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Raditz (ラディッツ; Radittsu)
Voiced by: Jason Gray-Stanford, Doug Parker (Ocean dub)
Voiced by: Humberto Solórzano (Latin American)
Goku's brother and the first villain introduced in the Z
series. Sent to check up on Goku's progress of Earth's conquest only to find his brother a changed person. Ends up kidnapping Gohan which prompts the legendary alliance between Goku and Piccolo
- Arc Villain: Begins the most recognized part of the Dragon Ball series.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Spends the vast majority of the fight against Goku and Piccolo boasting about his own superiority over them. And he's only a relatively mild example compared to Vegeta and Nappa...
- Actucally a bit of a subversion. While he is generally cocky and arrogant when he has the upper hand, he immediately begins to panic and turns into a Dirty Coward when he begins to lose control over a fight.
- Ax-Crazy: Not in the anime/manga itself, but some depictions of him in the games seem to accentuate his more hotheaded traits to be borderline crazy.
- Big Bad Wannabe: When he first shows up, he seems to be a unstoppable menace the likes of which has never been seen before. But it turns out that in the larger scale of things, he's just a glorified Elite Mook for Vegeta. He becomes an even smaller fish compared to the overall pond of Frieza's mooks.
- Big Brother Bully: An extreme case for Goku. First, he kidnapped Goku's son (his nephew) and attempted to force Goku to kill one-hundred humans by the end of the day. When that didn't work, he tried to murder his brother for refusing to join him and attempted to kill Gohan for his hidden power. He's the textbook evil brother.
- Blood Knight: Like all Saiyan, loves to fight and has a strong blood-lust. He even tried to get Goku to joined by talking about all the battles they can have in space.
- The Brute: Has few notable personality traits, and all of his screen time consists of brutally beating down the heroes, going out of his way to make them suffer for being weaker than him.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Goku's Abel, to the point that it results in the latter's first death.
- Dirty Coward: Rather ironic that he is one, considering that he comes from a race composed of Blood Knight Determinators who actually would prefer death when defeated in battle than living with the shame of losing, especially to someone of a weaker caste level than themselves. Begging for your life seems to be a trademark of Frieza's army. Also Raditz in particular being a coward justifies his comparatively low power level: Saiyans get stronger after recovering from life-threatening injuries. Cowards are less likely to get those kinds of injuries.
- Elite Mook/Mauve Shirt: Frieza at least knows his name.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In an anime only flashback, both Raditz and Nappa are horrified to discover that Vegeta did not care that their race got wiped out, stating that they all deserved to die for being weak (note that his own parents were among those killed).
- Evil Counterpart: To Goku. They both love to fight and were born on the low end of the power scale of Saiyan society. Goku is brave (not afraid of death) and chose to grow stronger instead of choosing to stay as a "low class." Raditz is a coward who begs for his life when he's about to be killed and remained weak because he hid behind people much stronger than him instead of trying to improve his own skill.
- Evil Uncle: Kidnapped Gohan with the intention to raise him as a real Saiyan, and using him as bait for Goku.
- Flanderization: Some of the games take his more hotheaded traits Up to Eleven and make him more crazed.
- Forehead of Doom: Has a brig broad forehead.
- Goku, I Am Your Brother: Goku and everyone else were very surprised when he announced himself as his brother.
- Heel Realization: Granted, a non-canon one, but a what-if version of the Saiyan Saga that plays out in Budokai Tenkaichi 2 has Raditz suffer amnesia, train alongside Goku and Gohan, becoming a valued ally against Piccolo. He later regains his memories and grudgingly (due to the threat of Vegeta and Nappa) resumes his conquest of the Earth. He is trounced by the combined might of Goku, Krillin, Gohan, and Piccolo and learns what "true strength" is: defending those who cannot defend themselves.
- In addition, Raditz gets a (surprisingly touching) dream sequence where he admits to his long-dead father that he not only misses him, but that Raditz—despite his boasts—considers himself a weakling.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Another incident from the What-If Saga: a badly wounded Raditz sacrifices his life to stop Vegeta and Nappa from reaching the Earth (by crashing his ship into theirs), warning his young sibling about the threat of an even greater monster that the Saiyans serve...
- Jerkass: BIG TIME. Kidnapped his nephew and tried to murder his baby brother, he's definitely a jerk.
- Kick the Dog: See Evil Uncle above.
- Killed Off for Real: Unlike a lot of the DBZ villains, he never comes back. You'd think being Goku's brother he'd play a bigger role. He appears only briefly in the background◊ in GT when the villains escape from Hell.
- Knight of Cerebus: As soon as he arrived on Earth and delivered the Wham Line that Goku is in fact a member of an elite ruthless alien warrior race, you knew that the tone and direction of the series would be changed forever. So much so that for the anime, his appearance officially marked the transition from the original series to Z.
- Lack of Empathy: He notably takes advantage of Goku's own empathy, and pummels him as a result laughing at his younger brother's gullibility. Of course, he should've thought about doing this in front of Gohan...
- On the other hand, he does express genuine grief that Goku would actually sacrifice himself for what he considers people far weaker.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Raditz suffers this—in an echo of his younger brother's memory loss—in the Tenkaichi 2 what-if version of the Saiyan Saga mentioned above. Raditz's memory loss is brought about by a defective Saibaman exploding in his face. While Raditz retains all of his might (and pent-up resentment at being called "weak"), he becomes more docile. His full memory is painfully reawakened upon seeing Gohan's tail.
- Noble Demon: In the anime. Most notably when he actually showed admiration towards Gohan for actually hurting him, and when he, like Nappa, was shown to be horrified when Vegeta decided to forsake desires to avenge his race by wanting to rule the galaxy.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Only surpassed in this by Nappa and Vegeta. The sole reason he antagonises Goku is because of his refusal to accept his Saiyan heritagenote .
- Rapunzel Hair: Fans joke about what would happen to his hair if he went Super Saiyan 3.
- Redemption Equals Death: In an alternate telling of the events in Budokai Tenkaichi 2, Raditz ends up sacrificing his life to stop Vegeta and Nappa's invasion on earth.
- Sadistic Choice: Gives Goku one when they meet: either Goku kills 100 humans within the next 24 hours and joins Frieza's army, or Raditz kills Gohan. Goku, of course, Takes a Third Option and forms an Enemy Mine with Piccolo to take him out.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Goku. Raditz is evil with no redeeming qualities, while his brother Goku is a selfless Nice Guy.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Believe it or not, Raditz is essentially the catalyst for the entire second half of the Dragon Ball manga. Had Raditz not remembered his little brother and come to Earth, the entire series would have been turned on its head: Piccolo and Goku would never have teamed up and thus Piccolo wouldn't have joined the Z-Fighters. He may have even remained evil, and continued on with a plan to terrorize planet Earth, had he and Goku not joined forces. Goku wouldn't have trained with King Kai, but merely at his own pace, and would have been far too weak to combat the androids by the time they arrived, assuming he hadn't already died from the heart virus he was to contract. Gohan would never been trained by Piccolo, and thus would never have become a fighter at all. Vegeta and Nappa would never have received the transmission involving the Dragon Balls, and thus would never have visited the Earth, thus remaining under Freeza's thumb — Freeza himself would also never have been killed, allowing the Cold family to continue terrorizing the universe. Despite being the weakest villain at the start of the series, Raditz coming to Earth is what allowed the Z series to be what it became.
- Starter Villain: For the Saiyan arc, and Z as a whole. He kicks Goku and Piccolo's butts upon his introduction and is one of the weakest characters at the start of Z.
- Theme Naming: Named after the vegetable radish.
- The Unfavorite: Vegeta and Nappa didn't like him much, referring him as a weakling for dying.
- And not mentioning how Bardock never thought of him once, even in his dying moments.
- Averted, thankfully, in Dragon Ball Minus, where Bardock asks Gine where Raditz is when he arrived back on Vegeta on Freeza's orders, and tells Goku that he'd also tell Raditz not to look at the moon, showing at least some concern and regard for his firstborn.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Lampshaded in Attack of the Saiyans where Goku points out that Raditz didn't train at all in Hell. It seems he prefers trying to steal magical items to instantly get power.
- Villains Want Mercy: First example in Z. He begs for mercy when Piccolo was going to kill him with his Special Beam Cannon. When he was shown mercy, he kicks Goku, breaks his ribs, and mocks him for his mercy. When he's about to be killed again, he pleads for his life. This time, no one listened.
- Villainous Widow's Peak: Does not take after his father at all. Or his mother.
- Warmup Boss/Wake-Up Call Boss: Manages to be both.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Hinted in some of the video games like Burst Limit.
- Would Hurt a Child: He threatens to have Gohan killed unless Goku joins him. Big mistake.
- The Worf Effect: Basically his purpose. He shows up, no sells Piccolo's blasts, curb stomps Goku and Krillin with one hit each, and spends most of the rest of his screen time beating down Goku and Piccolo. Then he reveals he isn't even half as powerful as one of his partners, and several times weaker than the other.
Voiced by: José Luis Castañeda, Héctor Reynoso (Kai) (Latin American)
Vegeta's partner and fellow surviving Saiyan. Practically dominates all of the Z Fighters in their fight till Goku arrives and easily beats him down. Vegeta then finishes him off thinking he was being weak; of course he was very very wrong on that front.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Like all Saiyans, he embodies this trope to the full extent.
- Ax-Crazy: And how, he nearly loses his sanity while fighting Goku.
- Badass: It's a requirement on any good Saiyan résumé. He effortlessly thrashed the Z Fighters, causing the deaths of Chiaotzu, Tien, and Piccolo. He would have taken out Krillin and Gohan as well, had Goku not shown up.
- Bald of Evil: More of a greyish, but still obviously bad streak.
- Breath Weapon: His "greatest technique", even better than the one that scored a One-Hit Kill on Piccolo. Goku instantly counters it with a quick blast of his own.
- The Brute: Solves his problems with force, yet listens to his superior obediently.
- Blood Knight: He really loves fighting and causing destruction. Then again, it's to be expected as he is a Saiyan.
- The Dragon: To Vegeta. He was a full adult when Vegeta was still a child.
- Dumb Muscle: He isn't that smart (choosing to solve every problem with violence) and follows Vegeta's every order.
- Even Evil Has Standards/Eviler than Thou: To Vegeta, a lot. In an anime only episode when he and Vegeta incidentally save an entire planet from tyranny, Nappa openly protests when Vegeta blows up said planet on a whim out of sheer sadism, saying "But those people called us heroes". His first reaction to hearing about the Dragon Balls is to suggest using them to wish back their fallen comrade, Raditz, which Vegeta rejects, saying that Raditz deserved to die if he got killed by weak Earthlings. Another, later anime-only sequence shows a flashback where Nappa talks about how bummed he is that the Saiyans got exterminated, while Vegeta says that they all deserved to die for being weak (note that his own parents were among those killed). Both he and Raditz are greatly bewildered when Nappa points out that Frieza killed their entire race and Vegeta ALREADY KNEW IT AND DIDN'T CARE. Finally, Nappa is visibly shocked when Vegeta kills off one of the Saibamen after it lost to Tien. Vegeta says that the Saibaman was of no use to them anymore, to which Nappa replies "But still... it was alive!"
- Game-Breaking Injury: Goku puts him out of commission by breaking his back, after which Vegeta kills Nappa himself.
- General Ripper: Prior to the destruction of Planet Vegeta, he was the commanding General of the Saiyan Army.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Seriously, he gets worked up and/or angry so easily that Vegeta looks perfectly rational in comparison.
- Having a Blast: His Volcano Explosion technique, where he uses his ki to create massive explosions just by raising two fingers. It's quite possibly his Signature Move.
- Hero Killer: Killed Chaozu, Tien Shinhan, and Piccolo.
- Although Chaozu and Tien both died in failed Heroic Sacrifices, so he actually only killed Piccolo.
- Jerkass: As a born-and-raised Saiyan, it's a guarantee.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Has one delivered against him when Goku returns. After spending episode after episode wreaking havoc on Earth, killing millions of innocent people, and taking out most of the Z Fighters, it sure was satisfying to watch Goku easily beat him to a pulp.
- Killed Off for Real: Once he dies, he's pretty much out of the picture until the gate to Hell is opened in GT.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Nappa is such an arrogant fighter that he believed that the Z Fighters were so weak that dodging their attacks was unnecessary. When Gohan assaulted him with a Masenko blast using all of his energy, Nappa chose to deflect the blast with this bare hands instead of simply moving out of the way. He tried to do the same to Krillin's Destructo Disk, and had not been for Vegeta's warning, Nappa would have paid the price for underestimating his foes.
- Made of Iron: Even Goku is surprised by how much resistance he has. Note that Goku is twice as strong as Nappa, and yet Nappa still kept getting up, despite beating after beating.
- Noble Demon: Hinted at a few times—He considered reviving Raditz, and in some flashbacks, Nappa was also shown to be disgusted at the fact that he, Raditz, and Vegeta wiped out a world for Frieza for what is essentially nothing, not even praise (and he was fully ready to attack Frieza had Vegeta not stopped him), and he also was shown to be genuinely horrified when Vegeta decided to forsake desires to avenge his race by wanting to rule the galaxy.
- Older Sidekick: To Vegeta.
- Person of Mass Destruction: He has a lot of fun blowing up cities and destroying the navy when he reaches Earth.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: He's a Saiyan.
- Phrase Catcher: "Vegeta! What does the scouter say about his POWER level?"
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Like most generic brutes.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the red to Vegeta's blue. Think about that for a moment.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Upon escaping from Hell in the Super 17 arc of GT, Nappa, instead of heeding Vegeta's friendly advice to leave town, instead attempts to kill Vegeta out of revenge for killing him due to his broken back. Predictably, he fails.
- Sadist: He's a very typical Saiyan. He loves to play with his food.
- Satellite Character: Has no real characteristics other than being The Brute who follows Vegeta's orders.
- Theme Naming: Like all Saiyans, he's named after a vegetable (Napa cabbage).
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: In GT. Vegeta easily one-shots him with little effort.
- You Have Failed Me: After Goku breaks Nappa's back, Vegeta, after grabbing Nappa's hand seemingly to help him up, hurls him into the air, tells Nappa that he won't be such a disappointment when he's dead, and then annihilates him with a powerful beam attack.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Surprisingly, Nappa shows concern for the Saibamen under his command. To quote the Wiki:
Nappa seems to be very knowledgeable about Saibamen, and knows how to grow them. He seemed to enjoy planting them, and even showed some slight compassion for them, as he is shocked when Vegeta kills one of their own after it failed to kill Tien. He is also shown coaching the Saibaman who killed Yamcha, and is later angry that its fight ended in a draw. He states that settling for a draw was pathetic. After Krillin and Piccolo kill the remaining Saibamen, Nappa begs Vegeta to let him kill the five remaining Z Fighters.
- The Worf Effect: He defeats all of the Z-fighters which had trained to fight him, killing half of them, including Piccolo. Then Goku comes and curbstomps him.
- Would Hurt a Child: Has no problems fighting Gohan.
- Kill the Cutie: And trying to kill him until Piccolo steps in and saves him.
Six plant monsters grown by Nappa to fight the Z warriors.
- All There in the Manual: The Daizenshu reveals they were created through biotechnology, and were used by Frieza,s men after they learned to understand orders.
Zarbon and Dodoria
Zarbon (ザーボン; Zaabon) and Dodoria (ドドリア)
Zarbon voiced by: Sho Hayami
), Hiroaki Miura (Kai
Zarbon voiced by: Arturo Mercado (Latin American)
Dodoria voiced by: Ward Perry (Ocean dub)
Dodoria voiced by: Chris Forbis (Z
), John Swasey
) (Funimation dub)
Dodoria voiced by: Mario Sauret, Armando Coria (Kai) (Latin American)
Frieza's Elite Mooks
whose strength were third and fourth only to the Frieza and the Ginyu Force, at least in Frieza's section of control. They serve to show how powerful Saiyans become after recovering from a near death experience. Dodoria, who was stronger than Vegeta before his defeat on Earth is killed with ease. Zarbon beats Vegeta to near death in his monstrous second form, only for Vegeta to later recover and kill Zarbon instead.
- Acrofatic: Dodoria. He's quite agile for someone so fat.
- Affably Evil: Zarbon. He isn't as sadistic as Frieza and his men, including Dodoria, and just appears to be doing his job. He's actually quite polite as long as he doesn't transforms. Then he turns into a brute.
- Agent Peacock: Zarbon. He is very vain to the point that he won't used his more powerful transformation for the sake of vanity.
- Alien Blood: Zarbon's blood is dark blue. Not surprising given his skin color.
- Ambiguously Gay/Camp Straight: Zarbon. Very flamboyant, talks in a soft voice, and always pines about his looks. Doesn't help that he's a pretty boy, despite being a green-skin alien.
