When it comes to the powerhouses of Dragon Ball, a fairly predictable crop of characters tends to come to mind. Goku, of course, is the protagonist, with OVER 9000 different transformations (each more powerful than the last). Then there’s one of his best-known enemies, Frieza, the little space-mutant with the audacious golden form. These are characters we’ve known, loved and marveled at it action for decades.
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More recently, Jiren has arrived on the scene and turned our understanding of everyone’s power levels on their heads yet again. This mysterious warrior debuted in Dragon Ball Superand he’s a real force to be reckoned with. Hold on to your Kamehamehas, here come ten incredible facts about Jiren.
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He’s Stronger Than A God
Well, that’s a doozy of an entry to kick off with. As Dragon Ball fans will know, the Gods of Destruction are… well, as Ron Burgundy of Anchorman fame once said, kind of a big deal. Heck, you don’t even need to be a fan to know that a being called a God of Destruction isn’t going to be someone you want to mess with.
The Destroyers, as they’re also known, work with the Supreme Kais (Gods of Creation) to maintain the balance of the various universes of Dragon Ball. Needless to say, they’re also incredibly powerful fighters. Nevertheless, they’ve previously been forced to acknowledge that Jiren is one of very few mortals that have been able to best one of their number in combat.
But He’s Not Stronger Than *EVERY* God
While it’s a heck of a thing to be deemed stronger than God of Destruction, let’s not get carried away here. As we know, there’s a different Destroyer for every universe, each from different species (unlike the Supreme Kais) and boasting wildly different power levels. There’s a sort of unofficial hierarchy among them in that sense. When we say that Jiren is more powerful than the Destroyers, then, there’s actually a piece of small print there: he’s more powerful than one specific God of Destruction: Belmod, Universe 11’s Destroyer.
As reported previously over on TheGamer, Beerus is said to be stronger than Belmod, so it’s tough to say where Jiren would stand with the Gods of Destruction in general.
He Gets By With(out) A Little Help From His Friends
As we know, Goku is a formidable fighter in his own right, felling opponents that seemed to outclass him on countless occasions. He’s performed incredible feats alone, but oftentimes, he’s supported by super-strong allies like the Z-Fighters. By contrast, Jiren does not believe in teamwork or relying on allies. Traumatized by the losses he sustained in his past, Jiren sees companionship and togetherness as a sign of weakness, believing that the only person upon whom he can rely on is himself.
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While this lends further credence to his personal abilities as a fighter, it’s a bleak world view that holds back his true potential.
He Puts Honour And Justice Above Everything
When Jiren made his Dragon Ball debut during the Tournament of Power, he was a real enigma. Over a little time, though, we were able to piece together his story. One defining characteristic of Jiren’s is that he’s a member of the Pride Troopers (hence his distinctive black-and-red outfit, their uniform). The Pride Troopers are a heroic band of fighters from Universe 11, committed to protecting their galaxy from threats. It’s a cause that Jiren takes super seriously, as he is nothing but an honorable fighter.
When Goku exhausted himself trying to hit Jiren with his ultimate power, Jiren refused to take him down while he was debilitated, indicating that he respects worthy opponents. Perhaps more than potential teammates.
But There’s One Thing That Means More To Him Than His Morals
While Jiren can be arrogant and distant, he’s also an inherently moral man who fights with honor. Interestingly, though, he’s prepared to put all of this aside for the one thing most important to him. As Vermoud tells Cae in “The Man Named Jiren:”
"Jiren is a man who is completely devoted to justice. He never acts on any of his own desires or interests. And no matter how evil a villain he's up against, his absurd conviction is such that he won't ever kill them. But there is one thing... He has a wish that he'd even be willing to set aside his convictions to have come true."
What is this wish? Well, as Comic Book reports, his greatest desire (and Super Dragon Ball wish) was to bring his lost master (one of the many tragic losses of his past) back to life.
He’s Not The Quiet, Composed Fighter He Appears To Be
On the surface, then, we’re looking at another of those godly, justice-driven, unshakable warriors. That’s not a character trope we’re exactly short on in manga and anime, is it?
Scratch the surface, however, and you’ll discover that there’s much more to Jiren. You will not like him when he’s angry.
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While he’s been seen to truly revel in a challenging battle, against an opponent worthy of his strength, he’s not above getting rattled. When winning is everything to you and losing is unthinkable, the prospect of defeat is too much to bear. When he feels himself struggling in battle (as rarely as that happens), he enters a fierce, unrelenting, barbarian-like state. In Marvel terms, he Hulks out.
