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Shenron (神龍; Shén Lóng)
The dragon of the Earth's Dragon Balls, Shenron always comes out to grant wishes to whoever summons him. He was created as a small statue by Mr. Popo, then given life by Kami.
- Benevolent Genie: The wish he grants is always exactly what the wisher wants, subject to the limitations of his power.
- Bilingual Bonus/Meaningful Name: Shen Long is Chinese for "God Dragon" or "Spirit Dragon".
- "Blind Idiot" Translation/Spell My Name with an S: The name Shenron comes from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese reading of Shen Long. Really, the dub was better when it just used "Eternal Dragon."
- Some European versions were weirder with calling him Sheron, pronounced basically as Sharon.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: It's called Dragon Ball for a reason.
- Literal Genie: While he's not a jackass about it, he sticks to the parameters of the wish; the people Vegeta killed on Namek weren't revived when "everyone killed by Frieza or his minions" was. This is viciously lampshaded by Vegeta.
The missing ones must be from the village I
slaughtered. The conditions were "killed by Frieza's men", correct? Well, since Frieza "discharged" me from his employment, I no longer qualify as one of "Frieza's men", yes? (Chuckles)
- Not So Stoic: In Fusion Reborn, he gets annoyed when nobody makes a wish.
- You can also see a few sweat droplets appear when Icarus attacks him in The Tree Of Might (almost certainly feeling awkward rather than afraid).
- In Movie 14 when he learns he's in the presence of Beers the God of Destruction he freaks out, and even politely apologizes before he leaves.
- Our Dragons Are Different: He grants wishes. Not many dragons do that.
Turtle (海亀; Umigame, "Sea Turtle")
A turtle named Turtle, Master Roshi's loyal pet/housemate. Goku and Bulma met Turtle early in their search for the Dragon Balls when he was lost in the wilderness and returned him to Roshi, who gave Goku the Flying Nimbus as a reward. Turtle is good-natured and friendly, but often frustrated at Roshi's skirt-chasing antics.
Oolong (ウーロン; Uuron)
Originally a con artist who terrorized a small village using his shapeshifting powers, Oolong is a greedy, lecherous pig (literally); when Goku defeated him, Oolong joined him and Bulma in their search for the Dragon Balls. At first a useless whiner, Oolong later proved his worth by "stealing" Pilaf's wish from the Dragon Balls (by wishing for a pair of girl's panties). He and Puar were rivals in shapeshifting school, but because Oolong dropped out in kindergarten, his powers only allow him to stay transformed for five minutes.
- Accidental Truth: After dealing with Goku's oozaru form, Oolong quips, "So what is he? Some kind of space alien?" Yup.
- Achilles' Heel: He can only stay shapeshifted for five minutes. If he's shapeshifted for five minutes together (no matter how many forms he went through in that time span), he has to rest a minute before he can do it again. (Check his debut chapter in the manga: He can go straight from one form to another, so long as he hasn't used up all five minutes.)
- Adaptational Badass: In the unofficial Chinese Movie Dragon Ball The Magic Begins, Oolong (known as Piggy) has the ability to turn into Rambo (yes that Rambo).
- Big Damn Hero: Oolong interrupted Pilaf's wish preventing Pilaf from becoming ruler of the world.
- Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: How Bulma gets him to join the adventure. She slips him a drug that acts as a laxative every time he hears whistling.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In this page.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Often pissed himself in fear in the manga.
- Chekhov's Gag: His wish for panties ends up coming up again in GT when it turned out the Six-Star Dragon's existence came from it. How embarrassing.
- Chivalrous Pervert: At least he thinks of himself as chivalrous. The pervert part is completely accurate however.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mostly before he turns nicer.
- Demoted to Extra: Even though most characters in the series get demoted to extra sooner or later, Oolong is especially noteworthy because he is essentially the Tritagonist of the original arc of the series, but after that, he completely loses his importance to the plot. Even Puar at least gets a small role later during the fight against Uranai Baba's warriors, but Oolong? Restricted to the background and a few Combat Commentator lines here and there.
- Didn't Think This Through: How else do you explain why he drugged Goku when he knew that Yamacha was out to rob them.
- Dirty Coward: Mostly in the earlier chapters of the series, especially before he considered Goku and the others as his true friend.
- Dirty Kid: Someone even asks in the first sereis "What kind of kid acts like a perverted middle aged man?"
- Dub Name Change: Became "Mao Mao" in the Harmony Gold dub, presumably because of the Chinese uniform he originally wears.
- Expy: Originally, of Zhu Bajie (aka "Piggy") from Journey to the West.
- Informed Ability: His shapeshifting becomes this after Dragon Ball.
- Larynx Dissonance: in the Funimation dub, he has a deep voice. This fits in Z where Oolong is an adult, but is odd in the first series where Oolong is a child.
- Messy Pig: He may be more mentally than physically messy, but he qualifies nonetheless.
- Non-Human Sidekick: The first of the series, before Yamcha pulled a Heel-Face Turn with Puar.
- Petting Zoo People: A walking, talking pig, and one of the first talking animals to play a big role.
- Spanner in the Works: He screwed Pilaf's wish for immortality by intervening.
- Species Lift: Oolong is a piggish human in the unofficial movie Dragon Ball The Magic Begins.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: with Bulma, as well as Puar.
- Smarter Than You Look: He's the only one who recognizes Chichi when She's All Grown Up. And he had met her only once.
- Theme Naming: With Puar, after tea.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Oolong and Puar were classmates at the Shapeshifter Academy, due to dropping out earlier, Oolong can only hold his form for five minutes.
Puar (プーアル; Puuaru)
A shapeshifting cat-like creature and Yamcha's closest friend. Puar is fiercely loyal to Yamcha. Puar mostly just provides moral support to Goku and friends, but saved everyone the first time Goku transformed into a Great Ape by cutting off Goku's tail.
- Ambiguous Gender: In the Japanese version, Puar's gender is not directly referred to though it sometimes does use masculine pronouns. In the English version, Puar is referred to as a female on the few occasions when its gender is mentioned. This isn't the case in other translation such as the Portuguese translation which has Puar state himself as male on his introduction.
- Eventually Toriyama was asked about Puar's gender and he said considered Puar male when writing the manga.
- The official Dragon Ball site lists Puar as female.
- Becoming the Mask: Just like Yamcha, s/he initially assisted Goku and the others in gathering the Dragon Balls with the intention of stealing them once they got all seven. It wasn't until the events at Pilaf's castle that Yamcha and Puar became friends with them for real.
- Cute Kitten: Just look at his/her picture!
- Dub Name Change: Became "Squeaker" in the Harmony Gold dub.
- Evil Counterpart: Seemingly to Oolong in the beginning, except Puar was ironically more moral!
- Flight: Puar can inexplicably fly.
- Informed Ability: Like Oolong, Puar doesn't use his/her shapeshifting abilities after the original series.
- Non-Human Sidekick: To Yamcha during their bandit days.
- Satellite Character: Puar is mostly important in relation to Yamcha.
- Species Lift: To Parrot in Dragon Ball The Magic Begins
- Right-Hand Cat: To Yamcha during his bandit days, though more sympathetic then most.
- Spell My Name with an S: Alternately "Pu'erh", "Puaru".
- Talking Animal: Puar is less anthromorphic then Oolong.
- Theme Naming: With Oolong, after tea.
- Undying Loyalty: To Yamacha
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Oolong and Puar were classmates at the Shapeshifter Academy.
The daughter of the Ox-King. Chi-Chi is Goku's first and only love (though he didn't realize it when they first met). At the start Chi-Chi was rather panicky, attacking anything threatening with extreme force (she beheaded a T-Rex with only the blade on her helmet), though eventually grew out of this to become a rather firm fighter. At first when Chi-Chi asked Goku to wed, he thought marriage was food. When he realized his mistake years later, he gladly agreed to marry her. By the Z series, she was a rather overprotective parent, worrying about Gohan's education (which clashed with his saving the world) and her family's welfare in general.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: She had Gohan when she was very young after all.
- Adult Fear: Finding out that her husband is dead and her son has been kidnapped by the monster who tried to take over the world and killed your husband.
- Action Girl: Moreso as a kid. Less so as an adult.
- Action Mom: Even though she's retired from fighting, she still has some scenes when she kicks ass.
- Adorkable: Mostly when she was 12, especially when she blushes over Yamcha and Goku.
- Almighty Mom: It was a Running Gag that superpowered aliens were afarid of her. Then she ran into Majin Buu. Also, she and Bulma provide the page's image.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: As shown in the movie "Bojack Unbound" when she cheers on Gohan when he's fighting in a tournament and Gohan looks embarrassed. This may be understandable, as she was raised in seclusion and she probably doesn't know she's embarrassing Gohan.
- Anger Born of Worry: The only reason she gets upset with Goku and Gohan fighting dangerous villains, or Goku dragging Gohan into dangerous battles, is because she cares for their well-being.
- Angst Coma: Went into a brief one when she heard that Gohan was killed.
- Badass: Very much as far as Muggles go at least.
- Badass Adorable: When she was younger.
- Badass Normal: She is able to make her husband and son, both of which can turn into beings a couple million times stronger than her, tremble in fear.
- Badass Princess: People often forget Chi-Chi is a princess that can kick almost any human's ass. She's also the one person that Goku seems to legitimately be afraid of.
- Bare Your Midriff: At age 12.
- Berserk Button:
- Don't ever insult Goku, or imply that he is a terrible parent who abandons his family, in front of her, or you will regret it, as a tutor named Mr. Shu learned the hard way.
- Don't call her an old lady. Maron almost had to learn this the hard way if Roshi and the others didn't restrain Chi-Chi from her.
- Do not hurt or Kami forbid, kill her sons, as she got very angry at Super Buu for doing so. She slaps him in the face, then gets turned into an egg as a result.
- Early on, do not suggest saving the world is more important than Gohan's studying.
- Chainmail Bikini: When she was a child.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Met Goku when he was 12, and later Happily Married him.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Goku promised to marry her when they were kids, thinking marriage was a kind of food. When they meet again at the Tenkaichi Budokai, Goku keeps his promise anyway and marries her.
- Chekhov's Gunman: After her fist appearance as a child in the manga, she was never seen again until the 23rd tournament where she was now an adult. Averted in the anime as she made a few appearances in between said appearances to remind us she still existed.
- Crazy-Prepared: For Gohan at least. These quote basically explain it:
Krillin: So what's with all this stuff?
Chi-Chi: Here's his underwear, toothbrush, coloring book, and sleep mask. And here are some snacks for the trip and his medicine. And we have a hair dryer, full dinner set with salad and dinner forks. Multi-
Krillin: Yeah, I think we get the picture.
- Cry into Chest: Does this when Goku was about to return to the Otherworld after his day was up. Did it again when Goku informed everyone that he wasn't dead anymore and could return home with his family.
- Cute Bruiser: Tomboyish? Check. Can kick serious ass? check.
- Daddy's Girl: To the Ox-King.
- Demoted to Extra: Chi-Chi still keeps her physical strength from the first series but gave up fighting in favor of being a housewife and overprotective parent in Z. Though, with what goes on in this series, it's kinda hard to blame her.
- Determinator: When she has goals involving her sons, she never gives up, even when she's obviously outclassed.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: She slaps Super Buu in the face for killing Gohan!!!...and promptly gets killed for it afterwards. Regardless, very admirable.
- Doting Parent: Gohan. Goten. Compare and contrast.
- Doting Grandparent: She's very fond of her granddaughter Pan.
- Drives Like Crazy: As shown in filler episodes, and this also may be the reason why she made Goku take a driving test for a license.
- Dub Name Change: She's known as Milk in Latin America.
- Education Mama: She should be the page image. She acts like this towards Gohan, so he could avoid the violent lifestyle of his dad. When Goten was born, she switched from academics to martial arts.
- Enraged By Idiocy: With Goku's of course. A good example will be in a movie when she gets angry with him because he was acting like an idiot when she was trying to drill him for an interview.
- Face Fault: She does this a lot, usually center around Goku being dense or irresponsible as a parent.
- Fearless Fool: Another flaw about Chi-Chi, is that she's too impulsive and never thinks of the consequences of her actions. This is shown well when she gets herself killed by Majin Buu by slapping him in the face, because he killed Gohan.
- Faux Horrific: In the Cell Arc, when Chi-Chi sees Gohan in Super Saiyan form for the first time, she freaks out about his hair color. This is more a case of Values Dissonance, blond hair is seen as a sign of being a delinquent in Japan.
- Flanderization: Chi-Chi's temperament and character is VERY exaggerated in the anime from what it was in the manga.
- Forgotten First Meeting: By the time she and Goku meet again at the Tenkaichi Budokai, he has forgotten about her and their promise and doesn't even recognize her. Chi-Chi didn't take it well.
- Friendless Background: Prior to meeting Goku, Chi-Chi didn't have any friends because she was raised in seclusion.
- Frying Pan of Doom: She uses this in Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! to Man Master Roshi who acts pervert toward her.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: She still looks good after Pan is born.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: BIG TIME. Her temper has caused almost every character she confronted to fear her.note ...
- Happily Married: To Goku. They've been married for decades, had two children together and despite her husband dying twice she didn't remarry either time.
- Hime Cut: Though it's difficult to tell, since her hair is usually done up. She ditched the bangs sometime after Goten was born.
- Hot-Blooded: As a teenager. Less so as an adult.
- Housewife: She retired from fighting to become this and an overprotective Education Mama.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: This allows her to ride the Flying Nimbus as a child, and she is still shown being able to ride it immediately following the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: At age 12, with her stripperific outfit.
- Interspecies Romance: With Goku, a saiyan.
- Jerkass Façade: Chi-Chi has her moments that she isn't acting too obnoxious.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the first few seasons of Dragonball Z. Chi-Chi may seem hot-tempered, abrasive, and a bit selfish, but at the end of the day, she loves her family very much and tries to do what's best for them. This does diminish in the Buu Saga when she mellows out and becomes a lot nicer.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: A filler episode of the Trunks Saga certainly counts. Chi-Chi hires a private tutor named Mr. Shu for Gohan, but as soon as she leaves the room, Mr. Shu proves to be a Sadist Teacher who prides himself on beating his students with a whip when they don't do as he says and gets a sick kick out of openly and relentlessly mocking and insulting Goku, calling him a brainless brute and a deadbeat parent. When Gohan stands up to him and damages the whip, Mr. Shu quickly calls in Chi-Chi and makes Gohan seem like the bad guy... before declaring that Goku's abandonment drove Gohan to such violence and proceeding to whip Gohan across the face hard enough to draw blood right in front of Chi-Chi while laughing about it all, which pisses Chi-Chi off so much that she throws him out the window and chases him off of their property all while screaming at him never to come back.
- Let Me at Him!: Normally, when it involves her sons, Chi-Chi usually tries charging into battles to protect them. The Ox-King and the others always have to hold her back.
- Love at First Sight: Towards Goku. She didn't even know him for a day and wanted to marry him.
