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Bulma (ブルマ, Buruma)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Hiromi Tsuru (DB to Super), Aya Hisakawa (after Super)
Voiced by (English): Wendee Lee (Harmony Gold (under the name Wendee Swan) and Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia in Super); Maggie Blue O'Hara, Lalainia Lindbjerg, France Perras (BLT/Ocean); Leslie Alexander (DB Movie 2), Tiffany Vollmer, Monica Rial (Kai, DB Movie 1 onwards) (Funimation), Leda Davies, Kristin Nowosad (Blue Water); Sharon Mann (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Mitch Frankenberger Pellicer (Creative Products Corp., Philippines); Claudia Thompson (Animax)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Rocío Garcel (current voice), Mónica Manjarrez (History of Trunks, Majin Buu Saga, GT and Movies 4-13), Laura Ayala (Dragon Ball Harmony Gold and Z eps. 238-240), Isabel Martiñón (Z ep. 60 and Path of Power)
Voiced by (French): Céline Monsarrat

The very first human Goku came across (apart from his grandpa) at the start of the series. One could say she's the trigger that kicks off the series as a whole. Originally on a quest to gather the Dragon Balls for her own reason (to wish for a perfect boyfriend), Bulma gets dragged into the craziness that comes along with the search. Even when the quest is finished, she still keeps close ties with Goku and his friends and helps out whenever possible. Which, considering she's a mechanical whiz, is quite often.


  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Justified in Broly where she intends to use the dragon balls to make herself five years younger and Goku guesses she's probably done this a few times before.
  • Action Survivor: Bulma is nowhere near capable of fighting alongside her empowered friends and family, but she's still usually going right alongside them for adventures and is generally able to survive everything with minimal or no injuries. That is until Dragon Ball Z where Majin Buu turned her into chocolate and ate her, along with all the other main characters, sending her and the rest to heaven.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Her hair was originally lavender purple in the manga but switched to blue in the anime. So now you know where the hell Trunks' hair color came from.
    • In Dragon Ball: The Path to Power, her hair was finally changed back to purple for one time only, likely because Path to Power was made to celebrate the series 10th anniversary.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Subverted in that she is aware that time traveling is a crime, but creates a new time machine to try it out. Of course, both Whis and Beerus gets onto her for it, and the latter destroys it by snapping his fingers.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: And how. In Dragon Ball, she briefly fell for one of the forms adopted by Oolong (who was a villain at the time), and was attracted to Yamcha (then a bandit) due to his roguish nature and good looks. She also went head over heels when she first saw General Blue from the Red Ribbon Army and Zarbon from Frieza's army, before breaking up with Yamcha. She ultimately marries Vegeta, the mass-murdering, ki-blast happy alien and Sociopathic Hero of the group.
  • All Women Are Lustful:
    • Bulma is the first and foremost example, hunting down the Dragon Balls to wish for a boyfriend and throwing herself at every attractive man she encounters, from Yamcha through General Blue and to Vegeta. Thankfully, she simmers down after marrying Vegeta and having children.
    • This trope is entirely averted in Super, despite what some fan interpretations may say. Bulma settled down and outside of one occurrence of invoking this trope (she was distracting Future Zamasu to give Trunks time to learn the mafuba), her sex appeal is never brought up.
  • Almighty Mom: Is this in the Buu Saga. She and Chi-Chi both provide the page's image.
  • Amicable Exes: With Yamcha. They both seem to have remained fairly good friends after their breakup, in spite of the fact that Bulma's new love interest is a former villain... who was indirectly responsible for Yamcha's death.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Bulma tends to express her fears and worries for the protagonists' safety with eruptive rage. Goku, Vegeta, and especially Yamcha were the most common targets. A good example can be seen here.
  • Auntie Pennybags: Bulma has shades of this, being the heiress to the Capsule Corporation. She spares no expense at her birthday party, providing the best food and entertainment available and offering lavish games prizes such as a full-sized castle and the seven Dragon Balls. She regularly feeds Beerus and Whis at the finest restaurants at great expense (though this is largely to keep them from destroying the earth), allows the Pilaf Gang to mooch off her hospitality for unclear reasons, and when the cast are arguing over who gets a wish from the Dragon, she gets most of them to rescind their claims by just buying what they want.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Vegeta and Bulma are full of this. They often yell at each other and Vegeta tries to pretend he doesn't particularly care about her. Despite all that, they are actually quite loving towards each other like Bulma making Vegeta an upgrade for his armor and kissing him on the cheek, much to his horror. During the Buu Saga, she screams in grief when she hears that Vegeta was killed by Majin Buu. During the ending montage to the Tournament of Power, she leaps into Vegeta's arms while crying.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The Ginyu Frog incident in Z. It's not exactly polymorphing (It's actually body changing), but it serves the same effect. There was also the time the Rabbit Boss turned her into a carrot in the original series.
  • Barrier Maiden: It's revealed in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ that she bribes Beerus and Whis with food to keep them from destroying Earth.
  • Bathing Beauty: Early in the series, she is shown to have a love for taking bubble baths and often a bath is the first thing she desires when stranded in the wilderness. They call back to this in Dragon Ball Z by giving her another bubble bath scene while she is hiding out in a capsule house on Namek.
  • Berserk Button:
    • She has several but the most notable is Master Roshi's perverseness towards her.
    • Do NOT call her old; too bad Jaco never learns from that. In fact, whenever she's called old, she will chew out, slap, or punch anyone who mentions it. She doesn’t even care who says it, not even Beerus!
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Battle of Gods, and the entire fight with Beerus, takes place during her birthday party.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: For most of the first series she never quite matured past her selfish teenage girl phase. She gets a lot better, but she never truly loses that bratty part of her personality.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Taken more literally in Playboy Bunny outfit when she and Goku encountered Monster Rabbit.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the original series, Bulma was the Butt Monkey whenever Goku was around. Just in the first arc alone she had her panties taking off by Goku and then flashed Master Roshi, being unable to ride the Nimbus, had to rough it when she wasn't use to it, and being turned into produce. She became less of this after getting Demoted to Extra, though the anime filler brought her back to this role during the Frieza Saga, being stuck in the body of a frog thanks to Captain Ginyu. It seems to be directly proportional to how much screentime she gets.
  • Buxom Is Better: She has the biggest bust of all the Dragon Ball female characters (with the exception of the filler character Maron) and Roshi naturally like this.
  • Character Development: In the beginning of Dragon Ball, Bulma was selfish and used Goku as a means to an end. Although she is still a little selfish, she mellowed out and sees Goku as a true friend and often worries about him.
  • Child Prodigy: According to Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, she had already surpassed her father at the age of five and single-handedly repaired an alien spacecraft in a matter of minutes.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Mostly as a teenager in first series when she would get jealous of girls hitting on Yamcha.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Remember when Bulma was the co-lead? Downplayed from the Namek to Cell sagas where she has a bigger part. She also plays a prominent role once Beerus and Whis show up, functioning as their main supplier of delicious food and reason for not blowing up Earth. It works.
  • Composite Character: Her personality was based on the princess from Akira Toriyama's one-shot Dragon Boy and her appearance was from Plamo from another one of Toriyama's one-shots named The Adventures of Tongpoo. Her personality is also similar to Akane from Dr. Slump.
  • Cool Big Sis: When she's not being a bossy spoiled Rich Bitch, Bulma actually acted like this to Kid Goku in Dragon Ball. Hell, she even gave him a bath and actually washing him herself. Maybe Bulma gets it from her big sister Tights. She is later this to his son, Gohan. This kinda makes her a Cool Aunt in a way.
  • Cower Power: She often hides behind Goku whenever someone or something dangerous happens when she was a teenager. She looked especially funny since she's so much taller than Goku who is barely three feet tall. She also hid behind Yamcha, which terrifies him at first because of his fear of women.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair, blue eyes (in the anime, anyway).
  • Daddy's Girl: Dr. Brief loves Bulma dearly, and his idea of spending quality time together involves working together in his lab, which suits Bulma just fine.
  • Damsel in Distress: Despite knowing how to use a gun is needs to have her ass saved frequently. Mostly by Goku, Yamcha, Master Roshi (and later Vegeta and Trunks, her husband and son).
  • Demoted to Extra: Bulma was actually the co-lead alongside Goku at the beginning of Dragon Ball. Her gadgets and knowledge were indispensable, and she played a vital role in many of the earlier adventures of the series. She remained a prominent character throughout Dragon Ball and the beginning of Dragon Ball Z before her role progressively gets smaller and smaller before it's reduced to a side character in DBGT (with the exception of Baby arc where she has a major role).
    • In the manga version of Future Trunks saga where unlike the anime, she does not accompany them to the future nor does she play a role in using an alternative time machine since it's never destroyed due to Black not returning to the past to fight Goku.
  • Deuteragonist: In the early parts of the original Dragon Ball, and in the Legacy of Goku arc.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: She has a habit of antagonizing Beerus and getting away with it. In fact Bulma might be the only one who Beerus is intimidated by other than Zeno, as he's shown sweating bullets when being berated by her.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: This was Bulma's problem. She tended to go gaga over any hunk she sees, which is a problem when they're the bad guys. Halfway through Z, this was dropped.
  • Ditzy Genius: She's one of the brightest minds in the world, being able to make brilliant inventions out of junk in minutes, however she lacks a lot of logical judgement. This is best shown in the Red Ribbon Army Saga where she invents a high-tech spy drone and sees tat Goku is planning to attack the Red Ribbon Army HQ. After the drone gets blown up she realizes they need to call for help, but she complains they don't have a phone. Turtle then points out that if she could make a drone then a phone shouldn't be any trouble for her, to which she gets the point and sets to work making the phone. All this and yet somehow she gets the idea to become a treasure hunter. She gets only slightly better at this over the course of the series, in the sense that she doesn't walk headlong into danger without thinking first so much.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male:
    • Her treatment of Yamcha in their past relationship wouldn't be acceptable if the genders were reversed. Basically, Bulma has been known to hit and yell at Yamcha for girls he hasn't met being attracted to him!
    • Also to Jaco. Whenever they are getting on each other’s nerves, she’s always the one who hits him and is never hit back.
  • Doting Parent: She's quite the doting mother to her two children.
  • Dude Magnet: Besides Yamcha and Vegeta, there's Roshi who frequently hits on her. She sometimes uses her sex appeal to get what she wants.
  • Embarrassing First Name: "Bulma" = "buruma" = "bloomers". Bulma was reluctant to tell Goku her name when they first met because of this. Goku laughed his tail off when he first heard it.
  • Entitled Bastard: When they first meet Master Roshi after returning his pet turtle, Bulma fully expects Roshi to give her a gift in exchange despite the fact that she blatantly refused to initially help Turtle return to the sea, and tried to persuade Goku to feed Turtle to the Bear Thief to save her own hide; Turtle even outright says that Goku's the only one who really helped him.
  • Epic Fail: Tried to use a remote to summon Nappa's left-over space pod and ended up blowing it up.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Averted. While she changes her hairstyle quite often, none of the changes are really expository.
  • Expy: Like a number of the early characters, she actually did begin as a loose expy of a Journey to the West character - in this case, no less a person than Xuanzang Sanzang himself (she's on a quest which Goku/Wukong is just tagging along for, she gets into peril and needs saving by Goku, she's far less of an Action Person than Goku, etc). Of course, as time went on these elements drifted away and by the time the Saiyans show up, it can be hard to remember it was there at all.
  • Family Theme Naming: Like all of her family, she is named after underwear. Bulma = bloomers.
  • Fearless Fool: She can be this way in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Super, being the Ditzy Genius she is. Like Chi-Chi, she is not afraid to insult Beerus, a Destroyer Deity, and Frieza, a Galactic Conqueror who can destroy an entire planet just by pointing at it. Vegeta has to close her mouth to prevent the planet from getting destroyed! Justified for Beerus becoming friends with Bulma, but Frieza would destroy her.
  • Femme Fatale: Bulma usually uses her looks and body to manipulate guys to do her bidding. She tried using it on Goku initially, but it failed.
  • Fiction 500:
    • Her family owns Capsule Corp.; capsules are a perfect miniaturization technology, and the Briefs have a monopoly. While the exact extent of Bulma's wealth isn't made entirely clear, her mansion is big enough to house internal forests, and building a spaceship for her friends' interstellar travel needs, free of charge, is a trivial act.
    • Word of God says that Capsule Corporation owns half of the worldwide vehicle market. That would already be impressive, but it gets even more when you remember that their symbol is proudly displayed on many more products, from refrigerators to portable houses...
    • Taken to extremes in Dragon Ball Super: in the first arc, she apparently rented a yacht for her birthday party that was large enough to house an entire literal castle with room to spare. In Dragon Ball Super's final arc, we find she actually owned said ship... after she gives it away as a gift.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: In the Anime Filler, this is how she fell for Vegeta.
  • For Science!: In Super, she insists on trying to build her own version of the time machine her future self made, despite the whole temporal mess and Beerus warning her that time travel is strictly forbidden, simply because she knows it can exist and is compelled to try herself. She ends up getting caught by Beerus and he blows it up.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She invented the Dragon Radar and built a Time Machine in an alternate timeline just to name a few. As well as this, she has invented so much more, being the president of Capsule Corp.
  • Gag Boobs: Though not particularly big, they were used more than once for comedy early in the series.
  • Good Parents: She is this to Trunks and Bulla. Even though she made the mistake of bringing Baby Trunks to the battlefield, she still shows that she cares for his well-being. She also doesn't hesitate to rein in Vegeta's overzealous training habits with Trunks, often reminding him that Trunks is still a child and she won't stand for it.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Early in Dragon Ball, Krillin holds onto Bulma's pants when they're hanging over a lava pit and accidentally pulls them down, revealing her strawberry undies. Naturally, she gets pissed when he stares at them and kicks him.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: In the end of Z and GT. Not technically a grandmother, but she has aged and still looks great.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's not as bad as her husband's, but the littlest things set her off. In Resurrection of F, Goku and Vegeta return to Earth as quickly as possible because they know Bulma's going to say something insulting to Frieza and make him blow up the whole planet.
    Bulma: Hey, creep! Were the first two losses not enough? How'd you come back to life, anyways? You're not just obsessed with revenge, you suck at it!
  • Happily Married: By all accounts, with Vegeta. She's openly affectionate with him and doesn't display any of the insecurities that haunted her past relationships, instead seeming to be perfectly content with the life they've built together. It doesn't stop them from bickering, though. Given her previous relationship with Yamcha, it's probably because she knows other women will never be flirty towards Vegeta, not when he's so abrasive to his allies... Vegeta even told Goku her headstrongness is the reason why he loves her, to Piccolo's genuine surprise.
  • Hot Scientist: Very much so, she is a great scientist and also a beautiful girl-woman. Just look at her picture for proof.
  • Hypocrite:
    • In her relationship with Yamcha, Bulma would always flirt with other guys and try to find another boyfriend, but Kami forbid Yamcha try to do the same thing. Simmers down a lot after becoming a wife and mother, but that's possibly due to Vegeta showing no interest in anyone besides her, no matter how little.
    • In GT, the Dragon Balls shatter and give birth to evil dragons born from the negative energy that built up in them from over-use; they were originally intended to rest for a few decades in between wishes so the energy could disperse naturally. Bulma immediately blames Goku for all this, citing all the times they've used the Dragon Balls. Of course, Bulma is the one who invented the device that allowed them to use the Dragon Balls so frequently, and kicked off the entire franchise by going to Goku's house to get the Four-Star Ball (and on top of that, her wishes were extremely petty: a lifetime supply of strawberries, later amended to finding the perfect boyfriend). When this is pointed out,Bulma dismisses it and still tries to foist all the blame off on Goku.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: As stated above, during the Buu Saga, Bulma chews out the rest of the heroes for being so casual about Goten and Trunks fighting Majin Buu. However, she never had any qualms about Goku going off on dangerous adventures when he was a kid, nor did she have issues with Gohan, who was also a kid at the time, traveling to Namek or fighting the Androids. That being said, she does have a point about them being so relaxed about the possibility of children dying, especially because she knows the Dragon Balls can only bring people back to life for so long.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!:
    • She tries to invoke this occasionally but it seldom does much good: Yamcha is too bibbledy over her to be useful, Vegeta is too much of a Jerkass, and though Goku will usually help her out, it's because his Grandpa taught him to be nice to women, not because he is particularly attracted to them.
    • One subversion in the early series actually involves Bulma offering a lot more than a peek to General Blue, who is consequently horrified by the prospect, hinting his tastes run ... elsewhere.
    • The only time this tactic has worked for Bulma is when she has to cajole Master Roshi into giving up a dragon ball. Due to forces unexpected, she ends up giving Roshi a bit more than she thought she did...
  • Insufferable Genius: She occasionally falls into this, especially in the first show, and in the Z days before she married Vegeta and had a son. Although she is super-intelligent, even more so than her father, she can be whiny and selfish.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Vegeta, though Saiyans are Human Aliens.
  • It's All About Me: Mainly in Dragon Ball. She falls back into it during the Namek Saga, where she spends most of her time on Namek whining and moaning about how miserable she is and acting like everyone should drop what they're doing and take her back to Earth, to the extent that when she sees the Dragon Balls are assembled, she plans to wish herself back to Earth despite full knowledge that the entire reason they're there is to resurrect everyone who died fighting Nappa and Vegeta.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Self-centered, vain, and spoiled, but not a bad person.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with Goku is this. They have been friends since childhood and neither has ever expressed romantic interest in the other in-universe. The closest they ever came was when Bulma saw Goku as an adult for the first time and remarked on how handsome he'd turned out, and even that could be interpreted as sisterly affection rather than genuine romantic interest. Although, Bulma later admitted on Namek that she wished Goku was her boyfriend. She also puts more faith in Goku to solve the current crisis even more than her own husband.
  • The Load:
    • During the Red Ribbon Army Saga, Goku tells her point-blank that he doesn't want her coming along with him to find his grandpa's Dragon Ball because she's useless and will only get in his way.
    • She's even worse during the Namek and Frieza Sagas. Bulma is brought along because she's the only person with the know-how to fix their spaceship if it breaks down, but the only useful thing she does is stay in radio contact with her father. Otherwise she just hides in a capsule house inside a cave, whines about how hard her life is, and act like everyone needs to drop everything they're doing and ferry her back to Earth as quickly as they can. Even worse, at one point she sees the Dragon Balls are assembled and runs off to wish herself back to Earth, despite knowing that the whole reason they're there is to revive the people killed fighting Vegeta and Nappa. And then she gets briefly body-swapped with Captain Ginyu, a bit of Filler that was actually retained in Dragon Ball Kai.
  • Lost in Translation: The way Bulma addresses Goku in Japanese. She mostly calls him Son (Son-kun), although that's his family name, she calls him that way to show how close and familiar she is with him while the rest of the cast appropriately calls him Goku. Bulma referring to Goku as Son in English would make many children scratch their heads in confusion, so it was completely dropped in the English localization, and curiously in some other countries as well. The English manga did keep this in some instances, though. There's also the fact that, given her family's naming theme, her name was probably meant to be Bloomer (which would make sense, Buruma would be a pretty good Japanese transliteration of Bloomer).
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: An extremely rich Proud Beauty and somewhat vain and shallow, especially in the original series. She's also very loyal and helpful to her friends and family.
  • Love Martyr: To Vegeta. She puts up with a lot given that Vegeta is a prideful Jerkass. Even after he cools down, he's still a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who rarely openly shows love for her and their child. Though they do get better later in the series.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Although her scientist father is only slightly eccentric (not mad), she inherited her good looks from her mother and the brain from her father, so she serves as both The Chick and The Smart Girl for Goku and the others.
  • Magnetic Hero: She was this in the first story arc of Dragon Ball. She gets Goku to join her side by promising him a grand adventure and to see the world for the first time. She bribes and then later blackmails Oolong on her quest for the Dragon Balls, and Yamcha develops a crush on her and follows them so he can used the Dragon Balls for himself to wish away his fear of women, eventually forming a friendship with them.
  • Miss Fixit: She repaired a broken scouter and repaired Android #16.
  • Morality Pet:
  • Ms. Fanservice: For an entire generation of manga and anime fans, she was the Ms. Fanservice. She is the curviest female character of the franchise and has the biggest bust (aside from Filler character Maron). Among her famous moments were the Playboy Bunny suit, several Panty Shots, bathing scenes and the infamous scene where she flashes Master Roshi, not realizing she isn't wearing any underwear. To take it further, she's the only female character to appear (fully) naked in the entire series.
  • Narcissist: Bulma has a few traits of narcissism (albeit mostly in Dragon Ball) such as her vanity, having a lot of self-centered desires, and showing no scruples with manipulating and screwing people over to fulfill her desires and getting what she wants.
  • Never My Fault: In GT's Shadow Dragon Saga, after the Shadow Dragons are unleashed, Bulma pins the blame on Goku for starting the cycle of the Z-Fighters finding and using the Dragon Balls, despite the fact that 1) Goku had absolutely no idea what the Dragon Balls were or what they did before Bulma showed up on his doorstep looking for them, and 2) as pointed out by the Supreme Kais themselves, Bulma was the one who created the Dragon Radar, thus completely nullifying the balls' "scatter long enough for the negative energy within to disperse" safety measure, in the first place.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • During the Namek Saga, after Captain Ginyu inadvertently switches bodies with a frog, Bulma finds him and, annoyed that she can't understand what he's saying, makes a translation collar for him. The first thing Ginyu does once it's strapped onto his neck is perform a Grand Theft Me on her.
    • Also, inventing the Dragon Radar eventually leads to the events of the Shadow Dragons arc of GT.
  • No Badass to His Valet:
    • Despite being a Muggle, Bulma is perfectly willing to push around anyone. She even does this to Vegeta, to the point of getting him into wearing a pink shirt. Naturally, they hook up and have two children together. She continues to boss him around on a regular basis, even during his battle against Frieza.
    Bulma: Hey, Vegeta! How long were you thinking of making your beautiful wife wait, huh?
    • Bulma slaps Beerus for calling her an old auntie, much like she does with every powerful fighter in the series. However, she is fully aware that hitting Beerus is not a good idea given her fearful reaction when Beerus glares at her. Thankfully, Beerus decides to forgive her this time since she is the one who suggests using Shenron to track the last Super Dragon Ball.
  • Odd Friendship: With Whis. It originally started out as Bulma just supplying him and Beerus with a constant stream of delicious Earth food, but by Resurrection of ‘F’, Whis seems to have become genuinely fond of her.
  • Ojou: And is filthy rich to back it up.
  • Older Than They Look: To some extent in Super especially. By that point, Bulma is in her mid-forties, and yet aside from a shorter haircut than she sported as a teen and twentysomething, she doesn't look all that much older than she did during, say, the main parts of Z and definitely lacks a lot of the traits that anime design often gives "middle-aged people". This has actually been praised in some circles, as a number of fans find it refreshing that the show acknowledges that people don't magically stop looking good the moment they go past 25. It's not until the end of original series and GT where she finally starts visibly aging. In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, it is implied that she uses the dragon balls to make herself younger.
  • Only One Name: Just "Bulma". Her future timeline counterpart is called "Future Bulma" by fans to separate her from her present timeline counterpart. The English dub tries to turn her father's name into a surname, but it doesn't take very well.
  • One of the Boys: Aside from being The Chick, she has tomboyish traits and often shares common interests with her friends in the Dragon Ball Gang (and later, the Z Fighters). Her love for mechanics and gadgetry is a plus factor.
  • Only Sane Woman: Tries to be the voice of "the common people" amongst men who live by the Way of the Warrior. Best demonstrated when Trunks warned them about the androids: Bulma suggests using the dragonballs to stop them before they get dangerous enough to fight back, and is promptly outvoted by Goku, Vegeta, etc. wanting to test their strength.
  • Pals with Jesus: She is one of the only few people who are close friends with Whis and Beerus. She can even get away with hitting and insulting him, which not even the prideful Vegeta can do!
  • Parental Hypocrisy: She tears the Z-Fighters a new one for depending on Goten and Trunks to fight Majin Buu, especially after Piccolo traps them in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, where they will remain forever until Buu kills them. While she makes a valid point and the Z-Fighters are being too casual about death, she never made this protest before when kid Goku would go off on dangerous adventures, one that she started with the first Dragon Ball hunt, and even encouraged Goku to come with her. She also had no problem with kid Gohan fighting super-powered, mass-murdering aliens and androids, and didn't bat an eye when he asked to go to Namek with them. It's not until her child is in mortal danger that she suddenly realizes the negative implications of having children fight on the front lines. This can possibly be chalked up to two things; When Goku was a child she herself was only a few years older than him, and Goku had shown her time and time again that he was capable of taking care of himself, so it's possible she saw him as more of a peer. In regards to Trunks and Goten, it might be due to the fact she was a mother by that point, since she shows concern again in the epilogue, this time for Gohan's daughter Pan when she finds out she'll be competing in the tournament.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Goku, at least until he grew up... Even then, she and Goku remain quite close friends.
  • Poor Communication Kills: During the Cell Saga, she neglects to tell Android 16 that she removed the bomb in his body while repairing him; this comes back to bite them when 16 tries to self-destruct along with Cell and can't because the bomb is gone.
  • Proud Beauty: She thinks the reason she couldn't ride the Nimbus was because she was "so beautiful it's a sin".
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: In the very first story arc, her clothing becomes damaged and, stuck out in the desert, the only piece of clothing nearby is a Playboy bunny costume. She hates wearing it, but inexplicably wears the bunny ears with it until she can replace it with some nearly-as-revealing local attire.
  • Rich Genius: She and her father are both genius inventors who created the capsules, those tiny things that are able to store anything of ANY size. They also own a yacht, are able to host big parties, and they have their own professional chefs.
  • Science Hero: Pretty much the nearest thing to one that the DB setting can have, and the most prominent one on Team Goku; while she rarely, if ever, takes a front-line role (since it's very hard, at best, for tech-based heroes in this setting to keep up with ki-based fighters), her genius-level skill with gadgetry has given the Z Fighters a non-combat edge time and again.
  • Secret Keeper: She is this to the Z-Fighters, especially Goku. She knows none of them are interested in fame and want to keep their world saving on the down low. Which is why when Goku killed King Piccolo and she reported the defeat, she made sure not to mention Goku's name. She also helps Gohan with his Saiyaman costume and didn't want anyone to go Super Saiyan at the World Martial Arts Tournament so people wouldn't connect them with the 'Gold Fighters' from the Cell Games.
  • Sexy Silhouette: In the anime version of her Shower Scene in Oolong's double-decker camper.
  • She's Got Legs: Almost all of her outfits involve dresses or shorts accentuating her long, slender legs.
  • Shorttank: Often wore this in her younger days.
  • Shower Scene:
    • While camping in the desert in Oolong's double-decker camper. Yamcha accidentally saw her showering while trying to invade their camp.
    • Happens again in the Resurrection 'F' arc in Super when Goku walks in on Bulma while she's only wrapped in a towel. She promptly punches him.
  • Show Some Leg:
    • Several times in the original Dragon Ball, this was her go-to bartering tactic. It proved most effective against Master Roshi...not so much against anybody else. She eventually gave up on this maneuver altogether.
    • Comes back in a glorious fashion in Super when, as Trunks is struggling to learn the Evil Containment Wave to use on the immortal Zamasu, she pretends to invoke the trope on him — only to later reveal after he lashes out at her in his extreme xenophobia of mortals that she was trying to get a rise out of him, knowing that her being harmed would give her son the rage he needed to succeed.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Bulma's a victim of a lot of slapstick towards her, being a Butt-Monkey and all.
  • The Smart Girl: She possesses an almost superhuman intellect and uses it to create a bounty of useful inventions in her quest for the Dragon Balls. Many of these creations, like the Dragon Radar, are so complex that experts and scientists have not been able to understand them.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Late into her adult life... being the wife of Vegeta would be stressful, after all. However, Future Bulma is also smoking, despite only briefly hooking up with Future Vegeta. Though, it's likely that she's also extremely stressed out after the loss of her lover and friends.
  • Spoiled Brat: She has spades of this, especially early in the series. She's somewhat grown out of this as she got older, although it still pops up from time to time, even after having Trunks and Bulla.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: During the Android Saga, she's the only member of the group who thinks to simply go after Dr. Gero and stop him before he activates the androids. She's promptly shot down, mostly because Goku and Vegeta like the sound of the challenge these androids will bring. Krillin also tells her in secret that it's best to give former villains Piccolo and Vegeta a mutual enemy.
  • Teen Genius: She designed a portable Dragon Ball-detecting radar at the tender age of 16. She loses the teen part over the course of the series, but keeps the genius part.
  • The Team Benefactor: She and her father provide the heroes with all their high-tech needs — spacecraft, time machines, updated Saiyan armor, etc.
  • The Team Normal: Of the original five (Goku, Yamcha, Paur, Oolong, and herself), she is the only one with no powers. This remains such throughout the series. Her intellect, on the other hand, is sometimes on par with the guys' insane power levels and even saves their lives on numerous occasions.
  • Token Girl: During Dragon Ball, she was the only girl who would journey around.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl:
    • She and Launch vary on which is the tomboy and which is the girly girl depending on which of Launch's personalities is dominant. If Launch is in her blonde form, she's a gun-crazy kleptomaniac and Bulma is a fashion-conscious non-combatant. If Launch is in her blue-haired form, however, she's a naive ingenue and Bulma is the adventurous Wrench Wench.
    • With Chi-Chi, on the other hand, this is usually zigzagged, considering that Chi-Chi is an Action Girl while Bulma is a Fashionista Non Action Girl. Other times, Bulma is the adventurous Wrench Wench Gadgeteer Genius while Chi-Chi is mostly concerned with being a good wife and mother; Chi-Chi is also a Supreme Chef and good example of Feminine Women Can Cook. However, later on in the series, Bulma settles down and doesn't change much otherwise, but Chi-Chi has relaxed a lot and is much more comfortable with reminding everyone that she's an extremely skilled martial artist in her own right.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She does like dressing sexy and putting on lipstick, but she's mainly a tech geek.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Bulma goes from just using Goku to get all the Dragon Balls to actually caring about him and seeing him as a dear friend. By the King Piccolo Saga, she's truly concerned about the state of the world and not just herself.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Played with. Pilaf threatens Bulma with sexual torture, but then just blows her a kiss. When she says what she thought he was planning to do, she ends up freaking him out.
  • Tsundere: Bulma's also somewhat of a tsundere, especially in first series, but starts to mellow out and has lost most of this by the time Vegeta steps into the picture, settling down into Happily Married motherhood. She's still quite bossy though and still has the occasional outburst every now and then.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In Super, Vegeta claims she can't go a week without Instant Ramen. She, more or less, confirms it by saying it was her trump card.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Her father Dr. Brief is old and wrinkly while Bulma is a very pretty Hot Scientist.
  • The Unfair Sex: In the first series, Bulma openly flirted with other men (all of whom are also hot bastards). Yet it's her ex-boyfriend Yamcha who had to beg for her forgiveness if he looked at another woman. She even pulled a gun on him in Dragon Ball Origins despite her earlier flirting with the evil Colonel Silver. She would get jealous of girls hitting on Yamcha, but even when she's dating Yamcha, she's prepared to dump him at the drop of a hat for Jackie Chun and General Blue, before they turn out to be old and evil, respectively (that Blue is also gay hinders things as well). Whether she cheated on Yamcha with Vegeta, or Yamcha cheated on her causing her to go to Vegeta, is one of the fandom's Broken Bases. However, she appears to be completely loyal to Vegeta after Trunks' birth, finally falling into the Happily Married trope. She also at one point fell for, you guessed it, Goku, when she saw He's All Grown Up. It's just too bad he got engaged on the same day...
  • Unfazed Everyman: Despite seeing powerful enemies that can blow up planets, she doesn't see it as a big deal and calmly goes about her techy business until something really strange or out-of-this-world happens. Not even Vegeta's temper-tantrums faze her. Especially so during the Androids saga, where she seems even more unfazed than the heroes themselves at all the powerful villains going around. She actively follows the heroes when Frieza shows up again twice, just because she wants to finally catch a glimpse of him. Even Whis popping out Baby Bulla from her belly didn't shock her, unlike the rest of the cast.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: While Dragon Ball has never been shy about changing a character's appearance a little, Bulma truly stands out among the series and anime as a whole. Bulma will often change outfits several times during the course of an arc and even relatively minor time skips usually see her with a completely different hair style. In an industry where changes to appearance are frowned upon, Bluma is truely an oddity.
  • Uptown Girl: She and Vegeta play with this trope. While Vegeta is the prince of Saiyans, his home planet was destroyed, and he had spent the majority of his life working under Frieza. Bulma, on the other hand, is the heiress to Capsule Corporation, one of the biggest companies on Earth, and has never been stripped of her wealth like Vegeta was.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • She and Goku starts with this kind of relationship. Goku is quick to point-out how weak and useless Bulma is, while Bulma often yells about how naive Goku is. This is especially apparent in the first story arc. Despite that, they do care for each other with Bulma worrying about Goku's safety and Goku rescuing Bulma when she's in trouble. By the time of Z the vitriolic part is all but gone, although it does pop up every blue moon.
    • Also Chi-Chi, though mostly in the English dub, in Z. They both find themselves arguing over their husbands and sons, but they do get along most of the time.
    • She and Jaco seemed to be on this level, due to him insulting her looks and her beating him up after.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Especially in the first story arc of the original Dragon Ball. By the end of her journey to collect the Dragon Balls, she made friends with a monkey-tailed boy, a perverted old man, an equally perverted pig, and a desert bandit and his floating cat. Her circle of friends continued to get weirder. She later marries the Prince of Saiyans and has two half-Saiyan children. Lampshaded by Krillin in Resurrection 'F, when Jaco shows up and he openly wonders where she meets so many weirdos.
  • What Does She See in Him?: This was pretty much the reaction to everyone, both in and out of universe, to the idea that Bulma and Vegeta would end up together. Especially during the Android/Cell Saga, where Vegeta essentially ignores Bulma's very existence despite having fathered Trunks with her, and even flat-out tells Future Trunks to his face that he doesn't care one bit about "that foolish woman and her blasted child." However, Future Trunks has an idea:
    Future Trunks: I don't think you realize how much honor means to my father. It's the only thing that keeps him going. It's what makes him a warrior. Oh sure, some might see it as arrogance, but I think down at the core, it's much more noble than that. I believe that's what my mother saw in him. And it's what I see too.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • During the Buu Saga, she gives all of the Z-Fighters such a speech when Trunks, Goten, and Piccolo are trapped in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber with Majin Buu after Piccolo blows up the entrance, especially after Krillin cheerily points out that Piccolo could simply kill them and himself, and then they can bring them back with the Dragon Balls:
      Bulma: Are you even listening to yourself?! "Relax, because they're trapped with a monster that could kill them?!" They were children! They should have never been made to fight! You grown men left the fate of the Earth in their hands! I hope you're ashamed!
    • In the original Japanese, Bulma's speech is even more brutal; she pulls no punches and flat-out calls the Z-Fighters cowards for forcing two children to fight Buu.
    • In the Episode 62 of Super, she really gives Beerus an earful, since contrary to his insistence that it would occur because he killed the present Zamasu, Goku Black was not Ret Gone and is still wreaking havoc in the future.
    • In the Episode 68 of Super, she gets one from Beerus and Whis, who find out that she's built a new time machine. Beerus then proceeds to destroy it and the stuff required to make it work.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Her accent in the AB Groupe dub ranges between a New York and New Jersey accent.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Several of her outfits have this. The first time is when, dealing with Oolong in Aru Village, Bulma is seen with a pair of brown short shorts. In the Red Ribbon arc, Bulma wore a red shirt that leaves her shoulders exposed and orange shorts. At the begin of "Dragon Ball Z" she wears white shorts. In Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound, she wears them again.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Implied. Would explain her falling for Yamcha and then for Vegeta, at any rate.
  • World's Smartest Woman: Shares this status with her father Dr. Briefs, being the lead scientists of Capsule Corp and boasting the most sophisticated technology in the world. From a young age she was Teen Genius who could put together the complex Dragon Radar to detect a specific signal, a shrinking device, and assemble a working phone out of junk. A spaceship created by her and Dr. Briefs would be the fastest in world, while her future self also invented a working time machine. The only other person to rival her status is Dr. Gero.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In her first appearance, she shoots Goku in the head; granted Goku did mistake her for a monster and throw her car, but still.
  • Wrench Wench: Bulma can fix anything as a Gadgeteer Genius.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In the anime, she has light blue hair, though it is purplish in the manga, explaining why Trunks has purple hair.
  • Youngest Child Wins: She is the favorite child, compared to her older sister Tights, who is unmentioned and never appears in the anime (until the Champa Saga, and even then it's only Bulma who mentioned/called her).

