Bulma is Goku's oldest friend, having been the first human he ever met other than his grandpa, Son Gohan (not to be confused with his son). A genius inventor, she created the Dragon Radar that allows Goku and company to find the Dragon Balls at an increasingly efficient rate. Her brilliance is somewhat mitigated by her brash and oftentimes arrogant nature. Not really much of a fighter, she prefers to help her friends out from the sidelines.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Bulma in the source material is far more short-tempered and generally irritable than she is here.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her baby-daddy is Vegeta, who she got into an insult war with that caused Belligerent Sexual Tension, and who she invited to sleep with her afterwards.
- All Women Are Lustful: Like Chi-Chi, (the other major female character) she has quite an active sex life. She's dated (and, presumably, slept with) Yamcha, had sex with Vegeta, her History of Trunks self propositioned a grown-up Gohan, and she hit on Trunks before she learned he was her son from the future.
- She's self-aware of her tendencies, though, or at least Future Bulma is - when Trunks tells his mother that present!Bulma made a pass at him, her reaction indicates that she'd actually be surprised if her past self hadn't done that.
- Amicable Exes: After things mellowed out after he cheated on her with Puar, and after Goku prevented his suicide, she and Yamcha remain at least neutral towards each other.
- Badass Boast: After developing the detonation device for the Androids: "Bulma: Kills Droids Dead."
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Vegeta.
- Beyond the Impossible: Even she can feel Perfect Cell's power.Bulma: Hey, so, I can't sense power levels, but I can feel that. Does that mean anything?
Piccolo: We're f**ked!
- Demoted to Extra: Lampshaded, but also inverted. Because the abridged series has a greater focus on dialogue over action, Bulma gets more focus than in her parent series.
- Everyone Has Standards: When she gets in on Piccolo and Tien's action by betting that both Krillin and Vegeta will screw up and doom everyone, both of them are taken aback.
- Glamorous Single Mother: Since Vegeta went to space, running away from the responsibility, a year and a half ago. Justified by the fact that, being one of the richest people on the planet who lives with her parents, she doesn't really have to work, and is a genius scientist anyway.
- Guilt by Association: Despite him not really doing anything hostile to her, Bulma considers Gohan as someone she will kill in their sleep after leaving her behind to guard the dragon ball on Namek.
- Has a Type: As if her actions throughout the series weren't proof enough, History of Trunks reveals that she specifically has a thing for short, black-haired, musclebound Hunks.
- Incest Is Relative: She flirts with Future Trunks, who is an adult version of her then unborn son. Trunks is understandably disgusted by this, especially when she says "I'll be your mommy". Once she finds out, she's disgusted with herself as well.Bulma: Oh, my God, I solicited my son for sex.
- It's All About Me:
- When Yamcha contacts her through King Kai's telepathy, she dumps him for not contacting her in months. (She doesn't know and may not care that King Kai never told Yamcha that he could contact her, and only let him do it that time so he could laugh at Yamcha getting dumped.) While talking with Yamcha invites Vegeta to her home to stay there.note
- Her outraged reaction to Krillin destroying the Androids' detonator is not because he put everyone's lives in jeopardy but because she spent a whole 20 hours making that thing, dammit! That said, she only THEN learns Android 18 was a girl, at which point she figures out Krillin's reasons and reacts understandingly towards it.
- Jerkass: Kind of an unlikable bitch who treats Krillin and Yamcha the worst out of everyone. See also It's All About Me.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: However, she takes a level in kindness in the Android and Cell sagas.
- Locked Out of the Loop: No one lets her know the Dragon Balls have disappeared until they're already back.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: She can be a jerk to Yamcha and Krillin quite often, but turns out that she's definitely a much better person than her father.
- The Mourning After: Her sought-after qualities on an online dating site in History of Trunks include "black-haired, short, and likes to work out", implying she did care for Vegeta and never really got over him.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She has a minor one of these when she realizes she propositioned her future son for sex.
- Neutral Female:
- Never Live It Down: In-Universe. As of Episode 41 Krillin is still teasing her over the fact that she solicited her own time-travelling son.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Telling Lord Slug about the Dragon Radar in his movie. Almost all the troubles that Future Trunks runs into are a result of Future Bulma not giving him vital information like the location of Dr Gero's lab or just how much of a stubborn ass his father was.
- Oh, Crap!: Her reaction to discovering that she'd previously solicited her future son for sex. Krillin on the other hand, found this utterly hilarious, much like the audience.
- Platonic Life-Partners: Like in the series proper, she and Goku have been thick as thieves for a long time.
- Really Gets Around: Implied by Master Roshi after Yamcha gets killed in Season 1.Bulma: I was saving myself for him!
Master Roshi: Bullshit!
- Replacement Goldfish: In History of Trunks, she keeps trying to find someone kind of like Vegeta.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: How she ends up getting together with Vegeta. They both enjoying clashing and butting heads.
- Smart Ball: Like in the original, she recommends just using the Dragon Balls to simply find and kill Dr. Gero before he ever makes the androids (though unlike it, she makes no bones about how this would be cold-blooded murder). Naturally, this is rejected because Goku and Vegeta want to fight them.
- Suddenly Always Knew That: ...And yet, she knew the location of Dr. Gero's lab. Having the Dragon Balls to locate his lab would've been a waste of time. Though to be fair, she didn't know that it was Dr. Gero who constructed the androids at the time.
- The Tease: Spends the entire month-long trip to Namek walking around the ship in her underwear, to Krillin's chagrin.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She seems to have mellowed out considerably in the Android and Cell Sagas as compared to previous episodes. Being a mom can do that to you.
- Vague Age: She's prone to lying about her age. In History of Trunks, her son notes that she's been 37 for "ten years now".
- What the Hell, Hero?: Although Future Bulma isn't called out to her face, Krillin wonders what she was thinking when she decided not to tell Trunks vital information about the Z-Fighters, especially Goku and Vegeta.Krillin: Jesus, Future Bulma! What the shit?
Bulma's father, the brilliant scientist who founded Capsule Corp. He also happens to be one of the most unbelievably racist and misogynistic people on earth.
- Abusive Parents: He apparently wanted to install a bomb in Bulma's chest to keep her in line, but was stopped by his wife.
- Adaptational Villainy: A hugely prejudiced Mad Scientist who keeps his wife young by cloning and replacing her whenever she starts to show signs of aging.
- Apocalyptic Log: He made a video of the Halloween party. It became one after Mr. Popo came as the Cloverfield monster.
- Baby Factory: Believes women are these, as he comments that 18's reproductive system is still intact, and therefore she's still useful for something.
- Body Backup Drive: How he manages to keep his wife looking so young. He keeps them in his basement.
- Cerebus Retcon: His wife doesn't age because "her husband won't let her". The stinger of Episode 45 implies that his wife is just one of a series of clones who replace each other at the first signs of age.
- Expy: Of early Reed Richards according to Word of God.
- Hypocritical Humor: Dr. Briefs makes fun of the Androids' original names, Lapis and Lazuli, nevermind that his entire family is named after underwear.
- I Am A Humanitarian: When learning that Yajirobe has eaten the projects in his lab, he specifies that most of them weren't meant to be eaten. It's possible there may have been projects besides the foetal clones of his wife, but we haven't heard of any.
- Just a Machine: One of his many prejudices.
- Mad Scientist: Clones his wife to keep her young, sees nothing wrong with Dr. Gero kidnapping orphans for experiments and wanted to keep a bomb implanted in his own daughter.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Lampshaded by Master Roshi in Episode 13:Master Roshi: But why Bulma's [house]?
Goku: Well, I need a ship and her dad's a scientist.
Master Roshi: ...I'm not even going to begin to go into what is wrong with that, and just wish you good luck.
- Parental Neglect: In an alternate future, he left his wife, daughter and grandson on Earth with Androids 17 and 18 going on a killing spree while he was looking for New Namek. True, he was intending to use their Dragon Balls so he could fix the disaster somehow, but it was still a dick move leaving his family to fend for themselves.
- Pet the Dog:
- Despite his Adaptational Villainy, he still shows concern for Goku, warning him to be careful with the gravity machine.
- He also willingly offers to repair Android 16 and is fairly nice to him while repairing him. He even offered a gatling gun.
- He loves his grandson and let the Nameks stay at his house despite his racism.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: If there's some kind of prejudice to be had, then good ol' Dr. Briefs has it and then some. He's racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic.
- Racist Grandpa:
- When his wife says they have a visitor (Vegeta landing his ship on their lawn), the first thing he asks his wife is "Is he colored?"
- Also can't stop bringing up the fact that his grandson is half-and-half.
- Serial Killer: It is very heavily implied that he murdered his wife and repeatedly clones her, killing each clone at the first sign of age before replacing it with another.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He's clearly shown to survive the Android assault in Future Trunks' timeline, and is last seen searching for New Namek in space.
- Stating the Simple Solution: After seeing that 17 and 18 have bombs in them, he says he can make a remote detonator, stating that they're mostly machine at this point.
- Stay in the Kitchen: His attitude toward his wife.Dr. Briefs: Now, honey, remember what I told you...
Dr. and Mrs. Briefs: ..."wives are for kissing, not talking."
A former desert bandit who befriended Goku during the latter's childhood, the result of him trying and failing to steal the Dragon Balls. Yamcha's an experienced martial artist and a former student of Master Roshi, though his skills don't exactly shine in a world full of supermen.
- Adaptational Wimp: He wasn't the best fighter in the original show, but he was far from being a joke either. This is best shown on King Kai's planet — in the anime (granted, it was filler), he was able to single-handedly beat up Recoome, something not even Vegeta could do before his power-ups. However, here King Kai curb stomped all of the Ginyu Force by himself off-screen (mainly because King Kai didn't resume the training after Yamcha mispronounced the Kaioken). His infamous death is also made even more humiliating; in canon he manages to beat up the Saibaman effortlessly, whereas in this show the Saibaman immediately decides to blow up in his face before he can even fight.
- Catchphrase: Most of the time when Tien and Chiaotzu are affectionate towards each other.Yamcha:Hah, gay!
- Characterization Marches On:
- He was introduced as a reverse Butt-Monkey, where characters would put emphasis on how awesome he is, however he was later revamped into a No Respect Guy, especially when Faulerro takes over. He even appears to have taken over Krillin's job of being the Cowardly Lion.
- Yamcha was also a furry in the first season, openly sleeping with Puar and dressing as a wolf for the Halloween special. These traits haven't been referenced in a long while.
- The Chew Toy:
- Yes, even more than Krillin. In the second F.A.Q. special, the characters specifically say they pick on Krillin so much because Yamcha doesn't show up as often.Bulma: No one screws Yamcha but life.
- It's to the point that anyone on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle or being killed off unceremoniously is referred to as getting "Yamcha'd."
- He can't even get through an FAQ without getting blown up.
- Cell has DNA samples and the powers of every fighter... except Yamcha.
- It extends to a meta level, where in the commentary for Episode 42, KaiserNeko was going to give Yamcha the line about Goku sweating purple, only to realize he was in the shot where Krillin was describing the Androids (and Master Roshi was trying to get him to describe Android 18's boobs). Faulerro even provided the "Goku sweating purple" line. They revised it so it was Turtle who gave the line instead.
- Yes, even more than Krillin. In the second F.A.Q. special, the characters specifically say they pick on Krillin so much because Yamcha doesn't show up as often.
- Comically Missing the Point: When Gohan and Krillin are discussing about energy signatures from Cell, Yamcha completely misses the point of their conversation. Even funnier the fact that Krillin of all people is part of Cell's energy signature, but not Yamcha.
- Cowardly Lion: When the Androids attacked, he very reluctantly responded to cries for help when no one else was around to do it instead.
- Cell actually somewhat respects this about him (and Krillin), since for all his complaints and worrying, he still comes out to fight alongside the other Z-Fighters, despite how outmatched he is and despite knowing he'll probably get his ass kicked (at best).
- Damned by Faint Praise: Cell essentially uses him to get a burn on somebody else by saying he's contributed more than Vegeta. What did Yamcha provide? Some towels and water.
