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    Bulma 
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Bulma Briefs (ブルマ; Buruma)

Voiced by (Japanese): Hiromi Tsuru
Voiced by (English): Wendee Swan (Harmony Gold); Maggie Blue O'Hara, Lalainia Lindbjerg, France Perras (BLT/Ocean); Leslie Alexander (DB Movie 2), Tiffany Vollmer, Monica Rial (Kai, DB Movie 1 onwards) (FUNimation), Leda Davies, Kristin Nowosad (Blue Water); Jodi Forrest, Sharon Mann (The History of Trunks) (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Claudia Thompson (Animax)
Voiced by (Latin American): Rocío Garcel (current voice), Monica Manjarrez (Majin Buu saga, GT and Movies 4-13'), Laura Ayala (some episodes), 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.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair (when it is not grey or green) is lavender purple in the manga (as does Bra). So now you know where the hell Trunks' hair color came from. (Well, her dad has lavender hair, too.) In The Path To Power, her hair is back to purple. In Dragon Ball Super, her hair is blue. It was also blue in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played with. In Dragon Ball, Bulma was attracted to Yamcha (then a bandit) due to a combination of both his roguish nature and hidden sensitive shy side. She also went head over heels when she first saw General Blue from the Red Ribbon Army and Zarbon from Freeza's army, before breaking up with Yamcha. She ultimately marries Vegeta, the mass-murdering, ki-blast happy alien and Sociopathic Hero of the group.
  • Alliterative Name: Both names start with a B.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Bulma frequently goes crazy over attractive males (to the point where her reason to find the Dragon Balls was to wish for a boyfriend). Thankfully, she simmers down after marrying Vegeta and having children.
  • Almighty Mom: Is this in the Buu Saga. She and Chi Chi both provide the page's image.
  • Amicable Exes: With Yamcha.
  • Anger Born of Worry: 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 here.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Though when she tries it on Beerus, it doesn't work.
  • Baleful Polymorph: 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.
  • Barrier Maiden: It's revealed in Dragonball Z Resurrection F that she bribes Beerus and Whis with food to keep them from destroying Earth.
  • Bathing Beauty: 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.
  • Berserk Button: She has several but the most notable is Master Roshi's perverseness towards her.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Believe it or not, yes. Just when Beerus attempted to destroy Earth, she had the guts to approach and slap him. In both the movie and Super, her being hit back causes Vegeta to go berserk and briefly surpass Goku.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Battle of Gods, and the entire fight with Beerus, takes place during her birthday party.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: For most of the first series she 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.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • In both Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Super, she angrily chews out Beerus for spoiling her birthday and slaps him across the face. Keep in mind that Beerus is the God of Destruction and The Dreaded for even Shenron himself, and Bulma just saw him effortlessly beat down all of the Z-Fighters, including Vegeta, with her own eyes. Thankfully, she gets off with nothing but an Armor-Piercing Slap.
    • Invoked in Resurrection F: upon discovering that Frieza has come Back from the Dead and invaded Earth, Goku explicitly tells Vegeta that they have to return to Earth right away before Bulma says or does something stupid to piss Frieza off.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Taken more literally in Playboy Bunny outfit when she and Goku encountered Monster Rabbit.
  • Butt Monkey: The anime filler made her into this during the Freeza Saga, being stuck in the body of a frog thanks to Captain Ginyu.
  • Buxom Is Better: She has the biggest bust of all the Dragon Ball female characters (with the exception of the filler character Maron) and Roshi naturally like this.
  • Child Prodigy: According to Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, she had already surpassed her father at the age of five and single-handedly repaired an alien spacecraft in a matter of minutes.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Remember when Bulma was the CO-LEAD? Downplayed in the Namek, Android, and Cell sagas where she has a bigger part. She also plays a prominent role once Beerus and Whis show up, functioning as their main supplier of delicious food and reason for not blowing up Earth. It works.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Goku and later to Gohan.
  • Demoted to Extra: In late Z and GT.
  • Deuteragonist: In the Legacy of Goku arc.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: She has a habit of antagonizing Beerus.
  • Ditzy Genius: Especially in the English dub. She's one of the brightest minds in the world, being able to make brilliant inventions out of junk in minutes, however she lacks a lot of logical judgement. This is best shown in the Red Ribbon Army Saga where she invents a high-tech spy drone and sees the Goku is planning to attack the Red Ribbon Army HQ. After the drone gets blown up she realizes they need to call for help, but she complains they don't have a phone. Turtle then points out that if she could make a drone then a phone shouldn't be any trouble for her, to which she gets the point and sets to work making the phone.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: 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!
  • Domestic Abuser: Taken realistically, some of her actions would count as this.
  • Doting Parent: She's quite the doting mother to her two children.
  • Embarrassing First Name: "Bulma" = "buruma" = "bloomers". Bulma was reluctant to tell Goku her name when they first met because of this. Goku laughed his tail off when he first heard it.
  • Entitled Bastard: When they first meet Master Roshi after returning his pet turtle, Bulma fully expects Roshi to give her a gift in exchange despite the fact that she blatantly refused to initially help Turtle return to the sea, and tried to persuade Goku to feed Turtle to the Bear Thief to save her own hide; Turtle even outright says that Goku's the only one who really helped him.
  • Epic Fail: Tried to use a remote to summon Nappa's left-over space pod and ended up blowing it up.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Averted. While she changes her hairstyle quite often, none of the changes are really expository.
  • Family Theme Naming: Like all of her family, she is named after underwear.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: In the Anime Filler, this is how she fell for Vegeta.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She invented the Dragon Radar and built a Time Machine in an alternate timeline just to name a few. As well as this, she has invented so much more, being the president of Capsule Corp.
  • Gag Boobs: Though not particularly big, they were used more than once for comedy early in the series.
  • Good Parents: She is this to Trunks and Bulla. Even though she made the mistake of bringing Baby Trunks to the battlefield, she still shows that she cares for his well-being. She also doesn't hesitate to rein in Vegeta's overzealous training habits with Trunks, often reminding him that Trunks is still a child and she won't stand for it.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: In GT. Not technically a grandmother, but she has aged and still looks great.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Mostly as a teenager in Dragon Ball when she would get jealous of girls hitting on Yamcha.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's not as bad as her husband's, but the littlest things set her off. In Resurrection of F, Goku and Vegeta return to Earth as quickly as possible because they know Bulma's going to say something insulting to Frieza and make him blow up the whole planet.
    Bulma: Hey, creep! Were the first two losses not enough? How'd you come back to life, anyways? You're not just obsessed with revenge, you suck at it!
  • Happily Married: By all accounts, with Vegeta. She's openly affectionate with him and doesn't display any of the insecurities that haunted her past relationships, instead seeming to be perfectly content with the life they've built together. It doesn't stop them from bickering, though. Given her previous relationship with Yamcha, it's probably because she knows Vegeta will never be friendly with other women, not when he's so abrasive to his allies...
  • Hot Scientist: Very much so, she is a great scientist and also a beautiful girl-woman. Just look at her picture for proof.
  • Hypocrite: 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. Simmers down a lot after becoming a wife and mother, but that's possibly due to Vegeta showing no interest in anyone besides her, no matter how little.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!:
    • She tries to invoke this occasionally but it seldom does much good: Yamcha is too bibbledy over her to be useful, Vegeta is too much of a Jerk Ass, and though Goku will usually help her out, it's because his Grandpa taught him to be nice to women, not because he is particularly attracted to them.
    • One subversion in the early series actually involves Bulma offering a lot more than a peek to General Blue, who is consequently horrified by the prospect, hinting his tastes run ... elsewhere.
    • The only time this tactic has worked for Bulma is when she has to cajole Master Roshi into giving up a dragon ball. Due to forces unexpected, she ends up giving Roshi a bit more than she thought she did...
  • Insufferable Genius: Less so in Z, though.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Vegeta, though Saiyans are Human Aliens.
  • It's All About Me: Mainly in Dragon Ball. She falls back into it during the Namek Saga, where she spends most of her time on Namek whining and moaning about how miserable she is and acting like everyone should drop what they're doing and take her back to Earth, to the extent that when she sees the Dragon Balls are assembled, she plans to wish herself back to Earth despite full knowledge that the entire reason they're there is to resurrect everyone who died fighting Nappa and Vegeta.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Self-centered, vain, and spoiled, but not a bad person.
  • The Load:
    • During the Red Ribbon Army Saga, Goku tells her point-blank that he doesn't want her coming along with him to find his grandpa's Dragon Ball because she's useless and will only get in his way.
    • She's even worse during the Namek and Frieza Sagas. Bulma is brought along because she's the only person with the know-how to fix their spaceship if it breaks down, but the only useful thing she does is stay in radio contact with her father. Otherwise she just hides in a capsule house inside a cave, whines about how hard her life is, and act like everyone needs to drop everything they're doing and ferry her back to Earth as quickly as they can. Even worse, at one point she sees the Dragon Balls are assembled and runs off to wish herself back to Earth, despite knowing that the whole reason they're there is to revive the people killed fighting Vegeta and Nappa. And then she gets briefly body-swapped with Captain Ginyu, a bit of Filler that was actually retained in Dragon Ball Kai.
  • Lost in Translation: The way Bulma addresses 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 appropriately calls him 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.
  • Love Martyr: To Vegeta. She puts up with a lot given that Vegeta is a prideful Jerkass. Even after he cools down, he's still a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who rarely openly shows love for her and their child.
  • Miss Fixit: She repaired a broken scouter and repaired Android #16.
  • Morality Pet:
  • Ms. Fanservice: The Playboy Bunny suit being one of the earliest examples. To take it further, she's the only female character to appear naked in the entire series.
  • Narcissist: Bulma has a few traits of narcissism (albeit mostly in Dragon Ball) such as her vanity, having a lot of self-centered desires, and showing no scruples with manipulating and screwing people over to fulfill her desires and getting what she wants.
  • Never My Fault: 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, despite the fact that Goku had absolutely no idea what the Dragon Balls even were or what they did before Bulma showed up on his doorstep looking for them; Goku, being Goku, actually agrees with her. 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.
  • No Badass to His Valet: Despite being a Muggle, Bulma is perfectly willing to push around anyone. She even does this to Vegeta, to the point of getting him into wearing a pink shirt. Naturally, they hook up and have two children together. She continues to boss him around on a regular basis, even during his battle against Frieza.
    Bulma: Hey, Vegeta! How long were you thinking of making your beautiful wife wait, huh?
  • Odd Friendship: With Whis. It originally started out as Bulma just supplying him and Beerus with a constant stream of delicious Earth food, but by Resurrection of ‘F’, Whis seems to have become genuinely fond of her.
  • Ojou: And is filthy rich to back it up.
  • Only One Name: Just "Bulma". The English dub tries to turn her father's name into a surname, but it doesn't take very well.
  • Only Sane Woman: Tries to be the voice of "the common people" amongst men who live by the Way of the Warrior. Best demonstrated when Trunks warned them about the androids: Bulma suggests using the dragonballs to stop them before they get dangerous enough to fight back, and is promptly outvoted by Goku, Vegeta, etc. wanting to test their strength.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Goku, at least until he grew up...
  • Poor Communication Kills: During the Cell Saga, she neglects to tell Android 16 that she removed the bomb in his body while repairing him; this comes back to bite them when 16 tries to self-destruct along with Cell and can't because the bomb is gone.
  • Proud Beauty: She thinks the reason she couldn't ride the Nimbus was because she was "so beautiful it's a sin". Yep, she counts.
  • Really Gets Around: 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 Base Breakers. However, she appears to be completely loyal to Vegeta after Trunks' birth, finally falling into the Happily Married trope. She also at one point fell for, you guessed it, Goku, when she saw He's All Grown Up. It's just too bad he got engaged on the same day...
  • She's Got Legs: Boy, she has 'em alright... almost all of her outfits involve dresses or shorts revealing her fine, long slender legs.
  • Shorttank: Often wore this in her younger days.
  • Shower Scene: While camping in the desert in Oolong's double-decker camper. Yamcha accidentally saw her showering while trying to invade their camp. Happens again in Resurrection of F when Goku walks in on Bulma while she's only wrapped in a towel. She promptly punches him.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Bulma's a victim of a lot of slapstick towards her, being a Butt Monkey and all.
  • The Smart Girl: She possesses an almost superhuman intellect and uses it to create a bounty of useful inventions in her quest for the Dragon Balls. Many of these creations, like the Dragon Radar, are so complex that experts and scientists have not been able to understand them.
  • Smoking Is Cool: 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.
  • Spoiled Brat: 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.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: During the Android Saga, she's the only member of the group who thinks to simply go after Dr. Gero and stop him before he activates the androids. She's promptly shot down, mostly because Goku and Vegeta like the sound of the challenge these androids will bring. In some versions, Krillin also tells her in secret that it's best to give former villains Piccolo and Vegeta a mutual enemy.
  • Teen Genius: 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.
  • The Team Benefactor: She and her father provide the heroes with all their high-tech needs — spacecraft, time machines, updated Saiyan armor, etc.
  • The Team Normal: 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 and even saves their lives on numerous occasions.
  • Token Girl: During Dragon Ball, she was the only girl who would journey around.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's usually the Tomboy to nice!Launch. With Chichi, on the other hand, this is usually zigzagged, considering that Chichi is an Action Girl while Bulma is a Fashionista Non Action Girl. But Bulma is also a Gadgeteer Genius while Chichi is a Supreme Chef and good example of Feminine Women Can Cook.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She does like dressing sexy and putting on lipstick, but she's mainly a tech geek.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: 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.
  • Tsundere: Bulma's also somewhat of a tsundere, especially in first series, but starts to mellow out and has lost most of this by the time Vegeta steps into the picture, settling down into Happily Married motherhood. She's still quite bossy, though.
  • Unfazed Everyman: 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 something 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 actively follows the heroes when Frieza shows up again twice, just because she wants to finally catch a glimpse of him.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: And hairstyles.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Goku (mostly as a child) in Dragon Ball. Also Chichi, though mostly in the English dub.
  • Weirdness Magnet: 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. She later marries the Prince of Saiyans and has two half-Saiyan children. Lampshaded by Krillin in Resurrection 'F, when Jaco shows up and he openly wonders where she meets so many weirdos.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Several of her outfits have this. The first time is when, dealing with Oolong in Aru Village, Bulma is seen with a pair of brown short shorts. In the Red Ribbon arc, Bulma wore a red shirt that leaves her shoulders exposed and orange shorts. At the begin of "Dragon Ball Z" she wears white shorts. In Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound, she wears them again.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Possible. Would explain her falling for Yamcha and then for Vegeta, at any rate.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In her first appearance, she shoots Goku in the head; granted Goku did mistake her for a monster and throw her car, but still.
  • Wrench Wench: Bulma can fix anything as a Gadgeteer Genius.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In the anime, though it is purplish in the manga, explaining why Trunks has purple hair.
  • Youngest Child Wins: She is the favorite child, compared to her older sister Tights, who is unmentioned and never even appears in the anime.

