SSJ2FutureGohan wrote:As mentioned before it makes absolutely no sense at all as to why Piccolo would be weaker than Freeza and still consider the possibility that he's gotten too strong. From a storytelling standpoint, it really doesn't make sense.
There would be no point at all in that line if Piccolo was actually supposed to be as weak as you're saying.
Character statements form the basis of the story. To doubt Piccolo here is like doubting the author. Without statements or comparable feats, there's no way to judge. If there's evidence that Piccolo > Trunks (or Freeza), and nothing going to the contrary, there's no reason to discard or twist the evidence, or try to discredit it because of other situations. Not just because "his gains are unrealistic"
Anyway, to end this debate:
IMO, Piccolo's conclusion that he became stronger than the Artificial Humans that killed Super Saiyans is solely based on the fact that he was kicking the ass of an Artificial Human that he thought that killed Super Saiyans in the future. I don't think he gave much thought into it, like comparing himself with SS Trunks. He was just like "I can beat them, so I must be stronger than them".
Based on Kami's statement, I can't agree that Trunks is very different after 6 months in the future. Kami was talking about battle powers in that statement, so if Trunks had made any huge gains, I'm sure he would have mentioned them, because they would be relevant to his discussion with Piccolo.
I'm not saying that there is evidence showing that Piccolo isn't anywhere close to the Super Saiyans (though there is evidence that he hadn't surpassed any Super Saiyan). Maybe he is, but I don't believe so. All we have is that he is below the Super Saiyans, and above the Earthlings, base Saiyans, and #19 & #20.
Anyway, I think I've said all I had to say about this. Moving on.
James Teal (Animerica 1996) wrote:When you think about it, there are a number of similarities between the Chinese-inspired Son Goku and that most American of superhero icons, Superman. Both are aliens sent to Earth shortly after birth to escape the destruction of their homeworlds; both possess super-strength, flight, super-speed, heightened senses and the ability to cast energy blasts. But the crucial difference between them lies not only in how they view the world, but in how the world views them.
Superman is, and always has been, a symbol for truth, justice, and upstanding moral fortitude–a role model and leader as much as a fighter. The more down-to-earth Goku has no illusions about being responsible for maintaining social order, or for setting some kind of moral example for the entire world. Goku is simply a martial artist who’s devoted his life toward perfecting his fighting skills and other abilities. Though never shy about risking his life to save either one person or the entire world, he just doesn’t believe that the balance of the world rests in any way on his shoulders, and he has no need to shape any part of it in his image. Goku is an idealist, and believes that there is some good in everyone, but he is unconcerned with the big picture of the world…unless it has to do with some kind of fight. Politics, society, law and order don’t have much bearing on his life, but he’s a man who knows right from wrong.