If there’s something that we know about the story of Dragon Ball, it’s that the Saiyan race is all but extinct, as there are only a few of them left in the universe. This is because Frieza destroyed Planet Vegeta when Goku and Vegeta were still young, which led to the destruction of the planet and the deaths of millions of Saiyans that were all on the planet at that time. So, why did Frieza destroy Planet Vegeta?
Frieza destroyed Planet Vegeta because he was afraid of the possibility of the legends of the Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan God coming true. To ensure that no Saiyan would threaten his rule, he destroyed Planet Vegeta. Also, Beerus once ordered him in the past to destroy and kill all of the Saiyans.
While the destruction of Planet Vegeta is one of the most important events in the history of Dragon Ball, it was an event that was the product of one man’s fear. Nevertheless, the destruction of Planet Vegeta didn’t even save Frieza from the wrath of the Super Saiyan, as two of the surviving Saiyans became powerful enough to bring him down. That said, let’s talk more about why Frieza destroyed Planet Vegeta.
Why Did Frieza Destroy Planet Vegeta?
When Frieza was first introduced as a major character in the events of Dragon Ball Z, we learned that he was the most powerful being in the entire universe and was a god of destruction in the sense that he had enough power to destroy entire planets and was so powerful that no other person could challenge his reign as a galactic tyrant that left death and destruction wherever he went. As such, Frieza was the most fearsome individual in Dragon Ball at that time.
We also learned during Dragon Ball Z’s events that only a few Saiyans were left in the universe because their planet was destroyed by Frieza years ago. Called Planet Vegeta, the homeworld of the Saiyans, housed all of the Saiyans at that time, as Frieza used his Supernova attack to destroy the entire planet in a move that he thought eradicated all of the Saiyans in the universe. But we know that a few Saiyans remained, as the likes of Goku, Vegeta, Nappa, Raditz, Broly, and Paragus were still alive.
Of course, Frieza spared Vegeta, Nappa, and Raditz because they ended up working for him as his soldiers. Still, the fact that Frieza destroyed the entire planet remains. So, why did Frieza destroy Planet Vegeta?
Frieza Was Afraid Of The Super Saiyan
When Frieza was first introduced, he was the strongest character in the entire universe. Of course, this was before Cell was created and Majin Buu was released. Beerus was yet to be conceptualized, but Frieza’s status as the strongest character in the universe was actually explained later when Beerus was introduced in Dragon Ball Super. Regardless of whether or not he may have been the most powerful being in the universe at that time, what was clear was that he didn’t want anyone to challenge him and his power.
When he was the galactic tyrant that he was, Frieza had a lot of different soldiers under his command, including the likes of the Saiyans. Frieza inherited his control over the Saiyans from his father, King Cold, who commanded these warriors during his time as the galactic tyrant. In that regard, as strong as King Vegeta and the Saiyans of Planet Vegeta may be, they were subservient to Frieza, who knew that the Saiyans didn’t have enough power to challenge him.
At one point in Frieza’s history, however, he called all of the Saiyans to return to Planet Vegeta so that he could meet with them. That was when he was told by Kikono, a scientist working for him, that there were legends of powerful warriors called the Super Saiyan and the Super Saiyan God. While Frieza found the Saiyans useful when it came to conquering planets all over the galaxy, he never had any love for the people that he called “monkeys.” Of course, he didn’t think that the legends of the Super Saiyan and the Super Saiyan God were true.
Nevertheless, because he never liked the Saiyans and was actually trying to make sure that the possible threat of the Super Saiyan and the Super Saiyan God should not be overlooked, he destroyed Planet Vegeta a month after recalling all of the Saiyans to the planet. This allowed him to decimate the entire population, with only a few Saiyans left in the galaxy.
In that regard, he feared the possibility of the legends coming true, which was why he destroyed the planet. He never wanted anyone to become strong enough to challenge his rule. And because of the fact that he was basically enslaving the Saiyan race, the Super Saiyan and the Super Saiyan God would have had every reason to challenge his rule and pull him down from his high seat.
Of course, Vegeta and the others didn’t know about this because Frieza told his subordinates to tell any remaining Saiyan that their planet was destroyed by a meteor. As such, this allowed Vegeta, Nappa, and Raditz to maintain their loyalty to Frieza.
Beerus Ordered Him To Destroy It
While we know that Frieza had a selfish reason to destroy Planet Vegeta, let’s not forget that there is another reason why he had to destroy all of the Saiyans. And it all goes back to Beerus, who we know is the God of Destruction.
If Frieza was powerful and fearsome, Beerus was exponentially more powerful. On top of that, he had the worst kind of temper imaginable. Even Frieza and his father feared the power of Beerus, who was far more powerful than any other person in the universe at that time.
While Beerus was the true God of Destruction, he “deputized” a few people to take his place as a destroyer whenever he entered his series of long naps. So, before he entered a long nap, he ordered Frieza to destroy Planet Vegeta. And the reason why he wanted Planet Vegeta destroyed was due to the fact that he never had any love for King Vegeta and the Saiyans.
As such, while Beerus was asleep for 39 years, Frieza was deputized as a god of destruction that worked to destroy planets in Beerus’ place. Of course, while he was ordered to destroy Planet Vegeta, he still kept the Saiyans as “pets” that he utilized to conquer planets across the universe. But because he also feared Beerus, Frieza had no choice but to destroy Planet Vegeta.
That means that Frieza basically had two reasons to destroy Planet Vegeta, and they all coincided with the fact that he was afraid. He was afraid of the possibility of the Super Saiyan and the Super Saiyan God emerging to challenge him. And even if that didn’t happen, he still had to destroy the planet because he feared what Beerus would have done to him if he didn’t obey the God of Destruction’s orders.