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Bulma Briefs (ブルマ; Buruma)

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

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

  • Action Survivor: Bulma is nowhere near capable of fighting alongside her empowered friends and family, but she's still usually going right alongside them for adventures and is generally able to survive everything with minimal or no injuries.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair (when it is not grey or green) is lavender purple in the manga (as does Bra). So now you know where the hell Trunks' hair color came from. (Well, her dad has lavender hair, too.) In The Path To Power, her hair is back to purple. In Dragon Ball Super, her hair is blue. It was also blue in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played with. In Dragon Ball, Bulma was attracted to Yamcha (then a bandit) due to a combination of both his roguish nature and hidden sensitive shy side. She also went head over heels when she first saw General Blue from the Red Ribbon Army and Zarbon from Freeza's army, before breaking up with Yamcha. She ultimately marries Vegeta, the mass-murdering, ki-blast happy alien and Sociopathic Hero of the group.
  • Alliterative Name: Both names start with a B.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Bulma frequently goes crazy over attractive males (to the point where her reason to find the Dragon Balls was to wish for a boyfriend). Thankfully, she simmers down after marrying Vegeta and having children.
  • Almighty Mom: Is this in the Buu Saga. She and Chi Chi both provide the page's image.
  • Amicable Exes: With Yamcha.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Bulma tends to express her fears and worries for the protagonists' safety with eruptive rage. Goku, Vegeta, and especially Yamcha were the most common targets. A good example can be seen here.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Though when she tries it on Beerus, it doesn't work.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Vegeta and Bulma are full of this. They often yell at each other and Vegeta tries to pretend he doesn't particularly care about her. Despite all that, they are actually quite loving towards each other like Bulma making Vegeta an upgrade for his armor and kissing him on the cheek, much to his horror. During the Buu Saga, she screams in grief when she hears that Vegeta was killed by Majin Buu.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The Ginyu Frog incident in Z. It's not exactly polymorphing (It's actually body changing), but it serves the same effect. There was also the time the Rabbit Boss turned her into a carrot in the original series.
  • Barrier Maiden: It's revealed in Dragonball Z Resurrection F that she bribes Beerus and Whis with food to keep them from destroying Earth.
  • Bathing Beauty: Early in the series, she is shown to have a love for taking bubble baths and often a bath is the first thing she desires when stranded in the wilderness. They call back to this in Dragon Ball Z by giving her another bubble bath scene while she is hiding out in a capsule house on Namek.
  • Berserk Button: She has several but the most notable is Master Roshi's perverseness towards her.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Believe it or not, yes. Just when Beerus attempted to destroy Earth, she had the guts to approach and slap him. In both the movie and Super, her being hit back causes Vegeta to go berserk and briefly surpass Goku.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Battle of Gods, and the entire fight with Beerus, takes place during her birthday party.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: For most of the first series she never quite matured past her selfish teenage girl phase. She gets a lot better, but she never truly loses that bratty part of her personality.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • In both Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Super, she angrily chews out Beerus for spoiling her birthday and slaps him across the face. Keep in mind that Beerus is the God of Destruction and The Dreaded for even Shenron himself, and Bulma just saw him effortlessly beat down all of the Z-Fighters, including Vegeta, with her own eyes. Thankfully, she gets off with nothing but an Armor-Piercing Slap.
    • Invoked in Resurrection F: upon discovering that Frieza has come Back from the Dead and invaded Earth, Goku explicitly tells Vegeta that they have to return to Earth right away before Bulma says or does something stupid to piss Frieza off.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Taken more literally in Playboy Bunny outfit when she and Goku encountered Monster Rabbit.
  • Butt Monkey: The anime filler made her into this during the Freeza Saga, being stuck in the body of a frog thanks to Captain Ginyu.
  • Buxom Is Better: She has the biggest bust of all the Dragon Ball female characters (with the exception of the filler character Maron) and Roshi naturally like this.
  • Child Prodigy: According to Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, she had already surpassed her father at the age of five and single-handedly repaired an alien spacecraft in a matter of minutes.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Mostly as a teenager in Dragon Ball when she would get jealous of girls hitting on Yamcha.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Remember when Bulma was the CO-LEAD? Downplayed in the Namek, Android, and Cell sagas where she has a bigger part. She also plays a prominent role once Beerus and Whis show up, functioning as their main supplier of delicious food and reason for not blowing up Earth. It works.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Goku and later to Gohan.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the "Majin Bu" arc of Z and in GT (with the exception of Baby arc where she has a major role).
  • Deuteragonist: In the early parts of the original Dragonball, and in the Legacy of Goku arc.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: She has a habit of antagonizing Beerus.
  • Distracted by the Sexy:
    • Several times in the original Dragon Ball, this was her go-to bartering tactic. It proved most effective against Master Roshi...not so much against anybody else. She eventually gave up on this maneuver altogether.
    • Comes back in a glorious fashion in Super when, as Trunks is struggling to learn the Mafuba to use on the immortal Zamasu, she pretends to invoke the trope on him — only to later reveal after he lashes out at her in his extreme xenophobia of mortals that she was trying to get a rise out of him, knowing that her being harmed would give her son the rage he needed to succeed.
  • Ditzy Genius: Especially in the English dub. She's one of the brightest minds in the world, being able to make brilliant inventions out of junk in minutes, however she lacks a lot of logical judgement. This is best shown in the Red Ribbon Army Saga where she invents a high-tech spy drone and sees the Goku is planning to attack the Red Ribbon Army HQ. After the drone gets blown up she realizes they need to call for help, but she complains they don't have a phone. Turtle then points out that if she could make a drone then a phone shouldn't be any trouble for her, to which she gets the point and sets to work making the phone.
  • Double Standard: In the first series she would get jealous of girls hitting on Yamcha. But, 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...
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Her treatment of Yamcha in their past relationship wouldn't be acceptable if the genders were reversed. Basically, Bulma has been known to hit and yell at Yamcha for girls he hasn't met being attracted to him!
  • Domestic Abuser: Taken realistically, some of her actions would count as this.
  • Doting Parent: She's quite the doting mother to her two children.
  • Embarrassing First Name: "Bulma" = "buruma" = "bloomers". Bulma was reluctant to tell Goku her name when they first met because of this. Goku laughed his tail off when he first heard it.
  • Entitled Bastard: When they first meet Master Roshi after returning his pet turtle, Bulma fully expects Roshi to give her a gift in exchange despite the fact that she blatantly refused to initially help Turtle return to the sea, and tried to persuade Goku to feed Turtle to the Bear Thief to save her own hide; Turtle even outright says that Goku's the only one who really helped him.
  • Epic Fail: Tried to use a remote to summon Nappa's left-over space pod and ended up blowing it up.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Averted. While she changes her hairstyle quite often, none of the changes are really expository.
  • Family Theme Naming: Like all of her family, she is named after underwear. Bulma = bloomers.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: In the Anime Filler, this is how she fell for Vegeta.
  • For Science!: In Super, she insists on trying to build her own version of the time machine her future self made, despite the whole temporal mess and Beerus warning her that time travel is strictly forbidden, simply because she knows it can exist and is compelled to try herself. She ends up getting caught by Beerus and he blows it up.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She invented the Dragon Radar and built a Time Machine in an alternate timeline just to name a few. As well as this, she has invented so much more, being the president of Capsule Corp.
  • Gag Boobs: Though not particularly big, they were used more than once for comedy early in the series.
  • Good Parents: She is this to Trunks and Bulla. Even though she made the mistake of bringing Baby Trunks to the battlefield, she still shows that she cares for his well-being. She also doesn't hesitate to rein in Vegeta's overzealous training habits with Trunks, often reminding him that Trunks is still a child and she won't stand for it.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: In GT. Not technically a grandmother, but she has aged and still looks great.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's not as bad as her husband's, but the littlest things set her off. In Resurrection of F, Goku and Vegeta return to Earth as quickly as possible because they know Bulma's going to say something insulting to Frieza and make him blow up the whole planet.
    Bulma: Hey, creep! Were the first two losses not enough? How'd you come back to life, anyways? You're not just obsessed with revenge, you suck at it!
  • Happily Married: By all accounts, with Vegeta. She's openly affectionate with him and doesn't display any of the insecurities that haunted her past relationships, instead seeming to be perfectly content with the life they've built together. It doesn't stop them from bickering, though. Given her previous relationship with Yamcha, it's probably because she knows Vegeta will never be friendly with other women, not when he's so abrasive to his allies... Vegeta even told Goku her headstrongness is the reason why he loves her, to Piccolo's genuine surprise.
  • Hot Scientist: Very much so, she is a great scientist and also a beautiful girl-woman. Just look at her picture for proof.
  • Hypocrite: In her relationship with Yamcha, Bulma would always flirt with other guys and try to find another boyfriend, but Kami forbid Yamcha try to do the same thing. Simmers down a lot after becoming a wife and mother, but that's possibly due to Vegeta showing no interest in anyone besides her, no matter how little.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!:
    • She tries to invoke this occasionally but it seldom does much good: Yamcha is too bibbledy over her to be useful, Vegeta is too much of a Jerk Ass, and though Goku will usually help her out, it's because his Grandpa taught him to be nice to women, not because he is particularly attracted to them.
    • One subversion in the early series actually involves Bulma offering a lot more than a peek to General Blue, who is consequently horrified by the prospect, hinting his tastes run ... elsewhere.
    • The only time this tactic has worked for Bulma is when she has to cajole Master Roshi into giving up a dragon ball. Due to forces unexpected, she ends up giving Roshi a bit more than she thought she did...
  • Insufferable Genius: She occasionally falls into this, especially in the first show, and in the Z days before she married Vegeta and had a son. Although she is super-intelligent, even more so than her father, she can be whiny and selfish.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Vegeta, though Saiyans are Human Aliens.
  • It's All About Me: Mainly in Dragon Ball. She falls back into it during the Namek Saga, where she spends most of her time on Namek whining and moaning about how miserable she is and acting like everyone should drop what they're doing and take her back to Earth, to the extent that when she sees the Dragon Balls are assembled, she plans to wish herself back to Earth despite full knowledge that the entire reason they're there is to resurrect everyone who died fighting Nappa and Vegeta.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Self-centered, vain, and spoiled, but not a bad person.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with Goku is this. They have been friends since childhood and neither has ever expressed romantic interest in the other in-universe. The closest they ever came was when Bulma saw Goku as an adult for the first time and remarked on how handsome he'd turned out, and even that could be interpreted as sisterly affection rather than genuine romantic interest. Although, Bulma later admitted on Namek that she wished Goku's was her boyfriend. She also puts more faith in Goku to solve the current crisis even more than her own husband.
  • The Load:
    • During the Red Ribbon Army Saga, Goku tells her point-blank that he doesn't want her coming along with him to find his grandpa's Dragon Ball because she's useless and will only get in his way.
    • She's even worse during the Namek and Frieza Sagas. Bulma is brought along because she's the only person with the know-how to fix their spaceship if it breaks down, but the only useful thing she does is stay in radio contact with her father. Otherwise she just hides in a capsule house inside a cave, whines about how hard her life is, and act like everyone needs to drop everything they're doing and ferry her back to Earth as quickly as they can. Even worse, at one point she sees the Dragon Balls are assembled and runs off to wish herself back to Earth, despite knowing that the whole reason they're there is to revive the people killed fighting Vegeta and Nappa. And then she gets briefly body-swapped with Captain Ginyu, a bit of Filler that was actually retained in Dragon Ball Kai.
  • Lost in Translation: The way Bulma addresses Goku in Japanese. She mostly calls him Son (Son-kun), although that's his family name, she calls him that way to show how close and familiar she is with him while the rest of the cast appropriately calls him Goku. Bulma referring to Goku as Son in English would make many children scratch their heads in confusion, so it was completely dropped in the English localization, and curiously in some other countries as well. The English manga did keep this in some instances, though.
  • Love Martyr: To Vegeta. She puts up with a lot given that Vegeta is a prideful Jerkass. Even after he cools down, he's still a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who rarely openly shows love for her and their child.
  • Magnetic Hero: She was this in the first story arc of Dragon Ball. She gets Goku to join her side by promising him a grand adventure and to see the world for the first time. She brides and then later blackmails Oolong on her quest for the Dragon Balls, and Yamcha develops a crush on her and follows them so he can used the Dragon Balls for himself to wish away his fear of women, eventually forming a friendship with them.
  • Miss Fixit: She repaired a broken scouter and repaired Android #16.
  • Morality Pet:
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is the curviest female character of the franchise and has the biggest bust (aside Maron that is a filler character). The Playboy Bunny suit being one of the earliest examples together with her several Panty Shot and bath scenes. To take it further, she's the only female character to appear (fully) naked in the entire series.
  • Narcissist: Bulma has a few traits of narcissism (albeit mostly in Dragon Ball) such as her vanity, having a lot of self-centered desires, and showing no scruples with manipulating and screwing people over to fulfill her desires and getting what she wants.
  • Never My Fault: In GT's Shadow Dragon Saga, when everyone blames Bulma for the latest crisis because she made the Dragon Radar and completely nullified the "scatter long enough for the negative energy to disperse" safety measure, Bulma quickly shifts the blame onto Goku by stating that she never could have found the balls without him, despite the fact that Goku had absolutely no idea what the Dragon Balls even were or what they did before Bulma showed up on his doorstep looking for them; Goku, being Goku, actually agrees with her. Adding to that, what Bulma did was a complete accident. She wasn't expecting the crisis to happen, so while her blaming Goku was wrong, it wouldn't be right to act as though Bulma did it all on purpose.
  • No Badass to His Valet: Despite being a Muggle, Bulma is perfectly willing to push around anyone. She even does this to Vegeta, to the point of getting him into wearing a pink shirt. Naturally, they hook up and have two children together. She continues to boss him around on a regular basis, even during his battle against Frieza.
    Bulma: Hey, Vegeta! How long were you thinking of making your beautiful wife wait, huh?
  • Odd Friendship: With Whis. It originally started out as Bulma just supplying him and Beerus with a constant stream of delicious Earth food, but by Resurrection of ‘F’, Whis seems to have become genuinely fond of her.
  • Ojou: And is filthy rich to back it up.
  • Only One Name: Just "Bulma". The English dub tries to turn her father's name into a surname, but it doesn't take very well.
  • Only Sane Woman: Tries to be the voice of "the common people" amongst men who live by the Way of the Warrior. Best demonstrated when Trunks warned them about the androids: Bulma suggests using the dragonballs to stop them before they get dangerous enough to fight back, and is promptly outvoted by Goku, Vegeta, etc. wanting to test their strength.
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Goku, at least until he grew up... Even then, she and Goku remain quite close friends.
  • Poor Communication Kills: During the Cell Saga, she neglects to tell Android 16 that she removed the bomb in his body while repairing him; this comes back to bite them when 16 tries to self-destruct along with Cell and can't because the bomb is gone.
  • Secret Keeper: She is this to the Z-Fighters, especially Goku. She knows none of them are interested in fame and want to keep their world saving on the down low. Which is why when Goku killed King Piccolo and she reported the defeat, she made sure not to mention Goku's name. She also helps Gohan with his Saiyaman costume and didn't want anyone to go Super Saiyan at the World Martial Arts Tournament so people wouldn't connect them with the 'Gold Fighters' from the Cell Games.
  • 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.
  • She's Got Legs: Boy, she has 'em alright... almost all of her outfits involve dresses or shorts revealing her fine, long slender legs.
  • Shorttank: Often wore this in her younger days.
  • Shower Scene: While camping in the desert in Oolong's double-decker camper. Yamcha accidentally saw her showering while trying to invade their camp. Happens again in Resurrection of F when Goku walks in on Bulma while she's only wrapped in a towel. She promptly punches him.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Bulma's a victim of a lot of slapstick towards her, being a Butt Monkey and all.
  • The Smart Girl: She possesses an almost superhuman intellect and uses it to create a bounty of useful inventions in her quest for the Dragon Balls. Many of these creations, like the Dragon Radar, are so complex that experts and scientists have not been able to understand them.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Late into her adult life... being the wife of Vegeta would be stressful, after all. However, Future Bulma is also smoking, despite only briefly hooking up with Future Vegeta. Though, it's likely that she's also extremely stressed out after the loss of her lover and friends.
  • Spoiled Brat: She has spades of this, especially early in the series. She's somewhat grown out of this as she got older, although it still pops up from time to time, even after having Trunks and Bulla.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: During the Android Saga, she's the only member of the group who thinks to simply go after Dr. Gero and stop him before he activates the androids. She's promptly shot down, mostly because Goku and Vegeta like the sound of the challenge these androids will bring. In some versions, Krillin also tells her in secret that it's best to give former villains Piccolo and Vegeta a mutual enemy.
  • Teen Genius: She designed a portable Dragon Ball-detecting radar at the tender age of 16. She loses the teen part over the course of the series, but keeps the genius part.
  • The Team Benefactor: She and her father provide the heroes with all their high-tech needs — spacecraft, time machines, updated Saiyan armor, etc.
  • The Team Normal: Of the original five (Goku, Yamcha, Paur, Oolong, and herself), she is the only one with no powers. This remains such throughout the series. Her intellect, on the other hand, is sometimes on par with the guys' insane power levels and even saves their lives on numerous occasions.
  • Token Girl: During Dragon Ball, she was the only girl who would journey around.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's usually the Tomboy to nice!Launch. With Chichi, on the other hand, this is usually zigzagged, considering that Chichi is an Action Girl while Bulma is a Fashionista Non Action Girl. But Bulma is also a Gadgeteer Genius while Chichi is a Supreme Chef and good example of Feminine Women Can Cook.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She does like dressing sexy and putting on lipstick, but she's mainly a tech geek.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Played with. Pilaf threatens Bulma with sexual torture, but then just blows her a kiss. When she says what she thought he was planning to do, she ends up freaking him out.
  • Tsundere: Bulma's also somewhat of a tsundere, especially in first series, but starts to mellow out and has lost most of this by the time Vegeta steps into the picture, settling down into Happily Married motherhood. She's still quite bossy, though.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In Super, Vegeta claims she can't go a week without Instant Ramen. She, more or less, confirms it by saying it was her trump card.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Despite seeing powerful enemies that can blow up planets, she doesn't see it as a big deal and calmly goes about her techy business until something really strange or out-of-this-world happens. Not even Vegeta's temper-tantrums faze her. Especially so during the Androids saga, where she seems even more unfazed than the heroes themselves at all the powerful villains going around. She actively follows the heroes when Frieza shows up again twice, just because she wants to finally catch a glimpse of him.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: And hairstyles.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • She and Goku starts with this kind of relationship. Goku is quick to point-out how weak and useless Bulma is, while Bulma often yells about how naive Goku is. This is especially apparent in the first story arc. Despite that, they do care for each other with Bulma worrying about Goku's safety and Goku rescuing Bulma when she's in trouble. By the time of Z the vitriolic part is all but gone, although it does pop up every blue moon.
    • Also Chichi, though mostly in the English dub, in Z. They both find themselves arguing over their husbands and sons, but they do get along most of the time.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Especially in the first story arc of the original Dragon Ball. By the end of her journey to collect the Dragon Balls, she made friends with a monkey-tailed boy, a perverted old man, an equally perverted pig, and a desert bandit and his floating cat. Her circle of friends continued to get weirder. She later marries the Prince of Saiyans and has two half-Saiyan children. Lampshaded by Krillin in Resurrection 'F, when Jaco shows up and he openly wonders where she meets so many weirdos.
  • What Does She See in Him?: This was pretty much the reaction to everyone, both in and out of universe, to the idea that Bulma and Vegeta would end up together. Especially during the Android/Cell Saga, where Vegeta essentially ignores Bulma's very existence despite having fathered Trunks with her, and even flat-out tells Future Trunks to his face that he doesn't care one bit about "that foolish woman and her blasted child." However, Future Trunks has an idea:
    Future Trunks: I don't think you realize how much honor means to my father. It's the only thing that keeps him going. It's what makes him a warrior. Oh sure, some might see it as arrogance, but I think down at the core, it's much more noble than that. I believe that's what my mother saw in him. And it's what I see too.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • During the Buu Saga, she gives all of the Z-Fighters such a speech when Trunks, Goten, and Piccolo are trapped in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber with Majin Buu after Piccolo blows up the entrance, especially after Krillin cheerily points out that Piccolo could simply kill them and himself, and then they can bring them back with the Dragon Balls:
      Bulma: Are you even listening to yourself?! "Relax, because they're trapped with a monster that could kill them?!" They were children! They should have never been made to fight! You grown men left the fate of the Earth in their hands! I hope you're ashamed!
    • In the original Japanese, Bulma's speech is even more brutal; she pulls no punches and flat-out calls the Z-Fighters cowards for forcing two children to fight Buu.
    • In the Episode 62 of Super, she really gives Beerus an earful, since contrary to his insistence that it would occur because he killed the present Zamasu, Goku Black was not Ret Gone and is still wreaking havoc in the future.
    • In the Episode 68 of Super, she gets one from Beerus and Whis, who find out that she's built a new time machine. Beerus then proceeds to destroy it and the stuff required to make it work.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Several of her outfits have this. The first time is when, dealing with Oolong in Aru Village, Bulma is seen with a pair of brown short shorts. In the Red Ribbon arc, Bulma wore a red shirt that leaves her shoulders exposed and orange shorts. At the begin of "Dragon Ball Z" she wears white shorts. In Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound, she wears them again.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Possible. Would explain her falling for Yamcha and then for Vegeta, at any rate.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In her first appearance, she shoots Goku in the head; granted Goku did mistake her for a monster and throw her car, but still.
  • Wrench Wench: Bulma can fix anything as a Gadgeteer Genius.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In the anime, though it is purplish in the manga, explaining why Trunks has purple hair.
  • Youngest Child Wins: She is the favorite child, compared to her older sister Tights, who is unmentioned and never even appears in the anime.

