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Zamasu (ザマス), spelled Zamas in Viz Media's English localization of the Dragon Ball Super manga, is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball series. He is introduced as Goku Black (ゴクウブラック, Gokū Burakku) in the forty-seventh episode of Toei Animation's Dragon Ball Super anime series which first aired on June 12, 2016 and in chapter #14 An SOS from the Future!! (未来からのSOS!!, Mirai kara no esuōesu!!) from the manga.
Within the series, Zamasu is originally an apprentice Supreme Kai (界王神, Kaiōshin, lit. "World King God") from Universe 10. In the series' original, unaltered timeline, Zamasu hijacked series protagonist Son Goku's mortal body using the Super Dragon Balls as part of "Project Zero Mortals" (or "Zero Mortals Plan"), his plan to attain supreme power and wipe out all mortal beings. He travels to an alternate future earth and encounters that timeline's version of Trunks, and proceeds to bring humanity to the brink of extinction. To complete his plan, he joins forces with that future timeline's version of Zamasu, who is made indestructible. The character has been positively received and is regarded as one of the best villainous characters of the Dragon Ball franchise.
Creation and design
Toriyama got the inspiration for Goku Black from characters who are presented as evil "copies" of the hero character in classic tokusatsu programs such as Ultraman, Kamen Rider, and Kamen Rider Black. Toriyama originally devised Zamasu as a character who is on par in single combat with an individual who has attained the Super Saiyan Blue form, whereas other elements such as the retconned time limit of Potara fusions and Zamasu's effective immortality were added to make the fight more interesting. Goku and Vegeta were depicted as struggling against Zamasu in combat due to his tricky nature, as well as their own lack of teamwork. Toei Animation Producer Atsushi Kido said Fused Zamasu is a "cheat" character for his massive strength, and that his one weakness could be that he was originally a single person.
Zamasu is depicted as a green-skinned humanoid with grey eyes and a white mohawk. He gains Goku's appearance after switching bodies with him, with only slight physical differences. Aside from a single gold and green Potara earring on his left ear, he also wears a Time Ring on his right index finger, which allows him to travel between different timelines at will without the need of a time machine, and also protects him from being erased by temporal paradoxes. After attaining the Super Saiyan Rosé (超サイヤ人 ロゼ, Sūpā Saiya-jin Roze) transformation, his version of the Super Saiyan Blue form (Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan in the manga), Goku Black's hair turns bright pink, due to Zamasu's status as a deity.
After Goku Black merges with his alternate future self via the use of a pair of matching Potara earrings, the result is the even more powerful Fused Zamasu, described as a mixture of incredible power with a deteriorating, yet immortal, body and unhinged mind. The resulting fusion is later revealed to be flawed as Fused Zamasu later degenerates into a grotesque appearance with the right half his body turning into purple sludge. In the anime, this is explained as a result of an unstable and uneven cellular regeneration as the fused being is composed of a mortal and an immortal. In the manga, this form was explained to be a temporary form that Fused Zamasu assumed when he resisted being split apart after the time limit of the Potara fusion passed.
Following the defeat of Fused Zamasu, he transcends into the even more powerful Infinite Zamasu form, though the character's depiction differs considerably between the anime and manga versions. In the anime, Infinite Zamasu is an incorporeal energy being while the manga version is an evolved form of Fused Zamasu, his regeneration ability becoming advanced enough to the point where he is capable of creating seemingly infinite fully grown clones of himself from each cell in his body within seconds, after both composite beings successfully and permanently merged at a cellular level.
Zamasu is voiced by Shinichiro Miki in Japanese media. David Gray is credited as the English voice actor for the FUNimation. Some sources have speculated that David Gray, along with Sam Majesters who is credited as Zamasu's voice actor in Dragon Ball FighterZ, are in fact the aliases used by American actor James Marsters, who previously played King Piccolo in Dragonball Evolution.Sean Schemmel, who voices Goku and Goku Black, claimed in an interview that Funimation wanted to keep Marsters' involvement as a surprise. Marsters has never provided confirmation as to whether he is involved with Dragon Ball Super as the English voice actor for Zamasu.
Goku Black shares the same voice actors as Goku in all media. He is voiced by Masako Nozawa in Japanese, and Sean Schemmel in English. Kofi Outlaw from Comicbook.com noted that Schemmel's voice for Goku Black is very different in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and Dragon Ball FighterZ compared to his performance in the FUNimation dub, which was released after the video games. Schemmel indicated that he did not want to copy Nozawa's approach to portray Goku Black; instead, he wanted to emulate the English voice actor for Zamasu as he is supposed to embody the spirit of the same character, who happened to have taken possession of Goku's physical body. Outlaw described his voice in the anime dub to be very similar to his friendly, dulcet tones for Goku, but noted as more sinister and twisted.
Both Goku Black and Zamasu possess several abilities including superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, and energy blasts, utilized by the use of ki. Zamasu and his various incarnations project an energy blade from their hand (神裂斬 (Kami Retsuzan, lit. "God Split Cut")) as their primary form of attack. As Goku Black, Zamasu is capable of growing stronger from near-death experiences due to the host body's Saiyan physiology, and is able to perform most of Goku's abilities, in particular his teleportation skill Shunkan Idō (瞬間移動, lit. "Instantaneous Movement", renamed "Instant Transmission" in FUNimation's dub) as well as a variant of his signature move, the Black Kamehameha (ブラックかめはめ波, Burakku Kamehameha, lit. "Black Turtle Destruction Wave"). As Goku Black, Zamasu has the ability to transform into a pink-haired variant of the Super Saiyan Blue form, Super Saiyan Rosé (超スーパーサイヤ人じんロゼ, Sūpa Saiya-jin Rozētto), after mastering his host body's power. This transformation also enhances his energy control, allowing him to refine his weapon forging skills, from creating a huge sword from his palm, to a long scythe capable of tearing holes in the fabric of space-time, summoning copies of himself.
Later on, both versions of Zamasu merge via Potara earrings, creating an indestructible being who can increase steadily in might. However, due to the conflicting natures of a combined mortal and immortal body, this combined form becomes deformed after taking too much damage, giving Zamasu a deranged, grotesque, monstrous appearance that grew larger in size upon hitting himself with the so-called "Light of Justice".
Dragon Ball Super
Goku Black first appears in the alternate future timeline where Future Trunks resides as a mysterious entity who is identical in visage to Goku, and refers to himself as such. He kills that timeline's Bulma after she gave her son the means to travel back in time to beseech the aid of Goku and Vegeta, momentarily pursuing him back in time through the Time Capsule's temporal distortion. Black momentarily engages Goku before being drawn back to the collapsing portal while destroying the time machine, realizing the fight has allowed him to become better accustomed to his new body. Goku, Whis and Beerus travel to the Tenth Universe after the two deities sense the similarities between Black and Zamasu, an apprentice of the resident Supreme Kai Gowasu of the Tenth Universe. Both the encounter and news of the present timeline's Zamasu inquiring about the Super Dragon Balls and Goku adds further depth to the mystery as Goku, Beerus, Whis, and the Seventh Universe's Supreme Kai stop him from murdering Gowasu with Beerus believing he solved the crisis by completely destroying Zamasu which would negate future versions of himself.
By the time the Saiyans reach Trunks's time, they are forced to retreat back to their time after being outmatched by Black in his Super Saiyan Rosé form and the period's version of Zamasu. It is later revealed that Black's Time Ring, which he claimed after murdering Gowasu, allows him to survive his past self's demise as he and Zamasu reveal their true origins, triggering Future Trunk's transformation into Super Saiyan Rage by revealing that their actions were made possible by his previous time travel. Zamasu clings onto his fanatical belief of mortals as being inherently evil despite his mentor's attempts to show the good in them, which worsens since his defeat by Goku and his descent into madness as his hatred for mortals extended to the deities allowing them to exist. Upon learning of the Super Dragon Balls prior to killing Gowasu to acquire his Potara Earrings and Time Ring, Zamasu uses the Super Dragon Balls to exchange bodies with Goku before killing him and his family. Later called "Goku Black", he traveled to Future Trunks' timeline where he joins forces with an alternate future version of himself who never encountered Goku and used the Super Dragon Balls to make his mortal body effectively unkillable. The two versions of Zamasu proceed to wipe out the other deities so nothing can interfere in them systematically exterminating all mortal life before reaching the Seventh Universe's Earth, believing that utopia could only be achieved for the multiverse by bringing about the annihilation of humanity and all other mortal beings which he views as corrupt and violent.
Goku Black and Zamasu combat Trunks while Goku and Vegeta return to the past, with Goku learning the Evil Containment Wave while Vegeta trains in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. They two quickly return as the two versions of Zamasu nearly killed Future Trunks. But the failed attempt to seal Future Zamasu by Trunks and Future Mai and Black being defeated by Vegeta causes the pair to realize they have underestimated their enemies, using their Potara Earrings to fuse into Fused Zamasu. Fused Zamasu easily overwhelms everyone, forcing Goku and Vegeta's fusion into Vegito, who is able to match him in strength and even overpower him, before the fusion abruptly ends. Trunks then gains power from every remaining living thing on Earth, generating a Spirit Bomb that he channels into his sword to slice Fused Zamasu in half, destroying his body.
Zamasu survives the death blow and his essence transcends into a more dangerous form known as "Infinite Zamasu". The anime depicts him as an energy being that gradually consumes the future multiverse, while killing off everyone on Earth, save Goku, Vegeta, Bulma, Trunks, Mai, Gowasu, and the Supreme Kai of Universe 7. The manga depicts Infinite Zamasu as the splintered Future Zamasu and Goku Black, each transformed on his own into an enhanced version of Fused Zamasu, as a cellular side-effect of their fusion, with their regenerative powers becoming advanced enough that Vegeta unintentionally created an army of Infinite Zamasus that overwhelms the heroes. Both versions of the story result in Goku summoning the alternate future's version of Zeno, who expresses disgust towards Infinite Zamasu and completely wipes him out by erasing the entire multiverse of the alternate future timeline. Whis later goes to the new alternate timeline he intends to send Trunks and Mai to warn that timeline's Beerus of Zamasu's intentions, thus making sure his plans never come to be.
In Toriyama's films and in other media
Goku Black briefly appears in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' - 'Future Trunks Special Edition' and attempts to kill Trunks, but was stopped by Mai's intervention. This takes place before his debut in Dragon Ball Super.
An event called the Dragon Ball Tenkaichi Budosai 2017, which ran from August 10, 2017 to August 27, 2017 was held in the Sunshine City building complex in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The free-entry event was based on the Dragon Ball Super, with Zamasu and Goku Black being the central antagonists. The venue was divided into several areas, with the mystery-solving event titled “Beat the Merged Zamasu!”.
Zamasu appears as a cybernetic version of his Fused Zamasu form in Super Dragon Ball Heroes, a promotional anime for the Dragon Ball Heroestrading cardarcade game. He was brought back by Fu, and is recruited by Hearts alongside four other dangerous criminals from the Prison Planet, as part of their plot to obtain the Universe Seed and destroy all the deities. They eventually succeed in completing the Universe Seed, which Hearts absorbs to acquire his Godslayer form, but immediately afterward, Godslayer Hearts turns on Zamasu, erasing him from existence, as he wishes to terminate all deities, regardless of their affiliation. Later in the series, another alternate timeline version of Zamasu appears in his Goku Black guise. This version of Zamasu had his history altered, after Fu told him about his future. This incarnation of Goku Black killed 99 alternate timeline Gokus and also attempted to complete Project Zero Mortals, obtaining the Super Saiyan Rosé 2 and 3 transformations in the process, before he was finally finished by Gogeta in his Super Saiyan Blue Evolved form.
Goku Black is a playable DLC character in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 as a pre-order bonus, while Zamasu and Goku Black (Super Saiyan Rosé) are playable characters in the Pack 3 DLC, and Fused Zamasu is playable in the Pack 4 DLC. They also appear in Dragon Ball Fusions. Goku Black in his Super Saiyan Rosé form is available as part of the base roster for the fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ, while Fused Zamasu is later added for purchase as part of FighterZ Pass 2.
Various sources have speculated on Goku Black's origins prior to the revelation of his true identity. The character has received a positive reception, particularly after the full reveal of his backstory and motivations. The Goku Black incarnation of the character is particularly popular, placing fourth by fan vote in a poll of Dragon Ball antagonists published by the March 2018 issue of V Jump.
Kotaku staff praised the design of Goku Black's hair, and consider Zamasu and his incarnations to be "easily some of the best villains in Dragon Ball history". Jay Gibbs from ComicsVerse formed the view that Zamasu is the greatest Dragon Ball villain of all time. Gibbs opined that Zamasu smartly planned ahead and exploited the most overpowered elements of the series that its own protagonists had ease of access to, such as Saiyan powers and the Dragon Balls, and argued that he didn't really lose in the traditional sense since an entire timeline and all life in it had to be erased by Zeno in the process. Nick Valdez from Comicbook.com thought Zamasu's elitism, which sees the character falling from grace through an initially noble idea, and his Goku Black persona helped him stand out over previous villains in the franchise. Joseph Ocasio from CBR ranked Goku Black and Zamasu as the best characters introduced in the Dragon Ball Super series and drew a comparison to Marvel Cinematic Universe character Thanos, a self-righteous "hero" who attempts to bring balance to the universe by getting rid of those he perceives the impure or unworthy. Stefan Sgarioto from Madman Entertainment ranked Goku Black the sixth most memorable villain of the Dragon Ball series and praised the design of his Super Saiyan Rosé form. Simon Alvarez from The Inquisitr praised the fight between Vegito and Fused Zamasu and considered it one of the best animated battle sequences in the Dragon Ball Super series. Shawn Sharis from IGN considers the final blow delivered to Zamasu by Trunks to be one of the greatest moments in Dragon Ball Super.
Schemmel's performance as Goku Black has been praised by series fans. Valdez noted that it differs from Nozawa's performance in the original Japanese version, and that Schemmel has twisted his Goku voice to frame the character in a "destructive and disturbing light."
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Dragon Ball: Goku Black, Explained as Simply as Possible
Goku Black's backstory in Dragon Ball Super is extremely convoluted, involving time travel, multiple universes, body-switching and Super Dragon Balls.
Dragon Ball Super has spent much of its time expanding both the cosmos and the mythology of the Dragon Ball universe. As if 11 other universes each possessing their own Gods of Destruction, Angels and Supreme Kai weren't enough, the series decided to bring time travel back into the mix for its most complex villain origin story yet. Goku Black's appearance in Future Trunks's timeline is complicated, to say the least. The body-swapping, time-traveling, multiverse-hopping villain has likely made more than a few viewers pause to grab a pencil and paper.
Dubbed "Goku Black" by Future Bulma because he looks like Goku, wears black and is evil, the true identity of this villain is eventually revealed to be Zamasu, the apprentice to the Supreme Kai of Universe 10. But where did he come from and why does he look like Goku? In order to comprehend the series of events that led to Future Trunks's timeline being destroyed again, it's important to understand Zamasu himself.
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A Supreme Kai's responsibility to their assigned universe is to kickstart life, then simply observe its progress. Zamasu hails from Universe 10, where he studied to become the new Supreme Kai. However, Zamasu grows to despise the mortals he is tasked with watching over, seeing them as violent, selfish, ugly stains on the beauty of life. This hatred even warps into a hatred for the other gods, who allow the mortals to run rampant because they refuse to interfere. He eventually develops a plan, "Project Zero Mortals," in which he will eradicate all mortals and gods from the entire multiverse.
Despite having an admittedly compelling origin story for a villain, Zamasu's journey from a disgruntled Kai into an evil clone of Goku required a tremendous amount of hoop-jumping. In the main timeline, thanks to knowledge gained from Future Trunks's arrival, Beerus travels to Universe 10 and destroys Zamasu, thus sparing the series' main timeline from his plans. However, in an alternate future where Beerus does not Destroy Zamasu, the evil Kai apprentice kills his master and steals his Time Ring before traveling to Universe Six, home of the Super Dragon Balls.
In this new, alternate future, Zamasu uses the all-powerful Super Shenron to wish to swap bodies with that timeline's Goku. As a Supreme Kai, he is severely limited in terms of combat strength, explaining why he wanted Goku's Saiyan abilities, so that he may carry out his plan himself. Once Zamasu obtains Goku's body and power, he promptly slaughters Gohan, Goten and Chi-Chi before using the stolen Time Ring to travel to Future Trunks's timeline. There, he joins the Zamasu of that time to enact Project Zero Mortals. It is here that he becomes known as Goku Black, as Future Trunks and Bulma are unaware of his real identity.
