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Son Goku (孫 悟空)
(Saiyan birthname: Kakarot (カカロット; Kakarotto))
Kid Goku voiced by (English):
Stephanie Nadolny (Dragon Ball
), Colleen Clinkenbeard
flashbacks), Ceyli Delgadillo (Movies 2-3
); Saffron Henderson
(Ocean); Zoe Slusar (Blue Water); Barbara Goodson (Harmony Gold)
Main hero of Dragon Ball
. Started off as a rather extraordinary child with super strength, a tail and naivety of the outside world. Later
, though, it is revealed that he's a Saiyan, an alien race of warriors who hire themselves out as mercenaries to tyrants who destroy worlds. However, he is amongst the last four (well, eight
) of his kind. Although originally sent to devastate Earth, he instead becomes the saviour of the world multiple times over.
Bulma (ブルマ; Buruma)
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 have a boyfriend), Bulma gets dragged into the craziness that comes along with the search. Even when the quest is finished, she still keeps close ties with Goku and his friends and helps out whenever possible. Which, considering she's a mechanical whiz, is quite often.
- Adaptation Dye Job: Her hair is lavender purple in the manga (same with Bra). And now you know where the hell Trunks's hair color came from. (Well, her dad has lavender hair too.)
- A recursive dye job, in Path to Power Bulma has purple hair like in the manga.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played with In Dragon Ball, Bulma was attracted to Yamcha (then a bandit) due to a combination of both his roguish nature and hidden sensitive shy side.
- Sometime during the timeskip, she goes for Omnicidal Maniac Vegeta.
- Some of her one-off attractions include Oolong (disguised as a handsome human), General Blue, Lucifer, Pamput, and Zarbon.
- All Women Are Lustful: Bulma frequently goes crazy over attractive males.
- Alliterative Name: Even in Japanese her full name uses the same first character.
- Almighty Mom: Is this in the Buu Saga. She and Chi Chi both provide the page's image.
- Alpha Bitch: On her very bad days.
- Anger Born of Worry: Bulma tends to express her fears and worries for the Z Fighters' safety with eruptive rage. Goku, Vegeta and especially Yamcha were most often targets. A good example can be seen here.
- Baleful Polymorph: The Ginyu Frog incident.
- Bathing Beauty: Early in the series, she is shown to have a love for taking bubble baths and often a bath is the first thing she desires when stranded in the wilderness. They call back to this in Dragon Ball Z by giving her another bubble bath scene while she is hiding out in a capsule house on Namek.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: For most of the first series.
- Butt Monkey: The anime filler made her into this during the Frieza Saga, being stuck in the body of a frog thanks to Captain Ginyu.
- The Chick
- Commuting On A Bus: Remember when she was the CO-LEAD? Yeah, me neither. Though to be fair, her role is still pretty notable in the Namek, Android, and Cell sagas.
- Cool Big Sis: To Goku and later to Gohan.
- Demoted to Extra: Z and GT.
- Deuteragonist: In the Legacy of Goku arc.
- Ditzy Genius
- Embarrassing First Name/Meaningful Name/Theme Naming/Unfortunate Name: Like all of her family, she is named after underwear*. Goku lampshades this in the manga.
- Epic Fail: Tried to use a remote to summon Nappa's left-over space pod and ended up blowing it up.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: She's known for this.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: How she fell for Vegeta.
- Gadgeteer Genius/Ms. Fixit: She invented the Dragon Radar, repaired a broken scouter, repaired Android #16 and built a Time Machine in an alternate timeline just to name a few.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Happily Married: By all accounts, with Vegeta.
- Hot Mom: Must run in the family genes.
- Insufferable Genius: Less so in Z, though.
- Inter Species Romance: With Vegeta, though Saiyans are Human Aliens.
- Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Never quite matured past her selfish teenage girl phase.
- Lost in Translation: The way Bulma calls Goku in Japanese, she mostly calls him Son (Son-kun), although that's his family name, she calls him that way to show how close and familiar she is with him while the rest of the cast calls him appropriately Goku; Bulma referring to Goku as Son in English would make many children scratch their heads in confusion, so it was completely dropped in the English localization, and curiously in some other countries as well. The English manga did keep this in some instances, though.
- Magnetic Hero: She was this in the very beginning of the series that got Goku to join her quest.
- Morality Pet: To Yamcha in the Pilaf Saga and Vegeta in the Buu Saga.
- Ms. Fanservice: The Playboy Bunny suit being one of the earliest examples. To take it further, she's the only female character to appear naked in the entire series.
- Ojou: And is filthy rich to back it up.
- Only Sane Woman: Tries to be the voice of "the common people" amongst men who live by the Way of the Warrior.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Goku, at least until he grew up...
- Really Gets Around: Whether she actually succeeds in this is up to the individual viewer, but she certainly tries; even when she's dating Yamcha, she's prepared to dump him at the drop of a hat for Jackie Chun and General Blue, before they turn out to be old and evil, respectively (that Blue is also gay hinders things as well). Whether she cheated on Yamcha with Vegeta, or Yamcha cheated on her causing her to go to Vegeta, is one of the fandom's Base Breakers.
- 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...
- Smoking Is Cool: Late into her adult life... being the wife of Vegeta would be stressful after all.
- Sole Surviving Scientist: Her future counterpart invented a time machine to send Trunks to the past and find a way to kill the androids.
- 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.
- Token Girl
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Chi-Chi and nice!Launch.
- Tomboy With A Girly Streak
- 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.
- Unfazed Everyman
- Ungrateful Bitch: Acts like this in the Namek Saga sometimes when Krillin and Gohan save her, and she yells at them instead of thanking them.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: And hairstyles.
- Woman Child: Her sense of priorities can be even more skewed than Goku's when it comes to preserving her rapidly fading youth and good looks.
- Women Prefer Strong Men: Possible. Would explain her falling for Yamcha and then for Vegeta, at any rate.
- Wrench Wench
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Master Roshi (武天老師; Muten Roushi)
AKA The Turtle Hermit (亀仙人; Kame Sen'nin)
Voiced by (Japanese): Kouhei Miyauchi (Dragon Ball & Z), Hiroshi Masuoka (Z & GT), Masaharu Satou (DBZ Movie 13 and Kai), Kinya Aikawa (The Path to Power)
Goku's first mentor. A hermit whose home is located on a small island in the middle of the ocean. Very strong (at least at the start of the series) and with a keen eye. Also very perverted and usually hits on any pretty tail that comes his way.
- Achilles in His Tent: During the Red Ribbon Army Saga.
- Bald of Awesome
- Big Good: In Dragon Ball, when he was The Obi-Wan.
- Butt Monkey/The Chew Toy
- 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.
- Clark Kenting: His disguise of Jackie Chun involves taking off his shades and putting on a wig. Only Yamcha saw through it until Kame tricked him.
- Cool Old Guy
- Cool Shades
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: 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.
- Demoted to Extra: In Z and GT.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Roshi means "old master". Therefore, in the English dub, Master Roshi leaves us with "Master Old Master".
- Dirty Old Man / All Men Are Perverts: Probably one of the most recognizable anime examples.
- Doting Parent: Whenever Master Roshi spends quality time with young Goku and Krillin (such as eating with them, playing with them and teaching them how to read and write) and whenever he affectionately pats their heads in praise. For the both now-grown Warriors, he is the closest thing they have to a lifelong 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
- Eccentric Mentor
- Expy: Based on 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
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Despite spending roughly a hundred years training, Goku is almost equal to him after a few years of training. Still Goku was an alien.
