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A group of Earth's mightiest warriors. Formed as a team during the Saiyan invasion, they gradually gathered beforehand over time, and have always fought many battles in order to test their skills and reach other goals, and in turn, have become the unofficial defenders of Earth.
  • Aborted Arc: After dying in the Saiyan invasion, Tien, Piccolo, Chiaotzu, and Yamcha are all introduced as training under King Kai in Otherworld, and all had gotten there significantly faster than Goku himself. There are a few episodes of Filler showing them training and even beating the Ginyu Force with relative ease, which would put them significantly around Goku's level when he first arrived on Namek, building up their strength. Unfortunately, this amounts to nothing as three out of four of them never truly have a proper fight again after that point.
  • Blood Knight: All of them enjoy a good fight, some more than others. Best shown in the Android/Cell Saga, where all of them go against Bulma's suggestion that they find Dr. Gero and stop him before he can activate the Androids,note  deciding instead to spend the three years training in preparation. This is despite the fact that Future Trunks had already told them that the Androids would kill them all.
  • Can't Catch Up: Unfortunately, anyone who’s not a Saiyan...
    • Dragon Ball Super goes to some lengths to redress the problem by giving many of the Z-Warriors large power-ups. But, if anything, the problem is worse than before. Ever since Goku and Vegeta gained divine ki and Super Saiyan God transformations, everyone else has been left in the dust, including Gohan and the other Saiyan hybrids (who originally had the most potential of them all). Occasionally, someone like Android #17 will come along with a significant power boost and briefly put Goku on edge, but by the next arc, Goku will only grow even stronger and surpass everyone else once more.
    • Finally Averted for real in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, where both Gohan and Piccolo gain exclusive new transformations that put them in the same ballpark as Goku and Vegeta.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The large majority of them were once past enemies of Goku’s, to varying degrees. (Krillin and Tien were rivals, Piccolo was a villain but reformed by the end of the following arc after his debut, and Vegeta was a Token Evil Teammate through and through until the end of Z.)
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • In the Frieza Saga, while Gohan, Piccolo, and Krillin all make it perfectly clear they hate Vegeta's guts and wouldn't care if he died, they're still left shocked and horrified at the sight of Frieza brutally torturing him.
    • Come the Cell Saga, despite all of the horrible things Cell has done and wanting him to go down, most of them are left horrified at sweet little Gohan's sadistic joy in cruelly picking the android apart. Well, except for Goku, who was less concerned that his son was torturing someone to death and more concerned that Gohan was taking too long and would eventually drive Cell to do something desperate.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Most of the Z-Fighters (barring Gohan) were initially enemies or rivals to Goku but the number of hardships they endure like facing the same goal (like the Dragon Balls or sharing the same enemy) resulted in them becoming great friends and allies.
  • The Friends Who Never Hang: In the Z era at least, the Z-Fighters as a whole would rarely hang out unless the world was in danger and could go for years without even seeing each other, either due to their other responsibilities or simply living too far away from each other and losing contact. This is mostly averted in Super where they are more close-knit, often having parties and get-togethers at Bulma's place.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: All of them get hit with this hard. They often put themselves through Training from Hell, but they simply Can't Catch Up to Goku or the Saiyans.
  • Honor Before Reason: They generally prefer not to gang up on opponents even when it would be pragmatic to do so.
  • I Have Many Names: Bearing in mind that these guys are a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits rather than some highly organised superhero team, they don't have any official In-Universe name, though there are several non-diegetic names that are used by fans and marketers for convenience. "The Z-Warriors/Z-Fighters" is the most common name derived from the anime note . However, Akira Toriyama prefers the more inclusive "Dragon Team" name, which can be used to describe Goku's entire friend circle rather than just the combatant members. Other names include "Earth's Special Forces", "Super-Warriors", "Team Universe 7" and simply "the Dragon Ball Gang", among others.
  • Informed Attribute: Chiaotzu, Tien, Yamcha, and Piccolo are all stated to be students of King Kai, however, the results of said training isn't really shown outside of a power boost, something that isn't shown outside of Filler. None of them use the techniques of the Spirit Bomb or the Kaioken, or any moves attributed to his training.
  • Magnetic Hero: Nearly all of them were brought together by their shared association with Goku. The group as a whole has gradually built up a massive number of allies and won the begrudging respect of many opponents.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Some more than others, but more often than not, the current conflict is exacerbated by the Z-Fighters' own actions. Cell and Majin Buu in particular would never have gotten as far as they did had the heroes not kept screwing things up again and again.
  • Not Wearing Tights: Make no mistake, the Dragon Team are not superheroes. Hell, they're not even an official team as such. They're just a group of warriors who happen to fight powerful threats to the Earth, but in their daily lives, they do not go around looking for crime to fight or global problems to solve (only Gohan and Krillin do this as a part-time superhero and police officer, respectively).note 
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A monkey boy from outer space, his half-human son, a short noseless monk, a desert bandit, a former demon king, a three-eyed assassin, an alien prince, etc. Essentially, they’re a random collection of warriors that the earth AND the whole universe is lucky to have, in every sense of the word, to keep them safe from evil.
  • Rival Dojos: Way back when the main gang was mainly comprised of Master Roshi's Turtle School pupils and their friends, the Crane School were their main rivals. When Tenshinhan and Chaozu turned over a new leaf, they joined Roshi while keeping their Crane martial arts teachings. Since then, the various world-ending threats that the Dragon Team run into can be viewed as twisted variations of the Rival Dojo trope, e.g. King Piccolo and his Demon Clan, Vegeta and his Saiyan comrades, Dr. Gero and his Android creations. Most of them get absorbed into the Dragon Team in some fashion after their defeats.
  • Rooting for the Empire: In-Universe. When Mr. Satan challenges Cell, most of the Z-Fighters get so irritated by his loudmouth, overbearing, braggart attitude and his constant underestimation of Cell's ability that they all find themselves taking the latter's side during their "fight". After Cell easily dispatches Satan in one hit, Krillin freely admits to Gohan that he was rooting for Cell, and even Piccolo winds up being disappointed that Cell didn't just kill him.
  • Skewed Priorities: Nearly all of them suffer from this to one extent or another as they can prioritize their desire for a good fight over the safety of the Earth. Even the human fighters, despite having a higher willingness to be pragmatic, have codes of honor that would be seen as quite alien to normal people.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Their initial alignment with Vegeta was riddled with this. The trend continued in Super with their brief team-up with Frieza.
  • True Companions: They're all close friends, despite going anywhere from three to ten years without speaking to each other, and although Vegeta spends the rest of his life resenting how Goku beat him up, he eventually becomes part of the group.
  • We Are "Team Cannon Fodder": In later arcs, the effectiveness of the characters in the grand scheme of things was basically whittled down to a few Saiyans. The overall narrative structure of every one of Z's sagas could be summed up as "major characters of varying degrees of importance lose against the main villain one by one (if they're lucky, they'll be able to kill a secondary enemy or two) until Goku is able to step in, fully recovered from whatever last held him back and stronger than ever, to finally defeat them."
  • We Have Become Complacent:
    • All the heroes, except for Goku, Vegeta, and Tien (the last having never stopped training despite a case of Can't Catch Up), become this in the Buu Saga. After Cell's defeat, the Earth went through seven years of peace without incident. Then Babidi came with his most powerful minion being only as strong as last season's main villain. Still, he was able to effectively kill Piccolo and Krillin and fought Gohan to a draw because he had actually gotten weaker from not training. Vegeta also sold his soul for power, making Goku the only person able to stop him. Things got worse when Buu was awakened, who is many times stronger than any previous villain catching the entire cast, except Goku, flatfooted. They spent most of the saga frantically trying to get strong enough just to challenge Buu.
    • From the Cell Saga onwards, Goku finds himself exasperated with his friends and loved ones for their tendency to do this, especially since they constantly depend on him to save the day when one day, he will die permanently and when that day comes, no one will be able to counter the next big threat to Earth unless they stop being so dependent on him. This leads to him trying to pass the torch to first Gohan, then Goten and Trunks, but sadly, they end up being too lazy to keep training, adding to his annoyance.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Many of the Z-Fighters, especially compared to Goku and Vegeta, and even then, they fall into it on occasion. Super shows this especially, where many of the non-Saiyan Z-Fighters manage to hold their own against, or even defeat, comparatively stronger opponents using unique skills or greater experience.
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    Master Roshi 

Master Roshi (武天老師, Muten Rōshi/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, GT, Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!), 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 dub); Michael Donovan (DB ep. 3, Curse of the Blood Rubies), Ian James Corlett (DB ep. 7-8, DBZ ep. 1-34, Edited version of Movie 3), Peter Kelamis (DBZ ep. 50), Don Brown (DBZ Movies 1-2, Uncut version of Movie 3), Terry Klassen (DBZ Season 4-6) (BLT/Ocean dub); Mike McFarland (Funimation dub);note  Dean Galloway (Blue Water dub); Ed Marcus (AB Groupe/"Big Green" dub); Nesty Ramirez (Creative Products Corp., Philippines); Dave Bridges (Animax dub); Kirk Thornton (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia dub 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)
Voiced by (French): Pierre Trabaud (DB, Z), Gérard Surugue (GT), Gilbert Levy (Kai, Super)
Voiced by (Italian): Mario Scarabelli

"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 sentence 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: He doesn't get involved with the Red Ribbon Army Saga despite being superior to Son Goku around this time.
  • 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 singlehandedly took out a Pride Trooper (Kahseral) and even managed to endure Jiren temporarily as an attempt to buy Goku time to rest.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: While Roshi was always characterized as lecherous in the manga, he never outright assaulted anyone and his only crimes were acts of voyeurism. On the other hand, Toei's anime filler goes out of its way to give him far more dodgy sexualized scenes for comedic relief, mainly of him groping female characters (with the character Maron basically being created to be the butt of these "jokes"), that would certainly get him indicted on some kind of register in real life. He usually receives comeuppance for his dirty deeds, however.
  • 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 Mafuba. In terms of power and use, it's virtually a OHKO that can work on anyone, even beings who are far stronger than 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.
  • 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/Rōshi" literally means "Old Master" In the most current English dub, he basically is called "Master Old Master" if one literally translates "Master Roshi".
  • 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.
    • Subverted when Frieza comes back to life and invades Earth while Goku and Vegeta are absent, during which he's seen fighting off the alien armada alongside Gohan and Piccolo. He would then join Team Universe 7 in the Tournament of Power and was able to hold his own for a relatively impressive amount of time.
  • 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 afterward, 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 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 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, adult Chi-Chi, and Android 18 is karma for the most part and invokes almost no sympathy from 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:
    • The poster boy for this trope since 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 the original Dragon Ball up to as far up in the timeline as the later parts of the Saiyan Saga.
    • 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) 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 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. Resurrection '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 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 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 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 can't 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: Went too far on this trope. He twice showed his perverted side to minors, once with Bulma (asking to see her underwear in exchange for his Dragon Ball, though he originally didn't expect her to be completely bottomless), and one with Videl (poking her chest on Kami's Lookout). Both were 16 at those points.
  • Flanderization: The anime adaptations of both Z and Super massively overplayed the pervert aspect of his character, to the point of turning him into a multi-time attempted rapist. His Hidden Depths come off as inexplicable by comparison.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish sibling to Baba's responsible, Baba is a capable and serious fortune teller that is well known for her magical abilities and essentially has her own business. Roshi is a very perverted martial arts hermit that is more invested in ogling ladies than he is actually teaching.
  • 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. To make matters worse, Krillin was able to use it on the basis that he saw Yamcha do it and reasoned he should be able to do it as well.
    • His training regimen is demonstrated to be one of the toughest on the planet. It would soon be overshadowed by aliens, mutants, and supernatural beings who were born leagues above Roshi's strength, along with secret techniques and fantastic methods that amplify an individual's strength far more than Roshi's training ever could.
  • 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-Rōshi, or "Master Roshi" in the FUNimation dub. For context, Muten-Rōshi 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-defense. 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.
  • Killed Offscreen: Played straight in the manga which only shows a stick figure of Super Buu killing off the majority on Kami's Lookout via the Elder Kai's globe. Averted somewhat in the anime where we get the admittedly horrifying Shadow Discretion Shots of Roshi and the others being changed into chocolate bars and eaten by the Majin.
  • 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. He loves Goku and Krillin like they were his own sons and lets the latter start a family at his home.
  • 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, his role of 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.
  • Passing the Torch: Did this when he retired from being Jackie Chun.
  • The Peeping Tom: Roshi tried to use Bulma's 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 on some girls on the beach.
  • Porn Stash: Owns a huge collection of lewd magazines. Strangely, he also sometimes leers at women's aerobics shows despite all the actual porn he owns.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Thanks to the Immortal Phoenix (or Paradise Herbs in the Super anime), 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 Beerus.
    • 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 Doctor 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-Keeper: Knew that Goku was really an alien after Grandpa Gohan confided to him, and kept it a secret from Goku until the day that Raditz came to Earth and confronted Goku.
  • 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.
  • Supernatural Sealing: Roshi can use the Mafuba to seal demons away by sucking them into a special container, which requires a large amount of stamina. Roshi later uses the technique in the Tournament of Power, using it to eliminate one opponent, and nearly succeeds with two others, but is prevented from completing the seal both times.
  • 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 Tenkaichi Budokai, even suggested this ability is a sign of a great martial arts master.
  • 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.
    • In episode 107, 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:
    • 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 ten times. While chased by a giant shark;
    • Reflex training? Dodge 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 (something Goku takes to heart for his and Gohan's training session in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber; it's also at first implied and later stated outright that Vegeta, having been born supremely powerful, never learned the importance of rest, resulting in his own training from hell being far less effective than Goku's), 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 the First and Second Tournament Arc and the 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 trope 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 nearly as 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: He 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's 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 willingly gave up this position at the 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai, where he stepped aside to let the next generation take over. By 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 an effort to fight back. He just takes the beatings. He is a creepy old hermit, but still...
    • In 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, he considers using the Cobra Twist and the Figure Four Leglock to defeat Goku before discarding them due to Goku's excessively small size. We later see him using his considerable grappling skills against Tien 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.

    Yamcha 

Yamcha (ヤムチャ, Yamucha)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Tōru Furuya
Voiced by (English): Kerrigan Mahan (Harmony Gold dub); Ted Cole (BLT/Ocean dub); Christopher Sabat (Funimation dub); Victor Atelevich (Blue Water dub); Doug Rand (Z Movie 3 and 9), David Gasman (DB Movie 1), Sharon Mann (DB Movie 2) (AB Groupe/"Big Green" dub); Darren Pleavin, Scott Evans (Animax Asia dub); 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)
Voiced by (French): Eric Legrand
Voiced by (Italian): Diego Sabre

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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • He fares either worse or better in the anime. Yamcha does more to contribute 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).
    • Yamcha gets more feats to his name in anime filler after his post-Saiyan Saga irrelevancy in the manga. In Namek Saga, Yamcha, after completing his (mostly unseen) training with King Kai, gets to show off his new power and manages to soundly beat down Recoome, a character who was giving Vegeta, Gohan and Krillin serious trouble only a few episodes prior. Much later in the Buu Saga, he and Krillin train with King Kai in the Other World again; Yamcha is shown taking on Olibu, a centuries-old dead warrior who competed alongside Goku in the Other World Tournament against Pikkon, as well as an unnamed gorilla fighter at the same time, and Yamcha defeats them both with a dropkick.
    • Like the other canonically-weaker characters, he can fight leagues beyond his weight class in video games. In Dragon Ball Fighter Z, 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 affected 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.
  • 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 giving 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.
  • Animal-Themed Fighting Style: Yamcha's "Wolf Fang Fist" technique involves him rapidly punching and clawing the opponent like a wolf.
  • 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 an 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.
  • Big "NO!": He lets out a pretty loud, desperate, pleading no to Roshi when it seems like Roshi's about to kill Goku due to his transformation to a Great Ape. He lets another one out just before Namek explodes and he's begging Goku not to die.
  • 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. He also ages very gracefully by the end of the series while Bulma and Krillin are both visibly past their prime.
  • 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 with Puar 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 the 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.
  • 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 semi-finals round of the tournament. 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 ex-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, his being constantly humiliated by having Bulma grab him and his amusing injuries were a joy to watch.
  • Composite Character: Initially, Toriyama 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 Doctor 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 afterward, he and Bulma started dating.
  • Clueless Chick-Magnet: Yamcha's quite popular around women despite his shyness.
  • Cool Sword: He wields a dao early 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 Super's 70th episode, Champa decides to play baseball against Beerus and brings their universe's 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.
    • In the Moro arc, Yamcha finally gets a chance to shine and help defend Earth from Moro and his army. He easily defeats three of Moro's goons (despite their strength being enhanced by the evil wizard).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has cracked comments like these. He descends into Gallows Humor when the gang is captured by Pilaf and left to die, which Oolong doesn't appreciate.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Though it was initially a ruse, Yamcha came to befriend the group and turned good for real.
  • Demoted to Extra: Cell Saga, Buu Saga, GT and Super.
  • 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 cruelest 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 it's 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 always 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 and 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.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: The whole gag with Yamcha is that he looks like a cool, powerful hero on par with the other Z-Warriors (he is even mistaken for Goku by an enemy at one point), but he's actually quite useless.
  • Failure Hero: In Z Yamcha seldom wins clear victories outside of fillers (and never important ones). Though he's had his moments in filler.
  • 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 the quarter-final 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.
  • Killed Offscreen: For his second death in the manga near the climax of the Buu arc. Averted somewhat in the anime, but even then we only see his shadow.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: He turned down the offer to participate in the 25th Tournament knowing how outclassed he was.
  • 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.
    • We don't even know the status of Yamcha's family.
  • Nice Guy: As an Adult, Yamcha is one of the more chill and forgiving characters. He hardly holds grudges, is quick to laugh off most anything, and he's a pretty supportive friend. Despite his occasional arrogance and occasional selfish desires for a wish, he remains one of the most selfless people around.
  • 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.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: In Dragon Ball FighterZ, everyone from Nappa to Frieza to even Goku throws shade at him for the time he was killed by a Saibaman.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Yamcha is one of the strongest humans on the planet, with Krillin and Tien being the only ones outright stronger than him. By the time of the Cell Games, he is at the very least comparable to Goku when he left for Namek, and likely stronger than the Goku that fought the Ginyu Forcenote . But he's much too far behind his alien peers and eventually gives up fighting entirely.
  • 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.
  • Prophet Eyes: His eyes turn totally white when he uses 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, where 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, also one of the shortest-lasting ones. Back then, he teamed up with Goku to save Bulma from Monster Carrot.
  • Roboteching: His Spirit Ball Attack/Soukidan, a guided attack that he first develops while training for the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.
  • 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: It's 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 in the dub of Z.
  • 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.
  • There Is Another: Surprisingly enough, he and Krillin are chosen by King Kai to be the backup B-Team and last hope of the universe against Kid Buu's rampage if Goku and Vegeta fail to stop him, in anime filler only.
  • 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 time-skip between Dragon Ball and Z playing in the pros.
  • The Tooth Hurts: During one of their earlier encounters, Goku knocked one of his teeth out. He's reluctant to go see a dentist.
  • 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.
    • In the original manga canon he holds one important victory against the Invisible Man during Baba's Tournament.
  • 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 running 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 The 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 time skip at the end of Dragon Ball he gets an X-shaped scar on his cheek.

