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!!'''Son Goku (孫 悟空)\\
(Saiyan birthname: Kakarot (カカロット; ''Kakarotto''))'''
->'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Creator/MasakoNozawa
->'''Kid Goku voiced by (English):''' Stephanie Nadolny (''Dragon Ball'', ''Z'' and ''GT''), Creator/ColleenClinkenbeard (''Movie 1'', ''Kai'' flashbacks), Ceyli Delgadillo (''Movies 2-3'') (FUNimation); SaffronHenderson (Ocean); Zoe Slusar (Blue Water); Creator/BarbaraGoodson (Harmony Gold)
->'''Adult Goku voiced by (English):''' Creator/SeanSchemmel (Funimation); IanJamesCorlett, Peter Kelamis, Creator/KirbyMorrow (Ocean); Jeffrey Watson, Jeremiah Yurk (Blue Water)
->'''Kid Goku voice by (Latin American):''' Laura Torres, Elsa Covián (''Dragon Ball'' Harmony Gold), Karina Altamirano ("Kai" flashbacks)
->'''Adult Goku voiced by (Latin American):''' Mario Castañeda, Edson Matus (''Kai''), Enrique Mederos (''Movie 8'')

Main hero of ''Dragon Ball''. Started off as a rather extraordinary child with super strength, a tail and naivety of the outside world. [[BelatedBackstory Later]], though, it is revealed that he's a Saiyan, an alien race of warriors who hire themselves out as mercenaries to tyrants who destroy worlds. However, he is amongst the last four (well, [[NonSerialMovie eight]]) of his kind. Although originally sent to devastate Earth (though it was later revealed his father Bardock sent him to Earth to escape Freeza's genocide of the Saiyans), he instead becomes the savior of the world multiple times over.
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* AbsurdlyYouthfulFather: Goku looks young to be the father of his professor son Gohan because Saiyans remain in their prime longer than humans. Neither Bulma nor Chi-Chi are thrilled, and you can guess how the latter reacts to her husband's further de-aging in ''GT''.
* AccidentalPervert: As a kid, he was completely unable to differentiate between males and females by sight, leading to several of these moments.
* TheAce: Made abundantly clear since the early parts of ''Dragon Ball''. Learned a technique with a glance, which took 50 years to develop. Within a few years, his martial arts skill surpassed his master, and of course winning a World Martial Arts Tournament before he turned 20. Then he found out ''why'' he's able to do all those things when it's revealed he's a [[HumanAliens Saiyan]]. Even that doesn't fully make it a JustifiedTrope, when he defeats members of his race considered to be elites, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu defeats and/or kills seemingly invincible aliens and monsters]] and achieves virtually ''all'' the available Super Saiyan transformations. Not bad for someone considered a "low-class soldier".
* AchievementsInIgnorance: In ''Dragon Ball'' when training for the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament.
* AchillesHeel: His tail is so sensitive to touch that grabbing it saps him of all his strength. He eventually manages to train himself out of that weakness, though. Eventually he loses it forever, unless you count the events of ''GT''.
* ActionDad: Even after Goku became a father, threats still came ot Earth, so he had to keep training to make sure he was powerful enough to stop it.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: As a kid. By the age of 12 he was living by himself in the wilderness and traveling the world.
* {{Adorkable}}: Friendly, affectionate and habitually refers to his elders as "grampa/grandma" as opposed to their formal titles like a little kid would. Passes this trait down onto his children.
* AfraidOfNeedles: To the bewilderment of everyone around him.
* AllLovingHero: Forgives enemies? Most story arcs involve this. He does not hold grudges ''period''. Turns enemies into friends? This is how he makes friends. Once the fight is over, ''anyone'', even last season's enemies, are affectionately embraced as friends if they can stop trying to kill him and his crew or take over the world long enough. Purehearted? He has a flying cloud to prove it.
* AlmightyJanitor: As mentioned above, he'd merely be a lowly soldier if he was raised a Saiyan. That said, he becomes one of the most powerful beings in the universe [[spoiler: (even becoming a PhysicalGod as of Battle of Gods)]].
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: This is Goku's dynamic with Vegeta over the course of Dragon Ball Z.
** The 14th movie deconstructs this by reversing this role and having him being the one who CantCatchUp to the BigBad.
* AmazonChaser: It should be noted that Chi-Chi and Goku got engaged soon after their match in the 23rd Tenka'ichi Budokai, where she reached the last 8 finalists.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: At the end of ''DBGT'', he fuses with the dragon Shenron and the seven Dragon Balls to leave Earth, though he makes a visit 100 years later.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Super Saiyan 3 form, while giving him immense amount of power unmatched by any other forms, gives him a very strict time limit on how long he can stretch out a fight before he's drained of all his strength. The strain the form has on his body is so heavy it's not even really meant to be used outside of the afterlife.
** Although, it is hinted that Goku's difficulty with Super Saiyan 3 stems more from him not being used to it, especially after being brought back to life where his living body was not as durable as his dead body. The few times we have seen him in Super Saiyan 3 after the Buu Arc, he seemed to be able to maintain it just fine.
** Also the Spirit Bomb. It takes too long to power up and Goku seems to be a bad judge of just how much power he needs to take out an opponent.
*** It's more of a mix of terrible luck and not taking into account his opponent's reserves. Vegeta barely survived what was a small portion of the energy collected for the Spirit Bomb thanks to Vegeta's own interference, and Freeza had 50% usage of his full power, when Goku smacked him with the energy collected from a largely dead planet and its neighbors. It still packed enough of a punch to nearly kill and/or maim them. In the movies he seems to have much better luck, managing to kill four of the villains with it.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Learned the Kamehameha by watching it used once along with the After Image Technique (managed to improve upon it after seeing it used a second time with a double), Solar Flare, and King Chapa's Hasshu-ken (Eight-Arm Fist). Somewhere along the way, he also copied Krillin's Destructo Disc.
* BackFromTheDead: Twice! Not that that's at all unusual…
** Although, he is the only character in the series to come back without the help of the Dragon Balls.
* {{Badass}}: ''Biggest one'' in a series already chock full of badasses, and among anime's greatest. Seriously, take into account everything he's done since age 11 and say he's not a badass, because it would crowd up the wiki if we were to list them ''all''.
* BadassAdorable: An endearingly innocent and kind-hearted boy in the body of a ''grandfather'' by the end of it.
* BadassBaritone: Every time he goes Super Saiyan 3 and [[Anime/DragonBallGT beyond]] (dub only)
* BadassBoast: In response to Jeice and Burter claiming to be Goku's worst nightmare his simple but blunt reply is, "I'm not scared of dreams."
* BadassGrandpa: Once Pan is born. [[OlderThanTheyLook Though he doesn't look it]].
* BalloonBelly: Occasionally after eating a big meal such as when he ate a massive dinner bought from Master Roshi's prize money from the tournament.
* BearerOfBadNews: Was the one to inform everyone that Gohan and Vegeta were killed by Buu.
* BerserkButton: Killing off his friends and family seems to be the only way to truly piss him off. In the original series, Tambourine, and eventually King Piccolo, found this out the hard way (this is the only time Goku ever flies off intending to ''kill'' someone/thing in the series). Freeza did it too, and it resulted in the Super Saiyan.
* [[BewareTheNiceOnes Beware The Nice]]/[[BewareTheSillyOnes Silly Ones]]: Very much so. Goku is a very easygoing and kind person, but you do ''not'' want to piss him off.
* BigDamnHeroes: Is an absolute pro at this, especially from ''Z'' onwards, where he's the only thing that allowed the Saiyan and Namek arcs to end as well as they did. (He's ...merely a ''very'' spirited competitor in the original series.)
* BigEater: Sort of a RunningGag with him. Most famously, after coming runner-up in the first tournament, Master Roshi (the winner), decided to cheer him up by buying him as big a dinner as he wanted. Goku's bill wound up costing Roshi all the prize money, and it seemed he would've eaten more if the restaurant hadn't run out of food!
* BishonenLine: To a degree with his transformations. Super Saiyan 1 is far more energized in appearance than his everyday look, and Super Saiyan 2 is even moreso. Super Saiyan 3, with its massive hulking muscles, ForeheadOfDoom, and insane hairstyle, is about as close as he gets to OneWingedAngel. They also have progressively larger effects on the environment; Super Saiyan 3 caused earthquakes when he first used it. Then there's Super Saiyan God, which basically looks like Goku with a red glow and seems to have no effect on the environment at all.
* BlackSheep: To the entire Saiyan race after his head injury. All Saiyans, except for a named few, are violent, ruthless, cold-blooded murderers. Goku is kind, good-natured, and only takes a life when he has no other choice (or someone killed Krillin, wherein he ''will'' be gunning for blood).
* BloodKnight: The extremely rare unambiguously heroic version. He loves finding new opponents to fight, and even when is on the brink of death from a ruthless and monstrous opponent, he goes out of his way to say "I'm having fun with this." He also only fights people who are willing (most of the villains), and rarely ever kills anyone except as a last resort.
** He's so much of a blood knight that he expresses a wish (later granted by Yemma) to see Majin Buu (the strongest BigBad in ''Z'') reincarnated as a good guy... just so he can fight him again.
** Contrary to what the first dub states, this was also his primary motive in sparing Vegeta's life at the end of the Saiyan saga, both in the manga and original anime, which he even admits was selfish.
** During Goku and Chi-Chi's first "date", when Chi-Chi explains that the "boy is supposed to think of the most pleasurable thing to do and then try to coax the girl into doing it with him", naturally Goku's response was to start fighting with her.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Goku shows very strong shades of this sort of morality throughout ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. As a [[BloodKnight Saiyan]], it's apparently in his blood to love fighting and combat, and that love for fighting sometimes comes off as a negative to humans, gods, and even other aliens (as well as the show's fanbase). He is regarded with unease whenever he shows such excitement for battle, with one of Goku's friends even calling him a monster for being so excited about a fight over when the entire planet hangs on the brink of destruction. His love of fighting has also caused him to make decisions that aren't very defensible, or even stupid. [[WorthyOpponent Sparing Vegeta's life after their battle just so that he could fight him again]], for example, or [[GambitRoulette sending his own son to fight Cell, gambling that Gohan would awaken his hidden power in time to ultimately win]], even [[HonorBeforeReason giving a Senzu Bean to Cell so that Gohan gets a fair match against him, rather than a better chance to win and save the world]] and [[ParentalNeglect abandoning his family and friends to train a child he just met so that child could become more powerful and protect the earth when Goku dies]]. Further evidence of this is in the newest movie ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' when Goku's morality is questioned because of his love of fighting.
** On the other hand, he doesn't go ''looking'' for these kinds of situations, and is content to live a quiet life in the countryside, albeit one involving a lot of physical training. He seems to be aware that these situations find him, which may be part of it.
* BoisterousBruiser: ''Oh'' yeah.
* BookDumb: Goku couldn't even ''count'' correctly until he was twelve and a lot of gags are wrought from his idiocy (particularly in the original series). But he's an utter genius when it comes to combat and can spot the flaws and weak-spots to various moves and fighting styles just by observing them (see Awesomeness By Analysis above).
* BornWinner: He has a kind heart and was born with amazing fighting potential as well - the key word there being ''potential''.
* BumblingDad: Sometimes he is seen as this, especially by Chi-chi.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He is childish and goofy but he is very strong and a master at fighting.
-->'''Pikkon''': He is either a fighting genius, or a total fool...
* ButtMonkey: In Dragon Ball GT.
* CameFromTheSky: Arrived on Earth in a space pod.
* TheCanKickedHim: If he hadn't been MadeOfIron, or ImmuneToBullets then, anyhow.
* CavalierCompetitor: He is this unless it's clear his opponent's evil is greater than their desire for a good fight.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: As a kid, Goku had no qualms about killing his enemies. As the series progressed and he got older, he started to mellow out more.
** There's the fact that Goku, as a child, had no concept of the morality of taking lives when he was blowing up Red Ribbon Army vehicles. He'd lived most of his life alone in the woods. He barely understood death, thinking that when he accidentally killed his grandfather, his grandfather just became the 4-star ball. There are sometimes he killed purposely though such as killing a fleeing Tambourine and later his father King Piccolo to avenge Krillin, not that Tambourine or Piccolo didn't deserve it.
** Part of his no kill policy came later when many of his worst enemies became his loyal friends, realizing that if they could change, anyone could. When he does finally use lethal force against villains like Freeza and Cell, it's because he's realized they're beyond redemption and rotten to the core.
* ChasteHero: In the original ''Dragon Ball''. He didn't even know what marriage meant and [[IsItSomethingYouEat thought it was something to eat]][[note]]the phrase Chichi used was 'will you accept (me as your) bride?', with the parenthetical not being required in Japanese since it's already obvious to anyone who knows what a bride is[[/note]]. Of course, before he agreed to marry Chi-Chi, he was roughly twelve years old.
* CheatedAngle: Goku's hair always maintains that same shape no matter which angle you view him from.
* ChildhoodBrainDamage: It's stated that the reason why Goku doesn't share the violent nature of Saiyans is that he received a blow to the head while he was a baby.
** Although, it is hinted in ''Dragon Ball Minus'' that Goku inherited his good heart from his mother who was not fit for fighting because of her softness. (The difference apparently being an innate desire to massacre, and being more rambunctious than usual.)
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Victorious with Chi-Chi.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Goku promised Chi-Chi to marry her when they were kids, thinking marriage was a kind of food. When they meet again at the Tenkaichi Budokai and he is finally explained what marriage is, [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Goku keeps his promise anyway and marries her]].
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Cannot bring himself to pass by someone in need. This is a trait he later passes down to his eldest son.
* CombatPragmatist: Only in ''Dragon Ball''. The "scissor" move of his Rock Scissors 'n' Paper technique was [[EyeScream eye-gouging]] and sometimes he'd use this technique by pretending to use one move and instead using another one (shouting "paper" and using "rock" instead, for example). He also resisted Tenshinhan's Solar Flare technique by wearing Master Roshi's sunglasses.
** He escapes from being strangled by Freeza by biting the latter's tail. He also bites Kid Buu when he was fighting him as a Super Saiyan 3, but this time it was mostly played for comedy (Kid Buu bites him back). He also bit King Piccolo's thumb in their first fight.
** Possibly his first act of playing this trope in DBZ was when he [[EyeScream shot an energy blast at Oozaru Vegeta's eye]].
** Before then, he planned to defeat his brother Raditz by grabbing his tail.
** Invokes the trope again during his fight with Recoome where he defeats Recoome with ''a single elbow to the stomach'' but did it '''while Recoome was powering up to perform a technique'''. Goku even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this after the fight is over:
-->'''Goku''': "I saw an opening that screamed ''attack''... so I did."
* CombinedEnergyAttack: The Spirit Bomb / ''Genki-dama'', which takes a little energy from all life on a planet and even from the sun. [[spoiler:It later turns out that he can request a noticeably larger amount of energy - enough to exhaust the giver to a post-marathon degree - and this is what it takes to beat Kid Buu.]]
* CompositeCharacter: In ''DragonBallZ'', between [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest Sun Wukong]] and Franchise/{{Superman}}.
* CrotchGrabSexCheck: When he was young, Goku had difficulty with the concept of males and females, so upon meeting someone, he'd check a person's groin then triumphantly exclaim, "You're a boy/girl!"
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: It is very easy to forget, given his layback and childish demeanor, that he is one of the strongest beings in the universe. Woe to the foe who presses his BerserkButton.
* CrutchCharacter: [[GenreSavvy And he was very aware he was becoming this.]] He knows that, eventually, he will die permanently, and if the other characters haven't become strong enough to cope in his absence, that will be a huge problem. To that end, he starts trying to train others up to his level, but the new villains inevitably are so overbearingly powerful that only Goku has the strength to beat them in the end.
** Goku was worrying so much that he had become a CrutchCharacter that he didn't kill Majin Buu on purpose, despite being strong enough to do it at that time, purely because he didn't want the new generation to think they could always rely on him to save the day, as he knew one day he will be [[KilledOffForReal dead for good]] and it would be up to the new generation to step up in his place.
*** Note in the Buu Arc, Goku ''was'' dead and was allowed to come back for a day. Once his day was up he would return to the Otherworld for good. So, when the next threat comes he wouldn't be able to help them.
** Hell, there's even an alternate timeline, which Future Trunks comes from, that provides quite a frightening insight to what would happen if his friends depend on him too much. [[spoiler: Android 17 and 18 kill every protagonist with great ease and bring humanity to the verge of extinction.]] [[{{Deconstruction}} Pretty grim, ain't it?]][[note]]In that case, it seemed that the Androids would've been too powerful for even Goku to handle - Future Bulma seems to think that he'd ''still'' be able to do something about it, which is about the same thing.[[/note]]
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: See ParentalNeglect below.
** Goku ''himself'' is a victim of this. Shown in the manga, ''Dragon Ball Minus'', which reveals Goku's mother, and the destruction of Planet Vegeta as told by Toriyama, Goku's parents, Bardock and Gine, sent him away to Earth to keep him safe from the impending destruction of Planet Vegeta.
* DecoyProtagonist: In the Android/Cell Sagas. While he's still an important figure, his hospitalization and [[spoiler:eventually his death]] cause him to end up serving as a supporting character as Gohan takes the center stage. He becomes TheHero once more in the second half of the Buu Saga.
** Even in the Namek Saga he spends most of the saga traveling to Namek, and once he gets there he's almost immediately critically injured and spends even more time in a healing machine, and by the time he's fully healed the final battle against Freeza is already underway.
* DeadpanSnarker: Occasionally, it's usually to show that he's not as dumb as people think.
* DeathByIrony: At the beginning of ''Dragon Ball Z'', he was killed by the son of the last villain he killed in ''Dragon Ball'', Demon King Piccolo, in a similar way--an attack to the stomach that hit so hard it came out the other side. It was the only chance they had to kill Raditz, but still.
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Against both Freeza and Buu, both who were considered the strongest in the universe.
** Done even earlier against King Piccolo, the demon king who killed half the cast in the original Dragon Ball.
** Inverted with him and Beerus, [[spoiler: with the latter defeating him]].
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Most of Goku's friends started out as anti-heroes or villains, then they met him in battle.
* {{Determinator}}: Going up against impossible odds is [[SpiritedCompetitor all part of the fun]] for this guy.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: On a regular basis. And it's ''really casual'' sometimes, too!
* DisappearedDad: To Goten, subverted as he shows up with little angst on his sudden appearance.
* [[DoNotCallMePaul Do Not Call Me Kakarot]]: He (initially) feels an intense shame for belonging to a race of genocidal pirates, and vehemently refuses to identify himself as a Saiyan until he comes to feel pride for his heritage as a warrior.
** He doesn't seem to mind Vegeta calling him by his Saiyan name, but that's probably because it would be futile to get him to stop.
* DotingGrandparent: Goku's a doting grandfather to his granddaughter Pan.
* DoomMagnet: After his death during the Cell Games, he chooses to simply remain dead for the safety of the Earth since so many of the villains they have fought so far were mostly after him in the first place.
* DotingParent: He tries his best. When he's actually around/alive, that is.
* TheDreaded: He was very much this to the Red Ribbon Army.
* DumbIsGood[=/=]GoodIsDumb: And nice too.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler:Gaining the Super Saiyan God transformation in ''Battle of Gods''.]]
** And before that, becoming a Super Saiyan during the battle against Freeza. Vegeta and Krillin were dead, Piccolo was critically injured, and the Spirit Bomb that was supposed to have killed Freeza had failed. If Goku hadn't turned Super, the fight would've been over.
* EnfantTerrible: True to his Saiyan heritage, he was this as a baby until a cranial injury changed things.
* {{Expy}}: Of [[JourneyToTheWest Sun Wukong The Monkey King]] from ''JourneyToTheWest'', with light dashes of Comicbook/{{Superman}}.
* FightMagnet: To the point he didn't want to be resurrected by the Dragon Balls to keep the world safe.
* FireForgedFriends: With Krillin, though Goku's side of it is more of a subversion. He generally got along just fine when they first met - it was Krillin that was initially hostile.
* FlyingOnACloud: The Flying Nimbus. From the Saiyan arc on, he's faster than it is and flies on his own.
* TheFool: He was a very foolish child, this continues to a lesser extent as an adult.
* FountainOfYouth: During pretty much THE ENTIRE series of ''GT'', where the Black Star Dragon Balls regress Goku into a child on a messed up wish from the BigBad.
* FriendlessBackground: Goku was raised in seclusion and didn't have any friends until he met Bulma. Aside from lacking some basic knowledge (he understood the basic differences between men and women, barely, but was terrible at ''identifying'' them as such for a while), it doesn't really show.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Even as an adult he loves playing with animals like a big kid, and regards them as friends as if they are also human.
* GambitRoulette: Surprising but true. His infamous fight with Cell? He never intended to defeat him in the first place, and went knowing full well he'd likely lose. In fact, it's the reason why he wanted to go first. He only fought him so that his son Gohan would have a good idea of how strong Cell is. The problem was ''no one'', not even Gohan himself, could really tell if it would work, seeing as Gohan was the kindhearted reluctant warrior of the group up against a mass-murdering cyborg. Even Goku himself had some doubts. Then Android #16, decided to push things a little with his last speech, Gohan turned Super Saiyan 2, and the rest is history...
* GeniusBruiser: Downplayed, since he has never had any formal education and often lacks common sense. However, he is an excellent combatant and a tactical genius, able to pick up new skills with ease. Furthermore, once he gets a basic understanding of something, he learns ''very'' quickly.
* GeniusDitz: He may not be the brightest knife in the crayon box, but he mastered and created an improved version of the Kamehameha simply by watching his master use it! Furthermore, his combat prowess is second-to-none. In this way he's a bit of an IdiotSavant: He's fantastically dumb in all ways but fighting--and not just in a physically strong kind of way, but the tactics and strategies of it as well.
* GenreSavvy: While he's considerably BookDumb, his combat-oriented intelligence and experience is impeccable.
** He immediately derides [[GrowingMusclesSequence Ultra Super Saiyan]] as AwesomeButImpractical, citing its increased expenditure, and reduced speed.
** He cites the regular Super Saiyan as a JackOfAllStats.
** He realizes mere moments into the fight against Freeza that he can't sense ki without a scouter, and takes advantage of it.
** He comes to realize that Earth has become a target for evil because of him.
** Earlier, in Dragon Ball, he immediately rejects Staff Officer (who just became Commander) Black's offer to join him, after he just assassinated Commander Red, and saw through his lies that he wanted peace. This was particularly good since he had never encountered him before.
* TheGift: He is a strong, natural, brilliant fighter despite being born a reject for his low fighting power. Vegeta even outright says that he has a gift.
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]: The original series shows him as an incredibly gifted fighter overcoming increasingly difficult challenges. Although the rest of the cast train under the same mentors and conditions as him, and become generally stronger than he was at the time, Goku keeps soaring past them (usually by finding a better way to improve himself). Then ''Z'' revealed he's part of the Saiyans - a warrior race, and its explicitly stated much of what he did isn't remarkable for them... until he starts facing off against its strongest, declares that even a "reject" can defeat an elite with enough effort, and sure enough, defies HardWorkHardlyWorks in defeating them.
* AGodIAmNot: [[spoiler: During his time as a ''Super Saiyan God'', Goku admits to Beerus that he is dissatisfied with godhood. However, this may be more his disappointment at being unable to reach godhood by himself rather than disliking the prospect of it.]]
* GodJob: Was given the opportunity to become a Kami after defeating Piccolo, but he turned it down. [[spoiler: Goku {{refus|alOfTheCall}}ed ''yet again'' when Whis offered him the job of a God of Destruction after Beerus perishes. He really does not like being a deity.]]
* GoodFeelsGood: A defining characteristic, and a main reason why Goku is such a NiceGuy.
* GoOutWithASmile: Twice. First when he sacrificed himself to kill Raditz, and again when he teleported Cell away from Earth.
* GracefulLoser: On the rare occasions he meets an enemy he truly can't beat, he admits it without any ego involved (bowing out of the Cell Games and [[spoiler: surrendering to Beerus]].)
* GrowingMusclesSequence: Right before he dismissed the Ultra Super Saiyan as [[MightyGlacier powerful but slow]].
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Normally as a Super Saiyan, but subverted during his fight with Freeza who he nearly killed to get revenge for Krillin's death.
* HairstyleInertia: As seen in the picture above.
* HandyFeet: Most often seen during the original series. He has uncommonly prehensile feet, frequently using them to grip things and, on one notable occasion, to fire a Kamehameha out of. Makes sense considering he started as an {{Expy}} of the Monkey King from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest''.
* HappilyAdopted: By the elderly master Son Gohan. Though unfortunately, Goku transformed into an oozaru and crushed Gohan to death some time before the first chapter.
* HappilyMarried: To Chi-Chi.
* HeelFaceTurn: Before the series began, technically, but he began as an EnfantTerrible bent on destroying all life on earth as a newborn, until he [[LaserGuidedAmnesia lost his memory]].
* [[SheIsAllGrownUp He Is All Grown Up]]: Bulma had this reaction to Goku after a TimeSkip. She had previously seen him just as a kid, in a couple of senses.
* HenpeckedHusband: To the point where Master Roshi [[LampshadeHanging outright shouts out that CHI-CHI is the most powerful person in the universe, NOT Goku.]]
* HereditaryHairstyle: Apparently it's a trait of Saiyan purebreds.
* TheHero: Toriyama intended Goku to [[GenerationalSaga pass the title to his son]], but Goku proved too popular.
* HeroicRROD: What happens when he overuses his Kaioken. Also happened during his fight against Kid Buu as a Super Saiyan 3, in a slightly different sense.
* HeroicSacrifice: ''Twice'', first to stop Raditz and then Cell.
** SenselessSacrifice: He warped Cell away from Earth to King Kai's planet (it was the only place he could think of at the time) before Cell could pull off his TakingYouWithMe EarthShatteringKaboom, and soon after died in the explosion... only for Cell to regenerate FromASingleCell, emerge stronger than ever thanks to his Saiyan "Zenkai" genes, and go right back to Earth to menace it again. It wasn't completely senseless, though... he ''did'' save Earth either way.
* HeroOnHiatus: Particularly in ''Z''. The fights with Nappa, the Ginyu Force and Freeza consisted of the good guys struggling just to stay alive until he got there / finished healing. He was also out of action for the fights with 17 and 18, but couldn't have helped much anyway.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Krillin.
* HonorBeforeReason: Son Goku ''defines'' this trope.
* HopeBringer: Tends to inspire hope even when he is not the strongest fighter.
* HumanAlien: Saiyans look perfectly human other than their tails and can produce offspring with humans, though they do have extraordinary abilities (most notably, they can turn into a giant ape). They also have longer childhoods than humans, staying small and cute looking so they would be underestimated before quickly growing to their adult height.
* HumanPackMule: Usually takes this role in the {{Filler}} episodes whenever Chi-Chi goes shopping.
* HumanityIsInfectious: Became tame and respectful towards life after being raised by Gohan Sr. Hitting his head also helped, although his goodness could have been inherited from his mother.
* IAmWhatIAm: Upon learning that his race's legacy of genocide was forced upon them by Freeza, he lets go of the shame of being belonging to a race of murderers and instead comes to embrace the pride of being a Saiyan Warrior:
--> Goku: ([[MeaningfulFuneral Burying Vegeta]]) "I hated you, but I respect the pride with which you defended your race's honor... [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Now share some of that pride with me, for I am a Saiyan who grew up on Earth!!]]"
* IdiotHero: Both the idiocy and the heroism are justified by a single event. He's from an AlwaysChaoticEvil alien race, and so, as Raditz realises at the start of ''Z'', the only reason he's a hero is because he received brain damage as a child. Obviously, that didn't do his IQ score any favours, either.
** It is hinted in ''Dragon Ball Minus'' that Goku's good heart came from his mother and not just from his head injury. There is also no real hint of Goku having brain damage given that he was raised in extreme isolation for most of his childhood which is why he is naive about the rest of the world and never really integrated into human society.
* IdiotSavant: May very well be a TropeCodifier. Goku might not know how to tie his shoelaces but put him in a fight and he's an absolute '''genius'''. It's not just that he's stronger than everyone else, although he is - he's an absolutely brilliant tactician, expertly outmaneuvering any of them, even those who otherwise can run intellectual circles around him.
* IGaveMyWord: He only promised to marry Chi-Chi as a child because he thought that marriage was a kind of food. When he finds out just what marriage is when they meet again as adults, Goku nonetheless proposes to Chi-Chi right then and there because he gave his word.
* IGotBigger: He is significantly taller (and all grown up) by the end of Manga/DragonBall.
* [[ILetGwenStacyDie I Let Krillin Die]]: [[spoiler: Twice, unfortunately.]]
* ImmigrantPatriotism: As early as his fight with Vegeta, he shrugs off Vegeta's bragging and retorts that on Earth they know even a "reject" can outdo the elite if they work hard enough. During the Cell Games, he chooses to fight in his classic gi rather than Saiyan armor for this reason (though he still uses the armor while training, for practical purposes reasons).