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

Voiced by (Japanese): Kouhei Miyauchi (Dragon Ball & Z), Joji Yanami (DB episode 137 only), Hiroshi Masuoka (Z & GT), Masaharu Sato (DBZ Movie 13, Kai, Battle of Gods, Resurrection F, Super), Kinya Aikawa (The Path to Power), Takkou Ishimori (Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure)
Voiced by (English): Clifton Wells (Harmony Gold); Michael Donovan, Ian James Corlett, Peter Kelamis, Don Brown, Terry Klassen (BLT/Ocean); Mike McFarland (Funimation); Dean Galloway (Blue Water); Ed Marcus (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Dave Bridges (Animax)
Voiced by (Latin American): Jesús Colín (DB, Z & GT), Jorge Roig (Kai), Miguel Ángel Sanromán (Battle of Gods, Resurrection ‘F’ & Kai the Final Chapters)

Goku's first mentor. A hermit whose home is located on a small island in the middle of the ocean. Very strong (at least at the start of the series) and with a keen eye. Also very perverted and usually hits on any pretty tail that comes his way.
  • Animal Motif: Turtles.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His Max Power form makes him strong enough to destroy entire mountains and the Moon with a single Kamehameha, but the muscle increase greatly slows him down, and using even one Ki Attack will burn him out. As of Resurrection 'F', he's more mobile and can use more than one energy attack while in that state.
  • 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. Regains this status during Freeza's second invasion by taking on several dozen of his soldiers.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's bald and proud.
  • Bishonen Line: When he buffs up, his missing teeth grow back.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Roshi was, for a long time, one of the most powerful people on the planet. However, he spends his days watching porn and exercise videos, letting his students save the earth rather than get off his island.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He came the closest to stopping King Piccolo by using the Evil Containment Wave to seal him into a rice cooker. He misses the cooker and dies soon afterwards, allowing Piccolo to get his wish to regain his youth.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a 300-year old perverted man... who happened to be the creator of the Kamehameha, tutor of Goku and Krillin and in early parts of the series the greatest martial artist on Earth.
  • Butt Monkey: To extreme levels after being Demoted to Extra, but had moments in Dragon Ball.
  • Buxom Is Better: At least he thinks so. Played straight with Maron.
  • Can't Catch Up:
    • He retires from fighting during the second tournament arc, admitting that the new generation is both stronger and no longer needs his guidance. During later story arcs he expresses frustration at not being able to help during the major fights. Though, considering how strong Freeza, Cell and especially both Buu and Beerus were, he wouldn't had a chance.
    • Averted as of Resurrection of 'F. He takes on Frieza's henchmen with ease and Toriyama states that he could have always been that strong, and started to train himself rigorously again.
  • 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 Roshi tricked him and Goku didn't think he was Master Roshi since they didn't smell the same, Roshi covered his scent with perfume.
  • Confusion Fu: When he's using his Drunken Master technique. He pretends to be drunks to make his movements unpredictable. This works extremely well against Goku since he can't copy this technique since he has never been drunk.
  • Cool Old Guy: Back in Dragon Ball.
  • Cool Shades: Never without them since he fought as Jackie Chun in the 22nd Tenkaichi Tournament.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • He's normally a goof and a Dirty Old Man, but when he decides to get serious he is a very skilled fighter with the power to destroy the moon with one shot, making him one of the biggest badasses in original Dragon Ball up to even as far up in the timeline as The World's Strongest movie.
    • 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.
    • Taken to extremes where it's revealed via Resurrection ‘F’ that he could have stood up to a few of the Z villains if he'd bothered trying rather than letting his students take care of everything.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Mafuba (Evil Containment Wave in the dub), this is the technique that Master Mutaito used to seal King Piccolo during his original rampage. The attack requires so much energy that it kills the user, as Master Mutaito died from using. Master Roshi attempts to use the Evil Containment Wave to reseal King Piccolo after he escapes, but he not only does he misses the rice cooker, he end up dying like his master. In Super, he reluctantly teaches the Evil Containment Wave to Goku since it's the only way to defeat Future Zamasu who is an immortal.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The second DBZ movie, The World's Strongest, gave him a pretty big role, helping Goku and friends fight against Dr. Wheelo. Revival of F also gave him a considerable role, helping to fight off Frieza's army.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Z and GT to ridiculous degrees like everyone else. By the time Dragon Ball Z rolls around, the only purpose he really serves is just having a house for all the characters to frequently meet up at inbetween fights or for the non-fighting characters to wait around while watching TV. In Super, he does get a little more screen time since the series retells Resurrection 'F', in which he fights Frieza's men, and he teaches Goku the Evil Containment Wave.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Roshi means "old master". Therefore, in the English dub, Master Roshi leaves us with "Master Old Master".
  • Dirty Old Man: Probably one of the most recognizable anime examples. He provides the page image, having made perving on women his favorite pastime. He has a steady supply of girly mags, is easily distracted by any female that catches his eye, and will cop a feel at every given opportunity. Roshi always ends up paying for it, but he'll just do it again anyway.
  • Doting Parent: Whenever Master Roshi spends quality time with young Goku and Krillin (such as eating with them, playing with them and teaching them how to read and write) and whenever he affectionately pats their heads in praise. For the both now-adult warriors, he is the closest thing they have to a father. Especially for Krillin, as he ends up living with Roshi through the rest of the series (even when he gets married and has a kid!).
  • Drunken Boxing: One of his fighting styles. It acts as the perfect counter to Goku's Awesomeness by Analysis since he has never been drunk before, so he can't properly copy it.
  • Eccentric Mentor: To Goku, Yamcha, and Krillin. He is a big pervert who spends his days reading and watching porn, and hitting on hot women. He was also the strongest man in the world until Goku's generation.
  • Expy: Based on "God"/Kami-sama from Dr. Slump (unrelated to the later Kami from Dragon Ball). His alter-ego Jackie Chun is also clearly based on Jackie Chan's persona, if not his appearance.
  • Genius Bruiser: He has several years of wisdom, as well as being the strongest human at the start of the series
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Despite spending roughly a hundred years training, Goku is almost equal to him after a few years of training. In fact, it took Roshi fifty years to master the Kamehameha Wave, and Goku learned how to do so after simply seeing Roshi use it once.
  • Hermit Guru: Well, he is called the Turtle Hermit.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Despite being much weaker than King Piccolo, he manages to scare the Demon King shitless by revealing that he knows the Evil Containment Wave. Although Roshi fails to trap Piccolo and dies, Piccolo is left shaking on the ground for several seconds.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Has been shown hypnotizing Goku into falling asleep and the Man-Wolf into believing that Krillin's head was the full moon so he could recover his human form.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: In most of his fights, he appears to be a wrinkly old man. However, he can bulk up to Hulk-like levels with his MAX power. Also, there's his immense collection of techniques and tricks, including hypnosis and shooting lightning from his hands.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Claims he was very attractive when he was young. In a filler storyline, Goku went back in time and met the young Roshi, who showed there was truth to his claim.
    • When looking at an old photo of him even Bulma commented he looked attractive.
    Bulma: Whoa, he's handsome! Who is he?
    Roshi: That's me.
    Bulma: Nuh-ah. That's impossible, he has hair!
    Roshi: I wasn't born bald you know!
  • Kamehame Hadoken: He invented it.
  • Living Legend: When he was introduced, Master Roshi was revered as the God of Martial Arts and The Strongest Man in the World.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Roshi is seriously perverted but he's shown to be a really nice person at several points.
  • Man Child: Master Roshi is of old age, but behaves like a child. A very perverted child.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: He is the master to a number of characters who pass his style to the next generation, giving him one of the longest chains in the series: Mutaito and Korin > Master Roshi > Son Gohan, Sr and Ox-King > Son Goku, Yamcha, Krillin, and Chi-Chi > Son Gohan, Son Goten, and Uub
  • Meaningful Name: "Roshi" means master.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Sacrifices his life to try and reseal King Piccolo, only for the attempt to fail. He does get resurrected later, although by that point has role as mentor has been passed to other characters.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: Gives such a speech to King Piccolo after his failed attempt to reseal him:
    Roshi: You haven't won. Your dark dreams will never come true. Somewhere, someone will succeed where I failed. Until that day, live in fear. You will fall. We're only human... but... but we will survive. We will... survive...
  • Obsolete Mentor: For everyone but Krillin by the start of Z. Even Krillin is mentioned as explicitly being stronger than him in the very beginning when Bulma gets the Scouter working. This gets Subverted somewhat in Super, since Goku goes to him to learn the Mafuba, called the Evil Containment Wave in the dub.
  • Old Master: Was once the strongest man in the world and mentor to several of the main characters.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is never revealed throughout the series, only the titles Muten Roushi ("Martial Arts Heavenly Old Sage") and Kame Sen'nin ("Turtle Hermit").
  • Passing the Torch: Did this when he retired from being Jackie Chun.
  • The Peeping Tom: Muten try twice to use Bulma inventions for this. Before, he use a watch that can shrink the person who is wearing it as a way to spy on Bulma while she is on the toilet, but fail. Again, when he use Bulma little fly robot to spy some girls on the beach.
  • Porn Stash: Owns a huge collection.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Thanks to the Sacred Water he's over 300 while still looking in his 70s
  • Retired Badass:
    • When he was satisfied that the younger generation had surpassed him, he stopped training. Though at times when the world's at risk, he regrets this. However, considering the ridiculous amount of Sorting Algorithm of Evil that happens in Z, he couldn't reach the level of Freeza's Mooks, let alone Freeza. And that's not even getting into Cell, Buu and Beers.
    • Averted in Resurrection of F, where he can, and does, fight off Freeza's henchmen with ease.
  • The Rival: To Master Shen and his Crane school. They used to be friends, until the Crane Hermit turned to evil after being corrupted by King Piccolo.
  • 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. He was the mentor and father figure to Goku, Krillin, and later Yamcha and even Tien.
  • Telepathy: The first to use it in the series. Nam, a participant of the 21st Tenka'ichi Budokai, even suggested this ability is a sign of a great martial arts master.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: See Super Mode above.
  • Too Dumb to Live: During a plane ride in the Buu Saga, he crashes into Android 18's chest and nuzzles it causing her to angrily grab his head and twist it, so what does he do? He grabs her breasts and smiles. You know, he copped a feel on a woman who was stronger than Freeza and could destroy a mack truck while it's in motion with one hand while she has his head in a vicegrip. Yeah, even for a pervert like him, this is still incredibly stupid.
  • Training from Hell: In-universe, he's infamous for it… And it's actually harsher than rumoured. The exercises he's seen subjecting his pupils to are:
    • The Milk Run from Hell: delivering milk on foot over vast distances that include climbing a mountain (there's a staircase, but it's still a few kilometers), crossing a river near the top of a waterfall, walking on a fallen tree over a cliff, crossing a desert, and being chased by a dinosaur, all with a single break on top of the mountain. All but the mountain is to be done running, as it's speed training and the delivery has to be made in time. This is only the early morning training;
    • Plowing a large field bare handed to reinforce their hands. This is done after a short break after the Milk Run from Hell, and before breakfast… Assuming they do the job quick enough to earn the breakfast;
    • Perform construction work for at least five men, each, to increase physical strength (and earn some money). They can use tools for this, but nothing with an engine;
    • Swimming across a lake and back for ten times. While chased by a giant shark;
    • Reflex training is to fight angry bees while tied to a tree. After the shark, this is pretty tame;
    • After the first day, he has them wear 20 kilos shells on their backs all the time, progressively increasing the weight. He himself wears a 40 kilo shell all the time;
    • As he knows what he's doing, he gives his pupils only exercises they can deal with (and actually makes sure they're strong enough before accepting them as trainees), grants them enough rest between the exercises, feeds them all they need (even Goku), and takes time to teach them other basic skills such as writing and reading, math (this actually was crucial for Krillin's victory over Chiaotzu: the latter was winning until Krillin distracted him with math questions, and pummelled him when he tried to count on his fingers, as Chiaotzu's teacher had neglected to teach him math), common knowledge, manners, honour, and so on. In fact, the Milk Run from Hell, plowing a field and performing construction work double as legitimate work, so they can learn its value.
    “Work hard, study well, and sleep plenty, that's the Turtle Hermit's way to learn.”
  • Tritagonist: For First and Second Tournament Arc and King Piccolo Arc.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Serves as this when disguise as Jackie Chun. He easily beats Yamcha and Krillin, and hands Goku his first real defeat, showing them that they still have a lot to learn. He is also the first one to really challenge Tien, although he surrounder that fight.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: His method of training includes having his students work by delivering milk by foot at the break of dawn, then sowing fields with their bare hands, then helping out at a construction site, all the while wearing heavy turtle shells on their backs. And boy, does it pay off.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Well, more like "Wig, take off the sunglasses" and "Not Even Bothering with the Accent"... Now, who is this mysterious Jackie Chun?
  • We Used to Be Friends: Him and the Crane Hermit used to be friends who trained under the same master. That is until King Piccolo corrupted Shen and they became bitter rivals.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He is habitually beaten by the majority of the female cast, and he never makes any effort to fight back. He just takes the beatings. He is a creepy old hermit, but still...
  • Wrestler in All of Us: At the end of the 21st Tenkaichi considers using the Cobra Twist and the Figure 4 Leglock to defeat Goku before discarding them due Goku's excessively small size.

