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Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge (known as Doragon Bōru Zetto: Tobikkiri no Saikyō tai Saikyō in Japan; lit. "Dragon Ball Z: The Incredible Mightiest vs. Mightiest") is the fifth Dragon Ball Z movie, originally released in Japan on July 20, 1991, between episodes 99 and 100. It was translated in America by Funimation Entertainment in 2002, and released on VHS and DVD on January 22. The movie was re-released with its sequel, Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler, in November 2008 alongside the remastered Season 7 of the anime series.

After destroying Frieza on Namek, Goku returns to a peaceful life on Earth. When informed his brother has been killed by a Saiyan, Cooler is hell bent on killing Goku, and making him pay for his brother's disgrace. Goku has to find the power within him to defeat a warrior even more powerful than the horrible Frieza.


For the Dragon Ball Z Abridged version of the movie, see here.

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  • Affably Evil: Cooler zig-zags between this and Faux Affably Evil. He is one of the few characters who really cares about one of his soldiers and has a degree of genuine respect for Goku's prowess, but even so he is almost as sadistic as his brother and takes positive glee out of beating Goku.
  • All There in the Manual: Daizenshu 6 revealed that Cooler's subordinate Salza is a member of the same race as the Ginyu Force's Jeicenote , explaining their similar appearances.
  • Always Someone Better: Cooler says that his brother was always trying to best him, but Cooler himself is basically Frieza +1. In addition to being much more powerful, he also possesses many abilities that Frieza notably lacked; he appears to be able to sense ki, he can control himself in his true form all the time, and he's higher in the hierarchy of the empire.
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  • Avenging the Villain: The whole of premise of the movie is. However, Cooler does this to restore honor to his family, and for that reason only. He and Frieza would probably have fought it out themselves sooner or later.
  • Benevolent Boss: Unlike Frieza, Cooler seems to care for his troops, or at the very least does not abuse them in any way. It also explains why the Armored Squadron is more than willing to serve under Cooler.
  • Big Damn Heroes: As usual for the movies, Piccolo makes his entrance rescuing Gohan from a tight spot.
    Doore: (blasted in the back) Who did that?!
    Piccolo: That would be me.
  • Blasphemous Boast: Cooler has a particularly egotistical one as his Supernova appears to kill Goku:
    Cooler: HAHAHAHA! Yes! It is I who decides who lives and who dies! All living beings are mere playthings to me! No one can comprehend my power and cunning!
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Cooler is implied to feel this way about blowing up/ conquering planets.
    Cooler: Frieza's the one in charge of this quadrant. Let him clean up his own mess! I've got seven planets to destroy by the end of the day! Why should I allow myself to get behind schedule just to cover his mistake?
  • Cain and Abel: Cooler has no love for his brother. In fact, if Goku hadn't killed him, Cooler would've gladly done the job for him. note  The only reason he even goes to Earth to avenge Frieza in the first place was because, in his opinion, Frieza disgraced their family name by losing to Goku and felt it was up to him to redeem it.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Cooler described himself as more cruel than his brother. Seeing his actually less monstrous personality though, he probably just considers his power alone to be more terrifying than all of his brother's sadism.
  • Chessmaster Sidekick: Cooler's similar to General Blue in this regard. Not only is he much stronger than his father and brother, but he also has more self control: he doesn't execute henchmen for nothing, doesn't go berserk when it looks like he's outmatched, doesn't underestimate opponents, and can control his power enough to be in his final form all the time (contrast Frieza, who had his first three forms specifically to limit his power, because he couldn't properly control and sustain it). He could easily overthrow them, yet he doesn't.
  • Combat Pragmatist: After Goku manages to blast him off of Earth, Cooler briefly considers just blowing up the sun and letting Goku freeze to death. Once again, this is in contrast to his brother. Goku notes that if Frieza wanted to blow up the planet and let Goku suffocate, he couldn't really have done anything to stop him, yet Frieza prolongs the destruction of the planet to test Goku's abilities.
  • Continuity Snarl: Not as much as the others, but still. While the majority of the film's elements suggest it takes place sometime after Future Trunks returns to his home time and before Androids 19 and 20 arrivenote , Goku's presence but Vegeta's absencenote , the presence of Icarusnote , and the cast bearing their mid-Namek Saga appearancesnote  make this one hard to reconcile with the timeline.
  • Cool Mask: Outside of the first few seconds of transforming into it, Cooler's Fourth Form always has one.
  • Create Your Own Hero: In the end, as Goku sends him straight into the sun, Cooler remembers that when Planet Vegeta blew up, he saw baby Goku's pod, but ignored it since it was Frieza's fault. His reaction when he realizes this?
    Cooler (seconds before he's incinerated by the sun): I don't believe it. I could have killed him. I let him go. I let him go!