- Death Is Cheap: Seems to be the only character who doesn't believe this, as opposed to Tien and Chiaotzu. In his case, he still finds it rather awkward to talk about that they've died unless someone else brings it up.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Averted. He's the only one who's bothered that Vegeta, the man who is in some way responsible for most of their deaths at one point or another, is taking a shower in the next room and moving in with Bulma, though the reactions of the other Z-Fighters to Vegeta indicate they don't like him much either.
- Despair Event Horizon: In Future Trunks' timeline, learning that Vegeta got Bulma pregnant put him in such a state of depression that he killed himself. In the main timeline, he's upset to learn about this, but his friendship with Goku kept him from falling into despair.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: Applies to his future self in Trunks's timeline. Whereas he is killed by the androids like all the other Z-Fighters bar Goku in canon, the way he dies in the abridged series... well... see below.
- Driven to Suicide: In Future Trunks' timeline, where he hangs himself after learning that Vegeta got Bulma pregnant.
- Ear Worm: The "Cat Loves Food" jingle is freaking...EVERYWHERE...and it gets stuck in your head very easily, if Tien is any indication.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: In the first season, the rest of the Z-fighters get a morale boost by Yamcha simply showing up on the battle field. And then he gets one-shotted by a Saibamen.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Nowhere near as badly as Vegeta, though everyone looks down on him. Goku makes some slight effort to be nicer to him as of Episode 34, since Goku learned Yamcha's fate in Trunks' timeline, Krillin does treat him slightly better than others, in a Vitriolic Best Buds kind of way, and Cell pays him compliments and defends him when Tien mocks him.
- Giving Up on Logic: When Goku starts trying to "reason" with the Tree of Might and the tree appears to answer, Yamcha gives up in disgust.
- I Was Young and Needed the Money: He did a jingle for a cat food commercial. He maintains that he was desperate at the time and needed the money. And no, it wasn't worth it.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: After giving a Rousing Speech, he's stopped at the final part when a Saibaman blows him up.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In a Black Comedy kind of way. He selfishly spends all his money on a new car at Christmas time in the Tree of Might Christmas special instead of buying gifts for others. His car is promptly blown up and the wreckage destroys his house and more or less makes him destitute.
- Lost in Imitation: The line about Bulma thinking Yamcha was cheating in the first episode is based on Funimation Dub Text. In the original Japanese dialogue, Bulma is mad at Yamcha in the beginning of DBZ for canceling a date. Possibly lampshaded by Krillin, who comments that it seems out of character for Yamcha before trying to hit on Bulma.
- Modern Major General: His job is to fight and help defend the Earth. Ask him to help take care of a very sick Goku? He's great. Ask him to pilot a cargo plane? He's great. Ask him to sing an advertising jingle? He's great. Ask him to actually fight? Well...
- Never Found the Body: Or rather, they never looked for it at all.Yamcha: Where did you bury me anyway?
- Nice Guy: It says a lot that he's still protective of Bulma, after all the shit she gives him.
- No Respect Guy: To the point where you think TFS hates him.
- Old Shame: His cat food commercial jingle is this In-Universe. He regrets making it, commenting that it wasn't worth it.
- One-Hit Wonder: In-Universe. He sang a cat food song for a commercial since he needed the money. Now everybody listens to it when Yamcha just wants to forget about it. It's almost every song played as a ringtone or on the radio after that, even having a country cover.
- Only Sane Man: As of season 3, he's the voice of reason even more than Gohan is.
- Person as Verb: Getting Yamcha'd means getting killed unceremoniously.Goku: Oh no! Yamcha's been Yamcha'd!
- Phrase Catcher: "I don't know what this Yamcha is, but it sounds..."
- Running Gag: For several episodes after Vegeta3986 left TFS, whenever Yamcha is about to speak someone cuts him off, cementing his Butt-Monkey status.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: In the season three finale, he admits that he sometimes wonders if he was ever brought back, or if he's having a very long Dying Dream.Krillin: Oh my God, someone finally put it into words!
- Staring Down Cthulhu: When Vegeta makes one of his usual condescending remarks towards him and Krillin, Yamcha has officially had enough and manages to talk back and actually holds his ground. Vegeta seems to be impressed.Yamcha: Ya know, if you're gonna skulk around, you could at least try to not be a total dick about it!Vegeta: Oh, you're right. Allow me to try again. *ahem* Hello, earthling! How's that gaping chest wound?Yamcha: Just fine! How's your spine?Vegeta: ...I'm giving you a five-second headstart.Yamcha: Thank you! I'm going to need it; you're very fast.
- Straw Loser: To the point where he makes Krillin look good by comparison. You know you're a loser when Krillin can point out your flaws faster than you can point out his.
- Throw the Dog a Bone:
- Goku telling him that he's his friend. He's genuinely touched by somebody not treating him like shit.
- He also gets a pretty good burn on Vegeta when Vegeta tries to be "nice".Vegeta: (mockingly) Hello, Earthling, how's that gaping chest wound?
Yamcha: Just fine! How's your spine?
- Vegeta is so impressed with this that he gives Yamcha a five minute head-start.
- When it seems as though Cell is defeated, Tien decides not to mock his attempt at a Post-Mortem One-LinerYamcha: Ha! Well those guys with the camera better stop rolling, 'cause looks like Cell's going topless!
Tien: You know, just because everyone somehow survived this... I'm gonna let you have that.
- Despite how condescending Cell is, he actually defends Yamcha when Tien delivers a Stealth Insult to Yamcha.Cell: Yamcha, for the love of god, don't thank him!
- Cell outright tells Gohan that he respects Yamcha more than he respects Gohan
- He gets Tien to admit how close they are as friends in the final part of Episode 60 (while also lightly calling him out on being a dick).
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Krillin and, to a lesser extent, Tien. They don't treat him like crap just for giggles, and Krillin's verbal jabs at him are done with more good humor than the rest of the cast.
- He explicitly states this about his and Tien's relationship in Part 3 of the Season 3 finale.Yamcha: Hey, Tien. Since this is the end...Tien: If you're about to say, "I love you," I swear to God...Yamcha: Actually, I was gonna say, "You're the biggest asshole I know."Tien: (eyes widen, surprised) Oh.Yamcha: (looks away) And you're also my best friend.(beat)Tien: (also looks away) So are you, man.
- He explicitly states this about his and Tien's relationship in Part 3 of the Season 3 finale.
- The Worf Effect: Inverted - due to becoming The Chew Toy, the show treats it as if it's no big deal. In fact, when Gero stabs him with his robotic arm, Tien isn't surprised that Gero could do that, but rather, that Yamcha couldn't even last 5 minutes.
- Your Cheating Heart: He had an affair with another woman while dating Bulma, who walked in on them having sex. This is probably an unspoken reason as to why Bulma dumped him after his resurrection.
Chiaotzu voiced by: Whiteash (Episode 6), Megami33 (Current)
A pair of martial artists who trained under Master Roshi's rival, the Crane Hermit; under his training, the duo's biggest specialty was the ability to levitate via ki manipulation, though this became irrelevant once the whole Z-Warrior gang learned to do it. After a HeelFace Turn, the two have been close friends with the rest of the Z-Warriors, though it's pretty clear that they're far closer with each other.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Tien is far more frustrated than his canon counterpart about the fact that he Can't Catch Up.
- Adaptational Badass:
- If not in their fighting prowess, then in their attitude. Tien's the only character who can backtalk Vegeta and get away with it. He's also quite ready to take on Gero, to the point that the Doctor changes his mind about fighting him. Heck, after his Shin Kikoho, even Cell takes him more seriously. Chiaotzu, while not having that much of a physical presence, has a vicious sense of sarcasm, to the point that it shocks even Tien.
- In Episode 47, while Krillin is content to go get the detonator and Master Roshi and Yamcha are fine with sitting on the sidelines, Tien decides he's had enough, and goes charging off to confront Cell.Tien: I AM NOT A SPECTATOR! I AM A WARRIOR!
- Adaptational Jerkass:
- Chiaotzu - he takes shots at the audience in the FAQ Special and calls the Ginyus "a bunch of queers". When a man is killed on TV by Cell, he's shown smiling.
- Tien as well in the "Born This Way" parody—he manages to ruin the song and make Piccolo run off the set crying in less than 30 seconds. Tien also insults Yamcha for getting taken out by Dr. Gero, which wasn't even Yamcha's fault. Furthermore, Tien broke Yamcha's good leg without hesitation when King Kai told him to, for no reason other than to shut Yamcha up.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: That said (while still being really sarcastic), he genuinely cares for Chiaotzu like a little brother. In Season 3, he befriends Piccolo to the point of making bets with him on whether Krillin or Vegeta would screw up in killing Cell and the Androids (both of them did). And he bets on Vegeta failing while openly putting his faith in Krillin.
- Arch-Enemy: Tien of all people managed to become one to Cell, all because he's the one guy who managed to stand up to and humiliate the bio-android. Cell despises Tien more than anyone else, not even Vegeta and Trunks (who thrash him far worse) ticks him off as much as Tien does.
- Audience Surrogate: Tien's Shin Kikoho barrage was reworded to reflect the frustrations of fans of any character that Can't Catch Up (most notably, fans of the Earthling characters).
- Beam Spam: Tien uses this to stall Cell so 16 and 18 can get away, much to the Cell's annoyance.
- Berserk Button:
- Tien is very defensive with fandom-related matters.Tien: F*cking Weeaboos.
- Do not tell him he won't be as strong as an Android, Namekian, or a Super Saiyan.
- Do not tell him that it's not healthy to work out as much as he does.
- Tien is very defensive with fandom-related matters.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Managed to stall Cell by bombarding him with the Shin Kikoho, exhausting himself in the process to the point where he would have died if Goku hadn't come to save him. Tien's efforts proved to be for nothing as Cell succeeded in absorbing 18 anyways, much to Tien's rage.
- Bullying a Dragon: Tien makes fun of Vegeta all the time. Nobody denies Vegeta deserves it, but Krillin does point out that Vegeta could easily kill Tien for his insults. When called on it, Tien says that it's a game, and if Vegeta snaps and kills him, they both know that means Vegeta lost.
- The Comically Serious: Most of the time he's this, although he has some Not So Above It All moments, such as joining in on singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat", and he apparently likes Yamcha's cat food jingle much more than he'd like to admit. As Kai Abridged 1 summed him up:Tien: I am the only serious character in this show. That's the joke.
- Deadpan Snarker: The first thing Tien does when the group meets up to fight Freeza is comment on Vegeta's shirt, and then spends most of Episode 34 mocking Vegeta about not being a Super Saiyan. When Vegeta finally does become a Super Saiyan and Krillin makes note of it, Tien dismisses it and instead mocks Vegeta for naming his technique the Big Bang Attack with Piccolo.
- Chiaotzu is worse than Tien, callously dismissing the possibility that their friends might die, due to the Dragon Balls trivializing death.
- Death Is Cheap: Both of them have firmly come to believe this, especially Chiaotzu.Chiaotzu: Next time, I get a free sundae!
- Doomed Moral Victor: A preemptive version. Tien constantly taunts Vegeta because they both know that while Vegeta could kill him, in doing so Tien would have the last laugh. Vegeta's pride keeps him from following through.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Although the bullet gets stopped in time.Cell: You know, if you want my personal opinion, "Kikoho" is a pretty sad choice of last words. But to be fair, it's far from the worst decision you've made today.
Tien: Kiko-f*ck yourself.
Cell: Ah, see, that's the spirit.
- Flanderization: Tien started off as a Comically Serious straight man, but as the series goes on he's become more of a Deadpan Snarker Jerkass. Ironically this puts Tien's personality more in-line with what he was originally like when he was an antagonist in Dragon Ball.
- He Had a Name:"You stupid... ugly... son of a bitch! His name was Chiaotzu!"
- Heroic Sacrifice: Chiaotzu did one when fighting Nappa, but it ended up being a Senseless Sacrifice. Notably, in a variation from the original, Chiaotzu starts out thinking that he can just be revived by the Dragon Balls. Tien has to point out he's been revived once already... mere moments before Chiaotzu explodes. When Freeza and King Cold arrive on Earth, Tien makes a point to ask Chiaotzu not to try it again.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chiaotzu.
