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'Dragon Ball Super' Spoilers: Bardock Could Be Goku's Unknown Enemy

by Betty Potts / May 11, 2018 01:47 AM EDT

The latest information about the upcoming Dragon Ball Super movie is it will include a lot of fan-service. As Toei Animation is about to give what fans expect to see, there are swirling rumors that Goku's father, Bardock, will make an appearance in the film. However, it could be not just a simple appearance, but he could be his son's enemy. Is he the mysterious opponent seen in the movie's trailer?

In an interview with Toei Animation's Dragon Room chief Akio Iyoki, translated by Herms98 on Twitter, he revealed the Dragon Ball Super movie's story would include "a lot of fan service." "In context ... [it] means more in the 'crowd-pleasing' sense than the 'sexiness' sense," he said. However, viewers don't have to worry as they will still see Bulma and the film's other female characters to be "extra cute."

With that, there is a new theory saying Goku's father, Bardock, may appear in the Dragon Ball Super movie as his son's enemy. Earlier reports revealed Bardock is one of the most intriguing characters in the franchise's history. However, what's behind this concept is more surprising to learn.

In an article by Kazenshuu, covered by Comic Book in December 2017, the original plan in creating Bardok was to make him Goku's enemy. Although this idea contradicts Bardock's introduction in the Dragon Ball Z film, Bardock: The Father of Goku, as he is known as a "sympathetic character" who died at Freeza's hands, this is not far from happening in the Dragon Ball Super movie.

To recall, Akira Toriyama first introduced the concept of Saiyans as a villain with Goku's brother, Raditz. He was the first major villain of Dragon Ball Z. His uncle Turles, on the other hand, was also the main antagonist of Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might. So, is Goku's enemy in the Dragon Ball Super movie Bardock?

The Saiyans' race has been known for being aggressive and their conquering type. So, it actually makes sense that a new Saiyan will become an antagonist in the franchise. This, too, could be proved by Bardock's lasting power that might be because of his unwilling heroism and standing up against Freeza in the end, although he only played a small role there. Add this to the fact that he never met his son personally, he really could be the tragic hero in the Dragon Ball Super movie.

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