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Character page for the Saiyans, a race from the Dragon Ball franchise.


Saiyans (サイヤ人, Saiya-jin)

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The most important race in the Dragon Ball lore since Goku is part of this mighty warrior race.

While much of the backstory of the Saiyans remain a mystery, what we do know is that they didn't originate from Planet Vegeta. Their original homeworld, Planet Sadala, was destroyed during in-fighting before they invaded Planet Plant, killing the Tuffles. Some time after that, their planet was annexed by Frieza's Empire. For years, they worked as part of Frieza's attack force, being some of Frieza's strongest fighters, while also suffering under Fantastic Racism by the Frieza Force. Despite their hard work, however, Frieza decided to eliminate the Saiyans out of fear of their growing power, the legend of the Super Saiyan, and the fact that the Saiyans were too free willed to ever be truly loyal to him. To that end, he recalled all the Saiyans back to Planet Vegeta, planning to destroy the planet in a month's time. This tipped off Bardock that something was wrong and he and his wife sent off their youngest child Kakarot for his protection.

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What happens next varies between mediums, but the most common plot points are that the Saiyans rebel against Frieza and King Vegeta personally leads an attack. He is easily killed and Bardock alone launches one final assault against Frieza, only for him to be killed along with Planet Vegeta. This reduces the Saiyan's numbers to a mere handful note  , more if you include non-canon material, making them functionally extinct outside of the hybrids.

In the current story, the Saiyans are experiencing a bit of a resurgence thanks to breeding with humans, creating powerful hybrid Saiyans who are far stronger and less violent than their pure-blooded counterparts. They are also not evil anymore thanks to the influence of the Earthlings.

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Universe 6, the twin universe of Universe 7, have their own Saiyans. Unlike their U7's counterparts, the Saiyans of U6 are a thriving race and heroes who protect the innocent.


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  • Achilles' Heel: Grabbing a Saiyan's tail can disabled them if they haven't trained themselves to overcome this weakness.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Despite being from another planet, Saiyans seem to speak the same language as earthlings do.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Played with. Saiyans are known across the universe for being a race of coldblooded, murderous monsters to the point that the Galactic Patrol assigned people like Jaco to kill their babies when they were sent to planets. There are a few pacifists born among them, but they are the exception. Frieza wiping out the Saiyans is mostly seen as a good thing. At the same time, the surviving Saiyans in the story are good to the point of being the universe's greatest protectors. They are also a great deal more powerful than they ever were when they were evil.
  • Amazon Chaser: According to Vegeta, male Saiyans are wired to prefer strong willed women.
  • Animal Motifs: Monkeys, of course. Just like Son Goku, Saiyans have monkey tails and can transform into the Great Ape.
  • Asshole Victim: While it was terrible of Frieza to kill the Saiyans after all the loyal work they did under him and his father, it's hard to feel sorry for them since they were genocidal Space Pirates long before King Cold conquered them. This feeling is carried over to characters like Goku and King Kai. They both see the fate of the Saiyans as karma and Goku even tells Frieza that the Saiyans paid for their mistakes.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: King and Prince Vegeta were by far the strongest Saiyans to ever exist. Planet Vegeta was named after King Vegeta, not the other way around. Saiyans can also raise up the ranks by getting stronger as Toriyama notes since most Saiyans were classified as low-class warriors with only a handful of mid-tier Saiyans.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: All Saiyans with tails have the ability to become Great Apes; giant monkeys that tower over the battlefield.
  • Badass Crew: Saiyans form teams to help them conquer worlds. The most well-known teams are Bardock's crew and the remaining Saiyans led by Vegeta during the Saiyan Saga.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Have been shown doing this a few times despite it being said multiple times that Saiyans can't breathe in space.
  • Beyond the Impossible: The Saiyan ability to get stronger truly doesn't seem to have an unsurpassable ceiling, at least in the anime. It's to the point where Vegeta has repeatedly stated that "Saiyans have no limits", and it's hard to disagree with the boast, considering several Saiyans reach levels equal to/surpassing that of the gods themselves.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: The Saiyans are Human Aliens who are insanely aggressive and love to fight, have tails, and can transform into giant apes in the light of the full moon if they still have their tails. Not to mention if they are put close to death and recover, they increase in strength exponentially. Despite this, they can interbreed with humans.
  • Blood Knight: With the exceptions of Tarble and Gine, all Saiyans love fighting and have a strong bloodlust. Even the peaceful Son Goku is an unrepentant blood knight who will put a good battle over friends and family's safety. This also applies to the half-Saiyans to a lesser extent. Although the hybrids don't have the need to fight like pure-blooded Saiyans, they still enjoy sparring, play fights, and watching fights.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: To a degree. Gine is considered a "pacifist" because she's strongly opposed to sending babies into dangerous combat situations. Given she is a failed soldier who would have been killed several times over if not for Bardock saving her, which is also considered an odd behavior for a Saiyan, it's not surprising to a human observer why she would have that mindset.
  • The Bully: For all their cultural posturing, Saiyans are really nothing more than a planet of bullies. They claim to be all about Might Makes Right but can't stand losing. In a true society where strength is the standard of morality, then even if someone lost they would Face Death with Dignity or be a Graceful Loser. By contrast, Saiyans only believe in survival of the fittest when they are the fittest.
  • But What About the Astronauts?: A few were off conquering other planets when Frieza destroyed their homeworld. Frieza called them all home, hoping to avert this trope.
  • Came Back Strong: A racial trait of all Saiyans: after recovering from mortal wounds, Saiyans become much stronger. How this racial trait develops overtime is different between the manga and the anime:
  • Challenge Seeker: Saiyans love to fight and to be pushed to their limits. Raditz even tried to used this trait to lure Goku into joining him by promising great battles instead of living peacefully with weak humans.
  • Child Soldier: As soon as a Saiyan child is out of the incubator, they're ready to be sent out to conquer planets. Goku was sent to Earth as soon as his incubation period was complete, yet Raditz fully expected him to wipe the planet clean of life within a few years of landing. Raditz himself was part of Vegeta's team when he was only seven and Vegeta is only a little older than him.
  • Depending on the Writer: The characterization of the Saiyans varies between the era and the medium.
    • In their introduction and the anime depiction of them, Saiyans were portrayed as a race of Blood Knights, seeing virtue as a weakness, and the depiction of them painted as barbarians in every sense of the word. Saiyans weren't complete psychopaths, though, as they could still feel empathy for their own comrades (like the case of Bardock, and Nappa suggesting to revive Raditz with the Dragon Balls). The idea of a good Saiyan was inconceivable, and before King Cold's employing them they weren't different from cave-men.
    • Material released since 2008, however, painted Saiyans in a more realistic light, the previous depiction being based on its culture, as many Saiyans were non-combatants and were used for mundane jobs, and many of them closer to guys doing their job while enjoying it. The depiction of the Saiyans before King Cold's empire employing them paints them as civilized enough, but still war-like (as Shallot proves).
  • Deliberately Cute Child: The entire Saiyan race is this trope. Saiyans have long childhoods to stay cute and young to throw off their enemies, thinking they're harmless, before quickly growing into their adult size.
  • The Dog Bites Back: They tried this against Frieza, but he ended up killing most of the Saiyans without even trying. This is Played Straight with Vegeta who manages to ruin Frieza's plan for immortality and destroy most of his army with his rebelling on Namek.
  • The Dreaded: The Saiyans are widely feared across the universe as the strongest warrior race. Even Frieza fears them, which is part of the reason he chose to wipe them out before they grew in numbers and strength. The Galactic Patrol sends their patrolmen to find and kill Saiyan babies that invade planets. If killing them isn't an option, they Mercy Kill the population so they won't suffer.
  • Edible Theme Naming: The Saiyans are named after vegetables, as "Saiya" is a pun of "Yajin" which means "wildman" (Which fit their Blood Knight personality and abbility to turn into giant apes like wolf-men), and an anagram of yasai (野菜), which means "vegetable". The "Jin" means "person", making "Saiyajin" mean "Person from Saiya".
  • Egopolis: Vegeta's father renamed the planet Plant after himself.
  • Enemy Civil War: Dragon Ball: Minus says there's never more than a few thousand Saiyans because they tend to go to war with each other and thin out their numbers.
  • Enfant Terrible: Saiyan babies are well known for being ill-tempered and violent, especially by human standards. Goku tried to kill Grandpa Gohan and was an absolute terror to the old man despite his good intentions until the accident that caused him to forget his Saiyan instincts.
  • Evil Counterpart: What they are to the Universe 6 Saiyans, who are protectors of justice.
  • Evil vs. Evil: In their final hours, the Saiyans tried to rebel against Frieza. They ended up on the losing end of a Single-Stroke Battle.
  • Fantastic Racism: They're both on the receiving and giving end of this. On a whole, Saiyans are treated like second-class citizens among the Frieza Force since they're seen as brutal and stupid monkeys. On the other hand, Saiyans have no respect for any species that isn't them.
  • Fantastic Slurs: Calling a Saiyan a 'monkey' is a major racial insult.
  • Golden Super Mode: All the Super Saiyan forms outside of the god transformations have gold hair.
  • Good Counterpart: The Saiyans of Universe 6 work as mercenaries, protecting weaker races.
  • Has a Type: The vast majority of Saiyan males are Amazon Chasers. Presumably most Saiyan women have a case of All Amazons Want Hercules, though due to all the Universe 7 Saiyan women being dead we'll probably never know for sure.
  • Heavy Worlder: Grew up on a planet with ten times Earth's gravity.
  • Homeworld Evacuation: They left Sadala and moved to Plant.
  • Human Alien: Outside of their tails, Saiyans look like humans with unnaturally spiky Wild Hair akin to a Mahayana Buddhist Asura. The remaining Saiyans live on Earth without anyone knowing that they're aliens outside of their circle of friends and family.
  • Humanity Is Infectious: Living on Earth helped mellow out the Saiyans, especially the human hybrids.
  • Hypocrite: Saiyans are a warrior race that believes in Might Makes Right and are fully embrace the Social Darwinist mindset. They are also blood knights that love to fight. The hypocrisy comes in the fact that they have too much pride and narcissism and while they say they love to fight and have a challenge they can't stand losing, especially to non-saiyans. When at a disadvantage, Saiyans will display Dirty Coward tendencies by fighting dirty, running away, or even begging for mercy. Ultimately, they're less Proud Warrior Race Guy and just a planet of bullies.
  • Identical Grandson: Goku and Vegeta look near identical to their fathers.
  • Identical Stranger: A booklet given away at Japanese screenings of The Tree of Might said that Saiyans of the same rank can look similar to explain why Turles looks so similar to Goku.
  • Imported Alien Phlebotinum: Got their technology from the Arcosians who paid them to conquer a new planet.
  • Irony:
    • At the start of Z, the Saiyans were a race feared by the universe. Having even a Saiyan baby sent to a planet was considered a death sentence. The entire cast of Earth was terrified of them and saw them as the greatest threat the Earth had ever faced, far worse than the reign of King Piccolo. Over a decade later, the Saiyans and those who carry their blood are considered the greatest champions of not only the Earth, but the entire universe. The remaining Saiyans also became far stronger than they ever were when they were evil.
    • One of their most powerful transformations, Super Saiyan God, is only accessible to those who have righteous hearts, something that the Saiyans looked down on.
    • The Saiyans were believers of The Spartan Way, Virtue Is Weakness, and survival of the fittest, yet they're weaklings compared to the Universe 6 Saiyans who are a bunch of peace-loving warriors fighting for justice, the very thing the U7 Saiyans looked down on. Granted, Universe 6 Saiyans have the advantage of not being wiped out by someone fearing their growing strength, thus allowing them to reach greater heights, but if the Universe 7 Saiyans hadn't gone so far as to steal a planet after destroying their own they likely would not have ended up in such a situation to begin with.
  • Jerkass: The vast majority of Saiyans are this. They take pleasure in causing pain and wiping out civilizations to satisfy their bloodlust. Even the nicer Saiyans like Bardock and his crew feel nothing about the people they murdered.
  • Karmic Death: After decades of being remorseless Space Pirates who caused the genocide of dozen of races, the Saiyans were pushed to the brink of extinction by their own benefactor.
  • Karmic Jackpot: By abandoning their evil ways, the remaining Saiyans reached levels far beyond their own comprehension including godhood.
  • Killer Space Monkey: The Saiyan race in a nutshell. They can even transform into giant monkeys under a full moon that increase their overall power by ten times.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Happens both ways. After years of being Space Pirates, they're wiped out by their own boss and become functionally extinct as a species. But thanks to the few remaining Saiyans becoming good, they get to rebuild their race with powerful hybrids and two of the survivors become the strongest Saiyans in history.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Although they may look human, they have monkey tails that can be used as a fifth limb. However, most of the adult Saiyans keep their tails wrapped around their waist like a belt to make them hard to grab, given the tail's status as an Achilles' Heel.
  • Logical Weakness: They have overwhelming strength and can shrug off most any weapon you throw at them...but they're still living creatures who need oxygen. Batman Can Breathe in Space is right out, and they can be drowned or suffocated as easily as any human.
  • Long-Lived: Zigzagged. On a whole, Saiyans have a longer lifespan than humans. According to Vegeta, a Saiyan is still considered young up to their 80s since they are a warrior race that stay in their prime longer so they can keep fighting. At the same time, because of their lifestyle, they tend to die young.
  • Master Race: They fully see themselves as the strongest race in the universe bar none. They're not too far off the mark given how powerful Goku, Vegeta, and their descendants become throughout the series. There were stronger fighters in Frieza's force but these were all unusual mutants.
  • Multiple-Choice Past;
    • Originally said to have evolved on the planet Plant alongside the Tuffles but Plan To Eradicate The Saiyans says they came to Plant from another planet. This was made canon by GT and Super.
    • Raditz said their home planet was destroyed by a meteor and King Kai said in the filler that the planet's guardian summoned several meteors to eradicate the Saiyans. It was later shown that Freiza wiped them out and made up the meteor cover story to stop surviving Saiyans blaming him.
  • Mysterious Past: Despite being the most important race to the Dragon Ball lore, there is very little known about the Saiyans. We don't know much about their origins or how they got the technology to travel to other worlds after they destroyed their original home world. The biggest question is how can the Saiyans become gods when no other species so far have such ability. Even Golden Frieza, whose power surpasses those of a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, has no access to god energy.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: They're a highly durable race, being able to withstand attacks that would instantly kill a normal person without having the ability to regenerate like the Namekians. Vegeta survives a Great Ape landing on him when he was already critically injured and Goku survives having all his bones crushed and his heart pierced by a laser. Even wounds that are fatal to them takes several minutes to kill them. Vegeta gets his heart pierced by Frieza and still has time to give a grand speech to Goku before dying, something Frieza lampshades. Goku and Raditz are both impaled on Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon, yet Piccolo had to personally cave Raditz's head in to stop him from talking, and Goku lived for several minutes before succumbing to his injuries.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The mid-class, despite what the name might indicate, the Saiyans belonging to this class were incredibly rare, to the point that before the planet Vegeta was destroyed, there were only 10. Almost all Saiyans were low-class warriors. Possibly Justified by the fact that in this class were place the warriors who were too strong to be considered low-class, but not enough to be elites.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: As a race of Challenge Seekers, they like fighting strong people who they can test their skills against. At the same time, however, they don't like fighting opponents who can beat them. They prefer to fight people who can give them a reasonable challenge before they stomp them. If faced with a superior opponent, they have Villainous Breakdowns like Nappa and Vegeta. Even Universe Six's Cabba, who stepped up to a hopelessly superior opponent, was ready to quit after realizing what he had gotten into. Goku is unique in that he wants to battle people who can defeat him and even overpower him. The greater the odds, the more excited he gets.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: Zigzagged. Saiyans don't usually care for one another. Raditz had no problem trying to kill his own long lost brother and his nephew, and when Raditz is killed, Vegeta and Nappa talk about how weak he was. While Nappa does consider reviving Raditz, Vegeta shoots the idea down and suggests immortality instead, to which Nappa quickly aggres. Vegeta had no problem killing Nappa when he was crippled by Goku. King Vegeta exiled his own son Tarble to another planet for being weak. Toriyama confirmed that most Saiyans don't care about their family, and they usually only mate to keep the population up rather than out of love. That said, there are exceptions. Nappa was very loyal to Vegeta, and Bardock and his team were actually friends. Nappa and Raditz were also shocked when Vegeta said he didn't care about their race dying. King Vegeta clearly cared for his son Prince Vegeta.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: They tend to spend a long time as children, age through their teenage years pretty quickly and spend several decades in their prime.
  • One-Man Army: A single Saiyan child can wipe out a planet's population in just a few years. Goku shows us first hand how it's done when he wipes out the Red Ribbon Army by himself. On the adult side, Vegeta shows us the power of a fully trained elite warrior when he destroys the Frieza Force on Namek almost by himself. Both of these demonstrations being without full moons...
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: All Saiyans have the ability to transform under the light of a full moon if they still have their tails. However, a Saiyan have to be trained to control it, otherwise they become mindless beasts that attack everything in sight.
  • Physical God: The Saiyans have the ability to reach godhood by becoming a Super Saiyan God. However, to do this they need the light of five righteous Saiyans united into one and the power-up is only temporary. At least until Goku comes along.
  • Planet Looters: They mostly wiped out planets' populations, looted the planets and then sold them to the highest bidder.
  • Planet of Hats: The Saiyans were introduced by Goku. Once Raditz comes we learned that all Saiyans are freaking strong, transform into giant apes under a full moon, are prideful, and are Blood Knights. Goku is unique among his race because he doesn't have the Saiyan bloodlust. This is a combination of being raise on Earth, a head injury, and inheriting his mom's good nature. Part of the justification for the Saiyans is that there were good Saiyans, but they were banished or repressed by the more violent parts of their race. The Saiyans' dark nature was also exploited by Frieza who used them to wipe planets and made them advance too fast so they never evolved past their barbaric ways.
  • Pointy Ears: In their Great Ape form.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The hat of the entire Saiyan race. They pride themselves in being a warrior race to the point that weak or passive Saiyans are treated like outcasts.
  • Psycho for Hire: As a whole, the Saiyan race served as this to the Frieza Force. While their planet was annexed by Frieza, they were nonetheless bloodthirsty, genocidal Space Pirates who took pleasure in causing pain and wiping out civilizations.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: King and Prince Vegeta fights on the front lines with the other Saiyans. Vegeta even had his own crew before Frieza destroyed Planet Vegeta.
  • Slave Race: How the Saiyans are overall treated by the Frieza Force, which is why the Saiyans resent Frieza so much. Part of the reason why Frieza decides to wipe them out is because he realizes that the Saiyans can never truly be loyal to him.
    • Vegeta says the Tuffles used Saiyans as slaves.
  • Smug Super: A common trait among the Saiyans, including the hybrids. They are the strongest warrior race in the universe and they're fully aware of it.
  • Sore Loser: Despite all their warrior pride, they tend to not handle it well when they face opponents who can actually match them.
  • The Social Darwinist: Mixed with Fantastic Racism, Saiyans looked down on other species and saw it as their right to wipe them out since they're weaker than them. This also applied to themselves since weak babies who were killed on missions was considered trimming the fat.
  • The Sociopath: To the extent that they can be judged by human standards, most of them meet all the criteria of true sociopaths: they are violent, ruthless, insensitive, egoscentric, petty, self-centered, extremely proud, and have poor impulse control. However, this seems to be a merely cultural thing on the part of the race, since both Vegeta and Tarble have shown traits of kindness. That said, a few Saiyans stand out as exceptionally psychopathic, these are Broly (his old version) and Turles.
  • Space Pirates: They are an entire race of pirates who go around killing everyone on a planet and then sells it to the highest bidder. Raditz tries to get Goku to become one, telling him about all the glorious battles that they will have in space. Krillin is disgusted when he hears what the Saiyans do, outright calling them space pirates in the English dub.
  • The Spartan Way: As a warrior race that believes in constant training and one's strength as the ultimate virtue, they fit this mindset perfectly. They even sent their toddles to conquer planets whose inhabitants are weak enough for their children to slaughter.
  • Super Mode: Similar to the Great Ape transformation, Saiyans have the ability to become Super Saiyans. The requirements are kind of vague, but it is stated that a pure heart and being a certain power level is needed for a Saiyan to transform into this state. According to Cabba, a Saiyan from Universe 6, anger is needed for the first transformation. After that, a Saiyan only needs to focused their energy into their backs to become Super Saiyan. There are also the god Super Saiyan forms. Super Saiyan God requires the light of five righteous Saiyans pouring their power into another Saiyan and the requirements for Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan are vague outside of having good energy control.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Word of God says that Super Saiyans generate S-Cells that they pass onto their children, making them much more likely to be Super Saiyans.
  • Superpower Lottery: They grow stronger from every battle and near-death experience, are naturally very strong, and with enough training and rage are able to reach a super state that multiples their power fifty times over, and that's just a regular Super Saiyan. Even a normal Saiyan can transform into a Great Ape (if they have their tails and a full moon) that raise their overall power by 10X. They can even become real Physical Gods in an universe filled with physical gods. They are close to being indestructible even without a healing factor. Outside vaporizing them or outright destroying vital organs, Saiyans are hard to kill. And the real kicker, their human-hybrids are even more powerful.
  • Super Senses
    • Saiyans, if we go by Goku, have a super scent. At one point, Goku states that his nose is as sharp as a dog's. Saiyans also appear to have better eyesight than humans since Goku is able to see people from far distances before anyone else even noticed anything and, as of Super, Saiyans have better hearing than humans too since Goku heard Bulma talking through a wall, when she wasn't talking that loud.
    • To make nothing of Goku actually being able to count out how many cockroaches hid behind the fridge when he was honing his senses in preparation for a fight. Although Goku has special training from Mr. Popo on that front, he can nonetheless map out surroundings his eyes can't see with frightening accuracy, using nothing but air currents.
  • Takes One to Kill One: When they are introduced, the Saiyans are so overwhelmingly powerful compared to any enemy that the Earth has ever faced that even after a year of training the Earth's fighters can't even take down Nappa, who is far weaker than Vegeta. Only Goku and Gohan are able to turn the tides and repel the Saiyans. Goku is a Saiyan and Gohan is a Saiyan hybrid.
  • Three-Month-Old Newborn: Saiyan offspring don't develop in their mother's wombs. Rather, they're grown in large incubation tanks over a three year period. The end result are newborn babies that look like toddlers.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Saiyan children in general are very disturbing by human standards. Upon meeting Grandpa Gohan for the first time, Kakarot tried to kill him despite being a baby. They may look cute and innocent, but looking is as far as it gets.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Saiyan children are taught at a young age to be ruthless killing machines. As a toddler, Raditz expected Goku to kill everyone on Earth and Raditz was helping Vegeta conquer worlds when he was about seven years old.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: In general, they believe traits like compassion, forgiveness, love, and even family bonds to be weaknesses. They call it 'going soft' and it's part of the reason Vegeta despises Goku for so long. He's a Saiyan who gained such power in spite of these 'weaknesses'.
  • White Sheep: Tarble and Gine are born as pacifist Saiyans who didn't share the bloodlust and battle instincts of their race. Tarble is sent into exile by his father while Gine was considered a failed soldier who worked in the meat factory. Goku zigzags since he was quite violent as a toddler and calmed down after he hit his head. At the same time, it's hinted that he inherited his mother's kind heart, which is partly why he became a good person.
  • The Worf Effect: The entire Saiyan race is subjective to this. They are the most powerful warrior race in the universe and just three of them brought the Z-Fighters to their knees. They only survived because Goku and Gohan are Saiyans themselves. Frieza wipes out an entire planet of Saiyans with just his finger. Before that, he personally killed King Vegeta, the strongest Saiyan alive at the time.

