- He also ended the pre-tournament bout between Goku and Toppo, while pretending to be "following orders" from Zen'o, indicating he may well be The Man Behind the Man. Moreover, none of the Angels have been erased alongside their respective universes.
By revealing that Universes 1, 5, 8 and 12 are excluded, it means the other eight universes are going to hate them and want to see them join them in oblivion. Whoever wins the tournament will lead to utter contempt seven universes have to the lucky five. When a universe loses, it's not destroyed? The Grand Priest will say the destruction will happen once the tournament is over. Excluding the Angels? Either Even Evil Has Loved Ones or they're in on it. When the truth is revealed? Zen'o told him to lie, which is technically true. By then it'll be too late and the seeds of war will already be planted.
Goku meanwhile is the key to his plan. While it'll get everyone riled up and they could possibly start killing each other, there needs to be the final straw. Unwittingly, at least from their perspective, Goku risked all their lives. They'll want him dead, and that can snowball into accusing Beerus for his involvement. Snowball into Gowasu getting blame due to the whole Zamasu thing. Snowball into civil war of the gods, and the Grand Priest's plan to eliminate competition into his rise to being the Top God in all but name as the Zen'o become puppet kings.
If he isn't masterminding the universal destruction, he's a Papa Wolf trying to spare his offspring so that they can join him in revenge. If he is masterminding the universal destruction, he's trying to liberate as many of his children as possible-if the universe is erased, they won't go inactive given there's nothing to look after. He also wants to get back at the other gods as well since he hates they haven't done anything against the questionable actions of Zen'o.
Of course, his actions towards the erasure of Universe 9 suggests he is so blinded with revenge that he'd rather let quadrillions of lives be snuffed out than be denied retribution for the death of his children, which ultimately makes him evil albeit more sympathetic than simply desiring to become the new God. He'd be a Contrasting Sequel Antagonist to Zamasu; one is an idealist who proves to be as petty and hateful as what he sees as evil, the other a man motivated by personal yet understandable and sympathetic reasons.
- Jossed, he is carrying out Zeno's plan.
That was the initial plan. But Goku changed things so he has a better shot at reining his boss in. With the idea of a future tournament, he could find an excuse to ask if more universes could be spared. Not necessarily because he cares about the people in them all that much, but such destruction seems needless when they could simply wait for the universes to be more improved, or only destroy the worst parts instead of just discarding them(or just the gods for being bad at their job). He probably pointed out that it'd be only fair that the universe who fights the best has earned the right to live. Wanting to be entertained, Zen'o agreed. He also agreed that there should be a prize, since most tournaments happen.
The Grand Priest is hoping to keep at least one more universe around than just four, and the Super Dragonballs are his chance to allow more universes. He hopes Zen'o will be too excited from the tournament to go back on his promises, and have enough fun he allows a wish to restore the universes. The ideal is that his bosses will enjoy the fights so often they'll begin to understand the value of human life even if it's in a "mortals are fun and we want more fun" kind of way. This isn't because the Grand Priest cares since angels seem to have limited empathy, more so he values the multiverse's development and thinks destroying most of it won't help. Also since he and his children are in charge of monitoring the universes, it's a matter of pride in his work. He might try to destroy part of or an entire universe, but only because it opposes his standards.
- Taken a step further, Goku may know this, and maybe even helped plan for it offscreen during the short timeskip between arcs. By getting Zen'o to pretend to threaten the multiverse and drawing attention to himself as an Unwitting Instigator of Doom with a disturbingly cavalier attitude about it, Goku has made himself the enemy of the entire multiverse. Absolutely no one is going to hold anything back fighting him, meaning he'll get to fight all the strongest warriors at their full potential.
- Jossed. Zeno destroyed universe 9 and is thus proven to be serious about the destruction of the losing universes.
- Quasi-confirmed, in a round-about way. The entire tournament was a Secret Test of Character, with the intention that the winner would use their wish to bring the other universes back. They would've been gone for real if the winner had made a selfish wish, though.
- Jossed so far. Universe 9 destruction confirm that, yes, Zeno is all for it.
- An angel and a demon are sitting together like friends
I'm in the middle which way do I face?
Either destroy myself or destroy everything else
- Jossed. The tournament was a Secret Test of Character.
- In a way, confirmed. The Grand Priest states that universes 1, 5, 8 and 12 will be spared.
- Jossed. Zeno destroyed universe 9 after their defeat.
- the two Zen-Os will show the horrific destruction of one of the team's universes, before immediately restoring it exactly as it was before, just because dragon ball is that type of series.
- Confirmed. Android 17 uses his wish to revive all the erased universes.
- Vegeta has confirmed he plans to restore at least Universe 6. But will he win the wish himself?
- Confirmed! Not only does 17 uses his wish to restore the erased universes, the entire tournament was a Secret Test of Character to see if the winner would restore them.
- Confirmed! See above.
- Confirmed! Not only were they gathered so the winner could wish the universes back, it was actually Zeno's plan all along that they would. ...If they had decided to make a selfish wish instead, though, everything would've been gone for good.
- Step 1 is to have enough universes destroyed that the angels can combine their do-over powers to at least 48 minutes.
- Step 2 is to use their higher position and the confusion to catch the Omni-Kings off-guard and convince them not to just erase the universes again. That, or the Grand Priest may have some sort of space-time manipulation that allows him to imprison and pacify the Omni-Kings, it's just that he needs the right opportunity while they're entertained to catch them off guard (which doesn't seem that hard).
- Step 3, profit.
