Is Tarble Canon in Dragon Ball Super?

Is Tarble Canon in Dragon Ball Super?

Tarble is a relatively unknown character from Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball series, but also a character that has certain notoriety among hardcore fans. This Saiyan warrior appeared during the Dragon Ball Z era, but he was initially not a canon character. Still, Tarble has appeared in other adaptations so we have to wonder – is Tarble canon in Dragon Ball?

Tarble initially appeared in a non-canon movie, but he was eventually introduced both in the manga (Chapter 1, “Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!”) and the anime canon, mainly through the Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie, which was confirmed to be part of the Dragon Ball Super narrative canon. So yes, Tarble is canon in Dragon Ball.

The rest of this article is going to further introduce Tarble, a secondary Saiyan character in Dragon Ball Z, to you. You are going to find out some details about him, his story, and his importance to the world of Dragon Ball. We are going to give you some known biographical details about him, and we are going to answer some questions relating to her role in the story.

Is Tarble canon in Dragon Ball Super?

The story of Tarble within the Dragon Ball franchise is an intriguing journey and we’ll simply have to explain it to give you a proper answer. This is his story. Tarble, like Vegeta, was born on Planet Vegeta. Tarble was expelled from his planet by his father, King Vegeta III, to be sent to a remote planet on the grounds that he lacked the aggression and fighting skills necessary to be a Saiyan warrior, classifying Tarble as a lower-class Saiyan.

He lived peacefully on the planet and at some point, he met and married Gre. In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, after blowing up Planet Vegeta, Vegeta mentions it to the surviving Saiyans. Two years after Kid Buu’s defeat, Tarble, accompanied by Gre, fled to Earth to seek help from Vegeta in defeating the brother-duo Abo and Cado, former minions of Freeza.

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According to Tarble, they have become as powerful as their former leader and have come to terrorize their home. Abo and Cado chase Tarble and Gre to Earth using Saiyan Ships. Upon landing on Earth, Tarble and Gre find Goku and his friends, whom he recognizes as Saiyan. Vegeta reveals who Tarble is by calling him by his name, while Tarble identifies Vegeta as his brother, shocking everyone.

When Goku wants to fight, Tarble checks his power with his scanner and tells Goku that his power level is not enough to beat Abo and Cado. Goku soon after, powers up to his Super Saiyan state, making Tarble reconsider his scanner’s ability. When asking Vegeta for his help against Avo and Cado, the others also decide to help and decide who will do it through a competition: the one who takes the longest radish from Goku’s garden will win. At the end of the competition, Trunks is the winner.

Gre wishes him luck as Vegeta asks who she is. Tarble then introduces her as her wife (much to Vegeta’s surprise). Once Abo and Cado arrive, Trunks and Goten (who has charged into battle) prepare for their battle; Tarble then just watches the fierce battle. When Aka prepares her best technique, he is seen with her arms around Gre to protect her from harm and is last seen laughing at Mr. Satan with everyone else after Videl reminds him of her promise to be more humble.


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Tarble and Gre subsequently left Earth to arrive through space. Vegeta’s younger brother is mentioned in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, when Goku and his friends learn that they need a sixth Saiyan for the Super Saiyan God transformation, however they found no method to communicate with him. During the prologue portion of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, after receiving news that Planet Vegeta was destroyed, Nappa ponders whether Tarble had escaped the destruction of the Saiyan homeworld, though Vegeta has no idea, nor any care for what might’ve happened to him.

So, the answer to this question is – yes, Tarble is a canon character in Dragon Ball. He did not start off as one, that much is certain, as he had his debut in a non-canon Dragon Ball Z movie, but he was later – although silently – integrated into the canon. In Battle of the Gods, a canon movie, he was mentioned, although not by name, as Vegeta’s younger brother, and in Broly, he was mentioned by name as a potential survivor of the destruction of Planet Vegeta. He is also part of the manga’s storyline, appearing in Chapter 1, “Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!”.

The latter definitely confirmed his canon status and while Tarble was never a major character, he could be getting a bigger role in the future.

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