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[[caption-width-right:348:[[Recap/DragonBallMajinBuuArc Super Buu]].]]
->''"HAHAHA! Well, well, now that is beautiful. See? Look Dodoria, Zarbon, look at the fireworks, aren't they splendid!? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"''
-->--'''Frieza''', ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': ''Anime/BardockTheFatherOfGoku'', after [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOuk02e5q5s destroying Planet Vegeta]]

The ''Franchise/DragonBall'' franchise is the TropeCodifier for modern shounen action series, including its villains. Most of them are {{Card Carrying Villain}}s who do things out of [[ForTheEvulz the heck of it]], but not too evil. And there are some who were [[MadeOfEvil created evil]] and do some questionable things. Then there are [[CompleteMonster the few]] who are so twisted that they are memorable for being so ungodly demented and cruel and lacking the morals/mercy of their fellow villains, who are either [[EvenEvilHasStandards horrified]] and can't do anything about it or actually admire the person due to their overwhelming power.

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''[[AC:Anime/DragonBallZ]]''
* [[Characters/DragonBallFrieza Frieza]] is the tyrannical head of the Galactic Frieza Army, an organization that wipes out all life from planets, then sells the planets to the highest bidder. [[Anime/BardockTheFatherOfGoku Prior to the events of the series]], Frieza [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroyed Planet Vegeta]], [[FinalSolution bringing the Saiyan race to near extinction]] despite their loyalty, as he feared that he was going to be overthrown by a Super Saiyan. [[Recap/DragonBallZNamekArc During his invasion of Namek]], Frieza killed many civilians, including Dende's caretakers and brother, even after he got the Dragon Balls. He also slaughtered several warriors and [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] Nail, Gohan, and Vegeta to near-death, and had Vegeta crying and begging Goku to stop Frieza, who then shoots Vegeta through the heart. He then [[WouldHurtAChild blew up Dende]], when [[ShootTheMedicFirst he learned the boy could heal people]]. He then blew a hole through Piccolo, proceeded to blow up Krillin, and threatened Goku's son, which led to Goku [[HoistByHisOwnPetard becoming the very thing that he feared most]]. When Goku showed mercy by giving the dying Frieza some energy, [[TheFarmerandTheViper Frieza promptly tried to kill him]], leading Goku to blow him apart. He later came back as a {{Cyborg}}, and went to Earth with his father to destroy it, only stopped by Future Trunks. [[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrected by his underlings Sorbet and Tagoma]], Frieza craved revenge on the Saiyans, and [[RevengeBeforeReason would stop at nothing to achieve it]]. After Tagoma suggested that Frieza should ignore the Super Saiyans and focus on his empire, Frieza killed him by [[ThrownOutTheAirlock blasting him into space]]. He started an invasion of Earth, destroyed an entire city, [[BadBoss killed his entire army, except for Sorbet]] after [[YouHaveFailedMe they lost to the Z fighters]], and [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown tortured an injured Goku by stomping on his chest]]. When he was overpowered by Vegeta, he destroyed the entire Earth not caring if he would be killed in the explosion, just to spite the Saiyans. Genocidal, [[{{Pride}} arrogant]], and {{sadist}}ic underneath his [[FauxAffablyEvil polite exterior]], [[KnightOfCerebus Frieza set a new standard for Dragon Ball villains]].
* ''[[Recap/DragonBallZAndroldArc Android Arc]]'': [[Characters/DragonBallCell Cell]], an UltimateLifeform created by [[MadScientist Dr. Gero]], inherited Frieza's [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] [[{{sadist}} sadism]] and Vegeta's pride. He goes around towns [[TheAssimilator eating thousands of people with his tail]] just to increase his powers, the last of the victims having his ordeal disturbingly prolonged in order to give him absolute fear of being absorbed. Cell then absorbs Androids 17 and 18, resulting in Cell going OneWingedAngel. Though Cell was programmed to kill, several Androids proved that Gero's creations can have moral agency; in addition, Cell takes a sadistic pleasure in killing, as shown when he starts "the Cell Games," just to hold off destroying Earth so that he can see everyone's faces contort in terror and states that he would've hunted every single person on Earth one by one if he won, after which he would then [[OmnicidalManiac destroy Earth and then go on to other planets]]. Cell beats Gohan to near death and creates "Cell Juniors" to torture the other Z Fighters so that he can transform to his SuperpoweredEvilSide, which he succeeds by destroying [[GentleGiant Android 16]] in front of him. When the fight stopped going his way, he tried to destroy the world with his [[TakingYouWithMe self-destruct]] sequence, forcing Goku to perform a HeroicSacrifice.
* ''[[Recap/DragonBallMajinBuuArc Majin Buu Arc]]'':
** [[EvilSorcerer Babidi]], the doppleganger clone of [[TrulySingleParent Bibidi]], who [[MoreThanMindControl uses the evil in a person's heart to make them want to serve him]], orchestrated the revival of [[Characters/DragonBallMajinBuu Majin Buu]], ultimately making him the one responsible for the cataclysmic amounts of death and destruction that occur later. Babidi [[BadBoss kills his men]] when they are [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no longer useful]], including {{brainwashed}} minions Spopovich and Yamu, after which he comments how enjoyable their deaths were; and throws [[TheDragon Dabura]], his loyal right-hand man, under the bus once Buu is revived. He took great delight in having Buu systematically kill the people of Earth so he could lure out Piccolo, Goten, and Trunks all for the purpose of [[EvilIsPetty getting his petty revenge against them]]. When he's asked to stop this by Goku, he then announces that he'll have more people killed just to spite him. Finally, he [[YourHeadAsplode crushed the head of someone]] who gave him the names of Piccolo, Goten, and Trunks, just because he found the information to be useless. He also [[BullyingADragon constantly threatens Majin Buu]] when the latter doesn't obey him.
** [[OmnicidalManiac Super Buu]], the later form of Evil Buu, has the evil of [[MadeOfEvil Kid Buu]] but, unlike Fat Buu, who is [[ObliviouslyEvil too childish to know better]], has the ability to understand about his own evil, he just doesn't care. Once made eloquently intelligent by Piccolo, he actually lamented killing off all of humanity earlier because [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming destroying their cities wasn't as fun without them screaming]]. When told by Piccolo to go kill off some humans to buy some time for Goten and Trunks to master the fusion technique, his response, out of impatience, is to fire a barrage of energy that locks on and kills every human outside of Kami Tower except Hercule; this is conveniently called Human Extinction Attack, because it fired as many blasts needed to bring the human race to extinction . He also turns Chichi into an egg to smash it because she was annoying him. Once he's fed up, he turns Krillin and everyone except Gotenks and Piccolo into candy and eats them alive. Finally, once he does have Piccolo's intelligence, despite being superior to a Gohan who had trounced him earlier, he beats him senseless while [[BreakThemByTalking using Piccolo's teachings to mess with his head]].

