Dragon Ball Super‘s ‘Universal Survival Saga’ is known as the one of the historic arc of the series because of significant and impressive battles in the Tournament of Power.
The series made its last effective turn when Goku finally mastered Ultra Instinct ability and beat down almighty Jiren.
In the Tournament of Power, All fighters did their best for their survival but the anime is only meant for Goku vs Jiren’s ultimate battle and anime just prove it who is the strongest being throughout the history of Dragon Ball series.
If we look back in the past two years, we have been blessed with unique and fascinating characters who are even more powerful than Goku.
Hence, Hero’s Facts has listed top 16 DBS characters who are responsible to lead the series on a whole different level.
Here are, Dragon Ball Super’s Top 16 most powerful characters
20. ULTIMATE GOHAN / 孫悟飯 Son Gohan
The third protagonist of the whole Dragon Ball series after Goku and Vegeta, Gohan is a very first half-human half-Saiyan being in the series.
In the anime, Goku has appointed him as Universe 7’s representative due to his exceptional fighting tactics. Although he seems to be lacking in fighting due to his devotion to becoming an educated person.
But only DB fans know when it comes to his family, he can even surpass his father.
That does not mean he is weak. We do not have to forget he is a son of Goku and is the one who defeated Cell in his childhood period.
He always had the most of the potential and Universe 10 Obuni’s elimination just confirmed it that he has been holding back.
Let’s travel back in time in Zen-Exhibition match. How Gohan fight against Lavender while he was blinded and only relied on his senses to win the battle.
Another incident highlights his awaking powers when he got the news about Tournament of Power. Thanks to his mentor Piccolo, Gohan just raises his hidden power which helps to bring back his Ultimate form again.
During his fight with Goku just before the Tournament of Power, Ultimate Gohan’s powers nearly matched the Super Saiyan Blue Goku with Kaio-Ken. The most recent example is episode 118 where Gohan came up with a plan to defeat Universe 6 Namekians.
In the whole TOP, he was the only one who came up with nice planning and wonderful strategy which was eventually paid off every time.
19. FUTURE TRUNKS / 未来のトランクス Mirai no Torankusu
Son of Vegeta from an alternate future timeline, Trunks who was the first one to kill Frieza with his sword.
In the whole dragon ball series, he has the most terrible backstories as his world has actually destroyed first by Androids-Cell and then by Black Goku-Zamasu.
Thanks to time traveler Capsule, the trip back to past where he meets all of his family and his friends. Doing hard training with his father and Goku, he becomes one of the stronger Z Fighters and returns to his timeline in order to save his own future by defeating Androids.
After finding his peaceful life with his future Bulma and his friend Mai, he encounters with one of the greatest enemy calling himself Black Goku.
In this Future trunk Saga, series has done so a point where he able to transform into mysterious form. Although due to blue aura leaking from his body it could also potentially be a step towards a God transformation.
After his return to another timeline where the Earth is unaffected from Zamasu, I believed Akira Toriyama still have the additional storyline for him in the future. Because Dragon Ball Super has made him one of the Ace fighters like Goku and Vegeta.
18. HIT / ヒット, Hitto
Strongest warrior and ace fighter of the Universe 6, Hit who is professionally known as Legendary Assassin. In his home world, he is famous for his proficient work as he had proven himself by completing each task is to kill the target in a single strike.
Unlike other fighters, he is way older than another warrior like he born over 1000 years ago. During Universe 6 saga, we witness his potential and fighting skill against Goku.
Neither his strength nor his fighting abilities are above Goku’s but his signature technique, Time Leap was greatly enhanced during the fight. Like Goku, he learned to improve his time skip technique slowing during battle.
As Hit’s true strength lies in his killing techniques because during Tournament between 6 & 7, he was holding back. Indeed this is true when Hit reappeared during Future Trunk Saga and take down Super Saiyan Blue Goku using his invisible attack.
Despite all his too proud behavior, He has a sense of honor as he lost himself against Monaka who was a weakling appointed by Beerus to inspired Goku.
17. GOLDEN FRIEZA / ゴールデンフリーザ, Gōruden Furīza
Without Frieza, this list feels incomplete as he is one of the arch enemies of Goku since the start of Frieza Saga and he will do anything to kill his enemy even if this takes him to push beyond his limits.
Recently during the Dragon Ball Super: Resurrection of F, with intense training, Frieza has achieved his Ultimate Evolution form which is known as Golden Frieza.
Frieza is a natural born warrior with full of potential, as he never trained to defeat Goku before. Furthermore, to beat Goku’s undefeatable Super Saiyan form, Frieza trained for the first time in his life.
At the first, Golden Frieza is extremely powerful being superior to Goku and Vegeta’s newly found Super Saiyan blue state. In January V-Jump article noted that Golden Frieza ranks eight out of twelve on the danger scale.
