"A Super Saiyan appears once every thousand years… a Saiyan who overcomes the wall which no warrior, no matter how gifted, can overcome… That's supposed to just be a stupid tradition… And even if the legend were true… only I would have the potential to become a Super Saiyan."
Yamoshi (ヤモシ Yamoshi) is an ancient Saiyan who could transform into a Super Saiyan long before Goku could. After his death, he was only known as "Super Saiyan God" (超サイヤ人ゴッド Sūpā Saiya-jin Goddo).
He was originally thought to be nothing more than a myth, until Goku's first transformation during his fight with Frieza.
While only appearing as a silhouette, Yamoshi bore a very striking resemblance to Vegeta, even seemingly wearing the same clothing as him. Yamoshi in the Super Saiyan God form, as shown in his silhouette, does not look as physically buff as Goku or Vegeta.
Yamoshi is very righteous, despite being a Saiyan, and he alongside his five comrades attempted to wipe out the evil of the Saiyan race. As a Super Saiyan, Yamoshi is a fierce fighter, even for a Saiyan, which led to the legend of the Super Saiyan being destructive and violent.
Yamoshi is a Saiyan with a righteous heart who existed long before Planet Vegeta was the Saiyan's planet. Alongside his five comrades, Yamoshi starts a rebellion against the evil Saiyans. He is cornered and becomes a Super Saiyan, but is still defeated as he runs out of energy. However, his spirit continued to search for a new savior: Super Saiyan God.
Super Saiyan Legend
Vegeta states that the last Super Saiyan to appear was a thousand years prior (three thousand in the Ocean dub) to the beginning of Dragon Ball Z. The original legend of the Super Saiyan was more about his power than the Saiyan himself.
When the Dragon Ball Z anime was released, a filler scene in the episode "Goku's New Power" was added showing the Super Saiyan as what looks like a Great Ape with yellowish colored fur instead of the standard brown. In the filler visual, the Original Super Saiyan is shown attacking people around him. The filler visual also suggests that the power of the Original Super Saiyan destroyed the planet that he was on.
The Super Saiyan form is believed to be a myth, until Vegeta begins to suspect that Goku is a Super Saiyan after seeing Goku easily defeating the Ginyu Force on Namek, thus witnessing his drastic increase in power in a short period of time. Vegeta's suspicions are not confirmed until later, when Goku transforms against Frieza, and states himself that he is a Super Saiyan.
Super Saiyan God Legend
According to Shenron's story about Yamoshi from the Namekian Book of Legends, six righteous Saiyans came together on Planet Sadala to transform one into the Super Saiyan God. However, while the Super Saiyan God overwhelms the evil Saiyans, his power vanishes as quickly as it came, and as such, he and his comrades are wiped out.
Dragon Ball Super
God of Destruction Beerus Saga
Beerus saw Yamoshi's spirit in his prophetic dream. Many years later while trying to remember the warrior he saw in his dreams, Beerus saw Yamoshi's spirit as he destroyed a planet. Later, after being asked by Goku how to attain the Super Saiyan God transformation, Shenron - with his knowledge from the Namekian Book of Legends - tells the Dragon Team, Beerus, and Whis the story of the Super Saiyan God. Yamoshi's spirit appears during the Super Saiyan God ritual, turning Goku into a Super Saiyan God to battle Beerus.
When Super Saiyan God Goku is battling Beerus and believes he has reached the limit of Super Saiyan God's power and is going to lose, the "Super Saiyan God power" (Yamoshi) speaks to Goku and tells him to keep on pushing - allowing Goku to tap into more power and continue the battle.
Battle of Gods
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Beerus saw Yamoshi's spirit in his prophetic dream. Later, after being asked by Goku how to attain the Super Saiyan God transformation, Shenron tells the Dragon Team, Beerus, and Whis the story of the Super Saiyan God. Yamoshi's spirit appears during the Super Saiyan God ritual, turning Goku into a Super Saiyan God to battle Beerus.
Other Dragon Ball Stories
Dragon Ball Legends
Main article: Dragon Ball Legends
Shallot and Giblet are eventually revealed to be Ancient Saiyans living in a time period after the demise of the original Super Saiyan God, with the righteous twin brothers battling against the Evil Ancient Saiyans of their time. At one point, Giblet explained to Shallot that the power they needed to obtain to defeat the evil Saiyans was Super Saiyan God, explaining to Shallot that they both possess the potential to become Super Saiyan Gods, due to possessing the same righteous will, declaring them the rightful successors due to the blood of the original Super Saiyan God running through their veins, indicating they may be descended from Yamoshi and seek to carry on his legacy of opposing the evil Saiyans.
Yamoshi is able to achieve the Super Saiyan form.
In Vegeta's story in the anime he also appears to be in the Golden Great Ape form, with the the English dub implying he was only able to become Super Saiyan when he is a Great Ape.
