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Bulma (ブルマ; Buruma)
Voiced by (Latin American):
Rocío Garcel (until end saga Cell, back in Kai
), Monica Manjarrez
(saga Majin Buu
and Movies 4-13
), Isabel Martiñón (Z
and Movie 4
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.)
- A recursive dye job, in Path to Power Bulma has purple hair like in the manga.
- 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.
- Sometime during the timeskip, she goes for Vegeta. This one eventually turns into a life-long marriage and two children, though.
- Some of her one-off attractions include Oolong (disguised as a handsome human), General Blue, Lucifer, Pamput, and Zarbon.
- And she wanted to see Freeza because, "Maybe he's a cutie."
- 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.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: For most of the first series.
- 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.
- 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: Z and GT.
- Deuteragonist: In the Legacy of Goku arc.
- Ditzy Genius: Especially in the English dub. She's a brilliant inventor, but still girly and continues acting like a teenage girl well into the series.
- 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/Meaningful Name/Theme Naming/Unfortunate Name: Like all of her family, she is named after underwearnote . Goku lampshades this in the manga.
- 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.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: In the Anime Filler, this is how she fell for Vegeta.
- Gadgeteer Genius/Ms. Fixit: She invented the Dragon Radar, repaired a broken scouter, repaired Android #16, and built a Time Machine in an alternate timeline just to name a few.
- 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.
- 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/Moral Myopia: 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.
- 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.
- Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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.
- 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 Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold.
- Manipulative Bitch: When she convinces Goku to help her find the rest of the Dragon Balls, she deliberately neglects to tell him that the balls scatter after the wish is made.
- She actually said it, but she didn't exactly tell him that the balls scattered after the wish is made.
- 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.
- 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. Sure, never mind that Goku had absolutely no idea what the Dragon Balls even were before he met Bulma!
- 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.
- 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.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her iconic first outfit was completely pink after all.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Goku, at least until he grew up...
- 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...
- Shorttank: Often wore this in her younger days.
- 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.
- Greater Need Than Mine: She wanted to make an alternate timeline where things could be happy and peaceful, even if she couldn't be a part of it.
- 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.
- 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 Freezer 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.
- 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 takes out a gun and starts shooting Kid Goku.
- 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.
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), 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); Gregory Snegoff (Harmony Gold)
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.
- 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.
- Bald of Awesome: He's bald and proud.
- Big Good: In Dragon Ball, when he was The Obi-Wan.
- 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 Beers were, he wouldn't had a chance.
- Casting Gag: He looks like God from Dr Slump with sunglasses, and was also voiced by the same person (Kouhei Miyauchi).
- 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: When was the last time we saw him without them?
- 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.
- 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".
- Dirty Old Man: Probably one of the most recognizable anime examples.
- 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. Still Goku was an alien.
- Not only is Goku an alien, but he was also young and full of energy, while Master Roshi was already an elderly master that was past his prime, by the time they fought.
- Hermit Guru: Well, he is called the Turtle Hermit.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 mach 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.
- Tritagonist: For most of Dragon Ball.
- 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....
Yamcha (ヤムチャ; Yamucha)
Voiced by (Latin American):
Ricardo Mendoza, Jesus Barrero
), Rafael Rivera (Dragon Ball
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: With Bulma.
- 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.
- Barbarian Longhair: His most frequent hairstyle. He mentioned his short haircut was at Bulma's request 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 him 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 Yamucha in the air with his punch but Yamucha 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Can't Catch Up: Same as Krillin.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Glass Cannon/Fragile Speedster: In most of the RPGs, he has low defense but is the fastest and most damaging attacks.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: He was shown to do Training from Hell prior to the Buu Saga.
- Heel-Face Turn: One of the first of many throughout the series.
- 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 Martyr: Explained to Puar, this was basically why he puts up with Bulma's mistreatment in Dragon Ball.
- Like Brother and Sister: 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.
- 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.
- Mr. Fanservice: He was the first handsome adult male in the cast.
- 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
- 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 alot 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.
- The Unfair Sex: In his relationship with Bulma. Had the genders been reversed, fans of the show would NOT be laughing.
- 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: 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.
