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Pilaf (ピラフ; Pirafu)

Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (Japanese), Dave Ward (Ocean dub), Chuck Huber (Funimation dub) Yamil Atala (Latin American)

The first villain in the original series, a short midget with dreams of... what else... taking over the world. After Goku and friends ruin his original attempt and destroy his castle (thanks to Goku's Great Ape form), he appears a few more times as a minor annoyance, but he plays an important role in reviving King Piccolo in the hopes that he'll be allowed to share in his global conquest; Piccolo betrays him as soon as it's convenient. Then he's never seen again... at least not in the Z series. He makes an appearance in GT though, actually kicking off the entire series. He, as well as his lackeys, also show up in the Battle of the Gods movie where they, ironically, get shrunken into children.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: It is never explained what Pilaf really is, and nobody comments upon him being a cyan-skinned midget with pointed ears and no nose.
    • Then again, the general population in cities is shown to consist of human-animal hybrids, different colored aliens, etc. Even some of the major characters (Tien with his three eyes, Oolong being a pig-man) are not commented upon.
  • Arc Villain: The first major one that was not a Villain of the Week, but it would by a while before an actual Big Bad that could fight would appear.
  • Ax-Crazy: Pilaf's first response to any form of failure is a gratuitous DEATH THREAT. He is utterly tame compared to the madness of the Z series such as Frieza and Buu.
  • Bad Boss: In an early episode, he had Shu physically restrained and nearly sliced him up with a chainsaw simply because Shu wouldn't take the blame for Pilaf himself farting.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • In his appearance in GT, Pilaf finds the Black Star Dragon Balls and summons Ultimate Shenlong with the intent of wishing to Take Over the World. Before he can, he idly says it would be nice if his enemy Goku were a little kid again. Ultimate Shenlong interprets this as Pilaf's wish and turns Goku into a child, leaving the still-powerful Goku to mop up Pilaf and his gang.
    • Reversed in Movie 14, where Pilaf wished for youth, feeling that there'd be no point in ruling the world if they would not live long afterwards. In response, Shenron turns him and his minions into children.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: This is the person who released King Piccolo, the devil of the Dragon Ball world.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He pictures himself as the main villain, but is more of a whiny, spoiled brat. It would be a while before any really evil villains showed up.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He acts like a spoiled child and throws temper tantrums when he doesn't get his way.note 
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In this page
  • The Bus Came Back: After being completely absent from Dragon Ball Z and if you don't count GT, the Pilaf gang make their canon return in Battle of Gods.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: His favorite way to deal with his subordinates when they fail him, like threatening to cut them in half or striking them with lightning . He also tried this with Goku and the others by attempting to burn them alive in a heated cell.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In the same page of Breaking the Fourth Wall above, he thinks Mai refers about "anything else" when she said about "sack between his legs," while Mai actually refers the sack that contained Goku's four-star Dragon Ball.
  • Death Trap: How he likes to deal with his enemies. Some of his traps includes closing walls and tormenting his prisoners with a giant pinball maze.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: He sets King Piccolo loose in the hopes that he will either be able to control him or mooch off of his conquest. As soon as Piccolo doesn't need him anymore, he punts Pilaf and his gang off of their own airship.
  • Evil Overlord: Thinks he is this. He really is not.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Pilaf reacts with disgust when he learns from Bulma that she thought he would strip and violate her in order to garner information as to where the Dragon Balls were. He also reacts with disgust at some of Demon King Piccolo's actions, but wisely keeps his mouth shut.
  • Genre Blindness: How could he not see that Demon King Piccolo had no intention in given him half of the world or even a fifth.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: After the first arc of Dragon Ball, Pilaf and his minions' only purpose is to randomly show up and get their butts kicked.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He loses his temper easily and yells at others for their failings, even when it is mostly his fault.
  • Harmless Villain: After his first defeat he stopped being a real threat to Goku. The most he does is just annoy him.
  • Honor Before Reason: In Dragon Ball Super, despite starving for several days, Pilaf refuse to take any food from Bulma's party out of pride and orders Shu and Mai to do the same. He quickly changes his mind when Goten and Trunks brings them food, seeing it as an offering.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • Mai questions whether it was a good idea to trust Piccolo in the first place after being betrayed.
    • He seems to have learned his lesson since he didn't trust Sobert and Tagoma, but is force to work with them. He even asked outright if they planned to kill them once they weren't needed anymore. Luckily for them, despite being part of Frieza's group, they are much nicer than King Piccolo.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Being kicked off his airship by Demon King Piccolo only causes him to hit the ground Wile E. Coyote style.
  • Jerkass: He is an asshole, but unlike most villains, he cannot do anything about it.
  • Karmic Jackpot: Even though they're force to help Sobert and Tagoma revive Frieza, they kept them from using the second wish to bring back King Cold by wishing for a million zenny. They used the money to have a feast.
  • Laughably Evil: He can never catch a break nor does he really deserves one.
  • Lethally Stupid: Who thought it was a good idea to release the devil who nearly cause the genocide of humanity last time?
  • Never My Fault: He blames all of his mistakes on his minions, even when they're clearly his fault.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: As silly and ridiculous Pilaf is, his oven prison cell came extremely close to killing the main characters. He's also responsible for releasing Demon King Piccolo, as well as just about all of GT and had a hand in resurrecting Frieza.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: He is the villain version of this.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He's a spoiled, Ax-Crazy brat, but has none of the physical power to exert it.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: More or less what Demon King Piccolo does to him, being the one who sold out mankind to the devil for world conquest, after he has out lived his usefulness.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job:
    • Given all the stuff he has built (his castle, flying fortress, death traps, and all his machines) he obviously has no cash flow problem. How he comes into such funds is never stated.
    • Subverted in the canon movies where he and his crew have falling on hard times and have work more than a few day jobs, despite being able to find the Dragon Balls almost as easily as Bulma.
  • Self-Deprecation: Pilaf has expressed his hatred of Dr. Slump, saying Shonen Jump became much more sophisticated after its cancellation.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He fancies himself as an evil overlord but frankly, both Demon King Piccolo and Freeza have him beat in intelligence and brutality.
  • Small Role, Big Impact:
    • He only appears in the very first episode of GT, as well as a brief scene near the end of the Baby Saga, but it was his wish on the Black Star Dragon Balls that kick-started the entire first arc, as well as Goku's becoming a kid again.
    • In Resurrection of F, Pilaf and his gang were the ones who gathered the Dragon Balls so that Sorbet and Tagoma could revive Frieza. They also stop them from reviving King Cold by stealing the second wish.
  • Smug Snake: Thinks he is much smarter and clever than he actually is.
  • Spoiled Brat: See Bratty Half-Pint above.
  • Starter Villain: The first villain to last longer than a single episode and not become a good guy, but truly evil villains would not show up until near the end of the first half of the series.
  • Stupid Evil: Most of his schemes are petty revenge and relying on the latest gimmick at the time which backfires as Goku becomes more and more of a Badass.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He believes this, although his subordinates are smarter than him.
  • Take Over the World: His life motive.
  • The Napoleon: He is short, a recurring theme in the series.
  • Theme Naming: After food (rice pilaf).
  • Too Dumb to Live: Due to his pettiness, he treats Demon King Piccolo like a Mook,
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • Or near-doom, at least, after releasing Demon King Piccolo.
    • In Resurrection 'F' they help revive Frieza with the Dragon Balls.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He's this with Mai and Shu. Sure he insults them a lot, but in the end they are the closest thing to friends he has. The 3 even grow old together.
  • Yes-Man: To Demon King Piccolo. Piccolo sees right through it.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After Demon King Piccolo regains his youth, he kicks Pilaf and his lackeys off their own airship. Apparently their reward was "not dying."

