There are plenty of prominent characters in the history of Dragon Ball, and Uub was one the characters that fans were quick to love when he was given screen time during the events of Dragon Ball GT, which isn’t canon to the mainline Dragon Ball storyline. Of course, we know that the canon storyline of Dragon Ball continued in Dragon Ball Super, which is set right after the events of Dragon Ball Z. But why isn’t Uub in Dragon Ball Super?
Actually, Uub is in Dragon Ball Super but is still too young to be able to participate in the storyline. After all, it hasn’t been a long time since the ending of Dragon Ball Z, as only around four years have passed since the start of Dragon Ball Super and the current arc in the manga.
The fact that not enough time has passed between the end of Dragon Ball Z and the current Dragon Ball Super storyline means that Uub is way too young to be in the story. After all, Uub and Pan are just around the same age but Pan was barely four years old during the recent Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero movie. Now, let’s look at why we haven’t seen Uub in Dragon Ball Super.
Who Is Uub?
While the entire Dragon Ball storyline revolves around Goku and even Vegeta, to some extent, we also know that there are other characters that are prominent in the storyline, as the secondary characters have been able to make some difference in the narrative as well. Of course, while we know that the likes of Gohan, Trunks, and Piccolo are some of the favorite secondary characters in Dragon Ball, we also know that there was another prominent name introduced during the events of Dragon Ball GT.
In Dragon Ball GT, which was released during the 90s after the mainline story of Dragon Ball Z ended, Uub was given more light as a character that the storyline explored. We met Uub at end of Dragon Ball Z. Basically, after Goku defeated Kid Buu, he wished for him to be reincarnated as a good person so that they could fight once more in the future. King Yemma, the man in charge of the afterlife, heard Goku’s request and decided to reincarnate Kid Buu into Uub.
Uub was born as a human boy that lived on a tropical island on Earth. In Dragon Ball GT, he was born with the natural gifts of Buu but needed refinement. That was why Goku trained Uub as he saw the potential that the young boy possessed when they met during the World Martial Arts Tournament. As such, Uub became a prominent character in Dragon Ball GT, especially after he merged with Good Buu and became even stronger.
Is Uub Canon To Dragon Ball Super?
While we do know that Uub was a prominent character during the events of Dragon Ball GT, we also know that GT was never a canon storyline in the Dragon Ball universe because Akira Toriyama never had anything to do with it. When Dragon Ball Super was released, it became the official canon continuation of Dragon Ball Z. Now, considering that Uub was prominent during the events of Dragon Ball GT, does that mean that he isn’t canon?
Even though Uub saw plenty of screen time during the events of Dragon Ball GT, the thing is that he was actually introduced way back during the ending portion of Dragon Ball Z, particularly during the Peaceful World saga. This happened years after Kid Buu was defeated as Goku met Uub and saw the human potential during the World Martial Arts Tournament.
That means that Uub is actually canon to the Dragon Ball storyline, considering that he was introduced during the events of Dragon Ball Z. This implies that only the GT version of Uub isn’t canon, while the Z version is.
Why Isn’t Uub In Dragon Ball Super?
As mentioned, Uub is canon to the entire Dragon Ball storyline because he was introduced in Dragon Ball Z. It might be true that he was prominent in GT but he was already canon as early as Z. But why is it that Uub isn’t in Dragon Ball Super, which is supposedly the continuing storyline of Dragon Ball Z?
Well, for starters, Uub is actually in Dragon Ball Super. During the Universe 6 saga, Goku actually mentioned that he knows that King Yemma granted Goku’s request of reincarnating Uub into a good human kid so that they could fight again in the future. Meanwhile, during the Universe Survival saga, Uub was seen in the manga but not in the anime.
During that time, Dende told Goku to train Uub because he was actually quite strong, considering that he was born as the reincarnation of Majin Buu. Goku thought about the time when he wished for Buu to be reincarnated into a good kid. In fact, Uub was shown in the manga but was far too young for Goku to train.
So, with that said, the reason why we are yet to see Uub and why he hasn’t been a part of the Dragon Ball Super storyline is the fact that he is still far too young to be trained or become part of the entire narrative. Remember that only six months have passed since the events of Kid Buu’s defeat and the start of Dragon Ball Super. Meanwhile, in the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero movie, around four years have passed since the end of Z and the current Super storyline.
The one character we can look at is Pan, who was barely four years old during the events of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. While Pan showed her abilities as a strong fighter early on, the consensus was that she was still too young to be doing anything dangerous. The same goes for Uub, who is right around the same age as Pan and is far too young to be involved in the fights involving Goku and his friends.
We don’t know how long Dragon Ball Super will last in terms of its in-universe years but it is still possible that Goku and Uub will finally cross paths sometime in the future when the latter is already old enough to receive proper training from Goku. And considering that scene between Goku and Uub in Dragon Ball Z is canon, we can expect this scene to appear sometime in the future of Dragon Ball Super, depending on what happens between now and then.