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All Super Saiyans that have appeared in the original manga series.
All Super Saiyans that have appeared in the original manga series.

The Super Saiyan (超サイヤ人 Sūpā Saiyajin?), is a fictional legend in the Dragon Ball manga created by Akira Toriyama. The first character to transform into a Super Saiyan is the series' main protagonist Son Goku, in volume 27 of the 42 volume manga series, better known to general fans as Dragon Ball Z; named so after the anime adaptation of the manga series was split into two sub-series. The Super Saiyan also appears in a third, anime-only series called Dragon Ball GT. In the series, the Super Saiyan is a transformation that is only accessible to characters who possess heritage from the fictional race called the Saiyans. The effects of the transformation results in greatly enhanced physical abilities. Grammatical tense is a way languages express the time at which an event described by a sentence occurs. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (372x614, 66 KB) Dragon Ball Z Promotional Image. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (372x614, 66 KB) Dragon Ball Z Promotional Image. ... This article is about the comics created in Japan. ... Demographic Shōnen Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump Original run 1984 – 1995[1] Volumes 42 (16 DB + 26 DBZ) Dragon Ball ) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama with an anime adaptation, followed by Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT. The work is influenced by... In this Japanese name, the family name is Toriyama Akira Toriyama ) born on April 5, 1955, in Kiyosu, Aichi, Japan,[2] is a widely known and acclaimed Japanese manga artist known mostly for his creation of the Dragon Ball manga, as well as the media franchise of the same name... Goku redirects here. ... DBZ redirects here. ... Animé redirects here. ... Original run February 7, 1996 – November 19, 1997 Episodes 64 Sagas Black Star Dragon Ball Saga Baby Saga Super 17 Saga Shadow Dragon Saga TV Special A Heros Legacy Dragon Ball GT ) is a Japanese anime-only sub-series of the Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama. ... Saiyans ) are a nearly extinct alien race in the manga series Dragon Ball, its three adaptations to anime and the self-parody Neko Majin Z. They are a powerful warrior race who play a central role in Dragon Ball Z once it is revealed that the main character, Goku, is...


The first transformation to Super Saiyan occurs involuntarily, when a Saiyan has reached his natural limit and is overcome with intense emotion. Future transformations are achieved when the Saiyans massively increase a certain energy in their bodies called Ki. As the series continued, the status of the Super Saiyan as being "legendary" is quickly departed from due to more characters developing the ability to transform.

Contents

Creation and conception

Appearance

Toriyama first drew the Super Saiyan as a lean warrior with upright yellow hair and green eyes. In the colored version of the manga, the Super Saiyan is surrounded by a flame-like white aura. As the series progresses and more forms are introduced, each form is slightly altered from the previous one; often possessing more upright hair and altered aura appearances. The two ascended forms of the Super Saiyan introduced later in the series possess blue electrical bolts in the aura. Toei's anime adaptation of the Super Saiyan forms were slightly altered, mostly due to budget issues concerning animation. In the anime, the aura color was changed to yellow, as well as the different auras for the forms usually being less distinguishable than in the manga. Toei also added bolts to the inappropriate Super Saiyan forms in the anime, or occasionally left them out of the appropriate ones.


Concept

As the series continued and more powerful villains were introduced, the Super Saiyan concept was modified by Toriyama several times. As a result of these new villains, Toriyama at first had created "upgraded" forms of the original Super Saiyan, but then later created all new Super Saiyan forms. At the end of the manga, there were three forms or levels of the Super Saiyan, with several intermediate forms between the first and second form. As the anime was produced, Dragon Ball's animation company Toei created more forms, such as a pre-Super Saiyan form called Giji Super Saiyan, and an alternate genetically exclusive form called the Legendary Super Saiyan. Later in Dragon Ball Z's spin-off sequel Dragon Ball GT, Toei created Super Saiyan 4. Dragon Ball GT was cancelled after only 64 episodes due to lack of popularity, and no more Super Saiyan forms were officially created by Toriyama or Toei.


