Dragon Ball manga series features an extensive cast of characters
Akira Toriyama . The series takes place in a fictional
universe, the same as Toriyama's previous series
Dr. Slump , and
follows the adventures of Son
Goku from his childhood through
adulthood as he trains in martial arts and explores the world in
search of the seven orbs known as the
Dragon Balls that are used to
summon a wish-granting dragon. During the course of the story, he
encounters allies such as
Kuririn , and Trunks , rivals such
Tenshinhan , Piccolo , and
Vegeta , and enemies such as
Majin Boo and
Zamasu . The manga's anime and film adaptations
feature some original characters not created by Toriyama but by the
While many of the characters are humans with superhuman strength
and/or supernatural abilities, the cast also includes anthropomorphic
animals and extraterrestrial lifeforms. The series also includes
depictions of the afterlife , where several characters are gods that
govern the universe, and parallel universes as well.
* 1 Creation and conception
* 2 Main characters
* 2.1 Son
* 2.3 Kame-Sennin
* 2.7 Piccolo
* 2.8 Son
* 2.10 Trunks
* 2.11 Son Goten
* 2.12 Pan
* 3 Supporting characters
* 3.4 Chaozu
* 3.5 Chi-Chi
* 3.6 Lunch
* 3.7 Mr. Satan
* 3.8 Oolong
* 3.9 Pu\'ar
* 3.10 Videl
* 3.11 Whis
* 3.12 Yajirobe
* 3.13 Zenō
* 4 Major antagonists
* 4.1 Piccolo Daimao
* 4.3 Cell
Goku Black /
* 5 Other characters
* 5.1 Android 16
* 5.3 Baba Uranai
* 5.4 Bobbidi
* 5.5 Bra
* 5.6 Bardock
* 5.7 Champa
* 5.8 Dende
* 5.9 Dr. Briefs
* 5.10 Doctor Gero
* 5.11 Ginyu Force
* 5.12 Grandpa Son
* 5.13 Hit
* 5.14 Jaco
* 5.15 Kaiō-sama
* 5.16 Kaiō-shin
* 5.17 Kami
* 5.18 Karin
* 5.19 Mr. Popo
* 5.20 Nappa
* 5.21 Oob
* 5.22 Pilaf
* 5.23 Raditz
* 5.24 Red Ribbon Army
* 5.25 Shenlong
* 5.26 Sorbet
* 5.27 Taopaipai
* 5.28 Vados
* 5.29 Zarbon
* 6 Anime-only characters
* 6.1 Garlic Jr.
* 6.2 King
Dragon Ball GT
* 6.3.1 Baby
* 6.3.2 Shadow Dragons
* 6.4 Films
* 6.4.1 Broly
* 6.4.2 Cooler
* 7 Merchandise
* 8 Reception
* 9 See also
* 10 References
Dragon Ball manga
* 10.2 Other sources
CREATION AND CONCEPTION
Akira Toriyama initially based most of the characters on those of the
Journey to the West
Journey to the West ,
Sun Wukong ,
Xuanzang , Oolong as
Zhu Bajie and
Sha Wujing , and
redeveloped one of his earlier one-shot manga series,
Dragon Boy . To
be creative with the character, Toriyama stated in 1995 that he
Goku not as a monkey like the
Journey to the West
Journey to the West character,
but as a human-looking boy with a monkey's tail to give him a
distinguishing feature. However, in 2003 he elaborated saying he
added the tail because his editor told him without it
Goku had no
distinguishing features, even though this was probably a joke, he went
ahead and did it. Toriyama later stated that the tail was a pain to
draw, hence why he had it get cut off early on, and that he never
thought of making
Goku an alien until
Going against the normal convention that the strongest characters
should be the largest in terms of physical size, he designed many of
Dragon Ball's most powerful characters with small statures. He later
explained that he had
Goku grow up as a means to make drawing fight
scenes easier, even though his editor was initially against it because
it was rare to have the main character of a manga series change
drastically. The reason there are many anthropomorphic characters is
simply that he finds it easier to make them look different if they are
animals rather than humans. For the female characters, Toriyama
created women he deemed "beautiful and sexy", but also "strong". He
did however state that he has trouble drawing females and this is the
reason there are very few women in
Dragon Ball. During the second
half of the series, Toriyama placed less emphasis on the imagery,
simplifying the lines and sometimes making things "too square"; found
problems determining the colors; and sometimes altered them mid-story.
Additional characters (such as Kame-Sennin and Kuririn) and martial
arts tournaments were added to give the manga a greater emphasis on
fighting. Knowing readers would expect
Goku to win the tournaments,
Toriyama had him lose the first two while continuing to plan an
eventual victory. When having fights in the manga, he had the
characters go to a place where nobody lived to avoid difficulties in
drawing destroyed buildings. Toriyama came up with the Red Ribbon
Army , particularly its Muscle Tower, from the video game Spartan X ,
in which enemies tend to appear very fast. He said he created Piccolo
Daimao because all his villains up to that point had something
"likeable" about them, so the character was born in an attempt to have
a truly evil opponent. The Ginyu Force and their poses were
influenced from the sentai and tokusatsu television shows he watched
with his children. Toriyama created Androids 17 and 18 after
Kazuhiko Torishima , his former editor, was disappointed with Androids
19 and 20 as villains. When Torishima belittled them as well, he then
created Cell. Cell was also altered due to outside opinion, being
given the ability to transform when Toriyama's then-current editor,
Yū Kondō, said he was "ugly". Toriyama also designed some
characters that are exclusive to the animated movies, such as Bojack ,
Broly , Tapion and Minoshia , but more recently
Beerus and Whis .
Dragon Ball's characters have names that are puns , and which
match those of characters related to them. For example,
Bulma and her
family are named after undergarments, Saiyans are named after
vegetables, and because
Freeza is a pun on freezer , the Ginyu Force
are named after products that one keeps in a refrigerator . In order
to advance the story quickly, he introduced Goku's signature flying
cloud, then gave most fighters the ability to fly, and later granted
Goku teleportation . Toriyama explained that he does not like giving
names to techniques, but did so at his editor's opinion. His wife was
the one who named the series' signature Kamehameha (かめはめ波,
lit. "Kamehame Wave"), but he named all the others, even selecting
them specifically for each character; saying someone like
use names in English, and using kanji for the more sophisticated
Piccolo. The idea to have two characters "fuse" together was
suggested by his long-time friend and fellow manga artist Masakazu
Katsura , leading to the Fusion (フュージョン, Fyūjon)
Several of the main characters, from left to right; Vegeta,
Tenshinhan, Chaozu, Yamcha, Kuririn, Goku, Gohan, Piccolo and Trunks.
Goku (孫悟空, Son Gokū) is the protagonist of the
series. He is immensely strong, pure of heart, and extremely
competitive, but dedicated to defending the Earth from evil. First
introduced as a young boy,
Goku was originally conceived by creator
Akira Toriyama as a variation of
Sun Wukong , protagonist of the
Chinese novel Journey to the West; wherefore
Goku also sported a
prehensile tail until later. Upon meeting
Bulma at the beginning of
the series, the two then embark on an adventure to gather the seven
Dragon Balls. After,
Goku receives martial arts training from
Kame-Sennin, meeting his lifelong friend
Kuririn and learning the
famous Kamehameha technique, and enters the Tenka'ichi Budōkai to
fight the strongest warriors on the planet. When the evil Piccolo
Daimao , and later his offspring Piccolo , tries to rule the world,
Goku receives training from "gods" to defeat them.
Though he appears human, it is later revealed that
Goku is descended
from an alien warrior race known as the Saiyans, who sent him,
originally named Kakarrot, to Earth to prepare it for conquest. Goku
sacrifices his life to save the planet from his brother Raditz , but
must quickly get stronger in the afterlife under the tutelage of
Kaiō-sama , to save it from the other incoming Saiyans Nappa and
Vegeta . He later becomes a Super Saiyan and defeats a powerful tyrant
Freeza . This sets the tone of the rest of the series, with each enemy
the characters face becoming stronger than the last, requiring them to
attain further training. The last battle of the original manga,
Majin Boo , has the entire universe at stake, and as such, has
Goku and friends being asked for help from the gods of the universe,
Bulma (ブルマ, Buruma) first appears as a teenager, using the
Dragon Radar, a fictional device she created to detect the energy
signal emitted by a
Dragon Ball, she is led to
Goku and ends up
recruiting him as a body guard while hoping to get his four-star ball
to grant her wish for a boyfriend. She gives up on the wish after
meeting Yamcha, and much later in the series, she ends up forming a
Vegeta , having a son and a daughter with him.
Inventor also becomes Bulma's main role, as in the creations of a
microband that could make her shrink and the time machine that brought
her son Trunks to the past.
Kame-Sennin (亀仙人, "Turtle Hermit"), also known as Muten-Rōshi
(武天老師, "Old Master Muten"), or Master Roshi in the English
anime dub, is a perverted elderly martial arts master instructor that
lives on a small island and is the inventor of the Kamehameha
technique. Though he seems frail, he is a mighty warrior, having
Gohan and Gyū-Maō,
Kuririn , and a few
others. Despite his lechery and occasional whimsy or foolishness he is
often depicted as wise, cantankerous, and perceptive. He is often
accompanied by his talking sea turtle companion, referred to as
Umigame (ウミガメ, "Sea Turtle"), who often tries to point out his
faulty ways. He is bald, sports a thick van dyke beard , and wears
sunglasses, beach clothes, or martial arts suits. He usually wields a
walking stick and, in early appearances, wears a turtle's shell on his
back. When wishing to appear anonymously in the Tenka'ichi Budōkai,
Kame-Sennin uses the name "Jackie Chun" (ジャッキー・チュン,
Jakkī Chun), wears a wig and discards his sunglasses. He was trained
by Mutaito, who sealed away Piccolo Daimao, alongside Tsuru-Sennin,
and also by Karin .
Kame-Sennin's design was inspired by the character of Kami-sama from
Toriyama's previous manga
Dr. Slump , and accordingly was originally
Kōhei Miyauchi , who also voiced Kami-sama in the original
Dr. Slump anime. Miyauchi's final acting session before he died was
for episode 260 of
Dragon Ball Z , which he recorded only 3 months
before his death. Kame-Sennin is voiced by Hiroshi Masuoka from
episode 288 of
Dragon Ball Z onward, in
Dragon Ball GT and the 2008
Anime Tour film . He is voiced by
Kinya Aikawa in the 10th
anniversary movie , and by
Masaharu Satō in the thirteenth Dragon
Ball Z movie and all media following
Dragon Ball Kai . In the Ocean
dub, he is voiced by
Michael Donovan ,
Ian James Corlett , Peter
Kelamis , Don Brown , and
Terry Klassen at various points. Dean
Galloway voices him in the Blue Water dub, while
Mike McFarland voices
him in the Funimation dub. He is portrayed by
Chow Yun-fat in the
American live-action film
Dragonball Evolution ; his voice was dubbed
Tsutomu Isobe in the Japanese version.
Yamcha (ヤムチャ, Yamucha), known as Zedaki in the Harmony Gold
dub, is introduced as a desert bandit alongside his constant companion
Pu\'ar , trying to steal
Goku and Bulma's
Dragon Balls and wish not to
feel nervous when near women. He eventually becomes Goku's ally and
begins a relationship with Bulma, and later becomes a pupil of
Kame-Sennin. His signature attack is the Rōgafūfūken
(狼牙風風拳, "Fist of the Wolf Fang", rearranged as "Wolf Fang
Fist" in the Funimation dub), a physical barrage of punches and palm
strikes, ending with a double palm strike. As a result of training
Yamcha is able to perform the Kamehameha and
develops the Sōkidan (繰気弾, "Spinning Chi Bullet"), an energy
sphere directed by psychokinesis . He also later trains under Kami for
the battle against the Saiyans, but dies against one of their
Saibamen. Before being wished back to life by the Namekian Dragon
Balls, he trained under Kaiō-sama in the afterlife. He then helps out
during the battles with the Androids and Cell, but for the most part
does not participate in fighting.
Krillin in the English anime dub, is a bald
martial artist and one of Goku's best friends. He is the classmate of
Goku under Kame-Sennin's tutelage; initially his rival but later a
friend, and a loyal companion in adventures thereafter. He is killed
by Piccolo Daimao's mercenary Tambourine, but later revived by
Shenlong. After the fight with the Saiyans, he travels to the planet
Namek, where, after several battles, he is killed by Freeza. After
once again being brought back to life, this time by the Namekian
Dragon Balls, he helps out during the Android and Cell arcs. He then
forms a relationship with
Android 18 and has a daughter, Marron
Tenshinhan (天津飯 (テンシンハン)), named
Tien Shinhan in
the Funimation anime dub and also known as Shinto in the Harmony Gold
dub, is first introduced, having been trained by Kame-Sennin's rival
Tsuru-Sennin, trying to kill
Goku and his fellow-students. Later, he
and his friend and fellow student Chaozu become their allies; holding
out against Piccolo Daimao's minion until
Goku arrives. In the fight
with the Saiyans,
Tenshinhan dies of exhaustion against Nappa. He
trains in the afterlife under Kaiō-sama before being revived by the
Tenshinhan continues to train and helps out
during the battles with the Androids and Cell, but for the most part
does not participate in fighting until the return of
Freeza and the
Tournament of Power.
