Frieza's Empire (フリーザ軍, Furīza-gun)
The empire of Frieza is also known as the Frieza Force, Galactic Frieza Army or Planet Trade Organization and formerly known as the Cold Force or Cold Army. It is the second major army introduced in Dragon Ball. At their peak, they controlled close to 70% of the known universe and were widely feared thanks to their boss, Frieza.
That all changed after they went to Planet Namek looking for the Dragon Balls to make Frieza immortal. All of Frieza's top generals, including the Ginyu Force, were wiped out by Vegeta with some help from Goku. Frieza himself was defeated and gravely wounded from his battle with the Super Saiyan and only survived because King Cold found him in the rubble of Namek. Once Frieza was rebuilt as a cyborg, he took his father and his forces to Earth to get revenge on Goku. There, they were killed by Future Trunks.
Almost two decades after Frieza's death, the Frieza Force is a shadow of their former selves and are on their last legs. In a desperate bid to save The Empire, Sorbet goes to Earth to revive Frieza using the Dragon Balls. Instead of rebuilding his failing empire, Frieza chooses, once again, to get revenge on Goku and Future Trunks. This ends with the last of the Frieza Force being wiped out on Earth and Frieza being killed again, officially ending the reign of Frieza's empire.
At least, until roughly two years later; as a reward for genuinely helping save the universe in the Tournament of Power, Frieza is revived once more by Whis. Unlike his last revival, Frieza this time around has the clarity of mind to focus on rebuilding his empire, of which at this point only vestiges remain.
- 24-Hour Armor: An easy way to identify a member of this faction is to see if they wear the distinctive armor, that is issued as uniform even to non-combatants (who sometimes wear cumbersome robes because they don't actually need the freedom of movement for a fight).
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Zig-zagged. On paper, Frieza's army seems to run on this trope. The stronger you are, the higher your rank. Both Frieza and King Cold offered Goku and Future Trunks respectively the opportunity to become their new Dragon after seeing how powerful they were. However, it seems financial savvy and political charisma would have an equal part to play, as Zarbon and Dodoria actually outrank Captain Ginyu on the military and political hierarchy as Frieza's right and left-hand man; in spite of being respectively one fourth and less than one-sixth as powerful as he is. Political savvy and cunning are also likely what allowed a pencil-necked shoe-shiner like Sorbet to take over the Frieza Force after Frieza, King Cold, and all the top generals are dead and command the loyalty (and even friendship) of warriors FAR stronger than he is.
- Back from the Brink: After being revived as a reward for his assistance in the Tournament of Power, The Stinger of Super episode 131 shows Frieza taking preliminary steps to salvage his Empire.
- Badass Army: They rule the universe and are the most feared force across Universe 7. Even Beerus knows of them and gets on the Z-Fighters for destroying them since their power would be helpful for the Tournament of Power.
- Dirty Coward: Almost all of Frieza's men beg for their lives when outmatched or tries to run to Frieza for help.
- The Dreaded: Their very presence struck fear across the universe and the Galactic Patrol couldn't do a thing against them. This all changed, however, after Frieza and Kind Cold were killed on Earth and Frieza's strongest generals were killed on Namek. That is when the planets began to rebel against The Remnants of Frieza's empire. By Resurrection 'F', the Frieza Force is on its last legs and is so desperate to regain their 'dreaded' status that they revived their Bad Boss Frieza since his name is still widely feared across the universe.
- Dystopia Is Hard: The entire reason they decided to bring Frieza back in the first place. Without Frieza to keep them together through power and fear, the empire is on the verge of collapse.
- Edible Theme Naming: The minions are named after food products that can be put into a refrigerator which represents Frieza. The vast majority are named after fruits as a contrast to the vegetable-themed Saiyans, the Ginyu Force are named after milk products, and the rest are named after other products.
- The Empire: Frieza's empire spread across the entire universe to the point that they were the unofficial government of Universe 7.
- Elite Mook: Soldiers with more than 1000 power are considered elite, although to the point that they are introduced they are overshadowed by many characters.
- Enemy Civil War: The Frieza Force vs. Vegeta to gain control of the Namekian Dragon Balls was the major conflict for most of the Namek Saga.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Frieza isn't picky about who gets into the Frieza Force. Even non-fighters like doctors and tech support are welcomed and he didn't mind the Saiyans being part of his force despite how much he feared them. All Frieza wants is for men to be good at their job and loyal to him.
- Evil Army: They're the second evil army introduced in the series. Unlike the Red Ribbon Army, they're not only highly competent, they also have some of the strongest fighters in the universe. At their peak, they controlled 70% of the known universe.
- Evil vs. Evil: During the Namek Saga, the Frieza Force got into an Enemy Civil War with Vegeta who wanted the Dragon Balls for himself. Since Vegeta was still very much a villain at this point, the Z-Fighters did everything they could to prevent Frieza and Vegeta from getting their wish.
- Fantastic Racism: Despite being Equal-Opportunity Evil, the vast majority of the Frieza Force looked down on the Saiyans, seeing them as brainless monkeys. Vegeta, in particular, stands out since he was an Elite Mook who was being groomed to be Frieza's next Dragon, yet he was treated just as poorly as the other Saiyans.
- Godzilla Threshold: A twofold example in Resurrection 'F' and Super.
- The entire reason they decided to resurrect Frieza in the first place. The empire has been falling apart ever since Frieza's demise, and while not happy with the idea considering how Ax-Crazy Frieza is, they see his fear factor as the only way to restore it.
- Them going to Earth to make the wish also count. Before the empire began to completely fall apart, they were searching for New Namek to no avail. They wanted to avoid Goku at all costs, and when they finally went to Earth, they only stayed just long enough to find the Dragon Balls and make their wish before getting the hell off the planet.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: By the time of Resurrection 'F' and Super, they've gone from being the most feared and powerful force in the universe, who controlled 70% of the known universe, to barely qualifying as an army after not only losing Frieza and his father, but all their best fighters on Namek. According to Sorbet, they're on their last legs and are considered a laughing stock.
- Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: Officially, they are referred to as the Planet Trade Organization. However, anyone with any sense would know how their idea of selling "real estate" (planets), is clearing out the occupants to sell them off, or outright blowing them up, or merely conquering the planets they come across. The Galactic Patrol are well aware of what they are, but are too weak and perhaps too small to do anything about them.
- Mooks: Naturally, however, even the weakest soldier on the Frieza Force is pretty though by Earth standards. TheElite Mooks Frieza took with him to Namek mocked the Namekians for having a power level of 1000.
- Mook Horror Show: They're subjected to this twice by Vegeta. First when he escaped the healing tank and again when he attacked Frieza's ship, looking for the Dragon Balls.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: While Frieza Force is... well, an empire, its form of government resembles a corrupt monarchy engaged in illegal activities such as illegal trafficking and terrorism.
- N.G.O. Superpower: On a galactic scale, they serve as this. The Galactic Patrol pales in comparison to their might, owing to both its size and the strongest people in the universe forming its ranks (such as the Saiyans and the Ginyu Force). Frieza himself is a monstrously strong being who can effortlessly destroy entire planets. According to Shin, at the time of the Universe Survival Saga, there are only 28 planets with mortal life left in the universe, yet it was stated that the army had control of at least 448 planets. No doubt they are responsible for the low number of planets left. Beerus even confirms that it is because the Frieza army was destroyed that there are now so few planets with mortal life left, implying that the army made up a majority of the universe's population. Indeed, Frieza considers himself the Emperor of the Universe, while Sorbet believes reviving Frieza could give them a controlling interest in as much as 70 percent of the Universe by uniting splintered factions.
- Psycho for Hire: While many of them were enslaved by Frieza after he conquered their planets and have little choice in what they do, a large portion of his army are psychopaths who enjoy destruction and genocide. Several elites like Dodoria and Cui are shown to enjoy their jobs of attacking planets and killing people. Even the standard mooks are portrayed as ruthless bullies who enjoy mistreating Namekians, and two of them try to kill Gohan, Krillin, and Bulma after they arrive on Namek just for fun. After Frieza's first death, a portion of the army remained and continued their lifestyle of attacking planets, now under the control of Sorbet.
- Punch-Clock Villain: It goes without saying that when the alternative to refusing to kill women and children of other planets is to have your own family and world blasted into atoms, a sizable amount of Frieza's subordinates are actually soldiers Just Following Orders and forcibly drafted into committing atrocities to keep their own loved ones alive. And of course, there are those too weak to fight, much less Rape, Pillage, and Burn worlds, like your everyday doctors, mechanics, scientists and janitors, who even though they are loyal to Frieza on paper are not necessarily bad people themselves. As shown by characters like Chirai in Super, sometimes working for Frieza is just that, a paycheck. Much like in real life, just because you work for a Bad Boss does not necessarily make you a bad person.
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: The main reason why the Frieza Army is so dreaded in Universe Seven is that part and parcel to all of their pacification/liquidation of planetary real estate are gleefully committed crimes of terrorism, theft, robbery, murder and torture of the civilian population. Like any self-respecting mafioso, Frieza does not care how his men treat the occupants of his fiefdom as long as he gets the land and that those allowed to live respect and obey his absolute authority. If a few hundred alien women "disgraced", a few thousand elderly left homeless and a few million of their children die mutilated in the process? You can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs in the "real estate business."
- The Remnant: What they're reduced to after Frieza and King Cold are killed by Earth. By Resurrection 'F', they can barely be called an army and they're eventually wiped out completely after Frieza tries to get revenge on Goku, yet again.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Any members of Friezas army who werent conscripted against their will or solely doing their job are likely to be violent lunatics gleefully committing war crimes whenever the opportunity seizes them.
- Sparing the Aces: Frieza's Empire is build on this trope. Most of Frieza's strongest men are from planets he's conquered and he spares the strongest if they chose to work under him. On Namek, he laments about killing Nail after seeing his battle power and offers Goku a position as his Dragon after witnessing his strength. King Cold even offers to make Future Trunks his 'new son' after he effortlessly killed Frieza.
- Take Over the World: More like take over the universe and they largely succeeded until Frieza's defeat on Namek.
- Vestigial Empire: They have become one by the time of Resurrection 'F' and Super. They used to rule 70% of the known universe but, after Frieza's and Cold's deaths, they lost almost all of their territories. Sorbet is barely able to hold the last pieces together and, when the resurrected Frieza tries to get revenge on Goku, the last remnants of the army are wiped out. After the end of the Universe Survival saga, Frieza decides to rebuild his empire.
- Villain Cred: Discussed; when he's revived, Frieza points out that no one will take them seriously if they're too busy being terrified of Goku to actually do anything.Frieza: How do you expect us to run an empire that strikes fear across the galaxies while we're cowering from a handful of Saiyan garbage?!
- We Have Become Complacent: Because of how overwhelmingly powerful Frieza is, most of his soldiers tend to rely on his strength to protect them and deter anyone from rebelling against the empire, resulting in them getting rusty. Vegeta even calls them out on relying on Frieza to protect them while he fought on the front lines getting stronger, with Cui and Dodoria in particular, dying at his hands screaming for Frieza to save them.
- You Have Failed Me: Failure is not an option in this army. You either fall in battle or get killed personally by Frieza or one of his Dragons.
The race Frieza belongs to. Unlike most species in the series, very little is known about them and they don't even have an official name; they're only ever referred to in supplemental material as "Frieza's Race." Most of what we know about them come from interviews with Toriyama, material outside of the main Dragon Ball story, and bits of dialog stated by Frieza, King Cold, and Frost.
See Frost's page for any information on Frost, Frieza's counterpart in Universe 6.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Zigzagged. In the main Dragon Ball story, all members of Frieza's race that we have seen, including Universe 6's Frost, have been evil, dirty bastards. Vegeta even makes it a point in Super to say that no version of Frieza can ever be good. In other material, however, like Heroes and Xenoverse, there are good members of Frieza's clan who try to clean up the image that Frieza has given them. Toriyama himself also suggests that Frieza and his father are unnaturally cruel for their species because they're Mutants.
- Alien Blood: They have dark magenta blood, although they been shown bleeding either red or purple.
- Big Red Devil: How their second forms usually look. King Cold looks like an archetypical devil, for example.
- Bishōnen Line: From what we have seen, all of Frieza's race, even ones from another universe, follow a similar transformation sequence as him, with the exception being Kind Cold, maybe:
- Form 1 is most restrained form, being a small humanoid alien with a prehensile lizard-like tail, lizard-like feet, a helmet-like growth of bone on his skull, and two stubby horns jutting from his temples.