- Super Saiyan God
In Shenron's telling of the Super Saiyan God from the Namekian Book of Legends, the Super Saiyan God is incredibly powerful, he is seen battling against Great Apes and dodging most of their attacks, proving his immense power, but his power ran out "as quickly as it came".
The Super Saiyan God power is utilized much later by Goku through the Super Saiyan God ritual, skyrocketing him to a level of strength where he can give Beerus a satisfying fight, and afterwards Goku is able to make this power his own even though it should have disappeared when the effect of the ritual wore off.
- Flight - The ability to fly using ki.
- Saiyan Power - A genetic trait that continually lets a Saiyan increase in performance against adversity, either by recovering from great injuries or enduring great struggle in battle.
- Crushing in Hands – In Vegeta's telling about the previous Super Saiyan, he uses his hands to crush people.
Main article: Great Ape As a pure Saiyan, Yamoshi possessed a tail and thus the ability to become a Great Ape.
Main article: Super Saiyan Yamoshi is able to turn into a Super Saiyan a thousand years prior to the beginning of Dragon Ball Z, and he is the last Super Saiyan to reach the form until Goku transformed on Namek. Yamoshi's fearsome fighting style that shocked even other Saiyans seems to be the reason for the Super Saiyan legend depicting the Super Saiyan as loving violence.
According to legends
Legendary Super Saiyan
As the Super Saiyan was thought to be a legend, several different Saiyan forms were at one point or another believed to be the "legendary Super Saiyan".
An anime filler scene shows Yamoshi as a Great Ape in the Super Saiyan form. In the English dub, Vegeta notes that Yamoshi could only maintain his Super Saiyan power in the Great Ape transformation, unlike Goku - who Vegeta at the time believed may have had the power of Super Saiyan in his untransformed state. The GT Perfect Files note that the Golden Great Ape form appears to be the Super Saiyan form from the legends, further implying that the original Super Saiyan utilized the Golden Great Ape form.
In Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan, Paragus and Vegeta believe that the form used by Broly is the form that Yamoshi utilized, in Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, Goku also believes that the original Super Saiyan was utilizing the Legendary Super Saiyan state commonly displayed by Broly. In the Dragon Ball Super manga, it is said that the Legendary Saiyan appears once every 1,000 years, further implying that this was the form Yamoshi utilized.
In Dragon Ball Super, Goku and Vegeta refer to the form that Kale uses once her power is mastered as the true legendary Super Saiyan.
Super Saiyan God
Main article: Super Saiyan God
Long after his death, Yamoshi's spirit continued to wander in search of six righteous Saiyans to form Super Saiyan God, which is most likely why he briefly appeared in Goku's ceremony to become a Super Saiyan God.
According to what is written about Yamoshi in the Namekian Book of Legends, through the ritual with his five righteous comrades, the Super Saiyan God was born.
- Pre-Dragon Ball
- Yamoshi (Base/Super Saiyan) and his comrades vs. Evil Saiyans
- According to legend
- Super Saiyan God vs. Evil Saiyans (Great Apes)
- Dragon Ball Super/Films
- Originally the previous Super Saiyan and original Super Saiyan God were thought to be two different people, however a 2017 interview with Toriyama revealed they were in a sense the same person.
- In the Dragon Ball manga, Vegeta's monologue about the Super Saiyan informs the audience of the legend. However, unlike the anime, the monologue in the manga is not accompanied by visual account.
- The original design of the Super Saiyan God having him wearing a cape, and the Original Super Saiyan God fighting evil Saiyans on Planet Vegeta are very similar to the Guardian of Planet Vegeta (god wearing a cape) wanting to destroy the Saiyans because of their evil behavior and described in King Kai's story about the destruction of Planet Vegeta.
- He looks strikingly similar to Vegeta, this is uncommon among most Saiyans and it may suggest that Vegeta could be related to him (this further implied through Vegeta saying that only he should have the potential to become a Super Saiyan in his internal monologue about the Super Saiyan legend). Strangely, in the scene of Goku turning Super Saiyan God during the ritual, he even appears to be wearing the same clothing as Vegeta.
- Yamoshi's name is a pun on "Moyashi" (もやし), the Japanese term for bean sprouts. This not only fits with Saiyan nomenclature, but also the legends of both Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan God as a whole (with Yamoshi being the "seed" that both legends sprouted from).
- It's been speculated that the Evil Ancient Saiyan Cunber may have some history with Yamoshi. Due to his reaction to Goku's usage of Super Saiyan God implies that Cunber is one of the evil Ancient Saiyans who fought Yamoshi.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Toriyama Saiyan interview Part 1. pbd.twimg.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Toriyama Saiyan interview Part 2. pbs.twimg.
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 66, "Goku's New Power"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super episode 2, "To the Promised Resort! Vegeta Takes a Family Trip!"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super chapter 4, "Battle of Gods"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super episode 12, "The Universe Will Shatter? Clash! Destroyer vs. Super Saiyan God!"
- ↑ Tadayoshi Yamamuro interview. okstars.okwave.jp.
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 20, "Goku's Ancestors"