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I was so sure my strength was getting close to its peak, and then this guy showed up and was so much stronger than me. And he's a Saiyan, just like I am. He's probably even stronger than Beerus. Oh, Beerus is a God of Destruction, by the way. It'd be a shame to see someone so incredible die on this planet... Then who would I train against?
~ Goku befriending Broly in Dragon Ball Super: Broly.

Broly is a supporting character in the Japanese martial arts fantasy franchise Dragon Ball, appearing as the titular main protagonist/misguided central antagonist of the 2018 anime film Dragon Ball Super: Broly and a flashback cameo character in the 2015 manga series Dragon Ball Super. He is set to return in the 2022 anime film Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero.

Broly was a pure-blooded Saiyan who was exiled from his homeworld Planet Vegeta as a baby by King Vegeta due to his immense latent battle power. Broly became stranded on an inhospitable world called Vampa alongside his father Paragus, who raised him and taught him how to fight. Decades later, Broly and his father were rescued by and inducted into the Frieza Force.

With Frieza's aid, Broly and Paragus made their way to Earth where they intended to fulfil the latter's desire to take vengeance on King Vegeta by killing his living son Vegeta IV. Broly steadily grew more and more unhinged as he fought Vegeta and his ally Son Goku, eventually losing himself to rage entirely when Paragus was killed in the midst of the fighting.

Broly's life was saved by the intervention of his Frieza Force friends Cheelai and Lemo, who deserted the army to help him survive. Broly, having been freed from his rage, began living on Vampa again with his new friends. He also made amends with Goku and began acting as his sparring partner.

Broly is voiced by Bin Shimada in Japanese. In English, he is voiced by Vic Mignogna in Dragon Ball Super: Broly and by Johnny Yong Bosch in other media. Broly was loosely based off of the original version of the character, as depicted in Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan and Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming.

Appearance

Broly was an incredibly tall and muscular Saiyan who, even in his natural state, towered above fellow Saiyans such as Goku, Paragus, and Vegeta. He had olive-colored skin and black eyes, and a number of scars across his body including one across his left cheek. Broly's spikey overgrown black hair reached down his shoulders and stayed the same length since his birth. Like all Saiyans, Broly was born with a brown monkey-like tail although it was eventually removed permanently.

Broly wears a battle jacket and boots of a similar style to Tagoma with a green and black color scheme. He also wears skin-tight purple pants and the ear of a creature he considered to be his friend on Vampa around his waist. As a child, he previously wore more traditional Saiyan battle armor and had a tail.

Synopsis

Early Life

The truth of the matter is that your son Broly's latent abilities are abnormally elevated. I'd go so far as to call him a freak. Someday that power will likely end up driving him completely insane. When that time comes, he'll be a danger not just to the Planet Vegeta but to the entire universe.
~ King Vegeta accurately predicting the potential danger of Broly.

Broly in a Saiyan nursing capsule as an infant.

Broly was a member of the Saiyan race born on Planet Vegeta to Colonel Paragus of the Saiyan Armed Forces in Age 732. He exhibited an extraordinarily high latent battle power as a newborn which prompted Saiyan scientists to place his birthing pod into a nursery usually reserved for highborn children. Unbeknownst to everyone, Broly was the latest incarnation of the "Legendary Super Saiyan," a prophesied line of Saiyans with tremendous power said to emerge once every 1000 years.

One day Broly's limitless potential was brought to the attention of Vegeta III, the King of the Saiyans, who grew jealous that Broly was greater than his own newborn son Vegeta IV. King Vegeta, in his hubris (yet also to protect his people from Broly's potential danger), decided to exile the child to Planet Vampa, an inhospitable world where only the strongest survived. After being sent to the barren world in a space pod and becoming stranded, Broly looked at Vampa's moon and transformed into a Great Ape. In his Ape state, Broly went on a rampage which subsided when the moon went down.

Broly eating a beetle on Vampa.

Broly was soon found sleeping in a pile of Vampa beetle carcasses by his father Paragus, who had tracked down his infant son and become stranded himself after his ship was damaged entering Vampa's atmosphere. Paragus, who also noticed Broly's massive potential, relentlessly trained his son in martial arts over the years. Paragus attached a shock collar to his son which would force him into obedience and also cut off the Legendary Super Saiyan's tail after Broly's Great Ape rampages became too much for Paragus to handle.

