A monkey-tailed boy who spent his childhood on various hunts for the Dragon Balls, seven mystical orbs that summon a wish-granting dragon when gathered together, and participating in the Tenkaichi Budokai tournament. Now a grown man with a wife and child, Goku's world was turned upside-down when his brother Raditz showed up and revealed that the two of them are part of a critically endangered alien race known as the Saiyans, kickstarting Goku's next set of adventures. Unfortunately, despite meaning well, Goku isn't exactly the sharpest tool in the shed, and this combined with his instinctive love of fighting only end up making things worse for him and his peers.
- Achievements in Ignorance: Nobody knows the origins of the muffin button.Dr. Briefs: You're incredibly lucky I already set the coordinates for Namek, but you... you... where did you get that muffin?
Goku: Muffin button.
Dr. Briefs: But, I... never installed a muffin button.
Goku: Then where did I get this muffin...?
- Adaptational Badass: At points appears stronger than his canon counterpart. He defeats Nappa in seconds without even resorting the Kaio-ken, and was implied to have broken his spine. In his fight with Vegeta, Goku isn't made out to be suffering from the Heroic RRoD like he was in canon. When he first turns Super Saiyan and grips Freeza by the hand, Freeza isn't able to break free like in canon, he only gets free because Goku let go and smacked him. Not to mention that when he shot Cooler into the sun, he blew up the sun by accident.
- Adaptational Dumbass: He is even more of an Idiot Hero than he was in canon, except for rare instances where he gets a flash of brilliance.
- Further proof is when he transforms into Ultra Super Saiyan he is completely coherent and speaks in a way that would make Sheldon Cooper proud.
- It's also not clear how much of his stupidity is genuine and how much of it is him acting stupid to distract and anger his opponents or just to mess with his friends. Popo implies that his seeming inability to pronounce "Hyberbolic Time Chamber" is deliberate, and Goku doesn't deny it. Later on he reveals that he orchestrated the entire Cell Games by manipulating Vegeta and Cell.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Kai 3.5 has him dropping F-bombs, telling Mr. Satan to shut up for no reason and pretty much telling Gohan that he'll be responsible for his Heroic Sacrifice.
- Adult Fear: It took him very long to sink in and realize his son really hates fighting, and Piccolo has to spell out how much of a terrible father he's been."I've made a terrible mistake."
- Adorkable: Like in the original series, he's an endearingly-simpleminded goofball.
- Amazon Chaser: His wife Chi-Chi is the strongest woman on the planet. She also has more stamina than him in bed which he takes as a challenge in Episode 56. He didn't understand it was in order to have a baby.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Acknowledged In-universe, due to Goku having sporadic cases of Hyper-Awareness, characters have a hard time telling when he's being an air head and when he's being The Gadfly.
- Ambiguously Bi: He does clearly love and enjoy sex with Chi-Chi, but after Cell shows up, he repeatedly comments on Cell's handsomeness, exchanges sexual innuendos constantly, and even says when he first sees him "I mean, I'd never cheat on Chi-Chi, but..."
- Angrish: Inverted. When Goku becomes enraged and turns into a Super Saiyan, he actually becomes much more coherent, to Gohan's surprise.
- Answers to the Name of God: When Goku teleports to Perfect Cell, surprising him.Perfect Cell: JESUS!
Goku: No, actually. It's Goku.
- Arch-Enemy: Rarely, since he barely has any contempt for his enemies, unless your name is Freeza (who killed Krillin), and that monster Pilaf.
- Asexuality: Goku's primary interests are fighting and eating. He did manage to conceive Gohan and later Goten with Chi-Chi, but both times she was the instigator. He admits in Episode 56 that he does enjoy sex, but she is very much the active party in their relationship.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: He is easily bored by long conversations. He usually cuts the speaker off before doing something else.Goku: Bored now.
- Ass Pull: In-universe. He admits during his fight with Broly that while outclassed he'll probably make it work.Goku: I'll probably pull something out of my butt.
- The Atoner: It's shown that this is the reason why he sacrificed himself to save the world from Cell. To make amends with his friends for pretty much kick-starting the Cell Games, and to make amends with his son, Gohan, for not understanding that he doesn't like fighting.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: His flaws aside, as Gohan assures Chi-Chi, after his death in season 3, he has no doubt that Goku loved his family very much, as his final thoughts were of both his wife and his child, and his unborn son.Gohan: Mom, Dad maybe...well is one of the dumbest, most selfish, most irresponsible people we know... But before he died he mentioned us... All of us!
- Badass Boast:
- From Season 2, TFS's rendition of Goku famous "I am" speech:Super Saiyan Goku: I am the hope of the omniverse. I am the light bulb in the darkness. I am the bacon in the fridge for all living things that cry out in hunger. I am the alpha, and the Amiga. I am the terror, that FLAPS IN THE NIGHT! I, AM SON GOKU, AND I AM A SUPER- [Freeza blasts Goku, before he instantly recovers] ...Saiyan.
- And from season 3:Goku: Okay, I'm about done here. See ya tomorrow! Oh, and by the way, Cell... You're gonna die. [teleports out]
- From Season 2, TFS's rendition of Goku famous "I am" speech:
- Bash Brothers: Thinks he's this with Vegeta. Vegeta disagrees.
- Batman Gambit: Why yes, Goku of all people actually manages to pull one off. Goku came to realize that he would one day die of old age, which would leave Earth unprotected, so he decided to use the whole Cell situation as a way to coax Gohan into becoming the new protector of Earth. To be sure Gohan would be strong enough to carry this burden, he needed Cell to pose a serious threat for his son to overcome, so he arranged for Vegeta and Trunks to fight Cell first, knowing that one (or both) of them would probably screw it up somehow, which would allow Cell the opportunity to achieve his perfect form. He also made Cell postpone his plan to kill everyone after defeating Vegeta, by issuing a challenge of his own to him prior. Goku knew that he himself wouldn't pass up on such a challenge, and neither would Cell, since Cell has a part of his personality embedded in him. He made a glaring miscalculation though; he had assumed Gohan would be happy for the chance to take up the mantle as Earth's protector, believing that his son enjoyed fighting just as much as himself. Gohan didn't.
