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In order of appearance.
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[[index]]
* [[Characters/DragonBallSonGoku Son Goku]]
* [[Characters/DragonBallVegeta Vegeta]]
* [[Characters/DragonBallSonGohan Son Gohan]]
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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.
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[[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.
* 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: While not ''ugly'', he is kind of schlubby and baby -faced. That said, he is average looking compared to Android 18.
* 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.
** In the manga he's a bit smarter, 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.
** When fighting Nappa, Tien keeps on going after losing an arm, before dying in a SenselessSacrifice, and later on he manages to ''keep Cell at bay in his Semi-Perfect form''.
** 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: Tien 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: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. He wiped out both Frieza and his father King Cold, who up until that time were considered the supreme BigBads of the universe, on his first appearance.
* 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.
* 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: While Dragon Ball always had a few female characters scattered throughout the supporting cast, the anime-only Dragon Ball GT was the only time a girl regularly joined in on the world-saving: Pan.
* 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: No surprise since she is a Tomboy.
* 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: She is really full of energy.
* HairTriggerTemper: She gets angry very easily for trivial reasons.
* 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}}: Combination of Tomboy, ActionGirl and BareYourMidriff.
* 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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