Considering DBZ seems to devote more time to transformations, filler, and pointless banter before the actual fighting, I figure I'd ask what your top 3 favorite DBZ transformations are. (I considered placing this under 'DBZ questions and lore' because it's a question, however I felt it didn't belong because it's not really informative in the respect that the other is, mostly just picking favorites.) Here are the top three greatest DBZ transformations of all time, and a brief explanation why:
1. Gohan's Super Saiyan x2 transformation (Cell Saga)
This transformation was one of epic proportion for obvious reasons. Before badass Trunks came along, Gohan was my favorite DBZ character. With the exception of a few notable outbursts of power (i.e. Radditz headbutt, brief outrage against Frieza) he was nothing more than the promising, somewhat reliable son of Goku, the world's strongest, and of course he was a doormat because Chi Chi raised him to be bitch-made and soft (easy prey for the likes of Goku's enemies to exploit). To finally see him come of age and unleash his rage to the world, exceeding the strength of even his father was awe-inspiring to me (and Cell), hence its place in my DBZ saiyan HoF.
2. Goku's transformation to Super Saiyan (Frieza Saga)
This is second on the list because, well, Goku was the original. He was "ally to good! and nightmare to you!" when he finally stepped up to defend his closest friends and family. Also, I think this was the moment when he understood the seriousness of the battle, that there was more at stake than just the planet. (although he could have done something before Frieza made Krillin go *poof* I suppose).
3. Trunks, Super Saiyan (Android Saga?)
It was tough to place him as last (for obvious reasons), but Trunks' transformation to SS status as he made Frieza and her punk ass father King Coleslaw bow down to greatness completes the list. Some may not think this an impressive feat, but the shock of the Z fighters at what was then known to be the youngest super saiyan and the jealousy Vegeta felt at the site were pivotal to plot, not to mention his impressive display of power as he dismantled and disentegrated - with class - the scum that was Frieza.
What are your favorites? They don't have to be saiyans, although mine were, and explanations aren't required.
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