In order of appearance.
Grandpa Son Gohan (孫悟飯, Son Gohan AKA Sun Wufan)
Goku's adoptive grandfather, the one who found him in the woods and initially trained him in martial arts. He died prior to the series, crushed to death by Goku's Great Ape form. Though mostly appearing in flashbacks, he makes an appearance in person during the Fortuneteller Baba Saga, and Goku's first son is named in his honor.
- Badass Mustache: A big white one, similar to Master Roshi's, and he was Goku's original teacher and was considered one of the greatest martial artist in the world. When he returns for a day, he manages to give Goku a hard match, the same Goku who defeated Mercenary Tao and destroyed the entire Red Ribbon Army by himself just hours ago.
- Chivalrous Pervert: During the Baba Saga, he mentions having a lot of friends back in Other World, "and most of them are brunettes." Nonetheless, Goku states that Gohan always taught him to be respectful towards women.
- Climax Boss: Serves as this to Goku in the Baba arc, and to his entire second search for the Dragon Balls as a whole. Goku has to pull every trick he's learned against him.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Implied. He admits to being "a little odd" in the Bardock special, and Goku himself describes him as a "very odd fellow."
- Dirty Old Man: Part of the reason why he doesn't want to be brought back to life? Too many hot chicks in heaven. However, he isn't nearly as bad as Master Roshi, and Goku himself states that Gohan was in fact respectful of women and always told him to be the same.
- Family Theme Naming: He started the 'Go' tend in Goku's family; Son Goku and his sons—Gohan and Goten.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: Although his time was short, he trained Goku before he was killed and was a student of Master Roshi:
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Gohan, Sr > Son Goku > Son Gohan, Pan, and Uub
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Gohan, Sr > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
- Muggle Foster Parents: While he was extremely powerful for a human, given that he was considered one of the greatest martial arts experts in the world, he's still a muggle compared to Goku who is a Human Alien from a powerful warrior race.
- Nice Guy: A decent and kind-hearted warrior, and it was because of being this that Kakarotto was raised into becoming Goku, The Hero we know and love.
- Old Master: In his appearance during the Fortuneteller Baba Saga, he holds his own against Goku quite well.
- Parental Substitute: He finds Goku in the mountains as toddler not long after he lands on Earth. He takes him in and raises him as his own grandson. It's rough at first since Goku was an unruly and violent child, but Gohan manages to get him under control after Goku falls and hit his head.
- Posthumous Character: By the time the series begins, he's long dead.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's dead by the series' beginning and only appears in person during the Fortuneteller Baba Saga, but it was him finding Goku and raising him that turned Goku from the future destroyer of humanity to the altruistic All-Loving Hero we know and love.
- Upbringing Makes the Hero: It was his kindness towards Goku, along with him hitting his head, that made Goku the kind young child we meet at the beginning of Dragon Ball.
- Unseen No More: Grandpa Gohan was The Ghost by virtue of being dead. While he was mentioned a lot, he never made an appearance in the first arc and most of the second arc, before making a surprise appearance at the end as a literal ghost.
Turtle (海亀, Umigame, "Sea Turtle")
A turtle named Turtle, Master Roshi's loyal pet/housemate. Goku and Bulma met Turtle early in their search for the Dragon Balls when he was lost in the wilderness and returned him to Roshi, who gave Goku the Flying Nimbus as a reward. Turtle is good-natured and friendly but often frustrated at Roshi's skirt-chasing antics.
- Action Survivor: Still alive in Trunks's Bad Future in Dragon Ball Super. Unfortunately, that version of Turtle seen during that arc is now Deader Than Dead.
- A Day in the Limelight: The Android Arc filler focuses a lot of him, as most of the action centers on Kame House due to the heroes taking shelter there from the Androids and Goku spending his convalescence from the heart virus there. He's also used as Goku's practice dummy for the Evil Containment Wave in Super, probably to remind the audience (since many getting into the series didn't see Piccolo vs. Kami) for the Tournament of Power later on that despite the name, the wave works just fine on people who aren't demons or evil.
- Beleaguered Assistant: To Master Roshi.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In anime filler only, Turtle defends Maron from some lecherous fratboys who randomly came to Kame House. He even adopts a kung fu stance as he sends them both packing. This is the only time Turtle has engaged in combat in the entire franchise.
- A Dog Named "Dog": He's a Turtle named Turtle.
- Long-Lived: Takes the trope of the old sea turtle (which even in Real Life can live over a century) and cranks it Up to Eleven. Apparently, during the Garlic Jr. filler arc (or about a few months before the androids arc) in Dragon Ball Z, he has turned 1000 years old.
- Nice Guy: He's very mild-mannered and kind, which contrasts greatly with the lecherous and selfish (pre-Character Development) Master Roshi.
- Odd Friendship: Forms one with Maron during her stay at Kame House in the anime filler.
- Old Retainer: He attempts to curb Roshi's lecherous behavior and advise him from making rash decisions, to varying degrees of success.
- Running Gag: In the Japanese dub, Goku constantly getting his name wrong ("Urigome" instead of "Umigame"), even into adulthood.
- Satellite Character: He only exists to be Roshi's pet and to snark at him for his ridiculous ideas and lines.
- Servile Snarker: To Roshi.
- Small Role, Big Impact: If Goku's hadn't happened to accidentally pick a stranded Turtle out of the ground and return him to the sea (against Bulma's wishes), he would have never met Master Roshi or begun his martial arts journey that drives him for the rest of the franchise.
- Species Surname: His species is his only name.
- Suddenly Voiced: In a manner of speaking. Due to Kai's editing process, he didn't get to say anything until episode 58.
- Talking Animal: Though he talks less and less as the series goes on.
Oolong (ウーロン, Uuron)
Originally a con artist who terrorized a small village using his shapeshifting powers, Oolong is a greedy, lecherous pig (literally); when Goku defeated him, Oolong joined him and Bulma in their search for the Dragon Balls. At first a useless whiner, Oolong later proved his worth by "stealing" Pilaf's wish from the Dragon Balls (by wishing for a pair of girl's panties). He and Puar were rivals in shapeshifting school, but because Oolong dropped out in kindergarten, his powers only allow him to stay transformed for five minutes.
- Accidental Truth: After dealing with Goku's Oozaru form, Oolong quips, "So what is he? Some kind of space alien?" Yup.
- Achilles' Heel: He can only stay shapeshifted for five minutes. If he's shapeshifted for five minutes together (no matter how many forms he went through in that time span), he has to rest a minute before he can do it again. (Check his debut chapter in the manga: He can go straight from one form to another, so long as he hasn't used up all five minutes.)
- Adaptational Badass: In the unofficial Chinese Movie Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins, Oolong (known as Piggy) has the ability to turn into Rambo (yes that Rambo).
- Adaptation Species Change: Oolong is a piggish human in the unofficial movie Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins.
- Age Lift: In the Japanese materials, he starts out being only nine years old (three years younger than Goku) and it reflects in his actor's voice. However, most of the English versions have him talking like a fairly older man (calling Goku "kid" throughout the first arc, etc). This is prevalent even with the more accurate translations in Kai and Super.