* ImmuneToBullets: Even as a little kid, he simply shrugged off a [[BoomHeadshot bullet to the head]], though it ''did'' cause him some pain. During the Red Ribbon Army Saga in the original series, he was shot in the back by General White, and stayed down long enough that everyone around him believed him dead.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: He gets the Nimbus when Master Roshi notices he can ride it (when only the pure of heart can ride it). Despite his many adventures, he never stops being the paragon.
* InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals: With Tullece/Turles.
* {{Innocent Fanservice G|irl}}uy: ''Very much so'' as a little kid. [[JustifiedTrope Then again, he pretty much grew up completely by himself.]]
* InnocentlyInsensitive: He has shown signs of this throughout the series, like insulting Bulma when she was trying to seduce him for a Dragon Ball as a kid, asking a teenage Chi-Chi if he knew who she was when she greeted him at the tournament and in the driving filler episode when after Chi-Chi was in the house, exhausted after being chased by a boar and walking home, he just dumps his clothes on the table instead of asking Chi-Chi about her day. He was this trope all over the place in the Buu Saga. Then again, he was raised in the woods, so it's not surprising he doesn't have any manners or knowing right from wrong. In regards to Chi-Chi, [[http://www.kanzenshuu.com/2014/02/02/march-2014-saikyo-jump-toriyama-q-a/ Toriyama has explained]] that most Saiyans don't really care much about romance or marriage.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Chi-Chi.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Turns into his Great Ape form whenever he has his tail and looks directly at a full moon. Removing the tail (or the moon) turns him back immediately.
* IsItSomethingYouEat: Agreed to marry Chi-Chi because he thought a "Bride" was a kind of food. Even back at the very beginning of the series, when Bulma showed him the Dragon Balls for the first time, he thought they were for eating.
* JerkassFacade: He pretends to be a jerk to Uub so he would be motivated to fight. (It says something about him that this is the ''only'' time he ever does this.)
* JustAKid: Dismissed as a mere boy for most of his childhood by his opponents. They are quickly proven wrong - there's nothing 'mere' about him.
* KamehameHadoken: The partial TropeNamer.
* KidHero: Started out as this until the 23rd Martial Art Tournament.
* {{Keet}}: Especially as a child, but he retains this to a certain degree as an adult.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Most of his battles against the villains are this, especially Freeza.
* KindheartedSimpleton: Particularly as a kid, when he meant well but had little understanding of people.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: In the sense that he lost a bit of ''genetic'' memory as a child (the Saiyan viciousness), facilitating his HeelFaceTurn.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: [[spoiler: Twice]]. In the canonically-debatable GT, Goku's strongest form, Super Saiyan 4, has red fur and red...er...eyeliner. [[spoiler: In the canon Battle of Gods, his strongest form, Super Saiyan God, grants him red hair, red eyes, a flaming orange aura, and a red skin tint.]]
** This can also be applied to his former trump card, the Kaiōken. Formerly Goku's best transformation, it allows him to multiply the user's ki for a "heart beat", increasing his strength by any multiplication of his choosing, and as such, can allow Goku to remain the strongest on the battlefield if he multiplies his power, and this can even exceed any form of Super Saiyan depending on how it's multiplied. The drawback is his body cannot handle the stress and it can cause him to explode under the weight of his own ki; it's never stated if his body, at the end of the series, was ever trained enough to overcome this. And what colour does it make him? Red.
* LethallyStupid: Or rather, Lethally Too Nice. His habit of sparing his enemies when he can (and REALLY should) just kill them can and has caused much unneeded trouble.
* LightningBruiser: ''As a child'' he could already move, dodge and land his own attacks so quickly that [[SuperSpeed he would leave afterimages and nobody could tell what happened]]. By the time the Saiyan Arc began even '''Vegeta''' couldn't believe how incredibly fast Goku was able to land his attacks. As he grew older, he just become stronger and faster to the point where he became as fast as speed of light and arguably faster via Instant Transmission.
* LookWhatICanDoNow: One of the biggest examples of the trope.
* {{Lunacy}}: The Oozaru transformation. Goku himself isn't aware of it until he pieces it together from what Vegeta tells him.
* MadeOfIron: Pretty much par for the course, really. As a kid, a point-blank grenade might have been too much, but he was effectively small-arms bulletproof (though they hurt).
* MagicPants: and how, especially in GT where Goku somehow keeps his pants after going Super Saiyan 4 (from kid-sized to his original adult height). He also kept his pants after he transformed into a Golden Great Ape and went Super Saiyan 4 for the first time.
* MagneticHero: Goku sure collected quite the unlikely group of friends by the end of the series.
* ManChild: Yes, and quite a positive example at that, emphasizing innocence and compassion.
* MartialArtsUniform: Once Goku gets his first uniform from Roshi at his first tournament, it becomes his [[LimitedWardrobe outfit of choice]], and he's rarely seen in anything other than some version of it - and usually only when it's been destroyed, and he doesn't have a spare handy.
* MessianicArchetype: He came to Earth from the stars, and saved the world three times before he turned twenty. [[HeroicSacrifice Gave his life for the Earth]] ''twice'' and is described as like an angel by his friends and family.
* MeteorMove: Quite honestly can be seen as the TropeCodifier. He ''loved'' doing this.
* MissingMom: Goku's mother is never shown. Whether pure-blooded Saiyans even have mothers is up for debate as Vegeta doesn't have a mother either.
** His mother, named Gine, finally [[http://www.kanzenshuu.com/2014/02/02/march-2014-saikyo-jump-toriyama-q-a/ made an appearance in 2014.]]
* MosesInTheBullrushes: Goku's origin is based on Franchise/{{Superman}}'s origin and so, of course, involves this.
* MrFanservice: Lots of shirtless and nude scenes. The fangirls thank you, Adult Goku!
* MuggleFosterParents: Although Gohan Sr. was not an ordinary human, being a renowned martial artist, he falls into this since humans are muggles when compared to Saiyans.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: He invokes this after he gives Chi-Chi a reassuring pat on the back, only to send her flying through a wall, a tree, and half of a boulder (she's tough enough to survive it). He does it again, more seriously this time, in the Cell arc after [[WhatTheHellHero Piccolo calls him out]] on throwing his son into battle with Cell.
* MyHeroZero: The short-lived Harmony Gold dub from the 80s renamed him ''Zero'' for... some reason, and even worked his new name into their version of the opening theme song.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Goku is one of the only guys to appear nude, especially in the episode "The Celebrations of Buu," when he's naked with Gotenks and everybody laughs at him.
* NatureHero: It's all fun and games until somebody hurts an animal, those villains don't last long at all. Passed down to Gohan (The Great Saiyaman Saga, dinosaur's kidnapping. Though he didn't go too overboard on the human).
* NecessaryDrawback: Goku's Spirit Bomb. An extremely powerful attack that can nuke enemies stronger than Goku or can be used to add to his strength, making him many times stronger. Despite its power, however, it takes a long, ''long'' time to charge and it leaves Goku wide opened to attack, as he's asking everything on the planet for a little bit of energy. It's also never a problem in the series proper, but until after he trains for the Cell Games, he also can't use it as a Super Saiyan.
* NervesOfSteel: Yes he is a {{Determinator}}, but it's not just that he continues grinding on, he stays cool and smiling even in the most overwhelming situations. He might get surprised now and then, but he never panics or despairs.
* NeverForgottenSkill: After Goku dies against Raditz and meets Kaiou, he learns a technique called the Spirit Bomb. He stops using it after the fight with Freeza - it's time-consuming to create, and wasn't powerful enough to do the job. Years later, he is reminded to use this technique on Kid Buu by Vegeta (who also suggests that he drain considerably more energy to fuel it), and is still able to use it like a pro.
* NiceGuy: One of the nicest.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Several, but [[spoiler:sending Gohan into fighting Cell without being mentally prepared and then letting Goten and Trunks take care of Buu for him instead of finishing him off himself]] both of which led to the deaths of very important people.
* NoSocialSkills: He was raised by his grandfather in the wilderness until said grandfather died. He had been so sheltered that he never truly assimilated into society, and the division was very evident until he was an adult. The worst symptom, however, would have to be his complete inability to assess gender from sight, which led to some {{Accidental Perver|t}}sion. Bulma was the first girl he had ever seen in his life up till that point, so she got the worst of it.
** Hell, Bulma's not just the first girl he ever met, but she's also the first other ''human contact'' that Goku ever had aside from his grandfather.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: The American dubs gave him a California accent, though in the original he was a country bumpkin and spoke with an accent that reflected his upbringing. In fact, he had a lot of trouble adjusting to normal speech when required.
* NotQuiteDead: Left for dead by King Piccolo after he confirmed that his heart stopped. Seconds after Piccolo left, his heart restarted.
* NotWithThemForTheMoney: For Chi-Chi, though their finances were really starting to get strained towards the end.
* NowItsMyTurn: Tends to do this when showing off his newly obtained skills, letting the opponent try their best, then beating them down. If he ''lets'' you beat him up, then reveals it did nothing, it's generally a sign you've ''really'' pissed him off.
* ObliviousToLove: In the original ''Dragon Ball''. He thought marriage was a food and didn't understand why Chi-Chi kept hugging him.
* OfferedTheCrown: Kami offered him the job of Earth's God at the end of [=DB=]. [[spoiler: At the end of Battle of Gods, he's offered the role of becoming the ''universal'' God of Destruction - both times, Goku turns it down.]]
* OlderThanHeLooks: Kid Goku is supposed to be 12 in the 21st tournament and 15 on the 22nd. However, in neither instance does he looks older than ''10''. Then, in late ''DBZ'', when Goku is on his early forties and beyond, he looks no older than 30! Apparently a result of pure-blooded Saiyans aging slower than humans. It is actually confirmed that Saiyans have long childhoods compared to humans.
** The fact that he has spent roughly 8 years of his life dead probably doesn't hurt. Still, Vegeta looks about the same age and he started off around 8 years older than Goku to begin with and only stayed dead for a few minutes/hours before being resurrected the two times that he bit it.
* OneManArmy: Remember that this is the guy who destroyed the Red Ribbon Army at age ''twelve''.
* OutOfFocus: He spends a large amount of ''Dragon Ball Z'' either travelling to the battlefield, recovering from injuries or sickness, or being ''dead'', and by the time he makes it to the fight the villain's usually in their final form already. Though it's probably because Goku could destroy most of the bad guys in their base forms and end the arc early.
* PapaWolf: Messing with Gohan is a sure way to anger [[BewareTheNiceOnes the normally cheerful Goku]]. He beat up Nappa and Recoome after they both hurt Gohan (along with the rest of his friends). While it's remembered that Freeza killing Krillin triggered Goku's BerserkButton, what really set him off was Freeza [[AndYourLittleDogToo threatening to kill Gohan too]], which drove Goku over the edge and into a [[SuperpoweredEvilSide vengeance-filled warrior.]]
** At the start of DBZ, when Raditz kidnapped Gohan and kept him in the space pod ball (whatever you want to call it), Goku went pretty mad too even if he couldn't beat Raditz by himself and without dying.
* ParentalNeglect: One of the more common criticisms he faces from fans. He is not exactly the best father to Gohan, or especially Goten, due to either being in constant training or ''dead''. Generally gives the impression of being absent-minded, as at the end of the manga he leaves his family to go and train Uub (obviously forgetting that his granddaughter might need him, though having the strongest Ki signature on the planet would make him easy to find). [[WordOfGod Toriyama]] later explained in an interview that Saiyans aren't very particular about blood ties, so this may be why he comes across as neglectful by human standards.
* PassingTheTorch: Constantly trying to do this after the Cell Saga. Realizing that he wouldn't always be around to protect the Earth, he tries to make Gohan his successor, though it doesn't pan out too well because Gohan doesn't have the same drive to fight or become stronger like he does. In the Buu Saga, he even deliberately passes up a chance to destroy the BigBad so that Goten and Trunks would be the saviors of Earth, but eventually he realizes as they grow up that they don't have any interest in fighting, either, which is why he seeks a new successor in Uub as he trains his granddaughter Pan.
* PhysicalGod: [[spoiler:Not counting the fact that nearly every Saiyan is now this, Goku became the ''literal'' Saiyan God in the movie ''Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods''.]]
** [[spoiler:And he still can't beat the BigBad, forcing him to admit defeat!]]
* PowerFloats: [[spoiler:In the game ''Battle of Z'', as a Super Saiyan God, Goku is constantly floating just inches above the ground, unlike other forms which are usually standing unless prompted to fly.]]
* PowerMakesYourHairGrow / {{Power Makes Your Voice Deep}}: Super Saiyan 3 and 4
* PrehensileTail: When he had a tail, Goku could use it as such. After getting over the "paralyzed if grabbed" aspect of it, he could even use it to smack people with a decent amount of force.
** He smacked people around with his tail even before he got over being paralyzed. Just ask Colonel Silver.
* PowerOfFriendship: ''Averted.'' This is what Vegeta initially thought was the reason for Goku being a superior fighter, but after having found loved ones of his own, nothing changed. Turns out, Goku is a superior fighter because he's flat-out more talented; having someone to fight for being a secondary motivation at best.
* PowerOfHate: Hatred of Freeza for killing Krillin is what caused him to turn Super Saiyan.
* PsychicPowers / {{Telepathy}}: Demonstrates them few and far between, and mostly shown in the anime: He once asked Krillin to spare Vegeta's life through telepathy specifically because it was more painful to use his voice, and he got up to speed with everything that happened before he reached Namek by touching Krillin's head. He only shows telekinesis in {{Filler}} when he tries levitating the water in the glass with his mind, and once did this to a ''massive'' pyramid.
** Also the Genki Dama/Spirit Bomb, where he mentally connects with everything on the planet/solar system, up to and including potentially the sun itself, and politely asks them to give him some energy to smack the current villain in the face with.
* PublicDomainCharacter: Son Goku from Literature/JourneyToTheWest is probably the most frequently used Public Domain Character in East Asia. In the West, there's massive AdaptationDisplacement as the ''Dragon Ball'' version of Goku is much better known than the original.
* RaisedByDudes: He was raised by an old hermit in the woods, which is frequently brought up when Chi-Chi gets frustrated with him.
* RaisedByNatives: He is an alien who was raised amongst humans.
* RaisedByWolves: Technically out in the wilderness for an untold number of years after the old hermit died.
* ResurrectedForAJob: Both times he's brought back to life, it's to fight off threats to Earth; first the Saiyans (where technically his death was a part of that job), and then Buu.
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler: His motive for killing Tambourine, after Tambourine killed Krillin. This was definitely justified as Goku was riding Nimbus (which takes a pure heart to do) while he finished off Tambourine in the appropriately titled Dragon Ball episode "Goku's Revenge".]]
** That makes absolutely ''no sense'', because those with darkness in their hearts cannot ride on the Nimbus, and being totally consumed by thoughts of revenge certainly does not justify how can ride on it and instead makes it into a bit of a headscratcher.
*** It actually ''does'' make sense. Think about it, Goku was solely focused on killing ''one person'' for a justified cause, his friend being murdered for ''no reason'', as supposed to killing ''many'' people without any justification, which would qualify as a person having malicious intentions in their heart and therefore being evil to a degree. Being of pure heart means having complete justifications for your actions and being selfless in your acts. Goku had complete justification for wanting revenge and he was selfless in the fact that he want to exact the revenge himself as Krillin was ''his'' best friend.
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: Played straight during the first two World Martial Arts Tournaments. He finally won on his [[RuleOfThree third try]].
* RunningGag: His fear of his wife's temper, which is PlayedForLaughs. Also, his understandable fear of needles (anime only).
* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: It wasn't intentional but Goku being raised almost totally in the wild made his natural fighting instincts stronger but left him with NoSocialSkills whatsoever.
* ScarsAreForever: Goku mentioned in the second episode that he still has a scar on his head from when he fell down the cliff as an infant, and this is some 20 years after the fact.
* SelfMadeOrphan[=/=]HeroKiller: Subverted; Goku honestly hadn't meant to kill Grandpa Gohan. The poor guy simply had his SuperpoweredEvilSide activated by the full moon and went berserk, crushing Grandpa Gohan underfoot.
** Though the first dub, however, turns the trope into a NeverMyFault [[spoiler:by Goku claiming that Vegeta killed Grandpa Gohan, when in reality Vegeta had nothing to do with it]].
* SecondPlaceIsForWinners: At the 21st and 22nd World Martial Arts Tournaments. He lost both, but still managed to do so well that everyone was proud of his efforts. In the first tournament he fought Jackie Chun for ''four'' hours and had a technical tie with him, forcing the officials to use a tie-breaker. The second, he would had won if he wasn't hit by a truck at the last possible second. Additionally after the first tournament, it's {{Lampshaded}} how even though Goku lost the tournament he still ultimately got to use the prize money, as he was so exhausted from fighting that he ate everything at a restaurant during the group's celebratory dinner. The bill was so high that Roshi had to pay with all his winnings.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Sensitive Guy to Vegeta's Manly Man, but when it comes to Krillin, ''he's'' the Manly Man.
* ShapingYourAttacks: His Dragon Fist, where he shapes his Super Saiyan 3 ki into a massive Shenron-esque dragon.
** In the original Dragon Ball, he kills King Piccolo with an attack that took the form of a Great Ape.
* ShirtlessScene: Of everyone, Goku takes the most {{clothing damage}} in the series.
* ShonenHair: Incredibly spiky, rendering it in 3D is near impossible.
* SiblingYinYang: With Raditz. Goku is a selfless, sweet-natured NiceGuy, while Raditz is an evil {{jerkass}}.
* SignatureMove: The Kamehameha Wave and Spirit Bomb
* SimpleStaff: The Power Pole/''Nyoi-Bo'', which can also extend to extraordinary lengths, even reaching ''the moon''.
* SkewedPriorities: Sometimes, Goku believes that "fair fights" are more important than saving the world. Examples of this include refusing Kami's help to defeat Piccolo in the 23rd Tenka'ichi Budokai when ''no-one'' probably not even the announcer would have cared about disqualification when Piccolo threatened the world, and gave Cell a Senzu Bean and fed to him in order to make things "fair" with his fight with Gohan.
* SkilledButNaive: In the beginning, he's a powerhouse of brute strength, agility and endurance AND a genius in all things related to martial arts. However, he lacks even the most normal skills, such as personal hygiene, math, social skills and the like. He gets better along the story but remains naive enough to fall for the oldest and dumbest tricks in the book.
* SleevesAreForWimps: Even when he starts wearing weighted training clothes, the sleeves never come past his triceps. The only exception is when he briefly wore Saiyan armour.
* SmallStepsHero: Goku will NOT sacrifice anyone, not even villains, unless he's sure that they can come back from the dead, unless it's their own choice, or unless he's tried everything else. Seeing as he's a classic example of an IdiotHero, he falls back on this trope a lot.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Pronounced "Son Gokū" (with a long vowel "u"), but usually its spelled "Son Goku" (without any indication of a long vowel), while Toriyama himself writes it as "Son Gokuh". Bandai actually spells it "Son Gokou" in most of their toys and games in what seems to be an attempt to anglicize his name (think of the "cou" in "cougar"), but it only makes thing more confusing since "Gokou" can be mistaken for an entirely different Japanese name ("Gokō"). (Also, [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY in one episode Pilaf reads a sign that says "Welcome back, Goku!", but mispronounces Goku's name as "Go-cow"]].)
** His Saiyan birthname is also subject to variations, with most English adaptations using "Kakarot". However, the fact that his fused form with Vegeta is called "Vegetto" (the spelling used by Bandai) and not "Vegerot" seems to suggest that "Kakarotto" is the preferred spelling. Funimation uses the spelling "Vegito", despite them using the Kakarot convention otherwise, while Viz actually changed it to "Vegerot", only to changed it back to Vegetto in later reprints (while oddly enough keeping the "Kakarot" spelling).
** The ''Dragon Ball Z Deformation'' figurine of the infant Goku actually spells his birthname as "Kacarrot", which is inconsistent with the way Bandai spells "Vegetto".
* SpiritedCompetitor: He loves finding new opponents to fight, especially if they're really powerful and a good challenge, and even when is on the brink of death from a ruthless and monstrous opponent, he goes out of his way to say "I'm having fun with this." He also only fights people who are willing (most of the villains), and rarely ever kills anyone unless it's a last resort.
** He expresses a wish (later granted by Yemma) to see Majin Buu (the strongest BigBad in ''Z'') reincarnated as a good guy... just so he can fight him again.
** Contrary to what the first dub states, this was also his primary motive in sparing Vegeta's life at the end of the Saiyan saga, both in the manga and original anime.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Looks just like Bardock (his father) and Goten looks ''exactly'' like a young Goku. That changes when Goten gets into his teenage years (and cuts his hair a bit), and there's only a strong resemblance as with Gohan.
--> '''Goku''': (''When arriving back on Earth for one day, upon seeing Goten'') "Hey, I think there's a little me hiding behind your legs, Chichi"
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: When he transforms into a Great Ape since he loses all sense of himself. Also, when he first became a Super Saiyan he is nearly overcome with unstoppable rage.
* SupportingProtagonist: During ''Dragon Ball Z''. If one looks closely, ''Z'' chronicled ''Gohan's'' life, despite Goku being TheHero. Invoked in that Toriyama originally intended for Gohan to succeed Goku as the main protagonist after the Cell Saga. However, Goku's character proved too popular with the fanbase, so he changed his mind and brought him back.
** This has echoes of the relationship between the protagonist and his son in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV''; notable because of how much they look like Goku and Gohan, [[AkiraToriyama for good reason.]]
* SurpassedTheTeacher: Eventually does this to Roshi after their first tournament fight.
* SuperSenses: Goku has a very keen sense of smell, being able to find people or objects by their scents. He also has very good eyesight, being able to see people from great distances.
* TaremeEyes[=/=]TsurimeEyes: The eyes of happy-go-lucky Goku vs. serious in-a-fight Goku.
* TearsOfJoy: One of the few times Goku cries is when he sees his grandfather again.
* TechnicalPacifist: After CharacterDevelopment, while he loves fighting and training to become stronger, he doesn't kill his opponent if he can help it, giving even his worst enemies a LastSecondChance.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: His Instant Transmission/''Shunkan Idou'' technique. He can teleport to any person he can sense the ki of and take people touching him at the time with him.
* ThouShaltNotKill: For a period of time between training with Kami up to at least the Freeza arc, he refuses to kill even the most evil opponents.
* TooDumbToLive: ''Inverted''. He really was dumb at the time, but it's not him who will die if he looked at the full moon anyway.
--> '''Bulma''': "Hey, Son-kun! You can't look at the full moon, after all! Got it!?"
--> '''Goku''': (''immediately looks at the full moon'')
--> ''Bulma and co. goes OhCrap''
* TookALevelInKindness: After training with Kami, he became a ''lot'' less kill-happy.
* TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening: He achieved Super Saiyan after watching Krillin die a second time and Freeza threatening to kill his son Gohan next.
** [[spoiler: Something similar happens in ''Battle of Gods'', where he reactivates the Super Saiyan God form after remembering that he isn't just fighting to prove himself against Beerus; everyone ''needs'' him and if he dies, his family and friends will all die as well.]]
* TrueCompanions: Tends to form them with his former enemies.
* TurnTheOtherCheek: Is willing to forgive ''anybody'' and give them a second chance: Yamcha for trying to rob him blind, Krillin for starting out as a bully, Piccolo Jr. for being the son of a demon who attempted to TakeOverTheWorld, Vegeta for commanding the murder of almost everyone he loved, Majin Buu for destroying the human race, Freeza for murdering his best friend Krillin. Everyone except the last case [[DefeatMeansFriendship eventually became noble heroes and protectors of life]].
** Though, interestingly, this never extended to his former Saiyan family. For all Goku's networking of friends, enemies and frenemies, he never did try to reconnect with his brother, Raditz (who, while being a vicious bastard, wasn't even close to as bad as Freeza and Vegeta) or go look for the father he never knew, or the mother no one has even mentioned yet. His unwillingness to share pride for his Saiyan heritage is likely part of that, but it's still strange he never spent any of his time being dead actually wanting to get to know that side of his being. It also tragic since his parents [[spoiler: saved his life by sending him to Earth when they suspected that Freeza was up to something]].
* {{Tykebomb}}: Saiyans would send a baby to a weaker planet intending for them to simply destroy it when they get older. However, brain trauma as a kid left him without the Saiyan race's characteristic bloodlust. [[spoiler: Subverted because it's revealed that his parents sent him there, so that he could escape Freeza's clutches.]]
* UpbringingMakesTheHero: Along with his head injury, being raised by the kind-hearted Grandpa Gohan made him into a hero.
* UseYourHead: As in a headbutt. In his younger years, Goku used this to finish Staff Officer Black and ring out Piccolo.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Vegeta after the events of the Buu Saga
* VocalDissonance: In the Japanese version as an adult, he has the exact same voice actor as he did as a child. Masako Nozawa deepens her voice as adult Goku.
* WackyParentSeriousChild: The Wacky Parent to Gohan's Serious Child. Although they are both kind-hearted.
* WalkingTheEarth: After the events of the Red Ribbon Army Sage he was told to travel around the world and experience life by Master Roshi. The catch, he had to travel the world by foot because he couldn't use the Flying Nimbus. He walked the Earth for three years.
* WeaksauceWeakness: As a child, he could be rendered powerless by grabbing his tail. He eventually got tired of that trick and trained himself out of it, before removing it entirely by adulthood until regrowing it to fight Baby in GT.
** He's also extraordinarily vulnerable to any kind of psychic paralysis attack in the original series and never really overcomes this weakness until he grows up off-screen. General Blue is a standout example of this, almost killing Goku several times, failing only because Goku keeps getting lucky.
* WeaponizedTeleportation: Goku's Instant Transmission and Kamehameha combo.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: When Chi-Chi said that she loved him, he ask what does that mean. She response by kissing him.
* WhatTheHellHero: Piccolo does not take well to Goku's XanatosGambit to beating Cell (throwing Gohan out to fight, hoping that he will attain a power beyond Super Saiyan) and calls him out on it. Goku reacts with a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment when it finally sinks in that Gohan is probably going to die, and now it's too late to do anything about it. Fortunately, Gohan doesn't die, but Piccolo is quite angry at the fact that Goku has basically thrown his own son into a death match against an incredibly powerful sadist.
* WildChild: Is a bit of a subversion. He was raised by his grandfather, but he died when Goku was still young. So, Goku spent a lot of his early childhood in the mountains, picking up traits and instincts of the animals around him. Because of this, he has {{No Social Skills}} by the time Bulma finds him.
* WonderChild: Goku's adoptive grandfather wanted a son, but never had one. However, he found the strange tailed boy in the woods... who would grow up to be the savior of mankind.
* WorfHadTheFlu: He gets his heart virus in the middle of his fight against Android 19. Also PlayedForLaughs in the first arc, when Goku in the middle of fighting Yamcha, loses his energy due to hunger, then Yamcha gets interrupted by [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Bulma]]. PlayedForDrama, when Tambourine nearly kills a tired Goku after the 22nd World tournament.
* WorldsStrongestMan: Holds this position at various points in the series. By the end of the Buu arc, he's lost this honor to Gohan, thanks to the power-up he gained from Old Kai. [[spoiler: He briefly regains this status in the latest NonSerialMovie with the Super Saiyan God form, but it doesn't last long, and he loses the form by the end of the movie.]]
** Although [[spoiler: it is hinted that Goku maintained the memory of being a Super Saiyan God, which is why Goku did not noticed a power difference when he transformed back into a regular Super Saiyan. It also appears that he can become a Super Saiyan God again. Even with Super Saiyan God, he was still weaker than Beerus.]]
** It is also hinted in Battle of the Gods that Goku was the strongest fighter on Earth, hence why everyone cheered when he appeared after they were destroyed by Beerus and Vegeta nearly crap himself when he heard [[spoiler: Goku lost to Beerus with only two hits]].
* WouldHitAGirl: If she attacks him first, she's capable/strong enough to give him problems, and she's not Chichi, he will fight back. The most prominent example being him knocking out Lunch (in her violent "[[FanNickname Kushami]]" personality. {{Inverted|Trope}} when he does fight Chichi in the world tournament, though; he only dodges her attacks and [[WouldntHitAGirl refuses to lay a hand on her]], so he defeats her by using his fist to create a wave that knocks her out of the ring.
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[[folder:Bulma]]
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!!'''Bulma (ブルマ; ''Buruma'')'''
->'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Creator/HiromiTsuru
-> '''Voiced by (English):''' Tiffany Vollmer, Leslie Alexander (''Movie 2''), Creator/MonicaRial (''Kai'', ''Movie 1'') (FUNimation); Maggie Blue O'Hara, Creator/LalainiaLindbjerg (Ocean), Leda Davies, Kristin Nowosad (Blue Water); Creator/WendeeLee (Harmony Gold)
-> '''Voiced by (Latin American):''' Rocío Garcel (until end saga Cell, back in ''Kai''), MonicaManjarrez (''saga Majin Buu'', ''GT'' and ''Movies 4-13''), Isabel Martiñón (''Z'' and ''Movie 4'' Dragon Ball)

