Namekians (ナメック星人, Namekku-seijin)
The second major alien race within Dragon Ball. Namekians are able to make their own set of Dragon Balls,note of which the best-known Earth's Dragon Balls are based. The Namekians also have the most diverse powerset of any species outside of the Kais with them being able to regenerate, heal others, unlock others' hidden potential, create objects out of thin air, stretch body parts, grow to huge sizes, communicate mentally, and sense energy and even characters' alignment.
Long before the main story, the Namekians were brought to the brink of extinction after the weather changed on their planet. The son of Katas, who would be known as the Nameless Namekian, was sent off-world so he could at least survive. In the end, Guru was the only survivor and he spent over one-hundred years repopulating the planet with his children.
Then, the tyrant known as Frieza learned about the Dragon Balls and invaded Namek so he could wish for immortality. The Frieza Force along with Vegeta exterminated the Namekians to the point that Piccolo and Kami were the only survivors until King Kai and Guru managed to bring most of the Namekians back using the Earth's Dragon Balls. After a long battle with the Super Saiyan, Frieza destroyed Planet Namek, forcing the Namekians to rebuild on a new world using their own Dragon Balls.
They have remained allies and friends with the Z-Fighters since helping in any way that they can like letting them use their Dragon Balls and taking Dende to Earth so he could become their new Guardian after Kami and Piccolo merged.
- Absurdly Huge Population: Inverted. By the time of the Namek Saga, there is only about 110 Namekians on the planet including Guru himself since a great drought brought them to the edge of extinction. Pressumably, their numbers have grown since the incident with Frieza.
- Alien Blood: Namekians bleed purple blood.
- Animal Motifs: They're represented by slugs.
- Asexuality: Not only do Namekians reproduce asexually, but they are implied to not have any romantic or sexual interest in others. It makes sense, considering all known Namekians are from the same parent and it has seemingly not affected them in any way.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Namekians can grow gigantic and increase their strength like Saiyans, but unlike Oozaru, the giant forms are very slow. So far, only Slug is able to retain some decent measure of speed, but he's still outpaced by Piccolo and Goku.
- Badass Pacifist: Namekians (or more accurately, Guru's Namekian children), are not known for fighting and would rather convince their opponent to leave or stop what they're doing rather than fight. That said, Namekians are rather powerful in their own right, with Nail being stronger than every member of the Ginyu Force sans Ginyu himself despite the planet not having any evidence of conflict before.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Namekians are typically very nice and reasonable with those they come across, though if their people are threatened in any way, they ''will' make an effort to fight back to the end. Even the elders and children will do what they can to attempt to save their people.
- Black Sheep: The original King Piccolo and Piccolo. They're both ruthless Blood Knights who tried to Take Over the World and spread terror across the Earth For the Evulz. This is because both Piccolos are the evil half of Kami who was originally the Nameless Namekian who became corrupted from living on Earth. The normal Namekians are very peaceful. Even after Piccolo becomes good, he finds the Namekians' slow, mellow lifestyle to be boring.
- Bizarre Alien Reproduction: Namekians give birth to their children by vomiting eggs like King Piccolo. They also have visible musculature, antennas, the ability to regrow anything so long as their heads are intact, and green skin (the muscles are pink, pale yellow in the manga and occasionally in the anime).
- Can't Catch Up: The Namekian warriors are very strong, to the point that the three warriors who tried to help Moori were stronger than most of Saiyan. But unlike the Saiyan, they lack transformations or zenkais, so they do not have the same potential as them.
- Conlang: Uniquely, Namekians have their own unique language, though they are mainly shown speaking the native language of whatever dub they're in. This is how they manage to enforce a password on Porunga for the Namek saga, you need to speak Namekian for him to understand and grant the wish.
- Cosmic Plaything: They really can't catch a break: first Frieza and his men invade the planet and ruthlessly slaughtering anyone they felt like, then Vegeta comes along and does the same thing for his own needs, and then Frieza blows Namek up, they lose their long lived Grand Elder and an entire village permanently, and finally Moro targets them in Super's manga, losing yet another Grand Elder.
- Death Is Cheap: Averted. It's noted in the Buu saga that Guru didn't give Porunga the ability to bring multiple people back to life due to not believing in resurrections of their dead. It's later played straight as Frieza's decimation of their people would have left them extinct, and so the new elder altered Porunga's rules accordingly.
- Defiant Tothe End: Despite being a peace loving species, nearly all namekians shown are willing to defy stronger opponents to the end.
- Eating Optional: Dende stated that Namekians only need to drink water for sustenance. Though in a filler episode, Piccolo complained about having fish again and is seen with a plate of food. This shows that Namekians only eat for pleasure rather than to live.
- Fangs Are Evil: Namekians noticably have prominent fangs which can be seen when they are more expressive, but beyond King Piccolo and Slug, this trope is inverted, as Namekians are a peace loving species.
- Fusion Dance: Namekians of the same caste can fuse to create one powerful Namekian. However, unlike the other fusions in Dragon Ball, it's permanent and one Namekian forever loses their identity while the main vessel has his personality altered. The power jump also isn't as drastic compared to the other fused characters.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: All Namekians can regenerate as long as their heads are intact. It takes, however, a lot of energy to regenerate and too much damage inflicted too quickly will kill them before they can heal. And unlike the usual fictional Healing Factor, it needs to be consciously activated.
- Healing Factor: All Namekians have this, they can even regrow back most of their entire body as long as their head remains intact. However, their ability to regenerate is both a concious effort and requires a good deal of energy to activate, so if a Namekian takes too much damage to their body, they're as good as dead. They can also be killed by rather conventional means, such as snapping their neck.
- Healing Hands: Dragon-class Namekians can heal using their hands. So far, we have only seen Dende use this ability.
- Hermaphrodite: Namekians are hermaphrodites that possess physiques similar to those of human males.
- Long-Lived: They can easily live for hundreds of years. Kami was over three hundred years old and Guru was even older than him before dying of old age. The oldest Namekian with a confirmed age is Monaito, who is over 500 years old.
- Magic Knight: Warrior-type Namekians like Piccolo and Nail are this since they are not only extremely powerful, but they have mystical abilities like being able to create objects or clothes out of thin air.
- Mighty Glacier: Both Piccolo and Slug show that they can be giant versions of themselves, which also boosts their strength. However, unlike Saiyan's Oozaru forms, they do not retain their speed, making this impractical against faster opponents.
- Nice Guy: King Kai described them as a peaceful race. The Nameless Namekian, who became Kami and Piccolo, was actually corrupted by the humans and lost his gentle nature.
- Mysterious Past: As revealed in Super they're not originally native to Universe 7.
- Noodle Incident: Super says that they are not the original creators of the dragon balls, and instead were first able to create them after chipping off a small piece of the Super Dragon Balls as their base to work with. How they managed to do this is not touched upon, as not even the Gods of multiple universes knew of their existence for quite some time, let alone how to find them. Possibly related, they're not actually native to Universe 7 either, having migrated there from an unknown realm for unknown reasons.
- No Biological Sex: They are often assumed to be all male, but their method of reproduction places them pretty firmly into this category.
- One-Gender Race: Namekians are designed after slugs and reproduce asexually (by laying eggs with their mouth). That said, their secondary sexual characteristics are distinctly male.
- Planet of Hats: We are introduced to the Namekians by Piccolo and Kami, who were originally one person. Everyone in the race is green, reproduces asexually, belongs to one gender (male), has mystical abilities, and is peace-loving except for Piccolo, who was the Nameless Namekian's evil side that was corrupted by living on Earth. Part of the reason for the uniformity is that the Nameks we see in the main story, except the Nameless Namekian, all came from one father after the race was brought to the brink of extinction. This means any culture or other unique differences would be all but lost since everyone came from the same gene pool and was raised by the same person. However, there are still subtypes or 'classes.' There are two castes; the Dragon Caste (consisting of those with magical abilities and able to create Dragon Balls, i.e. Dende and Kami) and the Warrior Caste, those who are powerful in combat (Nail and the original King Piccolo.) Piccolo Jr. (the good one) could be considered a hybrid due to being a fusion (but lacks Kami's abilities to create the Dragon Balls).
- Practically Different Generations: Guru's children range from being little children to old people like Moori.
- Psychic Powers: Seems to be an innate Namekian trait since synchronizing his with Dende allowed Goku to escape from Hell in GT.
- Rapid Aging: It seems to wildly vary from member to member, but Namekians tend to reach adulthood rather quickly, Piccolo reached adulthood by the time he was three, while Kami and King Piccolo reached an elderly appearance by their late 200's approximately, even though this is about the half way point in their lives.
- Secret Keeper: Their dragon balls were a very well kept secret for hundreds of years to everyone who wasn't a native to Namek. It's only during the Saiyan Saga do the dragon balls become much more known.
- Sizeshifter: They can grow several times their height, which is really something, considering they can tower over the average human.
- Small Role, Big Impact: The namekians as a whole are hardly a footnote after Frieza's saga, with only Dende and Piccolo having any real significance. However, if it wasn't for their existence, the end of the Buu Saga would have been very different.
- Superpower Lottery: They are naturally strong, can heal as long as their heads are intact, and have mystical powers that allow them to create objects or clothes out of thin air, heal others, and create the titular Dragon Balls. Only the gods themselves rival the Namekians in mystical abilities.
- Super Senses: They have an acute sense of hearing to the point that whistling can cause them a great deal of pain.
- Synchronization: Namekians have two versions of this. One where they can purge their evil and good halves from each other, which in addition to weakening both halves significantly, their lives are linked to one another and will perish if either one of them dies. Luckily, both will be revived if only one is brought back to life. The other version is specific to Dragon-caste Namekians: After creating the Dragon Balls, they will become inert if their creator dies.
- Telepathy: Guru, Piccolo, and Dende were all able to have some form of telepathy to communicate with others, presumably, this is an innate Namekian trait.
- Truly Single Parent: A single Namekian can give birth to hundreds of children. This was how Guru repopulated Planet Namek after he was the sole survivor, outside of the Nameless Namekian who was sent to Earth.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Whistling can incapacitate even the strongest Namekian since their hearing is so powerful.
A Namekian child who befriends Gohan and Krillin during their quest for the Dragon Balls of his planet. Later, after Kami merges with Piccolo, he becomes the new Kami of Earth to make sure the Dragon Balls stay active on the planet.
- Action Survivor: Although he dies (briefly) by Frieza's hand, Dende is notable for being one of the handful of characters to survive the entirety of the Buu saga (thanks to Popo throwing him off of the Lookout during Buu's rampage there, and Goku and Kibitoshin saving him via Instant Transmission just before the Earth was destroyed). Of those who regularly appeared throughout the saga, the only others to match him were Hercule and Supreme Kai. Fortuneteller Baba is another case, though she appeared far less frequently.
- Angsty Surviving Twin: While his brother Cargo is never explicitly stated as his twin, he still had to witness Cargo being murdered and was unsurprisingly shocked with this.
- Big Brother Worship: To Nail, and later Piccolo after Piccolo fused with the former.
- Big Good: He tries to become this after he takes the position as Guardian of the Earth. But he's hindered by his lack of experience and doesn't have the power to fight on the front lines with the rest of the heroes. He often defers to Piccolo or Goku when trying to make a tough decision.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns to replace Kami and restore the Earth's Dragon Balls.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The fact that he and Mr. Satan are the only other survivors of Earths destruction by Kid Buus hand aside from Goku and Vegeta becomes significant when he (with some convincing from Goku) makes the final compassionate decision that would reshape the course of the franchise: using his powers to heal a barely living Majin Buu.
- Early-Bird Cameo: We see Dende in his position as Kami in Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler. The kicker? That movie came out months before Dende became Kami in the manga.
- Family Theme Naming: Dende, Nail, Cargo, Moori, are all named after snails and are siblings since they are all children of the Eldest Namek.
- God Job: Dende doesn't have the fighting skills to protect the Earth but he does have the knowledge to create dragons, so he got the job.
- Good Is Not Soft: If he wasn't pressured by Krillin and reminded that Vegeta was their best hope of standing up to Frieza, he would have left the mortally wounded Vegeta to bleed out.
- Healing Hands: The reason why the Z Warriors heal up and why he's killed in the Frieza Saga.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Gohan and Krillin during and after their adventures on Namek.
- Kill the Cutie: During the Frieza arc. He is mercilessly killed by Frieza once he learns that Dende can heal.
- Last of His Kind: Very briefly, but still.
- The Medic: During the Frieza Saga, due to his healing powers. Unfortunately, Frieza eventually notices this and reacts appropriately.
- Moe Couplet: With Gohan. Dende's the only kid Gohan is seen interacting with, and they are so cuuuute. Especially watching Dende go from very timid and shy to looking up to Gohan as a lifelong friend throughout the show.
- Morality Pet: Very close to Piccolo. It makes sense in that Piccolo fused with Nail, who was a sort of Big Brother Mentor to Dende.
- Murder by Inaction: After Vegeta takes a mortal wound from Krillin as part of a plan to have Dende heal him and receive a Zenkai boost, Dende initially refuses to do so and is fully prepared to let Vegeta die, since Vegeta was just as evil as Frieza and had killed numerous Namekians himself. Ultimately averted when Gohan, Krillin, and Piccolo persuade him to do so since they need Vegeta to stand a chance against Frieza.
- Nice Guy: Even after becoming Guardian of Earth, he sometimes lets others call him by name instead of his title (Kami-sama). Piccolo sometimes disagrees with this, such as seen in Battle of Gods.
- Non-Action Guy: One of the only main ones in the series.
- Physical God: He's only this in name, but he is, effectively, Earth's God.
- Put on a Bus: After the Frieza Saga ended, he left with his fellow Namekians to find a new planet after Frieza destroyed Namek.
- Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: Since Vegeta was just as evil and cruel as Frieza, and just as responsible for the Namekians' genocide, Dende initially refuses to help him and is fully prepared to walk away and let him bleed out when he pulls off his Deliberate Injury Gambit. He ultimately gives in and does so when Piccolo, Krillin, and Gohan point out that they need Vegeta's help if they expect to have any chance at beating Frieza.
