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Does Super Baby 2 have enough juice to be a unique character or will he be just another Vegeta in Dragon Ball FighterZ?

Re-watching Dragon Ball GT gave me so much more context for the character

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • January 10, 2021 at 8:06 a.m. PST • Comments: 7

Super Baby 2 will be the next character to grace the cast of Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 3, but there's one question that many players still have regarding the new DLC.

Does Baby have enough going on in his gameplay and personality to provide a unique experience among the cast, or is he too much like the other versions of Vegeta already in DBFZ?

To help prepare for the launch of the Tuffle parasite, I decided to re-watch the Baby arc of Dragon Ball GT for the first time in probably 15 years, and the time spent certainly changed my perceptions a bit in those questions.

On the surface, Vegeta and Baby seem to share a ton in common on those fronts, especially considering he's controlling the Saiyan prince's body, but there's a good bit more nuance there lying just below.

Both fighters enjoy beating on their opponents with overwhelming power, but their approach is very different in the GT anime and seemingly FighterZ as well.

Vegeta is very straight forward in his approach, as he wants to simply prove he's stronger than whomever he may be up against. This means he almost always attacks enemies head on and in their face without relying on "tricks" to earn his victories because of that Saiyan pride.

Baby, on the other hand, doesn't really care how he wins. That mindset comes across well in the short snippets of gameplay that we've gotten to see thus far too.

He shoots beams off that can hit people from behind and personally attack them from the rear as well as toss Goku away with a giant swing, which are all things that generally go against Vegeta's core principles — unless you're Cell.

That is further compounded by the fact that Baby doesn't mind ganging up on his opponents considering he uses the mind-controlled Gohan, Goten and Trunks to attack Goku on Earth.

GT's first major villain is like a reverse Majin Buu since instead of absorbing everyone into himself, Baby wants to spread and infect the entire population to subjugate them as his new race of Tuffles.

It also creates probably his most unique mechanic overall in FighterZ too, as Super Baby 2 can briefly take control of the opponent's KO'd team members to use their Z Assists against their original user that hasn't been seen in the fighting game to date.

Some of Baby's animations do admittedly look almost identical to Vegeta's other movesets, like his low chop normal, but pretty much everything else that's not a standard beam attack or the Final Flash seems to be brand new to Baby.

He's also very clearly not based on the other Vegeta models in the game, as Super Baby is much larger in terms of height and just how buff he is, meaning even his stature is not the same either.

Revenge Death Ball is obviously way closer to Goku's Spirit Bomb compared to anything Vegeta ever does, and while Base Vegeta could have used Oozaru form, this is the first time we'll see the great ape in FighterZ, which fans have been asking to see for years now.

Personality is actually where the characters seem most similar. Both see themselves as responsible for restoring their almost extinct races with Frieza of course having wiped out the Saiyan homeworld where the Saiyans had previously destroyed the Tuffle civilization.

Baby hates the Saiyans, for good reason, but his character arc is meant to show that his brutal actions and desire to conquer Earth have turned him into everything he despises about those who destroyed his people.

That's probably why he most closely resembles Vegeta's original introduction in Dragon Ball Z with both invading the world to take the Dragon Balls for themselves.

Overall, Super Baby 2 seems to have clearly made his case as to why he's a good enough pick to be his own character even if he does end up with some similarities to Vegeta in the end.

"Baby's presentation as a threatening villain changes pretty drastically depending on whether you watch the original Japanese or English dubbed versions, but it has nothing to do with the voice acting or scripts"

On a slightly different note too, Baby's presentation as a threatening villain changes pretty drastically depending on whether you watch the original Japanese or English dubbed versions, but it has nothing to do with the voice acting or scripts.

Baby actually appears much more menacing in the Funimation version because of the soundtrack. The orchestrated score of the original that sounds similar to Dragon Ball's classic music is much more upbeat and makes you believe the Z Fighters have an actual shot of winning.

In English, however, GT goes for a much more rock / metal influenced soundtrack, like we got for DBZ, that actually makes Baby slowly taking over everyone's bodies a more serious affair though it does admittedly cross over into the edgy territory at times.

Super Baby 2 will be receiving his gameplay breakdown today, January 10, so we won't need to wait too much longer to see everything the first boss of GT will have to offer us all.

Perhaps my biggest takeaway from watching Dragon Ball GT again, however, is that Uub has now shot up to the list of my most wanted fighters for DBFZ.

Video via IKevinX.

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