The very first human Goku came across (apart from his grandpa) at the start of the series. One could say she's the trigger that kicks off the series as a whole. Originally on a quest to gather the Dragon Balls for her own reason (to wish for a perfect boyfriend), Bulma gets dragged into the craziness that comes along with the search. Even when the quest is finished, she still keeps close ties with Goku and his friends and helps out whenever possible. Which, considering she's a mechanical whiz, is quite often.
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Her hair (when it is not grey or green) is lavender purple in the manga (same with Bra). And now you know where the hell Trunks' hair color came from. (Well, her dad has lavender hair, too.)
** A recursive dye job, in Path to Power Bulma has purple hair like in the manga.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] In ''Dragon Ball'', Bulma was attracted to Yamcha (then a bandit) due to a combination of both his roguish nature and [[{{Adorkable}} hidden sensitive shy side]].
** Sometime during the timeskip, she goes for Vegeta. This one eventually turns into a life-long marriage and two children, though.
** Some of her one-off attractions include Oolong (disguised as a handsome human), General Blue, Lucifer, Pamput, and Zarbon.
*** And she wanted to see Freeza because, "Maybe he's a cutie."
* AllWomenAreLustful: Bulma frequently goes crazy over attractive males. Thankfully, she simmers down after marrying Vegeta and having children.
* AlmightyMom: Is this in the Buu Saga. She and Chi Chi both provide the page's image.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents
* AmicableExes: With Yamcha.
* AngerBornOfWorry: Bulma tends to express her fears and worries for the protagonists' safety with eruptive rage. Goku, Vegeta, and especially Yamcha were the most common targets. A good example can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP5gI7zAEGg here]].
* BalefulPolymorph: The Ginyu Frog incident in ''Z''. It's not exactly polymorphing (It's actually body changing), but it serves the same effect.
** There was also the time the Rabbit Boss turned her into a carrot in the original series.
* BathingBeauty: Early in the series, she is shown to have a love for taking bubble baths and often a bath is the first thing she desires when stranded in the wilderness. They call back to this in ''Dragon Ball Z'' by giving her another bubble bath scene while she is hiding out in a capsule house on Namek.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: For most of the first series.
* ButtMonkey: The anime {{filler}} made her into this during the Freeza Saga, being stuck in the body of a frog thanks to Captain Ginyu.
* BuxomIsBetter: She has the biggest bust of all the ''Dragon Ball'' female characters (with the exception of [[BrainlessBeauty Maron]]).
* TheChick: The only one of the main characters who's never been a fighter.
* CommutingOnABus: Remember when she was the ''CO-LEAD?'' Downplayed in the Namek, Android, and Cell sagas where she has a bigger part.
* CoolBigSis: To Goku and later to Gohan.
* DemotedToExtra: ''Z'' and ''GT''.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: In the Legacy of Goku arc.
* DitzyGenius: Especially in the English dub. She's a brilliant inventor, but still girly and continues acting like a teenage girl well into the series.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Her treatment of Yamcha in their past relationship wouldn't be acceptable if the genders were reversed. Basically Bulma has been known to hit and yell at Yamcha for girls he hasn't met being attracted to him!
* DomesticAbuser: Taken realistically, her actions would count as this.
* DotingParent: She's quite the doting mother to her two children.
* {{Embarrassing First Name}}/{{Meaningful Name}}/{{Theme Naming}}/{{Unfortunate Name}}: Like all of her family, she is named after underwear[[note]]"Bulma" = "buruma" = "bloomers"[[/note]]. Goku lampshades this in the manga.
* EpicFail: Tried to use a remote to summon Nappa's left-over space pod and ended up blowing it up.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Averted. While she changes her hairstyle quite often, none of the changes are really expository.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: In the Anime Filler, this is how she fell for Vegeta.
* GadgeteerGenius[=/=][[MrFixit Ms. Fixit]]: She invented the Dragon Radar, repaired a broken scouter, repaired Android #16, and built a ''TimeMachine'' in an alternate timeline just to name a few.
** According to [[spoiler: JacoTheGalacticPatrolman, she had already surpassed her father at age 5 and single-handedly repaired an alien spacecraft in a matter of minutes.]]
* GoodParents: She is this to Trunks and Bulla. Even though she made the mistake of bringing Baby Trunks to the battlefield, she still shows she cares for his well-being.
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: In ''GT''. Not technically a grandmother, but she has aged and ''still'' looks great.
* GreaterNeedThanMine: The entire reason Future Bulma sends Trunks back in time to alter the future so that it could be a peaceful one, even if she couldn't be part of it.
** TragicDream: Which goes straight into this category.
* GreenEyedMonster: Mostly as a teenager in ''Anime/DragonBall'' when she would get jealous of girls hitting on Yamcha.
* HairTriggerTemper: It's not as bad as her husband's, but the littlest things set her off.
* HappilyMarried: By all accounts, with Vegeta.
* HotScientist: Very much so. Just look at her picture for proof.
* {{Hypocrite}}[=/=]MoralMyopia: In her relationship with Yamcha, Bulma would always flirt with other guys and try to find another boyfriend, but Kami forbid Yamcha try to do the same thing.
* InsufferableGenius: Less so in ''Z,'' though.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Vegeta, though Saiyans are HumanAliens.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Mainly in ''Dragon Ball''.
* {{Jerkass}}[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Never ''quite'' matured past her selfish teenage girl phase. She gets a lot better, but she never truly loses that bratty part of her personality.
* LostInTranslation: The way Bulma calls Goku in Japanese, she mostly calls him ''Son'' (Son-kun), although that's his family name, she calls him that way to show how close and familiar she is with him while the rest of the cast calls him appropriately Goku; Bulma referring to Goku as Son in English would make many children scratch their heads in confusion, so it was completely dropped in the English localization, and curiously in some other countries as well. The English manga did keep this in some instances, though.
* LoveMartyr: To Vegeta. She puts up with a lot given that Vegeta is a prideful {{Jerkass}}. Even after he cools down, he's still a {{Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold}}.
* ManipulativeBitch: When she convinces Goku to help her find the rest of the Dragon Balls, she deliberately neglects to tell him that the balls scatter after the wish is made.
** [[http://mangafox.me/manga/dragon_ball/v01/c001/22.html She actually said it]], but she didn't ''exactly'' tell him that the balls scattered ''after'' the wish is made.
* MoralityPet: To Yamcha in the Pilaf Saga and then Vegeta in the Buu Saga.
* MsFanservice: The PlayboyBunny suit being one of the earliest examples. To take it further, she's the only female character to appear naked in the entire series.
* NeverMyFault: In ''GT's'' Shadow Dragon Saga, when everyone blames Bulma for the latest crisis because she made the Dragon Radar and completely nullified the "scatter long enough for the negative energy to disperse" safety measure, Bulma quickly shifts the blame onto Goku by stating that she never could have found the balls without him. Sure, never mind that Goku had ''absolutely no idea'' what the Dragon Balls even were before he met Bulma!
** Adding to that, what Bulma did was a complete accident. She wasn't expecting the crisis to happen, so while her blaming Goku was wrong, it wouldn't be right to act as though Bulma did it all on purpose.
* {{Ojou}}: And is filthy rich to back it up.
* OnlyOneName: Just "Bulma". The English dub tries to turn her father's name into a surname, but it doesn't take very well.
* OnlySaneWoman: Tries to be the voice of "the common people" amongst men who live by the Way of the Warrior.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Her iconic first outfit was completely pink after all.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Goku, [[ShesAllGrownUp at least until he grew up...]]
* ProudBeauty: She thinks the reason she couldn't ride the Nimbus was because she was "so beautiful it's a sin". Yep, she counts.
* ReallyGetsAround: Whether she actually ''succeeds'' in this is up to the individual viewer, but she certainly tries; even when she's dating Yamcha, she's prepared to dump him at the drop of a hat for Jackie Chun and General Blue, before they turn out to be old and evil, respectively (that Blue is also gay hinders things as well). Whether she cheated on Yamcha with Vegeta, or Yamcha cheated on her causing her to go to Vegeta, is one of the fandom's [[BaseBreaker Base Breakers]]. However, she appears to be completely loyal to Vegeta after Trunks' birth, ''finally'' falling into the HappilyMarried trope.
** She also at one point fell for, you guessed it, Goku, when she saw [[ShesAllGrownUp He's All Grown Up]]. It's just too bad he got engaged on the same day...
* {{Shorttank}}: Often wore this in her younger days.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Bulma's a victim of a lot of slapstick towards her, being a ButtMonkey and all.
* SmokingIsCool: Late into her adult life... being the wife of ''Vegeta'' would be stressful, after all.
** However, Future Bulma is also smoking, despite only briefly hooking up with Future Vegeta. Though, it's likely that she's also extremely stressed out after the loss of her lover and friends.
* SoleSurvivingScientist: Her future counterpart invented a time machine to send Trunks to the past and find a way to kill the androids.
** GreaterNeedThanMine: She wanted to make an alternate timeline where things could be happy and peaceful, even if she couldn't be a part of it.
* SpoiledBrat: She has spades of this, especially early in the series. She's somewhat grown out of this as she got older, although it still pops up from time to time, even after having Trunks and Bulla.
* TeenGenius: She designed a portable Dragon Ball-detecting radar at the tender age of 16. She loses the teen part over the course of the series, but keeps the genius part.
* TheTeamBenefactor: She and her father provide the heroes with all their high-tech needs -- spacecraft, time machines, updated Saiyan armor, etc.
* TheTeamNormal: Of the original five (Goku, Yamcha, Paur, Oolong, and herself), she is the only one with no powers. This remains such throughout the series. Her intellect, on the other hand, is sometimes on par with the guys' insane power levels.
* TokenGirl: During ''Dragon Ball'', she was the only girl who would journey around.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: She's usually the Tomboy to nice!Launch. With Chichi, on the other hand, this is usually zigzagged, considering that Chichi is an ActionGirl while Bulma is a {{Fashionista}} [[NonActionGuy Non Action Girl]]. But Bulma is also a GadgeteerGenius while Chichi is a SupremeChef and good example of FeminineWomenCanCook.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: She does like dressing sexy and putting on lipstick, but she's mainly a tech geek.
* TooKinkyToTorture: Played with. Pilaf threatens Bulma with sexual torture, but then just blows her a kiss. When she says what she ''thought'' he was planning to do, she ends up freaking ''him'' out.
* TrueBlueFemininity: Her hair, her eyes, and a lot of her clothes qualify her for this.
* UnfazedEveryman: Despite seeing powerful enemies that can blow up planets, she doesn't see it as a big deal and calmly goes about her techy business until ''really'' strange or out-of-this-world happens. Not even Vegeta's temper-tantrums faze her.
** Especially so during the Androids saga, where she seems even more unfazed than the heroes themselves at all the powerful villains going around. She even actively follows the heroes when Freezer shows up again, just because she wants to catch a glimpse of him.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: And hairstyles.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Goku (mostly as a child) in ''Dragon Ball''. Also Chichi, though mostly in the English dub.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Especially in the first story arc of the original ''Dragon Ball''. By the end of her journey to collect the Dragon Balls, she made friends with a monkey-tailed boy, a perverted old man, an equally perverted pig, and a desert bandit and his floating cat. Her circle of friends continued to get weirder.
* WomenPreferStrongMen: Possible. Would explain her falling for Yamcha and then for Vegeta, at any rate.
* WouldHurtAChild: In her first appearance, ''she takes out a gun and starts shooting Kid Goku.''
* WrenchWench: Bulma can fix anything as a GadgeteerGenius.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: In the anime, though it is purplish in the manga, explaining why Trunks has purple hair.
* YoungestChildWins: She is the favorite child, compared to her older sister Tights who is pretty much unmentioned.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Muten-Rôshi[=/=]Master Roshi]]
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!!'''Master Roshi (武天老師; ''Muten Roushi'')\\
AKA The Turtle Hermit (亀仙人; ''Kame Sen'nin'')'''
->'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Kouhei Miyauchi (''Dragon Ball'' & ''Z''), Hiroshi Masuoka (''Z'' & ''GT''), Masaharu Satou (''DBZ Movie 13'', ''Kai'', ''Battle of Gods''), Kinya Aikawa (''The Path to Power'')
->'''Voiced by (English):''' Creator/MikeMcFarland (Funimation); IanJamesCorlett, Peter Kelamis, Don Brown, Terry Klassen (Ocean); Dean Galloway (Blue Water); Gregory Snegoff (Harmony Gold)
->'''Voiced by (Latin American):''' Jesús Colín, Jorge Roig (''Kai''), Miguel Ángel Sanromán (''Battle of Gods'')

Goku's first mentor. A hermit whose home is located on a small island in the middle of the ocean. Very strong (at least at the start of the series) and with a keen eye. Also very perverted and usually hits on any pretty tail that comes his way.
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* AchillesInHisTent: During the Red Ribbon Army Saga.
* {{Badass}}: Back in ''Dragon Ball''.
* BadassBeard: Befitting a hermit, he's got a long white beard.
* BadassGrandpa: Back in ''Dragon Ball'' before he was severely DemotedToExtra.
* BaldOfAwesome: He's bald and proud.
* BigGood: In ''Dragon Ball'', when he was TheObiWan.
* ButtMonkey[=/=]TheChewToy: To extreme levels after being DemotedToExtra, but had moments in ''Dragon Ball''.
* BuxomIsBetter: At least he thinks so. Played straight with Maron.
* CantCatchUp: He retires from fighting during the second tournament arc, admitting that the new generation is both stronger and no longer needs his guidance. During later story arcs he expresses frustration at not being able to help during the major fights. Though, considering how strong Freeza, Cell and especially both Buu and Beers were, he wouldn't had a chance.
* CastingGag: He looks like God from ''DrSlump'' with sunglasses, and was also voiced by the same person (Kouhei Miyauchi).
* ChickMagnet: He's perfectly capable of getting women if he wanted to. As Jackie Chun, girls even asked for his autograph before his fight with Man-Wolf.
* ClarkKenting: His disguise of Jackie Chun involves taking off his shades and putting on a wig. Only Yamcha saw through it until Kame tricked him.
* CoolOldGuy: Back in ''Dragon Ball''.
* CoolShades: When was the last time we saw him without them?
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He's normally a goof and a DirtyOldMan, but when he decides to get serious he is a very skilled fighter.
* ADayInTheLimelight: The second ''DBZ'' movie, ''The World's Strongest'', gave him a pretty big role, helping Goku and friends fight against Dr. Wheelo.
* DemotedToExtra: In ''Z'' and ''GT'' to ridiculous degrees like everyone else. By the time Dragon Ball Z rolls around, the only purpose he really serves is just having a house for all the characters to frequently meet up at inbetween fights or for the non-fighting characters to wait around at while watching tv.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Roshi means "old master". Therefore, in the English dub, Master Roshi leaves us with "Master Old Master".
* DirtyOldMan: Probably one of the most recognizable anime examples.
* DotingParent: Whenever Master Roshi spends quality time with young Goku and Krillin (such as eating with them, playing with them and teaching them how to read and write) and whenever [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming he affectionately pats their heads in praise]]. For the both now-adult warriors, he is the closest thing they have to a father. Especially for Krillin, as he ends up living with Roshi through the rest of the series (even when he gets married and has a kid!).
* DrunkenBoxing: One of his fighting styles.
* EccentricMentor: To Goku, Yamcha, and Krillin.
* {{Expy}}: Based on "God"/Kami-sama from ''[[DoctorSlump Dr. Slump]]'' (unrelated to the later Kami from ''Dragon Ball''). His alter-ego Jackie Chun is also clearly based on JackieChan's persona, if not his appearance.
* GeniusBruiser: He has several years of wisdom, as well as being the strongest human at the start of the series
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Despite spending roughly a hundred years training, Goku is almost equal to him after a few years of training. Still Goku [[ItWasHisSled was an alien]].
** Not only is Goku an alien, but he was also young and full of energy, while Master Roshi was already an elderly master that was past his prime, by the time they fought.
* HermitGuru: Well, he is called the Turtle Hermit.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Claims he was very attractive when he was young. In a filler storyline, Goku went back in time and met the young Roshi, who showed there was truth to his claim.
* KamehameHadoken: [[TropeMaker He invented it.]]
* LetsGetDangerous: The sunglasses, Hawaiian shirts and (most of) the sex jokes fall by the wayside during the King Piccolo arc, as he takes charge of the situation.
* LovableSexManiac: Roshi is seriously perverted but he's shown to be a really nice person at several points.
* ManChild: Master Roshi is of old age, but behaves like a child.
* MeaningfulName: "Roshi" means master.
* TheObiWan: Before he was DemotedToExtra, passing to King Kai and Old Kai respectively
* ObsoleteMentor: For everyone but Krillin by the start of ''Z''. Hell, even Krillin is mentioned as explicitly being stronger than him in the very beginning when Bulma gets the Scouter working.
* OldMaster: Was once the strongest man in the world and mentor to several of the main characters.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: His real name is never revealed throughout the series, only the titles Muten Roushi ("Martial Arts Heavenly Old Sage") and Kame Sen'nin ("Turtle Hermit").
* PassingTheTorch: Did this when he retired from being Jackie Chun.
* PornStash: Owns a huge collection.
* RetiredBadass: When he was satisfied that the younger generation had surpassed him, he stopped training. [[CantCatchUp Though at times when the world's at risk, he regrets this]]. However, considering the ridiculous amount of SortingAlgorithmOfEvil that happens in ''Z'', he couldn't reach the level of Freeza's {{Mook}}s, let alone Freeza. And that's not even getting into Cell, Buu and Beers.
* TheRival: To Master Shen and his Crane school.
* SecretIdentity: Jackie Chun. He never does let the others know he and Chun were the same person.
* ShockAndAwe: His used-only-once ultimate technique, the Thunder Shock Surprise/''Bankoku Bikkuri Shou''.
* SignatureMove: The Original Kamehameha
* SunglassesAtNight: ''Rarely'' takes his shades off.
* SuperMode: His "Max Power" form, where he basically bulks up like TheHulk.
* TeamDad: In the original ''Dragon Ball''.
* {{Telepathy}}: The first to use it in the series. Nam, a participant of the 21st Tenka'ichi Budokai, even suggested this ability is a sign of a great martial arts master.
* TemporaryBulkChange: See SuperMode above.
* TooDumbToLive: During a plane ride in the Buu Saga, he crashes into Android 18's chest and nuzzles it causing her to angrily grab his head and twist it, so what does he do? He grabs her breasts and smiles. You know, he ''copped a feel'' on a woman who was stronger than Freeza and could ''destroy a mach truck while it's in motion with one hand while she has his head in a vicegrip.'' Yeah, even for a pervert like him, this is ''still'' incredibly stupid.
* {{Tritagonist}}: For most of ''Dragon Ball''.
* WouldntHitAGirl: He is habitually beaten by the majority of the female cast, and he never makes any effort to fight back. He just takes the beatings. He ''is'' a creepy old hermit, but ''still....''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Yamcha]]
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!!'''Yamcha (ヤムチャ; ''Yamucha'')'''
->'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Creator/ToruFuruya
->'''Voiced by (English):''' Creator/ChristopherSabat (FUNimation); Ted Cole (Ocean); Victor Atelevich (Blue Water); Kerrigan Mahan (Harmony Gold)
->'''Voiced by (Latin American):''' Ricardo Mendoza, JesusBarrero (''Dragon Ball''), Rafael Rivera (''Dragon Ball'' Harmony Gold)

Yamcha was a desert bandit, Bulma's first love, and Goku's first rival. Even in the original series, Yamcha was often used as the primary victim of the WorfEffect, hardly winning any important fights despite being one of the most powerful protagonists. By Z he was pretty much a target to show how tough the villains were, so much so that around the Buu Saga he gave up fighting entirely (except for fillers in which he somehow defeated enemies even Goku had trouble with a few years before).

Yamcha was the series' originator for a lot of the tropes and quirks that would later be popularized by characters like Krillin, Tenshinhan, Piccolo, and Vegeta. The ArrogantKungFuGuy, rival-turned-friend, ButtMonkey, MrExposition, and "bad boy" roles these characters fulfill all started with him. Even Gohan and Future Trunks draw from him: they both inherited his shy awkwardness, sword fighting, and long-haired character designs.
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* AccidentalPervert: Quite lots in earlier chapters of the manga, when his fear of women is still intact, no less. Such as when he accidentally watched Bulma take a bath and likely touched Bulma's boobs when she was naked while sleeping.
* AdaptationalBadass: He fares either worse or better in the anime. Yamcha does more in anime only battles and situations, but sometimes he comes off better in the manga's version of events (an example of this is Yamcha had no trouble holding down Great Ape Goku in the manga).
* {{Adorkable}}: It's even admitted InUniverse.
* AmicableExes: With Bulma.
* AnimalBattleAura: His battle aura takes the shape of a wolf.
* AnimalMotifs: Oftentimes his aura will give him the appearance of a wolf even when he isn't using one of his Wolf Fang techniques.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: In his debut, Yamcha was this ([[LoveMakesYouDumb except]] [[ShrinkingViolet around]] [[CannotTalkToWomen Bulma]]). He lost most of this after his HeelFaceTurn.
** Yamcha usually has an ArrogantKungFuGuy moment every time he gets a large increase in power from training. Perhaps this trait of his was finally lost during his fight against Shen in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. Coming into the match, Yamcha was absolutely sure of his victory, but after being embarrassed by some of Shen's moves, Shen chastises Yamcha for his arrogance, saying that Yamcha's overconfidence on his own strength as well as his opponent's appearance made him blind to the subtlety of Shen's attacks. After listening to Shen's lecture, Yamcha seemed to have wised up, even managing to land a good hit on Shen before losing, and becomes a lot more focused and dependable on the fights that followed.
* ArtEvolution: During most of the original Dragon Ball series, Yamcha had small eyes that were shaped similar to Tenshinhan's eyes. It wasn't until the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai that his eyes started looking more like Goku's.
* BadAss: He's not a bad fighter at the end of the day, but he gets overshadowed by the stronger fighters around him.
* BarbarianLonghair: His most frequent hairstyle. He mentioned his short haircut was at Bulma's request and could be considered an example of him trying to change from an outlaw in the desert to ordinary citizen in the city.
* BecomingTheMask: He initially assisted Goku and the others in gathering the Dragon Balls with the intention of stealing them once they got all seven. It wasn't until the events at Pilaf's castle that him and Puar became friends with them for real.
* {{Bishonen}}: Yamcha's been described as "good looking in a boyish sort of way" and "a pretty boy." Very slightly lessened after he gets his scars.
** LongHairedPrettyBoy: When he has long hair.
* BittersweetEnding: Yamcha is never seen accomplishing his dream to marry and have a family. In ''Dragon Ball GT'' he's even seen going back to his life alone in Diablo Desert. After the Cell Saga he also gave up martial arts and competing in tournaments, when both were things he loved to do. Though he seemed perfectly happy with how things turned out, [[NiceGuy makes sense seeing how he's such an easygoing guy.]] [[EarnYourHappyEnding He just takes every curve life can throw at him in stride.]] The end of the Cell arc had him talk about a girl he was seeing, so he's still socializing and dating on his own time, even if we never see it.
* BigDamnHeroes: Saves Goku when he was being pummeled by the Rabbit Mob who held Bulma hostage. Also invoked in the same arc, when Yamcha lends the stranded heroes, a ride as part of his plan.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In both metaphorical AND literal sense of ''break''. In the 8th chapter of manga Son Goku sends Yamucha in the air with his punch but Yamucha ''breaks'' and bounces off the frame's border back to the ground. [[http://mangafox.me/manga/dragon_ball/v01/c008/13.html See for yourself]].
* ButtMonkey: Has it worse than Krillin, from his first appearance it was always something of a RunningGag that Yamcha was unlucky. And while he puts up a fight, he NEVER gets past the first round of the tournament (an exception being in ''Mystical Adventure'').
** He never even gets to fight Vegeta and Nappa with the others; he gets distracted and killed off by a SuicideAttack of a seemingly dead [[{{Mook}} Saibaman]] beforehand, Power Level guides say Yamcha would've won too if he hadn't let his guard down. He also gets badly injured by Dr. Gero right at the start of the Android Saga. Oh, and then his girlfriend has Vegeta's baby. Poor guy just can't catch a break.
* CombatCommentator[=/=]MrExposition: Yamcha's apparently read up on all of the local legends and famous martial artists: he's able to identify Goku's bo staff, Master Roshi, Grandpa Gohan, Ox-King, and the rabbit boss. He even knew that Roshi was the one who trained Gohan and Ox King, and that the two of them were best friends.
* CentipedesDilemma: Inverted. He thought he was cursed with the inability to talk to or even be around women, and for that reason, once he learned about the existence of the Dragon Balls, he decided to use them to wish away his fear of women. Much to his surprise, by the end of a long period of time where he was forced to be around Bulma, Yamcha learned that his fear of women was all in his head, and that it was only when he consciously invoked it on himself that he felt uncomfortable around women. Shortly afterwards, he and Bulma started dating.
* CluelessChickMagnet: Yamcha's quite popular around women despite his shyness.
** MistakenForCheating: The above has resulted in this happening on several occasions in ''Dragon Ball''.
* CoolSword[=/=]SinisterScimitar: Yamcha's scimitar in ''Dragon Ball''
* CommutingOnABus: It's pretty easy to forget that he and Puar were among the first characters introduced into the story.
* CantCatchUp: Same as Krillin.
* CannotTalkToWomen: Used to be like this to such a degree that he couldn't even be a around women without freaking out. After a while of being around Bulma in the Pilaf Saga, particularly an incident where he picked her up to get her to safety, Yamcha mostly got over his phobia. Though he sometimes still does show some nervous around beautiful women.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has cracked comments like these.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Thought it was initially a ruse, Yamcha came to befriend the group and turned good for real.
* DemotedToExtra: Cell Saga, Buu Saga, and ''GT''.
* DesertBandits: Was originally one.
* {{Determinator}}: Yamcha's pretty eager to fight most of the time, he eagerly volunteered to fight King Piccolo when his leg was broken. Until he goes down against #20, at which point [[KnowWhenToFoldEm he calls it quits]].
* DeusAngstMachina: Yamcha and Bulma's breakup was never explained, though this was mostly due to Toriyama's disinterest in romance and romantic relationships.
* DubText: Funimation changes his dialogue more than most characters. For example Bulma being mad at Yamcha for canceling a date due to being broke, became him taking another girl out to a concert in the dub. Even in ''Kai'', Funimation changed a line of Yamcha saying he's got to help Goku with "I'll be there" to "I'll just watch".
** Perhaps one of the most cruel cases happens in the Lookout, as Bulma fondly remembers Goku. Chi-Chi teases her, saying that Bulma is in love with Goku, but she should give up, because Chi-Chi is prettier. Yamcha then says that Chi-Chi looks very pretty today, which makes Chi-Chi upset, because that implies that she doesn't always look pretty. In the DubText, Chi-Chi suggests that, since Bulma likes Goku so much, they should trade husbands: Bulma gets Goku and Chi-Chi gets Vegeta. Yamcha then says that he is available, to which Chi-Chi responds that she wants an even trade, not a downgrade (though he appeared to take her comment as the friendly joke it was intended to be).
* EasilyForgiven: Yamcha is generally shown as pretty forgiving, possibly due to being bad once himself. When Tenshinhan apologizes for breaking his leg, he just shrugs and says its nothing.
** Once he stopped trying to prove he was better than Vegeta, they seemed to get along pretty well. He's even paid the prince a genuine compliment once or twice.
** [[HypocriticalHumor Hilariously]], at one point, ''Tenshinhan'' criticizes Yamcha for making nice with Vegeta.
* EnemyMine: When they were still ostensibly enemies, he helped Goku against the Rabbit Mob.
* TheEveryman: He is perhaps one of the most relatable characters among the Z warriors. For instance, he is commonly seen wearing outfits other than his combat gear and he has been shown driving vehicles like sky cars and airships instead of flying everywhere like most of the other characters. He also has grounded interests like romance, sports and is actually concerned with having money, as opposed to most of the other protagonists, who do not seem to work at all and spend most of their time training. A notable example of how normal he is happens at the end of the Cell Saga, when the other protagonists are struggling to think of one last wish to be granted by Shenron. Yamcha suggests that, since nobody else could think of any important uses for that wish, they should wish for something for themselves, like lots of money. The other characters silently stare at him as if shocked that he would ever as much as consider using one of the wishes for purposes that are not altruistic. In response, Yamcha timidly apologizes and agrees to leave the last wish to Krillin.
* FailureHero: In ''Z'' Yamcha seldom wins clear victories outside of fillers (and never important ones). Though he's had his moments in filler.
* FightingWithChucks: Uses a three section staff at one point in the ''Legend of Shen Long.'' Yamcha is also seen holding Nun chucks in the anime version of the King Piccolo arc.
* GracefulLoser: Was polite and respectful to Jackie Chun and Kami when they beat him in the World Tournament. He was the first to clap when Tenshinhan decided to turn over a new leaf.
** He's also very friendly to Trunks, his ex's son. They're shown watching TV together and Yamcha is the one who tells him about Vegeta's reaction to his death.
* GenreSavvy: Yamcha eventually realizes that he ''really'' CantCatchUp when he nearly gets killed by Android 20 and from then on stops trying to take center stage, giving up fighting after the Cell Saga.
* GlassCannon[=/=]FragileSpeedster: In most of the [=RPG=]s, he has low defense but is the fastest and most damaging attacks.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: He was shown to do TrainingFromHell prior to the Buu Saga.
* HeelFaceTurn: One of the first of ''many'' throughout the series.
** HeelFaceMole: This was his original intention but he ended up [[BecomingTheMask turning good for real]].
* ImageSong: Say what you want about the guy but he's got a very good [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89DxgVdFOrQ one]].
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: After Dr. Gero did this to Yamcha, the poor guy retired from fighting.
* KamehameHadoken: He was the second student to learn it, though he doesn't use it much.
* ProphetEyes: His eyes turn totally white when he uses the many of his moves like the Wolf Fang Fist.
* TheLancer: Sometimes holds this role, mainly in the absence of Krillin.
* LoveMartyr: Explained to Puar, this was basically why he puts up with Bulma's mistreatment in Dragon Ball.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: He maintained a close relationship with Bulma after their breakup. Even telling Future Trunks about Vegeta going PapaWolf on Cell to make him feel better.
* MartialArtsUniform: After he begins training under Roshi for the 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai, he adopts the same uniform as Goku and Krillin, but like Krillin only wears it when actively training or fighting.
* MrFanservice: He was the first handsome adult male in the cast.
* NiceGuy: As an Adult, Yamcha is one of the more chill and forgiving characters.
* MundaneUtility: Uses his powers to become a pro baseball player.
* OlderThanHeLooks: Despite being an ordinary human, Yamcha looks about the same at 57 in ''Dragon Ball GT''.
* OvershadowedByAwesome
* RapidFireFisticuffs: His SignatureMove, the Wolf Fang Fist/''Rougafuufuuken''. Also his improved version, the Neo Wolf Fang Fist/''Shin Rougafuufuuken''.
* ReallyGetsAround: According to Future Trunks, this is the reason Bulma eventually left him for Vegeta in that timeline. What's ironic is that Yamcha was initially extremely shy around girls at the start of the series and said he wanted to get married.
** FridgeBrilliance: Trunks likely heard all of this through [[UnreliableNarrator Bulma]] (since Yamcha would've died shortly after he was born in his timeline). Think back to the original ''Dragon Ball''; Bulma considered it cheating if another woman so much as ''looked'' at Yamcha the wrong way - whether he flirted back was irrelevant to her. Thinking about it like that it actually makes sense that Bulma would describe him like this.
* RedemptionDemotion: Yamcha generally remained useful in ''Dragon Ball'' and in the first arc he and Puar actually saved everyone from Great Ape Goku. In "'Z'' Yamcha was really only useful for distracting villains or taking care of wounded characters.
* RetiredBadass: After the Cell Games. However, in the anime OVA special, he reveals that he still wears his fighting gi under his suit, suggesting that he still misses fighting.
* TheRival: The ''very'' first one. Back then, he teamed up with Goku to save Bulma from Monster Carrot.
* {{Roboteching}}: His Spirit Ball Attack/''Soukidan''.
* RuggedScar: After coming back from offscreen TrainingFromHell at the end of ''Manga/DragonBall'', Yamcha sports a few facial scars indicating that he's come back stronger (although he still CantCatchUp).
* ScarsAreForever: Its never revealed exactly how he got them. After Yamcha came back from his three year TrainingFromHell in the Timeskip, he had them on his face.
* ShrinkingViolet: A male example. At first Yamcha couldn't even be around women without blushing and fleeing the scene. Even after he hooked up with Bulma, he was still somewhat shy at times.
** LoveMakesYouDumb: Clumsy around women he likes.
* SignatureMove: Wolf Fang Fist and Spirit Ball.
* TakingTheBullet: Ever since his HeelFaceTurn, Yamcha has been shown as willing to sacrifice himself for his friends. In one of the movies, he even painfully catches a boulder about to crush Bulma. His Saibaman death was actually the result of him volunteering ahead to protect Krillin from a second and final death.
* TrainingFromHell: Yamcha had been shown to go through this alot of the time, particularly when the date for the World Martial Arts Tournament nears. For the first tournament Yamcha trained alone in the wilderness for a month, the second time with Krillin under Roshi, and the third was for three straight years.
* TrueCompanions: Yamcha seemed to have become this for real with the gang when in Pilaf's desert oven. Even getting distressed when Ape Goku was attacked, hard to believe earlier he was planning to beat up Goku to steal the Dragon Balls.
* TookALevelInBadass: In {{Filler}}, at least, Yamcha sometimes does better. He defeated Recoome, a guy who beat ''Vegeta'' to within an inch of his life, while training on King Kai's planet. While training in the Other World along with Krillin, he also defeated some of the top fighters in the tournament that Goku had won while he was there.
* {{Tritagonist}}: Legacy of Goku Arc.
* TwinkleSmile: It happened occasionally in the ''Dragon Ball'' anime.
* TheUnfairSex: In his relationship with Bulma. Had the genders been reversed, fans of the show would NOT be laughing.
* WeAreTeamCannonFodder: In ''DBZ''.
* WeakButSkilled: Yamcha's Spirit Ball is the first fully controllable ki attack shown in the series. While Yamcha was beaten handily by the powerful Shen in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, he managed to show his combat smarts by, after failing to hit Shen with his Spirit Ball, he made the energy ball travel underground and erupt under Shen's chin, catching him off guard. Shen even complimented Yamcha on his skills after the battle.
** He was the second student of the Turtle School to master the Kamehameha and surprised everyone by showing this in the 22nd Budokai.
* TheWorfEffect: Yamcha suffers from this as early as ''Dragon Ball'', always losing in his first round in the three world tournaments he participates in to show how powerful Jackie Chun, Tenshinhan, and Hero/Shen/Kami are, despite his training.
* WouldHitAGirl[=/=]WouldHurtAChild: Zigzagged, In ''Dragon Ball'', he is forced to knock out Kid Chi-Chi when she attacks him. On the other hand, Yamcha seems unable to strike a beautiful girl in ''Legend of Shen Long.''
* XMarksTheHero: After the three year timeskip at the end of ''Dragon Ball'' he gets an X shaped scar on his cheek.
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[[folder:Kuririn[=/=]Krillin]]
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!!'''Krillin (クリリン; ''Kuririn'')'''
->'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' MayumiTanaka
->'''Voiced by (English):''' Creator/SonnyStrait (Adult), Laurie Steele (Young) (FUNimation); Terry Klassen (Ocean); Mike Thiessen, Dan Gascon (Blue Water); Wanda Nowicki (Harmony Gold)
->'''Voiced by (Latin American):''' Creator/EduardoGarza, Creator/RossyAguirre (Young and Adult; until middle saga Freeza), Ana María Grey(''Dragon Ball'' Harmony Gold), Luis Daniel Ramírez (''saga Majin Buu'' and ''Movies 4-13''), Alejandro Illescas (''GT'')