    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 Sato (DBZ Movie 13, Kai, Battle of Gods, Resurrection F, Super), Kinya Aikawa (The Path to Power), Takkou Ishimori (Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure)
Voiced by (English): Clifton Wells (Harmony Gold); Michael Donovan, Ian James Corlett, Peter Kelamis, Don Brown, Terry Klassen (BLT/Ocean); Mike McFarland (Funimation); Dean Galloway (Blue Water); Ed Marcus (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Dave Bridges (Animax)
Voiced by (Latin American): Jesús Colín, Jorge Roig (Kai), Miguel Ángel Sanromán (Battle of Gods, Resurrection ‘F’ and Kai the Final Chapters)

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.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Roshi was, for a long time, one of the most powerful people on the planet. However, he spends his days watching porn and exercise videos, letting his students save the earth rather than get off his island.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He came the closest to stopping King Piccolo by using the Evil Containment Wave to seal him into a rice cooker. He misses the cooker and dies soon afterwards, allowing Piccolo to get his wish to regain his youth.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a 300-year old perverted man... who happened to be the creator of the Kamehameha, tutor of Goku and Krillin and in early parts of the series the greatest martial artist on Earth.
  • Butt Monkey: To extreme levels after being Demoted to Extra, but had moments in Dragon Ball.
  • Buxom Is Better: At least he thinks so. Played straight with Maron.
  • Can't Catch Up:
    • 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 Beerus were, he wouldn't had a chance.
    • Averted as of Resurrection of 'F. He takes on Frieza's henchmen with ease and Toriyama states that he's always been that powerful, he just didn't try in his earlier battles.
  • Chick Magnet: 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.
  • Clark Kenting: His disguise of Jackie Chun involves taking off his shades and putting on a wig. Only Yamcha saw through it until Kame tricked him.
  • Confusion Fu: When he's using his Drunken Master technique. He pretends to be drunks to make his movements unpredictable. This works extremely well against Goku since he can't copy this technique since he has never been drunk.
  • Cool Old Guy: Back in Dragon Ball.
  • Cool Shades: Never without them since he fought as Jackie Chun in the 22nd Tenkaichi Tournament.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • He's normally a goof and a Dirty Old Man, but when he decides to get serious he is a very skilled fighter with the power to destroy the moon with one shot, making him one of the biggest badasses in original Dragon Ball up to even as far up in the timeline as The World's Strongest movie.
    • Taken to extremes where it's revealed via Resurrection ‘F’ that he could have stood up to a few of the Z villains if he'd bothered trying rather than letting his students take care of everything.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Mafuba (Evil Containment Wave in the dub), this is the technique that Master Mutaito used to seal King Piccolo during his original rampage. The attack requires so much energy that it kills the user, as Master Mutaito died from using. Master Roshi attempts to use the Evil Containment Wave to reseal King Piccolo after he escapes, but he not only does he misses the rice cooker, he end up dying like his master.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The second DBZ movie, The World's Strongest, gave him a pretty big role, helping Goku and friends fight against Dr. Wheelo. Revival of F also gave him a considerable role, helping to fight off Frieza's army.
  • Demoted to Extra: 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.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Roshi means "old master". Therefore, in the English dub, Master Roshi leaves us with "Master Old Master".
  • Dirty Old Man: Probably one of the most recognizable anime examples. He provides the page image, having made perving on women his favorite pastime. He has a steady supply of girly mags, is easily distracted by any female that catches his eye, and will cop a feel at every given opportunity. Roshi always ends up paying for it, but he'll just do it again anyway.
  • Doting Parent: 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 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!).
  • Drunken Boxing: One of his fighting styles.
  • Eccentric Mentor: To Goku, Yamcha, and Krillin.
  • Expy: Based on "God"/Kami-sama from Dr. Slump (unrelated to the later Kami from Dragon Ball). His alter-ego Jackie Chun is also clearly based on Jackie Chan's persona, if not his appearance.
  • Genius Bruiser: He has several years of wisdom, as well as being the strongest human at the start of the series
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Despite spending roughly a hundred years training, Goku is almost equal to him after a few years of training. In fact, it took Roshi fifty years to master the Kamehameha Wave, and Goku learned how to do so after simply seeing Roshi use it once.
  • Hermit Guru: Well, he is called the Turtle Hermit.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Despite being much weaker than King Piccolo, he managed to scare him shitless by revealing he knew the Evil Containment Wave. Although Roshi failed to trap Piccolo and died, Piccolo was left shaking on the ground for several seconds.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Has been shown hypnotizing Goku into falling asleep and the Man-Wolf into believing that Krillin's head was the full moon so he could recover his human form.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: In most of his fights, he appears to be a wrinkly old man. However, he can bulk up to Hulk-like levels with his MAX power. Also, there's his immense collection of techniques and tricks, including hypnosis and shooting lightning from his hands.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: 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.
    • When looking at an old photo of him even Bulma commented he looked attractive.
    Bulma: Whoa, he's handsome! Who is he?
    Roshi: That's me.
    Bulma: Nuh-ah. That's impossible, he has hair!
    Roshi: I wasn't born bald you know!
  • Kamehame Hadoken: He invented it.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: 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.
  • Living Legend: When he was introduced, Master Roshi was revered as the God of Martial Arts and The Strongest Man in the World.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Roshi is seriously perverted but he's shown to be a really nice person at several points.
  • Man Child: Master Roshi is of old age, but behaves like a child.
  • Meaningful Name: "Roshi" means master.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Sacrifices his life to try and reseal King Piccolo, only for the attempt to fail. He does get resurrected later, although by that point has role as mentor has been passed to other characters.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: Gives such a speech to King Piccolo after his failed attempt to reseal him:
    Roshi: You haven't won. Your dark dreams will never come true. Somewhere, someone will succeed where I failed. Until that day, live in fear. You will fall. We're only human... but... but we will survive. We will... survive...
  • Obsolete Mentor: 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.
  • Old Master: Was once the strongest man in the world and mentor to several of the main characters.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: 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").
  • Passing the Torch: Did this when he retired from being Jackie Chun.
  • The Peeping Tom: Muten try twice to use Bulma inventions for this. Before, he use a watch that can shrink the person who is wearing it as a way to spy on Bulma while she is on the toilet, but fail. Again, when he use Bulma little fly robot to spy some girls on the beach.
  • Porn Stash: Owns a huge collection.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Thanks to the Sacred Water he's over 300 while still looking in his 70s
  • Retired Badass: When he was satisfied that the younger generation had surpassed him, he stopped training. Though at times when the world's at risk, he regrets this. However, considering the ridiculous amount of Sorting Algorithm of Evil that happens in Z, he couldn't reach the level of Freeza's Mooks, let alone Freeza. And that's not even getting into Cell, Buu and Beers.
    • Averted in Resurrection of F, where he can, and does, fight off Freeza's henchmen with ease.
  • The Rival: To Master Shen and his Crane school.
  • Secret Identity: Jackie Chun. He never does let the others know he and Chun were the same person.
  • Shock and Awe: His used-only-once ultimate technique, the Thunder Shock Surprise/Bankoku Bikkuri Shou.
  • Signature Move: The Original Kamehameha
  • Sunglasses at Night: Rarely takes his shades off.
  • Super Mode: His "Max Power" form, where he basically bulks up like The Hulk.
  • Team Dad: 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.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: See Super Mode above.
  • Too Dumb to Live: 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 mack 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.
  • Training from Hell: In-universe, he's infamous for it… And it's actually harsher than rumoured. The exercises he's seen subjecting his pupils to are:
    • The Milk Run from Hell: delivering milk on foot over vast distances that include climbing a mountain (there's a staircase, but it's still a few kilometers), crossing a river near the top of a waterfall, walking on a fallen tree over a cliff, crossing a desert, and being chased by a dinosaur, all with a single break on top of the mountain. All but the mountain is to be done running, as it's speed training and the delivery has to be made in time. This is only the early morning training;
    • Plowing a large field bare handed to reinforce their hands. This is done after a short break after the Milk Run from Hell, and before breakfast… Assuming they do the job quick enough to earn the breakfast;
    • Perform construction work for at least five men, each, to increase physical strength (and earn some money). They can use tools for this, but nothing with an engine;
    • Swimming across a lake and back for ten times. While chased by a giant shark;
    • Reflex training is to fight angry bees while tied to a tree. After the shark, this is pretty tame;
    • After the first day, he has them wear 20 kilos shells on their backs all the time, progressively increasing the weight. He himself wears a 40 kilo shell all the time;
    • As he knows what he's doing, he gives his pupils only exercises they can deal with (and actually makes sure they're strong enough before accepting them as trainees), grants them enough rest between the exercises, feeds them all they need (even Goku), and takes time to teach them other basic skills such as writing and reading, math (this actually was crucial for Krillin's victory over Chiaotzu: the latter was winning until Krillin distracted him with math questions, and pummelled him when he tried to count on his fingers, as Chiaotzu's teacher had neglected to teach him math), common knowledge, manners, honour, and so on. In fact, the Milk Run from Hell, plowing a field and performing construction work double as legitimate work, so they can learn its value.
    “Work hard, study well, and sleep plenty, that's the Turtle Hermit's way to learn.”
  • Tritagonist: For First and Second Tournament Arc and King Piccolo Arc.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Serves as this when disguise as Jackie Chun. He easily beats Yamcha and Krillin, and hands Goku his first real defeat, showing them that they still have a lot to learn. He is also the first one to really challenge Tien, although he surrounder that fight.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: His method of training includes having his students work by delivering milk by foot at the break of dawn, then sowing fields with their bare hands, then helping out at a construction site, all the while wearing heavy turtle shells on their backs. And boy, does it pay off.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Well, more like "Wig, take off the sunglasses" and "Not Even Bothering with the Accent"... Now, who is this mysterious Jackie Chun?
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: 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...
  • Wrestler in All of Us: At the end of the 21st Tenkaichi considers using the Cobra Twist and the Figure 4 Leglock to defeat Goku before discarding them due Goku's excessively small size.

    Yamcha 
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Yamcha (ヤムチャ; Yamucha)