- 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 (English): Sonny Strait
(Adult), Laurie Steele (Young) (FUNimation
); Terry Klassen (Ocean); Mike Thiessen, Dan Gascon (Blue Water); Wanda Nowicki (Harmony Gold)
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.
- Adorkable: Most notable when he's around Android 18, but plenty of other times too.
- 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. He was embarrassed to learn that Roshi was naturally bald.
- 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/The Chew Toy: He died the first major death in the entire series. Many more would follow. He even lampshades this in the film Super Android 13 by shouting "Why does this always happen to me?!" while being knocked away by Vegeta's unconscious body. He also lampshades it much earlier in the second movie after pointing out how every attempt he made to hit Dr Wheelo ended in humiliating failure.
- Can't Catch Up: Started out as the The Rival, fell further behind with each new storyline, although 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.
- Chivalrous Pervert: When he was younger. Seems to fade out with age.
- 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: Him and Android 18.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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'd grown out it, largely thanks to his training and Goku's influence giving him genuine self-confidence.
- 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.
- Good Parents: Is one to Marron. Heck, he even sacrificed himself to protect her and his wife.
- 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.
- 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.
- Honorary Uncle: To Gohan.
- 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, Tenshinhan had the better showings in fights in the series.
- Inseries Nickname: Called Pachinko-Head by Yajirobe.
- 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.
- Love at First Sight: For Android 18.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Punny Name: His name is based on "kuri" (栗), which means "chestnut." ('lin' could also be the alternate reading of 'hayashi' = 'grove'.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: To Android 18.
- YMMV. He's not exactly a Bishonen, but he does have an adorable baby face.
- 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 (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.
- In one of the video games, he's forced to be Earth's champion when Goku is unable to cheat death long enough to do the job himself. 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...
- As 18 is Unskilled, but Strong, it adds a facet to their Opposites Attract relationship.
- 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...).
Voiced by (English):
John Burgmier, Chris Cason (FUNimation
); Matt Smith note
(Ocean); Brendan Hunter, Johnathan Love (Blue Water); Eddie Frierson (Harmony Gold)
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
Chiaotzu (餃子; Chaozu)
Voiced by (Japanese): Hiroko Emori
Introduced in the second Tournament arc, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu ae 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.
- Balloon Belly: After eating a lot, being a Big Eater like the rest of the cast
- 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.
- Kill the Cutie: He dies against both King Piccolo and Nappa.
- 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
- Morality Pet: To Tenshinhan during his villain days. Particularly notable in Mystical Adventure
- Psychic Powers: Chiaotzu rigs the World Martial Arts Tournament twice, using telekinesis.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: He needs to use his fingers to solve basic math problems, like 3 + 4.
- Signature Move: Dodon Ray, shared with all 3 other Crane related characters
- 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: The only way to defeat Chiaotzu's psychic attacks is by breaking his concentration. Krillin does this by asking him confusing math questions. Like 4 + 4. The one that gets to him is 9-1.
- 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 (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 frequent deaths. 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 latest movie (which is cannon) 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.
- 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.
- 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 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 and Child Duo: Him and Gohan for most of Z.
- Badass Arm-Fold: Just look at his picture!
- Badass Cape: Ditto!
- 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 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, specially after he merged with Kami. He shows greater concern for the Earth and its people.
- Brutal Honesty: He's the first one to tell Adult Gohan how ridiculous he looks in his Great Saiyaman costume.
- 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.
- He is also noticably more physically adult at the start of DBZ. He was only a few years old at the end of Dragon Ball, and looked like a teenager. The change could be attributed to him growing up.
- 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 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.
- Dead Guy Junior: His father was named King Piccolo.
- Deadpan Snarker: To Gotenks and Goku.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Eventually.
- Demoted to Extra: Late in the Buu Saga and definitely in GT.
- Less so in the Buu Saga; even if he didn't engage in active combat, he remained in the mentor role for Trunks and Goten and was on the battlefield with them right until Buu absorbed him.
- 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 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.
- Face Death with Dignity: In GT.
- Finger Gun: His Special Beam Cannon/Makankousappou.
