One of the coolest concepts for a magic act or power is the ability to go Super Saiyan. I didn't really know what it was, but when I saw the characters power up, their hair would change and everything about them got stronger. Yeah, that was the coolest thing ever. On that same note, I want to take this opportunity to focus solely on the Saiyan concept within the shows. I'm going to look into what makes them tick, what makes them powerful, and what makes them the pseudo-species that they are.
I honestly don't know what you'd call them, I guess. Based on my own assumption, "species" just seems to be the right word, and when one is powered up into a Saiyan, the species is no longer considered human. Maybe that's my own ignorance, though. Anyway, I present 15 things you probably didn't know about Saiyans. This article is especially interesting when you consider the fact that there are a lot of people out there that don't really know about Saiyans or anything. As a whole, it's just all so interesting.
15 Universe Six Saiyans
Contrary to what most of us know about Saiyans and Super Saiyans, there's actually another universe in which the Saiyans exist. Opposing the Saiyans that we know and love, these past Saiyans from Universe Six were known to be far less brutal and evil. It's interesting to consider the differences and which people prefer. Honestly, if I were to make a choice, I'd probably always bet on the Saiyans from Universe Six. Don't get me wrong: it's awesome to watch those adrenaline-pumping and heart-pounding fights featuring Saiyans and Super Saiyans in Universe Seven. But there's just something more enticing and interesting about following a race that doesn't rely on brute strength and evil in order to succeed. Sometimes brute force can be a skillful tactic, but I guess the creators of Dragon Ball Z wanted to use it as a main focal point. Good on them. It works.
14 Low Kill Count
A lot of people have something positive to say about Goku, and the fact that he's a Saiyan just adds to his overall approval rating. The funny thing about Goku, though, is that although he's got this enormous prowess, he's actually only killed two villains during the entirety of Dragon Ball Z either because of his own pity or because he really doesn't feel the need to actually kill another creature. Subsequently, the enemies that do die when in a fight with Goku tend to take the easy way out and do it themselves. For instance, in the fight with Cell, instead of being killed by Goku, he just presses his own self-destruct button, thus killing himself instantly. I can't think of a more unsavory way to die than by hitting your own self-destruct button -- let alone having to make that decision in the first place. Thanks, but no thanks.
13 Golden Blonde
While having a great sense of style mixed with inhumane levels of reflexes and abilities, they also have stylish hair. If you ask anybody that has watched anything relating to Dragonball, they would all say that one of their favorite parts of it is seeing the full-grown men with long blonde/golden hair. But it's not just for fashion; there's actually a reason the creators decided that the golden hair worked. When a Saiyan reaches his Super Saiyan form, he is met with crisp blue eyes and golden blonde hair. This not only signifies the transformation on-screen, but the creators made it work this way so that it was absolutely 100% apparent that the level of Super Saiyan had been achieved. Honestly, that's really clever considering the attention span of a child. The battle can still last 10 episodes, but at least we're entertained. And nothing beats entertainment.
12 Traveling Fast!
Unsurprisingly, there are extra attributes that Saiyans and Super Saiyans alike can take on as they become stronger and more "renowned." For instance, even though Saiyans already have a far greater reflex system, certain Saiyans like Goku and Vegeta have reflexes so improved that they can reach the speed of light. This speed also allows them to basically be rendered invisible. Think of the fastest thing you've ever seen, attach the Dragon Ball namesake, and you pretty much have exactly what I'm talking about. It's pretty crazy to think what this would be like in our lives -- having abilities that surpass even God himself. Anyway, it's basically impossible to estimate how fast these particular Saiyans can go. It's mostly concluded that they can go at light speed, and oftentimes, even faster than that. I can imagine a Dragon Ball Olympics not going over too well -- though it'd be hilarious to watch.
I understand that we're talking solely about Saiyans in this article, but there's one thing worth mentioning that should fit nicely into this article: Ki, otherwise known as a life-force energy, is known to the characters in the Dragon Ball universe as something that can be grabbed onto and used outside of the body. In the simplest terms, think of it like reaching into your own soul and pulling it out of your body. Ki works the same way. The only differing factor between our own souls and Ki is that Ki allows the fighter or user to gain a few levels higher in strength, speed, and endurance. While our own souls cannot do this, it happens much more slowly by working out, eating right, etc. The only problem with Ki is the fact that if you have a lot of it, it's tough to control.
10 What Is: Saiyan
Let's start off with an interesting bit of information about what we'll be discussing this time. The term "Saiyan" is actually said to be derived from "Yajin," and "Saiyan" is a pun of the said word with the meaning "wildman." Those that hold the unique power of Saiyan are said to be an endangered race of extraterrestrials. The term is thrown around in all manga and anime of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. The reason for the discovery of Saiyan has to do with the Saiyans, prior to what we see in the anime, being destroyed by Frieza. Of course, Frieza, alongside Goku, is a recurring character in the series. His back story alone is rather interesting if you feel obligated to read up on it.
9 Planet Sadia
I know that it doesn't entirely make a lot of sense that I would talk about their homeworld right after I talked about the fact that they're basically extinct. But whatever, it's something you should know. Planet Sadia, otherwise known as the homeworld and native planet of Saiyans, is indeed the originating home planet for said Saiyans. Unfortunately, just like the Saiyans, the homeworld of Planet Sadia was destroyed due to internal conflict. Basically, politics got the best of them and unfortunately became their own downfall. Can you imagine living in your own planet with the species you associate yourself with and unfortunately, due to some unforeseen circumstances, your planet becomes undoubtedly doomed? We've seen it in Dragon Ball, we've seen it in Star Wars. It happens everywhere, people. Anyway, it's been somewhat theorized that Planet Sadia may still exist given that the prior planet was then called Planet Vegeta. Who knows if that holds any factual basis or not?
