Note: I don’t hate Gohan, I merely have my opinions. And this is going to be a strongly reworded post (as my original post was way too strong for the net). So haters are not welcome, drama queens stay away and honestly, this is just one of my salty rants on what happened to my favorite character. (Even though it might not seem like it with how angry I come across. (Strong anti-Buu Saga Gohan and onwards, you have been warned.)
Originally written: 4/19/17-edited 4/16/18
This little guy was one of my favorite characters as a kid. I looked up to him, found him to be an inspiration, and loved him so much. But what really happened? How did he get screwed up so badly?
Hoo boy, are we in for a long, long rant on one of my favorite anime and where I think To/ri both won and lost with his characters.
(Again I am not responsible for any butthurt issued by this post. You clicked on this post, therefore you take all responsibility for looking at this.)
This is a topic that has been on my mind for…a while, at least. Ever since I saw Resurrection of F in movie theaters last year, my mind was spinning gears. But one look at that sequel to this series that does not exist was enough to make me think otherwise and spring this controversial analysis out.
So yeah, don’t read if you’re an Adult Gohan fan, because boy, this will not be pleasant for you.
As you can bet, I’ve had to hold back a little bit.
I know this is going to be a controversial post. But really, some of them tend to be, because it’s my opinion on a character that I-that other people like. It’s not even a bash/ing one, so much as it is an analysis.
As you all know, I’m a huge DBZ fan. I love the series with a burning passion. I love almost everything about it, yes, even the dubs. I love all the dubs equally. I even have a poster of it hanging up on my wall. (There will be a huge rant coming up about why I love DBZ so much, so you’re getting two posts in one today.)
However, I’m just utterly puzzled by what happened. It was one of my first anime as a kid. Yes, even the Japanese version, I did watch that.
I wasn’t necessarily 100% a fan, though. Unlike most of the fans, I don’t have a strong opinion of either Super or Broly. It’s all good for me except for GT. But we pretend it doesn’t exist.
In the past, some critics have pointed out how certain characters have been left behind in recent years, with the focus going mostly on the Saiyan characters. In many ways, they have made some good points. Like, when was the last time Yamcha did anything, when did he win a fight?
When was Tien last able to complete a fight? In the Cell saga, afterwards he stands around and does nothing. These characters do nothing now, think of Chaozu, the poor guy hasn’t done anything in battle since possibly early DBZ.
After all the SSJs were introduced, they just stopped being relevant. But what happens when it’s one of the main characters, who was so important to the plot, who starts to suck for no real reason?
I think all of you can tell who this article is going to be about and why.
One of the most important characters in the entire manga: Gohan. That’s right. If you really, really enjoyed where his character headed after the Cell saga, do not read beyond this point, because this article is, frankly, my honest feelings on this character and that I feel Toriyama fucked him up.
Basically, Gohan is the firstborn son of Goku, who we are introduced to in the beginning of D/B/Z, (Gohan, not Goku.) He’s half-human, half-Saiyan so he’s much stronger than a regular Saiyan.
He has powers, but his mom encourages him to be a scholar. Right away, we see an interesting contrast between him and his father, whereas Goku loves fighting, Gohan doesn’t have that same love toward it.
So it’s neat to see this kid be a pacifist while also trying to deal with his Saiyan powers. Then he also has an extreme power. The problem is that this doesn’t come into play very often.
But in the beginning, Gohan was a pretty badass character. He had some pretty great moments. When he was a toddler, he headbutted Raditz in the face and escaped his own prison pod and fought back. Then when he was like three or four, he was fighting Garlic Jr. (non-canon movie).
He goes on to do some pretty amazing things, I mean, Gohan is understandably upset and sad when his father dies. He goes on to become a warrior and is trained by Piccolo.
I mean, it’s understandable to me why he would react the way that he does. His father dies and then he has to be the man of the house when he is just four years old.
And it’s completely understandable to me why his mother would want to keep him away from all that danger. However, her child she has is not just a human, he’s also a Saiyan, which means this kind of thing is natural for him. But of course, I would be terrified, too if some random alien comes and steals away my son and tells me not to worry, because I still would.