- Not only is Goku an alien, but he was also young and full of energy, while Master Roshi was already an elderly master that was past his prime, by the time they fought.
- I Was Quite a Looker
- Kamehame Hadoken: He invented it.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Roshi is seriously perverted but he's shown to be a really nice person at several points.
- The Obi-Wan
- Obsolete Mentor: For everyone but Krillin by the start of Z. Hell, even Krillin is mentioned as explicitly being stronger than him in the very beginning when Bulma gets the Scouter working.
- Older Than They Look: Looks about in his 70s-80s right? Try 300+.
- 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").
- Rival/Rival Dojos: Master Shen and his Crane school.
- Secret Identity: Jackie Chun. He never does let the others know he and Chun were the same person.
- Shock and Awe: His used-only-once ultimate technique, the Thunder Shock Surprise/Bankoku Bikkuri Shou.
- Signature Move: The Original Kamehameha
- Sunglasses at Night: Rarely takes his shades off.
- Super Mode: His "Max Power" form, where he basically bulks up like The Hulk.
- Team Dad: In the original Dragon Ball.
- Telepathy: The first to use it in the series. Nam, a participant of the 21st Tenka'ichi Budokai, even suggested this ability is a sign of a great martial arts master.
- Temporary Bulk Change: See Super Mode above.
- Tritagonist: For most of Dragon Ball.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He is habitually beaten by the majority of the female cast, and he never makes any effort to fight back. He just takes the beatings. He is a creepy old hermit, but still....
Yamcha (ヤムチャ; Yamucha)
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, Tien, 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.
- 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 version of events(an example of this is Yamcha had no trouble holding down Great Ape Goku in the manga).
- Adorkable: Its even admitted In-Universe.
- 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.
- Badass Normal
- Empowered Badass Normal: After training with Roshi.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- He never even gets to fight Vegeta and Nappa with the others; he gets distracted and killed off by a Suicide Attack of a seemingly dead Saibaman beforehand, Power Level guides say Yamcha would've won too if he hadn't let his guard down. He also gets badly injured by Dr. Gero right at the start of the Android Saga. Oh, and then his girlfriend has Vegeta's baby. Poor guy just can't catch a break.
- Combat Commentator/Mr. Exposition: Yamcha's apparently read up on all of the local legends and famous martial artists: he's able to identify Goku's bo staff, Master Roshi, Grandpa Gohan, Ox-King, and the rabbit boss. He even knew that Roshi was the one who trained Gohan and Ox King, and that the two of them were best friends.
- Centipede's Dilemma: Inverted. He thought he was cursed with the inability to talk to or even be around women, and for that reason, once he learned about the existence of the Dragon Balls, he decided to use them to wish away his fear of women. Much to his surprise, by the end of a long period of time where he was forced to be around Bulma, Yamcha learned that his fear of women was all in his head, and that it was only when he consciously invoked it on himself that he felt uncomfortable around women. Shortly afterwards, he and Bulma started dating.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Yamcha's quite popular around women despite his shyness.
- Cool Sword: Yamcha's scimitar in Dragon Ball
- Commuting On A Bus: It's pretty easy to forget that he and Puar were among the first characters introduced into the story.
- Can't Catch Up: Same as Krillin.
- Cannot Talk To Women: Used to be like this to such a degree that he couldn't even be a around women without freaking out. After a while of being around Bulma in the Pilaf Saga, particularly an incident where he picked her up to get her to safety, Yamcha mostly got over his phobia. Though he sometimes still does show some nervous around beautiful women.
- Deadpan Snarker
- 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.
- Determinator: Yamcha's pretty eager to fight most of the time, he eagerly volunteered to fight King Piccolo when his leg was broken. Until he goes down against #20, at which point he calls it quits.
- Deus Angst Machina: Yamcha and Bulma forged a relationship at 16 which continued to their mid thirties (over half his life). Yet Bulma ends up leaving him for Vegeta who had once killed Yamcha while trying to Take Over the World. You have to think about what keeps the guy going after that.
- Downer 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.
- 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.
- Easily Forgiven: Yamcha is generally shown as pretty forgiving, possibly due to being bad once himself. When Tien Shinhan 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, Tien criticizes Yamcha for making nice with Vegeta.
- Enemy Mine: When they were still ostensibly enemies, he helped Goku against the Rabbit Mob.
- The Everyman: He is perhaps one of the most relatable characters among the Z warriors. For instance, he is commonly seen wearing outfits other than his combat gear and he has been shown driving vehicles like sky cars and airships instead of flying everywhere like most of the other characters. He also has grounded interests like romance, sports and is actually concerned with having money, as opposed to most of the other protagonists, who do not seem to work at all and spend most of their time training. A notable example of how normal he is happens at the end of the Cell Saga, when the other protagonists are struggling to think of one last wish to be granted by Shenron. Yamcha suggests that, since nobody else could think of any important uses for that wish, they should wish for something for themselves, like lots of money. The other characters silently stare at him as if shocked that he would ever as much as consider using one of the wishes for purposes that are not altruistic. In response, Yamcha timidly apologizes and agrees to leave the last wish to Krillin.
- Failure Hero: In Z Yamcha seldom wins clear victories outside of fillers (and never important ones). Though he's had his moments in filler.
- Fighting With Chucks: Uses a three section staff at one point in the Legend of Shen Long. Yamcha is also seen holding Nun chucks in the anime version of the King Piccolo arc.
- Graceful Loser: Was polite and respectful to Jackie Chun and Kami when they beat him in the World Tournament. He was the first to clap when Tien decided to turn over a new leaf.
- He's also very friendly to Trunks, his ex's son. They're shown watching TV together and Yamcha is the one who tells him about Vegeta's reaction to his death.
- Genre Savvy: Yamcha eventually realizes that he really Can't Catch Up when he nearly gets killed by Android 20 and from then on stops trying to take center stage, giving up fighting after the Cell Saga.
- Glass Cannon/Fragile Speedster: In most of the RPGs, he has low defense but is the fastest and most damaging attacks.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: He was shown to do Training from Hell prior to the Buu Saga.
- Heel Face Turn: One of the first of many throughout the series.
- Image Song: Say what you want about the guy but he's got a very good one.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After Dr. Gero did this to Yamcha, the poor guy retired from fighting.
- Kamehame Hadoken: He was the second student to learn it, though he doesn't use it much.
- The Lancer: Sometimes holds this role, mainly in the absence of Krillin.
- Like Brother and Sister: He maintained a close relationship with Bulma after their breakup. Even telling Future Trunks about Vegeta going Papa Wolf on Cell to make him feel better.
- Mr. Fanservice: He was the first handsome adult male in the cast.
- Mundane Utility: Uses his powers to become a pro baseball player.
- Older Than They Look: Despite being an ordinary human, Yamcha looks about the same at 57 in Dragon Ball GT.
- Overshadowed by Awesome
- Rapid Fire Fisticuffs: His Signature Move, the Wolf Fang Fist/Rougafuufuuken. Also his improved version, the Neo Wolf Fang Fist/Shin Rougafuufuuken.
- Really Gets Around: According to Future Trunks, this is the reason Bulma eventually left him for Vegeta in that timeline. What's ironic is that Yamcha was initially extremely shy around girls at the start of the series and said he wanted to get married.
