Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball Super continues a legacy of shonen storytelling that has lasted nearly 40 years. Many sequels struggle to capture the magic of the original or flesh out a satisfying story, but DBS is a nostalgic return to basics that takes beloved anime characters to bolder places than ever before.
DBS continues to dig into the history of Saiyans in compelling ways, who have never had such unique transformations to explore. Goku’s father Bardockis a character that Dragon Ball has only introduced in small parts, all of which draw compelling parallels between the fallen Saiyan and his heroic son.
Warning! If you are not up to date with the Dragon Ball Super (Chapter 80) manga in MANGA Plus, we recommend you read the chapter first and then continue with our list of things that Bardock does better than his son.
8 Things Bardock Does Better Than Goku
- Bardock is the best team leader:
Goku has cemented his status as a brave hero who is always willing to do what is necessary for the greater good, but when he finds himself in a bind, he solves many of his problems on his own. The gap between Goku’s strength and everyone else’s power is usually so extreme that Goku is left in a league of his own.
Oftentimes, he’s one of the only fighters truly capable of taking down the biggest threat. Alternatively, Bardock is much more of a team player as he prefers to hunt with a group of trusted allies. Team Bardock is Bardock’s squad, which included his fellow Saiyans Tora, Fasha, Borgos, Leek, Shugesh, and Gine over the years.
- Bardock has better control over his Great Ape form:
The Great Ape form of Dragon Ball has been a signature Saiyan transformation since the very first episodes of the original Dragon Ball. This monstrous transformation has become more of a liability than it’s worth, especially when more advantageous Super Saiyan forms also exist.
Dragon Ball explains that the lower ranked Saiyans cannot control their Great Ape form, which is left as a wild beast. However, there are many Saiyans, Bardock included, who have a level of mastery over this transformation and can properly use it to their advantage in combat.
- Bardock has been a savior to the Cerelians:
Dragon Ball has gradually added nuance to the Saiyan race and made some crucial reveals that paint them as more than just a no-nonsense race of aggressive warriors. It’s true that Saiyans thrive on combat and aggression and this is where they are at their best, but Bardock exhibits inspired judgment on when to follow through and rebel against his orders.
Saiyans aren’t used to showing empathy, but Bardock’s decision to protect Granola from the Heeters has major ramifications decades later when Granola meets Bardock’s son. Goku’s relationship with Granola is still too recent for Goku to have left a lasting impact on him, unlike Bardock.
- Bardock has premonitions about the future:
Bardock and Goku are pivotal characters in Dragon Ball, but the inherent tragedy between them is that they’re from different generations, so they don’t get a chance to co-exist.
One of the ways that Dragon Ball tries to get around this is by gifting Bardock with a series of invasive premonitions that tease the future, specifically the achievements of his son, Goku. It’s cathartic that Bardock can see his son convey his own message, but it’s also a huge difference between this Saiyan father and son.
- Bardock is a more considerate husband:
Goku is by no means a malicious individual when it comes to his home life with his family, but his obliviousness towards those closest to him can often come off as callous. Chi-Chi just wants to have a peaceful life with her husband and her children, but Goku enjoys the action and quickly puts his family in danger.
A fascinating detail about Bardock is that he is reasonably romantic with his wife, Gine, and at least wants to be considerate of her feelings. This makes quite an impression as most Saiyans, especially on Planet Vegeta, are more utilitarian than emotional.
- Bardock knows the secret to defeating the Heeters:
There have been some seismic shifts destroying the Dragon Ball Super status quo during the events of the Survivor Arc. The Heeters, specifically Gas, have become the true villains of this saga, and Gas’s strength has just reached unprecedented heights after his restraint collar was removed.
Gas’s berserker form is extremely difficult to control, and this new power surge leaves everyone stumped on how to regain the upper hand. Super indicates that Bardock was previously able to tame Gas in this state, though no one knows how he did it.
The full circumstances surrounding Bardock’s confrontation with Gas have not come to light, but he currently possesses more information about this new threat than Goku does. For more information you can read about Dragon Ball Super Chapter 80; Granola vs the new form of Gas.
- Bardock is skilled at invading and conquering planets:
Bardock finally finds his independence before his final moments, but has spent years as a planet-invading and conquering tool of destruction, typically for Frieza.
There is no doubt that Goku is powerful enough to land on another planet and completely decimate their strongest warriors, but he is inexperienced in doing that and it is not a behavior that comes naturally to him.
Goku actually takes pride in how the Saiyan culture isn’t instilled in him. However, conquest abilities of this nature can come in handy in sticky situations and Bardock can benefit from years of training.
- Bardock is less susceptible to trickery:
Goku’s memories of his father are virtually non-existent, which makes it truly special that they both get to take on Frieza and make a lasting impression against the galactic tyrant.
Goku never gets along with Frieza, but immediately recognizes him as the enemy. Frieza spends years taking advantage of the Saiyan population to manage his hard work and trick them into thinking they are valuable allies.
Frieza successfully fools most of the Saiyan race, but Bardock is able to see through the cracks and understand what Frieza really stands for. Bardock’s rebellion is unsuccessful, but he sees the truth. The same thing happens when Bardock goes against the Heeters to help Granolah and Monaito. He is an independent thinker.
When does the saga of Dragon Ball Super 2 begin?
We don’t have a release date for the Dragon Ball Super 2 anime yet, but the Moro and Granola sagas are now available to read in their manga illustrated by Toyotaro and supervised by Akira Toriyama. You can watch the Dragon Ball Super anime (up to the Saga of Power Storm) on Crunchyroll or Funimation.
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