Heritage and gender controversy

Toriyama ran into a problem with his Super Saiyan concept in the last manga volume, where the quarter Saiyan female named Pan is introduced as the granddaughter of Goku. Toriyama's Super Saiyan concept had become a staple concept in the Dragon Ball series, so Toriyama had received many questions about Pan's ability to become a Super Saiyan. Toriyama wrote that Pan's Saiyan heritage was too diluted in order for her to ascend to Super Saiyan, but later admitted that the only reason he made that rule was because he could not come up with a logical design for a female Super Saiyan because most of the characteristics associated with the Super Saiyan were characteristics typical of males, and not females. Toei ignored this rule in their spin-off series Dragon Ball GT when they made distant Saiyan descendents Son Goku Jr. and Vegeta Jr. have the ability to transform into Super Saiyans even though their Saiyan heritage was even more diluted than Pan's. Pan (パン), or more properly Son Pan, is a fictional character in the manga and anime series Dragon Ball Z, as well as Dragon Ball GT. She is a Human-Saiyan quarter breed. ...


Naming scheme

When the ascended Super Saiyan forms were introduced in the series, Toriyama had never actually given them names. It wasn't until volume 40 that the ascended Super Saiyan forms were given names by Goku. Goku was facing an opponent named Majin Buu, and decided to show him the different Super Saiyan forms, as a result he came up with names for them. He showed Buu his regular form, then Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, and then as a climax, introduced Super Saiyan 3. When the advanced grades of the first Super Saiyan form were introduced, several names were given by the characters, but no official names for the advanced grades were decided on in the series. It wasn't until the Daizenshuu was produced that the advanced grades of the regular form of Super Saiyan were actually given names. Majin Buu ) is a fictional graphic novel supervillain who first appears in the Dragon Ball manga created by Akira Toriyama. ...


Daizenshuu vs GT Perfect files

When referencing characters that can achieve the Super Saiyan forms, there are two official guides that are used for this. The first guide is a ten volume book series called the Daizenshuu, published by both Toriyama's manga team and Dragon Ball's animation company Toei. The Daizenshuu is referred to by many fans as the "Dragon Ball Encyclopedia", and generally used as the primary reference of the two series. The second series published was two books called the GT Perfect Files, created solely by Dragon Ball's animation company Toei. Several differences between the two guides cause debate in the fandom; on several occasions, the GT Perfect Files either lables or leaves out characters on lists of people who have achieved certian Super Saiyan forms. For example, The GT Perfect Files lists the character Gotenks as a character who achieved Super Saiyan 2, while the Daizenshuu does not. Also in the GT Perfect Files, Vegeta is only listed as a Super Saiyan 2 while in his "Demon Prince" or Majin state, but it doesn't list him as a Super Saiyan 2 in his regular state.


Legend

This account of the Super Saiyan legend is based on the storyline presented in the manga series, being that the manga storyline is more consistent with the rest of the Dragon Ball timeline.

The legend of the Super Saiyan is first introduced by the Saiyan prince Vegeta during the second story arc of the series called the Freeza Saga.[1] Even though a detailed description of the legend is stated in the Freeza Saga, an indirect reference was made to it earlier in the series in the previous story arc called the Saiyan Saga.[2] The legend told the story of a Saiyan with unlimited power who had existed a millennium prior. Even though only one Super Saiyan is usually referenced in the legend, Vegeta in the series occasionally has made reference to more than one; however, it was never confirmed if more than one actually did exist. The assumption that modern Saiyans had was that any Saiyan becoming a Super Saiyan was an extremely rare event, and only being a possible transformation for the stronger individuals of the race.[3] When a Saiyan achieved the state of Super Saiyan, it was said that his pure heart would be overcome by rage, which would result in a transformation, both physically and mentally. The Super Saiyan legend was known by many races, and was considered the strongest being in the galaxy. This article is about the Dragon Ball character. ... The Freeza Saga is the second story arc of Dragon Ball Z. It focuses on the Z-Fighters battle against the galactic tyrant Freeza and his henchmen on Planet Namek. ... The Saiyan Saga is the first story arc of Dragon Ball Z. It focuses on the Z-Fighters battle against a group of extraterrestrials called Saiyans. ...