- Form 2 unlocks a significant proportion of their power. This form is essentially a bigger, buffer and scarier version of Form 1, with satanic horns that it can use as weapons being the major physical difference apart from size and build.
- Form 3 is the barely restrained form and the most monstrous-looking form. It's even bigger and more top-heavy than Form 2, with a distorted, muzzle-like face and an extended, spiky skull vaguely like a Xenomorph.
- Form 4 is their true form. In this state, they shrink back down to the same diminutive stature and waifish build as Form 1, but he no longer has the same "helmet growth" on his head, instead having a smooth, bulbous head, rather like a Gray, lacks any semblance of armor, and has no horns.
- In addition, Form 4 has access to a pseudo-tranformation called "Full Power", where their bodies massively bulk up in order to release all restraints. After mastering their full power, they no longer need to do this to go all out, but can still opt to increase raw might at the cost of stamina.
- Cooler instead opts for a larger, more monstrous transformation with extra body armor and a Cool Mask as a Super Mode. As for Frieza, see Golden Super Mode below.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Their skin in their first, second, and third forms looks like armor, yet it's actually a part of their body. They can also survive the vacuum of space, are naturally so powerful they can casually destroy planets, can shapeshift to limit their power so as not to destroy their surroundings, and are durable enough to survive the destruction of an entire planet while grievously wounded, and survive in space without any kind of sustenance for at least a year. They may also reproduce asexually like the Namekians.
- The Dreaded: Frieza and his family are feared across the universe. Even in material outside the main story, anyone of Frieza's race is met with terror and distrust.
- Golden Super Mode: Golden Frieza. Within the video games, this form is accessible to anyone in Frieza's race, with Cooler having an implied silver form identical to his Metal Cooler state. Notably, Frieza is implied to have intentionally made it gold as a way of showing how he can do anything the Saiyans can do. Dragon Ball Heroes instead gives Cooler a Golden, sleeker version of his fifth form.
- Horned Humanoid: Most have this trait outside of their true forms.
- Long-Lived: Perhaps. Frieza was at least in his 70s when he was killed and King Cold was even older than him, yet neither of them looked that old.
- Mutant: The reason why King Cold and Frieza are so powerful for their race is because they're mutants with Frieza being a prodigy even among them. Their mutation also made their far more cruel.
- Mysterious Past: Almost nothing is known about this species, not even their names. Most information comes from Toriyama, decades after the original run of the manga, and supplemental information from the videos like Xenoverse.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: What they're most known for. Even without being able to heal, they have extreme survivability. They can live even when most of their bodies have been destroyed like Frieza on Namek and Cooler who was reduced to just a head after his encounter with Goku. In Resurrection 'F', Frieza is revived in dozen of pieces and still lived. They can also survive in a vacuum, so they can destroy a planet, wiping out all of their enemies, before happily flying through space.
- No Name Given: They have no official name. They are just called 'Frieza's race' or 'Frieza's clan'. As a nod to Dragon Ball Multiverse, Cell calls them 'Frost Demons' in the English dub of Dragon Ball Xenoverse, but this isn't an official name.Cell: "I have all the data I need on the 'Frost Demons', I have no interest in you."
- Non-Humans Lack Attributes: Their true forms lack the armor like design of their other forms, so they appeared to be naked. They don't, however, have anything that you would expect to see from a naked human.
- One-Gender Race: If it is true that Frieza's race is Truly Single Parents, then their biology is similar to the Namekians in that they look male, but reproduce on their own. In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, if Jaco is the mentor of a Time Patroller who belongs to the race, he will wonder how he should refer to them.
- Power Limiter: Unlike the other races who transformed in the series, Frieza's clan use their transformations to suppress their power. Their 'final form' is their true form. The only exceptions are Golden Frieza, an ultimate form Frieza modelled after the Super Saiyan, and Cooler's fifth form that he created to surpass Frieza.
- Prehensile Tail: They have long, lizard-like tails. These have many uses, like grabbing objects and even strangling people.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Everyone in Frieza's race have red eyes outside the CAC from Xenoverse.
- Single Specimen Species: The few examples of this race are all from Cold's immediate family (Chilled, Cold, Cooler, Frieza, and Kuriza). In Universe 6, this is even more the case, as Frost is the only one of his species known.
- The Sociopath: This seems to be the curse of anyone who is born a mutant of this species if we look at King Cold and Frieza. They gain great power, but lack any humanity. Although, taking into account the player characters from Heroes and Xenoverse, its implied that the mental instability either faded itself out over time or not all of them are born unfeeling, violent psychotics.
- Super Mode: Within the canon of Dragon Ball, there is Frieza's golden form. As of this writing, it is unknown if others within his race can gain this transformation outside of the video games. If one counts the Non Serial Movies, there is Cooler's fifth form. While powerful, it's nowhere near as strong as the golden form.
- Superpower Lottery: Anyone who is born a mutant in this race is a winner. Not only do they have the racial traits that make them nearly impossible to kill outside of vaporization, but they gain so much power that Frieza was born the strongest mortal in Universe 7 without putting in a day of work. When he did train, he reached the level of godhood.
- Theme Naming: All known members of this race have names associated with the cold. While members of Frieza's family has names based on temperatures, Frost's name is based on ice.
- Truly Single Parent: Maybe. In an interview, Toriyama made it appear that Frieza was born through asexual reproduction by King Cold, and we have yet to see a female of Frieza's race.
- Willfully Weak: Most will stay in their first, weakest form, instead of using their true forms. The reasons vary from saving energy, so the enemy will underestimate them, or because they can't properly control their full power and have to limit themselves for their own sanity.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: This is a problem for those who haven't mastered their full power like Frieza. They become more insane and Ax-Crazy the more they tap into their vast power.
King Cold (コルド大王, Korudo Daiō)
The true 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 stays dead in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F (Sorbet considers reviving him in Dragon Ball Super, but is foiled by the Pilaf Gang). He makes a cameo in the Broly movie, introducing his son Frieza to the Saiyans and retiring from commanding the Cold Army, leaving Frieza in commanding after the group is renamed Frieza Army.
- Abusive Parents: Implied; during his fight with Goku, Frieza remarks that aside from Goku himself, the only other beings that have ever managed to cause him pain in his true form are his "loving parents." Furthermore, when Trunks has him at his mercy after Frieza is killed, Cold promptly offers Trunks Frieza's place in the empire. Cooler's comments imply Frieza still got the better end of the deal compared to him.
- Adaptational Badass: Invoked. In the manga, his power level was lower than Frieza's. The anime inexplicably made him stronger than Frieza, but nothing comes out of this and he ends up dying without putting up much of a fight. He does, however, manage to talk (read: beg and grovel) for a solid minute with a gaping hole in his chest, whereas he was instantly killed in the manga. If one were to try to rectify the difference between versions, it could be said that the anime characters In-Universe were mistaken because Cold was at full power when they sensed him while Frieza explicitly wasn't (Gohan said that the powers those two were outputting were nothing compared to Frieza at 100% in both versions), so he would be stronger than Frieza's base form, but weaker than his bulked-up 100% form.
- Adaptational Dumbass: As a result of Adaptation Expansion of the fight between Trunks and Mecha Frieza, his assumption about Trunks being helpless without his sword makes little sense in the anime where he sees Trunks lift up Frieza's Death Ball.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: In Supersonic Warriors 2, one of Frieza's routes has King Cold truly care about him, and is furious at Cooler for attempting to kill Frieza.
- Affably Evil: During his cameo in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, he is surprisingly cordial with King Vegeta and even more strangely King Vegeta is cordial back.note He does decline shaking King Vegeta's hand, but the way King Vegeta offered it and his reaction after being rejected makes it seem like this in unusual behavior.
- 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 sons Frieza and Cooler, even though they acknowledge his position.
- Authority in Name Only: To an extent. He genuinely is the king, and his power rivals Frieza's, but his sons run things more or less independently.
- 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, yet was almost as strong as him. He could become as strong as his son, if he were to push himself to his limits like Frieza.
- Character Exaggeration: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, alongside other games, heavily associates him with Trunks's sword (to the point where admiring it is his win pose in said game). This is despite the fact that this is merely taken from an attempt to kill Trunks. It's possible this is due to limitation, as King Cold has very little screen-time and no movements to adapt for a playable character in a video game.
- Combat Pragmatist: Unlike his son, King Cold is not interested in striking terror into his enemies or proving that he's the strongest in the universe. Before they arrive on Earth, King Cold wants to simply blow up the planet and be done with it instead of trying to fight the Super Saiyan fairly. He also gets on Frieza for 'playing' around with Trunks instead of finishing him off quickly. After Trunks kills Frieza, King Cold "tricks" Trunks into handing him his sword, thinking it's the source of his power, and tries to kill him with it.
- Depending on how you look at it, his offer to Trunks to replace Frieza as his heir may have just been a lie to get Trunks to drop his guard.
- Cool Sword: In reference to the scene where he briefly wields Trunks's sword, he has a sword in some of the video games.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Both Cold and Frieza are easily dispatched by Trunks. In the alternate timeline, they were wiped out by Goku instead.
- 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's and Cooler's organizations.
- Evil Overlord: Is the original leader of the Cold Force before handing the reins over to Frieza, and despite not having any official title anymore he is still a person of great authority in the Empire.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His original Japanese voice is RIDICULOUSLY deep.
- The Family That Slays Together: His family basically runs an interplanetary protection racket.
- Faux Affably Evil: Even more so than Frieza. He comes off as very gentle, and doesn't get to do much that was too horrible, but it becomes pretty clear when he takes Trunks' sword to try to kill him with it.
- Final Boss: Oddly enough. In Trunks' timeline, he was the last villain Goku ever fought before dying from the heart virus. From what Trunks tells us, it wasn't much of a battle.
- Greater-Scope Villain: To Frieza, until he appears in the series.
- Hidden Depths: King Cold, despite not being explored at all in the franchise, is stated to have warned Frieza about Beerus and Majin Buu and to never face them. While he may have at one point personally met Beerus, as the God of Destruction tend to travel to different planets as part of his job (as King Vegeta can attest to), the fact he knows about Majin Buu is is quite remarkable, as only the Supreme Kais and the wizards from the Demon Realm knew about him.
- Informed Ability: In the anime, when Frieza and Cold are first landing on Earth, the Z Fighters say that his power level is even higher then Frieza's. Considering the fact that Cold died with even less effort on Trunks' part then when he killed Frieza (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.
- Informed Attribute: In Resurrection F, Frieza describes him as annoyingly bossy. We never see evidence of this in the series itself; he is outright deferential towards Frieza in their brief screen time together and Frieza casually overrides his suggestions.
- Killed Off for Real: Once Trunks kills him, he's shown in Hell through the anime filler and never returns afterwards. Once his son is revived, Sorbet suggested resurrecting him too, but Frieza rejects the idea.Frieza: Hmph. It is rather better to not revive my father. He's always bossy about this and that.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: According to Resurrection F, he knew about both Majin Buu and Beerus and had warned his son to never try to fight them.
- 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. Notably, Frieza and Cooler name their planets after themselves instead of him, despite him being the king. Cold apparently doesn't need the attention.
- 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. Unfortunately, this happens to be in space on board his ship, and a few poor members of his crew get sucked into the vacuum to their deaths.
- Mutants: He and Frieza are incredibly powerful mutants of their race as an interview of Akira Toriyama revealed. They in fact never needed to train to establish the Planet Trade Organization which takes over many planets 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. Since Dragon Ball Heroes never gave him an alternate form like his offspring, it is pretty likely that this is not the case.
- Parental Favoritism: Implied; he never mentions Cooler, even in passing, and in Cooler's Revenge, Cooler bitterly reflects over this after learning of Frieza's demise.Cooler: Father always spoiled you rotten, you little brat!
- Person of Mass Destruction: Like his sons and just about every relevant character post Saiyan arc, he can easily blow up planets, though Cold is notable because he specifically referred to Earth as a tiny planet when pondering destroying it.
- 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.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Like his sons, he's rather soft-spoken. In Kai, he actually sounds like he's always whispering!
- 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 Frieza, Cooler, and his ancestor, Chilled.
- Underwear of Power: Like his son, he wears only a pair of briefs as his bottoms.
- Villainous Legacy: His legacy is far more notable than anything he himself does on-screen. He was the head of the organization that terrorized the galaxy for centuries. His indirect minions were retconned as the Arc Villains of the Saiyan arc. His son (who takes after him heavily per Word of God) is the Arc Villain of another one (two counting Super). His other son is the villain of two movies. Finally, he was one of the principal genetic donors for Cell. Despite his very minor role in the series itself, Cold has had a huge impact on the Dragon Ball universe as a whole.
