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In order of appearance.
King Moai (モアイ王, Moai-ō)
A filler villain who only appears in the anime. He is the dictator of planet Arlia. He comes into conflict with Vegeta and Nappa when they come to conquer Arlia, and is eventually killed by them.
- 0% Approval Rating: Downplayed. His men seem to be loyal to him, even though he treats them like dirt, however everyone else hates his guts.
- Aliens Are Bastards: He is a tyrant who forces his men to fight each other to the death, and he keeps the good Arlians locked in a dungeon.
- Asshole Victim: He becomes one of the victims of Vegeta and Nappa's planet-looting ways, but is shown to have been an evil ruler who got what he deserved.
- Bad Boss: He forces his men to fight each other to the death, and feeds any survivors to Yeti.
- Canon Foreigner: He doesn't appear in the original manga.
- Eviler Than Thou: Vegeta and Nappa are this to him. They easily kill him and all his guards.
- Evil vs. Evil: Him and his guards vs Vegeta and Nappa.
- I Have Your Wife: Inverted. Moai forced Lemlia to be his queen by holding her husband captive in his dungeon.
- Purple Is Powerful: Averted. He may be the ruler of Arlia, but he has his men do the dirty work, and once he realizes how strong Nappa and Vegeta are he immediately begs for mercy.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Not Moai himself, but all of his men have red eyes.
- Torso with a View: Meets his end by having a rock thrown through his chest.
- The Usurper: Took over Arlia by locking up the original king.
- Villains Want Mercy: He begs for mercy after Nappa kills Yeti.
Princess Snake (蛇姫, Hebi hime)
Another filler villain who only appears in the anime. She appears as a very beautiful woman but in reality, she is a giant snake temptress who lures people into her castle on Snake Way.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Her and her attendants all have blue skin.
- Animal Motifs: Snakes.
- Animal Theme Naming: Again, snakes.
- Beauty Is Bad: She appears as a very beautiful woman, but in reality, she is a giant snake temptress who lures people into her castle on Snake Way.
- Canon Foreigner: She doesn't appear in the original manga.
- Evil Redhead: Has a full head of orange hair.
- The Evil Princess: She became the Snake Princess long before the franchise started.
- If I Can't Have You...: She lusts after Goku, and wants to make him her husband. After she finds out he's already married, she decides to just eat him.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Tries to eat Goku after she finds out he's married.
- Mistaken Identity: Goku mistakes her for King Kai when they first meet.
- Noodle Incident: Apparently had a run in with King Yemma 500 years ago.
- One-Winged Angel: She is able to transform into a giant snake.
- Qipao: She and her attendants wear them, and all of them have scales, as befitting her motif.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When she shows her evil face.
- Settle for Sibling: Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu implies that she and Raditz have formed some kind of relationship.
- Shout-Out: A temptress trying to lure a married hero while he's in the middle of a long voyage sounds remarkably similar to Circe and Calypso from The Odyssey. Her being able to transform into a giant snake also recalls Circe being able to turn men into animals (most famously pigs).
- Villainesses Want Heroes: Is interested in Goku, until she finds out he's already married.
Saibamen (栽培マン, Saibaiman)
Six plant monsters grown by Nappa to fight the Z warriors.
- Action Bomb: Saibaman Bomb, their ace in the hole, turns them into one. In Budokai 3 they have a timer on their head that counts down to 0.
- Hollywood Acid: Able to shoot it from their heads.
- Last of His Kind: Nappa says that the six they bring to Earth are all that's left after a crazy battle that saw a large number of them killed. By the end of the arc, they're extinct.
- Mooks: And in Dragon Ball Online they've become established on Earth and diversified to fill several ecological and mook niches.
- Plant Person: They're grown from seeds.
- So Last Season: They may be mooks, but they're the equivalent to Raditz in power (though one of the games says that their power is dependent on the quality of the soil they're planted in). The Z Fighters are still able to destroy them with little effort, except for when Yamcha gets hit with one's Suicide Attack.
- Suicide Attack: Saibaman Bomb is a kamikaze technique that turns the Saibaman into a living bomb that grabs hold of its opponent with an extremely tight grip and quickly self-destructs. Just ask Yamcha.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: The Saibamen are about 4 feet tall, but they are as strong as Raditz.
- Stronger Than They Look: Judging only by their appearances, the saibamen resemble the classic low-level goblins, but they are really as strong as Raditz, so they could beat any character in the first part of Dragon Ball. (Which includes King Piccolo, who could destroy cities)
- What Measure Is a Mook?: Vegeta callously blew one up for losing to Tien.
Raiti (ライチ, Raichi) and Zaacro (ザークロ, Zākuro)
Two filler villains who appear only in the anime. When our heroes arrive at a planet they mistakenly believe is Namek, Raiti and Zaacro disguise themselves as Namekians in an attempt to steal the heroes' ship so they can get off the planet, in which they are stranded on.
- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Both disguise themselves as Namekians in order to trick the heroes and take their ship.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: In their Namekian disguise they have green skin, and in their true form they had red skin.
- Anti-Villain: Subverted. They were stranded on the planet and wanted off, but even after Bulma offers to use the group's spaceship to take them back to their own home planet so they can all leave together, they refuse because they now want to go to Namek and use the Dragon Balls for themselves to rule the universe.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Raiti being the little guy and Zaacro being the big guy.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Both put on a kind facade when disguised as Namekians.
- Canon Foreigner: They don't appear in the original manga.
- Fat and Skinny: Raiti is the fat and Zaacro is the skinny; this is only in their Namekian disguise, however.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: While not twins, their true forms look remarkably similar. The only way to tell them apart is that Raiti's form is shorter and is a darker shade of red.
- Mind over Matter: Zaacro demonstrates this ability to Krillin.
- Overly Long Tongue: Raiti has the ability to grasp things with his tongue.
- Shapeshifting: Both shapeshift into Namekians to trick our heroes.
- Take Over the World: After reading the gang's minds and learning about the Dragon Balls, they decide that after they use their spaceship to escape Fake Namek, they will go to the real planet Namek and use the Dragon Balls to rule the universe.
- Telepathy: They are able to read minds using appendages that come from their body.
