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Freeza's up to something. I sense the presence of death

—Bardock to Gine in "Dragon Ball Minus"


Bardock Infobox
Bardock[1]
バーダック Bādakku
English Localized Name(s) VIZ Burdock
Barduck[2][3]
Personal Data
Universe 7th Universe Symbol 7th Universe
Race Saiyan
Birthplace Vegeta
Status Deceased
Gender Male Icon Male
Voice Actors
English AB David Gasman(SP001)
AB Doug Rand(Movie 8)
FUNi Sonny Strait
Japanese Masako Nozawa
Professional Status
Team(s) Strongest Saiyan Team
Affiliation(s) Freeza Army Symbol Freeza's Army
Occupation(s) Combatant
Partner(s) Beets[4]
Headquarters Bardock's House, Bardock's Village, Vegeta
First Appearance
Manga Debut Volume #26, Chapter #307
Anime Debut SP001
Movie Debut Movie 8
Family
Techniques
Tools
Vehicles
Image Gallery

Bardock (バーダック, Bādakku; Viz "Burdock") was a low-class Saiyan combatant born on planet Vegeta, who was responsible for creating a rebellion against Freeza before the destruction of his home world.[5]

Background

Main articles: Chapter - and Chapter 247 On planet Vegeta, Gine was butchering meat before greeted by her husband upon his return to the planet. Assuring her husband that their eldest son, Raditz, is away on a mission with the young prince Vegeta, Gine is asked about their youngest son, a baby named 'Kakarotto'. She shows her husband the boy, who was kept in an incubation chamber for three years since his birth.[6]

Gine Cutting Meat

The couple greet each other in the meat distribution center.

Bardock tells Gine that they would be wise to send Kakarotto off planet, and Gine is understandably worried for her son, forcefully telling Bardock that being in "infiltration baby" can be very dangerous. She concedes only when Bardock tells her that he mistrusts Freeza's intentions in recalling them, stating to have sensed the 'presence of death'. Gine remarks that it isn't like Bardock to be worried for his child, and Bardock says her soft nature infected him. That night, the Saiyan couple steals an Attack Pod and sets a crying Kakarotto inside. Even in the midst of this, Gine still suggests they try to escape together, though Bardock says Freeza would detect them on his scouter. After saying their goodbyes (which includes Gine promising to retrieve Kakarotto should Freeza not destroy the planet), Bardock and Gine send Kakarotto to Earth, thinking that the planet is too insignificant to be a danger to the Saiyan child or warrant Freeza's attention.[7]

GineBardockSayFarewell

Bardock and his wife embrace as Kakarotto flies off.

The couple have a final embrace as they watch their son fly off into space, with Gine giving her son one final warning to avoid the Galactic Patrol.[8]

Bardock appeared in a two-panel cameo appearance in the manga, in Freeza's flashback when he sees Gokū, who reminds him of Bardock, Freeza recalls that Bardock had attacked him right before he destroyed planet Vegeta, and was killed alongside the rest of the Saiyans when Freeza destroyed the planet using a Gigantic Energy Bullet.[9]

Personality

Bardock displays a social attitude, even greeting other Saiyans after arriving on his planet. Later, its shown Bardock deeply caring about his son to save him from the destruction of the their planet, an action he says that it is due to Gine's softness which spread all over him. While being as warlike as other Saiyans, these instances show that Bardock possess calm judgement and a small measure of humanity. Bardock's equally rare trait of rescuing his comrades made Bardock adored among a portion of lower-class Saiyans. [10] Bardock was famous for his bravery even among the Saiyans. He notably showed his bravery when he saw his impending doom; instead of fleeing for his own life, he chose to stay behind and fight to the death.

Appearance

Consistent with Raditz's statement when he first reunited with his brother, as well as Freeza's when he first met Gokū, Bardock's appearance is very similar to that of his youngest son's: he has unkempt hair which partially stands on end, but Bardock has a scar on his left cheek however and he has darker skin. Bardock's oldest son Raditz inherits only his eyes and complexion. In Dragon Ball Minus, Bardock wears a typical Fighting Jacket with shoulder pads and boots.

Abilities

Bardock, like the vast majority of Saiyans, was considered a low-class warrior. However, among the lower-class warriors, Bardock was within the upper echelon, and could be considered an elite of the low-class. Despite this, Bardock was unable to become a mid-class warrior during his lifetime.[10]


Note: The following contents are "C-Canon". Please read Canon policy for further information.
In the anime only, Bardock possesses an impressive combat strength of 10,000. This was stated to be approaching the level of the king, Vegeta, which would place Bardock well above the level of a low-class combatant. Bardock was able to defeat a multitude of Freeza's combatants with his strength, but was defeated by Dodoria's Life Cultivation Wave from the Mouth.[11]


Concludes "C-Canon" section.


Transformations

See also: Great Monkey Transformation As with all Saiyans with a tail, Bardock can transform into a Giant Monkey at the sight of a full moon.


Note: The following contents are "C-Canon". Please read Canon policy for further information.
In the anime, Bardock is stated to be skilled enough with the Great Monkey Transformation to remember what his actions are while using it, showing a great amount of control using the form. This separates him from his teammates, none of whom have his level of control.[12]


Concludes "C-Canon" section.


Super Saiyan

Main article: Super Saiyan


Note: The following contents are "C-Canon". Please read Canon policy for further information.

BardockSSJ

Super Saiyan Bardock.

In the spin-off material, Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock, Bardock achieved the Super Saiyan transformation. In this state, his hair becomes golden and rigid — identical to his son and youngest grandson — and he gains the trademark green eyes. He tranforms for the first time against Chilled, and uses the form to completely dominate his battle with Freeza's ancenstor.


Concludes "C-Canon" section.


Legacy

Despite his limited involvement in the life of his two sons, especially his youngest son, Kakarotto, Bardock, as well as his wife, Gine, were instrumental in setting up a string of events that would go on to save the universe. By sending their youngest son away from the impending destruction of Vegeta and the entire Saiyan race, he would go on to grow up and become a great hero responsible for saving the planet Earth, as well as the universe, on more than one occasion. Their influence in this manner even resulted in the first Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan God manifesting itself in their youngest son for the first time in more than a thousand years.

In Other Media

TV Specials

Dragon Ball Z: A Lonesome, Final Battle - The Father of Z Warrior Son Gokū, who Challenged Freeza

Main article: SP001

Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission

Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock

Main articles: Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock (manga) and OVA4

Creation and Conception

Trivia

  • By Toriyama's admission, Bardock most likely had siblings — meaning Kakarotto and Raditz had either aunts or uncles — but he also most likely didn't care, as Saiyans traditionally lack a family concept.[10]

References

  1. Akira Toriyama: The Anime Special, page 174
  2. Dragon Ball Spinemblem
  3. Dragon Ball Super Scouter Battle
  4. Dragon Ball Minus
  5. Dragon Ball chapter 307
  6. Dragon Ball Minus, page 9
  7. Dragon Ball Minus, pages 10-11
  8. Dragon Ball Minus, pages 13-14
  9. Dragon Ball chapter 307
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Saikyō Jump March 2014 Issue – Akira Toriyama Super Q&A
  11. Dragon Ball Z: A Lonesome, Final Battle - The Father of Z Warrior Son Gokū, who Challenged Freeza
  12. Dragon Ball Z: A Lonesome, Final Battle - The Father of Z Warrior Son Gokū, who Challenged Freeza