- 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.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies rather quickly after arriving on Earth.
- The Worf Effect: Used to show how powerful Trunks was by showing him easily wiping him and his son out and how much foreknowledge he had to get rid of the bastards without giving them a chance to do anything.
- 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. Trunks even lampshades how stupid he was to think this applied.Trunks: So much for your theory. You should know that a weapon doesn't make the man.
- Your Size May Vary: Cold's size varies between about 15 to 30 feet tall between scenes.
Members introduced in Dragon Ball Z
Cui (キュイ, Kyui)
An elite soldier in Frieza's army who has a 'rivalry' with Vegeta. He is easily killed by Vegeta upon his arrival on Namek, showing how much more powerful Vegeta has become since his battle on Earth.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the canon series, Cui is at least stated to be just as strong as Vegeta in the Saiyan Saga, which means he is stronger than Nappa. In some of the video games, however, he is used as a random mook similar to the likes of Appule.
- Asshole Victim: The first of Vegeta's victims when he arrives on Namek and arguably the least likable. The anime shows that he was in charge of conquering at least one planet, which makes Vegeta killing him all the more satisfying.
- 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, seemingly, falls for it and Cui mercilessly blasts his foe. Unfortunately for Cui, Vegeta avoided every shot.
- Dirty Coward: After being overpowered by Vegeta, Cui gave him the We Can Rule Together line. When that didnt seem to work he opted for a sneak attack instead; all that did was make Vegeta angrier.
- Edible Theme Naming: Cui is named after the kiwi fruit.
- Elite Mook: He considered himself Vegeta's rivalry and he is indeed strong since he has a power level of 18,000, exactly as powerful as Vegeta was on Earth. Too bad for him that he faced Vegeta after Vegeta's great battle on Earth gave him a major power boost.
- Evil Laugh: Has a high-pitch cackle.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Not as bad as Dodoria, but given he's been lording over Vegeta, good riddance.
- The Rival: Cui considers himself to be one with Vegeta, although whether or not this was justified or Cui just being arrogant becomes a moot point once Vegeta vaporizes him.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Surprisingly for such a forgettable character, he kicks off Vegeta's redemption arc. He's lording over Vegeta is the first sympathetic moment we have for him and the first indication that there are people worse than Vegeta out there.
- Smug Snake: Arrogant, overconfident and ignorant (doesnt 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 his power level to skyrocket past Cuis even after he himself trained. Cui had no chance.
A bird-like alien who serves the Freiza forces as a medic on Planet Frieza 79. Notable for tending to Vegeta after his defeat on planet Earth.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": In a series where almost every character of note has a name, the doctor... doesn't.
- The Medic: His responsibility in Frieza's army.
- Reused Character Design: Of Malaka, who appears in Dragon Ball Z: Bardock The Father of Goku. A third character that resembles them both appears when Frieza is rebuilt into a Cyborg after his fight with Goku. They all act as doctors (tending to Bardock's injuries and being part of the team that rebuilds Frieza).
- Small Role, Big Impact: Only in DBZ for a short time, but is responsible for overseeing Vegeta's recovery after he's beaten by the Z Fighters.
- Human Aliens: Planthorr looks just like a human being.
- The Medic: They work as Planet Vegeta's doctors.
- Named by the Adaptation: Both are unnamed in the original Japanese version.
- Nice Guy: Both of them. They are model doctors, showing concern for their patients.
- Reused Character Design: Malaka looks exactly like the medical doctor of Planet Frieza #79, and the doctor who helps repair Frieza. It seems their race specializes in medical technology.
- Those Two Guys: Always seen together.
- Token Good Teammate: They are two of the only nice members of Frieza's empire. They never hurt anyone, and they are incredibly nice to their patients.
Dodoria is one of Frieza's Co-Dragons who are the highest-ranking Generals in Frieza's military by the 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 Vegeta's defeat on Earth, is killed with ease but reveals the truth behind the destruction of the Saiyan homeworld.
- Acrofatic: Actually averted; while fast compared to most people, Dodoria seems unusually slow for his level of power. A Namekian warrior is able to dodge a couple blows from him at the village despite being literally seven times weaker, Krillin and Gohan aren't immediately overtaken by him in the chase sequence with only a moderate head start despite being less than a tenth his strength, and Vegeta pulls a Flash Step on him despite only being slightly stronger (power level of 24,000 to Dodoria's 22,000). The speed gap between him and Vegeta even looks bigger than the one between Vegeta and KK x3 Goku in the previous arc (18,000 vs 24,000) despite the difference in power actually being smaller.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: In Xenoverse 2, as your mentor he is actually pretty nice. A C-grade or higher will have him compliment you — as opposed to many other characters, who expect at least an A — and he wants to take you out for lunch after training.
- Beauty = Goodness: The ugliest of Frieza's men, and, bar Frieza himself, the most despicable.
- Breath Weapon: How he kills Cargo.
- The Brute: Although he is technically a Co-Dragon next to Zarbon, he fills the brute role by being closer to Dumb Muscle and having no a real personality outside of being a sadistic bully. Xenoverse 2 gives him some much-needed personality by making him an NPC and mentor.
- Co-Dragons: He and Zarbon are Friezas two right-hand men, even though Zarbon is stronger than him.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Dodoria against the Nameks. He easily kills three Namekians who curb stomp all of Frieza's weaker men.
- Dirty Coward: He's a Psycho for Hire who gleefully kills several Namekians, including a child, but the minute he's faced with Vegeta and realizes that the former is stronger than him, he doesn't even try to fight him and instead pleads for his life, telling Vegeta the truth about Planet Vegeta's destruction in exchange. When it's clear Vegeta has no intention of keeping his word, Dodoria spends his final moments screaming for Frieza to help him.
- Dumb Muscle:
- He is extremely proud of his strength and is one of Frieza's strongest soldiers, but he tends not to think things through: not realizing that the old Namekian was aiming for his scouter until it was too late, chasing Krillin and Gohan without taking note of where he was going, and, in the Bardock TV special, failing to spot check to make sure Bardock was dead.
- He's almost unique among DB villains for how utterly unable he is to leverage his overwhelming power to actually accomplish his objectives, with him losing the Scouters and carelessly butchering people he needed to interrogate (even Frieza had to warn him not to kill the elder of the village) only being the beginning. Krillin and Gohan, despite being a literal order of magnitude weaker, both manage to damage him a bit by landing kicks on him when he carelessly drops his guard to boast. When he has to chase after them, he first completely fails to find them, then just nukes the general area they're in and assumes they died (they didn't), much like the Bardock special showing that he cannot check a spot to save his life. Finally, after fleeing beyond the reach of his back-up, he's ambushed and killed by Vegeta after trash-talking him a bit - despite a scouter reading Vegeta's power as superior to his and Frieza himself saying that Zarbon and Dodoria would need to stick together to actually beat him. When he learns that Vegeta is actually (slightly) stronger than him, he barely even tries to fight him before begging for mercy and dropping his guard again to run away. From a guy way faster than him. It ends up about as well as you'd expect.
- In Xenoverse 2; it's part of the reason why he and Zarbon don't get along, the other being that Dodoria's not fond of Zarbon's Sissy Villain nature. Of course, as the trope goes, what he lacks in brains, he makes up for with sadistic brute strength.
- Edible Theme Naming: Dodoria is named after the durian fruit. The spikes on his head reflect that.
- Elite Mooks: Dodoria's Elite in the special Bardock: The Father of Goku.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Couldn't believe that Frieza would destroy Planet Vegeta with their own men still in range, but was too afraid to speak out.
- Fat Bastard: He coldly murders the Nameks including a child. He would have killed Dende if Gohan hadn't saved him.
- Gonk: Dodoria is as ugly as his soul, with spikes on his head a la Shigeshi.
- Hate Sink: Easily the most despicable subordinate to Frieza's orders. Unlike other villains, he has no cool features, enjoys his work and has no other characterization outside of being a sadistic, cowardly brute.
- Jerkass: See Fat Bastard
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Dodoria is just as sadistic as Frieza, taking complete delight in killing and tormenting others. No one misses him when Vegeta blows him up.
- Older Than They Look: Like Zarbon, he doesn't look any younger during the events of Bardock: The Father of Goku, which takes place some 20-odd years before the battle on Planet Namek.
- Psycho for Hire: He's far more sadistic and cruel than Zarbon. His bloodlust is probably second only to Frieza.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Or are pink; he has pink skin and is quite powerful.
- Sadist: He has 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.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Zarbon. They are pretty much Frieza's right-hand men considering the Ginyu Force are hired mercenaries.
- Underestimating Badassery: He makes the mistake of underestimating Vegeta, and it costs him his life.
- Villains Want Mercy: Dodoria 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.
- Warm-Up Boss: Despite being one of Frieza's Co-Dragons he is easily dealt with by Vegeta. They didn't even really fight before Dodoria begs for mercy.
- We Have Become Complacent: Just like with Cui, Vegeta mocks Dodoria for taking it easy and relying on Frieza's power to protect them, while he fought on the front lines getting stronger. Dodoria doesn't even try to fight Vegeta. Instead, he pleads for his life and spills the beans on Frieza destroying Planet Vegeta. He then screams Frieza's name as he is killed.
- 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 have 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.
- The 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.
Zarbon (ザーボン, Zaabon)
The other of Frieza's Co-Dragons, the highest-ranking Generals in Frieza's military by the chain of command. Like Dodoria, Zarbon serves to show how powerful Saiyans become after recovering from a near-death-experience. Zarbon beats Vegeta nearly to death in his monstrous second form, only for Vegeta to later recover and kill Zarbon instead.
- A Day in the Limelight: He is the protagonist of the What If? scenario "Beautiful Treachery" in Budokai Tenkaichi 2, where he intends to betray Lord Frieza orders in order to obtain a wish of eternal beauty from the Dragon Balls. In that story, he betrays Dodoria and later attacks Guldo for being ugly, captures Krillin to do his commands, and lies to Frieza about Cooler trying to use the powers of the Dragon Balls for himself (while also lying to Cooler about Frieza trying to pull a coup). He lied to both Frieza and Cooler to their faces, making them both try to kill each other while he obtains his perfect beauty. However, after he obtains his wish, Krillin uses the other two wishes to bring back Piccolo (and the Earth Dragon Balls) and send everyone to Earth. Frieza finally notices his betrayal, forcing Zarbon to make an alliance with Goku while trying to fight the emperor, and they are both saved by Cooler arriving on the planet, making Frieza leave them for later. In the end, while they, Zarbon and Goku, tried to escape the planet, both Guldo and Dodoria were there to stop Zarbon, and Goku was sent back to Earth thanks to Shenron. Zarbon died trying to make Goku's spaceship work, while Namek was destroyed by Frieza and Cooler's fight.
- Affably Evil: 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 transform. Then, he turns into a brute.
- Agent Peacock: He is very vain to the point that he won't use his more powerful transformation for the sake of vanity.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: A human-looking alien with green skin.
- Alas, Poor Villain: By the end, you have to feel kinda sorry for Zarbon. First, Frieza gets on him for not making sure Vegeta was dead because he refused to search for the body because it fell into a lake. Then, one of Frieza's henchmen screws up and kills a Namekian who knew where Vegeta hid a Dragon Ball. After said henchman is killed, Frieza tells Zarbon he's next if Vegeta 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: 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 green-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 Cape: Wears a white cape.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: He refuses to check a lake for Vegeta's body and make sure he's actually dead, in part because he doesn't want to mess up his hair by doing so. Frieza furiously lambasts Zarbon for his idiocy, correctly surmising that Vegeta had found and hidden at least one Dragon Ball.Frieza: Ah, well I guess we wouldn't want you getting wet. Perhaps you might have retrieved him if you weren't so concerned about getting your stupid hair tussled! For that matter, what gave you the right to deal with him without my consent in the first place? Had it not occurred to you that Vegeta may very well have found a Dragon Ball on his own and, I don't know, hidden it?!
- The Chessmaster: In "Beautiful Treachery", he shows his cunning personality, manipulating both Frieza and Cooler to fight each other and distract them, while he obtains his wish of eternal beauty from Porunga. However, this bites him in the ass when he remains trapped on Namek with no way of escaping, dying in the process.
- Co-Dragons: He and Dodoria are Friezas two right-hand men though Dodoria is weaker than Zarbon they still share this role.
