May 28, 2003
Acclaim has provided us with character profiles for the five playable
characters set to appear in Dragonball Z: Legacy of Goku II.
DBZ II is set to ship this June for GBA.
Goku is the hero of Dragon Ball Z, the most powerful warrior on earth
and the first to become Super Saiyan in over 1000 years. When the
Saiyans arrive, Goku learns the mysterious secret of his own past: he is
a Saiyan formerly named Kakarot. Goku was sent to Earth as a baby to
grow up and destroy the planet, but a head injury as a child scrambled
Goku's programming. Instead of growing up to become a destructive
super-warrior, he became innocent and pure of heart, fighting for good.
Goku is peaceful, good natured, honest, loving to his family and
friends, loyal, trustworthy, brave. If he has a weakness, it is his
trusting nature. He always finds the "good" in people when others don't
see it, though Goku's enemies sometimes take advantage of his naive
trust. He originally trained under Master Roshi and wears his symbol
until he trains under King Kai, whose symbol he wears. Goku grows up and
marries Chi-Chi. Together they have two sons: Gohan and Goten.
Named after his adoptive grandfather, Gohan is Goku and Chi-Chi's eldest
son. He is idealistic, good, and pure like his father. Gohan reveals his
tremendous fighting potential when the earth is threatened. His heritage
as part Saiyan and part human make him stronger than if he were of one
With Goku's departure to the next dimension and the eminent arrival of
Saiyans stronger than Raditz, Gohan is key to the survival of Earth.
Thus Piccolo, a former enemy of his father, joins forces with the good
guys and trains Gohan for the upcoming battle. Over time, Gohan becomes
friends with Piccolo, looks up to Piccolo, and even wears similar
Goku's one time archenemy, Piccolo is the second strongest being on the
Earth, born as a concentration of Kami's negative spirits. He has
powerful energy blasts, can split into two or four separate entities,
and has the ability to regenerate limbs. He is often seen in a white
cape. Originally from the far away planet Namek (although Piccolo
doesn't know this for a long time), Piccolo starts off fighting Goku to
rule the world. When the Saiyans arrive he joins forces with Goku. At
first it is an uneasy alliance, but as the story unfolds, their bond
While training Goku's son, Gohan for the upcoming battle against the
Saiyans, Piccolo develops a special bond with Gohan. Through Gohan, the
only person who has ever been a friend to him, Piccolo starts changing
character for the better. He ends up sacrificing his own life to save
Trunks is the son of Bulma - a headstrong, technical genius - and Vegeta
- one of the most powerful fighters in the Dragon Ball Z universe. His
exact age is not certain, but he first appears in Dragon Ball Z in his
mid to late teens. He is from the future and has witnessed a threat to
Earth which cannot be stopped in that time. He has come back in time to
try to save the Earth of his time, only to find our heroes in Earth
facing their own peril.
Much to the amazement of our friends, Trunks immediately turns Super
Saiyan and defeats Frieza and King Cold. He gives Goku medicine to
prevent his death from heart disease and tells them of Earth's coming
predicament. The Z Fighters immediately go into training, and Trunks
returns to his own time.
Vegeta is a powerful Saiyan. He is a "Super Elitist" and a prince, the
son of King Vegeta, past ruler of the Saiyans. Vegeta and his comrade
Nappa are two of the last surviving Saiyans. They come to Earth to
destroy all life and sell the planet. Though physically smaller than
Goku, Vegeta can power up to unbelievable levels destroying entire
He is a fierce rival of Goku's, striving always to seek power levels as
high or higher than Goku and to reach Super Saiyan level. Ambitious and
determined, Vegeta wants the Dragon Balls to gain immortality. He is
determined to destroy Frieza. After the Namek Saga, he fights on the
side of the good guys and becomes the father of Trunks.