According to the official Dragon Ball Secret Battle Hour poll, fans have now crowned the strongest franchise character of 2024.
Secret Hour of Battle, an online tournament held on Enjoy the chance to choose who wins. The 2024 victory went to Broly, the Legendary Super Saiyan, who took down Bardock in the competition — Goku’s father and a fellow Saiyan warrior — with 8.8k likes and 3.8k retweets.
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Broly vs. Bardock: Their powers and stories in the Dragon Ball series
Broly is one of many powerful and iconic characters in the Dragon Ball franchise, but only he is known as the legendary Super Saiyan. Born with extraordinary levels of power on the Saiyan homeworld of Planet Vegeta, Broly’s immense power was such a threat to King Vegeta that he and his father Paragus were ordered to be executed. However, both survived and escaped the destruction of Planet Vegeta. Broly was raised on a distant planet and over time his powers became uncontrollable, manifesting as destructive and frenzied energy. Throughout the various Dragon Ball storylines, Broly demonstrates unparalleled strength, easily overwhelming his enemies and earning the title of Legendary Super Saiyan. His abilities include energy projection, rapid power-ups, and a unique form of green energy. Despite his chaotic nature, Broly remains a formidable and very memorable character in the Dragon Ball universe.
Bardock is also a key character in the Dragon Ball franchise as a Saiyan warrior but is primarily known as Goku’s father. He served as a low-ranking soldier under Frieza’s command until he became suspicious of Frieza’s intentions and suspected the destruction of Planet Vegeta. In a desperate attempt to stop Frieza’s plans, Bardock launched a solo attack on Frieza’s spaceship. Despite his valiant efforts, Bardock died in the destruction of Planet Vegeta. His legacy is marked by a rebellious spirit and a tragic death. Bardock possesses unique Saiyan abilities, including enhanced strength, speed, and the ability to harness and increase his power through combat.
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In the classic story, there is a significant gap between Bardock’s power and Broly’s power, with Broly taking the lead. The voting results of Secret Battle Hour certainly showed this, although many fans took the opportunity to object in the comments section for their own reasons. Some users emphasized that the competition between likes and retweets definitely favors the former, meaning Broly has won. Other users suggested that Bardock was the right choice because winning the Secret Hour of Battle for Bardock could show the creators that they want a new canon Bardock storyline.
Fans who want to witness Broly’s full power will want to read the Dragon Ball Super manga, while those interested in seeing more about Bardock specifically can check out Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku, available now to stream via Funimation. The main Dragon Ball anime series is currently available to watch on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Prime Video.
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