Goku's long lost brother, the weakest Saiyan in the galaxy.
- Aborted Arc: His story is expanded for a bit with his beating up King Yenma and running loose around the afterlife, but it's dropped pretty quickly, likely due to the lack of any actual footage of him preventing any kind of satisfying endpoint.
- Arc Villain: Averted, it looks like he's going to become this in the Saiyan Saga, but he's just a small fish in a big pond.
- Adaptational Badass: Played with. He is treated as an Iron Butt Monkey by everyone, but at the same time, he managed to beat up King Yenma.
- Berserk Button: Being reminded of his Minor Major Character status.
- Might as well be called The Raditz in this series. Of the Saiyans, posthumously. One of the main running jokes is Vegeta and Nappa using Raditz as a synonym for "weak". This is taken up to the point that Raditz is used as a unit of measuring power level. For example, this line to Krillin after he kills three of the Saibamen:Vegeta: Congratulations, you've just killed the equivalent of three Raditz Nappa here is worth five Raditz, and I'm worth fifteen Raditz.
- Appule is an even bigger Raditz than Raditz himself. Raditz wanted to keep him as a pet, but Bardock thought he'd accidentally kill him. Freeza shares this sentiment, stating that Appule can't even handle a shot of raspberry schnapps.
- While Cell does include him in his telling of his backstory to a reporter, it is clear that he only does so to explain the twist that Goku is an alien. When the reporter asks what further happen to Raditz, Cell shrugs it off with a quick and clearly dismissive "Oh, he died."
- Might as well be called The Raditz in this series. Of the Saiyans, posthumously. One of the main running jokes is Vegeta and Nappa using Raditz as a synonym for "weak". This is taken up to the point that Raditz is used as a unit of measuring power level. For example, this line to Krillin after he kills three of the Saibamen:
- Combat Pragmatist: Not above I Surrender, Suckers, cheap-shotting, and even Groin Attacks to try to get himself out of a sticky situation.
- Compensating for Something: After Raditz unzips his fly under the assumption that "nudity makes you stronger on this planet," Piccolo comments that his wild, spiky, body-length hair is compensating for the shortness of something else...
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Dishes one to Goku and Piccolo at the same time, almost killing the former and taking an arm off the latter. He's only defeated thanks to Gohan's intervention.
- Evil Counterpart:
- Of Yamcha, actually. Vegeta hearing Yamcha's name prompts this line:Vegeta: I don't know what this Yamcha is, but it sounds just like Raditz.
- Nappa thinks that Krillin is Raditz's counterpart.Nappa: At least your Raditz is stronger than our Raditz.
- Of Yamcha, actually. Vegeta hearing Yamcha's name prompts this line:
- Freudian Excuse: While it's played for laughs, the Bardock special implies that part of his bad attitude stems from his father's Parental Neglect.Doctor: "By the way, while you're here, would you like to see your son Kakarot?"
Bardock: "Kaka-what? Oh right! His name... Nah, I think I'll pass. I didn't pay attention to Raditz while he was growing up."
Doctor: "Oh yes, and we both know how he turned out..."
- Groin Attack: Apparently did this to King Yemma to get away from him in the afterlife.King Yemma (asked whether his patented "Yemma Lock" worked on Raditz): F**k no! he kicked me in the balls and ran away~ Not I don't know where he went.Raditz (Elsewhere): He didn't keep his eye on the birdie.
- Hiroshima as a Unit of Measure: Raditz's power level of 1200 being used as a unit of measurement is a frequent Running Gag early in the series.
- Memetic Loser: In-Universe example, to the point he provides the current page quote.
- Milking the Giant Cow: What Raditz loses in life expectancy he makes up in hamminess.Raditz: NOOO! MY SPACE POD! AAAARGH! MY SPACE ARMOR!Piccolo: WE GET IT! YOU'RE FROM SPACE!
- Parental Neglect: The Bardock special implies that Raditz was a victim of this. It seems like Bardock didn't pay any attention to his children and was already preparing to go off-planet just as he had been fully healed, without so much as meeting his newborn son Kakarot. When called out on his attitude, Bardock answers "Don't worry about it! I didn't pay any attention to Raditz as he was growing up either" which prompts one of the doctors to say "Yeah, and we all know how [Raditz] turned out..." After hearing that, Bardock immediately pays a visit to his son Kakarot.
- Additionally, in the Episode of Bardock, he is momentarily confused when Dodoria mentions his son.Bardock: I have one of those? Oh god! I have two of those!
- Additionally, in the Episode of Bardock, he is momentarily confused when Dodoria mentions his son.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He talks himself up as a powerful warrior and acts as a Smug Snake throughout his screentime - despite being considered a pathetic whelp by literally everyone else in the galaxy, to the point that people measure their power levels in Raditzes. Of course he's fully aware of how people view him as a joke, and he hates every bit of it.
- Starter Villain: Albeit a very dangerous one. He nearly kills Goku and Piccolo and a Heroic Sacrifice is required to defeat him. But ultimately his only purpose was to serve as a measuring stick for Vegeta and Nappa.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: See Aborted Arc. Even by this point of writing, no clue is left of what happened to him after turning the Blood fountain water into blood.
Former Royal Grand Vizier, Duke of All Saiyans, King Vegeta's trusted adviser, and guardian to his son. And now a Movie Producer. Nappa's idiotic psychosis is the bane of Prince Vegeta's existence.
- Adaptational Dumbass: While his TV show counterpart was no genius, this Nappa almost rivals Goku in terms of cluelessness, naivety and just being downright oblivious. Cut to his revival, he seems to have gained more than a couple of points in IQ.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: While he commits the same atrocities as the original Nappa, this version is not a Sadist or a Jerkass, rather, he is Obliviously Evil and Chaotic Stupid. In addition he ultimately gives up being violently evil after being revived.
- Adaptational Wimp: While the original series Nappa never stood a chance against Goku, he put up a much better fight after Vegeta told him to calm down, and managed to get Goku to resort to using the Kaio-Ken. Here, Goku beat Nappa off-screen in about 10 seconds without even needing to use the Kaio-Ken.
- Adaptation Personality Change: One of the most drastic in the series, aside from Mr. Popo and Guru.
- Affably Evil: Even when kicking Gohan's ass, he's generally devoid of malice, and casually chats with him and Krillin. Come his revival, he drops the "Evil" part entirely.
- And Call Him "George"!: To a giant Arlian. Seems to be a common trait among Saiyans.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: He managed to get the late King Vegeta to officially make him Duke of All Saiyans. All two and a half.note
- Ascended Extra: As the result of being a Breakout Character. In canon he didn't make it past the Saiyan Saga. In the Abridged Series he continued to have an influence from beyond the grave by haunting Vegeta, before being brought back from the dead.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Nappa stops right in the middle of a battle upon the realization that he can fly.
- Back from the Dead: He was brought back to life ever since the heroes wished everyone who was killed by Freeza's men (which included Vegeta at the time he killed Nappa) back to life. Now he's a Hollywood producer, and Hercule's agent. Currently spends his downtime playing video games with Vegeta.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: When Krillin yells that Goku will take care of both Saiyans when he comes back from Other World, Vegeta is all set to kill them before that point, but Nappa begs to fight the "strong guy" that's coming first, prompting Vegeta to give them three hours. When Goku arrives, Nappa thinks he's a weakling thanks to Vegeta misreading the scouter and promptly gets crippled.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He beats down his enemies as jovially as he can.
- Breakout Character: Nappa became extremely popular, which led to him being Spared by the Adaptation.
- Chaotic Stupid: And how! Just look at how he kills the giant Arlian Yeti while trying to play catch with him.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He has a very odd way of thinking to say the least. Even after he's taken a few levels in intelligence, his odd thought processes still haven't completely gone away.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Initially dishes out one on the heroes. Is then on the receiving end when Goku returns and beats up Nappa so badly he's left a cripple.
- The Ditz: He's more than a few eggs short of a basket.
- The Dragon: He acts as the right-hand man to Vegeta's Big Bad during the Saiyan arc.
- Dumbass No More: He seems to have become much more intelligent after being revived. He doesn't have any real idiot moments, and is actually quite witty when playing video games. He also becomes a successful movie producer. He was able to screw Krillin out of his royalties, trick Hercule into going up against an opponent he has no chance against and later hired Deadpool to take Cell out in exchange for getting the merc his Spiderman - Deadpool movie.
- Dumb Muscle: Very strong and very dumb. This no longer seems to be the case after he's revived, since he's retired from fighting to go into the movie business and isn't as dumb as before.
- Easily Forgiven: Nobody seems to hold a grudge on him for mercilessly slaughtering them all. Chiaotzu casually mentioning him confirms that the rest of the Z-fighters know that he's alive, yet they don't bear any ill-feelings toward him (Aside from referring to him as "Vegeta's dumbass friend"). Krillin was even able to play video-games with him without feeling uncomfortable around the guy who killed over half of his friends. Nappa himself also seems pretty forgiving, considering the fact that when he first speaks with Vegeta after being revived, he offers to have lunch with him when he returns to Earth. Nowadays, when he's not working as a producer, he's playing video games with his killer.
Tien: I'm not. doing. your stupid. song. parody.
- Seemingly averted with Tien though. He refuses to sing with Nappa and Krillin in "Bald this way."
Tien: F*ck you, that's why.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- In the "Bald This Way" music video, he chews Tien out for telling Piccolo he has no friends, causing him to run away crying.
- In Two Saiyans Play: Dead Island episode two, he gets freaked out by Vegeta hoping that the zombies are actually aware that they're undead, yet can't control themselves, however this also seems to end the ambiguity about whether or not Nappa sees himself as evil or not.
- Evil Chancellor: None of his advice to King Vegeta is any good. First, he urges King Vegeta to simply ask Freeza to not blow up his planet. He then said they should just stab Broly (possibly the strongest Saiyan ever born and a possible trump card against Freeza), since King Vegeta has a meeting with Freeza.
- Evil Counterpart: To Goku. He's a dopey manchild whose attempts at friendship get on Vegeta's nerves.
- Fluffy Tamer:
- He names the individual Saibamen and also thinks the giant creature from the bug planet is adorable.
- He also thinks Chiaotzu is a Pokémon and tries to catch him.
- Fountain of Memes: And Team Four Star knows it.Nappa: I am hilarious and you will quote everything I say.
- Functional Addict: He develops a "substantial cocaine addiction" after being revived and becoming a movie producer.
- Genius Ditz: He does have a degree in Child Psychology, and he also managed to become a successful Hollywood producer in the span of about four months, despite having no legal identity, and the only records of his existence on Earth being footage from the Saiyan attack.
- Greater-Scope Villain: He raised Prince Vegeta after indirectly getting his father killed, and is the one who told King Vegeta to stab little baby Broly, leading to half of his and his father's Freudian Excuse in Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan Abridged.
- Hazy Feel Turn: He stopped slaughtering planets after his resurrection and became a movie producer instead. However, he hasn't exactly become a purely good guy, as he screwed Krillin out of his royalties and throws Mr. Satan into a fight he can't win.
- Hidden Depths:
- The "child" part of Psychopathic Man Child is because he saw his parents die at a young age and never aged past that point, something that he is actually aware of. Apparently there's a reason why he majored in Child Psychology...
- He knows how to take care of babies, though his tips can be a bit specific as it was implied he raised Vegeta when he was a baby and is the reason for his various complexes (or was a direct witness to King Vegeta doing so), and tells Vegeta not to use the same methods on baby Trunks.
- Honorary Uncle: He becomes one to Baby Trunks as shown in Dragon Short Z.
- Horrible Judge of Character
- Doesn't seem to get that Vegeta hates him.
- He's either the Evil Chancellor in advising King Vegeta to trust Freeza, or this.
- I Minored in Tropology: Majored in child psychology... with a minor in pain!
- Karma Houdini: Got away with screwing Krillin out of his royalties in Dead Zone Abridged. Not to mention he gets to keep his job as a producer despite his crimes before and during the Saiyan Saga.
- Lethally Stupid: Because of his immense stupidity, he brings misfortune upon everyone around him. Despite having no real malice towards said individuals.
- Manchild: What does Nappa do while effortlessly fighting numerous clones of Krillin and Piccolo? Sing Patty Cake in his head.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: When King Vegeta asks him what to do about Broly, Nappa tells him to "stab the baby" without hesitation, not wanting the king to miss his appointment with Freeza.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Yes, he acts like a complete dumbass and seems blissfully ignorant of what he's doing, but that doesn't stop him from being legitimately dangerous.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Some of his lines seem to be imply that he knows what he's doing rather than being oblivious. Like taking Vegeta to Space Dairy Queen in order to distract him from the thought of their race being destroyed. After he's revived and becomes a movie producer, he doesn't have nearly as many moments of stupidity as he did before, which seems to confirm this even further.
- Obliviously Evil: While he does the same horrible deeds as he did in canon, he doesn't seem to understand how bad they are.
- Parental Substitute: Basically had to take on the job of raising Vegeta by himself after their planet got destroyed.
- Phrase Catcher: From Vegeta: "Goddamnit, Nappa!" Continues to catch this phrase even after he dies. And gets revived.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Acts like a kid. A giant, murderous kid.
- Retired Monster: He actually ends up not being bent on destruction anymore and is a movie producer now. Though it's a matter of scale, since he shamelessly screws Krillin out of his royalties, and throws Hercule into a battle he knows he has no chance of winning.
- Say My Name: "Vegeta? Vegeta? Vegeeeta?"