Main article: Piccolo
Piccolo (ピッコロ, Pikkoro) is the spawn of Piccolo Daimao ,
created to get revenge on
Goku in the wake of his death, subsequently
assuming the role as the "evil half" of Kami . However, after just
narrowly being defeated by Goku, he has to team up with him and his
friends when opposing the invading Saiyans, including training Goku's
son Gohan. He is later revealed to be a Namekian – a green-skinned,
four-fingered, hairless humanoid species who create the series'
Dragon Balls. He dies sacrificing himself to protect Gohan
during the fight against the Saiyan Nappa, and trains in the afterlife
under Kaiō-sama before being wished back to life by the Namekian
Dragon Balls. While during the fights with
Freeza and the Androids he
maintains the partnership is temporary, by the time of the Cell and
Majin Boo arcs he accepts the fact they are allies.
Gohan (孫悟飯) is Goku's first son with Chi-Chi, who first
appears at the age of four years. He is then kidnapped by Goku's
brother, Raditz , and locked up in a space pod. However, his temper
flares and he bursts out of the space pod, dealing a blow to Raditz,
but also knocking himself out. After the battle, Piccolo takes and
trains him for a year as he realizes Gohan's potential.
becomes one of the strongest characters in the series, at one point
holding his own against
Freeza and eventually defeats Cell. During the
Majin Boo arc he forms a relationship with Videl , with whom at the
end of the original manga he has a daughter named Pan .
Vegeta (ベジータ, Bejīta) is a Saiyan, and the prince of the
entire race, first shown conquering a planet with his partner Nappa by
listening to Raditz's fight on Earth using their scouters. The two of
them travel to Earth in search of the
Dragon Balls. He ends up
fighting a newly revived Goku, but retreats after persistent attacks
Kuririn and Gohan. He flees to recuperate before heading
off to planet Namek to get its
Dragon Balls before Freeza.
Vegeta ends up having to team up with
Kuririn and Gohan,
Freeza is defeated, lives on Earth and forms a relationship
with Bulma. When the Androids arrive, it is revealed he has fathered a
son with Bulma, Trunks. Throughout the rest of the series, Vegeta
Goku and friends to defeat their enemies, but still
maintains to be his rival. At the end of the series, he and
a daughter named Bra , who, unlike Trunks and despite being half
Saiyan, is not a fighter.
Main article: Trunks
Trunks (トランクス, Torankusu) first appears as an unknown young
man who easily defeats
Freeza and his father, before
Goku arrives back
on Earth after fighting on Namek. It is then revealed that he is
Vegeta and Bulma's future child, who has traveled back in time to
Goku of the coming of the Androids that in his time have killed
everyone besides Goku, who died of a heart disease around the same
time. He helps fight against the Androids, Cell and later Zamasu,
before returning to the future.
Just as the Androids arrived, the Trunks from the series' main
timeline was born. Seven years later as a young kid, Trunks, already
able to turn Super Saiyan despite his age, fights against
Majin Boo by
using the fusion technique with Goten to form the single being Gotenks
(ゴテンクス, Gotenkusu). In
Dragon Ball GT he is a major
character as a young man, traveling through space with
Goku and Pan.
Son Goten (孫悟天) is the second child of
Goku and Chi-Chi. When
first introduced, Goten strongly resembles his father in appearance,
with the same hair-style and similar clothing. However, as a teenager
at the end of the series his appearance has changed to include a shirt
bearing his name and a longer, shaggier hairstyle. Goten was trained
by his older brother
Gohan in preparation for the 25th Tenka'ichi
Budōkai, which their father would be attending. During the training,
Gohan discovers Goten is already quite strong, due to the fact that he
has been training with their mother (in stark contrast to Gohan's
childhood), and can become a Super Saiyan despite still being a child.
Like several characters in the series, he can also perform the
In order to save the world from Majin Boo,
Goku and Piccolo teach
Goten and Trunks the fusion technique which allows them to form the
single being Gotenks (ゴテンクス, Gotenkusu). Gotenks battles Boo
multiple times but even when he transforms into a Super Saiyan 3 he is
unable to defeat Boo. Boo temporarily absorbs Gotenks, increasing his
own power, but
Goku are able to retrieve them from Boo.
When Boo destroys the Earth, Goten and Trunks are killed. The Dragon
Balls later bring Goten back to life along with the rest of the Earth
in order to give energy to Goku's Genki-Dama attack, which defeats
Masako Nozawa voices Goten in Japanese, while he is voiced by
Kara Edwards (as a child) and
Robert McCollum (as a teen) in the
Funimation dub. He is also voiced by Dana Hayes in the Bang Zoom!
Pan (パン) is the granddaughter of
Goku and daughter of
Videl, as such her ancestry comes from both humans and the
extraterrestrials called the Saiyans, making her one of two female
Saiyans in the original manga series (although the only one interested
in fighting). Pan shows signs of being a prodigy, able to fly while
still not yet a toddler. While she only appears as a young child in
the last two chapters of the manga, she is a major character in Dragon
Ball GT. In the fourteenth
Dragon Ball Z movies and
Dragon Ball Super,
wherein a sixth Saiyan is needed for
Goku to become a Super Saiyan
God; Videl, pregnant with Pan, joins in the ceremony with her hair
briefly becoming golden like that of a Super Saiyan. In Japanese media
she is voiced by
Yūko Minaguchi . In the English versions of Dragon
Ball Z, she is voiced by Brenna O\'Brien in the Ocean dub and Kate
Bristol in the Funimation dub. In the English versions of
GT, she is voiced by
Elise Baughman in the Funimation dub and by
Caitlynne Medrek in the Blue Water dub. In the English version of
Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout , she is voiced by
Lia Sargent .
Android 17 (人造人間17号, Jinzōningen Jū Nana Gō, lit.
"Artificial Human #17") is a human forcibly turned into a cyborg by
Doctor Gero. He has jet-black hair, unlike his sister, Android 18, who
has blonde hair. He and
Android 18 are released by Doctor Gero as a
last resort, but they turn on their creator and quickly kill him
instead. With nothing better to do, they begin to travel in order to
find and kill Goku, coming into contact with the main characters
several times. 17 is eventually absorbed by Cell, but is brought back
to life when those killed by Cell are revived with the
and is seen at the end of the series giving energy for Goku's
Genki-Dama to destroy Majin Boo. In Future Trunks' timeline, he is a
mass murdering android who is eventually killed by Trunks. Android 17
Dragon Ball Super to participate in the Tournament of Power
as one of the representatives for Universe 7 to prevent the universe
to get erased by Zenō.
Dragon Ball GT, when he fuses with a new 17 created by Doctor Gero
and Doctor Myu in order to become Super 17 (超１７号, Chō Jū
Nana-Gō), who is finally defeated by
Goku and 18. In 2014, Toriyama
revealed his real name to be Lapis (ラピス, Rapisu). He is voiced
Shigeru Nakahara in Japanese,
Ted Cole in the Ocean dub, and Chuck
Huber in the Funimation dub.
Android 18 (人造人間18号, Jinzōningen Jū Hachi Gō, lit.
"Artificial Human #18") is a blonde-haired human forcefully turned
into a cyborg by Doctor Gero. After being released, she travels with
Androids 16 and 17 in order to kill Goku, though they are interrupted
by Cell and the main characters several times. She and 17 are
eventually absorbed by Cell, but later during the Cell Games, a hard
Gohan causes Cell to regurgitate her. Though
unable to wish for her to be turned into a human, he is able to have
her self-destruct device removed.
Kuririn later pursues 18 and, at
some point, they have a daughter named Marron (マーロン, Māron).
In Future Trunks' timeline, she is a mass murdering android who is
eventually killed by Trunks. In 2014, Toriyama revealed her real name
to be Lazuli (ラズリ, Razuri). She is voiced by
Miki Itō in all
Japanese media. In the Westwood Media English dub, she is voiced by
Enuka Okuma and in the Funimation English dub, her voice is supplied
Meredith McCoy , except in
Dragon Ball Z Kai and several video
games since 2006, where
Colleen Clinkenbeard instead provides her
Beerus, the God of Destruction (破壊神ビルス, Hakaishin Birusu)
is a supporting character who appears as both an antagonist and
protagonist in the fourteenth and fifteenth
Dragon Ball Z movies, as
well as in
Dragon Ball Super . Involved in events previously left
unexplained, preceding the events depicted in the manga,
revealed to be the one who sealed Old Kaiō-shin into the Z Sword and
destroyed North Kaiō's planet, with only the small planet where he
now lives remaining, both acts done out of anger over squabbles. He is
a purple catlike being seen wearing traditional Egyptian clothing and
ornaments, whose occupation is to maintain balance by destroying
planets, in contrast to the Kaiō-shin who create and preserve them.
Often seen destroying planets at a whim, Beerus' two sole desires are,
being quite a gourmet, enjoying the Universe's finest cooking and
fighting opponents who he considers to be worthy. The latter
ultimately leads him to look for the Super Saiyan God
(超サイヤ人ゴッド, Sūpā Saiyajin Goddo) who turns out to be
one of the Saiyans now living on Earth. Eventually, Son Goku, with the
help of other Saiyans, transforms into the Super Saiyan God and fights
Beerus, just to be defeated by the God of Destruction. Having enjoyed
Beerus spares both
Goku and the Earth, saying that
the second strongest opponent he ever faced; first being his caretaker
and martial arts teacher, Whis.
Beerus was modeled after Toriyama's
Cornish Rex cat.
Beerus is voiced by
Kōichi Yamadera in Japanese
Jason Douglas in the Funimation dub, and
John DeMita in the
Bang Zoom! Entertainment dub.
Chaozu (餃子 (チャオズ)), Chiaotzu in the English anime dub, is
a small human that resembles a
Jiangshi with white skin, red cheeks,
and has one hair under his hat. Though he is not physically strong,
Chaozu is skilled with psychokinesis and telepathy . Chaozu is first
introduced at the 22nd Tenka'ichi Budōkai, having been trained by
Kame-Sennin's rival Tsuru-Sennin, trying to kill
Goku and his
fellow-students. After his friend and fellow student Tenshinhan
decides that Tsuru-Sennin's teachings are wrong, the two leave him and
Goku and his companions to defeat Piccolo Daimao. After
Tenshinhan and Kame-Sennin in finding the
Chaozu is killed by Piccolo Daimao while trying to thwart his wish for
eternal youth, but is later revived using the
Dragon Balls. In the
battle against the Saiyans, he self-destructs on Nappa in order to
save Tenshinhan, but it is ineffective. He trains in the afterlife
under Kaiō-sama before being revived, this time by the Namekian
Dragon Balls. Chaozu then joins the other characters when they gather
for the return of Freeza, but Trunks kills the tyrant before a fight
ensues. From then on, Chaozu is generally no longer involved in
battle, although he continues to train with Tenshinhan. He is voiced
Hiroko Emori in Japanese, by
Rebecca Forstadt in the Harmony Gold
Cathy Weseluck in the Ocean dub, and by
Monika Antonelli in
Funimation's dubs, except in Kai onwards where
Brina Palencia voices
Chi-Chi (チチ) is the wife of
Goku and the mother of
Goten. She is very protective over the well being of her family,
wishing to remove
Gohan from Goku's lifestyle of fighting and constant
conflict, but this is interrupted by the constant threats to Earth.
She later relaxes with Goten, even training him herself. As the
daughter of Gyū-Maō (牛魔王, "Ox King"), who trained under
Kame-Sennin, she is very strong in her own right. She and
meet as children when Gyū-Maō asked
Goku to take her to
Kame-Sennin's house. In a misunderstanding,
Goku promises to marry
her. Years later, she confronts him to have him fulfill the promise in
the quarter-finals of the 23rd Tenka'ichi Budōkai, despite the
misunderstanding. She is voiced by
Mayumi Shō in the Japanese version
of the series up until
Dragon Ball Z episode 88, from which point she
is voiced by Naoko Watanabe . In the Ocean dub, she was voiced by
Andrea Libman as a child and by Laara Sadiq and Lisa Ann Beley
respectively as an adult. In the Funimation dub, she is voiced by
Laura Bailey as a child and by
Cynthia Cranz as an adult. In the Bang
Zoom! Entertainment dub, she is voiced by
Michelle Ruff . Chi-Chi is
Jamie Chung in the American live-action film Dragonball
Evolution; her voice was dubbed over by
Ami Koshimizu in the Japanese
version of the film.
Lunch (ランチ, Ranchi), named Launch in the Funimation dub and
Marilynn in the Harmony Gold dub, is a woman who
Goku and Kuririn
rescue and bring to Kame-Sennin in exchange for him to train them. She
has a strange disorder which makes her personality change from a nice,
polite, blue-haired woman into a trigger-happy blonde bad girl every
time she sneezes. Since her bad form is a known criminal, she decided
to stay with Kame-Sennin, becoming their maid. Lunch's blonde persona
develops an attraction towards Tenshinhan's fierce attitude. She is
not seen after the 23rd Tenka'ichi Budōkai, but is said to be chasing
after Tenshinhan. However, in the anime she is seen in a few Dragon
Ball Z filler episodes during the fight with the Saiyans, and is seen
again at the series' end helping contribute energy to Goku's
Genki-Dama to defeat Boo. She is voiced by
Mami Koyama in Japanese,
Edie Mirman in the Harmony Gold dub, and
Meredith McCoy in the
"Mr. Satan" redirects here. For the 1938 British spy thriller, see
Mr. Satan (film) .
