One of the residual memories from Comic Con is this picture to the left, the concept of it still intrigues me. Goku vs Superman, what a showdown. Ever since I passed by the booth of Javier Cruz Winnik, and I saw this picture I have had the question on my mind. Who would win? Both have pushed themselves beyond what their bodies should handle to defend the Earth. Both have died, and then came back multiple times. So if it came down to it, who would win?
If we did a comparison of powers, and strengths then it wouldn’t show much difference between the 2. It wouldn’t be enough to gauge the battle. Goku can channel his Chi into a blast powered by his Energy, where Superman can shoot lasers out of his eyes that is powered by his pure strength of will. So both would balance each other out to some point, and while this would make a great light show battle they would both know this is not how they would win. Let’s not forgot Supermans freeze breath, it might help him once or twice, but Goku would wise up to it and avoid it.
Next, both have super strength, and super speed. This means hand to hand combat would be pretty intense but, Goku might have a slight advantage knowing martial arts. However it can be argued that Martial Arts play no part in fighting skill in the DBZ world. If you look back at the monsters, robots, and Aliens Goku fought, none of them were actually trained in any martial arts like Goku so Superman could probably go toe to toe based on speed alone.
I think this fight would fall down to the very source of each contender. What are their power sources? They are 2 totally different beings. Superman holds back his true strength in a lot of battles, then if needed will unleash hell upon his opponent. Superman gathers strength from Earths yellow sun, while Goku on the other hand has different tiers of his own strength. Super Saiyan levels 1-3 and then a 4th transformation which people argue is not a Super Saiyan level since he does not have gold hair. So that can be argued, but it still doesn’t change the fact that he can gather copious amounts of strength from these 4 transformations and I feel these 4 levels could go beyond Supermans own strength. So Goku could be stronger than Superman for a while, but Goku doesn’t have the sun to keep giving him strength so Superman might be able to outlast Goku’s transformation forms since Goku can only remain in those forms for so long before it uses all his energy.
Finally after the battle is nearly over, there are still the final attacks. Superman doesn’t really have a finishing move other than revitalizing himself with the sun. But Goku, Goku has 2 final attacks that not only do heavy damage, but could cause the enemy to de-materialize from them. One is the random super Dragon Punch he can do in SSJ3, and finally is the Spirit Bomb which was thought to be pointless until they brought it back in GT when he used it as a Super Saiyan and it gathered it’s energy from the entire galaxy. Yes, a galaxy worth of power is at Goku’s disposal, given he had enough time to gather it all then will it into a blast to hit Superman, and he could always miss, and you only get 1 chance really with that attack before the galaxy that gave you the energy gets pissed at you for wanting more.
So who would win? Good question, I want to say Goku, but I feel Superman might have be able to hold his own for a while. I do know that this would be an honorable fight, no kryptonite would need to be used. Goku wouldn’t do that, he would want the challenge. So based on the info above, who do you think would win? Who do you think needs to be a contender? Terry Bogard perhaps?