    Chi-Chi 

Chi-Chi (チチ)

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Chi-Chi voiced by (Japanese): Mayumi Sho (DB, Z Seasons 1-2, Z Movie 1-3, Budokai), Naoko Watanabe (Z Seasons 3-9, GT, Kai, Super, other video games and all other media)
Kid Chi-Chi voiced by (English): Laura Bailey (Most media), Monika Antonelli (Z ep. 202 only and as a voice double in DB ep. 7) (Funimation dub); Andrea Libman (1995), Katie Rowan (2004) (Ocean/Blue Water dub)
Adult Chi-Chi voiced by (English): Cynthia Cranznote  (Funimation dub); Laara Sadiq (Z, Movie 3), Lisa Ann Beley (Z ep. 131-138, 166, 181-182, 192-193, 199-204, 217-219, 222-225, 232, 239, 241, Movies 1-2), Nicole Oliver (Z ep. 269, 271, 277, 284, 286-291)note , Carol Anne Day (DB), Debbie Munro (GT) (Ocean/Blue Water dub); Sharon Mann (AB Groupe/"Big Green" dub); Mitch Frankenberger Pellicer (Creative Products Corp., Philippines); Michelle Ruff (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia dub in Super)
Chi-Chi voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Patricia Acevedo (current voice), Pilar Escandón (Movie 4)
Voiced by (French): Céline Monsarrat (DB, Z, GT), Anouck Hautbois (Kai, Super)
Voiced by (Italian): Elisabetta Spinelli

The daughter of the Ox-King. Chi-Chi is Goku's first and only love (though he didn't realize it when they first met). At the start Chi-Chi was rather panicky, attacking anything threatening with extreme force (she beheaded a T-Rex with only the blade on her helmet), though eventually grew out of this to become a rather firm fighter. At first, when Chi-Chi asked Goku to wed, he agreed, under the impression marriage was food. When he realized his mistake years later, he still gladly agreed to marry her anyway. By the Z series, she was a rather overprotective parent, worrying about Gohan's education (which clashed with his saving the world) and her family's welfare in general.


