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Android 16 (人造人間16号, Jinzou Ningen Juuroku-Gou)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Hikaru Midorikawa
Voiced by (English): Jeremy Inman (Funimation dub); Scott McNeil (Ocean dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Enrique Cervantes (Z and Kai: The Final Chapters), Marco Guerrero (Kai)

"It is not a sin to fight for the right cause. There are ones who words alone will not reach. Cell is such a being."

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 Fighter Z 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 isn’t really evil. He adores nature and the planet Earth; even acting as #17 and #18’s 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 Heel–Face Turn. Since Cell has some of Goku's genetic material, 16 feels the same way towards him with greater justification.
  • Arm Cannon: HELL'S FLASH!
  • Astro Clone: 16 is a heroic robot modeled after an evil scientist's dead son.
  • 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 underestimates 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-Heel–Face 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.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: His brutal death at the hands of Cell was what triggers Gohan to go SSJ2 and fly into an Unstoppable Rage against Cell.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Unlike the others killed by Cell, for 16 it’s 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.
  • 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.
  • Homage:
    • 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 Heel–Face 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. Depending on the canonicity of FighterZ, 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 wasn’t revived by the Dragon Balls, then the original is really gone forever.
  • Logical Weakness: 16's greatest strength is also his greatest weakness. 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 even if there was, time would not be on their side.
    • The other issue is that he has no biological parts, meaning that he can't use ki attacks. In addition, you can't put energy cannons in his hands, since, you know, they have to act like human hands. The only way he can use ki blasts is to remove his arms and fire them like that. Plus, while he is seen using his arms in a rocket punch, the arms don't seem to have an auto homing mechanism so he has to physically grab them and stick them back on. This means that while his ki blast is incredibly powerful, coming from his infinite energy generator, he hardly ever uses it because he could literally lose his hands if he gets countered and drops them.
  • 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 Affably Evil, 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.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Urge to kill Goku aside, 16 has no villainous traits to speak of. He never fights any of the heroes even when they're ganging up on his friends (then again, they don't need his help) and turns against Cell despite being a fellow creation of Dr. Gero.
  • Redhead In Green: He has a red mohawk and wears a green vest, boots, and bracers.
  • 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.
  • 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 in 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 it's 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 set up 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.
    • It also leaves a bit of a plot hole. If the bomb is big enough to destroy the planet, then why was he willing to use it in the first place? Even if they meant that it had to be in the center of the planet to destroy the entire thing in its radius, that would still mean that at the surface, the blast would reach the core. At the very least the planet would be completely sterilized. Hell, a blast that big wouldn't be healthy for the planet even at high orbit. Plus, he doesn't want to kill anyone but Cell and there were a lot of people in the blast radius. Given that he wants to preserve all life, why he considered it an option is a mystery.
  • 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.Gero 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.
  • Tragic Hero: He was built for killing, but he treasures life and would have likely had no ill will towards Goku if it wasn't part of his programming. He manages to override his mission parameters to fight against his own kind, only to find out too late that he's unable to kill him and is destroyed for his efforts. Being a machine, he doesn't get to go to the afterlife, resurrect or reincarnate.
  • True Companions: Despite their time with him being relatively short, 17 and 18 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 blasts a hole in his head, almost killing him.

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    Jimmy Firecracker 

Jimmy Firecracker (セルゲームアナウンサー, Cell Games Announcer)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Yukimasa Kishino (Z), Tamotsu Nishiwaki (Kai)
Voiced by (English): James T. Fields (Z), John Swasey (Kai), Justin Briner (Kakarot) (Funimation dub); Michael Dobson (Ocean dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Salvador Delgado, Arturo Cataño (Kai)
Voiced by (Brazilian Portuguese):: Cassius Romero

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.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Jimmy Firecracker was something Funimation came up with. Most sources (and the original Japanese) only call him the "Cell Games Announcer" or "ZTV Announcer". His cameraman was also given the name "Lionel" (or "Nigel" in one episode) but was likewise never named in Japanese.
  • 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 and Erasa 

Sharpner (シャプナー, Shapunā) and Erasa (イレーザ, Irēza)

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Erasa voiced by (Japanese): Megumi Urawa
Erasa voiced by (English): Laura Bailey (Z), Alexis Tipton (Kai) (Funimation dub); Kelly Sheridan (Ocean dub)
Erasa voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Circe Luna

Sharpner voiced by (Japanese): Hiro Yuki (Z), Mitsuaki Madono (Kai)
Sharpner voiced by (English): Duncan Brannan (Funimation dub); Alistair Abell (Ocean dub)
Sharpner voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Enrique Mederos, José Arenas (ep. 200 and Movie 13), Rolando de la Fuente (Kai The Final Chapters)

Two friends of Videl at Orange Star High School.


