Accepting that dropping is a pure a part of life is among the earliest classes Goku learns in Dragon Ball. Despite the frequent fan interpretation that Goku all the time wins, the franchise has by no means shied away from placing him in his place, and that goes for the remainder of Dragon Ball’s supporting solid as properly.
While the heroes will all the time save the day in Dragon Ball, there have been a number of cases the place villains have primarily received. Either by defeating a most important hero themselves or getting every part they needed earlier than demise, some Dragon Ball villains have been capable of obtain their targets and extra.
10 King Piccolo’s Conquest
While King Piccolo isn’t the primary villain Goku loses to, he’s the primary antagonist in Dragon Ball to attain every part he needs. Not solely does Piccolo achieve wiping out most of Earth’s martial artists, he manages to want for his youth again, kill Shenlong, and take over the planet with little to no effort.
Goku is in the end capable of defeat King Piccolo in the long run, however not with out placing up a critical struggle. The energy increase Goku will get from the Super Holy Water solely places him on par with the Demon King, pushing him to his absolute limits simply to outlive. Even then, Goku’s victory solely ends in Piccolo birthing out one closing reincarnation.
9 Raditz’s Defeat
Raditz’s arrival on Earth is a significant turning level for Dragon Ball. Before the Saiyan arc, Goku was simply an odd Earthling with a monkey tail. After Raditz’s introduction, he’s recontextualized right into a member of an uber-violent alien race the place he’s really thought of one of many weaker members, all issues thought of.
Where Goku has all the time managed to safe a victory in his main fights up so far, he’s pressured to surrender his life simply to take Raditz out. The Saiyan proves to be too highly effective for Goku and Piccolo working collectively. While Raditz is killed, Goku has to go together with him. In typical Dragon Ball trend, nevertheless, this finally ends up working in Goku’s favor in the long term.
8 Vegeta’s Escape
Vegeta leaves Earth deeply wounded – each bodily and when it comes to his pleasure. Vegeta considers his struggle in opposition to the Earthlings something however a victory, however he roughly had the struggle received. Goku was out of stamina following their beam wrestle. If Vegeta took a breath as a substitute of instantly reworking, he would have realized Goku couldn’t struggle again.
From there, Gohan and Krillin would wish to really feel the Ki off of Vegeta’s synthetic moon, permitting the Elite Saiyan to kill Goku. Even then, Vegeta leaves Earth having bested Goku and Gohan when it comes to pure fight, with Krillin and Yajirobe the one surviving Earthlings. He could not have discovered the Dragon Balls he was in search of, however Vegeta principally wins the warfare.
7 Frieza’s Genocide On Namek
Frieza is arguably probably the most vile villain in Dragon Ball, time and time once more indulging in a stage of violence that’s a bit too morbidly lifelike. Despite being one of many strongest characters within the franchise, Frieza lets his military do the soiled work – wiping out and enslaving whole races on a whim.
By the time the Namek arc begins, Frieza is nearly completed committing mass genocide on the whole race. Come the top of the arc, Piccolo is the solely Namekian alive earlier than the Dragon Balls set every part proper. Even this isn’t with out its caveats, although, as Frieza’s destruction of Namek proves everlasting and the Namekians are pressured to relocate to a model new planet.
6 The Android Invasion
Dragon Ball by no means shied away from critical material, however Trunks’ timeline provides a layer of darkness to the collection’ storytelling nobody may have probably anticipated. Following the occasions of the Namek arc, Goku returns to Earth and dies from a Heart Virus. A couple of months later, Artificial Humans begin wreaking havoc on Earth, killing nearly each member of the Dragon Team.
It’s not that the Androids principally received in Trunks’ future, they did win. By the time Trunks is powerful sufficient to struggle again, Androids 17 and 18 have already worn out most of humanity and Cell is on his means. Trunks is ready to filter all three threats (and even Majin Buu later), however the harm is already completed.
5 Dr. Gero Gets What He Wanted
Even although the Androids don’t wipe out humanity in the principle timeline, Dr. Gero nonetheless will get what he desires: Goku’s demise. Goku is pressured to sacrifice his life on the finish of the Cell Games to cease Cell, however the Artificial Human manages to outlive the blast. Gohan defeats Cell himself (with some encouragement from pricey previous dad), however Goku opts to remain useless in the interim. The Cell arc begins with information of Dr. Gero’s revenge and ends with Goku giving his previous nemesis precisely what he needed.
4 Majin Buu Awakens
The Majin Buu arc may have simply been prevented if Goku, Vegeta, and Gohan simply took Kaioshin’s warnings significantly. To be honest, there’s a whole lot of drama that finally ends up complicating issues – the actual fact Goku can solely be again for a day and Vegeta’s mid-life disaster most prominently – however that doesn’t imply the heroes aren’t straight chargeable for waking up Buu.
Goku’s struggle with Majin Vegeta is what finally ends up triggering Buu’s awakening, which finally ends with the human race and Planet Earth obliterated. Goku realizes that it’s his and Vegeta’s duty to avoid wasting the day by the point they’re preventing Pure Buu, however everybody in the principle solid is already useless by that time.
3 Golden Frieza Destroys Earth
Resurrection F is a narrative all about failure, with the core solid ending up victims of their deadly flaws. For Goku, it’s the actual fact he lets his guard down. For Vegeta, it’s that he thinks an excessive amount of in fight. For Frieza, it’s merely his impatience and overconfidence. Despite this, Frieza really succeeds in destroying the Earth by making the most of Goku and Vegeta’s flaws.
The solely cause the Earth is saved is as a result of Whis occurs to be round and resets time as a courtesy – one thing he specifies he shouldn’t be doing to start with. From there, Goku will get a possibility to kill Golden Frieza, however he and Vegeta would have legitimately misplaced the struggle if Whis weren’t round.
2 Universe 6 Tournament
Few Shonen protagonists quit as a lot as Goku. For what it’s value, Goku solely quits when he realizes he can’t get something extra out of a struggle (like in opposition to Frieza and Cell). This trait rears its head once more within the Universe 6 Tournament arc, the place Goku provides up his struggle in opposition to Hit as soon as he realizes that his opponent can’t struggle at full energy.
Hit returns the favor by letting Monaka win the event, however Beerus finally has a change of coronary heart and makes use of the Super Dragon Balls to revive Universe 6’s Earth – roughly giving Champa what he needed out of the event within the first place.
1 Goku Black Arc
He would possibly get erased on the finish of all of it, however Zamasu will get every part he needed – in a single multiverse no less than. Zamasu’s plan entails wiping out all mortals, a plan that begins with him taking on Goku’s physique. Zamasu then travels all through time as Goku Black to punish Future Trunks earlier than wiping out his whole multiverse.
There’s no actual victory to the Goku Black arc. Trunks’ whole multiverse is erased and he’s despatched to a different timeline to stay out the remainder of his days. Zamasu is defeated in the long run, however solely on the expense of numerous lives and a whole airplane of actuality. Most timelines have been left unaccounted for, however Zamasu did handle to wipe out all of the mortals in a single department.