Beat up Turles's goons in less time he took with Nappa.
Hands Vegeta his ass constantly with the Kaio-Ken.
Completely dominate half the Ginyu Force without even really trying. As in, he wanted to know where the real fighters were.
Annihilates Lord Slug's goons in under two minutes.
Effortlessly deflects every single shot from Freeza's Beam Spam.
All while, unknowingly, outright taunting the guy.
Beats up Freeza in considerably less time than in the source material.note This version cut out Goku's supposed death and subsequent Gohan segment, to just having him knee Freeza in the face out of nowhere.
Badass Boast: "I'm going to break you... like a Kit-Kat bar."
Characterization Marches On: Seems to be in the making with regards to his relationship to Gohan. Before Episode 27, he has been a somewhat attentive father to Gohan. As of Episode 27, he makes conversation with Krillin, Piccolo, and Vegeta while he responds to Gohan's "Hey Dad!" with a disinterested "Hey".
In Season 2, Goku was confused when Krillin asked what his favorite food was, implying that Goku loves all food equally. By Season 3, his favorite food is revealed to be bacon, he doesn't like grapes or anything grape-flavored.
Childhood Brain Damage: Goku fell on a rock head-first when he was still a child. And he's noticeably more ditzy and absent-minded than his canon self.
Death by Irony: In Trunks' timeline, Goku's death is caused by heart failure from high cholesterol from eating too much bacon.
Does Not Like Grapes: See above. So much in fact that he refused to take the medicine Trunks gave him which nearly caused his death as a result.
In an alternate scene of episode 30, instead of a muffin, Freeza's ship instead spawns him a cookie, shouting a Big "NO!" in the process.
The Dreaded: In the Dead Zone Abridged, when Garlic Jr meets Gohan and realizes he's Goku's son, Garlic Jr freaks out and yells at his minions to get the Dragon Balls quicker. Also dreaded by Freeza after being beaten on Namek.
Dumb Blonde: Inversion. Goku is usually quite the idiot, but when he goes Super Saiyan and as such blonde, he becomes much smarter compared to his actual intelligence. Emphasis on compared to his normal intelligence.
The twist is that while he's indeed smarter and uses the correct words, he mispronounces them very often.
Goku: This is easily the second-worst hole I've ever had in my chest. It's gonna take, like, a million Mommy-kisses to make it better.
Motivational Lie: Uses one on a transformed Gohan in season 1 to get Gohan to concentrate on Vegeta. He's also had them used on him a few times, notably when King Kai tells Goku he has to save Christmas during the Lord Slug movie.
Oblivious to Love: Sorta. He thinks Chi-Chi is just a lady who lives in his house - he might not understand what a wife is. This might be a Shout-Out to the fact that when Goku originally proposed to Chi-Chi he thought marriage was a food. And was confused over what a "bride" was in the original series when she came back to cash in on the Childhood Marriage Promise.
OOC Is Serious Business: Generally acts smarter than usual during his desperate Spirit Bomb plan and is also smarter than usual when he becomes a Super Saiyan.
Also slightly noticeable in a few of the movies/specials, since they're non-canon and all.
Papa Wolf: Despite frequently neglecting his son, whenever Gohan's in danger, about to be killed or on the verge of death, Goku gets serious.
Parental Neglect: The series plays up the fact that Goku is a terrible father, to the point that Gohan's attempt to envision what Goku would do is merely a short flashback of Goku saying "Bye, son!". He also left Gohan, who was crashed in the snow, to go driving with Piccolo.
There's this little gem from episode 28:
Goku:Wow. [Gohan] sounds like he's had a hard time. Piccolo should really have a talk with him.
He gets a few moments of brilliance in Episode 28, which he thanks his brain for.
Remembers the whole "five minutes" thing with the Special Beam Cannon when Piccolo stalls Freeza while he charges the Spirit Bomb.
He gets a noticeable increase in intelligence when he goes Super Saiyan. He tells Gohan to take Piccolo and Bulma back to Earth to bring back everyone else, and allows Freeza to reach his maximum power so when he beats him in under five minutes, he'll be too "demormalized" to threaten anyone else (that and Freeza offered him pizza, which was the real reason).
Of course, Goku is so dumb that even his intelligence-boosted Super Saiyan form is still a moron.
In the TFS Dead Zone remake, even he can spot the flaw in trying to kill Piccolo when you're after the Dragon Balls.
In episode 34, when Goku finds out that Bulma is Trunks' mother, his first reaction is to be amazed at how old he's gotten in the year and a half since Goku assumes he must have been born. The impossibility of Trunks' existence never crosses his mind.
Talking to Himself: Like the original Japanese version, he and Gohan share the same voice actor, MasakoX.
Trademark Favorite Food: Bacon. Instead of being killed by a heart virus in Trunks' timeline, he is instead killed by a heart attack caused by high cholesterol from eating too much bacon. When Trunks tells him the the medicine he gave him is bacon flavored, Goku is overjoyed.
To a lesser extent, Blueberry Muffins. Unlike Bacon, these end up saving his life.
Vocal Dissonance: The series continues the tradition of Dragon Ball Z adaptations portraying Goku as a muscular warrior with a curiously high-pitched voice, in this case MasakoX's Goku sounds like a more child-like version of Peter Kelamis's Goku from the Ocean Group dubs.
Voiced by: MasakoX
Adorkable: Acknowledged as such in Dragon Ball Kai Abridged:
Brick Joke: Him and dodging, and it's mainly from Piccolo telling him in the slightest to dodge. Goku even notices and Piccolo says he's still working on it. Then again when Android 20 complains about 19 not dodging Goku's attacks, Piccolo looks at Gohan.
Hulk Speak: Engages in a little of this after Freeza supremely pisses him off by nearly killing Krillin.
My Significance Sense Is Tingling: As in the original series, he can sense things. But in the season 2 finale, he looks upon a ship and mentions he senses a "dark force" inside. Cue his mother rushing out demanding to know where Gohan is.
Parental Issues: Episode 23 reveals that Gohan holds a lot of pent up resentment towards Goku for being a neglectful parent. He lets it out on Ginyu while he's in Goku's body, and it slowly starts slipping out afterward.
In a twist of irony, while in the canon series the thought of Ginyu looking like Goku made him not able to fight at full strength, in Abridged it just motivated him even further.
He also has issues with his mother's controlling and domineering behavior and snaps on her shortly before leaving for Namek.
Parental Neglect: Goku has been out fighting/training/dying for so much of Gohan's life that when he tries to picture something Goku would say, all he can get is Goku saying goodbye to him.
When Krillin thinks Sauza has destroyed the only means of saving Goku's life in Revenge of Cooler, he goes nuts and launches a hopeless attack on Sauza.
