On one of MasakoX's What If Roundtable streams, I asked “What if Frieza was reincarnated as a human?” His answer was that he'd be Mr. Azeirf, the zookeeper who hates monkeys. Good for a chuckle, but I had something specific in mind:
The basic premise is that when Cyborg Frieza came to Earth and got killed by Future Trunks, he was now subject to the cycle of Earth’s afterlife. (There’s been some vague mention in the series that maybe each planet has its own division of Other World. This is at odds with an earlier assertion from King Yemma that he judged everybody, but this is hardly the first retcon. Bureaucracy w
May 7th, Age 756 – The day of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.
Kakarot is the first to registration this time and his growth spurt is quite the shock to his friends. Chi-Chi is especially overjoyed and leaps into his arms, getting spun around by the alien man. Compared to Goku, whom didn't have much socialization being raised by Grandpa Gohan in the wilderness, Kakarot grew up around cold scientists and macho mercs, so he was very much starved for affection. He's more invested in his relationships than single-minded Goku.
Bulma teases them for being so cute together. Krillin ain't even mad! He got over his crush, and like
After reviewing the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament in the manga, I've determined that little about it is going to change for this what-if. But what does change is going to have lasting ramifications.
Roshi, Krillin, Yamcha, Bulma, Puar, Oolong, Launch, and Sea Turtle (!) all take a plane to Papaya Island. At the tournament grounds, the clerk confirms that Chichi signed in earlier – and Roshi covertly registers as Jackie Chun – but Kakarot is nowhere to be seen. Shen of the rival Crane School and his two disciples, Tien and Chiaotzu, are competing this year to best Roshi's Turtle School. At last, Kakarot turns up after his
How is it that Kakarot can ride Flying Nimbus, you may ask? (Nobody asked this.) Well, the only requirement is to have a pure heart, right? Good people aren't necessarily pure (e.g. Krillin) and being pure doesn't equate to goodness (e.g. Zamasu). Toriyama has stated that Goku's pure heart can have “poisonous” aspects too, like being selfish and naive. Here, Kakarot has been used as a tool of the Red Ribbon Army, yes, but he's never had ill-intent.
Also, it doesn't mean he can't be an obnoxious back-cloud driver, pestering Chi-Chi about where they're going, how does Nimbus work, and is she sure she's using that Dragon Radar
Picking up where we left off: Bulma's summer break is coming to an end, so with the matter of the Dragon Balls resolved for now, she heads home to West City, accompanied by her new boyfriend Yamcha, his pal Pu'ar, and Oolong tags along too. Grandpa Gohan sees them off before summoning Flying Nimbus. Why not? It's not like anybody owns it – Nimbus seems to come to whomever calls, and Gohan isn't a perv like Roshi.
I'm going to try to not take as many liberties with this what-if, but the next bit seems perfectly logical to me: Gohan stops at Mt. Fry-Pan to catch-up with his old pal Ox-King, since Bulma's quest kept them moving on last
“What if Goku was found by the Red Ribbon Army?” If you keep up with MasakoX's what-if streams, you know this premise is frequently suggested, and has thus far been dismissed as resulting in a Bad End™. But maybe that doesn't have to be the case. So for a change of pace, let's explore it ourselves!
For starters, he's not Goku in this version of events, because that name came from Grandpa Gohan, so we're going to call him Kakarot going forward. His Attack Ball lands in the far west region of Earth and is recovered by Red Ribbon Army scouts. The unprecedented discovery of an extraterrestrial space craft and its living oc