The original Super Saiyan was a Saiyan who lived approximately three-thousand years ago on the original Saiyan homeworld. According to Vegeta, the Super Saiyan could only control his power in the form of a Golden Great Ape, and his power was so drastically overwhelming that it obliterated him and the original Saiyan homeworld he was on at the time, causing the Saiyans to search for a new homeworld which would later be known as Planet Vegeta. The Saiyan lived so long ago that his very existence had become a myth, until Goku proved that the legend was plausible by transforming into a Super Saiyan himself.
- In the manga, Vegeta makes no mention of an "Original Super Saiyan". All he states is that every one thousand years, a Super Saiyan appears.