- Fridge Brilliance: Trunks likely heard all of this through Bulma (since Yamcha would've died shortly after he was born in his timeline). Think back to the original Dragon Ball; Bulma considered it cheating if another woman so much as looked at Yamcha the wrong way - whether he flirted back was irrelevant to her. Thinking about it like that it actually makes sense that Bulma would describe him like this.
- 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.
- 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.
- Scars Are Forever: Its never revealed exactly how he got them. After Yamcha came back from his three year Training from Hell in the Timeskip, he had them on his face.
- Shrinking Violet: A male example. At first Yamcha couldn't even be around women without blushing and fleeing the scene. Even after he hooked up with Bulma, he was still somewhat shy at times.
- Signature Move: Wolf Fang Fist and Spirit Ball.
- Taking the Bullet: Ever since his Heel Face Turn, Yamcha has been shown as willing to sacrifice himself for his friends. In one of the movies, he even painfully catches a boulder about to crush Bulma. His Saibaman death was actually the result of him volunteering ahead to protect Krillin from a second and final death.
- Training from Hell: Yamcha had been shown to go through this alot of the time, particularly when the date for the World Martial Arts Tournament nears. For the first tournament Yamcha trained alone in the wilderness for a month, the second time with Krillin under Roshi, and the third was for three straight years.
- True Companions: Yamcha seemed to have become this for real with the gang when in Pilaf's desert oven. Even getting distressed when Ape Goku was attacked, hard to believe earlier he was planning to beat up Goku to steal the Dragon Balls.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Filler, at least, Yamcha sometimes does better. He defeated Recoome, a guy who beat Vegeta to within an inch of his life, while training on King Kai's planet. While training in the Other World along with Krillin, he also defeated some of the top fighters in the tournament that Goku had won while he was there.
- Tritagonist: Legacy of Goku Arc.
- Twinkle Smile: It happened occasionally in the Dragon Ball anime.
- We Are Team Cannon Fodder: In DBZ.
- Weak, but Skilled: Yamcha's Spirit Ball is the first fully controllable ki attack shown in the series. While Yamcha was beaten handily by the powerful Shen in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, he managed to show his combat smarts by, after failing to hit Shen with his Spirit Ball, he made the energy ball travel underground and erupt under Shen's chin, catching him off guard. Shen even complimented Yamcha on his skills after the battle.
- He was the second student of the Turtle School to master the Kamehameha and surprised everyone by showing this in the 22nd Budokai.
- The Worf Effect: Yamcha suffers from this as early as Dragon Ball, always losing in his first round in the three world tournaments he participates in to show how powerful Jackie Chun, Tien, and Hero/Shen/Kami are, despite his training.
- Would Hit a Girl/Would Hurt a Child: In Dragon Ball, he is forced to knock out Kid Chi-Chi.
- X Marks The Hero: After the three year timeskip at the end of Dragon Ball.
Krillin (クリリン; Kuririn)
Voiced by (English): Sonny Strait
(Adult), Laurie Steele (Young) (FUNimation
); Terry Klassen (Ocean); Mike Thiessen, Dan Gascon (Blue Water); Wanda Nowicki (Harmony Gold)
One of the few human characters who retained most of their screentime even in DBZ (even though it was mostly as a Plucky Comic Relief
and by few we mean the only
one). Started off as a rival to Goku when both trained under Master Roshi when they were kids. He soon became a best friend and Heterosexual Life Partner
to Goku and the two have been through thick and thin through their battles and lives.
- Action Dad
- Awesome, but Impractical: His signature move, Destructo Disk, can cut through anything (except Cell...) and is completely unblockable, but it's slow to produce, its aim is unwieldy, and it can't be guided once launched. And the few times he has an opening to actually use it, he tends to ruin it by Calling His Attacks.
- Back from the Dead: Just about everyone did this but Krillin is notable for being the first and is tied with Chiaotzu for most deaths in the manga.
- Badass: At least compared to the Saiyans. He's the strongest human in the cast. He may even be stronger than the mythogical Herecules (yes, the one from Greek legend).
- Bald of Awesome: Until the Buu Saga anyway. Since childhood, he had been shaving his head, thinking great warriors like Roshi did that. He was embarrassed to learn that Roshi was naturally bald.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Son Gohan.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: In his first appearance.
- Butt Monkey: He died the first major death in the entire series. Many more would follow. He even lampshades this in the film Super Android 13 by shouting "Why does this always happen to me?!" while being knocked away by Vegeta's unconscious body. He also lampshades it much earlier in the second movie after pointing out how every attempt he made to hit Dr Wheelo ended in humiliating failure.
- Can't Catch Up: Started out as the The Rival, fell further behind with each new storyline, although remaining very important.
- Character Development: While he wasn't purehearted enough to ride the Nimbus at the beginning of the series, he's more than worthy of it now.
- Chivalrous Pervert: When he was younger. Seems to fade out with age.
- Combat Pragmatist: Initially started out like this, using a pair of panties as a distraction against Jackie Chun/Master Roshi, asking Chiaotzu basic math questions to disrupt his psychic powers, and attempting to exploit Goku's Achilles Heel by grabbing his tail during their fight in the Tournament. It's turned Up to Eleven in Z, where he takes on foes many times stronger than him with just his guts and dirty tactics.
- Dating Catwoman: Him married to Android 18 of course. He is a very mild while she is very spicy.
- Deadly Disc: His Signature Move, the Destructo Disk/Kienzan.
- Deadpan Snarker: When he's not screaming in terror, the guy tends to be the wittiest character and the most likely to lampshade hang.
- Death by Irony: His second death: After seeing Frieza transform into his final form, he comments that he doesn't look very intimidating. He later becomes the last character Frieza kills on Namek, screaming in terror as he died.
- Demoted to Extra: GT.
- Determinator: It's very hard to keep this guy down. The only time he gives up is when faced with the Androids, and even then it's because he knows that even Vegeta and Piccolo don't stand a chance.
- Deuteragonist: Throughout most of Dragon Ball, excepting the Piccolo Saga where he's dead and Tien takes over.
- Dork Knight
- Doting Parent: To his adorable little girl Marron.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the King Piccolo Saga.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Having lost the World Martial Arts Tournament three times, been killed twice, and had incredibly nightmarish battles against the Saiyans, Ginyu Force, and Frieza, Krillin finally achieves his dream of landing a girlfriend by the start of the Buu Saga.
- Fan Nickname: Called Pachinko-Head by Yajirobe.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Goku.
- Friendly Target: Three times in the manga (which ties him with Chiaotzu), plus another two/three/no one is sure times in alternate timelines, plus another on GT. So, 3-7 times. Ouch.
- Genius Bruiser: He's one heck of a strategic fighter.
- Happily Married: To Android 18.
- Heel Face Turn: Krillin was started out as a bullying rival of Goku but became his best friend.
- Henpecked Husband: Shows shades of this in "Bio Broly."
- Heterosexual Life Partners: With Goku.
- Honorary Uncle: To Gohan.
- Hot Dad: Having hair by the time he became one really helps.
- Informed Ability: Supplemental material has stated that Krillin the strongest human character in the series. Ignoring the Can't Catch Up tendency for all the non-Saiyan characters, Tien had the better showings in fights in the series.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Learned from Roshi. He doesn't use it as often as Goku, though.