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Goku doesn't stand a chance against the transformed Cooler in his base form, and even at Kaio-Ken X 20 Cooler flies through his Kamehameha. Once Goku becomes a Super Saiyan, however, it becomes a...
    • Curb-Stomp Cushion: Super Saiyan Goku does a No-Sell on Cooler's punch and even a point-blank energy blast only causes some superficial wounds, while Goku needs all of two blows to make Cooler keel over in pain. Once Cooler uses the Supernova, however, he very nearly kills Goku (and the Earth) and leaves him extremely exhausted afterwards, even after Goku counters with his own Kamehameha, to the point where Goku gets knocked out of Super Saiyan and is completely helpless when an injured Salza comes back to finish him off. This, along with the fact that Cooler didn't actually seem to suffer any noticeable damage from Goku's blows, suggests the gap in power between the two isn't as great as what was implied by Goku tanking the gut punch.
  • Expy: Cooler is obviously based on Frieza, and his Quirky Mini Boss Squad in the first film is inspired by the Ginyu Force.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Cooler in his final form is much bigger than Goku.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Cooler. Like his brother, but in a different way. Frieza was smug and calm when he was winning and absolutely berserk when outmatched. Cooler is the opposite; after he beats down kaio-ken x20 Goku, he yells a dramatic speech and starts cackling. But when Super Saiyan Goku proves too much for him in straight combat, he starts calmly laughing before throwing a Supernova at him.
  • Evil Overlord: Like his brother Frieza, Cooler is one. Cooler seems to outrank Frieza, however.
  • Family Honor: Cooler's motivation for attacking Goku. Cooler has no real love for Frieza, he only cares that Frieza has pretty much shamed their family for letting Goku kill him.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Cooler's fighters only wear one shoulder pad (the left).
  • Forgot About His Powers: Goku doesn't transform into a Super Saiyan until the last quarter of the movie and only out of rage like when he first transformed, ignoring the rule that Saiyans can transform at will after achieving it for the first time. As the movie was made before this rule was established in the manga, the movie makers assumed Goku can only transform into a Super Saiyan out of rage like with Pseudo Super Saiyan in Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug.
  • French Jerk: Salza in the Funimation dub.
  • Honor Before Reason: Cooler stands to gain nothing from attacking planet Earth, especially because the Trade Empire is in decline, but does it anyway to restore his family's honor.
  • Hurl It into the Sun: Cooler gets tossed into the sun, thanks to Goku's Kamehameha pushing his own Supernova back at him. Going by the sequel, which unlike the first film doesn't fit the Canon timeline, he survived.
  • Irony: For all Cooler's criticism regarding Frieza's inability to destroy all the Saiyans, the one Saiyan Cooler decided to let go turned out to be the one who would come back to defeat them both.
  • It's Personal: Averted here, where Cooler just has beef with Goku because the latter besmirched his family's honor by killing Frieza. His defeat does escalate to this come the sequel though.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • After beating Goku senseless, Cooler laughs as he mourns over an injured bird.
    • Earlier before that, he blasts an injured Piccolo in front of Goku just to spite him.
  • Lack of Empathy: Cooler has a supreme Lack of Empathy towards the Z fighters. He does appear to sympathize with his henchmen, however.
  • Make Sure He's Dead: When Goku takes a direct hit from his Cooler's Eye Beams and falls into a river, he orders his Armored Squadron to hunt him down. Even after they raze an entire landscape with Beam Spams, Cooler isn't convinced that Goku isn't dead and orders them to search every last inch of the area until they find him.
  • Mind over Matter: Just like his father and brother, Cooler possesses telekinetic powers. He shatters the ground with his mind while bragging about his strength.
  • Mugging the Monster: The Armored Squadron saw Piccolo as little more than a nuisance when he showed up. He hands them their respective asses in short order.
    Salza: "Who are you?!" *gets kicked in the face.*
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Cooler had the chance to kill Goku long before he even made it to Earth. He didn't, and he and his brother lived to regret it.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Cooler gives a brutal one to Goku upon transforming into his Fourth Form.
  • Non-Serial Movie: One of the few that can almost be slotted into the Canon timeline. In theory, the movie can be slotted in during the three years while the characters are training for the Androids. There are a few oddities that don't make sense (Gohan having a tail, Goku not going Super Saiyan right away and using great rage to go Super Saiyan), but these are relatively minor. This isn't the case for the sequel, which doesn't fit in the narrative at all.
  • No-Sell: Cooler is on both ends of this.
    • On the dealing end, once he transforms into his Fourth Form, Cooler can easily take anything Goku throws at him, including a Kaio-ken empowered Kamehameha.
    • On the receiving end, Cooler can't touch Goku once he transforms into a Super Saiyan - Cooler gets no reaction from Goku after punching the latter in the abdomen, and even a point-blank energy blast only causes superficial wounds. Downplayed in that Cooler's Supernova attack is powerful enough to make Super Saiyan Goku have an incredible amount of trouble with it.