Mai (マイ) and Shu (シュー)

Mai voiced by: Eiko Yamada (Japanese), Teryl Rothery (Ocean dub), Julie Franklin (Funimation dub) Colleen Clinkenbeard (Tenkaichi Budokai 3, Battle of Gods), Carola Vázquez (Latin American), Susana Moreno (Battle of Gods)
Shu voiced by: Tesshō Genda (Japanese), Doug Parker (Ocean dub), Chris Cason (Funimation dub), Ricardo Hill (Latin American), Luis Daniel Ramírez (GT), Miguel Ángel Leal (Battle of Gods)

Pilaf's underlings. A rather beautiful Asian looking woman and a ninja shiba inu. Not any brighter then their boss to say the least.

    Red Ribbon Army 

Red Ribbon Army (レッドリボン軍; Reddo Ribon Gun)

An evil organization headed by Commander Red. They get wind of the Dragon Balls and use any means to collect them, including taking innocent life. Goku practically decimates them by himself after they get in his way one too many times.
  • Evil Army: The first of two evil organizations in the series to feature a large variety of villains in its roster, they are the weaker one as the latter in Z are an intergalactic planet ring ruled by a psychotic monster of a Bad Boss.
  • Evil Is Petty: Red's goal is use the balls to grow taller; understandably, Black kills him because he has ordered death for failure and many of their men had died for a pathetic desire.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: They hire homosexuals, cyborgs, animal people and women, but to Red, they're expendable.
  • The Ghost: There's a few brief mentions of "General Copper", who is apparently a very high-ranking official on the same level as Blue and White, but he's never actually seen.
  • Mooks
    • Mook Mobile: A lot of them ride helicopters or other vehicles. This doesn't seem to help their survival rate as Goku typically explodes helicopters (presumably killing the pilot); in comparison, Foot Soldiers are almost always just knocked out by Goku.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: General Blue's soldiers wear the uniform. Though as mentioned above, they entirely believe in Equal-Opportunity Evil. Oh, and just like the Nazis (and to a slightly lesser extent, the Soviets),note  they also intend to find magical occult items (in this case, the Dragon Balls) to further their plans of world conquest.
  • Remember the New Guy: Dr. Gero was the head scientist and the one who most likely built Android 8. We never see or hear, or know he exist at all, until Android Saga.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Black's defeat, the rest of the Red Ribbon Army scatters. And even before Black's defeat most of the army started running, even when they were threatened with execution.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Red Ribbon Army shares a LOT of similarities to several military dictatorships (at least two could be named):
    • The Nazi regime is referenced by their MO (heck, one of their members, General Blue, is clearly designed to resemble a Strumabteilung officer, heavily resembles the ideal Nazi soldier in both physical appearance as well as abilities, and has several... quirks taken from Ernst Rohm, the former leader of the S.A., and even spoke German at one point), and the Soviets were mentioned via a similar name, as well as via General White, a high ranking officer who is implied to be of Russian descent.
  • Take Over the World: Why they are after the dragon balls. Commander Red's real goal is just to become taller.
  • Theme Naming: Almost every major member of the army is named after a color, the exceptions being Full Metal Jacket (although the English version sort of keeps up with the theme naming by calling him "Metallitron"), Captain Dark (as some official sources imply that his name is actually pronounced as "Dock," as in the structure ships stop at), and Dr. Gero (who was created years after the rest of the characters).
  • You Have Failed Me: The standard military code of the Red Ribbon Army is this—and they have an extremely broad definition of "failure". Including failing to dodge his cat that randomly attacks people who enter his office.

Commander Red (レッド総帥; Reddo Sousui)

Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi (Japanese), Josh Martin (Funimation dub), Roberto Sen (Latin American)

A red-haired, eyepatch-wearing dwarf who created the Red Ribbon Army to fulfill his dream of ruling the world. Commander Red led the Red Ribbons up until Goku's final assault on his compound; then, his number-two, Staff Officer Black, killed him when Red admitted that the real reason he wanted the Dragon Balls was not to rule the world, but just to become taller. In Dragon Ball Online, he returns centuries later, rebuilt as "Android 9", and creates the new Red Pants Army.
  • Arc Villain: Of the Red Ribbon army.
  • Bad Boss: He has his men executed for any kind of failure, which comes across as even worse when his wish is really petty and not worth the sacrifices.
  • Bad Guys Play Pool: And golf and pinball.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: He's built up as the main villain for the entire Red Ribbon Army arc, only to be killed by Black seconds before Goku appears in his office.
  • Boom, Headshot: How he met his end.
  • Evil Is Petty: He wants to grow taller; understandably, Black is angered off at such a petty goal.
  • Evil Redhead: He is a red-haired man who is the boss of the most evil army in the world.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Does nothing but point out he is bad.
  • Freudian Excuse: According to his bio in the Daizenshuu, Red's reason for his hatred of his own size is because he was bullied at Elementary school for his size.
  • Height Angst: He was so angsty about his height that intended to use the eponymous objects, not to complete his world takeover, but to wish himself taller.
  • Identical Stranger: A guy who looks exactly like Red, but without an eyepatch, shows up as a hotheaded film director in the Great Saiyaman Saga of Dragon Ball Z.
  • Irony: Him hiring Tao Pai Pai to kill Goku ended up destroying the Red Ribbon Army since Tao killed Bora, which made Goku go after all of the dragon balls. Before then, Goku was only interested in the 4-star ball.
  • Jerkass: Killed hundreds if not thousands of people, including his own men, just so he could become taller.
  • Kick the Dog: When Black calls him out for all the mooks they've lost and sacrificed just to wish to be taller, Red tells him it was worth all that and more. This led to Black's decision to kill him and take over.
  • The Napoleon: He deployed the full forces of his worldwide and heavily-armed criminal organization to find the Dragon Balls... so he could be taller.
  • Playing Against Type: Red is voiced by Kenji Utsumi in the Japanese version, and Red is a midget. In case one is wondering why this is against type, Utsumi usually plays large characters. He nonetheless did fit into the secondary category of being a military dictator, though.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Acts somewhat childish at times.
  • Scottish English: In the Funimation dub. This is even more so when he says "Aye."
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He thinks this, but he's no better than his subordinates.
  • Theme Naming: After a color.
  • The Unfought: As a result of Black killing him just before Goku arrives.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Refused to surrender the Dragon Balls, despite knowing that he could not stop Goku and bragging about his real goal to Staff Officer Black.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: His resurrection as Android 9.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Thought Master Roshi was the scientist who built the Dragon Radar because he was an old man.

Adjutant Black / Staff Officer Black (ブラック補佐, Burakku Hosa [manga]; ブラック参謀, Burakku Sambou [anime])

Voiced by: Masaharu Sato (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (Funimation dub), Salvador Delgado (Latin American), José Luis Castañeda (Path to Power)

The second-in-command of the Red Ribbon Army. Black puts up with years of verbal abuse from Commander Red due to his loyalty to the Red Ribbons' goal of conquering the world, but finally snaps when Red admits that he wasted hundreds of lives getting the Dragon Balls just so he could become taller. He executes Red for insubordination and assumes command of the Red Ribbon Army, but is quickly defeated by Goku.

