|"Pseudo Super Saiyan" is not this article's official English name, it is used as there is currently no official translation.|
When Lord Slug was first released, this form was labeled as and was intended to be the Super Saiyan (超サイヤ人 Sūpā Saiya-jin) form, but after a new iteration of the Super Saiyan form was introduced in the Dragon Ball manga, this state was relabeled to Giji Sūpā Saiya-jin.
This state is achieved when a Saiyan is nearly killed and manages to briefly manifest their Super Saiyan power, and it cannot be accessed at will.
In this form, the user's irises and pupils are no longer visible. Their muscles bulk up a little, their hair almost straightens, their skin color also appears to have a yellow hue to it, but there is no considerable change in feature other than a red tint to his hair (due to the reflection of the yellow aura on the black hair, the hair is not actually the color red). Whether this is actually part of the form is unknown, as the bodily appearance may be situational due to the dark lighting of the movie's aesthetics. The user gains a yellowish surge of aura largely indistinguishable from a Super Saiyan aura, though with added white waves of ki at times similar to one's base aura.
Usage and Power
The Pseudo Super Saiyan form gives a large power increase, enough for Goku, who was being easily beaten previously by Slug, to now quickly overwhelm him. However, it is implied by King Kai that even this state would be unable to defeat Great Namekian Slug. During the battle against Lord Slug, Goku's strength began to quickly deteriorate. Having no more options, Goku's anger surged, causing him to gain a massive power increase, manifesting his Super Saiyan powers and making him become like a Super Saiyan, enough to quickly overwhelm Slug.
The form faded after a while; more specifically, Goku seemed to regain his usual self when Slug ripped his arm off and regenerated it. This may suggest Goku was in a seemingly uncontrollable state, as indicated by his pupil-less eyes and his erratic attacks. Due to its power and Goku's behavior, King Kai mistakenly identified it as the actual Super Saiyan form presumably due to it matching the legend.
Video Game appearances
The form appears in the Dragon Ball Super Card Game as the card "Son Goku, Smashing Limits".
- Coincidentally, the “Particulars Dictionary” section of Daizenshuu 7 notes that Toriyama came up with the idea of having Goku’s hair stand up in his “Pseudo Super Saiyan” form. Toriyama would later incorporate this idea into his finalized version of the transformation for the manga, however he opted to also change the hair color for more practical reasons
- Broly also displays a similar form in Paragus' first flashback sequence during the movie Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan, in which a teenage Broly is running amok, destroying planets unrestrained. The form's hair stands up on end like Broly's Super Saiyan form and has the same reddish tint to the hair as Goku's Pseudo Super Saiyan form; however, his eyes retain their pupils. Also, Broly exhibited a similar transformation when escaping the destruction of Planet Vegeta due to his eyes going blank.
- Broly's Super Saiyan A-type could also be seen as a variation of the Pseudo Super Saiyan if one takes the forms to be "failed Super Saiyans." Due to the ki suppressor, Broly is unable to fully transform into either Super Saiyan or the Legendary Super Saiyan state, but instead having a golden aura and tinted hair while also possessing a massive power-up.
- Vegeta's Saiyan Soul power-up that he uses against both Goku and Frieza in the anime strongly resembles the Pseudo Super Saiyan form. During these instances, he is surrounded by a golden aura, his pupils disappear completely, his hair reflects the gold from his aura, and his ki skyrockets to the point of extreme environmental effects.
- The form is also similar to Super Saiyan Power! a technique used by Goku in the anime and briefly by Vegeta in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Both have the Super Saiyan aura and spiky hair though retain their black hair. The only difference between the two is Super Saiyan Power! can be voluntarily activated and the hair lacks the reddish tint of the Pseudo Super Saiyan.
- There is actually a glitch in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 that makes the Future Warrior look like a Pseudo Super Saiyan. If the Warrior is equipped with the skill Hell Flash and uses it while using any Super Saiyan form, they will automatically revert to their base form but with the Super Saiyan aura remaining, making them look similar to a Pseudo Super Saiyan, this was later fixed.
- There is another way to gain the appearance of a Psuedo Super Saiyan in the game. This involves wearing a non-Super Saiyan wig (such as the Goku Wig or Yajirobe Wig ) and transforming into any Super Saiyan form excluding Super Saiyan 3. Because the wig is not programmed as a hairstyle, the Warrior will have a golden aura and green eyes (and electrical sparks in the case of Super Saiyan 2), but their wig will remain the same color (e.g. black, red. etc.). Using Super Saiyan 3 causes the form's overflowing hair to take precedence over the wig. Some other skills in the game also have auras that appear similar to Pseudo Super Saiyan, such as Armored Boost and Bardock's Rebellion Spear. However, these only last as long as the skill itself and are unrelated to the Super Saiyan transformation.
- The form and certain aspects of the Lord Slug film both seem to have been inspired by Grand Elder Guru's statements about the form in regards to Katas' Super Namekian son as he believed only a Super Saiyan could defeat him unaware of his Fission into Kami and King Piccolo until he read Krillin's mind. Like the Nameless Namekian, Lord Slug is said to be a Super Namekian and within the film, Goku becomes what King Kai believes to be the Super Saiyan when he is overpowered by the villain though the form itself is temporary and ironically does not play a role in Lord Slug's defeat.
- Curiously, Pseudo Super Saiyan has an inversed color scheme for the final Super Saiyan transformation. Whereas Super Saiyan keeps the user's body the same color as before (minus added lighting from the aura) and turns their hair golden, Pseudo Super Saiyan instead causes Goku's body to seemingly glow gold while his hair remains black, only tinted by the light of the aura.
- Daizenshuu 7, 1996