At first, Piccolo is really, really cruel to Gohan. But then he grows to care about him, because of Gohan’s kindness. He goes on to show signs of being a tough warrior, surviving out in the wilderness without a problem. The main issue is that as many times as this characterization is brought up, he never delivers when it’s needed.
That’s probably one of the most disappointing things about Gohan’s character, we’re told multiple times throughout the series that he is incredibly strong, he has lots and lots of power. So he fights, and then the Saiyans come. Of course he’s gonna stand there and shake, he’s a freaking kid, so any criticism I levied at him there would be unfair, and he’s also half-human. And he’s also not been exposed to combat until now (something that people forget when comparing him to his dad, lol).
He’s gonna be scared upon seeing these people he’s just gotten to know getting hurt. He’s gonna be freaking out about this, all of these are reasonable reactions, and once again Gohan is only half. Kid Goku was full-blooded.
But realistically speaking, what does he do during this fight? Not much. He mostly just stands by and watches people fight. One could say this is how he learns how to fight, but Piccolo has to chew him out multiple times for not getting involved and at one point, he doesn’t bother attacking Nappa when he’s supposed to, which leads to the dick living and ending yet more of his friends’ lives.
He backs out of it and that winds up with Piccolo taking a blow meant for him and dying. Way to go, Gohan. He mostly just stands by and whimpers. It’s realistic, but as Nappa points out, he’s still a Saiyan. He should still have that instinct to fight inside him, he should still be able to get back up and fight.
So whenever this happens, I have to concede that he’s entirely right. I mean, little Trunks was able to get back up and fight despite being only half-Saiyan, even while he was getting the crap beaten out of him by Androids. Human or not.
It makes you wonder if Chichi even let Gohan get any ounce of training at all as a child. This idea is terrifying to me-as in, she does realize Goku isn’t gonna be around forever, right? Despite her wanting him to be normal, she also needs to realize her kid ain’t normal, so the whole saving the world thing matters a whole hell of a lot more than his education. He can’t go get a job if the world’s destroyed now, can he?
It’s like his training with Piccolo is the only training he’s ever gotten. Think about that. Look at little Vegeta and then compare him with Gohan. Sheer difference in terms of fighting ability. But maybe the whole “fighting for your life” thing makes them stronger? Idk (glances at Future Trunks and Vegeta).
I just wonder if she prevented him from learning /anything/ and this is again, one of the biggest flaws in the series. The first contributing factor to Gohan not being a good fighter is Chichi. She is a loving, well-meaning mother who tends to overprotect him, and the end result is he doesn’t turn out to be a good fighter because of her meddling.
I’ve got nothing against her, I think she’s a great character, I think she doesn’t deserve the hate that she gets, but by god does her overprotection of him make no sense, but because of that, Gohan can’t fight back.
And when he does, it’s only for like five minutes. He does the Masenko, it’s impressive, but once again, he’s reduced to normal, with Krillin having to fight his battles for him. Now, Krillin and Gohan have by far one of my favorite relationships in the series. It’s really adorable, their friendship is.
It’s like we’re watching the series through his perspective in a way. I mean, we were watching the series through Goku’s eyes, now we’re watching it through his son’s eyes. A lot of the story takes place through him while his dad is off training or being dead.
It’s really sweet to see him meeting his dad again and there we see he can detect his dad’s ki changing, a good sign that he is using his abilities. The Goku and Vegeta fight really changes when Gohan exploits the fake moon, turning himself into an Oozaru and owning Vegeta. If only he had this ability more often, nope we’ve gotta destroy it because how dare Gohan have relevance and powers!
His best moments…come and go, honestly. At this point, he’s fought off some aliens who came to destroy their world. His mom should be impressed. Instead, she’s all angry at him for fighting. What the fuck? Lady, your kid saved your ungrateful ass from dying and the first thing you do is get mad at him for fighting!? Also, he saved your husband from dying, too.
