Characters: Dragon Ball Z Villains
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Raditz (ラディッツ; Radittsu)
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (Japanese)
Voiced by: Jason Gray-Stanford, Alistair Abell (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...
- 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.
- Adaptational Badass: In Xenoverse, he's much more competent and less cowardly than his anime and manga counterpart, though it's most likely because he has powered up, and was controlled by Demigra, and he still was still easily defeated.
- 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 (especially since both Nappa and Vegeta are stronger than he is, and even a Saibaman is equal to him in power, which the Z Fighters are able to easily dispatch by the time Nappa and Vegeta arrive.
- 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 Saiyans, 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.
- Child Soldiers: According to Dragon Ball Minus he became a full fledge warrior at the age of seven. This seems typical of the Saiyans who send their babies into space.
- 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.
- Fantastic Racism: Like most Saiyans seen on-screen, he has a very low opinion of anyone who isn't a Saiyan. After Goku sacrificed himself to stop him, Raditz mourns that his brother would lay down his life for what he consider an inferior species.
- 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.
- Hate Sink: There's not one shred of likability to Raditz whatsoever; he's a brute, a bully, and a Dirty Coward all in one, and not even a credit to his race. Honestly, it's no wonder Goku never wanted to find out anything more about his Saiyan heritage or his birth parents if there was even the slightest chance they were as bad as Raditz.
- 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...
- Hot-Blooded: While relatively calm when compared to Vegeta and Nappa, Raditz becomes this when he's in full battle mode.
- Hypocrite: He explicitly labels Goku a disgrace to all Saiyans for his softness and compassion, but he himself isn't exactly a credit to their race either. As a whole, Saiyans are Blood Knights who are all about their pride to the extent that they'd rather die than live with the shame of losing to a weaker opponent, whereas Raditz is a Smug Snake and a Dirty Coward who bullies those weaker than him and begs for his pathetic life when he loses control of a situation.
- It Only Works Once: Begging Goku for mercy when faced with the Special Beam Cannon worked the first time; thankfully, Goku wasn't stupid enough to fall for the same ploy twice.
- 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.
- After receiving mercy from his brother, he knocks him down and sadistically crush all his ribs while saying that Goku is a soft-hearted idiot. He then tries to murder Gohan because he had a higher battle power than him. This becomes even worse when you consider that his mother was also soft-hearted and would have been upset by Raditz's behavior.
- 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 to be a bunch of weaklings unworthy of protection.
- 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.
- Out Of Context Villain: This is part of the reason why he was so unstoppable when he was first introduced. Although Piccolo is an alien, he was mostly raise on Earth and was thought to be a type of demon. Raditz not only formally introduced aliens to the series, but also showed that the fighters on Earth are insects compared to the true monsters in the universe. Raditz isn't even an Elite Mook and yet he completely dominated the Earth's best fighters with ease.
- Pet the Dog: Twistedly crossed with Kick the Dog in Xenoverse. After undertaking his Parallel Quest and helping him beat Goku, Piccolo, and potentially Gohan, he spares Goku's life, and decides to take him along to destroy a few planets with him and get his killer instinct back. While destroying planets is, obviously, evil, it still shows that deep down Raditz really does love and care about his brother... on his own terms.
- 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 of 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.
- Smug Snake: Acts smug and cocky when in control of a situation, but the minute he starts to lose, he becomes a Dirty Coward who begs for his life.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Xenoverse.
- Underwear of Power
- Unskilled, but Strong: Although he is a well trained Saiyan warrior, he relies heavily on his brute strength to get ahead. He also relies too much on his scooter, which caused him to underestimate Goku and Piccolo.
- 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 knocks Goku down and ruthlessly breaks his ribs while mocking him for falling for it. When he's about to be killed again, he pleads for his life again; thankfully, Goku doesn't fall for the same trick twice.
- I Surrender, Suckers: Another first example.
- 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.
- You Remind Me of X: Freeza notices the similarities between him and Gohan and assumes, not knowing Goku exists, that Gohan must be Raditz's child.
Voiced by: Michael Dobson (Ocean dub)
Voiced by: Christopher Sabat, Phil Parsons (Funimation dub)
Voiced by: Paul Bandey (Big Green 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.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Despite not having much of a personality outside of being a sadistic brute who murders all the Earth's defenders outside of Gohan and Krillin (and it wasn't from a lack of trying), it's hard not to feel sympathy for him after Vegeta kills him in cold blood. Especially since Nappa have been nothing but loyal to Vegeta since he was a child and never saw the betrayal coming.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Like all Saiyans, he embodies this trope to the full extent. He was close to being unstoppable until Goku came and broke his back.
- 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.
- Et Tu, Brute?: His last moments are spent begging Vegeta to help him after Goku thoroughly beat him, and he literally gives him a hand...only for Vegeta to toss him into the air. Nappa can only spend mere seconds of shock before Vegeta blows him up.
- Even Evil Has Standards: 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!"
- Fantastic Racism: Much like Raditz, Nappa cares little for anyone who isn't a fellow Saiyan. He mostly hates Goku because he considered him a traitor to the Saiyan race. When he learns about the Dragon Balls, he wants to used them to bring back Raditz before Vegeta dismisses the idea.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Goku puts him out of commission by breaking his back, after which Vegeta kills Nappa himself.
- General Ripper/Large And In Charge: 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: Although he only directly kills Piccolo, his actions leads to the deaths of Chiaotzu and Tien Shinhan via failed Heroic Sacrifices.
- Hot-Blooded: He's very passionate about fighting and killing, second only to Vegeta. This gets him in trouble with Goku, since he begins to lose his temper as Goku mercilessly beats him. He only calms down after Vegeta yells at him.
- Jerkass: As a born-and-raised Saiyan, it's a guarantee.
