Over the years, Dragon Ball has introduced anime fans to many iconic characters, from its main protagonist Goku, to his son, Gohan, and even to the reformed Namekian known as Piccolo (or in some dubs, "Big Green"). And yet, none of these characters hold a candle to Vegeta, a character who many fans wouldn't hesitate to say has gotten more character development than any other Dragon Ball character has ever been afforded.
Initially starting off as one of the series' most notorious villains, he's now become one of Universe 7's most valiant defenders, putting his own life on the line to protect others time and time again. While fans have had hundreds of episodes to get to know him, there are a few facts about the Saiyan prince that some might've missed, and with Dragon Ball Super's inevitable return growing closer by the day, it would be wise to freshen up on all the knowledge that's currently out there regarding anime's most badass widows-peaked prince.
10 How Tall Is Vegeta?
Officially stated in the Daizenshuu 7: Dragon Ball Encyclopedia, Vegeta's height is listed as 5'5", making him one of the shorter extraterrestrial warriors in the Z-Fighters.
To put this into context, Gohan and Goku are both 5'9", and Future Trunks is 5'7", already surpassing his father by his teenage years. It's his spiky updo that makes him appear a few inches taller than he actually is.
9 What He Hates & Loves
To name a few of his dislikes, Vegeta hates whenever he's forced to eat a Senzu Bean or when he's in gag anime/manga, doesn't like worms, and of course, would prefer not to work together or fuse with Goku.
And yet just like Goku, he too enjoys fighting (and defeating) strong opponents, eating large quantities of food, and by Dragon Ball Super's end, he's grown to love his family.
8 Who Are His Family Members?
Besides his kids and wife, Vegeta's family consists of his father, King Vegeta, and his younger brother, Tarble, who wasn't much of a fighter and was sent to a remote planet where he could no longer embarrass his royal family members.
While he has to have a mother, she's never been revealed in all of Dragon Ball, but with Dragon Ball Super: Broly finally making Goku's mother a canon character, it's only a matter of time before fans get to see who exactly gave birth to Vegeta.
7 How Many People Has Vegeta Killed?
When trying to count exactly how many people were killed by Vegeta's hands, it can be hard to pinpoint an exact number. Prior to the events of the series, he killed hundreds of people as a member of Frieza's fighting force. After taking out Captain Ginyu in Dragon Ball Super, he cemented his status as the man who took the life of every Ginyu Force member, not to mention the fact that he'd already taken out many more of Frieza's favored goons like Cui, Zarbon, and Dodoria.
He didn't hesitate to destroy Nappa, Android 19, and Pui Pui as well, ensuring that no matter the saga, Dragon Ball Z fans were always treated to an explosive Vegeta finish. Going off of canon characters with proper names alone, he's killed over a dozen onscreen, earning him one of the highest kill counts amongst the Z-Fighters.
6 Can Vegeta Become A Super Saiyan 3?
While Goku doesn't hesitate to tap into the powers of his Super Saiyan 3 transformation from time to time, Vegeta has never been seen utilizing this form in the anime or manga, although he does utilize the transformation in videogames like Raging Blast 2 and Dokkan Battle.
According to Raging Blast 2, he combined his deep rage with his training after the fight against Kid Buu in order to take his Super Saiyan abilities to the next level. That being said, with Super Saiyan Blue far outclassing Super Saiyan 3, he'd have no reason to ever use the form against a serious opponent.
5 Did Vegeta Initially Have Different Hair Color?
Many fans have been quick to point out the odd color pallette that Vegeta possessed when he was first introduced in the original Dragon Ball Z anime, wearing green and orange Saiyan armor and rocking a dark brown hairdo. When he got to Earth, he rocked the familiar armor colors and black hair that fans have been accustomed to.
Back when the anime first debuted, Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama didn't provide Toei with color models of Vegeta and Nappa, leaving the animators to fill in the blanks, but after becoming aware of Vegeta's wonky color scheme, he was quick to inform them that the colors were wrong, which gave the animators just enough time to change his design before his fight on Earth.
4 What Is His Strongest Technique?
Vegeta's Final Flash isn't anything to laugh at. Back in Dragon Ball Z, it was strong enough to cut through one side of Perfect Cell's body, and in Dragon Ball Super, it was enough to knock Jiren down, though it didn't really do any damage to him. Although he's never used this technique in the anime, his manga-exclusive Gamma Burst Flash is undoubtedly his strongest technique.
It's similar to his Final Flash, but enables him to channel huge amounts of energy to damage foes significantly stronger than himself, and doesn't take long to charge. When used against Zamasu and Goku Black, both were blown to bits, and they would've stayed that way if not for their regenerative abilities.
3 He's Weaker In The Movies
A big complaint around Dragon Ball is that Goku always secures the win, while Vegeta always ends up getting beaten by the main villain. In every Dragon Ball Z movie, he seems to get dealt with pretty easily despite being one of the strongest Z-Fighters around, often on Goku's level.
In The Legendary Super Saiyan, he didn't even last a minute against Broly, and when he went up against Bojack in Bojack Unbound, he couldn't hold a candle to the galactic tyrant. In an interview, Takao Koyama, the writer behind the first thirteen Dragon Ball Z movies, stated that he made Vegeta appear weaker in the movies than he actually was because Goku was always supposed to be the victor.
2 Has He Been The Strongest Z-Fighter At Any Point?
Once he officially became a part of the Z-Fighters after rebelling against Frieza on Namek, Vegeta was the strongest Z-Fighter during several parts of the narrative. He possessed power stronger than Goku for a short time during his fight with Frieza, but after Goku's wounds healed from his battle with the Ginyu Force, he quickly took that spot from Vegeta. Likewise, Vegeta surpassed Goku after stepping out of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber before his first confrontation with Cell. And after Goku spent his year in there, he made sure that he (and his son for that matter) closed that gap.
When Beerus slapped Bulma, Vegeta's rage-spurred power boost enabled him to surpass Goku, but Goku only achieved Super Saiyan God-level powers moments later. In the anime, Vegeta became stronger than Goku for a brief period after training with Whis six months before Goku even caught wind of it, but it didn't take Goku long to catch up. Whenever Vegeta gets a leg up on Goku, Goku only closes the gap by following in his footsteps, which is why their rivalry is so intense.
1 Is He Stronger Than Goku?
Currently, Goku's strongest transformation is his x20 Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken, and while there's no say as to whether or not Vegeta's Super Saiyan Blue Evolved transformation is stronger, they're definitely around the same level, since Vegeta had no problem keeping up with Goku when the two fought at full power.
The obvious advantage of Vegeta's transformation is that, unlike the Kaio-ken, it doesn't put such a strain on the user's body as the Kaio-ken does after prolonged use. If not for Goku's ability to tap into Ultra Instinct, Vegeta might be the strongest Z-Fighter at this point in time. But, unfortunately, Ultra Instinct gives Goku an advantage over every other mortal in the Dragon Ball multiverse.