In the latest animated version of Dragon Ball Super, the strongest character that Goku and Vegeta faced was Broly, who debuted in the Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie. Broly was so powerful in his official debut as a canon character that he could overwhelm both Goku and Vegeta in their Super Saiyan Blue forms, prompting them to fuse. So, why is Broly so strong in Dragon Ball Super?
Broly is so strong in Dragon Ball Super because he possesses the powers of a mutant Saiyan that can transform into the Legendary Super Saiyan. On top of that, Broly was also born a prodigy that could innately learn how to become stronger just by being in the heat of battle.
Of course, there is always the fact that plot armor allowed Broly to become as strong as he is because Akira Toriyama needed to introduce a character that was stronger than Jiren. After all, every new Dragon Ball villain needed to be stronger than the last one. In that regard, let’s look at why Broly is so strong in greater detail.
How Strong Is Broly in Dragon Ball Super?
Ever since the original Broly was introduced in the Dragon Ball Z Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan in 1993, he instantly became one of the most popular characters in the entire Dragon Ball universe. However, he was never canon because Akira Toriyama wasn’t the one who created him. While he continued to appear in video games and other forms of media, he was never part of the Dragon Ball continuity.
Broly was already so strong in his original form back in Dragon Ball Z. However, when Toriyama decided to make his version of the character so that he could make him canon in the Dragon Ball Super storyline, Broly was even stronger than his original version. But just how strong is Broly in Dragon Ball Super?
When Broly was born, he had a power level that scared King Vegeta so much that he wanted to exile him to a faraway planet so that he would never shame the Vegeta bloodline, which is supposed to be the strongest bloodline among Saiyans. King Vegeta even said that Broly could be a mutant Saiyan.
After Broly and Paragus got exiled to a planet called Vampa, he could easily kill the powerful animals there to eat them. His father ended up training him, but there was a limit in terms of how far Paragus could train Broly because the boy was already more powerful than he ever was. Nevertheless, Broly trained throughout his entire life while fighting Ba, a giant creature that he ended up befriending.
When the Frieza Force found an adult Broly, his power level was already well over 100,000 because the scouters they used couldn’t detect power levels beyond that number. Frieza even sensed that Broly had immense potential to use against the Saiyans on Earth, so he decided to spare him and recruit him into his ranks instead of killing him.
Broly, in his Wrath Form, was able to overwhelm Vegeta, which forced Goku to step into the fight. Goku couldn’t beat him in his ordinary Super Saiyan form, which prompted him to enter Super Saiyan God. But that wasn’t enough against Wrath Form Broly, as he needed to enter Super Saiyan Blue to overpower the gigantic foe.
While fighting Vegeta on Earth, Broly could show how strong his base form was because he could fight Vegeta on par with his crude techniques. Broly eventually learned how to fight by copying his opponent’s movements and techniques in an amazing display of his innate instincts as a Saiyan. Broly, however, couldn’t match Super Saiyan Vegeta’s power, which forced him to go into his Wrath Form, which allowed him to harness the power of his Great Ape form without transforming into one.
In that regard, Broly was already quite powerful that his Wrath Form was already stronger than Goku’s Super Saiyan God transformation, which was strong enough to force Beerus to put a bit of effort into their fight.
Nevertheless, when Frieza killed Paragus to force Broly to become a Super Saiyan, the titanic Saiyan turned the tide of battle. Not even the combined efforts of Goku and Vegeta in their Super Saiyan Blue forms could put a scratch on Super Saiyan Broly, and this forced them to flee to find a new way to defeat him. And Super Saiyan Broly threw Golden Frieza around like a ragdoll.
Goku and Vegeta returned in the form of the fusion warrior named Gogeta, who could overwhelm Broly. However, Broly entered his Full Power state to try to even the battle. Still, he didn’t stand a chance against Gogeta, who almost killed him. But the fact that Gogeta was needed to defeat Broly proves that this Saiyan is an incredibly powerful opponent.
What Is Broly’s Power Level?
One of the things that we know about Dragon Ball is that, during the early stages of Z, the characters were ranked based on their power levels. The power level system was used until Goku and Frieza were duking it out during the first battle between the eternal rivals. However, when the characters became too strong for power levels to truly showcase just how much power they had, Akira Toriyama decided to do away with power levels.
Still, we know that V-Jump gave the non-canon version of Broly a power level in the 90s. According to this list, Broly’s maximum power level when he reached his Legendary Super Saiyan form was around 1,400,000,000.
Meanwhile, during the events of Dragon Ball Super, the power level system was hardly ever used except for weaker characters. That’s because the scouters Frieza’s men used couldn’t contain the powers of some of the strongest individuals, such as Goku and Vegeta. But because Frieza’s men and the other Saiyans during Broly’s infancy were still weak enough for scouters to measure, it was shown that a baby Broly had a power level of 10,000.
Of course, Broly became much stronger to the point that Frieza’s men could no longer measure his power level when he was already an adult. As such, we can’t say what his current power level is because he is far too strong for numbers to measure. But we can say that his current power level might be a bit higher than the power levels of the base forms of Goku and Vegeta, considering that his base form is stronger than the base forms of the two protagonists of the series.
Still, we can’t put a number on his power level, as Dragon Ball Super hardly uses that system anymore. But because Broly’s strongest form in Super is far stronger than the non-canon Broly that we saw in Dragon Ball Z, we are sure his highest power level is more than 1,400,000,000.
Why Is Broly So Strong in Dragon Ball Super?
Now that you know that Broly is so strong in Dragon Ball Super, how is he so powerful that he could easily defeat Goku and Vegeta? Let’s get into a few details that could help explain his power.
He Is a Mutant Saiyan
While it was never explained what a mutant Saiyan is, it is safe to say that Broly’s genetics underwent a mutation that made him so much stronger than any regular Saiyan. It might be similar to the mutants of Marvel, as their genetics underwent mutations that allowed them to gain powers.
In this regard, Broly’s mutated genes must have made him capable of reaching power levels that Saiyans would have to train hard for decades to reach, as seen from the fact that Goku and Vegeta, who trained for decades, couldn’t match Broly’s power.
He Is a Prodigy
While a good part of Broly’s life was wasted when he got stranded on a faraway planet, he could still showcase his prodigious talent when he learned how to fight properly while fighting Vegeta and Goku on the spot. This allowed him to increase his power level steadily while in the middle of a battle as his primal Saiyan instincts kicked in.
Broly is such a prodigy that he learned to fire energy beams from any part of his body without entering into a stance. His battle style is still crude and barbaric compared to the more tactical and systematic approach that Goku and Vegeta take, but he can still learn on the spot and overpower them with his brutish strength.
He Has Legendary Super Saiyan Genes
Probably the reason why Broly is a mutant is the fact that he has the genes of the Legendary Super Saiyan. While this was never discussed in Dragon Ball Super, Broly is capable of transforming into a Super Saiyan State that is different from the usual Super Saiyan form in the sense that he becomes more primal and destructive and doesn’t have the more controlled way of thinking that other Super Saiyans have whenever they transform.
The Legendary Super Saiyan is said to be the most destructive and powerful Super Saiyan as it is exponentially stronger than the regular Super Saiyan state that the other Saiyans can achieve.
Because Broly can achieve the Legendary Super Saiyan form, it is safe to say that he has its genes. And being a Legendary Super Saiyan must have also allowed him to have ridiculous power levels and to be able to increase his power and skills on the fly.