    Krillin 

Krillin (クリリン, Kuririn)

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Click here to see Krillin in the Buu Saga. 
Voiced by (Japanese): Mayumi Tanaka
Voiced by (English): Wanda Nowicki (Harmony Gold); Terry Klassen (Ocean); Laurie Steele (Young), Sonny Strait (Adult) (Funimation); Mike Thiessen, Dan Gascon (Blue Water); Sharon Mann (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Apollo Abraham (Creative Products Corp.); Brian Beacock (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia in Super)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Eduardo Garza (current voice), Rossy Aguirre (young and adult until mid-Frieza saga), María Grey (Dragon Ball Harmony Gold), Luis Daniel Ramírez (Majin Buu saga and Movies 4-13), Alejandro Illescas (GT)
Voiced by (Brazilian Portuguese): Fábio Lucindo

One of the few human characters who retained most of their screentime even in DBZ (even though it was mostly as a Plucky Comic Relief and by few we mean the only one). Started off as a rival to Goku when both trained under Master Roshi when they were kids. He soon became a best friend and Heterosexual Life-Partner to Goku and the two have been through thick and thin through their battles and lives.


  • Action Dad: Zigzagged. Once his daughter is born, he officially retires from fighting. However, when trouble arrives, he is one of the first on the front lines. He follows Goku and the others after Gohan is attacked, and fights Frieza's army during his second invasion. In his arc in Super, he is actually worried of what 18 and Marron might think of him, making him train again with Goku, and participating with his wife in the Tournament of Power.
  • Adaptational Badass: A minor example in Dragon Ball Xenoverse. Unlike in the anime and manga, where he missed Vegeta's tail with the Destructo Disc, in Xenoverse, he successfully chops Vegeta's tail off, mostly due to Yajirobe being Adapted Out.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • While normally is a good fighter, in the non-canon movies his role is only as Plucky Comic Relief and his Butt-Monkey status is much more frequent. He's subject to all sorts of mishaps. Misfortunes that have fallen on him include being peed on by Gohan and having rubble from Garlic Jr.'s castle fall on him (movie 1), nearly getting his face fried by a ki blast and getting whacked in the head repeatedly with a shopping bag by Chi-Chi (movie 7), getting thrown into some rubble by Broly and forgotten by the rest of the Z Warriors (movie 10) and a Running Gag in several of the films where a villain punches him square in the face, which leads him thinking, "why does this always happen to me?!"
    • In the anime version of the Tournament of Power, Krillin lasted long enough to knock out a fighter from Universe 10 and two fighters from Universe 4 alongside Android 18, before being taken down by Frost after he dropped his guard. In the manga, he doesn't last past the second chapter after the tournament starts and earns no eliminations since Frost takes him and Tenshinhan in a flash.
  • Adorkable: Most notable when he's around Android 18, but plenty of other times too.
  • All Up to You:
    • Goku gives him the Spirit Bomb to throw at Vegeta. According to Goku, he's the only one who can do it since Gohan doesn't know how to control energy well enough to use it.
    • He, along with Gohan and Bulma, goes to Namek to search for the Dragon Balls since Goku is too badly injured to go. He also successfully distracts Frieza while Dende heals Gohan.
  • Always Second Best: He is the second strongest student of the Turtle School. Despite all his training, he was always weaker than Goku even as a child, and the gap between them has only grown over the years.
  • Amazon Chaser: One for Android 18. He falls for her for being so strong and pretty.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Played for Laughs. After Gohan blurted out why Krillin wished for the androids to have their bombs removed from their bodies (because he had a crush on Android 18), Krillin punched Gohan on the head to shut him up. Yes, Gohan, right after he defeated Cell the Ultimate Lifeform.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His signature move, Destructo Disk, can cut through anything (except Cell, purely in anime filler) and is completely unblockable, but it's slow to produce, its aim is unwieldy, and it can't be guided once launched. And the few times he has an opening to actually use it, he tends to ruin it by Calling His Attacks. By the time of the Universe Survival Arc, however, Krillin has gotten a lot more proficient in its use, being able to fire and control three Destructo Discs as a distraction for a smaller fourth one, and even call them back toward his target.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He learns the Kamehameha by watching Goku and Yamcha do it. He figures since Yamcha is able to do it, he should be able too.
  • Back from the Dead: Just about everyone did this, but Krillin is notable for being the first main character to do so and is tied with Chiaotzu for most deaths in the manga.
  • Badass Adorable: Not to the degree of Goku or Gohan, but he still counts.
  • Bald of Awesome:
    • Until the Buu Saga, anyways. Since childhood, he had been shaving his head, thinking great warriors like Roshi did that (well, that and the fact he had left a Shaolin-like temple to train under Roshi). He was embarrassed to learn that Roshi was naturally bald.
    • He has 18 shave his head when Frieza returns in Resurrection 'F.
    • And in Dragon Ball Super, he has 18 shave his head in episode 76, after reawakening his fighting spirit and deciding to become a martial artist again.
  • Being Good Sucks: He knows exactly where he stands on the power scale, and is the first to state when things becomes hopeless and the futility of fighting against overwhelming odds. His need to protect others get him killed three times, four if you count GT. Despite this, he still keeps fighting and is one of the first on the frontlines, no matter who the enemy is. He lampshades this near the end of the Cell Games, saying how Goku and Gohan changed him and how he would have given up a long time ago if it wasn't for them. He says this with mock resentment.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Son Gohan. On Namek, he guides and protects Gohan is Goku's absence. Their experience formed an unbreakable bond that is second only to Piccolo to Gohan.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: His thoughts turn to the author after Goten and Trunks fail to fuse correctly two times in a row. Likewise, in Broly: Second Coming, he mentions that the rest of the cast "wouldn't last a season without him."
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Krillin tries to fight Super Buu to buy his family enough time to escape the Lookout. Not only does he gets turned into chocolate and eaten without even landing a single blow on Buu, but 18 and Marron are the next ones to be eaten.
  • The Bully: Initially was this to Goku, before they became best friends. He often demeaned and looked down on Goku for being naive and Book Dumb. Goku being Goku noticed none of this, was very friendly towards Krillin. Although he did get annoyed at him for cheating during training.
  • Butt-Monkey: He has died three times, he Can't Catch Up and his signature attack, likely the most deadly in the manga, just can't score a critical hit. He even lampshades this in the movies (where is the major victim of Adaptational Wimp) shouting "Why does this always happen to me?!". Happens again in Super when he is the first to get ringed out during the ToP. Everyone, including 18, insult him for losing so fast.
  • Butter Face: Well he's not exactly ugly, but he appears not to even have a nose. That said, he's a pretty buff guy.
  • By-the-Book Cop: After the Buu Saga he gets a job as a police officer, and takes it extremely seriously. He has no reservations at all about writing Bulma a ticket.
  • Can't Catch Up:
    • Started out as the The Rival to Goku, although he was never as strong as him, and fell further behind with each new story arc. However, he remains important to the story up until the Buu Saga.
    • His acceptance of this trope occurs in the finale of the Cell Games, when Cell all but ignored his and every other Z-Warriors' attempts to help Gohan in his Beam-O-War against the monster, and blasted them aside like "flies" just by casually raising his ki. Powerless to defend his beloved friend's son, Krillin bitterly and tearfully laughs:
    Krillin: Goddammit all, Goku, you and your son both set such high, wondrous standards that mere mortals like me can't ever possibly hope to reach, no matter how hard I try; I really hate you both so much sometimes.
    • To an extent the Universe Survival Arc downplays it: While he is far outclassed by Goku, he is generally strong enough to stand his ground in a tournament setting and has a lot of technical skills and experience fighting in tournaments, which makes him a valuable asset for the Tournament of Power. He manages to defeat Gohan in a friendly match. Sure, it was against base form Gohan but even that far outclasses Krillin power-wise, and Gohan was also doubting Krillin's usefulness to the tournament before that.
  • Character Development:
    • While he wasn't purehearted enough to ride the Nimbus at the beginning of the series, he's more than worthy of it now. Shown when he was able to hold and throw the Spirit Bomb, something that only those with pure heart could do.
    • He started off as a shameless Dirty Coward but gradually became a braver and honorable person.
  • Child Prodigy: A Downplayed exampled. He never was as talented as Goku, who's is a Human Alien from a fighting race, but compared to other humans he was an exceptionally strong child. He was able to survive Master Roshi's training regimen and would have been second only to Goku in the 21st Martial Arts Tournament if Master Roshi hadn't entered. He also learned the Kamehameha on the fly with no prior training at the age of sixteen when it took his master fifty years to developed it. The only things that really held Krillin back was his lack of self-esteem, which was an effect of the bullying he received from the monks at his former temple and his occasional bouts of arrogance.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: When he was younger. Seems to fade out with age.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: When he was introduced, he was a Dirty Coward who cheated Goku out of his meal after he fairly found Master Roshi's rock, regularly tried to cheat at his training by taking shortcuts, and constantly demeaned and took advantaged of Goku's naivety. Which justified all his Butt-Monkey moments early in the series. This aspect of his personality eventually went away as he got older.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Initially started out like this, using a pair of panties as a distraction against Jackie Chun/Master Roshi, asking Chiaotzu basic math questions to disrupt his psychic powers, and attempting to exploit Goku's Achilles' Heel by grabbing his tail during their fight in the tournament. It's turned Up to Eleven in Z, where he takes on foes many times stronger than him with just his guts and less on dirty tactics.
  • Cower Power: When he was a cowardly little boy, he often hid behind Goku to the point of using him as a human shield.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's usually used as a Plucky Comic Relief, but he can be a serious badass when it's important.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He is the protagonist of his own arc in Super, where we actually discover his own self-esteem issues on how he Can't Catch Up and having to defeat his demons in the form of visions the past villains, including Frieza and Tambourine, who killed him in the past.
  • Deadly Disc: His Signature Move, the Destructo Disk/Kienzan.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When he's not screaming in terror, the guy tends to be the wittiest character and the most likely to lampshade hang.
  • Death by Irony: His second death: After seeing Frieza transform into his final form, he comments that he doesn't look very intimidating. He later becomes the last character Frieza kills on Namek, screaming in terror as he died.
  • Demoted to Extra: GT, along with anyone not named Goku and Pan.
  • Determinator: It's very hard to keep this guy down. The only time he gives up is when faced with the Androids, and even then it's because he knows that even Vegeta and Piccolo don't stand a chance.
  • Deuteragonist: Throughout most of Dragon Ball, except the Piccolo Arc where he's dead and Tenshinhan takes over. He's back in this role for much of the Namek/Frieza Saga.
  • Dies Wide Open: After Tambourine kills him, this (along with Blood from the Mouth) is how Goku finds his body. Tenshinhan is the one who finally closes his eyes.
  • Did Not See That Coming:
    • In the 21st Tournament, he knocks Jackie Chun out of the ring after tricking him to dive for panties. He would have won….if Jackie Chun wasn't Master Roshi who knows the Kamehameha.
    • During the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament he successful grabs Goku's tail, which he thinks will render Goku powerless. He is shocked to learn that Goku overcame this weakness after playing along for a few minutes.
  • Dirty Coward: When he was first introduced, he had no problem using cowardly, underhanded tactics to get ahead, even if meant throwing Goku under the bus. He gets better after becoming friends with Goku and progressively becomes braver.
  • Disability Immunity: He has no nose, but that makes him immune to bad smells.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: With both Android 18 and Zangya.
  • Dork Knight: Don't let the goofy demeanor fool you, he's still one of Earth's defenders and one of the most powerful martial artists the world has ever seen.
  • Doting Parent: To his adorable little girl, Marron.
  • Dreadful Musician: Shown in a movie when he's singing karaoke and he sounds horrible.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the King Piccolo Saga. He's killed off-screen and in the manga, we only hear his screams.
  • Dub Name Change: Before the dub that became well-known there, Latin America had a short-lived Dragon Ball dub (based on the equally short-lived Harmony Gold dub) called Zero y el dragón mágico ("Zero and the Magic Dragon", as the Harmony Gold dub changed Goku's name to "Zero"), in which Krillin's name was changed to the quite regional name of "Cachito".
  • Due to the Dead: Uniquely. Because they plan on wishing him back to life, Bulma builds a cold storage coffin to prevent his body from decaying, shrinks it down with a capsule, and hides it in a drawer of panties. They close his eyes, wipe the blood from his face, and lay him in.
  • Eaten Alive: He's eaten by Super Buu after being turned into living chocolate. It's so traumatizing that Krillin doesn't want to fight Buu again when King Kai recruits Yamcha and him as a last line of defense.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Krillin is a trained martial artist who was raised in a temple by monks since he was a child. Despite being weaker than Goku, he could still kill a tiger with his bare hands and fight against seasoned adult fighters. He becomes empowered after learning the Kamehameha at the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament.
  • Family Theme Naming: Krillin has a daughter named Marron. Both names are puns on chestnuts.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Goku, after he completed his character development. Krillin didn't like Goku at first, seeing him as a naive idiot who took his strength for granted. After going through Training from Hell together, they become much friendlier. Their relationship is solidified after Goku kills King Piccolo and restores the Dragon Balls, both to avenge and revive him.
  • Foil:
    • When Krillin first appeared, he was an exact foil to Goku. Whereas Goku was an impossibly pure-hearted child who takes his incredible strength for granted, and has a lot of confidence in his power, Krillin was a devious Bratty Half-Pint with a blatant inferiority complex. By the time of the series first Tournament Arc he's largely grow out of most of this thanks to his training and Goku's influence giving him genuine self-confidence.
    • He's also a foil to Gohan in the Namek arc. Gohan is incredibly powerful, but he's also a five-year-old kid with only a year of training under his belt and a bad habit of not being able to turn down someone in need. Krillin is in his mid-20s, has been a professional martial artist for longer than Gohan's been alive, and is much more pragmatic besides. He doesn't have Gohan's raw power, but he's got a much wider range of techniques and enough strategic cunning to apply them effectively. Gohan comments on this, see Weak, but Skilled below.
  • Friendly Target: Three times in the manga (which ties him with Chiaotzu), plus another two/three/no one is sure times in alternate timelines, plus another on GT. So, 3-7 times. Ouch.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's one heck of a strategic fighter. He nearly beats Jackie Chun (Master Roshi) by throwing a pair of panties into the ring and kicking him out of the ring. He defeats Chiaotzu by making him use his hands, which was the source of his physic powers, by making him do basic math and successfully grabs Goku tail during their match, it only fails since Goku trained his tail during the three years before the tournament.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Hits it during the Frieza Saga; with Frieza himself mere minutes from arriving and killing everyone, Krillin decides that the only way they could possibly stop him was by using their last wish on the Namekian Dragon Balls to make Vegeta immortal. At the time, Vegeta was still a villainous Blood Knight who would most likely kill Krillin and the other Z-Fighters once he didn't need them anymore. The only reason Vegeta doesn't get his wish at the last second is because before Dende can complete the wish, Guru, the Namekian who created the Dragon Balls, dies of grief, causing Porunga to disappear.
  • Good Parents: Is one to Marron. Heck, he even sacrificed himself to protect her and his wife.
  • Guile Hero: Although he's far from the strongest character, he is one of the sneakiest. He will use any weakness presented to him to get ahead. He almost beat Master Roshi (who was disguise as Jackie Chun) by throwing a pair of panties into the ring and kicking him when he dives for them, he helps Yamcha win his match against the Invisible Man by making Master Roshi nosebleed on him, he wins his match against Chiaotzu by asking him basic math questions to disrupt his psychic ability, and he takes advantage of Goku's naivety to trick him several times and tries to beat him by grabbing his tail (it didn't work, because by then, Goku had already trained his tail, but it's the thought that counts). As an adult, he invents a technique that can cut through almost anything, taking advantage of foes who like to No-Sell everything, kept Frieza busy so Dende can heal Gohan, and successfully hid a Dragon Ball from Vegeta for several days.
  • Happily Married: He's smitten by Android 18 from the get go. Following the Time Skip after the Cell Games, they're Happily Married.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Krillin was started out as a bullying rival of Goku but became his best friend.
  • Henpecked Husband: Shows shades of this in Bio-Broly. Also, throughout the series, he's shown to be the obviously submissive one in his relationship with Android 18.
  • Heir to the Dojo: According to Dragon Ball Online, Krillin becomes the official heir to the Turtle School.
  • Hero-Worshipper: A mild example. Out of all the characters, Krillin puts the most faith in Goku to solve their problems. He wants to retreat after Goku falls ill and after everyone is beaten by the androids, Krillin says things would have been different if Goku was there. It takes Tien pointing out that Goku can't be that much stronger than Trunks and Vegeta for him to see the flaw in his logic. His hope is completely restored once Goku gets well and is still willing to fight despite the odds.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He attacks Buu first to allow his family and friends to escape his onslaught on the lookout. While it fails for almost everyone, it allows Dende, whose survival was most important as it allows the Dragon Balls to work, to survive.
  • He’s Back: As of episode 76 of Super, he's finally managed to shake off the depression and fear that's held him back after dying so many times, awakening his fighting spirit and deciding to become a martial artist once again.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Goku. His death is one of the few things that can drive Goku into uncontrollable rages and Krillin often seeks Goku's approval about things. He also puts the most faith in Goku to save them when things become really bad.
  • Honorary Uncle: To Gohan, especially after the events of the Saiyan and Frieza Saga. He even calls Krillin uncle a couple of times.
  • I Got Bigger: He becomes noticeably taller by the time of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, although he's still really short.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: As a kid, Krillin covers up his insecurities by talking about how strong and skilled he is and all the training he received at his former temple. He also talks down to Goku about his lack of manners and education. Gradually, he loses the superiority part and chooses to cover his insecurities with humor instead. He is generally much more confident as an adult, but he's very aware where he sits on the power scale.
  • Informed Ability: Supplemental material has stated that Krillin is the strongest human character in the series. Ignoring the Can't Catch Up tendency for all the non-Saiyan characters, Tien had the better showings in fights in the series, although this may be attributable to Krillin's cowardice and tendency to enter fights with Gohan and/or Goku at his side. This is not at all helped by Tien being hinted at being an alien born on Earth.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Even after he married 18, he still wonders why she chose him, and still is worried about if he is worthy of her.
  • In-Series Nickname: Called Pachinko-Head by Yajirobe.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He is good friends with Goku's son, Gohan. In the later parts of the Saiyan Saga and throughout the Namek Saga, they were practically Bash Brothers.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Out of the main cast, he takes the most physical punishment. Even as a child, having almost all the blood sucked out of his body is Played for Laughs. Chi-Chi also accidentally slammed a door into his head. Krillin often lampshades this about himself.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Learned from observing Goku and Yamcha using it. He doesn't use it as often as Goku, though.
  • Kavorka Man: He may not be the most (conventionally) attractive of the series, but somehow he dated Maron, and married Android 18, to the surprise of the fans of the series.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: He's not cynical in the way that Vegeta and Piccolo are, but when confronted with a particularly strong opponent, especially if said opponent is mopping the floor with someone stronger than him, Krillin will probably be the first to wax on about how hopeless the situation is, and may even suggest escaping. However, it's his loyalty to his friends and his own sense of justice, that not only prevent him from doing this, but often gets him to dig deep and do something surprisingly clever and/or awesome that actually cause much more damage to the opponent than expected.
  • The Lancer: Until Tenshinhan showed up, where he was shifted into The Smart Guy.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • When he was a sneaky, underhanded child, he got this a lot. The first being when he cheated Goku out of dinner when he stole the rock Goku found as part of Master Roshi's test. Dinner that night was an improperly cooked puffer fish, which made everyone sick except Goku since he didn't eat anything. He also tried to cheat during training, which Master Roshi always caught and forced him to start over.
    • Despite all the mess he's been put through, including being the one to die the most next to Chiaotzu and being the resident Butt-Monkey, he gets his happy ending by marrying 18 and having a daughter, because he refuses to shut down and kill 18 despite knowing that Cell was looking for her.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: During the Namek Saga, he hits the Godzilla Threshold and agrees to let Vegeta use the Dragon Balls to become immortal because he finds that the better option than being killed by Frieza, who's far worse than Vegeta.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When he has these moments, Krillin is capable of surprisingly kickass things, and gets the drop on the the Big Bad of the arc, more than once. For example, briefly fending off Nappa from Gohan and almost killing him with the Destructo Disc, cutting Frieza's tail off in his second form with the same move, and in the anime saving a young woman and her little brother from Imperfect Cell by ramming into him.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Krillin is this to Goku. Very few things can get Goku angry. Hurting or killing Krillin is one of them, and he will go into a murderous rages as King Piccolo and Frieza learns.
  • Love at First Sight: For Android 18. He was falling for her after she kissed him, and for not killing him.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: The reason why Cell was able to absorb Android 18 and reach his final form, although Vegeta didn't help matters since he let Cell go to become complete.
  • Martial Arts Uniform: Initially wearing the uniform of his old Shaolin school, Krillin adopts the Turtle Hermit School uniform at the same time as Goku, though he keeps his old one as a spare/casual wear for a while.
  • Mundane Utility: He uses his Supernatural Martial Arts skills in his day job as a cop.
  • Nice Guy: Moreso as a grown up, Not that he wasn't nice as a kid, but he wasn't perfect either.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • He was the one who suggested going along with Vegeta and Nappa's "cultivars" game against the Saibamen in order to stall for time, as Goku was arriving a day late. It would have worked just fine if but then Krillen himself lost his temper and cut the game short.
    • Came very close to this when he wanted to kill Vegeta before he could escape: if Goku hadn't talked him out of it, Vegeta wouldn't have been able to team up with Krillin and Gohan on Namek.
  • No Body Left Behind: His second death was due to Frieza blowing him up.
  • The Noseless: Lampshaded in an early fight in Dragon Ball, where he only is able to defeat an incredibly stinky fighter after he's reminded that he has no nose.
  • No Sympathy: After Vegeta gets his ass kicked by Perfect Cell, especially since Vegeta stupidly let Cell become Perfect in the first place. Krillin only decides to help Vegeta out for Trunks' sake, openly saying that he wouldn't care if Vegeta died, and as far as he's concerned, he deserves to be killed for being such an idiot.
  • Now, Let Me Carry You: Goku saved Krillin's life several times and even avenged his death when he was murdered by King Piccolo's minion. The one time Krillin gets to repay Goku is when he is nearly killed by Great Ape Vegeta.
  • Older Than They Look: He comes off as being much younger than he really is at a glance even as the years go by, in part because of his short stature (and in Japanese, the fact he's still voiced by a woman even as an adult).
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Former Trope Namer. He is the strongest pure blooded human in the series and one of the few survivors of the Saiyan Invasion and nearly got the killing blow against Vegeta. He also manage to outlive Vegeta against Frieza, being literally the last person to die. However, he is far behind all the Saiyans, yes even the children, and Piccolo. He is often beat up or killed by the latest threat to the point that is what most fans know him for. Heck, it's to the point where many fans have argued that, had he not been in Dragon Ball, and kept his power level from Dragon Ball, scale-wise, he'd be comparable to Beerus in most other universes.
  • Papa Wolf: Don't screw with Marron around him or his wife. He tries to fight Super Buu to protect his family. He didn't last long, but he still tried.
  • Poor Communication Kills: He never thought to tell Piccolo or anyone else that a Saiyan can make their tails immune to being grabbed. He, and Goku's other friends, also never told him that Saiyans had the ability to transform at the sight of a full moon.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Basically his major role in Z and the movies. (For example, disguising himself as Piccolo before saving Gohan, and then doing a cape twirl).
  • Porn Stache: Despite not having a nose, he manages to grow a big, bushy mustache worthy of a 70s porn star in GT.
  • Present Absence: He is murdered at the very end of the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, kicking off the King Piccolo Saga. From there, Krillin's death drives Goku on his quest for revenge. He even does it again in the Frieza Saga. It is Krillin's death that allows Goku to become a Super Saiyan.
  • Punny Name: His name is based on "kuri" (栗), which means "chestnut." ('lin' could also be the alternate reading of 'hayashi' = 'grove'.)
  • Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: After Vegeta is curb-stomped by Cell, who Vegeta stupidly allowed to become perfect purely for Blood Knight reasons, Krillin states outright that it's his own damn fault and that Vegeta deserves to be killed for being such an idiot... but ultimately gives in and helps him because Trunks believes in him.
  • The Resenter: At the beginning, he was resentful towards Goku for being so much stronger than him. However, as time went, he lost his resentment until it completely disappeared by the time of the first tournament.
  • Retired Badass: He officially retires from fighting after the Cell Games, although he's one of the first ones on the front lines when danger appears.
  • The Rival: His introductory episode was called "Goku's Rival", though the two went from rivals to best friends fairly quickly.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He kills three Saibamen with his Scattering Bullet special attack when Yamcha is killed to protect him. Goku always has one when Krillin dies.
  • Robosexual: Played with. He marries Android 18…but that name is a limitation of English in the translation, as the original "Jinzou-Ningen" doesn't specify mechanical or biological artificiality. She and her brother were originally humans before being modified by Gero, thus allowing 18 to have a daughter.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In-Universe example. After Cell dismisses Mr. Satan by knocking him into a mountain, Krillin tells Gohan without shame that he was rooting for Cell.
  • Sacrificial Lion: First major good guy to die in the entire series. He is also the last one killed in the Frieza Saga which triggers Goku's transformation into a Super Saiyan.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Goku's Manly Man. He is very open about his feelings and often cries, while Goku can be somewhat emotionally repressed. Krillin often looks to Goku as a source of strength.
  • Signature Move: The Destructo Disc/Kienzan. Although he is hardly the only user of it, he is the one who invented it and uses it the most.
  • Skintone Sclerae: While a staple of the early Toriyama style, he's the only major character to keep this trait. Interestingly, he didn't have this trait in the anime until the Red Ribbon Army arc. It's averted in the manga however, where colored illustrations depicting him have the same whites in his eyes as everyone else.
  • The Smart Guy: This is what keeps him in the game until the end of the Frieza arc, and also what keeps him getting the most screen time out of the human combatants even after he's far outclassed by the Saiyans.
  • Spanner in the Works: Krillin, along with Gohan, were this to both Vegeta and Frieza on Namek. They successfully hid a Dragon Ball for several days, them teaming up with Vegeta kept them alive until Goku arrived, and they took the Dragon Balls and used them before Vegeta or Frieza knew what was happening. Even Krillin's death was the trigger needed to activate Goku's Super Saiyan form.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • Oh, let us count the ways... Krillin (Funimation), Kuririn (Viz, also the literal transliteration), Kulilin (wears hats with this on it in the manga), Klilyn (most Bandai toys and in some cel art by Toei)...
    • Despite his name having been spelt as "Kulilin" in the manga, the name "Kuririn" involves a play on "kuri", the Japanese word for "chestnut" (this is joked about, with reference to his bald head, at one stage) - likely, "Kulilin" is the result of liberal transliteration of Japanese ("l" and "r" sounds are indistinct), and "Krillin" is supposed to be an adaptation that is better suited for the foreign palate. (Incidentally, you can buy and eat 'krill' with a bit of difficulty, so it keeps the edible theme naming going.)
  • Story-Breaker Power: This trope is probably the reason he never uses the Solar Flare and the Destructo Disc together to defeat any of his opponents. However, that combination wouldn't work with any enemy who can regenerate or are super powerful.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Downplayed but he has some of this dynamic with 18, who is stronger than him by a pretty wide margin in terms of raw power but he's a more skilled and strategically inclined fighter than her.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Frieza tried to do this in Super. He offers his men planets if they can kill Krillin, knowing the emotional pain it will cause Goku. Krillin, however, proves to be far too strong to be killed by standard mooks.
  • Super Cop: By Resurrection 'F' and Dragon Ball Super, he's found a job as a cop. Bear in mind that he is arguably the strongest Earthling, with enough ki to slice the planet in two, if not destroy it outright. As he takes his job very seriously, however, he will only use the vehicles and equipment issued to him for their intended purposes, using his absurd power only as a last resort.
  • Superior Successor: He officially surpasses Master Roshi by the time of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. He also surpasses Kami after training with him to fight the Saiyans. Going by Dragon Ball Online, he becomes the new master of the Turtle School.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: He becomes stronger than Master Roshi and Kami by the time of the Saiyan Saga. Officially, he is stated to be the strongest human in the world.
  • Taken for Granite: Along with Piccolo, he is turned to stone by Dabura's Super Spit.
  • Tender Tears: Sensitivity, thy name is Krillin.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Even for a show where Death Is Cheap, Krillin has died quite a bit. Furthermore, his deaths typically hold a lot of weight.
    • He is the first main character to ever die in the series, being killed by Tambourine back in Dragon Ball.
    • He dies at the hand of Frieza, where his death was seemingly permanent due to having died once already (the Namekian Dragon Balls allowing second revival was unknown at this point). There's also the fact his death triggered Goku's Super Saiyan transformation for the first time.
    • During the Buu Saga, he is turned into stone by Dabura's spit, which is quickly undone when Dabura gets killed. Then he actually dies when Super Buu turns him into chocolate and eats him.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Unlike most of the human cast, Krillin continues to receive screentime and plot importance, and he actually comes through with the occasional cool moment at several critical points. He also got to marry Android 18, and have a daughter with her.
  • Time to Unlock More True Potential: He has his hidden power awakened by Guru, giving him a fighting chance on Namek.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: To Android 18, who's as tall as Bulma and Chi-Chi.
  • Took a Level in Badass: During the lead up to the Universe Survival Arc, he takes several huge ones to the point of being able to hold his own with Base Gohan and give Goku a decent fight. He can now throw multiple Destructo Discs and control their trajectories, just like Frieza's Death Saucers. He also improved his Solar Flare to 100x, which can blind even those with their eyes closed and disable the ability to sense ki for a time.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He started out as The Bully and a brat who often cheats and demeans Goku. After becoming friends with Goku, he becomes a nicer person and eventually develops a pure heart, as seen when he is able to hold the Spirit Bomb.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: While not ugly, he is short and kind of baby-faced. That said, he is average looking compared to Android 18.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • He did this all the time as a child. He didn't think much of Goku when they first meet, seeing him as some goofy boy who had no real training. He is also dismissive of General Blue and Fangs the Vampire, seeing them as pushovers since he fought and got fairly far in the World Martial Arts Tournament. All three of them easily beat him up. He still didn't learn his lesson when he meets Chiaotzu, seeing him as a runt. He manages to beat Chiaotzu, although it's a tough match, which he barely won. Even as an adult and a more experience warrior, he underestimates Frieza's true form since it is smaller and on the cute side compared to his other transformations.
    • He gets this a lot himself both as a child and as a small adult on top of being a human. Nappa nearly lost his head because he was going to catch the Destructo Disc if Vegeta didn't warn him to dodge at the very last second and Frieza nearly gets cut to pieces by the same attack. He is also the one to throw the Spirit Bomb at Vegeta, who all but ignored him.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Like Goku, Gohan, Goten and Yajirobe, his Japanese voice artist is a woman, even in his adult stage.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss:
    • Amusingly, he manages to be this to Piccolo during the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. He makes Piccolo reveal some of his true power and although Piccolo beats him, he's shocked that Krillin is still alive after he thought he killed him, making Piccolo muse that taking over the world maybe tougher than he thought even if he kills Goku.
    • He's also Goku's first true challenge at the 22nd World Martial Tournament. If Goku didn't train his tail, he would have lost to him.
  • Warrior Monk: Was originally a student at a Shaolin temple, until he got tired of the other students picking on him for being so small, and decided to train under Roshi instead.
  • We Are "Team Cannon Fodder": Subverted. Yes, he's part of Team Cannon Fodder, but Krillin always gets a few good hits in against the villain of the day, and he doesn't lose his importance as a character until the Buu arc.
  • We Have Become Complacent: He largely retires from fighting after the Cell Saga, preferring to settle down with his family. He reaches his lowest point in Super, where he's become so weak that he can be harmed by conventional bullets. When 18 criticizes him for having become such a weakling, stating that the warrior he had become was not the man she fell in love with, Krillin agrees to train with Goku again.
  • Weak, but Skilled: This is his hat. Not having nowhere near as much raw strength or ki, he is a seriously cunning fighter. He ran rings around Nappa and Frieza when they tried to kill Gohan, and played a major part in the battle with Vegeta. As 18 is Unskilled, but Strong, it adds a facet to their Opposites Attract relationship.
    • This is immediately apparent in his fights with Goku and Piccolo in the World Martial Arts Tournament. Despite clearly being outclassed by both in terms of raw power, he's able to fight evenly with them due to the sheer variety of the techniques he uses (some of which he came up with completely on the fly) and being able to exploit their weaknesses and openings. Notably, the only other person who has shown comparable skill is Master Roshi, who has centuries of experience.
    • He's the first non-Crane-style student on Earth to learn how to fly (on his own, though with some idea of how it's done, and on-screen since we don't know when Goku learned). More notable is that he managed to develop a technique that could seriously wound or kill an opponent easily a hundred times his strength. He just rarely hits anyone with it.
    • He's able to fire off the Genki-dama/Spirit Bomb (Goku collected the Genki) with some accuracy, though it wasn't enough to do in Vegeta.
    • During their "image training" on the way to Namek, when Krillin compliments Gohan on his strength, Gohan tells him he was surprised by just how many different techniques Krillin threw at him.
    • Even in the Cell Saga when stakes quickly became so high he was outmatched, he still kept his importance due to his skills at observation and resourcefulness - when things look their bleakest, Krillin is often the one to point out something important or give a pragmatic plan of action. And this extends to his ability to sense Ki, as more often than not, he is the first one to sense something from long-range, or is the quickest to sense the 'real' details of someone's new abilities (such as Trunks' not-so-hidden Ultra-Super-Saiyan). He even puzzles out Piccolo's sudden outburst after the Androids beat them. Yamcha takes his threat to betray them seriously while Krillin figures out pretty quickly that he is actually going to fuse with Kami for the power boost and is hiding his embarrassment with aggression. Acknowledged as such in Kai ("I can still sense Ki with the best of them!"), and even referenced in Battle of Gods when Roshi asks if Krillin is still able to follow the fight while the rest of them can't (he can't, but points for trying to sense God Ki).
    • In the GBA Game Supersonic Warrior, he's forced to be Earth's champion when Goku ends up succumbing to the heart virus despite Trunks coming to the past. Turns out, "weak but skilled" means he has the best Ki control among the Z Warriors - since he has to keep up with superhumans and aliens, who simply have more of it than he does, he's had to use it wisely - and he's up to the task of merely protecting Earth. Specifically, he stops Super Saiyan Vegeta from destroying 18 before Taking a Level in Badass when Goku uses his free day of life from Baba to teach Krillin both the Kaioken and the Spirit Bomb. He ends up defeating Perfect Cell singlehandedly and even defeating Majin Buu with a well-timed Kamehameha.
    • He's able to defeat Gohan in a mock fight in the Universe Survival arc because, as he points out, there are rules and restrictions in a tournament that prevent people like Gohan and Goku from just utterly obliterating their opponents, which puts weaker but more cunning fighters like himself on a more even playing field.
  • The Worf Effect: Gets this from time to time. He blows past the preliminary round of the 21st Martial Tournament as easily as Goku, yet is completely outmatched by Jackie Chun and he gets his butt handed to him by General Blue despite his good showing against the robot pirate that gave even Goku a hard time. He beats Chiaotzu who is second only to Tien in strength, yet loses to Goku who was playing with him. He is the first to fall to Tambourine and is nearly killed by Piccolo Jr at the 23rd Martial Arts Tournament. In Z, he manages to kill three Saibamen with one shot, but the blast did nothing to Nappa and Vegeta. In Super he's explicitly shown to be aware of this and even develops a complex over how much weaker he is than the likes of Goku and Vegeta, until he realizes when fighting Freiza's forces that because he's been hanging around fighters like them he's become insanely strong by human standards.
  • World's Strongest Man: According to Yamcha and Toriyama, he's the strongest Human character. At the very least, he is definitely the strongest of the "ordinary" humans with no known unusual ancestry or outside physical enhancement.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: As seen in a movie, when Chi-Chi slaps him with a shopping bag and kicks him, he doesn't make an effort to fight back (he knows that Chi-Chi can crush him, but still...) This is more likely because she's the wife of Goku, his best friend, as he had no problem fighting Zangya in the Bojack movie.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: When Supreme Kai warns the Z Warriors that Babidi is capable of finding even the slightest trace of evil in someone's heart and using it to control them, Krillin points out that one of them wasn't always one of the good guys- Piccolo, who was literally made of Kami's pure evil. However, Vegeta is in the same room too. Babidi takes control of Vegeta rather than Piccolo, ultimately leading to Buu's revival.
  • Your Size May Vary: Although never exactly tall, Krillin's height is wildly inconsistent, especially in the anime. The only time it is ever consistent is when he wears his gi. For instance, early on in Z, one shot shows him to be only slightly shorter than Goku while the next shows Raditz completely towering over him. In Super, he has shrunk significantly, but his height is at least somewhat more consistent.

