Dragon Ball – Episode of Bardock (2024)

Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock is a short story written and illustrated by Naho Oishi, later adapted into an OVA by Toei Animation based on the Dragon Ball franchise. It is a sequel to Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku, based on the What If? scenarios of Dragon Ball Heroes.

It's revealed that Bardock survived being killed by Frieza and was somehow whisked away to the distant past. There, he finds himself in primitive Planet Plant (future Planet Vegeta), where the locals are being attacked by the forces of Frieza's ancestor, Lord Chilled. Bardock befriends one of the locals, and will defend them out of revenge against Frieza.

The story is mostly known for Bardock obtaining the Super Saiyan transformation.

The special is not considered canonical in any way to the series, being merely a What If? story. Despite this, Bardock's appearance in Dragon Ball Fighter Z takes a lot of cues from this special, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse take a few ideas from this side story.

The special was released internationally with the Xbox 360 game Dragon Ball Z: For Kinect.

This work contains examples of:

  • Adapted Out: Mira and Towa from Dragon Ball Online saved Bardock from being killed off, yet they aren't adapted in this What If? story.
  • Advertised Extra: This is one of the few animated specials where despite appearing on the advertising, Goku doesn't appear at all, not even as a cameo.
  • Alien Blood: The Meatians, and several of Freeza's henchmen have purple blood. This isn't uncommon though, as a lot of aliens and monsters in Dragon Ball have purple blood.
  • Canon Immigrant: The space police mentioned by Chilled's lieutenant would be identified in the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Arc as the Galactic Police Force, a precursor to the Galactic Patrol.
  • Continuity Snarl: The special attempts to be a What If? that explains where the Super Saiyan legend came from. Unfortunately...
    • This directly conflicts with the pre-Dragon Ball Super canon of the series, where it was mentioned that the first Super Saiyan became one when transforming into a Great Ape. You could argue Bardock was never the first Super Saiyan in history to begin with, since Episode of Bardock clearly takes place on Planet Plant, before the Saiyans left their home planet Sadala. It certainly makes it easier to just accept it as fanservice and nothing more.
    • Likewise, Chilled tells his men on his dying moments to beware of the golden warrior, which supposedly sparks the legend. Thing is, Vegeta never knew what the Super Saiyan looked like during the Namek Saga, and he even thought he became a Super Saiyan despite never changing his appearance.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Bardock's psychic powers from the last special simply vanished, and are never mentioned.
  • Golden Super Mode: Bardock turns Super Saiyan over his weakness against Chilled. He then proceeds to beat the living crap out of him.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Bardock takes all of his anger on Chilled due to him being like Frieza. Can't blame him, Chilled is basically Frieza, but smaller and wearing a leotard.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Apparently there was a third race of aliens living on the planet Plant.
  • Riddle for the Ages: How Bardock went back in time is anyone's guess. In video games, he was saved by members of the Demon Realm and brainwashed, but that's two different continuities.
  • Space Age Stasis: Whatever time in the past this is set, one Frieza's ancestors has a similar space empire and the Galactic Patrol are implied to exist.
  • Space Police: Chilled pretends to be one to the Meatians.
  • Stable Time Loop: Frieza destroys the Saiyans and Planet Vegeta due to fearing the legend of the Super Saiyan. This throws Bardock into the past where he becomes the first Super Saiyan and creates the legend that Chilled then passes on to his descendents.
  • Tranquil Fury: After he transforms into a Super Saiyan, Bardock manages to catch his temper and proceeds to deliberately, calmly, and mercilessly beat Chilled half to death and blast him into orbit. Chilled does not survive the encounter.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Bardock gets pissed after a little native boy on Planet Plant was nearly killed by Chilled. It's this that kickstarts his Super Saiyan transformation.
  • Villain Protagonist: Bardock at first. He is rather mean to young Berry to start with and only fights off the space pirates because they attacked him, not to save the boy's village. Bardock does gradually lighten up though as Berry continues to leave him food.
  • Walking the Earth: After defeating Chilled, Bardock is seen walking through the wasteland.
Dragon Ball – Episode of Bardock (2024)


Is episode of Bardock canon? ›

Everything is Canon

With the exception of Dragonball Evolution.

Does the episode of Bardock have an English dub? ›

The special movie is the story of bardock after he was killed by freeza, dubbed for the first time in english. Its about 20 min long. The true fans of dbz have already seen the movie in japanese, but its nice funiation is coming together to voice dbz one last time (they can't do it forever).

What movie is it where Bardock goes Super Saiyan? ›

Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock.

Has Goku ever meet Bardock? ›

Dragon Ball Heroes aims to rectify this by giving Goku and Bardock a chance to fight in person. Even with all the future timelines and alternate universe counterpart shenanigans that Dragon Ball Super has going for it, Goku and Bardock have still never met in the series canon timeline.

Should I watch episode of Bardock? ›

Bardock the Father of Goku: For those new to the series I don't advise watching this first unless you're already familiar with Z. It would give you false expectations of the Original Dragon Ball.

Is episode of Bardock official? ›

According to its author, Episode of Bardock is a what-if scenario, however it has been included as part of the overall timeline a few times. It later received an OVA adaptation.

Where can I watch the DBZ Bardock Special? ›

Dragon Ball Z: Tv Special - Bardock - Father of Goku - Apple TV.

Which version of Bardock is canon? ›

Well, the character Bardock is canon. However, Bardock the Father of Goku and the Bardock Special are NOT canonical. Neither were written/created by Akira Toriyama. However, the manga short, Dragon Ball Minus, which not only has Bardock but introduces Goku's mother Gine, was written by Toriyama.

Who killed Bardock in DBZ? ›

After fighting his way through Frieza's soldiers, Bardock sends a large energy blast at the tyrant himself. However, Frieza counters by launching his deadly Supernova attack which consumes Bardock and many of his own soldiers, and destroys Planet Vegeta.

Is Goku the son of Bardock? ›

Bardock has few overall manga and anime appearances within the series, though he plays a pivotal part as Goku's biological father in setting up the backstory of his son, originally known by the name Kakarot, as one of the last survivors of the Saiyan genocide by the intergalactic tyrant Frieza.

Who is stronger, Bardock or Goku? ›

Goku does ultimately manage to defeat Bardock's Super Saiyan 3 with Ultra Instinct, but it's still a difficult fight for him, even with a form that is much more powerful. This suggests that Bardock has at least the level of aptitude for Super Saiyan transformations as Goku, and quite likely a much greater level.

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