|First appearance||Dragon Ball chapter 204Dragon Ball Z episode 5|
|Notable relatives||King Vegeta (father)Tarble (brother)Bulma (wife)Trunks (son)Bra/Bulla (daughter) Future Trunks (son alternative timeline)|
Vegeta (ベジータ Bejīta?) is a character, and antihero in the Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama. Vegeta first appeared in the manga chapter #204 Sayōnara Son Gokū (さようなら孫悟空 Goodbye Son Goku?) first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on December 19, 1988, and in episode 5 of it's anime adaptation Dragon Ball Z. Vegeta was originally a dangerous enemy who sought to use the Dragon Balls to gain immortality, but later became an anti-hero as even greater threats were introduced in the series. Vegeta first started the shift from evil to good in the Frieza saga of Dragon Ball Z. In the series, Vegeta is a member of the royal Saiyan lineage, the extraterrestrial race that the series' main character is from. Even though Vegeta is viewed as a dangerous enemy to Goku for the beginning of the series, he later becomes a trusted ally to Goku with his assistance in the defeat of powerful enemies such as Cell and Majin Buu. He always strives to "surpass Kakarrot (Goku's birth name)." Vegeta can transform into Great Ape,Golden Great Ape, Super Saiyan,Ascended Super Saiyan, Possibly Ultra Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan 2, Super Saiyan 4, and in recent video games, Super Saiyan 3. When his name is put together with his brother Tarble it is Vegetarble, which is clearly a pun off of the word vegetable.