- Homoerotic Subtext: As a short running gag.
- Hypocritical Humor: Makes fun of King Kai's Berserk Button of the mispronunciation of Kaioken, calling him "Freakin' Weaboo" and get's angry with the Engrish of the Jinga Beru Brothers' names. But he uses the Japanese name of Neo Tri-Beam in Episode 48.
- Informed Judaism: Parodied in Christmas Tree of Might.
- Know When To Fold Them:
- When the fight with Nappa starts disastrously, Tien seriously considers grabbing Chiaotzu and running. Unfortunately, Chiaotzu had already gotten involved in the fight and was going for a Taking You with Me attack.
- When Freeza and his father appear, Chiaotzu immediately brings this moment up, and implies that he'd rather not do that again.
- Lack of Empathy: Chiaotzu's reaction when a man is murdered on live broadcast by Cell? "Wow! Brutal!" Said while smiling.
- Last-Second Word Swap: Averted. Chiaotzu can't think of a word to switch "pork" with fast enough.
- Manchild: Chiaotzu is only a little younger than Tien, but begs Tien to go to McDonald's and cheers over ice cream. Lampshaded in Episode 41.Master Roshi: How old are you?!
- Mistaken for Gay: Constantly.
- Not So Different: He and Vegeta mutually despise each other, but both of them are insecure about their respective power levels (though Vegeta is much more vocally so), both of them play the Only Sane Man to their comrades (Tien to the Z-Fighters, Vegeta to Nappa), and a lot of Tien's snark is a more low-key version of Vegeta's obnoxious trash-talk. Oh, and neither of them have any respect for Yamcha.
- Not So Above It All:
- Tien actually likes Yamcha's "Cat Loves Food" song.Tien: [to Piccolo] You heard. Nothing.
- He also plays fantasy battleball.
- And during one memorable verbal throwdown between Krillin and Yamcha, he decides he's glad he stuck around just for the comedy gold he got to witness.
- Tien actually likes Yamcha's "Cat Loves Food" song.
- Out of Character: Whenever Tien says or does something that goes against what a person thinks his character is. This leads to the other person wondering out loud...Other Person: I can never read that guy...
- Phrase Catcher: As seen referenced in Out of Character above.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Episode 48 gives this line after Cell taunts Tien a bit too much:Tien: Yeah? Well, you know what? F*ck power levels! F*ck! Super Saiyans! AND F*CK! YOU! SHIN! KI KO HO!
- Punctuated Pounding: KI! *boom* KO! *boom* HO!!! *boom*
- Reality Ensues: Tien is reminded that the human characters Can't Catch Up to all, and despite that risks his life thanks to his wounded pride. It ends nearly getting him killed.
- Refuge in Audacity: Tien's taunting of Vegeta is grounded in the belief that Vegeta's pride won't allow him to lethally retaliate. Vegeta being...Vegeta...he's not wrong.
- The Rival: Yamcha sees him as his rival. Tien doesn't care.
- Running Gag: The other Z-fighters can never get a read on Tien, whether it's about his relationship with Chiaotzu, or anything else for that matter.
- Say My Name: "CHIAOTZUUUUUUUUUU!"
- Shut Up, Hannibal!:
- When Cell taunts him about his power level and how it's weaker than Androids, Namekians, and Super Saiyans.Tien: Yeah? Well, you know what? F*ck power levels! F*ck! Super Saiyans! AND F*CK! YOU! SHIN! KI KO HO!
* Fires the Shin-Kikoho and blasts Cell into the ground.*
- Then, while he lies dying on the ground with Cell telling him "Kikoho" were terrible last words.Tien: Kiko-f*ck yourself.
- When Cell taunts him about his power level and how it's weaker than Androids, Namekians, and Super Saiyans.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Tien is this to both Vegeta and Cell.
- Taking You with Me: Chiaotzu tries to do this to Nappa. It didn't work. At all.
- Team Dad: Tien, at least to Chiaotzu.
- Tien to Vegeta. He taunts the Prince of all Saiyans just for the hell of it, knowing Vegeta is too prideful to just kill him because he can't handle insults.
- He's done it to Cell now, too. When the group shows up at the Cell Games to watch Goku's match, Cell greets them all as if they're good friends. But when he gets to Tien?Perfect Cell: [still annoyed from the Shin Kikohou] ...Tenshinhan.
Tien: Ki-ko-how ya doing?
Perfect Cell: [irritated] Perfect.
- Useless Useful Spell: Zigzagging all over the place with the Shin Kikoho. Tien isn't strong enough to do any actual damage to Semi-Perfect Cell, but the physical force of the Shin Kikoho is enough to knock him down and keep him down for several minutes, giving Android 18 a chance to escape as long as Tien can keep up the barrage. However, he can't keep at it forever, and 18 ultimately wastes the opportunity standing around. But his stalling does ultimately give Vegeta and Trunks time to finish their training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, as well as Krillin getting the detonator from Bulma; and then Vegeta and Krillin both win Bulma a bet...
- Vocal Evolution: Tien's voice wasn't quite as deep in season one.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Tien makes Piccolo cry during the "Bald This Way" segment. Krillin is audibly shocked and Nappa calls Tien out for it.
- Happens again to Tien in episode 60, when Yamcha directly calls him "the biggest asshole I know" because of his snide attitude. Tien seems genuinely taken aback to hear this, and then admits that he truly considers Yamcha a friend.
- Worf Barrage: Tien's Shin Kikoho did nothing more than piss Cell off. To be fair, by the end of it Cell was super nettled.
- The Worf Effect: When Tien shows up to fight and stall Cell, the creature asks if Krillin was too busy. (All the more hurtful because it's literally true.) Granted, this is before Tien spammed Shin Kikoho on him.
- Worthy Opponent: Well "worthy" might be an exaggeration since Cell still knows Tien wouldn't last a second against him if he gets serious in his Perfect form, but Cell has a special enmity towards Tien. While he's practically pally with Goku (to an almost suspicious level), treats Vegeta and Trunks with scorn and barely even notices the others, thanks to the Kikoho incident Tien is the only Z-Fighter who has actually gotten under Cell's skin and earned his hatred.
- You Wouldn't Shoot Me: The basis of Tien's "game" with Vegeta. Tien knows that Vegeta's more than capable of killing him, but is banking on Vegeta being too proud to let him win by killing him over the taunts.
The daughter of the Ox King and Goku's wife (guess that makes Goku a prince?), who fell for and eventually married the spiky-haired airhead after he did a Crotch-Grab Sex Check on her. Don't think about it too hard. Despite being rather timid in her youth, as an adult Chi-Chi constantly hounds Goku and Gohan, and more often than not serves as the Z-Warriors' greatest force to reckon with.
- Abusive Parents:
Gohan: [disappointed] Santa Claus is just gonna bring me books again...
- Though essentially well-meaning, she is extremely overbearing towards Gohan, and usually ignores any protest he voices that suggest he might like to do something other than what she's chosen for him. It bites her in the ass in The History of Trunks when Gohan realizes he could just fly away and never come back, leaving her completely alone.
Chi-Chi: [threateningly] He brings you what you like! And what do you like?!
Gohan: [scared] I like books!
- Like everyone else, flanderized in Dragon Ball Kai Abridged 3, where she hires a tutor with a whip to motivate Gohan.
- Adaptational Heroism: In Episode 54, Chi-Chi's protectiveness of Gohan is portrayed with more restraint and nuance than it usually is in the source material. She admits that she might be single-minded in making sure her son finishes his studies, but it's because she just wants him to be able to build a future for himself where he can survive on more than prize money and his grandfather's stature. She also very plainly affirms that she will make every one of the Z-Fighters suffer if Gohan dies under their watch.
- Adaptational Villainy: At the same time, this Chi-Chi has shown no respect for personal boundaries, such as wanting to put a tracking chip in Gohan. Special mention goes to Gohan's abusive tutor. Canon Chi-Chi had no idea and beat the shit out of him when she realized what a jerk he was. Not only does this Chi-Chi know, it's implied to be the reason she hired him.
- Adult Fear:
- When she was pregnant, Chi-Chi had to constantly ward off Goku who thought her pregnancy was just her hiding cinnamon buns under her clothes.
- Some of her more obsessive My Beloved Smother traits come from the fact that her firstborn son, while a competent fighter, is constantly being placed in situations that place him face to face with villains capable of destroying planets before he's even a teenager.
- Almighty Mom: When she tells you to listen to her, you listen.Chi-Chi: I'm a fighter too, y'know! How do you think I landed the strongest man on the planet?
Vegeta: [under his breath] Arguably...
Chi-Chi: Do not make me come over there, I will rip your world a f***ing sunder.
Vegeta: [grunts nervously, averts eyes]
- All Women Are Lustful: Like Bulma (the other major female character), it's made clear that Chi-Chi also has a fairly healthy sex drive. Goku has remarked that Chi-Chi keeps a sex toy in her dresser and also that she enjoys going to the "toy store". From other dialogue it can be implied that she likes giving Goku oral sex (he calls it the "mouth present") and was relieved when the senzu beans "healed Goku's nuts up good" after he was punched in the dick by Android 13. Episode 56 establishes that, while Goku enjoys having sex with her, she's definitely the libido in their relationship.
- Amusing Injuries: Goku accidentally throws her so high that she leaves the atmosphere and catches fire. She's completely fine after the title sequence rolls.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Displays a large amount of affection for Goku in Episode 45. It happens again during Episode 56. After she finds out she's pregnant her mood improves dramatically and she talks much more affectionately to Goku.
- Averted by the end of Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan Abridged. After Goku botches Gohan's college interview (forcing her to pay through the nose in donations to get him accepted) Chi-Chi has had enough of Goku's antics and coldly tells him she wants a divorce. Then subverted when Episode 56 (which was released after Broly) essentially shoves the movies into their own continuity.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Though not as creepy and scary as Mr. Popo, Chi-Chi is still feared amongst the male characters, especially Krillin.Krillin: Hypothetically... what would you do if you were told that your husband was dead and his son was kidnapped by his worst enemy?
Chi-Chi: I'd castrate the messenger in his sleep with a rusty carving knife.
Krillin: Ohh... Then, it's a good thing I'm not telling you that, then.
[Both laugh in a very forced manner]
Chi-Chi: Would you like to stay the night?
- Even Vegeta is scared of her. And that's saying something. See the Almighty Mom quote above.
- Babies Make Everything Better: She agrees to let Goku fight Cell (and even lets him take Gohan with him) on the condition that they have another child. True to her word, her sexual rampage on Goku during the events of Episode 56 end after she gets pregnant.
- Badass Normal: She can't use ki like Goku et al, but Chi-Chi is a highly skilled fighter. It was the main thing that allowed her to land Goku in the first place. Plus her attitude manages to intimidate even Vegeta during the Cell Games.
- Berserk Button: Goku taking Gohan to train instead of studying.Chi-Chi: Don't you "Come on, Chi-Chi" me! You're gone off in God knows where space, refuse to let the dragon take you home, and the first thing you ask for when you get back? "Oh, hey, Chi-Chi, mind if I take our baby boy to go train to fight some monster robots?!"
- Big "WHAT?!": Combined with Distant Reaction Shot. After finding out that Goku and Gohan are actually going to fight the androids, her scream can be heard in the distance while they are flying away.
- Break the Haughty: In History of Trunks Abridged, if losing her husband wasn't enough, her only son abandoning her does her in. And it's surprisingly sad.
- Covert Pervert: While Chi-Chi has been implied to have a healthy sexual appetite and some kinky tastes, she seems to like to keep that under wraps such as when Goku mention him getting the "mouth present" Chi-Chi was quick to shush him (although this could also have been because he was talking about it in front of Gohan).
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: When she sees that Goku is making Gohan fight Cell, she picks up the TV, screaming she will castrate him with a butter knife.
- The Dreaded: Played for laughs. Goku, who has faced galactic tyrants without even flinching, is terrified of getting on her bad side. Even Vegeta only nervously looks away when she threatens him into silence.
