The Tournament of Power Arc is one of the most memorable arcs in the entire Dragon Ball franchise. Dragon Ball Super introduced a long list of characters for Goku to face during the Tournament of Power. Each of these characters may not have been able to break through Goku’s plot armor, but there were plenty of moments where they should have.
Jiren, Kale, and the Trio of Danger all pushed Goku and the rest of Universe 7 to their absolute limits. These characters—not Goku or Vegeta—make the Tournament of Power Arc one of the most memorable arcs in the Dragon Ball franchise. Here are 10 times Universe 7 should have lost the Tournament of Power.
10 After Goku Created A Spirit Bomb
Goku’s spirit bomb technique is a potent attack that allows him to pull from his allies’ power reserves. When Goku first faces Jiren, he tries to defeat the monster from Universe 11 with a spirit bomb.
This technique may have appeared to be the final straw Goku, and his team would need to defeat Jiren, but when the Pride Trooper walks away from the blast unscathed, Universe 7 should have been doomed. Not only had Goku expended all his energy, but the rest of the combatants from Universe 7 should also have weakened after giving Goku their strength. Vegeta is the only member of Universe 7 that should have moved forward at full power after Goku wasted a Spirit Bomb on Jiren.
9 At The Beginning Of The Tournament
When the Tournament of Power began, Goku and the rest of Universe 7 had a mark on their back. Thanks to Goku’s meddling, every universe was forced into the tournament to fight for their survival.
If more powerful enemies like Toppo, Ribrianne, and Kefla had joined in on the organized assault on Universe 7 at the beginning of the tournament, Goku and his friends would have been eliminated much earlier than viewers expected.
8 One Of The Times Goku Exhausted Himself With Ultra Instinct
Goku spent the 48 hours trapped inside the Tournament of Power learning to master the Ultra Instinct transformation. Within this transformation, Goku’s power leans into the realm of the gods, making him nearly unbeatable.
Unfortunately, Goku can not sustain his Ultra Instinct form for more than a few minutes, and when he is exhausted by the transformation, he is useless as a fighter. If the Pride Troopers or even one of the hidden warriors from universe 4 had attacked Goku when he was weak, Universe 7 could have been defeated.
7 Kale’s Berserk Saiyan Transformation
The Tournament of Power was full of incredible Saiyan Transformations, but none of them were as shocking as Kale’s Legendary Saiyan Transformation. After being pushed to her limit, Kale loses control of herself and transforms into a legendary super Saiyan with a singular goal in mind. She must defeat Goku.
While in this transformation, Kale pushes through Goku’s defenses at Super Saiyan Blue. If any other combatant had taken advantage of the commotion and attacked Goku during his battle with Kale, Universe 7 would have lost their most powerful warrior.
6 Goku Vs. Caulifla
The gap between Goku and Caulifla is immense in terms of power, but when Goku faces the proud Saiyan from Universe 6, he is still recovering from his battle with Jiren.
After going Ultra Instinct, Goku’s stamina was exhausted. Still, he manages to compete with another Super Saiyan who has already begun to master Super Saiyan 2. If Caulifla could have had the help of her Namekian teammates or even Kale’s full help, she should have been able to dispatch a weakened Goku and ended Universe 7’s chance of winning the Tournament.
5 When Kale Controls The Legendary Super Saiyan Transformation
When Kale finally manages to control the legendary Super Saiyan Transformation, she is faced with a Goku that has expended most of his energy fighting Jirin and Caulifla. The combined might of this legendary form and Caulifla’s Super Saiyan 2 transformation should have easily overpowered Goku.
Even Goku recognizes this and taunts the two warriors for failing to end the fight when they had the chance. If Kale had managed to overwhelm Goku while he was still weakened from his Ultra Instinct Transformation, Universe 7 would have indeed fallen to the combined might of Kefla.
4 Toppo Could Have Defeated Vegeta While He Was Spectating Goku And Jiren’s Fight
Before Vegeta reached his shiny Super Saiyan Blue transformation and Toppo unleashed his power as a god of destruction, the two combatants met on a more level playing field. While Goku fought with Jiren, Vegeta battled Toppo.
The proud Saiyan Prince made the mistake of underestimating Toppo and ended up locked in the Pride Trooper’s grip. If The destroyer had chosen to unleash his full power on Vegeta, Goku’s ally would have surely been defeated. Without Vegeta, Goku would never have been able to last as long as he did against Jiren, and Universe 7 would have been defeated.
3 When Goku Was Trapped In Universe 9’s Triangle Of Death
Bergamo, Lavender, and Basil may not have been powerful enough to defeat Goku on their own, but they should have beaten the cocky Saiyan with their combined strength. If it weren’t for Prince Vegeta’s help, the trap the Trio of Danger set for Goku would have likely resulted in Universe 7’s defeat.
Vegeta isn’t usually the heroic type, making this little handout a bit strange considering his character’s usual selfish behavior. Perhaps Goku could have escaped the Trio of Danger on his own, but the fact remains that Universe 7 could have been defeated several times if they hadn’t worked together to overcome their enemies.
2 The Invisible Man From Universe 4
More than halfway through the Tournament of Power arc, Universe 4 reveals that they have two fighters who can attack without revealing their opponents’ presence. These stealth combatants nearly eliminate Vegeta and Gohan from Universe 7.
If Universe 4 had these combatants on the field the entire time and were always hellbent on defeating Universe 7, there is no reason Goku and his team should have made it so far. Goku, in particular, had spent entire periods of the tournament weakened by his Ultra Instinct transformations. The perfect target for an invisible enemy.
1 When Facing Universe 3’s Ultimate Power
After Universe 7 defeats all of Universe 3’s robotic combatants in Episode 121 of Dragon Ball Super, they are confronted by a mechanical creation that puts the power of Cell from Dragon Ball Z to shame. This giant beast was only defeated by Universe 7 because of the incredible teamwork that the six remaining members demonstrated.
Even with their combined strength, Universe 7 was nearly defeated by the ultimate power from Universe 3. Goku and Android 17 were both almost eliminated during this battle. If either of them had fallen, Universe 7 wouldn’t have stood a chance of winning the tournament.
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