- Fusion Dance: Merges with two other Namekians throughout the series (Nail and Kami). Though both of them say his personality won't change, there are subtle differences.
- Genius Bruiser: Due to doubling as The Smart Guy and The Lancer.
- 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.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: He loses his arms. A lot.
- Guile Hero: Piccolo is very wise, cunning and strategic in battle in Dragon Ball. 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 slightly help Goku in a fight.
- 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.
- 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: After Taking the Bullet for Gohan, he himself remarks that, after all the training he did to beat Goku, he went out trying to protect his son.
- It's even more irony if you read the original text where Piccolo wanted to corrupt Gohan into his image. The opposite ending up happening.
- Death by Irony: Which goes straight into this category.
- Jerkass: A big jerkass in the original series.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Special Beam Cannon.
- 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).
- 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."
- 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 Life: 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.
- Loner-Turned-Friend: After training Gohan, he softens up considerably.
- 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.
- Manly Tears: See Humanity Is Infectious Above.
- 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.
- This is more likely an inversion, as the Special Beam Cannon isn't weaker, it's just that the enemies are much stronger to the point where it's just not as powerful as it once was despite Piccolo's mastery over it, considering it could kill Raditz, but does absolutely nothing to Cell, much like Krillin's Destructo Disk.
- Nice Hat: One of the few people who can make a turban look completely bad-ass.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: If Piccolo had never told the dying Raditz about the Dragon Balls, Nappa, Vegeta and even Freeza wouldn't be going after them.
- ...and then Cell or the Androids would have slaughtered them all. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero meets For Want Of A Nail?
- Neither of them would have existed...or at least not as they were introduced.
- Speaking of which, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Only Sane Man: Most of the time.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 HFIL in GT.
- Psychopathic Manchild: In Dragon Ball.
- Purple Is Powerful: Wears a purple outfit and his Battle Aura is purple as well.
- Redemption Equals Death: The first time.
- 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.
- Reincarnation: Of his own father, King Piccolo.
- Signature Move: Special Beam Cannon, 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: In the Cell Saga.
- Straight Man: Especially while paired with Gotenks.
- Supporting Leader: Debateable, mostly, but definitely when he and the protagonists were doing their best to distract Cell.
- Super Senses: Like all Namekians he has incredibly acute sense of hearing.
- 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 in a crisis. He's the responsible one who always has a plan and is probably the most protective of Earth. Also tends to get stuck training or babysitting the younger characters.
- Not to mention he's probably the smartest. After fusing with Kami (aka God), he became much more intelligent, not to say that he was stupid. It's no wonder they come to him for advice when he possesses the wisdom of God.
- Gets even funnier when you realize that, technically speaking, he's one of the youngest characters. 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.
- Theme Naming: After a musical instrument which he (his dad) and his siblings are all named after.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Three times. Once after training Gohan, once after merging with Nail, and once after reuniting with Kami.
- Token Evil Teammate: In the Saiyan saga.
- Tritagonist: In the Saiyan Saga. He and Vegeta trade the position throughout the Freeza and Cell arcs.
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?
- 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 They Look: 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.
Trunks (トランクス; Torankusu)
Adult Trunks voiced by (English): Eric Vale
); Allistair Abell (Ocean); Matthew Erickson (Blue Water)
Kid Trunks voiced by (Latin American): Gaby Willer, Rocío Garcel (Baby)
Adult Trunks voiced by (Latin American): Sergio Bonilla, Luis Fernando Orozco (Kai)
Son of Vegeta and Bulma. There are actually two versions of him in the story.Both Versions Future Timeline
When Trunks is first introduced, he is a traveler from an alternate future where Androids have destroyed much of the world. He comes to the main timeline to warn Goku and his friends of their fate and then sticks around to make sure none of it comes to pass.
Main Series Timeline
- 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.
