought Kid Buu. As Kid Buu is about to finish off Vegeta, Goku saves Vegeta and says he has not finished with Kid Buu. Goku continues his fight with Kid Buu as Vegeta and the whole of the universe continues to look on in awe.
Vegeta is watching as the fight between Goku and Buu rages on and begins to reminisce about the past and the struggle he has had with Goku since their initial contact. Vegeta flashes back to the when he first met Goku on Earth and his frustration caused by how he was the stronger fighter then, but he still could not beat Goku no matter his effort. His memories next return to their time on Namek and how Goku beat Recoome and Frieza when Goku had become a Super Saiyan. Vegeta was torn apart when he saw Goku fight, believing he had stolen his right to become the next Super Saiyan. Vegeta next remembers how he too became a Super Saiyan, but every time he thought he had surpassed Goku, no matter how much he trained, how much he worked and concentrated, Goku would quickly surpass him once again. Vegeta remembers how he had first thought that the love of Goku's family and friends had pushed him over the limit, but Vegeta admits even though he gained a family of his own, he had become no stronger. Vegeta admits he had always fought for the pleasure of killing and gaining power, and was merciless, where Goku had always shown mercy and never fought to kill or for revenge, but instead he had fought to simply get stronger.
He finally admits Goku confuses him, as he does not see how someone could fight so hard, with every effort to make themselves better and still not have any intention to kill, and that it has always angered him. Realizing that his anger is what has made him blind to the reality of the situation Vegeta finally relents and acknowledges Goku is the better fighter because he fights for the love of fighting, to become the best he can be, with no reservations. Vegeta follows this with his vote of confidence that Goku will be the one to defeat Buu and, in his first act of humility towards Goku, admits that Goku is "the best". The fight between Goku and Kid Buu continues with all its intensity and vigor as the universe looks on at the two greatest warriors in its history, amazed at the spectacle that still is very uncertain in outcome.
- Goku (Super Saiyan 3) vs. Kid Buu
- Vegeta (Base) vs. Kid Buu
- Mystic Ball Attack - Used by Kid Buu to assault Goku.
- Super Kamehameha - Used by Goku to attack Kid Buu, but the Majin regenerates.
- Regeneration - Used by Kid Buu to recover from many attacks from Goku and Vegeta.
- Cloning - Used by Kid Buu after regenerating to attack Goku, and later Vegeta.
- Explosive Wave - Used by Vegeta to repel Kid Buu's many clones.
- Continuous Energy Bullet - Used by Vegeta to destroy Kid Buu's clones.
- Vanishing Ball - Used by Kid Buu to attempt to kill Vegeta, but was stopped by Goku.
- Instant Transmission - Used by Goku to teleport behind Kid Buu.
- Kamehameha - Used by Goku and Kid Buu against each other.
- Goku continues his fight with Kid Buu.
- Vegeta jumps into the fray to help Goku.
- Many villains that Goku has fought before watch him fight Kid Buu from Hell.
- Vegeta finally accepts that Goku is better than him.
"Amazing. How do you do it, Kakarot?
You've always been like this, ever since the day I first met you; always ready to meet the next challenge, even if it's bigger than you are...
It was the same on Namek. You had improved so much that it made Recoome look like he was standing still. Your power had increased so dramatically since our battle on Earth that I thought you had done it, I thought that you had become a Super Saiyan! It tore me apart! How could a low-class soldier accomplish so easily what I...I had to struggle my whole life to achieve!?
After three millennia, it just finally happened; a new Super Saiyan has emerged, and, somehow, I have become this pauper's witness. Then at last, it happened. I too transformed. After living every moment of every day for the singular purpose of surpassing you, I finally became a Super Saiyan myself, the Prince had reclaimed his throne and fulfilled his destiny. But no matter how strong I became, your power still exceeded mine.
At first, I thought it was your loved ones; that it was your instinct to protect them that spurred you on and pushed you beyond your limits. But then I found myself with a family of my own, and my power... didn't increase at all.
I used to fight for the sheer pleasure of it; for the thrill of the hunt, oh I had the strength unmeasurable - I spared no one. And yet, you showed mercy to everyone, even your fiercest enemies, even me! Yet, you never fought to kill, or for revenge. Only to test your limits and to push yourself beyond them, to become the strongest you could possibly be. How can a Saiyan fight like that and at the same time be so gentle that he wouldn't hurt a fly? It makes me angry just thinking about it! But, perhaps it is my anger that has made me blind to the truth for so long. I see it now, this day has made it all too clear.
You're better than me Kakarot. You are the best."
Bruce Faulconer tracks
- "Gohan Fights Frieza" - During the fight between SSJ3 Goku and Kid Buu.
- "16 Rips Off Cell's Tail" - When Super Saiyan 3 Goku powers down to base form while subsequently losing energy after firing his Kamehameha wave at Kid Buu.
- "Frieza Begs" - When Vegeta turns into a Super Saiyan for the first time.
- The characters seen in Hell are: Frieza, King Cold, Cell, Recoome, Burter, Jeice, Guldo, Dr. Gero, Appule, Babidi, Goz and Mez.
- Two warriors on Grand Kai's planet wear the Battle Armor.
- In this episode, Vegeta finally swallows his pride and admits that Goku is the better fighter.
- When Kid Buu bites Goku's arm, Goku retaliates by biting Kid Buu's head. This is the second time Goku bites one of the three main villains, the first being when he bites Frieza in "Frieza's Boast".
- The flashback scenes of Goku and Vegeta's history in this episode are unique in that they feature newly hand-drawn animation, rather than stock footage from past episodes as other flashback sequences in the various Dragon Ball shows usually are.
- During Vegeta's flashback to the first time he and Goku met, when Goku arrives at the battlefield, Piccolo's corpse is shown intact, when after his death by Nappa his body disappeared. However, this only occurred in the Saban dub of that episode (in the Japanese version and Ultimate Uncut and Remastered Funimation dubs, Piccolo's body is still there).
- In the beginning, Vegeta appears on the cliff bruised and exhausted. However, as Goku and Buu start to fight, he seems to be in perfect health.
- In the Funimation dub, when Vegeta monologues about Goku becoming a Super Saiyan, he mentions that the last Super Saiyan appeared three millenias ago. However, when Vegeta first mentioned the possibility of Goku becoming a Super Saiyan in "A Legend Revealed", he says that it occurs every 1,000 years. This error originated in the original Saban dub of the same episode.
- This episode picked up where "Battle for the Universe Begins" had left off.