What are the many mysterious behind the fan favorite character Broly from Dragon Ball Z? After you have enjoyed enough Manga and Anime you are able to read between the lines and can see a detail or two another may have missed. Through this and other detailed evidence you are able to piece together what really happened in a particular series. This results in an abstract idea, a thought which doesn’t have a physical existence but can be speculated. Welcome to Anime Abstract.
There are two great questions which surround this character. 1. Why is he so strong? 2. Why is he so popular? Both are simple enough to answer you just take the time to look at the elements surrounding the character.
Broly’s strength comes from the fact he is the Legendary Super Saiyan. What does this mean? Originally a Super Saiyan was supposed to be an event which came every 1,000 years. Broly is the Super Saiyan born to become this legendary being. The aspects of Legendary Super Saiyan seems share those of an Ascended Saiyan, a form which only came into play briefly in the Dragon Ball mythology. The Ascended form was shown to value power over speed and fits perfectly with how Broly’s superiority in the battles he takes part in. He is shown to be like a tank, where everyone has to keep throwing everything at him in hopes of toppeling him. On his second appearance, Broly – Second coming, Son Gohan takes advantage of Broly’s lack of speed by leading him into a crevice and burying him under lava. Unfortunately, Broly’s power allowed him to form a shield around his body to help him survive the lava.
Adding to Broly’s unique power set is his fragile mental state. He is shown to have be traumatized by Goku when they were still children because Goku cried too much (yes it’s lame but ignore it) and was later tethered by a control device by his father Paragus who intended keep Broly’s power from becoming unmanageable. This resulted in Broly to become simple minded and at the same time a ticking rage bomb ready to go off. When he confronts Goku later in life, it causes Broly to snap and become obsessed with one goal: Destroying Goku. This single minded objective mixed with the overwhelming power over speed of the Ascended Saiyan resulted in Broly being an unstoppable juggernaut who faced several opponents without breaking a sweat.
Was this overwhelming sense of power all which made Broly such a popular character? Yes and No. There was one other aspect which made him so appealing to fans of the franchise. Broly is shown to have no clear single opponent. Every time he was defeated, Broly was taken down by some form of a team effort. In the first film Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan, Goku was only able to defeat Broly thanks to borrowing power from the rest of his team. In Broly – Second Coming, he was destroyed thanks to a Family Kamehameha by Goku, Gohan, and Goten. In the 11th Dragon Ball Z film Bio-Broly, he was taken down by a Triple Kamehameha by Krillin, Trunks, and Goten. In all of these incidents there was never a moment where one single opponent stepped up and was able to conquer Broly without some form of back up. Many feel a proper opponent would be Vegito or Gogeta, the fusion forms of Goku and Vegeta. On the other hand, these forms are a combination of two characters and is not a single opponent. Again, Broly would still not be defeated by a single rival but a different form of teamwork and helping to solidify him as an unstoppable force of destruction.
Thanks to the films and Broly’s additional appearances in different video games, the character has able to maintain his staple as one of the powerful characters in the Dragon Ball franchise. He has become so popular, he will feature in the film Dragon Ball Super: Broly. It will be interested to see how Broly will be able to face off against Super Saiyan Blue. Luckily the wait won’t be long as the film is set to be released in January of 2019.
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