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Tien Shinhan / Tenshinhan
Chiaotzu / Chaozu
Chiaotzu (餃子; Chaozu)
Voiced by (Japanese): Hiroko Emori
Voiced by (English): Rebecca Forstadt (Harmony Gold); Cathy Weseluck (Ocean); Monika Antonelli, Brina Palencia (Kai) (Funimation); Sean Broadhurst (Blue Water); Jodi Forrest, Ed Marcus (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American): Patricia Acevedo (current voice)Introduced in the second Tournament arc, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu are 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.
- Adaptational Badass: Slightly, combined with Throw the Dog a Bone. Chaozu in the manga never becomes anything close to important again after his Senseless Sacrifice against Nappa. In the anime at least, he get's to show off his training under King Kai by mopping the floor with Guldo.
- Ambiguously Human: Its unclear if he's human or a Jiang Shi.
- Ascended Extra: He plays a much larger role in Mystical Adventure
- Balloon Belly: After eating a lot, being a Big Eater like the rest of the cast.
- Blood Knight: Like Tien, he keeps training long after most of the cast left him in the dust. Whether he does so just to spend time with Tien or because he really do love to fight is debatable.
- Book Dumb: He has trouble with basic math and can't tell left from right without pausing to think which hand he holds chopsticks in. Apparently, unlike Roshi, Shen doesn't bother providing his students with basic schooling.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He tries to self-destruct on Nappa to keep Tien from being killed, knowing that he can't be wished back with the Dragon Balls. Not only did his suicide attack do no damage to Nappa, Tien dies soon after anyway trying to avenge his death.
- Can't Catch Up: Gets hit with this worst than the other human characters. Chiaotzu literally gets left behind for the Cell Games.
- Charlie Brown Baldness: Has only one strand of hair on his head which he proudly displayed to annoy Krillin in his introduction.
- Chinese Vampire: Has the appearance of a particularly cute one. Its unclear if he's really a Jiang Shi or a human with the appearance of one.
- Con Man: 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 The Fixer for his tendency to rig the number draws at the World Martial Arts Tournaments.
- David Vs Goliath: Him against Nappa. He loses.
- Death from Above: 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.
- Demoted to Extra: In Z.
- Enemy Mine: 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.
- Evil Counterpart: Was originally this to Krillin.
- Failure Hero: In Z. The poor guy didn't get to show off his skills that much in Dragon Ball either.
- Fragile Speedster: Quite quick on his feet, in large due to his flight, but goes down quite easily if hit.
- Friendly Target: Chiaotzu dies three times in the manga, same as Krillin in that medium. And he's nowhere as important plot-wise (poor guy...).
- Glass Cannon: He has an assortment of unusual, useful techniques and skills including telekinesis, telepathy, and flight, however he doesn't have much in the way of physical ability and is left pretty defenseless if an enemy can overcome his abilities.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Even after his Training from Hell alongside Tenshinhan, he's not considered strong enough to participate in the Cell Games.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Against Nappa.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tien. They are almost always together and he sacrifice his life to try to save Tien from Nappa. The primary reason he turns against the Crane Hermit is because he ordered him to paralyze Tien so he can kill him. Chiaotzu refuses, saying he would obey any order from his master, but he can never harm Tien.
- Kick the Dog: His and Tenshinhan's introduction chapter.
- Hypocritical Humor:
- Upon seeing Krillin for the first time, he insults Krillin for his height. Chiaotzu is even shorter than Krillin.
- Subverted humorously when he calls Krillin baldy. Krillin calls him out on this but he reveals he has a single strand of hair under his hat. Although Krillin states that hardly counts.
- Killed Offscreen: His third death wasn't shown, but it happened after Buu blew up Earth.
- Kill the Cutie: He dies against both King Piccolo and Nappa.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: He trained under the Crane School whose founder, Master Shen, studied under the same master as Roshi: Mutaito > Master Shen > Chiaotzu
- Morality Pet: To Tenshinhan during his villain days. Particularly notable in Mystical Adventure.
- Mysterious Past: What exactly is he? Is he a type of human or a alien hybrid like Tien? How did he come to meet Tien and the Crane Hermit? It doesn't help that Chiaotzu gets the least amount of screen time of the original cast.
- No Body Left Behind: His second and third deaths. The former was due to performing a Kamikazee attack against Nappa, the latter was due to Buu blowing up Earth.
- Older Than They Look: Aside from getting slightly taller in the Piccolo Jr Arc, he looks exactly the same throughout the entire series.
- Ordered to Cheat: 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.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Following the fight with Nappa, he doesn't fight anymore.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: This being the main reason.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: A wise young Emperor in Mystical Adventure.
- Redemption Demotion: Post Heel–Face Turn, he is subjected to a lot of losses; Nappa's being the most notable
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Shorter than Krillin and Gohan, yet he still managed to be a Z-fighter.
- Psychic Powers: Demonstrates both telepathy and telekinesis.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: He needs to use his fingers to solve basic math problems, like 3 + 4. He also can't tell left from right without pausing to think about which hand he holds his chopsticks in. In exchange, he has telekinesis, telepathy, flight, etc.
- Satellite Character: After his debut, he's mainly just there to be Tien's best friend. He has little to no effect on the plot aside from being a Sacrificial Lion twice, and barely ever interacts with any of the other Z-fighters.
- Senseless Sacrifice: During the Saiyan Saga, he self-destructs in an effort to take Nappa with him, knowing that the Dragon Balls can't bring him back to life again. Nappa survives without a scratch, and the other Z-Fighters are left horrified and grief-stricken that Chiaotzu died for nothing.
- Signature Move: Dodon Ray, shared with all 3 other Crane related characters. He was also the first character to really showcase the flying techniquenote , which (like Tenshinhan's Taiyouken / Solar Flare) quickly became a staple of the others' strategies.
- The Sociopath: He comes off as this since he shows almost no emotion in his first appearance, except for annoyance with some bits of sadistic happiness when he's fighting Krillin. This changed the minute the Crane Hermit ordered him to paralyze Tien so he can kill him. Chiaotzu refuses, saying that he will do anything his master says, but he can never hurt Tien.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Chaozu? Chiaotzu? Chaotzu? Gyouza? Chaos? Kaos (used by the original translation of the Spanish manga. No idea where they came up with that)?
- Surpassed the Teacher: He surpasses Master Shen by the time of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. He also surpasses Kami after training with him.
- Superior Successor: He becomes stronger than the Crane Hermit after training for the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. After training with Kami to fight the Saiyans, he becomes stronger than him too.
- Taking You with Me: Tries this on Nappa. It doesn't work.
- Took a Level in Badass: 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.