    Master Roshi 

Master Roshi (武天老師, Muten Roushi/Wutian Laoshi, lit. Martial Heaven Old Master)
AKA The Turtle Hermit (亀仙人, Kame Sen'nin)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Kouhei Miyauchi (Dragon Ball and Z), Joji Yanami (DB episode 137 only), Hiroshi Masuoka (Z and GT), Masaharu Sato (Movie 13, Kai, Battle of Gods, Resurrection 'F', Super), Kinya Aikawa (The Path to Power), Takkou Ishimori (Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure)
Voiced by (English): Clifton Wells (Harmony Gold); Michael Donovan, Ian James Corlett, Peter Kelamis, Don Brown, Terry Klassen (BLT/Ocean); Mike McFarland (Funimation); Dean Galloway (Blue Water); Ed Marcus (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Nesty Ramirez (Creative Products Corp., Philippines); Dave Bridges (Animax); Kirk Thornton (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia in Super)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Jesús Colín (DB, Z and GT), Jorge Roig (Kai), Miguel Ángel Sanromán (Battle of Gods, Resurrection ‘F’, Kai the Final Chapters and Super)

"Goku... Krillin... You're the ones who showed this old fossil he still had something left to give. That it was too soon to let the limits of age sentenced him to sit idly by on the sidelines. You boys who were never content to stop, who kept aiming for and climbing greater and greater heights want me to take it easy? Now listen to me boys! Always remember these words: Work hard! Study well! and eat and sleep plenty. That is the Turtle Hermit way! We must master the art of peace in addition to the art of war! The Turtle Hermit School will be with you... always! This will be my greatest, most powerful Kamehameha!"

Goku's first mentor. A hermit whose home is located on a small island in the middle of the ocean. Very strong (at least at the start of the series) and with a keen eye. Also very perverted and usually hits on any pretty tail that comes his way.


  • Achilles in His Tent: During the Red Ribbon Army Saga.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the anime version of the Tournament of Power, he was already formidable enough, but in the manga, even though a lot of his spotlight got sidetracked, he was able to survive long enough, being the 6th overall fighter to get taken out from the Tournament of Power, even outlasting Gohan, Piccolo, and Android 18. He took out a Pride Trooper (Kahseral) and even managed to endure Jiren temporarily as an attempt to buy Goku time to rest.
  • Animal Motif: Turtles.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • His Max Power form makes him strong enough to destroy entire mountains and the Moon with a single Kamehameha, but the muscle increase greatly slows him down, and using even one Ki Attack will burn him out. As of Resurrection 'F', he's more mobile and can use more than one energy attack while in that state.
    • The Maufuba. In terms of power and use its virtually a OHKO that can work on anyone, even beings who are far stronger then Roshi is, and since very few people know about the attack, Roshi is almost guaranteed to land it when he is able to use it. However, the technique has a steep cost to use, and can often kill the user if they are unprepared for it, such as what happened to Roshi when he used it on Demon King Piccolo back in Dragon Ball. Even if the user doesn't die, they are left exhausted as a result, and if someone is able to learn about the attack, they can reverse it and seal the caster, or another target.
  • Badass Beard: Befitting a hermit, he's got a long white beard.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's bald and proud.
  • Big Good: In Dragon Ball, by virtue of being the wisest and most experienced of the group. Kami effectively took this role after his introduction up until his fusion with Piccolo.
  • Bilingual Bonus: A very interesting case for his name. Outside of the translations of his titles seen above at the top of his page near the folder, note that "Laoshi/Roushi" literally means "Old Master" In the most current English dub, he basically is called "Master Old Master" if one literaly translates "Master Roshi/Roushi".
  • Bishōnen Line: When he buffs up, his missing teeth grow back.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Roshi was, for a long time, one of the most powerful people on the planet. However, he spends his days watching porn and exercise videos, letting his students save the earth rather than get off his island.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He came the closest to stopping King Piccolo by using the Evil Containment Wave to seal him into a rice cooker. He misses the cooker and dies soon afterwards, allowing Piccolo to get his wish to regain his youth.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a 300-year old perverted man... who happened to be the creator of the Kamehameha, tutor of Goku and Krillin and in early parts of the series the greatest martial artist on Earth.
  • Butt-Monkey: To extreme levels after being Demoted to Extra, but had moments in Dragon Ball.
  • Buxom Is Better: At least he thinks so. Played straight with Maron.
  • Can't Catch Up:
    • He retires from fighting during the second tournament arc, admitting that the new generation is both stronger and no longer needs his guidance. During later story arcs he expresses frustration at not being able to help during the major fights. Though, considering how strong Frieza, Cell and especially both Buu and Beerus were, he wouldn't had a chance.
    • Averted as of Resurrection of 'F. He takes on Frieza's henchmen with ease and Toriyama states that he could have always been that strong, and started to train himself rigorously again.
    • In Dragon Ball Super, during a brief arc where he gets mind-controlled, he defeats Tien and Goku had to put effort into beating him and later notes that he must have been training in secret the whole time. He is later chosen to be a part of the team in the multiverse tournament, while Yamcha, Goten and Trunks, are not. This is partly because, due to the way the competition is entirely based on ringing out opponents, combat experience is as equally important as raw strength. While Yamcha had tournament experience, he's deemed too rusty to be a strong competitor. In contrast, the fact Master Roshi clearly had been continuing his training, in conjunction with being a character with one of the most experience under his belt leads to the hope that he'll be a good teammate. Goku's judgment is spot on, as Roshi quickly proves to be one of the most effective members of the team.
  • Chick Magnet: He's perfectly capable of getting women if he wanted to. As Jackie Chun, girls even asked for his autograph before his fight with Man-Wolf.
  • Clark Kenting: His disguise of Jackie Chun involves taking off his shades and putting on a wig. Only Yamcha saw through it until Roshi tricked him and Goku didn't think he was Master Roshi since they didn't smell the same, Roshi covered his scent with perfume.
  • Combat Pragmatist: What he becomes by necessity in Dragon Ball Super. He's absolutely ancient by human standards and even with the arena specifically designed to prevent Ki-based flight abilities and balancing the Super Weight that heavyworlders (or those who train like them) gain when fighting on an optimal field, he relies on trickery, esoteric techniques, and wisdom to defeat opponents who outclass him by power alone. This goes so far as Roshi specifically seeking out warriors he knows will trip up his stronger, but less canny, students. The no-flight clause is played to his advantage, as Roshi never actually learned the ability to fly without assistance.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: He's a perverted old man who would be in jail for sexual assault if he was a real person. Him being regularly beaten up by Bulma, Blond Launch, and Android 18 is karma for the most part and invokes almost no sympathy for anyone.
  • Confusion Fu: When he's using his Drunken Master technique. He pretends to be drunk to make his movements unpredictable. This works extremely well against Goku since he can't copy this technique since he has never been drunk.
  • Cool Old Guy: Back in Dragon Ball. Regains most of this status in Super and Resurrection ‘F’
  • Cool Shades: Never without them since he fought as Jackie Chun in the 22nd Tenkaichi Tournament. Until the Tournament of Power in Super forces him out of retirement, that is.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • He's normally a goof and a Dirty Old Man, but when he decides to get serious he is a very skilled fighter with the power to destroy the moon with one shot, making him one of the biggest badasses in original Dragon Ball up to even as far up in the timeline as The World's Strongest movie.
    • The sunglasses, Hawaiian shirts and (most of) the sex jokes fall by the wayside during the King Piccolo arc, as he takes charge of the situation.
    • Taken to extremes where it's revealed via Resurrection ‘F’ that he could have stood up to a few of the Z villains if he'd bothered trying rather than letting his students take care of everything.
    • In Super, he proves that despite not having the raw strength of his two students anymore, he more than makes up for it with his wisdom and skill, effortlessly dodging combatants using direct attacks and outwitting the trickier opponents. And when all of that fails, he reveals that his signature move, the Kamehameha, is still nothing to scoff at.
  • Cutting the Knot: When Goku transforms into a Great Ape during the World Martial Arts Tournament. Yamcha tries to tell him he needs to cut off Goku's tail to change him back. Roshi opts for a more permanent solution by blowing up the moon itself.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Mafuba (Evil Containment Wave in the dub), this is the technique that Master Mutaito used to seal King Piccolo during his original rampage. The attack requires so much energy that it more often than not kills its user, as Master Mutaito died from using. Master Roshi attempts to use the Evil Containment Wave to reseal King Piccolo after he escapes, but he not only does he misses the rice cooker, he end up dying like his master. In Super, he reluctantly teaches the Evil Containment Wave to Goku since it's the only way to defeat Future Zamasu who is an immortal. By the time of the Tournament of Power, Roshi has trained enough to be able to use it three times before being fatigued, with the last two times being very close to each other in terms of usage.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The second DBZ movie, The World's Strongest, gave him a pretty big role, helping Goku and friends fight against Dr. Wheelo. Revival of F also gave him a considerable role, helping to fight off Frieza's army. The Universe Survival arc in Super has a whole episode dedicated to him taking out 3 of Universe 4's fighters.
  • Death Seeker: Played with in that he's not actively trying to die during the Tournament of Power, but he's more than willing to spam dangerous techniques on multiple occasions even if he risks killing himself in the process just to give U7 any edge he can so his disciples can go on living. His heart actually stops beating after he puts everything he has into a giant Kamehameha and Goku has to ki-blast jumpstart his heart working again. And even after that he continues to fight until he ends up getting saved from having to perform a Heroic Sacrifice by Vegeta, who urges Roshi that it's time to forfeit and let the others take care of the rest because he's done his part.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Z and GT to ridiculous degrees like everyone else. By the time Dragon Ball Z rolls around, the only purpose he really serves is just having a house for all the characters to frequently meet up at in-between fights or for the non-fighting characters to wait around while watching TV. In Super, he does get a little more screen time since the series retells Resurrection 'F', in which he fights Frieza's men, and he teaches Goku the Evil Containment Wave. He is also chosen to be part of the Universe 7's team for the Universe Survival Saga.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Roshi means "old master". Therefore, in the English dub, Master Roshi leaves us with "Master Old Master".
  • Dirty Old Man: Probably one of the most recognizable anime examples. He provides the page image, having made perving on women his favorite pastime. He has a steady supply of girly mags, is easily distracted by any female that catches his eye, and will cop a feel at every given opportunity. Roshi always ends up paying for it, but he'll just do it again anyway. In Dragon Ball Super, he realizes these tendencies are his greatest weakness, and undergoes training to learn to control his urges... and in the Tournament of Power, we see this actually worked, as he does not fall for a female opponent's attempts to seduce him, and he is able to No-Sell Universe 2's Maidens use of a love themed attack.
  • Doting Parent: Whenever Master Roshi spends quality time with young Goku and Krillin (such as eating with them, playing with them and teaching them how to read and write) and whenever he affectionately pats their heads in praise. For the both now-adult warriors, he is the closest thing they have to a father. Especially for Krillin, as he ends up living with Roshi through the rest of the series (even when he gets married and has a kid!).
    • His horrified reaction to Jiren brutally beating Goku to as close to death as he could without killing him is much like a father who doesn't want to see his son get hurt but can do nothing about it. He sounds like he's on the verge of tears and cant help but avert his eyes.
  • Drunken Boxing: One of his fighting styles. It acts as the perfect counter to Goku's Awesomeness by Analysis since he has never been drunk before, so he can't properly copy it. However, Goku is able to counter it by just acting completely insane.
  • Eccentric Mentor: To Goku, Yamcha, and Krillin. He is a big pervert who spends his days reading and watching porn, and hitting on hot women. He was also the strongest man in the world until Goku's generation.
  • Ephebophile: He twice showed his perverted side to minors, once with Bulma (asking to see her underwear in exchange for his Dragon Ball), and one with Videl (shoving his face into her chest on Kami's Lookout). Both were 16 at those points.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: In the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament, he almost defeats Goku using an electricity-based attack that paralyzes the nerves, leaving the target helpless. This potential Story-Breaker Power is never mentioned again, until Roshi is suddenly catapulted back to relevance in Super and uses the technique against Tien while under mind control. He uses it again during the tournament to paralyze a fighter from Universe 4, helping Tien easily knock the man out. It's heavily implied that he simply doesn't like using it because the technique is potentially lethal and he's a Martial Pacifist.
  • Genius Bruiser: He has many years of wisdom, as well as being the strongest human at the start of the series
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Despite spending roughly a hundred years training, Goku is almost equal to him after a few years of training. In fact, it took Roshi fifty years to master the Kamehameha Wave, and Goku learned how to do so after simply seeing Roshi use it once.
  • Hermit Guru: Well, he is called the Turtle Hermit.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": He shows his driver's license in an episode of the anime (confirmed to be accurate by Daizenshuu 4) which shows that his name really is Muten-Roshi, or "Master Roshi" in the FU Nimation dub. For context, Muten-Roshi would never be perceived as a proper name by someone who knew its Japanese meaning; Rōshi just means "old master", while "Muten" is a combination of mu (martial) and ten (heaven), meaning his name is literally "Old Heavenly Martial Arts Master."
  • Horrifying the Horror: Despite being much weaker than King Piccolo, he manages to scare the Demon King shitless by revealing that he knows the Evil Containment Wave. Although Roshi fails to trap Piccolo and dies, Piccolo is left shaking on the ground for several seconds.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Has been shown hypnotizing Goku into falling asleep and the Man-Wolf into believing that Krillin's head was the full moon so he could recover his human form.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: In most of his fights, he appears to be a wrinkly old man. However, he can bulk up to Hulk-like levels with his MAX power. Also, there's his immense collection of techniques and tricks, including hypnosis and shooting lightning from his hands.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Claims he was very attractive when he was young. In a filler storyline, Goku went back in time and met the young Roshi, who showed there was truth to his claim. When looking at an old photo of him even Bulma commented he looked attractive.
    Bulma: Whoa, he's handsome! Who is he?
    Roshi: That's me.
    Bulma: Nuh-ah. That's impossible, he has hair!
    Roshi: I wasn't born bald you know!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be an obnoxious pervert, but beneath it he's still a kind hearted person. His first lesson for Goku and Krillin was to never use martial arts for aggression and only for self defence. During the first tournament, he showed compassion to Nam by explaining he did not need the prize money to buy water after he was defeated by Goku and gives him a capsule to store water from a well to take back to his village.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: He invented it.
  • Living Legend: When he was introduced, Master Roshi was revered as the God of Martial Arts and the World's Strongest Man; in the episode "Tien's Atonement," he's even able to get Tien off the hook for a murder accusation just through his personal endorsement.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Roshi is seriously perverted but he's shown to be a really nice person at several points.
  • Manchild: Master Roshi is of old age, but behaves like a child. A very perverted child.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: He is the master of a number of characters who pass his style to the next generation, giving him one of the longest chains in the series: Mutaito and Korin > Master Roshi > Son Gohan, Sr and Ox-King > Son Goku, Yamcha, Krillin, and Chi-Chi > Son Gohan, Son Goten, Pan, and Uub
  • Meaningful Name: "Roshi" means master.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Sacrifices his life to try and reseal King Piccolo, only for the attempt to fail. He does get resurrected later, although by that point has the role as mentor has been passed to other characters. He tries it again in Super several times thinking he must have this mindset for his students, until Vegeta makes it clear in a few short words it isn't necessary to die there and that he has already fulfilled his duty as a warrior in this battle.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: Gives such a speech to King Piccolo after his failed attempt to reseal him:
    Roshi: You haven't won. Your dark dreams will never come true. Somewhere, someone will succeed where I failed. Until that day, live in fear. You will fall. We're only human... but... but we will survive. We will... survive...
    Roshi [Latin American Spanish dub]: I...I thought...that this would bring your end and all would return to normal, but unfortunately, I was wrong. I have the hope that someday, someone more powerful than you...will be able to finish you and save the whole world, of that I'm sure...it wouldn't be fair to be wrong.
  • Obsolete Mentor: For everyone but Krillin by the start of Z. Even Krillin is mentioned as explicitly being stronger than him in the very beginning when Bulma gets the Scouter working. This gets Subverted somewhat in Super, since Goku goes to him to learn the Mafuba, called the Evil Containment Wave in the dub. During the tournament arc, Goku and Krillin also went to him specifically to re-train their basics, and he was actually able to still teach them a thing or two. So, yeah, his students may now be stronger than him, but his wisdom definitely makes him by no means obsolete.
  • Older Hero Versus Younger Villain: Roshi vs Goku at the climax of the 21st Tenkaichi Budokai is told from Roshi’s perspective, with Goku as the Hero Antagonist.
  • Old Master: Was once the strongest man in the world and mentor to several of the main characters, and they still think of him as their master despite most of them being stronger than him.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is never revealed throughout the series, only the titles Master/Muten Roushi ("Martial Arts Heavenly Old Sage") and Kame Sen'nin ("Turtle Hermit").
  • Passing the Torch: Did this when he retired from being Jackie Chun.
  • The Peeping Tom: Roshi tried to use Bulma inventions for this twice. Before, he used a watch that can shrink the person who is wearing it as a way to spy on Bulma while she is on the toilet but failed. Again, when he used Bulma's little fly robot to spy some girls on the beach.
  • Porn Stash: Owns a huge collection.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Thanks to the Sacred Water he's over 300 while still looking in his 70s
  • The Resenter: Briefly, when he realizes that Goku has surpassed him during the 22nd Martial Arts Tournament, he's so upset about it that he can barely concentrate on his matches. Fighting with Tien snaps him out of it, as he realizes that the new generation surpassing the old is good for the future of the Martial Arts, and that he's truly proud of his best students.
  • Retired Badass:
    • When he was satisfied that the younger generation had surpassed him, he stopped training. Though at times when the world's at risk, he regrets this. However, considering the ridiculous amount of Sorting Algorithm of Evil that happens in Z, he couldn't reach the level of Frieza's Mooks, let alone Frieza. And that's not even getting into Cell, Buu and Beers.
    • Averted in Resurrection 'F', where he fights off Frieza's army along with several other Z-Fighters.
    • Again in Super's fifth major arc, where he's part of the team representing Universe 7.
  • Reused Character Design: His appearance is based on the God of Earth in Dr. Slump (not to be confused with Dragon Ball's Kami-sama).
  • The Rival: To Master Shen and his Crane school. They used to be friends, until the Crane Hermit turned to evil after being corrupted by King Piccolo.
  • Secret Identity: Jackie Chun. He never does let the others know he and Chun were the same person.
  • Shock and Awe: His used-only-twice ultimate technique, the Thunder Shock Surprise/Bankoku Bikkuri Shou. Justified in that he can't actually do anything else while he's using the move, and it doesn't cause enough pain to severely harm opponents of extreme durability.
  • Signature Laugh: The English dub gives him an extremely unique laugh that anyone can recognize. Yamcha even uses it as evidence that he was Jackie Chun since they literally had the same laugh.
  • Signature Move: The Original Kamehameha
  • Sunglasses at Night: Rarely takes his shades off. When he does it when not wearing a disguise, get ready to run.
  • Super Mode: His "Max Power" form, where he basically bulks up like the Hulk.
  • Team Dad: In the original Dragon Ball. He was the mentor and father figure to Goku, Krillin, and later Yamcha and even Tien.
  • Telepathy: The first to use it in the series. Nam, a participant of the 21st Tenka'ichi Budokai, even suggested this ability is a sign of a great martial arts master.
  • Temporary Bulk Change: See Super Mode above.
  • Took a Level in Badass: During the lead up to the Tournament of Power, Goku realizes Roshi has gotten stronger over the years. It's not nearly at the level the Z Fighters are usually fighting at, but Roshi can hold his own against opponents at roughly the same tier as base level Goku. As icing on the cake, he learns to get over his habits as a Dirty Old Man.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in episode 107, in which Roshi, while exhausted from previous fights, is briefly able to fight off Frost in close combat, even though Frost outpowers him by orders of magnitude!
    • In the Super manga, he manages to outlast 18, Piccolo, Gohan, and every other universe outside of U11 to be one of the 10 remaining fighters in the Tournament of Power after Kale's rampage, subsequent fusion with Caulifla into Kefla, and her elimination by Gohan.
      • Also from the manga, he fights Jiren alone in order to teach Goku that skill can surpass raw power. He lasts a while, dodging Jiren's attacks far more efficiently than anyone else up until that point - Beerus compares Roshi's technique to Ultra Instinct.
  • Training from Hell: In-universe, he's infamous for it… And it's actually harsher than rumored. The exercises he's seen subjecting his pupils to are:
    • The Milk Run from Hell: delivering milk on foot over vast distances that include climbing a mountain (there's a staircase, but it's still a few kilometers), crossing a river near the top of a waterfall, walking on a fallen tree over a cliff, crossing a desert, and being chased by a dinosaur, all with a single break on top of the mountain. All but the mountain is to be done running, as it's speed training and the delivery has to be made in time. This is only the early morning training;
    • Plowing a large field bare handed to reinforce their hands. This is done after a short break after the Milk Run from Hell, and before breakfast… Assuming they do the job quick enough to earn the breakfast;
    • Perform construction work for at least five men, each, to increase physical strength (and earn some money). They can use tools for this, but nothing with an engine;
    • Swimming across a lake and back for ten times. While chased by a giant shark;
    • Reflex training is to fight angry bees while tied to a tree. After the shark, this is pretty tame;
    • After the first day, he has them wear 20 kilos shells on their backs all the time, progressively increasing the weight. He himself wears a 40 kilo shell all the time;
    • Reconstruction as he knows what he's doing, he gives his pupils only exercises they can deal with (and actually makes sure they're strong enough before accepting them as trainees), grants them enough rest between the exercises, feeds them all they need (even Goku), and takes time to teach them other basic skills such as writing and reading, math (this actually was crucial for Krillin's victory over Chiaotzu: the latter was winning until Krillin distracted him with math questions, and pummelled him when he tried to count on his fingers, as Chiaotzu's teacher had neglected to teach him math), common knowledge, manners, honour, and so on. In fact, the Milk Run from Hell, plowing a field and performing construction work double as legitimate work, so they can learn its value.
      “Work hard, study well, and sleep plenty, that's the Turtle Hermit's way to learn.”
  • Tritagonist: For First and Second Tournament Arc and King Piccolo Arc.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Serves as this when disguised as Jackie Chun. He easily beats Yamcha and Krillin, and hands Goku his first real defeat, showing them that they still have a lot to learn. He is also the first one to really challenge Tien, although he surrendered.
  • Warrior Poet: Rarely shows it clearly, but his wisdom is undeniable-and more covertly, his Training from Hell includes lessons of basic skills such as reading, writing, and counting, and teaches both the value of hard work and some hard but useful professions.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: His method of training includes having his students work by delivering milk by foot at the break of dawn, then sowing fields with their bare hands, then helping out at a construction site, all the while wearing heavy turtle shells on their backs. And boy, does it pay off. Unlike the troper namer, Master Roshi is actually upfront about it (although there's little room to argue considering the tasks are anything but easy).
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • Roshi's hat in the Universe Survival Saga; he may not have a ton of raw power, but he has a lot of experience, and unconventional techniques on top of that, such as hypnosis, the Evil Containment Wave, and his paralysis technique. Roshi himself notes that compared to most of the cast who usually get focus, he's more inclined to fight dirty if he is allowed to. During his one-on-one fight with Ganos, the latter is explicitly stated to be much stronger and faster, but Roshi beats him anyway because he can easily read Ganos' movements and turn his own power against him, leading him to be the third consecutive fighter from Universe 4 that Roshi knocked out.
    • This doesn't hold up terribly well when facing an opponent who was powerful and cunning. Roshi got stomped by Frost, had to resort to the Evil Containment Wave, but ended up missing after his stamina was drained. He tried it again for Magetta, but Frost intercepted it and successfully turned it on Vegeta. Roshi was able to salvage the situation by using a directed ki blast to shatter the bottle and free Vegeta.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Him and the Crane Hermit used to be friends who trained under the same master. That is until King Piccolo corrupted Shen and they became bitter rivals.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Well, more like "Wig, take off the sunglasses" and "Not Even Bothering with the Accent"... Now, who is this mysterious Jackie Chun? For a moment, it seemed like kid Goku saw through it, but Goku actually guessed that Roshi and "Chun" were related. Roshi pulled out a prop family tree and falsely acknowledged Goku'a guess.
  • World's Best Warrior: Even though he's no longer the world's strongest, he's still the most skilled martial artist in the world by far, to the point where even Goku still comes to him for fighting advice. The Tournament of Power arc showcases this nicely, as he beats several opponents far stronger than he is, and he displays insight that is so finely attuned that Beerus actually mistakes it for the god-like Ultra Instinct ability.
  • World's Strongest Man: He was, at one point, the most powerful human being on the planet. He has lost this position by the time of Z. By Dragon Ball Super however, he has become the most powerful flightless human, and, more notably, the most powerful flightless mortal in Universe 7.
  • Wowing Cthulhu: His successes in the Tournament of Power are so great that he impresses Beerus.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Inverted when he is habitually beaten by the majority of the female cast, and he never makes any effort to fight back. He just takes the beatings. He is a creepy old hermit, but still...
    • In Dragon Ball Super, he had no problems fighting Yurin, and he states that he will fight the female combatants of the Tournament of Power. It seems that while he normally will not fight women, he makes exceptions if they are causing evil or need to be defeated to save the universe.
    • Alternatively, the hits he gets from women he pervs on aren't fights, and most of them aren't fighters. He doesn't bring out the kung-fu skills against them for the same reason most wouldn't seriously fight someone who simply slapped them in the face a single time. In short, if approached as a true martial artist, he WILL give the honor of a fight regardless of gender.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: At the end of the 21st Tenkaichi considers using the Cobra Twist and the Figure Four Leglock to defeat Goku before discarding them due Goku's excessively small size. We later see him using his considerable grappling skills against Tenshinhan in the following tournament, to such great effect it would have been a very quick victory by ring-out had Tien not been able to fly.
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    Yamcha 

Yamcha (ヤムチャ, Yamucha)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Toru Furuya
Voiced by (English): Kerrigan Mahan (Harmony Gold); Ted Cole (BLT/Ocean); Christopher Sabat (Funimation); Victor Atelevich (Blue Water); Doug Rand, Sharon Mann (DB Movie 2) (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Darren Pleavin, Scott Evans (Animax), Grant George (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia dub in Super)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Ricardo Mendoza (current voice), Jesús Barrero (DB eps. 5-60), Enrique Mederos (Z eps. 127-132), Rafael Rivera (Dragon Ball Harmony Gold), Óscar Flores (Path of Power)

Yamcha was a desert bandit, Bulma's first love, and Goku's first rival. Even in the original series, Yamcha was often used as the primary victim of The Worf Effect, hardly winning any important fights despite being one of the most powerful protagonists. By Z he was pretty much a target to show how tough the villains were, so much so that around the Buu Saga he gave up fighting entirely (except for fillers in which he somehow defeated enemies even Goku had trouble with a few years before).

