|Date of birth||December 3, 293 Before Age|
|Date of death||249 Before Age (revived on May 18, 787 Age)|
|Weight||198 pounds (87kg)|
Kobi (コビ, Kōbi) was a Saiyan born on Planet Sadla shortly before its destruction. Due to his transformation into a Super Saiyan, he has since become a significant figure in Saiyan folklore, and is considered one of the most powerful warriors in the history of Universe 7's North Quadrant by the North King Kai.
Just as the widespread legend of the Super Saiyan implies, Kobi was born roughly one thousand years before the destruction of Planet Vegeta, and, by extension, around one thousand years before the emergence of the first Super Saiyan to succeed him. Conflicting reports about his identity, the circumstances of his ascension, and the history of Planet Sadla have all contributed to Kobi's virtual historic anonymity, something that eventually brought both his existence and the existence of the Super Saiyan transformation itself into question until Son Gokū rediscovered the form in 762 Age.
By this point, however, Kobi himself had become a distant memory to most of Universe 7's inhabitants, something exacerbated by how scarce information about his identity was to begin with. The only people left who know of his existence and his importance are those tasked with watching over the North Quadrant of Universe 7, namely people like Zuno , King Yemma, and the North King Kai. Despite his lack of presence in recorded history, Kobi's actions prior to his death had a significant impact on the events that followed it, with his greatest historic contribution being introducing a number of species and cultures to the concept of a Super Saiyan, both directly and indirectly. Those most heavily shaken by his transformation were the rest of his Saiyan kin and the members of the early Planet Trade Organization, though Kobi's influence did reach a handful of other groups beyond them. The Namekians, for example, despite having little to no recorded interactions with the Saiyans, know of the lengendary "Super Saiyan" and his supposed power.
Most who knew Kobi directly were killed in the events leading to Planet Sadla's destruction, which further contributed to Kobi's lack of any historic presence. The only living people to have interacted with him are a select few residents of the Demon Realm, and by the time he ended up there, even the North Kai was under the assumption that Kobi was already dead.
Though Kobi is a Saiyan, he has quite a thin figure when compared to most of his kin, due in large part to the muscular dystrophy he developed shortly after his birth. The stunted muscle growth has made him far more slim and physically fragile than many other members of his species, though he is still incredibly well-built compared to a typical non Saiyan warrior. Though this condition was eventually cured some time after Kobi's arrival in the Demon Realm, his muscle mass did not increase by much.
In his base form, Kobi has the same black hair and pupils as the rest of his species, and thanks to his Saiyan genes, shows little to no signs of age even when nearing his thirties. Initially after transforming into a Super Saiyan, Kobi's hair and tail become a bright blonde while his eyes become teal, though his eventual mastery of the transformation caused its appearance to shift subtly over time. His hair and tail now shine a bright white and his eyes become crimson instead of teal. Additionally, Kobi's total control over Super Saiyan has made maintaining it effectively second-nature, meaning that this white-haired state is what most people will encounter him in.
Kobi's attire consists of a thin-layered martial arts robe laid over a fishnet armor mesh, tied together by a belt of white cloth at the waist. Additionally, he wears short black boots with white soles and two black Potara Earrings, one on each ear, clearly displaying his ties with the Makaioshin to those who recognize the earrings' color scheme.
Kobi is often very quiet and stoic, and rarely finds an opportunity to speak that he deems worth taking. When he does speak, he is typically deliberate and straightforward, and only says as much as he feels he needs to in any given situation. This also holds true when he is in the company of friends, family, and allies — even his fianceé has noted that she struggles to get him to say more than a few words at a time. Despite his silent nature, Kobi is very expressive, and typically vividly communicates his feelings to whoever he is interacting with through his facial expressions alone. On the surface, he is incredibly easy to read, though this is something he is self-aware of and that he has never made any effort to change. As he has little interest in talking, many people have noted that, on occasion, Kobi has a tendency to speak with a thin layer of irony and sarcasm, though before his transformation into a Super Saiyan, he always did so in a friendly manner, and never at the expense of anyone else.
On that note, it is worth keeping in mind that Kobi has two similar yet clearly distinct personalities as a result of his ability to transform into a Super Saiyan. Before his transformation, Kobi was incredibly humble and displayed few signs of confidence, and this is where his silent tendencies initially stemmed from. Even during his early childhood, he had numerous, very apparent insecurities rooted in various aspects of his life, such as the weakness caused by his muscular dystrophy and his lack of a father, (this in particular worried Kobi, as his mother never mentioned his father unless she was asked about him. Her responses were usually cryptic, but seemed to imply that his father had cut ties with her shortly after Kobi's birth, something he felt responsible for and that he was afraid his mother held against him) and he made a habit of keeping things of this nature to himself at his own expense. As a matter of fact, these insecurities, combined with the titanic amount of respect Kobi had for his mother kept him from openly speaking to her altogether, simply out of fear that he may annoy her. His hesitance to speak persisted throughout his childhood, even despite his mother's eventual, frequent insistence that she loved her son with all of her heart. Though these particular worries of his eventually faded, Kobi retained his humbility as he grew into adolescence, due in large part to the lack of any social interaction in his early life. Though he discovered that he was well-liked by many of his peers, he rarely spoke unless spoken to and quickly established this when interacting with anyone. The frequent and bold body language he'd developed also remained a core aspect of how he communicated with others. Although by this point in his life he was more than capable of concealing his thoughts and emotions, he frequently chose not to in order to avoid the need to speak. His silent nature had been effectively solidified by the time he'd aged into his late teens, and was even made more prominent by the cynicism he'd developed by this point in his life. The naiveté and optimism he had as a child were quickly eroded by the harsh circumstances of the war Planet Sadla had been absorbed into, and Kobi eventually developed the sarcastic tendencies he displayed and dry sense of humor in an effort to cope with the bleak scenarios he often found himself dealing with.
