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So this is Super Saiyan God? Seriously, this is quite extraordinary. It's an extraordinary power, Beerus-sama!

Son Gokū to Beerus in "Sorry About the Wait, Beerus-sama — Finally, Super Saiyan God is Born!"


Super Saiyan God
Super Saiyan God[1][2]
スーパーサイヤじんゴッド Sūpā Saiya-jin Goddo
Games Legendary Saiyan[3]
Legendary Savior[3]
Other God of the Saiyans (サイヤ人の神, Saiya-jin no Kami)[4][5][6]
First Appearance
Manga Debut Dragon Ball Super Chapter #4
Anime Debut Dragon Ball Super Episode #9
Movie Debut Dragon Ball Z: God and God
Game Debut Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z
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Type Ability
Class Supplementary
Range User
Other
Parent Super Saiyan
Derived technique(s)
Users
Non-canon Users
Image Gallery


Super Saiyan God (スーパーサイヤじんゴッド, Sūpā Saiya-jin Goddo), occasionally referred to as Super Saiyan Red (超サイヤ人レッド, Sūpā Saiya-jin Reddo) due to its hair coloration,[7][8] is a divine transformation unique to the Saiyan race. Despite the name, it is not related to the Super Saiyan form and exists as an entirely separate line of transformations.

Super Saiyan God is a transformation that is achieved through a ritual that involves several pure-hearted Saiyans pooling their powers together into a single recipient. The first to do so was Yamoshi, who was also the very first Super Saiyan. Centuries later, Son Gokū awakened the power to battle against the Hakaishin Beerus.

When a Super Saiyan God becomes a Super Saiyan, they are able to achieve a power known as Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan. In a mortal Saiyan, this takes the form of Super Saiyan Blue. In a purely divine Saiyan, this heightened hybrid form is Super Saiyan Rosé.

History

SuperSaiyanGod

Yamoshi, the Super Saiyan God of ancient lore.

Like the traditional Super Saiyan transformation, the Super Saiyan God originated as a tale told in Saiyan mythology about the god of the Saiyan race.[9] According to Shenron, a Super Saiyan God once appeared on planet Vegeta in response to the growth of the evil Saiyans. He was gifted his power from that of five righteous Saiyans, but was unable to stop the evil Saiyans due to losing his power before the job had been finished.[4] This Saiyan was a man by the name of Yamoshi.[10]

Shortly before the start of the series, the Oracle Fish predicted that an arch-rival would appear to challenge Beerus, the Hakaishin. Beerus suspected that this arch-rival would be a Super Saiyan God, which was later confirmed when Gokū transformed into one on Earth.[4]

Appearance

Super Saiyan God Goku movie art

Gokū, a Super Saiyan God.

Super Saiyan God is the least dramatic Saiyan transformation. Visually, the Saiyan bears no distinction from their base state save for three features: their muscle mass shrinks down, making it look as though they have lost weight, their hair becomes wine red, and their eyes become bright red as well. Notably, unlike Super Saiyan or Super Saiyan Blue (and more akin to Super Saiyan 3), the Saiyan retains their pupils while in god form.[4][11][12]


Attributes

The seer's prophecy confirms my premonition. An arch-rival of mine will reveal himself soon… and he shall be a Super Saiyan God!

Beerus, Dragon Ball Z: God and God

Vegeta SSG

Vegeta as a Super Saiyan God.

Transformation into a Super Saiyan God can only be achieved when six righteous Saiyans (five in the anime) pool their power into a single member of their race.[13] In the anime, it is explained that, in actuality, it's not the energy that these Saiyans pour into another that sparks the transformation—simply channeling their ki into another Saiyan will not result in the creation of a "god." Instead, it requires their 'heart', fitting with the need for 'righteous' Saiyans.[14] That Saiyan then gains a tremendous power increase, allowing them to enter the realm of gods — meaning that only other gods can sense their ki, as well as fight on par with them.[13] However, the Super Saiyan God ritual is not the only method for achieving this transformation. Vegeta obtained the form due to his intense training with Whis, which allowed him to achieve god ki.[15]

This transformation grants the user "regeneration" powers, though the extend of this ability is unknown.[16] Another added bonus for a user of Super Saiyan God and god ki in general is that they can survive in space without a space suit, as shown through Goku's battle with Beerus.[17] While this transformation does place the user on the level of the gods, the power they wield in this state is dependent on their combat strength being transformed.[18]

ShockwavesGokuvsBeerus

The shock waves causes by Super Saiyan God Gokū and Hakaishin Beerus.

