Confusing Thing About Goku in DBZ

Topic started by Dream on May 24, 2014. Last post by takashichea 3 months, 3 weeks ago.
Post by Dream (7,609 posts) See mini bio Level 21
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This is more of a headscratcher for me than any issue I have with DBZ. During the start of DBZ up to Frieza saga, Goku had shown hesitance with taking lives. Yet when he was younger up to the Piccolo Daimao saga, he had no qualms with killing anyone who threatened the lives of him and others. Where was this sudden hesitance to kill others ever introduced with Goku's character in Dragon Ball?

Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,747 posts) See mini bio Level 20

Maybe he matured?

When he was as a kid after Krillen died he literally killed an opponent then triumphantly gave a peace sign to the camera.

From the saiyan saga to th enough of the freeza saga he tends to try and not kill.

Post by Dream (7,609 posts) See mini bio Level 21
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From the saiyan saga to th enough of the freeza saga he tends to try and not kill.

Yet from late-Frieza saga and onward, he's back to having his willingness to kill enemy threats again, making that whole point of development with his character pointless. Which begs the question: why was he hesitant to kill between the first timeskip when we see him as an adult at the 23rd Budokai all the way up to Frieza saga?

Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,747 posts) See mini bio Level 20

@Dream: Yes quite puzzling. Its probably just because the plot called for Vegeta and Freeza to survive their fights with him, and on Namek maybe they wanted to highlight Vegeta abd Freeza's ruthlessness so they made goku more passive. Cell saga onwards it seemed every time someone died they just revived them, so I think goku didnt really care if civilians got caught up vs cell or buu. Plus we also see past villans in he'll and heroes in heaven so death doesnt seem like a big deal.

Goku was going to kill kaioshin though if he didn't let him fight vegeta, which is pretty ruthless

Post by takashichea (12,255 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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There were some inconsistency in writing. Goku spare Piccolo's life in Dragon Ball, ask Krillin to spare Vegeta's life, and gave a chance to Frieza. The only anime character who doesn't kill anyone is pretty much Luffy.

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