In Trunks' future that had been destroyed by the Androids, Goku died from a Heart Virus.

Even in the alternate timeline caused by Trunks warning the Z Warriors about the Androids, Goku still contracted the Heart Virus but they already had a cure for it given by Trunks. Yet in both timelines out of all the Z Warriors Goku was the only person to contract it.

Why is this? Was it a targeted attack on him by Dr. Gero (given the timing of when it occurred)? Was Goku's diet a factor or was there something Saiyan wise that made him more susceptible which doesn't apply to Vegeta and half-Saiyans?

  • IIRC though Goku was the only Z warrior affected, plenty of other people also succumbed to this virus according to F-Trunks. A cure was developed soon afterwards but it was too late for Goku. Gero created androids for the sole purpose of defeating Goku, so him giving the virus seems to serve no purpose. – Arcane Dec 13 '16 at 2:26
  • @Arcane i do recall about the other cases but none of those were the Z Warriors which is why i asked out of all the Z Warriors why it was only Goku, i'm no microbiologist but i would think that if Goku contracted a Virus there's an equal chance the other Z Warriors would get it and if it was a matter of their trained bodies resisting the virus Goku's is just as trained if not more so. i didn't recall that the Androids were created specifically to defeat Goku so i thought they were created to further the RRA's goal in World Domination (before 17 and 18 decided to disobey and destroy the world) – Memor-X Dec 13 '16 at 2:50
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    Because Goku is the main character. It'd be much more interesting to have him contract the virus than sidekicks such as Krillin. – 絢瀬絵里 Dec 13 '16 at 9:51
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    Well the best explanation is random factor in this case. Future trunks also told that the virus infected other people as well so its doubtful that anyone made that virus to kill goku. Why it did not target others is because they had a better immune system so it managed to stop the virus. I think there is not much to say about it besides this – Proxy Dec 13 '16 at 10:02
  • Basically what Proxy and Ayase said. Some people were affected by the virus. Lets say 1 in 100. In the named DBZ characters unfortunately it was the MC Goku. But Plot Armor demands that people change time to save him! And then the story continued. – Arcane Dec 13 '16 at 18:39

It is Highly likely that the infection rate of the virus was just exceptionally low. Infection rates vary from virus to virus. Some can only be transmitted in highly populated areas due to their low contraction rate.

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