- You forgot about Ultra Super Saiyan
- Ultra Super Saiyan could match strength with almost any opposition
- There is a reason Saiyans don't use this form anymore
- We have been wrong about what defines a great fighter
Skill, speed, abilities all seem to fly out the window when one character happens to be stronger than the other. It is as if Spiderman could never beat Solomon Grundy because Solomon is physically stronger. When we all know that Spiderman doesn't entirely rely on his strength.
Then why are we doing the same comparison when it comes to any powerful character VS. a Saiyan?
Vegeta vs Hulk, Goku vs Superman and Broly vs Doomsday. These arguments all seem to come down to "who is stronger?". Strength is not everything. And when you eliminate all the other factors and put most of your value in strength, I say you have put your faith in the wrong thing.
But since Strength seems to be so important to everyone, I am going to show you that a Super Saiyan is capable of being as strong as they need to be.
There is a level of Super Saiyan you've forgotten about. The reason this article is titled "ability" and not "transformation", is because this particular form is not in progression to Super Saiyan 2. In fact it is a choice. This level is known as Ultra Super Saiyan and it is a step sideways when trying to get to Super Saiyan level 2. It is important to understand this ability does not push the Saiyan towards level 2. That is why this has been forgotten and is, as I stated before, a move sideways instead of forward.
This form in theory is probably the closest thing to an imperfect version of the Legenday Super Saiyan Form, which to our knowledge only Broly has been able to attain. The Ultra form looks similar to the Legendary form in a muscle mass and a tremendous increase in hair spike. There are other factors that set them both apart that I won't cover here.
The thing to remember here is that, yes it can be done. Though this transformation, like the other forms, create a tremendous strain on the users body. Let's take a look at the drawbacks and why this form isn't as widely used among the Saiyans.
This was proven when Trunks was fighting against Cell, and was able to move so quickly, that Krillin lost them mid fight. So Trunks was moving faster than the eye can see, just not fast enough to defeat Cell when it mattered.
That shows that Speed is indeed a defining factor when it comes to fisticuffs. Unfortunately Trunks was the one to learn this the hard way. Unlike Vegeta and Goku whom were more experienced with combat, they understood the drawbacks.
In the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, when Goku and Gohan were training, Goku took it upon himself to show Gohan the ability to shape his Saiyan abilities. He takes the time to become an Ascended Saiyan.
With Gohan impressed, Goku states that he could take it one level higher. Transforming into an Ultra Super Saiyan, Gohan still in awe, was for certain that his father had all the power he needed to defeat Cell.
Goku quickly disqualified the Saiyan form with the following quote (according to the American dub):
"But these bulky muscles make it hard to move fast. And if I'm going to beat Cell, I can't have anything slowing me down. I may have great power, but what good is it if I can't catch my enemy? It takes more than brute strength to win a fight"
To mock Trunks, Cell displayed the same ability to also increase his strength and mass to make a point.
Cell says (according to the American dub):
"You see it's rather easy to transform and flaunt your powers. But it's not going to get you anywhere, if your opponent has any sort of speed. You fool. Honestly, it's a very simple concept to understand. Even Vegeta figured it out. So, why can't you?
"Of course! That's why father stopped getting stronger. He could have, but he knew about its limits. And I just kept plowing forward, like a stupid child."
The greatest of Saiyan fighters know (at least now) that strength is not the defining factor for victory. Power is not based on physical strength alone. Power, in essence is how strength, agility, energy, stamina, control and technique come together. And therein lies the means to defeat almost any opposition.
If you haven't already seen the series go ahead and go here.
Or maybe you think that there is something I am missing? Let's talk about it.