Saiyan Royalty

    King Vegeta 

King Vegeta the Third (ベジータ王三世, Bejiita Ou Sansei)

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The king as designed by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru for Dragon Ball Z
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The king as designed by Naohiro Shinanti for Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Voiced by (Japanese): Banjo Ginga, Yukimasa Kishino (ep. 124), Masaharu Sato
Voiced by (English): Christopher Sabat (Funimation), Terry Klassen, Brian Drummond (Ocean), Ed Marcus (AB Groupe/Big Green)
Voiced by (Latin American): Juan Felipe Preciado, José Luis Castañeda (ep. 124), Joaquín Martal (Movie 8), Arturo Casanova (Battle of Gods), Salvador Reyes (Super and DBS: Broly)

King Vegeta the Third was the King of all Saiyans and the father of Prince Vegeta the Fourth. He was also a "hero" to the Saiyans, after he led his people to victory in the Saiyan-Tuffle war, in which the planet was renamed in his honor. After his people were annexed by King Cold's planet trade organization, he had no choice but to pledge allegiance, knowing the Saiyans weren't powerful enough to defeat him or Cold's successor, Frieza.

The Saiyans worked under Frieza for several years, then his son, Prince Vegeta was given to Frieza under unknown circumstances, although King Vegeta intended to rebel before he would ever let Frieza gain his son. Unfortunately, his rebellion was cut short by Frieza himself and he was killed.