- Ascended Extra: Oolong was reduced to a background character in the Z portion of the manga. Toei, however, took a liking to the guy and gave him more screentime in the filler, movies, and commercials.
- Big Damn Hero: Oolong interrupted Pilaf's wish preventing Pilaf from becoming ruler of the world.
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: How Bulma gets him to join the adventure. She slips him a drug that acts as a laxative every time he hears whistling.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Often pissed himself in fear in the manga.
- Chekhov's Gag: His wish for panties ends up coming up again in GT when it turned out the Six-Star Dragon's existence came from it. How embarrassing.
- Chivalrous Pervert: At least he thinks of himself as chivalrous. The pervert part is completely accurate however.
- Composite Character: If you're familiar with Journey to the West, Oolong actually has elements of both Zhu Bajie ("Piggy/Pigsy") and Sun Wukong ("Monkey"). He most directly references Zhu Bajie, being a lecherous, gluttonous pig-monster - his initial encounter is even an adaptation of how Zhu Bajiei is recruited in JttW. However, his adeptness at shapeshifting is a trait taken from Sun Wukongnote , and likewise he has a magical restraining bolt (the "swee-trots" candy he ate, which causes him to suffer explosive diarrhea attacks if he hears whistling), which calls to mind Sun Wukong's famous "headache handband".
- Deadpan Snarker: Mostly before he turns nicer.
- Demoted to Extra: Even though most characters in the series get demoted to extra sooner or later, Oolong is especially noteworthy because he is essentially the Tritagonist of the original arc of the series, but after that, he completely loses his importance to the plot. Even Puar at least gets a small role later during the fight against Uranai Baba's warriors, but Oolong? Restricted to the background and a few Combat Commentator lines here and there. Once the Saiyans show up, he's more or less out of the picture entirely.
- Didn't Think This Through: How else do you explain why he drugged Goku when he knew that Yamcha was out to rob them?
- Dirty Coward: Mostly in the earlier chapters of the series, especially before he considered Goku and the others as his true friend.
- Dirty Kid: Puar explains that in the past Oolong was kicked out of "transformation kindergarten" for stealing the teacher's panties. Not only that, but he's actually three years younger than Goku, making him only 9 during the first arc of the original series. Bulma even lampshades it in the original Japanese:Bulma: What kind of kid acts like a middle-aged pervert?
- Dub Name Change: Became "Mao Mao" in the Harmony Gold dub, presumably because of the Chinese uniform he originally wears.
- Exact Words: The reason Oolong got women's panties when he made his wish in the English dub. He wished for "the world's most comfortable pair of underwear". Said underwear just happened to be lady's underwear.
- Expy: One of the more obvious ones among the early characters, as he's the clear equivalent to Zhu Bajie (aka "Piggy") from Journey to the West in the group. A significant part of the reason he gets Demoted to Extra so badly is that he made less sense to keep on the further DB strayed from having anything to do with JttW.
- Incompletely Trained: He took classes at the Shapeshifter Academy, but was expelled after stealing their teacher's panties. As a result, Oolong can only hold a shape for five minutes at a time, whereas Puar can morph indefinitely.
- Informed Ability: His shapeshifting becomes this after Dragon Ball.
- Larynx Dissonance: in the Funimation dub, he has a deep voice. This fits in Z where Oolong is an adult, but is odd in the first series where Oolong is a child.
- Man, I Feel Like a Woman: In the first non-canon movie. When he transforms into Bulma to fool Roshi (like in the original story), his first reaction is to "check" his new body, embarrassing Bulma.
- Messy Pig: He may be more mentally than physically messy, but he qualifies nonetheless.
- Non-Human Sidekick: The first of the series, before Yamcha pulled a HeelFace Turn with Puar.
- Paper Tiger: In his first appearance. He uses his transformation magic to intimidate people, but as he himself notes, using transformation magic to become a powerful monster doesn't give you the abilities of that monster.
- Perverted Pig: Oolong is dirty in mind if not in body.
- Pig Man: A walking, talking pig, and one of the first talking animals to play a big role.
- Spanner in the Works: He screwed Pilaf's wish for immortality by intervening.
- Smarter Than You Look: He's the only one who recognizes Chichi when She's All Grown Up. And he had met her only once. It is true to real life, as pigs are proven to be surprisingly intelligent even when they're piglets.
- Theme Naming: With Puar, after tea.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Oolong and Puar were classmates at the Shapeshifter Academy, due to dropping out earlier, Oolong can only hold his form for five minutes.
Puar (プーアル, Puuaru)
A shapeshifting cat-like creature and Yamcha's closest friend. Puar is fiercely loyal to Yamcha. Puar mostly just provides moral support to Goku and friends, but saved everyone the first time Goku transformed into a Great Ape by cutting off Goku's tail.
- Adaptation Species Change: He's a parrot in Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins.
- Ambiguous Gender: In the Japanese version, Puar's gender is not directly referred to though it sometimes does use masculine pronouns. In the English version, Puar is referred to as a female on the few occasions when its gender is mentioned. This isn't the case in other translation such as the Portuguese translation which has Puar state himself as male on his introduction. Eventually, Toriyama was asked about Puar's gender and he said he considered Puar male when writing the manga. For some odd reason, however, the official Dragon Ball site lists Puar as female.
- Becoming the Mask: Just like Yamcha, he initially assisted Goku and the others in gathering the Dragon Balls with the intention of stealing them once they got all seven. It wasn't until the events at Pilaf's castle that Yamcha and Puar became friends with them for real.
- Cute Kitten: Just look at his picture!
- Dub Name Change: Became "Squeaker" in the Harmony Gold dub, "Prudence" in the "Zero"/BLT test dub of "Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies", and "Plume" in the AB Groupe French dub of "Dragon Ball: The Path to Power" .
- Demoted to Extra: Puar went from shapeshifting into items and animals in the original series to only being Yamcha's friend in Z.
- Evil Counterpart: Seemingly to Oolong in the beginning, except Puar was ironically more moral!
- Flight: Puar can inexplicably fly.
- Informed Ability: Like Oolong, Puar doesn't use his shapeshifting abilities after the original series until Dragon Ball Super where he uses it to turn into Beerus.
- Non-Human Sidekick: To Yamcha during their bandit days.
- Satellite Character: Puar is mostly important in relation to Yamcha.
- Right-Hand Cat: To Yamcha during his bandit days, though more sympathetic then most.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Alternately, "Pu'erh", "Puaru".
- Talking Animal: Puar is less anthromorphic than Oolong.
- Theme Naming: With Oolong, after tea.
- Undying Loyalty: To Yamcha.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Oolong and Puar were classmates at the Shapeshifter Academy. Unlike Oolong, however, Puar finished his education there and thus can hold any form as long as he wants.
Ox-King (牛魔王, Gyuu-Maou)
The legendary Ox-King of Fire Mountain.note The Ox-King terrorized the countryside to keep would-be thieves away from his castle. When Goku and his friends came looking for the Dragon Ball in his treasury, he relents (he couldn't get into his own castle anyway because of the wall of flames around it) and offers Goku his daughter Chi-Chi's hand in marriage. Ox-King turned out to be one of Master Roshi's pupils and a friend of Goku's Grandpa Gohan. After his daughter settled down with Goku, he became a doting grandfather to Gohan and Goten.
