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Red Ribbon Army (レッドリボン軍, Reddo Ribon Gun)

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An evil organization headed by Commander Red. They get wind of the Dragon Balls and use any means to collect them, including taking innocent life. Goku practically decimates them by himself after they get in his way one too many times.


     The Army in General 
  • Armies Are Evil: A textbook example. They're more like a terrorist organization or a very resourceful crime syndicate than a conventional military faction.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Despite the heavy comedic focus of early "Dragon Ball", the Red Ribbon Army was the first major threat that came close to killing Goku. And despite the main army being wiped out, its remnants go on causing more trouble for the heroes, even 40 years later.
  • The Cameo: Several of their members including Staff Officer Black, General Blue, Major Metallitron, Captain Yellow, and Captain Dark make appearances in GT when past villains escape from Hell as part of an evil scheme hatched by Dr. Gero conspiring with Dr. Myu. The latter four chase Mr. Satan through the streets until Pan comes to the rescue and easily kills them all. They later all appear with the latter in the Other World awaiting their return to Hell and Black, Blue, and Metallitron (plus the Saiyan Nappa) are later shown to run into Piccolo after he helps liberate Goku from the dimension.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: Almost every major member of the army is named after a color, the exceptions being Captain Dark (as some official sources imply that his name is actually pronounced as "Dock," as in the structure ships stop at) and Dr. Gero (who was created years after the rest of the characters).
  • Dirty Coward: Honor is a pretty rare quality among the ranks of the RR. They prefer to dispose of their victims in sneaky, brutal ways, and when things don't go their way, they turn tail and run.
  • The Dreaded: They were known as the most powerful and evil army in the world. Their influence was so vast that Bulma said that the real military could do nothing against them. Goku's friends were fearful for his life once they learned he was going to storm the Red Ribbon Army Base.
  • Ephebophile: Two of the army's grunts corner Bulma and make it clear they plan to gang-rape her, even when she tells them she's only 16.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: They hire homosexuals, cyborgs, animal people, and women, but to Red, they're all expendable.
  • Evil Army: The first of two evil organizations in the series to feature a large variety of villains in its roster, they are the weaker one as the latter in Z are an intergalactic planet ring ruled by a psychotic monster of a Bad Boss.
  • Evil Is Petty: Red's goal is to use the balls to grow taller; understandably, Black kills him because he has ordered death for failure and many of their men had died for a pathetic desire.
  • The Ghost: There's a few brief mentions of "General Copper", who is apparently a very high-ranking official on the same level as Blue and White, but he's never actually seen. There's also a Brown Squadron/Bronze Company that shows up during Silver's tenure (only mentioned in the manga) plus in the army's Image Song, but Brown himself doesn't appear in any capacity.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Despite being wiped out by the time of Z, the legacy Red Ribbon Army lives on in the form of Dr. Gero, the Androids and Cell.
  • Mooks: The average soldier within the army. Even an average-level martial artist can take them down.
  • Mook Horror Show: What Goku subjects them to when he invades their base. Nothing they did could slow him down. They shot him with snipers, shot rockets at him, brought out tanks and jets, and Goku easily took them out. It got to the point that soldiers chose to run and risk execution instead of fighting Goku.
  • Mook Mobile: A lot of them ride helicopters or other vehicles. This doesn't seem to help their survival rate as Goku typically explodes helicopters (presumably killing the pilot); in comparison, Foot Soldiers are almost always just knocked out by Goku.
  • N.G.O. Superpower: They have vast resources and technology, having such things as tanks, aircraft, submarines, androids, and Mini-Mecha. At one point, Bulma states outright that Earth's actual military doesn't stand a chance against them and that the Daizenshuu states were responsible for producing 16% of the world's vehicles.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: General Blue's soldiers wear the uniform. Though as mentioned above, they entirely believe in Equal-Opportunity Evil. Oh, and just like the Nazis (and to a slightly lesser extent, the Soviets),note  they also intend to find magical occult items (in this case, the Dragon Balls) to further their plans of world conquest.
  • Post-Final Boss: After General Blue (their strongest soldier, and the only one actually capable of fighting Goku) gets defeated and Goku defeats Tao Pai Pai (the world's most feared assassin, hired specifically to take care of Goku), pretty much everyone else left in the army at this point is one for him.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Dr. Gero was their head scientist and said by canon materials to be the one who built their weaponry, including Android 8. We never see or hear of him, or know he exists at all, until the Android Saga, yet he's apparently well known among scientists like the Briefs family.
  • The Remnant: Decades after the destruction of the Army at Goku's hands, several smaller groups try to either resurrect or avenge the original organization, which is now long defunct.
    • By the time of Z, Dr. Gero and his Androids are technically this. Gero, being one of the army's founding members, tries to continue the cause, though with a heavy focus on killing Goku, partly because Gero wants revenge because Goku is responsible for the Army's defeat in the original Dragon Ball, though it's also out of practicality since Goku would likely interfere anyway. In both Trunks' timeline and in the regular timeline, his plans are a bit too effective in so many ways, but Gero never lives to see it happen. It's not drawn attention to, outside of Yamcha's initial encounter with Gero and #19, but the Red Ribbon Army iconography is notable on all of Gero's androids except Cell.
    • In Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero it's revealed that the original army's legal front, Red pharmaceutics, survived the terrorist militia's downfall and has been working towards rebuilding the army.
    • A faction of the Red Ribbon Army established by Gero serves as the main antagonist of Dragon Ball Fighter Z, even if it's basically just Android 21 at that point.
    • In a distant future shown in Dragon Ball Online a successor faction called the "Red Pants Army" eventually rose to replace the Red Ribbon Army, adopting much of their iconography.
    • Attack of the Saiyans also features a Remnant of Red Ribbon Army Soldiers​ lead by General White as minor antagonists for the Z Fighters to deal with during the one-year time period between Raditz's defeat and the arrival of the other Saiyans.
  • Reused Character Design: Commander Red and Staff Officer Black doppelgangers later cameo in Z as a director and producer of a Great Saiyaman film. In fact, almost every high-ranking Red Ribbon officer's design has been recycled once or twice across the various media of the Dragon Ball franchise.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: After Black's defeat, the rest of the Red Ribbon Army scatters. And even before Black's defeat most of the army started running, even when they were threatened with execution.
  • Take Over the World: Why they are after the dragon balls. Commander Red's real goal is just to become taller.
  • Villain Song: Red Ribbon Army.
  • You Have Failed Me: The standard military code of the Red Ribbon Army is this—and they have an extremely broad definition of "failure". Including failing to dodge Commander Red's cat that randomly attacks people who enter his office.

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Leadership

     Commander Red 

Commander Red (レッド総帥, Reddo Sousui)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Kenji Utsumi
Voiced by (English): Josh Martin (DB, The Path to Power), Mike Wiebe (Z ep. 128 in a flashback) (Funimation dub); Noah Umholtz (Blue Water dub); Ted Cole (Z ep. 128 in a flashback) (Ocean dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Roberto Sen

An eyepatch-wearing dwarf who created the Red Ribbon Army to fulfill his dream of ruling the world. Commander Red led the Red Ribbons up until Goku's final assault on his compound; then, his number-two, Staff Officer Black, killed him when Red admitted that the real reason he wanted the Dragon Balls was not to rule the world, but just to become taller. In Dragon Ball Online, he returns centuries later, rebuilt as "Android 9", and creates the new Red Pants Army.


  • Accent Adaptation: He speaks in an Irish accent at the beginning of his appearances in the English dub. The Irish accent goes away over the course of the series as he ends up mainly using an American one. In The Path to Power, he only speaks with an American accent.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the anime, he's initially built up as a more intimidating Bond villain type, while in the manga he's a bit of a joke from his first scene. His height and even his face aren't revealed for several episodes, he has a violent cat-like pet and he's fantastic at pool and golf. He also makes a direct attempt to personally kill both Goku and Officer Black himself during their first fight (Which would have worked if it wasn't for the former's immense power and the latter being knocked out the window just in time), something his manga counterpart never did.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Downplayed, but in the anime, Red was at least smart enough to not brag directly​ to Officer Black about his true plan, and only did so in an act of Evil Gloating to himself after he thought he had succeeded in killing both Goku and Black.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He has white hair and a red eye patch in the manga, but red hair and a black eye patch in the anime.
  • Arc Villain: Of the Red Ribbon Army Saga.
  • Bad Boss: He has his men executed for any kind of failure, which comes across as even worse when his wish is really petty and not worth the sacrifices. As mentioned above, he has a very wide definition of failure; for example, if a mook isn't fast enough to dodge a vicious cat he randomly sics on him and loses an eye, he's done for. As for field operations, it basically means "Do your job and fulfill your orders perfectly or you're dead", even if you managed to achieve something of value amidst the chaos. Just ask General Blue, who Red wanted to be executed just because he failed to obtain Goku's Dragon Balls despite managing to gain the Dragon Radar, an almost-equally good find.
  • Bad Guys Play Pool: And golf and pinball.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: He's built up as the main villain for the entire Red Ribbon Army arc, only to be killed by Black seconds before Goku appears in his office.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He sees himself commanding an army that can take over the world and hunts down the Dragon Balls for his own vanity. He is brought down almost singlehandedly by Goku and is killed by Officer Black when he learns the real reason why Red wanted the Dragon Balls.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How he met his end.
  • Bullying a Dragon: After the events of Muscle Tower, he knew exactly how strong Goku was and what he was capable of. That still didn't stop him from sending thieves, his generals, and a renowned assassin to kill Goku. Once it went too far, Goku decided to wipe the army out. To Red's credit, two of the men he sent after Goku (Blue and Mercenary Tao) were actually capable of killing Goku and almost did so.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: Red, after his hair. Presumably, the army is named after him.
  • Disney Villain Death: In The Path to Power, Officer Black fatally wounds him by shooting him in the chest, causing Red to stumble off the rail and fall to his death.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In The Path to Power, he has General Blue executed and claims that he did so because of Blue's failure to get the last Dragon Ball, but it's heavily implied that he was using this as a convenient excuse and that the real reason he had Blue killed was that he walked up to Red to hand the Dragon Balls to him and stood over him, angering Red's Height Angst.
  • Evil Is Petty: Everything he does is just so he wants to grow taller; when he finds this out, Black is understandably outraged that he wasted so much time and effort on such a stupid goal and blows his brains out.
  • Evil Redhead: He is a red-haired man who is the boss of the evilest army in the world.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Does nothing but point out that he's bad.
  • Fatal Flaw: His vanity and pride. He gets several people in his army killed searching for the Dragon Balls, and it's all for him to get taller so women will like him. He's so vain that he sees nothing wrong with telling Officer Black this and expects no consequences for his actions. His pride also prevents him from retreating when Goku raids the base. He could easily leave the Dragon Balls, retreat, and rebuild the Red Ribbon Army, but he refuses to be beaten by a mere child. This leads to his breakdown where he reveals his real goal for the Dragon Balls to Black.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Occasionally puts up a more affable persona when talking to or complementing his men, but it's clearly an act and he's nothing more than a petty, murderous manchild whose actions are even worse when his true goal is revealed. It's especially noticeable when he complements one of his henchmen and then immediately threatens to have them executed for not performing his requested task perfectly.
  • Freudian Excuse: According to his bio in the Daizenshuu, Red's reason for his hatred of his own size is that he was bullied at Elementary school because of it.
  • Height Angst: He was so angsty about his height that intended to use the eponymous objects, not to complete his world takeover, but to wish himself taller.
  • I Am the Noun: When Black tells him that his selfishness will doom the Red Ribbon Army:
    Commander: I am the Red Ribbon Army! What's good for me is good for everyone, and I want to be taller!
  • Identical Stranger: A guy who looks exactly like Red, but without an eyepatch, shows up as a hotheaded film director in the Great Saiyaman Saga of Dragon Ball Z.
  • Jerkass: Killed hundreds if not thousands of people, including his own men, just so he could become taller.
  • Kick the Dog: When Black calls him out for all the mooks they've lost and sacrificed just to wish to be taller, Red tells him it was worth all that and more. This led to Black's decision to kill him and take over.
  • Killed Off for Real: Unlike Black and some of his officers in GT, once he's killed, he is never heard from again.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: His own cruelty to others, including his men, comes back to bite him in the end. He tells Tao to kill anyone that gets in his way since he will pay him. This leads to Tao murdering Bora in cold blood, changing Goku's focus from just finding his grandpa's Dragon Ball to finding all of them so he can wish Bora back to life. It also made Goku become even stronger since he had to fight Tao to take back the Dragon Balls he took. By the time Goku comes to the Red Ribbon Army base, they're all but defenseless against him since all of their best men were already defeated or executed, causing Red to have a Villainous Breakdown and reveal his real intentions for the Dragon Balls to Black. Once Black learns the truth, he promptly shoots Red in the head.
  • Mugging the Monster: At the beginning, he had no clue who Goku was, thinking he was just some kid who was getting way over his head looking for the Dragon Balls. It isn't until Goku destroys Muscle Tower that he has a clue that Goku is no ordinary child.
  • The Napoleon: He deploys the full forces of his worldwide and heavily-armed criminal organization to find the Dragon Balls... so he could be taller.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Him contracting Mercenary Tao to kill Goku completely backfired. Because Tao murdered one of Goku's friends, it changed Goku's focus from searching for the Four-Star Dragon Ball to finding all of them. He also forced Goku to become much stronger to beat Tao, which made him close to invincible when he came to the Red Ribbon Army base. He also made the mistake of making things personal with Goku, which made Goku more ruthless since he wanted to destroy the Red Ribbon Army instead of simply taking the Dragon Balls.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He doesn't really fight anyone; he just barks orders at his subordinates. The fact that, in the anime, he retreats into a panic room just before Goku's arrival pretty much confirms that he possesses no fighting prowess period.
  • Pet the Dog: Was planning on preparing a massive meal for Tao Pai Pai as a bonus for killing Goku and bringing the latter's four Dragon Balls to him. Given that Tao didn't ask for this and Red's general personality, it stands out as a rare moment of genuine gratitude from him.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Implied as he initially assumes that Roshi was the one who built the Dragon Radar due to him being an old man, suggesting he doesn't acknowledge the idea that women can be geniuses too.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Acts somewhat childish at times.
  • Reused Character Design: Besides the film director from the Great Saiyaman Saga, the coach of the Battle Ball Team bears a strong resemblance to Red too. The differences are that the coach is gray-haired, is average-sized, and has no eyepatch.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Is occasionally seen with his pet while sitting, though it looks more like a mogwai than a cat and has a bad temper.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: His suit's so nice that the player can wear it in Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
  • Smug Snake: Fancies himself as a genius and claims that his petty goal will somehow allow his army to conquer the world.
  • The Sociopath: For a small-time villain, he is probably the first true sociopath in the series. He sends scores of his men to their deaths searching for the Dragon Balls all for his own vanity. When Officer Black calls him out on this, he sees nothing wrong with throwing away people's lives to get what he wants. He also regularly executes his men for small offenses without batting an eye.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: He thinks this, but he's no better than his subordinates.
  • The Unfought: As a result of Black killing him just before Goku arrives. It can be reasonably inferred that he has no fighting prowess anyway.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Refused to surrender the Dragon Balls, despite knowing that he could not stop Goku and bragging about his real goal to Staff Officer Black.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Commander Red's ridiculously mundane and selfish desire to become tall not only cost hundreds if not thousands of lives but his creation of the Red Ribbon Army led to Frappe and Gero creating the androids. The repercussions of this were not realized until almost 20 years after his death and continued for another decade. This set Disaster Dominoes up that lead to both the Bad Future, Cell's feasting on multiple cities and the near destruction of the solar system, and Zamasu's mortal killing rampage and the resulting destruction of an entire timeline.
  • Vain: The real reason why he wanted the Dragon Balls, he wants to be taller.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He has a long one after Goku comes to the Red Ribbon Army base and begins to wreck it while searching for the Dragon Balls. The breakdown causes him to reveal his real plan for the Dragon Balls to Officer Black, which ends up getting him killed.
  • Villainous Legacy: For a character who ends up being such a joke he has a rather massive one in the form of Dr. Gero who in turn has one through his creations.
  • Wasteful Wishing: He spent all that time and resources going after the Dragon Balls simply so he could wish for height.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: His resurrection as Android 9.
  • We Have Reserves: He has his men executed for even the slightest transgressions, and when his real goal is revealed, openly admitted to Staff Officer Black that he'll gladly throw every last soldier's life away as long as he can get his wish. This is the final straw for Black who kills him on the spot.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Even before he knew how strong Goku was, he still had his men try to kill him to get his Dragon Ball.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He thought Master Roshi was the scientist who built the Dragon Radar because he was an old man.