- Sharp-Dressed Man: After getting revived and becoming a successful movie producer, Nappa is usually seen dressed in a nice business suit and tie.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Unlike the source material, Nappa eventually gets revived by the wish asking to revive everybody killed by Freeza and his men due to it not specifying the revival to apply solely to those on Namek.
- Even before that, Nappa makes a few appearances in Season 2 as a ghost haunting Vegeta, much to his frustration.
- Stay with the Aliens: The trope gets a perspective flip from how it usually goes, as it is Nappa who forges a new life for himself on earth among the human race.
- Too Dumb to Live: He mistakes Krillin's Destructo Disc/Kienzan for a frisbee and tries to catch it. With his teeth no less!
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Ironically, this happens after he stops being destructive. Due to his apparent increase in intelligence, his later actions such as screwing Krillin out of his money and throwing Mr. Satan into a match that he (Nappa) knows he could die in come off as more malicious than his actions during the Saiyan Saga, during which, he did not seem to realize he was doing wrong.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The entire fight against Freeza happened because he forgot to turn off his scouter's transmitter.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We're never told what happened to him in Trunks' timeline when the Androids began terrorizing the world.
- The Worf Effect: Easily defeats the main cast until Goku shows up, just so he can get beaten senseless to show how strong Goku has become.
- Would Hurt a Child: It's implied in Dragon Short Z that he would kick Vegeta around like a football when he was a baby. Also he genuinely suggests Vegeta shake baby Trunks a little to get the kid to calm down. Just after he told Vegeta explicitly not to do so.
- Your Mind Makes It Real:
- A fan theory was that his ghost was in fact Vegeta's inner rage or a hallucination, as only Vegeta ever saw Ghost Nappa. However, after being brought back to life, he mentions making a story about a guy who was killed by his best friend and then came back to haunt him as a ghost, apparently proving that Ghost Nappa was real, even if only Vegeta could see him. But this could be Strange Minds Think Alike.
- He even brings this up in Kai Episode 1.Nappa: And I'm a ghost. Or am I?
Freeza's Family and Henchmen
One of Freeza's personal henchmen, Zarbon is even more effeminate than his boss. That's the joke.
- Adaptational Wimp: He fares worse than his canon counterpart during his second fight with Vegeta. In canon, Vegeta actually uses dirt to blind him and have an advantage, and even then Zarbon manages to put up a fight. Abridged Zarbon is one-shot by Vegeta after transforming.
- Anti-Villain: Implied to be Trapped in Villainy. He only seems to be interested in fulfilling his job as Freeza's right-hand man, and to stay alive for obeying him.
- Brainless Beauty: Although he's quite competent in a fight, Freeza has to sometimes slowly spell things out for him and explain the implications of his actions.
- Camp Straight: He claims to have a girlfriend, though Freeza is convinced "she" is named Chuck. Vegeta isn't convinced either. Word of God in the form of a comment in the 10th Anniversary marathon livestream reveals that, yes, he does have a girlfriend; she's Princess Snake, from Snake Way.
- Depraved Homosexual: Vegeta and the other henchmen get this vibe from him, with Vegeta and Appule thinking he'll abuse Vegeta while he is unconscious. Even though he's actually straight. His second form is less subtle about it.
- Zarbon, who is straight, points out that his transformed self is completely different from his normal self in every way. With that taken into consideration, transformed Zarbon is this trope.Zarbon: IMMA RAPE YA BITCH!
- Zarbon, who is straight, points out that his transformed self is completely different from his normal self in every way. With that taken into consideration, transformed Zarbon is this trope.
- Double Entendre: Lives off these, especially in his first form.
- The Dragon: To Freeza.
- Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: He has little to say about Dodoria's death except the adage that you never send a woman to do a man's job. As flamboyant as he is, however, his misogyny has nothing do with homosexuality or envy of women, since he's straight.
- Expy: Of Abridged Pegasus. Both are very campy, yet dangerous villains who are revealed not to actually be gay since they have a female love interest.
- Hypocritical Humor: When Vegeta asks him whether Zarbon "did anything" to him while he was unconscious, and gets offended when the answer is a disgusted "no", Zarbon says the whole conversation sounds "really gay". Coming from the guy whose dialogue is two-thirds homoerotic innuendo...
- Locked Out of the Loop: Has no clue that people think he's gay.
- Mistaken for Gay: Thanks to his completely obliviously constant use of Double Entendre and effeminate appearance. Ironically, he ends up mistaking Vegeta for gay at some point. Earlier by Freeza, who was surprised that Zarbon has a grilfriend, who decides to kill one of his soldiers to drop the subject.
- Then in Kai abridged he says: "Maybe I'm gay, or maybe stereotypes are bullshit!"
- Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: Says this verbatim when he's convinced Vegeta is gay.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Implied by his response to Vegeta's retort to having killed Dodoria.Zarbon: Never send a woman to do a man's job.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Possibly. Doesn't seem to enjoy killing the way Dodoria does, and one conversation with Freeza implies that he's practically Freeza's slave and would be slaughtered if he didn't do what Freeza says.Freeza: I'm starting to think that my people don't understand what I pay them for.
Zarbon: You don't pay us-
Freeza: -Allow them to live for.
- Retirony: Sort of. His anniversary with his girlfriend was coming up shortly before his killed.
- Sarcasm-Blind: As seen in Bardock: Father of Goku. It's probably part of the reason why he was surprised to find out that everyone thought he was gay.
- Secret Keeper: Possibly an unintentional one, given how quickly and nonchalantly he blabs about it after Dodoria's death, but among Freeza's crew, only he seems to know that Dodoria was a woman.
- Sissy Villain: Definitely. Even though it's revealed that Zarbon isn't gay and has a girlfriendnote ..
- Trapped in Villainy: He's implied to be this, as Freeza doesn't pay his minions, he considers not killing them payment enough.
- Villain Respect: He claims it's too bad a dashing rogue like Bardock is going to die when Freeza goes off to prepare to kill him, the Saiyan race, and Planet Vegeta. Dodoria can only focus on the "dashing rogue" part.
- Wham Line: With regards to his character, at least. From Episode 17: "Well, I need to call my girlfriend."
Freeza's other personal henchman. Pink and brutal, it's easy to see why Dodoria is favored by him.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Gets distracted by the sound of the majestic Space Duck.
- Brawn Hilda: Though she was regarded as the World's Most Beautiful Woman on her home planet (before Freeza blew it up).
- The Brute: Definitely plays the role of a big and brutal but somewhat dim underling, especially compared to the more attractive and stylish Zarbon.
- Butt-Monkey: There's one in every group. Dodoria is it for Freeza's personal posse. When Bardock finds his crew wasted he asks them if Freeza sent the Ginyu Force or Zarbon, Toma says no. With noticeable hesitation Bardock asks if it was Dodoria, and Toma simply apologizes.
- Dark Action Girl: A very powerful and malevolent fighter, and actually female.
- Faster Than They Look: Gohan assumes that Dodoria would be slow due to all that bulk. Gohan was very, very, wrong.
- Female Monster Surprise: Notice how she's not referred to with third person pronouns except in spoiler tags.
- Gender Flip: In the original series Dodoria was male, but here she's female.
- Just a Stupid Accent: Speaks in a heavy Southern drawl much like Hol Horse, only a little deeper.
- The Lad-ette: Unlike the camp Zarbon and the slightly feminine Freeza, Dodoria is very much masculine (at least by human standards) and has no problems with getting her hands dirty among her male peers.
- Larynx Dissonance: Sounds like a man, though this may be a racial trait.
- Lightning Bruiser: Much to Gohan's surprise, Dodoria actually manages to catch up to him and Krillin.
- Pink Means Feminine: Averted. Despite being female, Dodoria has a very masculine personality.
- Psycho for Hire: Massacres a whole team of Namekians without even batting an eye. And that's before killing a youngling, the village elder and almost killing Dende.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: In the second Kai Abridged episode.Dodoria: I have a thick. Meaty. Vagina.
- The Smurfette Principle: Is the only female member of Freeza's posse.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: The fact that only Zarbon seems to know that she's a woman suggests that she was recruited/enslaved under a male identity.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Vegeta is so disturbed by it that he kills Dodoria just to repress his knowledge of it.
- Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about Dodoria without mentioning her gender.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: While unattractive by human standards, she was considered the most beautiful (and fertile) woman on her home planet... until Freeza blew it up.
- Would Hurt a Child: Dodoria takes note of some of the finer points of being an evil henchman.Dodoria: I really do like kids. They don't leave much of a mess.
Purple guy. Hates Vegeta. Reproduces asexually.
- Adaptational Dumbass: Canon!Cui was able to figure out that Vegeta was out for blood a lot sooner than Abridged!Cui was.
- Adaptational Wimp: In canon, Cui was actually able to attempt to fight before getting curb-stomped by Vegeta. Here, he's killed as soon as he confronts Vegeta.
- Bizarre Alien Reproduction: His species reproduces asexually. We're not given any details, but according to Zarbon's reaction, it's rather gross.
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: Played for Laughs villainous example. After his death, his own allies always have troubles remembering his name when they want to talk about him (which they rarely do anyway).
- Kick the Dog: His Your Mom insult to Vegeta, as he does it while knowing that Vegeta's mother is dead.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: "But-but I hate you! Why would I-" [boom]
- Mauve Shirt: On par with Appule in terms of characterization.
- Spell My Name with an "S": As a nod towards his different names depending on the dub, a Running Gag is that people can't remember his name, hesitating between Cui and Kiwi.
- Too Dumb to Live: Somehow doesn't see the fact that Vegeta is about to kill him coming, despite Vegeta's blatantly obvious hints.
- Your Mom: First a victim of this (but it backfired on Vegeta, since his species reproduces asexually), then the one who says the insult. It ends poorly for him.
- The Worf Effect: Just like his canon counterpart. His main purpose in the plot is to show that Vegeta got stronger.
A technician on Freeza's ship. Plays video games while working.
- Butt-Monkey: Implied to be The Raditz of Freeza's lower-tier troopers.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: If Freeza's opinion of him can be believed.Freeza: Appule?! You left Appule here [to guard Vegeta]?!
Zarbon: Well I thought he could handle it...
Freeza: Appule couldn't handle a shot of Raspberry Schnapps, much less Vegeta!
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His brother Eachpe, who was killed by Bardock over two decades ago. His last thoughts before being blasted off by Vegeta are for him.Appule: Here I come, Eachpe...
- Even Evil Has Standards: Zarbon's accidental(?) Double Entendres make him very uncomfortable.
- Evil Genius: Responsible for monitoring the healing tanks.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: Speaks in a low, raspy voice.
- Forehead of Doom: Said forehead is twice the length of his face.
- Mauve Shirt: He gets a few more lines and characterization than Freeza's ordinary Mooks before being axed by Vegeta.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He works for Freeza, but takes every opportunity to play video games instead of doing, you know, evil stuff.
- Surveillance Station Slacker: He's supposed to monitor Vegeta's recovery, but plays video games instead.
A doctor in charge of the medical facility of Freeza Planet 218.
- Agent Scully: He doesn't believe in ghosts. Only in delicious, magical science.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Vegeta rips his liver out.
- Innocently Insensitive: He doesn't realize that Vegeta doesn't appreciate him insisting on the loss of his tail. He ends up paying dearly for it.Dr. Birdenheim: We have to apologize, though. We... couldn't save your tail.Vegeta: It's alright, I can live without it.Dr. Birdenheim: If you call that living! You'd walk around, the shell of your former self. People calling you a tailless freak!Vegeta: You know, I could probably kill all of you and Freeza wouldn't care...Dr. Birdenheim: Yeah, but that still wouldn't get your tail back...
- I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: "I'm a doctor, not an English teacher!"
- Mauve Shirt: He gets just enough characterization to set him apart from nameless Mooks, but that's it.
- The Medic: He's in charge of the medical facility of Freeza Planet 218.
- Named by the Adaptation: Only called "Medical Doctor" in canon.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's a doctor, who's also working for Freeza.
- Too Dumb to Live: Apparently, he doesn't see the threat coming when Vegeta asks him what his favorite internal organ is, then starts walking menacingly towards him. Even though Vegeta just mentioned a few seconds ago that he could kill him and Freeza wouldn't care.
- Uncertain Doom: Vegeta rips his liver out, but we don't know if he killed him. Given the "delicious, magical science" wielded in the healing tanks, he might have a chance to be healed.
Freeza and Cooler's father, and the king of the Cold Empire. Somewhat more affable than Freeza, but still responsible for the Planet Trade Organization.
- Abusive Parents: An (offscreen) conversation between Cooler and Goku hints at this. It seems that most of Cold's abusive parenting is directed towards Cooler.
- It can be interpreted that he's harder on Cooler, his oldest son, in order to make him strong enough to be a worthy heir to the empire.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: In the original manga and anime, Cold showed no reaction to his own son being killed in front of him, instead promptly offering to make Trunks his new heir. In Abridged, he's genuinely distraught. Additionally, he was implied to be abusive to both Freeza and Cooler in canon, but this version seems to only be harsh to Cooler and dotes on Freeza.
- Adaptation Name Change: According to Cooler, his full name is Ice Cold.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Cold reveals that Freeza used to play "Pretty Pink Princess" and he was so cute doing it. Freeza angrily clarifies he hasn't done that since he was "eight-eight-eight-eight-my quinceañera."note
- Doting Parent: To Freeza, so freaking much. To Cooler, not so much.
- Do You Want to Haggle?: With Trunks over Cold's own life.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Unlike the original series, King Cold actually is angry after Trunks kills his son, sort of:King Cold: You MURDERED my PRINCESS! Oh well, you win some, you lose some.
King Cold: Yeah.
Trunks: Ok-kay, sort of thought you'd be a little more pissed.