- Love Martyr: To Goku. She puts up with a lot given that Goku is childish, somewhat ignorant of human emotions, and often runs off to fight the threat-of-the-week. She still loves him unconditionally and never considered remarrying even when he was dead for seven years.
- Made of Iron:
- A playful tap from Goku accidentally sent Chi-Chi through the wall of a house, through a tree, and halfway into a boulder! In the next panel she only has her head and arm in bandages to show for it and she's merely annoyed rather than in pain.
- She also survived Goten striking her as a super saiyan during their sparring match (put into account that a Muggle is an ant compared to a super saiyan).
- Mama Bear: She may have retired from fighting, but she'll do whatever it takes to protect her sons.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Chi-Chi (in the Funimation version at least) is known to be loud and obnoxious, but her voice actress Cynthia Cranz is known to be a very nice and calm person.
- Memetic Badass: An In-Universe example.
- Missing Mom: We never see her mother, only in a picture with Chi-Chi as an infant.
- Morality Pet: It is hinted that she is this to the Ox-King when he was still evil.
- Ms. Vice Gal: She encourages Gohan and Videl's relationship when she finds out Videl is rich.
- My Beloved Smother: Chi-Chi has a seriously skewed sense of priorities when it comes to choosing between the human race's continued survival and her son's studies (Something that Gohan even Lampshades in Super Android 13 when, after Chi-Chi tried to stop Gohan from going after the androids due to homework, he asks her which she values more, his studies, or Goku's survival against the Androids, which shocked Chi-Chi with this revelation enough for her to allow Gohan to go). Fortunately, she loosens up with Goten.
- She was also opposed to Videl's apparent interest in Gohan... until she discovered how much money Videl has.
- By the time Goten is born and gets older however, Chi-Chi has mellowed out. She has no problem with Goten training to fight or entering tournaments. In fact, she is the one who even initiates Goten's training.
- No Indoor Voice: Mostly before the Buu Saga in the show, because she's known for being very loud.
- No Social Skills: Like Goku, she was raised in seclusion as a child.
- No Sympathy/Out-of-Character Moment: Happened only once. She was so upset at Gohan being at the battle against Vegeta and Nappa that she showed no concern whatsoever when Goku was beaten and crippled by Vegeta.
- Odd Name Out: Out of her family, her sons and husband all have names with "Go" in it, whereas her name starts with a C.
- One Head Taller: To Goku
- Only One Name: Although she is called "Son Chi-Chi" after she marries Goku, we never hear a last name of hers.
- Overprotective Education Mama Has A Point: Although she does have messed up priorities and they often clash with Goku's, she does have a point about how Gohan shouldn't grow up being an idiot. In about 50% of her lectures, she is actually right.
- There's also the fact that around the time she shows she utterly adamant against Gohan fighting alongside Goku and the others, he really was too young to go to battle. Case in point: when Gohan fought Cell, he was 9. As a mother, the thought of her (then) only child going to what was essentially warfare must be unthinkable.
- Parental Hypocrisy: Chi-Chi (before the Buu arc, at least) didn't want Gohan fighting and said that martial arts is "bad" and a "waste of time," despite her learning it herself when she was younger. She does learn the errors of her ways though due to Goku's death in the Cell Games.
- Parenting the Husband: She acts like this towards Goku due to his childishness, much to her chargin (at times).
- The Power Of A Hair-Trigger Temper: It once made her go Kaio-Ken.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Throughout the series, she has her black hair in a bun.
- Properly Paranoid: See Overprotective Education Mama Has A Point above.
- Retired Badass: She chose to become an Education Mama when she had Gohan.
- Puppy Love: Towards Goku when they were children, although Goku didn't return the feeling.
- Running Gag: See Almighty Mom above.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: In the episode "He's Always Late."
- She Is All Grown Up: To the point Goku wasn't able to recognize her when they meet again at the Tenkaichi Budokai.
- She's Got Legs: As shown here.◊ She's show to have very toned legs when she's not wearing baggy pants.
- Shipper on Deck: For Gohan and Videl after she get to know Videl better, and finds out that she's rich.
- Shout-Out: Chi-Chi's original design was Super Sentai-like this. She even shot beams out of the gem in her helmet.
- Skewed Priorities: As mentioned above.
- Slapstick Knows no Gender: Chi-Chi gets her fair share of Amusing Injuries towards her. First, in the original series, she gets knocked out by Yamcha. In Z, Goku accidentally slaps her against the wall, a tree, and half a rock. Also, in a filler scene when she's training Goten, he accidently kicks her into a tree.
- Spoiled Sweet: This applies to her kid self. She was rich with a sweet personality until she and the Ox-King lost all their fortune in the fire.
- Stacy's Mom: She still looks good even after visibly aged. For example in the OVA, Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, Master Roshi acts pervert to her and staring at her boobs. Cue Frying Pan of Doom from her to the Dirty Old Man.
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards Goku in Dragon Ball. She entered the Tenkaichi Budokan in order to get him to marry her. When Chi-Chi was visibly heartbroken when she felt his promose wasn't genuine, Goku then proposed to her.
- Stern Teacher: She was one for Gohan before he enrolled in high school, as he was home-schooled most of his life after all.
- Stripperiffic: Her outfit◊ at age twelve.
- Supreme Chef: She's gotten a lot of comments on how good her cooking is.
- Too Dumb to Live: In the Buu Arc when she slapped Super Buu for killing Gohan. He promptly transformed her into an egg and crushed her.
- Tomboy: Mainly as an adult.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Bulma's girly girl.
- Tomboy Princess: She enjoys fighting and she's a princess. Enough said.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Sure Chi-Chi does martial arts, She enjoys being a housewife and she likes wearing makeup.
- True Blue Femininity/Pink Means Feminine: Her outfit as a child qualified for both.
- Tsundere: Type A. She shares many dere-dere moments with Goku when she's not mad at him about Gohan's studies. She was originally a Type B in Dragonball and goes back to being a Type B in the Buu Saga.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She's even the trope image. Ox is huge and resembles an ogre.
- Uptown Girl: For Goku because she's a princess.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Bulma. They usually get into arguments involving their husbands or sons, but they show they care for each other.
- Walking Swimsuit Scene: When she was younger.
- Was Too Hard on Him: Seems to feel this way about how she raised Gohan given that she is not as strict with Goten.
- Worlds Strongest Woman: Pointed out by the other characters.
- The Worf Effect: There are a few times she fights but due to most being superpowered people and her not keeping up with her training, she gets taken down easily.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In the Buu Saga. She does not get upset as much and she less harsh on Goten than she was on Gohan, allowing him to play and not study all the time. She even trained Goten in Martial Arts and allow Gohan to skip school so he can get ready to enter the World Martial Arts Tournament.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: Knew Goku since he was a boy and ended up marrying him.
- Younger than She Looks: Most people wouldn't realize it, or at least it doesn't sink in, but in the beginning of the Z series, she's at least 23. Guess motherhood really did mature her, huh?
Ox-King (牛魔王; Gyuu-Maou)
The legendary Ox-King of Fire Mountainnote
. The Ox-King terrorized the countryside to keep would-be thieves away from his castle. When Goku and his friends came looking for the Dragon Ball in his treasury, he relents (he couldn't get into his own castle anyway because of the wall of flames around it) and offers Goku his daughter Chi-Chi's hand in marriage. Ox-King turned out to be one of Master Roshi's pupils and a friend of Goku's Grandpa Gohan. After his daughter settled down with Goku, he became a doting grandfather to Gohan and Goten.
- An Axe to Grind: He's shown with an axe the first time he encounters Goku and the gang in Dragonball.
- Doting Parent: He's very fond of his daughter.
- Doting Grandparent: The Ox-King is also fond of his grandsons.
- Gentle Giant: He used to be quite violent, but mellowed out after Chi-Chi fell in love with Goku.
- Immune to Bullets: Only shown in the anime fillers.
- Jerkass Façade: Ox-King intentionally pulled this up to his first appearance to prevent thieves from coming into his castle and robbing his gold. That, and taking his daughter. So, he terrorized the nearby village, and legends of him spread as a bloodthirsty demonic tyrant. Suffice to say, this wasn't the best course of action he could have taken (though, it was pretty effective). Father and daughter being inhumanly strong, notwithstanding (the latter killed a T. Rex with ease at twelve years of age). He later got reprimanded for this by Master Roshi, who told him to apologize to the villagers for how he treated them, and mellowed out... after his home on Fire Mountain was blown to bits by Roshi.
- Legacy Character: Subverted when he suggests that Chi-Chi's son also be named after himself, before she named him Gohan.
- Only One Name: He doesn't have a last name.
- Overprotective Dad: In Dragonball. Less so in Z.
- Public Domain Character: Ox-King is the only character other than Son Goku to retain the same name as his Journey to the West counterpart.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Wore a pink shirt during the Buu arc.
- Retired Badass: In Dragonball Z, you don't see him fighting anymore. At his peak of power he was regarded as a demon who could take out tanks and Goku couldn't even make him flinch when they first met.
- Stout Strength: Later in the series he gets fatter but even in Battle Of The Gods it is clear he has a lot of muscle underneath.
- What the Hell, Hero?: While it's technically filler, he calls Chi-Chi out on getting upset with Goku for letting Gohan fight against Cell. Considering how Gohan surpassed Goku and Cell in strength, this was understandable.
Lunch / Launch (ランチ; Ranchi)
Minor joke character during the original series, was picked up and brought to Roshi by Goku and Krillin to bribe him into training the two. Her "moodswings"—really a split personality—when she sneezes provided a fair amount of comedy, shifting between a sweet blue-haired ingenue and a violent blonde criminal. She's not heard from much in the Z
series (because Akira Toriyama literally forgot she existed).
- All Love Is Unrequited: Bad Lunch has a massive crush on Tien.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV or V.
- Ax-Crazy: In blonde form.
- Badass: Her blonde form. She always has a gun ready and shows no fear attacking or threatening anyone including the Red Ribbon Army, the Crane Hermit, or even King Piccolo.
- Berserk Button: Her bad personality has several including but not limited to: Roshi's perversion, anyone getting between her and Tien, and those that hurt her acquaintances.
- Blondes are Evil: Her bad half, at least. Her good half is blue-haired, nice, and cute as a button. However, her bad half eventually becomes nicer, too, with more of Good Is Not Soft after begun befriends Goku and the others for real.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She disappears after the Saiyan Saga in season 1 of the anime, and after the first chapter in the manga. Reportedly, this is because Toriyama simply had forgotten about her for quite some time.
- Demoted to Extra: The grand finale of the manga reunited everyone but Lunch, because Toriyama plain forgot about her. The anime, at least, briefly showed her contributing to Goku's Super Spirit Bomb. She also later appears in the OVA although has no lines.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Her reaction in Tien's death.
- Dub Name Change: From Lunch to Launch.
- Forehead of Doom: You can see how huge her forehead is because her hair doesn't cover it.
- Good Is Not Soft: Her blonde-haired aggressive side eventually becomes this instead of evil.
- The Gunslinger: Only in her blonde form. When she lose her temper, people will get shot. Good thing most of the cast is bulletproof.
- Expy: Many of her traits matched with Lucy. Both have multiple personalities; one is a ditzy nice girl, and the other is a sociopathic heroine, but also stoic. Eventually, the latter sides eventually gain a heart of gold and working with the main character and his friends. That gives them both an odd friendship with a girl who is a non-combatant (Bulma and Yuka) and an unrequited love interest (Tien and Kouta). They eventually disappear after the end of their works (with the former being written out while the latter being killed by Kouta in the manga and having her bad side killed by the army in the anime).
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Inverted, as her blue haired form fits this while her blonde side eventually becomes a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Her blonde form.
- Ingenue: Good Lunch.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Bad Lunch for Tenshinhan.
- Jekyll & Hyde: She's literally this trope. Her jekyll is Good Lunch while her Hyde is Bad Lunch.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Agressive blonde Lunch eventually becomes this once she considers Goku and the others as friends.
- Lethal Chef: Not in general, but Good Lunch's ditzyness has caused her to try cooking a toxic pufferfish for Master Roshi and Krillin, poisoning the both of them for the next day.
- Light Feminine Dark Feminine: A personification of the trope.
- More Dakka: Lunch has her own stacks of guns.
- Ms. Fanservice: She wears revealing clothes and a lot of other characters find her attractive, particularity Master Roshi.
- Pet the Dog: While her nice persona is not evil, her bad persona has a few moments. In Dragon Ball during one of the tournaments, she buys Goku Ice Cream. One of the few times she does something legit in her bad form. Of course later on rescues Goku from two people intent on stopping him from winning the match to settle a Side Bet. In Z she kidnapped the finest chefs in the world just so she could create a world class meal for Tien and Chaotzu.
- Nice Girl: When not in her blond-hair form.
- Only One Name: Like many others in the series.
- She's Got Legs: Blue-Haired Lunch always shows off her legs when she's cleaning the Kame House.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Good Lunch. She's sweet and kind to others and is very shy.
- Sneeze Cut: Bad Lunch was about to attack King Piccolo, but Bulma whispers something about her, and she sneezes and turns back.
- Sociopathic Hero: Bad Lunch.
- Spell My Name with an S: Her name is more accurately rendered as "Lunch", but the English versions call her "Launch".
- Split Personality: Is a fiery blonde and sweet blue-haired girl.
- Tareme Eyes/Tsurime Eyes: Good Lunch and Bad Lunch, respectively.
- Theme Naming: Named after a meal in a story where many characters are named after food and teas.
- Token Evil Teammate: Even after Bad Lunch accepts Goku and company as friends, she's still a violent gun-toting criminal. She outright says she likes King Piccolo's style, but sides against him out of loyalty to her True Companions.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Good Lunch is Girly Girl, Bad Lunch is Tomboy.
- Tsundere: Blonde Lunch is a Type A.
Dr. Brief / Bulma's Mom
Dr. Brief is the founder of Capsule Corp and the father of Bulma. Bulma's Mom is the mother of Bulma
and the wife of Dr. Brief
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Bulma's Mom, she looks the same through her daughter's teenage years and her grandson's childhood.
- If we assume that she was at least 18 when she had Tights, then that means that she could be no younger than 71 as of the Buu Saga.
- Brainless Beauty: Bulma's Mom
- Butt Monkey: Dr. Brief becomes one particularly in the Frieza Saga.
- Captain Oblivious: Bulma's Mom.
- Dirty Old Man: Dr. Brief, revealed that he hides a collection of dirty magazines.
- The Ditz / Dumb Blonde: Bulma's Mom.
- Doting Parents: They are very fond of their daughter Bulma and their grandson Trunks and Future Trunks.
- Eyes Always Shut: Bulma's Mom. She does open them once and her eyes tun out to be blue.
- Expy: Bulma's Mom, from Marilyn Monroe. Also overlaps with Casting Gag, as her Japanese voice actress (Mariko Mukai) was her defacto voice actress for Monroe in almost all the Japanese dubs of her films. Dr. Brief resembles Albert Enstein.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Dr. Brief.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: She still looks great even after Trunks is born.
