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Kale Transformation
Legendary Saiyan
伝説のサイヤ人 Densetsu no Saiya-jin
Other Super Saiyan (Rampage) (スーパーサイヤ人 (暴走), Sūpā Saiya-jin (Bōsō))[1]
Legendary Super Saiyan (伝説の超サイヤ人, Densetsu no Sūpā Saiya-jin)[2]
Super Saiyan (B-type) (超サイヤ人Bビータイプ, Sūpa Saiyajin Bī Taipu)[3]
First Appearance
Manga Debut Chapter 37 (Super)
Anime Debut DBS093
Movie Debut Movie 11
Game Debut Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2
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Type Ability
Class Supplementary
Range User
Derived technique(s)
Related technique(s)
Users


The Legendary Saiyan (伝説のサイヤ人, Densetsu no Saiya-jin) [4][5] is the Legendary Super Saiyan transformation of a Saiyan who has achieved a unique Super Saiyan state without a Saiyan tail. This transformation first manifested in the Sixth Universe Saiyan Kale, and later her fusion, Kefla.

When it manifests in Kale, it is described as a "berserk" (暴走, bōsō) state due to her loss of sanity and tendency to fight as a rampaging berserker whenever she adopts the form. It is this berserker quality that has caused the Saiyan race to label those who transform into the Legendary Super Saiyan state as demons.[6][1] Vegeta speculates that this transformation was what Saiyans were originally like.[7]

Like the traditional Super Saiyan transformation, as well as the Super Saiyan God transformation, the Legendary Saiyan is renowned in Saiyan legend as a demonic, rampaging, and, ultimately, self-destructive Saiyan who appears only once every thousand years.[8][4]

Before its debut in Dragon Ball Super, the Legendary Super Saiyan form originally appeared in the Broly Trilogy of Dragon Ball Z movies. This early incarnation of the technique, which was similar, if not a bit weaker than its Super counterpart, was unique to Broly and his clone, Bio-Broly.

History

According to Cabba and Caulifla, the Legendary Saiyan is a being that awakens once every thousand years. Upon awakening, their power increases dramatically as they rampage until they essentially self-destruct and die.[4]

This legend is very similar to that of the Yamoshi, the original Super Saiyan of legend, from the 7th Universe.

Appearance

KaleDokkanBattle

Kale in her berserk state.

This state is vastly different from the traditional Super Saiyan transformation. It gives Kale and Broly massively overbuilt muscles, as well as rigid spiked hair (a trait also shared by the Super Saiyan Third Grade); the user also loses their irises, a trait that Third Grade and Rage displayed, though only temporarily. However, unlike the original Super Saiyan state, the user's hair takes on a green tint.[9][8]

In addition the incresaed muscle mass, the user seems to be much taller than their normal form whenever they are transformed into this state. For example, Kale towered over both Cabba and Caulifla, whom she was similar in height to prior to transforming. The transformation makes her noticeably more masculine in appearance, to the point of dropping her voice several octaves.[9] When Broly transforms, he grows to an astounding three meters in height.

The aura presented by this state possesses several noticeable differences from the aura presented by the standard Super Saiyan form. In this form, Kale's aura has a lime green outline with the traditional golden-colored interior of the standard Super Saiyan form..[9][7]within the aura, much like various higher Saiyan forms,[9] such as Super Saiyans 2 and 3. Uniquely, upon transforming, the user will cause the area around her to pulsate several shades of green before the aura takes shape.[9][7]

In the manga, Kale's Legendary Saiyan form is significantly smaller than its anime counterpart. While she still grows noticeably taller, her muscles do not initially expand. Instead, her arms and legs remain thin at first and only later become slightly bigger as her power increases. Like the anime counterpart, however, her hair continues to stand on end and her eyes lose their irises.[6]

Attributes

Legendary Strength

Kale's strength as a Legendary Saiyan.

The Legendary Saiyan transformation is a form equivalent to the traditional Super Saiyan transformation in that it is the first in its own line of Saiyan transformations and is achieved via the same means:[10] extreme anger, or self-loathing triggers the transformation once a Saiyan has broken the limits of their species.[9][11] However, this is where the similarities between the two transformations end. It also appears to be the full-power version of the Super Saiyan (C-type), as Kale transitions between the two based upon her power level.[12]

The form is often referred to as a berserker state, as it drastically alters the user's personality into that of an insane fighter. When Kale first transformed, having been angry at Cabba for being friendly with Caulifla, she took her anger out on him, relentlessly attacking Cabba but leaving Caulifla unharmed. Kale was able to overpower Super Saiyan Cabba with ease.[9]

While this form comes at the cost of sanity, Kale displays varying degrees of awareness while in this form. A commonality is often a single target (during the first two instances of this form, she focused almost exclusively on Cabba or Son Gokū) and, when she transformed the first time, was capable of fully formed sentences, and outright told Caulifla to move when she rushed Cabba.[9] The second time she transformed, however, Kale was only focused on killing Gokū, and attacked anything in her way, even Caulifla.[7]

Super Saiyan (C-type)

Main article: Super Saiyan (C-type)

Kale Transformed

Kale's normal Super Saiyan state.

