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Bulma Briefs (ブルマ; Buruma)

Voiced by (Japanese): Hiromi Tsuru
Voiced by (English): Tiffany Vollmer, Leslie Alexander (Movie 2), Monica Rial (Kai, Movie 1) (FUNimation); Maggie Blue O'Hara, Lalainia Lindbjerg (Ocean), Leda Davies, Kristin Nowosad (Blue Water); Wendee Swan (Harmony Gold); Jodi Forrest (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American): Rocío Garcel (until end saga Cell, back in Kai), Monica Manjarrez (saga Majin Buu, GT and Movies 4-13), Isabel Martiñón (Z and Movie 4 Dragon Ball)

The very first human Goku came across (apart from his grandpa) at the start of the series. One could say she's the trigger that kicks off the series as a whole. Originally on a quest to gather the Dragon Balls for her own reason (to wish for a perfect boyfriend), Bulma gets dragged into the craziness that comes along with the search. Even when the quest is finished, she still keeps close ties with Goku and his friends and helps out whenever possible. Which, considering she's a mechanical whiz, is quite often.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair (when it is not grey or green) is lavender purple in the manga (same with Bra). And now you know where the hell Trunks' hair color came from. (Well, her dad has lavender hair, too.) In The Path To Power, her hair is back to purple.
  • 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. 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. He becomes something of a substitute father to Krillin and Goku.
  • 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 ans 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; it does not end well for her.
  • 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 Maron).
  • The Chick: The only one of the main characters who's never been a fighter.
  • Child Prodigy: According to Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, she had already surpassed her father at age 5 and single-handedly repaired an alien spacecraft in a matter of minutes.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Remember when she was the CO-LEAD? Downplayed in the Namek, Android, and Cell sagas where she has a bigger part.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Goku and later to Gohan.
  • Demoted to Extra: In late Z and GT.
  • Deuteragonist: In the Legacy of Goku arc.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 she cares for his well-being.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: In GT. Not technically a grandmother, but she has aged and still looks great.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: The entire reason Future Bulma sends Trunks back in time to alter the future so that it could be a peaceful one, even if she couldn't be part of it.
  • 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.
  • Happily Married: By all accounts, with Vegeta.
  • Hot Scientist: Very much so. 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.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!:
    • She tries to invoke this occasionally. 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Self-centered, vain and spoiled, but not a bad person.
  • Lost in Translation: The way Bulma calls Goku in Japanese, she mostly calls him Son (Son-kun), although that's his family name, she calls him that way to show how close and familiar she is with him while the rest of the cast calls him appropriately Goku; Bulma referring to Goku as Son in English would make many children scratch their heads in confusion, so it was completely dropped in the English localization, and curiously in some other countries as well. The English manga did keep this in some instances, though.
  • 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: To Yamcha in the Pilaf Saga and then Vegeta in the Buu Saga.
  • 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 and The Chick, Bulma is perfectly willing to push around anyone; even Vegeta, to the point of getting him into wearing a pink shirt. Naturally, they wind up hooking up and having two children together.
  • 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.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her iconic first outfit was completely pink after all.
  • 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 dries 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.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Bulma's a victim of a lot of slapstick towards her, being a Butt Monkey and all.
  • 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.
  • Sole Surviving Scientist: Her future counterpart invented a time machine to send Trunks to the past and find a way to kill the androids.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her hair, her eyes, and a lot of her clothes qualify her for this.
  • Tsundere: She's also somewhat of a tsundere, especially in first series, but seemed to mellowed over time.
  • 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 really strange or out-of-this-world happens. Not even Vegeta's temper-tantrums faze her. Especially so during the Androids saga, where she seems even more unfazed than the heroes themselves at all the powerful villains going around. She even actively follows the heroes when Frieza shows up again, just because she wants to 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. 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 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 pretty much unmentioned.

    Muten-Rôshi/Master Roshi 

Master Roshi (武天老師; Muten Roushi)
AKA The Turtle Hermit (亀仙人; Kame Sen'nin)

Voiced by (Japanese): Kouhei Miyauchi (Dragon Ball & Z), Hiroshi Masuoka (Z & GT), Masaharu Satou (DBZ Movie 13, Kai, Battle of Gods, Resurrection F, Super), Kinya Aikawa (The Path to Power)
Voiced by (English): Mike McFarland (Funimation); Ian James Corlett, Peter Kelamis, Don Brown, Terry Klassen (Ocean); Dean Galloway (Blue Water); Clifton Wells (Harmony Gold); Ed Marcus (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American): Jesús Colín, Jorge Roig (Kai), Miguel Ángel Sanromán (Battle of Gods)

Goku's first mentor. A hermit whose home is located on a small island in the middle of the ocean. Very strong (at least at the start of the series) and with a keen eye. Also very perverted and usually hits on any pretty tail that comes his way.
  • Achilles in His Tent: During the Red Ribbon Army Saga.
  • Badass: Back in Dragon Ball and DBZ movie, World's Strongest.
  • Badass Beard: Befitting a hermit, he's got a long white beard.
  • Badass Grandpa: Back in Dragon Ball before he was severely Demoted to Extra.
  • Badass Normal: In World's Strongest, he was seen taking out a group of Dr. Wheelo's henchmen.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's bald and proud.
  • Big Good: In Dragon Ball, when he was The Obi-Wan.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Roshi was, for a long time, one of the most powerful people on the planet. According to Word of God, he could have killed Raditz, Nappa, and Vegeta with ease! However, he spends his days watching porn and exercise videos, letting his students save the earth rather than get off his island.
  • 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/The Chew Toy: 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. Toriyama goes further to state that if he'd gone with Goku to fight Raditz, the entire series would have ended differently.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Taken to extremes where it's revealed 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He came the closet to defeating King Piccolo than Goku. He only failed because he missed the rice cooker when performing the Evil Containment Wave. Nonetheless, Piccolo was left badly shaken by the experience.
  • 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. Doing this allows him to fight on even terms with space soldiers that even Yamcha can't handle!
    • 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...
  • The Obi-Wan: Before he was Demoted to Extra, passing to King Kai and Old Kai respectively.
  • 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.
  • 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 (ヤムチャ; Yamucha)

Voiced by (Japanese): Tōru Furuya
Voiced by (English): Christopher Sabat (FUNimation); Ted Cole (Ocean); Victor Atelevich (Blue Water); Kerrigan Mahan (Harmony Gold); Doug Rand (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American): Ricardo Mendoza, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: He's not a bad fighter at the end of the day, but he gets overshadowed by the stronger fighters around him.
  • Badass Normal: Back in the original Dragon Ball.
  • 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.
  • 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/Mr. Exposition: 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/Sinister Scimitar: 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.
  • Prophet Eyes: His eyes turn totally white when he uses the many of his moves like the Wolf Fang Fist.
  • The Lancer: Sometimes holds this role, mainly in the absence of Krillin.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 almost won, if Bulma didn't scare him off and Goku wasn't hungry.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Would Hit a Girl/Would Hurt a Child: 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.


Krillin (クリリン; Kuririn)

Voiced by (Japanese): Mayumi Tanaka
Voiced by (English): Sonny Strait (Adult), Laurie Steele (Young) (FUNimation); Terry Klassen (Ocean); Mike Thiessen, Dan Gascon (Blue Water); Wanda Nowicki (Harmony Gold); Sharon Mann (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American): Eduardo Garza, Rossy Aguirre (Young and Adult; until middle saga Freeza), Ana María Grey(Dragon Ball Harmony Gold), Luis Daniel Ramírez (saga Majin Buu and Movies 4-13), Alejandro Illescas (GT)