Mr. Satan (ミスター・サタン, Misutā Satan), known as Hercule
in some of Funimation's dub and in Viz's English manga, is a
flamboyant martial artist that becomes a world-renowned hero after the
Cell Games. After
Goku and his companions stop attending the
Tenka'ichi Budōkai, Mr. Satan starts winning them and becomes the
reigning champion for many years. During the Cell Games, he attempts
to fight Cell, but even after being swatted away, he is given credit
for Cell's death by the media. He is soon called a world hero, gaining
great wealth and a city named after him. Though
Goku and his
companions find his inflated ego and arrogance very annoying, he
becomes their trusted friend after befriending the good Majin Boo,
helping defeat evil Boo by using his appeal to get energy from all of
the individuals on Earth for the Genki-Dama, and his daughter Videl
pairs up with Gohan.
In their initial dub of the series, Funimation changed his name to
"Hercule". However, when they recorded a new dub for uncut home video
releases, they switched to using the original Mr. Satan. In 2009,
Toriyama revealed his real name to be Mark (マーク, Māku), a pun
on the Japanese word akuma, which means devil or demon. He was voiced
Daisuke Gōri in Japan until his death, with Unshou Ishizuka
taking over the role afterward, while in English he is voiced by Don
Brown in the Ocean dub, and
Chris Rager in the Funimation dub. In
Filipino dub, in order to censor his name, he was given the name
Oolong (ウーロン, Ūron), named Mao-Mao in the Harmony Gold dub,
is a shapeshifting , anthropomorphic pig that uses his abilities for
his own greedy desires. He and Puar went to the same shapeshifting
school together, before he was expelled for stealing the teacher's
panties . This is the reason he can only change his form for five
minutes at a time, requiring a one-minute break. Oolong joins
Bulma in the search for the
Dragon Balls to eventually steal them, but
abandons this plan. He does however make the first shown wish with the
Dragon Balls, wishing for a girl's pair of panties. Later in the
series, he is often in the company of Kame-Sennin. He is voiced by
Naoki Tatsuta in Japanese, and by Alec Willows and Richard Newman in
the Ocean dub. In Funimation's dubs he is voiced by
Bradford Jackson ,
Dragon Ball Z Kai, where
Bryan Massey voices him.
Pu'ar (プーアル, Pūaru), Puar in the Funimation anime dub,
Pu-erh in their subtitles, and named Squeakers in the Harmony Gold
dub, is a soft-spoken blue creature and the constant companion of
Yamcha . Pu'ar's abilities consist of transvection and shapeshifting .
He and Oolong went to the same shapeshifting school together, where he
was constantly mocked by Oolong. When first introduced, he and Yamcha
survive in a desert as bandits, where they encounter Goku, Bulma, and
Oolong. They initially tail and assist the group in order to steal the
Dragon Balls they are collecting, though they later reform and
befriend the trio. When
Goku transforms into a giant ape for the first
time in the series, Pu'ar transforms into a pair of scissors and cuts
off his tail to revert him back to his regular state. Together with
Upa, Pu'ar defeats Dracula Man while competing in Baba Uranai's
tournament. The character's name is a pun on pu-erh tea and was
designed to slightly resemble a cat. When questioned about gender,
Toriyama disclosed that he looked at the character as male during
illustrations. Puar is voiced by Naoko Watanabe in Japanese, by
Cheryl Chase in the Harmony Gold dub, and by Kathy Morse and Cathy
Weseluck in the Ocean dub. In Funimation's dubs he is voiced by Monika
Antonelli , up until
Dragon Ball Z Kai onwards, where Brina Palencia
Videl (ビーデル, Bīderu) is the daughter of Mr. Satan. Like her
father, she trains in martial arts, even surpassing him in strength.
She uses her abilities to fight crime in the city, and after Gohan
appears as the Great Saiyaman, she quickly figures out his identity.
She uses that to blackmail him into teaching her how to fly. After Boo
is defeated, the two form a relationship, eventually having a daughter
named Pan. When the two fight crime together afterwards, she takes on
the role of the "Great Saiyaman 2" or "Great Saiyawoman". Her name is
an anagram of "Devil", a play on words with her father's name, Mr.
Satan. She is voiced by
Yūko Minaguchi in Japanese, with the
exception of Kai where she is voiced by
Shino Kakinuma , by Moneca
Stori in the Ocean dub,
Kara Edwards in the Funimation dub, and Erika
Harlacher in the Bang Zoom! Entertainment dub.
Whis (ウイス, Uisu) is a supporting character who appears in the
fourteenth and fifteenth
Dragon Ball Z movies, as well as in Dragon
Ball Super . A tall teal humanoid with pronounced effeminate features,
Whis is Beerus' attendant and martial arts master who always
accompanies the God of Destruction wherever he goes. He is unmatched
in power and possesses tremendous speed. In the fifteenth movie, Whis
is seen training
Vegeta for the fight against the resurrected
Freeza; effortlessly defending himself against the two. The
character's name stems from a misunderstanding. Toriyama incorrectly
believed that Beerus' name was a pun on the word "beer" and so decided
to follow the same rule to name the character's assistant. Thus, he
ended up naming the character Whis, a pun on "whisky"
(ウイスキー, uisukī). Whis is voiced by
Masakazu Morita in
Japanese media and Ian Sinclair in the Funimation dub.
Yajirobe (ヤジロベー, Yajirobē) is an overweight samurai that
is often considered to be rude, unmannered, timid, lazy, and cowardly.
During their first meeting, Yajirobe gets mad at
Goku for stealing his
fish, and hates him. However, he has a change of heart and helps Goku
after he is defeated by Piccolo Daimao, taking him to Karin's to be
healed. Yagirobe continues to support
Goku and his companions from
then on, though often from the sidelines. Originally he was a wanderer
that lived off the land, but after meeting Karin and discovering the
Senzu Beans, which provide the nutrients of ten days worth of meals,
restore energy and heal wounds, he lives with Karin. He begins growing
the beans with him, and often delivers them to
Goku and his
companions. He plays an integral part in Goku's first fight with
Vegeta; although simply planning to watch while hidden, when Vegeta
stares at a full moon and transforms into a giant ape, Yajirobe uses
his sword to cut off his tail and turn him back to normal. When
Kuririn died, Toriyama requested that Yajirobe be voiced by his voice
Mayumi Tanaka . When Yajirobe and
Kuririn later appeared in
the same scene together, Tanaka gave the former a
Nagoya dialect in
order to distinguish them. He is voiced by
Brian Drummond in the
Lucas Gilbertson in the Blue Water dub, and by Mike
McFarland in the Funimation dub.
Zenō (全王) is known as the king of all universes, ranking above
all other mortals and deities in the
Dragon Ball canon. Depicted as a
childlike humanoid figure, Zenō has the power to erase entire
universes from existence at his will. First appearing after the
tournament between Universes 6 and 7, Zenō is treated with utmost
reverence and fear by the other gods and mortals, with one exception
being Goku, whom he befriends. Part of the caution others have around
Zenō comes from the fact that he acts and behaves like a child,
destroying entire planets and universes out of amusement or dismay. An
instance of Zenō from an alternate timeline called Future Zenō
(未来の全王, Mirai no Zenō) accompanies
Goku back to the present
after he erases the entire existence where he lived to destroy Zamasu,
becoming a friend of his counterpart. Both Zenōs are voiced by Satomi
Kōrogi in Japanese media.
Piccolo Daimao (ピッコロ大魔王, Pikkoro Daimaō, "The Great
Demon King Piccolo") is the evil half of the Namekian that removed his
evil in order to become the god of the Earth; this negative energy
took on a physical form, becoming a cast-off being. He and the good
half, Kami , are linked, so if one dies, the other will as well. After
being formed, he designates himself as the Great Demon King and begins
to terrorize the world. He is eventually imprisoned by Mutaito, the
master of Kame-Sennin and Tsuru-Sennin, in a rice cooker by the
suicidal Mafū-ba (魔封波, "Demon Seal" or "Evil Containment Wave")
technique. After being released by Pilaf , he attempts to kill anyone
that could possibly seal him again (including Kame-Sennin and Chaozu)
and uses the
Dragon Balls to restore his youth before destroying
Shenlong , rendering them useless. He then takes over the King of the
World's palace and has the King announce him as his successor, before
being confronted by Goku, who, in their second battle, punches a large
hole through his abdomen. Before dying, he regurgitates the egg
containing his reincarnation, Piccolo Jr. , in order to pursue his
revenge. He is voiced by
Takeshi Aono in Japanese,
Scott McNeil in
the Ocean dub, and
Christopher Sabat in the Funimation dub. Piccolo
Daimao also appears as the main antagonist of the American live-action
film Dragonball Evolution, where he is portrayed by
James Marsters ;
his voiced was dubbed over by
Hōchū Ōtsuka in the Japanese version
of the film.
Prior to Piccolo Jr., Piccolo Daimao created several offspring in
order to help him with his plans. His first shown offspring, Piano
(ピアノ), helps him formulate his plan until he is killed when Goku
knocks Piccolo Daimao into him. He also creates Tambourine
(タンバリン, Tanbarin) to hunt down the contenders of the
Tenka'ichi Budōkai to keep the sealing technique from resurfacing.
Kuririn and beats a weakened Goku, but Goku's
Kamehameha vaporizes him in a rematch. The third, Cymbal
(シンバル, Shinbaru), is created to find
Dragon Balls, but he is
killed and eaten by Yajirobe. The fourth, Drum (ドラム, Doramu), is
created to battle Tenshinhan, who he easily defeats until
and crushes his head in one blow. Piano is voiced by Masato Hirano in
Sonny Strait in the Funimation dub; Tambourine is voiced by
Ryūsei Nakao in Japan and
Dameon Clarke in the Funimation dub; Cymbal
is voiced by
Daisuke Gōri in Japan and Mark Orvik in the Funimation
dub; and Drum is voiced by
Daisuke Gōri in Japan and Bob Carter in
the Funimation dub.
Freeza (フリーザ, Furīza),
Frieza in the English anime dub, is a
galactic tyrant that wants the
Dragon Balls so he can wish for eternal
life. It is revealed that
Freeza had feared the power of the Saiyans,
so he destroyed the Saiyan planet Vegeta, killing all but four
Saiyans. He recruits three of them, Vegeta, Nappa and Raditz, as some
of his workers. On planet Namek,
Freeza systematically kills off
nearly the entire Namekian race in his quest to obtain the Dragon
Balls. He engages in a fight with
Goku and the others, with Goku
becoming a Super Saiyan after
Freeza murders Kuririn. Out of anger at
his helplessness to Goku's new power,
Freeza blasted a hole into
Namek's core in order to destroy the planet.
Freeza is then sliced in
half by his own attack and begs for mercy, with
Goku giving him some
of his surplus energy. After he uses that energy to attack,
seemingly kills Freeza. However, he was rebuilt into a cyborg and
comes to Earth with his father King Cold (コルド大王, Korudo
Daiō), but they are both easily killed by Trunks. In the fifteenth
Dragon Ball Z movie and
Dragon Ball Super , he is revived by the
Dragon Balls and swore revenge against Son Goku. Although he
gains a new form,
Freeza and sends him back to Hell. In
Dragon Ball Super,
Freeza as one of the warriors
representing Universe 7 in the Tournament of Power, but he only
accepts upon the promise of being fully revived in exchange of his
Main article: Cell
Cell (セル, Seru) is the ultimate creation of Doctor Gero , former
chief scientist of the Red Ribbon Army, to get revenge on Goku. He is
an artificial life form created using the cells of several characters
from the series, including Goku, Piccolo and Freeza. As a result, Cell
is able to perform techniques such as the Kamehameha, which he gains
from the cells of Goku. Cell evolves several times throughout his
appearances; he originally evolves from a cicada -like form into his
Imperfect form, which is still insect -like in appearance. Both his
first form and his second Semi-Perfect form have a long tail that ends
in a stinger-like appendage and allows it to absorb other organisms.
The tail recedes under his wings in his final Perfect form, and he can
use it to spawn Cell Juniors, minuscule childlike versions of himself.
Requiring the androids #17 and #18 to evolve, he finds out that they
are already dead in his timeline, so he kills the Trunks of his
timeline and uses Trunks' time machine to travel back in time. He
eventually absorbs both after many battles and ascends to his perfect
form. He decides to hold the Cell Games (セルゲーム, Seru Gēmu),
a tournament in which he fights against Earth's strongest fighters.
Cell manages to defeat Goku, but he is eventually killed by Gohan.
Majin Boo (魔人ブウ, Majin Bū), written as "Majin Buu" in the
English anime dub and translated as "Djinn -Boo" in the English manga,
is a magical life form created by the warlock Bibbidi (ビビディ),
eons before the events of
Dragon Ball took place. He was temporarily
sealed by Bibbidi and brought to Earth, their next target, but Bibbidi
was killed by the last surviving Kaiō-shin . However, Bibbidi's son,
Bobbidi makes it his goal to revive Boo. After being released, Boo
appears as an innocent looking pudgy pink genie -like creature. After
Boo kills Bobbidi, he becomes close friends with Mr. Satan , which
eventually causes him to expel his evil side. This evil manifests into
a taller and much skinnier, almost frail, form that absorbs the fat
Boo, becoming yet another new form that is muscular and much stronger.