- Education Mama:
- "You read it, you learn it, you love it!" Justified: she wants a better life for Gohan than his old man's living off welfare and prize money.
- And in the Broly abridgment, she outright says "I'm a teacher first, and a mother second. Also a wife."
- Evil Sounds Deep: She isn't evil but she was the "dark force" Gohan felt when he saw a ship coming to them, and her first words are "Where is MY baby!?" in a deep, terrifying voice after coming out.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Even more than the original series.
- Informed Judaism: Claims her mother was Jewish in Broly The Legendary Super Saiyan , though given that she lies a lot in the in Gohan's college interview, that's up for debate.
- I Want Grandkids: In History of Trunks Abridged, she laments that Gohan, given his age, should have married and started his own family. But that doesn't happen, as Gohan is estranged from her and that would be the last thing on his mind.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While she can be an overbearing Education Mama, she has a good point that Goku's lifestyle isn't particularly stable and no mother would want their 10 year old son fighting a sadistic monster, no matter how strong he is. Gohan realized it when Broly is about to beat the life out of him.Gohan: I should apologize to mom if I get home.
- Like Mother, Like Daughter: In Episode 59 the Ox King implies, at the least, she got her sexual appetite from her mother.
- Mama Bear: She makes a point that if Gohan is hurt or even killed by Cell when any of the Z-fighters could have stopped it, not even the Eternal Dragon can save them.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: Because Krillin decided to say how Gohan was "pounding her tuna" without Goku around.note
- My Beloved Smother: To Gohan.
- Negated Moment of Awesome: In Lord Slug Abridged she charges into battle and takes out one or two of Lord Slug's mooks with the 'Housewife Style Kick Of A Thousand Menstrual Cycles'.Chi-Chi: You see, just because I'm a woman- [promptly punched in the face by another mook]
Bulma: ...That actually lasted longer than I expected.
- Sex Slave: Played for laughs; she borderline treats Goku as this during their marathon of sex sessions the week before the Cell Games.Chi-Chi: [To Goku, upon discovering him in the living room] WHO TOLD YOU YOU COULD LEAVE THE BEDROOM!?
- Stepford Smiler:
- She acts quite cheerful, but it's clear that her marriage to Goku is less than ideal, due to his frequent absences and his continually putting his and their son's lives in danger. If she asks you to stay the night, say NO!!!
- In Episode 39 she also cheerfully reads the disclaimer while Goku is screaming in pain in the background, and she acts entirely too chipper about her husband's situation in general, saying that she's just happy that he's finally home for a change.
- Super Strength: Regardless of how weak she is compared to the Z-Fighters, she's still strong enough to swing a tube TV around like a cardboard box, as well as her father, at the same time.
- Unexplained Recovery: In Episode 45 Goku tosses her into space and she burns up. A few minutes later, she's fine with no explanation, not even a Lampshade Hanging.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Towards Goku.
- Voice of the Legion: She ends up taking this on when Gohan returns from Namek.
- You Need to Get Laid: Given she becomes noticeably friendlier and affectionate after a lot of sex with Goku, she was probably very sexually frustrated. The fact that said sex caused her to get pregnant with Goten probably helps.
Formerly one of the strongest people in the world, who acted as Goku's mentor in his young age. Known for his perverted tendencies and his lazy attitude towards assisting in fights due to his old age, is house acts as a major base of operations for the Z-Fighters throughout the series.
- Addiction-Powered: Implied; Roshi doesn't hold back while he's stoned, and he was able to drag Krillin, Gohan, and Oolong while drunk, who notes that he shouldn't be that strong.
- Comically Missing the Point: When he asks who Popo is, Korin explains, but Roshi is more interested in the fact that a cat just talked.
- Which is interesting, considering he lived with and trained under that cat for three years. He must be going senile.
- Demoted to Extra: Lampshaded; like his canon counterpart, he has made peace with this fact a long time ago.
- Dirty Old Man: Surprisingly downplayed compared to his canon counterpart. It's more prominent starting with Season 3.
Oolong: You know there's actual porn on the Internet, right?Roshi: Pig, you gotta be able to appreciate the classics. It's what separates the perverts from the connoisseurs.
- While everyone else is just plain stunned by Krillin saying that Gohan was pounding Chi-Chi's tuna, Roshi laughs out loud at it.
- The second Cooler film reveals he actually has chlamydia.
- It eventually turns out to be quite Serious Business for him, when Oolong finds him ogling a fitness show.
- Frothy Mugs of Water: Parodied; first it's orange juice, then it's apple juice, and finally it's beer. In the postscript, it's a Nestle Crunch bar, then a gummy bear, and finally Nappa's head.Nappa: Wait, what the hell?
- Heh Heh, You Said "X": Will usually laugh out loud whenever someone accidentally says something that could be implied as being sexual.
- I Have Many Names: When asked how he has been banned from over 500 Victoria Secret stores, his response is to ask the others if they actually thought "Master Roshi" was his real name.
- Know When To Fold Them: In a rare moment when he's not being a cackling Dirty Old Man, before falling back on those habits again, he says this word-for-word to the other occupants of Kame House about how (not) to approach Cell.Roshi: Listen! Sometimes you gotta know when to hold 'em, and know when to fold 'em. And right now...It's foldin' time.
- The Stoner: In the news report about the disappearances at Ginger Town, it is mentioned that the town recently legalized marijuana. When Krillin suggests that someone go check it out, Roshi agrees, stating his stash is running a little low. World's Strongest shows that he also sells drugs, or at least pot brownies.
- Took a Level in Badass: The series usually seems to go out of its way to avoid mentioning that he was once one of the greatest, if not the greatest fighter on Earth. Then World's Strongest comes out and Roshi calmly destroying four Bio-men seems to come out of nowhere. Adding onto everything is the fact that it's partially fueled because he's high.Roshi: I do not hold back when I'm toasted.
Yajirobe is an overweight samurai with a sword that is still lethal to the super powered cast of DBZA. That said he mostly tends to the senzu bean crop on Korin's tower and eventually marries Korin.
- Big Damn Heroes: Pretty much his whole purpose in Episode 10 is to arrive in the nick of time to prevent Vegeta from causing any serious harm. Unlike in the original series, he shows up out of nowhere when he does this, though a Deleted Scene in the blooper special would give an explanation.
- Big Eater: Most of his lines not involving Korin has to do with his appetite.Yajirobe: I am Yajirobe, and I have come for your pantry.
- Bi the Way: He's in a relationship with Korin, and in Episode 46, seems very pleased with the notion of Bulma breastfeeding in front of him.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Downplayed, but in Episode 37, he mentions that a side-effect of his senzu bean-centric diet is that he lactates, which he puts up with because, in his own words, Korin likes it. Ironically, it actually is possible for men to lactate in real life, though not without hormone-modifying drugs or liver damage.
- Butt-Monkey: Not to the degree of Krillin or Yamcha, but whenever he shows up in the series, he usually ends up getting hurt.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Taken to an even greater level than the original, where instead of spending the whole battle with the Saiyans hiding until he finally ends Vegeta's Oozaru-powered rampage, the only indication that he exists before coming completely out of nowhere to make the cut is a brief appearance sparring in the "Make a Man Out of You" video.
- Captain Obvious: Whenever he suffers a misfortune, he tends to say what happened to him almost immediately after it happened. For no apparent reason.
- Extreme Omnivore: He'll eat anything. Including dead aliens.
- A Deleted Scene reveals that he came to the battlefield because he smelled Yamcha's body cooking, and he even considered eating it.
- In the post credits gag of Episode 38, Gohan suggests that Bulma give Baby Trunks to him, due to the unsafe way that she was holding him. Bulma countered that she was afraid that he would drop or eat him out of spite. Yajirobe confirms her fear is rightly placed as he is pissed and hungry.
- And in Episode 46 he's revealed to have eaten the foetal clones of Mrs. Briefs. Exactly how many is never mentioned, but than again, just one sounds pretty gruesome.
- I'm a Humanitarian: In Episode 10, he offered to eat Vegeta. He started to eat some of the remains of the dead Z-warriors in a non-canon blooper special set immediately after the Saiyan saga. And he ended up eating the clones of Panchi that Mr. Briefs had stashed in his basement after raiding the Capsule Corp. pantry. In Episode 38, he intimated he was not above eating Baby Trunks if he had to.
- Interspecies Romance:
- Hinted to be in one with Korin for several episodes, and it's confirmed outright in the credits gag of episode 40.
- In this audio clip, Korin proposes to Yajirobe.
- Like an Old Married Couple: With Korin. They eventually do get married, since Super Android 13 Abridged takes place before their wedding. The Legendary Super Saiyan Abridged starts off at their wedding reception.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: On the receiving end of one from Vegeta after he cuts Vegeta's armor.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: After chopping off Oozaru Vegeta's tail, he hits the ground and chants, "Running running running running" until he's off screen.
A jet-black genie-like creature who lives on the Lookout. Unlike his kindhearted counterpart who serves as a servant of Kami (and later Dende), this iteration of Mr. Popo is a sadistic, misanthropic druggie who holds top command of the Lookout and revels in messing with the Z-Warriors and getting high.
- Actually Pretty Funny: A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in Episode 7, he laughs in the background when Gohan agrees that Piccolo had the strongest power level on Earth.
- Adaptational Badass: While Mr. Popo in canon was decently strong, being considerably stronger than young Goku after he killed King Piccolo as well as fending off both Trunks and Goten in their Super Saiyan forms, he's far from top tier, while here he's made out to be more powerful than Cell Saga Goku and Vegeta. This is made even more evident when he single-handedly prevents the Garlic Jr. Saga from happening, by effortlessly dragging Garlic Jr. and his minions in the F*ckbox when they try to put their plan in action.
- Adaptation Species Change: In the original, he is a Genie. In DBZA, he is the older version of Dumplin, who is a Majin.
- Adaptational Villainy: In the original series, he was a kindhearted Nature Lover who showed concern for his pupils. In this, he's an absurdly powerful and cartoonishly-evil psychopath that enjoys inflicting misery onto others because he can. That being said, he does seem to have retained the Nature Lover thing — Goku's flashback of first meeting Mr. Popo still has Mr. Popo feeding and being surrounded by wildlife, and Garlic Jr. ticks him off by trashing his garden.
- All-Powerful Bystander: Besides his ability to basically eat Garlic Jr, he can also literally make the sun come back after it goes nova, is Shenron's master, and, as he is a later version of Dumplin, is physically more powerful than any other character encountered so far in the series.
- Almighty Janitor: On paper, Mr. Popo is just the attendant of Earth's God (itself a rather low position in the cosmic pecking order), and the caretaker of Kami's Lookout. As you can see in the above trope, he is so much more powerful than his low position in the cosmic hierarchy would suggest.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Pecking order.Mr. Popo: You, the dirt, the worms inside the dirt, Popo's stool, Kami, then Popo.
- Berserk Button:
- Although this one is fairly understated, he swiftly gets irritated by Goku's idiotic malaproper tendencies and drop kicks him off the watchtower for continuing to do so.
- As noted below, incompetence. Where you probably stand in the pecking order seems to depend on how competent you are, since, in comparison, he's not as disparaging towards Goku (apart from his idiocy, but that's fair game anyway), Piccolo (because he's technically also Kami and especially he's now fused with Kami), and as of now, Tien. He quickly warms up to Dende after Dende becomes a god and starts getting things done.
- And as Vegeta very much learns the hard way in Episode 55, don't you dare call him "black man".
- If we go by his reaction with Garlic Jr., don't trash his garden. As Goku said: "Don't break Popo's stuff."note
- Black Comedy RapeMr. Popo: I'm terrifying and a potential rapist. But I'll never say it flat out.
- Bond One-Liner: After getting rid of Garlic Jr., he tells Kami that the place is a mess because he had just had some Italian for dinner — since there was nothing but Garlic.
- Brutal Honesty: Tells Dende that he will receive neither gratitude nor visits upon becoming the Guardian of Earth.
- Catchphrase: Hiiiiii, Byyyyyye, and "Pecking order."
- Characterization Marches On: Originally was just a creepy sadist. He later grew to be a more sarcastic stoner who genuinely cares about Kami, though he's still very much The Dreaded.