One of the few human characters who retained most of their screentime even in DBZ (even though it was mostly as a Plucky Comic Relief and by few we mean the only one). Started off as a rival to Goku when both trained under Master Roshi when they were kids. He soon became a best friend and Heterosexual Life Partner to Goku and the two have been through thick and thin through their battles and lives.
  • Action Dad: Once his daughter is born.
  • Adaptational Badass: A minor example in Dragon Ball Xenoverse. Unlike in the anime and manga, where he missed Vegeta's tail with the Destructo Disc, in Xenoverse, he successfully chops Vegeta's tail off.
  • Adaptational Wimp: While normally is a good fighter, in the films his role is only as Plucky Comic Relief and his Butt Monkey status is much more frequent. He's subject to all sorts of mishaps. Misfortunes that have fallen on him include being peed on by Gohan and having rubble from Garlic Jr.'s castle fall on him (movie 1), nearly getting his face fried by a ki blast and getting whacked in the head repeatedly with a shopping bag by Chichi (movie 7), getting thrown into some rubble by Broly and forgotten by the rest of the Z Warriors (movie 10) and a Running Gag in several of the films where a villain punches him square in the face, which leads him thinking, "why does this always happen to me?!"
  • Adorkable: Most notable when he's around Android 18, but plenty of other times too.
  • All Up to You:
    • Goku gives him the Spirit Bomb to throw at Vegeta. According to Goku, he's the only one who can do it since Gohan doesn't know how to control energy well enough to use it.
    • He, along with Gohan and Bulma, go to Namek to search for the Dragon Balls since Goku is too badly injured to go. He also successfully distracts Frieza while Denda heals Gohan.
  • Amazon Chaser: One for Android 18.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His signature move, Destructo Disk, can cut through anything (except Cell...) and is completely unblockable, but it's slow to produce, its aim is unwieldy, and it can't be guided once launched. And the few times he has an opening to actually use it, he tends to ruin it by Calling His Attacks.
  • Back from the Dead: Just about everyone did this but Krillin is notable for being the first main character to do so and is tied with Chiaotzu for most deaths in the manga.
  • Badass: Not on the same level as the Saiyans, but he's the strongest human in the cast.
  • Badass Adorable: Not to the degree of Goku or Gohan, but he still counts.
  • Bald of Awesome:
    • Until the Buu Saga, anyways. Since childhood, he had been shaving his head, thinking great warriors like Roshi did that (well, that and the fact he had left a Shaolin-like temple to train under Roshi). He was embarrassed to learn that Roshi was naturally bald.
    • He has 18 shaves his head when Frieza returns in Resurrection 'F.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Son Gohan.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: In his first appearance.
  • The Bully: Initially was this to Goku, before they became best friends.
  • Butt Monkey: He has died three times, he Can't Catch Up and his signature attack, likely the most deadly in the manga, just can't score a critical hit. He even lampshades this in the second movie by pointing out how every attempt he made to hit Dr. Wheelo ended in humiliating failure, and again in the film Super Android 13 by shouting "Why does this always happen to me?!" while being knocked away by Vegeta's unconscious body.
  • Can't Catch Up: Started out as the The Rival, although he was never as strong as Goku, fell further behind with each new storyline, but remaining very important.
  • Character Development: While he wasn't purehearted enough to ride the Nimbus at the beginning of the series, he's more than worthy of it now. Shown when he was able to hold and throw the Spirit Bomb, something that only those with pure heart could do.
  • Child Prodigy: A Down Played exampled. He never was as talented as Goku, who's is a Human Alien from a fighting race, but compared to other humans he was an exceptionally strong child. He was able to survive Master Roshi's training regiment and would have been second only to Goku in the 21st Martial Arts Tournament if Master Roshi hadn't entered. He also learned the Kamehameha on the fly with no prior training at the age of sixteen when it took his master fifty years to developed it. The only things that really held Krillin back was his lack of self-esteem, which was an effect of the bullying he received from the monks at his former temple and his occasional bouts of arrogance.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: When he was younger. Seems to fade out with age.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's usually used as a Plucky Comic Relief, but he can be a serious Badass when it's important.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Initially started out like this, using a pair of panties as a distraction against Jackie Chun/Master Roshi, asking Chiaotzu basic math questions to disrupt his psychic powers, and attempting to exploit Goku's Achilles' Heel by grabbing his tail during their fight in the Tournament. It's turned Up to Eleven in Z, where he takes on foes many times stronger than him with just his guts and less on dirty tactics.
  • Dating Catwoman: He falls in love with former troubled enemy Android 18. After a time skip of seven years, it's shown that they got married and had a kid.
  • Deadly Disc: His Signature Move, the Destructo Disk/Kienzan.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When he's not screaming in terror, the guy tends to be the wittiest character and the most likely to lampshade hang.
  • Death by Irony: His second death: After seeing Freeza transform into his final form, he comments that he doesn't look very intimidating. He later becomes the last character Freeza kills on Namek, screaming in terror as he died.
  • Demoted to Extra: GT, along with anyone not named Goku and Pan.
  • Determinator: It's very hard to keep this guy down. The only time he gives up is when faced with the Androids, and even then it's because he knows that even Vegeta and Piccolo don't stand a chance.
  • Deuteragonist: Throughout most of Dragon Ball, except the Piccolo Arc where he's dead and Tenshinhan takes over. He's back in this role for much of the Freeza Saga.
  • Dies Wide Open: After Tambourine kills him, this (+ Blood from the Mouth) is how Goku finds his body. Tenshinhan is the one who finally closes his eyes.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: With both Android 18 and Zangya.
  • Dork Knight: See Adorkable.
  • Doting Parent: To his adorable little girl, Marron.
  • Dreadful Musician: Shown in a movie when he's singing karaoke and he sounds horrible.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the King Piccolo Saga. He's killed off-screen and in the manga, we only hear his screams.
  • Due to the Dead: Uniquely. Because they plan on wishing him back to life, Bulma builds a cold storage coffin to prevent his body from decaying, shrinks it down with a capsule, and hides it in a drawer of panties. They close his eyes, wipe the blood from his face, and lay him in.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Goku, after he completed his character development.
  • Foil:
    • When he first appeared, he was an exact foil to Goku. Whereas Goku was an impossibly pure-hearted child who takes his incredibly strength for granted, Krillin was a devious Bratty Half-Pint with a blatant inferiority complex. By the time of the series first Tournament Arc he's largely grown out of this thanks to his training and Goku's influence giving him genuine self-confidence.
    • He's also a foil to Gohan in the Namek arc: Gohan is incredibly powerful, but he's also a five-year-old kid with only a year of training under his belt and a bad habit of not being able to turn down someone in need. Krillin doesn't have Gohan's raw power, but he's got a much wider range of techniques and enough strategic cunning to apply them effectively. Gohan comments on this, see Weak, but Skilled below.
  • Friendly Target: Three times in the manga (which ties him with Chiaotzu), plus another two/three/no one is sure times in alternate timelines, plus another on GT. So, 3-7 times. Ouch.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's one heck of a strategic fighter.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Hits it during the Frieza Saga; with Frieza himself mere minutes from arriving and killing everyone, Krillin decides that the only way they could possibly stop him was by using their last wish on the Namekian Dragon Balls to make Vegeta immortal. At the time, Vegeta was still a villainous Blood Knight who would most likely kill Krillin and the other Z-Fighters once he didn't need them anymore. The only reason Vegeta doesn't get his wish at the last second is because before Dende can complete the wish, Guru, the Namekian who created the Dragon Balls, dies of grief, causing Porunga to disappear.
  • Good Parents: Is one to Marron. Heck, he even sacrificed himself to protect her and his wife.
  • Guile Hero: Although he's far from the strongest character, he is one of the sneakiest. He will use any weakness presented to him to get ahead. He almost beat Master Roshi (who was disguise as Jackie Chun) by throwing a pair of panties into the ring and kicking him when he drives for them, he helps Yamcha win his match against the Invisible Man by making Master Roshi nosebleed on him, he wins his match against Chiaotzu by asking him basic math questions to disrupt his psychic ability, and he takes advantage of Goku's naivety to trick him several times and try to beat him by grabbing his tail. As an adult, he invents a technique that can cut through almost anything, taking advantage of foes who like to No Sell everything, kept Frieza busy so Denda can heal Gohan, and successfully hid a Dragon Ball from Vegeta for several days.
  • Happily Married: He's smitten by Android 18 from the get go. Following the Time Skip after the Cell Games, they're Happily Married.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Krillin was started out as a bullying rival of Goku but became his best friend.
  • Henpecked Husband: Shows shades of this in Bio-Broly. Also, throughout the series, he's shown to be the obviously submissive one in his relationship with Android 18.
  • Hero-Worshipper: A mild example. Out of all the characters, Krillin puts the most faith in Goku to solve their problems. He wanted to retreat after Goku fell ill and after everyone was beating by the androids, Krillin say things would have been different if Goku was there. It takes Tien pointing out that Goku can't be that much stronger than Trunks and Vegeta for him to see the flaw in his logic. His hope is also completely restore once Goku get well and is still willing to fight despite the odds.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He attacks Buu first to allow his family and friends to escape his onslaught on the lookout. While it fails for almost everyone, it allows Dende, whose survival was most important as it allows the Dragon Balls to work, to survive.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Goku. His death is one of the few things that can drive Goku into uncontrollable rage and Krillin often seeks Goku's approval about things.
  • Honorary Uncle: To Gohan. He even calls Krillin uncle a couple of times.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: As a kid, Krillin covers up his insecurities by talking about how strong and skill he is and all the training he receive at his former temple. He also talks down to Goku about his lack of manners and education. Gradually, he loses the superiority part and choses to cover his insecurities with humor instead. He is generally much more confident as an adult, but he's very aware where he sits on the power scale.