- Berserk Button:
- Despite the insults he levies towards Krillin, killing or hurting him is still the fastest way to piss Goku off.
- In Christmas Tree of Might.Goku: YOU NEVER WASTE FIGGY PUDDING!
- In Lord Slug Abridged.Goku: Nobody... rakes Christmas!
- In Episode 30, part 2 he doesn't react well to Freeza's Destructo Disc.Goku: That wasn't a pizza... THAT WASN'T A PIZZA AT ALL!
- DON'T imply that you can have too much bacon. He'll go Super Saiyan if you do.
- Best Served Cold: Goku asks Piccolo to stall Freeza for five minutes while he charges a Spirit Bomb using the exact same words Piccolo used on Goku when they fought Raditz. This pays Piccolo back for the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown Goku suffered at the hands of Raditz while Piccolo charged his attack for five minutes, and for Piccolo straight up killing Goku afterwards. Goku even sings the same song to himself in his head that Piccolo did at the time.Piccolo: D- did you just hold a grudge?
- Beware the Silly Ones: He may be dumber than Canon!Goku, but you don't want to anger him.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Nappa, Freeza, and Piccolo learned the hard way that Goku's stupidity and innocence does not mean he won't mercilessly kick your ass or hold grudges against you.
- Big Eater: No, scratch that— HUGE Eater. In fact, when he fights Freeza, he reverts to his basic instincts and takes a bite out of Freeza. It even saved his life when he used the Muffin Button to escape the exploding Namek. It also killed him in Future Trunks' timeline when he had a heart attack from eating too much bacon.Krillin: Goku, what's your favorite food?!
Krillin: He's HIM again!!
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Aside from the usual quirks of Saiyan biology - his Ozuru and Super Saiyan forms, the Zenkai Boosts, and unchanging hair - Goku also sweats purple when he eats grapes... or anything grape-flavored for that matter.
- Blood Knight: Ironically, he's not that far removed from Canon!Goku or either version of Vegeta when you get right down to it. For example, he didn't care what Freeza was capable of, he just wanted to beat him up. Later on, Goku blatantly looks forward to fighting the Androids, as he feels he hasn't gotten a good fight since Freeza.
- Bond One-Liner: Does this whenever he kills someone. Always in the form of a lame Pun.Goku: Looks like he had a bad case of... Freezer burn!
- Break the Cutie: Spends Episodes 38 and 39 screaming in pain from his heart problems.
- Brick Joke: The muffin button is introduced early in the Namek Saga. Surprisingly enough, it saved his life much later on.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: His idiocy is exaggerated beyond belief. He's still The Ace for the Z-Fighters, and a constant big damn hero.
- His training with Gohan shows that Goku is surprisingly a much better instructor than Piccolo was, managing to get Gohan to turn Super Saiyan and coming up with a training method to maintaining it. As a result his training makes Gohan becomes stronger than Piccolo.
- Cannot Keep a Secret:
- Tells Future Trunks this. Though he swears on Krillin's, but changed to Bulma's, life to keep Trunks' secret.
- Almost averted with telling Chi-Chi about Gohan helping to fight the androids. He keeps her out of the loop for three years, but lets it slip at the last possible second.Gohan: Three years, dad. Three years. You almost got it.
- And, if it wasn't for Piccolo to stop him in time, he would have spilled the beans about there being more innocent people on the island to the androids.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Episode 60 reveals that Goku could have easily killed Semi-Perfect Cell if he and Gohan had used the Hyperbolic Time Chamber before Vegeta and Trunks, preventing Cell from absorbing 18 and reaching his Perfect Form. He didn't do so, however, because he needed Cell to reach his Perfect Form (and was counting on either Vegeta or Krillin to allow him to do so) to mold Gohan into his successor as protector of the Earth. This does NOT sit well with the other Z-Warriors.
- Catchphrase: Goku doesn't like sticking around through long conversations.Goku: Bored now.
- Cannibalism Superpower: While on Yardrat, the Yardies fed him their sick, giving him the power to teleport.
- Challenge Seeker: Half the reason he goes along with Chi-Chi's marathon sex sessions. The other half is that it feels really good.
- Character Exaggeration: Made out to be much dumber than his original character.
- Characterization Marches On:
- At the start of the series he's more of a Cloud Cuckoolander with a more natural demeanor until after Episode 11 he starts to become increasingly child-like to the point of becoming a Kindhearted Simpleton.
- His relationship with Gohan evolves over time. Before Episode 27, he has been a somewhat attentive father to Gohan. As of Episode 27, he makes conversation with Krillin, Piccolo, and Vegeta while he responds to Gohan's "Hey, Dad!" with a disinterested "Hey". They later bond during their year long training session in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.
- In The Revenge of Cooler, he completely forgets about Gohan's existence, talking about how, if he had a son, he would be sure to treat him better than Freeza and Cooler were. Though, he still jumps in front of the death ray to save him in the same special. It's probably just a matter of whatever's funniest at the time.
- He was snarkier and generally smarter in the original abridged versions of the first two movies (made before Team Four Star was officially established), as opposed to the clueless ditz he is in the series proper.
- The Chessmaster: In Episode 60, he reveals to Piccolo that he basically engineered the entire Cell Saga single-handedlynote . Why? Because Goku fully realizes that he's not going to be around forever, and someone else is going to have to protect the Earth after he dies for good — and that someone is Gohan, thanks to his latent potential. Of course, the one thing he completely missed in all of this is that Gohan has never liked fighting and doesn't want to do that.
- Childhood Brain Damage: Goku fell on a rock head-first when he was still a child. And he's noticeably more ditzy and absent-minded than his canon self.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander:
- Wonders if Piccolo's a Yoshi, thinks that sarcasm is food, and asks if the moon is made of cheese.
- Half the time when he's fighting, he doesn't even understand that he's in a fight. He just... does things. Which badly hurt his opponents.
- In Episode 27, he unknowingly delivers a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Freeza.
- In Episode 34, when Goku finds out that Bulma is Trunks' mother, his first reaction is to be amazed at how old he's gotten in the year and a half since Goku assumes he must have been born. The impossibility of Trunks' existence never crosses his mind.