  • Action Dad: To Vegeta. He is the king of a warrior race.
  • Adaptational Badass: He became the Dark Masked King in Dragon Ball Heroes, being brainwashed like Bardock by The Demon Realm. He lacks King Vegeta's Butt-Monkey status and is considered a real threat to the protagonists.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He was made King for a reason. He was the strongest of all the Saiyans and led them to victory against the Tuffles. Also, the planet was named after him, not the other way around.
  • Bad Boss: Blasts one of his own men for delivering bad news.
  • Badass Beard: As seen in the image picture.
  • Blood Knight: He's a Saiyan, what else would you expect? He sent his second son to a distant planet for being born too soft and weak, being possibly ashamed of him.
  • Brass Balls: Fighting his way past all of Frieza's henchmen to personally challenging Frieza, the man had guts. Unfortunately, he didn't have the power to back it up.
  • Breakout Character: Despite only being mentioned in just one page in the original manga, he got more scenes in the anime, and ends up appearing in both Battle of Gods and the Dragon Ball Super arc that adapts it.
  • Butt-Monkey: King Vegeta is one of the characters in the franchise who receives constant humiliations, from Frieza and Beerus. Frieza himself kills him without any effort after he tried to rebel.
  • Canon Immigrant: Originally a Filler Character who only got mentioned once in the manga. He has a few flashback appearances in the anime and the Non Serial Movies, and he shows up in the canonical Battle of Gods movie and the Dragon Ball Super Arc that adapts it.
  • Death by Origin Story:
  • Dub Text: The dub makes him sound more heroic. His motivation in the original is to free the Saiyans from Frieza and take his empire for their own. The prince was a minor factor, if even worth the mention.
  • Doomed by Canon: He had several filler appearances in flashbacks, and of course is destined to die at Frieza's hands.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the original Z anime, his hair is completely brown. In Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan, his hair becomes completely black (on the grounds that Vegeta himself stated in the manga that all Saiyans have black hair). Eventually, his hair is black with brown highlights in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Super.
  • Egopolis: After the Saiyans conquered Planet Plant, he renamed it Vegeta, after himself. Ended up subverted by Dragon Ball Super: Broly, as it's revealed that he's only Vegeta III.
  • Evil vs. Evil: When going against Frieza it's easy to forget King Vegeta was a tyrant himself, even though he did care for his son and his people. He is also responsible for at least three conflicts in many stories (The Tuffles and Broly).
  • Evil Overlord: King Vegeta is very tyrannical, committed acts of genocide, sent babies into space to conquer planets, and oppressed his own people even before their subjugation by Frieza.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • His son Vegeta inherited his tyrannical streak, intelligence, and, implicitly, a cold heart. It's not entirely certain if Vegeta also got his anger and sense of pride from his father as well. Also, King Vegeta could be confused for an adult prince Vegeta's brother, as they're nearly identical but for King Vegeta's beard, lighter hair, and being taller and more muscular.
    • In a more meta sense, he shares with his son getting overshadowed by Bardock and Goku respectively. Both he and Bardock faced an army of Mooks to kill Frieza, only to be killed off by Frieza himself; the key difference is the level of respect that Frieza gives them post-mortem. When King Vegeta tried to kill him, Frieza brushed him off like another assassin, and only half-remembered to get a rise out of Vegeta; in comparison, Bardock doing the same feat, Frieza takes him seriously enough to pay attention to him as he destroyed Planet Vegeta along with him. Frieza instantly recalled him when seeing his resemblance in Goku, showing how more of an impact the death of Bardock had compared to King Vegeta. Though it might be also due to the fact that King Vegeta had some henchmen with him, and was relatively fresh, and a degree of surprise, compared to Bardock, who was already injured from before the fight and had to fight through a much larger group solo, and while King Vegeta, by virtue of Authority Equals Asskicking, would be expected to do so, a low-class Saiyan like Bardock doing what he did was completely unprecedented.
  • Genius Bruiser: More of an Informed Attribute, but said to have a mind "equal to a Tuffle." He managed to organize the Saiyans into a formidable army, leading them to victory over the technologically advanced Tuffles. His son inherited this trait.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards both versions of Broly. King Vegeta does not take it well that a Saiyan was born with a higher power level than what his bloodline could produce.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: Has the exact same hairstyle as Vegeta.
  • Hypocrite: In the original movie, his reason for trying to assassinate Broly was because he was scared of him, and paranoid that he would go on to challenge his power. Coming from a race that accepts and even encourages adversity in order to grow stronger, it’s an exceptionally cowardly move on his part. His actions against Broly and Paragus in Super were largely motivated by jealousy of the boy’s starting power level eclipsing his own son’s by leaps and bounds, but were also motivated to a lesser extent by fear of his power as well.
  • I Have Your Wife: Frieza's flashback implies that Frieza forced King Vegeta into letting him take Prince Vegeta with the threat of hurting his people if he refused. It's not likely that he was intended to be a hostage, as Frieza took a shine to the young prince as a good recruit, and Saiyan's don't really care much for family.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • In Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan, he decided to execute the newborn Broly, viewing him as a threat to his power due to his Power Level of 10,000. Considering how Ax-Crazy Broly became as an adult, coupled with his incredible power, King Vegeta's fears had merit.
    • In Dragon Ball Super: Broly King Vegeta banishes Broly to Planet Vampa after seeing how freakishly powerful he is as a child. While Paragus called Vegeta out on this, and believes the King only did so because he was jealous that his son's powers rivaled the prince, King Vegeta's stated reason was that Broly's potential could drive him insane and make him a threat both to himself and everyone around him. Paragus himself seems to realise that the King may have been right once Broly's battle on Earth turns him into a rage-fueled Berserker and a potential universal threat.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • In Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans, King Kai says King Vegeta convinced the Saiyans to wipe out their neighbors, the Tuffles, after years of peaceful coexistence. This talk is accompanied by a picture of Tuffles shaking hands with Saiyans and another picture of Barbaric looking Saiyan males chasing after screaming Tuffle woman in civilian clothes. Though admitted, it's a little hard to tell exactly how much of his dog-kicking is and isn't canon.
    • In Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan, King Vegeta orders the execution of a baby Broly simply because he viewed him as a threat to his power. When Paragus desperately pleaded for Broly's life, King Vegeta was completely unmoved and decided to execute Paragus as well.
    • Dragon Ball Super: Broly instead had him sent Broly, a newborn Saiyan child, sent to a remote planet all by himself without the consent of Paragus. This leads to Paragus declare vengeance against him.
    • He exiled his younger son to a distant star system, because he was weak and soft-hearted. All things considered, however, this can be seen as Pet the Dog moment, since he didn't kill him.
  • Knight Templar Parent: He had no problem with Frieza's misuse of his people, until Frieza tried to take his older son Vegeta from him, which crossed the line. However in the anime this is Dub Text, as the original take did have him sick of Frieza's rule in general.
  • Legacy Character: Dragon Ball Super: Broly reveals that he is actually the third man to carry the "Vegeta" family name, making his son Prince Vegeta the Fourth.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Like all Saiyans, he has a monkey tail that he wraps around his waist like a belt.
  • Morality Pet: While otherwise very evil, King Vegeta genuinely cared for his firstborn son.
  • Noble Demon: Despite being a ruthless Blood Knight, he does shows some care for his people. Just so long as none of them get stronger than his bloodline.
  • Papa Wolf: At least part of his motivation (whether a large or small part depends on the actual version of the show) for revolting against Frieza was because the latter forced him to hand over his son, Prince Vegeta.
  • Pet the Dog: To his credit, he obviously loves his firstborn son. Otherwise, he is still a black-hearted villain who enjoyed partaking in genocide and mass murder on a planetary scale. In Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans, it's mentioned that without provocation, he ruthlessly wiped out every Tuffle, including civilians. In Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, he exiled his young son Tarble for being too kind. Although the fact that he only exiled Tarble instead of beating or killing him could be another point in his favor.
  • Reverse Grip: King Vegeta prefers to perform his Galick Guns using a single handed, backhanded motion befitting his regal status.
  • Royal Blood: Downplayed. Rather than being a member of a special bloodline or a politically powerful family, he was made King because he was the strongest Saiyan when they conquered planet Plant, as well as being one of the smarter ones and taking up a leadership role at the time.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He doesn't appear to leave planet Vegeta, but he does manage and organize the Saiyans in their work for Frieza.
  • Shoot the Messenger: In a flashback, King Vegeta blasted his messenger to smithereens after he reported that they had to wait three days before attacking the planet because of the full moon coinciding around that time. It's implied that he was more irritated that he can't get the job done in good time to keep Frieza off his back than the actual failure.
  • Signature Move:
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To Vegeta and Tarble.
  • Theme Naming: After the word vegetable.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Beerus, God of Destruction, asked the king to get him the most comfortable pillow in the universe. King Vegeta invaded a planet to steal it...and then gave Beerus the second-best pillow because he decided he wanted it for himself. And then tried to claim the pillow only wasn't the best one because they hadn't had enough time, making Beerus call him on lying too. At least, that what Beerus' thinks happens.
  • We Have Reserves: He literally thought this of his soldiers, but his son was a different matter altogether.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Would kill a BABY, as shown in the Broly movie.
  • The Worf Effect: Effortlessly slain by Frieza with one kick in spite of being the King of the Greatest Warriors in the Universe, but not before having his head literally used as a footstool by Beerus The God of Destruction while being forced to treat him to an 8 course banquet... Mind you this latter sight traumatized Vegeta well into his adulthood as he was there to see it...

    Vegeta 

    Tarble 

Tarble (ターブル, Taaburu)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Masakazu Morita
Voiced by (English): Todd Haberkorn (Raging Blast 2 only)

"Nice to meet you, I'm Vegeta's younger brother Tarble."

Tarble is Vegeta's younger brother. Unlike Vegeta and every pure-blooded Saiyan (besides Goku and Gine), Tarble is a kindhearted and polite individual. It was because of this along with his relatively weak power level that he was sent off to a distant planet.In the special, he comes to Earth to ask for Vegeta's assistance in defeating two remnants of Frieza's forces who have been terrorizing the planet he has settled on.

Tarble is part of the continuity of the movies released after the original manga, but he is kindly ignored in Dragon Ball Super and videogames, since he is a Minor Major Character.


  • Adapted Out: Zig-zagged. Tarble is mentioned as existing in the Battle of Gods and Resurrection 'F' movies, but is ignored entirely in Dragon Ball Super, along with the Xenoverse series. However, he is mentioned in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, but only shortly after the destruction of Planet Vegeta, with Nappa and Vegeta briefly wondering "Whatever happened to him?" before the latter shrugs the thought off; no further mention of his fate is given, assumed or otherwise.
  • Ambiguous Situation: A meta side effect of Continuity Drift, but during the Future Trunks saga, Goku Black call Trunks the last remaining Saiyan. Is unknown if this implies Black never encountered the future timeline version of Tarble or he executed him at some point in the story.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While he's seen as weak in the grand scheme of things, Tarble is still a Saiyan warrior who, depending on how it's translated, is able to fight close to or very nearly at first form Frieza's level, far beyond what Saiyan Elites like Nappa and even Vegeta himself were capable of at the beginning of the series. Though it doesn't really help him out as he only arrives on Earth post-Buu saga.
  • Big Brother Worship: Despite not having seen Vegeta in over 20 years, has a very high opinion of him and even believes he defeated Frieza.
  • Canon Immigrant: Zig-zagged. Tarble first appeared in the Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! special written by Toriyama, as a celebration of the franchise anniversary, and he was then referenced in Battle of Gods, since both movies were pretty tongue-in-cheek and not really serious, and is referenced again in Dragon Ball Super: Broly in a passing mention, meaning he is part of the continuity of the movies. However, he is Adapted Out in Dragon Ball Super and many videogames released in the 2010's, due to the character being pretty irrelevant in the overall lore of the series.
  • Edible Theme Naming:
    • Vegetable. Get it?
    • From a technique standpoint he, like his father and older brother, knows a variation of the Galick Gun technique (Specifically the short-range Galick Burst.)
  • Flat Character: Tarble is this, mostly because his presence in the story is very minimal. He is introduced as polite, ask Vegeta for help, Tarble reveals Gure is his wife to the shock of everyone, and that's pretty much it, they don't have another speaking role in the special, and are only mentioned afterwards by Vegeta in Battle of Gods as them leaving to somewhere he doesn't know. Most of Tarble quotes on Raging Blast 2, his only video game appearance outside of Heroes, is mostly presenting himself as Vegeta's brother.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Morally he's the responsible to Vegeta's foolish. He spent a long time in a trying to stop the terror of Frieza's forces rather than participating in it.
  • Generation Xerox: Of both Vegeta and his father King Vegeta.
  • Good Counterpart: To Raditz. Both are long-lost brothers to one of the few remaining pure-blooded Saiyans (Raditz to Goku and Tarble to Vegeta), but where Raditz was a cruel and ruthless warrior, Tarble is a quiet and kind-hearted young man.
  • Happily Married: Gure looking nothing like a human or Saiyan certainly doesn't discourage Tarble from proudly introducing her as his beloved to Vegeta.
  • Hero of Another Story: Tarble was send off to a distant planet because he was considered too weak, yet, he became a strong fighter who fought against some of Frieza's forces and also got married. That's quite the archievement for someone considered a failure by his family, even if he is so outclassed by everyone at this point.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Only relatively speaking. Tarble is twice as tall as Gure, but the shortest adult Saiyan.
  • Interspecies Romance: While there's plenty of this in Dragon Ball, Tarble and his wife Gure really stand out. Tarble is a Saiyan, which is a race of Human Aliens, and Gine, while her race is unknown, doesn't even look human.
  • Karma Houdini: As much of a nice guy Tarble is, he is still responsible for the destruction of many vehicles, along with some explosions, in a city before his arrival to Mister Satan's party. No one ever calls him on this.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He's a massive White Sheep to the Saiyan race. He's also one of the few that actually survived the destruction of Planet Vegeta (since he was exiled to some backwater planet beforehand).
  • Mythology Gag: He has bangs just like Vegeta's design as a kid in Dragon Ball Z had before it was retconned into Vegeta having the same hairstyle he had as an adult.
  • Nice Guy: Unlike his father and brother, Tarble shows a pleasant and well-mannered personality. He is less prideful, more grateful to those willing to help him, and more heroic.
  • Not So Above It All: As seen in the Raging Blast series, while he does think his people are a bit too bloodthirsty for their own good, he still finds enjoyment in a good sparring match.
  • Odd Couple: He and Gure, to the point that it's really hard to see what he saw in her... Or, provided she's indicative of what her species look like, what she saw in him. Played for laughs when Master Roshi lampshades how Saiyans have weird taste in women...within earshot of Bulma and Chi-Chi.
  • Older Than They Look: Despite looking younger than even teenage Gohan, Tarble can only be, at most, 5 years younger than Vegeta, which means he is in his 30s.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Downplayed compared to the Saiyans we've seen, but he still has pride in his race.
    Tarble: I'm one of the warrior race of Saiyans too!
  • Reluctant Warrior: So much so that he was exiled for it.
  • Remember the New Guy?:
    • He's the brother Vegeta always had but never cared about, so much so that he never mentioned him to any of his family and friends until Tarble showed up in person seeking help.
    • Yo Son Goku And His Friends Return was never officially released outside of Japan and Tarble's only international appearance was in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z. Despite this, the movies and Super will occasionally mention that Vegeta has a brother.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Tarble is far more pacifistic than Vegeta and Saiyans in general.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks like a smaller, younger version of Vegeta, who already looks like a smaller, younger version of his father.
  • Token Heroic Orc: Among the Saiyans. After Frieza's death, he fights against the planet broker's remaining soldiers when they begin to terrorize worlds for their own ends.
  • The Unfavorite: Was exiled for being too weak and kind. However, Vegeta, who would have killed him on the spot for being a weakling (like Nappa) 11 years ago, has become "nice" enough by the time they reunited to merely find him extremely annoying. He also seems to have a peculiar taste in women, since according to Vegeta, Saiyans only choose strong women, but Gure is the complete opposite of this.
  • White Sheep: The only known Saiyan besides Yamoshi (who has been long dead) who's heroic from the start.