- The Stoic: At first he was very emotionless, but got more Cute Bruiser after his Heel–Face Turn
- Use Your Head: Against Krillin. Master Shen even comments that Chiaotzu's head is as hard as a diamond.
- Weak, but Skilled: Uses psychic powers due to having a lower endurance than his comrades.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Chiaotzu needs to use his hands for his psychic attacks. Krillin gets around this by asking him difficult math questions— Chiaotzu needs to count on his fingers to solve 9 - 1. Chiaotzu attempts to counter with double-digit problems, but Krillin was taught math by Master Roshi, in addition to fighting!
- We Are "Team Cannon Fodder": All the time. In the fight against Nappa, the poor little guy blew himself up and didn't make a DENT!
- The Worf Effect: He loses a lot, the fight with Nappa being the prime example.
Trunks (トランクス Torankusu)
Kid Trunks voiced by (English): Laura Bailey (Z, movies), Alexis Tipton (Super) (Funimation); Cathy Weseluck (Ocean), Erica Mendez (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia in Super)
Adult Trunks voiced by (English): Henry Douglas Grey (Final Bout); Eric Vale (Funimation); Allistair Abell (Ocean); Matthew Erickson (Blue Water)
Baby Trunks voiced by (English): Stephanie Nadolny (Z), Colleen Clinkenbeard (Kai) (Funimation); Jodi Forrest (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Kid Trunks voiced by (Latin American): Gaby Willer (current voice), Rocío Garcel (Baby)
Adult Trunks voiced by (Latin American): Sergio Bonilla (current voice)After Future Trunks visited the main timeline and averted the apocalyptic future, the Trunks of the main timeline was born. Unlike his Future counterpart, he's a brash, excitable thrill-seeker, no doubt thanks to his father being alive and present throughout his childhood. In addition, thanks to Vegeta and Goku's bonding during the Cell games, he's become close friends with Gohan and Goten, constantly getting into mischief with the latter. Despite this, he mellows out overtime by the Super sagas, and considerably in GT—he has to when he's the CEO of Capsule Corporation in that show.While not referred to as such in the main series, supplementary materials and merchandise typically refer to him as "Kid Trunks," "Present Trunks," or "GT Trunks" to distinguish him from his Future counterpart.
- '90s Hair: He sports a mushroom cut most of the series.
- Achievements in Ignorance: Both he and Goten achieved Super Saiyan form as children with very little effort, and no clue they'd done something remarkable.
- The Artifact: Like his alternate, future self, his purple hair was probably inherited from Bulma (who had purple hair early on in the manga).
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Vegeta is around; what did you expect?
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He may be the President of Capsule Corp, but he can still kick ass.
- Bash Brothers: With Goten. They not only fight together, they can fuse to become a whole new being.
- Big Eater: He can eat a mountain's worth of food like any Saiyan. Although, he doesn't eat as much as his father or Goku.
- Blood Knight: Like all Saiyans, he loves to fight, especially his best friend Goten. He loses this aspect, however, as a teen, preferring to go on dates and mess with machinery.
- Born Lucky: He grew up in a peaceful era where the Bad Future never happened. It's his conversation with his future self that he was lucky his life turned out this way, rather than having to constantly survive as being the last Saiyan bloodline left.
- Bratty Half-Pint: What distinguishes him from Future Trunks, thanks to growing up in a time of peace (and having his father around).
- Brilliant, but Lazy: His fighting potential far surpasses that of Future Trunks, and he can become much stronger than his father. But he doesn't take the time to train outside of play fighting Goten or spending time with his dad. Vegeta all but calls him lazy in the last episodes of Z.
- Child Prodigy: Able to become a Super Saiyan at the age of eight, much sooner and more easily than Future Trunks, and more powerful than Frieza.
- Cool Sword: In the Wrath of the Dragon movie, Tapion gives him his sword as a parting gift. Some sources say it is the same as Future Trunks' sword.
- Crossdressing Voices: Noticeably averted in the Japanese version, since Takeshi Kusao voiced kid Trunks as well as Future Trunks.
- Demoted to Extra: Later on in GT, although he lasted longer than most of the cast.
- Disguised in Drag: Hilariously in GT as part of a Bride and Switch plan. The groom is still interested in him even after the ruse is revealed.
- Family Theme Naming: The Briefs family (Bulma/Bloomer, Dr. Briefs, Trunks, Bra) are named after undergarments.
- To Goten. They're both sons to some of the most powerful beings in the universe, but while Trunks is born into privilege, Goten is born into a common family that is somewhat poor. Goten is also very silly, while Trunks tries to play the serious one.
- After the split in the timelines, Kid Trunks becomes this to Future Trunks. Kid Trunks is irresponsible, spoiled, playful during battle, and somewhat arrogant. Future Trunks is very responsible, humble, a Combat Pragmatist, and will kill to ensure peace. Kid Trunks is affected by living during a time of peace with both of his parents, while Future Trunks lived After the End where the androids killed all his loved ones, including his father, and Gohan, his mentor.
- Freak Out!: He has one of these when he thinks Future Trunks is his illegitimate brother, thanks to Pilaf and Mai putting ideas in his head.
- Fusion Dance: Into Gotenks, and part of the Trope Namer.
- Future Me Scares Me: When Future Trunks returns in Dragon Ball Super, the mystery surrounding him and his relation to Bulma and Vegeta is very unsettling to Present Trunks, especially when the former freaks out and attacks Goku immediately after recovering. After he calms down though, Present Trunks is more surprised by them being the same person.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Like father, like son.
- Heroic Bastard: While they do eventually marry between the Cell and Buu sagas, he was born after a one night stand between Vegeta and Bulma.
- Heroic Lineage: How 'heroic' Vegeta is very questionable, but Bulma certainly qualifies and according to Piccolo, Trunks comes from a heroic family.
- Hero-Worshipper: He highly admires his dad and believes that he's the strongest in the universe above Goku and Gohan, especially since Vegeta is a prince. He also refused to believe that a giant blob like Majin Buu could kill his father.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Goten. They are almost always together, even as teenager.
- I Got Bigger: By the EOZ, he becomes a perfect match to Future Trunks.
- Just a Kid: 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.
- Kid Hero: Shares this with Goten.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Unlike Future Trunks his personality and demeanor are more like Vegeta. At the same time, he is good with his hands like Bulma and his grandfather.
- Locked Out of the Loop: In the "Resurrection 'F' Saga" of Dragon Ball Super, Trunks has no idea why everyone reacted with surprise when he talked about slicing Frieza in half, implying that he's unaware of his future counterpart who did exactly that. This is confirmed in the "Future Trunks Saga", when he clearly doesn't recognize his future self and is shocked to learn that they have the same name.
