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Top 10 Dragon Ball Z Transformations

VO: Dan Paradis
Script Written by John Ward Hair dye? Check. Blue contacts? Check. Abnormal lung capacity for steady screaming? You know it. Join as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Dragon Ball Z Transformations. One of the most popular animated television shows ever; thanks to over-the-top martial arts action, crazy characters, and their constant power-ups. To make the list transformations must be memorable or have a lasting impact on the world of DBZ. Special thanks to our users Jacob Schaller and Andrew Lavan for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Script Written by John Ward

Top 10 Dragon Ball Z Transformations

Hair dye? Check. Blue contacts? Check. Abnormal lung capacity for steady screaming? You know it. Welcome to and today we’re counting down the top 10 Dragon Ball Z transformations.

One of the most popular animated television shows ever; thanks to over-the-top martial arts action, crazy characters, and their constant power-ups. To make the list transformations must be memorable or have a lasting impact on the world of DBZ.

#10: Goku and Vegeta turn Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan

We start our list with the highest transformation possible in Dragon Ball Z to date. Goku and Vegeta have trained constantly to increase their planet shattering powers throughout the franchise. They already seemed like godly material, but still the blue hair makes it official and noteworthy. Unlike Goku’s previous taste of being a Super Saiyan God, he transformed here using his own ki, not borrowing it from other members of his alien race. Making Goku and Vegeta’s transition to “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan” as impressive as it is redundant to say aloud.

#9: Evil Buu transforms into Super Buu

Majin Buu was a childlike character with too much power for his own good. When facing off against the manifestation of his own anger, known as Evil Buu, Buu used his “chocolate beam attack.” Evil Buu redirected this attack, thereby turning Buu into a chocolate bar instead, which he then proceeded to eat. Of all DBZ transformations, this one is the most unusual with the lead up to it being both humorous and disturbing. Not to mention the fact it gave Hercule that much needed character development.

#8: Frieza transforms…multiple times

Frieza is capable of so many physical alterations, we couldn’t pick just one. First he changed into a tall hulking combatant,. Then he topped it with a nightmare fuel appearance similar to a certain xenomorph. Though in retrospect those changes, while dramatic, were just the space tyrant toying with our heroes. We’re left to believe he’ll be even larger for the third change, but then he goes the opposite direction. He becomes smaller, more compact, and sleeker. It lent well to the unpredictability of the character and proved that sometimes less is more…terrifying.

#7: Goku goes Super Saiyan 3 against Majinn Buu

Yep, there’s a Super Saiyan 3. A transformation so far beyond that it takes a good while to pull off. Tidal waves, hurricanes, a planet wide earthquake, and the world even goes dark for a moment; seriously Goku aren’t you suppose to be protecting earth from this sort of thing? And while all this is happening voice actor Sean Schemmel sounds like his voice box is damn-near going to explode. And what does it end up looking like? Why a glorious mullet of course. Oh, and for the record, eyebrows are overrated.

#6: Goku and Vegeta turn into “Vegito”

Goku and Vegeta’s rivalry stretches throughout the DBZ franchise. They were able to briefly set that aside after being outclassed by Super Buu as individuals. The Fusion Dance wouldn’t quite cut it and instead the Potara earrings were required when the two most powerful Z Fighters became one in “Vegito.” This transformation isn’t just memorable for the crazy power level. Despite being polar opposites the two Saiyans became one being who offered the mercy of Goku, mixed with the arrogance of Vegeta.

#5: Vegeta goes Super Saiyan for the first time

Vegeta spends most of the DBZ series trying to catch-up to Goku’s level. So when Goku achieved Super Saiyan before the Saiyan prince, Vegeta didn’t take it so well. Training like a man possessed, his obsession pushed him to an emotional and physical breaking point. This transformation wasn’t memorable for it’s flamboyant manifestation like many of the others. Instead, Vegeta nonchalantly turns up with his new powers in a manner befitting the bigheaded prince of Saiyans.

#4: Trunks and Goten becomes “Gotenks”

Goten and Trunks’ absurd dance that ended up being a cultural staple. The kids were established as fighting naturals early on, able to achieve Super Saiyan with relative ease. Having them combine into one being not only doubled their strength, but the merging also gave us a new character in Gotenks. And while Gotenks becoming Super Saiyan 3 was also incredible, the first fusion made our list because it added to the DBZ Universe mythos. Fans went from asking “who would beat who in a fight” to “which two fighters should merge next.” Oh, the possibilities.

#3: Cell transforms to his perfect form

“Perfect Cell” was Cell’s final transformation as the already incredibly powerful artificial life form. After absorbing Android 18, Cell’s change was a long and incredibly brutal ride. This DBZ metamorphous caused drama across the planet: darkening the sky, parting clouds, starting tidal waves, making tornados, and irradiating the entire globe with crackling anime energy. Then there’s the spectacle of the almost blinding blue dome around Cell. DBZ fans were presented with a new villain who was seemingly unstoppable.

#2: Gohan goes Super Saiyan 2 against Cell

Since episode one there had been hints to Gohan’s untapped hidden power. Throughout the series, we’d seen only brief glimpses of that power up until this point. However Gohan’s gentle nature prevented him for fully unleashing his maximum potential without mercy. It’s not until seeing his friends dying at the hands of Perfect Cell that Goku and Chi-Chi’s little boy let his restraints go. We watched him from day one of training as an overly mothered child to become a fighter that rivaled even Goku. Gohan’s transformation wasn’t about the fireworks. It was the pride in seeing Gohan come into his own.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions

Vegeta turns Majin

Goten goes Super Saiyan for the First Time

Broly goes Super Saiyan

Vegeta changes into a Great Ape

Goku and Trunks demonstrate Super Saiyan for one another

#1: Goku turns Super Saiyan for the first time

Goku going Super Saiyan for the first time is not only at the top of our list, but it’s arguably the most iconic moment in the series. It’s impossible to visualize the character without him summoning his chi into a golden glow and blonde highlights. This is the transformation that all others are judged by. After all the weeks of showing off Frieza’s strength and cruelty, Goku powering up to avenge his best friend Krillin gave fans goose bumps. It’s a visual summation of DBZ as a whole: hard work transcends any obstacle.

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