Because the Super Saiyan transformation had not been demonstrated by any Saiyan in over a thousand years, most races that had heard the legend of the Super Saiyan dismissed it as simple mythology, even most Saiyans. This was until several Saiyans emerged that possessed physical potential that had rapidly evolved beyond their known natural limits. The galactic overlord Freeza also had dismissed it as simple legend until he witnessed a genetically weaker Saiyan defeat one of his elite warriors. As a result, Freeza realized that a Super Saiyan emerging was a possibility. Fearing the Saiyans, he destroyed the race and their planet. Freeza , Frieza in the FUNimation Dub) is a graphic novel supervillain who first appears in the Dragon Ball manga created by Akira Toriyama, followed by Dragon Ball Z. Freeza also appears in the television special Bardock: The Father of Goku; a few Dragon Ball Z movies and in Dragon Ball...


However, four Saiyans escaped the destruction (Goku, Vegeta, Raditz, and Nappa), and one of the four (Goku) would ascend to the legendary form and use it to defeat Freeza. Goku and Vegeta procreate with humans later in the series to produce hybrids, and most of the hybrids inherited the potential to ascend to Super Saiyan in spite of their impure heritage. This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of Saiyans in Dragon Ball. ...


It was originally stated that a Saiyan must be pure of heart to make the transformation,[4] whether it be pure good or pure evil. It is unclear whether or not the legend stated that a single Super Saiyan would appear every thousand years, or simply if no Super Saiyans had emerged in over a thousand years. This is simply due to plotholes in the legend. However, a year after Goku transformed, another Super Saiyan appears[5]. As a result, the legendary status of the Super Saiyan ceases due to several characters being able to use the form. In the written series, all the male characters with Saiyan heritage who existed after the Freeza Saga managed to achieve Super Saiyan, and some of the characters managed to achieve advanced Super Saiyan transformations.


Evolution in the manga series

Super Saiyan

Super Saiyan (超サイヤ人 Sūpā Saiyajin?) was introduced in volume 24 of the 42 volume manga series, in the character Vegeta's recounting of a legend about a super warrior from the Saiyan race. Vegeta suspected that the series' main protagonist Son Goku was a Super Saiyan due to his substantial increase in physical power in a short amount of time. During the events of volume 27, Son Goku is seen to transform into what he calls a Super Saiyan, confirming Vegeta's suspicions earlier in the series. Goku redirects here. ...


Son Goku uses his new power to defeat the current antagonist of the series at the time, a feared galactic overlord by the name of Freeza. Freeza had destroyed the Saiyans out of his fear of their growing power, and the idea of a possible "Super Saiyan". As a result of defeating Freeza, Son Goku avenges the Saiyan race, and the death of his best friend, a martial artist by the name of Kuririn. Freeza , Frieza in the FUNimation Dub) is a graphic novel supervillain who first appears in the Dragon Ball manga created by Akira Toriyama, followed by Dragon Ball Z. Freeza also appears in the television special Bardock: The Father of Goku; a few Dragon Ball Z movies and in Dragon Ball... Kuririn , Krillin in most English adaptations) is a fictional character in the manga Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z, and the anime for Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT. In the original Japanese version, he was voiced by Mayumi Tanaka. ...


As the series continues, the Super Saiyan becomes a staple concept in Dragon Ball, being achieved by several other characters in the series. Details about the Super Saiyan are revealed such as its limits and weaknesses. Son Goku later contracts a virus that attacks his heart, and his Super Saiyan transformation is revealed to actually increase the virus's effects on his body. By this time, the character Vegeta had also achieved Super Saiyan, and it is his defeat as a Super Saiyan that reveals the Super Saiyan had limits, despite its incredible power


Super Saiyan 2

A common misconception is that Vegeta and Trunks(Future) achieved this form during their fights with imperfect Cell and the Androids. This is not true however, as Vegeta and Trunks only managed to reach a higher state of level one Super Saiyan, characteristic of its increased muscle mass and power at the expense of speed and maneuverability. This state is a flawed Super Saiyan form as Goku comments, as it sacrifices too much speed for power that cannot be properly used.


