Dragon Ball Super has already revealed some serious developments during its "Universe Survivor" arc, with the Tournament of Power throwing more and more new twists and milestones at fans. However, while characters like Goku, Jiren, and the Kefla fusion are redefining what the term "powerful" means for DBS fighters, there's been one conspicuous absence in the new upper echelon of fighters: Vegeta.
During the Tournament of Power, Vegeta hasn't really shown any new propensity for combat or power level limit breaking, but we've heard teases that the Saiyan prince will have his moment. Now, one fan theory is breaking down a lot of little clues that point to Vegeta soon showing fans why he's still one of the top fighters in Universe 7 - or maybe of all the universes in this "Universe Survival" arc!
Here's why you need to be keeping your eye on Vegeta in Dragon Ball Super's upcoming episodes:
As you can see in the Reddit thread below, this user has accumulated quite a bit of strong (if only circumstantial) evidence that Vegeta is hiding a secret transformation or power-up of his own!
I strongly believe Vegeta is hiding something or has achieved a new powerup we have yet to see. Don't count him out just yet. from dbz
While that's still just speculation, it is undeniable that in past instances of the series, Vegeta has always been quite clear about where his power stands in relation to Goku's. The Saiyan prince is none too shy about expressing his frustration whenever Goku surpasses him - which is why fans have been buzzing and speculating about how Vegeta reacted to Goku's Ultra Instinct power.
While Vegeta was certainly surprised and/or confused by Ultra Instinct, he certainly hasn't gone on his usual pontification about being overshadowed by Goku - and there are little clues that he's already at the door of unlocking that power (or a similar one) in himself.
This speculation and theory leads us to three big questions about the next phase of the "Universe Survival" arc:
- Is Vegeta truly holding back a new power-up or transformation?
- If he is, is it something like Ultra Instinct? Or a power-up we haven't seen yet?
- Why would Vegeta be holding back his true power at this point? What would be his true endgame?
Some trusted Dragon Ball Super spoiler sources have already echoed the idea that Vegeta still has a pivotal part to play in the Tournament of Power. Adding some deeper fan theory to that notion, we've already broken down some of the possible reveals.
Click the link above for the full breakdown, but the short version is that there a lot of small little red herrings that could spell out where Dragon Ball Super is headed, and how Vegeta could be involved.
The biggest thread to pull on is Vegeta's long time bond with Cabba (as far back as the Tournament of Destruction), and the Saiyan prince's promise to both resurrect Universe 6's Saiyans with the Super Dragon Balls, and make the acquaintance of their planet, Sadala's, king. Could Vegeta be angling to go from prince to king in that alternate universe? Also, with Goku going up against the fused threat of Kefla in the next episode, could Vegeta be the key to boosting Goku's new power with a Vegito fusion?
Dragon Ball Super's “Universal Survival” saga is part of the recent simulcast agreement that sites like Crunchyroll and Funimation have scored. Dragon Ball Super airs on Crunchyroll Saturdays at 7:15 p.m. CST. Toonami airs the English dub on Adult Swim Saturdays at 11:30 p.m.