With a new tournament arc coming for the Dragon Ball Super manga and not too far after that in the anime, the Dragon Ball community has run rampant with speculations on just what Piccolo and Buu as well as Gohan's role will be in this new God of Destruction tournament. You can find some of my own speculations here (http://belartscorner.blogspot.com/2015/12/dragon-ball-super-and-team-universe-7.html). Mainly, I have no hope for Toei and Toriyama at this point so I believe Piccolo and Buu will be a non-factor in the arc and only exist to provide comedy relief and to job out to the other team. BUT...let's be more hopeful in this post, shall we! For now I'm going to think of the best ways I can to power up some of my favorite members of the Z-Team. I think there's some time before the whole 5 days to train thing that Piccolo and Buu have to contend with. My frame of reference will start from the last episode of Dragon Ball Super that I watched (and that I will watch until the show's quality improves) episode 23.
Piccolo - Let's start with my favorite character. The Namek here should already be one of the strongest characters in the show just going by the show's own rules and the fact that he's the creator's favorite. What Piccolo suffers from the most is Toriyama's own lacking memory. At two points in the show, Piccolo is shown to be the type of character who makes incredible gains while training. This seemed to be somewhat dropped after his relevance in the Android arc. Piccolo should also have an incredible technique pool if he possesses Kami's memories (which he does since he knew of Cell's evil) and should know Kami's Instantaneous Movement technique which is superior to Goku's own Instant Transmission. With that and the fact that he possesses the former Kami of Earth inside of him, Piccolo should be able to get some training from some higher realm deities.
So my version of events goes like this (some spoilers will be ahead). Some ideas I give credit to youtuber Mike from Laughingstock Media for (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysdtngSCkc8), specifically the keeping Piccolo in the afterlife stuff. So after Piccolo is killed by Frieza, he lets it be known to the powers that be in the afterlife that he doesn't want to be wished back. His body disappears from the Earth or Namek and he requests to be brought back in a year or something like that. In the afterlife he trains. Why? Cuz he's the badass demonic Namekian Piccolo who mostly cares about fighting and strength. Anyways, Piccolo visits King Kai again and completes his training with him. King Kai informs his former Earthling students and all of them get a burning desire to fully master King Kai's training as well.
Piccolo masters King Kai's training in a mere day or two. From King Kai, he gets the Kaioken which he notes gives him an ability that allows him to rival Buu. But it's not good enough for him and he goes on to train with some of the masters of Otherworld. He learns some cool stuff and gets a cool new technique or two. Finally, he meets his dad, the all powerful Katas. From Katas Piccolo learns the true secret of his Namekian origin and what it means to be a true Super Namek. He is able to tap into the ancient tribal power of the Dragon Clan, a power locked within himself. It sounds a little fan-ficky but this is at least stuff that's potentially represented in the show. Anyways, through some ancient Namekian knowledge Piccolo gets a boost of power. I would have that boost be a Namekian centered technique, which grants the user a tremendous power boost at very little cost. It would pretty much be a green colored Kaioken technique with healing properties. Like an aura that constantly heals Piccolo and those around him (allies) which would make him into a high tier support character, but a badass to boot. It's redundant to give Piccolo two types of Kaioken, but in this version this plot point would serve two purposes. One: Hearing of Piccolo's Kaio Training and mastery of Kaioken ignites a fire in Tien and the other humans too. And two: Piccolo's mastery of the Kaioken would get him familiar with the properties of his new Namekian based version of it. Hell, maybe Piccolo, genius fighter that he is, develops this type of technique on his own. Imagine that, a Kaioken that actually heals you!
|Piccolo by PhazeN1 of Deviantart|
After the yearlong training session, Piccolo is wished back. At this point he surpasses resurrected Frieza's first form by a large margin. I would say, to make things pointlessly cyclical, to put him a little over resurrected Frieza's second form/second suppressed state. That's a respectable level for a year of hard training with these new power boosting techniques. I wouldn't even mind putting him over Final Form resurrected Frieza, but I'm more conservative with my power level increases (I literally shuddered at Frieza's ridiculous FnF gains). Now that he's back, the events of the DBS manga kick in and he has 5 days to train for the new tournament along with Buu who he's greatly surpassed. Whis decides to train them both hard, seeing a godly nature in them. Whis is also fairly impressed with Piccolo's training gains in only a year. He finds it remarkable that someone who isn't a genius like Freiza can attain such power so quickly.
