Attack Potency/Durability:Planet-Level in base form, higher via the Kaiōken multipliers, higher against impure entities via the Genki-Dama attack, Large Planet-Level as a Super Saiyan
Speed:At least Faster-Than-Light+ in base form, up to Massively Faster-Than-Light via the Kaiōken multipliers, even higher as a Super Saiyan (faster by several leagues than the likes of Nappa who can dodge and deflect Piccolo's energy beams [see threads linked at the top])
Powers & Abilities:Master Martial Artist, Martial Arts Intuition, Combat Specialist, Supernatural Development, Attack Replication, Advanced Chi Manipulation, Enhanced Energy Manipulation, Energy Attacks, Homing Attacks, Statistics Amplification, Conditional Statistics Amplification (ineffectual post-Freeza Saga), Cross-Dimensional Telepathy, Mind Reading, Advanced Ambient Energy Channelling, Anti-Evil Attacks, Energy Contact, Energy Dispersal, Gravity Resistance, Presence Concealment, Pure Heart, Flight, Bulletproof Skin, Extrasensory Perception, Presence Detection, Advanced Chi Detection, Danger Intuition, Shockwave Generation, Poison Resistance, Light Manipulation, Aerial Adaptation, Enhanced Staff Proficiency, Limited Flight & Transformation via Tail (permanently lost by the time he turned 18 years-old), Enhanced Afterimage Creation, Supernatural Agility, Supernatural Breath, Advanced Supernatural Leap, Advanced Supernatural Stamina, Advanced Supernatural Strength & Endurance, Supernatural Physiology, Superhuman Senses, Superhuman Physical Characteristics Combat Style & Info:
Goku is an absolute martial arts prodigy. His thoroughly uncanny talent for combat stems from his Saiyan heritage, which was nurtured at a young age primarily by his adopted grandfather Son Gohan, and his later master Muten Roshi. On top of said talent, Goku's Saiyan physiology accelerates his muscular development at a supernatural pace, dramatically increasing his strength and speed as he continues to train and fight.
These factors, combined with Goku's own enormous dedication and strict ethics towards practising martial arts, built him into a fighter of beyond-phenomenal power and skill, having completely surpassed Muten Roshi, an immortal legend of martial arts with over 300 hundred years of experience, at the young age of 15.
Goku is a practitioner of Kame-style martial arts. In battle, he starts by gauging the opposition's capabilities, analysing their techniques and combat methodology, formulating counterattacks in accordance, then quickly wearing them down his with his immense skill, strength, and speed, utilising his arsenal of special techniques where necessary.
Before training on Kami's Lookout, Goku also used to wield a magical extending staff, the Nyoibō, in combat, and with impressive proficiency despite his age.
Even as a child, Goku's body was (and still is) so sturdy that bullets, axes, grenades, and even speeding cars, could barely harm him.
At 12 years of age, he could push massive boulders, and jump hundreds of metres into the air. At 15 years of age, he once swam from Yahhoi to Papaya Island within a day. To put this into perspective, these two location are on opposite sides of the world:
As a young adult, he could throw Piccolo in his giant form over his shoulder with ease, and endure energy blasts capable of razing islands at point blank. His jumping ability also improved immensely, being able to leap far past the cloud layer in a single bound.
Complimenting his great endurance and strength are his incredible speed and reflexes. He could dodge and deflect bullets effortlessly after training with Muten Roshi, vanish from the sights of even the greatest martial artists in the world, leave behind several afterimages, and carry out battles within fractions of a second. After training with Master Karin, he even outpaced Taopaipai, who could move at speeds over Mach 80 (see threads linked at the top).
By the time he participated in the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai tournament, he became so fast not even Kami's eyes could track his movements.
As an adult, Goku has become astronomically stronger, faster, and more resilient compared to his days as a young adult in his late teens, being able to move at speeds exceeding the speed of light, and enduring the brunt of energy attacks capable of destroying planets.
Adding to these qualities is the bizarre nature of his lungs, as he's capable of exhaling powerful bursts of air that could stop his momentum in mid-air, fooling his opponents into dropping their guards if necessary. Also, thanks to Kami's training, Goku's lungs have adapted to functioning at altitudes where the atmosphere is extremely thin, which in turn also made him optimise his movements in combat, expending the least amount of energy possible during a fight.
Likely by virtue of his Saiyan physiology, Goku is also quite resistant to poisoning, having survived drinking a full cup of the deadly Super Water of the Gods, where several mighty martial artists before him had attempted to do so, and died.
