Dragon Ball Z: Broly The Legendary Super Saiyan (known in Japan as Doragon Bōru Zetto: Moetsukiro!! Nessen Ressen Chō-Gekisen; lit. "Dragon Ball Z: Burn Up!! A Close, Intense, Super-Fierce Battle") is the eighth Dragon Ball Z movie. The original release date in Japan was on March 6, 1993, between episodes 176 and 177. Due to the popularity of the movie, it spawned two sequels: Dragon Ball Z: Broly Second Coming and Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly.
Vegeta is lured to the planet New Vegeta by a group of Saiyan survivors in hopes that he will be the king of their new planet. But when he finds that they have ulterior motives of universal domination, he and the Z Warriors must fight Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan.
25 years later, it would be revealed that Akira Toriyama himself would be overseeing a Continuity Reboot of the character as the main antagonist of the first movie based on Dragon Ball Super. The movie ignores the events of this film and any of the follow-ups in order to make Broly a proper Canon Immigrant. While elements of the character's past are borrowed from this movie, the film takes Broly in a completely different direction as an antagonist.
- Artistic License Astronomy: The characters repeatedly talk of how "Comet Kumori" will destroy the planet. When we finally see the thing toward the end of the movie, it's several times as big across as the Earth-like planet the heroes are fighting on! That's no "comet"; that's a rogue planet.
- Asshole Victim: Paragus.
- Ax-Crazy: Made more frightening by Broly's overwhelming power, and Trope Codifier for Ax-Crazy Blood Knight characters. His insanity makes Frieza and Cell seem normal and is on par with Kid Buu.
- Badass Mustache: Paragus boasts one.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Broly and Paragus are shown having conversations in space without spacesuits.
- Berserk Button: Anything resembling Goku. Or, as Broly likes to put it: "KAKARROTOO~!" Thinking of Goku's crying when they were both 1-day old incensed him out of Paragus' mind control.
- Bootstrapped Leitmotif: 10's by Pantera, which starts up after Broly transforms into the Legendary Super Saiyan in the English dub's score.
- Blatant Lies: In a desperate attempt to save himself from Broly, Paragus tells his son that he's preparing a rocket so that they can both escape Comet Camori, despite clearly being in an escape pod meant for one passenger. Broly isn't convinced for one second.
- Blood Knight: Other than the obvious fact that Broly is a Saiyan, he is positively delighted when the Z-warriors refused to yield and are prepared to fight him to the bitter end.Broly: Knowing you have no chance of victory, and yet you still fight on? You have my respect; you are truly worthy of your Saiyan blood!!
- Bling of War: One piece counts as Broly's Power Limiter (and possibly a Hypno Trinket) and is indistinguishable from his other gem-encrusted pieces of gold.
- Breakout Villain: If his numerous appearances in video games is not enough, he has the most of all movie characters by a long shot and even more than some main characters as well, the fact one of these games (Supersonic Warriors 2) actually redeems him should settle it. 25 years later, he was flat-out given Canon Immigrant status.
- The Brute: Broly is one of the most badass examples in anime, but he's merely a Dragon-in-Chief for his father in the first movie.
- By the Hair: Piccolo invokes this when trying to force the unusually cowardly Vegeta into joining the fight.Vegeta: It's no use... This is the end...
Piccolo: What do you think you're doing!? Why don't you stop whining like a baby and fight like a man!?
Vegeta: Why? What for? Broly's unbeatable...
Piccolo: You call yourself the prince of Saiyans?
- Captain Ersatz: Paragus' scientist, Krang is clearly based on Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- Canon Discontinuity: Being a Non-Serial Movie it was never really considered "canon" to start with, but at least it fit the timeline (there is a small error as Goku and Gohan are in base at the movie's start, but that's hardly the biggest continuity error in Dragon Ball). After Dragon Ball Super introduced Kale, an adaptation of Broly that took Goku and Vegeta by complete surprise, this movie flat-out doesn't fit in the timeline anymore. Broly would later on be given a Continuity Reboot in the 2018 movie.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience:
- Combat Sadomasochist: Goku gets smacked around by Broly a lot in the movie, as does the rest of the team, but quite a few scenes feature Goku with a downright euphoric smile on his face with each of Broly's punches. These particular scenes are done in slow motion while Rock music plays in the Background (For the English dub anyway). To be fair, he could just be punch-drunk.
