Super Saiyan 2 vs Super Saiyan 3 - and why Super Saiyan 2 is better

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I've long admired the Super Saiyan 2 transformation ever since it debuted during the Cell games. The sleek look of the body, the more detailed and spikier hair, the electric aura, and the obvious increase in power.

Super Saiyan 3 kind of piggy backed on the Super Saiyan 2 with it's aura and spikier hair...but then took a weird turn, where the Saiyan's brow became more prominent and lost it's eye brows and the hair became uncontrollably long. By the way, where does all that hair go after they return to a previous transformation or their base form? Does it fall out or get sucked back into their heads?

Super Saiyan 3 was supposed to be much more powerful than Super Saiyan 2 - and for the most part, I believe that's true. However, it came at a great cost. It consumed a lot of energy and really fast. While Goku and Gotenks utilized the form, Vegeta ignored it completely even after the point where he should have been able to achieve it. Additionally, in Super, both Goku and Vegeta seem to favor Super Saiyan 2, presumably because the people they are fighting are much stronger than they're used to and they know they'll have to last a lot longer.

So not only does Super Saiyan 2 look better, it seems to have far more use than Super Saiyan 3, unless the person utilizing it intends to go full power and destroy everything in sight very quickly.
 
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SS2 I think had range for power growth and at this point. it is stronger than SS3. I feel like as Saiyans advance, the forms they use often do as well and since Goku hardly ever used SS3, it kind of just became the weaker form.

And yeah, it looks stupid. It is like a caveman version of SS.
 
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LividJay

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I feel like as Saiyans advance, the forms they use often do as well
Yeah, I would say as their base form increases, it increases the strength of the transformation. That and learning to master the transformation.

since Goku hardly ever used SS3, it kind of just became the weaker form.
He seemed to use it more in the Other World rather than while he was alive. He noted a few times it was easier when he was dead due to the energy strain.

And yeah, it looks stupid. It is like a caveman version of SS.
Would be great way to utilize Dragon Ball into Geico commercials.
 
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More like 15 minutes or less could cost you the rest of your time on Earth, because Dragon Ball Logic.
haha true

"Goku! If you do this now you'll drain away whatever time you have left on Earth! And I'd say you need every second of it as it is!" - King Kai
 
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Super Saiyan 2 and Super Saiyan 3 are a lot like Super Saiyan Grade 2 and Super Saiyan Grade 3 respectively. SSJ2 is an upgrade of SSJ like SSJG2 is to SSJ, as well as SSJ3 being a downgrade from SSJ2 like SSJG3 is to SSJG2.

I think the only reason Goku used SSJ3 in the first place was because he could use it all day in the Other World, and to stall against Fat Boo.
 
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I believe it was stated during the Goku Black arc that Future Trunks’ mastered SSJ2 was just as strong as SSJ3. Can’t remember if it was in the anime or manga where it was stated. I believe it was his sparring session with Goku. Which differed because anime Goku went SSJ3 to defeat him. In the manga Goku went SSJG to defeat him. So I’m going to lean that it was in the manga where Future Trunks was portrayed as stronger and equal to SSJ3.
 

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I feel like SSJ2 had such a emotional impact thats it has to be my favorite form. I mean everything was on point, the animation, the music, the voice-acting, and the feel of the scene! I just feel like toriyama just pulled SSJ3 out of his ass to make Goku unarguably stronger than Gohan. Idk am I the only one who feels like this?
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I feel like SSJ2 had such a emotional impact thats it has to be my favorite form. I mean everything was on point, the animation, the music, the voice-acting, and the feel of the scene!
Totally agree with this. Everything from Goku pushing Gohan further, to Android 16's death that made Gohan snap...and then Goku sacrificing himself (and King Kai and his planet LUL). There were a lot of feel good moments. I definitely wouldn't exclude when the others fought back (which I don't believe was part of the manga).
 

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