One of the few human characters who retained most of their screentime even in DBZ (even though it was mostly as a PluckyComicRelief and by few we mean the ''only'' one). Started off as a rival to Goku when both trained under Master Roshi when they were kids. He soon became a best friend and HeterosexualLifePartner to Goku and the two have been through thick and thin through their battles and lives.
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* ActionDad: Once his daughter is born.
* {{Adorkable}}: Most notable when he's around Android 18, but plenty of other times too.
* AmazonChaser: One for Android 18.
* AwesomeButImpractical: His signature move, [[DeadlyDisc Destructo Disk]], can cut through ''anything'' (except Cell...) and is completely unblockable, but it's slow to produce, its aim is unwieldy, and it can't be guided once launched. And the few times he has an opening to actually use it, he tends to ruin it by [[CallingYourAttacks Calling His Attacks]].
* BackFromTheDead: Just about everyone did this but Krillin is notable for being the first main character to do so and is tied with Chiaotzu for most deaths in the manga.
* {{Badass}}: Not on the same level as the Saiyans, but he's the strongest human in the cast.
* BadassAdorable: Not to the degree of Goku or Gohan, but he still counts.
* BaldOfAwesome: Until the Buu Saga, anyways. Since childhood, he had been shaving his head, thinking great warriors like Roshi did that. He was embarrassed to learn that Roshi was naturally bald.
* BigBrotherMentor: To Son Gohan.
* BigOlEyebrows: In his first appearance.
* TheBully: Initially was this to Goku, [[DefeatMeansFriendship before they became best friends]].
* ButtMonkey[=/=]TheChewToy: He died the first major death in the entire series. Many more would follow. He even {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this in the film ''Super Android 13'' by shouting "Why does this always happen to me?!" while being knocked away by Vegeta's unconscious body. He also lampshades it much earlier in the second movie after pointing out how every attempt he made to hit Dr Wheelo ended in humiliating failure.
* CantCatchUp: Started out as the TheRival, fell further behind with each new storyline, although remaining very important.
* CharacterDevelopment: While he wasn't purehearted enough to ride the Nimbus at the beginning of the series, he's more than worthy of it now.
* ChivalrousPervert: When he was younger. Seems to fade out with age.
* CombatPragmatist: Initially started out like this, using a pair of panties as a distraction against Jackie Chun/Master Roshi, asking Chiaotzu basic math questions to disrupt his psychic powers, and attempting to exploit Goku's AchillesHeel by grabbing his tail during their fight in the Tournament. It's turned UpToEleven in ''Z'', where he takes on foes many times stronger than him with just his guts and less on dirty tactics.
* DatingCatwoman: Him and Android 18.
* DeadlyDisc: His SignatureMove, the Destructo Disk/''Kienzan''.
* DeadpanSnarker: When he's not screaming in terror, the guy tends to be the wittiest character and the most likely to {{lampshade hang|ing}}.
* DeathByIrony: His second death: After seeing Freeza transform into his final form, he comments that [[BishonenLine he doesn't look]] [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller very intimidating]]. He later becomes the last character Freeza kills on Namek, screaming in terror as he died.
* DemotedToExtra: ''GT''.
* {{Determinator}}: It's very hard to keep this guy down. The only time he gives up is when faced with the Androids, and even then it's because he knows that even [[SuperMode Vegeta]] and [[TrainingFromHell Piccolo]] don't stand a chance.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Throughout most of Dragon Ball, except the Piccolo Arc where he's dead and Tenshinhan takes over. He's back in this role for much of the Freeza Saga.
* DistractedByTheSexy: With ''both'' [[EveryoneLovesBlondes Android 18]] and [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Zangya]].
* DorkKnight: See {{Adorkable}}.
* DotingParent: To his adorable little girl, Marron.
* DreadfulMusician: Shown in a movie when he's singing karaoke and he sounds horrible.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: In the King Piccolo Saga.
* FireForgedFriends: With Goku, after he completed his character development.
* {{Foil}}: When he first appeared, he was an exact foil to Goku. Whereas Goku was an [[IncorruptiblePurePureness impossibly pure-hearted child]] who [[SkilledButNaive takes his incredibly strength for granted]], Krillin was a devious BrattyHalfPint with a blatant inferiority complex.
** By the time of the series first TournamentArc, he'd grown out it, largely thanks to his training and Goku's influence giving him genuine self-confidence.
* FriendlyTarget: Three times in the manga (which ties him with Chiaotzu), plus another [[TimeyWimeyBall two/three/no one is sure]] times in alternate timelines, plus another on ''GT''. So, 3-7 times. Ouch.
* GeniusBruiser: He's one ''heck'' of a strategic fighter.
* GoodParents: Is one to Marron. [[PapaWolf Heck, he even sacrificed himself to protect her and his wife.]]
* HappilyMarried: He's smitten by Android 18 from the get go. Following the TimeSkip after the Cell Games, they're HappilyMarried.
* HeelFaceTurn: Krillin was started out as a bullying rival of Goku but became his best friend.
* HenpeckedHusband: Shows shades of this in "Bio Broly." Also, throughout the series, he's shown to be the obviously submissive one in his relationship with Android 18.
* HeroicSacrifice: He attacks Buu first to allow his family and friends to escape his onslaught on the lookout. While it fails for almost everyone, it allows Dende, whose survival was most important as it allows the Dragon Balls to work, to survive.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Goku.
* HonoraryUncle: To Gohan.
* InformedAbility: Supplemental material has stated that Krillin the strongest human character in the series. Ignoring the CantCatchUp tendency for all the non-Saiyan characters, Tenshinhan had the better showings in fights in the series.
* InseriesNickname: Called Pachinko-Head by Yajirobe.
* KamehameHadoken: Learned from Roshi. He doesn't use it as often as Goku, though.
* KavorkaMan: He may not be the most attractive of the series (although YMMV), but somehow he dated [[BrainlessBeauty Maron]], ''and'' married Android 18, to the surprise of the fans of the series.
* TheLancer: Until Tenshinhan showed up, where he was shifted into TheSmartGuy.
* LetsGetDangerous: When he has these moments, Krillin is capable of surprisingly kickass things, and gets the drop on the the BigBad of the arc, more than once. For example, briefly fending off Nappa from Gohan and almost killing him with the Destructo Disk, cutting Frieza's tail off in his second form with the same move, and in the anime saving a young woman and her little brother from Imperfect Cell by ramming into him.
* LoveAtFirstSight: For Android 18.
** LoveMakesYouDumb: The reason why [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Cell was able to absorb Android 18 and reach his final form]].
* MartialArtsUniform: Initially wearing the uniform of his old [[WarriorMonk Shaolin school]], Krillin adopts the Turtle Hermit School uniform at the same time as Goku, though he keeps his old one as a spare/casual wear for a while.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: The Feminine Boy to Android 18's Masculine Girl.
* NiceGuy: Moreso as a grown up, not that he wasn't nice as a kid.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: See LoveMakesYouDumb above.
* TheNoseless: Lampshaded in an early fight in ''Dragon Ball'', where he only is able to defeat an incredibly stinky fighter after he's reminded that he has no nose.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Former TropeNamer.
* PapaWolf: Don't screw with Marron around him ''or'' his wife.
* PluckyComicRelief: Basically his major role in ''Z'' and the movies. (For example, disguising himself as Piccolo before saving Gohan, and then doing a cape twirl).
* PornStache: Despite not having a nose, he manages to grow a big, bushy mustache worthy of a 70s porn star in GT.
* PunnyName: His name is based on "kuri" (栗), which means "chestnut." ('lin' could also be the alternate reading of 'hayashi' = 'grove'.)
* RetiredBadass: In ''GT''.
* TheRival: Hell, his introductory episode was even called "Goku's Rival", though the two went from rivals to best friends fairly quickly.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: He kills three Saibaman with his Scattering Bullet special attack when Yamcha died to protect him. Goku always has one when Krillin dies.
* {{Robosexual}}: Played with. He marries Android 18... but that's A) a limitation of English in the translation, as the original "Jinzou-Ningen" doesn't specify mechanical or biological artificiality, and B) she and her brother were originally humans before being modified by Gero, thus allowing 18 to have a daughter.
* SacrificialLion: First major good guy to die in the entire series.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Sensitive Guy to Goku's Manly Man.
* SignatureMove: Destructo Disk, although he is hardly the only user of it....
* SkintoneSclerae: While a staple of the early Toriyama style, he's the only major character to keep this trait. Interestingly, his earliest depiction didn't include them consistently.
* TheSmartGuy: This is what keeps him in the game until the end of the Freeza arc.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Oh, let us count the ways... Krillin (Funimation), Kuririn (Viz, also the literal transliteration), Kulilin (wears hats with this on it in the manga), Klilyn (most Bandai toys and in some cel art by Toei)...
** Despite his name having been spelt as "Kulilin" in the manga, the name "Kuririn" involves a play on "kuri", the Japanese word for "chestnut" (this is joked about, with reference to his bald head, at one stage) - likely, "Kulilin" is the result of liberal transliteration of Japanese ("l" and "r" sounds are indistinct), and "Krillin" is supposed to be an adaptation that is better suited for the foreign palate. (Incidentally, you can buy and eat 'krill' with a bit of difficulty, so it keeps the theme naming going.)
* StoryBreakerPower: This trope is probably the reason he never uses the [[BlindedByTheLight Solar Flare]] and the [[DeadlyDisc Destructo Disc]] together to defeat any of his opponents.
* TakenForGranite: Along with Piccolo.
* TenderTears: Sensitivity, thy name is Krillin.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: To Android 18, who's the tallest female character in the series.
* TookALevelInKindness: See TheBully and HeelFaceTurn above.
* UglyGuyHotWife: To Android 18.
** YMMV. He's not exactly a Bishonen, but he does have an adorable baby face.
* WarriorMonk: Was originally a student at a Shaolin temple, until he got tired of the other students picking on him for being so small, and decided to train under Roshi instead.
* WeAreTeamCannonFodder: Subverted. Yes, he's part of Team Cannon Fodder, but Krillin always gets a few good hits in against the villain of the day, and he doesn't lose his importance as a character until the Buu arc.
* WeakButSkilled: This is his hat. Not having nowhere near as much raw strength or ki, he is a ''seriously'' cunning fighter. He ran rings around Nappa ''and'' Freeza when they tried to kill Gohan, and played a major part in the battle with Vegeta.
** He's the first non-Tsuru-style student on Earth to learn how to fly (on his own, though with some idea of how it's done). More notable is that he managed to develop a technique that could seriously wound or kill an opponent easily a hundred times his strength. [[TheWorfBarrage He just rarely hits anyone with it.]]
** He's able to fire off the Genki-dama (Goku collected the Genki) with some accuracy, though it wasn't enough to do in Vegeta.
** During their "image training" on the way to Namek, when Krillin compliments Gohan on his strength, Gohan tells him he was surprised by just how many different techniques Krillin threw at him.
** Even in the Cell Saga when stakes quickly became so high he was outmatched, he still kept his importance due to his skills at observation and resourcefulness - when things look their bleakest, Krillin is often the one to point out something important or give a pragmatic plan of action.
** In one of the video games, he's forced to be Earth's champion when Goku is unable to cheat death long enough to do the job himself. Turns out, "weak but skilled" means he has the best Ki control among the Z Warriors - since he has to keep up with superhumans and aliens, who simply have more of it than he does, he's had to use it wisely - and he's up to the task of merely protecting Earth. And yes, this game includes the ''Buu arc''...
** As 18 is UnskilledButStrong, it adds a facet to their OppositesAttract relationship.
* WouldntHitAGirl: As seen in a movie, when Chi-Chi slaps him with a shopping bag and kicks him, he doesn't make an effort to fight back (he knows that Chi-Chi can crush him, but still...).
** [[WouldHitAGirl This is more likely because it's]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes Goku's]] wife, as he had no problem fighting [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Zangya]] in the Bojack movie.
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[[folder:Tenshinhan]]
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!!'''(天津飯; ''Tenshinhan'')'''
->'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Creator/HirotakaSuzuoki (''Dragon Ball'', ''Z'' and ''GT''), Creator/KoichiYamadera (''Z'' episodes 82 & 84 only), Creator/HikaruMidorikawa (''Kai'')
->'''Voiced by (English):''' John Burgmier, Chris Cason (FUNimation); Matt Smith [[note]][[NamesTheSame No relation to the Doctor Who star]][[/note]] (Ocean); Brendan Hunter, Johnathan Love (Blue Water); Eddie Frierson (Harmony Gold)
->'''Voiced by (Latin American):''' Ismael Larumbe, Armando Coria (''Dragon Ball'' Harmony Gold)

Introduced in the second World Martial Arts Tournament arc, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu were initially rivals to Goku, Krillin, and Yamcha (as they belonged to an opposing dojo to Roshi's). The two eventually become friends to our heroes after realizing the lack of honor in their own methods. They become instrumental in the the next few arcs following their introduction, but by ''Z'' their roles had become less and less till they were reduced to cameo appearances and a few references in ''Dragon Ball GT''.
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* {{Adorkable}}: Volleyball Technique
* AmbiguouslyHuman: He's never presented as anything but human, but he does have a third eye and unique abilities. There are much more human-seeming aliens throughout the series.
** WordOfGod stated that Tien is a descendant of a three-eyed clan of aliens that arrived on Earth.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Tenshinhan was one of these before he became one of the heroic characters. While most ''Dragon Ball'' villains are this to a certain extent, Tenshinhan is the most clear example of it as afterwards the villains are all Aliens, Demons, Androids, and Genies. He was likely the TropeCodifier of an ArrogantKungFuGuy for anime.
* {{Asexuality}}: WordOfGod has said that he has no interest in romantic relationships.
* TheAtoner: After his HeelFaceTurn.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: How he learns the Kamehameha and the Evil Containment Wave in ''Dragon Ball''. He is stated to have the ability to copy techniques.
* {{Badass}}: Par for the course.
* BadassBoast: To Yamcha in his villain days.
--> '''Tenshinhan''': Poor Yamcha. The only thing more pathetic then a loser is [[ThisLoserIsYou a loser who thinks he's born to win]].
* BadassAndChildDuo: Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu in ''Dragon Ball''. Mess with the kid and he'll tear you apart.
* BaldOfAwesome: Proud of his shaved head.
* BerserkButton: Hurting Chiaotzu, who is like a little brother to Tenshinhan.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Which also falls under this.
* BigDamnHeroes: Tenshinhan gets some pretty awesome moments.
* TheBigGuy: Until his resurrection.
* BondVillainStupidity: In his fight against Goku during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, Tenshinhan, who was starting to feel overpowered by Goku's tremendous stamina and having several of his techniques outdone by Goku's very own, ingenuously decided that, if he could not knock Goku unconscious or push him out of the platform, he would simply destroy the entire platform; that way, Goku would lose by ring out because there would be no platform left to stand on. Tenshinhan, who possesses the ability to fly, did not have that problem. He managed to destroy the platform with his powerful Tri-Beam attack, but instead of simply waiting for Goku, who had jumped very high to escape the blast, to hit the ground, Tenshinhan decided to fly close to him, accompanying Goku as he fell down, in order to gloat about his inevitable victory. That opened an opportunity for Goku to use one last attack that knocked Tenshinhan unconscious, and now both fighters were falling to the ground. Subverted because Tenshinhan, by a stroke of luck, actually won the fight, but he was likely in worse physical condition than Goku by the end of it.
** That was only in the anime. In the manga, he intended to stay where he was and watch Goku fall, but Goku reacted quickly.
* BrokenPedestal: Tenshinhan idolized the assassin Taopaipai, until he realized Taopaipai had no honor.
* CallToAgriculture: According to WordOfGod, him and Chiaotzu took up [[http://www.kanzenshuu.com/translations/mando-kobayashi-akira-toriyama-qa/ farming]] in addition to their training at the end of ''Z''.
* CannotTellAJoke: He ''did'' manage a joke. Once. But it took rigorous discipline and concentration.
* CantCatchUp: He lasted a little longer then Yamcha and Krillin and was still useful after he fell behind though.
* CastFromHP: Tenshinhan's Tri-Beam drains its user's life and will kill him if he uses it too much. On the plus side, attacks that use life force, such at this one, far exceed the potential of ki attacks. He kept Semi-Perfect Cell in check with it (it didn't actually cause any damage, but Cell couldn't move until he stopped using it).
* CharacterizationMarchesOn[=/=]CharacterDevelopment: Upon his introduction, Tenshinhan is an arrogant fighter who enjoys taunting and mocking his opponents, and even has a somewhat acid sense of humor, like when, after an accidentally humorous and rather embarrassing exchange between Roshi's students, Tenshinhan mockingly suggests that comedy must be one of the disciplines taught at the Kame school of martial arts. Once he changes sides, Tenshinhan became a lot more serious and composed, rarely smiling and so humorless that he is shown struggling to tell a simple joke. That's likely because his earlier humor was mean spirited and not meant with any sense of irony. As he became nicer and more emphatic that kind of humor probably would be hard for him to pull up again.
* ComboPlatterPowers: [[BarrierWarrior Force fields]], [[AttackReflector reflecting energy]], [[SealedEvilInACan sealing]], PowerCopying, {{Telepathy}}, SelfDuplication, [[MultiArmedAndDangerous growing extra limbs]], [[BlindedByTheLight creating blinding light]]...
* TheComicallySerious: After his HeelFaceTurn.
* ConMan: ''Anime Only.'' Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu's first appearance in the anime shows them as a pair of travelling con artists.
* {{Determinator}}: He has no problem rushing into battle with opponents he knows he can't beat.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Subverted. Tenshinhan actually won; Goku didn't beat him until the next tournament.
* DemotedToExtra: In the Buu Saga and ''GT''. [[EleventhHourRanger He shows up again to fight in the Buu Saga]] only to be [[CurbStompBattle one-shotted]].
* DoppelgangerAttack: His Multiform/''Shishin no Ken'' technique, but unfortunately the [[AwesomeButImpractical copies are weaker than the original]].
* DeadpanSnarker: In his early appearances, he displayed an acidic sense of humor:
--> '''Tenshinhan:''' (To Yamcha) For someone who doesn't speak pain, you sound very fluent.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: From the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament to the end of ''Dragon Ball''.
* DragonInChief: To [[BrokenPedestal Master Shen]]. He's stronger, but still follows orders until his HeelFaceTurn.
* DubNameChange: Not as obvious as other examples but "Tien Shinhan" is most definitely not the single name Tenshinhan. Also, some European localizations give his name as Tenshin Han, often shortening it to just Tenshin.
* EnemyMine: After King Piccolo attacks, Krillin is dead, Yamcha has a broken leg, and Goku is off trying to beat up Krillin's killer. Ergo, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu get recruited by Roshi to gather the Dragon Balls before Piccolo gets to them.
** Tenshinhan notes this as much, saying even though he acknowledges his previous actions as wrong, he still considers himself and Chiaotzu as Shen's students, and simply asking for forgiveness won't be enough.
* EpiphanyTherapy: He turned rather quickly.
* ExtraEyes: Has a third eye on his forehead for unexplained reasons, representing his awakened PsychicPowers.
* FingerGun: The Dodon Ray/''Dodonpa''.
* {{Flight}}: One of the first characters in the series to fly, as it is the signature technique of his martial arts school.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: The scar on Tenshinhan's chest is a memento of his tournament battle with Taopaipai, who had hidden a knife in his cybernetics.
* HandicappedBadass: He lost his left arm during his fight with Nappa. It didn't stop him from continuing the fight.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Tenshinhan is the only character among the human protagonists who has no interest in living a normal life and he spends most of his time training, even during peaceful times. Unfortunately, all of his effort is still not enough to put him in the same league as the Saiyans or Piccolo, making his usefulness against the incredibly powerful enemies the protagonists must go up against very limited.
* HeelFaceTurn: Introduced as a rival trained by an evil dojo. Becomes one of Goku's best allies.
* HeroicRROD: His Tri-Beam/Spirit Cannon attack, which is supposed to kill the user if used too long; nevertheless, Tenshinhan is able to master it so that it can be used repeatedly. In ''Z'', given the exponential power rise of the opposition, it quickly becomes Tenshinhan's first-choice technique, and using it, he's even capable of pinning Semi-Perfect Cell down for a while before getting incapacitated.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Chiaotzu.
* HonorBeforeReason: Even while Shen's pupil. When he realizes that Chiaotzu is paralyzing Goku under Shen's orders, he immediately orders him to stop because he wants to beat Goku in a fair fight, and after he does so and Shen is dealt with, he even lets Goku give him quite a beating to even things out.
* [[ILetGwenStacyDie I Let Chiaotzu Die]]: [[spoiler:Both in ''Ball'' and ''Z'', sadly enough.]]
* KamehameHadoken: He [[AwesomenessByAnalysis copied it]] off of Yamcha.
* KickTheDog: His and Chiaotzu's introduction chapter. For Tenshinhan, also breaking Yamcha's leg after he was already defeated and unconscious.
* LuminescentBlush: It's hard to find it, but it's there.
* OddFriendship: Hints of it with Piccolo in the Cell Saga. His friendship with Gohan could also be considered this, especially in the beginning.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Looks the same age in ''GT''. By then, he's in his early ''sixties''.
* OnlySaneMan: Sometimes.
* OrderedToCheat: In the the 22nd World Tournament, The Crane Hermit orders Tenshinhan to kill Goku while he's paralyzed by Chiaotzu. He refuses.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Though Tenshinhan does lose importance later on, it's still arguable that he's the strongest earthling in the series whose power is entirely his own (thus, excluding the cybernetically enhanced Androids and magically enhanced Uub). Of all the human characters, Tenshinhan has won the most battles, having defeated Yamcha, Goku, Taopaipai, a Saibaman, Jeice, and Burter (in the anime filler). That's not too bad considering he's a human.
** The issue of Krillin vs. Tenshinhan as the strongest human is one of ''DBZ's'' biggest {{Base Breaker}}s and continues to rage -- generally, the issue is that Krillin is canonically stated as the strongest and is definitely the series' most prominent human, but Tenshinhan has more impressive feats to his name.
** Tenshinhan also suffers the most [[BadAss awesome]] death amongst the Worf characters, and manages to ''keep Cell at bay in his Semi-Perfect form'', and this was all after losing an arm seconds into the fight.
** Later on, he proved to be one of the only survivors of Buu's Extinction Attack (along with Hercule and the other protagonists atop Kami's Lookout, who were not targeted) and managed to save Dende and Hercule's lives by deflecting one of Super Buu's energy blasts. Of course, he was in no way capable of actually fighting Buu in any capacity and proceeded to get knocked out by a single kick.
* PutOnABus: After the Cell Games, Tenshinhan had no more reason to hang out with the Z gang since [[spoiler: Goku chose not to be revived]] and went into hiding with Chiaotzu. Throughout the Buu arc, he and Chiaotzu had a couple of brief appearances until Tenshinhan saved Mr. Satan and Dende from getting killed by Buu.
* PapaWolf: Around Chiaotzu most of his life as well as around Gohan during the Saiyan and Cell Saga.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Tenshinhan has no spoken lines in ''Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!'' special for ShonenJump's 40th anniversary due to Creator/HirotakaSuzuoki [[TearJerker not being among the living anymore.]] Creator/ToeiAnimation [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming felt the reason to pay their respects this way because ''the entire'' original cast came back to voice their characters, meaning only Tenshinhan would have been the odd one out.]]
* RedemptionDemotion: When he was first introduced as an antagonist, his powers were as great as Goku's. After he became one of the good characters, he was surpassed by Goku and, as the series developed, his powers were thoroughly outclassed by the Saiyans, Piccolo and most enemies.
* ShirtlessScene[=/=]WalkingShirtlessScene: Tenshinhan mostly fights topless.
* SealedEvilInACan: One of the only people with this ability.
* SignatureMove: Tri Beam
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Tenshinhan Shinhan vs. Tenshinhan.
* SphereOfDestruction: Tri-Beam/''Kikouhou'', though it's actually more of a square.
* SuperSenses: With three-eyes, it's only natural that he has better than average eyesight.
* SupportingLeader: During the King Piccolo Saga.
* TameHisAnger: [[OldMaster Master Roshi]] specifically wanted to do this with Tenshinhan. And he's one of the first major characters to do it (Yamcha and Krillin weren't really angry).
* ThirdEye: On his forehead. [[FlipFlopOfGod Sources on how he got it]], though its either due to heritage or reaching enlightment.
* WeAreTeamCannonFodder: In ''DBZ'', though he does get one decent fight in the Cell Saga (see YouShallNotPass).
* WeakButSkilled: He possesses an incredible repertoire of techniques (including [[MultiArmedAndDangerous growing a pair of extra arms]]). Indeed, several characters have copied his techniques for their own use, most notably the Solar Flare. Goku even took it a step further and turned that very attack against Tenshinhan in their rematch.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After Dende healed Tenshinhan from Buu's attack, he wasn't seen again until [[spoiler: after the Earth was restored]] and everyone was revived.
* TheWorfEffect: Just like the other Earthling characters.
* YouShallNotPass: Tenshinhan kept ''Cell'' (in his Semi-Perfect form) pinned down using his Neo Tri-Beam, so that #18 could get away and hide until the Saiyans completed their training. Note this is pretty late in the Z series, and he was useless in hand to hand combat compared to the now-Super Saiyans. Also, it was only not a HeroicSacrifice because of Goku's instant transmission and a Senzu Bean.
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[[folder:Chaozu[=/=]Chiaotzu]]
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!!'''Chiaotzu (餃子; ''Chaozu'')'''
->'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Hiroko Emori
->'''Voiced by (English):''' Monika Antonelli, Creator/BrinaPalencia (''Kai'') (FUNimation); Creator/CathyWeseluck (Ocean); Creator/RebeccaForstadt (Harmony Gold)
->'''Voiced by (Latin American):''' PatriciaAcevedo