Colonel Silver (シルバー大佐; Shirubaa Taisa)

Voiced by: Banjō Ginga (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (Funimation dub), Mario Castaneda (Latin American)

The first member of the Red Ribbon Army to go up against Goku. He steals a Dragon Ball from Pilaf and temporarily destroys Goku's Flying Nimbus.
  • Affably Evil: He is calm, professional, does not immediately resort to violence, and bears Goku no personal grudge. In the Funimation dub, he is even polite to civilians — though he will still kill them without mercy.
  • Ascended Extra: Had a larger role in the anime than in the manga.
  • Badass
  • BFG: Carries a bazooka.
  • Break The Fake: Does this with a fake Dragon Ball after a store owner attempts to con them into buying it.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Calls Black an imbecile for thinking he has time to sit and wait for backup as Pilaf's flying fortress emerges. Repeatedly abuses radio communicators.
  • Evil Redhead
  • The Gloves Come Off: Removes his trench coat during his fight with Goku. Also literally wears no gloves when he meets with Commander Red for the last time.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a rather ugly scar across his chest.
  • Honesty Is the Best Policy: Silver kills the conman for lying to his face. He also tells Black and Red everything about his defeat. Yep. I was knocked out by a 12-year-old.
  • Rugged Scar: Has a nasty scar on his chest.
  • Scarf Of Ass Kicking
  • The Stoic: In the Japanese anime.
  • Theme Naming: After a color, yet he is a redhead.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the anime, Silver is dismissed by Commander Red after losing the Dragon Balls to Goku, who then orders his henchmen to kill him. But he is never shown to be killed (whereas in the manga, Red says he'll "see him in front of the firing squad"). He makes no appearances after this, leaving his fate unknown.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Pilaf snatches the Dragon Ball and retreats in his flying fortress, forcing Silver to let him go. Later, Silver shows up with his whole army in fighter jets and blows it up.

General White (ホワイト将軍; Howaito Shougun)

Voiced by: Tesshō Genda (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (Funimation dub), Roberto Sen (Latin American), Rafael Rivera (Path to Power)

A Red Ribbon leader searching for a Dragon Ball in the snowy arctic, General White built a fortress called Muscle Tower, kidnapped a nearby village's leader, and forced the townsfolk to comb the landscape for the Dragon Ball. His retinue of followers almost had Goku on the ropes, but Android 8 defeated him and saved Goku.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: What Eighter did to him after he shot Goku in the back of the head.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Tried to fight Goku, thinking he was weak from his trials in Muscle Tower. Goku was weakened, but not enough to make a difference.
    • His "fight" with Eighter, if you can even call it that. Eighter sent him flying with just one punch.
  • Dirty Communists: General White has a Russian accent, and if that's not enough, most of his footsoldiers are wearing Red Army commando uniforms.
  • Dirty Coward: Takes the mayor hostage by gunpoint when he realize that he couldn't win against Goku.
  • Disney Villain Death/Made of Iron/No One Could Survive That: He made the big mistake of harming Goku in front of Eighter, ends up punched out the window and several miles through the sky into a mountain. Going General Blue's offhanded comment about needing to apologize to White (done in a way that made it seem that he was still alive) and his appearance in Attack of the Saiyans, he survived.
  • General Ripper: Has no problem trying to kill a kid, using villagers for slave labor, and killing innocents to find the Dragon Ball. He even planned to kill all the villagers once he did find the Dragon Ball, which was why Android 8 hid it from him.
  • Husky Russkie: He is physically the largest of the Red Ribbon officers Goku goes up against (though also physically the weakest).
  • Kick the Dog: Continuously belittled and mocked Eighter for being a failure. He was also the one who ordered Murasaki to press Eighter's self-destruct button.
  • Jerkass: He was going to execute all the villagers after they found the Dragon Ball.
  • Oh Crap!: Has a moment like this when he realizes just how bad of an idea it was to shoot Goku in front of Eighter.
  • Sadistic Choice: Try to make Eighter decide between killing Goku or him killing the mayor.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: His followers—Major Metallitron, Ninja Murasaki, Android 8 (who pulled a Heel-Face Turn), and Buyon.
  • Theme Naming: After a color.
  • You Gotta Have Purple Hair
  • Vodka Drunkenski: Given his implied Russian heritage as well as his sometimes drinking from a flask that presumably contained vodka.

Murasaki (ムラサキ曹長; Murasaki Souchou)

Voiced by: Takeshi Aono (Japanese), Duncan Brannan (Funimation dub), Pedro D'Aguillón Jr. (Latin American)

A half-competent ninja mercenary hired by General White. Despite his relative weakness, he has an impressive repertoire of tricks and proves a wily foe—he is the first Red Ribbon villain who Goku takes more than one episode to beat. He survives Goku's assault on Muscle Tower and comes back to finish Goku off soon after, but Goku unknowingly tosses a bomb at him and he hasn't been seen since.
  • Ass Shove: What happened when he landed on Goku's Power Pole.
    • To make it even more painful, he accidentally jerks it around when he hits against a tree and Goku yanks it right out when he wants it back.
  • Butt Monkey: The guy landed directly on Goku's Power Pole!
    • Iron Butt Monkey: Alot of bad stuff happens to this guy but he always seems to recover. He even might have survived Android 8's bomb.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His entire "fight" with Goku more or less consisted of Murasaki becoming his plaything for several episodes. Goku could have beaten him at any time, but was just having too much fun.
  • Dirty Middle-Aged Man: Murasaki has a lot of girlie magazines in his quarters. In addition, he also secretly took pictures of two women changing into ninja outfits, two women who were also heavily implied to be General White's sisters.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Subverted as they are actually his quintuplet brothers.
  • The Dragon: To General White.
  • Humiliation Conga: Almost his entire fight with Goku is this. He lands on Goku's Power Pole, gets bested in hide-and-seek and racing, gets his favorite sword broken, and eventually one-shotted by Goku after he attempted to blow up Android 8. And if you count the filler, he gets buried in an avalanche and get blown up by a bomb which he may or may not survived.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Goku never took this guy seriously, until he tried to destroy Android 8.
  • Killed Off for Real: Possibly in the anime, Goku unwittingly throws Android's self-destruct bomb at him (while he was trapped in the snow). The bomb seemingly detonates before he could get it off. However it's never directly stated he was killed and he reappears in video games. He also does not reappear in GT at all, not even in the Super 17 arc, where the Hell residents escape. So it is possible Murasaki could have survived the explosion in a cartoonish fashion similar to Pilaf.
  • Laughably Evil: He tries so hard to be serious, but he can't catch a break being Goku's Butt Monkey
  • Ninja: Subverted in that he is a bumbling idiot
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: At times he can be dangerous. He would've self destructed Android 8 if Goku hadn't intervened.
  • Smug Snake: He is not as strong as he likes to believe, especially compared to Goku who literally plays with him.
  • Stock Ninja Weaponry: He had a sword, daggers, and everything else you expect to find on a ninja.
  • Theme Naming: After a color; 'Murasaki' is the Japanese word for purple.

Captain Yellow (イエロー大佐; Ieroo Taisa)

Voiced by: Daisuke Gōri (Japanese), Phil Parsons (Funimation dub), Armando Réndiz (Latin American)

A tiger-person who briefly faces off against Goku, commanding a plane trying to raid Bora and Upa's village. Goku knocks him out of his airplane, killing him.
  • Disney Villain Death: Goku punched him out of his plane mid-flight. If that was not enough to convince you that he is dead, he later reappears in GT as one of the Hell escapees.
  • Petting Zoo People: He is a tiger who acts like a human.
  • Shout-Out: His design (being an anthropomorphic tiger who is a plane pilot) is a reference/parody of the World War II United States mercenary squadron, the Flying Tigers.
  • Theme Naming: After a color.
  • Visual Pun: See Shout-Out.

