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Grandpa Son Gohan
Grandpa Son Gohan (孫悟飯, Son Gohan)
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): Jorge Roig (DB), Armando Réndiz (Kai)Goku'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, and he was Goku's original teacher and was considered one of the greatest marital artist in the world. When he returns for a day, he manages to give Goku a hard match, the same Goku who defeated Mercenary Tao and destroyed the entire Red Ribbon Army by himself just hours ago.
- 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.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Implied. He admits to being "a little odd" in the Bardock special, and Goku himself describes him as a "very odd fellow."
- Dirty Old Man: Part of the reason why he doesn't want to be brought back to life? Too many hot chicks in heaven. However, he isn't nearly as bad as Master Roshi.
- Family Theme Naming: He started the 'Go' tend in Goku's family; Son Goku and his sons—Gohan and Goten.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: Although his time was short, he trained Goku before he was killed and was a student of Master Roshi:
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Gohan, Sr > Son Goku > Son Gohan, Pan, and Uub
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Gohan, Sr > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
- Muggle Foster Parents: While he was extremely powerful for a human, given that he was considered one of the greatest martial arts experts in the world, he's still a muggle compared to Goku who is a Human Alien from a powerful warrior race.
- Nice Guy: A decent and kind-hearted warrior, and it was because of being this that Kakarotto was raised into becoming Goku, The Hero we know and love.
- Old Master: In his appearance during the Fortuneteller Baba Saga, he holds his own against Goku quite well.
- Parental Substitute: He finds Goku in the mountains as toddler not long after he lands on Earth. He takes him in and raises him as his own grandson. It's rough at first since Goku was an unruly and violent child, but Gohan manages to get him under control after Goku falls and hit his head.
- 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.
- Upbringing Makes the Hero: It was his kindness towards Goku, along with him hitting his head, that made Goku the kind young child we meet at the beginning of Dragon Ball.
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"); Patrick Seitz (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia dub in Super)
Voiced by (Latin American): Abel Rocha (current voice)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. After Kami merges with Piccolo, Shenron is given life anew by Dende.
- Achilles' Heel: Like other dragons, he'll die (and his balls will become inert) if his creator passes.
- 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 Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’), he'll voice his critique without wasting a wish.
Shenron: No extra charge for the ice. Your wishes have been granted.
- He was also nice enough to give Mai her ice cream in a bucket with ice even though he technically wasn't supposed to because it wasn't part of the wish. This is also the only case where Shenron was not a Literal Genie.
- Butt-Monkey: Ever since Beerus's addition to the cast, he's been present at nearly all of Shenron's summonings since. And since the normally imposing and awe-inspiring Eternal Dragon is scared out of his mind of the God of Destruction, this has led to Shenron be subject to a previously unheard of amount of comedy at his expense.
- 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 use their set of Dragon Balls and later bring Dende as the new guardian.
- Catch-Phrase: "Your wish has been granted. Until the next summoning..."
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: He does not take kindly to mortals getting uppity with him, suggesting that he has killed people for copping an attitude with him, or simply taking too long to make a wish.
- 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(Fitting considering Porunga is the god of love for the Namekians).
- Both Shenron and Porunga are this to Super Shenron, from which all other Eternal Dragons are derived.
- 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-Fighters' side.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When he grants a wish, his eyes glow brighter.
- Hour of Power: Shenron has a limit to how long he can maintain his physical form without making a wish, which is why he gets annoyed with people who waste his time and may just leave of his own accord if they take too long. In Super, he ends up pushing himself to the limit thanks to Bulma threatening him with retaliation from Beerus.
- 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.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. It becomes a Running Gag post Z that people keep asking Shenron to grant impossible wishes.
- Meaningful Name: Shenlong is Chinese for "God/Divine Dragon".
