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October 14, 2021 10 min read


Broly (ブロリー, Burorī) is a Saiyan created by Takao Koyama (screenwriter) and Shigeyasu Yamauchi (director) from the 8th Dragon Ball Z movie.🎥


Characteristics and personality

He is one of the few unpublished characters to appear successively in several Dragon Ball movies. His singular history allows to extend the story of the legendary Super Saiyan that Vegeta mentioned in the volume 24 of the manga. His design was created by Akira Toriyama following a request from Yamauchi Shigeyasu (director of the 8th movie). In the Daizenshû Movies and TV Specials, the sketches of the character revealed a Saiyan tail hidden under his clothes but never revealed in the first two movies where he appears.


Broly being the Legendary Super Saiyan, he has a somewhat different physique from other Super Saiyan. In his normal state, he has black hair like the other Saiyan, but already has a very impressive size and musculature. Son Goku's forehead reaches the base of his neck.

During his fight against Cell, Trunks will have a similar appearance to Broly when he will draw from his reserves, but the comparison stops there at the physical level because Trunks, although stronger than Cell is also slower in his movements, unlike Broly who increases in speed and power during his transformations.


In the game Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, Broly will have a new transformation: the Super Saiyan 3. His hair is long like Son Goku's but it is green, probably to reinforce his difference with the other protagonists.

In the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes, Broly has access to the transformation into Golden Oozaru and Super Saiyan 4, the latter also appears as Z-helper in the update 1.10 of Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butôden.

In Dragon Ball Super, her Legendary Super Saiyan design is reused for the Super Saiyan (Berserker) of Kale, a fighter from Universe 6 in the Universe Survival Saga.🌌

Mystery about the hair color change

When Son Goku holds the energy of his allies (including Vegeta), Broly shows his superior power, and at that moment, his golden green hair changes to the traditional colors of the Super Saiyan.

There are several possible explanations for this change. The first is that Broly is fighting with all his energy, and that this color would be the true appearance of the Legendary Saiyan. Or the director has for the symbolism of the film proposed that Broly has the same golden color of Son Goku for the last duel. This could lead to the conclusion that Goku and Broly have more or less the same potential at the end of the movie.

We will notice that for a short time Son Goku's hair also becomes green when he receives Vegeta's energy, probably a coloring mistake. The mystery remains intact and no interview of the director mentions this artistic choice at the moment. This color will be definitive on the second movie.🎞️

First version of the character

The pamphlets of the Dragon Ball Z movies often reveal unpublished information, including sketches, plans not used in the final version. Concerning the eighth film, a drawing made by the team of the film is very interesting. Already because the hair color was not finalized, and the hair is then dark blue.


Moreover, the image shows buildings resembling those of the earth, and not of the planet of Paragus. Would the film have undergone several changes during its production?

Analysis and context

Broly is a character quite adored by all the fans. Yamauchi Shigeyasu took great care to treat this character. Indeed, when we hear about the Legendary Super Saiyan, Vegeta refers to a unique warrior who carries a power surpassing a basic Saiyan warrior. Ginyu's words at that time even go as far as to say that the Super Saiyan is bloodthirsty and loves any fight. This description will never hit Son Goku, Trunks or Son Gohan, only Vegeta has these attributes to a lesser extent if we compare him to Broly. As for Goku, he used this power in front of the cruelty that Freezer inspired him, not content with coldly killing Kuririn. And despite all the sadism used by the tyrant, Gokû will have pity on him. This description can echo Trunks' transformation into Super Saiyan Dai 3 Dankai.

So, after having explored new opponents in various films following the current themes of the manga (Cf. the artificial humans N°13, 14 and 15), for his first full time film (contrary to the third film) Yamauchi Shigeyasu takes the lead by proposing an original story not following the current plot of the manga. He uses Toriyama's half-opened keys to create a Super Saiyan from scratch and make it a unique status, which legitimately differs with the existing Saiyan, while keeping a certain coherence to the story. The bet is successful since many fans integrate Broly (consciously or not) to the characters of the manga.

The second half of the movie focuses on Broly's devastating fight, the so singular realization Yamauchi Shigeyasu makes Broly a real "tank", making him insensible to all attacks. His fighting style is very orthodox and becomes sadistic on several occasions, especially when he makes Goku take Son Gohan away from the battlefield. He also breaks Vegeta's great pride with ease in a few seconds.