When Trunks revealed he was a Super Saiyan to Goku, Goku remembered what had happened to trigger his initial transformation and immediately started asking if Krillin was OK and refused to talk about anything else until he was given an answer. This is very telling of their friendship because Krillin's welfare got GOKU to stay focused on something.
Butt Monkey: Lampshaded with "The Krillin Owned Count".
But Not Too Foreign/Fauxreigner: Krillin looks Tibetannote in the original series he was trained in a (supposedly) Buddhist temple, wore Buddhist garments, and even has forehead dot burns like Buddhist monks but his surname is Sanchez, meaning he's Latino.
Calling Me a Logarithm: When Nappa points out the Namekian in the group (referring to Piccolo), Krillin takes offense. Piccolo immediately corrects him and tells him how stupid his reaction was.
The Chew Toy: In seasons 1 and 2, he is very much likely to be the victim of some cosmic unluckiness or other person's jerkass behavior (though sometimes he pushed them to that point). Seems to be decreasing in Season 3. Likely because of Yamcha's involvement.
Comically Missing the Point: He doesn't pick up on the fact that Dende doesn't like being called "Little Green" despite Dende repeatedly saying "My name is Dende" in response, nor does he realize that no one likes the name Team Three Star (including himself) even though Vegeta repeatedly threatens him over it. Gohan has to say it outright for both of these.
He also cannot shut up when he is scared, informing Vegeta about the potential-unlocking Super Kami Guru, telling Captain Ginyu where the majority of dragon balls are located (right behind him, to be fair), screaming out loud about Goku's "secret" attempt to defeat Freeza (the latter thankfully had no idea what he was talking about), and almost dropped Earth's name as their home planet to Freeza (only for Dende to spill it himself)).
In fact, it's because of Krillin's mistreatment of Dende (always calling him "Little Green" and berating him for mourning his deceased family) that he dropped our planet's identity to the intergalactic evil space emperor.
Also unwittingly causes one for himself when he reveals to Marin he committed insurance fraud. Turned out Marin was a government agent assigned to get a confession out of him.
The Nicknamer: "Little Green!" Dende's attempts to correct him fall on deaf ears.
And to Nail: "Big Green!" Nail didn't appreciate it, and made that fact clear.
In fact, this goes all the way back to the start of the series, and seems to be combined with Krillin having a bad memory for names. In the first episode he responded to seeing Bulma by calling her "Boobs!" at first before he remembered her name, called Goku "Tail" and seemed confused when Bulma called him Goku, and in Revenge of Cooler Abridged, he relates how the last time he saw Korin, Krillen couldn't remember his name so he just kept calling him "Whiskers the Wonder Cat."
No Sell: For all that he's an Overshadowed by AwesomeButt Monkey and treated as a weakling by other characters, Krillin has managed the No Sell a few times. He was immune to the lasers or whatever fired at him by the people running from Freeza, and Guldo was clearly surprised when Krillin barely reacted to having a steamroller dropped on him.
Krillin: What the hell was that?! Guldo: ...that... was supposed to crush you.
Took a Level in Badass: On more of an emotional level. After coming back from his explosive space death, he seems a lot less scared when dealing with the androids, compared to the wreck he was on Namek. His Butt Monkey status currently shifted to Yamcha means he has time to snark and just enjoy the adventure.
Voiced by: Lanipator
"I'm not a god-damn Yoshi!"
Badass: Always has the attitude, can't always back it up. But when he does, it's memorable, especially in the Lord Slug movie.
Deadpan Snarker: Frequently, though he does it in rapid succession in the Lord Slug movie.
Piccolo: And that, no doubt, would make you the big, tough, stupid one. Dordabo: You take that back or I'll kill you. Piccolo: All right, all right, you're not tough. Dordabo: That's better. Beat Gohan: Wait, didn't you— Piccolo: Give him a minute. BeatBeatBeat Dordabo: ...Hey! You son of a bitch! (Attempts to punch Piccolo but punches a hole in a truck instead) Piccolo: Now now, that truck is not your eating disorder. Dordabo: You're a penis! Piccolo: So long since you've seen yours you don't even recognize one, do you?
There's also this exchange with borderline Bishōnen Angira.
Angira: We're just here for your planet. But if I had to pick [a gimmick] I'd say I'm the pretty one. Piccolo: Meh. 6 out of 10. Angira: You sassy bitch.
Homeless Hero: Nail suggests he buys one, but he can't and won't get a job.
I Just Want to Have Friends: He agrees to aid Goku in the first episode when Goku offers to friend him on MySpace ("Tom, you've been replaced!") and his first words upon spotting Nail are "SOCIAL ACTIVITY!" He even admits to being quite desperate for friends; he does cut himself off, but far too late. When Tien states rather bluntly that he has no friends in Bald This Way, he actually runs off the set in tears.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems to be developing this with Nail. The relationship seems to form a weird symbiosis. Piccolo finally has someone to fill his social void and Nail finally has someone he can bicker with.
Weaksauce Weakness: Just as in canon, it turns out in Lord Slug Abridged that WHISTLING causes intense pain and discomfort to Namekians. But only if they can hear it.
The Worf Effect: Just as in the original series, and particularly in the specials. Piccolo shows up, makes an incredibly badass showing of taking out the minions, and then gets utterly trounced by the Big Bad.
Authority in Name Only: As Bulma notes, being the Prince of all Saiyans doesn't mean much if there are only two Saiyans left!note Though Gohan is half Saiyan and unbeknownst to Bulma, Nappa got resurrected.
Vegeta: Three and a half!note Word of God says the "Three" Sayians in question where Nappa, Goku, and Tarble.
Badass: Put it this way; when Vegeta landed on Namek, he was weaker than Freeza's top henchmen. By the end, he's killed all of Freeza's minions, and tries taking on the boss man himself. Vegeta gets extra points for continuing to mouth off to Freeza after a particularly savage beating, so much that Freeza decided to shoot a beam through his lung to finally kill him.
Most notable one was the introduction of GHOST NAPPA!
Belligerent Sexual Tension: A HUGE case of this with Bulma, until they did the deed in Episode 34. Quickly made hilarious when Bulma (and the audience) discover that he has absolutely no idea what a condom is.
Blood Knight: A requirement on the Saiyan résumé. He shoots down Bulma's suggestion of murdering the creator of the Androids (although he does love how she phrased it) because he's as excited at the chance of fighting them as Goku is.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: In Episode 9. Nappa is being extremely stupid and gave Vegeta a brain aneurysm out of "sheer stupidity", so Vegeta breaks the fourth wall by muttering "9 minutes 18 seconds," over and over, (The episode was 9:42 seconds long, they were 24 seconds in). When Nappa asks what happens when they reach that time, Vegeta replies: "The happiest moment of my life". (which was Nappa's death)
But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He doesn't even remember Yamcha. Until he recognizes him as "that scrub that got killed by a Saibaman".