- Those Two Bad Guys: They are rarely ever seen apart.
Garlic Jr. Saga
Spice Boys (魔族四天王, Mazoku Shitennō, "Four Heavenly Kings of the Demon Clan")
Spice (ガッシュ, Gasshu)
Vinegar (ビネガー, Binegā)
Mustard (タード, Tādo)
Salt (ゾルド, Zorudo)
Four Makyans who assist Garlic Jr. with his attack on Earth.
- The Cameo: Mustard makes a cameo as one of Frieza's men in the Resurrection 'F' manga adaptation.
- Canon Foreigner: They were all created for the anime.
- Combination Attack: Salt and Mustard have an attack where they both charge up an energy sphere and then combine it into one. Vinegar and Salt also have an attack like this, but they don't get to launch it.
- The Dragon: Spice for Garlic Jr.
- Evil Redhead: Mustard has red hair.
- Expy: The group as a whole are expies of Garlic Jr.'s original crew of Makyans (Ginger, Nicky and Sansho) that served him as Mooks in the movie Dead Zone.
- Nice Hat: Salt and Vinegar both wear Mongolian-style hats.
- Number Two: Spice for Garlic Jr.
- Odd Name Out: In the Japanese version Vinegar is the only Spice Boy whose name isn't based on a food pun, it is flat out Vinegar.
- Prehensile Hair: Spice is able to grow his hair out and attack with it.
- Purple Is Powerful: Vinegar has purple skin.
- Shout-Out: The name of their group is most likely a reference to the Spice Girls.
- Super Speed: Spice manages to shock Gohan with his speed.
Android 20 (人造人間20号, Jinzou Ningen Nijuu-Gou) / Dr. Gero (ドクター・ゲロ, Dokutaa Gero)
Used to be a scientist for the Red Ribbon Army from the first series which Goku single-handedly destroyed. By Z he has turned himself into an Android (number 20) and plots revenge on Goku, but the plan pretty much backfires on him. He returns in GT, but doesn't fare any better.
- Accidental Hero: With the creation of Android 17, Gero unwittingly began a chain of events that ended with 17 winning the Tournament of Power in the Universe Survival Saga of Super in Universe 7's name, and saved the multiverse from total annihilation after it was revealed that if Android 17 wished for anything other than the revival of the erased universes, everything would have been wiped.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot:
- Inverted. In the main universe, he apparently made no less than twenty androids which all ended up doing a HeelFace Turn somewhere down the line. Finally averted with 19 (and, if you count the movies, 13, 14 and 15), Cell, and himself, since he could be sure he would stay evil.
- 17 and 18 stay evil in the original timeline. Problem is, they still ended up killing him.
- An Arm and a Leg: Piccolo chops off his left arm.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's unknown if he forcibly turned his wife into an android or if 21's just a clone of his wife with some of her memories and appearance.Fighter Z gives hints both ways, but never gives concrete proof one way or the other.
- Anticlimax Boss: Invoked Trope. After Piccolo easily defeats him, following Vegeta doing the same to Android 19, Piccolo wonders why he's so weak, baffled that someone who could easily beat Freeza would fear such weaklings. As it turns out, this is because Android 20 and Android 19 are a mere Disc-One Final Boss, and the real androids Trunks was talking about haven't shown up yet.
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: After Yamcha escapes with the heart virus-stricken Goku, Gero lets them go, declaring that he'll kill Goku later. In the meantime, he'll amuse himself by killing all of Goku's friends, outright saying that he'll enjoy doing so.
- Arc Villain: Of the Androids Saga before Cell took the role.
- Asshole Victim: It's hard to feel any sympathy for him facing his demise at 17's hands, after he and 19 earlier went on a rampage, indiscriminately killing innocent civilians without restraint or provocation.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Even though he could only watch his victory from Hell, he is the only villain in the Dragon Ball saga to get exactly what he wanted; the death of Son Goku at the hands of an alternate future timeline version of his creations. (Alas for him, it doesn't stick.)
- Badass Bookworm: He found a way to make a bio-android called Cell from at least four different sapient species (five if the theories about Tien being part alien is true, SIX into another one if you count Android 21) and incorporate their powers into it, as well as making deadly androids including making himself into one.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: Inverted. He's a mean old bastard who looks more haggard than the oldest man on Earth.
- Best Served Cold: He waited fourteen years after the fall of the Red Ribbon Army before moving to take his revenge on Goku. He spied on Goku to make sure his androids were more than powerful enough to kill him. In Trunks and Cell's timelines, Goku died of the heart virus before he could act. In the main timeline, because Gero didn't send his trackers to Namek, he didn't know about the Super Saiyan transformation and badly underestimated Goku and his group.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Seems to live by this. Gero's whole beef with Goku stems deeply from the fact Goku destroyed the very evil Red Ribbon army that provided his resources and funding (at least until it was later revealed his son fought and died for said army), and decided to spend many, many years attempting to make androids strong enough to dwarf Goku in power. He also does not consider his kidnapping of 17 and 18 and forcibly turning them into powerful cyborgs a bad thing, in fact, he expects them to be thankful and loyal to him. It's probably best exemplified by the fact the reason 18 has limiters on her strength is because he believed 17 was merely too strong to control his strength (i.e. trying to kill him soon after activation), and doesn't suspect 18 would try the same thing (which she does), and it's only THEN does he realize they're rebellious. But even after that, he still expects them to listen to him without any real reason to when they destroy the only thing holding them in line. He's also shown to have no love for the human race, having created many machines to wipe them out. Yet at the same time, Gero was someone who cared very deeply for his deceased son to the point of not wanting to have the model based on him in combat regardless of his strength or deep rooted code that would only serve to help him. And by all accounts 21 seems to view him with fondness when attempting to recall her past.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Dr. Myuu in the Super 17 Saga.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Although he is very powerful, him underestimating the Saiyans and Piccolo despite his research proves to be his undoing. That and he thought raw power alone was enough to beat a group who have trained their entire lives and he was shortsighted enough to give himself the weaker android design instead of the more powerful endless energy model like Androids 17 and 18.
- Brain in a Jar: His brain is concealed in a glass dome under his hat.