- An Axe to Grind: He's shown with an axe the first time he encounters Goku and the gang in Dragon Ball.
- Cool Old Guy: Being a grandfather and a retired fighter fits this trope.
- Demoted to Extra: In Dragon Ball, he had a role as a supporting character. He doesn't appear as much in Z, but when he does, he usually appears with his daughter.
- Doting Parent: He's very fond of his daughter.
- Doting Grandparent: The Ox-King is very fond of his grandsons, often buying them toys and spoiling them.
- Expy: To, well, the Ox-King/Bull Demon King of Journey to the West, straight down to having the literal same name in kanji/hanzi characters (牛魔王). This Ox-King is a bit more chill and a family man than the one in the novel, though, and naturally like many of the other JttW characters his importance fades as time goes on, especially once the Saiyans start showing up.
- Family Theme Naming: He has a daughter named Chi-Chi (milk/breast), carrying the cow theme.
- Gentle Giant: He used to be quite violent, but mellowed out after Chi-Chi fell in love with Goku.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Ox-King intentionally hid a nicer side to his first appearance to prevent thieves from coming into his castle and robbing his gold. That, and taking his daughter. So, he terrorized the nearby village, and legends of him spread as a bloodthirsty demonic tyrant. Suffice to say, this wasn't the best course of action he could have taken (though, it was pretty effective). Father and daughter being inhumanly strong, notwithstanding (the latter killed a T. Rex with ease at twelve years of age). He later got reprimanded for this by Master Roshi, who told him to apologize to the villagers for how he treated them, and mellowed out... after his home on Fire Mountain was blown to bits by Roshi.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: In the entire franchise there has only ever been one image of Chi-Chi's mother, a family portrait of her as a baby, sitting on her mother's lap, who is sitting on her husband's palm.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: One of the more extreme examples with his late, unnamed wife (see above).
- Humble Hero: In the anime, when he and Chi-Chi witness new global Evil Overlord King Piccolo's broadcast announcement that he'll annihilate a section of Earth a year and openly welcome any challengers to stop him, Chi-Chi questions her father whether he can beat up King Piccolo, and he replies honestly that he can't and that he doesn't think anyone in the world can.
- Immune to Bullets: This is only shown in Filler episodes of the anime.
- Legacy Character: Subverted when he suggests that Chi-Chi's son also be named after himself before she named him Gohan.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: He was a student of Master Roshi and he trained Chi-Chi: Mutaito > Master Roshi > Ox-King > Chi-Chi > Goten.
- Nice Guy: He may seem like a tough giant at first, but he's actually a kind person.
- One-Man Army: He's capable of taking down an army of tanks on his own.
- Only One Name: He doesn't have a last name.
- Overprotective Dad: In Dragon Ball. Less so in Z.
- Public Domain Character: Ox-King is the only character other than Son Goku to retain the same name as his Journey to the West counterpart.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Wore a pink shirt during the Buu arc.
- Retired Badass: In Dragon Ball Z, you don't see him fighting anymore. At his peak of power, he was regarded as a demon who could take out tanks and Goku couldn't even make him flinch when they first met.
- Riches to Rags: From the God of Destruction Beerus Saga Story Arc onwards, he's forced to take on a Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job due to his treasures (the source of his wealth) being burnt in the Fire Mountain.
- Stout Strength: Later in the series he gets fatter but even in Battle of Gods it is clear he has a lot of muscle underneath.
- What the Hell, Hero?: While it's technically filler, he calls Chi-Chi out on getting upset with Goku for letting Gohan fight against Cell. Considering how Gohan surpassed Goku and Cell in strength, this was understandable. It still didn't stop her from getting mad herself at her dad since she was only upset that Gohan had become a delinquent.
Lunch/Launch (ランチ, Ranchi)
Minor joke character during the original series, was picked up and brought to Roshi by Goku and Krillin to bribe him into training the two. Her "moodswings"—really a split personality—when she sneezes provided a fair amount of comedy, shifting between a sweet blue-haired ingenue and a violent blond criminal. She's not heard from much in the Z series (because Akira Toriyama decided to write her out).
- The Bus Came Back: She reappears in Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
- The Cameo: At the end of Z when you can see her lifting her hands up in the air to give energy for Goku's Spirit Bomb.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She disappears after the Saiyan Saga in season 1 of the anime, and after the first chapter in the manga. Reportedly, this is because Toriyama decided to write her out, and later he wrongly thought he forgot about her.
- Demoted to Extra: The grand finale of the manga reunited everyone but Lunch. Lunch appeared in the draft, but she was replaced with No. 17 in the published issue. The anime, at least, briefly showed her contributing to Goku's Super Spirit Bomb. She also later appears in the OVA, although she has no lines.
- Dub Name Change: From Lunch to Launch in the English dub.
- Edible Theme Naming: Named after a meal in a story where many characters are named after food and teas.
- Forehead of Doom: You can see how huge her forehead is because her hair doesn't cover it.
- Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Good Lunch has Tareme Eyes, Bad Lunch has Tsurime Eyes.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Her Jekyll is Good Lunch while her Hyde is Bad Lunch.
- Ms. Fanservice: She wears revealing clothes and a lot of other characters find her attractive, particularity Master Roshi.
- Only One Name: Like many others in the series, she doesn't have a surname.
- Out of Focus: She was hit particularly hard with this she didn't even get Put on a Bus, she was just gone. Her only appearances in Z were anime-only scenes in Saiyan Saga filler and a small cameo in the Buu Saga where she added her power to Goku's final Spirit Bomb.
- Put on a Bus: In the first saga of DBZ. She's last seen getting drunk a bar, but makes a very brief cameo appearance in the Kid Buu saga giving Goku energy with the other earthlings. In the manga, she was put on a bus after the DB portion, and remains absent for the rest of the series.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is more accurately rendered as "Lunch", but the English versions call her "Launch".
- Single-Target Sexuality: Lunch has only ever had eyes for Tien, it was impossible that she'd move on.
- Split Personality: One half's a sweet blunette, the other's a hot-tempered blonde.
- Split-Personality Makeover: Good Lunch is blue-haired, while Bad Lunch is blonde.
- Split-Personality Switch Trigger: The blue-haired and gentle Lunch turns into her blonde and violent other personality and back whenever she sneezes.
- Strong as They Need to Be: Played for Laughs: Blue Launch is as delicate as she appears, unable to move or throw objects very far while Blonde Launch is a powerhouse, able to carry entire armories and heavy weaponry like nothing. This is despite the only difference being in personality and appearance.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl:
- Good Lunch is Girly Girl, Bad Lunch is Tomboy.
- Bulma and Lunch vary on which is the tomboy and which is the girly girl depending on which of Lunch's personalities is dominant. If Lunch is in her blond form, she's a gun-crazy kleptomaniac and Bulma is a fashion-conscious non-combatant. If Lunch is in her blue-haired form, she's a naive ingenue and Bulma is the adventurous Wrench Wench.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Famously, despite both being a capable gunslinger and a long time friend of the Z-Fighters, she's all but missing from the group without any explanation. Her anime appearance mitigates this slightly, occasionally showing her cameos, but her absence is still uncommented on.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: She wears yellow shorts in the first appearance.
