In order of appearance.
World Tournament Announcer (天下一武道会アナウンサー, Tenkaichi Budōkai Anaunsaa)
Exactly what the title says, a nameless blonde haired ring announcer who presides over the Tenkaichi Budokai tournaments (the official ones anyway). After a few encounters with Goku and his friends, he eventually starts to know them on a first name basis. He is always excited when they come to enter since something is bound to happen when they get in the ring.
- Ascended Extra: Considering he is always featured when a (Earthly and official) tournament comes up. He even ages alongside the other characters with each appearance.
- Combat Commentator: It's what he does. Though in a bit of a twist he doesn't actually understand most of the fighting techniques himself, so he usually doesn't explain the details of how they work.
- Cool Shades: He is never seen without his trademark sunglasses, throughout all of his appearances.
- Deadpan Snarker: On occasion when Mr. Satan's around. He will proclaim Mr. Satan's awesomeness to the crowd (that's his job, after all), but it seems he is aware of the "Champ's" shortcomings.Mr. Satan: Why are they all running away! Don't they know I'm here?Announcer: Well, you didn't exactly stop that guy from blowing up the stadium earlier...
- Determinator: While he'll get clear if a ring destroying attack presents itself, he'll always make sure to keep announcing the action to the bitter end.
- Large Ham Announcer: His job is basically to get the crowd at the tournaments riled up, and he is really good at it. In private he's a bit more subdued.
- The Last DJ: He's one of the few not to buy any of Mr. Satan's lies, and even thought Goku was the one who defeated Cell (close enough). When seeing all of Goku's old and new friends, he comments that the last few tournaments were boring, and looked forward to new fights.
- No Name Given: Yes, through all of his appearances. Toriyama never saw fit to give him a name.
- Only Sane Man: Particularly notable in the first tournament, when he points out the countless problems Roshi has probably created by destroying the moon. Of course, he's not that much saner than the rest of the cast; his attention quickly turns to its ramifications to the match at hand.
- Running Gag: Forgetting to start the ten-count every time someone gets knocked down. He's usually staring in shock until someone reminds him.
- Seen It All: He's known Goku since he was a kid and has been there in every tournament since. So, when Goku tells him straight to his face that he's been dead for seven years and is revived for one day, he says that after all he's seen him do, it'd be kinda stupid to doubt him.note
- Weirdness Censor: Averted, as, since he's been around since Dragon Ball classic, he's well aware that Ki is a thing (and a forgotten art for the populace as a whole).
Competitors during Dragon Ball
A quarterfinalist in the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament and a member of a race of pterodactyl-like dinosaurs called the Giras. A bully and a thug, Giran surrendered to Goku in the tournament after Goku beat his tricks and effortlessly destroyed a wall. He would meet Goku again later, having reformed a bit.
- Asshole Victim: Was murdered by Tambourine after terrorizing an animal village and stealing food.
- Back for the Dead: After the 21st Tournament, as well as the filler episode immediately following it, he isn't seen again until the King Piccolo saga where Tambourine immediately kills him. Unlike most examples of this trope though, he's eventually brought back to life.
- Big Eater: Seen eating an entire plate of chicken before his match.
- Breath Weapon: His Merry-Go-Round Gum, a rubbery substance that he uses to bind his opponents. Goku wasn't strong enough to break it until his tail grew back.
- The Brute: Relies primarily on raw strength.
- Bullying a Dragon: Four monks from Orinji Temple mock him in a filler scene for drinking milk from a gigantic glass, and extend their insults to the whole 21st Tenkaichi for the finalists including two children (never mind one of the children had annihilated one of their fellow monks), an old geezer, and a "milk monster". At which point Giran knocks them out in the time it takes to refill the glass.
- Combat Pragmatist: Used sneak attacks to try to get the edge on his opponent.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: Of all of Tambourine's victims, Giran is the only one to give some meaningful resistance, slowing him down with the Merry-Go-Round Gum and getting a good hit in with his tail. Tambourine himself was surprised when he felt the tail attack-and killed him on the spot.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs/Ptero Soarer/Rhino Rampage: Vauge attributes of all three, his wings being the most notable.
- Fat Slob: Has a beer belly and is wasteful of food.
- Good Is Not Nice: Even when he acts good he can still be a jerk and a bully.