The Super Saiyan C-type is a highly controlled version of the Legendary Saiyan state. It is the most like the traditional Super Saiyan transformation, but it is described as a transformation with perfect energy control, making it more akin to the Full-Power Super Saiyan state.

Variations

The Legendary Saiyan transformation is a separate branch of the traditional Super Saiyan form and, like the traditional form, has advanced forms of its own.

Super Saiyan 2

KaleMasteredRampage

The two versions of Super Saiyan 2 side-by-side.

Main article: Super Saiyan 2 (Legendary Saiyan) In the anime, after mastering her rampaging form, Kale managed to push the limits of the Legendary Saiyan transformation and transform into her own version of Super Saiyan 2.

Improvement

During the course of the Tournament of Power, Kale learned to control her energy when transforming, allowing her to adopt the Super Saiyan (C-type): a weaker, albeit more controlled, version of the Legendary Saiyan form. Shortly after doing so, Kale was shown to be able to willingly adopt the Legendary Saiyan form by increasing her energy as a Super Saiyan (C-type). When she transforms this way, Kale is in complete control over her senses and can use the boost in power without completely losing control over herself.[12]

Drawbacks

She can't control her power?!

—Piccolo, "Out of Control! The Savage Berserker Awakens!!"

Kale's Blaster Meteor

Kale using Blaster Meteor to alleviate her excess ki.

Despite its otherwise impressive power, Kale seems to be unable to control her ki within this state, as it overflows and causes damage to her body, something noted by Piccolo. In order to alleviate the excess ki, Kale is forced to expel it from her body in the form of dozens of exceedingly powerful energy blasts. These blasts were powerful enough to knock several contestants off of the stage in the Tournament of Power.[7]

In the manga, Vegeta noted that the rampaging Super Saiyan form is an example of a form that relies solely on power. Kale may be powerful while transformed, but she becomes predictable and can easily be counterattacked, allowing an opponent to gain the advantage. In this way, it has similar weaknesses to the Super Saiyan Third Grade form that it resembles; power means nothing when blows can't make contact.[13]

Improvement

During the course of the Tournament of Power, Kale learned to control her energy when transforming, allowing her to adopt the Super Saiyan (C-type): a weaker, albeit more controlled, version of the Legendary Saiyan form. Shortly after doing so, Kale was shown to be able to willingly adopt the Legendary Saiyan form by increasing her energy as a Super Saiyan (C-type). When she transforms this way, Kale is in complete control over her senses and can use the boost in power without completely losing control over herself.[12]

Creation and Conception

Before its debut in Dragon Ball Super, the Legendary Super Saiyan form originally appeared in the Broly Trilogy of Dragon Ball Z movies. This early incarnation of the technique, which was similar, if not a bit weaker than its Super counterpart, was unique to Broly and his clone, Bio-Broly.

In Other Media

See also: Broly Trilogy

SuperSaiyanBroliLegendary

The original Legendary Super Saiyan form's depiction.

Under the name Legendary Super Saiyan, this transformation originally debuted in the Broly Trilogy: a trio of Dragon Ball Z movies which featured Broly as the main antagonist. The transformation and its lore remain largely the same between the two incarnations, though the designs have been altered slightly by Akira Toriyama for Dragon Ball Super.[14]

Notably, the original Legendary Super Saiyan form is weaker than the version presented in Dragon Ball Super. According to Daizenshū 7: Dragon Ball Encyclopedia, the transformation makes Broly stronger than an ordinary Super Saiyan but weaker than a Super Saiyan 2.[15] This is later seemingly contradicted in the thirteenth Dragon Ball Z movie in which Broly, while transformed, easily outclasses Son Gohan in the Super Saiyan 2 form. But, whatever the case, in Super, the transformation is clearly in the same leagues as the Super Saiyan God and Super Saiyan Blue transformations.

Video Games

Due to the popularity of the transformation (and Broly himself), video games often embellished the form and gave it several variants that did not appear in the anime or the manga.

Legendary Super Saiyan 3

Main articles: Super Saiyan 3 and Legendary Super Saiyan 3

Legendary Super Saiyan 3

Broly as a Super Saiyan 3 in Raging Blast.