- Housewife: Bulma's Mom.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: In the rare moments Ms Brief opens her eyes, they're revealed to be blue.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Dr. Brief is often seen with a small black cat either on his shoulder or in his hands.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: Despite Bulma's Mom being ditsy, she is very polite.
- Like Father, Like Daughter: His daughter, Bulma, inherited his love for inventing things and being a genius.
- Mr. Fixit: Dr. Brief
- Mrs. Robinson: Bulma's mother has flirted with Yamcha, Goku, and Vegeta, who brush her off. This even provoked Bulma's jealously at one point!
- Older than They Look: Despite the passage of several decades in-universe, Bulma's Mom is never shown aging. Even in Jaco The Galactic Patrolman, a prequel set over a decade before Dragon Ball begins, she still looks the same.
- Parental Favoritism: Dr. Brief loves Bulma dearly, and his idea of spending quality time together involves working together in his lab, which suits Bulma just fine. His older daughter, Tights, on the other hand, he can't be bothered to remember the fact that she had already graduated from college two years after the fact.
- Perpetual Smiler: Bulma's Mom. Even when she was angry one time, she still had a smile on her face!
- The Tease: Bulma's Mom is rather flirty.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: In photos of Dr and Bulma's Mom, Bulma's Mom is shown to be taller, as shown here.◊
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Dr. Brief is old and wrinkly while Bulma's Mom is ridiculously cute.
- Unnamed Parent: Bulma's Mom, she is only called Bulma's Mom.
Mechanical Man No. 8/Android 8
Android 8 (人造人間8号; Jinzou Ningen Hachi-Gou)
monster and one of Doctor Gero's earliest Androids, 8 was rejected by the Red Ribbon Army due to his gentle nature. Helps out a young Goku during his raid on the Red Ribbon's Muscle Tower.
The chief of a native tribe that served as the guardians of Korin Tower. He and his son, Upa meet Goku after he finds a dragon ball and runs afoul of the Red Ribbon Army. Bora proved to be a very powerful warrior earlier in the series with gunfire deflecting off his body.
Bora's son and ally to Goku after he is saved from Captain Yellow of the Red Ribbon Army. Not nearly as brave or as powerful as Goku or his father, Upa helps Goku collect the dragon balls using them to wish his father back to life after being killed by Mercanary Tao
Korin (カリン; Karin)
Goku's second mentor, Korinnote
is an 800 year old talking cat who lives in a tower directly under Kami's lookout. Korin's Senzu Beans, which cause full healing from physical injury after being eaten, play a big part in the series. Korin was also Master Roshi's mentor 300 years earlier.
- Badass Adorable: A mere cat, yet as a martial arts master and deity he could easily defeat any human martial artist when he's introduced, including the likes of Roshi and Tao. Goku doesn't surpass him until he drinks the Super God Water to fight King Piccolo.
- Brutal Honesty: He straight up tells Goku that even after his stint in the hyperbolic time chamber that Cell is still significantly stronger than him.
- Dub Name Change: Funimation renamed him "Korin", probably because "Karin" sounds like a girl's name ("Karen") in English.
- Eyes Always Shut: Never seen with his eyes open.
- God Job: An Earth deity just like Popo and Kami, though his actual position isn't very well defined.
- Kaleidoscope Hair: In color chapters of the manga, his fur is never the same color twice. This is never commented upon. (For what it's worth, he was based on a black cat…)
- Obsolete Mentor: However, Korin is still an invaluable source of wisdom and experience, not to mention the only source of the priceless healing resource of senzu beans.
- Odd Friendship: With Yajirobe.
- Old Master: Trained Master Roshi and most of the original cast. He also as old if not older than Kami who is at least 300 years old.
- Petting Zoo People: He's a talking cat that acts perfectly human.
- Power-Up Food: His senzu beans.
- Punny Name: On Karintou, a Japanese snackfood. It's more obvious with the tower itself, which is just Karin-tou ("Karin Tower") in Japanese.
- Simple Staff: He almost never uses it as a weapon, though.
- She's a Man in Japan: He's a female cat in the British dub of the 3rd movie and throughout the Hungarian dub of Z.
- Trickster Mentor: The sacred water that would supposedly multiply Goku's power was actually just tap water. The training Goku underwent to steal the water from Korin was what really improved his skills.
- Subverted with the Ultra Divine Water, where the water itself brings out the person's power.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Korin often chastises Yajirobe for being lazy and rude, but he has yet to kick the latter out of his tower.
Uranai Baba/Fourtuneteller Baba
Fortuneteller Baba (占いババ; Uranai Baba)
A small, old witch that can divine things with the crystal ball she floats around on. The older sister of Master Roshi, she lives in a pyramid, providing divinations to those who can match one of two requirements—pay an outrageous fee, or defeat her chosen champions in combat. She also cut a deal with King Yemma that lets her provide a dead warrior a 24-hour return to the living, making for some joyous reunions. After the Red Ribbon Saga, Goku's friends go to her for help finding the last Dragon Ball, and she periodically pops up to help for free, as the Z-warriors are now more powerful than any warrior she can employ.
Baba disappears for most of Dragon Ball Z
, until the Buu Saga, where she first brings Goku back to life for one day to compete in the World Martial Arts Tournament, and later does the same for Vegeta after his Heroic Sacrifice
- Aloof Big Sister: To Master Roshi.
- Cool Old Lady: Once she gets much nicer and overcome her desire for money or joy of watching fights.
- Crystal Ball: Though she doesn't use it to read the future as much as to actually be on eye level with the other characters.
- Foreshadowing: Hints that Goku will save the world, which he does two saga's later... and keeps on doing until the end of the series.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Unlike her brother. The only reason people don't have to look way down when she's nearby is because she's sitting on her floating Crystal Ball.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: In the Japanese version. Like her brother, Muten Roshi, Uranai Baba is a title ("Fortunetelling Crone"), not a name. The US manga always refers to her as "All-Seeing Crone" to make this more blatant.
Yajirobe is a fat samurai vagabond who eventually started living with Korin. He usually acts as a Senzu Bean delivery man, but also helped fight off King Piccolo's henchmen and Vegeta himself.
- Acrofatic: Surprisingly fast for someone his weight.
- Badass Normal: He can't use ki attacks nor can he fly, but he single-handedly killed one of King Piccolo's minions, climbed Karin's Tower with Goku on his back and launched two surprise attacks on Vegeta and lived.
- Balloon Belly: After eating a handful of Senzu Beans at once.
- Big Eater: As shown in many clips when he's eating a lot of Senzu Beans.
- Can't Catch Up: He retires from fighting early on, after the Saiyan Saga, and mostly just hangs out with Korin after that.
- Cowardly Lion: One minute he's hiding somewhere scared out of his wits, the next he's doing a sneak attack on the Big Bad.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: As stated above against Vegeta.
Mr. Popo (ミスター・ポポ; Misutaa Popo)
Kami's (and later Dende's) assistant and caretaker of his floating palace, Mr. Popo is a black (really
black) genie person. Mr. Popo has apparently been around even longer than Kami has. Mr. Popo helps train a young Goku for his fight against Piccolo in the 3rd Tournament arc, and in Z, shows the heroes Kami's old spaceship and teaches Bulma how to use it.
- Almighty Janitor: Kami's assistant who actually oversaw much of Goku's (and later the other Z-Fighter's) training.
- Always Someone Better: Says this almost word-for-word to Goku who had grown arrogant from defeating King Piccolo.
- Badass: Made a complete fool of Goku when they fought. He's the only one to really get under Goku's skin by taunting him for being weak.
- Badass Teacher: Taught Goku while he was on the lookout and (at least in an anime filler) held his own against two children Super Saiyan.
- Bowdlerization: The US manga removed his large lips so Popo wouldn't be perceived as a racist stereotype.
- That's nothing. In the 4Kids TV airing of Kai, they recolored him blue.
- Dub Name Change: to Momo in some European countries, where "popo" means "butt".
- Magic Carpet: Can go to the other side of the world in seconds.
- Number Two: To Kami, and every god before.
- Older Than He Looks: He's been around longer than Kami has.
- Third-Person Person: In the Japanese version and Viz releases.
Goku's third mentor, and literally the God
of Earth. An alien who was sent from Namek during a climate disaster, Kami, in his eagerness to earn this title, hastily expelled the evil within him to be worthy of it; this gave rise to the tyrant known as Demon King Piccolo, and the guilt of being responsible for his existence has haunted Kami for centuries. He is also the creator of Earth's Dragon Balls and the dragon Shenron.
- The Atoner: For creating Demon King Piccolo.
- Badass Grandpa: Until Z. He was the strongest character in the series until Goku and Piccolo Jr surpass him during the 23rd Martial Arts Tournament and even then he easily beat Yamache and Yajirobe without really trying. He remained stronger than most of the cast until the beginning of the Saiyan Sage in which he trained the Earth Defenders to surpass him.
- Big Good: Until Z. He was Guardian of the Earth and looked over the planet for centuries. Like Master Roshi, he stopped being the Big Good upon King Kai's introduction.
- Bilingual Bonus/Meaningful Name: In the third tournament arc he possesses a person named Shen ("Hero" in the English dub). "Shen" is Chinese for "God."
- Also "Kami" means God as well.
- Cool Old Guy: He is the least eccentric and or perverted one in the entire series.
- Demonic Possession: Inverted—he ends up possessing a person named Hero ("Shen" in the Japanese original) to fight off Piccolo Jr. before being sealed away, as well as removing himself from possessing his host so he wouldn't share the same fate.
- Everyone Calls Him Kami: Kami seems to be his title rather than his actual name. His real name is never mentioned, and it is implied that even he doesn't know what it is.
- Face Death with Dignity: Subverted when he chooses to fuse with Piccolo in the Cell Saga, meaning that his entire existence would only remain inside of Piccolo.
- God Job: "Kami" is a title given to the God of Earth, an individual who works as Earth's spokesperson to the divine, in a manner of speaking. Kami, unlike the other gods introduced in the series, was not born a god on Planet Kaishin, and he is in fact a mortal being who has many times been on the verge of dying of old age. He inherited the title of Kami after succeeding on a number of trials that proved his worth to the previous Kami, who then made him his successor.
- Good Counterpart: To Demon King Piccolo, whom he inadvertently created.
- Humans Are Bastards: Feels this way, which is why he didn't revive the dragon after it was killed by Piccolo. As he put it, humans turn the Dragon Balls, which were a symbol of hope, into objects of greed. He changed his mind after he saw Goku's noble intentions, despite the fact that Goku isn't a human. Although, Kami could have seen Goku as a representation of humanity since he was raise among them despite being an alien.
- Literal Split Personality: In DBZ, it is explained that this is how Demon King Piccolo was created.
- The Load: Not intentionally. Piccolo's life is linked to Kami so any pain one feels the other feels as well. This means that if Piccolo dies, so does Kami and the Dragon Balls by relation. This got deconstructed during a filler arc.
- Piccolo even lampshades it, saying the only reason they even keep Kami around anymore is because of the Dragon Balls. This is also the main reason that Dende is eventually chosen to replace him.
- Long Lived: Lived for over 300 years before the events of Dragon Ball
- Moses In The Bull Rushes: From Namek.
- My Greatest Failure: Creating Demon King Piccolo in his haste to become Kami; he was quite willing to die for this sin.
- Obsolete Mentor: By the time Vegeta and Nappa invaded Earth, the only meaning to Kami's existence is to keep the Dragon Balls working.
King Kai (界王; Kaiou)
Goku's fourth mentor in the series (after Master Roshi, Korin, and Kami). A small cricket-like man with a penchant for bad jokes. Helps train Goku to fight Nappa and Vegeta while Goku is in the afterlife. Also provides much information on the races in the series. He's actually the North Kai—one of four gods who rule over the four galaxies of the universe (and who act like bickering siblings).
- Actually That's My Assistant: He's a bit bemused to find Goku imitating his pet monkey Bubbles when they first meet.
- Badass Grandpa: When giving advice.
- Batman Gambit: With Planet Namek exploding and Piccolo still alive, he had an idea where the Earth's Dragon Balls were to be used to resurrect everyone who was killed by Freeza and his minions, resulting in reviving the Grand Elder and Porunga, who still has one more wish to grant. The wish he wanted was to have everyone, but Freeza to be teleported safely to Earth. Everything went according to plan, except that Goku requested to stay behind on Namek so he could settle the score with Freeza. Kaio reluctantly accepted.
- Big Fun: He can be amusing, but comes across as an Only Sane Man when Goku is around.
- Big Good: Replaced Kami as this from the Saiyan saga to the Cell Games.
- Butt Monkey: Becomes this to the other Kais after he dies.
- Casting Gag: In the Japanese version, where Joji Yanami (who had already been the Narrator for the entirety of the series up to that point) was cast as a Mr. Exposition — basically, the Narrator, but goofier.
- Cool Car: He owns a red 1950s Chevrolet sedan that he drives around his planet when he gets bored. He's jealous of the Grand Kai's car, a blue Cadillac convertible, that he considers much cooler than his Chevy.
- Cool Shades: Much cooler than Roshi's.
- Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: True of almost every character, but lampshaded and Played for Laughs when Goku transports a self-destructing Cell to his planet, annihilating him (and Goku... once again.) But since this is the afterlife, they both pop back instantly with halos. King Kai is very annoyed and has to put up with ribbing from the other kais for a while.
- Dub Name Change: to Kaito in some European dubs. This even got carried over to his Kaio-ken technique.
- Eccentric Mentor: His methods are very unorthodox and he comes across as very silly.
- Killed Off for Real: When he and his friends die in the Cell Saga, they are never revived. Kai adds some lines about him coming back, but retains scenes of him with his halo. It's really a moot point given he already lives in the afterlife.
- The Obi-Wan: Even dies, though his student dies with him as well.
- Obsolete Mentor: Subverted. Even though he was already weaker than Vegeta before he taught Goku, King Kai is still a veritable library of skills, techniques and literally centuries of wisdom.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Ironically his cause of death wasn't to get Goku as a student but because Goku teleported the exploding Cell to his house.
- Older and Wiser: Even more than Roshi.
- Only Sane Man: He's the wisest and most serious of the four Kaios. He's also kept up to date on current events in the living world.
- Physical God: The status, not the power that the fighters wield. It should be noted however that his power level is higher than that of Raditz, so he's actually quite strong (far stronger than anyone from Dragon Ball), he's just far outclassed by most fighters in Z
- Promoted to Playable: Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butouden marks his debut as a playable character.
- Pungeon Master: In addition to being a martial arts master. Before he agrees to train you, you have to make him laugh, and he only like really lame jokes.
- Psychic Powers / Telepathy: Can use his "cricket antennae" to have psychic conversations with others. He uses this to communicate with Goku and the others, coordinate plans (the wishes to revive everyone who died on Namek and send them to Earth while Goku was fighting Frieza, and later convincing everyone on Earth to contribute to Goku's Spirit Bomb while fighting Buu), and warn Goku of potential danger to Earth (several of the movies).
- And anyone touching his back can piggyback on his telepathy.