    Yamcha 
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Yamcha (ヤムチャ; Yamucha)

Voiced by (Japanese): Toru Furuya
Voiced by (English): Kerrigan Mahan (Harmony Gold); Ted Cole (BLT/Ocean); Christopher Sabat (FUNimation); Victor Atelevich (Blue Water); Doug Rand, Sharon Mann (DB Movie 2) (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Darren Pleavin, Scott Evans (Animax)
Voiced by (Latin American): Ricardo Mendoza (current voice), Jesus Barrero (DB epi. 5-60), Rafael Rivera (Dragon Ball Harmony Gold)

Yamcha was a desert bandit, Bulma's first love, and Goku's first rival. Even in the original series, Yamcha was often used as the primary victim of the Worf Effect, hardly winning any important fights despite being one of the most powerful protagonists. By Z he was pretty much a target to show how tough the villains were, so much so that around the Buu Saga he gave up fighting entirely (except for fillers in which he somehow defeated enemies even Goku had trouble with a few years before).

Yamcha was the series' originator for a lot of the tropes and quirks that would later be popularized by characters like Krillin, Tenshinhan, Piccolo, and Vegeta. The Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy, rival-turned-friend, Butt Monkey, Mr. Exposition, and "bad boy" roles these characters fulfill all started with him. Even Gohan and Future Trunks draw from him; they both inherited his shy awkwardness, sword fighting, and long-haired character designs.
  • Accidental Pervert: Quite lots in earlier chapters of the manga, when his fear of women is still intact, no less. Such as when he accidentally watched Bulma take a bath and likely touched Bulma's boobs when she was naked while sleeping.
  • Adaptational Badass: He fares either worse or better in the anime. Yamcha does more in anime only battles and situations, but sometimes he comes off better in the manga's version of events (an example of this is Yamcha had no trouble holding down Great Ape Goku in the manga).
  • Adorkable: It's even admitted In-Universe.
  • Amicable Exes: He maintained a close relationship with Bulma after their breakup. Even telling Future Trunks about Vegeta going Papa Wolf on Cell to make him feel better.
  • Always Second Best: The first of many characters to always be behind Goku despite given him a decent challenged when they first met. He is also the overall weakest of the Turtle School (not counting Ox King and Gohan Sr.).
  • Animal Battle Aura: His battle aura takes the shape of a wolf.
  • Animal Motifs: Oftentimes his aura will give him the appearance of a wolf even when he isn't using one of his Wolf Fang techniques.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy:
    • In his debut, Yamcha was this (except around Bulma). He lost most of this after his Heel–Face Turn. Yamcha usually has an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy moment every time he gets a large increase in power from training. Perhaps this trait of his was finally lost during his fight against Shen in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. Coming into the match, Yamcha was absolutely sure of his victory, but after being embarrassed by some of Shen's moves, Shen chastises Yamcha for his arrogance, saying that Yamcha's overconfidence on his own strength as well as his opponent's appearance made him blind to the subtlety of Shen's attacks. After listening to Shen's lecture, Yamcha seemed to have wised up, even managing to land a good hit on Shen before losing, and becomes a lot more focused and dependable on the fights that followed.
    • His arrogance did return in the Saiyan Saga. After he easily beat the second Saibaman, he challenges Nappa and Vegeta, and says he will fight all the Saibamen at once. This caused him to lower his guard, allowing the defeated Saibaman to grab him and blow up on him.
  • Art Evolution: During most of the original Dragon Ball series, Yamcha had small eyes that were shaped similar to Tenshinhan's eyes. It wasn't until the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai that his eyes started looking more like Goku's.
  • Barbarian Longhair: His most frequent hairstyle. He mentioned his short haircut was at Bulma's request (Goku couldn't even recognize him when he first showed up with his new 'do) and could be considered an example of him trying to change from an outlaw in the desert to ordinary citizen in the city.
  • Becoming the Mask: He initially assisted Goku and the others in gathering the Dragon Balls with the intention of stealing them once they got all seven. It wasn't until the events at Pilaf's castle that he and Puar became friends with them for real.
  • Being Good Sucks: The reason Yamcha fought the Saibamen was to protect Krillin who wanted to go next. As he pointed out, Krillin was revived already with the Dragon Balls so him dying would have been permanent, while he could be revived if the worst happens. For his good deed, Yamcha gets suicide bombed by the Saibaman, making him the first casualty of the Saiyan Invasion and he never even gets the chance to fight Nappa. And worst of all, the fandom won't ever let him live this down.
  • Bishōnen: Yamcha's been described as "good looking in a boyish sort of way" and "a pretty boy." Very slightly lessened after he gets his scars.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Yamcha is never seen accomplishing his dream to marry and have a family. In Dragon Ball GT he's even seen going back to his life alone in Diablo Desert. After the Cell Saga he also gave up martial arts and competing in tournaments, when both were things he loved to do. Though he seemed perfectly happy with how things turned out, makes sense seeing how he's such an easygoing guy. He just takes every curve life can throw at him in stride. The end of the Cell arc had him talk about a girl he was seeing, so he's still socializing and dating on his own time, even if we never see it.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Goku when he was being pummeled by the Rabbit Mob who held Bulma hostage. Also invoked in the same arc, when Yamcha lends the stranded heroes a ride, as part of his plan.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In both metaphorical AND literal sense of break. In the 8th chapter of manga Son Goku sends Yamcha in the air with his punch but Yamcha breaks and bounces off the frame's border back to the ground. See for yourself.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • Has it worse than Krillin, from his first appearance it was always something of a Running Gag that Yamcha was unlucky. And while he puts up a fight, he NEVER gets past the first round of the tournament (an exception being in Mystical Adventure).
    • He never even gets to fight Vegeta and Nappa with the others; he gets distracted and killed off by a Suicide Attack of a seemingly dead Saibaman beforehand. Power Level guides say Yamcha would've won too if he hadn't let his guard down. He also gets badly injured by Dr. Gero right at the start of the Android Saga. Oh, and then his girlfriend has Vegeta's baby. Poor guy just can't catch a break.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Used to be like this to such a degree that he couldn't even be a around women without freaking out. After a while of being around Bulma in the Pilaf Saga, particularly an incident where he picked her up to get her to safety, Yamcha mostly got over his phobia. Though he sometimes still does show some nervous around beautiful women.
  • Can't Catch Up: Yamcha retires from fighting after the Cell Saga. He Lampshades it himself when, unlike Krillin, he decides to forgo participating in the 25th World Tournament.
  • Chick Magnet: Being a handsome guy, he is very popular among girls. In Dragon Ball, he even has his own fan club.
  • Combat Commentator: Yamcha's apparently read up on all of the local legends and famous martial artists: he's able to identify Goku's bo staff, Master Roshi, Grandpa Gohan, Ox-King, and the rabbit boss. He even knew that Roshi was the one who trained Gohan and Ox King, and that the two of them were best friends.
  • Composite Character: Initially Toryama used Sha Gojo from Journey to the West for the character. A likely prototype design for Yamcha was the title character to Akira Toriyama's one-shot Pink. Although Pink is a female, she also is a bandit living in a desert hideout who has an animal companion and rides a flying vehicle similar to Yamcha's Jet Squirrel. After cutting his long hair for the first time in the series, Yamcha looks very similar to the character Tsukutsun Tsun from Dr. Slump in both appearance and characteristics.
  • Centipede's Dilemma: Inverted. He thought he was cursed with the inability to talk to or even be around women, and for that reason, once he learned about the existence of the Dragon Balls, he decided to use them to wish away his fear of women. Much to his surprise, by the end of a long period of time where he was forced to be around Bulma, Yamcha learned that his fear of women was all in his head, and that it was only when he consciously invoked it on himself that he felt uncomfortable around women. Shortly afterwards, he and Bulma started dating.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Yamcha's quite popular around women despite his shyness.
  • Cool Sword: Yamcha's scimitar in Dragon Ball
  • Commuting on a Bus: It's pretty easy to forget that he and Puar were among the first characters introduced into the story.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has cracked comments like these.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Thought it was initially a ruse, Yamcha came to befriend the group and turned good for real.
  • Demoted to Extra: Cell Saga, Buu Saga, and GT.
  • Desert Bandits: Was originally one.
  • Determinator: Yamcha's pretty eager to fight most of the time, he eagerly volunteered to fight King Piccolo when his leg was broken. Until he goes down against #20, at which point he calls it quits (he still tags along with the others at the Cell Games, but only sits at the sidelines).
  • Deus Angst Machina: Yamcha and Bulma's breakup was never explained, though this was mostly due to Toriyama's disinterest in romance and romantic relationships.
  • Dub Text:
    • Funimation changes his dialogue more than most characters. For example Bulma being mad at Yamcha for canceling a date due to being broke, became him taking another girl out to a concert in the dub. Even in Kai, Funimation changed a line of Yamcha saying he's got to help Goku with "I'll be there" to "I'll just watch".
    • Perhaps one of the most cruel cases happens in the Lookout, as Bulma fondly remembers Goku. Chi-Chi teases her, saying that Bulma is in love with Goku, but she should give up, because Chi-Chi is prettier. Yamcha then says that Chi-Chi looks very pretty today, which makes Chi-Chi upset, because that implies that she doesn't always look pretty. In the Dub Text, Chi-Chi suggests that, since Bulma likes Goku so much, they should trade husbands: Bulma gets Goku and Chi-Chi gets Vegeta. Yamcha then says that he is available, to which Chi-Chi responds that she wants an even trade, not a downgrade (though he appeared to take her comment as the friendly joke it was intended to be).
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Yamcha is generally shown as pretty forgiving, possibly due to being bad once himself. When Tenshinhan apologizes for breaking his leg, he just shrugs and says its nothing.
    • Once he stopped trying to prove he was better than Vegeta, they seemed to get along pretty well. He's even paid the prince a genuine compliment once or twice.
    • Hilariously, at one point, Tenshinhan criticizes Yamcha for making nice with Vegeta.
  • Enemy Mine: When they were still ostensibly enemies, he helped Goku against the Rabbit Mob.
  • The Everyman: He is perhaps one of the most relatable characters among the Z warriors. For instance, he is commonly seen wearing outfits other than his combat gear and he has been shown driving vehicles like sky cars and airships instead of flying everywhere like most of the other characters. He also has grounded interests like romance, sports and is actually concerned with having money, as opposed to most of the other protagonists, who do not seem to work at all and spend most of their time training. A notable example of how normal he is happens at the end of the Cell Saga, when the other protagonists are struggling to think of one last wish to be granted by Shenron. Yamcha suggests that, since nobody else could think of any important uses for that wish, they should wish for something for themselves, like lots of money. The other characters silently stare at him as if shocked that he would ever as much as consider using one of the wishes for purposes that are not altruistic. In response, Yamcha timidly apologizes and agrees to leave the last wish to Krillin.
  • Failure Hero: In Z Yamcha seldom wins clear victories outside of fillers (and never important ones). Though he's had his moments in filler.
  • Fighting with Chucks: Uses a three section staff at one point in the Legend of Shen Long. Yamcha is also seen holding Nun chucks in the anime version of the King Piccolo arc.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: He has alway been very strong for a normal human. He was able to trade blows with Goku and knock him back, even if Goku was hungry at the time. He was also able to make it to the final eight of the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament without any formal training, unlike Goku and Krillin. By the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, he taught himself the Kamehameha. At the 23rd, he learned a powerful technique known as the Spirit Ball that nearly knocked Shen (Kami's human host) to the ground.
  • Graceful Loser: Was polite and respectful to Jackie Chun and Kami when they beat him in the World Tournament. He was the first to clap when Tenshinhan decided to turn over a new leaf. He's also very friendly to Trunks, his ex's son. They're shown watching TV together and Yamcha is the one who tells him about Vegeta's reaction to his death.
  • Genre Savvy: Yamcha eventually realizes that he really Can't Catch Up when he nearly gets killed by Android 20 and from then on stops trying to take center stage, giving up fighting after the Cell Saga.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: He was shown to do Training from Hell prior to the Buu Saga. Taken to the extreme in the Piccolo Jr. Saga; he worked like a dog for the tournament for three years, created a brand new technique from scratch... and still lost in his first match.
  • Heel–Face Turn: One of the first of many throughout the series.
  • Heel–Face Mole: This was his original intention but he ended up turning good for real.
  • Image Song: Say what you want about the guy but he's got a very good one.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After Dr. Gero did this to Yamcha, the poor guy retired from fighting.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: He was the second student to learn it, though he doesn't use it much.
  • The Lancer: Sometimes holds this role, mainly in the absence of Krillin.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: When he has long hair.
  • Loveable Rogue: During his bandit days.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Clumsy around women he likes.
  • Love Martyr: Explained to Puar, this was basically why he puts up with Bulma's mistreatment in Dragon Ball.
  • Martial Arts Uniform: After he begins training under Roshi for the 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai, he adopts the same uniform as Goku and Krillin, but like Krillin only wears it when actively training or fighting.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: He trained under Master Roshi and became a master under the Turtle School: Mutaito > Master Roshi > Yamcha
  • Mistaken for Cheating: The Clueless Chick Magnet above has resulted in this happening on several occasions in Dragon Ball.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He was the first handsome adult male in the cast.
  • Mysterious Past: We have no clue what Yamcha or Puar did before they were desert bandits.
  • Now, Let Me Carry You: When Goku falls sick during the battle with the androids, Yamcha, who has been protected and saved by Goku several times, physically carries him back to his house and helps care for him along with his wife.
  • Nice Guy: As an Adult, Yamcha is one of the more chill and forgiving characters.
  • Mundane Utility: Uses his powers to become a pro baseball player.
  • Older Than He Looks: Despite being an ordinary human, Yamcha looks about the same at 57 in Dragon Ball GT.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Do note that, by the Cell arc, he's still strong enough to break aerobic equipment effortlessly. But he's much too far behind his peers.
  • Prophet Eyes: His eyes turn totally white when he uses the many of his moves like the Wolf Fang Fist.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Signature Move, the Wolf Fang Fist/Rougafuufuuken. Also his improved version, the Neo Wolf Fang Fist/Shin Rougafuufuuken.
  • Really Gets Around: According to Future Trunks, this is the reason Bulma eventually left him for Vegeta in that timeline. What's ironic is that Yamcha was initially extremely shy around girls at the start of the series and said he wanted to get married.
  • Redemption Demotion: Yamcha generally remained useful in Dragon Ball and in the first arc he and Puar actually saved everyone from Great Ape Goku. In "'Z'' Yamcha was really only useful for distracting villains or taking care of wounded characters.
  • Retired Badass: After the Cell Games. However, in the anime OVA special, he reveals that he still wears his fighting gi under his suit, suggesting that he still misses fighting.
  • The Rival: The very first one. Back then, he teamed up with Goku to save Bulma from Monster Carrot.
  • Roboteching: His Spirit Ball Attack/Soukidan.
  • Rugged Scar: After coming back from offscreen Training from Hell at the end of Dragon Ball, Yamcha sports a few facial scars indicating that he's come back stronger (although he still Can't Catch Up).
  • Scars Are Forever: Its never revealed exactly how he got them. After Yamcha came back from his three year Training from Hell in the Timeskip, he had them on his face.
  • Shrinking Violet: A male example. At first Yamcha couldn't even be around women without blushing and fleeing the scene. Even after he hooked up with Bulma, he was still somewhat shy at times.
  • Signature Move: Wolf Fang Fist and Spirit Ball.
  • Spiky Hair: During the Android and Cell arcs.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: He eventually surpasses all of his masters and becomes one of the strongest humans on Earth.
  • Superior Successor: By the time of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, he surpassed Master Roshi. He also surpass Kami after training with him to fight the Saiyans.
  • Taking the Bullet: Ever since his Heel–Face Turn, Yamcha has been shown as willing to sacrifice himself for his friends. In one of the movies, he even painfully catches a boulder about to crush Bulma. His Saibaman death was actually the result of him volunteering ahead to protect Krillin from a second and final death.
  • The Tooth Hurts: During one of their earlier encounters, Goku knocked one of his teeth out. He's reluctant to go to a dentist.
  • Training from Hell: Yamcha had been shown to go through this a lot of the time, particularly when the date for the World Martial Arts Tournament nears. For the first tournament Yamcha trained alone in the wilderness for a month, the second time with Krillin under Roshi, and the third was for three straight years.
  • True Companions: Yamcha seemed to have become this for real with the gang when in Pilaf's desert oven. Even getting distressed when Ape Goku was attacked, hard to believe earlier he was planning to beat up Goku to steal the Dragon Balls.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Filler, at least, Yamcha sometimes does better. He defeated Recoome, a guy who beat Vegeta to within an inch of his life, while training on King Kai's planet. While training in the Other World along with Krillin, he also defeated some of the top fighters in the tournament that Goku had won while he was there.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Like most of the cast, he reforms significantly after his Defeat Means Friendship from Goku's hands.
  • Tritagonist: Legacy of Goku Arc.
  • Twinkle Smile: It happened occasionally in the Dragon Ball anime.
  • Unbalanced by Rival's Kid: Surprisingly nuanced. At first, he's upset when Gohan asks him if he's Trunks' dad, but he's still respectful and friendly to future Trunks.
  • The Unfair Sex: In his relationship with Bulma. Had the genders been reversed, fans of the show would NOT be laughing.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Somewhat. He's the first person able to physically challenge Goku and caused him to run out of energy(the latter was due to Goku's hunger).
  • We are "Team Cannon Fodder": In DBZ.
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • Yamcha's Spirit Ball is the first fully controllable ki attack shown in the series. While Yamcha was beaten handily by the powerful Shen in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, he managed to show his combat smarts by, after failing to hit Shen with his Spirit Ball, he made the energy ball travel underground and erupt under Shen's chin, catching him off guard. Shen even complimented Yamcha on his skills after the battle.
    • He was the second student of the Turtle School to master the Kamehameha and surprised everyone by showing this in the 22nd Budokai.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: At the start of the series, he was intimidated by women, such that Bulma's very presence could force him into retreat. He sought the Dragon Balls to help him overcome his phobia. Ultimately, he conquered his fear after spending time around, and eventually dating, Bulma.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Save for Vegeta, no other character got hit with this more. Yamcha suffers from this as early as Dragon Ball, always losing in his first round in the three world tournaments he participates in to show how powerful Jackie Chun, Tenshinhan, and Hero/Shen/Kami are, despite his training. By the time Z came around, Yamcha was the first to fall in the Saiyan Arc and again in the Android Saga.
    • In the first story arc, Yamcha has the advantage over Goku due to him being hungry. He could have won, but he sees Bulma and runs away since he's terrified of girls. When he fights Goku the next day, Goku beats him with ease.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Zigzagged, In Dragon Ball, he is forced to knock out Kid Chi-Chi when she attacks him. On the other hand, Yamcha seems unable to strike a beautiful girl in Legend of Shen Long.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: He uses an elbow drop to save Goku from the Rabbit Gang.
  • 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/Kuririn 