He’s a Saiyan. This is what they do. It’s like pulling a superhero aside and telling them, look you’ve gotta stop Superheroing. She gets angry, starts scolding him and this is where he actually stands up to her for once in his life and tells her, that he’s going to fight regardless of what she thinks. We need more of that assertiveness, Gohan.
Look, lady, you realize you live in an advanced society, where your son is gonna be with powerful people like Krillin (at this point in the series, he was powerful) and with Bulma, a long time friend of hers, who she knows would never let Gohan down. He’s got people with him.
If he were a normal five year old, I would say that she is completely right and side with her on this issue. But once again, she refuses to acknowledge that her life is not ordinary and never will be. Her son is not an ordinary person, and as long as she continues to deny this, his development will suffer.
Here she is, being completely controlling and stupid. All her husband wants to do is recover and fight, as a Saiyan. She should be used to that.
The way that she treats him sometimes come across as smothering at best, as abusive at worst. (Seriously, she SCREAMS when he is a Super Saiyan and shames him for it. What kind of mother does this? Sure, most parents might be a little puzzled at how their kid’s hair changed colors, but to react this way is freaking absurd.)
I mean, I’m not asking for him to be the totally ruthless SSJ2 form all the time. But I am asking for him to become kinda like Future Gohan, a badass nerd. Someone who’s not afraid to fight, and not afraid to be himself.
Like I was saying, Gohan goes to Namek with Krillin and Bulma. There are quite a few filler scenes here that show his power. Gee, it took us halfway through the series to come to that conclusion!
He puts up a good fight against the Ginyu Force and then winds up with his neck broken. Once again, he is put out of commission, and this happens way too often for it to be a coincidence. However, he shows that he has a good, strong sense of justice like his dad and that he respects all forms of life.
Then Frieza shows up and it’s here where Gohan is at his best.
He watches Piccolo get tortured and Krillin, too, and then he loses it. Then he just screams and fires a bunch of blows at Frieza and fucking owns him. He just goes on to kick him and punch him and do a lot of amazing shit.
He continues for five minutes, then he stops once again. Too bad Frieza has another form, which makes his fighting utterly pointless. Congratulations.
Gohan mostly stands by as Frieza fights his father. He’s the one who tells everyone about Goku being a Super Saiyan now, he occasionally throws an energy blast his way.
I’m sitting here, thinking, you know at that point, if anyone deserved to be fighting in that moment it was either Vegeta or Gohan. And I know, I know, it was a good four-hour long fight we got from the two.
I mean, Gohan got to know all these nice people-they’re dead. Dende? Dead. Krillin was one of his friends? And now he’s dead. Piccolo was injured-should have been more than enough incentive for him to go SSJ.
That would have been interesting to see.
If anyone at all deserved to defeat Frieza, it was V/egeta. That whole fight should have been his victory. Vegeta was the one who was controlled, beaten up on, and used by Frieza, he was the one who carried all those hopes and dreams of his race when he was beaten and worn down to the last ounce of his life.
He watched his home planet get blown up and knew his life was over as he knew it. Goku only knew of the Saiyans as a distant dream. Vegeta lived and breathed that name all the time as he was being used by Frieza. His whole race was destroyed by this same man. If anyone deserved to get redemption now and redeem himself, it was Vegeta.
Goku just lost Bardock. To him, what did he know of it?
The author’s main fault is that everything has to be Goku’s victory or else. This meant far more to Vegeta but sadly he never gets that moment of vengeance he’s wanted for so long.
That was his fight.
Then we move onto the Garlic filler which a lot of people don’t like, but it does show Gohan fighting against his friends and doing a good job of being a badass. They all fight, they all kick ass.
Then the Android saga…do we get to see Frieza fight Gohan? Nah, Trunks takes care of that. It turns out Gohan was powerful in another dimension but he dies anyway.
Gohan winds up, showing his signs of brilliance here, but he’s pushed aside and expected to only work on his studies instead, even as the world is in danger. When he actually does start being a badass, it’s the Ce/ll games.