Voiced by (Japanese): Toru Furuya
Voiced by (English): Kerrigan Mahan (Harmony Gold); Ted Cole (BLT/Ocean); Christopher Sabat (FUNimation); Victor Atelevich (Blue Water); Doug Rand, Sharon Mann (DB Movie 2) (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Darren Pleavin, Scott Evans (Animax)
Voiced by (Latin American): Ricardo Mendoza (current voice), Jesus Barrero (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 Worf Effect, 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 Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy, rival-turned-friend, Butt Monkey, Mr. Exposition, 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.
  • Accidental Pervert: 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.
  • Adaptational Badass: 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 In-Universe.
  • Amicable Exes: He maintained a close relationship with Bulma after their breakup. Even telling Future Trunks about Vegeta going Papa Wolf on Cell to make him feel better.
  • Always Second Best: The first of many characters to always be behind Goku despite given him a decent challenged when they first met. He is also the overall weakest of the Turtle School (not counting Ox King and Gohan Sr.).
  • Animal Battle Aura: His battle aura takes the shape of a wolf.
  • Animal Motifs: Oftentimes his aura will give him the appearance of a wolf even when he isn't using one of his Wolf Fang techniques.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy:
    • In his debut, Yamcha was this (except around Bulma). He lost most of this after his Heel–Face Turn. Yamcha usually has an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy 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.
    • His arrogance did return in the Saiyan Saga. After he easily beat the second Saibaman, he challenges Nappa and Vegeta, and says he will fight all the Saibamen at once. This caused him to lower his guard, allowing the defeated Saibaman to grab him and blow up on him.
  • Art Evolution: 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 Normal: The "badass" part was fairly evident back in the original Dragon Ball, but has been sinking further into obscurity since Z. He's not a bad fighter at the end of the day, but he gets drastically and increasingly overshadowed by the stronger fighters around him.
  • Barbarian Longhair: His most frequent hairstyle. He mentioned his short haircut was at Bulma's request (Goku couldn't even recognize him when he first showed up with his new 'do) and could be considered an example of him trying to change from an outlaw in the desert to ordinary citizen in the city.
  • Becoming the Mask: 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 he and Puar became friends with them for real.
  • Being Good Sucks: The reason Yamcha fought the Saibamen was to protect Krillin who wanted to go next. As he pointed out, Krillin was revived already with the Dragon Balls so him dying would have been permanent, while he could be revived if the worst happens. For his good deed, Yamcha gets suicide bombed by the Saibaman, making him the first casualty of the Saiyan Invasion and he never even gets the chance to fight Nappa. And worst of all, the fandom won't ever let him live this down.
  • Bishōnen: 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.
  • Bittersweet Ending: 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, makes sense seeing how he's such an easygoing guy. 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.
  • Big Damn Heroes: 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.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In both metaphorical AND literal sense of break. In the 8th chapter of manga Son Goku sends Yamcha in the air with his punch but Yamcha breaks and bounces off the frame's border back to the ground. See for yourself.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • Has it worse than Krillin, from his first appearance it was always something of a Running Gag 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 Suicide Attack of a seemingly dead 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.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: 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.
  • Can't Catch Up: Yamcha retires from fighting after the Cell Saga. He Lampshades it himself when, unlike Krillin, he decides to forgo participating in the 25th World Tournament.
  • Combat Commentator: 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.
  • Composite Character: Initially Toryama used Sha Gojo from Journey to the West for the character. A likely prototype design for Yamcha was the title character to Akira Toriyama's one-shot Pink. Although Pink is a female, she also is a bandit living in a desert hideout who has an animal companion and rides a flying vehicle similar to Yamcha's Jet Squirrel. After cutting his long hair for the first time in the series, Yamcha looks very similar to the character Tsukutsun Tsun from Dr. Slump in both appearance and characteristics.
  • Centipede's Dilemma: 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.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Yamcha's quite popular around women despite his shyness.
  • Cool Sword: Yamcha's scimitar in Dragon Ball
  • Commuting on a Bus: It's pretty easy to forget that he and Puar were among the first characters introduced into the story.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has cracked comments like these.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Thought it was initially a ruse, Yamcha came to befriend the group and turned good for real.
  • Demoted to Extra: Cell Saga, Buu Saga, and GT.
  • Desert Bandits: 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 he calls it quits (he still tags along with the others at the Cell Games, but only sits at the sidelines).
  • Deus Angst Machina: Yamcha and Bulma's breakup was never explained, though this was mostly due to Toriyama's disinterest in romance and romantic relationships.
  • Dub Text:
    • 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 Dub Text, 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).
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • 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.
    • Hilariously, at one point, Tenshinhan criticizes Yamcha for making nice with Vegeta.
  • Enemy Mine: When they were still ostensibly enemies, he helped Goku against the Rabbit Mob.
  • The Everyman: 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.
  • Failure Hero: In Z Yamcha seldom wins clear victories outside of fillers (and never important ones). Though he's had his moments in filler.
  • Fighting with Chucks: 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.
  • Graceful Loser: 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.
  • Genre Savvy: Yamcha eventually realizes that he really Can't Catch Up 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.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: He was shown to do Training from Hell prior to the Buu Saga. Taken to the extreme in the Piccolo Jr. Saga; he worked like a dog for the tournament for three years, created a brand new technique from scratch... and still lost in his first match.
  • Heel–Face Turn: One of the first of many throughout the series.
  • Heel–Face Mole: This was his original intention but he ended up turning good for real.
  • Image Song: Say what you want about the guy but he's got a very good one.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After Dr. Gero did this to Yamcha, the poor guy retired from fighting.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: He was the second student to learn it, though he doesn't use it much.
  • The Lancer: Sometimes holds this role, mainly in the absence of Krillin.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: When he has long hair.
  • Loveable Rogue: During his bandit days.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Clumsy around women he likes.
  • Love Martyr: Explained to Puar, this was basically why he puts up with Bulma's mistreatment in Dragon Ball.
  • Martial Arts Uniform: 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.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: The Clueless Chick Magnet above has resulted in this happening on several occasions in Dragon Ball.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He was the first handsome adult male in the cast.
  • Now Let Me Carry You: When Goku falls sick during the battle with the androids, Yamcha, who has been protected and saved by Goku several times, physically carries him back to his house and helps care for him along with his wife.
  • Nice Guy: As an Adult, Yamcha is one of the more chill and forgiving characters.
  • Mundane Utility: Uses his powers to become a pro baseball player.
  • Older Than He Looks: Despite being an ordinary human, Yamcha looks about the same at 57 in Dragon Ball GT.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Do note that, by the Cell arc, he's still strong enough to break aerobic equipment effortlessly. But he's much too far behind his peers.
  • Prophet Eyes: His eyes turn totally white when he uses the many of his moves like the Wolf Fang Fist.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Signature Move, the Wolf Fang Fist/Rougafuufuuken. Also his improved version, the Neo Wolf Fang Fist/Shin Rougafuufuuken.
  • Really Gets Around: 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.
  • Redemption Demotion: 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.
  • Retired Badass: 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.
  • The Rival: The very first one. Back then, he teamed up with Goku to save Bulma from Monster Carrot.
  • Roboteching: His Spirit Ball Attack/Soukidan.
  • Rugged Scar: After coming back from offscreen Training from Hell at the end of Dragon Ball, Yamcha sports a few facial scars indicating that he's come back stronger (although he still Can't Catch Up).
  • Scars Are Forever: Its never revealed exactly how he got them. After Yamcha came back from his three year Training from Hell in the Timeskip, he had them on his face.
  • Shrinking Violet: 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.
  • Signature Move: Wolf Fang Fist and Spirit Ball.
  • Spiky Hair: During the Android and Cell arcs.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: He eventually surpasses all of his masters and becomes one of the strongest humans on Earth.
  • Superior Successor: By the time of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, he surpassed Master Roshi. He also surpass Kami after training with him to fight the Saiyans.
  • Taking the Bullet: Ever since his Heel–Face Turn, 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.
  • The Tooth Hurts: During one of their earlier encounters, Goku knocked one of his teeth out.
  • Training from Hell: Yamcha had been shown to go through this a lot 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.
  • True Companions: 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: 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.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Like most of the cast, he reforms significantly after his Defeat Means Friendship from Goku's hands.
  • Tritagonist: Legacy of Goku Arc.
  • Twinkle Smile: It happened occasionally in the Dragon Ball anime.
  • Unbalanced by Rival's Kid: Surprisingly nuanced. At first, he's upset when Gohan asks him if he's Trunks' dad, but he's still respectful and friendly to future Trunks.
  • The Unfair Sex: In his relationship with Bulma. Had the genders been reversed, fans of the show would NOT be laughing.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Somewhat. He's the first person able to physically challenge Goku and caused him to run out of energy(the latter was due to Goku's hunger).
  • We Are Team Cannon Fodder: In DBZ.
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • 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.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: At the start of the series, he was intimidated by women, such that Bulma's very presence could force him into retreat. He sought the Dragon Balls to help him overcome his phobia. Ultimately, he conquered his fear after spending time around, and eventually dating, Bulma.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Save for Vegeta, no other character got hit with this more. 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. By the time Z came around, Yamcha was the first to fall in the Saiyan Arc and again in the Android Saga.
    • In the first story arc, Yamcha has the advantage over Goku due to him being hungry. He could have won, but he sees Bulma and runs away since he's terrified of girls. When he fights Goku the next day, Goku beats him with ease.
  • Would Hit a Girl: 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.
  • X Marks the Hero: After the three year timeskip at the end of Dragon Ball he gets an X shaped scar on his cheek.

    Tenshinhan / Tien Shinhan 
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Tien Shinhan (天津飯; Tenshinhan)