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All that said, it doesn't quite explain why Goku Black turns pink. Zamasu's wish transferred his being into Goku's body, meaning he is now technically a Kai and a Saiyan, with access to all of Goku's Saiyan power. When mortals like Goku and Vegeta use god power to become Super Saiyan, their hair turns blue. However, Zamasu is a god, so when he uses god power to become a Super Saiyan, his hair turns pink, or Rosé, as he calls it. Put simply, Super Saiyan Blue and Super Saiyan Rosé are the same forms, the difference in color just reflects whether the user is mortal or a god.
Dragon Ball has always been a fan of evil Gokus, like the non-canon Turles or when Captain Ginyu also stole Goku's body. Super showed impressive determination to making another evil Goku, folding in the expanded series mythology as well as the return of Future Trunks for good measure. Unfortunately, most of Goku Black's time in the series was spent explaining how he came to be in the first place. Zamasu's plan probably would have worked if he didn't have to spend so much time explaining it to everyone.
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"One god is all that the cosmos needs."
Voiced by (Japanese):Shin-ichiro Miki
Voiced by (English): James Marstersnote Credited under the pseudonyms "Sam Majesters" for Xenoverse 2 and FighterZ, and "David Gray" for Super
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish):José Gilberto Vilchisnote Credited under "Pepe Vilchis"
"You give corruption far too much credit, evil does not inform good. It sullies it, like the Babari sullied their world with violence, and that arrogant Goku sullied this sacred ground by swinging his fists at a god. Mortals receive the divine gift of intellect, the potential for wisdom, but they misuse it to destroy the beauty of creation. Mortals do not succumb to evil, they are the evil. They create it, and spread it with minds they shouldn't possess. How can we call ourselves gods if we watch this plight and do nothing to stop it?"
A Kai noted as a prodigy and apprentice to the Supreme Kai of Universe 10, Gowasu, Zamasu is first introduced undergoing training to take up the mantle of Supreme Kai in his universe. He has a strong distrust towards mortals, seeing them as violent and corrupt. He also has a strong distrust towards his fellow Kais, seeing them as too lazy for not interfering with mortal affairs. He is in some way connected to Goku Black, the evil entity from Future Trunks' timeline.
According to the Super manga, he was the North Kai of Universe 10 before his promotion.
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- In the anime, he went from a lower Kai to being trained to become a Supreme Kai because of his prodigious talent. While the strongest Supreme Kai in Universe 7 was only as strong as Kid Buu when he was reasonably old, Zamasu has enough potential to match Super Saiyan 2 Goku post-Godhood. Goku even thinks he can beat Beerus one day; his future counterpart shows some of this potential by matching SSB Goku in a fight.
- In the manga, this is downplayed, as the stronger future version of Zamasu is only about on par with Super Saiyan 1 Goku instead, but Goku still notes his potential, and getting even to that level is very impressive for a recently-made Supreme Kai. Shin in the manga also notes that, even if they were to gather all of the remaining Supreme Kais from every universe, none of them would be able to match Zamasu's skills (though he mentions nothing about power). Considering that Zamasu is still in training from being promoted from North Kai to Supreme Kai of Universe 10, that is high praise indeed. Zamasu as the regular North Kai is also shown to be slightly stronger than Kibito, meaning that even before he trains to become stronger in the future he is thousands of times stronger than a regular Kai, hinting at his potential.
- Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed but notable. In Xenoverse 2, despite the Time Patroller tricking Zamasu into training them by pretending to be a supporter for his cause and kicking his ass with his own moves after Zamasu finds out and tries to murder them, one would think that a similar situation as to what transpired between him and Goku would take place. But surprisingly, no. Although hes obviously upset by the colossal blow to his megalomaniacal ego, he surprisingly decides to let the matter go. Considering how when Goku bested him he went completely off his fucking gourd and resulted in a Grand Theft Me with a side of mass murder its indeed quite a shocking event.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Despite being A Nazi by Any Other Name, he's actually pretty chill as a mentor in Xenoverse 2. It's even to the point where he admits to respecting the Future Warrior, who, mind you, is a mortal.
- All for Nothing: His Project Zero Mortals would have ultimately turned out to be nothing more than a "Shaggy Dog" Story regardless because even if he did manage to kill the heroes and gain his perfect world he would have attracted the ire of Zeno. Something that Infinite Zamasu bore the full brunt of in the end.
- Alternate Self:
- There are three versions of him, helpfully illustrated here.◊ First is the altered main timeline version, killed by Beerus. Then there is the future timeline version, Goku Black's collaborator. And finally there's another alternate version of him, the original present Zamasu who became Goku Black, due to a wish on the Super Dragon Balls and the Time Ring protecting him from Beerus altering the flow of time.
- Taken Up to Eleven in Dragon Ball Fusions where Goku Black and Future Zamasu manage to summon even more Zamasus to join the fight (two more Zamasus, two more Goku Blacks, along with the Present Zamasu before he became Goku Black), totaling an additional 5 Zamasus altogether.
- Always a Bigger Fish: For all his talk of being the supreme being, Zamasu forgot that there is one who is stronger than him: Zeno. And when he does realize this, he is completely overcome with fear before being erased.
- Always Chaotic Evil: His view on mortals. He firmly believes that all mortals are inherently evil and need to be wiped out so the universe can be at peace.
- Ambiguous Disorder: There is something clearly wrong with Zamasu long before he became an Ax-CrazyKnight Templar. He fits many of the characteristics of a high-functional sociopath, but he also has an inability to cope with any perceived evil, is extremely sadistic despite his "noble" intentions, and is incapable of even considering the possibility that he might be wrong. He is also an extreme narcissist. What makes him stand out is that Zamasu wasn't raised to be a tyrant like Frieza. He's supposed to be a god who overlooks the living world and gives it guidance. So it's all the more jarring that he's so evil, which is probably why Gowasu doesn't know how to deal with him.
- Ambiguous Situation: He is the prime suspect for Black's true identity, but several factors rule out his present self being the culprit. The two have similar ki, but Black's is far more evil. Black also knows Goku to some extent, while Zamasu hadn't met Goku prior to their sparring match. Beerus considers that Zamasu could eventually become Black, given the time-travel issues. Goku vouches for his character and doesn't see how the two could be the same person, but Beerus counters that Goku is just too trusting, which is supported by Zamasu's continued path towards darkness. The Reveal shows that Zamasu and Black are indeed the same being, however, due to Zamasu's constant meddling with time travel, multiple versions of him exist. Black is the present Zamasu before the flow of time got changed, protected from being erased with the change thanks to his Time Ring, and he succeeded in his plan to switch bodies with Goku.
- Ambiguous Start of Darkness: Relating to his Ambiguous Disorder, it's not clear whether Zamasu was a bad person waiting for an opportunity to act on his plans before he's introduced, or was simply morally conflicted. He already shows disdain for mortals, and Future Zamasu doesn't hesitate to join Goku Blackin his Zero Mortals Plan when learning he's an alternate self; however, his interactions with Goku clearly show him Slowly Slipping Into Evil. The manga adaptation avoids any ambiguity thanks to Zamasu never meeting Goku in the present, portraying him as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing from the start.
- He views Goku as one. He bears special hatred towards Goku among all other mortals for daring to challenge the gods and rivaling their power. Him meeting Goku causes his Start of Darkness and leads him to become a Knight Templar. Future Zamasu takes it so far as to want to kill Goku personally, despite never even meeting him until Episode 56, and an alternative version of Present Zamasu steals Goku's body, becoming Goku Black, and then murders him along with his family. Once Goku learns that last part, the hate becomes mutual.
- Also to Future Trunks. While it's most prevalent in his Goku Black side, virtually all Zamasus despise Trunks, labeling him a "sinner" due to repeatedly breaking the taboo of the gods by time travelling and changing history. Trunks is even flatly told his time traveling was responsible for Zamasu carrying out his "Project Zero Mortals" to begin with. It was no accident that Trunks' timeline was targeted, with the Earth given special treatment to prolong Trunks' punishment. Hence the hatred between Zamasu and Trunks is very personal, with Trunks even delivering the final blow to Fused Zamasu with his Sword of Hope.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He was originally a lower Kai similar to King Kai, but his fighting power was so outstanding that he's being trained as a Supreme Kai by Gowasu. Just before they head off to observed Planet Babari in the future, Gowasu promotes him to a full-fledged Supreme Kai, although it is only temporary since only a Supreme Kai can use the Time Ring. Zamasu, however, is a bit of a Deconstruction of this trope. As Whis in the Super manga puts it, Gowasu should have chosen his successor based on their compassion and not just based on their fighting strength.
- Unlike his present counterpart, Future Zamasu is evidently unhinged, expressing borderline sadistic glee at the thought of killing Goku, and in the thick of battle his previously stoic demeanor is replaced with a Slasher Smile.
- The second time the heroes visit him, Present Zamasu is shown to have hit this territory, trying to kill Gowasu with a sadistic smirk and then trying to kill Goku, right in front of Beerus.
- Berserk Button: Being called a sinner. Doing so results in him flying into a rage and him shouting that mortals are far worse than him. When Trunks calls both Goku Black and Future Zamasu murderers, they both get angry and declare he's done worse than they by going back in time and saving Goku's life from the heart disease and creating two seperate timelines.
- Beyond Redemption: Zamasu is initially a well-meaning Supreme Kai, but soon ends up Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, becoming an Ax-CrazyKnight Templar who's willing to commit genocide and mass murder in the name of his idea of justice. Gowasu still tries to reach out to him, even after finding out about the atrocities Zamasu has committed in Future Trunks' timeline and seeing the results with his own eyes, pleading with him to use the Super Dragon Balls to fix the damage he's done. In response, Zamasu smugly reveals that he and Goku Black destroyed the Super Dragon Balls to prevent anyone from using them against them, and try to kill Gowasu on the spot; it's this that finally forces Gowasu to acknowledge that Zamasu is beyond reason and has to be stopped.
- Big Bad: All the Zamasus in general are the main threats of the Future Trunks Saga. However it is the Goku Black version of Zamasu who is the true mastermind, being directly responsible for all of the tragic events that occur in the saga.
- Big Bad Slippage: Zamasu goes from a well-meaning, somewhat naive Supreme Kai in training to an Ax-Crazy, sadistic sociopath who is willing to commit mass-murder and genocide to promote his brand of "justice". The Zamasu who becomes Goku Black becomes a thrill seekingBlood Knight who is obsessed with growing stronger, all because he took the body of a Saiyan.
- Bishōnen: He is drawn with a pretty face and a tall slender figure, and is voiced by Shin-ichiro Miki, who outside of some comedic roles, is known for voicing pretty guys. Even pretty boy petals fall around him in the opening. In the English Dubs, he's voiced by James Marsters (credited as either "David Gray" or "Sam Majesters"), best known as Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and who previously played Lord Piccolo in Dragonball Evolution, who may or may not apply for this trope as well).
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
- After his Start of Darkness, Zamasu keeps up the act of being a loyal apprentice to Gowasu, while planning to kill him and steal the Time Rings in order to enact his plans of mortal genocide across The Multiverse.
- In the manga, it's even more blatant. While Zamasu in the anime starts out as a well-meaning Kai who has a very strict sense of justice and a strong distrust towards mortals, manga Zamasu was always a jerk since he wanted to kill mortals from the start, seeing them as unneeded beings. Unlike the anime version who slowly slipped into evil through a series of events, manga Zamasu gets triggered just seeing powerful mortals, doesn't even meet Goku personally before deciding to steal his body, and decides to kill his master and commit mass genocide.
- Black-and-White Insanity: This is his primary problem. He has a very black and white view of mortals and gods. Namely, mortals are evil and need to be cleansed, while the gods are good, but are too lazy for not taking care of the mortals. His inability to understand that mortals can learn and grow, and the gods themselves are also flawed and need to learn from their mistakes, is a point of tension between Gowasu and him. Just before he kills Gowasu so he can set in motion his plans to destroy all the mortals, he does admit that his actions are evil, but through them will come a greater good. He gets even worse when he comes to believe that everyone, gods and mortals alike, are not worthy of living in "his" Multiverse and that the only flawless creature is just himself.
- Breakout Villain: Along with his partner and alternate self Goku Black, Zamasu has made numerous appearances since his debut, with at least one incarnation appearing in some form or another.
- Broken Ace: He was promoted from a lower Kai to a Supreme Kai apprentice because of his prodigious talent, and Goku even theorizes he may rival Beerus himself one day... but he suffers from Black-and-White Insanity and simply cannot comprehend the idea that the gods are flawed and mortals aren't Always Chaotic Evil.
- Bullying a Dragon: Zamasu seems to be under the impression that he can go off on Motive Rants and dish out insults and disparaging comments about mortals like the Z-Fighters as much as he likes, and said mortals will just sit there and cry about it. Instead, his insults and ranting are met with retaliation, as should be expected when you insult someone who can and will fight back.
- Canon Name: Zamasu in the anime and Zamas in the manga.
- Catchphrase: He can hardly go one sentence without saying "justice" or some variation of it in a sentence. The phrase he mostly uses is "Kami no seigi", which means "The justice of the gods." Since this is Zamasu we are talking about, he mostly means "his justice".
- The Chessmaster: Used the Super Dragon Balls to wish for immortality while another version of Zamasu used them to swap bodies with Goku. They then wreaked havoc in Future Trunks' timeline.
- The Comically Serious: All of the Zamasus, outside of Black, fall into this. They are all serious characters who truly believe what they preach and will go into Motive Rants. However, since this is Dragon Ball, no one outside of Gowasu is willing to hear or even humor his beliefs. Which leads to characters punching Zamasu or just straight up ignoring him when he talks about why mortals are evil.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Zamasu is the first and only Dragon Ball antagonist to be a Knight Templar, who believes what he is doing is for the greater good, in his own distorted morality. He's also the first antagonist who didn't begin as a villain, but gradually descended into darkness over the course of a season. He's also the antagonist who has the most lasting consequences to the story, having The Multiverse of a whole timeline wiped of life.
- Hes also the first villain that gets close to being a Tragic Villain. He boils down to the divine equivalent of troubled youth. Gowasu seems to think he could have been saved if he (Gowasu) had been a better mentor. Similarly hes the only villain that anyone actually mourns over.
- Create Your Own Villain: Future Trunks' timeline shows that Zamasu would have continued to serve Gowasu despite his grudge against mortals for many years. His present self learning about Goku's god-surpassing power pushed him to start planning the genocide of both gods and mortals, starting with taking Goku's body by using the Super Dragon Balls. However, once Future Zamasu enters the picture and we discover that he almost immediately jumped on-board with Goku Black's plans, it quickly becomes apparent that there was already something rotten inside Zamasu long before he ever knew who Goku was; even if Goku hadn't triggered his Start of Darkness, something similar would have happened eventually. However, this still counts as an example, because without Goku's body to steal, Zamasu would be too weak to accomplish his goals, something Goku himself points out.
- Dark Messiah: What he eventually becomes in two timelines. Future Zamasu helps Goku Black (who is Present Zamasu of an alternative timeline possessing Goku's body) to destroy all mortals to create a paradise. In his Motive Rant to Future Trunks, he calls mortals stupid and foolish for misusing the knowledge given to them by the gods.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Originally, Zamasu just wanted the gods to be more involved with mortal affairs so they would stop misusing the knowledge given to them by the gods. At worst, he wanted the gods to stop protecting mortals since they're not worth it. After he meets and fights Goku, however, he goes off the deep end and decides that mortals are foolish and dangerous and need to be destroyed along with the "useless" gods who allow mortals to live for the peace of the universe. To that end, he kills his own master, steals his Time Ring, uses the Super Dragon Balls to take Goku's body, and murders him and his family out of spite. By the time Zamasu (now Goku Black) reaches Earth, he wipes out all the gods in the future timeline, is clearly insane, and sees himself as the one true god of the multiverse along with Future Zamasu. Whatever nobility he may have had in his goals is long gone.