General Blue (ブルー将軍; Buruu Shougun)

Voiced by: Toshio Furukawa (Japanese), Sonny Strait (Funimation dub), Salvador Delgado (Latin American)

A high-ranking member of the Red Ribbon Army with formidable psychic powers. General Blue was searching for a Dragon Ball in the ocean when Goku and Bulma stumble into his camp. He quickly becomes a deadly enemy to Goku and friends. When he fails to obtain the Dragon Ball, Commander Red orders him to fight Mercenary Tao, who kills him.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In Mystical Adventure, General Blue (named Lieutenant Blue) was shown to be somewhat of a nice guy, or at least not an evil guy. He also acted as a genuine Sacrificial Lion to Tao Pai Pai, being killed by him after he tried to warn his boss, Chiaotzu, about their treacherous plans against Chiaotzu after he stumbled upon Ranfan inside Shen's bedroom.
  • All Gays Are Pedophiles / Shotacon: He makes a pass at Obotchaman during the crossover sequence with Dr. Slump. Though it's possible that Blue thought Obotchaman was a midget.
  • All Germans Are Nazis: Well, sort of. It is implied that he hails from Germany or at least a German-speaking country (He says "Auf Wiedersehen" when leaving Goku, Roshi, and Bulma to be blown to bits after stealing the Dragon Balls, which is the German equivalent of "Goodbye"), and everything about him basically speaks "Nazi."
  • Ax-Crazy: He has one of his own men shot for picking his nose, and relishes in the sound of the gunfire.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: What happened to him when he fought Arale, a robotic girl and the main character from Dr. Slump.
  • Badass: He may be a Sissy Villain, but he is by far the strongest commander in the Red Ribbon Army. He easily beats Krillin and nearly killed Goku three times. He also escaped a collapsing underwater cave by swimming and survived his plan crashing into a mountain with no real injury.
  • Bad Boss: Considering the fact that he executed soldiers for picking noses, failure to hit Goku twice, and cowardice/sleeping on the job (the last of which he executed in person the soldier who did these actions). At one point, he also implies that he physically abuses soldiers who somehow sneak up on him ("How many times do I have to tell you!? It's very hard to sneak up on a general and to keep your teeth!") The only one whose even worse of a boss in his army is his own boss, Commander Red, who once was implied to have executed a soldier just because he couldn't evade his cat in time, and also has a chilling disregard for his own troops, even willing to kill off his own army just to get himself taller.
  • Berserk Button: Sloppiness and especially getting his looks messed up.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Kills his own men for petty reasons, try to kill children, he definitely counts.
  • British Accents: General Blue is... an odd variation. The Funimation dub (or at least their work on Budokai Tenkaichi 3) has him speaking in a British accent, even though it is all but heavily implied that his country of origin was Germany.
  • Chessmaster Sidekick: General Blue is shown to have superhuman strength, endurance, and possessing Psychic Powers, and thus could easily overthrow Commander Red and Adjutant Black's chain of command if he so desired, but he instead follows their commands to the letter.
  • Disney Death: An entire underwater cave collapsed on him. He somehow survived. Was also knocked high enough to forcibly travel and crash-land from Penguin Village to an Egypt-like country and survive relatively intact.
  • Evil Brit: In the Funimation dub.
  • Fan Disservice: His reference to possessing bikini trunks, anyone?
  • The Fighting Narcissist: He completely loses it when Krillin gives him a nose bleed and ask the characters several times how they can hit a thing of beauty.
  • Genius Bruiser / Informed Ability: Aside from being the strongest Red Ribbon Army soldier (which is demonstrated), General Blue was also stated by Commander Red to be a tactical genius on the battlefield. However, this was not showcased much outside of drawing a fake arrow in place of Kuririn and Bulma's arrow to trick Goku into going the wrong way.
  • Giggling Villain / Noblewoman's Laugh: He laughs like a noble woman in the Japanese version.
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: It was a robotic girl, but a girl nonetheless.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: Smiles as he listened to someone being executed.
  • Macho Camp: Scared of mice, and a bit of a neat freak (however, see Ax-Crazy). Otherwise, he is every bit a man's man, and one of the first truly threatening enemies Goku faces.
  • Near Villain Victory: Despite getting two of his units wiped out, he came the closest to killing Goku not once, not twice, but three times. He also was successful in stealing the dragon balls and did succeed in taking Goku's Dragon Radar. He's by far the most successful villain of the Red Ribbon Army.
  • Psychic Powers: Including paralyzing anyone who meets his gaze and animating ropes.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Sort of. Blue's reaction to girls is almost similar to a young boy feeling as though interacting with girls would get him infected with cooties.
  • Putting on the Reich: He uniform are based on the Nazis.
  • Sissy Villain: On the one hand, he is super-strong and possesses frightening Psychic Powers. On the other, he is terrified of mice and obsessed with his looks.
  • Sorry, I'm Gay: Bulma's attempt at seducing him fails miserably.
  • Super Soldier: He nearly kills Goku, who Curb Stomps all the other commanders, can lift heavy boulders with little effort, swim great distances, and have psychic powers. He fears only one thing: mice.
  • Super Strength: Such as lifting boulders and crushing phone booths with his bare hands. Also goes in line with superhuman endurance due to his surviving an electric eel's shocks with no apparent ill effects afterwards, and snapped its neck.
  • Take That: It's implied he's inspired from Ernst Röhm (remember that General Blue's soldiers wear Nazi-like uniform).
  • Theme Naming: After a color.
  • Time Bomb: Tried to kill Goku and Co. with one after he stole the Dragon Balls.
  • Vain: Had a mental breakdown when Kuririn gave him a nosebleed and had an equally bad reaction when Goku punched him.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: Sort of — when he finds that he would have have to wade through water to trail Bulma and Krillin for the Dragon Ball and potentially the pirate treasure, he complains that he forgot to pack his bikini trunks in his field kit.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: The first major villain to defeat and almost kill Goku and his friends.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: After he ditches his uniform to swim through a sea cave.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Let us put it this way: He is the only Red Ribbon Army member who is actually playable in any of the DBZ fighting games (Budokai, Budokai Tenkaichi, etc). Sure, it was only for one game (Budokai Tenkaichi 3), but the rest of the Red Ribbon Army didn't get playable in any of those games. It is probably because he is the only member with any actual powers.
  • The Worf Effect: He's the strongest Red Ribbon officer, able to fight Goku and nearly kill him on more than one occasion. The first sign of Mercenary Tao's prowess is when he effortlessly kills Blue using nothing but his tongue.
  • You Have Failed Me:
    • He callously executes any of his lackeys who fail him... or who pick their nose in his presence.
    • When he fails to stop Goku, Blue himself is essentially executed by Commander Red, who offers to spare his life if he can beat Mercenary Tao, knowing that Blue stands no chance.

Mercenary Tao/ Tao Pai Pai (桃白白; Taopaipai'')

Voiced by: Chikao Ohtsuka (Japanese), Yukimasa Kishino (Japanese DBZ), Scott McNeil (Ocean dub), Kent Williams (Funimation dub), Gerardo Reyero and later Pedro D'Aguillón Jr. (Latin American)