Despite all of this, Kobi never allowed the negativity he faced to detract from his personality. He rarely, if ever, took out his frustration on others, and typically remained calm in any and all situations he found himself in. Although a handful of Kobi's peers interpreted his silence as cold, distant, and even hostile at worst, he never intended his introverted nature to be seen this way. If anything, Kobi's silence was a gesture of his respect for those around him, as he didn't want to waste anyone's time with pointless small talk since he never thought he was particularly good at it anyway. Even his occasional sarcastic quips were always intended to be harmless, no matter the circumstances or the target of the sarcasm. Kobi never needlessly disrespected or insulted anyone out of spite, arrogance, or frustration, regardless of whether they were a friend, an ally, or an enemy, and usually only verbally retaliated to callousness or contempt if it was directed at his fianceé and his mother. Though he was by no means selfless or saint-like, Kobi was, at his core, compassionate and empathetic, and typically took any opportunities to help someone in need when they were presented to him. He rarely, if at all, did anything to compromise his morals and beliefs, though this is due in large part to the immense, innate pride he is inevitably afflcted with as a Saiyan. He refused to use any tactics he viewed as cheap or unfair in battle or conflict, and consistently made a concentrated effort to spare the lives of any of his enemies during the Planet Sadla war. And while the culture of Planet Sadla was nowhere near as barbaric or brutish as that of Planet Vegeta, many of Kobi's peers criticized his merciful, soft approach to combat, though this is criticism he tended to disregard completely. Though Kobi's stubborn, uncompromising desire to uphold his own beliefs is a good thing in many ways, it has obviously shown itself to be a double-edged sword on numerous occasions. Kobi has disobeyed a handful of crucial orders simply on principle, and while this has ended well on a couple of occasions, many of these instances led to numerous setbacks for Planet Sadla and one nearly cost the planet the war. Kobi has nearly gotten himself killed many times due to his constant refusal to even briefly set his own beliefs aside, though he has never consciously placed any of his comrades in danger for the sake of keeping his morals intact.
Kobi is extraordinarily intelligent, something that nearly all who know him have claimed unanimously. Even as a child, he was sharper, more keen, and more perceptive than his mother and most of his seniors, and while his quiet nature kept him from displaying this very often, in any rare occasions where he did have the courage to speak up, most who saw the extent of his insight and anayltical skills were left dumbfounded. By the time he was nearing adulthood, any of his close friends considered him a once-in-a-lifetime genius, and even the North King Kai claims that listening to Kobi speak made him feel comparitively stupid. In combat, his intelligence makes him incredibly difficult to fight against, especially for anyone without readily available intelligence on him. The dossiers left by his enemies describe Kobi's talent for tactics as "enough to outsmart a platoon of troops trained specifically to defeat him," and further explain "Kobi can and will find any weaknesses in the way any opponent fights, and will go to any lengths necessary to find at least one. From there he will search for more, which he will find without a doubt, until he has compiled a laundry list of ways to defeat his enemy that he will thereafter employ rapidfire until the target has been so utterly overwhelmed that they have no conceivable way of producing a counterattack. This can take him anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours, and no matter how long it takes, rest assured he has the patience and the smarts to pinpoint his enemies' most critical flaws. And if he can't find any weaknesses, he will create one. If he can't create one, he will overwhelm you with brute force. And if he can't overwhelm you with brute force, rest assured he will find another way to outsmart you. If you encounter him alone, you are forbidden from engaging him until you have been provided with backup. Even then, caution is strongly advised when approaching this target."
As a Super Saiyan, Kobi retains all of the traits listed above, but each aspect of his personality now has a completely different context. As a whole, he is far more bold and aggressive after transforming, but the frame of his personality remains the same. His silence now comes off as hostile, as though his refusal to speak is out of anger or spite. He begins to openly direct his sarcasm at his enemies, but only makes quips on occasion as he would before his transformation. Kobi's blunt responses seem colder and more sharp, and his stubborn unwillingness to compromise his morality evolves into a sense of duty to punish those he feels are evil. This personality is strikingly similar to the one displayed by Goku after he first became a Super Saiyan during the battle on Namek, something even noted by the North King Kai when he recounts the tale of the Super Saiyan to Goku. Like Goku, Kobi also becomes far more shrewd in combat after first transforming — he is even more capable of spotting his enemies' weaknesses than before, and capitalizes on these opportunities much more frequently after seeing them. As his inhibitions and lack of confidence nearly vanish after his initial transformation, Kobi becomes much less reserved in combat than he was prior to it, leading him to overwhelm his opponents even more quickly than before.
Information about Kobi's life is sparse and tends to vary depending on the source. Even Zuno seems to have an eerily difficult time providing a detailed account of the saiyan's history. The only details that consistently remain the same, regardless of the person being asked, are as follows.
Kobi was born on Planet Sadla to a mother named Lima and a father named Collard on December 3rd, 293 Before Age. Neither of his parents were particularly wealthy, (as a matter of fact, North Kaio rather bluntly says they were "poor as dirt") but through unknown means they were still able to have their son tested for any defects at birth. They were heartbroken to hear that their son had been born with muscular dystrophy, effectively preventing him from fulfilling every saiyan's dream of becoming a distinguished warrior.
Some time after this, the family's lack of finances became such a problem that Collard proposed selling Kobi on the then-thriving interplanetary slave market. Details regarding why vary from source to source, but for whatever reason, Collard eventually decided to sell both his wife and son into slavery. Lima, unsurprisingly, attempted to prevent this, but was unsuccessful as her husband quickly resorted to using physical force.
The two were purchased by a wealthy saiyan slave owner named Parsley, and transported to one of their owner's three labor camps that were, fortunately for the two of them, all located on the surface of Planet Sadla. Here, the two of them (particularly Kobi, due to his muscular dystrophy) were subjected to severe physical and emotional abuse, both by the labor camp's staff and by a handful of other slaves with a racially charged hatred for the saiyans. Lima died, still a slave, due to unknown causes at some time during her son's early childhood (all sources consistently claim it was before he turned five).
