“Human kind aside, it is a wondrous planet. And humans are quite flawed, with so many problems yet to be solved. But they do radiate an irresistible charm”
Kibito Kai, Dragon Ball: Battle of Gods
This Isn’t Even My Final Form
So in this post I carry on from the introduction in the previous instalment. I am exploring the relationship between Gods and Mortals in the Dragon Ball universe, particularly in Dragon Ball Super. So now it’s time to get to the meat of the matter and begin with the “Battle of Gods” arc.
Battle Of Gods
So after a long hiatus Dragon Ball returned to our screens and introduced us to Lord Beerus.
Beerus is a “God of Destruction” (conveniently abbreviated to G.o.D by the fans), a being that is meant to keep an eye on the balance of good and evil in its universe and destroy the evil guys basically. In the film (and series) Beerus is a lazy slob who neglects his duties and destroys planets at random if they don’t give him nice food or are rude to him in any way. He is literally introduced to us waking up from a 39 year nap (sleepy kitty indeed) and destroys a planet because while the fish they gave him was nice and salty, it had too much grease… See where I’m getting the “Gods are Crap” vibes from?
While Beerus slept he had a vision of a “Super Saiyan God” that could be his match in combat and through the use of his helper/attendant Whis (an angel and Beerus’ mentor) he learns that Earth is the home of the surviving Saiyans and their half-breed children (Goku and Vegeta and then Gohan, Goten and Trunks) but the strongest Saiyan (Goku) is training on King Kai’s planet so the pair decide to head there and ask about this ‘Super Saiyan God’.
Neither King Kai nor Goku have ever heard of this ‘Super Saiyan God’ that Beerus is searching for but Goku being Goku asks the God for a sparring match to which Beerus agrees. Beerus wipes the floor with Goku, beating his strongest form (Super Saiyan 3) with just a flick of a finger and dissatisfied with his opponent Beerus and Whis leave for Earth to see if Vegeta can provide them with better answers.
On Earth our heroes are throwing a party for Bulma’s birthday when Beerus and Whis show up. It turns out Vegeta has never heard of the “Super Saiyan God” either and knowing not to annoy Beerus, Vegeta invites him to join the party and sample some Earth food.
Some trouble starts when one of the guests (Majin Buu) won’t share a pudding cup with the God. Beerus gets furious and seeing the threat all the Z Fighters (collective name for our heroes) spring into action and rush Beerus but he makes quick work of all of them using a pair of chopsticks. Vegeta challenges Beerus in one on one combat but is hopelessly outmatched.
Just when all hope seems lost Goku appears on the scene and has an idea, they can use the Dragon Balls to summon the Super Saiyan God but they are informed by the Dragon that one does not yet exist in their world so the gang ask how do they ‘make’ one. The Dragon tells them that five Saiyans with righteous hearts must distil their power into another. After some shenanigans the ritual works and Goku is transformed into the mythical Super Saiyan God.
A fierce fight between Goku and Lord Beerus begins and for a while they seem evenly matched only for Beerus to proclaim he isn’t even close to using his full power but Goku fights on knowing that his world is at stake when he suddenly drops from his God state. The fight continues into the upper atmosphere and after blocking a planet destroying blast Goku is spent.
Beerus says that he just wants Goku to say he gives up and Goku admits he never stood a chance. Beerus tells Goku he is the third strongest person he has had the pleasure of fighting which Goku finds a bit disappointing and he passes out, falling to the planet below but Beerus catches him.
Back on the surface Beerus says it is time to make good to destroy Earth and powers up a blast… Which he then uses to destroy a small rock (tease) and Whis laughs saying “Well look at that, you did destroy Earth after all. Just not very much of it.” It seems Goku has endeared himself to the Gods and the Earth has been spared for now.
I think it’s pretty clear why I think this arc is proclaiming “Gods are morons.” We are introduced to a God who destroys planets because of greasy food and bad manners, a law unto himself and a bad-tempered childish idiot to boot (he can’t see this right?).
Beerus is a spoiled child who through millenia of being the top dog (or cat) has gotten fat off his own hubris. We find out in a later arc that there are only 28 planets in Universe 7 with “advanced” life, partially because Beerus keeps destroying unnecessary planets and partly because of another God’s incompetence. But more on that later.
I think the message here is clear, Gods being all-powerful with no one to keep them in check are a threat to mortal life as they can destroy on a whim and there is nothing you can do about it. Goku entering this realm of power means that maybe the tide is turning and mortals can conquer the Gods.
One of the things that makes Goku such a great character is that he is a great example of what people can achieve. Starting from nothing it is through determination and a drive to always be better and outdo himself that makes Goku a great character and pretty much the opposite of Beerus.
Goku is kind, caring and will do anything to protect his friends (which he has done twice so far) and when Whis offers him the job of Destroyer once Beerus retires Goku declines. Partially because he doesn’t want the responsibility and partially because he doesn’t want a superficial boost to his power. For Goku doing nothing and not being able to fight strong people would be worse than death, hell even when he was dead he kept training to push himself to new heights.
Goku may not be perfect but his willingness to push himself and always be better makes him far superior to Beerus and his laziness.
Mortals: 1 – Gods: 0
Look forward to Part 2 next week. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you then.
With a new Dragon Ball came a new version of “Cha-la Head Cha-la”, the song every Dragon Ball fan can’t help but sing along to (even if we don’t know the words). And yes, I’ll be using this for every part of this. Bite me.