Starting in the Raging Blast series, Broly obtained a version of Super Saiyan 3 that incorporated the Legendary Saiyan form. This form was bulkier than the traditional Super Saiyan 3 form and sported Broly's unique green-tinted hair.

In Dragon Ball Fusions it was officially given the name Legendary Super Saiyan 3 (伝説の超サイヤ人3スリー, Densetsu no Sūpā Saiya-jin Surī) (though the English dub of Raging Blast had Gokū call this transformation by that name).[16] It has, since, also appeared in Dragon Ball Heroes.

Ironically, both Kale and Caulifla have expressed interest in learning to become Super Saiyan 3 after witnessing Son Gokū adopt the form during the Tournament of Power, lending some legitimacy to this transformation's existence.

Super Saiyan 4

Main article: Super Saiyan 4 The Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission manga introduces a Super Saiyan 4 Broly, with the familiar enlarged muscles of his Legendary Saiyan state. This version of Super Saiyan 4 goes on to appear in the Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game and is known as Super Saiyan 4 Full Power.

Broly God

Rather than obtain the Super Saiyan God transformation, both Dragon Ball Heroes and Dragon Ball Z: Super Tenkaichi Budokai feature a unique form of Broly and a variation of the Legendary Saiyan form: Broly God (ブロリーゴッド, Burorī Goddo).

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dragon Ball Super Blu-Ray Box 10 Setting Art Book
  2. Dragon Ball Z: Burn Up!! A Red-Hot, Raging, Super-Fierce Fight
  3. Daizenshū 6, page 125
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Dragon Ball Super chapter 38
  5. TwitterLogo @Herms98 (Todd Frankenship) on Twitter "Cabba and Caulifla identify Kale as the "legendary Saiyan". A "demon Saiyan" like this appears once every 1,000 years. Once they start rampaging, their ever-increasing power will eventually lead to their own destruction. So they try to stop Kale before she dies."
  6. 6.0 6.1 Dragon Ball Super chapter 37
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Dragon Ball Super episode 100
  8. 8.0 8.1 Dragon Ball Super: Broly
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Dragon Ball Super episode 93
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  11. Dragon Ball Super episode 114
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Dragon Ball Super episode 101
  13. Dragon Ball Super chapter 38
  14. Toriyama's comments on Broly. July 9, 2018.
  15. Daizenshū 7
  16. Dragon Ball Fusions

Trivia

  • There has been numerous confirmations that Broly and Kale have the exact same transformation:
    • In Dragon Ball Super chapter 38, both Cabba and Caulifla note that Kale is the Legendary Saiyan that appears once every thousand years. This Saiyan is a demonic berserker whose power continues to increase until they self-destruct.[1] This is an identical account to how Broly's Legendary Super Saiyan transformation is described in the Broly Trilogy.[2]
    • In an issue of V-Jump, the similarities between the two characters are parodied in a short comic. The same issue also states that, in the production notes for the transformation's debut episode, Kale's transformation is referred to as a "Broly transformation" (ブロリー化, Burorī-ka).[3][4]
    • Concept art of Kale in this form acknowledge the exact similarities between her and Broly.[5]
    • This connection is strengthened due to Kale's usage of many of Broly's movie lines during the debut of this form.[6]
  • Cabba refers to it as "Kale's Super Saiyan" (ケールさんの超サイヤ人, Kēru-san no Sūpā Saiya-jin).[6]
    • Caulifla refers to this form as "ultra super" (ウルトラスーパー, urutora sūpā) and an "ultra super power" (ウルトラスーパーパワー, urutora sūpā pawā), perhaps as a reference to the Super Saiyan Third Grade it resembles, which was dubbed the "Ultra Super Saiyan."[7]
    • Oddly enough, a conceptual design for Kale's version of the Legendary Saiyan form refers to it as Super Saiyan 2.[8]
  • Strangely, Kale does not seem to be able to reach this form by focusing her ki into her back as a normal Saiyan would to reach Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 2.[6] It is unknown whether this means the Legendary Saiyan form is achieved through a different method or if Kale simply failed due to a lack of practice.
    • It should be noted, however, that, later in the anime, during the Tournament of Power, she was shown focusing her ki into her leg muscles, allowing her to willingly transform into this state.[7]

References

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  3. V-Jump short comic
  4. "Turning into Broly"
  5. TwitterLogo @Herms98 (Todd Frankenship) on Twitter "Some design images for Caulifla and Kale. Looks like they're acknowledging Kale looks like Broly (not that there's much denying it)."
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Dragon Ball Super episode 93
  7. 7.0 7.1 Dragon Ball Super episode 101
  8. Kale's Concept Sheet
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