  • Action Girl: She was this in the original series. Even as a child, Chi-Chi demonstrated superhuman characteristics, being she was able to outrun a dinosaur and throw her blade with enough force to decapitate it. During her sparring date with Goku, she proved to be an even match for him, showing she was extremely strong for a human child. As an adult, she is arguably the strongest human woman on the planet, as she was able to endure a fight with Goku during the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. It becomes severely downplayed throughout Z and Super where she’s retired from fighting to become a housewife for Goku. She does, however, still has some skill in fighting as she trains Goten in martial arts in the Buu arc and her fiery temper can terrify fighters even more powerful than her.
  • Action Mom: Even though she's retired from fighting, she still has some scenes when she kicks ass.
  • Adaptational Badass: Her incarnation in Super Dragon Ball Z (with the assistance of Nimbus, and while using the Power Pole and Bansho Fan) can go toe to toe with, and even beat, every other fighter in the game. That being said, the game's roster includes the likes of Frieza, Cell, and Majin Buu.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: While she had two bad moments in the manga, in the anime, she is obnoxious, impatient, pushy, and short-tempered. Also overlaps with Anger Born of Worry. Even Dragon Ball Z Kai which usually cuts out the filler material has moments where she comes across as a very terrible mother and person in general. Fans who have just read the manga would be surprised. For instance, when they are all on a run because androids 16, 17, and 18 are looking for Goku, while he is suffering from the viral heart disease, she forces Gohan to study in the plane and every time he tries to talk to Future Trunks, she forcibly turns his face back to his book. In the manga, however, Gohan is allowed to chat with Trunks without any issue. Chi-Chi is not even sitting with Gohan. Similarly, she is more upset in the anime, when Goku makes Gohan fight Cell because she fears Gohan might end up becoming a Blood Knight like his father instead of studying, than the fact that Gohan's life was on the line. In the manga, however, she was angry because Goku had endangered his life. A fact that angered and horrified the other characters too.
  • Aesop Amnesia: In Dragon Ball Super some of her Character Development from the Buu Arc is reversed. She's once again demanding of Goku, forcing him to get a job instead of train. Most of this is because the family needs money and she's about to have her first grandchild, making her high-strung again. She's still, however, quite lenient on Goten, allowing him to run off and play with Trunks with no issue. She is also quite chilled when Goku leaves to train again, even saying she wants to throw a party for his return.
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: Her outfit at age twelve is a blue bikini, with pink gloves and boots, and a green cape. In the edited dub, Goku even commented she should wear more clothes.
  • Almighty Mom: Chi Chi along with providing the current page image with Bulma, personifies this trope and will viciously tell off of anyone who mistreats or endangers her children had been a long Running Gag in the series. It's jokingly stated she is the only one that Goku, the most powerful hero of Earth, is utterly terrified of. That is until she tried to do it to Majin Buu, at which point it stopped being funny.
  • The Aloner: Before meeting Goku, she had been raised and had lived in complete seclusion from others.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Chi-Chi can be this at times. In the Bojack Unbound movie, she does a clumsy cheerleader routine, while cheering for Gohan to fight at the tournament, obviously embarrassing him. Also, in a filler episode called "He's Always Late", when she's dancing, Trunks remarks "Your mom's obviously as cool as your outfit, Goten." Goten then asks Gohan if he thinks her (Chi-Chi's) outfit is cool. Gohan couldn't give a straight answer, as he was embarrassed. Then again, in Chi-Chi's defense, she was raised in seclusion, so she probably lacks good social skills and probably doesn't know she's being embarrassing.
  • Anger Born of Worry: The only reason she gets upset with Goku and Gohan fighting dangerous villains, or Goku dragging Gohan into dangerous battles, is because she cares for their well-being.
  • Angst Coma: Went into a brief one when she heard that Gohan was (supposedly) killed during the Buu Saga.
  • Anti-Hero: Chi-Chi, deeply cares about her family, but in spite of that she can be very controlling over them and can also be a jerk at times. On some occasions, she has even prioritized her family’s education and financial well-being over the fate of the entire world and it’s only after she is called out on this that she loosens up.
  • Anywhere but Their Lips: After their fight at the end of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament in Dragon Ball, which ends with Goku proposing, Chi-Chi gives Goku a peck on the cheek. Though they're Happily Married by the time Z rolls around and have two kids by the series' end, this is the only kiss they share on-screen.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Chi-Chi first appeared in the original series as the Ox King's sweet little daughter, and was little more than a running gag; she wanted to marry Goku, while Goku failed to understand that marriage wasn't a type of food. Years later, an angry and considerably skilled Chi-Chi fought Goku in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. They end up together as husband and wife, where from Dragon Ball Z onwards, Chi-Chi goes from an Action Girl to a Mama Bear, while still getting to kick someone's ass occasionally.
    • The anime gives her a couple more appearances as a kid. The first is in the Red Ribbon Army Saga during Colonel Silver's hunt for a Dragon Ball and again in the Demon King Piccolo Saga when the titular villain sics the king's guard on her father as part of his plan to eliminate all renowned martial artists from the world. This made Goku's not recognizing her in her adult age a lot less believable, however, compared to their single prior meeting in the manga.
    • The Fire Mountain/Wedding Dress filler arc, which occurred after the 23rd World Tournament, has Chi-Chi and Goku working together on a quest to save her father by extinguishing the flames around their castle via the Bashō Fan. One of their stops involving collecting bee wax also displays Chi-Chi developing her affinity for domestic work.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Chi-Chi can be very overbearing towards Goku, especially when it comes to Gohan's studies and after she finds out she's going to be a grandmother. Still, it's clear that she loves him dearly. When he was sick with his heart virus, Chi-Chi was literally in tears as she took care of him and cried for joy when he got well. She is also accepting, eventually, of Goku leaving to train with Whis. She even planned to have a big feast for him when he returns home, and she rushes to his side after he's kicked out of the ring and knocked unconscious by Frost. She hugs him, saying that she was afraid that he had died. She also becomes greatly concerned when Goku loses his appetite and control of his energy because he's sick with his Delayed Onset Ki Syndrome and wants to feed him until he gets well.
  • Badass Adorable: Chi-Chi as a child is this entirely by accident: cute as a button, but once chopped off a dinosaur's head and then recoiled in horror so hard she blew the head up with a laser beam.
  • Badass Normal: Chi-Chi alongside Yajirobe is the only main human fighter in the series who doesn’t display any Ki Manipulation (barring a Played for Laughs Kaioken-esque Battle Aura when she’s pissed off in the Garlic Junior Filler Arc). Yet as expanded material like the fourth movie shows, Chi-Chi is powerful enough to No-Sell Ki blast explosions and take down two alien soldiers (who could Beam Spam her Half-Human Hybrid Gohan son out of the sky) with a single kick. In the aforementioned Garlic Junior arc she’s presented as a genuine threat while Brainwashed and Crazy and when training her other son Goten Chi-Chi takes a kick from him when he accidentally goes Super Saiyan, considering even casual hits from a Super Saiyan can knock out Muggles and seriously injure someone like Frieza — this is extremely impressive. Only reason Chi-Chi doesn’t train to become even stronger is that she hates fighting.
  • Badass Unintentional: Initially, Chi-Chi’s most stunning displays were all complete accidents, such as decapitating a T. Rex. Later on, she takes a level in badass and they became much more deliberate.
  • Bare Your Midriff: At age 12, she wore a blue bikini outfit that didn't hide much.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call her an old lady. Maron almost had to learn this the hard way if Roshi and the others didn't restrain Chi-Chi from her.
  • The Berserker: As Chi-Chi is focused on living a normal life and having a close family, she almost never engages in battle or employs her abilities, however when that family is in danger she will go into full attack mode, such rages are feared deeply by every-one from Goku, to Gohan, to Piccolo.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: While she was already in love with Goku and was eager to marry him, prior to their marriage, she insisted that he had to defeat her in combat before she would truly agree to it.
  • Book Dumb: While it's not as obvious as Goku, she never actually had an education either and was raised in seclusion her whole childhood. No doubt this is a factor in why she pushes Gohan to obtain a proper education, in order for him to have more opportunities than she did.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Although she does have messed-up priorities and they often clash with Goku's, she does have a point about how Gohan shouldn't grow up being an idiot. In about 50% of her lectures, she is actually right.
    • It should be noted that Goku actually does agree with this 75% of the time, in part because he knows Gohan does enjoy studying. The last 25% is either because Gohan needs to train to help save the world or she is taking it a little bit too far.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: During the Garlic Jr. Saga, Chi-Chi becomes infected by the Black Water Mist and is able to hold her own against Gohan being absolutely ruthless in her fighting though Gohan likely held back to avoid seriously hurting his own mother who was not in her right mind due to the mist. She also becomes a devoted follower of Garlic Jr. and the Spice Boys whom she worships. Luckily, she gets returned to normal when Kami and Mr. Popo dispersed the Sacred Water on the Earth.
  • Captain Obvious: In the Piccolo Jr. Saga, she screams "Goku's hurt!!" after Goku is shot through the shoulder by Piccolo's Breath Weapon. Really, Chi-Chi? The fact that Goku has a gaping hole in his shoulder and is coughing up his own blood and screaming in agony wasn't enough of an indication?
  • Character Development:
    • As a child, Chi-Chi was very shy and often thought about who she would marry. Despite being the daughter of the Ox-King, who had a reputation for being terrifying, she was shown to be the opposite of him, as she was shown to be of pure heart by being able to ride the Flying Nimbus. When she does fight, she is often scared and defeats her opponent while crying. Her personality changed later on, when she became an adult, especially after marrying Goku and having her son Gohan. She is often depicted as a sometimes nagging, overprotective, controlling, tough, and fundamentally well-meaning woman, with a feisty and more tomboyish personality.
    • She is notable for emphasizing Gohan's "academic achievement" rather than his fighting ability, as she was hesitant for Gohan to repeat Goku's habits of getting into danger, and she also did not want Gohan to grow up without proper education as Goku had. Therefore, she often became frustrated when Goku decides to take Gohan to fights. It takes all the way until the World Martial Arts Tournament and Intergalactic World Tournament for Chi Chi to openly admit that she is proud of her son for fighting.
    • In some cases, her insistence that Gohan study could also impact her common sense, as shown by her trying to prevent Gohan from aiding Goku when the latter was being attacked by a pair of assassins in order for him to finish his studies, causing Gohan to sternly ask her which between his studies or Goku's life mattered more, shocking her enough to let him go fight them. By the Androids Sagas, Chi-Chi has grown more accepting of Gohan fighting, as she allows him to train because of the androids and attend the Cell Games, even though she did not want him to participate. The very last chapters of the Dragon Ball manga state that Gohan had become a scholar and thus did not participate in the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament. Henceforth, she taught Goten martial arts herself out of a desire to prevent him from being incapable of defending himself whenever needed, just like her father did with her and showed extreme strictness on it equal to when she was on Gohan about his education. Chi-Chi also allowed Gohan (and Goten) to participate in the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament.
    • Chi-Chi had a somewhat negative opinion of Super Saiyans as she seems to associate the transformation with delinquency due to its hair color. This was first shown when she saw Gohan in his Super Saiyan Full Power form shortly before the Cell Games and assumed that Gohan and Goku had dyed their hair, unaware that it was a result of the transformation. Though she retains her initial negative opinion of the Super Saiyan form, she does at least come to understand how the transformation works.
    • Eventually, she manages to control her anger better whenever it comes to Goku disobeying her and training. Though she loves Goku, she was often frustrated by his tendency to focus most of his time on martial arts training instead of contributing to their family financially, sometimes even scaring and threatening him into working on their family’s radish farm to earn a living rather than train to protect the planet. After the birth of her granddaughter Pan, Chi-Chi becomes adamant that Pan is raised as a gentle Girly Girl with a calm and normal life so that she will not end up as another “battle-loving idiot”. She also wants Goku to be a good grandfather and not just fight all the time; going as far as furiously hunting him down to forbid him from leaving with Whis to train under him alongside Vegeta so he can grow stronger to protect the Earth, attempting to scare him into submitting to her. However, unlike the last times, she does not get mad after Goku blatantly disobeys her and leaves with Whis to go train, finally accepting that Goku means well.
  • Character Exaggeration: The anime makes Chi-Chi more of a bossy, short-tempered Education Mama compared to the manga, to the point where she literally considers Gohan's schooling more important than saving the world.
  • Characterization Marches On: As part of her growing up. She started off as a Daddy's Girl and was just as sheltered and naïve as Goku. Whoever thought she'd turn out to be an overprotective Almighty Mom with anger management issues.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Chi-Chi has superhuman strength, speed, and agility on the level of a superhuman and the only explanation that’s been given for it, is that she’s trained a lot.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: She first appeared as a minor character who had a crush on Goku, and in the manga after her first appearance she was never seen nor mentioned again until the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament twelve volumes later where she's reunited with Goku and they wind up getting engaged. The anime screwed this up however by having her appear every now and then in a couple filler episodes.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Chi-Chi and Goku have this kind of relationship. Goku and Chi-Chi met during one of his adventures, and Chi-Chi had been pining after Goku ever since, even getting a Childhood Marriage Promise from him. However, Goku, being Goku, didn't know what marriage or romantic love was for most of the first half of the series until she explained it to him when they met up again as adults, after which he returned her feelings. The two remaining married for the rest of the series.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Chi-Chi and Goku first meet as children, and Goku promises to marry her, thinking marriage is a kind of food. He says so when an angry and all grown-up Chi-Chi brings it up in the Tenkaichi Budokai; Chi-Chi is saddened upon realizing that she had been sort-of waiting in vain... but Goku then adds that he doesn't want her to be sad and that he takes his promises seriously, so he officially asks her to marry him right there.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: She comes off as this at times since Goku can be a fight-obsessed idiot to the point of ignoring his family and other responsibilities. She forces him to work to support his family instead of mooching off of Ox-King and Mr. Satan and training all the time.
  • Control Freak: While her heart is in the right place, it doesn’t change the fact that Chi-Chi is an abrasive very controlling woman both towards her husband and to her children.
  • Covert Pervert: Despite being very conservative, Chi-Chi does have her moments that indicate she's got a perverted mind. Such as assuming that Gohan and Videl's training would end up with Videl attempting something naughty. Also, due to how events line up, Chi-Chi conceived Goten with Goku when Goku was constantly in his Super Saiyan state.
  • Crazy-Prepared: For Gohan at least. These quotes basically explain it:
    Krillin: So what's with all this stuff?
    Chi-Chi: Here's his underwear, toothbrush, coloring book, and sleep mask. And here are some snacks for the trip and his medicine. And we have a hairdryer, full dinner set with salad and dinner forks. Multi-
    Krillin: Yeah, I think we get the picture.
  • Cry into Chest: Does this when Goku was about to return to the Otherworld after his day was up. Did it again when Goku informed everyone that he wasn't dead anymore and could return home with his family.
  • Cute Bruiser: Tomboyish? Check. Can kick serious ass? Check.
  • Daddy's Girl: To the Ox-King, though he admits at one point that he might have spoiled her during his time as a villain.
  • Demoted to Extra: Chi-Chi's role as a kid was limited, but as an adult, she got to fight in a world tournament, and appeared very prominently in DBZ as the overbearing and temperamental mother. Around the time the Buu arc got rolling, her role got a little smaller, and by the time DBGT came rolling around, she only made a few appearances. Overall, Chi-Chi still keeps her physical strength from the first series but has given up fighting in favor of being a housewife and overprotective parent. Though, with what goes on in this series, it's kinda hard to blame her.
    • Lampshaded in Kai:
      Roshi: That little firecracker wife turned out to be a real school mom, did she?
  • Determinator: When she has goals involving her sons, she never gives up, even when she's obviously outclassed.
  • Didn't Think This Through: When Chi-Chi slapped Majin Buu for supposedly killing Gohan, she never thought of the consequences of doing so. It ends as well as you'd expect.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: She slaps Super Buu in the face because she thought he killed Gohan!!!...and promptly gets killed for it afterward. Regardless, very admirable. It also counts for if she ever scolds Goku after he becomes a god in Battle of Gods.
  • Divine Date: Post-Battle of Gods, when her husband, Goku, becomes a Physical God.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: After smacking Majin Buu for killing her son (he's really alive, but she didn't know), the guy turns her into an egg and smashes her! She probably shouldn't have confronted him, but still, dick move!
  • Doting Parent: Gohan. Goten. Compare and contrast.
  • Doting Grandparent: She's very fond of her granddaughter Pan.
  • The Dreaded: Her fiery temper manages to make her intimidating to characters who are far more powerful than she. Even Goku gets scared when she's angry.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: This is due to her being an obvious parody of the Asian mother. She comes off as this education-wise towards Gohan.
  • Drives Like Crazy: As shown in filler episodes, this also may be the reason why she made Goku take a driving test for a license.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • She's known as Milk in Latin America, as "chi-chi" is a vulgar slang term for breasts in Latin American Spanish, akin to "tits".note 
    • Averted in Spain, where Chi-Chi still maintains the original name, despite being the word used by kids for the female external genitalia.
  • Easily Forgiven: This is best displayed in Super. When Goku leaves to go train under Whis, she's at first furious and exasperated, but she quickly cheers up, mentioning that it will just start all over again. Judging by this, it's easy to deduce that she wouldn't have it any other way.
  • Education Mama: She acts like this towards Gohan, so he could avoid the violent lifestyle of his dad. When Goten was born though, she switched from academics back to martial arts, though Super shows she still has Goten's education in mind (though to a much less gung-ho degree than she was with Gohan's). This trait is more exaggerated in the anime compared to the manga, where she's still strict about Gohan's education but not to the point that she considers it more important than saving the world.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: With Goku's. A good example would be in the first Broly movie when she gets angry with him because he was acting like an idiot when she was trying to drill him for an interview.
  • Expy:
    • Chi-Chi is Composite Character duplicate of both Princess Iron Fan and Red Boy, the respective wife and son of the Ox-King from Journey to the West. Where Red Boy and Wukong were sworn brothers, she and Goku got married.
    • Her personality and appearance, in adult form, are based on Mrs. Tsun, a character from Doctor Slump.
  • Family Theme Naming: Chi-Chi (milk/breast) because her father is the "Ox-King." Their family is a reference to cows.
  • Fatal Flaw: Chi-Chi's wrath and impatience are this. Her wrath and impatience cause her to think irrationally and to make the worst decisions. Her (albeit understandable) anger even caused her to get turned into an egg and killed by Majin Buu.
  • Fearless Fool: One key flaw about Chi-Chi is that she's too impulsive. She usually tries to charge into battles to save her sons, without thinking of the possible consequences of her actions (with the other characters having to hold her back). She plays this straight when she walks up to Majin Buu, the scourge of the universe, and slaps him in the face for killing Gohan. She gets turned into an egg and killed as a response.
  • Faux Horrific: In the Cell Arc, when Chi-Chi sees Gohan in Super Saiyan form for the first time, she freaks out about his hair color. This is more a case of values dissonance, blond hair is seen as a sign of being a delinquent in Japan.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Chi-Chi is regarded as being a very good chef and she is a Girly Bruiser.
  • Foil: To Bulma, in numerous respects. Chi-Chi got married early and became a mother very soon, whereas Bulma had Trunks (by accident) when she was well in her thirties and wasn't married. Chi-Chi is an Education Mama who puts a lot of pressure on her son Gohan to succeed, while Bulma spoiled Trunks. Chi-Chi dresses more traditionally, while Bulma often wears revealing clothing. Chi-Chi excels at cooking and housekeeping, while Bulma’s talent lies in her genius for science.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: By the time she and Goku meet again at the Tenkaichi Budokai, he has forgotten about her and their promise and doesn't even recognize her. Chi-Chi didn't take it well.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • It is implied that Chi-Chi became an overbearing Education Mama towards her sons because the Ox-King never seemed to have made any effort to get her an education, given how she was raised in seclusion like Goku.
    • Her overprotectiveness and refusal to let Gohan train or fight could also be because she witnessed Goku's Cold-Blooded Torture at the hands of Piccolo first-hand during the Tenkaichi Budokai, and definitely did not want her son to go through the same experience.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Chi-Chi is a downplayed example of this. While the other characters don't hate Chi-Chi and they do consider her a good friend of theirs, they don't seem to enjoy her company due to her anger issues. On the flip side, they do understand that she does mean well and most of her freak-outs are due to her concern for her child Gohan being in dangerous situations.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: She uses this in Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! to Master Roshi when he acts like... well, Master Roshi.
  • Girly Bruiser: She is a skilled martial artist but she also enjoys being a housewife and she likes wearing makeup.
  • Gold Digger: An unusual case - while she herself is happy to marry the dirt-poor Goku, she is very interested in the money that her son's girlfriend was born into. She is not very subtle about this.
    Chi-Chi: Videl comes from a very wealthy family. She's a perfect match for Gohan!
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Big time. Her temper has caused almost every character she confronted to fear her.note 
  • Happily Married: To Goku. Sure, despite the fact that Goku is an Idiot Hero/lover of fights and Chi-Chi's a hardcore Education Mama, they prove, time and time again, that they truly love each other. Hell, when Goku dies, Chi-Chi simply doesn't bother remarrying.
  • Hate Sink: Downplayed. Akira Toriyama stated that he did not like Chi-Chi's character as much and intended appreciation of people in-universe and out. Her character was meant to be a stereotypical "mean" Japanese mother who doesn't contribute much to the narrative. Her only role was to be a gag character that the other characters disagree with, to keep the main characters from doing their desired task (her education-related goal for Gohan is portrayed as an obstacle for the main heroes), and for her to be irrational and unreasonable towards the main protagonists. However, she completely subverts this by the Cell and Buu arcs, where she becomes a lot more reasonable and understanding, much to the appreciation of people in-universe and out.
  • Hime Cut: While it's difficult to tell after she becomes a mother since she usually has her hair done up in a bun, on the rare occasions it's loose, she does have the blunt-cut even bangs, the two long forelocks reaching just below her shoulders, and the rest of her hair is long and straight. After her husband's death in the Cell Saga, once she's hit her thirties and her oldest child is in his mid-teens, she ditches the bangs and forelocks and just pulls it all back into a more severe bun.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: In the anime, she hires Mr. Shu to tutor Gohan, and is absolutely shocked to discover that Mr. Shu is a Sadist Teacher who beats his students with a whip and loves insulting Goku right to Gohan's face. Once she finds out, however, she's outraged and tosses him out the window.
  • Hot-Blooded: As a teenager, she had quite a temper. Less so as an adult.
  • Housewife: Chi-Chi became this after she was Overshadowed by Awesome. When not cooking for her husband and sons, she's scolding Goku for always leaving to save the world and Gohan for not studying (because he too is off to save the world).
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: Despite her Parental Hypocrisy, Chi-Chi is right to not want Gohan to fight for safety-related reasons. Chi-Chi is an Education Mama towards Gohan, insisting he studies and not fight, despite the fact that she herself was a fighter as a child. However, other characters like Krillin and Bulma actually agree with her throughout the series about how children (Gohan, Goten, and Trunks) shouldn't even be fighting and engaging in dangerous activities in the first place. It also helps that Gohan was much younger than Chi-Chi was when he started fighting. Gohan was 4 while Chi-Chi was 12.
  • Idiot Ball: She's rational-minded but sometimes she's doing incredibly stupid things and have Skewed Priorities. For example, see Horrible Judge of Character.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Like her husband and their sons, Chi-Chi's heart is pure even at her worst. This allows her to ride the Flying Nimbus ever since she was a child, and she is still shown to be able to ride it immediately following the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Goku, a Saiyan, while she is a human woman. (Though it wasn't yet known that Goku was an alien when they got married.)
  • It's All My Fault: When she learns that Goku died in the Cell Games, she was very distraught and blamed herself for arguing with him over fighting, particularly over their then-only son taking part. This was profound enough to change her stance on martial arts almost completely when Goten is born.
  • Jerkass Ball: She grab it sometimes. For example, see Out-of-Character Moment and No Sympathy.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the first few seasons of Dragon Ball Z. Chi-Chi may seem hot-tempered, abrasive, and a bit selfish, but at the end of the day, she loves her family very much and tries to do what's best for them. This does diminish in the Buu Saga when she mellows out and becomes a lot nicer.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: A filler episode of the Trunks Saga certainly counts. Chi-Chi hires a private tutor named Mr. Shu for Gohan, but as soon as she leaves the room, Mr. Shu proves to be a Sadist Teacher who prides himself on beating his students with a whip when they don't do as he says and gets a sick kick out of openly and relentlessly mocking and insulting Goku, calling him a brainless brute and a deadbeat parent. When Gohan stands up to him and damages the whip, Mr. Shu quickly calls in Chi-Chi and makes Gohan seem like the bad guy... before declaring that Goku's abandonment drove Gohan to such violence and proceeding to whip Gohan across the face hard enough to draw blood right in front of Chi-Chi while laughing about it all, which pisses Chi-Chi off so much that she throws him out the window and chases him off of their property all while screaming at him never to come back. For some fans, Chi-Chi doing so actually redeemed her entire character.
  • Large Ham: Chi-Chi has a reputation for being very loud and having a very overbearing personality.
  • Let Me at Him!: Normally, when it involves her sons, Chi-Chi usually tries charging into battles to protect them. The Ox-King and the others always have to hold her back.
  • Love at First Sight: Towards Goku. She didn't even know him for a day and wanted to marry him.
  • Love Martyr: To Goku. She puts up with a lot given that Goku is sometimes childish, somewhat ignorant of human emotions, and often runs off to fight the threat-of-the-week. She still loves him unconditionally and never even considered remarrying either time that he died, even when it seemed like he was gone for good.
  • Made of Iron: Chi-Chi is this, overlapping with Iron Butt Monkey. She's one of the few fighters in the series who doesn't utilize Ki energy but much like Yajirobe has taken hits and attacks that would've killed or hospitalized the likes of Mr. Satan or Videl. In Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, she runs through a Ki explosion fired by of Slug's soldiers no problem and later in the Buu Saga while training Goten she gets kicked flying into a tree by Goten when he accidentally became Super Saiyan Chi-Chi recovers quickly and is more upset than hurt. Keep in mind, grown men got KO-ed by SSJ Gohan's strikes and Frieza himself got beaten bloody by even Goku's casual love taps while he was Super Saiyan, making Chi-Chi's fortitude all the more impressive.
  • Mama Bear: Chi-Chi might be overshadowed, but Goku, Krillin, Piccolo, and pretty much all of the main Z-Fighters are terrified of her, especially when anything involving her children is going on:
    • Chi-Chi is odd in that she's both taken a level in badass and was Overshadowed by Awesome alongside half the cast... so she has her limits, but then again, she has her limits. Her Victorious Childhood Friend and husband has been dead for seven years, she's been led to believe that her older son has followed, and Chi-Chi is absolutely out of her mind with grief. While her father is able to hold her back the first time she tries to attack him, eventually she does walk right up to Super Buu, slaps him, and demands he bring Gohan back. Buu stares at her, turns her into an egg, and promptly crushes her. Worst of all, her seven-year-old son was watching the entire time.
    • In a filler episode just before the Trunks saga, however, Chi-Chi gets to play the trope straight. She hires a private tutor for Gohan by the name of Mr. Shu, unaware that he's a cruel Sadist Teacher who repeatedly kicks the dog by calling Goku worthless as a father and makes the poor kid bleed. Then she finds out. It does not end well for Shu.
    • Similarly in Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone Chi-Chi initially protects Gohan against Garlic Junior's Quirky Mini Boss Squad, even pulling her son behind her and taking off the apron, before attacking Ginger.
    • In Lord Slug she beats off two of Slug's goons that were about to pounce Gohan (though she ends up being pounced herself).
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: Yes, even she has one since she personally trained Goten and she was trained by her father who was a student of Master Roshi: Mutaito > Master Roshi > Ox-King > Chi-Chi > Goten
  • Memetic Badass: An In-Universe example.
    Master Roshi: I know why! Because he's scared, that's why! Of the one more powerful than a Super Saiyan...his wife! (Hears Chi-Chi growl "What!?" and now sees her with a sword)
  • Misplaced Retribution: She blamed Goku for Gohan's injuries after their fight with Vegeta.
  • Missing Mom: We never see her mother, only in a picture with Chi-Chi as an infant, where she is The Faceless, as this is an anime-only addition. It turns out the poor woman got sick when she was really little and quietly passed away. This is speculated to be why she's the apple of Ox Satan's eye and why she insists on being super present in her sons' lives.
  • Modest Royalty: By the Z period, you could be forgiven for forgetting (or, if you only read or watched DBZ, never realizing) that she's royalty at all.
  • Morality Pet: It is hinted that she is this to the Ox-King when he was still evil.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Chi-Chi has been occasionally exploited over the years especially her first outfit despite her age, but when she grows up Chi-Chi is given a less revealing appearance aside from one Bathtub Scene in Filler. Most people forget Chi-Chi can be very attractive when she wants and isn't just the annoying House Wife that some make her out to be. The outfit she wore at the Dance Party Ending has been noted by fans (even her detractors) to be pretty damn hot.
  • Ms. Vice Girl: She encourages Gohan and Videl's relationship when she finds out Videl is rich.
  • My Beloved Smother:
    • Chi-Chi has a rather skewed sense of priorities when it comes to choosing between the human race's continued survival and her son's studies (something that Gohan even Lampshades in Super Android 13! when, after Chi-Chi tried to stop Gohan from going after the androids due to homework, he asks her which she values more, his studies, or Goku's survival against the Androids, which shocked Chi-Chi with this revelation enough for her to allow Gohan to go). Fortunately, she loosens up with Goten.
    • She was also opposed to Videl's apparent interest in Gohan... until she discovered how much money Videl has.
    • By the time Goten is born and gets older, however, Chi-Chi has mellowed out a bit. She has no problem with Goten training to fight or entering tournaments. In fact, she is the one who even initiates Goten's training.
  • No Badass to His Valet: She is married to one of the most powerful and feared beings in the universe. Doesn't stop her from yelling at Goku and forcing him to get a job. Several characters, including her son, call her the real powerhouse in the universe. She also orders around several other powerful characters like Krillin, Piccolo, and her sons, not caring that all of them can easily break her in half. The only person she never yells at is Vegeta and that's mostly because her interactions with him are limited.
  • No Indoor Voice: Mostly before the Buu Saga in the show, because she's known for being very loud. She's gotten moderately better than she was as a child but still shows that she can ramp it up when necessary.
  • No-Sell: Chi-Chi of all people manages to do this to Ki blast explosions before taking down two alien soldiers.
  • No Social Skills: Like Goku, she was raised in seclusion as a child.
  • No Sympathy: Only once. She was so upset at Gohan being at the battle against Vegeta and Nappa that she showed no concern whatsoever for Goku, who by the time the fight was over, didn't have a single unbroken bone in his body. Also an Out-of-Character Moment.
  • No Sympathy for Grudgeholders: This is how Chi-Chi is portrayed regarding Piccolo. She's portrayed as an asshole when she shows her open contempt for him (mostly filler scenes). This is due to his past actions as a demon king. It also helps that she even witnessed Piccolo try to kill her husband (then fiancee). He even succeeded in doing so in the Saiyan Saga (granted Goku was doing a Heroic Sacrifice, but still). Piccolo also kidnapped her son Gohan for a whole year, and he was the reason Gohan almost got killed in the Vegeta fight (that she irrationally blamed Goku for). This does diminish in the Buu Arc when she's shown to respect Piccolo more. By the time Super came along, he's even helped the Son family out with housework like harvesting crops and carrying groceries.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Unlike her usual reaction to Goku fighting, after hearing that Goku Black killed an alternate version of her and Goten and that her Goku lost twice is to ask Goku why he hasn't killed him yet and that he should be ashamed for losing twice before telling him to go and finish the job.
    • Chi-Chi's frantic behavior when Goku himself starts acting out of character when he was ill and when Hit was hunting him down is very unusual for her.
    • The only person on Earth who can be more protective of her children and grandchild than she is Piccolo. His intensity and fury when Gohan or Pan are involved is the only thing terrifying enough to scare her into submission, something even Super Buu couldn't do (and he killed her).
  • Oh, Crap!: Chi-Chi gets this expression shortly after she slapped Super Buu in the face before she was turned into an egg and killed.
  • One Head Taller: Originally, she was taller than Goku but when they became adults, she became this.
  • Only One Name: Although she is called "Son Chi-Chi" after she marries Goku, we never hear a last name for her.
  • Only Sane by Comparison: Chi-chi is portrayed as very hysterical and irrational due to her Skewed Priorities and her Education Mama tendencies. However, she is the main one who understandably points out how Gohan is too young to be fighting and that he shouldn't be too focused on saving the world as a little boy.
  • Out-of-Character Moment:
    • In a filler scene when she ends up getting mad at her dad and throws a destructive tantrum. Chi-Chi is usually never like that towards her father at all.
    • Only once, she was so upset at Gohan being at the battle against Vegeta and Nappa that she showed no concern whatsoever for Goku, who by the time the fight was over, didn't have a single unbroken bone in his body.
    • In the Bojack Unbound movie, Chi-Chi is so worried about Gohan studying all day that she allows Gohan to participate in the tournament.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Chi-Chi still has unusual origins and is ridiculously strong and powerful by human standards, but anyone who isn't at least part Saiyan will eventually be exponentially outstripped and never able to catch up again, either because Goku is just that freakishly talented (as shown in the page image for the tropes), or later because Saiyans are that good and devoted to fighting.
  • Parental Hypocrisy:
    • Chi-Chi comes off as this towards Gohan, forbidding him from fighting despite her fighting herself when she was a teenager. This is understandable, as she believed that Gohan was far too young to be fighting at age 4-5. It also helps that even other characters like Krillin and Bulma lampshaded throughout the series about how children (Gohan, Goten, and Trunks) shouldn't even be fighting and engaging in dangerous activities in the first place. It also helps that Chi-Chi started fighting when she was 12, in contrast to Gohan who started fighting when he was 4.
    • Unfortunately she's at it again with her granddaughter Pan, stubbornly arguing that she wants Pan to grow up ladylike and not a martial arts freak like the rest of the family. Yet she says this while snatching Pan away from Gohan and Mr. Satan and effortlessly leaping backward across the room in a single bound onto a piece of furniture. She gets over this once Videl sets her straight.
  • Parenting the Husband:
    • Chi-Chi treats her husband Son Goku very much like this. However, it could be subverted, as the fact that Goku is a phenomenally powerful alien Martial Artist makes this relationship look more equitable than most other examples — Chi-Chi "takes care" of Goku at home, Goku "takes care of her in return"... by saving the world on a regular basis. To say nothing of when Goku actually does get de-aged to a child. Also Goku's home life isn't that explored in the story, what with him either dying or away fighting aliens, so Chi-Chi probably doesn't count on him doing chores around the house.
    • Dragon Ball Super explores their homelife a little, with Chi-Chi forcing Goku to get a job as a farmer partly to set a good example for their son Goten and partly so they stop sponging off her father's money. In the first episode Mister Satan gives Goku a ludicrous amount of money as a reward for defeating Majin Buu it was actually given to Satan, but he's already rich and felt that it should go to the people who actually saved the world, which convinces Chi-Chi to let him dump his job and go back to training. However, later on she lies about having blown through the reward money in order to get Goku to go back to farming.
  • Parents as People: Chi-Chi loves her son Gohan, but she has her issues with raising him. While she means well with her Education Mama approach (due to her wanting Gohan to be an educated productive member of society), she takes it too far sometimes and can be needlessly overbearing towards him. She is a much better parent towards Goten in the Buu Arc. While she becomes an Education Mama towards Goten in Super, she isn't as obsessive as it with him as she was with Gohan.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Chi-Chi childhood outfit qualified for this trope along with True Blue Feminity. Her boots, gloves, and helmet are pink.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: People often forget Chi-Chi is a princess that can kick almost any human's ass. She's also the one person that can actually control Goku.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: Chi-Chi wears a high bun throughout the Boo Saga and Dragon Ball Super. While she has softened up from her Education Mama attitude during the Time Skip between the Cell Saga and Boo Saga, she returns to her old mentality again after the Boo Saga ends. The hairstyle mostly serves to make Chi-Chi look older after the Time Skip (while Bulma, ironically, looks younger than before despite being four years older than her), which becomes obvious when she has her hair down in Super.
  • Principles Zealot: One of Chi-Chi's flaws is that she seems so caught up in wanting the best for her family that she fails to see the big picture. Her principles include believing that education and having a good source of income is so important to the point that she seems so narrow-minded. She means well, but her delving on this trope doesn't solve anything (while not wise, some of her viewpoints come off as justified since Heroism Won't Pay the Bills in their world).
  • Properly Paranoid: Gohan may be a Half-Saiyan, but Chi-Chi was not okay with Gohan leaving to go to Namek for two months. While Chi-Chi may be unreasonable sometimes, she was rightfully paranoid with Gohan going to a potentially dangerous planet and leaving her alone for two months (she had not seen him for a whole year) to revive Piccolo, the same guy who blasted a hole through Goku and killed her husband in the Saiyan arc. And who followed that up by kidnapping Gohan to train him to fight against Vegeta and Nappa. She displays this trope throughout the series when Gohan goes up against the Androids and Cell, fearing for Gohan's health and well-being when he's fighting bad guys.
  • Puppy Love: Chi-Chi and Goku were very sweet together as kids in Dragon Ball though Goku misunderstood the Childhood Marriage Promise that Chi-Chi made him keep which caused some grief when they met again as teenagers. The anime expanded this with Filler of Goku and Chi-Chi meeting again when they were young and having an adorable fistfight together.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She's black-haired and pale-skinned, and when she reappears during the Piccolo Jr. Saga, both Krillin and Yamcha openly comment on how gorgeous she is.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red oni to Bulma’s blue oni. Chi-Chi is nagging, and controlling and has No Indoor Voice, Bulma is more happy and more easygoing. This is color coded to some degree as well. Chi-Chi’s Played for Laughs Battle Aura is red, while Bulma has blue hair.
  • Refusal of the Call: Like Goku, Chi-Chi has had a background in martial arts. Her father was a champion who trained with Master Roshi. When battling during the 23rd World Martial Tournament, her power level is at 130 but grows to be 300 during the Saiyan Saga. These levels may seem like a small amount compared to the Z-Fighters, who are in the thousands, but it still makes Chi-Chi the most powerful human female in the series. Chi-Chi can wield some ki attacks even though she never learned how to fly. With her powerful abilities more often displayed in her video game appearances, Chi-Chi doesn't do more to help the Z-Fighters in battle. Unlike Goku, she believes she has a higher duty as a housewife instead of a fighter.
  • Retired Badass: She chose to become an Education Mama when she had Gohan.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In one of the last episodes of Z, "He's Always Late," she is shown in more casual clothes than her usual matronly attire. She gets quite some compliments about how good she looks.
  • She Is All Grown Up: In the last part of the original series, Goku didn't notice that the Tsundere he was fighting against in the Tenkaichi Budokai quarterfinals was the girl he agreed to marry when they were kids (she entered the tournament anonymously), and he didn't find out until Chi-Chi revealed herself. ("But-but-but are you the same little Chichi I met so long ago?!" "Hey, of course I am!") Basically, she got tired of waiting for him and decided to approach him more on his terms...and this time it stuck.
  • Shipper on Deck: Chi-Chi initially found Videl irritating and told her off for chasing her son Gohan. Then Chi-Chi learned how wealthy Videl was and immediately started talking about marriage leading to a glorious Spit Take from Gohan. In Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn Chi-Chi says Videl has the makings of a great wife making Videl blush and drop the dishes.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: She initially supports Gohan and Videl getting together because the latter is the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the world. As time went on, however, she genuinely warms up to Videl.
  • Shout-Out: Her classic helmet with the throwable blades and lasers is a clear one Ultraseven, whose Eye Slugger and Emerium Beam are almost identical. Given Toriyama's affinity for the Ultra Series this is almost certainly intentional.
  • Silver Vixen: By the end of the original manga/end of Z anime, Chi-Chi still looks good after Pan is born. It's more obvious when Chi-Chi doesn't do her hair up in a bun.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Chichi has been Goku-sexual since day one, and she's succeeded in marrying him and having two kids. She didn’t remarry while he was dead for seven years. The only other person she's attracted to was Yamcha.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls in love and marries Goku, who is pure of heart and has saved the Earth on more than one occasion.
  • Skewed Priorities: She's sometimes convinced that Gohan's education is more important than saving the world. In Super Android 13!, Gohan asks her if his education matters more to her than her husband's life when she tries to stop him from helping out, which shocks Chi-Chi enough that she lets him go.
  • Slapstick Knows no Gender: Chi-Chi, gets her fair share of Amusing Injuries towards her, especially around Goku. Since she is not as strong as Goku yet strong enough to take physical harm; she has been slapped by Goku through the side of their house, through several boulders and a tree, and when he has healed from his heart disease and she went out to greet him, he accidentally threw her high into the air.
  • Stacy's Mom: She still looks good even after visibly aging. For example in the OVA, Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, Master Roshi acts perverted to her and stares at her boobs. Cue Frying Pan of Doom from her to the Dirty Old Man.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Towards Goku in Dragon Ball. She entered the Tenkaichi Budokai in order to get him to marry her. When Chi-Chi was visibly heartbroken when she felt his promise wasn't genuine, Goku then proposed to her for real.
  • Stern Teacher: She was one for Gohan before he enrolled in high school, as he was home-schooled most of his life after all.
  • Stripperiffic: Chi-Chi is a disturbingly played straight example of this, considering she is only *12 years* old. Though when she gets older she changes to more modest clothing like a Kung fu outfit. *She's implied to be 12 as she's Goku's love interest, though this is never confirmed.
  • Supreme Chef: Chi-Chi is known to be a good cook by other characters and has received a lot of comments about how good it is. This is shown best in a filler episode when she threatens to stop cooking meals for Goku and Piccolo if they didn't go to driving school, made even more impressive considering that Piccolo doesn't need to eat, and yet her cooking was apparently so good that that was enough to cajole him into getting a driver's license as well). Also, Videl commented on her rice and even asked for the recipe, not to mention that Chi-Chi cooks better than any of Mr. Satan's cooks.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Downplayed. She was 19 years old when Gohan was born.
  • Tohoku Regional Accent: Much like Goku, she speaks with a downplayed version of this accent; while it's quite thick in her initial appearances, it tapers off to just a few salient traits once she reappears at the 23rd Budokai. Similarly to Goku, it's meant to emphasize how she had an isolated upbringing.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Chi-Chi and Bulma play with this trope. In the middle of the series, after Lunch has been chucked out, Bulma is the adventurous wrench wench while Chi-Chi is mostly concerned with being a good wife and mother. 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. Videl is a straight out Tomboy to both of them. She prefers a boyish appearance and training in martial arts. Android 18 would fall in the middle as she was initially a rebellious teenager who never wore dresses, yet shops and dresses nice. This makes Bulma a Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak and Chi-Chi a Girly Bruiser with Videl as the Tomboy who gets a Girliness Upgrade and 18 as a Tomboy with a Girly Streak.
  • Tomboy Princess: She’s part royalty and is a Hot-Blooded martial artist.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Chi-Chi does display tomboyish traits, like having a feisty and tough personality, as well being a strong martial artist, yet she also has a feminine streak in wanting to be a House Wife.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In the Buu Arc, when she slapped Super Buu for killing Gohan while yelling at him for killing her oldest son (who was leagues more powerful than her by dint of being a Super Saiyan 2). While this was a perfectly understandable Mama Bear reaction, she still got promptly transformed into an egg and crushed to death for her stupidity. To add to the stupidity, Piccolo specifically warned her, and everyone else on the Lookout, not to provoke Buu or else they'd die.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When she was first introduced, she was a Badass Unintentional who unintentionally killed a T. rex (keyword being unintentionally). After She Is All Grown Up, she was an even match for Goku (who, by that point, has taken down an army and the resident Satanic Archetype, and rivals Earth's god in power). Taken further when she's training Goten, wherein she (probably middle-aged at that point) not only was an even match for someone who was close to going Super Saiyan but survived a blow from him when he actually went Super Saiyan (which is like an ant surviving getting run over by a speeding truck).
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Before the Buu Saga, Chi-Chi was an overbearing mother and a hard person to be around for most of Z. After the events of the Cell Saga, she does not get upset as much and she's less harsh on Goten than she was on Gohan, allowing him to play and not study all the time. She even trained Goten in martial arts and allowed Gohan to skip school so he could get ready to enter the World Martial Arts Tournament. Part of this was because she took Goku's death very hard, and decided to ease up on them in honor of him.
  • Town Girls: In Dragon Ball Z, Chi-Chi is the strong and able fighting housewife neither, to Videl’s crimefighting butch, and Bulma’s stylish non-combatant femme.
  • Trauma Button: Breaks down in tears when Goten became Super Saiyan for the first time. It's implied that Super Saiyan Goten (who already strongly resembles Goku) reminded her of Goku when they last saw each other before his death (Goku had been in Super Saiyan form at the time).
  • True Blue Femininity: Her outfit as a child qualified for both this and Pink Means Feminine. She also wears a blue dress when she reappears All Grown Up at the 23rd Budokai.
  • Tsundere: Originally, Chi Chi is more the Sweet type, prim and proper while having a massive crush on Goku. She would only lash out at Goku when he was rude or did something stupid. After Dragon Ball Z rolls around though, she becomes more Harsh. She then went back to her more sweet personality after the Cell Games.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Currently provides the image for the trope. Chi-Chi, after the aptly named Ox-King, produces a photo of her, and the only response anyone has to offer is, "Whoa. She certainly doesn't take after you."
  • Undying Loyalty: Chi-Chi constantly shows how much she cares for her husband and sons. Despite berating Goku's antics and actions frequently, she still stays with him. Goku died twice over the course of Dragon Ball Z and after the first time, disappeared without a trace for a long period of time. After dying again, he chose to stay dead and left Chi-Chi to raise Gohan (and then Goten) herself. Then, later on, he even decides to leave her again to go train Uub and when he got turned back into a child, he was willing to stay that way. Yet, in spite of all that, Chi-Chi remained his wife, not just on legal terms, but also on emotional terms.
  • Uptown Girl: For Goku because she's a princess. Goku was a practitioner of martial arts who lived in the mountains and he made the promise to marry Chichi, the daughter of the Ox-King, who had a castle full of treasures. However, the difference in social status was not an impediment because Chichi's father and Goku's grandfather were friends before, and Goku had saved the earth several times.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Chi-Chi doesn't take too kindly to it when Mr. Shu dares to insult Goku in front of her and Gohan.
    • She was also very angry when Frost knocked Goku out and it seems that she holds a grudge, when Hit was hired by someone she theorizes that it must be "that evil Frost guy".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Bulma. They usually get into arguments involving their husbands or sons, but they show they care for each other.
  • Was Too Hard on Him: Seems to feel this way about how she raised Gohan given that she is not as strict with Goten.
  • Weak, but Skilled: When training Goten, she was more than a match for her much more powerful son despite not knowing squat about ki control.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Before Goku first went to train with Whis, she has him in an armlock when she catches him.
  • Wet Blanket Wife:
    • She wanted Gohan to be a scholar and learn to resolve issues peacefully, despite the dangers she and Goku faced in the past (though since this is before the Saiyans arrive, Goku was still pretty much World's Strongest Man so she probably didn't have much to worry about at first.) She remains against all the danger her husband and son go through but learns to adapt. After the seven-year Time Skip, she mellows out a bit with their second son, Goten (to the point that she actually trained him) and she really can't yell at Goku anymore because he's already dead. In fact, Gohan theorizes that Chi-Chi feels guilt over this behavior now that Goku's gone and that she believes might have an indirect effect on his death.
    • In Super, Chi-Chi is initially dead set against Goku training, demanding that he gets a job and work as a human, despite having barely survived his encounter with Beerus. It's at least partly her desire to have Goku be someone respectable to their granddaughter Pan. Of course, once Goku does bail out to train some more, Chi-Chi just calmly accepts it and thinks about throwing a party for when he comes back.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Chi-Chi has good intentions for her family, but the way she goes at it tends to be problematic.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Her first love interest was Yamcha who is strong in his own right, and she eventually married Goku, who is well on his way to becoming the World's Strongest Man.
  • World's Strongest Woman: She is the strongest woman on the planet untrained in ki control, as pointed out by the other characters, including her youngest son, Goten.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • She gets called out by Yajirobe for only showing concern for Gohan and not for Goku at the end of the Saiyan Saga.
    • Chi-Chi also gets called out by her father in the Cell Arc (it's filler) for getting upset with Goku for allowing Gohan to fight Cell.
    • She herself regularly dishes these out to Goku when it comes to wanting to take Gohan to fight dangerous battles. However, considering how the writing is on the show, it doesn't work. Some of what undermines her argument are that Goku may train Gohan for battle, but until the Cell Games (in which Goku made sure Gohan surpassed him) he never actually put him in a live battle. The times that it happened, Saiyan and Freeza Saga, it was beyond Goku's control since he wasn't there. When he's around, the first thing he does is sideline Gohan. Not to say she doesn't have a point since Gohan is still a child during the Cell Games.
  • Younger than She Looks: Most people wouldn't realize it, or at least it doesn't sink in, but at the beginning of the Z series, she's at most 23. Guess motherhood really did mature her, huh? She is also four years younger than Bulma.

