Goku has been the most valuable character in the Dragon Ball universe ever since his inception. Our adorable protagonist has consistently had the odds stacked against him, battling powerful adversaries like the ever-cruel Frieza, Vegeta, Majin Buu and the dreaded androids. But somehow, he always manages to become better and stronger, and come out on top.
There just doesn't seem to be an obstacle that Goku can't overcome. Such impressive resilience and prowess has led us to believe that he's the strongest character in the DB franchise. Surprisingly however, that's not the case. As we just learned, there's someone that Goku will never be able to beat. And the most shocking part about it? He's not even canon. That's right. Which individual is worthy of such a title, then, you ask in disbelief? The Legendary Super Saiyan himself, #Broly.
Sorry Goku, Broly Is Actually The Strongest Character In The Dragon Ball Universe
Entering the scene in the Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan film, Broly was a baby with off-the-charts power levels. To give you an idea of his potential, Goku was born with a power level of 2, while Broly was born with a 10,000 score because he was the Legendary #SuperSaiyan. King Vegeta found out about this, and fearing the boy would grow up to become stronger than any other Saiyan, he stabbed the baby. But Broly didn't die.
He saved his father and himself from a garbage compactor right before Frieza annihilated their planet. There was only one problem with him, though: He was a little off. He was driven mad by Goku, who was in the incubator next to his. Goku wouldn't stop crying for days at a time, which made Broly harvest a deep hatred for him.
His wish to get revenge on Goku came true in the aforementioned film. He gave our hero one of the most brutal beatings we've ever seen, and even though he was seemingly defeated with the combined might of the Z Fighters, the self-described "devil" went on to reappear as the main antagonist in two more movies. While he's never made an appearance in the show itself, his recurring roles were an indication of his superior status in the franchise.
Takao Koyama, a screenwriter for several #DragonBallZ movies –– including the ones Broly appeared in –– sat down for an interview with Kanzenshuu. During their chat, the writer was asked why Broly came back in three different occasions. With his answer, Koyama dropped a bombshell: It's because Broly is the strongest character in the Dragon Ball mythos:
"[H]e's the strongest. Even including the TV anime, nobody exists in the world who's stronger than Broly. I mean, even Vegeta, Prince of the Saiyans, was trembling in fear. I felt that there's no way that kind of mightiest being would die in a single outing [...] It's always difficult coming up with an enemy for Goku, because I'd constantly have to escalate their strength. So, he ended up appearing three times.
He's not exaggerating about #Vegeta's reaction. He actually trembled, kneeled and refused to fight alongside Goku, Trunks and Gohan, thinking that they would be decimated in seconds.
Now, you may be thinking: "He was defeated three times, so there's no way he'd be the strongest in the universe." But as Koyama pointed out, he was actually defeated by unconventional methods, because technically, Goku would never be able to beat him in a one-on-one fight:
"Goku & co. are always fighting against 'an unbeatable foe.' Goku must win against such an enemy, so he has no choice but to defeat him when his enemy becomes overconfident and creates an opening. There's absolutely no way he'd be able to win against someone like Broly if he used more orthodox methods."
Those are some bold claims, but there may be something to them. In the first film, Goku needed to absorb the energy of Trunks, Piccolo, #Gohan and Vegeta to defeat Broly. But that wasn't enough to put him down for good, so Broly came back a second time years later to battle an adult Gohan alongside Goten and Trunks.
That time, they were actually able to send him back to hell with a super-charged Kamehameha after #Goku came down from the heavens to assist them (don't think about it too much). Then he came back as an android named Bio-Broli, and he had to be defeated with some magic goo.
Does This Statement Hold Up With What We've Seen In 'Dragon Ball Super'?
Every new Dragon Ball season introduces a more powerful bad guy than the last, and we've gotten to a point where characters like Frieza, Cell and Majin Buu are essentially rag dolls for Goku and #Vegeta to beat up. Dragon Ball Super has introduced god-like characters that have forced Goku to push himself to the very limit, and he's achieved Super Saiyan transformations we never dreamed about, mainly Super Saiyan Blue.
Going by that logic, shouldn't defeating Broly be a walk in the park by now? Well, unfortunately for the Z Fighters, not really. All we need to do to get a sense of how Broly would fare against Goku now is to look at Kale. #DragonBallSuper introduced a Saiyan from another Universe (or Earth) with the same powers as him. She may be shy on her base form, but her transformation turns her into a raging beast hell-bent on killing.
While she's technically not a Legendary Super Saiyan, Kale is considered Broly's official canon counterpart (the movies in which Broly appeared aren't considered canon),and she can more than hold her own against Super Saiyan Blue Goku, as proven by this brutal fight:
Looking at this evidence, it's pretty hard to argue that Broly isn't the strongest being in the Dragon Ball universe. That's right, my friends, as Koyama stated, Broly is the one bad guy that Goku will probably never beat. I've been pretty scared of the guy ever since I saw his first film, but this little tidbit just made him a thousand times more horrifying.
How do you feel about Broly being the strongest fighter in the Dragon Ball universe? Will Goku ever best him in one-on-one combat? Let me know in the comments!