Childhood and AdolescenceEdit
Kobi and the rest of the slaves were eventually freed by a saiyan named Rhuba, a member of a saiyan resistance movement that had recently begun fighting (the battles were part of a conflict that would eventually become known as, quite simply, the "Planet Sadla Civil War") for a number of reasons, one of which was to cut Planet Sadla's ties to the slave trade that so many had become victims of over recent years. Rhuba then explained to Kobi that, with proper training, he too could take part in this revolution, and help bring Planet Sadla into a golden age of peace and prosperity the likes of which it had never seen before. Kobi, who was still very young, enthusiasticly asked to be taken to someone capable of effectively training him so he could become a hero just like Rhuba one day.
Kobi was immediately taken to a tutor for training, though once more details about this training vary from source to source. What remains consistent among all sources is that, despite his muscular dystrophy, Kobi's instructor(s?) considered him extraordinarly talented thanks to his aptitude for learning new concepts, his sharp, analytical mind, and his one-of-a-kind affinity for the use and manipulation of ki. His talent for ki manipulation was supposedly so great that it completely offset the negatives presented by his muscular dystrophy.
After his training was complete (sometime around his tenth birthday) Kobi insisted on being deployed alongside the rest of the resistance's military forces. In response, he was sent on a series of low-risk missions fit for a child until his skills became both more developed and more apparent. Sometime during his adolescence, Kobi met a fellow victim of the slave trade named Kale, who had been shipped off-planet and sent to a facility where she was used for a multitude of biological experiments, most of which involved interspecies gene splicing. The two fell in love and entered engagement during their late teens/early adulthood.
As the civil war continued, Kobi developed a reputation as one of the resistance's most talented fighters, and eventually became a figurehead and prominent symbol of hope among other revolutionaries. This ended up affecting him more negatively than positively, as his status made him a high-priority target of Planet Sadla loyalists who opposed the resistance he was fighting for.
In what initially seemed like a bizzare tactic, the enemy sent an unusually high number of troops for the apparent purpose of capturing a small base of operations Kobi was currently stationed at. The base did not serve any particularly important purpose, but housed many important and noteworthy members of the Planet Sadla resistance who were en route to a much more important location where they would regroup with the rest of their forces.
The military crew within the building did their best to hold off the overwhelming amount of enemies approaching them, and the location made it a very easy location to hold despite their lower numbers. Unfortunately, the loyalist managed to slip enough of its own troops inside of the building, where they managed to take dozens of important members of the resistance - including Kale (who was incredibly useful thanks to many of the genetic traits she'd been given through gene splicing, like the Kanassan ability to see the future) - hostage, before immediately retreating. As soon as those who remained of this resistance group reached their destination and reunited with the rest of their forces, they sought to initiate a planetwide search for those taken hostage, but were surprised when they received a notice from their enemy telling them exactly where the resistance members in question had been taken.
Further details about the notice remain unclear, but all sources claim it came with a series of demands the resistance would have to fulfill if they wanted the hostages freed. Kobi was adamant on ignoring these demands for whatever reason. He, along with other members of the resistance who'd watched those close to them fall into enemy hands, organized a siege on Slavia, the city where the hostages were being held, starting with a series of stealthy infiltrations into any important military facilities and prisons that may be holding the people they were searching for. Kobi, meanwhile, led a battalion to the city's walls, drawing the loyalist's forces into battle while the hostages were searched for. Eventually, Kobi found himself emotionally compromised by his concern for Kale, and broke away from his troops to begin searching for her on his own. He was immediately surrounded and captured by enemy forces, initially intended to be used as a hostage to drive the resistance's forces back, as they were unprepared for the ferocity of the attack they were currently trying to fend off.
The resistance knew better than to buckle under any threats made towards their superiors, and continued their siege against Slavia even after Kobi's capture had been broadcast. In a desperate attempt to keep Slavia - an extremely important territory - from falling into enemy hands, the loyalists made hasty use of nearby equipment to form a makeshift plan. Using a combination of torture equipment, restraining mechanisms, and technology they'd received through trade with other planets, the loyalists managed to temporarily gain control of Kobi's body (not in the same way Ginyu may have, but in the sense that they began forcefully moving his limbs with chains and other such equipment, and sending microscopic bursts of electricity across his spine to influence what his brain commanded his body to do) which they planned to use to launch a suicide attack that would kill everyone in the city, loyalist and rebel alike.
The reasons for the effectiveness of the tactic were numerous. Kobi's body in particular was necessary to perform such a large scale, city-wide act of destruction because of the way buildings were constructed on Planet Sadla. As the saiyans were naturally strong enough to destroy moons and planets, the buildings were made with metals strong enough to compensate for this. Additionally, before the destruction of Planet Sadla, there existed many saiyans capable of suppressing the ki of those weaker than them, and Kobi was one of them. Had any members of the loyalist military trying to hold Slavia attempted to do what Kobi was forced to, the attempt could be prevented by any nearby resistance fighters capable of suppressing ki. Kobi, however, was far and away the most talented ki user on the battlefield that day, and there existed no one capable of stopping him from destroying the city should he choose to do so.
Kobi was forced to exhaust the entirety of his ki reserves to release an explosion that killed everyone taking part in the battle, right before his eyes. Additional equipment was used to amplify the force of the blast, which, as a side effect, placed even more strain on his body as well. Before the explosion, a few dozen soldiers were instructed to evacuate with any hostages deemed of extreme importance, which did mean that Kale was able to safely escape. Kobi obviously would not learn of this until later.
