It all started when Goku sacrificed himself during the Cell Saga. This is when Vegeta realized his desperation to surpass Goku.
Vegeta realized he had lost his pride as the Prince of Saiyans, and he had become too soft at heart to start a family on the planet where he once came to find another surviving Saiyan to add to his forces.
Following this realization, Vegeta began training to surpass his limits and ultimately beat Goku. However, the fact that Goku is in the afterlife and he won’t be able to fight him one-on-one frustrated Vegeta to no end.
But Vegeta’s desire to fight Goku was so strong that fate surrendered and presented an ideal situation for him.
Goku got a one-day permit to leave the afterlife and came to earth so that he can participate in the World Martial Arts Tournament. And the events that followed, forced Vegeta to become Majin Vegeta.
You might have noticed already that I used the word “forced” instead of “led”. And there’s a reason behind it, which you’ll get the answer to as you keep reading.
What Does The Word Majin Mean?
The word Majin means Genie. In Dragon Ball Z, Majin refers to a race of magical beings.
The term was first used during the Babidi Saga when the evil wizard Babidi came to earth to release Majin Buu from a magical seal. Babidi’s father Bibidi placed the seal to tame the uncontrollable evil of Buu.
But why did Vegeta turn into a Majin, you might ask?
Why Did Vegeta Become Majin?
The only reason the Prince of the Saiyan race turned into Majin Vegeta was to fight Goku. After Goku sacrificed himself to protect planet earth from getting destroyed by Cell, Vegeta felt a void within himself.
Vegeta was unable to accept that he won’t be able to fight Goku anymore, as he was in the afterlife. And that he will always be a step behind Goku and be in his shadow forever.
However, when he heard that Goku was coming to earth to participate in the World Martial Arts Tournament, Vegeta’s wish to fight Goku seemed like a reachable goal.
Though his plans got hampered initially due to Babidi’s pets intervening in the tournament, Vegeta soon got his chance to fight against Goku, one on one.
But this time, Vegeta decided to fight on equal ground.
And that’s why he became a Majin.
How Did Vegeta Become A Majin?
The Prince of Saiyans was well aware that Babidi can manipulate anyone who carries evil and greed in their heart, even if it’s like a speck of dust.
And witnessing Spopovich and Yamu in the World Martial Arts Tournament reassured him that if he became like them, he would be able to fight Goku in his Super Saiyan 2 form or could even surpass the Super Saiyan 2.
During his fight against Gohan, Dabura noticed the presence of evil in Vegeta’s heart.
In reality, Vegeta lured Dabura into thinking he is wicked, that he does not care about a single soul in the universe except himself.
Dabura took the bait, informed Babidi, and the evil wizard of just what Vegeta wanted. Babidi turned Vegeta into Majin Vegeta and even removed the limiter of his latent power.
Is Majin Vegeta A Villain?
Majin Vegeta is rather desperate to fight Goku than to play the villain. But, his actions make him look like a villain in the Majin form.
Not only did he kill hundreds of spectators in the World Martial Arts Tournament, but he also threatened to continue the massacre until Goku agreed to fight him.
At first, Goku didn’t want to fight Majin Vegeta because it would become an easy energy source for Babidi to awaken Majin Buu.
But to stop Vegeta from continuing the massacre, Goku agreed to fight Majin Vegeta.
What Was The Point Of Majin Vegeta?
The appearance of Majin Vegeta fulfilled two crucial roles in the storyline.
Firstly, and maybe the most important one is to make Vegeta realize that a Saiyan can be a warm-hearted and caring family man and a fighter at the same time.
He does not have to be a cold-blooded warrior to be identified as a Saiyan. And at the end, Vegeta was able to realize that as well.
Secondly, Babidi wanted to manipulate Vegeta to kill Supreme Kai, Gohan, and Goku all at once, but Vegeta’s will to fight Goku was so strong that he disobeyed Babidi’s orders. And this was also the first time Babidi failed to gain complete control over someone with his spell.
To become Majin Vegeta, he made both Babidi and Dabura believe that he has evil in him, and to do that, Vegeta suppressed his feelings towards his family and the friends he made on earth.
More like, he turned his back on them. At the same time, it showed how much he took pride in being a Saiyan Prince.
Is Majin Vegeta The Strongest Form Of Vegeta?
Yes, Majin Vegeta is the strongest Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z. Vegeta already obtained the form of Super Saiyan 2, which was already the strongest of his many forms, until he became Majin Vegeta.
So becoming Majin Vegeta helped him get stronger than his Super Saiyan 2 form. A tad bit, but he got stronger.
Is Majin Vegeta Stronger Than Goku?
Yes, Majin Vegeta is stronger than Goku. However, that “yes” is pretty much situational. Because when comparing both Majin Vegeta and Goku in Super Saiyan 2 form, Majin Vegeta is stronger than Goku, even though it’s just by a bit.
But, later on, in the same arc, we witnessed that Goku has already surpassed Super Saiyan 2 and has obtained the form of Super Saiyan 3.
Goku turned into Super Saiyan 3 to fight with Majin Buu (the cute one), and it is not a stretch to say that both were equal in terms of power during that battle.
And we have also seen how Vegeta was helpless in front of Majin Buu. So, if you consider these two fights, Majin Vegeta is not stronger than Goku.
Why Didn’t Goku Use Super Saiyan 3 (SSJ3) Against Majin Vegeta?