Introduced in the second Tournament arc, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu ae initially rivals to Goku, Krillin, and Yamcha (as they belong to an opposing dojo to Roshi's). The two eventually become friends to our heroes after realizing the lack of honor in their own methods. They become instrumental in the the next few arcs following their introduction, but after the Saiyan Saga Chiaotzu becomes less important (and after the Cell Saga, so does Tenshinhan). By the Cell Saga they become side characters who are mentioned and seen frequently, but rarely do anything significant.
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* BalloonBelly: After eating a lot, being a BigEater like the rest of the cast
* CantCatchUp: Gets hit with this worst than the other human characters. Chiaotzu literally gets left behind for the Cell Games.
* CharlieBrownBaldness: Has only one strand of hair on his head which he proudly displayed to annoy Krillin in his introduction.
* ChineseVampire: Has the appearance of a particularly cute one. Its [[AmbiguouslyHuman unclear]] if he's really a JiangShi or a human with the appearance of one.
* ConMan: ''Anime Only.'' Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu's first appearance in the anime shows them as a pair of travelling con artists.
** Also fits the subtrope of TheFixer for his tendency to rig the number draws at the World Martial Arts Tournaments.
* DavidVsGoliath: Him against Nappa. [[spoiler: He loses.]]
* DeathFromAbove: During his fight with Krillin, Chiaotzu took advantage of his ability to fly to stay out of Krillin's reach and bombard him with his Dodon Ray.
* DemotedToExtra: In ''Z''.
* EnemyMine: After King Piccolo attacks, Krillin is dead, Yamcha has a broken leg and Goku is off trying to beat up Krillin's killer. Ergo, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu get recruited by Roshi to gather the Dragon Balls before Piccolo gets to them.
** Tenshinhan notes this as much, saying even though he acknowledges his previous actions as wrong, he still considers himself and Chiaotzu as the Crane Hermit's students, and a simple ask for forgiveness won't be enough.
* EvilCounterpart: Was originally this to Krillin.
* FailureHero: In ''Z.'' The poor guy didn't get to show off his skills that much in Dragon Ball either.
* FriendlyTarget: Chiaotzu dies three times in the manga, same as Krillin in that medium. And he's nowhere as important plot-wise (poor guy...).
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Even after his TrainingFromHell alongside Tenshinhan, he's not considered strong enough to participate in the Cell Games.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Against Nappa.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Tenshinhan.
* KickTheDog: His and Tenshinhan's introduction chapter.
* KillTheCutie:[[spoiler: He dies against both King Piccolo ''and'' Nappa.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Aside from getting slightly taller in the Piccolo Jr Arc, he looks exactly the same throughout the entire series.
* OrderedToCheat: During the 22nd World Tournament, Tenshinhan finds that their master, the Crane Hermit, has been having Chaozu use his telekinesis to paralyze Goku during their fight.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Following the fight with Nappa, he doesn't fight anymore.
** KnowWhenToFoldEm: This being the main reason.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: A wise young Emperor in ''Mystical Adventure.''
* RedemptionDemotion: Post HeelFaceTurn, he is subjected to a lot of losses; Nappa's being the most notable
* MoralityPet: To Tenshinhan during his villain days. Particularly notable in ''Mystical Adventure''
* PsychicPowers: Chiaotzu rigs the World Martial Arts Tournament twice, using telekinesis.
* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: He needs to use his fingers to solve basic math problems, like 3 + 4.
* SignatureMove: Dodon Ray, shared with all 3 other Crane related characters
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Chaozu? Chiaotzu? Chaotzu? Gyouza? Chaos? Kaos (used by the original translation of the Spanish manga. No idea where they came up with that)?
* TakingYouWithMe: Tries this on Nappa. It doesn't work.
* TookALevelInBadass: Shown best in his battle with Guldo, who nearly killed Gohan and Krillin. Chiaotzu managed to mop the floor with him in under a minute.
* TheStoic: At first he was very emotionless, but got more CuteBruiser after his HeelFaceTurn
* UseYourHead: Against Krillin. Master Shen even comments that Chiaotzu's head is as hard as a diamond.
* WeakButSkilled: Uses psychic powers due to having a lower endurance than his comrades.
* WeaksauceWeakness: The only way to defeat Chiaotzu's psychic attacks is by breaking his concentration. Krillin does this by asking him confusing math questions. Like 4 + 4. The one that gets to him is 9-1.
* WeAreTeamCannonFodder: All the time. In the fight against Nappa, the poor little guy ''blew himself up'' and didn't make a DENT!
* TheWorfEffect: He loses a lot, the fight with Nappa being the prime example.
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[[folder:Piccolo]]
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!!'''Piccolo (ピッコロ; ''Pikkoro'')'''
->'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Creator/HiromiTsuru (Kid Piccolo), Creator/ToshioFurukawa (Adult[[note]]they grow up so fast[[/note]] Piccolo)
->'''Voiced by (English):''' Creator/ChristopherSabat (FUNimation); Creator/ScottMcNeil (Ocean); Ethan Cole (Blue Water)
->'''Voiced by (Latin American):''' Carlos Segundo, José Luis Castañeda (''Movie 8''), Idzi Dutkiewicz (''Kai'')

A Namekian (a race of green skinned aliens), though at the start this wasn't really known; he was the son of the self-proclaimed Demon King Piccolo, who Goku defeated in the original series. After being spat out as an egg and hatched, Piccolo tried to carry on his father's work but was defeated by Goku and allowed to live. As the series rolls into the ''Z'' saga, his evil exterior softens due to training Son Gohan, and eventually becomes a second father to the kind-hearted little boy during Goku's frequent deaths. The one-time Demon King eventually becomes one of Goku's most trusted allies, and incredibly popular amongst the fanbase.
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* AlienBlood: Piccolo's blood was originally red in ''Dragon Ball'' and early episodes of ''DBZ'' (it was turned [[BlackBlood green]] in early episodes of the original dub), but after he was established as an alien, he is shown to have purple blood, like his fellow Nameks.
* AloofAlly: He really doesn't want to be friends with any of the Z Fighters, but he eventually grows into being a straight up ally.
** Although, as time goes on, this is downplayed and eventually he just starts hanging out with them. In the [[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods latest movie]] (which is cannon) he's even a guest at Bulma's birthday party - you can't really make any IWasJustPassingThrough excuses at that point.
* AntiVillain: In early ''Dragon Ball Z'', he's only helping out due to an EnemyMine situation and is happy to kill both Goku ''and'' their opponent in one shot.
** NominalHero/AntiVillain (Saiyan Arc) --> AntiHero (after his first death) --> PragmaticHero (Freeza Arc and beyond)
* {{Asexuality}}: He expresses not understanding romance, but also in the literal biological sense.
* TheAtoner: Of a sort. He never expresses regret over his past actions, but definitely works off his bad karma.
** He did show concern and fear when he heard that Babidi could control people through the evil in ones' heart. He even yelled at Krillin when he brought up that he used to be the Demon King. At the very least, he's not proud of his past.
* AvengingTheVillain: Well, technically himself, since he's the reincarnation/son of King Piccolo.
* AxCrazy[=/=]{{Sadist}}: During the original series as a villain, he was very psychotic and sadistic.
* {{Badass}}: One of the series' biggest.
* BadassAndChildDuo: Him and Gohan for most of ''Z''.
* BadassArmFold: Just look at his picture!
* BadassCape: Ditto!
* TheBadGuyWins: Although Goku beats him at first, Piccolo finally gets the chance to avenge his father/himself when he kills Goku in order to kill Raditz. Granted, the objective wasn't revenge but that was the effect.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: It was Gohan's innocence and kindness towards him that triggered his HeelFaceTurn.
* BigDamnHeroes: Piccolo swooping in out of nowhere to rescue Gohan is so prevalent in the [[NonSerialMovie movies]] that the tenth finally tosses it a LampshadeHanging: this time, ''Krillin'' is the one who rescues Gohan... while ''dressed up as Piccolo.''
** He even [[WhatTheHellHero chews Goku out]] for not doing this against Cell when he's basically torturing Gohan, and was about to perform another one until Cell decided to stop and steal the Senzu.
* BigGood: Sometimes, specially after he merged with Kami. He shows greater concern for the Earth and its people.
** BigBad: In the Piccolo Jr. Saga.
* BrutalHonesty: He's the first one to tell Adult Gohan how ridiculous he looks in his Great Saiyaman costume.
* CantCatchUp: He lasted the longest out of all of the non-Saiyans, remaining the third or second most powerful hero all the way until Semi-Perfect Cell was born. He ''did'' get to spend time in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, which at least made him much stronger than Semi-Perfect Cell, but he still fell behind because the Saiyans got to go in to the chamber twice. By the Buu saga, when the three main Saiyans have all unlocked become Super Saiyan 2 and gotten even stronger than they were at the Cell Games, Piccolo knows that he won't be of much use and retires.
* TheCoatsAreOff: When Piccolo removes his weighted cape, some poor fool's getting a major beat down!
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Piccolo Jr. was a cackling, raving psychopath in the 23rd World Martial Arts saga, often prone to [[LargeHam shouting]] and [[SlasherSmile Slasher Smiles]]. In the following saga (the beginning of ''Z''), he's suddenly much more composed and only occasionally gives a PsychoticSmirk.
** He is also noticably more physically adult at the start of ''DBZ''. He was only a few years old at the end of Dragon Ball, and looked like a teenager. The change could be attributed to him growing up.
* TheComicallySerious: Sometimes. Especially when the other characters (particularly Goku, Goten, and Trunks) are goofing off.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Back when he was still a villain, Piccolo fights Goku and eventually leaves him near helpless his entire body crippled save one of his arms. Remembering that Goku was still able to defeat his predecessor with the sole use of his remaining arm, Piccolo proceeds to shoot it out so he can't do the same thing. He would have won were it not for the fact that Goku had the power to fly now and intentionally kept it hidden whole time.
** Prior to his battle with Goku, when Piccolo battles [[BigGood Kami]] and Kami launches the Evil Containment Wave at [[AxCrazy Piccolo Jr.]] with the intention of sealing him in a bottle, Piccolo not only ''reverses the technique'' and imprisons Kami instead but also '''swallows the bottle that contained Kami''' during his match with Goku, so that if Goku were to kill him he would end up also killing Kami as well. [[MagnificentBastard A leaf straight out of his fathers book.]]
* DeadGuyJunior: His father was named King Piccolo.
** LegacyCharacter: Which puts him straight into this category.
* DeadpanSnarker: To Gotenks and Goku.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: ''Eventually''.
* DemotedToExtra: Late in the Buu Saga and definitely in ''GT''.
** Less so in the Buu Saga; even if he didn't engage in active combat, he remained in the mentor role for Trunks and Goten and was on the battlefield with them right until [[spoiler: Buu absorbed him.]]
* DotingParent: He's so gentle and kind towards his surrogate child, Gohan, that one tends to forget that he was ever a ''Demon King.'' Some fans even argue he is a better father than Goku.
* DubNameChange: In many, many countries, he's known as Satan, Satan Jr, Young Satan, Satan's Little Heart[=/=]Little-hearted Satan, Junior, or some variation of those names.
* EnemyWithout: Initially with Kami, but they remerged, though by that time, he was a better person.
* EvilCounterpart: To Goku in ''Dragon Ball'', just like his daddy.
* EvilLaugh: Prior HeelFaceTurn, he did this a lot, but after it's very rare.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: In GT.]]
* FingerGun: His Special Beam Cannon/''Makankousappou''.
* FusionDance: Merges with two other Namekians throughout the series (Nail and Kami). Though both of them say his personality won't change, there are subtle differences.
* GeniusBruiser: Due to doubling as TheSmartGuy and TheLancer.
* GoodIsNotNice: Piccolo is much more pragmatic about dealing enemies than most of the cast. He's also more distant to the group.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: He loses his arms. A lot.
* GuileHero: Piccolo is very wise, cunning and strategic in battle in Dragon Ball. Manipulating the likes of Freeza, Cell and Majin Buu when it seems they have the upper hand against him.
* HairTriggerTemper: Prior HeelFaceTurn, a lot could get him mad, now it's a subtle BerserkButton, unless you mess with Gohan.
* HeelFaceTurn: Started out as just the Demon King reborn. Wound up being the only non-Saiyan who can even slightly help Goku in a fight.
* HeroicSacrifice: He died protecting Gohan during the Vegeta Saga. In ''GT'', he stays with the exploding Earth to keep the Black Star Dragon Balls from being used again.
* {{Hermaphrodite}}: WordOfGod says that Namekians are hermaphrodites that possess physiques similar to those of human males.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Until Gohan was able to find it during the time they spent together.
* HumanityIsInfectious: ''"Pathetic... to think that '''[[SatanicArchetype Demon King Piccolo]]''' would fall... protecting a child... I have been.... contaminated... by you... and your father's decency... Gohan."''
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Though he's technically only three or four years older than Gohan in his most recent incarnation.
* {{Irony}}: After TakingTheBullet for Gohan, he himself [[LampshadeHanging remarks]] that, after all the training he did to beat Goku, he went out trying to protect his son.
** It's even more irony if you read the original text where Piccolo wanted to corrupt Gohan into his image. The opposite ending up happening.
** DeathByIrony: Which goes straight into this category.
* {{Jerkass}}: A big jerkass in the original series.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In ''Z''.
* KamehameHadoken: Special Beam Cannon.
* TheLancer: Both kinds--he's Goku's foil until the end of the Freeza arc, and after that he takes the role of trusted second-in-command.
* LargeAndInCharge: The tallest protagonist, ''and'' the one most likely to lead the team into battle when Goku's not there (which is often).
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: A mix of type 2 and 4, near the end of ''GT'' Piccolo is forced to corrupt his soul by causing carnage in heaven in order to be sent to hell to help Goku escape to fight Super 17, but he couldn't do anything to leave (and it's implied that he didn't want to, seeing it as finally being where he belonged). With an eternity to kill and nothing else to do he decided to pick up making sure the villains didn't act up again, becoming an unofficial leader of Hell's jailers.
* LikeASonToMe: He refers to Gohan as "the son he never had."
* LimaSyndrome: Who'd have thought abducting a four-year-old to train with him in a dinosaur-filled wasteland would end up being so good for him?
* [[LiterallyShatteredLives Literally Shattered Life]]: He is accidentally shattered by Kid Trunks when he's turned to stone. Subverted because it's a [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Good Thing He Can Heal]].
* LiteralSplitPersonality: He's the reincarnation of King Piccolo, who was Kami's evil side made flesh.
* LonerTurnedFriend: After training Gohan, he softens up considerably.
* LoveRedeems: His friendship with Gohan led to him becoming good.
* MagicKnight: He's proficient in both close range melee combat and long range ki battles.
* ManlyTears: See HumanityIsInfectious Above.
* NecessaryDrawback: The Special Beam Cannon when it was first introduce. It is so powerful that it killed Raditz, who was almost three-times more powerful than Piccolo. However, it takes five minutes for it to charge and he is defenseless during that time period. Once mastered, Piccolo can use it much faster, but it appears to be much weaker.
** This is more likely an inversion, as the Special Beam Cannon isn't weaker, it's just that the enemies are much stronger to the point where it's just not as powerful as it once was despite Piccolo's mastery over it, considering it could kill Raditz, but does absolutely nothing to Cell, much like Krillin's Destructo Disk.
* NiceHat: One of the few people who can make a turban look completely bad-ass.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: If Piccolo had never told the dying Raditz about the Dragon Balls, Nappa, Vegeta and even Freeza wouldn't be going after them.
** ...and then Cell or the Androids would have slaughtered them all. NiceJobBreakingItHero meets [[{{ForWantOfANail}} For Want Of A]] [[{{IncrediblyLamePun}} Nail]]?
** Neither of them would have existed...or at least not as they were introduced.
** Speaking of which, this trope may count for the Cell arc too considering Piccolo's the one who taught him how to use his regenerative abilities, which he would then proceed to spam up until his destruction.
* NobleDemon: More so after ''Z'' starts. At the beginning, he only teamed up with the protagonists to keep the Saiyans from destroying the world he wants to conquer.
* NoNameGiven: Neither he nor Kami can remember what their original name was before the split. After they reunite, he briefly calls himself "the Namek". When Goku suggests "Kamiccolo", he quickly decides Piccolo isn't so bad.
* NotQuiteDead: Had his neck broken, a hole blasted through his chest, and thrown into the ocean by Cell. He still lived and managed to heal himself before losing consciousness.
* TheObiWan: To Gohan in the Saiyan Saga. Subverted in that Gohan brings Piccolo BackFromTheDead and they reunite on the battlefield.
* ObsoleteMentor: By the end of the Cell Saga, Gohan has surpassed him in every way, but their bond is as strong as ever.
* OddFriendship:
** Gohan and Piccolo couldn't have more different personalities, but it's telling that Gohan's combat attire mimics Piccolo's more often than it mimics his father's.
** Hints of it with Tenshinhan in the Cell arc.
* OnlySaneMan: Most of the time.
* OverprotectiveDad: Even when Gohan becomes ''far'' more powerful than he will ever be, Piccolo would still lay his life down to protect the boy.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: But not so much that he loses plot importance. When he CantCatchUp after the Cell Saga, he switches roles to TheMentor for the younger heroes. He gets a better deal in the movies though (if you consider them canon), where he usually at least gets to dispatch the BigBad's EliteMooks and, in two of them (''Dead Zone'' and ''Lord Slug''), he even saves the day.
** By the Buu arc, not only is he {{God}} (well, he fused with God...), but he's the fourth most powerful non-fused protagonist (unless you count the Supreme Kai) and one of the top ten most powerful beings in the universe, period. Too bad that's still nothing compared to Buu, Vegeta, Gohan, Goku, the Supreme Kai, and Dabura.
* PapaWolf: Not even '''Freeza''' could withstand his wrath when he tried to murder Gohan.
** Not just Freeza--Piccolo took on '''[[TheJuggernaut Broly]]''' to save Gohan. [[AwesomeMoments He put up a pretty damn good fight too.]]
** Its like this, threaten the kid and the only thing that's stopping Goku from tearing you in two is Piccolo having done it before him.
* ParentalSubstitute: To Gohan after Goku kicks it early on. Their special bond is never quite diminished and even as late as the Cell saga, Gohan still prefers to wear Piccolo-style clothing rather than Goku's.
* PerpetualFrowner: Post HeelFaceTurn, he barely smiles.
* PromotionToParent: To Son Gohan, whenever Son Goku is dead or missing.
* PsychicPowers: Mostly in {{Filler}} but he did levitate about ''four'' pyramids with his mind. Seems to be an innate Namekian trait since synchronising his with Dende allowed Goku to escape from HFIL in ''GT''.
* PsychopathicManchild: In ''Dragon Ball''.
* PurpleIsPowerful: Wears a purple outfit and his BattleAura is purple as well.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: The first time.
* ReformedButNotTamed: Even after his HeelFaceTurn, he was generally aloof and distant to the human characters, some of them considered him outright scary, while he [[{{Tsundere}} spared his gentler side]] for Gohan. Shoot, he even invoked this when he acted as if the protagonists weren't his allies when he reluctantly decided to merge with Kami. He's also pretty ruthless in battle, at one point severing Dr. Gero's arm (though he originally assumed he was just an android), and [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe bifurcating Babidi]].
** Though he does become less distant to the other human characters as time goes on. In DragonBallZBattleOfGods he's even a guest at Bulma's birthday party, and [[DreadfulMusician does (very bad) Karaoke]].
* {{Reincarnation}}: Of his own father, King Piccolo.
* SignatureMove: Special Beam Cannon, Light Grenade, and Hellzone Grenade
* SinkOrSwimMentor: When he first started training Gohan, he had no qualms about [[DieOrFly throwing him at a sheer cliff]] to trigger his hidden power, and followed that up by leaving him in a wasteland filled with dinosaurs for half a year. [[HeroicSacrifice He made up for it.]]
* TheSmartGuy: In the Cell Saga.
* StraightMan: ''Especially'' while paired with Gotenks.
* SupportingLeader: Debateable, mostly, but definitely when he and the protagonists were doing their best to distract Cell.
* SuperSenses: Like all Namekians he has incredibly acute sense of hearing.
* SurroundedByIdiots: How he feels most of the time, and you really can't blame him, either.
* TakenForGranite: In the Buu Saga thanks to Dabura.
* TakingTheBullet: For Gohan in the Saiyan Saga, and Goku in the anime version of the Freeza arc.
* TameHisAnger: This had a lot to do with his [[BadassAndChildDuo friendship]] [[MoralityPet with Gohan]].
* TeamDad: It is so worth noting that he's probably the most sensible, level-headed character in the entire series, and the other characters often defer to him in a crisis. He's the responsible one who always has a plan and is probably the most protective of Earth. Also tends to get stuck training or babysitting the younger characters.
** Not to mention he's probably the smartest. After fusing with Kami (aka God), he became much more intelligent, not to say that he was stupid. It's no wonder they come to him for advice when he possesses the wisdom of God.
** Gets even funnier when you realize that, technically speaking, he's one of the youngest characters. He's only four years older than Gohan -- making him something like sixteen years younger than Goku! Technically speaking, he's a mind that is hundreds of years old inside of a much younger body.
* ThemeNaming: After a musical instrument which he (his dad) and his siblings are all named after.
* TookALevelInKindness: [[RuleOfThree Three times.]] Once after [[LickedByTheDog training Gohan,]] once after [[FusionDance merging with]] [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Nail]], and once after [[FusionDance reuniting with]] [[GodJob Kami]].
* TokenEvilTeammate: In the Saiyan saga.
* {{Tritagonist}}: In the Saiyan Saga. He and Vegeta trade the position throughout the Freeza and Cell arcs.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove
* YouKilledMyFather: Towards Goku (well, technically, it's revenge towards Goku having killed him, as he is the reincarnation of his father, King Piccolo).
* YoungerThanTheyLook: He's technically only three years old when he fights at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, and eight at the start of ''Dragon Ball Z''.
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[[folder:Son Gohan]]
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!!'''Son Gohan (孫 悟飯)'''
->'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Creator/MasakoNozawa (Japanese)
->'''Kid Gohan voiced by (English):''' Stephanie Nadolny (''Dragon Ball'', ''Z'' and ''GT''), Creator/ColleenClinkenbeard (''Kai'') (FUNimation); SaffronHenderson, JillianMichaels (Ocean)
->'''Adult Gohan voiced by (English):''' KyleHebert (FUNimation); Creator/BradSwaile (Ocean); Scott Roberts (Blue Water)
->'''Future Gohan voiced by (English):''' DameonClarke (FUNimation); Creator/BradSwaile (Flashbacks only) (Ocean)
->'''Kid Gohan voiced by (Latin American):''' Laura Torres, Creator/AraceliDeLeon (''Movie 8''), Karina Altamirano (''Kai'')
->'''Adult(Future) Gohan voiced by (Latin American):''' Luis Alfonso Mendoza

