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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.
- Twenty-Four-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).
- Aliens Are Bastards: They come from a variety of different planets across the cosmos, and a very large portion of them are portrayed more as vicous criminals and thugs than innocent aliens Forced into Evil. Dodoria and Cui are sadistic elites who enjoy killing people and have absolutely no qualms with murdering children. The Ginyu force is genuinely loyal to Frieza. Even the standard grunts like Banan, Sui, and Orlen are shown to be very mean people. Blueberry suggests using the Dragon Balls to make himself and Raspberry stronger than Frieza so they can take over his empire. Few if any soldiers are shown to feel remorse about their crimes.
- 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 fifth 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. Likewise, it is possible for someone who is Weak, but Skilled to be higher ranked than stronger warriors, as demonstrated by Guldo, who managed to make it as a member of the Ginyu Force and end up outranking Vegeta despite being weaker than him due to his paralysis and time freeze abilities.
- 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 try 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 Versus 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 subordinate who was being groomed to be Frieza's next Dragon, yet he was treated just as poorly as the other Saiyans. Justified, since quite a few of them were stronger than the average Saiyan without being frontline fighters.
- 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 tough by Earth standards. The Elite 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.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Inverted with the Mooks that Frieza brought to Namek. According to supplementary material many of them were the most powerful beings on their respective planet to the point of being considered mutants, but by Frieza's army standards they were fodder.
- 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 Cheelai 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.
- Resurrection F and Dragon Ball Super: Broly also show that a sizable number of Frieza's minions are a lot more civil when they're not answering directly to him and King Vegeta was implied to be on good terms with King Cold, hinting that Frieza might just be a toxic influence on the business as a whole.
- 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 built 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.
- Underwear of Power: Several members (including Raditz, Nappa, Zarbon, Ginyu, Jeice, Shisami, Dore of the Armored Squadron, and Frieza and Cold themselves) wear trunks as part of their uniforms. Most of them are black, but Dore's are purple and Zarbon's are blue.
- 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 have been shown bleeding either red or purple in the anime, and blue in the manga.
- 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 their 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 the 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 they no longer have the same "helmet growth" on their head, instead having a smooth, bulbous head, rather like a Gray, lacking any semblance of armor, and have no horns.
- In addition, Form 4 has access to a pseudo-transformation 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 that they're mutants with Frieza being a prodigy even among them. Their mutation also made them far crueler.
- 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. The majority are all related to Frieza, so we don't even know if their species are just inclined towards villainy or if Frieza's clan are special cases.
- 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 uses their transformations to suppress their power. Their 'final form' is their true form. The only exceptions are Golden Frieza, an ultimate form Frieza modeled after the Super Saiyans, 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 have 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)
Voiced by (English): Brad Jackson (Z), Jason Douglas (Kai) (Funimation dub); Michael Dobson (Ocean dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Humberto Solórzano (Z eps. 118-120, Kai and DBS: Broly), José Luis Castañeda (Z ep. 121 and flashback in ep. 195)
The former ruler of the Frieza Force. (Known during his rule as the Cold Force) 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, wherein he introduces his son Frieza to the Saiyans and retires from commanding the Cold Army, leaving Frieza in command as 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: While he shows that he can be Faux Affably Evil through his interaction with Trunks, he can apparently be genuinely polite as well. 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 to shake King Vegeta's hand, but the way King Vegeta offered it and his reaction after being rejected makes it seem like this is 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.
- Badass Cape: Has a long black cape flowing from his armor's shoulder guards. It is colored red in Broly.
- 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.
- Blatant Lies: In the Funimation Dub, before being in Trunks's mercy, Cold actually tries to save face by saying that he wasn't evil and "wanted nothing but peace". This, after trying (and failing) to kill Trunks with a smile on his face.
- 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.
- The Cameo: He doesn't share any screen time with Frieza in GT, only appearing in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot flying out of Hell alongside Recoome, Guldo, Cui, Appule, and Babidi.
- Camp: In a similar vein to Zarbon, his voice in the dub of Z contains a healthy dose of fabulous posturing. This was not carried to his brief appearances in the Ocean dub nor in Funimation's dub of Kai or Broly.
- Character Exaggeration: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, alongside other games, heavily associates him with Trunks' 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' sword, he has a sword in some of the video games.
- 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 Brit: The Funimation dub of Z gave him a vaguely Mid-Atlantic accent likely due to his title. Kai did away with it.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Watching the fight between Goku and Kid Buu from Hell, Cold found it laughable that Goku refused to risk Vegeta's life by launching the Spirit Bomb at the Majin.note
- 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, as provided by Daisuke Gōri and later Ryūzaburō Ōtomo. He's notably the only one of two of Frieza's relatives in Japanese, counting Kuriza from Nekomajin, not to share Frieza's actor. Jason Douglas follows suit in the dub of Kai.
- The Family That Slays Together: His family basically runs an interplanetary protection racket.
- Faux Affably Evil: During his interaction with Trunks, he proves to be even better at this than his sons. He acts very politely when speaking with Trunks in order to get the boy's sword...but once he gets his hands on it, his gentle manner of speaking vanishes and he arrogantly boasts that without his sword, Trunks stands no chance against him, before trying to kill the boy. That said, his cameo in Broly indicates that he can be genuinely affable as well.
- 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 first land on Earth, the Z Fighters say that his power level is even higher than Frieza's. Considering the fact that Cold died with even less effort on Trunks' part than when he killed Frieza (who is stated to be even stronger in his cyborg form than he was when he fought Goku on Namek), this is a little difficult to believe. This throwaway line is given a little more justification in Super Dragon Ball Heroes, in which he faces down Trunks (again) along with his errant son Cooler and is confident of his ability to defeat both before he is taken down in a surprise attack by the OVA villain Hatchiyack. While it's another example of Cold being easily defeated, it's curious that Hatchiyack prioritized taking him out first rather than the half-Saiyan Trunks.
- 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 afterward aside from a small cameo in GT escaping alongside other well-known villains. 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.
- Non-Action Guy: He might have been a great warrior in the past (he did create the Cold/Frieza Force) but in the present day it's pretty clear that he's gone to seed. His "fight" with Trunks barely even qualifies for the word, and the games have had to invent most of his moves whole cloth (along with heavily associating him with Trunks' sword) just because we see so little of what he can do.
- Off-Model: His cameo in GT and appearance in the animations of Dragon Ball Heroes color the upper chest plate of his armor brown. That's small potatoes compared to his appearance in Broly where his skin is a darker purple, his head gem is purple, the "gauntlets" are pure white, and his cape is red.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: He is the one who conquered the Saiyans; Frieza inherited control of them (and the rest of the empire) from him.
- It's implied that he was the only one to have actually hurt Frieza prior to Namek.
- 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.
- Out of Focus: Despite the amount of importance Cold has (being responsible for the Frieza's reign, being the Father of Frieza and Cooler, inducting the Saiyans into their army, knowing about Beerus and Buu, etc.), there's very little known about him. It's not even known what capabilities he has, or why he retired to let Frieza take over for him.
- 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.
- Retired Monster: In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, it's revealed that he passed down the Planet Trade Organization to his son Frieza. Even announcing it to the Saiyans.
- Skewed Priorities: After his, Frieza, and Cell's escape from Hell is thwarted in the Other World filler, he throws a fuss about not getting to shower before being thrown in jail, though that's only in the dub.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Like his sons, he's rather soft-spoken. In Kai, he actually sounds like he's always whispering!
- Sparing the Aces: Much like his son, he has a soft spot for talented fighters. After Trunks killed Frieza he offered him a place in his empire, taking Frieza's place which might or might not have been true.
- Stating the Simple Solution: Before landing on Earth, he suggests just destroying the planet from space. Good thing Frieza is too vindictive to take the suggestion. He does this again when Frieza lets Trunks get under his skin.Cold: "Just destroy him, already!"
- Theme Naming: Like Frieza, Cooler, and his ancestor, Chilled.
- Upper-Class Twit: His voice in the Funimation dub of Z plus his ignorance of Trunks being stronger than him gives off vibes of this. Hell, he couldn't even bother to remember Goku's name much to Frieza's chagrin. He later fusses over not being able to shower after being thwarted in Hell and imprisoned there.
- 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.
- On a possibly larger scale than all of the above: Warning Frieza never to challenge Beerus (something he'd likely have done sooner or later for various reasons) potentially fostered communication between the two, leading to Frieza's unofficial "deputization" as a destroyer (due to Beerus' laziness), and the eventual destruction of Planet Vegeta, setting the entire franchise in motion.
- 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)
Voiced by (English): Ian James Corlett (Ocean dub); Bill Townsley (Funimation dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Ricardo Hill (Z), Ricardo Tejedo (Kai)
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 Villainy: It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene, but Cui is shown to have been the one who destroyed the planet of the space children that Gohan, Krillin, and Bulma encounter on their way to Namek. Said space children were a creation of the anime for filler purposes, making Cui slightly less evil in the original manga.
- 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.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: To the extent that Cui can be said to have a fighting style, he seems to favor the Saiyan Saga-era Vegeta mindset of "blast everything to hell, then blast it again for good measure".
- Bizarre Alien Biology: He kind of resembles a purple humanoid catfish, and has blowholes on either side of his head.
- Blue Blood: Another member of Cui's species, Gonma, appears on Planet Frieza #79 late in the Frieza arc monitoring the situation on Namek and is a commander. He bears a striking resemblance to Cui, though Gonma is blue, and mentions that he's grateful to Frieza for raising his family's social rank in the empire, implying that Cui may be his relative and might be an explanation of how he rose to prominence in the Frieza Force despite his rather pathetic tenure.
- The Cameo: Makes an appearance in Fusion Reborn as a part of Frieza's ensemble. He can also be seen briefly in GT flying out of Hell alongside Appule, Recoome, Guldo, King Cold, and Babidi during the Super 17 Saga. He is later shown being sent back alongside the majority of the Ginyu Force at King Yemma's check-in station. He's even part of King Cold's entourage in the prologue of Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
- 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.
- Evil Laugh: Has a high-pitch cackle.