In the second film, rather than having him return to his initial stage, the film initially focuses on his fight with Trunks and Son Goten, mistaking the latter for Kakarotto. The film was made before the Weekly Shônen Jump published chapter 444 which revealed that Son Gohan had lost a lot of his potential after his fight with Cell. The movie, omits the lightning that characterizes the transformation of Super Saiyan 2. Nevertheless, the model sheets of the movie "Daizenshû Movies and Tv Specials" confirm the transformation.


To this day, there is much debate about Broly's true fighting potential. At the time of his creation, the stages of Super Saiyan 2 and Super Saiyan 3 did not exist, as well as the mergers. Some people think that Broly is still more powerful than Son Goku, others think that he has fallen in line. It is also important to remember that Broly has never been written by Akira Toriyama himself and that he can have a different interpretation. Thus, Broly's actions are often clumsily linked to the author of the manga, who is not really responsible for them.

Nowadays, Broly has become a first choice marketing character for the franchise, especially in video games. Dimps didn't hesitate to take advantage of the fan service by making him oppose Gogeta during the introduction of Budokai 3. He now appears in all the rosters of Dragon Ball games because the demand is numerous. Rarely, the character will have the luxury to benefit from several unpublished transformations through Dragon Ball Heroes in particular, making people talk about him and his possible potential on the communities.🐲



Movie 08 : Dragon Ball Z - Burn ! Bloody fight, fiery fight, super decisive fight !

Born the same day as Son Goku, Broly had an incredibly developed power for a baby (10 000 units which corresponded to the level of the Saiyan elite of the time). His cradle was right next to Son Goku's cradle who was crying all the time. His incessant crying drove him half mad and Broly kept a visceral hatred towards him in his subconscious. When King Vegeta heard about Broly's power, he became afraid and ordered him and his father to be removed. For King Vegeta, there was no way that such power could not come from the royal blood of his family.🩸

Both of them were harmed, even if the scene only shows the shadows of the protagonists, the royal insignia suggests that it is King Vegeta himself who stabs Broly. The latter and his father were abandoned in the depths of Planet Vegeta.

When Freezer destroyed Planet Vegeta, Broly's powers, acting unconsciously, created a bubble of energy that allowed him to leave the planet with his father.

Years later, during Broly's adolescence, his power gradually develops to the point where he becomes totally uncontrollable. He possessed the aggressive nature of the Saiyans, seriously injuring his father, who had to design a tiara to contain Broly's power. Broly already represented for his age an important power.

Paragus offered Vegeta to become the king of a new Saiyan homeland. He also asked for his help in eliminating the Legendary Super Saiyan without revealing that it was his son. Vegeta, more interested in fighting the Legendary Super Saiyan than becoming king, immediately agreed to follow him. It was actually a trap to leave Vegeta and the others on the planet they were on, which would soon be hit by the Gmory comet.


The appearance of Son Goku changed the plans of Paragus, Broly's subconscious causing an irrepressible rage at the sight of our hero, Broly then breaks his diadem and escapes the control of his father, finally deploying his gigantic power and revealing himself to the eyes of our heroes (including a Vegeta amazed by so much power) as the only Legendary Super Saiyan.

In the ensuing battle, Son Goku, Vegeta, Trunks of the Future, Son Gohan and Piccolo are literally crushed by Broly, who seems indestructible.

Only Son Goku finds the strength to stand up and finally succeeds in defeating the monster (who had just committed a parricide by slaughtering his own father) thanks to the combined energy of his companions.

A common speculation would be that Son Goku hits Broly's wound, which he got during an attempt to kill him as a baby by King Vegeta. In reality, the locations do not match and it seems obvious that in this work intended for easy understanding of the content, the wound would have been apparent, yet Broly's torso does not bear any mark in the film.

Movie 10: Dragon Ball Z - Risky duet ! The super warrior has no respite

Broly actually survived the destruction of the fake planet Vegeta thanks to a Saiyan ship. But at the end of his strength, he is imprisoned in a glacier for almost 7 years. In the end, it is Son Goten's screams that tragically awakens the Legendary Super Saiyan.

Contrary to the first movie, Broly only says a few words, probably to avoid going back to the first movie. Videl is his first victim, before Trunks and Son Goten get involved. Although they are Super Saiyan, they can't do anything against Broly even though he is still controllable. Son Gohan takes part in the terrible fight but is unable to compete despite his level.