Majin Boo is interested in a challenge, and later goes on to
absorb Goten and Trunks (as Gotenks), Piccolo, and Gohan. It is
revealed by the last surviving Kaiō-shin that the fat form of Boo is
actually the result of the original absorbing the Dai Kaiō-shin into
his body. The original
Majin Boo is a sleek, child-sized being who is
obsessed with chaos and destruction, and is restored after
Vegeta remove the good side (fat Boo) from his body. The good side is
later spit out by the original and goes on to live with Mr. Satan on
Earth under the name Mr. Boo, while the original is killed by Goku,
who wishes for him to be reincarnated as a good person. He is
reincarnated into a child named Oob , whom, ten years later, Goku
begins to train as his successor.
GOKU BLACK / ZAMASU
Goku Black (ゴクウブラック, Gokū Burakku), or simply Black,
is an entity that resembles Son
Goku who wreaks havoc in Future
Trunks' timeline, bringing humanity to the brink of extinction. The
character is unique to
Dragon Ball Super series as well as its first
original villain. It is revealed that prior the Future Trunks saga,
Black traveled to many worlds and destroyed them "for the sake of
justice" whilst calling himself Son Goku. He eventually arrives on
Earth, where he faces Future Trunks. A year and half later, Future
Trunks manages to go into the present timeline using the Time Machine.
Goku Black also finds a way to follow Trunks into the same
timeline using the Time Ring. In the present timeline, Black meets Son
Goku, but also recognizes
Vegeta and Beerus. Wanting to get rid of
him, Black challenges Son
Goku to a duel. However, he proves to be no
match for Son
Goku at his full power. In order to safely escape Future
Trunks' retribution for what he had done, Black destroys Trunks' Time
Machine and travels back into their future timeline.
Goku and the
others later discover that
Goku Black is actually
an apprentice Kaiō-shin from Universe 10, who hijacked Goku's body
from an alternate timeline as part of his plan to attain immortality
and wipe out all mortals. After multiple battles and transforming into
a new Super Saiyan state titled Rose, he eventually fuses with Zamasu
and becomes Fusion Zamasu. He ends up sliced in half by Future Trunks,
but in a last effort,
Zamasu discards his physical body and becomes a
mass of pure energy determined to envelop the entire universe. In
Goku summons Future Zenō-sama, who completely
Android 16 (人造人間16号, Jinzōningen Jū Roku Gō, lit.
"Artificial Human #16") is a large fully mechanical android developed
by Dr. Gero. He is deemed a failure, and is deactivated until Android
18 reactivates and releases him. Despite the other Androids enjoying
fighting, 16 refrains from battle, only showing interest in following
his orders to search for and kill Goku, who, along with Cell, is the
only character he shows animosity towards. Unlike the other two, 16
processes a sophisticated mechanism to sense and track power levels in
real time. While trying to protect
Android 17 and 18 from Cell, he
is greatly damaged, though
Bulma and her father later repair him.
After he is repaired, he temporarily ignores his orders to kill Goku
to focus on the fight against Cell. He was designed with the ability
to self-destruct, but the device was removed during his repairs. This
is made known only when 16 tries to self-destruct and destroy Cell,
with Cell retaliating and destroying him. However, his head and
consciousness survive, but later is destroyed by Cell, which pushes
Gohan over the edge to Super Saiyan 2. He is voiced Hikaru Midorikawa
in Japanese media,
Scott McNeil in the Ocean dub, and
Jeremy Inman in
the Funimation dub.
Arale Norimaki (則巻アラレ, Norimaki Arare) is a little girl who
is actually an android built by the Penguin Village (ペンギン村,
Pengin Mura) scientist Senbei Norimaki (則巻千兵衛, Norimaki
Senbei). She is very naive and fights as if she is simply playing
around possessing the ability to run at mach speed and unbelievable
strength. Arale is often accompanied by two cherubs known as the
Gatchan (ガッちゃん) that are capable of eating anything and
shooting lasers from their antennas.
Goku meets her during his final
encounter against General Blue of the Red Ribbon Army and easily does
away with him when
Goku was unable to defeat him. In
Super, she easily defeats
Vegeta when being controlled by her creators
archenemy Dr. Mashirito (ドクターマシリト, Dokutā Mashirito)
and has a seemingly even match against Goku. Arale also appears in the
Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure where she defeats Taopaipai.
Arale was originally from Toriyama's previous manga, a gag series
Dr. Slump .
Vegeta breaks the
Fourth wall by pointing out that
her power comes from the fact that she is a gag manga character given
her comical capability of splitting the Earth in half by punching the
Baba Uranai (占いババ, Uranai-baba, lit. "All-seeing Crone"),
Fortuneteller Baba in the English anime dub, is an old "witch" and
Kame-Sennin's older sister. She possesses a magic floating crystal
ball that she rides on top of, which she can use to see the location
of any lost item, and to have a limited view of the future. She is
also able to travel to the afterlife, where she recruits deceased
individuals and brings them back to the living world to fight for her,
albeit only for one day. She lives in a big palace located over an
oasis in the desert. She normally charges a very high price for her
services unless her team of fighters are defeated. Her regular
fighters are Dracula Man (ドラキュラマン, Dorakyura Man, "Count
Dracula" in Viz's manga and "Fangs" in the English anime dub), a
boxing vampire ; Suke-san (スケさん, "Invisible Man" in Viz's
manga and "See-Through" in the English anime dub), an invisible man
who is weak with his only advantage being that he can not be seen;
Mummy-kun (ミイラくん, Miira-kun, "Mummy" in Viz's manga and
"Bandages" in the English anime dub), a mummy with brute strength; and
Devilman (アックマン, Akkuman, "Devil" in Viz's manga and "Spike"
in the English anime dub), a humanoid devil who can destroy people
using the evil in their hearts. During the time
Goku and his friends
visit in order for her to find the last
Dragon Ball after the defeat
of the Red Ribbon Army, his adoptive grandfather Son
Gohan was the
last of her fighters, temporarily brought back to the real world to
see his grandson. She later makes many recurring appearances from time
to time, including bringing
Goku back to life for one day for the 25th
Tenka'ichi Budōkai. In Japanese she is voiced by
Junpei Takiguchi in
Dragon Ball and early
Dragon Ball Z, and by
Mayumi Tanaka during the
later half of
Dragon Ball Z and during
Dragon Ball Kai. In English she
is voiced by Ellen Kennedy in the Ocean dub, and by Linda
Chambers-Young in the Funimation dub.
Bobbidi (バビディ, Babidi), Babidi in the English anime dub, is a
madōshi (魔導師) or warlock and son of Bibbidi, the creator of
Majin Boo. After Boo is sealed and his father is dead, he sets out to
resurrect Boo to help him conquer the universe. Bobbidi manages to
take over the minds of many strong warriors in order to help him
achieve his goal, including Dabra, King of the Demon World
(暗黒魔界の王ダーブラ, Ankoku Makai no Ō Dābra, "Dabura"
in the English anime dub), alien warrior Pui Pui (プイプイ,
"Pocus" in the English manga), light-devouring monster Yakon
(ヤコン), and two muscle-bound humans, Yamu (ヤムー, Yamū) and
Spopovitch (スポポビッチ, Supopobitchi). Bobbidi uses them to
collect energy for Boo's revival, and later enlists
Vegeta to help
Vegeta is able to ignore his orders. After Boo is revived,
Bobbidi manages to control him with the threat of resealing him,
though after being manipulated by Goku, Boo turns on him and shatters
his head with a single punch. In the anime, he later appears in Hell,
Vegeta on during their fight with Boo, and then in
Dragon Ball GT, when various villains escape from Hell. Bobbidi is
Jōji Yanami in the original series and by
Bin Shimada in
Terry Klassen in the Ocean dub, and
Duncan Brannan in the
Bra (ブラ, Bura), Bulla in the English anime dub, is the daughter
Bulma and sister of Trunks, as such her genes come from
both humans and Saiyans, making her one of two female Saiyans in the
original manga series. She does not seem to have any interest in
fighting, unlike Pan. She appears as a young child in the last two
chapters of the manga and makes some appearances in
Dragon Ball GT. In
Japanese media she is voiced by
Hiromi Tsuru . She is voiced by Cathy
Weseluck in the Ocean dub, by Megan Woodall in the Funimation dub of
Dragon Ball Z, by
Parisa Fakhri in the Funimation dub of
GT, by Leda Davies in the Blue Water dub, and by
Brina Palencia in the
English version of
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 .
Bardock (バーダック, Bādakku), Burdock in Viz's translation, is
the father of Raditz and Kakarrot (Goku). Bardock's story is shown in
Dragon Ball Z TV special and in Toriyama's 2014
Minus: The Departure of the Fated Child special. In the TV special,
during a routine planet conquering mission on the planet Kanassa, one
of the surviving inhabitants strikes Bardock, giving him its native
ability to see into the future in the process. Soon, Bardock began to
see visions of Freeza's plan to destroy Planet
Vegeta and all of the
Saiyans, as well as Goku's future on Earth. Bardock attempts to
prevent the destruction of his race by challenging
Freeza in orbit of
planet Vegeta, but is unsuccessful, and becomes the first of the
Saiyans to be obliterated by Freeza. Before his death, however,
Bardock has one final vision of
Goku challenging Freeza, and is able
to die pleased knowing his son would avenge their race. In
Minus, which takes place a month before the destruction of Planet
Vegeta, Bardock has a strong feeling that
Freeza is up to something
when they receive an order for all Saiyans to return home, so he
convinces Gine (ギネ) to send their infant son, Kakarrot, to Earth.
Bardock's basic design was originally conceived for the TV special by
the anime staff, with Toriyama slightly altering it. His armor was
based on that of
Toshiro Mifune 's character in Seven
Samurai , at the
insistence of director Mitsuo Hashimoto . Toriyama stated that
Bardock's tragic story moved him and so decided to include him in the
manga; Bardock appears in two panels during Goku's first
confrontation with Freeza, when
Freeza comments that
Goku looks just
like that Saiyan who resisted when he destroyed planet
Vegeta and the
narrator informs the reader that he was Goku's father. He is voiced by
Masako Nozawa in Japanese, and by
Sonny Strait in the Funimation dub.
Bardock also stars in the 2011 spin-off manga
Dragon Ball: Episode of
Bardock by Naho Ōishi, and its subsequent animated short film
Champa (シャンパ, Shanpa) is Beerus' twin brother and the God of
Destruction from Universe 6 that appears in
Dragon Ball Super. He
looks like a fat version of
Beerus and wears a variation of the
traditional Egyptian clothing and ornaments
Beerus is wearing and his
name also derives from an alcoholic drink,
Shanpan). He is competing with
Beerus to see who can find the best
food in both their Universes. He is accompanied by Vados who is the
older sister of Whis. Champa holds a tournament challenging Beerus'
universe and has a team consisting of the strongest fighters in his
universe with them being Botamo (ボタモ) a large bear-like fighter,
Frost (フロスト, Furosuto) who is a member of Freeza's race that
is viewed as hero in his universe, Otta Magetta (オッタ
マゲッタ) a giant metal man, Hit (ヒット, Hitto) a legendary
hitman and Cabba (キャベ, Kyabe) a Saiyan warrior from the original
Saiyan homeland which still exists in their universe. They reappear in
the Tournament of Power, accompanied by the Saiyan females Caulifla
(カリフラ, Karifura) and Kale (ケール, Kēru). Champa is voiced
Mitsuo Iwata in the Japanese version of the series. In the
Funimation English Dub, his voice is supplied by
Jason Liebrecht .
Dende (デンデ) is a Namekian child saved from Freeza's henchman
Gohan and Kuririn. He is taken into
Gohan and Kuririn's
care, and guides
Kuririn to Namek's Great Elder to tap into
vast-hidden reserves of his power. He also makes the Earthlings'
wishes utilizing the Namekian
Dragon Balls for them, as they must be
said in the native language. Dende later gains the power to heal
injuries after having his own power unlocked, which he uses to aid the
Freeza until he is killed by the tyrant for being
disruptive and helping the Earthlings. After being resurrected, he
lives on New Namek until he is asked by
Goku to replace Kami as
Earth's god and revive the
Dragon Balls. He accepts and continues to
serve as the guardian throughout the rest of the series. He has a
close relationship with Piccolo, as he fused with fellow Namekian
Nail, whom Dende was close to. Dende is voiced by
Tomiko Suzuki in the
original Japanese series up to episode 288 of
Dragon Ball Z, by Hiro
Yuuki in episodes 290-291 of Z and
Dragon Ball GT, and by Aya Hirano
Dragon Ball Kai and all media since. In the Funimation dubs of the
series, he is voiced by
Ceyli Delgadillo as a child,
Justin Cook as an
adult, Laura Bailey in the redub, and by
Maxey Whitehead in Kai.
Dr. Briefs (ブリーフ博士, Burīfu-hakase), sometimes written as
Dr. Brief, is the father of
Bulma and grandfather of Trunks and Bra.