- Brick Joke: Vegeta mentions that his head probably rolls just as well as 19's. It does.
- Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Gero gave everything to kill Goku after he single-handily destroyed the Red Ribbon Army. He eventually gets his wish when Cell kills Goku through his fail self-destruction. However, his obsession with beating Goku cost him his life and his ultimate creation is destroyed by Gohan, the son of the man he spent the last part of his life trying to destroy. Also in the end, his victory turns out to be meaningless since Goku returns to life seven years later and stronger than ever.
- Bullying a Dragon: He repeatedly insults and berates 17 and 18, who were rebellious teenagers before he kidnapped them and forcibly turned them into cyborgs, and who are far stronger than he is, mind you... what happened to him was inevitable. And even worse, when Dr. Gero built 17 and 18, he realized how difficult they were to control, so he came up with a new design for future androids that, while still very strong, were more limited in their power. Except that he then rebuilt his own body and used the deliberately weakened design rather than the fully powered one that might've enabled him to stand up to 17 and 18 (or better yet, to not even need them in the first place). Yeah, his obsession definitely curbed his genius there.
- ...But He Sounds Handsome: He certainly doesn't spare words to praise his own work while he's posing as just one of Dr. Gero's creations. Piccolo even deduces correctly that his praise for Gero means that he is Gero before Bulma confirms it.
- Character Exaggeration: In Z, his only known motivation was having revenge on Son Goku for destroying the Red Ribbon Army, but in GT it extends to turning all organic life into machines. Dr. Gero's interpretation in GT can be blamed on the writers not fully knowing what his motivation was, as he was killed before his plans could be further detailed.
- Critical Research Failure:
- In-Universe. Gero calculates how strong Goku will become based on his stats from the Saiyan Saga. When Goku asked if they follow them into space, he says it was unnecessary since it was concluded that Goku wouldn't grow that much stronger given his age. This is a big failure considering that Goku is only 28 years old (with the bonus of being dead for a year, which makes him physically 27) which even for a normal human is around the age of their physical prime. Saiyans have the bonus of aging slower than humans, something Gero should have realized or at least suspected while watching Goku all this time, meaning Goku isn't at the physical peak for a Saiyan. For a scientist who works on modified humans, Gero should have known this.
- Another In-Universe example. Gero is surprised that he is easily being beaten by Piccolo after he sucked much of his energy. Piccolo explains to him that since they can raise and amplify their powers in short bursts, the power he stole really didn't amount to much. This really should be obvious to Gero since, from his research, he should have known that all the Earth's fighters can suppress their energy to almost zero and raise their battle power for a short amount of time. Vegeta realizes this just by listening to Raditz's battle with Piccolo and Goku, and Frieza came to the same realization while fighting Goku. Even Captain Ginyu figured it out just by observing Goku without even fighting him. For someone who spied on Goku for almost twenty years, how the heck did Gero miss this detail?
- Crippling Overspecialization: Gero's easily one of the most brilliant minds in Dragon Ball, and his skill in robotics and programming is so high up there that even Dr. Brief and Bulma have a hard time dealing with reprogramming 16 even with their combined efforts and working for several days. Even then, Bulma was so uncertain about 16 staying an ally that she removed his bomb without telling him in fear he might try to use it on Goku. However, as indicated many times in this entry, Gero seems to lack a lot of common sense.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He was the leading scientist of the Red Ribbon Army: a military global superpower and rival to Capsule Corp. in terms of its technological output. When Goku puts an end to the RR, he makes death machines, some of which run on perpetual energy, to kill Goku as revenge, and it's known without Goku they'll turn the planet into a hellhole. He probably could have made a huge profit out of his cybernetic enhancements, weapons, etc. Piccolo even lampshades this after chopping off Gero's arm, declaring his efforts to be a "waste of technology."
- Cyborg: Makes himself into one to make sure the latest model wouldn't HeelFace Turn him.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: The primary goal of the androids, outside of world conquest. Gero built the androids specifically to kill Goku. Given all the resources, dedication, and time he put into this, he obviously viewed Goku as almost god-like. Even the weakest Android is comparable to Frieza (the stronger ones far exceed him) and he was considered the strongest in the universe. It was his creation Cell that achieved Gero's dream, both surpassing Goku in power and killing him, although that last part was willing on Goku's end.
- Didn't See That Coming: Despite all his monitoring of Goku and his friends, he's caught completely flat-footed by the Super Saiyan transformation. He also couldn't understand why Piccolo was so powerful. His plans would have been completely ruined if he didn't make Androids 16, 17, and 18 so powerful by accident and his Unintentional Backup Plan with creating Cell.
- Didn't Think This Through: When 17 and 18 show that they're no more loyal to him than before after 17 steals the remote to control them, Gero decides to just bark orders to them seeing how they should be listening to him thanks to the fact he gave them strength. This quickly causes him to meet his end.
- Dirty Coward: His entire fighting style consists of trying to sneak up on people so he can drain their life, and he constantly runs away as soon as The Dog Bites Back.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Though he was intended as the true and straightforward villain of the Android Saga, a few mocking words from Toriyama's former editor about him and 19's designs quickly turned him into this trope and prompted the introduction of 16, 17, and 18, who themselves would soon follow suit in favor of Cell.
- Disproportionate Retribution:
- His hatred towards Goku for destroying the Red Ribbon Army caused him to make a series of androids that turn the future timeline into a hellhole and nearly destroy the solar system in the main timeline. It becomes even more disproportionate when you remember that his former boss, Commander Red, wanted the Dragon Balls to wish for height. However, it is possible that Goku's actions also led his son being killed by an enemy bullet when the RR army lost a lot of military might. Said son is the inspiration for Android 16's looks which also explains why he didn't want 16 to fight. We'll never know for sure now that Gero is dead.
- His sanity also steadily takes hits in his quest for revenge to the point where he blames everything for his son's death and the downfall of the Red Ribbon army. This leads him to program a bio-android with the DNA of the galaxy's strongest warriors to hate all forms of life so he would exterminate every living thing in existence. And the rest is history.
