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"You may believe it to be cruel, but it is what simply must be done, because it is my ultimate mission, to vanquish humanity in place of the gods who refuse to admit their mistake. "

— Goku Black to Future Trunks in "The Feelings that Surpass Time Trunks and Mai"

Goku Black (ゴクウブラック, Gokū Burakku), usually just referred to as Black, is one of the main antagonists of the Future Trunks Saga of Dragon Ball Super. His true identity is Zamasu (ザマス) from an unaltered timeline, in which he stole the body of Goku and sought to destroy all humans alongside Future Zamasu. He was given the name "Goku Black" by Bulma when he initially referred to himself as Son Goku.

Appearance

His original appearance was identical to his counterparts. After stealing Goku's body, it somehow underwent minor changes. While still essentially identical, he has a slightly darker skin tone and sterner eyes, along with a somewhat skinnier physique. His attire consists of a sleeveless dark grey uwagi, a long-sleeved black undershirt with a turtleneck, a red sash, black pants and white boots. He wears a single gold and green Potara earring on his left ear. He also wears a Time Ring on his right index finger.

Personality

Biography

Power

Manga and Anime

Retaining his prodigious fighting abilities as a Supreme Kai apprentice in unison with the might and abilities of Goku's body, Black has proven repeatedly to be a highly dangerous opponent. Black in his base form is strong enough to easily beat Super Saiyan Future Trunks. It is stated in the anime by Future Trunks that Black in his Base form is at least equal if not somewhat stronger than Super Saiyan 3 Goku, and in the manga, Goku Black manages to defeat Super Saiyan 2 Future Trunks (who possessed almost as much power as Super Saiyan 3 Goku) without too much trouble.

In his anime-only fight against Goku in the present, while not using his full power, he is roughly on par with Super Saiyan 2 Goku as neither gained a clear advantage. When Black returned to the future, he noted that from copying Goku's fighting style and experiencing the mighty Saiyan's blows, his power increased significantly. With his newfound strength and skill, in his base he is able to shrug off blows from Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta and even manages to knock him back.

Upon transforming into Super Saiyan Rosé, he takes down Vegeta with a surprise piercing blade attack and is shown to be able to fight on par with Super Saiyan Blue Goku and get the upper hand on several occasions. Continuing his fight with Goku, and due to Future Zamasu's interference, a full-force hit from a Kamehameha was able to defeat Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Super Saiyan 2 Future Trunks. In the third fight he overpowers Goku, Vegeta and Trunks simultaneously. When Super Saiyan Blue Goku powers up from his rage and brutally overwhelms Black, Black was able to quickly recover and once again imprint on the power to further increase his might and viciously retaliates and nearly kills Goku. However upon Goku and Vegeta's return Black was completely overwhelmed by Vegeta's power increase.

Upon recognizing the Saiyans' ability to grow stronger as they get angry, Black decided to incorporate this by using his universal anger, stabbing his Aura Slide blade into his hand and revealing a new scythe version. With this scythe, Black was able to create a large rift in space in one swing, feeding off an evil energy that blocked Goku's usage of the Instant Transmission and it had the ability to create a number of illusionary clones that possessed the same power as Black himself, and regenerate after every attack.

Statements by guidebooks and authors

According to the producer of Dragon Ball Super, in his opinion Goku Black is the strongest fighter other than the God of Destruction Beerus.

Techniques

  • Flight - The ability to take flight through the manipulation of ki.
  • Ki Blast - Black is shown to use ki blasts while terrorizing Future Trunks' timeline.
  • Godly ki: Due to Goku's body being taken over by Zamasu, and then engraving Goku's fighting power into his own, Goku Black possesses godly ki.
  • Continuous Energy Bullets - Black used this technique against Trunks.
  • Black Power Ball - Black can create a golden colored Energy Ball with black energy in the center to attack the opponent. Once he fires it, the attack becomes completely golden with a black outline. He used this against Future Trunks and Goku. As a Super Saiyan Rosé, the energy ball takes on a pink color. This attack is named in Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle.
  • Black Kamehameha - Black is shown to be able to use a black-colored version of the Kamehameha. It is named in Dragon Ball Heroes.
    • Super Black Kamehameha - A stronger version of the Black Kamehameha used by Black as Super Saiyan Rosé in Dragon Ball Heroes and Dragon Ball Super. It is his Ultimate Skill in Xenoverse 2.
  • Instant Transmission - Used by Black several times, in the manga in order to quickly get up close to Trunks and attack him and in the anime to avoid an attack from Goku.
  • Ki Sense - The ability to sense ki and power levels.
  • Shockwave - After engraving Goku's power into his own being he is shown using this technique while testing his new abilities. It also appears as one of his Super Skills in Xenoverse 2.
  • God Split Cut - Zamasu's signature attack, used by Zamasu after obtaining Goku's body to kill the Son family.
    • Fierce God Slicer - In his Super Saiyan Rosé form Black is able to use an enhanced version of the technique, he emits a blade of violet energy from his hand to slash and stab his opponent. It seems to be enhanced by the form's ki aura. After enraging Son Goku to further empower himself, the technique evolves again, become a longer blade with a curved edge. During his rematch with Vegeta, it completely changes shape by becoming a scythe.
      • Energy Javelin Shots - In Super Saiyan Rosé form, Black can shoot out multiple energy javelins from his blade that first pierce the target and then explode. This attack easily defeated Super Saiyan Blue Goku after he powered up from his rage.
      • Fierce God Slicer (scythe) - A more powerful version of the Aura Slide technique, attained by Goku Black after he turned his anger into power. It became capable of opening a rift in the universe to an unknown place or time which would release an evil energy.
        • Cloning - From the energy of the rift, Black is able to form many clones of himself. These clones are unstable and if they were hit, they would disperse, but can immediately reform themselves after. They have the physical might as Black himself. The clones and the rift dissipate once Black goes too far away.
  • Saiyan Power - In the anime, much like other Saiyans, Black becomes stronger the more he battles and when he recovers from injuries sustained in combat. In Black's case, his healing factor and subsequent power boosts far surpass that of other Saiyans, even prodigal ones such as Goku and Vegeta. The rate of these power ups is also astonishing, allowing him to continuously increase his power level multiple times in a very short span of time.
    • Mimicry - As an extension of his newfound Saiyan biology, Black is also capable of imitating anything that he learns from Goku in battle due to them sharing the same body. He used his fight with Super Saiyan 2 Goku in order to have "battle memories" engraved on his body, and thus to learn his fighting style and become stronger as a result. He also applied a similar method when fighting Vegeta, recognizing anger as source of power for Saiyans and mimicking that to further increase his power.
  • Meteor Blow - One of Black's Super Skills in Xenoverse 2.
  • Break Strike - Black's Evasive skill in Xenoverse 2.

