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Frieza, Vegeta, etc from Dragon Ball Z want to be immortal and are collecting the Dragon Balls.

Why does Son Goku, who had so many chances, did not ask the Dragon to be immortal, so he may be undefeatable?

In many occasions, Goku got confused on how to defeat his enemies. For instance, the first time Vegeta came to Earth, Goku had no idea on how to defeat him.

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    Because Goku is not greedy and have morals. – Ankit Sharma Jul 3 '17 at 10:38
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    Been immortal doesn't mean being undefeatable. Proof: Me playing Dark Souls. – xDaizu Jul 3 '17 at 14:47
  • Only a simple line goku is a fighter he doesn't want to be god...he wants to fight and spar – Mayank Karkhur Jul 4 '17 at 0:37
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    I don't remember Vegeta wanting to be immortal. Maybe in the beginning. But throughout the rest of the show, he only wants to be better than Goku, but also, never cheating. – LeonX Jul 4 '17 at 12:01
  • Yes, Vegeta has high pride.. At the beginning of the show Vegeta wants to be immortal, but at the end after she fight with goku, and married with bulma, he does not want to be immortal anymore, IDK what is the reason. – toha Jul 5 '17 at 2:50
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I will base my answer by Dragon Ball Super where Toriyama finally got Goku animated the way he always intended. People who watched Dragon Ball Z and Super may notice that Goku has a really different personality because of the conflict he had with the animators, as seen in this interview.

When referring to the "Poison" in the comics:

Wired: There’s actually “poison” inside?

Toriyama: Right. There’s how, basically, Son Goku from Dragon Ball doesn’t fight for the sake of others, but because he wants to fight against strong guys. So once Dragon Ball got animated, at any rate, I’ve always been dissatisfied with the “righteous hero”-type portrayal they gave him. I guess I couldn’t quite get them to grasp the elements of “poison” that slip in and out of sight among the shadows.

So, basicly, Goku is not supposed to and anyone who got to watch Dragon Ball Super will notice that: Goku is not a hero. At many points in the series, Goku almost wrecked the Universe because of his selfish acts as he is constantly looking for a fight with stronger and stronger characters.

By this reasoning and watching the show, it is plausible to assume that Goku will never wish for immortality. That is because Goku's main reason to live is to get stronger and to fight tougher enemies. However, he will never cheat to the point where he becomes immortal because that would ruin the fun of fighting. He lives to be challenged.

There is a point in the story where a character called Zamasu reveals to have become an immortal through the power of the Super Dragon Balls. I don't recall perfectly, but I think Goku considers him a cheater.

  • Yes, I saw the immortal Goku at dragon Ball Super. That is what I mean. If Goku is immortal, and super saiyan power level will grown up after battle, one day Goku will be immortal and undefeatable. Like Goku who follow (slave of) Zamasu at Dragon Ball Super. Even Goku is not smart people, but he has Bulma, master of negotiation and politics. So many teacher, like kaiou sama, muten roshi, picollo and all of them are so smart. – toha Jul 4 '17 at 3:03
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    It's pretty much the same for DBZ Goku, imo. He is too much of a sportsman to ever consider wishing for immortality. Except if it comes with some kind of "cooldown" (similar to being revived by the Dragon Balls after a fair fight is totally ok - but being 100% unable to lose in the first place because he is immortal? Nah, boring). – Annatar Jul 4 '17 at 6:25
  • @Annatar Yeah. You are probably right. Although in Dragon Ball Z, is hard to pin if he would consider a fight more important than saving others. – LeonX Jul 4 '17 at 11:27
  • @toha Only Zamasu was immortal, not Goku Black. As I said, Goku not choosing to be immortal has nothing to do with him being stupid. He does that because he wants to have fair fights. If he is unable to lose, he would probably lose interest in fighting. – LeonX Jul 4 '17 at 11:30
  • "So, basicly, Goku is not supposed to and anyone who got to watch Dragon Ball Super will notice that: Goku is not a hero" Huh, so it sounds like the abridged series is actually closer to the source material than the anime. – alexgbelov Oct 10 '18 at 0:48
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I haven't actually watched Dragon Ball Z, but based on my knowledge of it, there are a few possible reasons:

  • The Dragon Ball wishes are commonly used by the heroes to revive the recently-dead (an example being Krillin). So not only would wishing for immortality be extremely selfish of Goku, and disrepectful to his friends who died in battle, but it would also be pointless because he can always be wished back to life himself (and I believe he is on at least one occasion).
  • Goku is not Frieza. He only wants power so he can protect those he cares about, not just for its own sake.
  • Goku is not the smartest person. Such a wish might simply not have occurred to him.
  • It would make things really really boring. The show would just be Goku defeating every villain with ease because he can't be killed, and it would remove all the tension out of the fight scenes because you know Goku is going to win.

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