- Shoot the Medic First: And holy crap, Frieza did.
- Sole Survivor: He was the sole survivor of the Namekian genocide until Frieza killed him.
- Squishy Wizard: Despite his magical abilities, he's implied to be physically weaker than Mr. Satan, as Goku considers fusing with the latter to be a better option.
- Well, if he had fused with Dende, then the dragon balls would have disappeared again.
- Superior Successor: Dende's Shenron is a lot stronger than Kami's Shenron.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He did this twice towards Piccolo;
- When Piccolo orders him to heal a dying Vegeta during the final battle with Frieza, Dende angrily reminds him that Vegeta is just as responsible for their people's genocide as Frieza is. He calms down when Piccolo points out how outclassed they are, but he's still pretty pissed.
- He gives Piccolo another one after he tells Buu to kill everyone on the planet before he could fight Gotenks.
- You Should Have Died Instead: More of an indirect example than most, but after Buu destroys the Earth, Vegeta calls Goku out on making an effort to save Dende and Hercule, as it resulted in them leaving behind their sons (and Piccolo), who were all subsequently killed in the explosion. Granted, it's hard to blame Goku for that specifically, as Hercule and Dende were on the way to the drop-off point, and Vegeta (who hadn't stopped to grab them) likely wouldn't have been able to make it to the boys anyway. However, given the circumstances, it's also hard to call Vegeta out on this, as shown when Dende can do nothing but offer a meek "sorry" as an apology.
Nail (ネイル, Neiru)
A Namekian who served as the personal bodyguard to Grand Elder Guru. He was the most powerful Namekian alive at the time of Frieza's attack on Namek.
- An Arm and a Leg: Frieza tears off his arm during their extremely one sided fight. Nail, being the Determinator he is, simply grows another arm and fights on.
- Badass Baritone: He had a bit of a rasp in the original Funimation dub. Sean Schemmel deepened his voice in the remastered Dragon Ball Z DVDs sets and Kai to make him more badass (and to emphasize his connection with Piccolo).
- Bald of Awesome: A Namekian trait.
- Battle Butler: To Guru, being the strongest warrior of Namek.
- Big Brother Instinct: To Dende. It's shown best after fusing with Piccolo during the battle with Frieza - Piccolo tells Dende to keep safe and loses it when he's killed by Frieza.
- The Bus Came Back: Makes a small and quick appearance in Super inside Piccolo's subconscious along with Kami during his battle against the Universe 6 Namekians in the Tournament of Power.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Ends up on the receiving end of one courtesy of Frieza. Only by merging with Piccolo does he "survive".
- Death of Personality: Subverted. Nail insists to Piccolo that he'll stop existing and only act as a power boost once they fuse, but a lot of his personality traits (his stoicism, love for his race, sense of duty, and friendship with Dende) carry over to Piccolo.
- For Want of a Nail: The power boost he gives Piccolo during their fusion is the main reason Piccolo and by extension, the Earth's dragon balls survive Frieza's assault, which in turn allow all of the Namekians to be revived. Nail himself discusses the trope with Piccolo before he merged with him, noting if he had merged with Kami and became whole again, he would have no problem beating Frieza. Notably, Nail did not know Frieza's other transformations or even that he could.note
- Fusion Dance: He fused with Piccolo, so he ceased to exist as an individual character.
- Identical Stranger: Looks the same as Piccolo.
- Made of Iron: It's how he survived his battle with Frieza.
- Meaningful Name: Along with the obligatory snail pun for every Namekian other than Piccolo and Kami, Nail is the nail that causes Piccolo to survive long enough for Earth's Dragon Balls to revive the Namekian race, and allow it to prosper after Frieza's ultimate fall.
- Nice Guy: Comes off as a genuinely honorable warrior, even offering his life force and power to Piccolo in his dying moments. He also cares deeply about Dende, as shown by his reaction (from inside Piccolo's thoughts) when he sees the former die by Frieza's death beam.
- The Stoic: Rarely changes his expression.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Piccolo in the first half of the Frieza saga. Fittingly enough, they become the same person.
- This Cannot Be!: Practically says this verbatim after Dende's death.
- Undying Loyalty: To Guru and his race as a whole.
- Villain Respect: While not gaining as much as Goku or his father did, Nail did earn praise from Frieza for his tenacity and his power level which was superior to everyone in the Ginyu Force except their leader.
- The Worf Effect: His official power level has him as strong as the three main Ginyu Force members, Recoome, Burter, and Jeice, to the point where Guru was about to send him to fight them. Frieza makes short work out of him without even using full power.
- World's Strongest Man: Before Piccolo took over he was the strongest Namekian by a large margin. His power stood at 42,000, making him on par with the Ginyu Force outside of Ginyu himself.
Grand Elder Guru (最長老, Saichōrō)
The oldest and wisest Namekian on the planet before the Frieza Saga and the creator of the Namekian Dragon Balls and the dragon Porunga. He also has the ability to unlock someone's hidden potential by placing his hand on their head; he did this for Krillin, Gohan, and Dende.
- Bald of Awesome: Bald like all Namekians and their old and wise leader, and the creator of an even stronger version of the Dragon Balls.
- Cool Old Guy: Arguably the most humble.
- Death by Despair: Died after the stress and trauma of his people being slaughtered by Frieza finally got to him. He was resurrected, and died of natural causes some time after.
- Dub Name Change: The Latin American Spanish dub refers to him as "Grand Patriarch", with no mention of his Guru name.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": In the Japanese version and the Kai dub, he's only referred to as the Grand Elder.
- Face Death with Dignity: Despite how heartbroken everyone was, he was perfectly fine accepting his natural death. This is played more straight after he is briefly revived to explain to his people about the destruction of Namek and choose his successor, before dying for real by natural causes shortly after.
- For Want of a Nail: If Guru hadn't die when he did, it's very likely that Vegeta would have gained his wish for immortality (assuming Dende wouldn't wish for something else entirely).
- Killed Off for Real: Subverted when he dies thanks to the despair of his people, but played straight after he dies again - since he died from natural causes, he can't be revived by the Dragon Balls.
- Large and in Charge: Except he's far too old to put up a fight, but still the biggest Namekian.
- Mr. Seahorse: Gave birth to 109 Namekians, including Dende and Nail.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: Well, father, but he has 109 children, having repopulated the Namekian race after all of them besides Piccolo and Kami were wiped out.
- Really 700 Years Old: 501 years old at the time of his death. Only the Nameless Namekian that separated into Kami and King Piccolo was older than him (born 19 years before Guru, 239 years old when he split himself). The way he spoke of the Nameless Namekian suggested the latter was still a child even to him when the cataclysm occurred, and he seemed to have some knowledge about the "Legendary Super Saiyan".
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He is the leader of Namekians and the father of all Namekians.
- Telepathy: He can talk to people through his mind. He uses this to communicate with Dende to tell him the last wish to make on the Namekian Dragon Balls.
- Super Empowering: Guru was able to unlock some huge reserves of power in Dende, Gohan, and Krillin.
The Eternal Dragon of Namek; he, like Shenron, can grant the wishes of one who collects the seven Dragon Balls of Namek. Created by Guru, he can be called on more often than Shenron, as a Namekian year is shorter than a year on Earth, meaning he can be summoned once every 103 days.
- Achilles' Heel: Like other dragons, he'll die (and his balls will become inert) if his creator passes.
- Benevolent Genie: Even more so than Shenron; not only will he grant any wish that is within his power to the exact specifications of the wisher, he'll even go the extra mile at times, such as when he revived Krillin, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu. Instead of having them traverse Snake Way back to Earth, he sent them directly there.
- During the Buu Saga when he's asked to recreate the Earth, despite his complaints that it isn't an easy wish, not only does he recreate the Earth, he rebuilds all the buildings Buu destroyed even though that wasn't part of the wish.
- Can't Live Without You: Like with Shenron and Kami, his life is tied to Guru, so when Guru dies, so does Porunga. When Guru is about to pass on, he has the Namekian elder Moori inherit his role as the guardian of Namek and thus binding Porunga's life to his in turn.
- Deadpan Snarker: One trait he does share with Shenron is his lack of patience and tendency to start sassing people who take too long making their wish.Porunga: "Look, I'm enjoying the fresh air and all, but I don't have all day. If you can't make up your mind, just wish for nothing three times so I can go."Krillin: "Heh, a dragon with a sense of humour."
- Death Is Cheap: Averted. It's noted in the Buu saga that Namekians didn't give Porunga the ability to bring multiple people back to life due to not believing in ressurections of their dead. Played straight since the Namekians realise Frieza's decimation of their people would have left them extinct, and alter Porunga's powers accordingly.
- Difficult, but Awesome: While he requires his wishes to be asked in Namekian, and resurrections are on a "one wish per person" basis, he's much more of a Benevolent Genie than Shenron, and he can grant three wishes instead of one or two (on top of being able to resurrect people more than once).
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When he grants a wish, his eyes glow brighter.
- Heroic Build: He's much more a Benevolent Genie than Shenron ever was. He's also significantly more ripped than Shenron ever was.
- Language of Magic: Any wish requested of him has to be worded in the Namekian language.
- Literal Genie:
- Inverted. Porunga is morally opposed to having a wish to kill an innocent person, so if a wish would lead to someone dying, he'll refuse to grant it. This appeared when everyone thought Goku died when Namek exploded and tried to wish him to the Check-in Station in Otherworld to wish him back to life on Earth, only for Porunga to reveal that not only was Goku still alive, but if he did grant the wish, then Goku would have died when moved to the Check-in Station. He also won't grant a wish that revives or moves a person if that person doesn't want to be moved or revived.
- Played straight at least once; when Piccolo is revived during the Namek Saga, Gohan and Krillin use their second wish to transport him directly to Planet Namek. Piccolo ends up miles away from them because they didn't specify exactly where on Namek they wanted Porunga to send him.
- Love God: Dende states that he's the Namekian god of love. While they are a mono-gendered species that reproduce asexually so even though romance wouldn't be important enough in their culture to warrant a major deity, Namekians do feel other kinds of love. Piccolo's familial bond with Gohan is the shining example.
- Magic A Is Magic A: There are rules regarding what kind of wishes Porunga can and can't grant and those rules are usually followed. Averted in the Buu Saga, where they change his rules in hindsight of what happened with Frieza.
- Meaningful Name: In the Namekian language, his name translates to "Dragon of Dreams", or "Dragon of Law".
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Moori remakes Porunga after Guru's death, which boosts the dragon's power to revive entire populations instead of one person per wish.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: He's much more ripped than Shenron. That said, Shenron is still the stronger dragon as far as raw power goes (since Shenron can resurrect an entire mass of people, whereas Porunga can only rez people one at a time). Averted by the Buu Saga when his power is increased, and Porunga is able to revive every living on Earth.
- Nice Guy: He's a bit of a Deadpan Snarker, but he's a bit more affable than Shenron and is firmly a Benevolent Genie.
- Not So Stoic: Although he's more personable than Shenron is, he still maintains a calm and stoic air about him most of the time, until Bulma once told him "You're cute. I like you.", leading to a few sweat droplets appearing and a few stammers from the big dragon.
- Obvious Rule Patch: After the Frieza incident, the new Namekian elder Moori decides to upgrade him to be able to revive multiple people at once. The Buu saga makes it clear that this was a wise decision.
- Our Dragons Are Different: A wish-granting dragon that looks more like a crocodile-naga with Namekian antennae on his head. This applies to the difference between Porunga and Shenron as well as there are different rules.
- Reality Warper: Like Shenron, this guy has the power to grant (almost) any wish. While difficult, he can recreate an entire planet.
- Took a Level in Badass: His power is increased by the Buu Saga and the limit on the number of people he can bring back is removed, allowing him to revive every living thing on Earth.
Grand Elder Moori (ムーリKan, Mūri)
Originally a village elder and Dende and Cargo's guardian, he was killed by Dodoria. He was revived and became the successor to Guru as Grand Elder after the events of the Namek saga.
- Back for the Dead: Returns in the Galactic Prisoner arc of Super to die at the hands of Cranberry, a former Frieza goon. For added cruel irony, Cranberry was killed during the same attack that took his life the first time, although he died before Moori. Moori is eventually revived after Moro's death, though.
- Cool Old Guy: A very humble geezer who is willing to help Goku for saving Namek. In the Buu Saga, he playfully messes with Dende upon seeing him for the first time in seven years.
- Neck Snap: Dodoria breaks his neck after he and Freeza take his village's Dragon Ball and kill Cargo.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In Super, he names Esca Grand Elder when an invasion of New Namek happens because he foresaw his own death, putting the young Namekian in charge of Porunga. However, Moori later dies when Moro and Cranberry were aiming to use the Dragon Balls, which means their plans would have been brought to a halt right then and there had he not decided to transfer ownership of Porunga.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He is the leader of the Namekians.
A small Namekian child who is being trained to be the new grand elder. He becomes the sole survivor of Moro's rampage across New Namek.
- Ascended Extra: Esca was a background character in chapter 514 of the original manga. He became relevant in the Galactic Prisoner arc of Super.
- Expy Coexistence: Jaco takes Esca to Earth, where he meets Dende on the Lookout, the character who heavily inspired Esca's role in the earlier half of the Galactic Patrol Prisoner arc.
- Healing Hands: He saves Goku and Vegeta's necks with this ability.
- History Repeats: As a Sole Survivor of a genocidal attack on the Namekians, his circumstances are eerily similar to Dende's during the original Namek arc.
- Sole Survivor: Like Dende, he's a Namekian kid with healing abilities who narrowly survives his race's destruction at the hands of an evil warlord, with the perpetrator being Moro instead of Frieza.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: He fills the role of the "white mage" during Goku and Vegeta's battle against Moro on New Namek, just as Dende did for Krillin, Gohan, Vegeta and Piccolo during the original Namek arc.
