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Pilaf (ピラフ; Pirafu)
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's 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.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In his appearance in GT, Pilaf finds the Black Star Dragon Balls and summons Ultimate Shenron 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 Shenron 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 wouldn't live long afterwards. In response, Shenron turns him and his minions into children.
- 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.
- 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 King Piccolo's actions, but wisely keeps his mouth shut.
- 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
- Harmless Villain: After his first defeat.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Mai questions whether it was a good idea to trust Piccolo in the first place after being betrayed.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Being kicked off his airship by King Piccolo only causes him to hit the ground Wile E. Coyote style.
- Jerkass: He's an asshole, but unlike most villains, he can't do anything about it.
- 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 King Piccolo, as well as just about all of GT.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He's a spoiled, Ax-Crazy brat, but has none of the physical power to exert it.
- 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 Frieza have him beat in intelligence and brutality.
- 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.
- The Napoleon: He's 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 King Piccolo.
- 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 King Piccolo. Piccolo sees right through it.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After 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)
Shu voiced by: Tessho Genda
(Japanese), Doug Parker (Ocean dub), Chris Cason (Funimation dub)
Pilaf's underlings. A rather beautiful Asian looking woman and a ninja dog. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: After Black's defeat, the rest of the Red Ribbon Army scatters.
Commander Red (レッド総帥; Reddo Sousui)
Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi
(Japanese), Josh Martin (Funimation dub)
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
- Arc Villain: Of the Red Ribbon army.
- Bad Boss: He has his men killed, which comes across as even worse when his wish is really petty and not worth the sacrifice.
- Evil Is Petty: He wants to grow taller; understandably, Black is pissed off at such a petty goal.
- Evil Redhead
- Eyepatch of Power: Does nothing but point out he's 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- Theme Naming: After a color.
- The Unfought: As a result of Black killing him just before Goku arrives.
- We Can Rebuild Him: His resurrection as Android 9.
- Bad Guys Play Pool: And golf and pinball.
Adjutant Black / Staff Officer Black (ブラック補佐, Burakku Hosa [manga]; ブラック参謀, Burakku Sambou [anime])
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.
- Ambiguously Brown: In The Path To Power.
- Bald Black Leader Guy: He briefly becomes leader after he shot Red and before Goku killed him.
- The Dog Bites Back: He had enough of Red after Red intended to essentially demolish his own army just to get taller and killed him.
- The Dragon: Till he offs Red for wanting to be taller thinking that is needed for world domination.
- Dragon Ascendant: Black becomes the Big Bad for the final part of the saga after he executes Commander Red for basically ruining the Red Ribbon Army for his own selfish ends.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While he kills Red, since the latter jeopardized the whole organization by wishing for something so useless that it cause the downfall of the group, and that he didn't care how many died to achieve it
- Hyper Competent Sidekick: Black is much smarter then Commander Red.
- Identical Stranger: Like Red, Black's character design reappears years later as a film producer in Dragon Ball Z.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: He does this to Red after the latter he'd gladly kill off soldier after soldier to get taller
- Mini Mecha: The robot he uses the fight Goku.
- Scary Black Man: Subverted, despite the hilariously insensitive name. He's as dangerous as his position expects, but also probably the sanest Red Ribbon Army officer.
- Played straight in the Path to Power special, where he lapses into a Villainous Breakdown after having killed Red. However, he's more tan than black in said special.
- Theme Naming: After a color.
- Treacherous Advisor: Subverted. He actually was very loyal to the Red Ribbon Army, and used to be very loyal to Commander Red. He didn't think to betray Red until after overhearing the fact that Red was actually intending to use the Dragon Balls to grow taller, and even then only because Red's actions were going to kill off the Red Ribbon Army.
Colonel Silver (シルバー大佐; Shirubaa Taisa)
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.
General White (ホワイト将軍; Howaito Shougun)
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.
- Dirty Communists: General White has a Russian accent, and if that's not enough, most of his footsoldiers are wearing Red Army commando uniforms.
- 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
- Husky Russkie: He's physically the largest of the Red Ribbon officers Goku goes up against (though also physically the weakest).
- 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.
Ninja Murasaki (ムラサキ曹長; Murasaki Souchou)
Voiced by: Takeshi Aono
(Japanese), Duncan Brannan (Funimation dub)
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's 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.
- 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've survived Eighters bomb.
- 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're actually his quintuplet brothers.