- The Ditz: She's very kind to everyone she meets, but she can be woefully ignorant of her surroundings.
- Fanservice with a Smile: Good Launch does this, even though she's not smiling all the time. You can even unlock her outfit for Android 18 in Ultimate Butouden on the DS.
- The Ingenue: Her innocent persona is pure of heart as she is quite capable of riding the Flying Nimbus with Goku in the anime.
- Lethal Chef: Not in general, but Good Lunch's ditziness has caused her to try cooking a toxic pufferfish for Master Roshi and Krillin, poisoning the both of them for the next day.
- Nice Girl: She is sweet and pure-hearted, and one of the people who can ride the nimbus.
- Non-Action Guy: Compared to her blonde self, Blue Launch is simply too soft to raise a hand to anyone, which means she's a Damsel in Distress if any enemies come around.
- Out of Focus: Due to her passive attitude and lack of action capability, she ends up getting much less of a development compared to her blonde counterpart.
- Parental Substitute: She was the closest thing to a mother figure that Goku had as a child.
- She's Got Legs: Good Lunch always shows off her legs when she's cleaning the Kame House.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: She's sweet and kind to others and is very shy.
- Team Mom: The closest the original DB cast had to one, as she was very kind and patient to allNher friends, willing to do all sorts of things to keep them happy, no matter how weird it may be.
- Team Normal: Plays this as straight as she can. Without a genius brain, fighting capability or knowledge of any teaching or techniques, Good Launch is as close to a normal human in the main cast- if not for being a bit ditzy.
- Action Girl: Dragon Ball's very first one, while not in on the action as much as the guys, she is the only girl in the series capable of performing any kind of straightforward fight.
- All Amazons Want Hercules: Bad Lunch has the hots for Tenshinhan after being smitten with his power in battle.
- Anti-Hero: Bad Lunch could be an Unscrupulous Hero or even a Nominal Hero at times.
- Ax-Crazy: Bad Lunch is a gun-crazy kleptomaniac.
- Badass Normal: She's just a normal human with no training of any kind, but is dangerous in her blond form. She always has a gun ready and shows no fear attacking or threatening anyone including the Red Ribbon Army, the Crane Hermit, or even King Piccolo.
- Berserk Button: She has several, including but not limited to: Roshi's perversion and anyone getting between her and Tien.
- Blood Knight: While not as pronounced as the Z-Fighters, she doesn't shy away from violence when it comes her way, in fact, she seems to rather enjoy it. She agrees to raid the Red Ribbon Army for little reason then that she'd enjoy the action.
- Bokukko: Uses the very masculine pronoun "ore".
- Drowning My Sorrows: Her reaction to Tien's death, she's found drinking in a bar as the news reports the death toll.
- Everyone Has Standards: Bad Lunch may be a trigger happy lunatic, but she's still disgusted by the atrocities King Piccolo commits.
- Expy: Launch's bad form was based on Polly Buckets, a character from Doctor Slump (Toriyama's precedent work).
- Good Is Not Nice: She eventually becomes this instead of evil, still being a gun toting gal with disregard for the law.
- The Gunslinger: When she loses her temper, people will get shot. Good thing most of the cast is bulletproof.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Inverted. Her blue-haired form has a pure heart of gold while her blond form is an Anti-Hero.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She is an angry, trigger-happy woman.
- HeelFace Turn: To put it in perspective, whenever Lunch changed she would instantly attack Roshi, Goku, and Krillin on sight with a machine gun, by the end of Dragon Ball she stops attacking people in general, only attacking those who are out to harm her friends.
- Hopeless Suitor: Bad Lunch has a massive crush on Tien, who does not comment on the matter. Unfortunately for Launch, the two are not shown to be together in any Dragon Ball media.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Bad Lunch's crush stemmed from Tien's ruthless fighting style.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bad Lunch eventually becomes this once she considers Goku and the others friends. She grows to be more tolerant and protective of them, and therefore less likely to shoot them.
- More Dakka: She has her own stacks of guns. Apparently, she left most of them behind when she left after Tien according to a filler scene where Chi-Chi found them and intended to rescue Gohan from the Saiyans.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Her first thought for most things is just to shoot or whack anyone that is going against her goals, even when she actually becomes friends with the main cast, she'll try to shoot anyone who tries to hurt her friends.
- One-Man Army: Impressively, Bad Launch is more than enough to wipe the floor with the grunts of the Red Ribbon Army without breaking a sweat.
- Pet the Dog: While not actually being evil, her bad persona has a few moments. In Dragon Ball during one of the tournaments, she buys Goku ice cream. One of the few times she does something nice in her bad form. Later on, she rescues Goku from two people intent on stopping him from winning the match to settle a Side Bet. In Z, she kidnapped the finest chefs in the world just so she could create a world-class meal for Tien and Chaotzu.
- Reformed Criminal: She sometimes says she wants to rob banks and such, but aside from her introduction she's never seen actually doing so.
- Sneeze Cut: Bad Lunch was about to attack King Piccolo, but Bulma whispers something about her, and she sneezes and turns back.
- Tank-Top Tomboy: She wears outfits like this.
- Token Evil Teammate: Even after Bad Lunch accepts Goku and company as friends, she's still a violent gun-toting criminal. She outright says she likes King Piccolo's style, but sides against him out of loyalty to her True Companions.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She is still quite violent and trigger-happy near the end, but she will fight to defend her friends, especially Tien. She also shows disgust over King Piccolo's actions despite liking some of his policies.
Dr. Brief (ブリーフ博士, Burīfu Hakase) and Bulma's Mom (ブルマのママ, Buruma no mama)
Dr. Brief is the founder of Capsule Corp and the father of Bulma. Bulma's Mom, Panchy, is the mother of Bulma and the wife of Dr. Brief.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Bulma's Mom, she looks the same through her daughter's teenage years and her grandson's childhood. If we assume that she was at least 18 when she had Tights, then that means that she could be no younger than 71 as of the Buu Saga.
- All Men Are Perverts/All Women Are Lustful: They are both depicted as swingers and both are equally lustful, with her mother telling her to bring any handsome boys she meets home with her when she comes to visit and appearing to hit on a very young Goku and chiding her daughter not to be a "prude" when she objects.
- Ambiguously Human: While most non-Saiyan characters visibly age, Bulma's mom doesn't. This, among other things, have led to theories that she's actually a Ridiculously Human Robot.
- Big Applesauce: Bulma's mom has a Brooklyn accent in the English dub.
- Brainless Beauty: Bulma's mom, which is hilarious when you consider how intelligent her equally beautiful daughter is.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Dr. Brief. Bulma clearly gets her brains from him and his intellect has made him the smartest and richest man on the planet through his being the founder and chairman of Capsule Corp. He is also an unquestionable Ditzy Genius.
- Butt-Monkey: Dr. Brief becomes one particularly in the Freeza Saga, usually on the wrong side of Chi-Chi's yelling for him not getting the ship done fast enough.
- Captain Oblivious: Bulma's mom tends to state the obvious.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Bulma's mother never seems to age and frequently seems completely divorced from reality. Dr. Brief himself tends to blurt out awkward remarks, particularly in his debut, though he is quite a bit saner.