- Morality Pet: He and Bulma becomes this to Vegeta and he's fully aware of it, which is why he allows Babidi to turn him into a Majin. He wants to recapture the feelings he once had when he was evil. In the end, he can't turn his back on his family and comes to regrets his actions. To make amends, he gives his life to protect them from Majin Buu, his first true selfless act.
- Mr. Fixit: In GT, he is the one who works on the ship and other gadgets.
- Naughty Is Good: As a kid.
- Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Again, like father, like son.
- No Body Left Behind: His only death in the series was due to Buu blowing up Earth.
- Older Than He Looks: In the Battle of Gods movie and Super he's 14 but yet looks the same as he was in the Buu saga when he was 8 (though this seems par for the course with Saiyan children). What's weird is that, when Future Trunks was training with Future Gohan at about his age, he looked much taller than Trunks is currently.
- Perpetual Frowner: He got the frowning face of his father.
- Pint-Sized Kid: As a kid.
- Precocious Crush: In Super, he has a crush on Mai, who while has been physically restored to about his age, is three years older than his mother chronologically.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: GT, but only when he dresses up to work at Capsule Corp.
- Purple Is Powerful: Has purple hair and purple Battle Aura.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Goten's red.
- Scarf Of Ass Kicking: In GT.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The "manly" part (well, bratty at least) with Goten.
- The Smart Guy: In GT. Granted, his competition is Goku and Pan...
- Spoiled Sweet: Unlike Future Trunks, he grew up privileged. Still a decent guy, he just picked up a noticeable amount of Vegeta's arrogance. Though by the time he reaches around age his future counterpart was when introduced, his personality mellows out to being similar, though still slightly more haughty.
- Straight Man: To Goku and Pan in GT.
- Superior Successor: To both his father and Future Trunks. He becomes a Super Saiyan at only eight years old and is stronger than Frieza.
- Team Mom: Is a male version of this in GT. He's just not enough of a disciplinarian to be a Team Dad.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Because he only fights for fun, he doesn't really train. In Yo! Son Goku and his Friends Return!! Vegeta and the others are visibly disappointed in how much trouble he and Goten have fighting Avo and Cado, because they've forgotten how to use basic skills like sensing ki to counter a Flash Step. Gohan has to step in and coach them, and he's similarly disinclined to train. He's always going to be stronger than any human by virtue of being a Super Saiyan, but he doesn't really work for it.
- Warrior Prince: He's descended from Saiyan royalty, but it never really comes up in the story.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has lavender hair.
Son Goten (孫 悟天)
Voiced by (Japanese): Masako Nozawa
Kid Goten voiced by (English): Kara Edwards (Funimation); Jillian Michaels (Ocean); Philece Sampler (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia in Super)
Adult Goten voiced by (English): Robert McCollum (Funimation); Gabe Khouth (Ocean); Scott Hendrickson (Blue Water)
Kid Goten voiced by (Latin American): Laura Torres (current voice), ¿? (Battle of the Gods)
Adult Goten voiced by (Latin American): Víctor UgarteThe 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.
- Achievements in Ignorance: Both he and Trunks achieved Super Saiyan form as children with very little effort, and no clue they'd done something remarkable.
- Adorkable: Well mannered, naïve, and so dorky he's the only person who finds Gohan's embarrassing superhero costume to be "cool." However, he eventually finds it lame too in Dragon Ball Super.
- Adorably Precocious Child: As a kid.
- All-Loving Hero: A trait he shares with the rest of his family.
- Always Save the Girl: In GT, always tries to save Valese.
- Always Second Best:
- His relationship with Trunks. Trunks is always a little stronger than him because of his age and being trained by Vegeta. Goten isn't bitter about this, just mildly annoyed.
- He also has a mild case of this with Gohan. When training, he becomes frustrated at how easily Gohan can beat him. Gohan assures him it's because he's older and have more battle experience.
- The Baby of the Bunch: Goten is the youngest of the cast, the most naive, and overall the least skilled. He is still a powerful fighter, stronger than the human cast outside of Android 18.
- Badass Adorable: Considerate, kind, sensitive, warm-hearted, polite AND can kick the ass of evil.
- Bash Brothers: With Present Trunks.
- Big Brother Worship: He absolutely loves and adores Gohan to the point of thinking that hideous Saiyaman costume is cool.
- Big Eater: A family and racial trait. He loves food almost as much as his dad.
- Blood Knight: Enjoys fighting a lot more than Gohan. But, like Trunks, he loses his desire to train and fight as a teenager. He wants to chase girls instead.
- Break the Cutie: He goes through this after watching Super Buu murder his mother by turning her into an egg and crushing it.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Like Trunks, his fighting potential far surpasses his father and he is the youngest Super Saiyan. However, he loses interest in fighting as a teenager and prefers to go on dates.
- Butt-Monkey: In the final episode of Z he's beaten by his four years old niece with her slapping him across the face.
- Cheerful Child: He's a Generation Xerox of Goku.
- Chick Magnet: Much like his father and big brother. In GT, college-age Goten seems to be going out with girls all the time.
- Child Prodigy: Although not to the extent of Gohan, he is the youngest Super Saiyan ever and is only a little weaker than Trunks mostly due to age.note
- Children Are Innocent: As a child.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: 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.
- The Cutie: Look at him. He is just like his father when he was a child, who was also extremely cute looking.
- Demoted to Extra: In GT and Super.
- Disappeared Dad: Goku was dead for most of his childhood.
- Family Theme Naming: Son Goku, his sons—Gohan and Goten and Goku's grandfather Gohan. Further, the kanji for "ku" in Goku's name (空) means "sky" and the "ten" in Goten's name (天) means "heaven."
- To his big brother, Gohan. They both have many similarities to their father like their pure-hearts, love of animals, and their innocents and fun-loving nature. Goten inherited his father's carefree personality, while Gohan is serious and down to Earth. Goten is quite hyper, while Gohan is very reserved. Goten is allowed to be a child and Gohan was forced to grow up fast because of the constant danger the Earth was exposed to.
- To Trunks as well. They're both sons to some of the most powerful beings in the universe, but while Trunks is born into privilege, Goten is born into a common working family that is somewhat poor. Goten is also very silly, while Trunks tries to play the serious one.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish Sibling to Gohan's Responsible Sibling.
- Friend to All Living Things: His love for animals is identical to that of his father's, too.
- Fusion Dance: Into Gotenks and part of the Trope Namer.
- Generation Xerox: Look at the picture. He's basically Goku as a child.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: His remains a pure-hearted person even as a Super Saiyan. Unlike Goku and Gohan, he didn't have to train himself to relax or go through periods of intense rage.
- Half-Human Hybrid: His father's a Saiyan, his mother's a human.
- Heroic Lineage: He is the second son of Goku. By the time he was born, his father saved the world the world five times and that's not including the entire incident on Namek.