"Oh God, this feels amazing. First thing I'm gonna do when I get home is step in front of a full-length mirror, strip down, turn Super Saiyan and -"
Fish out of Water: Among other things, he has no idea what condoms or soap are. When Bulma explains the latter as a block made of animal fat, his first instinct is to eat it. "BWA! This tastes nothing like what you just said."
Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's a good deal shorter than several characters. Lampshaded by Nail in Episode 18:
Nail: Bring it on, all 4 feet of you! Or should I count your stupid hair?
Potty Emergency: Used as an excuse to get out of fighting Ginyu, while Goku explains. Later, while taking a nap, he wakes up suddenly shouting "I HAVE TO PEE!" And then later, Freeza taunts him by asking when he graduated from Pull-ups.
It's shown he became a Super Saiyan by throwing a temper tantrum (canonically, this actually isn't that far off) and in Gero's own words he's still just a arrogant little brat throwing a fit when he won't come out.
Pure Is Not Good: As in the original series, Vegeta was able to achieve the Super Saiyan form with a different kind of pure heart. However, Vegeta claims his heart is "pure, unadulterated badass."
Vegeta:[Upon sensing Freeza] Son of a bitch! Yamcha: What, still ticked off about the shirt? Vegeta: NO, I—well, yes, actually, I'm absolutely livid.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: In Episode 18, he apparently bursts a blood vessel in one of his eyes when Gohan pulls one over on him and Ghost Nappa shows up to torment him, causing it to go red. The other follows suit shortly after.
[Calmly] You know... I thought I'd be angrier, what with the utter humiliation and loss of my tail... Or maybe I'm just so unbelievably enraged that I've come full circle. Oh well! Either way, it's time to put an end to this.
Adorkable: Badass, but adorkable nevertheless. He gets hilariously awkward when meeting Goku.
Badass: Kills Freeza and King Cold in less than a few minutes like in the original manga.note Like in the manga, he only had 3 pages worth in killing Freeza than in the anime and ''Kai, where his fight with Freeza was considerably longer
And before that, Diagonal Cut combined with You Are Already Dead on all of Freeza's mooks (Minus one, but Freeza finishes him off anyway just because). Apparently he's been practicing getting it just right for 3 months.
Should being able to traumatize Freeza count?note When Trunks transforms into a Super Saiyan in front of Freeza, the tyrant reacts by comparing him to Goku (complete with him saying "Pizza"), Freeza immediately tries to kill him and the planet
Badass Boast: "If it's a Super Saiyan you're looking for, I can fill the part." Cue doing so while King Cold and Freeza are arguing during his transformation.
Cool Ship: If episode 34 is anything to go by, Trunks' time machine? It's a TARDIS.
Deadpan Snarker: All throughout his fight with Freeza, every other line that came out of Trunks' mouth was pure snark.
Diagonal Cut: Justified and Explained; apparently, he's been practicing that for a few months. Also, it's not as easy as they make it look.
Didn't See That Coming: Since he didn't know about there being more androids than the two he knew of, he then never goes into detail about what the Androids look like, leaving everyone including him surprised when Dr. Gero and Android 19 are ones he has never seen before.
Early-Bird Cameo: Made an appearance in episode 18, where he heard his father's scream all the way from Namek, two decades into the future.
Heroic Bastard: He was born from Vegeta and Bulma's Unresolved Sexual Tension and the fact that Vegeta doesn't know what a condom is. When Bulma told Vegeta she was pregnant and asked him to get a job to support her, his reaction was to immediately take off into space.
Lightning Bruiser: Catches and lifts Freeza's Death Ball with one hand, fast enough to escape its explosion when Freeza blows it up, and strong enough to slice Freeza to pieces with his sword, not to mention catching said sword when King Cold tried to use it against him.
Oh Crapbaskets: When he realizes there more Androids than the two he encountered. And when Bulma brought his present infant self along.
Future Trunks: Did she bring me!?
Only Sane Man: While he still has some comical quirks, he's still competent, smart, and relatively serious.
It's All About Me: When Yamcha contacts her from King Kai's planet, she dumps him for not contacting her in months (ignoring the fact he's dead reasoning he's doing it now so why not before?) and while talking with Yamcha invites Vegeta to her home to stay there.
Then again, he did cheat on her back in the first episode.
Only Sane Woman: Like in the original, she recommends just using the Dragon Balls to simply find and kill Dr. Gero before he ever makes the androids. Naturally, this is rejected because Goku and Vegeta want to fight them.
Defeat Means Friendship: Averted. He's the only one who's bothered that Vegeta, the man who is in some way responsible for most of their deaths at one point or another, is taking a shower in the next room and moving in with Bulma.
Dirty Coward: In Episode 32 when Vegeta is laughing at him for losing to a Saibaman:
Yamcha: Oh, yeah? I dare you to come over here and say that! [Vegeta jumps in front of Yamcha] Vegeta:[Low and threatening] Ha. Ha. Ha. Yamcha:[Nervously] See how we can all laugh together? [When Bulma is leading Vegeta to the showers] Yamcha:[Internal monologue] Yeah, you better run.
Cowardly Lion: When the Androids attacked, he had to respond to cries for help when no one else was around to help.
Driven to Suicide: In Future Trunks' timeline, where he hangs himself after learning that Vegeta got Bulma pregnant.
Fake Ultimate Hero: In the first season, the rest gets a morale boost by Yamcha simply showing up on the battle field. And then he gets one-shotted by a Saibamen.
Lost in Imitation: The line about Bulma thinking Yamcha was cheating in the first episode is based on Funimation Dub Text. In the original Japanese dialogue, Bulma is mad at Yamcha in the beginning of DBZ for canceling a date. Possibly lampshaded by Krillin.
"I am the only serious character in this show. That is the joke."
Although he did join in on "Row, Row, Row Your Boat".
Deadpan Snarker: At least when Vegeta is involved. The first thing he does when the group meets up to fight Freeza is comment on Vegeta's shirt, and then spends most of episode 34 mocking Vegeta about not being a Super Saiyan. All with a straight face.
In a variation from the original, Chiaotzu starts out thinking that he can just be revived by the Dragon Balls. Tien has to point out he's been revived once already... mere moments before Chiaotzu explodes.
Jerkass: Chiaotzu - he takes shots at the audience in the FAQ Special and calls the Ginyus "a bunch of queers".
Tien as well in the "Born This Way" parody—he manages to ruin the song and make Piccolo run off set crying in less than 30 seconds.
Know When To Fold Them: When the fight with Nappa starts disastrously, Tien seriously considers grabbing Chiaotzu and running. Unfortunately, Chiaotzu had already gotten involved in the fight and was going for a Taking You with Me attack.