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* ''[[Recap/DragonBallSuperResurrectionFArc Resurrection F Arc]]'': [[Characters/DragonBallFrieza Frieza]] is even [[UpToEleven MORE]] of a monster in this retelling of ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection 'F']]''. After Tagoma suggests that Frieza forget about the Saiyans, Frieza critically injures him and forcefully makes him his "sparring partner" for his training, [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing]] Tagoma to the brink of death every day for the next four months. After reaching Earth, Frieza tells his men that whoever kills Krillin will get their own planet, knowing how much Krillin means to Goku. Frieza tortures Gohan by shooting him with energy beams, and is highly amused when Piccolo [[HeroicSacrifice gets in the way of the blasts to save Gohan]]. When Frieza hears that Gohan has a family, [[AndYourLittleDogToo he promises to kill them too]], and orders Ginyu to kill [[WouldHurtAChild Goten and Trunks]]. When Goku arrives, Frieza states that after he destroys Earth, he will destroy New Namek as well so there is no way to undo his evil acts. Before fighting Goku, Frieza kills all his minions just to demonstrate his power. Frieza fires blasts at Goku's friends just to distract him. Just like in the movie, he [[EarthShatteringKaboom tries to destroy Earth]] when he finds himself cornered, and actually succeeds before Whis rewinds time like in the film.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'': The [[BigBad Demon God, Demigra]], was [[SealedEvilInACan imprisoned in a crack in time]] by his ArchEnemy, the [[BigGood Supreme Kai of Time]]. To free himself, he sends out an image capable of acting on the physical plane to [[TheChessmaster cause chaos and distort time]]. One of the timelines has him [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashing Piccolo]] into [[WouldHurtAChild trying to kill Goten and Trunks]]. Another has him trying to brainwash [[PhysicalGod Beerus]] into destroying Earth. After his release, he plans to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the universe]] and [[AGodAmI reshape it]] so that [[ItsAllAboutMe everything revolves around him]].
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