- The Consigliere: Zarbon's role in Frieza's criminal empire is virtually identical to that of Tom Hagen's in The Godfather; the effective second-in-command who is not only answerable to the Don himself, but whose advice and voice of dissent are taken seriously without him being executed (vaporized) on the spot for daring to contradict the boss. In fact, in the pre-Super continuity, it was Zarbon's advice to be cautious of a potential Saiyan Rebellion that galvanized Frieza's paranoia towards them and condemned them to extinction.
- Dirty Coward: When it was clear Vegeta had him beat and was going to kill him, he begged for his life, trying to side with him to overthrow Frieza. Didn't work. Not as dirty as most examples though, since he's simply following orders.
- 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 and chose to wipe Vegeta out when he attacked him. In some ways, he's more competent than Frieza, with his biggest weakness being his vanity.
- Edible Theme Naming: His name originates from the Japanese name for the pomelo fruit, and his skin is almost exactly the same color as a pomelo.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When Frieza intended to destroy Planet Vegeta despite scores of his own soldiers still out there battling Bardock, Dodoria had a shocked expression and Zarbon pleaded for their sake only to be silently rebuked; neither displayed any joy in watching the planet's destruction, unlike their maniacal overlord.
- Evil Is Sexy: In-universe example with Bulma's squeeing at Zarbon. Which then led to in-universe Squick, post-hideous transformation.
- The Fighting Narcissist: He'd rather fight in his weaker first form than use his ugly second form, and initially refused to search a lake for Vegeta's body because it would mess up his hair. He is also obsessed with beauty, and hates anything he deems ugly, including his second form, and in some what-if stories, Guldo.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Has green hair, darker than his green skin. Since he is an alien, it may be natural for his species.
- Human Aliens: His species looks entirely human other than the monster transformation, and unlike many other Human Aliens in the franchise, he lacks Pointy Ears.
- Gonk: In his monster form, which is why he uses his weaker, more attractive form.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Vegeta is completely confident he's got Zarbon's number after being emboldened by his relative ease in dispatching Cui and Dodoria, and the resulting fight back him up. Then Zarbon stops holding back and reveals he has his own transformation ability and uses it to kick his ass.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Vegeta takes out Zarbon by punching a hole through his stomach, and then blasting him from the inside.
- Juggle Fu: With a Dragon Ball. While fighting the Namekians, he tosses one of the Dragon Balls into the air and catches it once he finished.
- Just Following Orders: He claims this after Vegeta rammed a fist through his gut. In the English dub version, this sounds plausible, because Frieza came up with the idea of destroying the Saiyans on his own. In the original Japanese version, this is nonsense, because Zarbon and Dodoria were the ones who planted the idea that the Saiyans were a threat that needed to be destroyed in Frieza's head in the first place. Either way, Vegeta is not impressed and simply kills Zarbon by shooting through him.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: His first fight with Vegeta is a perfect example, since not long before said fight, Vegeta had slaughtered an entire village of innocent Namekians, children included, for their Dragon Balls, all while laughing and acting smug. When Zarbon transformed and handed Vegeta his ass, most felt he more than deserved it, especially since Zarbon is the most humane of Frieza's elites.
- Large Ham: Especially in his wild transformed state.
- Meteor Move: Type B.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In their first fight, he deals one to Vegeta after transforming that left him on the brink of death.
- Older Than They Look: He may look like a handsome young bishonen (at least in his first form), but seeing as he hadn't aged a bit in the twenty-five years between the destruction of Planet Vegeta and the conflict on Planet Namek, he's clearly a lot older than he looks.
- One-Winged Angel: His second form. He may be ugly, but he goes from being overpowered by Vegeta to beating him to the brink of death. Vegeta only lives because of luck and Frieza wanting him alive.
- Power-Upgrading Deformation: His hideous second form.
- Pretty Boy: This was lampshaded by Bulma. He has an ideal body, but it's at the same time so feminine to reinforce his vanity.
- Punch-Clock Villain: 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 Frieza because he says that he will kill him if he does not. He is also more professional with his kills, dispatching opponents quickly instead of dragging things out. On the other hand, according to Bardock: The Father of Goku, he was the one that gave Frieza 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 than him hating the Saiyans themselves. Zarbon's advice also 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, whom he never liked.
- Right-Hand Hottie: He is Frieza's most handsome soldier, and also his right hand. Until he transforms into a hideous monster.
- Sissy Villain: He's long-haired, has a somewhat feminine appearance, and hates transforming because of the form's ugliness.
- Small Role, Big Impact: As revealed in the Bardock special, while Frieza was wary of Saiyan potential, he did not particularly hate or fear them; it was Zarbon's surreptitiously given advice that "Saiyans could become troublesome one day" that convinced Frieza to fear and exterminate them. While it was Frieza who dealt the death blow to the Saiyan race, the entire franchise wouldn't be possible had Zarbon not planted the idea that the Saiyans were a threat that needed to be wiped out in Frieza's head to begin with.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Dodoria. They are pretty much Frieza's right-hand men considering the Ginyu Force are hired mercenaries.
- Underestimating Badassery: He makes the mistake of underestimating Vegeta, and it eventually cost him his life. This was initially rectified by transforming and defeating him, but failed to take into account Vegeta's Zenkai boost during the rematch).
- Underwear of Power: Combined with thigh-high stockings.
- Unskilled, but Strong: What ultimately costs him the rematch against Vegeta. Even with his recent Zenkai boost, Vegeta was still weaker than Zarbon, but he was a battle-hardened fighter while Zarbon had grown rusty due to being around Frieza for years, so Vegeta managed to get around his defenses and land two crippling blows.
- 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 thanks to his Saiyan genes.
- 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.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: To Vegeta. After he easily disposed of Cui and Dodoria, Vegeta thought he would have an easy time with Zarbon. That is before Zarbon transformed and beat the crud out of Vegeta. Even during their rematch, Vegeta still had a tough time with him.
- We Have Become Complacent: Just like with Cui and Dodoria, Vegeta mocks 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 Cui and Dodoria, who screams Frieza's name as they 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.
- The 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, whom he was about equal with. Then he transforms and curb stomps Vegeta like a noob. After Vegeta recovers, they fight again and he's overwhelmed thanks to the Saiyans' ability to grow stronger from near-death.
Sui (スーイ, Sūi) and Banan (バナン)
Two Frieza mooks sent by Zarbon to investigate two noticeable power levels in the area, which turn out to be Krillin's and Gohan's. Discovering them alongside Bulma, they are quickly defeated by Krillin and Gohan; Sui with a single punch from Gohan, and Banan when Krillin kicks him in the face.
- Arm Cannon: The weapon Sui uses to blow up the Namekian ship.
- Beard of Evil: Banan sports a yellow horseshoe mustache.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Krilin and Gohan hardly tried, owning them and making these cretins look like jokes.
- Edible Theme Naming: Sui is named after suika, Japanese for watermelon, and Banan is named after the banana.
- Sadist: Were glad that Krillin, Gohan, and Bulma weren't Namekian, as that meant that they didn't have to question them before attempting to kill them.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Sui destroyed the Namekian ship Krillin, Gohan and Bulma arrived in, making it harder for them to find a way to get back home.
- Smug Snake: Their dreams of cold-blooded murder go out the window as soon Gohan and Krillin start powering up.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Two Frieza mooks that are never seen apart.
Appule (アプール, Apūru)
One of Frieza's mooks. In the manga, he's the only surviving henchman besides Zarbon and Dodoria after the onslaught on Dende's village. Killed by Vegeta after he recovers from his fight with Zarbon.
- Edible Theme Naming: Named Appule, after apple.
- Elite Mook: Although his explicit power is never mentioned, he is strong enough to survive a fight with a Namekian with a power level of 3,000, which should put him well above Raditz and other soldiers.
- Mauve Shirt: Despite being only an elite mook, he manages to survive the fight with the Namekians.
- Palette Swap: He has a lot of different palette swaps that appear in the series, including Orlen, Ramon, Nabana, Robery, Bomb King Nobel and other unnamed ones.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He was killed off by Vegeta before anything could be known of him.
Orlen (オーレン, Ōren)
One of Frieza's mooks, who discovers the Namekian village that Vegeta had slaughtered for its Dragon Ball. He interrogates the only survivor, and learns that it was Vegeta's doing. He then kills the Namekian and returns to Frieza's ship to report, where he angers Frieza by letting slip that he killed the survivor without first asking where Vegeta may have hidden the Dragon Ball. Frieza kills Orlen without a second thought.
- Asshole Victim: A victim of Frieza's tantrums, but given that the one action shown of him was killing a Namekian who had just survived Vegeta's onslaught, nobody will miss him.
- Canon Foreigner: He only appears in the anime. In the manga, it is Appule who discovers the village Vegeta destroyed, and upon returning to report, Frieza does not kill him, but orders him to summon the Ginyu Force as Appule could not make the same mistake as Orlen did since there were no survivors in the first place.
- Edible Theme Naming: Orlen is named after the orange fruit.
- Idiot Ball: He kills the Namekian survivor of Vegeta's village massacre without first asking where Vegeta may have hidden the Dragon Ball, which enrages Frieza into killing him.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: After the one action shown of him was killing a Namekian who had just survived Vegeta's onslaught, good riddance.
- Make an Example of Them: Frieza killing him was also intended to be a demonstration to Zarbon as to what would happen if he failed to locate Vegeta, after Zarbon told him that he "killed" Vegeta by throwing a badly-injured Vegeta into a lake, yet didn't make sure to find his body.
- Mooks: Just a common henchman working for Frieza before he was killed.
- Red Shirt: Essentially fodder waiting to be killed.
- Reused Character Design: Seems to be of the same race as Appule as he looks exactly like him, except he is yellow with large fangs, no spots on his body, and red eyes.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In some of the versions of Kai, Frieza does not kill Orlen; he merely calls for Appule and before Appule comes in, Orlen is gone and is not shown again at all from that point on the series, turning him into a case of What Happened to the Mouse?.
- Stupid Evil: Killing the only survivor without asking where Vegeta hid the Dragon Ball? Admitting to this act of stupidity to your boss instead of lying about it? Not expecting to be killed for it? What a moron.
- Too Dumb to Live: He foolishly admits to Frieza that he killed the only survivor before asking if he knew where Vegeta hid the Dragon Ball. Considering he had plenty of time on his way back to realize how foolish it was to kill the survivor before asking him, he should have realized his mistake and lied to Frieza by saying that he did ask and the Namek didn't know.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He was killed off by Frieza before anything could be known of him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The edited Kai dub removed his death scene, leaving his fate there in limbo.
One of Frieza's mooks who was callously killed by the dictator.
- Canon Foreigner: Created for the anime, possibly just so Frieza doesn't go five seconds without showing the audience how much of an evil monster he is.
- Edible Theme Naming: Named after guacamole.
- Human Aliens: Looks like a normal blonde-haired, Caucasian man, but is really an alien whose planet is under Frieza's control.
- Quaking with Fear: Despite putting on a good game face in front of the boss, Namole couldn't help but tremble in Frieza's presence. It is, sadly, the reason Frieza kills him in the original Japanese version.
- Reused Character Design:
- A soldier who resembles Namole previously appeared on Planet Frieza 79, where Vegeta landed after his defeat on Earth for recovery, only this one has darker hair.
- Another soldier who resembles Namole appears briefly after Namole is killed, except his hair is blue-green, not orange.
- Odd Name Out: He is the only one of Frieza's mooks not named after a fruit besides the Ginyu force. Guacamole is made from a fruit though, the avocado.
Raspberry (ラーズベリ, Rāzuberi)
One of Frieza's mooks who holds Bulma hostage, but is tricked by her into fighting a giant Namekian crab.
- Arm Cannon: Wears a cannon on his arm.
- Canon Foreigner: For a long time, he only appears in the anime. Surprisingly, a lot of different Palette Swaps based on him appear in video games, in the same manner as Appule.
- Edible Theme Naming: Named after the fruit. His partner was named Blueberry.
- Human Aliens: Looks exactly like an earthling, but is an alien whose planet was invaded by Frieza.
- Mooks: He was just a common henchman working for Frieza before he was killed off. This is expanded on video games where he is consistently used for the nobodies on Frieza's army.
Blueberry (ブールベリ, Būruberi)
One of Frieza's mooks who holds Bulma hostage, but is tricked by her into fighting a giant Namekian crab.
- Arm Cannon: Wears a cannon on his arm.
- Canon Foreigner: An anime-only character.
- Edible Theme Naming: Named after the fruit. His partner was named Raspberry.
- Mooks: He was just a common henchman working for Frieza before he was killed off.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Is an anthropomorphic alien alligator man.
- The Starscream: A mild case, as he is convinced by Bulma to make himself more powerful than Freiza.