- HeelFace Turn: In the anime especially when a filler episode shows Goku helping his village.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Rightly calls foul when Goku avoids a ring-out with the Nimbus Cloud.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Threatens to kill people who get in his way. He was revived by the Dragonballs twice and he has a couple Pet the Dog moments so hes not evil.
- Know When To Fold Them: He gives Goku a hard time in their fight and even would've won via a ring out if it hadn't been for Nimbus saving Goku (though he had it contested and Goku was prohibited from using it further). However once Goku got his tail back and destroyed a part of the ring's wall as a test of strength. He's scared witless and quickly forfeits.
- Real Men Wear Pink: His favorite drink is milk, and, according to the Daizenshuu 7 character dictionary, he likes to knit. He's also a former bully and thug who should not be taken lightly. When four Orinji Temple monks mock him for ordering milk at a bar, he beats the snot out of them in the time it takes the bartender to refill the glass.
- Smarter Than You Look: He looks like just a foolish brute, but he's smart enough to fight dirty and effectively take advantage of the tournament rules, and give up when he's outmatched.
- Tail Slap: One of his signature attacks.
Namu/Nam (ナム, Namu)
A semifinalist in the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament. Entered the tournament to buy water for his droughted village. Despite his best efforts, hes bested by Goku in the end. Master Roshi gives him a capsule to get water to his village and later in a filler episode, they get their own water supply flowing back to the village. He returns for the next tournament in filler but his defeated by Tenshinhan in the preliminaries.
- Apologetic Attacker: When using his strongest move on Goku, he mentally apologizes.
- Combat Pragmatist: When Goku faints due too much spinning during their match, Nam attacks, choosing between throwing him out of the ring or a Ground Pound, and settles for the latter for fear of Goku's tail tripping him again.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Most likely can't afford shoes and he lives in a desert.
- Facial Markings: His bindi (the mark on his forehead).
- Graceful Loser: Is quick to congratulate to Goku for defeating him. Especially noteworthy considering how much was at stake for him.
- Ground Pound: Namu's most powerful move, though he actually turns around after the jump to slam head-and-arms-first into the target.
- In a Single Bound: Weaponized. See Ground Pound.
- Martial Pacifist: Only fights so he can get the money to buy water for his dying village.
- Nice Guy: Mentions on multiple occasions that he doesn't really like hurting people, and is pure-hearted enough to ride the Nimbus cloud during his appearance in a filler episode.
- The Quiet One: Rarely talks.
- Race Lift: Was strangely given much lighter skin in Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure for the Game Boy Advance.
- Religious Bruiser: A Buddhist who strictly adheres to Thou Shalt Not Kill.
- Secret Keeper: Master Roshi eventually fills him in on his secret identity. Namu even helps him maintain the charade as a favor for giving him the free water.
- The Stoic: Rarely shows any emotion...
- Not So Stoic: Until something crazy happens, getting him to react with the funniest looks. Also, he was almost childishly happy when he discovered he was speaking with Muten Roshi.
- Weak, but Skilled: Is overpowered by both Goku and Tenshinhan, but is the first character to show the ability to sense ki.
- The Worf Effect: Suffers a brutal beatdown from Tenshinhan in the filler 22nd preliminaries, to show how dangerous Tenshinhan was.
A quarterfinalist in the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament. A competent fighter in her own right, Ranfan used her feminine ways to either seduce her opponents or pretend to be a frail, sensitive woman. She is eventually defeated by her opponent, Namu, after he ignores the fanservice.
- Action Girl: Her methods aside, shes the first known female fighter in the tournaments, and her punches are so fast and hard they literally sizzle.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Had orange-red hair in the manga, which was changed to purple for the anime (see below)
- Afro Asskicker: She has a huge purple afro on top of being a martial artist.
- Combat Pragmatist: Using her looks and Gazelle Gambit (below) to leave opponents open to a knockout or a ring out with her great strength.
- Expy: Of a character from Dr. Slump named Renault Citroen; she shares the same design and fighting style as Ranfan.
- Informed Flaw: Her character notes state that she dislikes "little twerps". She shows no sign of this in the manga or anime, and actually finds Goku in time so he doesn't miss his match with Giran.
- Jerkass: Aside from being a dirty fighter, she is also an underwear thief. If it's men's underwear she steals, not only would that make her a Distaff Counterpart of Master Roshi and Oolong in the "disgusting pervert" department, but, since she's married, that would also make her unfaithful. She is also said to be a child hater, but that's an Informed Flaw.