- Bishōnen: Zarbon. This was lampshaded by Bulma.
- Breath Weapon: Dodoria. How he kills Cargo.
- The Brute: Dodoria. He doesn't have a real personality outside of being a sadistic bully.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Dodoria against the Nameks. He easily kills three Namekians who curb stomp all of Frieza's weaker men.
- Detached Sleeves: Zarbon's standard outfit.
- Dirty Coward: When it was clear Vegeta had them beat and was going to kill them, they begged for their lives with Zarbon trying to side with him to overthrow Frieza. Didn't work.
- The Dragon: Zarbon.
- Elite Mooks: Dodoria's Elite in the special Bardock: The Father of Goku.
- Evil Is Sexy: In-universe example with Bulma's squeeing at Zarbon.
- Fat Bastard: Dodoria. He coldly murders the Nameks including a child. He would have killed Dende if Gohan hadn't saved him.
- The Fighting Narcissist: Zarbon, who'd rather fight in his weaker first form than use his ugly second form.
- Gonk: Dodoria, somewhat. Zarbon in his true form, which is why he uses his weaker, more attractive form.
- Jerkass: Dodoria. See Fat Bastard
- Juggle Fu: Zarbon with a Dragon Ball.
- Large Ham: Zarbon.
- Meteor Move: Zarbon, Type B.
- One-Winged Angel: Zarbon's second form.
- Power-Upgrading Deformation: Zarbon's hideous second form.
- Psycho for Hire: Dodoria. He's far more sadistic and cruel than Zarbon. His bloodlust is probably second only to Frieza.
- Punch Clock Villain: Zarbon. In contrast to Dodoria, who seems to be a ruthless Psycho for Hire, Zarbon is more sympathetic. In fact, he just seems to follow the orders of Freeza because he says that will kill him if he does not.
- Right-Hand Hottie: Zarbon, until he transforms.
- Real Men Are Pink: Dodoria. He has pink skin and is quite powerful.
- Sadist: Dodoria. Have no problem murdering children and the elderly with a huge grin on his face. Yeah, he counts.
- She's a Man in Japan: Dodoria's female in the Hungarian dub.
- Theme Naming: Dodoria is named after the durian fruit. The spikes on his head is also to reflect that.
- Zarbon's name originates from the Japanese name for the pomelo fruit, and his skin is almost exactly the same color as a pomelo.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Almost always seen together. They are pretty much Frieza's right-hand men outside the Ginyu Force.
- Underestimating Badassery: Both Dodoria and Zarbon make the mistake of underestimating Vegeta, and it eventually costs them their lives (In Zarbon's case, it was initially rectified by transforming and defeating him, but failed to take into account Vegeta's Zenkai boost during the rematch).
- Would Hurt a Child: In the anime only, Dodoria ended up murdering Dende's brother Cargo for what was essentially no reason at all. He also would had killed Dende if Gohan and Krillin hadn't stepped in.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: Zarbon.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Zarbon.
The Ginyu Force
Ginyu Force rules! Ginyu Force rules!!
The Ginyu Force (ギニュー特戦隊; Ginyuu Tokusentai)
Captain Ginyu (ギニュー)
Jeice (ジース; Jiisu)
Burter (バータ; Baata)
Recoome (リクーム; Rikuumu)
Guldo (グルド; Gurudo)
Recoome voiced by: Kenji Utsumi
), Seiji Sasaki (Kai
Recoome voiced by: Mario Sauret, Salvador Reyes (Kai) (Latin American)
Jeice voiced by: Sergio Bonilla, José Arenas (Kai) (Latin American)
Burter voiced by: Yukimasa Kishimo (Z
), Masaya Onosaka
Burter voiced by: Alec Willows (Ocean dub)
Burter voiced by: José Luis Castañeda, José Gilberto Vilchis (Kai) (Latin American)
Guldo voiced by: Terry Klassen (Ocean dub)
Guldo voiced by: Dylan Thompson, Bill Townsley (Z
), Greg Ayres
) (Funimation dub)
Guldo voiced by: Ricardo Hill, Ricardo Mendoza (Kai) (Latin American)
Captain Ginyu voiced by: Richard Newman (Ocean dub)
Captain Ginyu voiced by: Dale Kelly, Brice Armstrong (Z), R. Bruce Elliot (Kai) (Funimation dub)
Captain Ginyu voiced by: César Soto, Octavio Rojas (Kai) (Latin American)
Mercenaries summoned by Frieza after his Elite Mooks
are killed. Their strength is second only to his. Basically just obstacles to get in the Z Fighters' way while everyone was looking for the Dragon Balls on Namek. With Ginyu's unique power, he switched bodies with Goku, horribly injuring his own before the switch. When Ginyu is almost beaten by Vegeta, he attempts to take Vegeta's body. Goku first blocks Ginyu's path and regains his body and then throws a frog in Ginyu's path when he tries again. Ginyu is stuck as a frog, who couldn't talk or switch bodies. The rest of the Ginyu Force was killed by Vegeta, but only after most of them were distracted or already defeated and knocked unconscious by Goku
- Abusive Parents: Burter's mother makes him do all the chores of his house and slaps him whenever he's late for dinner. This is what drove him to be the fastest in the universe... and then along came Goku.
- Adorkable: Rare evil example. They often play rock-paper-scissors to decide who will fight, bet candy, and strike weird posers that they think is cool. They come off as a joke, until the fighting starts.
- Affably Evil: They really seem like a fun, likeable bunch of guys... If not for the fact that they're the elite guard of the galaxy's most brutal dictator and all...
- Aliens Speaking English: Another example in the series with no explanation.
- All Men Are Perverts: Guldo in his younger years, which is quite creepy since he's only a kid at the time...
- Ass Kicking Pose: Possibly the most famous example in anime.
- Australian Accent: Jeice in the Funimation dub. In the original Ocean Dub he was given a British Accent, supposedly "Brummie" (Birmingham).
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Of course, Captain Ginyu is the strongest. It's not called the Ginyu Force for nothing.
- Bash Brothers: Jeice and Burter are always seen taking on opponents together, and they tend to combine their attacks quite frequently.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Vegeta and Frieza both know this well enough from the start, but fans might not be convinced until they see just what Ginyu's crew is capable of when they get down to business.
- Bragging Theme Tune: In ''Kai''.
- Breath Weapon: Recoome's Eraser Gun!
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: There's a reason why Frieza tolerates their quirky and childish personalities.
- Dance Battler: Recoome. He's quite graceful given his size. He's the second tallest next to Burter.
- Deadpan Snarker: Jeice.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: Ginyu. He injured his own body to disable Goku once he performed his body switching technique.
- Determinator: Ginyu. Not even being turned into a frog sets him back for long.
- The Dreaded: Vegeta actually fears them to the extent that when he learned that Frieza had called them to Namek, he quickly formed an Enemy Mine with Gohan and Krillin.
- Edible Theme Naming: Not very obvious unless you're savvy with their names' literal translation into milk products.
- Even Evil Has Standards: During Goku and Ginyu's battle, Jeice distracts Goku with his Crusher Ball, allowing Ginyu to grab him from behind. Ginyu lets Goku go and tells Jeice not to interfere. Goku later acknowledges this when he tells Ginyu that he's not as bad as the others. As long as the fight didn't have him being at a disadvantage.
- Evil Is Hammy: Captain Ginyu and Recoome in particular, although they all indulge in ham.
- Evil Redhead: Recoome.
- Evil Sounds Deep: All five of them in the Ocean dub.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Two of Guldo's eyes are on the sides of his head.
- Fate Worse than Death: Captain Ginyu. For a warrior and the strongest soldier in Freeza's army, if he had to choose between death and being stuck in the body of a small Namekian Frog rendering him essentially helpless, its likely he'd rather be dead.
- Five-Bad Band:
- Big Bad: Ginyu, the leader and the most powerful guy on the team.
- The Dragon: Jeice, Ginyu's second in command.
- Evil Genius: Burter, being as big and muscle-bound as Recoome, but focuses on speed rather than brute strength. He's also the one coming up with all the tactics when he and Jeice fight Goku.
- The Brute: Recoome, the big ruthless bruiser.
- Dark Chick: Guldo, the little guy who earns a place among the big boys thanks to his mind powers.
- Genius Bruiser: Burter, who seems to act as the tactician when Ginyu isn't around.
- Gonk: Guldo. He's the least human looking of the Ginyu Force.
- Grand Theft Me: Ginyu's tough on his own, but if he's up against someone stronger than himself, he can turn the tables by stealing their body.
- Hidden Depths: All five of them in their younger years.
- Burter, as mentioned above, has a mother that mistreats him daily, which why he dedicates his life to being the fastest in the universe (which blows up completely in his face by Goku).
- Recoome used to be a ballet-dancer, explaining his stamina and poses.
- Ginyu used his body-switching powers on a popular, but dimwitted, kid at school only to learn it's more important (to him) for men to have strength over money.
- Jeice was a Little League baseball player, which is how he developed his signature Crusher Ball technique.
- Guldo used his Psychic Powers to look up girls skirts and steal whatever toy he wants.
- Hijacking Cthulhu: The purpose of Ginyu's body swap technique. However, as he doesn't know Goku's power up moves, Ginyu can't use his new body effectively, and gets stomped into the dirt by Vegeta and Gohan.
- Human Aliens: Recoome. Whatever he is, he's certainly not from Earth!
- Incoming Ham: The first three minutes they're onscreen sounding off to Frieza tells you virtually everything you need to know about them.
- It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY: Ginyu's name is spoken with a soft G and roughly as "Jineou" in some older European dubs, making it sound French.
- Japanese Pronouns: All five of them use Ore, although Ginyu takes it a step further with the incredibly arrogant Ore-sama.
- Large Ham: All of them, with Captain Ginyu and Recoome taking the cake.
- Laughably Evil: Except they're actually dangerous.
- Lightning Bruiser: Burter is the biggest member of the group, but his primary trait is his immense speed. Recoome and Ginyu also count, given that they're not much smaller but can still keep up with opponents as quick as Goku and Vegeta.
- Made of Iron: In the Other World Tournament Filler Arc between the Cell Saga and Buu Saga, the Ginyu Force was thrown right into Needle Mountain and ended up impaled, and they were already dead by that time. It's a bit hard to believe they would survive that, especially taking into account that killing them when already dead would result in them being Deader than Dead, but they keep making return appearances in Hell all the same.
- Man Child: Betting with candies and settling disputes with jan-ken-pon (scissors-rock-paper).
- Metal Scream: Jeice tends to scream like this in the Ocean dub when he's posing.
- Noble Demon: Ginyu, surprisingly, has a slight honorable side. During the fight with Goku, he gets furious at Jeice for helping him out, threatening to kill him if he does it again. That is, until he learned Goku is much stronger than him then he loses all of his noble qualities and use the game-breaker body switch technique.
- No Name Given: In the French dub (and thus its many European derivatives), only Ginyu and Jeice are named, though even they go nameless for most of their appearance, and as a group, they are never referred to as the Ginyu Force either.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Ridiculous they may be, but Recoome's intense beating of Vegeta shows that at least he is exceptionally powerful. Ginyu gives Goku a good fight as well.
- Off with His Head!: Vegeta decapitates Guldo before he can kill Gohan and Krillin.
- Playing with Fire: Jeice's Fire Crusher Ball.
- Power Walk/The Slow Walk: Jeice, Burter, Recoome and Guldo start their battle against the Z Fighters on King Kai's planet this way.
- Punch Clock Villain: All in a day's work for a mass-murdering emperor's private Mercenary Corps. Nothing personal, mate, it's just good business.
- Punny Name/Theme Naming: All members are named after various dairy foods. Ginyu comes from gyunyu ("milk" in Japanese), Guldo is derived from "yogurt", Jeice is "cheese", Burter is "butter", Recoome is "cream".
- Purple Is Powerful: Jeice and Burter combination attacks generally seem to have a purple to them. Ginyu himself also has purple skin.
- Psychic Powers: Guldo. Power-wise, he was quite weak and is almost defeated by Krillin and Gohan. What kept him alive was his Time Freeze Technique. He also almost killed Gohan and Krillin with his binding power.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Recoome is either this, or a sadist who really likes playing with his food. It's hard to tell when he's beating the snot out of you.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: They provide the image for the trope.
- Shout-Out: To the popular Super Sentai franchise, the whole lovable lot of them.
- Super Powered Mooks: At one point in the story, the Ginyu Force was the most powerful fighting force in the known universe. They debuted shortly before the Lensman Arms Race of power levels really took off, so this was never really apparent.
- Super Speed: Burter brags about being the fastest in the universe... until he meets Goku.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Jeice and Burter, although Jeice also fills this role with Ginyu for a while after Burter's untimely death.
- Time Stands Still: Guldo, but only while he holds his breath.
- True Companions: For a team of villains, they're actually rather close.
- They have shown disregard in some cases. When Guldo is killed, they only make a big deal about their fighting pose not looking good with just three or four people. Sure, Burter and Jeice disregarding Recoome's defeat to Goku may have been slightly justified, but Jeice alone crosses borderline Moral Event Horizon when he abandons both Burter and Recoome to the enemy, even after Goku told him to take his fellow members off of Namek (both are killed by Vegeta moments afterwards). When Jeice attempts to help Ginyu during the fight with Goku, Ginyu gets pissed and (in the anime only) fires a blast that would've most certainly killed Jeice if he hadn't had dodged, threatening to kill him if he interferes again.
- Underestimating Badassery: What eventually does them in: they underestimated both Goku and Vegeta, and four of them are killed by the former, while the leader was forced to life as a frog by the former.
- Weak, but Skilled: Guldo is considerably weaker than his fellow Ginyu Force members, but his psychic powers and the ability to temporarily stop time were considered formidable enough to earn him a spot on the team.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the manga, Ginyu is never seen again after becoming a frog. The anime has him briefly possess Bulma and appear on Earth before being destroyed by Buu. GT shows him escaping from Hell and being promptly sent back after he was presumably defeated offscreen.
- Would Hurt a Child: Recoome has no problem beating up Gohan, which is why he gets a well-deserved beatdown from Goku and Vegeta.
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Freeza / Frieza (フリーザ; Furiiza)
Voiced by: Pauline Newstone, Lee Tockar
A tyrannical evil overlord
who is trying to take over the galaxy, but his first agenda is to gain immortality
through the Namek Dragon Balls. Responsible for nearly destroying all of the Saiyan race (despite the fact he was employing them in the first place). After a lot of cat and mouse with the Z Fighters (Krillin, Gohan, Piccolo, and Vegeta) on Planet Namek, he comes into confrontation with Goku leading to the single longest fight in the entire series. Eventually he is struck down by his own attack and left for dead. Then, however, he is rebuilt as a cyborg by his father, King Cold, and heads for Earth... only to be chopped into bits and blasted to atoms
by Future Trunks upon arrival. Quite notably aside from this, he is the one who modernized
the concept of One-Winged Angel
as well as the Bishonen Line
as he abuses both in his fights with the Z-Fighters with ridiculous power increases. Even more notably, other than his obviously justified Smug Super
attitude is his absolute sadism
, Lack of Empathy
and the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown
he inflicts on his enemies because of his enjoyment of being superior to other beings and enjoying toying with them.
- Evil Laugh: In Japanese, his is a distinct Noblewoman's Laugh: "Oh-hohohohohohoho!!"
- Evil Overlord: Rules multiple galaxies.
- Evil Sounds Deep: When he transforms into a giant, horned beast, especially in the Funimation dub.
- Expecting Someone Taller: During their first encounter (at least in the manga) Goku comments Frieza looks younger than he expected.
- Krillin had pretty much the same reaction when he saw Frieza's final form.
- Fatal Flaw: His arrogance and tendancy to toy with his enemies ends up costing him dearly.
- Also his pride, so much so that Goku figured that leaving him alive with his pride in tatters was worse than killing him. He was also nearly killed by Goku when he just could not accept that he lost to a 'mere monkey'. In the end, it ended up killing him since after he was healed from near-death, he went to Earth to get back at Goku.
- Faux Affably Evil: When he's not infuriated, Frieza is quite polite and compliments his opponents' skills for lasting so long against him. Deep down, he's anything but nice.
- Final Solution: His destruction of Planet Vegeta qualifies under this trope.
- Finger Gun: His Death Beam attack.
- For the Evulz: This is actually his extreme sadism. Frieza does half of what he does for this reason. He kills the Namekians after they give him the Dragon Balls and fully intends to destroy the planet once he gets his wish.
- Frieza Can Breathe in Space: While it's not stated if Frieza can literally breathe, he can survive in a vacuum.
- Galactic Conqueror: And is willing to add more to his collection.
