In the recent Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie, fans were introduced to an all-new iteration of the character. First appearing in the 1993 movie, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan, he was presented as the true Saiyan of legend with power unseen in over a millennium. This movie resulted in multiple movie sequels, appearances in video games, & more as Broly quickly became a character in the same tier of popularity as Goku, Gohan, & Vegeta. However, he never was canon until 2018’s Dragon Ball Super Broly. This version had a whole new origin & different abilities which has helped cement this as the best movie in recent memory for Dragon Ball. Let’s explore the differences between the two versions of Broly.
The original version of Broly was born in Age 737, around the time Goku was born. However, as babies Goku’s long periods of crying caused psychological disruptions to an infant Broly. This was considered to be the beginning of their grudge. Instead of exile, King Vegeta sentenced both Paragus & Broly to death although thanks to Broly’s power level they survived & escaped upon Frieza destroying Planet Vegeta. Broly in this version was somewhat unstable as he matured, so Paragus used a control device to keep Broly under control. This lasted until Broly’s rage becomes unleashed & he transforms into the Legendary Super Saiyan.
This version of Broly had 3 primary versions of his Super Saiyan form depending on his state of mind. When he was under his father’s control, the suppressed state resulted in Broly having blue-to-purple colored hair while his power slowly increases beyond that of a traditional Super Saiyan form. By that it’s meant that it starts out weaker as a transformation power-up but as time goes on Broly is able to increase his power in the form. The second form is more like a traditional Super Saiyan form without losing complete control & bulking up like the Hulk.
He uses this form for a good amount of screen time in Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming, however he eventually transformed into his berserker state. This berserker mind state is Broly’s most famous form as he bulks up vastly yet doesn’t slow down or suffer from his increased mass. His power level also seems to sky-rocket to far beyond a Super Saiyan 2 level yet not enough to defeat Goku, Gohan, Goten & Trunks together. His hair also adopts a slightly green tint in this form in most interpretations.
Broly in Dragon Ball Super was born around the time Vegeta was born which was Age 732. Broly was sent away to a far planet instead of sentenced to death by King Vegeta who was jealous of Broly’s power level compared to Prince Vegeta. Paragus left in search of Broly soon after finding him & raising him to become a great warrior while they were stuck on the planet Vampa. The Frieza Force eventually found Broly & his father, taking them to Earth where he fights Goku & Vegeta. In this version of the character he’s less mentally insane & more so simply manipulated by his father. Goku even notices this & helps Broly when he escapes hoping they can be allies in the future.
Broly’s forms in this version are more unique than the original Broly. This is because before he turns Super Saiyan he enters a transformation called Wrath State, which is essentially the harnessing of a Great Ape’s power in a saiyan’s base form. The drawback of this form is the mental control it takes to not lose control similar to the traditional Great Ape form. When Broly does become Super Saiyan, he does so essentially building off of his Wrathful State & has a green aura with it.
This form is strong enough to fight Super Saiyan Blue Goku & Vegeta at the same time. When pushed even further Broly transformed into his Legendary Super Saiyan form, which in the Dragon Ball Super universe was first seen by the character Kale from Universe 6. However, it appears Broly’s version of the form is much stronger as he fought Gogeta Blue which resulted in them shattering through dimensions due to the level of power.
For those wondering who would win in a fight, the answer is the Dragon Ball Super version by a large margin. Dragon Ball Super’s version of Broly could likely defeat the original Legendary Super Saiyan Broly without even turning Super Saiyan.