King Cold: [genially] Oh, blindingly so. Mind if I see your sword?
- Evil Overlord: Seems to be the supreme authority in charge of the Empire that his family, including Freeza, runs.
- Expy: His first appearance is one to the end of Revenge of the Sith, with Freeza as Vader and Cold as Palpatine.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Freeza's rule was actually in his name.
- Large and in Charge: Probably one of the largest characters in the series, not counting the Eternal Dragons. Fittingly, he's a Galactic Conqueror.
- Only Sane Man: Points out after Freeza kills the last man of their squadron, that they needed one alive to fly the ship. He then goes to call Space AAA.
- Lessened somewhat when Freeza says that he can fly the ship, only for him to reply that they don't fly themselves, that being a job for their minions.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He's an elitist, as shown when he claims flying the ship isn't what he and his son should do, but rather what minions are for.
- Rage Breaking Point: Wants nothing nefarious with Trunks' sword, just to inspect the craftsmanship and admire the temper. And test the edge out on him.
- Sissy Villain: Much like Freeza, his campy and sissy qualities get played up.
- Too Dumb to Live: Tries to haggle over his own life. Poorly. He offers one then three and then *two and a half* planets, excusing it as him being "a haggler".
- Tranquil Fury: Has an increasingly obvious one after Future Trunks kills Freeza.
- Upper-Class Twit: "Son, we do not fly ourselves, flying is for the help!".
The Ginyu Force / "Elite Senshi Ginyu Tokusentai"
Freeza's elite squadron, and a quirky gang of mercenaries with a great camaraderie.
- Affably Evil: They're a rather fun and likable group, as well as being shown in something of a tragic light when they die.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Two of them, Burter and Guldo, are shown in a tragic light when they die. Guldo dies contemplating his life and what will become of him once he dies, only to have Vegeta throw a dog-treat at him and none of his team cares, not even Ginyu. Burter's death is built up with him talking about his insecurities about not feeling special, then Jeice reassures him that Burter is his best friend and that once they're done fighting Goku they'll go to Space Denny's. Their touching moment is cut short when Goku attacks Burter when he's off guard, leaving Jeice to believe that Burter was just murdered in front of him. Jeice then tearfully says "You just killed me best mate!" and proclaims that he and Ginyu will avenge Burter. When Goku reveals that he never killed Burter (and Recoome), Vegeta mercilessly snaps his neck and shoots Recoome dead.
- Ass Kicking Pose: Their famous "Super Sentai" Stance and various solo poses have carried over into the abridged series.
- Badass Boast: They get a pretty good one in during their introductory episode, even if their only audience is Freeza:Burter: Speed of light and strength of all!
Recoome: The Ginyu Force will make them fall!
Jeice: Lord King Cold's army's strongest force!
Guldo: We'll beat them all, secure the course!
Ginyu: If trouble meets us as we pass...
All: WE'LL SHOVE OUR FISTS RIGHT UP THEIR ASS!
Ginyu: Ginyu Force!
All: MOVE OUT! [All fly off]
[Freeza stares bewildered, before smirking and turning on his new scouter's Theme Music]
- Badass Crew: Despite being more quirky than the original versions they still manage to pull this off.
- Beware the Silly Ones: They are goofballs but are a big enough threat to make even Vegeta call for assistance.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Jeice, Burter, and Recoome have a Seinfeldian Conversation about this while Guldo fights Vegeta. Burter did it on the trip to Namek, while Recoome laments that he didn't have enough room in his pod. Later, Ginyu admits to having done it on the trip over as well.
- The Dreaded: Vegeta's reaction when he finds out they're on Namek says it all. Even Bardock was terrified of them: the Ginyu Force were the first assailants that came to mind when he saw most of his crew slaughtered, before Zarbon and Dodoria.
- Demoted to Extra: In Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged, they only had 5 seconds of screentime before being killed by Goku crashing his ship on them.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged Episode 2 while Killed Mid-Sentence.
- Five-Man Band: From their perspective.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Their other name, which translate to something like "Elite Warrior Ginyu Action Squad"
- The Ham Squad: Even moreso than in canon. They not only have poses here, but also motivational cheers they do before beginning their missions.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Burter and Jeice come off as these. Though Burter is apparently gay according to Guldo, albeit without any apparent romantic interest in Jeice.
- Hidden Depths: Guldo has major Inferiority Superiority Complex issues, as well as Burter of all people, who uses his claim at being the fastest to hide the fact he has absolutely nothing special about him.
- Hostile Show Takeover: Downplayed version. The show's normal intro sequence is replaced with the Ginyu force's theme song and posing sequence.
- Incoming Ham: Their arrival on Namek, with their theme song in crescendo as their ships land, followed by all five of them simultaneously announcing "We're heeeeeeeere!"note
- Laughably Evil: Sure they're a band of killers who wouldn't hesitate to, say, kill a hopelessly outclassed child on behalf of a bloodthirsty galactic tyrant, but their antics and quirks are damn funny. That almost all of them have sympathetic moments also helps.
- Mistaken for Gay: By the main crew when they get to King Kai's planet.Chiaotzu: They look like a bunch of queers.
Tien: Chiaotzu! We don't even know them! You shouldn't make such rash judgements about—
[The Ginyu Force theme plays, and they all pose]
Tien: [staring bewildered] Well... we shouldn't think less of them for it.
- Product Placement: Lots and lots of this, mostly for Spaceys. It's good food In Space.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: Even quirkier than their source counterparts. And considering what they were like... That's saying a lot.
- Show Within a Show:
- Sympathetic Murderers: While they are a squad of hired killers, they are the most sympathetic villains after the androids. Frankly, they can even be considered more sympathetic than several of the "heroic" characters, especially if we're stretching the label of heroic to fit Vegeta.
- True Companions: Mainly Burter and Jeice. All four are shown to have it when they show up on King Kai's planet with more visible vibes of this.
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Averted when Freeza tries to think of a way to break the news about their deaths to their respective families, including giving their families gifts.
- Adaptational Heroism: In this version, legitimately fond of all of them, minus Guldo to the point of needing a moment to grieve their deaths. In canon he was upset at their deaths, but not remotely close to being as moved.
- Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: Sort of. Vegeta kills Ginyu in this continuity, but his absence on King Kai's planet is neither explained nor addressed. Possibly due to him being body-switch with a frog.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the only member of the Ginyu Force to hold his own against Goku.
- Battle Butler: He presents himself as this in speech and personality. He would gladly polish Freeza's boots, if he wore any.
- Berserk Button: Do not insult Captain Ginyu's poses.Captain Ginyu: I realize these poses in an effort to invigorate my men and raise morale! HOW DARE YOU MOCK THEM?!
- Cloudcuckoolander: Poses aside, his reaction to the news of Burter's death is both shock and disappointment... for the latter it's because the force no longer had a yin-yang duo.Jeice: He was a valued teammate. Strong, fast, and-
Ginyu: And blue!
Jeice: ...Pardon, Cap'n?
Ginyu: Blue. And tall! and you're so red, And short! It was the perfect little yin-yang thing we had going.
- Deadpan Snarker: It doesn't happen very often, though he tends to get snide when things start to go badly.Captain Ginyu: Jeice! If you're not too busy standing there like a slack-jawed idiot, I could use your help!
- Death by Adaptation: Got squished to death by Vegeta rather than be allowed to be trapped in his frog form. Following the release of Dragon Ball Super, becomes a case of Dies Differently in Adaptation as Ginyu manages to get a new body before being obliterated by Vegeta there.
- The Dragon: After Zarbon bites it, Ginyu succeeds him as Frieza's right-hand man.
- Didn't Think This Through: Swapping bodies with Goku. He thought he could get hold of a power level stronger than his own, only for him to be trapped in a body unaccustomed to his personal fighting techniques, as Ginyu/Goku pointed out he was that strong because of his own techniques. And then Ginyu tried to demand to know Goku's techniques in the middle of a fight.
- Eccentric Mentor: To the rest of the team. Best shown in his fight with Goku.Goku: Is he okay?
Jeice: Oh, the captain? Yeah, he just does that sometimes.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Tries to hold a Moment of Silence for his fallen comrades. Vegeta doesn't let him.
- Evil Brit: Unlike other versions, he has a slight accent to him.
- A Father to His Men: Unlike his canon counterpart, he genuinely cares for his teammates (except Guldo), and is quite shocked when they're killed.
- The Captain: Leader of the squad, it being named after him and all.
- Happy Dance: Ginyu is contractually obligated by King Cold to give the "Dance of Joy" after the completion of every successful mission. And Cooler required him to give the "Daddy's Little Princess Dance" after he does a successful mission for Freeza. And when he's alone, he does "The Dance of Solitude." And finally, he has the "Dance of Cheering You Up" for when Freeza gets upset.
- It's implied that there were several more dances that he was obligated to do off screen.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Though Freeza is far from incompetent.
- Large Ham: He is contractually obligated to perform "The Dance of Joy", as ordered by King Cold, and the "Daddy's Little Princess Dance", as ordered by Cooler, after each successful mission. He also does the "Dance of Solitude" when he's left alone and has nothing else to do.
- Noodle Incident: "And if it's anything like that jockstrap incident, Ginyu probably buried them somewhere close by."
- Professional Butt-Kisser: To Freeza.Captain Ginyu: First of all, Lord Freeza doesn't wear boots. Second, even if he did I would already have polished them.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Pulls this on Vegeta twice.
- Team Dad: Ginyu's behaviour comes surprisingly close to this.Captain Ginyu: Alright, gang, it's time for me to head off. Try not to mess up your uniforms and be back by 0500!
- Trademark Favorite Food: Waldorf Salad.
- Undying Loyalty: Unlike Zarbon and Dodoria, Ginyu never considers going against Freeza's wishes.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has a brief one when Goku shows him his true power level. He screams and dives into the water at high speed, only to pop back out a moment later with his composure restored.
- He was undergoing a secondary one ever since Goku defeated rest of his men. While brushing aside Guldo's death as an expected casualty, he was initially distraught by Burter's death. He regained his composure and went with Jeice to deal with himself "as professional." He lost his cool again while fighting Krillin and Gohan because of his difficulty in using Goku's body, and when Vegeta killed Jeice, leaving Ginyu as the sole survivor of the team.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Since Ginyu dies in this version, he should logically be with the rest of the Ginyu force who kept up their comradarie even after death. Instead, he's nowhere to be seen and his absence isn't addressed. However, since Vegeta killed him when he switched with a Namekian frog due to Goku's intervention, he wouldn't be able to go to King Kai's planet.
- Wicked Cultured: He manages to be both a brilliant dancer and Freeza's top henchman.
- Berserk Button: Claiming that even Guldo is faster than him.
- Butt-Monkey: Aside for everything's else, he was verbally owned by Krillin.
- The Chick: Seemingly not very special, besides forming a yin/yang duo with Jeice.
- Comically Missing the Point: When Jeice asks for support, Burter starts complimenting him instead of aiding him in the fight. Still managed to cheer him up, though.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He finds Jeice the only one he can rely on.
- Fastest Thing Alive: Or at the very least he claims to be. When Jeice points out that it's inaccurate, he admits that he's just trying to be special.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Says this verbatim to explain his somewhat flimsy claim of being "the fastest in the universe", because without it, he's just "that big blue snake guy."
- And it's later revealed that this is why Ginyu had him on the team: a tall blue guy to balance out Jeice's short red guy.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Turns out to have an even bigger one than Guldo, believing that he has absolutely nothing that makes him unique.
- Informed Ability: His whole character is based on the fact that, in the original series, Burter didn't seem especially fast for his power level, and was definitely slower than Ginyu and Freeza (and arguably Guldo). Ironically, his travel speed is still portrayed as impressive for his establishing moment.
- Motor Mouth: He certainly talks a lot.
- Smug Snake: Comes of as this at first about his supposed unrivaled speed, but it turns out he's actually a lot more insecure and self-critical than he first appears.
- Sssssnake Talk: Justified seeing that he has a Straight Gay lisp.
- Straight Gay: According to Guldo. Makes sense in retrospect. Though Vegeta was certainly surprised by the fact.
- Super Speed: Is able to catch and return a thrown Dragon Ball before Vegeta has a chance to finish taunting Ginyu.
- Villainous Friendship: With Jeice, even more than his canon counterpart.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Jeice tries to tell him this... before Goku casually knocks him out.
- Adaptational Badass: Subverted. He lacks the incompetence and cowardice of his source counterpart, though in the end he goes down just as quickly.
- Butt-Monkey: There's at least one in every team. Not even in death can he catch a break.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Credit where credits due, Krillin and Gohan didn't get the chance to lay a finger on him and they were both at his mercy before Vegeta stepped in.
- Dying Declaration of Hate: Gives one to Vegeta.
- Evil Counterpart: He shows what Krillin could become if he's ever pushed too far.
- Expy: Of Dio Brando's Stand The World. Stops time for a few seconds while being extremely taxing on him and "summon steamrollers" as Krillin incorrectly believes.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: After his death, the other members of the Ginyu Force don't seem to mind much that he was killed.
- Ironic Nickname: Burter calls him "Ace", despite having a low opinion of Guldo's skillset.
- Mind over Matter: Uses psychic powers to defeat his enemies.
- Off with His Head!: How he dies, thanks to Vegeta.
- The Resenter: He hates Vegeta with a passion.
- Sanity Slippage: He randomly throws a tree at King Kai's house thinking that Tien speaking was an attack.Guldo: WE'RE UNDER ATTACK! [...] Sorry, I kinda lost my head there after I... lost my head.