  • Informed Ability: Supplemental material has stated that Krillin the strongest human character in the series. Ignoring the Can't Catch Up tendency for all the non-Saiyan characters, Tien had the better showings in fights in the series, although Tien has been confirmed to be part alien from Word of God, so Krillin is the strongest pure human.
  • In-Series Nickname: Called Pachinko-Head by Yajirobe.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Out of the main cast, he takes the most physical punishment. Even as a child, having almost all the blood sucked out of his body is Played for Laughs. Chi-Chi also accidentally slammed a door into his head. Krillin often lampshades this about himself.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Learned from Roshi. He doesn't use it as often as Goku, though.
  • Kavorka Man: He may not be the most attractive of the series (although YMMV), but somehow he dated Maron, and married Android 18, to the surprise of the fans of the series.
  • The Lancer: Until Tenshinhan showed up, where he was shifted into The Smart Guy.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: When he has these moments, Krillin is capable of surprisingly kickass things, and gets the drop on the the Big Bad of the arc, more than once. For example, briefly fending off Nappa from Gohan and almost killing him with the Destructo Disk, cutting Frieza's tail off in his second form with the same move, and in the anime saving a young woman and her little brother from Imperfect Cell by ramming into him.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Goku is this to Krillin. He is the first real friend Krillin ever had and were training buddies. When Goku isn't around, he is noticeably pessimistic (more than usual) and is more prone to depression. He also values Goku's opinion above all else. He gets over his guilt about smashing Android 18's controller just by Goku saying he had his reasons.
  • Love at First Sight: For Android 18.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: The reason why Cell was able to absorb Android 18 and reach his final form, although Vegeta didn't help matters.
  • Martial Arts Uniform: Initially wearing the uniform of his old Shaolin school, Krillin adopts the Turtle Hermit School uniform at the same time as Goku, though he keeps his old one as a spare/casual wear for a while.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Feminine Boy to Android 18's Masculine Girl.
  • Nice Guy: Moreso as a grown up, Not that he wasn't nice as a kid, but he wasn't perfect either.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: See Love Makes You Dumb above.
  • The Noseless: Lampshaded in an early fight in Dragon Ball, where he only is able to defeat an incredibly stinky fighter after he's reminded that he has no nose.
  • Now Let Me Carry You: Goku saved Krillin's life several times and even avenged his death when he was murdered by King's Piccolo's minion. The one time Krillin gets to repay Goku is when he is nearly killed by Great Ape Vegeta.
  • Older Than They Look: Even as he ages, further into the story, he still looks like a teenager at most.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Former Trope Namer.
  • Papa Wolf: Don't screw with Marron around him or his wife.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Basically his major role in Z and the movies. (For example, disguising himself as Piccolo before saving Gohan, and then doing a cape twirl).
  • Porn Stache: Despite not having a nose, he manages to grow a big, bushy mustache worthy of a 70s porn star in GT.
  • Present Absence: He is murdered at the very end of the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, kicking off the King Piccolo Saga. From there, Krillin's death drives Goku on a quest for revenge.
  • Punny Name: His name is based on "kuri" (栗), which means "chestnut." ('lin' could also be the alternate reading of 'hayashi' = 'grove'.)
  • Super Cop: By Resurrection F and Dragon Ball Super, he's found a job as a cop. He uses his Superspeed to stop a pair of bank robbers.
  • The Resenter: At the beginning, he was resentful towards Goku for being so much stronger than him. However, as time went, he lost his resentment until it completely disappeared by the time of the first tournament.
  • Retired Badass: In GT.
  • The Rival: Hell, his introductory episode was even called "Goku's Rival", though the two went from rivals to best friends fairly quickly.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He kills three Saibaman with his Scattering Bullet special attack when Yamcha died to protect him. Goku always has one when Krillin dies.
  • Robosexual: Played with. He marries Android 18... but that's A) a limitation of English in the translation, as the original "Jinzou-Ningen" doesn't specify mechanical or biological artificiality, and B) she and her brother were originally humans before being modified by Gero, thus allowing 18 to have a daughter.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In-Universe example. After Cell dismisses Mr. Satan, Krillin tells Gohan without shame that he was rooting for Cell.
  • Sacrificial Lion: First major good guy to die in the entire series.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Goku's Manly Man.
  • Signature Move: Destructo Disk, although he is hardly the only user of it....
  • Skintone Sclerae: While a staple of the early Toriyama style, he's the only major character to keep this trait. Interestingly, his earliest depiction didn't include them consistently.
  • The Smart Guy: This is what keeps him in the game until the end of the Freeza arc.
  • Spanner in the Works: Krillin, along with Gohan, were this to both Vegeta and Frieza on Namek. They successfully hid a Dragon Ball for several days, them teaming up with Vegeta kept them alive until Goku arrived, and they took the Dragon Balls and used them before Vegeta or Frieza knew what was happening. Even Krillin's death was the trigger needed to activate Goku's Super Saiyan form.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • Oh, let us count the ways... Krillin (Funimation), Kuririn (Viz, also the literal transliteration), Kulilin (wears hats with this on it in the manga), Klilyn (most Bandai toys and in some cel art by Toei)...
    • Despite his name having been spelt as "Kulilin" in the manga, the name "Kuririn" involves a play on "kuri", the Japanese word for "chestnut" (this is joked about, with reference to his bald head, at one stage) - likely, "Kulilin" is the result of liberal transliteration of Japanese ("l" and "r" sounds are indistinct), and "Krillin" is supposed to be an adaptation that is better suited for the foreign palate. (Incidentally, you can buy and eat 'krill' with a bit of difficulty, so it keeps the theme naming going.)
  • Story-Breaker Power: This trope is probably the reason he never uses the Solar Flare and the Destructo Disc together to defeat any of his opponents.
  • Taken for Granite: Along with Piccolo.
  • Tender Tears: Sensitivity, thy name is Krillin.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Unlike most of the human cast, Krillin continues to receive screentime and plot importance, and he actually comes through with the occasional cool moment at several critical points. He also got to marry Android 18, and have a daughter with her.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: To Android 18, who's the tallest female character in the series.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: See The Bully and Heel-Face Turn above.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: While not ugly, he is kind of schlubby and baby -faced. That said, he is average looking compared to Android 18.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Like Goku, Gohan, Goten and Yajirobe, he is voiced by a woman even in his adult stage.
  • Warrior Monk: Was originally a student at a Shaolin temple, until he got tired of the other students picking on him for being so small, and decided to train under Roshi instead.
  • We Are Team Cannon Fodder: Subverted. Yes, he's part of Team Cannon Fodder, but Krillin always gets a few good hits in against the villain of the day, and he doesn't lose his importance as a character until the Buu arc.
  • Weak, but Skilled: This is his hat. Not having nowhere near as much raw strength or ki, he is a seriously cunning fighter. He ran rings around Nappa and Freeza when they tried to kill Gohan, and played a major part in the battle with Vegeta.
    • He's the first non-Tsuru-style student on Earth to learn how to fly (on his own, though with some idea of how it's done). More notable is that he managed to develop a technique that could seriously wound or kill an opponent easily a hundred times his strength. He just rarely hits anyone with it.
    • He's able to fire off the Genki-dama/Spirit Bomb (Goku collected the Genki) with some accuracy, though it wasn't enough to do in Vegeta.
    • During their "image training" on the way to Namek, when Krillin compliments Gohan on his strength, Gohan tells him he was surprised by just how many different techniques Krillin threw at him.
    • Even in the Cell Saga when stakes quickly became so high he was outmatched, he still kept his importance due to his skills at observation and resourcefulness - when things look their bleakest, Krillin is often the one to point out something important or give a pragmatic plan of action. And this extends to his ability to sense Ki, as more often than not, he is the first one to sense something from long-range, or is the quickest to sense the 'real' details of someone's new abilities (such as Trunks' not-so-hidden Ultra-Super-Saiyan). Acknowledged as such in Kai ("I can still sense Ki with the best of them!"), and even referenced in Battle Of Gods when Roshi asks if Krillin is still able to follow the fight while the rest of them can't (he can't, but points for trying to sense God Ki).
    • In the GBA Game Supersonic Warrior, he's forced to be Earth's champion when Goku ends up succumbing to the heart virus despite Trunks coming to the past. Turns out, "weak but skilled" means he has the best Ki control among the Z Warriors - since he has to keep up with superhumans and aliens, who simply have more of it than he does, he's had to use it wisely - and he's up to the task of merely protecting Earth. And yes, this game includes the Buu arc...
      • Specifically, he stops Super Saiyan Vegeta from destorying 18 before Taking A Level In Badass when Goku gets his free day of life from Baba and he learns Kaioken and the Spirit Bomb. He ends up defeating Perfect Cell singlehandedly before defeating Majin Buu with a well-timed Kamehameha.
    • As 18 is Unskilled, but Strong, it adds a facet to their Opposites Attract relationship.
  • World's Strongest Man: According to Yamcha and Toriyama, he's the strongest Human character.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: As seen in a movie, when Chi-Chi slaps him with a shopping bag and kicks him, he doesn't make an effort to fight back (he knows that Chi-Chi can crush him, but still...).
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: When the Supreme Kai warns the Z Warriors that Babidi is capable of finding even the slightest trace of evil in someone's heart and using it to control them, Krillin points out that one of them wasn't always one of the good guys- Piccolo. While Vegeta is standing right there. Predictably, Babidi takes control of Vegeta, ultimately leading to Buu's revival.