At first, it appears that Vegeta will be the one who will defeat Cell. But of course, we can’t have that happen. We can’t have anyone upstage Goku. The one thing I love here is how both Vegeta and Trunks get owned, as if saying if you aren’t Goku, you’re fucked.
I do love how Trunks is a badass kid who never takes chances with his enemies.
With Gohan it feels like we saw more of his Saiyan side than his human side. Sure, we know he’s a pacifist and he loves animals. What else? On the whole, he comes across as a neglected character. The Cell games is where his development skyrockets. He trains with his dad and shows signs of promise.
Does he do any more training? Nope, let’s sit back and relax for ten days. Even Vegeta questions why he stopped training. As it turns out, Vegeta is fuckin’ right in that if you don’t train to defeat the fucking enemy, you’re dead.
So then the Cell saga happens and Go/ku quits training, what the fuck did he think would happen? He gets his ass whooped by Cell, who understandably is disappointed in him.
Then Goku winds up sending out his ten-year old son out ot fight one of the most dangerous evils of all time. Wow, that’s as shitty as fighting the Elite Four and then sending out a level five Pokemon as bait. Not only that, he also gives Cell a senz.u bean just because it wouldn’t be a fair fight. Bullshit.
Gohan nearly dies while Goku stands by and watches like a jerk. Piccolo rightfully calls him out on it. Gohan is not a normal human, however, and these kinds of rough battles that Saiyans go through make them hella strong. So by him not going through these fights, it doesn’t make him strong enough to defend the Earth. He doesn’t unlock all the power he has.
It’s only this one point where he becomes someone badass. Which sucks, because the whole fucking series is telling us oh hey, he’s someone amazing. So Gohan’s friends are attacked by Cell jrs. It turns out to make him a badass, you have to torture the people he loves. All right then.
That’s sadistic, but let’s go with it. 16 dies and Gohan becomes this motherfucking badass. For the first time, he’s in touch with his Saiyan side. It’s really great to see someone other than Goku kicking ass and destroying the villains. (Trunks has destroyed too many at this point.)
Then Gohan gets too cocky.
Cell decides to blow up the world and this results in Goku fucking dying. And then this is where the bullshit starts. Goku decides to stay dead, forgetting he has a family that needs him, namely his wife, her unborn kid, and his ten year old kid. He stupidly decides instead of leaving Cell out in space to explode he’ll take him to King Kai’s, instead, getting the protector of this world killed. Nice work, dumbass.
Gohan gets upset but for some reason, he doesn’t fucking snap. I mean, remember how Goku acted after Eighter died? He was just fucking pissed. No, Gohan has to be helped by Goku to defeat Ce/ll. While it is touching, this was the beginning of the horror that would be unleashed.
If you had told me that one day, Saiyans would have to wear glasses, I would tell you to fuck off. If you had told me that one day, one of my favorite characters would forget how to go Super Saiyan and get utterly owned, I would tell you to quit fucking around with me.
All right, let it be said that “retarded” is used in the sense of something extremely stupid, not as in referring to mentally ill people. And also, I am not neurotypical and autistic, so I think I have the right to reclaim this slur in any way I choose, thanks. I don’t believe in PC culture, so I’m sorry if I curse, use the B word, etc, but that’s how I write. Don’t like, don’t read.
And again, if you’re here to cause drama, go elsewhere. The actors need to stay on the stage where they belong. This ain’t their place so they can leave.
So…WHAT IS THIS BULLSHIT? What is this fucking bullshit?
When do Saiyans need to wear glasses? When do they stop being badasses?
This is how you destroy an utterly good character and replace him with a piece of trash. This is how you destroy your own writing.
This is where the extremely negative opinions come in. Do not read if you LOVE adult Gohan, or love G/T, or if you love Saiyaman, because I do not love those parts of him.
So, Goku dies. Seven years go by and then the Buu saga, the beginning of the clusterfuck of bullshit that DBZ later becomes, starts. You know what I’m thinking of here, right?