Though he was initially thought to be dead, a loyalist search party sent to look for any survivors found his burnt, twisted body underneath a pile of rubble, and, after digging him out, discovered he was alive. However, his body was horribly malformed; his limbs were crudely bent and twisted by the chains and equipment used to control his movements, and many parts of his body were horribly scarred and burnt by both the stress induced by releasing such a high power explosion of ki and by the heat of the explosion itself, which he was unable to defend himself from as his body spent all of its resources creating the blast to begin with.
Seeing as it seemed he would never be able to fight another day in his life, Kobi was transported to the same prison housing other high profile resistance hostages, where he was regularly, brutally tortured for information about his allies in the resistance, information he would never provide them. As torture began to seem ineffective, the enemy began to make threats against Kale's life, which Kobi laughed away as obvious bluffs. ("if you haven't killed me to get information from her yet, why would you ever expect me to believe you'd kill her to get information out of me?") Frustrated by his lack of cooperation, Kobi's overseers began searching for other uses for him. In the meantime, they brought him to see Kale face to face, which turned out to be an awful experience for both of them. Kale was horrified by Kobi's twisted appearance, and even vomited upon realizing that it was him she was looking at. This was more than enough to crush his spirit and slowly send him spiraling into insanity.
Eventually, the loyalists who had imprisoned Kobi learned of what seemed to be an ability to manually replenish his ki reserves, and determined that, if this were true, he could be used to power ki-based weapons and equipment. As a test, he was connected to a small-scale weapon developed to use ki as a power source, and had a small amount of his own ki poured into the weapon to fuel its next use. The weapon was tested and deemed a success. Next, the same equipment used to control Kobi's brain was used to force his body to begin replenishing the ki he'd just exhausted. This was also successful. Work on weapons that could use Kobi's abnormally large ki supply to its fullest potential began immediately
Super Saiyan TransformationEdit
Kobi's body was then connected to and used to fuel multiple weapons of mass destruction, each used to cripple the forces of the resistance in some way. Though he was no longer being directly tortured for information, the control being exercised on his body was torture alone. The persistent, excruciating pain, combined with the knowledge that he was indirectly responsible for the deaths of many of his comrades, continued to cause distance him further and further from any semblance of sanity he may have once had. Apparently, the rage this caused, along with his desire to escape, became so great that, collectively they gave him the willpower he needed to break free of his restraining mechanisms and escape captivity. The joy this brought him was short lived, however, as he was barely able to contain the overwhelming power seeping out of his body, due to the equipment still attached to him. His ki reserves were still being amplified, chains were still piercing through his limbs, and his brain was still being forcefully fed signals telling him to do things against his will. His escape from captivity caused most of this equipment to act strangely, eventually causing him to begin indiscriminantly discharging concentrated bursts of ki at nearby staff and inmates as he worked his way toward the exit. In a desperate attempt to bring Kobi to his senses, the prison staff brought Kale before him. This did nothing - she, like everyone else, was killed by him.
The sight of Kale's death, by his own hand, no less, was too much for Kobi to bear. He promptly transformed into a Super Saiyan, and, seemingly thoroughly mentally unhinged, escaped the facility he was being held captive in. It remains unclear what happened specifically after this, but it is known that Kobi (unknowingly) destroyed whatever equipment was still attached to his body and began violently rampaging across the planet of his own free will. He seemed thoroughly consumed by his rage, and, before long, destroyed Planet Sadla and killed all who were still on it. He, too, was supposedly killed in the explosion.
King Yemma recalls being confused, as he never saw Kobi pass through the check-in station after this, though he was never able to explain why. The North Kai and Zuno, however, claim to have seen Kobi return to the world of the living, in perfect health (mentally and physically), no less, just one year later, with no explanation at all. He immediately approached Zuno, who both King Kai and Zuno himself further state he should not have known about, to ask a series of seemingly unrelated questions. Following this, he began what appeared to be a pilgrimage across Universe 7, though what he hoped to achieve with it remains unanswered. It is apparent that he travelled to many planets in order to learn more about ki and how it could be used, but there are supposedly a number of planets he travelled to for no reason other than out of curiosity.
He disappeared from the universe as suddenly as he'd arrived after thirteen years of travelling from one planet to another. He left behind no evidence indicating his cause of death, or if he'd even died at all.
Further information about Kobi's past is, as mentioned multiple times above, very limited, and varies based on the source providing it. Even Kobi himself claims to have forgotten many key details about his life on Planet Sadla. As such, discrepancies are inevitable when taking all available information into consideration. Individual accounts of his detailed history will be listed below, though they will not contain any information already listed above.
Kale is the only primary source of information about Kobi, and thus her words hold more weight than most. Her account of his life is particularly interesting due to the numerous extrasensory abilities she acquired through genetic experiments.
She claims to have had strange visions (that came in the form of dreams) in the weeks leading up to her rescue, all involving a faceless figure with distinctly white hair. She notes that the figure in these visions possessed a white tail as well, leading her to believe the person she was seeing was a saiyan, just like her, though she recalls thinking this was strange as all saiyans are born with black hair. Often, each dream differed either slightly or significantly from the one that preceeded it, but they all involved the strange man with white hair in some way. Most of her dreams depicted him positively—rescuing her from captivity, protecting her from harm, keeping her company, and so on—but there were a few that terrified her. In a handful of visions, the figure either struck her or outright killed her, and among these rare visions came some where his hair was golden instead of white. Because of the different hair color, Kale assumed the man who seeked to hurt/kill her would be different from her savior.
She recalls being confused by the sight of the man who rescued her—a thinly built, black-haired saiyan, who she would eventually learn was named Kobi. Still, she claims that he was a kind man who frequently went out of his way to make her happy, and that, as she'd predicted in light of the way her visions depicted her savior, she eventually fell in love with him. As a side note, she also adds that she was rescued at around age 12.