- The Cloud Cuckoolander Was Right: His extremely dangerous training that he puts Gohan through succeeds in turning him Super Saiyan and all round proves more effective than Piccolo's. And he planned to have Gohan defeat Cell, which works in spite of everyone else's objections.Vegeta: Alright, would anyone care to explain THE F**K?!Piccolo: I'm kind of afraid to, because I'm pretty sure that would involve giving Goku credit for this.
- Comically Missing the Point: There are times when Goku just doesn't get it.Piccolo: It's called SARCASM!
Goku: What's that taste like?
- Composite Character: His attack on the Red Ribbon HQ led to the death of Dr. Gero's son. According to Word of God, said son was killed by an enemy gunman.
- Confusion Fu: Not that he does it on purposenote , but his idiocy often becomes a major asset with how it gets under the bad guys' skin. Until Cell.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Defeats Nappa much faster and more easily than in canon, not resorting to any Ki Attacks or using the Kaio-ken. He just simply beats Nappa so badly that even Krillin and Gohan were shocked by it.
- His fights with the Ginyu Force are similarly one-sided. Recoome is knocked out with a single blow like in canon, but Goku was only hitting him telling him to wait and he would fight him later, knocking him out was an accident. Jeice and Burter last even less time than in canon as Goku averts Talking Is a Free Action and knocks out Burter when he and Jeice are having an emotional scene.
- After turning Super Saiyan, he dishes out one against Freeza until the tyrant powers up to full strength.
- Create Your Own Villain: Turns out Dr. Gero's hatred of him was a lot more personal than in the original.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Goku may be a bigger idiot in this version, but he's an idiot that can kick your ass.
- Death by Irony: In Trunks' timeline, Goku's death is caused by heart failure from high cholesterol from eating too much bacon.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Certainly thinks this way about Vegeta, who outright defies it.
- Delusions of Eloquence: Has a tendency to use words and phrases which he doesn't really understand. When Freeza called him on this, Goku just replied Freeza was being "transcendent".
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Knocks Recoome out with a single blow. Unlike in canon, Goku was trying to knock him out, he was talking to Gohan and Krillin, Recoome was butting wanting to fight Goku, and Goku hit to make him stop saying he would fight him later. Actually knocking Recoome out was an accident.
- Does Not Like Spam:
- He hates anything grape flavored. So much in fact that he refused to take the medicine Trunks gave him which nearly caused his death as a result. According to Roshi, Goku can't handle grapes; given that he was "sweating purple", Goku seems to have a strange allergic reaction to grapes or anything grape-related.
- In an alternate scene of Episode 30, instead of a muffin, Freeza's ship instead spawns him a cookie, shouting a Big "NO!" in the process.
- Does Not Understand Sarcasm: "What does that taste like?" It actually drives both Vegeta and Freeza into the throes of a Villainous Breakdown.
- The Dreaded: In Dead Zone Abridged, when Garlic Jr. meets Gohan and realizes he's Goku's son, Garlic Jr. freaks out and yells at his minions to get the Dragon Balls quicker. He is also dreaded by Freeza after being beaten on Namek, and sends Mercenary Tao into a screaming panic by just appearing in front of him.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Much like in canon. Despite Goku having made to the final round of the World Martial Arts Tournament three times, winning the last one against Piccolo, his accomplishments have been forgotten by almost everyone outside his circle of friends. When Kochin is looking for a strong body to put Wheelo's brain in, Kochin has no idea who Goku is. When the Cell Games roll around, it turns out that almost the entire world has no idea who he is.
- Dumbass Has a Point:
- After Piccolo's supposed death by Cell in Episode 47, Gohan tries to fly to rescue him, only for Goku to restrain him. When Gohan claims Piccolo would have let him go, Goku says Piccolo wouldn't, and he's smarter than Goku. This stops Gohan in his tracks.
- Goku's intelligence seems to increase a few notches while he's a Super Saiyan, using more sophisticated words and a being a lot less childish.
- In Episode 53 he explains in great detail why Trunk's muscled form is not enough to defeat Cell from an almost scientific perspective. When Gohan expresses confusion, he reverts back to his idiot personality, and when Gohan asks what just happened, Goku's response seems to indicate he only cares about fighting and every ounce of intelligence in his brain is dedicated to it. This is supported by his Batman Gambit, which he claims he did by "treating the whole thing like a fight."
- Rather amusingly (or horrifyingly, depending on your interpretation), his logical deconstruction of the Super Saiyan Grade 3 form makes him sound a lot like Gohan, giving the implication that it's actually Goku that Gohan gets his brains from.
- In Episode 59, for all that him sending Gohan out against Cell is a terrible idea, he does bring up the valid point that Piccolo kidnapped Gohan to begin with and kind of established a creepy relationship with him ever since.
- When punching Jeice in the face over and over, Goku points out that Jeice could actually trying dodging his punches.
- In response to Freeza's infamous "five minutes" statement, Goku questions if he even knows what a minute is given how long their fight lasted.
- Dumb Blonde: Played With
- Goku is usually quite the idiot, but when he goes Super Saiyan and as such blond, he becomes much smarter compared to his normal intelligence. The twist is that while he's indeed smarter and uses the correct words, he mispronounces them very often.Freeza: That's not the problem, you idiot! I can breathe in space!
Goku: But space is a vacumm!
- Slips back into playing it straight when he sees Trunks become a Super Saiyan.Goku: What happened to your hair? It's yellow!!
Trunks: ...So is yours.
Goku: It is!?
- However the really impressive example is when Goku turns Ultra Super Saiyan in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. He gives a speech full of technical percentages on why the former is impotent in battle, which leaves Gohan stunned.
- Goku is usually quite the idiot, but when he goes Super Saiyan and as such blond, he becomes much smarter compared to his normal intelligence. The twist is that while he's indeed smarter and uses the correct words, he mispronounces them very often.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In the two abridged DBZ movies that Lanipator, Vegeta3986, and MasakoX made before Team Four Star came together, Goku was a lot smarter and a major Jerkass.
- Eureka Moment: Some time after his recovery from his heart virus, he knows he won't live forever. It's one of the main reasons why he wants Gohan to surpass him.