- Genocide Backfire: He wiped out the Saiyans to prevent them from rising up and killing him. Goku survived and took him out years later.
- A Glass of Chianti: He is often seen drinking blood-red wine.
- Gonk: In his 3rd form, which is thankfully is the least seen form.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Twice. The first time, after accidentally being hit by one of his own Destructo Discs, it's a horizontal cut, the second time, after Future Trunks cuts him in half, it's a vertical cut.
- Hero Killer: To Vegeta, Krillin, and Dende.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: When he gets dismembered by his own attack. Ouch. And to add even more insult to injury, this was also in part due to ignoring Goku's warning about the attack approaching him from behind.
- On a grander scale, his efforts in preventing the creation of a Super Saiyan lead to one being created and defeating him.
- Horn Attack: The first thing he does after transforming: blow up the island they're standing on. The second: run Krillin through with his horn (and lick up the blood splatter).
- Horned Humanoid: In all but his final form.
- Humiliation Conga: Suffers this whenever he's revived.
- Even before that, Frieza had a spectacular fall from grace. First, he awakens a Super Saiyan (the very thing he was trying to prevent), gets his butt kicked by a 'mere monkey', fails to have his wish granted twice, is shown mercy from said monkey after being told point-blank that he lost and to go crawl into a hole, gets cut to pieces by his own technique, has to beg for his life, is blasted by an energy wave, and has a planet explode on him. And soon as he recovers from the above, he goes out to get revenge only to be cut to pieces again and then blown to kingdom come. How the mighty have fallen.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: You could make a drinking game of the number of times he shows the heroes his "true power".
- Jerkass: Eventhough he demonstrates a sophisticated and rational attitude when he's not angry, he is racist, cruel, egocentric, elitist and despot. There is also the fact that he is possibly the most evil villain of the series, and that's saying a lot.
- Just Following Orders: Played with, in the 18th anime movie he was ostensibly directed to destroy Planet Vegeta by Beerus, the God of Destruction. Not that he didn't enjoy doing it, though.
- Just Toying with Them: He claims that before Namek, his second form was enough to steamroll any opposition. When he has to fight an equal opponent for the first time in his life, he burns himself out so quickly Goku decides he's Not Worth Killing.
- Kill 'em All: He does this to the Saiyans and most of the Nameks.
- Kill the Cutie: Poor Dende. Once Frieza learns that he can heal, he had to go. He also killed Dende's brother, Cargo, in the manga.
- Knight of Cerebus: He's one of the most evil villains in the series, especially after the very comical Ginyu Force; the fight with him is easily one of the most graphic in the series, consisting of torturous beatdown after beatdown since it's an extremely one-sided fight till Goku turns Super Saiyan.
- Lack of Empathy: Only cares about causing as much pain and suffering as he can.
- Large Ham: He nearly rivals Vegeta in this area, especially as Goku begins to slowly surpass him throughout their fight, which causes him to steadily lose his composure, until by the end, it's gone completely. Simply put, the more outclassed he becomes, the more hammy he gets, although even before that, he had his moments.
- Laughably Evil: Not as obvious as the Ginyu force, but still manages to have some hilarious lines.
- Laughing Mad: His laughter when destroying Planet Vegeta pretty much shows just how much sanity he has, or rather lacks. Also gives one off when he is thinking about killing Goku's friends one by one before destroying Earth as revenge to Goku for besting him, to the point where his speech was barely comprehensible.
- Also when he tried to destroy Namek before Goku's Spirit Bomb hit him... and then when he actually fires a blast into Namek's core.
- Light Is Not Good: His color scheme, regardless of form, is some combination of pink, purple and/or white. He is also a Sadist and a world-destroying mass murderer.
- Lost in Translation: In the original Funimation dub, Frieza was portrayed as a short tempered Smug Super who had Ho Yay undertones, brutish way of speaking and a feminine voice. It was not until Dragon Ball Kai that American fans were introduced to the sophiscated, well-mannered tyrant he was originally intended to be.
- Although, a lot of the Ho Yay undertones were in the original Ocean dub, not so much the Funimation dub especially in the Remastered DVDs.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Ryūsei Nakao, who is said to be a sweet and romantic gentleman with a gentle and lovely (you read that right) singing voice.
- Likewise, his former Funimation dub actress, Linda Young is considered by many, including Christopher Sabat, to be the nicest lady in the world.
- Mind over Matter: He has extremely powerful telekinesis. Some memorable uses of it include parting an ocean, throwing a mountain, and making Krillin float and explode.
- Mode Lock: Is almost never out of his final form after he goes into it while fighting Goku on Namek.
- Narcissist: Views himself highly and is violent to criticisms that suggest otherwise. His narcissism and pride all but destroyed him since he couldn't accept that there was someone stronger than him.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Killing Krillin and threatening to kill Gohan sent Goku over the edge. Big mistake.
- His genocide of the Saiyans. They weren't pure, kind people like Goku; they were mass murdering space pirates, even before they met Frieza. If they somehow became powerful enough to overthrow him, the galaxy would've been in serious trouble.
- In Episode of Bardock, his murder of Bardock sends him into the past and results in the defeat of his ancestor Chilled, who warns his family of the "golden haired menace", meaning that he inadvertently caused the phenomenon that led to his demise.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: At the time he was introduced, Frieza's ability to survive punishment was downright unreal. Later villains had the excuse of regeneration. Frieza was just unGodly tough. He walked off a Spirit Bomb large enough to qualify as a Colony Drop (only losing some of his tail), survived being bisected at the waist, survived an attack that Goku (by all appearances) intended to be fatal, and survived the destruction of the entire planet within minutes of that. Certainly he would have died without treatment, but that he lived at all is impressive. Trunks had to outright vaporize him to assure viewers he was gone.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He often engages in this in order to display how suffering and helplessness he can inflict onto his enemies, he can take this Up to Eleven when he literally beats Vegeta to despair and is pummeling him despite having no way to fight back. He nearly kills Goku this way prior his Super Saiyan form.
- Nonindicative Name: No, he's not An Ice Person. The closest he comes is being rather cold-hearted.
- Not Quite Dead: Thought to have died when Namek exploded. He came back as a cyborg and is promptly cut to pieces and blasted into atoms by Trunks to make sure he's really dead.
- Not Worth Killing: Goku subjects him to this during their fight on Namek. He fights until Frieza is no longer a challenge, then throws that fact in his face, believing that living with the shame of being defeated by a superior fighter was a far worse punishment than simply killing him, made worse by the fact that said superior fighter was "just a monkey." Frieza, however, isn't about to give up so easily.
- Offhand Backhand: Does this to Nail just to show off.
- Oh Crap: While he has a way of inspiring them, he's had a few himself. Most notably when Super Saiyans are involved.
- Most notable when Trunks goes Super Saiyan in front of him, the look he gives his father means "This Is Gonna Suck, dad !"
- Older than They Look: Dragon Ball Wiki has calculated his age to be a bare minimum of 70, and considering that he did not visibly age in the 25 years between the genocide of the Saiyans and the events on Namek, he may very well be much older than that.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Played with, as although he could (and did) destroy planets, Frieza wasn't actively out to destroy them as Cell and Buu were; he's first and foremost a businessman, usually settling for wiping out all life then selling it to the highest bidder. However, if he felt threatened in even the slightest he would blow up a planet without a second thought.
- One-Winged Angel: A Trope Codifier for its modern definition. Prior to him, anime and western villains alike would only transform into a monster, dragon, giant, etc in the final battle and the multiple battle forms would appear in very little known series, his display of forms is what led to both hero and villains alike to transform into beautiful or hideous forms in order to fight their enemies,
- Four Is Death: Guess how many forms he has...
- Clipped Wing Angel: The last form he takes, after he is cut in half and rebuilt with cybernetic enhancements. While the anime says that it made him stronger, the original manga says that, as a cyborg, he's nowhere near as strong as he was when he was completely organic. Also, Mecha Frieza noticeably never displays the ability to power up to 100% (signified by a massive gain of muscle mass in the case of the non-cyborg Frieza), meaning he can't even access half of his power.
- Though it was heavily implied that he was simply suppressing his power at the time, and Trunks simply never gave him the time to power up and show off his new strength.
- Orcus on His Throne: It's not an exaggeration to state that basically his entire army had to die to get him out of his chair.
- Overlord Jr.: To King Cold, although he's the more important story-wise by far. Cold's only role is to set up both their deaths at the hands of Trunks.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: In his final form, he's only slightly above Goku's waist. And his first form looks even shorter!
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Towards the "Saiyan monkeys." Though it turned out the motivation was more fear than hatred. Justified in that Chilled, his ancestor, was mortally wounded by a Super Saiyan, and Chilled passed on this information to his descendants before his death.
- Amusingly enough, the Super Saiyan that defeated Chilled isn't even 1% as strong as Frieza.
- Power Incontinence: Goku notes that when he tries to use 100% power, he can't fully control it, causing his energy to diminish at a rapid rate, eventually declaring that he's not worth fighting.
- Power Limiter: His final form is his true form. The rest are this. It seems to be due to the aforementioned Power Incontinence.
- Prehensile Tail: And he is more than happy to strangle people with it. He also has prehensile feet.
- Properly Paranoid: He was paranoid that the Saiyans will either bring about a Super Saiyan to defeat him, or that they'd otherwise begin an uprising. Movie 8, Bardock and King Vegeta's revolt against him, and the time-traveling Bardock's mortal injury of Frieza's ancestor Chilled (and his learning about the Super Saiyan from him) show that his paranoia was very well justified.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Laughs like a loon when he's blowing up a planet filled with many potential fighters that could destroy him, including his own men who are begging him to not get them caught in the crossfire.
- Rage Quit: When he attempts to blow up Namek when he figures he can't beat Goku.
- Rasputinian Death: One of his Species defining traits is the ability to survive horrific wounds. Freiza is hit with an energy ball the size of a small moon, beaten severely, cut in half by his own attack, hit with an energy blast to the face, nuked by the planet he was on exploding, and finally cut into numerous pieces with a sword. Then hit with an energy blast. Again.
- Revenge: When he came back as a cyborg, this was his primary focus against Goku.
- Sadist: He specializes in physically beating his enemies to the point of submission, and sometimes even go beyond that. His methods including, ripping arms off, impaling, rapid beam fire and No-Holds-Barred Beatdown if he's really in the mood.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: He went out of his way to try and stop a Super Saiyan from surfacing and challenging him only to create one himself when he hit Goku's Berserk Button one too many times.
- If you take Dragon Ball Minus as canon the only reason why Goku was sent to Earth to begin with was because Bardock and Gine sent him there after they suspected Frieza was up to something when he recalled all the Saiyans to their home planet. If he had not, Goku would had most likely grown up to be a lower class warrior or a failed soldier like his mother.
- Hell, the "Episode of Bardock" special reveals that after his defeat by Frieza, Bardock was sent back in time and became the Legendary Super Saiyan — meaning that Frieza is the one who created the legend, essentially engineering his own demise.
- The Sociopath: He's got a supreme Lack of Empathy and a sense of charisma around him.
- Shoot the Dangerous Minion: However much he tried to deny it, this was his motive for wiping out the Saiyans.
- Shoot the Medic First: Poor, poor Dende.
- Sissy Villain: Painstakingly polite, girly lips, always in some combination of pink, purple, and white.
- Single-Stroke Battle: His "fights" with Bardock, King Vegeta, and Krillin.
- Spell My Name with an S: "Freeza" is used by Bandai and the manga, but Funimation uses "Frieza", and in some countries he's called "Freezer" (which ironically, is where his name actually comes from.)
- Sphere of Destruction: His infamous Death Ball, which he's killed entire planets with.
- Smug Snake: Reduced to this once the main cast surpasses him.
- Smug Super: One of the well-known contenders for the anime posterboy of this trope. Having spent who knows have many years unchallenged in his might and authority has made him Drunk with Power. As such, the very idea of someone actually being stronger than him is absolutely inconceivable for him to imagine and at the same time, It's what deep down, he fears the most.
- Son of an Ape: His favorite way to insult the Saiyans. "Ape", "monkey", "simian", etc.
- Taking You with Me: Subverted — after he blasts Namek's core, Goku accuses him of trying this and then choking. Frieza retorts that he can survive in vacuum, so it was "just" a Rage Quit.
- Theme Naming: His father is King Cold, his brother is Cooler, his ancestor is Chilled, and he is Frieza.
- Which leads to the various names for his race, such as Frost Demon and Ice-jin.
- Torso with a View: Still survived despite being cut in half and half his face blown off.
- Ungrateful Bastard: After being on the verge of death by his own attack, he pleads for Goku to help him. Goku reluctantly loans him some of his ki under the condition that he leaves and never kill again. Freeza responds by attempting to blast him while his back is turned.
- Even before this, he mercilessly mocks Goku for showing him pity and how he would die, while he will live on despite Goku winning the fight.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He never is shown to train, the strain on his body is too great to remain at full strength for long, and he can't even sense power levels, which by the Namek saga pretty much everyone outside his army could do. But before Goku became a Super Saiyan, he still outclassed just about everyone in the universe in sheer power. His father was the only one to even come close to him prior to the events of Namek, and even he was still somewhat weaker than Freeza. Also this in that he doesn't seem to use that much martial arts, unlike the heroes and other villains, but again, getting away with it due to sheer power.
- The Villain Makes the Plot: He made the plot of Dragon Ball what it was: His corroding influence, and eventual genocide of the Saiyans, led Goku to Earth, and to his eventual downfall. He even in some sense lived on, in future Big Bad Cell.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Played straight, at first. Freeza was naturally so powerful that he never needed to train... so he didn't. This did come back to bite him in the ass, as Goku eventually overcame him because the strain of using 100% of his power. Had he bothered to train while at full strength, his battle with Goku could have turned out very differently.
- Later on, this was averted. Getting turned into a cyborg did make him stronger, just not strong enough to take on Goku, so he also brought his almost-as-strong dad to even the odds against Goku. Future!Trunks gets around this by totally demolishing him before he could even power up. It's demonstrated later that, if Trunks hadn't done that, Goku (though he'd have arrived late) would have been damn near unbeatable, since he had improved far more than Freeza had. Then there's the movies and GT, where he comes back from the dead no stronger than before, while everyone else has progressed to threats that make him look like a joke. Though justified, as those sent to Hell DON'T get to keep their body, thus he COULDN'T train while there.
- In some dubs, he actually does state that he got stronger training in Hell... it just wasn't enough.
- Villainous Breakdown: Gradually happens throughout his fight with Goku.
- Happens again as he fights with Trunks.
- Voice of the Legion: He talks like this when he is in his Xenomorph form in the Funimation dub.
- This is gone in the remastered Dragon Ball boxset. He now speaks in the same voice as his second form.
- We Can Rebuild Him: The original dub even quotes the line.
- Warrior Prince: Is referred to as a prince by one of King Cold's soldiers and can destroy a planet with a finger poke.
- Would Hurt a Child: Shows no hesitation towards fighting Gohan or blasting Dende.
- Wicked Cultured: He's well-mannered (even more so in the Kai dub), and establishes a legitimate business. Said legitimate business being galactic planet trading and liquidation.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: It is heavily implied that he transforms to decrease his overall power because he is almost incapable of controlling himself in later forms. Especially the 2nd and 3rd.
- You Can't Fight Fate: See Nice Job Fixing It, Villain.
- You Have Failed Me: He kills one of his men after the latter forgot to ask one of the Namekian survivors of Vegeta's attack where Vegeta is before killing the survivor, and implies that he'll kill Zarbon the exact same way if he doesn't find Vegeta and deliver him to him. Also, he kills one of his father's men by impaling his chest from behind when the latter started to show signs of fear.
- You Said You Would Let Them Go: Frieza, after he forced King Vegeta to give him custody of his son, Prince Vegeta, also stated that if Vegeta didn't do as he commanded him, he will murder his father. Vegeta did everything Frieza commanded for him to do, but Frieza still murdered King Vegeta anyways, as well as destroying Planet Vegeta. Slightly justified in the case of killing King Vegeta, however, as King Vegeta was attacking Frieza when he killed him, although he nonetheless planned on eradicating the Saiyans from the start.
King Cold (コルド大王; Korudo Daiō)
Voiced by: Adam Henderson (Ocean dub)
Voiced by: José Luis Castañeda, Humberto Solórzano (Kai) (Latin American)
The ruler of the planet trade organization, which he controls through his son Frieza (and, in the movies, his other son Cooler). Cold keeps his own existence a secret and lets his son(s) run the empire's affairs in public. After Frieza is almost killed by Goku, King Cold retrieves his body and has him rebuilt as a cyborg. The two of them then head for Earth to take revenge on the people who did this to Frieza... where Cold and his son are both effortlessly killed by Future Trunks.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Downplayed: Cold is far and away more powerful than any soldier in his empire, but he's not as strong as his son Frieza and nowhere near as strong as Cooler, even though they acknowledge his authority.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Like his sons, he can live in space.
