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How to Draw Vegeta Dragon Ball Z Step by Step

Vegeta – the name alone carries so much weight and the character development he goes through, is one of the top tiers in all of anime history. No wonder why Vegeta has won millions of hearts with his character arc in the whole Dragon Ball series. We see his growth from a fallen prince to a villain to an anti-hero figure to a hero figure with no gaps in between, an amazing journey really, just how a well written character should be. So what makes Vegeta a character so special? Why are his character traits so unique to us otakus? Let’s talk about Vegeta in this article.


Vegeta was born on Planet Vegeta as the prince of all Saiyans. A born genius, he needed very minimal combat training, due to his godly skills which made up for everything. He was praised as an elite since birth. He was pinnacle of Saiyan strength outside of the exiled Broly. The earliest canon scene is of him as a child in the Throne Room during a visit from Lord Beerus and there Vegeta watched as the God of Destruction used his father as a footrest. This angered Vegeta. However, he was helpless to stop what was happening which was Vegeta’s first taste of defeat and that made a very deep wound on his pride. Vegeta has been known as arrogant, rash and egotistical as well as easily provoked, ever since. He became a blood thirsty soldier in Frieza’s army after the genocide of the entire Saiyan race and that is when he goes from villain to anti-hero. From here on out, his psychological deterioration starts taking place. Although he is always perceived as a cold and detached person, he has felt every bit of the trauma of his entire clan being murdered. He tried to vulnerability of being weak for not being able to protect his own clan by destroying other planets and murdering races which gave him a sense of superiority, ultimately turning him into a narcissist.


At some point, Vegeta realized that he wasn’t happy with following Frieza and murdering races. He cooks up the thought of assassinating Frieza as the best case scenario. However, he quickly halts his plan when Frieza displays immense power by destroying an entire planet and the rebels who refused to accept defeat with an enormous energy ball produced from his index finger. He feels the need to get stronger in order to defeat Frieza and that is when he hears about the Dragon Balls on earth which can supposedly make a person immortal. When he reaches earth to capture the Dragon Balls, he encounters Goku. Vegeta easily reads Goku’s power level and gives him the chance to join him. Goku refuses and thus the first iconic fight between them commences, one where Goku crushes Vegeta with a spirit bomb and Gohan body slams him to almost death. Vegeta survives and tries to escape but Krillin attempts to finish him off. Goku interferes at this moment and lets Vegeta crawl into his space pod to go back to where he came from. Vegeta wonders how a low class Saiyan like Goku could do so well against him. Thus begins the obsession of surpassing Goku in power. He even breaks down in tears over his inability to surpass Goku. However, this obsession has led him to save Goku's life on several occasions, insisting that only he can defeat Goku. Eventually he acknowledges Goku’s hard work in order to achieve that kind of power and creates a relationship of deep respect and adoration toward him.


A well-built but slim individual, Vegeta is shorter than average in height. Standing only at 164 centimetres or 5’4 feet, Vegeta has always been envious of Goku’s tall body. In the series, Vegeta's physique changes dramatically. Initially very thin and lean compared to Nappa, he later appears much taller and more muscular.


Taking into account the time he has spent inside the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, which he has spent a total of 5 years inside, Vegeta's official birth year is Age 732, making him 48 years old at the end of Dragon Ball Super in Age 780. Theoretically, by the time the Universal Survival Arc is completed, he would be 53 years old.


The name Son Goku may be familiar to most people, but it wasn't his birth name. It was the name given by his guardian Son Gohan, after whom he named his son. In fact, Goku's birth name is Kakarot, a name given to him by his father Bardock and mother Gine. Vegeta knew Goku as Kakarot even before they met for the first time. Vegeta appears to call Goku by the name of Kakarot, to keep up with the Saiyan traditions. He thinks that 'Goku' is an inconsequential earth name and not suitable for a Saiyan.



As for the first step, you need to draw the basic guidelines which include a circle, a vertical straight line and three horizontal straight lines parallel to each other. These guidelines are going to work as the base of Vegeta’s face.


Now you have to draw Vegeta’s eyes, eyebrows and and the squint lines on the underside of the first horizontal straight line, leaving the entire upper part of the circle for his head and forehead.


In this step, you’re gonna have to draw the rest of Vegeta’s facial features such as his nose, mouth in a playful smirk and facial bone structure.