Saiyans are the
inhabitants of Planet Vegeta. They were said to possess amazing fighting
abilities. Every 1000 years a Saiyan will be born with potential of
becoming the strongest warrior in the Universe. Saiyans can be
identified by their black hair that always stands up. Another
distinctive feature of a Saiyan is their monkey-like tail.
Their tail is not
just there for decoration. When a Saiyan looks into a full moon their
tail will generate power and allow that particular Saiyan to surpass his
own limits by changing into a giant ape called Ozouru. With this, their
power gets a 10-fold increase. This form wears off when the full moon is
no longer visible or when the tail is cut off.
- Goku was born as a
weak and inferior Saiyan, yet he turns out to be the most powerful
Saiyan by the end of the Dragon Ball Z and GT series.
- A Saiyan cannot
reach SSJ when he has a tail. Ironically he cannot transform into an Ozouru
or reach SSJ4 when he hasn't
got a tail.
- Trunks doesn't
have black hair as a result of genetic influence from Bulma. Unlike
Gohan, who is also half-human, Trunks wasn't
born with a tail.
This form of Saiyan
once again requires transformation, however, the transformation is only
a matter of controlling one's
anger. The act of being angry allows a Saiyan to surpass his maximum
power level and convert his frustration into a new form of power. When
Frieza killed Krillin, Goku's
anger allowed him to be the first one to transform into SSJ.
SSJ is different
from normal Saiyan in that its strength, speed and agility is greatly
increased from its original form. Its physical properties are also
different. SSJ has gold hair that sticks up even more than a normal
black hair and its eyes are green instead of black.
- Gohan, Goten and
Trunks turned SSJ at an early age compared to Goku and Vegeta who only
turned SSJ when they were in manhood.
- SSJ reduces the
humane side and increases the evil side of a Saiyan; it increases the
desire to fight, to kill and also to cause damage and havoc.
- It appears that
Goten, and probably Trunks as well, learnt to transform into SSJ without
necessarily being angry in any way.
Super Saiyan (USSJ)
In order to reach
this form, one must push his limits to the maximum when in SSJ mode.
USSJ is nothing much apart from an increase in strength that is shown by
the increase of muscle sizes. Unfortunately this form has a major
downfall in that the speed and agility of the performer will be greatly
fighters such as Goku and Vegeta chose not to use USSJ when fighting
against Cell because of the decrease in speed.
- Although Cell
mocked Future Trunks and Gohan for turning into USSJ, he himself also
used this method when he was losing against Gohan.
- Vegeta and Cell
claims that USSJ is in fact far worse than SSJ due to the major loss of
speed and agility. They are wise fighters. ^^
Saiyan 2 (SSJ2)
Bet you never
guessed this! Super Saiyan 2 is the next stage on from SSJ. It is
distinguished by denser light glow and straighter hair compared to SSJ.
This stage is also unlocked by being angry and frustrated during SSJ
mode. When the 7 Cell Juniors were torturing the Z warriors, Gohan
turned SSJ2 as a result of his anger and frustration.
- The only person
who ever used SSJ2 in a battle was Gohan. Although we do see Goku
turning into SSJ2 during the Buu Saga, he was actually trying to reach
- Some people
claimed that Cell reached SSJ2 after regeneration. The truth is no one
knows, but it makes sense for him to have reached SSJ2 if he was to
Saiyan 3 (SSJ3)
The third form of
Super Saiyan requires much more strength to achieve compared to the SSJ
and SSJ2 transformation. The first person to reach this form was Goku.
SSJ3 is characterized by longer gold hair and a more malicious look. The
eyebrows are gone, which I thought was a pretty stupid idea. There isn't
any noticeable muscle boost. I guess what counts is real power.
- Goku wasn't
able to maintain long for SSJ3 because of the amount of energy that it
needs; even when he was brought back to life the same case applied.
- Gotenks reached
SSJ3. I guess this suggests how powerful the fusion technique is. It was
so successful that they easily surpassed Majin Buu.
- Mystic Gohan
(powered up by Rou Kaioshin without the transformation of any SSJ) is
even stronger than Gotenks in SSJ3 form.
- Although Brolly is
the legendary Saiyan that appears every 1000 years, he never actually
reached SSJ3. I think he only succeeded in reaching USSJ.
This stage is
similar to the Ozouru stage in that you also become a giant ape. This
time your fur is gold instead of black, and also your power level is extraordinarily
high; even higher than a SSJ3 Son Goku. Golden Ozouru is achieved when a
Saiyan is in SSJ mode. You don't
need a tail for this one.
- In the original
Dragon Ball series, Goku loses all his sense of personality and goes berserk
when he is in Ozouru mode. In the DBGT series he remains the Goku we
know when he is in the Golden Ozouru mode.
Saiyan 4 (SSJ4)
SSJ4 is the final
form of Super Saiyan in the whole of all 3 Dragon Ball series. The
performer needs a tail for this transformation. After transformation he
would obtain long, black hair and red marks will appear on the side of
his eyes. He will obtain somewhat of a red overcoat that covers all but
his chest. The eyes remain green but the yellow glow becomes very dull.
- Goku is the only
person who can actually reach SSJ4 naturally. Vegeta used a special
device created by Bulma to reach into SSJ4.
- Gogita (the result
of fusion between Goku and Vegeta) is the third person to reach SSJ4;
Goku was first and Vegeta was second.