Jiren (Dragon Ball)
|Dragon Ball character|
Patrick Seitz (Xenoverse 2)
|Alias||Jiren the Grey (Moniker)|
Jiren (ジレン) (Jiren) is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball series by Akira Toriyama. He is a member of the Pride Troopers, a heroic organization based in Universe 11, and fights to defend his universe from evil, alongside his comrades. Jiren is also considered to be the strongest mortal around the 12 universes, with powers said to rival or surpass those of a God of Destruction.
Jiren is the primary antagonist of the Universal Survival Saga of Dragon Ball Super, being a competing fighter for Universe 11 in the Tournament of Power; his goal is to receive the Super Dragon Balls by winning the tournament. He quickly establishes a rivalry with the series protagonist, Goku, the two of them engaging in a series of intense battles that eventually leads to Goku awakening a new ability.
Jiren first appears in the Dragon Ball Super Anime in Episode 85. He makes his manga debut in Chapter 30.
Creation and conception
Jiren appears as an extraterrestrial alien of a humanoid stature. he possesses light grey skin, round ears, a flat nose, has a very muscular physique and has a pair of large eyes with enlarged black pupils. As a member of the Pride Troopers, Jiren wears a red and black costume with white gloves and boots.
When powering up, Jiren conjures an aura that appears to resemble a raging red fire, in a stark contrast to the calm blue aura Goku possesses when he is in his Ultra Instinct state.
Prior to the events of Dragon Ball Super, Jiren was an ordinary alien when one day, he found his home, village and parents killed by a mysterious, evil individual. Jiren was then adopted and trained by a martial arts teacher, alongside others to avenge Jiren's parents, until he encountered the evil figure again, during which Jiren's teacher and most of his disciples were killed. Not willing to avenge their comrades, the remaining students left Jiren alone, causing him to believe that trust is unnecessary and that in his philosophy, "Strength is Justice. Strength is Absolute". Jiren would later train and fight on his own, ultimately joining the Pride Troopers later on. Afterwards, Jiren was said to have been a mortal who has surpassed the Gods of Destruction in terms of strength. He was nominated to become a God of Destruction, candidate, but Jiren refused, hence the nomination was given to Top, the leader of the Pride Troopers and Jiren's friend and superior.
Jiren is first shown meditating, prior to being invited by the Pride Troopers, Vermoud and Marcarita to participate in the Tournament of Power. Initially, Jiren was uninterested, despite the risk of the losing universes being erased from existence by Zeno, but later relented when Vermoud announced that the winner would be granted the Super Dragon Balls for a wish. Arriving in the Null Realm for the tournament alongside the Pride Troopers, Jiren is met by different participants from 7 different universes competing. One in particular, Goku of Universe 7 attempted to greet him, only to be harshly rejected, with Jiren telling him to "get lost".
During the tournament, Jiren mostly remains inactive in spite of most of the Pride Troopers being eliminated from the tournament early on, but remains an intimidating force throughout. When Kale, a Saiyan from Universe 6 goes berserk, Jiren immediately approaches and incapacitates her with little effort. He was also able to repel the Light of Love technique from Universe 2's Ribrianne and swiftly eliminated Universe 3's Maji Kayo with a single punch after Maji Kayo threatened to torture Dyspo, one of the Pride Trooper's and Universe 11's contestants. Jiren ultimately fights against Goku, with the former easily holding the advantage and dominating the latter by a wide margin. In desperation, Goku uses the Spirit Bomb from energy collected from his teammates. Despite a tough struggle, Jiren manages to overcome the struggle, but Goku emerges in a new transformation; Ultra Instinct. In this new state, Goku is able to fight Jiren more effectively and surprise him for a few moments before the forms gives out, allowing Jiren to defeat him again. Soon afterwards, he is confronted by Hit, the strongest fighter of Universe 6, who, despite being overwhelmed, manages to score some hits and even have him trapped in one of Hit's time abilities. Despite this, Jiren breaks free of Hit's trap and immediately eliminates him from the tournament. Seeing that he has defeated Goku and Jiren, whom he perceived were the two greatest threats to him in the tournament, Jiren retreats to meditate whilst the remaining two Universe 11 fighters, Top and Dyspo carried on.
