Vegeta (ベジータ Bejīta) is one of the main characters in Dragon Ball, created by Akira Toriyama. He is voiced by Ryō Horikawa (Japanese) and Christopher Sabat (English) in most anime and video game appearances. He is one of several characters to start out as an antagonist but later join the ranks of the Z Fighters.
Vegeta is the prince of the Saiyans (specifically, he is Vegeta the Fourth, and his father was Vegeta the Third) and one of the few remaining survivors of his race. Because of his royal heritage and status as a "Super Elite" Saiyan warrior, he believes he is destined to be the strongest in the universe and vows to surpass Goku and anyone else in his way. As the story progresses he settles down on Earth, starts a family with Bulma, and becomes one of the most powerful fighters in the universe.
Vegeta is an adult male Saiyan of below-average height. He has dark, spiky hair that stands directly upwards with a prominent widow's peak much like his father. He has a muscular, athletic build like many characters designed by Akira Toriyama. Though his initial design was quite diminutive, especially when compared to Nappa, his design changed over the years to appear somewhat taller. Like most Saiyans he has stern, dark eyes and dark hair that doesn't grow in length or change shape.
When he first comes to Earth he has a brown, furry tail like other Saiyans but it's cut off by Yajirobe.
Vegeta is typically seen wearing the type of armor worn by Saiyans and other members of the Frieza Force. Throughout Dragon Ball Z, Vegeta wears less and less armor. Initially he wears a skintight blue undersuit, full torso armor with long shoulder guards, similar guards over his thighs and crotch, gloves and boots. On Namek he wears a similar outfit but without the lower guard pieces, and later wears an "older model" armor without the shoulder guards. During the Android Saga he wears a similar armor but with smaller straps over his shoulders. Finally during the Buu Saga, Vegeta stops wearing body armor, only wearing the undersuit, gloves and boots.
In Dragon Ball Super, Vegeta is seen once again wearing the Cell Saga armor. He switches to a new armor designed by Bulma for some time but again goes back to the same armor until the end of the series.
Vegeta has been shown occasionally in casual outfits, usually t-shirts and pants. His most well-known casual outfit including a pink shirt with the word "BADMAN" written across the back.
Vegeta is arrogant, aggressive and egotistic, valuing his "Saiyan Pride" above all else. He believes himself to be superior, born to be the most powerful fighter in the universe due to his Saiyan heritage and royal bloodline. Like most Saiyans Vegeta lives for the thrill of battle. Vegeta retains an eternal rivalry with Goku, with his initial Super Saiyan transformation being triggered by his inferiority complex.
Early in the series he is unapologetically evil and murders anyone in his way. He doesn't even hesitate in killing a subordinate when he no longer considers them useful.
As the story of Dragon Ball Z progresses, however, Vegeta's experiences on Earth change him and he becomes something of a family man. His initial relationship with Bulma goes largely unseen, with the only real evidence of a connection between the two being their young son Trunks. As the series progresses Vegeta gradually settles down, and even allows Trunks to train with him, though he isn't the most affectionate father. It isn't until Vegeta fights Majin Buu alone that his genuine love for his family is revealed. Later in Dragon Ball Super, it's blatantly obvious that Vegeta cares about his family. He is enraged when Beerus the Destroyer hits Bulma, and later he refuses to leave home when Bulma is pregnant for the second time and Bra is about to be born.
Vegeta has almost certainly shown the most character development in the series. After returning to Namek in pursuit of Moro, Vegeta feels remorse for the Namekians he slaughtered during his quest for immortality years prior, and refuses to let another Namekian die on his watch. During the final confrontation with Moro, Piccolo believes Vegeta must be trying to wipe the slate clean by defeating Moro and protecting the universe, but Vegeta reveals that he fully expects to go to Hell for his past sins, regardless of any good he does now.
Born on the Planet Vegeta, Vegeta was raised as a Saiyan elite alongside his father King Vegeta. Because of Vegeta's strength and power, Frieza requests that he may take him to be one of his personal servants, this only angers King Vegeta and the Saiyan race. King Vegeta and an army of elite Saiyan soldiers attack Frieza but are totally outmatched and killed. Frieza destroys Planet Vegeta shortly after but Vegeta survived as he was on Frieza's ship. Being the prince of the Saiyan race, Vegeta is convinced that he is destined to be the most powerful being in the universe which results in anger and immense rivalry with Goku, who constantly surpasses him in power.