    Shenron/Shenlong 

Shenron (神龍, Shén Lóng)

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Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi (DB, Z eps. 21-100, DB Movies 1 and 3, Z Movies 1-4, The Path to Power, Kai eps. 8-51, Battle of Gods, video games up to Raging Blast 2), Masaharu Sato (Z eps. 192-193), Shin Aomori (Z ep. 240, Z Movie 13), Tesshō Genda (Z Movie 12), Daisuke Gōri (GT), Koji Yada (Dr. Slump; 1997 series), Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (Kai eps. 97-123, Super, Resurrection 'F', Broly, video games from 2015 onward)
Voiced by (English): Christopher Sabat (Funimation dub); Doug Parker (DB 1995, DB Movie 1), Don Brown (Z), Dave Pettit (DB 2004, GT) (Ocean/Blue Water dub); Steve Kramer (Harmony Gold dub); Ed Marcus (AB Groupe/"Big Green" dub); Patrick Seitz (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia dub in Super)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Abel Rocha (DB, Z, GT, Movies, Kai and Super), Óscar Gómez (DBS: Super Hero)
Voiced by (French): Georges Atlas (DBZ), Antoine Nouel (Kai, Super)
Voiced by (Italian): Giovanni Battezzato

The dragon of the Earth's Dragon Balls, Shenron always comes out to grant wishes to whoever summons him. He was created as a small statue by Mr. Popo, then given life by Kami. After Kami merges with Piccolo, Shenron is given life anew by Dende.


  • Achilles' Heel: Like other dragons, he'll die (and his balls will become inert) if his creator passes.
  • Back from the Dead: He actually got killed by King Piccolo after granting his wish, but was later resurrected when Kami and Mr. Popo revealed that he was connected to a small statue version of him, which had broken when he died. Gluing the pieces back together subsequently revived him.
  • Benevolent Genie: The wish he grants is always exactly what the wisher wants, subject to the limitations of his power. On top of that, if there are legitimate problems with him granting the wish (like how Frieza will come back in pieces when resurrected in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’), he'll voice his critique without wasting a wish.
    Shenron: No extra charge for the ice. Your wishes have been granted.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ever since Beerus' addition to the cast, he's been present at nearly all of Shenron's summonings. And since the normally imposing and awe-inspiring Eternal Dragon is scared out of his mind of the God of Destruction, this has led to Shenron being subject to a previously unheard-of amount of comedy at his expense.
  • Can't Live Without You: Shenron dies if his creator dies. When Piccolo dies in the battle against the Saiyans, Kami, being Piccolo's good half, and Shenron die with him, forcing the heroes to go to Namek in order to revive their fallen allies. Interestingly enough, when Kami and Piccolo remerge back into the nameless Namekian they originally were, Shenron vanishes again, since it was Kami, not the Namekian he and Piccolo split from, that created Shenron, again forcing the heroes to go to Namek and use their set of Dragon Balls, later bringing Dende as the new guardian.
  • Catchphrase: "Your wish has been granted. Until the next summoning..."
  • Deadpan Snarker: He gets very sarcastic when made to hang around for too long.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: He does not take kindly to mortals getting uppity with him, suggesting that he has killed people for copping an attitude with him, or simply taking too long to make a wish.
  • Dragons Are Divine: Shenron is a benevolent, powerful lung dragon who grants wishes to those that summon him. Also, "divine dragon" is the literal meaning of "Shen Long."
  • Expy:
    • The Shenron made by Earth's Kami (and later sustained by Dende) is one of Namek's Porunga. Pretty much every aspect of them is otherwise quite different, though it still comes as a bit of a surprise when the latter turns out to be a bit more personable(Fitting considering Porunga is the god of love for the Namekians).
    • Both Shenron and Porunga are this to Super Shenron, from which all other Eternal Dragons are derived.
  • Exact Words: This is one of the small dilemmas when dealing with him. You have to word your wish very carefully, or else risk some unforeseen side effects. One of the biggest is that while Shenron can basically rewind everything to just before the recent disaster happened (if they needed to restore something AND revive people in one wish) if they don't specify who they want to leave out, it literally puts them back to where they were at the beginning of the whole mess. It doesn't help that sometimes just saying "except the bad guys" won't always work, considering there's a good number of Token Evil Teammates on the Z-Fighters' side.
  • Flat Character: For a time, Shenron was more of a stoic plot device than an actual character, largely owing to the fact he literally is the dragon balls given form. Super has decided to give him some personality, however, namely in his fear of Beerus.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: When he grants a wish, his eyes glow brighter.
  • Hour of Power: Shenron has a limit to how long he can maintain his physical form without making a wish, which is why he gets annoyed with people who waste his time and may just leave of his own accord if they take too long. In Super, he ends up pushing himself to the limit thanks to Bulma threatening him with retaliation from Beerus.
  • Informed Attribute: Shenron's described as a dragon that one does not want to anger, lest he retaliate. This is never shown at any point, even when characters start to disrespect him and ask impossible things for him. The worst he ever does is swat at Icarus when he tries to attack him and even then that was quickly overlooked.
  • It Only Works Once: Shenron can't grant the same wish twice. This means he can only revive a specific person once. Fortunately, Porunga can revive people Shenron has already revived once.
  • Literal Genie: While he's not a jackass about it, he sticks to the parameters of the wish; the people Vegeta killed on Namek weren't revived when "everyone killed by Freeza or his minions" was. This is viciously lampshaded by Vegeta.
    Vegeta: The missing ones must be from the village I slaughtered. The conditions were "killed by Freeza's men", correct? Well, since Freeza "discharged" me from his employment, I no longer qualify as one of "Freeza's men", yes? (Chuckles)
  • Magic A Is Magic A: There are rules regarding what kind of wishes Shenron can and can't grant and those rules are usually followed. It becomes a Running Gag post Z that people keep asking Shenron to grant impossible wishes.
  • Meaningful Name: Shenlong is Chinese for "God/Divine Dragon".
  • Not So Stoic:
    • In Fusion Reborn, he gets annoyed when nobody makes a wish - which is carried over into Kai and Super, as when they keep him waiting even for a few minutes, he's similarly affected. You can see a few sweat droplets appear when Icarus attacks him in The Tree of Might (feeling awkward rather than afraid).
    • In Movie 14 when he learns he's in the presence of Beerus the God of Destruction he freaks out, and even politely apologizes before he leaves.
      Goku: Well, this wish isn't for me, it's actually for Lord Beerus, so...
      Shenron: What!? He's here? *sees Beerus* Ah... g-good day, Lord Beerus.
  • Our Dragons Are Different:
    • He grants wishes. Not many dragons do that.
    • This applies to the difference between Shenron and Porunga as well as there are different rules.
  • Reality Warper: Naturally, being a wish-granter and all.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted; he's got an intimidating presence, limited patience, and would prefer that his summonings be brief but other than that he's a benevolent deity.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: In Resurrection 'F', when Sorbet first wishes for Frieza's revival, Shenron says that it's pointless to bring him back since he would return in pieces. After talking with Tagoma, Sorbet demands that his wish be granted. Shenron calls it a foolish wish but grants it anyway. Turns out, Shenron was right, although for the wrong reason. Freeza being in pieces wasn't the problem, because healing tank technology had progressed to be able to bring him back from that. The wish was extremely foolish since Frieza chose to get revenge on Goku instead of returning to his empire. That decision led to his entire army and what is left of the empire being destroyed, the very thing Sorbet originally brought Frieza back to prevent.
  • Seen It All: Shenron is remarkably unflappable, and odd wishes (like Oolong’s wish for panties) don’t even make him blink. The only thing that makes him crack is Beerus.
  • Series Mascot: A chibified version of Shenron serves as one of the main mascots for the franchise, alongside Goku himself.
  • Spell My Name with an S:
    • The name Shenron comes from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese reading of Shenlong (the actual on'yomi rendering would be Shinryuu). In the English dub, it's been often mispronounced as "Sheh-n-rah-n" instead of as "Sheh-n-roh-n".
    • Some European versions were weirder by calling him Sheron, pronounced basically as Sharon.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Once Kami and Piccolo re-merge and Shenron disappears, the heroes recruit Dende to make a new set of Dragon Balls for them, and the new Shenron comes with a whole range of improvements. Around the time of the Cell arc, he gains the ability to grant two wishes. Though depending on the wish, it will take two wishes instead of just one. By the time of Dragon Ball Super, he can grant three wishes (he could still only grant two in the movie versions of those arcs), presumably having been upgraded again during one of the Time Skips, then gets another during Super Hero, allowing him to unlock hidden potental just like Guru.