- Combined Energy Attack: It takes all of the Z warriors channeling their power into Goku for them to beat Broly.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The 2nd half of the film is mostly just Broly beating the Z-fighters into the ground.
- Dark Messiah: Broly is the Saiyan race's messiah. The Prophesied Legendary Super Saiyan, a born paragon of everything their race stands for; fighting, killing, and destruction. As if to hammer this one home, Funimation decided to name the sequel Second Coming.
- Did You Actually Believe...?: Broly says this regarding Paragus' belief that he'd die from Comet Camori colliding with New Planet Vegeta shortly after exacting revenge on his father, implying that he's strong enough to survive the destruction of the planet in his LSSJ form.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Broly hates Goku with a murderous passion because shortly after they were both born, Goku's crying bothered him.
- Dissonant Serenity: Paragus describing the complete ruination of his plans and the inevitability of the universe's destruction now that Broly's broken free from his control, as if he's imagined the possibility for years but the actual terror of its arrival has long-since passed.
- The Dreaded: Even Vegeta was terrified of Broly.
- Deus ex Machina: Goku defeats Broly from one punch to the gut (nicknamed the Toei Punch by fans) and in a process that seems to literally tear him apart.
- Dub-Induced Plot Hole: The already tenuous logic of Broly being triggered by Goku's voice is an even harder sell in the dub. In the Japanese version Goku of all ages, including his cries as a baby, is voiced by Masako Nozawa so Broly recognizing his voice at least possible. But in the English version Goku is voiced by several actors, so his cries as a baby sound nothing like his voice as an adult making Broly's grudge even more ridiculous.
- Dub Text: When Paragus abandons Broly after losing control of him, the original Japanese Language soliloquy delivered by Iemasa Kayumi was one of reluctant sadness and regret ("Soon the meteor will arrive to destroy New Vegeta; I'm sorry that you have to die like this, my boy; but now that you are out of control, it is the only way the universe won't be destroyed.") The English language version, however, changes it so that he says something far harsher ("now that I can't control you, you are of no use to me and is less than a thought on the back of my mind"), changing Paragus into a jerk who never loved Broly in the first place. This change of dialogue runs in direct contradiction to earlier scenes of Paragus being a loving father who risked his life defying King Vegeta to protect his baby boy, and was forced to confine him to a life of constant torture to prevent the universe from being destroyed.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Before the Buu Saga, Paragus actually looks his age than Goku and Vegeta did. Vegeta actually explains Saiyans retain their youth in their prime so they can fight longer. But hey, being non-canon has its quirks.
- Emerald Power: Contrary to any other Super Saiyan, Broly's aura is greenish. Implied to be a result of the Mind Control device that was used on him.
- Evil Counterpart:
- Shares many similarities with Goku, such as being born almost simultaneously and sharing character elements from the original Monkey King of Journey to the West.
- Also being a much more unstable version of Gohan with a less supportive father.
- A number of fans noted he's basically a pure-blooded Saiyan version of Future Trunks: He has a similar relationship with his father, with him being far more powerful than him, and in addition to his normal Super Saiyan form, he has another transformation that significantly bulks him up, gives him Prophet Eyes etc.
- Evil Is Bigger: Broly in his Legendary Super Saiyan form. Normally he's the same size as Goku, but as the Legendary Super Saiyan he's a giant.
- Festival Episode: The movie takes place during Hanami, and involves one of the most brutal battles in the franchise's history. The final shot has cherry blossoms flowing past the screen.
- Flat Character: He hates Kakarot and he's really powerful. That's all there really is to know about Broly.