The Nameless Namekian (Known later in life as Piccolo)
A gifted Namekian who narrowly escaped an apocalyptic event from his home planet and split himself into good and evil halves: Kami and King Piccolo.
- The Ace: Through Namekian legend, the Nameless Namekian was considered a prodigy among prodigies with unrivaled fighting potential. His power was considered to be on par with a mastered Super Saiyan.
- He's Back: Sort of. Piccolo effectively becomes the Nameless Namekian after fusing with Kami, as the two are once again one person and their combined power is far greater than either individual's peak had been to this point. However, Piccolo remains the dominant persona, and in regards to his previous incarnations' memories, he attains only the key knowledge of said memories, not the personal aspect.
- Humans Are Bastards: The Nameless Namekian was once as pure and peaceful as any other of his kind, but he was slowly corrupted by the greed and hatred of humanity while he lived on Earth. Eventually, he could no longer bear it and expelled the evil from himself, which took the form of King Piccolo.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: He was a Dragon Clan Namekian, which meant that he had mystical abilities and could create sets of Dragon Balls, but he was also far stronger than any Warrior Clan Namekian.
- Literal Split Personality: He split himself into two beings that represented the good and evil halves of his soul. They became known as Kami and King Piccolo. Centuries later, King Piccolo's son/reincarnation re-merged with Kami to combat Cell and briefly abandoned the name Piccolo, calling himself the Nameless Namekian. However, Piccolo being the "base" of the fusion meant that he was still Piccolo for all intents and purposes, just with a momentous power boost and Kami's wisdom in his subconscious (as well as a sudden reverence for the Lookout).
- Name Amnesia: He may have had a name once, but he had forgotten it by the time he arrived on Earth. When Piccolo and Kami finally merged back together, he decided to keep the name "Piccolo".
Katas (カタッツ Katattsu)
The father of the original Nameless Namekian who sent his prodigal son away to Earth to escape planet Namek's ecological collapse in ancient times.
- Fling a Light into the Future: Sent his son away to Earth when planet Namek's climate drastically shifted and died shortly afterwards, mirroring the role of Jor-El in the Superman origin story and later Bardock's motive in sending baby Kakarot away in Dragon Ball Minus.
- Good Parents: Grand Elder Guru describes him fondly as a good father to the Nameless Namekian who was willing to do anything to protect his son.
- Mistaken Identity: Even official sources often mistake him with his son and claim that the Nameless Namekian was Katas... kind of ruining the point of him being called the Nameless Namekian.
- Posthumous Character: Died centuries before the beginning of the story.
- The Smart Guy: Guru says that Katas was a genius, implying that he designed the spaceship that carried his son to Earth.
Future Trunks' Timeline
Future Bulma (未来のブルマ, Mirai no Buruma)
The future version of Bulma from Future Trunks timeline. She created Trunks' time machine.
Besides tropes featured by Present Bulma, she features examples of:
- The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People: All of Bulma's negative traits, such as her vanity, arrogance, selfishness, and temper tantrums completely disappear in the Bad Future, with her better nature cranked Up to Eleven, almost to the point of bordering an All-Loving Heroine and Big Good, despite Future Trunks claiming that she hadn't changed when Krillin asked him in the manga.
- Back for the Dead: Tragically, this fate befalls her in Dragon Ball Super. She is killed off by Goku Black in Episode 47, and since there are no Dragon Balls in her timeline, she is Killed Off for Real. Later, her very existence is erased after Future Zeno destroys the timeline.
- Big Good: She was the one who invented the Time Machine and came up with the plan to give Goku the heart virus medicine that ends up saving two timelines.
- Deader Than Dead: After Future Zeno has destroyed the future timeline, everything was wiped out including the afterlife. That means her very soul was destroyed, erased from all existence. However, Whis creates a new timeline for Future Trunks and Mai, one where Goku Black never comes to Earth and she never dies.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: This happens to her in the Super manga. Unlike the anime where we see her die from Goku Black letting the lab explode and keeping her in place inside of it, the manga just shows the building she is in being destroyed by one of Black's blasts. We don't actually see her die.
- Greater Need Than Mine: The entire reason she sends Trunks back in time to alter the future so that it could be a peaceful one, even if she couldn't be part of it.
- Greater-Scope Paragon: She's killed at the beginning of the Future Trunks arc of Super, but her influence is still there.
- Killed Off for Real: She is killed by Goku Black in his first on-screen appearance.
- Magitek: Before her death, she somehow created guns that can shoot ki.
- Nice Girl: The living hell created by Android 17 and 18, and later brought back by Goku Black, forced Bulma to finally cast off of her girlhood selfishness, maturing into a gentle, compassionate, nurturing and kind mother who is arguably more adorable than her teenage self ever was.
- Nicknaming the Enemy: A tragic example. She was the one who gave Goku Black his nickname because she couldn't stand associating him with the identity of her longtime friend.
- Older Than They Look: By the time of Dragon Ball Super, she looks to be in her 40s or 50s, but she's actually 62.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Has dabbled in medicine and managed to create the perfect cure for the heart virus despite the lack of test subjects.
- Sacrificial Lion: She is the first character killed at the start of the second Future Trunks arc to establish how much worse the future has become and the threat level of Goku Black.
- Silver Vixen: Although not played for fanservice in the least, Future Bulma exudes an aura of gentle dignity, warmth, compassion, love and kindness that makes her the most beautiful and adorable incarnation of her character to-date in spite being in her early 60's. Her still loud, immature and selfish "peaceful world" counterpart, in comparison, aged visibly and poorly, looking a good 20 years older than Future Bulma in spite of being 17 years younger.
- Sole Surviving Scientist: She invented a time machine to send Future Trunks to the past and find a way to kill the androids. Sadly in Dragon Ball Super she was killed by Goku Black.
Future Son Gohan/Sun Wufan (未来の孫悟飯, Mirai no Son Gohan)
The future counterpart of Gohan, from Future Trunks' timeline. He was Trunks' mentor.
- Adaptational Badass:
- In the manga story of Trunks' timeline, Gohan is killed by Android 17, who claimed not to have used even half of his power to beat Gohan the last time they fought. In the anime adaptation of History of Trunks, Gohan is stronger than the androids individually, but he is ultimately killed because 17 and 18 ganged up on him in a 2 vs. 1 fight (and Gohan having had one arm amputated probably didn't help).
- Xenoverse 2 tend to make him stronger than he was canonically. Such as fighting along with your character, fighting against villains he would have no chance against (such as Goku Black and Zamasu), and swarm of Jamnebas with his father at Super Saiyan Blue.
- An Arm and a Leg: His future self lost his left arm to the Androids.
- The Artifact: Some games have him use at least one Kamehame Hadoken with only one hand, even though in the games he usually has both arms. The only reason he uses a one-armed Kamehameha in canon is because he literally lost one of his arms.
- Being Good Sucks: Future Gohan is a very good example of this. After witnessing his father and all of his friends die at the hands of the androids, Gohan went into hiding to train himself to become strong enough to challenge this new threat. He spent his entire adult life challenging the androids to no avail, watching as countless innocents died at the hands of the monstrous duo. His reward for all of his self-sacrifice was to lose his left arm, and in the next and final fight between him and his two nemeses, Gohan was completely outmatched and left for dead, with his face down on the ground of the wreckage of yet another city he failed to protect. And then a sad rain starts pouring over his battered, crippled corpse. It's amazing how Trunks didn't have his whole spirit sapped way at such a tragic sight.
- Big Brother Mentor: Is one to Future Trunks before his death.
- Bowdlerization: Due to odd censorship standards, Japanese-developed videogames with Future Gohan always feature him with two arms, even if they take place after he lost the arm and even though it's one of his most recognizable, defining traits compared to regular adult Gohan. (This isn't the case with the American-developed games, such as Legacy of Goku 2 or Sagas, where he's missing it.) Interestingly, in these games he usually nonetheless is given a fighting style designed to only use one arm. Some enterprising modders have erased the arm and found that it looks completely seamless.
- Breakout Character: It's not as much as his student, but in spite of appearing only in History of Trunks and flashbacks, he's gone onto make several appearances in the video games as a playable character, often having a completely distinct playstyle from the main timeline's adult Gohan.
- Deader Than Dead: After Future Zeno has destroyed the future timeline, everything was wiped out, including the afterlife. That means his very soul was destroyed, erased from all existence. However, Whis creates a new timeline for Future Trunks and Mai, one where Goku Black never comes to Earth. So, although he's still dead, his soul still exists.
- Extremity Extremist: Presumably as a nod to the fact that he lost an arm, in Xenoverse 2, a good majority of his combos are kick-based.
- Future Badass: Subverted. He's undeniably a badass capable of holding his own against one of the Androids with only one arm, however, he's still significantly weaker than his present-day self at 9 years old post-Hyperbolic Time Chamber and especially after he achieves Super Saiyan 2.
- Handicapped Badass: He loses an arm after fighting the androids.
- History Repeats: Like his father, Future Gohan suffers a brutally realistic Undignified Death lying down. His main timeline counterpart almost seems to repeat the same mistakes by losing functionality of his arm and almost deciding to surrender in the fight against Cell, another of Dr. Gero's creations.
- Hurting Hero: Not only did he lose his dad to a heart virus, but he also had to watch his friends, Honorary Uncle, and mentor be murdered before his eyes. He then spends thirteen years fighting the androids, acting as the last hope for the world, and losing each time before he gets killed in the streets like a dog without avenging any of his comrades.
- Incompletely Trained: Unlike main timeline Gohan, Goku and Piccolo's deaths cut short any real training Gohan would have recieved from them, and he was forced to just work with what little he already knew, effectively causing Future Trunks to suffer from this trope as well. As such he's surpassed by his main timeline self by a noticeable margin by the time he reached the same age.
- The Lost Lenore: Platonically to Future Trunks. Gohan was the most significant relationship that was even remotely close to Future Trunks's age in his life growing up, being both a friend and a mentor. Future Gohan's death forced Trunks to take up the mantle of being earth's hero in their timeline, and his memory of Gohan is one of Future Trunks's main driving motivators even into the events of Super. It's shown that despite it being years later and Future Trunks having become far stronger than Future Gohan ever had been in life, Gohan still means a lot to him.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: Because Goku died before he could train him, Future Gohan doesn't have Goku's master chain, unlike his present counterpart. He also trains Future Trunks since Goten doesn't exist in his timeline: Piccolo > Son Gohan > Future Trunks
- My Death Is Only The Beginning: Future Gohan to the Androids: "There is no end for me! NO END!"
- Sacrificial Lion: He is brutally killed by the androids during the last third of History of Trunks. His death gives Trunks the spark needed to become a Super Saiyan.
- Sole Survivor: Before he trained Trunks, Gohan was the only living Z-Fighter that wasn't murdered by the Androids, spending years fighting them and protecting the Earth as much as he could. When the Androids finally killed him, Trunks became the last one thanks to Gohan's training.
- The Stoic: A lot more serious than his main timeline counterpart. After over a decade of tragedy and pain, Gohan rarely cracks a smile and has a scowl almost permanently embedded on his face.
- Take Up My Sword: He pretty much passes his legacy of protecting the Earth onto Trunks with his passing. It also helps that his death helped Trunks unlock the Super Saiyan form for the first time, at least in the TV special. In the manga, Trunks was already a Super Saiyan before Gohan's death.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Having everyone he loved murdered in front of him by 17 and 18 at the age of 8 beats what little innocence is left that was shattered by the loss of his father clean out of Son Gohan. He no longer uses the "polite masculine" form of "Boku" to refer to himself (which his "peaceful universe" adult self still does by "Super"), instead of using the coarse-masculine "Ore" used by every other adult male warrior in the franchise. He takes a harsh, pragmatic and unromantic view towards combat, which to him now is nothing less than literal warfare, and in cold ruthlessness is practically a taller and short-haired Vegeta.
- Tough Love: He is harsh on Future Trunks when training him. He leaves him to almost drown and regularly beats him. He does this so Trunks will be ready to fight the androids and he's mimicking Piccolo's training regimen.
- Tragic Dream: As a child, Gohan wanted to be a scholar as he grew up, was was forced to put on hold when he had to take on serious threats on Earth. Tragically, he never gets the chance to become a scholar like his main timeline self did as he spend the rest of his life fighting the Androids right until his death.
- Trauma Conga Line: Poor Future Gohan. He loses all his friends in one day thanks to the androids. Unlike the above, it never gets better for him.
- Undignified Death: Holy shit, yes. There's nothing dignified about the Future Androids leaving his corpse to rot among the ruins of the latest city they trashed. The only good thing out of it was that at least he didn't die in vain in the anime. In the manga, however, he pretty much died for nothing.
Future Son Goku (未み来らいの孫そん悟ご空くう Mirai no Son Gokū)
Goku's Future timeline counterpart, who unceremoniously died from his Heart Virus infection shortly after returning to Earth and killing Frieza for good. This left the rest of the Z-Fighters and entire timeline in jeopardy when the Androids eventually surfaced.
- Back for the Dead: Seen again very briefly in a bonus Super manga chapter set during the Future timeline's Android saga before dying again. This time we actually see a glimpse of him with a halo in the Other World.
- The Hero Dies: Son Goku, the strongest man on Earth, dies in bed. Without their Hope Bringer, the Z-Fighters are left at a significant disadvantage when the Androids surface, and they too are all killed one by one, with Gohan being the Sole Survivor.
- Major Injury Underreaction: As we see in a bonus Super manga chapter illustrated by Toyotaro that's set in the past during the Androids' initial attack, Future Goku's only reaction to dying after passing to the Other World was a glib "Oh, I'm dead". Makes sense, seeing as even in this timeline, it wasn't his first time.
- Posthumous Character: Dies and remains dead before The History of Trunks begins, but his demise has huge ramifications.
- Undignified Death: Whereas his main timeline counterpart thankfully survived (at least until he didn't), Future Goku was not so lucky due to the lack of working medication and he painfully dies in his sleep from a viral infection. It's probably the absolute last kind of death a proud, powerful warrior like Goku would want. To make matters worse, even if his timeline's Dragon Balls weren't rendered inert by Future Piccolo's later death, he probably couldn't have been resurrected anyway since his was a "natural" death.