Equipment 

  • Potara - After killing Gowasu, Black took his former master's Potara earrings, allowing him to use the full capacities of a Supreme Kai. Upon meeting his future counterpart, Black gave him the right earring.
  • Time Ring - Retaining his godly ki as a Kai and wearing an earring of a Supreme Kai, Black is able to wield a Time Ring, which allows him to travel through time and even alternate realities. The ring also acts as a stabilizer, keeping his existence unaffected by changes in the past, even when Beerus killed his past self.

Transformations

Goku's body

Using a wish from Super Shenron, Zamasu switched bodies with Goku. In this form he became known as "Goku Black".

Super Saiyan Rosé

Black possesses the ability to become his own version of a Super Saiyan, which matches Super Saiyan Blue in strength. Black stated that he fully mastered Goku's power to be able to achieve Super Saiyan Rosé.

Fusions

Fusion Zamasu

A powerful, but unstable fusion born between the union of Future Zamasu and Black by the Potara earrings.

Karoly Black

A game-only fusion born between the union of Broly and Black through EX-Fusion in the game Dragon Ball Fusions.

Video games

  • Dragon Ball Heroes
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
  • Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle
  • Dragon Ball Fusions

Black makes his debut appearance in a video game and as a playable character in Dragon Ball Heroes, introduced in the ninth mission of the God Mission series (GDM9). He is also a playable character available as a pre-order bonus/dlc character for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 .

Voice actors

Battles

  • Goku Black vs. Future Trunks
  • Goku Black vs. Future Mai
  • Goku Black vs. Future Trunks (Base/Super Saiyan) (Anime only)
  • Goku Black vs. Future Trunks (Super Saiyan 2/Base) (Manga only)
  • Goku Black vs. Goku (Base/Super Saiyan 2) (Anime only)
  • Goku Black (Base/Super Saiyan Rosé) vs. Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) vs. Goku (Super Saiyan Blue)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) and Future Zamasu vs. Goku (Super Saiyan Blue), Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue) and Future Trunks (Super Saiyan 2)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) vs. Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue)
  • Goku Black (Base/Super Saiyan Rosé) & Future Zamasu vs. Goku (Super Saiyan Blue), Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue/Base), & Future Trunks (Super Saiyan 2)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) & Future Zamasu vs. Future Trunks (Super Trunks) & Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) & Future Zamasu vs. Future Trunks (Super Trunks)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) vs. Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue)
  • Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) vs. Goku (Super Saiyan Blue) & Vegeta (Super Saiyan Blue)

List of characters killed by Goku Black

  • Gowasu – Killed by Black so he could steal both the Potara earrings and Time Ring. Event erased upon Present Zamasu's death.
  • Goku – Killed by Black after stealing his body. Event erased upon Present Zamasu's death. However, due to Goku Black's Time Ring, he is allowed to exist in the body he stole from Goku.
  • Chi-Chi – Killed by Black along with Goten. Event erased upon Present Zamasu's death.
  • Goten – Killed by Black along with Chi Chi. Event erased upon Present Zamasu's death.
  • Future Gowasu – Killed by Black.
  • Future Supreme Kais – All killed by Black during his travels across every Universe (except for Universe 7's Supreme Kai, who died due to injuries sustained from his battle against Future Dabura and Future Babidi [Manga only]).
    • Future Gods of Destruction – When Black killed all the Supreme Kais, the Gods of Destruction died with them (except for Universe 7's God of Destuction, who died at the same time as Universe 7's Supreme Kai, due to their lives being linked together [Manga only]).
  • Future Bulma – Killed by Black while he destroys her lab.
  • Earthlings – Black killed more than half of the human race during his rampage on Earth.
    • Earth's Resistance – A lot of soldiers were killed by Black during his invasion.
  • An unknown number of mortals from several planets.

Trivia

  • Goku Black's name uses katakana for Goku (ゴクウ) rather than kanji for Son Goku (悟空).
  • Zamasu is the second person to switch bodies with Goku, the first one being Ginyu.
    • Noticeably, Ginyu's control of Goku's body had no physical changes to its appearance.
  • In the video game Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, while playing with the English voice track, upon winning a match as Goku Black, a Japanese voice clip will play rather than an English one. This has been partially fixed as of the version 1.02 patch, where it happens more rarely.
  • In Xenoverse 2, Sean Schemmel voices Black in a manner similar to how he voices Goku as a Super Saiyan 4, although it's lower and raspier.

Gallery

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