- Squishy Wizard: Relies on psychic powers and the ability to stop time to defeat opponents, but aside from that he's a tiny, fat being and a single blow from Vegeta winds up taking off his head.
- Who's Laughing Now?: Seems obsessed with the mockery he had to absorb from Vegeta and others, and is quick to reference the trope when his psychic powers allow him to get the better of Krillin and Gohan and have them at his mercy.
- Aliens of London: Has an Australian accent because he's from Space Australia.
- Adaptational Heroism: Not by much, but it should be noted that (unlike his canon counterpart, who willingly abandoned his team to save himself) he only fled because he thought Burter was killed by Goku and went looking for Ginyu so he could kill Goku for Revenge. When he makes his report, he's clearly devastated by the death of his friend.
- Break the Cutie: Starts out as one of the happier and friendlier guys on the force. Then things go bad.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His infant sister was eaten by Space Dingoes;Jeice: Gotta be careful though, Burter — Space Dingo'll eat your Space Baby! Like me sister. (solemnly) ...poor Sheila.
- The Ditz: Apparently Ginyu had to take him aside and remind him that you're supposed to dodge punches. Jeice didn't remember that advice fast enough.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Jeice is genuinely dismayed at Burter getting curb stomped by Goku, and spends much of the episode Burter gets thrashed in cheering him up over his not being the fastest in the universe.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While he's not very evil, he does give a subversion of this. When Recoome snaps Gohan's neck, Jeice exclaims "My god" and seems taken aback... then reveals that he said that because he was impressed by the move Recoome used.
- Irony: Burter explicitly says that Jeice is the only reliable one, but Jeice ends up ditching and dooming both him and Recoome for jumping the gun and assuming they were dead.
- The Lancer: Reports directly to Ginyu.
- Land Downunder: The Funimation dub gave Jeice an exaggerated Australian accent for no real reason (especially since Scott McNeil's original Ocean dub voice for him Christopher Sabat was imitating had been Liverpudlian), but in this series it's justified because his home planet is Space Australia.
- More specifically, he's from Space Brisbane. Go, Space Broncos!Krillin: WE GET IT, YOU'RE FROM SPACE AUSTRALIA!
- More specifically, he's from Space Brisbane. Go, Space Broncos!
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: And the hair and general attractiveness are commented on by Burter.
- No Body Left Behind: He dies after being completely vaporized by Vegeta.Jeice: Clever girl...!
- Not in the Face!: He gets repeatedly punched in the face by Goku.
- Oh, Crap!: After realizing Saiyans get stronger when they recover from near death, and that Vegeta nearly died when fighting Recoome.Jeice: ...oh. Well, I'm right f(bleep)ked, aren't I?
Vegeta: Right in the down under.
- The Reliable One: Burter considers him the only one on the team that can be relied on.
- Stepford Smiler: He gets very upset after Burter dies, but puts a lid on it when Ginyu demands him to be professional.
- Verbal Tic: The word "mate" tends to appear a lot when he talks. Of course, he is Space Australian.
- Villainous Friendship: With Burter, even more than his canon counterpart.
- Badass Boast: Combined with "The Reason You Suck" Speech below.
- The Big Guy: Obviously.
- Blood Knight: It's quite clear that he loves a good fight, and while he prefers taking on a foe who can put up a fight like Vegeta, he has no problems with overmatched opponents or even children like Gohan.
- Boisterous Bruiser: All the way. Goes with the pro wrestler thing.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: A list of the Recoome Memorabilia: Baseball hat, t-shirt, keychain, action figure, purse, jock strap, and vibrator.
- Calling Your Attacks: Recoome's tendency to both do this and name all his moves after himself is canon (even "Recoome Eraser Gun", as of Kai), but, of course, it gets lampshaded.Recoome: RECOOOOOOME —
Krillin: Does every move you have start with —?
Recoome: KICK! [kicks Krillin square in the face, bringing up his owned count a point higher].
- Catchphrase: Borrowed from the original English dub and used to the point of Running Gag with the amount of Chewing the Scenery involved:
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Has one with Vegeta, and then is at the receiving end of one from Goku who takes him out in one hit without even intending to (Goku merely wanted to shut him up so he could talk to Gohan and fight Recoome after).
- Dumb Muscle: Averted, despite being a Third-Person Person. Recoome is portrayed as a character with average intelligence.
- Face: A rebel type: Trash Talk the other wrestlers and the crowd cheer him for it.
- Gag Penis:
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: Has a minor one against Vegeta.
- Incoming Ham: RECOOOOOOOOOOOOOOME DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!
- Jerkass: Probably the closest thing to a true Jerkass out of the various Ginyu Force members. He rubs it in Guldo's face when he gets to face Vegeta, taunts Vegeta about his entire race being dead, and doesn't hesitate to lay what would have been a fatal beating on a young child.
- Large Ham: In keeping with the original series. Recoome takes it way past the source material, however, with his Professional Wrestling personality.
- Leitmotif: HIT... RECOOME'S MUSIC!
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: He has Hulk Hogan's manerisms, speaks in third person like The Rock, mentions that he is a five time world champion, and the promo he cuts on Vegeta follows the same beats as Austin: 3:16.
- No-Sell: Recoome tanks a lot of hits and lampshades that fact.Recoome: Silly Vegeta, the only thing that Recoome sells is merchandise!
- Simpleton Voice: Surprisingly averted, he is instead professional wrestling personified.
- Stealth Pun: "The name's...RECOOME! And it rhymes...with DOOM!" Fitting then, that his theme song is from Doom.
- Testosterone Poisoning: His build, voice, and general behavior are all evidence of Testosterone Poisoning taken to the max.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers an absolutely scathing one to Vegeta right before he proceeds to totally dismantle him, complete with promo music. And for bonus points, it happens to be a fair and accurate summation of the flaws in Vegeta's endless boasting—Recoome: HIT! RECOOME'S! MUSIC! ("At Doom's Gate" starts playing) Vegeta! You think that just because you're the Prince of All Saiyans, you're the best there is at what you do. But let Recoome tell ya something, brother — you ain't no wolverine! And you ain't got what it takes to step up to a FIVE! TIME! CHAMPION!
Vegeta: ...Champion of what?
Jeice: This fight right here's gonna be a bloomin' slobberknocker, it is!
Burter: You can just feel the intensity!
Vegeta: WHO ARE YOU TALKING TO?!
Burter: The audience.
Jeice: We're doin' commentary, mate!
Recoome: You see, Vegeta — you sit there and brag about how the Saiyans are the mightiest warriors in aaaaaaall the Universe. How they're the most ruthless! Well, look at where they are, now! DEAD! You talk about your legends, and your warrior race, and your pride — but that doesn't mean a damn thing to this man! BECAUSE THE NAME'S...RECOOME! AND IT RHYMES! WITH DOOM! AND YOU'RE GONNA BE BE HURTING ALL! TOO! SOOOOOOON!
- Third-Person Person: Sounds good to Recoome!
- Would Hurt a Child: He beats Gohan senseless before breaking his neck. Gohan only survives because of Goku's timely arrival with Sensu Beans.
- Wrestler in All of Us: He's a professional wrestler.
A former robotics engineer for the now defunct Red Ribbon Army, now out of a job since Goku destroyed it decades ago. However, his grudge against the heroes seems to be much more personal than that. He turned himself into an Android, somehow.
- Achievements in Ignorance: Even he doesn't know how he managed to put his own brain into a robot. Canonically, it was Android 19 who did that for him, which, if still true in this continuity, would still be this given what 19 is like.
- Adaptational Dumbass: Going off the above, this version of Gero is much dumber than his canonical counterpart. In addition to 19 being undeniably flawed, he's genuinely surprised when he's identified as an android, thinks Goku punching him was a move to turn off his Eye Beams, and lets his guard down when 17 and 18 are shown to be the same as when he first put them away. note In addition, Bulma in canon claims that Gero is an astoundingly brilliant man and is amazed by the quality of his androids, whereas in this version she just dismisses him as "an adequate roboticist".
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Well, he's still a bastard here but in the original series, he sought revenge on Goku because he destroyed the villainous Red Ribbon Army. Episode 56 gives him a more legitimate reason to hate Goku: his son was one of the casualties of Goku's assault on Red Ribbon HQ.
- Antiquated Linguistics: For a scientist, his way of speaking can get rather old-fashioned at times, such as when he used "bully" to mean "good."
- Badass Boast: Attempted at the beginning of Episode 36 (albeit for Android 19 rather than himself). It would have been more effective if 19 had actually managed to land a blow on Goku (and hadn't been saying "ow" repeatedly and deadpan every time he got hit).
- Bad Liar:
- After Android 17 swipes the transmitter that Gero would have used to deactivate himself and 18, the doctor tries to cover for himself and claims that he would never show them the REAL transmitter and the one 17 swiped is just a decoy. But seriously, can he have it back? It's an heirloom from his mother.
- And then there is this exchange after having been asked if Android 16 is his secret project.Dr Gero: No, he's down in the basement— I mean YES! Very secret! Don't touch!
- Big Bad Wannabe: Future Trunks shows up and reveals that he and Android 19 aren't the Androids that are responsible for killing most of the Z-Fighters.
- Brain Uploading: Returns via a "backup" for Super Android 13 Abridged, an idea he credits to Dr. Wheelo. It is also destroyed in the events of Episode 44, when Krillin destroys Cell and the entire sub-basement.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Unintentionally. He legitimately asks what he ever did to cause Piccolo (the same man he shot through the chest and tried to drain energy from minutes ago) and the other Z-Fighters to wail on him. As Piccolo points out, he vaporized most of South City an hour ago. That was after he and 19 killed a few civilians and nearly killed Yamcha. Which is also after he made a series of Androids with the specific intention to kill them all.
- The Comically Serious: He's a serious, menacing villain—or rather, he tries to be. The combination of numerous monkey wrenches being thrown into his plans and the general silliness of being in an Abridged Series tends to leave him rather flabbergasted. In particular, note his subverted Badass Boast on 19's behalf.
- Deader Than Dead: His computer body is destroyed to smithereens when Trunks and Krillin blow up his lab along with Cell, making sure he won't be coming back again anytime soon!
- Didn't See That Coming: Since his robotic bug got destroyed during the Saiyan attack, he missed the part where the heroes went to Namek, and as such is completely unprepared against the Super Saiyans. Presumably he figured the Z Fighters spent the last four or five years sitting around throwing cards in a hat instead of training and saving various planets. Android 19 only won against Goku because he didn't take his medicine, and Vegeta kicks his ass without breaking a sweat. note
- Ditzy Genius: A ridiculously competent Mad Scientist... with the planning skills and emotional stability of a wet paper bag.
- Energy Absorption: Like 19, possesses the ability to absorb peoples' energy.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Akira Toriyama once commented in an interview that Android 16 is modeled after Gero's late son, and Team Four Star took the concept and ran with it. He even keeps a video of his son inside 16... where he's killed by Goku as he tears through the Red Ribbon HQ.
- Evil Brit: Even more so than Freeza, as 20 uses stereotypical slang.Dr. Gero: Oh, bollocks.
- Evil Is Petty: While he doesn't do anything particularly petty to the heroes, he shelved three powerful androids (presumably capable of killing Goku when he built them) because he found them annoying and lacked the technical expertise to fix their personalities
- Evil Old Folks: Android 20 takes the same form as the elderly Dr. Gero who is the oldest human opponent of the Z-Fighters in the main series.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When he sees the Z-Fighters heading towards his lab, he thinks of all the different people, all scientists, who know the location, then gets to Bulma's family...Gero: Unless they know a scientist, like Wheelo or Frappe or any of the Brief... SHIT!
- Eye Beams: The switch to turn them off is in his cheek.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: He seems to reject the idea of the divine despite the fact that, this being the Dragonball universe, gods not only exist but often take an active role in the plot. That said, he seems a little disappointed by the revelation that Piccolo is a space alien, rather than an demon.
- Foregone Conclusion: One of his creations technically succeeds in killing Goku (technically because Cell was about to blow up, and Goku performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save Earth).
- Freudian Excuse: One that actually holds more water than his canon self does. In DBZ Abridged, it's heavily implied that he wants to kill Goku because the latter killed his son when he attacked the Red Ribbon Army headquarter.
- Full-Name Basis: One of the few characters to actually use the full name "Son Goku" with any sort of regularity. This extends to his fully mechanical Androids, and less so with 17 & 18. Curiously Cell virtually never does.
- Godzilla Threshold:
- Activating 17 and 18 is this to him, on account of the fact that they tried to murder him the last time. 17 lampshades this:Android 17: Wow, must've gotten yourself into some shit!
- And again, when he activates the defective Androids 13, 14, and 15 in response to 17 and 18 going rogue, as Cell won't be ready for another 17 years.
- Activating 17 and 18 is this to him, on account of the fact that they tried to murder him the last time. 17 lampshades this:
- Greater-Scope Villain: For both timelines. His grudge against Goku is because Goku killed his son, and as a result of his grudge he built Androids 13-15, (the antagonists of the Super Android 13 movie) Androids 16-18 (the antagonists of the Android arc) and Cell, the overall Big Bad of Season 3. Even though he's not the Big Bad of either Season 3 or the Super 13 movie, neither would be possible without Gero.
- It's Personal: As in canon, his main beef with Goku is him destroying the Red Ribbon Army years ago. Unlike in canon, however, his son was among the many mooks Goku slaughtered when he tore through the Army's headquarters.
- Lack of Empathy: Doesn't seem to understand why the Z Fighters are angry that he tried to massacre the population of a city.Dr. Gero: You miserable reprobates! What have I ever done to you?
Piccolo: Pretty sure you vaporized half a city.