Android 16 (人造人間16号, Jinzou Ningen Juuroku-Gou)
An incomplete android built by Dr. Gero. He was released prematurely by 17 and 18 and brought along to search for Goku. Unlike his companions, he is purely mechanical, not a cyborg. While very strong, he is more interested in nature than fighting, becoming an ally to the Z-Fighters after 17 and 18 are absorbed by Cell. Sadly he ends up being killed by Cell, though it's his death that sparks Gohan's transformation into a Super Saiyan 2.
- Action Bomb: He was designed specifically for a suicide mission against Gero's most hated enemy, Goku. But as the mad doctor continued to model the killer-android after his late-son, he could no longer go through with it. He sealed up 16 in his pod indefinitely and gave him a gentle-programming to avoid combat in the unlikely event he should ever be activated.
- A Day in the Limelight: Dragon Ball FighterZ expands upon his character and his backstory enormously. It explains "who" he is, where he really comes from, and his relation to the rest of the Androids and why he's completely synthetic when many of the other Androids are more like cyberized humans. We even get to find out who the parents of the man he was based on are - no less than Dr. Gero himself and Android 21.
- Affably Evil: Aside from his programmed objective to kill Goku, #16 isnt really evil. He adores nature and the planet Earth; even acting as #17 and #18s moral compass to keep them on track for their mission. This is intentional as Dr. Gero programmed him with a gentle, pacifistic personality due to him, essentially being the robot duplicate of his dead son.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Dr. Gero says he can't control him, fears he will be killed upon 16's activation and even warns the other androids that 16 could very well destroy the world on a whim, but otherwise averted with Android 16, who plainly stated that his goal was to kill Son Goku, as per his programming, and he tagged along with the other androids because he believed that they had the same goal as him. This also implies the later confirmed truth that 16 is the only one of the trio who is not fully sentient since Bulma had to remove Dr. Gero's programming from 16 when she repaired him so that he wouldn't want to fight Goku anymore while Android 18 did not get the same treatment. In fact, Android 18 seemed to have absolutely no interest in killing Goku whatsoever from the start, and Android 17 appeared to be hunting Goku out of his own free will, seeing it as some kind of "game." Later subverted when it's revealed Dr. Gero based Android 16 off of his own son and implemented Android 16 with the same personality as his dead son. This could mean the whole thing was just a way for Gero to convince the other Androids not to activate 16 so harm doesn't come to him.
- Analogy Backfire: After ripping Cell's tail off, he compares Cell to a bee that has lost its stinger. Cell points out that bees die once they lose their stingers, whereas he can just regenerate his tail and proceeds to do so.
- Arch-Enemy: Quite clearly feels this way towards Goku. Even after his HeelFace Turn.
- Arm Cannon: HELL'S FLASH!
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Android 16 seems to have a knack for analyzing the power and abilities of others, immediately sensing both Piccolo's fusion with Kami and Vegeta's ascension. In a show where everyone constantly underestimating their opponents is Played for Drama, this sticks out.
- Badass Pacifist: He's very friendly and gentle to animals. However, he also surpasses 17 and 18 in power by a large margin and was the only one able to fight a 600,000 human-powered Cell to a standstill. FighterZ implies this is a trait inherited from the Gero the Younger.
- Berserk Button: 16 considers all life precious, so seeing a creature like Cell who takes delight in killing is enough to make him take action.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As the overconfident Cell finds out the hard and painful way.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Redhead to Android 17's Brunette and Android 18's Blonde.
- The Big Guy: Serves as this post-HeelFace Turn before his death.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: After Piccolo goes down, he becomes the only hope left in stopping Cell from becoming complete. He gives Cell one of his toughest fights and would have stopped Cell cold after ripping off his tail if he couldn't regenerate. Despite his valiant efforts, 17 is absorbed by Cell who easily beats him in his Semi-Perfect form.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's one of the bigger characters in the series, is nearly emotionless, lives to kill Goku (at first), and is the strongest of all the Androids outside of Cell. One of the first signs that 16 is more than just a killing machine, however, is that he loves to play with animals. He goes against Cell because he is an enemy to all living things.
- Cessation of Existence: Due to him being a fully robotic being, he has no soul to revive and never returns after Cell kills him.
- Character Exaggeration: His Friend to All Living Things trait is expanded in the anime, whereas in the manga it is more of an informed attribute. One of the best cases of this trope, as it makes his death by the hand (or rather, foot) of Cell more powerful.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Unlike the others killed by Cell, for 16 its ambiguous whether he was or was not revived by the Dragon Balls. Regardless, 16 probably thought this would be the case. His death is arguably the most awesome in the series, as he sacrifices his existence to give Gohan the will to fight, and dies with a smile on his face. Being wholly synthetic, though, it is possible to outright rebuild him if you know how, but even with the memories of the original he is not the same 16. Android 21 builds a new 16 in FighterZ. The monologue of the second 16 shows that he believes the original 16 is gone forever.
- Evil Counterpart: To Android 8, initially. They both love nature and despise those who disregard life. The only real difference between the two is that Android 8 became friends with Goku, while 16 just barely tolerates his existence. Justified since 16 was specifically programmed to kill Goku.
- Expy: To Android 8 from earlier in the series. Both androids are fully mechanical creations that are incredibly strong but considered failures in spite of it due to their well-meaning, caring personalities. 16 is even a multiple of 8.
- Evil Redhead: What 16 was meant to be. Sort of. Gero made him a Gentle Giant, aside from the "kill Goku" thing.
- Famous Last Words: "Gohan, let it go. It is not a sin to fight for the right cause. On the contrary, it is a very good thing. There are those whose words alone will not reach. Cell is such a being. I know how you feel, Gohan. You are gentle. You do not like to hurt. I know because I too have learned these feelings, but it is because you cherish life, that you must protect it. [...] Please... drop your restraints. Protect the life I loved. You have the strength - my scanners sensed it. Just... let it go." His final speech to Gohan before his head is crushed by Cell, followed by Gohan awakening the Super Saiyan 2 transformation.note
- Forgotten Fallen Friend: His Heroic Sacrifice catalyzed Gohan turning Super Saiyan 2, and Android 16 is never mentioned again after the Cell Saga. Since he didn't fall into the "lives killed by Cell" category that #17 technically did, he seemingly didn't get to come back to life. Some of the games do remember him, most notably FighterZ, but he still hasn't been memorialized in the TV series.
- Friend to All Living Things: As Team Four Star frequently jokes, he likes the birds. It's also why he steps in to fight and kill Imperfect Cell after Piccolo is beaten, after several chapters of refusing to fight anyone but Goku: to protect all life from the threat Cell poses.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Once Semi-Perfect Cell makes a hole in his head, 16's power decreases immensely, struggling to move quickly without assistance or strain, while it doesn't mean much due the power differences by that point, it does ultimately cause him and 18 to slow down enough to the point Cell can catch up even after Tien's prolonged assault on him.
- Gentle Giant: Despite his programming to hunt and kill Goku, 16 is a gentle, caring individual that loves nature and treats others with kindness. This is because Gero intended him to be a Replacement Goldfish for his deceased son, and knew that making him love to fight would put him in harm's way. That said, like all infinite energy furnace models, 16 was beyond Gero's control and he feared that 16 would try to kill him if activated.
- A machine man defends two family members from a newer model in his line acting on the behalf of an enemy said family destroyed both in the present and in the future. Hmm...
- So, a genius in technology creates a Replacement Goldfish android identical to his late son killed in an accident, and the android shows to be a Friend to All Living Things. That's the Astro Boy origin story, with Gero as Doctor Tenma.
- Heroic RRoD: Subverted. Although he fully intended to self-destruct and take Cell with him, he ended up unable to go through with it because Bulma removed his self-destruct device out of fear that he'd use it against Goku when she discovered it while repairing 16.
- Informed Attribute: This may shock you, but Android 16's love for the birds and animals is never shown in the manga, only stated. The Z anime expands on this by always showing him with a bird alongside him (or many).
- Irony: Averted twice. Gero designed him to kill the very warrior who ended his real human counterpart's life, Goku, but the doctor couldn't bring himself to witness what was now his son, die a second time. Happens again when 16 intends to self-destruct next to Cell, remarking the irony that the culmination of Gero's mad work would be undone by another one of his own creations, only to fail when he didn't realize Bulma had already removed his bomb.
- It Has Been an Honor:
- While marching off from Android 18 to fight Cell (the first time), he tells her he enjoyed the time he spent with her and 17 and thinks they're cool.
- In the Japanese version and the manga, he commends them for not harming people or animals pointlessly.
- I Will Only Slow You Down: He tells 18 to leave him behind during Cell's pursuit of her on the basis he's only going hinder things in his current state, which is true, as she had been lugging him around ever since he was injured. Unfortunately, she refuses to until it's far too late to escape anymore, and is promptly absorbed.
- Jerkass to One: While a Non-Malicious Monster and Nice Guy both before and after his HeelFace Turn, he remains cold and distant toward Goku, having been created specifically to kill him. During the Cell Games, when Goku approaches him and wishes him luck, 16 responds to his kindness with an Implied Death Threat, reminding him of his intended purpose.Android 16: I was created for the sole purpose of killing you, Goku. Do not forget that.
- Killed Off for Real: 16's death is all the more jarring because it seemingly sticks in a series where Death Is Cheap. At the same time, however, it creates a Plot Hole, as in the Majin Buu saga, Android 8 (and Arale, possibly) are revived just fine by the Dragon Balls. Cue some fans thinking He's Just Hiding!. Depending on the canonicity of Fighter Z, the game implies that even if a new 16 was built and given the memories of the original, he still lacks the soul of the old 16. Assuming that 16 wasnt revived by the Dragon Balls, then the original is really gone forever.
- Logical Weakness: Both exploit it and fall victim to it. His fully mechanical nature gives him an edge against (Imperfect) Cell that no other member of the cast has since Cell cannot just absorb him for an easy win. Unfortunately, once Cell evolves into a higher form, 16 can no longer match him in combat, and since he's a robot, he can't train or inspire himself to grow stronger like the rest of the cast - he would need to be remodeled, and with Gero out of the picture and 21 inactive at the time, there's nobody to do it and no time to do it in.
- Martial Pacifist: He only wants to kill Goku because Dr. Gero programmed him to do that. When asked, he outright refuses to fight anyone else, and considers all life to be precious. He makes an exception and decides to kill Cell because he knows that Cell cannot be reasoned with and will destroy all life on Earth just because he can.
- Monster Progenitor: An unwilling example in Dragon Ball Online. Android 16 has been copied by Red Pants Army, who went on to mass-produce him. To put it in perspective, the average Time Patrol member only has a power level of 100,000. It's one of the main reasons the main setting counts as a Bad Present.
- Nature-Loving Robot: The only of 3 Androids that result to be a complete robot and not part-human as 17 and 18. Despite his primary mission (find and kill Goku), he's a Gentle Giant who has a love for animals, usually seen with birds around him and holding one in his hands.
- Neutral No Longer: He starts as a Gentle Giant who refuses to fight anybody except Goku (because of his programming) and instead prefers to interact with the wildlife. When he realizes how evil Cell is and the threat he poses to the entire world, he spurs into action and, as an inspiration to Badass Pacifists everywhere, gives Cell the toughest fight he had encountered so far, coming close to killing him outright.
- Nice Guy: Too Nice, although Nice Is Not Good, as he warns Goku to never forget that he was programmed to kill him. Good Is Not Nice also applies, in that if he thinks you're pointlessly evil, he will try to kill you without a warning.
- Non-Malicious Monster: He's a Nature Lover and considers all life to be precious. The only reason he wants to kill Goku is that Dr. Gero programmed him to do so.
- Poor Communication Kills: If 16 had at any point told Bulma that he would use the failsafe plan of using his own bomb on Cell instead of Goku, it's more than likely Bulma either would have reinstalled the explosive or at least informed him of its removal. Unfortunately, this not being addressed by either ends up with 16 being destroyed.
- Replacement Goldfish: Like Astro Boy, 16 was based on Dr. Gero's deceased son, and his gentle personality is a result of Gero not wanting him to be destroyed in battle if at all possible. It might also be, like the original Astro Boy, why Gero ultimately deemed him a failure and never activated him: a copy wasn't enough to bring back his son.
- Depending on if Fighterz is canon, he was also intended to be this for Android 21. Unfortunately, he died and 21 built a Replacement Goldfish for Android 16, but she knows he will never be either her human son or the original 16 but loves him as her child anyway.
- Robo Speak: In the original US Dub only, though even there he falls out of it as he learns and grows.
- Rocket Punch: One of his powers, being fully mechanical.
- The Quiet One: He rarely speaks for most of his appearances, unless he has something of substance to say.
- Sacrificial Lion: His final words and death are what triggered Gohan to become a Super Saiyan 2.
- The Stoic: He rarely shows any emotion, at least at first.
- Suicide Attack: His mission is to destroy Goku. Not willing to take any chances, Gero built in a bomb to make sure 16's mission would be successful, regardless of how strong Goku was. He ultimately tries to use it against Cell, only to find out Bulma removed it beforehand, just in case.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: His brutal death at the hands of Cell was what triggers Gohan to go SSJ2 and fly into an Unstoppable Rage against Cell.
- Super Prototype: He's an earlier model than #17 and #18 (and #19 & #20/Dr. Gero, for that matter) and seems to be around the same series as both of the former two, but is significantly more powerful than all of them. Indeed, outside of Cell (whose full power could only be achieved by absorbing people, and ultimately #17 and #18), #16 is the strongest android that Dr. Gero had ever created. His "mother" might be able to outdo him, but she's a much weirder example.
- Taking You with Me: Subverted. 16 carried a self-destruct device with a magnitude higher than a nuclear bomb that was presumably implanted by Gero for an attempt to kill Goku. 16 ultimately attempts to use this on Cell, but he ended up unable to go through with it because Bulma removed the device when doing repair work on 16.