- Signature Move: He invented the Kaio Ken and Spirit Bomb, although we only see Goku using them.
- Wax On, Wax Off: First task: catch a monkey. Second task: hit a bug with a hammer (though second task is anime only).
- What the Hell, Hero?: After Kuririn and Yamcha were killed by Boo, he had them keep their bodies so he could use them as emergency backup against Boo, knowing full well that they don't stand a chance against him. Kuririn rightfully calls him out on this.
A Namekian child who befriends Gohan and Krillin during their quest for the Dragon Balls of his planet. Later, after Kami merges with Piccolo, he becomes the new Kami of Earth to make sure the Dragon Balls stay active on the planet.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: While his brother Cargo is never explicitly stated as his twin, he still had to witness Cargo being murdered and unsurprisingly shocked with this.
- Big Brother Worship: To Nail, and later Piccolo after Piccolo fused with the former.
- God Job: Dende doesn't have the fighting skills to protect the Earth but he does have the knowledge to create dragons, so he got the job.
- Healing Hands: The reason why the Z Warriors heal up and why he's killed in the Frieza Saga.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Gohan and Krillin during their adventures on Namek.
- Kill the Cutie: During the Frieza arc. He is mercilessly killed by Frieza once he learned that he can heal.
- Last of His Kind: Very briefly, but still.
- Moe Couplet: With Gohan. Dende's the only kid Gohan is really seen interacting with, and they are so cuuuute.
- Morality Pet: Also very close to Piccolo.
- Makes sense in that Piccolo fused with Nail, who was a sort of Big Brother Mentor to Dende.
- Nice Guy: Even after becoming Guardian of Earth, he sometimes let others call him by name instead of his title (Kami-sama). Piccolo sometimes disagrees with this, such as seen in Battle of Gods.
- Non-Action Guy: One of the only main ones in the series
- Put on a Bus: After the Frieza Saga ended. He leaves with his fellow Namakians to find a new planet after Frieza destroyed Namek.
- Shoot the Medic First: And holy crap, Frieza did.
A Namekian who served as the personal bodyguard to Grand Elder Guru. He was the most powerful Namekian alive at the time of Frieza's attack on Namek.
- Badass Baritone: He had a bit of a rasp in the original Funimation dub. Sean Schemmel deepened his voice in Kai to make him more badass (and to emphasize his connection with Piccolo).
- Bald of Awesome: A Namekian trait.
- Battle Butler: To Guru, being the strongest warrior of Namek.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Dende, sort of.
- For Want of a Nail: Yes pun intended, as the power boost he gives Piccolo during their fusion is the main reason Piccolo and by extension the Earth's dragon balls survived Frieza's assault, which in turn allow all of the Nameks to be revived.
- Nail himself discusses the trope with Piccolo before he merges with him, noting that had he merged with Kami and became whole again, he'd have no problem with Frieza.
- Made of Iron: It's how he survived his battle with Frieza.
- The Stoic: Rarely changes his expression.
- Undying Loyalty: To Guru.
- The Worf Effect: He's at least as strong as the three main Ginyu Force members, Recoome, Burter, and Jeice, most likely stronger, to the point where Guru was about to send him to fight them. Frieza makes short work out of him without even using full power.
- World's Strongest Namekian: Before Piccolo took over, unless you count Lord Slug.
Grand Elder Guru
Grand Elder Guru (最長老;Saichōrō)
The oldest and wisest Namekian on the planet prior to the Freiza Saga and the creator of the Namekian Dragon Balls and the dragon Porunga. He also has the ability to unlock someone's hidden potential by placing his hand on their head; he did this for Krillin, Gohan and Dende.
- Bald of Awesome: In that he created an even stronger version of the Dragon Balls
- Cool Old Guy: Arguably the most humble.
- Death by Despair: Died after the stress and trauma of his people being slaughtered by Frieza finally got to him. He was resurrected only to die by natural causes later.
- It's implied that it's not really the case. If a Namekian died, it appears that it affects and spiritually weakens their father's. It is similar to what happened to King Piccolo when he feels his demonic spawns are killed. Guru has MORE THAN 100 children, and basically EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM is killed by Frieza and his men. Can you imagine what happened to him with this?
- Face Death with Dignity: Despite how heartbroken everyone was, he was perfectly fine accepting his natural death. This is played more straight after he is briefly revived to explain to his people about destruction of Namek and chose his successor, before died for real by natural causes shortly after.
- Foreshadow: He is the first one to mention Super Saiyan after Krillin explain that Kami, son of Katas, was murdered by a Saiyan. After reading Krillin's mind he says that if Kami was whole no ordinary Saiyan could had killed him. This also foreshadows the power of the Nameless Namek.
- Killed Off for Real: Since he had a natural death, he couldn't be revived by the Dragon Balls.
- Large and in Charge: Except he's far too old to put up a fight, but still the biggest Namekian.
- Mr. Seahorse: Gave birth to 109 Namekians including Dende and Nail.
- Really 700 Years Old: As old as the Nameless Namekian that separated into Kami and King Piccolo (300 years old).
- Maybe even older than that. The way he spoke of the Nameless Namekian suggested the latter was still a child even to him when the cataclysm occurred, and he seemed to have some knowledge about the "Legendary Super Saiyan", though that may be due to how widespread the legend was.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Super Empowering: Guru was able to unlock some huge reserves of power in Dende, Gohan and Krillin.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: A truly Reasonable Authority Figure and one of the outright kindest characters in the series.
Icarus (ハイヤードラゴン; Haiyaa Doragon)
A baby dragon that befriended Gohan after Gohan rescued him from a forest fire.
- Canon Foreigner: Only appears in movies and filler episodes.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He completely disappears after the Trunks Saga.
- Goten mentions him at one point whilst playing with an animal out in the forest (english dub only), which seems to suggest Icarus, like many pets, died a few years before (or ran away, which seems unlikely given its bond to Gohan).
- Cool Pet: He's basically pure wish fulfillment.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In The Tree Of Might he actually attacks Shen Long. Fortunately, Gohan saves Haiya Dragon from the counter-attack.
- Dragon Rider: Gohan rides him sometimes, despite having a higher flight speed on his own.
- This is actually justified in one special: as Gohan would have been detected immediately if he used enough energy to fly, riding on Icarus allowed him to travel a great distance without being found out. Giving the dragon a Senzu Bean later on boosted his energy levels high enough for a scouter to pick up. Whoops.
- Dub Name Change: His Japanese name is Haiya (or Higher) Dragon.
- Meaningful Name: He was named after a story character named Icarus, who had wax wings and flew too close to the sun.
- Morality Pet: In The Tree Of Might, he calms Oozaru Gohan.
- No Name Given: The original French dub of Z, as usual.
Bardock (バーダック; Baadakku)
Goku's father. Was given the power to see the fate of his race and tried to stop it but ended up failing in the end. He died happy when he realized his own son would be the one to take down Frieza.
Years later, in the spinoff manga Episode of Bardock
, it's revealed that Bardock survived being killed by Frieza and was somehow whisked away to the distant past. There, he became a Super Saiyan while fighting Frieza's ancestor, Chilled, making him the Legendary Super Saiyan and the originator of the legend itself.
- Affably Evil: For a mass-murdering space pirate, he's very laid back most of the time. And he has friends that he wanted to avenge.
- Almighty Janitor: Despite being nearly as strong as King Vegeta by the time of his death, Bardock did not hold a ranking of high prestige within Saiyan society.
- Badass: Fighting Dodoria's henchmen, taking on Frieza, AND, in Episode of Bardock, beating Chilled right after becoming a Super Saiyan.
- Blessed with Suck: On the planet they've just purged, an alien in his last moments gives Bardock psychic powers so that he could forsee his own planet's destruction.
- Blood Knight: Pretty obvious, considering the fact that he is a Saiyan.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: According to Dragon Ball Online, Miira went back in time, snatched Bardock just as he was being disintegrated by Frieza's death ball, and ends up brainwashing him to be one of his minions. Eventually he breaks free of it and presumably kills him in a kamikaze attack, although he himself survives somehow. This might be how he ended up in the past in Episode of Bardock.
- Breakout Character: Despite appearing only in a few pages in the original manga, Bardock got his own OVA and more scenes in the anime mostly because he is Goku's biological father, but then he started to earn a status of his own, apart from being just Goku's father Bardock got more exposition in games for the franchise, particularly Online by Netmarble.
- And finally to cement his breakout status, Bardock got his own manga series in 2011 in which he survived Planet Vegeta's destruction (that's implied to have involved time travelling to the past somehow), and venturing in his planet's distant past. Bardock even got a Super Saiyan transformation which previously only appeared in the game Dragon Ball Heroes.
- Byronic Hero: Compared to Goku, he's a Noble Demon and his best (and ironically last) day and is very brutal to his enemies.
- Canon Immigrant: Akira thought he was pretty good, so he gave him a cameo. Further emphasized in Dragon Ball Kai, where the Bardock special functions as a prequel, in an anime that basically was to be the manga, but with less filler and padding.
- Cassandra Truth: None of the other Saiyans believed that Frieza would destroy them.
- Death by Origin Story: The fate of the Saiyan race was sealed the second Frieza's ship arrived at Planet Vegeta; Bardock was the only warrior of his race to face death fighting on his feet rather than on his knees.
- Determinator: Blasts his way through hundreds of henchmen to get to Frieza. This fact is acknowledged in a rare Villain Respect moment, several years later, when he instantly recalls Bardock when he sees Goku due to the uncanny resemblance, thus being possibly the only Saiyan, let alone person among the countless races that that left an impact.
- Doomed by Canon: No one in the series at that point could take on Frieza in his first for, let alone his second and third form, the former being in extremely rare cases and the latter to which he never revealed before to anyone or even his fourth and final, which only his family are privy to.
- Defiant to the End: So much so that his is the only face that Frieza remembers amongst the many saiyans he murdered.
- Dub Text: The English dub added a lot of character alterations not present in the original Japanese, mainly "regret" at being "forced" to commit mass murder.
- Dying Curse: How he got his physic powers. He was curse to see a future that he couldn't prevent, much like the people he murdered the night before.
- Face Death with Dignity: In spite of knowing full-well the futility of trying to do so, Bardock still held his arms out to catch Frieza's apocalyptic meteor, in a last ditched effort to save his people.
- Five-Bad Band / Quirky Miniboss Squad: Bardock's Elite.
- Generation Xerox: In terms of appearance, he looks like a scarred, Older and Wiser Goku.
- Even down to the Always Someone Better parallel between King Vegeta, impact of death at the very least, that would be passed onto their sons. While King Vegeta did directly face Frieza, the latter quickly dispatched him with a kick. Frieza's sarcastic comment on his murder to his son implies that he only recalled it for the For the Evulz. Bardock on the other hand, with his Badass Boast forced Frieza to briefly go all out and destroy him along with Planet Vegeta along with his own men. Despite being a mere speed bump in the Saiyan's destruction, Frieza when encountering Goku, instantly recalls Bardock, meaning that he out of all the Saiyans he killed, including King Vegeta, Bardock is the only one that stood out.
- Go Out with a Smile: Upon seeing that his son would be the one to beat Frieza.
- Heel-Face Turn: Can be considered a heel until he learns that Frieza betrayed his friends and plans to destroy Planet Vegeta. Even then he's still a Noble Demon. He completes his face turn in Episode of Bardock.
- Ignored Expert: As Goku's origins are based on Superman, it's not suprising he would be this.
- Leitmotif: Solid State Scouter
- My Own Grampa: If the spinoff is to be treated canon anyway. He's sent back in time to start the legend of the Saiyans. It's probably better to be "My Own Progenitor."
- Noble Demon: ...to his credit, he comes to feel love (or at the very least, pride) for his son Kakarot in the final seconds of his life, and he did legitimately care for his teammates, as evidenced by his anger towards Dodoria and Frieza after they mercilessly slaughtered his team on Planet Meat. Otherwise, he is still a black-hearted villain who enjoyed partaking in planetary genocide and mass murder.
- In his recent spinoff manga, he made the transition to full Anti-Hero.
- One-Hit Kill: By Frieza along with the rest of his planet.
- Only One Name: Like most Saiyans.
- Parental Abandonment: He didn't get a chance to raise Goku, and Goku was sent to Earth in a space pod.
- Popularity Power: Which is why in the spinoff manga, he manages to transform into a Super Saiyan.
- Posthumous Character: As Frieza remembers him very clearly when seeing Goku's uncanny resemblance, showing that he at least had more of an impact than his entire race including his king put together
- Rugged Scar: Completely identical to his son (and his son's son as well), except for the fact that he has a scar on his cheek. Not surprising he'd pick something like that up, considering his job is to travel from planet to planet and wipe out their entire populations.
- Screw Destiny: Tried to change his fate and the fate of his race. He didn't succeed, but he went down fighting.
- Signature Move: Final Spirit Cannon
- Speak of the Devil: After Bardock arrives at Planet Vegeta after suffering a heavy beating from Dodoria, he learns that his son Kakarot was shipped to Earth. He briefly forsaw this in his premonition dreams, and then comes to the conclusion that, if Kakarot is being sent to Earth was true, that must also mean that Frieza's attack on Planet Vegeta, and its destruction, is also true as well.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To Goku and Goten. Goku Jr. from GT actually wears a similar headband.
- Raditz comments on this in some translations, telling his brother upon seeing him "You look just like your father."
- Theme Naming: After burdock, a vegetable.
- The Unfavorite: Not himself, but Bardock, for all the hope he puts in Goku/Kakarot, he never thinks of Raditz, even in his dying moments
- Time Travel: In his spinoff manga this might be what happened to him after Frieza attempts to exterminate the Saiyans, being sent back to sometime before the Saiyans arrived at Planet Vegeta somehow, on what was then known as Planet Plant. Similarly, this is also what happened in Dragon Ball Online in regards to how he survived and got brainwashed by Miira.
- Stable Time Loop: He ends up being the Saiyan that inspired the Super Saiyan legend after he defeats Chilled, who then passes down the paranoia of the Saiyans to his descendants. Which leads to Frieza eventually blowing up Planet Vegeta, which leads to Bardock ending up in the past, which leads to... oh, you get the point.
- Villainous Friendship: Bardock and his elite are Type I.
- Villain Protagonist: In his introduction.
- X Marks The "Anti Hero": His most notable trait after his red bandana.
- You Can't Fight Fate: But you can start a legacy.
King Vegeta (ベジータ王; Bejiita Ou)
King Vegeta was the King of all Saiyans and the father of Vegeta. He was also a "hero" to the Saiyans, after he led his people to victory in the Saiyan-Tuffle war, in which the planet was renamed in his honor. After his people were annexed by Frieza's planet trade organization, he had no choice but to pledge allegiance, knowing the Saiyans weren't powerful enough to defeat him.
The Saiyans worked under Frieza for several years, then his son, Prince Vegeta was given to Frieza under unknown circumstances, although King Vegeta intended to rebel before he would ever let Frieza gain his son. Unfortunately, his rebellion was cut short by Frieza himself and he was killed.