A mercenary and assassin hired by the Red Ribbon Army to collect the Dragon Balls for them. Swift and merciless, he is the first human character to hand Goku a defeat outside the World Martial Arts Tournament. After some training though, Goku manages to return the favor and Tao accidentally blows himself up when a grenade is kicked back at him. He returns later as a cyborg but is quickly defeated again despite the upgrades. Makes a few more appearances in filler of the Z series.
  • Arm Cannon: His Super Dodon Ray.
  • Badass Mustache: Just look at the page image.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • How he beat Goku in their first fight. Goku returned the favor in their second match.
    • After his return as a cyborg he takes Chiaotzu out without breaking a sweat. He then taking out with one punch by Tien.
  • Cyborg: He is rebuild into one after Goku kick his own generade in his face. He also becomes even more powerful, but it doesn't really help him since the cast greatly surpass him by the time of his returns.
  • Clothing Damage: Compliments of Goku's Kamehameha. He clothes also get damage again during his rematch with Goku.
  • Dirty Coward: Considering the fact that he promised that he would change just to keep Goku from killing him, and as soon as Goku let his guard down, he attempts to kill him with a grenade, it's pretty reasonable that he qualifies as such.
  • Dub Name Change: The short-lived Harmony Gold dub made him "Tao Pei." The Funimation dub called him General Tao and then Mercenary Tao.
  • Evil Mentor: To Tien and Chiaotzu, next to the Crane Hermit.
  • Failed a Spot Check: How he missed the 4-star ball and the fact that Goku was still alive after getting nailed in the chest with a Dodon Ray.
  • Finger Gun: His Dodon Ray technique, via the Crane School of martial arts.
  • Fingerpoke Of Doom: His introduction had him killing General Blue with his tongue. He later used this to kill a tailor after he asked for his payment.
  • Gratuitous English: What kind of assassin goes around with "KILL YOU!" written on his clothes?note 
  • Gratuitous Hawaiian: "Aloha!"
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Throwing a grenade at Goku was a bad idea.
  • Jerkass: Besides being a Professional Killer who has no problem killing a child, he also killed the tailor because he had the nerve to ask to be paid for doing a week's worth of work in three days. It is not like he lacked the money. He also murdered Bora, a friend of Goku, for no particular reason.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Before him, nobody good had died onscreen and his cruelty is played seriously. However, as soon as Goku got stronger he's relegated to a joke and it would not be until Demon King Piccolo that a villain would be playing for keeps.
  • Lack of Empathy: Coldly murders Bora for no good reason and told Upa that he was lucky that he did not decide to kill him.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: He takes out his targets fast, often with one-hit kills. When Goku proved to be resilient to blunt blows, he tries to pierce his heart with a Dodon Ray.
  • Only Mostly Dead/Unexplained Recovery: A fairly ridiculous example as Goku clearly saw him being blown up into nothingness.
  • Professional Killer: The best in the world.
  • Psycho for Hire: Not as crazy as the ones in Z, but still close. The very first thing he does when he runs into Goku is smile and tell him, "Pleased to kill you."
  • Razor-Sharp Hand: And feet. And fingers. And tongue.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: And will kill you if you dare say otherwise.
  • Sadist: BIG TIME, although not as sadistic compared to other villains in the series. Most of his actions are motivated by money.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: His reaction to finding out Gohan was Goku's son (Filler only).
  • Stoic: Remains cool and professional as he is killing his target.
    • Not So Stoic: Has a complete breakdown when Goku proved to be stronger than him. Happened again when Tien proved to be his superior at the 23rd tournament.
  • Theme Naming: After a color. "Taopaipai" roughly translates to "Peach-White-White."
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His murder of Upa's father Bora is what leads Goku to actively seek out the Dragon Balls and destroy the Red Ribbon Army.
  • Vain: Went to the tailor to get new clothes after Goku destroyed his outfit. As he puts it, 'having torn clothes wasn't benefitting'.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: His transformation to cyborg did increase his strength some, but by the time he appears his old student Tien is so powerful he goes down in one shot. By the time he makes his brief appearance in Z, he knows he's completely outclassed and flees at the mere mention of Goku.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Begs for his life when Goku overpowers him, and then tries to blow him up with a grenade.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Before Tao, Goku was easily beating the Red Ribbon Army. Even their best, General Blue, only got ahead thanks to his paralyzing technique. Tao came and not only beat Goku, but utterly destroyed him with no effort.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Was turned into a cyborg after he was nearly killed by Goku.
  • Worf Effect:
    • After easily taking out Goku in their first fight he's utterly outmatched in their second.
    • He returns as a cyborg more powerful than ever…and gets one-shotted by Tien.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He stated that he would kill anyone, man, woman, or child for the right price. He also did not hesitate to attempt to kill Goku, even though he is 12.

Colonel Violet

Voiced by: Kazuko Sugiyama (Japanese), Kasey Buckley (Funimation dub), Belinda Martínez (Latin American)

A female member of the Red Ribbon Army who is sent on an interference mission against Goku's allies to stop them from getting the Dragon Balls. She's only in it for the money and doesn't even care about her own subordinates. When Goku storms the Red Ribbon headquarters, she sees the writing on the wall and deserts, taking a huge amount of the army's money with her. Violet is the only Red Ribbon officer known to have survived.
  • Ascended Extra: She only has about two panels in the manga before she's never seen again. The anime expands a bit more on her showing she only working with Red Ribbons for the money.
  • Bad Boss: Doesn't give a lick about the people who work under her as she leaves her squad to their deaths while retrieving a Dragon Ball.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the movie Path to Power, Goku blows up her airplane.
  • Mercenary: Heavily implied to be her relationship with the Red Ribbon Army.
  • Karma Houdini: Until Path to Power, Violet had not only survived the events of the Red Ribbon Saga, but escaped it while enduring practically no consequences.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite her bad boss status, she does love animals and went out of her way to save a monkey while escaping. Granted, she does this immediately after killing several of her own men to distance herself from a crocodile.
  • Only in It for the Money: Got paid when she returned with the Dragon Ball and robs the vault when Goku was rampaging through the base.
  • The Smurfette Principle" The only female seen in the Red Ribbon Army.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the anime, once Goku begins his invasion of the Red Ribbon base. She heads straight for the vault, grabs as much cash as she can, and then bolts. She's one of the few Red Ribbon officials to escape Goku's wrath at the time and, considering she doesn't appear later in the show, probably went on with her life after the Red Ribbon's downfall. Red was not happy about this when he found out.
  • Theme Naming: Guess.
  • You Gotta Have Violet Hair: After her codename.

"Buyon/The Jiggler"

Voiced by: Daisuke Matsubara (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (Funimation dub)

General White's "pet," it appears as Goku's last opponent. It's a large, obese pink alien... thing and is stored inside a hidden room in General White's tower.

  • Big Eater: It eats cattle and even humans whole.
  • Boss Arena Idiocy: Buyon's one weakness is freezing temperatures, and its room is able to be accessed from the outside by destroying the wall.
  • Fat Bastard
  • Kevlard: It's the first opponent in the original anime able to take a direct hit from the Kamehameha without suffering any damage.

    The Crane Hermit 

Master Shen (鶴仙人; Tsuru Sen'nin ("Crane Elder"))

Voiced by: Ichirō Nagai (Japanese), Clark Robertson (Ocean dub), Chuck Huber (Funimation dub), Carlos Segundo (Latin American)