    Tenshinhan / Tien Shinhan 

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): John Burgmeier, Chris Cason (FUNimation); Matt Smith note  (Ocean); Brendan Hunter (Blue Water); Eddie Frierson (Harmony Gold); Doug Rand, David Gasman, Sharon Mann (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American): Ismael Larumbe, Armando Coria (Dragon Ball Harmony Gold)

Introduced in the second World Martial Arts Tournament arc, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu were initially rivals to Goku, Krillin, and Yamcha (as they belonged to an opposing dojo to Roshi's). The two eventually become friends to our heroes after realizing the lack of honor in their own methods. They become instrumental in the the next few arcs following their introduction, but by Z their roles had become less and less till they were reduced to cameo appearances and a few references in Dragon Ball GT.
  • Adorkable: Volleyball Technique
  • Aloof Ally: Spends majority of the Buu Saga training in isolation with Chiaotzu.
  • 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.
    • Word of God stated that Tien is a descendant of a three-eyed clan of aliens that arrived on Earth.
  • 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.
  • 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: Par for the course.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Big Guy: Until his resurrection.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Heroic RROD: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 GT). That's not too bad considering he's not a Saiyan.
    • The issue of Krillin vs. Tenshinhan as the strongest human is one of DBZ's biggest base breakers and continues to rage — generally, the issue is that Krillin is canonically stated as the strongest and is definitely the series' most prominent human, but Tenshinhan has more impressive feats to his name. Either way, Krillin is definitely the strongest pure-blooded human.
    • When fighting Nappa, Tien keeps on going after losing an arm, before dying in a Senseless Sacrifice, and later on he manages to keep Cell at bay in his Semi-Perfect form.
    • Later on, he proved to be one of the only survivors of Buu's Extinction Attack (along with Hercule and the other protagonists atop Kami's Lookout, who were not targeted) and managed to save Dende and Hercule's lives by deflecting one of Super Buu's energy blasts. Of course, he was in no way capable of actually fighting Buu in any capacity and proceeded to get knocked out by a single kick.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Chiaotzu (餃子; Chaozu)

Voiced by (Japanese): Hiroko Emori
Voiced by (English): Monika Antonelli, Brina Palencia (Kai) (FUNimation); Cathy Weseluck (Ocean); Rebecca Forstadt (Harmony Gold); Sean Broadhurst (Blue Water); Jodi Forrest (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American): Patricia Acevedo

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 teaching his students basic schooling.
  • 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 Tenshinhan.
  • Kick the Dog: His and Tenshinhan's introduction chapter.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Upon seeing Krillin for the first time, he calls him shorter. Chiaotzu is even shorter than Krillin. He does it again when he calls Krillin baldy. Krillin calls him out on this and he reveals he has a single hair under his hat.
  • Kill the Cutie: He dies against both King Piccolo and Nappa.
  • Morality Pet: To Tenshinhan during his villain days. Particularly notable in Mystical Adventure
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)?
  • 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 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.


Piccolo (ピッコロ; Pikkoro)

Voiced by (Japanese): Hiromi Tsuru (Kid Piccolo), Toshio Furukawa (Adultnote  Piccolo)
Voiced by (English): Christopher Sabat (FUNimation); Scott McNeil (Ocean); Ethan Cole (Blue Water); Paul Bandey (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Dan Woren (Final Bout)
Voiced by (Latin American): Carlos Segundo, José Luis Castañeda (Movie 8), Idzi Dutkiewicz (Kai)

