Beerus was introduced in the movie “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods” in which he woke up and forced a prophecy where he battles a “Super Saiyan God”. However, one of the most interesting takeaways from the movie was the fact that it was not Frieza’s own volition in which he destroyed Planet Vegeta, but a direct order from The God of Destruction himself.
While we all marveled at this, we had no idea whether-or-not what Beerus said in Battle of Gods was canon or not. Especially since in the Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie, there was no recollection of Beerus telling Frieza this when they went through the past events that lead to the present. Fans got the supporting evidence they needed to back this up as fact in the Dragon Ball Super anime as it was mentioned once again by Whis, to which Beerus tried to keep it quiet.
In this most recent chapter of the Dragon Ball Super manga, Beerus actually makes it known himself that he was the one who told Frieza to commit genocide against the Saiyans. This was more-or-less a learning experience for Vegeta that Beerus was teaching him, but this should have been something more. What that “more” should’ve been is what I’d like to get into.SPOILER WARNING
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Chapter 69 of Dragon Ball Super should’ve been saved for something deeper. Vegeta has expressed the fact that he is a Prince and not a King. The proper ceremony and throne that would have solidified Prince Vegeta the 4th as ruler of the Saiyans never happened due to Frieza wiping them out on orders from Beerus.
We all remember back on Planet Namek as Vegeta sat on death’s door, how he cried out for a lower-class Saiyan who he felt could actually take down Frieza to do it for their proud race. While you can say many things about Vegeta; that he was a merciless villain, that if he had the power to do what Frieza did he probably would have done it to others, or that the Saiyans even had it coming considering how many people they themselves wiped out. What no one would dispute was how proud he was to be a Saiyan, that the blood that ran through his veins belonged to a powerful warrior race who “have no limits”. Even in the Dragon Ball Super anime, he wanted to teach Cabba how to transform into a Super Saiyan and even wanted to visit Universe 6’s Planet Vegeta and took an interest in their differences compared to what he knew.
Beerus proclaiming this fact, even with Vegeta’s newfound disposition and change of heart into essentially a good guy from an anti-hero, should have triggered something. Should’ve been the catalyst to some greater power or transformation that was untapped within the Prince until then. We know this exists within Vegeta since he gained power greater than Super Saiyan 3 Goku in his base form after being enraged that Beerus slapped Bulma in Battle of Gods. Also, while Broly is stronger than Vegeta by a long shot, he was still judged to have powers greater than regular Saiyans at birth according to Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
In addition to this, we know of the massive boost within the Moro Arc that Vegeta received on planet Yardrat once he underwent the same process that Goku did, achieving the technique of “Forced Spirit Fission” for his efforts. They claimed that Vegeta was even stronger than Goku when he finished the training, and while this could be attributed to the fact that he’s now a “God-like Saiyan”, it could also be because he actually has latent powers that are stronger than Goku seeing as he was judged to have more potential at birth.
This was just a massively missed opportunity for Vegeta to gain payback while simultaneously giving him something to rival Goku without suffering the embarrassing defeat and mocking of Beerus. I admit, I was never a big fan of Vegeta but he needs some actual shine and long-standing victories. Vegeta was denied killing Frieza in Resurrection F, did barely anything to Moro with Forced Spirit Fission, and was beaten to a pulp by Hit among other things.
Once more Dragon Ball has forced Vegeta to tuck in his pride and reflect on his actions while Goku stays with his same attitude with no true character development (I mean, he gave Moro a senzu beans and you would think he learned not do give a villain that during the Cell Saga!). I just hope they have something grand in store for him as Vegeta is constantly skipped over, and even this Chapter should have been one of Vegeta’s greatest moments is now simply another chapter of him remaining powerless to do anything despite his Pride.