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As we know from Goku's (and Gohan's, as well as a few others) childhood, Saiyans turn into giant raging monkeys when exposed to the moon (or even an image of it).

It seems that this is contained entirely within the tail of a Saiyan, as when it is removed, the power of the transformation is lost.

However, the strength, or power of that transformation, is that lost also? Or does that explain the "untapped" power that allows a Saiyan to transform into a Super Saiyan?

The primary question though is: does the moon still affect Saiyans that have had their tail cut off/removed?

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In the current continuity, I don't think there's any suggestion that there is a connection between the Super Saiyan transformations and the tail.

However, in the (now non-canon) sequel series Dragonball GT, there was a Golden Great Ape form that was essentially what happened when a tailed Saiyan combined the power of the Ape and Super Saiyan transformations, and which was a stepping stone to the Super Saiyan 4 form.

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    I didn't know GT was ever canon – DCOPTimDowd Oct 4 '17 at 18:06
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    You're right, of course. It was never approved of by Toriyama. But for a long time it had no canon to compete with so it was the most official unofficial continuation. – ConMan Oct 4 '17 at 22:19

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