- Kavorka Man: He may not be the most attractive of the series (although YMMV), but somehow he dated Maron, and married Android 18, to the surprise of the fans of the series.
- The Lancer: Until Tien showed up, where he was shifted into The Smart Guy.
- Love Makes You Dumb: The reason why Cell was able to absorb Android 18 and reach his final form.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Feminine Boy to Android 18's Masculine Girl.
- Nice Guy: Moreso as a grown up, not that he wasn't nice as a kid.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: See Love Makes You Dumb above.
- The Noseless
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Former Trope Namer.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Basically his major role in Z and the movies. (For example, disguising himself as Piccolo before saving Gohan, and then doing a cape twirl).
- Porn Stache: Despite not having a nose, he manages to grow a big, bushy mustache worthy of a 70s porn star in GT.
- Punny Name: His name is based on "kuri" (栗), which means "chestnut."
- The Rival: Hell, his introductory episode was even called "Goku's Rival", though the two went from rivals to best friends fairly quickly.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He kills three Saibaman with his Scattering Bullet special attack when Yamcha died to protect him. Goku always has one when Krillin dies.
- Robosexual: Played with. He marries Android 18, but she isn't completely a robot.
- Sacrificial Lion: First major good guy to die in the entire series.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Goku's Manly Man.
- Signature Move: Destructo Disk, although he is hardly the only user of it....
- Skintone Sclerae: While a staple of the early Toriyama style, he's the only major character to keep this trait. Interestingly, his earliest depiction didn't include them consistently.
- The Smart Guy: This is what keeps him in the game until the end of the Frieza arc.
- Spell My Name with an S: Oh, let us count the ways... Krillin (Funimation), Kuririn (Viz, also the literal transliteration), Kulilin (wears hats with this on it in the manga), Klilyn (most Bandai toys and in some cel art by Toei)...
- Despite his name having been spelt as "Kulilin" in the manga, the name "Kuririn" involves a play on "kuri", the Japanese word for "chestnut" (this is joked about, with reference to his bald head, at one stage) - likely, "Kulilin" is the result of liberal transliteration of Japanese ("l" and "r" sounds are indistinct), and "Krillin" is supposed to be an adaptation that is better suited for the foreign palate.
- Story Breaker Power: This trope is probably the reason he never uses the Solar Flare and the Destructo Disc together to defeat any of his opponents.
- Taken for Granite: Along with Piccolo.
- Tender Tears: Sensitivity, thy name is Krillin.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: To Android 18, who's the tallest female character in the series.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: To Android 18.
- We Are Team Cannon Fodder: Subverted. Yes, he's part of Team Cannon Fodder, but Krillin always gets a few good hits in against the villain of the day, and he doesn't lose his importance as a character until the Buu arc.
- Weak, but Skilled: Not having nowhere near as much raw strength or ki, he is a seriously cunning fighter. He ran rings around Nappa and Frieza when they tried to kill Gohan, and played a major part in the battle with Vegeta.
- More notable is that he managed to develop a technique that could seriously wound or kill an opponent easily a hundred times his strength. He just rarely hits anyone with it.
- During their "image training" on the way to Namek, when Krillin compliments Gohan on his strength, Gohan tells him he was surprised by just how many different techniques Krillin threw at him.
- Even in the Cell Saga when stakes quickly became so high he was outmatched, he still kept his importance due to his skills at observation and resourcefulness - when things look their bleakest, Krillin is often the one to point out something important or give a pragmatic plan of action.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: As seen in a movie, when Chi-Chi slaps him with a shopping bag and kicks him, he doesn't make an effort to fight back (he knows that Chi-Chi can crush him, but still...).
Tien Shinhan (天津飯; Tenshinhan)
Voiced by (English):
John Burgmier, Chris Cason (FUNimation
); Matt Smith *
(Ocean); Brendan Hunter, Johnathan Love (Blue Water); Eddie Frierson (Harmony Gold)
Introduced in the second World Martial Arts Tournament arc, Tien Shinhan 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
Piccolo (ピッコロ; Pikkoro)
A Namekian (a race of green skinned aliens), though at the start this wasn't really known; he was the son of the self-proclaimed Demon King Piccolo, who Goku defeated in the original series. After being spat out as an egg and hatched. Piccolo tried to carry on his father's work but was defeated by Goku and allowed to live. As the series rolls into the Z
saga, his evil exterior softens due to training Son Gohan, and eventually becoming a second father to the kind-hearted little boy during Goku's frequent deaths. The one-time Demon King eventually becomes one of Goku's most trusted allies, and incredibly popular amongst the fanbase.
- Alien Blood: Piccolo's blood was originally red in Dragon Ball and early episodes of DBZ (it was turned green in early episodes of the original dub), but after he was established as an alien, he is shown to have purple blood, like his fellow Nameks.
- Aloof Ally
- The Atoner: Of a sort. He never expresses regret over his past actions, but definitely works off his bad karma.
- Avenging the Villain: Well, technically himself, since he's the reincarnation/son of King Piccolo.
- Badass: One of the series' biggest.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Although Goku beats him at first, Piccolo finally gets the chance to avenge his father/himself when he kills Goku in order to kill Raditz. Granted, the objective wasn't revenge but that was the effect.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: It was Gohan's innocence and kindness towards him that triggered his Heel Face Turn.
- Big Damn Heroes: Piccolo swooping in out of nowhere to rescue Gohan is so prevalent in the movies that the tenth finally tosses it a Lampshade Hanging: this time, Krillin is the one who rescues Gohan... while dressed up as Piccolo.
- He even chews Goku out for not doing this against Cell when he's basically torturing Gohan, and was about to perform another one until Cell decided to stop and steal the Senzu.
- Big Good: Sometimes.
- Can't Catch Up: He lasted the longest out of all of the non-Saiyans, remaining the third or second most powerful hero all the way until Semi-Perfect Cell was born. He did get to spend time in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, which at least made him much stronger than Semi-Perfect Cell, but he still fell behind because the Saiyans got to go in to the chamber twice. By the Buu saga, when the three main Saiyans have all unlocked become Super Saiyan 2 and gotten even stronger than they were at the Cell Games, Piccolo knows that he won't be of much use and retires.
- The Coats Are Off: When Piccolo removes his weighted cape, some poor fool's getting a major beat down!
- Characterization Marches On: Piccolo Jr. was a cackling, raving psychopath in the 23rd World Martial Arts saga, often prone to shouting and Slasher Smiles. In the following saga (the beginning of Z), he's suddenly much more composed and only occasionally gives a Psychotic Smirk.
- He is also noticably more physically adult at the start of DBZ. He was only a few years old at the end of Dragon Ball, and looked like a teenager. The change could be attributed to him growing up.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Defeat Means Friendship: Eventually.
- Demoted to Extra: Late in the Buu Saga and definitely in GT.
- Arguable in the Buu Saga; even if he didn't engage in active combat, he remained in the mentor role for Trunks and Goten and was on the battlefield with them right until Buu absorbed him.
- Doting Parent: He's so gentle and kind towards his surrogate child Son Gohan one tends to forget that he was ever a Demon King. Some fans even argue he is a better father than Goku.
- Enemy Without
- Finger Gun: His Special Beam Cannon/Makankousappou.
- Fusion Dance: Merges with two other Namekians throughout the series (Nail and Kami). Though both of them say his personality won't change, there are subtle differences.
