Jun 18, 2021
Many wishes have been granted upon the mysticalÂ Dragon Balls, but not all of them are equal. Some, such as Oolong's wish for panties,Â are rather petty. Others like the resurrection of Upa's father, Bora, are small but highly meaningful.Â A few, however,Â have been so profoundÂ that they'veÂ altered the trajectory of the entire Dragon Ball franchise.
Of all the wishes acrossÂ Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Super and beyond, which are the most essential ones ever made? These are the top five wishes made on the various Dragon Balls thatÂ changed the story in some significant way.
1. Porunga Revives Piccolo
Early on the Dragon Balls restored characters who had passed on, such as Master Roshi and Krillin during the Piccolo Saga. However, whenÂ Porunga restored Piccolo, the heroes of Dragon Ball Z managed to subvert Porunga's greatest limitation -- only one person can be resurrected per wish -- to restore the Dragon Balls on Earth. This wasÂ effectively the culmination of the Namek Saga -- why Krillin and Gohan flew all the way to Namek in the first place. While it did help turn the tide briefly against Frieza, Piccolo's resurrection also resurrected Kami, and thus the Earth's Dragon Balls.
2. Porunga Restores the Earth After Majin Buu's Destruction
Come the end of Dragon Ball Z, Majin Buu -- now Kid Buu -- had essentially eradicated everythingÂ as many planets, including Earth, were destroyed.Â Vegeta used Dende to make his first two wishes on Porunga (who was now upgraded toÂ resurrectÂ any number of lives): restore Earth, thenÂ bring back all the lives Buu ended, save for the most evil ones.
This not only helped remedy the damage left behind by Buu, but also laid the groundwork for Goku to begin charging up his Spirit Bomb. While the third wish to restore Goku's power helped lead to Buu's defeat, the tide would never have turned without those first two instrumental steps.
3. Shenron Explains How to Become a Super Saiyan God
The existence of the Super Saiyan God completely altered the trajectory that Dragon Ball Super would follow. However, without the Dragon Balls, theÂ form would have remained somewhat of a mystery. Shenron's explanation of how to achieveÂ Super Saiyan God opened up a new plateau of power for the Z Fighters. While the wish is not particularly flashy or complicated, its ramifications led to all the events ofÂ Super and beyond. Without Shenron's wish, Goku would have been demolished by Golden Frieza -- assuming he even survived Beerus's world-destroying wrath.
4. Super Shenron: Restoration of the Universes
At two points in Dragon Ball Super, Super Shenron restores the greater multiverse from obliteration. While the first time occurs following the collection of the Super Dragon Balls, the restoration at the end of the Tournament of Power is far more instrumental in theÂ course of the series. The first wish resulted in Universe 6 being restored and altered,Â but the second wish, made by Android 17, restored the other Universes following their destruction during the Tournament of Power.
5. Black-Star Dragon Balls Turn Goku Into a Child
The Black-Star Dragon Balls are far from the most widelyÂ appreciated in the franchise, but Dragon Ball GT's iconicÂ setÂ is just as impactful toÂ its seriesÂ as Shenron explaining Super Saiyan God was in Dragon Ball Super. Pilaf's wish to turn Goku back into a kid did two key things. It transformed Goku of course, but it also turned Earth into a ticking time bomb.
This very momentÂ spursÂ all of the subsequent events in Dragon Ball GT. It's due to the Black-Star Dragon Balls that Piccolo was ultimately destroyed when Earth temporarily blew up. Most disturbing of all, it's because of this wish thatÂ GT, in turn, helped end the Dragon Ball franchise for over a decade. That alone is a sign of its impact.About The Author