Master Roshi's rival and Mercenary Tao older brother. Tien and Chiaotzu's original teacher, The Crane Hermit has his students enter the 22nd World Martial Tournament in order to show up Roshi, hearing how far Goku and Krillin went in the previous tournament. When he hears that Goku defeated Tao, he changes his plans and tries to get his students to kill Goku and company. However, his interference in the final match causes his students to make a Heel-Face Turn, and he is sent flying by Roshi's Kamehameha wave. He shows up at the next tournament with his brother, but is forced to flee when his ex-prize student easily beats Tao.
  • Avenging the Villain: When he learned what happened to his brother, Tao.
  • Big Bad: During the Tien Shinehan Saga with Tien as his Dragon-in-Chief.
    • Big Bad Wannabe: Shows up at the 23rd tournament seeking revenge on the Dragon Ball gang, but is quickly chased off.
  • Cool Shades: Never seen without them.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Implied that seeing the cruelty of King Piccolo and the defeat of his master is what sent him down the path of evil.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: He was the one who taught Tien the Spirit Cannon/Kikoho, much to Roshi's displeasure.
  • Dirty Old Man: Attempts to grope Bulma, much to her disgust.
  • Dub Name Change: The name "Master Shen" was invented for the dub. In the Japanese version, he is only ever known as Tsuru Sen'nin or "Crane Elder."
  • Even Evil Has Standards / Evil Is Not a Toy: He knows well enough the terror of Demon King Piccolo to never consider releasing him.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Muten Roshi.
  • Evil Mentor: To Tien and Chiaotzu along with his brother.
  • Evil Old Folks: He is as old as Roshi, but is morally corrupt and petty.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Turned to evil after his master was defeated by King Piccolo.
  • It's Personal: Entered the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament to show up the Turtle House. Then he learned Goku killed his younger brother and then it becomes personal.
  • Jerkass: Tried to turn his students into assassins and then attempted to kill them when they disobey his orders.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Gets Chiaotzu to use his paralysis on Goku when the latter is fighting Tien, but this only triggers a Heel-Face Turn in both of his students.
  • Nice Hat: It has a crane on it.
  • Older Than They Look: Implied to be the same age as Roshi, meaning he too is at least 300 years old.
  • Renowned Selective Mentor: He's about as picky about his students as Master Roshi and is also a legend in the Martial Arts world. As far as we know his only students are his younger brother, Tao, Tien, and Chiaotzu.
  • Rival Turned Evil: He and Roshi used to train under the same master.
  • Rival Dojos: With the Turtle School
  • Sadist: Like seeing other people in pain.
  • Shadow Archetype: He's a shadow of Master Roshi. He represents what Roshi would be like if he became corrupted.
  • Treacherous Advisor: Mystical Adventure only.
  • The Svengali: He is this towards Tien and Chiaotzu until they turn against him.
  • The Unfought: No one in the series ever fights him. The closest the series ever comes to having someone fight him is when he briefly ambushes Goku during the night after learning of his brother's death, but Tien talks him out of it and convinces him that things will be settle during the tournament.
  • Victory Gloating: Does this after Tien beats Yamcha at the tourument.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: After Tien beats Tao at the 23rd tournament and literally hands his brother's unconscious body to him, he flies off and is never seen again (not even in the anime, unlike Tao).
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Roshi before he turned to evil.

    Piccolo's Kingdom 

Demon King Piccolo (ピッコロ大魔王; Pikkoro Daimaou)

Voiced by: Takeshi Aono (Japanese), Scott McNeil (Ocean dub), Christopher Sabat (Funimation dub), Carlos Segundo (Latin American)

Not to be confused with the Piccolo of Dragon Ball Z, his son. King Piccolo was originally identified as a Demon before the revelation that he originated on planet Namek. The evil side of Kami that gained sentience, he proves to be the toughest opponent yet for the young Goku. Of course, like all the villains he goes down eventually, in this case by a fist straight through his midsection.
  • And I Must Scream: He was trapped in a rice cooker for hundreds of years at the bottom of the ocean. There's a reason why he's terrified of the Evil Containment Wave.
  • Arch-Enemy: Became this to Goku after he murders Krillin and Master Roshi.
  • Ax-Crazy: Relishes pain and destruction, and is prone to maniacal laughter and Slasher Smiles.
  • Badass: He murders Shenron, aka the Eternal Dragon, that is all.
  • Badass Grandpa: Even in his old age, he beats Goku so thoroughly that all of Goku's friends presume him dead; indeed, Piccolo temporarily stopped Goku's heart.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Piccolo succeeds in getting everything he wanted. He got the dragon balls to give him eternal youth and killed the dragon so no one could ever use the dragon balls against him. He also killed a number of the strongest fighters in the world, and seizes control of the entire world. Too bad his reign was short-lived because of Goku.
  • Big Bad: He and his son would be the villains of the last arc of Dragon Ball.
  • Breath Weapon: Notably used it to kill Shenron.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Openly admits that he hates peace and justice more than anything.
  • The Chessmaster: Piccolo's plan of world domination was so well thought out and intricately planned it even took the heroes by surprise. The first thing he did was have his henchmen kill all the Earth's strongest martial artists so that no one could oppose him. Then swallowed the Dragon Balls he had gained so that if anyone tried to kill him they would in process destroy the Dragon Balls. After he had wished for his youth to be restored, he then kills Shenlong just to ensure that no one could use the Dragon Balls and use any wishes against him
  • Combat Pragmatist: He immediately killed Chiaotzu when he tried to sabotage Demon King Piccolo's quest for immortality by making his wish to Shenron before Piccolo did. He also checked Goku's pulse before confirming he was dead in their first battle. He's a Magnificent Bastard for a reason and the only villain to ever outright win.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: His first course of action upon being reborn is to send out his henchmen to assassinate every great martial artist in order to prevent anyone from using the Mafuba technique against him ever again. And when he beats Goku down the first time they met, he checks for a pulse before assuming he is dead. Too bad for him that Goku's heart started again after he left, for some reason. Also, he was also Genre Savvy enough to realize the heroes would most likely attempt to stop him with the Dragon Balls either before or after he got the wish, so at first, he swallowed them. Then he threw them back up once there was sure there was no-one else around left to challenge him, and to finish it off, he killed Chiaotzu when he attempted to give his own wish and interfere with Piccolo's before he could finish, and after having his wish granted, he then proceeded to one-hit-kill Shenlong with his breath blast just to ensure that none of the heroes ever attempt to use the Dragonballs to defeat him.
  • Darkest Hour: Took over the world, killed several beloved characters, killed Shenron so no one can be wished back, was going to blow up a section of the world every year; things were not looking good.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: For some reason, having a hole punched through his chest resulted in him exploding. Even stranger is most characters killed by physical attacks at this point in the series normally simply die.
  • Despair Event Horizon: What he plunged the world into, twice, after he took over.
  • Dirty Coward: Near the end of his fight with Goku, he takes Tien hostage and threatened to kill him if Goku did anything. He then proceeds to break one of Goku's arms and leg, immobilizing him. Too bad he left him an arm.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • His reactions when his kids gets killed by Goku and Yajirobe. Even his right hand man has a tough time believing it.
    • Both Piano and he are shock when Goku reappear, still alive and stronger than ever.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He actually killed Shenlong with a mouth blast. Just to prevent anyone from using the Dragon Balls again.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: The first thing he does as Global Dictator is to declare on International Television "I DON'T intend to lord over you: in fact, you are free to do as you please from now on: Kill, pillage, steal and rob to your heart's content: I hereby declare the end of peace and justice!!". Cell must have taken notes from his genetic memory to have done the same 14 years later.
  • The Dreaded: He is called the Demon King Piccolo. Master Roshi was terrified of him and he was considered the devil of the Dragon Ball world. Three years later, when the World Martial Arts Tournament spectators discover Piccolo Jr.'s identity during his fight with Goku, they run out of the stadium en masse.
  • Earn Your Title: He called the Demon King and he turned the world into a living hell not once, but twice.
  • Enemy Without: He is the evil within Kami's heart who took physical form after Kami expelled all the darkness inside himself.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • To Kami.
    • He's also an evil counterpart to Goku. Both are aliens from worlds that were in distress (one being outright destroyed), they both were raised in isolation away from the civilized world, lost their memories of their old worlds, and had come to see the blue planet as their one true home. Their arrival on Earth also greatly impacted the planet changing it forever. The difference between them is that whereas living on Earth gave Goku the best qualities of humanity, it gave the Nameless Namekian that later split into Kami and Piccolo the worst qualities.
  • Evil Feels Good: He practically breaths this trope. See Card-Carrying Villain.
  • Evil Overlord: He calls himself the king of demons and wants to be emperor of the world.
  • Father to His Men: His only redeeming trait. Compared to every villain in the entire Dragon Ball series, he actually cares for his underlings and would go out of his way to avenge them. Helps that they are actually his kids.
  • For the Evulz: Why he does everything. He loves to make others suffer.
  • Genius Bruiser: Where do you think Piccolo got it from?
  • Hero Killer: Kills Chiaotzu and Roshi and orders the deaths of Krillin and many other World Martial Arts fighters. He also briefly kills Goku, though in Goku's case, he was Not Quite Dead.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How he met his end at the literal hand of Goku, having punched right through him.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The wackiness of Dragon Ball with its childish enemies ended officially with him.
  • Large And In Charge: He is well over 8 feet tall.
  • Mook Maker: Created his followers by birthing them through eggs.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If King Piccolo hadn't spat out that last egg containing Piccolo Jr., Kami would've died with him, Shenron wouldn't have been restored, and all the people killed by King Piccolo and his sons would've stayed dead.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers this to Goku in their first encounter. The beating was so severe he even stopped Goku's heart briefly.
  • No Sell: Takes the Kamehameha head on and did not receive even Clothing Damage.
  • Oh Crap!: Inspires many of these when people realize who he is. Although he has a few himself; like realizing that Roshi knows the Evil Containment Wave, thinking Goku was going to use the Evil Containment Wave (he was doing the Kamehameha), when Tien (in the anime) uses it, and just before Goku punches a hole through his gut and he sees the shadow of the Great Ape.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Decides to destroy one section of the world once a year. His first target was Bulma's hometown West City, but was stopped by Goku before he could go that far.
  • Outside-Context Villain: Before King Piccolo and his sons all of Goku's opponents have been mostly human and funny animals with some robots, androids, cyborgs, and mutants thrown in. King Piccolo's arrival marked a major shift in the story's tone and set the standards for the new enemies Goku will be facing.
  • Post Mortem Comeback: Right after Goku ran straight through his gut, Piccolo threw up an egg that carried his offspring - his way of getting revenge for dying by the hands of Goku. Junior was definitely a powerful opponent at the time, but a subversion comes in the form of that legendary Enemy Mine between the two against Raditz... which ends with Ma Junior (Piccolo) killing Goku...
  • Power Degeneration: Says that his life is shorten when he goes to his full power. Never witnessed directly since Goku kills him soon after he goes all out.
  • Psychic Powers: Able to levitate objects and mentally link with his children.
    • Mind over Matter: Levitates the hidden Dragon Balls, along with his two after he kills Roshi.
    • Psychic Link: He has this with all his "children."
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Often laughs as he is killing people.
  • Satan: In the French and Latin American dub, they literally called him this.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was sealed inside an electric rice cooker for over 100 years before being released by Emperor Pilaf.
  • Shadow Archetype: Given their similar backstories, Piccolo is what Goku would have become if he embrace his ruthless Saiyan nature.
  • Shrouded in Myth: By the time of his return, only Master Roshi himself remembers his initial rampage, because he was alive to see it.
  • Smug Super: Believes himself to be the strongest in the world and that no human can ever match him. In fairness, he was right, no human ever matched him. Too bad Goku isn't a human.
  • Starfish Alien: He's a Namekian (not it was known at the time).
  • Take Over the World: He was actually successful in doing this. But Goku quickly restored the natural order of things.
  • Theme Naming: A piccolo is a type of flute. His name is not based on pickles.
  • Torso with a View: Goku takes him out by punching a gaping hole clean through his chest.
  • Truly Single Parent: Parent to green demons, dragons and a pterosaur man. Also Piccolo.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The show's status as a comical romp ends here.
  • Villain Ball: Breaks Goku's legs and left arm to render him helpless, then flew up into the air to finish him off with a dramatic attack. By the time he realizes that he forgot to take out Goku's right arm as well, he's doomed.
  • The Villain Makes the Plot: It's his original reign of terror that inspired Kami to create the Dragon Balls, to give humanity hope. Ironically, Piccolo himself learned about the magic orbs from Pilaf instead, and made his own wish with them, leading to the bleakest point the series had ever reached up to that point.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Becomes increasingly unhinged as his fight with Goku drags on. He was close to shivering in terror by the end and called Goku a monster.
  • Villainous Legacy: He expels an egg from his mouth mere seconds before his demise. This egg eventually hatches and gives life to Piccolo Jr., who consciously seeks to conquer the world at his father's request. Fortunately, he becomes a good character in Dragon Ball Z.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Has no problems killing Chiaotzu or beating Goku to the point of near death.