- Action Dad: To Vegeta. He is the king of a warrior race.
- Authority Equals Ass Kicking: He was made King for a reason. Also, the planet was named after HIM. Not the other way around.
- Badass: Fighting his way past all of Frieza's henchmen, taking on Frieza, the man had guts.
- Bad Boss: Blast one of his own men for delivery bad news.
- Badass Beard: As seen in the image picture, he has a thick, long one.
- Blood Knight: He's a Saiyan, what else would you expect?
- Breakout Character: Despite only being mentioned in just one page in the original manga, he got more scenes in the anime.
- Death by Origin Story: No King Vegeta, the role of defeating Frieza goes to one of your lowly soldiers' son.
- Determinator: See Badass.
- Dub Text: The dub makes him sound more heroic. His motivation in the original is to free the Saiyans from Frieza and take his empire for their own. The prince was a minor factor, if even worth the mention.
- Doomed by Canon: See Death by Origin Story.
- Egopolis: After the Saiyans conquered Planet Plant, he renamed it Vegeta, after himself.
- Evil Versus Evil: When going against Frieza its easy to forget King Vegeta was a tyrant himself, even though he did care for his son and his people.
- Evil Overlord: King Vegeta is very tyrannical, committed acts of Genocide, and oppressed his own people even before his subjugation by Frieza.
- Generation Xerox: He looks like Vegeta with brown hair and a beard.
- He shares with his son, the Always Someone Better with Bardock and Goku respectively. While both he and Bardock faced his armies of Mooks to kill him only to be killed off by Frieza himself, there's a key difference in the amount of respect that he gives them post-mortem. When King Vegeta tried to kill him, Frieza brushed him off like another assassin, only half-remembered in order to get a rise out of Vegeta, in comparison, Bardock doing the same feat, Frieza takes him seriously enough to destroy Planet Vegeta along with him and the unlucky soldiers who happened to be in the way with possibly the largest attack he ever did in the series and instantly recalled him when seeing his resemblance in Goku, showed how more of an impact the death of the latter had than the former
- Hereditary Hairstyle: Has the exact same hairstyle as Vegeta.
- Kick the Dog: In Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans, King Kai says King Vegeta convinced the Saiyans to wipe out their neighbors, the Tuffles, after years of peaceful coexistence. This talk is accompanied by a picture of Tuffles shaking hands with Saiyans and another picture of Barbaric looking Saiyan males chasing after screaming Tuffle woman in civillian clothes! Though admitted it's a little hard to tell exactly how much of his dog-kicking is and isn't canon.
- In Broly: The Legendary Super Sayian, King Vegeta orders the execution of a baby Broly simply because he viewed him as a threat to his power!
- Knight Templar Parent: He had no problem with Frieza's misuse of his people, until Frieza tried to take his son Vegeta from him which crossed the line.
- Morality Pet: While otherwise very evil, King Vegeta genuinely cared for his firstborn son.
- I Have Your Son: Frieza's flashback heavily implies that Frieza forced King Vegeta into letting him take Prince Vegeta with the threat of hurting his people if he refused. However, his intention of cowing King Vegeta backfired as it resulted in the latter planning to revolt against Frieza as the last straw. Similarly, Frieza also threatened his son, Prince Vegeta, into doing what he commands with the consequence of failure or disobedience being to kill his father by Frieza's hand, the latter of which he did anyway.
- Papa Wolf: At least part of his motivation (whether a large or small part depends on the actual version of the show) for revolting against Frieza was because the latter forced him to give him his son, Prince Vegeta.
- Pet the Dog: To his credit, he obviously loves his firstborn son. Otherwise, he is still a black-hearted villain who enjoyed partaking in genocide and mass murder on a planetary scale. In The Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans, it's mentioned that without provocation, he ruthlessly wiped out every Tuffle, including civilians. In Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, he exiled his young son Tarble for being too kind.
- Although the fact that he only exiled Tarble instead of beating or killing him could be another point in his favor.
- Signature Move: Execution Beam
- Strong Family Resemblance: To Vegeta and Tarble.
- Theme Naming: After the word vegetable.
- Would Hurt a Child: Would kill a BABY as shown in the Broly movie.
- You Have Failed Me / Shoot the Messenger: King Vegeta in a flashback ended up blasting his messenger to smithereens after he reported that they had to wait three days before attacking the planet because of the full moon coinciding around that time. It's implied that he was more irritated that he can't get the job done in good time to keep Frieza off his back than the actual failure.
- Villain Protagonist: Goes against Frieza, but still very evil.
- The Worf Effect: Effortlessly slain by Freeza with one kick in spite of being the King of the Greatest Warriors in the Universe, but not before having his head literally used as a footstool by Bills The God of Destruction while being forced to treat him to an 8 course banquet... Mind you this latter sight traumatized Vegeta well into his adulthood as he was there to see it...
Original Super Saiyan
The Original Super Saiyan of legend spoken of by Vegeta. Never encountered in the story and long dead by the time the series takes place, but in a way is vastly important to the story as his story provides the basis for the goal of the Super Saiyan that every Saiyan character tries to obtain in the series. According to Vegeta, the Original Super Saiyan lived 1000 years ago (in the anime this is changed to 3000) and was the most powerful warrior in the universe, but his power was so great that only the Great Ape form could allow his body to sustain that power. Eventually his power became so great that it destroyed him and the planet he was on. Since his demise, no other Super Saiyans appeared, and he passed into myth.
Even after more than a thousand years the myth of the Super Saiyan holds incredible significance to the Saiyan race. Frieza heard rumors of the legend and seeing how powerful many of his Saiyan subordinates were becoming felt fear over the possibility that one of these Saiyans might rise up to the challenge and become a Super Saiyan thus ending his reign over his Empire. This lead Frieza to destroy the Saiyan race and leads Vegeta to want to reach the goal. Eventually Goku obtains the transformation and defeats Frieza.
Eventually almost every Saiyan character, including Vegeta much to his delight, gains this transformation and gain incredible power from it.
- Awesomeness Is Volatile: Explosively so, as his demise can attest to.
- Continuity Snarl: If it is taken as canon, Episode of Bardock—in which Goku's father is sent back in time, becomes a Super Saiyan, and defeats Frieza's ancestor, who passes the legend of the Super Saiyan onto his descendants, causing Frieza afraid of the Saiyans—muddies the continuity a bit, but it still appears that the Original Super Saiyan (who destroyed the Saiyans' homeworld) and Bardock (who inspired Frieza's fear) are two separate characters.
- Doomed Hometown: The story implies that the planet the Original Super Saiyan destroyed was the origin planet of the Saiyans, leading to the migration of the Saiyans to Planet Plant and the wars that led to the Saiyans conquering that planet. With his dying moments he destroyed his own home.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Led to his downfall.
- Goal in Life: His power and the myth surrounding it leads to Vegeta making it his goal in life to become a Super Saiyan, to be an invincible warrior just like the legend himself.
- Pals with Jesus: Possibly. Old Kai talks of having encountered a Super Saiyan before, he never speaks of who this particular Saiyan was though. If it helps any he mentions it was a Super Saiyan 4, something that is only possible if you can control the power of the Golden Great Ape transformation. That narrows things down a bit.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Was considered the most powerful warrior the universe has ever known by Vegeta, and at the very least was powerful enough to destroy a planet.
- Required Secondary Powers: Vegeta claims that the Original Super Saiyan could only maintain his full power in the transformed state, which is a foreshadowing of the eventual Golden Great Ape transformation Goku and Vegeta go through in GT. What makes things even more interesting is that Elder Kai claims to have encountered a Super Saiyan 4 before when he sees Goku in that state, said Super Saiyan 4 transformation can only come if you can control the Golden Great Ape form, something that the original Super Saiyan was capable of.
- Shrouded in Myth: Vegeta says that he existed so long ago that the transformation he had attained was considered an urban legend, a myth told by the Saiyans to give them a false sense of hope of overcoming Frieza one day. The myth is still so prevalent in the galactic consciousness that Frieza fears it, Vegeta believes in it, and the Kais have knowledge of its existence. Also the character despite his importance to the plot is never given a name, but perhaps that adds to the appeal.
- Story Breaker Power: Vegeta speaks of the original Super Saiyan as having power so great that he destroyed himself, power so volatile he couldn't control it any more. As powerful as Goku or Vegeta become it never gets to the point they can't control it. Vegeta also speaks of other Saiyans that were capable of becoming Super Saiyans in the past, that there was an entire race of Super Saiyans at one point in history, "The Super Saiyans of legend were an invincible warrior race." An army of Super Saiyans on par with Goku or Vegeta would be invincible.
- At the very least during the time period that the story first makes mention of the Super Saiyan transformation it would have broken the story but it helps that the villains keep becoming more and more powerful. Also played straight in that the Super Saiyan transformation in all its forms always ends up having enough power to overcome the villain. Also keep in mind that almost all of the enemies that surpass Super Saiyan were created fighters (the Androids, Cell, Majin Buu) or gods. Frieza was the strongest natural enemy and he got curb stomp by newly transformed, untrained Super Saiyan.
Krillin's girlfriend during the anime's Garlic Jr. Saga. Made a brief reappearance during the Androids Saga.
- Aerith and Bob: Out of all the names in the series, Maron is a very common name to have.
- Brainless Beauty / The Ditz: As Korin put it, she is so dumb, even party balloons have more of a brain than her. She's also clueless enough to actually allow Roshi to take advantage of her.
- Lampshaded in the video game Legacy of Goku 2 if you scan her with the scouter: "Scouter analysis cannot detect any brain waves. Perhaps the scouter is malfunctioning?"
- Buxom Is Better: The girl is stack, having a bigger bra size than Bulma.
- Canon Foreigner: Only appeared in the anime.
- Dub Name Change: She's Marlene in the French dub, until she's Maron again.
- Expy: Her design was similar to Bulma, though younger (which is essentially replicated with Bulla in GT.)
- Fanservice: Aside from her... obvious lack of intellect, she is also quite voluptulous, and has been in a skimpy bathing suit, although some versions of the American dub often expand it to be relatively more modest.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Somehow worked on Yajirobe and Korin...
- Distracted by the Sexy: Considering her looks even charmed Master Roshi's turtle it's not too hard to understand why.
- Innocently Insensitive: See Lovable Alpha Bitch below.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: Aside from being occasionally Innocently Insensitive, she is pretty nice most of the time.
- Lady in Red: Aside from her yellow bathing suit, she also wears a red dress.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: She has the nerve to call Bulma and Chi-Chi old, but the way it's portrayed gives one the impression that she's not really being mean and is just too stupid to know that you shouldn't do that.
- Meaningful Name: If you replace the 'a' with an 'o' in "Maron", you get "Moron".
- Ms. Fanservice: Most of her scenes have her wear skimpy bikinis and clothing.
- Only One Name: Like most of the characters in the series.
- Really Gets Around: Implied, since she's very flirtatious.
- Spell My Name with an S: Alternately "Mallon".
- Too Dumb to Live: Called Chi-Chi, the WorldsStrongestWoman, an old woman to her face. She only got out alive because Chi-Chi was held back by Master Roshi, Yamacha, and Bulma.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Subverted as Krillin wanted her to marry him, but he broke up with her instead.
- Valley Girl: Very spacey and material oriented.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In a very similar vein to Bulma, only a much bluer tint.
Androids 16, 17 and 18
Android 16 (人造人間16号; Jinzou Ningen Juuroku-Gou)
An incomplete android built by Dr. Gero. He was released prematurely by 17 and 18 and brought along to search for Goku. Unlike his companions, he is purely mechanical, not a cyborg. While very strong, he is more interested in nature than fighting, becoming an ally to the Z Fighters after 17 and 18 are absorbed by Cell. Sadly he ends up being Killed Off for Real by Cell. Though it's his death that sparks Gohan's power jump.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted with Android 16, who plainly stated that his goal was to kill Son Goku, as per his programming, and he tagged along with the other androids because he believed that they had the same goal as him. This also implies the later confirmed truth that 16 is the only one of the trio who is not fully sentient, since Bulma had to remove Dr. Gero's programming from 16 when she repaired him - so that he wouldn't want to fight Goku anymore - while Android 18 did not get the same treatment. In fact, Android 18 seemed to have absolutely no interest in killing Goku whatsoever from the start, and Android 17 appeared to be hunting Goku out of his own free will, seeing it as some kind of "game".
- Arm Cannons: HELL'S FLASH!
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Android 16 seems to have a knack for analysing the power and abilities of others, immediately sensing both Piccolo's fusion with Kami and Vegeta's ascension. In a show where everyone constantly underestimating their opponents is Played for Drama, this sticks out.
- Badass: Along with the other androids. His fully mechanical nature in particular also gives him an edge against Cell that no-one else has, since Cell cannot absorb him.
- Badass Pacifist: Besides being programed to kill Goku, is actually friendly to animals but, surpasses 17 and 18 in power by a large margin and was the only one able to fight an 600,000 human powered Cell to a standstill.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As the overconfident Cell finds out the hard and painful way.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Redhead to Android 17's Brunette and Android 18's Blonde.
- The Big Guy: Serves as this post Heel-Face Turn prior his death
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Unlike the others killed by Cell, 16 is not revived by the Dragon Balls, and probably knew this would be the case. His death is arguably the most awesome in the series, as he sacrifices his existence to give Gohan the will to fight, and dies with a smile on his face.
- Evil Counterpart: Of Android 8, initially.
- Expy: Of Android 8 from earlier in the series. Both androids are fully mechanical creations that are incredibly strong but considered failures in spite of it due to their well-meaning, caring personalities. 16 is even a multiple of 8.
- Evil Redhead: What 16 was meant to be.
- Friend to All Living Things: He likes the birds.
- Gentle Giant: He's big and one of the only non-cocky hero or pricks in the series. He HAD to go...
- Heroic RROD: Subverted. Although he fully intended to self-destruct and take Cell with him, he ended up unable to go through with it because Bulma removed his self-destruct device out of fear that he'd use it against Goku when she discovered it while repairing 16.
- Killed Off for Real: 16's death is all the more jarring because it sticks in a series where Death Is Cheap.
- Nice Guy: Too Nice.
- Robo Speak: US Dub only.
- Even that stopped recently in Kai.
- Rocket Punch: Literally.
- The Quiet One: Rarely talks unless you're talking about Goku.
- Sacrificial Lion: His final words and death is what triggered Gohan to become a Super Saiyan 2.
- The Stoic: He rarely shows any emotion at least at first.
- Suicide Attack: His mission is to destroy Goku. Not willing to take any chances, Gero built in a bomb to make sure 16's mission would be successful, regardless of how strong Goku was.
- Taking You with Me: Subverted. 16 carried a self-destruct device with a magnitude higher than a nuclear bomb that was presumably implanted by Gero for an attempt to kill Goku. 16 ultimately attempts to use this on Cell, but he ended up unable to go through with it because Bulma removed the device when doing repair work on 16. This gets even worse because Cell states that even if he had the bomb, since he was ridiculously powerful, it probably would not have been enough to kill him.