It is only thanks to the providential help of Son Goku, summoned by Shenron that the family shoots a titanic Kameh Hamé Ha which definitively destroys Broly.🔥

Movie 11 : Dragon Ball Z - The Super Warrior defeated ! The one who will win, it will be me 

In this movie, we discover that he is cloned by a rich businessman (who happens to be Mr. Satan's cousin) thanks to a few drops of blood collected by a wizard who attended the fight. However, the clone (named Bio Broly) turns into a slimy monster by projecting a large amount of acid. He will face Trunks, Son Goten, Kuririn and N°18 who will manage to kill him after a hard fight.



  • Buku Jutsu: Thanks to the control of his Ki, Broly can fly.
  • Kikoha: Thanks to the control of his Ki, Broly can throw balls of energy.


Super Saiyan

Broly's forms : Super Saiyan types A,B,C (ブロリー堅 スーパーサイヤ人 Aタイプ, Bタイプ, Cタイプ)
These are stages created for the anime, or rather different stages of the Super Saiyan stage under which Broly appears. Here presented and named in the chronological order they appear in the movies. In the last one (B), the one that characterizes the legendary warrior, his hair takes on a greenish hue, as does the aura that surrounds him, his muscles swell to contain his power and his eyes lose their pupils.

Legendary Super Saiyan

Broly resorts to this stage when he faces Son Goku and his team on the false planet Vegeta, his potential keeps growing during the fight. Under this appearance, he sweeps away all his opponents with great ease.

Super Saiyan 2

This form differs very little from the Legendary Super Saiyan, the difference is that his hair is slightly more bristly in the back. This is a form that appears exclusively in the Dragon Ball Kai: Miracle Battle Card game. It is not revealed how Broly achieved this form.

Super Saiyan 3

This is an extremely powerful transformation. It is exclusive to the video games: Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Battlers, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2, Dragon Ball Heroes and Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle. Just like a Super Saiyan 3, Broly's eyebrows disappear and his hair grows back.

It should be noted that the transformation can be enhanced, especially through manipulation, a variant of Babidi's sorcery abilities, which allow this form to become the "King of Destruction." In Dragon Ball Heroes, apart from his regular abilities, Broly's abilities also allow him to use manipulation powers, a way to place people under control without the need for Babidi himself.👑


This is the Super Saiyan 3 form of Broly possessed by Babidi. Thanks to his power as the "king of destruction", he exceeds his own limits and his resistance is beyond comparison with other warriors. His only difference with his Super Saiyan 3 is his veins and the "M" on his forehead.

Broly God

Broly God is the divine transformation of Broly. In this form is able to match the Super Saiyan Blue of Son Goku. This form is exclusive to Dragon Ball Z The Real 4-D and Super Dragon Ball Heroes.

Golden Oozaru

In Dragon Ball Heroes, Broly is able to transform into Golden Oozaru. Broly keeps his clothes when he becomes golden Oozaru.

Super Saiyan 4

In Dragon Ball Heroes, Broly is able to transform into Super Saiyan 4. He appears in the Jaakuryū Mission 7 on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of Dragon Ball Heroes. His difference with Son Gokû and Vegeta's Super Saiyan 4 is that he has no pupils. Although the injury he received as a baby is visible. He constantly outperforms Son Gokû and Vegeta also in Super Saiyan 4. It is even powerful enough to defeat San Shinron, Suu Shinron and Û Shinron without effort. And also Froze Super Class-Up and Beat Super Saiyan.

Broly reaches this stage thanks to Black Shenron, who uses his shadows to become a Super Saiyan 4.

Super Saiyan 4: Full Power

In Dragon Ball Heroes, Broly is able to transform into Super Saiyan 4: Full Power, a transformation superior to Super Saiyan 4.


Villainous Mode

In the Legendary Super Saiyan Saga of Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Broly is subjected to Villainous Mode. He has red eyes, an evil purple aura, his skin darkens and he now has two lines under his eyes. Afterwards, he reaches the fullness of this form and can become a playable character.

Super Full Power Saiyan 4 Genkai Toppa

Since the 6th Big Bang Mission, Broly has the ability to use Super Full Power Saiyan 4 Genkai Toppa.🔋



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