According to Kale, Kobi served as one of the most valuable members of any team he was deployed as a part of, and that he had a knack for boosting the morale of any men lucky enough to share a room with him. She further claims that he was an excellent tactician and an equally skilled fighter, though his recklessness and overconfidence led to disaster on occasion. It is worth noting that Kale clarifies Kobi's confidence was not in himself as a person but rather in his ability to make decisions and solve problems; he did not like to admit when he was wrong. Though he rarely found himself mistaken about anything important, the handful of times he had been wrong ended up costing the Planet Sadla resistance greatly.
Mostly everything else Kale has to say on the subject of Kobi's history lines up with the details given above, but she has plenty to add about the circumstances of her capture and her time as a prisoner, specifically in relation to Kobi of course. Shortly after the two became engaged, Kale claims that the two were deployed as part of a small covert ops team tasked with intercepting an enemy caravan transporting important military supplies. They were to eliminate any enemies guarding the caravan, and take the supplies for themselves. However, after learning that there would be far more men escorting the caravan than the group had initially thought, they were faced with a tactical decision that the team looked to Kobi to make. Their options were:
One — rendezvous with a small group of soldiers stationed at a nearby resistance camp, and gather more or their own forces to make intercepting the supplies in question an easier task.
Two — attempt to carry out the mission with the few men they had (six in total), which was admittedly risky as the caravan was, according to intelligence reports, being guarded by at least fifty enemy soldiers.
Three — silently retreat back to resistance headquarters.
Kale insisted that option one would end badly, as a recent premonition of hers included a vision of the camp in question being sacked by an insane number of enemy soldiers, and many members of the crew inside being either taken hostage or killed in the ensuing skirmish. She also added that, because initial reports had suggested the caravan would be being guarded by only a handful of soldiers, only to later be proven wrong, there was a possibility the enemy had learned of their intent to seize its contents and would be waiting for some sort of rendezvous attempt. She strongly suggested either calling for reinforcements or returning to headquarters, incredibly worried that Kobi may end up getting himself killed if he was not careful.
Kobi appreciated Kale's advice but dismissed it. He argued that requesting reinforcements either digitally or through other forms of long-range communication (i.e. sending a letter) was far too risky as the request could be intercepted by the enemy if they truly were prepared for a sudden attempt to steal their cargo. He also added that her premonitions had been wrong about small details before, citing his black hair as an example, and further added that no military commander he'd ever met would consider sending such a large number of their own men to raid such a small military camp. The two got into a heated argument but Kale ultimately conceded, leading the group to travel to the camp in question and stay for a few days while they attempted to learn more about the goods they were supposed to steal. Kobi found it surprisingly difficult to come across anyone suited for the job who wasn't travelling back to headquarters, however, but was eventually able to find a handful of extra men to assist their team.
Unfortunately, the night before the team planned on departing, Kale's premonition came true and the base was sacked by an overwhelming number of energy soldiers. She, along with many other important members of the resistance, was captured and taken to a maximum security prison built beneath the surface of the city of Slavia. Though she was no longer with him, she assumes he immediately requested to be removed from his initial mission and began working on ways to rescue her, as he arrived at Slavia's walls with an army at his back mere days after her capture.
Kale recalls being extremely worried about the safety of the resistance soldiers involved in the siege, but was surprised to overhear a panicked conversation between a lieutenant stationed inside the city and the warden of the prison she was being held in. She didn't hear everything, but heard enough to realize that the resistance was winning the battle with a significant advantage. The relief this brought was short-lived, however, as she was quickly approached by an unnamed loyalist soldier and escorted out of her cell, and her journey through the prison's halls was littered with background noise. She heard dozens of voices through various pieces of communications equipment, and slowly began to piece together what was about to happen. About ten minutes after she was taken outside of Slavia's walls, she heard a deafening "boom" noise and felt the planet itself begin to shake, and immediately began to fear the worst.
When she discovered he was alive, Kale was relieved but equally heartbroken to hear that he'd been imprisoned as well and was currently being tortured for information. She was horrified to see what had become of his face and body when he was eventually brought before her, describing him as follows: The strain on his nerves made him look like he'd suffered from a stroke. One side of his mouth sunk below the other, and he'd developed an easily noticeable lazy eye. His neck, arms, and legs were twisted and were no longer naturally straight. His body was burnt in many areas, there was skin missing in others, and a significant amount of his hair had begun to fall out. She recalls vomiting after first seeing him like this.
She spent the following days crying in her cell and trying to endure the inevitable visits from the enemy she received on a regular basis, before hearing one day that Kobi had escaped from his confinement and was now running loose in hopes of finding a way out of the prison. Kale recalls hearing a neverending series of frightening noises and feeling the prison shake violently the day this happened. She was, against her wishes, taken from her cell and brought before Kobi, before she says everything went black.
While the Northern Kai does not have much to add to Kobi's life on Planet Sadla, he was one of few who witnessed the saiyan's return to the universe after his supposed death. He admits to paying far less attention to Planet Sadla than he should have up until the world was engulfed in the civil war that led to its destruction, and thus he knows little about Kobi's life before he was made into a soldier.
He vividly remembers seeing Kobi transform into a Super Saiyan, and recalls the horror that engulfed him as he watched the once kind saiyan boy rampantly murder his kin by the dozen. Kaio explains that Kobi seemed completely devoid of any personality or humanity, that, at that moment, he seemed like nothing more than a souless husk carried entirely by a boundless fury. Even more surprising than this was Kobi's ability to move like normal; for no explainable reason, he was able to punch, kick, and jump like he always could, even despite the horrific injuries he'd recently sustained. Most importantly, though, it seemed his sanity had been eradicated by his time as a loyalist prisoner, leading him to destroy Planet Sadla and presumably kill himself.