- Genius Bruiser: Due to doubling as The Smart Guy and The Lancer.
- Good Thing You Can Heal
- Heel Face Turn
- Heroic Sacrifice: He died protecting Gohan during the Vegeta Saga. In GT, he stays with the exploding Earth to keep the Black Star Dragon Balls from being used again.
- Hot Dad: Adoptive second-dad to be exact, but still hot.
- Humanity Is Infectious: "Pathetic... to think that Demon King Piccolo would fall... protecting a child... I have been.... contaminated... by you... and your father's decency... Gohan."
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Kamehame Hadoken: Special Beam Cannon.
- The Lancer: Both kinds—he's Goku's foil until the end of the Frieza arc, and after that he takes the role of trusted second-in-command.
- Large and in Charge: The tallest Z-Fighter, and the one most likely to lead the team into battle when Goku's not there (which is often).
- Like a Badass out of Hell: A mix of type 2 and 4, near the end of GT Piccolo is forced to corrupt his soul by causing carnage in heaven in order to be sent to hell to help Goku escape to fight Super 17, but he couldn't do anything to leave (and it's implied that he didn't want to, seeing it as being where he finally belonged). With an eternity to kill and nothing else to do he decided to pick up making sure the villains didn't act up again, becoming an unofficial leader of hell's jailers.
- Like A Son To Me: He refers to Gohan as "the son he never had."
- Lima Syndrome: Who'd have thought abducting a four-year-old to train with him in a dinosaur-filled wasteland would end up being so good for him?
- Literally Shattered Life: He is accidentally shattered by Kid Trunks when he's turned to stone. Subverted because it's a Good Thing He Can Heal.
- Literal Split Personality: He's the reincarnation of King Piccolo, who was Kami's evil side made flesh.
- Loner Turned Friend
- Love Redeems
- Manly Tears: See Humanity Is Infectious Above.
- Nice Hat: One of the few people who can make a turban look completely bad-ass.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: If Piccolo had never told the dying Raditz about the Dragon Balls, Nappa, Vegeta and even Freeza wouldn't be going after them.
- ...and then Cell or the Androids would have slaughtered them all. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero meets For Want Of A Nail?
- Neither of them would have existed...or at least not as they were introduced.
- Speaking of which, this trope may count for the Cell arc too considering Piccolo's the one who taught him how to use his regenerative abilities, which he would then proceed to spam up until his destruction.
- Noble Demon: More so after Z starts.
- The Obi-Wan: To Gohan in the Saiyan Saga. Subverted in that Gohan brings Piccolo Back from the Dead and they reunite on the battlefield.
- Obsolete Mentor: By the end of the Cell Saga, Gohan has surpassed him in every way, but their bond is as strong as ever.
- Odd Friendship: Hints of it with Tien in the Cell arc.
- Only Sane Man: Most of the time.
- Overprotective Dad: Even when Gohan becomes far more powerful than he will ever be, Piccolo would still lay his life down to protect the boy.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: But not so much that he loses plot importance. When he Can't Catch Up after the Cell Saga, he switches roles to The Mentor for the younger heroes. He gets a better deal in the movies though (if you consider them canon), where he usually at least gets to dispatch the Big Bad's Elite Mooks and, in two of them (Dead Zone and Lord Slug), he even saves the day.
- By the Buu arc, not only is he God (well, he fused with God...), but he's the fourth most powerful non-fused Z-Fighter (unless you count the Supreme Kai) and one of the top ten most powerful beings in the universe, period. Too bad that's still nothing compared to Buu, Vegeta, Gohan, Goku, the Supreme Kai, and Dabura.
- Papa Wolf: Not even Frieza could withstand his wrath when he tried to murder Son Gohan.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Promotion to Parent: To Son Gohan, whenever Son Goku is dead or missing.
- Psychic Powers: Mostly in Filler but he did levitate about four pyramids with his mind. Seems to be an innate Namekian trait since synchronising his with Dende allowed Goku to escape from HFIL in GT.
- Purple Is Powerful
- Redemption Equals Death
- Reformed But Not Tamed: Even after his Heel Face Turn, he was generally aloof and distant to the human characters, some of them considered him outright scary, while he spared his gentler side for Gohan. Shoot, he even invoked this when he acted as if the Z fighters weren't his allies when he reluctantly decided to merge with Kami. He's also pretty ruthless in battle, at one point severing Dr. Gero's arm (though he originally assumed he was just an android), and bifurcating Babidi.
- Signature Move: Special Beam Cannon, Light Grenade, and Hellzone Grenade
- Sink or Swim Mentor: When he first started training Gohan, he had no qualms about throwing him at a sheer cliff to trigger his hidden power, and followed that up by leaving him in a wasteland filled with dinosaurs for half a year. He made up for it.
- The Smart Guy: In the Cell Saga.
- Straight Man: Especially while paired with Gotenks.
- Supporting Leader
- Surrounded by Idiots: How he feels most of the time,
- Taken for Granite: In the Buu Saga thanks to Dabura.
- Taking the Bullet: For Gohan in the Saiyan Saga, and Goku in the anime version of the Frieza arc.
- Tame His Anger: This had a lot to do with his friendship with Gohan.
- Team Dad: It is so worth noting that he's probably the most sensible, level-headed character in the entire series, and the other characters often defer to him in a crisis. He's the responsible one who always has a plan and probably the most protective of Earth. Also tends to get stuck training or babysitting the younger characters.
- Not to mention he's probably the smartest. After fusing with Kami (aka God) he became much more intelligent, not to say that he was stupid. It's no wonder they come to him for advice when he possesses the wisdom of God.
- Gets even funnier when you realize that, technically speaking, he's one of the youngest characters. He's only four years older than Gohan—making him something like sixteen years younger than Goku! (Technically speaking, he is a mind that is hundreds of years old inside of a much younger body.)
- Theme Naming: After a musical instrument which he (his dad) and his siblings are all named after.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Three times. Once after training Gohan, once after merging with Nail, and once after reuniting with Kami.
- Tritagonist: In the Saiyan Saga. He and Vegeta trade the position throughout the Frieza and Cell arcs.
- You Killed My Father: Towards Goku (well, technically, its revenge towards Goku having killed him, as he is the reincarnation of his father, King Piccolo).
Son Gohan (孫 悟飯)
Son of Goku and Chi-Chi introduced in the Z
series, and a half-Saiyan (he starts off having a tail like Goku did). At first was just a little crybaby with hidden strength. But under the tutelage of Piccolo and his experiences in battle, turns into quite an accomplished warrior. Unfortunately for him, he hates violence and would rather be a scholar.
Vegeta (ベジータ; Bejiita)
The royal prince of all Saiyans and, along with Goku, one of the few surviving members of his race. Started out as a villain who came to Earth to use the Dragon Balls for his own ends. But after that battle and his repeated run-ins with the heroes, he slowly but surely starts to come over to the heroes' side... somewhat.
Trunks (トランクス; Torankusu)
Adult Trunks voiced by (English): Eric Vale
); Allistair Abell (Ocean); Matthew Erickson (Blue Water)
Son of Vegeta and Bulma. There are actually two versions of him in the story.Both Versions Future Timeline
When Trunks is first introduced, he is a traveler from an alternate future where Androids have destroyed much of the world. He comes to the main timeline to warn Goku and his friends of their fate and then sticks around to make sure none of it comes to pass.