Yamcha was the series' originator for a lot of the tropes and quirks that would later be popularized by characters like Krillin, Tenshinhan, Piccolo, and Vegeta. The Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy, rival-turned-friend, Butt-Monkey, Mr. Exposition, and "bad boy" roles these characters fulfill all started with him. Even Gohan and Future Trunks draw from him; they both inherited his shy awkwardness, sword fighting, and long-haired character designs.


  • Accidental Pervert: Quite lots in earlier chapters of the manga, when his fear of women is still intact, no less. Such as when he accidentally watched Bulma take a bath and likely touched Bulma's boobs when she was naked while sleeping.
  • The Ace: During the baseball episode of Super, being the only player on either team with any skill (or knowledge in general) in the game.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • He fares either worse or better in the anime. Yamcha does more in anime only battles and situations, but sometimes he comes off better in the manga's version of events (an example of this is Yamcha had no trouble holding down Great Ape Goku in the manga).
    • Like the other canonically-weaker characters, he can fight leagues beyond his weight class in video games. Up to Eleven in Dragon Ball Fighter Z, as his fast-paced playstyle has made him the Memetic Badass of the game. This does not stop Cell, Nappa, Frieza, AND GOKU from making fun of him for being too weak to be effected by the waves.
    • A relatively minor example but in the JRPG Attack of the Saiyans, Yamcha is often considered to be the second or third best character in the game, only behind Goku and Gohan respectively. Being a fast, melee-based character, Yamcha can inflict lots of damage very quickly and evade enemy attacks fairly reliably. His skill-set is also all around quite good, with lots of heavy-hitters like Wolf-Fang Fist, Wolf Hurricane, Spirit Ball and Neo Wolf Fang Fist. Yamcha even has his own piece of exclusive equipment (the only non-saiyan character to do so) which doubles his Power and Speed, but cuts his defense in half, effectively making him a damn powerful Glass Cannon. Most people even consider Yamcha one of the more viable characters for fighting Broly with. However, despite his badassery, Yamcha still dies to the Saibamen in the end-game.
    • In a What-If? Saga in Raging Blast, Yamcha defeats Vegeta and Future Trunks one after another in order to win over Bulma.
  • Adorkable: It's even admitted In-Universe.
  • Amicable Exes: He maintained a close relationship with Bulma after their breakup. Even telling Future Trunks about Vegeta going Papa Wolf on Cell to make him feel better.
  • Always Second Best: The first of many characters to always be behind Goku despite given him a decent challenge when they first met. He is also the overall weakest of the Turtle School (not counting Ox King and Gohan Sr.).
  • Animal Battle Aura: His battle aura takes the shape of a wolf.
  • Animal Motifs: Oftentimes his aura will give him the appearance of a wolf even when he isn't using one of his Wolf Fang techniques.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy:
    • In his debut, Yamcha was this (except around Bulma). He lost most of this after his Heel–Face Turn. Yamcha usually has an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy moment every time he gets a large increase in power from training. Perhaps this trait of his was finally lost during his fight against Shen in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. Coming into the match, Yamcha was absolutely sure of his victory, but after being embarrassed by some of Shen's moves, Shen chastises Yamcha for his arrogance, saying that Yamcha's overconfidence on his own strength as well as his opponent's appearance made him blind to the subtlety of Shen's attacks. After listening to Shen's lecture, Yamcha seemed to have wised up, even managing to land a good hit on Shen before losing, and becomes a lot more focused and dependable on the fights that followed.
    • His arrogance did return in the Saiyan Saga. After he easily beat the second Saibaman, he challenges Nappa and Vegeta, and says he will fight all the Saibamen at once. This caused him to lower his guard, allowing the defeated Saibaman to grab him and blow him up.
  • Art Evolution: During most of the original Dragon Ball series, Yamcha had small eyes that were shaped similar to Tenshinhan's eyes. It wasn't until the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai that his eyes started looking more like Goku's.
  • Ascended Meme: His infamous death pose is referenced every once in a while. In Super's Episode 70, he even makes it, crater and all (alive, this time), when he steals a base.
  • Barbarian Longhair: His most frequent hairstyle. He mentioned his short haircut was at Bulma's request (Goku couldn't even recognize him when he first showed up with his new 'do) and could be considered an example of him trying to change from an outlaw in the desert to ordinary citizen in the city.
  • Becoming the Mask: He initially assisted Goku and the others in gathering the Dragon Balls with the intention of stealing them once they got all seven. It wasn't until the events at Pilaf's castle that he and Puar became friends with them for real.
  • Being Good Sucks: The reason Yamcha fought the Saibamen was to protect Krillin, who wanted to go next. As he pointed out, Krillin was revived already with the Dragon Balls so him dying would have been permanent, while Yamcha could be revived if the worst happens. For his good deed, Yamcha gets suicide bombed by the Saibaman, making him the first casualty of the Saiyan Invasion and he never even gets the chance to fight Nappa. And worst of all, the fandom won't ever let him live this down.
  • Bishōnen: Yamcha's been described as "good looking in a boyish sort of way" and "a pretty boy." Very slightly lessened after he gets his scars.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Yamcha is never seen accomplishing his dream to marry and have a family. In Dragon Ball GT he's even seen going back to his life alone in Diablo Desert. After the Cell Saga he also gave up martial arts and competing in tournaments, when both were things he loved to do. Though he seemed perfectly happy with how things turned out, makes sense seeing how he's such an easygoing guy. He just takes every curve life can throw at him in stride. The end of the Cell arc had him talk about a girl he was seeing, so he's still socializing and dating on his own time, even if we never see it.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Goku when he was being pummeled by the Rabbit Mob who held Bulma hostage. Also invoked in the same arc, when Yamcha lends the stranded heroes a ride, as part of his plan.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In both metaphorical AND literal sense of break. In the 8th chapter of manga Son Goku sends Yamcha in the air with his punch but Yamcha breaks and bounces off the frame's border back to the ground. See for yourself.
  • Butt-Monkey: He has it worse than Krillin. From his first appearance it was always something of a Running Gag that Yamcha was unlucky. And while he puts up a fight, he NEVER gets past the first round of the tournament (an exception being in Mystical Adventure). He never even gets to fight Vegeta and Nappa with the others; he gets distracted and killed in a Suicide Attack by a Saibaman. In the Android Saga, he gets badly injured by Dr. Gero who puts a hand through his chest and nearly dies. Oh, and then his girlfriend has Vegeta's baby. During the Universal Surviving Saga, he expects to be asked to join the U7 team and waits at home for an invitation. Goku never considers him even when Buu needed to be replaced. Poor guy just can't catch a break.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Used to be like this to such a degree that he couldn't even be around women without freaking out. After spending time around Bulma in the Pilaf Saga, and even picking her up to get her to safety at one point, Yamcha mostly gets over his phobia (although he sometimes still does show some nervous tendencies around beautiful women).
  • Can't Catch Up: Yamcha retires from fighting after the Cell Saga. He Lampshades it himself when, unlike Krillin, he decides to forgo participating in the 25th World Tournament.
  • Chick Magnet: Being a handsome guy, he is very popular among girls. In Dragon Ball, he even has his own fan club.
  • Combat Commentator: Yamcha's apparently read up on all of the local legends and famous martial artists: he's able to identify Goku's bo staff, Master Roshi, Grandpa Gohan, Ox-King, and the rabbit boss. He even knew that Roshi was the one who trained Gohan and Ox King, and that the two of them were best friends.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Mostly in the first story arc where he tries to kill a 12-year-old Goku and robs people for a living. He also planned to steal the Dragon Balls and cripple Goku by grabbing his tail, all just to wish away his fear of women. So, him being constantly humiliated by having Bulma grab him and his amusing injures were a joy to watched.
  • Composite Character: Initially Toryama used Sha Gojo from Journey to the West for the character. A likely prototype design for Yamcha was the title character to Akira Toriyama's one-shot Pink. Although Pink is a female, she also is a bandit living in a desert hideout who has an animal companion and rides a flying vehicle similar to Yamcha's Jet Squirrel. After cutting his long hair for the first time in the series, Yamcha looks very similar to the character Tsukutsun Tsun from Dr. Slump in both appearance and characteristics.
  • Centipede's Dilemma: Inverted. He thought he was cursed with the inability to talk to or even be around women, and for that reason, once he learned about the existence of the Dragon Balls, he decided to use them to wish away his fear of women. Much to his surprise, by the end of a long period of time where he was forced to be around Bulma, Yamcha learned that his fear of women was all in his head, and that it was only when he consciously invoked it on himself that he felt uncomfortable around women. Shortly afterwards, he and Bulma started dating.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Yamcha's quite popular around women despite his shyness.
  • Cool Sword: Yamcha's scimitar in Dragon Ball
  • Commuting on a Bus: It's pretty easy to forget that he and Puar were among the first characters introduced into the story.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In Dragon Ball Super's 70th episode, Champa decides to play baseball against Beerus and brings their universes' fighters together to do it. As someone who actually plays baseball for a living, Yamcha is the only one besides umpires Whis and Vados to have any idea what they're doing. While he suffers a ton of Amusing Injuries, he manages to give the other team a run for its money by stealing bases in true bandit style, and wins the game by stealing home during a battle between the Gods of Destruction...despite ending up in his memetic death pose while doing so. We also see how his training affects his baseball game, since he uses Wolf Fang Fist and Spirit Ball to expertly control any ball he pitches.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has cracked comments like these.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Thought it was initially a ruse, Yamcha came to befriend the group and turned good for real.
  • Demoted to Extra: Cell Saga, Buu Saga, and GT.
  • Desert Bandits: Was originally one.
  • Determinator: Yamcha's pretty eager to fight most of the time, he eagerly volunteered to fight King Piccolo when his leg was broken. Until he goes down against #20, at which point he calls it quits (he still tags along with the others at the Cell Games, but only sits at the sidelines).
  • Deus Angst Machina: Yamcha and Bulma's breakup was never explained, though this was mostly due to Toriyama's disinterest in romance and romantic relationships.
  • Dub Text:
    • Funimation changes his dialogue more than most characters. For example Bulma being mad at Yamcha for canceling a date due to being broke, became him taking another girl out to a concert in the dub. Even in Kai, Funimation changed a line of Yamcha saying he's got to help Goku with "I'll be there" to "I'll just watch".
    • Perhaps one of the most cruel cases happens in the Lookout, as Bulma fondly remembers Goku. Chi-Chi teases her, saying that Bulma is in love with Goku, but she should give up, because Chi-Chi is prettier. Yamcha then says that Chi-Chi looks very pretty today, which makes Chi-Chi upset, because that implies that she doesn't always look pretty. In the Dub Text, Chi-Chi suggests that, since Bulma likes Goku so much, they should trade husbands: Bulma gets Goku and Chi-Chi gets Vegeta. Yamcha then says that he is available, to which Chi-Chi responds that she wants an even trade, not a downgrade (though he appeared to take her comment as the friendly joke it was intended to be).
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Yamcha is generally shown as pretty forgiving, possibly due to being bad once himself. When Tenshinhan apologizes for breaking his leg, he just shrugs and says its nothing.
    • Once he stopped trying to prove he was better than Vegeta, they seemed to get along pretty well. He's even paid the prince a genuine compliment once or twice.
    • Hilariously, at one point, Tenshinhan criticizes Yamcha for making nice with Vegeta.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: He has alway been very strong for a normal human. He was able to trade blows with Goku and knock him back, Goku tells Krillin in chapter 37 that Yamcha is extremely strong and fast. He was also able to make it to the final eight of the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament without any formal training, unlike Goku and Krillin. By the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, he taught himself the Kamehameha. At the 23rd, he learned a powerful technique known as the Spirit Ball that nearly knocked Shen (Kami's human host) to the ground.
  • Enemy Mine: When they were still ostensibly enemies, he helped Goku against the Rabbit Mob.
  • The Everyman: He is perhaps one of the most relatable characters among the Z warriors. For instance, he is commonly seen wearing outfits other than his combat gear and he has been shown driving vehicles like sky cars and airships instead of flying everywhere like most of the other characters. He also has grounded interests like romance, sports and is actually concerned with having money, as opposed to most of the other protagonists, who do not seem to work at all and spend most of their time training. A notable example of how normal he is happens at the end of the Cell Saga, when the other protagonists are struggling to think of one last wish to be granted by Shenron. Yamcha suggests that, since nobody else could think of any important uses for that wish, they should wish for something for themselves, like lots of money. The other characters silently stare at him as if shocked that he would ever as much as consider using one of the wishes for purposes that are not altruistic. In response, Yamcha timidly apologizes and agrees to leave the last wish to Krillin.
  • Expy: He starts out as a clear stand-in for Sha Wujing from Journey to the West.
  • Failure Hero: In Z Yamcha seldom wins clear victories outside of fillers (and never important ones). Though he's had his moments in filler.
  • Fighting with Chucks: Uses a three section staff at one point in the Legend of Shen Long. Yamcha is also seen holding Nun chucks in the anime version of the King Piccolo arc.
  • Graceful Loser: Was polite and respectful to Jackie Chun and Kami when they beat him in the World Tournament. He was the first to clap when Tenshinhan decided to turn over a new leaf. He's also very friendly to Trunks, his ex's son. They're shown watching TV together and Yamcha is the one who tells him about Vegeta's reaction to his death.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: He was shown to do Training from Hell prior to the Buu Saga. Taken to the extreme in the Piccolo Jr. Saga; he worked like a dog for the tournament for three years, created a brand new technique from scratch... and still lost in his first match.
  • Heel–Face Turn: One of the first of many throughout the series.
  • Heel–Face Mole: This was his original intention but he ended up turning good for real.
  • Image Song: Say what you want about the guy but he's got a very good one.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After Dr. Gero did this to Yamcha, the poor guy retired from fighting.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: He was the second student to learn it, though he doesn't use it much.
  • The Lancer: Sometimes holds this role, mainly in the absence of Krillin.
  • The Leader: In Dragon Ball, he used to take the role of de facto leader when in a group with Goku, Bulma and the others.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: When he has long hair.
  • Loveable Rogue: During his bandit days.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Clumsy around women he likes.
  • Love Martyr: Explained to Puar, this was basically why he puts up with Bulma's mistreatment in Dragon Ball.
  • Martial Arts Uniform: After he begins training under Roshi for the 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai, he adopts the same uniform as Goku and Krillin, but like Krillin only wears it when actively training or fighting.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: He trained under Master Roshi and became a master under the Turtle School: Mutaito > Master Roshi > Yamcha
  • Mistaken for Cheating: The Clueless Chick Magnet above has resulted in this happening on several occasions in Dragon Ball.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He was the first handsome adult male in the cast.
  • Mundane Utility: He uses his Supernatural Martial Arts skills when playing baseball.
  • Mysterious Past: We have no clue what Yamcha or Puar did before they were desert bandits.
  • Never Live It Down: Invoked in Dragon Ball FighterZ, where everyone from Nappa to Frieza to even Goku throws shade at him for the time he was killed by a Saibaman.
  • Nice Guy: As an Adult, Yamcha is one of the more chill and forgiving characters.
  • Now, Let Me Carry You: When Goku falls sick during the battle with the androids, Yamcha, who has been protected and saved by Goku several times, physically carries him back to his house and helps care for him along with his wife.
  • Older Than He Looks: Despite being an ordinary human, Yamcha looks about the same at 57 in Dragon Ball GT.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Do note that, by the Cell arc, he's stronger than Raditz..note  But he's much too far behind his peers.
  • Prophet Eyes: His eyes turn totally white when he uses the many of his moves like the Wolf Fang Fist.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Signature Move, the Wolf Fang Fist/Rougafuufuuken. Also his improved version, the Neo Wolf Fang Fist/Shin Rougafuufuuken.
  • Really Gets Around: According to Future Trunks, this is the reason Bulma eventually left him for Vegeta in that timeline. What's ironic is that Yamcha was initially extremely shy around girls at the start of the series and said he wanted to get married.
  • Redemption Demotion: Yamcha generally remained useful in Dragon Ball and in the first arc he and Puar actually saved everyone from Great Ape Goku. In "'Z'' Yamcha was really only useful for distracting villains or taking care of wounded characters.
  • Retired Badass: After the Cell Games. However, in the anime OVA special, he reveals that he still wears his fighting gi under his suit, suggesting that he still misses fighting.
  • The Rival: The very first one. Back then, he teamed up with Goku to save Bulma from Monster Carrot.
  • Roboteching: His Spirit Ball Attack/Soukidan.
  • Rugged Scar: After coming back from offscreen Training from Hell at the end of Dragon Ball, Yamcha sports a few facial scars indicating that he's come back stronger, although he still Can't Catch Up.
  • Scars Are Forever: Its never revealed exactly how he got them. After Yamcha came back from his three year Training from Hell in the Timeskip, he had them on his face.
  • Shrinking Violet: A male example. At first Yamcha couldn't even be around women without blushing and fleeing the scene. Even after he hooked up with Bulma, he was still somewhat shy at times.
  • Signature Move: Wolf Fang Fist and Spirit Ball.
  • Spiky Hair: During the Android and Cell arcs.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: He eventually surpasses all of his masters and becomes one of the strongest humans on Earth.
  • Superior Successor: By the time of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, he's surpassed Master Roshi. He also surpasses Kami after training with him to fight the Saiyans.
  • Surfer Dude: His English voice has this type of sound and speech pattern.
  • Taking the Bullet: Ever since his Heel–Face Turn, Yamcha has been shown as willing to sacrifice himself for his friends. In one of the movies, he even painfully catches a boulder about to crush Bulma. His Saibaman death was actually the result of him volunteering ahead to protect Krillin from a second and final death.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: In Episode 70 of Super, when Champa challenges Beerus to a baseball match, Yamcha is the only one who has any idea what the hell he's doing, since he spent the timeskip between Dragon Ball and Z playing in the pros.
  • The Pollyanna: Yamcha will never, EVER, stop seeing the bright side of life, no matter how much of a Cosmic Plaything he ends up as.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Dragon Ball Super Episode 70 is one long (and long deserved) one for Yamcha. He still gets his ass kicked and there was nothing important at stake in the first place, but he still ends up saving the day, and receives glowing respect and acclaim from the rest of the Z characters in attendance. Even #18 and Bulma blatantly vocalize their newfound respect for Yamcha.
  • The Tooth Hurts: During one of their earlier encounters, Goku knocked one of his teeth out. He's reluctant to go to a dentist.
  • Training from Hell: Yamcha had been shown to go through this a lot of the time, particularly when the date for the World Martial Arts Tournament nears. For the first tournament Yamcha trained alone in the wilderness for a month, the second time with Krillin under Roshi, and the third was for three straight years.
  • True Companions: Yamcha seemed to have become this for real with the gang when in Pilaf's desert oven. Even getting distressed when Ape Goku was attacked, hard to believe earlier he was planning to beat up Goku to steal the Dragon Balls.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Filler, at least, Yamcha sometimes does better. He defeated Recoome, a guy who beat Vegeta to within an inch of his life, while training on King Kai's planet. While training in the Other World along with Krillin, he also defeated some of the top fighters in the tournament that Goku had won while he was there.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Like most of the cast, he reforms significantly after his Defeat Means Friendship from Goku's hands.
  • Tritagonist: In the Legacy of Goku Arc, he gets the most amount of focus after Goku and Bulma.
  • Twinkle Smile: It happened occasionally in the Dragon Ball anime.
  • Unbalanced by Rival's Kid: Surprisingly nuanced. At first, he's upset when Gohan asks him if he's Trunks' dad, but he's still respectful and friendly to future Trunks.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: He's the first person able to physically challenge Goku and defeat him to run out of energy (though the latter was due to Goku's getting hungry at the end of the fight).
  • We Are "Team Cannon Fodder": In DBZ, he kicks off the trend by being the first to go down in the fight against the Saiyans, at the very beginning before Nappa even gets his hands dirty. Granted, it was a Heroic Sacrifice, and he technically won the fight that killed him, but he plays basically no role in Z from that point forward.
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • Yamcha's Spirit Ball is the first fully controllable ki attack shown in the series. While Yamcha was beaten handily by the powerful Shen in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, he managed to show his combat smarts by, after failing to hit Shen with his Spirit Ball, he made the energy ball travel underground and erupt under Shen's chin, catching him off guard. Shen even complimented Yamcha on his skills after the battle.
    • He was the second student of the Turtle School to master the Kamehameha and surprised everyone by showing this in the 22nd Budokai.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: At the start of the series, he was intimidated by women, such that Bulma's very presence could force him into retreat. He sought the Dragon Balls to help him overcome his phobia. Ultimately, he conquered his fear after spending time around, and eventually dating, Bulma.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Save for Vegeta, no other character got hit with this more. Yamcha suffers from this as early as Dragon Ball, always losing in his first round in the three world tournaments he participates in to show how powerful Jackie Chun, Tenshinhan, and Hero/Shen/Kami are, despite his training. By the time Z came around, Yamcha was the first to fall in the Saiyan Arc and again in the Android Saga.
    • In the first story arc, Yamcha has the advantage over Goku due to him being hungry. He could have won, but he sees Bulma and runs away since he's terrified of girls. When he fights Goku the next day, he gets his tooth knocked off and humorously ends the fight early out of pride.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Zigzagged. In Dragon Ball, he is forced to knock out Kid Chi-Chi when she attacks him. On the other hand, Yamcha seems unable to strike a beautiful girl in Legend of Shen Long.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: He uses an elbow drop to save Goku from the Rabbit Gang.
  • "X" Marks the Hero: After the three year timeskip at the end of Dragon Ball he gets an X shaped scar on his cheek.

    Tien Shinhan/Tenshinhan 

Tien Shinhan (天津飯, Tenshinhan/Tianjinfan)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Hirotaka Suzuoki (Dragon Ball, Z and GT), Kōichi Yamadera (Z eps. 82 and 84 only), Mitsuaki Madono (Burst Limit, Infinite World, and Revenge of King Piccolo), Hikaru Midorikawa (Kai and Super)
Voiced by (English): Eddie Frierson (Harmony Gold); Matt Smith note  (Ocean); Chris Cason, John Burgmeier (Funimation); Brendan Hunter (Blue Water); Doug Rand, David Gasman, Sharon Mann (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Richard Jonson (Creative Products Corp.); Ray Chase (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia in Super)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Ismael Larumbe (current voice), Esteban Desco (Z eps. 267-268 and 285), Armando Coria (Dragon Ball Harmony Gold), Gabriel Ramos (kid)

"I might just be a pothole in the road to you, but it's going to be one heck of a deep pothole!"

Introduced in the second World Martial Arts Tournament arc, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu were initially rivals to Goku, Krillin, and Yamcha (as they belonged to an opposing dojo to Roshi's). The two eventually become friends to our heroes after realizing the lack of honor in their own methods. They become instrumental in the the next few arcs following their introduction, but by Z their roles had become less and less till they were reduced to cameo appearances and a few references in Dragon Ball GT.