- Killed Off for Real: Once he dies, he's pretty much out of the picture until the gate to Hell is opened in GT.
- Laughably Evil: Though he is quite a menacing antagonist, it's hard not to laugh when he gets angry. Especially when he almost lost all his sanity when fighting Goku.
- 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. Goku had to break his spine to put him down for good.
- Mugging the Monster: He mocks Goku about how he killed his friends and how they were all holding out hope that he would save them, but he came too late. Once Goku made sure Krillin and Gohan are safe, he proceeds to beats the daylights out of Nappa.
- Muscles Are Meaningful/Muscles Are Meaningless: Is a bit of both. He's big, and easily wipes the floor with most of the Z-Fighters... and at the same time, Goku and Vegeta, both of whom are considerably smaller than Nappa, beat him effortlessly.
- Noble Demon: Despite being a mass murdering planet destroyer, Nappa was extremly loyal to Vegeta, and just seemed to follow his orders. He was also the only one who stood up to Frieza, and was shocked when he heard that Vegeta didn't care about the Saiyans dying.
- 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.
- The Southpaw: Most of his techniques are performed with his left hand, such as the blast he used to kill Piccolo, and he even deflects Gohan's Masenko with his left hand as well.
- Theme Naming: Like all Saiyans, he's named after a vegetable (Napa cabbage).
- Underwear of Power
- Unskilled, but Strong: According to Goku; he admits that while Nappa is indeed powerful, Goku would be more impressed if Nappa actually knew how to use his strength. He did show some skill in fighting the other Z-Fighters, though.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: In GT. Vegeta easily one-shots him with little effort.
- Villainous Breakdown: He flips out when Goku kicks his ass.
- 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.
- To show how much more powerful Vegeta is compared to Nappa, Vegeta turned him into dust with one powerful attack. Granted, Nappa was weakened and injured, but it stands out since Goku needed to power up to cripple Nappa, while Vegeta wasn't even winded from using so much energy.
- Would Hurt a Child: Has no problems fighting Gohan.
- 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.
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 Bodokai 3 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.
- Hollywood Acid: Able to shoot it from their heads.
- Last of His Kind: Nappa says that the six they bring to Earth are all that's left after a crazy battle that saw a large number of them killed. By the end of the arc they're extinct.
- Plant Person: They're grown from seeds.
- So Last Season: They may be mooks, but they're the equivalent to Raditz in power (though one of the games says that their power is dependent on the quality of the soil they're planted in). The Z Fighters are still able to destroy them with little effort, except for when Yamcha gets hit with one's Suicide Attack.
- 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.
Zarbon (ザーボン; Zaabon)
Zarbon voiced by: Sho Hayami (Z), Hiroaki Miura (Kai) (Japanese)
Zarbon voiced by: Paul Dobson (Ocean dub)
Zarbon voiced by: Doug Rand (Big Green dub)
Zarbon voiced by: Arturo Mercado (Latin American)Zarbon is one of Frieza's top two Elite Mooks who are the highest ranking Generals in Frieza's military by chain of command. Both Zarbon and Dodoria serve to show how powerful Saiyans become after recovering from a near death experience. Zarbon beats Vegeta to near death in his monstrous second form, only for Vegeta to later recover and kill Zarbon instead.
- 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 use 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 Namekian who knew where Vegeta hid 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, 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 (only in the english dub, though), talks in a soft voice, and always pines about his looks. Doesn't help that he's a pretty boy, despite being a blue-skinned alien.
- Arch-Enemy: Zarbon and Vegeta had a heated relationship. They both took personal pleasure in beating each other. Vegeta eventually won out thanks to the Saiyans' ability to grow stronger from near-death.
- Badass: Zarbon. Especially when transforming. He kept his own in both fights against Vegeta.
- Badass Cape: Zarbon.
- Bishōnen: Zarbon. This was lampshaded by Bulma.
- 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 appear 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 advice 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.
- Evil Is Sexy: In-universe example with Bulma's squeeing at Zarbon.
- The Fighting Narcissist: Zarbon, who'd rather fight in his weaker first form than use his ugly second form.
- Gonk: Zarbon in his monster form, which is why he uses his weaker, more attractive form.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Vegeta takes out Zarbon by punching a hole through his stomach, and then blasting him from the inside.
- Juggle Fu: Zarbon with a Dragon Ball.
- Large Ham: Zarbon.
- Meteor Move: Zarbon, Type B.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In their first fight, Zarbon deals one to Vegeta after transforming that left him on the brink of death.
- One-Winged Angel: Zarbon's second form.
- Power-Upgrading Deformation: Zarbon's hideous second form.
- Punch Clock Villain: Zarbon. In contrast to Dodoria, who seems to be a ruthless Psycho for Hire, Zarbon is a 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, and 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 advice 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.
- Sissy Villain: Zarbon. He's long-haired, has a somewhat feminine appearance, and hates transforming because of the form's ugliness.
- Theme Naming: 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 considering the Ginyu Force are hired mercenaries.
- 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).
- Underwear of Power: Zarbon.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Zarbon assumes he can defeat Vegeta with ease in their rematch just because he did it before, unaware that Vegeta has gotten a lot stronger.
- 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.
- We Have Become Complacent: Just like with Cui, Vegeta mocks Dodoria and Zarbon for taking it easy and relying on Frieza's power to protect them, while he fought on the front lines getting stronger. While very true with Dodoria who screams Frieza's name as he died, Zarbon initially was able to beat Vegeta thanks to his transformation. Even after Vegeta became stronger, Zarbon still puts up a decent fight before dying.
- Worf Effect: Done twice for Zarbon. In his first fight with Vegeta, he was being beaten by the Saiyan Prince, who easily took care of Dodoria who he was about equal with. Then he transforms and curb stomps Vegeta like a noob. After Vegeta recovers, they fight again and he's overwhelm thanks to the Saiyans' ability to grow stronger from near-death.
