Gokû Black (ゴクウブラック, Gokū Burakku), usually referred to as Black, was the Kaio-Shin apprentice of Universe 10, Zamasu who, from another unmodified continuity of the main timeline, stole Son Gokû's body and sought to destroy all mortals along with Zamasu (future) under the plan "Human Zero". His name: "Gokû Black" was given by Bulma (future), after he presented himself as Son Gokû, but dressed in black. He is the main antagonist of the Future Trunks Saga in Dragon Ball Super.🐉
He can be seen as a kind of dark Son Goku, both in appearance and in personality.
I was able to have a much higher view than yours, and I could see everything that exists in this world, in this Universe. That's when I realized that all humans must perish. There was only one failure in the creation of beings by the gods. It is the humans. I am going to make this world, this Universe, an even more magnificent utopia, by ridding it of humans. I will do it instead of the gods who don't recognize their mistakes.
- Goku Black in episode 051
His original appearance was the same as his counterparts. After stealing Son Goku's body, he underwent some physical changes. Although still essentially the same, he has a slightly darker complexion, more severe eyes like Bardock, with a slightly leaner physique.
In the manga, he has dark outlines around his eyes (probably to be more easily differentiated from Son Goku by the reader). His outfit consists of a dark grey sleeveless Uwagi, a black long-sleeved garment with a turtleneck, a red Obi at the waist, black pants and white boots. He has a green and gold Potala on his left ear. In the anime series, he also wears a time ring on his right index finger, while in Toriyama's works and in the manga, Black does not have a time ring. While he is inside a dark cloud of fire, Black has a demonic figure.
Goku Black can remind Baby, because both enemies take control of the body of a protagonist and want to annihilate a race in order to establish justice. While Baby wanted to annihilate the Saiyan race, Goku Black wants to annihilate the whole humanity.
Before falling into dark impulses, Zamasu was a calm and patient person, ready to listen to his master's words. After giving in to his evil desires, Black ruthlessly killed Gowasu in his first step on a dark path. After stealing Son Goku's body, Black became much more emotional. He acquired many characteristics opposite to the personality of the real owner of his new body.
Like his counterpart from the future, he is extremely sadistic, this is seen when he kills Bulma (future), as well as the vast majority of earthlings, believing to do "justice". However, he keeps the politeness of his past self, and acts in a very graceful way, as we can see during his first fight against Son Goku in the present, in the anime series.⬛
During his short battle in the present timeline, Black seems to enjoy the pain that Gokû inflicts on him in their fight, which suggests a masochistic side, which disturbed the Saiyan. During his multiple fights with Trunks, he showed extreme brutality, as he savagely hit Trunks before throwing a deluge of Kikoha on the latter, when he could not defend himself. However, Black also seems to share some traits with Son Goku, namely his desire to fight strong opponents and his love for fighting, even showing his full power in order to enjoy a fight. Black also shares Goku's sense of determination, promising to find Trunks when the latter traveled to the past.
Judging by his derogatory comments towards the Saiyans, it is possible that he harbors negative feelings towards the said race, but at the same time, he respects them as a tribe of proud warriors, to the point of taking the decision to use the power of Super Shenron to swap bodies with a Saiyan: Goku.
Unlike Zamasu of the future, who desired immortality, Black openly declared his disinterest in such a power. Instead, he is happy with the abilities already acquired by Goku's body and seeks to attain more power through his own efforts, seeking to fight strong opponents to advance his strength, especially against the Goku of the altered main timeline.
In keeping with his attitude, Black uses very formal speech patterns and uses the pronoun "Watashi" (私) when referring to himself, which is a mixed pronoun that can be used by either men or women, but he only uses it to introduce himself in a formal manner. However, as he transformed into the Pink Super Saiyan, Black switched from "Watashi" to "ore" (俺), a more masculine, casual pronoun that can be used to appear arrogant.