Super Saiyan 2 was first reached by Gohan during his fight with Perfect Cell, during the Cell Games. Cell ruthlessly crushed what little remained of Android #16's head in front of Gohan, destroying what little data remained and erasing his personality forever. This final act of violence and cruelty, in conjunction with Gohan's tragic regard for all life as precious pushed Gohan over the edge and allowed him to properly ascend to Super Saiyan 2.


This form is characterized by the same golden hair as level 1, but the hair stands taller and spikier on the head. Bolts of lightning snap and crackle around a level 2 Saiyan as a display of the unstable and destructive power rippling through them. Unlike Vegeta's imperfect Super Saiyan 1 form, Gohan gains all the strength and power without sacrificing speed or gaining unwanted muscle mass.


Super Saiyan 3

This is the 3rd and last Super Saiyan transformaion that appears in the manga(though lots of others appear in the anime). In this transformation hair almost touches the ground and the power level increases. This was achieved by Goku in the Buu saga and later by Gotenks. This and Super Saiyan 4 are very hard to achieve. since both of them have only two confirmed users: Goku and Gotenks (not Super Saiyan 4 Confirmed users). Son Goku , Goku in most English versions) is the protagonist who first appears in the Dragon Ball manga created by Akira Toriyama, more popularly followed by an anime series. ... The Buu Saga is the final major plot arc of the anime Dragon Ball Z (after the World Tournament Saga). ... Gotenks is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball Z anime and manga. ... Super Saiyan 4 is the fourth level of ascension for Saiyans (preceded by Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, and Super Saiyan 3; Ultra Super Saiyan levels merely being forms of the first Super Saiyan level). ...


Toei transformation variants

The following Super Saiyan forms only appeared in the anime series, and were created by Dragon Ball's animation company Toei in order to elaborate on and expand Toriyama's written Dragon Ball series.

False Super Saiyan

During the development of the Super Saiyan concept, Dragon Ball's animation company (Toei) produced a movie depicting Goku's first Super Saiyan transformation. However, the form was later called Giji Supa Saiya-jin,[6] which depicted Goku with his regular black hair, but flowing, eyes lacking irises and the golden aura of the anime Super Saiyan coloring the body gold. Goku uses this form in his fight against Lord Slug in Dragon Ball Z movie 4 and easily overpowers him, however, he could use it for a short amount of time as it drained so much of his energy. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Toei Animation. ... Black and white Kirlian photo of a fingertip. ...


Legendary Super Saiyan

In Dragon Ball Z movie 8, Toei created a Super Saiyan whose abilities exceeded all other Super Saiyans in the series; an attempt to create an idea that there was a single legendary Super Saiyan. The character they created was named Broly, whose final Super Saiyan form is called Densetsu no Sûpâ Saiyajin, literally Legendary Super Saiyan.[7] This form is often misinterpreted as the Super Saiyan 3rd Grade, but does not have the same physical flaws of massive chi consumption and speed loss as the 3rd Grade does. This form has many advantages, as it requires no chi consumption, gives the user phenomenal strength and speed, and constantly raises the user's power as long as they remain in the Legendary Super Saiyan form[8]. This is a list of Saiyans who first appeared in the Dragon Ball manga and anime series, the Dragon Ball films and the self-parody manga series Neko Majin. ...


Super Saiyan 4

Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama's variant of the Super Saiyan 4, drawn exclusively for the Dragon Box.
Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama's variant of the Super Saiyan 4, drawn exclusively for the Dragon Box.

