Dragon Ball Z‘s Nice Saiyaman Saga marked a daring new course for the sequence. Following the climactic occasions of the Cell Video games, readers of the manga and viewers of the anime had been thrust from the world-ending, dramatic stakes of the earlier arc to a extra low-key have a look at Gohan’s adolescence, as he struggles to steadiness his educational pursuits together with his martial arts.
Enter Videl — Gohan’s classmate and daughter of Mr. Devil, the person who took the credit score for Cell’s defeat seven years prior. Whereas Gohan places forth a meek, awkward persona, Videl is brash, powerful and unafraid to talk her thoughts. Because the daughter of the self-proclaimed world champion, Videl takes up super-heroics in her spare time however finds herself undermined by the brand new caped crusader on the block, the Nice Saiyaman — a thinly disguised Gohan.
It does not take lengthy for Videl to work out the Nice Saiyaman’s true id, and he or she makes use of this info to blackmail Gohan into giving her flying classes. Her martial arts tutelage below Gohan makes for some memorable scenes during which a (comparatively) regular particular person comes nose to nose with the abject weirdness of the Dragon Ball world, encountering ideas each followers and the characters have taken without any consideration similar to ki manipulation and flight with contemporary eyes.
Videl’s assertiveness and rough-and-tumble persona contrasting along with her schoolgirl crush on Gohan make her a pleasure to observe, however sadly her position within the story did not final. After registering within the twenty fifth World Martial Arts Event, Videl comes nose to nose with Spopovich — who’s secretly below the thoughts management of the warlock Babidi — and finally ends up on the receiving finish of a one-sided beating.
Following the occasion, Videl will get pushed to the sequence’ sidelines for the remainder of the Buu Saga. She and Gohan later marry off-screen in the course of the ten-year timeskip, and he or she provides delivery to a quarter-Saiyan daughter, Pan. Following the franchise’s lengthy hiatus, Videl would go on to play a task in 2013’s Battle of Gods. Going down throughout her being pregnant with Pan, Videl takes half in Goku’s Tremendous Saiyan God ceremony, channeling her unborn daughter’s ki to assist energy up her father-in-law.
For the remainder of Dragon Ball Tremendous, Videl is as soon as once more relegated to the sidelines. Worse nonetheless, her once-abrasive persona has been utterly sanded all the way down to that of a docile housewife. It isn’t that being a housewife inherently negates being a badass — Android 18 exhibits that completely attainable to be each on the similar time — however Tremendous by no means provides Videl something cool to do once more.
On the very least, she will get one candy character second in Episode 76 of Tremendous — the place Gohan’s actor rival Barry Kahn tries to trick her into considering Gohan is an adulterer, however she refuses to rise to the bait. Dragon Ball hardly ever performs romance sincerely, and situations similar to potential adultery would often be performed as a gag. That Videl rebukes the cost in such a honest method stands out as a uncommon, heartfelt romantic second in a franchise typically missing in such.
For now, it looks like Gohan’s spouse has retired from the martial artists’ life, which is a superb disgrace given how a lot potential she had within the Nice Saiyaman Saga. Nonetheless, with the upcoming Dragon Ball Tremendous: Tremendous Hero promising a outstanding position for Pan, many followers are hopeful her dad and mom will get in on the motion too. Whether or not that involves cross or not, issues would possibly lastly be wanting up for poor, uncared for Videl.