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Vegeta (ベジータ Bejīta?) is a character and anti-hero in the Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama. Vegeta appeared as the mainantagonist in an arc of Dragon Ball known as the Saiyan Arc. This part of the series later became known as Dragon Ball Z. Afterward, Vegeta unites with the heroes reluctantly to thwart a greater threat, becoming an anti-hero. In spite of this change, Vegeta remains a dangerous rival to the series's main character Son Goku for almost the remainder of the series.

Vegeta first appeared in the manga chapter #204 Sayōnara Son Gokū (さようなら孫悟空 Goodbye Son Goku?) first published in Weekly Shōnen Jumpmagazine on December 19, 1988,[1] and in episode 5 of its anime adaptation Dragon Ball Z. Vegeta was originally a dangerous enemy who sought to use the Dragon Balls to gain immortality, but later became an antihero as even greater threats were introduced in the series, where Vegeta is a member of the royal Saiyan lineage, the extraterrestrial race of warriors that the series' main character, Goku, also belongs to. Even though Vegeta is viewed as a dangerous enemy to Goku for the beginning of part 2, he later becomes an ally to Goku and assists in the defeat of powerful enemies such as Cell and Majin Buu. He always strives to surpass "Kakarot" (Goku's birth name) but never truly succeeds as every time he grows any bit stronger Goku grows by a greater margin.

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[edit]Creation and conceptionEdit

[2][3]Vegeta's first appearance in the anime depicted him with a radically different color scheme.

Following a common naming trend that Toriyama developed in Dragon Ball, Vegeta's name is a pun of the wordvegetable, being that all members of the Saiyan race are puns on vegetable. Vegeta in the series is the prince of the Saiyans, being the first son of the Saiyan King also named Vegeta.

[edit]AppearancesEdit

Vegeta's initial appearance in the manga is a and handsome character, with upright standing hair and a definedwidow's peak. Vegeta is noticeably shorter than Goku, who according to the series's creator Akira Toriyama, is around 5'9". As the series continued, Toriyama's artwork evolved, and as a result, Vegeta's appearance becomes more sharp and menacing, however he remains short in the manga series as opposed to himself in the anime series where he is sometimes seen to be as tall as Goku. In the anime only spin off called Dragon Ball GT, Vegeta's appearance goes through a drastic change, more so than any other previous time. Vegeta and Goku are seen to be almost the same height for unknown reasons. Also unlike the majority of the manga series, Vegeta is seen to completely abandon his Saiyan style attire and dress in Earth clothing reminiscent of real life Western cultures.

[edit]PersonalityEdit

When Vegeta is introduced in the series, he is seen as sadistic and merciless, and prideful individual murdering his long-time comrade Nappa, seeing the latter's inability to defeat Goku as an unforgivable weakness. He is the son of the great king Vegeta, one who ruled planet Vegeta, the home planet of the Saiyan race. During this time, Vegeta is seen to have a fierce desire for immortality and galactic rule. He desires to seek vengeance for the genocide of his race, murder of his father, and destruction of his planet by the hands of the evil tyrant, Frieza in which he worked for. Following Frieza's defeat at Goku's hands, Vegeta's personality changes from a sadistic killer to a vengeful anti-hero, obsessed with becoming the strongest and surpassing Goku. Because of his arrogance, attitude, and past wrongdoings, Vegeta gains a lot of disdain and mistrust from those around him (particularly Piccolo), except Goku, who is often friendly and cheerful despite the animosity Vegeta has towards him. After a long time, Vegeta becomes romantically involved with Goku's close friend Bulma, after which she bears him a son named Trunks and later on a daughter named Bra (Bulla in the English adaptation). As a result of his love for Bulma and the birth of his son, Vegeta soon simply becomes a rival of Goku's, and thinks of Earth as a good place to settle down and live. As a result of this change he sees within himself, Vegeta attempts to return to his old sadistic self by willingly letting the wizard Babidi control him with his spell and thus becoming Majin Vegeta. However, the devotion that he feels towards his family soon overcomes the evil within him. In the end, he becomes Goku's closest ally, and even a good friend. Despite this, Vegeta is still annoyed by Goku's ignorance and ability to surpass him in power. His change in personality is shown in the last episodes when he decides to finally join the party and became more of a friendly rival and no longer obsesses himself with defeating Goku. However, he still desires to be the strongest. Another example is when he is defending innocent people (though sometimes through force).