The Ginyu Force
The Ginyu Force (ギニュー特戦隊, Ginyuu Tokusentai, "Ginyu Special Squadron")
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 is killed by Vegeta, but only after most of them are distracted or already defeated and knocked unconscious by Goku.
- Adorkable: Rare evil example. They often play rock-paper-scissors to decide who will fight, bet candy, and strike weird poses that they think are cool. They come off as a joke until the fighting starts.
- Affably Evil: They really seem like a fun, likable bunch of guys... if not for the fact that they're the elite guard of the galaxy's most brutal dictator.
- Alas, Poor Villain: They all end up with pretty horrible fates, to one degree to another:
- Burter and Recoome may be 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're killed by Vegeta when they can't even move will make you feel sorry for them. This was lampshaded by Goku when he told Vegeta that it was unfair to kill them in that state; Vegeta retorted that if they ever got up again, it would have been bad news for them.
- Jeice may also fall into this since Vegeta ruthlessly stalks and terrorizes 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.
- Guldo gets killed by Vegeta after Vegeta himself has been demeaning on him for being weak.
- Ginyu ends up trapped in a frog's body with no means to revert it ( at least until Super). Lampshaded too by Goku when Vegeta tries to kill him in that state by stomping on him; Goku says that Ginyu had it bad enough already.
- Aliens Speaking English: Another example in the series with no explanation.
- Recoome beats Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan into the ground with no real damage done to him. He is easily the strongest opponent seen fighting in the series so far. He is taken down in a single hit by Goku, who wasn't even particularly trying.
- The entire Ginyu Force is done in just as anti-climatically. Burter and Recoome are killed while they're unconscious. Jeice puts up almost no fight against Vegeta and is easily killed, and Ginyu body-switches until he ends up in a frog's body.
- Asskicking Pose: Possibly the most famous example in anime.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Their poses and attack setups. Goku lampshades that they take too long and leave them wide open.
- Badass Crew: They're stronger than the Saiyans (in the absence of full moons, anyway).
- Bash Brothers: Jeice and Burter are always seen taking on opponents together, and they 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: They get one in Kai.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: There's a reason why Frieza tolerates their quirky and childish personalities.
- Color-Coded Characters: As part of their list of sentai shoutouts. By skin tone Ginyu - Purple; Jeice - Red; Burter - Blue; Recoome - Yellow; Guldo - Green.
- Drama Queen: When they do something, they want to do it with style.
- 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. Ginyu is derived from gyu-nyu, which translates to milk. The others are corruptions of English words, roughly: cheese (Jeice), butter (Burter), cream (Recoome - add a syllable between c and r, then switch them), and yogurt (Guldo, based on the 'gurt' part in Japanese Ranguage). It becomes a bit clearer if you compare the katakana for their names with the katakana for the foods they're named after; Recoome, for instance, is written Rikuumu as a modification of kuriimu.
- Establishing Character Moment: The Ginyu Force's grand entrance, especially in Kai. It tells you everything you need to know about the group in under a minute.
- Evil Is Hammy: Captain Ginyu and Recoome in particular, although the whole team all indulge in ham.
- Evil Sounds Deep: All five of them in the Ocean dub.
- Expy: To the popular Super Sentai franchise, the whole lovable lot of them.
- Final Boss: Only in the original Saban dub of Z. This 1996-1998 production, known by some as the Ocean dub, ended right after Goku arrived on Namek and defeated Recoome. Many children of the late 90s will be able to recall the crushing disappointment of seeing Raditz's space pod instead of Goku's continued battle with Jeice and Burter.
- The Ham Squad: Captain Ginyu and Recoome may be the hammiest out of them, but the whole team is basically one Large Ham.
- Hidden Depths: All five of them in their younger years.
- Burter, as mentioned above, had a mother that mistreated him daily, which why he dedicated his life to being the fastest in the universe (which is completely blown up in his face by Goku).
- Recoome used to be a ballet dancer, explaining his stamina and poses.
- Ginyu first used his body-switching powers on a rich and popular, but dimwitted, kid at school only to learn that 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 wanted.
- Incoming Ham: The first three minutes they're onscreen sounding off to Frieza tells you virtually everything you need to know about them.
- 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 it's stated that dead people who kept their bodies can be killed again resulting in them being Deader Than Dead, but they keep making return appearances in Hell all the same.
- Mutants: All the Ginyu Force members are mutants of their respective species, which is why they are so strong with two of them having Story-Breaker Powers.
- 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 are 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.
- Power Walk: The Ginyu Force (sans Captain Ginyu) starts their battle against the Z Fighters on King Kai's planet this way.
- Praetorian Guard: While in theory, they are a mercenary team that functions outside the mainstream jurisdiction of the Planet Trade Syndicate, in practice they are Frieza's last-resort and trump-card before he is forced to get his own hands dirty.
- 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: 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" with some letters swapped.
- Purple Is Powerful: Jeice and Burter's combination attacks generally seem to have a purple aura to them. Ginyu himself also has purple skin and is by far the strongest in the group.
- Psychopathic Manchild: All five are this; they're Frieza's ruthless Quirky Miniboss Squad who also love to make very hammy Sentai poses to introduce themselves to friend and foe alike and decide things via rock-paper-scissors.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: They provide the image for the trope. Ginyu, the leader and the most powerful guy on the team. Jeice and Burter are a Those Two Bad Guys tag team duo. Recoome is the Brute Dumb Muscle, and Guldo is the little guy who earns a place among the big boys thanks to his mind powers.
- The Red Baron: Burter calls himself "the Blue Hurricane" and Jeice calls himself "the Red Magma". It's unknown if the rest of them have nicknames.
- Sentai: Their whole act as a team is a reference to a Sentai TV show. Just put together the posing and levels of hamminess and you get the Space Sentai!
- Story-Breaker Power:
- Ginyu's body switch technique. As far as we know, it's unblockable and paralyzes the person in place and to make matters worse he can do it even if he's seriously injured. 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 stopped, he can move around freely to escape fatal attacks or attack his opponents while they're defenseless. He was the only being in the series able to manipulate time to this level until Whis. This power is balanced by Guldo being completely out of shape and not being particularly strong. If someone who is truly powerful had this ability, they would be close to unbeatable. Case in point: Look at Hit from Dragon Ball Super. If that wasn't enough, he has another broken technique, Mind Freeze. When he uses this, he paralyzes any opponent even if they're many times stronger than him. He uses this to nearly kill Gohan and Krillin and would have succeeded if Vegeta didn't save them. The only known drawback is that this technique uses a lot of energy and Guldo only uses it when he's desperate (on top of Guldo being simply too weak to give a killing blow unless there is a tree around).
- 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 Sentai" Stance: They have one of the most iconic outside of Sentai works themselves. Ginyu realizes it's just not the same once only he and Jeice are left.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Recoome and Guldo serve a near-identical role to Nappa and the Saibaman during the Saiyan Saga. Like the Saibaman, Guldo is the small, weak warm-up villain who manages to bring a moment of great grief to the heroes (one of the Saibaman managed to kill Yamcha, while Guldo almost managed to kill Krillin and Gohan) before getting disposed of with little trouble. Like Nappa, Recoome is a colossal-sized brute who the Z-fighters struggle against and suffer immense defeat, before Goku promptly shows up and one-shots said brute.
- Sweet Tooth: They seem to have a thing for candy chocolate parfaits.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Jeice and Burter, although Jeice also fills this role with Ginyu for a while after Burter's untimely death.
- 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 without him. 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 afterward). 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.
- In Dragon Ball Fighter Z, they talk about how happy they are to be a complete team again, with Ginyu saying it's a pleasure to fight alongside his former companions, and in both Xenoverse games, they are shown to be rather supportive of each other. In the former game, the worst it gets is when Guldo is berated by Jeice, Burter, and Recoome for losing his head to Vegeta, citing it was his own carelessness that got him killed. Guldo wonders whose side they're on.
- 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 wear something akin to speedos.
- 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.
- Villainous Virtues: Fairness. They believe "warriors should be fair". That's why they use rock-paper-scissors; it's a fair way to decide things.
- The Worf Effect: Vegeta by himself killed all of Frieza's generals before the 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 boosts from the Grand Elder. Then, Goku arrives and beats all the Ginyu members like chumps (keep in mind, the last time we saw Goku, he was weaker than Vegeta). Vegeta then 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: In the lyrics to their full theme song, they boast their abilities include shutting up whiny kids.
Guldo / Gurd (グルド, Gurudo)
The smallest and least physically powerful member of the Ginyu Force. Guldo possesses some psychic abilities, including being able to stop time for as long as he can hold his breath; this seems to be the primary reason he has attained membership in the Ginyu Force.
- All Men Are Perverts: Guldo in his younger years used his powers to look up girl's skirts, which is quite creepy since he was only a kid at the time
- Alien Blood: Bleeds purple.
- Awesome, but Impractical: He can stop time, but only for as long as he can hold his breath. Furthermore, he can't hold his breath for very long, and in the manga, it takes too much of his ki to attack while doing so; while in the anime, when he uses it repeatedly, he burns himself out to the point where he can't even fire basic ki blasts.
- Extra Eyes: He has four.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Two of Guldo's eyes are on the sides of his head, which is why he doesn't wear a scouter.
- 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 in large-scale battles.
- Gonk: Guldo is the least human-looking and most hideous of the Ginyu Force.
- Off with His Head!: Vegeta decapitates him before he can kill Gohan and Krillin. His head lives long enough to express his humiliation before Vegeta blows it to bits.
- Psychic Powers: Power-wise, he's quite weak and is almost defeated by Krillin and Gohan. What keeps him alive is his Time Freeze technique. He also almost kills Gohan and Krillin with his binding power.
- Time Master: His Time Freeze ability, which stops time for the entire universe as long as he holds his breath.
- Time Stands Still: But only while he holds his breath.
- Warm-Up Boss: Guldo acts as this to the rest of the Ginyu Force, being the weakest of the bunch and easily killed by Vegeta.
- Weak, but Skilled: Guldo is considerably weaker than his fellow Ginyu Force members, but his psychic powers and the ability to temporarily stop time are 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 compliment his body-swapping technique, ensuring no one dodges it.
Recoome / Reacoom (リクーム, Rikūmu)
The most flamboyant member of the Ginyu Force, seen striking poses more often in battle than Captain Ginyu himself, and generally behaving in a deceptively goofy manner. That being said, he's still a large, muscular being who gives the heroes a hard time.
- Breath Weapon: "Eraser Gun!"
- The Brute: The most brutal member of the Ginyu Force.
- Dance Battler: Recoome has quite graceful moves for his size, due to practicing ballet as a child. He's the second-tallest on the team next to Burter.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Recoome literally gives Goku the finger when he hears that his power level is only 5,000. Granted, Recoome truly didn't know he was giving the bird to someone almost three times stronger than him, but it still counts.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: After Recoome taunts and demeans Goku for his supposed low battle power, Goku one-shots him when he's charging up his ultimate attack.
- Evil Redhead: Recoome has a mop of orange-red hair and is quite happy to break Gohan's neck.
- Flipping the Bird: Recoome gives Goku one after finding out his power level is (supposedly) only 5,000.
- Human Aliens: Recoome looks exactly like a (very big) human, but he's certainly not from Earth.
- Made of Iron: He took quite a lot of damage from Vegeta, Gohan and Krillin, but simply would not go down.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Ocean dub made him sound like Sylvester Stallone.
- One-Man Army: Recoome more than held his own against Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan. In fact, all three of them had already given up on defeating him, and they didn't believe Goku could defeat him when he arrived.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: Gohan faces Recoome and gives a speech declaring he is the son of the great hero Goku, who inspired him to not be afraid of bullies and stand up to them. Recoome retorts that he doesn't care and nothing Gohan says can change the fact that Gohan doesn't stand a chance against him. He proves it.
- Simpleton Voice: In the Funimation dub, of the "big, brutish dullard" variety.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Nappa. He's a big brute that beats the crap out of the heroes (and, in this case, Vegeta) and is stopped by Goku' arrival, even in the same way. Unlike Nappa, however, Recoome has a more flamboyant personality.
- The Tooth Hurts: When he tries to use his Eraser Gun on Vegeta, Krillin kicks him in the back of the head and slams his mouth shut, causing the beam to knock out most of his teeth.
- Would Hurt a Child: Recoome has no problem beating up Gohan, which is why he gets a well-deserved beatdown from Goku.
Burter / Butta (バータ, Bāta)
The biggest and fastest member of the Ginyu Force, he often performs Combination Attacks with Jeice.
