No, none of us know the exact answer because we were never given that information specifically, but since 17’s power increased that much we have to assume that he has extremely high potential, maybe even higher potential than the Saiyans. That way it makes complete sense, I just don’t see why people are bitching about this so much.
Unlike what happened with Frieza, it has been more than 10 years since we saw 17 in action back in the Android-Cell saga. 17 even hinted while fighting that he has been training all these years. So you guys are ok with Frieza who was weaker than a Super Saiyan giving tough competition to SSB Goku, but not ok with 17 just being able to hold his own against a relaxed Goku?
17 was way stronger than DBZ Frieza, he could easily one shot Frieza, in the future timeline, 17 and 18 killed the entire Z gang including the likes of Vegeta, Piccolo and Gohan. It’s not even like they were not training at all, these guys naturally kept training just that they weren’t aware of them beforehand. So, 17 and 18 were far stronger than a traditional super saiyan that wrecked and killed Frieza. Then, this 17 got more than 10 years off screen time, and it’s hinted that he trained, you can’t accept that, but you accept Frieza being powerful. You are arguing even after Toriyama himself said that 17 has enormous potential, and that his true power was never revealed? If you still have a problem with that. Well, brother, darkness must have got the better of you.
Even more interesting thing about 17 could be that for being an android he is supposed to have infinite ki reserve, giving him high stamina, so you could probably guess what level of training he could be doing with that.
Now, some people were saying that 17 had no training partner, so how could he train hard enough to be that strong?
Well, there are many strong fighters that prefer to train alone, like Vegeta mostly trained by himself for the majority of the time. Whis is like his first master. Case same with Piccolo and Tien, and haters will hate but Master Roshi secretly also continued his training all by himself. By the way, I have been getting some messages on my facebook page, for those of you who don’t know. The Best place to reach me is on Facebook, simply search for The Fan Guy, and you should be able to find my page. So, I got this theory that perhaps 17 wasn’t training alone after all, and that he was training with Vegeta. The basis of this theory is, 17 said to Goku, so you can transform like this too?
Since he said too, the theory use that as a basis to establish the fact that he has been training with Vegeta, so he had seen that form before, and that is why he worded it like that. Maybe that’s why he was able to comfortably deal with SSB Goku, Well, I always like exceptional theories but in my opinion, 17 was just saying as in so you have another transformation apart from that Super Saiyan transformation, huh? I think that’s what he meant.
Anyways, even though 17 did have a huge power boost, and that can be logical. I just want to remind you that, it doesn’t necessarily mean he was able to go toe to toe with Goku. Goku is just testing his allies, not really trying to defeat them. Also, he is giving more emphasis on outsmarting them instead of overpowering them, because that’s what’s more important in the battle royal. Otherwise he could just overpower them, and some fans wouldn’t be so pissed off. Most DB character in general perform better when they are serious or angry, but it’s especially true for Saiyans As their power is quite linked to their emotions, when Goku gets angry or damn serious he is like totally a different and a person. We even see this in the Future Trunks Arc. So, Goku not being serious, Goku not having any intention to specifically harm them might be giving such outcomes.
By the way, whatever it is we should be happy that other characters are getting power boost, because honestly the show was getting overloaded with Saiyan action, and it was almost getting irittating. Dragon Ball as a whole is not only about Saiyans,. Super power, Power Level and transformation, it goes much deeper than that, and real fans who started watching it from the beginning will understand what I’m saying.
Yes, DBZ did create an ungodly amount of power difference, and if Super has to create some inconsistency to overcome that, I sure as hell will always make peace with, and I request you to do the same. Believe me, try to enjoy the show instead of being so negative, and you’ll love it for sure.
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