Her power ups so far are fine. WHY does she need to "earn" Super Saiyan? Do you guys know how outdated that transformation is? It appeared 7 arcs ago, and the Buu arc finally put the nail in the coffin. Once Goten and Trunks, one being 7 and the other being 8, got it without any sort of development or care in the world, the form lost all "importance." I see people say Caulifla getting it ruined Goku's experience on Namek, and it baffles my mind as to how that's even possible or logical. It ruined nothing. One character getting a form that is extremely outdated to the point that there are FOUR levels above it now does not "ruin" anything that has happened in the past. Then she got SS2, which is somewhat justifiable. Why not give her two forms, and then have her work for the rest? She's still THREE transformations away from what Goku and Vegeta have.
Her getting Super Saiyan 2 on accident is a bit if a stretch, I agree, but at the same time the story went out of its way to say that she has extreme levels of potential as a warrior, even for Universe 6 Saiyans standards. We all knew Cabba was extremely strong because he got selected as a member of team U6 in the first tournament. For this tournament, Cabba went to recruit his squad leader or whatever because he was probably one of the stronger Saiyans he knew. The squad leader then says that his sister is stronger than he is, and that she still has a lot of potential. Everything was already explained to the audience as to why she is so strong. So her getting it on accident and then learning what it is from Goku himself is totally understandable.
Is it supposed to replicate what our main cast has went through on their journey to get stronger? No, and it's not SUPPOSED to. They're different, and they have different things they need to overcome, just like how Caulifla had to slowly learn how to actually fight in episode 113 rather than just blindly throwing punches and relying on her strength alone. You don't have to like her, but screaming out "bad writing," "asspull," or "mary sue" doesn't make you sound smarter or more intelligent than everyone who does enjoy this character. If you THINK it's bad writing or whatever, then that's fine. I gave my reasons as to why I don't think it is, but if you still disagree, all the power to you. But if you use those words in order to boost yourself onto some "higher plateau," while calling calling everyone else an idiot, then you should reevaluate what you're actually saying.
Timetraveller wrote:They're mostly disliked from my experience. Most of the people who like them are the the hardcore anime nerds (for different reasons) and the female audience who just want a strong female character in the show regardless of how they get their strength. Then there's everyone else who can't look past the non-stop asspulls, the poor writing and characterization and the fact that they serve as nothing more than advertisements for merchandise
This is what I'm talking about. Timetraveller, I don't know if you said it on purpose or not, but you're basically saying that everyone who likes these characters are hardcore "anime nerds" and retarded, while everyone who does not like them are intelligent savants.
And finally onto Kale. Kale is strange because her intial character before she transforms isn't that terrible, but when she becomes Broly, it all falls apart for me. The Broly schtick seems to be less of a focus now, which is good, but she still looks exactly like Broly when she goes "Berserk." It throws me off every time I see it, and based off the preview for 114, there's a slight chance that they're going to do away with the no pupils, raging Broly form and have a more controlled version of it instead, which I'm all for. Even then though, I won't really care for her character that much, unless something drastic changes about her.
Overall I think Caulifla is enjoyable, and Kale is a mess. And to answer the question for the topic, you could say that the (internet) fanbase is pretty divided on them.