Dragon Ball: 5 Goku Costumes We Loved (& 5 He Should Never Wear Again)
Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball series is one of the most well-known and beloved franchises of all time. For over 30 years, the Dragon Ball franchise has been part of the zeitgeist in some form or another, and during those years, the series has grown from a story inspired by the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West to a multiverse shattering epic.
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Over the course of the series, Goku has grown from a child to a youthful grandpa so it's no surprise that he's had quite a few different outfits at different points of the series. Some were great, they looked really cool and they were memorable. Others were...less so. Here's 5 of Goku's costumes that we loved, and 5 he should never wear again.
10 Never Wear: GT Gi
There's a lot to complain about with Dragon Ball GT. For starters, none of it was canon because it didn't adapt Toriyama's manga, plus fans had a lot of problems with the character redesigns and the lackluster story. Goku's redesign involved him wearing a new outfit and we have an issue with it.
In Dragon Ball GT, Goku wears a blue gi with a white sash, red wristbands, yellow pants, and black shoes. Now, the blue gi is reminiscent of Goku's original gi way back in the original Dragon Ball, and while that looks cool, the dijon mustard yellow pants just ruins the whole outfit. Luckily, this costume isn't canon.
9 Loved: Original Gi
One of Goku's costumes that we absolutely loved was his original gi from the beginning of Dragon Ball. In the manga, Goku only wore this outfit for the first chapter, but in the anime, he keeps it for the entire first story arc.
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This outfit features a blue gi, matching blue pants, a white sash belt, and red wristbands. This might not be anyone's favorite Goku outfit, but there's something about its simplicity that just works, and we can't help but love it.
8 Never Wear: Super Saiyan 4
Okay, this is a weird one. While not technically a costume, Goku's Super Saiyan 4 transformation does inexplicably create clothing for him so for that reason, we're counting it. Goku first transformed into Super Saiyan 4 directly from his great ape transformation after losing control of himself as a great ape.
While Super Saiyan 4, Goku again wears mustard yellow pants, but he now also has a blue sash, and his red wristbands have turned blue. Most notably, Goku trades a gi for a body covered in red fur, and also gets a red trim around his eyes that make it look like he hasn't slept in about 3 weeks. Super Saiyan 4 has a lot of badass qualities, but we hope not to see it again.
7 Loved: 59 Jacket
We saw Goku wear this little number during the Cell Saga, after he and Gohan have finished up their training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Goku wears this casual outfit while chilling out and maintaining his Super Saiyan form in preparation for the Cell Games.
Goku wears a white shirt and khakis, but what we really love about this outfit is the jacket. The black and orange jacket looks great on his own but the fact that it matches Goku's usual gi colors only elevate how cool the jacket looks.
6 Never Wear: Whis Symbol Gi
Goku's Whis Gi is the outfit he wears in some of the earlier story arcs of Dragon Ball Super. Goku is given this gi during his training under Whis, the angelic attendant of Universe 7's God of Destruction, Beerus. This Gi's design is largely modeled after Goku's classic Turtle School gi but without an inner shirt and with different boots.
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The Whis Symbol Gi looks cool enough, but it's no Turtle School Gi. Watching Goku wear the Whis Gi just makes us wish Goku was wearing his trademark outfit. The Whis Gi is not a bad outfit, per se, it just pales in comparison to Goku's iconic look.
5 Loved: Yardrat Outfit
Following Frieza's defeat and the destruction of Namek, Goku finds himself on Planet Yardrat, and spends a year with the Yardrats as they nurse him back to health and repair his ship. Goku also learns the Instant Transmission technique from the Yardrats before returning to Earth.
When Goku finally returns to Earth, he shows up dressed in the traditional garb of the Yardrats with a few elements of his own trademark gi mixed in, like his boots and pants (though the pants are a few shades darker). Plus, we're suckers for asymmetrical shoulder armor. It's truly a shame that Goku only wore this outfit once.
4 Never Wear: Saiyan Armor
Goku donned Saiyan armor during the Cell Saga, when he and Gohan spent a year training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. The armor looks exactly like the Saiyan armor that Vegeta so frequently wears, and while it looks great on Vegeta, the same can't be said about Goku wearing it.
For starters, Goku wasn't the only one wearing the Saiyan armor during this part. Gohan, Vegeta, and Trunks also wore the armor so they just all started to blend together. The Saiyan armor, which is representative of an aggressive race of intergalactic conquerors, just doesn't fit Goku's personality.