He is an elderly, brilliant and eccentric scientist and is one of the
smartest and richest men in the world. Dr. Briefs is the founder and
President of Capsule Corporation
(カプセルコーポレーション, Kapuseru Kōporēshon) (the
largest company on Earth) and the man responsible for the invention
of the Hoi-Poi Capsules (ホイ ポイ カプセル, Hoi Poi
Kapuseru), which can shrink inanimate objects down to pocket sized
capsule of namesake. He is responsible for modifying the Namekian
spaceship that Bulma,
Gohan use on their journey to the
Planet Namek, in a search for its
Dragon Balls. He also creates Goku
his own spaceship to journey to Namek, while allowing him to train in
100x Earth's gravity. Following their return to Earth and in
preparation for the battle with the Androids,
Vegeta forces him into
creating him a ship to allow him to train under 300x Earth's gravity,
which he reluctantly complies with. He later is essential in repairing
the damaged Android 16 in preparation for the Cell Games, alongside
his daughter. Dr. Briefs spends the majority of his time in his large
home in West City (西の都, Nishi no Miyako), where he lives with
his wife and daughter, along with their numerous pets. His favorite
pet is a small black cat, named Tama (タマ) in the original anime
and "Scratch" in the Funimation dub. He is voiced by
Joji Yanami in
Japanese. In English, he is voiced by Paul Dobson and
Scott McNeil in
Ocean dubs, and by
Chris Forbis in the Funimation dub. Dr. Briefs
appears in the final chapter of Toriyama's 2013 manga series Jaco the
Galactic Patrolman , which is set before
"Dr. Gero" redirects here. For the football competition, see Dr.
Gerö Cup . For other uses, see
Gero (other) .
Doctor Gero (ドクター・ゲロ, Dokutā Gero) is the chief
scientist of the former Red Ribbon Army. After the destruction of the
organization, he begins using his development of androids to aid in
Goku for revenge. While creating a series of androids, he
eventually implants his own brain into an exact replica of his body,
becoming Android 20 (人造人間20号, Jinzōningen Ni Jū Gō, lit.
"Artificial Human #20"). Both he and Android 19
(人造人間１９号, Jinzōningen Jū Kyū Gō, lit. "Artificial
Human #19"), a round, pale android and the most loyal of Gero's
creations, are able to absorb the energy of others using small devices
on their hands. The two eventually attack
Goku and his friends. 19
Goku of his energy while
Goku is affected by his
heart virus, but is destroyed by
Vegeta afterwards. Doctor Gero flees
in order to release Androids 17 and 18 as a last resort, although 17
quickly kills him. Doctor Gero appears once more in
Dragon Ball GT,
planning to return to Earth along with Doctor Myu by creating another
Android 17. They succeed, though Doctor Myu betrays Doctor Gero and
has the newly formed Super 17 kill him once again. He is voiced by
Kōji Yada in Japanese,
Brian Dobson in the Ocean dub, and Kent
Williams in the Funimation dub.
The Ginyu Force (ギニュー特戦隊, Ginyū Tokusentai, lit.
Special Squadron") is a team of five mercenaries who are hired
by Freeza. Though physically some of the strongest individuals in the
universe, the Ginyu Force's members delight in coming up with strange
poses, betting candy on fights, and playing
Freeza calls upon
them to assist in the defeat of
Vegeta and help obtain the Dragon
Balls on Planet Namek. In the anime, they (sans the surviving Ginyu)
appear at Kaiō-sama's planet in the afterlife and battle Tenshinhan,
Yamcha and Chaozu, who defeat and knock them down to Hell. Tenshinhan
defeats Jheese and Butta,
Yamcha defeats Reacoom, and Chaozu defeats
Gurd. Kaiō-sama reveals that he actually invited the Ginyu Force
there in order to test their new strength.
Gurd (グルド, Gurudo), named Guldo in the English anime dub, is a
fat, short, four-eyed, green-skinned humanoid who, although physically
weak, has psychic powers, including the ability to freeze time for as
long as he can hold his breath. He can also immobilize opponents and
control objects with telekinesis . He is the first one killed when
Vegeta interrupts his fight with
Gohan and decapitates
him. Gurd is voiced by
Kōzō Shioya in the original series and
Yasuhiro Takato in Kai. In English, he is voiced by
Terry Klassen in
the Ocean dub, Dylan Thompson in Funimation's original dub, Bill
Townsley in their redub, and by
Greg Ayres in Kai.
Reacoom (リクーム, Rikūmu), or Recoome in the English anime dub,
is a sadistic, orange-haired humanoid who names his attacks after
himself. He uses
Vegeta like a plaything in their fight, defeats
Kuririn in one blow, and nearly kills Gohan. However, when Goku
arrives, Reacoom is the one defeated in a single blow, before being
finished off by Vegeta. Reacoom is voiced by
Kenji Utsumi in the
original series and
Seiji Sasaki in Kai. In English, he is voiced by
David Kaye in the Ocean dub and
Christopher Sabat in the Funimation
Butta (バータ, Bāta), named Burter in the English anime dub, is a
blue-skinned reptile-like humanoid, who claims to be the fastest being
in the universe. He and Jheese attack
Goku together, but neither of
them get a single hit on him, and Butta is incapacitated, before
Vegeta mercilessly kills him. Butta is voiced by
Yukimasa Kishino in
the original series and
Masaya Onosaka in Kai. In English, he is
voiced by Alec Willows in the Ocean dub,
Mark Britten in Funimation's
Christopher Sabat in their redub, and by
Vic Mignogna in
Jheese (ジース, Jīsu), named Jeice in the English anime dub, is a
white-haired, red-skinned humanoid, though he resembles a normal
human. He and Butta attack
Goku together, but when Butta is
incapacitated, he flees to fetch Captain Ginyu. After Ginyu switches
bodies with Goku, they chase after Kuririn,
Gohan and Vegeta, where
Jheese begins a fight with
Vegeta and is killed. Jheese is voiced by
Kazumi Tanaka in the original series and
Daisuke Kishio in Kai. In
English, he is voiced by
Scott McNeil in the Ocean dub, Christopher
Sabat in the Funimation dub, and by
Jason Liebrecht in Kai.
Captain Ginyu (ギニュー隊長, Ginyū-Taichō) is a horned
purple-skinned humanoid who is the leader of the Ginyu Force. He is
shown to be the most tactically skilled, as he deduced that
masking his true power level by simply watching him fight. After
seeing Goku's increased power level when using the Kaiō-ken, Ginyu
inflicts a near fatal injury on himself. He then uses his unique
technique that allows him to switch bodies with anyone, leaving Goku
with Ginyu's nearly dead body. Ginyu (as Goku) momentarily deceives
Kuririn, but has trouble fighting
Gohan when he realizes
that he can not fully control Goku's power. Ginyu then tries to switch
into Vegeta's body, but
Goku intervenes getting his body back, and
when Ginyu tries again, he inadvertently switches bodies with a
Goku throws in the way. In
Dragon Ball Super, he is
shown to have been able to escape to Earth before Namek was destroyed,
although he is later killed. He is briefly seen among several escapees
from Hell as they return to there after they're defeated by
the others in
Dragon Ball GT . Ginyu is voiced by
Hideyuki Hori in the
original series and
Katsuyuki Konishi in Kai. In English, he is voiced
by Richard Newman in the Ocean dub,
Dale Kelly in Funimation's
Brice Armstrong in their redub, and by Robert Bruce
Elliott in Kai.
GRANDPA SON GOHAN
Gohan (孫悟飯じいさん, Son
Gohan Jīsan) is the
adoptive grandfather of Goku, whom he found in a crashed spaceship. He
Goku martial arts, having originally studied under Kame-Sennin
with Gyū-Maō and also knows the Kamehameha technique. He warns Goku
not to look at the full moon, but
Goku disobeys him and accidentally
kills him while on a rampage in his giant ape form.
Goku does not
learn this until
Vegeta turns into an ape and tells
Goku about the
transformations. He is brought back to life for one day by Baba Uranai
in order to fight
Goku and see his growth as a martial artist. In the
anime only, he later appears as an assistant to Annin (アンニン),
the ruler of the "magical furnace". He is voiced by
Osamu Saka in the
Japanese version of the original series, by
Kinpei Azusa in Bardock:
The Father of
Goku and by
Shigeru Chiba in
Dragon Ball Kai. In the
Funimation dub of the series, he is voiced by
Christopher Sabat . He
is portrayed by
Randall Duk Kim in the American live-action film
Dragonball Evolution; his voice was dubbed by
Hiroya Ishimaru in the
Japanese version. Grandpa Son
Gohan briefly appears in the final
chapter of Toriyama's 2013 manga series Jaco the Galactic Patrolman,
which is set before
Hit (ヒット, Hitto), also known as Hit the Infallible
(百発百中のヒット, Hyappatsuhyakuchuu no Hitto) and as the
Legendary Assassin (伝説の殺し屋, Densetsu no Koroshi-ya), is an
assassin from Universe 6 and the strongest member of his team led by
Champa. He is over 1,000 years old. Hit is known for the ability to
manipulate time by using Time-Skip (時とばし, Toki-Tobashi). In
Japan, Hit is voiced by
Kazuhiro Yamaji . In the English dub, he is
voiced Aaron Roberts in
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and by Matthew Mercer
in all subsequent appearances.
Tirimentenpibosshi) is an alien galactic patrolman who is the main
Jaco the Galactic Patrolman , a one-volume manga by
Toriyama set before the events of the main series, in which Jaco
arrives at Earth to prevent it from being threatened by an evil alien,
becoming friends with Bulma's older sister Tights (タイツ, Taitsu)
in the occasion. In the end, Jaco fails to track down the alien,
unaware that he was Son Goku, who is not a threat anymore and was
adopted by Grandpa Son Gohan, and returns to space. Jaco reappears in
the movie Resurrection \'F\' , and becomes a recurrent character in
Dragon Ball Super . In Japan, he is voiced by
Tsubasa Yonaga in the
Vomic and by
Natsuki Hanae in his other appearances. For the English
dubs, he is voiced by
Todd Haberkorn .
The Kaiō (界王, "Lord of Worlds"), referred to as Kais in the
English anime dub, are upper-level gods of the
Dragon Ball universe.
There are five at a time; one presiding over each of the four
quadrants in the galaxy and the last, the Dai Kaiō (大界王, "Great
Lord of Worlds"), overseeing them all. The Kaiō reside in the heavens
and are responsible for the lower-level gods who rule over individual
planets. There is a sense of competition among the Kaiō over whose
quadrant has the best fighters. Later in the series it is revealed
that Kaiō-shin (界王神, "Lords of Lords") exist and are themselves
in charge of the Kaiō.
The North Kaiō (北の界王, Kita no Kaiō), named King Kai in the
English anime dub, trains
Goku after his self-sacrifice to defeat
Raditz, and eventually trains Yamcha, Tenshinhan, Chaozu and Piccolo.
He is the only Kaiō to appear in the original manga, besides a brief
appearance of the South Kaiō, and as such is usually simply referred
to as Kaiō-sama (界王様). Kaiō-sama trains dead fighters that
were allowed to keep their bodies, if they manage to reach his small
planet at the end of Serpent Road (蛇の道, Hebi no Michi, "Snake
Way" in the English anime dub). Before training any students, he
forces them to appeal to his strange sense of humor and catch his pet
monkey Bubbles (バブルス). In the anime, they must also hit the
flying cricket Gregory (グレゴリー) with a mallet. Kaiō-sama
Goku with martial arts training and two of his own
techniques, the Genki-Dama (元気玉) and the Kaiō-ken (界王拳),
which he himself was never able to master. He continues to help Goku
and his friends throughout the series, lending his planet locating and
telecommunicating abilities for their use. When
Goku brings a
self-destructing Cell to his planet, the explosion kills Kaiō-sama
and Bubbles and destroys his planet. As he is already in the
afterlife, he only gains a halo, and in the anime appears to settle
down on the Dai Kaiō's planet. He is voiced by
Jōji Yanami in
Japanese media until episode twelve of
Dragon Ball Super, where Naoki
Tatsuta took over the role, Don Brown and Dave Ward in the Ocean dub,
Sean Schemmel in the Funimation dub, and
Michael McConnohie in the
Bang Zoom! Entertainment dub.
The Kaiō-shin (界王神, "Lord of Lords"), named Supreme Kais in
the English anime dub, are the highest-level gods in the
universe. Similar to the Kaiō whom they govern, there were originally
five, one to rule over each of the four quadrants of the universe and
one, the Dai Kaiō-shin (大界王神, "Great Lord of Lords"), to rule
over them. However, before the events depicted in
Dragon Ball, all but
one were defeated by Boo.