- Dirty Old Man: Dr. Brief, revealed that he hides a collection of dirty magazines.
- Ditzy Genius: Dr. Brief was in a month able to reverse engineer the engines to advanced spaceships to create an actual spaceship and considered it unready because he hadn't figured out where to put a coffee maker. In Battle of Gods he had no idea he was the richest man on the planet until Chi-Chi pointed it out and was perfectly willing to get Hercule a drink when he was mistaken for a waiter, even after Hercule apologized.
- Doting Parent: They are very fond of their daughter Bulma and their grandson Trunks and Future Trunks.
- Dumb Blonde: Bulma's mom has blonde hair and has been shown to be ditzy. Along with her husband, she is almost entirely oblivious to a serious situation.
- Eyes Always Shut: Bulma's mom. She only opens them once in Z, and her eyes turn out to be blue... however, this has been increasingly downplayed in Super, as she's been shown with her eyes open a bunch.
- Family Theme Naming: The Briefs family (Bulma/Bloomer, Dr. Briefs, Panchy/Panty/Bikini, Trunks, Bulla/Bra, Tights) are named after undergarments.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Dr. Brief who built the technological empire known as Capsule Corp. He also helps Bulma repair Android 16 and Cell's Time Machine in Super.
- Happily Married: They are in a good marriage.
- Honor Before Reason: Whenever the Earth is threatened, they refuse to retreat to Kami's Lookout, saying it wouldn't feel right to leave their home and pets behind.
- Housewife: Bulma's mom, who is often seen baking cookies and cakes.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: In the rare moments that Bulma's mom opens her eyes, they're revealed to be blue. Her eyes are always opened in Super.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Dr. Brief is often seen with a small black cat either on his shoulder or in his hands.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: Despite Bulma's Mom being ditsy, she is very polite.
- Like Parent, Like Child: Dr. Brief. His daughter, Bulma, inherited his love for inventing things and being a genius.
- Mr. Fixit: Dr. Brief, who helps Bulma repair Android 16 and Cell's Time Machine.
- Mrs. Robinson: Bulma's mother has flirted with Yamcha, Goku, and Vegeta, who brush her off. This even provoked Bulma's jealousy at one point!
- Nice Guy: Both of them are quite friendly.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Bulma's Mom, from Marilyn Monroe. Also overlaps with Casting Gag, as her Japanese voice actress (Mariko Mukai) was her defacto voice actress for Monroe in almost all the Japanese dubs of her films. Dr. Brief resembles Albert Einstein.
- Older Than They Look: Despite the passage of several decades in-universe, Bulma's mom is never shown aging. Even in Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, a prequel set roughly a decade before Dragon Ball begins, she still looks the same.
- Only One Name: He's just "Dr. Brief". He does not pass this name on to his descendants, and his wife's name is likewise not "Mrs. Brief".
- Opposites Attract: He is old and intelligent while she is a young Dumb Blonde.
- Parental Favoritism: Dr. Brief loves Bulma dearly, and his idea of spending quality time together involves working together in his lab, which suits Bulma just fine. His older daughter, Tights, on the other hand...well, he can't be bothered to remember the fact that she had already graduated from college two years after the fact.
- Perpetual Smiler: Bulma's mom. Even when she was angry one time, she still had a smile on her face!
- Porn Stash: Dr. Brief has them stored in his own personal capsule, as Bulma discovers by accident, much to her disgust and Goku's bewilderment.
- Rich Genius: Dr. Brief and his daughter are both genius inventors who created the capsules, those tiny things that are able to store anything of ANY size. They also own a yacht, are able to host big parties, and have their own professional chefs.
- Silver Vixen: Bulma's mom still looks great even after her grandson Trunks is born.
- The Tease: Bulma's mom is rather flirty, even with men half her age.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: In photos of Dr. Brief and Bulma's mom, Bulma's mom is shown to be taller, as shown here.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Dr. Brief is old and wrinkly while Bulma's mom is ridiculously cute.
- Unnamed Parent: Bulma's mom is only called Bulma's mom. (Akira Toriyama said it would have been "Panchy" (from "panty") if he had bothered to give her a name, while Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot calls her "Bikini".)
Android 8 (人造人間8号, Jinzou Ningen Hachi-Gou)
A Frankenstein-like monster and one of Doctor Gero's earliest Androids, 8 was rejected by the Red Ribbon Army due to his gentle nature. Helps out a young Goku during his raid on the Red Ribbon's Muscle Tower.
- Action Survivor: Still alive in Trunks's Bad Future in Dragon Ball Super.
- Actual Pacifist: He tries to be this, refusing to kill even if it cost him his life, but lost it when he thought Goku was killed by General White.
- Adaptational Badass: He is quite powerful in the series proper (stronger than Goku at the point they met), but his strength is Up to Eleven in the movie Path to Power. He is able to fly, dash, and nearly kills Goku, who is also made stronger. He also fights a mecha that knocked Goku unconscious for several minutes and pushes it back.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Inverted. He was built to be a weapon of death, but immediately refused to kill people without reason, and ended up being a pacifist who betrays the Red Ribbon Army.
- Badass Pacifist: Refuses to kill Goku even when threatened with self-destruction.
- Berserk Button: Harming anyone he cares about, just ask General White as he flies into the sunrise.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Don't harm anyone he knows or loves. Ever. Harming Goku was how General White got knocked out of Muscle Tower.
- Cyborg: Both the Daizenshuu and the Chozenshuu state that he is a human-based Android, like #17 and #18, rather than a fully mechanical one like #16.
- Death by Adaptation: In the Non-Serial Movie Path to Power, a retelling of the Red Ribbon Army Saga, 8 dies holding off Staff Officer Black's mecha. Goku uses the Dragon Balls to revive him right at the end.
- Expy: Of Frankenstein's Monster.
- Gentle Giant: Big, burly, scary-looking, and very nice and sensitive.
- Happily Adopted: By the mayor's family. They took him in as their son.
- Heroic Sacrifice: As seen in the Death by Adaptation entry above, he dies holding off Staff Officer Black's giant mecha in order to protect Goku.
- In-Series Nickname: In the Japanese, Goku has trouble remembering his full name, so Goku calls him Hacchan (Eight-Man in the US manga, Eighter in the English dub, and Octavio in the Latin American Spanish dub). He likes the nickname so much that he takes it as his official name.
- The Load: Sort-of. He spent more time being in distress and had to be saved by Goku a number a time. Then he got mad.
- Megaton Punch: What he did to General White. He punched him so hard that he flew through a brick wall and over the horizon.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Suno, the young girl in Jingle Village in Red Ribbon Army Saga, since he is allowed to live in her family's house after rescuing the village elder. They're shown still together after Suno is all grown up at the end of Z◊ and GT◊.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: With Goku... of sorts. Android 8 is the Sensitive Guy who hates fighting or hurting people, while Goku, even when he's just a kid when they met, is a Blood Knight who doesn't mind killing people if it means protecting others.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: When asked to stay in the village after finding out he hid the Dragon Ball from the Red Ribbon Army to keep the people in the village from being executed, he hesitated by saying that he wasn't human.The Mayor: I met people I wouldn't call human. It's your heart that makes you who you are and you have a big one.