Vegeta traveled to Earth after a call from his subordinate Raditz through his Scouter, who recorded the information about the Dragon Balls from Piccolo. With his second subordinate Nappa, Vegeta landed on Earth to seek out the Dragon Balls in an effort to earn immortality so that he could fight as a Saiyan for eternity and never be killed.
Vegeta kills Nappa after he loses to a revived Goku. Considering Goku as a "low-class warrior," Vegeta begins his fight against Goku. Shaken by Goku's increased power and Kaio-ken abilities, Vegeta uses a clever technique to create a ball of energy that emits the same special energy waves that a full moon does. These waves cause Vegeta to transform into a Great Ape (an Oozaru). Vegeta overwhelms Goku until his tail is cut off by Yajirobe, causing him to return to normal. The fight leaves Vegeta injured, with him finally retreating in his spacepod. Krillin picks up Yajirobe's sword to finish Vegeta off before he escapes, but Goku asks him to spare Vegeta so he may fight him again someday.
Vegeta then travels to Planet Namek, a location of another set of Dragon Balls while also dead set on killing the space creature Frieza and avenging the Saiyan race. LIttle does Vegeta know that Namek is overrun with Frieza's forces. Vegeta heals in a rejuvenation chamber, gaining more power (due to his Saiyan ability to become stronger after healing from a near-death situation). He forms a makeshift alliance with Goku, who travels to Namek to assist Gohan, Krillin, and Bulma in finding the Dragon Balls. Vegeta ultimately fights Frieza and is killed by him.
During Goku's fight against Frieza, Vegeta is brought back to life by the Namek Dragon Balls. He flies over to where Goku and Frieza are, quite amazed to see Goku finally transformed into a Super Saiyan. He attempts to attack Frieza but is sent to Earth by another wish.
Android & Cell Sagas
Upon Goku's return to Earth, a Super Saiyan from the future arrives. Vegeta is shocked to see another Super Saiyan and for that matter a Saiyan at all, considering they were all wiped out and the only Saiyans left at the time were himself, Goku and Goku's son. Out of anger towards both Goku and this mysterious boy who had both surpassed him in power, Vegeta trains as hard as he can.
Over time, Vegeta and Bulma develop a relationship, ultimately bearing the child Trunks, the present-time incarnation of Future Trunks. Under extreme pressure while training, Vegeta becomes so angry that he no longer cares about surpassing Goku, becoming the stongest, or even living at all, all of this intense emotion finally triggers the transformation and he becomes a Super Saiyan.
When Android #19 and Android #20 appear, Vegeta surprises everyone with his newly-acquired Super Saiyan power. It isn't until he fights Android #18 that he is outmatched. In a desperate effort to become stronger against both the Android and the newly released Cell, Vegeta enters the Hyperbolic Time Chamber with Future Trunks to train. Upon exit, the two become significantly more powerful.
However, when encountering Cell, Vegeta ignores the remaining Z Warriors' warnings and allows Cell to achieve his Perfect Form, which Vegeta assumes he can kill. Perfect Cell defeats both Vegeta and Future Trunks easily.
During the last fight between Gohan and Cell, Vegeta concedes to Gohan's power and assists him during the final clash.
With Goku dead, Vegeta continues to train alongside his son. It isn't until the World Tournament that Vegeta is offered an opportunity to fight Goku. However, the tables turn and Vegeta assists Gohan and Goku in defeating Babidi, who attempts to revive the monster Majin Buu. Vegeta defeats Babidi's henchman Pui-Pui easily. Babidi notices Vegeta's attitude, discovering a deep hatred in his soul. Babidi attempts to take control of Vegeta, releasing the hatred inside him. Now under the Majin spell, Majin Vegeta challenges Goku to a fight, killing innocent people at the World Tournament to force Goku to accept. With his absolute power released, Vegeta fights on equal footing with Goku, but finds that Goku can't focus on their fight while it's fueling the release of Majin Buu. Goku convinces Vegeta of his true, kind nature, and Vegeta agrees they should take care of Buu before resuming their fight. However he tricks Goku and knocks him out, ultimately challenging Majin Buu alone. Vegeta fights Majin Buu, with Buu pummeling Vegeta into near submission. Vegeta finally makes a sacrifice for his family, friends, and eternal rival Goku, using all of his power he generates a gigantic explosion to destroy Majin Buu, who unfortunately regenerates from the attack moments later. The attack used everything Vegeta had, his body turned to stone and fell to pieces as it hit the ground.