The East Kaiō-shin (東の界王神, Higashi no Kaiōshin), named
Supreme Kai in the English anime dub, was originally the ruler of the
eastern quadrant of the universe but due to his fellow Kaiō-shin's
being defeated by Boo is now the de facto ruler of the entire
universe. He is the only Kaiō-shin to appear in the original manga,
besides very brief appearances of the South Kaiō-shin and Dai
Kaiō-shin in single panels. He has purple skin and a white mohawk and
is always accompanied by his larger, reddish-pink skinned, loyal
bodyguard Kibito (キビト). He came to Earth, originally under the
alias "Shin" (シン), to meet
Goku and his friends and try to help
prevent Bobbidi from resurrecting Boo but ends up failing. Kaiō-shin
Gohan to his own private planet where he has him train using the
Zeta Sword (ゼットソード, Zetto Sōdo) (Z Sword in the English
anime dub) but instead the sword is broken releasing Kaiō-shin's
ancestor, referred to as Old Kaiō-shin (老界王神, Rō Kaiōshin),
who uses his power to increase Gohan's. Kaiō-shin and Kibito later
get permanently fused into one being, referred to as Kibito-shin
(キビト神), when they each remove one of their Potara (ポタラ)
earrings. Kaiō-shin later assists in the final battle with Boo by
Goku and the last survivors on Earth onto his planet and
helps take Dende to the new planet Namek to use its
Dragon Balls to
revive Earth and its people. In
Dragon Ball Super, Kibito-shin uses a
wish on the Namekian
Dragon Balls to defuse himself back into
Kaiō-shin and Kibito. In Japanese he is voiced by
Yūji Mitsuya ,
and by Kent Williams in Funimation's English dub.
Kami (神様, Kami-sama, lit. "God") is God, or the guardian residing
over Earth for much of the series, and creator of the Earth's Dragon
Balls. Originally he and Piccolo Daimao were one being (later revealed
to be a Namekian), but in order to become Earth's God he had to expel
the evil inside him. The evil half, Piccolo Daimao, then went on to
terrorize Earth until being sealed away by Kame-Sennin's master,
Mutaito. Because they are one, if either Kami or Piccolo Daimao dies,
then the other will as well and the
Dragon Balls cease to exist. After
Piccolo Daimao is unleashed and killed by Goku, he spawns a much
stronger reincarnation, Piccolo , who takes over these same traits.
Kami decides to attempt to seal away the new Piccolo himself using the
same technique as Mutaito, which sacrifices the user's own life, and
enters the 23rd Tenka'ichi Budōkai, possessing a human named Shen
(シェン, "Hero" in the English anime dub) as a guise. But Piccolo
has learned to reverse the technique and traps Kami in a water jug
instead and swallows it, later being released thanks to Goku. During
the fight against the Saiyans, Kami dies when Piccolo is killed by
Nappa, but by using the Namekian
Dragon Balls they both are wished
back to life. During the fight with the Androids, Kami agrees to
re-merge with Piccolo, with Piccolo being in control, so as to boost
his power. He is voiced by
Takeshi Aono in Japanese, who would do so
up until the
Freeza arc in
Dragon Ball Kai. After Aono suffered a
Bin Shimada voiced the character for his final appearance
during the Cell saga. In English he is voiced by Michael Dobson and
Dale Wilson in the Ocean dub, and
Christopher Sabat in the Funimation
Karin (カリン), Korin in the Ocean and Funimation dub and known as
Whiskers the Wonder Cat in the Harmony Gold dub, is a cat that lives
at the top of the extremely high Karin Tower (カリン塔, Karin-tō)
below Kami's. He trained Kame-Sennin at one point back in the past for
three years and gave him the Kinto'un (筋斗雲) and the Nyoi-bō
(如意棒) ("Nimbus" and "Power Pole" in the English anime dub
respectively), both of which are later passed on to Goku. Karin trains
Goku after his defeat by Taopaipai and, later, gives him a poisoned
water from the Gods to make him strong enough to beat Piccolo Daimao.
He is also the one in charge of deeming people worthy of meeting "God"
Goku being the first human he has ever deemed worthy. He
continues to help
Goku and his friends by growing Senzu Beans
(仙豆), which can fully heal any injuries and fatigue instantly, and
is often accompanied by Yajirobe. Karin was modeled after the pet cat
that Toriyama had at the time. He is voiced by
Ichirō Nagai and
Naoki Tatsuta in Japanese, Paul Dobson and
Ted Cole in the Ocean dub,
Mark Britten and
Chris Sabat in the Funimation dub.
Mr. Popo (ミスター・ポポ, Misutā Popo) is a genie -like
entity who serves as the caretaker to "God"; Kami and later Dende,
after he takes Kami's place as the guardian of Earth. When he first
appears, he easily gets the best of
Goku in a skirmish. He then
assists Kami in training
Goku for three years in preparation for his
battle against Piccolo at the 23rd Tenka'ichi Budōkai as well as
later training Kuririn, Yamcha, Tenshinhan, Chaozu and Yajirobe during
their preparation against the Saiyans. Mr. Popo is voiced by Toku
Nishio in the original series and
Yasuhiko Kawazu in Kai. In English,
he is voiced by
Alvin Sanders and French Tickner in the Ocean dubs,
Chris Cason and
Christopher Sabat in the Funimation dubs.
Mr. Popo's appearance has been considered an offensive racist
stereotype related to Sambo or blackface by some, such as Carole
Boston Weatherford in an article she wrote in The Christian Science
Monitor in May 2000. While discussing the controversy,
it is easy to see why by describing the character as "the
black-skinned, red-lipped, turban-wearing servant of Kami.", but noted
that Japan does not have "the kinds of racial sensitivities that the
Western world has." The
Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University
listed Mr. Popo as an example of racism in modern material. The North
American English releases of the manga by
Viz Media censor Mr. Popo's
lips by shading them in completely. In the US airing of
Z Kai on the CW4kids/Toonzai block, Mr. Popo's skin was changed from
black to blue.
Nappa (ナッパ) is one of the four remaining Saiyans that were
known to survive the destruction of their home planet, Vegeta. An
elite Saiyan warrior, he accompanies
Vegeta to Earth in search of the
Dragon Balls. He survives Chaozu's self-destructing attack, causes
Tenshinhan to die of exhaustion and kills Piccolo. But he is powerless
Goku who had returned to Earth with new training from
Vegeta orders Nappa to stop fighting due to Goku's clear
dominance over him, but he refuses and is incapacitated by Goku.
Seeing that Nappa has been defeated,
Vegeta mercilessly kills him
Dragon Ball GT, Nappa briefly returned as one of the
escapees from Hell, only to be killed by
Vegeta once more. In Japanese
he is voiced by
Shōzō Iizuka in
Dragon Ball Z,
Kiyoyuki Yanada in
Dragon Ball GT, and
Tetsu Inada in
Dragon Ball Kai. In English he is
voiced by Michael Dobson in the Ocean dub, and by Christopher Sabat
and Phil Parsons in the Funimation dubs.
Oob (ウーブ, Ūbu), known as Uub in the English anime dub, is the
human reincarnation of the evil
Majin Boo . After Boo was destroyed,
Goku asked for him to be reincarnated as a good person, so they may
Goku eventually senses Oob's hidden power and seeks him
out ten years later, when Oob attends the tournament to gain money for
Goku ends up deciding to train him to be Earth's new
guardian and as an opponent that he can battle. In
Dragon Ball GT, Mr.
Boo merges with Oob's body, slightly altering his appearance,
transforming him into "Majoob" ("Majuub" in the English dub) or Super
Oob (スーパーウーブ, Sūpā Ūbu) to face threats such as Baby,
Super #17, and Omega Shenron. He is voiced by
Megumi Urawa in Dragon
Ball Z and
Atsushi Kisaichi in GT, and by
Kara Edwards and Sean Teague
in the Funimation dub.
Pilaf (ピラフ, Pirafu), Emperor Pilaf in the English anime dub, is
a small impish man who dreams of ruling the world. Along with his two
minions, Mai (マイ), a woman that wears a trench coat, and Shu
(シュウ, Shū), a humanoid dog in a ninja outfit, he seeks out the
Dragon Balls to wish for world domination. After obtaining the Dragon
Balls, he is foiled by
Goku and his companions after Oolong's wish is
granted just before he can speak his fully. He returns to antagonize
Goku a couple more times throughout the series; while attempting to
Dragon Balls again and when they release Piccolo Daimao
from his confinement. In the first case, their attempt is quickly cut
short when they are defeated by
Goku again, and in the second, Piccolo
Daimao betrays them after they become useless to him. They appear
Dragon Ball GT, where they obtain the Black Star
and accidentally wish
Goku to be a child again.
In Battle of Gods and
Dragon Ball Super, Pilaf and his minions use
Dragon Balls to wish for youth only to be transformed into
children. They then infiltrate Bulma's birthday party in an attempt to
Dragon Balls again, with Pilaf being mistaken for a monkey
while Trunks claims that Mai is his girlfriend. Their true identities
are then exposed but they are not taken seriously by the heroes due to
their children state; they then end up as classmates of Trunks. Later
Dragon Ball Super, a once again adult Mai is revealed to be leader
of the resistance forces on Earth against the evil
Goku Black and an
ally of Future Trunks, having apparently become a reformed character.
She is seemingly killed by
Goku Black but later revealed to be alive,
and works together with Trunks and the heroes of the past in an effort
Shu was originally named "Soba" (ソバ) when he first appeared,
however, when the series was being adapted into an anime, the staff
asked Toriyama what his name was and he instead replied with Shu,
forgetting that he had already named him. By the time he realized the
mistake, the anime had already aired, so he decided to use Shu in the
manga when the character reappeared. Pilaf is voiced by Shigeru Chiba
in Japanese, Don Brown in the Ocean dub,
Mike McFarland in the third
Dragon Ball movie, and by
Chuck Huber in the Funimation dub. Shu is
Tesshō Genda in Japanese, Doug Parker in the Ocean dub,
Justin Cook in the third movie, and by
Chris Cason in the Funimation
dub. Mai is voiced by
Eiko Yamada in Japanese,
Teryl Rothery in the
Cynthia Cranz in the third movie,
Colleen Clinkenbeard in
the eighteenth and nineteenth movies, and by
Julie Franklin in the
Funimation dub. She was portrayed by
Eriko Tamura in the American
live-action film Dragonball Evolution; her voice was dubbed over by
Yūko Kaida in the Japanese version.
Raditz (ラディッツ, Radittsu) is a Saiyan warrior and the older
brother of Goku. Along with Goku, Vegeta, and Nappa, Raditz is one of
the four remaining Saiyans following the destruction of their home
planet, Vegeta. He arrives on Earth, searching for his long-lost
brother in order to recruit him in conquering other planets. But when
Goku refuses, Raditz kidnaps his nephew, Gohan, and orders
kill 100 Earthlings within a day if he wants his son back. Instead,
Goku and Piccolo team up to defeat Raditz, though not even their
combined powers are enough. However,
Goku makes the ultimate sacrifice
by grappling with Raditz and allowing Piccolo to kill them both with
his Makankosappo technique. Before Raditz dies, Piccolo taunts him by
Goku will be revived by the
Dragon Balls, though
Raditz manages to send one final transmission to inform
Nappa of this, believing that his Saiyan comrades will come to Earth
and use the
Dragon Balls to revive him. However,
Vegeta and Nappa
travel to Earth to use the
Dragon Balls for their own purposes
instead. In the anime, Raditz later makes a minor appearance in Dragon
Ball GT along with many of the other villains who escaped Hell. He
also makes a single panel appearance in Toriyama's 2014
Minus: The Departure of the Fated Child special. He is voiced by
Shigeru Chiba in Japanese,
Jason Gray-Stanford in the Ocean dub, and
Justin Cook in the Funimation dub.
RED RIBBON ARMY
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The Red Ribbon Army (レッドリボン軍, Reddo Ribon Gun) is a
paramilitary organization led by Commander Red (レッド総帥,
Reddo-Sōsui), a short man who has his forces raid towns in search for
Dragon Balls on a quest for world domination. However, the plan is
secretly a ruse, so he can really use the power of the
Dragon Balls to
become taller. The second in command, Adjutant Black
(ブラック参謀, Burakku-Sanbō), who loyally obeys Red, shoots
him after hearing the real plan and attempts to take command of the
army, only to be killed by
Goku after he was able to easily wipe out
most of their forces.
The many operatives of the army serve as obstacles for
his second quest for the
Goku quickly becomes the top of
their hit list when he first comes into contact with them by easily
defeating Colonel Silver (シルバー大佐, Shirubā-Taisa), who is
sentenced to death for losing to a little boy. Though they first
believe it was only a fluke, they then realize the threat
Goku is when
he defeats the forces under General White (ホワイト将軍,
Howaito-Shōgun) in their northern stronghold known as Muscle Tower
(マッスルタワー, Massuru Tawā). Among the forces under General
White is the android brute Sergeant Metallic (メタリック軍曹,
Metarriku-Gunsō, "Full Metal Jacket" in Viz's English manga and
"Major Metallitron" in the English anime), the ninja Sergeant Major
Purple (ムラサキ曹長, Murasaki-Sōchō, simply "Murasaki" in the
English anime) and his four identical brothers, and the large monster
Buyon (ブヨン, "Jiggler" in Viz's English manga). Mechanical Man
Number 8 (人造人間8号, Jinzōningen Hachi-gō, "Artificial Human
#8" or "Android #8"), one of the army's defunct androids who is
kindhearted and dislikes fighting, befriends
Goku and later lives
peacefully with the locals of Jingle Village (ジングル村, Jinguru
Mura), and is seen at the end of the series giving energy for Goku's
Genki-Dama to destroy Majin Boo.
