Original Super Saiyan
Sendai no Sūpā Saiya-jin
Debut "Goku's New Power" (1991)
Appears in
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Race Saiyan
Date of death Implied 238 Before Age
(2238 Before Age in English dub)

"According to Legend, the last Super Saiyan could only maintain his status in the transformed state. His power was extraordinary, he had no equal in the universe. But he was too primitive to control it, his rage burned so intensely that it eventually consumed him. In the end, he was destroyed by his own power."
Vegeta ("Goku's New Power")

The Original Super Saiyan (先代の超サイヤ人, Sendai no Sūpā Saiya-jin, lit. "Previous Generation Super Saiyan") was an unnamed Saiyan who could transform into a Super Saiyan. He was originally thought to be nothing more than a myth.


Vegeta states that the last Super Saiyan to appear was a thousand years prior (three thousand in the English Dub). The original legend of the Super Saiyan was more about his power than the Saiyan himself, stating that he had achieved a level of power so overwhelming that it could only be maintained in a transformed state. When the anime episode was released, a filler scene in the episode "Goku's New Power" was added showing the Super Saiyan as a Great Ape with yellowish colored fur instead of the standard brown.