From here Piccolo can enter the tournament as is and be somewhat of a threat. I'm fine if he stops here, but since I'm a Piccolo fanboy let's train him up some more. He takes on Buu as a training partner and they get training from Whis himself. They get the same training as Goku and Vegeta. Piccolo starts at a comparable power as them and Buu is just durable as hell, so they survive the Beerus training and Whis' trials. Buu gains a huge boost in power from this alone and Piccolo jumps up a little as well. They are both chucked inside of Whis' staff and learn to "not let their ki leak out." I'm still not sure what that means or what it does, but it seems to make people godly so they learn that. Piccolo and Buu have godly potential inside of them. Piccolo because he absorbed Kami who has been shown throughout the show to be a legit godly being. Even Dende could sense Beerus and I don't think he's any more proficient as a Kami than Kami himself (even though his Dragon Balls are better). Katas, Kami/Piccolo's father may even be some type of deific being. Who knows, but that's my fast lane method for getting Piccolo up to snuff for the tournament in DBS. Here you have character motivation for getting stronger (getting one shotted by Frieza while trying to protect Gohan), a clear route for training, some good power boosting techniques that aren't too far outside the realm of reality, and some really powerful trainers and training methods. Piccolo could easily become a beast if some care was put into his character progression. My hopes for decent sub character development was shattered a long time ago so I don't expect anything close to this in this new anime (yup I'm a downer).
Tien - I wouldn't get too crazy with Tien's power boost. My first priority would be the beginning of a shift in Tien's role in the series. You see, in Dragon Ball Online, Akira Toriyama wrote a story about the future of the Dragon Ball Universe (about 200 years later). In the future, it is known that Tien is the founder of The New Crane School of martial arts (http://dragonball.wikia.com/wiki/New_Crane_School). Many consider the game's story as canon material since Toriyama is said to have been heavily involved with the game's production. Anyways, I'd like to see Tien and Krillin slowly shift to their roles as masters in the new show. But to start, Tien always trains. He does it non-stop and never gives up. The logical step would be for Tien to get his potential unlocked by Moori (if he can), Elder Kai, and then fully master the Kaioken technique which all might put him on the level of a fully powered Super Saiyan or Super Saiyan 2. But that's played out and boring at this point. I think Tien has the potential to discover some show breaking techniques on his own anyway and not share it with the rest of the cast Seriously, he is that gifted!
Anyways, continuing from Piccolo leaving King Kai's planet, we have the Earthlings all going there to train after hearing of Piccolo's amazing results. I myself would have the entire earthling cast go there for training to defend Earth since most of them came face to face with Frieza. I'd have Tien, Yamcha, and Chaozu joined by Krillin, #18, and Roshi. I think it's a great opportunity for one master to meet another and could be rife with comedy as Roshi is forced to train alongside his former pupils and a beautiful woman. Tien and Krillin make the biggest gains here. It's also discovered that #18 can't learn the Kaioken thanks to her unique energy type. King Kai notices that Tien is a natural with the technique, moreso than anyone else including Goku. Tien reveals that it's because his Kikoho technique produces a similar effect on his body and he's mastered the technique to minimize the strain on his body. Therefore his Kaioken usage is equally less strained and he can push himself to higher levels with it than the others. Fighters like Roshi, Chaozu, and maybe even Yamcha still don't learn the full Kaioken...okay I'll throw Yamcha a bone and say he learns it too. Roshi gets a power boost similar to what the boys did before when they trained during the Frieza arc. #18 and Chaozu get a slight power boost. Every Earthling basically takes what they learned from King Kai home with them and uses it as a foundation for their new personal training, especially Tien. He goes ham with it (no, not Oolong :-/).
So Tien tests the upward limits of the Kaioken and discovers that he can take it really far before it starts to really rip his body up. Then he starts testing it with his other techniques like multiform and Kikiho and discovers some powerful combinations. During one training session, he strains his body too far and discovers a new limit in himself. Now this is where my Tien power scaling reaches a branching path. Path 1 will be the logical path, using only methods shown so far in Dragon Ball, while Path 2 will be something more fanciful, with my own addition to the lore, but not very far from what we've seen.
|Fan made Mystic Tien|
|Three eyed, four armed human? Sounds legit.|
Gohan - This is definitely the easiest powerup on today's list. Gohan has always had all the potential in the world, starting out with a power greater than all the martial artists on Earth and growing exponentially from there. He's had his potential unlocked literally three times in the show so far and some of the latest chapters of the Dragon Ball Super manga reveal that Vegeta thinks that he has even more potential still. The sky is the limit for this man and he will continuously surpass it and then fall waaaaaaaaay below it because Toriyama and whoever else deem it necessary for whatever reason to repeat this character regression endlessly. All Gohan really needs is another BS powerup from the latest revealed deity, which would be Whis. If we aren't just giving powerups away then Gohan has several paths he could consider. Path 1 will be the standard one, path 2 will be one that's a little less obvious and much more character driven, and path 3 will be one that I'm having some fun thinking up.