Man Child: Chiaotzu is only a little younger than Tien, but begs Tien to go to McDonald's and cheers over ice cream.
Voiced by: Krisrix (briefly in Season 1), Hnilmik (Current)
Abusive Parents: Not exactly, but this little tidbit from "Christmas Tree of Might" may play on fans' suspicions:
Gohan:Santa Claus's just gonna bring me books again... Chi-Chi (threateningly): He brings you what you like! And what do you like?! Gohan (scared): I like books!
Ax-Crazy/Beware the Nice Ones: Though not as creepy and scary as Mr. Popo, Chi-Chi is still feared amongst the male characters, especially Krillinnote he likes his penis where it is, thank you
Krillin: Hypothetically... what would you do if you were told that your husband was dead and his son was kidnapped by his worst enemy? Chi Chi: I'd castrate the messenger in his sleep with a rusty carving knife. Krillin: Ohh... Then, it's a good thing I'm not telling you that, then. (Both laugh in a very forced manner) Chi Chi: Would you like to stay the night?
Badass Normal: Lord Slug Abridged reminds us just why Chi-Chi is the World's Strongest Woman.
Berserk Button: Goku's putting Gohan on train to get in fights instead of studying.
Chichi: Don't you "Come on Chichi" me! You were lost in God only knows in space, refuse to let the dragon took you on and the first thing you ask where you're back? "Oh hey Chichi, would you mind if I take our baby boy to train to fight some monster robots"!!?
Big "WHAT?!": Combined with Distant Reaction Shot. After founding that Goku and Gohan are actually going to fight the androids, her scream can be heared while the two guys and Piccolo are already flying away.
Adaptational Badass: Compare with the original series where even the characters treated as Butt Monkeys are stronger than him, here he's made out to be more powerful than Freeza.
This is made even more evident when he single-handedly prevents the Garlic Jr Saga from happening, by effortlessly killing Garlic Jr and his minions when they try to put their plan in action. Garlic Jr is immortal too. Mr. Popo killed someone who was immortal.
Shenron the dragon works for him. Pecking order, indeed!
Adaptational Villainy: In the original series, he was a kindhearted Nature Lover who showed concern for his pupils. In this, he's an absurdly powerful psychopath that enjoys inflicting misery onto others. Although he does seem to have retained the Nature Lover thing. (Goku's flashback of first meeting Popo still has Popo feeding and being surrounded by wildlife, and Garlic Jr. tickls him off by trashing his garden.)
Dark Is Evil: He's one of the scariest people in the show, enjoys the suffering of others, and despite being possibly the most powerful person on the show, doesn't lift a finger to stop the assorted villains from wreaking havoc unless that havoc just included his marijuana patch. He's nominally on the heroes' side.
Pet the Dog: When asked by Shenron if it was time to lay waste to the Earth, he decided to give the humans a couple more centuries to clean up the planet. Of course, he was high as balls at the time, which may have had something to do with it.
Also, he replaces the sun after it is accidentally blown up in Revenge of Cooler.
According to the pecking order, the Z-Warriors (and likely everyone else in the universe) are below the dirt, which is the next most pitiful thing to him. Who is the only exception to this order? Kami. Granted, he's still below Popo, but he's higher than everyone else, including Popo's stool.
Physical God: Goku blew up the sun in Revenge of Cooler. Popo put it back.
Of course, it's not like he can do anything about it. Pecking order...
The Stoner: Apparently. He says smoking pot helps with his glaucoma.
Voiced by: KaiserNeko
Adaptational Badass: In the series proper, King Kai notes that Vegeta and Nappa are stronger than him and leaves it to the Z-fighters to take down the dead Ginyu Warriors to showcase his training regimen. Here he lays the smack down on the entire Ginyu squad by himself. In a Curb-Stomp Battle offscreen
The Aloner: He thinks he's this, but he's got plenty of (unwanted) company with Bubbles, Gregory, and Bojack.
Jerkass: To Gregory, Bubbles, and Bojack at least. He's pretty short with his supposed "students", too.
A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Popo's mind anyway. When King Kai tried to telepathically communicate with him he got a concussion. And that's just while Popo's high as a kite. Though that might explain why he got a concussion.
Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: After making the wish to bring everyone on Namek save for Freeza and Goku to Earth, he reveals this fact to Freeza and taunts him about it, vanishing right before Freeza's attack can hit him.
While he healed Krillin after he got stabbed in the chest, he also told him he was immortal, possibly under the hopes that Freeza would kill him while serving as a distraction. It fails, but still...
He does respect (and has a crush on) Gohan, though, so it's clear his behavior is largely just retaliation for Krillin's ignorance.
Ungrateful Bastard: Not only does he show no gratitude to Krillin for saving and protecting him from Freeza and his forces, he actually reveals the identity of his home planet Earth to Freeza and tries to use the Butt Monkey as a distraction to lure Freeza away. All because he kept calling him "Little Green".
Guru: "I saw a bird. It was pretty. Kick its ass."
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When Freeza makes a crack about a slug, Guru exclaims "Leave my brother out of thiiis!" as Slug is his brother and a senile nutcase could interpret the statement Freeza made as a threat toward him.
Even Evil Has Standards: Going by his scenes with Gohan and Freeza, he seems to draw the line at child molestation and judging people by their appearances. Not above using a Mind Screw on the former though.
Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Revealed as a colossal one when he encourages Nail to fight Freeza, telling him that he is "Namek's prodigal son". As it turns out, he is fully aware of how powerful Freeza is and that his assistant stands absolutely no chance of winning. Not to mention the fact that Super Kami Guru did not train him in the "New Way" that might have given him a chance of winning.
He dies simply because it would be "a real dick move" to kill the dragon off with him. Yes, that's right. Super Kami Guru pulled a JerkassSacrifice.
He's Slug's Evil half.
Caused the drought that nearly killed off every Namekian by drinking all of the water (Why do you think he's so fat?), and told the green Namekians that the Albino Namekians did it, leading to the genocide of the Albino Namekian race. Needless to say, the remaining Namekians (who feel guilty about the whole thing) did not let him go easily...
Karma Houdini: Tried to invoke this by admitting he was the one that caused the drought and pinned the blame on the Albino Namekian race, just so he can die with a clear conscience. Subverted as he fails to do so, and gets utterly murdered by the rest of the Namekians in a way that horrifies Bulma, Gohan, Piccolo (possibly by extension, Nail) and Vegeta.
The Reveal: The purge against the Albino Namekians was ordered by Guru because he claimed that they caused the Great Drought, when in reality Guru caused the Drought by drinking up all the water, which is how he became so fat. He reveals this as he is about to die, only to learn that he isn't dying yet, and the Namekians, horrified that they slaughtered thousands of innocent people, descend on Guru en masse.