General Blue (ブルー将軍, Burū-Shōgun), seemingly the most
powerful member of the army, is next to go after Goku. He has special
telekinesis abilities, that allow him to paralyze other individuals
and can also be used to control objects. He is a neat freak, and when
he does not enjoy Bulma's attempts at seduction, she states that he is
gay . He manages to steal the
Dragon Radar during their final
encounter but after returning to the army's headquarters is set to be
executed for not obtaining any of the
Dragon Balls after multiple
failures. He is allowed to fight the recently hired Taopaipai to
redeem himself, though Taopaipai easily kills Blue using only his
tongue. He is voiced by
Toshio Furukawa in Japanese, who said it was a
difficult role to play because the character is gay, and Sonny Strait
in the Funimation dub.
Other members include Colonel Yellow (イエロー大佐,
Ierō-Taisa, "Captain Yellow" in the English anime) an anthropomorphic
Goku defeated when arriving at the land of Karin, and
Colonel Violet (バイオレット大佐, Baioretto-Taisa), the only
known female operative of the army. A General Copper (カッパ将軍,
Kappa-Shōgun) is referred to once by Commander Red, but is never
seen. In the aftermath of the Red Ribbon Army's defeat, Doctor Gero
who previously worked for them, continues creating androids and uses
them in a plotted revenge on
Goku which he attempts to go through with
later in the series.
In the film
Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure , General Blue and
Sergeant Metallic appear as soldiers in Chaozu's army. The Red Ribbon
Army appears in the alternate-retelling film
Dragon Ball: The Path to
Power , where many of them get altered character designs. Sergeant
Major Purple and General Blue appear in the 1990s
Dr. Slump anime,
where they attempt to take the
Dragon Balls from
Goku and Arale. In
the unofficial live-action Korean film,
Dragon Ball: Ssawora Son Goku,
Goku , Purple appears as one of Pilaf's subordinates. The
North American English releases of the manga by
Viz Media have edited
Adjutant Black's lips by shading them in, possibly to downplay racist
stereotypes, similar to their censorship of Mr. Popo.
Shenlong (神龍 (シェンロン), Shenron, lit. "
Shenron in Funimation's anime dub, also known as the Eternal
the Ocean and Funimation dubs and as the
Dragon God in the Harmony
Gold dub, is the wish granting dragon summoned when all seven of
Dragon Balls are gathered together. Throughout the series,
several rules on the
Dragon Balls' use and limitations on Shenlong's
power are explained. After the wish is granted the balls scatter
across the planet, turn to stone and are useless for a year, meaning,
during this year they can not be detected by Bulma's
Dragon Radar. The
Dragon Balls also become useless if Shenlong is destroyed, in this
case they must be recreated by their creator, or if their creator is
killed. Shenlong can not bestow a wish that exceeds the power of his
creator, this is why Shenlong couldn't destroy the Saiyans before they
came to earth. Midway through the series, it is learned that the
Dragon Balls are created by the extraterrestrials named Namekians,
Earth's Kami being one of them. A person can only be brought back to
life once, and only if that person did not die of natural causes.
Earth is without
Dragon Balls for a period, when Kami re-merges with
Piccolo, until Dende takes over the position of God. When Dende
Dragon Balls, he makes them so that you can now have
two wishes, but are still able to wish multiple people back at once.
Shenlong is voiced by
Kenji Utsumi in the Japanese version of the
series until his death in 2013 with the exclusion of episodes 192 and
193 in the series and the films, in which he is voiced by Masaharu
Satō ; he is voiced by
Daisuke Gōri in
Dragon Ball GT, by Kōji Yada
Dr. Slump remake and by
Ryūzaburō Ōtomo since episode 97 of
Kai. In the English versions of the series, he is voiced by Don Brown
in the Ocean dub, and by
Christopher Sabat in the Funimation dub.
Shenlong's Namekian counterpart is Porunga (ポルンガ, Namekian
for "God of Dreams"). Porunga has a large, muscular humanoid upper
body and something similar to a dorsal fin down his back and the
Dragon Balls are much larger than Earth's. Unlike Shenlong, he can
only bring a single person back to life at a time, but he can bring
that person back multiple times which Shenlong can not. He can also
grant three wishes instead of one, additionally the user must speak in
the Namekian language. Porunga and the Namekian
Dragon Balls were
created by the planet's Great Elder (最長老, Saichōrō) (Guru in
the English anime), the parent of every Namekian on the planet, who
kept one and gave each of the other six to a different elder. When the
Great Elder dies he passes his position on to Muri (ムーリ, Mūri).
When the Namekian
Dragon Balls are used again during the fight with
Majin Boo, Porunga had been upgraded to be able to wish back multiple
people at once and still grant three wishes. Porunga is voiced by
Junpei Takiguchi in the Japanese version of the series with the
exclusion of episode 283, in which he is voiced by
Daisuke Gōri ; he
is voiced by
Masaharu Satō in the video games. In
Dragon Ball Kai
Daisuke Gōri originally performed the role; after his death,
Ryūzaburō Ōtomo took over. He is voiced by
Christopher Sabat in the
Funimation dub of the series.
Dragon Ball GT introduces Ultimate Shenlong (究極神龍, Kyūkyoku
Shenron), a much larger red Shenlong made by Kami when he and Piccolo
Daimao were still one entity. He is summoned when the Dark Dragon
Balls, Black Star
Dragon Balls in the Funimation dub, are gathered,
and can grant any single wish, regardless of any restrictions placed
on the other dragons. Ultimate Shenlong is voiced by
Kenji Utsumi in
Japanese, and by
Christopher Sabat in the Funimation dub. GT also
introduces Black Smoke Shenlong (黒煙の龍, Kokuen no Ryū, lit.
"Black Smoke Dragon"), named Black Smoke Shenron in the Funimation
dub, a cigar-smoking dragon who forms from all the negative energy
accumulated from the selfish wishes granted throughout the series
Dragon Balls. Summoned from the same Earth
Dragon Balls, he
splits into the seven Evil Dragons and they spread out over the Earth,
causing the heroes to defeat each one.
Daisuke Gōri voices Evil
Shenlong in Japanese, and
Christopher Sabat voices him in the
Sorbet (ソルベ, Sorube) is one of Freeza's remaining soldiers
introduced in the 2015 film
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection \'F\' and the
Dragon Ball Super . He is a short blue alien with a large black
koala -like nose wearing a green and black armor, a red robe golden
rings around his wrists, a black head apparel with an orange stripe
down the middle, and has a blue scouter. During the events of the
film, Sorbet and his bodyguard, Tagoma (タゴマ) who is a tall,
light purple bald alien, heads to Earth to resurrect his master Freeza
Dragon Balls to summon Shenlong. After his revival, he
Freeza and a red-horned, tough looking alien soldier named
Shisami (タゴマ) went to Earth accompanied by Freeza's one-thousand
soldiers. Near the end of the battle, Sorbet was killed by his own
master's ki blast after
Vegeta deflected it who originally intended to
target Kuririn. Sorbet is voiced by
Shirō Saitō in the Japanese dub
and Jeremy Schwartz voices the character in the English Funimation
Taopaipai (桃白白 (タオパイパイ)), Mercenary Tao or General
Tao in English anime dubs, is the number-one assassin for hire and
younger brother of Tsuru-Sennin, Kame-Sennin's lifelong rival. He
wears a custom made pink gi with the kanji for "kill" (殺, satsu) on
the front and the English phrase "KILL YOU!" on the back. He is first
introduced in the series by being hired by the Red Ribbon Army to take
Goku and retrieve the
Dragon Balls he possesses. He kills General
Blue with only his tongue, and seemingly kills Goku. After succeeding
in the first battle, he later had to go back after forgetting one of
Dragon Balls where
Goku challenges him again with his newfound
power from Karin. He gets caught in the explosion of his own grenade
and is assumed dead, his older brother Tsuru-Sennin then enters his
disciples in the 22nd Tenka'ichi Budōkai and when he finds out,
attempts to get revenge on
Goku and Kame-Sennin's other students. It
is later revealed that Taopaipai survived and was modified into a
cyborg using all the money he gained from his previous assassination
jobs. He enters the 23rd Tenka'ichi Budōkai seeking his own revenge,
but is easily defeated by his former student Tenshinhan. In the anime
he appears once again, in filler episodes of
Dragon Ball Z during the
In Japanese, he is voiced by
Chikao Ōtsuka in
Dragon Ball and
Yukimasa Kishino in
Dragon Ball Z. In the Ocean dub, he is voiced by
Scott McNeil , while in the Funimation dub, he is voiced by Kent
Williams . Taopaipai was the model for the character Uonuma Usui in
Nobuhiro Watsuki 's
Rurouni Kenshin manga. Watsuki stated that as the
first villain to defeat Goku, Taopaipai made "a strong impression" on
Vados (ヴァドス, Vadosu) is the attendant and martial arts
teacher of the God of Destruction of Universe 6, Champa. She is the
daughter of Grand Priest and the elder sister of Whis. Like Whis, her
name also derives from an alcoholic drink, calvados
(カルヴァドス, Karuvadosu). Long ago, Champa and
Beerus got into
a fight because
Beerus ate the Puff-Puff fruit on their birthday cake.
While they were fighting, Vados is questioned by her brother, Whis,
wondering if she intentionally set off the situation by putting one
Puff-Puff fruit on their cake. Vados and Whis decide to end their
fight by chopping their necks because they could destroy the universe
at the rate they were going. Champa and
Beerus decide never to fight
one-on-one again but have food showdowns instead. For decades, Champa
has been looking for the Super
Dragon Balls. In all of his searches,
he was able to find six of the Super
Dragon Balls. She is voiced by
Yuriko Yamaguchi in Japanese, and by
Caitlin Glass in the Funimation
Zarbon (ザーボン, Zābon) is one of Freeza's top henchmen. He has
the ability to transform from a handsome, long-haired humanoid alien
into a powerful reptilian beast. Due to his uncommon physical beauty,
Bulma is blinded by her attraction to him and at first mistakes him as
an ally. Zarbon travels to Namek alongside
Freeza and Dodoria to help
Dragon Balls. He eventually comes into contact with
Vegeta, whom Zarbon manages to easily defeat and capture after
transforming. After Zarbon retrieves Vegeta's battered body and brings
him to Freeza's ship in order to heal him for interrogation, Vegeta
manages to escape and steal Freeza's
Dragon Balls. Zarbon sets out to
find him once again, but Vegeta, having become stronger after healing,
kills Zarbon in his monster form. Zarbon also appears in Bardock - The
Father of Goku, where he advises
Freeza to destroy the Saiyan planet
and briefly appears in
Dragon Ball GT when he escapes from Hell with
other villains. He is voiced by
Shō Hayami in the original Japanese
series and by
Hiroaki Miura in
Dragon Ball Kai. In the English
versions of the series, he is voiced by Paul Dobson in the Ocean dub,
Christopher Sabat in the Funimation dub and by
J. Michael Tatum in
Dragon Ball Z Kai.
In an issue of Beckett Anime, a Beckett magazine publication, Zarbon
was voted as one of the top five greatest henchmen of all anime, and
was the only character from
Dragon Ball on the list.
The following characters appear and are featured within original arcs
Dragon Ball anime series, which are not featured on the
Garlic Jr. (ガーリック・ジュニア, Gārikku Junia) is an
anime-only character that first appears in the first
Dragon Ball Z
movie . His father was imprisoned by Kami in the realm of darkness,
leaving Garlic Jr. with a deep feeling of resentment and desire for
revenge. He manages to obtain the seven
Dragon Balls, wish for
immortality, and begin his quest for revenge. He is defeated when
faced with an angry Gohan, who pushes Garlic Jr. into the Dead Zone
(デッド ゾーン, Deddo Zōn), an alternate dimension he can
freely open. Garlic Jr. is one of the few original characters from the
movies to appear in the TV series. In the TV series, he breaks free
using the Makyo Star (魔凶星, Makyō-sei, "Planet Makyo") as a
power source, leading to the events of the Garlic Jr. arc . After
brainwashing and transforming all living creatures of the world with
the Black Water Mist (アクアミスト, lit. "Aqua Mist"), he is
once again trapped in the Dead Zone after the destruction of the Makyo
Star. In the original Japanese versions, Garlic Jr. is voiced by Akira
Kamiya in the movie and by
Shigeru Chiba in the anime. He is voiced by
Don Brown in the Ocean dub of the film, while
Chuck Huber voices
Garlic Jr. in the Funimation dub of both the film and anime.
In the movie, Garlic Jr. has three henchmen named Nicky
(ニッキー, Nikkī), Sansho (サンショ) and Ginger
(ジンジャー, Jinjā). They accompany him to kidnap Gohan, and
attack and defeat Piccolo before fighting him again alongside Goku.
Nicky and Ginger are killed together by Goku's Kamehamaha, while
Sansho is killed by Piccolo. When he returns in the anime, Garlic is
accompanied by a new group of henchmen known as the "Spice Boys", or
the Four Monarchs (魔族四天王, Mazoku Shiten'nō, lit. "Four
Heavenly Kings of the Demon Clan"). Spice (ガッシュ, Gasshu, Gash)
is their leader, with aqua skin and white hair in a similar style to
Vegeta. Vinegar (ビネガー, Binegā) is a big light purple
muscleman with long hair and horns. Mustard (タード, Tādo, Tard)
is also a muscleman but with brown skin, long red hair, and bull
horns. Salt (ゾルド, Zorudo, Zald) is the smallest, with red skin.