- Deader Than Dead: This is the fate of all versions of Zamasu, as Present Zamasu was destroyed by Beerus, while Future Zamasu and Goku Black are wiped from existence by Future Zeno when he destroys the future timeline since Fused Zamasu (the fusion of Future Zamasu and Black) became one with the multiverse.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: From the Super manga, it shows why choosing a successor based on Asskicking Equals Authority isn't always a good idea. As Whis puts it, Gowasu should have chosen his successor based on their compassion and not just based on their fighting strength. In the case of the anime, Zamasu demonstrates why having a pure heart and a strong sense of justice are not good things to have if you're so set in your belief that you can't even consider the possibility of being wrong.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: Completely averted. In fact Zamasu's defeat that causes his Start of Darkness, which is a big deal considering how reliant Dragon Ball is on this trope. After being beaten in a sparring match by Son Goku, Zamasu makes it his mission to kill him and any other mortal that could rival his power.
- Defector from Decadence: Zamasu's extremist view of mortals led him to transcend into a Knight Templar. As his disgust for the mortals grew, so did his urge to eliminate them from existence. Eventually, Zamasu abandons the Kais' non-intervention philosophy and takes an active role in eliminating all mortals from the lower realms.
- Depending on the Artist:
- How the anime (and Toriyama's outline) portrays Zamasu's body figure is quite different, with him being a lean, pretty boy, while Toyotarō draws him quite muscular in the manga. This even extends to the facial expressions, with the anime smiles being more subtle, only going to the extreme when Zamasu's mental state grows worse, while the manga are full blown slasher and villainous with any evil act. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 model is based on the anime, with Zamasu being leaner than Goku Black, while the manga portray both with a similar muscular figure.
- In the anime, Present and Future Zamasu are drawn slightly differently in the facial area. Present Zamasu has softer expressions and his eyes are more Tareme Eyes. Future Zamasu has more hardened features and his eyes are Tsurime Eyes. Overall, Future Zamasu looks older than Present Zamasu, although it's subtle. The manga draws Present and Future Zamasu the same.
- Depending on the Writer: How the anime and the manga portray Zamasu and Goku Black's personalities are quite different in both versions. In a nutshell, the manga versions of Zamasu and Goku Black are written like typical Toriyama's villains from Dragon Ball Z. They're arrogant when ahead, have a Villainous Breakdown when things don't go they way, and do evil acts because they enjoy it. In the anime, both Zamasu and Goku Black kept it together even when briefly pushed, while arrogant they're no-nonsense enough to know when to get serious, and while cruel and sadistic they think their evil acts are completely justified.
- Dirty Coward: Only one person frightens Zamasu: Zen-O. When Future Zen-O appears and begins erasing the entire future timeline, Zamasu screams in fear and tries to run away, only to get erased along with everything else.
- Disproportionate Retribution: When you look at it, the entirety of all the bad things in the Future Trunks Saga happened because he wanted to get back at Goku for losing in a simple sparring match against him. Talk about a Sore Loser. It's even worse in the manga where he never even meets Goku. He just sees his fight with Hit on GodTube and becomes furious at the idea of a mortal rising to the power of a god.
- Divinely Appearing Demons: As a Satanic Archetype and Fallen Angel, he has the divine and godly appearance of Supreme Kai, especially as Fused Zamasu, but he is not good.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Appears in the Future Trunks Saga's intro several episodes before he makes his debut.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- In the manga, he is utterly repulsed by the idea of having to use Mai, a mortal, as a meatshield to save himself from Goku's Hakai technique.
- In Xenoverse 2, as a mentor, while he still hates mortals, he considers denizens of the Demon Realm truly evil. He regards demons in an even lower light and is willing to set aside his Project Zero Mortals to deal with them.
- Evil All Along: In the manga. Whereas Zamasu ended up Slowly Slipping Into Evil in the anime, the manga makes it clear his genocidal hatred of mortals was present from the start, and he was always a racist monster just waiting for an opportunity.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He's firmly convinced that all mortal life is Always Chaotic Evil and must be eradicated for the good of the universe. While he doesmake several good points about how the gods' no-intervention policy allows evil mortals to get away with all manner of atrocities, Zamasu's Fatal Flaw is that he's incapable of understanding that while the mortals are flawed, they can still learn and grow from their mistakes, and that the gods themselves can be just as fallible.
- Evil Counterpart:
- Originally the North Kai of U10, he's one to Goku's master King Kai.
- To Goku. Both are incredibly powerful fighters, both are prodigys that surpass their respective masters, but that's where the similarities end. Goku is a mortal who ended up attaining the powers of a god, while Zamasu is a god who took the form of a mortal. While Goku became stronger than his mentors due to his training, Zamasu kills his master to become the Supreme Kai and use the Super Dragon Balls to achieve immortality and steal Gokus body. Their paths are also different, Goku came from a warrior race that was violent, aggressive and hellbent on conquering other planets and the universe, but Goku chose to protect his friends, his family, and the universe from dangerous threats, Zamasu on the other hand is a Kai, a race that was supposed to be protecting the universe and all living things but became evil due to his hatred for mortals and goes on to commit genocide killing his fellow Kais and plans to kill all mortals from the face of the universe.
- In several ways, he is one to Vegeta, being a powerful being who took pride in his own natural talent, and taking extreme offense when Goku comes along and reveals to them that he's their better. However, Vegeta eventually moves along from his grudge and the competition becomes more playful among them. Zamasu however, doesn't get over it and his hatred for Goku for besting him boils over big time, leading him onto a genocidal rampage, in one timeline stealing Goku's body and killing him and his family out of simple wounded pride and spite.
- He's also this to Future Trunks. Both come from universes apart from the one the heroes are used too, both witnessed devastation, and both favor blade techniques (Trunks' Cool Sword and Zamasu's God Split Cut). But while Trunks became a hero, Zamasu gives into his hatred for mortals and plans a Final Solution. It becomes even more distinct in his Goku Black incarnation, see the Evil Counterpart entry on the Dragon Ball - Goku Black page for more details.
- Toriyama and Toyotaro noticed in their interview that Zamasu is also one to the Supreme Kai, Shin. Is not that far off, Shin was a victim of Majin Buu's rampage, and was incompletely trained and put into the Supreme Kai job, while Zamasu was The Ace among the shinjin, and due to his twisted sense of morality, killed off his master to become a Supreme Kai. Further, Shin's defining characteristic as a god is his hands-off approach to governing the universe, while Zamasu decides to kill every single mortal personally. This is especially noticeable in the manga version.
Toriyama: At his core Zamasu is good like Shin, though I guess you could say he was so fastidious that it backfired.
- Evil Gloating: Constantly. The guy loves to talk and will just not shut up about how divine he is and how mortals should know their place and how he can't be beaten. Future Zamasu eventually admits that he doesn't actually care if anyone listens to his gloating; he does it because he likes hearing himself talk. By the time he merges with Goku Black and Vegito enters the fight, the latter has gotten so sick of his speeches that he instantly punches him as he's trying to deliver another one.
- Evil Is Petty: His entire grudge against Goku boils down to him being mad that a mortal is stronger than him. The original present Zamasu (who wasn't killed by Beerus), takes it so far as to take Goku's body using the Super Dragon Balls and kills him along with his family with it purely out of spite. Future Zamasu is probably worse since he never even met Goku until the latter's trip to the future, yet he hates him because he's a mortal that dares to defy the gods. Which is hypocritical since Goku Black and he murdered all the gods in the future timeline as well to make themselves the only gods.
- In the manga, Goku (not mockingly, but rather earnestly) points out that Future Zamasu alone is far weaker than Trunks and wouldn't even require his and Vegeta's intervention if his alternate self hadn't stolen another Goku's body. This sets him off so much that, after fusing with his alternate self and becoming the nigh-unbeatable Fused Zamasu, he still feels the need to rub the comment in Goku's face. "Who's weaker than Trunks now!?".
- Expy: Being a Knight Templar in a high position of power trying to commit mass genocide due to being a Politically Incorrect Villain, all while believing himself to be a good person thanks to his god complex and humans to be an Always Chaotic Evil, Zamasu may very well be considered the Dragon Ball equivalent of Disney's Judge Claude Frollo.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: This is especially true of Present Zamasu. He looks like an older version of Shin with pretty boy features. He even looks downright innocent when serving tea to Gowasu in Episode 53. That is before he suffered Sanity Slippage after meeting Goku who shattered his world. After that encounter, he began his fall to the dark side.
- FaceHeel Turn: All versions of Zamasu. They all started off as simply being distrustful of mortals, before descending into Knight Templars willing to actively wipe them out.
- In the present, Zamasu goes through this trope by storming into Zuno's palace and threatening him in order to learn more about Goku and the Super Dragon Balls. He then tries to murder Gowasu to gain control of the Time Ring. The original present Zamasu who wasn't stopped by Beerus succeeds in killing Gowasu, takes the Time Ring, uses the Super Dragon Balls to steal Goku's body, and then proceeds to murder him and his family, using his own body.
- Future Zamasu was at first horrified when he saw Goku Black kill his master, but then willingly joined him when he realized who Black was and actively assists him in killing all mortals.
- Fallen Angel: He becomes a fallen Supreme Kai due to his genocidal ambitions and need to create a 'perfect' world without mortals.
- Faux Affably Evil: All incarnations of Zamasu hit this territory when they finally go off the deep end, speaking as formally and politely as always yet it's clear that they have nothing but contempt and murderous hatred mixed into a cocktail of delusion.
- Fantastic Racism: He really dislikes mortals, seeing them as dangerous since they keep repeating the same mistakes and fighting pointless wars. It eventually reaches the point where Future Zamasu teams up with Goku Black (who is in fact present Zamasu) to eliminate all mortals.
Zamasu: Among the mortals, there are the Saiyans, Namekians, Majins, and the Frieza clan. Despite such diversity, mortals are nothing but mindless cretins.
- Unsurprisingly, he is also not fond of denizens who belong to the Demon Realm, as Xenoverse 2 can attest to in a Quest. At the very least, demons count as mortals too. At most, it's implied those of the Demon Realm are in fact evil Core People, the pure opposite of the Kais.
Dabura: A Kai? Or rather, a Supreme Kai in training, yes? I rather detest your kind.
Zamasu: A denizen of the Demon Realm... how repulsive.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride and Narcissism. Ultimately, he views himself as a 'perfect god' who knows better than everyone else, thus he can't understand the idea that he's flawed and needs to grow, so he can't understand Gowasu's mentality that mortals are flawed but can become greater if time is taken to nurture them. This is ultimately the entire cause of his fall to evil and everything that happens.
- Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: This is how all versions of Zamasu come to feel about all mortal life.
- The Fighting Narcissist: All of them are textbook cases of malignant narcissism syndrome. In fact, their entireStart of Darkness amounts to them having flown into a narcissistic rage when Goku bruised their egos in that sparring match by showing a mortal could be stronger than he is, directly or indirectly.
- Final Solution: When he hears about the new race of mortals on Planet Babari who are extremely primitive and violent, he suggests wiping them out to prevent the problem from escalating. This shocks Gowasu since that is the role of the Destroyers, not the Kais. He later takes it a step further and suggests that all mortals be cleansed for the good of the multiverse. Future Zamasu makes good on this belief, helping Goku Black (who is also Zamasu) cleanse the alternate future timeline in a plan they dub 'Project Zero Mortals'.
- To Frieza. Both Frieza and Zamasu are xenophobic mass murderers who enjoy killing anyone they come across. The only difference is that Frieza was raised to be a tyrant who merely took over worlds and killed anyone who defied him while sparing those he viewed as powerful, having no delusion over his morality and knowing fully well that he's evil to the core. Zamasu was raised to be a Kai, but his prejudice against mortals and his hatred for his fellow Kais' "laziness" made him carry out his own brand of justice. Which is basically, "Zamasu is good, everyone else is bad." Hes also an Omnicidal Maniac who kills all the mortals and even Gods he comes across and eventually tried to destroy the entire multiverse itself.
- To Cell, especially the Goku Black incarnation. Both are villains who traversed time and have multiple Alternate Timeline versions existing, both caused trouble for Future Trunks who played a part in creating them, both sought to become the Ultimate Lifeform, and both had their purpose in life to kill Goku. The difference, however, is Cell is from the future and went to the past, while Zamasu travelled from the past to cause trouble in the future. In addition, Cell was engineered to be evil, while Zamasu was raised to be a force for good and ended up falling to evil.
- Zamasu is this to Majin Buu. Both are characters who have multiple incarnations and forms (one of them being a fusion) and both were a serious threat to the universe. But, while Buu was always a Eldritch Abomination who's various selves never got along, Zamasu was originally a normal Kai whose various selves actually get along and work together (in the anime at least).
- For Great Justice: Everything that he does and his beliefs in justice are taken to extreme levels, he believes a world without mortals will create the ideal world for gods. In other words, for himself only.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He started out as a regular Kai, not a Supreme Kai, a Kai, like King Kai. Despite being a prodigy, he was still weaker than Super Saiyan 2 Goku. By the end of the Future Trunks Saga his various incarnations have not only performed genocide on the rest of the gods in the multiverse, but have wiped out life on multiple worlds with their genocide of Earth just being their latest stop. His various incarnations also grew so strong that they could challenged and even surpassed Goku and Vegeta at their strongest with Fusion Zamasu needing Vegito for the Z-fighters to counter him, and that still wasn't enough to finish him off. By the very end of it all, he becomes an Eldritch Abomination that infects and becomes the entirety of the Future Trunks's multiverse and kills every living thing there, and would have started moving on to other timelines as well had Zeno not completely erased that multiverse.
- Godhood Seeker: A variant. While he is already a legitimate Physical God, he desired to become the Top God and then reenact his "Zero Mortals Plan" to achieve his envisioned utopia for the multiverse. He does so by using the Super Dragon Balls to steal the body of Goku and becoming Goku Black, before travelling to an Alternate Timeline where he teams up with his future self who they use the Super Dragon Balls to wish for immortality for this Zamasu. This Evil Duo then proceeds to lay waste to the universe. Later on, the two of them fuse together to form an Ultimate Lifeform.
- God Is Evil: He's an apprentice Supreme Kai, and one of the evilest characters in the series.
- God Is Flawed: One of his biggest problems is that he believes this is averted. While he wholeheartedly believes that mortals constantly repeat the same mistakes time and again, he also doesn't agree with his master Gowasu in that the gods can also make mistakes and in some ways are even more flawed. More importantly, this aversion blinds him to the fact the he is no exception to the rule either, and it eventually leads him to conclude that while the gods have made mistakes, it is up to him, who recognizes that, to fix them by whatever means necessary, including murdering mortals and gods alike. By the end of it, Zamasu comes to believe that everyone but himself is flawed.
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: His view on the Kais' non-interference policy in regards to mortals. Since mortals never seem to learn their lessons and keep making the same mistakes, Zamasu believes that said policy actually hurts The Multiverse. Eventually, he decides to stop being lazy, and do what he feels is necessary to protect the universe... by slaughtering anyone, mortal or god, that gets in his way or interferes with his plans.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: While Zamasu has always been distrustful of mortals since he finds them Too Dumb to Live, what sends him on his Start of Darkness was his sparring match with Goku. That simple match showed Zamasu that mortals can obtain power that rivals or even surpasses the gods. He become even more crazy when he sees Goku with Godly Ki on Godtube.
- Gone Horribly Right: Goku stated, after their duel, that Zamasu might eventually surpass Beerus himself. After committing Time Travel and Grand Theft Me, obtaining Complete Immortality, using Potara Fusion, and finally becoming one with Future Trunks' multiverse, Zamasu certainly did surpass Beerus...
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: Zamasu is represented by purple, even in the title card during the opening, which is usually the color of an antagonist. He is morally ambiguous since he has a strong distrust of mortals, however, he isn't villainous. Even as he becomes more zealot in his belief that mortals are dangerous and needs to be wipe out for universal peace, he doesn't act on it outside of killing one of the Babarians, which he did show a moment of regret towards. It's not until Future Zamasu makes his first appearance that Zamasu is confirmed as a major and extremely evil villain.
- Hates Everyone Equally: At first, Zamasu merely hated mortals for misusing their knowledge, but then he came to hate the gods as well for not doing anything about mortals. This hate then evolved into him hating pretty much every living creature except himself.