As I’ve said, Gohan has to rely on Daddy to get anywhere. Now, this leaves the role of defending the Earth up to Gohan. So really, what I was expecting to see was to see him taking responsibility as a teenager and becoming a total badass Saiyan. Like, you know, overcoming his grudge with Vegeta, learning to respect him and training with him, because this is the only Saiyan mentor he has left.
Goku is dead, his bro is too young to help, and Future Trunks is back in the future. You’d expect him to train with Vegeta and become more informed so no one has to die like his dad again, so no evil villains will ever be able to walk onto his planet and wreak havoc without him being there to put an end to it.
You know, what’s ironic is…ChiChi stops shaming Gohan for being a Saiyan. She actually trains Goten and teaches him to fight. You’d think she would also allow Gohan to train and fight as well. No. For whatever stupid, fucking reason, this doesn’t happen. Gohan decides to not fucking train.
What the heck?
I get this whole scholar thing is soooo important, but honestly, you’re not living in the world of Naruto, where you can make people instantly agree with you by saying you’re bringing peace. In Dragon Ball, you gotta make people see your side by beating them up. That’s what this world has told you since day 1, yet you refuse to learn.
Redemption doesn’t come about just because you smile and say you forgive them. Yeahhhh…so whatever kind of BS this is, it’s not DBZ, I’ll tell you that. Gohan decides to be a loser. He decides to not freaking train, for whatever stupid reason. Hell, Vegeta points this out to him and he’s like, “I DON’T CARE, IT’S NOT LIKE ANY BAD GUYS ARE GONNA COME INVADE EARTH AGAIN!”
Like…how is this even a realistic reaction? Your father dies, expecting you to not just look after your mom and your bro, but the entire fucking Earth. That is your job. You are the strongest warrior on Earth. What the hell is going on in your head?
Yet you don’t bother to take up that role.
I was expecting that we would see a Gohan be like Peter Parker, you know, a serious badass nerd who can still study and fight and kick total ass while doing so. Spiderman wouldn’t be as fun if he weren’t also a guy who trains a whole hell of a lot.
Same with Danny. It wouldn’t be fun if he just slacked off from ghost fighting and didn’t exchange witty banter.
And he doesn’t even have the special powers Gohan has. He’s just a regular kid. Gohan’s got his work cut out for him. Hell, he should be at SSJ three level by now. No, instead he’s become a nerd only.
What was Tori thinking when he wrote this? It’s completely obvious to me that the author wanted the series to end way earlier than this. I mean, if we’re reading about Gohan as a character, he’d better be the badass hero he’s been built up to be.
But I was wrong, because Gohan is suddenly a cheery, light-hearted idiot who isn’t serious about fighting in the slightest. Instead, studies are all that matter. What the hell kind of shit is this? I mean, while he is interested in studying, that just runs completely contrary to what he said at the end of Bojack Unbound (non-canon) but still this is what he should have stood for.
“I promise Father, I’ll protect the earth in your absence!”
Part of protecting that Earth means training, and that’s what Vegeta kept on trying to tell him. You don’t train, you get weak as shit. Try that shit in the Pokemon games. Try to battle the gym leaders without leveling up your monsters. You’ll get your fucking ass handed to you. The game tells you, you cannot stop. You have got to keep on fighting. Stop, and you’re fucked.
Vegeta was right. By not training, Gohan fucked up the Earth. By not training, Gohan allowed for Buu to come back to life by not being strong enough to defeat any of the two mofos who wanted to do that shit in the first place. By not training, he has pretty much guaranteed that Gt will happen and he will continue to suck as a character.
Basically, Gohan could have made the Buu saga a hell of a lot easier on my nerves than it was. Yes, Gohan going to high school is hilarious. Yes, seeing him live and interact with normal children is comedy gold. No one’s denying that.