Gohan gets Super Saiyan God and then Super Saiyan Blue. This is standard and at this point, very boring. I'd much rather see Gohan tread his own path to power (no pun intended). But this is the most obvious way he could get stronger. Since he would want to get stronger after Piccolo's death and his own humiliation at Frieza's hands, he might go to Whis for training. Most likely he'd skip red haired Super Saiyan God form and go straight to blue (still not sure how this works). Gohan might even just seek Goku for training and attain the form by training with him or Vegeta or both. Very standard, very boring. And now we'd have three blue haired characters doing the same types of moves *yawn*.
Okay, this is a little more interesting. After being humiliated by Frieza and having his master killed in front of his very eyes, a useless feeling Gohan goes on his own training journey to get powerful again. He attempts self training to get his stamina and control of his full power again. He fully unlocks his powers again (black haired form) through vigorous self training. Vegeta gives him tips for a good daily regiment and Bulma makes a gravity chamber modification to his house. On his own, Gohan powers up past his Buu saga Ultimate self and seeks a method to even surpass that. He considers the path that his father and Vegeta are taking, but the Elder Kai contacts him and tells him that there is another way. He explains to Gohan that the ways Whis trains are suitable only for those who wish to destroy. He then tells Gohan that there is a way for Gohan to become a more gentle god than one like Beerus. He tells Gohan that it is possible for a god to be both strong and gentle like himself, a god that cares for all life. He opens Gohan up to the path of the Kai's and Gohan attains a different sort of god form this way, one that is the most serene yet. He always stays in a relaxed looking base form no matter how strong he gets, but he has power on par with Goku and Vegeta.
Gohan goes the route of true martial arts disciple after his humiliation at Frieza's hands. As Gohan has never really been a fully fledged "martial artist" I figured it'd be some fun character development for him. He can seek out training from the various Z fighters and even learn some of their techniques. Mainly it would just be an arc about Gohan learning the virtues of fighting and learning to enjoy it as his peers and masters do. He could learn from Roshi, Tien, Piccolo (again), Vegeta, King Kai, Whis, etc. Then after that he could do some intense self training and with his ridiculously high potential that would probably automatically put him at Goku and Vegeta's SSB level. This path just turns Gohan into a battle freak like Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta, and Tien. It's fun though and a major change for Gohan. He'd still remain his pacifist self, but have a newfound love and respect for fighting. Now, he'd always find some time to train, at least every so often.
Buu - Since this is getting so long, I'll make Mr. Buu the last one I do today. Buu has a lot of paths open to him as well when it comes to gaining greater strength. First and foremost, we know nothing of Buu's potential. We don't even know all there is to know of his physiology. He's magical in nature and for all we know could be constantly getting stronger just from breathing. I would guess that that's not the case, but what do we know? I think Mr. Buu does have a high potential to get much stronger. I think with proper training that Buu could easily get to Golden Frieza and SSB level. He already starts with an amazingly high base. Buu was also a life form that the Kais feared so in many ways he's higher than even the gods in the universal heirarchy. His function seemed to even be on par with what god's of destruction did. Maybe he was once an out of control god of destruction, who knows? Buu might even be able to surpass Beerus in only a week, anything is possible with him since we know so little. I'll try to ground this with the two path approach, maybe more.
|Buu absorbed this god eons ago, the Grand Supreme Kai|
Buu absorbed a god (the god of gods, Daikaioshin) and thusly has god ki. Simple, right? Whis sees this in him and trains him to bring this power out though "without it leaking." This is a very straightforward way of giving Buu God Ki and a shot at attaining higher levels.
Buu is already a godly being and can access God Ki whenever he wants to. With simple training Whis is able to help him unlock this.
Buu's magical nature makes it so that his potential is insanely high and with intense basic training he is able to far surpass even Freiza. He also gains some new abilities through magic, like splitting himself into two characters with unique personalities, Skinny Grey and Buff Pink. Okay, I'm having a little too much fun with this one, but the point is that he gains some new magical techniques. Buu could benefit from some Whis training, but if Whis only trains those with God Ki potential and if Buu doesn't have such potential (in this scenario) then maybe Buu finds a different trainer. Maybe the Piccolo scenario I made above has this powered up Piccolo decide to train Buu so that they could rightfully defend Earth. These two do have some similar abilities and Buu did take over Piccolo's spot as Dragon Ball's resident demon. Maybe his super form would look something like Super Buu.
Buu absorbs someone really strong. I think this one is highly unlikely. It's one of those "bad guy" techniques that the good guys just don't use. Think about Piccolo's giant form, Vegeta's Oozaru, and Tien's Four Witches. There are just certain techniques that get dropped to make a character a good guy and the absorption will be one of them, mark my words. Besides that, it'll just be ineffective against stronger opponents.
|Created by Justice 71 of Deviantart|
Well that wraps up this exciting episode of Dragon Ball Fanboy. Next time we'll talk about ways to power up Goten, Trunks, Krillin, and #18.
Thanks for reading this article my glorious readers! You all have a great week ahead!
Part 2: http://belartscorner.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-dragon-ball-fanboy-vs-akira-toriyama.html