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: Zarbon.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Zarbon.
Dodoria voiced by: Ward Perry (Ocean dub)
Dodoria voiced by: Chris Forbis (Z), John Swasey (Kai) (Funimation dub)
Dodoria voiced by: Ed Marcus (Big Green dub)
Dodoria voiced by: Mario Sauret, Armando Coria (Kai) (Latin American)Dodoria is one of Frieza's top two Elite Mooks who are the highest ranking Generals in Frieza's military by chain of command. Both Zarbon and Dodoria 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 but reveals the truth behind the destruction of the Saiyan home world.
- Acrofatic: Dodoria. He's quite agile for someone so fat.
- 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.
- Dirty Coward: Dodoria also pleads for his life and tells Vegeta about how Frieza destroyed the Saiyans' home planet in exchange for his life. Vegeta, understandably, had no intention of keeping his word. In his final moments, Dodoria screams for Frieza to help him.
- Elite Mooks: Dodoria's Elite in the special Bardock: The Father of Goku.
- Fat Bastard: Dodoria. He coldly murders the Nameks including a child. He would have killed Dende if Gohan hadn't saved him.
- Gonk: Dodoria, somewhat.
- Jerkass: Dodoria. See Fat Bastard
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Not Zarbon as 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.
- Psycho for Hire: Dodoria. He's far more sadistic and cruel than Zarbon. His bloodlust is probably second only to Frieza.
- 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.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Almost always seen together. They are pretty much Frieza's right-hand men considering the Ginyu Force are hired mercenaries.
- 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: Dodoria also pleads for his life, even telling him the truth about Planet Vegeta's destruction in the hopes that Vegeta would spare him (Vegeta had believed that the planet was destroyed by a meteorite). Vegeta kills him anyway.
- We Have Become Complacent: Just like with Cui, Vegeta mocks Dodoria and Zarbon for taking it easy and relying on Frieza's power to protect them, while he fought on the front lines getting stronger. While very true with Dodoria who screams Frieza's name as he died, Zarbon initially was able to beat Vegeta thanks to his transformation. Even after Vegeta became stronger, Zarbon still puts up a decent fight before dying.
- 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. He also had no problem chasing after Gohan after he and Krillin stopped him from killing Dende.
- Worf Effect: Dodoria, one of Frieza's dragons who easily killed three powerful Namekians, is done in with no fanfare by Vegeta. Dodoria was so outmatched that he didn't bother to fight. Instead, he tried to plea bargain for his life.
Cui (キュイ; Kyui)
Voiced by: Kōji Totani (Z), Naoki Imamura (Kai) (Japanese)
Voiced by: Jason Gray-Stanford (Ocean dub)
Voiced by: Bill Townsley (Funimation dub)
Voiced by: Ricardo Hill (Latin American)An elite soldier in Frieza’s army, he is easily killed by his hated rival Vegeta upon their arrival on Namek.
- Combat Pragmatist: Once he realized he was screwed (see The Worf Effect), Cui distracts Vegeta by looking over his shoulder and gasping, "Lord Frieza?!”. Vegeta falls for it and Cui mercelously blasts his foe. Unfortunitley for Cui, Vegeta avoided every shot.
- Dirty Coward: After being overpowered by Vegeta, Cui gave him the We Can Rule Together line. When that didn’t seem to work he opted for a sneak attack instead, all that did was make Vegeta more angry.
- Evil Laugh: Has a high-pitch cackle.
- The Rival: With Vegeta, which has now ended because Cui’s dead.
- Smug Snake: Arrogant, overconfident and ignorant (doesn’t know about hiding power levels) yet lacks the powers, power levels and/or intelligence of Zarbon, Dodoria and the Ginyu Force.
- We Have Become Complacent: Vegeta mocks Cui for taking it easy while he fought in many fierce battles, including the fight on Earth. Instead of improving himself, he chose to depend on Frieza for protection.
- The Worf Effect: Cui and Vegeta's power levels were even before the latter went to Earth. Due to Vegeta recovering from near death after his battle with the Z-Fighters, his Saiyan heritage allowed power level to skyrocket past Cui’s even after he himself trained. Cui had no chance.
The Ginyu Force
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: 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: 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 (Kai) (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 came along 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…
- Alas, Poor Villain: Burter and Recoome may have been cold-blooded mercenaries who would have killed Gohan and Krillin if Goku didn't arrive in time to save them, but the fact that they were killed by Vegeta when they couldn't even move will make you feel sorry for them. Jeice may also fall into this since Vegeta ruthlessly stalked and terrorized him before vaporizing him. Then again, given that he left his comrades at the mercy of his enemies and pulled a dirty tactic against Goku, he is far less sympathetic.
- 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.
- Awesome but Impractical: Guldo can stop time, but only for as long as he can hold his breath.
- Badass: Captain Ginyu. He's more than twice as strong than any of his men and is able to hide his battle power, surprising Goku. However, he has a major freakout when he realizes that Goku is many times stronger than him and resorts to stealing bodies when outmatched.
- Recoome held his own against Vegeta, Gohan and Krillin. In fact, all 3 of them had already given up on defeating him so much that they didn't believe once that Goku would defeat him.
- Jeice was also a very tough opponent. He also had the attitude more than any other members, and was smarter as well.
- Badass Crew: They're stronger than the Saiyans.
- 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.
- Beware the Superman: Like their masters, the Ginyu Force are abnormally-strong mutants who use their powers to terrorize the galaxy.
- 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.
- Continuity Snarl: There is some question as to whether Ginyu's purple, horned body at the start of the series is his original body, or whether it is just the latest in a long line of stolen, more-powerful forms.