3 Loved: Turtle School Gi (King Kai version)
The King Kai version of Goku's Turtle School uniform is easily his most iconic look. Goku receives this classic orange and blue outfit following his training during the Saiyan conflict, and it features the Turtle School Kanji on the front and King Kai's Kanji on the back.
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Classics are classic for a reason. Goku just isn't himself if he's not wearing his trademark outfit. Even if you've never seen a single scene from Dragon Ball Z, one look at this outfit will let you instantly recognize Goku. An orange outfit is a tough thing to pull off but we wouldn't want to see Goku in anything else.
2 Never Wear: Daishinkan Outfit
The Daishinkan outfit makes its appearance in Super Dragon Ball Heroes, a promotional anime for an arcade game of the same name. This outfit was given to Goku when he begins training under the Daishinkan, aka, the Grand Minister and adviser to Zeno and Future Zeno.
This outfit looks the same as the outfit that the Daishinkan himself wears. The outfit consists of a blue shirt and matching pants, white boots, and a belt with the Kanji symbol for "Great". Honestly, this outfit wouldn't look too bad were it not for those puffy shoulders. Goku doesn't want to be a pirate!
1 Loved: Xeno Goku Outfit
Another outfit that only appears in Super Dragon Ball Heroes, the outfit that Xeno Goku wears is easily the coolest looking outfit Goku has ever worn. Xeno Goku is an incarnation of Goku from a different timeline that joined the Time Patrol, a group of warriors tasked with stopping the Dark Empire from interfering with time.
Xeno Goku's outfit consists of a black short-sleeved shirt, black pants, and a flowing red vest. He also carries the Power Pole across his back, adding a great callback to Dragon Ball. Though we only see this alternate Goku wear this outfit, we'd love to see the main Goku wear it, too, because it's such a cool-looking outfit.
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Goku, Krillin and Yamcha wear the Turtle School uniform. This Gi is orange and blue, and has the Turtle School symbol on it. Goku wears this Gi in every major battle he fights in. During the Dragon Ball Z series, the symbol on Goku's Gi was changed to King Kai's symbol, the Son family's "Go" symbol, and later disappeared until Dragon Ball Super.
King Piccolo, Piccolo and Gohan wear a similar purple Gi known as Demon Clothes with Namekian shoes. During the Fusion Saga of Dragon Ball Z, when Gohan goes back to Earth after getting his power awakened, he asks Kibito to make him some clothes just like his father wears, so Kibito gives him an orange Gi resembling Goku's symbol-less Turtle School uniform, referring to the color as similar to that of the dropping of the frogs from planet Popol.
Goku's second son, Goten, also wears a Gi similar to that of his father. In "Gather for the Tournament", Videl briefly wears a Gi while training at her father's dojo after completing her flight training before the World Tournament. Near the end of Dragon Ball Z, Goku's granddaughter Pan is also seen wearing a Gi similar to that of the Turtle School but with no symbol, while Goku now wears a turquoise Gi.
In Dragon Ball Super, Goku Black wears a Gi with a black, grey and red color scheme and white Supreme Kai boots which is listed as the Dark Gi in Xenoverse 2.
In Dragon Ball GT, Goku's student Uub wears a green Gi, while Goku now wears a blue Gi which resembles his first Gi that he wore in the beginning of Dragon Ball. After the Shadow Dragon Saga, Goku Jr. wears Goku's old Gi. Other characters in the series who wear this type of clothing include Kid Trunks, Mr. Satan and Vegito.
Video Game Appearances
Three types of Gi are equipable items in Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury: Cotton Gi, Dirty Gi, and Clean Gi. Different dōgis are available for the player's characters in the computer game Dragon Ball Online, and for the custom character in Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi. In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, Turtle Hermit Uniform is an item that increases defense for one minute and Demon Clothes is an item that increases defense for three minutes.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, the Future Warrior can obtain various Gi such as various incarnations of the Turtle School Uniforms worn by Goku, Yamcha's Turtle School Gi, Whis Symbol Gi, King Piccolo's Gi, Piccolo's Gi, Vegito's Gi, Tien Shinhan's Sash Gi, the Orin Temple Gi. An Earthling or a Saiyan Future Warrior can wear various original gi's as well such as their Default Uniform, Temple Training Gi, Ultimate Turtle Hermit Costume, and 4-Star Dragon Ball Costume. Majin's wear a racially exclusive type of Gi known as the Buu-gi. Namekians have a gi called New Hide Battle Costume which is Namekian battle suit made of a conventional Gi with animal hide added to it. Other Time Patroller NPCs can also be seen wearing various kinds of gi.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, there are several color customizable Gi that feature the various symbols and logos such as Gi (Turtle), Gi (Crane), Gi (Demon), Gi (Ginyu Force), Gi (Red Ribbon Army), and Gi (CC). Additionally, Mutaito's Gi appears as an obtainable outfit. The Future Warrior can also acquire Goku Black's Gi. While training under Yamcha, he asks the Future Warrior if they would like him to make a Gi, and says he was thinking of an orange Gi with the kanji symbol for "WOLF" (狼) on the chest (he only makes the suggestion and does not actually make the Warrior the Gi he talks about). There is also a Golden Gi which is a metallic gold version of the Turtle Hermit Gi (No Mark). The Golden Gi can be acquired by the Future Warrior as a completion reward in certain online Raid Quests. Goku also randomly give a piece of the Golden Gi (or Super Saiyan Rosé wig accessory) when given Gift (Goku) after his special costume for Partner Customs has been unlocked.