Later, King Yema informs Vegeta that Buu was not killed, and offers him a second chance to destroy Buu and travels back to Earth. With Majin Buu at a tremendous new level of power, Goku informs Vegeta of the Potara Earring fusion. Reluctantly, Vegeta agrees and the two rivals fuse to form Vegito. Vegito's power overwhelms Buu, but Buu manages to absorb him. Having planned for this, Vegito creates a barrier around himself to prevent him from becoming part of the monster. Once miniaturized inside Buu's body, they split back into Goku and Vegeta for unclear reasons. Vegeta crushes his Potara Earring, not wanting to fuse with Goku a second time. Together they rescue Goten, Trunks and Piccolo, while also ripping out the absorbed Fat Buu. Buu regresses into Kid Buu and blows up the Earth, but not before Goku and Vegeta escape alongside Mr. Satan and Dende, with help from Kibito-Kai.
Vegeta witnesses the final battle between Goku and Kid Buu, at long last achnologing the difference between his power and Goku's. In a last-ditch effort, Vegeta pleads with the Earth to offer their energy for a Spirit Bomb. When Kid Buu is finally killed, Vegeta offers his acceptance of Goku's power, finally forming a friendship with Goku.
Dragon Ball GT
In Dragon Ball GT, Vegeta is attacked by Baby, becoming possessed by the machine mutant as Baby Vegeta. When Goku becomes a Super Saiyan 4, Baby transforms Vegeta into a Golden Oozaru. With help from Goku, Vegeta expels Baby from his body, with Goku finally sending Baby into the sun.
During the final battle with Syn Shenron (the 1-Star Dragon), Bulma develops a machine that helps Vegeta transform into a Golden Oozaru, as he can't do it himself without his tail, from there he then transforms into a Super Saiyan 4, finally matching Goku's power. When Syn Shenron becomes Omega Shenron, Vegeta and Goku use the Fusion Dance to become Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta to fight him.
- Galick Gun: Vegeta's trademark attack where he fires a concentrated energy wave at an opponent. It is very similar to a Kamehameha.
- Big Bang Attack: A super-powerful attack where Vegeta fires a huge energy ball at his opponent that detonates like an atomic bomb. Vegeta developed this technique around the time he became a Super Saiyan.
- Final Flash: Vegeta gathers energy and shouts "FINAL FLASH!" A large yellow energy wave is fired from his hands. Vegeta developed this technique during his training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.
- Final Shine: A special move used by Vegeta in Dragon Ball GT (and often in video games in his Super Saiyan 4 form) where he fires a green energy beam from one hand.
- Hakai: Also known as "Destruction" this is an ability he learned from the God of Destruction Beerus. It can be used in a variety of ways but ultimately it utilizes destruction energy to completely destroy an opponent.
- Spirit Fission: Learned on Planet Yardrat, this technique allows Vegeta to forcible extract energy/ki from his opponents by physically attacking them. He has also claimed he can use it to separate fused opponents, even being who have been combined for years like Piccolo and Kami.
See also: Saiyan for more details regarding transformations.
- Oozaru: Also known as "Great Ape", Vegeta transforms into a colossal ape creature, multiplying his power by a factor of 10. Vegeta absorbs Blutz Waves (energy reflected from a full moon) through his tail to achieve this state. He uses it to fight Goku on Earth. Unlike other Saiyans, Vegeta retains full control of himself in the Oozaru state.
- Super Saiyan: A transformation multiplying Vegeta's power by 50, first seen in the fight with Android 19.
- Super Saiyan Second Grade: Calling himself "Super Vegeta", this transformation grants a further power boost over the standard Super Saiyan form. Used against Semi-Perfect Cell and later discarded in favor of superior transformations.
- Super Saiyan Third Grade: Though Vegeta has never been seen using this form, Cell and Future Trunks assume Vegeta knew about the form but chose not to use it as it reduced the user's speed, making it essentially useless.
- Super Saiyan 2: Achieved through training some time after the Cell Games, this form multiplies Vegeta's base power by 100.