- Hereditary Hairstyle: Got it from Goku and his grandfather, Bardock.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With main timeline Trunks. They are the best of friends and are always playing with each other. They keep their special bond even as teenagers.
- Holding Your Shoulder Means Injury: Does this in the Bio-Broly movie twice. Justified, since he really did injure his shoulder during the fight, and even whines about the injury.
- Hybrid Power: 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.
- I Got Bigger: By the EOZ, he grows to a fairly tall young man, although he's shorter than his dad.
- Identical Grandson: As stated with Strong Family Resemblance below, he also looks like his late paternal grandfather Bardock when he was young.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Just like his father and big brother, this is what allows him to ride the Nimbus cloud before he learns how to fly.
- Innocent Prodigy: He didn't even know what a Super Saiyan was when he accidentally transformed during his sparring match with Chi-Chi.
- Just a Kid: 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.
- Kamehame Hadoken: On occasion.
- Keet: Super energetic, and rather loud.
- Kid Hero: Shares this role with Trunks.
- Kill the Cutie: Blew up along with the Earth twice. He gets better both times.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Even more so than Gohan. Not only does he inherit his father's love of nature, animals, and happy outlook, he looks exactly like Goku as a kid.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: Goten was trained by Chi-Chi and later Gohan:
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Ox-King > Chi-Chi > Son Goten
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Gohan, Sr > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
- Master Korin, Kami, and King Kai > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
- Piccolo > Son Gohan > Son Goten
- Meaningful Name: Goten is a mixture of Goku's name, and "ten", which in Japanese means heaven/afterlife. He is Goku's son born after his father was in Otherworld.
- Momma's Boy: 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.
- Naughty Is Good: He is partners in mischief with Trunks, after all.
- Nice Guy: He's the nicer one of the Trunks/Goten duo.
- No Body Left Behind: His only death in the series was due to Buu blowing up Earth.
- Older Than They Look: In Battle of Gods and Super, he's in his teens, yet he still looks like he's seven. Justified if GT's explanation that Saiyans age slowly is canon.
- Only Sane Man: Develops into this somewhat in Super, generally being depicted as more reasonable than his grandfather, his best friend, his mother or even his big brother at times. Several episodes pair Goten with Goku mostly so that Goten can point out when Goku is being silly.
- Out of Focus: In Super, Goten is the only Saiyan to have little actual role in the story and largely serves as a background character. Unlike Trunks, who at least had a few scenes such as meeting his Future self, Goten rarely appears in any meaningful way.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's more powerful than Namek Saga Frieza and he's only seven.
- The Pollyanna: Just like his dad and older brother. Goten is one big ball of joy who is always seen smiling or laughing.
- Ret Gone: 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.
- Shared Family Quirks: He shares his father's love for food, nature, helping others, pure heart, and is as hyperactive and fun-loving as Goku when he was a child. He also inherited his father's powerful temper that flare up when his love ones are in danger.
- Shipper on Deck: For Gohan/Videl. He asks her to be his big sister in Z. In Super, once she is his sister-in-law, he's so impressed by how kind she is to Gohan that he and Trunks spend half an episode trying to find her a gift.
- Someone to Remember Him By: He was born nine months after the Cell Games and Goku's death.
- Static Character: He receives very little individual characterization to set him apart. He looks and acts like Goku did at the same age, and hasn't gotten nearly as much attention as his brother or Trunks have, looking pretty much the same in Super (set some years after the end of the Buu Saga).
- Strong Family Resemblance: When first introduced, he looked almost exactly like Goku did back at the start of Dragon Ball, without the tail and wearing longer sleeves. As a teenager he mentions he grew his hair out specifically because he was sick of looking identical to his dad. Funnily, this only serves to make him look like a male version of his paternal grandmother, Gine.
- Superior Successor: To his father, Goku, and even Gohan to an extent. He becomes a Super Saiyan at only seven and did it much easier than Gohan. He is also stronger than Frieza.
- Tareme Eyes: Like his father and brother.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He was a Super Saiyan and yet couldn't even fly. In Yo! Son Goku and his Friends Return!! Vegeta and the others are visibly disappointed in how much trouble he and Trunks have fighting Avo and Cado, because they've forgotten how to use basic skills like sensing ki to counter a Flash Step. Gohan has to step in and coach them, and he's similarly disinclined to train. He's always going to be stronger than any human by virtue of being a Super Saiyan, but he doesn't really work for it.
- Warrior Prince: Technically, Gohan and Goten are this, as their grandfather is the Ox King, making Chichi, their mother, a princess. (Though, like Trunks, they were never really referred to as a prince.)
Gotenks (ゴテンクス; Gotenkusu)
Voiced by (English): Kara Edwards/Laura Bailey, Kara Edwards/Alexis Tipton (Xenoverse) (Funimation); Tabitha St. Germain (Ocean)
Voiced by (Latin American): Laura Torres/Gaby Willer, ¿?/Gaby Willer (Battle of the Gods)When Goku returned from the afterlife with the knowledge of the Fusion Dance but no eligible partner to perform it with, 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.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's strong enough to fight Super Buu... and also an arrogant windbag who cares more about showing off and making himself look cool than saving the world.
- Awesome, but Impractical:
- Almost 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.
- Super Saiyan 3. It uses so much power that Gotenks can only use it for five minutes.
- Gotenks' very existence. He is one of the most powerful characters in the series, however, because of his childish and arrogant nature he is not very dependable. He could have ended Buu in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, but was too busy trying to look good. By the time he got serious, almost everyone was dead and he wasted too much time at Super Saiyan 3. He can also only exist for thirty minutes.
- Badass in Distress: He along with Piccolo are absorbed by Buu to increase his power. He has to be saved by Goku and Vegeta.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Even still good, he has a pretty bratty attitude, especially considering his proud behavior.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's more fight-loving and the biggest loudmouth in the series. Though being a loudmouth was what enabled him to create a dimension hole by screaming.
- Break the Haughty:
- When Goten and Trunks finally manage to successfully fuse, Gotenks recklessly rushes into battle with Buu and gets utterly crushed. He doesn't learn from this experience, of course.
- Happens again when his constant goofing around during the fight with Super Buu leads to Buu escaping the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and eating all of his loved ones and friends. It's this that finally gets him to take the fight seriously.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He was seconds away from killing Super Buu when the fusion broke because he couldn't maintain Super Saiyan 3 anymore. And despite the pounding he gave Buu, he healed all the damage without losing any power. The only thing Gotenks manages to do is buy time for Gohan to arrive and even that amounts to nothing in the end since he is absorbed by Buu, making him more powerful than Gohan.
- Calling Your Attacks: He even gives names to somewhat stylized versions of otherwise normal punches and kicks, most of which are ridiculous ("Screaming Angry WOMBAT!!!"). He even keeps cue-cards in his vest that he reads before attacking.