- Dark Is Evil: He's one of the scariest people in the show, enjoys the suffering of others, and despite being possibly the most powerful person on the show, doesn't lift a finger to stop the assorted villains from wreaking havoc unless that havoc just included his marijuana patch. He's nominally on the heroes' side. And Team Four Star does like to emphasize that his skin is dark:Krillin: [On Namek] Actually, what I meant to say was, when you make a wish on the Dragon Balls, the sky turns darker than the blackest void!
Mr. Popo: [On Earth] Hmm?
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments:Kami: Mr. Popo... I believe... that Piccolo may have been slain.
Popo: I think you'd know if he were. You still there?
Popo: Then he ain't dead, is he, drama queen?
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu:
- He took offense to Chiaotzu's tribute to him in the form of a costume at the Halloween party. He responded by turning into the Cloverfield Monster and going on a rampage.
- Also his patience for Goku's endless mispronunciations of "Hyperbolic Time Chamber" (which Goku semi-admits he's doing on purpose to irritate Mr. Popo) wore out fast, and ended with him drop-kicking Goku off the lookout.
- He let Vegeta get away with calling him "black man" once. Only once.
- The Dreaded: When Goku, who has defeated foes with world-breaking power, and even the creators of the series fear you, you are a badass. Even Bardock screams with horror seeing a vision of him despite having never heard of him before.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: "Shut up maggots!" and "All right, maggots, listen up!"
- Establishing Character Moment: His reaction to finding out that he's getting new people to train is to laugh maniacally. His first actual action is to kick Krillin off of Kami's Lookout after explaining The Pecking Order.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He would never torture... cats.
- Evil Laugh: Done twice. One when Kami told him Mr. Popo would be training Krillin, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu, and two, when he saw Tien and Yamcha dying, in his training.
- Evil Mentor: To the Z-Fighters during the Saiyan Saga (though he was more of a Drill Sergeant Nasty at the time) and later on to Dende, though the latter's snarky demeanor endears him to Popo faster than any of the others.
- He also did this during the Halloween Special when he turned into a Cloverfield monster.
- Eviler Than Thou: Kills Garlic Jr. before his arc even begins. Though the revelation that he's Dumplin means that he likely just absorbed him and sent him to the F*ckbox, which given Garlic Jr.'s time in the Dead Zone is arguably worse than killing him.
- Extreme Omnisexual: A given seeing how he's Dumplin, the character from Team Four Star's Let's Play of Dragon Ball Xenoverse. During the course of their playthrough, TFS repeatedly state that Dumplin is omnisexual.
- Fallen Hero: Now that Team Four Star has made it canon that Dumplin becomes/became Mr. Popo, he's this. That is, if Dumplin could be considered a hero.
- For the Evulz: There's no need for Mr. Popo to torment the heroes, so it certainly seems he's like this half the time. he other half, they've just annoyed him. The reason he left Vegeta in the time chamber after muting the time-dialation?Mr. Popo: Because f**k him.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: As Kaiser Neko found out. And so did convention goers at an 18+ event.
- God of Evil: Holds the title of Demon God. He got it by killing the previous Demon God, Demigra.
- Good Counterpart: Blue Popo. He doesn't last long.
- Go Ye Heroes, Go and Die: His last words before sending the Z-Warriors off to fight the Saiyans amounts to this.Mr. Popo: You're all going to die.
- Greater-Scope Villain: He's the most sinister villain so far, even capable of killing someone immortal and having Shenron as his underling, but, given the source material (not to mention his entire personality being able to be summed up as Adaptational Villainy), he is not, and never will be, the primary antagonist. He's an occasional Token Evil Teammate at most.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: In Episode 40, after Kami tries to calm him down whilst he's in the middle of an LSD freakout;Mr. Popo: Kami, I need you to tell me that I can leave the lookout if I want to!
Kami: Mr. Popo, you may leave the lookout if you-
Mr. Popo: BITCH, DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Mr. Popo's evil and sociopathy is always played for laughs. Granted, the sociopathy got toned down somewhat during the course of the Android and Cell sagas.
- Hero of Another Story: Word of God has stated that Dumplin of the Dragon Ball Xenoverse Let's Play is a younger version of this continuity's Mr. Popo.
- Hidden Depths: It's implied that he respects others if they're willing to go against beings way outside of their weight class for reasons other than arrogance. He actually shows some benevolence to Tien, who nearly killed himself with a continual stream of Kikoho's and mouthed of to Cell right before he would have been killed, and Dende, who mouthed off to Mr. Popo for threatening to use a hated nickname. Contrast this with what he does to Vegeta, who insulted Mr. Popo after being warned against it, and Goku, who pressed his luck by doing his normal Malaproper shtick on purpose. Even Goku usually gets a pass since he finds him endearing.
- Horrifying the Horror: It's rather vague, but even he seems to fear Cell, before the latter reaches his Perfect form.
- Humanoid Abomination: Let's put it this way: He gave King Kai a psychic concussion merely by trying to establish contact via telepathy on him, he has a truly terrifying amount of power behind him, considering he recreated the sun after Goku used it to kill Cooler nonchalantly (Something even Whis doesn't have the power to do in canon.) and finally, there's what he did to Garlic Jr.
- Jerkass: He frequently torments the Z-Fighters for no better reason than because it amuses him.
- Jerk Justifications: He's a massive dick to all of his allies. Of course, given his backstory as the Time Patroller Dumplin, his apathy is somewhat understandable as it's what's absolutely necessary for the timeline to proceed normally, which is what he was hired to do in the first place.
- Karma Houdini: He gets away with just about everything he does. As if anyone could stop him.
- Kryptonite Factor: While he is the most feared character on the show, he's still vulnerable to drugs like the rest of us. Episode 40 can attest to that, although it's a somewhat limited definition of vulnerable, as 10 milligram of LSD is believed to be the lethal dose for humans and Mr. Popo did an entire gallon jug and only had a bad trip and a freakout to show for it.note
- Large Ham: Mr. Popo certainly has moments when he's larger than life.Kami: Mr. Popo, I'm back and I-oh my me, what has happened to the lookout?!
Mr. Popo: Oh don't mind this Kami, I just had a bit of Italian for dinner.
Kami: What does that have to do with-
Mr. Popo: 'CAUSE IT WAS NOTHIN' BUT GARLIC!
- Laughing Mad: When putting Krillin, Tien, Yamcha, and Chiaotzu through a near death experience and later as the Cloverfield monster.
- Lighter and Softer: Over the course of the show, he's increasingly played for laughs rather than horror...though he still has his moments. Just ask Garlic Jr.
- Madness Mantra: Upon consuming a gallon of LSD, he begins freaking out at the floor tiles on Kami's lookout.Mr. Popo: All these squares make a circle, all these squares make a circle, all these squares make a circle...
- Morality Pet:
- He's rather fond of Kami, ranking him and him alone above his fecal matter in the "pecking order" and generally acts far more friendly towards him than anyone else. Their shared love of pot may be part of why this is.
- After Piccolo absorbs Kami, he seems to have moved on to Goku. While Mr. Popo still scares Goku shitless and Mr. Popo can only take so much of Goku's antics, he does give Goku several chances to stop, which is more generous then he is with most. He also cleans Goku's clothes, feeds him, and even considers him "endearing".
- Multiple-Choice Past: Although Word of God says that he is Dumplin, Goku implies in the Popo the Genie song that Mr. Popo is evil given physical form. He also claims that Mr. Popo suggested that he was undead. They specifically cited both the trope name and the Joker himself while saying this.
- Mundane Utility: Used the sculpture used to create dragons as a paperweight.
- Nature Lover: Hinted. Goku's flashback of first meeting Mr. Popo still has him feeding and being surrounded by wildlife, and Garlic Jr. ticks him off by trashing his garden. He also doesn't torture... cats.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: He is a stoner, God's attendee and what nightmares are made of.
- Nominal Hero: He wants to lay waste to the humans at one point and doesn't really care about saving the world since he lets the Z-Fighters do it for him.
- Oh, Crap!:
- While completely and utterly out of his mind on a literal gallon of LSD at the time, Mr. Popo seemed somewhat freaked out by Kami's dire warning about Cell. Interestingly, he seemed to have this reaction to Piccolo's arrival, too.
- As Semi-Perfect Cell is about to end the collapsed Tienshinhan, exhausted from his constant use of Kikohou to pin the former down, it's pretty clear that Mr. Popo's expression of "HE DEAD!" has a tinge of terror in it.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
- As mentioned in Oh, Crap!, he definitely seemed put out by Cell turning up.
- He's noticeably less snarky and confrontational in Episode 45. He calmly explains how the Hyperbolic Time Chamber works and only insults the group twice. Goku even notes this trope and is concerned about Mr. Popo as a result. See Pet the Dog below.
- Mr. Popo in general is far more serious and volatile between Kami's abandonment of the physical plane when he fuses with Piccolo and Dende's ascention to the throne of God.
- Orcus on His Throne: He could have dealt with the either the Saiyan or Freeza sagas by himself, but didn't feel like it.
- Our Genies Are Different: Master Roshi offhandedly calls him "the scary genie."
- Pet the Dog:
- When asked by Shenron if it was time to lay waste to the Earth, he decided to give the humans a couple more centuries to clean up the planet. Of course, he was high as balls at the time, which may have had something to do with it.
- Also, he replaces the sun willingly after it is accidentally blown up by Goku in Revenge of Cooler.
- According to the pecking order, the Z-Warriors (and likely everyone else in the universe) are below the dirt, which is the next most pitiful thing to him. Who is the only exception to this order? Kami. Granted, he's still below Mr. Popo, but he's higher than everyone else, including Popo's stool. note
- In Episode 45, Mr. Popo is acting withdrawn and melancholic, to the point that Goku asks him what's wrong. Though he doesn't say it out loud, it turns out it's because he misses Kami.
- In Episode 55, despite Vegeta angering him outright, he merely decides to bean him off the lookout, which is an undeniably more merciful punishment compared to the last person who got him flat out angry. Of course... the next thing he does to Vegeta is allow him to unknowingly drive himself insane, needlessly, in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.
- Also, the only reason he doesn't crack Goku for the "Mr. P" quip is because he still considers him "endearing".
- Seems to get along with Dende in Episode 56, though this could just be a case of Villain Respect.
- Physical God: Goku blew up the sun in Revenge of Cooler. Mr. Popo put it back.
- Politically Incorrect Villain:
- Considers women to be dumber than men (or at least dumber than himself).
- Blue Popo is a more racially sensitive replacement to Mr. Popo, due to having blue skin instead of black. Black Mr. Popo responded about as well as you'd imagine.
- Pragmatic Villainy: His biggest dislike appears to be incompetence. He clearly has no problem abusing the less useful members of the cast, and knows full well what he's doing to people at all times. He also rarely abuses Goku, the strongest in the cast, and only does so when Goku annoys him, while the rest of the Z-Warriors may be abused at any point they open their mouth. With that in mind, it's safe to say Tien can be added to the list of those who've earned his respect, judging by his terrified Oh, Crap! when the exhausted Tien is about to be killed by Semi-Perfect Cell. A constant barrage of Kikohou is definitely not incompetence, after all.
- Sadist Teacher: Heavy emphasis on the sadist part given that he kicks Krillin off the lookout for asking questions after asking everyone if they had any questions.
- Scary Black Man: Averted. Mr. Popo is very scary and very black, but he does not really correspond to any real-world ethnicity. Vegeta paid for making that mistake.
- Silence, You Fool!: Usually whenever Krillin speaks.Krillin: [excited] You mean you can help get our friends back—?!
Mr. Popo: [sky turns red] Shut up, maggot.
Krillin: [sheepishly] Yes, sir!
- Start of Darkness: Thanks to a fan theory made canon the Dragon Ball Xenoverse Lets Play has become this. Dumplin is a young Mr. Popo, before he got all his demon god powers honed and refined.
- The Stoner: Apparently the only way Kami keeps him even slightly under control. It's taken to exaggerated levels in Episode 40 when it turns out he drank an entire gallon of LSD. Kami's not even sure how Mr. Popo even got it since he never leaves the lookout.Mr. Popo: I'm so f***ing high right now!