To keep the arc having consequences, the nature of the World of Void means they can't rewind time inside it, meaning whoever was erased inside it is in every sense of the word Deader Than Dead. This also means that the restored universes will lack a Supreme Kai or God of Destruction. While it's unclear how knew Kaioshin are picked, it would allow new pickings for the gods of destruction, which could play into other powerful mortal characters that survived(perhaps Frieza could jump at taking over Sidra's position?) and this could play into the angels' more personal agenda and hiring new talent. Some of the teams and gods will probably still be around regardless so long as Zen'o decides to let them have a few hours to get their affairs in order or spare them as a "reward" for lasting so long. It'll be a Bittersweet Ending as although the fighters from these destroyed universes are gone forever, their universes survived.
- [[spoiler: Jossed. The Super Dragon Balls bring back all erased universes with their fighters intact.
- Confirmed! The entire tournament was a Secret Test of Character, with the intent that the winner would wish the other universes back.
- Semi-confirmed. This is where we need word of god to confirm. Whis said that there exists a universe with a mortal not even a God of Destruction can defeat. Belmoud is a Go D and confirms that he cannot defeat Jiren that doesn't mean that one of the Go Ds from the four exempt universes couldn't whoop him.
- Semi-confirmed. Goku and Frieza team up to destroy the arena under Jiren's feet, ringing out themselves and him.
- He wants the Super Dragon Balls, as stated by Toppo.
- He, at one point, became stronger than the god of destruction, Belmod.
- His completely serious attitude, which is actually quite different from other characters in the series, suggest something.
Following this, I have a possible theory, that might ring true to his inspiration origin: Jiren wants the Super Dragon Balls, not to revive everyone after the Tournament is over (Let's face it, everyone is selfish in this arc), but to bring back his home planet.Think of it like this, maybe Jiren is the last survivor of his home planet, and as a foil to Goku and Vegeta, he trained all his life to make sure he could bring it back somehow. Goku and Vegeta don't care about their race, but Jiren maybe does care about his race, and wants it back.
Maybe it was Belmod who destroyed his home planet, just doing his job, and Jiren swore to defeat the god of destruction and did so. Maybe he mastered the Ultra Instinct himself. However, defeating Belmod didn't give him any satisfaction, as Belmod couldn't bring back his home planet, and neither could Khai. As such, he decided to fight with the Pride Troopers to make sure no planet could ever be on the eyes of its god of destruction, meaning Jiren is the one responsible for making Universe 11 the highest universe with mortal life out of the last eight.
Also, could be a nod to Baby, who did manage to revive planet Plant. Who knows?
- Semi-confirmed. Jiren wants the Super Dragon Balls to bring back his mentor and family.
- Kind of ironic that the Universe of Justice is the one that's cheating. Though if he's able to handily defeat Belmod, he must be pretty powerful to begin with.
- He manages to overwhelm Goku, Frieza, and Android 17 even after Goku mastered Ultra Instinct, so I'd say he really is that strong.
- Jossed. He's defeated by Goku and Frieza working together.
If true, it shows just how twisted Belmod is that he not only is cocky enough to admire Jiren, but retells his past despite it being HIS FAULT. Hell, he may even suspect that Jiren could find out, and Toppo isn't a replacement because he plans to retire. Toppo's a replacement in case Jiren ever learns and kills him for his actions. It's possible Universe 11 loses not because Jiren is beaten in a fight or Universe 7 has the numbers, but because this Dark Secret is revealed, causing Jiren to be so blinded with rage he disqualifies himself by trying to kill Belmod. The worst part? Belmod's done this before. Jiren is just the first time it paid off. And it may be the only time.killed his own parents with it. His crew and teacher weren't there to fight off the evil-doer, but to control him so he'd never hurt others when using his power. It's a parallel to Goku, who killed his own adoptive parent, Grandpa Gohan, due to losing his mind due to the power of the Great Ape. The Pride Troopers offer his the chance to control his power. This is the real reason why he's so cold-he doesn't want to hurt anyone close to him, so he doesn't let anyone BE close to him. The reason why Toppo and Belmod are close to him is because they're so powerful he doesn't run the risk of accidentally killing them, and he snaps at Belmod because he's not telling the story truthfully-Jiren takes full responsibility for what he did, and doesn't like Belmod trying to sugarcoat it. What lies beyond strength, for him, is self-control. He doesn't just want to see his family back, he wants to wish them back so he can apologize, or maybe he just wants to wish for perfect control of his powers so he never hurts anybody again. This is the real reason why he barely fights despite Universe 11 being on the line-he risks accidentally killing a contestant, disqualifying himself and putting all of Universe 11 at risk.
If true, this would further his status as a Foil to Frieza. Both are killers, but Jiren is completely reluctant and unintentional while Frieza loves it. Both are Inexplicably Awesome and powerful, but while his overwhelming power has corrupted Frieza to the core and he loves dominating others with it, Jiren hates how his power has ruined his life. It would also reconcile the more cape personality of Jiren in the manga compared to the anime. Both have the same driving motivation and backstory of their own Power Incontinence robbing them of everyone they care about, it's just that the manga version tries to be more optimistic while the anime version is bordering on the Despair Event Horizon if he hasn't already crossed it. It's also why he refuses to kill bad guys. Him telling Vegeta to get off the stage in Episode 128 and overall dismissive attitude is because he doesn't want to be forced to kill or brutally maim him, especially with his universe and chance of atonement on the line. He targeted Maji Kayo because his status as a Blob Monster means he'd survive being curb-stomped, Hit because he's strong enough to live through his offenses and the remaining Universe 7 members for the same reason.
In a nutshell, he's going to defect to Universe 9 near the end of the tournament after all. But not in the way that any of us expected.
