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I mean, after all, they grew up together and one might refer to them as "brothers" (though they are not biologically related), but why is Vegeta always so cruel towards Goku is the maybe underlying reason or story behind I am missing (history) it's just how he is.

I am aware that Vegeta might be extremely competitive at times. But does anyone really knows why the series producers decided to portrait Vegeta as a "semi-villain" or Goku's other enemy (if you may) or maybe something Goku might have done in the past to Vegeta?

They do have common enemies after all.

  • They're rival. Rival usually is made to not get along with each other, similar to Zorro and Sanji or Naruto and Sasuke. Also Vegeta is an enemy in the beginning so he still have some bad personality. You can't just change that, you might as well change the character. – Darjeeling Nov 8 '17 at 1:05
  • @Darjeeling, I understand the rivalry concept as it makes sense that every leading character is almost always accompanied by a rival. But seems to me like Goku is not acknowledging the Vegeta as a "rival" if you get what I mean. – user36501 Nov 8 '17 at 2:46
  • Remember, Vegita is Saiyan prince, so he has his pride, as per him no other saiyan surpasses him, this belief of him was crushed by Goku, many and many times.. so the result is the not getting along between them.. – Ichigo Kurosaki Nov 8 '17 at 4:12
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    Did I miss something somewhere (haven't watched Super) because I remember Goku being sent to Earth when he was a baby. Where did you get that Vegeta and him grew up together? – Gravinco Nov 8 '17 at 10:36
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Vegeta and Goku have a very close relationship. I'd say they share a bond even stronger than what Goku share's with someone like Krillin. They might not be friends that hang out together, laugh and have a normal conversation but they see each other as source of motivation to help better themselves and become stronger, that makes them more ambitious.

It might look as though Vegeta hates Goku but in reality, it's just his personality and the way he is which also brings a comedic aspect to the show. Vegeta has a very cocky and arrogant personality and also him being the Saiyan prince is responsible for the same. He considers his race to be superior to all other beings and he's the kind of guy who likes to assert his dominance over all other beings by using his power. Goku on the other hand, trains purely out of love for combat and doesn't share the same motivations as Vegeta which is one big difference between their personalities.

Vegeta always had a mutual respect for Goku but I recommend you watch the fight between Kid Buu and Goku where Vegeta acknowledges Goku's superiority and has a new found respect for him. Even in Dragon Ball Super, it might appear as though Vegeta doesn't like Goku but if Goku's life were at risk, Vegeta would step in and help him. This is seen when he catches Goku after Beerus knocked him out. Also when Freiza was about to kill him, Vegeta steps in. Even during the tournament of power, we see Vegeta step in to help Goku while he was being attacked by Universe 9.

In simple words, Vegeta is jealous of Goku's strength. He has admitted this a couple of times, although his arrogance and massive ego doesn't want him to accept him being weaker than another saiyan which is why we see him display some form of anger when he sees Goku and not cause he hates him.

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