- Hate Sink: There are no redeeming qualities in Cui. He's a sadist, a Smug Snake, a Dirty Coward, and a bully.
- Identical Stranger: Two more members of his race appeared in a late Frieza Saga episode, one of them being a commander who appreciates Frieza for improving his family's station (possibly implying that Cui is related to him). The other was a deep-voiced mook who was ecstatic at the prospect of Frieza's demise and was killed by the aforementioned commander for disloyalty. The commander died minutes later after a computer exploded when it tried to measure Goku's Super Saiyan power.
- Informed Ability: He's said to be as strong as Vegeta was on Earth, but his fight with Vegeta is just plain pitiful, to the point where you'd think he was weaker than Nappa if not for power levels. Accordingly, he often gets bumped down in power in his game appearances, often standing in for generic Frieza soldiers.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Not as bad as Dodoria, but given he's been lording over Vegeta, good riddance.
- Look Behind You: Tries to catch Vegeta off guard by exclaiming "Lord Frieza!?" before blasting him with a barrage of ki blasts. Vegeta, at the last second, dodged the blasts and mocked Cui for his strategy. The Budokai Tenkaichi series weaponizes the "move" as his strongest attack. The original Ocean dub literally has him say the trope word for word without mentioning Frieza to the point his mocking Vegeta was changed to him lampshading "I can't believe he fell for the old 'look behind you' trick!"
- No Pronunciation Guide: His name is pronounced as "Kew-EE" in the Ocean and Funimation's dub of Kai, but the Funimation dub of Z has it pronounced as "Kwee" with a "Qu" sound.
- Off-Model: His returning to the afterlife in GT depicts his back armor as white and his gloves without their gauntlet rings. Plus his appearance in Fusion Reborn also lacks the rings on both his gloves and boots.
- Psycho for Hire: An anime-only flashback shows him leading a brutal assault on a peaceful planet and gleefully slaughtering all the adults.
- 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.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Implied in a filler scene late in the Frieza Saga and long after his death. Another member of his race, Gonma, appears with the rank of Commander of Planet Frieza #79, monitoring Frieza's battle with Goku. A throwaway line has him state that Frieza rose his family station after bringing his race under the Frieza Force's banner. Given Gonma's strong resemblance to Cui and assuming that they're related, it is possible that even if Cui wasn't as powerful as Vegeta at the beginning of Z (18,000), he would've had some reign to demean the latter as is inferred by Zarbon after they arrive on Namek.
- Small Name, Big Ego: While he is one of Frieza's elites, his attempts to pass himself off as Vegeta's rival are dismissed by the Saiyan prince. Furthermore, despite Cui taking pride in being an elite warrior, Frieza admits that he never cared much for Cui.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Surprisingly for such a forgettable character, he kicks off Vegeta's redemption arc. His 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.
- So Last Season: In the Saiyan Saga, he would've been a nightmare to contend with on par with Vegeta at around 18,000. By the time of his "fight" with Vegeta however, who had begun to climb higher on the power scale, Cui is practically rendered a complete joke.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He has barely any technique of his own but for a little while there was just as strong as Vegeta. Unfortunately for him, Vegeta's battles on Earth allowed him to leave Cui in the dust.
- 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.
- Would Hurt a Child: An anime-only flashback shows that he led the assault on the planet of the children in the spaceship Gohan, Krillin, and Bulma met earlier, killing all the adults while the children barely escaped. He shot an energy blast at Bun after killing the boy's father, grazing his cheek and leaving a scar.
Voiced by (English): Terry Klassen (Ocean dub); Dale Kelly (Z, originally), Chris Cason (Z, remastered), Andy Mullins (Z ep. 42 only), Jerry Jewell (Kai) (Funimation dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): José Luis McConnell
A bird-like alien who serves the Frieza forces as a medic on Planet Frieza 79. Notable for tending to Vegeta after his defeat on planet Earth.
- Death by Adaptation: While he isn't seen again in the manga, the anime has a scene where he and the others on Frieza planet 79 are monitoring Goku's battle with Frieza and they die when the computer explodes when they try to read Goku's power level.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": In a series where almost every character of note has a name, the doctor... doesn't.
- Lizard Folk: His kind resembles diminutive lizards with dark green skin.
- The Medic: His responsibility in Frieza's army. It appears to be a species-wide trait, with only the occasional combatant only appearing in the background.
- Nice Guy: He is one of the only members of Frieza's army who treats Vegeta with any amount of respect and is, in turn, one of the few characters he shows respect toward.
- 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.
Planthorr voiced by (English): Dameon Clarke (Bardock - The Father of Goku), Charlie Campbell (Kai ep. 1) (Funimation dub); Paul Bandey (AB Groupe/"Big Green" dub)
Malaka voiced by (English): Mark Britten (Bardock - The Father of Goku, originally), Chris Cason (Bardock - The Father of Goku, remastered), Justin Cook (Kai ep. 1) (Funimation dub); Doug Rand (AB Groupe/"Big Green" dub)
Planthorr and Malaka are two doctors who appear in the Bardock special.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Planthorr has eyebrows as thick as his facial hair.
- Human Aliens: Planthorr looks just like a human being, except for having Pointed Ears.
- Lizard Folk: Like others of his race, Malaka resembles a diminutive dark green lizard.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wizard Beard: Planthorr has a short flowing beard. That along with his pointed ears give him a vague wizard vibe.
Voiced by (English): Paul Dobson (Ocean dub); Chris Forbis (Z), Mike McFarland (Raging Blast), John Swasey (Kai) (Funimation dub); Ed Marcus (AB Groupe/"Big Green" dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Mario Sauret (Z), Armando Coria (Kai)
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 of 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 of 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.
- Bald of Evil: He's much more sadistic than Zarbon and unlike him lacks hair.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: The ugliest of Frieza's men, and, bar Frieza himself, the most despicable.
- Benevolent Boss: Presented as this in the Xenoverse games, he is noted to be well-liked by his men due to how he treats them, which is also shown with the player. It's his only known redeeming quality.
- Breath Weapon: His Signature Move since he uses it to defeat Bardock, kill Cargo in the anime and one of the Namekian warriors, and attack Gohan and Krillin.
- 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 real personality outside of being a sadistic bully. Xenoverse 2 gives him some much-needed personality by making him an NPC and mentor.
- The Cameo: Appears with Zarbon destroying a city after escaping Hell in GT. He later appears in line with Cui and most of the Ginyu Force at King Yemma's check-in station returning to Hell. Super shows him and Ginyu in conversation with Frieza within a flashback of Tagoma's. The prologue of Broly also features him, but unlike Zarbon, he has no lines.
- Character Exaggeration: Not a big example, but Xenoverse makes him pat his head in his Battle Intro as sort of a tic, though he only did it once in the main series after he headbutted a Namekian warrior to death.
- 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.
- The Dragon: To Frieza, while Dodoria may be weaker than Zarbon, he still shares the same rank as 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.
- Evil Sounds Deep: It's a trend among most of Frieza's elites, especially in the English dubs.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: He has a heavy rasp to accent his repugnant personality.
- 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.
- Informed Ability: He is considered stronger than the Vegeta who fought Goku on earth, which indicates that the difference in power with Vegeta in Namek is much less than 33%. Yet his battle was so one-sided, you wouldn't be blamed if you thought Dodoria was only at Nappa's level.
- 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.
- Off-Model: A few shots depict the back of his armor with a black top and a blue base. The top is normally blue while the base is brown like in front.
- 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.
- Psycho Pink: He has pink skin and is a violent psychopath who murders children and the elderly with glee.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Is a pink-skinned alien who is a powerful right-hand of Frieza's and a nasty piece of work.
- 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.
- Spikes of Villainy: Both on his head and forearms. He even weaponizes them during his "fight" with the Namekian warriors, stunning the second with his "gauntlets" before blasting him into oblivion and ramming the third into a cliffside. He tries the former method on Vegeta later but misses.
- Underestimating Badassery: He makes the mistake of underestimating Vegeta, and it costs him his life.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Dodoria appears to be a rather poor fighter despite his power. Despite the fact that the gap in power between him and Vegeta was only 2,000, Vegeta easily dominated him and had him begging for his life. To put it in perspective, Zarbon actually did better during his rematch with Vegeta in his base form (when he briefly fought in his first form before once again transforming in the anime), despite the gap in power actually being greater (Zarbon's base state has a power level of 23,000 while Vegeta had a power level of 30,000 during their rematch), which is really saying something given that Zarbon himself had grown rusty around Frieza.
- Use Your Head: Once during his scuffle with the young Namekian warriors, he killed the last one by ramming the poor guy into a cliffside with his spiky head. He even gave himself a pat when all was said and done.
- 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)
Voiced by (English): Paul Dobson (Ocean dub); Christopher Sabat (Z, most media), J. Michael Tatum (Kai, Tenkaichi Tag Team, Raging Blast 2, Ultimate Tenkaichi) (Funimation dub); Doug Rand (AB Groupe/"Big Green" dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Arturo Mercado
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.
- Accent Adaptation: He's given an Australian accent in the original Ocean Group dub, possibly to tie into his true form's crocodilianesque appearance. Funimation followed suit until it gradually shifted into a deeper Mid-Atlantic/British accent over time. This was retained in Kai.
- 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.
- Badass Cape: Wears a white cape.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: He beats Vegeta senseless and drops him into a lake, but refuses to check 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 has found and hidden at least one Dragon Ball and Zarbon's actions may very well have cost them their chances at finding it.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 Cameo: He has a brief non-speaking cameo in Fusion Reborn as part of Frieza's mob. He and Dodoria are seen briefly in GT destroying a city during the Super 17 Saga. He makes another appearance, with some dialogue this time, in the prologue of Broly.
- Camp: His voice in the Funimation dub has an effeminate flair, especially with Chris Sabat's rendition, though it vanishes when he transforms.
- 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.
- Color Motif: Blue. He has blue skin, blue blood, blue leg warmers, a blue cape, a blue scouter, and blue underwear.
- 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. Supplementary matterial states that he is actually Frieza's intellectual advisor.
