Goku during Dragon Ball Z's Android and Buu sagas.
|First appearance||Dragon Ball - Chapter 1: Bulma and Son Goku (ブルマと孫悟空) (1984)|
|MG appearance(s)||Super Smash Flash 2|
|Created by||Akira Toriyama|
|Voiced by (Japanese)||Masako Nozawa|
|Voiced by (English)||Sean Schemmel (Funimation dub)|
Ian James Corlett (Ocean Group dub - ep. 1-49)
Peter Kelamis (Ocean Group dub - ep. 50-67 & 108-158)
Kirby Morrow (Ocean Group dub - ep. 159-291)
Steven Jay Blum (Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout)
Son Goku (孫 悟空), also known as Kakarot (カカロット), or simply Goku, is the main character of the Dragon Ball media franchise created by Akira Toriyama. Goku is a member of the warrior race called the Saiyans; as such, he possesses superhuman speed, strength and power, as well as the ability to fire a Kamehameha from his hands and manipulate Ki (energy) into powerful energy attacks. Notably in McLeodGaming, Goku appears as a playable character in Super Smash Flash 2.
Goku was based on one of Toriyama's earlier characters named "Tanton", a fictional protagonist who appeared in an one-shot series called Dragon Boy. When Toriyama decided to create Dragon Ball, he used Chinese author Wu Cheng'en's 16th century classic novel Journey to the West as inspiration for his own series. The name Toriyama adopted for the character is the Japanese romanization of 孫悟空, who is the central character of the novel.
Goku is usually recognized by his uniquely styled hair, which never changes its length throughout the series except when in his Super Saiyan forms and Ultra Instinct, in which his hair changes color and length based on the level he ascends to. This, as explained by Vegeta, is a common trait with full-blooded Saiyans. Another recognizable trait are his trademark red-orange dōgi uniform and blue clothes.
He is known for his cheerful, energetic personality and his love of competition (specifically sport fighting and eating). He has a remarkable intuition at seeing the good in others in spite of their actions, though his capacity for forgiving his enemies has occasionally been criticized as excessive. Goku, for the most part, only fights to win, and spares his enemies after defeating them, only for them to attack him when his back is turned. His staggering power is simultaneously reined in and enhanced by his fierce loyalty and morality. His selfishness and pugnacity is heavily overshadowed by his good personality, but it becomes a bit more clear in his Super Saiyan forms. He has a simple, practical view of the world and is somewhat naive to his surroundings. Because of this, many characters incorrectly assume him to be somewhat stupid, although once he has a basic understanding of things, he learns very quickly. His most remarkable ability is his will to succeed, pushing himself beyond his limitations, and never giving up even when the odds are stacked against him.
In the Super Smash Flash series
In Super Smash Flash 2
- Main article: Goku (Super Smash Flash 2)
Goku is a playable newcomer character in Super Smash Flash 2. He was first confirmed in the teaser where he appeared turning into his Super Saiyan form releasing a Super Kamehameha at the others. Despite the anticipated confirmation, he was not truly playable until his addition in the v0.7 of the Super Smash Flash 2 Demo. Much like his series, Goku moveset consist of martial arts disciplines which also includes the techniques like the Kamehameha. He is ranked 12th in B+ tier on the current tier list.
- Goku's voice actor in SSF2 is Sean Schemmel, who voices the Pokémon Lucario in the Pokémon movies, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. His voice clips are once again used for Lucario in SSF2, a fact that is teased in Lucario's reveal trailer.