- Dub Name Change: He's renamed as "Dr. Maki" in the Latin American dub for some reason. However, they start to call him "Dr. Maki Gero" in the episode in which Bulma reveals that Android 20 was Dr. Gero (by having her explain that "Maki Gero" was his full name). From then onward, he is referred to as "Dr. Maki Gero" for the rest of the series (including GT), though he'd still be called just "Dr. Gero" a few times.
- Energy Absorption: Abuses this until Piccolo tears off his right arm.
- Epic Fail: On top of his Bullying a Dragon moments, he has many cases of In-Universe Critical Research Failure that definitely qualify him for this:
- Whether it was actually impossible or he just didn't bother, not following Goku to Namek with his observations and combat data recording truly messed up his calculations, particularly with the Super Saiyan transformation.Vegeta: Your boneheaded creator picked a fine chapter to omit from your memory banks!
- For someone who researched modifying humans to turn them into killer cyborgs, the fact that he concluded that Goku won't become that much stronger because of his age is a massive miscalculation, especially given that he knows about the Saiyans.
- There's also him not realizing that the Z-Fighters can raise their powers in short bursts and not taking that into account for his energy-absorbing android models.
- Him not knowing that Piccolo has telepathy. He must have seen at several points that Piccolo and his father, King Piccolo, could communicate with only their thoughts. He obviously didn't know this since he was shocked that Piccolo was able to call for help despite his mouth being covered.
- At this point, he's already successfully turned flesh-and-blood humans into immensely powerful cyborgs who have infinite amounts of their max energy, yet he outfits himself with the weaker, more flawed energy absorption model for some unknowable reason.note Not to mention he did this to two young children he kidnapped and turned into killing machines against their will. Not once in his obsession does the thought of rebellion occur to him.
- In GT, he comes back and partners with Dr. Myuu to create an even stronger android than his previous ones, Super 17, to kill Goku. He also boasts that he has upgraded his own android body in Hell, making him stronger than before. Despite this, he gets kicked around and manhandled by Pan, a ten-year-old who doesn't even have Super Saiyan, and ends up pathetically pleading for his life after she restrains him and threatens to kill him if he doesn't call Super 17 off. When he tries to comply with her demand, Myuu has 17 simply blow him up. Again.
- Revealed in a bonus in Super's manga, he for some incomprehensible reason, initially concluded that the reason 17 tried to kill him the first time he was activated must've been due to having too high a power level and purposefully made 18 weaker than him by putting built-in limiters in her design in hopes that she would be more obedient. It obviously doesn't work and 18 tries to kill him too, since the real reason is obviously that they hate him for kidnapping them, performing awful experiments on them, and trying to tell them what to do.
- Gero created 17 and 18 to kill Goku, and, as the Future timeline showed, to Kill All Humans if Goku was dead already. Not only do 17 and 18 save Goku multiple times, but 17 also becomes the protector to the human race in general and goes on to win the Tournament of Power and save the multiverse, and that's after 17 attempted a Heroic Sacrifice to save Goku and Vegeta, no less. In whatever hell Gero is in, he surely is kicking himself hard.
- Whether it was actually impossible or he just didn't bother, not following Goku to Namek with his observations and combat data recording truly messed up his calculations, particularly with the Super Saiyan transformation.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For all the pain and tragedy associated with his actions, every indication to date has heavily leaned on the idea that he genuinely cared for his family while it was still whole. According to a 2014 interview with Akira Toriyama, Gero based Android 16's design off his dead son who was a former Red Ribbon army soldier felled by a bullet. Gero, having a special place in his heart for his son, gave 16 great power and his explosive mechanism. But, not wanting him to be destroyed in battle if possible, gave him a gentle personality which caused 16 to outwardly be considered a "failed model". Dragon Ball FighterZ implies that he may have turned his wife into Android 21, though sadly she doesn't remember being human and only knows what she read in her own file, which neglected to mention her or 16's connection to Gero (though it did mention that 16's human inspiration was her child).
- Evil Counterpart: To Grandpa Gohan, to a certain extent. Both are old fellows who took young people (Kakarot, Lapis and Lazuli) under their wing, renamed them (to Goku, 17 and 18, respectively), caused a change in their personalities and ultimately got killed by them. Though unlike Grandpa Gohan, who got accidentally killed by the Super-Powered Evil Side of Goku, Gero's death was a case of The Dog Bites Back.
- Evil Genius: Not just creating androids, but also making himself into one. He also created Cell, who was proclaimed the Ultimate Life Form thanks to his genetic heritage.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: After being defeated by the Z Fighters, he hit the Godzilla Threshold and reactivated Androids 17 and 18, hoping to be able to control them with a remote deactivation device... which they promptly swipe and destroy the moment he lets his guard down.
- Evil Is Petty: His entire beef with Goku is simply because Goku cost him his job and funding when Goku destroyed the Red Ribbon Army... at least, in his early depictions and his initial appearances. Later material reveals his motivation goes somewhat deeper, and while it's still very myopic (his son may have died for Red Ribbon, but his son still died for a leader who didn't care and a cause that would've made the world a worse place) and ultimately petty, it's at least more understandable.
- Evil Old Folks: The most notable other than Babidi. He all but destroyed Future Trunks's world and the main timeline over a petty (well, not so petty to him, but still very myopic) grudge.
- Exact Words: When Goku demands that they move the fight to a deserted area, Gero decides to make a deserted area by using his Eye Beams to level the entire city.Dr. Gero: I cleared the area of innocents, in accordance with your wishes. Do you disagree with my methods?
- Expy: Of Dr. Mashirito from Toriyama's own Dr. Slump. Like Gero, Mashirito was a scientist that built several robots to defeat a single individual, eventually turned himself into one, and was killed by one of his own creations.
- Eye Beams: His primary method of attack.
- Freudian Excuse: According to Word of God, his son was killed in action while serving in the Red Ribbon Army. This would explain why he hates Goku so much since he destroyed the army his son died fighting for.
- Go Through Me: When Android 19 is draining Goku's energy, Gero puts himself between the other Z-Fighters and tells them that they're going to just stand there and watch Goku die unless they can get past him, punctuating his statement by shooting Piccolo in the chest with his Eye Beams. Of course, he doesn't account for Vegeta arriving on the scene.