Voiced by (Japanese): Hirotaka Suzuoki (Dragon Ball, Z and GT), Koichi Yamadera (Z episodes 82 & 84 only), Hikaru Midorikawa (Kai)
Voiced by (English): Eddie Frierson (Harmony Gold); Matt Smith note  (Ocean); Chris Cason, John Burgmeier (FUNimation); Brendan Hunter (Blue Water); Doug Rand, David Gasman, Sharon Mann (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Richard Jonson (Creative Products Corp.)
Voiced by (Latin American): Ismael Larumbe (current voice), 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.
  • Adaptational Badass: A minor examples. In the manga, Drum completely outmatched him and he didn't land a single blow before going down and nearly being killed. In the anime, Tien puts up a better fight and manages to score several hits on Drum, making him bleed. He even gets to use the Evil Containment Wave and is only foil when Drum shields Piccolo.
  • Adorkable: Volleyball Technique. His expression just sells it.
  • Aloof Ally: Spends majority of the Buu Saga training in isolation with Chiaotzu.
  • Always Second Best: Despite being even with Goku during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, he falls behind Goku after he drinks the Ultra Divine Water and he never catches up again. He still tries, despite knowing that he can't catch up.
  • Ambiguously Human: 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. Some of the tie-in games refer to him as an alien, but Toriyama has at various times stated that Tien is a descendant of a three-eyed clan of humans and/or that the third eye is the result of achieving enlightenment.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: 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 Trope Codifier of an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy for anime.
  • The Artifact: Due to the power escalation in the series, Tenshinhan's role as The Rival for Goku ended up getting taking over by Piccolo and later Vegeta. Tenshinhan himself actually ended up getting briefly written out of the series during the Buu Saga only to later return. At the same time, he still sees Goku as his rival, as in the bar to surpass, but he's fully aware that it will never happened.
  • Asexuality: Word of God has said that he has no interest in romantic relationships.
  • The Atoner: After his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: How he learns the Kamehameha and the Evil Containment Wave in Dragon Ball. He is stated to have the ability to copy techniques.
  • Badass Boast: To Yamcha in his villain days.
    Tenshinhan: Poor Yamcha. The only thing more pathetic then a loser is a loser who thinks he's born to win.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu in Dragon Ball. Mess with the kid and he'll tear you apart.
  • Badass in Distress: He is nearly killed by Cell after he uses almost all his energy pinning him down with a Tri-Beam Cannon. He is saved by Goku who pulls a Teleportation Rescue.
  • Bald of Awesome: Proud of his shaved head.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting Chiaotzu, who is like a little brother to Tenshinhan.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Which also falls under this.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Tenshinhan gets some pretty awesome moments.
  • Blood Knight: He is the only human, along with Chiaotzu, who keeps training long after the other accepted that they can never catch up to the Saiyans. He also went against Bulma's plan to stop the androids early by using the Dragon Balls because he wanted to fight them. Despite the huge power different, he still strives to match Goku.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity:
    • 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.
  • Boring but Practical: His Solar Flare (Taiyōken) technique. It doesn't require a lot of power, it is easy to learn, and can blind almost any opponent.
  • Broken Pedestal: Tien idolized the assassin Mercenary Tao even after his Heel–Face Turn; that all came to an end during the Piccolo Jr. Saga when, during their fight, Tao breaks the tournament rules by resorting to a Blade Behind The Shoulder.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu:
    • Tien uses the Tri-Beam Cannon to try and kill Nappa and avenge Chiaotzu's death. His final attack barely destroyed Nappa's armor and he dies for nothing.
    • He uses a new version of the Tri-Beam Cannon to pin Semi-Perfect Cell and allow Android 18 to escape. He is only saved because Goku teleports him to safety. In the long run, his efforts amounted to nothing since 18 is still absorbed, allowing Cell to become complete.
  • Call to Agriculture: According to Word of God, him and Chiaotzu took up farming in addition to their training at the end of Z.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: He did manage a joke. Once. But it took rigorous discipline and concentration.
  • Can't Catch Up: He lasted a little longer then Yamcha and Krillin and was still useful after he fell behind though.
  • Cast From HP: 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).
  • Characterization Marches On/Character Development: 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.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Gets Put on a Bus during the Buu Saga with the only explanation being that Tenshinhan left to train. He later returns to save Dende from being killed by Buu.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Force fields, reflecting energy, sealing, Power Copying, Telepathy, Self-Duplication, growing extra limbs, creating blinding light...
  • The Comically Serious: After his Heel–Face Turn. He completely dropped his serious tone under the training with Piccolo, Kaio, Yamcha and Chiaotzu. Constantly goofing off, even to the point of incurring the wrath of Piccolo, who respected him back in Dragon Ball.
  • Con Man: Anime Only. Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu's first appearance in the anime shows them as a pair of travelling con artists.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique:
    • Like Master Roshi, he knows the Mafuba/Evil Containment Wave, the technique that can seal evil at the exchanged for ones' life. He learns it after witnessing Master Roshi use it during his fail attempt to reseal King Piccolo. He challenges King Piccolo and tries to seal him with it. Depending if you read the manga or watch the anime, Tien never gets the chance to use the technique since the rice cooker he was going to used got damage while he was training, or he succeed using it, but Drum interferes, indirectly saving his life.
    • He knows another dangerous technique, Kikoho (Tri-Beam in the dub). It uses energy directly from his life force and causes an energy blast that is more powerful than him, which allows him to pin Semi-Perfect Cell and deflect an energy blast from Super Buu. The cost, it will kill him if he uses it too much, like it did when he used it against Nappa. Even when it doesn't kill him, it still exhausts him to the point of not being able to fight and shortens his life.
  • Deadpan Snarker: 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.
    • Even after a long time, he still hasn't lost it.
      Yamcha: (to #18, who had just rebuffed Krillin after being revived) Why you...! You should be thankful! Or do you wanna get beat up?
      Tenshinhan: I assume it won't be you to do that...
  • Death by Disfigurement: His first death, due to losing his left arm to Nappa.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Subverted. Tenshinhan actually won; Goku didn't beat him until the next tournament. For that matter, he'd already made his Heel–Face Turn before the fight was even over.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the Buu Saga and GT. He shows up again to fight in the Buu Saga only to be one-shotted.
  • Determinator: He has no problem rushing into battle with opponents he knows he can't beat.
    • Taken Up to Eleven when he stands his ground against Imperfect Cell to buy Android 18 time to escape and uses his Tri-Beam/Kikoho (which is Cast from Hit Points) to keep Cell pinned down until he literally collapses from having burned all his energy. The man just has no quit in him!
  • Deuteragonist: From the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament to the end of Dragon Ball.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: His Multiform/Shishin no Ken technique, but unfortunately the copies are weaker than the original.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To Master Shen. He's stronger, but still follows orders until his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Dub Name Change: 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.
  • 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 Shen's students, and simply asking for forgiveness won't be enough.
  • Enlightenment Superpower: Subverted. According to Toriyama, Tien has achieved enlightenment and should have godlike powers, but the evil influence of the Crane Hermit prevents him from ever using those powers to their full potential.
  • Epiphany Therapy: He turned rather quickly.
  • Extra Eyes: Has a third eye on his forehead for unexplained reasons, representing his awakened Psychic Powers.
  • Finger Gun: 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.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The scar on Tenshinhan's chest is a memento of his tournament battle with Taopaipai, who had hidden a knife in his cybernetics.
  • Handicapped Badass: He lost his left arm during his fight with Nappa. It didn't stop him from continuing the fight.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: 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.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Introduced as a rival trained by an evil dojo. Becomes one of Goku's best allies.
  • Heir to the Dojo: According to Dragon Ball Online, he becomes the heir to the new Crane School despite breaking ties with his former master.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: 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.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chiaotzu. They are almost always together and Tien doesn't feel complete without him. When it looks like Chiaotzu won't be revived since Shenron can't bring someone back to life twice, he's willing to stay in the afterlife with him.