- Tranquil Fury: His reaction to Vegeta calling him "black man" is to close his eyes, sigh irritably, and then it cuts to Vegeta screaming and on a collision course with the Earth below.
- Token Evil Teammate: Before Vegeta showed up, he was the most evil member on the team. He probably still is, though he manages to be more sympathetic.
- Took a Level in Kindness: As much as someone like him can him can gain, at least. He "only" knocks Vegeta off the lookout for calling him "Black Man" one time too many. This is very tame compared to what he did to Garlic Jr.. Likewise, while he still triggers Goku's sheer fear of him, it's not as instantaneous a reaction as before.
- Troll: As Dende points out, he really likes screwing with people.
- Popo's training regimen for the Z Fighters didn't need to be so brutal and terrifying, but he did it that way because he thought it was hilarious.
- He slows down the time disparity in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber so one day inside was one day outside before Vegeta goes inside it.
- He altered Shenron's powers so that while he could do huge things like resurrect everyone killed by Cell, he couldn't turn androids back into humans, just because.
- Villainous Friendship: Forms one with Dende when he stands up to him after Mr. Popo calls him "Little Green".Mr. Popo: Well, I'm gonna call him "Little Green".
Dende: Your funeral.
Mr. Popo: [his stoic frown twists into a Slasher Smile] I like you.
- "The Villain Sucks" Song: Goku has a song about Popo set to the tune of "Frosty the Snowman", meant to explain to Gohan how terrifying and evil he is. And Popo knows they're singing about him.
- When He Smiles: A creepy iteration of the trope. After Kami fuses with Piccolo, he stops smiling and acts more despondent than usual. As soon as Dende shows that he has a spine when he takes Kami's place, he—quite literally—cracks a smile and admits that he has respect for him.
Put simply, God. Or at least Earth's God; it's a kinda complicated matter. Having watched over humanity for ages, Kami is a wizened old Namekian who created the Dragon Balls long ago, a decision he regretted for quite some time. Kami in general is a very solemn/surly figure, this being the result of the life he led as God. He maintains a constant friendship with Mr. Popo, and has even smoked pot with the guy on occasion.
- The Bus Came Back: He makes his first physical appearance since fusing with Piccolo in Kai Abridged II.9.
- Characterization Marches On: In his earlier appearances—and especially the pre-Team Four Star Dead Zone Abridged—the main joke for Kami was that he was painfully old and spoke with an exaggerated wheeze. After his voice actor was replaced, he was given a more normal voice and was portrayed as a Deadpan Snarker.
- Cool Old Guy: From Season 2 onward. He's one of the only elderly characters portrayed in a positive light.
- Deadpan Snarker: After he came back to life. Part 1 of Episode 30 has him throwing a lot of snark at King Kai. It makes sense when you remember that he is Piccolo's other half.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Smokes pot with Mr. Popo. Possibly the basis of their... friendship?
- Hypocrite: When Piccolo requests Kami to fuse with him, one of the excuses he brings up is his job as Earth's God. Piccolo immediately calls him out on that, since a few years ago he tried to give the job to Goku as soon as he saw the chance to hop out.
- Hidden Depths: That weren't in the original. Before fusing with Piccolo, he talks about how powerless he's always felt, and about how his post as Guardian of the Earth has given him his only sense of agency in life.
- Locked Out of the Loop: In Cooler 2, he remembers his days spending time with the Albino Namekians. He's entirely unaware that Guru is responsible for their eradication.
- Morality Pet: He seems to be the only person Mr. Popo genuinely cares about. Although Mr. Popo has since shown a certain amount of tolerance for Goku and Episode 56 shows him reacting with surprising kindness when Dende tries to snark with him.
- No Respect Guy: "You know, I am the Guardian of Earth. Can I please get a little more respect here?"
- Number Two: Right below Mr. Popo on the Pecking Order. Whether he's The Lancer or The Dragon depends on how you view Mr. Popo.
- Oh My Gods!: Whenever he uses an exclamation where one would normally use "God", he will replace it with "Me", such as "Oh my Me!"
- Retired Badass: The Z-Warriors go to receive training from Kami in preparation for fighting Vegeta and Nappa, but since he is "quite old", he leaves their training to Mr. Popo.
- Sophisticated as Hell:
- While Kami is for the most part stern, stoic, and well spoken, there are times when he uses harsher language and words that seem jarring even for a deadpan snarker like him. In the Dead Zone movie there were more than a few lines where Kami uses more vulgar language and put-downs.Goku: Kami! Stay here and don't move!
Kami: (Very clearly unable to move) I swear if I didn't know you any better I'd say you were being a smart-ass.
- Kami gives Garlic Jr. a wicked burn after Garlic opens a portal to the Dead Zone.Garlic Jr.: This is the Dead Zone! The same dimension you banished my dear father to!
Kami: So is this how he receives conjugal visits?!
Garlic Jr.: Eat a dick you wrinkled, green dustbin!
- While Kami is for the most part stern, stoic, and well spoken, there are times when he uses harsher language and words that seem jarring even for a deadpan snarker like him. In the Dead Zone movie there were more than a few lines where Kami uses more vulgar language and put-downs.
- Selective Obliviousness: To Mr. Popo's more brutal tendencies.
- The Stoner: Apparently. He says smoking pot helps with his glaucoma.
- The Spock: Of the Freudian Trio once he fuses with Piccolo.
- Vocal Evolution: Vegeta3986 originally voiced him with a very frail raspy voice, but after his resurrection Remix of WeeklyTubeShow voices him a deeper and more authorative tone.
One of the many gods in the Dragon Ball universe, King Kai lives life peacefully on a planet roughly the size of Master Roshi's island with his monkey Bubbles, his cricket Gregory, and the imprisoned pirate Bojack. King Kai served as a mentor to Goku, training the latter in preparation for the Saiyan invasion and keeping in touch with Goku during his trip to Namek.
- Adaptational Badass: In the series proper, King Kai notes that Vegeta and Nappa are stronger than him and leaves it to the Z-fighters to take down the dead Ginyu Warriors to showcase his training regimen. Here he lays the smack down on the entire Ginyu squad by himself. In an offscreen Curb-Stomp Battle.
- Adaptational Jerkass: In the series, he is a nice old man that loves his (bad) jokes, and while he gets reasonably angry by Goku's stupidity, he still has the patience of a saint. In abridged? A lonely jerk tired of everyone's constant stupidity, blatantly laughs at the misery of others (Bardock and Yamcha) and has very little patience, to the point he never taught Tien, Yamcha, Piccolo, or Chiatzu the Kaioken or the Genki Dama due to Yamcha mispronouncing his name. He's also a lot more pissed off when Goku gets him killed.
- The Aloner: He thinks he's this, but he's got plenty of (unwanted) company with Bubbles, Gregory, and Bojack.
- Berserk Button: Don't pronounce the "Kaio-Ken" as the "Kay-Oh-Ken". King Kai flips out when Yamcha does this.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Yamcha mispronounces the "Kaio-Ken", so he decides that nobody gets to learn it or the "Genki Dama".Tienshinhan: Freakin' weeaboo.
- Grumpy Old Man: He's rather crusty and notes that he's getting old on several occasions.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": King Kai berates Yamcha for saying "Kaio-Ken" with the now-outdated English pronunciation of "Kay-oh."
- Jerkass: To Gregory, Bubbles, and Bojack at least. He's pretty short with his supposed "students", too.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Mr. Popo's mind anyway. When King Kai tried to telepathically communicate with him he got a concussion. And that's while Mr. Popo's in a mellow mood due to being high as a kite. (Although who knows if that might explain why he got a concussion.)
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: King Kai beats up the entirety of the Ginyu Force by himself, though none of it is actually shown.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: To the Ginyu Force, minus Ginyu himself: "Yeah, all of you can just go straight to Hell." Then he literally whoops their asses back to Hell.
- Racist Grandma: After Bubbles calls him out for making a monkey-based insult, King Kai claims that as a god he doesn't view anyone as inferior based on their genes... then he mutters "Ya filthy macaque" under his breath.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Hates the fact the Z-Warriors are stuck on his planet and has to put up with Goku on a regular basis.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Seems to be able to connect to the Internet with his antenna.
A young Namekian boy who was saved from Freeza's genocide by Gohan and Krillin. Having not exactly lived the most peaceful life due to the chaos Freeza and Vegeta caused, he spends the Namek Saga terrified, traumatized, and surrounded by various violent, (Vegeta) insane, (Guru, Freeza) or idiotic (Krillin) figures. The result is that by the end of the saga he is jaded and just barely tolerating everyone's shit, with the exception of Gohan, who he genuinely likes, respects, and eventually develops a crush on.
He's later kidnapped by Goku to remake the Dragon Balls when Kami's fusion with Piccolo renders them inert, at which point Dende becomes snarkier and more upfront about his irritation with nearly everyone around him. After becoming Earth's new God, he declares himself Super Kami Dende, taking a page from the late Namekian Grand Elder's book.
- Accidental Misnaming: It's rather ironic for how he treats Krillin for calling him "Little Green" that he still calls Piccolo Nail (but then again, that isn't entirely wrong).
- Adaptational Badass: In the original show Dende was a scared kid who cowered before Vegeta and was pushed around by the Saiyan Prince. Here he sasses and backtalks Vegeta to the point where Vegeta is unable to attack him in Episode 26, and later mocks Freeza to his face after screwing him over.
- Adaptational Villainy: Is more abrasive than his canon counterpart, and shows signs of being Drunk with Power upon becoming the new Guardian of Earth.
- Ambiguously Bi: Dende has a crush on Gohan, and expresses a desire to "nestle inside" Bulma's boobs. The latter could just be alien curiosity, however.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: To... Gohan. What's odd is when you consider that Namekians are a One-Gender Race who reproduce asexually, so he probably shouldn't be attracted to anyone human, regardless of their gender. About the only thing you can say is that he and Gohan bonded due to being around the same age and Gohan showing him kindness and respect.
- Badass Gay: Or perhaps Badass Bi. He's attracted to Gohan, (although he also wanted to nestle Bulma's breats) and he snarks to Freeza's face and gets away with it.
- Berserk Button: He hates being called "Little Green". His reactions vary from Tranquil Fury to Violent Rage depending on who pushes said button.
- Catchphrase: "Hey" in Kai 2. Also "My name is Dende" in the main series.
- Characterization Marches On: He goes from Creepy Child with a monotone to a snarky Bratty Half-Pint who belittles everyone.
- On Namek he's confused by Bulma's breasts but professes his desire to "nestle between them." By the time he becomes the new Kami, he's openly gay to the point of complaining when Gohan brings two girls to the Lookout (even though one of them is Trunks.)
- Creepy Monotone: For much of the Namek saga he generally kept a flat tone. Averted upon his return in the Cell saga, where every line is dripping with anger, passive-aggressiveness, or when speaking with Gohan, flirting.
- Deadpan Snarker: His monotone voice lets him dish out sass to Krillin, Vegeta, and even Freeza.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?:
- After making the wish to bring everyone on Namek save for Freeza and Goku to Earth, he reveals this fact to Freeza and taunts him about it, vanishing right before Freeza's attack can hit him.
- When Mr. Popo said how he will call Dende Little Green, he responded with "Your funeral." Amazingly enough, this seemed to impress or amuse him.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He tells Freeza that Krillin and Gohan are from Earth as payback for Krillin calling him "Little Green".
- Distracted by the Sexy: He was initially panicked when Goku brought him to Earth from New Namek, until he saw Gohan.
- The Dog Bites Back: Immediately after resurrection, he screws Freeza over, using Porunga's final wish to send everyone brought back to life to Earth, but not before taunting Freeza.Dende: Whatcha gonna do about it? Come at me, bro!
- Dramatic Irony: He dubs himself Super Kami Dende, despite having been understandably terrified and annoyed by Guru, who liked to use the same title.
- Drunk with Power: He goes a bit... off after becoming Kami.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Little Green". After Krillin keeps calling him that, it becomes his Berserk Button.