- Dragon Their Feet: Keeps trying to kill Goku even after General White's death and the destruction of Muscle Tower.
- Killed Off for Real: Possibly in the anime, Goku unwittingly throws Eighter'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 doesn't reappear in GT at all, not even in the Super 17 arc, where the Hell residents escape. So its possible Murasaki could have survived the explosion in a cartoonish fashion similar to Pilaf.
- Laughably Evil
- Ninja: Subverted in that he's a bumbling idiot
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: At times he can be dangerous. He would've self destructed Eighter if Goku hadn't intervened.
- Stock Ninja Weaponry
- Theme Naming: After a color; 'Murasaki' is the Japanese word for purple.
Captain Yellow (イエロー大佐; Ieroo Taisa)
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.
General Blue (ブルー将軍; Buruu Shougun)
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 General Tao (the movie's counterpart of the main series Mercenary Tao), 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 its possible Blue thought Obotchaman was a midget.
- All Germans Are Nazis: General Blue. 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.
- Badass Gay
- 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
- 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's 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 Staff Officer 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?
- 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 Krillin and Bulma's arrow to trick Goku into going the wrong way.
- Giggling Villain / Noblewoman's Laugh
- Macho Camp: Scared of mice, and a bit of a neat freak (however, see Ax-Crazy). Otherwise, he's every bit a man's man, and one of the first truly threatening enemies Goku faces.
- 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
- Sissy Villain: On the one hand, he's super-strong and possesses frightening Psychic Powers. On the other, he's terrified of mice and obsessed with his looks.
- Sorry, I'm Gay: Bulma's attempt at seducing him fails miserably.
- Super Soldier
- 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.
- Theme Naming: After a color.
- Talking to Himself: In GT, he attempts to fight Piccolo in Hell. Both Blue and Piccolo share the same voice actor in Japan.
- Villainous Crossdresser: Sort of—when he finds that he'll 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: He's the first villain who's both willing and able to kill Goku.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: After he ditches his uniform to swim through a sea cave.
- Wolverine Publicity: Let's put it this way: He's 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's probably because he's the only member with any actual powers.
- You Have Failed Me: He callously shoots 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 (桃白白; Taopaipai)
A mercenary and assassin hired by the Red Ribbon Army to collect the Dragon Balls for them. Swift and merciless, he's 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
- Dirty Coward: Considering the fact that he promised that he'd 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".
- Finger Gun: His Dodon Ray technique, via the Crane School of martial arts.
- Fingerpoke Of Doom: His introduction had him killing Commander 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.
- 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
- Only Mostly Dead/Unexplained Recovery: A fairly ridiculous example as Goku clearly saw him being blown up into nothingness.
- Psycho for Hire: Not as crazy as the ones in Z, but still close.
- Razor Sharp Hand: And feet. And fingers. And tongue.
- Real Men Wear Pink
- Sadist: BIG TIME.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: His reaction to finding out Gohan was Goku's son (Filler only).
- Theme Naming: After a color. "Taopaipai" roughly translates to "Peach-White-White".
- 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.
- We Can Rebuild Him
- Would Hurt a Child: He has no problem hurting children. He also didn't hesitate to attempt to kill Goku, even though he is 12.
A female member of the Red Ribbon Army who's 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.
- Pet the Dog: Despite her bad boss status, she does love animals and went out of her way to save a monkey while escaping.
- Only in It for the Money
- The Smurfette Principle
- 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 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
The Crane Hermit
Master Shen (鶴仙人; Tsuru Sen'nin ("Crane Hermit"))
Voiced by: Ichiro Nagai
(Japanese), Clark Robertson (Ocean dub), Chuck Huber (Funimation dub)
Master Roshi's rival and Mercenary Tao's older brother. Tien and Chiaotzu's original teacher, Shen has his students enter the 22nd World Martial Arts 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. He shows up at the next tournament with his brother, but is forced to flee when his ex-prize student easily beats Tao.
Tambourine (タンバリン; Tambarin)
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 Krillin, he stole his Dragon Balls, and he destroyed his Flying Nimbus. 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.
- Axe Crazy: Likes killing too much
- Breath Weapon: One of his signature moves.
- Calling Card: At the sight of his murders he would place a piece of paper which the Demon Symbol on it nearby.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Inflicts fatal ones on King Chappa, Pamput, Bacterian, Man-Wolf, Giran, and Krillin. Many were single stroke battles.