But this just feels really out of place with what we’ve been told before. First of all, Gohan is the person that destroyed Cell. Why is he not known as a hero? Why the hell wouldn’t the Z-fighters step up and take the credit for their actions instead of allowing some cowardly shithead to take all the credit, shitting on Goku’s name and on Gohan’s fight while he sat by and did nothing but crap his pants from fear?
Now this inclusion to me is also where his character starts to massively suck, not only because he is being lame, he decides to dumbly reveal himself out in public, and then he has to be a superhero, for whatever moronic reason this filler plot decides to give us, we have to go with it, because reasons.
I don’t fucking know why. I mean, can’t he move fast enough as a Saiyan so regular humans can’t fucking see him? Wasn’t it clearly established that Saiyans move so fast that regular humans cannot see them, as shown in earlier arcs when only the Z-fighters could see Trunks fighting King Cold and Frieza and Bulma was unable to, as shown when Goku could barely be seen by any of the ordinary fighters during the Cell Games because they were moving at superhuman speed!
THIS IS CLEARLY ESTABLISHED. How the hell can he forget something as simple as this? Yet he’s a total dumbass about it. His classmate finds out about him.
Sigh…Videl…who I absolutely cannot stand, makes this arc much worse than it already is with her annoying personality. Her relationship and subsequent “romance” with him is so one-dimensional it feels like it took place in Naruto rather than DBZ.
It squashes both of their characters, in my opinion. It makes Videl go from this badass warrior to this housewife who never does anything ever again. This romance between the two is completely unnecessary. We don’t need Gohan falling in love, or if so, don’t do it in such an unrealistic way that we lose interest. It should have been developed slower. Instead, they “hate each other” and now they like each other!
Bullshit. I came here to see him kick ass and defend the Earth, not parade around in some stupid costume saying stupid shit and acting like the goddamned Ginyu Force who were annoying enough already.
Not run around reducing the act of being a Saiyan to nothing more than a joke. It’s just like, what the hell happened to Gohan? It’s like he was replaced by someone else. Seven years seriously didn’t cause him to have mental trauma over seeing his dad die, or make him less trusting in the public in general after they just completely ignore the fact that /he/ rightfully won that fight and instead, threw his name in the mud for some worthless hack who couldn’t fight a brick wall.
(Yes, I hate Hercule. Slaughter me.)
Three years didn’t dull his senses when Frieza came back to Earth, but suddenly seven years is enough to neuter him completely and make him this ridiculously shallow superhero?
So then on top of that, we have Gohan get his identity exposed. After this, the competition starts. And no one recognizes him as the boy who won the tournament all those years ago. And no one calls Hercule out for being a self-centered, egotistical jackass who didn’t give a damn that a kid was suffering and instead stole all his glory.
Gohan was more than worthy of earning that respect. Instead, he earns no respect.
Anyway, the tournament starts, he goes Super Saiyan, he goes in a few fights and then that’s it. His dad comes back to Earth and yet he’s not angry at him in the slightest for abandoning his wife and two sons for seven freaking years. Get real.
Even pacifist Gohan has gotta snap and call Daddy out on his shit sometime. So then Gohan discovers he’s some sort of “mystic.” This goes absolutely nowhere as he gets some new stupid outfit and a sword, yet goes on to be utterly owned and absorbed by Buu. Congrats, Gohan.
You were Worfed. You became Yamcha.
The degradation continues at the end of the series, as now Gohan is married to Videl with a child. You would think that would make him twice as determined to continue training. Nope, instead he’s decided to become a full-on moron! He’s decided no more fighting, that’s for idiots. That’s for young people.
Hey, do you see the Kais say we give up cos we’re too old? Do you see King Cold, ole King Cold, the very evil soul, give up on conquering galaxies just cos he’s an old alien? Do you see Dr. Gero quit Dr. Geroing just cuz he’s old? NO.
What the hell is your excuse, man, you’re just in your twenties. Then we see DbGt and Gohan is now a total fucking joke of a character. He now wears glasses…yeah, because Saiyans’ eyesight (which is superior to human’s, by the way) CAN FUCKING RUN OUT!