A Namekian (a race of green skinned aliens), though at the start this wasn't really known; he was the son of the self-proclaimed Demon King Piccolo, who Goku defeated in the original series. After being spat out as an egg and hatched, Piccolo tried to carry on his father's work but was defeated by Goku and allowed to live. As the series rolls into the Z saga, his evil exterior softens due to training Son Gohan, and eventually becomes a second father to the kind-hearted little boy during Goku's absence. The one-time Demon King eventually becomes one of Goku's most trusted allies, and incredibly popular amongst the fanbase.
  • Alien Blood: Piccolo's blood was originally red in Dragon Ball and early episodes of DBZ (it was turned green in early episodes of the original dub), but after he was established as an alien, he is shown to have purple blood, like his fellow Nameks.
  • Aloof Ally: He really doesn't want to be friends with any of the Z Fighters, but he eventually grows into being a straight up ally. Although, as time goes on, this is downplayed and eventually he just starts hanging out with them. In the Battle of Gods (which is canon) he's even a guest at Bulma's birthday party — you can't really make any I Was Just Passing Through excuses at that point. He even (badly) sang Karaoke and is a sore loser at Bingo. He started warming up to the group as early as the Buu Saga where he took the invite to go to the World Tournament and allowed everyone to stay on the Lookout. He also showed real concern for Chi-Chi when she tried to attack Buu the first time.
  • Anti-Villain: In early Dragon Ball Z, he's only helping out due to an Enemy Mine situation and is happy to kill both Goku and their opponent in one shot. He still attempt to play this trope up until the Android Saga. No one buys it.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Before his Heel-Face Turn, Goku and him were bitter enemies. Goku hated his father for killing his friends and he hated Goku for killing his father. It wasn't until Raditz's arrival that they stopped disliking each other.
    • He saw Frieza as this since he slaughtered his people on Namek and specifically ask to be wish to his home world to join the battle. Frieza himself just sees Piccolo as another upstart Namekian.
    • After merging with Kami, Piccolo took offense at Cell absorbing people and personally tried to chase him down. Even after Cell completely surpassed him, Piccolo still wanted to fight him.
  • Asexuality: He expresses not understanding romance, but also in the literal biological sense.
  • The Atoner: Of a sort. He never expresses regret over his past actions, but definitely works off his bad karma. He did, however, show concern and fear when he heard that Babidi could control people through the evil in ones' heart. He even yelled at Krillin when he brought up that he used to be the Demon King. At the very least, he's not proud of his past.
  • Avenging the Villain: Well, technically himself, since he's the reincarnation/son of King Piccolo.
  • Ax-Crazy/Sadist: During the original series as a villain, he was very psychotic and sadistic.
  • Badass: One of the series' biggest.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Just look at his picture!
  • Badass Baritone: Has one of the deepest voices in the series, and the skill to match
  • Badass and Child Duo: Him and Gohan for most of Z..
  • Badass Cape: Again, check his picture.
  • Badass in Distress:
    • He is nearly killed by Frieza's third form and had to be saved by Gohan and healed by Denda.
    • Later, he is mortally wounded by Frieza and has to be flown to safety by Gohan.
    • He gets caught by Android 20 and has his energy slowly drained. He can't call for help since his mouth is covered, so he sends a mental distress call to Gohan, who smacks 20 upside his head.
    • He is absorbed by Buu along with Gotenks and had to be rescue by Goku and Vegeta.
  • Badass Teacher: His training has toughened Gohan up, helping him become a heroic warrior.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Although Goku beats him at first, Piccolo finally gets the chance to avenge his father/himself when he kills Goku in order to kill Raditz. Granted, the objective wasn't revenge but that was the effect.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: It was Gohan's innocence and kindness towards him that triggered his Heel-Face Turn.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Piccolo swooping in out of nowhere to rescue Gohan is so prevalent in the movies that the tenth finally tosses it a Lampshade Hanging: this time, Krillin is the one who rescues Gohan... while dressed up as Piccolo.
    • He does this with Goku, saving him from Frieza when he's about to put a hole in his head. He also tries to pull this when Goku is getting his energy suck by Android 19. He isn't happy that Vegeta interfered.
    • He even chews Goku out for not doing this against Cell when he's basically torturing Gohan, and was about to perform another one until Cell decided to stop and steal the Senzu.
  • Big Good: Sometimes, specifically after he merged with Kami. He shows greater concern for the Earth and its people.
  • Blood Knight: He's subtle about it compared to the Saiyans, but he is this trope. He wanted to fight Frieza not only for revenge, but because he wanted to test himself against the person called the strongest in the universe. He went against Bulma's plan to stop the androids early, despite being the most logical thinker in the group, and he really does enjoy sparring with Goku and Gohan. He mellows quite a bit after merging with Kami, so this aspect of his personality is Down Played. He still enjoys a good fight, given the huge smile he had on his face while fighting Frieza's men in Resurration 'F'
  • Brutal Honesty:
    • He's the first one to tell Adult Gohan how ridiculous he looks in his Great Saiyaman costume.
    • When Vegeta asks if he'll be able to see Goku in Other World before his Heroic Sacrifice, Piccolo tells him point-blank that he's most likely going to Hell and one selfless act isn't enough to make up for a lifetime of being an evil Space Pirate and overall Jerkass.
  • Byronic Hero: Considering he was born to up to kill Goku and conquer the Earth, before being forced to team up with the heroes. He has a very serious, melancholic outlook on life. After fusing with Kami he also becomes very noble with very strong morals, even further fits this trope.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: In "Dragon Ball", he used the word evil to describe his actions, and in early Z, he got angry at Gohan for telling him that he's nowhere near as evil as his father.
  • Came Back Strong: After being killed by Nappa, he went to train under King Kai with the other falling Earth warriors. After he is wish back to life, he went from being outclass by the Saiyans to fighting almost evenly with Frieza's second form. Merging with Nail also helped.
  • Can't Catch Up: He lasted the longest out of all of the non-Saiyans, remaining the third or second most powerful hero all the way until Semi-Perfect Cell was born. He did get to spend time in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, which at least made him much stronger than Semi-Perfect Cell, but he still fell behind because the Saiyans got to go in to the chamber twice. By the Buu saga, when the three main Saiyans have all unlocked become Super Saiyan 2 and gotten even stronger than they were at the Cell Games, Piccolo knows that he won't be of much use and retires.
  • The Coats Are Off: When Piccolo removes his weighted cape, some poor fool's getting a major beat down!
  • Characterization Marches On: Piccolo Jr. was a cackling, raving psychopath in the 23rd World Martial Arts saga, often prone to shouting and Slasher Smiles. In the following saga (the beginning of Z), he's suddenly much more composed and only occasionally gives a Psychotic Smirk.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Dips into this at times, such as when he's chewing Goku out for pitting Gohan against Cell and Gohan has been seemingly killed:
    Piccolo: Your son's dead, Goku! He's DEAAAAADDDDD!!
  • The Comically Serious: Sometimes. Especially when the other characters (particularly Goku, Goten, and Trunks) are goofing off.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy:
    • Back when he was still a villain, Piccolo fights Goku and eventually leaves him near helpless his entire body crippled save one of his arms. Remembering that Goku was still able to defeat his predecessor with the sole use of his remaining arm, Piccolo proceeds to shoot it out so he can't do the same thing. He would have won were it not for the fact that Goku had the power to fly now and intentionally kept it hidden the whole time.
    • Prior to his battle with Goku, when Piccolo battles Kami and Kami launches the Evil Containment Wave at Piccolo Jr. with the intention of sealing him in a bottle, Piccolo not only reverses the technique and imprisons Kami instead but also swallows the bottle that contained Kami during his match with Goku, so that if Goku were to kill him he would end up also killing Kami as well. A leaf straight out of his fathers book.
  • Determinator: He'll train as the only thing in years if he has to, to become stronger than his opponoment. He'd never back down once a fight has started either. The only time Piccolo ever gave up was when he was about to battle Suprême Kai. A good example of his determination is in the Garlic jr Saga, where he just keeps getting up from Garlic Jr's beatings, and while he may have been down on the ground for some time, it was only to heal himself so that he could fight him again.
  • Dead Guy Junior: His father was named King Piccolo.
  • Deadpan Snarker: To Gotenks and Goku during their bonehead moments. He also snarks Krillin when he's being especially whiny.
  • Death Equals Redemption: He had been forced to team-up with Goku and the Z-Fighters for the duration of the Saiyan Saga, but it wasn't until he saved Gohan using himself as a Human Shield, did his status as a hero get cemented.
  • Defeat Means Respect: He respects Goku a lot more after he defeated him during the 23rd Martial Arts Tournament.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Years after his defeat from Goku, he hated the man, although he learned to respect him more. It took an Enemy Mine situation and Goku pulling a Heroic Sacrifice before he saw Goku in a friendly light.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • A little in the Buu Saga. He doesn't engage in active combat, but he remained in the mentor role for Trunks and Goten and was on the battlefield with them right until Buu absorbed him.
    • He along with almost the entire cast outside of Goku and Pan in GT. Although, unlike most, he is given some story importance like helping Goku escape from Hell.
    • Subverted in Dragon Ball Super since in the manga adaptation; he joins Goku, Vegeta, and Buu to be part of Beerus's team against Champa's Universe 6 team!
  • Disc One Final Boss: He's the last villain Goku faces before the second half of the series.
  • Doting Parent: He's so gentle and kind towards his surrogate child, Gohan, that one tends to forget that he was ever a Demon King. Some fans even argue he is a better father than Goku.
  • Dub Name Change: In many, many countries, he's known as Satan, Satan Jr, Young Satan, Satan's Little Heart/Little-hearted Satan, Junior, or some variation of those names.
  • Enemy Mine: Was forced to team up with Goku when Raditz arrived, and later all the Z-Fighters to fight the Saiyans.
  • Enemy Without: Initially with Kami, but they remerged, though by that time, he was a better person.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Goku in Dragon Ball, just like his daddy.