We know that Frieza's going to be manipulating the gods themselves in order to come out on top this tournament, and Universe 9 is being set up as the weak link he's going to target. Not only are they the weakest universe most desperate to survive, but he's also in a position to very easily blackmail them, and we've established that their angel Mojito himself is unhappy with his universe's management. Frieza will leverage this weakness to bargain with its angel.
There is a rule against the gods interfering with the contestants, but not the other way around. There is a rule against killing the other contestants, but nothing at all about, saaaaay... shooting a death beam right through the chest of the Universe 9 kaioshin when you find yourself backed into an impossible corner. Sidra is, of course, killed by this as well, leaving Universe 9 without a god of destruction. Frieza's bargain with Mojito? Appoint him as Sidra's successor. And then Frieza was a hakaishin, much to everyone's absolute shock and horror.
Although Daishinkan immediately amends the rules or shields the observing gods so this won't happen again, Frieza is given a pass and is allowed to continue participating with his newfound powers intact, all according to keikaku. However, since he is the hakaishin of Universe 9 and will therefore be destroyed along with his universe if it is eliminated, he has to be switched to the U9 team, which he expected and is fine with. And there's nothing anyone can do about it, aside from Beerus yelling at Goku about why the hell did you bring this absolute fucking lunatic to the tournament in the first place. And, true to his word, Goku is furious with Frieza for killing yet another innocent bystander.
Worst of all, though? Ascending to godhood mid-tournament would nigh-guarantee him MVP status if he doesn't get eliminated—you really can't top that. You know the common assumption that they'll just wish on the Super Dragon Balls for the erased universes to be restored? Yeah, well, so much for that.
Of course, this won't be the end of the tournament (I personally highly doubt Goku vs Frieza will be the final fight even if this plays out), but it'll certainly raise the stakes to a ridiculous high. Beyond this point, who knows. However, I do think the crazy bastard will end up surviving the arc somehow and even being crucial to its resolution, as well as being allowed to keep the job. Pawning him off to another universe as their new hakaishin is just the most convenient thing to do with his character from a writing perspective, at least in terms of leaving doors open for the future.
- Jossed about becoming part of Universe 9, since Zen'o erases the lot when they all lose. Though Frieza could still target another kaioshin for the same effect. Maybe even one from the universes that aren't competing; if he plays his cards right and is able to bargain, it would ensure he's safe no matter who wins. Even if it gets him erased on the spot instead, it's better than being sent back to spend eternity in Hell and thus worth the gamble.
- Even more Jossed, since Frieza ends up fighting for Universe 7 legitimately and being resurrected as a reward.
- So far, he's already offered to sell out to U9 and conspired with Frost. So far, this WMG is looking pretty good.
- His conspiracy with Frost was a lie; he was actually working with Gohan to ring Frost out.
- Jossed. Frieza has agreed to join the U7 team. Whether he'll stay loyal is another story, but he's at least on the team.
- Apparently Jossed by Dragon Ball Super: Broly, where he says that he no longer wants immortality because his time in hell has made him realize that if he becomes immortal, that will just eventually land him in And I Must Scream. He now wants the dragon balls to be 5 centimeters taller.
Beerus, Champa and Quitela have been the loudest about expressing their opinion. Having betrayed Frost, Frieza knows he can't use Champa to his end. But Quitela? Frieza can use the feud between him and Beerus. The initial plan is to get the Super Dragonballs legitimately, so Beerus can't erase him for such a blatant act of treachery. He needs Beerus and the Z-Fighters to let their guard down, so is as Faux Affably Evil as he can manage. Plan B is to appeal to Beerus' petty nature, pretend to be a pawn he can use for his own benefit for his own self-preservation and long term plans. Either way, it's a gamble. But what if both Universe 7 and 4 survive? That's where Plan C comes into fulfillment.
When Shenron is summoned and refuses to wish him back, Frieza will remember the Namekain Dragonballs still exist(he planned to destroy them after destroying Earth). He has three wishes-be able to speak Namekian(what screwed him over on Namek was the language barrier), transport the Namekian Dragonballs together on New Namek, and be transported to their location. Then wish himself alive again. As for the second wish? It's possible he might finally get his immortality.
Admittedly this might make him hard to eventually defeat, but it's possible that being not as powerful as the Super Dragonballs, his newfound immortality wouldn't be as powerful as Future Zamasu's and could still be wiped out by, say, Beerus or Whis. It should be enough that Goku can't kill him, even if he's still significantly stronger thanks to his Kaioken and whatever new power-up he might have.
In a sign of him becoming more competent, Frieza will leave and bide his time elsewhere. Oh, he plans to get back at Goku and revel in his new power, but first he must make good on his plan to rule over Zen'o. And that requires learning more about the other universes and how he can slide his way up. Even if he's stopped by Goku before making the wish, he could be saved by the Grand Priest or Mojito, utilizing his contempt towards Beerus for their own plans. Thus Frieza will finally have the chance to graduate from Smug Snake to a Magnificent Bastard, becoming just as fearsome to our heroes as he was in his first appearance. And Goku will have to live with that.
- The basic guess is confirmed, though the details aren't. Frieza doesn't get the wish, but Whis revives him as thanks for fighting on team Universe 7.
This would put Frieza in a position where he can't immediately act his vengeance, but he does have a lot of power like the old days. Being the King of Everything coming back from the dead is irrelevant and he has the Diplomatic Immunity to avoid someone like Beerus destroying him then and there. Obviously he would want to eventually abuse that power maliciously, but it'd take time for that to work, allowing them to shelve him for later as a main antagonist. It would also give him the resources to learn how to get stronger and learn techniques like Ultra Instinct and god ki, allowing him to one day have his revenge against Universe 7 and surpass the strength of the Gods of Destruction. Possibly even angels if that's even possible for him.