- Bigger Bad: To Frieza, until he appears in the series.
- Curb-Stomp Battle/Anti-Climax Boss: Both Cold and Frieza are easily dispatched by Trunks.
- Dirty Coward: Convinces Trunks to give him his sword and then attacks him. When Trunks counters his attack and directly wounds him, he begs Trunks to spare his life. It doesn't work.
- The Emperor: In his capacity as overlord of both Frieza and Cooler's organizations.
- Evil Overlord: Is Frieza's boss.
- The Family That Slays Together: His family basically runs an interplanetary protection racket.
- Faux Affably Evil: Even moreso than Frieza. He comes off as very gentle, and doesn't get to do much that was too horrible, but it comes pretty clear when he takes Trunks' sword to try to kill him with it.
- Killed Off for Real: Once Trunks kills him, he's shown in Hell and never returns afterwards.
- Large and in Charge: He's significantly larger than Frieza's second form, towering over his men.
- Minor Major Character: He's basically the God Emperor of the galaxy and for a long time was the galaxy's third strongest warrior. He gets very little screen time before being killed off.
- Mind over Matter: He shatters a window with his mind.
- One-Winged Angel: Subverted, he's the only member of his family to not transform. This, combined with the fact he strongly resembles Frieza's second form has made many fans believe he could, but Trunks killed him before he had the chance.
- The Man Behind the Man: Very few people know that he exists. Even Vegeta, a former high ranking minion of Frieza, didn't know about him.
- Theme Naming: Like Freeza, Cooler, and Chilled.
- We Can Rule Together: He callously offers Frieza's position to Trunks to spare his life. Trunks kills him instead.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: After seeing Trunks own Frieza with his sword, he assumed it to be the source of Trunks' power. He learned his mistake pretty quickly.
- Your Size May Vary: Cold's size varies between about 15 to 30 feet tall between scenes.
Android 20 (Dr. Gero)
Android 20 (人造人間20号; Jinzou Ningen Nijuu-Gou)/
Dr. Gero (ドクター・ゲロ; Dokutaa Gero)
Voiced by: Koji Yada (Japanese)
Voiced by: José Luis Castañeda, Guillermo Coria (Kai) (Latin American)
Used to be a scientist for the Red Ribbon Army from the first series which Goku single-handedly destroyed. By Z he has turned himself into an Android (number 20) and plots revenge on Goku, but the plan pretty much backfires on him. He returns again in GT
, but doesn't fare any better.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Inverted. In the main universe, he apparently made no less than nineteen androids which all ended up doing a Heel-Face Turn somewhere down the line. Finally averted with 19 (and, if you count the movies, 13, 14 and 15), Cell, and himself, since he could be sure he would stay evil.
- 17 and 18 stay evil in the original timeline. Problem is, they still ended up killing him.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Even though he could only watch his victory from Hell, he is the only villain in the Dragon Ball saga to get exactly what he wanted; the death of Son Goku at the hands of his creations. However, his creation, Cell, died too, and Goku later comes back to life.
- Badass Bookworm: He found a way to make a bio android called Cell from four different species and incorporate their powers into it, as well as making deadly androids including making himself into one.
- Badass Grandpa: Well, until Super Vegeta shows up.
- He got reduced further after Piccolo easily beats him up, after he stole most of Piccolo's energy.
- Bigger Bad: He holds this position in the Android and Cell Sagas though he is killed early on by Androids 17 and 18, his programming continues to influence all his creations' actions in large part even in death. Similarly, after long suspecting that 17 and 18 would eventually kill him, it was he that programmed a supercomputer to complete his ultimate android, Cell, as an insurance policy for obtaining vengeance against the Z Warriors as well as the very androids that betrayed him. In this manner, all the atrocities committed by Cell and his other creations arise from an Xanatos Gambit he initiated long before meeting his demise.
- Brick Joke: Vegeta mentions that his head probably rolls just as well as 19's. It does.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He was the leading scientist of the Red Ribbon Army: a military global superpower and rival to Capsule Corp. in terms of its technological output. When Goku puts an end to the RR, he makes death machines, some of which run on perpetual energy, to kill Goku as revenge, and it's known without Goku they'll turn the planet into a hellhole. He probably could have made a huge profit out from his cybernetic enhancements, weapons, etc. But then he is a Mad Scientist. Dr. Briefs lampshades it.
- Cyborg: Makes himself into one in order to make sure the latest model wouldn't Heel-Face Turn him.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His hatred towards Goku for destroying the Red Ribbon Army caused him to make a series of androids that turn the future timeline into a hellhole and nearly destroy the solar system in the main timeline. It becomes disproportionate when you considered that his old boss, Commander Red, wanted to use the Dragon Balls to get taller.
- Energy Absorption: Abuses this until Piccolo tears off his right arm.
- Epic Fail: Whether it was actually impossible or he just didn't bother, not following Goku to Namek with his observations and combat data recording truly deserves this trope. What with the super saiyan transformation and all...
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: According to a recent interview with Akria Toriyama, Gero based Android #16's design off his dead son who was a former Red Ribbon army solder felled by a bullet. Gero, having a special place in his heart for his son, gave 16 great power and his explosive mechanism. But, not wanting him to be destroyed in battle if possible gave him a gentle personality which caused #16 to be considered a "failed model".
- Evil Old Folks: The most notable other than Babidi. He all but destroyed Future Trunks's world and the main timeline over a petty grudge.
- Exact Words: When Goku demands they move the fight somewhere deserted, Gero starts vaporizing the city with his eye beams.
- Eye Beams: His primary mehod of attack.
- Godzilla Threshold: His reactivation of Android 17 and 18 is a villainous example. He knew how risky it was, but was so desperate for a way to defeat the Z Fighters that he was willing to try anyway.
- Grumpy Old Man: An evil one.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Three times.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: The US and many European dubs pronounce his name with a soft "G" (making his name sound French) while in Japanese it's a hard "G".
- Mad Scientist: He created Cell and the androids with science; notably, he's one of the few fighting varieties of this genre.
- Man Behind the Man: Subverted as he shows up first and all of his creations are a much bigger threat than he is.
- Not Me This Time: Played with in Movie 7. When Goku first encounters Android 13, he initially thinks that Dr. Gero created him. However, Android 13 corrects him and states that this time, he and his partners, Androids 14 and 15, were created by Gero's computer rather than Gero himself. It's not that he didn't intend to have them created so much as by the time they were created, Gero was long dead.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Cell implies after returning to Earth in his Super Perfect form that Dr. Gero may have created him for the purpose of not just destroying the Earth, but also the entire universe as revenge on life itself for letting the Red Ribbon Army be defeated.
- In GT, Gero talks about having a dream to replace all life with artificial beings.
- Retcon/Remember the New Guy: He never appeared in Dragon Ball's original Red Ribbon Army story line. The anime even had a quietly ignored filler episode that claimed one Dr. Frappe (or Flappe) created androids like #8, only for Toriyama to bring that element back years later.
- This is later handwaved in one of the databooks by stating that Dr. Gero and Dr. Frappe were partners on the android project.
- Revenge: It's very disproportionate considering his boss wanting to wish for height growth which, would've had him as mad as Black, though it's more likely because Goku managed to remove his funding source.
- Running Gag: Being killed by 17.
(just before Super 17 destroys him) No, not again!
- Smug Snake: Starts acting like a big shot and only has the advantage because Goku was ill. As soon as Vegeta outclasses 19, he quickly scampers off to activate 17 and 18.
- Before then, he acts smug again after he take Piccolo's energy. He's quickly put in his place after Piccolo Curb Stomps him.
- That Man Is Dead: During his initial encounter with the Z Fighters, he claims Dr. Gero has passed away, and that he is simply another one of his creations.
- Too Dumb to Live: Kidnapping two rebellious teenagers and making them more powerful than you is already stupid enough. Repeatedly mouthing off at said rebellious teenagers, whom, again, you made to be more powerful than you, is like hanging a "kill me" sign on your own neck.
- Villainous Breakdown: Begins to have one when it becomes obvious he had no chance against the Z Fighters despite all of his calculations and then escalates as #17 and #18 turn on him.
- Underestimating Badassery: He started monitoring Goku and his friends not long after the defeat of the Red Ribbon Army, gathering data on his powers and calculating a pattern for his increases in strength. Research was abandoned before they left for Namek (which he obviously could not follow them to), as Gero felt he could accurately gauge how strong they would be upon returning and set the power of himself and 19 above that. He was thus unprepared for two Super Saiyans and a fused Namekian.
- Unintentional Backup Plan/Gambit Roulette: If you consider that Dr. Gero's final creation, Cell, eventually succeeds in killing Goku, exactly as Gero had planned for the androids, and was the closest any of his creations came to his implied dream for the total genocide of humanity.
Android 19 (人造人間19号; Jinzou Ningen Juukyuu-Gou)
Voiced by: Patricia Drake (Ocean dub)
Voiced by: Ricardo Hill, Roberto Mendiola (Kai) (Latin American)
The final android created by Dr. Gero whose objective is to kill Goku. He almost does just that (with a tiny bit of help from Goku's heart condition
), but is attacked by Vegeta before that can happen. Android 19 just loses his head
after Vegeta goes Super Saiyan.
- Artificial Human: He is a fully mechanical android.
- Energy Absorption: Like Android 20. Doesn't help him against Vegeta.
- Evil Albino: As the picture shows, he has pale, white skin.
- Fat Bastard: There's a very good reason Gero designed to him to look like that... it amused him.
- Gonk: Barely looks human.
- Jobber: Basically existed so Vegeta would have something to beat up on when he first became a Super Saiyan.
- Kick the Dog: When Goku is incapacitated by his heart virus in the midst of their fight, 19 quickly beats him down and starts sucking the life out of him... which Vegeta quickly puts a stop to.
- Killer Robot: Created to kill Goku. Almost success thanks to Goku catching his heart virus.
- Off with His Head!: Like Guldo, this was caused by Vegeta, but unlike Guldo, Vegeta blew him up first.
- Robo Speak: In the Funimation dub.
- Your Head Asplode: Inverted — 19's head is the only part of his body that doesn't end up exploding from Vegeta's Big Bang Attack.
Cell's childrens. They are asexually produced from Cell's tail, through cellular mitosis. According to Cell himself, each Cell Junior has his power and abilities.
Click here to see his Imperfect form
Click here to see his Semi-Perfect form
Cell (セル; Seru)
Voiced by: Dale Wilson (Ocean dub)
Voiced by: Ricardo Brust, Salvador Reyes (Kai) (Latin American)
The ultimate creation of Dr. Gero. An insectoid-reptilian-humanoid Mix-and-Match Critter
being made from the cells and information gathered from most of the Z Fighters (as well as cells from Frieza and Cold) who, unlike the Androids, can regenerate From a Single Cell
when damaged, gain more experience and power as he fights (or as he "eats" people with his tail), and can use Androids 17 and 18 as batteries of a sort, upon absorbing them, to transform into increasingly stronger and more "Perfect" forms. After becoming Perfect, he tries to be "fair" by giving Earth a chance with his own martial arts tournament, but eventually just screws the rules and tries to destroy everyone then and there. In the end though, he is destroyed by Gohan.
- All Your Powers Combined: As a Mix-and-Match Critter of all previous major fighters, Cell has access to all the attacks and natural abilities of the likes of Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, Frieza and more.
- The Assimilator: Cell's original goal was to absorb Androids 17 and 18 in order to reach his perfect form. He actually has two methods for doing this: the first is simply to jab the stinger on his tail into someone and suck out all the juicy organic bits, leaving behind the victim's clothes. The second method, used only for the two Androids (and Goku in GT), is making the stinger open up to swallow them whole.
- Ax-Crazy: Became this in his infamous Villainous Breakdown.
- Badass: See Physical God below. His power and intelligence make him a dangerous villain from his introduction until his demise.
- Batman Gambit: Cell pulls an excellent one off against Vegeta. Cell, in his semi-perfect form, was getting dominated by Vegeta, who for the few episodes that the fight last for, had become the strongest character in the show due to becoming an Ascended Super Saiyan. Because he was made up of the cells of Vegeta and other pure blooded Saiyans such as Goku, Raditz and Nappa, he knew that Vegeta's greatest weakness is his pride and that a Saiyan would be willing to go to great lengths for good battle because they love a challenge and love to fight. Semi-Perfect Cell then uses that weakness to manipulate Vegeta by telling him that if he had the chance to reach his perfect form he would become a worthy adversary, and he claims that Vegeta would be no match for him. Vegeta, who hungers for a challenge, any chance to prove that he is the best no matter what the risk and thrives for any good fight in general, lets his ego get the best of him and falls for Cell's trap by stepping back from battle, allowing Semi-Perfect Cell an open opportunity to absorb Android 18, so that he will become a worthy opponent and actively helped him by stopping Trunks from interfering so he could absorb Android 18. Cell eventually finds and absorbs Android 18 and achieves his perfect form and then proceeds to no sell EVERY attack Vegeta throws at him, kicks Vegeta’s ass senseless with little effort and rubs in Vegeta’s face how stupid he was to help him achieve his perfect form and become more powerful and how he should have killed him when he had the chance.
- Bash Brothers: Forms this with Frieza after his death.
- Be Careful What You Wish For/Gone Horribly Right: Because Cell got exactly the fight he wanted out of Son Gohan... hysterical screams of terror notwithstanding.
- Cell wanted that, too. He just wanted Gohan to be the one screaming in terror at the end.
- Also counts as Out-Gambitted, since Goku was more or less counting on this.
- Beam-O-War: His final showdown with Gohan. Cell loses.
- Big Bad: Of the Cell Saga.
- Bishonen Line: A definitive example. Goes from being an insect-themed Monstrous Humanoid to a gray skinned human like being whose shell seems like a costume. In fact, he provides the image for the trope.
- Blood Knight: "Why do I seek ultimate power? Such a pointless question. It was the goal of the computer to create the Ultimate Warrior. Or perhaps it's the blood of Saiyans, Frieza, and Piccolo flowing through my veins that drives me thus."
- Which becomes extremely obvious in his Perfect form. Must have inherited it from Frieza.
- Break the Haughty: And holy-moley does his pride and arrogance ever get utterly broken. Gohan proceeds to humiliate him time and time again as revenge-best-served-hot for killing Android 16.
- Breath Weapon: You knew this already.
- The Brute: Cell's second form qualifies.
- Cannibalism Superpower: He can absorb others into his body to add their power to his own. Doing this to Android 17 and 18 allows him to reach his Perfect form.
- Cavalier Competitor: The second kind. Perfect Cell starts off like this, mainly because all he wants is to fight and be entertained. When fighting Gohan, he does everything he can to awaken his hidden power, and finally does so by crushing Android 16's skull beneath his heel. However, once he pisses off Gohan enough to push him to Super Saiyan 2 and becomes sorely outclassed by a child, Perfect Cell's ego can't handle it (then again, he does have the cells of Frieza and Vegeta in him). He drops his facade of civility, gets a little angry and, had it not been for Goku providing spiritual help (and Vegeta an unexpected assist), Perfect Cell would have ultimately annihilated the entire solar system in one shot.
- Cell Can Breathe in Space: Like Frieza, Cell can survive in a vacuum.
- Came Back Strong: Villainous example. After regenerating from a single cell, he gains enough strength to stand on equal footing with SSJ2 Gohan.
- The Chessmaster: Cell used an incredible amount of strategy, cunning and manipulation to achieve his perfect form. In his Imperfect form he was able to not only escape from the Z-Fighters when they had him cornered but to also to stay completely off the radar when the Z-Fighters were frantically searching for him. Then he became extremely pragmatic and savvy and absorbed thousands upon thousands of humans to boost his power level so that he was more than capable of taking on the Z-Fighters and the Androids, but not when they were ready to find him but when he was ready to find them. And the results were just as he planned out as he curbstomped Piccolo, was strong enough to no sell Android 16's strongest attack and beat the hell out of Android 17 and absorb him. Then in his Semi Perfect form, he manipulated Vegeta into actively helping him achieve his perfect form knowing Vegeta's Fatal Flaw is his pride, as he is genetic composition contains Saiyan DNA.
