Why Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta in Dragon Ball GT has red hair

Dragon Ball GT is known for introducing several unique elements to the shonen franchise’s lore and mythology, such as the Super Saiyan 4 transformation that Goku and Vegeta would use toward the end of the series. This form was the most powerful seen in the show, but what made it stand out was its unconventional hair color and aesthetics.

Unlike the first three Super Saiyan forms, Super Saiyan 4 required that the user still have a tail. Goku had to undergo training in order to get his back, thereby becoming able to turn into the gigantic Oozaru. The Super Saiyan 4 forms of Goku, Vegeta, and especially their combined form of Gogeta featured red hair and brown fur on their upper bodies, giving the impression of a half-Saiyan/half-Oozaru transformation. This was in stark contrast to the previous Super Saiyan forms, which had blond hair and green eyes.

It’s unclear why the appearance of Gogeta changed so drastically in the Super Saiyan 4 form. Some fans speculate that his red hair may be a throwback to previous abilities of the Saiyans, while others suggest that it’s a subtle callback to Goku’s earlier transformation into the Kaioken state. In the earlier parts of Dragon Ball Z, Goku was able to transform into the Kaioken state, which wasn’t a Super Saiyan form, but it did make him significantly stronger while covering him in a reddish aura. Given that Dragon Ball GT had several elements that homaged the past, this subtle callback to Goku’s first real power-up makes a lot of sense.

Moreover, there’s a possible connection between the Great Ape state needed to achieve Super Saiyan 4 and the later Super Saiyan God transformation in the true sequel series Dragon Ball Super. The Super Saiyan God species are many times shown with red hair, and given Goku and Vegeta’s heroism, it’s possible that their becoming Super Saiyan 4 (and thus Gogeta doing the same) put them genetically closer to this subgroup. However, this is just speculation and it’s important to note that Super Saiyan 4 was created long before the Super Saiyan God form, and given that the series it appeared in is no longer canon, it’s still debatable whether the form itself is. Thus, the full explanation behind Gogeta’s hair color in this state will likely remain a mystery until Akira Toriyama himself shines light on it.

Despite the aesthetic being so drastically different from all that came before, it is never explained in Dragon Ball GT’s canon. The most simplistic reason is that the hair matches the red fur of the individual Super Saiyan 4 forms. This does give the form a continuity with itself, if not the previous three transformations. At the same time, it may simply be continuing the trend of Super Saiyan 4 not having blond hair, with the red tresses emphasizing how different the form was.

In any case, the unique aesthetics of the Super Saiyan 4 form made it the weirdest transformation in Dragon Ball, but also one of the most memorable. It remains a popular topic of discussion among fans of the series, and will likely continue to be so for years to come.

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