Voiced by: Lanipator, Vegeta3986 (Episode 1, before death)
Butt Monkey: Might as well be called The Raditz in this series. Of the Saiyans, posthumously. One of the main running jokes is Vegeta saying something is "worth a Raditz"; for example, this line to Krillen after he kills three of the Saibamen:
"Congratulations, you've just killed the equivalent of the three Raditz... Nappa here is worth five Raditz, and I'm worth fifteen Raditz."
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: At least when it comes to the subject of the effects of nudity on Planet Earth.
Memetic Loser: In-Universe exemple, to the point he provides the current page quote.
The Other Darrin: Vegeta3986 replaces Lanipator as Raditz in the middle of the first episode.
As of Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged, Lanipator has gone back to playing Raditz since Vegeta3986 left the show.
Parental Neglect: The Bardock special implies that Raditz was a victim of this. It seems like Bardock didn't pay any attention to his children and was already preparing to go off-planet just as he had been fully healed, without so much as meeting his newborn son Kakarot. When called out on his attitude, Bardock answers "Don't worry about it! I didn't pay any attention to Raditz as he was growing up either" which prompts one of the doctors to say "Yeah, and we all know how [Raditz] turned out..." After hearing that, Bardock immediately pays a visit to his son Kakarot.
Voiced by: Takahata101
Affably Evil: Even when kicking Gohan's ass, he's generally devoid of malice, and casually chats with him and Krillin.
Back from the Dead: He was brought back to life ever since the heroes wished everyone who was killed by Freeza's men (including Vegeta at the time) back to life. Now he's a Hollywood producer.
Karma Houdini: Though he undergoes a Heel-Face Turn of sorts following his resurrection, he did kill thousands of people during his rampage on Earth who have not been brought back to life... And nobody seems to care, given that he's a successful Hollywood Producer.
Who's going to care? Except for Vegeta, everyone thinks he's dead.
Phrase Catcher: From Vegeta: "Goddamnit, Nappa!" Continues to catch this phrase even after he dies.
Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: He's majored in child psychology, worked as a counselor to King Vegeta, has a modeling career, was a Giant Mook in Freeza's army before Vegeta blew him up, and after coming back to life is a Hollywood producer.
Your Mind Makes It Real: Possibly. So far, only Vegeta is able to see his ghost, which is possibly just his inner rage.
"I think your rage broke, Vegeta."
Possibly averted, after being brought back to life, he mentions making an story about a guy who was killed by his best friend and then came back to haunt him as a ghost, proving that Ghost Nappa was real, even if only Vegeta could see him.
"That's stupid! You're stupid!Stop being stupid!"
Voiced by: LittleKuriboh
Appeal to Obscurity: He often drops the names of races that don't exist anymore, to demonstrate the fate of any that he wipes out:
"Tell me, have you ever heard of the planet Vegeta?"
"Funny. Because I expect to hear the same from the next person when when I ask them about Namek."
Ax-Crazy: He's ever bit as violent and sadistic as in the original series.
Badass: He blocks a Kaioken empowered Kamehameha with no damage at all (compare to how in the original series where he ends up with a second-degree burn on his hand), beats up an enraged Gohan like a rag-doll with just his second form, holds his own against a Nail-fused Piccolo before deciding to get serious, effortlessly beats up a Zenkai enhanced Vegeta (who at this point is far stronger than even his Oozaru form from earth), demands GOD to strike him and came out unscathed, tanks a massive Spirit Bomb from space with little to no damage (only having a chunk of his tail torn off), etc. Too bad Villain Forgot to Level Grind kicked in and made him look like a joke by the Android Saga.
Freeza:(to Nail): So... we're been flying for about twenty minutes now. ... Got any family? ...because if so, then I probably killed them. ... Really? Nothing to that? ... You're no fun...
Freeza: Oh, I know! How about a good old fashioned joke? How many Namekians does it take to screw in a light bulb? The whole race! One to screw in the light bulb and the rest to die. And then the other one dies too. ...Stop ignoring me!
Later, when facing Goku:
Freeza: There you go again! Throwing your hands in the air, like you just don't care! CARE, DAMN IT!
Calling him names can annoy him. And hearing Vegeta's Super Saiyan speech also gets under his skin.
As of Episode 28, it's revealed that he kills children because it's just easier than waiting for them to grow up and seek revenge. He's obviously read at least some of the Evil Overlord List.
And we have this Inner Monologue from episode 22 which demonstrates that Freeza plans to use his immortality to yank the narrative chain of his subjects:
Freeza: So, for the first century I'll go easy on them, lure them into a false sense of security, and then when they think I'm not so bad, BAM! I'll go full tyrant on them in the second century. Then I'll disappear for a millennia and make them wonder if I even existed to begin with, just to come back and kill them all.
And then reveals that the reason he's perfectly fine with transforming/powering up within view of everyone else is because he knows they will inevitably end up allowing him to do it, whether they want to or not.
Freeza: I just love how easy it is to get away with this sh*t with you people! I want to transform, you just sit there and let me! I want to blow up the planet up, you just sit there and let me! I want to reach 100% power and you just sit right there and let me!
Freeza: (to Goku) You think that you're this so-called Super Saiyan, that you're better than me?! Lord Freeza?! WELL, YOU'RE NOT!! I OWN YOU! I OWN YOUR PLANET! I OWN THIS PLANET! In fact (powers up death ball) FUCKTHIS PLANET!!!
Evil Sounds Deep: After his transformation. Think about Yami Yugi. Now think about Season 0's Yami Yugi (who is sadistic and evil as hell). Now amplify that about 20x and you have form 2 Freeza. Unfortunately...
Snake Talk: It devolves into this upon transforming into his third form. With even more of a Marik-like inflection and a German accent to boot. But, thankfully...
Vocal Evolution: At the end of episode 26 when he reaches his final form, his voice becomes somewhere in-between his first and second forms. He has the tone of the first form, but the smooth sound of the second.
Freeza: I can't believe we came all the way out here and spent a week in the space boonies for nothing! Seriously, I'm surprised we didn't hear banjos on the way in, because everybody's inbred and looks the f**king same! ...
Nail: This is my people's sacred battle ground. Freeza: We flew over an hour for this? It looks exactly the same as everywhere else on this godforsaken rock!
Hoist by His Own Petard: At the end of Episode 30 part 2, he gets sliced in half by his own disk, just like in the original anime.
Hulk Speak: Upon going to 100% power in his fight against Goku in episode 30.
Freeza: Smash monkey! Smash monkey!
Ignored Epiphany: After Goku spares his life, Freeza considers changing his ways. This lasts about as long as you'd expect (plus it gets him killed).
