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Alpha of Awe. The Brute of Brawn. The Cultivator of Class. The Duke of Domination. The Emperor of Eloquence. The Fiercest of Fighters. The Greatest of Glory. The Height of Heroism. The Imperator of Intellectualism. The Jarl of Justice. The King of Knights. The Lord of Loquaciousness. The Master of Mortality. The Naysayer of Noobs. The Overlord of Obituaries. The Prince of Passion. The Que-hagen of Quixote. The Ruler of Ruination. The Sultan of Smite. The Taskmaster of Trembles. The Undertaker of Ubiquity. The Vaeyen of Vociferousness. The Warranter of Weaklings. The Xenophobe of Xenogeny. The Yardmaster of Yesteryear. The Zhar of Zoroastrianism.
THE INDOMITUS REX
THE ALPHA OF ALPHAS

THE KING OF KINGS

THE LORD OF LORDS

THE JUSTICIAR OF JUSTICE

THE TALLEST OF THE TALL

CHADREN THE GRAY
APEXPREDATORren the MASCULINE
GRIPren the CRUSHING

INSURMOUNTABLEren the UNSURPASSABLE

INDOMITABLEren the UNYIELDING

AESTHETICren the BEAUTIFUL

SWOLEren the RIPPED

TANKren the RESOLUTE

PHYSICALLYIMPOSINGren the INTIMIDATING

GLAREren the DOMINEERING

JUGGERNAUGHTren the UNSTOPPABLE

DISCIPLINEDren the ENLIGHTENED

ZENren the SPIRITUAL

POTENTren the VIRILE

ALMIGHTYren the INVINCIBLE

VALORren the DAUNTLESS

IMPERIOUSren the DOMINATOR

INVICTUSren the ETERNAL

MAELSTROMren the TITANIC

QUAKEren the SPACE-TIME SHAKING

COLOSSUSren the LEVIATHAN

BEHEMOTHren the MASTODONIC

MONSTERren the TERRIFYING

LORDren the KING

DEITYren the CHRIST

CRIMSONren the LEGEND

SUPERNOVAren the TRANSIENT

RENCHAD THE JI

JICHAD THE REN

RENCHAD THE CHAD

KINGCHAD THE LORDGRAY

THE CHAD OF CHADS

ENCHAD CHADREN

CHADCHAD CHADCHAD CHA CHAD
ENTER CHADREN

 

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I Can Go Lower
#3
Was really hoping he would have a more interesting backstory than “His teacher died and there was a guy stronger than him,” but he was an acceptable final obstacle for the fourth best Dragon Ball anime :luuh:
 
#6
Was really hoping he would have a more interesting backstory than “His teacher died and there was a guy stronger than him,” but he was an acceptable final obstacle for the fourth best Dragon Ball anime :luuh:
I feel like a huge reason people misunderstand Jiren's characterization and subsequently dismiss it as "bland", "boring", and "generic" is that they don't recognize the meticulously-crafted nuances that give him form. This isn't an insult; newcomers--also known as "casuals" to the more uncouth individuals--are unfamiliar with shonen tropes, and only regurgitate what they perceive as ultimate truths as a result of blind hearsay. Again, this is not meant as an insult: ignorance in and of itself is not an imperfection. It is only when that ignorance germinates and blossoms into WILLFUL ignorance that it becomes detrimental to one's continued existence as a worthwhile member of humanity.

Jiren the Gray transcends the quintessential tropes of a shonen character who lost someone important to him/her and seeks to atone and rise above this tragedy. He does not cleave to his deceased master's teachings as if they are gospel merely because he was unable to safe him; he instead crafted his own ideals, virtues, and motivations in the way he saw as most advantageous in regards to accomplishing his ultimate goal: to utterly, WITHOUT FAIL, espouse his master's teachings. Jiren is not beholden to Gicchin's viewpoints or personal, individual ideals: he instead recognizes that his fallen master would want him to walk his own path, regardless of the possible and probable contradicting vectors their respective moral codes could cross.

This, more than anything else, cements Jiren as his own character--indeed, his own man. He pulled himself up by his bootstraps, using his beloved master's demise not as a crutch, but as a singular motivation to reinforce HIS OWN beliefs, HIS OWN ways of life, while at the same time deftly weaving Gicchin's persona into his own mode of existence.

Jiren is more than a character in a legendarily-influential shonen story that will never be surpassed. He is an ideal. A belief. A way of life.

He is the summit.
 
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