- Hate Sink: Although Zamasu has a point about mortals misusing the knowledge of the gods, are often warring with each other instead of learning from their mistakes, and that the gods themselves should do more to stop evil mortals from abusing their power, we as the audience are obviously not supposed to sympathize with him. For one, his rants against mortals are hypocritical since the gods have shown themselves to be just as flawed and some times more petty than mortals. Zamasu himself also goes beyond the limits when he tries to kill his master. A version of Zamasu succeeds and uses the Super Dragon Balls to take Goku's body, murders him with it, and then slaughters Goku's family using his face.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He starts out a Well-Intentioned Extremist who wants to protect the universe from the constant cycle of mortals fighting wars and destroying each other, but ends up being just as bad, if not even worse than the mortals he sought to protect the universe from. Present Zamasu tries to commit murder against his own master so he can begin his quest to kill all mortals and Future Zamasu is helping Goku Black wreak havoc in Future Trunks' world. Goku Black (who is in fact Present Zamasu) goes as far as to murder Goku's entire family after taking his body and then goes on to kill all the gods in the 12 universes of the future timeline.
- Hidden Depths:
- Zamasu, compared with other Dragon Ball villains who are shown to be evil to their core, is shown to be a nature lover, even having a hideout in a cabin with a beautiful view.
- In the anime, his motives go further than outright hating mortals for the crime being mortals, instead being cautious and weary of their actions. He is capable of astute observations andexplaining his beliefs in a manner that's not entirely wrong.
- Holier Than Thou: He believes that he's more right than his fellow gods since he's willing to do something about the mortals who misuse the knowledge of the gods while they sit back and do nothing. This includes murdering his fellow gods since they wouldn't agree with his ideals and would try to stop him.
- Humans Are Bastards: Zamasu believes that mortals are corrupt, violent creatures who are not worth the god's protection since they misused the knowledge given to them by the gods. It eventually reaches the point that he's willing to commit mass-genocide and murder his own fellow gods to create an utopia free of the corruption of mortals and the mistakes of gods.
- Humans Are Flawed: His prevailing mindset as to why mortals are Always Chaotic Evil. They keep repeating the same mistakes of flourishing and war despite being given knowledge by the gods. In his mind, this makes them not worth the gods' protecting and he later wants to outright murder them.
- He comes off as a colossal one, since he looks down at mortals for using violence to solve their problems instead of the knowledge given to them by the gods. Yet, he saw no problem killing an inhabitant of Planet Babari when he could have simply walked away, as Gowasu points out. He also disagrees with Gowasu about the gods being flawed and that they must also learn from their mistakes, yet he thinks Gowasu and the other Supreme Kais are wrong for not being more involved in mortal affairs, essentially saying that the gods are wrong on this subject. Future Zamasu takes the hypocrisy further by telling Future Trunks that his hatred of mortals stems from their repeated misuse of the wisdom given to them by the gods. This is coming from the same person who used his great knowledge to destroy countless mortal races across the future timeline He also despises Goku for being mortal that has the nerve to challenge the gods. This is the same person who helped Goku Black (who's a god in a mortal shell) murder all the gods in the multiverse. By Episode 57, Present Zamasu is willing to murder his own teacher to further his goals, the exact same type of behavior he looks down upon on mortals for.
- In a great twist of hypocrisy, while Zamasu believes that mortals are evil; he is one of the darkest and most evil villains of the entire Dragon Ball series, and he doesn't even have the excuse of being born that way (like Freeza) or being created to be that way (like Cell or Majin Buu). Quite the opposite in fact: his species is generally Always Lawful Good as benevolent Gods of Creation, making him stand out even more.
- His belief the universe needs to be protected from the follies of mortals eventually forms into a mission to eliminate said mortals so that the world can be peaceful for the gods. In his various incarnations, he completely falls off the deep end and becomes sadistically zealous, relishing in causing great anguish to any who'd challenge his path, even kills all the rest of the gods in the Future timeline to keep them out of his way, repeatedly dubs himself the only necessary god and true arbiter of justice, and even after being bisected for his troubles he irrecoverably poisons the entire multiverse of the future timeline with his hatred to the point the Zen'o himself has to step in and erase the entire multiverse with him along with it.
- Hypocrite Has a Point: His idea of dealing with the constant violence and division among mortals is to wipe them all out. There are indeed many mortal characters, including Frieza and the Babarians, who were able to continue their destructive actions because of the gods' non-intervention clause. Even Gowasu agrees that there is much evil in the hearts of mortals, but he also believes that they have the potential to grow and learn from their mistakes. Zamasu finds the latter idea to be incomprehensible.
- Hypocrisy Nod: Zamasu is aware that he's working with a version of himself in the mortal shell of his hated enemy, but finds it necessary. And when they fuse, Zamasu makes it known that by taking Goku's body as his own, he will never forget the failures of both mortals and gods.
- I Can Rule Alone: In addition to killing all the mortals in Future Trunks' timeline, he and Goku Black also kill that timeline's gods, declaring, "One god is all the cosmos needs." Taken a step further in a mission in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, where Future Zamasu ends up betraying and trying to kill Goku Black, freely admitting that he sees Black as "just another being entirely" and a "fallen god spoiled by humanity", and was hoping to take him out at the end of the Zero Mortals Plan so he could seize power as the "one true god".
- Icy Gray Eyes: Possesses distinct gray eyes, and is also a cold, ruthless being whose strong will motivates him to place his "ideas above the people" to the point he wants to kill all the people so that his ideas can come true. And he possesses the power to make it happen.
- In Their Own Image: Regardless of all of their Motive Rants about justice, it's clear that this is the endgame of each version of Zamasu, Goku Black included; by wiping out all mortal and god life, they'll create their own vision of paradise. It's especially blatant with Goku Black and Future Zamasu; they constantly go on about how they're doing the gods' justice and making a new world "by gods, for gods," and since they're the only ones left, it basically translates to their new world being "by Zamasu, for Zamasu." It's made even more clear in the manga, where Fused Zamasu declares that he will kill everyone in all timelines who isn't a version of himself, god and mortal alike. Infinite Zamasu takes this to extremes; by becoming one with the Future Trunks timeline, he succeeded in creating a Multiverse where only Zamasu exists because he is the Multiverse.
- It's All About Me: All versions of Zamasu. For all their grandiose speeches about justice, it becomes clear at the end of the day that all they care about is their vision of paradise and don't give a damn about anyone who's not them, not even their fellow gods who they will and have willfully murdered. In fact, the only reason Goku Black and Future Zamasu get along so well is because they're the same person. They're even more selfish in the manga where Fusion Zamasu gleefully declares that he will wipe out anyone that isn't himself across all timelines. Infinite Zamasu takes this to extremes; by becoming one with Future Trunks' timeline, he succeeded in creating a Multiverse where only Zamasu exists because he is the Multiverse.
- Jerkass God: He's firmly convinced that mortals are all stupid and brutal creatures who never learn from their mistakes and that the gods do nothing about those mistakes, to the extent that he openly suggests just wiping them all out. Future Zamasu teams up with Goku Black (another Zamasu) to do exactly that. Also, when Present Zamasu raids Zuno's temple, he threatens to kill Zuno if he didn't answer his questions about the Super Dragon Balls and Goku. He even tries to murder his own master for his Potara Earring so he can use the Time Ring and is only stopped due to Whis and Beerus' intervention.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Zamasu's distrust towards mortals does have some good reasoning behind it, and at first glance would make you think that perhaps he may be somewhat justified. But as the whole affair continues and we see what he would go on to do to Goku and his family and the utterly sick enjoyment that he gains both from this event along with his rampage in Future Trunks world as well as his declarations of becoming the only god, it's clear that behind the veneer of well-meaning that he conducts himself with, he's a sadistic, sociopathicracial supremacist that will stop at nothing to satiate his ambitions, megalomania, and to endlessly pursue his own personal, sadistically hateful war against Goku and all he cares aboutfor beating him in a friendly sparring match.
- Justice Will Prevail: He believes that he will and must succeed in his goals since he is doing the gods justice. Fused Zamasu takes it a step further and declares himself as justice itself. Which is why he is shocked when Future Trunks finds the power to overcome him.
Fused Zamasu: How dare you strike a god?! And retaliate against justice?!
- Kill 'Em All: He firmly believes that the mortals are too evil to live and the gods are too lazy to live. So, his solution is to merge with the Multiverse itself and wipe out all life until only he remains.
- Knight of Cerebus: In all of his incarnations, particularly Goku Black, Zamasu sticks out as a truly wicked villain. Until Moro, his arc is the only one in Super played as a straight tension-filled battle story,note Beerus wasn't really a villain and didn't even kill anyone on Earth; Freeza was a mass murderer, but was treated lightly by both Goku and Vegeta who could have easily defeated him at any point by teaming up; the U6 tournament competitors were simply an Opposing Sports Team with no stakes regarding their victory, and aside from Hit were nothing compared to even the second-stringer protagonists; and the participants of the Tournament of Power were all effectively hero antagonists and, with the exceptions of the Pride Troopers, Hit and Kale/Kefla (plus Anilaza in the anime), also irrelevant power-wise compared to the protagonists. and whenever he appears, the mood shifts to an ominous tone.
- Knight Templar:
- Present Zamasu became one over the course of the season, believing that mortals are inherently evil and should be wiped out for the good of the universe. He also believes that the Kais only watching over mortals is a sin instead of taking direct action. Before Present Zamasu tries to kill Gowasu, he tells his master that he now understands that evil can lead to a greater good.
- Future Zamasu joins Goku Black's crusade against mortals under the pretense that they are a flawed mistake that must be corrected.
- Lack of Empathy:
- He feels no empathy towards mortals, seeing them as sinful creatures who are Always Chaotic Evil. He also views the gods to be equally useless for not intervening in mortal affairs as well. When Present Zamasu is told by Goku about all the horrible things his future counterpart has done to the future, instead of being shocked or regretful, he's delighted to hear how far his plans had reached. He also feels nothing about murdering his own master to steal his earring and the Time Ring.
- Future Zamasu views all mortals as inferior bugs. He shows no remorse as he helps Goku Black wipe them out.
- Laser Blade: He can create a blade out of his energy, which he uses to split a Babarian in half. Future Zamasu also uses one during his battle again Goku and Future Trunks. Considering how much Black loves to use one as well, it serves as yet another clue to Black's true identity.
- Leitmotif: His theme is Solving the Mysterious Puzzle from the Dragon Ball Super OST. It's also a slower and ambient rendition of Goku Black's theme, Foreshadowing the connection between them.
- Meaningful Name: The word "Zamasu" may have come from the Japanese verb ざます(Zamasu) which translates as "to be, to exist". It shares exactly the same definition with his former master's hypothetical name etymology, Gowasu.
- Moral Myopia: He constantly goes on about how mortals are brutal, selfish beings that abuse their god-given gifts to commit atrocities and kill each other, but he himself commits similar acts throughout the saga. Present Zamasu is perfectly willing to kill his own master to advance his goals (and in the timeline where Goku Black hails, he succeeded), Goku Black's first act upon stealing Goku's body was to murder Goku and his entire family purely out of spite for Goku beating him in their sparring match, and Future Zamasu used his god-given gifts to assists Black in his atrocities, as well as his fellow gods, without a flicker of remorse. When Future Zamasu and Goku Black fuse, Fused Zamasu even invokes this trope in regards to Goku and Vegeta fusing into Vegito, stating that "acts of gods are beautiful because we are inherently pure, while mortal endeavors will inevitably become wicked—corrupted and marred by sin!"
- Moral Sociopathy: Zamasu truly and honestly believes that mortals are foolish and dangerous creatures that can challenge the gods and should be destroyed for the good of the universe. When he's ready to kill Gowasu for his earrings, he fully admits that his actions are evil, but that evil will lead to a greater good and he's doing justice by the gods.
- Motive Rant: The guy just won't stop talking about how both gods and mortals are too flawed to live in his Utopia.
- Motive Decay: Like his anime counterpart, Zamasu in the manga started off as a Knight Templar who saw mortals as evil and gods as lazy and wanted to destroy them all to create a perfect world. But whereas anime Zamasu retained his vision and still revered the gods even after killing them, manga Zamasu lost all of his noble intentions, wanted to become the Top God just for the sake of it, and denounced his fellow gods as beneath him.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: As a whole, the Kais are Always Lawful Good and serve as benevolent Gods of Creation. Zamasu, however, looks down on mortals, views them as Always Chaotic Evil, and ultimately embarks on a genocidal rampage against them.
- Narcissist: All incarnations of Zamasu are this to the double-digit nth-degree. He's firmly convinced that he's just plain better than everyone else, to the extent that he furiously lashes out at the mortal Goku for touching a god like him, thinks he knows better than his fellow gods, including his more experienced master, is psychotically self-absorbed, refusing to even consider the possibility that he's wrong about mortals and that it's his duty to wipe them all out, going so far as to slaughter the other gods because he considers them useless for sitting around and doing nothing about evil, and constantly goes off on Motive Rants and Evil Gloating sessions, admitting that he doesn't really care if anyone listens to him or not because he just likes hearing himself talk. He's also unable to handle criticism and takes defiance of his plans very personally; when Trunks calls him nothing but a sinner and a murderer, Zamasu flies into a rage and gives him a Shut Up, Kirk!, declaring that his crusade is Trunks' own fault because he broke the gods' Time Travel Taboo and created two separate timelines. To drive the point home, it's made clear that the only reason Future Zamasu and Goku Black get along as well as they do is because they're literally the same person.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Zamasu wants to wipe out all mortal life, believing that the universe would be better off without them and that gods are the only beings truly worthy of life. And by "gods", he really means himself.
- Necessarily Evil: Since he thinks all mortals are evil, he thinks he must be evil as well to rid the world of all injustice. Even if it means killing all the gods. However, as time goes on, it becomes clear that he doesn't care about justice and order, but about ridding the multiverse of every thing that he sees wrong with it...which is pretty much everything but himself.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: All incarnations of Zamasu repeatedly claim that they're doing what's necessary to create a "beautiful utopia" by wiping out all mortal life in The Multiverse, believing mortals to be Always Chaotic Evil and gods are the only beings worthy of life. For all their claims of righteousness and bringers of justice, they ultimately boil down to nothing but racist extremists. It becomes even clearer when Goku Black and Future Zamasu wipe out all of the other gods in Future Trunks' timeline, both to prevent them from interfering and so they'd be the "supreme gods," so it's crystal clear that they're only concerned about theirvision of a utopia. Goku Black in particular comes off as especially hypocritical in that regard, since he used the Super Dragon Balls to pull off a Grand Theft Me on Goku, essentially giving up his godly body for that of a mortal, and then slaughtered the entire Son family purely out of spite while wearing Goku's face.
- Omnicidal Maniac: His ultimate goal is to wipe out all mortals and gods in the universe.
- Only Sane Man: He thinks he's this to the other gods in the multiverse. In his eyes, he's willing to do what needs to be done, even if those acts are evil, to do the god's justice while the other gods are content to sit around and do nothing.
- Only Six Faces: Zamasu looks like an older, taller version of Shin from Universe 7, complete with the same hairstyle.
- Outside-Context Problem:
- Is from Universe 10, therefore no one even knew he existed except for Beerus and Whis, much less the monster he'd eventually become. Future Trunks didn't even know there was a multiverse before the Future was attacked by Black. In addition, because up until then everyone had thought Black and Zamasu were the same person if there was any connection at all, the heroes are completely blindsided when Future Zamasu descends from the sky and joins his partner.
- He is also this in Dragon Ball Xenoverse. Aside from the likes of the Time Breakers and Demigra, usually when the Time Patrollers travel to a point in history to help the heroes engage a villain, they are doing so to repair the timeline and are relatively safe within the Time Nest themselves. Zamasu averts this, displaying knowledge about the Time Nest and the Time Patrollers, as well as his Time Ring presenting the risk of him being able to follow the Time Patrollers back; Fused Zamasu even states that once he beats Goku, Vegeta, Trunks, and the Future Warrior, he'll be going after Chronoa in the Time Nest. In the final scene of the DLC for the "Future Trunks" Saga, Infinite Zamasu actually manages to attack the Time Nest itself, and would have wrecked havoc had Future Zeno not stopped him.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: All the Zamasus' prime mindset. Since they believe that mortals are Always Chaotic Evil, it is their divine right to dispense justice by wiping out all the mortals across the multiverse, even if they know that their actions are evil.
- Physical God: He's an apprentice Supreme Kai from Universe 10, the gods of creation in the Dragon World. He is also much stronger than Shin, the Supreme Kais from Universe 7, and in the anime can even stand up to Super Saiyan 2 Goku after he has been trained by Whis (in the manga, he's implied to be weaker than Super Saiyan 1 Goku). His future counterpart is even more powerfulin the anime, being able to give Super Saiyan Blue Goku a good fight and he's an immortal. His future counterpart in the manga is weaker, being far weaker than SS2 Trunks who's not tremendously stronger than the SS2s from the Buu arc, but he's still stronger than he was in the past andpossesses useful abilities that his anime counterpart lacked such as teleportation and paralysis.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: His idea of saving the universe is plotting a Final Solution for all mortal and god-kind, plus his insults towards Goku, Trunks and Vegeta carry some heavy racist undertones.