     Adjutant Black / Staff Officer Black 

Adjutant Black / Staff Officer Black (ブラック補佐, Burakku Hosa [manga]; ブラック参謀, Burakku Sanbō [anime])

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Voiced by (Japanese): Masaharu Sato
Voiced by (English): Christopher Sabat (DB, GT, The Path to Power), Phillip Wilburn (Z ep. 128 in a flashback) (Funimation dub); Jonathan Love (DB), Chris Gerritsen (GT) (Blue Water dub); Brian Dobson (Z ep. 128 in a flashback) (Ocean dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Salvador Delgado (DB), José Luis Castañeda (Path to Power)

The second-in-command of the Red Ribbon Army. Black puts up with years of verbal abuse from Commander Red due to his loyalty to the Red Ribbons' goal of conquering the world but finally snaps when Red admits that he wasted hundreds of lives getting the Dragon Balls just so he could become taller. He executes Red for insubordination and assumes command of the Red Ribbon Army, but is quickly defeated by Goku.


  • Adaptational Badass: Like most characters in The Path to Power, Black gets a major power-up thanks to his battle mech. In the series proper, Black's Battle Jacket gives Goku some problems but is easily dealt with. In the movie, that Battle Jacket is now a building-size mech that can fire a giant laser and tank a Kamehameha that is strong enough to wipe out an armada. It's also loaded with missiles that are powerful enough to knock out Goku. He even manages to kill Android 8 by crushing him and he's stronger than Goku. It takes Goku's losing his temper and reaching into his latent power to defeat Black.
  • Ambiguously Brown: In The Path to Power, he is several shades lighter than he was in the original manga and anime.
  • Ax-Crazy: In The Path to Power, he goes completely nuts after finding out Commander Red's true wish, and starts blowing up the entire RRA base while laughing manically. He also takes far more joy in attempting to kill Goku than his canon counterpart did.
  • Bad Boss: He isn't in charge long before he shows signs of this. Despite executing Commander Red for throwing away lives for his own vanity, he's willing to destroy the entire base along with his remaining men just to kill Goku. And earlier, he approves of executing General Blue, despite him bringing back a Dragon Radar that is smaller and far more accurate than theirs. Though the manga averts the former example due to the base being completely deserted by that point.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Once he kills Red, he claims that he will lead the army into a new era of greatness and take over the world. He is killed within only a few minutes of taking command by Goku.
  • Blatant Lies: In the dub, Black tells Goku he just wants to make peace and has no ill-intentions for the Dragon Balls. Even someone as naive as Goku doesn't buy this.
  • Breather Boss: Officer Black was this to Goku In-Universe since Mercenary Tao was a much tougher fight.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Despite telling Commander Red that they can't possibly win against Goku and begs him to retreat, he tries to fight Goku in a Battle Jacket. It cost him his life.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: Black, for his dark skin (insensitive to Western audiences, but just a somewhat lazy pun in Japan), like all the other color names.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: He is not pleased to find out that Red wasted so much time and resources on finding the Dragon Balls just so he could make himself taller.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He had enough of Red after Red intended to essentially demolish his own army just to get taller and killed him.
  • The Dragon: Till he offs Red for wanting to be taller thinking that is needed for world domination.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He kills Red since the latter jeopardized the whole organization by wishing for something so useless that it caused the downfall of the group and that he didn't care how many died to achieve it.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He offers to work together with Goku to use the Dragon Balls to revive Bora, but Goku shoots him down. He seems to have never imagined that a kid like him would refuse to work with a criminal organization.
  • Foreshadowing: Before Goku's rematch with Tao, Black is shown getting annoyed after Red insults his intelligence for not knowing when to hand his boss a cigar. It may be filler, but it does hint at Black not fully respecting Red's methods deep down, and that was before hearing about his commander's desire to be taller.
  • Heaven Seeker: Upon being brought back in GT only to be killed all over again, he and General Blue are somehow hopeful that maybe they'll get into Heaven this time. Needless to say, they're once again Hellbound for terrorizing the Earth alongside Major Metallitron and Nappa.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Black is much smarter than Commander Red.
  • Hypocrite: He insists to Red that they can't possibly beat Goku and it's best to just give him the Dragon Balls and escape... and yet immediately after killing Red, he refuses to escape himself and takes on Goku in a Mini-Mecha. On top of that, despite executing Commander Red for throwing away the lives of their men for his own vanity, Black proves to be just as much of a Bad Boss when he decides to nuke the entire base along with his remaining men, just to get rid of Goku.
    • His brief appearance in GT has him (in the English dub only) berate General Blue for being killed by a girl (namely Pan), never mind that he was there too in his Battle Jacket and was also killed by her. It's present in the Japanese version too where he and Blue are hopeful that they'll get into Heaven this time despite them doing nothing during their brief revivals to warrant changing their sentencing. Needless to say, they are later seen in Hell along with Metallitron and Nappa. There's also Black lamenting how quickly all his fellow villains were killed so easily and calls them losers. Blue is quick to remind him that Black is among those losers.
  • Identical Stranger: Like Red, Black's character design reappears years later as a film producer in Dragon Ball Z.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Tries to nuke the base with a missile, when many of his own men were still there.
    • In The Path to Power, he brags about killing Android 8 to a crying Goku. This does not end well for him.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He does this to Red after the latter had gladly killed off soldier after soldier to get taller.
  • Mini-Mecha: The Battle Jacket he uses to fight Goku.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: More in the anime than the manga. In the latter, Black shoots Red instantly once he learns what Red's true motivations for Dragon Balls are. In the anime, Red sends Black to fight Goku as a last line of defense while he hides away in a panic room. As the two battle, Red springs a trap and tries to crush the both of them in the room. Black survives (ironically thanks to Goku knocking him out of the way) and comes back just in time to hear Red gloating about his wish. When he confronts him on it, Red gets too uppity and eventually snaps that Black is nothing more than a toadie meant to serve him. Cue instant headshot.
  • Not What I Signed on For: He is anything but pleased to discover that Red expended so much time and resources on finding the Dragon Balls simply because he wanted to wish to get taller.
  • Only Sane Man: Was the one to suggest to Commander Red that he should just surrender the Dragon Balls and escape. Too bad he didn't follow his own advice.
  • Punny Name: In the Japanese anime, he's called "Black Sanbō" (sanbō meaning "staff officer"), as in The Story of Little Black Sambo.
  • Race Lift: He is made only slightly tanned in the Path to Power film.
  • Reused Character Design: Black's design is reused years later as a film producer during the Great Saiyaman Saga in Z. Much earlier, he was recycled as a baseball player, Pepper Johnson (Oguri in Japan), in the Saiyan Saga on Yamcha's team but was given more hair. Plus in the Imperfect Cell Saga, one of the Battle Ball players who picks a fight with Cell also had Black's design.
  • Scary Black Man:
    • Subverted, despite the hilariously insensitive name. He's as dangerous as his position expects, but also probably the sanest Red Ribbon Army officer.
    • Played straight in the Path to Power special, where he lapses into a Villainous Breakdown after having killed Red. However, he's more tan than black in said special.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: After Goku kicked a missile that was powerful enough to destroy the entire Red Ribbon Army base, Black decides to cut his losses and run. Unfortunately for him, Goku isn't merciful enough to let him escape and he dies in his battle suit.
  • The Starscream: At first Black is completely loyal to Commander Red, but upon finding out Red's true wish (and in the anime, Red's attempt at killing both him and Goku) he executes Commander Red for basically ruining the Red Ribbon Army for his own selfish ends, going on to fight Goku after offing his former boss.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: He tells Red it's best to just leave the Dragon Balls to Goku, escape while they can, and rebuild the army at a later date. For some reason, he doesn't take his own advice after he becomes the new commander.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Even with a battle suit, he should have known that he could not beat Goku. It becomes even dumber since he recommended several times to retreat to Commander Red.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: He seems noticeably nicer before killing Commander Red, being concerned for others and being an Only Sane Man. Once he takes over as the Big Bad and engages Goku, he's just as much of a villain as any other Red Ribbon member.
  • Treacherous Advisor: Subverted. He actually was very loyal to the Red Ribbon Army, and used to be very loyal to Commander Red. He didn't think to betray Red until after overhearing the fact that Red was actually intending to use the Dragon Balls to grow taller, and even then only because Red's actions were going to kill off the Red Ribbon Army.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: After Goku survives his final attack, he tries to make a run for it. But Goku promptly smashes through his bot, killing him in the explosion.
  • Villainous Breakdown: It started when Goku storms the base, and learning of Red's motivations just makes him snap.
  • We Can Rule Together: Tries this with Goku after he kills Commander Red, even offering to help Goku gather the Dragon Balls and revive Bora. Goku turns him down cold and tells him to just turn himself in to the police. Black responds by shooting Goku.

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Officers

     Colonel Silver 

Colonel Silver (シルバー大佐, Shirubaa Taisa)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Banjo Ginga
Voiced by (English): Christopher Sabat (Funimation dub); Ben Jeffery (Blue Water dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Mario Castañeda

The first member of the Red Ribbon Army to go up against Goku. He steals a Dragon Ball from Pilaf and temporarily destroys Goku's Flying Nimbus.