He’s Very Different In The Manga Than In The Anime
When video games are ported or movie adaptions of books are made, the same old question arises: how does it stand up to the original? With something like Harry Potter, it was inevitable that the movies would have to cut all kinds of content that featured in the books. Who’d want to sit through a fourteen-hour movie that was absolutely faithful to the source material?
Well, just about every Harry Potter fan. Sorry, that was a bad example. The point is that things are always going to be a little different, and that’s certainly true of Jiren’s conversion from the manga to the anime. In the manga, he’s a lot more outspoken, fleshing out his own backstory and motivations in a way that the anime simply didn’t have time to do.
He Loved Humiliating Goku
Well, maybe that’s doing Jiren a bit of a disservice. As we’ve already seen, the Pride Trooper is a proud and honourable fighter, but he does have one trait that contradicts all of this a little: his arrogance.
Being a fighter who values only victory, he doesn’t just want to triumph over his opponents. He wants to establish him dominance over them. During the tournament, he revelled in the opportunity to toy with Goku. First, he shrugged off Super Saiyan Goku’s attacks, which was not a good sign for our hero at all. Goku’s Super Saiyan God form even proved useless, and Jiren actually hoisted him out of the area by his hair (in a classic Frieza-like move).
He's A Living Spacecraft
Now, this one’s a bit of a grey area, granted. Over the course of Dragon Ball, we’ve seen several Saiyans demonstrating their ability to survive in the vacuum of space. Generally, that’s not an effortless thing (they can’t actually breathe out there, and can only survive briefly, depending on Ki and such), but it’s a handy talent to have in a pinch.
Jiren is no Saiyan, of course, but he’s also demonstrated this ability. Heck, he’s gone one better: as the Dragon Ball Wiki reports, he’s able to fly at tremendous speeds and survive in space for protracted periods, rendering any sort of spacecraft largely unnecessary (especially as he’s not going to have any friends to take along for the ride).
He’s One Of Very, Very Few Characters Who Could Withstand A Spirit Bomb
Let’s be frank, here: what’s a major anime/manga character without a beautifully OTT ultimate move? From Kid Buu’s Planet Burst to Legendary Super Saiyan Broly’s Omega Blaster, there are a whole lot of these sorts of attacks in Dragon Ball, and they are for only the most melodramatic moments. We’re talking Top 10 Anime Battles material only.
Goku, being the star of the show, also has his own ultimate attack: the Spirit Bomb (actually devised by King Kai). During their encounter, he uses the technique against Jiren, who is not only unharmed but actually reflects the attack back at Goku. This makes him the only foe to ever bounce the attack back, and only the third who has ever survived it at all (the others being Frieza and Vegeta).
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Super Full Power (超フルパワー, Chō Furu Pawā) is a powerful state Jiren is capable of taking on after breaking his limits. Rather than being a state beyond it, some media refers to this state as just being Jiren's Full Power.Is Jiren male or female? ›
Personality. Jiren is a man who devotes everything to justice and never acts for selfish reasons; he lives to protect Universe 11, even stating that he would leave the tournament while it was happening in order to return there if any problem arose in the 48 minutes of the tournament.What is Jiren known for? ›
Jiren is considered to be the strongest among the participating competitors, as his power is said to rival or even surpass those of the universes' deities; his goal is to be given access to the Super Dragon Balls by winning the tournament.Can Jiren be a God? ›
In Dragon Ball Super, Jiren is a God tier character, undefeated at this point. There's an arsenal of characters who Jiren has defeated or can easily defeat. One such character is Golden Frieza.Is Jiren a good guy? ›
While he had lost everything, Jiren does not become evil and instead becomes an overall selfless and heroic, but distant and cold. Possessing a powerful sense of justice, Jiren devotes everything in justice and never acts for selfish reasons.Who finishes Jiren? ›
The final battle of the Tournament of Power arc is brought to life in Dragon Ball FighterZ in this Dramatic Finish. Pit Super Saiyan Goku and Frieza against Jiren on the Moon stage and end the battle with a heavy attack to trigger the dramatic finish.Who is the father of Jiren? ›
It was Generic Backstory Villain #3, also known as "Joe Chill". It was Jiren's father.Who trained Jiren? ›
Gicchin appears to have been a very noble person, as he took an orphaned Jiren in and trained him along with many others so that they could fight for the sake of justice. He even sacrificed himself to save his remaining students from being killed.What race is Zeno? ›
This signified that even though Zeno was of non-Greek background the Greeks still respected him, comparing him to the legendary Phoenician hero Cadmus who had brought the alphabet to the Greeks, as Zeno had brought Stoicism to them and was described as "the noblest man of his age" with a bronze statue being built in ...Can Jiren get UI? ›
Jiren, for the most part, thinks before moving forward with an attack and that in itself means he doesn't have access to Ultra Instinct yet, although he can gain it over the next few years.