When he returned to the universe one year later, North Kai recalls feeling as though he must have been dreaming. He explained that Kobi's injuries were gone, and that his sanity seemed to have returned to him. It was also very apparent that he'd grown much stronger, (King Kai claims that Kobi could have dealt with Majin Buu with mild difficulty by this point) something seemingly related to the fact that both his hair and tail had become white instead of the golden color they once were. His personality had changed significantly as well; he was far colder and more calculated, he seemed less interested in the company of others, he was far less talkative, (Kaio adds he didn't even think this was possible, as Kobi had already been very quiet to begin with) and his confidence had increased significantly. Kobi also seemed more intelligent for no discernable reason, and he displayed access to abilities he'd never used before. The most worrying note that the North Kai makes is, on multiple occasions, when he found himself monitoring Kobi, he saw the saiyan stare right back at him.
King Kai also makes note of Kobi's meeting with Zuno, who he further adds the saiyan should have no knowledge of. He seems to be under the impression that the black Potara earrings he'd started wearing may have had something to do with the knowledge, though he did not recognize the earrings' color scheme and by extension had no clue what they were connected to. Regardless, the North Kai states that the encounter between the two was bizarre, as the normally reserved and demanding Zuno seemed comfortable with providing Kobi with the answers to what must have been a few hundred questions. The topics they discussed were numerous, including the number of planets with sentient life in Universe 7, details about the various species spread throughout the universe, information about the Super Dragon Balls and various other sets of Dragon Balls scattered throughout space, the history of both Universe 7 and the complete multiverse, details about the Kaioshin and other deities like the Gods of Destruction, the current whereabouts of any saiyan survivors, and so on. According to the North Kai, Kobi then left Zuno's palace and began a voyage across the universe to any planets he could find with sentient life. Over the course of this journey, he learned many new abilities and progressively grew much more powerful. On occasion, he would leave the North Quadrant, leaving King Kai temporarily unable to observe him, though he would come back every now and then until the day he vanished for good.
Kobi's power is difficult to quantify as by its own nature it is incredibly inconsistent and heavily reliant on a number of different factors.
To describe it best, Kobi is capable of manipulating his full power in order to best equip himself for whatever situation he happens to be dealing with, through a combination of using his signature techniques and simple basic ki manipulation. To explain the latter in further detail, Kobi employs an extremely precise hybrid of two concepts both used by Son Goku. The first of these concepts is one Goku first displayed an understanding of during the battle against the Ginyu Force - greatly suppressing one's power in combat, and only utilizing all of it during incredibly brief intervals in order to conserve energy until burning through it is absolutely necessary. The second of these concepts is one Goku employed when creating the Super Saiyan 3 transformation, one where the user draws from their own ki supply in order to increase their speed, power, durability, et cetera.
By applying both of these concepts at once, Kobi is able to seamlessly increase his power during brief exchanges by whatever amount he feels he needs to. Additionally, he is able to significantly increase the effectiveness of both, not only by employing them with a much higher level of precision, but also by pushing both concepts to their logical extremes - Kobi does not just suppress *most* of his power when not in combat, but rather suppresses *all* of it, and when he releases his power, he does so in shorter, more precise bursts. This allows him to reserve even more of his energy, which in turn gives him far more ki to amplify his power with when he seeks to do so.
Techniques and AbilitiesEdit
Super Saiyan TransformationEdit
The most integral part of Kobi's arsenal is his ability to transform into a Super Saiyan. As made evident by his white hair and tail, Kobi's Super Saiyan form is unique, though it is not so unique as to be considered an individual transformation separate from the standard Super Saiyan form. This is made apparent by the fact that, despite the difference in color, Kobi cannot access the form separately from vanilla (golden-haired) Super Saiyan—this is his only transformation. That said, the differences between Kobi's version of the form and the regular transformation are numerous enough to prompt many characters to ask him what sort of transformation he's using. In response, Kobi has unofficially dubbed this white-haired Super Saiyan variant "Terminal Super Saiyan".
As the name implies, Terminal Super Saiyan is meant to be the logical endpoint of the Super Saiyan form. Kobi only created the name after learning of the many stages of the transformation created by the saiyans of Earth (Super Saiyan 2 and 3, Super Saiyan Grades II and III, etc) as he felt his version of the form removed the need for any others. Though Kobi's improved version of the form is fundamentally the same as the standard transformation, it possesses the following key differences.
Like the mastered variant of Super Saiyan created by Goku and Gohan, Terminal Super Saiyan requires none of its user's energy in exchange for its use. Kobi has become so accustomed to using it that he never leaves the state, opting to remain a Super Saiyan as though it were his base form. Additionally, through extensive training and experimentation (akin to the sort Goku performed to develop Super Saiyan 2 and 3) Kobi has managed to increase the transformation's power output significantly. Though doing so initially required him to pour ki into the form proprtional to the amount of power he wished to provide himself with, (in other words, making the form more powerful would burn through ki progressively more quickly) over time he slowly managed to overcome this weakness. Kobi describes the training process as repeatedly pushing the form to reach a new threshold of power (for example, increasing the form's multiplier from 50× to 100×, like Goku/Gohan did when they created Super Saiyan 2), gaining total mastery over its newly established power output to reduce its ki consumption the same way he did with the base transformation, and repeating the process over and over again. As he continued to increase its power, the form's appearance progressively continued to change. The more power he forced it to output, the brighter his hair and tail would glow, until they eventually became the trademark frost white hue unique to this version of the transformation.
By the time it had reached this point, Kobi had long since lost track of just how powerful he'd made the transformation. One anomalous aspect of the form that Alaka makes note of is that it seems to have, in some capacity, merged with Kobi's base form, much the same way as Super Saiyan God did with Goku's body after his battle with Beerus. As was the case with Goku here, Kobi's base form seemed to become almost as powerful as his Super Saiyan form was, all while he still continued to receive the additionally, equally enormous boost in power provided to him in his transformed state. Additionally, Kobi can (temporarily) further increase the form's power by funneling extra ki into it, though he can only do so in extremely brief intervals.