Jiren awakens from his meditation upon sensing that Goku reawakened Ultra Instinct during his battle against Kefla, the Potara fusee of two Universe 6 Saiyans, Caulifla and Kale. He would continue to observe the battlefield until only Universe 7 and Universe 11 remained. He challenged Goku again and shares a vague explanation of his wish by stating that he seeks "what is beyond strength". He is then met by Vegeta who manages to out-maneuver and deliver a series of attacks before Jiren quickly incapacitates him. Vegeta later recovers, unleashes a limit-breaking transformation and allies with Goku to battle Jiren again, with the latter commending on how Goku and Vegeta are improving. The battle continues until Jiren stops to muse about Top's transformation as a God of Destruction and Vegeta departing to fight against Top, leaving only Goku to deal with. After Top is defeated, Jiren promptly calls him pathetic for throwing away his ideals and losing and praising Vegeta for holding on to his beliefs. He then proceeds to power up and stop holding back.
Despite the aid of Android 17, Goku and Vegeta are unable to faze Jiren for too long, and despite a surprise attack from Android 17 and Frieza, Jiren is able to counterattack, brush aside the former and knock him out without much effort. But as Vermoud explains Jiren's past and how Jiren came to be, Jiren cuts his speech midway through. Android 17 then fights Jiren alone, criticizing him for being disdainful of the Pride Troopers and for only being focused on himself, before Jiren powers up a large energy attack to destroy the tournament area and secure himself the victory. However, Android 17 uses a self-destruct bomb and seemingly sacrifices himself to nullify Jiren's attack, preventing Goku and Vegeta from being eliminated.
Vegeta confronts and battles Jiren again, despite being exhausted during his battle against Top. Jiren toys with Vegeta and severely injures him, despite the latter refusing to give up, causing Jiren to compliment Vegeta again before eliminating him with a punch. Goku recovers, thanks to Vegeta donating his energy before elimination and resumes his fight against Jiren, awakening Ultra Instinct again midway through. The fight intensifies as Goku begins to persevere throughout and Jiren becoming more destructive. Ultimately, Goku masters Ultra Instinct and begins to overwhelm Jiren. Fearing that he might lose, Jiren becomes infuriated and unleashes his full power before engaging Goku in their toughest clash. As Goku begins to still hold the advantage, Jiren, in a fit of rage and denial of forfeiting his philosophy, launches an attack at the tournament stands, intending to harm the spectators, including Goku's friends and his Pride Trooper comrades. Goku deflects the attack and pummels Jiren harshly to the brink of defeat, but before he could deliver the final blow, Ultra Instinct wears out, causing Goku to be immobilized and exhausted with excessive pain. Jiren reluctantly takes this advantage to eliminate Goku, but is saved by Frieza who is joined by Android 17 for a final battle.
Jiren battles Frieza and Android 17, but his exhaustion catches up and the latter two are able to overwhelm him. However, a motivational speech from Top allows Jiren to regain his footing and fight back. Goku also pulls back from his exhaustion and repels an energy blast intending to eliminate Frieza and Android 17. Jiren then launches a final attack, but the combined teamwork of Goku, Frieza and Android 17 manages to overwhelm and eliminate him, allowing Universe 7 to win the tournament. Before he is erased alongside his allies and universe, Goku offers a truce and rematch, to which Jiren accepts. He is later resurrected by Android 17's wish, after which Jiren reconsiders his philosophy and agrees to work with Top and the Pride Troopers as true companions and to have a rematch against Universe 7 in the future.
In the manga, Jiren helps out the Pride Troopers by defeating a large monster and sealing it inside a capsule. He is then greeted by Vermoud who announces the Tournament of Power. Jiren initially refuses, but accepts after Vermoud tells him about the Super Dragon Balls.