  • Evil Laugh: Prior Heel-Face Turn, he did this a lot, but after it's very rare.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: His reason for teaming up with Goku in the Saiyan saga was because he didn't wish for the Earth to be destroyed before he could conquer it.
  • Fantastic Racism: Before his Heel-Face Turn Piccolo saw humans as an inferior species meant to rule and kill at his leisure, much like his father and brothers. The only 'human' he had any respect for was Goku and even in that case he called Goku inhuman before learning about his origin. Even after becoming good, he still didn't have a high opinion of humans, often calling them fragile and weak. It isn't until he merged with Kami that he drops this aspect of his personality.
  • Finger Gun: His signature Special Beam Cannon/Makankousappou.
  • Foil:
    • On top of being an Evil Counterpart to Goku, at least initially, he is also this. Piccolo is cold and dispassionate, while Goku is fun loving and can be quite emotional when angry or upset. Piccolo is one of the smartest characters in the series, while Goku is quite Book Dumb. Piccolo is the responsible one where Goku can be quite irresponsible even when the fate of the world is at stake.
    • Their roles are slightly reverse during the Buu Saga. Piccolo was willing to give himself to Babidi so Buu would stop slaughtering cities. It was Goku who was rational and pointed out that Piccolo sacrificing himself wouldn't help anyone in the long run.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: In the original manga. In the anime, he has a full five digits.
  • Fusion Dance: Merges with two other Namekians throughout the series (Nail and Kami). Even though both of them assure him his personality won't change, there are still subtle differences.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's easily the smartest of the Z-Fighters especially after merging with Kami, and after Vegeta shows up and Gohan comes into his own he's often the fourth or fifth strongest. For a short time, he was the strongest in the group. His intelligence was the reason Buu decided to absorb him, rather than merely eating him.
  • Genetic Memory: A minor case; his choice of abode and fashion sense is similar to the landscape and clothes found on Namek. Upon arrival on Namek, Krillin noted the similarity between the landscape and Piccolo's home, suggesting that his choice was due to a deep-seated instinct.
  • Green And Mean: Prior to his Heel-Face Turn. Even after converting to a hero his still additude was still villainous until he fused with Kami.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Piccolo is much more pragmatic about dealing enemies than most of the cast. He's also more distant to the group. He loses some of this after merging with Kami, but he still the most ruthless in the group next to Vegeta.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: He loses his arms. A lot. He also got his neck snapped by Cell and a hole blown through his chest and lived to tell about it.
  • Guile Hero: Piccolo is very wise, cunning, and strategic in battle throughout the series. Manipulating the likes of Freeza, Cell and Majin Buu when it seems they have the upper hand against him.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Prior Heel-Face Turn, a lot could get him mad, now it's a subtle Berserk Button, unless you mess with Gohan.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Started out as just the Demon King reborn. Wound up being the only non-Saiyan who can even help Goku in a fight.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Becomes this with Goku over the course of Z. He's also this with Gohan, in a Parental Substitute kind of way.
  • Hero Killer: Although completely willing on Goku's part, Piccolo kills his long time rival with his Special Beam Cannon.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • He died protecting Gohan during the Vegeta Saga. In GT, he stays with the exploding Earth to keep the Black Star Dragon Balls from being used again.
    • He almost pulled another one in the anime when he pushed Goku out of the way of Frieza's Death Beam.
  • Hermaphrodite: Word of God says that Namekians are hermaphrodites that possess physiques similar to those of human males.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Until Gohan was able to find it during the time they spent together.
  • Humanity Is Infectious: "Pathetic... to think that Demon King Piccolo would fall... protecting a child... I have been.... contaminated... by you... and your father's decency... Gohan."
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Though he's technically only three or four years older than Gohan in his most recent incarnation.
  • Irony:
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In Z, he's still aloof and harsh, but he develops a good side thanks to Gohan.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: During the Saiyan Saga, when Gohan wants to learn martial arts from his father instead of Piccolo, Piccolo states that Goku is too soft-hearted to be an effective teacher. These concerns prove to be justified in the Cell saga when they go into the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and Goku initially holds back for fear of hurting Gohan accidentally.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Several, including Masenko, Special Beam Cannon, and in Dragon Ball he had the Explosive Demon Wave.
  • The Lancer: Both kinds—he's Goku's foil until the end of the Freeza arc, and after that he takes the role of trusted second-in-command.
  • Large and in Charge: The tallest protagonist, and the one most likely to lead the team into battle when Goku's not there (which is often).
  • Last of His Kind: Since Kami and him were technically the same person, he was the last Namekian left in existence after Frieza's genocide of his race. Thankfully, the Dragon Balls fixed this.
  • Legacy Character: He is this to the original King Piccolo.
  • Like a Badass out of Hell: A mix of type 2 and 4, near the end of GT Piccolo is forced to corrupt his soul by causing carnage in heaven in order to be sent to hell to help Goku escape to fight Super 17, but he couldn't do anything to leave (and it's implied that he didn't want to, seeing it as finally being where he belonged). With an eternity to kill and nothing else to do he decided to pick up making sure the villains didn't act up again, becoming an unofficial leader of Hell's jailers.
  • Like a Son to Me: He refers to Gohan as "the son he never had." Gohan in turn idolizes him, thinking of him as a big green uncle. He even states out loud that he admires him almost as much as his actual father.
  • Lima Syndrome: Who'd have thought abducting a four-year-old to train with him in a dinosaur-filled wasteland would end up being so good for him?
  • Literally Shattered Lives: He is accidentally shattered by Kid Trunks when he's turned to stone. Subverted because it's a Good Thing He Can Heal.
  • Literal Split Personality: He's the reincarnation of King Piccolo, who was Kami's evil side made flesh.
  • The Load: In a very untraditional way. Because his life is linked directly with Kami, if he dies, so does Kami. When Kami dies the Dragon Balls become forever inactive. Because of that, the heroes do their best to make sure that Piccolo does not die. Although Piccolo is one of the strongest fighters, he does tend to get over head, like the fight with the Saiyans, Frieza, and in Trunks' timeline the Android. At least twice, Gohan and Goku tells Piccolo to run if things go badly. After merging with Kami, this plot point goes away since Denda is the new Dragon Ball creator.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: After training Gohan, he softens up considerably.
  • Love Is a Weakness: He knows what love is, but sees it as a weakness. He eventually changed his mind after bonding with Gohan.
  • Love Redeems: His friendship with Gohan led to him becoming good.
  • Magic Knight: He's proficient in both close range melee combat and long range ki battles.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Prior to becoming a Guile Hero, he was this in the Dragon Ball.
  • Manly Tears: Cried for the first time in his life after he sacrifice his life saving Gohan.
  • Mind over Matter: He possesses telekinesis and materialization abilities.
  • Moral Myopia: He despises Goku at first for killing his father and swears revenge. This is despite his father being a vicious murdered who indirectly killed Krillin and Master Roshi, and directly murdered Chiaotzu and the Eternal Dragon to ensure no one could used the Dragon Balls against him.
  • Musical Theme Naming: After a musical instrument which he (his dad) and his siblings are all named after.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: He is the reincarnation of the "Demon King".
  • Near Villain Victory: Nearly beat Goku at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament after breaking and disabling all of Goku's limbs.
  • Necessary Drawback: The Special Beam Cannon when it was first introduce. It is so powerful that it killed Raditz, who was almost three-times more powerful than Piccolo. However, it takes five minutes for it to charge and he is defenseless during that time period. Once mastered, Piccolo can use it much faster, but it appears to be much weaker. note 
  • Nice Hat: One of the few people who can make a turban look completely bad-ass.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • The entire reason Vegeta and Nappa attacked Earth in the first place, and Frieza attacked Namek, is because Piccolo shot his mouth off to Raditz about the Dragon Balls. Though, to be fair, he didn't know Raditz's scouter was broadcasting everything he said back to them.
    • This trope may count for the Cell arc too considering Piccolo's the one who taught him how to use his regenerative abilities, which he would then proceed to spam up until his destruction.
    • There's also Piccolo's fight with 17, where he powers up; in doing so, he leads Cell, who can sense ki, right to 17 and 18 and speeds up his plans to absorb them and become perfect.
    • During the Buu Saga, when Super Buu arrives demanding the Worthy Opponent that Goku promised him (Gotenks), Piccolo attempts to stall for time by telling Buu there are still more humans for him to kill on Earth, knowing that they can be brought back with the Dragon Balls. Buu proceeds to use the Human Extinction Attack to wipe out every last human on Earth in a matter of minutes, without even bothering to leave Kami's Lookout while doing so. Essentially, Piccolo turned the entire human race into a Sacrificial Lamb just to give Trunks and Goten two more minutes worth of training.
  • No Name Given: Neither he nor Kami can remember what their original name was before the split. After they reunite, he briefly calls himself "the Namek". When Goku suggests "Kamiccolo", he quickly decides Piccolo isn't so bad.
  • Noble Demon:
    • More so after Z starts. At the beginning, he only teamed up with the protagonists to keep the Saiyans from destroying the world he wants to conquer.
    • He did, however, still save a wife and her kid from a storm in the original series. The reason why he was against Goku was to avenge his father.
    • Also, until he fought Goku, where he basicly rushed to kill him, he respected everyone and fought honorably.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: By the standards of a fighting Namekian type he was weak to average and wouldn't even be considered an Elite Mook in Frieza's army. On Earth, he was the Demon King reborn who was more powerful than his father who single-handedly took over the world. His only equal was Goku, a fellow alien.
  • Not Quite Dead: Had his neck broken, a hole blasted through his chest, and thrown into the ocean by Cell. He still lived and managed to heal himself before losing consciousness.
  • The Obi-Wan: To Gohan in the Saiyan Saga. Subverted in that Gohan brings Piccolo Back from the Dead and they reunite on the battlefield.