- Abusive Parents: Burter's mother made him do all the chores of his house and slapped him whenever he was late for dinner. This is what drove him to be the "fastest in the universe"... and then along came Goku.
- Fastest Thing Alive: Burter claims to be this, but Goku quickly proves him wrong.
- Genius Bruiser: Burter seems to act as the tactician of the Ginyu Force when Ginyu isn't around.
- How Dare You Die on Me!: In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, this is his response to Jeice dying during a mission.Jeice? Tsk! You little brat! How dare you fall? I was depending on you!
- Informed Ability: Burter constantly boasts about being the fastest in the universe, to the extent that he's in disbelief that Goku is able to outrun him. While his travelling speed appears to be genuinely exceptional, his fighting speed is clearly outmatched by the likes of Goku, Ginyu and Frieza. Lampshaded by Goku in their fight:Burter: What?! How did you sneak up on me?! I'm supposed to be the fastest in the universe!Goku: I guess that makes you the second-fastest, then.
- Lightning Bruiser: Burter is the biggest member of the group, but his primary trait is his immense speed.
- Super Speed: While all of the Ginyu Force has great fighting speed, Burter's speed is his signature trait. He brags about being the fastest in the universe. To wit, he catches a Dragon Ball that Vegeta tries to throw away. He did it so quickly that he was back before Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan even turned around. But then he meets Goku. That being said, while Burter's fighting speed is only average for his level of power, his travelling speed appears genuinely exceptional.
Jeice / Jheese (ジース, Jīsu)
Ginyu's second in command and partner of Burter, often pairing with the latter for Combination Attacks.
- Aliens Speaking English: While the Ginyu Force as a whole is an example of this, it is made more confusing in his case; as the Funimation dub gives him an inexplicable Australian accent, or a British (Liverpool) one in the Ocean dub.
- Alien Blood: Bleeds purple.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Has red skin. According to All There in the Manual, he and Armored Squadron member Salza are from the same planet, meaning their planet's whole population is like this.
- Dance Battler: It's not really shown in the anime or manga, but in the games, particularly Xenoverse and Dragon Ball Legends, he moves quite gracefully when he fights, and he does a lot of flipping and twirling.
- Dirty Coward: Instead of helping his fallen friends when Goku gives him the chance to leave, Jeice chooses to cut and run, abandoning them. His actions get Recoome and Burter killed by Vegeta. And when Vegeta's about to kill him, he begs for his life.
- '80s Hair: An enormous white mullet.
- Euphemism Buster: A Running Gag across the franchise. Even in the Ginyu Force's theme song, his section has him say he's going to "pet you with his Crusher Ball," then explaining he doesn't mean petting you on the head.Captain Ginyu: (about Vegeta, Gohan, and Krillin) Make sure you treat 'em nicely, boys.Jeice: Yeah! And by "treat 'em nice," he doesn't mean we're gonna buy you flowers! It means we're gonna kill you!
- Evil Counterpart: Unintentional, but his past as a baseball player and his overall look makes him quite similar to Yamcha.
- Evil Brit: In the Ocean dub only; where he has a noticeable Liverpudlian accent that's also often mistaken for being Scottish or Brummie. Subverted everywhere else, where he instead has an Australian accent.
- I Know Madden Kombat: One of Jeice's moves (Crusher Ball) looks similar to a baseball throw, and All There in the Manual states that it was developed through Little League baseball.
- Human Aliens: Aside from his skin color, he's completely human-looking, even lacking the Pointy Ears seen on many Dragon Ball aliens.
- Jerk Jock: All There in the Manual states that he was a Little League baseball player, putting his jerkassery into this.
- Metal Scream: Jeice tends to scream like this in the Ocean dub when he's posing.
- Playing with Fire: Jeice's Fire Crusher Ball.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Goku takes out Burter, Jeice chooses to 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.
Captain Ginyu (ギニュー隊長; Ginyū-taichō)
The captain of the Ginyu Force. His strength is second only to Frieza and he has the ability to exchange bodies with anyone by using his Body Change technique.
- The Ace: He's the strongest in the Ginyu Force and Frieza's army as well as having a technique to handle opponents stronger than himself.
- Adaptational Badass: In the manga and in Kai, due to not being used to Goku's body, Ginyu was being overwhelmed while fighting Krillin and Gohan. In Z, however, he manages to get adjusted to his new body, and quickly turns the tables on them when he finds out how to draw out Goku's power.
- Adaptational Jerkass: This happens in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast with Ginyu in the what-if saga Ginyu Force Shakeup. In it, he acts as a Bad Boss who puts the other four through Training from Hell because he starts thinking they're weak. This causes Recoome to make a Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal and when Vegeta tries to take over the Ginyu Force, he starts cheering for him.
- 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.
- Ambiguous Situation: 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. External material like Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball FighterZ imply this is the case.
- Alien Blood: He bleeds dark blue.
- Anti-Climax: Despite Ginyu's grand return in Super and possessing a body that is far stronger than his old one, he is done in with one energy blast from Vegeta.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Captain Ginyu is more than twice as strong as 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 still stronger than him and resorts to stealing bodies when outmatched. This isn't obvious at first, as he spends most of the action delegating, but the genuine threat he poses is foreshadowed when Goku finally lands on planet Namek, gets a feel at a distance for the most powerful fighters in the neighborhood, and quickly notices Frieza as the big fish and Ginyu in second place.
- Back for the Dead: Predictably, when Ginyu finally gets to return to a humanoid body, Vegeta slays him ruthlessly in the very same manner he murdered the other members of the Ginyu Force, finally completing the set. However, the body that gets destroyed isn't Ginyu's - it's Tagoma's, who gets tricked into triggering the Body Swap technique. Unfortunately, that means for poor Tagoma that his original body is now destroyed with no way to get back from being stuck as a frog, while Ginyu's original body lives on, but is still inhabited by the mind of said frog.
- The Bus Came Back: Ginyu makes his return in Dragon Ball Super by hijacking Tagoma's body.
- Captain Superhero: Captain Ginyu is a villainous version of this. His group of mercs is not exactly a military organization, as none of his subordinates go by any other rank, so it seems like Captain is just a title given to him by his guys, or being the ham that he is, he may have called himself that.
- Combat Pragmatist: He quickly figures out that Goku is hiding his true strength and once he finds out that Goku's power exceeds his own, he does not hesitate in injuring himself and switching bodies with Goku so Goku can no longer be a threat.
- Commuting on a Bus: In the anime, after he switches bodies with a frog, he shows up at least once per season until the end of the Buu saga (in the manga, he's simply Put on a Bus, not appearing again after the switch).
- Death by Adaptation: While Ginyu may still be alive by the end of the manga, he is unceremoniously killed by Vegeta in Super.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: He uses this on Goku once he finds out his power level can go to 180,000. He injures himself so Goku will be trapped in a wounded body and unable to stop him once he swaps their bodies. His fight with Vegeta seems to imply this is one of his favorite tricks.
- Determinator: As it turns out, not even being turned into a frog sets him back forever. In Super, he waited almost twenty years to find a suitable body to hijack so he can return to Frieza's service.
- The Dragon: To Frieza once the Ginyu Force arrives on Namek.
- 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 Feels Good: Goku offers Ginyu a chance at redemption, but Ginyu shoots it down, stating outright that hurting people and lording over them made him happy.
- Fate Worse than Death: Played with in regards to Captain Ginyu. For a warrior and the strongest soldier in Frieza's army, if he had to choose between death and being stuck in the body of a small Namekian Frog rendering him essentially helpless, it's likely he'd rather be dead; unfortunately for him, both Goku and Vegeta agree that being trapped as a frog was a fitting punishment. 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. Brief's pond, so he seems to have made the most of his situation. Nonetheless, in Super, Ginyu makes it clear that he hated being trapped in the body of a frog, outright comparing it to Frieza's time in Hell.
- 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. He steals Goku's body, Bulma's body, and later Tagoma's.
- 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.
- He fares better in Super once he takes over Tagoma's body. He's even able to unleash all of Tagoma's latent power because he lacks the arrogance and inexperience to hold him back. He is still killed with no fanfare by Vegeta.
- How Do I Shot Web?: The main reason Ginyu's body change on Goku backfires; not only is he not used to his current body, he also has no idea what techniques Goku can use or how to draw out the body's full potential.
- Idiot Ball: After switching bodies with Goku, he decides the best course of action is to leave Goku in his old body to bleed to death. If he had teamed up with Jeice to finish Goku off, not only would he be able to defeat Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan by taking Vegeta's body, but no one would figure out right away he couldn't use his new body's full power.
- 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.
- Killed Off for Real: Unlike the rest of the Ginyu Force, Ginyu survives for a long time after Goku beats Frieza. He's later killed when Kid Buu destroys the Earth but it's revealed in Super that he was revived along with everyone else. He later dies for good after Vegeta and Goku's return to Earth and he is taken care of quickly by Vegeta.
- New Body, Old Abilities: Subverted. Both the audience and the characters were led to believe that he was just as powerful as Goku after performing a Grand Theft Me on him. Sadly for Ginyu, it turns out that Goku's strength mainly comes from the Ki-techniques Goku normally uses, and his body is fairly weak without them — leaving Ginyu up a creek immediately afterwards as he didn't even know how to perform Goku's Standard Power-Up Pose correctly. Ginyu would in Filler, and later Dragon Ball Super, showcase that while his physical prowess is fully dependent on the body he is currently inhabiting, he does retain the ability to perform Grand Theft Me's regardless of said body's power, raising questions as to whether the body he fought Goku with was even his original one.
- 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.
- Orcus on His Throne: Despite being by far the strongest member, Ginyu spends most of his onscreen time letting the other four do the fighting while he goes back to Frieza.
- Outside-Context Problem: 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 about how the hell it happened. By the time Ginyu ended up in a frog's body, the heroes are still not sure what happened.
- Put on a Bus to Hell: Ginyu, after getting trapped in the body of a frog. This is subverted in Super where Ginyu makes his return.
- Running Gag: As a frog, Ginyu shows up each subsequent season of Dragon Ball Z. Becomes a Chekhov's Gag when he returns in Super as a frog and takes over Tagoma's body, once again becoming a threat.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: His ultimate fate for a while is to be trapped inside a Namekian frog.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Ginyu really hated being a frog, to the point that when the idea of pulling his Grand Theft Me on Cell in Dragon Ball Fighter Z comes up in an introductory cutscene, he replies that doing so is "physiologically impossible" as Cell is simply too frog-like in appearance for him to get himself to do it.
- Sole Survivor: Captain Ginyu is the only member of the Ginyu Force not killed during the ordeal on Namek.
- Underestimating Badassery: Ginyu underestimated how much stronger Vegeta has become in Super. It ends up costing him his life, just like his former crew.
- Undying Loyalty: To Frieza, to the point that in Super, after spending almost two decades trapped in a frog's body, he steals Tagoma's body to return to his lord's side and goes back to serve Frieza without hesitation. It's also noted that he never once attempted to take Frieza's body despite knowing how much stronger Frieza was than him.
- Villainous Friendship: At first, Ginyu and Frieza seem to have this. In Super, Frieza is genuinely happy to have Ginyu back, saying that he thought he died on Namek. Then this becomes subverted after Vegeta kills Ginyu. Instead of being saddened by the death of his most loyal servant, Frieza laughs.
- 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...
- 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 Kid Buu, though Super has a cameo from a familiar-looking frog during the Resurrection F arc, which ends up being foreshadowing for his grand return. GT on the other hand shows him escaping from Hell and being promptly sent back after he was presumably defeated offscreen.
- The Worf Effect: Despite being Frieza's strongest fighter, he's easily overpowered by Goku once he uses Kaioken. It's even worse in Super, where Ginyu gets hit with this twice. He is able to easily fight off the Z Fighters in his new body but is taken down in two hits by Gohan once he goes Super Saiyan. When Goku and Vegeta finally make it to Earth, Vegeta kills Ginyu with a single energy blast in his base form.
Members introduced in Resurrection F
Sorbet (ソルベ, Sorube)
The leader of the Planet Trade Organization following the deaths of Frieza and King Cold at the hands of Future Trunks. Unable to hold the organization together, he gets the idea to use the Dragon Balls to resurrect their former boss in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: When Sorbet first wishes for Frieza's revival, Shenron says that it's pointless to bring him back since he would return in pieces. After talking with Tagoma, Sorbet demands that his wish be granted. Shenron calls it a foolish wish but grants it anyway. Turns out, Shenron was right, although for the wrong reason. The wish was extremely foolish since Frieza chose to get revenge on Goku instead of returning to his empire. That decision led to his entire army and what was left of the empire being destroyed.