As for the destroyed universes, either the angels will bring them back or Goku and friends will spend the next year searching for the Super Dragonballs so they can make their wish. The two Zen'o will hang around them, creating an interesting if awkward and unnerving dynamic. It might even lead to them better understanding the value of human life. Even if Frieza doesn't get the wish, he could probably still suggest the idea of him taking up the reins to Zen'o and appealing to their childish nature, though he'd have to be very careful.
- [[spoiler: Jossed. Frieza and Goku ring themselves out to defeat Jiren, leaving Android 17 the final victor.
- [[spoiler: Jossed. He fights with Goku against Jiren, and they both pull a Taking You with Me to get him ringed out.
- Jossed. Not only does Android 17 get the wish, the Grand Priest translates it into the god language.
- Confirmed, but nothing came of it, as Botamo and Magetta interrupted their match and Hit focused on Universe 11.
- Alternative, Universe 10 will win. After all, all those characters are complete jokes, and after Universe 11 and 6, is the universe with the most screentime focus.
- Jossed with Hit, Universe 10, Gohan, Vegeta and Goku. The winner is Android 17.
- Something like Roccol or Coli.
- Somewhat confirmed: It's Kale, which as a vegetable is related to broccoli.
- Sorta confirmed: Kale has a really low view of herself. However, Vados and Champa have nothing to do with it.
I'll admit this theory belongs to MasakoX and Geekdown.
- Nope. Kale is genuinely friends with Caulifla and remains with her team.
- Helping this theory is that Broly the Legendary Super Saiyan is one of the few DBZ movies that isn't chronologically confusing, easily fitting during the training period for the Cell Games.
- Jossed. No mention of Broly is ever made.
- Un-Jossed. He appears in the next movie.
- Seems unlikely, however. I'm mostly guiding myself through MasakoX Super Saiyan Color theory video, but Gohan doesn't exactly represent any of Broly or Kale attributes so he could become green. He could become purple or orange, however.
- Super Saiyan 1 + Super Saiyan God = SSGSS1 = Super Saiyan Blue
- Super Saiyan 2 + Super Saiyan God = SSGSS2 = Super Saiyan Green
- Super Saiyan 3 + Super Saiyan God = SSGSS3 = Super Saiyan Purple
- Super Saiyan 4 + Super Saiyan God = SSGSS4 = Super Saiyan Orange
- Possibly jossed, considering Goku can now combine the Kaioken and Super Saiyan blue: It may just be that.
- Confirmed: They are the Pride Troopers, and one of their members seeks to battle Goku on the spot due to the latter's scapegoating.
- Alternatively they're from the clown's counterpart of Universe 2. The goddess there has a strong Egyptian theme, and the same purple cat species would exist there.
- Jossed. Kale is voiced by Dawn M. Bennett.
- Jossed. Clown God is confirmed to be Eleventh Universe. Rat God is the god of Universe 4.
By pretending to commit multiversal genocide or using the Reset Button of the Grand Priest to make all damage null and void, it will motivate the gods to fight against him as they'll have nothing to lose, showing nerve. Future Zen'o will use this as an opportunity to examine the strength of the different gods, all to ensure something like Zamasu never happens again.
- Confirmed that it's a Secret Test of Character, but not what Zeno's testing. They were actually testing whether the winner would use their wish selflessly, to restore the other universes.
Obviously he can't pull a Grand Theft Me; Fusion Zamasu lacked a consciousness at this point, being little more than a miasma of hate. Even if he could still think Zen'o is still too strong to wrestle control over. But he was able to corrupt the Omni-King's way of thinking, resulting in his Ambiguous Innocence reaching genocidal extremes. Present Zen'o may have an amoral side, but never as strong as wiping out 11 universes for a tournament. The Future Zen'o is acting as a Poisonous Friend to Present Zen'o, and its possible some of that malice he got from Zamasu is leaking over.
- Alternative, Zen'o power may not be complete destruction, but absorbing everything. Those universes destroyed in the past? They became part of him. Future Zen'o may have absorbed Zamasu, and since that genocidal Kai has an immortal spirit, it may be corrupting the Lord of All. I use the seventh ending as proof of a hint: the song talks about a demon (who is wearing the mask of an angel) and an angel talking to someone, asking him to "destroy all evil right now for the sake of justice". Doesn't that sound familiar? And, who else could destroy everything but Zen'o sama?
Goku will simply point out that if the multiverse except for one universe is destroyed, they can't have another super fun tournament, at which point the Zen'os will see the point and not do so.
- Universe 6's Champa has been defined in his Sibling Rivalry. Every action he's done on-screen is to be better than his brother Beerus. It's why he added a Saiyan on the team in the first place. One of the reasons he chose the Broly-esque Saiyan is because he wanted to match the two Saiyan on Beerus' team. He'll also likely take advantage of the revived Earth(maybe one of the reasons it was ruined was because people are a lot stronger there than in U7), and find a Namekian.
- His team didn't have any humans (the revived Earth plot was kind of dropped after the Champa arc), but he did bring 2 Namekians, who had drastically increased their power by fusing with other Namekians multiple times, and instead had multiple Saiyans present (the already-introduced Cabba, as well as new Saiyans Caulifla and Kale (the Broly-esque Saiyan)).
- Universe 9's Sidra and Rou have chosen anthropomorphic animals. It'd be a nice bit of irony and fitting with the trio of danger theme that one of the few human-looking Gods of Destruction chooses an all-furry team. Because they are the nicest and meanest(sans Zamasu) of their role, there will be varying morality with their team.