- Composite Character: 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...
- Cute Bruiser: If you can get past his "I'm the best" personality.
- Fearless Fool: 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.
- Genre Savvy: Played With and Played for Laughs. Gotenks is fully aware that he is in a Shonen. However, instead of using the medium to his advantage, he instead choses to play every Shonen cliche straight for the sake of drama: long powers-ups, holding back his true power, trash talking, Heroic Second Wind, and New Powers as the Plot Demands. This would be annoying with any other opponent, but he is fighting Super Buu who does not play by the 'rules'.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He got Vegeta's temper, which is an off-shoot of Trunks.
- 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.
- Has Two Mommies: Though he's never around long enough to make much of it, Bulma and Chichi and Goku and Vegeta are his biological moms and dads, respectively. Played with when his moms compare which of their kids traits he takes after.
- Idiot Hero: Even more so than Goku. 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.
- Kid Hero: One of the strongest characters in the show and is the fusion of two kids who are not even ten.
- Large Ham: He absolutely loves being overdramatic in calling his attacks.
- Last Second Showoff: When he is first born, he challenges Piccolo to a race to the Earth's surface from the Lookout. When Piccolo finally catches up, Gotenks informed him he had circled the Earth several times and even had time for a nap.
- Lethally Stupid: Because of the rash and idiotic decisions he makes in an effort to look cool, he gets himself and Piccolo trapped in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, enables Buu to escape and eat all of his loved ones, and gets himself absorbed by Buu, allowing Buu to beat Gohan senseless.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Once he stops messing around, he pummels the living daylights out of Buu; he only failed to kill Buu because the fusion wore off at the last second.
- The Minion Master: With the Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack, which summons not-too-bright ghost copies of himself that explode on impact.
- Multicolored Hair: Trunks' purple hair on the sides, Goten's dark hair up the middle.
- Naked People Are Funny: In the episode "Celebrations with Majin Buu" he runs around naked, he's being chased by Chi-Chi, after Goku blows up the bathtub.
- Naughty Is Good: He is the fusion of two children, so it's to be expected.
- The Napoleon: Powerful and the shortest main character (save for Goten and Trunks obviously) at the end of Z.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- If he just took Buu seriously from the start, he could have killed him in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Instead, he had to show-off, which led to a chain-of-events that got everyone on the Lookout killed and gave Buu time to think of a plan to counter Gohan.
- His arrogance allowed him to be provoke by Buu to merge, instead of letting Gohan to finish the job, which gets him absorbed.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's one of the strongest beings in the universe and one of the shortest since he is the fusion of two pre-teens.
- Signature Move: Super Ghost Kamekaze Attack
- Skewed Priorities: He deliberately drags out the fight with Super Buu for the sake of drama and showing off.
- Skunk Stripe: Has Trunks' purple hair with Goten's black hair outlining it
- Smug Super: As much of a snot-nosed brat as he is, he was the heroes' best chance at beating Buu at the time and he nearly did. Once he got serious and stopped fooling around, he was close to killing Buu, but his fusion broke. The cockiness is usually a Fatal Flaw for him, though, frequently getting him spanked around and embarrassed by stronger enemies.
- Took a Level in Badass: When he reaches SSJ3 and began to take his battle with Buu more seriously. He went from being barely a match against Buu, to overpowering him.
- Took a Level in Jerkass:
- Son Goten was not an egotist; all that arrogant and overconfident traits therefore all comes from Trunks.
- It also applies to Trunks as well, who knew to get serious when shit is going down.
- Underestimating Badassery: He manages to underestimate Super Buu, despite the weaker Fat Buu making short work of him. He refuses to use Super Saiyan 3, wanting the fight to as dramatic as possible, so he fights Buu as a normal Super Saiyan until he's force to transformed.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He's one of the strongest characters in the entire series, only behind Vegetto, Gohan, and Goku in the Buu Saga, but he's also by far the most naive. He thinks it's better to showoff than actually saving people and most of his techniques falls into Awesome, but Impractical. His lack of experience and self-control causes him to lose to an opponent that he overpowered (his fusion broke before he could kill Buu). Despite his power, he's still the merger of two children.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His screwing around and faking being weak for the sake of showing off ends up causing Piccolo to destroy the doorway to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, which leads to Buu escaping and killing everyone left on Kami's Lookout.
- Voice of the Legion: Non-creepy example, he talks with both Goten and Trunk's voices simultaneously. This also applies to Gogeta and Vegetto.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Called out several times, mostly by Piccolo, for his careless actions that nearly gets him killed. Since he is literally the last hope on Earth, him dying would be the end of everyone.
- Get another one from Piccolo for faking being weak just to show off. This caused Piccolo and him to be trapped in the Time Chamber, which led to Buu escaping and killing everyone.
- The Worf Effect:
- Poor guy got his ass handed to him by Beerus in the new movie.
- In Super, Copy-Vegeta, who is just as strong as Vegeta, no sells all his attacks and knocks him out of his fusion form in just a couple of hits. And he did it in his base form.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: During his fight with Super Buu, Gotenks intentionally starts off in his base form because he feels that a hero should only show his true powers when backed into a corner.
Gogeta (ゴジータ; Gojīta)
Fusion Dance. 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.
- Adaptational Badass: Downplayed; the games give SSJ1 Gogeta the Big Bang Kamehameha, which was only used in his SSJ4 form.
- Awesome, but Impractical: At Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta's time limit is extremely short.
- Badass Boast:"I am neither Goku nor Vegeta, I am Gogeta! It's over, Janemba! I've come for you!"
"I’m afraid that none of your ambitions will be coming true! Because you will all lose here! To the epic power… of Gogeta!"
- He also gets a really good one in Dragon Ball Xenoverse' GT Pack story campaign:
- Canon Foreigner: Has never appeared in a canon work like Gotenks or Vegito have.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Deals these out like a champ.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: The Stardust Breaker has a rainbow color scheme and is sometimes called the Rainbow Sparkling Blast.
- Fiery Redhead: Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta has red hair. Is possible is due to the power combined of both Super Saiyans 4, but is never explained.
- 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.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's so fast he can hit an opponent multiple times before moving his arms.
- Showy Invincible Hero: Likes to play with his food as a Super Saiyan 4.
- Signature Move: Stardust Breaker and Big Bang Kamehameha
- Smug Super: As a Super Saiyan 4, he loves goofing off and prefers to spend time mocking Omega Shenron rather than finish him off quickly.
- Sphere of Destruction: His Stardust Breaker / Soul Punisher, a rainbow-colored ki sphere that completely obliterates Janemba from the inside out.
- The Stoic: His initial appearance has him as one.