It was revealed in the Freeza Saga that whenever a Saiyan recovers from a near-death state brought on by combat (or otherwise), their bodies adapt to this experience by dramatically increasing their combat performance upon recuperation. This physiological trait is called Zenkai. It is this very genetic function that allowed Goku to drastically improve his power and skill during his training on the way to Namek, without him realising it at first, even though his training lasted only for six days.
After the Freeza Saga, however, it seems that the effect of the Zenkai became minimal, indicating a limit to how much a Saiyan's performance could be improved through it.
Goku has multi-faceted superhuman sensory capabilities. He could accurately track an individual's residual scent from afar, and see farther than a human could at ground-level. Even prior to his training with his later masters, he could sense the presence of both living and non-living entities (e.g. robots) in his vicinity, as well as detect incoming threats.
Since the age of 15, he could sense and pinpoint chi signatures across the entire globe. After training on Kami's Lookout, his senses became so refined he could detect/"feel" and accurately read the movements of bodies around him independently of his vision and hearing.
As an adult, Goku's ability to sense chi have improved even further, being able to detect chi signatures at extra-planetary distances, monitor the physical states of those whose signatures he locks onto, and even distinguish them by identity.
Goku was born with a tail due to his Saiyan heritage. If he looks at a full moon, he would transform into a mighty and berserk Great Ape, a process which can be undone either by cutting his tail off, or destroying the moon.
Initially, Goku's tail was a weak-point, where, if squeezed, he'd be robbed of his strength. By the time he turned 15 years-old, he overcame that Achilles heel by training his tail. He could also fly with it in a limited fashion like a helicopter.
After his potential was unlocked by drinking the Super Water of the Gods, it seems that Goku had gained the ability to call on the power of the Great Ape without having to transform, channelling into his attacks, as he did in his final showdown against Demon King Piccolo.
Sometime during his training on the Lookout, his tail was permanently removed by Kami, so he could restore the moon without risking Goku transforming into a Great Ape.
Goku has the ability to manipulate his own chi, his innate spiritual energy, for a variety of applications, whether it's channelling it towards performing his techniques, control the strength of his body, suppressing it to hide his presence, or release blasts of energy and control their trajectory, etc.
It also seems to grant him the mysterious ability to physically interact with bodies of energy as if they were solid, being to deflect chi blasts with his bare hands.
Goku's ability to control his chi was further refined after the high-gravity training he underwent en route to Namek, whereas he became capable of raising his chi for only the instants in which he attacks/defends, then lowering it down, greatly improving his energy efficiency.
His control over the trajectory of his energy attacks improved further as well, being able to remotely move released ki blasts with his mind.
Goku's also capable of remotely transferring his chi to other entities to boost their energy.
Mimicry: True to his status as a martial arts genius, Goku is capable of copying any given technique on-sight. Indeed, a good part of his arsenal consists of techniques he had copied from other fighters, such as the Kamehameha, the Taiyōken, and the Zanzōken.
Kamehameha: Goku's signature technique. A mighty blast of energy in the form of a continuous stream released from the user's hands, carrying behind it significant destructive power. Thanks to his refined control over chi, Goku could impart elastic properties onto the stream, making it travel like a whip, capable of bending sharply around an enemy's defenses and striking them in the back, or have it home-in on them.
He had developed a an upgraded version, the Super Kamehameha, with far more power and range behind it than normal.
At some point, he had also developed a rapid-fire version of the Kamehameha.
Kaiōken: A technique that allows the user to control all the chi in their body and amplify it temporarily, dramatically increasing their strength, speed, energy, etc. It linearly boosts the user's power based on the invoked multiplier, i.e. x2, x3, x4, etc.
Goku later on gained the ability to multiply his power by a factor of x20.
It is, however, a very taxing technique which requires very precise control over one's chi, lest they risk destroying themselves.
Genki-Dama: A technique which allows a user who is pure of heart to channel energy from their surrounding environment, i.e. from grass, trees, people, animals, inanimate objects, the ground, the ocean, the atmosphere, etc., concentrating them into an energy sphere of astronomical destructive power. Those whose hearts are tainted by evil would suffer immensely should they be attacked by this technique, however, those who are pure will not be harmed by it whatsoever, it would either bounce off of them, or they could absorb it by physical contact (so long as the user wills it).
