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Jiren (ジレン Jiren), also known as Jiren The Gray (灰色のジレン Haiiro no Jiren), is the most powerful member of the Pride Troopers. He served as the main fighting antagonist in the Universe Survival Saga and as a major contestant in the Tournament of Power.
He is a quiet and honorable fighter, who believes in strength and justice. He previously did not trust anyone and never considered teamwork at all during battle, opting to fight enemies alone, and single-handedly almost always winning.
Jiren’s name appears to come from the word renji, Japanese for stove.
Jiren was meant to have a more outspoken personality, according to Toei Animation. However, this idea was rejected by Akira Toriyama, who stated Jiren was a quiet individual with a tragic backstory. Jiren’s planned personality was given to Top. Though this original personality is later used for Jiren in Xenoverse 2.
Jiren was originally set to debut in episode 78, and appeared in the initial preview for it. However, he was replaced by fellow Pride Trooper Top in the final version. He was also meant to fight Goku in episode 82, and the statement of him fighting Goku was accidentally kept in the episode synopsis.
Jiren is a tall humanoid with an extremely muscular and well-defined build. He has a large, sleek head similar in shape similar to the folkloric aliens known as the Greys. His legs are rather short compared to his upper body, which is probably a race trait. He has gray skin, big round black eyes with enlarged pupils and dark grey sclera, flat round ears, and a barely visible flat nose. Jiren wears the uniform of the Pride Troopers, consisting of a red, spandex suit with black sections around the collar and legs, white gloves, and white boots.
In the anime, when Jiren was a child, he returned to his house and found that his parents were killed by a villain. He was saved by Gicchin, who would become his teacher and took him away to improve his strength. Later, with his allies, Gicchin’s other students, they fought the villain, but most of his friends and even his teacher died. His remaining friends gave up hope on avenging their lost ones and moved on with their lives. From that point onward, Jiren was alone and trained so he could become stronger, as he no longer believed in trust, only in strength. To Jiren, strength is justice, as strength is absolute, qualities which attracted Belmod to him. He lived in solitude until he met the Pride Troopers.
In the manga, Jiren was encouraged to join the Pride Troopers by his master Gicchin, who lost his life to a monster some time afterwards. Having never received his master’s approval, Jiren sought strength further on his own, never understanding that the goal of his master having him join the Pride Troopers was to teach him the value of teamwork. Despite this, Jiren worked hard as a Pride Trooper protecting the lives of all he could in his universe, never even killing the villains he fought.
Jiren’s power would eventually grow to be greater than that of even a God of Destruction; however, he was not interested in becoming one and so his comrade Top was chosen to be the God of Destruction candidate for Universe 11 instead. Jiren’s wish was to resurrect his former master and he wants to fulfill it, no matter the cost.
Jiren’s very existence was considered a rumor in other universes; he is known as the only mortal that a God of Destruction cannot defeat.