Naruto and Goku. Super Saiyan 4 and Sage mode. Eerie similarities between the two characters that shows more than meets the eye. O_o
Hey everyone, it’s Tenrai Senshi here with a new random post focusing on a pretty much meaningless observation on my part, but one that is nonetheless interesting to note for those who may find it intriguing.
That observation involves two leading characters from two very popular anime/manga franchises, those being Dragon Ball and Naruto. Of course, the subject of comparison I am referring to is none other than the similarities between Naruto’s newly acquired Sage Mode form and Goku’s Super Saiyan 4 transformation.
But it doesn’t stop there…
As I am sure you have noticed by now, just by looking at the above screen, that both the Sage Mode and Super Saiyan 4 transformations share surprisingly similar aesthetic features. Both characters’ eyes turn a golden colour from their original hue and both have a red lining around the eyes as well.
It isn’t just similar, it is near identical in both the shading of the colours and the overall appearance, other than the fact that Naruto’s pupils change shape.
Beyond simple aesthetics, both also have very similar physical benefits for their user, in that they increase their strength drastically beyond their normal levels, grant them near indestructibility and improve other physical traits as well.
One has to wonder though, is this astounding similarity just a coincidence, or did Kishi simply take ques from another popular hero in light of Goku’s presence in the world of anime and manga?
This realization brought out the idea that it may be more than just their transformations that are similar between the two characters and when we look deeper, we can find quite a lot to work with.
When you think about it, there are actually a lot of similarities between Naruto and Goku beyond those shared in both of their most powerful transformations. They are also very similar in character as well.
In the beginning, when we are fist introduced to either Naruto and Goku, both share many qualities. They both appear to be very dense, and are often portrayed as dimwitted or naive. At the same time, both have shown a remarkable instinct in battle that lets them overcome opponents that are stronger – and supposedly smarter – than they are.
Both Naruto and Goku are also known for their excessively veracious appetites and have both demonstrated an unusual tenacity to eat far beyond any capacity that the natural laws of nature, physics, or universe in general should ever allow.
Beyond that, it’s easy to see where and how their personalities match up as well. Naruto is known for his determination, his compassion and his inspiring personality. He is willing to go to any length to protect those he feels are close to him and he has a strong sense of justice that compels him to step in when he feels a situation is unfair or dishonorable.
These are all traits that almost seem to be drawn straight from our DBZ hero himself.
Looking even deeper than that, there are a few other similarities beyond the norm, like, for instance, the fact that both Naruto and Goku have anti-hero type rivals in the form of Sasuke and Vegeta respectively.
In fact, Sasuke’s character as he was before the time skip matches Vegeta’s personality in many ways. He comes across as very cold and uncaring at first (Vegeta when he first arrives on earth) but slowly develops a rivalry with the hero that eventually leads to a mutual respect (like Vegeta with Goku after he defeated Frieza). Despite that, they both have a strong sense of pride and are always looking to push themselves to try stay ahead.
In both cases, they also formed unwilling friendships that eventually grew over time and both eventually turned on those friendships for the pursuit of power (Vegeta accepting Babidi’s mark to become Majin Vegeta and Sasuke with the cursed seal and Orochimaru’s influence).
When you take all of these factors into consideration and add them up, we are left with an interesting thought. It stands to reason that Goku, in many ways, depicts the image of an ideal hero. He is compassionate, loyal, friendly, kind and has a powerful sense of justice. He is also strong when he needs to be and knows when he needs to fight to protect what is important.
In a way, it isn’t surprising that Kishi might look to such an admirable and popular idol for the basis of his own now famous hero. I guess when you see a winning formula that works, sometimes it pays off to learn from that success. Even Kishi himself has mentioned that Goku’s character was an inspiration.
Finally, I decided to end things off with a bit of a character comparison just for the fun of it. Some may be relevant, others just my own silly connections, but hopefully some of you find it amusing.
Naruto and Goku:
This one was obvious and pretty much the focus of this post. Not only do they share the position of leading characters in either of their respective stories, they are also similar in just about every other way, from their ideals to their astonishing appetites. The near identical features between Sage Mode and Super Saiyan 4 are just the icing on the cake.
Sasuke and Vegeta:
Both of these characters play as rivals to the main characters of each of their respective stories as well and both come across as somewhat cold and ruthless. They are also both inclined to take drastic measures to acquire power in order to achieve their goals.
Sakura and Chichi:
Well, this one is an interesting comparison. Let’s just say that both subjects are noisy, violent and very abusive to their male counterparts in most typical circumstances. They also have an unusual tenacity to show inhumane strength when it comes to beating up said male counterparts. In the same breath, in a real battle, they are both mostly useless when it counts.
Gaara and Piccolo:
Having both been former enemies of the main protagonist, they eventually had a change of heart – and personality – and became strong allies in league with the good guys.
Jiraiya and Master Roshi:
I don’t think I even need to bother explaining how these two are similar, beyond saying that they were both teachers and master figures each respective main protagonist in their series. Other than that, lets just say when it comes to the title of most perverted old man, Jiraiya and Roshi have met their match in one another.
Orochimaru and Frieza:
In this case, both subjects have a gender identity crisis, have pale skin, favor the colour purple and both just like randomly killing stuff for no particular reason. They also both have a particular hatred towards – and in some ways a respectful fear for – a certain specific race/clan of warriors in each of their respective stories, which brings us to our last comparison…
The Uchiha Clan and the Saiyan Race:
Both the Uchiha clan and the Saiyan race depict a group of very proud and powerful warriors that were highly revered in either of their respective stories. At the same time, both were also completely wiped out (go figure), leaving only a few known survivors remaining. Being strong, proud to the point of showing arrogance and also sharing the aesthetic feature of all having black hair, there are quite a few similarities one can find between these two groups if you just look carefully, despite the vastly different worlds they come from.
Anyway, that’s all I decided on with regards to comparisons for now. If anyone has any other similarities they would like to point out, feel free to comment! To end things off, here’s an AMV I found for just the occasion. 😄
I hope you enjoyed the post! ^ ^