- Not So Stoic:
- In Fusion Reborn, he gets annoyed when nobody makes a wish - which is carried over into Kai and Super, as when they keep him waiting even for a few minutes, he's similarly affected. You can see a few sweat droplets appear when Icarus attacks him in The Tree of Might (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.Goku: Well, this wish isn't for me, it's actually for Lord Beerus, so...
Shenron: What!? He's here? *sees Beerus* Ah... g-good day, Lord Beerus.
- 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 Shenlong (the actual on'yomi reading would be Shinryuu).
- Some European versions were weirder with calling him Sheron, pronounced basically as Sharon.
- Took a Level in Badass: Once Kami and Piccolo re-merge 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(he could still only grant 2 in the movie versions of those arcs), presumably having been upgraded again during one of the Time Skips.
Turtle (海亀, Umigame, "Sea Turtle")
Voiced by (Japanese): Daisuke Gori, Takahiro Fujimoto
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 López (current voice), Ernesto Lezama (1st episodes Z), Arturo Mercado (rest Z)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.
- Action Survivor: Still alive in Trunks's Bad Future in Dragon Ball Super. Unfortunately that version of Turtle seen during that arc is now Deader Than Dead.
- A Day in the Limelight: The Android Arc filler focuses a lot of him, as most of the action centers on Kame House due to the heroes taking shelter there from the Androids and Goku spending his convalescence from the heart virus there. He's also used as Goku's practice dummy for the Evil Containment Wave in Super, probably to remind the audience(since many getting into the series didnt see Piccolo VS Kami) for the Tournament of Power later on that despite the name, the wave works just fine on people who aren't demons or evil.
- Beleaguered Assistant: To Master Roshi.
- A Dog Named "Dog": He's a Turtle named Turtle.
- 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. He also serves as Roshi's primary method of transportation, as Roshi cannot fly, but Turtle can by using a spinning technique.
- 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.
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 Mountain.note 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 very fond of his grandsons, often buying them toys and spoiling them.
- Expy: To, well, the Ox-King/Bull Demon King of Journey to the West, straight down to having the literal same name in kanji/hanzi characters (牛魔王). This Ox-King is a bit more chill and a family man than the one in the novel, though, and naturally like many of the other JttW characters his importance fades as time goes on, especially once the Saiyans start showing up.
- Family Theme Naming: He has a daughter named Chi-Chi (milk/breast), carrying the cow theme.
- 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.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: He was a student of Master Roshi and he trained Chi-Chi: Mutaito > Master Roshi > Ox-King > Chi-Chi > Goten
- 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 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 blond 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: Bad Lunch could be an Unscrupulous Hero or even a Nominal Hero at times.
- Ax-Crazy: Bad Lunch is a gun-crazy kleptomaniac.
- Badass Normal: She's just a normal human, but is dangerous in her blond 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: She reappears 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.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Bad Lunch. To put it in perspective, whenever Lunch changed she would instantly attack Roshi, Goku, and Krillin on sight with a machine gun, by the end of Dragon Ball she stops attacking people in general, only attacking those who are out to harm her friends. She sometimes says she wants to rob banks and such, but aside from her introduction she's never seen actually doing so.
- 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 she has no lines.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Her reaction to Tien's death.
- Dub Name Change: From Lunch to Launch in the English dub.
- 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 blond-haired aggressive side eventually becomes this instead of evil.
- The Gunslinger: Only in her blond 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. Her blue haired form has a pure heart of gold while her blond form is an Anti-Hero.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Her blond form is an angry, trigger-happy woman.
- The Ingenue: Good Lunch. Her innocent persona is pure of heart as she is quite capable of riding the Flying Nimbus with Goku in the anime.
- 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 ditziness 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, she is sweet and pure-hearted.
- Only One Name: Like many others in the series.
- Out of Focus: She was hit particularly hard with this — she didn't even get Put on a Bus, she was just gone. The creator eventually admitted sheepishly that he had forgotten all about her. Her only appearances in Z were anime-only scenes in Saiyan Saga filler and a small cameo in the Buu Saga where she added her power to Goku's final Spirit Bomb.
