Broly (ブロリー, Burorī) is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball media franchise. Two different versions of the character exist: the original Broly, a major villain created by anime screenwriter Takao Koyama who appeared in a trilogy of 1990s Dragon Ball Z anime films, Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan (1993), Broly – Second Coming (1994), and Bio-Broly (1994), followed by a newer and reworked version of the character by series creator Akira Toriyama that debuted in the film Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018), where he initially served as one of the main antagonists, before eventually becoming a supporting character in his later appearances.

Dragon Ball character
Broly in his base form (left) and Full Power Super Saiyan form (right) in Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018)
First appearanceDragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan (1993)
Created byTakao Koyama, Akira Toriyama (design)
Voiced by
In-universe information
AliasThe Legendary Super Saiyan
  • Paragus (father)

Creation and design edit

The character of Broly was created by Takao Koyama, who was inspired to create a menacing and powerful Saiyan villain after watching Future Trunks transforming into his Super Saiyan Third Grade form during the Perfect Cell Saga, and designed by Dragon Ball creator, Akira Toriyama.[1] Following the Saiyan race's usual naming trend, which is based on vegetables, Broly's name is a pun on broccoli, while his father Paragus is a pun on asparagus. Besides flashback scenes of Broly as an infant in the 1990s movies as well as Toriyama's design sheets of that version of the character, neither the original nor the reworked version of Broly is seen with a tail, which is considered to be a defining characteristic of a Saiyan character within the series.[2]

Voice actors edit

Broly voice actors
Language Actor Notes Ref.
(Adult) Broly
Japanese Bin Shimada [3]
English Vic Mignogna Funimation dubs of all media until 2019
Johnny Yong Bosch Funimation dubs 2019–present
Douglas Rand AB Groupe dub of Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan
Young Broly
Japanese Hiroko Emori Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan [4]
Yukiko Morishita Super [3]
English Cynthia Cranz Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan [4]
Brina Palencia Super [3]
Jodi Forrest
Douglas Rand
AB Groupe dub of Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan [4]

Powers and abilities edit

Like other Saiyans in the series, his heritage has given him superhuman strength, senses, durability, agility, speed, reflexes, and the ability to utilize his Ki.[5] In the Daizenshuu 6: Movies & TV (1995) guidebook, it is stated that Super Saiyan Broly's power surpasses that of Super Saiyan Goku and that in his "Legendary Super Saiyan" form Broly is an opponent with infinite power. According to Takao Koyama in a 2006 interview, Broly is the strongest and most powerful antagonist in the Dragon Ball Z series.[6] Goku stated in the conclusion of Dragon Ball Super: Broly that the new incarnation of the character's power may surpass that of the God of Destruction Beerus.

Appearances edit

Dragon Ball Z edit

Broly Trilogy movies edit

Debuting in Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan Paragus lures Vegeta, Goku, and their companions to another planet, where Broly encounters Goku and goes into a rage, destroying the mind control device and becoming the unstoppable Legendary Super Saiyan. He effortlessly pummels Super Saiyan Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Trunks, and Piccolo before killing his father. Goku eventually defeats him, but Broly somehow manages to make his way into an escape pod. His backstory was given in this movie. He was born with a power level of 10,000, which ultimately made him the target of summary execution at the order of the reigning Saiyan monarch King Vegeta due to fear that he'll ultimately prove a threat to his rule. This resulted in him being stabbed and left to die with his father Paragus before narrowly escaping Planet Vegeta's destruction at Frieza's hand. According to Paragus, Broly's rage stems from Goku's power riling up his Saiyan instincts.

Returning in Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming, he crash-lands on Earth and becomes frozen over by a lake of water until the cries of Goku's son Goten awakens him. Broly fights a long battle against Goten, Trunks, and a Super Saiyan Gohan before a triple combined Kamehameha wave from Goku, Gohan, and Goten defeats him by blasting him through the sun.

Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly, blood samples make their way into the hands of an industrialist, who creates a clone of the original Broly. The clone eventually wakes up and becomes mixed with bio-liquid, mutating him into a creature known as "Bio-Broly" (バイオブロリー, Baio Burorī). He fought Goten, Trunks, Android 18, and Krillin and is eventually defeated by a combined Kamehameha attack after his body is exposed to seawater and becomes petrified as a result. The ending was originally meant to set up a fourth movie featuring Broly but was reworked into Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn with Janemba as the main villain.[7]

Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D at Super Tenkaichi Budokai edit

Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D at Super Tenkaichi Budokai (ドラゴンボールZ ザ・リアル4-D at 超天下一武道会 Doragon Bōru Zetto Za Riaru Fō-Dī atto Sūpā Tenkaichi Budōkai, lit. "Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D at the Super Number One Under Heaven Martial Arts Gathering") is an interactive 4-D cinematic theme attraction at Universal Studios Japan, and the successor to Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D. The film starts as an OVA before transitioning to CGI 3D models. The story takes place during a martial arts tournament, where the Legendary Super Saiyan (Broly) returns with a new God form (God Broly). He can overpower a Super Saiyan Blue Goku and knock out cold a Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta. With the audience's help, Goku can perform a unique God fusion and blasts God Broly away with his God Kamehameha.