  • Honor Before Reason: 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.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He blames himself for Chiaotzu's death. Both in Ball and Z, sadly enough.
  • In-Series Nickname: Tsurusennin calls him "Ten," while Chaozu calls him "Ten-san."
  • Kamehame Hadoken: He copied it off of Yamcha.
  • Kick the Dog: His and Chiaotzu's introduction chapter. For Tenshinhan, also breaking Yamcha's leg after he was already defeated and unconscious.
  • Killed Offscreen: His second death was not shown, but it happened due to Buu blowing up Earth.
  • Luminescent Blush: It's hard to find it, but it's there.
  • Moral Myopia: When he was the Crane Hermit's student, he is angry at Goku for killing Mercenary Tao. This is despite Tao being a renown assassin and Goku tells him that he was only defending himself.
  • Multiarmed And Dangerous: The rarely-seen but very-dangerous Four Witches Technique allows him to grow additional arms from behind his shoulders.
  • No Body Left Behind: His second death was due to Buu blowing up Earth.
  • Odd Friendship: Hints of it with Piccolo in the Cell Saga. His friendship with Gohan could also be considered this, especially in the beginning.
  • Older Than They Look: Looks the same age in GT. By then, he's in his early sixties.
  • Only Sane Man: Shares this role with Piccolo and Future Trunks.
  • Ordered to Cheat: In the the 22nd World Tournament, The Crane Hermit orders Tenshinhan to kill Goku while he's paralyzed by Chiaotzu. He refuses.
  • Out of Focus: In the Namek/Frieza Saga after dying, and again in the Buu Saga onwards.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Par for the course in this series, as everyone and their grandmother are casually outclassed by even the weakest Saiyans, but Tien is still one of the strongest non-Saiyan Humans (though he's actually only part-human). He's won more battles than many other characters, including against Yamcha, Goku and Taopaipai (in Dragonball), a Saibaman (In Dragonball Z) and Jeice and Burter (in Z filler). That's not too bad considering he's not a Saiyan.
  • Put on a Bus: After the Cell Games, Tenshinhan had no more reason to hang out with the Z gang since 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.
  • Papa Wolf: Around Chiaotzu most of his life as well as around Gohan during the Saiyan and Cell Saga.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Tenshinhan has no spoken lines in Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! special for Shonen Jump's 40th anniversary due to Hirotaka Suzuoki not being among the living anymore. Toei Animation 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.
  • Redemption Demotion: 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.
  • The Rival: Was this to Goku and gave him one of his toughest matches in the original series. He's also one of the few people to defeat Goku, even if it was a stroke of luck. Although outmatched during the 23rd Martial Arts Tournament he still gave Goku a decent match and forced him to removed his weighted clothes. In Z, Goku completely surpass him, but he still tries to reach Goku's level, despite knowing it's futile.
  • Shadow Archetype: Before his Heel–Face Turn, Tien represents what Goku would be like if he allowed his arrogance and natural talent for fighting to go to his head. This different also highlights the difference between the Turtle and the Crane Schools. Master Roshi went out of his way to teach his students humility and that there was always someone better. The Crane Hermit bloated his students' egos, telling them that there was no one stronger than them.
  • Shirtless Scene/Walking Shirtless Scene: Tenshinhan mostly fights topless.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: One of the only people with this ability (the Evil Containment Wave).
  • Senseless Sacrifice: In the Saiyan Saga. After Chiaotzu's own Senseless Sacrifice and losing an arm, Tien channels all of his remaining power into a one-handed Tri-Beam to attack Nappa with. It only damages his armor, and Tien kicks it while bemoaning his failure; to add insult to injury, according to Vegeta, the technique probably would have done more damage had Nappa not seen it coming at the last second.
  • Signature Move: Kikoho / Tri-Beam + variants. He's also known for Taiyouken / Solar Flare— this so much his move that Goku mentally apologizes to him for stealing it.
  • Smug Super: When he was introduced, he truly believed that no one was stronger than him since he trained under the Crane Hermit. He regularly demeaned Yamcha and all of the Turtle School as weaklings. Despite his smugness, he backed it up by beating Yamcha, despite Tien admitting that it was a tougher fight than he thought, and Master Roshi acknowledged that Tien may have won if he hadn't forfeited. He also fought Goku, a powerful Human Alien, to a standstill and won because luck was on his side. After the tournament, however, he drops this attitude after acknowledging that he still had a lot to learn.
  • The Sociopath: He tries to be this, being both emotionally cold and taking delight in causing pain to others like breaking Yamcha's leg after he's knocked unconscious. His goal in life is to be a great assassin like his idol Mercenary Tao. Master Roshi sees right thought this and in the dub says that Tien will never be a good assassin because he has a conscience unlike Tao. During his match with Goku, he also comes to realized that he never had the heart of a killer since he cares more about winning fairly than killing Goku out of revenge.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Tien Shinhan vs. Tenshinhan.
  • Spirited Competitor:
    • Of all the humans, he's the one fighting means the most to. Borderline Blood Knight in the original Dragon Ball. He stops Chiaotzu from weakening Goku with Magic to have a fair fight with him.
    • In Bojack Unbound, he insists post-Cell Games Trunks fight him without holding back. He knows he'll lose, but he'd rather lose honestly than lose with Trunks going easy on him.
  • Sphere of Destruction: Tri-Beam/Kikouhou, though it's actually more of a square.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: He's surpass Master Shen when he's introduced in the story. Three years later, he completely outclass Tao, even after he's stronger than ever as a cyborg. After training with Kami, he becomes stronger than him too.
  • Superior Successor: He is stronger than the Crane Hermit when he is first introduced. He also greatly surpasses Mercenary Tao even after he's rebuilt into a cyborg and becomes stronger than Kami after training with him. Going by Dragon Ball Online, he becomes the new master of the Crane School.
  • Super Senses: With three-eyes, it's only natural that he has better than average eyesight.
  • The Stoic: Besides frustration, he rarely shows any emotion even when badly matched. It helps to make him the Comically Serious. He only shows real anger if Chiaotzu is in danger.
  • Supporting Leader: During the King Piccolo Saga.
  • Tame His Anger: 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).
  • Technician vs. Performer: Despite never being able to catch up to the Saiyans or Piccolo, Tien have several powerful and effective techniques that makes him an useful ally. His Solar Flare is one of the best techniques in the series, able to blind even the most powerful opponent and is copied by several characters. His Tri-Beam and Spirit Cannon can pin down monsters like Cell and deflect a planet buster from Super Buu, although at the cost of his lifespan.
  • Third Eye: On his forehead. Sources vary on how he got it, though its either due to heritage or reaching enlightenment.
  • Underestimating Badassery: When he was introduced, he was a typical Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy who regularly trashed the Turtle School as a bunch of weaklings. He was especially confrontational towards Yamcha and specifically had Chiaotzu rig the lottery so he would fight him first. Although he beat Yamcha, he does admit that Yamcha was stronger than he thought. He then goes on to say that the rest of the Turtle School should be easy since Yamcha was obviously the strongest since Krillin and Goku were just kids, not knowing that Yamcha was actually the weakest of the three. He only changed his mind after Goku revealed that he killed Tao. After his fight against Goku, he overall becomes a more humble person who never underestimates his opponents again.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: He is the first opponent since Mercenary Tao and Gohan Sr to really give Goku a good match and push him past his limit.
  • Warm-Up Boss: Serves as this to Goku during the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. He forces Goku to remove his weighted clothes and fight somewhat seriously, but he never really pushes Goku, something he notes after their match.
  • We Are Team Cannon Fodder: In DBZ, though he does get one decent fight in the Cell Saga (see You Shall Not Pass).
  • Weak, but Skilled: He possesses an incredible repertoire of techniques (including growing a pair of extra arms) and is the one of the most technical fighters in the series. 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Dende healed Tenshinhan from Buu's attack, he wasn't seen again until after the Earth was restored and everyone was revived.
  • The Worf Effect: Just like the other Earthling characters. He gets destroyed by Drum who Goku takes out with one kick and couldn't match Goku in their rematched at the 22nd Tournament. In Z he loses his arm to Nappa after he punched it off and choked out by Android 17. He also goes down in one kick by Super Buu.
  • Worthy Opponent: Part of his Heel–Face Turn happened because he acknowledged Goku as his rival and equal. Even after Goku completely surpassed him, he still trains to fight him.
  • You Shall Not Pass: 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 Heroic Sacrifice because of Goku's instant transmission and a Senzu Bean.