8 Name Origins
Contrary to the fact that Saiyans are seen as these powerful and engaging characters in the anime, the names they were given are actually far more comical. I mean, who can blame the creators for that one? It's actually a really good contrast to the seriousness of the Saiyans with their backgrounds. Anyway, take Goku's Saiyan name, for example. His is a Japanese translation of carrot, being "Kakarot." Hilariously enough, this isn't the most ridiculous among the names. We've also got names like "Broly" (broccoli) and "Turles," which, of course, is an anagram of "lettuce." I can't even imagine being among the creators of this and sitting in a conference room thinking of ideas for the Saiyans, and then concluding that they each need to be named after vegetables. Admittedly, though, it's very clever. It gets people thinking. It also makes the characters that much more interesting. Nicely done, boys.
7 Original Super Saiyan
If we're talking about Saiyans and the like, it's definitely worth noting the original, the unbeatable, and overall badass known as... well... unnamed Saiyan. I know, boring right? Well, it's not really implied that the original Super Saiyan had a name, but what is known about him is that he was definitely the original. In the world of Dragon Ball, the original unnamed Saiyan was simply thought of as a myth. Think religion in today's world; people didn't really think the unnamed badass existed. However, once Goku transformed for the first time, it was then confirmed that the unnamed Saiyan did indeed exist. Imagine if this happened in our world. What if God were to show up and took control of the most powerful people in the world. Not only would there be a public outcry, but on top of that, there would be no more need for religious education, given that it would be proven that one God does exist.
6 Gohan's Tail
Some of the characters seen in the anime are unique in the sense that they are limited to being the only be one of their type. Take Gohan, for example. Gohan is the only half-breed Saiyan in the anime with a tail. If you didn't know, Saiyans are known to be within the same biological group as monkeys; therefore, a tail is considered a special trait for those with the "gift". Although it isn't ever really explained why, the other half-breed Saiyans in the series are not seen with tails even though they are of the same breed as Gohan. An interesting theory surrounding this concludes that perhaps, the tails were removed at birth, much like circumcision. Well, I don't see a reason why that theory couldn't potentially be the truth. It's the only logical conclusion I can think of, at least. Either way, Gohan has a tail and is the only one.
5 Techniques Used By The Original Super Saiyan
We touched a little bit on the original unnamed Super Saiyan, but I want to go a little bit more in-depth about what made him so terrifying and so mythical. First of all, the techniques that he used are certainly worth mentioning and somewhat terrifying -- one of which is being able to literally use his hands to crush people. Can you imagine being picked up by a Godly mythical being and being crushed in his two hands? Talk about dying in the most painful way possible. One of the other interesting techniques he had at his disposal was being able to go Super Saiyan. Basically, what this means is that a character harnesses enough power to take the form of what is known as the Golden Great Ape. As seen in the anime, Goku is the only other known character to be able to perform a Super Saiyan transformation, which he displayed when he transformed into Namek.
4 Golden Great Ape
The Golden Great Ape is something of a great being, much like Ganon in The Legend of Zelda. It's related to Saiyans, of course, in the sense that it becomes its own being once a Saiyan in Great Ape form becomes a Super Saiyan. Although there is a short list of characters that have used this form, some of the more important ones would be Goku, Vegeta, and Baby Vegeta. The only reason for the rarity of the transformation is due to not all Saiyans being able to reach the Super Saiyan form. However, only when the full moon or a full planet is visible can the transformation then proceed. It's not just something you can do at any time. It's much the same thing as a man turning into a werewolf due to the full moon.
3 Saiyan Army
Even though the species known as Saiyans is basically one we could call extinct or rare, there still lies an army of them and a leader. In fact, the leader of said Saiyan army is none other than Vegeta, or King Vegeta, if you prefer. We'll probably touch on this more in the article, but King Vegeta is the King of the Saiyan race. Whether that's without doubt or not, I'm not sure. All I know is that this so-called army consists of him, Nappa, Bardock, and tons of other Saiyan members that typically go unnamed. As strange as it sounds, this army has had some conflicts that resulted in fighting back, some known as the Saiyan-Tuffle War, Genocide of the Saiyans, and others, of course. Some may think that Dragonball as a whole is just a childish game or whatever, but it is filled with many adult-oriented and mature aspects that make it the great show that it truly is.
2 Sean Schemmel
More often than not, the more interesting facts about anime or movies in general are just about how much a certain person can put into a role. Speaking of which, the actor I'm choosing to talk about this time is Sean Schemmel. If you're unfamiliar with this name or who he is, well I guess most diehard Dragon Ball fans would riot. However, I'm not going to do that. Instead, I'm here to tell you why Sean Schemmel is unique enough to be his own entry on this article. During a voice recording of Goku transforming to a Super Saiyan, Sean Schemmel actually passed out. I would assume because of how much enthusiasm and "pazazz" it must have taken to fulfill that role, the oxygen in his body just wasn't ready to perform such a crazy and ridiculous task. Actually, it's because he's put so much into his role that we all love him.
1 Goku's Mother
Yes, even in the world of Dragonball and Saiyans alike, mothers do exist, and they do treat you like the little prepubescent child that you are. Anyway, Gine is the name of Goku's mother, who, if you hadn't guessed already, is also a part of the Saiyan race. Being part of that particular race gave her access to a few different traits and powers than most Saiyans are meant for -- some of which include the power of flight, "Ki Blast," and EX-Fuzion, which is used to fuze herself and Towa into one being. While it's interesting that she had these types of powers and was a part of the Saiyan race, it's theorized or hinted that she was killed during Age 739, when Planet Vegeta was destroyed. The only reason it's concluded that she was killed is the lack of proof of her survival.
Sources: AnimeBlog, dragonball wikia
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