Black has also shown a fixation on beauty (or more specifically, what he perceives as beautiful), given that the total removal of mortals will transform the twelve universes into a beautiful paradise - his "utopia." He also sees his unique transformation, the Pink Super Saiyan, as beauty itself in its purest form, for its power and appearance. A trait of interest not shared with his original alter-ego, as well as with his future counterpart. When fighting his opponents, Black compares his enemies to menus (meals), he designated Vegeta, Son Goku and Trunks as the "appetizer", "main course" and "dessert" respectively.
Difference with the manga
In the manga, however, Black's personality is radically different from his anime counterpart. While the Black in the anime always manages to stay calm and never lose his cool, even if he is in trouble in a fight, the Black in the manga is more likely to lose his cool when things don't go his way. This was shown, when lost his fight against Vegeta, Black fell into an excess of rage. The difference in their personalities is also reflected in their contrasting fighting styles. Black in the anime, performs his attacks with a sense of finesse and flamboyance, while Black in the manga, prefers to use brute force to crush his enemies, taking a more aggressive and ruthless fighting style. The difference in personality is probably due to the fact that Black in the manga, never met Son Goku personally before they met in the future, and therefore many of Goku's traits, such as his calmness and his desire to fight, never manifested themselves in Black.
After collecting the Super Dragon Balls, Kaio Shin Zamasu vowed to become Son Goku, the Super Shenron then exchanged the Saiyan's body with that of the Kaio Shin. His goal accomplished, Black Goku went to Earth to kill the original Goku for good and, surely out of sadism, killed Chichi and Son Goten.
He then goes to the alternative future of Trunks, in order to recruit his double (who has the same objectives as him), they then gather the Super Dragon Balls of this temporality and make the wish to give to Zamasu of the future, an immortal body. Once their wish is granted, they destroy the Super Dragon Balls so that no one can stop them.
They then embarked on a massive crusade of destruction, wiping out any life they deemed useless, even killing the Kaio Shins to complete their "zero human" utopia project. Later, discovering the planet Earth, Black decided to go there to spread destruction and desolation.
Some time after Trunks defeated Babidi. Gokû Black mysteriously appeared as Son Gokû and declared that he was going to destroy all mortals, he would have destroyed several planets with their inhabitants.
For a whole year, he brought the human species close to extinction and seems to target Trunks from the future.⚔️
He kills without difficulty Bulma and seems to do the same with Mai. Trunks, angry, transforms into a Super Saiyan and fights this formidable enemy. Goku Black is amused by the situation and retaliates violently.
However, Trunks manages to escape by thwarting one of his attacks with his sword and using a Masenko against him. He manages to flee his world thanks to his time machine. Thinking to find him at once, Gokû Black loses the trace of his prey.
He tries to feel his Ki, but does not manage to find the son of Vegeta, his ring then began to shine and opens a portal that he crosses without hesitation and arrives in the past thus finding Trunks, he will also meet his alter-ego Son Goku that he does not hesitate to confront.
Vegeta feels that the two warriors are not using all their strength and points it out to Trunks who sees Goku limited to the stage of Super Saiyan while he had faced him at the stage of Super Saiyan 3. Moreover, Black's power seems to increase as the fight goes on. He even manages to slightly surpass Goku in Super Saiyan 2. However, a portal opens up and draws him towards it. Black takes the opportunity to destroy Trunks' Time Machine, preventing him from returning to his timeline.
Afterwards, Black is stuck again in his apocalyptic world. Several days later, Trunks, Goku and Vegeta arrive in his world aboard Cell's Time Machine repaired by Bulma. Goku Black then confronts Vegeta, who goes directly to the Super Saiyan Blue stage. Unfortunately, Goku Black's powers have evolved a lot since the last time, which gives way to a transformation never seen before: the Super Saiyan Pink. Vegeta is thus defeated, and Son Goku prepares to fight in his turn. Zamasu also makes his appearance.
Gokû Black and Zamasu fight in duo, the two antagonists give a lot of trouble to Trunks and Son Gokû. Gokû Black manages to make Son Gokû waver several times, even though he is in Saiyan Blue.
Finally, the heroes have to retreat again, thanks to the help of Yajirobe and Mai.