In the anime, when Gokū first transformed, he had issues controlling his power while in this state; he was prone to bursts of physical power, and outright stated that his body didn't feel like his own body anymore. Beerus himself remarked that Gokū was only able to control a portion of the power Super Saiyan God offered at first, something Gokū confirmed. The longer he fought, however, the more adjusted Gokū became to the Super Saiyan God power.[14] This form is far more powerful than the Super Saiyan 3 transformation. This is seen when Gokū, who was easily defeated as a Super Saiyan 3 by Beerus, is able to fight evenly with the Hakaishin and even press him in some instances. The increase in power is so great, that when a Super Saiyan God clashes with another godly being, their clashes begin to affect the very fabric of the universe, and can result in the destruction of everything, with only four punches needed to completely destroy the universe.[19]

Super Saiyan God, while being in a similar class to Super Saiyan Blue, is notably different in its fighting style. The key points to the Super Saiyan God fighting style relies heavily on the prediction of opponent's movements, reading their fighting styles and dodging accordingly. In addition, rather than employing brute force, Super Saiyan God utilizes the godly ki for techniques of an equally godly class.[20]

Weaknesses

Despite the increase in power, however, the form is not without its limitations. Eventually, the godly energy will expire, causing the form to disappear along with it.[4][21]

Improvement

See also: Saiyan Beyond God

Beerus vs Goku

Despite losing his god form, Gokū retained the power in his Super Saiyan form.

However, if the Saiyan becomes accustomed to the energy while still in their Super Saiyan God state, the power of the transformation will remain with them even after the transformation itself has expired.[4][21][22] Gokū was able to accomplish this feat, and learned to master the godly power granted to him from his brief period as a Super Saiyan God. The result of mastering the power of the Super Saiyan God explosively augments the Saiyan's base form, to the point that Gokū was able to easily overwhelm Freeza in his true form, despite the tyrant having grown exponentially more powerful than he was during the fight on Namek.  By imbuing the fully-mastered godly ki into the Super Saiyan transformation, this results in a Super Saiyan Blue.[23][Note 1]

Super Saiyan God Aura

Goku readopting the form of his own accord.

It is possible, however, to readopt the form after losing the effects. During his battle with Beerus, Gokū transformed into a Super Saiyan God long enough to dispell Beerus' Beerus Ball.[4] Additionally, in the manga, while fighting Hit, Gokū transformed into a Super Saiyan God freely.[24] During the Tournament of Power, in the anime, Gokū also demonstrated the ability to re-adopt the Super Saiyan God form.[25] Unlike when the form is first used, a Saiyan who can transform into a Super Saiyan God at will appears to lack the time-limit that plagued the form when Gokū first used it against Beerus, as Vegeta and Gokū are seen using the forms in battles without worrying about such a limitation.

Variations

Super Saiyan Blue

Main article: Super Saiyan Blue

Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan

Gokū as a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan.

Super Saiyan Blue (超サイヤ人ブルー, Sūpā Saiya-jin Burū), formerly known as Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (超サイヤ人ゴッド超サイヤ人, Sūpā Saiya-jin Goddo Sūpā Saiya-jin; Viz "God of the Saiyans Super Saiyan") is the result of using godly ki while transforming into a Super Saiyan. The result is a transformation that is even more powerful that the Super Saiyan God. It is characterized by the blue hair and eyes that it gives the Saiyan. It was obtained by Gokū and Vegeta during their training with Whis.[23]

Super Saiyan Rosé

Main article: Super Saiyan Rosé

SuperSaiyanRoseII

Gokū Black as a Super Saiyan Rosé.

Super Saiyan Rosé (超サイヤ人ロゼ, Sūpā Saiya-jin Roze) is the counterpart of Super Saiyan Blue: another result of using using godly ki while transforming into a Super Saiyan. The result is a transformation that is even more powerful that the Super Saiyan God. It is characterized by the pink hair and grey eyes that it gives the Saiyan.[26] This is the form that a true god adopts when they surpass the Super Saiyan God, rather than Super Saiyan Blue.[27]

In Other Media

Video Games

In Dragon Ball Heroes, the state of having mastered the power of Super Saiyan God in the Saiyan's base form is known as a "Saiyan beyond God" (かみえたサイヤじん, Kami wo koete Saiya-jin). Its overall features greatly enhances the user's power and bears a white aura similar to the Ultimate Gohan.

BEATSSJG

Beat as a Super Saiyan God.

Additionally, the Saiyan avatars are given the ability to take on this form through the God Class-Up. In these video games, the tail does not alter coloration, while the hair and eyes become the normal red of the Super Saiyan God form. Beat is shown freely transforming into the Super Saiyan God state during one of the animated openings for the game, implying he obtained the transformation, or godly ki, some time before the trailer.[28][Note 2]

The Super Saiyan God is a usable transformation in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Dragon Ball Heroes 20 November 2010 None
Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale 4 February 2011 None
Dragon Ball XenoVerse 5 February 2015 24 February 2015

Creation and Conception

SuperSaiyanGod(ToeiDoor)

An early draft of the Super Saiyan God.