Tambourine (タンバリン; Tambarin)

Voiced by: Ryūsei Nakao (Japanese), Adam Hunter (Ocean Dub), Dameon Clarke (Funimation Dub), Humberto Solórzano (Latin American)

Tambourine was King Piccolo's second oldest son at the time he was released from his imprisonment and the longest lasting of the three named sons who engaged in combat (Piano lasted longer and seemed to be older, but he never fought before Goku killed him by throwing his father at him), he is by far the most evil and sadistic of the three, he was ordered by his father to hunt down and kill any martial artists who participated in the World Martial Arts Tournament to prevent him from being sealed, he becomes Goku's arch enemy for the first half of the saga because he murdered his best friend Kuririn, he stole his Dragon Balls, and he destroyed his Kinto'un cloud. After these events Goku faces off against him and loses. He eventually faces off against him again for a final showdown and Goku kills him with a Kamehameha.

Cymbal (シンバル; Shinbaru)

Voiced by: Daisuke Gōri (Japanese), Dean Galloway (Ocean Dub), Paul Le Blanc (Funimation dub), Ricardo Hill (Latin American)

Piccolo's third youngest son. He is by far the weakest of the three sons who engages in combat, but he is still more than a match for the winners of the martial arts tournaments... not that it matters, as Tambourine murdered most of them. He was assigned to find the Dragon Balls by King Piccolo. While searching for one, he came into conflict with Yajirobe and Goku. The former engaged him in a brief fight that ended with him being cut in half and eaten. His death caused Piccolo to send Tambourine to investigate.

Drum (ドラム; Doramu)

Voiced by: Daisuke Gōri (Japanese), Dan Woren (Funimation Dub), Yamil Atala (Latin American)

Piccolo's second youngest son, Drum was born at a time were Piccolo's power was at its peak, which made him much more powerful than Cymbal or Tambourine. When Tien attempted to trap Piccolo with the Evil Containment Wave, Drum defeats him in short order. Just as Drum is about to finish Tien off, Goku makes the save and kills Drum with a single kick to the head.

  • Acrofatic: Despite being obese, he managed to dominate Tien prior Goku defeating him easily; in particular he liked Flash Stepping in front of Tien to block him from getting to Piccolo himself and behind him to attack.
  • The Brute: The strongest of the demon children, barring Ma Junior. Notably, he pretty much just pummels Tien, not even resorting to energy attacks or anything fancy.
  • Eye Scream: Goku kicks him in the face so hard that his eyeball pops out.
  • Fat Bastard : As evil as he is obese
  • Lightning Bruiser: Despite his massive size, Drum's pretty fast, able to get behind Tien faster than he can react. In fact his speed was the most dangerous thing about him.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers one to Tien but is given one of his own by Goku.
  • One-Hit Kill: By Goku. He hit him so hard that one of his eyes shot out.
  • Taking the Bullet: In the anime, he shields Piccolo from Tien's Evil Containment Wave.
  • Theme Naming: He's named after a musical instrument.
  • Warm-Up Boss: For Goku at least.
  • The Worf Effect: Tien beat Goku in a martial arts tournament, and got curb-stomped by Drum. When the new-and-improved Goku shows up, he takes Drum down with one hit.