- Token Good Teammate: His only villainous aspirations is to fight Goku, but even that aspect eventually disappears.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: If he didn't have a soul when Gero built him, he would most likely have earned one by the time Cell brutally murdered him.
- Wave Motion Gun: Has a set under his arms.
Androids 17 and 18
Two androids created by Dr. Gero to kill Goku. They end up being activated prematurely, then turn on their creator and destroy him. They're actually cyborgs
, as it's stated a few times that they were originally human teenage runaways
kidnapped and experimented on by the old man. In the alternate timeline, they go on a rampage across the Earth, causing destruction and chaos. Even the Z Fighters end up buying it at their hands, at least till Trunks' extended stay in the past gives him enough strength to take them out. In the main timeline they're oddly more subdued, deciding to only focus on finding and fighting Goku. 18 seems to hardly care about it at all and only fights when prompted. After the androids' first bout with the Z Fighters, 18 comes across the frightened Krillin and kisses him on a whim. He pretty much falls for her after this and clinches their relationship after wishing a bomb installed by Dr. Gero out of her body. The two turn out to be the necessary sacrifices for Gero's greatest creation, Cell to absorb and become his ultimate form, which he succeeded for a while, until Gohan and Goku's actions cause him to lose both. 18 becomes another background character after this, although she has a somewhat more notable part (the Budokai arc in the Majin Buu Saga), while her twin brother 17 is relegated to a cameo appearance in the final battle, before they both take some precedence again in GT
's Super 17 arc.
- Affably Evil: The friendliest killer robots you'll ever meet.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Dr. Gero couldn't create an android evil/obedient or powerful enough to carry out his desires to rule the world or destroy Goku to save his life - until he "made" these two. Or so it seems... except he can't control them at all, and it turns out they're always just waiting for him to let his guard down so they can off him permanently. Its also implied that their Bad Future versions wanted to kill all humans because Dr. Gero preprogrammed them to hate humans so he could use them to conquer the world.
- Anti-Villain -> Anti-Hero
- Ax-Crazy: The androids from Future Trunks's timeline took great enjoyment from murder and wanton destruction. Compared to the androids from the main timeline, they were also much less mentally stable. One example of this is Android 18's reaction to being struck by Future Trunks once he returned to his timeline at the end of the Cell Saga. The main timeline's Android 18 did not lose her composure even when she was being hit by Vegeta or later on by Mighty Mask, and even when she fought Cell, who was vastly more powerful than her, she appeared to be more scared than angry and nevertheless managed to remain fairly rational given the circumstances. The Android 18 from Future Trunks's timeline, on the other hand, became very enraged and attacked Future Trunks while at the same time vocalizing all the hatred she felt for him.
- Badass: Infact they were too badass for Gero to keep under control.
- Brother-Sister Team: How obvious is that.
- Creepy Twins: At first. They both talk in monotone voices and don't seem to show much emotions outside of dull surprise. In the alternative timeline with Future Trunks, they are creepy twins who only show emotion when they are killing people.
- Cyborgs: Contrary to their "names", they are actually humans turned cyborgs. Some translations correct this by referring to them as "C-17" and "C-18", with "C" being short for "cyborg" (which creates an inconsistency with "C-16", who actually is an android).
- Determinators / The Dogs Bite Back: Gero kidnapped them and turned them into semi-androids to begin with, even destroying their human memories in the process, then proceeded to repeatedly manipulate their programming and turn them on and off at will in trying to control them. Consider all that, retaining their sense of independence and finally killing him as soon as they got the chance pretty much counts as these two tropes respectively.
- Dragon-in-Chief: To Gero, until Cell absorbs them.
- Evil Knockoff: Hell Fighter 17 in GT. The Bad Future duo may or may not also count.
- Foil: Their Bad Future counterparts are this to the homegrown Saiyans. Those two share their sadistic jerkass tendencies and, Eighteen's small dose of standards aside, complete disregard for life outside their own kind. However, the Saiyans lived in a controlled galactic empire that cultivated and harnessed this into a most efficient form of planet plundering. The future twins, on the other hand, got that way through little more than hatred both personal and programmed, their reach is limited to Earth, they leave people alive but suffering in fear for over two decades, and let's face it—they are entirely out of control.
- Friendly Enemies: At first. In the main timeline, they are friendly towards the Z-Fighters and allowed them to heal after they beat them. They even offered to fight them again when they had gotten stronger and treat hunting Goku like it's a game.
- Freudian Excuse: It's implied that their sociopathic tendencies in the special was the direct result of Gero's plans for world domination, having apparently programmed them to have a hatred of humanity so he could then manipulate them into aiding him in conquering the planet.
- Gone Horribly Right: See A.I. Is a Crapshoot.
- Half-Identical Twins: 17 is a brunet while 18 is blonde, but they do look alike at least in facial features.
- Hand Blast: Considering they don't actually have ki, they shoot some artificial-type of energy instead.
- Heel-Face Turn: For both of them, although 17 later undergoes a Face-Heel Turn as a result of Brainwashed and Crazy in GT (but he gets better).
- Hero Killer: Future Androids 17 and 18 killed all the Z fighters of their timeline except for Trunks.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Both of them, icy cold ones.
- Irony / Laser-Guided Karma: Bad future 17 and 18's favorite pastime is to overwhelm, terrorize, and kill humans. How do they die? See Mook Horror Show below.
- Lovable Rogues: In the main timeline they're more rebels without a case they crazy killing machines like Trunk's timeline.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: When 17 (both timelines) killed Dr. Gero.
- Mook Horror Show: The two future Androids are subjected to this by Future Trunks when he gets back.
- No Name Given: Their real names are never revealed and they are refered to only by their respective numerical designations. During the World Martial Arts Tournament in the Buu Saga, Android 18 signs up for the tournament as "Number 18", which is rather humorous when one considers that she could have easily used a pseudonym instead, if giving her real name was not an option, but did not feel so inclined. When questioned on the reason she is called "Number 18", depending on the version her answer is somewhere between "it doesn't matter" and "my father was pretty dull".
- Perpetual-Motion Monster: Their main strength. They have infinite energy generators inside them that prevents them from ever tiring out.
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Until Cell absorbs them.
- Psychopathic Manchild: The future versions of 17 and 18 take type B of this to its darkest logical extreme, going on random mass murdering sprees over the course of 20 years and actually keeping score of the kills.
- The Runaways: It's heavily implied they were this prior to getting kidnapped and experimented on by Dr. Gero.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Android 17 is the red oni and Android 18 is the blue oni.
- The Starscream: For Dr. Gero.
- Teens Are Monsters: The Bad Future twins. They ruthlessly murder people for their own pleasure and killed all the Z-Fighters leaving only Trunks the sole survivor.
- Tragic Villain: They were forcibly made into evil androids by Dr. Gero rather than of their own free will.
Android #17 (人造人間17号; Jinzou Ningen Juunana-Gou)
- Bishounen: Eerily attractive in a "perfect porceline doll" way. Even Trunks describes hims as "an effeminitely beautiful young man" to the Z warriors in their pre-battle debriefing.
- Blood Knight: Because fighting and killing Son Goku would "make life intersting."
- Cavalier Competitor: Of the first variety. Even keeps some of this as Super 17.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Brunette to Android 16's Redhead and Android 18's Blonde.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In GT.
- Deflector Shield: The first (canonical) character to use one. He used it to nullify Piccolo's Hellzone Grenade.
- Foil: To Son Goku, the very being he was programmed to destroy. They both enjoy the challenge and the thrill of battle, both are never-back-down types, smiling is seemingly second nature to both of them as well, and both were sent out for destruction but would much rather just have adventures and test/show off their strength. However, whereas Goku got his power through sheer hard work, 17's isn't even natural. Plus he has a Vegeta-sized ego, is likely not as reluctant to kill a worthy opponent, and his somewhat cool attitude doesn't lend as well to making friends as Goku's absolute zest for life.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: About as frequently as Vegeta, too.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: In the Buu Saga, Android 17 travels the world on his own and eventually uses a gun to hold up some random people, which was actually a way to unknowingly let them give Goku's Spirit Bomb enough power to defeat Kid Buu.
- It Amused Me: His initial "interaction" with Krillin: Right after killing Dr. Gero, he silently gestures to Krillin to come closer to him. Krillin is initially too frightened to confront him, but eventually slowly does, and all #17 does is raise himself to get a panicked reaction out of him before he turned his interest elsewhere. Vegeta later mocked Krillin for confirming to #17 he's not a threat to him.
- Jerkass: Future Android 17. Both Androids of the future are callous, selfish bastards, but Android 17's antics even manage to upset Android 18. For example, Android 18 decided to spare the life of a shop owner because he was nice to her, but even after hearing that, Android 17 killed the shop owner by blowing up his store. Later, Android 18 is shown to be very upset because Android 17 killed a boy she liked. Android 18 even says that Android 17 goes out of his way to destroy everything she likes. The Future Android 17 also appears to be considerably more bloodthirsty than Future Android 18, as while Android 18 will eventually grow bored of all the destruction the two of them are always causing, Android 17 can't seem to have enough of it.
- Lovable Rogue is Not a Toy: As he seemingly always reminds Dr. Gero. Fatally.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He intends to fight Goku just to "have fun", intentionally decides to not ask Krillin where Goku is as well to waste time driving instead of flying straight there all because it's "part of the game", has a tendency to go off in terms of a shortcut just because he thinks its fun, and actually treated holding up some hunters as being like a game, claiming they won. The last part was justified, however, as he was trying to get them to contribute to Goku's spirit bomb.
- Put on a Bus: In the manga, 17 was never seen again after being absorbed by Cell other than a brief cameo towards the end of the Buu Saga, giving Goku energy for the Spirit Bomb against Kid Buu.
- Worthy Opponent: Piccolo. They even briefly team up when Cell interrupts their fight.
- To expound on this. 17's arrogance could rival Vegeta's. After Piccolo saves him from Cell, he even thanks him for the help. Showing that he no longer considers him an inferior (like everyone else in existence).
Android #18 (人造人間18号; Jinzou Ningen Juuhachi-Gou)
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Because she doesn't age, or if she does it's much more slowly than a normal human. She does look slightly older by the time GT rolls around, if only because she cut her hair and her choice in clothes isn't as youthful anymore.
- Action Girl: One of the most powerful women on the side of good.
- Action Mom: Despite giving birth to Krillin's daughter, she is still stronger than a Super Saiyan.
- Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: You got to hand it to No. 18 for being quite the cunning bitch. She makes it to the final round of the World Martial Arts Tournament, clearly out-classing the "champion" Mr. Satan, but rather than beating him up and taking the title (which would draw unwanted attention), she decides to throw the fight in exchange for double this tournament's prize money and a cut of all future prize money Hercule ever earns.
- Blondes are Evil: Until her Heel-Face Turn. Played straight with Future 18, though.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Blonde to Android 17's Brunette and Android 16's Redhead.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: In Bio-Broly, well at least she wasn't really happy with the Hot Scientist hugging Krillin.
- Combat Pragmatist: One of her favorite moves is a punishing kick to the elbow designed specifically to shatter arm bones.
- The Comically Serious: Come on, her interactions with Muten Roshi are pure gold.
- And her interactions with Mr. Satan... or at least Trunks and Goten enjoy it, Krillin is worried she might hurt him.
- A Day in the Limelight: The movie "Bio-Broly" gives her a lot more screen-time.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in the Funimation Dub.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Subtle (due to being Out of Focus after the Cell Saga), but there. Much more noticeable in GT, where she's almost completely defrosted.
- Doting Parent: To Marron, the only other person besides Krillin that has made her smile.
- Even Evil Has Standards: This more or less applies more to her alternate future self than to her present self, but still. Although heavily implied to be a ruthless android who treats killing humans as some sort of game, it is implied that she hated Android 17's decision to murder a boy that she thought was "cute."
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Krillin for her.
- The Fashionista: Loves to shop and doesn't shy away from other people's wardrobes, either, going through Chi-Chi's clothes when they stop off at Goku's house.
- Forehead of Doom: Her forehead is very big even though half of her hair covers it.
- Good Parents: Despite her flaws, she is a very caring mother to Marron.
- Happily Married: To Krillin. They even have a daughter together.
- Humanity Is Infectious: Partially justified by her formerly being human before Gero got through with her, but by the time Marron is a teenager, she's perfectly content being a mother and wife. This comes full circle when Android 17 dismisses her and her emotional ties with the insult of "stupid human."
- Icy Blue Eyes: Future Android 18. They represent her sociopathic nature.
- Idiot Ball: The sheer number of times various characters tell her to get lost because Cell is nearby, only for 18 to stand there gawking in fear, really needs to be seen to be believed.
- This actually might be justified. She's been told repeatedly that she and 17 are the strongest beings on the planet, the two of them wiped the floor with the Z-Fighters, she's just watched her brother for all intents and purposes die, and she's still not 100% sure what's going on. (Plus, there's a very real possibility that even a small part of her robot half was programmed to let Cell win, which could very well have slowed her down, no matter how human she actually is.) Is it still dumb? Yes. A bit understandable given the situation? Arguably also yes.
- Mama Bear: You're in deep shit if you think of screwing with her daughter.
- Manipulative Bitch: It's how she cons Hercule out of his prize money plus interest in the tournament.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Krillin's Feminine Boy.
- Ms. Vice Gal: After her Heel-Face Turn, she becomes rather fixated on becoming rich. This even extends to her appearances in the anime movies. This one may be justified, as she is only looking for money to find a place of her own to live. She does live with Master Roshi at the Kame House with her husband and daughter, after all.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Her first main outfit has this one.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: 18 sees past Krillin's shortness for the decent guy he is.
- The Stoic: Aside from looking scared when Cell was pursuing her and smiling a few times when teasing Krillin or together with her family, Android 18 sports a serious, uninterested facial expression most of the time. Even in situation were everyone else is surprised or distraught.
- Stepford Snarker: Subverted. While 18 may come off as cold, she's not really depressed, but she's very sarcastic.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Her cold and distant demeanor tends to thaw when she's around her husband and daughter.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: To Krillin.
- Though it's really more of a "Tiny Guy, Average-sized girl". Android 18 isn't particularly tall.
- Tomboy: Loves fighting and is never seen with a dress on.
Mr. Satan / Hercule / Mark ( ミスター・サタン; Misutaa Satan / マーク Maaku )
A human who became the World Martial Arts Tournament champion while Goku and the others were busy with their own things. At first introduced as a pompous loudmouth who thought of all the energy ball throwing and flying as "tricks". He slowly but surely, however, manages to prove his worth near the end of the series.
- Aerith and Bob: If you go by "Hercule", that is. "Mr. Satan" fits with his daughter's name (Videl being an anagram of "devil").
- Action Survivor: He is one of the few characters to not have died in the series at all. In the Shin Budokai games, its shown that his Future counterpart even survived the Android genocide.
- All There in the Manual: One of the newer guide books includes a Q&A session with Akira Toriyama where he reveals that Mr. Satan's civilian name is "Mark." In kana, that would be maaku, which is an anagram of akuma. Which is—you guessed it!—Japanese for "devil."