Main Series Timeline
- Adaptational Badass: When he first shows up. In the manga, he's only about as strong as Goku was on Namek when he fought Frieza. In the anime, he defeats two guys who are stronger than Goku was on Namek. In a Curb-Stomp Battle.
- To clarify: in the manga, Frieza was always inferior to Super Saiyan Goku despite putting up a decent fight, and King Cold was weaker than Frieza. Mecha Frieza was stronger than normal Frieza, but not quite as strong as Goku. When Trunks showed up, he pretty much instantly ended Frieza when he was distracted rather than let him power-up, so Frieza never really got the chance to put up a fight. In the anime, Frieza was equal with Super Saiyan Goku on Namek, fighting him to a stalemate until his stamina started dropping... and Mecha Frieza was supposedly even stronger than that, but without the stamina issues. King Cold is also made out to be even stronger than Mecha Frieza. Unlike in the manga, Trunks actually lets Frieza power up... and despite Mecha Frieza being even stronger than Goku was on Namek, Trunks completely humiliates him with no effort and kills his stronger father soon after.
- The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People/Misery Builds Character: Growing up After the End (and without Vegeta's influence) made this Trunks responsible, polite and selfless.
- Badass: Remember Frieza? The guy who took a really long time to defeat back on Namek? Trunks introduces himself by instantly killing him.
- Badass Arm Fold: An overconfident Trunks displays this when fighting Perfect Cell.
- Future Badass: Probably the Most Triumphant Example in manga and anime.
- Bad Future: Where he came from.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Like his mentor, Gohan, he's shy, polite, kind, and values the sanctity of life. Also like his mentor, if you violate that sanctity in front of him, he will do his damndest to end you. And, as other tropes attest, he's perfectly capable of ruthlessness.
- The Big Guy: His fights mostly showcase his raw strength. His fight with Perfect Cell, however, deconstructs this.
- Big "NO!": (In)famously in the English dub, as well as in Kai.
- Breakout Character: His importance in video games is something to be amazed with. That's where his attacks got named in the first place. In Final Bout he's treated as a separate character even tough there's other two grown-up Trunks in the game already. In Shin Budokai and Heroes, Trunks is The Protagonist and a Supporting Protagonist respectively. Also the latest video games are fond of giving the Super Saiyan 3 transformation to other Saiyans besides Goku but they're just thrown in with no proper build up. Trunks' transformation, however, is an important plot ticket in Heroes and got an animation just for it.
- During the Cell Saga, in Japan's Character poll Trunks ranked higher than both Vegeta and Piccolo.
- Break the Cutie: Growing up After the End was one thing but particularly finding his Big Brother Mentor Gohan dead at age 13.
- Calling Your Attacks: Averted—he's actually pretty quiet during battle and his attacks only get named in the video games.
- Clipped Wing Angel: A rare heroic example when he goes Ultra Super Saiyan against Perfect Cell.
- Combat Pragmatist: Bless him, he tries to fight according to "common sense". He does have a sense of honor, but that's for friendly sparring matches or tournament bouts only; when it comes to saving innocent lives, he'll do whatever works. Unfortunately for him, he's in a Shōnen series.
- That said, when he is stronger than his opponent, it does not last long. Future Trunks is not interested in a fair fight, holding back, or challenges. This is completely justified as a byproduct of the Bad Future he grew up in.
- Seen clearly against Frieza. Instead of letting him power up to 100% like Goku did, he cut him in half the minute he was distracted. In the manga at least.
- Cool Sword: Apparently the one Tapion used, assuming Wrath of the Dragon is canon and that it's the same sword used by Main Timeline Trunks.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: First to Freeza and King Cold. Then gets to perform an ultra satisfying one on the Androids and later on Cell after returning to his own time.
- Did He Just Slice and Destroy Frieza?: The reaction he invoked in the cast when they witnessed him slice Mecha Frieza in half.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: After growing up in an apocalyptic world, seeing your mentor and the closest thing to a big brother die, fleeing everyday from the killing machines responsible for all of the above, going back in time to a world where the heroes are still alive and to find a solution to make his timeline better, maybe earning the respect of the father he never knew, and confronting another horrible killing machine from the future (even dying briefly). With the Earth saved, he finally earns his father's respect, returns to the future to exact sweet revenge on the androids, and finally wait to defeat Cell, saving his world and allowing for the world to rebuild itself.
- Expy: Something of a Composite Character of Kyle Reese and John Connor from the Terminator series.
- Friend to All Living Things: Anime and Bojack Unbound movie only, where he's a hit with the squirrel population and pink alien rodents at least...
- Genius Bruiser: A variant. His fighting style is mostly brute force, but he's quite intelligent out of battle.
- Good Is Not Soft: While Trunks is normally polite, caring and greatly values life, he is also very practical minded and can be very ruthless when the situation calls for it. He rarely speaks or engages in boastful behavior during combat, and he always fights with his full strength, seeking not the defeat of his enemies, but their deaths. Notable examples of this aspect of his personality at work include attacking his father Vegeta with a powerful blast because Vegeta was trying to stop him from killing Cell before he became Perfect and, before accepting him as an ally, powering up in front of a damaged Android 16 in order to show him that he is the stronger one of the two and that, should Android 16 ever step out of line, Trunks will destroy him without hesitation.
- Growing Muscles Sequence: Gets a very dramatic one when he goes Super Saiyan 3rd Grade. Unfortunately, the extra mass slows him down.
- Heroic BSOD: When he fails to defeat Perfect Cell with the realization his Ultra Super Saiyan form is too slow, he gives up all hope and promptly tells Cell to kill him. Luckily, Cell was more interested in the Super Saiyans' sudden enormous strength to oblige.
- Hurting Hero
- Kid from the Future: Nearly blows his cover too, but luckily Bulma and Vegeta don't figure it out early.
- Last of His Kind: As far as we are shown (if the movies aren't canon), Future Trunks is the last being with Saiyan blood left in his timeline.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Again when his hair is longer.
- Mighty Glacier: In his Ultra Super Saiyan state. He's only "slow" when compared to the other characters, but that was enough for Cell to beat him handily.
- Mr. Fanservice: It's been theorized that a major reason people ship Vegeta/Bulma (which, when it was first written into the manga, would have been a Crack Pairing of epic proportions) is just to make sure he's born. Readership with women went up when he was introduced.
- Never The Selves Shall Meet: Averted. Trunks meets his present self, still an infant, who pulls his hair.
- Nice Guy: In contrast to his brash, egotistical, arrogant and violent counterpart raised by Vegeta, Trunks raised by Bulma alone turns out to be a well-mannered, gentle, intropsective, sensitive and kind sweetheart.
- Past Me Scares Me
- Put on a Bus: He returned to his alternate future timeline.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Upon returning home, Trunks proceeds to hunt down 17 and 18 and destroys them in a Curb-Stomp Battle that doubles as a Reason You Suck Speech. He then waits for Cell and also takes him out with haste finally securing peace for his timeline.
- Sacrificial Lion: He was this to show that not only was Cell BACK, he was Super Perfect and that anyone could bite it with Goku already being dead.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong
- Shout Out: A Future Badass comes back in time to save the present from cyborgs? Where have I heard that before? This version of Trunks and Bulma also visually resemble John and Sarah Connor as they appear in the second movie.
