Majin Buu’s Strongest Transformation:
It has been almost 20 years since the final major story arc of Dragon Ball Z – the Majin Buu saga, was broadcasted all over the globe, fans have been left divided on a certain discussion regarding the pink-skinned supervillain. The debate that rages on to date is that which form of Majin Buu, provided that the number of forms Majin Buu has ranges about almost a dozen is the most powerful of them all. Many would-be quick to claim that it is Kid Buu that is Majin Buu’s strongest avatar. But on closer inspection, any Dragon Ball fan would admit that is, in reality, a wrong notion.
To add more salt to the pot of confusion is the scene where Kid Buu emerges from the Super Buu cocoon. After coming out in all his glory, Vegeta is quick to claim that he is rather unsure whether the final form of Majin Buu – Kid Buu, is stronger than Super Buu or the weaker version. Kid Buu’s strength might not have increased as much after his last transformation. On the KaiPlanet, Goku then makes a contradictory statement. He states that Majin Buu is now stronger than ever in his Kid Buu form. Vegeta makes one statement while Goku makes a completely different claim. This complicated matters even further. But thankfully, we are here to clear the confusion for now and ever.
Goku is brought back to life and he soon tries to do his best to fight Super Buu, who has merged with Gotenks in Super Saiyan 3 form as well as Piccolo. Gohan is on his last leg trying to defeat him. Goku and Gohan hatch a plan to defeat Super Buu by trying to merge themselves. But that part of their plan fails hilariously. The only chance Goku had was combining his powers with Gohan since the Elder Kai had warned him that Super Buu has become more powerful than Goku in his Super Saiyan 3 form after Buu absorbed Gotenks and Piccolo.
Then Goku realizes he does not need to merge with Gohan to get the combined power of two super Saiyans in one body. He can do that with Vegeta too. Gohan is soon absorbed by Super Buu, whose powers have undergone a drastic increase. Goku and Vegeta finally look past their differences and merge to form Vegito. Vegito has the requisite power to take down Super Buu but he too almost succumbs to Super Buu’s might. Super Buu loses that fight momentarily but the fact that he could keep up with Vegito, who has the power of two of the most powerful super Saiyans to ever exist, speaks volumes of his skills.
It is quite difficult to measure Super Buu’s abilities since we did not see him fight to his limits in the battle against Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, and the rest of the Z Fighters. Mistaking Kid Buu to be stronger than Super Buu would be normal since Kid Buu has had a little more menacing screen time than Super Buu did. All Super Buu did was keep absorbing the Z Fighters, adding onto the strength of Majin Buu using his candy beam. Kid Buu, on the other hand, was a pure harbinger of chaos and destruction – in other words, a true supervillain fitting enough to be the last and final supervillain in the legendary Dragon Ball Z anime and manga saga.
Let us movie towards Kid Buu for a second now. The only person who was aware of Kid Buu’s true strength was Kibito Kai – the rest of the warriors had no idea about Kid Buu’s true power. And here’s why we believe is the greatest reason for Kid Buu’s power being inferior to Super Buu. Goku has gone toe to toe with both Fat Buu and Kid Buu in his Super Saiyan 3 form. We are in no way saying that Fat Buu is in the same leagues as Kid Buu.
Kid Buu is miles ahead of Fat Buu and Vegeta in terms of power levels. But even then, Goku in his Super Saiyan 3 form, sustained himself in a fight against Kid Buu. That was something Elder Kai advised against when Goku tried to fight Super Buu without fusing with another Super Saiyan. The Elder Kai said that Goku can never defeat Super Buu in his Super Saiyan 3 form. With Kid Buu, Super Saiyan 3 Goku at least managed to have an equal, of not a higher, footing.
There can be multiple reasons why Kid Buu is mistaken to be stronger than Super Buu. The normal flow of events in Dragon ball has always been linearly progressive. Take for example the Cell saga and the Frieza saga. With each passing episode, both Frieza and Cell transformed multiple times, with each transformation revealing a form more powerful than its preceding version. Since Kid Buu claimed that it was Majin Buu’s final transformation, everyone believed that it was his strongest form, just like Frieza’s Golden Form and Cell’s Perfect cell form. But Dragon Ball Z has turned tales several times. With the Majin Buu saga, they turned the tide by making Kid Buu the weaker version of Majin Buu. Goku even fought Kid Buu in an un-fused Super Saiyan state.
The other reason is that Kid Buu is a lot more evil than Super Buu. The first act of Kid Buu after coming out of the transformation sequence was destroying the planet in seconds. Kid Buu was more unhinged, volatile, unpredictable and violent than Super Buu, who remained relatively calm and composed in a fight. There is a popular theory that if Goku had more time, he could have defeated Kid Buu in only his Super Saiyan 3 form. Another fan theory claims that Kid Buu was more dangerous than Super Buu because he was more prone to not back down, his rage always making him stand back up for another round of barrages. Even Majin Vegeta’s Super Saiyan 2 Final Flash attack was enough to disintegrate Kid Buu in the manga. It was only because of Buu’s regeneration powers that he came back to life again.
Another fact that everybody ignores is that Super Buu did not just absorb his enemies’ abilities when he used his candy beam on them. Every time he absorbed a foe, Super Buu became stronger as well as smarter. Amongst all the Z fighters, the most level headed and tactically brilliant is Piccolo. His calculated nature was something Super Buu imbibed fully within himself. He became smarter and used tricks and deceptive tactics to gain the upper hand. When Super Buu transformed into Kid Buu, all that hard-earned battle awareness and martial intelligence of all the Z fighters he had absorbed in his Super Buu form went down the drain.
Vegito, the fused form of Vegeta and Goku, is one of the greatest fused Saiyan warriors in the Dragon Ball universe, second only to Gogeta. The Potara earrings were used to fight Majin Buu. Vegito has fought both Super Buu and Kid Buu. Kid Buu managed to destroy the Earth because he had a head start. Super Buu would have also managed to wipe out the planet if he had that advantage. It was only because Vegito meddled that Super Buu could not complete the task.
With Kid Buu, the final fight would have ended differently if Vegito had more time. The Saiyan pride was the result of Vegito failing to defeat Kid Buu. Later Goku used the Spirit Bomb attack to destroy Kid Buu, who disintegrated upon impact with the SuperMassive Spirit Bomb. To date, Kid Buu remains the only supervillain to have been killed by a Spirit Bomb attack.
So yeah, it would be quite a common mistake to think that Kid Buu’s violent and evil nature makes him more powerful than Super Buu. Sure the former is more dangerous but in terms of pure combat prowess, Super Buu would wipe the floor with Kid Buu any day.