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Bardack

October 14, 2021 7 min read

Bardack

Bardack (バーダック, Bādakku) is the father of Son Gokû and Raditz as well as the husband of Gine. In the story, he is one of the first Saiyans to be exterminated by Freezer during the genocide.⚔️

Characteristics and personality

Bardack

Bardack has black hair like all Saiyans and a tail that he keeps wrapped around his waist (distinctive sign of the Saiyan). He wears an armor given by Freezer without shoulder pads as well as a scouter which allows him to detect the Ki emitted by the living beings around. He also wears a red headband of the blood of his best friend Toma, killed by Freezer's men.

Originally, Bardack's design was very different from that of the TV Special. Indeed, the animation director, Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru had planned a very different hairstyle of Son Goku. But Ayakira Torima changed the final design of the character, so that the features of the face and the haircut were similar to those of his son.

Bardack, although undoubtedly ruthless, since he is surely responsible for the annihilation of several planets, remains a sympathetic and charismatic Saiyan in the eyes of fans for several reasons. First of all, his fighting style, although a bit primitive, is very different from Son Goku's. Bardack is a man who acts out of anger, and who demands revenge when he confronts the elite troop of Dodoria. Moreover, his fight, indisputably vain since his people are condemned in advance, does not lack panache.

His Saiyan clothes and his fighting style make the character particularly endearing through his few confrontations. The success will be such that Tôei Animation, after having measured the success of the license through Dragon Ball Kai, will concoct a spin-off on this character, through a manga, later adapted in TV Special. The current video games systematically put the character of Bardack among the different rosters, which continues to fuel its undeniable success.🐉

Bardack values his friends as well as his people. At the beginning, he remains indifferent to his son Son Goku, since this one was destined to be a low-class and second-class soldier, but Bardack will end up liking him after having detected his most promising future.

In a surprising way, Akira Toriyama comes back to the origins of this character that he did not create because on April 4, 2014 the chapter "Dragon Ball Minus" was published within the manga "Jaco". The origins of the character are totally modified compared to what was conceived in the first TV Special by Takao Koyama. Thus, the henchmen accompanying Bardack do not exist anymore, and the planet Vegeta is very different from the one described in the TV Movie. However, this chapter creates an even more obvious parallel around the origins of Son Gokû and Superman through the farewell of the parents shortly before the extermination of their respective planets. Also, if Bardack does not inherit the gift of clairvoyance, the character shows a lot of suspicion towards Freezer, and it is his intuition that saves his son from the massacre.

Biography

Bardack

TV Special 01: The very last fight, alone against all ~The father of the Z-warrior, Son Gokû, challenges Freezer~

Bardack attacks Planet Kanassa with his companions. Their transformation into Giant Monkeys ensures their victory. After razing the planet, Bardack is attacked by surprise by Tooro, a Kanassan warrior who gives him the gift of clairvoyance. This gift will allow him to witness the massacre of his people.🐒

Knocked out by the assimilation of this technique, he is treated on his planet. Toma and his companions decide to attack Planet Meat without him. Meanwhile, Bardack has a strange dream, where he sees Son Goku's next fights through his childhood. These furtive visions relate until his fight against Piccolo Daimaô. Back home, he is now intrigued by the fate of his son Kakarotto, so weak in appearance. On the planet Meat, he notices with fright that his companions were victims of a trap set by Dodoria and his men. They exterminate all the Saiyan one after the other. Before he dies, Toma makes Bardack promise to gather all the Saiyans against Freezer to prove his ferocity.

Bardack's potential having become higher following his recovery, he manages to defeat Freezer's soldiers, despite his visions which disconcert him. Dodoria intervenes and puts an end to his advance. Ironically, it is the corpses of Toma, Selipa, Panbûkin and Totappo that protect Bardack from this attack. More dead than alive, he comes back to the planet Vegeta to warn his peers. Unfortunately, everyone ignores his warning. His visions do not cease becoming more violent and gradually approach the fight that Son Gokû will lead against Freezer. Nevertheless, Bardack wants to change the future for his son's future.

So he commits himself to fight against Freezer, who is about to destroy the planet for good. The fight continues in the atmosphere and Bardack defeats a large number of soldiers. He is nevertheless mastered with difficulty just in front of the ship. Freezer unleashes his Death Ball technique (デスボール) and annihilates Bardack's kikoha in the process. The Death Ball first kills Bardack and then reaches the planet Vegeta and all the Saiyan residing there.

Dragon Ball : Episode of Bardack

Bardack

In this OVA of the episode of Bardack which is faithfully adapted from the manga spin-off of Ooishi Nahao, Bardack was not killed by the Death Ball but jumped back in time. At that time, the planet Vegeta was called Plant and was inhabited by small creatures that were the source of the healing liquid used in Freezer's medical machines.