Dr. Gero: I meant recently!
Piccolo: That was an hour ago.
Dr. Gero: Semantics!
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: There's no real attempt to hide his true identity as in the original source, even being credited in the episode's summary as "Dr. Gero". Though he isn't called by this in-series until Bulma asks why he was there.
- Locked Out of the Loop:
- Regarding the events on Namek. Goku's increased power level and ability to turn Super Saiyan both caught him off-guard and disrupted his plans for revenge.
- Also the reveal that Piccolo is in fact, a Namekian and not a demon.Dr. Gero: Wait, I thought you were a demon.
Piccolo: Nope. Slugman.
Dr. Gero: Wow, that's... significantly more mundane.
- Logical Weakness: His lowered intelligence from canon and memory lapses imply that the fact he still has his organic brain as an android means he is suffering from senility.
- Madness Mantra: "KILL SON GOKU!"
- Mad Scientist: Creating weapons of mass destruction and enjoying seeing them in use. He even made himself into one.
- Major Injury Underreaction: His reaction to Piccolo chopping off his hand is to complain that it will take him two hours to replace. Justified in that he's a robot. He is pissed that it's his dominant hand, though, since that'll extend the time necessary to three hours.
- Noodle Incident: How he got his brain inside his robot body. Even he doesn't remember!
- Offscreen Villainy: Going through Dr. Gero's research on the Androids, Bulma learned he only gave model numbers to successful creations, and that he had kidnapped and experimented on dozens of orphans over the years.
- Oh, Crap!: A hilarious one in Super 13 Abridged when Goku, having absorbed the power of his Spirit Bomb into himself, is face-to-face with Super 13:Goku: [face contorted in a hideous snarl]
Dr. Gero: JESUS CHRIST!!!
- When realizing the Briefs family knows where his secret lair is, he has another hilarious one.
- Related in the Adaptation: Flappe is either his brother, brother-in-law, or his son's Honorary Uncle, given his son's recording.
- Sadist: Seems to get off to the thought of Goku getting beat up.Dr. Gero: (after 19 is about to kill Goku) In fact, if I still had a penis, it would be quite auspicious that we are wearing baggy pants. But enough about hypothetical erections...
- Smug Snake: Shows some symptoms of this. He's incredibly arrogant, of both himself and Android 19's capabilities, but 19's performance against Super Saiyan Goku and Vegeta don't really back up his boasting.
- There's also the fact that he tries to imperiously command the sociopathic Android 17 and his sister Android 18 to defeat the Z Fighters when they track him to his lab, and then plans to deactivate them again immediately afterward. Considering that 17 destroys the deactivation transmitter and then kills Gero, he probably should have treated them better.
- Sophisticated as Hell: While he can be rather formal in how he speaks and showing a rather diverse vocabulary, his anger brings out many profanities from him. One example is when he's monologuing to intimidate the other Z-fighters, he uses some rather verbose language while 19 is currently getting his ass kicked by Goku. Eventually, he gets fed up with 19's failure, leading to him yelling at 19 to "throw a f**king punch!" Even when he isn't angered, he still has moments of this.Dr. Gero: Well boys, I can't say it hasn't been fun. In fact, if I still had a penis, it would be most auspicious we're wearing baggy pants. But enough about hypothetical erections, it's time to finish this.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: His inability to keep calm when he's losing leads to a lot of this.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Or rather, Villain Miscalculated How Much Level Grinding He Needed. He'd been studying Goku's fights ever since he defeated the Red Ribbon Army, calculated the progression of his power, and calibrated himself and 19 to be strong enough to defeat him. Unfortunately, he completely missed the events on Namek, and as a result has no idea what a Super Saiyan is. Oops.Dr. Gero: Seriously, WHAT THE F*CK IS NAMEK!?
- Villainous Breakdown:
- At the end of Super Android 13, Gero royally loses his shit as a prime opportunity to take out Goku keeps being stolen away from Super 13, turning from frustration to outright panic when Goku is absorbing the power of his Spirit Bomb.Android 20: Kill Son Goku! KILL SON GOKU!! KILL SON GOKU BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!
- And soon after he inverts this trope when Super 13 is about to get disassembled.Android 20: [calmly] Oh this bodes poorly.
- At the end of Super Android 13, Gero royally loses his shit as a prime opportunity to take out Goku keeps being stolen away from Super 13, turning from frustration to outright panic when Goku is absorbing the power of his Spirit Bomb.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Zigzagged. He explicitly wanted to subvert this, keeping an eye on the Z-Fighters using a reconnaissance drone, and engineering his robots to be orders of magnitude stronger than what he saw. Unfortunately, the bug was destroyed during the Saiyan invasion, so he didn't realize just how much he needed to upgrade his technology. To his credit, his Flawed Prototype Androids 13-15, 17 & 18 (and Superior Successor Cell) still prove more than a trifling matter for the heroes.
- Villainous Legacy: He may have been killed by 17 and 18, but all the Androids (up to and including Cell) were only ever a thing because of him.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: He wasn't in touch with his son much before his death, since he was working on the Artificial Humans/Cyborgs/Androids project. We find this out in a video made by Dr. Gero's son, which gets cut off abruptly by a young Goku blowing up his building.
- Why Won't You Die?: Tries to keep his cool and act like Goku beating #19 is all part of the plan, but it turns into this whenever he runs out of Badass Boast material.
- You Killed My Father: Why he hates Goku. His son was killed during Goku's attack on the Red Ribbon Army headquarters.
A late model android built by Doctor Gero. Extremely literal and prone to crashing, it's still one of Gero's more successful creations.
- Adaptational Personality Change: None of 19's original sadistic personality is found here. Instead, he's, well... a robot.
- Adaptational Wimp: Canon!19 was able to hold his own against Gokunote and Vegeta considerably better than Abridged!19. That said, his fight against Goku had pretty much the same results note .
- Butt-Monkey: Despite being one of the most recent models, he's fairly slow and prone to loading errors, much to the annoyance of his creator. He is the Raditz/Krillin/Yamcha/Guldo of the Android series.
- Calling Your Attacks: 19 is very user-friendly, helpfully vocalizing all of his tactic files and protocols as he executes them.Doctor Gero: Nineteen, dodge!
Android 19: Beginning dodge protocol.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Is initially on the receiving end of one from Goku till he tries to attack with the Kamehameha, where he is then the one dishing it out. Then Vegeta shows up, and gives an even more one-sided beatdown than Goku did.
- Enemy Mime: He's mistaken for a mime by most everyone.
- Energy Absorption: Like the original, he can do this. And when he absorbs enough, Murder.exe activates and he becomes a deadlier adversary.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Once Murder.exe is loaded.
- Eye Beams: Tries to use them against Vegeta, but misses.
- Fat Bastard: As Vegeta put it: "I'm sure there was an advantage to building a fat robot, but for the life of me, I just don't see it." Android 17 also wondered outright if it was a joke.
- If My Calculations Are Correct: And generally they aren't. When someone is able to tell he and Gero are androids, he figures they must be psychic. He mistakes Yamcha for Goku because Yamcha matches Goku's general physical description, though he does revise the match probability down slightly when Gero points out the scar (Gero deems it close enough anyway).
- Just a Machine: He is one of the worst programmed of the androids, to the point it is clear he has no actual sentience.
- Literal-Minded: 19 finally makes contact with Vegeta without being swatted away, and Dr. Gero takes this as his cue to bust out an exaggerated, hammy speech ordering 19 to drain Vegeta until he's "a shriveled-up prune of a corpse". 19 recognizes and makes note of the parameters the doctor has set for him.
- Little "No": As he gets blown up by Vegeta's Big Bang attack, a result of the fact that his text-to-speech "VA" isn't capable of emotion.
- Machine Monotone: By virtue of being voiced by a text-to-speech program.
- Non Sequitur, *Thud*: His last words after being blown up are "Your 30 day trial has expired. Would you like to purchase WinRAR?"
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He gets his ass handed to him by Goku and appears beaten, but once he finishes processing "murder.exe", he suddenly becomes a lot more dangerous.
- Obvious Beta: 19's code... isn't the most stable or elegant thing. Trying to activate his combat program crashes his system, and important battle tactics like dodging are uselessly slow to run.
- Off with His Head!: His head is the only part of him that remains intact after Vegeta's Big Bang Attack.
- Oh, Crap!: Has a major one during his fight with Vegeta after Vegeta tears off 19's hands. At first he doesn't know what to make of the newfound emotion.
- Rapid-Fire "No!": As he's running away from Vegeta's Big Bang Attack.
- Robotic Psychopath: Deconstructed. His insanity doesn't make him scary, it's an indicator of how horribly programmed he is, and he turns out to be the most inefficient of Dr. Gero's creations.
- Synthetic Voice Actor: He's actually "voiced" by a computer text-to-speech program rather than an actual voice actor.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He only lasts an episode and a half before Vegeta takes him out.
- Worf Had the Flu: His pathetic showing against Goku at first was partly because he was still in the middle of rebooting after his system crash in the previous episode. Once his software is in working order and "murder.exe" is active he at least starts attacking back, not that it helps him when his next opponent isn't dying of a heart attack.
Technically a cyborg, Android 17 was an orphaned teenager kidnapped and robotized by Gero. Enjoys his new superpowers, and the fact that the authorities can't touch him, but doesn't care much for the Doc's orders. He's still willing to kill Goku, if only to get rid of the programming burned into his subconscious.
- Abusive Parents: Not him, but based on dialog from him and his sister, their parents were racist and intolerant and their dad in particular was a lot like Vegeta, which given that 18 had just described Vegeta as a guy who beats his kid, ignores his wife and picks fights with people for the sake of his ego when she made that comparison, does not paint a picture of a happy home life.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: While the viewer never gets to see it, dialogue implies his hair is naturally blonde in this universe, and that he dyed it black so that he wouldn't be mistaken for his sister.
- Adaptational Heroism: Less noticeable, but still there. A pointed contrast to the original's Android 17 during the Imperfect Cell encounter is that the original version's 17 refused to leave the fight when pressed out of sheer refusal to realize Cell far outmatched him and a determination to crush Cell himself. The Abridged 17 doesn't leave because he refuses to leave 16 to Cell's mercy, referring to him, himself, and 18 as "the three amigos". Adding to this is that in the original, after witnessing 16's power firsthand, 17 said that they could make the entire planet their playground and do whatever they want, not unlike how he acted in Future Trunks' timeline, but this version was convinced by 16 to not cause anymore pain to others and decided not to go on a world rampage or kill Goku.
- Affably Evil: He acts like a chill and careless teen, but he can go into beating down heroes, robbery, or murder pretty easily. That said, much like his canon counterpart after killing Gero aside he more or less just wants to do whatever he wants, and refrains from killing the protagonists when given the opportunity. He even lets himself be convinced to not kill Goku like their programming insists.
- Big Brother Instinct: He very pointedly never bad-mouths Android 16, always supporting and affirming his eccentric habits, even if in a somewhat jokey fashion. Given that 16 was coded to be autistic, 17's behavior reads as a model depiction of a sibling to an autistic person.
- BrotherSister Team: With 18.
- Call-Forward: When he decides to stop being destructive, 17 briefly considers becoming a park ranger, referencing his little-known fate from the original series, where he did in fact give up on his villainous ways and become a park ranger.
- A coincidental example: Team Four Star had 17 get excited at the prospect of stealing a boat as an extension of his desire to steal a truck earlier in the Android Saga. After the episode with this joke came out, Dragon Ball Super brought 17 back and revealed that he wanted to take his family on an ocean cruise. So TFS ran with it, and added a brief scene to Episode 60 where 17, after being revived by Shenron, remarks "I never did get that boat..."
- Dumbass Has a Point: He's definately not the brains of the trio, but when 16 yells "DODGE" when Piccolo was about to hit 17, 17 points out that shouting dodge is "more distracting than helpful!"
- Dye Hard: In-universe. Much like his sister, he's naturally a blond. It's implied he does it because people kept mistaking him for her.
- Establishing Character Moment: Trolling Gero with his Robo Speak, as seen below.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's visibly shocked at Vegeta calling his sister a c*nt (as is everyone else).
- He also calls 18 clearing the forest they were driving through a "dick move" since 16 was enjoying it prior.
- Famous Last Words:Android 17: Somebody cut off his tail! I'm too cool for this! I'm too cool-
- Forehead of Doom: As always.
- Freudian Excuse: When confronted by Piccolo about his desire to murder Goku for fun, Android 17 angrily snarks that he spent several years in stasis being indoctrinated by Dr. Gero.
- Half-Identical Twins: With 18: according to her, before 17 dyed his hair black, people kept mistaking him for her.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: After 16 blasts Cell their conversation leads him to give up destruction and their life of crazy. Cell makes him eat those words.
- Hidden Depths: As a nod to what Word of God states as his post-Cell Saga fate, and as a Call-Forward to his reappearance in Dragon Ball Super, his future counterpart says that he always wanted to be a park ranger.
- Leitmotif: "Dopasonic", a rather casual drumbeat that plays every now and again.
- Locked Out of the Loop: With regards to both the Z Fighters and Cell. Like Gero, he doesn't know about Super Saiyans, and when he encounters Vegeta he wonders aloud if Vegeta was always blonde; he's surprised by the power up Piccolo got from fusing with Kami, (and also doesn't know who or what Kami is, despite 16 apparently being quite aware of Kami); and Cell's existence completely blindsides him.
- Loveable Rogue: And unlike his canon counterpart, not as insufferable either.