- Story-Breaker Power: There's a very good reason this guy's limited by time constraints; the fusion of Goku and Vegeta makes him hands down the strongest fighter in the Z era (before Dragon Ball Super came along), 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 to the point of curb stomp. His goofiness is the only thing preventing him from ending the fight in five seconds, and even that was implied to be on purpose.
- Voice of the Legion: Both Goku and Vegeta speak at once, creating this effect.
- You Fight Like a Cow: As a Super Saiyan 4 in GT, he's a complete goof and seems more interested in mocking Omega than in actually fighting him. 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. Too bad he thought he had more than ten minutes to work with, however.
Vegito / Vegetto
Vegito / Vegetto (ベジット; Bejitto)
Voiced by (English): Sean Schemmel/Christopher Sabat (Funimation); Brian Drummond (imitating Kirby Morrow) (Ocean)combined form of Goku and Vegeta, using the Potara Earrings. A long-awaited combination and the most powerful character in the original manga and Z series. And then he got turned into a coffee candy. And he still kicks ass. Hilarity Ensues.
- The Ace: The fusion of two super-powerful Saiyan warriors could only result in this. He effortlessly kicks Super Buu around before letting himself get turned into candy to free his comrades. The only point in their battle where he has to put any effort in at all is when Buu is literally tearing the entire universe apart with his screams, and even then it was only some minor strain. He was also the only being short of Future Trunks absorbing the energy of every living being on the planet (including Goku and Vegeta) to actually have the ability to best Merged Zamasu, a fellow Potara Fusion.
- Adaptational Badass: In the manga, he immediately goes to Super Saiyan to curbstomp Buu. In the anime, he was effortlessly overpowering him in his normal state and only turned Super Saiyan for the heck of it. Dragonball Kai takes the midway, showing that Vegito can overpower Buu in base, but that he has to put enough effort into it to make him go Super Saiyan, allowing him to completely demolish Buu.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Similar to Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta, Vegetto at Super Saiyan Blue drains his fusion time a lot faster than normal, reducing it from one hour to minutes before he split apart again.
- Badass Boast: 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.)
- Baleful Polymorph: He was turned into candy by Buu. Not that it stopped him from kicking Buu's butt anyway.
- Barrier Warrior: He made a ki barrier around to protect himself from being properly absorbed by Buu.
- Battle Cry: In most of his appearances, whether games or series, Vegito's first line upon the Potara fusion completing successfully is an excited "All right!!". Given what usually follows, this might also qualify as Pre Ass Kicking One Liner.
- BFS: His Spirit Sword/Ki no Tsurugi attack.
- Bring It: In both the fights he has been in so far, he's goaded his opponents into attacking
Super Buu: We have such great titles now, don't we? Super Buu, super Vegito, we might as well say we're invincible. But let's not forget the stats: You have two Saiyans, and I have three, not to mention a namek.Vegito: It's quality, not quantity my friend, and our union wasn't achieved by kidnapping. But if you're sure you can win this fight with petty theft... come prove it!
- Against Super Buu, Vegito rebuked Buu's Breaking Speech
Vegito: Sorry. You were way open there. C'mon, mister god. I'm through listenin' to your quibbling. Hurry up and try to squash me.
- Against Merged Zamasu, his first action was to tell Zamasu to Talk to the Fist, his second?
- The Bus Came Back: After twenty-one years (not counting spin offs and video game adaptations), he makes a triumphant return in Dragonball Super to take on the power of Merged Zamasu.
- Came Back Strong: In Super, because of Goku and Vegeta becoming Physical Gods, he has their combined ability to become Super Saiyan Blue.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Gogeta. As Akira Toriyama mentions in 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 (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.
- Composite Character:
- About halfway between Goku and Vegeta in height, frame, and hairdo, with Goku's skintone. By some strange coincidence, the result looks similar to how Gohan did during the same saga. He also has composite attacks. For example, the "Final Kamehameha". Personality-wise, he strongly favors Goku with his sense of humor, battle instincts, and his desire to rescue Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo before destroying Buu. He also, at least in Japanese, has a bit of Goku's 'country hick accent' in the way he talks. However, he has Vegeta's cunning mind and cocky attitude which leads him to having a tendency for arrogantly taunting his foes. Oddly though, unlike either Vegeta or Goku, he has a slightly reddish-brown tint to his hair akin to that of Vegeta's father, though not to the same extent.
- Additionally, unlike the Fusion Dance, Vegetto not only inherits physical and personality traits of both Goku and Vegeta, but also gains a set of clothing that is a combination of the two: Goku's gi with the colors inverted to make the outfit primarily blue like Vegeta's standard ensemble, plus Vegeta's gloves and boots.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Turns the strongest form of Majin Buu into his play thing for several episodes. He also gained the upper hand during the last leg of his fight with Merged Zamasu before his time limit ran out.
- Deadpan Snarker: If snarking works as part of his I Shall Taunt You, then snark he will!Vegito: "Hey that was a bright idea using the kamehameha wave, Buu. Yeah, and then that Gallick Gun? whoah.. yeah, I could have been killed!" (Beat) "Hmm.. Maybe I am exaggerating a little bit, but I could at least have gotten a bruise, or a little cut, or..."
- Fatal Flaw: Arrogance. It's what you get when you combine Vegeta's Pride and Goku's love for a good fight.
- Genius Bruiser: Downplayed. While Vegito is by no means a rocket surgeon, he is an unparalleled fighter not just because of his power, but because his two halves are a Genius Ditz whose area of specialty is fighting, and a Warrior Prince who's shown time and again to be extremely cunning when he needs to be. Combined, this gives him essentially two lifetimes of different fighting experience, and he can use this experience and knowledge to adapt to his opponent on the fly. In his fight against Super Buu, he chastises Buu for thinking he can outwit him with an attack thought up by two children, and when Buu has the bright idea to reduce the visibility of the area he is in, Vegito beats him with his eyes closed because has plenty of experience with sensing Ki-energy. In his fight against Merged Zamasu, it is also noteworthy that after it becomes apparent Merged Zamasu is matching him in brute strength through a Punch Parry, Vegito immediately switches from relying on strength to avoiding-and-countering and from that point on Merged Zamasu doesn't manage to even land a punch, although the fact the latter was constantly getting additional body ass probably wasn't helping.
- Godzilla Threshold: Due to being told that Potara Fusion was permanent (it is, but only for Kais. Non-Kais separate after an hour, less if they use up too much energy) and Goku and Vegeta not liking the idea of fusing together to begin with for various reasons (chief of which being wanting to rely on their own hard earned strength), this has to be crossed before they even consider forming him. Such was the case with Super Buu and later Merged Zamasu, another Potara Fusion.
