The Dragon Ball franchise has a lot of characters, who have taken place in many kinds of stories, ranging from the canonical ones from the manga, the filler from the anime series, and the ones who exist in the many video games.
Many of these characters range from inspired by Eastern literature and cinema, aliens from outer space who can destroy a planet with a finger, artificial humans and time travellers, gods of creation and destruction, angels and demons with masks, machine mutants, dragons and people from real life reborn as Yamcha.
- Main Characters - The primary heroes of the Dragon Ball saga.
- Major Supporting Cast - Characters who play a major supporting role in multiple story arcs. note
- Supporting Cast - Characters who play a supporting role in the franchise who first appear in the original Dragon Ball.note
- DBZ/GT Supporting Cast - Characters who play a supporting role in the franchise who first appear in Dragon Ball Z or Dragon Ball GT.note
- Tournament Characters - Characters who are involved with tournaments.note
- Future Trunks' Timeline - Characters from the timeline that Future Trunks is native to.note
- Other Characters - Characters who either only appear in filler, movies, and specials.note
- Original Series Villains - Villains who first appear in the original Dragon Ball.note
- DBZ Villains - The villains of the Dragon Ball Z series.note
- DBZ Movie Villains - Villains introduced in movies.note
- GT Villains - Villains who only appear in Dragon Ball GT.note
- Multiversal Characters - Characters from the greater Dragon Ball Multiverse introduced in Dragon Ball Super.note
- Universe 7note
- Universe 2note
- Universe 3note
- Universe 4note
- Universe 6note
- Universe 9note
- Universe 10note
- Universe 11note
- Goku Black
- Galactic Patrol and Prisoners - Characters who appear in Jiya, Sachie-chan Good, Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, and members and prisoners associated with the Galactic Patrol in Dragon Ball Super.note
New Media Characters
- Dragon Ball Heroes - Characters from the 2010 video game.note
- DBH Villainsnote
- Dragon Ball Online - Characters from the online video game.
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse - Characters from the 2015 video game.note
- Fusions (Video Game)note
- Dragon Ball FighterZ - Characters from the 2018 fighting game.
- Dragon Ball Legends - Characters from 2018 mobile PVP fighting game.note
- Dragon Ball Super: Broly - Characters that appear in the film of the same name.
- Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero - Characters that appear in the film of the same name.