This character needs no introduction. If you’re a 90’s kid then you’ve already seen his face, heard his voice, and saw his battle with his greatest rival. Wait, you didn’t think we were talking about Goku, did you? Sorry, not this time guys n’ gals. We’re talking about the Saiyan Prince, the undisputed ‘King of all Saiyans’, the one and only…Prince Vegeta!
From the manga to the anime, Dragon Ball Z is a historic part of anime history, as being one of the best pioneering action-packed titles straight outta Japan. From King Piccolo to Beerus the Destroyer fans both old and new have watched Goku and Co. battle powerful villains in order to keep the earth safe. There are a lot of memorable fighters among the Z-ranks, but one of the most iconic has to be Bulma’s heel-turned-hero husband. Although he’s a favorite among the fanbase, there are a few things about him that some fans don’t know about. Some.
Not to worry though, because we’ve been combing through the web and found some interesting things about our favorite ruthless saiyan prince. So from us to you here are seven things you didn’t know about Vegeta, the Prince of all Saiyans!
7. He Was Supposed to be “Killed” in the First Arc!
Yeah, even we didn’t believe it, but it’s true! According to Toriyama, Vegeta was deemed one of his least favorite characters at the time he was working on the Saiyan Invasion Arc. At first he was supposed to be a one-and-done villain for the first arc, but then a couple “things” happened that involved fan letters and story development, and here we are in 2018 with Vegeta a part of the Z-Fighter’s Crew! (He was killed by Frieza though, but was brought back by the Namekian dragon balls.)
6. He “Had” a Brother!
Yes Trunks, you “had” an uncle. In fact Vegeta’s brother is a part of the DBZ canon, but never in the entire series is he seen. Although he’s completely unlike his older sibling (in terms of being a warrior or even sharing his aggression), Tarble is in fact Trunks’ uncle, even though he’s never seen him nor even knows where he currently is; only because Vegeta himself doesn’t know.
5. He Has a Super Saiyan 3 Transformation!
Okay, we all know how bad he wants to surpass Goku in terms of power (and he’s done so on a few occasions in his own way), but what many of us may not know, is the fact that he has a SSJ3 transformation. Although it would have been appropriate to have used it during the Majin Buu Saga, Vegeta knew how much power it would drain from user’s body, plus it would be rendered useless after SSJ3 Gotenks was defeated by Copy Vegeta in Dragon Ball Super.
4. He Can Survive in Space!
Long enough to blow up a planet, yes. It was made clear to us that during the Frieza Saga as well as the rest of the series, saiyans really can’t breathe in space the same way we can’t. However thanks to Vegeta disproving this theory, saiyans can ‘survive’ in space for a while thanks to their strong lung capacity.
3. He Retains his Majin Power!
While Babidi’s spell unleashes the evil in a person’s heart, it also unlocks their hidden potential (much like Gohan and Krillin did when they paid a visit to the Namekian elder). As Majin Vegeta, the ‘Demon Prince’ was powerful enough to go toe-to-toe with SSJ2 Goku, and proved to be more than a match. Even after blowing himself up Vegeta retained the power from his Majin state through training, much like Goku did with his Godly power during his battle with Beerus.
2. He Defeats/Kills the Ginyu Force!
Sometimes being a saiyan really does pay off. In Vegeta’s case he actually kills the entire Ginyu Force because of sneak attacks and power level (Zenkai) boost while on Namek. Ginyu himself wasn’t killed until Resurrection ‘F’ when Ginyu changed from being a frog to one of Frieza’s soldier’s Tagoma. Gohan defeated him, but the Saiyan Prince kills him.
1. He’s The Oldest Z-Fighter!
At this point in the franchise Vegeta is older than the recurring main cast (with a few exceptions). He was five when Goku was born, so that makes him four years older than Krillin. (With Yamcha, Tien, and Bulma coming just a year younger than the Saiyan Prince.) By the time the Buu Sage swung around, it was confirmed that Vegeta is indeed older than the rest of the main cast; physically and mentally.
So there you have it! The seven things about everyone’s favorite saiyan prince you never knew. Although his heart has mellowed out, one thing that will never change about Vegeta, is his pride. And that’s a fact!