- Sorta confirmed. The fighters of Universe 9 are three wolfmen, a Catlady, a bunny, and a bat fighter. There is also an amphibian and a metal lizard. The other fighters, however, are a walking three and his red buddy, so 8 out of 10.
- Universe 11's team so far are superhero themed. This could be somewhat ironic given Vermoud, though that could also be intentional; if the clown's evil like we suspect he may want to come off as less likely to cheat or otherwise be evil with them. Alternatively half the team will be super-villains. The Pride Force isn't going to like this, but upon hearing what happens if they lose even the evil half will Enemy Mine with them. Would serve as major tension in the team.
- Confirmed, but jossed on the Enemy Mine thing. All the fighters of Universe 11 are Pride Troopers.
- Universe 10's Gowasu will want to avoid another Zamasu scenario. As such he will want to choose those who are trustworthy or proven themselves as honorable fighters. Rumoosh will argue for a Token Evil Teammate out of necessity, which Gowasu will argue against. There will be one, but this may cost them the victory. Gowasu will want to be the most involved with choosing his team because if it weren't for his mishandling of Zamasu, Future Zen'o wouldn't be here and the tournament may not even have happened.
- Close, but no cigar. Gowasu did indeed wanted to avoid another Zamasu sceneario, but Rumsshi suggested for the flesh, thus a team of muscleheads.
- Universe 2's Helles will want style over substance. A Combat Aestheticist, her vanity will cause her to ignore ugly/scrawny yet powerful fighters. It'll be up to her Supreme Kai counterpart to suggest some of these.
- Jossed. Her team is very varied in the fighters departament, incluiding fighters that are not that handsome.
- Universe 3's Mosco is clear reference to Dragon Ball GT, namely Ludd. With this in mind Universe 3's team could be a big Shout-Out for that continuity. Its fighters will be stylized after the Machine Mutants and the Shadow Dragons, though changed that they're not outright rip-offs. We could even have an Xicor expy of all things, given Toyotaro created both him and the Mosco design. A Cell equivalent is also possible, since Universe 6 gave us a Freeza equivalent.
- Jossed. All the fighters are robots and cyborgs, thought they could be seen as Tuffles-analogues, I suppose.
- Universe 4's team might go one of two ways. As Quitela is a Pint-Sized Powerhouse he could get a bunch of like-bodied figures. Alternatively he'll want to get a bunch of goliaths, since he might be Compensating for Something. Expect some of the other gods to make snide comments.
- Jossed. Quitela team is very varied, and the only thing consistent with all of them is a sneaky attitude and the color green.
- Jossed. It's Iwen, the God of Destruction of Universe 1.
- Neither jossed or confirmed. It was never said that Iwen or any of the other destroyers was the strongest, just that universes 1,5,8 and 12 and their destroyers will be spared the potential wrath of Zeno-sama and universes 7 and 9 have the lowest mortal levels.
- While Iwen's relative power is unknown, he is certainly able to hold his own against Liqueer and Arak.
- Nope, see above.
- To just follow up on the above. The reason for the re-org is two-fold. Firstly, he believes that it will more easily allow an increase of the average power-level of mortals. Second, it's to punish the gods of the losing universes for not doing their jobs. Zeno may seem child-like, but nothing escapes his notice. We have gods like Champa and Beerus who don't do their jobs, and it's probably similar in other universes as well. Notice that universes 1, 12, 5 and 8 aren't being punished, because the gods there are probably doing their jobs, and doing their best to increase the average mortal power level.
- The souls in Dragon Ball are not immortal. Your soul can be destroyed and erased from existence. This is the warning Goku gave Vegeta back in the Buu Saga when he was trying to stall Kid Buu. Also, only the bad people are reborn after suffering for some time in Hell. Good people stay in Heaven.
- Souls being erased tended to be more the result of a freak accident than anything. Normally a soul will exist forever. So that prompts the question as to whether good people stay in heaven forever, or whether they're eventually reincarnated. Zeno seems to care a great deal about the quality of mortal powerlevels, and that would seem to preclude destroying mortals' souls willy-nilly. Now destroying universes, or rather real estate, that wouldn't be an issue.
- Where was it ever stated in the dragonball multiverse that souls exist forever?
- In fact, souls don't exist forever. The residents of hell are there for a proper resurrection as another individual, like Buu, who became Uub. The reason why Frieza is still trapped in Hell is because he is just that evil and will never repent.
- The AML of universe 9 is the worst because their Kaioshins are openly malevolent, while having the weakest God of Destruction. Universe 7 is the second worst because of the workings of Freeza/King Cold's Empire, and because Beerus is an extremely lazy and immature god, destroying planets at random. Third worst universe is either universe 6 or universe 4, because they are mirror universes of 7 & 9. 6 is slightly better than 7 because Saiyans are a force of good from the start in that universe.
- The reason of Survival Tournament is because Zenos (who are actually much smarter than they appear to be) are afraid that there will be another Future Zamasu situation, which are actually the reasons why he destroyed the other 6. They want to leave universes where:
- a.) There is no chance of it ever happening, like universes with AML higher than Zamasu's Universe, which is 7.
- b.) There are fighters strong enough to overcome the threat.
- The winner of the tournament (either Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Hit or Toppo) will convince Zeno to give them time to fix the AML in each universe by destroying evil threats, which will be the later arcs of Dragon Ball Super. This will solve the problem of Goku and Vegeta not having either strong enough opponents like Golden Freeza and Commeson or unbeatable like Beerus or Giygas Zamasu, while also introducing new allies that will be of similar strength as the main duo.
