The Saiyan who becomes the Super Saiyan God does not change drastically but has notable differences: The Saiyan's physique becomes slimmer and makes the Saiyan look younger, his skin tone becomes darker, his hair turns red, and eyes become bigger and have red irises. The aura of the Super Saiyan God becomes flame-like.
On Planet Vegeta, a group of pure-hearted Saiyans revolted against the evil Saiyans. The group of pure-hearted Saiyans created a Saiyan among them who became the Super Saiyan God. The Super Saiyan God defeated evil Saiyans but vanished quickly after the power of the Saiyans given to him was depleted. The Super Saiyan God later became a legend, as Emperor Freeza heard of it and the Super Saiyan legend. However, years later, Son Goku and friends learned of the transformation by Shenron through knowledge of the Nameccian Book of Legends., and Goku became a Super Saiyan God with the help of Vegeta, Son Gohan, Trunks, Son Goten, and Videl, who was pregnant. Goku fought against the God of Destruction Beerus who was in search of the Super Saiyan God due to a prophetic dream. During his battle with Beerus, the Super Saiyan God form vanished, but Goku absorbed the power as his own.
Goku later transformed into Super Saiyan God during his match with Hit in the 6th Universe and 7th Universe Gods of Destruction Selection Martial Arts Competition to conserve his energy before transforming into Super Saiyan Blue. Later, Goku transformed into Super Saiyan God during his sparring match with Trunks who returned to the past from 17 years in the future. After training in the Room of Spirit and Time for a day, Vegeta attained Super Saiyan God and used the form to conserve his energy during his second battle with Goku Black in the future. Goku also used Super Saiyan God against Zamasu after he failed to seal Zamasu in a jar with the Demon Sealing Wave. However, after Black and Zamasu combined into Zamasu with the Potara, Zamasu easily defeated Goku and Vegeta as Super Saiyan Gods.