Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball Super has re-introduced a primary antagonist from the previous mangas. After going through ‘Hell’ and biding time to grow stronger than Goku and Vegeta, Frieza is back to conquer planets once again and he has a brand new superior form.
Frieza is one of the oldest villains in the franchise. The youngest son of King Cold has fought Goku and Vegeta numerous times, and each time the heroes snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat. Their latest fight was different, however, since Frieza not only one-shot the two heroic Saiyans but also left them to live another day.
Frieza Spared Goku & Vegeta After Returning In The Dragon Ball Super Manga
Chapter 87 of Dragon Ball Super opens with Goku and Vegeta fighting Awakened Gas and Elec. After failing to overpower True Ultra Instinct form of Goku and Ultra Ego Vegeta, Gas was running out of his lifespan and decided to put all his powers in one single hit alongside Elec.
When the battle seemed to have neared its climax, Frieza jumped into action and killed the two Heeters instantly via the ‘Ruthless Blow’ attacks. He had a new black body armor that supported his increased strength and agility compared to the previous golden form.
The Black Frieza form is a result of ten years of training in a hyperbolic time chamber. After crushing Gas and Elec, the newly energized Frizea took down Goku and Vegeta by hitting a single punch in their gut. Interestingly, he was “in pursuit of a different target”, so he spared both the Saiyans.
After Frieza made his exit, Whis appeared to rescue Goku and Vegeta. He mentioned that the target that Frieza pursued was “the strongest warrior in the universe” whom the oracle had told about in the early chapters of the series. Akira Toriyama subtly hinted that the warrior also belonged to a different universe rather than Goku.
Black Frieza’s Decision To Spare Goku & Vegeta Could Lead To Massive Consequences
Goku and Vegeta have humiliated Frieza multiple times in the past. From destroying his galactic empire to saving the Earth from his vengeance by reversing time, the tailed villain has been left biding time for his revenge. It’s intriguing that he did not kill the two Saiyans after finally overpowering them on planet Cereal although the decision does match his persona.
Frieza is an arrogant and egoistic ruler. Thus, it was right on Akira Toriayama’s part to make the villain spare Goku and Vegeta. Black Frieza’s plans may also involve conquering Universe 6 and gloating over his success, given that he has already subdued Universe 7 by killing two Heeters and recruiting the other two, Oil and Macki, to his side.
Black Frieza could be in search of the Cube Spaceship that was won by Hit in the Tournament of Power. The latter never cashed in on the prize so it still doesn’t have a possessor. After obtaining it, Frieza would be able to resume his ambition of conquering different planets and reforming his galactic empire.
A noteworthy fan theory is that Frieza purposely spared Goku and Vegeta because he would need “sparring partners” after conquering each planet. The heroes refused to put an end to his misery in the past and the same treatment is being dished out by the villain – the humiliation of a defeat rather than a quick death.
Since the introduction of Black Frieza, the chapters in Dragon Ball Super have shifted to the Super Hero arc that features Gohan. The spotlight hasn’t gone from the villain though, as his next plan will be crucial to forthcoming battles that will break the internet.