- This gets even worse because Cell states that the bomb would probably have been incapable of killing him anyway. Considering what Cell survives later (while in his far less durable second form to boot), it would appear he was correct though Cell arrogantly considers himself an Invincible Villain that can No-Sell any attack the Z-Fighters throw at him.
- However its worth noting Android 17, 18 and Cell, do not share the same explosive mechanism as 16 does, and Cell's very own planet-destroying bomb is setup in such a manner so as to preserve one singular cell (from which he can regenerate obviously). 16 was designed for a singular-target suicide mission, to atomize anyone caught within close-proximity of the blast. Since never given the opportunity to use it, we'll never know how effective it would've been.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Before he starts working with Goku to kill Cell, he brushes off Goku's offer of friendship and gives him a Death Glare and an Implied Death Threat. Justified, because Dr.vGero programmed him to kill Goku.
- Terminator Impersonator: A stoic, square-jawed, towering killer robot who develops respect for life and ends up sacrificing himself to protect it.
- Token Good Teammate: Unlike 17 and 18, who enjoyed causing chaos and mischief, 16 doesn't actually do anything evil. He's programmed to kill Goku, but even that he's more than willing to throw aside for the sake of stopping Cell.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: If he didn't have a soul when Gero built him, he would most likely have earned one by the time Cell brutally murdered him.
- True Companions: Despite their time with him being relatively short, they get this with 16, spending their time together getting along and the three are often portrayed as watching out for one another. The second 16 gets this again in Dragon Ball Fighter Z, but is killed in the halfway mark of the story.
- Wave-Motion Gun: His Hell's Flash attack, which he has to detach his forearms to charge up and fire.
- The Worf Effect: He gets hit with this once Cell becomes Semi-Perfect. He was Cell's equal beforehand, able to hold his own even after Cell had absorbed 600,000 humans and effortlessly beat down Piccolo. The first sign of how much stronger Cell has become? He easily outruns 16 and bashes a dent in his head, almost killing him.
Jimmy Firecracker (セルゲームアナウンサー, Cell Games Announcer)
The reporter from ZTV who covers the Cell Games and is an ardent supporter of Hercule.
- Action Survivor: Along with Piiza, he's the only non-combatant who was present in the Cell Games. This was when he thought it would be akin to a normal tournament. Then things get insane, and for his part, he does make it out in one piece without being revived by the Dragon Balls.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He never appeared again after the Cell Saga.
- Combat Commentator: The only announcer at the Cell Games, mainly due to everyone else fearing for their safety.
- Jerkass: Very dismissive of the Z-Fighters, amongst all Goku, who he thought would get himself killed by Cell.
- Large Ham Announcer: Goes along with the territory when you're hyping up the Champ.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: While their actual jobs are different, for the purposes of the Cell Games, Jimmy is replacing the World Tournament Announcer. They even have the same voice actor in both Kai and the Latin American Spanish dub.
Sharpner (シャプナー, Shapunā) and Erasa (イレーザ, Irēza)
- Adaptational Jerkass: Sharpner in the anime. He's far more antagonistic towards Gohan in the anime, although it's probably because he has more screentime than in the manga.
- Advertised Extra: They are among the main group in Z's second Japanese opening despite having very little screentime in the actual show.
- Amazon Chaser: Sharpner for Videl. He doesn't catch her, though.
- Bare Your Midriff: Erasa's outfit in the World Tournament Arc.
- Beauty Is Bad: Sharpner.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: They never appeared after the Majin Buu saga, although considering they were students at the time, it is easy to guess they simply graduated and went their own ways.
- Everyone Can See It: In the English dub, they have both lightly teased Videl about a perceived relationship with Gohan. Possibly a case of Depending on the Writer in Sharper's case.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Sharpner to Gohan.
- Hopeless Suitor:
- Sharpner towards Videl. She finds him obnoxious.
- Erasa towards Gohan. She obviously has a crush on him, spending most of their shared screentime hitting on him, but since Gohan is Oblivious to Love...
- Jerk Jock: Sharpner.
- Ms. Fanservice: Erasa is this with her massive cleavage. Erasa has even bigger cleavage in the World Tournament Arc and also shows her navel.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Erasa certainly thinks so. While Sharpner quickly dismisses Gohan as a nerd, Erasa spends most of her debut episode flirting with him.
- Punny Names: Sharpner and Erasa. Get it?
- Satellite Characters: They only exist to be Videl's friends and that's it.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Sharpner.
- Shipper on Deck: Despite her own crush on him, Erasa occasionally playfully teases Videl about her apparent relationship with Gohan. Note: this is all before Gohan and Videl do become a couple and presumably before any romantic feelings even began to emerge on either of their parts.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Erasa is the Girly Girl to Videl's Tomboy.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Even with being an Adaptational Jerkass in the anime, Sharpner joins Erasa in cheering Gohan on when they figure out, from his hair, that he's the Great Saiyaman.
Marron (マーロン, Māron)
Krillin's daughter with Android 18.
- Aerith and Bob: Her name is pronunced "Maron" and is the French word for "chestnut", which Krillin (Kulilin) is also named after.
- Break the Cutie: In GT, poor girl had to witness her father being murdered by her uncle. She didn't witness when Super Buu murdered her father in Z, though, since Buu immediately targeted BOTH her and her mother at one time.
- Cheerful Child: As shown in many scenes with her parents and when she's cheering for her mother in the tournament in the Buu Arc. In Dragon Ball Super she spends most of her time at Bulma's party gleefully playing with Chaotzu.
- Children Are Innocent: While everyone else is panicking at Beerus and Goku's battle throwing them around, Marron treats it like she's on a fun ride at an amusement park.
- The Cutie: A sweet little girl who is filled with life and energy.
- Death of a Child: She's three years old at the time of the Buu Saga... and is turned into chocolate and devoured by Buu along with everyone else. Thankfully, she lives in a world where Death Is Cheap.
- Family Theme Naming: Krillin and Marron are both puns on chestnuts.
- Flat Character: Compared to her parents, she has very little relevance to the plot. In fact, she is almost always only there to show up as their daughter.
- Girlish Pigtails: She has blond, girlish pigtails them as a child and as an adult in GT.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has blond hair and is nothing but a good girl.
- Harmful to Minors: She had to watch her father get turned into chocolate by Super Buu and get eaten. Then she was killed and eaten herself. Note that, according to the Daizenshuu, Vegetto was only able to keep his power after being turned into candy because of the special properties of his earrings. However, it implies that he'd still be self-aware even if he didn't retain his power. So Maron and the others would still be fully conscious while Super Buu was chewing on them.
- In GT, she watches her father get brutally murdered again, this time by her own uncle Android 17.
- Innocently Insensitive: In one scene when Master Roshi says that he wants to enter the tournament and she responds with "No way, you're too old!!" Justified as she is only 3 years old, and she probably doesn't know any better.
- Kill the Cutie: DAMN YOU, SUPER BUU. Thankfully, like many other in the series, she's revived.
- Like Brother and Sister: Her interactions with both Goten and Trunks as children. Goten and Trunks are romantically paired off with Valese and Mai respectively.
- Living Prop: She's mainly used as a visual cue to Goku and the readers that yes, Krillin and 18 were a couple. Super gives her a little more personality, but she's still pretty flat.
- Nice Hat: As seen here.◊
- Non-Action Guy: In GT, which is ironic because her parents are a Battle Couple.
- The Noseless: As a toddler.
- Only One Name: Like her parents, she doesn't have a last name.
- Plucky Girl: Mildly developing into one in Super. While she doesn't fight or train, she's shown to love all the fighting and danger that goes on around her. When everyone else is screaming and panicking, she laughs and has the time of her life. Also, when given the chance to help Goten and Trunks hunt poachers on an island full of monsters, she jumps at the chance despite having no apparent means of defending herself.
- She Is All Grown Up: In GT.
- Skintone Sclerae: Just like her father, but only as a child.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Marron looks like Krillin with 18's blond hair as a toddler. As a teenage girl, or whenever she has a disinterested expression, she resembles her mother.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She and Bulla are the girly-girls to Pan's tomboy.
Bra/Bulla (ブラ, Bura)
Vegeta's and Bulma's second child. Most of her characterization is from GT.
- Adaptational Badass: She's never shown fighting in GT, where most of her screentime is. In Dragon Ball: Fusions, she can kick ass with the rest of them (which she proudly attributes to her parentage), being a Moveset Clone of Pan.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Like her mother, her hair was purple in the manga, blue in the anime.
- Age-Inappropriate Dress: She's a year away from being ten in GT, yet she dresses and acts like a teenager.
- Badass Boast: In Fusions, screwing up her Wounded Gazelle Gambit to win Dennish's heart multiple times eventually causes her to fight you with the help of some of her friends. Kid Trunks is surprised to learn that she at least has some fighting prowess, to which she angrily and proudly claims her lineage, something that sounds similar to what Vegeta has said before about Saiyan blood coursing through his veins.Bra: Just who do you think I am?! The blood of my mother and father run through my veins!
- Bare Your Midriff: Her GT outfit.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: By Baby, although she doesn't do much except help Baby reach his final form in Vegeta's body.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Played for laughs when she lets Vegeta know exactly what she thinks of his mustache.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite appearing in the last episode before it, in the last arc of GT, she's never seen or mentioned ever again. Especially jarring when both of the Saiyan families, as well as Uub and Mr. Satan, are present during the fight against Omega Shenron in the finale, and when it seems like they lost and may have to flee the Earth, Bulla isn't even brought up then.
- Daddy's Girl: She's the only person Vegeta actually listens to. She even made him shave his ridiculous Porn Stache.
- Deliberately Distressed Damsel: In Fusions, she tries to look like she's being attacked by unruly men (actually her friends that she managed to persuade into help her) so that Dennish, her crush, believes she's in trouble and comes to her rescue. Too bad the protagonists fell for it too.
- Express Delivery: Thanks to Whis, who used his staff to speed up the birth AND pretty much teleport her out of Bulma (and wrap her in a blanket too) with no pain whatsoever.
- Family Theme Naming: Like the rest of her family, she's named after undergarments ("bura" = "bra"). Vegeta initially wanted to name her "eschalot" (comes from "shallot", a type of onion, ie the Saiyan vegetable theme-naming), but Bulma beat him to it.
- Fille Fatale: She likes to flirt with much older men, much to Vegeta's annoyance, keep in mind that she is nine.
- Flat Character: Like Marron (the daughter of Krillin and Android 18), she has a lot less relevance to the plot than her parents and her brother, Her only notable contribution is in the Baby Saga, where she gives her energy to Baby Vegeta.
- Generation Xerox: Looks exactly like her mom and with the same temperament.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Just like her brother, she's half-human, half-saiyan.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Her GT outfit.
- Jailbait Taboo: She's mistaken for being much older. Then again, if Vegeta found out you were having sex with his preteen daughter, you wouldn't live long enough to go to jail, and even if you did, he'd still find you.
- Last Episode, New Character: She along with Pan and Uub are not introduced until the last pages of the original manga. She plays a somewhat bigger role in GT, but she has the least screen time between Pan and Uub.
- Living Prop: In the manga, she existed just to show that Vegeta and Bulma are still together and Happily Married.
- Nice Girl: Generally, if a bit spoiled. When it's to her family or the Son family or some other close allies, it devolves into Hidden Heart of Gold to some members.
- Morality Pet: To Vegeta.
- Ms. Fanservice: Quite straight in-series, where there are two men flirt with her in front of Vegeta.
- Satellite Character: Everything about her character, is only seen in relationship with Vegeta.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Bulla/Bra/Bura?
- Statuesque Stunner: She's designed to be a Ms. Fanservice, attracted the eyes of a couple older men, and is around as tall as a number of the adults. That said, she's only nine, and much taller than Goku was at twelve (and a bit taller than the slightly-older Pan). Plus, Saiyans and half-Saiyans tend to have a major growth spurt in their mid to late teens, so she could get significantly taller.
- Stripperiffic: In GT she wears a red midriff top with exposed shoulders, red finger-less gloves that go up to the shoulders, a red mini skirt with a yellow belt buckle and red thigh-high boots.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Looks just like her mother did when she was a teenager.
- The Tease: Flirted with two older men while her father was driving.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She and Marron are the girly girls to Pan's tomboy.
- In the quest to recruit her to your team in Fusions, after you defeat her in a battle and explain that you kept screwing up her attempts to get Dennish's attention because you thought she was in danger, she'll call you stupid but also blurts out that she likes you and joins your team.
- In Budokai Tenkaichi 2, she makes comments on how her parents were 'so lame', as she came from further down the timeline than where the game takes place. Later on in the future section of Fusions, she proudly proclaims her parentage to her brother's younger version when he expresses shock that she knows at least basic combat, so it's not like she actually hates her parents or anything.
- Valley Girl: Like mother, like daughter.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The last time she is seen in GT is helping summon Shenron at the end of the Super 17 arc, only for the Shadow Dragons to be summoned instead.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Like her mother Bulma, she has blue hair.
- Younger Than They Look: Officially born in Age 780, making her nine years old at the start of GT, and younger than Pan by a year.
Valese/Palace (パレス, Paresu)
Goten's girlfriend in Dragon Ball GT. As naive and spacey as she can be, she is a good person and has true feelings for Goten.
- Brainless Beauty / The Ditz: A downplayed example. While she's not a total idiot, the fact that she didn't exactly know how to eat from an ice cream cone or even eat a hamburger says something...
- Expy: Attitude-wise, she's basically Krillin's ex-girlfriend Maron, but with slightly more of a brain.
- Fantastically Indifferent: She doesn't even bat an eye to Goten's ability to fly, his fighting prowess, or the fact that he can turn his hair gold. As a matter of fact, she even likens Goten to an angel.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Interestingly, she's one of the series' more notable aversions to this trope. Normally, she's seen to be about as tall as her boyfriend Goten (if not an inch taller than him on some occasions).
- Kindhearted Simpleton: She may be a bit of a ditz, but she's very sweet and polite all the same.