  • 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. In the manga, while he is a bit of a jerk towards Gohan initially, he actually seems pretty impressed by his strength. In the anime, however, he comes across as insincere and it felt like he just wants to humiliate Gohan (and later filler episodes confirmed it).
    Sharpner: Hey, You! What sport are you taking?
    Gohan: Um... I hadn't thought about...
    Sharpner: Then go out for boxing! You're tougher than I thought! You'd do great!
  • Advertised Extra: They are among the main group in Z's second Japanese opening despite having very little screen time 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.
  • The Cameo: During the fight with Kid Buu, they both make a brief appearance back at Orange Star High contributing energy to Goku's Spirit Bomb after Mr. Satan demands that the Earthlings "help him" in defeating Majin Buu.
  • 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. In the manga, they never show up again after Gohan gets assailed by Yamu and Spopovich, but the anime gives them a cameo giving energy to Goku's Spirit Bomb after Mr. Satan asks the Earthlings for help. They also appear briefly near the start of Wrath of the Dragon, being their only movie appearance.
  • 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.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Jerk Jock he may be, but Sharpner along with everyone else was appalled by Spopovich's brutal beating of Videl during their match.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Sharpner.
  • 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.
  • Weirdness Censor: Despite seeing Gohan's Super Saiyan transformation plus he and Videl flying off from the tournament grounds, both Sharpner and Erasa write it off as a trick due to Mr. Satan's misleading and seemingly make no more fuss over it.

    Marron 

Marron (マーロン, Māron)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Tomiko Suzuki (Z), Naoko Watanabe (Yo! Son Goku and Friends Return and Battle of Gods), Hiroko Ushida (Kai)
Voiced by (English): Melodee Lenz (Z), Meredith McCoy (Bio-Broly, GT), Tia Ballard (Resurrection 'F', Kai, Super) (Funimation dub); Cathy Weseluck (Z), Lori Barnes Smith (GT) (Ocean/Blue Water dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Cristina Hernández (current voice), Gaby Ugarte (Bio-Broly)

Krillin's daughter with Android 18.


  • Aerith and Bob: Her name is pronounced "Maron" and is the French word for "chestnut", which Krillin (Kulilin) is also named after.
  • Break the Cutie: In GT, the 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 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 others in the series, she's revived.
  • Killed Offscreen: For better or worse in the manga, it never shows Marron and the others being eaten after Super Buu escapes the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. Averted hard in the anime where Marron and her mother are the next to go after Krillin dies, with Dende and Mr. Popo watching helplessly.
  • 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.
  • 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 

Bra/Bulla (ブラ, Bura)

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Click here to see her in Super 
Voiced by (Japanese): Hiromi Tsuru (All media up to 2017), Aya Hisakawa (Broly onwards)
Voiced by (English): Megan Woodall (Z), Parisa Fakhri (GT), Lauren Landa (Kai), Bryn Apprill (Broly) (Funimation dub); Cathy Weseluck (Z), Leda Davies (GT) (Ocean/Blue Water dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Gaby Ugarte (Z), Isabel Martiñón (GT and Kai: The Final Chapters)

Vegeta's and Bulma's second child. Most of her characterization is from GT.


  • 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.
  • Tsundere:
    • 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.
  • Younger than They Look: Officially born in the Age 780, making her nine years old at the start of GT, and younger than Pan by a year.
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    Oob/Uub 

    Valese/Palace 

Valese/Palace (パレス, Paresu)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Natsumi Yanase
Voiced by (English): Amber Cotton (Funimation dub); Carol-Anne Day (Blue Water dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Rebeca Gómez
Voiced by (French): Joëlle Gugui; Naiké Fauveau-Mellerin

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...
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Her brain doesn't appear all the way there, not knowing what ice cream and hamburgers are and using utensils to try and eat them (said ice cream was in a cone).
  • 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.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Has long brown hair that flows over her shoulders.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name might be a reference to her rich upbringing.
  • Nice Girl: Not all that bright, but she's amicable and supportive of Goten even while he's battling evil.
  • Only One Name: Like most of the characters in the series.
  • She's Got Legs: Shown off by a short-crop yellow dress.
  • 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.
  • Undying Loyalty: Demonstrated with her cheering Goten on after he smacks down Pui Pui when the latter escapes from Hell.
  • Uptown Girl: According to a one-off line from Goten in the Japanese version of GT, Valese is implied to be this.