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

Voiced by (Japanese): Hirotaka Suzuoki (Dragon Ball, Z and GT), Koichi Yamadera (Z episodes 82 & 84 only), Mitsuaki Madono (Burst Limit, Infinite World, and Revenge of King Piccolo), Hikaru Midorikawa (Kai)
Voiced by (English): Eddie Frierson (Harmony Gold); Matt Smith note  (Ocean); Chris Cason, John Burgmeier (FUNimation); Brendan Hunter (Blue Water); Doug Rand, David Gasman, Sharon Mann (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Richard Jonson (Creative Products Corp.)
Voiced by (Latin American): Ismael Larumbe (current voice), Armando Coria (Dragon Ball Harmony Gold)

Introduced in the second World Martial Arts Tournament arc, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu were initially rivals to Goku, Krillin, and Yamcha (as they belonged to an opposing dojo to Roshi's). The two eventually become friends to our heroes after realizing the lack of honor in their own methods. They become instrumental in the the next few arcs following their introduction, but by Z their roles had become less and less till they were reduced to cameo appearances and a few references in Dragon Ball GT.
  • Adaptational Badass: A minor example. In the manga, Drum completely outmatches Tien, who doesn't land a single blow before going down and nearly being killed. In the anime, Tien puts up a better fight and manages to score several hits on Drum, making him bleed. He even gets to use the Evil Containment Wave and is only foiled when Drum shields Piccolo.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the manga his only real "crimes" are being too cocky for his own good and having the order of fights rigged. In anime filler he's a con man who tortures an animal, attempts murder at least twice and actually kills a man(albeit in a case of manslaughter rather than murder).
  • Adorkable: Volleyball Technique. His expression just sells it.
  • Aloof Ally: Spends the majority of the Buu Saga training in isolation with Chiaotzu.
  • Always Second Best: Despite being even with Goku during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, he falls behind Goku after he drinks the Ultra Divine Water and never catches up again. He still tries, despite knowing he can't catch up.
  • Ambiguously Human: He's never presented as anything but human, but he does have a third eye and unique abilities. There are much more human-seeming aliens throughout the series. Some of the tie-in games refer to him as an alien, but Toriyama has at various times stated that Tien is a descendant of a three-eyed clan of humans and/or that the third eye is the result of achieving enlightenment.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Tenshinhan was one of these before he became one of the heroic characters. While most Dragon Ball villains are this to a certain extent, Tenshinhan is the most clear example of it as afterwards the villains are all aliens, demons, androids, and genies. He was likely the Trope Codifier of an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy for anime.
  • The Artifact: Due to the power escalation in the series, Tenshinhan's role as The Rival for Goku ended up getting taken over by Piccolo and later Vegeta. Tenshinhan himself actually ended up getting briefly written out of the series during the Buu Saga only to later return. At the same time, he still sees Goku as his rival, as in the bar to surpass, but he's fully aware that it will never happen.
  • Asexuality: Word of God has said that he has no interest in romantic relationships.
  • The Atoner: After his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: How he learns the Kamehameha and the Evil Containment Wave in Dragon Ball. He is stated to have the ability to copy techniques.
  • Badass Boast: To Yamcha in his villain days.
    Tenshinhan: Poor Yamcha. The only thing more pathetic then a loser is a loser who thinks he's born to win.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu in Dragon Ball. Mess with the kid and he'll tear you apart.
  • Badass in Distress: He is nearly killed by Cell after he uses almost all his energy pinning him down with a Tri-Beam Cannon. He is saved by Goku who pulls a Teleportation Rescue.
  • Bald of Awesome: Proud of his shaved head.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting Chiaotzu, who is like a little brother to Tenshinhan.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Which also falls under this.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Tenshinhan gets some pretty awesome moments.
  • Blood Knight: He is the only human, along with Chiaotzu, who keeps training long after the other accepted that they can never catch up to the Saiyans. He also went against Bulma's plan to stop the androids early by using the Dragon Balls because he wanted to fight them. Despite the huge power difference, he still strives to match Goku.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity:
    • In his fight against Goku during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, Tenshinhan, who was starting to feel overpowered by Goku's tremendous stamina and having several of his techniques outdone by Goku's very own, ingenuously decided that, if he could not knock Goku unconscious or push him out of the platform, he would simply destroy the entire platform; that way, Goku would lose by ring out because there would be no platform left to stand on. Tenshinhan, who possesses the ability to fly, did not have that problem. He managed to destroy the platform with his powerful Tri-Beam attack, but instead of simply waiting for Goku, who had jumped very high to escape the blast, to hit the ground, Tenshinhan decided to fly close to him, accompanying Goku as he fell down, in order to gloat about his inevitable victory. That opened an opportunity for Goku to use one last attack that knocked Tenshinhan unconscious, and now both fighters were falling to the ground. Subverted because Tenshinhan, by a stroke of luck, actually won the fight, but he was likely in worse physical condition than Goku by the end of it.
    • In the manga he's a bit smarter, he intended to stay where he was and watch Goku fall, but Goku reacted quickly.
  • Boring but Practical: His Solar Flare (Taiyōken) technique. It doesn't require a lot of power, it is easy to learn, and can blind almost any opponent.
  • Broken Pedestal: Tien idolized the assassin Mercenary Tao even after his Heel–Face Turn, which is logical since Tao was his former master. That all came to an end during the Piccolo Jr. Saga when, during their fight, Tao breaks the tournament rules by resorting to a Blade Behind The Shoulder.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu:
    • Tien uses the Tri-Beam Cannon to try and kill Nappa and avenge Chiaotzu's death. His final attack barely destroyed Nappa's armor and he dies for nothing.
    • He uses a new version of the Tri-Beam Cannon to pin Semi-Perfect Cell and allow Android 18 to escape. He is only saved because Goku teleports him to safety. In the long run, his efforts amounted to nothing since 18 is still absorbed, allowing Cell to become complete.
  • Call to Agriculture: According to Word of God, him and Chiaotzu took up farming in addition to their training at the end of Z.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: He did manage a joke. Once. But it took rigorous discipline and concentration.
  • Can't Catch Up: He lasted a little longer then Yamcha and Krillin and was still useful after he fell behind though.
  • Cast From HP: Tenshinhan's Tri-Beam drains its user's life and will kill him if he uses it too much. On the plus side, attacks that use life force, such at this one, far exceed the potential of ki attacks. He kept Semi-Perfect Cell in check with it (it didn't actually cause any damage, but Cell couldn't move until he stopped using it).
  • Characterization Marches On/Character Development: Upon his introduction, Tenshinhan is an arrogant fighter who enjoys taunting and mocking his opponents, and even has a somewhat acid sense of humor, like when, after an accidentally humorous and rather embarrassing exchange between Roshi's students, Tenshinhan mockingly suggests that comedy must be one of the disciplines taught at the Kame school of martial arts. Once he changes sides, Tenshinhan became a lot more serious and composed, rarely smiling and so humorless that he is shown struggling to tell a simple joke. That's likely because his earlier humor was mean spirited and not meant with any sense of irony. As he became nicer and more emphatic that kind of humor probably would be hard for him to pull up again.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Gets Put on a Bus during the Buu Saga with the only explanation being that Tenshinhan left to train. He later returns to save Dende from being killed by Buu.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Force fields, reflecting energy, sealing, Power Copying, Telepathy, Self-Duplication, growing extra limbs, creating blinding light...
  • The Comically Serious: After his Heel–Face Turn. He completely dropped his serious tone under the training with Piccolo, Kaio, Yamcha and Chiaotzu. Constantly goofing off, even to the point of incurring the wrath of Piccolo, who respected him back in Dragon Ball.
  • Con Man: Anime Only. Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu's first appearance in the anime shows them as a pair of travelling con artists.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique:
    • Like Master Roshi, he knows the Mafuba/Evil Containment Wave, the technique that can seal evil at the expense of ones' life. He learns it after witnessing Master Roshi use it during his failed attempt to reseal King Piccolo. He challenges King Piccolo and tries to seal him with it. Depending if you read the manga or watched the anime, Tien either never gets the chance to use the technique since the rice cooker he was going to used got damaged while he was training, or he succeeds in using it, but Drum interferes, indirectly saving his life.
    • He knows another dangerous technique, Kikoho (Tri-Beam in the dub). It uses energy directly from his life force and causes an energy blast that is more powerful than him, which allows him to pin Semi-Perfect Cell and deflect an energy blast from Super Buu. The only problem is it will kill him if he uses it too much, like it did when he used it against Nappa. Even when it doesn't kill him, it still exhausts him to the point of not being able to fight and shortens his life.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In his early appearances, he displayed an acidic sense of humor:
    Tenshinhan: (to Yamcha) For someone who doesn't speak pain, you sound very fluent.
    • Even after a long time, he still hasn't lost it.
      Yamcha: (to #18, who had just rebuffed Krillin after being revived) Why you...! You should be thankful! Or do you wanna get beat up?
      Tenshinhan: I assume it won't be you to do that...
  • Death by Disfigurement: His first death, due to losing his left arm to Nappa.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Subverted. Tenshinhan actually won; Goku didn't beat him until the next tournament. For that matter, he'd already made his Heel–Face Turn before the fight was even over.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the Buu Saga and GT. He shows up again to fight in the Buu Saga only to be one-shotted.
  • Determinator: He has no problem rushing into battle with opponents he knows he can't beat.
  • Deuteragonist: From the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament to the end of Dragon Ball.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: His Multiform/Shishin no Ken technique, but unfortunately the copies are weaker than the original.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To Master Shen. He's stronger, but still follows orders until his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Dub Name Change: Not as obvious as other examples but "Tien Shinhan" is most definitely not the single name Tenshinhan. Also, some European localizations give his name as Tenshin Han, often shortening it to just Tenshin.
  • Enemy Mine: After King Piccolo attacks, Krillin is dead, Yamcha has a broken leg, and Goku is off trying to beat up Krillin's killer. Ergo, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu get recruited by Roshi to gather the Dragon Balls before Piccolo gets to them. Tenshinhan notes this as much, saying even though he acknowledges his previous actions as wrong, he still considers himself and Chiaotzu as Shen's students, and simply asking for forgiveness won't be enough.
  • Enlightenment Superpower: Subverted. According to Toriyama, Tien has achieved enlightenment and should have godlike powers, but the evil influence of the Crane Hermit prevents him from ever using those powers to their full potential.
  • Epiphany Therapy: He turned rather quickly.
  • Extra Eyes: Has a third eye on his forehead for unexplained reasons, representing his awakened Psychic Powers.
  • Finger Gun: The Dodon Ray/Dodonpa.
  • Flight: One of the first characters in the series to fly, as it is the signature technique of his martial arts school.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The scar on Tenshinhan's chest is a memento of his tournament battle with Taopaipai, who had hidden a knife in his cybernetics.