Rest of the Saiyan population

Saiyan Elite

    Nappa 

Nappa (ナッパ)

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Voiced by: Shozo Iizuka (Z), Kiyoyuki Yanada (GT), Tetsu Inada (Kai) (Japanese)
Voiced by: Michael Dobson (Ocean dub)
Voiced by: Christopher Sabat, Phil Parsons (Funimation dub)
Voiced by: Paul Bandey (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by: José Luis Castañeda (Z, GT and DBS: Broly), Héctor Reynoso (Kai) (Latin American)

Vegeta's partner and fellow surviving Saiyan. Practically dominates all of the Z Fighters in their fight till Goku arrives and easily beats him down. Vegeta then finishes him off thinking he was being weak; of course he was very very wrong on that front.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: Despite not having much of a personality outside of being a sadistic brute who murders all the Earth's defenders outside of Gohan and Krillin (and it wasn't from a lack of trying), it's hard not to feel sympathy for him after Vegeta kills him in cold blood. Especially since Nappa has been nothing but loyal to Vegeta since he was a child and never saw the betrayal coming. It becomes a bit tragic when Vegeta, who was the more evil of the two, ends up redeeming himself. Nappa could have probably redeemed himself too if he had the chance.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Like all Saiyans, he embodies this trope to the full extent. He was close to being unstoppable until Goku came and broke his back.
  • Ax-Crazy: He's brutally sadistic and violent, and completely loses what sanity he had when Goku kicks his ass.
  • Badass Beard: Upgraded to this upon reaching Super Saiyan 3, as per Dragon Ball Heroes.
  • Badass Mustache: Has one of these, and he's certainly badass until Goku curbstomps him.
  • Badass Armfold: Shares it with Vegeta.
  • Bald of Evil: More of a greyish, but still obviously bad streak.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The big to Vegeta's little. Naturally for this series, he's the weaker of the two.
  • Blinded by Rage: During his fight with Goku, he completely loses his shit and is practically foaming at the mouth with rage. Vegeta even calls him out on it.
    Vegeta: Nappa! Don't be a fool! Calm down! How do you expect to win when you're so mad, you can't even see straight?!
  • Breath Weapon: His "greatest technique", even better than the one that scored a One-Hit Kill on Piccolo. Goku instantly counters it with a quick blast of his own.
  • The Brute: Solves his problems with force, yet listens to his superior obediently.
  • Blood Knight: He really loves fighting and causing destruction. Then again, it's a requirement on any good Saiyan résumé.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He demolishes Tenshinhan and Chaozu, beating the former so badly that his arm literally breaks off and No-Selling both of their last-ditch Heroic Sacrifice attacks. However...
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Piccolo, Gohan, and Krillin manage to put up a good fight against him working together, even though he eventually thrashes them all. Part of what makes the fight with him so narratively effective is that the heroes come so close to winning several times, only for their effort to fail by the slightest margins (for example, he himself admits he would have been in serious trouble had Gohan followed through on their first team attack, and Vegeta said Krillin's Kienzan would have killed him if he didn't dodge). Also, while regular attacks from the likes of Tenshinhan and Krillin are in the straight-up No-Sell range for him, he does take noticeable damage whenever he gets hit by Piccolo or Gohan. The former leaves a bruise on his face with his first punch, draws Blood from the Mouth, and leaves a burn mark on his back with a ki blast. The latter sends Nappa flying with a kick, puts a large gash on his forehead, and burns Nappa's hand a bit when the brute slaps away his Masenko.
  • The Dragon: To Vegeta, even though he was a full adult when Vegeta was still a child.
  • Dumb Muscle: He isn't that smart (choosing to solve every problem with violence) and follows Vegeta's every order. Despite being a veteran warrior, he also seems to lack knowledge of certain ki techniques, as shown when he tried to tank Krillin's Kienzan, which Vegeta could immediately tell was a specialized cutting attack.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: His last moments are spent begging Vegeta to help him after Goku thoroughly beat him, and he literally gives him a hand...only for Vegeta to toss him into the air. Nappa can only spend mere seconds of shock before Vegeta blows him up.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: In the Japanese original and the Latin American Spanish dub, Gohan insults Nappa's mother, which angers him. The English dub (both the original and Kai) change this to Gohan saying that Nappa smells.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: To Vegeta, a lot.
    • His first reaction to hearing about the Dragon Balls is to suggest using them to wish back their fallen comrade, Raditz, which Vegeta rejects, saying that Raditz deserved to die if he got killed by weak Earthlings.
    • Another, later anime-only sequence shows a flashback where Nappa talks about how bummed he is that the Saiyans got exterminated, while Vegeta says that they all deserved to die for being weak (note that his own parents were among those killed). Both he and Raditz are greatly bewildered when Nappa points out that Frieza killed their entire race and Vegeta already knew it and didn't care.
    • He is visibly shocked when Vegeta kills off one of the Saibamen after it lost to Tien. Vegeta says that the Saibaman didn't take his opponent seriously, to which Nappa replies "But still... it was alive!", and tells the next Saibaman to go all-out this time.
    • Finally, he never saw Vegeta killing him coming, at all, especially since he did it while he was asking for help.
    • In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Nappa and the other two adult Saiyans are shocked at how little concern young Vegeta and Raditz show about the fact that their respective younger brothers might be dead.
  • Evil Is Bigger: He's huge and muscle bound, towering over the Z-Fighters and Vegeta.
  • Fantastic Racism: Much like Raditz, Nappa cares little for anyone who isn't a fellow Saiyan. He mostly hates Goku because he considers him a traitor to the Saiyan race. When he learns about the Dragon Balls, he wants to use them to bring back Raditz before Vegeta dismisses the idea.
  • For the Evulz: His very first act upon arriving on Earth is to blow up East City simply because he could.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Goku puts him out of commission by breaking his back, after which Vegeta kills Nappa himself.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Seriously, he gets worked up and/or angry so easily that Vegeta looks perfectly rational in comparison.
  • Having a Blast: His Volcano Explosion technique, where he uses his ki to create massive explosions just by raising two fingers. It's quite possibly his Signature Move.
  • Hero Killer: Although he only directly kills Piccolo, his actions lead to the deaths of Chiaotzu and Tien Shinhan via failed Heroic Sacrifices.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's very passionate about fighting and killing, second only to Vegeta. This gets him in trouble with Goku, since he begins to lose his temper as Goku mercilessly beats him. He only calms down after Vegeta yells at him.
  • Ignored Epiphany: In the English dub of an anime-filler episode, Nappa seems to like the idea of being thought of as a hero by the people of planet Arlia after he and Vegeta liberate the planet from King Moai. This does not stop him from laughing when Vegeta destroys the planet.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: In Kai, after Gohan throws a plethora of insults his way, the one Nappa gets offended by was "You smell".
    Nappa: It's not my fault! I've been cooped up in a space pod for a year, what do you expect?!
  • Jerkass: As a born-and-raised Saiyan, it's a guarantee.
  • Killed Off for Real: After being killed by Vegeta, he never came back.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Nappa is such an arrogant fighter and believed that the Z Fighters were so weak, that dodging their attacks was unnecessary. When Gohan assaulted him with a Masenko blast using all of his energy, Nappa chose to deflect the blast with this bare hands instead of simply moving out of the way. He tried to do the same to Krillin's Destructo Disk, and had it not been for Vegeta's warning, Nappa would have paid the price for underestimating his foes.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: While a ruthless Saiyan, unlike Vegeta, Nappa seems to care about the Saiyans and speaks of reviving Raditz before Vegeta shuts him up. He's also shocked when Vegeta kills a Saibaman for failing him.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Like all Saiyans, Nappa has a tail that he wears around his waist like a belt.
  • Made of Iron: Even Goku is surprised by how much resistance he has. Note that Goku is twice as strong as Nappa, and yet Nappa still kept getting up, despite beating after beating. Goku had to break his spine to put him down for good.
  • Mars Needs Women: Discussed; when they see how powerful Saiyan-human hybrids like Gohan are, Nappa suggests to Vegeta that they conquer the Earth, then mate with the human women to breed a race of powerful warriors. Vegeta shoots the idea down on the grounds that it would be stupid to breed a race of warriors that would one day be more powerful than they are.
  • Mugging the Monster: Despite knowing his high power level, he mocks Goku about how he killed his friends and how they were all holding out hope that he would save them, but he came too late. Once Goku made sure Krillin and Gohan were safe, he proceeded to beat the daylights out of Nappa.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Zigzagged. He's big, and easily wipes the floor with most of the Z-Fighters... and at the same time, Goku and Vegeta, both of whom are considerably smaller than Nappa, beat him effortlessly.
  • Noble Demon: Despite being a mass murdering planet destroyer, Nappa was extremely loyal to Vegeta, and just seemed to follow his orders. He was also the only one who stood up to Frieza, and was shocked when he heard that Vegeta didn't care about the Saiyans dying.
  • Noodle Incident: How he lost his hair is according to Akira Toriyama is a complete mystery.
  • Old Retainer: Strange as it sounds, this is probably the trope that comes closest to describing his intimate-by-Saiyan-standards relationship with Vegeta, given that the latter still considers himself royalty. The Bardock special shows him serving Vegeta even in his childhood.
  • Older Sidekick: To Vegeta. He served Vegeta back when Vegeta was a child while Nappa was a fully grown adult.
  • Older Than They Look: Official statements reveal that while his Saiyan genes give him the appearance of someone in their mid 30s, he is actually more than 50 years old. This makes him the oldest saiyan in canon going by birthdates and the timeline (though due to his constant use of the time chamber, Vegeta is also in his 50s by the end of Z). The only sign of his age is his baldness (he had hair when he was younger).
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He has a lot of fun blowing up cities and destroying the navy when he reaches Earth.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Vegeta! What does the scouter say about his POWER level?"
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Like Vegeta, he looks down on Goku for being a low-class Saiyan, and is driven to a Villainous Breakdown over the fact that Goku is overpowering him.
    Nappa: You're not stronger than me, you little runt! Your strength was tested when you were a baby! You're a third-class Saiyan! I'm a Saiyan Elite, you low-class dog!!
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: He's a Saiyan.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He fights by basically playing with his prey and has a tantrum when Goku beats him up.
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Like most generic brutes.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the red to Vegeta's blue. Think about that for a moment.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Upon escaping from Hell in the Super 17 arc of GT, Nappa, instead of heeding Vegeta's friendly advice to leave town, instead attempts to kill Vegeta out of revenge for killing him due to his broken back. Predictably, he fails.
  • Sadist: He's a very typical Saiyan. He loves to play with his food.
  • Satellite Character: Has no real characteristics other than being The Brute who follows Vegeta's orders.
  • Slasher Smile: When he's not losing his temper, he's grinning sadistically.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Proudly described himself as the second strongest Saiyan at time when only three full blooded Saiyans were known to still be alive, and even then Goku was much stronger than him.
  • The Southpaw: Most of his techniques are performed with his left hand, such as the blast he used to kill Piccolo, and he even deflects Gohan's Masenko with his left hand as well.
  • Space Pirates: He is a space pirate along with all his fellow Saiyans. As he flies over the Earth during the three hour break, he muses about how much money they will get from selling Earth since it is so beautiful.
  • Theme Naming: Like all Saiyans, he's named after a vegetable (Napa cabbage).
  • Underwear of Power: Wears trunks like many members of Frieza's army.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: According to Goku; he admits that while Nappa is indeed powerful, Goku would be more impressed if Nappa actually knew how to use his strength. He did show some skill in fighting the other Z-Fighters, though, and to his credit he does focus himself and power up during his fight with Goku - it just didn't help much.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: In GT. Having died and gone to hell, he probably got a power up after coming back, but he couldn't train to get stronger. And Vegeta was already orders of magnitude stronger than when he killed Nappa the first time around. Vegeta easily one-shots him with little effort.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He flips out when Goku kicks his ass.
  • Villainous Friendship: He thought he had one with Vegeta. Despite Vegeta being Nappa's prince, Nappa typically addressed him in a casual manner instead of calling him "Sir", or "Your highness", which Vegeta didn't seem to mind. Nappa was loyal to Vegeta, proudly admitting that Vegeta was far more powerful than him. When Nappa was crippled by Goku, he thought Vegeta would help him. Unfortunately, Nappa's trust was misplaced, and Vegeta killed him in cold blood.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Viciously Averted. Piccolo, Krillin, and Gohan believe that grabbing Nappa's tail will render him helpless, much like Raditz. When Piccolo grabs his tail, however, Nappa elbows him on the head, rendering Piccolo unconscious for several minutes. Vegeta mocks them for thinking that elites like Nappa and him would have such an obvious weakness. Funny thing, Krillin should have known this could have happened since Goku overcame this weakness when he was a child.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Surprisingly, Nappa shows concern for the Saibamen under his command, mentioning in Xenoverse how Earth's soil is good for growing Saibamen. To quote the Wiki:
    Nappa seems to be very knowledgeable about Saibamen, and knows how to grow them. He seemed to enjoy planting them, and even showed some slight compassion for them, as he is shocked when Vegeta kills one of their own after it failed to kill Tien. He is also shown coaching the Saibaman who killed Yamcha, and is later angry that its fight ended in a draw. He states that settling for a draw was pathetic. After Krillin and Piccolo kill the remaining Saibamen, Nappa begs Vegeta to let him kill the five remaining Z Fighters.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • He defeats all of the Z-Fighters which had trained to fight him, killing half of them, including Piccolo. Then Goku comes and curbstomps him.
    • To show how much more powerful Vegeta is compared to Nappa, Vegeta turned him into dust with one powerful attack. Granted, Nappa was weakened and injured, but it stands out since Goku needed to power up to cripple Nappa, while Vegeta wasn't even winded from using so much energy.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Has no problems fighting Gohan, who was only 5 years old when he came to Earth.
  • Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: When Goku arrives on the battlefield and sees the bodies of his friends, he realizes that Chiaotzu is missing; cue Nappa gloating about how Chiaotzu blew himself up in a futile attempt to kill him.
    Nappa: Strong little runt. You could say he went out with a bit of a bang.
  • You Have Failed Me: After Goku breaks Nappa's back, Vegeta, after grabbing Nappa's hand seemingly to help him up, hurls him into the air, tells Nappa that he won't be such a disappointment when he's dead, and then annihilates him with a powerful beam attack. Note that at this juncture, Vegeta could have just stuffed him back in his own ship and have Nappa put back into a medical tank when they got back. Vegeta was just that much of a bastard.

    Paragus (Super

Paragus (パラガス, Paragasu)

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This is our chance my son, attack!!
Voiced by (Japanese): Katsuhisa Hōki
Voiced by (English): Dameon Clarke
Voiced by (Latin America Spanish): Roberto Sen

The father of Broly, and a former colonel of the Saiyans. After his son was exiled by King Vegeta due to his immense power level, he followed his son's path to Planet Vampa in order to rescue him, getting stranded in the process. Forty years later, he was found by the Frieza Force and joined alongside his son in order to have his revenge on the Saiyan royal bloodline.

For the old-movies version, see here.