- The Power of Hate: Zamasu's hatred for both mortals and gods is what drives him.
- Pride: A key Fatal Flaw of his, however, his is very different from other villains. In Zamasu's case, his pride is centered around being unable to see or admit that he may be wrong and isn't perfect despite being a god. After he gets into his mind that mortals need to be destroyed for the greater good, nothing Gowasu tells him can sway him and everything becomes confirmed bias. His pride also makes him believe that he can't believe in anyone but himself, which is why he teams up with his future self and kills the other gods because 'they wouldn't understand his ideals'.
- Principles Zealot: Zamasu's fully believes in the the 'gods' justice', which dictates that all forms of evil needs to be wiped out. He comes to the conclusion that mortals are evil by nature and that gods are useless and need to be destroyed. To that end, he's willing to commit murder on all his fellow gods to create a paradise free from mortals and useless gods. Present Zamasu would have killed his master, Gowasu, to gain control of the Time Rings if Whis hadn't stopped him.
- Psychological Projection: He constantly prattles on about how mortals are violent, destructive creatures who cannot learn from their mistakes and are inflexible in their ways, but it rings a bit hollow coming from the guy who's fanatically obsessed with wiping out all mortal-kind and refuses to see or consider the possibility that he may be wrong. When it comes down to it, the only person who's really as twisted and evil as Zamasu claims the mortals are is Zamasu himself.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Despite all of his power and schemes, Zamasu is ultimately a punk who's wayout of his depth, motivated entirely by whims and impulses. By the time he's able to even consider he might have gone down the wrong path, he's way too far in to turn back. The anime downplays this by making Goku Black an Invincible Villain constantly pulling out new powers and keeping the same Smug Super attitude, while the manga plays it up. Appropriately, the manga's Black and Zamasu are at odds and don't even have a good contingency for what to do if things start to go wrong.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: He is Gowasu's student, chosen to become the next Supreme Kai of U10. However, Zamasu's black and white views on mortals cause him to see the beings he's suppose to guide and protect as being unworthy of the gods' knowledge. Meeting Goku and going to Planet Babari only solidified his bias, and concludes that all mortals need to be wipe out for universal peace. To that end, Present Zamasu tries to murder Gowasu and steal his Time Ring. When Gowasu was told of this, he is definitely not pleased. The Zamasu who would become Black not only killed his master for the earrings, but also killed Future Gowasu.
- Pure Is Not Good: Gowasu notes several times that Zamasu is a pure-hearted person who has a strong sense of justice. However, it is Zamasu's inability to see past his own sense of justice and purity that leads him to believe that mortals are the root of all evil in the universe and it is his duty as a god to destroy them. This carries over into Dragon Ball: Fusions, where Zamasu is immune to Spike the Devil Man's Devilmite Beam, a feat that no one else but Goku ever pulled off.
- Purple Prose: In the Funimation dub, all versions of Zamasu sans Goku Black tend to use extravagant words to express themselves, fitting of his personality. While Zamasu is full of himself, he doesn't really partake into this in the English dub of the video games.
- Purple Is Powerful: He has a similar purple-ish Battle Aura to Black's (although Black's is darker) and he's many times stronger than Shin, who Goku admits wouldn't stand a chance against him, even before he was enhanced with god energy. Future Zamasu's Battle Aura is noticeably darker than his past counterpart.
- Pyrrhic Victory: By the end of the Future Trunks Arc, he technically gets what he wants: a universe free of mortals and occupied solely by himself. Too bad this only came to be when Future Zeno decides he doesn't like the state of the Future universe and thus subsequently blinks the entire universe from existence—Zamasu included.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: All versions of Zamasu just love making dramatic speeches about how mortals being evil creatures who misuse the gods and about how the gods do nothing about mortals. Heck, he doesn't even care if no one listens to him; he just likes hearing himself talk. It gets very old very quickly by the time Vegito steps into the fray.
- The Reveal: Despite all the clues leading to the obvious conclusion that Zamasu and Goku Black are the same person, Episode 56 shows Goku Black and Zamasu appearing side by side, being separate individuals working together. In Episode 58, Whis speculates that Zamasu used the Super Dragon Balls to create Goku Black and grant himself immortality. He was partially right. Episode 60 reveals that Goku Black is Zamasu, but a different version of Present Zamasu who stole Goku's body using the Super Dragon Balls.
- The Right of a Superior Species: The justification he uses for his actions, although he's not above committing genocide against his fellow gods if they get in his way.
- Sadist: All versions of Zamasu express this to varying degrees. Goku Black murdered Goku himself and then his family purely for the sake of being cruel after stealing the former's body, and then he and Future Zamasu reveal this to Goku after impaling him with a Laser Blade just to rub salt in the wound. Also, the Present Zamasu who was killed by Beerus was positively delighted to discover the chaos Black and Future Zamasu had inflicted upon the future Earth, happy that his dream of a god-and-mortal-free universe was becoming a reality.
- Sanity Slippage:
- As Zamasu's distrust in gods and mortals grew, so did his extremist views and how far he was willing to go. The second time the heroes visit him, he has just about lost it, willing to murder his master Gowasu for the sake of his twisted crusade.
- Future Zamasu has long since fallen off the deep end. Instead of the calm, young Kai we were introduced to, Future Zamasu is a Smug Super who is prone to Slasher Smiles that rival Goku Black's.
- By the time Zamasu becomes an evil spirit bent on assimilating the future Multiverse and all other timelines in order to become "justice itself" and kill all gods and mortals, he's reduced to a madman who's only capable of laughing madly.
- Satanic Archetype:
- An extremely talented Kai whose considered to potentially be one of the strongest Supreme Kais. He also ends up questioning the gods superior to him and views himself as knowing better than they do. He ends up falling completely to darkness and trying to perform genocide on all mortals. Future Zamasu also has the characteristic Prideone would expect from this trope. Future Zamasu even declares himself (and Black, who is also him) a 'supreme god' after killing off the other gods, and then does so again after the two become Fused Zamasu.
- How he views Goku after he beats him in a sparring match. Future Zamasu in particular despises Goku and wants to kill him personally for being a jerk who fights the gods, despite never even personally meeting him until he came to the future. The Zamasu who becomes Goku Black has a love/hate relationship with Goku. On one hand, he despises Goku as much as the other Zamasus to the point of murdering him and his family. At the same time, he respects and adores Goku for his strength, seeing him as the only Worthy Opponent in the multiverse and trying to gain Goku's approval when he becomes a Super Saiyan Rosé. Fused Zamasu even states outright that this is why Black stole Goku's body; as far as he's concerned, Goku is everything evil and sinful about mortals and gods, and he took Goku's body to forever be reminded of what he perceives as the gods' failures.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: Much like King Piccolo, Zamasu has green skin and dresses in purple, contrasting Goku's orange and blue.
- Signature Move: Aura Slide/God Split Cut, a technique that allows him to coat his hand with purple ki, creating an Absurdly Sharp Blade in the process.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He's merely an apprentice Supreme Kai, yet he believes he knows better than anyone, including his older, more experienced master. By the time he jumps off the slippery slope he declares himself to be the supreme god of the multiverse and kills every god in the future timeline. When he becomes Fused Zamasu he calls himself "the sun of this world". While he is extremely powerful he finds out the hard way that he's an ant compared to Zeno and gets promptly smushed.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Zamasu is one of the only DB villains to avert this; in fact, his arc is an outright inversion of the usual formula of "super powerful villain comes and is far above everyone else, heroes must pull out various power-ups to win." It's quite important to his character and motivation. When his arc starts, Zamasu is the one who's weak compared to his adversaries (weaker than even Cell according to the manga), while the heroes are the huge benchmark he has to reach. Even his far stronger counterpart, Goku Black, is utterly smashed by SSB Vegeta with ease in their first encounter, and according to Trunks Black wasn't much stronger than Trunks himself when he first showed up in the future, making him Cell-level at best since Trunks at that point was still weaker than Dabura. He levels up by using several Plot Coupons that used to be the domain of the protagonists alone. Specifically, he uses the Dragon Balls to wish for Complete Immortality (infinite revives), uses a time travel device to undo his defeat and team up with his alternate counterpart (like Trunks in the Cell arc), uses what is effectively his own pocket dimension to become stronger at his leisure with no one around to stop him (like the heroes' Time Chamber), uses the Super Dragon Balls to steal Goku's body (literally turning the heroes' own power-ups against them with a super version of their signature MacGuffin), uses the Saiyan trait of getting stronger after near-death to continually power up (like the Saiyan protagonists in the Namek arc), uses progressively unlocked Super Saiyan forms for the same purpose, and finally uses the Potara earrings to become Fused Zamasu (like Piccolo/Nail in the Freeza arc, plus Goten/Trunks and Goku/Vegeta in the Buu arc).
- By the time he becomes Infinite Zamasu, he plays this straight and has become the most dangerous villain in Dragon Ball history, bar none. Even more dangerous the antagonists of the next arcs such as Jiren and Broly, since despite their power they could at least be physically wounded. Infinite Zamasu (thanks to either Complete Immortality paired with cloning or being metaphysical and therefore literally untouchable, depending on the version) simply cannot be hurt by anything short of the multiverse he's in being annihilated in one shot, and becomes exponentially more powerful every minute that he's alive.
- Spell My Name with an "S": He is known as both Zamas (Viz translation of the Super Manga, Dragon Ball: Fusions, both Spanish dubs of the anime) and Zamasu (Crunchyroll subtitles, Funimation Dub, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2).
- Sore Loser: Zamasu always hated mortals, but what truly sets him off was when Goku hurt his pride in a simple sparring match. He didn't care that Goku was stronger than some gods, he only cared that he was stronger than him.
- Slasher Smile:
- Present Zamasu gives one when the heroes catch him Aura Slide-handed trying to kill Gowasu and reveal his plans to his master, followed by Goku telling him the crimes his future counterpart committed.
- Future Zamasu prone to these, just like Goku Black. The most vicious one he gives is to Goku after cornering him and asking him if he wants to know what Goku Black did to his family.
- The Sociopath: He fits many of the qualities of one. He shows no empathy toward others, not even his own fellow gods, given that he is willing to commit mass murder of mortals (and his fellow gods in Future Trunk's timeline) and even kill his own master to further his plan. After becoming a complete zealot in his belief, he continues to act as the dutiful student to Gowasu so he can gain knowledge about the Super Dragon Balls and kill Gowasu without him suspecting anything. He also has a grandiose sense of self-worth, especially his future counterpart who sees himself as a 'true god' after gaining immortality, since he believes that he's doing the god's justice and all his evil acts are justified.
- Superior Successor: He views himself as this to Gowasu, and in terms of power, he definitely is. Unfortunately, in terms of actually doing his job as a righteous god who protects and guides mortals, Zamasu isanythingbut superior to Gowasu.
- Tautological Templar: He believes that he is righteous and correct about mortals being evil and it's his duty to promote the god's justice by wiping them out. Even if this means murdering his fellow gods. When he is called out about this by Gowasu and Vegeta, he states that they could never understand his ideals.
- Teleportation: It is heavily suggested that he knows the Kai Kai, the most advanced teleportation technique. Unlike the Instant Transmission where one has to seek out energy to teleport, the Kai Kai can go to any world in the lower realm and even the different universes, which is how Zamasu was able to move between U7 and U10 in the span of the morning.
- There Can Be Only One: This is basically the full summary of Zamasu's goal. Consumed by his hate for mortals and gods, he believes the Multiverse exists only for him, despite his rhetoric of justice. He wants to kill all life forms and become one with the fabric of the cosmos itself, thus creating a Multiverse where only he exists...because he will be the Multiverse.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Thanks to the Time Ring, his actions keep him from being erased from Beerus' Hakai. However, Beerus erasing Present Zamasu results in a new timeline being created, something he was trying to avoid. Luckily, Whis warns the Beerus of that timeline so that Zamasu's plan would not be repeated.
- Token Evil Teammate: To date he's the only known Kai or Kaioshin to turn evil, when all others at worst have been smug jerks.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He goes from a Well-Intentioned Extremist Kai who wants to protect the universe from the foolishness of mortals, to wanting to kill all the mortals himself, as well as murdering people in cold blood. He even wants to kill Goku for daring to be a mortal who surpasses gods. Present Zamasu becomes so hardened in his belief that mortals are evil and that gods are too lazy to do anything that he's willing to commit murder on his own master.
- Theory Tunnel Vision: As far as Zamasu is concerned, all mortal life is evil and needs to be destroyed, and the gods, while lazy, are inherently perfect. He blindly refuses to consider the possibility that mortals can learn and grow from their mistakes and that the gods are just as fallible, even when Gowasu tells him as such.
- The Unfettered: Once he gets into his head that mortals must be eliminated to bring peace to the universe, nothing stands in his way, not even his teachings as a Supreme Kai. Without any hesitation, Present Zamasu tries to kill Gowasu to gain access to the Time Ring so he can use the Super Dragon Balls. Future Zamasu almost immediately joins Goku Black's side after he murders his master in cold blood and helps him kill the rest of the gods in the multiverse.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: An extra picture found in Volume 4 of the manga◊ shows that Zamasu appeared quite happy and delighted that Gowasu asked him to join him on the Sacred World of the Kais and wished to spread universal peace. By the time we see him in the main narrative though he has become disillusioned both with mortals and the Gods who don't intervene against them eventually leading him to the decision to destroy all mortals and gods across the multiverse in order to create his Utopia.
- The Usurper: All of his incarnations aspired to kill Gowasu and take his position as Supreme Kai (the original Japanese name translating to God King of Worlds) for themselves and kill all the other gods. Future Zamasu and Black succeeded.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Zamasu's vision of a perfect world is one devoid of mortals and gods, which lead him to carry out his extreme justice. In the end his so called "Perfect World" was just a wasteland with his face in the sky with no other living creatures, god or mortal.
- Villain Has a Point:
- His overall view on mortals is not entirely unfounded. Mortals do misuse the knowledge of the gods and have committed several atrocities: Frieza and the Saiyans were cold-hearted planet brokers who regularly committed genocide for profit; Dr. Gero used his great mind to create mass-murdering androids, one of whom (Cell) literally atepeople, all to settle a petty grudge with Goku; Bibidi and Babidi unleashed Majin Buu on Universe 7, resulting in the deaths of all but two of the Supreme Kais and billions of innocent people; and immediately preceding Zamasu's final defeat, Bulma, despite full knowledge that time travel is forbidden and all the chaos it caused, decides to create a new time machine anyway purely because she knows it exists and she wants to try it herself.
- His assessment of the Babarians proves sound; Gowasu brought him there to demonstrate that mortals weren't inherently evil and capable of maturation, yet even after a thousand years, there was no moral growth to observe in the species.
- He also has a point about the gods' inaction against mortals who abused the knowledge of the gods. The suffering caused by Frieza, Bibidi, and Babidi could have been avoided if the gods were more active. Beerus specifically let Frieza do whatever he wanted and even approved of him destroying the Saiyans for petty reasons. In the Super manga, it's outright stated that Beerus should have been the one to handle Majin Buu, but he was asleep. On top of it all, the Universe Survival Saga reveals that part of the reason Universe 7 has such a low mortal level is because Shin and Beerus don't intervene and help mortals as much as they should.
- Villainous Breakdown: All his incarnations suffer this. At first, he keeps his composure, but as the battles wear on, Zamasu drops all pretenses and becomes an utter monster who doesn't care about justice and order anymore, but about killing all life in existence that's not himself, god and mortal. And when Future Zeno begins to erase him, he is reduced to screaming in horror.
- Visionary Villain: He believes that he is right that mortals are Always Chaotic Evil and nothing his master tells him can convince him otherwise. All of Gowasu's attempts at showing Zamasu that mortals are not all bad backfire, like making him fight Goku and taking him to Babari to see the primitive life there. When he learns about the Super Dragon Balls, Zamasu is ready to commit murder to fulfill his dream of a mortal-free paradise and gain immortality. Future Zamasu is so far off the deep end that he believes that he's a 'true god'.