- Panty Thief: Inverted. Akira Toriyama states that Ranfan has a hobby of collecting (presumably men's) underwear. Seems that Ranfan not only uses her sex appeal to gain an advantage over heterosexual male opponents, but she is also a pervert. Either that, or she steals other women's underwear and makes it her own.
- Pet the Dog: Minor case, she helped other fighters to find the missing Goku, and is actually the one who found him sleeping and immediately told everyone to retrieve him.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Strips down to her underwear to seduce Namu.
- Show Some Leg: Her most-powerful tactic is strips down to her bra and panties to shock male opponents.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Part of her fighting strategy was screaming before Namu hit her, then collapsing on the ground crying after dealing a weak chop to the arm.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her purple Afro.
Bacterian (バクテリアン, Bakuterian)
A quarterfinalist in the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament. He is a massive, disheveled, fat man with an unbearable stench due to the fact that he supposedly has never bathed once in his entire life. Krillin defeated him due to Krillin farting in his face.
- Ass Kicks You: Whether just sitting on his opponent rubbing it in their face or smashing them with his Ground Pound.
- Breath Weapon: Using his bad breath or Deep Throated Mucus Filled Loogie Of Death.
- The Brute: On top of smelling like a sewer, he is quite strong.
- The Dreaded: Due his stench, the other contestants didn't want to fight him.
- Fartillery: One of his attacks is to fart in people's faces.
- Fat Bastard: One of the biggest people at the World Martial Arts Tournament.
- Fat Slob: Has never taken a bath in his life.
- Gonk: He's anything but handsome and he's disgusting since he never cleans himself.
- Groin Attack: Inverted. He reaches down his pants, grabs his junk and then uses that hand to attack, paralyzing his opponent with Squick.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Despite besting Krillin for most of the match and despite having his own nasty odor, he's knocked out by the little boys own gas.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After trying to overpower Krillin with his stench, he's beaten soundly by the noseless boy whose coup de grace is a fart in is face.
- Mighty Glacier: He's strong, but slow. He relies on his body odor to paralyze people.
- The Pig Pen: It's part of his fighting style.
- Signature Scent: So acute, you can smell him from miles and make people faint if they get too close.
- Underwear of Power: Only wears shorts.
King Chappa (チャパ王, Chapa-Ō)
A former champion of the World Martial Arts Tournament who defeated his opponents without being touched. He participates in the 22nd and 23rd tournaments but is defeated both times in the preliminary round by Goku.
- Afro Asskicker: A big black one.
- Badass Beard: A goatee actually.
- Badass Normal: Won the world tournament without the benefit of using any ki abilities during a time where past and future winners alike (other than Hercule) used them prominently.
- Badass Teacher: Won the World Martial Arts Tournament without being touched and he teaches an entire school. Toyotarō, in an example of Word of Saint Paul, believes he was also Uub's trainer before he met Goku.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: The Hasshu-ken technique, which Goku would teach himself.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Why he didn't participate in the World Martial Arts Tournament where Mister Satan won is a mistery, as his fate is ambiguous.
- The Worf Effect: He was hyped by Jackie Chun for being the untouched victor of a previous tournament and Goku out-classes him in both of their matches.
- Also happened when he and his entire school is murdered by Tambourine.
Man-Wolf (男狼, Otoko Ōkami)
A quarterfinalist in the 22st World Martial Arts Tournament and a werewolf who sought revenge against Jackie Chun. Because Chun destroyed the moon during the last tournament, Goku, who turned into a Great Ape returned to normal, but Man-Wolf, who was a spectator, was stuck in his wolf form. Jackie Chun defeated him with ease and helped to cure him.
- Animorphism: Changes to wolf to man at a full moon.
- The Berserker: Even before their match began, he was literally chafing to get ahold of Jackie Chun.
- The Brute: While he may not be as skilled as he boasts, he destroyed a tree with just one punch.
- Butt-Monkey: Being defeated by ring out when your opponent sends you to fetch a bone makes you this.
- Combat Pragmatist: Pulled a knife on Jackie after he couldnt lay a finger on him. It works about as well as one would expect.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: On the receiving end of one.
- Gonk: His human form is revealed to be a pudgy man with Mr. Popo-esque lips and a head like a gorilla. Kuririn even points out that he was fairly handsome in his wolf form.