    Tien Shinhan/Tenshinhan 

Tien Shinhan (天津飯, Tenshinhan)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Hirotaka Suzuoki (Dragon Ball, Z), Kōichi Yamadera (Z eps. 82 and 84 only), Mitsuaki Madono (Burst Limit, Infinite World, Revenge of King Piccolo and Heroes), Hikaru Midorikawa (Kai and Super)
Voiced by (English): Eddie Frierson (Harmony Gold dub); Matt Smithnote  (Ocean dub); Chris Cason (Most of Z Season 3; 1999), Lane Pianta (Z Season 3 eps. 104, 106-107; 1999), John Burgmeier (All other media including remastered Z Season 3) (Funimation dub); Brendan Hunter (Blue Water dub); Doug Rand (Z Movie 3), David Gasman (Z Movie 9), Sharon Mann (The History of Trunks) (AB Groupe/"Big Green" dub); Richard Jonson (Creative Products Corp.); Ray Chase (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia dub 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)
Voiced by (French): Georges Atlas (DB, Z), Marc Bretonnière (Kai, Super)
Voiced by (Italian): Claudio Ridolfo

"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 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. His role is expanded in Super, as he is shown to have founded a dojo himself, and participates in the Tournament of Power.


  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Tien performs better in the anime version of his fight with Goku in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, being able to match Goku who only has 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 damage was done.
    • A minor example. In the manga, Drum completely outmatches Tien, who only lands a couple of good hits before going down and nearly being killed. He also never gets 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.
    • During his battle with Cell, he's only able to fire off half a dozen Shin Kikoho / Neo Tri-beam blasts before collapsing. In the anime, Tenshinhan manages to keep Cell pinned down for a whole episode, pushing himself to the absolute limit while the other cast panic over how long he can hang in for.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In the manga, he and Chiaotzu make their debut at the World Martial Arts Tournament. In the anime, he appears as an antagonist in a filler episode set between the Baba arc and the Tournament. As such, Goku recognizes him as the villain on-site.
  • 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.
  • 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 clearest example of it as afterward 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.
  • 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 than 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.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: In the anime, his Establishing Character Moment is torturing his "ally", an innocent pig, before Goku attempts a rescue.
  • Bald of Evil: Before he became a good guy.
  • 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 virtue of his Tri-Beam, which was more powerful than any technique at the time. In the Piccolo Daimao and 23rd Budokai arcs, he's the second-strongest hero after Goku, fights the secondary antagonists, and (in the anime) nearly defeats Piccolo with the Mafuba. In the Saiyan arc he's either the second or third strongest hero (depending on where you see Piccolo at this point) and easily defeats a secondary antagonist before himself being easily defeated by Nappa (though he does manage to damage him a bit) to show how serious the situation is. Incidentally, he's also the second tallest member of the group after Piccolo, at 6'2. While he's dead, the gap between him and Goku becomes so vast that they aren't even comparable any more.
  • Blood Knight: He is the only human, along with Chiaotzu, who keeps training long after the others 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.
  • Boring, but Practical: A lot of Tien's move set isn't particularly flashy, but it definitely focuses on practicality above all else. Of particular note, the solar flare is such a useful ability that it gets used by multiple heroes in a pinch and occasionally the villains will use it as well, but all it is reflecting light and amplifying it.
  • 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, ingeniously 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 Below 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 Toriyama, he 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 than 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 Hit Points: 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 as 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).
  • Celibate Hero: According to Toriyama, Tien and Lunch briefly lived together some time after the Buu Saga. But due to Tien's commitment to life as a martial artist and Lunch not being cut out for life on a farm, Lunch eventually left though she would drop by at Tien's place from time to time.
  • 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.
  • Character Development: Tien becomes much more kind and respectful towards others once he switches sides to join Roshi, his humor and attitude take a drastic change to be much more serious than the smug snarker he once was. This, of course, was a result of him realizing that what he had been taught was wrong, and needed to atone for what he had done in the past. Presumably, his Deadpan Snarker habits have gone away because he's much less malicious and smug than he used to be.
  • 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 traveling con artists.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion:
    • While Tien never properly catches up with the Saiyans and Piccolo in Z or any known media, his Tri-Beam holds the honor of being one of the most powerful techniques in the series, at least from the perspective of its relative effectiveness in comparison to its user. The fact that it can pin down Semi-Perfect Cell and deflect attacks from Buutenks despite both eclipsing Tien in power means that if it was used by the likes of Goku, its output would be insane.
    • He fights Future Trunks in the Bojack Movie, while he loses in a couple of minutes, he does force Trunks to use Super Saiyan to get the win, which is an incredible testament for a human.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique:
    • Like Master Roshi, he knows the Mafuba/Evil Containment Wave, the technique that can seal evil at the expense of one's 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 on 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 use 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, GT and Super. He shows up again to fight in the Buu Saga only to be one-shotted while his GT appearance is reduced to mere cameos. While he did fare better in Super as one of the members of Team Universe 7, he lacks any focus episodes compared to the other members and only managed to knock out two fighters before being unceremoniously eliminated from the Tournament of Power.
  • Determinator: He has no problem rushing into battle with opponents he knows he can't beat.
    • 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 does not quit!
    • 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. Bizarrely, the full name "Tien Shinhan" is only ever used in the dub of the original anime, not Z and not even in the more accurately translated properties Kai and Super.
  • 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.
  • Eye Beams: He can fire beams from his third eye according to the anime. It was only demonstrated during his rematch with Goku at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.
  • 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 efforts are 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.
  • Heroic Build: Tien is exceptionally muscular thanks to years of non-stop training to keep up with the natural raw power of his comrades. He reaches peak capacity of swollenness in the Cell Saga, but from Battle of Gods onwards he is drawn as slightly more slender.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • How Much More Can He Take?: His battle with Cell is this in the anime, as he fights through exhaustion to keep Cell pinned down for as long as possible.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: He blames himself for Chiaotzu's death. Both in the original DB 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 knee drop 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. The King Piccolo filler shows that this tendency was not new when he had to confront a man he permanently crippled in the past to retrieve a dragon ball from his property.
  • Killed Offscreen: His second death was not shown, but it happened due to Buu blowing up Earth.
  • Logical Weakness: Pretty much the entire idea against the Solar Flare. No matter how strong an opponent may be, their eyes are still sensitive to light, especially if that light's about tens or hundreds of times brighter than the sun. In fact, this technique proves useful many times throughout the series.
  • 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 renowned 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.
  • Mundane Utility: According to Toriyama, Tien uses his multi-form technique for extra hands while farming.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Pants-Pulling Prank: During his duel with Goku in the original Dragon Ball, Goku steals his belt, and his white boxers are revealed to the crowd.
  • 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 remove his weighted clothes. In Z, Goku completely surpasses 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 difference 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 is so much his move that Goku mentally apologizes to him for stealing it while fighting Great Ape Vegeta with Krillin following suit using it against Dodoria on Namek. While not as used as frequently, the Multi Form technique is also of his creation and used by the Z fighters and Cell.
  • 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 through 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.
  • 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 outclasses 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 plotline 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 Versus Performer: Despite never being able to catch up to the Saiyans or Piccolo, Tien has several powerful and effective techniques that make him a 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 it's 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: Though originally he was Strong and Skilled, he possesses an incredible repertoire of techniques (including growing a pair of extra arms) and is 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 (in the anime only), 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 is 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 that 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.
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Chiaotzu (餃子, Chaozu)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Hiroko Emori
Voiced by (English): Rebecca Forstadt (Harmony Gold dub); Cathy Weseluck (Ocean dub); Monika Antonelli (All media up to 2007), Brina Palencia (Budokai Tenkaichi 3 onward) (Funimation dub); Sean Broadhurst (Blue Water dub); Jodi Forrest (DB Movie 3, Z Movie 3 and 9), Ed Marcus (some battle grunts in Z Movie 3) (AB Groupe/"Big Green" dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Patricia Acevedo (current voice)
Voiced by (French): Céline Monsarrat
Voiced by (Italian): Federica Valenti

Introduced in the second Tournament arc, Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu are initially rivals to Goku, Krillin, and Yamcha (as they belong 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 next few arcs following their introduction, but after the Saiyan Saga, Chiaotzu becomes less important (and after the Cell Saga, so does Tenshinhan). By the Cell Saga they become side characters who are mentioned and seen frequently but rarely do anything significant.


  • Adaptational Badass: Slightly, combined with Throw the Dog a Bone. Chaozu in the manga never becomes anything close to important again after his Senseless Sacrifice against Nappa. In the anime, he at least gets to show off his training under King Kai by mopping the floor with Guldo.
  • Advertised Extra: Chaozu is often billed as one of the main Z-Fighters, but he never does anything of any real consequence to the plot. His main role is being a Satellite Character to Tenshinhan.
  • Ambiguously Human: It's unclear if he's human or a Jiang Shi, and the fact that he never seems to age doesn't help.
  • Ascended Extra: He plays a much larger role in Mystical Adventure, being the Emperor of Mifan.
  • Balloon Belly: After eating a lot, being a Big Eater like the rest of the cast.
  • Blood Knight: Like Tien, he keeps training long after most of the cast left him in the dust. Whether he does so just to spend time with Tien or because he really does love to fight is debatable.
  • Book Dumb: He has trouble with basic math and can't tell left from right without pausing to think which hand he holds chopsticks in. Apparently, unlike Roshi, Shen doesn't bother providing his students with basic schooling.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: A more introverted example, but it showed when he was first introduced, insulting Krillin for being short and bald.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He tries to self-destruct on Nappa to keep Tien from being killed, knowing that he can't be wished back with the Dragon Balls. Not only did his suicide attack do no damage to Nappa, Tien dies soon after anyway trying to avenge his death.
  • Can't Catch Up: Gets hit with this worst than the other human characters. Chiaotzu literally gets left behind during the fight against the androids and the Cell Games.
  • Charlie Brown Baldness: Has only one strand of hair on his head which he proudly displayed to annoy Krillin in his introduction.
  • Chinese Vampire: Has the appearance of a particularly cute one. It's unclear if he's really a Jiang Shi or a human with the appearance of one.
  • Con Man: Anime Only. Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu's first appearance in the anime shows them as a pair of traveling con artists. Also fits the sub-trope of The Fixer for his tendency to rig the number of draws at the World Martial Arts Tournaments.
  • Creepy Child: He starts out like this, particularly in his match with Krillin.
  • Crippling Over Specialization: Chiaotzu is a legitimately powerful psychic but lacks durability and physical prowess, and the fact his psychic abilities can be no selled, means that he won't be lasting very long in any fights.
  • David vs. Goliath: Him against Nappa. He loses.
  • Death from Above: During his fight with Krillin, Chiaotzu took advantage of his ability to fly to stay out of Krillin's reach and bombard him with his Dodon Ray.
  • Demoted to Extra: In Z more than anyone else.
  • 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 the Crane Hermit's students, and a simple ask for forgiveness won't be enough.
  • Evil Counterpart: Was originally this to Krillin.
  • Extremity Extremist: During his fight with Krillin, he exclusively uses kick-based strikes. Justified because, as Krillin deduces, his hands are being used for his psychic powers.
  • Failure Hero: In Z. The poor guy didn't get to show off his skills that much in Dragon Ball either.
  • Fragile Speedster: Quite quick on his feet, in large due to his flight, but goes down quite easily if hit.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Even after his Training from Hell alongside Tenshinhan, he's not considered strong enough to participate in the Cell Games.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Against Nappa.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tien. They are almost always together and he sacrifices his life to try to save Tien from Nappa. The primary reason he turns against the Crane Hermit is that he ordered him to paralyze Tien so he can kill him. Chiaotzu refuses, saying he would obey any order from his master, but he can never harm Tien.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Upon seeing Krillin for the first time, he insults Krillin for his height. Chiaotzu is even shorter than Krillin.
    • Subverted humorously when he calls Krillin baldy. Krillin calls him out on this but he reveals he has a single strand of hair under his hat. Although Krillin states that hardly counts.
  • Kick the Dog: His and Tenshinhan's introduction in the anime has them betray InoShikaChō when their con spree is spoiled by Goku. Chiaotzu himself, in the anime, also badly burned one fighter in the 22nd World Tournament preliminaries that said fighter had to be bandaged like a mummy.
  • Killed Offscreen: His third death wasn't shown, but it happened after Buu blew up Earth since he and Tien were the only ones who could dodge Buu's energy blasts.
  • Kill the Cutie: He dies against both King Piccolo and Nappa.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: He trained under the Crane School whose founder, Master Shen, studied under the same master as Roshi: Mutaito > Master Shen > Chiaotzu
  • Morality Pet: To Tenshinhan during his villain days. Particularly notable in Mystical Adventure.
  • Mysterious Past: What exactly is he? Is he a type of human or an alien hybrid like Tien? How did he come to meet Tien and the Crane Hermit? It doesn't help that Chiaotzu gets the least amount of screen time of the original cast.
  • No Body Left Behind: His second and third deaths. The former was due to performing a Kamikaze attack against Nappa, the latter was due to Buu blowing up Earth.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: When Goku gets confused about how he's eighth in the tournament when he didn't choose a number (despite the fact that Goku was the last to even draw), Tien mocks them for this only for Chiaotzu to be confused as to what's wrong about choosing their own number.
  • Older than They Look: Aside from getting slightly taller in the Piccolo Jr. Saga, he looks exactly the same throughout the entire series.
  • Ordered to Cheat: During the 22nd World Tournament, Tenshinhan finds that their master, the Crane Hermit, has been having Chaozu use his telekinesis to paralyze Goku during their fight.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Following the fight with Nappa, he doesn't fight anymore.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: A wise young Emperor in Mystical Adventure.
  • Redemption Demotion: Post Heel–Face Turn, he is subjected to a lot of losses; Nappa's being the most notable.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Shorter than Krillin and child Gohan, yet he still managed to be a Z-Fighter.
  • Psychic Powers: Demonstrates both telepathy and telekinesis.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: He needs to use his fingers to solve basic math problems, like 3 + 4. He also can't tell left from right without pausing to think about which hand he holds his chopsticks in. In exchange, he has telekinesis, telepathy, flight, etc.
  • Satellite Character: After his debut, he's mainly just there to be Tien's best friend. He has little to no effect on the plot aside from being a Sacrificial Lion twice, and barely ever interacts with any of the other Z-Fighters. He does get to help Goku in Super for one episode with his psychic abilities, but that's it.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: During the Saiyan Saga, he self-destructs in an effort to take Nappa with him, knowing that the Dragon Balls can't bring him back to life again. Nappa survives without a scratch, and the other Z-Fighters are left horrified and grief-stricken that Chiaotzu died for nothing.
  • Signature Move: Dodon Ray, shared with all three other Crane-related characters. He was also the first character to really showcase the flying techniquenote , which (like Tenshinhan's Taiyouken/Solar Flare) quickly became a staple of the others' strategies.
  • The Sociopath: He comes off like this since he shows almost no emotion in his first appearance, except for annoyance with some bits of sadistic happiness when he's fighting Krillin. This changed the minute the Crane Hermit ordered him to paralyze Tien so he can kill him. Chiaotzu refuses, saying that he will do anything his master says, but he can never hurt Tien.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Chaozu? Chiaotzu? Chaotzu? Gyouza? Chaos? Kaos (used by the original translation of the Spanish manga. No idea where they came up with that)?
  • Squishy Wizard: He has an assortment of unusual, useful techniques and skills including telekinesis, telepathy, and flight, however, he doesn't have much in the way of physical ability and is left pretty defenseless if an enemy can overcome his abilities.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: He surpasses Master Shen by the time of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. He also surpasses Kami after training with him.
  • Superior Successor: He becomes stronger than the Crane Hermit after training for the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. After training with Kami to fight the Saiyans, he becomes stronger than him too.
  • Taking You with Me: Tries this on Nappa. It doesn't work.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Particularly when he was a villain, Chiaotzu could usually be seen facing forward with the blankest expression you'll ever see. It becomes a lot less disturbing after his Heel–Face Turn where in one moment during the 23rd World Tournament, he cutely makes the peace sign after setting up the preliminary draw so none of his friends will have to fight each other.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Shown best in his battle with Guldo, who nearly killed Gohan and Krillin. Chiaotzu managed to mop the floor with him in under a minute.
  • The Stoic: At first he was very emotionless, but got more Cute Bruiser after his Heel–Face Turn
  • Use Your Head: Against Krillin. Master Shen even comments that Chiaotzu's head is as hard as a diamond.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Uses psychic powers due to having a lower endurance than his comrades.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Chiaotzu needs to use his hands for his psychic attacks. Krillin gets around this by asking him difficult math questions— Chiaotzu needs to count on his fingers to solve 9 - 1. Chiaotzu attempts to counter with double-digit problems, but Krillin was taught math by Master Roshi, in addition to fighting!
  • We Are "Team Cannon Fodder": All the time. In the fight against Nappa, the poor little guy blew himself up and didn't make a DENT!
  • The Worf Effect: He loses a lot, the fight with Nappa being the prime example.
    • He becomes the first Z-Fighter to participate in a World Martial Arts and not make it past the preliminary elimination rounds (alongside Yajirobe, who fought unbeknownst to the others due to disguising himself with a mask). This was done to show that Mercenary Tao had returned (now as a cyborg) and was seeking revenge on Goku and Tien.

