Oh Gohan. He’s been getting so much shit from the fandom for his pretty piss poor performance in the new movie.
No one seems to accept or believe or respect his decision to live a normal earthling life and not keep up with his lazer karate like the rest of the squad.
I totally understand this. I like to think if I could fly and blow up planets I prolly would not be reading a lot of books.
However, I have a theory regarding why Gohan ended up the way he did.
And the theory is the cell games.
For many, this is Gohan’s finest moment. The ultimate realization of the limitless latent power alluded to throughout the series.
But if you think about this episode from Gohan’s perspective it must have been absolutely horrifying.
His power completely overwhelmed him. He was acting more like saiyan saga Vegeta than like his own father, or like himself.
He wanted Cell to suffer, not just die. He brutally murdered all of the Cell juniors. He became the saiyan his father was meant to be.
We even kind of see this again when he becomes mystic against Buu. “Fight you, no I want to kill you.”
Unlike Goku who has brain damage. Unlike Trunks and Goten who seem a lot more human (i.e. no tails) and unlike Vegeta who after decades of introspection and through his own incredible will power (maintains rationality in oozaru form, resisted babidi’s mind control), manages to control his baser saiyan impulses, Gohan always seems walking a tight rope of civilzation and savagery.
Gohan more than any other character seems to be barely keeping his saiyan bloodlust in check. Too much violence, too much power, and he might slip up.
I think Gohan fears himself and his own potential more than any possible enemy. I think ever since Cell, deep down Gohan would rather be defeated than become that cruel warrior his blood wants him to be.
So if Gohan doesn’t train or expose himself to combat or violence good for him. Honestly. I think the braver thing would be to face his instincts head on and conquer them like Vegeta. But I can only imagine how hard it is to be born a saiyan but only want peace.
And besides dad and uncle veg are gods now so who needs him, right?