The chief of a native tribe that served as the guardians of Korin Tower. He and his son, Upa meet Goku after he finds a dragon ball and runs afoul of the Red Ribbon Army. Bora proved to be a very powerful warrior earlier in the series with gunfire deflecting off his body.
- Back from the Dead: Has the distinct "honor" of being the first character to being wished back to life by the Dragon Balls.
- Badass Native: He's one of the series earliest examples due to him fighting off several soldiers while getting shot at.
- The Big Guy: Bora is a huge muscle-bound warrior that towered over just about everyone he was next to.
- Blade on a Stick: This is Bora's weapon of choice which he used to fight the Red Ribbon Army.
- Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Feather in his long hair and buckskin pants with a Loincloth.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He wasn't above staring at Blond Launch's rear end for a while when he saw her rummaging through his tent.
- Covered in Scars: More apparent in his old age, but it begs the question of what exactly scarred a bullet proof man.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Easily beat an unit of the Red Ribbon Army. He is then killed with ease by Mercenary Tao.
- Demoted to Extra: Hit with this after the Red Ribbon Army Saga, hard.
- Distracted by the Sexy: The aforementioned look at Launch's butt.
- Hoist by His Own Petard/Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Mercenary Tao impales him with his own spear.
- Lightning Bruiser: Dispatched the Red Ribbon Army soldiers with amazing speed despite his size.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Bullets bounced off him like it's nothing.
- Old Soldier: He continues to guard the tower even as he's hinted to become a grandfather, and his though his hair has greyed his build hasn't diminished.
- Sacrificial Lamb: The first good character to die in the series.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Bora is never seen wearing a shirt.
- The Worf Effect: Despite mopping up the Red Ribbon Army's goons, he was severely beaten and killed by Mercenary Tao.
Bora's son and ally to Goku after he is saved from Captain Yellow of the Red Ribbon Army. Not nearly as brave or as powerful as Goku or his father, Upa helps Goku collect the dragon balls using them to wish his father back to life after being killed by Mercenary Tao.
- An Axe to Grind: Uses a small hatchet in his attempt to attack Mercanary Tao.
- Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Feather in his long hair and buckskin pants with a loincloth and vest.
- Break the Cutie: Watching his father get killed by Mercenary Tao.
- The Cameo: He's the first to recognize Goku's voice and offers his energy to the Spirit Bomb.
- Cry into Chest: When his father was revived.
- Demoted to Extra: He wasn't seen a lot after the Red Ribbon Saga, much less in DBZ and DBGT.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: As a child. Krillin tried to hit on him and got embarrassed when he found out Upa was a boy.
- Fanservice Pack: Adult Upa sports a Heroic Build, becoming considerably jacked like his father.
- Harmful to Minors: Poor kid had to witness his own father being murdered by Tao.
- Tears of Joy: When his father was revived.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Upa only wears a vest throughout the series.
Korin (カリン, Karin)
Goku's second mentor, Korinnote is an 800 year old talking cat who lives in a tower directly under Kami's lookout. Korin's Senzu Beans, which cause full healing from physical injury after being eaten, play a big part in the series. Korin was also Master Roshi's mentor 300 years earlier.
- Badass Adorable: A mere cat, yet as a martial arts master and deity he could easily defeat any human martial artist when he's introduced, including the likes of Roshi and Tao. Goku doesn't surpass him until the three year time-skip after they met.
- Brutal Honesty:
- He tells Goku point-blank that if he faced King Piccolo again he will die for sure this time.
- He straight up tells Goku that even after his stint in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber that Cell is still stronger than him.
- Cute Kitten: He's smaller than Kid Goku.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mostly to Yajirobe who he loves teasing for his laziness and eating habits. He also teases Goku when they first met about how easy his mind was to read since 'there weren't too many chapters'.
- Dub Name Change: Funimation renamed him "Korin", probably because "Karin" sounds like a girl's name ("Karen") in English.
- Eyes Always Shut: Never seen with his eyes open.
- Funny Animal: Hes a talking cat holding a stick, how could he not be one?
- God Job: An Earth deity just like Popo and Kami, though his actual position isn't very well defined.
- It Amused Me: According to Kami, this is basically why Korin didn't bother to tell Goku that Kami is Piccolo's other half; because he thought it'd be funny.
- Kaleidoscope Hair: In color chapters of the manga, his fur is never the same color twice. This is never commented upon. (For what it's worth, he was based on a black cat.)
- Master-Apprentice Chain: He trained Goku who went on to train his own students. He also trained Master Roshi who has a very long chain:
- Master Korin > Master Roshi > Gohan, Sr and Ox-King > Son Goku, Yamcha, Krillin, and Chi-Chi > Son Gohan, Son Goten, Pan, and Uub
- Master Korin > Son Goku > Son Gohan, Pan, and Uub
- Master Korin > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
- Obsolete Mentor: His martial arts teachings become outclassed once Kami enters the picture. However, Korin is still an invaluable source of wisdom and experience, not to mention the only source of the priceless healing resource of senzu beans.
- Odd Friendship: With Yajirobe. He lives with Korin after the events of the King Piccolo Saga.
- Old Master: Trained Master Roshi and most of the original cast. He's 800 years old, making him even older than Kami.
- Poor Communication Kills: When sending Goku up to Kami's Lookout for the first time, he doesn't bother informing Goku that Kami is King Piccolo's Literal Split Personality. Thus, when Goku first sees Kami, he immediately assumes he's Piccolo Back from the Dead and attacks him. Kami lampshades it:Kami: I should have known Korin wouldn't explain it to you. He thinks he's very funny.
- Power-Up Food: His senzu beans. They fill a person up for ten days and heals any wound.
- Psychic Powers: He can read minds. Goku's was especially easy because there hadn't been many chapters of the manga yet.
- Punny Name:
- On Karintou, a Japanese snackfood. It's more obvious with the tower itself, which is just Karin-tou ("Karin Tower") in Japanese.
- The English dub changed his name to Korin, which is a pun of corn.
- Renowned Selective Mentor: He only teaches those who can climb Korin Tower, which is a very, very long climb. Even then, he is more of a Trickster Mentor since people climb to drink the Sacred Water to become stronger, not to specifically train.
- Simple Staff: He almost never uses it as a weapon, though.
- She's a Man in Japan: He's a female cat in the British dub of the 3rd movie and throughout the Hungarian dub of Z.
- Telepathy: He has the ability to read minds, as shown when he reads Goku's thoughts when he wanted the Sacred Water.
- Trickster Mentor:
- The Sacred Water that would supposedly multiply Goku's power was actually just ordinary water. The training Goku underwent to steal the water from Korin was what really improved his skills.
- Subverted with the Ultra Divine Water, where the water itself brings out the person's power... if they survive drinking it.
- Troll: Comes with being a Trickster Mentor. When he first meets Goku he gives him the run away for several minutes about rather he knew about the Sacred Water before allowing him to have it before hitting him with his staff and taking the Sacred Water. He also throws Goku's Dragon Ball off the tower, forcing him to climb down and climb back up again.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Korin often chastises Yajirobe for being lazy and rude, but he has yet to kick the latter out of his tower. The future version of him even gives Yajirobe the very last Senzu before dying.