    Yajirobe 

Yajirobe (ヤジロベー)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Mayumi Tanaka
Voiced by (English): Mike McFarland (Funimation dub); Brian Drummond (Z), Lucas Gilbertson (DB) (Ocean/Blue Water dub); Ed Marcus (AB Groupe/"Big Green" dub); Ethel Lizano (Creative Products Corp., Philippines)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Araceli de León (DB until chapter 60 of Z), Luis Daniel Ramírez (Z, Kai, Kai The Final Chapters and Super), José Arenas (Arc Majin Buu and Movie 4-6) Mariana Ortiz (Kai until chapter 58), Ricardo Rocha (DBS: Super Hero)
Voiced by (French): Gilbert Levy (Super)
Voiced by (Italian): Paolo Sesana (Z), Federico Zanandrea (Super)

Yajirobe is a fat samurai vagabond who eventually started living with Korin. He usually acts as a Senzu Bean delivery man, but also helped fight off King Piccolo's henchmen and Vegeta himself.


  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: His katana can not only cut off Vegeta's tail, it can slice through Vegeta's armor, which required a Spirit Bomb from Goku to break.
  • Accent Adaptation: Yajirobe speaks in a nasally and obnoxious Nagoya-ben dialect, which is Akira Toriyama's native prefecture (so unlike other dialects you hear in anime, this one's accurate). Toriyama-sensei likes to play up the stereotype and make fun of himself for not being from the Big City. This was adapted in English as sort of a husky-voiced thuggish bully who smokes cigarettes after school (think Dr. Girlfriend) to play up the idea that he's "uncivilized". Nagoya-ben speakers are considered like the Beverly Hillbillies, which makes sense since Yajirobe spent most of his life in the mountains (Nagoya has lots of people living at the feet of mountains) isolated from people. Whenever he saw people, he would attack them. But since Defeat Means Friendship, Goku introduced him to Capsule Corp and helped him adapt to civilization.
  • Acrofatic: Surprisingly fast for someone his weight.
  • Action Survivor: A rather surprising example. He was shown to be among the victims of Androids 17 and 18's massacre in Future Trunks' Bad Future in a flashback in Dragon Ball Z (18 fired a blast through his torso). However, it is revealed in Dragon Ball Super that he actually survived after being given the last Senzu Bean in existence by Korin.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: He met the devil but didn't believe in God. He could be a practitioner of an atheistic religion such as Theravada Buddhism but there were no hints of it prior.
  • Badass Normal: He can't use ki attacks nor can he fly, but he single-handedly killed one of King Piccolo's minions, climbed Korin's Tower with Goku on his back, and launched two surprise attacks on Vegeta and lived. He also fought evenly with an enraged Goku when they first met.
  • Balloon Belly: After eating a handful of Senzu Beans at once.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Despite being outclassed in power by both the heroes and villains, he always manages to arrive in a critical moment to save the heroes. The remainder of the cast is alive due to him and he has saved Goku from certain death twice.
  • Big Eater: It's pretty much one of his defining characteristics. He ate Cymbal, a dragon-like monster several times his size, and planned to do the same with every member of the Demon Clan that tried to avenge him (at least until he learned they were King Piccolo's minions, as he knew his story), and is repeatedly shown eating multiple Senzu Beans in a single sitting. And just one Senzu Bean contains about a week's worth of nourishment, so Yajirobe is literally eating enough calories to nourish a person for a couple of months in a single sitting. It might also explain how Senzu became scarce from Z onward.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He can be described as this. During the training at Kami's lookout, he sits it out most of the time, but when the training began, he had shown that he was more than a match for the others, and according to Toriyama, his power level was quite close to the other Z-Fighters after their training despite barely training himself, and also considering the fact that he was Goku's equal originally, lends credibility to the idea he might've been on the same level as the big guys if he had tried.
  • Can't Catch Up: He retires from fighting early on, after the Saiyan Saga, and mostly just hangs out with Korin after that.
  • Cowardly Lion: One minute he's hiding somewhere scared out of his wits, the next he's doing a sneak attack on the Big Bad and rescuing his friends.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: As stated above against Vegeta. It is a CMOA as Vegeta never saw it coming despite Krillin trying and failing to do the same just seconds ago.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He eventually convinces Korin to let him grow senzu beans down at the base of the tower, some 40 years after End of Z, in the Xeno/Online timeline.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He snarks, sneers, and taunts people all the time. Despite the fact he's well-aware he's outclassed by the real fighters in the series and so he's pretty much a coward
  • Demoted to Extra: Yajirobe was actually the Tritagonist of the King Piccolo Saga. Despite this, his role becomes more and more trivial as the show goes on to the point where he gets reduced to a minor character after the Saiyan Saga.
  • The Drag-Along: Yajirobe hates training and getting into dangerous situations. During the Saiyan Saga, he flat out told Krillin that he did not want to go to the Lookout to train with Kami alongside the other Z fighters, but Korin wouldn't let him sit this one out. He is still a valuable ally that has too much of a conscience to just stand idly by while his friends give their lives to protect the Earth.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Yajirobe killed and then ate one of Piccolo's minions.
    Yajirobe: You're not gettin' any!
    Goku: I don't want any.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Doesn't believe in the existence of Kami-sama (Literally "God" in Japanese), despite having witnessed the embodiment of Satan wreak havoc on Earth and saying this while he's on top of a tower owned by a talking cat who's given his friend the "Divine Water" so he could defeat said incarnation of the devil and restore the wish-granting magical balls said to have been created by God himself.
  • Foil: He's basically a human counterpart of Goku. He has Spiky Hair, is a Big Eater, not exactly bright, is incredibly strong and fast, and he was raised in the wilderness, much like Goku. He also carries with him a Dragon Ball, which he received as a gift from his loved ones. The difference between them, however, is that Yajirobe is cowardly and believes in self-preservation while Goku is fearless in the face of death.
  • Gut Feeling: Yajirobe loses in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament against Hero (who was Kami in disguise), and while he is mocked for it, he constantly thinks that Hero is much more than he lets on. When Yamcha is paired up with Hero he actually pities Yamcha, stating he has no chance against Hero. After Yamcha gets swatted like a fly by Hero, he is the only one not surprised by this outcome.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: He shows this ability in his fight with Cymbal, one of Piccolo's minions.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Yajirobe contemplated eating Goku after he was seemingly killed by Piccolo. Granted, Goku isn't exactly human, but he looks it enough to count and at the time no one knew he was an alien.
  • Jerkass Has a Point
    • After tasting the Ultra Divine Water, he argues with Korin that it's a simple poison with no magical properties. When Goku's strength greatly increases and his senses sharpen, Yajirobe seems to be proven wrong. However, given what we later learn about Saiyans becoming stronger through near-death experiences, it seems Yajirobe was correct, if Wrong for the Right Reasons.
    • He invokes this after the fight against Vegeta, calling out Chi-Chi for focusing entirely on Gohan, who was merely unconscious while ignoring Goku, who didn't have a single unbroken bone in his body.
    • His adamant refusal to let Bulma fly them to the Android battle while it is still in progress where he threatens to throw infant Trunks out the sky plane's window. Throwing a baby out of a plane is certainly going too far, even if Bulma casually talks him out of it when she mentions that it's Vegeta's child he's holding, but Yajirobe's logic isn't without merit. Once Dr. Gero spots them, he immediately capitalizes on the distraction and shoots the plane down, almost killing the occupants (if not for Future Trunks) and keeping the team occupied while the wily old Android flees the scene. Yajirobe is grumbling under a pile of debris afterward, likely annoyed that Bulma disregarded his warnings on top of no one bothering to save him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He might be seen mostly as a selfish guy, but is still willing to help his friends, even if it's just transporting Senzu Beans to other fighters, and immediately leaves afterward.
  • Katanas Are Better: It's not just for show. He uses it to one-shot Cymbal and severely injured Vegeta by cutting off his tail.
  • Killed Offscreen: Either he died when Super Buu used the Human Extinction Attack or when Kid Buu blew up the Earth, but either way, after a brief filler scene following Vegeta's sacrifice, he isn't heard from again until Goku asks for energy for his Spirit Bomb.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Almost every time he takes out his sword he either kills or greatly wounds his opponent.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: In his first encounter with Goku, they fight due to a misunderstanding (Goku annoyed him by eating his fish without thinking and, seeing his dragon ball, assumed he was in league with Piccolo). They reach a draw and each is astonished by the strength of the other.
  • Master Swordsman: He appears to be a pure physical fighter and is almost never seen using ki-based attacks. So, he mostly depends on his katana.
  • Meaningful Name: Yajirobe roughly translates as "taunting noodle spine", which is very fitting for a trash-talking coward like himself.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Him yelling at Krillin to throw the Spirit Bomb already allowed Vegeta to notice its presence and dodge it.
  • No Name Given: The French dub of Z and its many European derivatives don't give him a name until the Android Saga. Even when other characters sharing a scene with him are named, he's still called "you" or "him", or at best, "the tower's guard".
  • Only One Name: Like many people in the series.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: This guy was equal to Goku in his first appearance. However, Goku unlocked more of his hidden potential, and it quickly went downhill by the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, where he didn't even become a finalist (granted he was going against a disguised Kami).
  • Randomly Gifted: A downplayed example compared to others in the franchise, but Yajirobe at the time of his introduction was on the same level as Goku and Tien Shinhan, despite having no formal training.
  • Skintone Sclerae: His eyes are colored in peach in both the manga and the anime, which causes Goku to compare him to Krillin when they meet in the anime (along with their shared voice actress).
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Yajirobe's screentime in the Saiyan Saga is negligible at best, but he has the most important role in earning the victory on Earth, slicing off Vegeta's tail and denying him access to his Oozaru form, which turns the tables completely against Vegeta for the rest of the fight.
  • Spanner in the Works: Vegeta had Goku dead to rights as he crushed him in front of Gohan and he successfully dodged Krillin's Destructo Disc since he correctly guessed that Gohan wouldn't return alone. He didn't see Yajirobe coming at all and it cost him his tail. He also keeps Vegeta from killing Gohan when he discovers that Gohan's tail had regrown.
  • Stealth Expert: Played for Laughs. Yajirobe was hiding for nearly the entire duration of Nappa and Vegeta's invasion of the Earth, he remains out of sight from Vegeta for so long he doesn't even know the man exists until he cuts off his tail.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Korin act like they hate each other, but they continue to live together at Korin Tower.
  • World's Strongest Man: The most powerful flesh and blood human who can neither fly, nor fire energy waves.

    Mr. Popo 

Mr. Popo (ミスター・ポポ, Misutaa Popo)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Toku Nishio (DB, Z, GT, Z Movie 6), Dai Matsumoto (Budokai 3, Budokai Tenkaichi), Yasuhiko Kawazu (Kai, DBS)
Voiced by (English): Chris Cason (Z Season 3; 1999, Kai, Super), Christopher Sabat (All other media) (Funimation dub); Alvin Sanders (Z)note , Dave Pettit (DB, GT) (Ocean/Blue Water dub); Doug Rand (AB Groupe/"Big Green" dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Carlos Segundo (current voice), Jorge Palafox (Kai)
Voiced by (Italian): Flavio Arras, Graziano Paloforo (Super)

Kami's (and later Dende's) assistant and caretaker of his floating palace, Mr. Popo is a black (really black) genie person. Mr. Popo has apparently been around even longer than Kami has. Daizenshuu 7 clarifies that he's an attendant sent from Heaven to advise Earth's god. Mr. Popo helps train a young Goku for his fight against Piccolo in the 3rd Tournament arc, and in Z, shows the heroes Kami's old spaceship and teaches Bulma how to use it.


  • The Ageless: Biologically, Mr. Popo is immortal - in fact, if Kami (later Dende) should die, it's Mr. Popo's job to find a replacement for him. However, he can be killed in other ways, like being turned into chocolate by Buu.
  • Almighty Janitor: Kami's assistant who actually oversaw much of Goku's (and later the other Z-Fighter's) training, a task he proved qualified for by making a complete fool of Goku when they fought. He's the only one to really get under Goku's skin by taunting him for being weak. He also took on two Super Saiyans and in the initial fight with Goku, he literally ate the Kamehameha and didn't feel a thing.
  • Always Someone Better: Says this almost word-for-word to Goku who had grown arrogant from defeating King Piccolo.
  • Badass Teacher: Taught Goku while he was on the lookout and (at least in an anime filler) held his own against Goten and Trunks as Super Saiyans.
  • Bowdlerization:
    • The US manga removed his large lips so Popo wouldn't be perceived as a racist stereotype.
    • In the 4Kids TV airing of Kai, they recolored him blue.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Had shades of this while fighting Goku (Well, not really fight, more like ruthlessly tease him).
  • Dub Name Change: To Momo in some European countries, where "popo" means "butt".
  • Eye Pop: His eyes are the size of grapefruits when he sees Super Buu's Human Extinction Attack (almost) literally destroy all life on the Earth.
  • Killed Offscreen: Played straight in the manga when Buu turns everyone on the Lookout into chocolate and eats them. The anime gives a brief flashback to Popo pushing Dende off the temple so that the dragon balls will still exist, but we still never see his "conversion".
  • Magic Carpet: Can go to the other side of the world in seconds.
  • Number Two: To Kami and Dende, and every god before them.
  • Oh, Crap!: The look on his face as Buu destroys nearly all of humanity is priceless.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's been around longer than Kami has.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: In the Funimation dub, he talks like a college professor or wise old mentor instead of the Third-Person Person from the Japanese anime and Viz version of the manga.
  • Third-Person Person: In the Japanese version, Latin American version, and Viz releases. He does this in the anime's dub once in the Garlic Jr. Saga when the titular villain accuses him of lying about not knowing Kami's whereabouts.
  • Troll: He comes across as just a humble garden keeper that Goku doesn't take seriously. He then proceeds to beat Goku in increasingly humiliating ways, including letting Goku literally run into his fist.

    Kami 

Kami (神)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Takeshi Aono (Most media), Bin Shimada (Kai ep. 66 onward)
Voiced by (English): Christopher Sabat (Most media including remastered Z eps. 76-77), Chris Forbis (Z eps. 76-77 only; 1999) (Funimation dub); Dale Wilson (Z Seasons 1 and 4), Ward Perry (Z Season 2, Z Movie 1), Scott McNeil (Z ep. 54 in a flashback), Mike Shepherd (DB) (Ocean/Blue Water dub); Ed Marcus (AB Groupe/"Big Green" dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Carlos Segundo (DB and Z), César Árias (Kai)
Voiced by (Italian): Mario Zucca

"There's a good reason you mistook me for Piccolo, my boy. Ages ago, we two beings were one. A single coin with two opposing sides. My name is Kami, and I am indeed the guardian of this planet."

Goku's third mentor, and literally the God of Earth, Guardian of Earth in the English dub. An alien who was sent from Namek during a climate disaster, Kami, in his eagerness to earn this title, hastily expelled the evil within him to be worthy of it; this gave rise to the tyrant known as the Demon King Piccolo, and the guilt of being responsible for his existence has haunted Kami for centuries. He is also the creator of Earth's Dragon Balls and the Eternal Dragon Shenron.