  • Abled in the Adaptation: Downplayed. He's still missing his left eye, but in his origin story, he retains his eye when he was middled-aged.
  • Adaptational Modesty: The original Paragus has no sleeves and wears short spandex that shows his legs, while in here, Paragus has sleeves and wears a skirt covers his legs. This is revealed to be a recent change courtesy of the Frieza Force, as his Saiyan Army attire was similar to the original's.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While still an awful person, Paragus is much less cruel than in the first Broly movie. Paragus only wants Vegeta dead as opposed to unleashing Broly on the South Galaxy and enslaving a race of aliens like in his debut. In addition, Paragus intended on abandoning Broly and leaving him for dead when he could no longer control him, while here, he outright begs Frieza to save Broly when it looks like he's going to die against Goku.
  • Age Lift: In the old movies, Paragus looked middle-aged. In Super, he is now an old man with gray hair. Justified since the new movie takes place about 13 years or so after the time period the old movies were set, and the movie's flashbacks depict him in his middle-aged appearance.
    • This is also applicable with the young versions, in the old movies Paragus looked young adult when Broly was born, In Super, he looked middle-aged.
  • Abusive Parents: Broly may have had it easier as a whole than his movie 8 version, but Paragus still essentially enslaves him to carry out his revenge on the Vegeta family.
  • Asshole Victim: He is better than the original Paragus, yes, but his abuse of Broly is still so utterly vile that you'll be forgiven if you enjoy watching him die.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Frieza in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Frieza is the more dangerous of the two and lives through the movie, but Paragus' grudge against King Vegeta drives the plot.
  • Canon Immigrant: Paragus was created for the Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan movie, but thanks to Broly's popularity, he was included in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, although reinvented from his original concept.
  • Colonel Badass: Prior to the destruction of Planet Vegeta, he was the commanding Colonel of the Saiyan Army.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Not only does he have no compunctions against using a blaster, but he seems to prefer to do so despite not really needing it with a power level 4200.note 
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: It can be argued that Paragus might have cared about Broly in the beginning much like his 1993 counterpart, as shown by his frantic literal flight from King Vegeta's palace to rescue his son from Vampa. However, his obsessive vengeance quest eventually wore away any compassion he may had for his boy; and compounded with four decades of isolation on a hellish death-world, warped what little remaining love he had for Broly into a sense of possessive entitlement; an all too sadly common trait among parents who hate their talented children yet still mooch off their success through guilt trips. To his credit however, Paragus eventually remembers how much he loved Broly when he thinks he's about to lose him.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Rather than Broly crushing him to death in an escape pod, Frieza murders him so that Broly will become a Super Saiyan.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: It's implied that Broly is psychologically dependent on Paragus after being raised by him alone on Vampa. But whatever the reason, Broly truly loved his father, and Paragus' death is what makes Broly angry enough to turn Super Saiyan for the first time.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite abusing Broly and using him as a tool for revenge, Paragus still maintained his love for him. When Broly could no longer be controlled and looked like he was about to be killed by Goku, rather than abandoning Broly, Paragus begs Frieza to save him.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Downplayed. Bardock and King Vegeta were both Saiyans, and thus complicit in numerous wide-scale murders, but for all their faults, they both sincerely loved their children. Paragus, however, sees Broly more as a weapon so that he can get his revenge on Vegeta than an actual son, and is more enraged for his snubbed pride than any pain his son may have suffered.
    • He is also this to Caulifla. Unlike her treating Kale with care and like and a good friend, Paragus treats Kale's counterpart, Broly, with cruelty and like a weapon owner.
  • Foil: To Caulifla, being the Kid with the Leash to a freak of nature in Saiyan form. While Caulifla is friends with Kale and reins in her psychotic rampages with kindness, eventually stabilizing her to the point where she can control her full power, Paragus abuses Broly and uses pain to keep him in line.
  • Freudian Excuse: Just like his movie 8 version, this version hates the Vegeta family, but instead of trying to kill both him and his son, Broly was sent away to a remote planet by himself. This action by King Vegeta seriously pissed him off. However, his anger mostly stemmed from his bruised pride than any pain suffered on Broly's part. As his treatment of Broly shows, Paragus isn't justified in forcing his petty vendetta on his son, who has no personal interest in it.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: While its a bit too generous to say that Paragus was having a full Heel–Face Turn its clear near the end of the movie that he is horrified by Broly's dangerously increasing strength and tries to get him to calm down before Broly either dies or completely destroys everything. To bad for him Frieza has become captivated by his sons power and thus Paragus is murdered by the tyrant in order for Broly to become a Super Saiyan.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He's a vengeful, murderous asshole, but when you consider that Broly is mentally unstable and can destroy whole worlds, it's more understandable that he'd feel he had to use extreme measures to keep Broly in line.
  • Karmic Death: He treacherously kills Beets by firing a single blaster shot through his heart. He meets his own end when Frieza decides to betray him and fires a single energy blast through his heart.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Towards the later part of the film, he starts screaming for Broly to surrender, believing that he's not strong enough to stand against true Super Saiyans like Goku and Vegeta. He winds up being right, but his son gives a much better fight than he thought he was going to.
  • Light Is Not Good: Like his original incarnation, he wears white and his past self is shown with the same white cape as his previous incarnation, while his recent outfit has white with a lighter shade of color (namely pink) and these clothes are not telling of his alignment.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Frieza gives him the "a meteor destroyed Planet Vegeta" story, and no indication is given that he ever learns that Frieza destroyed Planet Vegeta before his own death.
    • He's also completely shocked when he witnesses Vegeta's Super Saiyan transformation, not knowing anything about a transformation that has been in play for at last a decade in story.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Paragus seems to realize near the end of the movie that his constant desire to train Broly into a tool of vengeance was a terrible mistake when Broly's increasingly growing strength destroys his sanity and turns him into a universal threat. He even realizes that King Vegeta's warning about Broly may have been right after all and desperately tries to get Broly to stand down to no avail.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Paragus doesn't engage the heroes himself, preferring to leave all the fighting to his son. Given that their power far exceeds his own, he's probably wise to abstain from any direct conflict. This proves to be a factor in his undoing, in that he hinges his entire vendetta on Broly's abilities, so when he starts to lose and fly off the handle, he descends into a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Obviously Evil: Cheelai and Lemon immediately realize how badly Paragus' abuse has damaged Broly's mind. Broly still loves him anyway.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Paragus has a power level of 4,200, which makes him stronger than any human in the saiyan saga. But in comparison to the protagonists, he is a Non-Action Big Bad.
  • Papa Wolf: This version's reason to hate the Vegeta family is that his son Broly was exiled to a remote planet by King Vegeta. However, four decades of endless-hatred and obsessively forging Broly into a weapon of revenge warped what love he has for the boy into a sense of entitlement; by the time Paragus and his son return to civilization, his rage stems less from any injustices inflicted on Broly, and more because he felt his pride was insulted.
  • Pet the Dog: Granted, it was before we see how terrible a father he is, but he insisted Broly thank Cheelai for giving him food.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: One of the last survivors of a warrior race and he wears a pink skirt.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: His body glove is purple and his vest has splashes of green.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In a weird way. Both versions of Paragus die in their first appearance, but while the original Paragus was killed approximately during the Cell arc, this version lives past the Universal Tournament.
  • Tragic Villain: Just like the 1993 film continuity, the Dynasty of House Vegeta robbed Paragus of a chance to be a father by driving father and son into desperation; had he not been consumed by hatred and prioritized vengeance over his son's happiness, this Paragus (by Saiyan standards) would have had the chance to be a father just as loving as Bardock and Vegeta the Third. Paragus is as much a victim of the Vegeta Dynasty's callousness as his son is.
  • Undignified Death: Especially by Saiyan standards. Frieza kills him extremely casually while he is lying against a rock for support. He doesn't get any dramatic music, any Famous Last Words, or even a chance to react much. It's not a warrior's end.
  • Younger Than They Look: He retains his original look when he was younger since he should be younger than 80. As his older self is already in his 80s as Broly is in his early 40's.

Low-Class Saiyans

    Raditz 

Raditz (ラディッツ, Radittsu)

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Click here to see Raditz as a kid 
Voiced by (Japanese): Shigeru Chiba
Voiced by (English): Christopher Sabat, Justin Cook (Funimation dub), Jason Gray-Stanford, Alistair Abell (Ocean dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Humberto Solórzano (main voice), Gerardo Reyero (Z, flashback ep. 47), César Soto (Z, flashback ep. 102), Salvador Delgado (Z, flashback ep. 104), Enrique Cervantes (Z, flashback ep. 182) , Gisela Casillas (young, DBS: Broly)

Goku's brother and the first villain introduced in the Z series. Sent to check up on Goku's progress of Earth's conquest only to find his brother a changed person. Ends up kidnapping Gohan which prompts the legendary alliance between Goku and Piccolo.