  • Adaptational Badass:
    • In his fight with Goku at the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, his performs better in the anime where he's able to match Goku with Goku only having a slight advantage. In the manga, the fight is far more one-sided with Goku dominating Tien until Chiaotzu paralyzes Goku, allowing Tien to badly injure Goku. Although Tien gets on Chiaotzu for this and allows Goku to plummet him as repayment, the damaged was done.
    • A minor example. In the manga, Drum completely outmatches Tien, who only lands a a couple good hits before going down and nearly being killed. He also nevers get to use the Evil Containment Wave because he was using a broken rice cooker. In the anime, Tien puts up a better fight and manages to score several hits on Drum, and effectively defeats him with the Evil Containment Wave (granted, he was aiming for Piccolo and Drum intercepted it). Too bad Piccolo just let Drum out right after.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the manga his only real "crimes" are being too cocky for his own good, having the order of fights rigged, and unnecessarily breaking a downed opponent's leg. In anime filler he's a con man who tortures an animal, attempts murder at least twice and actually kills a man (albeit in a case of manslaughter rather than murder).
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the anime version of the Tournament of Power, Tenshinhan manages to last for a decent amount of time, earning a few eliminations prior to his ring out at the hands of Universe 2's Harmira, due to letting his guard down after defeating him and even then, Tien managed to take Harmira down with him. In the manga, he tries to fight Frost from Universe 6 after Frost knocked out Krillin, but Frost takes him down in a flash after tanking his Neo-Tri Beam.
  • Adorkable: Volleyball Technique. His expression just sells it.
  • Aloof Ally: Spends the majority of the Buu Saga training in isolation with Chiaotzu.
  • Always Second Best: Despite being even with Goku during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, he falls behind Goku after he drinks the Ultra Divine Water and never catches up again. He still tries, despite knowing he can't catch up.
  • Ambiguously Human: He's never presented as anything but human, but he does have a third eye and unique abilities. There are much more human-seeming aliens throughout the series. Some of the tie-in games refer to him as an alien, but Toriyama has at various times stated that Tien is a descendant of a three-eyed clan of humans and/or that the third eye is the result of achieving enlightenment. Daizenshuu 7 was the source of the claim that has alien ancestry, but it should be noted that it says it's distant and explicitly classifies him as a human alongside Krillin, Yamcha, Bulma, etc.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Tenshinhan was one of these before he became one of the heroic characters. While most Dragon Ball villains are this to a certain extent, Tenshinhan is the most clear example of it as afterwards the villains are all aliens, demons, androids, and genies. He was likely the Trope Codifier of an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy for anime.
  • The Artifact: Due to the power escalation in the series, Tenshinhan's role as The Rival for Goku ended up getting taken over by Piccolo and later Vegeta. Tenshinhan himself actually ended up getting briefly written out of the series during the Buu Saga only to later return. At the same time, he still sees Goku as his rival, as in the bar to surpass, but he's fully aware that it will never happen.
  • Ascended Extra: Move-wise, the Dodon Ray is this for him. He, canonically, only really used it one or two times. In games, it's his standard Kamehame Hadoken.
  • Asexuality: Word of God has said that he has no interest in romantic relationships.
  • The Atoner: After his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: How he learns the Kamehameha and the Evil Containment Wave in Dragon Ball. He is stated to have the ability to copy techniques.
  • Badass Boast: To Yamcha in his villain days.
    Tenshinhan: Poor Yamcha. The only thing more pathetic then a loser is a loser who thinks he's born to win.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu in Dragon Ball. Mess with the kid and he'll tear you apart.
  • Badass in Distress: He is nearly killed by Cell after he uses almost all his energy pinning him down with a Tri-Beam Cannon. He is saved by Goku who pulls a Teleportation Rescue.
  • Bald of Awesome: Proud of his shaved head.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting Chiaotzu, who is like a little brother to Tenshinhan.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Which also falls under this.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Tenshinhan gets some pretty awesome moments.
  • The Big Guy: Until his resurrection, his role was the heavy hitter, mainly by virture of his Tri-Beam, which was more powerful than any technique at the time. While he's dead, the gap between him and Goku becomes so vast that they aren't even comparable anymore.
  • Blood Knight: He is the only human, along with Chiaotzu, who keeps training long after the other accepted that they can never catch up to the Saiyans. He also went against Bulma's plan to stop the androids early by using the Dragon Balls because he wanted to fight them. Despite the huge power difference, he still strives to match Goku.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity:
    • In his fight against Goku during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, Tenshinhan, who was starting to feel overpowered by Goku's tremendous stamina and having several of his techniques outdone by Goku's very own, ingenuously decided that, if he could not knock Goku unconscious or push him out of the platform, he would simply destroy the entire platform; that way, Goku would lose by ring out because there would be no platform left to stand on. Tenshinhan, who possesses the ability to fly, did not have that problem. He managed to destroy the platform with his powerful Tri-Beam attack, but instead of simply waiting for Goku, who had jumped very high to escape the blast, to hit the ground, Tenshinhan decided to fly close to him, accompanying Goku as he fell down, in order to gloat about his inevitable victory. That opened an opportunity for Goku to use one last attack that knocked Tenshinhan unconscious, and now both fighters were falling to the ground. Subverted because Tenshinhan, by a stroke of luck, actually won the fight, but he was likely in worse physical condition than Goku by the end of it.
    • In the manga he's a bit smarter, he intended to stay where he was and watch Goku fall, but Goku reacted quickly.
  • Broken Pedestal: Tien idolized the assassin Mercenary Tao even after his Heel–Face Turn, which is logical since Tao was his former master. That all came to an end during the Piccolo Jr. Saga when, during their fight, Tao breaks the tournament rules by resorting to a Blade Behind The Shoulder.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu:
    • Tien uses the Tri-Beam Cannon to try and kill Nappa and avenge Chiaotzu's death. His final attack barely destroyed Nappa's armor and he dies for nothing.
    • He uses a new version of the Tri-Beam Cannon to pin Semi-Perfect Cell and allow Android 18 to escape. He is only saved because Goku teleports him to safety. In the long run, his efforts amounted to nothing since 18 is still absorbed, allowing Cell to become complete.
  • Call to Agriculture: According to Word of God, him and Chiaotzu took up farming in addition to their training at the end of Z.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: He did manage a joke. Once. But it took rigorous discipline and concentration.
  • Can't Catch Up: He lasted a little longer then Yamcha and Krillin and was still useful after he fell behind though.
  • Captain Ersatz: Is based on Hosuke Sharaku from The Three-Eyed One.
  • Cast From HP: Tenshinhan's Tri-Beam drains its user's life and will kill him if he uses it too much. On the plus side, attacks that use life force, such at this one, far exceed the potential of ki attacks. He kept Semi-Perfect Cell in check with it (it didn't actually cause any damage, but Cell couldn't move until he stopped using it).
  • Characterization Marches On: Upon his introduction, Tenshinhan is an arrogant fighter who enjoys taunting and mocking his opponents, and even has a somewhat acid sense of humor, like when, after an accidentally humorous and rather embarrassing exchange between Roshi's students, Tenshinhan mockingly suggests that comedy must be one of the disciplines taught at the Kame school of martial arts. Once he changes sides, Tenshinhan became a lot more serious and composed, rarely smiling and so humorless that he is shown struggling to tell a simple joke. That's likely because his earlier humor was mean spirited and not meant with any sense of irony. As he became nicer and more emphatic that kind of humor probably would be hard for him to pull up again.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Gets Put on a Bus during the Buu Saga with the only explanation being that Tenshinhan left to train. He later returns to save Dende from being killed by Buu.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Force fields, reflecting energy, sealing, Power Copying, Telepathy, Self-Duplication, growing extra limbs, creating blinding light...
  • The Comically Serious: After his Heel–Face Turn. He completely dropped his serious tone under the training with Piccolo, Kaio, Yamcha and Chiaotzu. Constantly goofing off, even to the point of incurring the wrath of Piccolo, who respected him back in Dragon Ball.
  • Con Man: Anime Only. Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu's first appearance in the anime shows them as a pair of travelling con artists.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique:
    • Like Master Roshi, he knows the Mafuba/Evil Containment Wave, the technique that can seal evil at the expense of ones' life. He learns it after witnessing Master Roshi use it during his failed attempt to reseal King Piccolo. He challenges King Piccolo and tries to seal him with it. Depending if you read the manga or watched the anime, Tien either never gets the chance to use the technique since the rice cooker he was going to used got damaged while he was training, or he succeeds in using it, but Drum interferes, indirectly saving his life.
    • He knows another dangerous technique, Kikoho (Tri-Beam in the dub). It uses energy directly from his life force and causes an energy blast that is more powerful than him, which allows him to pin Semi-Perfect Cell and deflect an energy blast from Super Buu. The only problem is it will kill him if he uses it too much, like it did when he used it against Nappa. Even when it doesn't kill him, it still exhausts him to the point of not being able to fight and shortens his life.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • In his early appearances, he displayed an acidic sense of humor:
      Tenshinhan: (to Yamcha) For someone who doesn't speak pain, you sound very fluent.
    • Even after a long time, he still hasn't lost it.
      Yamcha: (to #18, who had just rebuffed Krillin after being revived) Why you...! You should be thankful! Or do you wanna get beat up?
      Tenshinhan: I assume it won't be you to do that...
  • Death by Disfigurement: His first death, due to losing his left arm to Nappa.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Subverted. Tenshinhan actually won; Goku didn't beat him until the next tournament. For that matter, he'd already made his Heel–Face Turn before the fight was even over.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the Buu Saga and GT. He shows up again to fight in the Buu Saga only to be one-shotted.
  • Determinator: He has no problem rushing into battle with opponents he knows he can't beat.
    • Taken Up to Eleven when he stands his ground against Semi-Perfect Cell to buy Android 18 time to escape and uses his Neo-Tri-Beam/Kikoho (which is Cast from Hit Points) against Cell. Despite the huge gap between their power, Tien is able to keep Cell pinned down, until he literally collapses from having burned all his energy. The man just has no quit in him!
    • In the Buu Saga, despite already retiring from fighting, he pulls a Big Damn Heroes and intervenes during Majin Buu's rampage, neutralizing one of the Majin's attacks using his Neo-Tri-Beam, saving Mr. Satan and Dende. He tries to use this attack against Majin Buu himself, but it doesn't work, with Buu knocking him out with a kick.
    • In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, he's the only human who had the balls to fight Beerus.
  • Deuteragonist: From the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament to the end of Dragon Ball.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: His Multiform/Shishin no Ken technique, but unfortunately the copies are weaker than the original.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To Master Shen. He's stronger, but still follows orders until his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Dub Name Change: Not as obvious as other examples but "Tien Shinhan" is most definitely not the single name Tenshinhan. Also, Latin American Spanish material gives his name as Ten Shin Han, and some European localizations give his name as Tenshin Han, often shortening it to just Tenshin. See Spell My Name with an "S" for more details.
  • Enemy Mine: After King Piccolo attacks, Krillin is dead, Yamcha has a broken leg, and Goku is off trying to beat up Krillin's killer. Ergo, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu get recruited by Roshi to gather the Dragon Balls before Piccolo gets to them. Tenshinhan notes this as much, saying even though he acknowledges his previous actions as wrong, he still considers himself and Chiaotzu as Shen's students, and simply asking for forgiveness won't be enough.
  • Enlightenment Superpower: Subverted. According to Toriyama, Tien has achieved enlightenment and should have godlike powers, but the evil influence of the Crane Hermit prevents him from ever using those powers to their full potential.
  • Epiphany Therapy: He turned rather quickly.
  • Extra Eyes: Has a third eye on his forehead for unexplained reasons, representing his awakened Psychic Powers.
  • Finger Gun: The Dodon Ray/Dodonpa.
  • Flight: One of the first characters in the series to fly, as it is the signature technique of his martial arts school.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The scar on Tenshinhan's chest is a memento of his tournament battle with Taopaipai, who had hidden a knife in his cybernetics.
  • Handicapped Badass: He lost his left arm during his fight with Nappa. It didn't stop him from continuing the fight.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Tenshinhan is the only character among the human protagonists who has no interest in living a normal life and spends most of his time training, even during peaceful times. Unfortunately, all of his effort is still not enough to put him in the same league as the Saiyans or Piccolo, making his usefulness against the incredibly powerful enemies the protagonists must go up against very limited.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Introduced as a rival trained by an evil dojo. Becomes one of Goku's best allies.
  • Heir to the Dojo: According to Dragon Ball Online, he becomes the heir to the new Crane School despite breaking ties with his former master.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Early on in the King Piccolo Saga, he briefly suffers this; in the episode "Tien's Atonement," he's nearly arrested on suspicion of the murders of several martial artists, though Tambourine is the real culprit. It's not unjustified, since Tien did have a reputation for being exceptionally brutal during fights, most notably breaking Yamcha's leg when he was already down For the Evulz.
  • Heroic RRoD: His Tri-Beam/Spirit Cannon attack, which is supposed to kill the user if used too long; nevertheless, Tenshinhan is able to master it so that it can be used repeatedly. In Z, given the exponential power rise of the opposition, it quickly becomes Tenshinhan's first-choice technique, and using it, he's even capable of pinning Semi-Perfect Cell down for a while before getting incapacitated.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chiaotzu. They are almost always together and Tien doesn't feel complete without him. When it looks like Chiaotzu won't be revived since Shenron can't bring someone back to life twice, he's willing to stay in the afterlife with him.
  • Honor Before Reason: Even while Shen's pupil. When he realizes that Chiaotzu is paralyzing Goku under Shen's orders, he immediately orders him to stop because he wants to beat Goku in a fair fight, and after he does so and Shen is dealt with, he even lets Goku give him quite a beating to even things out.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He blames himself for Chiaotzu's death. Both in Ball and Z, sadly enough.
  • In-Series Nickname: Tsurusennin calls him "Ten," while Chaozu calls him "Ten-san."
  • Kamehame Hadoken: He copied it off of Yamcha.
  • Kick the Dog: He breaks Yamcha's leg after he was already defeated and unconscious.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: At the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, he beats Yamcha by landing a powerful kick to his gut while they were in mid-air. After Yamcha falls back into the ring, Tien decides to land a kneedrop onto Yamcha's leg, breaking it. Goku calls out Tien on this, saying how Yamcha was already unconscious, so breaking his leg was unnecessary. Tien shrugs him off while laughing.
  • Killed Offscreen: His second death was not shown, but it happened due to Buu blowing up Earth.
  • Man in a Kilt: In Battle of Gods onwards, he wears a long, flowing monk-like skirt.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: He trained under the Crane School whose founder, Master Shen, studied under the same master as Roshi: Mutaito > Master Shen > Tien
  • Moral Myopia: When he was the Crane Hermit's student, he is angry at Goku for killing Mercenary Tao. This is despite Tao being a renown assassin and Goku tells him that he was only defending himself.
  • Multiarmed And Dangerous: The rarely-seen but very-dangerous Four Witches Technique allows him to grow additional arms from behind his shoulders.
  • Mysterious Past: He gets almost no background information outside of being the Crane Hermit's student and training to be an assassin. How he met the Crane Hermit or Chiaotzu is never explained.
  • No Body Left Behind: His second death was due to Buu blowing up Earth.
  • Odd Friendship: Hints of it with Piccolo in the Cell Saga. His friendship with Gohan could also be considered this, especially in the beginning.
  • Older Than They Look: Looks the same age in GT. By then, he's in his early sixties.
  • Only Sane Man: Shares this role with Piccolo and Future Trunks.
  • Ordered to Cheat: In the the 22nd World Tournament, The Crane Hermit orders Tenshinhan to kill Goku while he's paralyzed by Chiaotzu. He refuses.
  • Out of Focus: In the Namek/Frieza Saga after dying, and again in the Buu Saga onwards.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Par for the course in this series, as everyone and their grandmother are casually outclassed by even the weakest Saiyans, but Tien is still one of the strongest non-Saiyan Humans. He's won more battles than many other characters, including against Yamcha, Goku and Taopaipai (in Dragonball), a Saibaman (In Dragonball Z) and Jeice and Burter (in Z filler). That's not too bad considering he's not a Saiyan.
  • Put on a Bus: After the Cell Games, Tenshinhan had no more reason to hang out with the Z gang since Goku chose not to be revived and went into hiding with Chiaotzu. Throughout the Buu arc, he and Chiaotzu had a couple of brief appearances until Tenshinhan saved Mr. Satan and Dende from getting killed by Buu. He returns as a regular for ''Super''.
  • Papa Wolf: Around Chiaotzu most of his life as well as around Gohan during the Saiyan and Cell Saga.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Tenshinhan has no spoken lines in Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! special for Shonen Jump's 40th anniversary due to Hirotaka Suzuoki not being among the living anymore. Toei Animation felt the reason to pay their respects this way because the entire original cast came back to voice their characters, meaning only Tenshinhan would have been the odd one out.
  • Redemption Demotion: When he was first introduced as an antagonist, his powers were as great as Goku's. After he became one of the good characters, he was surpassed by Goku and, as the series developed, his powers were thoroughly outclassed by the Saiyans, Piccolo and most enemies.
  • The Rival: Was this to Goku and gave him one of his toughest matches in the original series. He's also one of the few people to defeat Goku, even if it was a stroke of luck. Although outmatched during the 23rd Martial Arts Tournament, he still gave Goku a decent match and forced him to removed his weighted clothes. In Z, Goku completely surpass him, but he still tries to reach Goku's level, despite knowing it's futile.
  • Secret Keeper: He is aware that Master Roshi is Jackie Chun, but never discloses this to anyone else out of respect.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: One of the only people with this ability (the Evil Containment Wave).
  • Senseless Sacrifice: In the Saiyan Saga. After Chiaotzu's own Senseless Sacrifice and losing an arm, Tien channels all of his remaining power into a one-handed Tri-Beam to attack Nappa with. It only damages his armor, and Tien kicks it while bemoaning his failure; to add insult to injury, according to Vegeta, the technique probably would have done more damage had Nappa not seen it coming at the last second.
  • Shadow Archetype: Before his Heel–Face Turn, Tien represents what Goku would be like if he allowed his arrogance and natural talent for fighting to go to his head. This different also highlights the difference between the Turtle and the Crane Schools. Master Roshi went out of his way to teach his students humility and that there was always someone better. The Crane Hermit bloated his students' egos, telling them that there was no one stronger than them.
  • Signature Move: Kikoho / Tri-Beam + variants. He's also known for Taiyouken / Solar Flare— this so much his move that Goku mentally apologizes to him for stealing it.
  • Simple, yet Awesome: His Solar Flare (Taiyōken) technique. It doesn't require a lot of power, it is easy to learn, and can blind almost any opponent.
  • Smug Super: When he was introduced, he truly believed that no one was stronger than him since he trained under the Crane Hermit. He regularly demeaned Yamcha and all of the Turtle School as weaklings. Despite his smugness, he backed it up by beating Yamcha, despite Tien admitting it was a tougher fight than he thought, and Master Roshi, who acknowledged that Tien may have won even if Roshi hadn't forfeited. He also fought Goku, a powerful Human Alien, to a standstill and won because luck was on his side. After the tournament, however, he drops this attitude after acknowledging that he still had a lot to learn.
  • The Sociopath: He tries to be this, being both emotionally cold and taking delight in causing pain to others like breaking Yamcha's leg after he's knocked unconscious. His goal in life is to be a great assassin like his idol Mercenary Tao. Master Roshi sees right thought this and in the dub says that Tien will never be a good assassin because he has a conscience unlike Tao. During his match with Goku, he also comes to realize that he never had the heart of a killer, since he cares more about winning fairly than killing Goku out of revenge.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Tien Shinhan vs. Tenshinhan. Also overlaps with Bilingual Bonus due to the fact that due to his name being written in hanzi/kanji, the actual Chinese pinyin of it is read out as "Tianjinfan", "Tien" is most likely a butchered version of the actual pinyin pronunciation of "Tian".
  • Spirited Competitor:
    • Of all the humans, he's the one fighting means the most to. In the original Dragon Ball, he was a Borderline Blood Knight. He stops Chiaotzu from weakening Goku with psychic powers so Tien can have a fair fight with him.
    • In Bojack Unbound, he insists post-Cell Games Trunks fight him without holding back. He knows he'll lose, but he'd rather lose honestly than lose with Trunks going easy on him.
  • Sphere of Destruction: Tri-Beam/Kikouhou, though it's actually more of a square.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: He's surpassed Master Shen when he's introduced in the story. Three years later, he completely outclass Tao, even after he's stronger than ever as a cyborg. After training with Kami, he becomes stronger than him too.
  • Superior Successor: He is stronger than the Crane Hermit when he is first introduced and he also greatly surpasses Mercenary Tao even after he's rebuilt into a cyborg. He becomes even stronger than Kami after training with him to prepare for the Saiyans. Going by Dragon Ball Online, he becomes the new master of the Crane School and this plot line is carried into Super where he opens his own dojo. At the same time, while he's a superior fighter to his masters, he's inferior as an assassin since he has a conscience.
  • Super Senses: With three-eyes, it's only natural that he has better than average eyesight.
  • The Stoic: Besides frustration, he rarely shows any emotion even when badly matched. It helps to make him the Comically Serious. He only shows real anger if Chiaotzu is in danger.
  • Supporting Leader: During the King Piccolo Saga.
  • Tame His Anger: Master Roshi specifically wanted to do this with Tenshinhan. And he's one of the first major characters to do it (Yamcha and Krillin weren't really angry).
  • Technician vs. Performer: Despite never being able to catch up to the Saiyans or Piccolo, Tien has several powerful and effective techniques that makes him an useful ally. His Solar Flare is one of the best techniques in the series, able to blind even the most powerful opponent and is copied by several characters. His Tri-Beam can pin down monsters like Cell and deflect a planet buster from Super Buu, although at the cost of his lifespan.
  • Third Eye: On his forehead. Sources vary on how he got it, though its either due to heritage or reaching enlightenment.
  • Those Two Guys:
    • Him and Chiaotzu, of course, but he also gets lumped into this with Yamcha - particularly in America, where Dragon Ball Z was aired first. While major characters in the original series, in Z he and Yamcha are just the two human fighters who pop up when a battle is going on.
    • During the Cell Saga he's also shown with Piccolo a lot, where the two of them chased after Imperfect Cell, while later observing the events from Kami's Lookout while conversing.
  • True Companions: Inverted. Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu only associate with the Z-fighters when there's a crisis and seem to have no interest in them socially. They didn't attend the reunion party at the beginning of the Saiyan saga and after the Cell games Tenshinhan tells the others that they'll probably never meet again. Tenshinhan and Goku don't even meet face-to-face in Z until Goku returns to Earth at the beginning of the Android saga, eight years after their last meeting at the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai. He seems to loosen up a little about this after Buu is defeated, showing up at the big post-Buu celebration party at Capsule Corporation near the end of Z and appearing at Bulma's birthday party that takes place during Battle of Gods and the beginning of Super. In fact, by the end of Super as a whole, he's grown quite a bit closer with the team, and may just consider them this now.
    • Though this is played straight with him and Chiaotzu, as the two are almost always together as well as train in solace together and when Tenshinhan prepared to pull a Heroic Sacrifice to stop Cell his only regret was that he wouldn't be able to say goodbye to Chaiotzu.
  • Underestimating Badassery: When he was introduced, he was a typical Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy who regularly trashed the Turtle School as a bunch of weaklings. He was especially confrontational towards Yamcha and specifically had Chiaotzu rig the lottery so he would fight him first. Although he beat Yamcha, he does admit that Yamcha was stronger than he thought. He then goes on to say that the rest of the Turtle School should be easy since Yamcha was obviously the strongest since Krillin and Goku were just kids, not knowing that Yamcha was actually the weakest of the three. He only changed his mind after Goku revealed that he killed Tao. After his fight against Goku, he overall becomes a more humble person who never underestimates his opponents again.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: He is the first opponent since Mercenary Tao and Gohan Sr. to really give Goku a good match and push him past his limit.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Tenshinhan mostly fights topless.
  • Warm-Up Boss: Serves as this to Goku during the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. He forces Goku to remove his weighted clothes and fight somewhat seriously, but he never really pushes Goku, something he notes after their match.
  • We Are "Team Cannon Fodder": In DBZ, though he does get one decent fight in the Cell Saga (see You Shall Not Pass!).
  • Weak, but Skilled: He possesses an incredible repertoire of techniques (including growing a pair of extra arms) and is the one of the most technical fighters in the series. Several characters have copied his techniques for their own use, most notably the Solar Flare. Goku even took it a step further and turned that very attack against Tenshinhan in their rematch.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the Majin Buu Saga, after Dende healed Tenshinhan from Buu's attack, he wasn't seen again until after the Earth was restored and everyone was revived.
  • The Worf Effect: Just like the other Earthling characters. He gets destroyed by Drum who Goku takes out with one kick and couldn't match Goku in their rematch at the 23rd Tournament. In Z he loses his arm to Nappa after he punched it off and choked out by Android 17. He also goes down in one kick by Super Buu.
  • Worthy Opponent: Part of his Heel–Face Turn happened because he acknowledged Goku as his rival and equal. Even after Goku completely surpassed him, he still trains to fight him.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Tenshinhan kept Cell (in his Semi-Perfect form) pinned down using his Neo Tri-Beam, so that #18 could get away and hide until the Saiyans completed their training. Note this is pretty late in the Z series, and he was useless in hand to hand combat compared to the now-Super Saiyans. Also, it was only not a Heroic Sacrifice because of Goku's instant transmission and a Senzu Bean.

    Mr. Satan/Hercule 

Mr. Satan (ミスター・サタン, Misutaa Satan) / Hercule (English dub only) / Mark (マーク, Maaku)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Daisuke Gori, Unshou Ishizuka (Kai, Xenoverse, and Super)
Voiced by (English): Chris Rager (Funimation); Don Brown (Z), Dave Pettit (GT) (Ocean/Blue Water); Paul Bandey (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Jamieson Price (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia Super)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Roberto Sen (Z, eps. 173-219 except ep. 200), Mario Sauret (Z, episode 200), Rodolfo Vargas (Z, eps. 224-234), Ricardo Brust (Z, eps. 243-291, GT and Movies), Bardo Miranda (Kai and Super)

"Don't you worry about me! I'm a master of martial arts and I'm also packin' some serious heat!"

A human who became the World Martial Arts Tournament champion while Goku and the others were busy with their own things. At first introduced as a pompous loudmouth who thought of all the energy ball throwing and flying as "tricks". He slowly but surely, however, manages to prove his worth near the end of the series.


  • Aerith and Bob: His real name is Mark. Despite it doubling as a 'devil' pun in Japanese (see All There in the Manual) it's among the real given names in the series.
  • Action Survivor: Before being killed in Frieza's destruction of the Earth in Resurrection ‘F’ (the movie and the Dragon Ball Super saga), he was one of the few characters to not have died in the series at all. In the Shin Budokai games, it's shown that his Future counterpart even survived the Android genocide.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In the anime version of the Buu saga, he makes a martial art out of this. It's so effective, he manages to pull a You Shall Not Pass! on Kid Buu until Kid Buu, in disgust, spits out Fat Buu and the two Buus then go and fight each other. Goku is impressed with the former, and Vegeta is pleasantly surprised with the latter, coming as close to praising Mr. Satan as he's come to praising anyone at that point in time.
  • Attention Whore: Oh, big time. Note however that this actually works in the heroes' favor, helping to maintain The Masquerade by claiming responsibility for acts of world-saving or alternately garnering public support for the otherwise unknown heroes. The world has never heard of Goku or Vegeta or even Krillin, but they have heard of Mr. Satan, and will follow his orders without question.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: At least in the dub. Mark "Hercule" Satan.
  • Badass Mustache: Only one in the main cast to have one.
  • Badass Normal: He's legitimately the best garden-variety martial artist on the planet and won the World Martial Arts tournament fairly several times. He just lives in a world where humans with knowledge of supernatural martial arts have the power to blow up the Moon, and they're the weakest of the bunch. He's even brave enough that he jumps at the chance to be on the Universe 7 team for the Tournament of Power before changing his mind realizing how out of his league he would be.
  • Badass on Paper: Top non-super martial artist, check. Yet even without powers like Goku and his friends he's helped save the universe thrice. Granted, never by winning a fight against real threats, but that's not the only way to be a hero.
    • Goku is even aware of this, and considers him and not Yamcha for the last member of the U7 team, though warning that the tournament will involve lots of strong opponents. Mr. Satan declines knowing the kind of people in the tournament would run out even his incredible luck quickly.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's shown balding in End of Z, and the GT continuity. Doesn't stop him from being the best non-super martial artist around.
  • Becoming the Mask: At first he only pretended to be Fat Buu's friend so he could get close enough to kill him. It wasn't until Fat Buu's Heel–Face Turn (and seeming inability to be killed) that he became friends with him for real.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: He truly believes that he is the strongest person in the world, which is why he challenges Cell. Even after proving time and again of being outmatched, he still remains a boastful idiot who bought into his own hype. At the same time, he truly cares for the safety of the Earth and its people to the point of refusing to obey Vegeta when he demands all their energy to make the Spirit Bomb stronger, even when knowing that would risk their lives. His ego also becomes more manageable after becoming friends with Goku and uses his fame to help them in various ways. In Super, he receives an enormous cash prize for protecting the world, and he immediately (though privately) gives it to Goku, since he knows that Goku is the one who actually deserves it (well, that and he's filthy rich anyway, he doesn't need any more money).
    • One moment in Super shows that where the family is concerned, he's the only person other than Bulma and Videl that will stand up to Chi-Chi. Gohan tried to break them up before a fistfight broke out when they started arguing about his roughhousing with Pan and if Pan should learn martial arts. While Mr. Satan may have lost the battle by being locked out of the house with Gohan, he won the war because in End of Z, Pan chose to become like her grandfathers.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: His taunts sound less like those of the martial artist he is and more like those of the 80s pro wrestler he looks like.
  • Boisterous Weakling: He is very strong for a normal human and has survived things they would've killed most people. However, he's laughably weak compared to any villain in Z and he isn't smart enough to realize this, challenging both Cell and Buu. Thankfully, he gets better after making friends with Goku and learns his place on the power scale.
  • Born Lucky: He's the only character to survive Dragon Ball Z without being revived once, and manages to keep up his Fake Ultimate Hero persona despite the fact that doing so stretches any credibility. In fact, the only time he's died was during Resurrection of F and it's retelling in Super, when Frieza blew up the Earth - and even in that case, it was only because he was asleep at the time.
  • Bumbling Dad: To Videl's chagrin, he serves as the comic relief and can be very goofy at times.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's usually a victim of a lot of Amusing Injuries.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: In episode 73 of Super, he nearly reveals to a popular idol who is one of his costars in the "Great Saiyaman vs. Mr. Satan" movie that Gohan is the real Great Saiyaman, but Videl stops him and tells him that Gohan neither wants the fame nor would he find it helpful. The same costar ended up finding out about it anyway, though not from Mr. Satan.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • When Mr. Satan was first introduced, he was a Manipulative Bastard, Fake Ultimate Hero, Dirty Coward, and Jerk with Good Publicity. In the Buu saga, he was a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, The So-Called Coward and Classical Anti-Hero. Though he did show hints of the latter characterization when he honored 16's last request by throwing his head close enough to speak to Gohan, even when doing so put him at great personal risk (16 prodded his ego a bit, but still), thus leading to the world being saved. In a way, he really did save the world in the Cell Games (though he took all credit for beating Cell).
    • As time has gone on and he's become further integrated into the borderline clan of sorts that is the Z-Fighters, he's shown himself to be more humble and appreciative of their powers and heroics underneath all of his grandstanding, going out of his way to grant them their due for all they've done. In the OVA Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, he treats the entire gang to a feast at the hotel being built in his honor for supposedly beating Buu. Later, in Dragon Ball Super, he's being handed a World Peace Prize and one-hundred million zeni, but immediately starts offering the money to Vegeta, who turns it down, then to Goku, who Goten convinces to accept. Also, he built Gohan and Videl a house.note  Not bad for a guy who once shamelessly took all the credit for killing Cell while calling the real heroes fakes thinking he'd never see the real heroes again.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: While he's nowhere near Z-Fighter tier in this regard, it is still worth noting that in his first appearance, he pulled four buses behind him, tore a phone book in half while towing them and then punched a hole through one of the buses.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: As odd as it may sounds for a character like him. He tries to be an Ideal Hero to the citizens of Earth and everyone, save for the Z-Fighters, sees him as the savior of the universe. Truth is, Mr. Satan is an unapologetic Glory Hound who stole credit for killing Cell from Gohan. He is more often than not scared of fighting anyone stronger than him and will bribe others to throw fights so he can keep his reputation. At the same time, he does have a noble heart and will fight to protect others, even if it means risking his own life. He helps Goku and Vegeta kill Kid Buu by using his heroic status to get the people of Earth to loan energy for the Spirit Bomb.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: For Fat Buu in Dragon Ball Super. Satan will call Buu out when he's starting to go overboard and has ways to distract him if the situation needs it.
  • Cool Old Guy: Has a good relationship with Pan in GT.
  • Cowardly Lion: May not have the courage of a hero, but he certainly has the heart of one. His willingness to do good in spite of his cowardice and incompetence is enough to earn Piccolo's respect and approval as the "True Champion of the World." The few times the bad guys he's fighting are normal (but dangerously armed) criminals instead of superhuman monsters, he effortlessly beats them down. And during the final showdown of the Buu Saga, he actually musters the balls to attack Kid Buu head-on; it doesn't work and almost kills him, but hey, points for trying.
    • He also tries to replace Majin Buu for the Tournament of Power before realizing that he wouldn't be helpful. Goku would have taken him along if he had wanted to come because he still has massive respect for him after he saved the world from Kid Buu.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Yes, really. As shown in a flashback, he delivered one to Spopovich during one of the World Martial Arts Tournaments, effortlessly dodging all his moves before kicking him once so hard he's sent flying out of the ring. To note, Spopovich physically dwarfed him. And that's how he became the champion of the world while Goku and the rest of the Z Warriors were out.
    • When the two guys shoot Bee, he loses it and kicks the crap out of them. It takes one hit each.
    • Fusion Reborn sees him curbstomp an army of zombies singlehandedly. In general, if he's pitted against anyone that's not superhuman, he'll make short work of them.
  • Disco Dan: In a way, Mr. Satan actually would have been right at home with all the other hammy martial artists if he had been introduced in the Original Series.
  • Don't Try This at Home: Gives this warning before trying stunts on live television. Having a daughter who does try and imitate him, he warns the parents to make sure the children won't try it.
  • Doting Parent: He absolutely adores his little girl Videl.
  • Doting Grandparent: And her little girl Pan-chan!
  • Dub Name Change:
    • One of the most notorious examples of this in Dragon Ball, "Mr. Satan" became "Hercule" in the English dub to avoid the obvious controversy having a character named "Satan" in a kids' show would have caused. The uncut English DVDs switch back to "Mr. Satan", but also try to retcon "Hercule" into being his first name.
    • The Filipino dub goes completely out-of-whack and renames him "Master Pogi" (literally, "Master Handsome", which hardly fits his appearance).
    • Strangely averted in the Latin American Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese dubs (considering most Latin American countries are very Catholic) which kept the name and the crowds cheerfully chanting "Satan! Satan!" This is probably due to the usual term to refer to the Devil in the region being "Satanás", "Satán" being a little less common. The Brazilian Portuguese dub also changed the stress of pronunciation from "satÁn" (usual pronuntiation in Spanish and Portuguese) to "sÁtan".note 
    • Some toys released in the US before Funimation dubbed his episodes used the name Mr. Savage.
    • Many think the name "Hercule" originates from the French localization, which was one of the first dubs produced the series. However, his name wasn't changed because of religious reasons, but because there was already another character called Satan in the dub — Piccolo.
    • The Viz manga calls him Hercule, but does mention that he was formerly known as Mr. Satan.
  • The Face: He effectively becomes this to the heroes on Earth following his Character Development.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: The public believes that he saved the world twice, first from Cell and then Majin Buu. Granted, he is still a decent and kind-hearted man (…after some Character Development) who genuinely wants to make the world a better place; he has the heart of a true warrior, if nothing else. Subverted at the very last minute, when he does legitimately save the world! However, he's really only a Fake Ultimate Hero because he's in a world were he's Overshadowed by Awesome. When we do see him take on normal, but still legitimately dangerous people, he beats the tar out of them. The heroes actually exploit this. They don't want the attention and he gets to keep his popularity, which has actually helped them in the past, so it's kind of a win/win.
  • Famed In-Story: He's a Fake Ultimate Hero who's lucky to survive the stuff he puts himself through, but to the people of Earth he's their greatest champion and savior. They named a city after him, the entire World Martial Tournament centers around him to the point he can skip the elimination round, something no other champion before him could do, and gets military support with just asking. His fame does comes in handy during the final story arc.
  • Family Theme Naming: Mr. Satan's daughter is named Videl, which is an anagram of "Devil". However, according to Toriyama in the Super Exciting Guide: Character Volume, Mr. Satan is just a stage name; his real name is Mark. In Japanese, the name (Maaku) becomes an anagram for Akuma (Devil/demon), thus continuing the family's supernatural naming convention. Likewise, his late wife, Miguel, has a name that means an Archangel (and Lucifer was an Archangel before his fall).
  • Five Stages of Grief: Namely denial. After Buu destroys the Earth and he meets the Supreme Kais, he decides that the entire arc must be a dream and that he made Buu up from the beginning since pink men and purple guys with pointy ears don't exist despite what Dende says. This being Satan, it's Played for Laughs.
  • Flash Step: Despite being a normal human, he does this when Van Zant has him at gunpoint. Van Zant does manage to shoot him afterwards, but it was mainly on reflex and threw off Zant's aim enough to avoid an instantly fatal shot, saving his life.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: For the longest time he absolutely refuses to acknowledge chi techniques are real, dismissing them as trickery no matter how often he gets demonstrations of them right in front of his face. He only gives in once his own daughter starts flying around.
  • Friend to All Children: Although Trunks was soundly out of his league anyway, he'd planned to throw the match against the Junior Division of the World Martial Arts Tournament from the beginning. He also comforts some of the losing children of the kids tournament when they start to get upset.
  • Funny Afro: Befitting his character and attitude.
  • Good Parents: Despite being overprotective towards Videl, he adores Videl and his eventual grandchild, Pan, as well.
  • Glory Seeker: Seems to be his initial reason for challenging Cell in the Cell Games.
  • Guile Hero: Not quite, but there have been at least two instances where he was able to aid the cast with his massive popularity.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: He just isn't able to keep up with his superpowered allies and family (even Videl, his similarly human daughter, is stronger than he is). That said, what he does have is his massive popularity around the world, which he willingly uses to aid Goku and the others when he realizes that he's no match for whatever threat is happening at the time.
    • Goku has an extremely high opinion of him after seeing how hard he fought against Kid Buu. It's enough to make him consider taking him along to the Tournament of Power before Mr. Satan realized he would only be a burden to them.
    • A literal version is his "defeat" of Fat Buu- he convinced Buu to pull a Heel–Face Turn by befriending him. Keep in mind that up to that point, Buu was an invincible juggernaut who could take out a Super Saiyan 2 with one blow and who even Super Saiyan 3 Goku couldn't really hurt (though neither of them were fighting seriously). This even saves the heroes indirectly later, as Super Buu agrees to wait an hour because of Fat Buu's influence when Videl asked (he smelled Videl and recognized her as Satan's daughter). Piccolo thinks his heart is a much more valuable ability than Vegeta's power.
    Piccolo: Mr. Satan was the one man Boo ever trusted. While we were trying in vain to crush him with sheer power, Mr. Satan chose to befriend him. Although his motives were... strategic, of course. As proof, Boo just wiped out humanity... but left Mr. Satan alive. Even after becoming this beast of destruction. Your father may not have the strength he claims... but he does deserve his title of "Champion of Earth."
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Fat Buu.
  • Hidden Depths: It's been implied that he has a significantly weaker Weirdness Censor than the rest of the world. For example, he does recognize Piccolo's resemblance to the Demon King Piccolo (Piccolo's father/past life) in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai's Legend of Hercule mode (which is, while non-canon, set after a point where the entire world just forgot about Ki as a concept).
  • Hope Bringer: Not for the main cast, but to the entire rest of the world. He was the only thing that kept the people of Earth somewhat sane during Majin Buu's rampage and to a lesser extent Cell. In Super, they call him when things go wrong.
  • Homage: He is a homage to professional wrestlers, especially back in the days when they were still pretending their fighting is real. He acts overly cocky, theatrical, down-right silly, pretends his fights are real, and while he's strong, he is not the strongest. Toriyama himself admits that he finds professional wrestling to be silly in these same ways.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Mr. Satan got smacked by Perfect Cell and goes flying into a mountain, survives getting smacked around by Kid Buu, is hilariously drowned in a bathtub by Fat Buu, obliterated in a public fight against Trunks, dropped by Dende from 100-something feet and crushes his crotch against a rock, and more. Although he is hopelessly outpowered by the main cast, it is agreed that he is very skilled for a human that cannot use energy base techniques.
  • Ironic Name: That someone literally called Satan is ultimately a brave and honorable warrior, a sensitive and kind-hearted man, not to mention a loyal and loving friend.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, he is a greedy, lying skirt chasing coward. But he is still a fundamentally decent, sensitive and kind-hearted human being who wants to make the world a better place.
  • Joke Character: Dan Hibiki, meet your long-lost ancestor! This gets carried over into pretty much all of the fighting games, where he can't even use energy blasts. His long-range attack is throwing rocks. And he has a Jet Pack for when the battle is taken to the skies.
  • Kid With The Remote Control: Well, not a kid and underpowered mostly as a side effect of being Overshadowed by Awesome, but has earned the trust of Fat Buu, who is superpowered and will go to bat for him.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Only one of the main cast who's not borderline Bishōnen.
  • Large Ham: Even more so than most of the series' Big Bads, though it becomes more and more of a performance as the series goes on.
  • Last of His Kind: For a very brief period, after Super Buu kills nearly every other human and Kid Buu destroys the Earth.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: He's one of the biggest Linear Warriors in the franchise. While he's the Worlds Greatest Warrior as far as garden-variety, Muggle-class martial artists go, he's still an ant compared to the ki-using characters of the series.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Hits Fake Ultimate Hero as he gains more character development. At least, he proves to be braver than he looks.
  • Morality Chain: For Buu. When he and poor Bee were shot, Buu horribly LOST IT.
    • He accidentally got knocked out during Buu's fight with Basil. Buu didn't care that Basil didn't do it on purpose or even know about it, Buu immediately stops playing with him and kicks Basil's ass as hard as he could without killing him.
  • Morality Pet: Mr. Satan acts as this for Broly in Supersonic Warriors 2.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Seems to be a combination of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage. He also bears an uncanny resemblance to '80s era Frank Zappa.
  • Not Worth Killing: During the Cell Games, the Z-Fighters theorize that the only reason Mr. Satan survived getting backhanded into a mountain by Cell is because Cell didn't want to waste any energy before he fought Goku.
  • Off-Model: In the manga and anime during the Buu Saga he looks…odd. Like his head is too big for his body, which might have been intentional.
  • Overprotective Dad: Acts like this towards Videl. He has declared that any potential boyfriends must be capable of defeating him in battle. So, naturally, Videl falls in love with the one teenage boy on the planet who can, and easily.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Under normal circumstances, he would be an incredible fighter, and legitimately won the World Martial Arts Tournament (a tournament of such high level that itself overshadows any other tournament on Earth without Z Warriors around), multiple times. Unfortunately for him, these are not normal circumstances.
  • Pals with Jesus: His son-in-law's father is Goku, who became a Physical God as of Battle of Gods.
  • Paper Tiger: Zigzags. For an ordinary human. However, he is horribly weak compared to the monsters in Z. That doesn't stop him from boasting about his strength and challenging the likes of Cell and Buu, both beings so powerful that they can kill him without even looking at him. He is also dismissive of the previous champion, Goku, assuming Goku to be a weakling who won by trickery.
  • Plot Armor: In a series where death itself is treated as an inconvenience, Mr. Satan stands out as having Plot Armor so thick he could probably survive getting hit by a nuke through some improbable circumstance. You would think that getting fly-swatted by Cell and attempting to murder Buu via video games would get him killed. And you would be wrong. Mr. Satan, Fortuneteller Baba, and East Supreme Kai are the only main characters in the entire series to never die prior to the Dragon Ball Super era, which is quite an achievement in this series! Even then because of the nature of his revival, he technically never died because Whis reset the timeline. Even funnier, it is confirmed by Toriyama that Mr. Satan is one of the few survivors in the Bad Future, at least the first time around.
  • Popularity Power:
    • Earlier in the series, most people acknowledged the existence of ki energy and there was little doubt that Master Roshi's Kamehameha — by then considered a legend among martial artists — was a very real and deadly technique, and while Goku and his friends never became celebrities, the public always looked forward to watching them fight whenever there was a World Martial Arts Tournament. Everything changed once Mr. Satan declared that ki attacks were nothing but tricks, which made the entire population of the world grow skeptical.
    • He does use his Popularity Power in a good way as well, though: when Goku desperately needs the people of Earth to give him energy for his Spirit Bomb, but nobody is listening, Mr. Satan claims that he is the one fighting Buu and is the one who needs their energy, at which point the entire population happily gives it up. The resulting Spirit Bomb is powerful enough to annihilate Majin Buu once and for all.
      "Yes, I am the one who is really fighting Majin Buu! [glances sheepishly at Goku] Um, sorry about that, I just don't think they'd listen if they didn't think it was me doing it."
  • Porn Stache: Only main character with one, until Vegeta in GT.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: He is hailed by the people of Earth as the savior who defeated Cell. It is often brought up even a decade after Cell's death. He is also credited with killing Majin Buu and is given the World Peace Prize.
  • Secret Keeper: He becomes this to the Z-Fighters after he's accepted into the group and he acknowledges their power. He still takes the fame for their work, like claiming he defeated Beerus in Super, but he now does it to hide their identities.
  • Slain in Their Sleep: Dragon Ball Super marks the first time Mr. Satan dies in the series, being killed off by Frieza's destruction of the Earth. He was sleeping alongside Majin Buu at the moment. This was undone by Whis' time powers. Presumably, this is how he dies in Resurrection ‘F’ too, as he was Killed Offscreen.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: For a while, anyway. While very powerful for an Earthling, he's an ant even compared to the weakest Z-Fighter since he can't even do energy attacks. That didn't stop him from claiming that all the fighters before him used tricks and weren't true martial artists. He finally gets over this after befriending Buu and the rest of the Z-Fighters, though he still invokes the trope as a showy persona to maintain his fame and occasionally use it to help them out.
  • Smug Snake: During the Cell Games, the Z-Fighters all get so irritated by Mr. Satan's loudmouth, overbearing, braggart attitude and his constant underestimation of Cell's ability that they end up taking Cell's side during the Single-Stroke Battle between them; Piccolo in particular is vocally disappointed that Cell didn't kill him.
  • The So-Called Coward: He's not fearless; but his willingness to stand up and do something when it matters in spite of being a weakling makes his bravery outstanding enough to earn Piccolo's respect and approval.
  • Straw Loser: To a point, Mr. Satan filled this role. He was the loud, brash and obnoxious World Champ, who couldn't lay a finger on any of the main cast unless they let him, and whose bravado made them seem all the better for their humility (or at least willingness to forgot fame to be an actually better fighter). This includes taking credit for beating Cell. This makes many fans pass him off as a Joke Character... Except for the fact that at his introduction, he's earned his World Champ status legitimately by winning multiple Tenkaichi Budokai tournaments, and is canonically the strongest non-ki-manipulating human in the series aside from his daughter.
  • Support Party Member: He has this dynamic within the cast. He's no match for the regular rogues gallery of enemies they face (which, in his defense, isn't entirely his fault, as he is a legitimately fantastic fighter against regular humans), but he instead supports them from the sidelines using his prestige, wealth, and popularity.
  • The Team Benefactor: In Super, he fronts the bill for Gohan and Videl's marital home, and him making Goku and Chi-Chi rich subsidizes Goku's ability to train (and, by extension, allow him to continue protecting Earth).
  • Tender Tears: Mr. Satan is an incredibly sensitive soul who is able to shed tears for a demon who wiped out the human race, and on top of that has faith that Buu can become a better person. That faith ends up being justified, granting him a new lifelong friend.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He usually subverts this trope by taking on powerful villains, but not dying or getting seriously hurt from it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When Vegeta fails to telepathically convince the people of Earth to lend their energy for Goku's Spirit Bomb, Mr. Satan angrily yells out for them to do so. Thanks to his popularity back on Earth, it works. Then after the energy isn't enough, he stands up to Vegeta, who is demanding that he do it again. He refuses because Goku's first Spirit Bomb had drained most of the population's energy already, and asking them to give another dose would kill those who didn't have enough to give.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • He is still a Glory Seeker ham, but he is much more humble after being introduced to Goku and his friends. He continues to take credits for Goku and others' world saving because they don't want the fame and he's useful when it comes to dealing with common people.
    • In Super he takes the 100 million zeni reward given to him for "defeating" Buu and gives it to Goku as thanks. Compare this to his portrayal in the earliest parts of Z, especially the movies, where he was shown to be quite greedy.
    • Also from Super, he begs Whis to stop Goku and Beerus' fight (their battle is slowly destroying the universe) not for his own sake, but to spare his daughter and unborn grandchild.
  • Trade Your Passion for Glory: After getting caught up in the fame, fortune, and women he got for supposedly defeating Cell, he stopped training. As a result, Videl surpassed him long before Gohan taught her how to fly.
  • Uncle Pennybags: In Dragon Ball Super, he gives Goku the prize money that should have been his if anyone knew the truth, (after Vegeta had already refused) to support Goku's preferred lifestyle, both to thank him for saving the planet many times in the past and to ensure the saiyan can keep training to keep the world safe in the future. On top of that, he personally funded the construction of Gohan and Videl's post-marriage home and pays their bills.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He initially has a really bad habit of underestimating his opponents to comical levels. He dismisses Cell and the other Earth's warriors as tricksters even after Cell knocked him out of the ring and the landscape was exploding around him. He also dismiss Goku, the former World Champion, as not being a true martial artist since he use 'tricks' to win. By the time he faces Buu, he gets a little better since he knows that there is no way he can win a straight fight against Buu, however, he truly believes that he can kill Buu with poison and explosives. After the events of the Buu Saga, he knows and accepts where he stands on the power scale in the Dragon Ball universe.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The Wacky Parent to Videl's Serious Child.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Completely outmatched by the Ki-using Z Fighters and the monsters they fight in terms of power, but his hand-to-hand skills are good enough to have him perform a Flash Step, and his attack on Cell shows that he knows perfectly how to destroy a normal human.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Though it certainly takes him a while, he finally shows the extent of his moral character at the end of the Buu Saga.
    "I've been a shameless fake my whole life. But they believed me. They loved me. So if I turn my back on them now, what will it make me?"
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He calls out everyone on Earth for refusing to give Goku any energy for the Spirt Bomb after witnessing Fat Buu nearly being beaten to death by his Evil Counterpart. It works!
  • Would Hit a Girl: Completely averted during his fight with Android 18, as her gender wasn't even an issue considering that he knew he was much weaker than her. In the end, even his Megaton Punch did nothing but annoy her.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: In cases where the woman isn't a super-warrior, though, he plays this one straight — as seen in an episode of GT when Bulma and Chi-Chi hit him, and he doesn't hit back.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: When Trunks wins the junior tournament and gets an exhibition match against Mr. Satan, Mr. Satan gives him a free shot. He obviously didn't expect to get punched clear out of the ring, but he intended to throw the fight from the start and even tells his assistant that he wouldn't fight a child.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Believed for a long time that ki techniques were tricks and not real martial art techniques due his own impressive martial art experience.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: Vegeta is not happy that Goku ended up saving him (and, to a lesser extent, Dende) at the cost of Gohan, Goten, Piccolo, and Trunks. Given how Mr. Satan's first action upon arriving to the Kai planet is to comically jump off a cliff under the illusion that everything was just a dream, it's hard not to feel empathetic to that point. However, the decision pays off with Mr. Satan's interference in the battle with Kid Buu, as it allows the good portions of Majin Buu to escape from his evil side's body. And it really pays off when Mr. Satan's influence helps to convince the people of Earth to lend Goku their energy for the Spirit Bomb.
  • Younger Than He Looks: At first, anyway. Would you believe he's only three years younger than Yamcha? He's the same age as Goku!
  • Your Size May Vary: Officially, he's 6'2". Often times, he's drawn as if he's the same size as Vegeta. And then during the Cell Games, he's even sometimes randomly drawn as if he's 10 feet tall.
    Trunks 