- Godzilla Threshold: His reactivation of Android 17 and 18 is a villainous example. He knew how rebellious they were, but having exhausted all other options, and with the Z-Fighters literally at his doorstep, he was desperate enough to give it a try. Oh, sure, they manage to fight off the Z-Fighters with ease... but not before turning on Gero and killing him.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of the Android Saga. Between assisting the rise of Red Ribbon originally, being the co-creator of Android 8, creating Androids 17 & 18 and their resulting future rampage, creating 17 & 18 period out of a pair of unwilling teens, attempting to hunt down Goku with all the Androids, creating Cell, causing 17 to go Super in GT, and in the deutero-canonical Dragon Ball Fighter Z he possibly turned his kindhearted wife and mother of his son into a nigh-unstoppable android which lead to her resulting suffering and rampage (though he couldn't have known posthumously his machines would recover and use the cells of a monster named Majin Buu, leading to her going insane from gnawing hunger, it's still completely his fault and even without Buu he still performed those inhumane experiments on her to kill Goku. Without Buu's DNA, she could've even ended up like Cell.
- Grumpy Old Man: Perpetual Death Glare, prone to yelling, and he has a very bitter-sounding voice. It's obvious he was meant to be this, even if he wasn't evil.
- Hidden Depths:
- Loved his deceased son enough to devote his time modeling Android 16 after him. It makes him more powerful than 17 and 18 but giving gentle programming to avoid combat so 16 would outlive him. Needless to say, 17 and 18 meddling to bring about his activation, really pisses the old guy off.
- His reasons for Androidizing his possible wife are also vague (if she's actually his wife and not grown like Cell is similarly left vague) - there's the possibility he wanted to save her life and ensure that she, too, outlived him. There's also the possibility that he thought it would be easier to control an android that already loved him or it could be a combination of both. Regardless of what his reasons were it is made absolutely clear by the game that she still never should've had to go through what he did to her, and on top of that because of Buu, the process left her with a fatal design flaw that made her go insane with the desire to eat people to the point of developing multiple personalities. This is extremely distressing to 21 herself (who can't remember him at all), leaving her confused as to what she is and why he would create a dangerous monster like her.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Three times. His androids end up betraying him in every timeline.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: He started out as a human, one of the people that Goku and the others spent their lives protecting, and both before and after turning himself into a cyborg, Dr. Gero proves to be one of the biggest, most evil bastards in the series, and a perfect example of how humans can be just as bad as the monsters and aliens the Z-Fighters face every day. No better is this displayed than with his creation of Cell. To elaborate: Gero created a techno-organic monster that powers up by literally drinking people in the slowest, painful way possible, all for the sake of petty revenge on Goku for destroying the Red Ribbon Army, with Cell himself later deducing that Gero in fact created him to kill every living thing in the universe.
- Immortality Seeker: He tells Androids 17 and 18 that he rebuilt himself into an android because he wants to live forever. 17 kills him a few minutes later.
- Informed Ability: He claims to be stronger than Android 19 after Vegeta effortlessly blows the android apart. He never backs up this claim and gets his butt handed to him by Piccolo, even after he drains almost all of Piccolo's energy.
- His hatred of Goku is the stuff of legends, but he never seemed to realize that in using Goku's DNA in Cell's creation, part of Goku would live on through Cell.
- If FighterZ is canon, this extends to his possible wife 21, who also has some of Goku's DNA. Not only would Goku live on, he made the person he loved partly become the person he hated to the point of insanity.
- Android 17 is his walking irony in that not only 17 offs him, but he also joined Goku in the Universal Tournament and saves the entire multiverse. Essentially, he made what was intended to be an Antichrist towards Goku to have directly saved quadrillions of lives.
- It's Personal: The entire Android/Cell Saga can be seen as one big 'It's Personal' towards Goku since Dr. Gero built the androids specifically to kill Goku as vengeance for destroying the Red Ribbon Army.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": The US and many European dubs pronounce his name with a soft "G" (making his name sound French) while in Japanese it's a hard "G", which the Latin American Spanish dub at least keeps. (There's actually a pretty good reason for this, as "Ghe-roh" doesn't keep to the Theme Naming as much as "jhe-roh" seems to.)
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: After all the misery he caused in Trunks' future because of his hatred towards one man and being a Smug Snake to boot, no one shed a tear when 17 killed him.
- Laser-Guided Karma:
- Dr. Gero kidnapped two teenagers to do his bidding, and is single-handedly responsible for Trunks' Bad Future. He is killed by Android 17, the computer programmed with his memories incinerated by Trunks, and to top it off his Cell project is brought down with help from the very android he designed after his own son.
- He (almost) kills Yamcha by impaling him through the chest with his bare hand during his initial rampage through the city. Android 17 finishes Gero in almost the exact same way.
- Mad Scientist: He created Cell and the androids with science; notably, he's one of the few fighting varieties of the franchise.
- Major Injury Underreaction: While he is very expressive when 17 impales him with his hand, his reaction to his head being kicked off is one of mild frustration and not one of worry he's literally just a talking head that's completely defenseless.
- Man Behind the Man: Subverted as he shows up first and all of his creations are a much bigger threat than he is.
- Meaningless Villain Victory: In the end, he got what he wanted. Goku is killed by his greatest creation. Cell, however, is soon killed afterwards by Gohan and Goku returns to life seven years later.
- Misanthrope Supreme: In addition to hating Son Goku and friends, it's heavily implied that Gero hates the human race as a whole, considering he made multiple killing machines who lack the slightest bit of empathy towards humanity and delight in their fear and deaths.
- Misplaced Retribution: In GT, he teams up with Dr. Myuu to get revenge on Goku for his death, dismissing the fact that both he and Myuu were killed by their own creations.
- Moral Myopia:
- Lampshaded in the Funimation dub. He starts screaming at Vegeta that that's enough after Vegeta beats 19 so brutally that 19 is running for his life. Vegeta quickly calls him out on this, pointing out that they had come to kill him and the Z-Fighters in the first place, and it's only "enough" because Gero is losing. Not only this, but Gero and 19 were also the ones committing mass murder on the helpless several chapters earlier.