- Meaningful Name: Her name might be a reference to her rich upbringing.
- Not So Different: Actually has a couple of things in common with Videl. Specifically, both were disliked by Chi-Chi initially, both are from a wealthy family, both have strict rules (Videl's boyfriend must be stronger than Mr. Satan, Valese has a curfew), both have a family life where they have little interaction with their parents, and both are in a relationship with a son of Goku.
- Only One Name: Like most of the characters in the series.
- Satellite Love Interest: All things considered, Valese doesn't exactly have too much in the way of personality considering how she's usually only seen when Goten is around.
- Theme Naming: Valese's Japanese name, "Palace", is a pun on "goten" (御殿), a Japanese word for palace that is a homonym on her boyfriend's name.
- Uptown Girl: According to a one-off line from Goten in the Japanese version of GT, Valese is implied to be this.
King Kai (界王, Kaiō-sama)/North Kai (北の界王, Kita no Kaiō, "North King of the World")
Goku's fourth mentor in the series (after Master Roshi, Korin, and Kami). A small cricket-like man with a penchant for bad jokes. Helps train Goku to fight Nappa and Vegeta while Goku is in the afterlife. Also provides much information on the races in the series. He's actually the North Kai—one of four gods who rule over the four galaxies of the universe (and who act like bickering siblings).
- Actually, That's My Assistant: He's a bit bemused to find Goku imitating his pet monkey Bubbles when they first meet.
- Beyond the Impossible: Downplayed. Several times he lays down "safety rules" about his technique or procedures, occasionally just as Goku is about to exceed them. A good example is his rule about never going higher than Kaio-ken x2, higher than which you might explode. Goku's max is Kaio-ken x10 (x20 in the anime); against Lord Slug he even hit Kaio-ken x100.
- Big Fun: He can be amusing, but comes across as an Only Sane Man when Goku is around.
- Big Good: Shares this role with Kami during the first part of the Saiyan Saga and the last leg of the Frieza Saga. He remains the primary big good until the Cell Games.
- Butt-Monkey: Becomes this to the other Kais after he dies. Is nearly resurrected by Goku at the end of the "Future" Trunks saga of Dragon Ball Super, but the latter is interrupted one too many times, leading Shenron to disintegrate before the wish can even be made.
- The Chessmaster: He came up with the plan to use the Earth's Dragon Balls to revived everyone that was killed on Namek. He gambled that the Grand Elder would also be revived since his life was shortened by Frieza killing his children. With the Grand Elder alive, the Dragon Balls on Namek were revived, and he used the last wish to wish everyone except Frieza and Goku (upon the latter's request) to Earth. His plan all but saved the Namekian people from extinction.
- Cool Car: He owns a red 1950s Chevrolet sedan that he drives around his planet when he gets bored. He's jealous of the Grand Kai's car, a blue Cadillac convertible, that he considers much cooler than his Chevy.
- Cool Shades: He wears round glasses. ALL the kais at his tier have them.
- Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: True of almost every character, but lampshaded and Played for Laughs when Goku transports a self-destructing Cell to his planet, annihilating him (and Goku... once again.) But since this is the afterlife, they both pop back instantly with halos. King Kai is very annoyed and has to put up with ribbing from the other Kais for a while.
- Dub Name Change:
- To Kaito in some European dubs. This even got carried over to his Kaio-ken technique.
- The name King Kai itself is also a name change. It's Kaiō in the original Japanese version (with "ō" meaning "king"), making Kaio-ken Lost in Translation in the English dub.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite being a god and overseeing of the entire northern galaxy, he gets little respect from Goku or the other lower Kais. Goku treats King Kai like an old buddy. He eats all his food and often uses his planet for training without any regard towards him. To the other lower Kais, he's the Butt-Monkey because he's dead.
- Eccentric Mentor: His methods are very unorthodox and he comes across as very silly.
- Killed Off for Real: When he and his friends die in the Cell Saga, they are never revived. Kai adds some lines about him coming back, but retains scenes of him with his halo. It's really a moot point given he already lives in the afterlife. Even so, he wants to be revived, and it's a Running Gag in Super that the heroes keep forgetting to wish him back whenever they summon Shenron. In the manga it's said that he was revived by the wish about Cell's victims but later panels have him and Bubbles keep halos anyway...though the halos are gone in the Buu arc's panels.
- Loser Deity: Played with. King Kai for the most does his job quite well, but he became a joke among his fellow Kais due to being the only one who died thanks to Goku, necessitating a halo above his head.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: He is Goku's third teacher and he went on to teach his own students: King Kai > Son Goku > Son Gohan, Pan, and Uub.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Ironically his cause of death wasn't to get Goku as a student but because Goku teleported the exploding Cell to his house.
- Obsolete Mentor: Subverted. Even though he was already weaker than Vegeta before he taught Goku, King Kai is still a veritable library of skills, techniques and literally centuries of wisdom.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: King Kai (as well as Gregory and Bubbles) are all to eager to remind Goku that they are still dead every time he visits them.
- Only Sane Man: He's the wisest and most serious of the four lower Kais. He's also kept up to date on current events in the living world.
- Parental Substitute: When King Kai starts berating Piccolo for his decision to fight Frieza alongside Krillin and Gohan (worried that he'll just get himself killed again), Piccolo jokes that this must be what it's like to have a mom.
- He definitely has this relationship with Goku. When Goku wants to stay on a soon-to-explode Namek to fight Frieza, King Kai is VERY reluctant to leave Goku there.
- Physical God: The status, not the power that the fighters wield. It should be noted however that his power level is given in Weekly Jump and Daizenshuu 7 as 3,500. This makes him far stronger than the likes of Raditz and in the same league as Nappa (stronger if he can do even a basic version of the Kaio-Ken which he invented, which would boost him to 7,000). So he's actually quite strong (far stronger than anyone from Dragon Ball), he's just far outclassed by most fighters in Z. However, his telepathy is much better than that of East Supreme Kai, despite the latter being his superior. While East Supreme Kai couldn't let Vegeta communicate with the Earth's entire population like Babidi did, North Kai had that ability.
- Promoted to Playable: Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butouden marks his debut as a playable character.
- Pungeon Master: In addition to being a martial arts master. Before he agrees to train you, you have to make him laugh, and he only likes really lame jokes.
- Psychic Powers: Can use his "cricket antennae" to have psychic conversations with others. He uses this to communicate with Goku and the others, coordinate plans (the wishes to revive everyone who died on Namek and send them to Earth while Goku was fighting Frieza, and later convincing everyone on Earth to contribute to Goku's Spirit Bomb while fighting Buu), and warn Goku of potential danger to Earth (several of the movies). And anyone touching his back can piggyback on his telepathy.
- Renowned Selective Mentor: He is one of the lower gods of the Dragon Ball universe and only trains those who can make it to the end of Snake Way, which is several times longer than the circumference of the Earth. Although he trains Piccolo, Tien, Yamcha, and Chiaotzu, Goku is the only one he teaches the Spirit Bomb and Kaio-ken to. Goku is also the only one he keeps a personal relationship with.
- Sense Loss Sadness: His main point of contention when it comes to being dead. When pressed on why he wants so badly to be brought back to life, he explains that just because he's still got a physical form in the afterlife, that doesn't mean he still feels the same as how he did when alive. Nobody especially believes him or cares however.
- Signature Move: He invented the Kaio-Ken and Spirit Bomb, although we only see Goku using them.
- Telepathy: He has possibly the strongest form of telepathy in the series since he can communicate with an entire planet and allow others to do the same.
- Top God: He was introduced as the highest godly authority in the Saiyan arc, with other gods such as Kami and Yemma being deferential to him. Retcons rendered him increasingly irrelevant as higher gods were introduced, though he's still supposed to be the highest god of North Galaxy at least. First the other Kais, then the Grand Kai, then the Supreme Kais, then the Grand Supreme Kai (currently deceased), then the God of Destruction, then the other Gods of Destruction, then the Grand Minister, and finally the Omni-King (Zeno).
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Downplayed and justified towards Goku in Super, where King Kai is noticeably bitter towards him. Given Goku keeps forgetting to wish him back to life and constantly uses his planet as training grounds (thrashing King Kai's planet as a result), it's not surprising that Goku's attitude has become too much to handle for King Kai. Even Goku himself noticed this change in behaviour multiple times... although he keeps forgetting why it's the case.
- Wax On, Wax Off: First task: catch a monkey. Second task: hit a bug with a hammer (though second task is anime only).
- Weak, but Skilled: When he debuted he was already weaker than Vegeta. He also happens to be an awesome martial arts master, training Goku from weaker than Raditz to be able to mop the floor with Nappa without the Kaio-ken... that he also invented alongside the Spirit Bomb. To say nothing of Goku just taking his training a little further in insanely high gravity, and getting strong enough that Ginyu got a major freakout. Then his next power up from coming back from death's door would put Goku on Frieza's final form's tier.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- He gets on Goku for fighting Beerus despite warning him several times that he stood no chance against him. And also for getting him, Gregory and Bubbles killed.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Goku finally intends to have him and his friends wished back to life at the end of the "Future" Trunks saga... but the rest of the gang on earth has other ideas, interrupting him until Shenron disappears again.
Shin (シン)/(East) Supreme Kai ((東の)界王神, (Higashi no) Kaiōshin, "(East) World King God")
The Top God (until Old Kai is released) who appears to be a short, purple alien with a white mohawk. He is assisted by his servant Kibito. He is the last surviving Supreme Kai since Majin Buu came to his world and killed/absorbed the others. However, he managed to avenge them by killing the monster's creator, the wizard Bibidi and leaving Buu's cocoon on Earth. Millions of years later, he returned to Earth when Bibidi's son, Babidi, sought to revive Majin Buu and enlisted Goku's, Gohan's, Vegeta's, Krillin's and Piccolo's help to stop him. While they failed to prevent the release of Majin Buu, he was generally surprised by the incredible powers of Super Saiyans and assisted Gohan. One fusion later, he resumes his role as the second Supreme Kai.
- Achilles' Heel: He's Beerus' walking, talking Achilles' Heel. He's the Kami to Beerus' Piccolo in that he's a much weaker being than Beerus that, through a life link, will take Beerus to the grave with him if he's killed.
- A Dog Named "Dog": He's a Physical God whose name means god.
- Ascended Extra: He has a far more active role in Super than he was in GT, since Super heavily surrounds the plotlines of Top Gods in each universe, his life being linked with Beerus, and the Future Trunks Saga, which surrounded the plot of a renegade Supreme Kai in training. This is especially true in the manga adaptation of the Future Trunks Saga, where he takes a time ring to confirm Zamasu's evil deeds, and he personally fights him to avenge Gowasu being stabbed despite being outclassed.
- Big Good: Takes over from King Kai for the first half of the Buu Saga. He tells the heroes about Buu and the need to stop him. After failing to stop Buu's revival, he takes Gohan back to the World of the Kais to release the Z Sword and train. He eventually shares this role with Old Kai for the rest of the series.
- Bishōnen: He is cute looking and boyish with pretty puppy eyes and earrings, and the way he is drawn makes him look cute. After fusing with Kibito, he becomes a Long-Haired Pretty Boy. It should be noted that, despite being several million years old at the minimum, he was by far the youngest of U7's Supreme Kais before Buu attacked, so his appearance reflects that.
- Break the Cutie: In the past, when Bibidi had Buu kill his True Companions and the other Supreme Kais at the time, right before his eyes.
- Butt-Monkey: In the Super manga, at least, Beerus has no respect for him and the amount of crap he gets from him is quite pitiful. Z has a bit of this as well, where part of the Buu saga's comedy comes from his (and Kibito's) reaction to how he never expects things to go the way they do.
- Can't Live Without You: Similar to Piccolo and Kami, Old Kai and his life are tied with Beerus, meaning if he dies, so will Beerus. He happens to be lucky that the Grand Supreme Kai sacrificed himself so he can live. Humorously, this pretty much makes him capable of mouthing off to Beerus despite being several orders of magnitude weaker, as the God of Destruction wouldn't dare harm him.
- Characterization Marches On: When first introduced, Shin is The Stoic and seemingly a morally grey character in the world of Dragonball, unphazed by the brutality of Spopovich's beatdown on Videl unlike everyone else watching. But as the saga goes on, he is shown to be much nicer, have a much wider range of emotions, and his moral compass is far stronger than it first seemed.
- Cowardly Lion: He's constantly freaking out, even in the face of threats weaker than he is, but when the chips are down he can be trusted to fight with all his might, even if he has no chance. He gave it his best against Buu and saved Gohan's life during that battle despite getting hammered himself, and pulled an effective Heroic Sacrifice in Trunks' timeline to help him defeat Dabra. And in the Super manga, he was willing to take on Black after the latter nearly killed Gowasu. He had no chance and got a beating from Future Zamasu for his trouble, but give him points for his guts. GT unfortunately Flanderizes his cowardice as he outright tries to run and hide when he hears what the Shadow Dragons' negative energy would do to the universe.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He harshly critiques Beerus's work ethic during the Universe Survival Arc. Luckily, since he's life-linked to Beerus, he can get away with it. That said, as he probably didn't know that killing him would kill Beerus himself, it took some serious moxie to say so to a Destroyer who is far stronger than Goku.(Beerus is blaming him for U7's low mortal level because of his merely watching events.)
Shin: What about you? What have you done besides spend most of your time sleeping?
- Dub Name Change:
- To Neptune in the French dub and all the dubs derived from it (the translators got his title, Kaioushin, mixed up with the Japanese name for the planet Neptune, Kaiousei).
- The name Supreme Kai itself is also a name change. It's Kaiōshin in the original Japanese version. The Viz English manga translation goes with "Lord of Lords", a somewhat liberal translation of his title (God of the Kings of the Worlds).
- Foil: His intended role with Beerus in-universe. Shin is the God of Creation while Beerus is the God of Destruction. Dialogue in Super states it is his role to create new planets and nurture newer lifeforms while Beerus is supposed to destroy planets to fill in new ones. While he is weaker than Beerus, one another cannot live without each other, and Shin and Old Kai are the only two Supreme Kais left who are linked to Beerus.