Son Goku might look naive and dumb, but in crisis, no one is smarter than him, which he proved during his fight against an agitated Majin Vegeta.
Firstly, if Goku used his Super Saiyan 3 form it would reduce his time on earth, which was merely 24-hours on a permit.
Secondly, he didn’t want to feed that power to Majin Buu. Because Buu was not only labelled as a menace to the earth but also to the universe.
Who Defeated Majin Vegeta?
Technically, no one defeated Majin Vegeta.
Majin Vegeta’s first fight was with Goku, which never got a proper conclusion due to Majin Buu’s release from the magic seal. Following this, Goku asked Vegeta to join him to fight against Majin Buu to protect the earth.
Vegeta being Vegeta, with a lot of unnecessary pride knocked out Goku and went to fight Majin Buu by himself.
He wanted to be the one to protect everyone this time around. He did that to look at himself with pride as the Prince of Saiyans and not someone who hides behind Goku as he did during the Cell Saga.
During his battle with Majin Buu, Vegeta realized that even being a Majin was not enough to defeat the evil incarnate.
So, he decided to sacrifice himself (flashbacks to when Goku sacrificed himself during his battle with Cell).
Why Did Vegeta Sacrifice Himself?
As Vegeta kept fighting Majin Buu, he realized that even his Majin Vegeta form could not bring down the immortal Majin Buu. Vegeta made a huge hole in Buu’s abdomen, but Buu regenerated right away.
Seeing the threat Buu possessed, Vegeta decided something. To do that, Vegeta bid farewell to Trunks, whom he knocked out after asking him to take care of Bulma. He also knocked out Goten who came to fight beside him. And asked Piccolo to take them far away from the fight.
Before Piccolo flew away, Vegeta asked Piccolo if he would be able to fight Goku in the afterlife. But Piccolo said that he would be sent to a different place than Goku’s, because of the sins committed.
Though Vegeta was disappointed to hear that, he said, there was nothing he could do about it. And then he blew himself up along with Majin Buu so that Buu won’t regenerate ever again.
Though the plan ended up a failure, Piccolo acknowledged his sacrifice as a noble deed. It was the first time that Vegeta did something out of care for someone else besides him.
In Which Episode Does Vegeta Become Majin?
Vegeta becomes Majin Vegeta in both Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters (2014), which is an abridged version of DBZ.
These are the following episodes where Vegeta turns into Majin Vegeta:
- Dragon Ball Z Episode 228: “The Dark Prince Returns.”
- Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters (2014) Episode 22: “A Heart of Evil Awakened Vegeta, Prince of Destruction.”
Dragon Ball Z Kai (2009-2011) and Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters (2014-2015) are not the same, the former is a prequel to the 2014 version, while the latter shows the remastered version of the Majin Buu saga.
So, Episode Number 22 refers to the episode sequence of Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters (2014) only, and not the prequel’s episode sequence.
But for your convenience, you can also find it as Episode 120 of the whole Dragon Ball Z Kai series, which includes both the 2009 and 2014 versions.
What Is Majin Vegeta’s Power Level?
Majin Vegeta’s power level was quite good until we were able to count it. It was hard to follow when it crossed the five and six-figure mark. There’s a reason why the power level system got removed from the series.
Because, at a point in time, the power level would cross the million or trillion mark, which would be impossible to remember.
But to give you an idea, Majin Vegeta was stronger than Gohan in Super Saiyan 2 form during his fight against Cell. And Majin Vegeta’s Super Saiyan 2 is said to be as strong as Goku’s Super Saiyan 2 form. Maybe, a tad bit higher, but that’s it.
However, when compared to the power level of Goku’s Super Saiyan 3 (SSJ3) form, Majin Vegeta is definitely not the stronger one.
Who Won Between Majin Vegeta And Goku?
The battle between Majin Vegeta and Goku never got a proper conclusion. Vegeta knocked out Goku to fight Majin Buu but eventually sacrificed himself to wipe out Majin Buu.
But, if we consider the fact that Goku had Super Saiyan 3 (SSJ3) up his sleeve, he would have easily beaten Majin Vegeta.
How Did Majin Vegeta Turn Good?
Though Vegeta was turned into Majin Vegeta by Babidi, Babidi didn’t have any control over him. Hence, Vegeta was always self-aware and knew what he was doing.
During his battle with Goku, the only thing he had in mind was to defeat Goku. But, when Majin Buu was freed from the seal, Vegeta went on to face him alone.
It was when he realized that he is not that cold-blooded Saiyan anymore. He has now changed for good and he cares about his family and the people of earth. And for the first time, Vegeta put his self-interest aside. He sacrificed himself knowing that he won’t be able to fight Goku or come back to life like Goku due to the sins he committed.
And this was the last time we got a glimpse of the darkness that dwells within Vegeta. The remaining evil in him was not seen anywhere after this, and understandably so.
In the end, Majin Vegeta was the needless Saiyan pride that didn’t let him settle in as a strong fighter who is not a savage. But after fighting with Goku, Vegeta recognized how much he has changed since coming to the earth.
During his last moments before self-destructing, Vegeta realized that his inferiority complex towards Goku resulted in the resurrection of Majin Buu which caused harm not only to Gohan but to many of Buu’s future victims. He apologized for causing this mess just to quench his desire.
As we all know the saying, all’s well that ends well. Though it didn’t end well for him at that time, eventually it did end well. If you know what I mean.
With that, I end this article and hope that you have got the answers to your questions regarding Majin Vegeta.
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