Deities

    King Yemma 

King Yemma (閻魔大王; Enma Daiō, lit. "Great King Enma")

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Voiced by (Japanese): Daisuke Gōri (Z, GT, Kai ep. 4-11), Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (Kai: The Final Chapters)
Voiced by (English): Ward Perry (Z Season 1), Dale Wilson (Z Season 5-6) (Ocean dub); Chris Rager (Most media), Dameon Clarke (Z ep. 195) (Funimation dub); Tommy James (Blue Water dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Abel Rocha, Eduardo Fonseca (Kai: The Final Chapters)

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.


  • Badass Boast: Yemma proudly claims to have beaten Raditz into submission when the Saiyan warrior arrived to be judged upon his death. While only a mid-ranked warrior, Raditz was by far the strongest opponent Goku had faced at that point. Impressed, Goku is almost tempted to let Yemma train him rather than King Kai. Though considering that Raditz probably wasn't allowed to keep his body after death (Goku was a rare exception thanks to his heroic feats on Earth and his connection to Kami), this boast may not be as impressive in practice.
  • Big Red Devil: Has the overall appearance of one (although he is more inspired by oni from Japanese mythology, crossed with the Hindu-Buddhist god of death, Yama) befitting his role as a psychopomp of sorts, but he is actually an amiable fellow.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He strategically decides to keep Vegeta waiting in the Check-In Station with an in-tact body rather than immediately sending him to Hell, since he figures that Vegeta can still be sent back to Earth as a back-up in case Gohan and the others fail against Majin Buu. This decision single-handedly saves the cosmos, as Goku desperately needed another Saiyan to fuse with.
    • Similarly, Uub owes his entire existence to Yemma. Yemma listened to Goku's wish for Buu to be reincarnated as a good guy. And like Vegeta, Uub later plays a vital role in saving the galaxy from a spacefaring monster (against Baby in GT or against Moro in Super).
  • 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.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Shortly prior to Goku's arrival in the Check-In Station, Yemma claims to have kicked Raditz's ass when the Saiyan started acting up.
  • Pals with Jesus: As with many other powerful beings beyond the mortal plane, Goku is on casual speaking terms with him.
  • Public Domain Character: Of all the deities in the Dragon Ball franchise, Yemma is the only one Akira Toriyama didn't create himself. He is adapted from the Buddhist judge of the dead in Hell and the Underworld.
  • Riddle for the Ages: How he is able to ensure that more powerful villains who die on his watch end up being sentenced properly without making a scene like Raditz purportedly did? We only see him sentencing Cell to Hell via a portal of some kind in the Otherworld Tournament filler arc with no elaboration on how else he was able to keep the monster in line. Later still, in GT's Super 17 Saga when all the villains are killed and sent back to Hell, at worst, Yemma seems to be more annoyed than anything else at all the paperwork he has to cover.
    • Much of this is confused and obfuscated by anime-only filler. In the original story, it's established that only exceptional heroes like Goku are allowed to keep their bodies after death. The various dead villains likely do not arrive to Yemma in physical bodies, but rather as faceless soul whisps like the many others waiting in line.
  • So Last Season: Him overpowering Raditz in the afterlife, who at the time was known for manhandling Goku and Piccolo (the strongest two men on Earth), quickly becomes this when King Kai later reveals that Raditz's partners are even stronger than him. Goku quickly surpasses King Kai during the course of their training together which diminishes Yemma's feat even more.
  • 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.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: It's not seen, but Fortuneteller Baba alludes to him breaking out "the Yemma Lock" on rebellious souls.
  • Your Size May Vary: He is an absolute giant, but his sole appearance in Super made him quite small compared with his previous appearances.

