“Really?” you ask. “But he’s barely even in the series!" Yes, I realize that, but the character of kid/teenage Vegeta shaped what he became as an adult. Even though the glimpses we get of Vegeta before he came to Earth are extremely limited, we see a little boy who never had the chance to become anything but what he was molded to be by the universe’s evilest tyrant.
Even when I watch Dragonball, I stop to think about what 17-year-old Vegeta was doing at the time. When Goku, Bulma, and company were having fun-loving adventures together, Vegeta was purging planets while trying to stay alive himself.
I have a lot of head-cannon about what went on during Vegeta’s teenage years, and I really feel bad for the guy. In my eyes, he’s one of the series’ most compelling characters.
Vegeta’s worst nightmare. From my fanfiction, “Blending In.” https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7214108/1/Blending-In
Story summary: In an effort to save a teenage Vegeta from a grisly end at the hand of Frieza, Nappa leads an escape to Earth. But Vegeta didn’t think Nappa’s plan would include enrollment at an Earthling high school!