- Cruel Mercy: Captain Ginyu gets this from Vegeta after accidentally body-swapping into a frog. Depending on the version, this is either because Vegeta didn't want to get frog guts all over his boots, or because he figured being trapped in a frog's body was punishment enough.
- 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.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Recoome literally gives Goku the finger when he hears that his power level is only five thousand. Granted, Recoome truly didn't know he was given the bird to someone almost three times stronger than him, but it still counts.
- Dirty Coward: Instead of helping his fallen friends when Goku gave him the chance to leave, Jeice chose to cut and run, abandoning his comrades. His actions got Recoome and Burter killed by Vegeta. And when Vegeta was about to kill him, he begs for his life.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: After taunting and demeaning Goku for his suppose low battle power, Goku one-shots Recoome when he's charging up his ultimate attack.
- 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.
- Establishing Character Moment: The Ginyu Force's grand entrance, especially in Kai. Tell you everything you need to know about the group in under a minute.
- 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, originally. 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. However, various side materials indicate that, since he was a living thing on Namek right before it blew up, he did get taken to Earth with most of the cast, and he eventually makes himself king of the frogs in Dr. Briefs' pond, so he seems to have made the most of his situation.
- 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, taller than Recoome but slightly less bulky with a focus 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.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: The other members seem to understand that Guldo is pretty useless in general and his Weak, but Skilled abilities don't cut it on large-scale battles.
- Genius Bruiser: Burter, who seems to act as the tactician when Ginyu isn't around.
- Genre Savvy: Unlike literally most of the antagonists up to that point, Ginyu was smart enough to realize that you can't always blindly trust what the scouter says about your opponent's Power Level. In fact, he realizes that Goku is suppressing his power almost immediately after encountering him. Granted, he does still end up underestimating him somewhat, but not nearly to the extent that his subordinates did.
- 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 toys 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.
- How Do I Shot Web?: The main reason Ginyu's Grand Theft Me attempt on Goku backfired; he didn't know Goku's power-ups or moves.
- Human Aliens: Recoome. Whatever he is, he's certainly not from Earth!
- I Know Madden Kombat: As mentioned above, one of Jeice's moves was developed through Little League Baseball.
- Incoming Ham: The first three minutes they're onscreen sounding off to Frieza tells you virtually everything you need to know about them.
- Informed Ability: Burter says "no one is faster than me". Ginyu and Frieza are clearly faster than him.
- 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.
- Guldo is weaker even than Gohan and Krillin at the time they're fought, and his special power only lasts as long as he holds his breath. For much of their fight, he borders on Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain status. Then he paralyzes and nearly skewers them.
- Off with His Head!: Vegeta decapitates Guldo before he can kill Gohan and Krillin.
- Outside-Context Villain: Ginyu is quite the standard powerful leader. However, his body switch technique is so out there and out of place that none of the characters know what to make of it. Even when Ginyu explains that he stole Goku's body, Krillin, Gohan, and Vegeta are still left baffled. By the time Ginyu ended up in a frog's body, the heroes are still not sure what happened.
- 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 and is by far the strongest in the group.
- 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.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Goku takes out Burter, Jeice chose to cut and run and get the captain. And when Goku shows off his battle power, causing Ginyu to have a meltdown, Jeice wants to run again and get Frieza.
- Shout-Out: To the popular Super Sentai franchise, the whole lovable lot of them.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: Ginyu realizes it's just not the same once only he and Jeice are left.
- Sole Survivor: Captain Ginyu is the only member not killed after the ordeal on Namek.
- Story-Breaker Power:
- Ginyu's body switch technique. As far as we know, it's unblockable and paralyzes the person in place. The only thing that can stop it is another living creature getting between the beam and its intended victim. If Ginyu wanted to, he could probably body jack Frieza.
- Guldo's Time Freeze. As long as he holds his breath, he stops time for the entire universe. With time stop, he can move around freely to escape fatal attacks or attack his opponents while they're defenseless. He's the only being in the series able to manipulate time to this level except for Whis. This power is balance by Guldo being completely out of shape and not being particularly strong. If a someone who is truly powerful had this ability, they would be close to unbeatable.
- 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 dodged, threatening to kill him if he interferes again.
- That being said, in both of the Supersonic Warriors games, whenever Ginyu gets to make a wish on the Dragon Balls in a What If? saga, he unhesitatingly brings his teammates Back from the Dead.
- 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 live as a frog by the former.
- Underwear of Power: Ginyu and Jeice.
- Villainous Breakdown:
- Jeice goes through 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. Xenoverse in particular raises the intriguing possibility that Ginyu keeps him around specifically to ensure no one dodges his body-swap technique.
- 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…
- Worf Effect:
- Vegeta by himself killed all of Frieza's elite soldiers before Ginyu Force arrives. When they do confront Vegeta, Recoome alone effortlessly handles him. Once done with Vegeta, he stomps Krillin and Gohan who got power boasts from the Grand Elder. Then, Goku arrives and beats all the Ginyu members like they're chumps. Keep in mind, the last time we saw Goku, he was weaker than Vegeta.
- Vegeta gets his revenge on Jeice, stalking and killing him faster than his final battle with Zarbon. Jeice was just as strong as Recoome.
- Would Hurt a Child: Recoome has no problem beating up Gohan, which is why he gets a well-deserved beatdown from Goku and Vegeta.
King Cold (コルド大王; Korudo Daiō)
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.Unlike his son, he stayed dead in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.
- 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 position.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Like his sons, he can live in space.
- Beware the Superman: Cold and his family are all mutant, abnormally-powerful examples of their mysterious race. They use that power to run a deadly interstellar crime syndicate.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Just like his son, he never trained in his life and was still stronger than him during his short time on earth. He could become as strong as his son, if he were to push himself to his limits like Frieza.
- Cool Sword: In reference to the scene where he briefly wields Trunks' sword, he has a sword in some of the video games.
- 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.