The Super Saiyan 4 (超サイヤ人4 Sūpā Saiyajin 4?) is a form that exclusively appears in Toei's spin-off anime series Dragon Ball GT, and was not part of the original series. Even though Toriyama supervised the production for Dragon Ball GT, he did not design the characters or Super Saiyan 4. The Super Saiyan 4 was designed by Toei artist Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, and was designed to more closely resemble the Saiyan Ape form which appears early in the written series. As a result, the Super Saiyan 4 design does not resemble the original Super Saiyan design of golden-yellow hair and green eyes. While Toriyama did not design the Super Saiyan 4, he did draw a manga version of Goku as a Super Saiyan 4 for the Dragon Box, a massive media boxset containing all the Dragon Ball movies and episodes ever produced by Toei[9]. In this Japanese name, the family name is Toriyama Akira Toriyama ) born on April 5, 1955, in Kiyosu, Aichi, Japan,[2] is a widely known and acclaimed Japanese manga artist known mostly for his creation of the Dragon Ball manga, as well as the media franchise of the same name... Original run February 7, 1996 – November 19, 1997 Episodes 64 Sagas Black Star Dragon Ball Saga Baby Saga Super 17 Saga Shadow Dragon Saga TV Special A Heros Legacy Dragon Ball GT ) is a Japanese anime-only sub-series of the Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama. ... Son Goku, transformed into an Oozaru. ...


Wanting to expand the Dragon Ball series, Toei created a new series called Dragon Ball GT. As new enemies emerged in the series, Goku searches for a way to ascend what he had originally thought was the last Super Saiyan form. As a result, he went through a process that enabled him to transform into a Super Saiyan 4. The Super Saiyan 4 form is the most advanced Super Saiyan transformation achieved in the anime series, and is only accessible to pure blooded Saiyans; this was discovered when the parasitic Tuffle Baby had infected Vegeta, and Baby-Vegeta could not transform to this because Baby was not a Saiyan, making Baby-Vegeta's heritage impure. Baby ) is a fictional parasitic extraterrestrial supervillain in Dragon Ball GT, based on the Dragon Ball manga created by Akira Toriyama. ...


The Super Saiyan 4 has several unusual characteristics like it only being possible for pure Saiyans to achieve the transformation. Odd visual characteristics can be observed with disappearing articles of clothing after transformation, and the instant aging of Goku from child to adult when he transforms into Super Saiyan 4. When compared to the previous Super Saiyan forms, the Super Saiyan 4 also has an unusual appearance. The Super Saiyan 4 does not have yellow hair, but rather has a tail and red fur that covers most of the body. Each Saiyan who can utilize the transformation has different colored fur, hair and eyes from the other Saiyans who can achieve the form.


Appearances in other media

After the success of Dragon Ball, Akira Toriyama created a self-parody manga entitled Neko Majin Z, which features Son Goku and Vegeta, and introduced a new Saiyan named Onio, who also has the ability to transform into a Super Saiyan. In the series, the Super Saiyan transformation was altered slightly, where the aura of the regular Super Saiyan contains bolts of electricity. In this Japanese name, the family name is Toriyama Akira Toriyama ) born on April 5, 1955, in Kiyosu, Aichi, Japan,[2] is a widely known and acclaimed Japanese manga artist known mostly for his creation of the Dragon Ball manga, as well as the media franchise of the same name... Self-parody is parody of oneself or ones own work. ... This article is about the comics created in Japan. ... Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, Monthly Shonen Jump, Shonen Jump Original run April 1999 – February 2005 No. ... Goku redirects here. ... This article is about the Dragon Ball character. ... This is a list of Saiyans who first appeared in the Dragon Ball manga and anime series, the Dragon Ball films and the self-parody manga series Neko Majin. ... Black and white Kirlian photo of a fingertip. ...


As part of his self parody, the main character Neko Majin actually has a transformation that is similar to the Super Saiyan, where he becomes "Super Neko Majin".[10]


Reception

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Notes and references

  1. ^ Dragon Ball: Vol. 24 (DBZ, vol. 8)
  2. ^ Dragon Ball: Vol 17 (DBZ volume 1)
  3. ^ Dragon Ball Z: Volume 8 (Pg. 52)
  4. ^ Dragon Ball, Vol. 27 p. 90 (DBZ vol. 11)
  5. ^ Dragon Ball, volume 28 (DBZ vol. 12)
  6. ^ Daizenshuu #7
  7. ^ Daizenshuu #7
  8. ^ Daizenshuu #7 pg 124-125 (Special Attack Dictionary)
  9. ^ Dragon Box
  10. ^ Shonen Jump, Oct 2007 Issue: Page 371

External links

  • Daizenshuu EX's Transformation Guide on Super Saiyans

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