- Walking Spoiler: Although Zamasu turning evil isn't a surprise, given all the heavy hints within the show, him turning out not to be Goku Black is the real shocker. Him being an immortal was also quite a twist. It becomes more confusing when it does turns out that Zamasu is Goku Black, but another version of him since the characters and the audience are led to believe that Future Zamasu and Present Zamasu are the same person, when in truth Goku Black is a version of Present Zamasu, while Future Zamasu is the Zamasu of Future Trunks' timeline.
- Weak, but Skilled: A trait among every version (barring Black). While he's by no means "weak", his power falls behind Goku, Vegeta, later Future Trunks, the angels, Gods of Destruction, and even the likes of Mr. Buu and Gohan in the manga. However, being a Supreme Kai, he posses abilities that are exclusive to his race. In the Super manga, he possesses healing, matter materialization, telekinesis, and both the anime and manga versions know Instant Movement. His future counterpart adds Complete Immortality to that list, and it effectively means he can tank anything Goku or Vegeta dish out and still come out unscathed.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Having observed numerous civilizations; he saw mortals repeat the same cycle of violence, believing that The Gods Must Be Lazy for letting this go on for so long. His problem is that he believes mortals are inherently evil with no middle ground. He eventually goes on to become a Knight Templar hellbent on exterminating all mortals throughout the multiverse to create his idea of a utopia. Although when his more despicable actions come to light, it becomes apparent that its a crock of shit and hes just a hopelessly deluded, self-serving asshole trying to take the position of Top God for himself while killing everything else in the process.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He has white hair, he's also a genocidal Knight Templar.
- Wicked Cultured: He is impeccably polite, intelligent, drinks tea, and is a genocidal Knight Templar.
- With Us or Against Us: The reason Goku Black and Future Zamasu slaughtered all of the other gods in Future Trunks' timeline. As they explain, none of the other gods would support or understand their plan or ideals, so they had to die.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Zamasu is a character who has deep philosophies about the role of mortals and gods, and why mortals are a mistake that should be eliminated for universal peace. However, he's in the Dragon World where the characters are not interested in hearing or humoring his beliefs or his way of justice, unlike most animes which would at least have characters hear the villain out before passing judgement. This leaves him open to several Shut Up, Hannibal! moments when he goes into one of his Motive Rants.
- Your Tradition Is Not Mine: One of the reasons why he despises how Supreme Kais work. Supreme Kais are the Gods of Creation, and thus do not interact with mortals in anyway, which is partly why he sees mortals unfit to receive knowledge from them. Meeting Goku was the worse of it which solidifies his FaceHeel Turn in the long run. Gowasu is shocked when he found out the measures of his vision of "justice".
Present Zamasu (未来のザマス, Genzai no Zamasu)
"Merely watching...that's a sin too. Don't you see?"
The main timeline incarnation of Zamasu.
- Adaptational Jerkass:
- In the anime, when Zamasu slices the Babarian in half, he has a shocked, almost horrified expression on his face, though he smiled briefly before that. He is so ashamed that he doesn't try to defend himself when Gowasu tells him off, at least until later. His attack on the Babarian also come off as almost instinctual. In the manga, Zamasu not only purposely cut the Babarian in half, he did it with a Slasher Smile and seems shocked that Gowasu didn't approved of his actions. When Gowasu confronts him about this, Zamasu dismisses his concerns since 'that mortal was trash'. Later, just before he tries to kill Gowasu he indirectly admits that his actions are evil, but they will eventually lead to good. Manga Zamasu scoffs at the notion that anything he does is evil.
- In the anime, it takes longer for Zamasu to turn since Gowasu has several heart-to-hearts with Zamasu and Zamasu himself only wants the gods to be more active in stopping mortals from abusing their power, not necessarily destroy them until he meets Goku. Manga Zamasu, however, always wanted to kill mortals or 'unnecessary beings' and only had one real heart-to-heart to Gowasu about his views (this is partly down to the Super manga, like the original Dragon Ball manga, being flatout much shorter than its anime counterpart, thus giving it less room for onscreen Character Development). Him watching the tournament between U6 and U7 was also accidental in the anime since it was Gowasu watching the stream and Zamasu walked in on him while serving tea. In the manga, Zamasu watched the tournament himself, along with asking about the Super Dragon Balls.
- Another small change, in the anime, Zamasu is willing to admit that his actions are evil, but from that evil will come a greater justice. Manga Zamasu refuses to see anything he does as evil, even mocking Beerus of all people about his justice.
- Adaptation Personality Change:
- Manga Zamasu lacks the anime version's Nerves of Steel. When confronted by Beerus, Whis, Shin, and Goku for the second time, Anime Zamasu kept his cool and even wants to spar with Goku again. When he is caught red-handed attempting to murder Gowasu, he calmly tries to justify his actions and no longer bothering in lying about his Evil Plan. In the manga, Zamasu in the same scene acts nervous, stumbling to find an excuse about why he attacked Zuno. When his plans are revealed, he rants about his views of justice and attacks Beerus directly.
- His relationship with Gowasu is portrayed slightly differently between the two versions. While Zamasu initially respects Gowasu in both versions, manga Zamasu is more vocal about his opinions and scoffs at Gowasu's mindset about mortals and the role of the gods. In the anime, Zamasu talks about his conflict with Gowasu, wonders why the gods act the way they do, and is somewhat opened to Gowasu's views since he doesn't dismissed them right away. He only decides Gowasu and the other gods are being sinful because they're willing to do nothing while evil flourish because evil leads to justice and he can't accept or understand that the gods are also flawed.
- Ambiguously Evil: Upon his initial introduction, Zamasu's morality was unclear. He held a particularly discriminatory view towards mortals and had a strong sense of justice, but did not show indications he was capable of the mass murders that Goku Black had been responsible for. However, this changes once Zamasu meets Goku, causing his hatred of mortals to grow and triggering his Start of Darkness. By the second time the heroes visit him, he has fallen off the deep end and has most definitely turned to evil, with Beerus sensing the malice in his aura and the revelation he was planning to kill Gowasu.
- Asshole Victim: Beerus kills him after being found guilty of murdering Gowasu, stealing his Time Ring, and trying to kill Goku by slowly atomizing him to the point that Zamasu screams in agony as he dies.
- Bad Liar: In the manga, when he sees Beerus and Whis who asked where he's been all morning, Zamasu is clearly flustered and tries to say he was helping his fellow lower gods. When that lie is caught, he stumbles over why he attacked Zuno, asked about Goku, and gods switching bodies with mortals. This is in contrast to his anime counterpart who has shown himself to be a Consummate Liar.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While Zamasu in the anime starts out as a well-meaning Kai who has a very strict sense of justice and a strong distrust towards mortals, manga Zamasu was always a jerk since he wanted to kill mortals from the start, seeing them as unneeded beings. Unlike the anime version who slowly slipped into evil through a series of events, manga Zamasu gets triggered just seeing powerful mortals and decides to kill his master and commit mass genocide.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He intended to follow the same path as his other selves. After several episodes of buildup of his FaceHeel Turn, the way he's going to pull off his Final Solution is to learn of the Super Dragon Balls and murder Gowasu. However, he is prevented from doing so by Whis rewinding time and stopping Zamasu's energy blade from killing Gowasu, followed by Beerus outrightdisintegratinghim. Beerus thinks this will get rid of Goku Black in Future Trunks' timeline since killing a god does affect different timelines for some reason. However, we the audience know that isn't the case. Turns out, Present Zamasu didn't die as his original/present self, Goku Black, was protected from being erased from existence by his Time Ring.
- Broken Ace: Once a promising apprentice Supreme Kai with huge potential, Zamasu was held back by his extremist morality about mortals. He slowly and steadily goes off the deep end after losing his sparring match with Goku. Not only does he become a complete zealot in his belief that mortals are irredeemably evil and must be destroyed for universal peace, but he is also willing to abandon his godly body and take Goku's body as his own to acquire more power. When the heroes meet up with him the second time, he still retains his calm stoic demeanor, but it becomes apparent that he has jumped off the slippery slope, with Beerus being able to detect the malice emanating off him.
- The Comically Serious: Zamasu is a very serious person with no comical quirk, however, the situations he finds himself in are what makes him funny. Namely, his entire first meeting with Goku is him trying to get away from Goku as he begs him for a sparring match. His reaction when Whis stops his assassination attempt on Gowasu with a cat mitten is comedy gold.
- Consummate Liar: When he sees the Super Dragon Balls on Godtube, Zamasu plays the dutiful students and questions Gowasu about them, seeing them as the key to start his plan. When confronted by Beerus, Whis, Goku, and Shin, he keeps a cool demeanor the entire time and has a pleasant conversation with them. He even asked about their investigation into the Time Rings and only shows shock when Gowasu states that they're there to see him. He's so good that only Beerus and Whis sensed any Killing Intent within him and that's because they're particularly sensitive to such things. Even Goku failed to sense anything evil within Zamasu, something he's usually good at picking up.
- Contrived Coincidence: In the manga, his plan to kill Gowasu and take the Time Ring is only foiled because Future Trunks just happens to return to the past the day of his Start of Darkness. The anime avoids this because him meeting Goku was his trigger and Goku only sparred Zamasu to see if he was Black, which wouldn't have happened if Black didn't followed Future Trunks to the past.
- Create Your Own Villain: In the anime. It was the heroes' own attempts to find and stop Goku Black, that led them to seek Zamasu out, allowed Goku and Zamasu to meet, which in turn caused Zamasu's Start of Darkness where his hatred of mortals increased to the point where he sought to commit mass genocide on them. Of course, considering the fact that Future Zamasu almost immediately jumped on board with Goku Black's plan, something similar would have happened eventually. This was not the case in the manga, where Zamasu did not personally meet Goku before deciding down his path.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Present Zamasu gets atomized by Beerus after being caught in his attempted murder. Although these types of death are not unusual for this series, what makes Zamasu's death stand out is how slow it was. It takes several seconds for his body to disintegrate and Zamasu is screaming the entire time in anguish.
- Cue the Flying Pigs: Quite literally, in this case. A panel showing his life prior to being recruited as a Supreme Kai disciple shows that he had a winged pig as a pet, reflecting King Kai's pet monkey Bubbles.
- Culture Clash: Similar to the Universe 6 Supreme Kais, mortals interacting with gods in other universes is considered very unusual. Combine this with his distrust towards humanity and he's pretty much disgusted to see a mortal interact with a god, especially himself.
- Deader Than Dead: Due to being atomized by Beerus' Hakai technique. It destroyed Zamasu right down to the soul; he's gone for good.
- Death Glare: Present Zamasu gives Beerus one just before the God of Destruction atomizes him.
- Defiant to the End: When faced with execution from the God of Destruction, he doesn't beg for his life or quiver in fear. Instead, he chooses to give Beerus a silent Death Glare just before geting atomized.
- Didn't See That Coming: Present Zamasu's plan to kill Gowasu and steal the Time Ring to use the Super Dragon Balls would have gone off flawlessly, if Goku didn't encounter Future Zamasu and told Beerus what happened. He had no way of knowing that Goku could time travel since that's limited to only the Supreme Kais and he didn't learn about time travel himself until a few days ago.
- Didn't Think This Through: After his plan is exposed, Present Zamasu tries to kill Goku, Gowasu, Shin, Beerus, and Whis. Goku beat him a few days ago, Beerus is the God of Destruction, and Whis is the strongest of them all. Zamasu probably should have tried to flee.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The entirety of his personal grudge against Goku, which escalates to attempted murder, was over the fact that Goku bested him in a sparring match. His alternate self takes it even further by stealing Goku's body, then killing him and his entire family with it just to rub it in. Even worse in the manga where he never even met Goku, only saw him on Godtube and became enraged to see a mortal wielding the power of a god.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Present Zamasu is slowly vaporized by Beerus, after he's caught in the act of attempted murder. We actually hear Zamasu scream in agony as he dies, even with his head gone.
- Fantastic Racism: He really dislikes mortals, seeing them as dangerous since they keep repeating the same mistakes and fighting pointless wars. It eventually reaches the point where Future Zamasu teams up with Goku Black (who is another Zamasu) to kill all the mortals.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride and Narcissism. Ultimately, he views himself as a 'perfect god' who knows better than everyone else, thus he can't understand the idea that he's flawed and needs to grow, so he can't understand Gowasu's mentality that mortals are flawed but can become greater if time is taken to nurture them. This is ultimately the entire cause of his fall to evil and everything that happens.
- The Gift: He is such a talented Supreme Kai in training that Goku surmises that he could surpass Beerus someday. Beerus, naturally, takes offense to this.
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: This is how he feels about the Kais' non-intervention policy. He feels that the gods should take direct action in stopping evil and destroy the sinful mortals who misuse the knowledge giving to them by the gods. Gowasu feels that there needs to be a balance of good and evil, especially since the gods themselves aren't perfect. This only makes Zamasu believe that the gods' inaction is a sin.
- Hates Being Touched: He was angry at Goku for touching his arms, to the point that Gowasu had to intervene so nothing happens. To be fair, Goku started to touch his body just to see how well trained he was the moment they met, but considering he did it without his consent, Zamasu had a pretty valid reason to be angry. It's later revealed that this had less to with consent and more to do with his top god complex. As Fused Zamasu states, touching him is a proof of the mortals' sin.
Zamasu: How dare you touch me, mortal!
- Humans Are Bastards: He feels that humans, aka mortals, are all stupid and barbaric since they keep repeating the same mistakes, going through the cycle of growth and conflict, all according to what he has seen as the North Kai of Universe 10. Goku beating him in a sparring match only hardens his opinions, because he now knows these foolish mortals can rival the gods. His opinion is further solidified when he sees the mortals on Planet Babari still fighting wars even one-thousand years into the future.
Zamasu: Master Gowasu, you have said something often: to make mistakes but learn from them, thus forging a better world. That is the essence of the mortal spirit. But as far as I can see, mortals do not learn this way at all. Planet Babari's no outlier, Master, you've seen this countless times before.
- Humans Are Flawed: He wonders if mortals are worth the gods' protection since they keep repeating the same mistake of growth and conflict. Going to Planet Babari confirmed his suspicions since the mortals there are still primitive and violent, ever after thousand years has passed. Gowasu counters that even the gods aren't infallible, but Zamasu doesn't buy it.
- Ignored Epiphany: After he has his My God, What Have I Done? moment, he seemed shameful for killing a mortal when he could have just left with his master. He can't even look Gowasu in the eye while he's lecturing him on his actions. A scene later, he's back to his self-righteous self and feels justified killing mortals since they're evil.
- Immortality Seeker: After learning of the Super Dragon Balls, this becomes his goal. While his Bad Future counterpart has already succeeded in doing so, the Present Zamasu is stopped and killed by Beerus. Ultimately subverted; as it turns out, Zamasu's real intent was to use the Super Dragon Balls to steal Goku's body, thus becoming Goku Black.
- It's Personal: After losing to Goku in a sparring match, he becomes obsessed with Goku to the point of stealing his body and then killing him with it. To add salt to the wound, he murders Goku's family for no good reason other than to be sadistic. That last action makes the utter hatred strong on both sides.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Although he has been Slowly Slipping Into Evil since his introduction, Zamasu jumps after he learns about the Super Dragon Balls. Instead of waiting a year to use the Super Dragon Balls, he decides to murder his own master and steal his earrings so he can use the Time Ring, jump ahead a year, wish for Goku's body, and then begin his quest to wipe out all the mortals. Zamasu even admits his acts are evil, but it's all to serve a greater good
- This article is about the Zamasu from Universe 10 within the main timeline (after time is altered). For other incarnations of Zamasu, see Zamasu (disambiguation).
"You give corruption far too much credit, evil does not inform good. It sullies it, like how the Babari sullied their world with violence, or how that arrogant Goku sullied this sacred ground by swinging his fists at a God. Mortals receive the divine gift of intellect, the potential for wisdom, but they misuse it to destroy the beauty of creation. Mortals do not succumb to evil, they are the evil. They create it, and spread it with minds they shouldn't possess. How can we call ourselves gods if we watch this plight and do nothing to stop it?"
Zamasu (ザマス,Zamasu) is the Supreme Kai apprentice serving the Supreme Kai of Universe 10, Gowasu. He is also the former North Kai of Universe 10.
Zamasu is a lean-built individual of fairly tall height. He has pale green skin, gray irises, white eyebrows, and white hair in the style of a mohawk. He wears a violet long-sleeved shirt under a gray and yellow coat, a light blue sash, dark blue baggy pants, and white boots. He also wears orange Potara-like earrings.