- Freudian Excuse: The movie heavily implies that, besides Kakarot's crying, one of the biggest reasons for the way he is is because of life-threatening events related to Broly's birth. King Vegeta was so terrified of his messianic power that he ordered his men to murder him by driving a dagger through his heart on the day he was born. He survived, only to witness Freeza plunging Planet Vegeta around his into apocalyptic hellfire (according to Shin Budokai, this is what made him so unhinged in general). Later on in life, his father placed him under the control of a slave crown, initially out of fear of his power, but afterwards, he was used to destroy even more planets than before against his own will, which further distorted what little tenuous sanity he has left into repressed rage and madness, ready to explode with just the right trigger...
- A God Am I:
- Inversion: Broly, in the Japanese version of Movie 8 as well as a few of the games, has him describing himself as the devil in response to Piccolo's statement about him being a monster.Piccolo: Hmph! Damned monster, do your worst!
Broly: Monster? No, I am the devil!
- Amazingly enough even the Italian dub retains that line thanks to a quirk of Italian language.note
- Inversion: Broly, in the Japanese version of Movie 8 as well as a few of the games, has him describing himself as the devil in response to Piccolo's statement about him being a monster.
- Anti Heroic BSOD: Broly is one of the few villains to legitimately invoke fear in Vegeta, leaving him shell-shocked on the spot after displaying his power.Vegeta: We must escape! This is a fight we can't win...
Piccolo: It doesn't matter of we escape. If we don't kill him now, he'll destroy the whole universe.
Vegeta: But there's the no point fighting him! He's the Legendary Super Saiyan!
Piccolo: I can't believe how cowardly you're being Vegeta! Just stand clear of the true warriors!
Vegeta: Why? Why do they continue to fight in vain?
- Hypno Trinket: For the first half of the movie, Broly was wearing a crown that was heavily implied to have brainwashed Broly and sapped his will and emotions. It was placed on him by his father, Paragus, originally because he was scared of his power level, but after actually placing it onto Broly (who, going by the flashback, was unwilling to even allow Paragus to put it on him), he decided to use Broly as a little toy, namely destroy a lot more planets than Broly himself destroyed when he was a kid (again, against Broly's will).
- I Can't Do This by Myself: Vegeta stubbornly refuses to help Goku during the final fight due to his inferiority complex but eventually gives in after Goku continuously demands his help. But Vegeta asserts firmly that it changes nothing between them.
- Inconsistent Dub: Funimation, by mistake, made Broly said "Goku" instead of "Kakarrot" for a scene.
- Jerkass Has a Point: As revealed in a flashback, King Vegeta decided to execute the newborn Broly, viewing him as a threat to his power due to his Power Level of 10,000. Considering how Ax-Crazy Broly became as an adult, coupled with his incredible power, his fears had merit.
- The Juggernaut: To call Broly a "nigh-unstoppable mass of pain and destruction" is putting it VERY mildly. He spends pretty much every second that he's in his Legendary Super Saiyan form steamrolling whatever unlucky souls happen to be in his line of sight. At one point, he even implies that he's powerful enough to survive an immense comet plowing through the planet ("Did he [Paragus] really think I would die just because this planet was about to explode?!"), and given that he survived the destruction of Planet Vegeta by Frieza by creating a force field, while less than a week old, this is likely true.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Paragus initially had no villainous intentions when putting the mind-control device on Broly, as he was trying to save everyone from Broly's destructive insanity, including Broly himself. But when he realized that now his son could be used as a potential weapon to satisfy his own thirst for vengeance, Paragus threw all morals out the window.
- Just Between You and Me: Paragus starts monologuing and gives away his Evil Plan to Vegeta.
- Kick the Dog: Broly blew up a planet just to see the looks on the former inhabitants' faces.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch:
- Broly kills his father, threw it at Comet Camori. You would feel bad for Paragus if you overlook the fact that he enslaved an entire race of people to do his bidding and brainwashed his own son for god-knows-how long.
- Strangely enough, the aforementioned brainwashing also counts as one. Indeed, as a teenager, Broly was already an Axe-Crazy maniac who killed for fun and who wrecked his father's eye when he was trying to restrain him from blowing up a planet. Therefore, Paragus' reason to put a slave crown on him seems a little more understandable.