    Chaozu/Chiaotzu 
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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.
  • Ambiguously Human: See Chinese Vampire below.
  • 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.
  • 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...).
  • 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.
  • Morality Pet: To Tenshinhan during his villain days. Particularly notable in Mystical Adventure.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Future Trunks 
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Future Trunks (未来のトランクス Mirai no Torankusu)

Voiced by (Japanese): Takeshi Kusao, Hiromi Tsuru (Baby)
Teen/Adult Trunks voiced by (English): Eric Vale (FUNimation); Allistair Abell (Ocean); Doug Rand (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
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), Óscar Flores (Movie 8),Luis Fernando Orozco (Kai)

Vegeta and Bulma's son from an apocalyptic alternate timeline. With his father and most of earth's warriors dead at the hands of two monstrous Androids, he was raised by his mother and trained by Future Gohan, growing to be polite, selfless, and ruthlessly dedicated to ending the mechanical menace. He comes to the main timeline to warn Goku and his friends of their fate and search for a way to save his own timeline.

While not referred to as such in the main series, supplementary materials and merchandise typically append his name with "Future" to distinguish him from his younger counterpart.

For more information on his Online and Xenoverse incarnation, Time Patrol Trunks, go here.
  • '90s Hair: In contrast with the Anime Hair sported by most Saiyans, he's introduced with a fashionable undercut.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • 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 Curb-Stomp Battle. note 
    • In a reversal, in the manga story of History of Trunks, Trunks could already go Super Saiyan before Gohan was killed. Part of the drama of the anime adaptation was Trunks struggling to obtain his Super Saiyan form and didn't achieve it until he saw Gohan's mangled body.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Zig-Zagged. It was originally purple in the anime, but in his return in Dragon Ball Super, he now sports blue hair, much like Bulma in the same series. Since both Trunks and Bulma had purple hair in the manga, it appears this was just to create consistency, although present Trunks keeps his original hair color.
  • After the End: Future Trunks' world was already brought to the brink thanks to the androids and Cell. After returning from the past, he kills all of them, and even prevents the raise of Majin Buu thanks to the help of the Future Supreme Kai. After almost two decades of terror and pain, the world is finally allowed to rebuild and recovery…. until Black Goku comes and destroys the world in the name of justice. By the time Future Bulma gathers enough fuel for an one-way trip in the time machine, humanity is all but extinct.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When Beerus threatens to kill Bulma and destroy the Earth for breaking the law against time travel, he gets on his knees and begs for his mom's life before the God of Destruction. Unfortunately, he mistakes Whis for the god, given Beerus a bad first impression.
  • And This Is For...: Upon returning to his Bad Future and going after 17 and 18, he shouts, "This is for Gohan!" before killing 18.
  • The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People: Growing up After the End (and without Vegeta's influence) made this Trunks responsible, polite and selfless.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • To the androids, Future 17 and 18, and Cell who is the embodiment of everything he fights against. He eventually gets his revenge on all of them and frees his world from their terror.
    • Black Goku is his mortal enemy in Super. He destroys his world worse than the androids during their nearly two decades long rampage and, he murders Future Bulma and Mai before his eyes. The very sight of Goku (who Trunks mistakes for Black), leads Trunks to angrily attack him.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Ultra Super Saiyan form does vastly increase his strength, but the massive muscle increase turns him into a Mighty Glacier, making it useless against a Lightning Bruiser like Cell; as Goku points out, all the power in the universe makes no difference if you can't catch your opponent.
  • Back from the Dead: This is actually noticeable for him since his timeline has no Dragon Balls in it.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: An overconfident Trunks displays this when fighting Perfect Cell.
  • Bad Future: He grew up in a world that is slowly dying because of the androids and everyday more people are pointlessly killed until his best friend, master, and spiritual brother is brutally murdered and left to rot in the middle of the street. This breaks him and causes him to finally become a Super Saiyan. Unlike other examples, however, he's still too weak to fight the androids and can't avenge his master even three years later. In the timeline where Cell comes from, Trunks is unceremoniously killed by Cell and his time machine stolen. Poor guy suffers so much. It gets worse in Super where Black Goku kills his mother.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: When his hair is especially long. He's also has a masculine body built when he is an Ultra Super Saiyan.
  • Bash Brothers: Was this with Future Gohan, before Gohan's death.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: 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.
  • Big Brother Worship: Viewed Future Gohan as a big brother and highly respected him.
  • The Big Guy: His fights mostly showcase his raw strength. His fight with Perfect Cell, however, deconstructs this.
  • Big Eater: He is the only known Saiyan who subverts this. He is actually surprise when he sees Goku and Gohan eat large quality of food after coming out of Hyperbolic Time Chamber. In History of Trunks, he does try to mimic Gohan who eats plates full of food.
  • Big "NO!": (In)famously in the English dub, as well as in Kai.
  • Bishounen: To the point where Vegeta x Bulma became a One True Pairing simply because he'd be the result.
  • Boomerang Comeback: He can throw his sword in such a way that it returns to his hand.
  • Breakout Character:
    • 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 though there's other two grown-up Trunks in the game already. In Shin Budokai and Heroes, Trunks is The Protagonist 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. Also his involvement in Dragon Ball Online and Xenoverse as Time Patrol Trunks.
    • During the Cell Saga, in Japan's Character poll Trunks ranked higher than both Vegeta and Piccolo.
    • After decades of fans wanting to see more of him, Future Trunks finally returns in Dragon Ball Super with his own saga.
  • Broken Pedestal: Having grown up without Vegeta around, he's initially happy to meet his father... until he discovers that Vegeta is an arrogant, self-absorbed Jerkass who is perfectly willing to put the safety of the entire world at risk for the sake of a good and challenging fight. However, the pedestal is eventually rebuilt after he learns that Vegeta went medieval on Cell after he was killed.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu:
    • The first time Trunks turns Super Saiyan and tries to take on the androids. He gets beaten to within an inch of his life and very nearly died.
    • Despite reaching powers that dwarfs even Perfect Cell, he still can't beat the android since he's too slow to hit him. In the end, Trunks is forced to surrender and kicks himself for being so stupid.
    • Trunks' ending is even more bitter in the timeline Cell came from. Trunks kills the androids using the remote control that Bulma built in the past to deactivate them. When he's about to return to the past and tell everyone the news, Cell ambushes him and murders him before stealing his time machine. So that world is free of the androids, but all of its powerful defenders are dead and the Saiyans are extinct unless you count Tarble.
    • After Black Goku kills Mai and mocks Trunks about her death, he loses it and attacks Black Goku in a Super Saiyan induced rage. Black Goku laughs and beats the shit of Trunks, and he would have died if he didn't find his sword at the last second and use it to create a distraction to escape.
  • But Now I Must Go: After everything with Cell is dealt with, Trunks returns to his timeline and take care of the remaining androids. He hasn't been seen in the series since, not including video games. However, he does return in Dragon Ball Super.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Averted—he's actually pretty quiet during battle and his attacks only get named in the video games. But he does call Gohan's Signature Move, Masenko, the two times he's shown using it.
  • Clipped Wing Angel: A rare heroic example when he goes Ultra Super Saiyan against Perfect Cell.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • 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 Shōnen 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, sparing his opponents or challenges. This is justified as a byproduct of the Bad Future 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 one who thinks to attack Cell during his Transformation Sequence. It didn't work (apparently transforming generates a heck of ki barrier), but points for trying.
  • Cool Sword: Apparently the one Tapion used, assuming Wrath of the Dragon is canon and that it's the same sword used by Main Timeline Trunks. In Super, he even learns how to fire energy blasts from it.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: 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.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Or technically future in this case, where he comes from a post-apocalyptic world where all the other main characters have died, and he's all that's left as the protector of humanity.
  • Death by Irony: 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.
  • Deus Angst Machina: He cannot catch a break. Since he was a baby his life was ruined by the androids who killed his father, his mother's friends, and later his mentor Gohan. Even after becoming a Super Saiyan, he still couldn't beat the androids and had to journey to the past to gained the experience and power needed to finally kill them and free the future, and that is after he's killed by a sneak attack by Super Perfect Cell. Just as it looks like his life was finally being put back together and he stopped Majin Buu from being reborn, Black comes to Earth and destroys his world yet again. This time his mom, his only living family, is murdered and he thinks his friend Mai has also been killed.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The reaction he invoked in the cast when they witnessed him slice Mecha Freeza in half.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: 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 waits to defeat Cell, saving his world and allowing for the world to rebuild itself. A pity then that it didn't last.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Remember Freeza? The guy who took a really long time to defeat back on Namek? Trunks introduces himself by instantly killing him.
  • Expy: He's the unborn future son of the female lead, and he travels back in time to stop a group of robots from taking over the world in the future. Sounds familiar...
  • Failure Is the Only Option: He's well-aware that anything he does in the past will have no effect in his future, but merely create a better alternate timeline.
  • Foil:
    • Kid Trunks become this to him after the timeline split apart. 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 his and mentor, Gohan.
    • To his father, Vegeta. Vegeta loves to challenge himself and fight, even if it means risking the world. Trunks, who grew up in a Bad Future, doesn't care to fight fair or challenging himself, especially when the world is in danger. Trunks is also willing to put the needs of the many before his own desire, while Vegeta only cares about himself and what he wants, at least before character development hits him.
  • Freak Out: He has a major one when he wakes up and sees Goku. He immediately attacks him, thinking that he's Black Goku, the monster who murdered his mom, Mai, and destroyed his world.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Anime and Bojack Unbound movie only, where he's a hit with the squirrel population and pink alien rodents at least...
  • Future Badass: He wipes out both Frieza and his father King Cold, who up until that time were considered the supreme Big Bads of the universe, in his first appearance.
  • Genius Bruiser: A variant. His fighting style is mostly brute force, but he's quite intelligent out of battle.
  • Good Is Not Soft: 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.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: The main reason he's so desperate for this timeline to be different than his. He wants a world without the androids, even if he can't live in that world.
  • Growing Muscles Sequence: Gets a very dramatic one when he goes Super Saiyan 3rd Grade. Unfortunately, the extra mass slows him down.
  • Happy Ending Override: Despite defeating Cell and the Androids and living eight years of peace in his time, a new enemy named Black now threatens the future he's sworn to protect.
  • Harmful to Minors: His entire backstory falls under this.
  • Heroic Bastard: He was spawned from Vegeta and Bulma having a one night stand.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: When he fails to defeat Perfect Cell with the realization that his Ultra Super Saiyan form is too slow, he gives up all hope and promptly tells Cell to kill him. Luckily, Cell is more interested in the Super Saiyans sudden enormous strength to oblige.