- Extreme Omnisexual: Ironic, being Goku, but he might go for Perfect Cell if he wasn't already married to Chi-Chi.
- Face Death with Dignity: Upon realizing he'll have to sacrifice himself to get rid of Cell before he can self-destruct, Goku simply smiles as he says he better go clean up his mess and tells everyone to "take it easy".
- Famous Last Words: Before Cell explodes, he manages to say "Hey King Kai, what should I do with Cell—-".
- Fatal Flaw:
- His Blood Knight tendencies rears its ugly head to the point that Piccolo had to point this out. He may enjoy fighting, but it's not what Gohan wanted to do spending an entire year with him.
- Friendly Enemy: To almost everyone, except Freeza after he killed Krillin.
- "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: Going Super Saiyan seems to temporarily increase his intelligence and cognition. He's still prone to doing and saying dumb things, just not to the extreme that "normal" Goku seems to.
- Forgot About His Powers:
- After recovering from his injuries and calling his nimbus, he jumps out the window and falls to the ground, having forgotten he could fly.
- In Episode 47, it takes him a very long time to remember he can teleport. When Gohan asks, Mr. Popo affirms that Goku's an idiot.
- Fun Personified: No matter how dark the situation, Goku's arrival will lighten the tone up. This is particularly evident in the Darker and Edgier Cell Saga. Cue to Goku still in his coma having a dream about being Pirate Goku and Ninja Goku.
- The Gadfly:
- By the third season, it becomes a Running Gag of the other characters calling out some of Goku's display of stupidity as this.Goku: We have to wait for Vegeta and Trunks to come out of the Hypertonic Lion Tamer.
Mr. Popo: That one was on purpose.
Goku: Could've been.
- In "TEKKEN 7 | Two Saiyans Play", not only does he constantly press Vegeta's buttons, he's openly aware that Vegeta hates him.
- By the third season, it becomes a Running Gag of the other characters calling out some of Goku's display of stupidity as this.
- Genius Ditz: Area of expertise: Fighting. He's an Idiot Hero otherwise.Gohan: But why [can't you defeat perfect cell in the bulked up super saiyan form]? It's so strong!
Goku: Oh, yeah. In raw power, it can't be beat. But the amount of concentrated energy causes an extreme expansion in mass. The body can't compensate! And while you'll see a fifty percent power increase, you'll see a seventy-five percent decrease in speed and mobility! You'd never hit your opponent!
Gohan: D- Did you...? What just...?
Goku: Whoop! Sorry, was thinkin' about fightin'!
- Good People Have Good Sex:
- Not-so subtly implied between him and his wife Chi-Chi in Christmas Tree of Might.Goku: Well, what am I getting for Christmas?
Chi-Chi: The same thing as last year, Goku.
Goku: Oh, so that thing you do with your mouth...?
Chi-Chi: NOT IN FRONT OF GOHAN!
- And later in the same special:Goku: [thinking] Oh, man! If Chi-Chi finds out about this, I might not get mouth present!
- And during the fight with Freeza:Freeza: You're just a giant monkey!
Goku: And you're just a giant that thing that Chi-Chi keeps in her drawer!
- Most of his part in Episode 56 centers on this. Chi-Chi wants another kid, and is more-or-less constantly having sex with him.
- Not-so subtly implied between him and his wife Chi-Chi in Christmas Tree of Might.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: In keeping with his childlike characterization, Goku primarily uses G-rated curse words, only using harder language in limited circumstances, and often for the sake of a joke or a reference. For example:
- Groin Attack: On the receiving end in Super Android 13. He gets hit so hard that Goten gets Ret Gone'd. It takes him multiple Senzu beans to heal the damage.
- Hero with an F in Good: When it comes right down to it, Goku does love his friends and family, and cares about their well-being and the people of the Earth in general. Just... he's also a Challenge Seeker, Blood Knight, and borderline-psychopathic Manchild who's just Genre Savvy enough to (admittedly, correctly) at some level know he's The Hero, that The Good Guys Always Win, and that Death Is Cheap, and so tends to have a somewhat... ok, very skewed view of events and their stakes, and how his actions impact the people around him.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: As seen in Episode 58 when the viewers booed at him, due to Jimmy Firecracker misconstruing Goku's words to make him sound like a abusive husband. It also doesn't help that Goku himself only adds more fuel to the fire by adding that after he beat her, they married, he put a kid in her, and she stays in the kitchen, which makes him come off as rather sexist.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Just like in canon, Goku willing gives up his own life to stop Cell from killing everyone. He apologizes to Gohan for not seeing that Gohan didn't like fighting, and tells him he enjoyed spending a year witth him.
- Hidden Depths:
- Seems to be acutely aware of Gohan's potential and his timid personality despite being an Idiot Hero. When Gohan expresses wonder that Goku believes in his ability to become a Super Saiyan, Goku all-but-says that Cell will win if Gohan doesn't ascend. He verbally backpedals immediately afterwards to keep Gohan's spirit up.
- Goku is completely aware that at some point, his death will stick, thus his reasons for wanting to surpass him and take up his sword.
- Holding Out for a Hero: Deconstructed, as per the original series. Whenever Goku is out of commission, is not around, or incapacitated, his friends usually take his place to take on the villain until he arrives to finish the job. This has led to several of them dying over and over again. Plus villains gleefully take advantage of his absence to destroy or take whatever they want. Goku occasionally lets out how little faith he has in the others saving the day.
- Horrible Judge of Character: In Return of Cooler, he says Vegeta is a really nice guy after you get to know him while he's clearly... not.
- Hypocritical Humor: Goku tries to call Cell out on stealing other people's techniques, despite virtually all of Goku's own techniques being taken from others. The Z-Fighters pitch in to name who really invented each of the techniques that Goku lists off. Goku then asks King Kai if he learned the Kaio-ken on his own, to which King Kai points out his name is in it.
- Idiot Hero: As noted, Goku's not the brightest individual.
- Idiot Savant:
- Goku is a bit dull in almost every way except when it comes to fighting. Not only is he a genius when it comes to fighting, he's even far more intelligent with his vocabulary and mannerisms when he talks about fighting.
