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This article is about the original incarnation of Broly. For the new incarnation of the character from the main dimension, see Broly (DBS). For other uses, see Broly (disambiguation).

"If you'd just let me kill you all before, you wouldn't be dealing with this pain now. You're all complete and utter wastes of Saiyan blood!"
Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan

Broly (ブロリー Burorī) is the main antagonist in the Broly Triple Threat trilogy. He appears to be the latest of the Legendary Super Saiyans who appear every one thousand years.[7]



Concept arts for Broly from Daizenshuu 6

Broly's overall character and the general design of his famous Legendary Super Saiyan state was created by Akira Toriyama (who created the full powered golden hair variant) as well as Takao Koyama. The latter in particular was inspired to create a powerful and menacing Saiyan villain due to watching the transformation sequence of Future Trunks into the Super Saiyan Third Grade in the episode "Trunks Ascends".[8] In his notes for the design of the character, Toriyama mentions that Broly, unlike other Saiyans, does not wear the standard Saiyan Battle Armor due to them being standard issue for Frieza's forces, and Broly is not affiliated with that group. He also added a note regarding a particular concept art depicting him with a tail that he doesn't mind whether or not he has a tail, leaving it ambiguous as to whether or not he had one in the film. He also noted that he slightly redesigned his hair for his next film appearance.


Broly is a light skinned Saiyan with dark eyes and black spiky hair reaching his mid-back with short bangs framing his forehead. When he was a kid, he wore a black one-strap tunic with gray pants and brown boots, alongside a rope belt and bracelets. As an adult, Broly is a towering man with a lean but well-built frame. His facial expression, even before wearing the crown, had a melancholic demeanor to it. He is shirtless while wearing white pants with a red sash draped around his waist and secured by a yellow belt with a blue gem-center. He also wears similar yellow boots with a blue gem at the top the front. It is implied that the outfit was made of a similar material to the Battle Armor, regardless of what size-increasing transformation he used, his clothing always remained intact and grew in size with him.

To better control Broly and his power as his mental instability continued to grow, Paragus placed a crown on Broly's forehead, along with wristbands and a necklace with a flat plate over the chest, each of which are golden with a blue gem. Broly also wore golden bands over his biceps. After breaking free from Paragus' control, Broly's crown, neckband and armbands were destroyed. After Broly's defeat against Goku, he obtained scorch marks across his chest. For the parts of his clothing that have blue gems, they turn green when he transforms into his Legendary Super Saiyan form in Broly - Second Coming and some art for Dragon Ball Heroes.


"He was a true warrior, born with the strength and clout that would make most Saiyan fathers proud. But there was something far darker about him. Violent, threatening, and in time it began to scare me. I had no choice but to have a scientist craft a device that would control his power."
Paragus reminiscing on Broly's true nature in Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan.

When first seen, Broly is shown as a calm and quiet individual (uncharacteristic of a majority of the Saiyan race). Although not nearly to the extent of his revised counterpart, he was also demonstrated to have a degree of loyalty to Paragus prior to being outfitted with the crown, as he willingly saved Paragus from Planet Vegeta's destruction as an infant when escaping the doomed planet, and his reaction when waking up before realizing Paragus was going to implement the crown on him in the latter's flashback indicated he did not feel animosity towards his father. Once shifting into his more aggressive state, he becomes extremely psychotic, maniacal and sadistic, relishing in the death and destruction he causes, basically becoming insanely evil unlike other Saiyans who enjoy the thrill of battle and brutality to an extent. These characteristics seems to be dual natured as during Paragus's flashback when he briefly wakes up and calmly asks his father what he's up to, only to end going into a screaming fit and laughing maniacally while trying to kill him, once he realizes that Paragus was about to place the mind-control crown on his head. This violent and maniacal side of him seemingly stemmed from both his extraordinary power that he never properly learned to control as well as the traumatic events of his birth, causing his frenzies to happen more frequently and last longer as he grew and these eventually led him to gouge out his father's left eye. Largely because of his insanity, Broly was also known to get hysterical when causing destruction or going into a frenzy, such being especially evident in Paragus' flashback where Broly after destroying a cityscape as a child is seen laughing uncontrollably, even while being physically restrained by Paragus. In an effort to control his erratic behavior, Paragus used a device to subdue Broly's temperament.

When free of Paragus' control device, Broly's Saiyan nature becomes dominant. His thirst for combat and desire for death and destruction is unyielding, as shown by his destruction of Planet Shamo. Broly seems to acknowledge his malevolence; Piccolo calls him a freak, to which Broly replies that he actually is a devil (the Funimation dub for the film tones this down slightly while at the same time getting the implications across by having Piccolo in the aforementioned scene accusing Broly of attacking children first in a disgusted tone, as well as Broly responding that he merely does what is needed to be done, before telling him that the Namekian should have expected that from "a true freak," although various video games retain the exchange.). It is suggestive that even though Broly was driven mad with his birth-given power and the various circumstances of his birth, Broly has some sanity of said madness as he has also shown a high degree intelligence while on his rampage: he sees through Paragus' lies and plan for having him die in the planet's collision with Comet Camori, as well as briefly engaging in ambushes against Gohan, Goku, and Future Trunks within the ruined city and successfully catching them off guard, and also deducing right before his first defeat that Goku's increase in power had been due to donations from his allies. A similar display of intellect was also demonstrated in the Victory Mission manga, where he, in a similar manner to King Piccolo, proceeded to devour two Dragon Balls in front of Beat and Froze, and then forces them to fight against him, knowing full well they can't actually harm him. On a similar note, he also had very little concern with minor wounds, which is especially evident after Goku kicked him in the face hard enough to bleed from the mouth slightly, where he proceeded to smirk slightly and lick the wound off, to Goku's disgust.