As a child, Broly encountered a gigantic predator native to Vampa which he called "Ba" after the noises the creature made. Broly began training by dodging Ba's attacks and eventually struck an unusual friendship with the beast. Paragus saw Broly's friendship with Ba as a hinderance to Broly's training and as such shot Ba's ear off with a gun. Ba no longer trusted the Saiyans after that incident, meaning Broly had lost his first friend. Broly took to wearing Ba's giant ear around his waist as a way of remembering their friendship.

Destinies Collide

Joining the Frieza Force

In Age 780, Broly was eating the remains of a Vampa beetle he had killed when a spacecraft touched down on the planet's surface. Paragus greeted the visitors, who were two low-level members of the Frieza Force named Cheelai and Lemo, and called for Broly's assistance when a Vampa beetle was preparing to attack them. Broly arrived within an instant and easily killed the beetle. Cheelai and Lemo (who had been scouring desolate planets in search of potential recruits) decided to bring the Saiyans before Emperor Frieza himself, as they believed he would be interested in Broly.

Broly trying to imitate Cheelai's behaviour.

Broly bonded with Cheelai while traveling aboard her spaceship on the way to Frieza's main fleet. She gave him a regular ration bar, which was the best food Broly had ever tasted. Upon reaching the fleet, Broly and Paragus were given an audience with Emperor Frieza. Frieza explained to the Saiyans that Planet Vegeta had been destroyed decades prior, yet King Vegeta's son Vegeta IV still lived and had taken up residence on Earth. Paragus pledged his and Broly's allegiance to the Frieza Force in the hopes that it would allow him to take his revenge on the Vegeta bloodline.

Broly, after taking a shower and gaining new Frieza Force armor, headed to the cantina on Frieza's flagship alongside his father where they ate with Cheelai and Lemo. While they were talking, a drunk soldier called Daigen approached the group and started aggressively flirting with Cheelai despite her discomfort. Broly stepped in and started strangling Daigen, yet Paragus used his remote to shock Broly into dropping him. Paragus was then summoned for a private audience with Frieza. Cheelai, who disapproved of the way Paragus treated Broly, revealed that she had swiped the remote from under Paragus's nose.

Broly spending time with Cheelai and Lemo on Frieza's ship.

Cheelai crushed the remote control, essentially freeing Broly from the collar's torture forever. Along with Lemo and Cheelai, Broly went to a secluded area on the ship where he started eating a large pile of ration bars. He also tasted water for the first time after Lemo gave him a bottle for his sore throat. As he ate and drank Broly opened up about his former friendship with Ba and his relationship with his father, both of which upset Cheelai and Lemo.

Battle on Earth

Broly exiting Frieza's ship.

Eventually the Frieza Force touched down on Earth's ice continent, where they were rendezvousing with a pair of Frieza Force soldiers who had been gathering Earth's Dragon Balls (a set of seven wish orbs which could summon an Eternal Dragon who could grant almost any wish). Upon arrival however, the Frieza Force discovered that Prince Vegeta and his Saiyan ally Son Goku were waiting for them. Broly and Paragus exited the ship alongside Frieza and made their introductions to the two Saiyans.

Broly rushed Vegeta and began wildly attacking him after Paragus gave him permission to do so. Broly briefly held the upper hand until Vegeta transformed into a Super Saiyan, at which point the Prince of the Saiyans began overpowering Broly. However, Broly's latent ability to improve as he fought kicked in and allowed him to fight evenly Vegeta despite the latter's transformation. To counter Broly's increase in strength, Vegeta transformed into his Super Saiyan God form which allowed him to utterly eclipse Broly.

Broly charging an energy attack in his newly-attained Wrath State.

After trying and failing to hit Super Saiyan God Vegeta with a flurry of attacks, Broly was punched through several mountains. Paragus tried to order his son to return, although Broly's ever-increasing rage made him ignore his father's orders. As God Vegeta fired his God Heat Flash technique at him with the intent to kill, Broly's power swelled and he took on his Wrath State for the first time. Broly was able to match Vegeta's strength in his new berserker form.

Goku, who had been observing until that point, interrupted and told Broly that it was his turn to fight him. Broly shifted his focus to Goku, and the two began battling. As the fight raged on, Goku transformed into his Super Saiyan form and then his Super Saiyan God form in an attempt to contain Broly. Broly, however, was able to overpower and badly damage Goku with a series of unrelenting attacks. Goku, realising that he couldn't defeat Broly in his current state, transformed into his next stage Super Saiyan Blue.