- Fusion Dance: Played for Laughs with his servant Kibito, which results in his more elf-like appearance and little else. Until they use the Namekian Dragon Balls and separate in Super.
- Go Through Me: Prior to Goku and Majin Vegeta's fight, Shin steps in-between the two, stating that Goku will have to get around him if he truly believes this is the right decision. Goku shocks everyone present when he charges a Ki Blast and makes it clear he will blast Shin if he doesn't get out of the way, and ultimately, Shin is forced to give in.
- God Is Inept: While he means well, he's unsuccessful at preventing Buu's revival and spends most of the saga in Oh, Crap! mode. In the end, he's completely reliant on Earth's fighters and Old Kai to stop Buu. Justified by him being young and Incompletely Trained, along with the Saiyans not listening to him when he warns how powerful Buu is.
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: Zig-Zagged. He takes no direct action against beings like Frieza, most likely seeing Frieza as being orderly and not destroying planets willy-nilly despite being evil. However, he takes personal action to stop Buu's revival. It doesn't work and he's helpless to stop Buu once he's released. Dialogue in Super suggests that the Kais aren't allowed to interfere on the mortal plane (only the God of Destruction is allowed to do that); he and his fellows only went after Buu because Buu attacked the Kais first. However, other universes show the two are supposed to work together, and Shin didn't know who Beerus was to allow that, justifying it on some level.
- Greater-Scope Paragon: He's the highest-level Universe 7 Kai after the Grand Supreme Kai got absorbed by Buu.
- Hero-Worshipper: He appears to be this to Gohan in Z, while Goku and Vegeta critique Gohan's rustiness resulting in his battles taking longer than they should, Shin never once has his faith falter in Gohan. He verbally puts his belief in Gohan multiple times during their time together, and is eager to have him try what the kais could not, even ribbing Kibito for his insensitive comments when doing so.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": He was introduced using the name "Shin", which turned out to be shorthand for his title of "Kaiōshin". Super later revealed that his actual name was indeed Shin, making his use of it as an alias during the World Tournament a case of Real Name as an Alias.
- Incompletely Trained: Old Kai's assessment of him when he appears. The Supreme Kai is trying his best, but he missed out on a lot of instruction when Buu killed all of his superiors, forcing him to take on the role before he was ready. This is expanded in Super where he is shown to be even more ignorant by not knowing who Beerus was except for rumors, which stands out since he's supposed to work with Beerus. He didn't even know who Zeno was, much to Old Kai's annoyance.
- Informed Ability: After fusing with Kibito he says he is ready to fight alongside Goku but Old Kai stops him, saying that he's still no match for Buu.
- I Sense a Disturbance in the Force: Being a Kai, he would have some degree of omniscience, and doesn't need antennae for it.
- Loser Deity: While he seems like a proper God at first, the more time there is spent in his company the more it becomes clear he's terrible at his job. He's practically a child with little experience and prone to making mistakes, which is especially prevalent when his ancestor Old Kai is released and shows him how it's done. Old Kai has called him out on being an idiot, while even Goku teases Shin for being less useful than Old Kai.
- Meaningful Name: Shin is part of Kaioshin, emphasizing his position as the Supreme Kai. This is how Piccolo was able to figure out his true identity when he was using his name as a mysterious alias.
- Nice Guy: He's polite and hardly gets mad at the good guys.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He deliberately let Spopovich and Yamu absorb Gohan's energy, and explicitly forbade the Z-Fighters from interfering, for the purpose of following them back to Babidi's hideout; said energy gave Babidi half of what he needed to revive Majin Buu in one shot, something he wasn't expecting. On top of that, his plan for stopping Babidi from gathering enough energy to resurrect Buu involves... bringing individuals with a lot of energy right to him. Though Babidi's plan has a few hitches, it succeeds without sacrificing anything Babidi cares about. Babidi takes great pleasure in rubbing in the Supreme Kai's face how he pretty much handed him victory on a silver platter.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: He's extremely powerful compared to nearly all mortal lifeforms and even the gods - he could have felled Frieza (the strongest mortal in the universe at the time) as he was on Namek in a single blow, and was considered stronger than Piccolo at the time they faced each other, and probably could have given Cell a decent fight even if he couldn't win. However, he's fairly weak for a Supreme Kai since his fellow Supreme Kais (his teachers) were killed by Buu before his training could be completed, coupled with his (for a god) young age. As of Super, he's outclassed by most if not all of the Z-Fighters, despite being in a position that normally means he would hopelessly dwarf most of their powers.
- Not Quite the Almighty: As the only Supreme Kai to survive Buu's onslaught, Shin was introduced as the strongest and highest-ranked god in the series. Battle of Gods and Super would reveal that he's not only surpassed in strength by Beerus (though they share the same place in the pecking order), but that both are only the top gods in one of twelve universes, with the Omni-King being their superior.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: At some point Shin was able to track down and killed Bibidi and sealed Fat Buu after the latter killed four of his fellow kais and nearly him as well.
- Oh, Crap!:
- His reaction to discovering the power of the Saiyans on Earth. To really understand his surprise, imagine that you thought you were the ultimate lifeform in the universe
until you went to a backwater planet and found a group of beings who were so powerful as to render you utterly insignificant engaged in what amounts to a pissing match.Supreme Kai: Who are you people?!?
- Goes From Bad to Worse when his plan to let Spopovich and Yamu absorb Gohan's energy in order to get them to lead him to Babidi backfires. He wasn't expecting Gohan's energy to supply half of what Babidi needed to revive Majin Buu.
- His reaction when he realizes that Vegeta is the new fighter Dabura mentioned.
- He, along with Kibito, has a comical version when the Z-Sword broke on accident (they were expecting it to be much sturdy). Luckily it released Old Kai from it.
- When he fused with Kibito, he has this reaction about its permanent effects.
- He is absolutely terrified when he realizes that Super Buu is changing back into the mindlessly destructive Kid Buu.
- In Super, he has a massive freak-out when Zeno wanted to meet Goku. It nearly took a toll on him due to how casual Goku was being towards Zeno.
- Has an even bigger one after Universe 9 is erased. The look on his face is of pure despair.
- He has his biggest one yet after his gushing over how romantic 18 and Krillin's relationship is, which angers 18 so much that she shoots a ki blast at his head from inside the arena.
- His reaction to discovering the power of the Saiyans on Earth. To really understand his surprise, imagine that you thought you were the ultimate lifeform in the universe until you went to a backwater planet and found a group of beings who were so powerful as to render you utterly insignificant engaged in what amounts to a pissing match.
- Physical God: He is strong enough to make Z-era Piccolo piss himself, which makes him many times stronger than most of the cast outside of the adult Saiyans, Dabura, and Majin Buu. He becomes even stronger after merging with Kibito and gains the ability to teleport to any of the lower worlds, whether they have life or not. He can also materialize objects with a mere thought. Despite his powers, he is the weakest and least experienced of all the Supreme Kais in Universe 7. His superiors were murdered by Buu.
- Poor Communication Kills: He has a bad habit of only mentioning important information after it's needed such as Dabura's spit turning people into stone or details on Babadi's fighters. The worst may be he never bothering to mention about Buu's absorption abilities. Because of this, no one expects Buu to absorb them.
- Pragmatic Hero: Tries to be this, but is less than effective due to constantly underestimating how strong the Saiyans are and how much they love fighting. His counterpart from Future Trunks' timeline succeeds (if at the cost of his own life) specifically because Future Trunks' relative weakness and much greater pragmatism allow him to not underestimate the situation.
- Purple Is Powerful: He is still a Physical God, even though the Saiyans have long eclipsed him in power.
- Real Name as an Alias: Originally subverted, later played straight. The name "Shin" was introduced as a stealth shorthand for his title of "Kaiōshin", which Piccolo was able to figure out alongside his attire and aura in order to identify him as the Supreme Kai. Once his Kai status was out and the adventure left the tournament he was never simply called "Shin" again, since there was no more need to be coy about his identity. When the newer material introduced the concept of the Kais having names outside their titles, Toriyama decided to go ahead and make Shin his real name. It wasn't much of a stretch to do so his assistant Kibito was using his own real name, their fusion was called Kibitoshin ("Kibito Kai" in the dub, but Sabat as Vegeta has occasionally slipped up and called him Kibitoshin as well), and if it helps any, Universe 11's Supreme Kai, Shin's foil among the Kaiōshins, also a name that's also Shaped Like Itself Khai.
- Really 700 Years Old: Even though he's millions, or maybe even billions of years old, he's still seen as the "junior" Supreme Kai and looks much younger than the other Kais.
- Red Herring: His first appearance at the tournament seems to imply that he'll be the arc's Big Bad, and the Latin American Spanish dub even gave him the same voice actor as Android 17, another young-looking guy who spelled trouble in his first appearance, but it turns out he's a good guy. Spopovich and Yamu were the ones you should've watched out for.
- She's a Man in Japan: The Catalan dub and the European Spanish edition of the manga (Planeta-Deagostini Comics) turned him into a woman (because men don't wear earrings, probably).
- Small Role, Big Impact:
- It was he who killed Bibidi and stopped Buu's initial rampage 5 million years ago. Had he failed and been killed, Universe 7 (or at least the sapient life within) would probably have ceased to exist.
- His future counterpart only appears for one chapter in the Super manga, yet it is only by his intervention that Trunks is able to defeat Dabra and Babidi. Not only would he have been much weaker and unaware of their coming if not for Shin, but he would not have been able to best Dabra in combat without Shin first distracting and then paralyzing him. Finally, Shin is the one who grants him his Healing Hands powers, which come in handy to ensure victory during the fight against Fused Zamasu.
- Skewed Priorities: During the end of the Buu arc, when Goku and Vegeta are fighting Kid Buu on the World of the Kai's, Shin is more worried about the damage the Saiyans are doing to the planet then defeating Buu. Old Kai calls him out on this since it is more important they defeat Buu then worry about the damage done to "some old rock."
- On the flip side, Shin has numerous panic attacks as Babidi reveals his enslaved fighters, while the Z-Fighters themselves are playing rock-paper-scissors to determine who gets to fight first. He's less than amused.
- The Stoic: He manages to pull this off at the tournament in the Buu Saga, with his emotive range and expression being calm cool, and collected, if not a bit smug no matter what happens. However, as time goes on we see that this is thoroughly subverted.
- So Last Season: He's much stronger than Piccolo was at the time of the 25th world tournament, while Piccolo was as strong as a Super Saiyan during the Cell Games and might have been training since then. That would've been considered amazing seven years ago; not so much in the Buu Saga. Still, he's far stronger than many of the heroes outside of Gohan, Vegeta, and Goku. Piccolo gave up his match instead of even trying to fight him.
- Squishy Wizard: While he is extremely powerful by regular standards, his magical abilities are more impressive than his raw power. He can completely paralyze Super Saiyan 2 level fighters with his psychic powers, teleport anywhere in the universe at will, materialize any desired object from thin air, read minds, heal people from the brink of death, and so on.
- Teleportation: After fusing with Kibito, he can do something akin to Instant Transmission called Kai Kai or Instant Movement, although unlike Instant Transmission, he doesn't need to sense ki and can go anywhere he wants in the lower realm. In Super, he can still perform the Instant Movement even after being defused from Kibito, suggesting that he always knew it even before fusing. He has teleported in at the last minute to save Goku from deadly predicaments in Z, GT and Heroes.
- Top God: Shares this title with Beerus for Universe 7; he's the Creator Deity that opposes, and compliments, Beerus' Destroyer Deity.
- Underestimating Badassery: He doesn't quite seem to realize just what Vegeta, Goku and Gohan are capable of, and when he sees their true power he is outright flabbergasted at how such fighters could exist in the lower realms. He also doesn't recognize the power of the Saiyans' ego and pride.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In the Universal Survival Arc of Dragon Ball Super, when it's revealed that Universe 7 is the second weakest universe and all universes who lose the Tournament of Power will be eradicated, Beerus calls out the Supreme Kai for deciding to take a back seat and let the mortals of that universe grow stronger on their own. He shoots back that Beerus is at fault too since all he does is sleep.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Completely averted. It only looks like he's being set up to be the Big Bad of the arc when we first see him entering the tournament.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Anything related to Majin Buu, in particular his Fat and Kid forms. He freaks out about those forms more than the much stronger and smarter Super Buu. Justified by his background; those two Buus are the ones who rampaged across the galaxy and murdered his fellow Kais (and de facto family) millions of years ago, and the former in particular is a twisted caricature of the old Grand Supreme Kai created when Buu absorbed him. Going by the flashback in the manga, the fat form is also the one who beat him nearly to death (in the anime, it's South Supreme Kai-Buu).
- Wild Hair: While it isn't that noticeable, in Super, he apparently grew out his hair as he has more fringes on his head.
- The Worf Effect: He has raw power strength and ki far surpassing Piccolo's level and Psychic Powers strong enough to incapacitate SS2 Gohan with little effort, yet even when teaming up with Gohan, neither can do anything against Fat Buu.
- You Are in Command Now: After Majin Buu's attack on the Supreme Kai's, he was left as the functional Grand Supreme Kai of Universe 7. Both Z and Super reveal he's ignorant of several things an acting grand supreme Kai should be aware of, like that he can order Beerus to destroy dangerous mortals.
- You Killed My Father: Babidi's reason for hating him.
The servant and aid of the four Supreme Kais. After most of them were killed by Majin Buu, Kibito became the Eastern Supreme Kai's personal bodyguard. He goes to Earth with the Supreme Kai to help stop Babadi from reviving Majin Buu and ends up permanently fusing with him in the process, until they use the Dragon Balls to separate in Super.
- Ascended Extra: He was Demoted to Extra in the Super anime, but he appeared in the Future Trunks saga manga, fighting Zamasu in his introduction, and to inform Beerus and the Z warriors about Zamasu's suspicious attitude towards Zuno. He also served as a sort of Comic Relief due to Beerus thinking he was Goku Black because of the Supreme Kai claims. He disappears in the manga after that, but appears during the exhibition matches of the Universal Survival Arc in the anime.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: He has reddish skin.