- His entire grudge against Goku stinks of this. Gero only cares that he lost his job when Goku destroyed the Red Ribbons; never mind the fact that they were an evil army who terrorized innocent people, and Gero willingly built killer robots for them to help them do so.
- Never My Fault: Created the androids and Cell and left them to terrorize innocent populations to spite Goku for destroying his machines. Machines that he'd knowingly built for an organization that terrorized innocent populations.
- Nice Hat: He wears a rather intimidating Russian toque. It's actually screwed onto his head and locked into place on a set of teeth like a bottle cap, used to disguise his brain dome from being implanted into a cyborg body. However, if he gets hit hard enough, the hat comes off its port and goes flying. The hat gets knocked off twice — the first time, it's to reveal his unusual nature, and he's able to recover the hat. The second time, the hat crashes down a chasm and remains lost.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His creation of the Android siblings saves all of Dragon Ball's verse from being blinked out of existence by the two Zenos, because both of them were critical to the U7 team winning the tournament (with 17 personally actually winning the entire thing). 17 would then go on to show how much he had grown as a person by wishing for the sake of others instead of his own desires, passing Zen'o's test and proving that the current reality deserved to exist.
- Not Me This Time: Played with in Movie 7. When Goku first encounters Android 13, he initially thinks that Dr. Gero created him. However, Android 13 corrects him and states that this time, he and his partners, Androids 14 and 15, were created by Gero's computer rather than Gero himself. It's not that he didn't intend to have them created so much as by the time they were created, Gero was long dead. The same applies to both Cell (whose initial creation and development was handled by Gero personally but had to grow from a fetal state before being born just like any other living creature, by the time this finished Gero had died) and 21 (who he started with as a human woman and Gero set up his computer/robots to automate the work using information and algorithms he gained creating Cell, resulting in almost all of the work being done in the decade after his death).
- Off with His Head!: 17 kicks his head off before crushing it under his foot.
- Omnicidal Maniac:
- Cell implies after returning to Earth in his Super Perfect form that Dr. Gero may have created him for not just killing Goku and destroying the Earth, but also the entire universe as revenge on life itself for letting the Red Ribbon Army be defeated.
- In GT, Gero talks about having a dream to replace all life with artificial beings.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His son was killed fighting for the Red Ribbon Army, leading him to create Android 16 in his image. It's implied his Revenge Myopia against Goku is in part because his defeat of the Red Ribbon Army made his son's death All for Nothingnote
- Outside-Context Problem: A very mild example. The Z-Fighters are caught completely by surprise when they learned that they can't sense the androids. They have no readable energy. Androids 19 and 20 can also absorb energy, making any energy-based attacks useless until their hands are disabled or removed. However, once their gimmicks are rendered useless, they go down very easily.
- Pet the Dog: A off-screen example, which depends on outside sources, but Dr. Gero, as evil as he was, had a soft spot for his family. He built Android 16 based on his late son and was adamant about not making him battle if it wasn't required, and it's implied he may have turned his wife into an android with the hopes of reviving or protecting her. She was turned insane not by his design, but due to Majin Buu's cells. It's massively downplayed by the fact that he still programmed 16 to want to hate and kill Goku, a lot of this code was so integrated into his back-end system that even Bulma couldn't completely remove it. What he did to 21 is heavily implied to have been against her will. Her original personality was also completely non-violent, so turning her into a killing machine was an awful thing to do to someone he loved. And then there are the implications that even without Buu's DNA she may have ended up becoming a monster like Cell due to being made through very similar processes.
- Properly Paranoid: He builds the electrical wiring of his lab around the remote kill-switch for androids 17 and 18. Unfortunately for him, he uses this too often on 17 who feigns obedience until he can snatch it away from Gero.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Despite Goku being overpowered and killed by his greatest creation, Cell, the bio-android is killed soon after achieving ultimate perfection. His victory becomes utterly meaningless after Goku comes back to life seven years later with power that completely dwarfs Cell at his best.
- Remember the New Guy?: He wasn't even mentioned in Dragon Ball's original Red Ribbon Army storyline. The anime even had a quietly ignored filler episode that claimed one Dr. Frappe (or Flappe) created androids like #8, only for Toriyama to bring that element back years later. This is later handwaved in one of the databooks by stating that Dr. Gero and Dr. Frappe were partners on the Android project. The original dub took this a step farther by having Goku claim that he met Gero back then and was surprised to hear he was still alive. Naturally, subsequent remasters and Kai removed this line in favor of a more accurate translation.
- Revenge: It's very disproportionate considering his boss wanting to wish for height growth, which would likely have made him as mad as Black had he known, though it's more likely because Goku managed to remove his funding source and his son had fought and died in the army, making his efforts for naught.
- Revenge Before Reason: As Bulma and Piccolo note, Gero had a very good mind and could have really made himself a profit if he used his technology to benefit the world rather than using it as fuel for his hate against Goku.
- Revenge Myopia: He wants Goku dead because Goku destroyed the Red Ribbon Army and cost him his funding. This is ignoring the fact that the Red Ribbons were an evil group who terrorized innocent people and wanted to Take Over the World, and Gero willingly built killer robots to help them. Later material elaborates that Gero also wanted to avenge his son, who died fighting for the army, but it's still incredibly myopic considering that Gero's son still died for a leader who didn't care and a cause that would've made the world a worse place.
- Running Gag: Being killed by 17. It's happened twice in canon (one in the main timeline, the other in Future Trunks' timeline), once in Super Android 13, and once in GT.Dr. Gero: (Just before Super 17 destroys him) No, not again! AAAGGH!!!
- Self Made Super Powers: Dr. Gero is so brilliant that he creates multiple cyborgs and Android more powerful than the second strongest being in the universe, Freeza and the strongest Super Saiyans without ever leaving the Earth, a very remote and weak planet. He then converts himself into a cyborg.
- Small Role, Big Impact:
- In the timeline Trunks comes from he is never seen, being murdered offscreen by the androids, and he is killed fairly early in the main timeline too by the Androids. Still, his influence causes at least two timelines to turn into hell and nearly destroys the main timeline. Literally every bad thing that happens in Androids/Cell Saga happened because of him and his grudge against Goku. Even as far ahead as Super, Zamasu wouldn't have specifically targeted Future Trunks' world had it not been for his time traveling, which he wouldn't have had any reason to do in a world that was never terrorized by the Androids, to begin with. And then there's Android 21 from FighterZ, a terrifyingly powerful and always-hungry bio-android possibly converted from his own wife.