- Arbitrary Skepticism: It takes him a while to accept that all the superhuman powers are actually real. He figures it out eventually. He probably is capable of learning them too (most sources list his power level as 140, which actually would've been pretty powerful back in Dragon Ballnote ), he just never bothers to actually learn them.
- Awesome McCoolname: At least in the dub. Hercule Satan.
- Badass: Yes, he meets the qualifications, surprisingly.
- Badass Mustache: Only one in the main cast to have one.
- Badass Normal/Puny Earthling: He's legitimately the best garden-variety martial artist on the planet. However, the superpowered martial artists outstrip him by a very, very large margin, even the human ones.
- Badass Grandpa: Is Pan's grandfather on the mother's side.
- Memetic Badass: In-universe example. The public believes that he saved the world twice, first from Cell and then Majin Buu.
- Badass on Paper: Top non-super martial artist check. Yet even without powers like Goku and his friends he's helped save the universe twice. Granted the first was by convincing the Big Bad that killing was wrong and the second was by helping collect the energy for the spirit bomb, but this still counts as neither would've happened without him.
- Becoming the Mask: At first he only pretended to be Fat Buu's friend so he can get close enough to kill him. It wasn't until Fat Buu's Heel-Face Turn that he became friends with him for real.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Borders on Large Ham.
- Born in the Wrong Century: With a power level rivaling Master Roshi, he'd have been quite a force in the old days. Unfortunately, by the time his career takes off, he's long since been Overshadowed by Awesome.
- Bumbling Dad: To Videl's chargin, he serves as the comic relief and can be very goofy at times.
- Butt Monkey/The Chew Toy: He's usually a victim of a lot of Amusing Injuries.
- Characterization Marches On: When Mr. Satan was first introduced, he was a Manipulative Bastard, Fake Ultimate Hero, Dirty Coward, and Jerk with Good Publicity. In the Buu saga, he was a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, The So-Called Coward and Classical Anti-Hero.
- Though, he did show hints of the latter characterization when he honored 16's last request by throwing his head close enough to speak to Gohan, even when doing so put him at great personal risk (16 prodded his ego a bit, but still). Thus leading to the world being saved. In a way, he really did save the world in the Cell Games (though he took all credit for beating Cell).
- Cool Old Guy: Has a good relationship with Pan in GT.
- Cowardly Lion: May not have the courage of a hero, but he certainly has the heart of one. His willingness to do good in spite of his cowardice and incompetence is enough to earn Piccolo's respect and approval as the "True Champion of the World." The few times the bad guys he's fighting are normal (but dangerously armed) criminals instead of superhuman monsters, he effortlessly beats them down.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Yes, really. When the two guys shoot Bee, he loses it and kicks the crap out of them. It takes one hit each. And that's how he became the champion of the world while Goku and the rest of the Z-warriors were out.
- Doting Parent: He absolutely adores his little girl Videl and her little-girl Pan-chan!!
- Dub Name Change: To avoid the obvious controversy having a character named "Satan" in a kids' show would have caused. The uncut English DVDs switch back to "Mr. Satan", but also try to retcon "Hercule" into being his first name.
- Accounting for the fact that Mr. Satan is merely a stage name (see All There in the Manual above), this is also a case of Fridge Brilliance. He seems to be very much a Professional Wrestling parody; seldom will you see a wrestler ever go through their entire career with the same ring name. In fact there are cases where a guy's had two ring names that could be merged together even more believably than a "Mr. Hercule Satan". For example: Stevie Richards becomes "Dr. Stevie"? Dr. Stevie Richards. Booker T becomes "King Booker"? King Booker T.
- The Filipino dub goes completely out-of-whack and renames him "Master Pogi" (literally, "Master Handsome", which hardly fits his appearance).
- Strangely enough the Dub in Latin America, a predominantly Catholic Region, kept the name and the crowds cheerfully chanting "Satan! Satan!"
- This was achieved by changing the stress of pronunciation from "satÁn" (usual pronuntiation in spanish) to "sÁtan". Also, "Satanas" is the usual term to refer to the Devil, "Satán" being a little less common.
- Some toys released in the US before Funimation dubbed his episodes used the name Mr. Savage.
- Many think the name "Hercule" originates from the French localization, which was one of the first dubs produced the series. However, his name wasn't changed because of religious reasons, but because there was already another character called Satan in the dub — Piccolo.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: The absolute KING of this trope. Granted, he is still a decent and kind-hearted man (...after some Character Development) who genuinely wants to make the world a better place; he has the heart of a true warrior, if nothing else. Subverted at the very last minute, when he does legitimately save the world! However, he's really only a Fake Ultimate Hero because he's in a world were he's Overshadowed by Awesome. When we do see him take on normal, but still legitimately dangerous people, he beats the tar out of them.
- The heroes actually exploit this. They don't want the attention, he gets to keep his popularity which has actually helped them in the past, so its kind of a win/win.
- Flash Step: Despite being a low level, he does this when Van Zant has him at gunpoint. Van Zant does manage to shoot him afterwards, but it was mainly on reflex and threw off Zant's aim enough to avoid an instantly fatal shot, saving his life.
- Friend to All Children: Along with not hurting Kid Trunks in their battle, he also comforts some of the losing children of the kids tournament when they start to get upset.
- Funny Afro: Befitting his character and attitude.
- Good Parents: Despite being overprotective towards Videl, he adores Videl and his eventual grandchild, Pan, as well.
- Glory Seeker: Seems to be his initial reason for challenging Cell in the Cell Games.
- Guile Hero: Not quite, but there have been at least two instances where he was able to aid the cast with his massive popularity.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, he is a greedy, lying skirt chasing coward. But he is still a fundamentally decent, sensitive and kind-hearted human being who wants to make the world a better place.
- Joke Character: Dan Hibiki, meet your long-lost ancestor!
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Only one of the main cast who's not borderline Bishōnen
- Large Ham: Even more so than most of the series' Big Bads.
- Last of His Kind: For a very brief period, after Super Buu kills nearly every other human and Kid Buu destroys the Earth.
- Morality Chain: For Buu. When he and poor Bee were shot, Buu horribly LOST IT.
- My Daughter Is Off Limits: He initially has this reaction to Gohan when he figures out Videl likes him.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Seems like some bizarre cross between Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage.
- Off Model: In the manga during the Buu Saga he looks...odd. Like his head is too big for his body, which might have been intentional.
- Overprotective Dad: Acts like this towards Videl. He has declared that any potential boyfriends must be capable of defeating him in battle. So, naturally, Videl falls in love with the one teenage boy on the planet who can, and easily.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Under normal circumstances, he would be an incredible fighter, and legitimately won the World Martial Arts Tournament multiple times. Unfortunately for him, these are not normal circumstances.
- Plot Armor: In a series where death itself is treated as an inconvenience, Mr. Satan stands out as having Plot Armor so thick he could probably survive getting hit by a nuke through some improbable circumstance. You would think that getting fly-swatted by Cell and attempting to murder Buu via video games would get him killed. And you would be wrong. Mr Satan, Fortuneteller Baba, and East Supreme Kai are the only main characters in the entire series to never die, which is quite an achievement in this series!
- Popularity Power: Earlier in the series, most people acknowledged the existence of ki energy and there was little doubt that Master Roshi's Kamehameha—by then considered a legend among martial artists—was a very real and deadly technique, and while Goku and his friends never actually became celebrities, the public always looked forward to watching them fight whenever there was a World Martial Arts Tournament. Everything changed once Mr. Satan declared that ki attacks were nothing but tricks, which pretty much made the entire population of the world grow skeptical.
- He did use his Popularity Power in a good way as well, though. See Took A Level In Badass.
- Porn Stache: Only main character with one, until Vegeta in GT.
- Small Name, Big Ego: For a while, anyway.
- Tender Tears: Mr. Satan is an incredibly sensitive soul who is able to shed tears for a demon who wiped out the human race, and on top of that has faith that Buu can become a better person.
- The So-Called Coward: He's NOT fearless; but his willingness to stand up and do something when it matters in spite of being a weakling makes him the bravest of all the Z-Warriors.
- Too Dumb to Live: He usually subverts this trope by taking on powerful villains, but not dying or getting seriously hurt from it.
- Took a Level in Badass: When Vegeta fails to telepathically convince the people of Earth to lend their energy for Goku's Spirit Bomb, Mr. Satan angrily yells out for them to do so. Thanks to his popularity back on Earth, it fucking works.
- Then after the energy isn't enough, he stands up to Vegeta, who is demanding that he do it again. Since Goku's first Spirit Bomb had drained most of the population's energy already, and asking them to give another dose would kill those who didn't have enough to give.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The Wacky Parent to Videl's Serious Child.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: As seen in an episode of GT when Bulma and Chi-Chi hit him, and he doesn't hit back.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: When Trunks wins the junior tournament and gets an exhibition match against Mr. Satan, Mr. Satan gives him a free shot. He obviously didn't expect to get punched clear out of the ring, but he intended to throw the fight from the start and even tells his assistant that he wouldn't fight a child.
- Your Size May Vary: During the Cell Games, he's sometimes randomly drawn as if he's 10 feet tall.
Pikkon (パイクーハン; Paikūhan)
character from the Other World. A long-dead alien hero, he is the West Kai's number one student and stopped the riot in Hell that Goku was supposed to deal with. He participated in the Other World Tournament faced Goku in the finals, although he ultimately lost. He also helped Goku deal with Janemba in Fusion Reborn
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Calls Goku "sloppy" during their match.
- He also seriously underestimates and mocks Kid Buu, not realising how close to Deader than Dead he was.
- Badass: He took out Frieza, King Cold, the Ginyu Force, and Cell all single-handed with no effort.
- Blow You Away: His Hyper Tornado attack.
- Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud: His Hyper Tornado attack, doubles as Razor Wind.
- Dub Name Change: Paul Kuhan in the French dub and the other dubs based on it, a strange transliteration of his Japanese name.
- Expy: See Suspiciously Similar Substitute below. He also fills a similar story role to other Worthy Opponent characters from Dragon Ball like Tien and Nam.
- I Am Not Left-Handed/Lightning Bruiser: After removing his weighted clothing, his speed skyrocketed to the point where he can keep with a full power Super Saiyan Goku.
- Necessary Drawback: Thunder Flash attack is insanely powerful, knocking Goku flat on his back twice. However, it has a long prep time and a takes a long execution time, giving an opponent a chance to sneak in quickly.
- Playing with Fire: His oddly named Thunder Flash attack.
- Punny Name: His name is pun on "Pecan" in English and in Japanese a pun on Paikuhan (literally "Pork-rib Rice")
- Sixth Ranger: He's pretty much an unofficial Z-Fighter for adventures that take place in the Other World.
- The Stoic: Very rarely loses his cool and remains calm despite the bizarrely around him.
Videl (ビーデル; Biideru)
Mr Satan's daughter and Gohan's girlfriend and inevitably wife. She is introduced as a crimefighter who far surpasses her father in strength. When a teenage Gohan appears on the scene as the "Gold Fighter" and then Saiyaman, she grows suspicious and eventually manages to find out Gohan's secret. However, the more she gets to know him, the more she falls for him and the rest is pretty much history from there.
- Action Girl: She's got low ki control and no superpowers, but is very physically strong and tough for a normal human.
- Action Mom: Subverted, she is semi-retired from fighting after reachs motherhood.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Although she has friends, she prefer to act alone while fighting crime and doesn't take the present of Saiyanman kindly. She is also cold and distrusting of Gohan when he first went to school.
- Anger Born of Worry: It's shown after she reunited with Gohan after Kid Buu is killed.
- Badass Adorable: Cheekily pointed out by Krillin to Gohan:
Krillin: Mr Satan's daughter, eh? She's so cute, you'd never guess. So Gohan, when are the wedding bells gonna toll, boy?
- Badass Normal: When introduced, she's the only competent fighter in the main cast who doesn't have any superhuman abilities.
- Empowered Badass Normal: She gets Ki training from Gohan and learns to fly.
- Battle Couple: With Gohan as Saiyagirl at the end of the series and in movies.
- Blackmail: She blackmails Gohan by threatening him to enter the tournament lest she reveal his secrets to his classmates. Thankfully, she doesn't.
- Daddy's Girl: Mr. Satan at least thinks so. On her part, it's quite subverted. Though in the tournament arc she is shown to have a lot of pride at being Satan's daughter, seeing him as a great fighter. Ironic since after training with Gohan she is stronger than he is.
- It is heavily implied that Vidal was stronger than her father even before she trained under Gohan.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: More so in the anime, in which she is portrayed as more bitchy initially but, around the time of her haircut, starts to act nicer toward Gohan.
- Demoted to Extra: In GT. Justified along the same lines as Krillin and Yamcha. She's a normal human and so she can't keep up with the superpowered aliens.
- Determinator: She won't stop fighting Supopovich until her very limits.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: She throws a crystal at Broly! It was done to distract Broly from killing Gohan. Regadless, very admirable.
- Family Theme Naming: Her name is an anagram for "devil".
- Fearless Fool: Sometimes. Videl charges into battle and picks fights with opponents she knows she can't defeat. Also, see Let Me at Him! below.
- Fingerless Gloves: Part of her normal attire, at least as a teenager.
- Hair Tropes: Videl has had many different hairstyles throughout the series.
- Happily Married: To Gohan at the end of the series.
- High School Sweethearts: Becomes this with Gohan after the events of the Buu Sage. They eventually marry and have a little girl together.
- Housewife: Becomes this 10 years later after Kid Buu's defeat.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The top of her head barely reaches Gohan's mid-back; her shoulders are level with his waist. Not only is Videl short, Gohan is tall.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: As seen here.◊
- Interspecies Romance: With Gohan who is a half-saiyan. They eventually marry.
- The Law of Conservation of Detail: She's the only character to be significantly redesigned in Battle of the Gods, while even Goten and Trunks still have their kid designs despite being several years older, you'd think she's unusually important and she's the final piece to unlocking Goku's Super Sayian God form
- Let Me at Him!: She tries to save Gohan from Spopovich and Yamu, but Goku has to hold her back. This actually solidifies her Badass status, as she had, only a few minute earlier, gotten the hell beat out of her by Spopovich, yet she still wants to help.
- Messianic Archetype: In the Mary Mother of Jesus sense, because had she NOT been pregnant with Pan in "Dragonball Z Movie 14: God VS God", there would not have been a sixth Saiyan to share her spirit with Goku to allow him to attain Godhood, and Bills the God of Destruction would have destroyed the Earth in a fit of boredom and rage.
- Made of Iron: She was able to take a beating from Spopovich, which could have killed any regular human being.
- Missing Mom: She angrily remarks:
Ever since Mom died, Dad uses his fame and championship to sleep around with differnt women every-day! I hope someone DOES kick his butt and teach him a lesson!
- Nice Girl: Eventually mellows out into this.
- Perpetual Frowner: She's this until she mellows out.