  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Downplayed in Xenoverse, he's much more competent and less cowardly than his anime and manga counterpart, likely because he has powered up, and was controlled by Towa, and yet he was still easily defeated.
    • After decades of being nothing but an afterthought, Raditz finally gained a Super Saiyan form in Dragon Ball Heroes. And not just any Super Saiyan form: Super Saiyan 3!
  • Adaptational Personality Change: Played with. In the series, Raditz is just a Smug Snake with no redeemable characteristics whatsoever. Some games, following Character Exaggeration of him being a complete loser with an inferiority complex, including a Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi What If? and Dragon Ball Xenoverse story also give him daddy issues regarding Bardock.
  • Arc Villain: Begins the most recognized part of the Dragon Ball series.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy:
    • Spends the vast majority of the fight against Goku and Piccolo boasting about his own superiority over them. And he's only a relatively mild example compared to Vegeta and Nappa...
    • Gets subverted as the arc goes on: while he is generally cocky and arrogant when he has the upper hand, he immediately begins to panic and turns into a Dirty Coward when he begins to lose control over a fight.
  • Ax-Crazy: Not in the anime/manga itself, but some depictions of him in the games seem to accentuate his more hotheaded traits to be borderline crazy.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: When he first shows up, he seems to be an unstoppable menace the likes of which has never been seen before. But it turns out that in the larger scale of things, he's just a glorified Elite Mook for Vegeta. He becomes an even smaller fish compared to the overall pond of Frieza's mooks — especially since both Nappa and Vegeta are stronger than he is, and even a Saibaman is close to him in power (not counting his Oozaru form anyway), which the stronger Z-fighters are able to easily dispatch by the time Nappa and Vegeta arrive (Chaozu, Yajirobe, non-raged Gohan, and Yamcha would still have trouble though).
  • Big Brother Bully: An extreme case for Goku. First, he kidnapped Goku's son (his nephew) and attempted to force Goku to kill one-hundred humans by the end of the day. When that didn't work, he tried to murder his brother for refusing to join him and attempted to kill Gohan for his hidden power. He's the textbook evil brother.
  • Blood Knight: Like all Saiyans, loves to fight and has a strong blood-lust. He even tried to get Goku to join him by talking about all the battles they can have in space.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: He's only slightly stronger than a Saibaman, and Vegeta remarks with disappointment that he died to people who were barely over 1000 in Power Level. That said, he did require Goku to team up with Piccolo and perform a Heroic Sacrifice just to beat him. In fact, the fact that he's in such low regard to the other two Saiyans takes everyone by surprise.
    Nappa: "Yeah, I getcha! Raditz, that chicken weakling, let himself be fooled by the power readings!"
    Piccolo: "Raditz was a weakling?!"
  • The Brute: Has few notable personality traits, and all of his screen time consists of brutally beating down the heroes, going out of his way to make them suffer for being weaker than him.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to Goku's Abel, to the point that it results in the latter's first death.
  • Character Exaggeration:
    • Some of the games take his more hotheaded traits Up to Eleven and make him more crazed.
    • His supposed weakness also became this in the video games (and fandom), where it's insinuated that he was constantly mocked and developed an inferiority complex. There's absolutely zero indication of this in the original manga besides Vegeta calling him weak (he calls everyone weak). Nappa considered him a useful comrade and wanted to bring him back to life. The Saibamen were said to be close to him in power (not as strong though; Toriyama himself stated Raditz was stronger than a Saibaman), but this was supposed to be an indication of how ridiculously powerful the Saibamen were, and it's shown later that most of Frieza's regular mooks are weaker than that. Toriyama dispelled this further in recent material, when he confirmed that Raditz was seen as an above-average warrior and had him personally accompanying the prince in battle.
  • Child Soldiers: According to Dragon Ball Minus, he became a full fledged warrior at the age of seven. This seems typical of the Saiyans who send their babies into space.
  • Dirty Coward: Rather ironic that he is one, considering that he comes from a race composed of Blood Knight Determinators who actually would prefer death when defeated in battle than living with the shame of losing, especially to someone of a weaker caste level than themselves. Begging for your life seems to be a trademark of Frieza's army. Also Raditz in particular being a coward justifies his comparatively low power level: Saiyans get stronger after recovering from life-threatening injuries. Cowards are less likely to get those kinds of injuries.
  • Elite Mook: Despite his low battle power amongst his comrades, his 1,500 battle power was still above the average low-class Saiyan, not to mention far ahead of the Frieza Force's regular mooks (Gohan and Krillin, who had their battle powers measured as "around 1,500" upon first getting to Namek, one-shotted two of Frieza's mooks). In a recent interview Akira Toriyama confirmed that Raditz was, in fact, considered an upper-level warrior.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • In an anime-only flashback, both Raditz and Nappa are horrified to discover that Vegeta did not care that their race got wiped out, stating that they all deserved to die for being weak. (Note that his own parents were among those killed.)
    • In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, young Raditz is visibly shocked that Vegeta cared little about Planet Vegeta's destruction besides "now I'll never be King Vegeta". While Raditz himself seems blaise about his own parents dying, he does wonder about where they took his brother, before brushing it aside.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Goku. They both love to fight and were born on the low end of the power scale of Saiyan society. Goku is brave (not afraid of death) and chose to grow stronger instead of choosing to stay as a "low class." Raditz is a coward who begs for his life when he's about to be killed and remained weak because he hid behind people much stronger than him instead of trying to improve his own skill.
  • Evil Is Bigger: He stands nearly a head taller than Goku and is more muscular.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice in the anime is low and raspy, contrasting strongly with Goku's childlike voice. When combined with some other tropes, he ends up baring very little resemblance to the rest of his family, especially given the fact that his family otherwise has Only Six Faces.
  • Evil Uncle: Kidnapped Gohan with the intention to raise him as a real Saiyan, and using him as bait for Goku.
  • Fantastic Racism: Like most Saiyans seen on-screen, he has a very low opinion of anyone who isn't a Saiyan. After Goku sacrificed himself to stop him, Raditz mourns that his brother would lay down his life for what he consider an inferior species.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: During the fight, Goku grabs Raditz's tail to give Piccolo an opening to kill him with the Special Beam Cannon. Raditz begs Goku for mercy, promising to leave Earth if Goku does so; over Piccolo's protests, Goku grants Raditz's mercy... and Raditz promptly knocks Goku down and ruthlessly breaks his ribs, all while rubbing in his face how stupid it was of him to fall for it. When Gohan critically injures Raditz and Goku has him restrained so Piccolo can finish him off, Raditz tries the same trick again; unfortunately for him, Goku isn't dumb enough to fall for the same ploy twice.
  • Foil: To his little brother, Goku. Both are overachievers much like their father before them, born low-class yet fortunate enough to become elite by attrition after their race was wiped out. While Goku embraced the gentle heart given to him by his mother and works his entire life to break the limits of his birth, like his father, Radtiz chose to hide behind others stronger than him while embracing the ruthlessness of being a Saiyan, rejecting his mother's kind influence. Also, despite Goku's gentle and kind nature, he maintained his Saiyan pride and spirit, while Radtiz's Saiyan spirit has long been driven out of him despite his claims to the contrary.
    • He can also be seen as one to Cooler, of all characters - both are the older sibling of another character (Raditz to Goku, Cooler to Frieza) who hold their younger sibling in contempt, but is willing to put aside his differences with said sibling if a common enemy shows up (although will try to kill said sibling if the opportunity presents itself), only to be eventually surpassed by said younger sibling (Goku surpasses Raditz by becoming a Super Saiyan, while Frieza surpassed Cooler by obtaining his Golden Frieza form)note . However, the difference is that Raditz's disdain for Goku came from the latter rejecting his violent Saiyan heritage, but otherwise he had no problems with Goku; Cooler and Frieza have similar ruthless personalities, but Cooler considers Frieza an obstacle in conquering the universe.
  • Forehead of Doom: Has a big broad forehead.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Vegeta and Nappa have little respect for him and Vegeta scoffs at the idea of using the Dragon Balls to bring him back to life. Nappa does, however, care enough about him to suggest bring him back to life, while still calling him an idiot for getting killed.
  • Hate Sink: There's not one shred of likability to Raditz whatsoever; he's a brute, a bully, and a Dirty Coward all in one, and not even a credit to his race. Honestly, it's no wonder Goku never wanted to find out anything more about his Saiyan heritage or his birth parents if there was even the slightest chance they were as bad as Raditz.
  • Heel Realization: Granted, a non-canon one, but a what-if version of the Saiyan Saga that plays out in Budokai Tenkaichi 2 has Raditz suffer amnesia, train alongside Goku and Gohan, becoming a valued ally against Piccolo. He later regains his memories and grudgingly (due to the threat of Vegeta and Nappa) resumes his conquest of the Earth. He is trounced by the combined might of Goku, Krillin, Gohan, and Piccolo, and learns what "true strength" is: defending those who cannot defend themselves. In addition, Raditz gets a (surprisingly touching) dream sequence where he admits to his long-dead father that he not only misses him, but that Raditz—despite his boasts—considers himself a weakling. At the end of the story, Raditz pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to stop Vegeta and Nappa from reaching the Earth (by crashing his ship into theirs), warning his young sibling about the threat of an even greater monster that the Saiyans serve.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Raditz apparently believed that Nappa and Vegeta would revive him after they got to Earth, as he says that his only regret is that he won't be back in time to see them kill the people of Earth. On the contrary, while Nappa does indeed suggest reviving Raditz, Vegeta shoots the idea down, stating that reviving a weakling like Raditz would be a waste, instead opting to wish for immortality. Nappa does not argue against this and quickly agrees.
  • Hot-Blooded: While relatively calm when compared to Vegeta and Nappa, Raditz becomes this when he's in full battle mode.
  • Irony:
    • During his "Reason You Suck" Speech to Goku, he claims that their parents would be ashamed of him for turning out so weak and that he isn't a true Saiyan warrior since he lacks their ruthless and cold nature. This is ironic in a number of ways. First being that their mother was a failed soldier and their father fell in love with her despite this fact. Bardock also came to embrace his softer side, which is why Goku is even on Earth. Second, Raditz succumbed to fear in the face of death, while his father and his "soft" brother both showed cold defiance to their killers.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Swears to leave in peace if Goku spares his life after his tail is grabbed and he is at the mercy of Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon. Goku takes him at his word and lets him go, only to be kicked in the face and have his ribs broken.
  • It Only Works Once: Begging Goku for mercy when faced with the Special Beam Cannon worked the first time; thankfully, Goku wasn't stupid enough to fall for the same ploy twice.
  • Jerkass: It wasn't enough that he bullies his opponents in a fight. He also came to visit his baby brother when he grew up only to force him into destroying the planet he's on, and had no hesitation in kidnapping his nephew and trying to murder his baby brother if he didn't do as he said. He's basically a horrible being, who's perfectly fine with killing his own family members, if they don't obey him.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • He kidnaps his own nephew so he can 'raise' him into a proper Saiyan, and bait Goku into joining them, after he kills one-hundred humans.
    • After receiving mercy from his brother, he knocks him down and sadistically crushes all his ribs while saying that Goku is a soft-hearted idiot. He then tries to murder Gohan because he had a higher battle power than him. This becomes even worse when you consider that his mother was also soft-hearted and would have been upset by Raditz's behavior.
  • Killed Off for Real: Unlike a lot of the DBZ villains, he never comes back. You'd think being Goku's brother he'd play a bigger role. He appears only briefly in the background in GT when the villains escape from Hell.
  • Knight of Cerebus: As soon as he arrived on Earth and delivered the Wham Line that Goku is in fact a member of an elite ruthless alien warrior race, you knew that the tone and direction of the series would be changed forever. So much so that for the anime, his appearance officially marked the transition from the original series to Z.
  • Lack of Empathy:
    • He notably takes advantage of Goku's own empathy, and pummels him as a result, laughing at his younger brother's gullibility. Of course, he should've thought about doing this in front of Gohan... On the other hand, he does express genuine grief that Goku would actually sacrifice himself for what he considers to be a bunch of weaklings unworthy of protection.
    • This has been a consistent thing with him since he was a child, with him barely caring about the destruction of his race or the death of his parents, which shocks even Nappa.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Raditz suffers this—in an echo of his younger brother's memory loss—in the Tenkaichi 2 what-if version of the Saiyan Saga mentioned above. Raditz's memory loss is brought about by a defective Saibaman exploding in his face. While Raditz retains all of his might (and pent-up resentment at being called "weak"), he becomes more docile. His full memory is painfully reawakened upon seeing Gohan's tail.
  • Little Bit Beastly: He has a tail, which shocks Goku and his friends since it's exactly like the tail Goku had as a child.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Goku and everyone else were very surprised when he announced himself as his brother.
  • Mauve Shirt: Frieza at least knows his name and he would be considered fairly powerful among the ranks of the Frieza Force.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: At the beginning of Z. He's a mid-level minion of Frieza's, but on Earth, he easily pulls off a Bullet Catch against a shotgun-wielding farmer and is powerful enough to curb-stomp both Goku and Piccolo, the two strongest beings on the planet, simultaneously, forcing Goku to perform a Heroic Sacrifice to take him down. In fact, when they discover that Vegeta and Nappa consider Raditz a pathetic weakling compared to them, the Z-Fighters are in disbelief.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In a flashback, we see both Raditz and Nappa react with horror when Vegeta says that he does not care that their race is dead. While Nappa shows some traces of humanity elsewhere, this is the only time Raditz ever displays a positive side, to hammer in how shocking Vegeta's lack of empathy is even to other Saiyans.
  • Outside-Genre Foe: This is part of the reason why he was so unstoppable when he was first introduced. Although Piccolo is an alien, he was born and raised on Earth. Raditz not only formally introduced aliens to the series, but also showed that the fighters on Earth are insects compared to the true monsters in the universe. Raditz is barely an Elite Mook and yet he completely dominated the Earth's best fighters with ease.
  • Pet the Dog: Twistedly crossed with Kick the Dog in Xenoverse. After undertaking his Parallel Quest and helping him beat Goku, Piccolo, and potentially Gohan, he spares Goku's life, and decides to take him along to destroy a few planets with him and get his killer instinct back. While destroying planets is, obviously, evil, it still shows that deep down Raditz really does love and care about his brother... on his own terms.
    • Ends up being the metaphorical dog in another cross with Kick the Dog during his mentorship "plot" in Xenoverse 2. The Time Patroller's request for him to train them leads to an immediate haughty disposition, lording over the player character not unlike Vegeta lording over Nappa. As they begin easily mastering his techniques and routinely kicking his ass, his facade begins to crumble, and the final "training session" is actually just him trying to assert his superiority. When beaten for the last time, he basically has a crying breakdown and confesses he just wanted to have someone he could boss around so he'd no longer be at the bottom of Prince Vegeta's totem pole. Hearing this, the Patroller (implicitly) offers to remain his student/underling, and he is overjoyed to hear it.
  • Poor Communication Kills: If Gine had told Raditz she'd sent his brother to Earth for his own protection, Raditz probably wouldn't have gone there and got himself killed.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Only surpassed in this by Nappa and Vegeta. The sole reason he antagonizes Goku is because of his refusal to accept his Saiyan heritagenote .
  • Rapunzel Hair: Fans often joked about what would happen to his hair if he went Super Saiyan 3. And now that he has, as per Super Dragon Ball Heroes, we can see that it's taken Up to Eleven and sweeps across the floor!
  • Redemption Equals Death: In an alternate telling of the events in Budokai Tenkaichi 2, Raditz ends up sacrificing his life to stop Vegeta and Nappa's invasion of Earth.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Goku after he is shown mercy after begging for his life. During his rant, he claims that their parents would be ashamed of him and he isn't a true Saiyan warrior. He doesn't realize the Irony of his words.
  • Sadistic Choice: Gives Goku one when they meet: either Goku kills 100 humans within the next 24 hours and joins Frieza's army, or Raditz kills Gohan. Goku, of course, Takes a Third Option and forms an Enemy Mine with Piccolo to take him out.
  • Shadow Archetype: He serves as this to Goku along with being an Evil Counterpart. If Goku was raised as a Saiyan, or simply hadn't suffered a head injury so early in life, he would have turned out similar to Raditz.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Goku. Raditz is evil with no redeeming qualities, while his brother Goku is a selfless Nice Guy.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Believe it or not, Raditz is essentially the catalyst for the entire second half of the Dragon Ball manga. Had Raditz not remembered his little brother and come to Earth, the entire series would have been turned on its head: Piccolo and Goku would never have teamed up and thus Piccolo wouldn't have become social with the other martial artists. He may have even remained evil, and continued on with a plan to terrorize planet Earth, had he and Goku not joined forces. Goku wouldn't have trained with King Kai, but merely at his own pace, and would have been far too weak to combat the androids by the time they arrived, assuming he hadn't already died from the heart virus he was to contract (though a theory is that he got it during his trip on Yardrat). Gohan would never have been trained by Piccolo, and thus would never have become a fighter at all. Vegeta and Nappa would never have received the transmission involving the Dragon Balls, and thus would never have visited the Earth, thus remaining under Frieza's thumb — Frieza himself would also never have been killed, allowing the Cold family to continue terrorizing the universe. Despite being the weakest villain at the start of the series, Raditz coming to Earth is what allowed the "Z series" to be what it became.
  • Smug Snake: Acts smug and cocky when in control of a situation, but the minute he starts to lose, he becomes a Dirty Coward who begs for his life.
  • Starter Villain: For the Saiyan arc, and Z as a whole. He kicks Goku and Piccolo's butts upon his introduction and is one of the weakest characters at the start of Z.
  • Theme Naming: Named after the vegetable radish. Additionally, his attacks in the games generally have names related to days of the week (Shining Friday, Saturday Crash, Double Sunday, Cyclone Monday, Vacation Delete, Weekend).
  • Token Evil Teammate: To his family. Goku is the greatest hero in Universe 7. Gine was a gentle, caring individual. Bardock, while a hardened killer, was still a Noble Demon who had plenty of redeeming traits, and was one of the nicer Saiyans. Raditz is a psychopathic Blood Knight who won't hesitate to kill family members, and only displays a positive side once when he and Nappa are shocked by Vegeta's indifference toward their race being destroyed.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Xenoverse, mainly due to Towa trying to screw with the timeline by making him more formidable.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Like all Saiyans, he was raised to wipe civilizations and was part of Vegeta's team since he was at least five or seven years old. He was even considered a full-fledged warrior at that age.
  • Underwear of Power: Wears trunks like many members of Frieza's army.
  • The Unfavorite:
    • Vegeta and Nappa didn't like him much, referring him as a weakling for dying.
    • And not mentioning how Bardock never thought of him once, even in his dying moments.
    • Averted, thankfully, in Dragon Ball Minus, where Bardock asks Gine where Raditz is when he arrived back on Vegeta on Frieza's orders, tells Goku that he'd also tell Raditz not to look at the moon, and laments that Raditz has to put up with "The Prince", showing at least some concern and regard for his firstborn.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Although he is a well trained Saiyan warrior, he relies heavily on his brute strength to get ahead. He also relies too much on his scouter, which causes him to underestimate Goku and Piccolo, and he neglected in training to overcome the Saiyans' weakness, being grabbed by the tail, unlike Goku, Nappa, and Vegeta, which nearly caused Piccolo to kill him without needing to kill Goku. He doesn't even know techniques which improve the power level of his attacks, like Vegeta, Nappa and every martial artist of note on Earth did.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Lampshaded in Attack of the Saiyans where Goku points out that Raditz didn't train at all in Hell. It seems he prefers trying to steal magical items to instantly get power.
  • Villain Respect: He's actually impressed when Goku proves himself willing to sacrifice his life just to kill Raditz. At the same time, he's disappointed that his brother would lay down his life for such a weak species.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: Does not take after his father at all. Or his mother.
  • Villains Want Mercy: First example in Z. He begs for mercy when Piccolo was going to kill him with his Special Beam Cannon. When he was shown mercy, he knocks Goku down and ruthlessly breaks his ribs while mocking him for falling for it. When he's about to be killed again, he pleads for his life again; thankfully, Goku doesn't fall for the same trick twice.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: After being granted mercy by Goku, Raditz crushes his ribs and openly mocks him for his compassion. He says that Goku's honor and mercy are the most disgraceful things about him, while he (Raditz) is a "first-rate warrior" who has no problem using dirty tricks or killing his own brother.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: His arrival on Earth shows the heroes what awaits them in the wider universe. Namely, the fighters on Earth are pitifully weak compared to even a Mook in Frieza's army. As elaborated above, this ends up having a huge snowball effect on the future of the universe.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Grabbing his tail renders him completely powerless, something Goku takes advantage of since he shared the same weakness as a child. According to the Japanese text he can cut off his tail if necessary, which is why Goku didn't grab it again after the surprise wore off.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Hinted in some of the video games like Burst Limit.
  • The Worf Effect: Basically his purpose. He shows up, no sells Piccolo's blasts, curb stomps Goku and Krillin with one hit each, and spends most of the rest of his screen time beating down Goku and Piccolo. Then he reveals he isn't even half as powerful as one of his partners, and several times weaker than the other.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He threatens to have Gohan killed unless Goku joins him. Big mistake. After Gohan injures him with a sneak attack headbutt, he's enraged to the point that the first thing he does is knock the kid into unconsciousness and then immediately try to murder him.
    Goku: (heavily injured) No... please... he's only a child-
    Raditz: Only a child?! You’re joking! The brat has a higher battle power than you!
  • You Remind Me of X: Frieza notices the similarities between him and Gohan and assumes, not knowing Goku exists, that Gohan must be Raditz's child.

