He is the Prince of all Saiyans.
Vegeta is born around Age 732. His father, King Vegeta, is the King of the Saiyan race. In his youth, Vegeta saw his father being stepped over by the God of Destruction Beerus. In Battle of Gods, Vegeta doesn't seem to try to assist his father but in Dragon Ball Super, Vegeta attempts to help but he gets paralyzed, restraining him from moving by Beerus. King Vegeta and his race are also under the rule of the interplanetary warlord Frieza, and the former was also forced by Frieza to surrender him to the latter through undisclosed means. While under Frieza's grip, Vegeta was pressured by Frieza to do his bidding or else Frieza would murder Vegeta's father.
A little while before the genocide of the Saiyans, Vegeta is shown effortlessly destroying several Saibamen during a training session, and soon later conquering a planet for Frieza. Despite this, Frieza kills King Vegeta anyway after the latter attempted to form a mutiny against him to free Vegeta. While Vegeta is on another planet, Frieza destroys Planet Vegeta. As a result, most of the Saiyans are killed but few remain.
Frieza keeps Vegeta, Nappa, and Raditz as slaves to do his bidding. In the manga chapter of the Namek Saga, Vegeta is angry over working under Frieza. Vegeta is especially reluctant to take orders from Frieza's right-hand man, Zarbon, whom Vegeta states is responsible for mocking him for many years and "working him like a slave." Despite being Frieza's underling, Vegeta constantly and proudly calls himself the "Prince of all Saiyans." Vegeta does not refer to himself as the "King of all Saiyans", possibly out of respect for his father, a refusal to admit the extinction of the Saiyans, or because he was never formally declared King. Vegeta planned to assassinate Frieza several times. However, after witnessing Frieza's incredible display of power when he destroyed an entire planet and the rebels who opposed Frieza on it with a single gigantic energy ball fired from his index finger, Vegeta decided that he would need to wait before challenging Frieza. After an assignment to wipe out the planet Shikk alongside his comrades Raditz and Nappa, Vegeta restrained Nappa when the latter attempted to brashly attack Frieza, Zarbon, and Dodoria for mocking the manner in which they took out the planet as he realized that his group did not stand a chance against Frieza's Elite. Nonetheless, he was still visibly angry and had to restrain himself from attacking when Zarbon mocked him as he was leaving.
At one point during his time serving under Frieza, Vegeta gets into a squabble with the Ginyu Force member Guldo, over how Vegeta is more important in the eyes of Frieza. Guldo mocks Vegeta for being a Saiyan and says he should take orders from them, and Vegeta responds that Guldo takes orders from Frieza the same as he does and mocks Guldo for being a "four-eyed freak". As the angry Guldo prepares to attack Vegeta, Frieza arrives and blasts Guldo away. Frieza then has Vegeta come with him to conquer a planet.
Vegeta is introduced to Dragon Ball Z at 29 years of age as a mercenary for Frieza. Vegeta comes to Earth when he receives Raditz's dying report of seven magic objects known as the Dragon Balls which will grant wishes. After hearing this report, and of Raditz's death, Vegeta and his companion, Nappa, decide to come to Earth and use the Dragon Balls to wish for immortality (it is implied in later sagas that he desired immortality so he could defeat Frieza for his years of suffering). Goku and the Z Fighters are warned of their arrival, and begin to train themselves. While Vegeta and Nappa travel to Earth, they stop by Arlia in an anime filler. They were only there for a short time, and while they were there, they made short work of the planet's strongest warriors, before destroying Planet Arlia. When they landed on Earth, Nappa and Vegeta wreaked havoc with little to stop them. They then found Piccolo, Krillin, and Gohan waiting for them, with Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu, and Yamcha appearing just after. After losing Yamcha (after one Saibaman self destructed), Krillin destroys most of the Saibamen with Piccolo destroying the last Saibaman.
This causes Vegeta and Nappa to become impressed, but Nappa decides to heat things up by being the first to battle Earth's defenders. Vegeta sits back and watches the beatings. Nappa easily dominates all the Z Fighters, resulting in Chiaotzu sacrificing himself by blowing up on Nappa's back, which was in vain, leaving his best friend Tien sacrificing himself to avenge him, which was also proves to be in vain. While Nappa does manage to get wounded every now and then, he seems to have complete control of the battle. In the middle of the battle, Vegeta demands that Nappa stop his rampage for three hours to give Goku a chance to arrive at the scene. Nappa succumbs to Vegeta's orders and obeys him. In filler, Vegeta allows Nappa to destroy the Earth's Military and Navy with the condition that he doesn't use up enough energy to break a sweat. Throughout both parts of the battle, Vegeta chuckles to himself whenever Nappa stumbles on a technique, or when one of the Z Fighters gain the upperhand on Nappa for a limited amount of time, also constantly belittling Nappa, calling him weak and idiotic. However, despite Vegeta's lack of faith in Nappa, he does assist Nappa in dire situations, such as when he warns Nappa about Krillin's Destructo Disc. As Nappa continues to hold the advantage in the battle, the remaining Z Fighters desperately call for Goku to assist them. When Goku finally comes back on Earth and heads directly towards them using his Flying Nimbus, Vegeta reads Goku's power level and then orders Nappa to kill Goku's friends, noting that their assistance with Goku in the battle could be difficult for he and Nappa to defeat. When Gohan angers Nappa to higher levels, Nappa attempts to annihilate Gohan, but Piccolo quickly stands in the way of his attack, thus sacrificing himself for Gohan's sake.