- Benevolent Boss: Unlike Frieza he doesn't demean his men, and orders the shields up to keep them alive. His attitude towards the Pilaf gang was one of professionalism and only got hostile with them when they provoked him. He's also mad at Tagoma for killing Shisami in Super.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the Super manga, he and Shisami appear alongside Frieza in Hell lamenting the fact Resurrection F saga was skipped. This is omitted in the English translation, where he simply has shame in ending up dead.
- Co-Dragons: With Tagoma after Frieza returns, though he quickly becomes the sole dragon in the film when Tagoma is killed for speaking out against Frieza's revenge plan. In Dragon Ball Super, Tagoma is spared, and even becomes The Dragon to Frieza, outclassing Sorbet in authority and Ginyu Force in power level, after enduring training sessions with Frieza, who outright said that without using a healing machine, Tagoma would have died from the pressure he had to endure during the training.
- Decomposite Character: Early concept art had him look drastically different and called him Chidoru. Chidoru shows up as a separate character in the manga adaptation of Resurrection F.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Shenron himself invokes this when Sorbet gets a little too mouthy.Sorbet: I don't care what shape [Frieza's] in, just bring him back like I told you!
Shenron: It's unwise to be rude to a dragon.
- Edible Theme Naming: Sorbet is named after, of course, a sorbet.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- In a Deleted Scene (present in the script and companion manga), Sorbet agrees with Tagoma that since Frieza was such a psychopath, it probably is a bad idea to bring him back to life; nonetheless, he goes through with it because he genuinely believes that Frieza is the only way to restore the empire.
- In Super, when Tagoma kills Shisami to get at Gohan, Sorbet is appalled at him for killing a team-mate.
- Genre Blindness: He really should have known that someone like Frieza could never walk away from an opponent who utterly humiliated him and took his title as strongest in the universe.
- Godzilla Threshold: With Frieza's empire going downhill since his demise, Sorbet decides the only way they can restore it is by resurrecting him.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He is indirectly killed by the master he went out of his way to revive. On top of that, he brought Frieza back since he saw him as the only hope to save the empire, which had been falling apart without Frieza's power and fear factor. Bringing back Frieza completely destroys what is left of the trade organization because he couldn't let go of the fact that Goku defeated him.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Instead of restoring the trade empire to its former glory by reviving Frieza, it ends up utterly destroying it since Frieza killed his entire army on Earth before dying himself. The failed invasion also saved thousands if not millions of lives that would have been lost in planetary rebelling. The universe has a lot to thank Sorbet for.
- Karmic Death: Sorbet shoots Goku in the back on Frieza's orders. He ends up being killed by one of Frieza's stray blasts, deflected into him by Vegeta.
- Ring of Power: Sorbet's "Bad Ring Laser", which shoots energy beams that are powerful enough to critically injure Goku in his Super Saiyan God SS form.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: With Frieza's empire falling apart without him, Sorbet uses the Dragon Balls to bring him Back from the Dead because he sees Frieza's fear factor as the only way to restore it to its former glory. Instead of going back to rule his empire as Sorbet expected, Frieza throws it all away for the sake of petty revenge on Goku, only to get himself killed and his entire army destroyed; by bringing Frieza back to life, Sorbet ensured the destruction of his empire, the very thing he was trying to prevent.
- Tempting Fate: Sorbet calls his idea to revive Frieza and have him restore the empire foolproof. He is then shocked that Frieza's first order of business is revenge, instead of using his power to restore his failing empire.
- Undying Loyalty: Went to a lot of bother to resurrect Frieza when it would have been safer for him not to.
- Villainous Friendship: Sorbet and Tagoma seem to be close. Sorbet is even visibly upset when Frieza kills Tagoma in the film.
Sorbet's lieutenant. He is killed within the first minutes of the movie, however, his role was expanded in the Dragon Ball Super adaptation of the movie.
- Adaptational Badass: Though he dies too quickly in the film to show off, Tagoma was at best around the same strength as Zarbon and Dodoria, being easily tossed out an airlock by Frieza. In Dragon Ball Super, after some Training from Hell with Frieza, he's stronger than Piccolo, who is himself far stronger than Frieza was when first revived.
- Alas, Poor Villain: In the film, he's killed by Frieza just for telling him to stay away from Goku. In Super he's mentally broken, has his body stolen by Ginyu who gets it blown up by Vegeta and is most likely killed in the crossfire during Goku's fight with Frieza.
- Ax-Crazy: His time as Frieza's torture doll as he was undergoing Training from Hell hasn't been too kind to his mind.
- Advertised Extra:
- Tagoma is prominently shown on the cover of the poster for the movie, making it seem that he'll have a Co-Dragons type relationship with Sorbet. He lasts for maybe ten or so minutes before telling Frieza that he maybe shouldn't go after the Super Saiyans and instead focus on rebuilding his empire, at which point Frieza tosses his ass out of the ship.
- Subverted in Dragon Ball Super, where he survives that suggestion and goes on to become the strongest soldier in the army, even shocking Sorbet with his power level, who declares him even stronger than the former Ginyu Force through his scouter. Tagoma then prepares to dispatch the Z Warriors, alerting even Goten and Trunks (who were away from the battlefield) with the sheer power of his ki.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Or eviler, to be exact. While he was already a bad guy to begin with, he showed signs of being a Noble Demon; valuing his commander, sparing the Pilaf Trio even after stealing one of their wishes (two in Super), and showing a reluctance to revive Frieza due to how evil he was. After four months of being used by Frieza as a punching bag, Tagoma was twisted into a maniac as evil as Frieza himself. His once dull stoic expression has turned into a Slasher Smile, he is willing to kill his comrades just to injure the heroes, and he is even seen intimidating Sorbet, despite previously showing respect toward him.
- Broken Ace: After going through some serious Training from Hell, Tagoma becomes this. His power greatly surpasses Shisami who is about as strong as Piccolo, who in turn was much stronger than Frieza was before he was originally killed, becoming the strongest soldier in Frieza's army. However, his horrible experience with being Frieza's punching bag for four months has left him horribly broken. He now has a cold outlook on things, no longer values his comrades, and is now just as brutal and ruthless as Frieza himself.
- Combat Pragmatist: Tagoma's time as an unwilling partner in Frieza's Training from Hell not only made him a lot stronger, it also gave him a cold and ruthless outlook on fighting. He shows this when he blasts both Shisami and Gohan through the chests, knowing it was his best chance to take out Gohan before he started seriously powering up.
- The Consigliere: Tagoma played this role to Sorbet in Frieza's absence; and also being a trusted friend whose opinion his diminutive superior valued, effectively made him the second-in-command of the current Planet Trade Syndicate. Unfortunately, he is so used to being honest about his opinions to his superiors that he neglected to remember Frieza is a boss who is not as tolerant of verbal dissent as Sorbet was, and paid for his assumptions fatally.
- Co-Dragons: With Shisami when Sorbet is in command of the empire. After Frieza returns, Sorbet is downgraded to The Dragon and Shisami is further downgraded into The Brute, making Sorbet and Tagoma Co-Dragons instead. Tagoma is killed in the film for speaking out against Frieza's revenge plan. In Dragon Ball Super, Tagoma is spared, and even becomes The Dragon to Frieza, outclassing Sorbet in authority and Ginyu Force in power level, after enduring training sessions with Frieza, who outright said that without using a healing machine, Tagoma will die from the pressure he had to endure during the training.
- Cool Shades: Tagoma's scouter, which is a visor that covers both eyes, takes this shape.
- Edible Theme Naming: Tagoma's name is a pun on the Japanese word for "egg."
- Elite Mooks: Tagoma is said to be on par with Frieza's late Co-Dragons, Zarbon and Dodoria. Of course, Frieza doesn't find this very impressive since Goku and the Z-Fighters have long since surpassed Zarbon and Dodoria. In Dragon Ball Super, Tagoma goes on to be the strongest soldier in the army, surpassing Shisami.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In a Deleted Scene (present in the script and the companion manga), Tagoma suggests to Sorbet that it might not be such a good idea to bring Frieza back, emphasizing that he was an Evil Overlord whom they may be better off without. Sorbet actually agrees, but with Frieza's empire going down the tubes without him, they don't have much choice.
- Fate Worse than Death: Frog!Ginyu stole his body. Thanks to Vegeta killing Ginyu, and without the ability to switch bodies, Tagoma is trapped as a frog for the rest of his life.
- Genre Blindness: Tagoma foolishly thinks that someone as prideful and scornful as Frieza can walk away after being humiliated and killed by what he sees as overgrown monkeys. It gets him blown out an airlock in the film, though Frieza merely kneecaps him in the anime and lets him live.
- Gone Horribly Right: In Super, presumably as punishment for his vocally doubting Frieza, Sorbet decides to assign Tagoma as the revived Frieza's training partner. Frieza puts him through Training from Hell, and Tagoma snaps from the experience, becoming as cold-hearted and ruthless as Frieza.
- Grand Theft Me: In Super, Ginyu hijacks his body by tricking Tagoma into using the "Change" technique for him.
- Karmic Death: In the film, he gets blown into space by the newly-revived Frieza for suggesting that he ignore his desire for revenge.
- Klingon Promotion: Kills Shishami, and almost fatally wounds Gohan. This impresses Frieza to the point of making him the new commander of his army.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In Super, he ruthlessly kills one of his own teammates and calls himself better than the Ginyu Force is then body jacked by Captain Ginyu.
- Lean and Mean: Lean in both the movie and Super. Very mean in Super after training with Frieza.
- Only Sane Man: Tagoma actively questions the wisdom of bringing back Frieza, reminding everyone of what a heartless bastard he was. He also protests going to Earth since the the Super Saiyan is there.
- Sanity Slippage: It is clear that Tagoma is not completely sane anymore after four months of being Frieza's training dummy. Even Sorbet is shocked by his personality change.
- Slasher Smile: In Dragon Ball Super, Tagoma sports this one after declaring himself worthy of Frieza's favor after enduring a literally hellish session of training with him and preparing to eradicate the Z Warriors standing before him.
- Sole Survivor: In Super. After the Resurrection F arc, he is the only living person who is a remnant of Frieza's army, since the rest of the army has been wiped out. Seeing as he'll have to spend the rest of his life as a frog, that is not something to be proud of.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In Dragon Ball Super, Tagoma is merely kneecapped by Frieza instead of being spaced. He then goes on to become The Dragon to Frieza, outclassing Shisami in terms of power after he trained with Frieza on some remote planet.
- Stating the Simple Solution: In both Resurrection F and Super, he openly speaks out against Frieza's revenge plan against Goku, telling him that he could just go back to ruling his empire in space with Goku and the Z-Fighters never the wiser. In response, Frieza either kills him on the spot (film version) or uses him as his personal training dummy for four months (Super).
- Thrown Out the Airlock: Tagoma suffers this at the hands of Frieza in the film when he makes the mistake of suggesting that Frieza stay away from Earth. He's spared in the anime.
- Took a Level in Badass: Compared to Resurrection F, where Tagoma is presumably just an Elite Mook, in Super, he becomes The Dragon to Frieza and is strong enough to hold his own against Piccolo with no problems.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Super he went from someone who cared about his comrades and boss, Sorbet, to someone who has no problem shooting Shisami in the back to kill an enemy and openly mocks Sorbet for being soft and his failure to keep the empire together.
- Training from Hell: In Dragon Ball Super, he gets picked to be Frieza's sparring partner, which translates to him being a punching bag for four months. After every "session" with Frieza, Tagoma is so badly injured that he has to be placed into a regeneration tank just to stay alive. The experience makes him the most powerful member of Frieza's army, and also a ruthless bastard on par with Frieza himself.
- Underestimating Badassery: He questions if Frieza is really as dreaded or as powerful as Sorbet makes him out to be. Although Frieza is far from being the strongest in the universe anymore, he is still much stronger than anyone in Frieza's army. There is also a very good reason why he's feared by both his army and enemies.
- Villainous Friendship: Sorbet and Tagoma seem to be close. Sorbet is even visibly upset when Frieza kills Tagoma in the film. Which is why his personality change in Super after training with Frieza completely shocks Sorbet.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In Super, it's hard not to feel sorry for him. Having been forced to be Frieza's practice dummy for four months, Tagoma was beaten within an inch of his life every single day for that time period purely so Frieza could find the best ways to effectively torture Goku before killing him; by the time of the invasion, Tagoma's sanity is shot to hell, and he's just as brutal and ruthless as Frieza himself. While Tagoma died with his convictions and what morality he had intact in the film, in Super, Frieza killed him in all except body. Then Vegeta kills even that part after Ginyu steals it, effectively leaving Tagoma with nothing.