- 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: In the first saga of DBZ. She's last seem getting drunk a bar, but makes a very brief cameo appearance in the Kid Buu saga giving Goku energy with the other earthlings. In the manga, she was put on a bus after the DB portion, and remains absent for the rest of 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bulma and Lunch vary on which is the tomboy and which is the girly girl depending on which of Lunch's personalities is dominant. If Lunch is in her blond form, she's a gun-crazy kleptomaniac and Bulma is a fashion-conscious non-combatant. If Lunch is in her blue-haired form, she's a naive ingenue and Bulma is the adventurous Wrench Wench.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Lunch's bad half. She is still quite violent and trigger-happy near the end, but she will fight to defend her friends, especially Tien. She also shows disgust over King Piccolo's actions despite liking some of his polices.
- Tsundere: This is due to a physical split personality disorder, where sneezing would cause her to shift personalities. Dere-dere side is sweet and has blue hair, tsuntsun side is a trigger-happy blonde (unless she's near Tien, where she acts more deredere)
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Wears yellow shorts in the first appareance.
Dr. Brief and Bulma's Mom
Dr. Brief (ブリーフ博士, Burīfu Hakase) and Bulma's Mom (ブルマのママ, Buruma no mama)
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 (Current Voice), 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 (Current Voice) , Magda Giner (DB), Maru Guzmán (DB epi. 44)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.
- Big Applesauce: Mrs. Brief has a Brooklyn accent in the English dub.
- 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 tends to state the obvious.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Bulma's mother never seems to age and frequently seems completely divorced from reality.
- 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.
- Doting Parent: They are very fond of their daughter Bulma and their grandson Trunks and Future Trunks.
- Dumb Blonde: Bulma's Mom has blond hair and has been shown to be ditzy. Along with her husband, she is almost entirely oblivious to a serious situation.
- Eyes Always Shut: Bulma's Mom. She only opens them once in Z, and her eyes turn out to be blue... however, this has been increasingly downplayed in Super, as she's been shown with her eyes open a bunch.
- Family Theme Naming: The Briefs family (Bulma/Bloomer, Dr. Briefs, Panchy/Panty, Trunks, Bulla/Bra, Tights) are named after undergarments.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Dr. Brief who built the technological empire known as Capsule Corp. He also helps Bulma repair Android 16 and Cell's Time Machine in Super.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: Bulma's Mom still looks great even after Trunks is born.
- Happily Married: They are in a good marriage.
- Housewife: Bulma's mom, who is often seen baking cookies and cakes.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: In the rare moments that Ms Brief opens her eyes, they're revealed to be blue. Her eyes are always opened in Super.
- 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: Dr. Brief. His daughter, Bulma, inherited his love for inventing things and being a genius.
- Mr. Fixit: Dr. Brief, who helps Bulma repair Android 16 and Cell's Time Machine.
- 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!
- Nice Person: Both of them are quite friendly.
- 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".
- Opposites Attract: He is old and intelligent while she is a young Dumb Blonde.
- 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 "Panchy" (from "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 Iizuka
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.
- Action Survivor: Still alive in Trunks's Bad Future in Dragon Ball Super.
- 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, Eighter in the English dub, and Octavio in the Latin American Spanish 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 hates fighting or hurting people, while Goku, even when he's just a kid when they met, 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.
- Covered in Scars: More apparent in his old age, but it begs the question of what exactly scarred a bullet proof man.
- 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 Blond 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.
- Old Soldier: He continues to guard the tower even as he's hinted to become a grandfather, and his though his hair has greyed his build hasn't diminished.
