Characters: Dragon Ball Z Villains

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Arc Villains

Saiyan Saga


Raditz (ラディッツ; Radittsu)

Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (Japanese)
Voiced by: Jason Gray-Stanford, Doug Parker (Ocean dub)
Voiced by: Christopher Sabat, Justin Cook (Funimation 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...
    • Gets subverted as the arc goes on: 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.


Nappa (ナッパ)

Voiced by: Shozo Iizuka (Z), Kiyoyuki Yanada (GT), Tetsu Inada (Kai) (Japanese)
Voiced by: Michael Dobson (Ocean dub)
Voiced by: Christopher Sabat, Phil Parsons (Funimation dub)
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.
    • Only in the English dub. Him being the commander was never mentioned in the Japanese version. Going by the Bardock special though, he did seem to be Prince Vegeta's personal aid though, which is still a notable and impressive position.
  • 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.
  • Action Bomb: Saibaman Bomb, their ace in the hole, turns them into one. In Videogames they have a timer on their head that counts down to 0.
  • 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.
  • Suicide Attack: Saibaman Bomb is a kamikaze technique that turns the Saibaman into a living bomb that grabs hold of its opponent with an extremely tight grip and quickly self-destructs. Just ask Yamcha.

Frieza Saga

    Zarbon and Dodoria 

Zarbon (ザーボン; Zaabon) and Dodoria (ドドリア)

Zarbon voiced by: Sho Hayami (Z), Hiroaki Miura (Kai) (Japanese)
Zarbon voiced by: Paul Dobson (Ocean dub)
Zarbon voiced by: Christopher Sabat (Z), J. Michael Tatum (Kai) (Funimation dub)
Zarbon voiced by: Arturo Mercado (Latin American)
Dodoria voiced by: Yukitoshi Hori (Z), Takashi Nagasako(Kai) (Japanese)
Dodoria voiced by: Ward Perry (Ocean dub)
Dodoria voiced by: Chris Forbis (Z), John Swasey (Kai) (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.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: By the end, you have to feel kinda sorry for Zarbon. First, Frieza got on him for not making sure Vegeta was dead because he refused to search for the body because it fall into a lake. Then, one of Frieza's henchmen screwed up and killed a Namek who knew where Vegeta hidden a Dragon Ball. After said henchman is killed, Frieza tells Zarbon he's next if Vegeta's is dead (the exact opposite of what he was chewed out for earlier). When Zarbon finds Vegeta still alive he brings him back to be healed just enough to be interrogated. Once again, one of the henchmen screwed up and allowed Vegeta to trick them into fully healing him. Vegeta breaks free, was stronger than ever, and steals Frieza's Dragon Balls and Zarbon is blamed for the entire incident. He's given one hour to find Vegeta and the Dragon Balls or he will be killed. He is eventually killed by Vegeta because Frieza's men mess up and he took the fall.
  • 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: Although Zarbon and Dodoria appears to be equal in rank officially making them Co-Dragons, Zarbon takes a more commanding position and directly orders Frieza's men. He often gives advise and warnings to Frieza, and takes even the smallest threat seriously even if Frieza isn't listening to him. He's also the only one who takes the threat of Vegeta seriously after he showed a battle power higher than his. In some ways, he's more competent than Frieza, with his biggest weakness being his vanity.
  • 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.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Not Zarbon so much since he still remained likable despite being a cold-blooded murderer. Dodoria, however, is just as sadistic as Frieza, taking complete delight in killing and tormenting others. No one missed him once Vegeta's through with him.
  • 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 little more sympathetic. In fact, he just seems to follow the orders of Freeza because he says that will kill him if he does not. He is also more professional with his kills, dispatching opponents quickly. On the other hand, according to Bardock: The Father of Goku, he was the one that gave Freeza the suggestion to commit genocide on the Saiyans, in response to their potential threat. He also expressed quite racist sentiments to Vegeta, Nappa & Raditz in a Filler episode. Although, the former has more to do with protecting Frieza from a Saiyan uprising then him hating the Saiyans themselves. Also, Zarbon's advise seems to suggest killing the strongest like Bardock and his team so they wouldn't team up with Vegeta than an outright genocide. The racist comments seemed more to piss off Vegeta, who he never liked.
  • 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).
  • Villains Want Mercy: After Zarbon gets a hole punched through his gut by Vegeta, he begs for his life, pulling the Just Following Orders card and even suggesting that they join forces to take down Frieza; Vegeta just blasts him to kingdom come, demanding to know why he should show Zarbon mercy considering the fact that Zarbon had done nothing but insult him and push him around for years.
  • 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 (Z), Seiji Sasaki (Kai) (Japanese)
Recoome voiced by: David Kaye (Ocean dub)
Recoome voiced by: Christopher Sabat (Funimation dub)
Recoome voiced by: Mario Sauret, Salvador Reyes (Kai) (Latin American)
Jeice voiced by: Kazumi Tanaka (Z), Daisuke Kishio (Kai) (Japanese)
Jeice voiced by: Scott McNeil (Ocean dub)
Jeice voiced by: Christopher Sabat (Z), Jason Liebrecht (Kai) (Funimation dub)
Jeice voiced by: Sergio Bonilla, José Arenas (Kai) (Latin American)
Burter voiced by: Yukimasa Kishimo (Z), Masaya Onosaka (Kai) (Japanese)
Burter voiced by: Alec Willows (Ocean dub)
Burter voiced by: Mark Britten, Christopher Sabat (Z), Vic Mignogna (Kai) (Funimation dub)
Burter voiced by: José Luis Castañeda, José Gilberto Vilchis (Kai) (Latin American)
Guldo voiced by: Kozo Shioya (Z), Yasuhiro Takato (Kai) (Japanese)
Guldo voiced by: Terry Klassen (Ocean dub)
Guldo voiced by: Dylan Thompson, Bill Townsley (Z), Greg Ayres (Kai) (Funimation dub)
Guldo voiced by: Ricardo Hill, Ricardo Mendoza (Kai) (Latin American)
Captain Ginyu voiced by: Hideyuki Hori (Z), Katsuyuki Konishi (Kai) (Japanese)
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.
  • Admiring the Abomination: In the anime's Filler, Ginyu expressed amazement at Frieza's power during his fight with Goku. He was in Bulma's body at the time, confusing the hell out of Krillin and Gohan.
  • 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 Dragon: Ginyu fills this role after Zarbon is killed.
  • 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 latter, while the leader was forced to life as a frog by the former.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Jeice goes through something this after Goku defeats Recoome and Burter easily, and again right before Vegeta kills him. Ginyu goes through a notable one when Goku powers up to the extent that he believed he just might be a Super Saiyan.
  • 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.
  • Worthy Opponent: Ginyu considered Goku this to him, believing he was a rare opponent that he could get a good challenge from. Turns out Goku was a lot stronger than he imagined...
  • Would Hurt a Child: Recoome has no problem beating up Gohan, which is why he gets a well-deserved beatdown from Goku and Vegeta.