- When he fights Freeza he perceptively notices that Freeza needs his eyes to follow Goku as Freeza is unable to sense energy. He then uses controlled energy blasts to catch Freeza off guard then deliver a devastating kick just like his original counter-part in the manga.
- In Episode 53, he manages to analyze and explain the ins and outs of why the buffed-out Super Saiyan transformation is a bad trade-off, because he's "thinking about fighting."
- He planned out the entire Batman Gambit to set up the Cell Games by approaching it like it was a fight and manipulating Cell into doing what he wanted.
- I'm a Humanitarian:
- His explanation for how he learned instant transmission - the Yardrats fed him their sick.
- He says he'd ask a bisected Freeza if he could take one of his legs with him. Then he decides against it because Freeza was probably hungry too.
- Innocently Insensitive:
- Even more so than the original series. At times, Goku can be more demeaning to his friends than Vegeta, but he never does it in a mean spirited way.Piccolo: I'll admit, that was pretty ballsy, but all you did was stall him! Now he's alone to hunt down Android 18, and we don't have anyone with the strength to stop him!
Mr. Popo: YOUR WORTHLESS MAGGOT FRIENDS ARE COMING OUT!
Gohan: Or DO we?!
Goku: No, Gohan. We haven't gone in yet!
Piccolo: Wow. Really, Goku?
- At the Cell Games, his poor choice of words made it sound like he beats his wife and abandoned his son, which led the whole world watching this on television to turn against Goku.
- While talking to King Kai in the afterlife after the Cell Games, he points out that he's fine spending some time away from his family being dead, because he figures he'll be seeing them again someday, either when they resurrect him or when they die themselves. The fact that maybe they would want him back, and that he just sort of accidentally wished them to die, never seems to have crossed his mind.
- Even more so than the original series. At times, Goku can be more demeaning to his friends than Vegeta, but he never does it in a mean spirited way.
- I Taste Delicious: Enjoys the smell of his own flesh burning when his body catches fire.
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: The reason he decides to stay dead. He realizes that the Saiyans, Freeza and the Androids were all a product of him, one way or another. He decides the best thing to do is to stay dead to protect his family.
- Just Toying with Them: Believes that he is supposed to start off a fight without using his full strength, but when fighting Jeice and Burter he's really shown to have just been messing with them.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: After Freeza is cut in half by his own attack, Goku makes a bunch of cut related puns at his expense to rub salt in the wound. Freeza quickly begs Goku to stop, and Goku just keeps it up as he's about to leave. As this is Freeza, he more than earned it.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: In Goku's Gonna Show You HunieCam Studio, he makes multiple comments about how he's smart and even claims to know everything. This is SO not true.
- Lack of Empathy: Rare heroic example. Goku's not a bad person, but he has an extremely self-centered view of the world, and has severe issues picking up on the mental states of others, including the strain his behavior puts on his wife and child. Perhaps best shown with his relationship with Gohan, where he's so focused on training and raising his son as his successor that he can't see that said son is desperate for his attention and absolutely detests fighting.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In Episode 60 Part 3, he states that it'll be a while before he comes back after his death. This reflects Team Four Star's own insistence that it will be quite some time before DBZ Abridged Season 4 can happen, and deliberately played off of initial rumors that the series would end without adapting the Buu Saga.
- Literal-Minded: So much that it drove Vegeta and Freeza insane.
- Look how Goku got Freeza tripped up when they first met:Freeza: Unfortunately Vegeta and I were having a disagreement: He wanted himself to live and, well, I didn't.
Goku: Why do you want to die?
- And again while Super Saiyan.Freeza: Will you just piss off already!?
Goku: I don't have to use the bathroom!
- Look how Goku got Freeza tripped up when they first met:
- The Loins Sleep Tonight: Episode 56 states that, although he has a higher stamina for sex than normal (he's able to go nine times in his last/first of the several couplings across the day he's been having with Chi-Chi since he came out of the Time Chamber), by the seventh day he admits that he's literally run dry. Luckily, Chi-Chi had just become pregnant, which was the reason for the marathon.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Often.
- In Lord Slug Abridged, for instance, his only reaction to being smashed face-first through a wall in a shower of his own blood was to note that the shop inside was pretty nice and he should take Chi-Chi there some time.
- When his hair catches fire, he doesn't even notice, instead scolding Gohan about wasting food.
- While he's smarter as a Super Saiyan he trips over words a lot more than usual. And even before he goes super he says some odd things like this little gem from when he intgroduces himself to Freeza.Goku: I'm Goku! I'm insane! From Earth!
Vegeta: ...He means "Saiyan."
- It should be noted that most of Goku's mistakes are the kind that a child would make.Goku: I can't sense their energy. And that's my especialty!
- Now that the Freeza saga is over, a couple of examples suggest Goku may or may not have started to do this on purpose, such as his repeated misnaming of the Big Gete Star (which Cooler refuses to dignify) and the Hyperbolic Time Chamber (which causes Mr. Popo to throw him off the lookout).
- "Get back on the horse over failure" is a metaphor about not giving up. Goku attempts to use a similar phrase "Eat that horse" to refer to the same concept.
- While he's smarter as a Super Saiyan he trips over words a lot more than usual. And even before he goes super he says some odd things like this little gem from when he intgroduces himself to Freeza.
- A Man Is Always Eager: Subverted, he doesn't say no because he sees it as a challenge, which he refuses to back down from as usual (also it feels good). He ends up throwing the towel at the end of Episode 56.
- To the point that, at the very start of the series, his friends are shocked to see that he has actually managed to reproduce!Ginyu: How's that wound treating you?
Goku: This is easily the second-worst hole I've ever had in my chest. It's gonna take, like, a million Mommy-kisses to make it better.
- Brutally lampshaded by Gohan in Episode 49.Gohan: I need an adult...
Goku: I am an adu-.
Gohan: No. No, you are not.
- To the point that, at the very start of the series, his friends are shocked to see that he has actually managed to reproduce!
- Meaningful Echo: Throughout the series, Goku's primary way of greeting Gohan is a nonchalant "Hey son", indicating that he doesn't really understand fatherhood. In Episode 60, he says it with more emotion as he prepares to sacrifice himself to save the Earth from Cell's self-destruction.