Typically in the context of Dragon Ball, a 'technique' refers to a specific application of a person's Ki or body. Though Kobi has more than twenty-four specific applications for his Ki, he has categorized most of these abilities into twenty-four broad, named powers based on what aspect of reality he aims to manipulate, each with their own list of specific derivatives and individual applications. Of course, some have more derived techniques than others and vice versa. All twenty-four abilities are inspired by one or more Ki abilities already present in the universe, such as the widely used Multi-Form, the Kaio-ken, et cetera. There is a twenty-fifth group composed of basic Ki utilities, though Kobi does not consider any of these techniques important enough to be worth naming.
Each of his twenty-four named abilities can be employed at one of two levels of use, each with a distinct level of effectiveness. Level One is denoted by a lowercase symbol (Alpha's Will would be α at Level One) and Level Two is denoted by a capital letter (Alpha's Will would be A at Level Two).
One final note is that, while each of the abilities may have named sub-powers, non of them are considered separate from the technique they branch off of. For example, Alpha's α Prison uses the same fundamental concepts as all of the other techniques derived from Alpha's Will. The derivatives are only given names for the sake of organization, not because they are significantly different from one another.
Alpha's α Will Edit
The techniques that draw from Alpha’s Will all involve telekinetics and the manipulation of invisible forces. Through Alpha’s Will, Kobi can telekinetically push, pull, grip, bind, maneuver, and deflect objects, projectiles, and other people. Kobi can also telekinetically control his own body for a number of purposes, and frequently does so to briefly augment his strength and speed, as well as to quickly hurl himself out of the way of any oncoming threats.
Beta's β ShadowEdit
Allows the user to create a clone of themselves, which they can use for various purposes. This ability is distinctly different from Multi-Form for a number of reasons, none less important than another.
Beta's Shadow is more like an extension of the user’s body than a full-blown replica of them - this is made no more apparent by any one of its traits than the fact that it rests within the user’s body when dormant, and can be called upon without actually being expelled from the body. In other words, this gives the user access to an extra, retractable set of limbs and appendages that they can extend from anywhere on their body at any time they feel appropriate. A user of the technique essentially has access to four arms, four legs, two heads, and even an extra torso when needed, and they can extend these extra body parts from any part of their body they choose to. Furthermore, Beta's Shadow can split from the user’s body at their will, where it will thereafter become autonomous and require no further input from the person who spawned it. The doppelganger is tied to its creator in nearly every other aspect, however; while it can and will act on its own, it and its creator are a hivemind - they share thoughts, goals, and vision with one another. Additionally, their ki pool and life essence are linked together; if one exhausts all of their ki, the other will be unable to draw from their own Ki pool. If one dies, so does the other, etc.
Gamma's γ Cloak Edit
Like the Kaioken, Gamma's Cloak seeks to amplify its user's physical capabilities over a short period of time. It incrementally multiplies the user’s Ki depending on the level being used, and for a duration of no more than thirty seconds. Signs of Gamma's Cloak use are obvious and easily spotted; the user’s skin becomes white, their ireses and pupils vanish, and they are cloaked in a veil of explosive black light. When the effects of Gamma's Cloak come to an end, the user is inflicted with recoil damage determined both by the amount time spent using the technique and by how much damage was dealt to an enemy (or enemies) while under the effects of the power boost.
The primary purpose of this ability is to increase the user's speed and destructive power — this skill will not do much to bolster its user's defenses directly. That said, it can still be used for defensive purposes — for example, the user can amplify the force of their basic ki attacks and use that to nullify or deflect an oncoming energy attack — and it can also be selectively cast on specific parts of a person's body to reduce recoil damage.
Delta's Δ StaffEdit
Allows the user to summon and manipulate basic elemental forces such as water, earth, air, fire, and lightning. Each element is typically imbued with the caster's ki to increase its effectiveness, causing them to adopt a distinct color scheme based on the color of the user's Ki. In Kobi's case, the elements he bends are colored white and are coated with a thin, black aura. The elements being controlled only ostensibly take the form of what they represent however; Kobi does not literally control flames or water, rather mass constructed from ki and magic that adopts the properties of water, fire, wind, et cetera.
Epsilon's ε GauntletsEdit
The techniques that draw from Epsilon's Gauntlets involve the most basic applications of Ki found in all twenty-four categories, such as basic waves of Ki, (like the Kamehameha) omnidirectional Ki bursts, (like the Super Explosive Wave) and things of that nature. As the name implies, these techniques are typically reliant on their user's hands.
Zeta's ζ GreavesEdit
This ability, like Gamma's Cloak, allows a person to augment their physical capabilities for short periods of time, though in the case of Zeta's Greaves, this can only be done for the purpose of travel or transport. The restrictions that this technique uses to define something as "for travel or transport" are relatively loose, so it is equally accurate to define the abilities given by Zeta's Greaves as abilities with the goal of temporarily increasing their user's speed in one way or another. They can be applied in numerous ways, such as teleportation, high-speed movement across short distances, and it can even be used selectively on individual limbs. Under certain conditions, these techniques can be used on other people and objects.
Eta's η ShacklesEdit
This ability gives its user limited control over the concepts of merging and unification. This control comes in both physical and conceptual forms; in other words, Kobi can use Eta's Shackles to literally fuse things together or to create a metaphysical bond between two or more things, and anything in between. The ability to unify granted by this technique is not absolute and has many clear limitations in place, but it is by its own nature still incredibly useful and versatile.
Theta's θ EyesEdit
Obviously, the abilities granted by Theta's Eyes are all ocular. This includes passive effects like enhanced visual perception and an increased field of vision, but comes with many active sub-powers of its own as well.
Iota's ι CrucibleEdit
The powers accessible through Iota's Athanor are all alchemical in nature, and typically deal with directly altering the world or area around their user. These include things like transmutation, the ability to enchant items, the ability to brew potions, and various abilities that involve altering reality in bizzare ways.
Kappa's κ ChainsEdit
This ability's various uses all involve applying the concept of suppression in some capacity.