Freeza:(after Goku spares him) He's...really just leaving me here! He gave me his energy and...left me! Maybe this is a sign... Maybe I should change... Maybe this is my second...and last...chance... Maybe...I was wrong. (beat)NAAAAH!!
Psychopathic Manchild: Type C. Unlike the sophisticated tyrant he was portrayed as in the original (Linda Young not withstanding), Abridged!Freeza's personality is more like that of a bored rich kid who gets off on shooting civilians.
Pre-Mortem One-Liner: A passion of his. Gets annoyed when Goku doesn't understand and/or pay attention to them.
Shoot the Medic First: First thing he does when he hears Dende calling himself the White Mage? Shoots the White Mage.
Freeza:(while torturing Gohan) So, Vegeta, does this get you angry? Vegeta: Not really, kind of a smartass. Freeza: Well then why am I bothering? Vegeta: Because... you get off on it? Freeza: Oh, unbelievably.
Future Trunks: So, you must be Frie-za.note Trunks pronounced it as "Fry-za" Freeza: Actually, It's lord Freeza. Future Trunks: Really? Then why is there an "I" in it? Freeza: There isn't. Future Trunks: Huh, gonna have to fix that when I get back then.
Stock Phrases: Keeps a mental list of how many times he's heard certain lines.
He finally hears a new one in episode 27. From Goku, no less.
Krillin: Looks like a total F.A.G. Gohan: Krillin! Krillin: What? A Freaky Alien Genotype. What did you think I meant? Gohan: Ohhh... I thought you were using a derogatory term to refer to a homosexual. Krillin: THAT THING'S A GUY??!!
Turns into a Brick Joke in Episode of Bardock where Chilled, Freeza's ancestor, upon hearing his name says "I don't know who this Freeza is, but he sounds like a classy lady!"
He forgot about Goku's humongous Spirit Bomb because Piccolo provoked him into a fight whilst Goku charged it. He only gets reminded of it when it's far too late to actually do anything about it.
Freeza: Somehow I completely forgot about that.
Villainous BSOD: LITERALLY. When Future Trunks kills him, he has a literal blue screen of death as he dies. Said BSOD also reveals he's running on Windows '95 (since it's the BSOD from that version), which explains his lack of RAM and his Verbal Tic.
Villainous Breakdown: Freeza had a few brief moments of this, but it really started when he met Goku and it snowballed from there. After he finishes beating down Piccolo, Freeza is clearly off the deep end.
The really amazing thing is that it's not because Goku is beating him. It's simply trying to make sense of Goku'smind.
And he's finally snapped as of 30 in facing a Super Sayian.
Punch Clock Villain/Trapped In Villainy: Possibly. Doesn't seem to enjoy killing the way Dodoria does, and one conversation with Freeza implies that he's practically Freeza's slave and would be slaughtered if he didn't do what Freeza says.
Freeza: I'm starting to think that my people don't understand what I pay them for. Zarbon: You don't pay us- Freeza: -Allow them to live for.
Retirony: Sort of. His anniversary with his girlfriend was coming up shortly before his killed.
Sissy Villain: Definitely, even though it's revealed that Zarbon isn't gay and has a girlfriendnote though Freeza suspects her name is Chuck..
Wham Line: From Episode 17: "Well, I need to call my girlfriend."
Show Within a Show: They set up a TV segment called Wheel of Death... while deciding who gets to kill who.
Sympathetic Murderers: While they are a squad of hired killers, they are the most sympathetic villains to appear yet. Frankly, they can even be considered more sympathetic than several of the heroic characters.
Happy Dance: Ginyu is contractually obligated by King Cold to give the "Dance of Joy" after the completion of every successful mission. And Cooler required him to give the "Daddy's Little Princess Dance" after he does a successful mission for Freeza. And when he's alone, he does "The Dance of Solitude." And finally, he has the "Dance of Cheering You Up" for when Freeza gets upset.
It's implied that there were several more dances that he was obligated to do off screen.
Large Ham: He is contractually obligated to perform "The Dance of Joy", as ordered by King Cold, and the "Daddy's Little Princess Dance", as ordered by Cooler, after each successful mission. He also does the "Dance of Solitude" when he's left alone and has nothing else to do.
Noodle Incident: "And if it's anything like that jockstrap incident, Ginyu probably buried them somewhere close by."
Break the Cutie: Starts out as one of the happier and friendlier guys on the force. Then things go bad.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Jeice is genuinely dismayed at Burter getting curb stomped by Goku, and spends much of the episode Burter gets thrashed in cheering him up over his not being the fastest in the universe.
Abusive Parents: An (offscreen) conversation between Cooler and Goku hints at this. It seems that most of Cold's abusive parenting is directed towards Cooler.
Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Cold reveals that Freeza used to play "Pretty Pink Princess" and he was so cute doing it. Freeza angrily clarifies he hasn't done that since he was "eight-eight-eight-eight-my quinceañera."note Okay, fifteen
Voiced by: Vegeta3986 (pre-TFS The Dead Zone Abridged), KaiserNeko (Season 3, Dead Zone Abridged)
Big Bad: Of the Garlic Jr Saga, the pre-TFS Dead Zone Abridged, and the remade Dead Zone Abridged.
Big Bad Wannabe: For the main series. In spite of the build up to the arc and his new threatening persona, he is effortlessly assimilated into Mr. Popo.
Characterization Marches On: Both he and his minions undergo some rather extreme character changes between the original movie and the remastered showing
To elaborate, the minions were brutish, a "douche bag" and a Fake Brit respectively in the original and Garlic being a Card-Carrying Villain, fast forward to the remastered version and the minions are now high pitched, camp macho and flamboyant respectively while Garlic is significantly more Only Sane Man.
Death by Adaptation: Arrives on Kami's Lookout along with his minions, and starts running his mouth... to Popo. Go ahead, guess how that turned out. And his minions? They get killed off-screen. Kami returns to see exactly what happened, and is quite shocked to say the least. Needless to say it's better not to know how they turned out compared to their master.
Didn't Think This Through: Sending his minions to kill Piccolo before he wished for Immortality. He's thankful his minions are incompetent though when he realizes this.
Demoted to Extra: True, he was just an anime filler character, but there he had his own arc. In the abridged series, he's killed off in his first and only episode because he makes the mistake of mouthing off to Mr. Popo.
The Other Darrin: Garlic Jr. was voiced by Vegeta3986 in the pre-TFS The Dead Zone Abridged. After he left the team, KaiserNeko replaced him.
Small Name, Big Ego: Especially with his size, you're even more of this when Popo decides you're a pest and kills you off easily.
Surrounded by Idiots: Works for and against him. Works since his minions failing to kill Piccolo meant he still got his wish. Didn't work for him since when they went to take Gohan's Dragon Ball, they kidnapped Gohan with the ball for no good reason.