Cell Saga

    King Cold 

King Cold (コルド大王; Korudo Daiō)

Voiced by: Daisuke Gōri, Masaharu Sato (Z) Ryuzaburo Otomo (Dragon Ball Kai) Japanese)
Voiced by: Adam Henderson (Ocean dub)
Voiced by: Brad Jackson, Jason Douglas (Kai) (Funimation 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: He wanted to simply destroy the Earth from space and be done with it. It was Frieza who insisted on landing and killing everyone so he could get revenge on Goku. To say this backfired would be an understatement.
  • 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.
  • Sparing The Aces: Much like his son, he has a soft spot for talented fighters. After Trunks killed Frieza he offered him a place in his empire, taking Frieza's place.
  • 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: Brian Dobson (Ocean dub)
Voiced by: Kent Williams (Funimation dub)
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...
    Vegeta: "Your boneheaded creator picked a fine chapter to omit from your memory bank. Let me ask you, does a machine like yourself ever experience fear?"
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: According to a recent interview with Akira 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".
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: After all the misery he caused in Trunk's future because of his hatred towards one man and being a Smug Snake to boot, no one shred a tear when 17 killed him.
  • 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.
    Dr. Gero: (just before Super 17 destroys him) No, not again! AAAGGH!!!
  • 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 takes 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 

Android 19 (人造人間19号; Jinzou Ningen Juukyuu-Gou)

Voiced by: Yukitoshi Hori (Japanese)
Voiced by: Patricia Drake (Ocean dub)
Voiced by: Phillip Wilburn (Z), Todd Haberkorn (Kai) (Funimation 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.
  • Acrofatic: Fast and agile despite his size.
  • 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 Jrs 
Cell's offspring. They are asexually produced from Cell's tail, through cellular mitosis. According to Cell himself, each Cell Junior has his power and abilities.