Dragon Ball Super edit

A new canon version of Broly reworked into a quiet and slightly naïve Saiyan with a penchant for exploding in rage, debuts in the 2018 film, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which tells the story of Goku, Vegeta, and Frieza encountering the exiled Saiyan for the first time.[8][7][9] Broly's retconned storyline portrays him as an abnormally powerful Saiyan who is exiled to the wasteland planet Vampa by King Vegeta out of fear and jealousy of his power. Broly is portrayed as a rough and quiet character with significant social naivety from his time spent living on a desolate world. He displays additional personality traits that are deemed rare in Saiyans, such as compassion, gentleness, and a refusal to fight simply for the sake of fighting. Despite his initial docility, Broly has trouble controlling his power whenever provoked by severe stress, anger, or sufficient physical exertion such as when fighting; when he loses control, Broly enters a destructive, mindless berserker state in which he possesses little to no sanity or ability to distinguish friend from foe.

He is also emotionally scarred by his father Paragus violently disciplining him via shock collar, but in spite of this abusive upbringing, Broly remains loyal to his father. Broly spent four decades living in exile with Paragus, being raised as a weapon of revenge against King Vegeta until they are rescued by soldiers of the Frieza Force, Cheelai and Lemo, who quickly befriend Broly. Recruited by Frieza and headed for Earth, Paragus unleashes Broly upon Vegeta to take his revenge on the Vegeta Royal Bloodline. Broly, untrained for battle against other powerful Saiyans, nevertheless quickly adapts against Vegeta and Goku, but gradually loses control of his mind and enters his Wrathful transformation. Later in the film, in a bid to use Broly's rage as a power increase against Goku and Vegeta, Frieza kills Paragus and calls Broly's attention to his father's death, lying to him that it was a stray energy blast from his fight with the other two Saiyans that killed his father.

Paragus's death successfully provokes Broly, who transforms into the Wrathful Super Saiyan form, at the total cost of his sanity. In this form, he defeats Goku and Vegeta in their Super Saiyan Blue forms, forcing them to retreat, before Broly turns his attention to Frieza and attacks him, provoking Frieza to transform into his Golden Frieza transformation, although it makes little difference against Broly. Goku and Vegeta, with the guidance of Piccolo and in spite of Vegeta's prideful hesitation, practice the Fusion Dance but fail twice, leaving Frieza at Broly's mercy for an hour. Ultimately, Goku and Vegeta succeed in fusing, becoming Gogeta. Gogeta returns to battle and enters his Super Saiyan form, resuming the battle with Broly.

Gogeta and Broly clash, causing reality to 'break' around them. Broly enters his Full Power Super Saiyan form, and in turn, Gogeta turns into a Super Saiyan Blue. The two continue fighting, with Gogeta trying various techniques against Broly, including a Full-Force Kamehameha to end the fight. Cheelai and Lemo use the Dragon Balls to transport Broly back to Vampa with a wish from Shenron before Gogeta can finish him off with the attack. Later, Cheelai and Lemo settle down with the reverted Broly but are visited by Goku, who brings the group supplies and offers to teach Broly how to control his power, befriending him and sparking a friendly rivalry between them.

Broly is next seen on Whis' planet, being trained with Goku and Vegeta under Whis and Beerus. Goku tries to teach Broly how to control in his anger midfight to prevent becoming an uncontrollable beast, but Whis has Broly sit out from training for the time being until he learns. Later on Vegeta is training Broly and does the same thing, talking to Broly on how he should not be afraid to use his full power, but should learn to control it. Whis notices that Broly has started to become better at controlling his anger while spectating his training.

Broly makes a cameo appearance in the 2022 film Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, training with Goku and Vegeta under Whis to control his rage and power. After Gohan acquires his new 'Beast' form, Goku convinces him, along with Trunks and Goten, to spar on Beerus' planet. While Gohan and Goku fight, Broly notices how Gohan has learned to control his anger in his new form. This prompts Goku into setting up a sparring match between Broly and Gohan, in hopes of the ladder helping Broly control his anger. During their fight Broly is able to transform into a super saiyan without losing control and being fully aware of what's happening. Vegeta, Goku, Trunks, and Goten then join in, creating a massive saiyan brawl. After they're all worn out, Broly joins the rest of the saiyans in a giant meal before the others head back to Earth.