Son of Goku and Chi-Chi introduced in the ''Z'' series, and a half-Saiyan (he starts off having a tail like Goku did). At first was just a little crybaby with hidden strength. But under the tutelage of Piccolo and his experiences in battle, turns into quite an accomplished warrior. Unfortunately for him, he hates violence and would rather be a scholar.
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* AccidentalPervert: He saves a girl named Lime from drowning by holding her chest from behind when he flies her to safety.
* ActionDad: At the end of the series and in ''GT''.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: As a kid. He fought on the battle field along with the other protagonists against the Saiyans, Freeza, and Cell. He also traveled to another planet when he was five.
* {{Adorkable}}: Teen Gohan and Adult Gohan.
* AllLovingHero: LikeFatherLikeSon.
* AmazonChaser: He was impressed by [[ActionGirl Videl's]] fighting prowess as well as her looks.
* AtrociousAlias: "The Great Saiyaman?" Really, Gohan?
* AudienceSurrogate: Gohan is the sensitive, down to Earth every-boy that the audience can easily relate to amongst all the warriors.
* AwesomenessIsVolatile: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Owt4J3NcUQA He punches Freeza so hard, the guy explodes immediately afterward.]]
* {{Badass}}: He gets it from his father. Even at kindergarten-age, Gohan doesn't hesitate to stand up to opponents much stronger than him if it means protecting his loved ones, and is able to land blows on Vegeta and Freeza. His best moment comes when he destroys Cell, an android with the abilities of the strongest fighters in the world, at the age of '''11'''. Even his father only started to get stronger at age 11.
* BadassAdorable: Even when his gorgeous little brother Goten took the {{Moe}} status away from him, he became the ideal ''boyfriend'' amongst otaku fangirls.
* BadassBoast [[StaringDownCthulhu While Staring Down Cthulhu]]: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia6Lq1eSMPk "Fight you? No, I want to kill you." indeed]]
* BadassBookworm: In his adult years. He became a scholar and is still one of the strongest in the universe. He was also this as a teenager, being a straight A student and able to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Majin Buu after his power-up.
* BadassCape: Gets one like Piccolo's for the Cell Games.
* BadassDecay: [[invoked]] Experienced this in the 7 years of peace after the Cell Games, as clearly shown in his fight against Dabura. When the audience is introduced to Capsule Corp. again after the timeskip, Vegeta merely glances at him, and is the first one to notice. And he calls him out for it on two separate occasions. He later fixes it, though.
* BattleCouple: When teaming with Videl as Saiyaman and Saiyagirl, respectively.
* BeingGoodSucks: Future Gohan is a very good example of this. After witnessing his father and all of his friends die at the hands of the androids, Gohan went into hiding in order to train himself to become strong enough to challenge this new threat. He spent his entire adult life challenging the androids to no avail, watching as countless innocents died at the hands of the monstrous duo. His reward for all of his self-sacrfice was to lose his left arm, and in the next and final fight between him and his two nemesis, Gohan was completely outmatched and left for dead, with his face down on the ground of the wreckage of yet another city he failed to protect. And then a sad rain starts pouring over his battered, crippled corpse. It's amazing how Trunks didn't have all of his spirit sapped way at such a tragic sight.
* BerserkButton: You can pound him into dog food, but hurt his loved ones or any InnocentBystander in front of him and...
* BewareTheNiceOnes: ...You'll get the shit kicked out of you by Super Saiyan 2 Gohan.
* BigBrotherMentor: To Future Trunks in the alternate timeline; slightly less so to Goten and Present Trunks in the main series timeline. Krillin is this to him.
* BigEater: Inherits his father's appetite when he reaches adulthood.
* BoringButPractical: [[FanNickname "Mystic"]] / "Ultimate" Gohan doesn't look flashy (he doesn't even go Super Saiyan), but goes even beyond Super Saiyan 3 in power and doesn't require Gohan to spend energy or put any strain on his body to use it.
* [[GirlNextDoor Boy Next Door]]: To Videl.
* BrainyBrunette: In his normal form.
* BrainySpecs: Post-TimeSkip after Buu is defeated, as an adult, when he's finally become a scholar.
* BreakTheCutie: Poor Gohan... First, he loses his father and then his mentor during the Saiyan invasion. He then has to fight a galactic tyrant who nearly caused the genocide of all the Namakians. He also watched his {{Honorary Uncle}} and new found friend murdered before his eyes and his recently revived mentor shot through the chest by the same tyrant. After returning to Earth he had to trained to get ready for two killer androids that murders everyone he loves in an alternative timeline and is thrown into a life-and-death battle against a bio-android by his own father. Gohan didn't have an easy childhood and Future Gohan from the alternative timeline had it far worse.
* BreakTheHaughty: Gets hit with this heavily after his transformation into a Super Saiyan 2. His false belief that Cell had no way to hurt him anymore led him to drag the fight out, which eventually resulted in the deaths of both his father and later Trunks. And then after Cell returns, hes immediately assuming he'll have the upper hand and won't have any trouble avenging Goku's death. Cue Vegeta's ill-fated RoaringRampageOfRevenge and Gohan ultimately letting one of his arms get broken in order to save Vegeta's life.
* BrilliantButLazy: Has (by far) the most natural fighting ability out of the entire cast, but he doesn't share his father's love of fighting and usually won't bother to train unless there's a threat. Because of this, he actually gets ''weaker'' after the TimeSkip. Vegeta chews him out for it, although, being DBZ, he eventually gets a [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential new powerup anyway]].
* BullyHunter: Especially as the Great Saiyaman.
* TheCape: Parodies this as a ShoutOut to SuperSentai as the Great Saiyaman.
* CharacterDevelopment: He undergoes the most in ''Z'', appropriate to his aging throughout the series. Notably, his entire subplot in the Saiyan Saga revolves around his growth from a cowardly "spoiled brat" to standing up to his fears and being able to fight.
* ChickMagnet: In high school he's quite popular with the ladies.
* ChildProdigy: In both fighting ''and'' academics.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: One of Gohan's defining characteristics. He absolutely cannot bring himself to pass up someone in need. This leads to his friendship with Dende, becoming Saiyaman, and his eventual death fighting the androids in the other timeline.
* CoolBigBro: To Goten.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Much like his father, he has an easy-going, innocent demeanor with a dose of dork. However, he is among the strongest in the universe and could become ''the'' strongest if he desired. And let's not get started on what happens when his BerserkButton is pushed.
* TheCutie: Especially as a child.
* DeadGuyJunior: Named after Goku's adopted grandfather.
* DecoyProtagonist: In the Buu Saga, it's established that he has taken over his father's role as the key protector of the world (as the finale of the Cell Saga supported). However, he ends up being [[spoiler:temporarily]] absorbed by Buu, leaving his father to take over as TheHero once more.
* DemotedToExtra: In ''GT''.
* {{Determinator}}: As much as his father.
* DorkKnight: Especially as a teen.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Though he's promoted to Protagonist and subsequently demoted to Tritagonist over the course of the Buu Saga.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: "There is no way I'm gonna let my girlfriend kiss that old relic!" after several instances of denying anything more than friendship with Videl.
* ExtremeDoormat: Has tendencies of this. When Videl blackmailed him and all the times he ran into Vegeta as a child. Especially one infamous moment when Vegeta lectured him by [[BrutalHonesty being brutally honest]] because of his fight with Dabura. In both situations, he just stood and did nothing instead of standing up for himself.
* FatherIDontWantToFight: Until provoked by Cell, that is...
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The Responsible Sibling to Goten's Foolish Sibling.
%%* FragileSpeedster: As a child.
%%** GlassCannon: When he got mad.
* FriendlessBackground: Subverted. Because Gohan was raised in seclusion, [[IntergenerationalFriendship he only made friends with adults and he never had any friends his own age until he turned 17.]]
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Has his father's tendency to love and befriend animals.
* FutureBadass: In the ''The History of Trunks'' side story, where he losses his arm.
* GainingTheWillToKill: Gohan, while being in several life or death fights throughout the series where he usually acted on instinct, (and was never powerful enough to kill enemies on his own outside of filler arcs) was faced with the decision to consciously kill Cell during the Cell games. Despite being brutalized by Cell and watching him torment all the other Z fighters and threaten the planet, Gohan doesn't gain the will to kill until Android 16 encourages him that in this instance it's okay before being crushed to death just a few feet away from him. This turning point pushes him into a sustained Super Saiyan 2 form for the first time.
* GeniusBruiser: One of the most powerful members of the cast, and also one of the smartest.
* TheGift: Even among his fellow hybrids, Gohan possesses the most fighting potential and could easily trump any fighter in the series.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Normally as a Super Saiyan, but subverted as a Super Saiyan 2 where he drops his restraints and holds nothing back against Cell or the Cell Jr.s afterwards.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[HumanMomNonHumanDad His father's a Saiyan, his mother's a human.]]
* HandicappedBadass: Future Gohan becomes one after he loses an arm fighting the androids.
* HappilyEverAfter[=/=]HighSchoolSweethearts: Meets his wife on his first day of high school.
** BabiesEverAfter: They also have their daughter Pan shortly after their marriage.
* HarmfulToMinors: This guy saw his dad die at four years of age, and was exposed [[WarIsHell to the horrors that come along fighting the protagonists]] at ''five''. This led to not following up on a {{comb|inationAttack}}o MeteorMove against Nappa, and panicking behind a rock, with Piccolo later chewing him out because of it, nearly dismissing him [[note]]As Piccolo was born basically to avenge his father/himself and kill Gohan's dad, it kinda makes sense why he couldn't understand why Gohan ran away.[[/note]], whilst Krillin was more sympathetic and understanding. He later grows out of his fear by the end of the Vegeta arc, battling alongside his senior warriors with guys like [[EvilOverlord Freeza]] and [[MixAndMatchMan Cell]].
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Gohan showed hints of the in the Cell Arc by berating himself for his docile nature. At the end with Gohan's final showdown with Cell, Goku [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments tells Gohan to stop attacking himself,]] and pushes him to believe in himself.
* HonorBeforeReason: Will protect the innocent ''no matter what.''
* HybridPower: As a Saiyan-hybrid he has far more inherent power than pure members of either race. He can, in fact, become the strongest fighter in the universe.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: If he wanted to he'd be the most powerful being in the entire universe, but he'd much rather have a normal life... he does succeed for a little while, but then everything goes to hell again.
* IWantMyMommy: As a kid, when he got lost and when he got kidnapped by Piccolo, you can hear him saying this.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Like his father
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Like his father, he turns into a great ape whenever he looks at the full moon while he has his tail, which was once used to the heroes' advantage as a [[SummonBiggerFish last resort in the battle against Vegeta.]]
* IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat: Having grown up with literally ''everyone'' in his life having superhuman powers, he doesn't realize that ''normal'' people cannot effortlessly jump 30 feet into the air.
** He doesn't realize that since common crooks are far less dangerous than Freeza and Cell, Videl can take care of herself in fights with them. Then again, he's right to be worried about her, since she often make mistakes dealing with terrain hazards (cliffs, falling objects) that could easily prove fatal without his help.
* ItsAllMyFault: Blames himself for his father's second death, when he could've just instantly slaughtered Cell and instead decided to [[RevengeBeforeReason torture him]], which led to Cell having a VillainousBreakdown and attempt a TakingYouWithMe, prompting [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Goku]] to step up and sacrifice himself for Earth's sake.
* JustAKid: Although not as much as his father, he was often underestimated as a child. Like his father before him, he quickly proves them wrong, especially when mad.
* KamehameHadoken: Later learned to do this.
* KidHero: Was this until the Buu Saga.
* LargeHam: THE GREAT SAIYAAAMAAAN!
* LickedByTheDog: His relationship with Piccolo.
* LikeParentLikeSpouse: Videl is one of the strongest women on the planet, just as Chi-Chi was at her age. The Funimation dub even had Gohan explicitly say that he's never met someone so headstrong and obstinate, "except for my mother." They didn't bother hiding this one.
* LightningBruiser: In Super Saiyan 2 form.
* {{Lunacy}}: The Oozaru transformation.
* ManlyTears: When he went Super Saiyan 2 for the first time.
* MartialPacifist: Has the potential to be the strongest person in the universe; ''hates'' watching people get hurt.
* MeaningfulName: Half Saiyan + Half Human = Saiyaman
* {{Megane}}: As an adult, except when serious because outside of fighting, he has a job.
* MessianicArchetype: In the original Japanese version of the chapter where he achieves Super Saiyan 2 and saves the world from Cell's genocidal killing-spree ("Son Gohan Erupts!!"), the subtitle blurb of the chapter cover is ''"[[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Savior, Thy Name is Son Gohan!!]]"'' This of course, is butchered-and-mangled into "A Great Fighter, His Name Is Gohan" in the English version to avoid offending the religious.
* MinoredInAssKicking: Became a scholar in the finale.
* MomentOfWeakness: Apparently he considers the moment when he cowered behind a rock instead of attacking Nappa back in the Vegeta arc, to be this. Moments afterward, Tenshinhan dies, and he blames himself for not being strong enough to prevent it. Worse, Piccolo ''agrees'' with him and chews him out even more, nearly dismissing him. Even in the Cell arc in the anime, it's shown that he ''still'' feels guilt over this, enough for it, and his other insecurities to push him into a Super Saiyan transformation for the first time.
* MommasBoy: Downplayed. While Chi-Chi doesn't make every decision for him in his adulthood, he just has a close relationship with her.
* MoralityPet: To Piccolo.
* MrFanservice: Grown up Gohan.
* MyDeathIsOnlyTheBeginning: Future Gohan to the Androids: "There is no end for me! NO END!"
* NerdsAreSexy: Even when wearing orange pants and heavy glasses! He's been called a nerd in series.
* NerdGlasses: As an adult.
* NiceGuy: One of the most unambiguously kind characters in the whole franchise.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: After utterly decimating Cell at Super Saiyan 2, leaving him badly wounded and missing several limbs, Gohan decides to hold back and savor Cell's pain and suffering for a bit longer even while Goku and the others urge him to finish the fight, unfortunately giving Cell the time to regenerate and then try to blow up the Earth, leading to Goku's semi-SenselessSacrifice.
* NotQuiteDead: Got blasted to kingdom come by Buu only to narrowly survive thanks to Supreme Kai. Everyone thought he was dead.
* NotWithThemForTheMoney: For Videl.
* TheObiWan: To Trunks in the BadFuture.
* ObliviousToLove: Endearingly and ''completely'' clueless about Videl's affections towards him until it's spelled out in black and white. Once that happens, he [[ChasteHero tries to deny his own feelings toward her for a while]], but it doesn't last long at all.
** He can't tell that Erasa has a crush on him either, when she's clearly hitting on him while doubling as [[MrExposition Ms. Exposition.]]
* OnlySaneMan: Most of the time.
* OutOfFocus: After being one of the primary protagonists during the entirety of ''Dragon Ball Z'', his role in ''GT'' is little more than a cameo at times.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: As a child.
* PowerStrainBlackout: When Gohan first goes Super Saiyan 2, he triggers it for only a second then passes out. This was seen in one of Goku's flashbacks of their training in the time chamber and was the moment that convinced him that Gohan could beat Cell if he could sustain that power.
* PsychoticSmirk[=/=]SlasherSmile: [[http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/6427/vlcsnap00176.png Oh dear god yes.]]
* PunnyName: Saiyaman! (Remember that hito/jin means "person".)
* PurpleIsPowerful: Subverted in the actual BigBad fights in the Freeza and Buu arcs, played ''very'' straight in the Cell arc.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Super Saiyan 2 Gohan [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim refused to just kill Cell already]] because he felt Cell hadn't suffered enough.
* SecretIdentity: The Great Saiyaman.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Denied anything going on between him and Videl. At first...
* SiblingYinYang: With Goten.
* SignatureMove: Masenko and Kamehameha (Specifically Father-Son Kamehameha)
* SpecsOfAwesome: In GT.
* SpikyHair: His hair as a teenager is spiked up by default.
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: His transformation into a cold-blooded and sadistic Super Saiyan 2 is chilling, to say the least. Also, his transformation into a Great Ape
* SurpassedTheTeacher: He does this twice. First with Piccolo, and then with Goku.
* TagalongKid: Until the Cell Saga.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Of the {{Adorkable}}[=/=]NerdsAreSexy kind in the Buu arc. He's even taller than Goku.
* TearsOfFear: Quite often during the Saiyan Sage. Less often during the Freeza Sage.
* TenderTears: It is quite tragic that one so powerful is born with a heart ''this'' kind.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: He gives an epic one to Goku during their training in the hyperbolic time chamber when he realizes that Goku is holding back his power during their sessions and Gohan is unable to receive proper training as a result. This forces Goku to drop his restraints and fight Gohan at full force.
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: In fact, he's got ''so much'' innate potential that he is told by Guru that he is capable of unlocking only a small portion of it, the rest of which is later manifested as Super Saiyan 2 and fully unleashed by Old Kai.
* TookALevelInBadass: Throughout all of Z but mainly achieving Super Saiyan 2.
* TrainingFromHell: The poor kid suffered this under Piccolo, and when he finally escaped it [[EducationMama he suffered a similar method under Chi-Chi]]. [[GeniusBruiser Totally worth it, mind.]]
* TaremeEyes[=/=]TsurimeEyes: Look at the picture.
* {{Tykebomb}}: Was raised by Piccolo to be a WorthyOpponent as well as fighting the Saiyans.
** Goku follows this even more when he throws him into the fight with Cell
* UnskilledButStrong: According to Raditz's scouter, his power level as an emotional four-year-old dwarfs that of trained adults Goku and Piccolo. Unlike the other characters, Gohan is very rarely training to become ''stronger'', per se. Gohan's training is usually about accessing the huge amounts of latent power he already has. As a result, he's rarely shown utilizing different techniques or strategies, he tends to either get tossed around like a rag doll or overwhelm his opponents with sheer brute force.
** To put into perspective just how powerful he is, at the age of six, he was several thousand times stronger than his father was in young adulthood.
* UnstoppableRage: What Gohan's "hidden powers" usually manifest as. While lots of characters get stronger when angry, Gohan's strength ''skyrockets'' to absurd levels when it happens to him. Several characters get GenreSavvy about this and try to engineer situations that will make him mad in order to take advantage of such power.
* UseYourHead: Used effectively against his uncle Raditz.
* WackyParentSeriousChild: The Serious Child to Goku's Wacky Parent. Although he has his "dork" moments, he is usually portrayed as more serious and sane.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Not so much towards Goku, who he loves anyway, but towards his second-father, Piccolo. Thankfully, the love is ''fully'' returned from the Demon King.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: A rare non-villainous example. Gohan has been known to not use his full power to end a contest quickly, largely because he lacks his father's tactical skill and Vegeta's [[BloodKnight killer instinct]]. This bites him in the ass on more than one occasion, particularly during the Cell Saga.
** Though the Cell Example is more an example of SuperpoweredEvilSide. The worst example of this would probably be when he failed to finish off Buu while he had the chance.
* WildHair: Unlike his dad his hair ''does'' grow, and he has this look a few times as a kid (usually after a long training session).
* TheWorfEffect:
** [[spoiler:Read Gotenks' profile, though he is the only protagonist besides Vegeta to actually touch him... and then instantly Curb-Stomped the moment Beerus notices him.]]
** Gets one-shotted by Fat Buu, demonstrating that despite his childish appearance, Buu is insanely powerful. In fact, the blow was so strong, it knocked him out, sent him flying miles away, and reduced his ki to below sensory threshold, causing everybody but Supreme Kai to think he was dead.
* YouLeaveHimAlone: Invoked for the first time to stop Raditz from beating Goku to death, and with spectacular regularity later on.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Vegeta]]
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!!'''Vegeta (ベジータ; ''Bejiita'')'''
->'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Creator/RyoHorikawa
->'''Voiced by (English):''' Creator/ChristopherSabat, LauraBailey (young in ''Kai'') (FUNimation); Creator/BrianDrummond, SaffronHenderson (young in flashbacks) (Ocean); Roger Rhodes (Blue Water)
->'''Voiced by (Latin American):''' ReneGarcia, Luis Daniel Ramírez (young), Andrés Gutiérrez Coto (''Kai''), Carlos Díaz (young in ''Kai'')