  • Adapted Out: Along with Captain Yellow, Silver was excluded from the 10th-anniversary film The Path to Power.
  • Affably Evil: He is calm, professional, does not immediately resort to violence, and bears Goku no personal grudge. In the Funimation dub, he is even polite to civilians — though he will still kill them without mercy.
  • Ascended Extra: Appears earlier and has a larger role in the anime than in the manga.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a long blue coat that goes past his knees and he is one of the Red Ribbon Army's strongest fighters.
  • Badass Normal: He is very strong for a human, being able to defeat several world-class boxers without being touched. Too bad for him that he's beneath Goku's notice and is taken out with one tail whip to the face.
  • BFG: Carries a bazooka and uses it to shoot down the Nimbus.
  • Boxing Battler: He fights like a boxer. In the anime, he's shown knocking out four professional boxers with a single punch.
  • Break the Fake: Does this with a fake Dragon Ball after a store owner attempts to con them into buying it.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: The only member of the army whose color name doesn't reference his appearance in some way.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He doesn't even come close to defeating Goku who easily sidesteps his attacks and manages to knock Silver out only using his tail!.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Calls Black an imbecile for thinking he has time to sit and wait for backup as Pilaf's flying fortress emerges, and repeatedly abuses radio communicators.
  • Evil Redhead: Although he's one of the nicer members of the Red Ribbon Army since he doesn't kill out of sadism, he's still a ruthless guy who will murder innocents to get his way.
  • The Coats Are Off: Removes his trench coat during his fight with Goku.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a rather ugly scar across his chest.
  • Honesty Is the Best Policy: Silver kills the conman for lying to his face. He also tells Black and Red everything about his defeat. Yep. I was knocked out by a 12-year-old.
  • No Shirt, Long Jacket: Doesn't wear a shirt under his long jacket.
  • Reused Character Design: Maron, Krillin's temporary girlfriend in Z, eventually leaves Krillin for a rich guy that looks an awful lot like Silver. Much earlier, when Goku visits West City for the first time, a blonde-haired man with Silver's jacket can be seen inside a phone booth while Hasky is driving through the streets.
  • Rugged Scar: Has a nasty scar on his chest.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a scarf while he's in action.
  • The Stoic: In the Japanese anime primarily. The English dubs made him a little more excitable, such as when he insults Black for telling him to wait for backup.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the anime, Silver is dismissed by Commander Red after losing the Dragon Balls to Goku, who then orders his henchmen to kill him. But he is never shown to be killed (whereas in the manga, Red says he'll "see him in front of the firing squad"). He makes no appearances after this, leaving his fate unknown. He's not even seen in GT when most of the Red Ribbon officers escape Hell.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Pilaf snatches the Dragon Ball and retreats in his flying fortress, forcing Silver to let him go. Later, Silver shows up with his whole army in fighter jets and blows it up.
  • The Worf Effect: The anime spends a few episodes showing his badassness and competence... And then Goku knocks him out with a kick and a tail slap.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Despite his polite demeanor, he attacks Goku without hesitation even before he knew who he was. It ends poorly for him, just as it did for everyone else who fought Goku up to that point.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In the Japanese only, he seemed genuinely shocked at Red's dismissal of him despite being highly praised by him an episode prior. Apparently, despite himself, he missed the part about the Red Ribbons being an Evil Army who will tolerate no failures, with execution being the consequence. And Red reminds him of this during the interrogation.

     General White 

General White (ホワイト将軍, Howaito Shougun)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Tesshō Genda (DB), Hirohiko Kakegawa (The Path to Power)
Voiced by (English): Kyle Hebert (Funimation dub); Ryan Luhning (Blue Water)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Roberto Sen (DB), Rafael Rivera (The Path to Power)

A Red Ribbon leader searching for a Dragon Ball in the snowy arctic, General White built a fortress called Muscle Tower, kidnapped a nearby village's leader, and forced the townsfolk to comb the landscape for the Dragon Ball. His retinue of followers almost had Goku on the ropes, but Android 8 defeated him and saved Goku.


  • Accent Adaptation: A Russian one in the English dub.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He repeatedly mouths off to Eighter, belittling and mocking his compassionate nature and blowing off his pleas to resolve things peacefully. He inevitably pushes Eighter to his Rage-Breaking Point after shooting Goku; first standing up to him and declaring he's not afraid of the furious android, he soon caves in and freaks out, especially when his gun turns out to be out of ammo, and is punched out of Muscle Tower and into the horizon.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: White, for his hair, although it's bluish in the anime.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Tried to fight Goku, thinking he was weak from his trials in Muscle Tower. Goku was weakened, but not enough to make a difference.
    • His "fight" with Eighter, if you can even call it that. Eighter sent him flying with just one punch.
  • Dirty Communists: General White has a Russian accent, and if that's not enough, most of his footsoldiers are wearing Red Army commando uniforms.
  • Dirty Coward: Takes the mayor hostage by gunpoint when he realizes that he couldn't win against Goku.
  • Disney Villain Death: He made the big mistake of harming Goku in front of Eighter and ends up being punched out the window and several miles through the sky into a mountain. Going General Blue's offhanded comment about needing to apologize to White (only in the English dub; done in a way that made it seem that he was still alive) and his appearance in Attack of the Saiyans, he survived.
  • General Ripper: Has no problem trying to kill a kid, using villagers for slave labor, and killing innocents to find the Dragon Ball. He even planned to kill all the villagers once he did find the Dragon Ball, which was why Android 8 hid it from him.
  • Husky Russkie: He is physically the largest of the Red Ribbon officers Goku goes up against (though also physically the weakest).
  • Jerkass: He was going to execute all the villagers after they found the Dragon Ball. He also outright tells Eighter that his compassionate nature disgusts him.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Continuously belittled and mocked Eighter for being a failure. He was also the one who ordered Murasaki to press Eighter's self-destruct button.
    • He planned to execute the villagers once he found the Dragon Ball, which was why Android 8 hid it from the army.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has a moment like this when he realizes just how bad of an idea it was to shoot Goku in front of Eighter.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: His followers—Major Metallitron, Ninja Murasaki, Android 8 (who pulled a Heel–Face Turn), and Buyon.
  • Reused Character Design: In the Saiyan Saga, a baseball player named Rocky Rivers (or Doug in the Japanese version) bears a strong resemblance to White though his hair is brown in color instead of purple.
  • Sadistic Choice: Try to make Eighter decide between killing Goku or him killing the mayor.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: What Eighter did to him after he shot Goku in the back of the head.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: He's disgusted by Eighter's compassion, declaring him a technological failure for it. During his final fight with Goku, he openly tells Eighter that his pleas for compassion and non-violence make him sick.
  • Vodka Drunkenski: Given his implied Russian heritage as well as his sometimes drinking from a flask that presumably contained vodka.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He shoots Goku in the back of the head when he's trying to defend Android 8 and the Mayor. Even worse, he planned to execute the entire village once he found the Dragon Ball.

     Ninja Murasaki / Sergeant Major Purple 

Murasaki (ムラサキ曹長, Murasaki Sōchō)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Takeshi Aono (Most media until 2009), Nobuo Tobita (Dr. Slump remake and Dragon Ball Heroes)
Voiced by (English): Duncan Brannan (Funimation dub); Zane Sampson (Blue Water dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Pedro D'Aguillón Jr.

A half-competent ninja mercenary hired by General White. Despite his relative weakness, he has an impressive repertoire of tricks and proves a wily foe—he is the first Red Ribbon villain whom Goku takes more than one episode to beat. He survives Goku's assault on Muscle Tower and comes back to finish Goku off soon after, but Goku unknowingly tosses a bomb at him and he hasn't been seen since.


  • Adaptational Heroism: Murasaki and his brothers appear in Xenoverse 2 as members of the Time Patrol.
  • Adapted Out: He makes no appearance during the Muscle Tower section of The Path to Power.
  • Ass Shove: What happened when he landed on Goku's Power Pole. To make it even more painful, he accidentally jerks it around when he hits against a tree, and Goku yanks it right out when he wants it back.
  • Butt-Monkey: Throughout their entire fight, he's basically nothing but Goku's plaything, and endures one humiliation after another.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: Murasaki is Japanese for purple. Notably, all the other Red Ribbon Army color names are English, but his name is in Japanese, presumably because he's a ninja.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His entire "fight" with Goku more or less consisted of Murasaki becoming his plaything for several episodes. Goku could have beaten him at any time but was just having too much fun.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the manga, Murasaki is never seen again after Goku knocks him out, and is presumably killed when Muscle Tower collapses. In the anime, he survives the fall of Muscle Tower and is instead killed when Android 8's bomb explodes in his face.
  • Dirty Old Man: Murasaki has a lot of girlie magazines in his quarters. In addition, he also secretly took pictures of two women changing into ninja outfits, two women who were also heavily implied to be General White's sisters (only in the English dub, however).
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Subverted as they are actually his quintuplet brothers.
  • The Dragon: To General White. He is far stronger than White and is the only one besides Major Metallitron and Buyon to actually hurt Goku. Which isn't saying much.
  • Dragon Their Feet: In an anime-only​ event, he makes one last attempt to kill Goku and Android 8 even after General White has been defeated and Muscle Tower has been destroyed, and it takes being blown up​ by Android 8's self-destruct bomb to finally put him down for good.
  • Dub Name Change: The European Spanish dub changes his name to General Purple, apparently in order to fit the name line of his colleague. The Viz manga translates his name literally as Sergeant Major Purple.
  • Fragile Speedster: He relies mainly on speed and confusing his opponents. When it comes to actual battle, Goku takes him and his brothers out in a single punch each.
  • Humiliation Conga: Almost his entire fight with Goku is this. He lands on Goku's Power Pole, gets bested in hide-and-seek and racing, gets his favorite sword broken, and is eventually one-shotted by Goku after he attempted to blow up Android 8. And if you count the filler, he gets buried in an avalanche and gets blown up by a bomb which he may or may not have survived.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Goku never took this guy seriously, until he tried to destroy Android 8.
  • Iron Butt-Monkey: A lot of bad stuff happens to this guy but he always seems to recover. He even might have survived Android 8's bomb.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the anime, Goku unwittingly throws Android's self-destruct bomb at him (while he was trapped in the snow). The bomb detonates before he could get it off, resulting in an explosion of blood as the narrator quips, "It's always nice to end a story with a bang!" Despite this, Murasaki reappears in video games and does not reappear in GT at all, not even in the Super 17 arc, where the Hell residents escape.
  • Laughably Evil: He tries so hard to be serious, but he can't catch a break being Goku's Butt-Monkey.
  • Ninja: Subverted in that he is a bumbling idiot.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: At times he can be dangerous. He would've self-destructed Android 8 if Goku hadn't intervened.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He can shatter rocks with a sword strike, and actually succeeded in hitting Goku in the nape with a bladed Precision-Guided Boomerang. His problem is that Goku is superior to him in everything and tough enough to survive that blade.
  • Porn Stash: And Goku found it.
  • Reused Character Design: One of the Toad Warriors who harasses the Androids in the Cell arc has a similar face to Murasaki, though his hair is white and in a ponytail.
  • Smug Snake: He is not as strong as he likes to believe, especially compared to Goku who literally plays with him.
  • Stock Ninja Weaponry: He had a sword, daggers, and everything else you expect to find on a ninja.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In the anime filler, he holds Suno hostage to blackmail Dr. Frappe.

     Sergeant Metallic / Major Metallitron 

Sergeant Metallic / Major Metallitron (メタリック軍曹, Metarikku Gunsō)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Shin Aomori (DB and Mystical Adventure), Hisao Egawa (The Path to Power)
Voiced by (English): Bill Capizzi (Harmony Gold dub); Chris Rager (DB, Mystical Adventure, and The Path to Power), Christopher Sabat (Z ep. 128 in a flashback) (Funimation dub); Don Brown (Z ep. 128 in a flashback), Lucas Gilbertson (DB) (Ocean/Blue Water dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Gerardo Reyero

A massive soldier who Goku fights in Muscle tower. Turns out to be a robot and the first combatant in that arc that provides Goku with a serious challenge.


  • Adaptational Wimp: In The Path to Power Goku defeats him by punching his head off, something that in the manga and anime barely slowed it down.
  • The Ahnold: Is clearly based on Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator.
  • An Arm and a Leg: After launching one of its arms, Goku disables the other, but it keeps attacking with its feet.
  • The Cameo: Before being destroyed again in GT, he can be seen flying out of Hell alongside Android #19, Cooler, Raditz, Jeice, Pui Pui, Yakon, and General Rilldo. Later he's shown with Staff Officer Black and General Blue, plus Nappa, back in Hell and they encounter Piccolo just fresh off of getting Goku back to the living world.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: Metallic, though the theme is broken in the dub in favor of alliteration.
  • Cranial Processing Unit: Averted. It loses its head to no apparent disadvantage.
  • Dub Name Change: Renamed "Major Metallitron" in the English anime dub and "Full Metal Jacket" in the manga.
  • Implacable Man: It just keeps coming, no matter what Goku does to it. It finally stops when its batteries run out.
  • No-Sell: Although Goku is able to cause superficial damage, nothing he can do stops the robot until its batteries run out.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Look like the Terminator, shoots a rocket out of his mouth, and repeats the same sentence, yes he is a robot alright.
  • Robo Cam: A POV shot shows a visual overlay of Gratuitous English text, which also identifies Goku as an alien.
  • Robotic Reveal: After Goku kicks its head off, it keeps attacking, showing that it's actually a robot. More of its chassis is revealed after it tanks a kamehameha.
  • Rocket Punch: Resorts to this when its body is damaged by a kamehameha. Unlike most examples of the trope, the fist doesn't return and is useless after firing.
  • Scary Black Man: He gets Race Lifted into one in The Path to Power, in a reversal of Staff Officer Black's own Race Lift.
  • Terminator Impersonator: A blatant Expy of The Terminator, right down to his large hulking physique, leather outfit, and Cool Shades. Although Goku is unaware that the being he's facing is a robot until the very end, we get copious amounts of a mechanical HUD. He even provides the page image.