Piano (ピアノ)

Voiced by: Masato Hirano (Japanese); Brian Beacock, Sonny Strait (Funimation dub), Ernesto Lezama (Latin American)

The oldest and weakest of King Piccolo's children, but also the one who lasted longest (besides Ma Junior). Demon King Piccolo created the pterodactyl-like Piano to serve as his attendant and majordomo. Piano was accidentally killed when Goku punched Piccolo so hard that he fell on his son and crushed him.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: He looks like a small, wingless, humanoid pteranodon.
  • Expy: Of Baramos, another pterodactyl headed cloaked humanoid from Dragon Quest III. The game was drawn by Toriyama and during the same year as the King Piccolo Saga.
  • Flight: The only real power he displays is levitation.
  • Non-Action Guy: He stays out of combat to advise his dad.
  • Number Two: To Piccolo
  • Servile Snarker: Though he is still completely loyal to his father.
  • Shapeshifting: In one of the NES RPGs, he shapeshifts into Goku to fight.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Unlikely, but possible. In the original version, Piano is killed when Demon King Piccolo lands on him. As such, he does not make any sound when laying on the ground. In the dub, however, he whimpers feebly (though he is still motionless), which could indicate that the impact merely left him severely injured instead of dead. This isn't too likely, however, as he is still not seen again after this.
  • Squishy Wizard: He displays a few non combat powers but easily goes down after Piccolo lands on him.
  • Theme Naming: Like the rest of Piccolo's family, he is named after a musical instrument.
  • The Unfought: He never gets a true fight and is last seen getting crushed by King Piccolo.

    Independent Villains 

Bear Thief

A bear thief who attacks Goku and Bulma while they're escorting Master Roshi's Turtle back to the ocean.
  • Bears Are Bad News: He's a bear, and a bandit who attacks Goku and Bulma to eat Turtle.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a prominent scar across his left eye, which is whited out.
  • Smug Snake: He looks and acts like a tough guy, but Goku takes him down with one punch.

Pirate Robot

A powerful robot who attacks Goku, Krillin, and Bulma in the Pirate Cave.

    Movie Villains 

King Gurumes (グルメス 大王; Gurumesu Daiō)

Voiced by: Shuichiro Moriyama (Japanese), Gary Chalk (Ocean dub), Jeremy Inman (Funimation dub), Marcos Patiño (Latin American)

The villain of the very first Dragon Ball movie, Curse of the Blood Rubies. Gurumes was a human king who discovered cursed Blood Rubies on his land, which mutated him into an obese monster with an insatiable appetite for rich foods. Gurumes oppressed his people to gain more rubies and sent his minions to find the Dragon Balls so as to wish for food to satisfy his hungernote , which brought him into conflict with Goku and friends. Gurumes was defeated when Penny, the village girl who brought Goku to fight him, wished on the Dragon Balls to undo all the harm caused by the Blood Rubies. This restored peace and stability to the kingdom and restored Gurumes to his human form, allowing him to enjoy life again.
  • Evil Overlord: Becomes this after he find the Blood Rubies.
  • Expy: Gurumes only appears in Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies, a retelling of Goku's origin, with Gurumes replacing Pilaf. Like Pilaf, Gurumes is an inhuman king who wants the Dragon Balls for purely selfish reasons.
  • Fat Bastard: Continuously eat and still complain about being hungry.
  • Greed: His motivation for wanting the Blood Rubies and the Dragon Balls.
  • Gonk: Even in his human form, Gurumes is obese and covered in warts.
  • Heel-Face Turn: The only movie Big Bad to reform.
  • Horror Hunger: Eats endlessly, but can never become full.
  • Meaning Ful Name / Punny Name: Gurumes = Gourmet
  • One-Winged Angel: Right as Goku encounters him, Gurumes mutates even further into an even bigger, less human monster.
  • Villainous Glutton: His only motivation is sating his hunger. His emblem even has a fork on it.
  • Was Once a Man: Turned into a monster by the curse of the Blood Rubies.

Raven (パスタ; Pasta) and Bongo (ボンゴ); Bongo)

Bongo (left) and Raven (right)
Raven/Pasta voiced by: Mami Koyama (Japanese), Teryl Rothery (Ocean dub), Kate Oxley (Funimation dub), Isabel Martiñón (Latin American)
Bongo/Domu voiced by: Gorō Naya (Japanese), Robert Smith (Ocean dub), Jonathan Brooks (Funimation dub), Mario Sauret (Latin American)

The two henchmen of Gurumes. Bongo is a large man with a three section staff and Raven is a attractive female gunslinger.
  • Amusing Injuries: Bongo seemed to have survived being flattened by Gurumes as he's seen lying unconcius near Pasta in the ending.
  • Brains and Brawn: Bonga is the brawn and Raven is the brains.
  • The Brute: Bongo
  • The Bully: Bongo is seen bullying villagers in the beginning
  • Dark Action Girl: Pasta isn't a martial artist but she's competent in battle.
  • Dub Name Change: In the Ocean and Funimation dub Pasta has her named changed to Raven. Her name is changed to Mallia in the Harmony Gold Dub.
  • Expy: Similar to more competent versions of Shu and Mai.
  • Evil Red Head: Pasta, strangely her english name Raven refers to black hair.
  • Fighting with Chucks / Bifurcated Weapon: Bongo uses a three section staff against Goku.
  • The Goggles Gotta Go: Pasta manages to stun Yamcha once her cap and goggles are knocked off.
  • Greed: Both are Only in It for the Money
  • Thanks for the Mammary: Yamcha accidentally grabs Pasta's breast in a fight.
  • Theme Naming: After food in the Japanese version.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Yamcha didn't realize Pasta's gender until her goggles and cap were knocked off and he touches her chest. Seeing this activates Yamcha's fear of women and he retreats with the gang.

Lucifer (ルシフェル; Rushiferu)

Voiced by: Nachi Nozawa (Japanese), Mike McFarland (Funimation dub), José Lavat (Latin American)

The villain of the second Dragon Ball movie, Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle. Lucifer is a demon nobleman who rules the titular Devil's Castle in the distant Devil's Hand mountains. When Goku and Krillin petition Master Roshi to become his pupils, he first tasks them with bringing back the beautiful Sleeping Princess (on account of him being a dirty old lech). When Goku and friends get there, Lucifer and his army capture them just as he finishes his plan to destroy the sun, using the Sleeping Princess — which turns out to be a huge gemstone — to power a gigantic ray gun. After a fight, Goku's Kamehameha knocks the cannon out of alignment, pointing it right at Lucifer, destroying both him and his castle.

The Mifan Empire

A nation in the distant east in the third Dragon Ball movie, Mystical Adventure. In the Alternate Continuity of the first three Dragon Ball films, Mifan is the home of different versions of various characters:
  • Emperor Chiaotzu: The naive but kindhearted child ruler.
  • Tien: Chiaotzu's best friend, torn between his loyalty to the emperor and the treacherous Tsurusen'nin.
  • Tsurusen'nin: Chiaotzu's prime minister and Tien teacher in the martial arts, plotting to usurp the throne.
  • Tao Pai Pai: This world's version is acting as Tsurusen'nin's assassin and enforcer.
  • Lieutenant Blue: An alternate General Blue, captain of the palace guard and a loyal servant of Emperor Chiaotzu. Still executed by Tao.
  • Sergeant Metallic: Same as the Red Ribbon android, only working for Tsurusen'nin now.
  • Pilaf, Mai, and Shu: Not villains, but engineers who create a working Dragon Radar for Shen—who then has Tao kill them.

In a very loose retelling of the Red Ribbon and Tien Shinhan Sagas, The Crane Hermit has Tao collect the Dragon Balls, planning to use them to conquer the world after killing Chiaotzu. However, Tao is killed once again by Goku, Tien rebels against his villainous master, and the day is saved.