- Flanderization: In Season 2, his attraction to Gohan was only revealed at the very last minute. By the time he shows up in Season 3, it's his defining character trait.
- He's Back:
- At the end of The Return of Cooler's Revenge, coinciding with his canonical return to Earth in the main series.
- Comes back in the main series proper in Episode 56 when Goku brings him from New Namek.
- Incompatible Orientation: He loves Gohan but, at least in the main series, Gohan's straight.
- Jerkass Gods: Embraces this trope the moment he becomes one. He even shows some signs of becoming a second Guru, insisting Krillin call him "Super Kami Dende".
- Jerkass Has a Point: His rage at being kidnapped to be Kami is at least somewhat justified, given he was suddenly whisked to Earth without being asked and then given a lifelong commitment. His beating of Krillin is also understandable considering how many times Krillin was told that Dende didn't like the nickname "Little Green", only for Krillin to obliviously keep using it. It's likely Krillin never would've gotten the hint otherwise.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Right when he's telling Vegeta how nobody screws with the White Mage, he is killed by Freeza, who decided to Shoot the Medic First.
- Laser-Guided Karma:
- Nice Guy: Describes himself as such. Though it's said with a heaping pile of sarcasm.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: The only reason he's helping Earth and the Z-Warriors is because he's infatuated with Gohan.
- Oh My Gods!: Much like Kami above, after becoming Earth's God he at one point shouts "Me damn it!" in frustration.
- Rescue Romance: Gohan saved him from Dodoria when they first met, and Dende fell in love with him later.
- The Stoner: Once Mr. Popo reveals his stash, Dende is eager to get started.
- Tempting Fate: Apparently, no one told Freeza that "nobody f$#!s with the White Mage". Or rather, he learned that you always Shoot the Medic First.
- Took a Level in Jerkass:
- Dende took MASSIVE levels of jerkass-itude in Episode 25:
- He betrayed Gohan and Krillin by revealing that they're from Earth. Why? Because his name is "Dende".
- While he healed Krillin after he got stabbed in the chest, he also told him he was immortal, possibly under the hopes that Freeza would kill him while serving as a distraction. It fails, but still...
- He does respect Gohan, though, so it's clear his behavior is largely just retaliation for Krillin's ignorance.
- When he is teleported to the lookout, he treats everyone but Gohan with pure contempt. This is understandable since Goku basically kidnapped him with teleportation, but he's even hostile to Piccolo now, who admitted aloud that he missed Dende. When Krillin tries to call him "Little Green" again, Dende strikes him and demands to be called Super Kami Dende. Mr. Popo on the other hand, is actually impressed by his attitude.
- Dende took MASSIVE levels of jerkass-itude in Episode 25:
- Undying Loyalty: Despite being understandably pissed for being effectively kidnapped and press-ganged into assuming the mantle of Kami, he willingly accepts because it would help Gohan.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Not only does he show no gratitude to Krillin for saving and protecting him from Freeza and his forces, he actually reveals the identity of his home planet Earth to Freeza and tries to use the Butt-Monkey as a distraction to lure Freeza away. All because he kept calling him "Little Green".
- Vocal Evolution: His one line at the end of Return of Cooler Abridged sounds slightly deeper and more emotive. Justified since this was about the time in the actual show where he was going through puberty. This continues to his proper return in Episode 56.
- White Mage: He has healing abilities, and even references himself as "the white mage" during the Namek saga.
- Yandere: Downplayed, but he implies in Episode 60 that if Gohan doesn't visit the lookout, he'll hold him captive in one of the rooms there.
A Namekian who serves as the right-hand man of Super Kami Guru. Always forced to put up with Guru's eccentric nonsense, he often ranges from suffering in silence to snapping at others (Guru included) with a few snarks up his sleeve. During the Namek Saga, he fuses with Piccolo to give him a power boost, and has been living in his head ever since.
- Allergic to Routine: Possibly, but it could be a result of working for Lord Guru for so long. After fusing with Piccolo, he's constantly looking for ways to entertain himself either by frustrating Piccolo or just messing around.
- Ascended Extra: Unlike in the original series, here Nail retains a mind separate from Piccolo even after fusing bodies, letting him continue as a sort of recurring character.
- Beleaguered Assistant: He was apparently Guru's assistant for most of his life.
- Butt-Monkey: Guru makes him do some nasty stuff.Guru: Nail! I have a bitch of an itch on my left ass cheek!
Guru: So I said, 'I don't care WHO you are! Now clean my JOWLS!' And that was Nail's first day on the job.
- Casual Danger Dialog: He has a tendency to do this, especially in the Freeza fight. Piccolo soon becomes annoyed by it.
- Characterization Marches On: Becomes the complete opposite of his original characterization after fusing with Piccolo. Justified, because Guru was unbearable to work with, giving Nail plenty of exasperation, whereas Piccolo far more serious than either of them. In short, Nail is sane compared to Guru, but Piccolo plays the Straight Man to Nail.
- Deadpan Snarker: He was quite happy when Vegeta showed up, because it meant he could let off some steam in a bit of Snark-to-Snark Combat.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Nail and Guru make a cameo in Episode 5 to demonstrate a place duller than King Kai's planet.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: It lets him easily bounce back from injuries like having an arm torn off. Unfortunately for Nail, Freeza decides to have some fun with this by repeatedly tearing off Nail's arms every time he regrows one.
- It Has Been an Honor: After Piccolo is apparently mortally wounded by Cell and his body is sinking into the ocean, Nail's says this to Piccolo and Kami. It would have been his last words had Goku not saved them all.
- Non-Action Snarker: Becomes this after fusing with Piccolo. Being a disembodied voice in someone's head doesn't exactly allow one to get in on a fight.
- Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: Before Freeza, he felt this way about life on Namek. Even something as simple as an argument and some snarkery with Vegeta made him enthusiastic because it was so much more interesting than the normal boredom of his life.
- Older Is Better: Subverted; Guru mentions in his Rousing Speech to Nail that the latter was "trained in the ancient way" making it sound like a badass advantage. In actuality Nail doesn't stand a chance, but he might have if Guru had trained him in the "new way" that is apparently better.
- Only Sane Man: Up until he fused with Piccolo, he was the stern and dignified bodyguard of Guru, which meant dealing with Guru's strange moments and being the voice of reason. One he no longer needed to do so, he embraced his more comedic side.
- Phrase Catcher: "Shut up, Nail."
- Servile Snarker: He rarely snarked to Guru, but has quite a sharp tongue with everyone else.
- Sharing a Body: With Piccolo and also Kami.
- Those Two Guys: With Kami once the latter moves into Piccolo's head with him.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems to be developing this with Piccolo.
- Weaksauce Weakness:
- Whistling causes him intense pain, even when he's actually living inside someone else's head.
- Having super-sensitive hearing while inside the head of a guy with no indoor voice can also have its downsides.
The Grand Elder of the planet Namek, and the creator of its own set of Dragon Balls. Unlike the benevolent grand elder seen in canon, this iteration of Guru is a Caligula of a ruler full of oddities and non-sequiturs.
- Adaptational Villainy: Like Mr. Popo, he is morally the complete opposite of Guru in the actual show. Beyond which, Lord Slug is his good half.
- Asshole Victim: Especially after his revelation of what really happened to cause the Great Drought.
- Bad Boss: He routinely insults Nail, when he's not ordering him to do trivial things just to waste his time. Additionally, he deliberately trained Nail wrong and sent him to be killed by Freeza knowing he would be killed. As a leader for the Namekians as a whole, he drank their water supply and blamed it on the Albino Namekians, convincing the others to kill them all.
- The Caligula: Thinks nothing of his people, is greedy and gluttonous, and is also a dark example of a Cloud Cuckoolander in charge of a planet.
- Call My Name: NAAAAAAAIL!!!
- This actually results in a brick joke at one point where Krillin calls Nail "Big Green". Less than a moment later, Guru is shouting for "Big Green!"
- Cloud Cuckoo LanderGuru: I saw a bird. It was pretty. Kick its ass.
Guru: Every party needs a pooper that's why they invited you. Party pooper. Party pooper.
Guru: Nana, Nana, Nana, Nana Dende. Nana, Nana, Nana, Nana Dende. Dende. Naaaail.
- Dare to Be Badass: Gives a speech like this to Nail in order to make him stand up to Freeza. Turns out he wasn't being sincere.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: The way Guru dies here is a lot more gruesome than how he dies in canon. In canon, he passes away of natural causes, but here, he is completely torn to shreds by the other Namekians.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Gives us a preview of his quirks in Episode 5.Guru: I saw a bird. It was pretty. Kick its ass.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When Freeza makes a crack about a slug, Guru exclaims "Leave my brother out of thiiis!" as Slug is his brother and a senile nutcase could interpret the statement Freeza made as a threat toward him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Going by his scenes with Gohan and Freeza, he seems to draw the line at child molestation and judging people by their appearances. Not above using a Mind Screw on the former though.
- Eviler Than Thou: In the Lord Slug movie, he's revealed to be this toward the titular villain.
- Evil Old Folks: Though at this point, due to being a Retired Monster, his evilness is limited to pettiness.
- Evil Overlord: Of Namek. It's certainly better off without him in charge.
- Evil Twin: In the Lord Slug movie, The Stinger reveals that he shares this relationship with the titular villain. That is, Guru is the evil half.
- Fantastic Racism: Against the Albino Namekians. "Kill it like the rest." Somewhat justified in that he had them wiped out to hide the fact that he caused the drought, not them. His racism towards Humans on the other hand? Nah, that's just Guru being a dick.
- Fat Bastard: Morbidly obese because he caused a drought by drinking all the fresh water on the planet, and a half senile, evilly petty despot.
- A Father to His Men: Subverted. He admitted that he didn't like any of his people. He did admit to liking one of them. Then a Dragon Ball falls down and crushes the one he likes. Which causes him to laugh.
- Gotta Kill Them All: Only a brief second after seeing Krillin and mistaking Krillin for an Albino Namekian, he then demands that Krillin be killed "like the rest" of the Albino Namekians. Even after Krillin reveals who he is, he STILL tells Nail to kill him. Luckily Nail isn't stupid and tries to inform Guru that Krillin is there to help.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: When he thinks he's dying for real, he confesses to his people that he tricked them into thinking the Albino Namekians caused a nearly apocalyptic drought, pushing his people to commit genocide against them, because, in his own words, he wanted to die with a clear conscience. Unfortunately for him, he's not actually dying...so his people brutally slaughter him instead.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Amazingly inverted when he senses that Krillin, Gohan, and Dende have summoned Porunga. He comments that it would be a reeeeeeaaaaaaal dick move to die right then, and then stops his heart.
- Hypocritical Humour: He decides that Kami is a "pretentious prick" for calling himself "God"...and then decides to rename himself Super Kami Guru.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk:
- Revealed as a colossal one when he encourages Nail to fight Freeza, telling him that he is "Namek's prodigal son". As it turns out, he is fully aware of how powerful Freeza is and that his assistant stands absolutely no chance of winning. Not to mention the fact that Super Kami Guru did not train him in the "New Way" that might have given him a chance of winning.
- He dies simply because it would be "a real dick move" to kill the dragon off with him. Yes, that's right. Super Kami Guru pulled a Jerkass Sacrifice.
- Caused the drought that nearly killed off every Namekian by drinking all of the water (How do you think he got so faaaaaat?!), and told the green Namekians that the Albino Namekians did it, leading to the genocide of the Albino Namekian race. Needless to say, the remaining Namekians (who feel guilty about the whole thing) did not let him go easily...
- Karma Houdini: Tried to invoke this by admitting he was the one that caused the drought and pinned the blame on the Albino Namekian race, just so he can die with a clear conscience. Subverted as he fails to do so, and gets utterly murdered by the rest of the Namekians in a way that horrifies Bulma, Gohan, Piccolo (possibly by extension, Nail) and Vegeta.
- Karmic Death: His people, who've been manipulated and abused by him, finally retaliate against him once the true extent his crimes are revealed.
- Killed Off for Real: As in the original series. This time however, it isn't as peaceful and dignified as dying of old age. He does die peacefully in Kai Abridged Episode 2, using Nappa's line "I am hilarious and you will quote everything I say".