- Spoiled Sweet: She comes from a rich family, but she's still a good girl.
- Teens Are Short: She is listed as 5"1.
- Theme Naming: Videl is an anagram for devil keeping with the theme that her father is Mr. Satan.
- Tomboy: Loves martial arts and is never seen wearing a dress or make-up. She even cut her hair to make herself a more effective fighter.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to her friend Erasa's Girly Girl.
- Tsundere: Type A. Despite being a crime fighter she's usually cold to others, but usually warmer to Gohan. Especially after he starts training her in flight.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She is Mr. Satan's daughter and she is quite the looker. Even Krillin [[lampshades]] this trope.
- Uptown Girl: For Gohan, who grew up in the mountains and is socially awkward at times.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The Serious Child to Hercule's Wacky Parent. While her father usually acts silly, she is usually laid-back most of the time.
- You Just Told Me: Manga only, where Videl figures out Gohan is Saiyaman in about three seconds. The anime took a bit longer, and only because of an identical cut from Saiyaman was on Gohan.
Sharpner and Erasa
Two friends of Videl at Orange Star High School.
Krillin's daughter with Android 18.
- Break the Cutie: Poor girl had to witness her father is murdered by her uncle. She didn't witness when Super Buu murdered her father, though, since Buu immediately targeted BOTH her and her mother in one time.
- Cheerful Child: As shown in many scenes with her parents and when she's cheering for her mother in the tournament in the Buu Arc.
- Girlish Pigtails: She has blond, girlish pigtails them as a child and as an adult in GT.
- Harmful to Minors: She had to watch her father get turned into chocolate by Super Buu and get eaten. Then she was killed and eaten herself. Note that, according to the Daizenshuu, Vegetto was only able to keep his power after being turned into candy because of the special properties of his earrings. However, it implies that he'd still be self-aware even if he didn't retain his power. So Maron and the others would still be fully conscious while Super Buu was chewing on them.
- Infant Immortality: She averts it. She's three years old at the time of the Buu saga, and she's unceremoniously killed along with everyone else.
- Innocently Insensitive: In one scene when Master Roshi says that he wants to enter the tournament and she responds with "No way, you're too old!!" Justified as she is only 3 years old, and she probably doesn't know any better.
- Kill the Cutie: DAMN YOU, SUPER BUU. Thankfully, like many other in the series, she's revived.
- Living Prop: She's mainly used as a visual cue to Goku and the readers that yes, Krillin and 18 were a couple.
- Nice Hat: As seen here.◊
- Non Action Girl: In GT, which is ironic because her parents are Battle Couple.
- The Noseless: As a toddler.
- Only One Name: Like her parents, she doesn't have a last name.
- She Is All Grown Up: In GT.
- Skintone Sclerae: Just like her father, but only as a child.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Marron looked like Krillin with pigtails as a toddler. As a young girl, she resembles her mother.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She and Bulla are the girly girls to Pan's tomboy.
Eastern Supreme Kai (東の界王神; Higashi no Kaioushin)
The King of All Cosmos (Until the Old Kai is released)
who appears to be a short, purple alien with a white mohawk. He is assisted by his servant Kibito. He is the last surviving Supreme Kai since Majin Buu came to his world and killed/absorbed the others. However, he managed to avenge them by killing the monster's creator, the wizard Bibidi and leaving Buu's cocoon on Earth. Millions of years later, he returned to Earth when Bibidi's son, Babidi, sought to revive Majin Buu and enlisted Goku's, Gohan's, Vegeta's, Krillin's and Piccolo's help to stop him. While they failed to prevent the release of Majin Buu, he was generally surprised by the incredible powers of Super Saiyans and assisted Gohan. One fusion later
, he resumes his role as the second Kaioshin.
The servant and aid of the four Supreme Kais After most of them were killed by Majin Buu, Kibito became the Eastern Supreme Kai's personal bodyguard. He goes to Earth with the Supreme Kai to help stop Babadi from reviving Majin Buu and ends up permanently fusing with him in the process
"The Former Kaioshin"/Old Kai
Old/Elder Kai (老界王神, Rou Kaioushin)
A Kai from 15 generations in the past, he was sealed inside the Z Sword
by a terrible monster. When it is broken, he is released and aids the heroes in their fight against Majin Buu. Being more experienced and knowledgeable than the current Supreme Kai, it is implied that he takes that position, or that the two rule jointly.
- Boring, but Practical: His ability to power up a being to their full potential: It takes hours, but the returns are very good.
- Dirty Old Man: Uses his "omniscient vision" to peep on girls across the universe.
- Immortal Immaturity: While waiting to unlock Gohan's hidden powers, he spends the time reading manga. He also threw a tantrum when the crystal ball couldn't see the action inside Super Buu's head.
- Fusion Dance: The reason he looks so wizened is that he accidentally fused with an old witch a long time ago. On the other hand, this also added to his already considerable magic powers.
- Hermaphrodite: In a technical sense, since he's the fusion of a male Kai and a witch.
- King of All Cosmos: Technically, since he's the highest ranking Kai currently.
- Older and Wiser: Than the Supreme Kai. Demonstrated when he shows a full knowledge of Super Saiyan capabilities and physical limits, and he apparently instantly knows the situation with Majin Buu without it having to be explained.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Many generations ago, a powerful monster sealed him inside the Z Sword, out of fear of his abilities.
- Skewed Priorities: He only agrees to help out the heroes (in making Gohan stronger and helping them use the Namekian Dragon Balls) when Goku offers to send him naked pictures of Bulma (to Vegeta's anger). Also, when Gohan offers to have his powers unlocked, he spends five hours on a traditional 'ceremony dance' to presumably celebrate the unlocking of his potential, despite knowing that for someone like Gohan, the process would take around twenty hours, while Majin Buu was nearly done wiping out Earth's inhabitants.
- Squishy Wizard: He acts pretty frail and fails to deflect even a very weak blast from Goku. He Lampshades this himself, stating that its his mystical abilities that make him powerful, not his physical strength.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Dirty old man who, while lacking in physical power, holds vasts amount of wisdom and and able to teach the heroes something new. When Goku meet him, he immediately thinks of Roshi.
- Except when Goku met Roshi, he was still relatively very strong. The greatest martial artist on Earth, in fact. He does give him new items, though.
- Time to Unlock More True Potential: One of his abilities is to power a person up to the absolute maximum of their potential. It takes over 24 hours and involves a strange dance and lots of meditation, but it also made Gohan the single most powerful fighter in the universe (for a time, anyway).
A central character from the 13th DBZ
movie. Trapped in suspended animation for 1000 years, he is awakened from his slumber via a wish from Goku and the gang. Unfortunately, in doing so, they also unleashed the full horror of a terrible giant beast; a beast that Tapion sacrificed himself to defeat all those years ago. Tapion takes it upon himself to do away with the monster once and for all, and ultimately enlists the help of the Saiyans in his quest to do so.
He is arguably the film's main protagonist, thus making Wrath of the Dragon
the only movie or special not to star a Saiyan or part-Saiyan.
- Cool Sword: Given to (main timeline) Trunks at the end of the movie, and he'd go on to use it in GT. May or may not be the sword that future Trunks used, depending on if Tapion came to Earth or not in that timeline.
Uub (ウーブ; Uubu)
A young boy from a poor village who competes in the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament in order to win the prize money to buy food for the starving villagers. There, he fights against Goku, who offers to train him; Uub has enormous potential since he is actually the human reincarnation of Majin Buu. He completes his training at the beginning of the anime-only series GT
, and returns to his village, but is called upon his duty to protect the Earth when he believes his mentor to have been killed in battle.
- Ambiguously Brown: After his fusion with Buu, the animators apparently can't decide if the boy is white, black, or mulatto.
- Badass Boast: See Batman Gambit below for the details, but as soon as he reforms inside of Baby Vegeta's stomach, he lets out one hell of a good one.
- "No one beats me with my OWN TECHNIQUE!"
- Batman Gambit: Pulled a beautiful one on Baby Vegeta. Originally it was believed that Baby had overpowered and reflected Uub’s transformation beam back at him, transforming him into candy and eating him. Later it was learned that Uub had PLANNED the move to attack him from the inside, where he was at his weakest.
- Fridge Brilliance: In his previous life (as Buu) he had been on the other side of this exact same gambit.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a really nice guy, but push his buttons hard enough and he gets very powerful. Goku took advantage of it to get him to fight better in Z.
- Berserk Button: Do not insult his family (as Goku found out after several tries).
- Big Damn Hero: Despite his small role in GT, Uub made himself the protagonist of at least FOUR Big Damn Hero moments:
- Firstly, he saved Pan from a Brainwashed and Crazy Gohan;
- Secondly, he saved Goku, Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Pan from Baby in the culmination of his Batman Gambit (see above);
- Thirdly, he saved Gohan from General Rildo (and destroyed the latter with a single blow);
- And finally, he prevents Goku from being impaled by a statue (courtesy of Syn Shenron)... by destroying the statue with a blast.
- Demoted to Extra: Surprisingly inconsequential in GT, despite Goku's intention to have him take his place as Earth's guardian. Uub doesn't even get a mention in Dragon Ball Online.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half Human, Half Majin due to being Kid Buu reincarnated.
- Last Episode New Character: Much like Pan and Bra. Averted in GT, where the three of them appear more often (with Pan being a main character, even).
- Massive Numbered Siblings: it's stated he's the first of five children.
Bra / Bulla (ブラ; Bura)
Vegeta's and Bulma's second child.
Son Goku Jr.
Son Goku Jr. (孫悟空ジュニア; Son Gokuu Junia)
The protagonist of the Dragon Ball GT
TV special. He is a descendant of Goku. While he has Goku's looks and appetite, his personality is more like that of an ordinary child although that may be due to the fact that—unlike his ancestor—he wasn't Raised by Wolves
. Goku lives with his great-great-grandmother Pan and endures endless Training from Hell
from her as she tries to mold him into Earth's next great hero. When Pan suddenly becomes seriously ill
, Goku decides to hunt down the legendary 4-star Dragon Ball in order to wish her back to health
Puck (パック; Pakku)
Voiced by (Japanese): Tōru Furuya
One of the protagonists of the Dragon Ball GT
TV special. Puck is a schoolmate of Goku Jr. Like Krillin before him he acted like a bully the first time he met Goku. However, he was intrigued by Goku's sudden show of courage as he went off in search of the Four Star Dragonball. He later accompanied Goku on his quest and the pair became friends.
- Genre Savvy: It's Puck who teaches Goku be suspicious of a strangers generosity, this suaveness saves both of them from being cooked in a demons soup pot.
- Heel-Face Turn: Like his great grandfather before him, Goku Jr. is able to make friends with Puck fairly easily despite the fact that Puck started out as his bullying upperclassmen.
Vegeta Jr. (ベジータジュニア; Bejita)
Voiced by (Japanese): Ryō Horikawa
Vegeta and Bulma's great-great-grandson, who made his first (and thus far only appearance) in the final episode of Dragon Ball GT
as Goku Jr.'s opponent in the World Martial Arts Tournament Junior Division.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He has shades of this, not quit as bad as his ancestor though.
- Badass Adorable: Considering that he must have acquired his Super Sayian transformation at about the same time as Goku Jr., despite not knowing what it's called. He seemed well versed at how it works.
- Expy: Like grandfather, like grandson it seems.
- Last Episode New Character: He appears only in the series' final episode.
- Pint-Sized Kid: Without his pointed hairstyle he'd most likely be shorter than Goku Jr.
- Spoiled Sweet: While he at first insults Goku Jr.'s old uniform (the now old and tattered one that belonged to his namesake) he seemed to a good sportsman, only wanting a good clean fight. This can no doubt be attributed to his upbringing in a rich and famous family.
Tarble & Gure
Tarble (ターブル; Taaburu) & Gure (グレ)
Two characters who were introduced in the 2008 special Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Tarble is Vegeta's younger brother. Unlike Vegeta and pretty much every pure blooded Saiyan (besides Goku), Tarble is a kindhearted and polite individual. It was because of this along with his relatively weak power level that he was sent off to a distant planet. In the special, he comes to Earth to ask for Vegeta's assistance in defeating two remnants of Frieza's forces who have been terrorizing the planet he has settled on. Like Goku and Vegeta, he is married.
Gure is Tarble's wife who also came to Earth with him. She is very short, coming in slightly shorter than young Trunks and Goten. Her species is unknown, but she looks nothing like a Saiyan or a human.
- Big Brother Worship: Despite not having seen Vegeta in over 20 years, has a very high opinion of him and even believes he defeated Frieza.
- Canon Foreigner: Since Dragonball Z Movie 14: God VS God is approved as Canon by Akira Toriyama, this line confirms Tarble as a canon-character rather than a one-OVA joke:
Bulma: Hey, Vegeta! Where's that sweet and kind little brother of yours?
Vegeta: Last I heard he's living on some backwater planet, and I don't know which one!
Bulma: Why didn't you ask him for his Cellphone Number when he was last here?
- Happily Married: Gure looking nothing like a human or Saiyan certainly doesn't discourage Tarble from proudly introducing her as his beloved to Vegeta.
- Interspecies Romance: While there's plenty of this in Dragon Ball, these two really stand out.
- Nice Guy: See The Unfavorite / White Sheep.
- Odd Couple: He and Gure, it's really hard to see what he saw in her.
- Older than They Look: Despite looking younger than even teenage Gohan, Tarble can only be at most 5 years younger than Vegeta. Which means he is in his 30s.
- One Head Taller: Than his lover, Gure
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Tarble is far more pacifistic than Vegeta and Saiyans in general
- Theme Naming: Vegetable. Get it?
- Token Good Teammate: Among the Saiyans.
- The Unfavorite / White Sheep: Was exiled for being too weak and kind. However, Vegeta, who would have killed him on the spot for being a weakling (like Nappa) 11 years ago, has become "nice" enough by the time they reunited to merely find him extremely annoying.
Goku's mother and a member of Bardock's squad.
- Action Girl: She was member of Bardock's squad.
- Actual Pacifist: Noted to be this, which is very notable since every last one of her race note is a Blood Knight.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Considering how Frieza destroyed all of Planet Vegeta, it's pretty obvious.
- Generation Xerox: Goku takes his kind heart after her.
- Insignificant Little Blue Planet: How Gine views Earth, the planet she programmed Kakarot's space pod to be sent to, describing the humans and natural resources on the planet as "worthless".
- Nice Girl: Was described as a gentle person.
- Posthumous Character: Like Bardock, what we know of Gine comes from information revealed long after her death. Notably, she only has one mention in the entirety of the original Dragon Ball series, grouped with Bardock when Raditz vaguely tells Goku their parents were killed in the destruction of Planet Vegeta. She later has her designed revealed, and plays a part in Dragon Ball Minus, which tells Goku's backstory...19 years after the original manga ended. At least Bardock got a movie.
- Rescue Romance: Fell in love with Bardock after he protected her on a mission.
- Token Good Teammate: To the Saiyans in general.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Gine looks exactly like her great-grandaughter Pan, only older, and with a tail.