This technique's energy-channelling range was eventually improved by Goku's, whereas he became capable of drawing energy from even surrounding planets and other cosmic bodies, greatly enhancing its size and power.
One downside of this technique is the amount of time needed to form the energy sphere, as the user seems to require at least a few minutes to do so.
Kihō: The user fires a simple beam/blast of energy from their hands. Not as powerful as the Kamehameha, however, it is still lethal, and requires no charge-up time whatsoever. As such, it can be used continuously in rapid succession.
Kiai Keshi: The user generates an invisible shockwave of pure chi that could disperse energy attacks by shouting.
Kiaigan: The user blasts an invisible destructive shockwave from their eyes. Instantaneous in usage and requiring minimal energy, it can be used in rapid succession.
Sōryūdan: The user releases a mighty concentric shockwave from their hands.
Telepathy: Self-explanatory. It also allows the user to communicate across alternate dimensions with their mind.
Mind Reading: An application of telepathy. Allows the user to scan the minds of others via physical contact and peer into their memories.
Taiyōken: The user releases an extremely intense flash of light from their body, blinding everyone in their vicinity.
Zanzōken: The user moves so quick that they leave afterimages behind, fooling their enemies into attacking mirages of themselves. Goku's proficiency with this technique allows him to chain the creation of multiple afterimages, where, in case an enemy would think they have figured out where he really is, they would be met by yet another mirage in place, a second, third, and even a fourth time, and so on.
Bukūjutsu: Allows the user to freely fly and levitate. The user could also greatly enhance their flight speed by donning a cloak of chi.
Hasshūken: Copied from King Chappa. The user moves their arms at high speeds, such that they leave behind 8 solid afterimages, increasing their offensive and defensive capabilities considerably, as well as confusing their opponents.
Shockwave Fist: The user punches the air with so much force that they launch powerful shockwaves from their fist.
Super Saiyan: A mighty transformation which can be triggered by at will by Saiyans (who previously underwent this transformation under certain conditions), turning their hair gold, cloaking them in a powerful aura, and drastically boosting their combat performance and energy reserves.
Dream: It looks like reported coronavirus cases in Japan have stayed fairly stable since the country's state of emergency was lifted. Unless there's a major spike in cases, don't think we have to worry about production delays for this season.
Jun 30, 2020 3:07:26 GMT
Dream: Currently on the third and last volume to the True Tenchi Muyo light novels, Washu. Got about 40-50 pages left to read of it before I'd say I'm done.
Jul 1, 2020 13:37:07 GMT
Taka: Nice, that reminds me to finish watching Tenchi Geminar and GXP.
Jul 2, 2020 1:50:24 GMT
Taka: Virtual anime conventions - this year has been taking twists and turns. People are making adjustments. I think I spend over 100 dollars every time I go to Anime Expo each year (counting in total of badge cost, food, transportation, and merchandise).
Jul 2, 2020 2:14:05 GMT
Taka: I'll be saving money. Though, the pandemic has caused a lot of folks to have reduced hours, took time off, or laid off. Most folks' disposable income is a bit tight.
Jul 2, 2020 2:15:07 GMT
Dream: Done with TTM. See if I can get a review for it up sometime tonight.
Jul 2, 2020 20:46:41 GMT
almatorran: Good day everyone!
Jul 4, 2020 13:15:43 GMT
Taka: Happy 4th of July to those who live in the states!
Jul 4, 2020 18:24:21 GMT
Dream: With Appare Ranman resuming in a few weeks, guess I'll cream through whatever episodes were released before its delay to see if I'll stick with the remaining ones this season.
Jul 6, 2020 21:05:53 GMT
El_Directo: I'm just gon say this here. Anyone who hasn't seen god of highschool episode 1 should go check it out now! it fudging hype af!!! This is the era of webtoon/manhwas to make their name and shine.
Jul 6, 2020 22:11:05 GMT
Taka: So Tenchi Geminar has a school full of mostly girls just like Infinite Stratos and many harem shows.
Jul 8, 2020 6:50:40 GMT
Dream: Yeah. After Tenchi Muyo, Masaki Kajishima dabbled into several other harem titles, some of which not being based in the Tenchi timeline, which all have the same resolution of where the male lead "has them all." But they aren't really as popular.
Jul 8, 2020 14:20:06 GMT
Taka: I need to finish Geminar and GXP. Just cancel FUNimation which leaves me until July 23rd unless there are at least 3 shows that catch my eye from this season.
Jul 9, 2020 3:27:17 GMT