- Knight of Cerebus: Yes, Broly's pretty dark. While Frieza and Buu still have some comedic traits, and Cell was repeatedly ridiculed in hell (later), Broly is an example disturbingly straight, without comedic or cartoonish traits. Makes him more frightening when combined with his Ax Crazy behavior.
- Lack of Empathy: Once the full volcanic fury of his rage is unleashed, Broly is more a force of nature existing only to smash all in its path to ruin than a sentient being capable of reason much less empathy.
- Large Ham: What little dialogue Broly has, he makes sure everyone hears him.
- Laughing Mad: Broly is on par with Kid Buu.
- Light Is Not Good: Broly's dressed like some sort of regal/holy being, and is also implied to be the Saiyan equivalent of the Messiah. In his purest form, he's a self-described devil.
- Lightning Bruiser: When fully transformed, Broly has the notable tactic of dodging an attack easily, then taking the next attack in the face just to show that it wouldn't have worked anyway.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Surprisingly averted, considering how most villains react to injury in the series. When Goku manages to kick Broly in the jaw hard enough to make him bleed, not only does he barely even react, just giving a smirk, he actually treats it as though it weren't a big deal and licks off the wound. In fact, the only one to overreact over the minor injury was Goku when he witnessed Broly licking off the wound.[Broly turns to Goku with his mouth bleeding, then smirks and licks off the wound]
Goku: Eew! That was completely unnecessary! Disgusting!
- Nigh-Invulnerability: None of the Z Warriors' attacks manage to deal any real damage to Broly, Goku is only able to defeat him through a combined power attack to the area where he was stabbed as a child.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Half of the movie is basically him beating the snot out of the heroes.
- And he even implies that he's not even using his full strength to do so.
- Offing the Offspring: Paragus tries to do this to Broly when the Restraining Bolt he put on him stops working. Alas, it doesn't work and Broly becomes a Self-Made Orphan after getting revenge on his old man.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Broly is so much more so than any DBZ villain save for Kid Buu, which speaks volumes.
- Out-of-Genre Experience: While starting as a superpowered brawl standard to Dragonball Media, the "battle" with Broly soon devolves into a desperate struggle not unlike a Slasher Movie, with the heroes eventually fleeing and hiding in terror among the industrial-ruins from the pursuit of what is essentially a Super Saiyan Jason Voorhees.
- Painful Transformation: A closer look at Broly's Legendary Super Saiyan transformation in the movie shows signs of this, one can see Broly's mouth and eye sockets being ripped wide open, this lead many to believe that his muscles don't just grow with the transformation, but literally burst from within his body in a painful manner.
- Papa Wolf: After Broly maniacally asks how much does Goku love his son, implying Gohan is his next target, Goku orders Gohan to run before trying to hold the psychopath off.
- Patricide: Broly ends up killing Paragus by crushing his space pod while he's still inside it. However, considering he'd been mind controlling and exploiting his son for years, and later tried to leave him to die, it's easy to say Paragus deserved it and hard to begrudge Broly for killing him.
- Person of Mass Destruction: More so than the majority of DBZ villains. In the intro of the movie alone he wipes out an entire galaxy in one go, making it vanish entirely in seconds, (even though that would be physically impossible).
- Pet the Dog: The one nice thing Broly does in his whole life is save his father from the destruction of Planet Vegeta when he had no real reason to. But then it's all downhill from there.
- Power Limiter: A hypno-crown made by his dad in his debut movie.
- Prophet Eyes: Broly gains this in his Legendary form.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Broly has shades of this, probably because he's been under constant mind control since he was a kid. While he's transforming into the Legendary Super Saiyan, his screams sound like a crying child.
- Reused Character Design: The school interviewer is just Jimmy Firecracker with brown hair.
- Sanity Slippage: Broly goes through this big time.
- Say My Name: Broly always shouts "Kakarot!", to the point its like a catchphrase for him. It's even a powerup move in the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi games.
- Sacrificial Planet: Broly destroys Shamo to annoy its natives before rampaging New Vegeta.