Fortuneteller Baba (占いババ, Uranai Baba)
A small, old witch that can divine things with the crystal ball she floats around on. The older sister of Master Roshi, she lives in a pyramid, providing divinations to those who can match one of two requirements—pay an outrageous fee, or defeat her chosen champions in combat. She also cut a deal with King Yemma that lets her provide a dead warrior a 24-hour return to the living, making for some joyous reunions. After the Red Ribbon Army Saga, Goku's friends go to her for help finding the last Dragon Ball, and she periodically pops up to help for free, as the Z-warriors are now more powerful than any warrior she can employ. Also one of the notably few characters to never die in the series.
Baba disappears in the Z portion of the manga (though she still appears occasionally in anime filler), until the Buu Saga, where she first brings Goku back to life for one day to compete in the World Martial Arts Tournament, and later does the same for Vegeta after his Heroic Sacrifice.
- Action Survivor: One of only a few characters to survive the entire series without having to be revived.
- Aloof Big Sister: To Master Roshi.
- A Dog Named "Dog": For Japanese and most Slav viewers, the old womannote is literally named "Baba". So, a baba named "Baba".
- Cool Old Lady: Once she gets much nicer and overcome her desire for money or joy of watching fights.
- Crystal Ball: Though she doesn't use it to read the future as much as to actually be on eye level with the other characters.
- Dub Name Change: She has no name in Japanese, just a title that translates as something similar to "Fortunetelling Crone." The Funimation dub translates part of her title but not all of it, making her "Fortuneteller Baba", and has other characters constantly just call her "Baba", giving the impression that "Baba" is her actual name.
- Godzilla Threshold:
- She agrees to take the extremely evil Vegeta to Earth from the Afterlife during the Buu arc, who just got his body back from King Yemma after he blew himself up, because they were out of options for anyone else in existence who could even have the slightest chance at stopping Super Buu. Vegeta himself said they were wasting their time.
- In Super's Universe Survival Saga, she goes along with Goku's suggestion to revive Frieza for one day in order to participate in the Tournament of Power. While she's not happy to do so, given what a monster Frieza is, Baba goes along with it since she knows the fate of Universe 7 is at stake.
- Immortality: Like her brother, she has drunk the Water of Life and is over 300 years old. She's still around in Dragon Ball Online, over two centuries after the end of the manga.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Unlike her brother. The only reason people don't have to look way down when she's nearby is because she's sitting on her floating Crystal Ball.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: In the Japanese version. Like her brother, Muten Roshi, Uranai Baba is a title ("Fortunetelling Crone"), not a name. The US manga always refers to her as "All-Seeing Crone" to make this more blatant.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Baba can come off as rude at times.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Her unbroken survival record across the series is due to her ability to warp to the afterlife at will whenever things get dicey on Earth.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is a blend of pink and purple.
Fangs the Vampire (ドラキュラマン, Dorakyuraman, "Dracula Man")
The first of Baba's warriors who Goku and the Dragon Team must fight to find the location of the last Dragon Ball needed to wish Upa's father back to life from Baba, who along with his sharp fangs and ability to turn into a vampire bat, is trained in the art of Muay Thai kickboxing. In his bat form, he moves faster than his opponent Krillin, can see. He then quickly puts Krillin a sleeper hold and bites his head sucking out the monk's blood. Kicking the disoriented Krillin out of the ring, he then faces Puar and Upa. What looks like an easy victory leads Fangs to defeat as Puar's superior shapeshifting abilities and Upa using garlic and his body shaped as a cross led to him being knocked into the water outside the ring.
- Anime Hair: Has long, spiked-up brown hair.
- Daywalking Vampire: Fights against three people in the middle of daylight and he doesn't combust into nothingness.
- Fragile Speedster: He's quick in his human form and even faster as a bat, that's how he caught Krillin off guard. He still lost to a shapeshifting cat and little boy, neither of whom are acutally fighters.
- Our Vampires Are Different: This one apparently can kickbox.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Wears boxer shorts, boxing gloves and taped up feet.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Upa's Improvised Cross stance and garlic breath.
See-Through the Invisible Man (スケさん, Suke-San)
The second of Baba's warriors who Goku and the Dragon Team must fight to find the location of the last Dragon Ball needed to wish Upa's father back to life from Baba, who relies heavily on his invisible body in combat. He faces Yamcha and even though the former bandit gets a couple good hits in, See-Through has a clear advantage (with Baba singing to prevent Yamcha from hearing his movements and instructs her fighter to not talk). It isn't until Goku finds Bulma and Master Roshi and Krillin uses Roshi's perverted nature to bleed over the invisible man does See-Through loses his advantage. After Yamcha nails the now visible invisible man with the Wolf Fang Fist, he gives up.
- Combat Pragmatist: Because he cannot be seen, See-Through has an unfair advantage making it easier to attack his opponents. When Yamcha starts to hear him move, Baba starts singing to cover up the sound of his footsteps.
- Invisibility: See-Through's bread and butter.
- See the Invisible: With Krillin's quick thinking, the invisible man is covered in Roshi's nose blood (or tomato soup if you prefer). As he is exposed there is nothing stopping Yamcha from defeating him now so he waves the white flag.
- Weak, but Skilled: Despite being after Fangs, See-Through is probably the physically weakest fighter in the group and only has an edge because he's invisible.
Bandages the Mummy (ミイラくん, Mīra-Kun)
The third of Baba's warriors who Goku and the Dragon Team must fight to find the location of the last Dragon Ball needed to wish Upa's father back to life from Baba. whose Lightning Bruiser fighting style and ability to uses his bandages to quickly wrap up his opponents made him undefeated in combat. After befuddling Yamcha with his speed and abilities, he quickly defeats him and faces Goku next. Despite the Mummy Man's best efforts, he is felled but one hard punch to the stomach by Goku.
- Cloth Fu: His use of his bandages resembles this, including Combat Tentacles and wrapping his opponents in them.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: While other fighters before the Dragon Team defeated Fangs and See-Through, Bandages was undefeated in these challenges. It's not until he faces Goku that his streak is ended.
- Lightning Bruiser: Much to Yamcha's surprise, Bandages is not a slow yet powerful fighter due to his size, no, he's a fast and powerful fighter despite his size.
- Mummy: A big and powerful version of one.
- The Worf Effect: Not only did he enforce Yamcha's Worf Effect as he beat him in short order, but Bandages also suffered this as well when Goku knocked him out with one punch.
Spike the Devilman (アックマン, Akkuman)
The fourth of Baba's warriors who Goku and the Dragon Team must fight to find the location of the last Dragon Ball needed to wish Upa's father back to life from Baba who is not only normally the final opponent (the top spot was filled by Grandpa Gohan who was brought in as a ringer by Baba to test Goku) but won the World Martial Arts Tournament twice prior to this. Among Spike's abilities and powers are speed, agility, winged flight, and pitchfork combat. Early on he struggles to fight Goku which prompts him to use the Devilmite Beam, a ki blast that kills his opponent if they even have a shred of evil within them. The attack is ineffective because Goku is pure of heart and Spike is defeated after a failed last-ditch effort to skewer Goku with his pitchfork.