- 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 Brit: His voice in Kai has a slight English accent, though his Z voice leaned more toward Mid-Atlantic after Vocal Evolution kicked in. Averted in the Ocean dub which gave him an Australian accent as well as the "Big Green" dub that didn't give him any particular dialect.
- Evil Is Sexy: In-universe example with Bulma's squeeing at Zarbon. Which then led to in-universe Squick, post-hideous transformation.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of Show Hayami long before he sunk his teeth into Sosuke Aizen. Hiroaki Miura follows the trend though is a tad lighter than his predecessor. All of his English voices count as well with the exception of the AB Groupe dub.
- Fangs Are Evil: His teeth become long and sharp upon transforming.
- 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 skin color and 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 seemingly confirms this. 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.
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: His hideous true form looks like a humanoid crocodile with a compressed snout.
- 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 Bishōnen (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.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: He becomes considerably more savage upon changing into his hideous true form. It closely resembles a humanoid crocodilian, which is later shown through Yuzun to be a natural ability of his unnamed race.
- 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 from the getgo.
- 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 only about even with Zarbon in his transformed state, 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.
- Vocal Evolution: Chris Sabat first gave Zarbon an Australian accent like Paul Dobson before him but by the first Budokai video game, the voice devolved away into something deeper and more British sounding which has been kept ever since.
- 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 scream Frieza's name as they die, 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)
Sui voiced by (English): Paul Dobson (Ocean dub); Merk Harbour (Z), Jason Douglas (Kai) (Funimation dub)
Sui voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Gustavo Carrillo (Z)
Banan voiced by (English): Michael Dobson (Ocean dub); Troy Williams (Z), Jeremy Inman (Kai) (Funimation dub)
Banan voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Armando Réndiz (Z)
Two of Frieza's 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.
- Face of a Thug: Lampshaded by Bulma when she sees them:"Yeah. Any way you look at it, those are definitely NOT friendly faces!"
- Fangs Are Evil: Sui has a sharp set of chompers in his puss and is not a nice guy.
- Horned Humanoid: Banan has two little horns adorning his head. Sui has a larger singular fin atop his skull. Doubles as Horns of Villainy.
- Identical Stranger: One of the soldiers used by Ginyu as a practice dummy, Strock, is an almost dead ringer for Banan. The only tell is that the former's scouter is green instead of blue.
- Oh, Crap!: They both freak out once Gohan and Krillin unveil their true power.
- Palette Swap: Different members of their kind sporting every color under the sun appears throughout the Frieza arc as well as in Bardock - The Father of Goku. An unnamed member of Banan's race with teal skin and lavender hair (based on a throwaway grunt in the Bardock special) even becomes a playable character in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- A green-skinned member of Sui's race is among the hapless group that Ginyu is using to come up with new poses for his team (or looking for potential new members in the dub).
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Sui somewhat resembles a dilophosaurus with that huge fin on his head plus those big teeth of his.
- 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.
- Teeth Flying: Banan loses a good number of teeth when Krillin offs him. This was only in the manga.
- Underwear of Power: Sui wears a maroon-colored speedo.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: They were killed in their first appearance.
Appule (アプール, Apūru)
Voiced by (English): Terry Klassen (Z eps. 38-39, 42-43), Don Brown (Z eps. 35-36), Alec Willows (Z ep. 34) (Ocean dub); Kyle Hebert (Z and Kai), Bill Townsley (Z ep. 55 only), Brandon Potter (video games) (Funimation dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Roberto Mendiola
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.
- Ascended Extra: The video games starting with Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (3 internationally) started making him a playable character.
- The Cameo: He makes a quick non-speaking cameo in Hell watching Goku's battle with Kid Buu alongside other villains from across the series. In GT, he can be seen flying out of Hell alongside Cui, Guldo, Recoome, Babidi, and King Cold.
- Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Until he and Zarbon set out to hunt down the remaining Dragon Balls, his design is all over the place in the anime. Not helping matters was Toei likely confusing him in some shots with at least three others of his race in the raiding party, one of whom gets killed by an elder namekian shortly before the main fight in Dende's village.
- 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. Supplementary material states that he is a mid-class soldier, with power and intelligence that exceeds that of lower-level soldiers like Banan and Sui.
- Mauve Shirt: Despite being only an elite mook, he manages to survive the fight with the Namekians.
- Off-Model: His appearance tended to vary in the anime before he and Zarbon set out to locate more villages. His interrupted fight with the young Namekians had his skin light purple with black spots while his shot of him claiming Moori's dragon ball shows him wearing a purple jumpsuit with white gloves and no visible spots. His cameo in Hell during the Kid Buu Saga shows him wearing armor with ice blue guards and fingerless black gloves.
- He loses his center crotch guard after discovering the village Vegeta destroyed, but all of his video games appearances have since included it.
- 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.
- Smug Snake: Not to the extent of Cui, but he does show shades of bravado towards a seemingly unconscious Vegeta while the latter is healing. Little did he suspect that Vegeta was listening.
- Underwear of Power: He is mainly depicted with a black speedo.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He was killed off by Vegeta before anything could be known of him.
Orlen (オーレン, Ōren)
Voiced by (English): Paul Dobson (Ocean dub); Michael Sinterniklaas (Z), Chris Patton (Kai), Chris Cason (Xenoverse) (Funimation dub)
Voiced by (Latin Spanish American): Gustavo Melgarejo (Z), Víctor Ugarte (Kai)
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.
- Adaptation Induced Plothole: His existence causes one. In the manga, all the Namekians of the village Vegeta attacked were killed by Vegeta. In the anime, one survives and is killed by Orlen, yet, it's stated that none of the Namekians from the village were revived. Not to mention, since he was killed by Frieza and was technically a victim of his, he should've been included in Mr. Popo's wish to Shenron to "bring back everyone on Namek who was killed by Frieza and his men", yet never returns. Unlike Namole, Kai retained his death.
- Ascended Extra: He became a playable character in the Xenoverse series and in Dragon Ball Legends (though in the former, he was initially just an alternate skin/costume for Appule).
- 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.
- Dirty Coward: In the Ocean Group dub, instead of being killed for hastily murdering the lone survivor of Vegeta's attack, Frieza instead grills him for fleeing the scene and not wanting to bump into Vegeta period.
- Edible Theme Naming: Orlen is named after the orange fruit.
- Fangs Are Evil: He has prominent canines to make him stand out along with his red eyes.
- Hidden Depths: Xenoverse 2 reveals that he's been trained in intelligence gathering and that it is his primary function in the Frieza Force. His father was a journalist apparently who trained him in the art.
- 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.
- Informed Attribute: He claims his father trained him in gathering information in Xenoverse 2, but given his frankly moronic choices seen in the anime which led to his death, you'd never know it.
- 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.
- Off-Model: He's missing his middle crotch guard when flying to Tsuno's village and in one shot of making his report to Frieza.
- Oh, Crap!: He realizes too late that admitting to Frieza that he killed the only witness to Vegeta's slaughter of the village without confirming the dragon ball was a bad idea.
- One-Steve Limit: Averted as he shares his Japanese name with a villain in Super Dragon Ball Heroes, though their names are written slightly differently.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Unique for his kind, alongside his teeth, are his red sclera.
- 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 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.
- Underwear of Power: Like Appule, he only wears a speedo downstairs.
- 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.
Voiced by (English): Ted Cole (Ocean dub); Sonny Strait (Z), Ian Sinclair (Kai) (Funimation dub)
One of Frieza's mooks who was callously killed by the dictator.
- Adaptation Induced Plothole: His existence causes one. Mr. Popo's wish to Shenron was to "bring back everyone on Namek who was killed by Frieza and his men", which would logically include Namole since Frieza blew him up. Yet like with Orlen, he is never shown being restored. Rectified in Kai which removes the part of Frieza killing him.
- 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.
- Elite Mook: Given that Frieza knew him by name (in the dub only) and that he had two bouncers with him while reporting about the Ginyu Force, Namole might have been a mid-level soldier like Appule.
- Human Aliens: Looks like a normal blonde-haired, Caucasian man, but is really an alien whose planet is under Frieza's control.
- No Name Given: In the original Japanese.
- 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.
- 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 later when Captain Ginyu is using Frieza's grunts for inspiration on new poses for the Ginyu Force (in the English versions, he's holding tryouts for the squad), except his hair is blue-green, not orange. The poor guy possibly ends up being killed by Ginyu after accidentally backing into a dragon ball in fear; Ginyu had just killed a different schmuck for screwing up a pose (or for letting slip that he's a captain like Ginyu in the dub).
- Spared by the Adaptation: Maybe. He appears briefly in Kai during Frieza's grumbling about losing Zarbon but his dialogue and execution by his lord are removed. It's still possible he met his end at Vegeta's hands when he returned to the ship during the Ginyu Force battle and slaughtered the remaining grunts.
- Token Good Teammate: From what little we see of him, he appears to be a meek and scared man who was forced to serve Frieza and not a psycho like other soldiers.
- Underwear of Power: Wears blue briefs, much like Zarbon.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Got killed by Frieza before we really know anything about him.
Raspberry (ラーズベリ, Rāzuberi)
Voiced by (English): Scott McNeil (Ocean dub); Chris Cason (Z, originally), Doug Burks (Z, remastered), Austin Tindle (Xenoverse) (Funimation dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Abel Rocha
One of Frieza's mooks who holds Bulma hostage, but is tricked by her into fighting a giant Namekian crab.
- Accent Adaptation: He gets a Brooklyn accent in the Ocean dub.
- All There in the Script: His name isn't spoken onscreen in the English dubs.
- Arm Cannon: Wears a cannon on his arm.
- Brooklyn Rage: Courtesy of Scott McNeil in the dub by Ocean Group. Think of Rattrap if he'd stayed on the side of the Predacons.
- 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.
- Cool Helmet: In the same vein as Cranberry and Guprei, who are of the same race as he.
- Edible Theme Naming: Named after the fruit. His partner was named Blueberry.
- Flat Character: Compared to his partner, Raspberry isn't particularly well established.
- Human Aliens: Looks exactly like an earthling, but is an alien whose planet was invaded by Frieza.