- Motivational Lie:
- Uses one on a transformed Gohan in season 1 to get Gohan to concentrate on Vegeta.Goku: Gohan! Remember Icarus? ...[Vegeta] did it.
- He's also had them used on him a few times, notably when King Kai tells Goku he has to save Christmas during Lord Slug Abridged. In this case, it was easier for King Kai to feed into Goku's misconception that Christmas was in danger than to try to explain Lord Slug's actual plan.
- He also openly utilizes Gohan's Pavlovian trigger-word "Dodge" by using it to keep him in place for a "Super Saiyan" blast.
- Uses one on a transformed Gohan in season 1 to get Gohan to concentrate on Vegeta.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
- Just like in canon, he regrets sending Gohan to fight Cell after Piccolo gives him a scathing "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- After Cell kills 16, Gohan loses it and becomes Super Saiyan 2, which leaves everyone (including Goku) in Stunned Silence. It gets worse when they find out that the transformation basically burst the dam holding back all of Gohan's pent-up anger and frustration.
- Narrator All Along: Episode of Bardock Abridged was a story he was telling Gohan. Except it was All Just a Dream, since Goku hadn't come back to Earth yet.
- Nice Guy: Though a particularly daft one.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Killing Dr. Gero's son as a child led to the future timeline becoming plagued by androids and the present to be attacked by Cell.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers a brutal one to Nappa, with an extended pummeling and bent something back the way it wasn't supposed to bend. By the end Nappa couldn't even stand.
- When Freeza tries to interrupt Goku's Badass Boast by shooting in the face, Goku is barely fazed and then finishes it.
- Much to Freeza's irritation, he also is mostly immune to any form of Hannibal Lecture, "Reason You Suck" Speech or Implied Death Threat, for the simple reason he is too stupid to even understand them correctly.
- Oblivious to Love:
- Sorta. He thinks Chi-Chi is just a lady who lives in his house — he might not understand what a wife is. This might be a Shout-Out to the fact that when Goku originally proposed to Chi-Chi he thought marriage was a food. And was confused over what a "bride" was in the original series when she came back to cash in on the Childhood Marriage Promise.
- That said, Gohan exists and there are several implications throughout the series that (whenever he's around) he and Chi-Chi have a normal sex life. Episode 56 expands on this, claiming he views sex as a challenge not unlike fighting and that it feels neat.
- Obfuscating Stupidity:
- Despite being much stupider than Canon!Goku, Abridged!Goku can and will use his stupid to get under people's skin for fun.Mr. Popo: [After hearing Goku call the Hyperbolic Time Chamber the Hypertonic Lion Tamer] That one was on purpose.
Goku: Could've been.
- The ambiguity drops come episode 60, where it's revealed that he engineered the Cell arc so that Gohan could take his place if he died — which he does. While some of his more foolish mannerisms are still present, he's a lot smarter than he acts.
- Despite being much stupider than Canon!Goku, Abridged!Goku can and will use his stupid to get under people's skin for fun.
- Obliviously Evil: Inverted, unlike the original character being a paragon of virtue, he tends to do good almost by accident.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
- Generally acts smarter than usual during his desperate Spirit Bomb plan and is also smarter than usual when he becomes a Super Saiyan.
- Also slightly noticeable in a few of the movies/specials, since they're non-canon and all.
- In Episode 48 as he was about to leave after picking up Piccolo and Tien:Goku: Oh and uh, by the way, Cell? You're gonna die.
- When him and Gohan accidentally trash the time chamber, he is horrified, because breaking Mr. Popo's stuff is against the rules.
- Papa Wolf:
- Despite frequently neglecting his son, whenever Gohan's in danger, about to be killed or on the verge of death, Goku gets serious.
- In Episode 50, it's implied that Freeza threatening Gohan was a trigger into him going Super Saiyan. He's telling the story to Gohan, whom he didn't remember was there, despite referencing him directly.
- Parental Neglect:
- The series plays up the fact that Goku is a terrible father, to the point that Gohan's attempt to envision what Goku would do is merely a short flashback of Goku saying "Bye, son!". He also left Gohan, who was lying in the snow, to go driving with Piccolo.
- There's this little gem from Episode 28:Goku: Wow. [Gohan] sounds like he's had a hard time. Piccolo should really have a talk with him.
- To his credit, when they're locked in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber together, he does never lose faith that Gohan has the potential to be a Super Saiyan inside him. As with the original series, it's more a lack of nesting instinct than anything else.
- Parents as People: Surprisingly, given how this series treats his Parental Neglect as a long running gag. Episode 60 shows that his desire to push Gohan into being a better fighter is because that's what he likes, and he wants to share that with his son. The problem is well, he's Goku, and thus never even considered Gohan may not be like him.
- Passing the Torch: So what's the ultimate goal of Goku goading Cell into setting up a tournament with the fate of the world hanging in the balance, even after he taunted semi-perfect Cell with the thought of him getting killed and knowing Vegeta (or Krillin) would goad Cell into setting up the Cell Games in the first place? He suspects that he'll have his Final Death sometime soon, and he wants Gohan to follow in his footsteps.
- Pet the Dog:
- For as many, many, many faults as he has in this series, one of the redeeming aspects of his character is the fact that he's the one person in the cast (outside of possibly Cell) who consistently tries to be nice to Yamcha. Sure, he only started to doing it because he learned of what happened to Yamcha in the Bad Future, but the fact that only time he ever insults Yamcha is by accident, it means a lot as evidenced by the fact that Yamcha is still around by the time the Androids finally do show up and Yamcha is actually concerned when Goku is suffering from his heart problems.Goku: Wait, Yamcha?
Goku: You're my friend.
Yamcha: Oh, uh... thank you, man.
- After being the brunt of jokes for his Parental Neglect towards Gohan, Goku gives his utmost attention towards helping his son turn into a Super Saiyan while training in the hyperbolic time chamber. While he's upfront about how they need all the help they can get against Cell, he shows nothing but genuine enthusiasm and faith for his son throughout their time in the chamber, to the point where he sings about how he wants to see Gohan turn into a Super Saiyan while watching him sleep.