Interested in this famous liquid, Lord Chilled (Freezer's ancestor) decides to annex the planet Plant and starts to destroy everything. Bardack opposes him but is quickly put out of action. Bardack's rage and hatred grows, and he transforms into the first Super Saiyan in history, defeating Chilled in the process.🌴

However, Chilled is picked up by his family's spaceship. On the verge of death, he manages to say these words: "T...Tell my family...to be careful if a golden-haired Sa...Saiyan appears...".

This phrase, which has been passed down through the generations, has finally given birth to the legend of the Super Saiyan.

Dragon Ball Minus

Bardack

The origins of Bardack are found modified in this chapter included in the manga Jaco, designed in April 2014. Bardack fights to feed his family, the chapter then makes Gine appear, his wife becoming the mother of Son Gokû.

Freezer invites all the Saiyan to return to the planet Vegeta. One of Bardack's companions had heard that the legend of the "Super Saiyan" would resurface among Freezer's men.

Bardack, sensing something terrible and relying only on his intuition, steals a spherical module and sends his son Son Goku to the planet Earth.

The planet Vegeta is destroyed shortly after the departure of the young hero.

Movie 01: Dragon Ball Super - Broly

In this movie, the origins of Bardack remain similar to those of Dragon Ball Minus.

Five years after Freezer took the head of the army, given by his father Cold. He summons all the Saiyans to Planet Vegetawithout explanation. Bardack, returning from a mission, has a bad feeling about this call from Freezer.

Shortly after his arrival on Planet Vegeta, he joins his wife Gine and takes news of his last son, Gokû. Gine reveals to him that this last one is going to come out of his capsule soon, and that Raditz has just left on a mission with the young prince Vegeta. Afterwards, Bardack asks her if she has heard any rumors lately, Gine tells her that she has heard some soldiers of Freezer's army talking about the legend of the Super Saiyan.

Bardack's suspicions are confirmed, Freezer is planning to eradicate the entire Saiyan race for fear of the Super Saiyan appearing. Bardack and Gine then steal a transport pod to send Son Goku to Earth, a safe planet. Gine asks him why he is doing this, Bardack tells him that after all these years of invading planets and killing, he felt the urge to save something. He said goodbye to his son, promising to come back for him and his mother if he ever made a mistake.

Unfortunately, the Saiyan's doubts proved to be true, and in desperation, Bardack tried to fight off the tyrant, but nothing worked and he died from Freezer's attack.🎥

Bardack

Power

Bardack was a powerful Saiyan, possessing a fighting strength of 10 000 units, the same power as King Vegeta (this was largely increased tenfold after his last confrontations) and also Brolybaby. He possessed the ability to come back stronger by almost dying (Zenkai), like all Saiyans. His ability to become a Super Saiyan increased his strength so much that Chilled could not do anything against him in Episode of Bardack . At that point, Bardack had 500,000 Super Saiyan units.

Techniques/Abilities

  • Bukû Jutsu: Thanks to the control of his Ki, Bardack can fly.
  • Kikôha: Thanks to the control of his Ki, Bardack can throw Kikôha.
  • Rebellion Hammer: Bardack concentrates his Ki in his fist and rushes towards his opponent to strike a powerful blow. The shock of the attack throws his opponent into the air. As Bardack rushes towards his opponent, an image of his Giant Ape form appears behind him.🔨
  • Gift of Clairvoyance: He obtains this ability during a mission on Planet Kanassa. During a final attack by a Kanassan survivor, Bardack is hit in the back of the neck. Thanks to this power, Bardack knew that Freezer was going to betray his people. This ability allows its user to know the future on certain passages concerning the future of his relatives.

Transformations

Bardack

Giant Monkey

Bardack is able to transform into a Giant Monkey.

Super Saiyan

Bardack has the ability to transform into a Super Saiyan. In this form, Bardack's hair becomes golden. His eyes turn green. In Super Saiyan, Bardack's power is multiplied. Bardack first transformed into Super Saiyan when he faced Chilled in Dragon Ball - Episode of Bardack.

Super Saiyan 2

In the games Dragon Ball Heroes, Super Dragon Ball Heroesand Dragon Ball Z - Dokkan Battle, Bardack can transform into Super Saiyan 2. In this form, one of the strands of hair that used to fall on his face is pulled up on his head. His hair turns golden and his eyes turn green. In Super Saiyan 2, his power is multiplied.

Super Saiyan 3

Thanks to the customization of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Bardack is able to transform into Super Saiyan 3. In this form, Bardack's hair becomes longer and takes on a golden hue. His eyes turn green. In Super Saiyan 3, his power is multiplied.🥇

Super Saiyan 4

In Super Dragon Ball Heroes, Bardack has gained the ability to transform into Super Saiyan 4. In this form his hair grows but remains similar to his basic form. His eyes turn yellow and their outlines turn red. His body is covered with red fur except for his pectoral and abdominal muscles. Unlike other characters who can transform into Super Saiyan 4, Bardack keeps his tail around his waist. In this form his power is multiplied.


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