Lambda's λ BrigandineEdit
Heavily augments the user's defenses in a limited variety of ways.
Mu's μ HourglassEdit
Allows the user a very limited control over the flow of time.
Nu's ν CynosureEdit
Based on the Kai Kai ability of the gods and the Instant Transmission ability of the people of Yardrat, Nu's Cynosure grants the user a limited amount of control over space, and allows them to do many of the things they otherwise could not with Zeta's Greaves.
Xi's ξ OrdnanceEdit
With Xi's Ordnance, a person can conjure a number of ethereal weapons and objects for use in combat.
Omicron's ο AuthorityEdit
Allows the user to bend a physical version of the concept of nothingness in various capacities.
Pi's π ElixirEdit
Allows the user to temporarily alter the properties of other abilities they possess.
Rho's ρ ConvictionEdit
Allows a person to heal injured body parts, whether they belong to the user or an ally, and restore worn or broken objects to their original condition.
Sigma's Σ WingsEdit
Allows the user to transform their body in a variety of ways, causing them to adopt the traits of whatever it is they seek to transform into.
Tau's τ SabreEdit
Gives a person a limited amount of control over the concepts of severance and partition. Despite its bizarre nature, this is one of Kobi's most versatile techniques given what it can be used for. With it, he can accomplish a wide array of incredibly useful tasks, such as severing a person's connection to one of their own attacks (i.e. breaking Goku's ties with a Kamehameha blast so that he no longer has control over it), breaking seals, (for instance, he would have been able to rip the Elder Kai out of the Z-Sword without having to break it open) splitting fused beings into their individual components, et cetera/
Upsilon's υ HelmEdit
Grants a person limited access to various mental powers, like telepathy, astral projection, mind-reading, though the degree of control given to the user depends on the kind of application they have in mind. Kobi can use this ability to also manifest illusions and is free to decide who these illusions affect.
Phi's Φ TenorEdit
Allows the user to temporarily apply the effects of other abilities they've come into contact with.
Chi's Χ VoiceEdit
This technique has both figurative and literal applications, and though both are distinctly different from one another, they each still draw from the concept of enhancing a person's voice. Not only does this give a person the ability to literally weaponize their voice, but it also allows them to place certain objects, creatures, and people under their control.
Psi's ψ TomeEdit
A technique that allows the user to alter reality in a number of highly limited ways.
Omega's Ω JudgementEdit
Omega's Judgement draws from the traits of all twenty-three previous abilities and is typically employed with the intent of immediately ending a battle.
Basic Ki UtilitiesEdit
- Flight: The ability to fly with the use of Ki.
- Ki Sense: The ability to sense the presence of others with the use of Ki. Kobi's use of this ability is typically adept, as he is easily capable of distinguishing his surroundings by using his Ki to do so, meaning he can use this ability to sense the presence and movement of people and objects regardless of whether they exude a Ki signature or not.
- Afterimage Technique: This technique is a short burst of extremely high speed, moving faster than the opponent can sense. This has the side effect of leaving a momentary "after image", until the opponent's senses adapt and realize their target has moved.
- Ki Blast: The most basic form of energy wave.
- Enhanced Reflexes: Not to be confused with Ultra Instinct, though the two are very similar in nature. Through extensively training both his reflexes and his sensory abilities, Kobi managed to reach the pinnacle of spatial awareness and developed nearly automatic reflexes as a result. Kobi's enhanced reflexes function as follows: by taking advantage of his sensory abilities and using his ki to guide his limbs toward perceived threats, he is able to nearly automatically react to any attacks directed towards him. His use of an ability so similar in function to Ultra Instinct is the reason for the white color of his eyes.
- Kobi's name follows the Saiyan custom of being derived from a vegetable, and is composed of the bookends of kohlrabi, (Kōrurabi, コールラビ) a vegetable typically only eaten as part of a salad or slaw. His name is also a bilingual pun on the Greek word κωβι, (read: kobi in Classic Greek or kovi in Modern Greek) a rough shorthand of κωβιός (read: kobiós in Classic Greek or koviós in Modern Greek) meaning gudgeon. Though the word 'gudgeon' is typically only used in a literal context, often referring to a metal pin used in the construction of buildings and sailboats, it is occasionally applied figuratively in place of the word 'pivot' to mean "a person, thing, or factor having a major or central role, function, or effect." 'Gudgeon' can also ironically mean "idiot" or "gullible".
- Kobi is not the original Super Saiyan, just one from a previous generation. Though the anime seems to imply that the very first Super Saiyan appeared a thousand years before Goku's transformation, the manga simply claims that a Super Saiyan appears every one thousand years, implying that there were a handful of Saiyans who used the transformation before Kobi. Zuno confirms this and further elaborates that historically, Super Saiyans have appeared one at a time and only once every thousand years.
- The colors of Kobi's Super Saiyan transformation were inspired by a color scheme temporarily used for Super Saiyan Goku in a limited color chapter of the Dragon Ball manga. This is the only instance where a Super Saiyan is seen with white hair, a white aura, and red pupils, and only happened due to Toriyama's decision to limit his color choices to shades of red, brown, and grey when coloring certain manga chapters. Since this chapter was a part of Goku's battle with Frieza, Kobi's application of the color scheme is also intended to note a subtle parallel to the extreme shift in character Goku experienced during his first use of the Super Saiyan transformation. King Kai notes that Kobi shared many aspects of the personality Goku displayed after first transforming, and even remarks that while the Super Saiyans who preceded Kobi all experienced similar personality shifts, watching Goku fight Frieza was "like seeing Kobi raised from the dead."
- Kobi's use of enhanced reflexes predate Ultra Instinct's conceptual reveal in Ressurection 'F'. It was intended to be an ability conceptually unique to him, borne from a blend between Goku's instinct-driven approach to combat and Vegeta's tactical, shrewd fighting style - which is, incidentally, almost exactly how Whis described the concept when it first debuted.