  • The Ace: The Nameless Namekian, aka Piccolo and Kami. The Elder Namek called him a prodigy among the Namekians and Dragon Clan, which was why they sent him to Earth when the weather changed on Namek. When Krillin tells the Grand Elder that Piccolo was killed by a Saiyan, he asks if it was a Super Saiyan who did it. After reading Krillin's mind and learning that the Nameless Namekian split into Piccolo and Kami, he says that if they were whole no ordinary Saiyan would have been able to kill him. Nail echoes these thoughts, telling Piccolo that if he had come back whole he would have been stronger than Frieza. It is not until the Cell Saga that we finally see the power of Nameless Namek, and he doesn't disappoint. He's stronger than a Super Saiyan at the time and Imperfect Cell and is an even match for Androids 17 and 18. He also combines the battle experience and wit of Piccolo, and the godly knowledge and wisdom of Kami.
  • Achilles' Heel: Pre-fusion, he's Piccolo's walking, talking Achilles' Heel. He's not as powerful as Piccolo, and both die if one does.
  • The Atoner: For creating Demon King Piccolo. He feels so much guilt that he begs Tien to kill him to save Goku from Piccolo Jr.
  • Big Good: Until Z. He was the Guardian of the Earth and looked over the planet for centuries. After returning to life, he shares the role with King Kai, helping him revive the Namekians and bringing everyone safely to Earth using the Earth and Namek's Dragon Balls. He officially steps down once he merges with Piccolo.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • In the third tournament arc he possesses a person named Shen ("Hero" in the English dub). "Shen" is Chinese for "God".
    • Also "Kami" means God as well.
  • Born Winner: Much like the Saiyans, the Namekians are born winners with their larger-than-average battle power along with their mystical talents like some being able to heal, awakening others' hidden powers, and creating Dragon Balls. However, the Nameless Namekian is a winner even among them. He's called a prodigy among his race and is said to be strong enough to challenge a Super Saiyan and beat Frieza, according to the Elder Namek and Nail.
  • Cessation of Existence: By re-fusing with Piccolo, Kami sacrifices his entire being; body, mind, and soul to allow Piccolo to gain not only his knowledge but the power they once had as the Nameless Namekian. Kami is one of the few characters to essentially no longer exist within the series.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Used and abused Obfuscating Stupidity to win easier during the 23rd Tenkaichi, and infamously headbutted Yamcha in the crotch. The latter should have gotten him disqualified, but his act made it look like an accident.
  • Cool Old Guy: He is the least eccentric and/or perverted mentor in the entire series.
  • Demonic Possession: Inverted—he ends up possessing a person named Hero ("Shen" in the Japanese original) to fight Piccolo Jr. before being sealed away. Fortunately, he exits his host before being sealed off so the poor man doesn't share Kami's fate.
  • Didn't See That Coming: During the Piccolo Jr. Saga, he tried to use the Evil Containment Wave to trap Piccolo just as Mutaito had trapped King Piccolo. He's completely caught by surprise when Piccolo Jr. reverses the wave back on him, gloating about how foolish Kami was to try it in the first place:
    Piccolo: If you thought this incarnation would be beaten like the last, then you have not thought!
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: He has a premonition about a monster stronger than the androids ending all life, and wonders if it has anything to do with that thing that came crawling out of the time machine. After finishing the series and looking back, it seems he was getting visions of two different monsters.
  • Driven to Suicide: When the situation with Piccolo gets bad enough, he tries to get Tien to kill him to put an end to it. After the battle when he confirms none of the heroes will finish Piccolo off, Kami attempts to do so to atone for his mistakes and stop Piccolo permanently. He's talked out of it by Roshi, who points out all the good he and the Dragon Balls have done.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Kami is his title rather than his actual name. His real name is never mentioned, and he doesn't know what it is since he has long forgotten it.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Sort of, when he fuses with Piccolo he basically ceases to exist and doesn't mind.
  • For Your Own Good: He permanently removed Goku's tail on the grounds it was limiting his progress (and people wanted the moon back).
  • God Job: "Kami" is a title given to the God of Earth, an individual who works as Earth's spokesperson to the divine, in a manner of speaking. Kami, unlike the other gods introduced in the series, was not born a god on the Planet of the Kais, and he is in fact a mortal. He inherited the title of Kami after succeeding on a number of trials that proved his worth to the previous Kami, who then made him his successor.
  • Godzilla Threshold: When Piccolo comes to the Lookout wanting to merge with him, Kami wants to watch things unfold more, since merging meant his personality would be assimilated into Piccolo, ending his existence. When he sees Cell and what he did to Ginger Town, along with the Saiyans being powerless against the Androids and Goku being sick, he decides to once again become the Nameless Namekian.
  • Good Counterpart: To Demon King Piccolo, whom he inadvertently created. He is the good half of the Nameless Namekian.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: The biggest problem he has with dealing with Piccolo is his insistence that God cannot kill himself. This isn't out of any fear of dying, since he is more than willing to train Goku to the point he can kill Piccolo, and when Goku refuses tries to get Tien to kill him to stop Piccolo Jr.
  • Literal Split Personality: When he first meets Goku, he explains that the Demon King Piccolo is his evil half that he willingly expelled centuries ago to become Earth's guardian.
  • The Load: Piccolo's life is linked to Kami so any pain one feels the other feels as well. This means that if Piccolo dies, so does Kami and the Dragon Balls, by relation, will vanish. Piccolo even lampshades it, saying the only reason they even keep Kami around anymore is because of the Dragon Balls, which comes off as ironic since Piccolo is the one most likely to die given how he throws himself into dangerous battles like the Saiyans, Frieza, and the Androids. This is also why he immediately agrees to let Piccolo's body be the basis for their remerged self. Piccolo's body is young and strong while Kami's only value is in his wisdom which the new self will inherit anyways.
  • Long-Lived: Lived for over 300 years before the events of Dragon Ball.
  • Made of Good: He's the physical incarnation of Piccolo's good half.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: Mr. Popo and he trained Goku during the three-year time-skip for the 23rd Martial Arts Tournament: Kami > Son Goku > Son Gohan, Pan, and Uub
  • Moses in the Bulrushes: He was sent away from Namek when a cataclysm struck the planet and killed all but one of his kind, the Grand Elder. Unlike most examples of this trope he had no parental figures to raise him, so he spent his entire childhood alone in a frozen wasteland waiting for someone to come for him. Eventually, he realized this wasn't going to happen and left to explore the world.
  • My Greatest Failure: Creating Demon King Piccolo in his haste to become Kami; he was quite willing to die for this sin.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In the 23rd Tenkaichi he puts on this. It's awesome... And incredibly funny. He wins all his matches by making it look like it's an accident and makes utter fools out of the people fighting him.
  • Obsolete Mentor: By the time Vegeta and Nappa invaded Earth, the only meaning to Kami's existence is to keep the Dragon Balls working. Something he is very aware of.
  • Obstructive Code of Conduct: Part of his role of Guardian of Earth means that he must not interfere with human history, leaving mortals to decide their own fates. The only exception is King Piccolo, who he can't directly fight since his life is linked with him, and Mr. Popo refuses to fight Piccolo since he doesn't want to cause Kami any harm.
  • Physical God: Mostly in the title, but he is the God of Earth.
    • Until Z. He was the strongest character in the series until Goku and Piccolo Jr surpasses him during the 23rd Martial Arts Tournament and even then he easily beat Yamcha and Yajirobe without really trying. He remained stronger than most of the cast until the beginning of the Saiyan Saga in which he trained the Z-Fighters to surpass him.
    • To bring this home, he actually possesses a human as to not cause alarm in the 23rd Tenka'ichi Budokai, and even after easily defeating Yamcha, and fighting Piccolo, he explicitly states that using a human body made him weaker. Though, he still claims that even if he'd fought Piccolo without doing that, he'd still be no match for him.
  • Renowned Selective Mentor: Being the Guardian of the Earth, aka god, he rarely takes students and when he does it's under abnormal circumstances. He trains Goku because he is the only person able to beat Piccolo outside of himself and Mr. Popo. He can't kill Piccolo without killing himself and Mr. Popo won't do anything that will bring harm to Kami. He then trains the other Z-Fighters because the Saiyans were coming to wipe out all life on Earth and they needed every strong fighter that they could get their hands on.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: As stated in the King Piccolo Saga, he had originally created the Dragon Balls to serve as a symbol of hope for humanity, but the exact opposite happened as humans only wanted to use the Dragon Balls for their own selfish purposes; thus, after King Piccolo destroyed Shenron, Kami initially chose to just let Shenron stay dead. It is seeing Goku's love for his friends, as well as his valiant efforts against Piccolo, that convinces Kami there are still good people in the world.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: In the Ocean-dubbed version, he does it when getting fused by Piccolo.
  • Supernatural Sealing: In the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, Kami attempts to use the Mafuba against Piccolo Jr., who uses a "reverse Mafuba" in response. Being the stronger of the two, Piccolo Jr. wins the resulting Beam-O-War and captures Kami in a bottle. Goku manages to retrieve the bottle and free Kami. No one dies as a result of using the technique.
  • Telepathy: He can talk to people through his mind. He uses this to communicate with King Kai during the Frieza Saga.
  • Troll: His entire fighting style as Hero is this along with being Obfuscating Stupidity. He defeats his opponents in the most ungraceful and humiliating way possible, including allowing Yamcha to slam his nuts into his head. He only drops the act when fighting Yamcha since he saw him as too talented to let him lose in embarrassment.

    Dende 

Dende (デンデ)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Tomiko Suzuki (Kid, Teen; Z), Hiromi Tsuru (Kid; video games up to 2008), Hiro Yuki (Adult; Z), Aya Hirano (Kai, Super)
Kid Dende voiced by (English): Ceyli Delgadillo (Z; originally), Laura Bailey (Z; remastered, Movie 6, and video games up to 2008), Maxey Whitehead (Kai and video games from 2011 onward) (Funimation dub); Andrew Francis (Z Season 2 and Z ep. 159), Dillon Moen (Most of Z Season 4), Peter Kelamis (Z ep. 166 in a flashback) (Ocean dub); Paul Bandey (AB Groupe/"Big Green" dub)
Teen/Adult Dende voiced by (English): Justin Cook (Funimation dub); Dillon Moen (Z), Jeffrey Watson (GT) (Ocean/Blue Water dub); Michelle Ruff (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia dub of Super)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Irwin Daayán (Z, GT and Kai), Javier Olguín (Battle of Gods ownwards)

A Namekian child who befriends Gohan and Krillin during their quest for the Dragon Balls of his planet. Later, after Kami merges with Piccolo, he becomes the new Kami of Earth to make sure the Dragon Balls stay active on the planet.


  • Action Survivor: Although he dies (briefly) by Frieza's hand, Dende is notable for being one of the handful of characters to survive the entirety of the Buu saga (thanks to Popo throwing him off of the Lookout during Buu's rampage there, and Goku and Kibitoshin saving him via Instant Transmission just before the Earth was destroyed). Of those who regularly appeared throughout the saga, the only others to match him were Hercule and Supreme Kai. Fortuneteller Baba is another case, though she appeared far less frequently.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: While his brother Cargo is never explicitly stated as his twin, he still had to witness Cargo being murdered and was unsurprisingly shocked with this.
  • Big Brother Worship: To Nail, and later Piccolo after Piccolo fused with the former.
  • Big Good: He tries to become this after he takes the position as Guardian of the Earth. But he's hindered by his lack of experience and doesn't have the power to fight on the front lines with the rest of the heroes. He often defers to Piccolo or Goku when trying to make a tough decision.
  • Big "NO!": Upon seeing why Super Buu's Human Extinction Attack is titled as such. When all is said and done, he collapses in anguish.
  • The Bus Came Back: He returns to replace Kami and restore the Earth's Dragon Balls.
  • The Cameo: He appears in a filler scene on New Namek during the Perfect Cell Saga consorting with Grand Elder Moori about sensing the titular villain's power and how it poses a threat to the entire universe.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The fact that he and Mr. Satan are the only other survivors of Earth's destruction by Kid Buu's hand aside from Goku and Vegeta becomes significant when he (with some convincing from Goku) makes the final compassionate decision that would reshape the course of the franchise: using his powers to heal a barely living Majin Buu.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Dende is one of the nicest characters in the Dragon Ball multiverse and he didn't have a single snarky bone in his body... until he met Mr. Satan and had to put up with his antics. It helps that at this point his dub voice actor was Justin Cook.
    Mr. Satan: Hey! How come Boo’s still alive?! I’m out of ammo!! I can’t finish him off!
  • Early-Bird Cameo: We see Dende in his position as Kami in Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler. The kicker? That movie came out months before Dende became Kami in the manga.
  • Family Theme Naming: Dende, Nail, Cargo, Moori, are all named after snails and are siblings since they are all children of the Eldest Namek.
  • God Job: Dende doesn't have the fighting skills to protect the Earth but he does have the knowledge to create dragons, so he got the job.
  • Good Is Not Soft: If he wasn't pressured by Krillin and reminded that Vegeta was their best hope of standing up to Frieza, he would have left the mortally wounded Vegeta to bleed out.
  • Healing Hands: The reason why the Z Warriors heal up and why he's killed in the Frieza Saga.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Gohan and Krillin during and after their adventures on Namek.
  • Incompletely Trained: While his version of Shenron is stronger than Kami's, he does not have the centuries of knowledge and experience that the latter has and basically has to learn how to be Kami while on the job.
  • Kill the Cutie: During the Frieza arc. He is mercilessly killed by Frieza once he learns that Dende can heal.
  • Last of His Kind: Very briefly, but still.
  • The Medic: During the Frieza Saga, due to his healing powers. Unfortunately, Frieza eventually notices this and reacts appropriately.
  • Moe Couplet: With Gohan. Dende's the only kid Gohan is seen interacting with, and they are so cuuuute. Especially watching Dende go from very timid and shy to looking up to Gohan as a lifelong friend throughout the show.
  • Morality Pet: Very close to Piccolo. It makes sense in that Piccolo fused with Nail, who was a sort of Big Brother Mentor to Dende.
  • Murder by Inaction: After Vegeta takes a mortal wound from Krillin as part of a plan to have Dende heal him and receive a Zenkai boost, Dende initially refuses to do so and is fully prepared to let Vegeta die since Vegeta was just as evil as Frieza and had killed numerous Namekians himself. Ultimately averted when Gohan, Krillin, and Piccolo persuade him to do so since they need Vegeta to stand a chance against Frieza.
  • Nice Guy: Even after becoming Guardian of Earth, he sometimes lets others call him by name instead of his title (Kami-sama). Piccolo sometimes disagrees with this, such as seen in Battle of Gods.
  • Non-Action Guy: One of the only main ones in the series.
  • Physical God: He's only this in name, but he is, effectively, Earth's God.
  • Put on a Bus: After the Frieza Saga ended, he left with his fellow Namekians to find a new planet after Frieza destroyed Namek.
  • Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: Since Vegeta was just as evil and cruel as Frieza, and just as responsible for the Namekians' genocide, Dende initially refuses to help him and is fully prepared to walk away and let him bleed out when he pulls off his Deliberate Injury Gambit. He ultimately gives in and does so when Piccolo, Krillin, and Gohan point out that they need Vegeta's help if they expect to have any chance at beating Frieza.
  • Shoot the Medic First: And holy crap, Frieza did.
  • Sole Survivor: He was the sole survivor of the Namekian genocide until Frieza killed him.
  • Squishy Wizard: Despite his magical abilities, he's implied to be physically weaker than Mr. Satan, as Goku considers fusing with the latter to be a better option.
  • Superior Successor: Dende's Shenron is a lot stronger than Kami's Shenron. Especially so when Dende reveals he can power up Shenron with water, which Kami never hinted to be possible.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He did this twice toward Piccolo;
    • When Piccolo orders him to heal a dying Vegeta during the final battle with Frieza, Dende angrily reminds him that Vegeta is just as responsible for their people's genocide as Frieza is. He calms down when Piccolo points out how outclassed they are, but he's still pretty pissed.
    • He gives Piccolo another one after he tells Buu to kill everyone on the planet before he could fight Gotenks.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: More of an indirect example than most, but after Buu destroys the Earth, Vegeta calls Goku out on making an effort to save Dende and Hercule, as it resulted in them leaving behind their sons (and Piccolo), who were all subsequently killed in the explosion. Granted, it's hard to blame Goku for that specifically, as Hercule and Dende were on the way to the drop-off point, and Vegeta (who hadn't stopped to grab them) likely wouldn't have been able to make it to the boys anyway. However, given the circumstances, it's also hard to call Vegeta out on this, as shown when Dende can do nothing but offer a meek "sorry" as an apology.
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    Mr. Satan/Hercule 

    Videl 

Videl (ビーデル, Biideru)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Yuko Minaguchi (Z, GT), Shino Kakinuma (Kai)
Voiced by (English): Kara Edwards (Z, Kai, DBS), Susan Huber (GT), Brina Palencia (Super DBZ video game) (Funimation dub); Moneca Stori (Z), Jennifer Holder (GT) (Ocean/Blue Water dub); Erika Harlacher (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia dub in Super)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Carola Vázquez (current voice), Mónica Manjarrez (Z ep. 200)
Voiced by (French): Brigitte Lecordier (Z), Jennifer Fauveau (Kai, Super)
Voiced by (Italian): Cinzia Massironi

"I can't go out like this... I'm the daughter of Mr. Satan!"

Mr. Satan's daughter and Gohan's girlfriend who became his wife. She is introduced as a crimefighter who far surpasses her father in strength. When a teenage Gohan appears on the scene as the "Gold Fighter" and then Saiyaman, she grows suspicious and eventually manages to find out Gohan's secret. However, the more she gets to know him, the more she falls for him and the rest is history from there.