     General Blue 

General Blue (ブルー将軍, Buruu Shougun)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Toshio Furukawa (Most media), Bin Shimada (The Path to Power and Budokai Tenkaichi series), Nobuhiko Kazama (Dr. Slump remake)
Voiced by (English): Dave Mallow (Harmony Gold dub); Sonny Strait (Funimation dub); Roger Rhodes (DB), Adam Hunter (GT) (Blue Water dub); David Gasman (mainly), Ed Marcus (one line) (AB Groupe/"Big Green" dub); Russell Wait (Animax Asia dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Salvador Delgado

A high-ranking member of the Red Ribbon Army with formidable psychic powers. General Blue was searching for a Dragon Ball in the ocean when Goku and Bulma stumble into his camp. He quickly becomes a deadly enemy to Goku and friends and is the first villain who can really take on Goku in a straight fight. When he fails to obtain the Dragon Ball, Commander Red orders him to fight Mercenary Tao, who kills him.


  • Accent Adaptation: He's given a British accent in Funimation's dub despite his obvious German-inspired design.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In Mystical Adventure, General Blue (named Lieutenant Blue) was shown to be somewhat of a nice guy, or at least not an evil guy. He also acted as a genuine Sacrificial Lion to Tao Pai Pai, being killed by him after he tried to warn his boss, Chiaotzu, about their treacherous plans against Chiaotzu after he stumbled upon Ranfan inside Shen's bedroom.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Most dubs eliminate the implications that he is a pedophile, though this just serves to make him as villainous as his manga counterpart, who never showed any hints of lusting after children.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In the original manga, Blue is more or less implied to be a Depraved Homosexual. The anime, however, takes it a step further by all but stating that Blue is a pedophile as well, making him that much more despicable. It also overlaps with Adaptational Nice Guy since most dubs remove this implication by suggesting he has a long-lost little brother instead.
  • Adaptational Wimp: His The Path to Power counterpart is not nearly as impressive as the regular version. He lacks psychic powers or any other superhuman ability and seems to be just a surprisingly tough regular soldier. He is even restrained by two other soldiers and killed by a regular firing squad, rather than in a fight with one of the world's greatest assassins.
  • Agent Peacock: He may be a Sissy Villain, but he is by far the strongest commander in the Red Ribbon Army. He easily beats Krillin and nearly killed Goku three times. He also escaped a collapsing underwater cave by swimming and survived his plane crashing into a mountain with no real injury. Even being knocked to Egypt barely caused him any damage.
  • All Gays Are Pedophiles: Anime only. Aside from being homosexual, he is sexually attracted to the childlike Obotchaman (even calling the boy "his type"), which was changed in the dub to him being amazed at how Obotchaman supposedly looks like a long-lost little brother of Blue named Samuel. The Latin Spanish dub barely avoids it by turning his object of desire into a girl. This scene never happened in the manga, though.
  • All Germans Are Nazis: Well, sort of. It is implied that he hails from Germany or at least a German-speaking country (He says "Auf Wiedersehen" when leaving Goku, Roshi, and Bulma to be blown to bits after stealing the Dragon Balls, which is the German equivalent of "Goodbye"), and everything about him basically speaks "Nazi."
  • Almighty Janitor: With his superhuman abilities and not too bad smarts, Blue is in all ways the strongest member of the Red Ribbon. He could easily overthrow Commander Red and Adjutant Black's chain of command if he so desired and would find relatively little resistance. However, he instead follows their commands to the letter and is never shown to have any ambition other than military loyalty, to the point he is positively terrified when Red announces him he will be executed.
  • Asshole Victim: Given his pedophilic tendencies (in the anime), a habit of killing his own men for the most minor reasons, and status as a high-ranking officer in an army out for world domination, it's easy to say that his death at Tao's hands was well-deserved.
  • Ax-Crazy: He has one of his own men shot for picking his nose, and relishes in the sound of the gunfire.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: What happened to him when he fought Arale, a robotic girl and the main character from Dr. Slump.
  • Bad Boss: Considering the fact that he executed soldiers for picking noses, failure to hit Goku twice, and cowardice/sleeping on the job (the last of which he executed in person the soldier who did these actions). At one point, he also implies that he physically abuses soldiers who somehow sneak up on him ("How many times do I have to tell you!? It's very hard to sneak up on a general and to keep your teeth!") The only one who's even worse of a boss in his army is his own boss, Commander Red, who once was implied to have executed a soldier just because he couldn't evade his cat in time, and also has a chilling disregard for his own troops, even willing to kill off his own army just to get himself taller.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Sloppiness, sneaking up on him and especially getting his looks messed up.
    • He went from seeing Bulma as "disgusting" to "need-to-die irredeemable" when she tried to claim she was a guy to appeal to his orientation. Blue vowed to make her die brutally for it, much to her horror.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: Named for his blue eyes, which complete his Nazi-esque appearance and also glow when he uses his psychic techniques.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Sort of — when he finds that he would have had to wade through water to trail Bulma and Krillin for the Dragon Ball and potentially the pirate treasure, he complains that he forgot to pack his bikini trunks in his field kit.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Considering how she crashed into the police car he stole without a scratch, showed no fear when he held her hostage (he was even creeped out by her licking a knife he was threatening her with), and sent him flying when he tried to kill Goku, he certainly didn't expect that Arale, like Goku, is no ordinary child.
  • Disney Death: An entire underwater cave collapsed on him. He somehow survived. Was also knocked high enough to forcibly travel and crash-land from Penguin Village to an Egypt-like country and survive relatively intact.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: An immaculately handsome, blonde-haired, blue-eyed villain working for a paramilitary organization who dresses in what looks like an SA "Browncoat" officer uniform and possesses superior physical and mental aptitude? Let's just say that the Dictator from Fusion Reborn would have been pleased to recruit him. Even his homosexuality seems to be inspired by the Sturmabteilung's reputation for high rates of openly gay recruits, including their executive Ernst Rohm.
  • Evil Brit: He's given this accent in the Funimation dub.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In the Funimation dub, his attraction to Obotchaman is replaced by Blue mistaking OB for his lost little brother Samual. It sounds like Funimation!Blue really missed him.
  • Fan Disservice: His reference to possessing bikini trunks, anyone?
  • The Fighting Narcissist: He completely loses it when Krillin gives him a nosebleed and asks the characters several times how they can hit a thing of beauty.
  • Genius Bruiser: Aside from being the strongest Red Ribbon Army soldier (which is demonstrated), General Blue was also stated by Commander Red to be a tactical genius on the battlefield. However, as he ends up doing most of his work personally, this is not showcased much outside of drawing a fake arrow in place of Kuririn and Bulma's arrow to trick Goku into going the wrong way.
  • Giggling Villain: He laughs like a noble woman in the Japanese version.
  • Heaven Seeker: His brief return in GT shows him in line with Staff Officer Black with the latter noting how pathetic it was that all the villains were killed again so quickly. The Japanese version and Blue Water dub have them both hope that this time they'll get into Heaven. They don't. Both are last seen in Hell alongside Major Metallitron and Nappa encountering Piccolo after he sends Goku back to the living world.
  • Incompatible Orientation: He's gay, but Bulma fawned over him like most Bishounen.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: His superhuman physical traits and psychic abilities are never given a proper explanation in the context of the series, not even after more dangerous foes are introduced. It is only hinted in an episode that he might have been "enhanced" in some way.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: This guy takes a lot of physical punishment. He is nearly electrocuted to death by a giant eel, gets knocked around by Goku, is buried alive in an undersea cave, crashes his air jet into a mountain, and is knocked to Egypt by Arale. Despite all that, he shows no lasting damage.
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: It was a robotic girl and the main character of Dr. Slump, but a girl nonetheless. In GT after his second death, Staff Officer Black took the time to mock him for getting killed by a girl (it was Pan)...never mind that Black also was killed in that same fight.
  • Karmic Death: He had a bad habit of killing his men for any minor transgression (falling asleep, picking noses, trying to sneak up on him when really one of them was trying to tell him they have orders from HQ, etc). Yet he himself is killed just due to his commander not seeing that he actually brought him something very useful that could speed up the search for the Dragon Balls (Goku's Dragon Radar) and more concerned he couldn't get the Dragon Ball as initially ordered, despite said commander knowing the trouble Goku was giving his army. Essentially Blue was executed due to a bout of pettiness from his superior just as he did his men.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: He smiles as he listened to a soldier being executed, outright stating that he loves the sounds of gunfire killing people. Ironic, considering his fate in The Path to Power.
  • Macho Camp: Scared of mice, and a bit of a neat freak (however, see Ax-Crazy). Otherwise, he is every bit a man's man, and one of the first truly threatening enemies Goku faces.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Despite getting two of his units wiped out, he came the closest to killing Goku not once, not twice, but three times. He also was successful in stealing the Dragon Balls and did succeed in taking Goku's Dragon Radar. He's by far the most successful villain of the Red Ribbon Army.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Very likely inspired by SA leader Ernst Röhm.
  • Oh, Crap!: His reaction in the anime when his use of his paralysis power on Mercenary Tao turns out to be a no-sell. Bear in mind that up until this point, even Goku was shown to be vulnerable to it. This completely destroys his self-confidence, resulting in him charging Tao in blind panic, followed by Tao finishing him off with his tongue.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: When Bulma figures out her feminine wiles are wasted on Blue, she tries to entice him by saying she's got a penis. Blue calls her a freak for this.
  • Psychic Powers: Including paralyzing anyone who meets his gaze and animating ropes.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: The sadistic joy he takes in hurting people can best be compared to a schoolyard bully tormenting smaller children. Also, while he has other reasons for not liking it, Blue's reaction to Bulma flirting with him is almost similar to a young boy feeling as though interacting with girls would get him infected with cooties.
  • Putting on the Reich: His uniform is based on the Nazi SA.
  • Sissy Villain: On the one hand, he is super-strong and possesses frightening Psychic Powers. On the other, he is terrified of mice and obsessed with his looks.
  • So Last Season: Like the rest of the Red Ribbon Army, he's briefly revived in GT. Whereas he was a surprisingly dangerous Wake-Up Call Boss in Dragon Ball, by GT the power scale has grown to such ridiculously extreme heights Goku's granddaughter kills him in a split second just by flying past him.
  • Sorry, I'm Gay: Bulma's attempt at seducing him fails miserably.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: As Goku's first genuinely superpowered opponent both willing and capable of killing him, he is at the very bottom of said algorithm, though a dangerous Wake-Up Call Boss nonetheless. Fittingly, he is used as the fall guy to hype up Goku's next main opponent.
  • Squishy Wizard: He's actually a fairly strong and resilient guy, being able to overpower Krillin, crush cars and phone boots with no effort, and get headbutted across the globe. Even so, it's clear that in a head-on fight Goku could beat him rather handily if it weren't for his psychic powers. Also shown in the anime only part when he tries the telekinesis on Tao who breaks free of it with no trouble.
  • Super Soldier: He nearly kills Goku, who Curb Stomps all the other commanders, can lift heavy boulders with little effort, swim great distances, and have psychic powers. He fears only one thing: mice.
  • Super Strength: Such as lifting boulders and crushing phone booths with his bare hands. Also goes in line with superhuman endurance due to his surviving an electric eel's shocks with no apparent ill effects afterward, and snapped its neck.
  • Take That!: It's implied he's inspired by Ernst Röhm (remember that General Blue's soldiers wear Nazi-like uniforms).
  • Time Bomb: Tried to kill Goku and Co. with one after he stole the Dragon Balls.
  • Token Super: General Blue is the only member of the Red Ribbon army to possess any sort of powers, in his case Psychic Powers that enables paralysis and telekinesis, as well as superhuman levels of strength, durability, and speed that allow him to defeat Krillin and give Goku a decent fight. Everyone else was either a faceless mook, a Badass Normal, a ninja, a scientist, a robot, or a mindless monster with a natural invulnerability factor.
  • Undignified Death: Fitting for a prissy boy like him, Tao Pai Pai cuts his life short with his tongue. He could have killed Blue in any number of ways; yet not only did Tao utterly shatter his skull and let him soak in what had just happened, but he also gave Blue a lethal wet willy. One could only imagine the terror and disgust that was going through Blue's mind at the time.
  • Vanity Is Feminine: Had a mental breakdown when Kuririn gave him a nosebleed and had an equally bad reaction when Goku punched him. As for the effeminacy, he's a Neat Freak who's terrified of mice.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: The first major villain to defeat and almost kill Goku and his friends in combat. In fact, he is the first villain in the series who is actually capable of killing Goku, though he is soon eclipsed by Mercenary Tao, who kills him with no effort.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: After he ditches his uniform to swim through a sea cave.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's deeply afraid of mice.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Let us put it this way: He is the only Red Ribbon Army member who is actually playable in any of the DBZ fighting games (Budokai, Budokai Tenkaichi, etc). Sure, it was only for one game (Budokai Tenkaichi 3), but the rest of the Red Ribbon Army didn't get playable in any of those games. It is probably because he is the only member with any actual powers.
  • The Worf Effect: He's the strongest Red Ribbon officer, able to fight Goku and nearly kill him on more than one occasion. The first sign of Mercenary Tao's prowess is when he effortlessly kills Blue using nothing but his tongue. That he was able to do that to someone who managed to give Goku trouble serves to show how terrifyingly strong Tao is.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Aside from finding them gross. Blue goes from seeing Bulma as an annoying distraction to someone he wants to kill viciously after she tries seducing him to save herself in addition to claiming herself as a guy in drag when that fails. He also didn't have any problem holding Arale, who to him was just a little girl, at knifepoint during the Penguin Village section.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Had no problem trying to kill Krillin and nearly kills Goku multiple times. Plus he holds Arale at knifepoint during the Dr. Slump crossover.
  • You Have Failed Me:
    • He callously executes any of his lackeys who fail him... or who pick their nose in his presence.
    • When he fails to get the Dragon Balls (despite snagging Goku's radar and proclaiming he can make up for it by using the device to speed up the search for the balls, which actually is a better find), Blue himself is essentially executed by Commander Red, who offers to spare his life if he can beat Mercenary Tao, knowing that Blue stands no chance.