  • Not So Different: Throughout the movie, Cooler comments that Frieza was 'too soft'. As he's blasted into the sun by Goku, he realizes that he was the one to let Goku go - and by not destroying Goku's space pod all those years ago, he's no better than his brother.
  • Offhand Backhand: Piccolo uses a variant of this to take down Dore. He's fighting Neiz, and casually fires off a blast that proves to be too much for Dore to handle. No long charging period, no pitched battle; just a single blast.
  • Oh, Crap!: Cooler's reaction to getting blasted into the sun.
    Cooler: It's the star of this solar system. Maybe I'll blow that up instead and let them all freeze to death in darkness. Wait a second - I'm heading right for it!
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Cooler nearly destroyed the Earth.
  • One-Winged Angel: Cooler starts the battle in the form his brother ended his in, and reveals he has an extra transformation that Frieza didn't have.
  • Pride Before a Fall: See the Blasphemous Boast above? Cooler says that literally seconds before his defeat.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Once Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan, Cooler responds by punching Goku in the gut. It doesn't work, much to Cooler's dismay.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Cooler.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Cooler dons this quite often.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Cooler's Armored Squadron. Also count as Elite Mooks compared to the rank and file of the PTO.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Were it not for the fact Frieza's father King Cold was able to keep his existence hidden, it would have been fairly ridiculous that Frieza had a brother who was stronger than him.
  • Remembered Too Late: Mere seconds before he hits the sun, Cooler curses Goku, wondering how he escaped the destruction of Vegeta... then he realizes exactly why, mere seconds before he hits the sun.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Cooler's father is a King, thus making Cooler a Prince, but he still steps into the fight almost immediately to deal with those who crossed his family or his troops.
  • Series Continuity Error: Gohan somehow still has his tail, even though it was permanently removed by Vegeta back in the Saiyan Saga and has not reappeared in any of the movies after this one. It's only there so Cooler's mooks can identity him as a Saiyan and easily take him out.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Cooler. Especially in the Latin dub.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Cooler is faced sometime during the three-year wait for the Androids, and he is much more formidable than his brother, the previous Big Bad. He may very well be more powerful than Androids 19 and 20, the villains immediately after him, but he is a clear cut below the likes of 17 and 18. It's worth noting that 19 and 20 were considered very underwhelming by the protagonists as well.
  • Sphere of Destruction: Cooler's Supernova, which he can charge much faster than Frieza. It's also the only thing that gives him a remote chance to defeat Goku as a Super Saiyan.
  • Shoot the Dog: Cooler nearly kills Gohan and forces Goku to take the attack for him, taking him out of commission for most of the film.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Cooler, Coola, Coora, Koola? Let's just chalk this one up to personal preference.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Cooler has this as part of the design of his Fourth Form.
  • The Stoic: For most of the film, Cooler tends to be calm and somewhat expressionless.
  • Theme Naming: A borderline case with Cooler. While its generally accepted that he's named to fit with the cold-theme naming of the rest of his clan, Cooler's name actually derives from the Japanese expression "Meshi demo kura" (meaning "Let's chow down",) a phrase from director Kozo Morishita's hometown of Shizuoka. This also explains why Cooler's name is written in Japanese as "クウラ" ("Coola", short vowel) rather than "クーラ", as Morishita felt calling him "Cooler" outright would have been too direct as well. Given the Japanese Rs and Ls situation as well as the fact that his name can be (and was) written in English dubs as a cold-based word and/or appliance like Frieza's is practically a case of Lucky Translation.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Cooler does this twice with Goku. First when he was a child and let him go, believing he was not a threat because he was Just a Kid. The second time was in the present where he considered him a weakling who only got lucky against his brother. Realizing his mistake both times added to his Villainous Breakdown.
  • Villain Respect: Cooler isn't quite as heavy on the racism as Frieza (although he does call Goku a monkey at one point) and actually tells Goku that he can see why Frieza lost to him. Averted in the sequel, where Cooler ramps up both the Fantastic Racism and the lack of respect for his foes.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Cooler has one in his final moments when he realizes that he could have - and should have - killed Goku back when he saw his space pod escaping Planet Vegeta's destruction.
    Cooler: I don't believe it... I could have killed him. I let him go...! I let him go!
  • Warrior Prince: Cooler.

Alternative Title(s): Coolers Revenge


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