They help Garlic Jr. take over Kami's, and fight
Kuririn and Gohan,
but in the end, all four are killed by Gohan.
Vegeta (ベジータ王, Bejīta Ō) was the King of the Saiyan
race, the father of the prince Vegeta, as well as the strongest
Saiyan warrior in his time. While he is briefly referred to, he is
never named, nor does he actually appear in the original manga. He led
the Saiyans (サイヤ人, Saiya-jin) to victory in the ten-year war
against the Tuffles (ツフル人, Tsufuru-jin), after which the
Tuffles' home planet was renamed Planet
Wakusei Bejīta) in his honor. Similar to his son
Vegeta in nature
and appearance, he is ruthless in dealing with his subordinates and
delights in the death of others. After the Saiyans were annexed by
Freeza, he had no choice but to pledge alliance to him while at the
same time retaining power over his own people. King
Vegeta is killed
Freeza when he leads a rebellion against him and boards his
spaceship to retrieve his son. After his death,
Freeza destroys his
home planet and commits genocide of the entire Saiyan race. In
Japanese, he is voiced by
Banjō Ginga in episode 78, Yukimasa Kishino
in episode 124 and
Masaharu Satō in the eighth
Dragon Ball Z movie.
Terry Klassen voices him in the Ocean dub, while
Chris Sabat voices
him in the Funimation dub.
DRAGON BALL GT
The following characters only appear on
Dragon Ball GT
Baby (ベビー, Bebī) is an anime-only character that first appears
in the 22nd episode of
Dragon Ball GT. He is a parasitic alien created
by combining the DNA of the king of the Tuffles (ツフル人,
Tsufuru-jin) with a cybernetic body. Baby desires to destroy all of
the Saiyans to avenge his people, who stole their home planet from
them. Baby is first reactivated from a sleep state by his creator,
Doctor Myu (ドクター・ミュー, Dokutā Myū). He attempts to
fight Goku, Trunks, and Pan, but is easily defeated. To boost his
power, Baby infects various people with his DNA and begins gathering
energy from them.
After a second defeat at the hands of the three Saiyans, Baby infects
Trunks and then goes to Earth. On Earth he battles Goten and Gohan,
infects them both, and is able to infect
Vegeta and make him his
primary host. Goku, Trunks, and Pan return to Earth to find the entire
population is now under Baby's control. Baby is able to defeat Goku,
then he begins using the Black Star
Dragon Balls to restore the planet
Tuffle and transport the Earth population to it. During this time,
Baby evolves into an even more powerful form and defeats
Goku to transform into a Golden Great Ape and then into a
Super Saiyan 4. In this new form,
Goku is able to defeat
"Baby-Vegeta". He has Bulma, also under his control, fire a radiation
beam at him from her Blutz Wave Generator which enables him to
transform into a Golden Great Ape as well. After a lengthy battle,
Baby separates from
Vegeta and attempts to escape in a spaceship,
vowing to return to destroy the Saiyans.
Goku blasts the spaceship
with a 10x Kamehameha attack, sending it into the sun. The ship is
destroyed and Baby is obliterated. He is voiced by
Yusuke Numata in
Japanese media and by
Mike McFarland in the Funimation anime dub.
The Shadow Dragons, known as Evil Dragons (邪悪龍, Jaakuryū) in
the original Japanese, are an anime-only group of evil beings born
from the evil energy caused by overuse of the
Dragon Balls in Dragon
Ball GT. When attempting to repair the damage caused by Super #17, the
cigar-smoking Black Smoke Shenron, Evil Shenlong in Japanese, is
summoned from the
Dragon Balls instead of the regular Shenlong. He
splits out the tainted
Dragon Balls before fading away, each
manifesting into one of the seven dragons as they proceed to cause
chaos across the world. They are named after the One-Star through
Dragon Balls; One-Star
Dragon (一星龍, Īshinron,
Chinese: Yī Xīng Lóng), Two-Star
Dragon (二星龍, Ryanshinron,
Chinese: Èr Xīng Lóng), Three-Star
Dragon (三星龍, Sanshinron,
Chinese: Sān Xīng Lóng), Four-Star
Dragon (四星龍, Sūshinron,
Chinese: Sì Xīng Lóng), Five-Star
Dragon (五星龍, Ūshinron,
Chinese: Wǔ Xīng Lóng), Six-Star
Dragon (六星龍, Ryūshinron,
Chinese: Liù Xīng Lóng), and Seven-Star
Chīshinron, Chinese: Qī Xīng Lóng). In the English dubs their
names are changed to Syn Shenron, Haze Shenron, Eis Shenron, Nuova
Shenron, Rage Shenron, Oceanus Shenron, and Naturon Shenron
Goku and Pan manage to kill the other dragons before
encountering Eis and Nuova Shenron. Being much more honorable than his
siblings, Nuova helps
Goku defeat Eis. However, Syn Shenron kills
Nuova before absorbing both his
Dragon Ball and the others as well to
increase his power.
Syn Sheron, or the One-Star Dragon, was created as the result of Mr.
Popo's wish with Earth's
Dragon balls to revive everyone on Namek that
died at the hands of
Freeza and his forces. The nature of the wish in
turn made Syn Sheron both the most powerful and most evil of the
Shadow Dragons. Making himself known after the death of Eis Shenron,
killing Nuova Shenron in the process, Syn Shenron manages to swallow
the other six
Dragon Balls to become Omega Sheron, Super One-Star
Dragon (超一星龍, Sūpā Īshinron) in Japanese, with access to
all of the abilities of his Shadow
Dragon brethren. After a long
battle, he is killed by Goku's Super Genki-Dama, and the
are purified. Syn/Omega Shenron is voiced by
Hidekatsu Shibata in
Japanese. Bob Carter and
Christopher R. Sabat respectively voicing Syn
Shenron and Omega Shenron in the Funimation dub, while Victor
Atelevich voices them both in the Blue Water dub.
The following characters only appear on anime films, which don't
follow the continuity of
Broly (ブロリー, Burorī) is an anime-only character that appears
in the eighth , tenth , and eleventh
Dragon Ball Z movies as the main
villain. He was born with a power greater than most elite adult
Saiyans, and is mentally unsettled as an adult, partially due to the
crying of the infant
Goku in the incubator next to him when they were
born, partially because of traumatic events during his childhood
(including nearly being executed for his power as well as Freeza's
genocide) and partially because his power was so extreme. He
eventually becomes the "Legendary Super Saiyan"
(伝説の超サイヤ人, Densetsu no Chō Saiya-jin) told of in
legends, with his destructive tendencies only being quelled by a
special controlling device created by scientists for his father,
Paragus (パラガス, Paragasu). In movie eight, after Paragus lures
Vegeta, Goku, and their companions to another planet, Broly recalls
Goku and goes into a rage, destroying the control device and becoming
the unstoppable Legendary Super Saiyan. He effortlessly pummels Super
Saiyan Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, and Future Trunks as well as Piccolo
before killing his father. He is eventually defeated by Goku, but
somehow manages to make his way into an escape pod. In movie ten, he
lands on Earth and goes into a frozen state until the crying of Goku's
son Goten awakens him. He is killed by Goku,
Gohan and Goten by their
combined Kamehameha attack after being blasted through the sun. Though
in movie eleven, blood samples make their way into the hands of an
industrialist, who creates a clone, "Bio-Broly"
(バイオブロリー, Baio Burorī). The clone eventually wakes up
and becomes mixed with bio-liquid, transforming him into a bio-mutant
of sorts. He is eventually killed by Goten, Trunks, and Kuririn. He is
Bin Shimada in the Japanese films, and
Vic Mignogna in the
Cooler (クウラ, Kūra) is an anime-only character that appears in
the fifth and sixth
Dragon Ball Z movies as the main villain. He is
the brother of
Freeza who travels to Earth to seek revenge on Goku.
While he admitted that he never liked his brother, he felt that he
needed to punish the one who had ruined his family's honor. Despite
transforming into his final form, which is one transformation higher
than his brother, he is defeated by Super Saiyan Goku. He returns in
the sixth movie, his remains having combined with the Big Gete Star
(ビッグゲテスター, Biggu Gete Sutā), a sentient planet-sized
machine. This gives him the ability to create an indefinite amount of
"Meta-Coolers" (メタルクウラ, Metaru Kūra), which have the
ability to constantly repair and improve upon themselves. He tries to
consume the planet New Namek, but is eventually destroyed by the
Goku and Vegeta. Cooler also makes a brief appearance in
Dragon Ball GT and appears in the
Dragon Ball Z Side Story: Plan to
Eradicate the Saiyans OVA. He is voiced by
Ryūsei Nakao in Japanese
media, and Andrew Chandler in the Funimation dub.
Several pieces of merchandise were released based on the characters
from the series. These include key chains , action-figures and plush .
Other merchandise featuring characters include T-shirts, tumblers
and trading card games. Characters are also featured in video games
from the series. While initial games were role-playing games (RPG),
the following became fighting games .
Carl Kimlinger of
Anime News Network (ANN) stated "Few anime series
have mainstreamed it the way
Dragon Ball Z has. To a certain
generation of television consumers its characters are as well known as
any in the animated realm, and for many it was the first step into the
wilderness of anime fandom." He praised the story and humor of the
manga for being very good at conveying all of the characters'
personalities. Carlo Santos, also of ANN, commented that the Dragon
Ball cast "may not be as stylish-looking as today's shonen adventure
protagonists, but every character has a distinctive set of physical
features, making them identifiable at any moment."
DVD Talk 's Todd
Douglass had strong praise for the "deep, insightful, and
well-developed" characters, writing "Few shows can claim to have a
cast quite like
Dragon Ball's, and that's a testament to the creative
genius of Toriyama." However, he felt the Red Ribbon Army was "hit or
miss." Tim Jones of T.H.E.M.
Anime Reviews praised the series for
having good characterization, saying "You do care about them, and want
to get to know more about them." He considered them to be different
from stereotypical stock characters, but noted that they have much
more development early on than when compared to later in the series.
Theron Martin, also of ANN, wrote that while the characters are not
complicated, they are "easy to love, hate, and respect" and are a
major reason for the series popularity. "The immense pride of Vegeta,
and how that can be a fatal flaw, especially shines through, as do the
freewheeling spirits of Goten and Trunks, the naiveté of Boo and Mr.
Satan's attention-loving, glory-hound nature, while Number 18 shows an
unexpectedly cunning side.", "On the downside, Videl is entirely too
under-used to make much of an impact and
Bulma loses something just
sitting around acting like a worried mother/wife." He also praised
the themes from the warriors, saying they speak to "basic yet powerful
themes like faith, confidence, heroism, sacrifice, love, and
understanding what is truly worth fighting for", and the ways they
react while fighting, although the fights can sometimes become very
long with little plot development. He criticized how the series
overused the plot device of having characters "grow seemingly
untouchably powerful, only to be put out when eventually upstaged."
In a review of
Dragon Ball GT, Jeffrey Harris of
IGN commented that
the material and characters had lost their novelty and fun, and also
criticized the character designs of Trunks and
Vegeta as being goofy.
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* Toriyama, Akira . ドラゴンボール (in Japanese). 42 vols.
Shueisha , 1985–1995.
* Toriyama, Akira.
Dragon Ball. 16 vols. San Francisco:
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* Toriyama, Akira.
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* Vol. 1 (ch. 1–11): The Monkey King. March 2003. ISBN
978-1-56931-920-8 . and 孫悟空と仲間たち (in Japanese).
November 1985. ISBN 978-4-08-851831-2 .
* Vol. 2 (ch. 12–24): Wish Upon a Dragon. March 2003. ISBN
978-1-56931-921-5 . and ドラゴンボール危機一髪 (in
Japanese). January 1986. ISBN 978-4-08-851832-9 .
* Vol. 3 (ch. 25–36): The Training of Kame-sen'nin. March 2003.
ISBN 978-1-56931-922-2 . and 天下一武道会はじまる！！ (in
Japanese). June 1986. ISBN 978-4-08-851833-6 .
* Vol. 4 (ch. 37–48): Strongest Under the Heavens. March 2003.
ISBN 978-1-56931-923-9 . and 大決勝戦 (in Japanese). October 1986.
ISBN 978-4-08-851834-3 .
* Vol. 5 (ch. 49–60): The Red Ribbon Army. March 2003. ISBN
978-1-56931-924-6 . and マッスルタワーの恐怖 (in Japanese).
January 1987. ISBN 978-4-08-851835-0 .
* Vol. 6 (ch. 61–72):
Bulma Returns!. March 2003. ISBN
978-1-56931-925-3 . and ブルマの大失敗!! (in Japanese). March
1987. ISBN 978-4-08-851836-7 .
* Vol. 7 (ch. 73–84): General Blue and the Pirate Treasure. March
2003. ISBN 978-1-56931-926-0 . and 追跡！！ブルー将軍 (in
Japanese). May 1987. ISBN 978-4-08-851837-4 .
* Vol. 8 (ch. 85–96): Taopaipai and Master Karin. May 2003. ISBN
978-1-56931-927-7 . and 孫悟空突撃 (in Japanese). July 1987. ISBN
* Vol. 9 (ch. 97–108): Test of the All-Seeing Crone. May 2003.
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Japanese). September 1987. ISBN 978-4-08-851839-8 .
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