In the tournament, he is met by Universe 7's Goku whom he promptly tells to go away. After Goku challenges the Pride Troopers briefly, he takes on Jiren during the first five minutes of the tournament, but Goku is eventually saved by Hit of Universe 6, who takes Goku's place. Jiren defeats and eliminates Hit after luring him to a false sense of security before facing off against Goku again. During Kale's rampage, Goku suggests Jiren to help out his teammates, to which he refuses, stating it as unnecessary. The two fight again, only to be interrupted by Master Roshi who manages to dodge Jiren's attacks with his martial arts skill. Despite this, Jiren is able to eliminate him quickly, but is then confronted by Goku who has managed to awaken Ultra Instinct. The two fight again, with Goku reverting back to normal very quickly.
Nearing the end of the tournament, Dyspo and Top, at a severe disadvantage, ask Jiren for help to which he retorts by having them observe "from the bench" allowing the two to be eliminated. Vegeta then challenges Jiren, followed by Android 17 and Frieza. Jiren is able to easily overpower them, with Android 17 resorting to self-destruct to take him down. Jiren recovers, disappointed that Android 17 seemingly scarified himself for nothing and encounters Goku again. Goku awakens Ultra Instinct, with Jiren responding by powering himself up.
Goku and Jiren clash once more, but Goku masters Ultra Instinct midway through and starts to dominate and overwhelm Jiren, until the transformation wore off, allowing Jiren to retake the advantage and nearly knock Goku off the tournament arena. Goku is saved by Vegeta, who engages in battle. Jiren then states that he wants the Super Dragon Balls to wish back his former master, Gicchin, to which Vermoud and Top claim that Jiren wants approval and recognition from his former master. Vegeta criticizes Jiren for wanting a selfish wish, prompting Jiren to attack him, but Goku resurfaces and the two Saiyans manage to fight back. Eventually, Jiren grows frustrated and powers up and tackles a combined Kamehameha and Final Flash blast. Jiren reappears damaged from the attack and promptly eliminates Vegeta from the tournament before taking on a worn out Goku, swiftly overpowering him. Suddenly, Frieza shows up, preparing a Death Ball, telling Goku to grab Jiren from behind. Although Goku manages to hold on to Jiren behind, he deflects Frieza's attack, only for the latter to surprise him by colliding onto Jiren and Goku head on. The force of the blow knocked Goku, Jiren and Frieza off of the arena, eliminating all three of them before Android 17 reveals himself from under the battlefield's rubble. Before Universe 11's erasure, Jiren admits to Vermoud that he acknowledges Gicchin does not want to be revived and that he understood what his former master wanted from him. Afterwards, he is shortly revived by the Super Dragon Balls via Android 17's wish.
Jiren made his first video game appearance in Super Dragon Ball Heroes. He was later announced as a DLC character for the Extra Pack 2 bundle for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and as a playable character for Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle.
Despite having humble beginnings, Jiren is regarded to be the most powerful mortal in the 12 Universes, with his strength being equal to or surpassing those of a God of Destruction. Due to his strength, Jiren was considered a God of Destruction candidate, though he refused, with the position instead going to the Pride Trooper leader, Top. In the manga, it is claimed that Jiren's strength and growth is immeasurable and that he is able to adapt and become more able in a battlefield rather quickly.
Jiren possesses superhuman speed, strength, durability and reflexes, all of which are magnified to incredibly high levels. With ki energy manipulation, Jiren can fly and can use ki blasts for offensive uses and barriers for defense. His signature attack is Power Impact (パワーインパクト Pawā Inpakuto) which fires a energy ball that travels far enough until it expands into an explosion, but it can also be used in different variations. He can also widen his eyes to create an invisible blast to repel attacks. When powering up, he sports a bright red aura, akin to fire. When unleashing his full power, Jiren can release a massive amount of energy around, resulting in his surroundings becoming scorched and burnt.
Since his appearance, critical reception towards Jiren has been mixed.
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