Broly is one of the more memorable characters from the Dragon Ball franchise. He started out as a major antagonist in the Dragon Ball Z movies. However, it is interesting to note that there will now be a canonical version of the character set to make his debut in the first Dragon Ball Super movie. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about Broly from the Dragon Ball franchise:
1. Reference to Broccoli
Like other Saiyan characters, Broly’s name is a reference to a vegetable, which in his case, would be broccoli.
2. Has Two Versions
There are two versions of the character. First, there is the character that was created for the Dragon Ball Z movies. Second, there is the version of the character that will be making an appearance in the first Dragon Ball Super movie, who will be similar but not quite the same as his predecessor.
3. Inspired Kale
Speaking of which, it is interesting to note that Broly inspired the creation of the character called Kale in Dragon Ball Super. The connection between the two characters is clear because Kale is her universe’s version of the Legendary Super Saiyan, which is Broly’s status in the Dragon Ball Z movies. Besides this, there are various other similarities between the two characters, though on the whole, Kale’s story has a much happier outcome than Broly’s.
4. Born Strong
One of the most important elements in Broly’s background is that he was born strong, so much so that he had a power level that was higher than that of elite Saiyan warriors from the time of birth. This is the reason that King Vegeta passed a sentence of execution on both Broly and Broly’s father Paragus. Furthermore, this is the reason in the Dragon Ball Z movies that Frieza blew up Planet Vegeta.
5. Carries a Grudge Against Goku
Broly has a grudge against Goku. This is because the two were born on the same day, which is why Goku’s constant crying irritated Broly, thus resulting in a subconscious grudge against said individual. There are some scenes that suggest that the grudge was worsened because Broly came to associate Goku with everything bad that happened to him and his father at around that point in time, but these are no more than implications.
6. Unstable Mind
Outside of combat, Broly can seem docile and harmless. However, when he enters combat, he becomes even more brutal as well as even more aggressive than standard Saiyans. On top of this, Broly has an unstable mind, which worsens over the course of the Dragon Ball Z movies.
7. Very Popular
Since his initial introduction, Broly has proven to be very popular with Dragon Ball fans. This is the reason that he has shown up in three separate Dragon Ball Z movies. Moreover, this is the reason that he has shown up in a remarkable number of Dragon Ball games as well as other Dragon Ball products.
8. Editor Suggested that Akira Toriyama Use Broly
It was Akira Toriyama’s editor who suggested that he should consider using Broly for the first Dragon Ball Super movie. After watching the Dragon Ball Z movies in which the character appeared, Toriyama decided that the character could prove interesting provided that he receive some changes here and there. As a result, Broly and his circumstances are set to serve as the main focus of the first Dragon Ball Super movie.
9. There Seems to Be Some Significant Differences Character-Wise
The new version of Broly seems as though he might have some significant differences from his counterpart. For example, Goku states that the new Broly “isn’t a bad guy,” which is a curious choice of words. Moreover, a new character named Cheelai has stated that Broly isn’t fighting because he wants to, which suggests that there are additional elements that haven’t been revealed to the Dragon Ball fan base at this point in time.
10. Will Be Showing Up in the Movie Theaters Very Soon
The first Dragon Ball Super movies will be showing up in the movie theaters very soon. To be exact, the Japanese version is set to come out on December 14 of 2018, while the U.S. version is set to come out a little while later on January 16 of 2019.