Overall, Vegeta is displayed as being extremely proud of his Saiyan heritage, frequently referring to himself as the "Prince of all Saiyans" and always addressing Goku as "Kakarot" even when everybody else calls him "Goku", possibly to remind him of his Saiyan ancestry. Vegeta's pride often gets in the way of things and puts himself at risk and others around him. as he is never the one to defeat any of the main antagonists. Yet he later plays an essential role in saving the Earth from its aggressors.

Vegeta's personality is primarily based on his rivalry with Goku, and how Goku was able to change him over the course of time, despite his obsession with surpassing Goku in power. Vegeta has a deathly fear of worms as shown in Dragon Ball Z episode 259, "Mind Trap" (although this could be regarded as non-canon, as most of the episode is filler, yet that this could explain why he often insults people that he disliked as "miserable vermin").

[edit]AbilitiesEdit

Up until his tail was cut off by Yajirobe, he could turn into a Great Ape, or Ōzaru under a full moon. This is a capability of all Saiyans with tails. Vegeta has the ability to create and enhance attacks with the use of ki. He also has the ability to use Bukū-jutsu (舞空術 lit: air dancing technique?), which enables him to fly.[2] Constant training and his Saiyan heritage have given him vastsuperhuman strengthdurabilityspeed and reflexes.[2]

Vegeta is known to give names for his various energy attacks. In his early appearance, Vegeta is seen to use attacks similar to several of the protagonists of the series, such as a Ki Disk Razor(気円斬 Kienzan?), a two fingered laser-like disk capable of cutting through solid objects, and a ki wave similar to Goku's Kamehameha. This beam, known as the Galick Gun (ギャリック砲Gyarikku Hō?), is used by Vegeta during his battle against Goku in an attempt to destroy the Earth.[2] The Galick Gun is Vegeta's main attack and one of his favorites, used in most Dragon Ball Z video games, although he uses it only once in the manga. He later develops the Big Bang Attack (ビッグ・バン・アタック Biggu Ban Atakku?) and the Final Flash (ファイナルフラッシュ Fainaru Furasshu?) attacks, which are much more powerful than his older energy attacks.One of his most powerful attacks in the series is The Final Explosion which is a nuke like explosion which he performs as Majin Vegeta to sacrifice himself and nearly kills Majin Buu.[3][4] Vegeta's most commonly used attack in the series is when he bombards an opponent with an array of small kiblasts. He is not known to have an official name for this attack, but is usually called Rapid-Fire Energy Balls (連続エネルギー弾 Renzoku Enerugī Dan?). Some fans have dubbed it "Energy Bullet Volley". Vegeta is capable of concentrating his power into a super proton cannon ray blast. Also, in Dragon Ball GT, Vegeta displays a powerful new attack, entitling it the Final Shine Attack (ファイナルシャインアタック Fainaru Shain Atakku?), where he uses his left hand to fire off a massive beam of green ki that widens with distance. Because of his immense strength and power, Vegeta, along with few other characters from the Dragon Ball franchise, can destroy entire planets with single attacks if he intends to.

Vegeta also possesses several transformations that greatly enhance his abilities to varying degrees. He gains the ability to transform into a Super Saiyan and, through training, can further transform into advanced states of Super Saiyan as the series continues, including Ascended Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 2.[3][4][5] While he was not able to achieve Super Saiyan 3, inDragon Ball GT he reaches Super Saiyan 4, even tough he achieved it only temporarily by the help from Bulma's Blutz Wave Machine and render him unable to transform again to Super Saiyan 4 once the Blutz Wave effect is gone unlike Goku, but this is maybe due to the fact that Vegeta's tail doesn't regrow while Goku still had his tail in the base form. In the Raging BlastRaging Blast 2 and Dragon Battlers games he has a Super Saiyan 3 form.

Vegeta can also fuse with Goku and create a warrior who has the combined power and skills of both. One method is by using the Potara Earrings presented to Goku by the Elder Kai. This results in a 'potara fusion' creating Vegito ("Vegerot" in Viz Media's manga translation). The other method, appearing only in the anime, is by performing the Metamorese Fusion Dance, which creates Gogeta, or if performed incorrectly, results in the ineffective "Veku".