After Piccolo bids his farewell to Gohan, Gohan furiously attacks Nappa at full force with a Super Masenko, which is still not enough to injure Nappa. Vegeta recognizes that Gohan's power only increases with intense displays of emotion, and orders Nappa to kill the boy. Goku arrives just before Nappa can crush Gohan with his foot. Vegeta detects the high power level of Goku with his scouter, and after a quick introduction, Goku begins to fight Nappa. Goku and Nappa seem to be evenly matched at first, but the benefits of Goku's training quickly became evident. Eventually, Vegeta calls Nappa back after taking too long, so Nappa decides that he will kill Gohan and Krillin instead. Goku activates the Kaio-ken technique, and stops Nappa before he can do anything, crippling him in the process. Goku orders Vegeta to take his injured friend back to where they came from for immediate medical attention. Because of Nappa's failure to defeat a low class Saiyan like Goku, when Nappa begs Vegeta to help him, Vegeta fools Nappa into thinking he will assist him, but instead throws Nappa in the air and kills him for his failure. After giving Krillin and Gohan Senzu Beans, which fully recovers their strength, Goku tells Gohan and Krillin to leave Vegeta to him and requests to Vegeta to fight somewhere else.
Vegeta eventually agrees, and they leave the battle field. At Gizard Wasteland, Vegeta offers Goku a chance to join him, but Goku quickly turns down the offer as he already has everything he wanted, completely disagrees with Vegeta's selfish intentions, and has already seen how Vegeta treats his partners. Vegeta and Goku continue discussing who is truly right, with Vegeta stating that even Goku's multiplying Kaio-Ken technique will not reach his elite rank power level, with Goku replying by stating if someone struggles hard enough, a low-class can reach the rank of an elite warrior. Their fight now begins, and it is made clear that Vegeta is much stronger than the much-improved Goku. Even using Kaio-ken at the second level (Kaio-ken times two) was not enough to stop Vegeta. Thus, Goku had to push the multiplier of the technique even higher, ignoring King Kai's warnings. With this power, Goku was able to fight Vegeta on equal ground to an extent, and the Prince of Saiyans lost his temper and decided he would destroy the planet with his Galick Gun technique, and go find the Dragon Balls on Namek instead. However, Goku countered the Galick Gun with a Kamehameha, and the two struggled for several minutes. When it seemed Vegeta was gaining the upper hand, Goku finally pushed himself to unforeseen levels and used Kaio-ken x4 to boost his power even higher, in turn surprising and overwhelming Vegeta and sending him skywards. Vegeta managed to survive the beam carrying him ever higher. Thus, Vegeta decided to transform himself into a Great Ape, which would multiply his power tenfold, throwing a Power Ball into the air, as Piccolo destroyed the moon a couple of months before. When Vegeta transformed, Goku was completely outclassed and had to resort to using the Spirit Bomb technique. However, before he could use it, Vegeta disrupted it with a Chou Makouhou. Then Vegeta grabbed Goku and began to slowly crush him, making him suffer instead of killing him quickly. Krillin and Gohan had seen the Power Ball that Vegeta had used to transform, and had returned to the battle.
Upon finding Goku defeated, they attempted to distract Vegeta and cut off his tail, in order to force him back to his normal form. This attempt failed, but Yajirobe succeeded where the strong Z Fighters had not. When he was back to normal, Vegeta became enraged and fought Gohan briefly. Despite Gohan's efforts, Vegeta proved to be far stronger and faster than the boy. Goku then decides to give Krillin the last of the Spirit Bomb he managed to retain. Krillin accepted this new energy, and was instructed by Goku how to unleash it on Vegeta.
Panicking at first, Krillin receives further instructions from North Kai, and he hurls the Spirit Bomb at Vegeta. When Yajirobe shouted at Krillin to throw it, making Vegeta notice him, Krillin throws it, and at first it missed, but Gohan was pure enough that he could bounce the energy back, striking Vegeta. The Spirit Bomb hit him and severely damaged him, reducing his energy and strength greatly; but he survived. Vegeta then draws upon his Ki reserves and unleashes a mighty blast that strikes down everyone nearby. Vegeta notices that Gohan has regrown his tail from the effects of the Power Ball, and realizes that he may soon transform. The villain is unable to prevent this thanks to Yajirobe distracting him with an attack from behind. Realizing his mistake, Vegeta quickly returns to Gohan, but was too late. Gohan assumes the Great Ape form, and Vegeta in his severely weakened state could not defeat him. However, Vegeta could out-think the primitive ape form of Gohan, and manages to cut off Gohan's tail, returning the young half-breed to normal size and power. Before Gohan could fully return to normal, however, he fell on Vegeta as a Great Ape, and Vegeta was unable to dodge in his wounded state.