- 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 (DB), Masaaki Ōkura (Z ep. 13), Takeshi Kusao (Z ep. 285 and Kai: The Final Chapters)
Kid Upa voiced by (English): Susan Huber (DB), Kara Edwards (Mystical Adventure), Laura Bailey (Revenge of King Piccolo) (Funimation); Arlene Banas (Harmony Gold)
Adult Upa voiced by (English): Dameon Clarke (Z) (Funimation), Alistair Abell (Ocean), Mitch Frankenberger Pellicer (Creative Products Corp., Philippines)
Kid Upa voiced by (Latin American): Cristina Hernández
Adult Upa voiced by (Latin American): José Arenas (Z), Ferso Velázquez (Kai: The Final Chapters)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 Mercenary 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.
- The Cameo: He's the first to recognize Goku's voice and offers his energy to the Spirit Bomb.
- 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); Paul Bandey (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Raymond Buyco (Creative Products Corp., Philippines)
Voiced by (Latin American): Arturo Mercado (current voice)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 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.
- Cute Kitten: He's smaller than Kid Goku.
- 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)
- Master-Apprentice Chain: He trained Goku who went on to train his own students. He also trained Master Roshi who has a very long chain:
- Master Korin > Master Roshi > Gohan, Sr and Ox-King > Son Goku, Yamcha, Krillin, and Chi-Chi > Son Gohan, Son Goten, Pan, and Uub
- Master Korin > Son Goku > Son Gohan, Pan, and Uub
- Master Korin > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
- Obsolete Mentor: His martial arts teachings become outclassed once Kami enters the picture. 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 any wound.
- Psychic Powers: He can read minds. Goku's was especially easy because there hadn't been many chapters of the manga yet.
- 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.
- Telepathy: He has the ability to read minds, as shown when he reads Goku's thoughts when he wanted the Sacred Water.
- 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. The future version of him even gives Yajirobe the very last Senzu before dying.
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 (current voice), Magda Giner (Kai)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 sagas later... and keeps on doing until the end of the series.
- Godzilla Threshold: In Super's Universe Survival Saga, she goes along with Goku's suggestion to revive Frieza for one day in order to participate in the Tournament of Power. While she's not happy to do so, given what a monster Frieza is, Baba goes along with it since she knows the fate of Universe 7 is at stake.
- 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 Blue Hair: Her hair is a blend of pink and purple.
Fangs the Vampire
Fangs the Vampire (ドラキュラマン, Dorakyuraman, "Dracula Man")
Voiced by (Japanese): Koji Totani
Voiced by (Latin American): Ernesto LezamaThe first of Baba's warriors who Goku and the Dragon Team must fight to find the location of the last Dragon Ball needed to wish Upa's father back to life from Baba, who along with his sharp fangs and ability to turn into a vampire bat, is trained in the art of Muay Thai kickboxing. In his bat form, he moves faster than his opponent Krillin, can see. He then quickly puts Krillin a sleeper hold and bites his head sucking out the monk's blood. Kicking the disoriented Krillin out of the ring, he then faces Puar and Upa. What looks like an easy victory leads Fangs to defeat as Puar's superior shapeshifting abilities and Upa using garlic and his body shaped as a cross led to him being knocked into the water outside the ring.
- Anime Hair: Has long, spiked-up brown hair.
- Daywalking Vampire: Fights against three people in the middle of daylight and he doesn't combust into nothingness.
- Fragile Speedster: He's quick in his human form and even faster as a bat, that's how he caught Krillin off guard. He still lost to a shapeshifting cat and little boy, neither of whom are acutally fighters.
- Our Vampires Are Different: This one apparently can kickbox.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Wears boxer shorts, boxing gloves and taped up feet.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Upa's Improvised Cross stance and garlic breath.
See-Through the Invisible Man
See-Through the Invisible Man (スケさん, Suke-San)
Voiced by (Japanese): Hiroshi Ōtake
Voiced by (Latin American): Ricardo HillThe second of Baba's warriors who Goku and the Dragon Team must fight to find the location of the last Dragon Ball needed to wish Upa's father back to life from Baba, who relies heavily on his invisible body in combat. He faces Yamcha and even though the former bandit gets a couple good hits in, See-Through has a clear advantage (with Baba singing to prevent Yamcha from hearing his movements and instructs her fighter to not talk). It isn't until Goku finds Bulma and Master Roshi and Krillin uses Roshi's perverted nature to bleed over the invisible man does See-Through loses his advantage. After Yamcha nails the now visible invisible man with the Wolf Fang Fist, he gives up.