- Flanderization: At least one Budokai Tenkaiichi-styled fighter heavily associates him with Trunks's sword (to the point where admiring it is his winpose in said game). This is despite the fact that this is merely taken from an attempt to kill Trunks.
- Greater Scope Villain: To Frieza, until he appears in the series.
- Informed Ability: In the Anime, when Freeza and Cold are first landing on Earth, the Z Fighters say that his Power Level is even higher then Freeza's. Considering the fact that Cold died with even less effort on Trunks' part then when he killed Freeza (who is stated to be even stronger in his cyborg form then he was when he fought Goku on Namek) this is a little difficult to believe.
- 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.
- Mutants: He and Frieza are incredible powerful mutants of their race as a interview of Akira Toriyama revealed. They in fact never needed to train to etablish the planet trade organization which takes over many planets over by force.
- 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 which might or might not have been true.
- Stating the Simple Solution: Before landing on Earth, he suggests just destroying the planet from space. Good thing Frieza is too vindictive to take the suggestion.
- Theme Naming: Like Freeza, Cooler, and Chilled.
- Underwear of Power
- Villains Want Mercy: As soon as Trunks has him at his mercy, Cold begs for his life. It doesn't work.
- 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.
- An Arm and a Leg: Piccolo chops off his left arm.
- And Your Little Dog Too: After Yamcha escapes with the heart virus-stricken Goku, Gero lets them go, declaring that he'll kill Goku later. In the meantime, he'll amuse himself by killing all of Goku's friends.
- 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 (five if the theories about Tien being part alien is true) 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.
- Best Served Cold: He waited fourteen years after the fall of the Red Ribbon Army before moving to take his revenge on Goku. He wanted to make sure his androids were more than powerful enough to kill him. In Trunks and Cell's timelines, Goku died before he could act. In the main timeline, Gero mess up by not knowing about the Super Saiyan and badly underestimated Goku and his group.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Although he is very powerful, he's many times stronger than Frieza, him underestimating the Saiyans and Piccolo despite his research proves to be his undoing. That and he thought raw power alone was enough to beat a group who have trained their entire lives and he was shortsighted enough to give himself the weaker android design instead of the more powerful endless energy model like Androids 17 and 18.
- Brain in a Jar: His brain is concealed in a glass dome under his hat.
- Brick Joke: Vegeta mentions that his head probably rolls just as well as 19's. It does.
- Bullying The Dragon: He repeatedly insults and berates 17 and 18 who were rebellious teenagers before he kidnapped them and forcibly turned them into cyborgs. Cyborgs far stronger than he is, mind you. What happened to him was inevitable.And there's a double dose of Too Dumb to Live. When Dr. Gero built 17 and 18, he realized how difficult they were to control, so he came up with a new design for future androids that, while still very strong, were more limited in their power. Sounds pretty Genre Savvy, right? Except that he then rebuilt his own body and used the deliberately weakened design rather than the fully powered one that might've enabled him to stand up to 17 and 18 (or better yet, to not even need them in the first place). Yeah, he's a genius, alright.
- 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. Piccolo even lampshades this after chopping off Gero's arm, declaring his efforts to be a "waste of technology."
- 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 even more disproportionate when you remember that his former boss, Commander Red, wanted the Dragon Balls to wish for height. However, it is possible that Goku's actions also led his son being killed by an enemy bullet when the RR army lost a lot of military might. Said son is the inspiration for Android 16's looks which also explains why he didn't want 16 to fight. We'll never know for sure now that Gero is dead.
- Evil Genius: Not just creating androids, but also making himself into one. He also created Cell, who really is the Ultimate Life Form thanks to his genetics.
- 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 soldier 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 Is Not a Toy: After being defeated by the Z Fighters, he hit the Godzilla Threshold and reactivated Androids 17 and 18, hoping to be able to control them with a remote deactivation device... which they promptly destroy the moment he lets his guard down.
- Evil Is Petty: His entire beef with Goku is simply because Goku cost him his job and funding when Goku destroyed the Red Ribbon Army.
- 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 that they move the fight to a deserted area, Gero decides to make a deserted area by using his Eye Beams to level the entire city.Dr. Gero: I cleared the area of innocents, in accordance with your wishes. Do you disagree with my methods?
- Eye Beams: His primary method of attack.
- Godzilla Threshold: His reactivation of Android 17 and 18 is a villainous example. He knew how rebellious they were, but having exhausted all other options, and with the Z-Fighters literally at his doorstep, he was desperate enough to give it a try. Oh, sure, they manage to fight off the Z-Fighters with ease... but not before turning on Gero and killing him.
- Grumpy Old Man: An evil one.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Three times.
- Immortality Seeker: He tells Androids 17 and 18 that he rebuild himself into an android because he wants to live forever.
- Irony: His hatred of Goku is the stuff of legends, but he never seemed to realize that in using Goku's DNA in Cell's creation, part of Goku would live on through Cell.
- 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". (There's actually a pretty good reason for this, as "Ghe-roh" doesn't keep to the Theme Naming as as much as "jhe-roh" seems to.)
- 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 shed 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.
- Moral Myopia:
- Starts screaming at Vegeta that that's enough after Vegeta beats 19 so brutally that 19 is running for his life. Vegeta quickly calls him out on this, pointing out that they had come to kill him and the Z-Fighters in the first place, and it's only "enough" because Gero is losing.
- His entire grudge against Goku stinks of this. Gero only cares that he lost his job when Goku destroyed the Red Ribbons; never mind the fact that they were an evil army who terrorized innocent people, and Gero willingly built killer robots for them to help them do so.
- 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 killing Goku and 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.
- Outside-Context Villain: A very mild example. The Z-Figthers are caught complete by surprise when they learned that they can't sense the androids. They have no readable energy. Androids 19 and 20 can also absorb energy, making any energy base attacks useless until their hands are disable or removed. However, once their gimmicks are rendered useless, they go down very easily.