  • Handicapped Badass: He lost his left arm during his fight with Nappa. It didn't stop him from continuing the fight.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Tenshinhan is the only character among the human protagonists who has no interest in living a normal life and spends most of his time training, even during peaceful times. Unfortunately, all of his effort is still not enough to put him in the same league as the Saiyans or Piccolo, making his usefulness against the incredibly powerful enemies the protagonists must go up against very limited.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Introduced as a rival trained by an evil dojo. Becomes one of Goku's best allies.
  • Heir to the Dojo: According to Dragon Ball Online, he becomes the heir to the new Crane School despite breaking ties with his former master.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: His Tri-Beam/Spirit Cannon attack, which is supposed to kill the user if used too long; nevertheless, Tenshinhan is able to master it so that it can be used repeatedly. In Z, given the exponential power rise of the opposition, it quickly becomes Tenshinhan's first-choice technique, and using it, he's even capable of pinning Semi-Perfect Cell down for a while before getting incapacitated.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chiaotzu. They are almost always together and Tien doesn't feel complete without him. When it looks like Chiaotzu won't be revived since Shenron can't bring someone back to life twice, he's willing to stay in the afterlife with him.
  • Honor Before Reason: Even while Shen's pupil. When he realizes that Chiaotzu is paralyzing Goku under Shen's orders, he immediately orders him to stop because he wants to beat Goku in a fair fight, and after he does so and Shen is dealt with, he even lets Goku give him quite a beating to even things out.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He blames himself for Chiaotzu's death. Both in Ball and Z, sadly enough.
  • In-Series Nickname: Tsurusennin calls him "Ten," while Chaozu calls him "Ten-san."
  • Kamehame Hadoken: He copied it off of Yamcha.
  • Kick the Dog: He breaks Yamcha's leg after he was already defeated and unconscious.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: At the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, he beats Yamcha by landing a powerful kick to his gut while they were in mid-air. After Yamcha falls back into the ring, Tien decides to land a kneedrop onto Yamcha's leg, breaking it. Goku calls out Tien on this, saying how Yamcha was already unconscious, so breaking his leg was unnecessary. Tien shrugs him off while laughing.
  • Killed Offscreen: His second death was not shown, but it happened due to Buu blowing up Earth.
  • Luminescent Blush: It's hard to find it, but it's there.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: He trained under the Crane School whose founder, Master Shen, studied under the same master as Roshi: Mutaito > Master Shen > Tien
  • Moral Myopia: When he was the Crane Hermit's student, he is angry at Goku for killing Mercenary Tao. This is despite Tao being a renown assassin and Goku tells him that he was only defending himself.
  • Multiarmed And Dangerous: The rarely-seen but very-dangerous Four Witches Technique allows him to grow additional arms from behind his shoulders.
  • Mysterious Past: He gets almost no background information outside of being the Crane Hermit's student and training to be an assassin. How he met the Crane Hermit or Chiaotzu is never explained.
  • No Body Left Behind: His second death was due to Buu blowing up Earth.
  • Odd Friendship: Hints of it with Piccolo in the Cell Saga. His friendship with Gohan could also be considered this, especially in the beginning.
  • Older Than They Look: Looks the same age in GT. By then, he's in his early sixties.
  • Only Sane Man: Shares this role with Piccolo and Future Trunks.
  • Ordered to Cheat: In the the 22nd World Tournament, The Crane Hermit orders Tenshinhan to kill Goku while he's paralyzed by Chiaotzu. He refuses.
  • Out of Focus: In the Namek/Frieza Saga after dying, and again in the Buu Saga onwards.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Par for the course in this series, as everyone and their grandmother are casually outclassed by even the weakest Saiyans, but Tien is still one of the strongest non-Saiyan Humans. He's won more battles than many other characters, including against Yamcha, Goku and Taopaipai (in Dragonball), a Saibaman (In Dragonball Z) and Jeice and Burter (in Z filler). That's not too bad considering he's not a Saiyan.
  • Put on a Bus: After the Cell Games, Tenshinhan had no more reason to hang out with the Z gang since Goku chose not to be revived and went into hiding with Chiaotzu. Throughout the Buu arc, he and Chiaotzu had a couple of brief appearances until Tenshinhan saved Mr. Satan and Dende from getting killed by Buu.
  • Papa Wolf: Around Chiaotzu most of his life as well as around Gohan during the Saiyan and Cell Saga.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Tenshinhan has no spoken lines in Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! special for Shonen Jump's 40th anniversary due to Hirotaka Suzuoki not being among the living anymore. Toei Animation felt the reason to pay their respects this way because ''the entire'' original cast came back to voice their characters, meaning only Tenshinhan would have been the odd one out.
  • Redemption Demotion: When he was first introduced as an antagonist, his powers were as great as Goku's. After he became one of the good characters, he was surpassed by Goku and, as the series developed, his powers were thoroughly outclassed by the Saiyans, Piccolo and most enemies.
  • The Rival: Was this to Goku and gave him one of his toughest matches in the original series. He's also one of the few people to defeat Goku, even if it was a stroke of luck. Although outmatched during the 23rd Martial Arts Tournament, he still gave Goku a decent match and forced him to removed his weighted clothes. In Z, Goku completely surpass him, but he still tries to reach Goku's level, despite knowing it's futile.
  • Shadow Archetype: Before his Heel–Face Turn, Tien represents what Goku would be like if he allowed his arrogance and natural talent for fighting to go to his head. This different also highlights the difference between the Turtle and the Crane Schools. Master Roshi went out of his way to teach his students humility and that there was always someone better. The Crane Hermit bloated his students' egos, telling them that there was no one stronger than them.
  • Shirtless Scene/Walking Shirtless Scene: Tenshinhan mostly fights topless.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: One of the only people with this ability (the Evil Containment Wave).
  • Senseless Sacrifice: In the Saiyan Saga. After Chiaotzu's own Senseless Sacrifice and losing an arm, Tien channels all of his remaining power into a one-handed Tri-Beam to attack Nappa with. It only damages his armor, and Tien kicks it while bemoaning his failure; to add insult to injury, according to Vegeta, the technique probably would have done more damage had Nappa not seen it coming at the last second.
  • Signature Move: Kikoho / Tri-Beam + variants. He's also known for Taiyouken / Solar Flare— this so much his move that Goku mentally apologizes to him for stealing it.
  • Smug Super: When he was introduced, he truly believed that no one was stronger than him since he trained under the Crane Hermit. He regularly demeaned Yamcha and all of the Turtle School as weaklings. Despite his smugness, he backed it up by beating Yamcha, despite Tien admitting it was a tougher fight than he thought, and Master Roshi, who acknowledged that Tien may have won even if Roshi hadn't forfeited. He also fought Goku, a powerful Human Alien, to a standstill and won because luck was on his side. After the tournament, however, he drops this attitude after acknowledging that he still had a lot to learn.
  • The Sociopath: He tries to be this, being both emotionally cold and taking delight in causing pain to others like breaking Yamcha's leg after he's knocked unconscious. His goal in life is to be a great assassin like his idol Mercenary Tao. Master Roshi sees right thought this and in the dub says that Tien will never be a good assassin because he has a conscience unlike Tao. During his match with Goku, he also comes to realize that he never had the heart of a killer, since he cares more about winning fairly than killing Goku out of revenge.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Tien Shinhan vs. Tenshinhan.
  • Spirited Competitor:
    • Of all the humans, he's the one fighting means the most to. In the original Dragon Ball, he was a Borderline Blood Knight. He stops Chiaotzu from weakening Goku with psychic powers so Tien can have a fair fight with him.
    • In Bojack Unbound, he insists post-Cell Games Trunks fight him without holding back. He knows he'll lose, but he'd rather lose honestly than lose with Trunks going easy on him.
  • Sphere of Destruction: Tri-Beam/Kikouhou, though it's actually more of a square.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: He's surpassed Master Shen when he's introduced in the story. Three years later, he completely outclass Tao, even after he's stronger than ever as a cyborg. After training with Kami, he becomes stronger than him too.
  • Superior Successor: He is stronger than the Crane Hermit when he is first introduced. He also greatly surpasses Mercenary Tao even after he's rebuilt into a cyborg and becomes stronger than Kami after training with him. Going by Dragon Ball Online, he becomes the new master of the Crane School. A superior fighter, he's inferior as a assassin.
  • Super Senses: With three-eyes, it's only natural that he has better than average eyesight.
  • The Stoic: Besides frustration, he rarely shows any emotion even when badly matched. It helps to make him the Comically Serious. He only shows real anger if Chiaotzu is in danger.
  • Supporting Leader: During the King Piccolo Saga.
  • Tame His Anger: Master Roshi specifically wanted to do this with Tenshinhan. And he's one of the first major characters to do it (Yamcha and Krillin weren't really angry).
  • Technician vs. Performer: Despite never being able to catch up to the Saiyans or Piccolo, Tien has several powerful and effective techniques that makes him an useful ally. His Solar Flare is one of the best techniques in the series, able to blind even the most powerful opponent and is copied by several characters. His Tri-Beam can pin down monsters like Cell and deflect a planet buster from Super Buu, although at the cost of his lifespan.
  • Third Eye: On his forehead. Sources vary on how he got it, though its either due to heritage or reaching enlightenment.
  • Underestimating Badassery: When he was introduced, he was a typical Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy who regularly trashed the Turtle School as a bunch of weaklings. He was especially confrontational towards Yamcha and specifically had Chiaotzu rig the lottery so he would fight him first. Although he beat Yamcha, he does admit that Yamcha was stronger than he thought. He then goes on to say that the rest of the Turtle School should be easy since Yamcha was obviously the strongest since Krillin and Goku were just kids, not knowing that Yamcha was actually the weakest of the three. He only changed his mind after Goku revealed that he killed Tao. After his fight against Goku, he overall becomes a more humble person who never underestimates his opponents again.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: He is the first opponent since Mercenary Tao and Gohan Sr. to really give Goku a good match and push him past his limit.
  • Warm-Up Boss: Serves as this to Goku during the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. He forces Goku to remove his weighted clothes and fight somewhat seriously, but he never really pushes Goku, something he notes after their match.
  • We are "Team Cannon Fodder": In DBZ, though he does get one decent fight in the Cell Saga (see You Shall Not Pass).
  • Weak, but Skilled: He possesses an incredible repertoire of techniques (including growing a pair of extra arms) and is the one of the most technical fighters in the series. Several characters have copied his techniques for their own use, most notably the Solar Flare. Goku even took it a step further and turned that very attack against Tenshinhan in their rematch.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Dende healed Tenshinhan from Buu's attack, he wasn't seen again until after the Earth was restored and everyone was revived.
  • The Worf Effect: Just like the other Earthling characters. He gets destroyed by Drum who Goku takes out with one kick and couldn't match Goku in their rematch at the 22nd Tournament. In Z he loses his arm to Nappa after he punched it off and choked out by Android 17. He also goes down in one kick by Super Buu.
  • Worthy Opponent: Part of his Heel–Face Turn happened because he acknowledged Goku as his rival and equal. Even after Goku completely surpassed him, he still trains to fight him.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Tenshinhan kept Cell (in his Semi-Perfect form) pinned down using his Neo Tri-Beam, so that #18 could get away and hide until the Saiyans completed their training. Note this is pretty late in the Z series, and he was useless in hand to hand combat compared to the now-Super Saiyans. Also, it was only not a Heroic Sacrifice because of Goku's instant transmission and a Senzu Bean.

    Chaozu/Chiaotzu 
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Chiaotzu (餃子; Chaozu)