You Will Be Assimilated: His fate for upsetting Mr. Popo, it is unknown whether it means he was devoured or sucked into an even worse dimension than the Dead Zone.
Badass Boast: Attempted at the beginning of episode 36 (albeit for 19 rather than himself). It would have been more effective if 19 had actually managed to land a blow on Goku (and hadn't been saying "ow" repeatedly and deadpan every time he got hit).
Big Bad Wannabe: Future Trunks shows up and reveals that he and Android 19 aren't the Androids that are responsible for killing most of the Z Warriors.
Bigger Bad: Though he is the one who created the androids and eventually Cell.
The Comically Serious: He's a serious, menacing villain—or rather, he tries to be. The combination of monkey wrenches being thrown into his plans and the general silliness of being in an Abridged Series tends to leave him rather flabbergasted. In particular, note his subverted Badass Boast on 19's behalf.
Dr. Gero: You miserable reprobates! What have I ever done to you?
Piccolo: Pretty sure you vaporized half a city.
Dr. Gero: I meant recently!
Piccolo: That was an hour ago.
Dr. Gero: Semantics!
Late Arrival Spoiler: There's no attempt to hide his true identity as in the original source, even being credited in the episodes' summary as "Dr. Gero".
Locked Out of the Loop: Regarding the events on Namek. Goku's increased power level and ability to turn Super Saiyan both caught him off-guard and disrupted his plans for revenge.
Also the reveal that Piccolo is in fact, a Namekian and not a demon.
Mad Scientist: Creating weapons of mass destruction and enjoying seeing them in use. He even he made himself one.
Major Injury Underreaction: His reaction to Piccolo chopping off his hand is to complain that it will take him three hours to replace.
Sadist: Seems to get off to the thought of Goku getting beat up.
Dr. Gero: (after 19 is about to kill Goku) In fact, if I still had a penis, it would be quite auspicious that we are wearing baggy pants. But enough about hypothetical erections...
Smug Snake: Shows some symptoms of this. He's incredibly arrogant, of both himself and Android 19's capabilities, but 19's performance against Super Saiyan Goku and Vegeta don't really back up his boasting.
Appears to be as a result of a variation of Villain Forgot to Level Grind (or rather, Villain Miscalculated How Much Level Grinding He Needed). He'd been studying Goku's fights ever since he defeated the Red Ribbon Army, calculated the progression of his power, and calibrated himself and 19 to be strong enough to defeat him. Unfortunately, he completely missed the events on Namek, and as a result has no idea what a Super Saiyan is. Oops.
Dr. Gero: Seriously, WHAT THE F*CK IS NAMEK!?
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: It's rather impressive that a robot managed to be one of these. He believes that the Z Fighters are psychic because they were able to figure out that 19 and Gero are androids, impersonates the Kanassans when he says that THEY CAN SEE THE FYOOCHURR!!! and mistakes Yamcha for Goku.
Enemy Mime: He's mistaken for a mime by most everyone.
Energy Absorption: Like the original, he can do this. And when he absorbs enough, he works quicker becomes deadlier when activating Post-murder.exe.
Eye Beams: Tries to use them against Vegeta, but misses.
Fat Bastard: As Vegeta put it: "I'm sure there was an advantage to building a fat robot, but for the life of me, I just don't see it."
If My Calculations Are Correct: And generally they aren't. When someone is able to tell he and Gero are androids, rather than the loud whirring they make every time they move, he figures they must be psychic.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: He gets his ass handed to him by Goku and appears beaten, but once he finishes processing "murder.exe", he suddenly becomes a lot more dangerous. He also drops the Cloud Cuckoo Lander quirk, becoming more mission oriented.
Off with His Head!: His head is the only part of him that remains intact after Vegeta's Big Bang Attack.
Rapid Fire No: As he's running away from Vegeta's Big Bang Attack.
Synthetic Voice Actor: He's actually "voiced" by a computer text-to-speech program rather than an actual voice actor.
Benevolent Genie: When Roshi and the rest summon him to bring Goku back to life to fight the Saiyans, he suggests — even offers — that they make use of a loophole in the rules of the wishes in order to kill Vegeta and Nappa without any trouble. Later, he offers to restore the devastated forest that Oolong burned down, but becomes a...
Jackass Genie: ...when he learns that not only are the same guys summoning him again, but they didn't care about the burned down forest and just want to get the perfect Christmas tree. Because of this, he summons Turles and co. to plant the Tree of Might. One can only be pushed so far, after all.
Only Sane Man: He notes that, with the Dragon Balls, you have serious potential to stop a later threat, and even gave out wishes. And when he discovered he was granting their wish again in the Christmas Special...
Sealed Evil in a Can: Canonically, Bojack was sealed away inside a star in an unknown location, but here, he's explicitly inside King Kai's planet.
Talk Like a Pirate: The canon Bojack was merely described as a "thug", though he wore flamboyant clothes like a pirate or gypsy. The DBZA Bojack is explicitly called a Space Pirate and speaks with an exaggerated pirate accent. Yarr!
The Gods Must Be Lazy: He doesn't lift a finger for the people of Earth, stating that he can judge six billion souls faster than Kami can take a piss, and seems to be quite bored of his job.
Granted in the original series was established the villains were much stronger than him, and given Raditz managed to escape from him, that's probably the case here.
Jerkass Gods: He isn't worried at all about the potential death of Earth, forces the dead to strip as he judges them for his own amusment, and Heaven itself seems to be a rather draconian place where people are sent to Hell for skipping in line.
A Million Is a Statistic: When told that the line outside his office will soon increase by six billion, he just says that he can judge six billion souls faster than Kami can take a piss, unaware of or unconcerned with the massive loss of life.
Big Damn Heroes: Pretty much his whole purpose in Episode 10 is to arrive in the nick of time to prevent Vegeta from causing any serious harm. Unlike in the original series, he shows up of nowhere when he does this (though a Deleted Scene in the blooper special would give an explanation).
Aliens Speaking English: Averted. While everyone else on Namek can speak English, he just speaks Klingon. The Namekians do teach him to speak English later on, though.
Benevolent Genie: Granted Dende six wishes to save time, since Dende said they were just simple resurrections and they'd call him back in four months anyway. He was a little peeved when Dende tacked on an entire planet, but rolled with it.
Good Counterpart: To Shenron, although they act rather similar. Whereas Shenron is very jaded due to the same people taking up his time every year, Porunga is a bit more about mild passive aggression than flat out spite.
Cloudcuckoolander: He shows shades of it in Episode of Bardock, demonstrating where Goku gets it from. However, as it was revealed to be All Just a Dream, the canocity of this to the DBZA universe is debatable.
Disappeared Dad: To Raditz. (And Kakarot/Goku, but seeing how he was kinda dead at the time...)