- 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!!!
- Small Role, Big Impact: In the timeline Trunks comes from he is never seen, being murdered offscreen by the androids, and he is killed fairly early in the main timeline after getting his butt kicked by Piccolo. Still, his influence causes at least two timelines to turn into hell and nearly destroys the main timeline. Literally every bad thing that happens in Androids/Cell Saga happened because of him and his grudge against Goku.
- Smug Snake:
- Starts acting like a big shot and only has the advantage because Goku was ill. As soon as Vegeta destroys 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.
- The Stoic: When he was first introduced, he was very much this. He spoke in a calm, monotone voice even as he was killing people and explaining his origins to Goku. However, the moment Goku went Super Saiyan and started to plummet Android 19, he loses this trait, going from concern, to cocky, to full blown panic after he realizes how badly outmatched he is.
- 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.
- Theme Naming: What's a totally appropriate name for someone who creates facsimiles of life and spits upon the real thing? Why, a Japanese word for vomit, of course.
- 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.
- Villainous Legacy: Gero dies fairly early on, but his creations continue to plague the characters for the rest of the season, causing far more trouble than Gero could ever have hoped to.
- 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, 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.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He is never shown using any advance fighting techniques or styles whatsoever. Instead he relies heavily on his power and using sneak attacks to grab his target so he can drain their energy to become stronger. Once his power fails him, he's completely helpless and can only run to get backup.
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.
- An Arm and a Leg: He gets his arms ripped off by Vegeta shortly before his destruction.
- Artificial Human: He is a fully mechanical android.
- Asshole Victim: Considering the fact that he ruthlessly beat on Goku and started to suck the life out of him while Goku was helpless and incapacitated from the heart virus, it's more or less impossible to feel any pity for him when Vegeta blows him to smithereens.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He gets his ass handed to him completely and utterly by Super Saiyan Vegeta.
- Determinator: Absolutely refuses to let go of Vegeta once he manages to start absorbing his energy. Vegeta, for his part, commends him for this right before ripping his arms clean off of his body.
- 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.
- Flat Character: He has no real personality. He only exists to be killed by Vegeta.
- Gonk: Barely looks human.
- Jobber: Basically existed so Vegeta would have something to beat up on when he first became a Super Saiyan.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: 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.
- Outside-Context Villain: Like the other androids, his energy can't be sensed by the Earth's fighters. He can also absorb energy through his hand like Android 20. Despite this, he's killed quickly once Vegeta removes his hands.
- Robo Speak: In the Funimation dub.
- Sadist: Takes great delight in draining his victims and beating them senseless, giggling like a crazed child while he does so. You can also see the joy on his face as he sucks the life out of Goku.
- Smug Snake: He acts like a big shot, and only has the upper hand against Goku because of the heart virus. As soon as Vegeta kicks his ass and rips his arms off, he tries to make a break for it.
- The Stoic: When he's first seen, he didn't smile and had a largely blanked expression. Even when Goku was beating on him, he showed no real emotion. He did laugh manically after absorbing Goku's Kamehameha and started to beat him up and sucked his energy. His cold demeanor completely shatters after Vegeta tears him up, leaving him quivering in fear.
- Undignified Death: Loses his composure when Vegeta kicks his ass, and finally tries to run for his life after Vegeta tears his hands off.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Just like Android 20, he is shown using no fighting style or techniques. When Goku went Super Saiyan, 19 kept bull charging and not even try to evade or block Goku's attacks. Instead he relies on his high endurance and his power absorption to get ahead. The moment he loses his ability to drain energy, he becomes completely defenseless and tries to run.
- Villainous Breakdown: Both figuratively and literally - after realizing that he has no chance against Vegeta, he ends up running away from him screaming his head off.
- 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 offspring. They are asexually produced from Cell's tail, through cellular mitosis. According to Cell himself, each Cell Junior has his power and abilities.
- Blood Knights
- Cold-Blooded Torture: They brutally beat the Z warriors in order to provoke Gohan.
- Creepy Child/Enfant Terribles
- Dirty Coward: One of them threatens to slit Krillin's throat in an attempt to get Gohan to back off.
- The Dragons: For Cell.
- Giggling Villains
- The Hyenas
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: After Gohan takes down all but one of them, the remaining Cell Jr tries (and fails) to run away.
- The Worf Effect: To the Z Fighters, they're unstoppable killing machines. To Super Saiyan 2 Gohan, they're mere pests.
Majin Buu Saga
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: He's 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.
- Asshole Victim: He's easily the least sympathetic of Buu's victims, unless you count Van Zant.
- Bad Boss: His Establishing Character Moment is having Spopovich and Yamu killed on the spot after they give him Gohan's stolen Ki, with the Supreme Kai outright saying that Babidi always kills his minions when he doesn't need them 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.
- Bullying a Dragon: Unlike his father who favored the carrot (cake), Babidi preferred to use the stick in controlling Buu. Whenever Buu showed some disobedience, Babidi would threaten to reseal him. This continued until Goku scolds Buu for letting such a weak coward order him around and Babidi shortly found himself lacking a head.
- 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.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Despite Goku fighting evenly with Majin Buu (who up to this point had no equal), Babid still felt brave enough to flip Goku when he says that Buu was far too talented of a fighter to be controlled by someone like Babidi. In the Japanese text, he flips Goku when he says that he will ask Emma to really torture him in Hell.
- 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.
- Has another moment of this when Buu realizes that Babidi can't seal him while the Z-fighters still exist. Babidi soon loses his head over this, very literally courtesy of Buu.
- 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. Goku even outright calls Babidi a "cowardly worm" while criticizing Buu for letting Babidi boss him around.
