We know that Son Goku, the protagonist of Akira Toriyama’s cult classic manga Dragon Ball, is one of the most iconic characters in the history of fiction. He has grown exponentially since his debut and the manga has devotedly followed his evolution from a whimsical child to one of the universe’s strongest warriors. But, even Goku is not invincible and there have been situations where his powers were truly put to the test. In this article, we are going to compare Son Goku to his father Bardock to determine tho the stronger tighter is.
Being a low-class Saiyan Warrior, Bardock cannot defeat Goku, he is simply not that powerful. Goku is basically a deity and is so many levels above Bardock, that the latter wouldn’t even be able to harm him seriously. This is why Goku is the clear winner in this duel and why his father wouldn’t really stand a chance against him.
Now that you have the short version of the answer, the rest of the article is going to be divided into three sections, with the first two introducing the characters, their powers, and their abilities. In the end, we’re going to give our final verdict and explanation on why Goku would ultimately be able to defeat Bardock in a direct fight.
Son Goku and his powers
Son Goku is the main protagonist of the manga Dragon Ball, and their animated adaptations, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z / Dragon Ball Kai, then Dragon Ball Super, as well as the alternative animated sequel to the first two series, Dragon Ball GT. An orphan exiled from the defunct planet Vegeta, he lands on Earth where he grows up with his adoptive grandfather. His adventure begins the day he meets Bulma, a young adventurer, who invites him to look for the Dragon Balls.
He is an expert in martial arts, having been taught the style of the Turtle School; he is known to be close to a prodigy, managing to learn techniques and levels of strength that other individuals would take time to learn. He even knew how to use skills such as reading minds without even knowing how to do it. Goku has been shown to use different parts of his body to help him in combat, such as shooting a Kamehameha with his feet, and using his eyes to launch a ki laser beam in the Frieza Saga among other examples.
Son Goku is a born martial arts expert and fan, managing to read his opponents’ movements and get used to his attacks and speed. Usually, in combat, Goku reserves large amounts of strength and restrains himself to the point of apparently lowering his ki level to absurdly low points in order to conserve energy, however, he also demonstrated the ability to unleash his full power just in the nick of time, when he launched a physical attack.
As a Saiyan, Goku is able to use the Saiyan Power, which allows him to surpass his strength whenever he takes large amounts of damage or fatal wounds. Goku being an alien also has enhanced senses of smell, taste, and sight, which further enhances his combat senses. Goku’s body is much more durable than normal human beings, being essentially invulnerable to all Earth-made weapons.
However, while he is naturally durable thanks to his Saiyan physiology, he has limits, as other powerful beings like himself can hurt, and potentially kill, him if he doesn’t defend himself properly. Also compared to most humans, including those trained in the ki arts, Son Goku possesses a great deal of strength, speed, and stamina.
For example, when he was a young child, he could lift a car over his head and throw it with ease, and during his training with Kame-Sennin, Goku could push massive rock formations that would at least weigh over 100 tons. At the height of his strength, he displayed the ability to destroy mountains, islands, and even heavily damage entire planets with physical force alone.
For speed, he displayed supersonic speeds even faster than light when he reached the Saiyan Saga. By the time he became a Super Saiyan God, his speed had reached speeds massive than the speed of light, and his physical strength was enough for one of the shockwaves from his punches to be felt throughout the universe, damaging incalculably and destroying many planets and stars, up to this point, just four hits between Beerus and Goku are enough to completely destroy the universe.
Goku usually uses techniques based on ki, using them in a fight as support, defense, and attack such as the Kamehameha, these are performed through the control and mastery of ki, born from the creativity and skill of the character. Son Goku is one of the strongest characters in the series, rivaling Vegeta for the position of the most powerful Z Warrior and Universe 7 warrior.
Bardock and his powers
Bardock, is a low-class Saiyan from Planet Vegeta of Universe 7. He belongs to the Saiyan Army, which is under the leadership of King Vegeta, and is the head of his squad during the annexation of the planet by colonial forces. of the Freeza Empire. He is the husband of Gine and the biological father of Kakarot and Raditz. Originally, in one of his conquests, he would receive a blow from a warrior from Planet Kanassa that allowed him to see the future and thus discover Frieza’s evil plans, so he rebels against the evil emperor and goes into battle, trying to change the course of destiny for his race.
Bardock is one of the strongest low-class warriors in existence. In Bardock: The Father of Goku, when Bardock faces Freeza and his army, his power was around 10,000, since it is said that he can rival that of King Vegeta. He is very powerful even defeating the Dodoria Elite, as he was outnumbered. According to Dragon Ball Carddass, Bardock’s fighting level is around 9,000, while Frieza’s soldiers were around 10,000.
When he transforms into a Super Saiyan, his power increases considerably, easily defeating Chilled. According to Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai-Another Road, Bardock’s fighting level depends on what reading he has on his tracker to determine his strategy to have an efficient fight.
Goku vs. Bardock: Who would win?
And now for the most important and interesting section of our article – the analysis. Here, we are going to use what we have found out about these two characters and analyze how all these facts would (or would not) help them in a fight against each other. Let us continue.
Although both Goku and Bardock are Saiyan warriors, this was a relatively easy match-up due to the immense difference in their strengths. While both of them do have the same background, Bardock is only a low-level Saiyan warrior, whereas Goku is a much stronger foe in that aspect. Son Goku’s powers and abilities are amazing and he has surpassed his father a long time ago.
We’re not implying that Bardock is weak, far from it, but when compared to Goku, he doesn’t really stand much chance, if any. Goku is currently training to reach Beerus’ level, which is way above Bardock’s power level. In that aspect, this fight would actually end up quite quickly and we don’t have much to add to this; Goku is the clear winner here.