The royal prince of all Saiyans and, along with Goku, one of the few surviving members of his race. Started out as a villain who came to Earth to use the Dragon Balls for his own ends. But after that battle and his repeated run-ins with the heroes, he slowly but surely starts to come over to the heroes' side... somewhat.
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* AbsurdlyYouthfulFather: Thanks to being a Saiyan he hasn't changed a day since the fight with Buu, while his wife aged less gracefully.
* AbusiveParents:
** Freeza was his parental figure for most of his life.
** Acted like this towards Future Trunks, but learned the errors of his ways [[spoiler:after Trunks is killed by Cell]].
* ActionDad: To Trunks and Bulla.
* AloofBigBrother: He acts like this to Tarble.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Throughout the series, he ''hates'' that Goku is stronger than him.
* AntagonistInMourning: After Goku's death in the Cell Games. He decides to never fight again.
* AntiHero: One of the '''greatest''' examples anime or manga has ever given us. He pretty much created the mold for anti-heroic characters in Shonen anime and manga and went through the ''whole scale'' of anti-heroism during his character development in the series.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: The king of this trope. Often leads to epic BreakTheHaughty moments, even after becoming a ''good guy''.
* AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: There's a '''really good''' reason why he and his father were treated like royalty by the one of the most savage and brutal races in the universe. Just ask [[TheBrute Nappa]]... in the afterlife (see below).
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: How he learned the protagonists' signature ability to sense other people's energy.
* AxCrazy: In his ''majin'' state became this.
* {{Badass}}: Continued to be so despite experiencing some BadassDecay.
* BadassDecay: [[GenreSavvy And he's completely aware of it]].
* BadassArmFold: Almost as iconic as his psychotic smirk.
%%* BadassBoast: Quite a few.
* BadBoss
--> ''(to Nappa)'' "A paralyzed Saiyan has no further need to live. '''Die!!'''"
** There's also Raditz. When Nappa comes up with the idea of gathering the Dragon Balls to wish him back from the dead, Vegeta immediately vetoes this option, stating that Raditz was unworthy of being revived since he had lost in a fight against Earthlings.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: On Namek.
* BerserkButton: Despite his attempts to be a WellDoneSonGuy father, threatening or hurting his children and wife can easily send him into an UnstoppableRage. His anger at Beerus for slapping Bulma briefly allowed Vegeta to surpass Goku in the movie ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods.''
* TheBerserker[=/=]LeeroyJenkins: When not using his head, he rushes into everything.
* BigBad: Of the Saiyan Saga.
* BigEater: He actually shows this side of himself in the Buu Saga as well as in ''Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return'' where he intends to eat ''competitively'' with Goku.
* BigShutUp: He does this a lot.
* BloodKnight: Takes this Saiyan trait to such extremes that he allows Cell to become Perfect Cell in hopes of getting a greater battle from Cell. And boy, did he ever. Of course, being Vegeta, he didn't expect to be handily beaten while Cell was holding back most of his power the entire time.
* BloodUpgrade: When he realizes that Goku, a low-class warrior, has drawn his blood in their first fight, he goes absolutely nuts and tries to blow up the entire planet.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The only character who probably has more of an "alien" view of how the world is perceived than Goku, is Vegeta; considering that his desperation for a great battle has the been the catalyst for ''every single arc in Anime/DragonBallZ occurring.'' There is a reason why some fans consider him TheLoad.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In the English dub to the audience. "What are you looking at?"
* BreakTheHaughty: His story is jam packed full of this trope. After he makes a very long speech about how there is no way he can lose, he promptly gets his ass handed to him on a platter. Then, he screams in rage about his pride and unleashes everything he's got, but it barely dents the monster. Then, comes the dramatic crying. This happens at least once per season, if not more.
* BreakOutCharacter: Originally supposed to be just the Big Bad for the Saiyan saga, he is proved to be so popular among the fans that Akira Toriyama continued using him and turned him into the Anti-Hero (see above) as a result.
* BullyingADragon: On the receiving end of this. When Vegeta is at the tournament waiting for his match, a guy walks up to him and constantly berates him. Vegeta then knocks the guy out by punching him lightly in the face.
* ButtMonkey: In ''GT''. He gets put down by his own daughter for his mustache, and even if he shaved it off, neither Goten nor Chi-Chi seem to notice the change.
* ByronicHero: Willing to kill enemies, fighting dirty and always for his own purposes like power and fighting.
* CatchPhrase: In the English dub, he always called himself "the prince of all Saiyans".
** His insult of choice for Goku is "clown".
* ChangedMyMindKid: During Gohan's BeamOWar against Cell, Vegeta wouldn't help the protagonists in trying to aid Gohan because he didn't think they could do anything. Then, at the last minute, [[spoiler: Vegeta shoots a powerful beam that's strong enough to distract Cell, which allows Gohan to win the battle.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Goes from being a massive arrogant JerkAss of villain at the start of ''Z'' to an honorable warrior and close friend at the very end. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold He's still a bit of a prick, though]].
** Realizing that did he care about Trunks and admitting to himself that both Goku and Gohan had utterly surpassed him, at the end of the Cell Arc was the first step down that road that would accumulate into accepting Goku was better then him at the end of ''Z''.
* ChildSoldier: Raised as one by Freeza.
* '''ColdBloodedTorture''': Horrifically subjected to this by Freeza after trying to take him on thinking he was a Super Saiyan. It's not pretty.
* CombatPragmatist: Knowing that the Ginyu Force [[BewareTheSillyOnes were as dangerous as they were silly]], Vegeta kills Guldo, Burter, and Recoome after the former had his back turned and the latter two were defeated and knocked unconscious by Goku.
** Also, in an earlier battle with Zarbon, he proved he wasn't above throwing dirt in his eye, then attacking from behind.
* CryCute: A rare ''male'' example of this trope, tearfully begging Son Goku [[spoiler: to avenge the cold-blooded murder of their people as he dies of a punctured heart.]]
** Also during movie 12, ''Fusion Reborn''. He's frustrated with Goku [[CantCatchUp always]] [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter being stronger]] and with the fact that he's [[spoiler:dead and in Hell, therefore he doesn't have his body except for the duration of the movie]].
* DeadGuyJunior: His father was named King Vegeta.
** LegacyCharacter: Which puts him straight into this category, considering both his father ''and'' his planet share his name.
* DeadpanSnarker: Sometimes.
* DefiantToTheEnd: Against Freeza, who is enraged by this and [[spoiler: kills Vegeta as a result.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Mostly in ''GT'', although he does get a sizable role in the final arc.
* TheDragon: Shared this post with Zarbon and Dodoria towards Freeza.
* {{Determinator}}: (Seeing a trend yet?) One of his most consistent character traits, from the Saiyan Saga to his fight with Kid Buu. No matter how much punishment he takes, he just keeps getting up. His refusal to stay down unnerves Buu more than [=SSJ3=] Goku.
** And when he's turned into Majin Vegeta by Babidi, his desire to fight Goku enables him to resist Babidi's control.
* DotingParent: To his daughter Bra, and Trunks to a lesser extent.
* DrivenByEnvy: Pretty much what drives him through the last half of the Freeza Saga all the way to the end of the Buu Saga. He finally gets over this when he admits that Goku would always be better than him.
* EasilyForgiven: Goku and Bulma forgive him a lot easier than the other fighters for the murderous things he did in the past.
* EnragedByIdiocy: Especially involving Goku's. When Goku says or does something stupid, Vegeta yells at him with the phrase "you idiot!"
* [[EveryoneHasStandards Even Vegeta Has Standards]]: For a jerk, Vegeta is disgusted with Goku when he fails to save their children from the exploding Earth. He is also upset with himself after [[spoiler:letting Trunks get killed by Cell.]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Showed two examples of this during the Android Saga: Following the near-fatal capsule explosion, Vegeta couldn't fathom why Bulma had chosen to stay by his side while he was recovering. Later, just before his battle with #18, he scoffed at the thought of the other Z Fighters coming to his aid, even asking why they'd ''want'' to help him.
* EvilCounterpart: To Goku, initially. They are both Saiyans who love to fight and challenge themselves. The difference is that Goku values life and fights to protect those he loves, while Vegeta couldn't have cared less about anyone but himself. Vegeta eventually learns to value others and to accept and return love.
* ExtremeDoormat: To his daughter, [[DaddysGirl Bulla]] in ''GT'' to a lesser extent.
* FatalFlaw: Vegeta's pride and wrath.
* FearlessFool: Vegeta's the type to charge into battles with opponents who are much stronger than him. This may be due to his arrogance, though.
* TheFightingNarcissist: Despite his love of fighting, notably after getting a scratch, he decided to destroy the Earth.
* FinalFirstHug: When he hugged his son Trunks for the first time expecting it to also be the last time.
* ForeheadOfDoom: Could be said to be a general trait of Toriyama's art style, but Vegeta's is especially egregious, to the point of being a meme in Japan.
* FourIsDeath: The number of Saiyans still alive, according to Raditz.
** Also this is the number of times he dies in the series if you include the end of GT.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: In the early Freeza Saga and the Cell Saga, to everyone but Goku and Bulma -- even Trunks spent about as much time berating him as he did seeking his approval.
* FreudianExcuse: The dub adds in that one of the reasons he served Freeza was essentially by blackmail, as Freeza demanded that he submit to Freeza or else daddy will die by his hand. Of course, Freeza ended up killing daddy anyways, along with most of his race. This is implied somewhat in the original, but with nowhere near the level of importance the dub suggests to Vegeta's motives.
* GeniusBruiser: When he swallows his pride and uses his head, he becomes this.
* GenreSavvy: To the point of killing people Goku defeats because he knows Goku won't (see: Ginyu Force).
** Also this is the reason he ''didn't'' become as powerful as Trunks during the Cell saga, because he knew that [[MightyGlacier the power his muscles gained would slow down his movement speed]] and he wouldn't be able to catch or fight Cell that way.
** GenreBlindness: Why yes, Vegeta, ''fly right at Ginyu over and over.'' What could possibly go wrong?
* TheGlassesComeOff: Though it was not really glasses but a monocle-like scouter. Doing this, however, showed the audience exactly how dangerous he really was.
** And he only became even more dangerous when he stopped needing it at all.
* GoodCostumeSwitch: Vegeta starts off wearing a full suit of Saiyan armor. As the series continues, and Vegeta gradually undergoes a Heel-Face Turn he continues to stop wearing pieces of it, and by the time of the Buu arc he's just wearing the gloves and boots over the blue bodysuit. And at the very end of the series, once Vegeta has fully become a good guy and accepted the Earth as his home, he starts wearing Earthling clothes instead.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: When he sacrificed himself to try to kill Buu.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: In the Japanese version, he is the only major character to have English signature moves, namely the Big Bang Attack and Final Flash. Everyone else has Japanese-named techniques. According to Toriyama, this was done to make the alien Vegeta more exotic, or as he said in an interview, "to portray his foreign personality".
* GrowingMusclesSequence: Got a couple. The first time he ate a senzu and the first time he attempted to go beyond Super Saiyan against Cell. He didn't go USS so it wasn't as dramatic as Future Trunks'.
* GrumpyBear: When not in a fight, he's very grumpy indeed .
* HairTriggerTemper: He was always temperamental, but being bested or knowing Goku's better is usually what gets him the most mad
* HappilyMarried: At first, he didn't care about Bulma or their son after he was born. But after seeing Future Trunks [[spoiler:die at the hands of Cell]], he tries to show more concern for his family. After the battle against Buu, he finally settles down with Bulma for real, and they have a daughter.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: To sum up his alignment changes in ''DBZ'': he's bad, he's good (sort of), he's bad again (for a cup of coffee), he's good (for real).
* HereditaryHairstyle: Same hair as his father, King Vegeta.
* HeroicSacrifice: He willingly kills himself trying to take Majin Buu down with him, all for the purpose of saving his son's life, ''knowing he would go to Hell afterwards'' for all of the terrible things he had done in his life.
** FridgeBrilliance: This makes a lot of sense when you realize that Vegeta [[spoiler:already saw Future Trunks die against Cell]], which means that he ''had'' to save Kid Trunks no matter what.
** YouAreWorthHell: A literal case with his son.
** YouShallNotPass: He delivers an '''epic''' one to Majin Buu.
*** SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler: Which unfortunately doesn't work as planned.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: Much like Goku, though with a distinctly Saiyan-centric cultural influence to it.
* HotBlooded: Even if it does lead to a lot of trouble for the protagonists, he still looks cool talking about the hurt he's going to deliver.
* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake: While he may not ''win'' most of his fights, Vegeta is notably the biggest tank in the series. It takes something special to kill Vegeta, [[spoiler:''like a punctured '''HEART''' or [[HeroicSacrifice the man himself]]'']]. This is one of two guys who got up and kept fighting pretty well after being hit with a Spirit Bomb.
** Perhaps the greatest example is his YouShallNotPass moment against Kid Buu. When Goku needs time to recover, Vegeta steps in and gets the living ''shit'' kicked out of him. He gets blasted into a crater, and Kid Buu turns away to [[EvilLaugh start laughing.]] Then…
--> '''Vegeta''': What are you gawking at? What did you think? That I would just roll over and die from an attack like that?
--> ''All this shot from Vegeta's POV, so you see [[AxCrazy Kid Buu]]'s stunned expression, who proceeds to '''take a step back in shock.'''''
* HumanAlien: Like most Saiyans.
* HumanityIsInfectious: His love for Bulma and Trunks really helped mellow him out, which caused him great angst in the Buu Sage, since he saw this trope as part of his BadassDecay.
* HumiliationConga: Happens at least OnceASeason.
* IAmXSonOfY: A variation: "I am Vegeta, Prince of the Saiyan warrior race!"
* IdiotBall: Drops a fairly big one during the Freeza saga; When Krillin goes to Guru's to gain the password needed to activate the Namekian Dragon Balls, Vegeta decides to take a nap, not only disregarding the fact that Freeza could return at any moment, but also trusting Gohan to come and wake him up when Krillin returns.
** Considering he hadn't slept for days, he'd have been in worse shape if he didn't take a nap.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: While already one of the most powerful fighters he has repeatedly fallen on this. For example, in the Frieza saga he wanted to be the legendary super saiyan, in Cell saga he wanted to be the best and became Super Vegeta, and in Majin Buu saga he became Majin Vegeta thanks to this desire. And in true Dramatic Irony, his greatest CrowningMomentOfAwesome in the Z series is the moment he gives up and accepts that Goku is better than him.
* ImmortalitySeeker: Was this until Freeza was killed, then he lost all desire to live forever.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: This was why he was so hell bent on being stronger than Goku.
* InsistentTerminology: Makes a point of always calling Goku by his Saiyan name Kakarot, because he believes that Goku should take pride in his Saiyan heritage. The times he's ever spoken the name "Goku" can be counted on one hand.
* InsufferableGenius: He is a brilliant fighter and tactician when he is calm. He also knows very well that he is very good and will remind everyone so they do not forget.
* InterspeciesRomance: With Bulma.
* ItsAllAboutMe: He's easily one of the most selfish characters in the series. He comes to regret being this way when [[spoiler: he sees Future Trunks get killed by Cell.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ends up becoming this in the last saga.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Although he was too harsh with Gohan about him getting weaker in the Buu saga and how his fight with Dabura was a "disgrace," he made a good point.
* JerkassRealization: When [[spoiler: Future Trunks gets killed by Cell]], Vegeta realizes how harsh he was towards him and wanted to avenge his death.
* KamehameHadoken: His Galick Gun and Final Flash.
* KickTheDog: His speech to Kid Gohan in the Freeza Saga about Goku's supposed death on Namek.
** He literally kicked him much earlier in Namek, as a "message" to Goku to get revenge on him.
** His horrific killing of [[TheBrute Nappa]] moves it to this from KickTheSonOfABitch, considering Nappa's loyalty and staying with him all those years.
** Likewise, when Dr. Gero/Android #20 escaped making an energy wave attacking Bulma and main!Trunks, Vegeta didn't even bother trying to rescue them, Future Trunks. When Future Trunks [[WhatTheHellDad called him out on it]], he responded he doesn't care the slightest about them.
** Also in the episode "Vegeta's Pride" when he ''killed a majority of civilians'' to provoke Goku into fighting him (which may overlap with Moral Event Horizon).
* KnightInSourArmor: He was more willing to fight with the good guys once the Android and Cell Arc began but was still ''very'' bitter, angry and hostile towards the protagonists, especially [[TheRival Goku]]. And his elitist view on how a Saiyan should be never changed even if it went against his own son's wishes and even if it created more problems than solutions as far as the plot went.
* LackOfEmpathy: Prior to his HeelFaceTurn. Up to that point, his cruelty and callousness [[EvenEvilHasStandards shocked even cold-blooded Saiyan warriors like Nappa and Radditz]].
* LameComeback: In Funimation's dub, to Android 18. [[MemeticMutation "Sad for you!"]]
* TheLancer: After the Freeza arc, acting as a foil to the other protagonists.
* LargeHam: His ham level is '''[[UpToEleven OVER 9000!!!]]'''
* {{Leitmotif}}: Appropriately named "Hell's Bells".
* LethallyStupid: Vegeta's Saiyan pride always [[NiceJobBreakingItHero tends to bring him and others into trouble]]. Especially when he let Cell absorb Android 18.
* TheLoad: Vegeta normally zig-zags this trope. He causes way more problems than he solves. He does manage to do some useful things, but not things that couldn't have been done by anyone else (i.e. Nail could've killed Freeza's henchmen, Goku was more than strong enough to take the entire Ginyu Force, either Future Trunks or Piccolo could've killed Android 19, Future Trunks could've beaten Semi-Perfect Cell, either the Supreme Kai, Gohan, or Goku could've killed Pui Pui, etc).
** In fact, he's literally responsible for every single arc in the series. The Saiyan Saga is obvious. The Freeza Saga only happens because he let Freeza know what the Dragon Balls were. The Cell Saga wouldn't have happened if he didn't stop Trunks from finishing Cell off and ''actively help Cell absorb 18''. The Buu Saga would never have happened if Vegeta didn't sell his soul to the SatanicArchetype (or, to be more precise, Satan's puppet master), which kept Goku from just killing Babidi and Dabura and released enough energy to free Majin Buu.
** ForWantOfANail: Which qualifies for this.
** Cell wouldn't have been a threat at all if Vegeta had simply stepped in and helped Goku kill Androids 19 and 20 before the heart virus became an issue. Failing that, he ''still'' had the chance to rush Gero before he could release 17 and 18.
* {{Lunacy}}: The Oozaru transformation.
* ManipulativeBastard: He's actually quite cunning when he's not letting his arrogance or rage get out of control. Particularly in the Namek Saga; he bordered on [[MagnificentBastard magnificence]] there.
** Note that he went into that conflict knowing beforehand that he was hopelessly outclassed on several levels in terms of battle strength (in other words he came in with a humble perspective from the get-go), and his second most cunning moment (at the end of the Buu Saga) came just after he finally admitted to himself that Goku was the better warrior. In short, the cunning gets turned on when the arrogance gets turned off.
** The Cell Saga, on the other hand, is pretty much a case study of Vegeta letting his arrogance get the best of him. It gets so bad it verges on TooDumbToLive territory.
* ManlyTears: To Goku describing how Freeza used the Saiyans and killed them off despite their blind servitude. In the first dub this was included [[FreudianExcuse enslaving Vegeta via threat on his father... and doing it anyway]].
* MeteorMove: A frequent user (Ginyu, 19, Cell, Buu) and victim (Zarbon, Cell).
* MissingMom: Like the other Saiyans, his mother is never shown or mentioned.
* MrFanservice: The reason female readership went up after his appearance. He was the first manga/anime crush of many a fangirl.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After letting Cell absorb #18, he has this reaction when he realizes just how powerful Perfect Cell really is.
* [[MyDadCanBeatUpYourDad My Son Can Beat Up Your Son]]: After Trunks wins a match to Goten, Vegeta rubs this in Goku's face.
* {{Narcissist}}: Big time. He has a hard time believing that anyone could be stronger than him, despite all the times he gets his butt handed to him. It's literally not until the end of the series that he admits that Goku is his better.
* TheNapoleon: Short and perpetually filled with rage? You betcha!
* NinetiesAntiHero: A classic example. Started off as just another psychotic villain, but evolves into this trope during the Freeza and Cell sagas. Even after becoming a full-on good guy in the fight against Buu, he still retains a shred of his former badassery, such as punching out his opponent for mouthing off to him at the World Martial Art Tournament.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: See LethallyStupid above.
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: Calling him a coward is a major BerserkButton
* NobleDemon: Became this by the end of the Freeza arc. Whilst he still wasn't a remotely nice person, he wasn't anywhere near as evil as he used to be.
* NominalHero: Goes through this phase as part of his slow but eventual HeelFaceTurn, starting in the Namek arc as a VillainProtagonist seeking to overthrow his former master, and in the Cell and Buu arcs, defending Earth, but only for his own selfish reasons. After [[spoiler: his death and subsequent pseudo-revival in terms of coming back to Earth for one day]], he fights for the Earth for the sake of defending it for the first time and officially moved to GoodIsNotNice by the end of ''Z''.
* NotBrainwashed: He ''let'' Babidi turn him into Majin Vegeta for the power-up that comes with being turned into a Majin.
* NotQuiteDead: Got hit point-blank by Goku's Spirit Bomb and was sent flying into the air before landed back to earth. Everyone thought he was dead. He wasn't.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Towards [[InsistentTerminology Kakarot]] of course.
--> "[[FoeYay Kakarot is]] '''''[[FoeYay MINE!!!]]'''''"
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: If he's ever genuinely terrified of a villain (Freeza, Broly, and Beerus most notably) rather than his usual cocky self, you know they're not to be messed with.
* OverprotectiveDad: Acts like one towards Bulla in ''GT''.
* PapaWolf: Shows this side of him going completely [[BerserkButton berserk]] when Super Perfect Cell kills Future Trunks.
* PerpetualFrowner: When not being a SmugSmiler, he's this.
* PetTheDog: Before he sacrifices himself to Buu, he gives a heart-to-heart speech to Trunks and then hugs him. He's also had many of these moments throughout the series.
* {{Pornstache}}: In ''GT''. Thankfully, Bulla [[CallingTheOldManOut makes him shave it off]].
* PintSizedPowerhouse: He's not ''that'' short, but he was the smallest of the four Saiyans that originally came to Earth, and at that time he was by far the strongest. Out of the adult protagonists, only Krillin and Chiaotzu are shorter than him.
* {{Pride}}: Vegeta is the '''[[{{Pantheon/Pride}} God]]''' of this trope.
--> "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzLUgXNeCk8&feature=related There's one thing a Saiyan always keeps...]]"
* TheProudElite: He fits the trope perfectly, especially considering how he's always going on about how the Saiyans are a race of elite fighters who value their pride.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: A TropeCodifier for manga and anime.
* PsychoticSmirk: One of the most iconic users of this trope in anime. If he's not scowling, he's doing this.
* PureIsNotGood: He achieved Super Saiyan without having a pure good heart. He retcons this rule in the sub by explaining that having a heart of pure evil satisfied the requirement.
* ReadingsAreOffTheScale: Former TropeNamer.
* RealMenWearPink: The infamous pink shirt. He isn't happy about it, though.
* RedemptionDemotion: He eventually caught onto this, which is why he allows Babidi to make him a Majin. He ''does'' manage to avoid the worst of this trope however, unlike most of the others who get hit with it in this series. Vegeta manages to remain in the top three among the heroes in terms of power and ability fairly consistently. He's even the number two behind Goku during the latter parts of the Freeza saga and the beginning of the Buu Saga.
** Even in ''GT'' (where if your name isn't Goku or [[BrattyHalfPint Pan]], you're automatically doomed to get {{demoted to extra}}), he was close to Goku in his Super Saiyan 4 state.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Against Majin Buu. Although, he still ended up in Hell only to be semi-revived to fight Majin Buu. He gets his full redemption after he was brought back to life after explicitly asking that all the bad people stay dead.
* RedemptionInTheRain: He actually subverts it when he ''[[ScreamingWarrior screams]]'' the rain clouds away.
* RedOniBlueOni: In his earlier episodes, he was the blue to Nappa's red, and currently the blue to Goku's red.
* ReformedButNotTamed: He's still cold and aloof, but he genuinely cares for his family.
* RetiredMonster: At the end of the Freeza Saga, he's put his mass-murdering ways behind him to focus on surpassing Goku. He doesn't really pull a HeelFaceTurn until the Buu Saga.
* TheRival: Goku's biggest one.
* RoyalBlood: Something he obsesses over. Ironically, neither of his children seem to give a hoot about it.
* RoyalBrat: In his youth.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Manly Man to Goku's Sensitive Guy.
* ShirtlessScene: Particularly when training for the coming androids.
* SignatureMove: Galick Gun, Big Bang Attack, and Final Flash
* SixthRanger: To the protagonists on Namek.
* SixthRangerTraitor: To Freeza, [[spoiler: and the protagonists when he sided with Babidi in the Buu saga.]]
* SkewedPriorities: In the Buu Saga, he cared less about saving the world and more about getting powerful enough to beat Goku, which led him to allowing Babidi to turn him into Majin Vegeta, and led to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Majin Buu getting released.]]
* SlasherSmile: When he's neither grumpy nor smug, but on a powertrip, he'll be wearing this. And he wears it ''well''.
* SmallNameBigEgo: [[UpToEleven To the extreme]].
* SmugSmiler: When in battle, he's this, especially if he's confident enough to win
** SmugSuper: When faced with an enemy that's not above him, his ego is backed up with his power
* SocialDarwinist: Vegeta believes the Saiyan race is the most powerful in the universe and that Earthlings are weak and inferior to them. His transition to Majin Vegeta is largely because this belief, saying (in the English dub) "It's survival of the fittest. The strong will survive, and the weak shall perish!" Even Goku pointing out that during their battle they may have inadvertently revived Majin Buu is dismissed by Vegeta, saying (though he hardly believes it himself) that the two of them have evolved far beyond even Kaioshin's expectations to the point that Majin Buu is not a concern anymore.
* SociopathicHero: Even after becoming one of the good guys, he never lost his penchant for using violence as an answer to his problems... [[LaughingMad and then laughing maniacally]].
* SphereOfDestruction: His FinishingMove the [[GratuitousEnglish Big Bang Attack]].
* SpitTake: He does this in ''GT'' when Bulma tells him that the machine she made can help him turn into Super Saiyan 4.
* TheStarscream: He ''was'' this to Freeza.
* StealthPun: A particularly cruel one in the Freeza saga. [[spoiler: When Freeza's Death Beam punctures Vegeta's heart, he breaks down crying and tells Goku the sad story of the Saiyans' fate and begs Goku to avenge the Saiyans at any cost right before he dies which means he both literally and figuratively ''dies of a broken heart.'']]
* SupportingLeader: During the final fight against Kid Buu, and briefly against Majin Buu.
* TameHisAnger: He took the longest to do this out of the main characters, but by the end of the Buu Saga he had made his peace with [[TheHero Goku's superiority]].
* TearsOfFear: When he realized he had no chance against Freeza. Pointed out by the narrator in the manga and King Kai in the anime.
* TearsOfRemorse: As he [[spoiler: self destructed in an attempt to kill Majin Buu.]]
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler:Only for a minute at most, but after Bulma got slapped by Beerus in the ''Battle of Gods'' movie, Vegeta snapped and tried to attack Beerus with a sudden burst of power. Roshi noted that Vegeta may have ''finally'' been stronger than Goku.]]
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: With Krillin and Gohan during the Freeza Saga, and with Goku near the end of the Buu Saga.
* TookALevelInJerkass: He gets special mention here, as he manages to do this in every big saga until the very end.
* ToServeMan: In their first appearance, Vegeta and Nappa are shown successfully invading an alien planet and eating the remains of the planet's HumanoidAlien inhabitants.
* TokenEvilTeammate: After his HeelFaceTurn.
* [[TooDumbToLive Too Arrogant To Live]]: Vegeta has a habit of recklessly rushing into battle with opponents that he has little to no chance of defeating.
* {{Tritagonist}}: Shares this role with Piccolo in the Freeza and Cell sagas and is promoted to Deuteragonist in the Buu Saga.
* TroubledButCute: In-universe, this is his appeal to Bulma.
* {{Tsundere}}: A Type A rare male example.
* TsurimeEyes: Even in normal state.
* TheUnfettered: As Majin Vegeta.
* UngratefulBastard: Even if he's close to death, he'll still be enraged at someone if they try to help him due to his {{pride}}.
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: Wastes no time in gleefully indulging on this towards Goku, at least to an extent, when Trunks beats Goten in the Budokai.
* [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Unsympathetic Protagonist]]: Even after his HeelFaceTurn, particularly in the Cell Saga, Vegeta was still a prick who some fans felt got off too easy for his bad deeds. Even Piccolo and Tenshinhan treat him like this.
* UnstoppableRage: He's normally pretty angry already, but he takes this UpToEleven when [[spoiler: [[PapaWolf Cell kills Future Trunks.]]]]
* VillainousBreakdown: When Vegeta first fights Goku and finds himself struggling, his pride and vanity are pricked so hard that he completely forgets A) why he's on Earth in the first place and B) that he cannot breathe in space. He then tries to blow up the planet, and is narrowly prevented from doing so.
* VillainousRescue: On Namek when he saves Krillin and Gohan from Guldo, and then saving Gohan again from Freeza.
* VillainousWidowsPeak: It's hereditary.
* VillainProtagonist: During the Freeza Arc, he mercilessly slaughters Freeza's EliteMooks and killed innocent Namekian men and [[WouldHurtAChild children]]... ''[[ForTheEvulz just for the hell of it]]''. Even when working together with Gohan, Krillin, and Goku against The Ginyu Force and Freeza, it was TeethClenchedTeamwork at best. And had no qualms about leaving Krillin or Gohan behind when things got rough, beating them up out of spite, or threatening to kill them if they got in his way, and believe me, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he would have done it]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Goku as of the Buu Saga. He still wants to fight and defeat Goku, but he's much more willing to fight alongside him in order to end a common threat.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Has full control of his Great Ape form and has a technique specifically to artificially create full moonlight in order to transform when there is no natural moonlight.
* WarriorPrince: The ultimate anime example.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Well, he seems to ''try'' to be a standoffish father to (main timeline) Trunks, but his son never takes him seriously. Played straight with Future Trunks whom he was actually very jealous of for having become a Super Saiyan before him.
** He does take pride in Trunks' accomplishments (witness his uncharacteristic glee when Trunks beats Goten in the Budokai), and then there's this line regarding Future Trunks:
--->It's still hard for me to believe that he's a Super Saiyan at his age... but then again, he is '''my''' son!
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After first losing his tail, Vegeta points out that it doesn't matter since it'll grow back again soon. Then, it's never mentioned again.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: It doesn't come up very often, but he dislikes "squirmy things". Watch his reaction to meeting a family of giant worms inside Buu's body. "Kakarot, I think I'm going to puke."
* WorfEffect: Serves this role from the Freeza Saga forward.
* WorthyOpponent: How he sees Goku by the end of the series.
* WouldHitAGirl: Vegeta didn't hold back in his fight with Android 18. He got utterly crushed.
* WouldHurtAChild: He didn't mind beating Gohan and kneeing him in the stomach in the Freeza Saga.
** He also coldly murdered several Namek children when he was searching for the Dragon Balls.
* YouHaveFailedMe[=/=]YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Vegeta kills Nappa after he fails to kill Goku.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Trunks]]
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!!'''Trunks (トランクス; ''Torankusu'')'''
->'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Creator/TakeshiKusao, Creator/HiromiTsuru (Baby)
->'''Kid Trunks voiced by (English):''' Creator/LauraBailey (FUNimation); CathyWeseluck (Ocean)
->'''Adult Trunks voiced by (English):''' Creator/EricVale (FUNimation); Allistair Abell (Ocean); Matthew Erickson (Blue Water)
->'''Baby Trunks voiced by (English:''' Stephanie Nadolny (''Z''), Creator/ColleenClinkenbeard (''Kai'') (FUNimation)
->'''Kid Trunks voiced by (Latin American):''' Gaby Willer, Rocío Garcel (Baby)
->'''Adult Trunks voiced by (Latin American):''' Sergio Bonilla, Luis Fernando Orozco (''Kai'')

Son of Vegeta and Bulma. There are actually two versions of him in the story.

'''Both Versions'''\\

* {{Bishonen}}: The most stand out example of the cast.
* HalfHumanHybrid : Half Saiyan and half human
* HeroicBastard: At least, Bulma and Vegeta aren't husband and wife when Trunks is born. They are (in the normal timeline) by the time the Majin Buu Saga rolls around. In Future Trunks' world, they never get that chance.
* HumanMomNonHumanDad: His father's a Saiyan, his mother's a human.
* HybridPower: As a Saiyan-hybrid he has far more inherent power than pure members of either race.
* KamehameHadoken: His Burning Attack.
* MeaningfulName[=/=]ThemeNaming[=/=]UnfortunateName: Named after undergarments like all of Bulma's family.
* OnlySaneMan: Future Trunks in the Android Saga as he was the one most concerned with destroying the villains as quickly as possible. Then main timeline Trunks takes this to ButtMonkey proportions in the first arc of ''GT''.
* PurpleIsPowerful: Has purple hair like his mother.
* TsurimeEyes: Even when he's happy. In a series with OnlySixFaces, this is really the only sign we have that he's Vegeta's son.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]: Like his mother, his hair is a unnatural color.