- To clarify: in the manga, Freeza was always inferior to Super Saiyan Goku despite putting up a decent fight, and King Cold was weaker than Freeza. Mecha Freeza was stronger than normal Freeza, but not quite as strong as Goku. When Trunks showed up, he pretty much instantly ended Freeza when he was distracted rather than let him power-up, so Freeza never really got the chance to put up a fight. In the anime, Freeza was equal with Super Saiyan Goku on Namek, fighting him to a stalemate until his stamina started dropping... and Mecha Freeza was supposedly even stronger than that, but without the stamina issues. King Cold is also made out to be even stronger than Mecha Freeza. Unlike in the manga, Trunks actually lets Freeza power up... and despite Mecha Freeza being even stronger than Goku was on Namek, Trunks completely humiliates him with no effort and kills his stronger father soon after.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, 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.
- 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 He Just Slice and Destroy Freeza?: 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 wait to defeat Cell, saving his world and allowing for the world to rebuild itself.
- Expy: Something of a Composite Character of Kyle Reese and John Connor from the Terminator series.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Sole Survivor: He's also the last remaining protagonist after Future Gohan dies.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Again when his hair is longer.
- 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.
- 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 alternate future timeline.
- 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
- 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◊.
- 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.
- Tell Me About My Father: Bulma's kindly-meant whitewashing of Vegeta's personality paid off with some unexpected dividends later on.
- 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.
- 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.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Desperately wants approval from the father he never knew. He earns it.
- Would Hit a Girl: In his fights against Future Android 18.
- You Are Already Dead: Does this to Android 14 in the Super Android 13 movie with his sword and without saying a word.
Afterward, the Trunks of the main timeline is revealed to be somewhat of a daredevil and thrill seeker (partially thanks to his father's influence), usually being the one to make the decisions between Goten and himself. He mellows out by the GT
saga though and is a bit more rational—he has to be when he's the CEO of Capsule Corporation at only 23.
- 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.
- Bratty Half-Pint: What distinguishes him from Future Trunks, thanks to growing up in a time of peace (and having his father around).
- Dragged into Drag/Disguised in Drag/Harmless Lady Disguise. Hilariously in GT as a bride.
- Demoted to Extra: Later on in GT.
- Fusion Dance: Into Gotenks and part of the Trope Namer.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Like father, like son.
- 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.
- Mr. Fixit: In GT.
- Naughty Is Good: As a kid.
- Nobody Calls Me Chicken: Again, like father, like son.
- Older Than They Look: In the Battle of Gods movie.
- Pint-Sized Kid: As a kid.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: GT, but only when he dresses up to work at Capsule Corp.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Goten's red.
- Scarf Of Ass Kicking: In GT.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The "manly" part (well, bratty at least) with Goten.
- The Smart Guy: In GT. Granted, his competition is Goku and Pan...
- Spoiled Sweet: Unlike Future Trunks, he grew up privileged. Still a decent guy, he just picks up more of Vegeta's arrogance.
- Straight Man: To Goku and Pan in GT.
- Team Mom: Is a male version of this in GT. He's just not enough of a disciplinarian to be a Team Dad.
Son Goten (孫 悟天)
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
- Always Save the Girl: In GT, always tries to save Valese.
- 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 trait.
- Break the Cutie: He goes through this after watching Super Buu murder his mother by turning her into an egg and crushing it.
- Butt Monkey: Big time.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hereditary Hairstyle: Got it from Goku.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With main timeline Trunks.
- 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.
- 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 before they started dating. Goten asks her to be his big sister.
- 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. He later mentions he grew his hair 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: As a kid. He was a Super Saiyan and yet couldn't even fly.
Gotenks (ゴテンクス; Gotenkusu)
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.
- Awesome but Impractical: Pretty much 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.
- 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.
- 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!!!").
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Son Goten was not an egotist; all that arrogant and overconfident traits therefore all comes from Trunks.
- 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.
Gogeta (ゴジータ; Gojīta)
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.
- 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.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Deals these out like a champ.
- 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.
- 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)
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".
- 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.
- 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's not a good look for the hero to be 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 wit, 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.
4-year-old Pan voiced by (English):
Susan Huber (Z
), Kate Bristol
); 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.
- 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 Moment of Awesome 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! Pan could also be a reference to the Pan Pipes in honor of Piccolo.
- It gets even better: In Greek, "pan" is a prefix meaning "all." So Pan is, in fact, named after all of these characters.
- 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.
- 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.