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"Yeah, I guess when your family's the richest in the world, there aren't many toys that you don't have."
— Goten to Trunks in "The World Tournament"

Son Goten (そんてん Son Goten, Japanese pronunciation: [sõŋgotẽ̞ɴ]) is the youngest son of Goku and his wife Chi-Chi, making him a Saiyan and Earthling hybrid. Goten is Gohan's younger brother and Trunks' best friend.

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What is the relationship between Goten and Trunks in Dragon Ball Z? toggle section
In Dragon Ball Z, Goten and Trunks are best friends and rivals. They can fuse into a powerful entity, Gotenks, through the fusion dance, a technique they can execute in 0.05 seconds. Gotenks' strength exceeds their individual powers. They use this fusion technique frequently as children and contemplate using it as young adults in Dragon Ball GT to aid their fathers.
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Goten, the youngest son of Goku and Chi-Chi, is a Saiyan and Earthling hybrid. His Saiyan heritage from Goku, a renowned warrior, combined with his Earthling lineage from Chi-Chi, provides him with immense potential. This potential is evident in his rivalry with Trunks, which is amplified due to his conception during Goku's Super Saiyan Full Power phase.
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Goten and his brother Gohan bond over their shared passion for fighting. Gohan, impressed by Goten's skills, becomes his sparring partner. When Gohan flies during their fight, Goten expresses his frustration as he can't fly, leading Gohan to promise to teach him. Gohan recognizes Goten's potential, acknowledging his potential to be the universe's strongest being. They also train together to master the Fusion Technique to combat Majin Bu.
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In the Dragon Ball series, Goten, Goku's youngest son, is born in late Age 767. He is trained in martial arts by Chi-Chi, his mother, rather than being academically pushed like his older brother Gohan. Goten, who bears a strong resemblance to Goku, serves as a comic relief or a supportive character. He often teams up with Trunks, forming the character Gotenks, and aids in showcasing Gohan as a mentor.
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Born in late Age 767, Goten is the youngest Super Saiyan in the Dragon Ball Z series, achieving this transformation at seven years old. By the conclusion of Dragon Ball Z, he is 17 years old.
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"Hey, I think there's a little me hiding behind your leg, Chi-Chi!"
Goku when seeing Goten for the first time in "Gather for the Tournament"


Goten's full appearance

Goten's appearance as a child is a spitting image of his father's childhood look, including messy, unkempt hair, same eye color, lighter-pale complexion and a playful face. He also wears an orange gi similar to Goku's, minus the kame symbol, along with a dark blue long-sleeved undershirt and black training shoes with dark blue shin guards in the Majin Buu Arc. Goten is known for looking almost identical to his father as a child, to the point when Goku first meets Goten he proclaims, "I think there is a little me hiding behind your leg Chi-Chi!" This resemblance to his father is pointed out numerous times by other characters throughout the series, as well as in a few video games. His appearance drastically changes as he grows older, towards the end of Dragon Ball Z. Goten's hair grew, so that he would not be mistaken for Goku and is seen with a shaggier hairstyle similar to Yamcha's and his paternal grandmother. He also wears an orange gi similar to what Pan wears at the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament.

In Dragon Ball Super, Goten wears his gi without the blue undershirt as he did in the Majin Buu Saga. He also wears blue armbands which he previously didn't, and his hairstyle still resembles that of his father's. When not fighting, he wears a blue sleeveless changshan with a green trim and a lavender long sleeve shirt underneath with white folded sleeves and a long red sash tied around his waist which it was concealed beneath his changshan, lavender Chinese pants with white folded sleeves and black Kung-Fu shoes.

In Super Hero, as it takes place a year before the end of Dragon Ball Z, Goten is older. He is taller and wears a long green, buttoned shirt and has hair similar to his older brother, Gohan's, in the Cell Saga. He also wears a purple undershirt, alongside black pants and black shoes. Goten changed his hairstyle as a result of being mistaken for Goku.[5]

In Dragon Ball GT, Goten's hairstyle becomes spiky, straight and tilted. He begins to look like his brother, Gohan as in contrast to Goku. In the Black Star Dragon Ball Saga, Goten wears a green long-sleeved shirt with a yellow t-shirt underneath and wears purple chino pants, and light beige golden boots just like the ones Trunks wore. Later, in the Baby Saga, his long-sleeved shirt is white with a purple t-shirt underneath and his chino pants are lavender.


As a child, Goten is a fun-loving and kind-hearted person like his father. But thanks to his mother's structured upbringing, he tends to show more common sense and proper manners than his father did as a child even in some cases as an adult. While still being forced to study hard like his older brother by their mother, having mellowed out following Goku's death, Chi-Chi allowed Goten to have more freedom to explore his own interests than Gohan did growing up Chi-Chi even took it upon herself to train Goten in the martial arts. This allowed him to develop love for play-fighting and bug catching.[2]

Goten is also somewhat mischievous, due to being influenced by his best friend Trunks and joins him in their many antics. Between Trunks and himself, he is surprisingly the voice of reason, though he usually goes along with the former's ideas. Goten is also well mannered, like his father, as he always bows before he faces someone in a fight. He also has good table manners when it comes to eating. He looks up to and greatly admires his older brother Gohan. He was the only person who finds Gohan's embarrassing Great Saiyaman Suit to be "cool". When Trunks had blamed the tournament intermission on Gohan's defeat in the previous match, Goten quickly became agitated and aggressive towards the other in an attempt to defend his older brother's honor. But in Dragon Ball Super, his opinion of Great Saiyaman has changed, as he rejects a Great Saiyaman costume that Gohan had made for Goten, considering it lame and showing that his tastes have changed. Although this is debatable considering how he likes dressing up as Saiyaman X-2, implying that he either likes the Great Saiyaman again or was lying about it being lame to look more mature.

Goten also shows great love for wild animals, a trait obviously passed down from his father, Goku, as he is seen often getting distracted from training by them on more than one occasion. Goten also shares the typical Saiyan appetite, like his father and brother. In one episode, following Trunks and Goten awakening at the Lookout after being knocked out by Vegeta, Trunks successfully wakes up Goten by telling him it was time to eat, which made Goten excited this is similar to what Bulma used to wake Goku up when he was facing Jackie Chun. Goten's favorite food is pocky sticks and strawberry daifuku.[2] On a similar note, similar to his father, he hates eating vegetables, particularly root-based vegetables such as carrots, as he admitted when otherwise being confused by Broly's rage-filled chant of "Kakarot". Despite this, however, he was willing to eat them in desperation if left hungry for long enough, as he admitted while waiting out a monster with Videl and Trunks.

As a teenager and adult, Goten is still kind-hearted and considerate of other people but is seen to be more mature. In Dragon Ball GT, he settles down to live more or less as a normal teenager, worrying more about girls and bikes[2] than fighting.


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