- Locked Out of the Loop: He and Blueberry were low-level grunts who Frieza didn't bother to explain what the Dragon Balls did, let alone that he wanted immortality from them. They find out the truth from Bulma, though Raspberry remains skeptical unlike his partner who finds the idea of gaining more power than Frieza inviting.
- 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.
- Off-Model: He had no crotch guards when he first appeared only to gain them when flying back to Frieza's ship.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Villainous example. He was happy to follow Frieza's orders without even thinking about why his leader wanted the dragon balls so badly, but when Blueberry voices possibly overthrowing Frieza aloud, all Raspberry does is some grumbling before going along with his partner's scheme. To be fair, Blueberry also mentions that if getting their own wish doesn't pan out, they can still always take the one ball already in their possession back to Frieza for a reward, so there's that.
- Would Hit a Girl: He's far more willing to kill Bulma for misleading him than Blueberry and remains unmoved by her fearful whimpers.
Blueberry (ブールベリ, Būruberi)
Voiced by (English): Doug Parker (Ocean dub); Kyle Hebert (Z ep. 59 only), Markus Lloyd (Z ep. 60 only) (Funimation dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): José Luis McConnell
One of Frieza's mooks who holds Bulma hostage, but is tricked by her into fighting a giant Namekian crab.
- All There in the Script: His name isn't spoken onscreen in the English dubs.
- Arm Cannon: Wears a cannon on his arm.
- Canon Foreigner: An anime-only character.
- Cool Helmet: Unlike Raspberry's, his has horns.
- Dub Species Change: In the Ocean dub, Bulma constantly compares him to a dog despite his clear crocodilian features.
- Edible Theme Naming: Named after the fruit; years before Berryblue was ever conceived. His partner was named Raspberry.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He's a Guttural Growler in the Ocean dub.
- Fangs Are Evil: He's got long front teeth that stick out even when not speaking. Such is true of real-life crocodilians.
- Green and Mean: Has olive-colored skin and is a soldier in the Frieza Force.
- Guttural Growler: His voice in the Ocean dub is thick and deep. Not so much in the original Japanese or the Funimation dub.
- Horns of Villainy: His helmet has small horns protruding out of it.
- Locked Out of the Loop: He and Raspberry were so low on the totem pole that Frieza never bothered to tell them what the Dragon Balls can do, let alone wanting them for immortality. They hear the truth from Bulma who tempts them with Blueberry wanting to potentially overthrow Frieza.
- Mooks: He was just a common henchman working for Frieza before he was killed off.
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: He resembles a humanoid alligator.
- Opportunistic Bastard: He gets intrigued enough by the idea of the dragon balls giving him more power than Frieza and suggests to Raspberry the possibility of making a wish of their own before taking Bulma back to their boss.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Is an anthropomorphic alien alligator man. He even finds the idea of being stronger than Frieza entertaining enough to act on it.
- The Starscream: A mild case, as he is convinced by Bulma to make himself more powerful than Frieza. The Ocean dub outright has him say he's sick of following Frieza's orders.
- Underwear of Power: He has a speedo akin to what Frieza, Ginyu, and Jeice wear.
- Would Hit a Girl: He threatens Bulma's life several times and was possibly planning on killing her regardless of whether she helped him find the dragon balls or not, though he's not as passionate about it as Raspberry.
- Xanatos Gambit: Blueberry decides if the Dragon Balls can make him and Raspberry more powerful than Frieza, then he'll go for it. If not, they can always just take the one ball already in their possession back to Frieza for a reward without their master ever knowing that Blueberry attempted betrayal.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: His sclera is primarily yellow, though some shots (including the picture above) color them white. Other members of his race appear with regular white eyes so it appears to be exclusive to him.
The Ginyu Force
The Ginyu Force (ギニュー特戦隊, Ginyuu Tokusentai, "Ginyu Special Squadron")
Mercenaries summoned by Frieza after Zarbon and Dodoria 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.
- 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 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.
- Ass-Kicking 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 is made up of 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.
- The Cameo: Ginyu the frog makes a few sporadic appearances on Earth after he's brought there by Porunga in the anime. As for the others:
- Jeice, Burter, and Recoome all make quick cameos in Fusion Reborn, though only Jeice has any voiced utterances (in the English dub only). Their appearance in Hell before the Otherworld Tournament Saga, also including Guldo, counts given how inconsequential they are with no voiced lines in the original Japanese. All four appear later watching Goku's fight with Kid Buu via a crystal ball alongside other dead villains.
- Later in GT, during the Super 17 Saga, Recoome and Guldo can be seen flying out of Hell alongside King Cold, Babidi, Cui, and Appule. They are later seen returning to Hell crestfallen with Ginyu (who is now inexplicitly dead) and Jeice.note Burter is oddly absent from the entire outing with Cui being shown in line with them instead.
- All of them make a non-speaking appearance in the prologue of Broly alongside Frieza's, then King Cold's, other elite soldiers.
- 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: Zarbon is shocked when Frieza resorts to contacting them for help on Namek. Vegeta actually fears them, to the point where he quickly forms an Enemy Mine with Gohan and Krillin.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Twice in the anime, during their introduction to Frieza and after Guldo is killed, Recoome and Burter have their background colors (yellow and blue) switched around when they pose. Kai for whatever reason retains this.
- 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.
- Fantastic Racism: Guldo, Jeice, Recoome, and Burter all have a rather low opinion of Saiyans, like most of Frieza's army. Ginyu, however, averts this by respecting Goku's power without demeaning his race.
- 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 is why he dedicated his life to be the fastest he could ever be (Goku being so much faster than him takes a huge blow to his ego).
- 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.
- Hired Guns: While they are part of Frieza's army and serve him without question, they are technically mercenaries, hired by Frieza to take out nuisances for him when his usual mooks can't.
- Incoming Ham: The first three minutes they're onscreen sounding off to Frieza tells you virtually everything you need to know about them.
- Informed Attribute: The anime describes the Ginyu Force as Frieza's black ops squad, striking from the shadows and vanishing swiftly. Absolutely nothing about the way these guys operate suggests they have even heard of stealth.
- Lack of Empathy: Unless something happens to one of their own members, they couldn't care less about how they affect others.
- 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 quickly 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 Brows: No one in the team aside from Jeice has any eyebrows.
- 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.
- Older than They Look: According to the new Broly movie, all of the Ginyu Force has been serving Frieza's family at least since Vegeta was a child.
- 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.
- Pride: All of them are quite prideful and arrogant. Not helping that they find themselves outclassed by Saiyans, the same race they've belittled for decades.Burter: What are you?
Goku: I'm a Saiyan who was raised on Earth. That help?
Burter: (Clenching his fist tighter) YOU LIE!!! How could some stupid Saiyan monkey ever be faster than me?!
Goku: Dunno. Maybe... maybe I just train harder than you?
- 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 tag team duo. Recoome is the Brutish Dumb Muscle, and Guldo is the little guy who earns a place among the big boys thanks to his mental powers.
- 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!
- Small Role, Big Impact:
- Ginyu's theft of Goku's body and Vegeta's prompt beatdown of him caused Goku to need to recover, but it also allowed Goku to gain a massive Zenkai boost that allowed him to challenge Final form Frieza.
- Probably the biggest impact on the series was that one of their ships was how Goku was able to escape the exploding Namek in time, preventing an untimely death.
- Downplayed and Played for Laughs, but it's implied and outright stated in later media that the Ginyu Force's encounter with Gohan did inspire his Great Saiyaman personality.
- The Ginyu Force's biggest contribution to the Frieza arc, besides giving the titular villain new scouters, is forcing Vegeta to ally himself with the Earthlings which eventually causes him to develop into a better person.
- 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 what Hit from Dragon Ball Super can do with a fraction of Guldo's duration. 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 nearly killed Gohan and Krillin using this technique and would have succeeded if Vegeta hadn't saved them, taking advantage of the fact Guldo was distracted. The only known drawbacks are that this technique uses a lot of energy and Guldo is usually simply too weak to use it and deal a killing blow at the same time unless the environment provides the means for him to do so.
- 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.
- Token Competent Minion: The team as a whole is this for Frieza's forces during the Namek Arc. Not only do they give the heroes serious trouble even after Goku arrivesnote , they also retrieve all seven Dragon Balls after they were stolen by Vegeta (if not for him being ignorant of how the Balls worked, Frieza would have achieved victory). This is a far superior track record to Frieza's other henchmen during Namek; Sui and Banan were easily beaten by Gohan and Krillin; Cui and Appule were both easily disposed of by Vegeta; Dodoria's attempt to kill Dende was foiled by Gohan and Krillin, and then he was also killed by Vegeta; Zarbon did slightly by better by defeating Vegeta in their first battle but also failed to confirm his death because he didn't want to get his hair wet and he was killed by Vegeta in their rematch.
- True Companions: For a team of villains, they're actually rather close: They're rather supportive and confident in each other's abilities throughout most of their time on screen, even if they do argue with each other from time to time, the comradeship in their interactions are clear. 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 the line 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. They also always stick together during their scenes in the afterlife and continue to get along after their deaths as shown when they arrive on King Kai's planet.
- 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: This is 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.
- Undying Loyalty: They are very dedicated to Frieza's cause, even going as far as to try and claim planets for him even after they died.
- 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.
- We Have Become Complacent: Subverted, unlike the rest of Frieza's army, the Ginyu Force is implied to be constantly training to get stronger, which is in part due to their status as Frieza's hit squad, they need to be training constantly, which Ginyu himself seemingly enforces. This is reinforced in Otherworld filler, where Goku chooses to power up to defeat them, where before he could have beaten them without even needing to.
- 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 and none of them have any qualms about killing Gohan.
Guldo / Gurd (グルド, Gurudo)
Voiced by (English): Terry Klassen (Ocean dub); Dylan Thompson (Z, originally),note Bill Townsley (Z, remastered), Greg Ayres (Kai) (Funimation dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Ricardo Hill (Z), Ricardo Mendoza (Kai)
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.
