Reaction to Superman vs. Goku Death Battle

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Talk about nerd rage. The amount of response Screw Attack got from their Goku vs. Superman episode is off the charts. Of course, DBZ fans seem to be a little more vocal than Superman fans. Many loyal Goku fans were not happy with the outcome of the highly anticipated match. Some have even gone as far as to say that the numbers given in Death Battle’s research are completely wrong. Keep in mind that all the data used to calculate the fight was independently gathered from top Dragon Ball and Superman fansites.

Even Derek Padula, the author of the official Dragon Ball encyclopedia, could not argue with the outcome of the match.

I believe that Goku should have won and I gave ScrewAttack every possible reason I could to state why, backed up with thorough character analysis and facts.

Even so, they stayed true to the character’s different personalities to a high degree, and while I could nitpick the tiny details (like I’m sure millions of fans will do), what’s the use at this point?

The conclusion really comes down to ScrewAttack’s final thoughts, which is that Goku is excellent at bursting through limits, but Superman simply has no limits to begin with. When you look at the statistics they put on paper, it’s hard to disagree with the result.

It was a fun battle and I was honored to be a part of it!

statsDuring the recent episode of SideScrollers, Death Battle’s Chad James talked about the mixed reaction they received from fans. Chad also reveals in the interview that the Death Battle team actually leaned heavily in the favor of Goku when it came to find out his max potential because of how just outmatched he was by Superman.

You can watch the full SideScrollers episode below. The Death Battle segment begins around the fifteen minute mark. Also, if you haven’t watched the Death Battle already you can find it listed below as well.

Mike Villarreal is the Community Manager for Nerd Reactor. He loves movies, video games and comics. #OMGWTFBBQ

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ahmed.ndenzako Ahmed Ndenzako

    goku should have whon

    • http://www.facebook.com/FearHimself Michael Jean-Francois

      Why? Goku has gotten beat down by Buu. Couldn’t beat Cell. Hell he had to team up w/ Vegeta! C’mon…. I love Goku>Supes, but…

  • http://www.facebook.com/Emoboyx87 Jose Antonio Castro

    ok i’ve read alot of suerman comics and he has a weaknes to energy /magic based attacks, Goku kamehameha was able to blow up the earth in the cell saga, imagine the buu saga.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dracotias Andrew Alokfaasnual Smailes

      not energy at all just magic, if there’s no magic his body will most likely over come it, theoreticly it would be possible to create an attack powerful enough but it would just destroy everything else too, so it would be completely pointless

  • http://twitter.com/Silrian Silrian

    Where do people get these insane Superman stats from? If he’s that strong to begin with why the hell doesn’t he own every villain he has with ease? Hell Batman beat Superman and B is just a human. At least Goku trains consistently and his Saiyin race has a sick survival skill. Superman seems pretty inconsistent in what he can do.

    Goku would brutally own most of Superman’s incarnations, hell, Vegeta would probably too. And no Im not American, also not Asian. So no nationalistic stakes here, just plain reason.

    • Pancake

      If you watch the video, or read the articles, they gathered all the information from multiple sources. The man who runs the Dragon Ball said it best with “While Goku constantly breaks through his own limits, Superman HAS NO limits to what he can do.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/dracotias Andrew Alokfaasnual Smailes

      that’s mainly because superman knows if he really “tried” he could destroy most things without hesitation but he’s too much of a goody “boy-scout” to do so, he is as powerful as the situation demands, this is why is a very bad thing when supes loses control

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1039092726 Wilt Manglicmot

    This could go either way really. A couple of notes, Superman does have limits. Physically he has been beat to a standstill with Doomsday and had trouble with Doomsday when they fought again. Mentally Superman will not kill and will debate the thought of killing. This is of course pre new 52 I have no idea what that Superman is like.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dracotias Andrew Alokfaasnual Smailes

      then you have to look at the fact that doomsday was a breed of kryptonian…well clone but still, created solely for killing. since he has more or less the same amount of power as superman the only factor is that even though doomsday was evil and trying to kill him, superman would not put in enough power to kill him

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-V-McFey/1257817881 Anthony V McFey

    Screw Attack’s outcome was on the money, DBZ fans just need to stop whining.