Summary. El Hermano is Jiren's older brother, responsible for the execution of his younger brother's family. He returned once again to the Tournament of Power to settle his score against Jiren and to see how strong he had become.What did Jiren want? ›
The Perfect suicide is Johan's last goal. He wants to erase himself from the world, and by doing so, he has to get rid of everyone who knows him and his past. Just like the character Johan in The Nameless Monster, he wants to be the last one to know his identity, before killing himself.Why is Jiren so buff? ›
Jiren's strength comes from his suffering, something no one in Universe 7, other than Future Trunks, could ever relate to. Jiren, however, took his grieving to the extreme by training relentlessly instead of trying to make peace with his pain.What is Jiren's full power? ›
Jiren (Full Power) is the form that Jiren took at the Tournament of Power having unleashed the dormant power that resides within him. His bulging muscles are the physical manifestation of his deadly mantra, "Strength is Justice"!Will Frieza surpass Jiren? ›
Goku had no chance to defend himself against the speed and strength Black Frieza possesses. Jiren would go down in a similar manner, leaving Frieza as the absolute strongest mortal in the Dragon Ball Multiverse.Can Jiren defeat Zeno? ›
So while Jiren has the status of SuperBoss with all his stats up to max. It's still inferior to Zeno's status and Zeno can defeat him. Jiren can't beat him.What gods can Jiren beat? ›
In Dragon Ball Super, Jiren is said to be a mortal who is stronger than a God of Destruction. Because of this, he is rumored to be able to beat his own God of Destruction, Belmod, and possibly Beerus.Is zamasu stronger than Jiren? ›
In Goku's First encounter with Jiren, Jiren matched a Kaiokenx20 Super Saiyan Blue Spirit Bomb, and Supreme Kai stated that Jiren's power feels different from anyone they ever faced before, meaning that Jiren is the strongest enemy they have ever faced. So, Jiren is stronger than Merged Zamasu.Who can defeat Whis? ›
Whis is one of the strongest beings in existence, and interestingly enough, only his father and the Omni King are confirmed to be stronger than him.Can Jiren resist hakai? ›
Jiren was able to survive an assault from Mastered Ultra Instinct Goku, putting him on a truly elite status within Dragon Ball Super and DB in general. There's no question that with this level of strength, Jiren could resist diluted Hakai energy.
Blaming himself for his master's death, Jiren has learned the hard way that his weakness is his inability to trust in others. It's something Goku used to be bad at too, but has learned throughout his many adventures in the franchise.Who is Jiren's enemy? ›
Jiren's Enemy, the "Fallen Angel".Who is more powerful Jiren? ›
1) Beerus. Although Jiren is said to be able to defeat a God of Destruction, it's unlikely Beerus is at risk of suffering that defeat. Beerus has yet to use 100% of his powers in Dragon Ball Super thus far, whereas Jiren at 100% struggled against Mastered Ultra Instinct (MUI) Goku.What color is Jiren's aura? ›
Jiren's aura is indeed orange-ish-red, as seen on Toppo earlier.What is the red Goku called? ›
Super Saiyan God ( 超 スーパー サイヤ 人 じん ゴッド, Sūpā Saiya-jin Goddo), occasionally referred to as Super Saiyan Red (超サイヤ人レッド, Sūpā Saiya-jin Reddo) due to its hair coloration, is a divine transformation unique to the Saiyan race.What is Jiren's glare? ›
At Full Power, Jiren's glare can stop three energy blasts at the same time and blow everyone away. On M-2, Pan uses the technique to destroy an alarm. Perfect Cell uses an invisible eye blast in Hell to knock the Ogres away before he and Frieza fight Goku.What is a Hakaishin? ›
The Hakaishin ( 破 は 壊 かい 神 しん ; English "God of Destruction", FUNimation "Destroyer God/Destroyer Deity/Destroyer"; Literally meaning "Destruction God"), act as the opposites of the Kaiōshin, who are "creation gods" (創造神, sōzōshin).Who is black Goku? ›
Goku Black (ゴクウブラック, Gokū Burakku), also known as Zamasu (ザマス, Zamasu), though usually referred to as Black, is an alternate incarnation of Zamasu and a former North Kai and Supreme Kai apprentice serving his former master Gowasu from the unaltered main timeline within Universe 10.What is pink Goku called? ›
Super Saiyan Rosé (超サイヤ人ロゼ, Sūpā Saiya-jin Roze) is a Super Saiyan form unique to Gokū Black. Super Saiyan Rosé is presented differently in both the manga and the anime.