- Signature Move: Burning Attack
- Smug Smiler: Something that gets overshadowed by his overall character but Trunks, when he believes victory is assured, tends to drop some pretty epic smirks as seen when fighting Frieza and Cell in his future. Perhaps heĺs not that different from his father after all. To the point that Vegeta has a dream of a Super Saiyan Trunks giving him one◊.
- Sphere of Destruction: His Heat Dome Attack makes one around him. Also his Burning Attack, which involves him flailing his arms around wildly first.
- Stepford Smiler: Trunks was definitely this at the beginning of the Android Saga when he met the Z Fighters with smiles after defeating Frieza and King Cold. They had no idea where he was from or the fact he's a Hurting Hero who arrived to prevent their deaths.
- Tell Me About My Father: Bulma's kindly-meant whitewashing of Vegeta's personality paid off with some unexpected dividends later on.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: To be fair, Frieza had come back from near death before and it was the only way to be sure.
- Took a Level in Badass: Wasn't badass enough at first to take on the androids of his timeline but then spent time training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.
- Troubled, but Cute: Twenty years of fleeing for your life from two homicidal androids has left Future Trunks emotionally scarred and serious.
- Well Done Son Guy: Desperately wants approval from the father he never knew.
- Would Hit a Girl: Justified in his fights against Future Android 18.
- You Are Already Dead: Does this to Android 14 in the Super Android 13 movie with his sword and without saying a word.
Afterward, the Trunks of the main timeline is revealed to be somewhat of a daredevil and thrill seeker (partially thanks to his father's influence), usually being the one to make the decisions between Goten and himself. He mellows out by the GT
saga though and is a bit more rational—he has to be when he's the CEO of Capsule Corporation at only 23.
Son Goten (孫 悟天)
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, naive and so dorky he's the only person who finds Gohan's embarrassing superhero costume to be "cool."
- Adorably Precocious Child: As a kid.
- Always Save the Girl: In GT, always tries to save Valese.
- Badass Adorable: Considerate, kind, sensitive, warm-hearted, polite AND can kick the ass of evil.
- Bash Brothers: With Main Timeline Trunks.
- Big Brother Worship
- Big Eater: A family trait.
- Break the Cutie: He goes through this after watching Super Buu murder his mother by turning her into an egg and crusing it.
- Cheerful Child
- Chick Magnet: In GT, college-age Goten seems to be going out with girls all the time.
- Children Are Innocent: As a child.
- The Cutie
- Demoted to Extra: In GT.
- Dork Knight: As an adult.
- The Everyman: When he grows up.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish Sibling to Gohan's Responsible Sibling.
- Fusion Dance: Into Gotenks and part of the Trope Namer.
- Friend to All Living Things: His love for animals is identical to that of his father's too.
- Generation Xerox
- Half-Human Hybrid: His father's a Saiyan, his mother's a human.
- Hereditary Hairstyle: Got it from Goku.
- Heterosexual Life Partners: With main timeline Trunks.
- Kamehame Hadoken
- Momma's Boy: Is this to Chi-Chi along with Gohan.
- Naughty Is Good: He is partners in mischief with Trunks, after all.
- Nice Guy
- Only Sane Man: Sometimes.
- Pintsized Powerhouse
- Ret Gone: Inverted. He doesn't exist in the original timeline (the timeline Future Trunks comes from), but the changes made by Future Trunks and Cell's timetraveling alter this.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive part, with Trunks.
- Shipper on Deck: For Gohan/Videl before they started dating. Goten asks her to be his big sister.
- Someone to Remember Him By: He was born nine months after the Cell Games and Goku's death.
- Strong Family Resemblance: When first introduced, he looked almost exactly like Goku did back at the start of Dragon Ball, without the tail and wearing longer sleeves. He later mentions he grew his hair specifically because he was sick of looking identical to his dad.
- Talking to Himself: See Goku's entry.
- Also with Videl in the English dub, as both are voiced by Kara Edwards.
- Tareme Eyes/Tsurime Eyes: Like his father and brother.
- Toxic Friend Influence: Trunks isn't "toxic," per se, but Goten sometimes goes along with whatever mischief Trunks does.
- Unskilled, but Strong: As a kid. He was a Super Saiyan and yet couldn't even fly.
Gotenks (ゴテンクス; Gotenkusu)
When Goku returned from the afterlife with the knowledge of the Fusion Dance
but no eligible partner to perform it with, Goten and Trunks
were taught it, and their mothers came up with the combined name Gotenks. The result combines Goten's childishness with Trunks' brattiness to create one of the weirdest and goofiest fighters in the series, the kind who would come up with the Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Pretty much all of the attacks he comes up with are flashy but ineffective. The Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack initially seems to be very powerful and effective, but when Buu later attempts to use it against Vegetto, he quickly demonstrates the attack's fatal flaw (the ghosts can be detonated from a safe distance with ki blasts) and subsequently mocks Buu for thinking an attack dreamed up by two kids could beat him.
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's more fight-loving and the biggest loudmouth in the series.
- That "Loudmouth" was the thing that enabled him/them to create a dimension hole with his/their mouths.
- Break the Haughty: The time he was born (perfectly), he recklessly rushes into battle with Buu and gets utterly crushed. He doesn't learn from this experience, of course.
- Calling Your Attacks: He even gives names to somewhat stylized versions of otherwise normal punches and kicks, most of which are ridiculous ("Screaming Angry WOMBAT!!!").
- Composite Character: Literally. He combines features from 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.
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Half An Hour Of Power
- Idiot Hero: Combining the arrogance of Trunks and the naivety of Son Goten results in a naive and arrogant showoff-blowhard who is too busy "looking good" to save the world.
- Large Ham
- Let's Get Dangerous: Once he stops messing around, he pummels the living daylights out of Buu.
- The Minion Master: With the Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack, which summons dozens of not-too-bright ghost copies of himself that explode on impact.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: His Signature Move the Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack, which are ghosts he spits out o his mouth that look like him and explode if they touch anything.
- Multicolored Hair: Trunks' purple hair on the sides, Goten's dark hair up the middle.
- Naked People Are Funny: In the episode "The Celebrations of Buu."
- Naughty Is Good
- The Napoleon: Powerful and the shortest main character (save for Goten and Trunks obviously) at the end of Z.
- Pint Sized Powerhouse: As the fusion of Kid Goten and Kid Trunks, he's one of the strongest beings in the universe and one of the shortest.
- Portmanteau Name: In Japanese his name is the first two syllables of Goten, the last two syllables of Trunks, and an "n" dividing the two halves.
- Signature Attack: Super Ghost Kamekaze Attack
- Skunk Stripe
- Smug Super
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Son Goten was not an egotist; all that arrogant and overconfident traits therefore all comes from Trunks.
- Voice of the Legion: Non-creepy example, he talks with both Goten and Trunk's voices simultaneously. This also applies to Gogeta and Veggito.
Gogeta (ゴジータ; Gojīta)
The combined form of Goku and Vegeta using the Fusion Dance
. He debuted in movie 12, Fusion Reborn
, as a last ditch effort to defeat Janemba, and it worked. He shows up again in GT
as a rather goofy Super Saiyan 4 to fight against Omega Shenron.
- Awesome, but Impractical: At Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta's time limit is extremely short.