Mythology Gag: When showing two mooks how to "traumatize a village" in the credits, one of them calls Bardock a "brilliant scientist" and he also says he's planning to create an artificial moon. Both are referencing the early dub of Dragon Ball Z by Ocean Group, which has Vegeta claiming Bardock did both despite having no basis in the original script.
Toma: Hey, Bardock. Heard you got another kid. Congrats. Who's the mom? Pumbukin: I bet it's Selypa. I see the way you two look at each other. Bardock: Nah, it'd never work out between us. Toma: Why not? Bardock: Are you kidding? She's a raging dyke. Selypa (offended): I'm right here, you asshole! Bardock: ...And? Selypa: God, this is why I hate men! Bardock: Point proven.
The Smurfette Principle: Bardock, while mentioning that Toma was the only one he cares about in the group and that everyone else was bland, counts Selypa as an exception. Mainly because she the only one with a decent pair of tits.
Spell My Name with an S: In the official English version of DBZ, Selypa's name is "Celipa" and Pumbukin is "Punbukin".
Freudian Excuse: He hates Christmas because Santa Claus never visited Planet Vegeta, thus denying him the joy other planets received. Ironically, Santa did try to visit Planet Vegeta, but the Saiyans kept trying to shoot down his sleigh.
Beru: And then there's my brother and I! Jinga: We were once elves working in Santa's workshop. Beru: Until one of the robots we made to aid production went on a murderous rampage. S.N.O.W.Man: Falalalala, lalalalaDIE!
Death by Adaptation: Three times, in fact. During the fight with Vegeta, Goku uses Icarus' death by explosion to focus Oozaru Gohan on Vegeta. Then he gets eaten in Lord Slug Abridged, and again in Revenge of Cooler (the end credits roll over a dragon-shaped skeleton in the latter).
Voiced by: KaiserNeko (flashback in Season 2), General Ivan (Revenge of Cooler onward)
Affably Evil: Unlike Freeza, Cooler is actually pretty fine with chatting with Goku about their mutual loathing of his brother. Still trying to kill him, though.
Avenging the Villain: The only reason he would be on Earth to kill Goku in the first place, however, it's obvious Cooler isn't doing it out of love for his little brother.
Badass: He's stronger than his brother, and gives Goku a sound thrashing before the latter turns Super Saiyan.
Benevolent Boss: Played to a lesser extent than in the original, where he seems to care for his minions. Here, he threatened to tie them to the bumper of his ship if Goku wasn't found dead. However, he does sign their paychecks, unlike Freeza, who considers payment to his minions to be allowing them to live.
Bigger Bad: He was mentioned by Freeza and Ginyu a few times in season 2 (the latter saying he outranked Freeza), and is the most powerful member of the Cold family by far. He also cameoed in the Bardock special.
Blasphemous Boast: Gets one in, just like his brother, but he's more subtle about it. When Piccolo asks who Sauza's boss is, Cooler responds "That's "He", with a capital H!"
Characterization Marches On: While we didn't get to see that much of his personality at the end of Bardock: Father of Goku, what we did see was clearly very different from his ruthlessly competent incarnation in Revenge of Cooler.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: He absolutely refuses to believe Goku's dead until he sees a body, and doesn't hesitate to get involved at the slightest thought of his minions having trouble.
Sauza also tells Neiz to recover Piccolo's body for Cooler, suggesting Cooler always wants a body after having someone killed. He apparently ties them to the bumper of his ship.
Leads to Death by Genre Savviness as he spends a lot of time near the end contemplating what he's going to do to avert his fate instead of actually averting his fate.
Deadpan Snarker: Cooler's a lot more casual about the whole "evil planetary overlord" thing than his brother, preferring offhand remarks to Freeza's ego-stroking one liners.
Death by Genre Savviness: He has a momentary lapse in judgement when Super Saiyan Goku starts to deflect his ultimate attack. Rather than fire another one and ensure victory, he just sits there gloating about how he could always just launch another one later. It gets him blasted into the sun.
Evil Is Petty: Cooler lets baby Goku's space pod escape the destruction of Planet Vegeta just to spite his brother. Because, in his own words, "I'm a prick."
Retconned in Revenge of Cooler Abridged, where he states that if Freeza's going to whine to their dad for control of the sector, he'll have to accept the responsibility. If it comes back to bite him, it's his own fault. Naturally, Cooler called it.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Invokes this in regards to Freeza. He could have destroyed Goku's pod on its way to Earth, but decided not to as a lesson to Freeza in responsibility. Then it turns out to be true for him, too.
Irony: He let baby Goku live as a lesson to Freeza, only for Goku to kill them both.
Jerkass: According to Freeza. Oddly enough, he doesn't act like a douchebag in Revenge of Cooler. He treats his minions slightly nicer than Freeza and is Affably Evil towards Goku.
On the other hand, he did let Goku live to spite Freeza and ordered Ginyu to perform the "Daddy's Little Princess" dance to Freeza on every successful mission. So Freeza would be justifiable in calling him a prick, from his own perspective.
Motive Decay: Compare with the original movie, he doesn't even give a reason as to why he wants to kill Goku. The only reason likely is that he wants to prove he's better than Freeza.
He implies that he went after Goku simply because he was bored and thought it would be a good way to kill time.
Not So Different: Realizes that in letting Goku escape and letting him just block his ultimate attack, he acted little different than his despised brother Freeza. But at least he's still cooler.
Punny Name: Goku makes a pun about it when they first meet. So does Salza, though he seemingly does it unintentionally. Even Cooler himself gets in on it during his demise.
Cooler: (while burning in the sun) I really am I just like my brother [...] but at least I know... I'm... still ...cooler.... (dies)
The Other Darrin: KaiserNeko decided not to reprise his role for Revenge of Cooler because he felt he couldn't give the character the proper "majesty", so TFS got GeneralIvanVA to play the role instead.
Sibling Rivalry: With Freeza. He instructed Captain Ginyu to perform the "Daddy's Little Princess Dance" after every successful mission for Freeza.
When he prepares his planet-killing death ball, he pauses for a moment to ask Goku if Freeza did the same. When Goku confirms that he did, but used a smaller one (that also failed, but Goku didn't mention that), Cooler gloats and then throws the death ball.
The Unfavorite: He hints at this during an off-screen conversation with Goku. Though like his 'canon' self, he is a lot stronger than his brother (being the only member of his family who could defeat a Super Saiyan, just not the one he fought) and seemingly outranks him in the empire, so it's not known why.
Sauza: I will see you... in Space Hell... Cousin Jeice.
Shown Their Work: Details regarding Sauza appear to be derived from material originally published in Weekly Jump when the movie first came out in Japan. According to background materials from the actual film, Sauza's home planet is Cooler Planet 98 (formerly known as Planet Brench), and he and Jeice come from the same binary star system.