  • A Day in the Limelight: Broly – Second Coming has her joining Gohan, Goten, and Trunks as the main heroes saving the day. Wrath of the Dragon also focuses on her and Gohan in the beginning half.
  • Adaptational Badass: As far as ki goes, she only really learns how to fly in the series proper. In some of the fighting games, however, she can learn basic Ki Blasts, as well as, in the case of Xenoverse 2, the game's general, all-purpose Super Kamehameha.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: She starts to fall for Gohan after she finds out he's the Great Saiyaman (and after he starts teaching her how to fly). Incidentally, he is the only boy on the planet that is a better martial artist than she is.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Although she has friends, she prefers to act alone while fighting crime and doesn't take the presence of Saiyanman kindly. She is also cold and distrusting of Gohan when he first went to school. Later, this is implied to be a coping mechanism for her personal insecurity being the daughter of a celebrity.
  • Always Second Best: Played for Laughs with Goten during flying practice. While Videl is a fast learner, Goten completely outshines her, much to her frustration. Gohan had to tell Goten to tone it down so Videl would stop being jealous.
  • Anger Born of Worry: It's shown after she reunited with Gohan after Kid Buu is killed.
  • Badass Adorable: Cheekily pointed out by Krillin to Gohan:
    Krillin: Mr. Satan's daughter, eh? She's so cute, you'd never guess. So Gohan, when are the wedding bells gonna toll, boy?
    Gohan: Oh come on, Uncle Krillin! It's not like that! We're not even dating!
  • Badass Normal: By ki-ignorant, normal human standards, she's one of the best fighters on Earth (still an ant by Z-fighter standards, but credit where credit is due).
  • Battle Couple: With Gohan as Saiyawoman at the end of the Z series and in movies.
  • Blackmail: She blackmails Gohan by threatening him to enter the tournament lest she reveals his secrets to his classmates. Thankfully, she doesn't and even joins in on his superhero career.
  • Blue Is Heroic: She wears a teal suit as the Great Saiyawoman while fighting crime.
  • Boyish Short Hair: After she cuts it, due to Gohan's request.
  • Brainy Brunette: She does well in school, and can instantly discover Gohan's identity as the golden-haired fighter with ease.
  • Chickification: This is mostly Depending on the Writer (see the entry below)
    • Played straight for the most part in GT, where she is barely present beyond scenes establishing her as Gohan's wife and/or Pan's mother. However, one Played for Laughs moment where she tries dressing up as Great Saiyawoman again and joins Chi-Chi in going to take on Super 17, only to arrive at the battlefield too late, shows that she's still got it deep down.
    • Also played straight in Super. While it seems like she's completely mellowed since Z, this is only because she's become comfortable expressing herself to her husband, friends, and family, and no longer has anything to prove to others, including being the best in martial arts. Yet when Barry Khan tries to implicate Gohan as cheating on her, she sees right through it and calmly tears him down with words. Considering how easily she flew later in that same episode, she likely could've floored him then and there had she wished but chose the high road. Plus at the same time, anyone who's been a parent knows child-raising is a full-time responsibility; it's hard to balance martial-arts training with this (Just ask Goku!).
  • Cute Bruiser: Good-looking and capable of taking down most normal humans with little effort.
  • Cry into Chest: After the fight with Kid Buu, she does this to Gohan during their reunion.
  • Daddy's Girl: Mr. Satan at least thinks so. On her part, it's quite subverted. Though in the tournament arc she is shown to have a lot of pride at being Satan's daughter, seeing him as a great fighter.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Mr. Satan didn't take too kindly to Videl being awfully close to Gohan (as Saiyaman). Subverted eventually, as it's shown Gohan eventually won him over, even to the point where Mr. Satan subsidized Gohan and Videl's marital home.
  • A Day in the Limelight: She has a huge role in the movie "Broly Second Coming."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not often, but she can have her moments. One of the biggest examples would be during Wrath of the Dragon, where she's extremely suspicious and dismissive of Hoi in contrast to Gohan who's more willing to give him a chance.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: More so in the anime, in which she is portrayed as more bitchy initially but, around the time of her haircut, starts to act nicer toward Gohan. After getting married to Gohan, Videl reserves this attitude only to people she is very uncomfortable with.
  • Demoted to Extra: After Z. Justified along the same lines as Krillin and Yamcha. She's a normal human and so she can't keep up with the superpowered aliens.
  • Demoted to Satellite Love Interest: She's introduced as an Audience Surrogate at the start of the Buu saga, her budding romance with Gohan is given a lot of development, and she has a brutal fight with Spopovich that actually gets more attention than Goku and Vegeta's long-awaited rematch does later in the story. Then the Z-Fighters go to fight Babidi, and she has no further plot relevance beyond being Gohan's girlfriend (later wife).
  • Depending on the Writer: When written by Toriyama (the manga, Battle of Gods), she is tomboyish with a quick temper who is not afraid of expressing her feelings. When written by Toei animation (the anime filler episodes, GT, Super etc) she is less angry and behaves more more like a proper lady. This is notable when one compares her characterization in the movie and anime adaptation of Batle of Gods. In the movie version, she is embarrassed by the drunken antics and ego of Mr. Satan, to the point that she yells at him in public, while, in the anime adaptation, she behaves very sweetly and when she finds Goku's comments offensive, she only mildly protests.
  • Determinator: She won't stop fighting Spopovich until her very limits. It's a bit deconstructed, as because of her determination to beat him and prove herself a good fighter, she ends up getting brutalized and tortured, it gets to the point when she decides to call it quits, she's too slow to escape and gets beaten down even more.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: She throws a crystal at Broly! It was done to distract Broly from killing Gohan. Regardless, very admirable.
  • Dub Name Change: Her superhero identity of Great Saiyaman 2 became Great Saiyawoman in the English dub because the original name doesn't translate well. After all, she isn't a man.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: She is a highly skilled and strong martial artist who can take down people bigger and more muscular than she is. She then gets Ki training from Gohan and learns to fly.
  • Fair Cop: She fits the position nicely, given her good looks and the fact that her job is actually being a crime fighter.
  • Family Theme Naming: Her name is an anagram for "devil" and she's the daughter of Mr. Satan. Although 'Mr. Satan' is just his stage name, his real name Mark or Maaku in Japanese becomes an anagram for Akuma (Devil/demon). On the flipside of that, her late mother was named Miguel, Spanish for "Michael" (the name of one of the biblical archangels), and has a similar phonetic cadence as "Videl". One could say Videl's name is a fitting and clever blend of both parents' names. Also, while probably unintentional, her name is a near homonym with "victual" which goes along with the Son family's Edible Theme Naming.
  • Fearless Fool: Sometimes. Videl charges into battle and picks fights with opponents she knows she can't defeat highlights include Broly and Hirudegarn. She drops this by Super.
  • Girliness Upgrade: She became a lot less tomboyish in Battle of Gods and Super. Although this could be attributed to her recent marriage and motherhood, by the epilogue of Z when Pan is a toddler, she's dressing less girly but not quite tomboyish either, lying more firmly in the middle.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She was introduced with her hair in pigtails, and they were her only feminine trait at the time. She cut them off at Gohan's recommendation (he said short hair would be more practical for martial arts).
  • Girly Bruiser: Wears some fancy dresses and styles her hair yet can take down muggers on Earth quickly.
  • Good Parents: She's a wonderful stay-at-home mother and adores her daughter Pan.
  • Happily Married: To Gohan by the time of Super. There's a lot of scenes about their happy domestic family life.
  • Heroic Lineage: She is the daughter of Mr. Satan, the savior of Earth and the universe.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Although she's actually better than him, she told Gohan that Hercule would probably beat her in a sparring match. Justified because she genuinely didn't know she's a Superior Successor.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Becomes this with Gohan after the events of the Buu Saga. They eventually marry and have a little girl together.
  • Housewife: After Kid Buu's defeat and starting a family with Gohan, she's more focused on raising Pan than martial arts (but she still does them). She later sheds this in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, starting up her own martial arts dojo, which can keep her busy outside of home.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The top of her head barely reaches Gohan's mid-back; her shoulders are level with his waist. Not only is Videl short, but Gohan is also tall.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: This trope is the main reason she trains so hard because she wants to be as powerful as her father who supposedly defeated Cell and was already strong enough to be asked for help from the police. When she discovers Gohan's secret identity, she stalks him until he teaches her how to fly (with Goten who by the way hilariously surpassed her) and uses her chi like the z warriors. After this, she became the third most powerful Earthling woman in the series (after 18 and Chi-Chi). Discovering Gohan and his friends actually far surpass her father has Videl later drop this.
  • Important Haircut: We first see that she's warming up to Gohan when he tells her that short hair suits a warrior better and she thinks he likes short-haired girls. The next day she shows up with her Girlish Pigtails cut off.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: How she confirmed her suspicions about the Great Saiyaman's true identity in the manga.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Gohan who is a half-Saiyan. They eventually get married.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: During her "fight" with Spopovich. Videl realizes she's way out of her league and allows herself to be thrown out of the ring; however, Spopovich grabs her in mid-air and tosses her right back in so he can continue beating her senseless.
  • The Law of Conservation of Detail: She's the only character to be significantly redesigned in Battle of Gods, while even Goten and Trunks still have their kid designs despite being several years older, you'd think she's unusually important and she's the final piece to unlocking Goku's Super Sayian God form.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She used to be an arrogant jerk toward Gohan when she first met him. But, after getting to know him better, she turns out to be much nicer than before.
  • Jerkass to One: Normally, Videl is a very morally good person and is all for saving civilians. She's extremely dismissive of Hoi in Wrath of the Dragon, even telling him to jump off the building he's on when she and Gohan are supposed to be saving him. That said, she has every right to be critical of him.
  • Killed Offscreen: Played straight in the manga when Super Buu turns the majority of the Z-Fighters into candy and all we see is Goku's horrified reaction in the Realm of the Kais. Averted in the anime however when we see a terrifying Shadow Discretion Shot of her and the others (except Krillin's family) being changed and devoured.
  • Leg Focus: In certain scenes, the camera tends to focus on her legs. Though this is normally seen when she has spandex, a skirt, or actual shorts on.
  • Let Me at Him!: She tries to save Gohan from Spopovich and Yamu, but Goku has to hold her back. This solidifies her badass status, as she had, only a few minutes earlier, getting the hell beat out of her by Spopovich, yet she still wants to help. Better yet, unlike a Saiyan, she doesn't get stronger after healing from fatal attacks.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's got low ki control and no superpowers, but is very physically strong and tough for a normal human. Probably would've made it to the World Martial Arts Tournament semi-finals, if she'd been born 20 years earlier.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Initially in the Majin Buu arc, most noticeably at the tournament where Gohan goes out of his way to try and stop her from finding out about the Saiyans and other aliens. Completely averts this after the Buu arc and joining the Z fighters.
  • Made of Iron: She was able to take a beating from Spopovich, which could have killed any regular human being.
  • Mirror Character: Definitely with Chi-Chi, which is why they quickly get along. Both have dark hair and pale skin. Both lost their mothers at an early age and were raised by their fathers. Both women are the sheltered beautiful daughters of heavily-built rich men with heavy facial hair. Both have initially overprotective fathers who ease off later. Both are somewhat socially insecure in their youth. Both Chi-Chi and Videl are headstrong tomboy martial artists who happen to marry a Saiyan. Both women retire from martial arts after marriage. Both even mellow out similarly after some tension with their future husbands when first interacting with them.
  • Missing Mom: She once angrily remarks that "ever since Mom died, Dad uses his fame and championship to sleep around with different women every day!" (Though some media changes the "died" for "left.")
  • Nice Girl: Eventually mellows out into this. But only if you don't annoy her.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Is on the receiving end of an absolutely savage one at the hands of Spopovich once he stops holding back; Spopovich goes so far as to stomp on her head until she's literally crying from the pain. It's only because of Yamu ordering Spopovich to stop and ring her out that Videl got out alive.
  • Perky Goth: During Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (and the corresponding saga in Dragon Ball Super) she's become more fashion-conscious, trading in her plain shirts and gym shorts for a red dress with a black devil's face on it and her hair is more stylized. She really stands out compared to her nerdy husband and the other more conventional-looking women. By the epilogue of Z, however, she's taken on a more mature style, although maintaining the red color.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She's this until she mellows out. In short, when she has the pigtails she's usually frowning, but when she cuts her hair short she's a lot more prone to smiling.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Despite her size, she only comes up to Gohan's chest, she can apparently lift more weights than Sharpner with ease.
  • Pregnant Badass: A downplayed example in Dragon Ball Super. Although she doesn't do any fighting, she does talk down an angry god of destruction, then becomes the first and only known full-blooded human to turn Super Saiyan by channeling her unborn daughter's power.
  • Secret-Keeper: Of the blackmailing kind initially after she learns that Gohan was the Great Saiyaman. She then later finds out that Gohan is the gold fighter and the person who actually killed Cell seven years ago. By the end of the Buu Saga, she becomes an official member of the group along with her father.
  • Silk Hiding Steel:
    • She may have become a sweet and gentle housewife six years after the defeat of Majin Buu, but Videl's strength of character has if anything become even more formidable. This is best exemplified by her reaction to Barry trying to blackmail her into sleeping with him with photos of Gohan being on the receiving end of a chaste and innocent kiss. Whereas Videl the Tomboy would have smashed Barry's teeth out (and she no doubt still could) for this insult, Videl the Mother told Barry with firm-dignity without even raising her voice that she believes in her husband, and calmly asks him to leave her house, soundly defeating the creep without so much as a clenched fist. Truth in Television - an overwhelming majority of martial artists would rather defuse a confrontation with words rather than violence.
    • Yuko Minaguchi brought a wonderfully convincing performance of the "kind but strong mother" that she has spent the last two decades perfecting with roles like the equally-adorable mom Akiko Minase of Kanon to this scene. She gives a little speech about this when talking to Chi-Chi about Pan's future, saying that while she always liked girly things, she's also always loved Martial Arts too and considers both to be important parts of her life, and she would be fine with Pan growing up to be a fighter too.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Part of the reason Videl fell in love with Gohan is that, unlike her father, he was much more humble when it came to how strong he was.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: With a single deal with Gohan, Videl single-handedly kicks off the chain of events that lead to the Buu Saga: Gohan wasn't interested in participating in the World Martial Arts Tournament until Videl prodded him into it after learning that he was the son of Goku, the legendary (within the martial arts community) fighter who was the champion before her father. This would lead to the Z-Fighters reuniting at the Tournament (including Goku himself, despite being dead) and meeting Babidi's minions Yamu and Spopovich, and the Supreme Kai.
  • Snark Knight: Videl as the Great Saiyaman 2, especially in contrast to Gohan's genuine but over-the-top enthusiasm. Her total indifference and constant snark when dealing with Hoi's Wounded Gazelle Gambit makes the scene increasingly hilarious, with her mocking him when he's pretending he'll jump from a skyscraper, flying while in annoyed poses and "attempting" to fix the music box (read: glancing at it for two seconds) before simply tossing it away like garbage.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She comes from a rich family, but she's still a good girl.
  • Superior Successor: Even before she trains with Gohan she was stronger than her dad. Mr. Satan seems to suspect this, which is why he refuses to train with her.
  • Teens Are Short: She is listed as 1.57 meters (5'2), just a little taller than Krillin.
  • Theme Naming: Videl is an anagram for "devil" keeping with the theme that her father is Mr. Satan.
  • Tomboy: Loves martial arts. She even cut her hair to make herself a more effective fighter per Gohan's advice. Though initially, she thought Gohan liked girls with short hair better, even blushes at his suggestion.
  • Tomboyness Upgrade: Videl is a Tsundere girl who has a streak for martial arts who feels something for her classmate Son Gohan. When they became a couple, she replaced the Girlish Pigtails and the skirt for a Boyish Short Hair and pants, also becoming more serious with martial arts and even learning the ki attacks of the other Z-Warriors. Averted when Videl became a mother in GT and Super, where she got the Girliness Upgrade with the long hair and more feminine clothes.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: While she wears pants under her skirt when fighting, she seems quite comfortable in mini skirts and dresses, especially after starting to date Gohan. She sums it up well in one episode of Super, saying she enjoys feminine things and Martial Arts and sees no problems with this.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the Battle of Gods saga of Dragon Ball Super, while she doesn't really fight, she gets the distinction of being the first pure-blooded human to go Super Saiyan (thanks to being pregnant with the 1/4 Saiyan Pan), even if it was temporary. Also, in Dragon Ball Xenoverse, her Ki knowledge has gotten to a point where she can shoot standard Ki blasts.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At least towards Gohan who she stalked and bullied before falling in love with him.
  • The Tooth Hurts: In the manga, she clearly has some teeth broken after getting kneed in the face by Spopovich during his No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. It's healed up thanks to the Senzu beans.
  • Tsundere: Type A. Despite being a crime fighter she's usually cold to others, but usually warmer to Gohan. Especially after he starts training her in flight. Switches fully into type B by the time of Super.
  • Undying Loyalty: When Barry tries to blackmail Gohan by showing a photo of Cocoa kissing him into perceiving Gohan as if he cheats on Videl, she refused to believe it is true and knows that Gohan isn't the type of person to do this.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She is Mr. Satan's daughter and she is quite the looker. Even Krillin lampshades this trope.
  • Uptown Girl: For Gohan, who grew up in the mountains and is socially awkward at times while she comes from a rich family.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The Serious Child to Hercule's Wacky Parent. While her father usually acts silly, she is usually laid-back most of the time.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Back in the original Dragon Ball, flying was considered a very advanced technique. Goku didn't learn it until the very end of the series. Videl learns it in ten days after she first learns that ki even exists. Case in point, she managed to defeat Spopovich initially (though she went too far and would have killed him had he not been magically enhanced) and only lost because she was unprepared for someone to be that severely augmented with ki.
  • When She Smiles: More noticeable in the Great Saiyaman and World Tournament sagas. She gives off a very cold demeanor throughout a lot of her interactions with people, but when she starts her training with Gohan, we see her start to lighten up and blush, showcasing a surprising warmth and vulnerability. The focus the animation gives to her bright, wide-eyed, blue eyes probably helps as well.
  • You Just Told Me: Manga-only, where Videl figures out Gohan is Saiyaman in about three seconds. The anime took a bit longer, and only because an identical cut from Saiyaman was on Gohan.

    Pan 

Pan (パン)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Yuko Minaguchi, Shino Kakinuma (Kai)
Baby Pan voiced by (English): Jeannie Tirado
3-year-old Pan voiced by (English): Jeannie Tirado
5-year-old Pan voiced by (English): Susan Huber (Z), Kate Bristol (GT flashbacks), Elise Baughman (Kai) (Funimation dub); Brenna O'Brien (Ocean dub); Caitlynne Medrek (GT flashbacks) (Blue Water dub)
10-year-old Pan voiced by (English): Elise Baughman (Funimation dub); Caitlynne Medrek (Blue Water dub); Lia Sargent (GT - Final Bout)
Old Pan voiced by (English): Elise Baughman (Funimation dub); Mariette Sluyter (Blue Water dub); Mirabelle Kirkland (AB Groupe/"Big Green" dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Circe Luna (current voice), Ángela Villanueva (Old)
Voiced by (Hebrew): Shira Naor
Voiced by (French): Julie Turin
Voiced by (Italian): Federica Valenti

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.


  • Action Girl: At the tender age of three as seen in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, she is already a Cute Bruiser who can easily overpower the average human being, and she even managed to hold Dr. Gero hostage in GT.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: As bratty as her GT counterpart was, the Xenoverse games portray this version of her largely as a friendly, enthusiastic, and patient mentor to the player.
  • Aesop Amnesia: No matter how many times in GT Pan nearly dies or gets captured as a result of her jumping into things without thinking, she'll be sure to do it again a few episodes later regardless of what anyone says.
  • 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 a 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 GT is supposed to be a Continuity Nod to the Great Saiyaman's bandanna, as it's the same orange color. This doesn't work since the anime version of the Majin Buu saga (and most adaptations) makes the bandanna white, losing the reference.
  • Badass Adorable: Like everyone else in the Son bloodline, she's a cute little kid who can crush bones. Doubly so as an adorable baby in Super since she can fly and control ki.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In GT, she wears a midriff despite being only ten.
  • Berserk Button: Never make fun of her eyebrows.
  • Boisterous Weakling: In GT, she's admittedly strong for her age, but pales in comparison to her allies and foes alike which results in her getting swatted like a fly more often than not.
  • 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. Though this remains largely an Informed Attribute, as she never scores a victory without someone else contributing
    • 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. Best shown in Super Hero where she easily takes down a guy ten times her size despite being only 3 and a half years old.
  • 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.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In GT, she finds herself constantly being belittled by her family and friends, which leads to her wanting to prove herself at multiple points in the series.
  • 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.
  • Faux Action Girl: Despite being the main character alongside Goku in GT, Pan is largely delegated to the Damsel in Distress role, oftentimes making the situation worse because of her inability to properly protect herself. The amount of victories she has against adversaries is enough to count on one hand and still have fingers left over, and the amount of victories she has without the help of anyone else brings that number to one.
  • 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. In GT, she gets worse, yelling at nearly everybody for things that aren't their fault.
  • 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.
  • Informed Attribute: It's claimed in extra materials she could transform, but there's nothing in the series that even hints this as being possible, especially with her poor performance.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Pan in GT is moody, disrespectful, selfish, and bratty- a far cry from when she was younger. But she can be rather nice, she is firmly on the side of good, and she wants to do her best to help her friends and family.
  • 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. Perhaps at least partially explained by her Saiyan ancestry, as Saiyans age at more or less half the speed of humans.
  • 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.
  • Shorttank: Combination of Tomboy, Action Girl, and Bare Your Midriff.
  • Superior Successor: To Hercule. She is much stronger than her father or Goten as children. Even in GT where she never went Super Saiyan, she takes out the Red Ribbon Army 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. Unfortunately, she falls flat when it comes to Gohan/Goku's lineage.
  • 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 Daimaō, 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 planet's marriage rituals, she said she admired the dress. She also enjoys sweets and takes offense over her bad cooking.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Her aged appearance in the last episode of GT comes with the addition of Pan being kinder, happier, and much more respectful towards other people.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: According to "Piccoyo" (Piccolo), 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 in 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.
  • Younger than They Look: Very downplayed. But she looks and acts like a young teen, but she's not even 13 by the time GT starts.

Alternative Title(s): Dragon Ball Master Roshi, Dragon Ball Yamcha, Dragon Ball Chi Chi, Dragon Ball Videl, Dragon Ball Tien Shinhan

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