- Informed Ability: It may have been how good Jackie Chun was, but he claimed that he was a black belt in kenpo and that he was an ice skater. None of that skill and grace was ever shown.
- My Instincts Are Showing: Late in the match, Jackie Chun had Man-Wolf give him his paw, sit and fetch a bone. The last one cost him the match as he chased the bone out of the ring.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Instead of turning into a wolf at the full moon, he turns into a man.
- Unknown Rival: When he gives a Motive Rant explaining how Jackie's actions hurt him and proclaims his undying hatred of the man, Jackie gets so bored that he almost falls asleep.
- Wolverine Claws: Not that it does him any good against Jackie Chun.
Pamput (パンプット, Panputto)
A quarterfinalist in the 22st World Martial Arts Tournament who was an undefeated Muay Thai fighter and movie star. His complete and utter ignorance of his opponent, Goku, along with his own arrogance led to him being defeated in the quickest Curb-Stomp Battle in all of Dragon Ball.
- Adaptation Expansion: His movie star background was only present in the anime. In the manga he's just there for Goku to fight.
- Afro Asskicker: Like King Chappa above.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Im Pamput and my best is the best.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Destroyed a brick wall with his elbow!
- Chick Magnet: He has many fan girls, being a movie star and all.
- Glass Cannon: Foolishly rushed to get the first attack on Goku, completely letting his guard down as Goku delivered three quick strikes to the gut to knock him out.
- Pride: When given a chance in anime filler to learn up on Goku from his manager, Papmut cited his undefeated winning streak as a reason why he shouldnt care.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: As Jackie Chun points out, Pamput is an accomplished martial artist, and had won two other international tournaments before. It's just that Goku is so friggin' powerful that their fight ends within seconds. His skill level might have been adequate at the previous budokai.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Very rarely wears a shirt.
Hero (シェン, Shen)
A semifinalist in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament who was a nerdy, klutzy middle-aged man. It is later revealed that he is being possessed by Kami so he can defeat Piccolo Jr. for good. While Hero (under Kamis control) defeats Yajirobe in the preliminaries and Yamcha in the quarterfinals, Piccolo bests him and temporarily traps Kami in a bottle. After that, Hero is released from Kamis control, not remembering anything.
- Anime Hair: As the picture provides.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: It becomes easy when you have a badass literally hiding inside you.
- Dub Name Change: The Funimation dub changes his name from "Shen" to "Hero" because they had already named the Crane Hermit "Master Shen".
- Groin Attack: Pulled one on Yamcha by simply ducking his head as Yamcha delivered a flying kick.
- Living Bodysuit: He's possessed by Kami.
- Meaningful Name: "Shen" as in "Shenlong," meaning "God Dragon," the dragon created by God? Might he be... God in disguise?
- Nerd: Wears glasses, a white t-shirt, and a pocket protector. He's pretty much the poster child. He's even called a nerd by several people.
- Nerd Glasses: One of the reasons why no one takes him seriously.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Acts like an idiot and a klutz up until near the end of the fight with Yamcha, and everyone but Yajirobe fall for it.
- Underestimating Badassery: Up until he dropped the act against Yamcha, the only one who took him seriously was Yajirobe. And that was only after underestimating him himself and getting humiliated for it.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: When Kami releases Shen from his possession, Shen is left wondering how in the world he ended up in the ring, and if he was drunk.
Competitors during Dragon Ball Z
Mighty Mask (マイティマスク, Maiti Masuku)
A quarterfinalist in the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament. He is taken out by a young Trunks and Goten and they steal his identity so they can compete in the tournament. He does not appear in the show after this but Trunks and Gotten still use his identity until they are exposed by Android 18 and disqualified.
- Alliterative Name: His stage name anyway.
- Contrived Coincidence: A fighter who is covered from head to toe participated at the same time Trunks and Goten needed a disguise.
- In the Hood: Wears one that looks similar to that of an executioner.
- Legacy Character: Not like he had a choice after Trunks and Gotten jumped him.
- The Worf Effect: Good enough to make it to the quarterfinals of the tournament, but even by human fighter standards, Killa and Jewel thought he was weak in the 24th tournament.
Pintar (プンター, Puntā)
A quarterfinalist in the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament. After relentlessly picking on his opponent for his small stature, that opponent, Krillin, beat him senseless.
- Acrofatic: He is quite agile for his size, not that it helped him against Krillin.
- "Arabian Nights" Days: Has an outfit similar to the Mid-Eastern style of the trope.