- Adaptation Expansion: He doesn't have much to his character in the manga besides being a pathetic warm-up prior to Recoome's wiping the floor with Vegeta and company. The anime gives him a bit more meat by showing he has a long-standing enmity with Vegeta who...basically told him "your breath stinks." He and Recoome are also shown to be good friends, like Burter and Jeice, where there's nothing to imply that closeness in the manga.
- His time freeze ability is given a keen Achilles' Heel in the anime where he has to hold his breath in order to initiate it, but his lack of stamina from being out of shape means that he peters out too quickly. The manga shows him being able to stop time at will but it consumes so much energy that he can only do it twice before he has to resort to paralysis.
- All Men Are Perverts: Guldo in his younger years used his powers to look up girls' 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.
- Bald of Evil: Not a single hair on his nasty green head.
- Boisterous Weakling: Guldo is rather confident in his abilities, but in reality is much weaker power level wise than Vegeta was during his invasion of Earth. However, he makes up for his lack of power by having some very strong abilities.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: After paralyzing Gohan and Krillin, Guldo takes his sweet time torturing them, throwing rocks at them, physically beating them, and finally deciding to skewer them with a tree, all while Recoome, Burter, and Jeice yell at him to stop screwing around and just kill them already. This leaves him open to a sneak attack from Vegeta that costs him his head.
- Butt-Monkey: He's the one who's subject to humiliation by ally and enemy alike, verbally and physically respectively.
- Depraved Dwarf: Below average in height and at one point claims he wants to skewer Gohan and Krillin and eat them.
- Dirty Coward: He spends most of his time running and hiding from Gohan and Krillin before paralyzing them and gleefully beating them up while they can't fight back.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: All his English voices have a tinge of rasp, though not to the extremes of Burter's. His original Japanese performer also had a scratchy quality to it.
- Extra Eyes: He has four eyes: two on his face and two larger eyes on the sides of his head.
- 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.
- Fat Bastard: He is noticeably out of shape and as a result can't hold time still for very long, let alone manage any ki blasts while doing so. The Funimation dub has him lamenting pigging out on chili burgers instead of working out.
- 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. That said, they don't dislike Guldo so much as they are critical and dismissive. Even Recoome, who is closest to him in the anime, pokes fun at Guldo for resorting to his mind freeze.
- Gonk: Guldo is the least human-looking and most hideous of the Ginyu Force.
- Green and Mean: He has green skin and is a villain part of Frieza's Empire.
- Green Is Gross: He's green and is stated to have very bad breath.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Has a pretty strong one, with his constantly talking down his opponents which is only exasperated in his flashback with Vegeta in the anime.
- Losing Your Head: Vegeta ends up decapitating him to save Krillin and Gohan, though this doesn't kill him, Vegeta has to blow up his head to finish him off.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Of all the Ginyu Force, Guldo seems to be the most pathetic, barely even a threat to Krillin and Gohan, spending most of his time running away. He ends up nearly skewering both of them while they're helpless to do anything.
- Odd Friendship: The slimy, cowardly, and lazy Guldo has one with the goofy, flamboyant, and confident Recoome. This is only in the anime, however.
- Off-Model: His outer eyes are colored black in one shot during the villains' attempted coup in Hell that took place before the Other World Tournament.
- 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.
- Overranked Soldier: Despite being weaker than Cui or Vegeta (as early as the Saiyan Saga), as a member of the Ginyu Force, he outranks them. This is something that Vegeta pointed out to him in the past, which, along with Vegeta mocking him for his bad breath, is why Guldo hates him so much. Vegeta pointed out that the only real reasons he was put on the force were for his time freeze and paralysis abilities. The other members are aware of this and threaten to kick him off if he fails to defeat Gohan and Krillin.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: While Guldo is very weak compared to the rest of the force and other elites like Cui, Dodoria, or Zarbon, given that Krillin and Gohan had power levels of 13,000 and 14,000 respectively when they fought him, his own level would have to at least be 10,000, which is far higher than middle or lower-ranked soldiers. His power could rival the strongest Saiyans such as Bardock and King Vegeta.
- 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 Mind-Freeze technique.
- Squishy Wizard: His telekinesis and time freeze abilities are impressive, if not impractical, but he clearly is not a frontline fighter. He only physically attacks Gohan and Krillin when they're trapped in his Mind-Freeze and it still didn't even bruise them that badly
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To the Saibamen. He's a diminutive green entity that basically serves as a warm-up to the main threat that the heroes face and is taken out with relative ease. That said, Guldo is considerably more dangerous than a whole troupe of saibamen and can use powers that even the most powerful of said creatures could only dream of learning.
- 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.
- To Serve Man: He wants to skewer and eat Gohan and Krillin.
- Villainous Friendship: Recoome makes an offhand comment about playing with Guldo in the anime and they seem to have a close relationship there, though it isn't well explored before Guldo's death.
- Vocal Evolution: Greg Ayres' voice for Guldo started out somewhat youthful and bordering on a little kid like a fair amount of his prominent roles. By the time of Dragon Ball Fighter Z, he is considerably scratchier and sounds more appropriate for the role.
- 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.
- You Need a Breath Mint: Vegeta stated he had bad breath, which is a sentiment that is shared by Chi-Chi, Zarbon, and Chiaotzu in the Tenkaichi games.
Recoome / Reacoom (リクーム, Rikūmu)
Voiced by (English): David Kaye (Ocean dub); Christopher Sabat (Funimation dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Mario Sauret (Z), Salvador Reyes (Kai)
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.
- The Ahnold: His voice in Funimation's dubs became this over time, albeit heavily slurred and dopey sounding compared to other examples.
- Breath Weapon: "Eraser Gun!"
- The Brute: The most brutal member of the Ginyu Force.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: While Vegeta has his initial lead and a few good sneak attacks on Recoome, the fight becomes utterly one-sided even when Gohan and Krillin jump in to help.
- 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.
- Fan Disservice: We get quite a few shots of Recoome's butt once his armor is destroyed, but it comes off as this due to his goofy appearance with damaged hair, and missing teeth.
- Flipping the Bird: Recoome gives Goku one after finding out his power level is (supposedly) only 5,000.
- The Giant: Not as large as Burter, but he's still an impressive 7' 7", i.e. the second tallest of the five.
- Human Aliens: Recoome looks exactly like a (very big) human, but he's certainly not from Earth. With his high durability attribute being far more potent than a non-martial artist should be.
- Implacable Man: Until Goku comes along, absolutely nothing truly affects Recoome for long. He gets knocked down, blown up, and even forced to endure his own attack and yet he gets up and laughs it off. He doesn't even show any signs of fatigue until he's one-shotted, which makes it all the more surprising.
- Just Toying with Them: He spends his entire fight against Gohan, Vegeta, and Krillin simply toying with them regardless of the damage they do manage to inflict on him.
- Made of Iron: He took quite a lot of damage from Vegeta, Gohan, and Krillin, but simply would not go down until Goku one-shots him. It's heavily implied that this high level of durability is a speciality of his species and a reason why he's in the Ginyu Force.
- Neck Snap: Jarringly, he can do this with a kick.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Ocean dub made him sound like Sylvester Stallone. Funimation initially followed this until Vocal Evolution kicked in and he sounded more like a drunk Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Recoome acts like a boisterous, hammy, and simple-minded fighter, with a voice in the Funimation dub to complete the impression. However, he's is far more intelligent than his mannerisms imply, spending most of the fight mentally toying with Vegeta that he has a chance of victory and pretending to be less skilled than he actually is.
- Odd Friendship: The slimy, cowardly, and lazy Guldo has one with the goofy, flamboyant, and confident Recoome. This is only in the anime, however.
- Nobody, either Toriyama or Toei, can decide whether Recoome's boots are pure white or have armored tips like pictured above. Official biopics can't decide on it either.
- After his teeth get wrecked in the anime, the condition of his mouth was inconsistent all across until his defeat. One scene where he's snickering at Gohan shows him with his chompers fully intact.
- 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 don't believe Goku can defeat him when he arrives.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He's the most flamboyant of the Ginyu Force and practiced ballet as a child, yet is also the crassest and most brutal.
- 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. That said, he's much more intelligent than he acts.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
- Recoome's Eraser Gun is a Breath Weapon; when Krillin shuts his mouth and closes the opening right before it can fire, it comes out of his nostrils and destroys many of his teeth.
- Recoome's ultimate attack is something he announces before it's ready to fire with Goku standing not very far from him. He then leaves himself open with many poses, Goku simply attacks and stops him before he can do much else.
- Recoome's one-on-one "fight" with Gohan is pretty much exactly what would happen if a small child tried to take on a full-grown adult man who's three times their height.
- 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's arrival, even in the same way. Unlike Nappa, however, Recoome has a more flamboyant personality, and while there were opportunities where Nappa could have been defeated early, with Recoome they never truly had a chance until Goku showed up.
- 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. Later on, he tries to chomp the senzu Goku tosses Vegeta's way...only to miss and lose another tooth.
- Troll: Recoome has a tendency to mess around with his opponent. While Vegeta is the more skilled opponent and manages to get some good hits on him, Recoome is only superficially damaged and only toys with him the whole time. Notably, he gets up striking poses twice after seeming to be down for the count, and at least once pretends Vegeta's hit hurt much more than it actually did.
- Villainous Friendship: He and Guldo apparently have "playdates", according to the former, and in general they seem fairly close, though it isn't particularly well explored compared with Burter and Jeice. This is only in the anime.
- Vocal Evolution: For the Funimation dub, Chris Sabat's portrayal was at first heavily Stallone-esque as David Kaye portrayed him. Over time, however, since the first Budokai game, the former's has become more slurred and drunk-sounding with a hint of Schwartzenegger.
- Would Hurt a Child: Recoome has no problem beating up Gohan, which is why he gets a well-deserved beatdown from Goku.
- Your Size May Vary: Variation, as some merchandise shrink Burter down to be smaller than Recoome, making the latter the tallest by proxy.
Burter / Butta (バータ, Bāta)
Voiced by (English): Don Brown (Ocean dub); Mark Britten (Z, originally from 1999-2001, Budokai), Christopher Sabat (Z, remastered, most media from 2004 onwards), Vic Mignogna (Kai, Z Ultimate Uncut original broadcast, Tenkaichi Tag Team, Raging Blast 2, Ultimate Tenkaichi) (Funimation dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): José Luis Castañeda (Z), José Gilberto Vilchis (Kai)
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.