    King Kai/Kaiō-sama 

King Kai (界王, Kaiō-sama)/North Kai (北の界王, Kita no Kaiō, "North King of the World")

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Voiced by (Japanese): Joji Yanami (most media), Naoki Tatsuta (Super episode 12 onward)
Voiced by (English): Sean Schemmel (Funimation dub); Don Brown (Z)note , Dean Galloway (GT) (Ocean/Blue Water dub); Paul Bandey (The Tree of Might and Lord Slug), Ed Marcus (Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan and Bojack Unbound) (AB Groupe/"Big Green" dub); Michael McConnohie (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia dub in Super)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Ricardo Hill (current voice), José Luis McConnell (Arc Majin Buu, Movie 4-12 and GT), Leonardo García (Kai until chapter 58), Eduardo Fonseca (Kai), Héctor Lee (Battle of Gods)

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 revive 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.
  • Didn't Think This Through: While training Goku for his fight against Vegeta and Nappa, he realizes on the day before the Saiyans arrive on Earth that he forgot to take into account that Goku would have to travel back down the Snake Way before returning to the living world. Luckily, Goku's improved speed meant he would only be a day late...which was enough time for Nappa to mercilessly kill the other Z-Fighters except for Krillin and Gohan.
  • 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 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 for 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.
  • Great Gazoo: Subverted. He's got incredible power and abilities that bely his funny-looking appearance and personality, but it's established very early on that he's outclassed by Nappa and Vegeta at his weakest.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Played for laughs when Piccolo promises not to use Kaioh's training to fight Freeza.
    Kaioh: Hmm... Alright, you have an honest face.
    Piccolo: <Thinking> You have terrible eyesight.
  • 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 as 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 convince 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 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 behavior multiple times... although he keeps forgetting why it's the case.
  • Unreliable Expositor: Unintentionally, but King Kai makes a lot of assumptions that flat out aren't true. Some notable examples include: When he assumes Goku reached Super Saiyan in the Slug movie, when he claims Frieza was defeated by the Spirit Bomb, and when he states Goku was killed on the explosion of Planet Namek.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: First task: catch a monkey. Second task: hit a bug with a hammer (though the 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 being 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/(East) Supreme Kai/(East) Kaiōshin 

Shin (シン)/(East) Supreme Kai ((東の)界王神, (Higashi no) Kaiōshin, "(East) World King God")

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Voiced by (Japanese): Yūji Mitsuya (Z and Kai), Shin'ichiro Ota (GT and Super)
Voiced by (English): Kent Williams (Funimation dub); Michael Dobson (Ocean dub); David Vincent (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia dub in Super)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Genaro Vásquez (Current Voice), José Gilberto Vilchis (Battle of Gods)

