Goku went through a lot of amazing transformations in Dragon Ball, but what is his all-time best?
Ask any person about the first anime that got them absolutely hooked, and chances are that the majority of people will name one anime that has stood the test of time as one of the most legendary shows of all time — Dragon Ball Z. The story of the Z Fighters as they endure countless challenges and always manage to come out on top is easily one of Japan’s most popular IPs, and one need only look at its rampant popularity in the West to understand why this is the case.
A large part of why Dragon Ball Z has attained such a massive fanbase is definitely due to the characters, with Goku being an obvious mention. The pure-hearted Saiyan warrior has been at the center of pretty much every major conflict in the series, and for good reason. The power escalations In Dragon Ball have pretty much always been insanely high, and how he’s transformed to magnify his strength and beat his enemies against all odds is truly a thing of wonder. Here’s a look back at Goku’s ten most iconic transformations across the Dragon Ball franchise.
- Super Saiyan 4
Dragon Ball GT might not be a show that most fans remember fondly, but one can’t deny that the series definitely had its moments. One such part is definitely when Goku transformed into a Super Saiyan 4, gaining his adult body back in the process.
The design of Super Saiyan 4 is definitely unique, with most people arguing that it makes the Super Saiyan designs of Dragon Ball Super look lazy in comparison. This, combined with Goku’s increase in power, made for quite an amazing transformation indeed.
Of course, it would be impossible to talk about Super Saiyan 4 without mentioning the product of Goku and Vegeta’s Fusion Dance — Gogeta. While Gogeta did make an appearance in one of the Dragon Ball movies, it was his Super Saiyan 4 iteration that is beloved by many.
Dragon Ball Super recognized the potential of this character and decided to make this form canon in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Watching Gogeta on the big screen is an experience that every Dragon Ball fan should experience once in their lives.
3. Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-Ken
For the longest part, the Kaio-ken had been forgotten for most of Dragon Ball. The technique made its most memorable appearance during Goku’s fight against Vegeta. However, after a few fleeting showcases in the Frieza Saga, the technique was pretty much forgotten after the introduction of the Super Saiyan form.
Thankfully, Dragon Ball Super brought this iconic technique back during Goku’s fight against Hit, which was an amazing moment indeed. Watching Goku combine the new and old facets of Dragon Ball to gain the upper hand in his battle was quite an interesting thing to witness indeed.
4. Ultra Instinct
Watching Goku transform into an imperfect Ultra Instinct form felt like a breath of fresh air, and fans couldn’t wait for the moment when Goku would master this form once and for all and finally give Jiren the beatdown he deserved.
So, it goes without saying that watching Goku transform into the perfected form of Ultra Instinct was easily one of the best moments in Dragon Ball history. The sheer increase in his power was a thing of wonder, and watching Jiren get completely schooled by Goku after having the upper hand throughout the battle was a treat to witness in every sense of the word.
5. Super Saiyan God
The introduction of Dragon Ball Super brought with it a whole host of new possibilities and Super Saiyan God was the gateway into another series of powerful transformations.
This transformation kicked off the starting moments of Dragon Ball Super and gave fans a glimpse of what was to come in this new and exciting chapter of Dragon Ball.
6. Super Saiyan Blue
While Goku’s Super Saiyan God form was certainly quite neat, it was the ascended version of this form that was used for the majority of the series. Watching the protagonist finally get his ki under control and achieve this new form was certainly a treat to witness in every sense of the word.
However, Goku didn’t stop there. He decided to combine this powerful form with a classic technique that provided for one of the best moments in Dragon Ball Super.
7. Super Saiyan 3
Gohan might’ve been the pioneer of Super Saiyan 2, but it was the Buu arc that finally put this spotlight back on Goku again in a pretty prominent manner.
Goku’s transformation into a Super Saiyan 3 is easily the stuff of legends, and people who saw the English dub were privy to one of the most iconic voice performances of all time, as Sean Schemmel screams for what feels like forever as Goku strains his entire body to reach this incredibly powerful state.
The Buu arc was also privy to another iconic transformation — this time in the form of a Potara Fusion as Goku and Vegeta fuse their bodies to become one. The result is an incredibly powerful fighter named Vegito, who finally gives Super Buu the beating he deserved.
For the fans who thought that Vegito’s appearance in the Buu arc was too brief, Dragon Ball Super got this iconic character back during the Future Trunks arc. Watching Super Saiyan Blue Vegito give Fused Zamasu a thorough beating is truly a treat to watch.
9. Great Ape
The first form Goku ever transforms into in the series is the Great Ape, which is triggered when Goku looks at a full moon while imprisoned by Emperor Pilaf.
As this is technically the first-ever Dragon Ball arc, watching Goku turn into something so frightening was definitely surprising, and showed a small peek into Goku’s limitless strength.
10. Super Saiyan
Watching Frieza explode Krillin’s body in front of his eyes was the last straw for Goku, who truly lost all sense of reason and gave in to his anger at that very moment.
The result is easily one of the most iconic moments in Dragon Ball Z, as Goku finally fulfills the prophecy and transforms into a Super Saiyan. This powerup finally allows him to get the upper hand on Frieza and defeat the tyrant once and for all.