- Always Someone Better: While Burter is legitimately very fast in terms of traveling, Goku's strength dwarfing his own means that any of his previous claims were blown out of the water, much to his frustration.
- Bald of Evil: Has a ridged crest atop his head but no hair.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: He has rounded holes in place of ears, similar to Frieza's final form, and has a ridged boney crest on his head.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: All of his English voices have a certain amount of rasp likely to fit with his reptilian appearance.
- Fangs Are Evil: He's depicted with sharp teeth befitting his reptilian appearance.
- Faster Than They Look: He's the biggest of the Ginyus by far, but much faster than most of the fighters in the Namek and Saiyan Sagas.
- 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. He also picks up on Gohan and Krillin having hidden their power levels right before they fight Guldo.
- The Giant: Stands as the tallest of the Ginyu Force at 8'2". For media outside of the main series, however, his height occasionally differs.
- Guttural Growler: He periodically makes deep animalistic snarls in the Ocean dub, similar to a crocodilian.
- 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!
- Huge Guy Tiny Guy: Burter is the tallest member of the Ginyu force, even taller than Recoome, by comparison, Jeice is the second shortest and barely comes up to his waist, but the two work together just fine.
- 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 traveling 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.
- Lizard Folk: He's more humanoid than most, but he still fits with his scaly body, large fangs, and raspy voice.
- Off-Model: An anime-only moment of him and Jeice attempting to attack Goku (before he's dealt with Recoome) shows the back of his armor plating as white as opposed to black. This is repeated for his cameo in Fusion Reborn when he runs flees after Gohan kills Frieza. In addition, his rising from the front depicts him with white gloves as opposed to his regular black armbands. A shot of him in Hell during the Kid Buu fight shows his normally red eyes as white.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He claims to be the fastest in the universe, which would be genuinely an impressive feat, except for the fact that he's easily outpaced by Goku, meaning his claim to fame is easily outdone.
- Pride: While this applies to all the group, there's no other way to describe him but this when he calls himself the fastest thing alive when he knows that both Frieza and Ginyu are lightyears stronger than him and therefore far faster.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has pupilless red eyes and is an elite soldier of the evilest and destructive army in the universe.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Almost literal example. Burter is the blue-skinned strategist who comes up with the tactics for him and Jeice and for the most part, keeps his head about him. Jeice, by contrast, is red-skinned, impetuous, is quicker to panic once things go south, and immediately retreats to seek help from Ginyu after Goku takes his partner out. Ironically, it's Jeice who has to calm Burter down after they accidentally punch/kick each other while Goku is dodging them.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: He's a humanoid reptilian and serves the despotic Frieza.
- The Scream: A high-pitched animalistic shrill in the Ocean dub during the Ginyu's roll call and when he charges in to battle Goku.
- Speed Demon: Burter believes himself to be the fastest being in the universe. Goku proves him wrong.
- Super Speed: While all members of the Ginyu Force have 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 traveling speed appears genuinely exceptional.
- The Strategist: He's the one who tends to be calling the methods of attack when in combat, not that it does him much good against Goku.
- Villainous Friendship: He and Jeice are almost always together and fight as a tag team.
- Vocal Evolution: Chris Sabat as Burter at first sounded like a hybrid of his Korin and Vegeta voices and was rather inconsistent. He finally settled into a scratchy higher-pitched rasp by the Budokai Tenkaichi series sounding somewhat closer to Mark Britten's take.
- You Fool!: In the anime, he calls Jeice as such after they hit each other while Goku is dodging their attacks. The original Funimation dub has him say it verbatim.
- Your Size May Vary: The manga and anime consistently portray him as the largest member of the Ginyu Force, dwarfing even Recoome by at least a foot high. Other merchandise shrinks him to around the latter's height or sometimes a bit shorter.
Jeice / Jheese (ジース, Jīsu)
Voiced by (English): Scott McNeil (Ocean dub); Christopher Sabat (Z, most media), Jason Liebrecht (Kai, Tenkaichi Tag Team, Raging Blast 2, Ultimate Tenkaichi) (Funimation dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Sergio Bonilla (Z), José Arenas (Kai)
Ginyu's second in command and partner of Burter, often pairing with the latter for Combination Attacks.
- Accent Adaptation: Probably one of the best-known in the franchise. He has a Liverpool accent that's often confused by fans as either Scottish or Brummie in the Ocean Group dub, courtesy of Scott McNeil. The Funimation dub had Christopher Sabat give him an Aussie accent which most know him for today. In Kai, Jason Liebrecht went a slightly different route and gave him a New Zealander's accent.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In the anime, he begs Vegeta to spare him after getting his ribs smashed. The Saiyan Prince doesn't listen.
- Aliens of London: The Funimation dub gives him an inexplicable Australian accent, or a British (Liverpool) one in the Ocean dub. The dub of Kai gives him a New Zealand accent.
- 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.
- Authority in Name Only: He's officially the second in command of the Ginyu Force, but there's nothing he does to enforce this.
- Big "NO!": Twicefold just before Vegeta blows him to kingdom come, though only in the Funimation dub of Z.
- Combat Pragmatist: He has no problem attempting to attack others when they're otherwise occupied, seemingly dropping the 'fair play' notion when most of the Ginyu Force is dead.
- 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 in the anime, he begs for his life. Ginyu in the English dub even criticized him for this trait, calling him a disgrace who has learned nothing from his time on the force.
- '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 make 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.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: Averted. Jeice is red all right, but he's not the leader of the Ginyu.
- Master of None: Compared to all the Ginyu Force, Jeice certainly stands out as the least remarkable: Ginyu and Guldo have overpowered abilities, Recoome has the durability and strength to take on three opponents at the same time, and Burter is incredibly fast and the tactician of their group, while Jeice is known for the Crusher Ball, a ki attack with no special properties, and is the second in command to Ginyu, neither of which amount to much.
- Metal Scream: Jeice tends to scream like this in the Ocean dub when he's posing.
- Nasal Trauma: Goku bloodies his nose while he's in the middle of threatening him.
- No, You: He and Burter accidentally punch/kick one another after Goku proves he can dodge all their moves. Burter calls him out and Jeice briefly contests it was the former's fault before calming down and making peace. This is only in the anime.
- Number Two: To Ginyu.
- Off-Model: As he and Ginyu are shown flying back to the battlefield from Frieza's ship, Jeice is portrayed with a glaring Forehead of Doom whereas he's normally depicted with small bangs. A distant shot in Fusion Reborn colors his speedo white and his close-up depicts him with a scouter despite not having it in that earlier shot. A panel of him watching Burter getting taken out shows Jeice with leggings instead of his speedo.
- Playing with Fire: Jeice's Fire Crusher Ball.
- Precision F-Strike: His default Battle Intro in the English version of Budokai Tenkaichi is "Don't play stupid with me, wanker!" It got censored in the succeeding two games to "Don't play stupid with me!" though the beginning of "wanker" can still be heard.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: He has red skin, wears a black jumpsuit up top with a matching speedo, and is the most underhanded member of the Ginyu Force.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Almost literal example. Burter is the blue-skinned strategist who comes up with the tactics for him and Jeice and for the most part, keeps his head about him. Jeice, by contrast, is red-skinned, impetuous, is quicker to panic once things go south, and immediately retreats to seek help from Ginyu after Goku takes his partner out. Ironically, it's Jeice who has to calm Burter down after they accidentally punch/kick each other while Goku is dodging them.
- 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. He does the same along with the rest of Frieza's army in Fusion Reborn when Gohan quickly takes out his boss.
- Stating the Simple Solution: Jeice suggests a few times to Ginyu that they go get Frieza to get rid of Goku when he's shown to be stronger than either of them. Ginyu shoots down the idea on a matter of pride, but it would have most definitely worked at the time.
- Villainous Friendship: He and Burter are almost always together and fight as a tag team.
- White Hair, Black Heart: He's got white hair and he's the only one notably for being a Dirty Coward as the other three members who previously fought refused to run away.
Captain Ginyu (ギニュー隊長; Ginyū-taichō)
Voiced by: Richard Newman (Ocean dub); Dale Kelly (Z, originally), Brice Armstrong (Z, remastered), R. Bruce Elliott (Kai and Super) (Funimation dub); Richard Epcar (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia dub of Super)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): César Soto (Z and Super), Octavio Rojas (Kai)
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 by a large margin as well as has 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 pull a Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal and when Vegeta tries to take over the Ginyu Force, he starts cheering for him.
- During a filler scene in the anime, he uses Frieza's lower-ranking subordinates for inspiration on new fighting poses to present to his lord and whacks one away for facing the wrong direction. Another one accidentally backs into a dragon ball and after Ginyu seemingly kills him, he offers all the rest pieces of candy if any of them can touch a single ball. Anyone who doesn't gets a straight trip to the moon. The English dubs (both Ocean and Funimation) completely alter this to the soldiers trying out for a spot on the Ginyu Force, and Ginyu kills the screw-up, Captain Strong, for admitting to his rank and declaring that there's no room for two captains. Then after dealing with the hapless "dragon ball toucher", he "congratulates" the rest for surviving the first cut before declaring the tryouts over and saying that none of them will ever make the team for "lack of style". He orders the men to run for their lives before smashing them all into the sky, laughing all the while. There's also him saying that this is what he does to everyone who fails to make his team.
- He's much harder on Jeice for abandoning the fight with Goku in the English dub despite the latter Ginyu clearly stating that he was overwhelmed, even threatening to give his spot away to a random grunt unless he can prove that he's still worthy (despite the situation not really calling for it). In Japanese, Ginyu was angrier at the idea of his team losing their reputation with Frieza and chided Jeice for suggesting that they bring inform their lord of their failures. There's also him shooting a ki blast at Jeice for interfering with his own fight with Goku, which probably would've killed his last remaining teammate if it had connected. In the manga, he did chide Jeice and threaten him, but never fired a warning shot. To top it off, when Jeice is killed in anime by Vegeta, Ginyu makes no fuss over it instead chastizing the Saiyan Prince for claiming to be the true Super Saiyan. The manga, by contrast, at least had Ginyu incredulous that Vegeta was strong enough to kill Jeice despite not being a match for Recoome earlier.
