Goku’s ability to absorb tears back into his eyes saved his life in Dragon Ball GT when he was captured in another form and forced to play a life-sized board game. He had to follow vague rules and was not allowed to cry, but his opponent, Sugoro, summoned an onion to tear Goku apart and break the rule. However, Goku uses his strange powers to absorb the tears into his eyes, allowing him to continue with the game and finally escape the pocket dimension.
There’s no shortage of amazing feats that Goku can pull off – from his superior ability to catch fish to being transformed into a true god on command – though there’s one amazing ability that stands out more than the rest. It kept him alive through one of the toughest challenges of his life–and in fact, it was the only reason he survived Dragon Ball GT.
Upon Goku’s debut (which coincided with the debut of the entire Dragon Ball series), it was immediately clear that he was a force to be reckoned with. In the classic Dragon Ball, there was no challenge that Goku couldn’t beat or defeat as he dedicated himself to studying martial arts under whoever he was training. From Master Roshi and Korin to the Earth God himself, Kami, Goku has studied under the greatest masters Planet Earth has to offer–but soon that won’t be enough. In the Dragon Ball Z era of the series, Goku has trained and learned various techniques from aliens, gods, and even ghosts (at least technically speaking, as he learned the Fusion Dance while in the afterlife). When Dragon Ball Super comes around, one would think that Goku would be completely tapped out–but that couldn’t be further from the truth. With the help of his angel, Whis, and the God of Destruction, Lord Beerus, Goku eventually harnessed the power of the divinity to become a Super Saiyan God. However, for all those amazing exhibitions of power, none of them could compare to the one that saved his life in GT.
Goku almost died as he couldn’t do anything but cry, but surprisingly his skills saved him.
In Dragon Ball GT season 1 episode 30 (written by Atsushi Maikawa, directed by Osamu Kasai, produced by Toei Animation), Goku is trapped in another dimension when he is forced to play a life-sized board game with an otherworldly entity named Sugoro. . If Goku wins, he can release – but if he loses, he dies. Sugoro has to defeat hundreds of thousands of times before he can get out, so it is fair to say that he has a high motivation to beat those who fall in his world and knows how to get out. So, when Goku was forced to challenge him, he had to follow a series of vague rules or else he would be killed on the spot with no way to defend himself (this world was not ‘Goku’ because he had stripped him of his kin. Winning at the moment of need). Thankfully, Goku had a strange power that literally saved his life – he could suck tears back into his eyes (no, seriously).
One challenge was not to cry easily. That was it, the players couldn’t cry, and if they picked that up, they could move on to the next challenge. However, things were not that simple. Sugoro had some sort of magical abilities in this world and summoned a ton of onions in Goku’s face before cutting them. The chopped onion brought Goku to tears, and he almost broke the one rule of this challenge–which would once again lead to instant death. However, just as tears were about to roll down his face, Goku did the impossible and sucked those tears back into his tear ducts, saving his life in the process.
After using this amazing ability, Goku was able to advance to the next round in the game and finally exit this pocket dimension. However, if he can’t suck the tears back into his eyes (many people can’t) then he’ll die, and that’s the last fans will see of Goku–they’ll confirm that. Goku only survives Dragon Ball GT because of his amazing abilities.
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Dragon Ball GT
Official date: 1997-03-26
take on Masako Nozawa, Yuko Minaguchi
Summary: Dragon Ball GT is the third series in Akira Toriyama’s most popular anime franchise. However, it is not the first to adapt a manga story. Set after the events of the Buu Saga, Dragon Ball GT sees Goku and the Z-Fighters battle powerful villains such as Baby, Super 17 and the Shadow Dragons. 18 years after the warmly received 64-episode run, Dragon Ball Super has replaced it as the anime’s official sequel.
Story by: Akira Toriyama
Writers: Akira Toriyama
Streaming service: All
Franchise(s): Dragon ball
Show runner: Akira Toriyama