As a Super Saiyan Blue, Goku was finally able to gain the upper hand on Broly whose Wrath State could no longer keep up with Goku's higher transformation. Seeing that Broly would likely lose, Emperor Frieza executed Paragus and claimed that he had been killed by a stray energy blast. As Frieza had hoped, the resulting sorrow that Broly felt triggered his transformation into a Super Saiyan. Super Broly released such tremendous energy that Vegeta intervened and transformed into a Super Saiyan Blue to assist Goku.

The combined strength of Goku and Vegeta was unable to match Broly's newfound power, prompting the two Saiyans to lead Broly to Frieza. Having completely lost his sense of self, Broly began attacking Frieza as Goku and Vegeta teleported away from the battlefield. Frieza transformed into his Golden form in an attempt to retaliate against Broly, yet the Super Saiyan still dominated the Galactic Emperor. For the next hour, Broly relentlessly sunk attack after attack into Frieza.

Broly found his match in Super Saiyan Gogeta.

Eventually, he switched targets and began attacking the Angel Whis (who had accompanied Goku and Vegeta to the ice continent). Whis effortlessly avoided Broly's attacks until Gogeta, the powerful fusion of Goku and Vegeta, arrived to confront Broly. Broly began firing a barrage of energy bullets at Gogeta who evaded all of them and transformed into a Super Saiyan. Super Saiyan Broly and Super Saiyan Gogeta traded blows and energy attacks, yet found themselves to be fairly evenly matched.

Their titanic battle caused reality itself to shatter, which sent Broly and Gogeta into another dimension. Broly continued his assault until his power coalesced so much that he transformed into the Legendary Super Saiyan, which gave him an advantage over Super Gogeta. His advantage was short lived, however, as Gogeta transformed into a Super Saiyan Blue and began dominating Broly. Their continued clash made reality shatter once again, sending the Saiyans back to Earth.

Legendary Super Saiyan Broly fighting Gogeta on Earth.

Despite his best efforts, Broly couldn't land a single blow on Gogeta as the fused Saiyan relentlessly pummelled him with his fists and energy attacks. Gogeta then fired his Kamehameha technique with the intent to kill Broly. As the impending threat of death loomed over him, Broly finally snapped out of his berserker rage. At that exact moment, Cheelai, who had stolen the Dragon Balls and summoned the Eternal Dragon Shenron, wished for Broly to be saved and sent back to Vampa.

Befriending Kakarot

Within the blink of an eye Broly was restored to his base form and teleported back to Vampa, where he was initially bewildered about what had happened to him. Within three days, Cheelai and Lemo, who were both fugitives being hunted by the Frieza Force, arrived on Vampa. Broly decided to accommodate his new friends, and even brought them the leg of a Vampa beetle to eat. As Cheelai and Lemo grimaced over the taste of the Vampa beetle, Broly sensed someone suddenly arrive nearby. Despite their previous hostility to each other, Goku had come with a peace offering.

Broly befriending his former enemy Kakarot on Planet Vampa.

He provided the trio with a portable Earth-made house for them to live in on Vampa and a couple of senzu beans (magical beans that could restore a person's vitality). Goku explained that he needed Broly to stay strong and healthy, as he saw the good in him and wanted the Legendary Super Saiyan to become his sparring partner. As Goku prepared to leave the planet he told Broly that he should refer to him as "Kakarot," his Saiyan birth name (as Son Goku was his adopted Earth name).


Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero

Broly preparing to train against Goku and Vegeta

Broly (along with Goku and Vegeta) has a minor role in the Dragon Ball Super Super Hero movie, as Goku and Vegeta brought him, Cheelai and Lemo to Beerus' planet; allowing them to train him to get his power under control, while also ensuring his protection from Frieza. This also indirectly resulted in Vegeta and Goku not being available when trouble occurred close to home on Earth.

Powers and Abilities

As an infant, Broly possessed greater power than an infant Vegeta, causing the king to exile him to a stormy world. As an adult, Broly's power has grown tremendously. Vegeta notes that he has absurd levels of energy and both Goku and Frieza are astonished at his strength. He is noted to be the most strongest opponent Goku and company have faced yet, with a power potentially surpassing that of the Gods of Destruction.

Broly displays an ability to learn in the middle of a battle. When Goku tried to entangle Broly with his ki using his Super Saiyan God form, Broly was not only able to break free but use the same technique on Goku. In his base form, he was able to hold his own against Super Saiyan Vegeta, forcing him to transform into a Super Saiyan God.

Transformations

Great Ape

Broly as a Great Ape on Vampa.