     Captain Yellow 

Captain Yellow (イエロー大佐, Ieroo Taisa)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Daisuke Gōri
Voiced by (English): Andrew Chandler (Funimation dub); Ben Jeffery (Blue Water dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Armando Réndiz

A tiger person who briefly faces off against Goku, commanding a plane trying to raid Bora and Upa's village. Goku knocks him out of his airplane, killing him.


  • Accent Adaptation: He gets a thick Australian accent in the Funimation dub.
  • Adapted Out: Along with Colonel Silver, Yellow was excluded in the 10th-anniversary film The Path to Power.
  • Benevolent Boss: Unlike most Red Ribbon officers, he's compassionate enough towards his troops to give them fair warning about potential dangers.
  • The Cameo: He returns in GT chasing Mr. Satan along with General Blue, Staff Officer Black, and Major Metallitron before getting killed by Pan. Later he's shown with Captain Dark and Pui Pui in Other World, awaiting their return to Hell.
  • Colorful Theme Naming: He's named after his yellow belt buckle, sleeves, and the yellow parts of his jacket.
  • Disney Villain Death:
  • Dirty Coward: Retreats after Bora kills all his men and takes Upa hostage in exchange for the four-star Dragon Ball. He refuses Bora's demand to lower the plane down because he thinks the latter will kill him if he does and orders the hunter to throw the ball up to him instead. Bora is not amused.
  • Funny Animal: He is a tiger who acts like a human.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Not to the extent of Colonel Silver, but unlike most of the army, he treats his men decently enough and is compassionate enough to warn them away from an erupting volcano.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: It is noticeable that he becomes extremely flustered when speaking to his superiors, especially Commander Red, to the point that he seems afraid. He's justified to an extent given how his employers typically deal with failures, and Red threatens to sic Mercenary Tao if he can't obtain the dragon ball from Bora.
  • Red Herring: After Goku fought his way through General White and Blue, plus his curb-stomping of Colonel Silver at the beginning of the Red Ribbon arc, you didn't think that he'd have much difficulty against another colonel, right? Yellow is killed off in the same chapter/episode he's introduced in and the main threat quickly becomes Mercenary Tao.
  • Visual Pun: He's an anthropomorphic tiger who is a plane pilot. He's a Flying Tiger, alright.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Had no problems snatching Upa and holding him hostage in exchange for Bora's Dragon Ball. Bonus points for holding the boy at least 30,000 feet above ground via plane. There's also his almost immediate shooting at Goku once he recognizes him, though in that latter case it does not end well for the captain.

     Colonel Violet 

Colonel Violet (バイオレット大佐, Baioretto Taisa)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Kazuko Sugiyama (DB), Naoko Watanabe (The Path to Power)
Voiced by (English): Kasey Buckley (DB and The Path to Power), Kate Oxley (Dragon Ball Online) (Funimation dub); Jennifer Bain (Blue Water dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Belinda Martínez

A female member of the Red Ribbon Army who is sent on an interference mission against Goku's allies to stop them from getting the Dragon Balls. She's only in it for the money and doesn't even care about her own subordinates. When Goku storms the Red Ribbon headquarters, she sees the writing on the wall and deserts, taking a huge amount of the army's money with her. Violet is the only Red Ribbon officer known to have survived.


  • Ascended Extra: She only has about two panels in the manga before she's never seen again. The anime expands a bit more on her showing that she is only working with Red Ribbon for the money.
  • Bad Boss: Doesn't give a lick about the people who work under her as she leaves her squad to their deaths while retrieving a Dragon Ball.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: After her hair.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the movie The Path to Power, Goku blows up her airplane.
  • Hired Guns: Heavily implied to be her relationship with the Red Ribbon Army.
  • Karma Houdini: Until Path to Power, Violet had not only survived the events of the Red Ribbon Saga but escaped it while enduring practically no consequences.
  • Long Bus Trip: She's never heard from again after she dodges Yamcha and the others en route to the Red Ribbon base. Given her established Hired Guns mentality, it is likely she just went on with her life afterward.
  • Oh, Crap!: Anime-only, the only time she ever shows this is when she nearly flies into the ship carrying Goku's friends (coming the other way toward the Red Ribbon base she was fleeing) and barely swerves to get out of the way.
    • She barely has time for another in The Path to Power where Goku comes along and destroys her plane.
  • Only in It for the Money: Got paid when she returned with the Dragon Ball and robs the vault when Goku was rampaging through the base.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite her bad boss status, she does love animals and went out of her way to save a monkey while escaping. Granted, she does this immediately after killing several of her own men to distance herself from a crocodile.
  • Reused Character Design: A girl called Fanfan appears during Goku's training on Kami's Lookout via the Time Room and bears a resemblance to Violet, albeit with a paler complexion. Some have theorized that she's an ancestor of Violet's.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: In the anime, once Goku begins his invasion of the Red Ribbon base. She heads straight for the vault, grabs as much cash as she can, and then bolts. She's one of the few Red Ribbon officials to escape Goku's wrath at the time and, considering she doesn't appear later in the show, probably went on with her life after the Red Ribbon's downfall. Red was not happy about this when he found out.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female seen in the Red Ribbon Army.

     Gevo 

Gevo (ゲボ, Gebo)

The son of Dr. Gero, who served as a high-ranking soldier in the Red Ribbon Army, and was killed in combat by an enemy bullet. He became the basis for Android 16. This man was never mentioned in the manga or anime, only revealed in an interview with Akira Toriyama, and then finally being mentioned in Dragon Ball Fighter Z. The artbook for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot finally revealed his name to be Gebo, codenamed Gold. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero then spells his name as Gevo.
  • All for Nothing: His sacrifice was this, as the army ended up being destroyed by Goku. It is likely that this is the reason that Gero hates Goku so much. What Gero never knew, however, was that even if Goku hadn't destroyed the army, Commander Red would have wasted the Dragon Balls by making himself taller instead of wishing for the army to rule the world like they were led to believe. This means that his son would have died for nothing anyway.
  • Evil Redhead: Implied, as he was a member of the Red Ribbon Army and became the basis for Android 16. However, is unclear what his personality was like, as Gero made Android 16 soft on purpose.
  • Family Theme Naming: His name is a Japanese onomatopoeia for vomiting, going with the theme of Dr. Gero's family names being based on vomiting.
  • Gentle Giant: He was a massive mountain of muscle with a soft side for nature if 16's any indication.
  • Morality Pet: For Gero. His death being rendered worthless is likely the true reason for Gero's intense hatred towards Goku, as opposed to just being put out of a job or losing the chance to be part of the army that would control the world.
  • Posthumous Character: He has been long dead by the time Dr. Gero starts to make his move in the Android saga. Toriyama states he was killed by an enemy bullet at some unclear point in time before the Red Ribbon Army's demise by Goku, but fans otherwise tend to ignore this detail and think he was killed by Goku during the Red Ribbon saga, which is not the case (it doesn't help that Dragon Ball Z Abridged goes by that route).
  • Top-Heavy Guy: It's safe to assume that he's a massive mountain of muscle, since 16, who is based on him, is practically all muscle.

     Vomi 

Vomi (ボミ, Bomi)

The wife of Dr. Gero, who died long before the events of the original manga took place. In Dragon Ball Fighter Z, she became the basis for Android 21. An image of her makes a cameo in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero as part of Dr. Gero and Dr. Hedo's family profile.
  • Canon Immigrant: Played with. While the design of Android 21 for Dr. Gero's wife is made canon by Super Hero, 21 herself is not. Vomi is, as of this writing, an entirely separate character.
  • Family Theme Naming: Her name is a pun on the English word "vomit", fitting with the theme of Dr. Gero's family names being based on vomiting.

Allies

     Buyon 

Buyon (ブヨン)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Masaharu Sato (DB), Daisuke Matsubara (Video Games)
Voiced by (English): Christopher Sabat (Funimation dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Mario Sauret

General White's "pet," it appears as Goku's last opponent in Muscle Tower. It's a large, obese pink alien... thing and is stored inside a hidden room in General White's tower.


  • Adapted Out: He is removed in the retelling of the Red Ribbon Army Saga's events in the 10th Anniversary movie The Path to Power.
  • Alien Among Us: Dragon Ball Online reveals that Buyon belongs to a race of space aliens called Jigglers. How exactly he got to Earth and was found and tamed by the Red Ribbon Army (and how exactly they managed to get him inside Muscle Tower) is unknown.
  • Big Eater: It eats cattle and even humans whole.
  • Boss-Arena Idiocy: Buyon's one weakness is freezing temperatures, and its room is able to be accessed from the outside by destroying the wall.
    • In the video game, Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo, ice-using robots are often dropped down from the ceiling for Goku to freeze him with.
  • The Dreaded: Looking back, it's likely that Suno's father was referring to him and not Android 8 when he stated that Muscle Tower held a terrible monster.
  • Evil Laugh: He can't talk, but he laughs a lot.
  • Fat Bastard: Sure, he's just a hungry beast trying to survive, but his Evil Laugh and constant grinning suggests he's getting a kick out of Goku's feeble attempts to fight back.
  • Harmless Freezing: It's more apparent in the video game adaptations, where freezing it only allows the player to damage it, but in the anime, Buyon still reacts to Goku kicking it hard enough it shatters.
  • Jabba Table Manners: Averted, despite the area it's kept in being littered with the bones of those it ate the bones it eats from are always picked clean, and it's not covered in food.
  • Kevlard: It's so fat it can completely No-Sell any direct attacks, including taking a full-blast Kamehameha to the stomach and having it just bounce off.
  • King Mook: If one takes the Dragon Ball Online as canon.
  • Killed Off for Real: Assuming that it wasn't revived when Goku had to wish for Earth to be fixed after Kid Buu destroys it. It's also the first named character to be Killed Off for Real by Goku, and the only member of the Red Ribbon Army not shown to be revived in GT.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: After punching a hole in the wall to freeze Buyon solid, Goku literally shatters him to pieces with one kick.
  • Meaningful Name: Its nickname "The Jiggler" should be obvious, given how fat it is, but "Buyon" includes the Japanese onomatopoeia for something that is soft or bouncy (buyo).
  • Mysterious Past: With the reveal that Buyon is actually a space alien, it becomes a mystery how exactly he got to Earth and how he was discovered and trained by the Red Ribbon Army.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: An interesting variation. Rather than being so physically tough, it can withstand anything thrown at it, it's so soft it can withstand anything thrown at it.
  • No-Sell: Practically its main gimmick, being so fat that direct attacks don't deal any damage. Goku has to make it solid just to be able to defeat it.
  • Overly-Long Tongue: It can get long enough to reach across the room.
  • Psycho Pink: It is as cruel and ravenous as its skin is pink.
  • Stone Wall: Practically his main gimmick. He's so fat that even the Kamehameha bounces off of him, and it takes literally freezing it solid before Goku can even hurt it.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: The first enemy in the series to completely No-Sell a Kamehameha.

     Mercenary Tao 

Androids

     Android 8 

     Android 20 (Dr. Gero) 

     Android 19 

Android 19 (人造人間19号, Jinzou Ningen Juukyuu-Gou)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Yukitoshi Hori
Voiced by (English): Phillip Wilburn (Z), Todd Haberkorn (Kai) (Funimation dub); Cathy Weseluck (Ocean dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Ricardo Hill, Roberto Mendiola (Kai)

The final android created by Dr. Gero whose objective is to kill Goku. He almost does just that (with a tiny bit of help from Goku's heart condition), but is attacked by Vegeta before that can happen. Android 19 just loses his head after Vegeta goes Super Saiyan.