- Majin Vegeta: Though not strictly a transformation, this is the form Vegeta took after submitting to Babidi's mind control magic in order to gain more power. Vegeta gains dark outlines around his eyes, pronounced veins all over his body and an "M" on his forehead. In the anime and manga Vegeta is initially a Super Saiyan while in this state but transforms into a Super Saiyan 2 to fight Goku. It's a common misconception that becoming Majin Vegeta unlocked Vegeta's Super Saiyan 2 form.
- Super Saiyan 3: In Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, Vegeta is portrayed as a Super Saiyan 3. Vegeta never attained this form in the canon storyline, but Raging Blast features "what-if" storylines that stray from the beaten path and allow players to play some fights that never actually happened in the anime or manga.
- Golden Oozaru: In Dragon Ball GT Vegeta uses Bulma's Blutz Wave machine to enable him to transform into an Oozaru without the need for his tail, and briefly becomes a Golden Oozaru (an Oozaru stacked with the Super Saiyan transformation) before transforming further.
- Super Saiyan 4: Achieved almost effortlessly by Vegeta after becoming a Golden Oozaru, finally allowing Vegeta to catch up with Goku and fight alongside him against Syn Shenron.
- Super Saiyan God: Though Vegeta appears to initially skip this transformation, he later achieves it in the Dragon Ball Super manga and is seen using the form in the Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie.
- Saiyan Beyond God: In this state, Vegeta is able to use the power of the Super Saiyan God transformation while in his base form. He and Goku used this state when Frieza was revived and came to Earth for revenge. However this concept seems to have been abandoned, perhaps in favor of bringing the original God form back.
- Super Saiyan Blue: Also known as Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, Vegeta trains to control God ki under Whis with Goku on Beerus' planet and unlocks this transformation alongside Goku.
- Super Saiyan Blue Evolution: Similar to Super Saiyan Grade 2 in appearance, this is a more advanced state of Super Saiyan Blue that Vegeta taps into during the Tournament of Power, granting him power similar to that of Goku's Super Saiyan Blue Kaioken state.
- Ultra Ego: Considered Vegeta's counterpart to Goku's Ultra Instinct, Ultra Ego is a transformation Vegeta developed during his training with Beerus. Rather than instinctively dodging attacks like UI, Vegeta tanks attacks on purpose in UE and feeds on the damage to become more powerful. Visually he loses his eyebrows, replaced by prominent brow ridges similar to Super Saiyan 3, gains pinkish-red irises and his hair becomes purple, much like Hakai energy. He also often has bulging vains on his arms or forehead, similar to how he looked as Majin Vegeta.
- Vegito: When using the Potara Earrings, Goku and Vegeta become Vegito, an immensely powerful warrior stronger than the sum of his parts with the knowledge and techniques of both fighters. His signature moves include the Spirit Sword and the Final Kamehameha - a combination of Vegeta's Final Flash and Goku's Kamehameha.
- Gogeta: When using the Metamoran Fusion Dance technique, Goku and Vegeta combine to form Gogeta, another immensely powerful warrior. Gogeta originally only appears in non-canonical material but is later written into canon in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. His signature moves include the Stardust Breaker - a unique attack that completely obliterates Janemba, and the Big Bang Kamehameha - Vegeta's Big Bang Attack and Goku's Kamehameha combined.
- Vegeta's name comes from the word "vegetable" and other Saiyan names are derived from vegetable names. Kakarot = carrot, Raditz = Radish, etc.
- In the anime, Vegeta was initially drawn with reddish-brown hair and differently colored armor before Vegeta's proper colors were finalized and implemented later. This discrepancy is corrected in Dragon Ball Kai. This alternate color scheme is available as a skin for Vegeta in some video games.
- Due to a highly-popular internet meme, Vegeta's infamous "Over 9000!" line has been parodied many times across the internet. The scene occurs in the series during the Ocean Group dub of Dragon Ball Z, when Vegeta's original English voice actor Brian Drummond said the line during the Saiyan Saga of the series. Vegeta is voiced by Christopher Sabat in the Funimation dub, with the line being acted differently, though the actual context is near the same.
- In the Dragon Ball Super anime, Vegeta faces a copy of himself in a short arc. For the English dub, Christopher Sabat decided it would be a cool idea to have Brian Drummond, the first English voice of Vegeta before Chris took over, to voice Copy Vegeta. This went over well with hardcore fans.