The Dragon Ball saga has a wide and varied cast of characters throughout a number of different series:
Main Characters - Characters who play a major role in the franchise. note Bulma, Muten-R˘shi/Master Roshi, Yamcha, Kuririn/Krillin, Tenshinhan/Tien Shinhan, Chaozu/Chiaotzu, Piccolo, Trunks, Son Goten, Fusions (Gotenks, Gogeta, Vegetto), Pan.
Supporting Cast - Characters who first appear in Dragon Ball and play a supporting role in the franchise. note Shenlong/Shenron, Turtle, Oolong, Puar, Chi-Chi, Gyū Maō/Ox-King, Lunch/Launch, Dr. Brief / Mrs. Briefs, Mechanical Man No. 8/Android 8, Bora, Upa, Karin/Korin, Uranai Baba/Fourtuneteller Baba, Yajirobe, Mr. Popo, and Kami-Sama.
DragonBall Z/GT Supporting Cast - Characters who first appear in Dragon Ball Z and play a supporting role in the franchise. note Kaiō-sama/King Kai, Dende, Nail, Grand Elder Guru, Androids (16, 17, and 18), Mr. Satan/Hercule/Mark, Videl, Sharpner and Erasa, Marron, Kaioshin/Supreme Kai, Kibito, "The Former Kaioshin"/Old Kai, Uub, and Bra/Bulla,.
Tournament Characters - Characters who play in roles involving tournaments. note World Tournament Announcer, Giran, Namu/Nam, Ranfan, Bacterian, Chapa-o/King Chappa, Otoko Ōkami/Man-Wolf, Pamput, Shen/Hero.
Dragon Ball Original Series Villains - Villains who first appear in the original Dragon Ball series. note Pilaf, Mai, Shu, Commander Red, Adjutant Black/Staff Officer Black, Colonel Silver, General White, Ninja Murasaki, Captain Yellow, General Blue, Mercenary Tao, Colonel Violet, Master Shen, Demon King Piccolo, Tambourine, Cymbal, Drum and Piano.
Other Characters - Characters who either only appear in filler, movies, and specials. note Maron, Pikkon, Icarus, Bardock, King Vegeta, Original Super Saiyan, Tapion, Tarble, Gure, Son Goku Jr., Puck, Vegeta Jr. and Gine.
Dragon Ball Z Villains - The villains of the Dragon Ball Z series note Raditz, Nappa, Zarbon, Dodoria, The Ginyu Force (Captain Ginyu, Jeice, Burter, Recoome and Guldo), King Cold, Dr Gero (Android 20), Android 19, Spopovich, Yamu, Babidi, Bibidi, Demon King Dabura, Pui Pui, and Yakon.
Dragon Ball Z Movie Villains - Villains who only appear in movies. note Nicky, Ginger, Sansho, Garlic Jr, Dr Wheelo, Tullece/Turles, Lord Slug, Cooler, Android 13, Paragus, Broly, Hatchiyack, Bojack, The Dictator, Janempa/Janemba, Hirudegarn, Abo and Kado/Aka, Chilled, Beerus and Whis.
Dragon Ball GT Villains - Villains who only appear in GT. note Don Kee, Ledgic, Parapara Brothers, Cardinal Mutchie Mutchie, Master Daltaki, General Rilldo, Dr Myuu, Baby, Super 17, The Shadow Dragons (Black Smoke Shenron, Haze Shenron, Rage Shenron, Oceanus Shenron, Naturon Shenron, Nuova Shenron, Eis Shenron and Syn Shenron/Omega Shenron), Susha, Mamba, Torga and Lord Yao.