- Conqueror From The Future: Though he doesn't want to rule so much as he wants to flaunt his power and "perfection" over everyone else.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Dished them out to Piccolo, Androids 17 and 18, Android 16, Vegeta, and Trunks. The latter two were defeated with one hit each after Cell became Super Perfect.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: In his imperfect form, he pulls out extreme amounts of savvy to compensate for the fact that - for the moment - our heroes could still defeat him before he obtained the power he needed, something that sets him apart from many of the other villains in the show (or even himself, come Perfect Form). He rarely gloats and Knows When To Fold 'Em, never brashly fighting in a situation where it would be more cost effective to run instead. He takes advantage of the fact that the heroes can only react to his actions by striking quickly and then leaving before they have time to arrive. He bides his time and acts very patiently, only taking action when he is absolutely sure he can succeed - and when he does fight, he is ruthlessly efficient. Should anyone stand in his way or attack him, he always makes sure to take care of them immediately if he can and do so quickly, rather than let them escape to continue to thwart him later. This becomes especially evident during his initial attempt to absorb 17 and 18: as 16 and Piccolo interrupt him, he stops pursuing his grand goal and takes care of them first, knowing that while he could take the others at his leisure he couldn't allow the only beings nearly as powerful as him to continue to act against him. After he turns Perfect, however, this savvy is slowly edged out in favor of (mostly justified) cockiness - and his ultimate downfall is in part due to losing it all in a fit of smug overconfidence.
- Deadline News: Cell's rampant bioextraction of the humans (including reporters and cameramen covering the scene in the town he's in) makes him the talk of the media. And that's before he takes a cue from King Piccolo and declares his challenge for the fate of the world on global television.
- Defiant to the End: "'BUT I AM PERRRRRRRFECTTTTTTT!"
- De-power: After achieving Perfect form, he's actually brought back to semi-Perfect form by Gohan punching him hard enough to knock 18 right out of him. He got to upgrade again after his suicide attack, since the power boost was enough to get him back to Perfect form despite losing 18.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Mild case, as Cell candidly tells Trunks that as he has attained ultimate power "Even slaying Son Goku, the purpose for which I was created, has lost all meaning." The Cell Games is basically his way of figuring out what he wants to do next. He finally discovers it though an epiphany caused by his near-death and rebirth from self-destruction, that Dr. Gero hadn't created him just to kill Goku or destroy the Earth but to be the end of all livings beings in the entire universe, a role Cell embraces wholeheartedly with joy.
- Determinator: His single-minded pursuit of Androids 17 and 18 makes him this. There is nothing he won't do to hunt them down, whether it's absorbing thousands of innocent people or travelling through time itself.
- Dragon-in-Chief: In the first half of the Cell Saga to the deceased Dr. Gero before becoming a Big Bad in his own right upon achieving "perfection". Prior to becoming "complete", almost all of his decisions are shaped around Dr. Gero's programming which he gleefully follows in order to obtain absolute power that can subsequently be wielded in pursuit of his own desires.
- The Dreaded: After the Do Not Adjust Your Set threat, he becomes big enough of a threat to warrant a fear of him that lasts 7 years after his demise.
- Driven to Suicide: A decidedly spiteful variation. Upon being bested by Super Saiyan 2 Gohan, Cell attempted to self-destruct—a move that would've destroyed the entire Earth. He failed due to Goku's intervention, only to unexpectedly revive himself from a single surviving cell.
- Eating Machine: Technically a bio-clone, his main method is absorption till he achieves his Perfection form.
- Evil Counterpart: To the Z Fighters he faces, not just by knowing all their techniques and having their abilities but he also tends to take on their personality traits when he fights them. In his imperfect form he is cold and calculating like Piccolo. In his 2nd form he is loud and arrogant like Vegeta. In his perfect form he is laid-back and sporting like Goku. And in his super perfect form he is angry and sadistic like SSJ2 Gohan.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Initially averted in the dub: in his imperfect form, Cell had a raspy, high pitched voice. Upon attaining his semi-perfect, his voice drops all the way down to his gut. His perfect form is a bit of a middle ground between the two, but still reasonably deep. Enforced all the way through in the Japanese version, where his voice goes from monstrous to refined throughout his transformations, yet remains that patented Norio Wakamoto-deep.
- Facial Markings: Once achieving his Perfect form.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride, differing from Frieza who has a habit of not taking things seriously and playing around too much, Cell is overconfident and underestimates his enemies, shown in all of his forms:
- Faux Affably Evil: In his Perfect form.
- Final Boss: Got promoted to this in Kai.
- Before it was un-discontinued.
- Disc One Final Boss: Got bumped down to this when the series was un-cancelled.
- For the Evulz: After achieving his Perfect Form, he explains to Trunks that unlike Frieza, he has no interest in ruling the universe and doesn't really care about Dr. Gero's vendetta against Goku. He just wants to have fun and test out his full power against Worthy Opponents. And the greatest fun according to him is to see the looks of fear on people's faces as he kills them. In fact, his original plan upon winning the Cell Games was to slowly hunt down every single person on Earth and savour their terror and despair as he killed them instead of just blowing everything away in one shot. Then go to other planets and repeat the process.
- From a Single Cell: Trope Namer.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Starts out as a simple bug from an egg, then becomes this mass-murdering man-eater, to a brute capable of destroying islands with one blast and finally a Physical God that the whole world knows about, and even given a film about it 7 years later.
- Gag Lips: In his Semi-Perfect form, its a intermediate between Imperfect's insectoid beak mouth and Perfect's full formed human face.
- Genetic Memory/Lamarck Was Right: Inherits all the learned techniques known to the characters from whose DNA he is made, as of the time when their cells were collected. He recognises each of the Z Fighters on sight and knows more about them, and their personalities, than Gero ever did (on the other hand, he doesn't know everything they can do — for instance, he didn't know that Namekians have a Healing Factor, though he is happy to find out).
- Glamour Failure: Cell looks vaguely humanoid, but his biology fails him several times. Notably, the original English dub for Cell's first form has his voice drop into an extremely deep register when he nearly kills Piccolo.
- Healing Factor: Thanks to his Namekian DNA, though his is a lot more powerful than a Namekian's.
- Hero Killer: Killed Goku, Trunks (twice, in different timelines), and Android 16. This is notable for two reasons: one, he was the only villain to directly kill Goku. Two, unlike the other heroes, Android 16 never comes back.
- He's Back: Villainous example as Super Perfect Cell.
- Irony: Doctor Gero's hatred for Son Goku is the stuff of legends, yet he seems to overlook the fact that, by using Goku's own DNA in the construction of Cell, a part of Goku will forever live on in Cell.
- Cell manipulating Vegeta to help him reaching perfect form, which works because, thanks to his Saiyan heritage, Cell knows that Vegeta, like all Saiyans, craves strong opponents to fight. The same Saiyan heritage drives Cell to make Gohan go Super Saiyan 2 for the exact same reason.
- Jerkass: An inherited trait of Vegeta. He has his cells, after all. He is extremely proud, arrogant, only cares about himself as a perfect creation, and has a tendency to insult his opponents.
- Kick the Dog: Trampling on 16's head leading to his demise and calling him a worthless can of trash. It backfires.
- He was kicking the dogs when he created the Cell Jrs to torment the Z-Fighters and talking about how all Gohan's friends were about to die. Not to mention after he returned from the dead he bragged about how Goku died for nothing and how he took his transport technique.
- Killer Robot: Technically a bio-clone, but he makes it his purpose to kill people.
- Lack of Empathy: Like Frieza, he has zero empathy. He only sees others as either food to get stronger or entertainment to fight and kill.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He took advantage of Vegeta's pride in order to achieve his Perfect form. His own then had him make sure Gohan would become strong enough to defeat him.
- LEGO Genetics: A genetic chimera of Saiyan, Namekian, Human, and, uh, Frieza DNA. Through the magic of comic book science, he is born inheriting the techniques (possibly because Gero's robots recorded the DNA donors in action as well... but that wouldn't explain Cell having techniques like Frieza's Homing Destructo Disk, which had never been used on Earth), strengths, and worst possible character traits of everyone from whom he is cloned.
- As he explains in the anime, like Saiyans he gets stronger after every battle, like Namekians he can regenerate, and like Frieza he can survive in a vacuum.
- Lightning Bruiser: Able to keep up and surpass Perfected Super Saiyan 1 Goku in their fight.
- Manipulative Bastard: See Batman Gambit.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Norio Wakamoto loves to ham up his "bad guy" persona with little kids in his neighborhood, jokingly laughing "who wants to be drained" while they shout "Come and fight us Cell!!" Quite the Cool Old Guy.
- Meaningful Name: As noted above, he can regenerate from a single cell. He's also a genetic construct made from combining and cloning the cells of various superpowered characters.
- Meteor Move: The way he ends his fight with Vegeta is a definitive type A. After regenerating from a Final Flash and strolling through a last-ditch ki barrage, he kicks Vegeta into the sky and elbow-slams him in the back.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: Of every main character and villain in Z, with Piccolo's traits being most prominent in his first form, Vegeta in his second, and Goku in his final.
- Mix-and-Match Man: Made of the DNA of those above mentioned characters. This also really confuses the main characters when he first appears, since even his Ki aura is a mixture of all the people he's made of. They swear they can sense Piccolo, Goku, and Frieza all in the same place (despite knowing that one of those is dead, and another is bedridden due to sickness).
- Monstrous Humanoid: He's an insect-like bio-clone with a very twisted ego.
- Mook Maker: He's able to spawn seven "Cell Jrs" after achieving his Perfect form. Each one is one-quarter his size and blue, yet individually possess enough power that only Gohan was able to beat them (once he reached Super Saiyan 2).
- Narcissist: When he reaches his Perfect form.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: He intentionally ensures that Gohan can achieve Super Saiyan 2 just so he can have another Worthy Opponent. Let's say it backfires epically, and needed a Driven to Suicide tactic to be strong enough to counter his new power.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: In his Perfect Form. Just think Frieza cranked to eleven to get the idea. He easily defeated Vegeta and Trunks, even though both previously outclassed his semi-Perfect form by leagues. He fought Goku and narrowly came out on top, largely thanks to the fact that he can regenerate from having his entire torso vaporized. Hell, he blew himself up and still regenerated from the single cell that survived, and in fact came back even stronger thanks to the Saiyan DNA in his makeup. Gohan had to vaporize him completely to put him down.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Has Hellish Pupils instead of the traditional black dots, and later the blue, then pink irises; in fact Cell is far more detailed in design than any villain, or for that matter character, in the series.
- Word of God even stated that he regretted making Cell so detailed. He kept forgetting to draw Cell's spots.
- Not Quite Dead: Thanks to his regeneration powers, he survives many things that would instantly kill many characters like having his head and his sides blown off and his own self-destruction. They had to evaporate him to be certain that he was dead.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Fully attains this status after reaching his "Super Perfect" state. This near-death (essentially actual death, since he was stripped to a single cell) experience convinced Cell that — as "the perfect being" — his true purpose in life was to bring about the destruction of all things.
- One-Winged Angel: Not as much as Frieza and Buu, but it's more of an evolution theme.
- Clipped Wing Angel: Becomes a bulkier and larger version of himself with less speed, which he doesn't realize during his fight with SSJ2 Gohan despite scolding Trunks for doing the same thing.
- Organic Technology: Compared to the other androids, which ranged from Cyborgs to completely mechanicle, Cell is wholly organic.
- Physical God: In his Perfect form, he's stronger than the Supreme Kai and Dabura (the Dragon Ball equivalents of God and Satan respectively) and can regenerate From a Single Cell, spawn miniature versions of himself (who themselves are as strong or stronger than the Supreme Kai), absorb people, teleport anywhere instantly, and more, so it's hard to call him anything else. His Super Perfect form is even more powerful than that.
- Power Copying: Can use all of the main characters and villains' signature moves, although this is not what he's famous for.
- Psychopathic Manchild: His second form literally whines and throws a temper-tantrum because Vegeta won't let him absorb Android 18 and reach his Perfect Form.
- Remember When I Blew Up A Son?: Before Pikkon curbstomps the combined forces of him, Freeza, King Cold, and most of the Ginyu Force, Cell reminded Freeza that he was the one who killed Goku.
- Robotic Psychopath: Technically, a bio-android, but he's got the psychopath part down pat.
- Run the Gauntlet: Due to being created with the cells of almost everyone Goku has met, Cell is essentially a one-man version of this when Goku fights him. The anime does much more with this than the manga.
- Sadist: He is not satisfied with just physical suffering as he deals in psychological torture like having his Cell Juniors brutally beat the Z fighters just to torment Gohan into unleashing his powers and his intended plan to hunt down every human one by one specifically to make them more and more terrified.
- Sanity Slippage: After becoming Super Perfect, he is noticeably more unhinged than he already was.
- Smug Smiler: He does this mostly in his Perfect form, but it's done a lot in his Semi-Perfect form.
- Smug Super: His position as this is shown clearly in the Cell Games when he gets curious about Gohan's full power and deliberately provokes him into going Super Saiyan 2. He gets exactly what he wanted, yet still gets enraged when "a mere child" starts beating him. And the kicker: when he gets so desperate to kill Gohan that he powers up into a very slow, bulky muscled form; the very thing he mocked Trunks for way back in their fight!
- Also showed during his fight with Vegeta to the point he let Vegeta charge his Final Flash for nearly four minutes and was going to take it head on. It nearly cost him, as if he hadn't dodged at the last second, it'd actually have killed him.
- The Sociopath: He only cares for people he can either absorb or fight. Loves faces contorted into despair.
- Spirited Competitor: Acts like this during his Cell Games until he starts losing...
- So Last Season: Double subverted. At the beginning of the Buu saga (plus in the Non Serial Movies that occur between the Buu and Cell sagas), the villains and heroes are all actually much weaker than Super Perfect Cell was, with the sole exception of Goku (Gohan had gotten rusty from not training). But then Buu shows up and the heroes start finding ridiculously overpowered methods to fight him (fusion, Super Saiyan 3, Mystic power-ups...) and this trope was once again played straight.
- Vegeta may have gotten as strong a Super Perfect Cell, but he did not show his full power until he became a Majin. According to Vegeta, as SS 2, Goku and he both surpassed Gohan from seven years ago who was still a little stronger than Cell even after he came back to life.
- Dabura was said to be about even with Super Perfect Cell, although he is a little weaker. He makes up for it by having magical abilities.
- Taking You with Me: He does not take losing well.
- Troll: After Vegeta blasts off his arm with the Final Flash technique, Cell acts like he's at a disadvantage until he pulls a "just kidding" and regenerates his arm after Vegeta was laughing.
- Really the entire Cell Games arc could be seen as Cell trolling on a global scale.
- Ultimate Lifeform: What Gero created him to be and how Cell views himself. His dying words were proclaiming that he was perfect.
- Villainous Breakdown: See the Smug Super entry. In the US, the episode in which it happens is actually titled "Cell's Mighty Breakdown". Even after obtaining his Super Perfect form, he's still noticeably more insane than he already was.
- Has a minor one in his second form against Vegeta.
- Villain Has A Point: When Goku foolishly gives Cell a Senzu Bean, here is his response:
- Vocal Evolution: In both the dub and later Kai, Cell's voice starts off raspy and slithery, becoming brutish with his first absorption and adopting a faux-British tone in his final form.
- Volumetric Mouth: Did one against Vegeta and Gohan respectively when they made a fool of him with their new-found power. Rare anime, let alone villain, example. He actually weaponized this once to draw out Android 18.
- Walking Spoiler: Unlike the other Big Bads Cell's existence is a big plot twist not revealed until half way through the Android saga. Of course the twist isn't much of a secret any more.
- Would Hurt a Child: He had no problem getting into a fight with Gohan.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In an unusual variant, Cell decides it would be anticlimactic for his battle with Goku in the Cell Games to end in a ring-out, so he says this (using the exact term in the Kai dub) about the ring.
Spopovich and Yamu
Spopovich (left) & Yamu (right)
Spopovich (スポポビッチ; Supopobitchi) and Yamu (ヤムー)
Spopovich voiced by: Andrew Chandler (Funimation dub)
Spopovich voiced by: César Soto (Latin American)
Yamu voiced by: John Burgmeier (Funimation dub)
Yamu voiced by: Ricardo Brust (Latin American)
Two human fighters possessed and empowered by Babidi, sent to infiltrate the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament and to drain all of Gohan's ki in order to draw out enough energy to revive Majin Buu. Once their job was done, Babidi, having no more use for them, has them both killed.
Voiced by: Terry Klassen (Ocean dub)
Voiced by: Duncan Brennan (Funimation dub)
Voiced by: Arturo Mercado (Latin American)
A small alien wizard who is trying to take over the world using his father Bibidi's living weapon Majin Buu. It works for a while, but when he get too mouthy, it backfires royally.
- Aliens Are Bastards: Not nearly as much as Frieza, but is a sadist with a childish obsession with destruction
- Arc Villain: Despite not lasting very long, he's the one who awakened Majin Buu and sent him to terrorize the Earth.
- As Long as There Is Evil: As long as somebody has evil in their heart, Babidi can take control of them.