    Bardock 

    Bardock's Squad (Z
Bardock's crew of low-class saiyan warriors. They all end up getting killed by Dodoria and his team.

Tropes applying to all of them

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  • Canon Foreigner: They were created for Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku.
  • Canon Immigrant: Downplayed. They appear as a blink-it-you-miss-it cameo on Dragon Ball Super: Broly (they're among the many Saiyans Frieza meets for the first time on Planet Vegeta), and Toyotarō drew a scenario in which how they may fit the Minus version, but this should be taken as Word of Saint Paul. Basically, they were killed off while Bardock was heading to Planet Vegeta just like in Father of Goku, and this motivated Bardock to confront Frieza.
    Narrator: After this, they lost contact with Toma & co… That is the event that caused Bardock’s suspicion of this return-home order to grow ever-stronger.
  • Edible Theme Naming: All of their Japanese names are based on foods.
    • Toma is based on tomato.
    • Selypa is an anagram of the japanese pronunciation of parsey.
    • Panbukin is based on pumpkin.
    • Toteppo is based on potato.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Their deaths don't impact the series in any way, but the tragedy of it motivates Bardock to fight against Frieza.
  • Super Mode: Like with all Saiyans with a tail, they can transform into great apes. They are shown as great apes in The Father of Goku.
  • Posthumous Character: They have been long dead by the time Dragon Ball starts.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: They were all killed by Dodoria and his squadron.

Tora (トーマ, Tōma)

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Voiced by: Kazuyuki Sogabe (Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku), Tetsu Inada (Dragon Ball Heroes) (Japanese)
Voiced by: Mike McFarland (Funimation dub)
Voiced by: Doug Rand (AB Groupe dub)
Voiced by: Ricardo Brust (Latin American Spanish dub)
Voiced by: Yuval Segal (Hebrew dub)
Voiced by: Thomas Schmuckert (German dub)

The second in command of Bardock’s Elite.


  • The Cameo: He appears in one of Frieza's memories during his fight against Goku in Z.
  • Number Two: According to supplementary material, he is second in command. Out of all the members, however, his death is the one that impacts Bardock the most, as his iconic red bandage is bathed in his blood.
  • Playing with Fire: One of his attacks is lighting the opponent on fire.
  • Rust Proof Blood: That "headband" on Bardock stays red. This is even more noticeable in Dragon Ball Online, Episode Of Bardock, Dragon Ball Heroes, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and all the other scenarios where time travel greatly extends Bardock's lifespan but the stained bandage continues to be without rust.
  • Ship Tease: The way he is drawn with Selypa implies they were romantically involved.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Of Bardock’s crew, he appears to be the chummiest with Bardock.

Selypa (セリパ, Seripa)

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Voiced by: Yūko Mita (Japanese)
Voiced by: Linda Young (Funimation dub)
Voiced by: Jodi Forest (AB Groupe dub)
Voiced by: Isabel Martiñón (Latin American Spanish dub)
Voiced by: Talia Barkai (Hebrew dub)

A member of Bardock's elite crew, conquering many planets for Frieza, and during Father of Goku, she can be seen destroying the population of a planet in her Oozaru form.


  • Ascended Extra: Played with. She becomes a playable character in Budokai Tenkaichi 3, despite not having any shown fighting in her only appearance in Father of Goku. As such, much of her movements and personality traits were created for the game.
  • The Cameo: She appears in one of Frieza's memories during his fight against Goku in Z.
  • Dub Name Change: She was named Fasha in the Funimation dub.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: She, and the other female Saiyans who appear in Father of Goku for that matter, have purple eyes instead of the usual black. An Early Installment Weirdness can be the reason, as she was created before this detail of the Saiyans was added.
  • She's a Man in Japan: She is a man on the first Brazilian dub of the film due to a mistake from the translator part. This was corrected later.
  • Ship Tease: Despite fans believing she and Bardock may have had something for a decade, the special implies she and Toma were more involved affectionally.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Played straight In-Universe and from a meta perspective: She was the only female member of Bardock's squad, and the only known female Saiyan for decades until Gine's introduction in Dragon Ball Minus and Caulifla and Kale in Super. Many people speculated she was Goku's mother due to this.

Shegush (パンブーキン, Panbūkin)

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Voiced by: Takeshi Watabe (Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku), Yasunori Masutani (Dragon Ball Heroes) (Japanese)
Voiced by: Chris Rager (Funimation dub)
Voiced by: Ed Marcus (AB Groupe dub)
Voiced by: César Soto (Latin American Spanish dub)
Voiced by: Eric Legrand (French dub)
Voiced by: Dov Reiser (Hebrew dub)

The second strongest member of Bardock’s elite.


Borgos (トテッポ, Toteppo)

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Voiced by: Kōzō Shioya (Japanese)
Voiced by: Christopher Sabat (Funimation dub)
Voiced by: Ed Marcus (AB Groupe dub)
Voiced by: Mario Sauret (Latin American Spanish dub)
Voiced by: Efron Atkin (Hebrew dub)

The silent guy of Bardock’s elite.


    Other Saiyans 

Leek (リーク, Rīku)

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An associate of Bardock during his missions. Introduced in Dragon Ball Minus.


Taro (タロ, Taro')

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A low-class Saiyan that is familiar with Bardock. Introduced in Dragon Ball Minus.


Nion (ニオン, Nion)

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A Saiyan scientist that worked for King Vegeta.


  • All There in the Manual: Named in the Funimation credits, she is nameless in the original dub.
  • Edible Theme Naming: After onion, a vegetable.
  • Living Prop: A tertiary character who has enough characterization for a quick mention, and her existence provides some insight in Saiyan culture (basically that they had scientists alongside warriors)
  • Psychotic Smirk: For her brief moment on screen, we could see two emotions: cold demeanor and a cold smirk associated with villains.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only woman on the group of scientists.
  • The Stoic: While the male scientists are characterized as scared of angering King Vegeta, she is shown to be calm during all her screentime.

    Gine 

Gine (ギネ)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Naoko Watanabe
Voiced by (English): Emily Neves
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Mireya Mendoza

Goku and Raditz's mother. She was a member of Bardock's squad but due to not being cut out for fighting, Gine went on to work at the meat distribution center, instead.


  • Actual Pacifist: Noted to be this, which is very notable since every last one of her race note  is a Blood Knight. Note, pacifist, in this case, refers to being against sending babies to fight, rather than being against fighting altogether.
  • Adaptational Badass: She's a massive Non-Action Guy by Saiyan standards when she debuted. That said, in Fusions, she's a playable character (and a Moveset Clone of her own Great Granddaughter, Pan).
  • Blue and Orange Morality: A rare non-human example. By Saiyan standards, she's likely the strangest known member of the race, due to being a Non-Action Guy. However, she is still proud of her husband and older son being warriors, meaning she isn't a saint.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Considering how Frieza destroyed all of Planet Vegeta, it's pretty obvious.
  • Edible Theme Naming: As with all other Saiyans, her name is based on that of a vegetable; in this case, the spring onion ("negi" in Japanese, but with each two letters in the name on opposite sides).
  • Fling a Light into the Future: Her and her husband sent Goku to Earth to protect him from Frieza. Him becoming strong enough to avenge their deaths was an unforeseen bonus.
  • Generation Xerox: Goku gets his kind heart from her, and Goten would get her hair in the End of Z. Likewise, in Fusions, she shares a moveset with her quarter-Saiyan Great Granddaughter, Pan.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: Because of Generation Xerox, she was part of the reason Goku is the hero he is.
  • Happily Married: Note that most Saiyans married/mated for breeding purpose, but Bardock and Gine genuinely care for each other. Out of all the couples that have appeared in the Dragon Ball manga, they're shown to be the most affectionate, as Gine rushes into Bardock's arms and they lovingly gaze into each other's eyes.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: Her youngest grandson inherits her hairstyle when he's a teenager in Z, although his is a little longer. Gine's loose, shaggy hairstyle could also be the source of Raditz's epic mullet.
  • Insignificant Little Blue Planet: How Gine views Earth, the planet she programs Kakarot's space pod to be sent to, describing the humans and the natural resources on the planet as "worthless" (i.e. Frieza wouldn't be interested in trying to conquer it).
  • Oh, Crap!: In Broly, she is visibly horrified when Bardock turns out to be right about Frieza planning to destroy the Saiyan race.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: If she ever killed anyone during her brief time as a soldier, she gets this both ways. While she was a good person by comparison to the rest of her kin, she is part of the Saiyans' ruthless society, and helping to commit genocide is still bad despite her not partaking in much fighting, so her being killed along with most of the Saiyans by Frieza could be seen as karma in that case despite her being a good person as a whole. At the same time, she helps her husband send Goku away to Earth to protect him and he grows up to unintentionally avenge them and keep their bloodline going.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Like all Saiyans, she has a monkey tail. Unlike most, however, she's often seen with her tail loose, much like Goku when he had a tail, presumably since she's not fighting and doesn't need to protect her weakness.
  • Missing Mom: She dies along with the other Saiyans when Frieza destroyed Planet Vegeta.
  • Nice Girl: Was described as a gentle person. This is despite her having been a space pirate in the past. It's possible that her gentle nature prevented her from hurting anyone, and that's why she got switched to the meat department.
  • Odd Couple: An Actual Pacifist marries a hardened warrior like Bardock who has no problem depopulating planets. But again, her "pacifist" stance in this case comes from a moral dilemma with sending babies to depopulate planets and is more concerned with the effects on and dangers for the young ones rather than the inhabitants.
  • Pink Means Feminine: As shown in Dragon Ball Z Extreme Butoden, Gine's Saiyan armor is pink.
  • Poor Communication Kills: She tells Raditz that she sent Goku to Earth. What she fails to tell him, apparently, is that Goku was sent to Earth for his protection, not to purge the planet. If she had told Raditz this, he most likely wouldn't go to Earth and tried to bully his baby brother to wipe out the population, which got both of them killed.
  • Posthumous Character: Like Bardock, what we know of Gine comes from information revealed long after her death. Notably, she only has one mention in the entirety of the original Dragon Ball series, grouped with Bardock when Raditz vaguely tells Goku their parents were killed in the destruction of Planet Vegeta. She's seen for the first time in Dragon Ball Minus, which tells Goku's backstory, 19 years after the original manga ended and Bardock's own animation debut in The Father of Goku. By contrast, Gine's animation debut is in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, almost five years after Dragon Ball Minus.
  • Rescue Romance: Fell in love with Bardock after he protected her on a mission.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She fell for Bardock because he initiated a Rescue Romance. Goes both ways, since Bardock, a hardened warrior of an Always Chaotic Evil race of Blood Knights, married the kind-hearted Token Good Teammate of the Saiyan race that is Gine.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Despite never showing up at all in the manga or even filler, she and Bardock are the reason why Goku is on Earth and not dead.
  • Spanner in the Works: She along with her husband sent Goku to Earth when they suspected Frieza of being up to no good. Their actions were major factor in Frieza's downfall.
  • Space Pirates: She was one before she retires to work in a meat factory, being unfit to be a warrior. She was weak, and had to be saved multiple times, so it's not clear if she ever actually killed anyone.
  • Token Good Teammate: To the Saiyans in general. Much like Vegeta's younger brother, she was born with a gentle heart and does not have the Saiyans' Blood Knight tendencies, making her a failed soldier.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Gine looks a lot like her grandson Goten when he was a teenager in Z, only older.

    Beets 

Beets (ビーツ Bītsu)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Takuya Kirimoto
Voiced by (English): Anthony Bowling
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Manuel Campuzano

A non-combatant Saiyan that joined Paragus on his journey to Planet Vampa to rescue Broly.


  • Advertised Extra: He was advertised in Super Dragon Ball Heroes alongside Paragus, despite the fact he is a non-combatant Saiyan that is only alive in the first act. He has a power level of less than one thousand.
  • Anime Hair: Has a hairstyle similar to Gohan.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Part of his design, he has shadowed undereyes that makes him look either sinister (as he is working with Paragus) or just tired in general.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Beets, from beetroot.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He accompanies Paragus to search for Broly despite the former's protests. He then gets stranded in a Death World and eventually killed by Paragus to conserve their food supplies.
  • One Steve Limit: He shares a similar name to the main player avatar of Dragon Ball Heroes, who was named after the musical note.
  • Posthumous Character: He has been long dead by the time the series starts. He was killed off by Paragus in planet Vampa, and his pants went to become the ones Broly use in his adulthood.
  • Prehensile Tail: Like all Universe 7 Saiyans, he sports a long monkey tail, and he doesn't wrap it around his waist since he's not a fighter.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He suffers this fate at the hands of Paragus to conserve supplies.