  • seishiro

    the problem with this matchup is they way the characters were created. superman was created to basically never lose and entertain readers with ridiculous abilities. and goku was created as a character that had to overcome overwhelming opponents and circumstances. these characters were created for different reasons and with different creative mindsets. supermans powers HAVE fluctuated throughout the characters existence in order to make him interesting. no one finds a character to be interesting when they are endlessly powerful, and seeing as how he is not a magic based character like shazam he should have limits. maybe supermans limits werent described in great detail but he does have them, or has had them in the past. with that being said it isnt fair to match someone who has had a more clear, gradual, and a more realistic power base against someone whose power base has changed so much due to creative inconsistency, or another way of putting it, against someones powerbase that has been vague from the onset. it isnt fair in terms of trying to yield an actual realistic result. however i would have to point out that the physics for goku’s universe are far different for the physics in supermans universe. supermans universe is practically identical to ours. goku’s is not. in goku’s universe ki is the source of gokus power. in supermans universe his brute strength is solar powered but its just physical or it’s such amount of times stronger than a mans strength. with that being said if cell was able to gather enough ki to destroy a solar system, and at goku’s peak performance super saiyin level 4. he would be beyond galaxy busting strength. and considering saiyans get stronger with their genetic phenomenon then its in my opnion that goku is the one that has no limits. he has had some limits outlined through out the series but with the best reference to destruction level power in the series which was cell’s reference to him destroying the solar system and vegetas reference to him being able to destroy a planet and freeza’s ability to destroy a planet with little effort. the ki based universe trumps supermans universe. peak level goku beats superman hands down. in fact superman has never faced a fighter in the same league as goku. a ss4 goku has the potential to destroy more than one galaxy.

    in retrospect the things that were overlooked in this matchup are what determined the winner. this matchup follows a formula similar to deadliest warrior and doesnt take respective universe physics into account. if you take these two characters at their peak with measurable and reasonable power figures that ground them to their individual realities. goku wins and by a lot.

    on a side not i dont think that just because they wrote wiki’[s or write blogs that makes them the authorities when it comes to this kind of a matchup. the research behind this can be accessed easily by anyone with internet access and some elbow grease.

  • seishiro

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoDSCh-hE1k basically proves screw attacks statistics are way off… and that discrepancy with supe prime… come on this is bs… screw attack is biased. i loves supe and goku but if youre gonna start talking about a vs battle get the right statistics and let the battle unfold logically. tanks to underlordtico

  • lopez

    Where do these numbers come from ?!

    There is absolutly no logic in DBZ . You just can’t mesure that .
    Goku can’t lift 40 tons and then he can focus enough power and strenght to destroy planets , at least… WTF .
    Once he is faster than light and then he isn’t.

    SSJ2 anihilate magic powers (majin vegeta)and briefly go through alternative dimension (Gohan vs Bojack)…And then it does nothing.
    Those are not canon but , again…when you think about it , what is canon and what isn’t in Superman ?
    Remember when he “died” in a nuclear blast ? He is an icone , a popular character. Very U.S , Stronger during cold war , weaker before that.

    They are both like bugs bunny. They simply can’t be compared because they are both “variable”and not really serious.
    Think about what/who is BEHIND the characters. A superman who can’t win is not superman anymore. The same for Goku. We all know that they will end victorious/stronger , even if they face difficulties.

  • Bardock jr.

    Super mans as hard as arock they say that in every superman movie show and comic goku can blow up a planet with a hit

  • Bardock jr.

    You really have to watch each person 1000 of time to really tell and really superman s dick

  • Bardock jr.

    SPIRIT BOMB at SUPER SAYIAN 4 easy defeats superfagget vegeta could be superman and remember there going to be more shit for goku that you have to add after the new movie and they never said there was not going to be new series and arika toriyama said he might make himself the greatest anime maker of all time one season will do that so the fights not over

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