In other media edit

Broly debuted in the video game Dragon Ball Z Super Butoden 2 (1993).[10] Since then, Broly has frequently been included in several Dragon Ball Z-related video games, along with fellow movie and Dragon Ball GT characters such as Bardock, Cooler, Janemba, Baby and Omega Shenron. Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury loosely adapted his second film and features him as a boss. In Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 (2005), Broly is the subject of three side stories: one that deals with what would have happened if Broly and Paragus succeeded in destroying the Z-Fighters; another, Broly being placed under the control of Dr. Gero; the third, Broly arriving during the Majin Buu Saga and bonding with Mr. Satan. In Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit (2008), he has his own story mode entry alongside Bardock, which is a loose adaptation of his debut film's narrative. Both his original and Super incarnations appear as playable characters via downloadable content in the video game Dragon Ball FighterZ (2018).

Although Broly never appears in the original manga, he appears as a frequent antagonist in the spin-off manga, Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission (2012), written by Toyotarō in Weekly Shōnen Jump and published by Shueisha, where he acts as the henchman to Genome in the latter's plan to retrieve the Black Star Dragon Balls. His battle with Goku and Vegeta in Dragon Ball Super: Broly is teased in a panel that follows the conclusion of the Universal Tournament arc for Dragon Ball Super.

Reception edit

Broly's cosplay on Dragon Ball Super panel at San Diego Comic-Con International, 2018.

Broly is considered to be one of the most popular villains within the Dragon Ball series, with a cult following.[7] He placed second by fan vote in a poll of Dragon Ball antagonists published by the March 2018 issue of V Jump.[11] Chris Carle from IGN ranked Broly as tenth on IGN's list of Top 13 Dragon Ball Z Characters.[12] In a 2016 list of the best Dragon Ball Z fights, the fight between Broly and Goku and others in the first movie was ranked as seventh; and the fight against Goten, Gohan and Goku in the second movie, as sixth.[13] On the character's popularity, Will Harrison from Polygon drew parallels between Broly and Boba Fett from Star Wars.[14] Shawn Saris, also from IGN, states that one of the characteristics that makes Broly memorable is his frightening size as well as brutal behavior during fights.[8]

The Dragon Ball Super character Kale has received particular attention from critics as well as Dragon Ball fandom due to her similarities to the original version of Broly.[15][16][17]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ DRAGON BALL 大全集 6: MOVIES & TV SPECIALS (in Japanese). Shueisha. 1995. pp. 212–216. ISBN 4-08-782756-9.
  2. ^ Jemima Sebastian (November 17, 2020). "Dragon Ball: arte conceptual demuestra que Broly originalmente era mucho más poderoso" (in Spanish). IGN. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Broly Voice - Dragon Ball franchise". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  4. ^ a b c "Broly (Baby) Voices (Dragon Ball)".
  5. ^ Toriyama, Akira (1990). Dragon Ball. Vol. 20. Viz Media. ISBN 1-56931-933-2.
  6. ^ "Dragonbook: Dragon Box The Movies - Theatrical Story Q&A". Kanzenshuu. 14 April 2006. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  7. ^ a b c Brian Barnett (31 October 2018). "The History of Broly". IGN. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  8. ^ a b Shawn Saris (24 July 2018). "Dragon Ball Super: Broly Movie Trailer Hints at a Major Change in Broly's Backstory". IGN. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  9. ^ Outlaw, Kofi (12 July 2018). "Dragon Ball: Why Making Broly Canon Is So Important". ComicBook. Retrieved 9 November 2018. ...none of these films was considered official canon because Broly never appeared in Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama's manga series... However, with Akira Toriyama handling the story and characters of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, that's all about to change.
  10. ^ "Rumor Guide: Video Games". Kanzenshuu. Taiketsu was certainly the first American-made game to feature Broli as a playable character, but hardly the first-ever game to feature him at all. Back in 1993 (nearly a decade before Taiketsu), Super Butōden 2 was released for the Super Famicom (SNES) in Japan, and debuted a couple characters that Americans would not see in either anime or especially video game form for nearly another decade.
  11. ^ Akio Iyoku, ed. (January 20, 2018). "V Jump 2018 March issue". V Jump (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Shueisha (集英社).
  12. ^ Chris Carle (3 August 2015). "Top 13 Dragon Ball Z Characters". IGN. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  13. ^ Shawn Saris (11 March 2016). "13 Best Dragon Ball Z Fights". IGN. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  14. ^ Will Harrison (December 12, 2018). "The Legend of Broly: Why Dragon Ball's version of Boba Fett is its most beloved character". Polygon. Retrieved October 31, 2020.
  15. ^ Peters, Megan (5 June 2017). "Broly Who: Internet Reacts To Dragon Ball's New Legendary Super Saiyan". ComicBook. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  16. ^ Peters, Megan (31 October 2017). "Did 'Dragon Ball Super' Just Compare Kale to Broly?". ComicBook. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  17. ^ Ryan Gilliam (January 14, 2019). "7 things to know before you see Dragon Ball Super: Broly". Polygon. Retrieved October 31, 2020.