- 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 Is Not a Toy: With some encouragement from Goku, Majin Buu eventually turns on Babidi and kills him.
- 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.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: If Buu turning on him wasn't enough, in Dragon Ball Heroes, he can be absorbed by Kid Buu.
- Immortal Immaturity: He's a centuries-old wizard, but acts like a Spoiled Brat.
- 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.
- And adding an extra heap of karma on top, Babidi spent most of the arc killing his minions once he had no more use for them, leaving nobody to defend him once Buu turns on him. And Buu kills him for the same reason.
- Kick the Dog:
- Killing Spopovich and Yamu even after they followed his orders. And afterwards, he killed a random bystander just for not knowing where Goten, Trunks, or Piccolo are.
- Him showing the entire world Buu turning entire cities into candy and chocolate before eating them alive. He then reminds everyone that he will have the Earth destroyed in five days if Trunks, Piccolo, and Goten don't reveal themselves. And that random bystander he murdered, he made his head explode from the inside out and broadcasted it.
- 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.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After he ruthlessly disposed of anyone who wasn't of use to him, Buu kills him because he no longer needs Babidi. Even better, since Babidi allowed Buu to kill his most loyal servant, there was no one who would have gone out of their way to save him.
- 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. It is mind control, but it relies on the victim's willingness to be enslaved and so can be overridden with sufficiently strong willpower or emotion. (Vegeta's absurdly strong sense of Pride allows him to exert his own will and ignore Babidi's orders, for example.)
- 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 spoiled 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 beaten senseless and devoured.
- 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.
- This Cannot Be!: His reaction when Majin Vegeta actively resists his commands in favor of going after Goku: according to Babidi, this is the first time any of his brainwashed slaves have ever defied him.Babidi: How can the possessed say no to the possessor?!
- Thirteen Is Unlucky: Even more meta; the Babidi Saga is the thirteenth saga of Dragon Ball Z.
- Too Dumb to Live:
- See Bullying a Dragon.
- Dabura who has been nothing but loyal to Babidi, warns him that Buu is uncontrollable and that the demon will eventually kill him. Instead of even considering Dabura's warning, Babidi throws a tantrum, yelling that he didn't need Dabura anymore since he had Buu. By the time Buu turns on him, Babidi had absolutely no one who would save him.
- Underestimating Badassery: Like the Supreme Kai, he badly underestimated the Saiyans. If Vegeta didn't feel the need to sell his soul to beat Goku, Babidi's entire plan would have been ruined. He also keeps underestimating his enemies, like thinking Piccolo wasn't strong enough to break his barrier or that Super Saiyan 3 Goku could have killed Majin Buu. Amazingly, he even underestimates Buu, thinking that he could keep the majin under control with threats and brute force.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Towards his loyal right-hand man Dabura. It backfires when Buu finally realizes (working off a hint from Goku) that he doesn't actually have to take it... The Z Fighters and his two Dragons were all stronger than he was, so first Dabura, then Buu, basically served as his bodyguards.
- Villains Want Mercy: When Piccolo has him cornered, Babidi begs for his life, pointing out that without him, Majin Buu will be completely uncontrollable and destroy the Earth. Piccolo states that it's no different than what Babidi plans to do anyway, and he and the Z Fighters will stop Buu before slicing Babidi in half.
- 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 Babidi's orders.
- Wizards from Outer Space: He's an alien wizard.
- 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.
- Your Head Asplode: Buu kills him by punching him in the face so hard that his head explodes.
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.
- Action Dad: It's revealed he has a son in Akira Toriyama's one-shot manga, Sand Land (set in years before Dabura is turned into a Majin), named Beelzebub.
- 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 Buu 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 by being disposed of by Babidi and actually eaten by Buu.
- Badass: He posseses the ability to kill people just by turning them into stone, and he's evenly match against Gohan in a fight.
- Card-Carrying Villain: It's to the point where one of his attacks is even called Evil Flame. Subverted after his Heel-Face Turn though.
- Cool Big Bro: To Towa in Dragonball Xenoverse, which is her entire motivation for her actions.
- 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.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Postmortem, when he pulls a Heel-Face Turn in the afterlife.
- In fact, given his benevolent nature in Sand Land, this may simply be a return to type.
- 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 Demon King Piccolo 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 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 is about equal to Gohan, who defeated Cell, but Gohan's skills had explicitly degraded by that point.
- Big Red Devil: Missing Wings and Tail notwithstanding.
- 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.
- Story-Breaker Power: Dabura's Super Spit that can turn anyone hit by it into stone, regardless of power. If you're not expecting it or know about this ability, you're almost guaranteed to be a lawn statue. Once hit, you are for all intentive purposes dead and the spell can only be reverse with Dabura's death. Thankfully, spit tends to be slow, making it somewhat easy to dodge and if the spit hit clothing, they can be removed.
- Super Spit/ Taken for Granite: His spit can turn anything into stone.
- Theme Naming: Just as Bibidi, Babidi and Buu got their names from a magical incantation, Dabura's is derived from "abracadabra" (while also sounding similar to "abura", Japanese for "oil").
- Underestimating Badassery: Upon Buu's awakening, he thought the reviving spell was a failure since Buu acted like a little kid and not the terror of the universe he heard about. He outright called Buu a bumbling idiot and mused how Buu doesn't understand him. That is before Buu punches him in the eyes and knocks him into a cliff, critically wounded him. After that, he tries to kill Buu, recognizing that a demon of that power wouldn't stay loyal to Babidi.
- 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 (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.
- Underestimating Badassery: To say that he underestimated Vegeta would be an understatement. It becomes even funnier when he thought he had the home advantage since his planet had ten times the Earth's gravity. That's the exact same gravity of Vegeta's birth planet.
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.
- Balloon Belly: Yakon gets one before dying.