There’s no conceivable reason other than bullshit for me to believe half-saiyans need glasses when they are aliens with perfect vision, and wouldn’t glasses get in the way?
There’s no reason for him to need glasses.
Why does he need a job when he could’ve inherited all that money from the Cell Games? He could’ve been living off that shit and made Chichi rich.
Why doesn’t he just live with Bulma? Why does he need to work?
Or why isn’t he a teacher, something that’s at least specific to his field of interest?
He and Videl are totally weak shits, which allows them to get easily controlled. Yeahhhhh. .
Then, ROF killed any belief I had in Toriyama’s ability to write Gohan and made my anger reach to the boiling point. Gohan says he doesn’t even know if he can go S/uper Sa/iyan anymore.
Then Gohan gets knocked out by Frieza without doing anything. How can you get away with doing the Worf effect to one of your most powerful characters? Why would you do this?
Why would you reduce him to a total loser?
Not being a badass is problematic. We were promised he would be a total badass and a strong character. No, instead, last second Goku has to have everything, let’s have Gohan become useless. Instead, Gohan becomes a moron, because the utterly stupid plot now calls for it.
He can’t fight anybody.
Why? I don’t fucking know.
It’s probably because the author couldn’t stand that the hero’s name in the story wasn’t Goku anymore, even though he promised everyone that it was Gohan’s turn in the spotlight. But no, we can’t have anyone besides Goku being the hero.
That might also be the reason why I hate that movie, because Vegeta cannot destroy Frieza without blowing up the world. WHAT. THE. FUCK.
VEGETA DESERVED TO KILL FRIEZA. FRIEZA FUCKED UP HIS LIFE. HOW YOU CAN JUSTIFY HIM FINALLY GETTING REVENGE ONLY TO FUCK HIM OVER IS DISGUSTING.
That was his fight.
Do you have any idea how glad I was to see that fight happen? Part of his motivation was that he was there to fight and destroy Frieza. Yet we never see this happen. Goku has to steal that victory away from him.
For him to not be able to achieve that is beyond bullshit and transcends into downright fatuous territory. I know Gohan is a pacifist, but to have him completely give up on his blood and his lineage?
He has that blood in him he can’t ignore. All Saiyans have the urge to fuckin’ fight in them! I don’t care who you are, even Trunks wasn’t a wimp. He kept on training every single day of his life. I don’t understand why Gohan found it okay to slack off, but it made him into a total wuss, so he can easily be owned by every other DBZ villain.
It sure is a fucking shame, because we were told Gohan was gonna be someone powerful, but no all the upgrades go to Goku. He becomes super powerful. But Gohan does nothing with these awesome powers of his.
Look, if I had superpowers, I’d be doing my best to enjoy that shit, okay? Like what’s wrong with going Super Saiyan? Why would you give that up, dude? Being a Super Saiyan is by far one of the most amazing things ever!
He’s so weak at this point that a robber could kill him with a gun. The fuck happened to him, was he replaced with a clone of some sort? I’m gonna go with this is a fake Gohan and the real one died. There’s no way to me that Chichi would be like Goten can fight but Gohan can’t. Maybe he’s the eldest member of the family and the most capable of protecting them in case anything happens.
I mean, come on? Who does she suspect is gonna protect her? Why does she hold back his growth like this?
So, we can tie Gohan’s ruination as a character to a couple of characters, first off Goku, since his death set off this chain reaction of BS. He doesn’t necessarily need to be 100% like his father. I’m not saying he has to be, I’m saying it’s disappointing to be so invested in a character only for them to do nothing. I’m okay with him studying, but not if it ruins all the other traits he’s gotten up to this point.
I have nothing against Gohan being himself. But whenever he ceases to fight, it just disappoints me. How can he expect to protect his kids when he’s this weak? I mean, how can you be a Saiyan with such a great ability then throw it all away and waste your time in an average job?
Gotta tell you something, but that’s boring.