According to Tadayoshi Yamamuro, the character designer for Dragon Ball Z: God and God, the Super Saiyan God transformation originally had a hairstyle more similar to that of a Super Saiyan 3 and was drawn with a cloak. Akira Toriyama drew an entirely different design, so the two exchanged ideas back and forth until a final design was chosen. Particularly, Toriyama insisted that the transformation not be overly muscular. He wanted it to resemble Gokū's base state,[29] and stated that he took inspiration from the Super Saiyan form, and simply trimmed the design down to its bare minimum.[30]

In a later interview, Toriyama continues to stress that he didn't want Gokū to continue getting more "macho". He also didn't want the transformation to be as flashy as some of Gokū's others. He stated that the only reason he even changed Gokū's hair and eyes to a red color was so that viewers would understand that a transformation was taking place.[22] According to Toriyama, he chose red as the color for Super Saiyan God because it looked stronger than blue, and he'd already used gold.[31]

Trivia

  • "Soup Yasai Jinkot" (スープ・ヤサイ・ジンコット; Viz "Soup D'Saian Gahd"), a soup dish made from unknown race is a play on "Super Saiyan God," which is why it prompts Beerus to remember the figure from his dream. The word "soup" (スープ) sounds like "sūpā." The word "saiya" (from the race name, Saiya-jin) is an anagram of yasai (meaning "vegetable," normally written 野菜, but here written in katakana as ヤサイ).  "Jinkot" is a meaningless, imaginary word, but clearly recalls the "jin" in Saiya-jin, while "kot" sounds similar to "god."[32]
  • Toriyama stated that Gokū no longer needed to transform into a Super Saiyan God, as he had absorbed the power of the form. Dragon Ball Super would abandon this notion, however, and allow Gokū (and Vegeta in the manga) to freely transform into God, and treat it as an accessible transformation preceding Blue.[18]

Notes

  1. Vegeta, however, was able to obtain godly ki and fully master it from his training with Whis, and also gained the ability to become a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan without ever becoming a Super Saiyan God.
  2. Gokū was able to freely transform into "God" after mastering godly ki, implying Beat would have had to meet similar circumstances.

References

  1. Chōzenshū 4, page 156
  2. Dragon Ball Super: Super Start Guide, page 25
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dragon Ball Z Extreme Butōden
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Dragon Ball Z: God and God
  5. V Jump May 2013, page 32
  6. Dragon Ball Super chapter 4, page 2
  7. Dragon Ball Super chapter 13
  8. “Dragon Ball Movie Frontline”: Naohiro Shintani Interview (19 Aug. 2018)
  9. Dragon Ball Minus
  10. Toriyama's Saiyan Q&A
  11. Dragon Ball Super volume 4 cover
  12. Dragon Ball Super: Broly
  13. 13.0 13.1 Dragon Ball Super chapter 4
  14. 14.0 14.1 Dragon Ball Super episode 9
  15. TwitterLogo @Herms98 (Todd Frankenship) on Twitter "With the divine ki he gained training with the God of Destruction and Whis, Vegeta achieves an upgraded transformation, an astonishing battle form clad in a red aura which reaches the level of the gods!! Super Rumor: He's spent a long time training under Whis due to his frustration at losing to the God of Destruction Beerus?!"
  16. Dragon Ball Super episode 11
  17. Dragon Ball Super episodes 10-14
  18. 18.0 18.1 Akira Toriyama-sensei Godly Interview
  19. Dragon Ball Super episode 12
  20. V-Jump, January 2019 (21 November 2018) Director Nagamine Speaks!! Director Nagamine told V-Jump his thoughts on the film Dragon Ball Super: Broly!
  21. 21.0 21.1 Dragon Ball Super episode 13
  22. 22.0 22.1 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Anime Comics—Akira Toriyama-sensei Godly Interview
  23. 23.0 23.1 Dragon Ball Z: Revival of "F"
  24. Dragon Ball Super chapter 13
  25. Dragon Ball Super episode 104
  26. Dragon Ball Super episode 56
  27. Dragon Ball Super chapter 20
  28. Dragon Ball Heroes Trailer
  29. Tadayoshi Yamamuro - OKStars Interview, Vol. 249: Animation Supervisor
  30. Super Long Interview!! Please Tell Us, Akira Toriyama-sensei!!
  31. Dragon Ball Full Color Comics: Freeza Arc Vol. 4
  32. Dragon Ball Super chapter 1

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