- Alternately, Right Makes Might is a rule of nature, at least on a cosmic scale. Those universes are stronger on average because they are more morally righteous.
- They'll freak everybody out but will only destroy a dead planet or two in each universe saying they won't destroy the entire universes at once. Somebody will say everybody is okay with them just changing their minds.
- Er, kind of. Turns out that the entire thing was a Secret Test of Character of the winner, since if they had used the Super Dragon Balls for a selfish wish, they would've wiped out the winner's universe.
- And jossed.
- Jossed. Beerus said he was sick, a la Satan.
- I'm mostly being cynical, but I do hope this theory is wrong since it would be a cliche by now to have another Frost or another villain saying he works for justice. Besides, if Vados was able to tell Frost was Evil All Along, maybe Marcarita will notice too, of course, there is the possibility of her not caring like Vados.
- Jossed. They are real heroes.
- Well, semi-confirmed. While we don't get to see the personalities of most of the Pride Troopers, Jiren is definitely a harsh Nominal Hero, while Top proves willing to forsake his ideals to become a god of destruction.
- Well, she isn't his sister, but she is possibly gay, so jossed?
- When was that ever stated?
- Jossed. He is Kahseral, a member of the Pride Troopers from Universe 11.
- Jossed. He is Majora from Universe 4. He could be from the same race, since Universes 4 and 9 are twins, but is never stated.
If Goku and company can't save the other universes, they can request Zen'o to let them move the inhabited planets to Earth 7, or at least those of the competitors.
- A human. It's possible one of the reasons that Earth was ruined in the first place is because the Earthlings were way too strong for their own good. Beerus will unwittingly give his brother the advantage by breaking the natural order and wishing that Earth back.
- Frost's father, the U6 equivalent of King Cold. Given how many fans believe King Cold was wasted along with Frost being Evil All Along, they could make it up to them by introducing the first genuinely good member of Frieza's race. Though since Frost isn't a tyrant in the manga, the manga adaptation could have the Cold equivalent as a bad guy.
- Jossed. No mention of Frost's father is ever made.
- The Universe 6 equivalent to Majin Buu. It was revealed that Majin Buu has existed since time immemorial and Bibidi merely woke him up. Given Universe 6 and 7 are twins, sharing the same species, there should be a Buu there. Said Buu would probably be based around Super Buu, as his intelligence and preference for assimilation makes him unique enough to not just be a Mr Buu carbon copy.
- The Pink Female Fighter seen in the current intro fighting Vegeta might also be the Buu equivalent.
- Jossed, the Pink Female Fighter in from Universe 2.
- Jossed in all of them. The fighters are two saiyan women, two namekians, and a Joke Character in the name of Dr.Rota.
- The term "righteous devil, evil angel". If the Grand Priest is the real villain then he's the evil angel, and the righteous devil may be Goku who's had the gods turned against him. However he could be the righteous devil, and the two Zen'o(or some other factor) as the evil angel. He's the devil in this situation because he's opposing the Top God, and righteous because he's fighting against him to save the multiverse.
- "An angel and a demon are sitting together like friends"-who do we see sitting next to each other all the time in this arc? The two Zen'o. One is good or at least morally neutral, the other not so much.
- "I'm in the middle, which way do I face?"-this could be the Grand Priest' conflicting loyalties between the two Zen'o. As for why he doesn't know who to face? He's not sure whether the present or future Zen'o will be the ultimate villain. While the future Zen'o seems the most likely(possible Zamasu influence as a factor), it could be the one we're more familiar with and seeing the horror Zamasu unleashed matured him enough.
- "Either destroy myself or destroy everything else"-the Grand Priest has the power to kill or severely inconvenience the Omni-King, however it requires his death. The latter isn't meant to mean he's directly destroying the weaker universes, but that through inaction he will be responsible for them being erased when he could've done something.
- "They scream in my ear all night. Is there a right answer to this?"-while his own death would prevent the universes under a 7 in rank or the winner from being erased, it would have major consequences on the natural order. He is trying to weigh in the lesser of two evils."
- "The masks of angels on the faces of demons"-another reference to Zen'o, perhaps? Or maybe some of his children are not as neutral as they seem.
- "They beckon to me and say to me, for the sake of goodness destroy all evil right now"-if this doesn't have something to do with Zamasu, it could be other gods, angels or what have you either thinking similar to him or suggesting a radical action to protect the multiverse.
- "They say the world is waiting for me"-everyone is waiting to see the actions of the Grand Priest, as it will determine the fate of the multiverse itself.
- The "righteous devil" probably referencing Goku, with all the participating universes breathing down his neck for this even happening in the first place. And the "evil angel" is probably Frieza. He does have the halo, after all. And being on the same team, they're "sitting together like friends", more or less.
- The scene in the new opening where goku smirks after powering up is foreshadowing this accomplishment. while it won't be official he will internalize the power. This is hinted by the red aura goku has in the opening which is related to several godly powers like Super Saiyan God and the Kai-O ken. Goku managing to appear untransformed with the aura shows he has started to realize his powers of pure destruction.
- Someone did become a God of Destruction, but it wasn't Goku, it was Toppo.
- It won't necessarily be golden, as Frieza chose that color to mock the Saiyans. It could be silver instead, in order to give off the impression that he's a Knight in Shining Armor.
- Or Frost will instead get a Fourth Transformation into a Final Form like Cooler's Final Form.
- All of them are jossed. The closest thing he gets is his 100% form, and that was because Frieza tricked him. Like Cabba, he could learn the transformation.