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

Introduced in the second Tournament arc, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu are initially rivals to Goku, Krillin, and Yamcha (as they belong to an opposing dojo to Roshi's). The two eventually become friends to our heroes after realizing the lack of honor in their own methods. They become instrumental in the the next few arcs following their introduction, but after the Saiyan Saga Chiaotzu becomes less important (and after the Cell Saga, so does Tenshinhan). By the Cell Saga they become side characters who are mentioned and seen frequently, but rarely do anything significant.
  • Ambiguously Human: See Chinese Vampire below.
  • Balloon Belly: After eating a lot, being a Big Eater like the rest of the cast.
  • Blood Knight: Like Tien, he keeps training long after most of the cast left him in the dust. Whether he does so just to spend time with Tien or because he really do love to fight is debatable.
  • Book Dumb: He has trouble with basic math and can't tell left from right without pausing to think which hand he holds chopsticks in. Apparently, unlike Roshi, Shen doesn't bother providing his students with basic schooling.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He tries to self-destruct on Nappa to keep Tien from being killed, knowing that he can't be wished back with the Dragon Balls. Not only did his suicide attack do no damage to Nappa, Tien dies soon after anyway trying to avenge his death.
  • Can't Catch Up: Gets hit with this worst than the other human characters. Chiaotzu literally gets left behind for the Cell Games.
  • Charlie Brown Baldness: Has only one strand of hair on his head which he proudly displayed to annoy Krillin in his introduction.
  • Chinese Vampire: Has the appearance of a particularly cute one. Its unclear if he's really a Jiang Shi or a human with the appearance of one.
  • Con Man: Anime Only. Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu's first appearance in the anime shows them as a pair of travelling con artists. Also fits the subtrope of The Fixer for his tendency to rig the number draws at the World Martial Arts Tournaments.
  • David Vs Goliath: Him against Nappa. He loses.
  • Death from Above: During his fight with Krillin, Chiaotzu took advantage of his ability to fly to stay out of Krillin's reach and bombard him with his Dodon Ray.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Z.
  • Enemy Mine: After King Piccolo attacks, Krillin is dead, Yamcha has a broken leg and Goku is off trying to beat up Krillin's killer. Ergo, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu get recruited by Roshi to gather the Dragon Balls before Piccolo gets to them.
    • Tenshinhan notes this as much, saying even though he acknowledges his previous actions as wrong, he still considers himself and Chiaotzu as the Crane Hermit's students, and a simple ask for forgiveness won't be enough.
  • Evil Counterpart: Was originally this to Krillin.
  • Failure Hero: In Z. The poor guy didn't get to show off his skills that much in Dragon Ball either.
  • Friendly Target: Chiaotzu dies three times in the manga, same as Krillin in that medium. And he's nowhere as important plot-wise (poor guy...).
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Even after his Training from Hell alongside Tenshinhan, he's not considered strong enough to participate in the Cell Games.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Against Nappa.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tien. They are almost always together and he sacrifice his life to try to save Tien from Nappa. The primary reason he turns against the Crane Hermit is because he ordered him to paralyze Tien so he can kill him. Chiaotzu refuses, saying he would obey any order from his master, but he can never harm Tien.
  • Kick the Dog: His and Tenshinhan's introduction chapter.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Upon seeing Krillin for the first time, he insults Krillin for his height. Chiaotzu is even shorter than Krillin.
    • Subverted humorously when he calls Krillin baldy. Krillin calls him out on this but he reveals he has a single strand of hair under his hat. Although Krillin states that hardly counts.
  • Killed Offscreen: His third death wasn't shown, but it happened after Buu blew up Earth.
  • Kill the Cutie: He dies against both King Piccolo and Nappa.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: He trained under the Crane School whose founder, Master Shen, studied under the same master as Roshi: Mutaito > Master Shen > Chiaotzu
  • Morality Pet: To Tenshinhan during his villain days. Particularly notable in Mystical Adventure.
  • Mysterious Past: What exactly is he? Is he a type of human or a alien hybrid like Tien? How did he come to meet Tien and the Crane Hermit? It doesn't help that Chiaotzu gets the least amount of screen time of the original cast.
  • No Body Left Behind: His second and third deaths. The former was due to performing a Kamikazee attack against Nappa, the latter was due to Buu blowing up Earth.
  • Older Than They Look: Aside from getting slightly taller in the Piccolo Jr Arc, he looks exactly the same throughout the entire series.
  • Ordered to Cheat: During the 22nd World Tournament, Tenshinhan finds that their master, the Crane Hermit, has been having Chaozu use his telekinesis to paralyze Goku during their fight.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Following the fight with Nappa, he doesn't fight anymore.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: A wise young Emperor in Mystical Adventure.
  • Redemption Demotion: Post Heel–Face Turn, he is subjected to a lot of losses; Nappa's being the most notable
  • Psychic Powers: Demonstrates both telepathy and telekinesis.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: He needs to use his fingers to solve basic math problems, like 3 + 4. He also can't tell left from right without pausing to think about which hand he holds his chopsticks in. In exchange, he has telekinesis, telepathy, flight, etc.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: During the Saiyan Saga, he self-destructs in an effort to take Nappa with him, knowing that the Dragon Balls can't bring him back to life again. Nappa survives without a scratch, and the other Z-Fighters are left horrified and grief-stricken that Chiaotzu died for nothing.
  • Signature Move: Dodon Ray, shared with all 3 other Crane related characters. He was also the first character to really showcase the flying techniquenote , which (like Tenshinhan's Taiyouken / Solar Flare) quickly became a staple of the others' strategies.
  • The Sociopath: He comes off as this since he shows almost no emotion in his first appearance, except for annoyance with some bits of sadistic happiness when he's fighting Krillin. This changed the minute the Crane Hermit ordered him to paralyze Tien so he can kill him. Chiaotzu refuses, saying that he will do anything his master says, but he can never hurt Tien.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Chaozu? Chiaotzu? Chaotzu? Gyouza? Chaos? Kaos (used by the original translation of the Spanish manga. No idea where they came up with that)?
  • Surpassed the Teacher: He surpasses Master Shen by the time of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. He also surpasses Kami after training with him.
  • Superior Successor: He becomes stronger than the Crane Hermit after training for the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. After training with Kami to fight the Saiyans, he becomes stronger than him too.
  • Taking You with Me: Tries this on Nappa. It doesn't work.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Shown best in his battle with Guldo, who nearly killed Gohan and Krillin. Chiaotzu managed to mop the floor with him in under a minute.
  • The Stoic: At first he was very emotionless, but got more Cute Bruiser after his Heel–Face Turn
  • Use Your Head: Against Krillin. Master Shen even comments that Chiaotzu's head is as hard as a diamond.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Uses psychic powers due to having a lower endurance than his comrades.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Chiaotzu needs to use his hands for his psychic attacks. Krillin gets around this by asking him difficult math questions— Chiaotzu needs to count on his fingers to solve 9 - 1. Chiaotzu attempts to counter with double-digit problems, but Krillin was taught math by Master Roshi, in addition to fighting!
  • We are "Team Cannon Fodder": All the time. In the fight against Nappa, the poor little guy blew himself up and didn't make a DENT!
  • The Worf Effect: He loses a lot, the fight with Nappa being the prime example.

     Piccolo 

     Son Gohan 

     Vegeta 

     Future Trunks 

    Present Trunks 
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Trunks (トランクス Torankusu)

Voiced by (Japanese): Takeshi Kusao, Hiromi Tsuru (Baby)
Kid Trunks voiced by (English): Laura Bailey (Z, movies), Alexis Tipton (Super) (FUNimation); Cathy Weseluck (Ocean)
Adult Trunks voiced by (English): Henry Douglas Grey (Final Bout); Eric Vale (FUNimation); Allistair Abell (Ocean); Matthew Erickson (Blue Water)
Baby Trunks voiced by (English): Stephanie Nadolny (Z), Colleen Clinkenbeard (Kai) (FUNimation); Jodi Forrest (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Kid Trunks voiced by (Latin American): Gaby Willer (current voice), Rocío Garcel (Baby)
Adult Trunks voiced by (Latin American): Sergio Bonilla (current voice)

After Future Trunks visited the main timeline and averted the apocalyptic future, the Trunks of the main timeline was born. Unlike his Future counterpart, he's a brash, excitable thrill-seeker, no doubt thanks to his father being alive and present throughout his childhood. In addition, thanks to Vegeta and Goku's bonding during the Cell games, he's become close friends with Gohan and Goten, constantly getting into mischief with the latter. Despite this, he mellows out overtime by the Super sagas, and considerably in GT—he has to when he's the CEO of Capsule Corporation in that show.

While not referred to as such in the main series, supplementary materials and merchandise typically refer to him as "Kid Trunks," "Present Trunks," or "GT Trunks" to distinguish him from his Future counterpart.
  • '90s Hair: He sports a mushroom cut most of the series.
  • The Artifact: Like his alternate, future self, his purple hair was probably inherited from Bulma (who had purple hair early on in the manga).
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Vegeta is around; what did you expect?
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He may be the President of Capsule Corp, but he can still kick ass.
  • Bash Brothers: With Goten. They not only fight together, they can fuse to become a whole new being.
  • Big Eater: He can eat a mountain's worth of food like any Saiyan. Although, he doesn't eat as much as his father or Goku.
  • Blood Knight: Like all Saiyans, he loves to fight, especially his best friend Goten. He loses this aspect, however, as a teen, preferring to go on dates and mess with machinery.
  • Born Lucky: He grew up in a peaceful era where the Bad Future never happened. It's his conversation with his future self that he was lucky his life turned out this way, rather than having to constantly survive as being the last Saiyan bloodline left.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: What distinguishes him from Future Trunks, thanks to growing up in a time of peace (and having his father around).
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: His fighting potential far surpasses that of Future Trunks, and he can become much stronger than his father. But he doesn't take the time to train outside of play fighting Goten or spending time with his dad. Vegeta all but calls him lazy in the last episodes of Z.
  • Child Prodigy: Able to become a Super Saiyan at the age of eight, much sooner and more easily than Future Trunks, and more powerful than Frieza.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Noticeably averted in the Japanese version, since Takeshi Kusao voiced kid Trunks as well as Future Trunks.
  • Demoted to Extra: Later on in GT, although he lasted longer than most of the cast.
  • Disguised in Drag: Hilariously in GT as a bride.
  • Family Theme Naming: The Briefs family (Bulma/Bloomer, Dr. Briefs, Trunks, Bra) are named after undergarments.
  • Foil:
    • To Goten. They're both sons to some of the most powerful beings in the universe, but while Trunks is born into privilege, Goten is born into a common family that is somewhat poor. Goten is also very silly, while Trunks tries to play the serious one.
    • After the split in the timelines, Kid Trunks becomes this to Future Trunks. Kid Trunks is irresponsible, spoiled, playful during battle, and somewhat arrogant. Future Trunks is very responsible, humble, a Combat Pragmatist, and will kill to ensure peace. Kid Trunks is affected by living during a time of peace with both of his parents, while Future Trunks lived After the End where the androids killed all his loved ones, including his father and mentor, Gohan.
  • Freak Out: He has one of these when he thinks Future Trunks is his illegitimate brother, thanks to Pilaf and Mai putting ideas in his head.
  • Fusion Dance: Into Gotenks, and part of the Trope Namer.
  • Future Me Scares Me: When Future Trunks returns in Dragon Ball Super, the mystery surrounding him and his relation to Bulma and Vegeta is very unsettling to Present Trunks, especially when the former freaks out and attacks Goku immediately after recovering. After he calms down though, Present Trunks is more surprised by them being the same person.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Like father, like son.
  • Heroic Bastard: While they do eventually marry between the Cell and Buu sagas, he was born after a one night stand between Vegeta and Bulma.
  • Heroic Lineage: How 'heroic' Vegeta is very questionable, but Bulma certainly qualifies and according to Piccolo, Trunks comes from a heroic family.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He highly admires his dad and believes that he's the strongest in the universe above Goku and Gohan, especially since Vegeta is a prince. He also refused to believe that a giant blob like Majin Buu could kill his father.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Goten. They are almost always together, even as teenager.
  • I Got Bigger: By the EOZ, he becomes a perfect match to Future Trunks.
  • Just a Kid: Before his first fight at the tournament, he was belittled by the other children (he was forced into the kids division) since he was so small and young. Didn't last after the first fight.
  • Kid Hero: Shares this with Goten.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Unlike Future Trunks his personality and demeanor are more like Vegeta. At the same time, he is good with hands like Bulma and his grandfather.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: In the "Resurrection 'F' Saga" of Dragon Ball Super, Trunks has no idea why everyone reacted with surprise when he talked about slicing Frieza in half, implying that he's unaware of his future counterpart who did exactly that. This is confirmed in the "Future Trunks Saga", when he clearly doesn't recognize his future self and is shocked to learn that they have the same name.
  • Morality Pet: He and Bulma becomes this to Vegeta and he's fully aware of it, which is why he allows Babidi to turn him into a Majin. He wants to recapture the feelings he once had when he was evil. In the end, he can't turn his back on his family and comes to regrets his actions. To make amends, he gives his life to protect them from Majin Buu, his first true selfless act.
  • Naughty Is Good: As a kid.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Again, like father, like son.
  • No Body Left Behind: His only death in the series was due to Buu blowing up Earth.
  • Older Than He Looks: In the Battle of Gods movie and Super he's 14 but yet looks the same as he was in the Buu saga when he was 8 (though this seems par for the course with Saiyan children). What's weird is that, when Future Trunks was training with Future Gohan at about his age, he looked much taller than Trunks is currently.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He got the frowning face of his father.
  • Pint-Sized Kid: As a kid.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: GT, but only when he dresses up to work at Capsule Corp.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Has purple hair and purple Battle Aura.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Goten's red.
  • Scarf Of Ass Kicking: In GT.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The "manly" part (well, bratty at least) with Goten.
  • The Smart Guy: In GT. Granted, his competition is Goku and Pan...
  • Spoiled Sweet: Unlike Future Trunks, he grew up privileged. Still a decent guy, he just picked up a noticeable amount of Vegeta's arrogance. Though by the time he reaches around age his future counterpart was when introduced, his personality mellows out to being similar, though still slightly more haughty.
  • Straight Man: To Goku and Pan in GT.
  • Superior Successor: To both his father and Future Trunks. He becomes a Super Saiyan at only eight years old and is stronger than Frieza.
  • Team Mom: Is a male version of this in GT. He's just not enough of a disciplinarian to be a Team Dad.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Because he only fights for fun, he doesn't really train. In Yo! Son Goku and his Friends Return!! Vegeta and the others are visibly disappointed in how much trouble he and Goten have fighting Avo and Cado, because they've forgotten how to use basic skills like sensing ki to counter a Flash Step. Gohan has to step in and coach them, and he's similarly disinclined to train. He's always going to be stronger than any human by virtue of being a Super Saiyan, but he doesn't really work for it.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has lavender hair.

    Son Goten 
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Son Goten (孫 悟天)

Voiced by (Japanese): Masako Nozawa
Kid Goten voiced by (English): Kara Edwards (FUNimation); Jillian Michaels (Ocean)
Adult Goten voiced by (English): Robert McCollum (FUNimation); Gabe Khouth (Ocean); Scott Hendrickson (Blue Water)
Kid Goten voiced by (Latin American): Laura Torres (current voice), ¿? (Battle of the Gods)
Adult Goten voiced by (Latin American): Victor Ugarte

