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Part of the greatness of Dragon Ball Z is seeing what crazy transformation Akira Toriyama will come up with next. The best part about the changes in form is that you know someone will match and surpass the level any previous character reached. Without further ado here are my Top Ten Dragon Ball Z Transformations. (NOTE: I did not include fusion characters as transformations)
10) Oozaru/Great Ape
The Great Ape transformation was really the first indicator in the series that Goku was not human and of the transformations to come with the Saiyans. This form made Vegeta strong enough to fight off Goku, Krillin, Gohan, and Yajirobe after a Kamehameha and a Spirt Bomb. It clearly has great durability as Frieza would send a squad of about five Saiyans to conquer a whole planet. The only weakness being the tail but thats a minor detail.
The main villain for much of Dragon Ball Z Frieza was a deadly and powerful character and his transformations reflect that. His first form was devastating on its own able to defeat powerful characters like Bardock and Nail. First form was could also destroy planets with ease despite its small stature. Vegeta was able to taunt Frieza into transforming into a much deadlier looking villain that resembled Frieza’s father, King Cold. Frieza quickly dispatched of Krillin, as most villains do, and Gohan. Vegeta had a free shot but that had no affect. Piccolo was able to rival Frieza’s second form but then Frieza revealed that he/she/ it wasn’t done with the transformations. Frieza’s third form was especially ugly but Frieza chose to only dispatch of Picollo in this form though. The most terrifying thing about Frieza’s transformations is that they were simply to contain Frieza’s natural power.
In his final form Frieza wasn’t particularly scary looking but had immense power. Only once Goku had reached the status of Super Saiyan could Frieza be defeated.
Janemba is, of course, the villain in the movie Fusion Reborn and would technically be the strongest movie villain in the series. While his fat form is defeated by Super Saiyan 3 Goku, his final form is much stronger and badass looking.
The final form has the ability to control mass, shown by turning a club into a badass sword. Super Janemba also has the same portal type technique as its first form and can extend its limbs making it near impossible to escape from Janemba. Even once Vegeta comes to assist Goku, the two Saiyans are overwhelmed by Janemba. Only through fusion is Janemba defeated.
7) Piccolo absorbs Kami and Nail
Piccolo is the strongest non-Saiyan Z-fighter(and probably stronger than Gohan at certain points) but the only time he is truly helpful in fights is when he absorbs other Namekians.
After fusing with Nail Picollo is strong enough to contend with Frieza’s second form. And after fusing with Kami he is the strongest in the universe for a short time! In fact strongest in the universe switches around a lot in the Android and Cell sagas but thats beside the point. Picollo was much stronger than Imperfect Cell and fought an even battle with Android #17. Picollo had a slight advantage but because of #17s infinite energy its unknown who would win. After Cell absorbs the energy of multiple major cities, Picollo is defeated and once again powerless in fights.
6) Super Saiyan
Hands down Dragon Ball Z’s most iconic transformation and most would have it as their number 1 transformation. The normal black Saiyan black hair turns blonde and becomes more spiked than usual. Although it was extremely powerful in the Frieza, Trunks, and the early Android saga, it became a novelty by the time we reached the Buu saga. Even Goten and Trunks became Super Saiyans which most likely means that being a Super Saiyan is genetic.
5) Perfect Cell
While I feel Perfect Cell was extremely cheap it was still an awesome transformation. And to clarify I’m speaking of Cell after he self destructed and somehow learned Instant Transmission.
Part of what makes this particular Cell transformation is the Super Saiyan 2 aura he has in it.
While I know the Buu saga isn’t the most beloved saga, it is my personal favorite and Buu is a major part of that. It has more transformations than any previous villain with Majin Buu, or Fat Buu, Evil Buu, Super Buu, Super Buu with Gotenks and Piccolo absorbed, Super Buu with Piccolo absorbed, Super Buu with Gohan absorbed, and Kid Buu.
Unlike Frieza, Buu has to transform out of necessity and to survive. Knowing he could not beat Gohan with his current power in Super Buu form he waited for Gotenks to de-fuse then taunted them back into fusing and absorbed them. Super Buu was also smart enough to take Piccolo for intelligence. Then after the fusion wore off he went and took Gohan becoming even stronger.
Super Saiyan 2 was the form Gohan took to defeat Cell in the absolute best beam struggle in the whole series. Also the form looks way cooler than the normal Super Saiyan. With the lightning aura and the hair is slightly more spiked it looks much more dangerous and threatening.
Super Saiyan 2 was also the form Goku and Vegeta took for their final battle in Dragon Ball. It was a grudge match that we had been waiting for and it did not disappoint, except for the minor fact that Goku could have gone Super Saiyan 3 and defeated Vegeta easily, but it was one of the series better fights.
2)Legendary Super Saiyan
There is a reason Broly is featured in three Dragon Ball Z movies and that’s because he has one of the coolest transformations in Dragon Ball Z. Much more powerful than a regular Super Saiyan, its said this form only appears every 1,000 years. Instead of the normal golden hair and green eyes, the Legendary Super Saiyan(in this case Broly) gets bright green hair and their eyes become totally white.
Not only that but he is incredibly strong. . His power level was 10,000 birth which means he probably could have destroyed planets as an infant. He defeated Goku, Trunks, Vegeta, Gohan, and Picollo with little effort. By this he is probably stronger than Cell as Cell and Goku were near even. Also he was stronger than Super Saiyan 2 Gohan. It was also stated that he could survive the explosion of a planet which few characters in Dragon Ball Z.
1)Super Saiyan 3
Yes I have the Super Saiyan 3 as my number one fusion. Many a people make fun of Super Saiyan 3 for the long hair and loss of eyebrows but the design is pretty well done overall.
Another thing that makes this form so epic is how clearly different from Super Saiyan 1 and 2. By the time we hit the Buu Saga, Super Saiyan 1 was a casual transformation and even the first time Super Saiyan 2 was revealed nothing special happened. But Super Saiyan 3 was causing earthquakes and hurricanes it was epic. It had enough power to cause freakin holes between dimensions. Super Saiyan 3 required so much energy that it shortened fusions and made Goku lose time on Earth. Goku was strong enough in Super Saiyan 3 to defeat Vegeta, instant transmission to Fat Buu, kill him, and go back to the afterlife in time for dinner. He didn’t obviously which was a mistake he soon regretted. This transformation, more than any other, just had that fell of being epic and that’s why it’s my number one Dragon Ball Transformation.