Black reappears with Zamasu when Trunks, Vegeta, Son Goku and Bulma return to the future. The two antagonists have escaped Beerus' sentence of destruction and continue their quest for "justice" through the annihilation of humanity. After a brief confrontation with Vegeta, Black finally reveals his true nature. Refuting Son Gokû's words who only sees in him a "fake of himself", Gokû Black explains that he is actually Zamasu having taken possession of Son Gokû's (future) body thanks to the Dragon balls. With the same body, but a different mind, the new Goku put to death the old one and created the apocalyptic future of Trunks.
Black details the setting of this apocalyptic future: once he has taken over Goku's body, he comes into contact with the only person who shares his ideals, the Zamasu of the future. Forming a formidable duo, they used the super dragon balls one last time to grant immortality to the Zamasu of the future and then destroyed them. The power of the two Zamasu fell on the gods of Trunks' world: all the gods were killed.
Once the situation was clarified, Black and Zamasu (future) displayed their power on Vegeta, Trunks and Son Goku. Isolated from the rest of the group, Son Goku is attacked by Black and Zamasu. Black then reveals that after having taken possession of Son Goku's body, he became the murderer of Son Gotenand Chichi. Driven by his Saiyan rage, Son Goku manages to dominate Zamasu and Black. But this sudden explosion of power of Goku is not enough, Black thanks to his Sayajin cells reinforces his power and takes largely the top on Goku.
Black then attacks Trunks, declaring him that his numerous travels in the time are the causes of this apocalyptic future. The latter enters an intense rage, transforming him into Super Saiyan Rage, and is ready to deliver his last stand.
Thanks to his new transformation, Trunks briefly gets the upper hand on Black, but he gets stronger once again and manages to turn the fight around. Seeing that Goku, Vegeta and Bulma are fleeing with the Time Machine, Black tries to stop them but fails, but doesn't worry, guessing that they will come back.
Shortly after, Black and Zamasu retreat to their headquarters to wait for Goku and Vegeta to return, but are attacked by the resistance. Zamasu and Black attack the rebels who are narrowly saved by Trunks. Despite his transformation, Trunks is easily defeated.
It is at this moment that Goku and Vegeta come back, before the fight starts again, Gowasu and Kaïô Shin also appear. Black is surprised to see that his former master is alive, but quickly understands that he comes from another time line. Gowasu lectures Black on his behavior, who doesn't care and tries to kill a third time the Kaïô Shin of Universe 10, but is protected by Gokû and Vegeta.🌌
Vegeta then decides to attack Black. At first confident, Black takes a severe beating from the Saiyan prince, without being able to fight back. Cornered, Black wonders how Vegeta could acquire such a great power in such a short time, Vegeta then explains that a true Saiyan can use every cell of his body unlike Black who is only a usurper.
But Black quickly understands that if Vegeta became so powerful, it's thanks to his anger, he then decides to do the same and manages to create a new attack which he has no idea and which forms a hole in the sky, from this hole comes out several clones of Black, which are reformed each time they are defeated (which reminds us of the ghost warriors created by Destron Gas, in The Plan of Annihilation of the Saiyan) These clones distract Goku and Vegeta, allowing Zamasu to eliminate Trunks and the others with the only goal of enraging the Sayajin so that Black can increase his power.
However, Black guessed that Zamasu was in trouble with Trunks, who tried to seal Zamasu in a jar with the Mafuba, which momentarily made Zamasu's Ki disappear and weakened him. Realizing that they can no longer underestimate their opponents, Black and Zamasu decide to merge and create a unique being with their Potalas.
Super Saiyan 2
In the Dragon Ball Super manga, Goku Black is able to transform into Super Saiyan 2. So, it is likely that he is able to transform into Super Saiyan.
Super Saiyan Pink
The Super Saiyan Pink is the exclusive transformation of Gokû Black. In this form, Gokû Black is able to surpass the Super Saiyan Blue of Vegeta and Son Gokû in a one-on-one fight. In the manga, the power of this transformation is still less than the power of Goku or Vegeta's Super Saiyan Blue Full Power.
(Before) Trunks Saga of the Future
Gokû Black vs All Kaïô Shins : Victory
Gokû Black vs Trunks (future) (Several times) : Victory
Saga of Trunks from the Future
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