After defeating Obuni of Universe 10 (as well as being the direct cause of that universe’s erasure/death) Gohan examines a pedant on the arena floor left behind by him. Inside, there’s a picture of Obuni, his wife, and infant child. The shot switches back to Gohan – his facial expression and silence tells the tone and emotion of his actions. Gohan not only just kill a family man like himself, but an entire universe. An universe full of innocent people caught in the “crossfire” of this tournament.
This sets in hard for Gohan (and the audience) once the pedant itself is erased from existence.
Gohan isn’t someone with a malice heart, nor is he a person who enjoys harming others for pleasure. He is a very emphatic man who deeply cares about the well-being of others. We can assume that he did not want to defeat Obuni and wipe out/kill his universe; but Gohan had to do whatever it took to ensure the survival of his own family, friends, and universe. Even still – no matter how you want to twist it – Gohan is responsible for the loss of countless lives with his action.
Meanwhile, as Gohan is reflecting on his actions, Universe 10’s angel Cus is visibly upset at the destruction of her universe and warriors. I’d even go as far to say that she might have been on the verge of crying. It’s clear that Cus treated Gowasu and Rumsshi with respect and kindness; given her positive interactions with them. Cus enjoyed the presence of her warriors as we saw her cheerfully dancing with them for a Gowasu’s GodTube’s channel and taking pictures with each warrior.
To her, those warriors and Gods weren’t just pawns she was using in order to win. Those were people whom she viewed as friends. People she cared for.
This brings me to the title of this post. “Winning or Losing Doesn’t Benefit Anyone” is taken from a line from the full version of Dragon Ball ED 7 “An Evil Angel and Rightous Devil”. The verse from the line itself reads as follow:
‘Angels and devils: even if the devils were really angels,
Righteousness and evil would still hold no meaning.
Winning or losing doesn’t benefit anyone –
Everyone is simply hurt, crying in the end.’
The Tournament of Power was created in order to balance out good and evil in the multiverse. The eight universe in combat each have horrible mortal ratings (some worse than others) and thus, in order to ensure this balance, the losing universes must be wiped out.
As the lyrics state, what benefit does winning or losing bring to others? What benefits are gained for the sake of of the greater good if innocent lives are lost in the process – Lives whom which weren’t fighting in this tournament? Lives treated as expendable.
We saw this with Cus, who I believe was about to cry as she witnessed her friends’ existence being erased. We saw this with Gohan reflecting on him (unwilling) killing Universe 10. Hell, Universe 10 was Gowasu’s universe. Gowasu was Goku, Vegeta, and Trunks’s ally during the Zamasu incident. While Goku is an idiot with selfish desires, he does care about his friends. Imagine how Goku will feel about Gowasu’s existence being wiped out.
In fact, let’s take any positive outcome out and create a dark, depressing ending.
Let’s say the Super Plot Balls aren’t able to bring back all the universes that were erased, or that the Zenos won’t bring them back for their own selfish reasons. Then what? How Goku going to feel about people he respect from different universes (such as Hit and Caulifia) not being revived – all because he wanted a fight.
The more emphatic victors of the tournament are going to feel like utter shit for causing the loss of countless innocent lives. The angels who have a wonderful (or at the very least good) relationship with their Gods and warriors gonna be sadden. I wouldn’t be shock if Cus or any other angel with a good heart will revolt against their father (the Grand Priest) and the Zenos.
Yea, all the universes with the low moral rating and evilness are gone. But if people are going to question if their actions and you got Angels who’re upset that their universes are gone, then what benefit does that bring to anyone?
‘You know who suffers then? The people.’
-Levin (Fire Emblem 4: Genealogy of the Holy War)
An Evil Angel and Righteous Devil Lyrics:
Full music video of An Evil Angel and Righteous Devil.
My analysis on the TV version of Dragon Ball Super ED 7: