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Voiced by (English): Christopher Sabat (FUNimation); Michael Donovan, Terry Klassen (Ocean), Jonathan Love (Blue Water); Ed Marcus (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American): Abel RochaGoku's adoptive grandfather, the one who found him in the woods and initially trained him in martial arts. He died prior to the series, crushed to death by Goku's Great Ape form. Though mostly appearing in flashbacks, he makes an appearance in person during the Fortuneteller Baba Saga, and Goku's first son is named in his honor.
- Badass Mustache: A big white one, similar to Master Roshi's.
- Chivalrous Pervert: During the Baba Saga, he mentions having a lot of friends back in Other World, "and most of them are brunettes." Nonetheless, Goku states that Gohan always taught him to be respectful towards women.
- Dirty Old Man: But not to Master Roshi's extent. See Chivalrous Pervert.
- Old Master: In his appearance during the Fortuneteller Baba Saga, he holds his own against Goku quite well.
- Posthumous Character: By the time the series begins, he's long dead.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's dead by the series' beginning and only appears in person during the Fortuneteller Baba Saga, but it was him finding Goku and raising him that turned Goku from the future destroyer of humanity to the altruistic All-Loving Hero we know and love.
Shenron (神龍; Shén Lóng)
Voiced by (English): Christopher Sabat (FUNimation); Doug Parker, Don Brown, Dave Pettit (Ocean/Blue Water); Steve Kramer (Harmony Gold); Ed Marcus (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American): Abel RochaThe 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. He is later given life by Dende.
- Benevolent Genie: The wish he grants is always exactly what the wisher wants, subject to the limitations of his power. On top of that, if there are legitimate problems with him granting the wish (like how Frieza will come back in pieces when resurrected in Dragonball Z Resurrection F), he'll voice his critique without wasting a wish.
- Can't Live Without You: Shenron dies if his creator dies. When Piccolo dies in the battle against the Saiyans, Kami, being Piccolo's good half, and Shenron die with him, forcing the heroes to go to Namek in order to revive their fallen allies. Interestingly enough, when Kami and Piccolo remerge back into the nameless Namekian they originally were, Shenron vanishes again, since it was Kami, not the Namekian he and Piccolo split from, that created Shenron, again forcing the heroes to go to Namek to acquire more Dragon Balls and later bring Dende as the new guardian.
- Catch Phrase: "Your wish has been granted. Until the next summoning..."
- Expy: The Shenron made by Earth's Kami (and later sustained by Dende) is one of Namek's Porunga. Pretty much every aspect of them are otherwise quite different, though it still comes as a bit of a surprise when the latter turns out to be a bit more personable.
- Exact Words: Aside from the Literal Genie below, this is one of the small dilemmas when dealing with him. You have to word your wish very carefully, or else risk some unforeseen side effect. One of the biggest is that while Shenron can basically rewind everything to just before the recent disaster happened (if they needed to restore something AND revive people in one wish), but if they don't specify who they want to leave out, it literally puts them back to where they were at the beginning of the whole mess. It doesn't help that sometimes just saying "except the bad guys" won't always work, considering there's a good number of token-evil teammates on the Z-fighter's side.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When he grants a wish, his eyes glow brighter.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: It's called Dragon Ball for a reason.
- It Only Works Once: Shenron can't grant the same wish twice. This means he can only revive a specific person once. Fortunately, Porunga can revive people Shenron has already revived once.
- 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 Freeza 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 Freeza's men", correct? Well, since Freeza "discharged" me from his employment, I no longer qualify as one of "Freeza's men", yes? (Chuckles)
- Magic A Is Magic A: There's rules regarding what kind of wishes Shenron can and can't grant and those rules are usually followed.
- Meaningful Name: Shen Long is Chinese for "God Dragon" or "Spirit Dragon".
- Not So Stoic: In Fusion Reborn, he gets annoyed when nobody makes a wish - which is carried over into Kai, as when they keep him waiting even for a few minutes, he's similarly affected.
Goku: Well, this wish isn't for me, it's actually for Lord Beerus, so...
- 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 Beerus the God of Destruction he freaks out, and even politely apologizes before he leaves.
Shenron: What!? He's here? *sees Beerus* Ah... g-good day, Lord Beerus.
- 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).
- Our Dragons Are Different:
- He grants wishes. Not many dragons do that.
- This applies to the difference between Shenron and Porunga as well as there are different rules.
- Reality Warper: Naturally, being a wish-granter and all.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: In Resurrection 'F', when Sorbet first wishes for Frieza's revival, Shenron says that it's pointless to bring him back since he would return in pieces. After talking with Tagoma, Sorbet demands that his wish be granted. Shenron calls it a foolish wish, but grants it anyway. Turns out, Shenron was right, although for the wrong reason. The wish was extremely foolish since Frieza chose to get revenge on Goku instead of returning to his empire. That decision led to his entire army and what is left of the empire being destroyed, the very thing Sorbet originally brought Frieza back to prevent.
- Spell My Name with an "S":
- The name Shenron comes from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese reading of Shen Long.
- Some European versions were weirder with calling him Sheron, pronounced basically as Sharon.
- Took a Level in Badass: Once Kami and Piccolo remerge and Shenron disappears, the heroes recruit Dende to make a new set of Dragon Balls for them, and the new Shenron comes with a whole range of improvements. Around the time of the Cell arc he gains the ability to grant two wishes. Though depending on the wish, it will take two wishes instead of just one. By the time of Dragon Ball Super, he can grant three wishes, presumably having been upgraded again during one of the Time Skips.
Turtle (海亀; Umigame, "Sea Turtle")
Voiced by (Japanese): Daisuke Gori
Voiced by (English): Christopher Sabat, Chris Cason (FUNimation); Doug Parker, Scott McNeil, Dave Pettit (Ocean/Blue Water); Dan Woren (Harmony Gold); Doug Rand (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American): Herman LópezA 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.
- A Dog Named "Dog": He's a Turtle named Turtle.
- A Day in the Limelight: The android Arc filler focuses a lot of him.
- Beleaguered Assistant: To Master Roshi.
- Running Gag: His arguments and snarking with/towards Master Roshi.
- Satellite Character: He only exists to be Roshi's pet and to snark at him for his ridiculous ideas and lines.
- Servile Snarker: To Roshi.
- Species Surname: His species is his only name.
- Suddenly Voiced: In a manner of speaking; Due to Kai's editing process, he didn't get to say anything until episode 58.
- Talking Animal: Though he talks less and less as the series goes on.
Oolong (ウーロン; Uuron)
Voiced by (Japanese): Naoki Tatsuta
Voiced by (English): Brad Jackson, Bryan Massey (Movie 1, Kai) (FUNimation); Alec Willows (DB 1995, Z Seasons 1-2), Scott McNeil (Z Movie 3), Richard Newman (Z Seasons 4-9), Corby Proctor (DB 2004) (Ocean/Blue Water); Dave Mallow (Harmony Gold); David Gasman (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American): Ernesto Lezama (current voice), Arturo Mercado (begins in ep. 60 Z and GT)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).
- Adaptation Species Change: Oolong is a piggish human in the unofficial movie Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins.
- 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 Yamcha 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 series "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.
- 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)
Voiced by (Japanese): Naoko Watanabe
Voiced by (English): Monika Antonelli, Brina Palencia (Movie 1, Kai) (FUNimation); Kathy Morse (DB 1995), Cathy Weseluck (Z), Chris Simms (DB 2004) (Ocean/Blue Water); Cheryl Chase (Harmony Gold); Jodi Forrest (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American): Cristina Camargo, Jesús Barrero (DB until chapter 60), Karen Vallejo (Kai), Desireé González (Kai The Final Chapters)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.
- Adaptation Species Change: To Parrot in Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins.
- 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 he considered Puar male when writing the manga.
- The official Dragon Ball site lists Puar as female.
- Becoming the Mask: Just like Yamcha, they 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 their picture!
- Dub Name Change: Became "Squeaker" in the Harmony Gold dub.
- Demoted to Extra: Puar went from shapshifting into items and animals in the original series to only being Yamcha's friend in Z.
- 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 their 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.
- 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.
Chi-Chi voiced by (Japanese): Mayumi Sho (DB, Z Seasons 1-2), Naoko Watanabe (Z Seasons 3-9, GT, Kai)
Kid Chi-Chi voiced by (English): Laura Bailey (FUNimation); Andrea Libman (1995), Katie Rowan (2004) (Ocean/Blue Water)
Adult Chi-Chi voiced by (English): Cynthia Cranz (FUNimation); Laara Sadiq (Z, Movie 3), Lisa Ann Beley (Z Some episodes, Movies 1-2), Carol Anne Day (DB), Debbie Munro (GT) (Ocean/Blue Water); Sharon Mann (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Mitch Frankenberger Pellicer (Creative Products Corp., Philippines)
Chi-Chi voiced by (Latin American): Patricia Acevedo (current voice)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 agreed, under the impression marriage was food. When he realized his mistake years later, he still gladly agreed to marry her anyway. 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.
- 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.
- Aesop Amnesia: In Dragon Ball Super some of her Character Development from the Buu Arc are reverse. She's once again demanding of Goku, forcing him to get a job instead of train. Most of this is because the family needs money and she's about to have her first grandchild, making her high-strung again. She's still, however, quite lenient on Goten, allowing him to run off and play with Trunks with no issue. She is also quite chilled when Goku leaves to train again, even saying she wants to throw a party for his return.
- Age-Inappropriate Dress: Her outfit at age twelve is a blue bikini, with pink gloves and boots, and a green cape. In the edited dub Goku even commented she should wear more clothes.
- Almighty Mom: It was a Running Gag that superpowered aliens were afraid 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.
- Anywhere but Their Lips: After their fight during the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, she gives Goku a peck on the cheek, the only time the two have ever kissed onscreen.
- Badass Adorable: When she was younger.
- Badass Normal: Very powerful as far as Muggles go at least. It's to the point where she not only trained Goten into becoming a Super Saiyan (albeit, unintentionally), she even survived getting hit by him in his super form (for non-fans, it's like an ant surviving being run over by a truck). She's even able to make her husband and her sons, all three 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 can actually control Goku.
- 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.
- Early on, do not suggest saving the world is more important than Gohan's studying.
- Book Dumb: While it's not as obvious as Goku, she never actually had an education either and was raised in seclusion her whole childhood. No doubt this is a factor in why she pushes Gohan to obtain a proper education.
- Both Sides Have 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.
- Bullying a Dragon: She walks right up to Super Buu on Kami's Lookout, slaps him across the face, and angrily chews him out for killing Gohan. Keep in mind that Buu had just slaughtered every last human on Earth barring those on Kami's Lookout with a single attack, and Chi-Chi saw him do so. Needless to say, Chi-Chi has an Oh Crap! moment when she realizes what a bad idea this was... right before Buu turns her into an egg and crushes her literally underfoot.
- Captain Obvious: In the Piccolo Jr. Saga, she screams "Goku's hurt!!" after Goku is shot through the shoulder by Piccolo's Breath Weapon. Really, Chi-Chi? The fact that Goku has a gaping hole in his shoulder and is coughing up his own blood and screaming in agony wasn't enough of an indicator?
- Chainmail Bikini: When she was a child.
- Character Exaggeration:
- Chi-Chi's temperament and character are fairly exaggerated in the anime, compared to in the manga.
- Characterization Marches On: As part of her growing up. She started off as a Daddy's Girl and was just as sheltered and naive as Goku. Who ever thought she'd turn out to be an overprotective Almighty Mom with anger management issues.
- Chekhov's Gunman: After her first 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lampshaded in KaiRoshi: That little firecracker wife turned out to be a real school mom, did she?
- Lampshaded in Kai
- 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 because she thought he killed Gohan!!!...and promptly gets killed for it afterwards. Regardless, very admirable. It also counts for if she ever scolds Goku after he becomes a god in Battle of Gods.
- Doting Parent: Gohan. Goten. Compare and contrast.
- Doting Grandparent: She's very fond of her granddaughter Pan.
- The Dreaded: Her fiery temper manages to make her intimidating to characters who are far more powerful than her. Even Goku gets scared when she's angry.
- 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, as the name Chi-Chi means boobs in Spanish. Then again, naming her Milk is also related to breasts...
- Education Mama: She acts like this towards Gohan, so he could avoid the violent lifestyle of his dad. When Goten was born though, she switched from academics back to martial arts, though Super shows she still has Goten's education in mind (unknown if to Gohan's levels or not though).
- Enraged by Idiocy: With Goku's. 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.
- Fearless Fool: One key 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 she thought 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.
- 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 Master Roshi when he acts like... well, Master Roshi.
- Girly Bruiser: She is a skilled martial artist but she also enjoys being a housewife and she likes wearing makeup.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: She still looks good after Pan is born. It's more obvious when she doesn't do her hair up in a bun.
- 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 but it's long enough to count, she has the sidelocks and the even bangs. She's a princess after all. It's even less apparent after the Cell saga, but a few scenes with her hair down in Super show that it is still in this style.
- Hot-Blooded: As a teenager she had quite the temper. 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.
- Interspecies Romance: With Goku, a Saiyan.
- It's All My Fault: When she learns that Goku died in the Cell Games, she was very distraught and blamed herself for arguing with him over fighting, particularly over their then-only son taking part. This was profound enough to change her stance on martial arts almost completely when Goten is born.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the first few seasons of Dragon Ball 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. For some fans, Chi-Chi doing so actually redeemed her entire character.
- 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 sometimes childish, somewhat ignorant of human emotions, and often runs off to fight the threat-of-the-week. She still loves him unconditionally and never even considered remarrying either time that he died, even when it seemed like he was gone for good.
- 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...as a good reminder that she probably hasn't lost her previous strength, which helps slightly.
- 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.
- 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 Girl: She encourages Gohan and Videl's relationship when she finds out Videl is rich.
- My Beloved Smother:
- Chi-Chi has a rather 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 a bit. 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 Badass to His Valet: She is married to one of the most powerful and feared beings in the universe. Doesn't stop her from yelling at Goku and forcing him to get a job. Several characters, including her son, call her the real powerhouse in the universe. She also orders around several other powerful characters like Krillin, Piccolo, and her sons, not caring that all of them can easily break her in half. The only person she never yells at is Vegeta and that's mostly because her interactions with him are limited.
- 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: Only once. She was so upset at Gohan being at the battle against Vegeta and Nappa that she showed no concern whatsoever for Goku, who by the time the fight was over, didn't have a single unbroken bone in his body. Also an Out-of-Character Moment.
- Oh Crap!: Chi-Chi gets this expression shortly after she slapped Super Buu in the face before she was turned into an egg and killed.
- 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.
- Out-of-Character Moment: In a filler scene when she ends up getting mad at her dad and throws a destructive tantrum. Chi-Chi is usually never like that towards her father at all.
- 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 herself when she was younger. She does learn the errors of her ways though due to Goku's death in the Cell Games.
- Unfortunately she's at it again with her granddaughter Pan, stubbornly arguing that she wants Pan to grow up lady-like and not a martial arts freak like the rest of the family. Yet she says this while snatching Pan away from Gohan and Mr. Satan and effortlessly leaping backwards across the room in a single bound onto a piece of furniture. She gets over this once Videl set her straight.
- Parenting the Husband: She acts like this towards Goku due to his childishness, much to her chagrin (at times).
- The Power of Hate: It once made her go Kaio-Ken.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Throughout the series, she has her black hair in a bun. As seen in Super, while sleeping in bed, she wears it down instead.
- 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.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She's black-haired and pale-skinned, and when she reappears during the Piccolo Jr. Saga, both Krillin and Yamcha openly comment on how gorgeous she is.
- 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 that is an homage to Ultraseven from Ultraman.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Never once shows interest in anyone but Goku.
- Skewed Priorities: As mentioned above, she's convinced that Gohan's education is more important than saving the world. In Super Android 13!, Gohan asks her if his education matters more to her than her husband's life when she tries to stop him from helping out, which shocks Chi-Chi enough that she lets him go.
- 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 accidentally 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 aging. For example in the OVA, Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, Master Roshi acts perverted 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 Budokai in order to get him to marry her. When Chi-Chi was visibly heartbroken when she felt his promise wasn't genuine, Goku then proposed to her for real.
- 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.
- Tohoku Regional Accent: Quite thick in her initial appearances, although it tapers off to just a few salient traits once she reappears at the 23rd Budokai.
- 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, but she also enjoys being a housewife and she likes wearing makeup.
- 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.
- 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. Part of this was because she took Goku's death very hard, and decided to ease up on them in honor of him.
- Took a Level in Badass: When she was first introduced, she was a Badass Unintentional who unintentionally killed a T-Rex (key word being unintentionally). After She Is All Grown Up, she was an even match for Goku (who, by that point, has taken down an army, the resident Satanic Archetype, and rivals Earth's god in power). Taken further when she's training Goten, wherein she (probably middle-aged at that point) not only was an even match for someone who was close to going Super Saiyan, but survived a blow from him when he actually went Super Saiyan (which, as mentioned above, is like an ant surviving getting run over by a speeding truck).
- A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: See Too Dumb to Live above.
- True Blue Femininity: Her outfit as a child qualified for both this and Pink Means Feminine.
- 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 Dragon Ball 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.
- Violently Protective Wife: When Mr. Shu dares to insult Goku in front of her and Gohan, Chi-Chi doesn't take too kindly to hearing someone insult her husband.
- 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.
- Weak, but Skilled: when training Goten, she was more than a match for her much more powerful son despite not knowing squat about ki control.
- Wet Blanket Wife:
- She wanted Gohan to be a scholar and learn to resolve issues peacefully, despite the dangers she and Goku faced in the past (though since this is before the Saiyans arrive, Goku was still pretty much World's Strongest Man so she probably didn't have much to worry at first.) She remains against all the danger her husband and son go through, but learns to adapt. After the seven-year Time Skip, she mellows out a bit with their second son, Goten, (to where she actually trained him) and she really can't yell at Goku anymore because he's already dead. In fact, Gohan theorizes that Chi-Chi feels guilt over this behavior now that Goku's gone and that she believes might have an indirect effect on his death.
- In Super, Chi-Chi is initially dead set against Goku training, demanding that he gets a job and work like a human, despite having barely survived it's encounter with Beerus. It's at least partly her desire to have Goku be someone respectable to their granddaughter Pan.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Chi-Chi has good intentions for her family, but the way she goes at it tends to be problematic.
- World's Strongest Woman: Pointed out by the other characters, including her youngest son, Goten.
- The Worf Effect: There are a few times she fights but due to most being super-powered people and her not keeping up with her training, she gets taken down easily.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- She gets called out by Yajirobe for showing no concern for Goku and only showed concern for Gohan at the end of the Saiyan Saga.
- Chi-Chi also gets called out by her father in the Cell Arc (it's filler) for getting upset with Goku for allowing Gohan to fight Cell.
- She herself regularly dishes these out to Goku when it comes to wanting to take Gohan to fight dangerous battles. However, considering how the writing is on the show, doesn't work. Some of what undermines her argument is that Goku may train Gohan for battle, but until the Cell Games (in which Goku made sure Gohan surpassed him) he never actually put him in live battle. The times that it happened, Saiyan and Freeza Saga, it was beyond Goku's control since he wasn't there. When he's around, the first thing he does is sideline Gohan. Not to say she doesn't have a point since Gohan is still a child during the Cell Games.
- 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 most 23. Guess motherhood really did mature her, huh?
Ox-King (牛魔王; Gyuu-Maou)
Voiced by (English): Mark Britten, Kyle Hebert (FUNimation); Dave "Squatch" Ward (Z), Dave Pettit (DB) (Ocean/Blue Water); David Gasman, Paul Bandey (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American): Mario Sauret, Enrique Cervantes (Kai The Final Chapters)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 Dragon Ball.
- Demoted to Extra: In Dragonball, he had a role as a supporting character. He doesn't appear as much in Z, but when he does, he usually appears with his daughter.
- 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.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: In the entire franchise there has only ever been one image of Chi-Chi's mother, a family portrait of her as a baby, sitting on her mother's lap, who is sitting on her husband's palm.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: One of the more extreme examples with his late, unnamed wife (see above).
- Humble Hero: In the anime, when he and Chi-chi witness new global Evil Overlord King Piccolo's broadcast announcement that he'll annihilate a section of Earth a year and openly welcome any challengers to stop him, Chi-chi questions her father whether he can beat up King Piccolo, and he replies honestly that he can't and that he doesn't think anyone in the world can.
- 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 Dragon Ball. 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 Dragon Ball 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. It still didn't stop her from getting mad herself at her dad since she was only upset that Gohan had become a delinquent.
Lunch / Launch (ランチ; Ranchi)
Voiced by (Japanese): Mami Koyama
Voiced by (English): Meredith McCoy (DB, both), Christine Marten (Movie 2, bad), Monika Antonelli (Movie 2, good), Leah Clark (one episode, good) (FUNimation); Onalea Gilbertson (DB, both) (Ocean/Blue Water); Edie Mirman (Harmony Gold)
Voiced by (Latin American): Cristina CamargoMinor 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 Girls Want Bad Boys: Bad Lunch's crush stemmed from Tien's ruthless fighting style.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Bad Lunch has a massive crush on Tien.
- Anti-Hero: Unscrupulous Hero or even a Nominal Hero at times.
- Ax-Crazy: In blonde form.
- Badass Normal: She's just a normal human, but is dangerous in 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.
- The Bus Came Back: In Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return
- The Cameo: At the end of Z when you can see her lifting her hands up in the air to give energy for Goku's spirit bomb.
- 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. Another reason is because, when Toriyama finally remembered her, he feared that she would confuse some viewers, as her transformation from a dark-haired, calm girl to an angry, violent blonde was too similar to the Super Saiyan transformation.
- 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 to Tien's death.
- Dub Name Change: From Lunch to Launch.
- Expy: Launch's bad form was based on Polly Buckets, a character from Dr. Slump (Toriyama's precedent work).
- Fanservice with a Smile: Good Launch does this, even though she's not smiling all the time. You can even unlock her outfit for Android 18 in Ultimate Butouden on the DS.
- Forehead of Doom: You can see how huge her forehead is because her hair doesn't cover it.
- Good Is Not Nice: 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.
- 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.
- The Ingenue: Good Lunch.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Bad Lunch for Tenshinhan.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Her Jekyll is Good Lunch while her Hyde is Bad Lunch.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bad Lunch eventually becomes this once she considers Goku and the others 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.
- 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.
- Nice Girl: When not in her blond-hair form.
- Pet the Dog: While not actually being 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 nice in her bad form. Later on she 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.
- Put on a Bus: For a very long time.
- Only One Name: Like many others in the series.
- She's Got Legs: Good Lunch always shows off her legs when she's cleaning the Kame House.
- Short Tank: In both her forms she wears outfits like this.
- 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: One half's a sweet blunette, the other's a hot-tempered blonde.
- 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.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Wears yellow shorts in the first appareance.
Dr. Brief and Mrs. Brief
Dr. Brief voiced by (Japanese): Joji Yanami, Ryouichi Tanaka
Dr. Brief voiced by (English): Chris Forbis (DB and Z), Mark Stoddard (Kai) (Funimation); Scott McNeil (Ocean); Paul Bandey (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Dr. Brief voiced by (Latin American): Ricardo Hill (DB, Z and Kai The Final Chapters), José Luis Castañeda (DB), Humberto Vélez (Kai)
Bulma's Mom voiced by (Japanese): Mariko Mukai (DB and Z seasons 1 and 2), Youko Kawanami (Z seasons 3+, Kai)
Bulma's Mom voiced by (English): Cynthia Cranz (FUNimation); Jane Perry (Ocean); Jodi Forrest (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Bulma's Mom voiced by (Latin American): Ángela Villanueva, Magda Giner Maru Guzmán (DB)Dr. Brief is the founder of Capsule Corp and the father of Bulma. Bulma's Mom, Panchy Brief, 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.
- Ambiguously Human: While most non-Saiyan characters visibly age, Bulma's mom doesn't. This, among other things, have led to theories that she's actually a Ridiculously Human Robot.
- Brainless Beauty: Bulma's Mom, which is hilarious when you consider how intelligent her equally beautiful daughter is.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Dr. Brief. Bulma clearly gets her brains from him and his intellect has made him the smartest and richest man on the planet through his being the founder and chairman of Capsule Corp. He is also an unquestionable Ditzy Genius.
- Butt Monkey: Dr. Brief becomes one particularly in the Freeza Saga.
- Captain Oblivious: Bulma's Mom.
- Dirty Old Man: Dr. Brief, revealed that he hides a collection of dirty magazines.
- Ditzy Genius: Dr. Brief was in a month able to reverse engineer the engines to advanced spaceships to create an actual spaceship and considered it unready because he hadn't figured out where to put a coffee maker.
- In Battle of Gods he had no idea he was the richest man on the planet until Chi-Chi pointed it out and was perfectly willing to get Hercule a drink when he was mistaken for a waiter, even after Hercule apologized.
- 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.
- 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 that 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 Parent, Like Child: 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 jealousy at one point!
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: 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.
- 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 roughly a decade before Dragon Ball begins, she still looks the same.
- Only One Name: He's just "Dr. Brief". He does not pass this name on to his descendants, and his wife's name is likewise not "Mrs. Brief".
- 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...well, 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. (Word of God says it would have been "Panty" if he had bothered to give her a name.)
Mechanical Man No. 8/Android 8
Android 8 (人造人間8号; Jinzou Ningen Hachi-Gou)
Voiced by (Japanese): Shozo Ishikawa
Voiced by (English): Mike McFarland (FUNimation); Dale Wilson (flashbacks) (Ocean); Jeremiah Yurk (Blue Water)
Voiced by (Latin American): Ricardo HillA Frankenstein-like 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.
- Actual Pacifist: He tries to be this, refusing to kill even if it cost him his life, but lost it when he thought Goku was killed by General White.
- Adaptational Badass: He is quite powerful in the series proper (stronger than Goku at the point they met), but his strength is Up to Eleven in the movie Path to Power. He is able to fly, dash, and nearly kills Goku, who is also made stronger. He also fights a mecha that knocked Goku unconscious for several minutes and pushes it back.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Built to be a weapon of death. Ended up being a pacifist who betrays the Red Ribbon Army.
- Badass Pacifist: Refuses to kill Goku even when threatened with self-destruction.
- Berserk Button: Harming anyone he cares about, just ask General White as he flies into the sunrise.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Don't harm anyone he knows or loves. Ever. Harming Goku was how General White got knocked out of Muscle Tower.
- Death by Adaptation: In the Non-Serial Movie Path to Power, a retelling of the Red Ribbon Army Saga, 8 dies holding off Staff Officer Black's mecha. Goku uses the Dragon Balls to revive him right at the end.
- Expy: Of Frankenstein's Monster.
- Gentle Giant: Big, burly, scary-looking, and very nice and sensitive.
- Happily Adopted: By the mayor's family. They took him in as their son.
- Heroic Sacrifice: As seen in the Death by Adaptation entry above, he dies holding off Staff Officer Black's giant mecha in order to protect Goku.
- In-Series Nickname: In the Japanese, Goku has trouble remembering his full name, so Goku calls him Hacchan (Eight-Man in the US manga and Eighter in the dub). He likes the nickname so much that he takes it as his official name.
- The Load: Sort-of. He spent more time being in distress and had to be saved by Goku a number a time. Then he got mad.
- Megaton Punch: What he did to General White. He punched him so hard that he flew through a brick wall and over the horizon.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Suno, the young girl in Jingle Village in Red Ribbon Army Saga, since he is allowed to live in her family's house after rescuing the village elder. They're shown still together after Suno is all grown up at the end of Z◊ and GT◊.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: With Goku... of sorts. Android 8 is the Sensitive Guy who hate fighting or hurting people, while Gokus is a Blood Knight who doesn't mind killing people if it means protecting others.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: When asked to stay in the village after finding out he hid the Dragon Ball from the Red Ribbon Army to keep the people in the village from being executed, he hesitated by saying that he wasn't human.The Mayor: I met people I wouldn't call human. It's your heart who makes you who you are and you have a big one.
Voiced by (Japanese): Banjo Ginga
Voiced by (English): Dameon Clarke (FUNimation); Bob Papenbrook (Harmony Gold); Terry Klassen, Lucas Gilbertson (Ocean/Blue Water)
Voiced by (Latin American): Mario SauretThe 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.
- Back from the Dead: Has the distinct "honor" of being the first character to being wished back to life by the Dragon Balls.
- Badass Native: He's one of the series earliest examples due to him fighting off several soldiers while getting shot at.
- Blade on a Stick: This is Bora's weapon of choice which he used to fight the Red Ribbon Army.
- Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Feather in his long hair and buckskin pants with a loin cloth.
- The Big Guy: Bora is a huge muscle-bound warrior that towered over just about everyone he was next to.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Easily beat an unit of the Red Ribbon Army. He is then killed with ease by Mercenary Tao.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He wasn't above staring at Blonde Launch's rear end for a while when he saw her rummaging through his tent.
- Demoted to Extra: Hit with this after the Red Ribbon Army Saga, hard.
- Distracted by the Sexy: The aforementioned look at Launch's butt.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Mercenary Tao impales him with his own spear.
- Lightning Bruiser: Dispatched the Red Ribbon Army soldiers with amazing speed despite his size.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Bullets bounced off him like it's nothing.
- Sacrificial Lamb: The first good character to die in the series.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Bora is never seen wearing a shirt.
- The Worf Effect: Despite mopping up the Red Ribbon Army's goons, he was severely beaten and killed by Mercenary Tao.
Voiced by (Japanese): Mitsuko Horie
Kid Upa voiced by (English): Susan Huber (DB), Kara Edwards (Mystical Adventure), Laura Bailey (Revenge of King Piccolo) (FUNimation); Arlene Banas (Harmony Gold)
Kid Upa voiced by (Latin American): Cristina Hernández
Adult Upa voiced by (Latin American): José ArenasBora'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.
- An Axe to Grind: Uses a small hatchet in his attempt to attack Mercanary Tao.
- Cry into Chest: When his father was revived.
- Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Feather in his long hair and buckskin pants with a loin cloth and vest.
- Break the Cutie: Watching his father get killed by Mercenary Tao.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: As a child. Krillin tried to hit on him and got embarrassed when he found out Upa was a boy.
- Harmful to Minors: Poor kid had to witness his own father being murdered by Tao.
- Demoted to Extra: Wasn't seen a lot after the Red Ribbon Saga, much less in DBZ and DBGT.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Upa only wears a vest through out the series.
Korin (カリン; Karin)
Voiced by (Japanese): Ichirō Nagai, Naoki Tatsuta, Ken Uo (Super)
Voiced by (English): Mark Britten, Christopher Sabat (FUNimation); Paul Dobson, Ted Cole (Z), Roger Rhodes (DB) (Ocean/Blue Water); Ted Lehmann (Harmony Gold); Doug Rand (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American): Arturo MercadoGoku'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 the three year time-skip after they met.
- Brutal Honesty:
- He tells Goku point-blank that if he faced King Piccolo again he will die for sure this time.
- He straight up tells Goku that even after his stint in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber that Cell is still stronger than him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mostly to Yajirobe who he loves teasing for his laziness and eating habits. He also teases Goku when they first met about how easy his mind was to read since 'there weren't too many chapters'.
- 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 catï¿½)
- 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. He lives with Korin after the events of the King Piccolo Saga.
- Old Master: Trained Master Roshi and most of the original cast. He's 800 years old, making him even older than Kami.
- Petting Zoo People: He's a talking cat that acts perfectly human.
- Power-Up Food: His senzu beans. They fill a person up for ten days and heals anymore any wound.
- Punny Name:
- On Karintou, a Japanese snackfood. It's more obvious with the tower itself, which is just Karin-tou ("Karin Tower") in Japanese.
- The English dub changed his name to Korin, which is a pun of corn.
- Renowned Selective Mentor: He only teaches those who can climb Korin Tower, which is a very, very long climb. Even then, he is more of a Trickster Mentor since people climb to drink the Sacred Water to become stronger, not to specifically train.
- 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... if they survive drinking it.
- Troll: Comes with being a Trickster Mentor. When he first meets Goku he gives him the run away for several minutes about rather he knew about the Sacred Water before allowing him to have it….before hitting him with his staff and taking the Sacred Water. He also throws Goku's Dragon Ball off the tower, forcing him to climb down and climb back up again.
- 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)
Voiced by (English): Linda Young (DB, Z Seasons 1-2), Laurie Steele (Z Season 8) (FUNimation); Ellen Kennedy (Z Seasons 1-2), Brian Drummond (Z Season 8), Corby Proctor (DB) (Ocean/Blue Water)
Voiced by (Latin American): Ángela Villanueva, Magda Giner (Kai), Ángela Villanueva (Kai The Final Chapters)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. Also one of the notably few characters to never die in the series.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.
- Immortality: Like her brother, she has drunk the Water of Life and is over 300 years old.
- 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.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Baba can come off as rude at times.
- You Gotta Have Purplish Pink Hair: Her hair is a blend of pink and purple.
Voiced by (Japanese): Mayumi Tanaka
Voiced by (English): Mike McFarland (FUNimation); Brian Drummond (Z), Lucas Gilbertson (DB) (Ocean/Blue Water); Ed Marcus (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American): Luis Daniel Ramirez (current voice), Araceli De Leon (DB until chapter 60 of Z), José Arenas (Arc Majin Buu) Mariana Ortiz (Kai until chapter 58)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.
- Action Survivor: Still alive in Trunks's Bad Future in Dragonball Super.
- Badass Normal: He can't use ki attacks nor can he fly, but he single-handedly killed one of King Piccolo's minions, climbed Korin's Tower with Goku on his back and launched two surprise attacks on Vegeta and lived. He also fought evenly with an enraged Goku when they first met.
- Balloon Belly: After eating a handful of Senzu Beans at once.
- Big Damn Heroes: Despite being outclassed in power by both the heroes and villains, he always manages to arrive in a critical moment to save the heroes. The majority of the cast is alive due to him and he has saved Goku from certain death twice.
- Big Eater: It's pretty much one of his defining characteristics. He ate Cymbal, a dragon-like monster several times his size, and is repeatedly shown eating multiple Senzu Beans in a single sitting. And just one Senzu Bean contains about a week's worth of nourishment, so Yajirobe is literally eating enough calories to nourish a person for a ''couple of months' in a single sitting.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He can be described as this. During the training at Kami's lookout, he sits it out most of the time, but when the training began, he had shown that he was more than a match for the others, and according to Word of God his power level was quite close to the other Z fighters after their training despite barely training himself, and also considering the fact that he was Goku's equal originally, lends credibility to the idea he might've been on the same level as the big guys if he had tried
- 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. It is a CMOA as Vegeta never saw it coming despite Krillin trying and failing to do the same just seconds ago.
- Deadpan Snarker: He snarks, sneers and taunts people all the time. Despite the fact he's well-aware he's outclassed by the real fighters in the series and so he's pretty much a coward
- Demoted to Extra: Yajirobe was actually the Tritagonist of the King Piccolo Saga. Despite this, his role becomes more and more trivial as the show goes on to the point where he gets reduced to a minor character after the Saiyan Saga.