- Bad Boss: "Thank you for acquiring all this energy. Oh well, I don't need you anymore."
- Big Bad Wannabe: In spite of his dark magic powers, he's really no match for any of the Z Fighters and is completely reliant on the likes of Dabura and Majin Buu to do all the fighting for him.
- Brainwashing: How he recruits his minions.
- Deadline News: Theatrically declares the beginning of his genocidal rampage through a global telepathic broadcast. Keeps giving updates to the increasingly-terrified populace as he makes progress, only to have his last broadcast show everyone Goku's Super Saiyan 3 transformation followed by Buu and Goku's first fight, and then his own death.
- Didn't Think This Through: After the constant warnings that he can't be killed or else Buu will destroy the Earth, Piccolo points out that it's no different from what Babibi intends anyway.
- Dirty Coward: Justified since he's weaker than most of the villains at this point, and he relies more on his minions since he knows he's done once one gets him
- Enemy Mine: Sort of. He doesn't directly aid Goku in regards to defeating Kid Buu, but he cheers him on solely because he wants Buu dead as revenge for killing him in the first place.
- Evil Sorcerer: The only major one in Dragon Ball.
- Expy: He basically looks like an evil version of E.T.
- Faux Affably Evil: Acts dignified and polite when he's in control. The moment things go wrong, he turns into a Spoiled Brat, throwing tantrums and whining. He's also extremely sadistic and loves to torture people.
- Karmic Death: Since Majin Buu's release from his ensealment, Babidi threatened Buu with sealing Buu back up if he doesn't submit to him and/or obey his command, and was verbally abusive. After Babidi makes the mistake of telling off Buu for not killing Goku when he had the chance, Buu decides that he has had enough, and after tricking Babidi into coming closer, he strangles Babidi so that he can't utter the incantation that would seal him away, and then punches his head off in a bloody mist.
- Kick the Dog: Killing Spopovich and Yamu even after they followed his orders. And afterwords, he killed a random bystander just for not knowing where Goten, Trunks, or Piccolo are.
- Lack of Empathy: Common Dragon Ball villain trait.
- Man Child: And a spoiled brat on top of that.
- Non-Action Big Bad Wannabe: Babidi takes this to a ridiculous level, relying on taking control of others and making them fight in his place while screaming orders at them. Even in Budokai Tenkaichi 3, his attacks are mostly summoning others to do his dirty work.
- Oh Crap: After Piccolo points out that he Didn't Think This Through, and after he mouths off one too many times to Buu.
- Punny Name/Shout-Out: Bibidi, Babidi, and Buu.
- Sadist: Just like his father, he loves destruction and killing as much as they do.
- Small Annoying Creature: A villainous example, especially since he needs his minions to back him up.
- Smug Snake: Ohh boy, is he ever. Not helped at all by his status as a smarmy Squishy Wizard Non-Action Big Bad Big Bad Wannabe in a series full of Badass Blood Knights.
- Spoiled Brat: Despite being a centuries years old wizard, he acts like a child and is prone to throwing tantrums.
- Squishy Wizard: Only villainous example of this series.
- Take Over The Universe: Initially, he had plans for universal domination after Majin Buu was revived, but Vegeta blew up his spaceship. So he settled for terrorizing Earth instead. Probably should have forced them to build a new spaceship instead.
- Thirteen Is Unlucky: Even more meta; the Babidi Saga is the thirteenth saga of Dragon Ball Z.
- Weak, but Skilled: Subverted. Supreme Kai states that while Babidi is physically weak, his magical powers are so great that it would take all of the Z Fighters to defeat him personally in battle. However, Piccolo proceeds to go just out on his own, and easily defeats him. Supreme Kai has a bad habit of overestimating his opponents.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Wants to conquer the universe to make old Bibidi proud.
- Wizards from Outer Space: He's an alien wizard.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Towards his loyal right-hand man Dabura, then this backfires when he mouths off to Majin Buu, and Buu gets tired of it and kills him. The Z Fighters and his two Dragons were all stronger than he was, so first Dabura, then Buu, basically served as his bodyguard.
- You Killed My Father: The primary reason why he wanted to revive Buu in the first place, besides obviously conquering the universe, was to exact revenge on Supreme Kai for killing his father.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: His philosophy, since the only ally he considers important at all is Majin Buu. His putting all of his eggs in the strongest basket he has at the time and discarding ones he's already used comes back to bite him several times, and ultimately he falls victim to this trope as well.
Babidi's father. He is a stubby wizard responsible for summoning the demon Majin Buu millions of years prior to the beginning of Dragon Ball.
- Aliens Are Bastards: Yes, on par with Freeza.
- Bad Boss: Possibly. We don't see a whole lot of his interactions with Buu, but we do know that Buu rebelled against him somewhat regularly.
- Bigger Bad: He is responsible for almost everything that happens in the Buu saga.
- Fat Bastard: He's fairly rotund, especially in comparison to Babidi.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He planned on using Buu to annihilate everything in the universe, so that he could shape the remains to his liking.
- Posthumous Character: He's mentioned a lot but has less than five minutes of screentime. We only see a brief flashback to him late in the show when Supreme Kai is explaining Buu's original form.
Demon King Dabura
Demon King Dabura (ダーブラ)
Voiced By: Rick Robertson (Funimation)
Voiced By: Gabriel Pingarrón (Latin America)
The King of the Demon Realm and Babidi's right hand man. He assists in his plans for some time, until Babidi abandons him in favor of Buu. He tries to fight Buu to prove his worth but winds up killed as a result. If that wasn't bad enough, King Yemma sends him to Heaven as since he a demon, Hell wouldn't be a suitable punishment for him.
- Affably Evil: Regal and gentlemanly, the picture of evil nobility.
- Breath Weapon: His Evil Flame attack consists of a flaming cone of fire spewed by his mouth.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Mere minutes after being introduced he obliterated Kibito, turned Krilin and Piccolo into stone statues and fended off both Goku and Vegeta. After that, he dominated Gohan.
- The Dragon: To Babidi until Buu is released.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Is much more of a threat than Babidi. It was actually his plan to turned Vegeta evil that allowed Majin Buu to be revived.
- Eye Scream: Majin Buu punches his eyes out shortly after being freed from the seal. He didn't blind him though. It also qualifies under Disproportionate Retribution, seeing how he did this after Dabura called him a bumbling idiot.
- Heel-Face Turn: Anime only and its more due to the enviroment he's now stuck in turning him into a Love Freak, but Dabura does help the spirits of Chi Chi, Bulma and Videl try to look for Gohan in the afterlife and comforts them when it doesn't seem they're able.
- Hero Killer: As was said above, he disintegrated Kibito, turned Piccolo and Krillin into stone (effectively killing them, though they do not stay in stone very long), and beat down Gohan.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: He can pull out his sword and spear from seemingly nowhere.
- Ironic Hell: He was sent to Heaven for his crimes. King Yemma believed he'd enjoy it too much in Hell. He did eventually reform himself there in the anime, as Chi Chi, Bulma, and Videl discovered, to the point he became a Love Freak.
- Love Freak: After going to Heaven.
- Noble Demon: Whether or not the curse comes into the equation, Dabura remains admirably loyal to Babidi even as he is abandoned by the ungrateful mage, warning his master that Buu will not stay loyal and will be the death of him if not quickly sealed. He was, naturally, completely right.
- He also challenges Gohan, Goku, and Vegeta to attack him all at once, thinking he'd be too much for any one of them (an overestimation of his power, but it's the thought that counts). When Babidi asked him where he'd like the fight to take place, he requested a planet similar to Earth, so as not to give him an unfair advantage.
- Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight: His mighty demonic sword is snapped in half by Gohan during their fight.
- Physical Satanic Archetype: Whereas Demon King Piccolo earned his title through a life of murder and terror, Dabura literally is the King of Demon World itself. He is explicitly said to be around the same power level as Cell which means up to that point he was pretty much the second strongest villain or equal to the strongest one the Z Fighters had ever faced. Of course, Goku was stronger than Cell at this point by far. Dabura was stronger than Gohan, who defeated Cell, but Gohan's skills had explicitly degraded by that point.
- Redemption Equals Death: Inverted. He becomes good after dying, thanks to a combination of not being under Babidi's control anymore and being sent to Heaven.
- Sinister Scimitar: His large sword greatly resembles one.
- Spell My Name with an S: The US manga writes his name as Dabra.
- Super Spit
Pui Pui (プイプイ)
Voiced By: Tomohisa Aso (Japanese)
Voiced By: Enrique Mederos (Latin American)
Babidi's alien minion from the planet Zoon. Tasked to fight the Z-Fighters so Babidi can resurrect Majin Buu, Pui Pui faces Vegeta. Boasting about how Zoon has 10 times the gravity of Earth, Pui Pui is humiliated and then killed by Vegeta after he tells Pui Pui that he trained at 500 times Earth's gravity.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The victim of an outright one sided take of the trope against Vegeta (Who didn't even bother going Super Saiyan).
- Hilariously carried over into Buu's Fury for the gba. Without level grinding at all, you can kill him in a single punch. He has one of the lowest hp counts in the game, this includes the early game random enemies
- Break the Haughty/Determinator: And despite being clearly beaten, Pui Pui foolishly kept on fighting until Vegeta killed him.
- The Dark Chick: His very emotional and ineffectual tactics against Vegeta show him to be this.
- Evil Gloating: Especially how his planet has more gravity than Earth's.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Green in color.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: The sad thing is that he is genuinely one of the most powerful beings in the universe.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Despite genuinely one of the strongest beings in the universe, he like many other villains forget that all the strongest fighters in the series at this point are on earth leading to a humiliating defeat.
- Smug Snake: Definitely. He was way too confidant that no matter how strong the Z-Fighters were, they wouldn't be any match for him, especially considering he didn't have a clue who they were or exactly how powerful they really were. Vegeta proved him dead wrong the moment they started fighting.
Voiced By: Yoshiyuki Kono (Japanese)
Voiced By: Paul LeBlanc (Funimation)
Voiced By: Mario Sauret (Latin American)
Babidi's monstrous "pet" from the planet Dark Star who battles against Goku. During the fight, Yakon drains the "pure light" from Goku whenever he turns Super Saiyan, temporally de-powering him. Goku feeds Yakon so much light that the monster explodes.
Majin Buu (魔人ブウ; Majin Bū)
Voiced by: Mario Sauret (Latin American) — All Forms
The final villain of the Z
saga, a pink blobby magical creature summoned by alien Evil Sorceror
Bibidi to conquer the Kais and thus the take over the universe
. When he absorbed the Grand Supreme Kai, though, said Kai's overwhelming goodness weakened Buu's power and made him more childlike and misguided rather than the crazy and omnicidal being he originally was. Eventually Buu was sealed away, then awakened by Babidi, Bibibi's son, many, many years later. The two work together for a time, but Buu eventually gets tired of Babidi's criticism and kills him before going on a rampage of his own. Mr. Satan, who initially was sent to kill him, against all odds befriends Buu. But an unfortunate incident releases the true evil side of Buu as a Literal Split Personality
, and it all goes downhill from there 'til he eventually reverts to his original and much more insane form. After blowing up the earth
, Buu tears around the afterlife until a final battle between him, his Good Counterpart
Fat Buu, Goku, and Vegeta commences. After some back and forth, Goku manages to obliterate him using power donated by all the citizens of Earth focused into one Spirit Bomb
. But rather than be completely destroyed, he is reincarnated at Goku's wish as the human Uub
who becomes Goku's pupil at the end of the series, while his surviving good side, Fat Buu, goes on to live with Hercule on Earth.
Each of Buu's forms is effectively a different character with different abilities and personalities. They are each described below.Tropes that apply to Buu in all his forms:
- The Assimilator: Buu's defining trait as a villain. Once he encounters a stronger opponent he absorbs them into himself, adding their power to his and taking on their abilities, their knowledge, memories and even certain aspects of their identity. This can make for a very unnerving fight (as Gohan finds once Buu absorbs his old mentor Piccolo), but can also work to the heroes' advantage (Fat Buu became less dangerous when the original Buu absorbed the peaceful, benevolent Grand Supreme Kai).
- Like Cell before him, Buu has two methods for doing this: the first, which is how he absorbs Gohan, Gotenks and Piccolo is simply using a severed part of his body to completely engulf the victim, and then having that chunk of Buu-goo remerge with him. The second method (which is how Evil Buu absorbs Good Buu) is turning the victim into a piece of candy and eating them.
- Assimilation Backfire: As noted, absorbing the benevolent Grand Supreme Kai. It severely handicapped him thanks to the Kai's inherent goodness.
- Ax-Crazy: All his forms, taken to Omnicidal Maniac extremes. Every time he transforms into a new form, he becomes progressively more evil and psychopathic to the point where he just blows up planets without a second thought. While his Power Level in his final form is the subject of much debate among Dragon Ball fans, everyone can agree that said form was definitely the most Ax Crazy. To put it in perspective, the first thing he did after reverting to Kid Buu was try to blow up the planet. When he was foiled, he just made the next shot ten times bigger so he wouldn't miss.
- Badass: Just to be clear, this being was pretty much the strongest being in existence for five million years.
- Big Bad: The last one in the Z series.
- Arc Villain: After he kills his master and becomes a menacing villain on his own.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Starts off as one after killing Dabura.
- Fat Buu lampshades this at one point. When Babidi threatens to reseal him before fighting Goku, Buu points out that Babidi would be defenseless if he tried. Lucky for Babidi, Buu was more interested in fighting Goku.
- The Starscream: In his original form, Bibidi could barely control him (it's implied he'd just seal him, drop him off wherever he wanted the damage done, then repeat as necessary). Even Fat Buu wasn't terribly loyal, and eventually killed Babidi when he figured out he doesn't have to listen to him.
- Berserk Button: Making fun of his name.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Buu's unique physiology allows him and Mr. Satan to avoid being possessed by Baby's mind controlling eggs (Buu by simply ejecting it from his body, and Mr. Satan by hiding inside of Buu).
- Blob Monster: He's able to absorb people with it, and/or regenerate himself in addition to body manipulation.
- Blood Knight: As Super Buu and to a lesser extent Fat Buu. The desire to fight strong warriors was the only thing keeping them from destroying the Earth. As for Kid Buu, he just didn't care.
- That's not to say Kid Buu didn't have the desire to fight strong warriors, just that it no longer conflicted with his desire to destroy everything else.
- Bouncing Battler: Majin Buu becomes this when he performs his ball attack.
- The Brute: Unlike Frieza or Cell, he is merely a force of brute strength, with little brain power (when Piccolo wasn't absorbed) and quick to anger.
- Continuity Snarl: Fat Buu releases Evil Buu, his Enemy Without, who proceeds to absorb Fat Buu and become Super Buu. When Fat Buu is severed from Super Buu, he regresses to Kid Buu, even though he logically should have regressed to Evil Buu. The only way this makes sense is if Fat Buu merely served as a catalyst to regain his powers, rather than a direct power booster as every other absorbee was. Kid Buu would therefore exist in Evil Buu, and Super Buu's regression into him would make slightly more sense.
- One theory was that the Evil Buu and Fat Buu were still linked somehow (sort of like Piccolo and Kami) representing Majin Buu's evil and good half respectively, as his internal struggle was literally brought into the open. Super Buu is thought of the result of Buu regaining most of his original evil, making it a sort of Split Personality Takeover. Removing the Good Buu from within removed the positive influence altogether, reverting him to his original form.
- Clipped Wing Angel: Kid Buu is not as powerful as Super Fusion Buu (the fusion of Gotenks, Piccolo, and Gohan). How much weaker is a hot debate. He is still a threat, however, because he's absolutely insane and doesn't hold back at all.
- Detachment Combat: He can control any part of his body whether attached or not, and shape it as he pleases. Fat Buu used a chunk of his stomach to restrain Vegeta, Super Buu uses pieces of himself to absorb foes (and used Fat Buu's trick at one point), and Kid Buu ripped off his arm so he could turn it into a guided missile.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Nobody gives a shit about Babidi after he shows up. Unfortunately for Babidi, Buu joins that list.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: This guy killed all but one of the universe's highest gods, and actually absorbed South Supreme Kai and Grand Supreme Kai, the former of which was the strongest of the gods by far.
- The Dreaded: The gods fear him and for good reason. He wiped out all life on Earth and after becoming Kid Buu he destroyed several planets including Earth.
- Eldritch Abomination: A Physical God capable of absorbing/devouring gods, regenerating from atoms and tearing through the dimensional planes? Yeah, he's definitely eldritch.
- Eldritch Location: The inside of his body is one.
- Enemy Without/Literal Split Personality: Fat Buu with both Evil and Kid Buus
- From A Single Atom: Being magically empowered instead of biological justifies this. So long as any piece of him exists in any way, shape, or form, he'll reform. Nothing short of complete destruction of his entire physical being will put him down.