[edit]Plot overviewEdit

Vegeta is introduced in Dragon Ball Z as the proud prince of the Saiyan race. He travels to Earth with his comrade Nappa in order to use the Dragon Balls to wish for immortality.[6] After having coldly destroyed a poor planet called Arlia, he and Nappa fight off the Z-Fighters, but then Goku arrives, having finished his training with King Kai. Vegeta kills Nappa for losing so easily to Goku, but soon finds that he is unable to prevail against the Z-Fighters and barely escapes with his life.[7] After the fight, Vegeta travels to Planet Namek in an attempt to wish for immortality using the Dragon Balls.[8] Upon arrival, Vegeta manages to kill many of Frieza's henchmen as well as members of the Ginyu Force. Also, he merciless destroys a whole defenseless Namekian village for their Dragon Ball. Later, he is defeated and subsequently killed by Frieza, but is revived with a wish from the Earth Dragon Balls.[9][10] Vegeta then chooses to stay on Earth and enters into a relationship with Bulma, resulting in the birth of their son, Trunks, and daughter, Bulla.[11]

Years later, Vegeta finally becomes a Super Saiyan and easily destroys Android 19, sent by the Red Ribbon Army to kill Goku.[12] However, even as a Super Saiyan, he is soon defeated by Android 18. Afterwards, Vegeta ascends beyond the Super Saiyan level while training with Trunks in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and pummels the android Cell, who has absorbed Android 17. But his cockiness leads him to allow Cell to absorb Android #18, upon which Cell achieves his perfect form. After Vegeta fails to defeat Cell, he is forced to participate in a martial arts tournament created by Cell, called the Cell Games, in which he aids Gohan (Goku's first son) in order to defeat Cell in his perfect form.[13][14]

Seven years after the Cell Games, Vegeta allows himself to be consumed by Babidi's evil power for his own desire to become powerful enough to fight and defeat Goku.[15] However, when the monster Majin Buu is revived as a result of the energy released from their fight, Vegeta goes to face him alone and sacrifices himself in an attempt to defeat Majin Buu, dedicating his sacrifice to Trunks, Bulma, and Goku.[16] After King Yemma gives Vegeta back his body and sends him down to Earth to help against the threat of Buu, he combines with Goku using the Potara Earrings, creating Vegito, who completely overwhelms Buu with his strength.[17][18] Eventually, he is absorbed into Buu's body and subsequently, the fusion splits.[19] Goku and Vegeta then recover their allies who have been absorbed by Buu, causing him to undergo a new transformation, which results in his return to his original form, called Kid Buu. On the Supreme Kai's planet, Vegeta and the fat Majin Buu battle Kid Buu again to buy time for Goku to gather energy for the Spirit Bomb, which he uses to defeat Kid Buu once and for all.[20]

In Dragon Ball GT, Vegeta is possessed by Baby and battles Goku, but is eventually split from Baby's body before Baby is destroyed. Later, he fights Super Android 17, but again, he is knocked out and nearly killed. When Omega Shenron wreaks havoc, he fuses with Goku as a Super Saiyan 4 to become Gogeta, who defeats the evil Shenron, but his arrogance doesn't allow him to finish the job, and the fusion time runs out, reverting the two back to normal. At the end of Dragon Ball GT, Vegeta says a farewell to Goku, who leaves the duty of protecting Earth in Vegeta's hands before he flies off into the sky on Shenron.

[edit]Voice actorsEdit

In the original Japanese version of the anime, Vegeta has been voiced by Ryo Horikawa. The first English language dub was released by an upcoming dubbing company out of Texas known asFunimation Entertainment, but they hired a group of Canadian dubbing actors called Ocean Group. Vegeta for this dub was voiced by actor Brian Drummond, and actor Saffron Henderson voiced younger Vegeta in flashbacks for the Ocean Group dub. Due to the expenses of using outside actors to dub the series, Funimation discontinued its contract with Ocean Group and hired its own actors. Vegeta was recast, featuring the voice of Christopher Sabat, who would voice Vegeta in all of the Dragon Ball based video games and him as a child. Actress Laura Bailey would take over voicing Vegeta as a child for the dub of Dragon Ball Z Kai, which was simply a re-vamped version of Dragon Ball Z.

In the Canadian version done by Blue Water, Vegeta was voiced by Roger Rhodes, which aired in Canada and the United Kingdom. including English adapted Dragon Ball video games, and also Vegeta in child flashbacks. Vegeta is voiced by as a child in flashbacks in Dragon Ball Z Kai. In Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout, he was voiced by Milton James. In the original Ocean dub, Vegeta spoke Standard American English. In the Funimation dub, however, he spoke with a New England accent.