Trunks (トランクス, Torankusu)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Takeshi Kusao, Hiromi Tsuru (Baby)
Kid Trunks voiced by (English): Laura Bailey (Z, movies), Alexis Tipton (Super) (Funimation); Cathy Weseluck (Ocean), Erica Mendez (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia in Super)
Adult Trunks voiced by (English): Henry Douglas Grey (Final Bout); Eric Vale (Funimation); Allistair Abell (Ocean); Matthew Erickson (Blue Water)
Baby Trunks voiced by (English): Stephanie Nadolny (Z), Colleen Clinkenbeard (Kai) (Funimation); Jodi Forrest (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Kid Trunks voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Gaby Willer (current voice), Rocío Garcel (Baby)
Adult Trunks voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Sergio Bonilla (current voice)

After Future Trunks visited the main timeline and averted the apocalyptic future, the Trunks of the main timeline was born. Unlike his Future counterpart, he's a brash, excitable thrill-seeker, no doubt thanks to his father being alive and present throughout his childhood. In addition, thanks to Vegeta and Goku's bonding during the Cell games, he's become close friends with Gohan and Goten, constantly getting into mischief with the latter. Despite this, he mellows out overtime by the Super sagas, and considerably in GT—he has to when he's the CEO of Capsule Corporation in that show.

While not referred to as such in the main series, supplementary materials and merchandise typically refer to him as "Kid Trunks," "Present Trunks," or "GT Trunks" to distinguish him from his Future counterpart.


  • '90s Hair: He sports a mushroom cut most of the series.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Both he and Goten achieved Super Saiyan form as children with very little effort, and no clue they'd done something remarkable.
  • The Artifact: Like his alternate, future self, his purple hair was probably inherited from Bulma (who had purple hair early on in the manga).
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Vegeta is around; what did you expect?
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He may be the President of Capsule Corp, but he can still kick ass.
  • Bash Brothers: With Goten. They not only fight together, they can fuse to become a whole new being.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Bulla. Despite initially wanting a little brother, Trunks quickly warms up to Bulla and becomes rather protective of her during Super.
  • Big Eater: He can eat a mountain's worth of food like any Saiyan. Although he doesn't eat as much as his father or Goku and as he gets older his table manners are significantly better.
  • Blood Knight: Like all Saiyans, he loves to fight, especially his best friend Goten. He loses this aspect as a teen, preferring to go on dates(probably with Mai if Future Trunks is anything to go by) and mess with machinery.
  • Blue Blood: Keep in mind his dad is the Prince of all Saiyans.
  • Book Dumb: "Super" shows that Trunks' intelligence and skill with machinery definitely came later in life, as he struggles with his schooling and has to rely on Emperor Pilaf for help with understanding his classes and can't tell a regular calculator from Bulma's spare parts.
  • Born Lucky: He grew up in a peaceful era where the Bad Future never happened. It's his conversation with his future self that makes him realize he was lucky his life turned out this way, rather than having to constantly survive as being the last Saiyan bloodline left.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: What distinguishes him from Future Trunks, thanks to growing up in a time of peace (and having his father around).
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: His fighting potential far surpasses that of Future Trunks(at least until Future Trunks showed massive improvement and acquired a new transformation), and he can become much stronger than his father. But he doesn't take the time to train outside of play fighting Goten or spending time with his dad. Vegeta all but calls him lazy in the last episodes of Z. Vegeta also calls him and Goten out for this in Super, frustrated that they haven't learned to stop depending on each other for fighting.
  • Child Prodigy: Able to become a Super Saiyan at the age of eight, much sooner and more easily than Future Trunks, and more powerful than Frieza.
    • Averted when it comes to academics. While his becoming a Gadgeteer Genius like his mom is a Foregone Conclusion, his performance in his studies as a young boy in Super is laughably bad.
  • Cool Big Bro: In Super, he absolutely adores his younger sister, Bulla. He even attempts to try changing her diaper himself (until he realized he didn't know how, and asked Vegeta for help).
  • Cool Sword: In the Wrath of the Dragon movie, Tapion gives him his sword as a parting gift. Some sources say it is the same as Future Trunks' sword.
    • He's completely aware of how cool swords are in-universe and tries to imitate Future Trunks to impress Mai using a handsaw as a sword. It ends up missing the mark.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Movie 11, Bio-Broly, feature him and Goten as the main protagonists, and marks the only time in the entire franchise (besides their brief curb-stompings of Abo and Kado in their base forms) that Goten and kid Trunks had a real fight with a villain while unfused. He gets to show off power that was more just hinted at in the original series, nearly beating Broly alongside Goten with their teamwork after the former pulls a complete No-Sell of Android 18's attempts to hurt him.
  • Demoted to Extra: Later on in GT and for most of Super outside of the Goku Black arc, although he lasted longer than most of the cast.
  • Disguised in Drag: Hilariously in GT as part of a Bride and Switch plan. The groom is still interested in him even after the ruse is revealed.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Downplayed, but present. While fighting 18 as "Mighty Mask", Goten has to specifically tell him to keep his battle power suppressed so that he doesn't accidentally kill Android 18. He insists that he knows how to hold back enough to only knock 18 out of the ring, but 18's Oh, Crap! reaction to his held-back ki blast (which she just barely avoids, before noting its speed and power) indicate that he probably didn't do a good enough job and that he would have seriously hurt her had it actually connected.
  • Family Theme Naming: The Briefs family (Bulma/Bloomer, Dr. Briefs, Trunks, Bra) are named after undergarments.
  • Foil:
    • To Goten. They're both sons to some of the most powerful beings in the universe, but while Trunks is born into privilege, Goten is born into a common family that is somewhat poor. Goten is also very silly but grows into being somewhat more sensible, while Trunks tries to play the serious, big brother role but rarely thinks things through.
    • After the split in the timelines, Kid Trunks becomes this to Future Trunks. Kid Trunks is irresponsible, spoiled, playful during battle, and somewhat arrogant. Future Trunks is very responsible, humble, a Combat Pragmatist, and will kill to ensure peace. Kid Trunks is affected by living during a time of peace with both of his parents, while Future Trunks lived After the End where the androids killed all his loved ones, including his father, and Gohan, his mentor.
  • Freak Out!: He has one of these when he thinks Future Trunks is his illegitimate brother, thanks to Pilaf and Mai putting ideas in his head.
  • Fusion Dance: Into Gotenks, and part of the Trope Namer.
  • Future Me Scares Me: When Future Trunks returns in Dragon Ball Super, the mystery surrounding him and his relation to Bulma and Vegeta is very unsettling to Present Trunks, especially when the former freaks out and attacks Goku immediately after recovering. After he calms down though, Present Trunks is more surprised by them being the same person.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He's a half-Saiyan on his father's side, half-Human on his mother’s.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Like father, like son. It's his main trait that sets him apart from his future self. When he thinks his older version is acting like a coward, he gets pissed off and starts a brawl with him.
  • Heroic Bastard: While they do eventually marry between the Cell and Buu sagas, he was born after a one night stand between Vegeta and Bulma.
  • Heroic Lineage: How 'heroic' Vegeta is in "Z" is very questionable, but Bulma certainly qualifies and according to Piccolo, Trunks comes from a heroic family. He absolutely qualifies for this on both sides in Super.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He highly admires his dad and believes that he's the strongest in the universe above Goku and Gohan, especially since Vegeta is a prince. He also refused to believe that a giant blob like Majin Buu could kill his father. It's played with because Vegeta definitely was not a hero at the time, but these days Trunks's admiration is much more deserved.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Goten. They are almost always together, even as a teenager.
  • Hopeless with Tech: Super shows that Trunks didn't start taking after his mother in the academics and engineering department until later, though he was a little distracted with trying to impress Mai at the time.
  • Human Mom Nonhuman Dad: His father's a Saiyan, his mother's a human.
  • I Got Bigger: By the EOZ, he becomes a perfect match to Future Trunks.
  • Just a Kid: Before his first fight at the tournament, he was belittled by the other children (he was forced into the kids' division) since he was so small and young. Didn't last after the first fight.
  • Kid Hero: Shares this with Goten.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Unlike Future Trunks his personality and demeanor are more like Vegeta. At the same time, he is good with his hands like Bulma and his grandfather. He's also very easy to be friends with, something Vegeta is absolutely horrid at, as his brotherly relationship with Goten and his constant hanging out with the Pilaf Gang shows.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: In the "Resurrection 'F' Saga" of Dragon Ball Super, Trunks has no idea why everyone reacted with surprise when he talked about slicing Frieza in half, implying that he's unaware of his future counterpart who did exactly that. This is confirmed in the "Future Trunks Saga" when he clearly doesn't recognize his future self and is shocked to learn that they have the same name.
  • Love at First Sight: In "Battle of The Gods" he instantly develops a huge crush on Mai and convinces everyone she is his girlfriend. It gets a truckload more Ship Tease when Future Trunks comes back and had also developed feelings for her future counterpart. It's made more ambiguous in "Super"'s adaptation of the movie, but by the time the Future Trunks arc he's definitely crushing hard on her.
  • Morality Pet: He and Bulma become this to Vegeta and he's fully aware of it, which is why he allows Babidi to turn him into a Majin. He wants to recapture the feelings he once had when he was evil. In the end, he can't turn his back on his family and comes to regrets his actions. To make amends, he gives his life to protect them from Majin Buu, his first truly selfless act.
  • Mr. Fixit: In GT, he is the one who works on the ship and other gadgets. Ironically, in "Super" he's Hopeless with Tech.
  • Naughty Is Good: As a kid.
  • Nice Guy: Outside of his occasional overcompetitiveness and smug attitude, Trunks is just as easy to get along with as his future counterpart was and is very friendly.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Again, like father, like son. His reaction to Future Trunks acting cowardly is to fly into a rage.
  • No Body Left Behind: His only death in the series was due to Buu blowing up Earth.
  • Older Than He Looks: In the Battle of Gods movie and Super he's 14 but yet looks the same as he was in the Buu saga when he was 8 (though this seems par for the course with Saiyan children). What's weird is that, when Future Trunks was training with Future Gohan at about his age, he looked much taller than Trunks is currently.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He got the frowning face of his father. He smiles much more in Super and only brings out the Vegeta glare when he's legitimately upset.
  • Pint-Sized Kid: As a kid like all Saiyans.
  • Precocious Crush: In Super, he has a crush on Mai, who, while having been physically restored to about his age, is three years older than his mother chronologically. He also has a slightly more standard variation on Mai's future counterpart, who despite being nearly one hundred is physically in her early twenties.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: GT, but only when he dresses up to work at Capsule Corp.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Has purple hair and purple Battle Aura.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Goten's red. Some of the time he ends up playing the red oni, however, as his temper and pride make him easier to rile up than Goten's polite personality.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: In GT.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The "manly" part (well, bratty at least) with Goten.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Along with the Pilaf gang and Goten, Trunks is not seen much before the start of the Tournament of Power and completely disappears from the show outside of Vegeta's mental images after the battle begins.
  • The Smart Guy: In GT. Granted, his competition is Goku and Pan...
  • Spoiled Sweet: Unlike Future Trunks, he grew up privileged. Still a decent guy, he just picked up a noticeable amount of Vegeta's arrogance. Though by the time he reaches around age his future counterpart was when introduced, his personality mellows out to being similar, though still slightly more haughty. He's already showing signs of mellowing out in "Super", but he still was overeager to fight Frieza and got pissed when Future Trunks was in a Heroic BSoD.
  • Straight Man: To Goku and Pan in GT.
  • Superior Successor: To both his father and Future Trunks. He becomes a Super Saiyan at only eight years old and is stronger than Frieza.
  • Team Mom: Is a male version of this in GT. He's just not enough of a disciplinarian to be a Team Dad.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Because he only fights for fun, he doesn't really train. In Yo! Son Goku and his Friends Return!! Vegeta and the others are visibly disappointed in how much trouble he and Goten have fighting Avo and Cado, because they've forgotten how to use basic skills like sensing ki to counter a Flash Step. Gohan has to step in and coach them, and he's similarly disinclined to train. He's always going to be stronger than any human by virtue of being a Super Saiyan, but he doesn't really work for it.
  • Warrior Prince: He's descended from Saiyan royalty, but it never really comes up in the story.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has lavender hair.

    Son Goten 

Son Goten (孫 悟天, AKA Sun Wutian)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Masako Nozawa
Kid Goten voiced by (English): Kara Edwards (Funimation); Jillian Michaels (Ocean); Philece Sampler (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia in Super)
Adult Goten voiced by (English): Robert McCollum (Funimation); Gabe Khouth (Ocean); Scott Hendrickson (Blue Water)
Kid Goten voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Laura Torres (current voice), ? (Battle of the Gods)
Adult Goten voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Víctor Ugarte

The second son of Goku and Chi-Chi, born some time after the Cell Games. Has a very childlike naivety not unlike Goku when he was little; though also has Gohan's childhood crybaby tendencies. Between Trunks and himself, he's surprisingly the voice of reason, though he usually goes along with the former's ideas. By GT, he settles down to live more or less as a normal teenager, worrying more about girls than fighting.


  • Achievements in Ignorance: Both he and Trunks achieved Super Saiyan form as children with very little effort, and no clue they'd done something remarkable.
  • Adorkable: Well mannered, naïve, and so dorky he's the only person who finds Gohan's embarrassing superhero costume to be "cool." However, he eventually finds it lame too in Dragon Ball Super.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: As a kid.
  • All-Loving Hero: A trait he shares with the rest of his family.
  • Always Save the Girl: In GT, always tries to save Valese.
  • Always Second Best:
    • His relationship with Trunks. Trunks is always a little stronger than him because of his age and being trained by Vegeta. Goten isn't bitter about this, just mildly annoyed.
    • He also has a mild case of this with Gohan. When training, he becomes frustrated at how easily Gohan can beat him. Gohan assures him it's because he's older and have more battle experience.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Goten is the youngest of the cast, the most naive, and overall the least skilled. He is still a powerful fighter, stronger than the human cast outside of Androids 17 and 18.
  • Badass Adorable: Considerate, kind, sensitive, warm-hearted, polite AND can kick the ass of evil.
  • Bash Brothers: With Present Trunks. They rely a bit too much on each other, however, as pointed out to them by Vegeta.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While he doesn't get the chance to make something of it in the way his father and brother do, if pushed far enough Goten's temper noticeably runs hotter than Trunks'. In the various anime, his reaction to both Buu killing Chi-Chi and Hit (temporarily) killing Goku is to swear to hunt down and kill them, both times requiring someone else to talk him down from doing something stupid.
  • Big Brother Worship: He absolutely loves and adores Gohan to the point of thinking that hideous Saiyaman costume is cool. At least until Super, where he says that liking stuff like that was a phase. Gohan's spirit is crushed.
  • Big Eater: A family and racial trait. He loves food almost as much as his dad.
  • Blood Knight: Enjoys fighting a lot more than Gohan. But, like Trunks, he loses his desire to train and fight as a teenager. He wants to chase girls instead.
  • Break the Cutie: He goes through this after watching Super Buu murder his mother by turning her into an egg and crushing it.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Like Trunks, his fighting potential far surpasses his father and he is the youngest Super Saiyan. However, he loses interest in fighting as a teenager and prefers to go on dates.
  • Butt-Monkey: In the final episode of Z he's beaten by his four years old niece with her slapping him across the face.
  • Cheerful Child: He's a Generation Xerox of Goku.
  • Chick Magnet: Much like his father and big brother. In GT, college-age Goten seems to be going out with girls all the time.
  • Child Prodigy: Although not to the extent of Gohan, he is the youngest Super Saiyan ever and is only a little weaker than Trunks mostly due to age.note 
  • Cool Uncle: Goten seems to have a good relationship with Pan, his niece. He is often seen playing with her in Super.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Like his older brother and father, he's easy-going, innocent, and inherited his father's naivety. However, like everyone else in his family, he's a cute bruiser who holds the title for the youngest Super Saiyan.
  • The Cutie: Look at him. He is just like his father when he was a child, who was also extremely cute looking.
  • Demoted to Extra: In GT and Super.
  • Disappeared Dad: Goku was dead for most of his childhood.
  • Family Theme Naming: Son Goku, his sons—Gohan and Goten and Goku's grandfather Gohan. Further, the kanji for "ku" in Goku's name (空) means "sky" and the "ten" in Goten's name (天) means "heaven."
    • Also overlaps with Bilingual Bonus, as in Chinese pinyin, his name can be read as "Sun Wutian". However, unlike in on'yomi, this basically gives him the same name formatting as Master Roushi's name in pinyin (from "Muten Roushi" to "Wutian Laoshi"). Tien also literally has the same "heaven" (天) character in his name as well, but unlike Wutian/Goten's, his version in the English dubs to this day is rendered in a slightly-butchered pinyin style as opposed to full-on Japanese on'yomi.
  • Foil:
    • To his big brother, Gohan. They both have many similarities to their father like their pure-hearts, love of animals, and their innocents and fun-loving nature. Goten inherited his father's carefree personality, while Gohan is serious and down to Earth. Goten is quite hyper, while Gohan is very reserved. Goten is allowed to be a child and Gohan was forced to grow up fast because of the constant danger the Earth was exposed to.
    • To Trunks as well. They're both sons to some of the most powerful beings in the universe, but while Trunks is born into privilege, Goten is born into a common working family that is somewhat poor. Goten is also very silly, while Trunks tries to play the serious one.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish Sibling to Gohan's Responsible Sibling.
  • Friend to All Living Things: His love for animals is identical to that of his father's, too.
  • Fusion Dance: Into Gotenks and part of the Trope Namer.
  • Generation Xerox: Look at the picture. He's basically Goku as a child.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: His remains a pure-hearted person even as a Super Saiyan. Unlike Goku and Gohan, he didn't have to train himself to relax or go through periods of intense rage.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: He's a half-Saiyan on his father's side, half-Human on his mother’s.
  • Heroic Lineage: He is the second son of Goku. By the time he was born, his father saved the world the world five times and that's not including the entire incident on Namek.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: Got it from Goku and his grandfather, Bardock.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With main timeline Trunks. They are the best of friends and are always playing with each other. They keep their special bond even as teenagers.
  • Holding Your Shoulder Means Injury: Does this in the Bio-Broly movie twice. Justified, since he really did injure his shoulder during the fight, and even whines about the injury.
  • Human Mom Nonhuman Dad: His father's a Saiyan, his mother's a human.
  • Hybrid Power: As a Saiyan-hybrid he has far more inherent power than pure members of either race. He becomes the youngest Super Saiyan in the series.
  • I Got Bigger: By the EOZ, he grows to a fairly tall young man, although he's shorter than his dad.
  • Identical Grandson: As stated with Strong Family Resemblance below, he also looks like his late paternal grandfather Bardock when he was young.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Just like his father and big brother, this is what allows him to ride the Nimbus cloud before he learns how to fly.
  • Innocent Prodigy: He didn't even know what a Super Saiyan was when he accidentally transformed during his sparring match with Chi-Chi.
  • Just a Kid: Like Trunks above, was underestimated by the other children during kid diversion of the tournament. And just like Trunks, it didn't last after his first match.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: On occasion, he can fire a Kamehameha wave like his father and brother.
  • Keet: Super energetic, and rather loud.
  • Kid Hero: Shares this role with Trunks.
  • Kill the Cutie: Blew up along with the Earth twice. He gets better both times.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Even more so than Gohan. Not only does he inherit his father's love of nature, animals, and happy outlook, he looks exactly like Goku as a kid.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: Goten was trained by Chi-Chi and later Gohan:
    • Mutaito > Master Roshi > Ox-King > Chi-Chi > Son Goten
    • Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Gohan, Sr > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
    • Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
    • Master Korin, Kami, and King Kai > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
    • Piccolo > Son Gohan > Son Goten
  • Meaningful Name: Goten is a mixture of Goku's name, and "ten", which in Japanese means heaven/afterlife. He is Goku's son born after his father was in Otherworld.
  • Momma's Boy: Is this to Chi-Chi along with Gohan. Downplayed, as he is shown still living with her in GT, and she's not trying to make every single decision for him.
  • Naughty Is Good: He is partners in mischief with Trunks, after all.
  • Nice Guy: He's the nicer one of the Trunks/Goten duo. This overly trusting attitude also makes him slightly more gullible than Trunks.
  • No Body Left Behind: His only death in the series was due to Buu blowing up Earth.
  • Older Than They Look: In Battle of Gods and Super, he's in his teens, yet he still looks like he's seven. Justified if GT's explanation that Saiyans age slowly is canon.
  • Only Sane Man: Develops into this somewhat in Super, generally being depicted as more reasonable than his grandfather, his best friend, his mother or even his big brother at times. Several episodes pair Goten with Goku mostly so that Goten can point out when Goku is being silly.
  • Out of Focus: In Super, Goten is the only Saiyan to have little actual role in the story and largely serves as a background character. Unlike Trunks, who at least had a few scenes such as meeting his Future self, Goten rarely appears in any meaningful way.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's more powerful than Namek Saga Frieza and he's only seven.
  • The Pollyanna: Just like his dad and older brother. Goten is one big ball of joy who is always seen smiling or laughing.
  • Ret Gone: Inverted. He doesn't exist in the original timeline (the timeline Future Trunks comes from), but the changes made by Future Trunks and Cell's time-traveling alter this.
  • Shared Family Quirks: He shares his father's love for food, nature, helping others, pure heart, and is as hyperactive and fun-loving as Goku when he was a child. He also inherited his father's powerful temper that flare up when his loved ones are in danger.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Gohan/Videl. He asks her to be his big sister in Z. In Super, once she is his sister-in-law, he's so impressed by how kind she is to Gohan that he and Trunks spend half an episode trying to find her a gift.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: He was born nine months after the Cell Games and Goku's death.
  • Static Character: He receives very little individual characterization to set him apart. He looks and acts like Goku did at the same age, and hasn't gotten nearly as much attention as his brother or Trunks have, looking pretty much the same in Super (set some years after the end of the Buu Saga). He quickly becomes much smarter and more polite than Goku was at his age, but he mostly just stays in the role of Straight Man to Goku's Idiot Hero.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: He's kept out of the Universe Survival saga on the grounds that like Trunks, he's not experienced enough with actual combat or responsible enough to help and would just get in the way, which leads to Goku and Gohan choosing to bring along Tien and Roshi instead.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: When first introduced, he looked almost exactly like Goku did back at the start of Dragon Ball, without the tail and wearing longer sleeves. As a teenager he mentions he grew his hair out specifically because he was sick of looking identical to his dad. Funnily, this only serves to make him look like a male version of his paternal grandmother, Gine.
  • Superior Successor: To his father, Goku, and even Gohan to an extent. He becomes a Super Saiyan at only seven and did it much easier than Gohan. He is also stronger than Frieza.
  • Tareme Eyes: Like his father and brother.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He was a Super Saiyan and yet couldn't even fly. In Yo! Son Goku and his Friends Return!! Vegeta and the others are visibly disappointed in how much trouble he and Trunks have fighting Avo and Cado, because they've forgotten how to use basic skills like sensing ki to counter a Flash Step. Gohan has to step in and coach them, and he's similarly disinclined to train. He's always going to be stronger than any human by virtue of being a Super Saiyan, but he doesn't really work for it.
  • Warrior Prince: Technically, Gohan and Goten are this, as their grandfather is the Ox King, making Chichi, their mother, a princess. (Though, like Trunks, they were never really referred to as a prince.)
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: In Super he becomes this and frequently plays the sane man to his father. One standout instance is his insistence that Goku show Beerus respect by getting properly wrapped food when taking him a gift.
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    Pan 

Pan (パン)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Yuko Minaguchi, Shino Kakinuma (Kai)
5-year-old Pan voiced by (English): Susan Huber (Z), Kate Bristol (GT flashbacks), Elise Baughman (Kai)(Funimation); Brenna O'Brien (Ocean); Caitlynne Mederek (GT flashbacks) (Blue Water)
10-year-old Pan voiced by (English): Elise Baughman (Funimation); Caitlynne Mederek (Blue Water)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Circe Luna (current voice), Ángela Villanueva (Old)

The daughter of Gohan and Videl, introduced at the tail end of the original series though given more of a fleshed out character in the anime-only GT series. Very much a tomboy and thrill-seeker, willing to prove she's just as tough as her grandfather when given the chance. But not without a soft side either.