- 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.
- Alien Blood: He bleeds dark blue.
- 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 the latter is the case. The Daizenshuu also states that Ginyu would perform his Body Change technique whenever he came across a stronger opponent, and Toyotaro drew◊ his interpretation of how Ginyu obtained the purple horned body, the confused person behind "Ginyu" now being in Ginyu's previous body.
- There is some question about how Ginyu was able to return to Frieza in Super, seeing how he was on Earth when it was blown up and the wish to not bring evil people back was made should have ensured he stayed in Hell. This, however, is never addressed in the series proper.
- 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.
- Bald of Evil: He has horns instead of hair and is the captain of his evil force.
- Berserk Button: Telling him to give up even when it is hopeless, as Krillin found out when he told the captain that he can't use Goku's body to the fullest. To a point, he also doesn't appreciate unwanted assistance as demonstrated when Jeice shot at Goku which is the only reason he managed to grapple the Saiyan. Emphasized in the anime where fired a warning shot at his subordinate for interfering, threatening to kill him if he does it again.
- The Bus Came Back: Ginyu makes his return in Dragon Ball Super by hijacking Tagoma's body.
- Bus Crash: We can assume that this happened in the GT continuity at some point, perhaps when Kid Buu blew up the Earth, as he makes a small cameo in the final episode of the Super 17 Saga from behind returning to Hell with most of his teammates. This would seemingly discredit the idea of him not being truly evil as the wish made to Porunga in the former-mentioned incident left out bringing back any of the "really bad" people that died during the course of the Buu arc which included Dabura.
- The Cameo: In the anime, he makes a couple of brief appearances on Earth after the Frieza Saga. The first is during Gohan's birthday in the Cell Games Saga where he's seen crying outside the Son Family residence. His second and final appearance in Z has him appear at the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament during a filler subplot when Gohan reaches down to pick him up...just before Sharpner can unmask the former as the Great Saiyaman. In GT, he appears from behind going back to Hell (having apparently died at some point) with most of his men (sans Burter) and Cui after all the villains have been defeated in the Super 17 Saga.
- 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.
- Cavalier Competitor: Ginyu does enjoy a good fight, openly enjoying his match with Goku and admiring his strength when he believes the two are evenly matched, going as far as to threaten Jeice for attempting to help. However, he shows his true colors when Goku's power far exceeds his, deciding to cut the battle short instead to change bodies.
- 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. His blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo in the afterlife from GT also implies that Kid Buu destroying the Earth left him dead in that continuity when Porunga later restored Earth's population with the exception of the truly bad people.
- 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.
- Depending on the Writer: His ultimate fate has varied over the years. In the manga, he's never heard from again period after switching with the Namekian frog. The original Z anime has him get into some misadventures with Bulma on Namek, temporarily swapping bodies with her to boot, and ultimately gets teleported to Earth (alongside the frog still in Ginyu's main body) by Porunga where he makes sporadic appearances in the Cell and Buu arcs. He later makes a brief cameo in the afterlife during the villains' commute back to Hell in GT, implying that Kid Buu's destruction of the Earth claimed his life and the subsequent wish to Porunga to resurrect everyone on Earth except the really bad people excluded him, deeming him a true villain. Kai retained most of his post-frog switch appearances on Namek and his teleportation to Earth but nothing beyond that. Super later confirms that he was still alive years after Kid Buu was killed, pretty much confirming that Ginyu is not irredeemable but still a villain who is proud to serve Frieza.
- 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.
- Didn't Think This Through: Despite having a relatively good plan to steal Goku's body before he even realizes what's going on, he makes two fatal mistakes. One is leaving the body-swapped Goku to bleed out, apparently not thinking about what he might do after he was left to his own devices. And he (wrongly) assumes Goku is simply Unskilled, but Strong and therefore easy to master, not bothering to consider someone who knows how to channel their ki into a hit at the last moment before concealing it again is actually very skilled.
- The Dragon: To Frieza once the Ginyu Force arrives on Namek, as by this point Dodoria and Zarbon are dead so there's no one to share authority with.
- 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.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His body-changing technique is how he gets stuck with the body of a frog.
- Horns of Villainy: His main body has small black horns not dissimilar to Frieza's first form.
- 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, but 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.
- Jerkass to One: He's notably harder on Jeice than any of the other members, though mainly in the anime and mostly in the American dubs. The first instance has him annoyed that Jeice explained that "playing" with Vegeta and company meant that they were going to be beaten up. Later on, he harshly admonishes the Red Magma for daring to suggest getting Frieza to deal with Goku, though given Frieza's usual treatment of failures, that is a strongly justified fear. He also gets pissed at Jeice interfering during his fight with Goku despite the latter outpacing him and threatens to kill Jeice too if he does it again, even firing a nearly fatal warning shot at his teammate in the anime. Hell, he didn't even take time to acknowledge when Jeice met his maker at Vegeta's hands, instead merely expressing skepticism that Vegeta could be a Super Saiyan when hearing the prince boast. All of this may be justified given that Jeice is consistently shown to be the most underhanded of the Ginyus.
- 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.
- Near-Villain Victory: He almost succeeds in changing the badly injured Goku body he was inhabited with Vegeta's and is only stopped by Goku in Ginyu's body at the last second.
- 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 afterward 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.
- 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 uses the game-breaker body switch technique.
- Off-Model: Episodes 67 and 71 of the Z anime depict his main body with fangs but nowhere else is this apparent. Episode 73 depicts him having pointy ears like a Namekian, but only in a few shots.
- Oh, Crap!: In the manga, when he realizes that Goku throws a Namekian frog to interfere with his body-switch technique aimed at Vegeta, he gives a rather shocked expression, realizing what's about to come...
- 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.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a brief one to Jeice after the latter retreats from Goku and informs his captain on Burter, Recoome, and Guldo's deaths:"Oh I see. You ran away, didn't you!? How dare you show your little orange face back here! You're such a disgrace! Have you not learned anything after all this time!?"
- Running Gag: As a frog, Ginyu shows up in each subsequent story arc 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.
- Smarter Than They Look: Ginyu's demeanor and loyalty make him seem no brighter than the men he commands, but he is one of the few people to be aware of one's capability to hide their true strength and does so regularly himself. This is something that not even Vegeta knows by the time of his arrival on Earth.
- 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.
- Also happened when he fought Goku on Namek. He allowed Goku to power up and then immediately regretted it when he realized just how insanely powerful Goku was. Somewhat played with in that Ginyu was the only member of Frieza's forces to be aware of the ability to keep ones Ki hidden and then raise it only when attacking meaning he knew full well how Goku was seemingly beating the crap out of them despite having a low scouter reading. It's just that Goku's hidden power was alot more than he expected.
- 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.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Ginyu cannot change forms if he cannot say the word "Change", so when he is in a frog he is completely unable to simply get out of his new form by repeating the technique.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the manga, Ginyu is never seen again after becoming a frog. The anime has him briefly possess Bulma and appear on Earth before being destroyed by 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 returning to Hell alongside most of the other Ginyu Force members after assumingly breaking out, implying that the Kid Buu incident truly was his end and that Porunga's wish to revive everyone on Earth except the truly evil ones did exclude him as with other not completely depraved villains like Dabura.
- 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...
- 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)
Voiced by (English): Jeremy Schwartz (Funimation dub); Paul St. Peter (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia dub of Super)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Pedro D'Aguillón Jr.
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.
- Affably Evil: He may be running a tyrannical empire and plans to resurrect its head for ultimate conquest, but Sorbet isn't as sadistic as other members of the Frieza Force and treats his underlings and affiliates well so long as they don't try to stab him in the back. He's particularly freaked out by Frieza's treatment of Tagoma.
- 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.
- Boring, but Practical: He manages to take down Super Saiyan Blue Goku, our god-level protagonist, with a simple laser beam and the element of surprise.
- 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.
- Chekhov's Gun: His laser ring, which he first demonstrates against the Pilaf Gang, proves to be useful in mortally wounding Goku during his final battle against Frieza.
- 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 background 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.
- Four-Fingered Hands: He has three fingers and a thumb in Resurrection F and his brief appearance in the Dragon Ball Super manga, but has five fingers in the Super anime.
- 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.
- Inadequate Inheritor: With Frieza and most of his military destroyed during the Battle of Namek, the chain of command leads all the way down to Sorbet, a non-combatant, paper-pushing bureaucrat from a minor sector. Sorbet's administration sees the once-mighty empire on the brink of collapse as an increasing number of planets and systems escape from its control, which leads him to recognize the fact that the Frieza Empire is impotent without its titular tyrant holding the leash.
- 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.
- 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.
- Let Me at Him!: Tagoma has to physically restrain him from murdering the Pilaf trio after they steal a wish from Shenron. After he calms down, he decides that they're still more useful alive and lets them go.
- 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.
- Only Sane Man: Both he and his two main minions, Tagoma and Shisami, are far more rational than Frieza himself. Although he's smart enough to keep his mouth shut unlike Tagoma, he's visibly dumbfounded by Frieza's prioritization of revenge against the Saiyans over the restoration of the empire.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: While he's hardly a fighter, he remarks that the Pilaf Gang would be unwise to underestimate him for his small size (ironic, since he is slightly larger than Pilaf) and fires a warning shot from his laser ring in a split second, which indeed proves very useful in the climax.
- Quick Draw: Although not worth much in a hand-to-hand struggle, Sorbet is a swift marksman with his laser ring, which he uses against the Pilaf Gang at the beginning of the movie, and against Goku in the climax.
- Ring of Power: Sorbet's "Bad Ring Laser", which shoots energy beams that are powerful enough to critically injure Goku in his Super Saiyan Blue 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. Ironically enough, after Frieza is resurrected again following the Tournament of Power, the Emperor makes sure to restore his empire properly this time around.