  • Obsolete Mentor: By the end of the Cell Saga, Gohan has surpassed him in every way, but their bond is as strong as ever.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • Gohan and Piccolo couldn't have more different personalities, but it's telling that Gohan's combat attire mimics Piccolo's more often than it mimics his father's.
    • Hints of it with Tenshinhan in the Cell arc.
    • After many trials, Goku and him become good friends despite being Foil to one another.
  • Only Sane Man: Most of the time, he is this along with Tien and Future Trunks.
  • Overlord Jr.: Pre-Heel-Face Turn, he started off as "Ma Junior", son of Demon King Piccolo in Dragon Ball. Though technically he's more of a reincarnation.
  • Overprotective Dad: Even when Gohan becomes far more powerful than he will ever be, Piccolo would still lay his life down to protect the boy.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome:
    • But not so much that he loses plot importance. When he Can't Catch Up after the Cell Saga, he switches roles to The Mentor for the younger heroes. He gets a better deal in the movies though (if you consider them canon), where he usually at least gets to dispatch the Big Bad's Elite Mooks and, in two of them (Dead Zone and Lord Slug), he even saves the day.
    • By the Buu arc, not only is he God (well, he fused with God...), but he's the fourth most powerful non-fused protagonist (unless you count the Supreme Kai) and one of the top ten most powerful beings in the universe, period. Too bad that's still nothing compared to Buu, Vegeta, Gohan, Goku, the Supreme Kai, and Dabura.
  • One-Man Army: In the World's Strongest, Cooler's Revenge, and the Garlic Jr saga, he was seen taking multiple opponoments with ease.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • Not even Freeza could withstand his wrath when he tried to murder Gohan.
    • Not just Freeza—Piccolo took on Broly to save Gohan. He put up a pretty damn good fight too. Its like this- threaten the kid and the only thing that's stopping Goku from tearing you in two is Piccolo having done it before him.
  • Parental Substitute: To Gohan after Goku kicks it early on. Their special bond is never quite diminished and even as late as the Cell saga, Gohan still prefers to wear Piccolo-style clothing rather than Goku's.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Post Heel-Face Turn, he barely smiles.
  • Present Absence:
    • Piccolo dying in the Saiyan Saga causes the others to go into space searching for Planet Namek, causing the events of the Namek/Frieza Saga.
    • In the TV Special History of Trunks his death is the most felt after Goku's since his final death means the Dragon Balls are forever inert, rendering all deaths permanent.
  • Promotion to Parent: To Son Gohan, whenever Son Goku is dead or missing.
  • Psychic Powers: Mostly in Filler but he did levitate about four pyramids with his mind. Seems to be an innate Namekian trait since synchronising his with Dende allowed Goku to escape from Hell in GT.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: In Dragon Ball.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Wears a purple outfit and his Battle Aura is purple as well.
  • Razor-Sharp Hand: Best shown when he uses it to cut off Dr. Gero's arm and slices Babidi in two.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Despite his lifetime of evil as the Demon King, he was allow to train under King Kai after sacrificing his life to save Gohan.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: Even after his Heel-Face Turn, he was generally aloof and distant to the human characters, some of them considered him outright scary, while he spared his gentler side for Gohan. Shoot, he even invoked this when he acted as if the protagonists weren't his allies when he reluctantly decided to merge with Kami. He's also pretty ruthless in battle, at one point severing Dr. Gero's arm (though he originally assumed he was just an android), and bifurcating Babidi. Though he does become less distant to the other human characters as time goes on. In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods he's even a guest at Bulma's birthday party, and does (very bad) Karaoke and Rage Quit Bingo.
  • Reincarnation: Of his own father, King Piccolo.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In-Universe example. After Mr. Satan is knocked out of the ring by Cell, Piccolo is upset that Cell didn't kill him. In the Japanese text he calls it a pity.
  • Signature Move: Special Beam Cannon, Explosive Demon Wave, Light Grenade, and Hellzone Grenade
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: When he first started training Gohan, he had no qualms about throwing him at a sheer cliff to trigger his hidden power, and followed that up by leaving him in a wasteland filled with dinosaurs for half a year. He made up for it.
  • The Smart Guy: He's probably the smartest of the main cast. After fusing with Kami (aka God), he became much more intelligent, not to say that he was stupid. It's no wonder the others come to him for advice when he possesses the wisdom of God. During the Buu Saga, Super Buu even absorbs him to acquire his intelligence.
  • Smug Super: When he was a villain, he was very smug about how powerful he was, seeing only Goku as his equal. He loses this trait after facing Raditz.
  • Straight Man: Especially while paired with Gotenks.
  • The Stoic: In the original series, he was a cackling villain who was prone to Slasher Smiles. After mellowing out, he rarely show emotions beside frustration or annoyance. He does shows a softer side around Gohan and loses much of his stoic demeanor after merging with Kami.
  • Super Senses: Like all Namekians he has incredibly acute sense of hearing.
  • Supporting Leader: Debatable, mostly, but definitely when he and the protagonists were doing their best to distract Cell.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: How he feels most of the time, and you really can't blame him, either.
  • Taken for Granite: In the Buu Saga thanks to Dabura.
  • Taking the Bullet: For Gohan in the Saiyan Saga, and Goku in the anime version of the Freeza arc.
  • Tame His Anger: This had a lot to do with his friendship with Gohan.
  • Team Dad: It is so worth noting that he's probably the most sensible, level-headed character in the entire series, and the other characters often defer to him for wisdom in a crisis. He's the responsible one who always has a longterm plan and is probably the most protective of Earth (after merging with Kami). Also tends to get stuck training or babysitting the younger characters.
  • Technician vs. Performer: He is the most technical fighter in the series. He invented several powerful techniques and can hold his own against fighters who are many times stronger than him thanks to his battle experience and training. Super Buu chose to absorb him specifically for his battle knowledge.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: In the original series, after he expended almost all of his energy in a blast that barely phased Goku, who is about to retaliate:
    Piccolo: Uh-oh! I really think this is gonna hurt!
    Goku: (chuckles) A lot!
  • Took a Level in Badass: Several times throughout the series:
    • In the original series, his previous incarnation, King Piccolo, was terrified of the Evil Containment Wave to the point that he murdered martial artists. During the 23rd Tournament, he revealed that he learned how to reverse it and used it to trap his previous more powerful good counterpart.
    • After training for a year to prepare for the Saiyans, he went from being manhandled by Raditz to easily killing a Saibaman who had the same power level as Raditz.
    • After he trained with King Kai and merged with Nail, he went from being easily killed by Nappa to fighting evenly with Frieza's second form.
    • Piccolo was no match for Androids 17 and 18. After merging with Kami, he became the most powerful hero and was able to fight evenly with 17.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Three times. Once after training Gohan, once after merging with Nail, and at last after reuniting with Kami.
  • Token Evil Teammate: In the Saiyan Saga. He's still evil, but helps fight the Saiyans since they want to destroy the planet he plans to rule.
  • Tritagonist: In the Saiyan Saga. He and Vegeta trade the position throughout the Freeza and Cell arcs.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Despite Goku murdering his father and see killing Goku as a crucial step to taking over the world, he demeans Goku throughout their entire fight.
    • He, like every character outside of King Kai, underestimated Frieza. He thought for sure he could beat Frieza even before he merged with Nail. After Frieza transforms into his third form, he learns the hard way that he miscalculated.
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • During the Frieza Saga, his martial arts training allowed him to fight Frieza's second form on an even footing despite having a slightly lower power level.
    • Compared to the Saiyans, he is this trope. He is one of the most technical fighters in the series with a number of powerful techniques, yet he's far below a Super Saiyan 2.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • King Kai shouts at Piccolo for breaking his promise about not confronting Frieza.
    • Got called out by Goten when he tried to stop him from helping Vegeta when he was being beating by Buu.
    Goten: If I was Gohan, I bet you'd let me go!
    • Denda is shock when Piccolo tells Buu to kill all the humans on Earth to give Goten and Trunks more time to train.
  • Worf Effect:
    • Both Goku and him get completely overwhelmed by Raditz. At the time, both of them were by far the strongest warriors in the world.
    • Despite Taking A Level In Badass, he is powerless against Nappa and is eventually killed by him with a single energy blast.
    • After going toe-to-toe with Frieza's second form, he gets destroyed by Frieza's third transformation.
    • He gives Android 20 his hand, even after the android drained his energy. Like all the other Z-Fighters, he is easily defeated by Androids 17 and 18.
    • After merging with Kami, Piccolo becomes the strongest hero in the series who can beat back Imperfect Cell and fight evenly with Android 17. After Cell drinks several cities, however, Piccolo gets manhandled. In some fairness, Piccolo was tired since he was fighting 17 before Cell arrived.
    • Without even fighting the Supreme Kai, Piccolo forfeits his match with him.
  • Worthy Opponent: He initially resented Goku, but also treated him as his equal and the only one worth fighting.
  • You Killed My Father: Towards Goku (well, technically, it's revenge towards Goku having killed him, as he is the reincarnation of his father, King Piccolo).
  • Younger Than He Looks: He's technically only three years old when he fights at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, and eight at the start of Dragon Ball Z. He's only four years older than Gohan — making him something like sixteen years younger than Goku! Technically speaking, he's a mind that is hundreds of years old inside of a much younger body.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: He gets an inner monologue devoted to this in Z after the fight with Raditz. He reflects that despite it being what he was literally born to do, he felt no satisfaction towards killing Goku due to the circumstances, and realizes that he didn't really know what to do with his life afterwards.
  • Villain Respect: Back when he was a villain, he certainly respected Goku even though he hated him.
    • Also, way back in the Tenchaichi Tournament where he was a villain, Piccolo remained respectful to everyone and played by the rules, until he fought Goku.