- Gone Horribly Right: Going by the flashback for Kid Buu's summoning and Buu's overall backstory, Bibidi summoned Buu to destroy everything so he could dominate over existence. Bibidi at least got that first part right, though he didn't stop to consider how he, a weak magic user, could hope to reliably control such a force.
- Hair-Trigger Temper/Mood-Swinger: To an extreme extent: he can snap from calm, inquisitive or cheerful to a towering temper or a malevolent vindictiveness and back again with terrifying speed given the power he has. This makes his rampages as Fat Buu all the more disturbing, and as Super Buu it makes him nothing less than an unchecked time bomb. Keeping him calm until the heroes have someone to deal with him is a major plot point.
- Hero Killer: He murdered or caused the deaths of nearly the entire cast, the entire human population, and blew up the Earth, the latter being something no villain had ever succeeded at prior. Not to mention numerous planets after that.
- Jabba Table Manners: Made worse by the fact that when he turns his victims to candy, they are still alive and conscious as he noisily chews on them.
- Lightning Bruiser: Especially Kid Buu, but Fat Buu and Super Buu are very fast despite their statures.
- Mars Wants Chocolate: Prefers to kill enemies by turning them into candy and eating them.
- Morality Chain: Both Mr. Satan/Hercule and Bee, before he regresses to Kid Buu.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Up to Eleven in the Serial Escalation of From a Single Cell, you have to destroy him to the very last atom, since he can regenerate from even mist particles of his being.
- One-Winged Angel: Has the most transformations of any villain in Dragon Ball, and one of the most unusual variations since the power zigs-zags all over the place with the transformations.
- Our Genies Are Different: Very different. Made more explicit in the comic than the show.
- Physical God: In a series full of Physical Gods, he tops them all by being super powerful and close to immortal thanks to his healing factor.
- Power Copying: He can both imitate attacks he's seen only once and gain abilities from absorbing people.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Fat Buu is the obliviously-evil type, Super Buu acts a bit more refined but tends to throw hissy fits when outmatched (even after absorbing Piccolo and Gohan), and Kid Buu is just completely off his rocker.
- Really Millions Of Years Old: Buu has lived for millions of years. In fact, Toriyama has stated that Buu has existed since the beginning of time, awakening, rampaging, and going to sleep in long cycles. Bibidi didn't create him, he just woke him up.
- Which makes Buu remarkably similar to a classic RPG villian that Toriyama did the artwork on. The misinformation about who created Buu as well as being a timeless entity that rains destruction before going into a state of habituation mirrors the story of Lavos from Chrono Trigger.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning/Black Eyes of Crazy/Black Eyes of Evil: A Trope Codifier for anime villains, though not at first, as both Evil Buu and Super Buu at first, had white pupils instead of the iconic red. However, after Gotenks managed to hit him, his eyes turned red, possibly his version of Turns Red as finally being aware of a powerful fighter.
- It's really more to do with the anime adjusting itself to the manga, as the color of Buu's pupils was only revealed at a color chapter cover.
- Real Villains Are Pink: A Trope Codifier.
- Rubber Man: A psychotic, superpowered flying wad of bubblegum.
- Slasher Smile: In all forms, even Fat Buu occasionally. Special mention goes to Super Buu.◊
- Spell My Name with an S: Literally, it's "Majin Buu", but Bandai uses "Boo". Viz for some reason, translated "Majin" as "Djinn".
- 魔 ("ma") can mean sorcery or demon (it's the same character used in Piccolo Daimaou). 人 ("jin") means person, but it also used to indicate a person's ethnicity ("Amerika-jin" for American). Majin would be a Japanese word for genie (or djinn). The only problem with replacing "Majin" with "djinn" is it removes the alternate meaning of "demon."
- Super Breath: He used this to destroy a city. He obtained it after absorbing the Grand Supreme Kai; when he used it, it doubled as a Razor Wind.
- Sweet Tooth: He can change anyone, including himself, into candy in order to eat them.
- Tangled Family Tree: Let's see, Kid Buu absorbs South Supreme Kai to become Ultra Buu, and then absorbs Grand Supreme Kai to become Fat Buu. Then Fat Buu releases the evilness from himself in rage which manifests itself into the Evil Buu, who subsequently absorbs Fat Buu and becomes Super Buu. Super Buu absorbs Gotenks, Piccolo, and Gohan only to have them ripped from inside of him by Vegito (who also removes Fat Buu). After all of these are removed, Super Buu regresses into Kid Buu, who is then destroyed and reincarnated into Uub. WHEW.
- Transformation Ray: He can fire one from his head-tentacle. He mainly uses it to turn people into candy, making it a One-Hit Kill if it hits. The drawbacks? In addition to only affecting organic matter, the beam itself is so slow and weak that Evil Buu was able to literally blow it back at Fat Buu and turn him into chocolate; later, Vegito is even able to keep his sentience and power when hit by it and turned into a jaw breaker. The Daizenshuu explains that this was because of the Kai magic of his earrings.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Their attack animations in the video games are just them flailing their limbs around. In the show itself it's more a mixed bag: Buu has a fighting style that might best be described as "chaotic" and often relies on brute strength, but he's certainly capable of great skill. He's particularly good at coming up with inventive ways to use his rubbery, stretchy body in combat.
Fat Buu/Mister Buu (ミスター・ブウ; Misutā Bū)
Voiced by: Josh Martin (Funimation dub)
The form in which Buu appears when Babidi releases him, much to everyone's surprise. "Fat Buu" is an obese, gluttonous, genie-like creature who looks like he's made out of bubblegum. In this form, all Buu cares about is eating sweets, fighting strong opponents, and blowing up cities for fun, unaware of the pain he causes. This changes when Mr. Satan tries (and miserably fails) to defeat him and instead becomes Buu's friend. When Satan (and Bee, a stray dog Buu adopts) is shot by a human criminal, Buu is overcome with rage and pain, and his evil side
literally emerges from him, fights him, and absorbs him, turning into Super Buu.
Later, when Goku and Vegeta are inside Super Buu looking for their absorbed friends, they also find Fat Buu, whom they free, causing Super Buu to transform into Kid Buu. Fat Buu, now firmly on the side of good, helps hold off Kid Buu while Goku charges his Spirit Bomb. When Kid Buu is finally defeated, the Z Fighters wish on the Dragon Balls for everyone's memory of Babidi and Buu to be erased so that Fat Buu, now called "Mister Buu" as Mr. Satan's sidekick and a celebrity in his own right, can stick around.
In the timeline of Dragon Ball GT
, Fat Buu merges with Uub to become Majuub
, effectively ceasing to exist. In the Dragon Ball Online
timeline, however, he creates a wife named Booby, and together they beget a whole new race of friendly Majins who populate the Earth.
- Acrofatic: Despite being an obese pink blob with thin limbs, he manages to fight on par with Goku's Super Saiyan 3 for a bit, and is Vegeta's superior in combat.
- Anti-Villain: Type III bordering on Type IV. He is possibly the most sympathethic villain in the series. He kills and destroys only because it's all he was ever taught to do and he doesn't really comprehend at first that it's wrong. When Hercule explains to him that it is, he has no problems stopping.
- Ax-Crazy: Especially in Vegeta's fight. Mostly because Vegeta got him mad by calling him names.
- Badass Cape: Due to inheriting the old Grand Supreme Kai's outfit.
- Balloon Belly: Due to inheriting the old Grand Supreme Kai's figure.
- Berserk Button: Fat Buu is possibly the most jovial character on the show, which is in itself bizarre in an adorable way, but God help you if you harm his dog and/or his best bud.
- Beware the Silly Ones: This thing's dangerous? C'mon, he's not nearly as cool looking or charsmatic as Cell; he's a babyish blob monste — did he just oneshot Gohan, who fought on par with Dabura, who was as strong as Cell?!
- Big Eater: Changes people into food, but it's viewed as silly compared to Super Buu.
- Character Development: Gets quite a bit surprisingly. Starts off as a violent psychopathic child, but learns compassion and respect for life from interacting with Hercule and his dog Bee. By the end, he's still childish but is kind and gentle.
- Chick Magnet: By the series finale. Not that he notices much.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His "fights" with Dabura, the Supreme Kai, Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Vegeta.
- The Dog Bites Back: Goku chides Buu for taking orders from a weakling like Babidi before abandoning their fight. Taking that to heart, he decides he has had enough of being barked around by his "master". Tricking Babidi into getting too close for his own good, he chokes him to keep him silent and punches his head off, eliminating any risk of Babidi trying to seal him back in.
- Eyes Always Shut: Except when angry or about to kill.
- Fat Bastard: At first, before he Took a Level in Kindness thanks to Mister Satan.
- Fat Idiot: Double subverted, he is not bright, but he was dumber before the absorption
- Hidden Depths: The first non-violent interaction we see Buu have is with a homeless blind child, whom he first heals of his blindness so he can scare him, but then ends up getting him milk (albeit by turning the milk man into milk). This is the first sign that Buu isn't inherently evil, he just sincerely doesn't understand that hurting and killing people is wrong.
- Heel-Face Turn: Thanks to Hercule of all people.
- Helium Speech: In the Funimation dub.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Twice. In Z, he risks his life (and nearly dies) while fighting Kid Buu. In GT, he effectively kills himself by fusing with Uub.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Hercule
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Tries to turn the Evil Buu into chocolate with his change beam, but is ironically turned into chocolate himself and eaten when the Evil Buu blows his change beam back at him. He gets better later.
- Idiot Houdini: Buu is allowed to live because he didn't have any idea of the moral implications of his actions.
- Lack of Empathy: Starts off this way, but learns empathy by interacting with Mr. Satan.
- Laughably Evil: Double subverted, he is a silly enemy, but the power he is has is played straight
- Me's a Crowd: During his fight with Kid Buu, his severed pieces reform as four copies of himself, all of which proceed to beat on Kid Buu.
- Morality Chain: His presence in Super Buu made him receptive to Videl's challenge (through her relation to Mr. Satan), though it didn't stop him from later killing her. When inside Kid Buu, he kept Kid Buu from harming Mr. Satan until Kid Buu spit him out.
- Non-Human Sidekick: To Mr. Satan/Hercule after his Heel-Face Turn. This works out surprisingly well despite Hercule being weak. Buu has always been an almost mindless force due to his creator only focusing on power and having Hercule there gave his life and skills direction.
- Obliviously Evil: Does not realize that killing/eating people is wrong until Mr. Satan points this out to him, leading to a Heel-Face Turn.
- One-Track-Minded Hunger: The number of people he kills without eating them can be counted on one hand.
- Power Copying: Instantly learns the Kamehameha after seeing Goku use it just once. As Super Buu, it is revealed that he even learned Vegeta's suicide attack (which he can simply regenerate from).
- Redemption Demotion: Though certainly a force to be reckoned with, expelling his evil side put him at a disadvantage against his Enemy Without, and later Kid Buu. Both of them had no morality to speak of, and thus could use their power to its full extent.
- Sweet Tooth: He's very fond of chocolates and candy.
- Third-Person Person: Dub only.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Shortly after he was released by Babidi, Buu pretty much ignored Babidi's presence going around and doing his own thing, not even thanking him. He only ends up bowing to Babidi when the latter essentially threatens Majin Buu with being re-sealed if he doesn't accept him as his master.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He's not as vacant as he looks and can mimic techniques after seeing them once, but he tends to rely on his preposterous durability.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
- Would Hurt a Child: Beating Gotenks to the point he had to be medicated and having a black eye.
Evil Buu (魔人ブウ 純粋悪; Majin Bū Junsui Aku, "Majin Buu Pure Evil")
Fat Buu's evil side, released during Fat Buu's Freak Out!
when Mr. Satan is almost murdered. Evil Buu fights Fat Buu, turns him into chocolate, and eats him. Thus powered up, Evil Buu transforms into Super Buu.
Super Buu (魔人ブウ 悪; Majin Bū Aku, "Majin Buu Evil")
The combined form of Fat Buu and Evil Buu, with the latter's personality. After tracking down the surviving Z Fighters, Piccolo begs him to wait until Goten and Trunks finish training and merge into Gotenks (so they can put up a more stirring fight), which he does, but kills every person on Earth
besides the Z Fighters just because he's bored
. Super Buu finally fights and absorbs Piccolo, Gotenks, and Gohan, gaining all of their powers, before Goku and Vegeta fuse into Vegito and nearly pound him to dust — until deliberately getting absorbed to save the others. Once inside Buu, however, Vegito unfortunately unfuses. Goku and Vegeta successfully remove their friends from Super Buu's body — along with Fat Buu, whose absence causes Super Buu to transform into the more psychotic Kid Buu.
- Ax-Crazy: He laughs insanely as he attempts a "suicide" attack to kill Gohan for starters.
- He also laughs madly as he turned the surviving main cast into chocolate and ate them.
- Badass: In his full fusion form he's the most powerful villain in Z. This is due to being a combination of an ancient Eldritch Abomination, the universe's two strongest gods, and two of the strongest beings in the universe.
Buu: I possess the greatest powers in the universe! And I'll use them all to kill you!
- Batman Gambit: Pulled this off with flawless effect against Gotenks.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In an attempt to buy some time for Goten and Trunks, Piccolo suggested that Buu should get back to slaughtering the human race as a distraction. Buu proceeded to do just that in under a minute. See Kill 'em All.
- Big Eater: And unlike before, it's played very dark.
- Big "NO!": He does this in the time chamber when he finds out that there is no chocolate or other sweets to eat in there.
- Blood Knight: The only reason he didn't destroy the Earth was to find a strong opponent.
- Break Them by Talking: To Gohan after absorbing Piccolo. This is a case of Dub Text as Buu never played mind games with Gohan in the original Japanese version.
- Beyond the Impossible: Leaving the Hyperbolic Time Chamber without using the doorway was supposed to be impossible. Piccolo was counting on this to trap Buu inside in case Gotanks failed to stop him. Instead, he created a portal to the outside by screaming loud enough. Afterwards, the trope is deconstructed: if he could do it then anyone with equal or greater power can do it.
- It was so impossible, even Buu was surprise.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Averted on every level. Super Buu is very pragmatic in battle and will not hesitate to kill, eat, absorb anyone who gets in his way. The worst thing about it is that he does it with a great amount of surprise. No evil laughing, taunting or mocking. Just straight up death. The only instances he'll every draw out a battle is to discover the weakness of his opponents. And when he does find out their weaknesses, he will exploit them to devastating effect. Whether it's flaws in power or personality traits of the opponent.
- Although, he was caught somewhat flat-footed when Gotenks revealed he could go Super Saiyan 3 and he was almost killed if the fusion did not break apart when it did. Not to mention, he only escaped from the Time Chamber because he threw a temper tantrum, otherwise he would have been trapped in there forever.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Revealed to be the reason why he didn't kill Gotenks the minute he defused; he needed him for his plan to beat Gohan.
- The Chessmaster: No, he seriously was. Super Buu Out-Gambitted everyone in the Majin Buu Arc. And it wasn't just a basic case of Super Buu out smarting them or getting lucky, he covertly came up several plans to become the strongest in the universe and with every plan he came up with, he thought of several back up plans as well. He also manipulated many of the heroes into making himself seem like less of a threat and when the opportunity presented itself from the heroes being arrogant, he would not only take advantage of it but also made sure that there were some contingency plans if things were to go against him. And it worked like a charm, because he technically never loses a battle. And any battle that it seems like he is losing, he's losing on purpose because it's all a part of his plan. It took the Story Breaker Power of Vegetto just to slow him down.
- Climax Boss: Despite being the most powerful and arguably smartest villain in the Dragon Ball canon, he's not technically the Final Boss. That's the much dumber and crazier Kid Buu.
- Combat Pragmatist: Super Buu will either immediately absorb you if you're stronger than him or turn you into candy. Gotenks and Vegetto can attest to that.
- Crazy-Prepared: He's a lot smarter than he looks. For example, after he reverts to a weaker form while fighting Goku, he finds himself outmatched again. Then he points to his head tentacle, which had a piece of it cut off earlier...
Super Buu: (after distracting Gohan with inane conversation for a minute) Luckily, I left some 'insurance' in case this happened. Why do you think I didn't regenerate this?