- A Day in the Limelight: The protagonist of a What If? story in Budokai Tenkaichi 3, where he saves the Earth from Mecha Frieza and King Cold instead of Future Trunks. He may be a weakling compared with Frieza, but his Devilmite Beam was his trump card against the Tyrants, who were pure evil.Devilman: Bad end, ha!
- Big Red Devil: He's not red, but he more than qualifies otherwise.
- Didn't See That Coming: He's so convinced anyone has at least a tiny speck of evil in their hearts, enough for the Devilmite Beam to be lethal, that he's caught off-guard by Goku being immune to it.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Spike's batlike wings allow him to fly before it became standard in Dragon Ball for almost every fighter to do so.
- Glass Cannon: He's this mainly for Goku who has little trouble defeating him, in part due to the Devilmite Beam having no effect on Goku. Otherwise, while skilled enough to win two World Martial Arts Tournaments, the Beam is clearly his Trump Card attack if all else fails.
- Horned Humanoid: His goat-like horns that stick out of his head.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Spike's Devilmite Beam is a beam of energy that is more effective the higher his victim's negativity is. It fails with Goku because he's pure of heart. It's quite telling this technique is overpowered in Budokai Tenkaichi 3, where you can kill most of the villains with one strike with it (assuming you can even hit with it), and in a What If story, he OHKOs Frieza with it.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Spike's pitchfork, used as a last resort against Goku when the Devilmite Beam proved ineffective.
- Story-Breaker Power: The Devilmite Beam would be utterly devastating against most of the pure evil villains that appeared after him in the series - only immortals or those that can regenerate From a Single Cell could be able to live to tell the tale; a What If? story from Budokai Tenkaichi 3 shows this clearly. Naturally, the Devilmite Beam is never mentioned after he's defeated, and his only appearance after that was a cameo at the end of the Majin Buu arc giving his power to Goku's Super Spirit Bomb.
Master Mutaito (武泰斗)
Master Mutaito was one of the greatest martial arts teachers of all time and the first known person to act as Earth's savior, despite dying hundreds of years before the series started. He was Master Roshi and Master Shen's teacher, both who went on to create their own respective schools and pass on his teachings to several generations of characters.
- Badass Mustache: He has an impressive mustache and is definitely a badass since he took down King Piccolo by himself, despite being much weaker than the demon.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Was subjected to this by King Piccolo, who slowly crippled him with energy blasts to non-vital areas and then left to die. It was seeing his master defeated in such a cruel, humiliating way that turned the Crane Hermit down the path of darkness.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Evil Containment Wave. A sealing technique so powerful that it can entrap foes several times more powerful than the user. It can even work on gods as Future Zamasu learned. However, if the sealing process is stressful enough, it can kill or severely weaken the user. This is how he dies sealing King Piccolo.
- Death by Origin Story: He dies in the manga chapter/anime episode that he's introduced in.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Despite being absolutely no match for King Piccolo, he manages to trap the Demon King in a rice cooker for over three hundred years. It cost him his life, but he did save the world.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: Despite saving the world from King Piccolo at the cost of his life, no one remembers his name, and the terror of King Piccolo faded into legend. Only his students know what happened.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He dies trapping King Piccolo with the Evil Containment Wave, stopping the Demon King's original rampage.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: He has the longest chain with many branches since he taught Master Roshi and Master Shen, both of who became respective teachers of their own styles:
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Gohan, Sr > Son Goku > Son Gohan, Pan, and Uub
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Gohan, Sr > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Goku > Son Gohan, Pan, and Uub
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Krillin and Yamcha
- Mutaito > Master Roshi > Ox-King > Chi-Chi > Son Goten
- Mutaito > Master Shen > Mercenary Tao, Tien, and Chiaotzu
- Old Master: He is the original old master of the series, being the one who trained Master Roshi and Master Shen, making him the root of the Turtle and Crane Schools.
- Retired Badass: He's long past his prime when he fights King Piccolo. Although he lost the first fight, he creates a technique that can seal opponents much stronger than him.
- Posthumous Character: He's long dead by the start of the series and isn't even mentioned until the King Piccolo Saga.
- Small Role, Big Impact:
- Although he died long before the series started and is only mentioned when Roshi is explaining the terror of the revived King Piccolo, his legacy is spread throughout the series through his students, the Turtle and Crane Hermit, who went on to become masters to several of the main characters, which includes Goku and all his descendants. He is also the one who stopped King Piccolo's first rampage and his first defeat to Piccolo is what sent the Crane Hermit down the path of evil.
- The Evil Containment Wave, the technique that he invented to stop King Piccolo, is also this. In Super, Future Trunks uses the Evil Containment Wave to trap Future Zamasu. He only escaped because Goku and Roshi forgot the seal. However, Zamasu was so shaken by the experience that he decides to fuse with Goku Black since they couldn't afford to mess around with the mortals anymore. Becoming Fusion Zamasu actually proves fatal in the long run.
- Weak, but Skilled: He is a powerful master, but he's little more than an ant compared to King Piccolo. In the anime, Piccolo easily defeats and tortures him by shooting him with energy blasts. However, he invents the Evil Containment Wave, a technique that can entrap foes, which includes gods, many times stronger than the user for the exchange of their lives if the sealing process is stressful enough. This is how he defeated King Piccolo. In an anime filler, he beats Goku, the same person who killed King Piccolo, because Goku's technique was sloppy and predictable. Not only that, but he does it without moving!
King Furry (国王 Koku-Ō The King)
The King of the entire Earth. He's a blue dog.
- Early Installment Weirdness: He was first conceived during the original Dragon Ball run, which happened to take place in a Disneyland-esque world inhabited mostly by anthropoid animals. The latter feature was effectively dropped later in DBZ, making his reappearance in Cell saga look kinda weird in a more down-to-Earth world populated by humans.
- The Emperor: This guy is the official ruler of the entire Earth.
- The Good King: By all indications, he's a decent ruler and is well-liked by his subjects.
- Masquerade: He knows of Goku and his friends' world-saving exploits, but for whatever reason decides that The World Is Not Ready in favor of allowing them to continue believing Mr. Satan's lies. He does express frustration that Mr. Satan steals the Z-Fighters' credit, however.
- Named by the Adaptation: The English dubs of the anime have given him the name "King Furry", but he was only known by his title in the original manga and Japanese anime dub.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- He is one of few characters outside Z Fighters who remains level-headed and aware of powers at work throughout most of the entire Dragon Ball series.
- During the King Piccolo saga, when he gets temporarily overthrown by the titular villain, he remains defiant and completely unintimidated by him despite all abuse he receives. In his worldwide speech, he bravely urges the people of Earth to fight back against the evil regime — knowing well that it will earn him Piccolo's wrath and not caring about the consequences.
- Later in DBZ, he is one of few people aware that Mr. Satan could not possibly defeat Cell, and people who really did it are Z Fighters.
- Royal Blood: Judging by his collection of family portraits, his lineage of dogs has been ruling Earth for a long time. Considering that someone in the distant past used the Dragon Balls to wish to become a king, it's likely that this King is descended from that person. It also explains why the entire Earth is ruled by a single person.