- I personally want the universes to be "destroyed" in the sense that Zen-o fires the gods of destruction and Kais of the losing universes, and disowns them all.
- Semi-jossed. The losing universes are indeed wiped out, but Zen-o planned for the winner to wish them back.
- Alternatively Goku will wish that everyone in universe seven has their desires fulfilled.
- Confirmed that the wish was used to revive the universes Zeno destroyed during the tournament, but jossed as to who made the wish, since Android 17 ended up winning.
- An alternate to this WMG is that Frieza will be successfully recruited, but Buu will wake up just before the tournament and it will prompt Beerus to Hakai him.
- Well, Frieza's confirmed to appear, except he's replacing Majin Buu instead of Tien. Still no word on Cell though.
- Unfortunately jossed.
- Wasn't that limit removed when Dende took over?
- No. It was the one thing Dende couldn't change. The Namekian Dragon Balls don't have that limit (as long as you didn't die of natural causes).
- Moot point. He got revived by Whis.
- Jossed. Android 17 is the victor.
- Played With, as Napappa and Obuni are actually good fighters, they are just overshadowed by, well, everyone else.
- The Instant Transmission could be the basis for how they managed it-they figured how to extrapolate teleporting between large distances to travel to other universes.
Frost's motives are less to have Frieza around, and more to regain his Villain with Good Publicity status. He doesn't really care, unless it serves his purposes. And by helping save other universes, he'll be able to regain that publicity. Granted many will know he's been a sneak, but it's enough to spin doctor to his favor and slowly regain his reputation. And that is where Frieza and Frost will put heads-the former would rather as little universes remain to satiate his bloodlust and/or get rid of potential threats his paranoid mind might see, but the latter would rather save as many universes as possible so as to come off as much of a hero as he can, and seem more genuine.
That being said, while somewhat concerned Frieza will decide it's more of an advantage and not betray Frost. Though he will be keeping his eyes on him, and more so Zen'o because he's the bigger threat to his existence. While the other heroes plan on how to deal with the Adorable Abomination that is Dragonball's God equivalent(and possibly the Grand Priest), Frost will focus on increasing his popularity, and Frieza for crawling back to power. All the more making him a far greater enemy to Goku than before, having traded Smug Snake traits and fear for Beerus to a developing Magnificent Bastard ready to control gods and men one way or another.
So what's the solution? When all is said and done, Goku will ask Zen'o to let the other universes have one more day to get their affairs in order and say goodbye to their families. Since a day doesn't really matter to him and they're going to do it anywhere, they agree. The Super Dragonballs are gathered and the following wish is made-"I wish all the universes who lost the Tournament of Power are safely merged with Universe 7!" With that, all the universes that weren't already destroyed (sorry Universe 9) combine into a huge universe.
With the influx of the population its average mortal level would now exceed 7, thereby meaning Zen'o won't be motivated to destroy it. Even if it somehow isn't at 7, Zen'o did promise to spare the universe that won. This merged universe is still Universe 7, and he can't risk killing the winning universes. Even if he considers it a new universe, it's too early to test whether it should live or die.
With this act, Goku will restore his reputation to the other universes, ultimately proving himself a hero when push comes to shove and avoiding as much death as possible. From a narrative perspective, this allows a number of story potentials. The main one being the different gods trying to figure out how to order this new universe, and that encountering other universes we've seen like Universe 6 will be an easier endeavor.
If Universe 7 loses, Zen'o might want to keep it around because of his fondness for Goku. Future Zen'o wouldn't care as much, and the two would argue. Either the Grand Priest or Frieza(leading credence to him wishing [[A God Am I to rule over him) will goad them on, resulting in the two fighting. Completely equal in power, the two destroy each other. Assuming such an act doesn't break reality it'll leave the throne in Heaven empty and the Grand Priest the new Omni-King, while all the other gods shocked and horrified that the closest thing Dragonball has to God being erased from existence.
With the Grand Priest as the new King of Everything this may be really bad, though unlike Zen'o there may be a tiny chance of stopping him. Or maybe the Grand Priest isn't evil but still has a vulnerability. Either way, the change in the cosmic hierarchy will have massive ripples, and Frieza's plan to rise up in power would have a shot.
For bonus points, the Omni-King's power could have a No Ontological Inertia effect, which could be used to restore both the tournament universes and the six universes destroyed prior. That way the different universes could still be around for future story effect without resorting to the predictable "Goku uses the Super Dragonballs" ending. Their destruction resulting in Death Is Cheap for the multiverse would also manage to avoid Status Quo Is God, due the fundamental change in the god hierarchy even if it's just the top two dead instead of fourteen.
- Jossed. Universe 6 bit the dust before 4, 3 and 11.
So they're gonna soon find out Zeno's playing extremely carelessly with no awareness of the kind of destruction and kill count he's causing and he's going to get an earful for not understanding the value of life. They might even undo the destroyed universes and bring everyone back at the end of the day
It's also likely that no one except the grand priest or the angels themselves knows of this fact.
- Jossed, which is a good thing since said eliminated fighters included Goku and Vegeta.
- Jossed, unfortunately. Jiren is the final boss.
- Adding to that, it's possible that some of the more empathetic angels might join in to stop the madness. This would probably include Cus, Whis and maybe Cukatail given he's shown to be shocked at universal erasure.
- Jossed. She doesn't do anything else before Universe 10 is revived.