- Combat Pragmatist: Because he cannot be seen, See-Through has an unfair advantage making it easier to attack his opponents. When Yamcha starts to hear him move, Baba starts singing to cover up the sound of his footsteps.
- Invisibility: See-Through's bread and butter.
- See the Invisible: With Krillin's quick thinking, the invisible man is covered in Roshi's nose blood (or tomato soup if you prefer). As he is exposed there is nothing stopping Yamcha from defeating him now so he waves the white flag.
- Weak, but Skilled: Despite being after Fangs, See-Through is probably the physically weakest fighter in the group and only has an edge because he's invisible.
Bandages the Mummy
Bandages the Mummy (ミイラくん, Mīra-Kun)
Voiced by (Japanese): Shozo Iizuka
Voiced by (Latin American): Carlos SegundoThe third of Baba's warriors who Goku and the Dragon Team must fight to find the location of the last Dragon Ball needed to wish Upa's father back to life from Baba. whose Lightning Bruiser fighting style and ability to uses his bandages to quickly wrap up his opponents made him undefeated in combat. After befuddling Yamcha with his speed and abilities, he quickly defeats him and faces Goku next. Despite the Mummy Man's best efforts, he is felled but one hard punch to the stomach by Goku.
- Cloth Fu: His use of his bandages resembles this, including Combat Tentacles and wrapping his opponents in them.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: While other fighters before the Dragon Team defeated Fangs and See-Through, Bandages was undefeated in these challenges. It's not until he faces Goku that his streak is ended.
- Lightning Bruiser: Much to Yamcha's surprise, Bandages is not a slow yet powerful fighter due to his size, no, he's a fast and powerful fighter despite his size.
- Mummy: A big and powerful version of one.
- The Worf Effect: Not only did he enforce Yamcha's Worf Effect as he beat him in short order, but Bandages also suffered this as well when Goku knocked him out with one punch.
Spike the Devilman
Spike the Devilman (アックマン, Akkuman)
Voiced by (Japanese): Michihiro Ikemizu
Voiced by (Latin American): Humberto SolorzanoThe fourth of Baba's warriors who Goku and the Dragon Team must fight to find the location of the last Dragon Ball needed to wish Upa's father back to life from Baba who is not only normally the final opponent (the top spot was filled by Grandpa Gohan who was brought in as a ringer by Baba to test Goku) but won the World Martial Arts Tournament twice prior to this. Among Spike's abilities and powers are speed, agility, winged flight, and pitchfork combat. Early on he struggles fighting Goku which prompts him to use the Devilmite Beam, a ki blast that kill his opponent if they even have on ounce of evil within them. The attack is ineffective because Goku is pure of heart and Spike is defeated after a failed last ditch effort to skewer Goku with his pitchfork.
- A Day in the Limelight: The protagonist of a What If? story in Budokai Tenkaichi 3, where he saves the Earth from Mecha Frieza and King Cold instead of Future Trunks. He may be a weakling compared with Frieza, but his Devilmite Beam was his trump card againsts the Tyrants, who were pure evil.Devilman: Bad end, ha!
- Big Red Devil: He's not red, but he more than qualifies otherwise.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Spike's batlike wings allow him to fly before it became standard in Dragon Ball for almost every fighter to do so.
- Glass Cannon: He's this mainly for Goku who has little trouble defeating him, in part due to the Devilmite Beam having no effect on Goku. Otherwise, while skilled enough to win two World Martial Arts Tournaments, the Beam is clearly his Trump Card attack if all else fails.