[edit]Appearances in other mediaEdit

[4][5]Captain Vegeta as he appears in Cross Epoch.

Vegeta has appeared in many video games related to the Dragon Ball franchise as both a playable character and boss. He has also appeared in other non Dragon Ball-related video games, such as Jump Super StarsJump Ultimate Stars, and even in the Dragon Ball Z/One Piece/Naruto crossover game Battle Stadium D.O.N.

Vegeta has made several appearances in other manga. One of which is in Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball self-parody Neko Majin, where he battles the main character Neko Majin Z. In Cross Epoch, Vegeta is reimagined as a captain of a crew of air pirates which include Trunks, Usopp, and Nico Robin. On September 15, 2006, Vegeta would make a guest appearance in a chapter of the Kochikame manga Super Kochikame, entitled Kochira Namek-Sei Dragon Kōen-mae Hashutsujo (こちらナメック星ドラゴン公園前派出所 This is the Dragon Police Station in front of the Park on Planet Namek?[21]

Vegeta has also been the victim of parody: the Shōnen Jump Gag Special 2005 issue released on November 12, 2004 featured a Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo one-shotDragon Ball parody manga. The manga was a humorous retelling of the battle between Goku and Vegeta in the Saiyan Saga. Jelly Jiggler was Goku and Don Patchwas Vegeta.[22]

Vegeta has made two contributions to music: in the eighth installment of Hit Song Collection series entitled Character Special 2, Vegeta sings the song "Vegeta-sama no Oryori Jigoku!!". The song focuses of Vegeta cooking a special Okonomiyaki,[23] and in Dragon Ball Kai: Song Collection he sings the song "Saiyan Blood", which he brags about how great he is.[24] Other Dragon Ball-related songs that center around Vegeta are "Koi no NAZONAZO" by Kuko and Tricky Shirai which focuses on his and Bulma's relationship[25] and "Ai wa Ballad no Yō ni~Vegeta no Theme~" by Shin Oya which represents Vegeta's reflections on his life and then current family.[26]

Vegeta's face is used on the cover of the book, Dragon Ball Z "It's Over 9,000!" When Worldviews Collide, by Derek Padula, author of The Dao of Dragon Ball. The image was illustrated by Javier Secano and shows Vegeta staring into the eyes of his rival, Goku, from the Dragon Ball series. The book provides a psychological analysis of Vegeta and Goku's colliding worldviews. It was written in English and is available worldwide on most major online retailers, including Amazon and iTunes.

Vegeta appears in the Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru manga in Chapter 178. Two characters go to a restaurant that features live Muay Thai boxing and Vegeta is in the background cheering.[27]

[edit]ReceptionEdit

The character of Vegeta has received praise and criticism from various reviewers from manga, anime and other media. Todd Douglass Jr. from DVDtalk commented on Vegeta's skills and anger, noting them to be a good combination for any fight even though it is a one-sided battle due to how powerful he is. During the appearance of Babidi, his reveal as a villain was considered to be "the real meat" from the story.[28] Theron Martin from Anime News Network noted Vegeta's pride as being partially responsible for the success of the series. His fight against Goku during such time was also commented to be very entertaining, despite its length as well as Goku and Vegeta's fighting styles, which were considered to be becoming stale.[29] In another review, Theron noted Vegeta's overcoming his pride to help defeat Cell as the best scene from the fight against said antagonist due to how it creates the climax from the scene.[30] Carlos Ross from Them Anime Reviews found Vegeta and Bulma's relationship to have too much comic potential and comments that such characterization was lost.[31] Vegeta's voice actor in the English dub from the series,Christopher Sabat, has referred to Vegeta as his favorite character from the Dragon Ball Z anime.[32] In About.com "Top 8 Anime Love Stories", Vegeta and Bulma's relationship ranked second with Katherine Luther commenting that such a relationship was unpredictable by fans.[33] Mania Entertainment writer Briana Lawerence listed Vegeta 9th in the article 10 Male Headaches of Anime, criticizing his personality and his repeated desire to surpass Goku's power.[34] Vegeta has appeared in the 1991 and 1992 Anime Grand Prix polls, taking high places in the category "best male character."[35][36] Vegeta was placed twenty-first in IGN's Top 25 Anime Characters of All Time list.[37]

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