The second son of Goku and Chi-Chi, born some time after the Cell Games. Has a very childlike naivety not unlike Goku when he was little; though also has Gohan's childhood crybaby tendencies. Between Trunks and himself, he's surprisingly the voice of reason, though he usually goes along with the former's ideas. By GT, he settles down to live more or less as a normal teenager, worrying more about girls than fighting.
  • Adorkable: Well mannered, naïve, and so dorky he's the only person who finds Gohan's embarrassing superhero costume to be "cool."
  • Adorably Precocious Child: As a kid.
  • All-Loving Hero: A trait he shares with the rest of his family.
  • Always Save the Girl: In GT, always tries to save Valese.
  • Always Second Best:
    • His relationship with Trunks. Trunks is always a little stronger than him because of his age and being trained by Vegeta. Goten isn't bitter about this, just mildly annoyed.
    • He also has a mild case of this with Gohan. When training, he becomes frustrated at how easily Gohan can beat him. Gohan assures him it's because he's older and have more battle experience.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Goten is the youngest of the cast, the most naive, and overall the least skilled. He is still a powerful fighter, stronger than the human cast outside of Android 18.
  • Badass Adorable: Considerate, kind, sensitive, warm-hearted, polite AND can kick the ass of evil.
  • Bash Brothers: With Main Timeline Trunks.
  • Big Brother Worship: He absolutely loves and adores Gohan to the point of thinking that hideous Saiyaman costume is cool.
  • Big Eater: A family and racial trait. He loves food almost as much as his dad.
  • Blood Knight: Enjoys fighting a lot more than Gohan. But, like Trunks, he loses his desire to train and fight as a teenager. He wants to chase girls instead.
  • Break the Cutie: He goes through this after watching Super Buu murder his mother by turning her into an egg and crushing it.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Like Trunks, his fighting potential far surpasses his father and he is the youngest Super Saiyan. However, he loses interest in fighting as a teenager and prefers to go on dates.
  • Butt Monkey: In the final episode of Z he's beaten by his four years old niece with her slapping him across the face.
  • Cheerful Child: He's a Generation Xerox of Goku.
  • Chick Magnet: Much like his father and big brother. In GT, college-age Goten seems to be going out with girls all the time.
  • Child Prodigy: Although not to the extent of Gohan, he is the youngest Super Saiyan ever and is only a little weaker than Trunks mostly due to age.note 
  • Children Are Innocent: As a child.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Like his older brother and father, he's easy-going, innocent, and inherited his father's naivety. However, like everyone else in his family, he's a cute bruiser who holds the title for the youngest Super Saiyan.
  • The Cutie: Look at him. He is just like his father when he was a child, who was also extremely cute looking.
  • Demoted to Extra: In GT.
  • Disappeared Dad: Goku was dead for most of his childhood.
  • Family Theme Naming: Son Goku, his sons—Gohan and Goten and Goku's grandfather Gohan. Further, the kanji for "ku" in Goku's name (空) means "sky" and the "ten" in Goten's name (天) means "heaven."
  • Foil:
    • To his big brother, Gohan. They both have many similarities to their father like their pure-hearts, love of animals, and their innocents and fun-loving nature. Goten inherited his father's carefree personality, while Gohan is serious and down to Earth. Goten is quite hyper, while Gohan is very reserved. Goten is allowed to be a child and Gohan was forced to grow up fast because of the constant danger the Earth was exposed to.
    • To Trunks as well. They're both sons to some of the most powerful beings in the universe, but while Trunks is born into privilege, Goten is born into a common working family that is somewhat poor. Goten is also very silly, while Trunks tries to play the serious one.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish Sibling to Gohan's Responsible Sibling.
  • Friend to All Living Things: His love for animals is identical to that of his father's, too.
  • Fusion Dance: Into Gotenks and part of the Trope Namer.
  • Generation Xerox: Look at the picture. He's basically Goku as a child.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: His remains a pure-hearted person even as a Super Saiyan. Unlike Goku and Gohan, he didn't have to train himself to relax or go through periods of intense rage.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: His father's a Saiyan, his mother's a human.
  • Heroic Lineage: He is the second son of Goku. By the time he was born, his father saved the world the world five times and that's not including the entire incident on Namek.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: Got it from Goku and his grandfather, Bardock.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With main timeline Trunks. They are the best of friends and are always playing with each other. They keep their special bond even as teenagers.
  • Holding Your Shoulder Means Injury: Does this in the Bio-Broly movie twice. Justified, since he really did injure his shoulder during the fight, and even whines about the injury.
  • Hybrid Power: As a Saiyan-hybrid he has far more inherent power than pure members of either race. He becomes the youngest Super Saiyan in the series.
  • I Got Bigger: By the EOZ, he grows to a fairly tall young man, although he's shorter than his dad.
  • Identical Grandson: As stated with Strong Family Resemblance below, he also looks like his late paternal grandfather Bardock when he was young.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Just like his father and big brother, this is what allows him to ride the Nimbus cloud before he learns how to fly.
  • Innocent Prodigy: He didn't even know what a Super Saiyan was when he accidentally transformed during his sparring match with Chi-Chi.
  • Just a Kid: Like Trunks above, was underestimated by the other children during kid diversion of the tournament. And just like Trunks, it didn't last after his first match.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: On occasion.
  • Keet: Super energetic, and rather loud.
  • Kid Hero: Shares this role with Trunks.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Even more so than Gohan. Not only does he inherit his father's love of nature, animals, and happy outlook, he looks exactly like Goku as a kid.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: Goten was trained by Chi-Chi and later Gohan:
    • Mutaito > Master Roshi > Ox-King > Chi-Chi > Son Goten
    • Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Gohan, Sr > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
    • Piccolo > Son Gohan > Son Goten
  • Meaningful Name: Goten is a mixture of Goku's name, and "ten", which in Japanese means heaven/afterlife. He is Goku's son born after his father was in Otherworld.
  • Momma's Boy: Is this to Chi-Chi along with Gohan. Downplayed, as he is shown still living with her in GT, and she's not trying to make every single decision for him.
  • Naughty Is Good: He is partners in mischief with Trunks, after all.
  • Nice Guy: He's the nicer one of the Trunks/Goten duo.
  • No Body Left Behind: His only death in the series was due to Buu blowing up Earth.
  • Older Than He Looks: In Battle of Gods and Super, he's in his teens, yet he still looks like he's seven.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Gohan/Videl. He asks her to be his big sister in Z. In Super, once she is his sister-in-law, he's so impressed by how kind she is to Gohan that he and Trunks spend half an episode trying to find her a gift.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: He was born nine months after the Cell Games and Goku's death.
  • Static Character: He receives very little individual characterization to set him apart. He looks and acts like Goku did at the same age, and hasn't gotten nearly as much attention as his brother or Trunks have, looking pretty much the same in Super (set some years after the end of the Buu Saga).
  • Strong Family Resemblance: When first introduced, he looked almost exactly like Goku did back at the start of Dragon Ball, without the tail and wearing longer sleeves. As a teenager he mentions he grew his hair out specifically because he was sick of looking identical to his dad. Funnily, this only serves to make him look like a male version of his paternal grandmother, Gine.
  • Superior Successor: To his father, Goku, and even Gohan to an extent. He becomes a Super Saiyan at only seven and did it much easier than Gohan. He is also stronger than Frieza.
  • Tareme Eyes: Like his father and brother.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He was a Super Saiyan and yet couldn't even fly. In Yo! Son Goku and his Friends Return!! Vegeta and the others are visibly disappointed in how much trouble he and Trunks have fighting Avo and Cado, because they've forgotten how to use basic skills like sensing ki to counter a Flash Step. Gohan has to step in and coach them, and he's similarly disinclined to train. He's always going to be stronger than any human by virtue of being a Super Saiyan, but he doesn't really work for it.
  • Warrior Prince: Technically, Gohan and Goten are this, as their grandfather is the Ox King, making Chichi, their mother, a princess. (Though, like Trunks, they were never really referred to as a prince.)

    Fusions 
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Gotenks (ゴテンクス; Gotenkusu)

Voiced by (Japanese): Masako Nozawa/Takeshi Kusao
Voiced by (English): Kara Edwards/Laura Bailey, Kara Edwards/Alexis Tipton (Xenoverse) (Funimation); Tabitha St. Germain (Ocean)
Voiced by (Latin American): Laura Torres/Gaby Willer, ¿?/Gaby Willer (Battle of the Gods)

When Goku returned from the afterlife with the knowledge of the Fusion Dance but no eligible partner to perform it with, Goten and Trunks were taught it, and their mothers came up with the combined name Gotenks. The result combines Goten's childishness with Trunks' brattiness to create one of the weirdest and goofiest fighters in the series, the kind who would come up with the Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's strong enough to fight Super Buu... and also an arrogant windbag who cares more about showing off and making himself look cool than saving the world.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • Almost all of the attacks he comes up with are flashy but ineffective. The Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack initially seems to be very powerful and effective, but when Buu later attempts to use it against Vegetto, he quickly demonstrates the attack's fatal flaw (the ghosts can be detonated from a safe distance with ki blasts) and subsequently mocks Buu for thinking an attack dreamed up by two kids could beat him.
    • Super Saiyan 3. It uses so much power that Gotenks can only use it for five minutes.
    • Gotenks' very existence. He is one of the most powerful characters in the series, however, because of his childish and arrogant nature he is not very dependable. He could have ended Buu in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, but was too busy trying to look good. By the time he got serious, almost everyone was dead and he wasted too much time at Super Saiyan 3. He can also only exist for thirty minutes.
  • Badass in Distress: He along with Piccolo are absorbed by Buu to increase his power. He has to be saved by Goku and Vegeta.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Even still good, he has a pretty bratty attitude, especially considering his proud behavior.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's more fight-loving and the biggest loudmouth in the series. Though being a loudmouth was what enabled him to create a dimension hole by screaming.
  • Break the Haughty:
    • When Goten and Trunks finally manage to successfully fuse, Gotenks recklessly rushes into battle with Buu and gets utterly crushed. He doesn't learn from this experience, of course.
    • Happens again when his constant goofing around during the fight with Super Buu leads to Buu escaping the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and eating all of his loved ones and friends. It's this that finally gets him to take the fight seriously.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He was seconds away from killing Super Buu when the fusion broke because he couldn't maintain Super Saiyan 3 anymore. And despite the pounding he gave Buu, he healed all the damage without losing any power. The only thing Gotenks manages to do is buy time for Gohan to arrive and even that amounts to nothing in the end since he is absorbed by Buu, making him more powerful than Gohan.
  • Calling Your Attacks: He even gives names to somewhat stylized versions of otherwise normal punches and kicks, most of which are ridiculous ("Screaming Angry WOMBAT!!!"). He even keeps cue-cards in his vest that he reads before attacking.
  • Composite Character: Literally. He combines features of Goten and Trunks... though he ends up looking kinda like a chibi Vegeta, because Trunks very obviously has mostly Vegeta's facial features, so once you add black hair...
  • Cute Bruiser: If you can get past his "I'm the best" personality.
  • Fearless Fool: Like Vegeta, Gotenks is very arrogant and charges into battle with enemies he can't defeat. This is played straight in his first appearance, when he tries to rush into battle with Majin Buu, and gets his ass handed to him.
  • Genre Savvy: Played With and Played for Laughs. Gotenks is fully aware that he is in a Shonen. However, instead of using the medium to his advantage, he instead choses to play every Shonen cliche straight for the sake of drama: long powers-ups, holding back his true power, trash talking, Heroic Second Wind, and New Powers as the Plot Demands. This would be annoying with any other opponent, but he is fighting Super Buu who does not play by the 'rules'.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He got Vegeta's temper, which is an off-shoot of Trunks.
  • Hour of Power: He can only stay fuse for thirty minutes. He can also only maintain his Super Saiyan 3 transformation for five minutes before he reverts to his base form.
  • Has Two Mommies: Though he's never around long enough to make much of it, Bulma and Chichi and Goku and Vegeta are his biological moms and dads, respectively. Played with when his moms compare which of their kids traits he takes after.
  • Idiot Hero: Even more so than Goku. Combining the arrogance of Trunks and the naivety of Son Goten results in a naive and arrogant showoff-blowhard who is too busy "looking good" to save the world.
  • Kid Hero: One of the strongest characters in the show and is the fusion of two kids who are not even ten.
  • Large Ham: He absolutely loves being overdramatic in calling his attacks.
  • Last Second Showoff: When he is first born, he challenges Piccolo to a race to the Earth's surface from the Lookout. When Piccolo finally catches up, Gotenks informed him he had circled the Earth several times and even had time for a nap.
  • Lethally Stupid: Because of the rash and idiotic decisions he makes in an effort to look cool, he gets himself and Piccolo trapped in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, enables Buu to escape and eat all of his loved ones, and gets himself absorbed by Buu, allowing Buu to beat Gohan senseless.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Once he stops messing around, he pummels the living daylights out of Buu; he only failed to kill Buu because the fusion wore off at the last second.
  • The Minion Master: With the Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack, which summons not-too-bright ghost copies of himself that explode on impact.
  • Multicolored Hair: Trunks' purple hair on the sides, Goten's dark hair up the middle.
  • Naked People Are Funny: In the episode "Celebrations with Majin Buu" he runs around naked, he's being chased by Chi-Chi, after Goku blows up the bathtub.
  • Naughty Is Good: He is the fusion of two children, so it's to be expected.
  • The Napoleon: Powerful and the shortest main character (save for Goten and Trunks obviously) at the end of Z.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • If he just took Buu seriously from the start, he could have killed him in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Instead, he had to show-off, which led to a chain-of-events that got everyone on the Lookout killed and gave Buu time to think of a plan to counter Gohan.
    • His arrogance allowed him to be provoke by Buu to merge, instead of letting Gohan to finish the job, which gets him absorbed.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's one of the strongest beings in the universe and one of the shortest since he is the fusion of two pre-teens.
  • Signature Move: Super Ghost Kamekaze Attack
  • Skewed Priorities: He deliberately drags out the fight with Super Buu for the sake of drama and showing off.
  • Skunk Stripe: Has Trunks' purple hair with Goten's black hair outlining it
  • Smug Super: As much of a snot-nosed brat as he is, he was the heroes' best chance at beating Buu at the time and he nearly did. Once he got serious and stopped fooling around, he was close to killing Buu, but his fusion broke. The cockiness is usually a Fatal Flaw for him, though, frequently getting him spanked around and embarrassed by stronger enemies.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When he reaches SSJ3 and began to take his battle with Buu more seriously. He went from being barely a match against Buu, to overpowering him.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass:
    • Son Goten was not an egotist; all that arrogant and overconfident traits therefore all comes from Trunks.
    • It also applies to Trunks as well, who knew to get serious when shit is going down.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He manages to underestimate Super Buu, despite the weaker Fat Buu making short work of him. He refuses to use Super Saiyan 3, wanting the fight to as dramatic as possible, so he fights Buu as a normal Super Saiyan until he's force to transformed.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He's one of the strongest characters in the entire series, only behind Vegetto, Gohan, and Goku in the Buu Saga, but he's also by far the most naive. He thinks it's better to showoff than actually saving people and most of his techniques falls into Awesome, but Impractical. His lack of experience and self-control causes him to lose to an opponent that he overpowered (his fusion broke before he could kill Buu). Despite his power, he's still the merger of two children.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His screwing around and faking being weak for the sake of showing off ends up causing Piccolo to destroy the doorway to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, which leads to Buu escaping and killing everyone left on Kami's Lookout.
  • Voice of the Legion: Non-creepy example, he talks with both Goten and Trunk's voices simultaneously. This also applies to Gogeta and Vegetto.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Called out several times, mostly by Piccolo, for his careless actions that nearly gets him killed. Since he is literally the last hope on Earth, him dying would be the end of everyone.
    • Get another one from Piccolo for faking being weak just to show off. This caused Piccolo and him to be trapped in the Time Chamber, which led to Buu escaping and killing everyone.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Poor guy got his ass handed to him by Beerus in the new movie.
    • In Super, Copy-Vegeta, who is just as strong as Vegeta, no sells all his attacks and knocks him out of his fusion form in just a couple of hits. And he did it in his base form.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: During his fight with Super Buu, Gotenks intentionally starts off in his base form because he feels that a hero should only show his true powers when backed into a corner.

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Gogeta (ゴジータ; Gojīta)

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

The combined form of Goku and Vegeta using the Fusion Dance. He debuted in movie 12, Fusion Reborn, as a last ditch effort to defeat Janemba, and it worked. He shows up again in GT as a rather goofy Super Saiyan 4 to fight against Omega Shenron.
  • Adaptational Badass: Downplayed; the games give SSJ1 Gogeta the Big Bang Kamehameha, which was only used in his SSJ4 form.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: At Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta's time limit is extremely short.
  • Badass Boast:
    "I am neither Goku nor Vegeta, I am Gogeta! It's over, Janemba! I've come for you!"
    "I’m afraid that none of your ambitions will be coming true! Because you will all lose here! To the epic power… of Gogeta!"
  • Canon Foreigner: Has never appeared in a canon work like Gotenks or Vegito have.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Deals these out like a champ.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: The Stardust Breaker has a rainbow color scheme and is sometimes called the Rainbow Sparkling Blast.
  • Hour of Power: He can only stay fused for thirty minutes, except as a Super Saiyan 4. He only has ten minutes due to the massive power of the form.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's so fast he can hit an opponent multiple times before moving his arms.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: Likes to play with his food as a Super Saiyan 4.
  • Signature Move: Stardust Breaker and Big Bang Kamehameha
  • Smug Super: As a Super Saiyan 4, he loves goofing off and prefers to spend time mocking Omega Sheron rather than finish him off quickly.
  • Sphere of Destruction: His Stardust Breaker / Soul Punisher, a rainbow-colored ki sphere that completely obliterates Janemba from the inside out.
  • The Stoic: His initial appearance has him as one.
  • Story-Breaker Power: There's a very good reason this guy's limited by time constraints; the fusion of Goku and Vegeta makes him hands down the strongest fighter in the Z era (before Dragon Ball Super came along), capable of taking down a demon made of pure evil in seconds in his first appearance. Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta takes this even further, as his power exceeds that of Omega Shenron to the point of curb stomp. His goofiness is the only thing preventing him from ending the fight in five seconds, and even that was implied to be on purpose.
  • Voice of the Legion: Both Goku and Vegeta speak at once, creating this effect.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: As a Super Saiyan 4 in GT, he's a complete goof and seems more interested in mocking Omega than in actually fighting him. Much like Vegetto below, this is a ploy to piss off Omega enough to give him the opportunity to get rid of all the negative karma enveloping the Earth. He tries to kill Omega right afterwards. Too bad he thought he had more than ten minutes to work with, however.

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Vegetto (ベジット; Bejitto)

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

The combined form of Goku and Vegeta, using the Potara Earrings. A long-awaited combination and the most powerful character in the original manga and Z series. And then he got turned into a coffee candy. And he still kicks ass. Hilarity Ensues.


