Vegeta (ベジータ Bejīta?) is a character and anti-villain in the Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama. Vegeta appeared as the main antagonist 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-villain. 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 Jump magazine on December 19, 1988, 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. Vegeta is a member of the royal Saiyan lineage, the extraterrestrial race of warriors that the series' main character, Goku, also belongs to. He is obsessed with surpassing Goku's strength.
Powers & Abilities
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. Constant training and his Saiyan heritage have given him vast superhuman strength, durability, speed and reflexes.
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. 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. Vegeta's most commonly used attack in the series is when he bombards an opponent with an array of small ki blasts. 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. While he was not able to achieve Super Saiyan 3, in Dragon Ball GT he reaches Super Saiyan 4, with the help from Bulma's Blutz Wave Machine. In the Raging Blast, Raging 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".