- The Drag-Along: Yajirobe hates training and getting into dangerous situations. During the Saiyan Saga, he flat out told Krillin that he did not want to go to the Lookout to train with Kami alongside the other Z fighters, but Korin wouldn't let him sit this one out. He is still a valuable ally that has too much of a conscience to just stand idly by while his friends give their lives to protect the Earth.
- Extreme Omnivore: Yajirobe killed and then ate one of Piccolo's minions.Yajirobe: You're not gettin' any!Goku: I don't want any.
- Gut Feeling: Yajirobe loses in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament against Hero (who was Kami in disguise), and while he is mocked for it, he constantly thinks that Hero is much more that he lets on. When Yamcha is paired up with Hero he actually pities Yamcha, stating he has no chance against Hero. After Yamcha gets swatted like a fly by Hero, he is the only one not surprised by this outcome.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: He shows this ability in his fight with Cymbal, one of Piccolo's minions.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Yajirobe contemplated eating Goku after he was seemingly killed by Piccolo. Granted, Goku isn't exactly human, but he looks it enough to count and at the time no one knew he was an alien.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He invokes this after the fight against Vegeta, calling out Chi-Chi for focusing entirely on Gohan, who was merely unconscious, while ignoring Goku, who didn't have a single unbroken bone in his body.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He might be seen mostly as selfish guy, but is still willing to help his friends, even if it's just transporting Senzu Beans to other fighters and immediately leaves afterwards.
- Katanas Are Better: It's not just for show. He can uses it to one-shot Cymbal and severely injured Vegeta.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Almost every time he takes out his sword he either kills or greatly wound his opponent.
- Let's You and Him Fight: In his first encounter with Goku, they fight due to a misunderstanding (Goku annoyed him by eating his fish without thinking and, seeing his dragon ball, assumed he was in league with Piccolo). They reach a draw and each is astonished by the strength of the other.
- Master Swordsman: He appears to be a pure physical fighter and is almost never seen using ki-based attacks. So, he mostly depends on his katana.
- Meaningful Name: Yajirobe roughly translates as "taunting noodle spine", which is very fitting for a trash-talking coward like himself.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Him yelling at Krillin to throw the Spirit Ball already allowed Vegeta to notice it's presence and dodge it.
- No Name Given: the French dub of Z and its many European derivatives don't give him a name until the Android Saga. Even when other characters sharing a scene with him are named, he's still called "you" or "him", or at best, "the tower's guard".
- Only One Name: Like many people in the series.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: This guy was equal to Goku in his first appearance. However, Goku unlocked more of his hidden potential, and it quickly went downhill by the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, where he didn't even become a finalist.
- Spanner in the Works: Vegeta had Goku dead to rights as he crushed him in front of Gohan and he successfully dodged Krillin's Destructo Disc since he correctly guess that Gohan wouldn't return alone. He didn't see Yajirobe coming at all and it cost him his tail. He also keeps Vegeta from killing Gohan when he discovers that Gohan's tail had regrown.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Korin act like they hate each other, but they continue to live together at Korin Tower.
Mr. Popo (ミスター・ポポ; Misutaa Popo)
Voiced by (Japanese): Toku Nishio, Kawazu Yasuhiko
Voiced by (English): Chris Cason, Christopher Sabat (FUNimation), Alvin Sanders (Z), Dave Pettit (DB, GT) (Ocean/Blue Water); Doug Rand (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American): Carlos Segundo (current voice), Jorge Palafox (Kai)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, a task he proved qualified for by making 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. He also took on two Super Saiyans, and the first fight with Goku? He literally ate the Kamehameha and didn't feel a thing.
- Always Someone Better: Says this almost word-for-word to Goku who had grown arrogant from defeating King Piccolo.
- Badass Teacher: Taught Goku while he was on the lookout and (at least in an anime filler) held his own against Goten and Trunks as Super Saiyans.
- The US manga removed his large lips so Popo wouldn't be perceived as a racist stereotype.
- 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 Denda, and every god before them.
- Older Than He Looks: He's been around longer than Kami has.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: In Funimation dub, he talks like a college professor or wise old mentor instead of the Third-Person Person from the Japanese and Viz version.
- Third-Person Person: In the Japanese version and Viz releases.
- Troll: He comes across as just a humble garden keeper that Goku doesn't take seriously. He then process to beat Goku in increasing humiliating ways, including letting Goku literally run into his fist.
Voiced by (English): Christopher Sabat, Chris Forbis (one episode) (FUNimation), Dale Wilson (Z Seasons 1, 4-5), Ward Perry (Z Season 2, Movie 1), Mike Shepherd (DB) (Ocean/Blue Water); Ed Marcus (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American): Carlos Segundo, César Árias (Kai)Goku's third mentor, and literally the God of Earth, Guardian of Earth in the English dub. 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 the 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 Eternal Dragon Shenron.
- The Ace: The Nameless Namek, aka Piccolo and Kami. The Elder Namek called him a prodigy among the Namekians and Dragon Clan, which was why they sent him to Earth when the weather changed on Namek. When Krillin tells the Elder Namek that Piccolo was killed by a Saiyan, he asks if it was a Super Saiyan who did it. After reading Krillin's mind and learning that the Nameless Namek split into Piccolo and Kami, he says that if they were whole no ordinary would have been able to kill him. Nail echoes these thoughts, telling Piccolo that if he had came whole he would have been stronger than Frieza. It is not until the Cell Saga that we finally see the power of Nameless Namek, and he doesn't disappoint. He's stronger than a Super Saiyan and Imperfect Cell, and is an even match for Androids 17 and 18. He also combines the battle experience and wit of Piccolo, and the godly knowledge and wisdom of Kami.
- The Atoner: For creating Demon King Piccolo. He feels so much guilt that he begs Tien to kill him to save Goku from Piccolo Jr.
- Badass Grandpa:
- Until Z. He was the strongest character in the series until Goku and Piccolo Jr surpasses him during the 23rd Martial Arts Tournament and even then he easily beat Yamcha and Yajirobe without really trying. He remained stronger than most of the cast until the beginning of the Saiyan Saga in which he trained the Z-Fighters to surpass him.