- Good Counterpart:
- In many ways, he's Super Buu's foil, being the result of a voluntary fusion to contrast Buu's forcefully absorbing victims. He's also just as arrogant as Buu, which drives the demon up the wall.
- In a more literal sense, to Merged Zamasu. Both are fusions, but while Zamasu is a Smug Snake, who loves to boast how great he is, and his fusion took away his immortality with half his body being reduced to a body horror, Vegito is a cocky, Smug Super who combines the greatest attributes of both Goku and Vegeta with no setbacks. Ok, except for his time limit, which was reduced to how much energy it cost to stay fused.
- Guile Hero: Him manipulating Super Buu and frustrating him into acting desperately was the main plan to saving his sons, friend and the whole universe.
- Horrifying the Horror: Being the fusion of Vegeta and Goku, Vegetto has this built into his very being. By the time Buu decides to absorb him, he puts the fear of god into Super Buu.
- Hour of Power: In Super, it's revealed Potara fusions only last for one hour when both of the fusees are non-Kais, less depending on how much power the fusion uses. It's telling that this is the only thing that prevented him from obliterating Merged Zamasu's physical body.
- I Shall Taunt You: Vegito loves to toy with his enemies, knowing fully well he's many times stronger and they can't harm him.
- During the fight with Buu, he stalls finishing Buu off and instead goes to great lengths to anger Buu. He beats Buu senseless, all the while he's mocking and insulting him. All a part of his plan.
- In his fight with Merged Zamasu, Vegito constantly rubs Zamasu's failing god-hood in his face.
- Lost in Translation: His name is meant to be a combination between Vegeta and Kakarotto. In non-Japanese versions, where Goku's Saiyan name was transliterated as Kakarot (besides the Spanish ones, which retain the Japanese name), the origin of Vegito's name becomes a Dub-Induced Plot Hole.
- No-Sell: Barring 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. Merged Zamasu, on the other hand, is in a different ballpark altogether, to the point Vegetto actually has to put effort into winning and dodging attacks to avoid damage.
- Physical God: He was already this, being the strongest character in the manga, surpassing the power of literal gods, and easily toying with the strongest form of Majin Buu as a normal Super Saiyan. However, he literally becomes a god in Super since Goku and Vegeta now have god forms.
- Revision: In Z, Elder Kai explains that Potara fusion is permanent. Goku and Vegeta only managed to unfuse due to some unexplained side-effect of being inside Buu's body, though Goku was only speculating on that point. In Super, Gowasu reveals that Potara fusion is only permanent for Kais, while mortals remain fused for an hour under normal conditions (Super Saiyan Blue Vegito gets about five minutes out of it because of how much power he used).
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: The whole reason he wanted to get absorbed was so that he could destroy Buu without his absorbed victims dying. But this just led to Buu taking on his most deadly form, who then proceeded to kill all of them anyway along with the planet. As a bonus, his messing around took up the hour he could remain fused, resulting in him splitting back into Goku and Vegeta, who are much weaker. Of course, it doesn't make the hero look good if he's directly responsible for the death of his friends/children, even when Death Is Cheap.
- Showy Invincible Hero: 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. And he's well aware of it.Vegito: "No, really! That was an awesome attack! I could have been killed. *beat* Well, maybe I am exaggerating a little bit. I could have at least gotten a bruise or maybe a small scratch..."
- Averted once he forms to face-off with Merged Zamasu, as he knows he has a time limit and he's fighting a fellow Potara Fusion with immortality, which ups the difficulty factor. Unlike Super Buu, Merged Zamasu actually puts up a decent fight before his failing immortality starts to wear him down.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: He pulls this off epically against Merged Zamasu during Super, punching him out while he's in the midst of yet another Evil Gloating session and telling him point-blank that he's sick of listening to his speeches:Vegito: Sorry. You were way open there. C'mon, mister god. I'm through listenin' to your quibbling. Hurry up and try to squash me.
- Signature Move: Final Kamehameha and Beam Sword Slash.
- Smug Super: He was the most powerful being in existence, prior to Beerus showing up, and he's very well aware of it. Unlike Gotenks though, it never gets in the way of accomplishing his goals.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "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").
- Story-Breaker Power: He is the strongest character in Dragon Ball Z (not including GT and Super). Old Kai states that Potara Fusion is stronger than Fusion Dance (Gogeta, although it is unknown if he was referring to the fused fighter or the fact Potara fusion has no drawbacks). It says a lot that he only returns when the heroes are faced with Merged Zamasu, one of the few beings in existence who can actually give Vegito a challenge. Even then, he's only around for about 10 minutes, and during the latter half of the fight he's pretty much using Merged Zamasu as a sandbag.
- Talk to the Fist: Don't expect Talking Is a Free Action to be in effect around this guy. If he is letting you talk, it's because he knows he can turn it around against you.
- Took a Level in Badass: He was already badass to begin with, able to beat Super Buu as a chew toy before separating in his body. In Super, with Goku and Vegeta's current power, which surpasses what Vegito was capable of during the Buu Saga, he is many times stronger than before and has the ability to become Super Saiyan Blue.
- Troll: His fight with Super Buu was basically a long session of him antagonising and pissing off Buu into absorbing him.
- Too Powerful to Live: If this guy had stayed around, the Buu Saga would have basically ended in five minutes. And you would've written off the main character and his main foil at the same time. The same principle applies in Super, where he basically had Merged Zamasu on the ropes and if he had lasted the hour, would have killed him, though the jury's out if he would have been able to handle the Eldritch Abomination Merged Zamasu's spirit turned into after his physical body was destroyed. Super reveals why: A Fusion Dance lasts 30 minutes unless the fused are knocked out or use too much power which drains their time. Potara lasts a full hour to non-Kais with the same restriction of power conservation; it is only permanent to the Supreme Kais.
- Voice of the Legion: Except in the Ocean dub, where he is voiced by Brian Drummond (Using a higher-pitched version of his Vegeta voice).
- Xanatos Gambit: The entire battle between Vegetto and Super Buu was this. It didn't matter what Super Buu threw at Vegetto as he had a backup 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.
- You Fight Like a Cow: Most well known for this. He combines Goku's sense of humour with Vegeta's arrogance and sense of humour, to both beat and mock the living daylights out of Super Buu. 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. He does this a few times with Merged Zamasu, but not as much.
5-year-old Pan voiced by (English): Susan Huber (Z), Kate Bristol (GT flashbacks), Elise Baughman (Kai)(Funimation); Brenna O'Brien (Ocean); Caitlynne Mederek (GT flashbacks) (Blue Water)
10-year-old Pan voiced by (English): Elise Baughman (Funimation); Caitlynne Mederek (Blue Water)
voiced by (Latin American): Circe Luna (current voice), 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.
- Affirmative Action Girl: 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.