- Once it's hammered into his head that Gohan does not like fighting, he's appropriately horrified as he realizes just what his Take Up My Sword plan to train Gohan into the next defender of Earth has done to his son's psyche.
- For as many, many, many faults as he has in this series, one of the redeeming aspects of his character is the fact that he's the one person in the cast (outside of possibly Cell) who consistently tries to be nice to Yamcha. Sure, he only started to doing it because he learned of what happened to Yamcha in the Bad Future, but the fact that only time he ever insults Yamcha is by accident, it means a lot as evidenced by the fact that Yamcha is still around by the time the Androids finally do show up and Yamcha is actually concerned when Goku is suffering from his heart problems.
- Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: Inverted. Goku is generally polite to the villains, his Innocently Insensitive moments not withstanding, but they typically don't return the favor.
- Goku is friendly towards Vegeta. Vegeta on the other hand can't stand Goku's stupidity and hates Goku for being stronger than him.
- Goku isn't ready to fight Recoome when he sets foot on Namek, focusing on Gohan and Krillin. Recoome gets mad at Goku for ignoring him.
- Jeice complains about Goku punching his face over and over, and Goku simply points out he could dodge. Jeice later calls Goku out for killing Burter, but Goku had just knocked him out and would have let Jeice carry him off, but then Vegeta kills Burter.
- While Goku has a few moments where he comments about how evil Freeza is, during the fight he's mostly friendly with him. Freeza however suffers from a Villainous Breakdown thanks to Goku's stupidity. Much like in canon, Goku drops this after Freeza kills Krillin, going into an Badass Boast that he is a Super Saiyan with the apparent intent of getting under Freeza's skin. When Freeza accidentally cuts himself in half, Goku rubs salt in the wound and makes a bunch of terrible cutting puns at his expense.
- Goku is mostly friendly with Cooler, until Cooler transforms beats him. After Goku turns Super Saiyan, he becomes much more aggressive in in turn and bluntly tells Cooler to Get off my planet!
- Cell is the one exception, he and Goku are on friendly terms. A little too friendly.
- The Pollyanna: Maybe even more so than his canon counterpart, even in the most dire circumstances, he remains the eternal optimist, best summarized from his uncharacteristicly wise thoughts after his death in season 3.King Kai: Your sure about this Goku?
Goku: Bout as sure as I can be.
King Kai: Most guys would die all over again to get what you had. A loving wife, two sons, unearthly powers...
Goku: Yeah, but those aren't going anywhere. And if they do, they'll probably just go back to me. It's a Win-Win.
King Kai: You're a strange creature Goku.
Goku: I'm just not afraid of change I guess. I've never been. When it comes down to it, I know they're going to be alright. Because if I've learned anything since landing on Earth, it's that everyone is stronger than they think the are. I left behind the best people in the world, and I'm happy about that. Thing's change, and they are always gonna keep changing. There's no stopping that. The most important part? Now they can live their own lives, and make their own futures. I can't wait to see the kinds of futures they make!
- Power Makes Your Voice Deep: Goku's voice becomes deeper when he turns Super Saiyan, even though it's still much higher than his canon counterpart.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
- During Super Saiyan Goku's fight with Freeza.Super Saiyan Goku: I'm going to break you... like a Kit-Kat bar.
- Parodied. After Vegeta literally disarms Cooler in Cooler 2, Goku tries one.
- He gets an absolutely amazing one in Broly, which may also be the single most unironically badass thing this version of Goku has ever said.Goku: Hey, Broly! Say My Name!
- During Super Saiyan Goku's fight with Freeza.
- Real Men Eat Meat: Besides his Bacon, one of the Super shorts has him ordering three separate pizzas - pepperoni, sausage and ham. When Whis suggests he just get a meat lover's, Goku explains that he wants to savor each individual animal.Whis: Wait, but they all have pig -
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: His reason for letting Vegeta live? Really, really dumb. But, Goku ironically made the right call since Vegeta did go onto save Krillin and Bulma from Zarbon, and pull off multiple Villainous Rescues, and because of him Trunks was born, and without him both present and future timelines would have been wiped out by the Androids.
- Dismisses the possibility of Vegeta and Trunks stopping Cell when they come out of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. As it happens both of them are easily strong enough to kill Cell, but they are going to fail to stop him because Vegeta's arrogance will allow Cell to reach his Perfect form. And then it turns out that Goku was expecting that to happen.
- Self-Induced Allergic Reaction: Goku appears to be allergic to grapes; consuming anything made with them makes him sweat purple. This is why he didn't want to take the grape flavored medicine.
- Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness:
- Very noticeable when he becomes a Super Saiyan.Goku: Gohan, take Piccolo, find Bulma, and get back to the ship.
Gohan: But what about you?
Goku: If Piccolo dies, then all of this was pointless! Take him, get to the ship, and get out of here!
Gohan: This is surprisingly well thought-out for you.
Goku: [getting increasingly angry] Gohan!? Where should you be right now!?
Gohan: The ship?
Goku: THE SHIP!!
- Slams right back to silliness after he tells Freeza he's going to break him... like a Kit-Kat bar.
- Very noticeable when he becomes a Super Saiyan.
- Smart Ball: That's right. He has his moments. Of course, Goku is so dumb that, even in his smarter moments, he's still a moron.
- The first is in Episode 2, where Raditz called Piccolo a Namekian, and Goku told him that Piccolo's race has not been explained yet.
- In the same episode, Goku explains eating a Senzu bean will not work because he has a hole in his esophagus after getting a hole blasted in his chest in his Heroic Sacrifice to kill Raditz.
- Fooling Goz and Mez into telling him where Hell's exit is without having to take them up on their challenges.
- Another is when he managed to fool King Kai into thinking he hung up on his psychic link by saying "click beeeeeeeeeeee *GASP* eeee-"
- He gets a few moments of brilliance in Episode 28, which he thanks his brain for.
- Remembers the whole "five minutes" thing with the Special Beam Cannon when Piccolo stalls Freeza while he charges the Spirit Bomb.
- He gets a noticeable increase in intelligence when he goes Super Saiyan. He tells Gohan to take Piccolo and Bulma back to Earth to bring back everyone else, and allows Freeza to reach his maximum power so when he beats him in under five minutes, he'll be too "demormalized" to threaten anyone else. That and Freeza offered him pizza, which was the real reason he was allowed to reach his maximum power.