- To bring this home, he actually possesses a human as to not cause alarm in the 23rd Tenka'ichi Budokai, and even after easily defeating Yamcha, and fighting Piccolo, he explicitly states that using a human body made him weaker. Though, he still claims that even if he'd fought Piccolo without doing that, he'd still be no match for him.
- Big Good: Until Z. He was Guardian of the Earth and looked over the planet for centuries. After returning to life, he shares the role with King Kai, helping him revive the Namekians and bringing everyone safely to Earth using the Earth and Namek's Dragon Balls. He officially steps down once he merges with Piccolo.
- Bilingual Bonus:
- 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.
- Born Winner: Much like the Saiyans, the Namekians are born winners with their larger than average battle power along with their mystical talents like some being able to heal, awakening others' hidden powers, and create Dragon Balls. However, the Nameless Namek is a winner even among them. He's called a prodigy among his race and is said to be strong enough to challenged a Super Saiyan and beat Frieza, according to the Elder Namek and Nail.
- Combat Pragmatist: Used and abused Obfuscating Stupidity to win easier during the 23rd Tenkaichi, and infamously headbutted Yamcha in the crotch. The latter should have got him disqualified, but his act made it look like an accident.
- Cool Old Guy: He is the least eccentric and/or perverted mentor in the entire series.
- Demonic Possession: Inverted—he ends up possessing a person named Hero ("Shen" in the Japanese original) to fight Piccolo Jr. before being sealed away. Fortunately, he exits his host before being sealed off so the poor man doesn't share Kami's fate.
- Driven to Suicide: When the situation with Piccolo gets bad enough, he tries to get Tien to kill him to put an end to it. After the battle when he confirms none of the heroes will finish Piccolo off, Kami attempts to do so to atone for his mistakes and stop Piccolo permanently. He's talked out of it by Roshi, who points out all the good he and the Dragon Balls have done.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Kami is his title rather than his actual name. His real name is never mentioned, and he doesn't know what it is since he has long forgotten it.
- Face Death with Dignity: Sort of, when he fuses with Piccolo he basically ceases to exist and doesn't mind.
- 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 the Planet of the Kais, and he is in fact a mortal. 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.
- Godzilla Threshold: When Piccolo came to the Lookout wanting to merged with him, Kami wants to watched things more since his personality would be assembled into Piccolo, ending his existence. When he sees Cell and want he did to Ginger Town, along with the Saiyans being powerless against the androids and Goku being sick, he decides to become the Nameless Namek.
- Good Counterpart: To Demon King Piccolo, whom he inadvertently created. He is the good half of the Nameless Namek.
- Humans Are Bastards: Feels this way, which is why he didn't revive the Eternal Dragon after it was killed by Piccolo. As he puts it, humans turned the Dragon Balls, which were a symbol of hope, into objects of greed and murder. He changes his mind after he sees 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 raised among them despite being an alien.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: The biggest problem he has with dealing with Piccolo is his insistence that God cannot kill himself. This isn't out a fear of dying, since he is more than willing to train Goku to the point he can kill Piccolo and when Goku refuses tries to get Tien to kill him to stop Piccolo Jr.
- Literal Split Personality: When he first meets Goku, he explains that the Demon King Piccolo is his evil half that he willingly expelled centuries ago to become Earth's guardian.
- The Load: 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. Piccolo even lampshades it, saying the only reason they even keep Kami around anymore is because of the Dragon Balls, which comes off as ironic since Piccolo is the one most likely to die given how he throws himself into dangerous battles like the Saiyans, Frieza, and the Androids. This is also why he immediately agrees to let Piccolo's body be the basis for their remerged self. Piccolo's body is young and strong while Kami's only value is in his wisdom which the new self will inherit anyways.
- Long Lived: Lived for over 300 years before the events of Dragon Ball.
- Moses In The Bul Rushes: He was sent away from Namek when a cataclysm struck the planet and killed all but one of his kind, the Grand Elder. Unlike most examples of this trope he had no parental figures to raise him, so he spent his entire childhood alone in a frozen wasteland waiting for someone to come for him. Eventually he realized this wasn't going to happen and left to explore the world.
- My Greatest Failure: Creating Demon King Piccolo in his haste to become Kami; he was quite willing to die for this sin.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In the 23rd Tenkaichi he puts on this. It's awesome... And incredibly funny. He wins all his matches by making it look like it's an accident and make utterly fools out of the people fighting him.
- Obsolete Mentor: By the time Vegeta and Nappa invaded Earth, the only meaning to Kami's existence is to keep the Dragon Balls working. Something he is very aware of.
- Obstructive Code of Conduct: Part of his role of Guardian of Earth means that he must not interfere with human history, leaving mortals to decide their own fates. The only exception is King Piccolo, who he can't directly fight since his life is linked with him, and Mr. Popo refuses to fight Piccolo since he doesn't want to cause Kami any harm.
- Renowned Selective Mentor: Being the Guardian of the Earth, aka god, he rarely takes students and when he does it's under abnormal circumstances. He trains Goku because he is the only person able to beat Piccolo outside of himself and Mr. Popo. He can't kill Piccolo without killing himself and Mr. Popo won't do anything that will bring harm to Kami. He then trains the other Z-Fighters because the Saiyans were coming to wipe out all life on Earth and they needed every strong fighter that they could get their hands on.
- Restored My Faith in Humanity: As stated in the King Piccolo Saga, he had originally created the Dragon Balls to serve as a symbol of hope for humanity, but the exact opposite happened as humans only wanted to use the Dragon Balls for their own selfish purposes; thus, after King Piccolo destroyed Shenron, Kami initially chose to just let Shenron stay dead. It is seeing Goku's love for his friends, as well as his valiant efforts against Piccolo, that convinces Kami there are still good people in the world.
- Troll: His entire fighting style as Hero is this along with being Obfuscating Stupidity. He defeats his opponents in the most ungraceful and humiliating way possible, including allowing Yamcha to slam his nuts into his head. He only drops the act when fighting Yamcha since he saw him as too talented to let him lose in embarrassment.