- Screaming Warrior: Broly, to the extent that Vic Mignogna dreads getting called to voice him.
- Self-Made Orphan: Broly did this by crushing his father's space-pod with him inside after he tried to leave him to die by a comet hitting the planet. Then again, considering what his father subjected him to after putting that power limiter/hypno trinket on him and later attempting to abandon Broly shortly before his demise, Paragus did deserve it.
- Shame If Something Happened: Early on in the fight, Broly asks Goku how important his son is to him. At that point Goku tells Gohan to leave immediately.
- Sink the Lifeboats: Paragus tries to use his Escape Pod to flee from his rampaging son, Broly, and from the comet about to collide with the planet he had previously lured the Z-Fighters to. Unfortunately for him, Broly catches up to him, crushes the pod with his bare hands, and throws the remains into the comet.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Paragus tries to exact revenge on Vegeta for his father's actions.
- Small Universe After All: New Vegeta is in the South Galaxy t the other side of the universe.
- Spell My Name with an "S":
- Is it Broly, Brolly or Broli?
- And, of course, there are the "Romanizers" who insist it's Burorii.
- The problem with "Brolly" is it's the English slang for umbrella.
- And Just for Pun there's "Brawly."
- Paragus is alternately "Baragus" or "Paragas."
- Sickly Green Glow:
- Broly's Legendary aura.
- Sicker still when you consider no other character has a green aura.
- Sucking-In Lines: Broly's energy more often condenses from the atmosphere into his shield and Energy Balls than directly from his body. The entire area goes green before the sphere shrinks down to useful density.
- Take Over the World: Paragus plans to conquer Earth because he deems it the most beautiful planet in the galaxy.
- Earth also has the only species that is known to be genetically compatible with Saiyans, and as such, the best known chance of repopulating the species. If Paragus wanted to establish Saiyan dominance, this might have been a factor, but it isn't actually mentioned at all....
- Theme Naming: Broly is pun base off of broccoli and Paragus is obviously a pun on asparagus crown. Roshi (while drunk) even calls Broly broccoli at one point.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: Vegeta is struck by one after witnessing Broly's transformation.
- Travelling at the Speed of Plot: Due to Roshi being hungover after drinking on Earth, it's implied that it didn't take them more than a few hours to reach the other side of the universe. Piccolo arrives in the Capsule Corp spaceship a few days later, which in the show takes six days to reach Namek which is in our own galaxy.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Subverted. Broly looks like this, and fights like this, but he's actually a capable martial artist. He's just so strong he can tank his way through anything.
- Unstoppable Rage: Apparently, Broly doesn't like Goku very much.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Broly's common attire.
- Whatever Happened to the Mouse?;
- At the beginning of the film, Paragus had an army of soldiers who were also responsible for slaving the Shamoyians. They dissapear from the movie in the second act. While it is implied Trunks, Gohan and Krillin defeated them off-screen, killing them sound out of character, meaning they possibly died off-screen by either Broly's outbursts or the planet's destruction.
- Goku manages to save a load of Shamoians at the end. They're never mentioned again apart from making a background cameo in the afterlife. So all we know is that they die at some point.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Both played straight and subverted. Although his power may have something to do with his Ax-Crazy nature, it is also heavily implied that the life-threatening experiences that he had to endure the day of his birth had a LOT to do with his insanity, perhaps even more than his actual power level itself (which was stated to be 10,000 as a newborn).
- Wolverine Publicity: Holy shit. He gives Wolverine a run for his money to regards to the trope. The insane popularity he gained from this movie lead to him get two sequels and appearing in at least fourteen different fighting games in Japan.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Broly. See Freudian Excuse for more details.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Broly's fighting style is more like wrestling moves than the lightning fast movements of the characters in the main series.
- You Gotta Have Lime-Green/Blue/Purple Hair: Subverted. Although Broly in this movie, when going Super Saiyan, does have blue hair (purple hair if it is dark outside), it was implied that this was not natural, but a side-effect of his Restraining Bolt. In Second Coming, his hair is the usual golden as a Super Saiyan.