Any Saiyan that hadn't removed or otherwise lost their tail would undergo a transformation, willingly or not, upon absorbing enough Blutz Waves (a type of energy source which emitted from celestial bodies such as full moons). The transformation in question would see a Saiyan morph into a gigantic, burly ape-like monster covered in brown fur which would stand at at least fifty feet tall. Referred to as a "Great Ape," the transformation increased the battle power of its user tenfold yet cost them their rationality. Broly first transformed into a Great Ape as an infant, at which point he went on a destructive rampage across Vampa. His rampages as a Great Ape eventually became so troublesome that Paragus permanently removed Broly's tail, therefore taking his ability to transform into a Great Ape away.

Wrathful

It looks as though he's managed to transform somehow and take on the incredible strength the Saiyans have whenever they become Great Apes.
~ Paragus explaining his theory on the Wrath State to Lord Frieza.

Broly in his bulked up Wrath State.

In a unique case, Broly was later able to unlock the power increase provided by the Great Ape transformation without actually taking the form. This state, referred to as the "Wrath State" or "Wrathful," made Broly's hair stand up albeit with several loose strands. His eyes also changed, becoming smaller and gaining yellow irises with black pupils. Wrathful provided Broly with the strength and resilience of a Great Ape while maintaining his speed, yet it turned him into a near-mindless sadistic berserker dedicated to causing destruction. As his anger increased in the Wrath State, Broly's muscle mass and height grew to accommodate for the build up of his raw energy.

Super Saiyan

Broly as a Super Saiyan.

Broly was one of the few Saiyans in history who was capable of transforming into a "Super Saiyan," a type of power up which saw its user's battle strength increase by approximately fifty times. Although every Saiyan had the potential to unlock the Super Saiyan transformation, it took a gentle spirit and/or feelings of anger or sorrow to transform a regular Saiyan into a Super Saiyan. Broly first transformed into a Super Saiyan after feeling a tremendous amount of sorrow in the wake of his father's death. While in the Super Saiyan state, Broly's hair turned golden and stood up (with less loose strands than his Wrath state). His skin also took a lighter tone, likely due to the immense energy coalescing in his body.

Broly powering up as the Legendary Super Saiyan.

Uniquely within his universe, Broly could access an extremely powerful version of the basic Super Saiyan form by exercising his full power. Called "Legendary Super Saiyan" or "Super Saiyan Full Power," the form increased Broly's muscle mass and stature even further to the point that he stood at three meters (9'10") tall. His hair was bright green in the form and stood up in thinner strands than it did in the regular Super Saiyan state. Whenever Broly took enough damage as a Legendary Super Saiyan, he naturally reverted into a basic Super Saiyan.

Trivia

  • Broly's name is a pun on the vegetable "broccoli", like his evil counterpart.
  • Broly was born with a power level of 10,000.
  • According to an interview with Yapiko's staff and Yoshihiko Umakoshi: Dragon Ball Super Broly was already in the planning phases before they had the idea of bringing Kale into the Super TV series, which would explain why the resemblance between Broly and Kale was never referenced in the movie.
  • During the movie's creation and conception, Akira Toriyama states that Broly would be more interesting if he "re-arranged some things" about him.
    • It was revealed that Toriyama ignored the idea of adding Broly's iconic Legendary Super Saiyan transformation, until Shintani instead implemented his own version of it.
    • This incarnation of the character is more well-recieved by fans, compared to his evil counterpart and Kale.
  • Considering Broly's feat against god-tier opponents like Goku, Vegeta, and Frieza, even in their strongest forms (forcing the former two to fuse into Gogeta to beat him), this would mean that Broly currently stands as the most powerful non-fused mortal of Universe 7.
  • Broly is referenced in the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga, where Goku tells Merus that him and Vegeta are one of the three strongest pure-blooded Saiyans.
  • In Xenoverse 2, Broly is given lines in his Super Saiyan (Full Power) form when he is selected as one of the playable characters (despite only roaring during his fight against Gogeta in the movie).
    • In FighterZ, Broly doesn't speak at all, only shouting and grunting (as correctly shown in the movie).
  • One of the Easter Eggs in the movie has a random scientist commenting on Broly potentially being the "Legendary Super Saiyan" from Saiyan folklore.
  • Broly is one of the few pure-blooded Saiyansto to never die.
    • Unlike most Saiyans, Broly fears death.
  • Due to the Vic Mignogna allegation shortly after the movie's release, Broly will now be voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch.
  • Despite being the main antagonist of the film, Broly doesn't have much dialogue and speaks much less than all the other characters.
  • Unlike his evil counterpart, Broly doesn't talk much and is much more childish and anti-social.

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