- Not So Different: Brings this up with Piccolo, and it's even closer to the truth than he realizes. He points out that Piccolo seems to be Easily Forgiven regarding his attempts to kill Goku, whereas the Androids are simply considered bad guys for considering doing so. Piccolo justifies his past aggressions by noting that his attempts were driven more by revenge than anything else, while 17 and the others are doing so for fun. 17 replies that Piccolo shouldn't be quick to judge, as the Androids had the order of "Kill Goku" drilled into their minds for two years while in stasis, which inadvertently reminds Piccolo of his own childhood.Piccolo: ...Wow.
Android 17: What?
Piccolo: Nothing just... nostalgia...
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He acts cool, but he can turn cold easily. After all, his future self does make the future a shithole for everyone but himself and his sis.
- Oh, Crap!:
- A pretty good one before getting hit by the Hellzone Grenade.
- Pet the Dog: Doesn't attack Krillin on the mountain on the grounds that he wouldn't do so to someone so weak, even when Krilin claims he is going to fight them. Like in the original, this is the first sign that he and his sister are not quite the monsters Trunks encountered in his future.
- His treatment of 16 (who's a bit more basic in this version) makes him look like a big brother to 16.
- Politically Correct Villain: While he sometimes teases his sister for her perceived girlishness, he otherwise discourages sexism and slur usage, and unlike Vegeta would like to not make offensive comments to his enemies. He is also consistently respectful towards 16's autistic qualities, and defends them from potential judgment.Android 17: He likes birds now.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Before squashing Gero's head: "Sorry Doc... just following orders."note
- Punch-Clock Villain: Of an odd sort. Despite thinking he's the strongest of his band, he has no direction so he lets 16 decide what they should do. 16 wants to kill Goku, so he follows that - not caring either way. Whenever he's called out on it, he defaults to this kind of defense.
- Robo Speak: Upon being activated. But he's just messing with the doc.
- Skewed Priorities: His first reaction upon being revived is realizing he never got his boat.
- So Proud of You: He admits this when 16 displays sarcasm.
- Subliminal Seduction: When Piccolo angrily says that they're just going to kill Goku "for shits and giggles," 17 retorts that having your creator keep you in stasis for years while repeating "Kill Goku!" over and over in your subconscious does wonders for your motivation. If 16's OS is any indication, the software he runs on literally has Gero's voice playing the phrase "KILL GOKU!" over fiery text reading the same at all times.
- Totally Radical: TeamFourStar originally planned for him to talk in this manner, but it was dropped due to being deemed annoying. He does still show shades of it from time to time, though, and Semi-Perfect Cell talks like this when he's imitating Android 17 (which instantly clues 18 off that it's not really 17).
- Tragic Villain: As Krillin points out when trying to wish 17 and 18 back into normal humans, Dr. Gero stole their lives away and turned them into living weapons.
- Troll: He fakes Robo Speak just to mess with Dr. Gero and mocks him for his "phase" with Android 13.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Dr. Gero actually comments this in his notes.Dr. Gero: Who the devil names their children after crystal? It sounds like they wanted them to grow up to be strippers.
- The Worf Effect: Despite the initial build up he and 18 get, he hinds up getting demolished by Cell to show off how much stronger he's become.
Technically a cyborg, Android 18 was an orphaned teenager kidnapped and roboticized by Gero. Superficially more levelheaded than her brother, and has little patience for bullshit, she's still having just as much fun with her superpowers as he is. Has a thing for Krillin.
- Abusive Parents: Not her, but she says Vegeta, a selfish, entitled Psychopathic Man Child who ignores his wife, beats his kid, and picks fights with people to satisy his ego, reminds her of her father, except at least her father had the courtesy to stay dead.
- It's also implied that both their parents were racist to boot (which would also give them something in common with Vegeta). When 18 starts flirting with Krillin, 17 says, "If this is about pissing off Mom and Dad, you could just date a black guy."
- Action Girl: Capable of smacking around Super Saiyan Vegeta like a ragdoll.
- Adaptational Intelligence: In comparison to the original versions, 18 displays much less of the required situational idiocy needed to be as vulnerable to Cell, while still fulfilling the story role required. She initially wants to keep hopping from island to island, though 16 presses her against it, causing her to panic when Cell destroys every island but theirs. She also thinks of sneaking away underwater, something that did not occur to the original, and asks 16 if he's waterproof. He was, before Cell blew half his head off.
- Aggressive Submissive: Look at all the details on her page. It helps that she's legitimately a Tsundere.
- All Women Are Lustful: She thinks Krillin is cute and the fact the he cares for her and has tried to fight for her and rescue her convinces her to "rock his four foot world" as a reward for surviving Cell. Later on at the end of episode 60 part 3 and the end of the Cell arc as a whole, she shows up at Kame house and tells Krillin she's going to make good on a promise she made to herself. When Krillin askes nervously if she wanted to see a movie she flat out tells him to drop his pants. Her reaction to Krillin's implied Gag Penis is a loud "Oh. My. GOD!". When Krillin, again in a nervous voice, asks her if anything is wrong, she strongly and enthusiastically tells him to get on the bed.Android 18: OH. MY. GOD!
Krillin: (meekly) what...?
Android 18: (aggressively) Get on the bed!
Krillin: (happily) YES MA'AM!
- Taken even further as the Krillin Owned Count went down by one on Their First Time. Cut to later and it's night with the counter being at 1 and finally destroyed by Krillin's Scattering Bullet. It's very clearly implying that they had sex 39 TIMES in a row. Aside from the fact that Krillin can be be proud he beat Goku at something (Goku's max is 9 times with Chi-Chi) it also means that once she gets going, Android 18's libido is even greater than Chi-Chi's who treated Goku as a borderline Sex Slave for the good portion of a week. (She even stated "What didn't I do to him?"). It does help that, as an Android, she has unlimited stamina.
- Asshole Victim: Future 18 is, unlike the version from the main timeline, a mass murdering Smug Super. No tears are shed when she's killed by Trunks.
- Back from the Dead: Well, back from inside Cell's stomach anyway. Super Saiyan 2 Gohan was able to punch him hard enough to force him to throw her up.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: She already was somewhat flirting with Krillin before, but it didn't go beyond calling him cute and giving him a kiss on the cheek. After seeing him destroy the one means they had to kill her and risk his life multiple times to help her and 16, however, she flat-out decides to have sex with him if they survive Cell.
- Berserk Button: This is obvious, but don't act like a sexist asshole to her. She beats Vegeta within an inch of his life for calling her a certain word, and gives a perverted waiter during a botched date with Krillin a thinly-veiled threat to back off or else. Hell, any sort of gendered insults tends to get her very, very angry. Given how she's the only female character in both the abridged series and for most of canon who's capable of going toe-to-toe with some of its strongest characters and potentially even winning, this sentiment is perfectly justified. This also explains why of all the Z-Fighters during her brief stint as a villain, she regarded Krillin with the most respect period before straight up upgrading to romantic feelings for him, due to how much Krillin steps forward in situations he knows he is otherwise going to get plastered over, as well as how much Krillin treats her as a person than as, well, a robot or even a threat even after her HeelFace Turn.
- Also, she really does not like country music.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: Judging by 18's reaction to how well endowed Krillin is and how enthusiastic she is about jumping Krillin's bones after, she obviously appreciates his "attributes".
- Big "OMG!": Her reaction to seeing how... endowed Krillin is.
- Birds of a Feather: The short of their first date reveals that she and Krillin have very similar senses of humor, taste in both movies and foods, and aggressive attitudes towards people insulting their significant others. It's a precursor to the happy marriage they end up having by the end of the series.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Aside from her willingness to destroy herself over letting Cell absorb her, when she sees Krillin smash the controller, she points out how it was sweet, but he should've kept it in the midst of Vegeta going let Cell absorb her.
- Beyond the Impossible: Android 18, a cyborg with unlimited energy and stamina... somehow manages to get worn down with her all-day sex marathon with Krillin. He sounds quite pleased with himself by the end of it.
- Bullying a Dragon: In Dragon ShortZ she hits Vegeta with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. By this point 18 has seen that Vegeta is out of her league, but he's become such a pushover that she can throw all the insults she wants and he won't do anything in response.
- BrotherSister Team: With 17.
- Clothing Damage: Suffers some minor (and not fanservicey) clothing damage when a ki blast from Super Saiyan Vegeta destroys her "favourite/only jacket" and also ruins her leggings.
- Combat Pragmatist: She's one of the few Dragon Ball fighters that doesn't allow her opponents to monologue.
- Country Matters: In the middle of their battle, Vegeta begins spewing off at the mouth again... and calls her a "smug c*nt". Everyone is visibly shocked. She simply sighs, brushes her hair back, and proceeds to beat him brutally without so much as a word, finishing up with a kick so hard, it breaks his left arm.
- She eventually turns it back on him in the 5th Dragon Short, giving him a brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech and capping it off by throwing this insult back at him.
- Cursed With Awesome: On her first date with Krillin, while telling him not to feel bad about how shitty her pre-Android life was (since it was ultimately what allowed her to meet him), she ends it with bragging about how she could now "bench-press a literal building".
- Dating Catwoman: The Catwoman phase doesn't last long, but for someone who was on the other side versus Krillin, the two get along very well and even get it on after the group defeats Cell.
- Deadpan Snarker: Oh so very much.Vegeta: (After blasting 18) Did that ruffle you, Android?
18: (Not phased in the slightest) Well, you ruined my favorite-slash-only jacket and ruined my leggings. So yeah, ruffled's a good word.
- Defiant to the End: When the much stronger Semi-Perfect Cell has her blinded and at his mercy, she rushes him.
- Eaten Alive: In Episode 51 she gets absorbed by Semi-perfect Cell.
- Eating Optional: As revealed in Dragon ShortZ Episode 3, she technically doesn't need to eat, but likes to anyway since she doesn't consider life without food "living".
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Not that 18 is "evil" per se, but after 17 is absorbed by Cell, she, along with Android 16, expresses genuine sadness over it.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Refrains from making "Soulless Machine" jokes when she sees that Gero had built a "ginger android", claiming it to be beneath her. She also finds 17's jokes about ways to piss off their parents offensive.
- Forehead of Doom: As always.
- Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Because Single Woman Seeks Good Man, she plans to "rock Krillin's four foot world" if they both survive Cell. Since it's a Foregone Conclusion that she'll survive pass the Cell Saga (being Saved by Canon, since she's Happily Married to Krillin as of the Buu Saga), she'll screw his brains out offscreen.
- Just barely. Offscreen, that is.
- Gory Discretion Shot: When she gets absorbed by Cell, it cuts directly from her screaming to show Cell transforming. Admittedly, the original version of the absorption of 18 was much harder to watch and listen to than her brother's, and sounded uncomfortably like a rape scene, the preamble to which was deliberately played up in the Abridged version. It's not hard to see why they cut it: in contrast to her brother, there was simply no way to make it funny and not-horrifying.
- Has a Type: When 17 jokingly suggests she has a thing for short people, she doesn't exactly deny it while, essentially, saying that societal standards for beauty are a load of bologna. Her Future Timeline counterpart outright says that she prefers shorter men in the Season 3 epilogue episode.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Although her general mood is a bit acerbic and jaded, when she isn't offended she's got a casual and unoffending, occasionally downright sweet, disposition.
- I Gave My Word: She promised Krillin that she would "rock his four foot world" if they both survive Cell, which she later did.
- If We Survive This: After seeing Krillin's efforts to keep her safe from Cell, she thinks to herself that if they both live she'll "rock his four foot world." At least initially, she does not.
- I Never Told You My Name: She's a bit surprised when Krillin calls her Lazuli during their first date. Krillin gets to tell her the story of the time he killed (the present-day larval) Cell to explain how he knows, resparking their conversation after it cooled off a bit following the incident at the restaurant earlier.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Didn't seem to realise that threatening to trigger the bomb in her chest makes it look like she's about to fondle herself. Krillin somehow manages to make deactivating her seem sexual don't ask how, he just does.
- Leitmotif: Starting in Episode 51, her appearances are punctuated with "I Am Lapis Lazuli" from Steven Universe (a reference to her real name, Lazuli).
- Limited Wardrobe: Lampshaded when Vegeta ruins her "favorite-slash-only jacket". However, she's one of the few aversions — she does in fact get new clothes twice, though the cowgirl-esque outfit with the tassels doesn't last long.
- Love Redeems: The feelings she developed for Krillin lead to her ultimately being saved from Cell. It eventually becomes Good People Have Good Sex, too, if her reactions to their Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex at the end of the Cell saga are any indication.
- Magic Skirt: Unlike the anime (where any Panty Shot are obscured by her trousers underneath), we don't get a glimpse up her skirt here.
- The Needless: When asked if she needs food to survive, she admits that technically she doesn't, but finds food too enjoyable to go without.
- No Accounting for Taste: After she kisses Krillin, 17 snarks into asking her if she likes dwarves. She instantly replies with "societal definitions of beauty are BS anyway".
- No Social Skills: After she's healed by Dende, she flees when Krillin professes his love to her. When Krillin mutters that he's bad at this, she replies "We both are". As we later find out during their date, she's as much of a dork as he is.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Like 17, she doesn't look or act like a serious threat, but she's more than a match for Vegeta even while he's Super Saiyan, and her future self shows that she can potentially cause a dystopian future when left unchecked.
- Only Sane Woman: She finds 17 and Piccolo's battle (which involves one moment of them doing nothing but trying to out-muscle each other in a Brawler Lock while screaming, and another of them taking turns hitting each other in the stomach as hard as they can, over and over) to be the stupidest thing she's ever seen.
