|Ascended Super Saiyan|
|Alternate names||Super Saiyan 1 Stage 2|
Sūpā Saiya-jin dai ni-dankai
Super Saiyan 2nd Grade
Anime: Super Vegeta
Ascended Super Saiyan (超サイヤ人第2段階, Sūpā Saiya-jin dai ni-dankai; ; ; Super Saiyan 1 Stage 2), referred to in Dragon Ball Z as simply "Ascended Saiyan", is the first branch of advanced Super Saiyan, achieved through intense training in the Super Saiyan form. It is a forced increase in the power output of the initial transformation, and thus is not in itself an actual transformation.
This stage appears similar to that of a Super Saiyan, with subtle differences. The flowing, golden hair becomes slightly more rigid and pales in color. Muscle mass also heavily increases, but not enough however to weigh the user down and reduce mobility (unlike the next stage of Super Saiyan, Ultra Super Saiyan), and the Saiyan retains their agility. The aura increases in size and becomes more jagged, accompanied by bio-electrical discharge during transformation or when preparing a massive attack such as the Final Flash. The aggressive, remorseless behavior of the initial transformation is magnified; any control over emotion brought on by increased proficiency of the Super Saiyan transformation is canceled out, and energy requirement to sustain the state becomes enormous when compared to the regular Super Saiyan state, thus reducing its effectiveness. This deficiency forced Goku, and in turn Vegeta and Trunks to discard the form.
Usage and powerEdit
Vegeta and Future Trunks first achieve this stage while training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Vegeta uses this state to battle Cell in his semi-perfect form, the result of his absorbing Android 17. It is suggested that Vegeta has at least more than tripled his strength as a Super Saiyan while harnessing this form, though most of it is credited to his extensive training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, in which he spends ten additional months to the two months it took for him to attain this stage, to train himself further. Also, as he stated that Future Trunks is as strong as him to Semi-Perfect Cell (something that Future Trunks later states when he tries to stop Cell when his father fails to stop him), it's also likely that Future Trunks has achieved a similar increase in strength in this form. This is notably showcased when Vegeta reigned dominance during the fight, to the point where Cell begins begging for his life and for Vegeta to show him mercy and eventually even allows him to absorb Android 18. Vegeta's pride, overconfidence and lust for a greater challenge get the best of him, and he allows Cell to absorb Android 18. However, when Cell becomes perfect, the tables are quickly turned against the favor of the Saiyan. Vegeta proves to be no match for Perfect Cell and, despite his best efforts and Final Flash technique, he is quickly defeated with a single kick to the face that knocks him hurdling towards the sky, before being knocked out by a simple elbow drop to the back. Future Trunks then battles in this form for only a few moments (in the manga he is kicked away before doing anything in the stage by Vegeta), before powering up to the Ultra Super Saiyan stage.
Goku achieves this form in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber as well, along with Trunks' own Ultra Super Saiyan state immediately. He demonstrates this ability to Gohan before transforming into an Ultra Super Saiyan, shortly after which he realizes the vulnerabilities of these stages. This form is seen again when Vegeta and Future Trunks battle the Cell Juniors, but its power is only sufficient to fight on par with the miniature clones, the rapid energy consumption eventually bringing the Saiyans' downfall. They are, however, relieved in their battle by Gohan in his Super Saiyan 2 state, who dispatches every single Cell Junior with effortless blows.
This form later appears in two Dragon Ball Z films. The first use is by Vegeta and Future Trunks during the battle against Broly, in Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan, before Vegeta and Trunks' second training sessions in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. However, like all of the Z Fighters battling Broly, they are easily brushed aside before Goku receives their energy to impale Broly, nearly killing him. The Ascended Super Saiyan stage's final appearance is in Bojack Unbound, where Vegeta uses it to battle against Bojack, only to be quickly defeated when the brute transforms. Also it is used by Trunks during his battles with Kogu and Bojack during the film.