'''Future Timeline'''\\
When Trunks is first introduced, he is a traveler from an alternate future where Androids have destroyed much of the world. He comes to the main timeline to warn Goku and his friends of their fate and then sticks around to make sure none of it comes to pass.
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* AdaptationalBadass: When he first shows up. In the manga, he's only about as strong as Goku was on Namek when he fought Freeza. In the anime, he defeats two guys who are stronger than Goku was on Namek. In a CurbStompBattle.
** To clarify: in the manga, Freeza was always inferior to Super Saiyan Goku despite putting up a decent fight, and King Cold was weaker than Freeza. Mecha Freeza was stronger than normal Freeza, but not ''quite'' as strong as Goku. When Trunks showed up, he pretty much instantly ended Freeza when he was distracted rather than let him power-up, so Freeza never really got the chance to put up a fight. In the anime, Freeza was equal with Super Saiyan Goku on Namek, fighting him to a stalemate until his stamina started dropping... and Mecha Freeza was supposedly even stronger than that, but without the stamina issues. King Cold is also made out to be even stronger than Mecha Freeza. Unlike in the manga, Trunks actually lets Freeza power up... and despite Mecha Freeza being even stronger than Goku was on Namek, Trunks completely humiliates him with no effort and kills his stronger father soon after.
* TheApocalypseBringsOutTheBestInPeople[=/=]MiseryBuildsCharacter: Growing up AfterTheEnd (and without Vegeta's influence) made this Trunks responsible, polite and selfless.
* BackFromTheDead: This is actually noticeable for him since his timeline has no Dragon Balls in it.
* {{Badass}}: Remember [[BigBad Freeza]]? The guy who took a '''[[ArcFatigue really]]''' long time to defeat back on Namek? Trunks [[EstablishingCharacterMoment introduces himself]] by '''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu instantly killing him]]'''.
* BadassArmFold: An overconfident Trunks displays this when fighting Perfect Cell.
* BadFuture: Where he came from.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Like his mentor, Gohan, he's shy, polite, kind, and values the sanctity of life. Also like his mentor, if you ''violate'' that sanctity in front of him, he will do his damndest to end you. And, as other tropes attest, he's perfectly capable of ruthlessness.
* TheBigGuy: His fights mostly showcase his raw strength. His fight with Perfect Cell, however, [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructs]] this.
* BigNo: [[{{memetic mutation}} (In)famously]] in the [[{{NARM}} English dub]], as well as in ''Kai''.
* BreakoutCharacter: His importance in video games is something to be amazed with. That's where his attacks got named in the first place. In ''Final Bout'' he's treated as a separate character even tough there's other ''two'' grown-up Trunks in the game already. In ''Shin Budokai'' and ''Heroes'', Trunks is TheProtagonist and a Supporting Protagonist respectively. Also the latest video games are fond of giving the Super Saiyan 3 transformation to other Saiyans besides Goku but they're just thrown in with no proper build up. Trunks' transformation, however, is an important plot ticket in ''Heroes'' and got an animation just for it.
** During the Cell Saga, in Japan's Character poll Trunks ranked higher than both Vegeta ''and'' Piccolo.
* BreakTheCutie: Growing up AfterTheEnd was one thing but particularly finding his BigBrotherMentor Gohan dead at age 13.
* CallingYourAttacks: Averted--he's actually pretty quiet during battle and his attacks only get named in the video games.
* ClippedWingAngel: A rare heroic example when he goes Ultra Super Saiyan against Perfect Cell.
* CombatPragmatist: Bless him, he ''tries'' to fight according to "common sense". He does have a sense of honor, but that's for friendly sparring matches or tournament bouts only; when it comes to saving innocent lives, he'll do whatever works. Unfortunately for him, he's in a {{Shonen}} series.
** That said, when he is stronger than his opponent, it does ''not'' last long. Future Trunks is not interested in a fair fight, holding back, or challenges. This is justified as a byproduct of the BadFuture he grew up in.
*** Seen clearly against Freeza. Instead of letting him power up to 100% like Goku did, he cut him in half the minute he was distracted. In the manga at least.
*** He's also the only who thinks to attack Cell during his TransformationSequence. It didn't work (apparently transforming generates a heck of ki barrier), but points for trying.
* CoolSword: Apparently the one Tapion used, assuming ''Wrath of the Dragon'' is canon and that it's the same sword used by Main Timeline Trunks.
* CurbStompBattle: First to Freeza and King Cold. Then gets to perform an ultra satisfying one on the Androids and later on Cell after returning to his own time.
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:When he fails to kill Cell in his Ascended Saiyan form, he says that Cell can destroy him. Cell spares him on the prospect that he could get stronger before the tournament. Trunks becomes stronger in the hyperbolic time chamber and sees Cell destroyed when Cell self-destructs. When Cell is reconstructed, Trunks is immediately killed by his first attack.]]
* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did He Just Slice and Destroy Freeza?]]: The reaction he invoked in the cast when they witnessed him slice Mecha Freeza in half.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:After growing up in an apocalyptic world, seeing your mentor and the closest thing to a big brother die, fleeing everyday from the killing machines responsible for all of the above, going back in time to a world where the heroes are still alive and to find a solution to make his timeline better, maybe earning the respect of the father he never knew, and confronting another horrible killing machine from the future (even dying briefly). With the Earth saved, he finally earns his father's respect, returns to the future to exact sweet revenge on the androids, and finally wait to defeat Cell, saving his world and allowing for the world to rebuild itself.]]
* {{Expy}}: Something of a CompositeCharacter of Kyle Reese and John Connor from the Franchise/{{Terminator}} series.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: He's well-aware that anything he does in the past will have no effect in ''his'' future, but merely create a better [[TimeyWimeyBall alternate timeline]].
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Anime and ''Bojack Unbound'' movie only, where he's a hit with the squirrel population and pink alien rodents at least...
%%* FutureBadass: Probably the Most Triumphant Example in manga and anime.
* GeniusBruiser: A variant. His fighting style is mostly brute force, but he's quite intelligent out of battle.
* GoodIsNotSoft: While Trunks is normally polite, caring, and greatly values life, he is also very practical-minded and can be ruthless when the situation calls for it. He rarely speaks or engages in boastful behavior during combat, and he always fights with his full strength, seeking not the defeat of his enemies, but their deaths. Notable examples of this aspect of his personality at work include attacking his father Vegeta with a powerful blast because Vegeta was trying to stop him from killing Cell before he became Perfect and, before accepting him as an ally, powering up in front of a damaged Android 16 in order to show him that he is the stronger one of the two and that, should Android 16 ever step out of line, Trunks will destroy him without hesitation.
* GreaterNeedThanMine: The main reason he's so desperate for this timeline to be different than his.
* GrowingMusclesSequence: Gets a very dramatic one when he goes Super Saiyan 3rd Grade. Unfortunately, the extra mass slows him down.
* HarmfulToMinors: His entire backstory falls under this.
* HeroicBSOD: When he fails to defeat Perfect Cell with the realization his Ultra Super Saiyan form is too slow, he gives up all hope and promptly tells Cell to kill him. Luckily, Cell was more interested in the Super Saiyans' sudden enormous strength to oblige.
* HurtingHero: Grew up in a world ruled by two merciless androids, [[spoiler:found his mentor Gohan lying dead in the rain, and then fought the androids himself to no avail.]]
* IaijutsuPractitioner: He proves this against Freeza's minions when he defeats them.
* KidFromTheFuture: Nearly blows his cover too, but luckily Bulma and Vegeta don't figure it out early.
* LastOfHisKind: As far as we are shown (if the movies aren't canon), Future Trunks is the last being with Saiyan blood left in his timeline.
** SoleSurvivor: He's also the last remaining protagonist after Future Gohan dies.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Again when his hair is longer.
* MightyGlacier: In his Ultra Super Saiyan state. He's only "slow" when compared to the other characters, but that was enough for Cell to beat him handily.
* MrFanservice: It's been theorized that a major reason people ship Vegeta/Bulma (which, when it was first written into the manga, would have been a CrackPairing of ''epic'' proportions) is just to make sure he's born. Readership with women went up when he was introduced.
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: Averted. Trunks meets his present self, still an infant, who [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments pulls his hair]].
* NiceGuy: In contrast to his brash, egotistical, arrogant, and violent counterpart raised by Vegeta, Trunks raised by Bulma alone turns out to be a well-mannered, gentle, introspective, sensitive, and kind sweetheart.
%% * [[FutureMeScaresMe Past Me Scares Me]]
* PragmaticHero: One of the few good guys in ''DBZ''' that will flat out try to kill the villain as quickly as possible, as opposed to holding back or finding some reason to spare them.
* PutOnABus: He returned to his alternate future timeline.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Upon returning home, Trunks proceeds to hunt down 17 and 18 and destroys them in a CurbStompBattle that doubles as a ReasonYouSuckSpeech. He then waits for Cell and also takes him out with haste finally securing peace for his timeline.]]
* SacrificialLion:[[spoiler: He was this to show that not only was [[HesBack Cell BACK]], he was ''Super Perfect'' and that anyone could bite it with Goku already being dead.]]
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: An unusual example in that he's not trying to correct his own timeline, but make an alternate one where the BadFuture never happened. Although he is looking for a way to save what's left of earth in his timeline.
* ShoutOut: A FutureBadass comes back in time to save the present from cyborgs? [[{{Terminator}} Where have I heard that before?]] This version of Trunks and Bulma also visually resemble John and Sarah Connor as they appear in the second movie.
* SignatureMove: Burning Attack
* SmugSmiler: Something that gets overshadowed by his overall character but Trunks, when he believes victory is assured, tends to drop some pretty epic smirks as seen when fighting Freeza and Cell in his future. Perhaps he’s not that different from his father after all. To the point that Vegeta has a dream of a Super Saiyan Trunks [[http://i56.tinypic.com/34eozlv.jpg giving him one]].
* SphereOfDestruction: His Heat Dome Attack makes one ''around him''. Also his Burning Attack, which involves him flailing his arms around wildly first.
* StepfordSmiler: Trunks was definitely this at the beginning of the Android Saga when he met the protagonists with smiles after defeating Freeza and King Cold. They had no idea where he was from or the fact he's a HurtingHero who arrived to prevent their deaths.
* TellMeAboutMyFather: Bulma's kindly-meant whitewashing of Vegeta's personality paid off with some unexpected dividends later on.
* TookALevelInBadass: Wasn't badass enough at first to take on the androids of his timeline but then spent time training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.
* TragicDream: He wants to correct the primary timeline because he can't fix his own one beyond rebuilding after the apocalypse.
* TroubledButCute: Twenty years of fleeing for your life from two homicidal androids has left Future Trunks emotionally scarred and serious.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Desperately wants approval from the father he never knew. [[spoiler: He earns it.]]
* WouldHitAGirl: In his fights against Future Android 18.
* YouAreAlreadyDead: Does this to Android 14 in the ''Super Android 13'' movie with his sword and without saying a word.

'''Main Series Timeline'''\\
Afterward, the Trunks of the main timeline is revealed to be somewhat of a daredevil and thrill seeker (partially thanks to his father's influence), usually being the one to make the decisions between Goten and himself. He mellows out by the ''GT'' saga though and is a bit more rational--he has to be when he's the CEO of Capsule Corporation at only 23.
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* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Vegeta was around, what did you expect?
* BadassInANiceSuit: He may be the President of Capsule Corp, but he can still kick ass.
* BashBrothers: With Goten.
* BrattyHalfPint: What distinguishes him from Future Trunks, thanks to growing up in a time of peace (and having his father around).
* DraggedIntoDrag[=/=]DisguisedInDrag[=/=]HarmlessLadyDisguise. Hilariously in ''GT'' as a bride.
* DemotedToExtra: Later on in ''GT''.
* FusionDance: Into Gotenks and part of the TropeNamer.
* HairTriggerTemper: Like father, like son.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Goten.
* KidHero: Shares this with Goten.
* MoralityPet: The first half of Vegeta's reason to become a better person.
* JustAKid: Before his first fight at the tournament, he was belittled by the other children (he was forced into the kids division) since he was so small and young. Didn't last after the first fight.
* MrFixit: In ''GT''.
* NaughtyIsGood: As a kid.
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: Again, like father, like son.
* OlderThanTheyLook: In the Battle of Gods movie.
* PintSizedKid: As a kid.
* PurelyAestheticGlasses: ''GT'', but only when he dresses up to work at Capsule Corp.
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Goten's red.
* ScarfOfAssKicking: In ''GT''.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The "manly" part (well, [[BrattyHalfPint bratty at least]]) with Goten.
* TheSmartGuy: In ''GT''. Granted, his competition is [[IdiotHero Goku and Pan]]...
* SpoiledSweet: Unlike Future Trunks, he grew up privileged. Still a decent guy, he just picks up more of Vegeta's arrogance.
* StraightMan: To Goku and Pan in ''GT''.
* TeamMom: Is a male version of this in ''GT''. He's just not enough of a disciplinarian to be a TeamDad.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Son Goten]]
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!!'''Son Goten (孫 悟天)'''
->'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Creator/MasakoNozawa
->'''Kid Goten voiced by (English):''' Creator/KaraEdwards (FUNimation); JillianMichaels (Ocean)
->'''Adult Goten voiced by (English):''' RobertMcCollum (FUNimation); Creator/BradSwaile (Ocean); Scott Hendrickson (Blue Water)
->'''Kid Goten voiced by (Latin American):''' Laura Torres, ??? (''Battle of the Gods'')
->'''Adult Goten voiced by (Latin American):''' Víctor Ugarte

The second son of Goku and Chi-Chi, born some time after the Cell Games. Has a very childlike naivety not unlike Goku when he was little; though also has Gohan's childhood crybaby tendencies. Between Trunks and himself, he's surprisingly the voice of reason, though he usually goes along with the former's ideas. By ''GT'', he settles down to live more or less as a normal teenager, worrying more about girls than fighting.
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* {{Adorkable}}: Well mannered, naïve, and so dorky he's the ''only'' person who finds Gohan's ''embarrassing'' superhero costume to be "cool."
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: As a kid.
* AllLovingHero
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: In ''GT'', always tries to save Valese.
* BadassAdorable: Considerate, kind, sensitive, warm-hearted, polite AND can kick the ass of evil.
* BashBrothers: With Main Timeline Trunks.
* BigBrotherWorship: He absolutely loves and adores Gohan, to the point of thinking that hideous Saiyaman costume is cool.
* BigEater: A family trait.
* BreakTheCutie: He goes through this after watching [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath Super Buu murder his mother by turning her into an egg and crushing it.]]
** HarmfulToMinors: [[JustifiedTrope He really didn't handle this well.]]
* ButtMonkey: Big time.
* CheerfulChild: He's a GenerationXerox of [[AllLovingHero Goku]].
* ChickMagnet: Much like his father and big brother. In ''GT'', college-age Goten seems to be going out with girls all the time.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: As a child.
* [[CoolBigBro Cool Little Bro]]: Gohan sees him as this.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Like his older brother and father, he's easy-going, innocent, and inherited his father's naivety. However, like everyone else in his family, he's a cute bruiser who holds the title for the youngest Super Saiyan.
* TheCutie: Look at him.
* DemotedToExtra: In ''GT''.
* DorkKnight: As an adult.
* TheEveryman: When he grows up.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The Foolish Sibling to Gohan's Responsible Sibling.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: His love for animals is identical to that of his father's, too.
* FusionDance: Into Gotenks and part of the TropeNamer.
* GenerationXerox: Look at the picture.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[HumanMomNonHumanDad His father's a Saiyan, his mother's a human]].
* HereditaryHairstyle: Got it from Goku.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With main timeline Trunks.
* HybridPower: As a Saiyan-hybrid he has far more inherent power than pure members of either race. He becomes the youngest Super Saiyan in the series.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Just like his father and big brother, this is what allows him to ride the Nimbus cloud before he learns how to fly.
* InnocentProdigy: He didn't even know what a Super Saiyan was when he accidentally transformed during his sparring match with Chi-Chi.
* JustAKid: Like Trunks above, was underestimated by the other children during kid diversion of the tournament. And just like Trunks, it didn't last after his first match.
* KamehameHadoken: On occasion.
* {{Keet}}: Super energetic, and rather loud.
* KidHero: Shares this role with Trunks.
* MommasBoy: Is this to Chi-Chi along with Gohan. Downplayed, as he is shown still living with her in GT, and she's not trying to make every single decision for him.
* NaughtyIsGood: He is partners in mischief with Trunks, after all.
* NiceGuy: He's the nicer one of the Trunks/Goten duo.
* OlderThanHeLooks: In the ''Battle of Gods'' movie.
* OnlySaneMan: Sometimes.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: As a kid.
* RetGone: Inverted. He doesn't exist in the original timeline (the timeline Future Trunks comes from), but the changes made by Future Trunks and Cell's time traveling alter this.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Trunks' blue.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The sensitive part, with Trunks.
* ShipperOnDeck: For Gohan/Videl before they started dating. Goten asks her to be his big sister.
* SiblingYinYang: To Gohan.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: He was born nine months after the Cell Games and Goku's death.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: When first introduced, he looked almost ''exactly'' like Goku did back at the start of ''Dragon Ball'', without the tail and wearing longer sleeves. He later mentions he grew his hair specifically because he was sick of looking identical to his dad.
* TaremeEyes[=/=]TsurimeEyes: Like his father and brother.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Trunks isn't "toxic," per se, but Goten sometimes goes along with whatever mischief Trunks does.
* UnskilledButStrong: As a kid. He was a Super Saiyan and yet couldn't even ''fly''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fusions]]
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!!'''Gotenks (ゴテンクス; ''Gotenkusu'')'''

When Goku returned from the afterlife with the knowledge of the FusionDance but no eligible partner to perform it with, [[BashBrothers Goten and Trunks]] were taught it, and their mothers came up with the combined name Gotenks. The result combines Goten's childishness with Trunks' brattiness to create one of the weirdest and goofiest fighters in the series, the kind who would come up with the Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack.
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* AwesomeButImpractical: Pretty much all of the attacks he comes up with are flashy but ineffective. The Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack initially seems to be very powerful and effective, but when Buu later attempts to use it against Vegetto, he quickly demonstrates the attack's fatal flaw (the ghosts can be detonated from a safe distance with ki blasts) and subsequently mocks Buu for thinking an attack dreamed up by two kids could beat him.
* BrattyHalfPint: Even still good, he has a pretty bratty attitude, especially considering his proud behavior.
* BoisterousBruiser: He's more fight-loving [[LargeHam and the biggest loudmouth in the series]].
** Though being a loudmouth was what enabled him to create a dimension hole by ''screaming''.
* BreakTheHaughty: When Goten and Trunks finally manage to successfully fuse, Gotenks recklessly rushes into battle with Buu and [[CurbStompBattle gets utterly crushed]]. He doesn't learn from this experience, of course.
* CallingYourAttacks: He even gives names to somewhat stylized versions of otherwise normal punches and kicks, most of which are ridiculous ("''Screaming Angry WOMBAT!!!''").
** [[UpToEleven He even keeps cue-cards in his vest that he reads before attacking.]]
* CompositeCharacter: [[FusionDance Literally]]. He combines features of Goten and Trunks... though he ends up looking kinda like a chibi Vegeta, because Trunks very obviously has mostly Vegeta's facial features, so once you add black hair...
* CuteBruiser: If you can get past his [[SmugSuper "I'm the best"]] personality.
* FearlessFool: Like Vegeta, Gotenks is very arrogant and charges into battle with enemies he can't defeat. This is played straight in his first appearance, when he tries to rush into battle with Majin Buu, and gets his ass handed to him.
* HairTriggerTemper: He got Vegeta's temper, which is an off-suit of Trunks.
* [[HourOfPower Half An Hour Of Power]]: He can only stay fuse for thirty minutes. He can also only maintain his Super Saiyan 3 transformation for five minutes before he reverts to his base form.
* IdiotHero: Combining the arrogance of Trunks and the naivety of Son Goten results in a naive and arrogant showoff-blowhard who is too busy "looking good" to save the world.
* KidHero: One of the strongest characters in the show and is the fusion of two kids who are not even ten.
* LargeHam: He absolutely loves being overdramatic in calling his attacks.
* LetsGetDangerous: Once he stops messing around, he pummels the living daylights out of Buu.
* TheMinionMaster: With the Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack, which summons not-too-bright ghost copies of himself that explode on impact.
* MulticoloredHair: Trunks' purple hair on the sides, Goten's dark hair up the middle.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: In the episode "The Celebrations of Buu." he runs around naked, he's being chased by Chi-Chi, after Goku blows up the bathtub.
* NaughtyIsGood: He is the fusion of two children, so it's to be expected.
* TheNapoleon: Powerful and the shortest main character (save for Goten and Trunks obviously) at the end of ''Z''.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: He's one of the strongest beings in the universe and one of the shortest.
* [[{{Portmanteau}} Portmanteau Name]]: In Japanese his name is the first two syllables of Goten, the last two syllables of Trunks, and an "n" dividing the two halves.
* SignatureMove: Super Ghost Kamekaze Attack
* SkunkStripe: Has Trunks' purple hair with Goten's black hair outlining it
* SmugSuper: Is very cocky due to his power, but it is usually a FatalFlaw for him.
* TookALevelInBadass: When he reaches [=SSJ3=] and began to take his battle with Buu more seriously.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Son Goten was not an egotist; all that arrogant and overconfident traits therefore all comes from Trunks.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Non-creepy example, he talks with both Goten and Trunk's voices simultaneously. This also applies to Gogeta and Vegetto.
* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler:Poor guy got his ass handed to him by Beerus in the new movie.]]

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!!'''Gogeta (ゴジータ; Gojīta)'''

The combined form of Goku and Vegeta using the FusionDance. He debuted in movie 12, ''Fusion Reborn'', as a last ditch effort to defeat Janemba, and it worked. He shows up again in ''GT'' as a rather goofy Super Saiyan 4 to fight against Omega Shenron.
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* AwesomeButImpractical: At Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta's [[HourOfPower time limit]] is extremely short.
* {{Badass}}: There's a very good reason this guy's limited by time constraints; the fusion of Goku and Vegeta makes him the single strongest fighter in the series, capable of taking down a demon made of pure evil in ''seconds'' in his first appearance. Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta takes this even further, as his power exceeds that of Omega Shenron. His goofiness is the only thing preventing him from ending the fight in five seconds.
* CurbStompBattle: Deals these out like a champ.
* [[HourOfPower Half An Hour Of Power]]: He can only stay fused for thirty minutes, except as a Super Saiyan 4. He only has ''ten minutes'' due to the massive power of the form.
* LightIsGood
* LightningBruiser: He's so fast he can hit an opponent multiple times ''before moving his arms''.
* [[{{Portmanteau}} Portmanteau Name]]: Like Vegito, only this time it's the first syllable of Goku and the last two syllables of Vegeta.
* RedheadedHero: As a Super Saiyan 4.
* ShowyInvincibleHero: Likes to play with his food as a Super Saiyan 4.
* SignatureMove: Stardust Breaker and Big Bang Kamehameha
* SphereOfDestruction: His Stardust Breaker / Soul Punisher, a rainbow-colored ki sphere that [[DeaderThanDead completely obliterates]] Janemba from the inside out.
* TheStoic: His initial appearance has him as one.
* StoryBreakerPower: Like his Potara counterpart, he is easily one of the strongest characters in the entire series (second only to Vegetto). All of his battles are {{curb stomp}}s.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Both Goku and Vegeta speak at once, creating this effect
* WeaksauceWeakness: Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta is effectively omnipotent as a fighter... so long as he can [[HourOfPower beat opponents in a handful of minutes]].
* YouFightLikeACow: As a Super Saiyan 4 in ''GT'', he's a complete goof and seems more interested in mocking Omega than in actually fighting him.
** BatmanGambit: Much like Vegetto below, this is a ploy to piss off Omega enough to give him the opportunity to get rid of all the negative karma enveloping the Earth. He tries to kill Omega right afterwards. [[WeaksauceWeakness Too bad he thought he had more than ten minutes to work with, however.]]

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!!'''Vegetto (ベジット; ''Bejitto'')'''

The [[FusionDance combined form]] of Goku and Vegeta, using the Potara Earrings. A long-awaited combination and ''the'' most powerful character in the manga Z series. And then [[BalefulPolymorph he got turned into a coffee candy]]. And he ''still'' kicks ass. HilarityEnsues.
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* AdaptationalBadass: And the effortlessly part, in the manga, he immediately goes to Super Saiyan, the anime has him effortlessly overpowering him and only turned Super Saiyan [[ItAmusedMe for the heck of it]]
* {{Badass}}: The fusion of two Badasses could only result in this. He effortlessly kicks Super Buu around before letting himself get turned into candy to free his comrades.
* BadassBoast: After Super Buu turns him into a candy.
---> '''Vegetto''': "I'm no ordinary candy -- I'm a jawbreaker! The strongest piece of candy there is!" (The "jawbreaker" is only part of his boast; he is actually turned into a coffee candy, noted both in the English dub and Japanese original.)
* BarrierWarrior: He made a ki barrier around to protect himself from being properly absorbed by Buu.
* BalefulPolymorph: But he didn't let that stop him. See ''The Amazing Fighting Candy''!
* {{BFS}}[=/=]LaserSword: His [[YuYuHakusho Spirit Sword]]/''Ki no Tsurugi'' attack.
* CaptainErsatz: Of ''Gogeta''. As Akira Toriyama mentions in [[http://www.kanzenshuu.com/translations/daizenshuu-6-akira-toriyama-super-interview/ an interview]], he wanted Goku and Vegeta to fuse, but didn't want to step on the toes of ''Fusion Reborn'', which was already in-development at the time. He took the earrings that Kaiōshin had been wearing all along, changed the way the fusion worked (permanent vs. temporary; melded-outfit vs. fancy vest; composite vs. original attacks), and Vegetto was born. Toriyama did later sketch Gogeta for the movie DVD box set in Japan, though.
* CompositeCharacter: About halfway between Goku and Vegeta in height, frame, and hairdo. By some strange coincidence, the result looks like Gohan did during the same saga. He also has composite ''attacks''. For example, the "Final Kamehameha".
* GuileHero: Him manipulating Super Buu and frustrating him into acting desperately was ''the main plan'' to saving his sons, friend and the whole universe.
* NoSell: Baring Buu's absorbing technique, EVERYTHING. And if he didn't plan on getting absorbed to free the others he probably would have dealt with that too.
* [[{{Portmanteau}} Portmanteau Name]]: In its Japanese spelling, it combines the first two syllables of Vegeta and the last two syllables of Kakarotto.
* ShaggyDogStory: The whole reason he wanted to get absorbed was so that he could destroy Buu without his absorbed victims dying. But this just lead to Buu taking on his most deadly form, who then proceeded to kill all of them anyway (along with the planet). As a bonus, the ordeal dissolved the fusion, leaving them ''much'' weaker. Of course, it's not a good look for the hero to be ''directly'' responsible for the death of his friends/children, even when DeathIsCheap.
* ShowyInvincibleHero: And he's well aware of it!
--> '''Vegetto''': "No, really! That was an awesome attack! I could have been killed."
-->*{{beat}}*
--> '''Vegetto''': "Well, maybe I am exaggerating a little bit. I could have at least gotten a bruise or maybe a small scratch..."
** It quickly becomes very clear that Buu has no chance of killing him, even though Vegetto isn't fighting at full strength, and yet the fight is still oh so entertaining to watch.
* SignatureMove: Final Kamehameha and Beam Sword Slash
* SmugSuper: The most powerful being in the manga by far and he's ''very'' well aware of it. Unlike Gotenks though, it never gets in the way of accomplishing his goals.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: "Vegetto" (Bandai's spelling) or "Vegito" (Funimation's spelling)? Neither one makes sense in most English adaptations, since his name is a portmanteau of Vegeta's name with Goku's Saiyan name, which is commonly romanized as "Kakarot" instead of the literal "Kakarotto". Viz attempted to reconcile this by changing his name to Vegerot in the English manga, but then they changed it back to Vegetto in the Viz Big reprint (although, one has to wonder why they didn't went with the more obvious "Vegetot").
* StoryBreakerPower: He is the strongest character to ever show up (not including ''GT''). Old Kai states that Potara Fusion is stronger than Fusion Dance (Gogeta) and even if it wasn't, there's no half hour time limit so he could outlast anyone.
* TooPowerfulToLive: If this guy stayed around, the plot would have basically ended in five minutes. And you would've written off the main character and his main foil at the same time...
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Except in the Ocean dub, where he is voiced by Brian Drummond (Using a higher-pitched version of his Vegeta voice).
* YouFightLikeACow: Most well known for this. He combines Goku's sense of humour with Vegeta's arrogance and wit, to both beat and mock the living daylights out of Super Buu.
** BatmanGambit: Of course, this is all part of his plan: getting Buu pissed off and desperate enough to absorb him, so he can free everyone absorbed by Buu.
* XanatosGambit: ''The entire battle'' between Vegetto and Super Buu was this. It didn't matter what Super Buu threw at Vegetto as he had a back up plan or counter strategy for anything. Any outcome in that fight would have suited Vegetto, if Super Buu turns Vegetto into candy, Vegetto still retains his power, as he is much stronger than Super Buu, and it just makes Vegetto a harder target to destroy, if Super Buu absorbs Vegetto then it becomes easier for Vegetto to remove his sons and friends from Super Buu's body and depower him and if Super Buu tries to kill Vegetto... Vegetto would instantly slaughter him. Of course, while that option would be just as effective, it would have been personally immoral for Vegetto as he would be unconsciously murdering his own sons and friends. And while they could be brought back to life with the Dragon Balls, Vegetto would still have somewhat of a heavy conscience for what he did.
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!!'''Pan (パン)'''
->'''Voiced by (Japanese):''' Creator/YukoMinaguchi (Japanese)
->'''4-year-old Pan voiced by (English):''' Susan Huber (''Z''), KateBristol (''GT'' flashbacks) (FUNimation); Brenna O'Brien (Ocean); Caitlynne Mederek (''GT'' flashbacks) (Blue Water)
->'''9-year-old Pan voiced by (English):''' Elise Baughman (FUNimation); Caitlynne Mederek (Blue Water)
->'''voiced by (Latin American):''' Circe Luna, Ángela Villanueva (Old)

The daughter of Gohan and Videl, introduced at the tail end of the original series though given more of a fleshed out character in the anime-only ''GT'' series. Very much a tomboy and thrill-seeker, willing to prove she's just as tough as her grandfather when given the chance. But not without a soft side either.
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%% * AffirmativeActionGirl
* BadassAdorable: At this point, it's pretty much safe to say that this trope must run in the Son bloodline.
* BareYourMidriff: In ''GT''.
* BerserkButton: Never make fun of her eyebrows.
%% * BoyishShortHair
* BrattyHalfPint: In ''GT''.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Despite being something of a tomboy (and not even being a teenager, for that matter).
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Videl being pregnant with her was all Goku needed to complete the Super Saiyan God transformation.]]
* TheChick: In ''GT''.
* CoolOldLady: At the end of ''GT''.
* ChildProdigy: Despite being only nine, she is already very powerful, and the ''[[AllThereInTheManual Dragon Ball GT Perfect Files]]'' state she has the potential to transform, and imply she might become a type of Super Saiyan never seen before.
* CuteBruiser: Just because she is a cute little girl doesn't mean she won't kick your ass.
* TheCutie: As a four year old she was seen as cute and bubbly and full of energy. This rarely appears in GT though.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: In ''GT''.
* FingerlessGloves: Her clothing style.
%%* GenkiGirl
%% * HairTriggerTemper
* HeirToTheDojo: Of Satan-style. She winds up running the dojo as a teenager.
* KamehameHadoken: Unsurprisingly good at it, considering her father, grandfather and uncle are.
* {{Kawaiiko}}: Only ''something'' of a tomboy.
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: In the manga and ''Z'', where she was introduced at the very end of the series. Averted in ''GT'', where she is one of the main characters.
* LittleMissBadass: Four years old in ''Z'', around nine years old in ''GT'', but badass and adorable all the way.
* LittleMissSnarker: In the ''GT'' series.
%%* MouthyKid
* NiceHat: As an old lady at the end of ''GT''.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Much to her chagrin.
* OutdatedOutfit: Her clothes in ''GT'' are extremely [[TheNineties 90s]].
* PintsizedPowerhouse: She already possesed tremendous strength and the ability to fly by the time she was four years old.
* RetGone: Inverted, see Goten's entry.
%%* {{Shorttank}}
* ThemeNaming: Pan is Akira Toriyama's CrowningMomentOfAwesome in theme names. The obvious facet is that "pan" is a Portuguese loan word for "bread," punning off her dad's name, which means rice (and if you want, you can stretch the pun: Chi-Chi can mean "milk" or "breast milk."). Pan is also a satyr in Greek mythology whose imagery was borrowed for the Christian devil. Her mother's name is an anagram of "devil," and her maternal grandfather is Mr. Satan! Pan could also be a reference to the Pan Pipes in honor of Piccolo.
** It gets even better: In Greek, "pan" is a prefix meaning "all." So Pan is, in fact, named after all of these characters.
** Her name might also be a reference to her Saiyan heritage, as the genus of the Chimpanzee species is called "Pan".
** Pan may also be an abbreviation of panties or pants, in honor of the clothing-based names of Bulma's family.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tomboy to Bulla and Marron's girly girl.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak
* UnevenHybrid: Pan is a quarter Saiyan through her grandfather Goku and three quarter human.
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