- Battle Butler: Is this for the Supreme Kai before fusing with him.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Not that the Kai was a slouch in the fighting department. In fact, the Supreme Kai is stronger than him.
- The Bus Came Back: In a sense. After being permanently fused with his master partway in the Buu saga in Z and being released prior to the Universe 7 vs. Universe 6 tournament, they separated using the Namekian Dragon Balls. Then he became Demoted to Extra.
- The Big Guy: Served as one briefly, but Dabura kills him instantly when he spots him.
- Death Is Cheap: One of the more egregious examples in the franchise. He's unceremoniously murdered in one shot by Dabura before the heroes even enter Babidi's spaceship, only to be revived by the Dragon Balls a few chapters/episodes later.
- Demoted to Extra: Since his return as an individual character, he hasn't been seen much, compared with both Supreme Kais. The manga version of the Future Trunks saga treated him a little better, only to disappear in the next saga, while he goes along Universe 7 to the exhibition matches in the anime, only to remain on the World of the Kai.
- Healing Hands: Uses them to heal Gohan and Supreme Kai who were close to death after fighting Buu. The Super manga reveals this is an ability all Supreme Kai disciples and attendants share.
- Informed Attribute: Gohan comments that he'd be a difficult fight without Super Saiyan (hence why he transforms), and Daizenshuu 7 states that his power level is close to that of Gohan's base form. We never do see him fight; probably because even that normally impressive level is totally irrelevant by the point he appears, and any being who does have reason to fight him (e.g. Dabra in the Buu arc, Zamasu in the Super manga) can obliterate him with ease.
- Noble Bigot: Kibito is quite prejudiced and condescending towards mortals, and he scoffs at the notion of Gohan being able to lift the Z-Sword when hundreds of shin-jin had failed to do so. He is promptly forced to eat his words.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He's a Physical God, being the Supreme Kai's attendant. That said, even in his rusty state, Gohan far outclasses him. Lampshaded by their respective attempts at wielding the Z-Sword; Gohan had difficulty initially, but Kibito couldn't even lift it off the ground.
- Put on a Bus: In a sense. He unwittingly helps demonstrate the fusion ability of the potara not realizing the fusion would be permanent. Shin's personality is completely dominant in the new Kibito Kai making Kibito functionally cease to exist as an individual.
- The Stoic: He rarely changes his expression, outside of shock and surprise. Once Old Kai appears, he shares a comical duo with the Supreme Kai until they both merge.
- Teleportation: He can perform the Instant Movement, which allows him to teleport to any world in the lower realm and even different universes.
Old Kai (老界王神, Rō Kaiōshin)
A Kai from 15 generations in the past, he was sealed inside the Z Sword by Beerus (at the time described only as "a terrible monster"). When it is broken, he is released and aids the heroes in their fight against Majin Buu. Being more experienced and knowledgeable than the current Supreme Kai, it is implied that he takes that position, or that the two rule jointly.
- Ambiguous Situation: It is currently unknown if his life is still severed from Beerus. Super makes it clear that the Supreme Kais and Gods of Destruction are linked with each other, and Shin is currently active in his role. Before restoring Goku back to life, he willingly gave up his own to resurrect Goku, and immediately came back with a halo. However, he was restored back to life via Vegeta's wish. Whether or not his link with Beerus still holds is up to Toriyama.
- Back from the Dead: He was brought back to life with the Namekian Dragon Balls by Vegeta's request to bring back good people prior to the Tenkaichi Budokai tournament.
- Big Good: For the remainder of the series he shares this role with the Supreme Kai. Although not physically strong, he's by far the most knowledgable character in the series. In Dragon Ball GT, he is the one Goku asks for advice more than anyone since he knew about the Super Saiyan 4 transformation.
- Boring, but Practical: His ability to power up a being to their full potential: It takes hours, but the returns are very good.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He often acts like a fool and an old pervert. He's also a lot more competent than Shin, and has abilities that no other Supreme Kai has.
- Bus Crash: His Alternate Self in Future Trunks' timeline, apparently, was a victim of this, courtesy of Dabura's Stone Spit destroying the Z Sword before he could be freed. This is on top of Future Zeno destroying the Future Timeline, and making him, along with everyone else in that timeline, Deader Than Dead.
- Can't Live Without You: It's left ambiguous if his life is still tied Beerus' own but if it is, that means if him and Shin die so will Beerus.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: He regrets fusing with the witch, as though it gave him all sorts of nifty abilities, it also made him an ugly old geezer. It's also implied that it made him a lot weaker in terms of raw strength.
- Deus ex Machina: Quite literally. He is introduced into the story after being released from the Z-Sword, but the build-up to his first appearance is nonexistent since none of the characters even knew who he was. However, his role in unlocking Gohan's full potential makes him quite vital to the plot.
- Dirty Old Man: Uses his "omniscient vision" to peep on girls across the universe. During the Tournament of Power, he felt interest in the fighters of Universe 2, and was openly excited when Universe 4 fighter, Caway, was trying to trick Roshi by taking her clothes off, much to Shin's annoyance.Old Kai: That's right! Take it off!
- Dub Name Change: Like his successor, he is also called Kaiōshin in the original Japanese version, being called the one from "15 generations in the past" (１５代前の東の界王神; Jūgo-daimae no Higashi no Kaiōshin) when needing to distinguish him from Shin. In English, most characters just call him "Old Kai", while Shin refers to him as "ancestor".
- Foreshadowing: Beerus simply sealed him away after a dispute rather than killing him outright as would be more typical for him because a Destroyer's life is tied to their Supreme Kais.
- Fusion Dance: The reason he looks so wizened is that he accidentally fused with an old witch a long time ago. On the other hand, this also added to his already considerable magic powers.
- Grumpy Old Man: Despite his goofiness, he has a bit of a temper.
- Hermaphrodite: In a technical sense, since he's the fusion of a male Kai and a witch. In practice, the Kai is always the dominant personality and form of a fusion with a non-Kai, meaning the witch's power and wrinkles were likely all that was added to him.
- Honour Before Reason: While Old Kai is usually pretty good at inverting this (such as trading in his life for Goku's or allowing the Saiyan's to destroy the empty world of the Kai's to fight Kid Buu) he is adamant against using the Dragon Balls since they upset the natural balance of the Universe even though the Universe is at stake against Buu. As GT shows though he had a damn good reason to be nervous.
- Hypocrite: He gives Vegetto a tongue-licking for taking too long to destroy Buu, despite having waited five minutes himself to tell Gohan he was powered-up for the sake of drama.
- Immortal Immaturity: While waiting to unlock Gohan's hidden powers, he spends the time reading manga. He also threw a tantrum when the crystal ball couldn't see the action inside Super Buu's head.
- I Was Quite a Looker: His younger self prior to his permanent fusion with the witch looked like a purpler, slightly more mature Shin.
- No Name Given: Since Super has introduced more Supreme Kais with their own names, including revealing U7 Supreme Kai name was really Shin, Old Kai's name hasn't been revealed yet.
- Oh, Crap!: He had a startling reaction when he realized Beerus had awakened and had already destroyed several planets in the process in Super.
- Properly Paranoid: In the Buu arc, Old Kai is adamantly against using the Dragon Balls since they disrupt the natural balance of the Universe. This seems overly paranoid until GT wherein the Dragon Balls' constant abuse leads to the creation of the Shadow Dragons, which threaten all of reality.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Outside of his reluctance with using Dragon Balls (Dragon Ball GT justifies it, but outside of that it's largely just paranoia) and some of his loopiness, he's largely this, being fully aware in the Buu saga of just how far the Godzilla Threshold has been crossed. He gives away his life to revive Goku, and allows Goku to use the world of the Kais as a battleground to prevent collateral damage.
- Sealed Good in a Can: Many generations ago, a powerful monster (Beerus) sealed him inside the Z Sword, out of fear of his abilities (or, as Toriyama suggests, as a short-tempered response during a petty argument).
- Skewed Priorities: He only agrees to help out the heroes (in making Gohan stronger and helping them use the Namekian Dragon Balls) when Goku offers to send him naked pictures of Bulma (to Vegeta's anger). Also, when Gohan offers to have his powers unlocked, he spends five hours on a traditional 'ceremonial dance' to presumably celebrate the unlocking of his potential, despite knowing that for someone like Gohan, the process would take around twenty hours, while Majin Buu was nearly done wiping out Earth's inhabitants.
- Squishy Wizard: He acts pretty frail and fails to deflect even a very weak blast from base Goku. He Lampshades this himself, stating that it's his mystical abilities that make him powerful, not his physical strength.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He's Shin's ancestor, and looked a lot like him prior to fusing with the old witch.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Dirty old man who, while lacking in physical power, holds vasts amount of wisdom and is able to teach the heroes something new. When Goku meets him, he immediately thinks of Roshi. When Caway tries to seduce Roshi in Super, they both have the same reaction.
- Time Abyss: He claims to be the Supreme Kai from 15 generations prior to Shin's. Considering that Shin is a several million year old deity himself, this can only make Old Kai unfathomably ancient.
- Time to Unlock More True Potential: One of his abilities is to power a person up to the absolute maximum of their potential. It takes over 24 hours and involves a strange dance and lots of meditation, but it also made Gohan the single most powerful fighter in the universe (for a time, anyway. Goku's immediately speculating on how the state can be surpassed).
- Troll: As stated before, he likes acting ridiculous and seemingly enjoys ticking people off. This may also be a kind of Secret Test of Character since he tries to teach Gohan patience and focus (Old Kai doesn't need to even focus on the unlocking ceremony since he is so good at multi-tasking and keeping his mind clear). Unfortunately, it doesn't stick, as Super Buu uses mind games to slowly break Gohan down.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In GT, when the heroes constant use of the Dragon Balls leads to the creation of the Shadow Dragons, he tells everyone that he warned them about constantly abusing their power and singles out Bulma in particular for creating the Dragon Radar.
King Yemma (閻魔大王; Enma Daiō, lit. "Great King Enma")
A towering ogre who acts as the judge for all souls passing to the Other World. Yemma sits at an appropriately enormous desk in his palace's office from which he files paperwork as he determines whether to send each dead person's soul to Heaven or Hell.
- Big Red Devil: Has the overall appearance of one (although he is more inspired by oni from Japanese mythology) befitting his role as a psychopomp of sorts, but he is actually a neutral, fairly amiable fellow.
- God Job: Similar to Kami, his role is treated more like a mundane vocation that he just so happened to have been appointed to rather than a divine burden and in Super he implies that there are many other "Check-In Station" judges who preside over different quadrants of the galaxies, much like the Kais. Although with Yemma it is particularly exaggerated, what with his Salaryman appearance, office-styled abode and the fact that he transports souls by literally stamping papers.
- Judgement of the Dead: King Yemma's duty is to decide where newly arriving souls go once they die, stamping their paperwork and sending them off to either Heaven or Hell.
- Pals with Jesus: As with many other powerful beings beyond the mortal plane, Goku is on casual speaking terms with him.
- Wrestler in All of Us: It's not seen, but Fortuneteller Baba alludes to him breaking out "the Yemma Lock" on rebellious souls.
- Troll: Besides literally being one, he isn't above jokes and jibes despite his lofty position, as seen when he teasingly threatens to send Kami to Hell for speaking out of turn.
- Your Size May Vary: He is an absolute giant, but his sole appearance in Super made him quite small compared with his previous appearances.
Bubbles (バブルス, Baburusu)
King Kai's pet monkey.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Why does a god have a pet monkey? Why not?
- Fetch Quest: One of King Kai's conditions for training someone is that they have to be able to catch Bubbles. Considering that King Kai's planet has much stronger gravity than Earth, this task is harder than it would seem.
- Mistaken Identity: Goku mistakes him for King Kai when they first meet.
- Shapeshifting: In Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden, Bubbles has the ability to transform into children characters like Gohan and Goten.
- Shout-Out: Bubbles' name is most likely a reference to Michael Jackson's pet chimp which had the same name.
- Stronger Than They Look: Looks like an ordinary primate but he is accustomed to King Kai's planet's higher gravity, being able to run and leap about with ease. When Goku first arrived on the planet, he could barely walk. This means that Bubbles was actually stronger than Goku when they first met in the early Saiyan Saga, as confirmed by at least one guidebook.
A walking Robot Buddy who, after eating the Dragon Radar, became a walking radar itself. Giru is an exclusive character from GT.
- Badass Adorable: Despite being a little robot sidekick who never gets involved in the fights, he managed to single-handedly take down a giant antlion monster when this one was attacking an exhausted Pan. In Dragon Ball Heroes, he's even a fighter character.
- Butt-Monkey: He frequently receives verbal and physical abuse from Pan.
- Death Is Cheap: Giru has been killed three times during GT, but comes back without a problem thanks to being a robot.
- Fake Defector: After arriving on Planet M2, it's revealed that Giru was working for General Rilldo and the rest of the bad guys all along. Except it turns out he wasn't and that he was working for the good guys, by deceiving Rilldo and the Machine Mutants.
- The Little Detecto: He ate the Dragon Radar, so only he can track the Black Star Dragon Balls.
- Metal Muncher: He can eat anything made of metal, and he ends up having to tag along with the heroes after consuming the Dragon Radar.
- Power Copying: In a sense, he can integrate devices into himself and copy their functions, as shown with the Dragon Radar.
- Punny Name: His name seems to be a pun on the Japanese pronunciation of "gear." As in, those things machines have, get it?
- Red Alert: Giru has a tendency for this. "Danger! Danger! Pan! Danger!"
- Robot Buddy: A small robot who became best friends with Pan.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Giru has a tendency to become incapacitated whenever the Big Bad of the saga rears their ugly head.
- Verbal Tic Name: Giru, who has a tendency to say "Giru Giru Giru!". He initially introduces himself as T2006, which prompt Goku and co. to rename him after his verbal tic simply because it's easier.