  • Hero of Another Story: He's The Hero of the Bad Future story line that was detailed through a special OVA. He was also able to stop Majin Buu's revival in his time by defeating both Dabura and Babidi by himself.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Future Gohan was his mentor and like a big brother to him.
  • Honor Before Reason: After Cell becomes perfect, Trunks deliberately stands back and watches while Vegeta is getting his ass kicked because he knows Vegeta is too prideful to want his help, despite Krillin literally begging him to do something, as well as the fact that Vegeta's pride is exactly what got them into this mess in the first place. He only steps in to fight after Vegeta is beaten unconscious.
  • Hope Bringer: He's called everyone's hope by Future Bulma since he's the only one who can use the time machine and bring help back from the past to fight against Black.
  • Hurting Hero: Grew up in a world ruled by two merciless androids, found his mentor Gohan lying dead in the rain, and then fought the androids himself to no avail. Super adds to his misery by overriding his happy ending after he kills Cell, and introduces Black Goku who completely destroys the world, killing his mom and his friend Mai before his eyes (so he thinks). When he meets their present counterparts, he's clearly heartbroken.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Despite being a badass who saved the world from the androids and kept Majin Buu from being revived, he is envious of Gohan since he can live his dream and have a happy family, while Black Goku stole everything from him including his mother and Mai (so he thinks). Just being reminded of the life he could of have if Black never came to Earth reduces Trunks to tears.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: He proves this against Freeza's minions when he defeats them.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Cell kills him in the main timeline by using Tenshinhan's Dodon Ray that pierced his heart.
  • It's Personal
    • He already hated the androids for turning his world into a living nightmare, but things didn't become really personal until they murdered Future Gohan and left his corpse on the streets like trash.
    • His relationship with Black Goku. Not only did he destroy Trunks' world after it was just beginning to recover from the androids, he murders Future Bulma in coldblood, and nearly did the same to Future Mai. He also gives Trunks a severe case of PTSD and he can barely sleep.
  • Kid from the Future: Nearly blows his cover too, but luckily Bulma and Vegeta don't figure it out early.
  • Last of His Kind: 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. Black Goku calls him the last of the Saiyan race.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Subverted for the most part. Although he gets his fighting abilities from his father, his demeanor and gentle nature is more like his mentor, Gohan. He is also good with technology like his mom and takes more after her in looks.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Again when his hair is longer.
  • Master Swordsman: He's pretty deadly with that blade, just ask Freiza.
  • Mighty Glacier: 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.
  • Mr. Fanservice: 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 Crack Pairing of epic proportions) is just to make sure he's born. Readership with women went up when he was introduced.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: Averted. Trunks meets his present self, still an infant, who pulls his hair.
  • Nice Guy: 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.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Unlike other fighters, Future Trunks neither wants to let his enemies grow stronger, use sarcastic wit, nor let them complete their goals. He doesn't even waste time just to have fun, he fights at full force from the beginning. He finishes off Frieza on Earth without letting him find a chance to severely damage the Saiyan. When he gets back to the future, he kills 17 and 18 in that timeline without wasting siginificant time, permanently preventing Cell from achieving his perfect form in that timelime. He also destroyed Cell at his weakest. In the future, he unhesitatingly destroyed both Dabura and Babidi completely, without letting them succeed their goal.
  • Only Sane Man: He's this along with Piccolo and Tien, especially when having to deal with Vegeta's violent and reckless ways.
  • Outside-Context Problem: He manages to be this to Frieza for being a Kid from the Future on top of being a Super Saiyan. Until that point, Goku was the only known Super Saiyan in the universe so Frieza had no way to expect Trunks, at all.
  • Pragmatic Hero: 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.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Had purple hair and a purple Battle Aura.
  • Put on a Bus: He returns to his timeline at the end of the Cell arc, never to be seen again. However, he returns in Dragon Ball Super with his own saga.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Upon returning home and confronting the homicidal 17 and 18 of that time, he effortlessly kicks their asses while calling them out on all the innocent people they killed without mercy, telling them that now they know what it feels like to be completely outmatched and powerless against him, just as all of the people on Earth feel against them:
    Future Trunks: You hate the fact that you're powerless to stop me, that you're completely outmatched. Well, imagine feeling the way you do now, all of the time like the people of this planet do. Fools! How do you think my master Gohan felt when you ganged up on him in the rain and he had no way out? Well, now it's your turn. I hope you enjoy it.
    Future Trunks: You think this life is all about you, don't you? What about the others? The ones that you two killed?!
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: Him slicing Frieza into pieces is mentioned often to show what a badass he is, and to also show how powerful the androids are since Trunks can't defeat them. Even years after he returns to his own time, it is mentioned that he's the one who killed Frieza.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Upon returning home, Trunks proceeds to hunt down 17 and 18 and destroys them in a Curb-Stomp Battle that doubles as a "Reason You Suck" Speech. He then waits for Cell and also takes him out with haste finally securing peace for his timeline.
  • Retcon: According to Bulma and various flashbacks in Super, Future Trunks has apparently had blue hair the whole time, despite clips of him from Z showing otherwise. And also despite Present Trunk's hair being the exact same shade it always was, matching Future Trunks pre-Super.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He was this to show that not only was Cell BACK, he was Super Perfect and that anyone could bite it with Goku already being dead.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: An unusual example in that he's not trying to correct his own timeline, but make an alternate one where the Bad Future never happened. Although he is looking for a way to save what's left of earth in his timeline.
  • Shout-Out: A Future Badass comes back in time to save the present from cyborgs? Where have we heard that before? This version of Trunks and Bulma also visually resemble John and Sarah Connor as they appear in the second movie.
  • Signature Move: Burning Attack
  • Skewed Priorities: He deliberately waits until Perfect Cell beats Vegeta unconscious to power up on the grounds that he doesn't want to hurt Vegeta's ego, despite the fact that Vegeta's ego is directly responsible for Cell becoming perfect in the first place.
  • Smug Smiler: 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 giving him one.
  • Sole Survivor: He's also the last remaining protagonist after Future Gohan dies.
  • Sphere of Destruction: His Heat Dome Attack makes one around him. Also his Burning Attack, which involves him flailing his arms around wildly first.
  • Stepford Smiler: 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 Hurting Hero who arrived to prevent their deaths.
  • The Stoic: Trunks rarely smiles and is almost always frowning. Giving his backstory, this is completely understandable. He does, however, give tender smiles when he's around his mother, Gohan, and when he first meets Vegeta.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: By the time he returns to the future to fight the androids, he surpasses Future Gohan in every way possible.
  • Superior Successor: Despite some difficulties in becoming a Super Saiyan, at least in the anime, he becomes one much sooner than his father. He also manages to greatly surpass his master Gohan thanks to going into the past and training with his dad.
  • Tell Me About My Father: Bulma's kindly-meant whitewashing of Vegeta's personality paid off with some unexpected dividends later on.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: He kills Mecha-Frieza by, in this order, slicing him vertically in two, chopping those two halves into confetti, and then vaporizing those pieces with a point-blank ki blast. Of course, considering that Frieza had previously survived a beating from Goku, getting sliced in two, having a portion of his head blown off, and Namek's explosion, this could easily fall under Make Sure He's Dead.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: During his fight with Black Goku, Trunks throws his sword at Black in time to divert his attack that would have killed him.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Wasn't badass enough at first to take on the androids of his timeline but then spent time training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. By the time he returns to his time, he easily beat the androids who had terrorize him throughout his entire life.
    • He goes up several levels when he reveals that he defeated Dabura and Babidi in his time, stopping Majin Buu's revival. Keep in mind that Dabura is as powerful as Super Perfect Cell and the last time Trunks fought, he was weaker than Perfect Cell. He can also become a Super Saiyan 2.
  • Tragic Dream: He wants to correct the primary timeline because he can't fix his own one beyond rebuilding after the apocalypse.
  • Tragic Hero: He came from a Bad Future where everyone he cared for sans his mother are dead. And now Earth is destroyed again, his mother is killed, Future Mai, his friend, possibly too, and he's on the run from the murderer.
  • Tranquil Fury: When he gains enough strength to face his timeline's androids as well as Cell, you can tell that he is pretty much out of his mind with rage, but remains fairly calm as he toys with and annihilates all of them without even trying.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Twenty years of fleeing for your life from two homicidal androids has left Future Trunks emotionally scarred and serious.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Although Future Trunks is disciplined and a Combat Pragmatist, since he didn't have anybody to train him after Future Gohan died, he doesn't have a full grasp of fundamental fighting concepts. Cell mocked him for relying on brute force and for not noticing the flaw of the Ultra Super Saiyan form (it increases strength but decreases speed and stamina, making it almost useless against an equal or superior fighter). His lack of skill also may be because his mentor Future Gohan, who was even less experienced than present Gohan, tended to rely on his raw power than technical skill.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Desperately wants approval from the father he never knew. He earns it.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • He calls Vegeta out for not rescuing his mother and past self when Android 20 shot down their airplane. Vegeta just scoffs at him, saying that he didn't care about them. He does it again when Vegeta allowed Cell to find Android 18 and become complete, all so he can have a better challenge.
    • Vegeta lays into him for seemingly abandoning his world to Black Goku and turning his back on an enemy. He will hear none of it when Trunks tries to defend himself and only backs off when Bulma tells him that Trunks didn't abandon his world, he came back to get help.
  • Worf Effect:
    • A mild example. After he defeats Frieza and King Cold with little effort, he challenges Goku to see how powerful he is. Goku blocks all of Trunks' attacks with one finger and didn't even move.
    • He's killed in one-shot by Super Perfect Cell. Although, Trunks was off-guard and untransformed when it happened.
    • The guy who easily takes out Frieza by slicing him into cold cuts is easily taken down by Android 18. She even break his sword just by blocking an attack.
    • Despite being powerful enough to kill Semi-Perfect Cell in his last appearance and he manages to stop Dabura and Babidi when they tried to revived Majin Buu, he's no match against Black Goku, who tanks all his attacks even as a Super Saiyan (and apparently Super Saiyan 2 as well). He also can't harm Goku who blocks all his attacks as a Super Saiyan 2 and one-shots him as a Super Saiyan 3 - this is due to Goku's Saiyan-Beyond-God power, which would naturally make him stronger/more durable underneath the normal power of Super Saiyan 2 or 3.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In his fights against Future Android 18. He also tries to slice present Android 18.
  • You Are Already Dead:
    • He does this to Frieza in their fight: he unnoticeably dices Frieza into several pieces, and Frieza gloats about the ineffectiveness of the attack mere moments before literally falling to pieces. In the Kai dub, Trunks even says the trope name word-for-word.
    • Does this to Android 14 in the Super Android 13 movie with his sword and without saying a word.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lavender hair and in Super his hair is blue.