Vegeta finally retreats, and crawls to his space pod, realizing he cannot keep fighting in his current condition. A weakened Krillin gains consciousness, and just when he is about to stab Vegeta with Yajirobe's katana sword, Goku telepathically pleaded for Krillin to let Vegeta go, wanting to have a rematch one day and also wanting Vegeta to have the same chance to change his ways that Piccolo got; after much persuasion, Krillin agrees. Vegeta then departs Earth, vowing to make Goku regret sparing him, and his space pod takes him to one of the planets controlled by Frieza. With his extreme arrogance he cannot understand how a "Low-Class" Saiyan like Goku could have done so well against him, unwilling to factor the contributions of the other three warriors into the battle.
- According to Vegeta a Saiyans tail is a obvious weakness. They wouldn't be the Warriors they are if they left the tail untrained.
- According to Vegeta, the hair of a true Saiyan is always Black.
- Golden Great Ape
- Great Ape
- Power Levels
- Saiyan Tail
- Super Saiyan
- Ascended Super Saiyan
- Super Saiyan 2
- Super Saiyan 4
- Super Saiyan God
- Superhuman Speed
- Superhuman Strength
- Vegeta said that a Saiyan will not get stronger if the injuries are Self-Inflicted. Saiyans will only get stronger when surviving a Near-Death Experience in battle after being healed of there injuries.
- We find out that a Pure Saiyan maintains the same Hair Style from the day he/she is born.
Super Saiyan Battles
Ascended Super Saiyan Battles
Super Saiyan 2 Battles
- Vegeta and Nappa vs. Yetti (Anime only)
- Vegeta vs. Nappa
- Vegeta vs. Goku
- Vegeta (Great Ape) vs. Goku
- Vegeta vs. Krillin, Yajirobe, and Gohan
- Vegeta vs. Gohan (Great Ape)
- Vegeta vs. Cui
- Vegeta vs. Dodoria
- Vegeta vs. Namekians of Tsuno's village
- Vegeta vs. Frieza's men
- Vegeta vs. Zarbon
- Vegeta vs. Zarbon (Monster Form)
- Vegeta vs. Guldo
- Vegeta vs. Recoome
- Vegeta vs. Jeice
- Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan vs. Captain Ginyu (in Goku's body)
- Vegeta vs. Frieza (First Form)
- Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan vs. Frieza (Second Form)
- Vegeta vs. Frieza (Final Form)
- Vegeta vs. Gohan (Anime only)
- Vegeta vs. Litts (Anime only)
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan) vs. Android 19
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan) vs. Android 18
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan Second Grade) vs. Semi-Perfect Cell
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan Second Grade) vs. Future Trunks (2nd Grade Super Saiyan)
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan Second Grade) vs. Perfect Cell
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan Second Grade), vs. Cell Jr.
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan Second Grade) vs. Super Perfect Cell
- Vegeta vs. Pui Pui
- Majin Vegeta (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Goku (Super Saiyan 2)
- Majin Vegeta (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Majin Buu
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan 2) and Goku (Super Saiyan) vs. Super Buu (Gohan absorbed)(Anime only)
- Vegeta (Base/Super Saiyan) vs. Gotenks and Piccolo (Inside Buu) (Anime only)
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan) and Goku (Super Saiyan) vs. Super Buu (Inside Buu) (Anime only)
- Vegeta (Base/Super Saiyan 2) vs. Kid Buu
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan) vs. Beerus
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Beerus
- Vegeta and Goku vs. Whis
- Vegeta vs. Goku
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan) vs. Frieza (Golden Form/Final Form)
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan 2) vs. Beerus
- Vegeta and Goku vs. Whis
- Vegeta vs. Goku
- Vegeta vs. Ginyu (Tagoma's body)
- Vegeta (Base/Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan) vs. Goku (Base/Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan) (Manga only)
- Vegeta (Base/Super Saiyan) vs. Infected Gohan (Base/Super Saiyan) and Infected Goten
- Vegeta vs. Nappa
- Vegeta vs. Hell Fighter 17
- Vegeta (Base/Super Saiyan) and Z Fighters vs. Super 17
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Super 17
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan 4) and Goku (Super Saiyan 4) vs. Omega Shenron
- Vegeta and Goku vs. Omega Shenron
- Vegeta (Base/Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan 2) and Z Fighters vs. Omega Shenron
- Vegeta vs. Saibamen
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan) and Goku (Super Saiyan) vs. Meta-Coolers
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan) vs. Android 15
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan) and Z Fighters vs. Super Android 13
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan Second Grade), Future Trunks (Super Saiyan Second Grade), Goku (Super Saiyan), Gohan (Super Saiyan) and Piccolo. vs. Broly (Legendary Super Saiyan)
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan) vs. Ghost Raichi
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan), Gohan (Super Saiyan), Future Trunks (Super Saiyan), Goku (Super Saiyan), and Piccolo vs. Hatchiyack
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan) vs. Bojack (Full-Power)
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Super Janemba
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan 2) and Goku (Super Saiyan 3) vs. Super Janemba
- Vegeta (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Hirudegarn (Pre-Transformation)