  • Affirmative Action Girl: While Dragon Ball always had a few female characters scattered throughout the supporting cast, the anime-only Dragon Ball GT was the only time a girl regularly joined in on the world-saving. However, she was written as a Damsel in Distress quite often in order to be saved by Goku. This was directorial decision, as the director wanted Pan to have a good memory of her grandpa in the late future.
  • The Apprentice: Goku personally trains her to be his successor.
  • The Artifact: Pan's bandanna in Dragon Ball GT is supposed to be a Continuity Nod to the Great Saiyaman' bandanna, as its the same orange color. This doesn't work since in the anime version of the Majin Buu saga (and most adaptations) make the bandanna white, losing the reference.
  • Badass Adorable: Like eveyone else in the Son bloodline, she's a cute little kid who can crush bones. Doubly so as an adorable baby in Super. See Goo Goo Godlike below.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In GT, she wears a midriff despite being only ten.
  • Berserk Button: Never make fun of her eyebrows.
  • Boyish Short Hair: No surprise since she is a Tomboy. As a child she has a short hairstyle that resembles that of her mother, as a teen her hair is slightly longer but still boyish.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: In GT, she is a brat who constantly belittles her grandfather, pushes around Trunks, and bullies Giru.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Despite being a bit younger than a teenager, she plays this trope regularly in GT where she is a whiny brat instead of a Cheerful Child like at the end of Z
  • Call-Forward: Pan learning to fly as only a baby in Super. Her introduction at the end of Z had her come flying in after taking several laps around the planet at only four or five years old.
  • Cheerful Child: In Z and also as a baby in Super. She inherited her family's positive attitude.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Videl being pregnant with her was all Goku needed to complete the Super Saiyan God transformation.
  • Child Prodigy:
    • Despite being only nine, she is already very powerful, and the Dragon Ball GT Perfect Files state she has the potential to transform, and imply she might become a type of Super Saiyan never seen before.
    • This is taken further in Super when she's shown as an infant to have learned how to fly all on her own, far younger than any other character seen so far. Remember that even her uncle Goten who could turn Super Saiyan at 7 couldn't fly until he was instructed on how.
  • Cute Bruiser: Just because she is a cute little girl doesn't mean she won't kick your ass.
  • The Cutie: As a four year old (and a baby), she was seen as cute and bubbly and full of energy. This rarely appears in GT though.
  • Does Not Like Spam: In the English dub of Super, when explaining her Trademark Favorite Food, Piccolo suggests she doesn't like celery.
  • Family Theme Naming: Pan is a triple-themed name: the food puns for Gohan's side of the family, the devil/Satan theme from Videl's familynote , and the musical theme from Piccolo who has been extremely close to Gohan and often babysits Pan. There's also, arguably, a fourth that references the Briefs family (as Bulma has been like a Cool Big Sis to Goku since childhood) since her name is also the first three letters in panty.
  • Genki Girl: She is really full of energy.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: Baby Pan has not only learned to fly on her own, but her just powering up destroys Pilaf's battle machine. She's also strong enough to carry Pilaf's gang back to Earth after they shot themselves into the stratosphere.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She gets angry very easily for trivial reasons as a kid.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Of Satan-style. She winds up running the dojo as a teenager.
  • Heroic Lineage: She comes from two heroic lineages. Her grandfather, Goku, is a warrior who saved the Earth countless times and her father saved the world from Cell and was critical to everyone's survival during the Saiyan Invasion and Namek. Her other grandfather, Mr. Satan, is a Badass Normal who in a world of Super Weights is relegated to Fake Ultimate Hero; he is seen as the world's savior but really did help save the world from Cell, though he played a small but key role in the last stand against Buu (yes, really!). Her mother is a Badass Normal who used to help the police fight crime on a regular basis without any Ki or superpowers.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Unsurprisingly good at it, considering her father, grandfather and uncle are.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Pan is a Type 3. Even if she'd get destroyed in the main fight, she still tends to try, and if she's not doing that, there's a good chance she's doing something else on her own, which tends to help out (pursuing Giru, finding and saving the kid who was possessed by Baby, and calming Goku down while he was a Golden Great Ape are all good examples).
  • Last Episode, New Character: In the manga and Z, where she was introduced at the very end of the series. Averted in GT, where she is one of the main characters. Inverted in Super, where Videl announced her pregnancy in the first arc.
  • Little Miss Badass: Four years old in Z, around nine years old in GT, but badass and adorable all the way.
  • Little Miss Snarker: In the GT series she's a snarky and often disrespectful preteen.
  • Mouthy Kid: In GT she is rather mouthy and verbally violent (and physically too, just like her grandmother.)
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: She is Goku's second student, giving her a complex chain since Goku had many masters, one which includes Whis:
    • Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Gohan, Sr > Son Goku > Pan
    • Master Korin > Master Roshi > Son Goku > Pan
    • Master, Korin, Kami, King Kai, and Whis > Son Goku > Pan
  • Mythology Gag: Her love of stars and desire to fly into space in Super, as well as Goku's promise to take her there, are probably nods to GT.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Her potential boyfriend runs away when he sees her abilities as she fights some random criminals.
  • Older Than They Look: Old Pan in the Distant Finale of GT does show her age, but she looks about 80, not her real age of over 110.
  • Outdated Outfit: Her clothes in GT are extremely 90s.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: She already possesses tremendous strength and the ability to fly by the time she was four years old. In fact, she's shown to be quite powerful as a baby as well.
  • Ret Gone: Inverted. Along with Goten, she hadn't been born in Future Trunks's timeline.
  • Shorttank: Combination of Tomboy, Action Girl and Bare Your Midriff.
  • Superior Successor: She is much stronger than her father or Goten at the same age. Even in GT where she never went Super Saiyan, she takes out Android 19 with ease and helps kill one of the Shadow Dragons. On top of that, if Hercule is successful in making her his successor as World Champion, she'll succeed him by leagues.
  • Theme Naming: Pan is Akira Toriyama's crowning achievement in theme names:
    • The obvious facet is that "pan" is a Portuguese and Spanish loan word for "bread," punning off her dad's name, which means rice (and if you want, you can stretch the pun: Chi-Chi can mean "milk" or "breast milk.").
    • Pan is also a satyr in Greek mythology whose imagery was borrowed for the Christian devil. Her mother's name is an anagram of "devil," and her maternal grandfather is Mr. Satan! If you want to stretch that even further, it's a retroactive, indirect reference to Hercule's late wife Miguel. Miguel is a Spanish version of the name Michael, the name of an Archangel (and Lucifer was an Archangel before he was Satan).
    • Pan could also be a reference to the Pan Pipes in honor of Piccolo, who, being the reincarnation of a Daimao, would fit the devil theme above as well.note 
    • Her name might also be a reference to her Saiyan heritage, as the genus of the Chimpanzee species is called Pan.
    • Pan may also be an abbreviation of panties or pants, in honor of the clothing-based names of Bulma's family.
    • Here's the kicker: In Greek, "pan" is a prefix meaning "all". So Pan is, in fact, most likely named after all of these characters—making her a living and breathing ode to her parents' family and friends.
  • Token Mini-Moe: In GT. A little girl who is likely stronger than every human on Earth. Unfortunately for her, this still makes her weak in comparison to Trunks and especially Goku.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: There's her love of martial arts and boyish way of dressing, but when a certain GT arc involved another's planet's marriage rituals, she said she admired the dress.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: According to "Piccoyo," Baby Pan's favorite food is vegetable pancakes with tuna and soy pulp (with the specific vegetables in the pancakes being carrots, onions, spinach, and broccoli).
  • Tsundere: Type A, as her grandmother and mother, in GT. If the simplest of negative things happens to Pan, she can exaggerate its importance and set off her fiery temper, but despite these tantrums she does truly care for her family in her more sincere moments and will assist them any way she can.
  • Uneven Hybrid: Pan is a quarter Saiyan through her grandfather Goku and three quarter human. Oddly enough, she's considered a Saiyan despite having more human blood. She also developed faster than the half-Saiyans since she's barely a year old and can fly.

Fusions

    In General 
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In the Dragon Ball universe, fusion (合体, Gattai, "Union") is the process of merging two or more separate beings into one, combining their attributes, from strength and speed to reflexes, intelligence and wisdom. When properly fused, the single being created has an astounding level of power, far beyond what either fusees would have had individually.
  • The Ace: In many areas played straight, zig-zagged, and subverted depending on the fusion character and situation.
    • Played straight in terms of power, and the fact that fusion characters gain all abilities of their fusees note  in a case of All Your Powers Combined, which can even be more literal when attacks are combined like the Final Kamehameha. Also, fusion characters gain all of the instincts, fighting skills, and experience of their fusees. Also, if the personalities and character traits of the fusees compliment each other (I.E. their combined positive traits reduce thier negative traits) then the new fusion character could end up being the perfect warrior from a mental standpoint. note  If however, the Fusees have more negative traits than positive....
    • Subverted when the fusees have more negative traits than positive ones, which is brought out even further in the fusion character. Gotenks for example has the combined arrogance, childishness, and lack of maturity of Goten and Trunks, making him take too long to get serious in many cases. While he is certainly a better fighter and far more powerful than either, neither of his fusees has much experience in life or death combat, which means all his attacks tend to be more show-off than practical.
    • Zig-zagged depending on the opponent and how well they match up to them. Kefla wasn't much good against Ultra Instinct Goku as neither Caulifla or Kale were polished fighters and had little experience with finesse or technique, whereas Ultra Instinct Goku is finesse and technique maximized plus tons of power.
  • Fusion Dance: Naturally. The Metamoran Fusion, in particular, is the Trope Namer.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Despite it not having any of the drawbacks these thresholds usually do, for Goku and Vegeta, fusion is the last resort reserved for only the worst situations. Even once it's established that both methods of fusion are temporary, they still don't like doing it, even though doing so makes them virtually unbeatable. Presumably, this is because it goes against their nature to fight using power they didn't earn (the same reason Goku gave for originally disliking the Super Saiyan God form), thus any victory they achieve using it is empty (and Vegeta just naturally detests the idea of being fused with Goku). They are, however, usually willing to put this aside if the situation is bad enough that more than just their lives are at stake, specifically the lives of their families (and even then, Vegeta always needs to be reminded what's at stake before agreeing). Otherwise, they won't even consider it. In the case of all other fusion pairings, however, they don't require such an extreme situation; Goten and Trunks rarely enter any fight without first fusing, for example.
  • Hour of Power: The Fusion Dance lasts half an hour, while the Potara Fusion lasts an hour if neither fusee is a Supreme Kai. Both fusions last shorter the more energy is exerted.
  • Portmanteau: The fusion's name will be a combination of the two fusees' names. For example, Gogeta is taken from Goku and Vegeta.
  • Voice of the Legion: Non-evil example. Every fused character speaks with a voice that is a synch of the voices of the two individuals that fused.

    Gotenks 

Gotenks (ゴテンクス, Gotenkusu)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Masako Nozawa/Takeshi Kusao
Voiced by (English): Kara Edwards/Laura Bailey, Kara Edwards/Alexis Tipton (Xenoverse) (Funimation); Tabitha St. Germain (Ocean)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Laura Torres/Gaby Willer, ?/Gaby Willer (Battle of the Gods)

When Goku returned from the afterlife with the knowledge of the Fusion Dance but no eligible partner to perform it with, Goten and Trunks were taught it, and their mothers came up with the combined name Gotenks. The result combines Goten's childishness with Trunks' brattiness to create one of the weirdest and goofiest fighters in the series, the kind who would come up with the Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack.


  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He's strong enough to fight Super Buu... and also an arrogant windbag who cares more about showing off and making himself look cool than saving the world.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: So, so much;
    • Almost all of the attacks he comes up with are flashy but ineffective. The Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack initially seems to be very powerful and effective, but when Buu later attempts to use it against Vegito, he quickly demonstrates the attack's fatal flaw (the ghosts can be detonated from a safe distance with ki blasts) and subsequently mocks Buu for thinking an attack dreamed up by two kids could beat him.
    • Super Saiyan 3. He's the only character shown to be capable of achieving it in the anime besides Goku (not even his fusees can), but the state uses so much power that Gotenks can only use it for five minutes.
    • Gotenks' very existence. He is one of the most powerful characters in the Z series, however, because of his childish and arrogant nature he is not very dependable. He could have ended Buu in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, but was too busy trying to look good. By the time he got serious, almost everyone was dead and he wasted too much time at Super Saiyan 3. He can also only exist for thirty minutes. This leads to the boys being denied multiple opportunities to fight in Super as the rest of the cast are well aware of these shortcomings, to the point Goku refuses to include Goten and Trunks in the Universe 7 team during the Tournament of Power due to the seriousness of the high stakes at it.
  • Badass in Distress: He along with Piccolo are absorbed by Buu to increase his power. He has to be saved by Goku and Vegeta.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Going off by the pinyin-on'yomi name rules of Goten's name, in one form or another, the name "Gotenks" can also be said as "Wutenks" if one disregards the name solely being in katakana.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Even while on the side of good, he has a pretty bratty attitude, especially considering his proud behavior.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's more fight-loving and the biggest loudmouth in the series. Though being a loudmouth was what enabled him to create a dimension hole by screaming.
  • Break the Haughty:
    • When Goten and Trunks finally manage to successfully fuse, Gotenks recklessly rushes into battle with Buu and gets utterly crushed. He doesn't learn from this experience, of course.
    • Happens again when his constant goofing around during the fight with Super Buu leads to Buu escaping the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and eating all of his loved ones and friends. It's this that finally gets him to take the fight seriously.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He was seconds away from killing Super Buu when the fusion broke because he couldn't maintain Super Saiyan 3 anymore. And despite the pounding he gave Buu, he healed all the damage without losing any power. The only thing Gotenks manages to do is buy time for Gohan to arrive and even that amounts to nothing in the end since he is absorbed by Buu, making him more powerful than Gohan.
  • Calling Your Attacks: He even gives names to somewhat stylized versions of otherwise normal punches and kicks, most of which are ridiculous ("Screaming Angry WOMBAT!!!"). He even keeps cue-cards in his vest that he reads before attacking.
  • Composite Character: Literally. He combines features of Goten and Trunks... though he ends up looking kinda like a chibi Vegeta, because Trunks mostly has Vegeta's facial features, so once you add black hair...
  • Cute Bruiser: If you can get past his "I'm the best" personality.
  • Fearless Fool: Like Vegeta, Gotenks is very arrogant and charges into battle with enemies he can't defeat. This is played straight in his first appearance, when he tries to rush into battle with Majin Buu, and gets his ass handed to him.
  • Genre Savvy: Played with and Played for Laughs. Gotenks is fully aware that he is in a Shonen. However, instead of using the medium to his advantage, he instead chooses to play every Shonen cliche straight for the sake of drama: long powers-ups, holding back his true power, trash talking, Heroic Second Wind, and New Powers as the Plot Demands. Unfortunately, he is fighting Super Buu who doesn't like to play by the 'rules'.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He got Vegeta's temper, which is an off-shoot of Trunks.
  • Hot-Blooded: Even more so than his father Vegito. Gotenks' hyperactive youth and cocky personality make him very childish.
  • Hour of Power: He can only stay fused for thirty minutes. He can also only maintain his Super Saiyan 3 transformation for five minutes before he reverts to his base form.
  • Has Two Mommies: Though he's never around long enough to make much of it, Bulma and Chichi and Goku and Vegeta are his biological moms and dads, respectively. Played with when his moms compare which of their kids' traits he takes after.
  • Idiot Hero: Even more so than Goku. Combining the arrogance of Trunks and the naivety of Son Goten results in a naive and arrogant showoff-blowhard who is too busy "looking good" to save the world.
  • Jerkass: As the rest of this entry shows, personality-wise Gotenks is essentially all of Trunk and Goten's worst traits combined, with few of their positive ones. Goten can be naive (especially during the Buu saga), but knows how to focus and learn from his mistakes. Trunks can be cocky, but does know his limits and when to do the right thing. Gotenks takes all the former and none of the latter, becoming an egotistical fool who can't take things seriously and never changes no matter how many times he screws up, even when lives are literally at stake.
  • Kid Hero: One of the strongest characters in Z, and is the fusion of two kids who are not even 10.
  • Large Ham: He absolutely loves being overdramatic in calling his attacks.
  • Last-Second Showoff: When he is first born, he challenges Piccolo to a race to the Earth's surface from the Lookout. When Piccolo finally catches up, Gotenks informed him he had circled the Earth several times and even had time for a nap.
  • Lethally Stupid: Because of the rash and idiotic decisions he makes in an effort to look cool, he gets himself and Piccolo trapped in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, enables Buu to escape and eat all of his loved ones, and gets himself absorbed by Buu, allowing Buu to beat Gohan senseless. This ends up being one of the many reasons the boys are not trusted with combat anymore, at least while they're still children, and are left behind when the Universe is on the line at the end of ''Super''.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Once he stops messing around, he pummels the living daylights out of Buu; he only failed to kill Buu because the fusion wore off at the last second.
  • The Minion Master: With the Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack, which summons not-too-bright ghost copies of himself that explode on impact.
  • Multicolored Hair: Trunks' purple hair on the sides, Goten's dark hair up the middle.
  • Naked People Are Funny: In the episode "Celebrations with Majin Buu" he runs around naked, being chased by Chi-Chi after Goku blows up the bathtub.
  • Naughty Is Good: He is the fusion of two children, so it's to be expected.
  • The Napoleon: Powerful and the shortest main character (save for Goten and Trunks obviously) at the end of Z.
  • Never My Fault: When Piccolo, fooled by Gotenks' goofing off and hamming up, blows up the entry door to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, trapping them in together, Gotenks furiously chews him out on it and accuses him of jumping the gun; never mind the fact that, as Piccolo points out, Gotenks kept screwing around and making a game out of the battle.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: If he just took Buu seriously from the start, he could have killed him in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Instead, he had to show-off, which led to a chain-of-events that got everyone on the Lookout killed and gave Buu time to think of a plan to counter Gohan. His arrogance allowed him to be provoked by Buu to merge, instead of letting Gohan go and finish the job, which gets him absorbed.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's one of the strongest beings in the universe and one of the shortest since he is the fusion of two pre-teens. Unfortunately for everyone, being a fusion of two children also makes him one of the dumbest beings in the universe.
  • Reality Ensues: As of Super, Goku and Vegeta have acknowledged that, due to Gotenks's Lethally Stupid nature and Skewed Priorities, he's far too unpredictable, thickheaded, and irresponsible to be trusted with anything to do with the Tournament of Power, especially after he royally screwed up while fighting Super Buu. And even ignoring that, not only would his fusion time of thirty minutes possibly not be enough (since the tournament would last forty-eight minutes), Goten and Trunks themselves are still too inexperienced with combat period to conform to a rule-based tournament, especially one where strategy and not power is considered paramount.
  • Signature Move: Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Gotenks and his components for all their power are Locked Out of the Loop by Goku, Vegeta and Gohan for the Universe Survival arc, on the grounds that they are only useful fused and are too unpredictable, thickheaded and irresponsible to be trusted with any of it after what happened with Super Buu. And when Buu falls asleep after a sparring match with Goku, and the other Universe 7 fighters desperately need someone to fill his place, they choose Frieza instead. Hell, even Yamcha was considered over Gotenks.
  • Skewed Priorities: He deliberately drags out the fight with Super Buu for the sake of drama and showing off.
  • Skunk Stripe: Has Trunks' purple hair with Goten's black hair outlining it.
  • Smug Super: As much of a snot-nosed brat as he is, he was the heroes' best chance at beating Buu at the time and he nearly did. Once he got serious and stopped fooling around, he was close to killing Buu, but his fusion broke. The cockiness is usually a Fatal Flaw for him, though, frequently getting him spanked around and embarrassed by stronger enemies.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Gotenks repeatedly refused to take Super Buu seriously, even after Chi-Chi, the mother of one of his fusees, is killed by the monster. It isn't until Buu breaks out of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and kills everyone else on the lookout, including Bulma, the mother of his other fusee, that Gotenks finally decides to stop screwing around, declaring he'll make Buu pay for what he's done.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When he reached SSJ3 and began to take his battle with Buu more seriously. He went from being barely a match against Buu, to overpowering him.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Trunks, for his flaws, knows to be serious when the stakes are high. Gotenks doesn't. Presumably, this comes from Goten's carefree attitude.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Son Goten was not an egotist; all that arrogant and overconfident traits therefore all comes from Trunks.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He manages to underestimate Super Buu, despite the weaker Fat Buu making short work of him. He refuses to use Super Saiyan 3, wanting the fight to be as dramatic as possible, so he fights Buu as a normal Super Saiyan until he's forced to transform.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He's one of the strongest characters in the entire Z series, only behind Vegito and Gohan in the Buu Saga, but he's also by far the most naive. He thinks it's better to show off than actually saving people and most of his techniques fall into Awesome, but Impractical. His lack of experience and self-control causes him to lose to an opponent that he overpowered (his fusion broke before he could kill Buu). Despite his power, he's still the merger of two children.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His screwing around and faking being weak for the sake of showing off ends up causing Piccolo to destroy the doorway to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, which leads to Buu escaping and killing everyone left on Kami's Lookout.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Called out several times, mostly by Piccolo, for his careless actions that nearly get him killed. Since he is literally the last hope on Earth, him dying would be the end of everyone. He gets another one from Piccolo for faking being weak just to show off. This caused Piccolo and him to be trapped in the Time Chamber, which led to Buu escaping and killing everyone.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Poor guy gets his ass handed to him by Beerus in Battle of Gods and its arc in Super.
    • In Super, Copy-Vegeta, who is just as strong as regular Vegeta, no sells all his attacks and knocks him out of his fusion form in just a couple of hits. And he did it in his base form, which is admittedly god-enhanced at this point.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: During his fight with Super Buu, Gotenks intentionally starts off in his base form because he feels that a hero should only show his true powers when backed into a corner.

    Vegito / Vegetto 

Vegito / Vegetto (ベジット, Bejitto)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Masako Nozawa/Ryo Horikawa
Voiced by (English): Sean Schemmel/Christopher Sabat (Funimation); Brian Drummond (imitating Kirby Morrow) (Ocean)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Mario Castañeda/René García

The combined form of Goku and Vegeta, using the Potara Earrings. A long-awaited combination and the most powerful character in the original manga and Z series. And then he got turned into a coffee candy. And he still kicks ass. Hilarity Ensues.