Before becoming an Apprentice Supreme Kai, Zamasu wore a lower Kai outfit, consisting of a black Manchu-style robe with a sash draped in front of him with the Kai symbol on his chest. He also sported baggy pants with small shoes and his ears were bare.
Generally, Zamasu is shown to be a very calm and methodical person, as shown in combat when carefully perceiving his opponent's attack style and seamlessly countering in a fluid manner. While a man who cares for the development and prosperity of the universe, Zamasu often questioned the worth of mortals, not trusting in their ability to handle conflict as they were prone to commence war in a repeated cycle and not understanding that mortal life was key to the prosperity of the universe. He unfortunately possessed a questionable sense of justice believing that it would be more better to just to kill them off, to keep them from making the same mistakes. He also did not agree with how the Kais would not be more directly involved in mortals' actions, like the Gods of Destruction. In the manga, he is even shown to scoff at the idea that mortals can be trusted to handle important matters, let alone rival the might of gods whom he viewed as the ultimate lifeforms.
Despite this, he acknowledged his lack of personal experience and was willing to diligently listen to his teacher Gowasu's words, to which he was a humble and level-headed man with just goals, as Gowasu noted by how well-balanced he would brew tea, implying that he was a just man. After meeting Goku in the anime, however, his views changed, radically, and his distrustful nature towards mortals only grew. Annoyed at Goku's carefree attitude and lack of respect, his distaste for the gods protecting mortals grew and his negative view of mortals reached zealotry levels. Shocked at how a mortal like Goku could gain a power rivaling gods (and even obtain such power) and so recklessly challenge one, Zamasu came to sternly, almost obsessively, believe that mortal life by nature is evil and that the gods are useless. He also resented the fact that he had lost to Goku. In the manga, Zamasu never met Goku in person until after he stole his body, as he had learned of Goku's existence and acquisition of godly power through observing the Tournament of Destroyers on GodTube.
Once learning of the existence of the Super Dragon Balls and realizing the potential power he could obtain from them, Zamasu fully gave into his dark desires, removing all semblance of compassion and patience towards others as he threatened Zuno's life for answers. Even more, Zamasu decided to betray and kill his master to make use of Gowasu's power for his own goals. When confronted about his plans and learning about his future counterparts causing such devastation in the parallel world, Zamasu showed no shame, but rather was delighted to hear how far his plans reached.
Despite his dark actions, Zamasu is still a pure-hearted man with a strong sense of duty (though not necessarily pure good). This is due to the fact that he believes his actions are completely justified, caring so single-mindedly for the development of the universes that he is utterly convinced that the ends justify the means and thus unable to see the inherent evil of his actions. At the same time, he is not without arrogance and condescension towards those whom he views as beneath him and has no qualms about breaking rules or betraying his fellow Kais. He also has narcissist tendencies, believing that only he was the only life form who deserved to live in his "perfect utopia".
Zamasu has been shown to be fond of nature, as his future counterpart hid in hideout in a beautiful landscape during his attack on Earth. He was apparently fond of animals, having a pet flying pig (similar to Bubbles) during his days as North Kai.
Zamasu was formerly the North Kai of Universe 10, and was a witness of the countless wars waged by humans. He was chosen by Gowasu to be his successor, based on his fighting talent. Zamasu was happy about it, and promised to do his best for universal peace.
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"Future" Trunks Saga
Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga
In the anime, Zamasu is first seen carrying a cart of refreshments. He then gives a cup of tea to his master, Gowasu. His master then tells him about his duties as a Supreme Kai, which is watching over their universe including mortals. Zamasu then asks him if the mortals are worth their protection, due to their past mistakes. Gowasu explains that the Supreme Kais' and Kais' duties are to create and not interfere with creations. Zamasu implores if Gowasu is telling him to look past the mistakes of mortals with Gowasu simply telling him to know his place, watch over and raise them. Zamasu is silent and reluctantly accepts the situation when Gowasu repeatedly implores for a response from him. Beerus, Whis, and Goku then show up with the latter repeatedly asking Zamasu to fight him, but is then stopped by Beerus. They then tell them about someone who is similar to Goku and how he has a Time Ring. Beerus asks to see the Time Rings.
Shortly afterwards, Zamasu reluctantly fights Goku after Gowasu instructs him to do so, stating that it's part of Zamasu's training. Goku turns into a Super Saiyan 2, much to Gowasu's and Zamasu's surprise. During their battle Goku, Whis, and Beerus feel Zamasu's ki, saying it is very similar to Black's. Goku then overpowers Zamasu, defeating him in battle. Goku offers his hand but Zamasu reacts with hostility before being reprimanded by Gowasu. After they leave, the fight only furthers Zamasu's hatred for mortals, now thinking they are dangerous. However, Goku notes his ki is not quite the same as Black's. However, Whis is convinced that Zamasu and Black are in fact the same person not only due to their ki but the fact that he felt the same coldness in his heart that he felt from Black.
In the manga, Zamasu goes with Gowasu to meet Shin, the Supreme Kai of Universe 7, and spars with Kibito, he appears to be about to end the battle too violently and so Gowasu stops him. Zamasu is then intrigued to hear about how a mortal such as Goku was able to defeat the likes of Majin Buu - thus having powers greater than a God.
Zamasu and Gowasu become aware of creatures on the planet Babari while sitting for tea. Zamasu advocates for the destruction of the creatures, only to be rebuked by Gowasu who asserts that it is the place of the God of Destruction to carry out that act and not his.
Gowasu then shows Zamasu the Time Ring, explaining its function to him and Zamasu also learning that one cannot travel back to the past with them. Gowasu prepares for the two to depart to the future of Babari though mentions that Zamasu cannot go since he is only an apprentice and not a Supreme Kai, before passing Zamasu an earring and allowing him to be one for the time being. Zamasu puts the earring on the ear corresponding to Gowasu's to ensure the pair do not fuse and denies interest in merging with him for the time being. The two fist bump and say "1000 years", transporting into the future of Babari where a fight breaks out between the planet's denizens, Zamasu concluding their continued existence would ensure no peace.
Observing the Babarians with Gowasu, Zamasu views them as accomplishing goals with brute force and a disregard for laws or justice. A Babari attacks them, Zamasu repelling it a short distance away from them with his hand and goes against Gowasu's wishes by slicing the creature in half, killing it. Returning to their planet, Zamasu returns the earring to Gowasu upon the latter's request and later prepares tea, rebuking his mentor's claim that they can learn from mortals, instead reasoning that they cannot learn given the example the Babari set. Gowasu tries explaining justice is meant to counteract evil but Zamasu forwards that mortals have used knowledge to dirty their world and that the ones with knowledge are evil. Gowasu warns that he must calm himself and that the Gods should also learn, Zamasu leaving to fetch Gowasu more tea and thinking non-interventionism is a crime with a smile on his face.
Later, while watching the fight of Universe 6 and 7 tournament on GodTube with Gowasu, Zamasu sees the Super Dragon Balls. Zamasu, curious to why the Gods of Destruction would be fighting over the Super Dragon Balls, asks Gowasu what they are. Gowasu explains to Zamasu that they are orbs that can grant any wish, much to Zamasu's surprise. Also while watching the tournament, Zamasu sees Goku covered in godly Ki and much to his anger as he wonders how mere mortals could achieve this kind of power. He heads to Zuno's planet and asked them to know more information about the Super Dragon Balls and Goku, which a flustered Zuno complies to.
Later in the anime version, Zamasu re-appears in Universe 10 with Gowasu's tea, apparently calm despite the appearance of Goku, Beerus, Whis and Shin. Zamasu apparently manages to see off his guests and reunites with Gowasu. After confirming their suspicions of Zamasu's true intentions, Goku, Shin, Beerus and Whis head out to protect Gowasu and make him realize Zamasu's currently evil nature. Though shocked by how much they know about what he thought and planned, he is undeterred and attempts to attack Goku with an energy blade. However, Beerus intercepts him and erases his existence afterwards, putting an almost instantaneous end to the once prodigious Supreme Kai apprentice. Gowasu speaks his name as he seemingly laments that his apprentice had to pay a price to learn of his wrong ways. In the manga version, Beerus and Whis head to see Zamasu and Gowasu without Goku or Shin.
Main article: Goku Black In his original future, Zamasu went on to become Goku Black and terrorize Future Trunks' timeline. This future was visited by Shin in the manga to confirm Zamasu's evil.
Due to Beerus not being informed of Zamasu's future events and thus not destroying him, Zamasu succeeded in carrying out his plans to kill Gowasu and take his Potara Earrings and Time Ring. Following this, he used these items to gather and use the Super Dragon Balls to switch his body with Goku and killed the Goku in Zamasu's body, Chi-Chi and Goten; and traveled to Future Trunks' timeline and allied with his future counterpart there.
This Zamasu then initiated the main stage of his Zero Mortals Plan, terminating the Supreme Kais, therefore the Gods of Destruction, annihilated several mortal planets in the Universes, and destroyed Earth's civilization, becoming known as Goku Black. Black fought Future Trunks numerous times, aiming to gain full control over Goku's body. Eventually, Future Trunks fled back in time to get help from the heroes of the past.
Goku and Vegeta return to the future with Future Trunks and Vegeta is the one to battle him, Black uses his Super Saiyan form to battle Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta, but proves to be outmatched. Vegeta turns into Super Saiyan Blue and tells Black to use the form too, but Black reveals that he cannot and so he is beaten back by Vegeta. At the same time as Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta's initial battle with Super Saiyan Goku Black is coming to a close in Future Trunks' timeline, Beerus goes to Universe 10 and destroys Zamasu; splitting the timeline - thus erasing the original future from happening and creating a split timeline.
However, the Zamasu who had succeeded in the original present timeline was still alive thanks to the Time Ring and carried on, eventually learning of his past self's death from Goku and Vegeta in their first trip to the future in the manga. Ultimately, however, this Zamasu met the same fate as Present Zamasu, erased from existence - albeit from Future Zeno.
Universe Survival Saga
Main article: Universe Survival Saga In the anime, Zamasu is mentioned by Gowasu when he is thinking of members for Team Universe 10, saying that he shouldn't risk selecting someone reprehensible like Zamasu again.
In the manga, he is also mentioned by Rumsshi as the latter was berating Gowasu for not only choosing the former as an apprentice, but for having to rely on Beerus (whom Rumsshi despises) to sort things out. When the Grand Minister was contacting all Supreme Kais and Gods of Destruction to meet at Zeno's Palace, Rumsshi threatened to kill Gowasu if the meeting had anything to do with Zamasu's actions.
Other Dragon Ball stories
Dragon Ball Fusions
Main article: Dragon Ball Fusions
During the time of the Timespace Tournament, Zamasu is summoned by Goku Black to act as his ally, the two decide to use the Timespace Rift for their own ends to exterminate mortals. Upon being forced into battle with Tekka's team and Future Trunks, Zamasu and Goku Black fuse together into Fused Zamasu. It is then discovered by the group that other Timespace's are disappearing, and Fused Zamasu reveals that this is because his comrades are wiping them out. Fused Zamasu then summons his comrades - four other Zamasus from other Timespace's - two of which are Goku Blacks. The group realize that the Zamasus are linked to Fused Zamasu, and that is how they are able to stay in this Timespace, and so decide they must defeat him. The two Goku Blacks turn Super Saiyan Rosé and the battle begins. Fused Zamasu is defeated in the end.
- Manga and Anime
While starting off as only a lower Kai, Zamasu is recognized as a genius among all the Kais. Standing out with his remarkable ki and raw power along with a prodigious talent for fighting, he was given a special privilege to be trained as a Supreme Kai
In the manga, Zamasu easily outmaneuvers Kibito in an exhibition match, being interrupted from landing a serious blow due to Gowasu claiming the match was over. Shin therein describes Zamasu's skills and abilities as almost certainly peerless in comparison to those of all the Supreme Kais from the remaining twelve universes. Zamasu himself sees the Supreme Kais of Universe 7 as being of a high pedigree from having defeated Majin Buu. In the anime, when he was fighting with Super Saiyan 2 Goku, he is shown to be able to carefully intercept his punches. Ultimately, he struggles in his battle with him and is surprised by Goku's power, which Gowasu remarks as rivaling the God of Destruction's. In the end, Goku overpowers Zamasu with his strength, and defeats him. Later on, however, Zamasu says that, during their fight, he was distressed, and could have performed much better than what he did. Goku says that Zamasu may be able to become as strong as Beerus one day, though Beerus scoffed at the notion, claiming that his capacities are on an entirely different level.
In his original future as Goku Black in the manga, Zamasu became far more powerful than before, beating Future Trunks numerous times, eventually to the point where he no longer had to use Super Saiyan.
- Flight - Zamasu is capable of flight using his ki.
- Kiai - An invisible ki blast technique that pushes the opponent away. This was used against a Babarian before performing Instant Severance.
- Exploding Wave - A technique where the user creates an explosion from the ground, used against Kibito in the manga.
- God Split Cut - Zamasu concentrates ki around his hand and then uses it like a sword to slice opponents.
- Instant Severance - Zamasu uses this move to kill a Babarian on Babari. It is named in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, where it appears as an Ultimate Skill for his future timeline counterpart.
- Heavenly Arrow - A variation where the blade can be extended somewhat or fired as a blast at long-range in rapid succession. Used in Dragon Ball Heroes.
- Energy Blade - Zamasu concentrates ki around his hand to create a blade which he uses to slice at the opponents. Zamasu can use several variations of this technique. One of Zamasu's Special Moves in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Super Energy Blade - A stronger version of Energy Blade which Zamasu can learn after reaching Lv. 35.
- Planet Bomb - An Energy Ball technique where Zamasu creates a huge Energy Sphere similar to the Big Bang Attack. Used in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Kai Kai - The ability to teleport where one desires, Zamasu's proficiency enables him to even traverse into different universes.
- Pure Heart - Despite his evil actions, Zamasu is immune to the effects of the Devilmite Beam (and Psidevilmite Beam) indicating that he has a pure heart and that his evil actions are a result of his misguided belief that mortals are evil and that his actions though extreme are completely justified. Zamasu is implied to possess a pure heart by Gowasu's comments on how well-balanced Zamasu was at brewing tea. One of Zamasu's passive Skills in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Regeneration – In Dragon Ball Fusions, it appears as one of Zamasu's Special Moves.
- Super Regeneration - A stronger version of regeneration which Zamasu can learn after reaching Lv. 45.
- EX Regeneration - A passive Skill in Dragon Ball Fusions that restores a medium amount of Zamasu's HP each turn.
- Taunt - Zamasu taunts his opponent in order to enrage them. One of Zamasu's Special Moves in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- All Speed Boost - Zamasu can boost the speed of all allies around him. One of Zamasu's Special Moves in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Super Tough - Greatly slows timeline reversal. One of Zamasu's Special Moves in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Techniques used in his original future
- Black Kamehameha - Black is shown to be able to use a black-colored version of the Kamehameha.
- Instant Transmission - Used by Black in the manga in order to quickly get up close to Trunks and attack him.
- Saiyan Power - Goku Black is capable of gaining power boosts once recovering from almost any form of physical harm caused by his enemies like other Saiyans. Goku Black's Saiyan Power works in the normal nature, as only recovering from more serious injuries will boost his power, to which he also needed aid from Future Zamasu healing him before he could return to battle. Each time he uses this power up it allows his "god mind and Saiyan body" to tie further together.
Forms and Transformations
- Monaka's body
Main article: Monaka
In the manga's gag panel, in the original future of the main timeline, Zamasu originally attempted to trade bodies with Monaka. However, he soon realized Monaka was actually weak, so he traded with Goku's body instead.
- Goku's body
Main article: Goku Black In the original future of the main timeline (which was visited by Shin in the manga), Zamasu used the Super Dragon Balls and wished to switch bodies with the original present Goku, becoming Goku Black (ゴクウブラック,Gokū Burakku). Thus, the original present Goku's body from the unaltered main Timeline became the original present Zamasu's primary form. Due to the original present Zamasu stealing the original present Goku's body, Zamasu technically has access to all of the original present Goku's techniques, transformations, abilities, and attributes, which are the same as Goku's from the altered main timeline at the time Zamasu stole Goku's body. Also, in the anime, Zamasu even has some of the original present Goku's personality traits.