- His creation of Android 17 and 18 ends up saving the entire Dragon Ball multiverse from annihilation. They participate in the Tournament of Power, during which 18 gets herself eliminated to make sure 17 stays in the tournament; 17 goes on to win the whole thing, no less, and he then passes the Zenos' Secret Test of Character with flying colors.
- Smug Snake:
- Starts acting like a big shot and only has the advantage because Goku was ill. As soon as Vegeta destroys 19, he quickly scampers off to activate 17 and 18.
- Before then, he acts smug again after he takes Piccolo's energy. He's quickly put in his place after Piccolo Curb Stomps him.
- Start of Darkness: Gero has a very clear moment that set him down the path he'd follow; the day his son, a Red Ribbon soldier, was killed in the line of duty. Everything he would later do — all his attempts to kill Goku for destroying the army his son died for and all the people who suffered as a result, building Android 16 in the image of his son, possibly turning his implied wife into Android 21 to ensure her survival so that some part of his family would live on — all stem from that one day. Most curiously, this moment has not been depicted directly in any Dragon Ball media as of yet.
- The Stoic: When he was first introduced, he was very much this. He spoke in a calm, monotone voice even as he was killing people and explaining his origins to Goku. However, the moment Goku went Super Saiyan and started to pummel Android 19, he loses this trait, going from concern to cocky to full-blown panic after he realizes how badly outmatched he is.
- A Taste of Their Own Medicine: Gero's intention when creating the androids. After Goku destroyed the Red Ribbon Army, he wanted to create a fighter that could beat Goku on his terms and inspire the same sense of fear and dread he gave the army (hence the massive overkill on the power generators and the constant monitoring Goku and his friends' growth in power over the years for the bio-android projects). Cell came closest to doing this to Goku (if only because he was the second of Gero's creations who fought him), but even then, he never once displayed fear of Cell, no matter how much stronger he was than him, and died on his own terms.
- That Man Is Dead: During his initial encounter with the Z Fighters, he claims Dr. Gero has passed away, and that he is simply another one of his creations.
- Theme Naming: Given that most living things in the Dragon Ball universe are named after food or concepts related to eating, what's a totally appropriate name for someone who creates facsimiles of life and spits upon the real thing? Why, a Japanese word for vomit, of course.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
- When you think about it, all the androids. When he last monitored Goku on Earth, the highest power level on record was Vegeta's Ozaru form, which had a power level of around 180,000. He didn't see any of the fights on Namek, so he calculated how powerful to make the androids based on what he saw on Earth. The weakest android is broadly comparable to Frieza, who was considered the undisputed strongest in the universe. The stronger ones are much stronger than Freeza. Keep in mind that Freeza's full power was 120,000,000, making him literally around a thousand times stronger than the previous highest level on record. Keep in mind, Dr. Gero didn't know that Frieza existed or what Super Saiyans were and therefore had no reason to make his creations that powerful. Keep in mind, when he used his scouter to scan for powers, he thought that Yamcha's power level was Goku's. And, as he demonstrated, even the weakest androids could kill Yamcha as easily as they could any random unpowered pedestrian. So apparently he really did just want that level of security.
- It goes further than that: Androids #16, #17 and #18 were his strongest series and it showed when they demonstrated enough power to easily best a normal Super Saiyan - something he didn't even account for.note On top of that, at least #16 and #18 (and more than likely #17) have self-detonators - #16 in particular, felt his bomb was powerful enough to insta-kill even (Cell Games era) Goku despite his power being close to Perfect Cell.
- And as for Cell, his base form is a stupidly overpowered amalgamation of many of the universe's greatest fighters, including Goku himself. Furthermore, 17 and 18 — two androids who were already far stronger then they had any reasonable need to be — he later designed Cell to be able to use the two as components to power himself up even further, resulting in a creature that could annihilate a solar system with little trouble. And all this to kill one man who cost Dr. Gero his job almost two decades ago. "Overkill" is an understatement.
- He goes even further beyond with Android 21. He didn't think that making her as powerful as Cell was enough, he had to create a way to make her even more powerful. So he created an automated system to gather even more DNA from battles for the next 10 years and threw in the cells of the most intelligent scientists in the world to make her a genius on top of that. He just couldn't account for Majin Buu.
- Too Dumb to Live:
- His obsession with destroying Goku has really deprived his otherwise-genius mind in several ways. Namely, kidnapping two rebellious teenagers and making them more powerful than you is already risky enough. Repeatedly mouthing off at said rebellious teenagers, whom again, he made to be more powerful, is like hanging a "kill me" sign on your own neck.
- Not running for it once 17 and 18 wake up, though he probably wouldn't have made it far. Instead, he stands there pissing them off even more, leading to his death. The most pathetic part for him is that if he had just let them wake up 16, 16 likely would've prevented them from killing him.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: In Dragon Ball FighterZ, it's revealed that Android 21 is his amnesiac widow (or at least heavily uses her base for a model) and his most powerful creation. She's gorgeous, he's... not. That being said, converting her into a bio-android likely kept her youthful, whereas he likely didn't bother converting himself into an android until he was quite elderly, and the man clearly cares more about practicality than aesthetics.
- Underestimating Badassery: He started monitoring Goku and his friends not long after the defeat of the Red Ribbon Army, gathering data on his powers and calculating a pattern for his increases in strength. The research was abandoned before they left for Namek, as Gero felt he could accurately gauge how strong they would be upon returning and set the power of himself and 19 above that. He was thus unprepared for two Super Saiyans and a fused Namekian. Stealing fortune from the rest of the world, though, Dr. Gero was also a big believer in no kill like overkill and used technology for 17 and 18 which set them well above even his own parameters.
- Undignified Death: Stepped on by his own creation.