Ok, before you go around saying I don’t care about his happiness, I do. I’m happy he has a wife and kids. But that shouldn’t get in the way of his being a fighter. It should be an inspiration to him to be a fighter, you know what I mean?
I just know if it were me, I would be motivated to freaking fight to keep my friends and loved ones out of harm’s way. Yet he’s okay with not training and allowing his wife and kid to be totally vulnerable.
But no, he’s a nerd for no real reason.
I don’t know, is it wrong for me to want him to be partly himself and like Future Gohan? A serious badass who can also be a nerd? Because I’d have no problems if that’s how it had played out. But I have every objection to the show writing him out of it and downplaying him, even though it has built him up to be someone great for so long.
It’s great to see him get married, but did we come to see DBZ as a literal soap opera with marriage and kids? Nope. We come here to see them fight and to enjoy their bonds with each other.
That’s what DBZ is about.
DBZ at heart may be about some of their family lives, but most of us just wanna see the characters fight. You know, Goku didn’t become a total idiot just because he got married.
He didn’t become a weakling just because he had a family. What I’m asking is, if he’s just half-Saiyan and they’re more powerful than pure blooded Saiyans, why isn’t he doing anything with these amazing abilities of his? Why doesn’t he open a dojo and teach the humans of the world how to defend themselves?
I mean, I ask you to imagine this. I mean, as bad as the Naruto ending is, at least there are still ninja. It stresses that no matter what world they live in, they might always need to have ninja around. Naruto’s kids are ninja. That makes sense.
Then you know, in Bleach’s ending, Ichigo’s kid is a shinigami and that makes sense. It’s still going in line with the logic of the world.
The fact that he refused to understand his heritage also proved fatal to his character. I mean, man, it’s your fucking culture.
Quit shrugging it off and acting like it’s nothing when it in fact is so much more than that. That’s the last member of your culture that you should be training with. Vegeta can teach him stuff. It’s a wasted opportunity.
Fans are all like oh don’t hate on Adult Gohan, don’t hate on Buu saga, I’m like, why shouldn’t I call him out for being a pathetic excuse of a character? I should hate on Toriyama for building him up and then wasting his character. Then we have him not giving a shit about doing any of the things he promised he would do. He promised to defend the world. He’s not doing that. He promised to continue his heritage. He’s not doing that, either.
Instead, he’s fucking around, pretending to be human. He just cares about flying around like a superhero. He doesn’t care at all about spending time with his dad’s allies and he acts like it’s been fucking forever since he last saw Piccolo and I’m thinking wtf.
You’re telling me he would honestly hole himself up in his room for years and never bother to drop by and say hi?
What kind of shittery is that?
It’s just like you threw away everything that was good from his character. Maybe because Goten and Trunks reform themselves, maybe because they’re still training, maybe because Chibi is at least a good fighter. Not as good as his future self, but hey he’s holding his own.
Then three, like I said, Chichi. I wouldn’t say she controlled Gohan so much as she just brainwashed him into thinking he didn’t need to learn anything more about his father’s heritage or his past. Instead, he should try to forget he’s an alien.
IF it were me, I’d be eager to learn that shit, man. Seems to me Gohan wants to forget that, but you can’t deny who you are. Goku was pulling the same shit that Gohan was doing. Think of what Raditz could have taught both his relatives if he hadn’t died.
Can you imagine how interesting Gohan would be if he was raised by Raditz and Raditz stuck around to educate both of them about their Saiyan ways?
I mean, hell, Gohan might have been more badass and it would be nice to see Raditz redeem himself. We don’t get that at all. Instead, we get nothing but filler bullshit. Let’s look at Quatre a kid who doesn’t have powers like Gohan. He’s a pacifist but he’s anything but a fucking wimp.
For some reason, Saiyan’s eyes can go bad.
This guy is not the real Gohan. So instead of the “Paul is Dead”, we have the “Gohan is dead” theory, coined by me. Before you go dismissing me as not a true Z fan, let me say that I adore Gohan. I just hate that zilch has been done with his character since the Cell Saga.
(No Hate is welcomed on this post.)