- Future Gohan's Gi has sleeves that are longer.
- Goku has had his Gi symbol destroyed three times. The first time was after being struck by Mercenary Tao's Dodon Ray, the second was after being stabbed by Beerus in the heart, and the third was after being impaled by Goku Black's Violent Fierce God Slicer.
- Videl's Gi featured briefly in "Gather for the Tournament" is similar in design to her father's though with a black undershirt and different color scheme that resembles white Gi commonly associated with Karate in popular culture.
Flashback showing King Piccolo's Demon Clothes are an inversion of Kami's "God" Gi
Render of Kami wearing his "God" Gi from World Mission
Goku's original Gi
Kid Goku's Turtle School Gi
Teen Goku's Turtle School Gi
Krillin and Yamcha's Turtle School Gi
Kid Gohan and Piccolo's Demon Clothes-style Gi
Goku's Saiyan Saga Gi
Goku's Frieza Saga Gi
Goku's Cell/Buu Sagas Gi
Future Gohan's Gi
Mr. Satan's Gi
Goten and Kid Trunks' Gi
Goku's Resurrection 'F'/Universe 6 Sagas Gi
Goku Black's Dark Gi
Goku and Goten's Gi at the end of DBZ
4-year-old Pan's Gi
Kid Uub's Gi
Uub's Gi in GT
Adult Goku's Gi in GT
Kid Goku's Gi in GT
Goku Jr. wearing Goku's old Gi
2 - BEACH -A perfect costume for beach time with friends, to play games comfortably despite hot temperatures.
3 - BIKE 17 -Suited to ride a bike, with a classic jacket as well as gloves, Goku still keeps bright, flashy colors close to his trademark costume.
4 - BIKE 34 -A modern costume suited for riding a bike during sports activities. While being practical, it is also extremely stylish and will look amazing both in the countryside and in urban landscapes.
5 - CASUAL FATHER -Driving Gohan and Chichi for family trips and shopping ever since Gohan was a very little boy, Goku will wear simple city clothes to play his role as a father during casual days.
6 - CELEBRATION -A colorful suit, ideal for a cheerful celebration. It keeps Goku's trademark orange, along with other bright colors.
7 - CHAMPION -A costume made for those who can obtain a gold medal in sports competitions.
8 - DINO RIDER -Heavy gear for dangerous activities such as riding dinosaurs. The costume's texture is multilayered and very thick, likely to reduce the impact of unfortunate shocks. The reversed cap brings a sense of modernity, while the protection glasses are both practical and stylish.
9 - EVERYDAY SHIRT -For everyday trips with friends, Goku may opt to have more casual clothes, with simple jeans and a simple shirt, complete with a white T-shirt underneath. The shirt's orange color looks toned down to be more discrete and mature, and possibly blend in with "normal people" more easily.
10 - EXPLORER -When Goku would go out with his family for summer expeditions on unknown territories (thankfully equiped with a map to find their way) he would wear a casual and comfortable outfit, with a blue T-shirt and orange wrists.
11 - FAMILY TRIP -Similar to his explorer costume, Goku doesn't need to be as comfortable during generic family/friends trips that don't require maps and would rather let his son wear an explorer costume. In that case, he keeps the same colors, but opts for a shirt instead of a T-shirt.
12 - FAN CONTEST DOGI -A unique dogi created through a fan contest. Quite stylish, it brings more complexity compared to Goku's usual dogi, while also having something of a more classic martial artist, and borrowing a few elements to Goku's friends.
13 - FISHERMAN -Adapted to the colors of wild streams of water and swamps, this suit that keeps the arms and legs fresh is ideal to go fishing with friends.
14 - GINYU'S BODY WITH DOGI -If Goku had stayed in Ginyu's body for the hypothetical rest of his life, he would have still kept his favorite dogi. And that's what he would look like!