It's likely that at least a good portion of the universes in the tournament will survive. Or the universes will all be restored, possibly the six destroyed long ago. Jimeze mentions he hopes to fight Gohan again, suggesting characters already expect that more than 5 universes will remain after the tournament. Frieza's hopes are that the childish nature of the Omni-Kings will keep multiple competing universes alive, primarily Quitela and Beerus. He can use Beerus' hatred of the mouse to infiltrate him, and expand on there. The hopes are to usurp the position of God of Destruction and/or find weak spots he can exploit, while using the free time to increase his already formidable power. Get in their good graces so he eventually has the power to overcome them, all on his long game to eventually become the most powerful being in creation.
In short, Frieza is trying an Indy Plot and taking every opportunity he can get to manipulate the gods, all with a Faux Affably Evil attitude to conceal the full extent of his desires and ambitions. He's well aware these ambitions could end with his destruction, but as his prior fate is being stuck in a cocoon in Hell with no army to revive him, there's literally nothing left for him to lose.
- Confirmed, if you consider the the horribly one-sided beatdown Toppo gave Frieza to be a fight...
- Confirmed, out of Pragmatic Villainy: he doesn't want to deal with Jiren himself.
- Considering how exhausted he was after the Ultra Instinct transformation, that's pretty plausible.
- Confirmed. He and Frieza sacrifice themselves to ring out Jiren, leaving Android 17 the victor.
- Confirmed, except for their purpose (Which they failed at).
- The power above Zen'o, likely his father, will show up and chew Zen'o out for being so reckless, making sure the universes can be restored. He will be revealed as the creator of the universes, and may even do the restoration himself.
- It will be pointed out that if there are too many universes to run, they could split the authority up between the two Zen'o and the Grand Priest. The Grand Priest can govern the ideal universes(1, 5, 8 and 12) given he's the Hypercompetent Sidekick, and as counterparts to each other the Zen'o could govern twin universes of each other. Present Zen'o could have Universes 7, 9, 10 and 11, Future Zen'o could have Universes 2, 3, 4 and 6. Of course this is assuming that the two Zen'o aren't already sharing the work load, implying he was only going to let two universes live originally.
- They will appeal to Zeno's childish nature, bargaining that if the universes are all spared they can have an even bigger tournament later. 5, 10 years later maybe? That would tie into the end of Dragonball, where it will turn out Uub is being trained to help with this. As for this theoretically second Tournament of Power, it could be a universe proving itself against the four ideal universes. If they can win with that disadvantage, Zen'o will think they're cool and deserve to live. Or maybe they'll use the opportunity to resurrect the six universes he destroyed eons ago, under the argument they probably had a bunch of cool fighters.
- The wish won't be to revive the Super Dragonballs, but to imprison the Zen'o. Assuming that's possible, of course. The phrase will be "I wish the Zen'o were sent to a place where they cannot harm the universes!". As a result, they'll be transported to the void that was once Future Trunks' timeline. It stands to reason that if a human time machine can travel to that void, so can a wish by Super Shenron. Zeno's power doesn't seem to extend beyond the timeline, as Future Zeno's erase failed to reach Goku and friends when they traveled out of that timeline, plus there being Zen'o for each timeline suggests he is still bound to it. They'll be stuck there until they finally learn to appreciate the value of life and no longer act so willy-nilly.
- Zen'o themselves will have a Heel Realization, seeing that with everyone being so dedicated in fighting the universes deserve a second chance. He will spare them.
- Jossed. Zen'o planned for the universes to be revived all along. They're overjoyed when Android 17 makes his wish.
It's possible their poor performance could even be explained by Paparoni controlling them for whatever reason. Maybe he's put a Restraining Bolt so they obey him, or he's just inept at leadership. Maybe Nigrisshi was a rival he purposefully weakened. Some of the robots could even have a Fusion Dance into an extremely powerful warrior, showing quality is better than quantity in this case. Most likely, the fighters are being Willfully Weak so they can get a reading on the opponents. That's why despite getting owned, the fighters haven't been pushed off the stage-they're more than capable of fighting and handling themselves, they just aren't ready. Plus it's about numbers-the team with the most numbers will survive, of which they have the second most. This is probably why they're focusing on Universe 7-as the team with the most numbers, they are the most threat. All they need is one or two more eliminations and they're set.
- Semi-confirmed: Individually they are still mostly joke characters, but four fighters end up fusing into someone so powerful half of Universe 7 has to combine their power to stop them.
- It's been hinted in previews that Kale and Caulifa will fuse via Porta, so it's a possibility that Vegito may also appear.
- Jossed - no Fusion Dance was performed (since it's revealed that eliminating a Fusion counts as two eliminations - hence the reason why Goten and Trunks weren't brought onboard as Gotenks, and why Androids 17 and 18 didn't fuse into Android 35).
- It's been hinted in previews that Kale and Caulifa will fuse via Porta, so it's a possibility that Vegito may also appear.
- Mastered Super Sayian Blue (as in the manga)
- Super Sayian Blue 2
- A different form of Ultra Instinct (Perhaps Ultra Instinct but he has to be in SSB, unlike Goku who is in base form while in Ultra Instinct)
- Confirmed. It's Super Saiyan Blue Evolved.
- He could get around that by wishing "I wish everything the Zen'o have erased except those I hate back", which would also serve to prevent Frost from coming back. He did something similar in the Buu arc so Babidi wouldn't be revived, though it's unclear how that'd apply to the Future Timeline since it won't be erased for 16 years(and won't have to deal with Goku Black and Zamasu's genocide for 2).
- Android 17 ended up winning and reviving the universes that were erased. But 13-18 are still gone.
- Please, let this theory be wrong. I can't handle another Cruel Twist Ending.
- While we don't know for certain yet... it seems 17 is still alive, so we don't have to worry about that, at least.
- Possibly Jossed for now. Frieza saves Goku from getting eliminated.