Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Vegeta - Prince of All Saiyans

What's really interesting to me about the Vegeta character in Akira Toriyama's Dragonball stories is his wounded sense of entitlement. Like Namor The Submariner, Vegeta is royalty. He is keenly aware of his superiority to human beings. He revels in it. Yet he finds himself frustrated at every turn by Goku, who is also a super-powered alien. Goku spent most of his life believing himself to be an ordinary boy. Vegeta's best drawn feature is his perpetual sneer, reflective of an inbuilt derision for virtually every other being in the universe. The character veers from from the raw pursuit of personal power to self-sacrifice across the manga and tv series which, of course, makes him much more interesting than the other characters.

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