15 - FINAL GOODBYE -A mysterious costume, said to be the one Goku was wearing as he met his ultimate destiny in a distant future, saying goodbye for good and apparently vanishing to an unknown part of the universe for some unknown reason... It sometimes leaves the impression of some final, supreme achivement in Goku's evolution, some "final version" of the character that we might never ever get to see in action.
16 - GROOM -A tuxedo worn by Goku for his wedding day. Looks uncomfortable, like most tuxedos, but ideal for important ceremonies.
17 - LEATHER JACKET -This stylish look is usually much appreciated and puts emphasis on both a cool temper and a confident young man.
18 - MECHA-BIKE RIDER -Modern with the T-shirt over the pullover, but also colorful and a bit goofy, this costume is ideal to let the kid still inside you take over.
19 - NARUTO SAGE -Goku once had a weird dream. In another universe, he was a ninja having very different fighting technics, and other friends. But he still retained that wish to surpass his limits through years-long training, could still manipulate his aura and energy, and unlocked strange power-up forms that were different, but not totally unlike his Super Saiyan forms.
20 - NON-DRIVING HUSBAND -Casual clothes for laidback, cool guys who will try not to cross their wives even when they get dangerous.
21 - JOURNEY TO THE WEST -A very different costume that feels more like Journey to the West(the original inspiration for Dragon Ball). Includes a tiger's fur. Not seeing Goku's hair drastically changes the way he looks.
22 - PILOT -A costume meant for professional pilots. Just a plane, and Goku's ready to take off.
23 - POKER PLAYER -Classy costume, much like a tuxedo without the vest, it is also reminiscent of older, classic times. Nice for a step back in time.
24 - RACING DOGI -The classic Kame Sen Dogi adapted for races. It comes with a pullover instead of the usual blue T-shirt and protection glasses.
25 - RACING STAFF -A colorful costume reminiscent of the staff helping racers. It includes comfortable shorts and a T-shirt and communication headset, all yellow and blue from the feet to the head.
26 - RACING SUIT -A red suit meant for professional racers, complete with an orange helmet.
27 - SANTA CLAUS -An ideal, traditional costume to celebrate Christmas with friends and family.
28 - SPACESUIT -The costume you need for space operations, such as fixing spaceships or prevent them from crashing into stars. Comes with an alternative spelling of the hero's name: "Gokuh".
29 - SPONSORED DEATH -A variation of Goku's dogi, with alternative boots, gloves, a darker pullover instead of his classic blue undershirt, and sponsors all over. It also comes with a halo.
30 - SUMMER SHIRT -A typical combinaison of blue jeans and orange shirt, reminiscent of what people might wear in tropical or sea-shore towns.
31 - SUIT -A more classic version of the suit with a simpler, black vest. It comes with a rose on the chest.
32 - MILITARY -An outfit for good soldiers ready to serve justice. The design looks classic, yet stylish too thanks to the many details in the various parts of the costume. Comes with a war helmet, although it just flew off in the picture!
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One of the best aspects about Dragon Ball—the series’ original run, at least—is its dedication to the progression of time. From the very first arc all the way up to the end of the Z-era, several decades end up passing. Characters age, they grow up, they move on, and the franchise reorients itself with every time skip.
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As a result, series protagonist Goku ends up visibly changing quite a bit. While he does get taller and more muscular as he ages, even adopting some laugh lines by the end of the Boo arc, his appearance changes most through his gis, with Goku rarely going an arc without donning a new uniform.
10 Turtle School Uniform (Super)
In theory, Goku’s turtle school uniform in Super is pretty par for the course. He’s got the sash from the end of the series, the orange tint, and even his “Go” kanji from Namek to spice things up. Unfortunately, this is exactly the problem. In a franchise that constantly moves itself forward, Goku wearing this uniform plays out like taking a step back.
Worse yet, it’s quite clear that Super Saiyan Blue was not designed with this gi in mind. While Super Saiyan God actually looks nice, playing off the orange well, the combination of the turtle school uniform with Super Saiyan Blue is garish, to say the least.
9 Original Gi
Goku’s original blue gi is rather simple, but it gets the job done. The outfit itself is almost generic to a fault, but that just makes the moment where Goku dons the iconic turtle gi for the first time all the more meaningful.
That said, it’s still a bland outfit that does Goku’s design no favors and it’s really no surprise how quickly Toriyama did away with it. Doubly so in the manga! In the anime, Goku wears this outfit for the entire first arc, but he actually swaps out the blue gi for a light orange one in the manga’s second chapter.