- The Dragon: To Piccolo
- Hero Killer: He murdered Krillin and many of the other recurring martial artists.
- Our Gargoyles Rock: Bears a resemblance to a Namekian gargoyle.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers one to Goku in their first battle, Goku later returns the favor.
- Oh Crap: When he realizes that, in his second fight with Goku, that he has no chance at all against Goku. Gets another one when he looks back while trying to escape and sees Goku about to fire a Kamehameha right at him.
- Psycho for Hire: His character profile lists his hobby as Killing people.
- Serial Killer: Of several marital artists including Krillin
- Theme Naming: Piccolo and his minions are all named after musical instruments. Guess which one for him....
- Warm Up Boss: After Goku Took a Level in Badass
Cymbal (シンバル; Shinbaru)
Voiced by: Daisuke Gōri (Japanese), Dean Galloway (Ocean Dub), Paul LeBlanc (Funimation dub)
Piccolo's third youngest son. He is by far the weakest of the three sons who engages in combat, but he's 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.
Demon King Piccolo (ピッコロ大魔王; Pikkoro Daimaou)
Not to be confused with the main series Piccolo, 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.
- 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: "There are two things that I, Demon King Piccolo hate most in this world: Peace and Justice."
- 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's 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 dragonballs 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 Shenron with his breath blast just to ensure that none of the heroes ever attempt to use the Dragonballs to defeat him.
- 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.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He actually killed Shenron 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.
- Earn Your Title
- Enemy Without: To Kami.
- Evil Overlord
- For the Evulz
- Genius Bruiser: Where do you think Piccolo got it from?
- Hero Killer: Killed Chiaotzu and Roshi and ordered the deaths of Krillin and many other World Martial Arts Tournament players.
- 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's well over 8 feet tall.
- Mook Maker
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers this to Goku in their first encounter. The beating was so severe he even stopped Goku's heart briefly.
- 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.
- 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 and Vegeta.
- Psychic Powers
- 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"
- Satan: In the 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.
- Starfish Character: 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.
- Truly Single Parent: Parent to green demons, dragons and a pterosaur man. Also Piccolo.
- 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.
- Would Hurt a Child: Has no problems killing Chaotzu or beating Goku to the point of near death.
Drum (ドラム; Doramu)
Daisuke Gōri (Japanese), Dan Woren
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 Shinhan 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 Piccolo Junior. Notably, he pretty much just pummels Tien, not even resorting to energy attacks or anything fancy.
- 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.
- Theme Naming: He's named after a musical instrument.
- Warm Up Boss: For Goku at least.
- The Worf Effect: Tien had previously been Goku's equal, so what better way to show how much Goku has improved than having him one-shot the guy who kicked the crap out of Tien?
Masato Hirano (Japanese); Brian Beacock, Sonny Strait
The oldest and weakest of King Piccolo's children, but also the one who lasted longest (besides Piccolo, Jr.). Piccolo created the pterodactyl-like Piano to serve as his attendant and majordomo. Piano was accidentally killed when Goku punched King 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.
- The Evil Genius: He stays out of combat to advise his dad.
- Flight: The only real power he displays is levitation.
- Servile Snarker: Though he's still completely loyal to his father.
- Shapeshifting: In one of the NES RPGs, he shapeshifts into Goku to fight.
- Spared By Adaptation: Unlikely, but possible. In the original version, Piano is killed when 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's named after a musical instrument.
- The Unfought: He never gets a true fight and is last seen getting crushed by King Piccolo.
King Gurumes (グルメス 大王; Gurumesu Daiō)
Shuichiro Moriyama (Japanese), Gary Chalk
(Ocean dub), Jeremy Inman (Funimation dub)
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.
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)
Bongo/Domu voiced by: Gorō Naya (Japanese), Robert Smith (Ocean dub), Jonathan Brooks (Funimation dub)
The two henchmen of Gurumes. Bongo is a large man with a three section staff and Raven is a attractive female gunslinger.
Lucifer (ルシフェル; Rushiferu)
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 Shinhan: Chiaotzu's best friend, torn between his loyalty to the emperor and the treacherous Master Shen.
- Master Shen: Chiaotzu's prime minister and Tien's teacher in the martial arts, plotting to usurp the throne.
- General Tao: This world's version of Mercenary Tao, acting as Shen'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.
- Major Metallitron: Same as the Red Ribbon android, only working for Shen 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, Master Shen has General 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.