- Fat Bastard: His relentless bullying of Krillin for his size made his swift defeat by Krillin very satisfying.
- Lightning Bruiser: He apparently smashed an opponent in the 24th tournament so hard he crushed part of the ring, but he's also fast and agile enough to backflip around the ring in seconds. Among normal humans, this guy would be a serious threat. Unfortunately for him, his opponent is not normal.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: Not jacket, but a vest is close enough.
- Tempting Fate: So convinced of his guaranteed victory over his tiny opponent that he arrogantly offered Krillin a free shot, shoving his massive gut right in Krillin's face. Krillin was so fed up with his idiocy by this stage that he buried his fist in that gut to the elbow. If he hadn't been holding back, he might have snapped Pintar in half.
- The Worf Effect: A massive Goliath of a man who made it to the 24th tournaments semi-finals. Krillin defeats him with very, very little effort.
Jewel (ジュエール, Juēru)
A quarterfinalist in the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament. This ladies man was defeated in the Battle Royal of the remaining tournament competitors by Android 18 after his pick-up line failed to woo her.
- Agent Peacock: Fought Hercule in the 24th tournament finals. From a baseline human perspective, hes got the looks and the skills.
- Bishōnen: Quite the looker.
- Casanova Wannabe: Despite his reputation as a ladies man, Android 18 was not the least bit fazed by his flirting.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: A blonde shoulder-length hairstyle.
- Small Name, Big Ego: After 18 shoots down his advances Jewel attacked her in a fit of pique. It didn't hurt her and she kicks him out of the ring.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Caroni, Mr. Satan's student from the Cell Saga.
Killa (キーラ, Kīra)
A quarterfinalist in the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament. In the Battle Royal of the remaining competitors, he is ringed out by Mighty Mask (really Goten and Trunks in disguise).
- Combat Pragmatist: Tried to form an alliance with Mighty Mask (Trunks and Goten) to eliminate Hercule from the battle royal. Mighty Mask turned him down.
- Extremity Extremist: All his attacks involve punching, the way hes dressed suggests hes a boxer.
- Motor Mouth: Only in the Funimation dub. To the point where half the stuff he says is gibberish.
- Mr. Exposition: The audience sees his memories of the last tournament and competitors like Spopovich and Pintar through flashbacks.
Captain Chicken (キャプテン・チキン, Kyaputen Chikin)
A quarterfinalist in the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament. As his name implies, he's a chicken-themed superhero.
Nareg (キラーノ, Kirāno)
A quarterfinalist in the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament.
- Bishōnen: Quite pretty with feminine eyes.
- The Generic Guy: Has no quirks or powers to speak of.
- Informed Ability: Vegeta notes that his power is above average for a human, but this is given no further attention.
- The Pretty Guys Are Stronger: Subverted. While he is implied to be stronger than some of the other participants, he's leagues below the main characters and Uub.
Otokosuki (オトコスキー, Otokosukī)
A quarterfinalist in the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament. A large, openly gay man.
- Flat Character: Aside from his sexuality, we don't get much insight on his character.
- Leatherman: Sans the jacket, but he's clearly this.
- Macho Camp: Well-built and manly-looking, but very effeminate.
- Meaningful Name: His name is Japanese for "Boy-love".
- Stalker with a Crush: Possibly one for Trunks. He made the occasional pass at him during the tournamnet and briefly appears in GT as a Capsule Corp. employee.
Knock (ノック, Nokku)
A quarterfinalist in the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament. He's knocked out by Vegeta before he can participate.
- Bullying a Dragon: Mouths off to Vegeta, who calmly smacks him into a wall.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the anime, he and Captain Chicken flee the tournament after seeing Goku and Uub fight.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Giving attitude doesn't bode well for his sense of discipline.
- Smug Snake: From what little we see of him, he has an over-inflated arrogance.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Since the Dragon Balls revived only decent people killed by Majin Buu, it's implied he was much nicer back in the day.
Wild Tiger (猛血虎, Mō Kekko)
A quarterfinalist in the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament. He fights Pan and is beaten in seconds.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Courtesy of Pan.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Non-romantic variety with Pan.
- Underestimating Badassery: Insulted that his first opponent is a little girl. He should have realised that little girl or not, she's still qualified for a martial arts tournament.
- The Worf Effect: This large, muscular man is utterly humiliated by a toddler.