- In the Dead Zone remake, even he can spot the flaw in trying to kill Piccolo when you're after the Dragon Balls.
- Episode 47 has him forbid Gohan from getting involved with Piccolo's fight with Cell. When Gohan objects... Well, let's just say that Goku is actually aware of his own level of intelligence. He then points out that the moment Gohan were to leave, the door to the Hyberbolic Time Chamber would inevitably open. Mr. Popo agrees with him.Gohan: Mr. Piccolo would let me go!
Goku: No, he wouldn't! And he's smarter than me!
Gohan: I... wow. O-okay. That's actually a good point.
Goku: And besides, the moment you leave, that door is going to open.
Mr. Popo: He's right, you know.
Goku: Every time.
- Episode 50, after remembering Gohan was on Namek, he then points out that if he went Super Saiyan over those events, then Gohan should have as well.
- Episode 53 sees Goku give the exact reason why the muscle-boosted Super Saiyan is so impractical, complete with mathematical percentages. As Gohan struggles to process what just happened, Goku goes back to normal and apologizes for getting lost in thoughts of fighting.
- Gets a pretty epic moment in the first part of Episode 60. It turns out that Goku not only had an actual plan, orchestrating events to guarantee that Gohan would be forced into fighting Perfect Cell, but one that was logically sound (for a given measure of logic) and surprisingly long-term. Oh, don't worry, it was still an awful, awful plan, putting his desire to fight strong guys and make Gohan his Superior Successor above not only his son's wishes, but the entire fate of the world, but it was multi-step, reliant on a number of moving parts, and went off exactly as intended.
- Smarter Than You Look: Contrary to public belief, Goku does know how to read despite his general lack of common sense when it comes to everything else.
- So Proud of You: The moment Gohan finally becomes a Super Saiyan, his first reaction is to Squee!.
- Goku's farewell in Episode 60 includes saying this word-for-word.
- Spoonerism: Occasionally mispronounces words in a similar manner to how a child might. This increases dramatically when he's a Super Saiyan.Goku: Geromino!
- Stealth Hi/Bye: He can teleport as of the Android and Cell Saga.
- Stupid Good: An innocently nice guy, and just as stupid to boot.
- Surrounded by Idiots: More Can't Catch Up than idiots but he does occasionally let slip that he doesn't trust his friends to save the day. Especially in the World's Strongest Abridged.Goku: [sighs as Gohan and Krillin are defeated] Kaioken.
- The Talk: He finally puts together how babies are made in Episode 56... just after fathering his second child.
- Too Dumb to Live: He stopped taking his medicine and had a heart attack just because he didn't like the flavor.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: Justified due to his brain damage with his fight with Vegeta (must explain why everything smells like copper). Perhaps he did hit his head harder than he thought. However, he's shown more smarts (at least of the street variety) since becoming a Super Saiyan.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Downplayed since he's still overall a good guy, but he gained a noticeable Lack of Empathy for his friends and family as time went on, and doesn't even really care if his friends suffer or die anymore. He's probably used to it by now.
- Took a Level in Kindness: The Android Saga onwards plays up the fact Goku genuinely cares for Gohan and Chi-Chi.
- Trademark Favorite Food:
- Bacon. Instead of being killed by a heart virus in Trunks' timeline, he is instead killed by a heart attack caused by high cholesterol from eating too much bacon. When Trunks tells him the the medicine he gave him is bacon flavored, Goku is overjoyed.
- Averted when he's asked what his favorite food is (to make sure he's back in his own body after the "Freaky Friday" Flip) his answer is just "favorite?"
- To a lesser extent, blueberry muffins. Unlike bacon, these end up saving his life.
- One of the Dragon Ball Super shorts shows that he's fond of pineapple. Not only does he profess his love for Hawaiian-styled pizza, he asks for grilled pineapple on a burger.
- Inverted with cookies. Word of MasakoX (in Goku's character) says he hates cookies because they impersonate muffins.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Goku thinks he has this with Vegeta; Vegeta genuinely hates him.
Vegeta: The "issue"? The "issue" is that I spend every day training with (Whis) to be a better fighter for (Goku), and what does he do? He goes out and pays for it!
- Or maybe Vegeta "hating" Goku is just a saiyan way to show love, considering in one of the Dragon Ball Super Abridged shorts, he treats Goku hiring an assassin to kill him (him being Goku), Vegeta treats it as a lover who had caught their partner cheating on them with a prostitute.
- Vocal Dissonance: The series continues the tradition of Dragon Ball Z adaptations portraying Goku as a muscular warrior with a curiously high-pitched voice, in this case MasakoX's Goku sounds like a more child-like version of Peter Kelamis's Goku from the Ocean Group dubs as well as an Anglicized version of Masako Nozawa's original Japanese performance.
- Voice of the Legion: As the Champion of Christmas.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Even more than his canon self, as a counterpart to Gohan's Serious Child.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Episode 42 establishes that he's deathly allergic to grapes. To wit, after hearing that Goku's sweating purple, Master Roshi asks if Goku had any grapes, and he stopped taking his heart medicine because it was grape flavored.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Piccolo gives a rather scathing on towards him, telling Goku all Gohan wanted was to spend time with him as father and son, not sparring partners. No one else, not even Krillin, comes to his defense about this ever since Piccolo found out about his supposed Batman Gambit.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Gives out a truly impressive one to Gohan in his climatic Beam-O-War with Cell:"Gohan, I want to tell you that if you don't do this, Piccolo is gonna die. Your mom's gonna die. Everyone is gonna die. But before all that, if you don't do this, you're gonna die. And you're better than that. You're better than him! You're better than me!(Gohan gains a burst of power)"See? I'm not even that close to being that strong.note You're more than just my son. You're Son Gohan! Now plant your feet, grit your teeth, and EAT. THAT. HORSE!!!"
- Would Hurt a Child: Granted, he does want Gohan to becoming a Super Saiyan, and that is the purpose of training.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Tells Gohan that he's better than he think he is, Cell and himself, and to help motivate him with a Rousing Speech.