Majin Buu Saga

    Spopovich and Yamu 
Spopovich (left) & Yamu (right)

Spopovich (スポポビッチ; Supopobitchi) and Yamu (ヤムー)

Spopovich voiced by: Hisao Egawa (Japanese)
Spopovich voiced by: Michael Dobson (Ocean dub)
Spopovich voiced by: Andrew Chandler (Funimation dub)
Spopovich voiced by: César Soto (Latin American)
Yamu voiced by: Naoki Tatsuta (Z), Yasuhiro Takato (Kai) (Japanese)
Yamu voiced by: Brian Drummond (Ocean dub)
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 Tenkaichi Budokai 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.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: In-Universe, the Z Senshi are horrified at the way Babidi callously has them obliterated even after they accomplished their task for him. Even Gohan finds it sickening, and need we remind you these are the same two guys who jammed a needle into his side, sucked out almost all of his energy, and in Spopovich's case, ruthlessly beat Videl nearly to death.
  • Alien Blood: Probably related to the spell, Spopovich has purple blood. He and Yamu also have purple tongues.
  • Asshole Victim: In spite of their Alas, Poor Villain moment and the fact that they were brainwashed the entire time, it's noticeable that when Bulma uses the dragonballs later on the same day to bring back everyone who died and wasn't evil they're not among those resurrected.
  • Bald of Evil: Both lost their hair when they went to the dark side.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Thanks to Babidi's spell, especially Spopovich who nearly kills Vidal.
  • The Brute: Spopovich. He isn't known for much except for how he tortured Videl to get back at her father for Curb Stomping him at the last Tournament.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The minute he stops holding back, Spopovich goes out of his way to do this to Videl; by the end of the match, he's sadistically stomping on Videl's head while Videl is screaming her bloody head off.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Spopovich almost murders Videl in retaliation for her father defeating him at the last tournament.
  • Dumb Muscle: Spopovich. He doesn't seem too much even before his face-heel turn.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In spite of being enslaved by Babidi's evil mindwash, Yamu retains enough of his humanity to be disgusted and angered by Spopovich's torture of Videl in their battle. When the latter was about to kill the girl, he could tolerate it no longer and erupts:
    Yamu: ENOUGH, Spopovich! (With a look of genuine pity and sadness for Videl.) This isn't what we came here to do; ring-out the girl and finish this match.
  • It's Personal: Inadvertently invokes this against Gohan after brutally taking down Videl. Subverted, though, as seen in The Unfought below.
  • Kick the Dog: Spopovich's entire fight against Videl, once he starts fighting seriously.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Spopovich did this to Videl at first. He took a lot of free hits, without receiving damage at all, and even an apparently lethal kick in the neck, which was deserving of a disqualification for Videl... until Spopovich turned his neck back to place, and then he proceeded to fight seriously, brutally harming Videl in the process.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Spopovich is red and Yamu is blue.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Spopovich gave himself over to Babidi and then entered the tournament to get revenge on Mr. Satan for humiliating him in the last tournament. He takes great pleasure in torturing Videl and nearly kills her before Yamu stops him.
  • The Stoic: Yamu, until he's faced with death.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Nearly always seen together.
  • Took a Level in Badass: They were normal humans prior to their brainwashing. Spopovich in fact lost to Mr. Satan at the last tournament, fairly quickly at that. Post-brainwashing, they have flight, super-strength, and energy blasts. They're still incredibly weak by the standards of the main characters, but far stronger any regular human.
  • The Unfought: After Spopovich cripples Videl, an angry Gohan assures him that they will face off in the next round, where Gohan hoped to seek revenge. After it becomes clear who Spopovich and Yamu are working for, however, Gohan never gets the chance to make good on that promise, as the duo are killed off by Babidi and his minions. Yamu is never even shown fighting someone before his death.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Yamu
  • Would Hit a Girl: To the point when she's crying and screaming in agony. Just ask Videl.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The victims of this despite succeeding in their mission.