    Kakarot 

Other Saiyans

    Goku Black 

    Broly (Super

Figures of Legend

    Yamoshi 

Yamoshi (ヤモシ) / Original Super Saiyan (初代の超サイヤ人, Shodai no Sūpā Saiya-jin) / Original Super Saiyan God (初代の超サイヤ人ゴドドッ, Shodai no Sūpā Saiya-jin Goddo)

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Click here to see the Original Super Saiyan 
Click here to see the Original Super Saiyan God 

"Long ago, a small group of pure-hearted Saiyans questioned the evil commited by their race. The good Saiyans decided to lead a revolt against the bad, and to ensure victory pooled their powers together to create a savior... A Super Saiyan God! The savior easily defeated the evil Saiyans with his inmense power, but then vanished as quickly as he came, as the energy his comrades offered him couldn't last for long. In time, evil again took root in planet Vegeta, and the memory of the Super Saiyan God became a myth, merely lost all-together."
Shenron

The Original Super Saiyan of legend spoken of by Vegeta. Never encountered in the story and long dead by the time the series takes place, but in a way is vastly important to the story as his story provides the basis for the goal of the Super Saiyan that every Saiyan character tries to obtain in the series. According to Vegeta, the Original Super Saiyan lived 1000 years ago (in the anime this is changed to 3000) and was the most powerful warrior in the universe, but his power was so great that only the Great Ape form could allow his body to sustain that power. Eventually his power became so great that it destroyed him and the planet he was on. Since his demise, no other Super Saiyans appeared, and he passed into myth.

Even after more than a thousand years the myth of the Super Saiyan holds incredible significance to the Saiyan race. Frieza heard rumors of the legend and seeing how powerful many of his Saiyan subordinates were becoming felt fear over the possibility that one of these Saiyans might rise up to the challenge and become a Super Saiyan thus ending his reign over his Empire. This leads Frieza to destroy the Saiyan race and leads Vegeta to want to reach the goal. Eventually Goku obtains the transformation and defeats Frieza. Eventually nearly every Saiyan still around, including Vegeta, much to his delight, gains this transformation and gain incredible power from it.

Years later, the God of Destruction Beerus saw a spirit in a prophetic dream that came to be known as the Super Saiyan God. This led him to reach to the last living full-blooded Saiyans known, Goku and Vegeta, to ask them about it. After being asked by Goku in turn about how to attain the Super Saiyan God transformation, Shenron, with his vast knowledge, tells the Z Fighters, Beerus, and Whis the story of the Super Saiyan God, a Saiyan of noble heart. Much like with the Super Saiyan transformation, Goku and Vegeta manage to gain this transformation and gain incredible power from it. An interview with Akira Toriyama about Super Saiyans later revealed that this original Super Saiyan God and the Original Super Saiyan of Vegeta's legend were one and the same.

It is implied in Dragon Ball GT that the Original Super Saiyan was also the original Super Saiyan 4.


  • Ambiguous Situation: Due to the contradictory elements of the legend, Yamoshi's life and what his transformation was like are pretty much a mystery, inviting much speculation.
  • All for Nothing: He wished to obtain the power of godhood to fight off against evil Saiyans, but because the form was temporary, he couldn't accomplish his objective, and as we know, Saiyans remained utter bastards until Frieza killed them all.
  • All There in the Manual: While Shenron told Goku and the others about the original Super Saiyan God, his name, more information about his background, and that he and the Original Super Saiyan from the legend Vegeta told in the Frieza Saga were the same person comes from an interview with Toriyama about Super Saiyans.
  • Awesomeness Is Volatile: Explosively so, as his demise in the legend of the Original Super Saiyan can attest to: He did acquire the power to become the most powerful warrior in the universe, but his power was so great that his body could not sustain that power and it destroyed him and the planet he was on.
  • Continuity Snarl: The reveal that the Original Super Saiyan and the Original Super Saiyan God were the same person, Yamoshi, muddies things a bit, as the Original Super Saiyan was stated to have died some time after attaining the transformation due to his power becoming so uncontrollable for his body to handle it, yet the reveal implies that he lived long enough to attain another transformation and become the Super Saiyan God. That being said, this could be chalked up to Legend Fades to Myth.
  • Doomed Hometown: The story implies that the planet the Original Super Saiyan destroyed was the origin planet of the Saiyans, leading to the migration of the Saiyans to Planet Plant and the wars that led to the Saiyans conquering that planet.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: According to the Original Super Saiyan legend, his power became so uncontrollable that it destroyed him and the planet he was on.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Yamoshi is a pun from bean sprouts in Japanese, which also serves as a pun of Yamoshi being the "seed" that both legends about the Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan God transformations sprouted from.
  • Foil: He is the Good Counterpart of Bardock.
    • Both decided to face off an evil threat, but both lost and became forgotten by time. The difference between them, however, was that Yamoshi had an altruistic purpose against his own race, while Bardock was an Anti-Hero who wanted revenge against Frieza.
    • Yamoshi also managed to transform into the legendary Super Saiyan, inspiring a legend across generations that even to the present day carry weight, while Bardock, outside of some what-if stories, became completely forgotten by time without archieving anything.
  • Goal in Life: His power and the myth surrounding it leads to Vegeta making it his goal in life to become a Super Saiyan, to be an invincible warrior just like the legend himself.
  • Golden Super Mode: The originator of the Super Saiyan transformation according to legend. Is stated that he became a Super Saiyan again once he got cornered by enemies, but even then, was defeated by outside sources, and that this defeat inspired him to find other six Saiyans of pure heart in order to awaken the Super Saiyan God. Vegeta implies that Kale's berserker transformation may be what the original Super Saiyan looked like.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Not only did he ultimately fail to redeem Saiyan society, but as in the original legend he may have destroyed Planet Sadala as a result of his powerup. Not only did this nearly wipe out the very people he fought for, but it directly resulted in the Saiyans inhabiting planet Plant, wiping out the Tuffles, and being discovered by King Cold. In other words, not only did he fail to improve Saiyan society, the results of his actions made things much worse.
  • Pals with Jesus: Possibly and exclusively on Dragon Ball GT. Old Kai talks of having encountered a Super Saiyan before, he never speaks of who this particular Saiyan was though. If it helps any he mentions it was a Super Saiyan 4, something that is only possible if you can control the power of the Golden Great Ape transformation. That narrows things down a bit.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Was considered the most powerful warrior the universe has ever known by Vegeta, and at the very least was powerful enough to destroy a planet.
  • Posthumous Character: He has been long dead by the time the series started, let alone by the time Vegeta first mentions him.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Vegeta claims that the Original Super Saiyan could only maintain his full power in the transformed state, which is a foreshadowing of the eventual Golden Great Ape transformation Goku and Vegeta go through in GT. What makes things even more interesting is that Old Kai claims to have encountered a Super Saiyan 4 before when he sees Goku in that state, said Super Saiyan 4 transformation can only come if you can control the Golden Great Ape form, something that the original Super Saiyan was capable of.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Vegeta says that he existed so long ago that the transformation he had attained was considered a legend, a myth told by the Saiyans to give them a false sense of hope of overcoming Frieza one day. The myth is still so prevalent in the galactic consciousness that Frieza fears it, Vegeta believes in it, and the Kais have knowledge of its existence. Also, the character, despite his importance to the plot, is never given a name in the series proper, but perhaps that adds to the appeal.
  • Small Role, Big Impact:
    • The legend of the Original Super Saiyan seemed to be considered a pretty minor one to the universe since hardly anyone outside the Saiyans, Frieza and some Kais knew about it (if the surprised expressions of everyone except them everytime Goku or any other Saiyan in the series turned Super Saiyan in front of them are anything to go by). Despite this, his power and the myth surrounding it leads to Vegeta making it his goal in life to become a Super Saiyan, both to be an invincible warrior and to overthrow Frieza; and Frieza's fear of the legend led him to commit the genocide against the Saiyans.
    • The legend of the Original Super Saiyan God seemed to be an even minor one, as not even Vegeta knew about it (Only Frieza, depending on the source). Despite this, however, his "presence" gave Beerus the prophetic dream about the Super Saiyan God, and his spirit made a Namekian elder write about him in a book.
  • Token Heroic Orc: He is stated to have been a right-hearted Saiyan in an era where those were not common.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Vegeta speaks of the original Super Saiyan as having power so great that he destroyed himself, power so volatile he couldn't control it any more. As powerful as Goku or Vegeta become it never gets to the point they can't control it, meaning this is just part of the legend itself and not an actual fact.

    The Ancient Saiyans 

The Ancient Saiyans

"What we call our birth world was destroyed in a civil war, after its decimation we conquered another planet and called it Vegeta."
Vegeta

Long before King Vegeta took control of Planet Plant, the Saiyans resided in Planet Sadala. According to Vegeta, the planet was destroyed by internal conflicts between the Saiyans, but according to legends it could have been destroyed by something else, perhaps a Super Saiyan.

The ancient Saiyans are a relative new addition to the lore of the series. There are background references in Super about them, although vague (with Vegeta stating that the Saiyans from Universe 6 closely resemble them), but some characters from videogames are described as Saiyans from the past: Shallot, the Saiyan in Red and Cumber.


  • Ambiguous Situation: What exactly destroyed them? An internal conflict? Or the original Super Saiyan, whose power destroyed a planet in the past?
  • Ancient Evil: The tale of Yamoshi states Saiyans were long evil, even before joining Frieza. While there were good-hearted Saiyans, they were a minority.
  • Canon Foreigner: So far, ancient Saiyans have only appeared in videogames.
  • Posthumous Character: Since Planet Sadala was destroyed by either an internal conflict or a figure of legend, these characters have long been dead for maybe centuries.

Characters from other materials

    Planet Vegeta's Guardian 

Planet Vegeta's Guardian

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In the anime series (not in the manga), King Kai tells Goku that, similar to the Earth, Planet Vegeta had a guardian with the job of god watching over the planet, and that, seeing the evil in the hearts of the Saiyans, he summoned meteors to destroy the planet. Shortly afterward it is revealed, however, that Frieza was the actual culprit behind Planet Vegeta's destruction.


  • Canon Foreigner: The Guardian was a filler character created to give an explanation of how the Saiyan race came to be extinct, as Frieza wasn't created by that point. However, after Frieza's introduction, this character was never referenced again, not even in Heroes. Surprisingly, though, his concept was similar to Yamoshi's legend, revealed decades after his episode appereance.
  • God Job: He was the guardian of Planet Vegeta, effectively god just like Kami and Dende.
  • From a Certain Point of View:
    • How you could view this guy's place in King Kai's story: a way to explain most of the destruction of Planet Vegeta, without outright mentioning Frieza since it is shown afterwards that he wants Goku to stay the hell away from him.
    • There's also the fact that Super revealed that there was a god who did in fact judge planet Vegeta to be worthy of destruction, only that god was no guardian. It was Beerus, who authorized Frieza to destroy the planet after King Vegeta was moronically selfish.
  • In the Hood: According to King Kai flashback, the guardian of the planet wore a hood while destroying the planet.

    Shorty and Scarface 

Shorty (ブロッコ, Burokko) and Scarface (パンプキン, Panpukin)

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Scarface (left) and Shorty (right)
Shorty voiced by: Yukimasa Kishino (Japanese)
Shorty voiced by: Paul Dobson (Ocean dub)
Shorty voiced by: Phil Parsons (Funimation dub)
Shorty voiced by: José Luis Castañeda (Latin American)
Scarface voiced by: Daisuke Gōri (Japanese)
Scarface voiced by: Gerard Plunkett (Ocean dub)
Scarface voiced by: Mike McFarland (Funimation dub)
Scarface voiced by: César Soto (Latin American)

Two Saiyans from 100 years ago (or illusions if you’re watching the Japanese version) that are utilized by Kami to train the Z-Fighters for Nappa and Vegeta’s arrival. They are filler characters who don't appear in the original manga.


  • All There in the Manual: Their Japanese names were revealed in the Japanese Daizenshuu books.
  • All There in the Script: Their English names were revealed in the credits roll of the Funimation dub.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Shorty is the big guy, Scarface is the little guy.
  • Canon Foreigner: They didn't appear in the original manga.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: In the English dub the pendulum room sends the Z-Fighters back 100 years to Age 662. The problem is Frieza didn't take over Planet Vegeta until Age 731. This means Shorty and Scarface shouldn't have battle armor or scouters. This is averted in the original Japanese version where they are stated to simply be illusions.
  • Ironic Name: Shorty is the taller of the two.
  • My Grandma Can Do Better Than You: In the English dub, Scarface uses this line to ridicule the Z-Fighters' power levels.
    Scarface: Hey, my grandmother can gather energy faster than that but don't feel bad, she's one tough cookie!
  • Named After Someone Famous: Scarface's name in the dub is a reference to famous gangster Al Capone's nickname.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: In Kami's own words, they are among the weakest saiyans. They are still strong enough to easily beat those who at that time were the 4 strongest humans. (On average, each of the humans had 375 that was a Power Level a little smaller than what Goku had when he fought against Raditz)
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, Scarface and Shugesh share the same name in Japanese.
  • Only Six Faces: Shorty looks like an uglier version of Raditz.
  • Odd Name Out: They are the only Saiyans in the series whose names aren't based on vegetables. Averted in the original Japanese version where their names are based on broccoli and pumpkin.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: They are never seen apart.
  • Unwinnable Training Simulation: Created to show Krillin, Yamcha, Tien, Chaoztu what they're in for when they fight real Sayians coming to earth (Vegeta and Nappa). The two end up utterly decimating the four. Yamcha and Tien last a little longer and there's a brief Hope Spot where it seems they knocked them down. But Shorty and Scarface quickly recover and take them out with ease.

    Tullece/Turles 

    Broly (old continuity) 

    Paragus (old continuity) 

    Shallot 

    Cumber 
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