  • Acrofatic: Fast and agile despite his size.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He gets his arms ripped off by Vegeta shortly before his destruction.
  • Artificial Human: He is a fully mechanical android.
  • Asshole Victim: Considering the fact that he ruthlessly beat on Goku and started to suck the life out of him while Goku was helpless and incapacitated from the heart virus, it's more or less impossible to feel any pity for him when Vegeta blows him to smithereens.
  • Brain in a Jar: Just like Gero, he has a glass dome covering his brain concealed by a hat, only his brain is purely electromechanical in nature.
  • Butt-Monkey: His return in GT is just to pay homage to the way he got axed the first time around — he got blown up and had nothing left but his broken head clattering from the wreckage and rolling to a stop rather pitifully. Off-screen. Yep, he wasn't even worth the trouble of another big death scene and was reduced to a quick gag.
  • The Cameo: Basically all his brief appearances in GT amount to. He first is shown flying out of Hell with Cooler, Major Metallitron, Yakon, Pui Pui, Jeice, Raditz, and General Rilldo on a TV announcement. Next, he's seen blasting up stuff with Pui Pui during the same broadcast. Finally, after Pui Pui and Yakon are both killed, #19 is the next to go with once again being blown up, off-screen, by Goten and Trunks and having his damaged head rolled out as before with Vegeta. He didn't even get to have any interactions with Dr. Gero.
  • Character Tics: He can be seen shaking his earring multiple times.
  • Creepy High-Pitched Voice: Phillip Wilburn's take on 19 made him out borderline Monster Clown on helium. Todd Haberkorn sounds fairly eerie himself with his take sounding downright woman-like at times.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: His fighting style relies solely on his high endurance, his ability to sap energy from opponents, and the element of surprise thanks to him being invisible to the Z-Fighters' Spider-Sense. Without any of these advantages, 19 is basically helpless.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Before then, Goku dominated him even as his strength was being drained by the heart virus. Once Goku wasted a massive amount of energy using a Kamehameha that 19 greedily absorbed, the tables turned and Goku gets the crap beat out of him.
  • Determinator: Absolutely refuses to let go of Vegeta once he manages to start absorbing his energy. Vegeta, for his part, commends him for this right before ripping his arms clean off of his body.
  • Dirty Coward: He gleefully beats a terminally-ill Goku senseless and drains his energy... but when he gets his ass handed to him by the perfectly healthy Vegeta and loses his arms, he's left trembling in fear before freaking out and running for the hills. Vegeta even calls him out on it in the original Funimation dub:
    Vegeta: What's the matter? You're the one who started this game, and now you don't want to play anymore? You were enjoying yourself before, when you were sucking the life out of Kakarot!
  • The Dragon: The straightest example in the Android saga, being Android 20's right hand and only creation besides Cell who doesn't defy him in some way.
  • Energy Absorption: Like Android 20, he can absorb ki and energy. Doesn't help him against Vegeta.
  • Fat Bastard: There's a very good reason Gero designed him to look like that... he found it amusing.
  • Feel No Pain: According to Tien and Vegeta.
  • Flat Character: Since he was designed to be fully loyal to Gero, he has no real personality. He also only exists to be killed by Vegeta.
  • Gonk: Barely looks human.
  • Jobber: Essentially existed so Vegeta would have something to beat up on when he first became a Super Saiyan.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: When Goku is incapacitated by his heart virus in the midst of their fight, 19 quickly beats him down and starts sucking the life out of him... which Vegeta quickly puts a stop to.
  • Killer Robot: Created to kill Goku. Almost succeeds thanks to Goku catching his heart virus.
  • Monster Clown: His white face and high-pitched voice in the Funimation dub of Z can give off this impression, especially with his laughter.
  • Not So Stoic: Initially seen with a blank expression and seeming like an emotionless robot, the mask cracks during his fights with Goku and Vegeta. He giggles like a crazed child after absorbing Goku's Kamehameha and beating him into the ground, has a gleeful Psychotic Smirk on his face while he's draining Goku's energy directly, and is left trembling in fear once he realizes he can't beat Vegeta before trying to make a break for it, screaming in sheer terror as he does.
    Vegeta: So it's I guess it's true after all. Androids do experience fear.
  • Off with His Head!: Like Guldo, this was caused by Vegeta, but unlike Guldo, Vegeta blew him up first.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Like the other androids, his energy can't be sensed by the Earth's fighters. He can also absorb energy through his hand like Android 20. Despite this, he's killed quickly once Vegeta removes his hands.
  • Robo Speak: In the Funimation dub.
  • Running Gag: Each time he gets killed, all that remains is his head, with the cranium blown out, his eyes all derpy, and his mouth hanging open.
  • Sadist: Takes great delight in draining his victims and beating them senseless, giggling like a crazed child while he does so. You can also see the joy on his face as he sucks the life out of Goku.
  • Smug Snake: He acts like a big shot, and only has the upper hand against Goku because of the heart virus. As soon as Vegeta kicks his ass and rips his arms off, he tries to make a break for it.
  • The Stoic: When he's first seen, he didn't smile and had a largely blank expression. Even when Goku was beating on him, he showed no real emotion. He did laugh maniacally after absorbing Goku's Kamehameha and started to beat him up and suck his energy. His cold demeanor completely shatters after Vegeta tears him up, leaving him quivering in fear.
  • Undignified Death: Loses his composure when Vegeta kicks his ass, and finally tries to run for his life after Vegeta tears his hands off.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Just like Android 20, he is shown using no fighting style or techniques. When Goku went Super Saiyan, 19 kept bull charging and didn't even try to evade or block Goku's attacks. Instead, he relies on his high endurance and his energy absorption to get ahead. The moment he loses his ability to drain energy, he becomes completely defenseless and tries to run.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Both figuratively and literally - after realizing that he has no chance against Vegeta, he ends up running away from him screaming his head off.
  • Your Head Asplode: Inverted — 19's head is the only part of his body that doesn't end up exploding from Vegeta's Big Bang Attack. It happens again in GT where Trunks and Goten blast him off-screen.

     Androids 17 & 18 
See Dragon Ball: Androids 17 and 18

For information on their future counterparts, see Dragon Ball: Future Trunks' Timeline

For information on Hellfighter Android 17 and Super Android 17, see Dragon Ball GT Villains

     Android 16 

     Androids 13, 14 & 15 

     Present Cell 

Present Cell (現在のセル, Genzai no Seru)

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The main timeline counterpart of Cell. He ends up being destroyed by Future Trunks and Krillin.

The Cell who achieves perfection and becomes a major antagonist has his own page.
For information on Future Cell, see Future Trunks' Timeline.

Besides tropes featured by Cell, Present Cell features examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: In the Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors game, he is able to become perfect from birth since Gero adjusted him to not need to absorb the Androids.
  • Irony: Despite being created to kill Goku, and being from the same timeline as him, both Cell, Present Cell and Future Cell had the least personal relationship with him out of all the main villains in the series. This is even more ironic for Present Cell, as although the Cell from Cell's timeline who appeared in the main timeline at least did fight Goku and indirectly did manage to carry out his mission to kill Goku, Present Cell never even met Goku.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Averted; Future Trunks and Krillin killed him before he could awaken. Of course, this doesn't stop the Cell that's developed into his imperfect form, but it'll save them the trouble of taking on Present Cell later.

     Cell Jrs. 

Cell Jrs. (セルJrs, Seru Junia)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Yusuke Numata (Z), Takahiro Fujimoto (Kai), Bin Shimada (Super Butoden 2), Hirotaka Suzuoki (Budokai series and Budokai Tenkaichi 1 and 2), Shigeru Nakahara (the legend)
Voiced by (English): Don Brown, Terry Klassen, Brian Drummond, Richard Newman, and Pauline Newstone (Ocean dub); Justin Cook (Funimation dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Carlos Olizar, Óscar Flores, José Arenas

Cell's offspring. They are asexually produced from Cell's tail, through cellular mitosis. According to Cell himself, each Cell Junior has his power and abilities.

In the manga of Dragon Ball Super, it's revealed they survived and became park rangers alongside Android 17.


  • Adaptational Wimp: They're extremely strong not only in general but by the standards of the era. Regardless, video games tend to cast them in the role of weak expendable mooks. In the context of their arc, only two or three characters (Gohan, Cell, and maybe Goku) were stronger than even a single Cell Junior.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Despite looking like mini versions of Cell, they are almost as strong as him, and are only weaker than Gohan and Cell by the time of their creation.
  • Blackmail: Dialogue for an unused Budokai 3 scenario has one Cell Jr. tell Cell "I know what you're hiding," implying this on some level.
  • Blood Knight: They love to fight and kill as much as their father.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: Despite being basically fodder, they are as strong as Super Saiyan Vegeta and Trunks, and in Super, can match Super Saiyan Goten and Trunks.
  • The Bus Came Back: After having presumably been killed by Gohan during the Cell Games, a chapter in the Super manga reveals they have Cell's regeneration powers and were tamed by Android 17 afterward.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: They brutally beat the Z warriors in order to provoke Gohan.
  • Dirty Coward: They gleefully beat up the weaker Z-Fighters on Cell's orders, but back down in fear when faced with an enraged Super Saiyan 2 Gohan; one even uses Krillin as a Human Shield and threatens to slit his throat with Wolverine Claws if Gohan doesn't back off, and when only one of them is left, he straight-up tries to run away.
  • Enfant Terrible: Created with the sole purpose of torturing the Z-Fighters to force Gohan to reveal his hidden power.
  • Flat Character: They're just mooks that enjoy torturing others, and that's all there is to them.
  • Giggling Villain: They have no dialogue. They only laugh and giggle, when they're not screaming in terror and pain after Gohan is finished with them. They are at least able to speak if an unused scenario in Budokai 3 is any indication. Other materials show that they possess about the same intelligence as their designs and roles would imply, but simply choose not to speak.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the Super manga, they were tamed by Android 17 to help defend his island from poachers. An unused scenario in Budokai 3 would've also seen one of them rebel against Cell.
  • The Hyena: Their only dialog is to laugh and giggle when they're not screaming in terror and pain after Gohan is finished with them.
  • Informed Attribute: They supposedly have the same powers as Cell, yet they don't have his regeneration powers, making their deaths more inconsistent. This was corrected in the manga adaptation of Dragon Ball Super, where they regenerated but were tamed by Android 17 but at the cost of a causing a Voodoo Shark instead.
  • Made of Explodium: In the anime, they explode into nothingness when Gohan kills them. In the manga, they also explode, but rather than this trope, it's because Gohan just hits them really hard, resulting in straight-up Gorn.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Even smaller than Krillin or a Saibaman, but are powerful enough to the point that everyone sans Super Saiyan 2 Gohan could only hold their own at best.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: After Gohan takes down all but one of them, the remaining Cell Jr tries (and fails) to run away.
  • Schrödinger's Canon: Their status as being alive is debatable. The manga of Super, which has already taken some creative liberties throughout its run, claims that 17 found and tamed them, the anime however makes no indication of this. As such, it's easier to assume they're not going to be showing up anytime soon.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: In the anime. One minute they're being manhandled by Yamcha and Tien, and the next they're putting Super Saiyan Trunks and Vegeta on the ropes. Though this can largely blamed on filler, as the manga and Kai keeps them fairly consistent.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the manga adaptation of Super, it was shown that they regenerated after Gohan destroyed their bodies.
  • Voodoo Shark: Them being alive in Super's Manga raises a good amount of questions, such as when did they regenerate? What have they been doing all this time? How did they arrive on 17's island? Why did they not want revenge on Gohan or seek him out? These are never answered.
  • The Worf Effect: To the Z Fighters, they're unstoppable killing machines. They're nothing but pests to Super Saiyan 2 Gohan, who one-shots all of them. They also serve as a convenient measuring stick for Cell's true power; the Z Fighters were totally outclassed by all seven of them, but after powering up, Cell is confident that he's still stronger than Gohan, who he just saw obliterate the Juniors in one blow each. Then Gohan reveals his true power and it becomes apparent how terribly outclassed Cell truly is.

