Goku, the quintessential hero character. Whether you’re a fan of anime or not, Goku is almost universally recognized as one of the greatest fictional characters of all time. He is the true Saiyan of legend, destined to avenge his race, the chosen one. We first see glimpses proving this when Planet Vegeta was being destroyed by Frieza. In his death, Bardock has a vision of his son, Goku, standing face to face against Frieza. He was the last hope of the Saiyan race, the chosen one to finally end Frieza’s tyranny. Through the entire series and currently in Dragon Ball Super, Goku has met his enemies head on and ascended to new heights through the process. In his long battle with Frieza, Goku finally broke his limits after witnessing the death of his best friend to become the first Super Saiyan seen in over 1000 years.
Unlike Vegeta who came from royalty and had a strong sense of his Saiyan pride and heritage, Goku was just a low-class warrior who came from humble beginnings. Due to his low power level, he was sent to conquer Earth since it was deemed to be a much weaker planet. He was one of the more weaker characters when he got killed in his fight with Raditz, but after receiving his intense training with King Kai and learning invaluable techniques such as Kaioken and the Spirit Bomb, he quickly started realizing how much power he actually had. Once he came back, he defeated Nappa with ease and just barely defeated Vegeta after their grueling battle. This was essentially the biggest turning point for Goku. It was Vegeta who was born into royalty, the Saiyan elite who was destined for great things, usurped by Goku, a low-class Saiyan.
Soon after Goku continued to defeat his enemies as they came and then had finally stood face to face in battle against Frieza. On the brink of destruction, Goku the lone survivor of the Saiyan race had transformed into the legendary Super Saiyan and had defeated Frieza, avenging his people as his father had foreseen. Even though Frieza was finally defeated, it did not stop Goku from ascending to even greater heights throughout his journey. As the series went on Goku continued to rise in power as he defeated his enemies, becoming the only character who has achieved every form of Super Saiyan. He turned Super Saiyan against Frieza, showed his ability to become Super Goku in the hyperbolic time chamber with Gohan, Super Saiyan 2 against Majin Vegeta, and then Super Saiyan 3 against Majin Buu. In Dragon Ball Super, Goku had made the Super Saiyan God power his own after having only experienced it once during his battle with Beerus, and soon after rose to the level of Super Saiyan Blue.
Now currently in the Tournament of Power, Goku has achieved a state that even the Gods of Destruction strive to achieve, Ultra Instinct. Ultra Instinct is essentially a state of being in which the person no longer needs to think about his moves or actions during a fight but can instinctively react to the current situation. Goku has not only fulfilled his destiny that his father had envisioned but has also been the Earth’s savior on multiple occasions. He is the Saiyan of Legend, pure of heart and awakened by fury, achieving every known form of Super Saiyan and perfecting most. He is the Chosen one, the chosen Saiyan who has broken past every limit he has encountered and continues to ascend to even greater heights.
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