    Future Trunks 

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, Rocío Garcel (Baby)
Adult Trunks voiced by (Latin American): Sergio Bonilla, 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.
  • 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 anima adaptation was Trunks struggling to obtain his Super Saiyan form and didn't achieved it until he saw Gohan's mangled body.
  • 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/Misery Builds Character: Growing up After the End (and without Vegeta's influence) made this Trunks responsible, polite and selfless.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the androids, all of them. They ruined his world and murdered his beloved master, Gohan. He especially hates Future 17 and 18, and Cell who is the embodiment of everything he fights against. He eventually gets his revenge on all of them.
  • Back from the Dead: This is actually noticeable for him since his timeline has no Dragon Balls in it.
  • Badass: Remember Freeza? The guy who took a really long time to defeat back on Namek? Trunks introduces himself by instantly killing him.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: An overconfident Trunks displays this when fighting Perfect Cell.
  • Bad Future: Where he came from.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: When his hair is especially long. He's also has a masculine body built when he is an Ultra Super Saiyan.
  • 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.
  • The Big Guy: His fights mostly showcase his raw strength. His fight with Perfect Cell, however, deconstructs this.
  • Big "NO!": (In)famously in the English dub, as well as in Kai.
  • 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 tough 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.
    • During the Cell Saga, in Japan's Character poll Trunks ranked higher than both Vegeta and Piccolo.
  • Break the Cutie: Growing up After the End was one thing but particularly finding his Big Brother Mentor Gohan dead at age 13.
  • 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.
  • 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 haven't been seen in the series since.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Averted—he's actually pretty quiet during battle and his attacks only get named in the video games.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy:
    • A very rare heroic example. Future Trunks is incredibly more pragmatic than the rest of the heroes. Many of the heroes will hold back for fun, take on enemies for the challenge, or avoid killing. Trunks more often than not goes in with his full power from the start, not giving his enemies a chance to prepare, and goes for the killing blow whenever possible, as early as possible and does not call his attacks during a fight. He's also the only character in the franchise who ever thinks to attack the villain during his Transformation Sequence (it didn't work, but points for the idea). It's justified when you take his backstory into account where fighting has always been a matter of life-and-death for him, never for sport.
    • When Future Trunks set out alongside Krillin to destroy the main timeline's incarnation of Cell and the underground lab, Future Trunks searches the lab prior to destroying it for any leftover data or information about the Androids which could prove vital and uncovers blueprints of Android 17, eventually leading to the discovery of the Android's weakness: a Shut Down Remote.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Probably the Most Triumphant Example in manga and anime. He wiped out both Frieza and his father King Cold, who up until that time were considered the supreme Big Bads of the universe, on 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.
  • Harmful to Minors: His entire backstory falls under this.
  • Heroic Bastard: He was spawned from Vegeta and Bulma having a one night stand.
  • Heroic BSOD: When he fails to defeat Perfect Cell with the realization his Ultra Super Saiyan form is too slow, he gives up all hope and promptly tells Cell to kill him. Luckily, Cell was more interested in the Super Saiyans' sudden enormous strength to oblige.
  • 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. He only steps in to fight after Vegeta is beaten unconscious.
  • 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.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: He proves this against Freeza's minions when he defeats them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Hero: 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.
  • Put on a Bus: He returned to his timeline at the end of the Cell arc, never to be seen again.
  • "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 know 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?!
  • 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.]]
  • 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 I 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.
  • 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, and Namek's explosion, this could easily fall under Make Sure He's Dead.
  • 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.
  • Tragic Dream: He wants to correct the primary timeline because he can't fix his own one beyond rebuilding after the apocalypse.
  • 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.
  • Worf Effect:
    • A mild example. After he defeats Frieza and King Cold, he challenges Goku to see how powerful he is. Goku blocks all of Trunks' attacks with one finger and didn't even move.
    • The guy who easily took 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.
  • 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.

    Present Trunks 

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): Eric Vale (FUNimation); Allistair Abell (Ocean); Matthew Erickson (Blue Water); Henry Douglas Grey (Final Bout)
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, Rocío Garcel (Baby)
Adult Trunks voiced by (Latin American): Sergio Bonilla, 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.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Vegeta was 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.
  • 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 those 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.
  • Fusion Dance: Into Gotenks and part of the Trope Namer.
  • 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 at least according to Piccolo, Trunks comes from a heroic family.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Goten.
  • Kid Hero: Shares this with Goten.
  • Morality Pet: The first half of Vegeta's reason to become a better person.
  • 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.

    Son Goten 

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, ??? (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.
  • 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.
  • Cool Little Bro: Gohan sees him as this.
  • 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: In GT.
  • Dork Knight: As an adult.
  • The Everyman: When he grows up.
  • 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.
  • 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 entire incident on Namek.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: Got it from Goku and his grandfather, Bardock.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With main timeline Trunks.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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)

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: 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 closed to killing Buu, but his fusion broke.
  • 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.
  • 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 is Dangerously Genre Savvy and does not play by the 'rules'.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He got Vegeta's temper, which is an off-suit of Trunks.
  • Half An Hour Of Power: He can only stay fuse for thirty minutes. He can also only maintain his Super Saiyan 3 transformation for five minutes before he reverts to his base form.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Portmanteau Name: In Japanese his name is the first two syllables of Goten, the last two syllables of Trunks, and an "n" dividing the two halves.
  • 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: Is very cocky due to his power, but it is usually a Fatal Flaw for him.
  • 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.

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 Castaneda/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: There's a very good reason this guy's limited by time constraints; the fusion of Goku and Vegeta makes him the single strongest fighter in the series, capable of taking down a demon made of pure evil in seconds in his first appearance. Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta takes this even further, as his power exceeds that of Omega Shenron. His goofiness is the only thing preventing him from ending the fight in five seconds.
  • 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.
  • Half An Hour Of Power: He can only stay fused for thirty minutes, except as a Super Saiyan 4. He only has ten minutes due to the massive power of the form.
  • Light Is Good
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's so fast he can hit an opponent multiple times before moving his arms.
  • Portmanteau Name: Like Vegito, only this time it's the first syllable of Goku and the last two syllables of Vegeta.
  • Redheaded Hero: As a Super Saiyan 4. Notably, Goku and Vegeta keep their hair color the same in this form, so whether or not Gogeta really has red hair, it's a Plot Hole, or they just made it that way because it was cool is still unknown.
  • 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: Like his Potara counterpart, he is easily one of the strongest characters in the entire series (second only to Vegetto). All of his battles are curb stomps.
  • 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.

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 Castaneda/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.
  • 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.
  • Badass: The fusion of two Badasses could only result in this. He effortlessly kicks Super Buu around before letting himself get turned into candy to free his comrades.
  • 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/Laser Sword: 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.
  • Portmanteau Name: In its Japanese spelling, it combines the first two syllables of Vegeta and the last two syllables of Kakarotto.
  • 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 lead to Buu taking on his most deadly form, who then proceeded to kill all of them anyway (along with the planet). As a bonus, the ordeal dissolved the fusion, leaving them much weaker. Of course, it 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 ever show up (not including GT). Old Kai states that Potara Fusion is stronger than Fusion Dance (Gogeta) and even if it wasn't, there's no half hour time limit so he could outlast anyone.
  • 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.
    • Batman Gambit: 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 (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, Ángela Villanueva (Old)

The daughter of Gohan and Videl, introduced at the tail end of the original series though given more of a fleshed out character in the anime-only GT series. Very much a tomboy and thrill-seeker, willing to prove she's just as tough as her grandfather when given the chance. But not without a soft side either.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: While Dragon Ball always had a few female characters scattered throughout the supporting cast, the anime-only Dragon Ball GT was the only time a girl regularly joined in on the world-saving: Pan.
  • Badass Adorable: At this point, it's pretty much safe to say that this trope must run in the Son bloodline.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In GT.
  • Berserk Button: Never make fun of her eyebrows.
  • Boyish Short Hair: No surprise since she is a Tomboy.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: In GT.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Despite being something of a tomboy (and not even being a teenager, for that matter).
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Videl being pregnant with her was all Goku needed to complete the Super Saiyan God transformation.
  • The Chick: In GT.
  • Cool Old Lady: At the end of GT.
  • 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 she was seen as cute and bubbly and full of energy. This rarely appears in GT though.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: In GT.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Her clothing style.
  • Genki Girl: She is really full of energy.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She gets angry very easily for trivial reasons.
  • 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 did help saved the world from Cell and Buu.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Unsurprisingly good at it, considering her father, grandfather and uncle are.
  • Kawaiiko: Only something of a tomboy.
  • Last Episode, New Character: In the manga and Z, where she was introduced at the very end of the series. Averted in GT, where she is one of the main characters.
  • Little Miss Badass: Four years old in Z, around nine years old in GT, but badass and adorable all the way.
  • Little Miss Snarker: In the GT series.
  • 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.
  • Ret Gone: Inverted, see Goten's entry.
  • Shorttank: Combination of Tomboy, Action Girl and Bare Your Midriff.
  • 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
  • Uneven Hybrid: Pan is a quarter Saiyan through her grandfather Goku and three quarter human.