Broly (young)

Paragus attempting to restrain his dangerous son

He also has a very dark sense of humor: When Goku demanded a handicap during the fight, Broly proceeded to sadistically ask him if "handicap" is another word for a coffin (in the Japanese version, Goku asks Broly to show a little mercy, with Broly sarcastically asking him "What's mercy?"). He also had a more sarcastic sense of humor, at least in the Funimation dub, such being evident before he destroyed Planet Shamo, where he remarked that the Shamoian slaves decided to show bravery despite their being huddled together in complete fear at the time. He also seems to have some degree of respect for fighters who attempt to stop him even when the odds are against them, as evidenced by his remark to the Z-Fighters in the Japanese version where he even claimed they were very much worthy of their Saiyan blood (in the Funimation dub, he says the opposite: he instead calling them wastes of Saiyan blood). Similarly, he seems to have some loathing of fighters who were all talk and no action, as evidenced by his remark to Vegeta shortly after he ended up quickly defeating them where he called him a "true piece of trash." Although largely lacking self-restraint, he nonetheless was implied in the Japanese version to hold just enough to hold off destroying New Planet Vegeta to allow Goku and the other Z Fighters a chance to fight with everything they had (although this was mostly because his Saiyan instincts demanded him to have a fight). On a similar note, he was capable of honor to a certain degree, at least in the first fight, as despite being aware of Piccolo's presence, he makes absolutely no effort to attack him while he's supplying Senzu Beans to the remaining Z-Fighters. Largely because of his true nature as the Legendary Super Saiyan, he acted as one of the few people Vegeta was initially terrified of, with other contenders being Frieza and Beerus, to the extent that he was initially completely unwilling to fight and even desperately demanded the other Z-Fighters cease their attacks on him due to it being futile.

Broly's most defining trait is his intense hatred for Goku. While both were newborns, Goku's relentless crying greatly irritated the nearby Broly, sparking the hatred which would grow sub-consciously in his early life and awaken upon seeing Goku again. It is implied that the reason behind his hatred for Goku is because he subconsciously associated Goku's incessant crying with the horrific things he had to endure later on such as narrowly surviving the execution and barely escaping Planet Vegeta's destruction, and thus blamed Goku for these things. It also is implied that part of the reason Goku's crying irritated him was because of how it made him cry slightly despite his high power level, sensing Goku may have had more of a warrior spirit than himself. Notably, while Paragus was observing Broly's struggling to maintain control of himself in his room while pondering what's causing his control over his son to wane, Broly was shown to have a disturbed facial expression as well as twitching and profusely sweating at one point, heavily implying that he was undergoing a PTSD episode. On a related point, Paragus' flashback to Broly's past had Broly, just before waking up and discovering Paragus about to outfit the crown on him, briefly turning and having his face quiver and groaning with apparent discomfort, implying he was undergoing a nightmare just before waking up. While under mind-control, and later when his insanity has set in, he often shouts Goku's Saiyan name, "Kakarot", in an exclamatory way. Although he generally addresses Goku by his Saiyan name, he has referred to him by his Earth name twice, both times during their fight on New Planet Vegeta (at least in the English dub). Despite his hatred of Goku, however, the Japanese version of Movie 8 implies that he at least respects Goku's resolve to try and stop him regardless of the low odds of doing so, due to calling him and the other Z-Fighters "worthy of their Saiyan blood." Although not to the same extent as Goku, it is implied that Broly has a similar low opinion of Vegeta, as in the Japanese version when Vegeta regains enough of his bravado to try and attack Broly, the latter coldly states he has no intention of letting Vegeta have an easy kill against him (The English dub tones this down by having Broly sarcastically requesting that Vegeta make Broly kneel before him in reply to Vegeta's boast that he rules over all the Saiyans, even the Legendary Super Saiyan).

By the events of his second movie, his defeat at Goku's hands as well as his severe injuries results in him totally losing his sanity. His speech is now limited to uttering "Kakarot" (except for one rare exception) and he has a diminished sense of reality, as he mistakes Goten for a baby Goku even though he already encountered Goku as an adult seven years prior, and also mistook Gohan for an adult Goku. Xenoverse 2 implies that another reason for his mistaking them for Goku was because they carried a similar scent to him. The only aspect of his mind that seems intact is his sadistic desire for revenge against Goku. Aside of his obvious hatred of Goku, he also seemed to fear him by that point, at least to some degree, as when Goku, or at least an image in his likeness conjured by Shenron, appeared in the final battle, Broly quivered slightly and said "Kakarot?" in a nervous tone. It is implied in Bio-Broly that his hatred for Goku is so great that it has become ingrained in him to the genetic level as his clone Bio-Broly seemingly inherited his hatred and habit of saying "Kakarot!", indicating he passed it on to his clone through some form of genetic memory.