- Also summarized well with her exasperation toward 17 insisting on travelling by truck to Goku's house instead of just flying there, which becomes more pronounced the longer the unnecessary road-trip goes on for. She holds the same opinion when 17 actually stops for the police, but admits that terrifying the cops was fun.
- Pet the Dog: While she's by no means a bad person, she is one of the two androids who bring about The End of the World as We Know It in another timeline, and act as an Anti-Villain antagonist to the group until Cell comes up and priorities shift. However, even during this time, she is nothing but nice to Krillin due to how much she respects him for his bravery in the face of situations he knows he's outclassed in, something almost nobody else within the actual Z-Fighters gives him credit for.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Part of her initial get-up when she is first activated, until Vegeta ruins them and she gets a new outfit. Her less-than-thrilled reaction to her succeeding outfits imply that it was also her favorite one.
- Robo Speak: When first activated. Unfortunately, her brother beat her to the joke.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She delivers a particularly scathing one to Vegeta, deconstructing his Blood Knight tendencies in DragonShortZ Episode 5.Vegeta: You owe me a rematch!
18: I owe people a lot of things; Most of them money, one an organ, one a live tiger. [...] But I don't owe you shit. You beat your kid, and you ignore your wife. And when you're not doing that, you're trying to start fights with people because of your screaming ego. You remind me of my dad, but at least he had the common courtesy to stay dead. So take your massive inferiority complex the hell off our beach and maybe I'll fight you again someday when you stop acting like a massive c**t.
- Reformed, but Not Tamed: After getting together with Krillin, she's basically cooled off with being the violent killing machine she started out as, as with canon, but is not above making violent threats to people who actively piss her off. Krillin is taken aback, but otherwise isn't bothered by her violent death threat toward one example...since the guy in question quickly proceeds to piss him off too.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Krillin is a Nice Guy who refused to kill her when he had the chance, and fought for her even though he was outmatched. She also referred to him as "the cute one," and promised herself to screw his lights out if they both survive the whole Cell ordeal.
- Proves this big time when, in the very middle of their date, she does not take kindly at all to their sleazy waiter trying to hit on her in Krillin's presence. It doesn't help that he's hitting on her rather than doing his job.
- Sophisticated as Hell: "Societal definitions of beauty are BS anyway."
- The Stoner: Mentions during her date with Krillin that she had a joint on her when Gero kidnapped her.
- Talking Is a Free Action: Averted. She attacks Vegeta mid-sentence multiple times during their fight, to the point of being a Running Gag.
- Lampshaded in Episode 40.Vegeta: Dammit, woman, will you let me finish a goddamn sentenc[Gets thrown into Trunks]
- Lampshaded in Episode 40.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She loves fighting, but she also uses her spare time buying clothes, and her favorite outfit is her wearing a skirt over a pair of pantyhose.
- Tragic Villain: As Krillin points out when trying to wish 17 and 18 back into normal humans, Dr. Gero stole their lives away and turned them into living weapons.
- Tranquil Fury: The quickest way to line up for a near-wordless, actually expressionless, yet brutally violent beatdown is to try a gendered insult on her when she's already clearly kicking your ass. Examples below:
- Once Vegeta calls her a smug c*nt, 18 stops playing around and lays a complete beatdown on the arrogant Super Saiyan, all while remaining completely calm.Android 18: [sigh]...yup.
- On the 4th episode of Dragon Shortz, she was enjoying her date with Krillin when their snooty waiter begins hitting on her. To summarize...:18: Alright... Sammy. Three things. First? You wouldn't make it past 10:05. Second, you wouldn't live past 10:06. Third? We're still waiting on our waters. So, if you value your job and/or life, you're gonna take this knife, (presses the blade to his throat) cut the bullshit, and get us our goddamn Pellegrino.
- Once Vegeta calls her a smug c*nt, 18 stops playing around and lays a complete beatdown on the arrogant Super Saiyan, all while remaining completely calm.
- Troll: Like her brother, she would have done this to Gero had 17 not beaten to doing it. She even said they were to pull the prank together.
- Tsundere: She becomes this after Cell is defeated. Specifically type B towards Krillin. She even admits she's as bad as talking him as he does her.
- Villain Respect: She's not really a villain in the traditional sense like Cell and Frieza are, but she was an antagonistic Anti-Villain during the earlier parts of the Cell Saga, so she still counts. Regardless, of the Z-Fighters, she has by far the most respect for Krillin due to how courageous he is given he's constantly putting himself in situations he's far outclassed over for his friend's sake, and is easily the nicest to him as a result. Which, honestly, perfectly explains her upgrading to becoming romantic with Krillin.
- Uncovering Relationship Status: Krillin admits beforehand that it's probably an inappropiate time for this, but he still asks 18 if she's "seeing anyone right now" while they're desperately trying to run away from Cell in Episode 51.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Dr. Gero actually comments on hers and her brother's real names, saying their parents sound like they wanted to have her and her brother to grow up as strippers.
An android built by Doctor Gero and modeled after his late son. Android 18 didn't feel like waiting for days of updates when activating him, so 16's personality is incomplete. Initially wanting nothing more than to kill Son Goku, 16 grows by his experiences with his siblings and observations of Earth. He loves birds, and did he mention killing Son Goku yet?
- Ambiguous Disorder: He has some autistic qualities to him, such as developing a particular set of interests and facing difficulties when talking about other things. In the finale breakdown, KaiserNeko reveals that this was deliberate.
- Anti-Villain: He really is quite nice and cordial... he just happens to be single-mindedly obsessed with killing Goku. And he doesn't want to kill Goku out of malice, it's just what he was programmed to do.Krillin: Goddamn it! You can't kill Goku!
Android 17: Yeah... Pretty sure we can.
Krillin: Okay, but you... shouldn't!
Android 16: He makes a fair point. But I insist we still kill Son Goku, on the grounds that I want to.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Inverted. He's programmed to kill Son Goku, and that's all he ever talks about (except for birds). But combining this with his Literal Mindedness leads to some... interesting exchanges.
- Berserk Button: Gets notably agitated when anyone suggests not killing Goku, and opens his first act of violence in the series when Cell claims he'll be the one to kill Goku.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As Cell learns first-hand after boasting about killing Goku:Android 16: Would you care to repeat that, you son of a bitch!? [punches Cell in the face]
- Blunt Metaphors Trauma: He doesn't quite grasp the meaning of most figures of speech. He's trying, though.
- Book-Ends: 16's lack of a soul is made light of by Android 18 before she and her brother activate him (being a ginger robot and all) and in a much crueler way by Cell after he kills 16 to taunt Gohan, highlighting the fact that death is permanent for him.
- Subverted by the ending of Episode 60, where it's shown that 16 does in fact have a soul, and got into Heaven where he's surrounded by birds.
- Cerebus Retcon: His "kill Son Goku" programming takes a dark turn when Episode 56 shows his human counterpart, who unlike the canon version was killed by Goku. Gero made the Android to avenge his son which is why he put an Irrational Hatred program in him. It also makes Android 16's love of birds tragic, as Gero's son had a pet bird himself.
- Cessation of Existence: The end of Episode 60 reveals that 16 DIDN'T suffer this, as he not only has a soul, but got into Heaven where he's surrounded by his beloved birds.
- Cloudcuckoolander: After getting half his head blown off, he gets... a bit loopy. Even in his brief moments of lucidity, he keeps seeing every member of the cast without Goku's DNA as birds.
- Character Exaggeration: While he's otherwise very similar to his characterization in the proper series, his programming of killing Goku is amped Up to Eleven. Amusingly, after giving a speech on the beauty of the Earth worthy of the Android 16 from the actual Dragon Ball Z, and manages to convince the other Androids to give up their plans for worldwide destruction, he immediately draws the line at not killing Goku.
- The Comically Serious: Aside from an over-obsession with murdering Goku, he behaves exactly like the real 16.
- Deadpan Snarker: Seems to be developing into this, if his response to 18's blasting the path ahead clear is any indication.Android 16:I personally enjoy this alternate route. It is dense with foliage, and wildlife, and—
[Android 18 blasts a path clear, turning the forest into a wasteland]
Android 16: and spending time with you. But clearly, you disagree.
- He finally learns how to use sarcasm in Episode 47. 17 is proud of him for this.
- Later, when 18 is assessing the rapidly changing combat situation.Android 18: [thinking out loud] Wait, so I beat Vegeta
Android 16: Data not found.
Android 18: But now Vegeta is wrecking Cell ?
Android 16: Data not found.
Android 18: [to Android 16] Okay, do you have anything substantial to add to this?
Android 16: Do you?
Android 18: data not found.
- When his severed head lands in front of Jimmy Firecracker, who starts screaming.Android 16: Why are you screaming?Jimmy: Because you're a talking head!Android 16: So are you.Jimmy: ...that is cutting, sir.
- Died Happily Ever After: One of the after credits shots shows Android 16 in heaven, surrounded by birds.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: Not 16 himself, but rather the template he was based off of. In canon, Gero's son was killed by an enemy bullet, here, it's directly by Goku's hands.
- Disabled in the Adaptation: He is reinterpreted as overtly autistic rather than simply a Nature-Loving Robot, as confirmed by Kaiser. His moments of No Social Skills and being The Comically Serious make much more sense with this in mind.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: He very emphatically does not believe this.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: As a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner, as opposed to 17 and 18 being Androids In Name Only (due to Android being a less-than-ideal localization of Jinzo Ningen\Artificial Human), he points out to Cell that he's ANDROID 16.
- Famous Last Words: "If we do make it out of this, please pick up my head, and beat your father to death with !"
- Freudian Excuse: His desire to kill Goku is due to him having the words "Kill Son Goku" playing over and over non-stop in his head.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: He points out that while Gohan's life is undeniably sympathetic, he's not the only one who's had it rough, and it by no means justifies his Holier Than Thou attitude and Suicidal Pacifism in the face of the end of the world.
- Friend to All Living Things: Birds instinctively love him, and he Speaks Fluent Animal. Amusingly, after beating down Cell and while convincing the other androids to abandon their plans for a worldwide rampage of destruction, he mentions that he's come to love all life on the planet (especially the birds), and that he hopes to become a peaceful being once he's managed to kill Son Goku. His human self also had an adoration of birds if the pet he kept is any indication.
- Genius Ditz: His Literal-Minded tendencies, obbsession with birds and killing Goku, make him come off as the dumb one of the Androids. But in matters related to combat he's the most intelligent of the three.
- Gentle Giant: After becoming a Friend to All Living Things (minus Goku, and, because he contains Goku's DNA, Cell).Android 17: Man, you are a tall bastard.
- Goal in Life: Because Android 18 wasn't patient enough to let his pod finish installing his personality, he only has his initial purpose: killing Son Goku. The rest of his character is created by his life experiences, like bird-watching.
- Good Is Not Nice: In stark contrast to the source material, his speech to Gohan shortly before the former's death is not words of sympathy and encouragement for their shared similar plight of not wanting to fight, but harsh criticism of the boy's ineffectual pacifism while his comrades are being tortured to death. However, his point is not lost on Gohan.Android 16: Grow up.
- Hidden Depths: His "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Gohan shows he is surprisingly insightful despite his blunt exterior.
- I Choose to Stay: In the Episode 60 Breakdown, KaiserNeko suggests that Android 16 wasn't resurrected because he already had everything he wanted. Birds... idyllic landscapes... dead Goku...
- Literal-Minded: If you thought Goku was the king of this trope, then you'd be surprised how much 16 can give him a run for his money with only a few appearances. 17 quickly figures out how to use it to deal with him. He grows out of it over time as he starts to get used to the more subtle aspects of the language. Then again, considering his famously-climactic role in the season finale, and 18's dying wish for him to "look after the little guy," maybe not.
- Loophole Abuse: He decides to fight Cell to protect his friends, and is able to do so because Cell is roughly 10% Goku.
- Madness Mantra: We get a brief look at what goes on inside his head (Well, minus the birds) and it is just a rather disturbing image of Goku with Gero chanting "Kill Son Goku!" on a loop.
- Made of Iron: Both figuratively (he's the only android so far that's come close to actually doing any damage to Cell and survives a blow to the head that removes a large chunk of his cranium) and literally:Cell: [after failing to "drink" Android 16] Ugh, what are you MADE of, pure metal?
Android 16: Affirmative. I am Android 16.
Cell: Oh errors have been made.
- Moment Killer: Manages to do this to his own speech, which had until the end of it been a stern, but important reprimand of Gohan's thought process by ending it with asking Gohan to kill Goku with his disembodied head. Downplayed in that Gohan still takes his speech to heart.
- Morality Pet: Because of him, 17 and 18 decide not to destroy humanity. 17 even goes so far as to declare they won't kill Goku, which 16 thinks is going too far; this cements him as an unusual example that's also the Token Evil Teammate.Android 16: Let's not get crazy!
- Nature-Loving Robot:
- He develops an interest in birds once 17 tells him to get a hobby, and is originally indifferent to every other character because they aren't Goku. He does, however, like Krillin, because Krillin frantically began quacking in fear after meeting him, and 16's software accidentally classifies him as a bird.Android 16: Acquiring hobby. [tilts head, sees bird] Hmmmm.
- When 17 takes their truck off-roading, in contrast with 18's complaints about the bumpy ride, 16 comments that he enjoys the alternate route, since it's dense with foliage and wildlife. He's disappointed when 18 blasts the path ahead of them clear.