Due to its prolong uses, it could drain Frieza’s stamina drastically which is first noticed by Vegeta but after his defeat, Frieza manages to overcome his weakness through his mental training with Goku on Earth’s hell.
By doing so, he mastered his Golden Frieza state which is known as True Golden Frieza.
Still, despite all this, Frieza shudders in fears in front of Beerus as Toriyama once said that he could never surpass Beerus no matter how he is stronger.
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16. BLACK GOKU / ゴクウブラック, Gokū Burakku
Future Trunks Saga was a nightmare for the Dragon Ball Super. This saga catches fire when battle encounters with Black Goku.
One of the fan favorite villain of all time because of his appearance resembles Goku. Black Goku is one of the greatest villains along with future Zamasu from universe 10.
Actually, he is God Zamasu in which he stole the actual Goku’s body from alternate timeline with the help of himself from future Zamasu to kill all the mortal beings as well as all the Gods including Beerus.
He is successful to come to that stage where he becomes the most powerful in the world.
Fuelled by hatred of beating from Goku, his only sole purpose is to kill all the Saiyan race. He also found out that the secret behind Goku’s powers is anger through which he surpasses the Super Saiyan Blue by transforming into Super Saiyan Rose form which is way stronger than ever.
Even though Goku and Black Goku share the same body, Zamasu’s Godly Ki mixed with a Saiyan body which allows him to transform into SSR form.
15. FUSION ZAMASU / 合体がったいザマス Gattai Zamasu
One of the fan-favorite villains of all time in the history of Dragon Ball franchise, Zamasu was selected as an apprentice to become next Supreme Kai of Universe 10 after Gowasu.
But his pride taken away when he was defeated by a mere mortal like Goku who must perish from the world along with all the mortal creatures who’s creation was a mistake of gods according to him.
His other counterpart Black Goku had the advantages of Saiyan body. When fused with his Future self, the transformation unlocked Saiyan’s full potential as well as able to used it along with deity’s superpowers.
According to Gowasu, the fusion extended their power level to no visible end. It means the fusion Zamasu arguably being the most powerful Supreme Kai so far and ultimately his killer powers could have surpassed even the God of Destruction.
Thanks to Goku’s incredible Saiyan body which has limitless strength and possessing Immortal body making him the series’ strongest fusion of all time so far.
14. KEFLA / ケフラ Kefura
Hooray for being born a Saiyan
Fans completely shocked after witnessing so much growth of Caulifla-Kale’s undefeated abilities.
In the history of Dragon Ball, Goku takes around 20-25 years to reach this point and nowhere from sudden, Universe 6’s Saiyan girls fused together using Potara to survive in the Tournament of Powers.
After becoming Super Saiyan 2, Kefla managed to beat down Goku’s Super Saiyan Blue as well as his Kaio-Ken.
As Spirit Bomb acted like a temporary source to him for activating Ultra Instinct, Kefla’s unimaginable powers tend broke his shell again which leads him to regain his Ultra Instinct “Omen” state.
If I talked about her power level, according to Vados, Kefla’s power consists of Kale and Caulifla’s individual strength combined to their highest pick and then multiplied tens of times.
When her Potara fusion was born, Goku himself as well remarks that her power is so high that he cannot sense a limit to her. Meanwhile during this, her tigress roar even enough to make Jiren twitch during his meditation.
Despite all of this, DBS fans show their disappointment towards this fight because of her continuously growing powers which remarked that even Goku couldn’t survive taking one her deadly blast attacks.
But thanks to his Kamehameha, she was defeated by Goku’s Ultra Instinct which helps him to dodge almost all of her attacks.
Still, we don’t have to forget one thing, Kefla is the first ever female fusion to appear in the Dragon Ball anime series. (Don’t know when Gohan’s and Vegeta’s daughter would fuse)
13. TOPPO: CANDIDATE GOD OF DESTRUCTION OF UNIVERSE 11 / トッポ
As mentioned in the manga as well as in anime, Toppo is the candidate to become the next God of Destruction of Universe 11 after Belmod. That’s why he is always with him everywhere he goes.
Being a hot-blooded warrior, Toppo always fights for righteous justice and protect his world by working as guardians of peace within Universe 11.
In the manga chapter 29, we witnessed how Toppo unleashed his justice powers against Goku and in the anime, he nearly match Goku’s Super Saiyan Blue form plus Kaio Ken 10 times.
The reason behind Toppo rivals the Super Saiyan God is that he knows how to tap into Godly Ki. In the manga, while fighting with Goku, he activated his Godly Ki and displays the Aura of God which helps him to increases his power level to a whole different level.
That’s the only reason he is suited for the role of God of Destruction who is the second strongest fiddle of Universe 11 surpassed only by his sworn friend Jiren.
Even though he selected as an apprentice to become next deity, he still lacks in experience and all the 12 Universes Gods have been living and training for millions of years.