By the time of the Big Bang Mission, Broly's hatred has seemingly extended to Vegeta, or at a bare minimum had now been openly acknowledged, as in the anime he now exclaims "Vegeta!" after his usual "Kakarot!" when facing the Vegitos. On a related note, largely because of Broly's status as the Legendary Super Saiyan, he acted as one of the few people to cause immense fear in Vegeta to the extent of him being unwilling to confront him, after Frieza due to him being his former commander and Beerus due to his humiliation of his father.

Interestingly, in a what-if scenario in Supersonic Warriors 2, Broly loses his memory and becomes more subdued (in a manner much like Goku) and is found by Mr. Satan whom he befriends. Though he later regains his memory after encountering Goku at the World Tournament he and Mr. Satan were participating in and transforms. His memory of Mr. Satan's friendship stops him from killing Goku and destroying the Earth, and it is implied that he managed to learn to how to control his darker impulses, allowing him to live a peaceful life on Earth in a manner similar to Good Buu, indicating that Broly may have turned out differently were it not for his hellish life and the influence of his father. Additionally his personality in said what-if scenario is similar to his Dragon Ball Super counterpart indicating he would have likely turned out to be gentle hearted had he not suffered from childhood trauma that drove him insane which the scenario unintentionally alludes to (as it was created long before the fourth Broly film) via Broly suffering from amnesia which likely removed his traumatic memories allowing him to regain his sanity, though he subconsciously recognizes Goku causing him to regain his memories though thanks to the friendship he forms with Mr. Satan he is able to retain his sanity and keep his darker impulses in check similar to Kale's friendship with Caulifla helped her learn master her Legendary Super Saiyan form during the Tournament of Power. Broly being originally likely to turn out gentle hearted pre-trauma was also implied in the flashback to the day of his and Goku's births, where the scientists observing the two babies noted that despite Goku merely having a power level of two, managed to cry the loudest with their praising him for his "feistiness", while Broly by contrast was barely shown to be crying (and even then, only in response to Goku's crying). Similarly, another storyline involving Broly, where Broly and Paragus successfully managed to take out the Z-Fighters, had Broly upon conquering the Earth acting as a sort of "defender" of the planet against various threats to Earth such as Cell and Majin Buu and also has a (comparatively) better relationship with Paragus.

In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, it is revealed he has committed the scents of both Kakarot and Vegeta to his memory. In Xenoverse 2, he retains his hatred of Goku and is obsessed with finding him. He treats the Future Warrior like a plaything and a slave (presumably due to his father's influence as Paragus had an army of henchmen) stating how he will kill them and destroy the city. However, like all villain instructors, his destructive tendencies are toned down, even planning to leave the city to go destroy a planet elsewhere to blow off steam which is one of the few times Broly has shown any semblance of restraint as he could have simply destroyed Conton City.

Additionally, he will respect the Saiyan Future Warrior if they complete his training even stating they may be worthy of their Saiyan blood after all, just like he said to the Z Fighters in the Japanese version of Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan. Similarly, during the DLC storyline for the Infinite History saga, despite making clear that he only is participating in the mission to fix the rift in order to find Kakarot, he nonetheless agreed to accompany his student to do the mission. He is confused when the Future Warrior asks how they plan to destroy the planet he was planning to destroy and simply states that if one attacks something enough it is sure to crumble, showing that his thinking when it comes to fighting is straightforward and violently simplistic. He also disagrees with Turles' assertion that real Saiyan warriors have finesse, arguing rather accurately that "Saiyans don't care about finesse, only battle", showing he has a good insight into his own innate Saiyan drives and impulses which, unlike Turles, he fully embraces.

Shin Budokai, while otherwise keeping most of his usual personality traits, briefly depicts Broly as being slightly saddened with the destruction of his home planet, although he eventually laughs it off when remembering that it was that event that caused him to ascend, laughing at the irony that he essentially owed Frieza his life. The exchange also implies that the destruction of Planet Vegeta and his narrow survival of this event was ultimately responsible, at least in part, for Broly's madness.

In World Mission, an anomaly causes a version of Broly to become even more deranged than normal to the point he is unable to recognize Xeno Goku as Kakarot and instead sees Goku's descendant Beat as his nemesis. He ignores Xeno Goku, attacking Beat relentlessly.


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  3. Daizenshuu 7, 1996
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, 2006
  5. Super Dragon Ball Heroes episode 42, "Fierce Battle in the Super Space-Time Tournament! The Warriors in Black Strike!"
  6. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, 2016
  7. Daizenshuu 6, 1995
  8. DRAGON BALL 大全集 6: MOVIES & TV SPECIALS (in Japanese). Shueisha. 1995. pp. 212–216. ISBN 4-08-782756-9

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