Dragon Ball Super Moro God of Destruction Before Beerus:
Up until now, Goku and Vegeta had not faced a villain so overwhelmingly powerful before they met Moro. Lord Beerus was the first villain in a long time that Goku found him-self hilariously out-matched against. With Super Saiyan God, he at least stood a chance against him. Against Jiren, Goku had a game plan and was able to unlock Ultra Instinct to turn the tables.
But with Moro, no matter what the Saiyan throws out of his arsenal, the magician is a step ahead all the time. Moro could be the villain that Goku might never be able to defeat after all. But who is this mysterious fella? All we know is that Moro was once an ancient sorcerer who went berserk and the Gods had to band together to stop him. There just might be more to his origins than what meets the eye.
Before we dive into this amazing theory, we need to lay down the groundwork. Let us talk about Moro a bit first.
Who is this guy?
His appearance is that of a large humanoid goat. He has blue skin and two curved horns that make him look like a two-legged Ram. After being imprisoned for several millennia, Moro became old and had a crouched figure. He had wrinkles over his face and beard as well as a hunch. Moro can absorb life energy. His level of power absorption is unlike anything we have ever seen in the anime or manga.
Moro can absorb the life energy of an entire plant or civilization in a matter of a few seconds. Only after absorbing half of New Namek’s life force, Moro becomes visibly younger. After absorbing Goku and Vegeta’s Super Saiyan energies, he grew even stronger. By the time he had sapped out all of New Namek’s life forces, Moro was more or less back to his prime. That is how dangerous the guy is.
Moro has no qualms when it comes to taking lives. He is more than happy to kill and main if it adds on to his powers. Back in ancient times, Moro was the bane of the entire Universe 7. He led to the conquest and destruction of the entire Iragi star system. Later on, Moro was responsible for the death of about 320 planets. His power and tyranny grow up to such an extent that Moro comes under the notice of the Gods. The Grand Supreme Kai and the South Supreme Kai joined forces to end Moro’s dark reign. During his fight with the two Kais, Moro uses powerful magic to summon and pelt the two Gods with huge comets. When that does not work, he uses his energy absorption powers to kill and steal the life force of a nearby planet. The Grand Supreme Kai is forced to use up all his Godly Energy to defeat Moro and knock him down.
Moro is sentenced to death. His magic is sealed away by the Gods and he is handed over to the Galactic Patrol. Even without his magic, Moro is too strong to be killed so he is locked away in a prison far off in a dark corner of the universe for a period of 10 Million years. He later manages to free himself and uses the Dragon Balls to free his henchmen and thus begins the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga, where Moro gathers up his forces to conquer the universe one more time. Only Goku, Vegeta, and the rest of the Z Fighters stand in his way.
The entire origin story of Moro sounds like some kind of ancient folk tale. Moro’s journey from evil sorcerer to a universal scourge that was vanquished by the collective might of the Gods sounds too good to be true. There has to be more to the story than what meets the eye. A mortal being cannot gain so much power to rival that of God. And what is even more surprising is that the Gods took notice and decided to oppose him when it was way too late and Moro had become too strong already.
We smell something fishy here. Are the Gods of the Dragon Ball Universe hiding something?
Was Moro a former God of Destruction who was ousted from his position by the other Elder Gods?
Let’s dive into the theory.
A God of Destruction is not a being but rather a mantle, a position that is handed down from one being to another of the same universe with the only criterion being that he or she needs to be more powerful than the predecessor. Generally, the role of a God of Destruction is given to the strongest individual in each respective universe. Currently, Beerus is the God of Destruction of Universe 7. A God of Destruction is neither good nor evil. His role is purely to destroy the life that threatens the existence of the universe and hinders the development of other life forms in the cosmos. They do not kill indiscriminately. They only kill mortal beings that hamper the growth of life itself. Thus they can be considered a force of the universe that works towards its greater good, creating a form of balance within the cradle of creation.
When it comes to Moro, we believe that he already fulfills some major criteria shown by the other Gods of Destruction as shown in the Dragon Ball Super series. The first clue is that he believes himself to be superior to every other mortal beings in the universe. This is not arrogance but actual confidence. His abilities make him far superior to Goku and Vegeta. His command over magic is legendary and transcends even those of the Gods. Moro is way more powerful than any mortal of the Dragon Ball Universe. There is some weight to that claim.
The second flag is that Moro instantly recognized Goku’s Ultra Instinct ability. It is a technique available to only the Gods. Goku is the first-ever mortal in the history of the Dragon Ball Universe to master it. There is no way Moro could have recognized that the Ultra Instinct ability is no mortal technique if he hadn’t seen it before in action. Moro was quick to figure out the flaws within Goku’s Ultra Instinct Sign ability. To have that level of acumen on God Ki control requires one to have ample experience in it first-hand. Moro’s detailed knowledge about Ultra Instinct proves that he is not a mortal but him-self an entity with Godly essence.
The Grand Supreme Kai is one of the, if not the strongest Gods in the Dragon Ball Universe. At the height of his power, Moro was so strong that the Grand Supreme Kai had to sacrifice his Godly essence to seal Moro’s energy. This could have only been possible if Moro had access to Godly energy him-self since mortal Ki is no match for Godly Ki.
Last but not the least, we believe that one crucial point that every Dragon Ball Super fan has missed is that Moro was sentenced to death after he was defeated by the Grand Supreme Kai. And yet nobody could kill Moro. This it-self points to Moro’s status as an Immortal. Maybe he was strong but there are ample ways to kill even a God. But only a God with a higher position in the hierarchical order can kill a lesser god using Hakkai. Since Moro was a God of Destruction himself, the Grand Supreme Kai could not kill him through that technique since only a God of Destruction has access to it. And as a result, Moro was imprisoned and not killed.
Maybe Moro went out of control when he was a God of Destruction, killing lives, and stealing energy for him-self from planets and life-forms that were no threats to the existence of the universe. As a result, the other Gods (in Moro’s case – the Kais) had to band together to put an end to his rule once and for all. And after Moro, Lord Beerus took up the mantle and the rest is history.