A member of Frieza's forces who took place in his invasion of Earth after Frieza's resurrection.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Unlike in the film where Shisami is one-shotted by Gohan and is killed by Frieza for failing, he is shot in the back by his own comrade, Tagoma, while he's fighting Gohan. The look of betrayal and shock on his face really shows how he never suspected that Tagoma was capable of such a thing. Even the heroes are equally horrified by this act of cruelty.
- Big Red Devil: Fits the bill with his stature, red skin and huge horns.
- The Dragon: He was Sorbet's strongest warrior next to Tagoma. After four months of training, he manages to fight on par with Piccolo.
- The Brute: One of the more powerful soldiers in the invasion and is tall with a muscular build.
- Co-Dragons: He and Tagoma were Sorbet's Co-Dragons before Frieza returns. He's demoted to The Brute after Frieza's return.
- Edible Theme Naming: Like Sorbet and Tagoma, he is named after food. In Shisami's case, his name is an anagram of Sashimi which is a raw meat or fish dish.
- Flat Character: Outside of him being very strong and loyal to Sorbet, he has no real personality.
- Took a Level in Badass: When Frieza is resurrected, Shisami can "match Dodoria and Zarbon at their peaks", which would place him between 20-30,000. However, four months later when the invasion begins, he's on par with a tired Piccolo, who is stronger than an android and much stronger than Frieza originally was at that point.
- The Worf Effect:
- After matching (an exhausted) Piccolo in 1-on-1 combat, Super Saiyan Gohan intervenes and defeats Shisami in one blow.
- In Super he is shot from behind by Tagoma to show how much stronger and ruthless Tagoma is.
Members introduced in Dragon Ball Super
- Non-Action Guy: Since Frieza's entire military force are all dead by now, the only survivors are scouts, scientists and engineers.
- Non-Standard Character Design: They look considerably less threatening than most of Frieza's men.
- Remember the New Guy?: There was no hint of their existence prior to their debut in Broly. In Resurrection F it's stated that Frieza brought everyone he could to Earth's invasion. Kikono was shown in Dragon Ball Minus, but it was left vague if he was even alive by the time of Super.
Cheelai (チライ, Chirai)
A delinquent that stole a spaceship from the Galactic Patrol, and then joined the Frieza Force to avoid them.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: She is a bright-green skinned woman, with purple eyes and white hair to boot. She could even pass for a Human Alien if not for those characteristics.
- Ambiguously Related: Her race is unknown, but she presents similar attributes to Jeice, which led some people to theorize she may be from the same race.
- Badass Normal: She can't fly and might not even be able to use ki. She still stole a Galactic Patrol ship and managed to steal the Dragon Balls from other Frieza force members with Lemo, holding Kikono at gunpoint to force him to summon Shenron.
- Big Damn Heroes: She and Lemo use a wish from the Dragon Balls to save Broly; sending him back to Vampa and returning him to normal right as Gogeta is about to kill him.
- Boyish Short Hair: Cheelai's white hair is cut very short, helping suggest her past as a young delinquent.
- Character Tics: She noticeably uses the "OK" hand gesture a lot.
- Dark Action Girl: Zigzagged on all counts. She is a member of the Frieza Force, so she can give a good fight, but don't expect her to be anything but small fry compared to her boss. She also turns out to be more of an opportunist than actually evil.
- Edible Theme Naming: Her name is a pun and anagram to "lychee", but she isn't the first Dragon Ball character named after that fruit. Dr. Raichi preceded her.
- Everyone Has Standards: She might be abrasive on the surface and willing to shack up with Frieza to protect herself, but she is utterly appalled by Paragus' abuse of Broly.
- Expy: As an adventurous young woman who befriends a Noble Savage and helps him adapt to civilization, before eventually choosing to join him in his home in the wild, Cheelai is one of Jane to Broly's Tarzan.
- "Get out of Jail Free" Card: Joining the Frieza Force keeps the Galactic Patrol off her back.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: She literally has light green skin and shes quite attractive.
- The Heart: The moment she sees Broly is a kind-hearted individual only used for revenge purposes, she goes out of her way to help him by destroying the electric collar controller and then using the Dragon Balls to not only save him from Gogeta's killing blow, but also let him go home.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She's the Tiny Girl to Broly's Huge Guy.
- Intergenerational Friendship: A young woman who's friends with the much older Lemo.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her battle vest doesn't cover her shoulders like everyone else's: and when she shows off how fluid it is to Broly, the audience gets a good look at her bust. A lot of scenes in Broly also focus on her butt.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Only works for Frieza so the Galactic Patrol will leave her alone.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: At the end of Broly, she and Lemo desert the Frieza Force to go live with Broly on Vampa.
- Those Two Guys: Is established to have this dynamic with Lemo: which, due to their respective ages, also counts as an Intergenerational Friendship.
- Token Good Teammate: She is one of the most noble-hearted and good-natured of Frieza's Army, and it shows in her relationship with Broly.
- Tsundere: As a former criminal, Cheelai is tough and appears very abrasive on the surface; but as seen in her relationships with Lemo, Broly and — eventually — Goku, she's actually a lot nicer than she lets on.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Justified. She's very sarcastic and rude to Goku when he brings them a house and supplies, but she had just watched him and Broly beat the tar out of each other and him as Gogeta come very close to killing the latter: so naturally, she would have had very little reason to trust him. She softens a lot when she realizes Goku genuinely wants to help them.
Lemo (レモ, Remo)
A member of the Frieza force. Has been working in the empire for decades.
- Ace Pilot: Navigates the Asteroid Thicket around Vampa without a bother.
- Badass Normal: Helps Cheelai steal the Dragon Balls and a ship from the other Frieza Force members.
- Cool Old Guy: He's implied to have been in active service for a very long time, and as shown with Cheelai, Broly and —eventually — Goku, he's actually a very decent guy.
- Edible Theme Naming: Named after lemon. One of Appule's Palette Swaps, Ramon, precedes Lemo in that regard.
- Intergenerational Friendship: An old man who's friends with the evidently younger Cheelai and Broly.
- Lean and Mean: He is pretty lean, lacking muscle, and is a member of the Frieza army, so he is definitely up to no good. Likewise, he is old. Ends up being subverted, as he's a Nice Guy underneath it all.
- Mysterious Past: He lied to Cheelai about only glimpsing Frieza once from afar on a space station.note If you look carefully, a much younger and more serious-looking Lemo is not only present at Frieza's debut to Saiyans, but he's the one who hands him the box of Scouters. Why he lied about that has, of course, got the fans speculating.
- Nice Hat: Wears a comfortable beanie.
- Nice Guy: The only thing that has people consider him evil is the fact that he works for Frieza — and even then, he is not a combatant. After he and Cheelai save Broly, they both abandon the Force.
- Old Soldier: He has been working in the empire for decades, but appears to be nothing but a common goon. Think Appule, but less prominent, and luckier to not be around his boss during the attacks on Namek (where Vegeta killed everyone) and Earth (where Frieza killed everyone).
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: At the end of Broly, he and Cheelai desert the Frieza Force to go live with Broly on Vampa after stealing the Dragon Balls from them to save a helpless Broly from Gogeta.
- Those Two Guys: Is established to have this dynamic with Cheelai: which, due to their respective ages, also counts as an Intergenerational Friendship.
A member of the Frieza force. A brilliant scientist who has been with the empire since the days of King Cold, he was responsible for adapting the Tuffle technology for the empire.
- Ascended Extra: He first appeared in Dragon Ball Minus.
- Edible Theme Naming: His name is an anagram to the Japanese word for mushroom. While a mushroom is not an actual fruit, it's not a vegetable either, and mushrooms are fruit bodies of fungi.
- Named by the Adaptation: Nameless in Dragon Ball Minus, he was given a name in Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
- Non-Action Guy: He is a scientist, not a fighter.
- Remember the New Guy?: He has been around since the day Frieza became the head of the empire, roughly 48 years ago when Vegeta was born. Yet, he debuts in Dragon Ball Super: Broly alive with his whereabouts between the Namek saga and Resurrection F completely not mentioned.
- Retcon: In an interview for Resurrection F, Toriyama stated that the Tuffles/Tsufurians created the Scouters and that some engineers adapted them for the Frieza Force. The guy's name was Gichamu, but his name was changed to Kikono.
Berryblue (ベリブル, Beriburu)
Frieza's servant since childhood, and implied to be his nanny.
- Canon Foreigner: She doesn't appear in Minus but was added in Super.
- The Consigliere: Rare Female Example. Rather than Zarbon, Berryblue is the actual second in command of The Planet Trade Organization. Whereas Zarbon is a "Wartime Consigliere" whose strategic experience is valued during times of conflict, even he can be causally killed if he displeases the Don. Berryblue's political/financial/diplomatic/philosophical opinion, on the other hand, is unconditionally respected partly because of the experience of her advanced years, but more-so because as Frieza's childhood nanny, she is the closest thing to a mother the tyrant has. Frieza's love (or respect) for Berryblue allows her to get away scot-free with opinions and disrespectful-jokes that even Zarbon would get vaporized for, effectively making her the head-Consigliere of the syndicate, second in power and authority only to the Don himself.
- Edible Theme Naming: From "Blueberry".
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She is genuinely fond of her young master like a son, and the affection seems to be oddly mutual on Frieza's part.
- Non-Action Guy: Doesn't look like the fighting type. In Dragon Ball Super: Broly she doesn't do anything to stop the theft of the dragon balls, though she is at blaster point.
- Parental Substitute: Implied to be Friezas nanny from childhood, as not only has she been by his side *before* he conquered Planet Vegeta (making her a good 70 years old minimum), she is one of the few beings (aside from Zarbon, Ginyu and Goku) that Frieza shows genuine affection towards; enough so that she can warmly tease her master about his height (not unlike a cheeky aunt) without fear of being vaporized.
- Remember the New Guy?: She has been around since the day Frieza became the head of the empire, roughly 48 years ago when Vegeta was born. Yet, she debuts in Dragon Ball Super: Broly alive with her whereabouts between the Namek saga and Resurrection F completely not mentioned.
- Servile Snarker: And probably the only one in the entire Frieza Force that can get away with it.
- Undying Loyalty: Much like Captain Ginyu (who, granted, would have gotten a stronger body first), Berryblue could have easily jumped-ship during Frieza's absence, and with her political, business and financial acumen, lived a peaceful and successful life. Instead, 18 long years and two deaths later, she still faithfully returns to his side. Somewhat justified in that as Frieza's childhood nanny, she holds a genuine degree of personal affection and care for him than that of the average soldier, who only obeys out of a measly paycheck and fear for their lives.
Characters from other materials
Kuriza (クリーザ, Kurīza)
- The Cameo: In the Japanese version of Budokai 2, Kuriza appears as an alternate skin for Frieza.
- Canon Foreigner: Kuriza is a gag character, and his only noteworthy appearances were in Nekomajin and Dragon Ball Heroes, neither of which has been released outside of Japan, and he will most likely not make any type of official appearance.
- Edible Theme Naming: He is named after the Japanese word for chestnuts. He even has a brown color theme and a nut-like point on top of his head.
- Generation Xerox: He looks like Frieza except for a brown color scheme and a pointy head instead of horns.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Played soccer with Neko Majin Z in the manga's third chapter.
- Harmless Villain: Unlike the rest of his family, Kuriza is more interested in looking cool and strong than he is in murder and conquest.
- Odd Name Out: Unlike other members of his race, Kuriza's name isn't a coldness pun. It's a combination of the Japanese word for chestnuts and the Japanese pronunciation of his Frieza's name.
- Overlord Jr.: To Frieza.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Like his father, Kuriza fancies himself as the strongest in the universe. Even in his final form, he was no match Neko Majin Z and he was also stated to be weaker than Vegeta.
- The Unfought: He was unable to fight Neko Majin Z because the manga chapter ran out of pages.
A former member of the Ginyu Force who left the group due to finding their poses embarrassing. Bonyu is a member of Jeice's race, and debuts in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
- Advertised Extra: She doesn't appear in Dragon Ball Z Kakarot. Only a simulation of hers do, created by the female researcher (Android 21) based on the data on a space ship.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: She is a red-skinned woman with white hair, just like Jeice.
- Canon Foreigner: Only appears in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.
- Punny Name: Bonyu's name comes from "breast milk" in Japanese.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She left the Ginyu Force long before the events of the story. Her whereabouts are completely unknown, as she doesn't even appear in Kakarot.