Anime / Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might
aka: The Tree Of Might
Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might (known in Japan as Doragon Bōru Zetto: Chikyū Marugoto Chōkessen; lit. "Dragon Ball Z: Super Showdown for the Whole Earth") is the third Dragon Ball Z movie. It was originally released in Japan on July 7, 1990, between episodes 54 and 55 of Dragon Ball Z, with it premiering at the 1990 Toei Anime Fair which was additionally dubbed Akira Toriyama: The World (as the other two movies premiering at the fair were based on works by Akira Toriyama). It was first translated into English by Funimation Entertainment in 1997, as a three-part episode of the television series.

A group of aliens visit Earth to plant the Tree of Life, a plant that grants cosmic power by draining the Earth's life force.

This film provides examples of the following:

  • Artifact of Doom: The Tree of Might.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Turles.
  • Badass Cape: Turles
  • Big Bad: Turles
  • Blood Knight: Turles. As to be expected of a Saiyan.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Turles
    “Hmph. I know the difference; I just don’t care.”
  • Combat Pragmatist: Turles is a pretty clever fighter. He forces Gohan to go into his great ape form, and he also destroys the fake moon to avoid looking at it by mistake, causing the heroes to have to fight an uncontrollable Gohan while he's rampaging. When Gohan's pet dragon calms him down, Turles just blasts him away, angering him - this backfires as Gohan turns his attention to Turles, who just decides to kill him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Turles' battle with Goku after activating his Super Mode. His interactions with the rest of the gang before this also qualifies.
    • Goku himself delivers one to Turles' minions as well, easily defeating all of them simultaneously.
  • Darker and Edgier: The film as a whole is this to the material at the time. Not only was Turles one of the more successful movie villains, the way the tree sucks everything up as well as the overall concept is quite grim.
  • Dark Is Evil: Turles. Just look at him. He's wearing all black, and has darker skin than Goku.
    • Light Is Not Good: Earlier, Turles was decked in a long white cape before joining the fray.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Or rather servitude, which is how Turles acquired Daiz
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Goku wears his "Go" gi and uses Kaio-ken x10, which didn't appear in the anime until several months after the movie premiered. In fact, they only made their debut in the manga a few days before the movie's premiere.
  • Evil Counterpart: Word of God confirms Turles is supposed to represent what Goku would have been like without his childhood head injury. Both he and Goku enjoy fighting and food.
  • Evil Gloating: Turles did this at first. He gets angrier as the movie progresses and more or less drops this by the final showdown.
  • Expy: Of Vegeta. Vegeta's role is to act as the Saiyan counterpart to the "humanized" Goku. Made even better in that Turles is also an Identical Stranger to Goku.
  • The Hedonist: Turles
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Goku uses the energy from the very same Power-Up Food-producing Tree Turles planted to create a spirit bomb powerful enough to destroy Turles and the Tree.
  • I'm Your Worst Nightmare: Piccolo gives this threat to Turles. He's not particularly fazed, but considering Piccolo's mere presences leaves all but two people on Earth pissing themselves, he gets points for effort.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: No reason is given for the fact Turles looks exactly like Goku.
    • Some dubs either say he's Goku's brother or clone. Some supplemental material also suggests Saiyans whose parents are of lower rank share a common ancestry as a result of Planet Vegeta's Fantastic Caste System.
  • Kick the Dog: Turles forcibly turns Gohan into a great ape and sets him loose on his own father, forcing Goku to figure out how remove his rampaging son's tail without otherwise hurting him.
  • Lack of Empathy: Turles shows no sign of anger or sadness at the defeat of his crew, instead seeming more annoyed that they were defeated so easily. Then there's this exchange between him and Goku in the 2006 Funimation dub:
    Turles: Disturbing. The strongest of all Saiyan blood and he has a soft spot for a purple dinosaur. Kakarot you raised this Saiyan too much like an Earthling!
    Goku: I raised him to know the difference between good and evil! Unlike some people.
    Turles: Hmph. I know the difference. I just don't care.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Foreign-language dubs try to give a reason for why he looks like Goku, and none of them agree with each other. He's either a clone of Goku, his Evil Twin (in the biological sense), or just a Saiyan who happens to look like him (the last being the official explanation).