  • The Ace: The fusion of two super-powerful Saiyan warriors could only result in this. He effortlessly kicks Super Buu around before letting himself get turned into candy to free his comrades. The only point in their battle where he has to put any effort in at all is when Buu is literally tearing the entire universe apart with his screams, and even then it was only some minor strain. He was also the only being short of Future Trunks absorbing the energy of every living being on the planet (including Goku and Vegeta) to actually have the ability to best Fused Zamasu, a fellow Potara Fusion.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • In the manga, he immediately goes to Super Saiyan to curbstomp Buu. In the anime, he was effortlessly overpowering him in his normal state and only turned Super Saiyan for the heck of it. Dragon Ball Kai takes the midway, showing that Vegito can overpower Buu in base, but that he has to put enough effort into it to make him go Super Saiyan, allowing him to completely demolish Buu.
    • Debatably in the Super manga. When fighting Fused Zamasu in the anime, Vegito was able to fight evenly with him, though Fused Zamasu was able to get some solid hits in, and Vegito had to actually get serious. In the manga, Vegito easily overpowered Fused Zamasu and was effortlessly toying with him, with Shin outright comparing him to Beerus. Of course, the "debatably" part is that Fused Zamasu himself is much weaker in raw power in the manga then in the anime.
    • The Xeno version from Dragon Ball Heroes is generally shown to be more competent and powerful than his canon version, up to Super Saiyan 4 Vegito being noticeably stronger than Super Saiyan Blue Vegito.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: Vegito himself is usually the bigger fish, being a last resort used by Goku and Vegeta that so far, on both canonical occasions, has succeeded in overwhelming foes the two could not defeat individually. He, or rather his "main" timeline version, is on the receiving end of this trope in Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Prison Planet however, actually losing to Kanba while his "Xeno" version is this to Kanba, with Super Saiyan 4 Xeno Vegito defeating him spoiler note 
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Not as bad as most characters as he is more light-hearted, but still is very cocky and loves his incredible strength. His constant taunting is his favorite tactic, as he is shown to enjoy making light of the situations as this exploits the enemy's weakness, as shown with Super Buu and Zamasu, as they crack under pressure when they are outclassed.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Similar to Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta, Vegito at Super Saiyan Blue drains his fusion time drastically, reducing it from one hour to minutes before he split apart again.
    • The Super Saiyan 4 version shown on Super Dragon Ball Heroes has a similar drawback.
  • Badass Boast: After Super Buu turns him into a candy.
    Vegito: "I'm no ordinary candy — I'm a jawbreaker! The strongest piece of candy there is!" (The "jawbreaker" is only part of his boast; he is actually turned into a coffee candy, noted both in the English dub and Japanese original.)
  • Baleful Polymorph: He was turned into candy by Buu. Not that it stopped him from kicking Buu's ass anyway.
  • Barrier Warrior: He made a ki barrier around to protect himself from being properly absorbed by Buu.
  • Battlecry: In most of his appearances, whether games or series, Vegito's first line upon the Potara fusion completing successfully is an excited "All right!!". Given what usually follows, this might also qualify as a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner.
  • Beyond the Impossible: What he is tasked with accomplishing during his fights with Super Buu and Fused Zamasu, respectively.
    • Super Buu had already absorbed both of Goku's children Gohan and Goten, Vegeta's son Trunks, and Piccolo, meaning he was far stronger than even a Super Saiyan 3 (as Gohan alone surpassed Super Saiyan 3 at the time). Also, like Majin Buu, Super Buu's Magical Regeneration was so strong that he could recover from being atomized. Vegito had to not only overpower this foe but try to destroy him without killing his friends. Vegito beats Super Buu quite severely but ultimately decides to forego victory in favor of being absorbed and freeing his friends.
    • Zamasu had perfect immortality, but fusing with a mortal has technically made the immortality imperfect (albeit still extremely powerful). Gowasu notes that Goku and Vegeta might be able to overcome the fusion if they hit it with power far in excess of what they've used so far (which goes up to and includes Super Saiyan Blue Kaioken). Also, unlike Vegito, Fused Zamasu has no time limit to his fusion. Vegito delivers several beatings to Zamasu, impales him, and blows him up with a Final Kamehameha, but ultimately defuses before he can land a Savage Strike due to overloading the Potaras. However, the damage he inflicted to Zamasu is so severe that Trunks, after absorbing the remaining energy of everyone on Earth, is able to completely destroy Zamasu's body.
    • Vegito has a slightly less difficult role to play against Fused Zamasu in the manga, as the latter fusion has a time limit as well - meaning Vegito must simply hold him back until Zamasu defuses. Vegito does so with great ease, blowing half of Zamasu away and tearing his arms off while showing little to no fatigue. Unfortunately, the fusion ends prematurely before Vegito can obliterate Fused Zamasu with a Final Kamehameha.
  • BFS: His Spirit Sword/Ki no Tsurugi attack.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Vegito very much enjoys a good fight and has a very cocky attitude.
  • Blood Knight: Vegito enjoys fighting as a result of a very prideful Vegeta and an enthusiastic Goku. This is remarkably shown when he constantly provokes and taunts his opponents to do better so he can at least have a decent challenge.
  • Bring It: In both the fights he has been in so far, he's goaded his opponents into attacking
    Super Buu: We have such great titles now, don't we? Super Buu, Super Vegito, we might as well say we're invincible. But let's not forget the stats: You have two Saiyans, and I have three, not to mention a Namek.
    Vegito: It's quality, not quantity my friend, and our union wasn't achieved by kidnapping. But if you're sure you can win this fight with petty theft... come prove it!
    • Against a monologuing Fused Zamasu, his first action was to tell him to Talk to the Fist. His second?
    Vegito: Sorry to be rude, but you left yourself completely open. Now come on and give me your best shot.
  • The Bus Came Back: After twenty-one years (not counting spin-offs and video game adaptations), he makes a triumphant return in Dragon Ball Super to take on the power of Fused Zamasu.
  • Came Back Strong: In Super, because of Goku and Vegeta becoming Physical Gods, he has their combined ability to become Super Saiyan Blue.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Gogeta. As Akira Toriyama mentions in an interview, he wanted Goku and Vegeta to fuse, but didn't want to step on the toes of Fusion Reborn, which was already in development at the time. He took the earrings that Kaiōshin had been wearing all along, changed the way the fusion worked (melded outfit vs. fancy vest; composite vs. original attacks), and Vegito was born. Toriyama did later sketch Gogeta for the movie DVD box set in Japan, though.
  • Catchphrase: Subverted. Vegito's "Yosha!" ("Alright!") is the first line he said in the anime and manga, but that's it. It is used in most, if not all, of his video game appearances, making it his most iconic line in the franchise. The line returns when Vegito makes his comeback in Super.
  • Combination Attack: Bit of an odd one in that he can perform combination attacks by himself since he is technically two people, but the Final Kamehameha is, as the name implies, a combination of Vegeta's Final Flash and Goku's Kamehameha, combining the power of the former with the rapid deployability of the latter.
  • Composite Character:
    • About halfway between Goku and Vegeta in height, frame, and hairdo, with Goku's skintone. By some strange coincidence, the result looks similar to how Gohan did during the same saga. He also has composite attacks. For example, the "Final Kamehameha". Personality-wise, he strongly favors Goku with his sense of humor, battle instincts, and his desire to rescue Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo before destroying Buu. He also, at least in Japanese, has a bit of Goku's 'country hick accent' in the way he talks. However, he has Vegeta's cunning mind and cocky attitude which leads him to having a tendency for arrogantly taunting his foes. Oddly though, unlike either Vegeta or Goku, he has a slightly reddish-brown tint to his hair akin to that of Vegeta's father, though not to the same extent.
    • Additionally, unlike the Fusion Dance, Vegito not only inherits physical and personality traits of both Goku and Vegeta, but also gains a set of clothing that is a combination of the two: Goku's gi with the colors inverted to make the outfit primarily blue like Vegeta's standard ensemble, plus Vegeta's gloves and boots.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Turns the strongest form of Majin Buu into his play thing for several episodes. He also gained the upper hand during the last leg of his fight with Fused Zamasu and was pretty much using him as a punching bag before his time limit expired very prematurely.
  • Deadpan Snarker: If snarking works as part of his I Shall Taunt You, then snark he will!
    Vegito: "Hey, that was a bright idea using the Kamehameha wave, Buu. Yeah, and then that Gallick Gun? Woah.. yeah, I could have been killed!" (Beat) "Hmm.. Maybe I am exaggerating a little bit, but I could at least have gotten a bruise, or a little cut, or..."
  • Fatal Flaw: Arrogance. It's what you get when you combine Vegeta's Pride and Goku's love for a good fight.
  • Genius Bruiser: Downplayed. While Vegito is by no means a rocket surgeon, he is an unparalleled fighter not just because of his power, but because his two halves are a Genius Ditz whose area of specialty is fighting, and a Warrior Prince who's shown time and again to be extremely cunning when he needs to be. Combined, this gives him essentially two lifetimes of different fighting experience, and he can use this experience and knowledge to adapt to his opponent on the fly. In his fight against Super Buu, he chastises Buu for thinking he can outwit him with an attack thought up by two children, and when Buu has the bright idea to reduce the visibility of the area he is in, Vegito beats him with his eyes closed because has plenty of experience with sensing Ki-energy. In his fight against Fused Zamasu, it is also noteworthy that after it becomes apparent Fused Zamasu is matching him in brute strength through a Punch Parry, Vegito immediately switches from relying on strength to avoiding-and-countering and from that point on Fused Zamasu doesn't manage to even land a punch, although the fact the latter was constantly getting additional body mass probably wasn't helping.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Due to being told that Potara Fusion was permanentnote  — and Goku and Vegeta really not wanting to rely on something that isn't their own hard-earned strength — the idea of fusing together is not given a single thought before the Godzilla Threshold is crossed. Even then, expect neither to relish it. Such was the case with Super Buu note  and Fused Zamasunote .
    Goku: It's time Vegeta, we're going to fuse just like them!
    Shin: Excellent idea! I thought you'd ruled that out.note 
    Vegeta: Damn right we ruled that out! There's no way I'm doing that again!
    Goku: I don't like it any more than you do Vegeta, but if we still need a major boost in power to break down his body, then it's the best chance we've got! Come on, you've gotta admit I'm right about this.
  • Good Counterpart:
    • In many ways, he's Super Buu's foil, being the result of a voluntary fusion to contrast Buu's forcefully absorbing victims. He's also just as arrogant as Buu, which drives the demon up the wall.
    • In a more literal sense, to Fused Zamasu. Both are fusions, but while Zamasu is a Smug Snake, who loves to boast how great he is, and his fusion took away his immortality with half his body being reduced to a body horror, Vegito is a cocky, Smug Super who combines the greatest attributes of both Goku and Vegeta with no setbacks. Ok, except for his time limit, which was reduced to how much energy it cost to stay fused.
  • Guile Hero: Him manipulating Super Buu and frustrating him into acting desperately was the main plan to saving his sons, friend and the whole universe.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Being the fusion of Vegeta and Goku, Vegito has this built into his very being. By the time Buu decides to absorb him, he puts the fear of god into Super Buu.
  • Hour of Power: In Super, it's revealed Potara fusions only last for one hour when both of the fusees are non-Kais, less depending on how much power the fusion uses. It's telling that this is the only thing that prevented him from obliterating Fused Zamasu's physical body.
  • I Let You Win: Vegito allows Super Buu to absorb him so he can infiltrate his body and pull out the victims he consumed.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Vegito loves to toy with his enemies, knowing full well he's many times stronger and they can't harm him.
    • During the fight with Buu, he stalls finishing Buu off and instead goes to great lengths to anger Buu. He beats Buu senseless, all the while he's mocking and insulting him. All part of his plan.
    • In his fight with Fused Zamasu, Vegito constantly rubs Zamasu's failing god-hood in his face.
  • Kamehame Hadouken: Being a combination of Goku and Vegeta, Vegito has access to all their attacks and can even combine them as he wishes for one-man Combination Attacks. In particular, he seems fond beams shot from the flat-handed pose of Vegeta's Big Bang attack, and combining Goku's Kamehameha with Vegeta's Final Flash for a rapidly deployable bright-blue beam with golden energy crackling across its surface.
  • Ki Attack: Aside from the Combination Attacks of his components, Vegito has more than his fair share of unique Ki Attacks - like his 'Banshee blast', a five-fingered explosive-orb hurling attack; his Spirit Sword, a multi-meter long BFS capable of stabbing through rocks, dirt, magical beings, and gods; and multiple variations of ki-enhanced punches.
  • Limited Wardrobe: In Super Vegito's wears the exact same outfit he wore in Z, despite the fact that Goku and Vegeta are both wearing different outfits in the Future Trunks Saga (Goku's gi has his kanji on the front and on the back, while Vegeta wears his Cell Saga outfit), which begs the question why it didn't turn out any different.
    • Subverted on his appearances in Super Dragon Ball Heroes where his outfit changes accordingly based on what Goku and Vegeta are wearing at the moment of fusing.
  • Lost in Translation: His name is meant to be a combination between Vegeta and Kakarotto. In non-Japanese versions, where Goku's Saiyan name was transliterated as Kakarot (besides the Spanish ones, which retain the Japanese name), the origin of Vegito's name becomes a Dub-Induced Plot Hole. Some fans assume that the "o" at the end originates from the "o" in "Goku".
  • Morphic Resonance: A special characteristic of his is that this strength doesn't change even if his shape does.
  • Motive Decay: When facing Buu, Trunks and Goten's desires to avenge everyone and save the day are diminished in Gotenks in favor of his desire to look good being the hero. Especially notable in the case of Goten, who swore to kill Buu for killing his mother the last time he saw him.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: In English, they pronounced Vegito as "Ve-JEE-To". In Japanese, it's supposed to be "VE-jitto"; the second E is short, since Vegetto's contains the ッ sokuon from Kakarotto, which explains the double consonant in both of their Japanese names.
  • No-Sell: Barring Buu's absorbing technique, EVERYTHING. And if he didn't plan on getting absorbed to free the others he probably would have dealt with that too. Fused Zamasu, on the other hand, is in a different ballpark altogether, to the point Vegito actually has to put effort into winning and dodging attacks to avoid damage.
  • Physical God: He was already this, being the strongest character in the manga, surpassing the power of literal gods, and easily toying with the strongest form of Majin Buu as a normal Super Saiyan. However, he literally becomes a god in Super since Goku and Vegeta now have god forms.
  • Revision: In Z, Elder Kai explains that Potara fusion is permanent. Goku and Vegeta only managed to unfuse due to some unexplained side-effect of being inside Buu's body, though Goku was only speculating on that point. In Super, Gowasu reveals that Potara fusion is only permanent for Kais, while mortals remain fused for an hour under normal conditions (Super Saiyan Blue Vegito gets about ten minutes out of it because of how much power he used).
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The whole reason he wanted to get absorbed was so that he could destroy Buu without his absorbed victims dying. But this just led to Buu taking on his most deadly form, who then proceeded to kill all of them anyway along with the planet. As a bonus, his messing around took up the hour he could remain fused, resulting in him splitting back into Goku and Vegeta, who are much weaker. Of course, it doesn't make the hero look good if he's directly responsible for the death of his friends/children, even when Death Is Cheap.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: It quickly becomes very clear that Buu has no chance of killing him, even though Vegito isn't fighting at full strength, and yet the fight is still oh so entertaining to watch. And he's well aware of it.
    Vegito: "No, really! That was an awesome attack! I could have been killed. *beat* Well, maybe I am exaggerating a little bit. I could have at least gotten a bruise, or a little cut, or..."
    • Averted once he forms to face-off with Fused Zamasu, as he knows he has a time limit and he's fighting a fellow Potara Fusion with immortality, which ups the difficulty factor. Unlike Super Buu, Fused Zamasu actually puts up a decent fight before his failing immortality starts to wear him down.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: He pulls this off epically against Fused Zamasu during Super, punching him out while he's in the midst of yet another Evil Gloating session and telling him point-blank that he's sick of listening to his speeches:
    Vegito: Sorry to be rude, but you left yourself completely open. Now come on and give me your best shot; I'm tired of listening to you preach. If you want me bowed at your feet, you'll have to do it by force.
  • Signature Move: Final Kamehameha and Beam Sword Slash. The Final Kamehameha was originally used by Gogeta in Ultimate Battle 22 and the Butouden games, but later became Vegito's signature move from Final Bout onwards. It later became canon in Dragon Ball Super.
  • Smug Super: He was the most powerful being in existence, prior to Beerus showing up, and he's very well aware of it. Unlike Gotenks though, it never gets in the way of accomplishing his goals.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Vegetto" (Bandai's spelling) or "Vegito" (Funimation's spelling)? Neither one makes sense in most English adaptations, since his name is a portmanteau of Vegeta's name with Goku's Saiyan name, which is commonly romanized as "Kakarot" instead of the literal "Kakarotto". Viz attempted to reconcile this by changing his name to Vegerot in the English manga, but then they changed it back to Vegetto in the Viz Big reprint.
  • Story-Breaker Power: He is the strongest character in both the manga and Dragon Ball Z (not including GT and Super). Old Kai states that Potara Fusion is stronger than Fusion Dance (Gogeta, although it is unknown if he was referring to the fused fighter or the fact Potara fusion has no drawbacks). It says a lot that he only returns when the heroes are faced with Fused Zamasu, one of the few beings in existence who can actually give Vegito a challenge. Even then, he's only around for about 10 minutes, and during the latter half of the fight he's pretty much using Fused Zamasu as a sandbag. This stems from the fact that, unlike the normal method of Fusion, Goku and Vegeta don't have to be of equal power, meaning that Goku and Vegeta create a being that not only has both of their maxed powers combined, but because of their rivalry, they actually make him even more powerful!
  • Strong and Skilled: He is the combination two fighting geniuses. Vegeta is cunning and aggressive and Goku is a master martial artist and very resourceful with his techniques. This is the result of them working together and putting aside their pride to create the perfect fighter.
  • Talk to the Fist: Don't expect Talking Is a Free Action to be in effect around this guy. If he is letting you talk, it's because he knows he can turn it around against you.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He was already badass to begin with, able to beat Super Buu as a chew toy before separating in his body. In Super, with Goku and Vegeta's current power, which surpasses what Vegito was capable of during the Buu Saga, he is many times stronger than before and has the ability to become Super Saiyan Blue.
  • Troll: His fight with Super Buu was basically a long session of him antagonising and pissing off Buu into absorbing him.
  • Too Powerful to Live: If this guy had stayed around, the Buu Saga would have basically ended in five minutes. And you would've written off the main character and his main foil at the same time. The same principle applies in Super, where he basically had Fused Zamasu on the ropes and if he had lasted the hour, would have killed him, though the jury's out if he would have been able to handle the Eldritch Abomination Fused Zamasu's spirit turned into after his physical body was destroyed. Super reveals why: A Fusion Dance lasts 30 minutes unless the fused are knocked out or use too much power which drains their time. Potara lasts a full hour to non-Kais with the same restriction of power conservation; it is only permanent to the Supreme Kais.
  • Voice of the Legion: Except in the Ocean dub, where he is voiced by Brian Drummond (Using a higher-pitched version of his Vegeta voice).
  • World's Strongest Man: In Dragon Ball Z he is by far the strongest character and out matches his sons and especially Buu.
  • Xanatos Gambit: The entire battle between Vegito and Super Buu was this. It didn't matter what Super Buu threw at Vegito as he had a backup plan or counter strategy for anything. Any outcome in that fight would have suited Vegito, if Super Buu turns Vegito into candy, Vegito still retains his power, as he is much stronger than Super Buu, and it just makes Vegito a harder target to destroy, if Super Buu absorbs Vegito then it becomes easier for Vegetto to remove his sons and friends from Super Buu's body and depower him and if Super Buu tries to kill Vegito... Vegito would instantly slaughter him. Of course, while that option would be just as effective, it would have been personally immoral for Vegito as he would be unconsciously murdering his own sons and friends. And while they could be brought back to life with the Dragon Balls, Vegito would still have somewhat of a heavy conscience for what he did.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Most well known for this. He combines Goku's sense of humour with Vegeta's arrogance and sense of humour, to both beat and mock the living daylights out of Super Buu. Of course, this is all part of his plan: getting Buu pissed off and desperate enough to absorb him, so he can free everyone absorbed by Buu. He does this a few times with Fused Zamasu, but not as much.

    Gogeta 

Gogeta (ゴジータ, Gojīta)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Masako Nozawa/Ryo Horikawa
Voiced by (English): Sean Schemmel/Christopher Sabat (Funimation)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Mario Castañeda/René García

The combined form of Goku and Vegeta using the Fusion Dance. He debuted in non-canon sources - Fusion Reborn as a last ditch effort to defeat Janemba, and GT as a rather goofy Super Saiyan 4 to fight against Omega Shenron - yet remained one of the more powerful characters seen in the series, as expected of a counterpart to Vegito.


  • The Ace:
    • During all of his appearances, he has always clearly outmatched his opponent.
      • In Fusion Reborn, he was able to instantly defeat Janemba with a single ki attack using just Super Saiyan.
      • In Dragon Ball GT, his Super Saiyan 4 form is able to strike so fast Omega Shenron can't even see the blows. He effortly deflects the Negative Karma Ball and converts it entirely into positive karma to remove Omega Shenron's influence over the Earth, and his 100x Big Bang Kamehameha brings the dragon to the brink of collapse after just a single hit.
      • During his canon appearance in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Gogeta is able to overpower Broly's Super Saiyan form, which was already too much for both Goku and Vegeta in Super Saiyan Blue to handle. When he faces Broly's full power using Super Saiyan Blue, Gogeta is able to overwhelm Broly with back-to-back ki blasts and rush attacks, even effortlessly dodging a blast from Broly at one point.
    • He is also the ace relative to all the other Fusion characters in the series, as he is the only one to actually defeat his opponent, both in canon and non-canon appearances. Vegito and Kefla both de-fused before winning their battles (with the latter seeming to de-fuse due to the power of an attack she was hit with), while Gogeta actually defeated Janemba and Broly by himself. His canon appearance has also demonstrated more power than all other Fusions due to being the most-recently formed, thus drawing his power from stronger individuals (Goku and Vegeta after the Tournament of Power) than those seen previously (Goten and Trunks, Caulifla and Kale, and Goku and Vegeta during the Buu and Future Trunks Sagas.)
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Gogeta's canonical debut in the series brings him with a color scheme closer to how Gotenks looks, as opposed to his original design colors (orange, black, white, blue), along with Vegeta's mild tan skin color instead of Goku's lighter one. This change however is better aligned with the narrative that the creators of this fusion, the Metamoran, were said to look the exact same once fused, thus the first fusion seen, Gotenks, is supposed to be the base of how all fusions in the Metamoran method should look like, with original color deviations and extra pieces of clothing being made by Toei and Bandai just to look different and be more merch friendly. Of course, given how Super Saiyan Blue works, one could also say his canon appearance features a blue-haired dye job in his strongest form, rather than the red hair sported previously in Super Saiyan 4.
  • Adaptational Badass: Downplayed or played straight, depending on your point of view. While his Super Saiyan form was extremely powerful, his strength was upped dramatically in GT where he becomes a Super Saiyan 4. He was the most powerful character in the franchise until the post-Battle of Gods era. In the new era, it's somewhat nebulous as to how powerful Super Saiyan 4 is compared to Blue,note  but the fact remains that he's clearly a strong fighter. In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Gogeta Blue is arguably the strongest non-angelic character outside of perhaps full power Jiren and Ultra instinct Goku.note  Plus by virtue of how strong Goku and Vegeta have become since the Future Trunks Saga, he is inherently stronger than his Potara counterpart in his last appearance. Gogeta also technically has access to Ultra Instinct like Goku, but is never pushed to use it; if he were, there's no question he'd outpace most Gods of Destruction and maybe even given the Angels a decent challenge based on the power increase Goku experienced.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Like Vegito, he has access to any and all techniques known by the individuals who fused to create him, even if only one of them knows the technique. In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, he demonstrates mastery of Instant Transmission and can use the Kamehameha. His video game appearances usually have Big Bang Kamehameha (a combination of the Super Kamehameha and Big Bang Attack) as his signature move.
    • Despite not actually being shown using them (usually because he's so strong he doesn't have to), this also means he has access to techniques like Galick Gun, Final Flash, Solar Flare, the Afterimage Technique, and the Spirit Bomb.
    • He can also access all transformation techniques known by Goku and Vegeta - he's been shown using Super Saiyan, Super Saiyan Blue, and the non-canon Super Saiyan 4 in Dragon Ball GT, but also technically has access to Kaioken x20, Super Saiyan 2, 3 and God, Super Saiyan Blue Evolution and Blue Kaioken x20, as well as the divine technique Ultra Instinct. Despite his short time limit, the fact he's never had to go beyond Super Saiyan Blue (and easily dealt with an opponent that was too much for Super Saiyan Blue Goku AND Vegeta using just Super Saiyan) speaks volumes of his strength if he ever decided to go out.
    • Zizagged in his appearance in Dragon Ball Super: Broly regarding one technique in particular. He is able to use Savage Strike, a punch coated in Godly Ki, which was first used by his Potara Counterpart Vegito to try and destroy Merged Zamasu for good. The move then later appeared in Vegeta's arsenal while under the effects of Super Saiyan Blue Evolution, using the move to punch through Toppo's Hakai sphere. Unlike Vegito and Vegeta, however, Gogeta actually lands the attack on his opponent directly, hitting Broly four times before the last hit paralyzes Broly in place.
  • A Taste of Power: Due to Metamoran Fusion combining and multiplying the maximum power of both people involved, while Gogeta is around Goku and Vegeta (indirectly) gain access to power surpassing that of a God of Destruction even without the use of Ultra Instinct. Of course, one the Fusion ends they revert to their original maximum power, which still somewhat falls short.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: At Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta's time limit is extremely short. And much like Vegito, it is presumably also shorter as a Super Saiyan Blue, though luckily they defeat their opponent before the energy for the Fusion gives out. Using powerful techniques and transformation drains the Fusion's time limit more than just stating in his base form, and presumably if he went too far it would instantly end the Fusion just as when Vegito's Final Kamehameha overloaded the Potara Earings.
  • Badass Boast:
    • In his debut in Fusion Reborn:
      "I am neither Goku nor Vegeta, I am Gogeta! It's over, Janemba! I've come for you!"
    • The original Japanese line as well:
      "I am neither Goku nor Vegeta, I am he who will defeat you!"
    • He also gets a really good one in Dragon Ball Xenoverse's GT Pack story campaign:
      "I'm afraid that none of your ambitions will be coming true! Because you will all lose here! To the epic power… of Gogeta!"
    • There's also a few of his lines against Broly:
      "We are Gogeta. Vegita and Kakarot have merged to take Broly down."
      "Haha! Now it's our turn!"
  • Barrier Warrior: In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, he creates a barrier out of ki by swiping it across his face when Full Power Broly launches an attack, reflecting the attack back at him.
  • Beyond the Impossible: He immediately shatters the current power ceiling observed during any battle just prior to his arrival.
    • In Fusion Reborn, when even a Super Saiyan 3 in the Other World couldn't stand up to Janemba, Gogeta immediately kills him with one energy ball as just a Super Saiyan.
    • In GT, Super Saiyan 4 Goku and Vegeta working together are virtually powerless against Omega Shenron (who himself is powered by all the Negative Energy gathered in the Dragon Balls since their very first wish), but Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta easily toys with the dragon.
    • And to top it all off, in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Gogeta faces Super Saiyan Broly, who forced Goku and Vegeta to retreat as Super Saiyan Blues. The last time this happened, they were up against Jiren, a mortal whose power exceeded Gods of Destruction even when such a thing was thought impossible. Goku achieved the impossible and defeated Jiren using Ultra Instinct. Gogeta manages to get the job done without ever having to go above Super Saiyan Blue. His use of Savage Strike, like Vegito and Vegeta, also implies he can destroy blasts made of Destruction Energy, which ordinarily erase whatever they touch from existence.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Going off by the pinyin-on'yomi name rules of Goku's name, in one form or another, the name "Gogeta" can also be said as "Wugeta" if one disregards the name solely being in katakana. Same would also apply to one of their failed fusions, Veku/Vekuu (as "Vekong").
  • Blood Knight: When he appears in GT, he loves taunting Omega Shenron and fighting him. Also shown in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, as he seems to enjoy fighting Broly.
  • Canon Foreigner: Has never appeared in a canon work like Gotenks or Vegito have... until Dragon Ball Super: Broly, even making reference to his fusion counterpart of Vegito upon his formation.
  • The Bus Came Back: Zigzagged. After first debuting in the non-canon movie Fusion Reborn, Gogeta returns in the non-canon Dragon Ball GT as a Super Saiyan 4 to stand up to Omega Shenron. Also applies to his canon introduction (and series reappearance) in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, where he is seen for the first time in over a decade in the main series, being brought out to take on Broly.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Deals these out like a champ. He instantly purifies and kills Janemba and hits Omega Shenron so fast he can't see what's happening, before dropping him to his knees with a Big Bang Kamehameha. The power difference is slightly less massive against Broly as their Super Saiyan forms are somewhat in the same range and his Full Power form does have room to grow in the fight but the distance between it and Gogeta Blue are monumentous.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In the Japanese version of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, when Frieza claims that using Fusion is an underhanded tactic after hearing about the power boost it provides, Gogeta plainly notes that Frieza is the last person who should be complaining about something being underhanded.
  • Depending on the Writer: Unlike Vegeto or Gotenks, Gogeta has no consistent characterization.
    • His first appearance in Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, he is The Stoic and completely serious.
    • His appearance in Dragon Ball GT presents him as a complete clown that doesn't take things seriously. Which was "maybe" part of his plan the whole time, yet this remains up to interpretation.
    • His introduction to the official timeline in Dragon Ball Super: Broly presents him as a combination of the previous two, as a Smug Super goofball not too different from Goku or Gotenks, but taking the conflict seriously.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He immediately annihilates the seemingly-unstoppable Janemba, and brings Omega Shenron to his knees in mere moments. As for Broly, a warrior who causes Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta to flee even when Jiren didn't manage to scare them away, Gogeta initially deals with him in base form, before jumping to Super Saiyan for a bit more of a kick, and then completely overwhelming Full-Power Broly with just Super Saiyan Blue.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: The Soul Punisher has a rainbow color scheme and is sometimes called the Stardust Breaker or Rainbow Sparkling Blast. This technique completely vaporizes Janemba, and is used as an attempt by Gogeta to finally defeat Full-Power Super Saiyan Broly. His Super Saiyan Blue aura in the movie is also noticeably more colorful, having more shades of purple and white, which not only makes it look more impressive, but also faintly resembles the aura provided by Ultra Instinct.
  • Fiery Redhead: Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta has red hair. Is possibly due to the combined power of both Super Saiyan 4's, but is never explained. Since he has access to all of Goku and Vegeta's techniques, he could also technically gain red hair through the use of Kaioken or Super Saiyan God as of his canon appearance in Dragon Ball Super:Broly.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Vegeta and (to a lesser extent) Goku dislike the idea of having to team up against an enemy, let alone fuse to fight them. Gogeta was first brought out against Janemba's Final Form, who was able to easily outpace Super Saiyan 3 (and as previously indicated, being in the Other World should have already been mitigating Super Saiyan 3's stamina drain, so it was likely more powerful during the movie than against Kid Buu). In Dragon Ball GT, Gogeta was the absolute last resort against Omega Shenron after both Super Saiyan 4 Goku and Vegeta together were unable to defeat him. During Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Goku and Vegeta work together using Super Saiyan Blue without much hesitation once Broly reaches just his Super Saiyan form, but are unable to do anything against him. Promotional statements for the movie suggest Broly is stronger than Jiren, and Goku himself speculates Broly may surpass Beerus in power. The lack of Potara earings at the moment force Goku and Vegeta to use the Metamoran Fusion Dance to have a chance at defeating Broly.
  • Horrifying the Horror:
    • During his appearance in GT, he's the first character to break Omega's composure.
    • During Dragon Ball Super: Broly, he fights Legendary Super Saiyan Broly and beats him to a pulp so badly that near the end of their fight, when Gogeta powers up further and lunges at him again, Broly is visibly beginning to crack, his resulting counterpunch seeming less out of anger and more out of desperation than anything. When cornered and seeing Gogeta poised to kill him, Broly finally loses his nerve and is so terrified of the fusion that he’s like a deer in the headlights as Gogeta’s energy wave closes in, only being saved by a last minute wish.
  • Hour of Power: As he is formed through Metamoran Fusion, he can only remain in existence for 30 minutes at a time, except as a Super Saiyan 4 or Super Saiyan Blue, which reduces the time limit even further. He only has ten minutes or less due to the massive power of Super Saiyan 4. It is slightly less clear how Super Saiyan Blue affects his time limit, since Gogeta managed to defeat Broly in the allotted time and was never seen de-fusing on-screen, with the movie cutting to three days later. However, given that Vegito's Super Saiyan Blue Final Kamehameha overloaded the Potaras, Gogeta's time was likely reduced to some extent - either he just defeated Broly that quickly, or Goku and Vegeta's greater energy control since the Tournament of Power let him use Blue with fewer drawbacks than Vegito experienced.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's so fast he can hit an opponent multiple times before you see his arms move. Even in base form, Gogeta actually manages to fly between Broly's flurry of beams just like Goku did with Jiren's - except Goku had to use Ultra Instinct to jump between them. He casually swats away the remaining beams before he even decides to power up to Super Saiyan. Most of Broly's Ki attacks as a Full-Powered Super Saiyan also fail to hit Super Saiyan Blue Gogeta.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: He's Goku and Vegeta's fusion through the fusion dance, which would make Gotenks his son. Whether he plays this straight or not depends on which form you mean:
    • As a Super Saiyan, this is played completely straight, since as soon as Gogeta's born, he immediately crushes Janemba and practically cleanses him out of existence with his Stardust Breaker, unlike Gotenks.
    • As a Super Saiyan 4, this is averted, since he's just as goofy and doesn't take things seriously like his son (though this is implied to be an act). He even defuses the instant it looks like he's about to finish the job.
    • When fighting Broly, he falls somewhere between his previous appearances. He doesn't waste any time striking, uses consecutive full-power attacks, and immediately jumps to a higher form when Broly begins to catch up to his current one. However, he seems to enjoy the fight itself, and displays both confidence and a sense of humor when naming himself - he spends about 20 seconds thinking of a name because he needs it to sound cool.
  • Nice Guy: Gogeta is friendly with Piccolo upon meeting him, and when he appears before Whis, he uses honourifics in all languages where they exist just like Goku does (such as Whis-san or Senior Whis). While he doesn't hold back against Broly, he smiles during most of the fight, and even though his final attack may have killed Broly, Gogeta is surprised but glad when he sees that Broly was wished away from the battle. He even steps in to stop Frieza from killing Chilai and Lemo even though he has no idea who they are.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: In contrast to Vegito, he usually doesn't take time to bad mouth his enemies, though his appearance in GT marks a (potentially deliberate) exception. His preference for less verbal sparring is probably a consequence of the fact that he knows he can only battle for half as long as Vegito at most, due to Metamoran Fusion's tighter time limit.
    • In his fight against Janemba he immediately destroyed him without letting Janemba take any chances to counterattack in some way.
    • Subverted in his fight against Omega Shenron, but this may have been deliberate as part of a plan to disperse the negative energy surrounding the Earth.
    • In his first canonical appearance in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. While he's clearly enjoying the fight, he is all business. He quickly transformed into a Super Saiyan against Super Saiyan Broly and after Broly transforms into his Legendary Super Saiyan form, Gogeta immediately transformed into Super Saiyan Blue skipping all the forms in between so that Broly can't catch up to his power like in his fight against Vegeta and Goku. Gogeta also nearly succeeded in killing Broly if it wasn't for Chirai's wish to save Broly. He ultimately defeats Broly so quickly that he has time to stop Frieza from killing Chilai and Lemo and watch him fly off; in fact, he is never actually seen defusing, with the film merely cutting to Goku three days later.
  • Our Genies Are Different: Not unlike Majin Buu, his appearance invokes the look of a djinn, particularly with respect to his Metamoran Fusion garb. He also has access to some seemingly-magical moves like the Stardust Breaker, which has a lethal effect on demons like Janemba. One of his attacks during his battle against Broly also has him motion as though he is casting a spell, with him crossing his arms before swinging them upwards to summon a massive column of ki, in addition to his use of the typical Kamehameha fired directly from his hands.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: So rapid-fire, in fact, that you can't even see his arms move.
  • The Rival: Fans often speculate on who would win in a fight between him and Vegito, with different answers coming from different sources. Their pre-battle quotes in Xenoverse and Xenoverse 2 lampshade this, with Vegito questioning whether the earings or the dance provide the stronger fusion as he faces off against Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta. During several video game openings, Super Saiyan Gogeta is also shown facing off against Broly. Dialed Up to Eleven in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, where Gogeta is the only one capable of standing up to and defeating Broly, effectively cementing their rivalry in a sort of Ascended Fanon.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: Likes to play with his prey as a Super Saiyan 4. In Dragon Ball Super, he is far less conservative with using ki attacks compared to Vegito, who just used his Spirit Sword and Final Kamehameha. The sheer spectacle of his abilities is dialed way up against Broly, launching an enormous barrage of simultaneous Kamehameha beams downward, and creating a massive column of ki that completely envelops Broly and results in a huge explosion. He ultimately ends up using 3 different finishing moves on Broly to try and bring him down, and keeps increasing his power output when the previous attack falls short. He even proudly announces, "Now it's our turn!" after swatting Broly's beams aside in base form before powering up to Super Saiyan.
  • Signature Move: Stardust Breaker and Big Bang Kamehameha. In the games, his Super Saiyan 4 form upgrades the latter attack to 100x Big Bang Kamehameha, likely following suit after Super Saiyan 4 Goku's 10x Kamehameha. While unconfirmed, the rapid-fire Kamehameha-like attack he uses in Dragon Ball Super: Broly may be a revised version of his Big Bang Kamehameha, especially given that Big Bang Attack's appearance in Dragon Ball Super is a blue spherical projectile. He also demonstrates a few additional signature moves in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, such as a massive Ki Beam Barrage launched from above the opponent, and an explosive pillar of Godly Ki that he summons around the opponent after paralyzing them with a Godly Ki-coated punch.
  • Smug Super: After fusing, he's confident enough to take the time to pick a cool name for himself, since Vegito is already taken. During the fight with Broly he's smiling throughout most of it, and while not gabbing at his enemy like Vegito does he's prone to numerous confident smirks. As a Super Saiyan 4, he loves goofing off and prefers to spend time mocking Omega Shenron rather than finish him off quickly. At least, assuming that wasn't him playing things up; when actually going to eliminate Omega Shenron, he's far more serious than smug.
  • Sphere of Destruction: His Stardust Breaker, a rainbow-colored ki sphere that completely obliterates Janemba from the inside out. Gogeta Blue uses it against Broly, but while it doesn't kill him - because he isn't evil, like Janemba was - it's still a major blow against the Legendary Super Saiyan. Ironically, his access to the Savage Strike attack like Vegito and Vegeta means Gogeta himself can actually destroy spheres of destruction formed from the Hakai technique used by Gods of Destruction.
  • The Stoic: His initial appearance has him as one. Still somewhat maintained in Dragon Ball Super: Broly - barring him finding thinking of a name amusing, he never once messes around or wastes time once starting the fight, though his demeanor is less stoic and emotionless than it is reasonable and focused - because he is so powerful, he doesn't show much stress or concern, but he still takes his responsibilities seriously.
  • Story-Breaker Power: There's a very good reason this guy's limited by time constraints; the fusion of Goku and Vegeta makes him an absurdly powerful fighter, and was capable of taking down a demon made of pure evil in seconds in his first appearance, make Omega Shenron look like a joke in GT, or absolutely demolish the Legendary Super Saiyan Broly. Regardless of how exactly he compares to Vegito's power, even before any gaps between appearances are taken into effect, Gogeta is still a monster of a character like Vegito. While it is unclear how he compares to a current Vegito, it is also worth noting that Gogeta is far stronger in Dragon Ball Super: Broly than Vegito was during his fight against Fused Zamasu, due to Goku and Vegeta having since powered up further. His beam clash with Broly while both were just Super Saiyans also briefly knocks them into a pocket dimension.
  • Strong and Skilled: He is able to draw on Goku's vast experience as a martial artist, and Vegeta's history as a warrior. He doesn't usually show too much skill due to his overwhelming power, as he elected to immediately kill Janemba, and his speed was fast enough to knock Omega Shenron around without having to even rely on feints or creating an opening. However, in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, his skill is on full display and ends up being more of a factor than his immense power. Even though base Gogeta is likely a bit weaker than Super Saiyan Broly, he simply dodges all of Broly's attacks instead of blasting them away. While he uses many extremely powerful attacks as a Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan Blue, he also always elects to dodge or reflect Broly's Ki Attacks back at him to minimize damage. This results in Broly getting exhausted much faster than Gogeta, even though the latter is on a literal time limit no matter what he does.
  • Voice of the Legion: Both Goku and Vegeta speak at once, creating this effect. Like Vegito, in the dub of Dragon Ball Super:Broly he refers to himself as "Us" and "We" (whereas both use the singular pronoun "Ore" in the original japanese). He does refer to Goku and Vegeta in the third-person though, as even though he was formed through their fusion, he is still a distinct entity from them like Vegito. Interestingly enough, he is actually aware of his counterpart Vegito, and actually chooses to name himself Gogeta since "Vegito" is already taken.
  • World's Strongest Man: Held this title for over 16 years as a Super Saiyan 4. Until Battle of Gods appeared and it shows characters that are strong enough to give him a run for his money as a Super Saiyan 4. As of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Gogeta is once again by far the strongest mortal character in the series, if not stronger than the Gods of Destruction, as he is formed from the fusion of Goku and Vegeta after the Tournament of Power.
  • Walking Spoiler: He plays an integral part in the endgame of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, being used as a last resort by Goku and Vegeta that successfully manages to defeat Broly.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: While he's confidently stoic in Fusion Reborn, as a Super Saiyan 4 in GT, he's a complete goof and seems more interested in mocking Omega than in actually fighting him. Much like Vegito this is a ploy to piss off Omega enough to give him the opportunity to get rid of all the negative karma enveloping the Earth. After doing just that, he tries to kill Omega immediately afterwards. Too bad he thought he had more than ten minutes to work with, however.

Alternative Title(s): Dragon Ball Bulma, Dragon Ball Krillin, Dragon Ball Master Roshi, Dragon Ball Yamcha, Dragon Ball Mr Satan, Dragon Ball Tien Shinhan

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