- The Apprentice: Goku personally trains her to be his successor.
- Badass Adorable: Like eveyone else in the Son bloodline, she's a cute little kid who can crush bones. Doubly so as an adorable baby in Super. See Goo Goo Godlike below.
- Bare Your Midriff: In GT, she wears a midriff despite being only ten.
- Berserk Button: Never make fun of her eyebrows.
- Boyish Short Hair: No surprise since she is a Tomboy. As a child she has a short hairstyle that resembles that of her mother, as a teen her hair is slightly longer but still boyish.
- Bratty Half-Pint: In GT, she is a brat who constantly belittles her grandfather, pushes around Trunks, and bullies Giru.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Despite being a bit younger than a teenager, she plays this trope regularly in GT where she is a whiny brat instead of a Cheerful Child like at the end of Z
- Call-Forward: Pan learning to fly as only a baby in Super. Her introduction at the end of Z had her come flying in after taking several laps around the planet at only four or five years old.
- Cheerful Child: In Z and also as a baby in Super. She inherited her family's positive attitude.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Videl being pregnant with her was all Goku needed to complete the Super Saiyan God transformation.
- Child Prodigy:
- Despite being only nine, she is already very powerful, and the 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.
- This is taken further in Super when she's shown as an infant to have learned how to fly all on her own, far younger than any other character seen so far. Remember that even her uncle Goten who could turn Super Saiyan at 7 couldn't fly until he was instructed on how.
- Cute Bruiser: Just because she is a cute little girl doesn't mean she won't kick your ass.
- The Cutie: As a four year old (and a baby), she was seen as cute and bubbly and full of energy. This rarely appears in GT though.
- Does Not Like Spam: In the English dub of Super, when explaining her Trademark Favorite Food, Piccolo suggests she doesn't like celery.
- Family Theme Naming: Pan is a triple-themed name: the food puns for Gohan's side of the family, the devil/Satan theme from Videl's familynote , and the musical theme from Piccolo who has been extremely close to Gohan and often babysits Pan. There's also, arguably, a fourth that references the Briefs family (as Bulma has been like a Cool Big Sis to Goku since childhood) since her name is also the first three letters in panty.
- Genki Girl: She is really full of energy.
- Goo Goo Godlike: Baby Pan has not only learned fly on her own, but her just powering up destroys Pilaf's battle machine. She's also strong enough to carry Pilaf's gang back to Earth after they shot themselves into the stratosphere.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She gets angry very easily for trivial reasons as a kid.
- Heir to the Dojo: Of Satan-style. She winds up running the dojo as a teenager.
- Heroic Lineage: She comes from two heroic lineages. Her grandfather, Goku, is a warrior who saved the Earth countless times and her father saved the world from Cell and was critical to everyone's survival during the Saiyan Invasion and Namek. Her other grandfather, Mr. Satan, is a Badass Normal who in a world of Super Weights is relegated to Fake Ultimate Hero; he is seen as the world's savior but really did help save the world from Cell, though he played a small but key role in the last stand against Buu (yes, really!). Her mother is a Badass Normal who used to help the police fight crime on a regular basis without any Ki or superpowers.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Unsurprisingly good at it, considering her father, grandfather and uncle are.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Pan is a Type 3. Even if she'd get destroyed in the main fight, she still tends to try, and if she's not doing that, there's a good chance she's doing something else on her own, which tends to help out (pursuing Giru, finding and saving the kid who was possessed by Baby, and calming Goku down while he was a Golden Great Ape are all good examples).
- Last Episode, New Character: 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. Inverted in Super, where Videl announced her pregnancy in the first arc.
- Little Miss Badass: Four years old in Z, around nine years old in GT, but badass and adorable all the way.
- Little Miss Snarker: In the GT series she's a snarky and often disrespectful preteen.
- Mouthy Kid: In GT she is rather mouthy and verbally violent (and physically too, just like her grandmother.)
- Master-Apprentice Chain: She is Goku's second student, giving her a complex chain since Goku had many masters, one which includes Whis:
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Gohan, Sr > Son Goku > Pan
- Master Korin > Master Roshi > Son Goku > Pan
- Master, Korin, Kami, King Kai, and Whis > Son Goku > Pan
- Mythology Gag: Her love of stars and desire to fly into space in Super, as well as Goku's promise to take her there, are probably nods to GT.
- No Guy Wants an Amazon: Her potential boyfriend runs away when he sees her abilities as she fights some random criminals.
- Outdated Outfit: Her clothes in GT are extremely 90s.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She already possesses tremendous strength and the ability to fly by the time she was four years old. In fact, she's shown to be quite powerful as a baby as well.
- Ret Gone: Inverted. Along with Goten, she hadn't been born in Future Trunks's timeline.
- Shorttank: Combination of Tomboy, Action Girl and Bare Your Midriff.
- Superior Successor: She is much stronger than her father or Goten at the same age. Even in GT where she never went Super Saiyan, she takes out Android 19 with ease and helps kill one of the Shadow Dragons. On top of that, if Hercule is successful in making her his successor as World Champion, she'll succeed him by leagues.
- Theme Naming: Pan is Akira Toriyama's crowning achievement in theme names:
- The obvious facet is that "pan" is a Portuguese and Spanish 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! If you want to stretch that even further, it's a retroactive, indirect reference to Hercule's late wife Miguel. Miguel is a Spanish version of the name Michael, the name of an Archangel (and Lucifer was an Archangel before he was Satan).
- Pan could also be a reference to the Pan Pipes in honor of Piccolo, who, being the reincarnation of a Daimao, would fit the devil theme above as well.note
- 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.
- Here's the kicker: In Greek, "pan" is a prefix meaning "all". So Pan is, in fact, most likely named after all of these characters—making her a living and breathing ode to her parents' family and friends.
- Token Mini-Moe: In GT. A little girl who is likely stronger than every human on Earth. Unfortunately for her, this still makes her weak in comparison to Trunks and especially Goku.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: There's her love of martial arts and boyish way of dressing, but when a certain GT arc involved another's planet's marriage rituals, she said she admired the dress.
- Trademark Favorite Food: According to "Piccoyo," Baby Pan's favorite food is Vegetable Pancakes with Tuna and Soy Pulp (with the specific vegetables in the pancakes being carrots, onions, spinach, and broccoli).
- Tsundere: Type A, as her grandmother and mother, in GT. If the simplest of negative things happens to Pan, she can exaggerate its importance and set off her fiery temper, but despite these tantrums she does truly care for her family in her more sincere moments and will assist them any way she can.
- Uneven Hybrid: Pan is a quarter Saiyan through her grandfather Goku and three quarter human. Oddly enough, she's considered a Saiyan despite having more human blood. She also developed faster than the half-Saiyans since she's barely a year old and can fly.