- Cue a decapitated piece of Buu jumping out of a rock behind Gohan, absorbing him.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Super Buu's surprisingly high intellect and cunning caught a lot of people off-guard in the Buu Arc. Super Buu demanded seeing the "Strong Fighter"/Gotenks (Goten and Trunks fused together) he was promised by Goku, in an effort to buy more time Piccolo suggests that Buu amuse himself by terrorizing the people of Earth, knowing they can be revived with the Dragon Balls. Despite Majin Buu previous rampage there were still billions of humans left on earth so Piccolo thought that with that many humans left it would take Super Buu at least a few hours to fly across the world and terrorize every single one of them. Super Buu instead kills every single human, with the expectation of Mr Satan, Tien, Chiaotzu and all those present on Kami's Lookout in only two minutes and never left Kami's Lookout while doing it. All of humanity had essentially become a sacrificial lamb for the sake of giving Goten and Trunks just two more of minutes of time to train. It's safe to say that Piccolo's plan of trying to outsmart Super Buu to gain more time backfired on him tremendously.
- In stark contrast to other major DBZ villains such as Vegeta, Cell and Freeza, Super Buu goes out of his way to prevent his enemies from getting stronger, even when he's sure their boost won't be enough, just to not take chances. He prefers to just straight up kill them. He does this when Gohan and Goku attempt to fuse, and later when Goku and Vegeta attempt the same.
- His reaction when Gohan and Goku try to fuse?
- Deader than Dead: Being essentially a fusion, he is an entirely separate being than the other two main Buus, Fat and Kid. Detaching Mr. Buu, according to Super Buu himself, causes him to "cease to exist". While removing Mr. Buu doesn't physically kill Super Buu, just reverting him to Pure Buu (as he doesn't have Mr. Buu powering him up anymore), it still completely erases his being. Taken to a further extreme when Kid Buu is reincarnated as Uub; Super Buu was only possible via a combination of Mr. Buu and Kid Buu, both due to their ki and biology. With Kid Buu's 'soul' being reincarnated in a normal human's body now, Super Buu can never be formed again. He's not only dead, he's that way forever and doesn't even exist in the Afterlife — he's the only Dragon Ball character to be well and truly gone.
- Though it's rather wonky and debatable, Uub himself can be considered a reincarnation of Super Buu after he fuses with Mr. Buu. At the very least, fusing with Mr. Buu gives him a massive power boost and some of Super Buu's signature cunning. Then again, it's GT, and Uub and Mr. Buu probably can't even merge like that in the manga continuity.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mostly during his fight with Gotenks, but it shows up other places as well. This is played up more in the Funimation dub of the anime though, whenever he interacts with Goku.
Buu: I'm sorry. I interrupted you. You were giving a speech. Something about making me answer for my crimes? Honestly, I was finding it a little cliché. Please, continue.
Buu: For your sake, I hope you brought some insurance to back up your claims. But knowing you Goku, you probably don't even know what "insurance" means.
Buu: Oh, don't take it too personally, Goku. Everybody fails. Your failure just means the end of the universe. Sorry about that.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Chi-Chi once slapped him and yelled at him for killing Gohan. Super Buu, without even changing his expression, transformed her into an egg and crushed her right in front of her family and friends.
- Dumb Muscle: Compared to Frieza and Cell, he comes across as a brute with a few surprisingly good ideas. However...
- Obfuscating Stupidity: this is ultimately subverted. He appears to be a mere brute, but in reality he was playing everyone the whole time. The act was quite effective too, given that in the original manga, Gohan outright calls him a "retard", and is completely taken off guard by Buu's plan.
- Evil Counterpart: To Goku. He has certain similarities, such as being a Big Eater, lacking eloquence, and having a tendency to seek a strong enemy.
- Evil Is Bigger: He's the tallest form of Buu, standing at over eight feet, and noticeably towers over everyone he fights.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Deeper than Fat Buu and Kid Buu, at least. In the English version specifically, his voice gets much deeper after he absorbs Gohan and Piccolo.
- Faux Affably Evil: One feature that sets him apart from its other forms. Super Buu can be funny, slightly rational and yet allows the Earth alive if he seeks a strong opponent. However, he is extremely cruel and brutal in their methods of murder.
- Flaw Exploitation: Super Buu exploits Goten and Trunks stubbornness, arrogance and pride to trick them into fusion into Gotenks, as a Super Saiyan 3 no less, then proceeds to absorb them. Bonus points for Super Buu, after absorbing Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, noting that there was a time limit to how long Goten and Trunks could stay fused together and declaring he would make quick work of Gohan, which he did.
- For the Evulz: Though unlike Kid Buu, Super Buu was at least a bit more interested in fighting a strong opponent rather than random destruction (the first thing he does is fly to Kami's Lookout and demand to fight the "strong opponent" he was promised).
- Invincible Villain: He never technically loses a fight. 18/Krillin/Yamcha/Tenshinhan, Piccolo, Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta, Super Saiyan 3 Goku, Super Saiyan Gotenks, Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, and Ultimate Gohannote are all easily defeated by him via various methods, ranging from Batman Gambit to sneak absorption to straight up brute force. Even Super Vegetto doesn't actually beat him, despite possessing the capability to; he gets absorbed intentionally in a gambit to free his friends, but this ends up backfiring when he defuses due to Buu's Bizarre Alien Biology, and Super Buu subsequently stomps Goku and Vegeta apart. In the end, he's taken down by internal sabotage, when Vegeta yanks out Mr. Buu's pod just as Super Buu is about to kill Goku.
- Epitomized during his fight with Gotenks; Gotenks blows him to smithereens, then goes around and vaporizes all of the pieces to keep him from regenerating. Buu reforms from the smoke.
- Though, it's abundantly clear that Vegetto had absolutely let him win (the guy gave him a countdown for death). If he was serious, he could have destroyed him mere moments after transforming into a Super Saiyan.
- Laughably Evil: Despite being the most serious and devious of the Buus, he still has some good scenes like this, like freaking out when he gets trapped in the time chamber, or boredly drinking a soda and reading a magazine while Gotenks tries to make a big speech.
- Light Is Not Good: Very light in color, but not good.
- Kick the Dog: He gets a truly cruel moment when he kills a man by getting into his body and blowing him up from the inside.
- See Kill 'em All for more details
- Turning Chi-Chi into an egg and then smashing her for annoying him.
- Kill 'em All: His Human Extinction Attack, as it is literally an attack that kills nearly every human on Earth, with the only survivors either being three things; one being Buu's Morality Pet, being strong enough to block the blast or being on Kami's tower at the time. And he later killed everyone there anyway.
- Knight of Cerebus: The first thing he does is pour himself down a gunman's mouth till he popped like a balloon, and it goes downhill when he manages to wipe out almost all of humanity with one attack, specifically the only ones that weren't effected were by morality, too strong or not in the direction of the attack. He then kills every last one of Goku's friends while Gotenks is trapped in the Time Chamber. He goes so far as to murder Chi Chi right in front of her son and brag about it later.
- Knuckle Cracking: Cracking his neck is practically his Catch Phrase.
- Lower-Class Lout: Unlike the lordly Frieza and Cell, he's a rude, immature slob addicted to junk food, with a sense of humour aimed squarely at the lowest common denominator. Never assume that this means he's stupid, though.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: He can scream so loudly it tears holes in the fabric of reality. At one point he does this to the point that the Kais fear a chain reaction that will annihilate the universe will result. Vegetto stops him before it goes that far.
- Manipulative Bastard: Super Buu's surprisingly high intellect and cunning caught a lot of people off-guard in the Buu Arc as he ran rings around the Z-Fighters, making himself look much stupider than he truly was to put the heroes in false sense of security and then strike when they weren't expecting it. It got to the point where he was acting like the The Chessmaster and was playing the Z-Fighters like pawns .
- Near Villain Victory: Probably the closest example in the whole series save for King Piccolo. After enacting Plan B and taking Gohan off guard to absorb him, Buu has basically won. Every member of the cast is either dead or absorbed, except Goku, who is completely incapable of opposing Buu in any way, and is so desperate that he considers fusing with Mr. Satan, even though he knows it would be pointless and Buu would still be capable of killing him in one punch. On top of that, he's being Dangerously Genre Savvy again and going straight for the kill, which Goku can only slightly delay by teleporting to the other side of the planet. Luckily for the universe, King Yamma brought back Vegeta giving Goku some fusion fodder, triggering the series of events that lead to Super Buu's reversion into Kid Buu, but if Vegeta hadn't been sent back or, hell, had even been five seconds late, the series would have ended on a very depressing note.
- Nightmare Face: Several insane expressions and facial deformities that make him are quite disturbing.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Super Buu makes it clear that he only wants a Worthy Opponent to fight. Anyone else just isn't worth his time and will be killed instantly.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He very nearly destroyed reality in a rage.
- Orifice Invasion: The first thing he does is liquefy and pour himself down Smitty's throat until the guy pops like a balloon. We aren't dealing with the big silly fat man anymore. He tried it on Vegito, but it backfired when Vegito proved strong enough to compress Buu into a ball inside his own body.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He starts throwing a tantrum when things aren't going his way. Like when he finds out there's no candy to eat in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, or when Vegito is whooping his ass.
- Psychotic Smirk: He's prone to this, doing it almost as often as the Slasher Smile.
- Sadist: Unlike Fat Buu, who don't know or care about pain, due to his heightened intellect, especially after absorbing Piccolo, he understands how to cause the greatest pain both physically and more importantly psychologically as seen with Gohan with his breaking speech
- Shoot the Medic First: Immediately attempts to kill Dende after he sees him healing Gohan.
- Slouch of Villainy: With or without a chair, Super Buu has terrible posture. His iconic pose is a standing slouch, shoulders slumped and head cocked to one side as he regards his foes with amusement, boredom, or some combination of the above. It serves to indicate his Rubber Man nature and to set up a striking contrast between his rude, crude, Lower-Class Lout attitude and the more strait-laced, aristocratic villains of previous arcs (who carry themselves much more rigidly).
- Smug Super: After absorbing Gotenks and especially Gohan.
- The Sociopath: Yes, on pair with Frieza. And his sociopathy seems to grow as it absorbs warriors. Especially when absorbs Piccolo. He has different strategies to cause physical and psychological pain to other beings.
- Sweet Tooth: He turns his victims into sweets and until Vegetto, it usually spelled the end of his enemies. In fact, he warps reality to get out of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber in order to get more food.
- To Serve Man: But not before turning them into candy.
- Underestimating Badassery: One of the reasons Gotenks lost the battle was his refusal to take Buu seriously until the very end.
- Villainous Breakdown: Forced into it by Vegito. He nearly breaks the universe.
- Villainous Glutton: Even more than Fat Buu, and unlike with the former, it's played very dark
- Villainous Valor: Unlike most other villains, he starts out below the heroes. He finds himself completely outmatched by Gotenks and especially Gohan. He gets around this with deception and a few surprisingly good plans.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He came into being after Van Zant and his partner in crime mortally wounded Mr. Satan and Bee, his pet dog.
- Though Super Buu himself doesn't seem to care about this.
- Would Hit a Girl: He had no problem turning Chi-Chi into an egg and smooshing it, and later killed and ate Videl, Marron, Bulma, and Android 18.
- Would Hurt a Child: He had no problem fighting Goten and Trunks, or turning Marron into candy and eating her along with the rest of Goku's friends.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Super Buu is very good at doing this, despite being a mere thug in personality. He noticed Gohan's growing power, so he fought against Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks and tested the limits of his strength and his weaknesses (e.g. fusion limit). After briefly fighting Gohan and finding himself overwhelmed, he goes through an intentional Super Power Meltdown, knowing he will regenerate and buys time (and getting Goten and Trunks to recuperate, to fuse again). When he returns he goads Goten and Trunks into fusing again at full power and absorbs Gotenks and Piccolo into his being, deciding 30 minutes is more than enough to handle Gohan (he was right). Goku arrives and the fusion breaks down. Goku says Gohan alone is strong enough to defeat Buu, but then Buu reveals that he planned for this eventuality as well, and had a piece of himself ready to absorb Gohan the whole time, who he goaded into standing still until it was too late. Interestingly, the only character this didn't work on is Vegito, who was too strong, too wily, and had plans of his own, as he later found out...
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Said almost verbatim to Vegito, notable in that it was after he absorbed Gohan, which at this point made him one of the two strongest characters in the series.
Kid Buu (魔人ブウ 純粋; Majin Bū Junsui, "Majin Buu Pure")
Voiced by: Ward Perry (Ocean dub)
Voiced by: Josh Martin (Funimation dub)
Buu's original form, and the form he takes again in the end. Kid Buu is the purest form of the character, before he absorbed the Kais ages ago. Super Buu is forced back into this form after Fat Buu is separated from him again. Kid Buu knows nothing but destructive rage and literally destroys the Earth just for fun (the Namek Dragon Balls put it back together again.) He then rips a hole in reality
to do the same to the Other World, but is confronted by Goku, Vegeta, and Fat Buu. The latter two manage to hold Kid Buu off while Goku gathers his biggest Spirit Bomb ever, which finally ends Kid Buu's reign of terror.
As Kid Buu dies, Goku pleads to him to come back as a good guy in his next life so they can have a fair fight. He does just that, and ten years later, Goku meets Kid Buu's reincarnation — Uub.
- Ax-Crazy: Extreme emphasis on both the ax and crazy. Unlike all the other villains in the series, you can't reason, trick, or delay him. He just wants to kill.
- Badass: Of course. He's one of the most powerful villains ever in Dragon Ball Z.
- Big Bad: The last one in Z.
- Blood Knight: Despite only caring about destroying everything in sight, he takes his time and enjoys the fight with Goku, Vegeta, and Fat Buu.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: This, with a combination of No-Holds-Barred Beatdown while fighting Vegeta. He does the same things as he beats the crap out of Fat Buu.
- Confusion Fu: Kid Buu's primary "fighting style".
- Darkest Hour: After so many close calls, he does what no other villain was able to do, destroy the Earth. Along with its destruction, the Dragon Balls are destroyed and Gohan, Goten, Trunks, Piccolo, and Tien are also killed. Things were dark before, but this is the series low point.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: He blows up the Earth.
- Evil Counterpart: To Gotenks.
- For the Evulz: He is described as being "evil incarnate". Unlike Super Buu, who at least cared about a good fight, Kid Buu just wanted to destroy for the sake of destruction (his first act was to blow up Earth even after Vegeta challenged him to a fight).
- The Hyena: The majority of Kid Buu's speech is composed of either maniacal laughter or insane screeches.
- Lack of Empathy: He seems not to care about anything other than having fun, by fighting powerful people, killing, and causing lots and lots of destruction.
- Laughably Evil: Especially in this scene.
- Laughing Mad: Burst into randomly laughter during his fight with Goku.
- Light Is Not Good
- Mood-Swinger: Goes from kill-happy to enraged at a drop of a hat.
- Nightmare Face: Several insane expressions and facial deformities that makes him are quite disturbing, along with Super Buu as well.
- Kick the Dog: Remember how the other Buus are above blowing up the planet?note This one has no such problems.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Several times he displays the ability to scream so loudly that planets quake from the sound waves. He seems to do this... well, just because.
- The Napoleon: Like most Dragon Ball main villains, he's the shortest villain of the saga as well as the final one.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Again, the purest example. He is completely insane and irrational, his only motive is violence. In fact, Kid Buu is so deranged that not even his creator Bibidi could control him.
- We later learned from the author that Bibidi never created Buu, he just summoned him and tried, and failed, to control him. Buu has existed since the universe itself was created and caused destruction wherever he went before going into long stages of hibernation.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: One of the strongest beings in the universe and he looks like a ten years old.
- Psycho for Hire: When he was under Bibidi's orders.
- Pure Is Not Good: It is implied that Kid Buu is pure of heart in the final moments of the battle as he managed to not only catch the Spirit Bomb (which almost vaporized him), but also ended up pushing it back to Goku while he was still weakened before ultimately having it be reflected right back to him, and then destroyed by it. Possibly overlapping with Children Are Innocent since by all appearances, he doesn't seem to possess the full intelligence to actually understand what he's doing. He just loves the thrill of breaking things.
- Sadist: A very sadistic Omnicidal Maniac. Even he has hinted he would to enjoy the death of every living thing that exists.
- The Sociopath: The entire world is just his stress toy, and he likes beating and humiliating it a lot.
- Suddenly Voiced: The English dub, and some Latin American dubs as well, gave Kid Buu the ability to at least utter simple words, while in the manga and Japanese version Kid Buu can't speak at all. Following video games for the franchise rectified this to match the manga and rendered Kid Buu speechless.
- He does speak once in the original version when SS3 Goku compliments his strength. His response? "Gonna kill you!"
- Teleporters and Transporters: Thanks to copying Kibito Kai's teleportation technique.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: His very first act was to try to blow up the Earth. When Vegeta deflected the attack, he retaliated by making an energy ball so ridiculously overpowered that it would be impossible to stop.
- The Unfettered: Kid Buu may not be the most powerful incarnation, but there's no doubt that he's the most dangerous one. The other versions can be reasoned with to at least some extent; all Kid Buu understands or cares about is cosmic destruction.