- He develops an interest in birds once 17 tells him to get a hobby, and is originally indifferent to every other character because they aren't Goku. He does, however, like Krillin, because Krillin frantically began quacking in fear after meeting him, and 16's software accidentally classifies him as a bird.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis:
- When he decides to take on Cell, his first action is to tear the bug's tail off to remove his ability to absorb 17 and 18. When that doesn't work thanks to Cell's regenerative abilities, 16 then proceeds to beat on him while urging the others to flee, pointing out that while he can match Cell, he lacks the destructive power to actually finish him off. He also repeatedly points out the stupidity of 17 and 18 staying in close proximity to Cell, as well.Android 16: Why are you still here?
- Subverted though when it comes to Goku, who he has an obsession with killing. When finally presented with the opportunity to attack Goku, he is too nervous and shy to actually do so.
- When he decides to take on Cell, his first action is to tear the bug's tail off to remove his ability to absorb 17 and 18. When that doesn't work thanks to Cell's regenerative abilities, 16 then proceeds to beat on him while urging the others to flee, pointing out that while he can match Cell, he lacks the destructive power to actually finish him off. He also repeatedly points out the stupidity of 17 and 18 staying in close proximity to Cell, as well.
- No-Sell: Unlike his siblings, Android 16 really is an android as opposed to a cyborg. That means Cell's attempts to absorb him fail, and since he's pretty much made of metal, getting stabbed in the neck doesn't even inconvenience him.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: His programming makes him this to Goku. Enters into Berserk Button territory when he commits his first act of violence in the series against Cell, when he boasts about murdering everyone on the planet, starting with Goku.
- It's also why he attempts to kill Cell via self-destruction: if 16 can't kill Goku, nobody can.
- Pet the Dog: On the receiving end by the writers. In the original series, 16's death is completely and utterly final, since he doesn't have a soul to bring back with the Dragon Balls. In the Abridged series, the end of episode 60 includes a still frame of a haloed 16 sitting under a tree with some birds, implying that his Character Development had granted him a soul, allowing him to pass on to the afterlife.
- Politically Correct Villain: For a pure artificial intelligence programmed only to kill Goku, he is oddly conscious of transgender issues.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Beyond his desire to murder Son Goku and his love of nature, there isn't much to him, and the former isn't even malicious. Heck, he even states that while he knows they shouldn't kill Goku, he still wants to. Amusingly, after his speech on the beauty of the Earth manages to convince the other Androids to give up their plans for worldwide destruction, he immediately draws the line at not killing Goku.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: When he finally steps up to fight for the first time against Cell, and Android 17 points out he's technically only programmed to fight Goku.Android 16: This Cell is comprised of 10.78% of Son Goku's DNA. These parameters are acceptable.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In contrast with the original show, he helps awaken Gohan's latent power not with an encouraging speech, but by calling Gohan out on the holier-than-thou attitude he has for the other Z Warriors. 16 takes apart Gohan's complaints about hardships (pointing out that Trunks has had it much worse and yet he still hasn't given up) and his Daddy Issues with Goku (observing that his own father Dr. Gero brought him back to "life" as a literal killing machine), and pointing out that while he might not love fighting like his father, being an Actual Pacifist doesn't work when you're constantly dealing with monsters like Cell who will slaughter people no matter how high-minded your ideals may be.
- 16 also zings Vegeta by pointing out how he's outright abusive towards Trunks, who's constantly been trying to win the approval of the father he never knew.
- Replacement Goldfish: Is based on Gero's deceased son, who died as a soldier of the Red Ribbon Army. In this continuity, he was an accidental casualty of kid Goku's attack on the Red Ribbon Army Headquarters.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Unlike 17 and 18, he's an actual android, I.E completely metal, no fleshy bits at all.
- Robo Speak: His voice is given a robotic filter so it sounds like this even more so than his canon counterpart.
- Rocket Punch: Combines with Calling Your Attacks. Android 17 is jealous.
- Sanity Slippage: Getting half his head blown off causes him to become completely literal and think everyone and everything are birds.
- Sarcasm Mode: His monotone delivery makes it hard to tell at first, but he gradually picks one up, culminating in an Ironic Echo that makes 17 proud, and a blistering "How are you?" when 18 asks how he's doing with a huge chunk blasted off his head.
- Signature Sound Effect: His attacks all make sound effects from Gundam, and a few other mecha franchises. Lampshaded in Kai 3.5:
- Spared by the Adaptation:
- In a manner of speaking. The ending of episode 60 confirms that he has a soul and is in the afterlife, in contrast to the Cessation of Existence he had in canon.
- Played completely straight in Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged Episode 3.5, where he points this fact out.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: In Episode 40, he is able to easily communicate with Toriyama, the bird Goku healed in Revenge of Cooler Abridged.
- Sucking-In Lines: His (literal) hand cannons have a very dramatic build-up of energy added to them here as he prepares to blast Cell.Cell: having been blasted into a deep shaft Now I see a light!
Android 16: WALK TOWARDS IT! [fires]
- Where's the Kaboom?: After a failed attempt at blowing Cell up they ask this. Even providing a Shout-Out to the Trope Namer.
- The Worf Effect: 16 is the strongest of the Androids by a wide margin but Cell absorbs 17, all he ends up doing is proving how strong Semi Perfect Cell is.
The offsprings of Cell.
- Dead Guy Junior: Cell names his final offspring, Vegeta Jr. Jr. The real Vegeta isn't pleased.
- Mook Horror Show: They get absolutely destroyed one by one by Gohan once he goes SS2, unable to hurt him or even run away.
- Theme Naming: All of them are named after Cell's voice actors in the original dub and the many English dubs actors.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: With the exception of Vegeta Jr. Jr. being a Call-Back to Nappa, none of them are that different from their canon selves: a bunch of mooks for Gohan to kill in a flash.
The son of Garlic Sr., a demon who once challenged Kami and was banished into the Dead Zone. Garlic Jr. wished for immortality on the Dragon Balls before seeking his revenge.
- Ascended Extra: After being skimmed over in episode 31, he finally receives proper coverage of his arc in Kai Abridged 2.9. Although that was All Just a Dream by Gohan.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Downplayed. He realizes that summoning the portal to the Dead Zone is not only the only move that could lead him to defeat but would leave him in a fate worse than death, something that his canon counterpart never seemed to understand. However, the downplayed part comes due to the fact that he only realized it after his defeat in The Dead Zone Abridged movie and only remembers it after summoning it again in Kai Abridged 2.9. He was about to close it up and let his immortality take down the protagonists right before Alucard shot him in the head and made him fall to the portal.
- Benevolent Boss: To some extent, especially compared to most of the other DBZ Abridged villains. In his movie, he's shown to be very tolerant of his henchmen's screw-ups, while someone like Freeza would have blasted them to kingdom come, and he even congratulates them when they succeed. When he learns that they've all been killed, he seems distraught for a few seconds.
- Big Bad: Of the Garlic Jr. Saga, the pre-TFS Dead Zone Abridged, and the remade Dead Zone Abridged.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In the main series. In spite of the build up to the arc and his new threatening persona, he is effortlessly assimilated into Mr. Popo.
- Blasphemous Boast: Most of his lines when fighting Kami, who is treated like a god.
- Boom, Headshot!: This is his fate in Kai Abridged 2.9, courtesy of Alucard.
- Broad Strokes: Apparently something like The Dead Zone movie happened, since Garlic Jr. exists and references having been in the Dead Zone in Episode 31, but we never see it. All we see is Krillin's movie script based on it, which is filled with Artistic License and has details that don't make sense with the series' events.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: His three minions grow bigger and stronger by yelling foods that their namesake spices go on. Goku expects Garlic Jr. will do the same, but he doesn't.
- Characterization Marches On: Both he and his minions undergo some rather extreme character changes between the original movie and the remaster. The minions were brutish, a "douche bag" and a Fake Brit respectively in the original with Garlic being a Card-Carrying Villain. Fast forward to the remastered version and the minions are now camp macho, high pitched, and flamboyant respectively while Garlic is the Only Sane Man.
- Death by Adaptation: Arrives on Kami's Lookout along with his minions, and starts running his mouth... to Mr. Popo. Go ahead, guess how that turned out. And his minions? They get killed off-screen. Kami returns to see exactly what happened, and is quite shocked to say the least. It's better not to know how they turned out compared to their master.
- Demoted to Extra: True, he was just an anime filler character, but there he had his own arc. In the abridged series, he's killed off in his first and only episode because he makes the mistake of mouthing off to Mr. Popo.
- Didn't Think This Through: Sending his minions to kill Piccolo before he wished for Immortality. He's thankful his minions are incompetent though when he realizes this.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He is absorbed by Mr. Popo before he could do anything significant.
- Edible Theme Naming: And an hungry Goku is quick to point this out.Goku: I am Son Goku! And your name sounds yummy!
Garlic Jr.: I have been told...
- Especially Zoidberg: In pre-TFS The Dead Zone Abridged after opening the Dead Zone:Garlic Jr.: Everything will be sucked into the Dead Zone! Including Krillin!
Krillin: Leave me out of this!
- Even Evil Has Standards: Three of them in Dragon Ball Kai Abridged 2.9;
- He's audibly disturbed when Gohan murders two of his henchmen and openly declares that he now has "a taste for blood", asking why he's like that.
- He gets even more disturbed when Gohan says "harder" to Piccolo as he's strangling him. However, what Gohan meant was for Piccolo to fight the Black Water Mist harder.
- He doesn't do gross. When Piccolo starts squeezing blood out of his neck, Garlic Jr throws up off screen after telling Piccolo multiple times to stop.
- Hypocrite: Is a full-blown heretic, yet still expresses relief by saying "Thank God". To see where this becomes full-on Hypocritical Humor, see Let Me Get This Straight... below.
- Immortality: But it doesn't help him in regards to Mr. Popo.
- Let Me Get This Straight...:
- His opening line in Dead Zone Abridged when trying to figure out why his minions kidnapped Gohan when all he wanted was the Dragon Ball.
- He and his minions come on the receiving end of this once it's pointed out that they tried to beat Piccolo to death (which kills Kami, which kills the Dragon Balls) before using the Dragon Balls to wish for immortality. The first response in both cases is to literally thank God that his minions are too incompetent to kill God.
- Mugging the Monster: He mouths off to Mr. Popo, and doesn't seem to know just who he's dealing with, which either gets him killed or suffer an And I Must Scream/Fate Worse than Death punishment.
- Averts it in the Remade Deadzone abridged. Kidnapping Gohan was not the plan, and he immediately recognizes that Goku will kick his ass once he realizes that he's Goku's son.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Goku and Piccolo both assume he's dead and start bickering about who killed him, ignoring Kami's warning of him being immortal.
- Oh, Crap!:
- After realizing who Gohan's father is (and how his minions kidnapped him), he starts freaking out.Garlic: Oh God, your father's Goku Oh my God you morons stole Goku's kid?! How? How did you steal Goku's kid?!
Cinnamon: Well first we beat up his wife.
Garlic: Oh, my shit!
- He does this when he opens the Dead Zone again in Episode 2.9, mentally kicking himself up and down the block for it.
- After realizing who Gohan's father is (and how his minions kidnapped him), he starts freaking out.
- Only Sane Man: Compared to his henchmen.
- Power Makes Your Voice Deep: Once he hulks out, his snide impish voice becomes a gravelly rumble that sometimes barely sounds like speech.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Especially with his size, you're even more of this when Mr. Popo decides you're a pest and kills you off easily.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Works for and against him. Works since his minions failing to kill Piccolo meant he still got his wish. Didn't work for him since when they went to take Gohan's Dragon Ball, they kidnapped Gohan with the ball for no good reason.
- That Came Out Wrong: EVERYONE'S GETTING SUCKED TODAY! (Although, strangely, no one comments on it.)
- Villainous Breakdown: After surviving what could have been a lethal combination attack from Goku and Piccolo...Garlic Jr.: I AM ONE HUNDRED AND TEN PERCENT DONE!
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Appears in one episode, and is never heard of again. He gets the chance to shine a little more in Dead Zone Abridged. And his arc gets a proper adaptation in Dragon Ball Kai Abridged 2.9. Kinda.
Garlic Jr's henchmen. They briefly appeared in episode 31, but get a proper debut in Dragon Ball Kai episode 2.9.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Tard" and "N*gar".
- Even Evil Has Standards: Not only were they audibly disturbed by Gohan seemingly telling Piccolo to choke him harder, they don't approve of Mustard's nickname (See Embarrassing Nickname above) and they kicked out Baby Spice seemingly for his dubious reasons as to going places.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Salt/Enema. Tard admits that he's not that sad to see him get killed, and only tolerated him to piggyback off of his HBO Go subscription.
- Hidden Depths: Vinegar is a novelist who feels insecure about the fact that his name sounds like a racial slur. All this from the team's "big, tough stupid guy".
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Spice is kicked into a wall spike by Gohan.
- No Respect Guy: Enema is this for the Spice Boys. Mustard briefly seems to grieve his fallen teammate, only to clarify that he and the others hated him and he's more upset about losing access to Enema's HBO Go account.
- Retired Monster: Vinegar, after becoming a best-selling novelist. When the interviewer asks him if he feels bad about being a part of bloody conquest through space, he avoids directly answering the question, and steers the conversation away from the topic. Based on his response, though, he does seem to regret his actions.Vinegar: [sigh] To paraphrase Alexander Pope, if I may: "To err is demon; to forgive, divine." And I believe we are not the sum of our past mistakes, but rather the direction of our future.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Spice dies, Vinny gets up and leaves in the middle of the episode. As such, he's Spared by the Adaptation and goes on to become a novelist.Vinegar: Ugh, okay, this place is killing my high. I'm out.
- The Sixth Ranger: "Baby Spice".
- Spared by the Adaptation: Due to Vinegar pulling a Screw This, I'm Outta Here!, he was never killed off by Gohan.