- Super Saiyan
Main article: Super Saiyan
In the manga, Goku Black utilized this form numerous times against Future Trunks prior to the events of the saga, but at some point stopped needing it to defeat the half-Saiyan.
- Fused Zamasu
Main article: Fused Zamasu
In Dragon Ball Fusions, Zamasu (of the main timeline) and Goku Black merge into Fused Zamasu as part of a raid mission.
Main article: Gomas
Gomas is the EX-Fusion of Zamasu and Kid Goku in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Equipment used in his original future
- Potara - After killing Gowasu, Black took his former master's Potara earrings, allowing him to use the full capacities of a Supreme Kai. Upon meeting his future counterpart, Black gave him an earring.
- Time Ring - Retaining his godly ki as a Kai and wearing an earring of a Supreme Kai, Black is able to wield a Time Ring, which allows him to travel through time and even alternate realities, he used it to get to Future Trunks' timeline, but relinquished possession of it to his future counterpart.
- Video Games
Video Game Appearances
Zamasu makes his debut in a video-game and as a playable character in Dragon Ball Heroes, introduced in the tenth mission of the God Mission series (GDM10).
He is also playable as a free DLC character in Dragon Ball Fusions after the Version 2.2.0 Update along with Goku Black and Fused Zamasu. In Dragon Ball Fusions, his name is rendered as Zamas.
Although most of the units with Zamasu's name in Dokkan Battle is his future counterpart, present Zamasu does appear as a card with Gowasu along with another unit where Zamasu has just stole Goku's body, named as Zamasu (Goku).
List of characters killed by Zamasu
- Babarian – Killed by Zamasu with the Instant Severance.
- Gowasu – Killed by Zamasu with the God Split Cut. However, the death was undone due to time travel (Shin in the manga, Whis in the anime) giving Beerus knowledge of the death in advance.
- Rumsshi – As a result, Rumsshi died due to his life link with Gowasu. However, the death was undone due to time travel (Shin in the manga, Whis in the anime) giving Beerus knowledge of the death in advance.
- Zamasu's name may have come from the Japanese verb zamasu (ざます), which translates as "to be." It shares the same naming scheme with his former master, Gowasu.
- Zamasu is the second person to be promoted from the position of Kai to the position of Supreme Kai, although he was only Supreme Kai temporarily.
- Zamasu was shown to have a pet of his own as a Kai; a small winged pig, similar to King Kai, with his pet monkey Bubbles. Interestingly, both Zamasu and King Kai were their Universes North Kais.
- Zamasu's outfit in the anime shares the same color scheme as Shin's in the manga.
Zamasu in the Dragon Ball Super opening
Zamasu and Gowasu
Zamasu pouring tea
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Zamas (Viz Manga and Dragon Ball Fusions)
Goku Black(original present timeline)
Future Zamasu (future timeline)
Supreme Kai Apprentice (present timeline)
Supreme Kai of Universe 10 (future timeline)
Powers / Skills
Strong superhuman abilities
God Ki manipulation
Abilities of Goku (as Fused Zamasu)
Ability to use Time Ring
Making speeches about his superiority and justice.
Taunting and antagonizing Goku.
Remorselessly eradicating various species of mortals through the whole universe.
Type of Villain
|“||A world of undisturbed beauty. Mortals are a foolish and ugly mistake that stain the majesty of the cosmos. By eliminating all mortal creatures we can restore its original splendor and reclaim this perfect creation.||„|
|~ Future Zamasu explaining how Zero Mortals Plan works|
|“||My form is justice. And my form is the world. Worship me. Give praise unto me. Me, the beautiful, the sublime... Me, the invincible, the almighty and divine... All hail Zamasu!||„|
|~ Fused Zamasu’s first words upon being created.|
Zamasu (in Japanese: ザマス), alternatively spelled as Zamas in the manga and Dragon Ball Fusions, is the main antagonist of the "Future Trunks" Saga in Dragon Ball Super, and a major antagonist in the Dragon Ball Heroes anime. There are two different timeline incarnations of him working together to exterminate all the mortals in the multiverse, Present Zamasu, also known as Goku Black and Future Zamasu.
Zamasu was the North Kai of Universe 10, and the apprentice of the Supreme Kai of Universe 10, Gowasu. He believes that mortals are dimwitted and abuse their god-given wisdom for evil and violence, and that the Gods are reprehensible for allowing them to flourish across the multiverse and sully its peace and beauty. He is Future Trunks' arch-nemesis.
He was voiced by Shin'ichirō Miki in the original Japanese version, and James Marsters (who also played Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel, Brainiac in Smallville, Lord Piccolo in Dragon Ball: Evolution, Faro Argyus in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Captain John Hart in Torchwood and Jonah in Marvel's Runaways) in the Funimation English dubbed version.
|“||With each hit I overflow with joy, feasting on my own perfection.||„|
|~ Future Zamasu showing delight his immortality.|
Similar to his partner, Goku Black (an alternate Zamasu who stole Goku's body), the future version of Zamasu was distrustful of mortals and gods, however, he described himself as not having the will to act on his desires. When first meeting Goku Black, he expressed shock and horror upon seeing his master, Gowasu, being murdered. After meeting Goku Black, Future Zamasu has truly fallen into the depths of evil though, speaking of humans and of the Saiyans as "mere mortals" who are inferior to him. He also starts showing contempt towards his fellow Gods for their lack of involvement.
Like Goku Black, he has the goal of ridding the entire universe of mortals in the name of "justice", believing them to be the source of all evil, and he refers to a world without them as a "utopia". He also wanted all the gods dead for they did nothing to stop mortal sins. He was briefly shocked and horrified when Goku Black killed Gowasu but soon got over it.
Future Zamasu also seems to have a deep hatred for Goku, as he considers killing him as his main goal and something only he should do (a trait his past counterpart is slowly developing). While battling Goku and Future Trunks, he constantly speaks about how humans misuse their "god-given wisdom" for their own personal gain. Also, Future Zamasu refers to his immortal body as befitting for him.
Despite his resentment towards mortals, Zamasu does imply that he knows what he does makes him as bad if not even worse then them. This further proves that he likely kills mortals out for the sake of his ego. Trunks even calls him out for this before defeating him. This is one of many signs that show that Zamasu never cared about anything but his own vision.
The stark contrast between Future Zamasu and Goku Black is that, despite both of them despising humanity and believed in their twisted sense of justice, Future Zamasu is obsessed with his own immortality and often showing his sociopathic and egotistical attitude with long speeches. He is fully confident that his immortality will be a great help towards his power, whereas Black is more focusing on fighting for a thirst of power and scoffed at immortality. Despite this, they do work well together and proved a deadly team even before fusing. In a sense, due to Future Zamasu's sociopathic nature, one can say that he is even worse than Black considering he clearly takes more pleasure in making mortals suffer.
|“||Mortals, you must be expunged. A pure and perfect multiverse... MADE CLEAN BY ZAMASU'S HAND!!!||„|
|~ Fused Zamasu's emotions getting the best of him.|
Retaining his arrogance and narcissism of both Goku Black and Future Zamasu, Fused Zamasu arguably shares more personality and traits of Future Zamasu instead of Black. However, he does retain a few of Black’s traits, such as his mood swings and his obsession with Goku. Upon his fusion, Zamasu declared himself to be a full embodiment of justice and beauty, desiring worship and reverence from mortals as well as declaring himself to be the most powerful god of them all.
He started repeatedly and consistently vocalizing his divine brilliance and absolute authority, frequently using the terms connected to divine and holy elements, such as "divine", "judgement", and "absolution" and even named his techniques with those terms.
However, the true nature of Merged Zamasu was interiorly unstable, and according to Gowasu, it was due to Zamasu's own obsession with the contradiction between gods and mortals. It was soon shown during the climax when Zamasu was scarred in half-side of his face and had to mutate himself with the light of Justice, showing his body with one side normal and another side rotten and monstrous. This is a crucial evidence indicating that the fusion between the immortal (Shinjin) body of Future Zamasu and the mortal (Saiyan) body of Goku Black was in fact extremely unstable, both exteriorly and interiorly.
Upon his mutation, Fused Zamasu turned more maniacal and unhinged, prone to furious outbursts. During his attack against Vegito, Zamasu became less cool and more dangerous, having himself reduced into nothing but a savage narcissist who started to scream in agony and babbled about the perfection of his own godhood, thus ironically becoming as violent and destructive as the "hateful", "violent", and "destructive" humanity he wanted to destroy in order to achieve his own utopia. Even before he was physically destroyed, Zamasu cried in despair and was still drowned in his obsession of his so-called sense of justice, claiming it was for the greater good of the universe.
After turning into his bodiless form, Zamasu ultimately became a purely aggressive savage entity that roamed across the entire multiverse and cackling insanely above the sky, destroying everything in sight and attempted to become justice and order itself, finally showing Zamasu's true nature as nothing but a hypocritical, loathsome, insane, and openly violent monster. However, he is still capable of showing fear, as he reacts in horror to Future Zen-Oh about to erase him and screams as he is erased.
Zamasu was originally the attendant to Gowasu, the Supreme Kai Of Universe 10. Unlike his master, Zamasu refused to believe Mortals could ever change their ways. As time passed on his hatred for gods and mortals grew to the point where he even wanted to kill Gowasu in order to take his place and exterminate them himself, however he didn’t have the will to act on his desires. One day, while bringing tea, he finds Gowasu murdered by a man wearing dark clothing, who would explain that he is the Zamasu from the past. According to the past Zamasu, he traveled to the future to recruit his future self to cleanse the world of gods and mortals. Zamasu agrees to ally with his past self.
The Zamases would use the Super Dragon Balls to wish for Future Zamasu becoming Immortal, then going one year into the future to wish for the Super Dragon Balls to be destroyed. Future Zamasu would remain behind the scenes while Present Zamasu would go from Planet to Planet killing the inhabitants while claiming to be Son Goku. When he arrived on Earth, he was given the name Goku Black.
Future Zamasu later appears in Future Trunks's timeline, wearing a green earring instead of a pair of orange ones, giving him the rank of Supreme Kai. Zamasu stopped Goku Black from using his Kamehameha, reminding Black of his promise to allow him to kill Goku.
He then engages Goku in combat along with Goku Black, who claims that his body wants Goku and he is unable to resist it. Zamasu says that it’s not a problem as he says Saiyans “are the biggest blight in the entire cosmos” and suggests that they kill them together. Future Trunks aids Goku in his fight, Goku fought Black and Trunks fought Zamasu.
Goku is overpowered by Goku Black and Trunks manages to stab Zamasu but his wound healed (due to having an immortal body). He then holds down both Goku and Trunks so that Black's Kamehameha blast can hit them. With Goku, Future Trunks, and Vegeta defeated by the duo, the Resistance saves them and then the three of them flee to the past. Goku Black is angered but Zamasu then says that they will return.
Goku, along with Beerus, Whis, and the Universe 7 Supreme Kai would go to Universe 10 and stopping the Zamasu of the present from killing Gowasu, ending with Zamasu being destroyed by Beerus.
However, this does not put an end to Future Zamasu, who is still working with Black in the future. When Goku, Trunks, Vegeta and Bulma traveled to the future, he and Black detected the former three's ki and went to confront them. There, Black revealed his origins to the Saiyans and two battle them, forcing Goku, Vegeta, and Bulma to retreat while Trunks holds the two Kaioshin off.
Goku and his friends later return, having learned the Mafuba technique to contain Zamasu. However, Goku Black distracts Goku and Vegeta with his newfound power, forcing Trunks to learn the technique in just a few minutes. To buy time for Trunks to practice the technique, Bulma attempts to distract Zamasu by seducing him. However, Zamasu is not amused, and quickly casts Bulma aside.
Before Zamasu can kill Bulma, Trunks and Mai arrive, and Trunks uses the Mafuba to seal Zamasu in a pot. However, the three then realize Goku forgot the seal to place on the pot, allowing Zamasu to break free. Sensing something wrong with Zamasu's energy, Goku Black goes to see what's going wrong. After Zamasu tells him that they underestimated the true power of humans, the two fuse into Fused Zamasu, with Zamasu proclaiming himself to be the most powerful god.
Fused Zamasu summons a halo and begins launching energy blasts randomly. In order to defeat Goku and Vegeta, Zamasu creates a large energy sphere and launches it at the two Saiyans. However, Goku launches it back at him, resulting in the right half of his body and face becoming horribly disfigured. As the battle goes on, Fused Zamasu's body starts to become more horribly unstable as a result of both Goku Black's mortality and Zamasu's immortality contradicting each other, as well as Zamasu's undying hatred for mortals and the contradictions of the gods.
In order to defeat Fused Zamasu, Goku and Vegeta fuse into Vegito. Initially, they fight Fused Zamasu evenly, though Zamasu appears to gain the upper hand when he knocks Vegito onto the ground and charges at him with an energy blade. However, Vegito summons an energy blade of his own and impales Zamasu through his chest, informing him that he's not immortal because his body is fused with Son Goku's. Zamasu responds by telling him that by taking Goku's body, he has repurposed Goku's and the god's sins for a greater purpose.
Zamasu then frees himself and inflates his body to give him more power. Though Vegito appears to gain the upper hand, the time limit on the Potara earrings Goku and Vegeta used wears off early because of the energy Vegito used, resulting in them unfusing. However, Future Trunks arrives wielding his sword, which now having an energy blade, and fights Zamasu. Eventually, using the energy gathered from the people of Earth to charge up his sword. Goku and Vegeta also give Future Trunks their energy, to provide him with the boost he needs defeat Fused Zamasu. Trunks then stabs Fused Zamasu with his massive energy sword and cuts him in half, resulting in the end of both Goku Black and Zamasu. Or so they thought.
Zamasu took the opportunity to shed his body. His essence then enveloped the Earth and began assimilating the entire universe in order to become order and justice itself and kill all mortals and gods, leaving him the only life form in existence. Goku, Trunks and Vegeta attempted to stop Zamasu using a Kamehameha, Galick Gun and Final Flash respectively, but to no avail. Zamasu's faces in the sky then began firing lasers at the Earth, killing all life on the planet save for the heroes, who were protected by a dome created by the Kais and began to invade the present timeline.
However, while searching for a Senzu bean, Goku came across the button Zen-Oh had given him to summon him at any time. Goku then used the button to summon the Zen-Oh of Future Trunks's universe. Goku directed Zen-Oh to Zamasu, who had rapidly overtaken the multiverse and even began to affect Goku's timeline. Zen-Oh then used his power to destroy the entire multiverse, wiping out Zamasu once and for all while Zamasu could do nothing but scream in insane horror as he is erased from existance.
Goku, Vegeta, Future Trunks, Bulma and Future Mai then returned to Goku's timeline. In order to be with their friends again, Trunks and Mai traveled to a timeline where Zamasu and Goku Black had not yet attacked to warn the Beerus of that timeline about Zamasu.
Powers and Abilities
Like his counterpart Goku Black, Future Zamasu is a fighting prodigy and by far the most powerful Kai that ever lived. However he has become even more powerful then when Black was a Kai, as he can fight on par with Super Saiyan Blue Goku when he is at full power, as well as stand his ground against Super Saiyan 2 Future Trunks. Zamasu also share a similar ki signature with his partner in crime, Goku Black, although Black happens to still be superior in strength.
Fused Zamasu's power is infinitely higher than that of Goku, Vegeta, and Future Trunks' full power combined. His power is stated to have no end by Gowasu, meaning that if Zeno-Sama had not destroyed him, he would have grown in power indefinitely until he surpassed all the Gods and Angels. He can break all the bones in Goku and Vegeta's arms just by catching their fists and crushing them slightly, and he effortlessly breaks Future Trunks' sword in two.
It took Goku's most powerful Kamehameha ever (resulting in his arms being broken) to actually cause some damage to his face, after which an angry Zamasu simply broke his leg with another crush of his hand. Goku using Kaioken was able to knock him to the Earth and shatter his Halo, although he broke his other leg as a result, after which Zamasu grew enraged and increased his power far beyond what he had been using before.
Mutated Fused Zamasu is powerful enough to fight equally with Super Saiyan Blue Vegito, who fights him all-out. He eventually increases his size and while it comes at the cost of his speed, it buffs his power even higher than before.
Infinite Zamasu is so powerful that he can absorb the entire world and even the entire multiverse and then spread into other timelines beyond, such as the Present Timeline, however even he is no match for Zeno, who uses his ultimate attack to erase him for good.
As Future Zamasu
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