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.
  • All for Nothing: Played With. Almost all of Shin's efforts go to waste: He fails to prevent Buu from waking up, and fails to defeat him afterward, his wayward attendant Kibito is murdered, he fails to get a meaningful powerup from his fusion, and he fails to convince Goku and Vegeta to fuse again. Luckily, Buu is still killed thanks to Goku, Vegeta, and the planet Earth.
  • 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 Damn Heroes: He arrives at the very last minute as Kibito Kai to save Goku and Vegeta (along with Hercule, Bee and Dende) from being blown up along with Earth.
  • 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 a mix between a Smug Smiler and The Stoic and seemingly a morally grey character in the world of Dragonball, unphased 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 Dabura. He was also very willing to potentially take on Super Buu once he fused, who had a status as The Dreaded. 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 Not Think This Through:
    • He never once thought about how strong the fighters of Earth would be, and by allowing Spopovich and Yamu to take Gohan's energy while powered up, they provide Babidi with most of the energy needed to be revived, much to his concern.
    • After killing Bibidi, he manages to seal Buu and leaves him on Earth with the assumption no one would ever be able to revive him, so no other precautions were taken. Justified as Bibidi would be the only person who could manage to wake and control Buu. However, he never considered that one of Bibidi's clones would survive to continue the original's work, as he manages to recover the sealed Buu easily enough.
    • Played for Laughs. He decides the best way to test the Z-sword is to throw the hardest material in the universe at it: Katchin Steel. This, unsurprisingly, ends up turning the Z-sword into the Z-dagger. Fortunately, this ended up helping Gohan significantly.
  • 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 Good: Regardless of his level of competence, Shin really cares for all living beings, and is willing to put his life on the line to stop monsters like Babidi and Zamasu.
  • 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.
  • Good Is Not Soft: While certainly polite, Shin is not above doing dirty things to get results. Notably, he actually forces Gohan to be drained of his energy so that they could track down Babidi's ship.
  • 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.
  • Humble Hero: As the last Supreme Kai ruling over at least 6 other lesser Kai, Shin had every right to declare himself the Grand Supreme Kai. For whatever reason, he never did but it had to with being Incompletely Trained.
  • 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.
  • It's Personal: Not only does Shin judge Buu to be a threat on a universal scale out of his general knowledge, he also attempts to interfere because the Majin had been responsible for taking four people from him that he held dearly.
  • 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.
  • No Indoor Voice: In the Westwood dub, as Kibitoshin, he more often than not shouts his dialogue, even when the situation doesn't require it.
  • 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.
  • Off-Model: Shin's potara earrings were drawn as ring-shaped in chapters 456-459 of the manga when Vegeta allows himself to fall under Babidi's influence. From chapter 460 onward, the potara return to their standard design. Toei caught this and kept the earrings the same design in the corresponding episodes. The first shot of Kibitoshin in Z episode 279 had his face colored red like Kibito's instead of the usual cyan.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: At some point, Shin was able to track down and kill 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 sturdier). 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.
  • 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 part may be he never bothered to mention 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 ItselfKhai.
  • 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.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite some actions of Did Not Think This Through, Shin is a rather reasonable person who knows how to set his priorities straight, he makes it clear that rushing ahead without a plan, or getting distracted by age-old rivalries, are all lower than stopping Buu from being revived. He's only actively hindered because the only people strong enough to help are the Challenge Seeker Saiyans, as the more pragmatic Piccolo and Krillin are taken out of the fight before it began, along with Kibito.
  • 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.
  • Skewed Priorities: During the end of the Buu arc, when Goku and Vegeta are fighting Kid Buu on the World of the Kais, 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.
  • 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 Dabura 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.
  • 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 apparently 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.
  • A Tragedy of Impulsiveness: His future self in Super had tried to rush Babidi out of impulsiveness when Trunks couldn't compete with Dabura in a straight fight anymore (due to Dabura's strength significantly surpassing the former's outside of a duel between swords). Unfortunately, Dabura managed to shoot him down before he can try anything. This results in Kibito's guard being lowered and getting killed, and Shin sustaining injuries that led to his death. Granted, his efforts do get Trunks the win by helping trigger a Super Saiyan 2 transformation but still counts. Even worse, his death leads to the death of his timeline's Beerus due to them sharing one life force, allowing Goku Black to come and lay waste to the timeline without opposition.
  • 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. For that matter, Super retroactively makes his judgement on Frieza a lot more iffy; While Shin wasn't wrong in his assessment that he could beat Frieza with ease he seemed to believe this was all Frieza was capable of, when in reality Frieza wasn't rven scratching the surface of his potential.
  • 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.

    Kibito 

Kibito (キビト)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Shin Aomori
Voiced by (English): Chuck Huber (Funimation dub); Don Brown (Ocean dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): José Luis Castañeda, Humberto Solórzano (Kai The Final Chapters and Super)

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 prominently in the manga version of the Future Trunks arc. He spars with Zamasu in his introduction and serves a vital role in informing Beerus and the Z-Warriors about Zamasu's suspicious attitude towards Zuno. He also served as a sort of Comic Relief due to Beerus accusing him of being Goku Black because Shin referenced Kibito's famous prejudice against mortals. 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. In the coloured manga chapters, his skin is instead a deep blue.
  • Badass Baritone: His voice in the Ocean dub is very gravelly and low.
  • Battle Butler: Is this for the Supreme Kai before fusing with him. Though until the Super manga, he doesn't get much of a chance to show his mettle on the battlefield.
  • 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.
  • Face of a Thug: He looks pretty haggard and scary, but he is firmly on the side of good. However, Kibito's "suspicious face" causes Beerus to suspect him of being the true identity of Goku Black.
  • 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kibito gives Gohan quite a hard time and underestimates the boy at every turn. He's vocally uncomfortable with the idea of even allowing Gohan to walk upon the Sacred Land of the Kais, in spite of the severity of the circumstances with Majin Buu. However, over the course of the Buu arc, Kibito warms up to Gohan and begrudgingly comes to respect his superior talent. After teleporting him back to Earth, Kibito gifts Gohan with a copy of his father's orange gi for luck in his upcoming fight against Buu.
  • Noble Bigot: Kibito is quite prejudiced and condescending towards mortals, believing that no mortal should even set foot on the Kaioshin Realm. He underestimates the potential of Saiyans, scoffing at the notion of Gohan being able to lift the Z-Sword when hundreds of generations of Shin-jin had failed to do so. He is promptly forced to eat his words.
    • His mild racism becomes a surprisingly major plot point in the manga. When Goku, Beerus and Whis question if Shin has encountered any gods with "extremist ideologies" lately, rather than thinking of Zamasu, Kibito is the first that springs to Shin's mind (Shin had no idea about the Goku Black situation). Humorously, Beerus immediately hones in on Kibito as the prime suspect of Goku Black's true identity.
  • 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 Kai Kai, which allows him to teleport to any world in the lower realm and even different universes. Unlike Goku's Instant Transmission, Kibito's teleportation has no limits. Initially, only he demonstrated this ability, before it seemingly rubbed off on Shin after their fusion.