8 Saiyan Armor
Although it’s certainly novel seeing Goku in Vegeta’s trademark Saiyan armor during the Cell arc, the look doesn’t particularly suit him. The blue bodysuit pairs well with Goku’s trademark yellow hair in Super Saiyan, but the fact that both Trunks and Vegeta rock the armor at the same time as Goku starts to chip away at Goku’s visual identity.
Fortunately, it seems Toriyama wasn’t too keen on Goku’s brief stint in the armor either, as Goku immediately dons his old gi once he leaves the Room of Spirit and Time with Gohan. It is a shame he never had a proper fight in the suit, though.
7 Turtle School Uniform (Kid)
Goku’s most consistent outfit as a child, the first version of the turtle school uniform has a simple elegance that keeps Goku visually appealing, especially in action. While the manga opts for a soft yellow-orange coloring, the anime’s dark red helps the younger Goku standout from his older counterpart quite a bit.
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The only downside to the outfit is the fact that it’s Goku’s main outfit for four core story arcs. While the Red Ribbon Army arc does do a good job in varying up his wardrobe, it can be a bit boring seeing Goku only wear the turtle school uniform most of the time.
6 Turtle School Uniform (Sash)
Upon finally arriving home from Yardrat, Goku ditches his belt and kanji for a sash and plain bodied gi. While this look is hardly Goku’s best, there’s a cleanliness to how Goku is designed. The sash especially gives Goku an air of simplicity that feels right at home with the character.
The lack of kanji also seems to indicate Goku forging his own path, a concept that makes quite a bit of sense considering Goku’s mentor-like role during the Cell and Boo arcs. He’s not representing his masters or even himself—he’s representing the spirit of a martial artist. That said, the look is perhaps a bit too plain for its own good.
5 GT Dogi
While most of Dragon Ball GT’s redesigns are widely disliked, there’s something to be said about Goku’s GT dogi. Easily Goku’s most colorful gi in the series, the redesign features Goku’s End of Z top with a lighter yellow version of his turtle school pants. Toss in some red wrist bands and black shoes, and Goku looks surprisingly slick.
What’s particularly great about this design is how it matches Goku both as an adult and a child. The younger look is the more iconic of the two, and, clearly, the one the gi was designed for, but adult Goku looks fantastic in his GT dogi. It’s just a shame he doesn’t get more use out of it.
4 Yardrat Outfit
Goku’s Yardrat outfit is eclectic in all the right ways to the point where it’s a genuine shame he only wore it once in the entire series. Made up of typical Yardratian garb mixed with Saiyan armor flarings and a dyed version of Goku’s turtle school pants, the outfit all around gives Goku one of his coolest looks in the franchise.
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What’s better is how great the outfit pairs with Super Saiyan. It’s truly a shame Trunks beat Goku to the punch, as it likely would have been amazing to watch Goku fight both Freeza and King Cold in this short-lived outfit.
3 End Of Z Dogi
Speaking of short-lived outfits, the End of Z dogi is right up down there in terms of longevity. Only worn at the very end of the series, and pretty much only for the 28th Tenkaichi Budokai, Goku sports a blue tunic with blue pants, invoking the spirit of his original outfit from the very first arc.
Interestingly, like the first outfit, the coloring is different between mediums. In the manga, Goku’s End of Z dogi isn’t blue at all, but instead a teal-ish green. Super Saiyan would have looked fantastic with either color scheme, so it’s a shame Goku never tried using it against Oob.
2 Whis’ Uniform
It’s a shame that most of Goku’s best gis are barely used, and Whis’ uniform is by far the most egregious example of a gi being swapped out. While it makes sense that Goku wouldn’t keep either the Yardrat outfit or his End of Z dogi for long, Whis’ uniform should have been Goku’s definitive look for Super.
An orange version of his End of Z dogi, the outfit pairs magnificently with Super Saiyan Blue and gave Goku a sense of style that could have helped Super crawl out of Dragon Ball Z’s shadow. Unfortunately, starting with the Goku Black arc, the uniform disappeared and hasn’t been seen since.
1 Turtle School Uniform (Belt)
Goku’s most iconic look by far, the combination of the turtle school uniform with his classic belt, undershirt, and kanji make Goku standout well in a series where several members of the supporting cast wear the exact same uniform.
From the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai all the way to the end of the Freeza arc, Goku is constantly updating his uniform with new kanji, signifying where he is in his martial artist’s journey. Dragon Ball Super: Broly even brought the outfit back for some fan-service. It’s an iconic look that’s synonymous with Dragon Ball. Here’s hoping Goku keeps updating his wardrobe in the near future!
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