- Horned Humanoid: His goat-like horns that stick out of his head.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Spike's Devilmite Beam is a beam of energy that is more effective the higher his victim's negativity is. It fails with Goku because he's pure of heart. Its quite telling this technique is overpowered in Budokai Tenkaichi 3, where you can kill most of the villains with one strike with it, and in a What If story, he one shoted Frieza with it.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Spike's pitchfork, used as a last resort against Goku when the Devilmite Beam proved ineffective.
Master Mutaito (武泰斗)
Voiced by (Japanese): Kenji Utsumi
Voiced by (English): Kent Williams
Voiced by (Latin American): Mario Sauret
Voiced by (Brazilian Portuguese): Gilberto BarolliMaster Mutaito was one of the greatest martial arts teachers of all time and the first known person to act as Earth's savior, despite dying hundreds of years before the series started. He was Master Roshi and Master Shen's teacher, both who went on to create their own respective schools and pass on his teachings to several generations of characters.
- Badass Mustache: He has an impressive mustache and is definitely a badass since he took down King Piccolo by himself, despite being much weaker than the demon.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Was subjective to this by King Piccolo, who slowly crippled him with energy blasts to non-vital areas and then left to die. It was seeing his master defeated in such a cruel, humiliating way that turned the Crane Hermit down the path of darkness.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Evil Containment Wave. A sealing technique so powerful that it can entrap foes several times more powerful than the user. It can even work on gods as Future Zamasu learned. However, if the sealing process is stressful enough, it can kill or severely weaken the user. This is how he dies sealing King Piccolo.
- Death by Origin Story: He dies in the manga chapter/anime episode that he's introduced in.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Despite being absolutely no match for King Piccolo, he manages to trap the Demon King in a rice cooker for over three hundred years. It cost him his life, but he did save the world.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: Despite saving the world from King Piccolo at the cost of his life, no one remembers his name and the terror of King Piccolo faded into legend. Only his students know what happened.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He dies trapping King Piccolo with the Evil Containment Wave, stopping the Demon King's original rampage.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: He has the longest chain with many branches since he taught Master Roshi and Master Shen, both who became respective teachers of their own styles:
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Gohan, Sr > Son Goku > Son Gohan, Pan, and Uub
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Gohan, Sr > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Goku > Son Gohan, Pan, and Uub
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Krillin and Yamcha
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Ox-King > Chi-Chi > Son Goten
- Mutaito > Master Shen > Mercenary Tao, Tien, and Chiaotzu
- Old Master: He is the original old master of the series, being the one who trained Master Roshi and Master Shen, making him the root of the Turtle and Crane Schools.
- Retired Badass: He's long past his prime when he fights King Piccolo. Although he lost the first fight, he creates a technique that can seal opponents much stronger than him.
- Posthumous Character: He's long dead by the start of the series and isn't even mentioned until the King Piccolo Saga.
- Small Role, Big Impact:
- Although he died long before the series started and is only mentioned when Roshi is explaining the terror of the revived King Piccolo, his legacy is spread throughout the series through his students, the Turtle and Crane Hermit, who went on to become masters to several of the main characters, which includes Goku and all his descendants. He is also the one who stopped King Piccolo's first rampage and his first defeat to Piccolo is what sent the Crane Hermit down the path of evil.
- The Evil Containment Wave, the technique that he invented to stop King Piccolo, is also this. In Super, Future Trunks uses the Evil Containment Wave to trap Future Zamasu. He only escaped because Goku and Roshi forgot the seal. However, Zamasu was so shaking by the experience that he decides to fuse with Goku Black since they couldn't afford to mess around with the mortals anymore. Becoming Merged Zamasu actually proves fatal in the long run.