Babidi (バビディ)

Voiced by: Joji Yanami (Z), Bin Shimada (Kai) (Japanese)
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 doppelganger father Bibidi's living weapon Majin Buu. It works for a while, but when he gets 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: You know you're a bad boss if you make Frieza look reasonable by comparison.
  • 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 Dabra 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.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Not a single damn was given once Buu killed him, even though Buu went completely on a rampage without anyone to control him.
  • Lack of Empathy: Common Dragon Ball villain trait.
  • Man Child: And a spoiled brat on top of that.
  • More Than Mind Control: The way Babidi's control spell works is to seek the evil within a person's heart and manipulate it into making a person want to serve them. So it's part mind-control, but also partial willingness to be enslave.
  • 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.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Despite being a centuries old wizard, he acts like a spoil child. He is prone to throwing tantrums, whining, and bullying others when things don't go his way. He also treats hurting and killing people like some kind of game, laughing in delight when Buu ate entire cities or when his former loyal servant Dabura was beating and killed.
  • 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 Wannabe in a series full of Badass Blood Knights.
  • Spoiled Brat: See Psychopathic Manchild
  • 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.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Towards his loyal right-hand man Dabra; 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 Dabra, then Buu, basically served as his bodyguards.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Played With. Supreme Kai stated that while Babidi is physically weak his magical powers were so great that it would take all of the Z Fighters to defeat him. However, it isn't Babidi's magic in of itself that are dangerous, but his ability to enslave powerful servants who have even a hint of evil in them and use them as his bodyguards like Dabura. His spell also makes those he posses stronger by bringing out their inner evil. By himself, however, Babidi is basically helpless outside of a few defense spells that can kill weaker people like Spopovich, and is nearly killed by Piccolo who was in full Papa Wolf mood since he believed Gohan was killed by Buu at Bibidi's orders.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Wants to conquer the universe to make old Bibidi proud.
  • Wizards from Outer Space: He's an alien wizard.
  • 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.


A stubby wizard responsible for summoning the demon Majin Buu millions of years prior to the beginning of Dragon Ball. The wizard Babidi is his doppleganger but refers to him as his "father".
  • 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 Dabra/Dabura 

Demon King Dabra/Dabura (ダーブラ)

Voiced By: Ryuzaburo Otomo (Japanese)
Voiced By: Scott McNeil (Ocean Dub)
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.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the manga, Dabura's skills and abilities are extremely lacking in comparison to his anime counterpart. He mostly uses sneak attacks and in fact he never once throws a single physical punch in the entire manga. He's unable to overpower a rusty SSJ Gohan and is quickly dealt with by Boo before he can even throw a single attack. The anime however gives him more refined abilities and physical capabilities.
  • Affably Evil: Regal and gentlemanly, the picture of evil nobility.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Even if he was the Demon King, he got a raw deal being dispose of by Babidi and actually eating by Buu.
  • 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.
    • He got on the receiving end of one of these after Buu was awakening, having his eyes gouged and then being turned into a cookie and eating.
  • 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 turn 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 Dabra called him a bumbling idiot.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Anime only and it's more due to the enviroment he's now stuck in turning him into a Love Freak, but Dabra 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 Piccolo Daimao earned his title through a life of murder and terror, Dabra 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. Dabra 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
  • Theme Naming: Just as Bibidi, Babidi and Buu got their names from a magical incantation, Dabura's is derived from "abracadabra".
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He got this from Babidi despite all his loyal service and being the one who came up with the plan to awaken Buu. Talk about Ungrateful Bastard.

    Pui Pui 

Pui Pui (プイプイ)

Voiced By: Tomohisa Aso (Japanese)
Voiced By: Ted Cole (Ocean Dub)
Voiced By: Mike McFarland (Funimation)
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 (including the early 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 about how his planet has higher gravity than Earth's.
  • Heavy Worlder: Boasted about how his home world has 10 times the gravity of Earth.
  • 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 being one of the strongest beings in the universe, he, like many other villains, is ignorant 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.


Yakon (ヤコン)

Voiced By: Yoshiyuki Kono (Japanese)
Voiced By: Michael Kopsa (Ocean Dub)
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.