Dragon Ball: Goku Is a Genius – Just Not Where It Counts
The first lovable oaf to be loved, Goku can still show moments of pure greatness on the battlefield of Dragon Ball Super.
Warning: This article has spoilers to Dragon Ball Super Chapter 76 written created by Akira Toriyama, Toyotarou, Caleb Cook and Brandon Bovia and is available in English via Viz Media.
The fight against Granolah gets more and more chaotic as Chapter 76 in the Dragon Ball Super manga unveils one of the most shocking plot surprises in the history of the series: Goku became the voice of reason. The powerful Saiyan is known as not being the most sharp bulb within the crayons, however, if he’s getting attacked or is being punched close by, he turns into an extraordinary genius. Goku’s IQ in combat is unrivaled -However, his off-battlefield intelligence is unmatched, though in a negative way.
One of the major distinctions in Goku as well as Vegeta can be seen in the fact that when the former takes an injury, he is angry, whereas Goku becomes even. It would be difficult to become stronger in the event that Goku had not learned from his adversaries, therefore the typically air-headed Saiyan is constantly watching his opponents’ strategies and coming up with ways to beat their tactics. Very few characters from the past of Dragon Ball have humiliated Goku on the field in the way that Granolah did. While everyone thought Goku was still gasping, face down in the dirt, he was actually studying his opponent with his only-keen-while-fighting mind.
Granolah’s trademark move in Super is to deliver a powerful strike to his opponent’s most vital areas. He employed it to switch Goku to Ultra Instinct into Ultra Unconscious. After Vegeta’s Ultra Ego was unable to take down Granolah too, Goku re-entered the fray in a way that showed he’d worked out his moves. Goku could spot any pause in the Granolah’s movement, allowing him to determine which crucial region the opponent was targeting. While doing this, Goku, while unable to avoid completely, can shift his body to the point to ensure his vital areas are shielded from the sting of Granolah’s attack.
This isn’t the only time Goku has utilized Vegeta as an armored shield to examine his foes or opponents. In the Tournament of Destroyers, Goku was able to beat the Hit’s Time Skip technique after watching Vegeta become a rag doll by the same technique. In the context of the same tournament that Goku lost and ended up destroying his own world as to show his honour, it’s evident that his intellect begins and ends in fighting. Goku is such a smart combatant, it’s almost tragic that his brain is reduced to just a single piece of marble in the tin can in times of peace.
Goku’s intelligence, or even his borderline offensive deficiency is long been a source of debate with Dragon Ball fans. The entire Tournament of Power fiasco aside Goku has a habit of not bringing Senzu Beans, has forgotten the seal of that Evil Containment Wave, and isn’t sure what a kiss isin spite of being married with two children. This particular incident makes the actions of Dragon Ball Z even more doubtful when he offered Bulma to Elder Kai to kiss in exchange to help Gohan. Evidently, he wasn’t aware of what he was offering , but was merely referring to a phrase that he had heard and thought it was something positive.
Goku’s real talent fighting makes him an intriguing combatant with thrilling battle scenes. However, his general empty in other walks of life is enough to make Dragon Ball into the Top Five all time in the number of faces-palms that viewers can witness per episode. The struggle against Granolah forced Goku as well as Vegeta through a torture chamber which is a snare to Saiyans, however their actions have been well-suited to their character. For Goku, this means he’s got the potential of being a genius so long as it’s not detrimental to those who admires him or his general abilities.