  • Off-Model: You may have noticed that the cover for the movie is... off. Particulary Goku who looks like he was taken from a messy in-between frame.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has this expression as he's fighting Goku, while trying to play off all his attacks as lucky shots. He gets this expression again when Goku's second spirit bomb, powered by the fruit, overtakes his attack.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Goku gets a rather brutal one, even after going Kaio-Ken x10.
  • Non-Serial Movie: This movie has no spot in canon, but is basically what would have happened if Goku made it back to earth on time when Vegeta attacked Earth.
  • Planet Eater: A variatation. While Turles cannot eat the literal planet, he instead plants the Tree of Might and when the tree drains the world of its energy to make the fruit, he can gain that energy by consuming said fruit.
  • Power-Up Food: The Tree's fruit, said to be for the Great Dragon to eat. They're so powerful that Goku is able to kill Turles by using their energy to create an insanely powerful Spirit Bomb. Justified as they are the result of the tree absorbing the entire life energy of the world, and thus contains that power.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Turles. To the point of berating Goku and Gohan for not being Saiyan enough.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Turles' squad of Almond, Cacao, Daiz, Raisin, and Lakasei.
  • Sadist: Turles, in addition to having the ultimate goal of training the life on Earth for power, quite enjoys the pain he inflicts in the process, grinding Goku's head into the dirt while preparing to finish him off.
  • Self-Made Man: In keeping with his Shadow Archetype theme, supplemental material suggests Turles was once been a low-ranking Saiyan warrior of no real note. Planet Vegeta's Fantastic Caste System proposes one of low rank will never live up to his superiors. Considering Turles is at least on par if not stronger than Saiyan Saga Vegeta, he went From Nobody to Nightmare.
  • Smug Snake: Turles is convinced that he is one of the most powerful fighters in the universe, and that no one is his equal. ''No one.''
    • Smug Super: Unfortunately for Goku and the gang, Tulres got the power to back it up, at least to a point.
  • The Sociopath: See Lack of Empathy
  • Space Pirates: Turles' profession.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Despite "Tullece" fitting with the food naming motif, the character has also been referred to as "Turles" and "Taurus", depending on the dub.
    • There are also Tales, Tarles or Tares.
    • In an Aversion, he's also called Raditz in one dub.
  • Super Mode: Although he never became an actual Super Saiyan, Turles may have, at one point, been the strongest character in the franchise. Once he eats the Tree of Might's fruit, he powers up to the point that his muscles bulge even more noticeably than before. He becomes so powerful that the only way Goku can beat him is to make a Spirit Bomb. His first attempt doesn't work at all. He only succeeds in killing him by making the second one out of the remaining uneaten fruit.
  • Take Over the Universe: Turles' main goal is to become the strongest fighter in the universe so that he may one day rule over everything and everyone.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Turles.
  • Theme Naming: After lettuce. Lost in the adaptation name of Turles.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Goku is more enraged than he already was after Turles hurts Gohan.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Turles shares his voice actress with the Son males. While Goku and Gohan having the same VA is a matter of taste, the battle-hardened space pirate sharing a voice with the five-year-old is quite dissonant.
  • We Can Rule Together: Turles tries to recruit Gohan.
  • Wicked Cultured: Turles manages to make a career of plundering and fighting sound somewhat sophisticated by throwing in a line about enjoying fine wines along with everything else the universe has to offer.
  • The Worf Effect: It's the only time a Spirit Bomb in the series or movies is outright beaten back by the target. Vegeta and Frieza survived it and Buu was able to hold it from exploding on him, but Turles, empowered by the fruit of the tree, simply counters it. It's explained that Goku harnessed the energy of the Earth in making it, but the Tree had drained it of anything useful. In a second attempt, Goku tapped directly into the tree and that worked far better.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Had absolutely no problem viciously beating and tormenting Gohan during their encounter.

Alternative Title(s): The Tree Of Might