What, then, would drive a person to denounce and decry Jiren the Gray's immense popularity and positive effect on those who are able and willing to take his lessons to heart? At first glance, it may seem that Jiren's naysayers are many--broad in scope, as varied as the rich characters Dragon Ball has introduced to us over the years. But the truth of the matter is thus: they comprise only a small, hardened, and EXTREMELY vocal core of those who post here, and smaller still if you count all Dragon Ball fans from every walk of life.
These are the kinds of people who see quite clearly the goals and motivations Jiren embodies, but rather than being inspired by these things, the naysayers allow their insecurities to take over and project them onto the character--and his fans, whom they see as loudmouthed trumpeters, when in reality they are simply intimidated by the confidence and physique these knowledgeable souls project. Seeing a character like Jiren and the positive changes he has wrought upon many Dragon Ball fans is like a proverbial slap in the face for those of this ilk. It's looking into a mirror and despising what they see. It's having every shortcoming, failure, and flaw laid out before them in neat, trimmed little rows. It's been confronted by every demon, every poor decision, every regret, every single instance of "But what if I had just...?"
At the crux of this issue lie the dangers of self-doubt, and, even more damning, self-pity. As Jiren fans, it should be our sworn duty to reach out to these tortured souls and bring them into the light--the light of Jiren the Gray, the light that has cleansed many a weak, purposeless person and transformed them into the peak of manhood, someone who shines blisteringly bright in a night sky of despair and the facade of true strength.
This is Jiren's legacy. And so shall it become ours.