The rivalry between Goku and Vegeta is now one of the central aspects in the narrative of Dragon Ball and despite now the relationship between the two Saiyans can be described as a friendship, the pride of the prince often ends up turning it into a confrontation, which has been examined from a psychological point of view by an important academic.
Nobuyuki Ota is an Associate Professor at Chubu University, and Doctor of Educational Psychology at Nagoya University, and has previously signed papers and studies related to the psychology of relationships between rivals. During an interview Ota was asked what he thought of the relationship between Goku and Vegeta, and the scholar replied that calling it a real rivalry is wrong.
From his point of view, in fact, it is only Vegeta to feed this type of bond, and to consider Goku as a rival, while the protagonist continues only to dedicate himself to battles and improve as a fighter for the sake of it. Focusing on Vegeta, Ota commented “the biggest advantage in having a rival is giving purpose to what you do. If you want to win against someone at any cost, it’s easier to try hard… rivalries where one individual wants to be as strong as someone else is the most common. “
Ota went on to say: “This type of rivalry includes cases where both sides have a similar level of competence, but an individual may perceive the rival as better … for these types of individuals, their rivals are slightly superior, for this frequently compete them leads to personal improvement. “
In the most recent narrative implications of Dragon Ball Super, Vegeta seems to have finally abandoned the will to chase Goku trying to overcome him, and has embarked on a personal path following the teachings of the God of Destruction Beerus. Let us know what you think of this analysis in the comments.