     Android 21 

Red Pants Army

See Dragon Ball Online

Red Pharmaceuticals

     Magenta 

Magenta

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Voiced by (Japanese): Volcano Ota
Voiced by (English): Charles Martinet
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Octavio Rojas
President of Red Pharmaceuticals, the legitimate face of the Red Ribbon Army. He is the son of Commander Red.
  • Ambiguously Related: Magenta has a picture of Colonel Violet on his office desk right next to a picture of his father Commander Red, implying she's his mother or related to him in some other way.
  • Avenging the Villain: For his father Commander Red.
  • Benevolent Boss: He treats Carmine and the rest of his soldiers with kindness and respect.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Downplayed. Magenta is no more competent than his father was, and greatly overestimates his own intellect. But he was able to rebuild the Red Ribbon Army in secret, manipulate Dr. Hedo into joining his organization and provide the resources to create Gammas 1 & 2, and authorized the creation of an even more powerful version of Cell.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Cell Max in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Somehow manages to fall into this trope despite being the actual Big Bad of the movie. Yes, it's his plan to kill off the protagonists and Take Over the World, but he's an incompetent boob who only gets as far as he does thanks to Hedo wanting to create superheroes and Piccolo wanting to teach Gohan a lesson. The most serious, consequential act of villainy he accomplishes is using his dying breath to activate a Doomsday Device that Hedo had prepared for him and already managed to partially sabotage.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Played for Black Comedy. His death by poisoning is impressively painful, drawn-out, and humiliating, with his seizure resembling a traditional Japanese Kabuki Mime-Dance complete with drums and Yoh vocals, serving as a final punchline to his movie-long habit of worthlessly antagonizing those vastly more stronger and competent than he is.
  • Cyborg: While trying to kill Dr. Hedo for betraying him, Magenta reveals that he had enhanced his body with a cybernetic exoskeleton. Unfortunately for him, his body is still comprised largely of organic components, leaving him vulnerable to the poison from Hedo’s remote-controlled drone.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He deeply cares about his father as he holds a picture of him on his office desk and respects him greatly. The loss of Magenta's late father might be one of the main reasons he wants revenge on Goku and his family as he holds them responsible for his death years ago. He even has a photo of Colonel Violet.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He funded Dr. Gero's research during the events of Dragon Ball Z. The deaths of Gero and Cell were huge setbacks in his plans to rebuild the Red Ribbon Army.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He tricks Dr. Hedo into thinking that the Z Fighters and Capsule Corporation are evil.
  • Meaningful Name: Magenta is the shade between red and violet, highlighting his status as the successor to Commander Red.
  • Mirror Character: To his father Commander Red. Both are dwarfish, egotistical terrorist masterminds with ambitions of world domination. However, whereas Commander Red frequently had his subordinates punished for the most trivial of failures and practically destroyed the Red Ribbon Army in pursuing the Dragon Balls for an incredibly asinine reason, Magenta treats his underlings with dignity and respect and doesn’t waste his organization’s resources and manpower on something as petty as growing taller.
  • Modern Major General: The dark irony of his story is that he appears to have been an incredibly successful pharmaceutical CEO. It's just that he wanted to be an Evil Overlord despite having little actual talent for it.
  • The Napoleon: He inherited the height-challenged genes of his father and often stands on boxes to make himself look taller.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Like his father, Magenta doesn't fight or interact with any of the heroes and has Carmine, the Gammas, his soldiers and Cell Max do all the fighting for him. Granted, he does try to kill Hedo and then fight him properly, but Hedo has him injected with deadly poison before he can.
  • Smug Snake: A cruel, cocky dictator-wannabe who's never, ever as in control of the situation as he thinks he is, and tends to achieve his (often illusory) successes thanks to other people indulging him for their own purposes. Exemplified in his final scene, where he tries to kill Hedo only to learn that the doctor had essentially already won before the fight even started... using a method he'd already threatened Magenta with earlier in the movie.
  • Too Dumb to Live: While his objectives are slightly more sensible than his father's, his methods absolutely are not. He goes from being a respected and immensely wealthy pharmaceutical CEO to dying a spectacular Cruel and Unusual Death amidst the flaming wreckage of his would-be empire entirely because he keeps picking fights with people who completely eclipse him in power and/or intellect and keeps ignoring all the incredibly obvious warning signs (up to and including being directly warned to his face) that this will end horribly for him. The specifics of his death only drive this home. During his first meeting with Hedo, he learned that the doctor was Immune to Bullets and could kill any human being (specifically including cyborgs) quickly and effortlessly by having his robot bee discreetly inject them with poison. When Hedo turned against him, he shot him several times with a handgun, revealed his cyborg augmentations, and challenged him to a fight. You can guess the rest.
  • Undignified Death: The Neurotoxin dart that Doctor Hedo shoots at him in self defense could have just sent him into a seizure and had him collapse on the ground paralyzed, but is instead made hilariously cruel by having his spasms contort his body into multiple poses resembling Japanese Kabuki Stage Dance, with his face's shade even turning a shade of the black and white face paint of said mimes. Rubbing salt in the wounds is the accompanying background music of Yoh Vocals and drum beats to each spasmed dance move before he finally collapses in a humiliating grinning heap.
  • The Unfought: He doesn't engage in any fight and no one fights him, even in the climax. Mostly because Hedo manages to effortlessly kill him the moment he does actually try to throw hands.
  • Villainous Friendship: He is very good friends with Carmine and holds him in very high regards and trusts him greatly.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Implied. To the public he is the president and CEO of a successful pharmaceutical company that no one, not even the Z Fighters, suspects is a front for a terrorist organization.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Being completely prepared to kidnap and threaten the three-year-old Pan in order to draw out Gohan was the main moral dividing line between him and Hedo's android team, and the last straw for his already somewhat strained relationship with the doctor and his 'family'.

     Dr. Hedo 

Dr. Hedo

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Voiced by (Japanese): Miyu Irino
Voiced by (English): Zach Aguilar
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Miguel Ángel Ruiz
The new chief scientist recruited by Magenta. He is the grandson of Dr. Gero.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He's goofy looking and his obsession with heroes is ridiculous but he's not afraid to kill Magenta when the two face off. He also killed a few inmates during his stint in prison.
  • Boxed Crook: Magenta recruits him after he had finished serving a prison sentence for stealing bodies from a morgue for usage in his experiments.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He's a lot more prepared than Gero ever was. His creations are more generalized and adaptable in their capabilities, and he takes careful measures to protect himself from betrayal by either his employers or his own weapons. All of this proves extremely useful throughout the movie, both for him and for the entire planet.
  • Desecrating the Dead: It's explained rather early on that Hedo dug up corpses and used them as his own attempt to make cyborgs.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While he's not particularly moral, per se, he's a big fan of superheroes and has no real appetite for actual villainy. He also deliberately invokes this with his creations, keeping himself and the planet safe from them through the simple expedient of giving them consciences - his main objection to deploying Cell Max is that it isn't yet sapient enough to understand that destroying the world is a bad idea.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: He's not all that great a person and he knows it, but he wants more than anything else to create genuine superheroes. When the Gammas do a Heel–Face Turn after deciding they're fighting for the wrong side, he's entirely willing to follow them.
  • Family Theme Naming: Super Hero would establish his and Dr. Gero's family names as being puns on vomiting, with Dr. Hedo's name being a pun on "hedo" (反吐), the Japanese word for vomiting.
  • Fanboy: Of superheroes, which is why he designs Gamma 1 & 2 after them.
  • Gray-and-Grey Morality: Despite having an obsession with superheroes, he doesn't care about if he or his creations kill people (he has no qualms killing people in a moment's notice), and largely apathetic to the idea of using force to enforce justice. His only real objection comes from how he Wouldn't Hurt a Child, and he's aware his actions are unjust. Piccolo even spells it out, saying he isn't evil, but he isn't what one could call good either.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He's a largely amoral weapons developer for a world domination campaign, but while he's fine with letting his creations be used to take out the Red Ribbon Army's alien competition, he's not fine with kidnapping a child to lure her father into a trap, or anything else that's similarly malicious and cruel. Inspired by the example of the Gammas, he accepts their decision to stand down and surrender to the heroes' rescue mission, and risks his life to try to prevent Magenta from destroying the world by releasing Cell Max. After the battle, he completes his redemption arc by applying to work alongside Gamma-1 at Capsule Corp under Bulma.
  • Immune to Bullets: He modified his skin with a chemical enhancement that renders him impervious to ballistics. It comes in handy when Magenta shoots Hedo several times at point-blank range while he’s trying to stop the former from activating Cell Max.
  • Irony: He's a huge fan of superheroes... while also being an apathetic arms dealer who would kill someone just because they were making fun of him.
  • Lack of Empathy: He's not empathy-devoid, and does have a conscience underneath it all, but he's definitely empathy-deficient. He resorts to lethal force with disturbing speed and ease, and thinks little of engaging in criminal activities (or even helping a terrorist organization Take Over the World) in order to support his research.
  • Mad Scientist: While nowhere near as bad as his grandfather, Hedo still resorts to some fairly unethical scientific practices such as digging up corpses to use in his experiments, or accepting funding from the world’s most notorious terrorist organization in order to create the ultimate life form.
  • Manchild: While a brilliant, if amoral, scientist, Hedo is quite childish with his superhero obsession, complete with wearing a superhero outfit underneath his lab coat. He also seems to eat nothing but Oreo cookies and milk.
  • Mirror Character: To his grandfather Dr Gero. Both developed highly powerful androids in service of the Red Ribbon Army, but the similarities end there. Gero was a Knight of Cerebus to contrast the silly nature of the original Red Ribbon Army, and a wholly immoral, irredeemable Bad Boss who repeatedly proved himself Too Dumb to Live. Hedo harkens back to the army's goofy nature, and is a Crazy-Prepared Noble Demon who treats his creations like family (except for Cell Max, but only because he's a non-sapient force of destruction), and survives through good planning, good luck, and good karma.
  • Noble Demon: He's a weapons developer who's amoral but not immoral, and has both a sense of honour (inspired by his love of superheroes) and no appetite for pointless or extreme cruelty.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: He and his Gammas collectively serve as this for Magenta's new Red Ribbon Army. They're both its main source of (meaningful) military power and its most principled members, and the entire organisation ends up on a swift route to oblivion as soon as it crosses lines they're not willing to follow it across.
  • Oh, Crap!: Practically says this word-for-word when Cell Max is activated.
  • Older Than They Look: His young voice, short stature and youthful appearance may give off the impression he's much young boy, he's at least a full grown adult.
  • Only in It for the Money: In addition to Magenta's lies, his motivation for working for Red Pharmaceuticals is getting money to research his funding.
  • Properly Paranoid: He made sure to bake an Achilles' Heel into Cell Max in case it ever got out of control. As the climax of Super Hero shows, this was a very prescient move on his part.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He admits that he's at least somewhat aware that Magenta and the Red Ribbon Army are bad news (saying his parents warned him about them), and that their claims that they're protecting the world are utter bunk, but so long as they give him the funding, resources, and facilities to pursue his android research, it's not that big a deal to him.
  • Story-Breaker Power: This is a 24 year old Manchild who is able to artificially manufacture two (three, if you count Cell Max that he replicated from the notes and zygotes found in his grandfather's lab) androids that equal (if not rival) Super Saiyan Gods in the span of a mere six months, and has outright stated that he is more than capable of mass-producing them if Gamma 1 & 2 prove to be successful prototypes. Note that Doctor Gero was only able to accomplish a similar feat making 16, 17 and 18 in his late 60's after fourteen years of research, and has apparently never even met, much less teach any of his considerable talents to his grandson. Now that Hedo works for Bulma, the Z-Warriors have now gained an indispensible source of new warriors in the next Tournament of Power.
  • Superior Successor: Hedo is considered to be superior to his grandfather by Magenta and Carmine, and he might as well be, since as soon as Hedo got in touch with Red Ribbon's resources Gamma 1 and 2 were created, androids whom Piccolo considers to be as strong as some of the recent opponents he has faced, namely before and during the Tournament of Power; and Cell Max, in an incomplete form, was a serious threat above what Piccolo expected of the Gammas.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Oreos, which he can be seen eating throughout the movie.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Played With. He's convinced to help Magenta based on a lie, but it does turn out he's rather apathetic to the idea that his enemies aren't evil.

     Carmine 

Carmine

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Voiced by (Japanese): Ryota Takeuchi
Voiced by (English): Jason Marnocha
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Beto Castillo
Magenta's chauffeur and right-hand man.
  • Anime Hair: He has a massive pompadour which he keeps well groomed. His personal car even has a custom-made dome in the roof to accommodate his 'do.
  • Color Motif: He wears a completely red business suit, complete with red boots.
  • Consummate Liar: He uses fake, edited photos of the Z Fighters to make them look evil as a way to manipulate Dr. Hedo and the Gammas into thinking they are villains and trick the the latter into killing them.
  • The Dragon: To Magenta.
  • Gangsta Style: He shoots at Pan with a sideways "gangsta" stance.
  • Jerkass: While he is loyal to Magenta, Carmine is downright cold and heartless to everyone else around him and shows no mercy. He is also a very self-absorbed Glory Hound as he likes hogging the all credit to himself and never shares it in his logos or videos.
  • Killed Offscreen: After Carmine is defeated and knocked out by Pan, his body was never seen afterwards, but it is hinted that he got killed and disintegrated in Cell Max's vicious attack while remaining unconscious.
  • Meaningful Name: "Carmine" is related to the Aramish word for crimson, which is certainly reflected in his all-red wardrobe.
  • Mirror Character: To Staff Officer Black. Like Black, Carmine is much more competent and straight-laced than his boss, but he is nevertheless extremely loyal to Magenta, whereas Black ultimately betrayed Commander Red (it helps that Magenta, unlike his idiot father, doesn't try anything as frivolous as using the Dragon Balls to wish to grow taller).
  • Shooting Superman: Tries to kill Pan, a quarter-Saiyan child and the granddaughter/daughter of Goku and Gohan who is being trained by Piccolo, with a handgun after she breaks free of her cuffs. Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t end well for him.
  • The Stoic: He is emotionless, calm, and collected while he is ruthless, murderous and cold-blooded.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Magenta.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He enjoys in tormenting an kidnapped Pan and later attempting to kill her, a 3-year-old little girl. Of course, Pan is strong enough to take care of herself and she easily knocks him out.

     Gamma 1 & Gamma 2 

Gamma 1 & Gamma 2

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Gamma 1
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Gamma 2
Voiced by (Japanese): Hiroshi Kamiya (Gamma 1), Mamoru Miyano (Gamma 2)
Voiced by (English): Aleks Le (Gamma 1), Zeno Robinson (Gamma 2)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Marc Winslow (Gamma 1), Alan Fernando Velázquez (Gamma 2)

Two new superhero-themed androids developed by Dr. Hedo. The red-themed Gamma 1 is the stoic and serious one who fights Gohan in Super Hero. The blue-themed Gamma 2 is the boisterous and smug one who fights Piccolo in Super Hero.


