Dragon Ball Super gave Universe 6 its own Legendary Super Saiyan by introducing Kale; how does the female Sayan compare to the original legend, Broly?
During the Universal Survival Saga, Dragon Ball Super gave Universe 6 its own Legendary Super Saiyan in the form of Kale, but how does this character compare to Broly? Broly, one of the most iconic Dragon Ball villains of all-time, has always been recognized for his one-of-a-kind Super Saiyan transformation, the Legendary Super Saiyan form, but Dragon Ball Super creates a second character who can achieve this transformation.
At the time of his first appearance, Broly wasn’t canon, and the only version fans knew was the uncontrollable killing machine who has harbored a deep-seated hatred for Goku ever since he heard him crying when they were children. His power as a Legendary Super Saiyan made him one of Goku’s greatest enemies. He appeared in three Dragon Ball Z movies, which is more than any other villain. He was finally made canon in the film, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which reimagined Broly with a new look and a much more sympathetic origin story.
Prior to the movie, Dragon Ball Super introduced a character named Kale, who was a shy and extremely timid Saiyan picked to be the Universe 6 team in the Tournament of Power. After Cabba showed Caulifla an alternative way to becoming a Super Saiyan, Kale became jealous of Cabba’s relationship with Caulifla. Feeling that Cabba was stealing her best friend, Kale cried until she transformed. Her hair, eyes, and muscle mass, all closely resembled the non-canon Broly, and later, Vegeta made a remark about her being the “Legendary Super Saiyan,” thus solidifying Kale’s status as Universe 6’s Broly.
How similar is Kale to Broly? On top of her physical characteristics, her destructive rampages, inability to listen to reason, and overwhelming power are all reminiscent of the original Legendary Super Saiyan. Perhaps the most interesting link between them is what triggers their transformations. Typically, Saiyans can only go Super Saiyan after getting angry, but the emotions felt by Kale (and Broly) moments before and during their transformations are a bit different. As noted earlier, Broly’s is triggered by his hatred for Goku. Kale reaches hers after becoming resentful toward Cabba. The same thing happens later when she sees Goku talking with Caulifla. It would seem that Kale was so resentful that her intense hatred for Cabba and Goku triggered her Legendary Super Saiyan transformation.
Hatred seems to be the common denominator, because once Kale enters this form, she focuses all of her attention on the object of her hate. She hated Cabba and Goku, just as Broly hated Goku in his first movie appearance. Her hatred for her enemy is so strong that for the most part, she’s able to ignore all other combatants on the field. The huge change in personality is another trait that Broly and Kale share. Though not quite as timid or an sensitive as Kale, Broly was depicted as a quiet, docile young man who acted like a completely different person after transforming. Similar to the situation with Frieza and Frost, Kale in Dragon Ball Super serves as an interesting and unexpected Universe 6 counterpart to a fan-favorite villain.
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