- Weak, but Skilled: He is a powerful master, but he's little more than an ant compared to King Piccolo. In the anime, Piccolo easily defeats and tortures him by shooting him with energy blasts. However, he invents the Evil Containment Wave, a technique that can entrap foes, which includes gods, many times stronger than the user for the exchange of their lives if the sealing process is stressful enough. This is how he defeated King Piccolo. In an anime filler, he beats Goku, the same person who killed King Piccolo, because Goku's technique was sloppy and predictable. Not only that, but he does it without moving!
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"); Ethel Lizano (Creative Products Corp., Philippines)
Voiced by (Latin American): Luis Daniel Ramírez (current voice), Araceli de León (DB until chapter 60 of Z), José Arenas (Arc Majin Buu and Movie 4-6) 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: A rather surprising example. He was shown to be among the victims of Androids 17 and 18's massacre in Future Trunks' Bad Future in a flashback in Dragon Ball Z (18 fired a blast through his torso). However, it is revealed in Dragon Ball Super that he actually survived after being given the last Senzu Bean in existence by Korin.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: He met the devil but didn't believe in God. He could be a practitioner of an atheistic religion such as Theravada Buddhism but there were no hints of it prior.
- 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 planned to do the same with every member of the Demon Clan that tried to avenge him (at least until he learned they were King Piccolo's minions, as he knew his story), 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 and rescuing his friends.
- 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.
- Foil: He's basically a human counterpart of Goku. He has Spiky Hair, is a Big Eater, not exactly bright, is incredibly strong and fast, and he was raised in the wilderness, much like Goku. He also carries with him a Dragon Ball, which he received as a gift from his loved ones. The difference between them, however, is that Yajirobe is cowardly and believes in self-preservation while Goku is fearless in the face of death.
- 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
- After tasting the Ultra Divine Water, he argues with Korin that it's simply poison with no magical properties. When Goku's strength greatly increases and his senses sharpen, Yajirobe seems to be proven wrong. However, given what we later learn about Saiyans becoming stronger through near death experiences, it seems Yajirobe was correct, if Wrong for the Right Reasons.
- 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 (granted he was going against a disguised Kami).
- 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.
- World's Strongest Man: The most powerful flesh and blood human who can neither fly, nor fire energy waves.
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.
- The Ageless: Biologically, Mr. Popo is immortal - in fact, if Kami (later Dende) should die, it's Mr. Popo's job to find a replacement for him. However, he can be killed in other ways, like being turned into chocolate by Buu.
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Had shades of this while fighting Goku (Well, not really fight, more like ruthlessly tease him).
- 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 Dende, 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, Latin American 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 (DB and Z), 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 Saiyan 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 at the time 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.
- Achilles' Heel: Pre-fusion, he's Piccolo's walking, talking Achilles' Heel. He's not as powerful as Piccolo, and both die if one does.
- 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 Mustache: His disguise includes a toothbrush mustache
- 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.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: He has a premonition about a monster stronger than the androids ending all life, and wonders if it has anything to do with that thing that came crawling out of the time machine. Finishing the series and looking back, it seems he was getting visions of two different monsters.
- 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.
- For Your Own Good: He permanently removed Goku's tail on the grounds it was limiting his progress (and people wanted the moon back).
- 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 comes to the Lookout wanting to merge with him, Kami wants to watch things unfold more, since merging meant his personality would be assimilated into Piccolo, ending his existence. When he sees Cell and what he did to Ginger Town, along with the Saiyans being powerless against the Androids and Goku being sick, he decides to once again become the Nameless Namek.
- Good Counterpart: To Demon King Piccolo, whom he inadvertently created. He is the good half of the Nameless Namek.
- 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.
- Made of Good: He's the physical incarnation of Piccolo's good half.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: Mr. Popo and he trained Goku during the three year time-skip for the 23rd Martial Arts Tournament: Kami > Son Goku > Son Gohan, Pan, and Uub
- Moses in the Bulrushes: 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.
- Physical God: Mostly in title, but he is the God of Earth.
- 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.
- 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.
- Telepathy: He can talk to people through his mind. He uses this to communicate with King Kai during the Frieza Saga.
- 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.