    Old Kai 

Old Kai (老界王神, Rō Kaiōshin)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Reizou Nomoto (Z), Tetsuya Iwanaga (Z, Young), Isamu Tanonaka (Budokai 3), Ryouichi Tanaka (Battle of Gods onwards)
Voiced by (English): Kent Williams (Funimation dub); Scott McNeil (Ocean dub); Steve Kramer (Creator/Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia dub of Super)
Voiced by (Latin American): Enrique Mederos (Z and GT), Ernesto Lezama (Battle of Gods and Super), Pedro D'Aguillón Jr (Kai: The Final Chapters)

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 knowledgeable 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 beyond its 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 interested 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 berates the defused Goku and Vegeta for allowing Vegito to toy with Buu instead of finishing him off, 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.
  • Magic Feather: Played with, since the Z-Sword, a regular, if heavy, sword is given billing as a legendary weapon of great power, whereas, in actuality, he's the real source of the legend, and he's trapped inside it.
  • 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.
    • Back in the early days, he had this reaction moments before he and the witch merged into one.
  • 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 (by 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 a vast 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 up a person to above 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.

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    Bubbles 

Bubbles (バブルス, Baburusu)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Naoki Tatsuta (Z), Takahiro Fujimoto (Kai and Super)
Voiced by (English): Doug Parker (Ocean dub); Christopher Sabat (Funimation dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Ernesto Lezama, Javier Olguín (Kai)

King Kai's pet monkey.


  • 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.

    Giru 

Giru (ギル)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Shinobu Satouchi
Voiced by (English): Sonny Strait (Funimation dub); Nathan Simpson (Blue Water dub)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Luis Daniel Ramírez
Voiced by (Brazilian Portuguese): Sílvio Giraldi

"I'm T2006, but you can call me Giru!"

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.
  • Dub Name Change: Spell My Name with an S aside, the German localization changed his serial number from DB4649T2006RS to DD4649T22006RS, changing the B to another D and adding another 2 in-between.
  • 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.
  • Overly-Long Name: His serial number is DB4649T2006RS. The inhabitants of Planet M2 all call him by that serial number.
  • 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 its ugly head.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Giru, Gill, Gil. Several dubs use either of those spellings.
  • Verbal Tic Name: Giru, who has a tendency to say "Giru Giru Giru!". He initially introduces himself as T2006, which prompts Goku and co. to rename him after his verbal tic simply because it's easier.

    Bee 
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Voiced by (Japanese): Tomiko Suzuki (Z), Masami Suzuki (Kai and Super)
Voiced by (English): Jillian Michaels (Ocean dub); Christopher Bevins (Funimation dub)
Mr. Satan and Fat Buu's pet dog.
  • Canine Companion: Mr. Satan's loyal but friendly dog. He is also Fat Buu's pet dog and second best friend.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: As Super Buu is about to absorb Piccolo and Gotenks, Bee is quick to detect the disturbance and starts yelping. If only Piccolo had been paying attention with those ears of his.
  • Morality Pet: To Fat Buu. Like Mr. Satan, Bee helps Fat Buu see what is right and wrong and brings out his inner goodness. Satan himself is shown patting the pup's head in a few filler segments after Super Buu wipes out most of humanity, subtly showcasing how the otherwise vain and pompous world champ has his softer side.
  • Theme Naming: Following the pattern of Mr. Satan's family, Bee likely gets his name from the Hell prince of gluttony himself Beelzebub. Makes sense when you consider Buu's appetite.
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