- Badass: There's a very good reason this guy's limited by time constraints; the fusion of Goku and Vegeta makes him the single strongest fighter in the series, capable of taking down a demon made of pure evil in seconds in his first appearance. Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta takes this even further, as his power exceeds that of Omega Shenron. His goofiness is the only thing preventing him from ending the fight in five seconds.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Deals these out like a champ.
- Half An Hour Of Power: 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.
- Portmanteau Name: Like Vegito, only this time it's the first syllable of Goku and the last two syllables of Vegeta.
- Redheaded Hero: As a Super Saiyan 4.
- Showy Invincible Hero: As a Super Saiyan 4, he's more like Vegito.
- Arguably, he's more like Gotenks. Vegito played around with Buu, but Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta was just plain silly.
- Signature Attack L Stardust Breaker and Big Bang Kamehameha
- Sphere of Destruction: His Stardust Breaker / Soul Punisher, a rainbow-colored ki sphere that completely obliterates Janemba from the inside out.
- The Stoic: His initial appearance has him as one.
- Story Breaker Power: He and/or Vegito are by far the most powerful character in the history of Dragon Ball.
- Voice of the Legion
- Weaksauce Weakness: Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta is effectively omnipotent as a fighter... so long as he can beat opponents in a handful of minutes.
Vegetto (ベジット; Bejitto)
The combined form
of Goku and Vegeta, using the Potara Earrings. A long-awaited combination and the
most powerful character in the manga Z series. And then he got turned into a coffee candy
. And he still
kicks ass. Hilarity Ensues
- Badass: The fusion of two Badasses could only result in this. He effortlessly kicks Super Buu around before letting himself get turned into candy to free his comrades.
- Adaptational Badass: And the effortlessly part, in the manga, he immediately goes to Super Saiyan, the anime has him effortlessly overpowering him and only turned Super Saiyan for the heck of it
- Badass Boast: After Super Buu turns him into a candy.
: "I'm no ordinary candy — I'm a jawbreaker
! The strongest piece of candy there is!" (He's turned into a coffee candy in the original Japanese.)
- Barrier Warrior: He made a ki barrier around to protect himself from being properly absorbed by Buu.
- Baleful Polymorph: But he didn't let that stop him. See The Amazing Fighting Candy!
- BFS/Laser Sword: His Spirit Sword/Ki no Tsurugi attack.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Gogeta. As Akira Toriyama mentions in an interview, he wanted Goku and Vegeta to fuse, but didn't want to step on the toes of Fusion Reborn, which was already in-development at the time. He took the earrings that Kaiōshin had been wearing all along, changed the way the fusion worked (permanent vs. temporary; melded-outfit vs. fancy vest; composite vs. original attacks), and Vegetto was born. Toriyama did later sketch Gogeta for the movie DVD box set in Japan, though.
- Composite Character: About halfway between Goku and Vegeta in height, frame, and hairdo. By some strange coincidence, the result looks like Gohan did during the same saga. He also has composite attacks. For example, the "Final Kamehameha".
- No Sell: Baring Buu's absorbing technique, EVERYTHING. And he didn't plan on getting absorbed to free the others he probably would have dealt with it.
- Portmanteau Name: In its Japanese spelling, it combines the first two syllables of Vegeta and the last two syllables of Kakarotto.
- Showy Invincible Hero: And he's well aware of it!
Vegetto: "No, really! That was an awesome attack! I could have been killed."
Vegetto: "Well, maybe I am exaggerating a little bit. I could have at least gotten a bruise or maybe a small scratch..."
- It quickly becomes very clear that Buu has no chance of killing him, even though Veggetto isn't fighting at full strength, and yet the fight is still oh so entertaining to watch.
- Signature Attack: Final Kamehameha and Beam Sword Slash
- Spell My Name with an S: "Vegetto" (Bandai's spelling) or "Vegito" (Funimation's spelling)? Neither one makes sense in most English adaptations, since his name is a portmanteau of Vegeta's name with Goku's Saiyan name, which is commonly romanized as "Kakarot" instead of the literal "Kakarotto". Viz attempted to reconcile this by changing his name to Vegerot in the English manga, but then they changed it back to Vegetto in the Viz Big reprint (although, one has to wonder why they didn't went with the more obvious "Vegetot").
- Story Breaker Power: He is the strongest character to ever show up (not including GT). Old Kai states that Potara Fusion is stronger than Fusion Dance (Gogeta) and even if it wasn't, there's half hour time limit so he could outlast anyone.
- Too Powerful to Live: If this guy stayed around, the plot would have basically ended in five minutes. And you would've written off the main character and his main foil at the same time...
- Voice of the Legion: Except in the Ocean dub, where he is voiced by Brian Drummond (Using a higher-pitched version of his Vegeta voice).
- You Fight Like A Cow: Most well known for this. He combines Goku's sense of humour with Vegeta's arrogance and wit, to both beat and mock the living daylights out of Super Buu.
- Batman Gambit: Of course, this is all part of his plan: getting Buu pissed off and desperate enough to absorb him, so he can free everyone absorbed by Buu.
9-year-old Pan voiced by (English):
Elise Baughman (FUNimation
); Caitlynne Mederek (Blue Water)
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.
- Adorkable: As a four year old she was seen as cute and bubbly and full of energy. This rarely appears in GT though.
- Affirmative Action Girl
- Badass Adorable: At this point, it's pretty much safe to say that this trope must run in the Son bloodline.
- Bare Your Midriff: In GT.
- Berserk Button: Never make fun of her eyebrows.
- Boyish Short Hair
- Bratty Half-Pint: In GT.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Despite being something of a tomboy.
- The Chick: In GT.
- Cool Old Lady: At the end of GT.
- Cute Bruiser
- Dressing as the Enemy: In GT.
- Fingerless Gloves: Her clothing style.
- Genki Girl
- Hair-Trigger Temper
- Heir to the Dojo: Of Satan-style. She winds up running the dojo as a teenager.
- Kamehame Hadoken
- Kawaiiko: Only something of a tomboy.
- Last Episode New Character
- Little Miss Badass
- Little Miss Snarker: In the GT series.
- Mouthy Kid
- Nice Hat: As an old lady at the end of GT.
- No Guy Wants An Amazon: Much to her chagrin.
- Outdated Outfit: Her clothes in GT are extremely 90s.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She already possesed tremendous strength and the ability to fly by the time she was four years old.
- Ret Gone: Inverted, see Goten's entry.
- Talking To Herself: Shares the voice actress of her mother, Yuko Minaguchi. Both roles are Playing Against Type, since Mrs. Minaguchi more than often voices soft-spoken girls like Hotaru, Princess Hinoto and Nadeshiko Amamiya-Kinomoto.
- Theme Naming: Pan-chan is Akira Toriyama's Crowning Moment of Awesome in theme names. The obvious facet is that "pan" is a Portuguese loan word for "bread," punning off her dad's name, which means rice (and if you want, you can stretch the pun: Chi-Chi can mean "milk" or "breast milk."). Pan is also a satyr in Greek mythology whose imagery was borrowed for the Christian devil. Her mother's name is an anagram of "devil," and her maternal grandfather is Mr. Satan! Pan could also be a reference to the Pan Pipes in honor of Piccolo.
- It gets even better: In Greek, "pan" is a prefix meaning "all." So Pan is, in fact, named after all of these characters.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Bra's girly girl.
- Tomboy With A Girly Streak