  • Actor Allusion: For Gamma 2 in the English dub. It's not the first time Zeno Robinson has voiced an artificially created being who's loyal to their creator, believing they have the best of intentions, only to start questioning those intentions after being confronted by the main hero.
  • Adaptive Ability: Observing his fight with Gohan, Piccolo notes Gamma 1 is learning and growing stronger. Gamma 1 quickly gains the advantage, leaving Gohan on the back foot until he unleashes his Ultimate form.
  • Animal Themed Super Being: Deliberately invoked by their creator. They have a shark-like aesthetic with grey skin and fins on their head, as well as shark-themed ray guns, mainly because Hedo thinks any proper superhero should be an Animal Themed Super Being and sharks are as a good an option as any.
  • Beehive Barrier: Gamma 2 is capable of putting up barriers like previous androids. Unlike previous entries, it's honeycombed patterned and reflects attacks instead of purely tanking the hit.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": When Piccolo starts pointing out the flaws in what Gamma 2 has been told, the latter shouts this at him to rebuke what's being said.
  • Captain Ersatz: Gamma 2 is a rather blatant homage to the Ultra Series' Ultraman Zero. He is voiced by Mamoru Miyano, is an Ultraman Copy with twin head fins, is characterized as a misguided arrogant Blood Knight with aspects of a Stock Shōnen Hero — exactly like Zero was before his own Character Development.
  • Chekhov's Gun: As a subtle character development for Gamma 2, he initially misses the detail that Piccolo escaped his assault, something that Gamma 1 scolds him for. Near the climax, Gamma 2 notices that Dr. Hedo is alive and jokingly scolds Gamma 1 for not noticing.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Gamma 2's fight with Piccolo has him handily kicking the latter's ass, and would have killed him had he not been fooled by the Namekian.
  • Good Is Not Soft: They think they are superheroes, but are more than willing to kill their foes. This continues after their Heel–Face Turn, where they're prepared to put up a ferocious fight against Cell Max alongside the protagonists.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Gohan and Piccolo try to talk some sense to them and that they are not fighting for the good side, particularly Piccolo providing the argument that even if they're just following orders, their master could have been fed false information. When Carmine tries to shoot Pan with a gun, Gamma 2 shoots Carmine's gun away and finally realize that the Red Pharmaceuticals/Red Ribbon Army are the real bad guys and stops fighting Piccolo. He and Piccolo tell Gamma 1 and Gohan to stop. The two Gammas subsequently help the Dragon Team to stop Cell Max, with Gamma 1 becoming the newest Z-Warrior after suriviving the battle with the monster.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Gamma 2 attempts a self-destructing attack against Cell Max which fails to kill the beast, though it stops from being a Senseless Sacrifice due to the attack still depriving Cell Max of an arm and scarring the entire left side of his body.
  • Large Ham: Like Gohan's Great Saiyaman persona, Gamma 2 is a hammy "For Great Justice" type with a fondness for cheesy poses.
  • Mirror Character: Androids #17 and #18 were rebellious Deadpan Snarker twins that didn't particularly care about good or evil as much as finding entertainment. Gamma 1 and 2 are fiercely loyal androids that largely operate on the idea that they're heroes, but also with a hint of My Master, Right or Wrong.
  • Morality Pet: To their creator, Hedo. He may be a largely amoral Mad Scientist, but he treats them both as his own beloved sons and is willing to respect their decisions about what is and is not the right thing to do. It helps that he explicitly created them as homages to the superheroes he admires, so when they end up as better people than he is, they're very much working as intended.
  • Nice to the Waiter: When Gamma 2 returns to headquarters after his first fight with Piccolo, he and several Red Ribbon soldiers are shown cheerfully greeting each other.
  • Painting the Medium: Gamma 2's strikes on Piccolo land with a retro-style comic effect with onomatopoeia, which initially seems to be just Piccolo Leaning on the Fourth Wall when he questions where these effects came from. In reality, they're holographic effects that Gamma 2 makes for added spectacle.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Classical superheroes dressed in red and blue capes. Ironically, the real protagonists of Super Hero are Gohan and Piccolo, who both dress in purple gi (Piccolo has green skin, to boot).
  • Ray Gun: They both wield retro-looking ray guns coloured to match their outfits.
  • Recurring Element: Another pair of powerful cyborg twins created by the Red Ribbon Army to hunt down the protagonists.
  • Redemption Earns Life: Gamma 1, the surviving twin, sheepishly asks Bulma if he could join his creator Doctor Hedo as an employee at Capsule Corporation, which she graciously accepts.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: While they may look almost identical, their personalities contrast one another. Gamma 1 is stated to have a calming personality while Gamma 2 demonstrates a slightly flippant attitude. In one scene that displays their dynamic, Gamma 1 obediently stands to attention while Gamma 2 casually leans on his shoulder. Ironically, Gamma 1 wears red while Gamma 2 wears blue.
  • Shout-Out: The Gammas seem to draw on multiple classic Japanese superheroes:
    • Their grey skin and rounded heads with fins on the top resemble Ultraman. Gamma 1's single fin specifically makes him resemble Ultraseven.
    • Their uniforms (with their belts, tunics, and long boots) resemble a cross between the cast of Cyborg 009 (specifically in the large buttons) and Anpanman (in their capes).
    • One of Gamma 2’s attacks is a Diving Kick ala Kamen Rider. His twin head fins also evoke the original Kamen Rider's antennae.
  • Superhero: They may be the titular superheroes of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, though they appear to be working with the remnants of the villainous Red Ribbon Army and targeting Goku's friends under the impression that they are evil. At the end of the film, Piccolo commends Gamma 2 on his bravery and calls him a true superhero after all, though Hedo corrects him that all of the Dragon Team members are superheroes.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Gamma 2 is one for Android 16. Like 16, Gamma 2 is a fully-mechanical Android who was made for evil purposes, but ultimately turns good and gives his life to stop Cell (or at least a copy of him).
  • Ultraman Copy: Their heads are modelled after famous Ultra Series heroes. Gamma 1 is based on the original Ultraman, while Gamma 2 seems to be based on Ultraman Zero.
  • Worthy Opponent: Upon witnessing Gamma 2 protecting Pan from being shot by Carmine, Piccolo comes to respect him as a misguided but true hero, enough so to furiously charge in to protect him from being trampled by Cell Max when he was knocked unconcious by the monster.
  • Would Not Hurt A Child: Played with. While they express distaste at using Pan as bait to draw out Gohan, they still go along with it when Magenta has some goons kidnap her. However, when Piccolo (disguised as a Red Ribbon soldier) pretends to hurt Pan, Gamma 2 is outraged and Carmine outright attempting to shoot her is what finally makes the android realize that Magenta and his goons are actually the bad guys, meaning that while they tolerated Pan's kidnapping, they draw the line at actually harming her.
  • Written Sound Effect: They are equipped with hologram projectors that allows them to visualize sound effects, something Picollo wonders about when he first fights Gamma 2.

     The Ultimate Weapon (UNMARKED SPOILERS

Cell Max

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Voiced by (Japanese): Norio Wakamoto
Voiced by (English): Dameon Clarke
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Ricardo Brust
A kaiju-sized clone of Cell and the Red Ribbon Army's ultimate weapon.
  • Achilles' Heel: The center of his forehead is his weak point, that is struck three times, which damages him and weakens him but it still takes Gohan Beast to exploit it with an enormous Makankosappo blast while an equally giant-sized Piccolo pins Cell Max down. It was deliberately added by Hedo to make killing him easier, since he didn't fully trust either Cell Max or Magenta.
  • Beam Spam: He is able to fire beams from every single spot in his gigantic body in a similar manner to Shin Godzilla. Cell Max’s body spots aren’t visible at first unlike the original Cell, but are activated when Cell Max empowers himself and they glow when he's about to fire his numerous beams.
  • The Berserker: He's locked in a mindless, all-consuming rage from the very second he's born, and acts on it by destroying everything in his line of sight.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Magenta in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Gohan Beast manages to put him down by drilling a gargantuan hole through his head with a massive Special Beam Cannon blast.
  • Composite Character: Cell Max is a mixture of Semi-Perfect Cell and Bio-Broly. While the comparisons to Cell are obvious, Bio-Broly was also a kaiju-sized cloning experiment that lacked the intelligence of his genetic template.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: Right after Gohan Beast lays the killing blow, Gamma 1 immediately warns everybody to flee right as Cell Max is about to explode, forcing the heroes to Outrun the Fireball.
  • Feral Villain: Invoked trope as he is built to enforce "peace", and was released by Magenta before he could be properly completed. Unlike the original Cell, Cell Max lacks sapience and is a mindless beast of destruction.
  • Final Boss: He is the last opponent that the heroes face in the final act of the film.
  • From a Single Cell: Subverted. Unlike with Cell, Cell Max seems to not possess any form of regeneration, because Hedo thought he was dangerously uncontrollable in his present state and wanted it to be possible to kill him by targeting a single weak spot rather than having to obliterate him entirely.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Gamma 2's Heroic Sacrifice blows off his arm and badly scars half his body, weakening him enough that Gohan and Piccolo credit it with helping them deliver the killing blow.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Quite literally due to his Kaiju proportions, but Dr. Hedo is extremely reluctant to unleash Cell Max for a number of reasons. Not only is he impossible to control and based on incomplete research from Dr. Gero, he doesn't fit the cool superhero aesthetic at all!
  • Gonk: He strongly resembles Cell's second 'Semi-Perfect' transformation, which was noted to be extremely ugly, both in-universe and out.
  • The Juggernaut: Aside from his aforementioned weak spot, he's so tough that he can almost seem invulnerable (though a particularly strong self-destructing attack, like the one Gamma 2 attempts, can also do substantial damage to him). It takes the combined might of Gohan, Piccolo, Goten, Trunks, Android #18, Krillin and the Gamma Twins to stand a chance against him. After scraping a win, Gohan speculates that even Goku and Vegeta would have struggled to defeat Cell Max. Toriyama states that if Cell Max was completed, even Broly would not have been able to defeat it.
  • Kaiju: Cell Max is the size of a large building, much bigger than even Cell's bloated self-destructing form. Cell Max's size forces Piccolo to bust out his rarely-seen Gigantification technique in order to match the beast in height.
  • Knight of Cerebus: As a film, Super Hero is fairly light-hearted and comedic in tone. All that goes out the window the second Cell Max is awakened.
  • Logical Weakness: An unusual example, where the existence of a deliberately-added Achilles' Heel reveals additional weaknesses (like the inverse of Required Secondary Powers). Hedo gave Cell Max lighter armour over the vital organs in his head. Therefore, if it were possible to kill him with damage to a single vulnerable spot, he couldn't have a Healing Factor. If he didn't have a Healing Factor, it was therefore possible to wear him down through brute-force attrition in order to make attacking his vitals easier. This proves essential to the heroes' victory over him, and is what makes Gamma-2's sacrifice meaningful.
  • Mirror Character: To the original Cell. Cell was a Genius Bruiser who was able to scheme around others and was quite known for his sharp tongue. Cell Max is nothing more than a rampaging monster who tries to destroy everything around him instinctively.
  • Nigh-Invulnerable: Pretty much completely immune to damage outside of his Achilles' Heel.
  • Not Zilla: Appears to be heavily inspired by the big green fella's Shin Godzilla incarnation, specifically. He's a near-mindless, hideously-mutated behemoth with vivid red highlights whose most iconic attack is firing a web of violet Beam Spam from all over his body, and especially from his oddly-shaped tail.
  • Oh, Crap!: A non-verbal one as Cell Max realizes the power Gohan Beast's attack would have, and tries to make himself a harder target to hit by taking flight, a move that might have worked if not for Piccolo's efforts.
  • Red Is Violent: His exoskeleton is mostly red, in contrast to the original Cell's green colour scheme. While Cell was a murderous sadist, he was in full control of his actions. Cell Max, on the other hand, is little more than a rampaging monster who instinctively destroys everything in sight.
  • Sucksessor: To Cell. While Cell Max easily beats his predecessor in terms of raw destructive power, he is also a brainless Berserker with none of the original Cell's cunning and intellect, as well as a lack of a Healing Factor (when his arm gets blasted off by Gamma #2, it does not regenerate). Cell Max also has an Achilles' Heel purposely built in, courtesy of Dr. Hedo not having much faith in Cell Max's usefulness to begin with: a strong enough hit to his head will kill him instantly.
  • Superior Successor: Downplayed. Cell Max is vastly more powerful than the original Cell, but he possesses several key weaknesses that his predecessor did not. For one, Cell Max has a clear weak spot on his forehead that kills him instantly when struck hard enough, but more importantly, he is completely insane and unable to control his power.
  • Tail Slap: Unlike the original's stinger tail, Cell Max has a large bludgeon at the tip of his tail, which he uses to smack the heroes around. At one point Piccolo manages to catch the end and slam him back with it.
  • Tortured Monster: His cacophonous roars sound more like those of a pained and confused animal than a truly malicious monster.
  • Understatement: Gamma 1 states that Cell Max's weakness is the top of his head, which makes it initially seem like a Weaksauce Weakness, but as the Z-fighters soon find out, it requires an incredible amount of power to exploit this weakness.
  • The Unintelligible: Whereas Cell was highly intelligent and eloquent, Cell Max cannot speak. He only screams and roars. The implication is that his speech-centres (and anything else that might have resulted in him having something interesting to say) weren't developed by the time Magenta deployed him.
  • Walking Spoiler: Was kept out of the marketing for Super Hero to serve as a surprise.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Spends the final part of his battle against Gohan and Piccolo with an arm down thanks to Gamma 2.

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