    Present Trunks 
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Trunks (トランクス Torankusu)

Voiced by (Japanese): Takeshi Kusao, Hiromi Tsuru (Baby)
Kid Trunks voiced by (English): Laura Bailey (FUNimation); Cathy Weseluck (Ocean)
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), Luis Fernando Orozco (Kai)

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 considerably by the GT saga—he has to when he's the CEO of Capsule Corporation.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 a bride.
  • Foil:
    • 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 arrogance. 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 mentor, Gohan.
  • 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 Gokū immediately after recovering.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

    Son Goten 
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Son Goten (孫 悟天)

Voiced by (Japanese): Masako Nozawa
Kid Goten voiced by (English): Kara Edwards (FUNimation); Jillian Michaels (Ocean)
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 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.
  • Adorkable: Well mannered, naïve, and so dorky he's the only person who finds Gohan's embarrassing superhero costume to be "cool."
  • 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 Main Timeline 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.
  • Disappeared Dad: Goku was dead for most of his childhood.
  • Foil:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 He Looks: In the Battle of Gods movie.
  • Only Sane Man: Sometimes.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: As a kid.
  • 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Trunks' blue.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive part, with Trunks.
  • 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.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: To Gohan.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: He was born nine months after the Cell Games and Goku's death.
  • 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/Tsurime Eyes: Like his father and brother.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Trunks isn't "toxic," per se, but Goten sometimes goes along with whatever mischief Trunks does.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He was a Super Saiyan and yet couldn't even fly. See "Present Trunks" for more.
  • Warrior Prince: Technically, Gohan and Goten is this, as their grandfather is Gyumao (the king of Fry-Pan Mountain), making Chichi, their mother, a princess. (Though, like Trunks, they were never really referred to as a prince.)

    Fusions 
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Gotenks (ゴテンクス; Gotenkusu)

Voiced by (Japanese): Masako Nozawa/Takeshi Kusao
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.
  • 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: 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 "The Celebrations of 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.
  • 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 was going down.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He's one of the strongest characters in the entire series, only behind Vegetto, Gohan, and Goku, 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 caused 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.
  • 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.
  • Voice of the Legion: Non-creepy example, he talks with both Goten and Trunk's voices simultaneously. This also applies to Gogeta and Vegetto.
  • The Worf Effect: Poor guy got his ass handed to him by Beerus in the new movie.
  • 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.

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Gogeta (ゴジータ; Gojīta)

Voiced by (Japanese): Masako Nozawa/Ryo Horikawa
Voiced by (English): Sean Schemmel/Christopher Sabat
Voiced by (Latin American): Mario Castañeda/Rene Garcia

The combined form of Goku and Vegeta using the 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 your doom."
    "I’m afraid that none of your ambitions will be coming true! Because you will all lose here! To the epic power… of Gogeta!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Light Is Good
  • 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
  • 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 arguably the single strongest fighter in the series (aside from possibly the Dragon Ball Super fighters and his Potara counterpart Vegetto), 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.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta is effectively omnipotent as a fighter... so long as he can beat opponents in a handful of minutes.
  • 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.

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Vegetto (ベジット; Bejitto)

Voiced by (Japanese): Masako Nozawa/Ryo Horikawa
Voiced by (English): Sean Schemmel/Christopher Sabat (Funimation); Brian Drummond (imitating Kirby Morrow) (Ocean)
Voiced by (Latin American): Mario Castañeda/Rene Garcia

The 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 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.
  • Adaptational Badass: 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 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.
  • 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.)
  • Barrier Warrior: He made a ki barrier around to protect himself from being properly absorbed by Buu.
  • Baleful Polymorph: But he didn't let that stop him. See The Amazing Fighting Candy!
  • BFS: His Spirit Sword/Ki no Tsurugi attack.
  • 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 (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.
  • Composite Character: 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". 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. However, he has Vegeta's cunning mind and arrogance.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Turns the strongest form of Majin Buu into his play thing for several episodes.
  • 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, Vegeto has this built into his very being. By the time Buu decides to absorb him, he puts the fear of god into Super Buu.
  • I Shall Taunt You: When he isn't beating Buu senseless, he's mocking and insulting him. All a part of his plan.
  • No Sell: 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.
  • 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, the ordeal dissolved the fusion, leaving them 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: And he's well aware of it!
    Vegetto: "No, really! That was an awesome attack! I could have been killed."
    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.
  • Signature Move: Final Kamehameha and Beam Sword Slash.
  • Smug Super: 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.
  • 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 to show up (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 and is permanent).
  • Too Powerful to Live: 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...
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

    Pan 
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Pan (パン)

Voiced by (Japanese): Yuko Minaguchi, Shino Kakinuma (Kai)
4-year-old Pan voiced by (English): Susan Huber (Z), Kate Bristol (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 (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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: In GT.
  • Genki Girl: She is really full of energy.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: Baby Pan can not only fly, 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 Fake Ultimate Hero, but he is seen as the world's savior and really did help save the world from Cell and Buu.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Unsurprisingly good at it, considering her father, grandfather and uncle are.
  • Nice Hat: As an old lady at the end of GT.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Much to her chagrin.
  • Outdated Outfit: Her clothes in GT are extremely 90s.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: She already possesed 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, see Goten's entry.
  • 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.
  • Theme Naming:
    • Pan is Akira Toriyama's crowning achievement 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! 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.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Bulla and Marron's girly girl.
  • 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.
  • Uneven Hybrid: Pan is a quarter Saiyan through her grandfather Goku and three quarter human.

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