  • The Ace: The fusion of two super-powerful Saiyan warriors could only result in this. He effortlessly kicks Super Buu around before letting himself get turned into candy to free his comrades. The only point in their battle where he has to put any effort in at all is when Buu is literally tearing the entire universe apart with his screams, and even then it was only some minor strain. He was also the only being short of Future Trunks absorbing the energy of every living being on the planet (including Goku and Vegeta) to actually have the ability to best Merged Zamasu, a fellow Potara Fusion.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the manga, he immediately goes to Super Saiyan to curbstomp Buu. In the anime, he was effortlessly overpowering him in his normal state and only turned Super Saiyan for the heck of it. Dragonball Kai takes the midway, showing that Vegito can overpower Buu in base, but that he has to put enough effort into it to make him go Super Saiyan, allowing him to completely demolish Buu.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Similar to Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta, Vegetto at Super Saiyan Blue drains his fusion time a lot faster than normal, reducing it from one hour to merely ten minutes before he split apart again.
  • Badass Boast: After Super Buu turns him into a candy.
    Vegetto: "I'm no ordinary candy — I'm a jawbreaker! The strongest piece of candy there is!" (The "jawbreaker" is only part of his boast; he is actually turned into a coffee candy, noted both in the English dub and Japanese original.)
  • Baleful Polymorph: He was turned into candy by Buu. Not that it stopped him from kicking Buu's butt anyway.
  • Barrier Warrior: He made a ki barrier around to protect himself from being properly absorbed by Buu.
  • BattleCry: In most of his appearances, whether games or series, Vegito's first line upon the Potara fusion completing successfully is an excited All right!!. Given what usually follows, this might also qualify as Pre Ass Kicking One Liner.
  • BFS: His Spirit Sword/Ki no Tsurugi attack.
  • The Bus Came Back: After twenty-one years (not counting spin offs and video game adaptations), he makes a triumphant return in Dragonball Super to take on the power of Merged Zamasu.
  • Came Back Strong: In Super, because of Goku and Vegeta becoming Physical Gods, he has their combined ability to become Super Saiyan Blue.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Gogeta. As Akira Toriyama mentions in an interview, he wanted Goku and Vegeta to fuse, but didn't want to step on the toes of Fusion Reborn, which was already in-development at the time. He took the earrings that Kaiōshin had been wearing all along, changed the way the fusion worked (melded-outfit vs. fancy vest; composite vs. original attacks), and Vegetto was born. Toriyama did later sketch Gogeta for the movie DVD box set in Japan, though.
  • Composite Character:
    • About halfway between Goku and Vegeta in height, frame, and hairdo, with Goku's skintone. By some strange coincidence, the result looks similar to how Gohan did during the same saga. He also has composite attacks. For example, the "Final Kamehameha". Personality-wise, he strongly favors Goku with his sense of humor, battle instincts, and his desire to rescue Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo before destroying Buu. He also, at least in Japanese, has a bit of Goku's 'country hick accent' in the way he talks. However, he has Vegeta's cunning mind and cocky attitude which leads him to having a tendency for arrogantly taunting his foes. Oddly though, unlike either Vegeta or Goku, he has a slightly reddish-brown tint to his hair akin to that of Vegeta's father, though not to the same extent.
    • Additionally, unlike the Fusion Dance, Vegetto not only inherits physical and personality traits of both Goku and Vegeta, but also gains a set of clothing that is a combination of the two: Goku's gi with the colors inverted to make the outfit primarily blue like Vegeta's standard ensemble, plus Vegeta's gloves and boots.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Turns the strongest form of Majin Buu into his play thing for several episodes.
  • Genius Bruiser: Downplayed. While Vegito is by no means a rocket surgeon, he is an unparalleled fighter not just because of his power, but because his two halves are a Genius Ditz whose area of specialty is fighting, and a Warrior Prince who's shown time and again to be extremely cunning when he needs to be. Combined, this gives him essentially two lifetimes of different fighting experience, and he can use this experience and knowledge to adapt to his opponent on the fly. In his fight against Super Buu, he chastises Buu for thinking he can outwit him with an attack thought up by two children, and when Buu has the bright idea to reduce the visibility of the area he is in, Vegito beats him with his eyes closed because has plenty of experience with sensing Ki-energy.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Due to being told that Potara Fusion was permanent (it is, but only for Kais. Non-Kais separate after an hour, less if they use up too much energy) and Goku and Vegeta not liking the idea of fusing together to begin with for various reasons (chief of which being wanting to rely on their own hard earned strength), this has to be crossed before they even consider forming him. Such was the case with Super Buu and later Merged Zamasu, another Potara Fusion.
  • Good Counterpart: In many ways, he's Super Buu's foil, being the result of a voluntary fusion to contrast Buu's forcefully absorbing victims. He's also just as arrogant as Buu, which drives the demon up the wall.
  • Guile Hero: Him manipulating Super Buu and frustrating him into acting desperately was the main plan to saving his sons, friend and the whole universe.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Being the fusion of Vegeta and Goku, Vegetto has this built into his very being. By the time Buu decides to absorb him, he puts the fear of god into Super Buu.
  • Hour of Power: In Super, Potara fusions only last for one hour when both of the fusees are non-Kais, less depending on how much power the fusion uses. It's telling that this is the only thing that prevented him from obliterating Merged Zamasu's physical body, though it's unclear how he would have fared against the Eldritch Abomination his spirit became afterwards.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Vegito loves to toy with his enemies, knowing fully well he's many times stronger and they can't harm him.
    • During the fight with Buu, he stalls finishing Buu off and instead goes to great lengths to anger Buu. He beats Buu senseless, all the while he's mocking and insulting him. All a part of his plan.
    • In his fight with Merged Zamasu, Vegito constantly rubs Zamasu's failing god-hood in his face.
  • No Sell: Barring Buu's absorbing technique, EVERYTHING. And if he didn't plan on getting absorbed to free the others he probably would have dealt with that too. Merged Zamasu, on the other hand, is in a different ballpark altogether, to the point Vegetto actually has to put effort into winning and dodging attacks to avoid damage.
  • Physical God: He was already this, being the strongest character in the manga, surpassing the power of literal gods, and easily toying with the strongest form of Majin Buu as a normal Super Saiyan. However, he literally becomes a god in Super since Goku and Vegeta now have god forms.
  • Revision: In Z, Elder Kai explains that Potara fusion is permanent. Goku and Vegeta only managed to unfuse due to some unexplained side-effect of being inside Buu's body, though Goku was only speculating on that point. In Super, Gowasu reveals that Potara fusion is only permanent for Kais, while mortals remain fused for an hour under normal conditions (Super Saiyan Blue Vegito gets about five minutes out of it because of how much power he used).
  • Shaggy Dog Story: The whole reason he wanted to get absorbed was so that he could destroy Buu without his absorbed victims dying. But this just led to Buu taking on his most deadly form, who then proceeded to kill all of them anyway along with the planet. As a bonus, his messing around took up the hour he could remain fused, resulting in him splitting back into Goku and Vegeta, who are much weaker. Of course, it doesn't make the hero look good if he's directly responsible for the death of his friends/children, even when Death Is Cheap.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: And he's well aware of it!
    Vegito: "No, really! That was an awesome attack! I could have been killed."
    Vegito: "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.
    • Averted once he forms to face-off with Merged Zamasu, as he knows he has a time limit and he's fighting a fellow Potara Fusion with immortality, which ups the difficulty factor.
  • Signature Move: Final Kamehameha and Beam Sword Slash.
  • Smug Super: He was the most powerful being in existence, prior to Beerus showing up, and he's very well aware of it. Unlike Gotenks though, it never gets in the way of accomplishing his goals.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Vegetto" (Bandai's spelling) or "Vegito" (Funimation's spelling)? Neither one makes sense in most English adaptations, since his name is a portmanteau of Vegeta's name with Goku's Saiyan name, which is commonly romanized as "Kakarot" instead of the literal "Kakarotto". Viz attempted to reconcile this by changing his name to Vegerot in the English manga, but then they changed it back to Vegetto in the Viz Big reprint (although, one has to wonder why they didn't went with the more obvious "Vegetot").
  • Story-Breaker Power: He is the strongest character in Dragon Ball Z (not including GT and Super). Old Kai states that Potara Fusion is stronger than Fusion Dance (Gogeta, although it is unknown if he was referring to the fused fighter or the fact Potara fusion has no drawbacks). It says a lot that he only returns when the heroes are faced with Merged Zamasu, one of the few beings in existence who can actually give Vegito a challenge. Even then, he's only around for about 10 minutes, during which he's pretty much using Merged Zamasu as a sandbag.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He was already badass to begin with, able to beat Super Buu as a chew toy before separating in his body. In Super, with Goku and Vegeta's current power, which surpasses what Vegito was capable of during the Buu Saga, he is many times stronger than before and has the ability to become Super Saiyan Blue.
  • Troll: His fight with Super Buu was basically a long session of him antagonising and pissing off Buu into absorbing him.
  • Too Powerful to Live: If this guy had stayed around, the Buu Saga would have basically ended in five minutes. And you would've written off the main character and his main foil at the same time. The same principle applies in Super, where he basically had Merged Zamasu on the ropes and if he had lasted the hour, would have killed him, though the jury's out if he would have been able to handle the Eldritch Abomination Merged Zamasu's spirit turned into after his physical body was destroyed.
    • Super reveals why: A Fusion Dance lasts 30 minutes unless the fused are knocked out or use too much power which drains their time. Potara lasts a full hour to non-Kais with the same restriction of power conservation; it is only permanent to the Supreme Kais.
  • Voice of the Legion: Except in the Ocean dub, where he is voiced by Brian Drummond (Using a higher-pitched version of his Vegeta voice).
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Most well known for this. He combines Goku's sense of humour with Vegeta's arrogance and sense of humour, to both beat and mock the living daylights out of Super Buu. Of course, this is all part of his plan: getting Buu pissed off and desperate enough to absorb him, so he can free everyone absorbed by Buu. He does this a few times with Merged Zamasu, but not as much as the evil Kai fusion was actually a challenge to him.
  • 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.

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Pan (パン)

Voiced by (Japanese): Yuko Minaguchi, Shino Kakinuma (Kai)
4-year-old Pan voiced by (English): Susan Huber (Z), Kate Bristol (GT flashbacks) (FUNimation); Brenna O'Brien (Ocean); Caitlynne Mederek (GT flashbacks) (Blue Water)
9-year-old Pan voiced by (English): Elise Baughman (FUNimation); Caitlynne Mederek (Blue Water)
voiced by (Latin American): Circe Luna (current voice), Ángela Villanueva (Old)

The daughter of Gohan and Videl, introduced at the tail end of the original series though given more of a fleshed out character in the anime-only GT series. Very much a tomboy and thrill-seeker, willing to prove she's just as tough as her grandfather when given the chance. But not without a soft side either.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: While Dragon Ball always had a few female characters scattered throughout the supporting cast, the anime-only Dragon Ball GT was the only time a girl regularly joined in on the world-saving: Pan.
  • The Apprentice: Goku personally trains her to be his successor.
  • Badass Adorable: Like eveyone else in the Son bloodline, she's a cute little kid who can crush bones.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In GT, she wears a midriff despite being only nine.
  • Berserk Button: Never make fun of her eyebrows.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: In GT, she is a brat who constantly belittles her grandfather, pushes around Trunks, and bullies Giru.
  • Call Forward: Pan learning to fly as only a baby in Super. Her introduction at the end of Z had her come flying in after taking several laps around the planet at only four or five years old.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Videl being pregnant with her was all Goku needed to complete the Super Saiyan God transformation.
  • Child Prodigy:
    • Despite being only nine, she is already very powerful, and the Dragon Ball GT Perfect Files state she has the potential to transform, and imply she might become a type of Super Saiyan never seen before.
    • This is taken further in Super when she's shown as an infant to have learned how to fly all on her own, far younger than any other character seen so far. Remember that even her uncle Goten who could turn Super Saiyan at 7 couldn't fly until he was instructed on how.
  • Cute Bruiser: Just because she is a cute little girl doesn't mean she won't kick your ass.
  • The Cutie: As a four year old (and a baby), she was seen as cute and bubbly and full of energy. This rarely appears in GT though.
  • Family Theme Naming: Pan is an triple-themed name: the food puns for Gohan's side of the family, the devil/Satan theme from Videl's familynote , and the musical theme from Piccolo who has been extremely close to Gohan and often babysits Pan. There's also, arguably, a fourth that references the Briefs family (as Bulma has been like a Cool Big Sis to Goku since childhood) since her name is also the first three letters in panty.
  • Genki Girl: She is really full of energy.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: Baby Pan can not only fly, but her just powering up destroys Pilaf's battle machine. She's also strong enough to carry Pilaf's gang back to Earth after they shot themselves into the stratosphere.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She gets angry very easily for trivial reasons as a kid.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Of Satan-style. She winds up running the dojo as a teenager.
  • Heroic Lineage: She comes from two heroic lineages. Her grandfather, Goku, is a warrior who saved the Earth countless times and her father saved the world from Cell and was critical to everyone's survival during the Saiyan Invasion and Namek. Her other grandfather, Mr. Satan, is a Fake Ultimate Hero, but he is seen as the world's savior and really did help save the world from Cell and Buu.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The Tiny Girl to Trunks's Huge Guy in GT.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Unsurprisingly good at it, considering her father, grandfather and uncle are.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: She is Goku's second student, giving her a complex chain since Goku had many masters, one which includes Whis:
    • Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Gohan, Sr > Son Goku > Pan
    • Master Korin > Master Roshi > Son Goku > Pan
    • Kami, King Kai, and Whis > Son Goku > Pan
  • Mythology Gag: Her love of stars and desire to fly into space in Super, as well as Goku's promise to take her there, are probably nods to the non-canon GT.
  • Nice Hat: As an old lady at the end of GT.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Much to her chagrin.
  • Outdated Outfit: Her clothes in GT are extremely 90s.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: She already possesed tremendous strength and the ability to fly by the time she was four years old. In fact, she's shown to be quite powerful as a baby as well.
  • Ret Gone: Inverted, see Goten's entry.
  • Ship Tease: Usually with Trunks or Uub.
  • Shorttank: Combination of Tomboy, Action Girl and Bare Your Midriff.
  • Superior Successor: She is much stronger than her father or Goten at the same age. Even in GT where she never went Super Saiyan, she takes out Android 19 with ease and helps kill one of the Shadow Dragons. On top of that, if Hercule is successful in making her his successor as World Champion, she'll succeed him by leagues.
  • Theme Naming:
    • Pan is Akira Toriyama's crowning achievement in theme names:
    • The obvious facet is that "pan" is a Portuguese and Spanish loan word for "bread," punning off her dad's name, which means rice (and if you want, you can stretch the pun: Chi-Chi can mean "milk" or "breast milk.").
    • Pan is also a satyr in Greek mythology whose imagery was borrowed for the Christian devil. Her mother's name is an anagram of "devil," and her maternal grandfather is Mr. Satan! If you want to stretch that even further, it's a retroactive, indirect reference to Hercule's late wife Miguel. Miguel is a Spanish version of the name Michael, the name of an Archangel (and Lucifer was an Archangel before he was Satan).
    • Pan could also be a reference to the Pan Pipes in honor of Piccolo, who, being the reincarnation of a Daimao, would fit the devil theme above as well.note 
    • Her name might also be a reference to her Saiyan heritage, as the genus of the Chimpanzee species is called Pan.
    • Pan may also be an abbreviation of panties or pants, in honor of the clothing-based names of Bulma's family.
    • Here's the kicker: In Greek, "pan" is a prefix meaning "all". So Pan is, in fact, most likely named after all of these characters—making her a living and breathing ode to her parents' family and friends.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Bulla and Marron's girly girl.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: There's her love of martial arts and boyish way of dressing, but when a certain GT arc involved another's planet's marriage rituals, she said she admired the dress.
  • Tsundere: Type A, as her grandmother and mother, in GT. If the simplest of negative things happens to Pan, she can exaggerate its importance and set off her fiery temper, but these tantrums she does truly care for her family in her more sincere moments and will assist them any way she can.
  • Uneven Hybrid: Pan is a quarter Saiyan through her grandfather Goku and three quarter human.

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