- Blade Below the Shoulder
- Death by Gluttony: Subverted. Dabura, Supreme Kai, and Gohan assume Yakon did this when eating so much of Goku's Super Saiyan energy that he explodes. Vegeta, however, is sharp enough to catch that Goku briefly changed to Super Saiyan 2, drastically increasing the amount of energy Yakon was trying to inhale all at once, overloading and killing him.
- Energy Absorption: Yakon's ability to eat light.
- Exposed Extraterrestrials: Can pulls his 'bones' in out to attack his opponent.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Goku defeated him by using his light-absorbing ability against him by force-feeding him more than he could handle.
- Innate Night Vision: As a native of Dark Star, he can see in complete darkness.
- Lightning Bruiser: Managed to catch Goku off guard with a quick slash attack.
- Fed to the Beast: He's the beast
- Phlebotinum Overload: Too much light, however proved to be a bad thing.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only shows up to fight Goku and be killed, but the fight reveals to Vegeta that Goku is able to become a Super Saiyan 2. This reawakens Vegeta's inferiority complex to the point he's willing to let Babidi possess him for more power, setting in motion his fight with Goku and Buu's freedom.
- Third-Person Person
- Villainous Glutton: He can eat light and sucked Goku until he turned back to normal from being a Super Saiyan.
Spopovich and Yamu
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 within an inch of her life.
- 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 Dragon Balls 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 Videl.
- 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 in agony.
- 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 magic, 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.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Spopovich gives a brutal one to Videl in their fight.
- 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 than 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.
- Unskilled, but Strong: In terms of skill, Videl is actually better than Spopovich, but thanks to Babidi, he has power that far exceeds that of a normal human. It's actually what tips the Z-fighters off that there is something wrong since they cant fathom how someone could be that unskilled but so strong.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Yamu
- Would Hit a Girl: Spopovich doesn't just hit Videl; he beats her to a bloody pulp to the point where she's screaming and crying from the pain, and is only stopped from killing her by Yamu ordering him to stop.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The victims of this despite succeeding in their mission.
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.
- Fat Bastard: He's fairly rotund, especially in comparison to Babidi.
- Greater Scope Villain: Though the heroes never meet him (barring Supreme Kai), he sets the events that lead to the Buu Saga in motion.
- Me's a Crowd: Had the ability to split himself into multiple copies, but doing so divided his power among all of his copies. Once he died, his doppelganger/"son" Babidi gained all of the power.
- 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.
- Predecessor Villain: To Babidi, who is his doppelganger and is using his plan.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He may have a small amount of screentime, but the entire Buu Saga and the massacre of the Kais occurs because of his actions.
- Truly Single Parent: Babidi is actually a magically-created clone of him.
A deranged human gunman who uses Majin Buu's threat as an excuse to kill as many innocent people as possible. His actions lead directly to the birth of Evil Buu, of whom Van Zant is the first victim.
- Apocalypse Anarchy: He uses Majin Buu's killing spree as an excuse to go on his own. His rationale: Buu's most likely going to kill everyone anyway, so why not?
- Asshole Victim: He kills innocent people For the Evulz, and shoots both Mr. Satan and Bee in front of Majin Buu, resulting in the birth of Evil Buu. The very first thing Evil Buu does upon birth is obliterate Van Zant with a Wave Motion Gun; frankly, if anyone deserved to die at Buu's hands, he did.
- Ax-Crazy: He's a lunatic gunman who eagerly uses Buu's rampage as an excuse to kill as many people as possible.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: He's blonde, and an Ax-Crazy bastard who loves killing.
- Bullying a Dragon: He decides to try to kill Majin Buu so he can continue to kill people, after Buu's personally wiped out most of humanity. Brilliant idea.
- Establishing Character Moment: In his first scene, he shoots an old lady dead and talks his pal Smitty into doing the same to her husband.
- Evil Brit: The Funimation and Ocean dubs give him a thick Cockney accent.
- Hate Sink: Everything he does is basically meant to make the viewer hate him.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: He uses Buu's killing spree as an excuse to go on one of his own, and eventually shoots and nearly kills Mr. Satan and Bee, causing Buu to spawn Evil Buu. From here on out, the Buu Saga consists of the rest of the universe paying the price for Van Zant's actions.
- Heck, the episode he appears in to kickstart this is called "The Evil of Men."
- Kick the Dog: Literally; the first thing he does upon finding Buu is shoot Bee, the little puppy, for fun.
- No Name Given: In the original manga.
- Rich Bastard: in the manga and Japanese anime, it's implied that he comes from a wealthy background or family, as Smitty calls him "Young Master".
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's only around for a couple episodes, but it's because of him that Evil Buu/Super Buu came into existence.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: As he caused the creation of Super Buu, he is indirectly responsible for all the bad stuff that happens afterward.
- Villainous Friendship: With his lackey, Smitty. Zant calls him an "old friend" at one point, and they do get along fairly well. Zant asked Smitty to help him kill people because he wanted him to join in on the fun.
Van Zant's toady. He also plays a part in the creation of Evil Buu (and, by proxy, Super Buu).
- Asshole Victim: Just like his boss.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Buu turns into liquid and goes down his throat, making him expand until he explodes. You almost feel sorry for him given how his boss got off so much easier. Even Mr. Satan and Bee (who were shot and nearly killed by his boss) are sickened.
- Battle Butler / Punch Clock Villain: In the manga and Japanese anime, it is implied that Smitty is Van Zant's butler, as he addresses him as "Young master".
- The Dragon: To Van Zant.
- Fat Bastard: He's rather plump.
- Ignored Epiphany: He is distraught when Van Zant tells him to kill an old man, but he does so anyway and finds it fun.
- No Name Given: In the manga and Japanese anime.
- Villainous Friendship: With his boss, Van Zant. The two get along a bit better than the average boss and evil henchman do.