- No Indoor Voice: Well, a hardly used one anyway.
- Non-Action Snarker: Was this to Freeza when he was dealing with Nail.Guru: Nail, what does he want?
Nail: He's asking how to use the Dragon Balls!
Guru: Did you tell him to work the shaft?
Nail: Yes, Lord Guru!
Guru: Good work, Nail.
Freeza: I have the distinct impression you're going to be difficult.
Nail: Well sir, if you're having a problem with our customer support, you can call 1-800-EAT-A-D*CK.
Guru: We don't even have those!
- Not-So-Final Confession: He admits that it was actually him who caused the Great Drought, and then framed the Albino Namekians for it, leading to the genocide that was enacted on them. He expected to for his heart to give out after this revelation, but unfortunately for him it failed to happen, so he was still alive when his furious children decided to eat him in retaliation.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: One gets the impression that he's not as stupid as he looks and just acts that way to mess with people, especially Nail.
- Oh, Crap!: Upon realizing that he's not dying after he just admitted his sins. The Namekians made sure to fix that...
- Pet the Dog:
- He does seem to care about his good half, Slug, as shown by his retort to Freeza "Leave my brother out of this" and when he writes Slug a letter mentioning Dragon Balls on Earth.
- He gives Nail a sincere "Good job" for telling off Frieza.
- Regret Eating Me: Screams "Choke on them" as the Namekians devour him in retaliation for being the cause of the drought.
- Retired Monster: He's old, could die at any moment, and probably can't even walk anymore. That said, his genocide of the Albino Namekians is a legacy he's proud of.
- The Reveal: The purge against the Albino Namekians was ordered by Guru because he claimed that they caused the Great Drought, when in reality Guru caused the Drought by drinking up all the fresh water, which is how he became so fat. He reveals this as he is about to die, only to learn that he isn't dying yet, and the Namekians, horrified that they slaughtered thousands of innocent people, descend on Guru en masse.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: He probably wasn't any more polite in his youth, though his age is a convenient excuse to be a dick.
- Self-Applied Nickname: The "Super Kami" part of his name was simply tacked on because he heard about Kami. Only he calls himself "Super Kami Guru", while everybody else just calls him Guru, though he doesn't complain about it.
- Verbal Tic:
- Often he'll speak and the volume crescendos over the course of a single sentence, to the point where he starts speaking it in a normal voice and is yelling by the EEEEEENNNNNNND!
- Additionally, he also tends to drag out any word that ends with an "ail" sound, most notably Naaaaaaaail.
- Villainous Glutton: Turns out he caused the Great Drought by drinking all the fresh water on Namek, then blamed it on the Albino Namekians.
- Weakened by the Light: As shown in Episode 22, though presumably to being indoors for so long, compared to most examples.Guru: Oh, God, NATURAL LIGHT!
After Krillin and Yamcha missed a Tenkaichi Budokai in favor of training to fight Dr. Gero's Androids, Mr. Mark Satan ended up becoming champion. A highly-popular celebrity with a noticeable ego, he volunteers to participate in the Cell Games on behalf of humankind.
- Adaptational Name Change: His name in canon is Mark, while both "Mr. Satan" and "Hercule" are stage names. Satan appears to be his real surname here.
- Adaptational Heroism:
- A downplayed example. In both the original and Abridged show, he helps save the day by throwing Android #16's head over to Gohan, which leads to the latter achieving Super Saiyan 2, but the reasoning differs. In DBZ he does it partially to look good in front of the cameras, and 16 had to stroke his ego a little. In Abridged he does it because he wants to save his daughter Videl (to say nothing of the entire planet) and is willing to risk his life if there's even the slightest chance that 16's plan will work. He also volunteers with almost no hesitation after 16 told that he had a plan.
- He also seems like far less of a Glory Hound than in canon (or at least more self aware about his status as one). At the end of the Cell Games, his initial reaction is gratefulness to still be alive, stating that he needs to rethink his life. Unlike the original manga and anime, he doesn't immediately try to steal Gohan's thunder; he was seemingly about to admit the truth, but after Jimmy Firecracker reminded him of his fans rioting in the streets he takes the credit if only to calm the people down and give them a hero in which to believe.
- Afro Asskicker: He's the strongest human fighter... who is not part of the Z-fighters.
- Attention Whore: Much like in the source material, he's quite irritated when people steal the spotlight from him.
- Badass Boast: He cuts quite the promo on Cell.Mr.Satan: Now listen here "Cell". I know why you gave everyone here a week to prepare for your little "tournament": It's so that you could spend your last week on earth praying that Mr. Satan won't show up! So after I eat my Jimmy Johns, drink my Hetap, and F*ck my hot Asian wife, I'm gonna squash you like the bug. You. Are.
- Badass Normal: He can punch a hole through a bus, smash big rocks with his head, and legitimately won a World Martial Arts Tournament, but those concepts lost their meaning back in Dragon Ball.
- He does risk his life throwing Android 16's head. It's surprisingly one of the more badass scenes of the show.
- Barrier Maiden: As part of his Adaptational Heroism, this is the reason why he takes the credit for killing Cell. He does so to keep the populace from rioting in the streets, giving them a hero to keep the populace calm.
- Beneath the Mask: As the Cell Games progress, it becomes increasingly clear that he doesn't believe a word of the Insane Troll Logic he's spouting for the cameras, and is legitimately terrified by what he's seeing. Even then, he's still willing to put himself in a hot zone if it means there's even a chance it'd save Videl. It also becomes clear that a lot of his hot headed It's All About Me personality is a Kayfabe persona once Larry's camera gets busted, plainly admitting that he has no fucking idea what's going on when he confirms none of the public can hear him.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Like in canon, ends up on the receiving end of this against Cell. It ends up a lot less cartoony though.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Nappa mentions him at the end of Season 2 as one of his clients.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: But of course. All the hype he builds up with his merch and Product Placement, all the confidence that he can actually defeat Cell despite mounting evidence to the contrary, and all the ego he manages to put in his words amount to exactly what you'd expect. The difference between this version and the canon one is that he takes credit only to stop the chaos going on in reaction to the games.
- Family Theme Naming: He (and his daughter, late wife, and, to a certain extent, future granddaughter) all have a devilish theme.
- Fearless Fool: He gives a massive boast about fighting Cell despite the fact Cell has slaughtered multiple cities and destroyed an entire city block on live television.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: In a Flanderization of his canon tendencies, he tends to come up with bizarre explanations for events that occur around him and will stick to that story no matter what. If he says that was an unmanned drone, then to him it was an unmanned drone, corpses falling out of the sky be damned. Later it turns out that this personality trait is part of his Kayfabe persona he puts on for the people.
- Freudian Excuse: If Cell really was accidentally telling the truth during his "The Reason You Suck" Speech, Mr. Satan used to be a homeless man and started his career in Bum Fights. It's also implied that, now that he has become a famous star, he has no real friends and his daughter is his only relationship that isn't about his money or position. In Episode 59, we seemingly get confirmation that Cell was accidentally accurate regarding Mr. Satan's previous homelessness, as he gets very offended when Jimmy Firecracker cracks a joke about the homeless (even if he tries to brush it off shortly after).
- The Gambling Addict: In Episode 59, he offhandedly admits that he has a serious gambling problem.
- Heroic BSoD: As of Episode 60 Part 1, he's trying to keep his head down as low as possible as instead of trying to insist that everything that's happening is fake like his canon counterpart he's absolutely terrified by all the destruction going on around him.
- Mr. Satan: (In response to #16 thanking him for chucking his head to Gohan) Don't name me!
- Insane Troll Logic: Often invokes this trope to keep up his ruses.Mr. Satan: There were magnets under the ring; the tiles, and uhh... When I went for my punch, I must've—they must've turned it on, and I went flyin' cuz of all the iron in muh blood cuz I eat my spinach.
Random Dude: [beat] That makes sense!
- I Reject Your Reality: Not believing in the Z-Fighter's abilities is one thing, but denying that Cell just killed his groupies with the "cargo robot" excuse is another. Though given his other characterization; he might have known the truth but insisted on it to not panic anyone.
- It's All About Me: If him shamelessly plugging his merchandise on camera didn't give it away, his fierce insistence that he will be the one to defeat Cell (as opposed to "a bunch of gym rats with too much time on their hands") should. Subverted ultimately, however, as due to Adaptational Heroism, several of his actions have a more altruistic reason for them rather than simply being for his own benefit.
- Large Ham: Easily tops his already hamtastic canon incarnation.
- Lonely at the Top: Implied. When Cell mockingly asks him if he has any actual friends, any relationships at all that aren't about his money or his position, all he can do is weakly retort that he has a daughter.
- Made of Iron: Survived being tossed into a mountain by Cell with nothing worse than a mild concussion. Considering he has no superpowers whatsoever, it's quite impressive.
- Meaningful Echo: Brings up his constant insistence that "it's all a bunch of tricks" to Jimmy Firecracker during his moment of Adaptational Heroism, in volunteering to carry 16's head over to Gohan. Here though, it sounds less like him denying the truth and more a moment of self-deprecation, to reassure his audience and hide the fact that he's scared out of his mind but he's going to try and save the world anyway. Too bad 16 ruins it.Android 16: They are not. You could die.
- One-Liner Echo: He uses Vegeta's "I am the hype" line in one of his badass boasts, much to the latter's irritation.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: As in the original series. While the stuff listed in Badass Normal would be genuinely impressive in Real Life, or even the original Dragon Ball manga, he's so far behind any relevant character in the series that it's hilarious.
- Papa Wolf: In a bit of Adaptational Heroism, his going along with 16's plan is out of a genuine desire to save his daughter's life from Cell (and everyone else), even if it costs him his.
- Product Placement: Promotes both Hetap and Jimmy Johns while trying to threaten Cell. And then come the actual Cell Games, he plugs his action figures and his own movie.
- Rags to Riches: His reaction to Cell's accusations imply that he did indeed start out in Bum Fights.
- Scully Syndrome: He attempts to come up with rational sounding explanations to all the physics defying rigmarole Cell and the Z-Fighters get up to in their battles, but they quickly descend into the realm of Insane Troll Logic.
- Shadow Archetype: To Vegeta. While he is Exactly as arrogant and foolish as the Saiyan Prince, Hercule has none of Vegeta's power, competency or intimidation factor. Naturally, Vegeta hates him on principle. He's also seems to be a far better parent than Vegeta, not that that's hard to accomplish.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Certainly not a small name on the Earth scale, but when it comes to fighters in this series he's far far weaker than he hypes himself up to be.
- Squash Match: He threatens Cell with this, but ultimately as in canon, he's on the receiving end.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: In a Shout-Out to Karl Anderson, he has a "Hot Asian Wife". Also, the ugly part is a Downplayed Trope. He's certainly not a Gonk even if he's no model.
The daughter of Mr. Satan. First shows up as an Early-Bird Cameo in the Cell Saga.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: In canon she doesn't appear until the Great Saiyaman Saga, here she shows up as an Early-Bird Cameo in the Cell Saga.
- Call-Forward: Upon seeing Gohan on TV as a child, she comments that he has "sweet hair", a nod to their future relationship.
- Daddy's Girl: Of all crazy stories and fake hype builds by Mr. Satan, Videl is mentioned multiple times as being beloved by her father.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Mr. Satan mentions her in Episode 57, and we see her as a child watching the Cell Games in the stinger of Episode 59.
- Girlish Pigtails: Sports them as a child and an adolescent.
- Little Miss Badass: Implied. At eleven, she's wearing a red belt, which is generally used for high ranks in martial arts.
- Morality Pet: For her father. For all his Attention Whore antics, he genuinely loves her. When Android #16 tells him about his plan to save the World, he is willing to put his life at risk, even though the plan has slim chances of success, in order to save his daughter (and the rest of the planet).
- Strange Minds Think Alike: Like Dende, who happens to be attracted to Gohan, she also thinks that Gohan has "sweet hair".
- Weak, but Skilled: She's completely ignorant when it comes to ki at this point, and she's only a child. She's also a red belt, which is the highest rank before 1st Dan Black.