- 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 trouble to resurrect Frieza when it would have been safer for him not to. He remains by his master's side after every other Frieza Force soldier was destroyed by Frieza himself.
- Villainous Friendship: Sorbet and Tagoma seem to be close. Sorbet is even visibly upset when Frieza kills Tagoma in the film.
Voiced by (English): Micah Solusod (Funimation dub); Tom Bauer (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia dub of Super)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Ricardo Tejedo
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.
- 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.
- Ax-Crazy: His time as Frieza's torture doll as he was undergoing Training from Hell hasn't been too kind to his mind.
- Bald of Evil: Not a strand of hair on his head, though the evil part is slightly subverted...until it wasn't.
- 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 making 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 the 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- The Greys: He doesn't have the black eyes like Jiren, but he has the bulbous head and grayish skin, albeit taller and lankier than most examples.
- Groin Attack: Suffers this in the anime, courtesy of a flying Super Gotenks via headbutt. You may cry now...
- 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 and 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.
- Made of Iron: After surviving four months of Cold-Blooded Torture at Frieza's hands, Tagoma's body has become incredibly resilient, allowing him to No-Sell attacks from Piccolo and base Gohan; he proudly calls this his "body of steel". Of course, he's not quite Nigh-Invulnerable, considering he's knocked out of the air and left on the ground in pain after Gotenks headbutts him in the crotch.
- 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.
- Randomly Gifted: Tagoma goes from being at the level of Zarbon and Dodoria to rival in power with Cell and Dabura in just 4 months of being used as a punching bag. (As a way of comparison, Vegeta needed a lot of zenkais, 3 years of training in 300 times increased gravity, to achieve the transformation of super Saiyan and two years in the time room and even then he was only at the level of a Cell Jr), But unlike characters like Frieza or Gohan, there is nothing to indicate that Tagoma was a prodigy or something like that.
- 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 Zarbon Tier, 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. This 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.
Voiced by (English): Brad Venable (Funimation dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Miguel Ángel Ghigliazza
A member of Frieza's forces who took Dodoria's place as The Brute during Frieza's invasion of Earth.
- 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 Brute: One of the more powerful soldiers in the invasion and is tall with a muscular build. After four months of training, he manages to fight on par with Piccolo.
- 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.
- Underwear of Power: Even by Frieza Force standards, he wears comically tiny briefs.
- 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)
Voiced by (English): Erica Lindbeck
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Angélica Villa
A delinquent that stole a spaceship from the Galactic Patrol, and then joined the Frieza Force to avoid them.
- Affably Evil: If she can be called "evil" at all. She's only working for Frieza to escape from the Galactic Patrol, and she's one of the first people to start treating Broly like a person, showing patience and kindness as soon as they get to know each other better. Hell, the only reason she dislikes Goku at first was that she thought he was going to kill Broly.
- 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 a selfish 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. It also resembles western Chili.
- Everyone Has Standards: She might be abrasive on the surface and willing to work for 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 for her past acts of larceny.
- 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.
- She's also a weird version of this with Broly, who may very well be a decade or two older than her, but is mentally that of a child due to his upbringing.
- Morality Pet: Funnily enough, to Beerus, who develops a crush on her. He's willing to go get ice cream when she volunteers to fetch them and shields her, Whis, Lemo, and Broly during Goku and Vegeta's sparring match. The infatuation makes Whis snark about how Beerus has a type and isn't one to fetch food for himself or anyone.
- 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. She's pretty enough to make Beerus of all people have a crush on her.
- 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.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Bulma. An adventurous young woman who meets and befriends a Saiyan in the wilderness, kick-starting said Saiyan's own journey. The fact that she somewhat resembles Bulma reinforces this.
- 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 Bitch: 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.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: To spite Paragus in a misguided attempt to help Broly, she stole and destroyed the remote Paragus used to control him. Eventually, when the remote was needed to pacify Broly, Paragus realized it was gone and Broly began going berserk to the point he nearly destroyed the Earth if not for Gogeta.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Downplayed. While she isn't in a romantic relationship with Broly, she's still very protective of him: she did hold Kikono at gunpoint and stole a ship from the Frieza Force for Broly's sake.
Lemo (レモ, Remo)
Voiced by (English): Bruce Carey
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Óscar Gómez
A member of the Frieza force. Has been working in the empire for decades and was much more than he claims he is.
- 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 was once high-ranked enough to accompany Frieza's elite forces and closest confidants such as the Ginyu Force, Zarbon, Dodoria, Berryblue and Kikono; and as shown with Cheelai, Broly, and —eventually — Goku, he's actually a very decent guy.
- Defector from Decadence: He was once apparently high-ranking enough in the Cold Force to actually be present at Frieza's official coronation in the frontlines alongside Frieza's inner circle and presented the new scouter equipment to the Saiyans of Planet Vegeta. In the time-skip, however, he's just a pilot and has since taken up a more pacifistic attitude, Frieza doesn't even remember him and he himself omits his much higher position in the past. How or why this happened is anyone's guess.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Before he's properly introduced in the present day, he makes a quick appearance during Frieza's coronation in Planet Vegeta, where he's seen giving the scouters to the evil emperor to demonstrate their capabilities.
- 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. It might've been played more straight beforehand, as he was seen in Frieza's presentation to the Saiyans among his inner circle.
- 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 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). That said, his presence during Frieza's coronation where he hands the emperor the scouters implies that he was much more important to the army than what he told Cheelai about.
- 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.
- Supreme Chef: In Super Hero its revealed that Lemo is a talented chef due to years of cooking in the canteens for Friezas army, to the point that Beerus hires him as his new personal chef after sampling his cooking in exchange for letting him and Cheelai stay on his planet.
- Those Two Guys: Is established to have this dynamic with Cheelai: which, due to their respective ages, also counts as an Intergenerational Friendship.
- Unreliable Narrator: He claims to have never been more than an unimportant soldier and that he only ever saw Frieza from afar, his presence in the prologue where he's seen personally handing out the scouters to the emperor proves he's not quite telling the truth about his time in the Empire.
Voiced by (English): Sonny Franks
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Roberto Carrillo
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)
Voiced by (English): Veronica Taylor
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Rocío Prado
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: A rare female example. Berryblue serves as Frieza's personal confident and it's implied that she takes an active role in running the Planet Trade Organisation alongside him. Due to her high position and Frieza's apparent fondness for her, she is able to freely give her opinion on whatever is on her mind and even makes some lighthearted jokes at Frieza's expense, which he shrugs of with only mild exasperation... Rather than, you know, homicide.
- Edible Theme Naming: From "Blueberry".
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She is genuinely fond of her young master as 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.
- Obviously Evil: She looks fairly sinister with the smug smile and what appears to be either eyebags or heavy eyeshadow. Downplayed, though; aside from ki flight slow enough that it's little more than hovering, she doesn't appear to be much more powerful than the average person, if you set aside that Freeza is genuinely fond of her and keeps her in his inner circle.
- 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 at 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 left unexplained.
- Servile Snarker: Probably the only person 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, more 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)
Frieza's son who appeared in Nekomajin, a Dragon Ball parody manga by Akira Toriyama. He has gone on to make minor appearances in a few video games, most notably Dragon Ball Heroes.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His bio-gems are colored brown in the video games but in the manga, they are colored the same purple as his father.
- 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 chestnut. He even has a brown color theme (in Dragon Ball Heroes) 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.
- Horns of Villainy: Downplayed. He doesn't have the same horns that Frieza did in his first form but does have a small point atop his head in reference to his name pun. Unlike Frieza, he retains the point in his true form.
- Odd Name Out: Unlike other members of his race, Kuriza's name isn't a cold pun. It's a combination of the Japanese word for chestnuts and the Japanese pronunciation of 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.
- Underwear of Power: Wears black briefs, similar to Frieza.
- The Unfought: He was unable to fight Neko Majin Z because the manga chapter ran out of pages.
The New Gadget Super Lovers
A group very similar to the Ginyu Force who appears in Naho Ooishi's fourth-wall-shattering promotional manga Oh! New Gadget Super Lovers, serialized in V-Jump magazine. Together, they discuss and review new toys, games, gadgets, merchandise, and more, with a helping of gags and references to the Dragon Ball franchise.
- Comic Review Show: Their eponymous series is a mixture of this genre, an advertisement series, and a Dragon Ball parody.
- Ass Kicking Pose: Being based on the Ginyu Force, they naturally pose a lot.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Because they advertise real products, they regularly talk to the audience.
- Captain Ersatz: Very clearly based on the Ginyu Force.
- Oniyu = Ginyu
- Niyusu = Jeice
- Sukuop = Recoome
- Deita = Burter
- Kuruzu = Guldo
- Distaff Counterpart: Niyusu is one to Jeice (predating Bonyu by over a decade).
- Kamehame Hadoken: Oniyu demonstrates the ability to perform quite a few beam techniques over the course of the series.
- Manchild: More so than the Ginyu Force. These guys are too preoccupied with children's toys and video games to be evil.
- Punny Name: In traditional Dragon Ball fashion, their names are all puns based on news.
- Oniyu = Oh new
- Niyusu = News
- Sukuop = Scoop
- Deita = Data
- Kuruzo = Cruise
- Similar Squad: They're basically an even camper, sillier Ginyu Force.
- Smurfette Principle: Niyusu is the only female member of the group.
- Underwear of Power: Oniyu and Niyusu, being parodies of Ginyu and Jeice.
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 her does and it was created by the female researcher (possibly Android 21) based on the data on a spaceship.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: She is a red-skinned woman with white hair, just like Jeice.
- Big Beautiful Woman: She's of plus size and is no less attractive for it.
- Canon Foreigner: Only appears in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Jeice, a fellow Brenchian.
- Human Aliens: She'd pass for a human easily aside from her red skin and she lacks the pointy ears as most aliens do in the DB universe.
- Punny Name: Bonyu's name comes from "breast milk" in Japanese.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: She found the Ginyus' posing distasteful and asked to leave the group, though she apparently remained within the Frieza Force in general.
- The Smart Girl: It is stated that this was her position in the Ginyu Force before she left.
- 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.