- Unintentional Backup Plan: If you consider that Dr. Gero's final creation, Cell, eventually succeeds in killing Goku, exactly as Gero had planned for the androids, and was the closest any of his creations came to his implied dream for the total genocide of humanity.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He is never shown using any advanced fighting techniques or styles whatsoever. Instead, he relies heavily on his power and using sneak attacks to grab his target so he can drain their energy to become stronger. Once his power fails him, he's completely helpless and can only run to get back-up.
- Villainous Breakdown: He starts to lose his composure after Vegeta destroys 19. It goes further downhill for him after Piccolo proves himself stronger than him and he's forced to awaken 17 and 18. Gero's further enraged when 17 takes his kill-switch remote, crushing it. He utterly loses it once both of them try to activate 16, so much he doesn't seem to care anymore that he's sorely outclassed by them.
- Villainous Cheekbones: Standard for most elderly Dragon Ball characters.
- Villainous Legacy: Gero dies fairly early on, but his creations continue to plague the characters for the rest of the season, causing far more trouble than Gero could ever have hoped to.
- He himself is a member of a previously defeated villainous organization, the Red Ribbon Army.
- Villains Want Mercy: He plotted for years to kill Goku and his friends out of petty revenge, sucked the life out of Yamcha before impaling him, and leveled an entire city to the ground, but when Android 19 is overpowered by Vegeta and sent running for his life, Dr. Gero begs him to stop as Vegeta prepares to finish 19 off; Vegeta rightfully tells him off before blowing 19 to pieces.Dr. Gero: Enough!
Vegeta: Don't be absurd! It's enough because you're losing! You've come here to destroy us! Fool! You're going to have to finish what you started!
- The Worf Effect: He is at least many times stronger than the base Saiyans (he's unaffected by Goku's punch to the face). Yet Android 20 gets easily beaten by Piccolo, someone who was once weaker than Frieza's third form, who was much weaker than base Goku or Vegeta..
- World's Smartest Man: The only person in the world with a right to this claim aside from Bulma and Dr. Briefs. Although he remains mostly reclusive and unheard of due to the science community shunning him for being a psycho. But to his credit, his Androids were so advanced that Dr. Briefs himself didn't entirely comprehend his designs.
Android 19 (人造人間19号, Jinzou Ningen Juukyuu-Gou)
The final android created by Dr. Gero whose objective is to kill Goku. He almost does just that (with a tiny bit of help from Goku's heart condition), but is attacked by Vegeta before that can happen. Android 19 just loses his head after Vegeta goes Super Saiyan.
- Acrofatic: Fast and agile despite his size.
- An Arm and a Leg: He gets his arms ripped off by Vegeta shortly before his destruction.
- Artificial Human: He is a fully mechanical android.
- Asshole Victim: Considering the fact that he ruthlessly beat on Goku and started to suck the life out of him while Goku was helpless and incapacitated from the heart virus, it's more or less impossible to feel any pity for him when Vegeta blows him to smithereens.
- Brain in a Jar: Just like Gero, he has a glass dome covering his brain concealed by a hat, only his brain is purely electromechanical in nature.
- Butt-Monkey: His return in GT is just to pay homage to the way he got axed the first time around- he got blown up and had nothing left but his broken head clattering from the wreckage and rolling to a stop rather pitifully. Off-screen. Yep- he wasn't even worth the trouble of another big death scene and was reduced to a quick gag.
- Character Tics: He can be seen shaking his earring multiple times.
- Crippling Overspecialization: His fighting style relies solely on his high endurance, his ability to sap energy from opponents, and the element of surprise thanks to him being invisible to the Z-Fighters' Spider-Sense. Without any of these advantages, 19 is basically helpless.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- He gets his ass handed to him completely and utterly by Super Saiyan Vegeta.
- Before then, Goku dominated him even as his strength was being drained by the heart virus. Once Goku wasted a massive amount of energy using a Kamehameha that 19 greedily absorbed, the table turned and Goku gets the crap beat out of him.
- Determinator: Absolutely refuses to let go of Vegeta once he manages to start absorbing his energy. Vegeta, for his part, commends him for this right before ripping his arms clean off of his body.
- Dirty Coward: He gleefully beats a sick Goku senseless and drains his energy... but when he gets his ass handed to him by the perfectly healthy Vegeta and loses his arms, he's left trembling in fear before freaking out and running for the hills. Vegeta even calls him out on it in the original Funimation dub:Vegeta: What's the matter? You're the one who started this game, and now you don't want to play anymore? You were enjoying yourself before, when you were sucking the life out of Kakarot!
- The Dragon: The straightest example in the Android saga, being Android 20's right hand and only creation besides Cell who doesn't defy him in some way.
- Energy Absorption: Like Android 20. Doesn't help him against Vegeta.
- Fat Bastard: There's a very good reason Gero designed to him to look like that... it amused him.
- Feel No Pain: According to Tien and Vegeta.
- Flat Character: He has no real personality. He only exists to be killed by Vegeta.
- Gonk: Barely looks human.
- Jobber: Basically existed so Vegeta would have something to beat up on when he first became a Super Saiyan.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: When Goku is incapacitated by his heart virus in the midst of their fight, 19 quickly beats him down and starts sucking the life out of him... which Vegeta quickly puts a stop to.
- Killer Robot: Created to kill Goku. Almost success thanks to Goku catching his heart virus.
- Not So Stoic: Initially seen with a blank expression and seeming like an emotionless robot, the mask cracks during his fights with Goku and Vegeta. He giggles like a crazed child after absorbing Goku's Kamehameha and beating him into the ground, has a gleeful Psychotic Smirk on his face while he's draining Goku's energy directly, and is left trembling in fear once he realizes he can't beat Vegeta before trying to make a break for it, screaming in sheer terror as he does.Vegeta: So it's I guess it's true after all. Androids do experience fear.
- Off with His Head!: Like Guldo, this was caused by Vegeta, but unlike Guldo, Vegeta blew him up first.
- Outside-Context Problem: Like the other androids, his energy can't be sensed by the Earth's fighters. He can also absorb energy through his hand like Android 20. Despite this, he's killed quickly once Vegeta removes his hands.
- Robo Speak: In the Funimation dub.
- Running Gag: Each time he gets killed, all that remains is his head, with the cranium blown out, his eyes all derpy, and his mouth hanging open.
- Sadist: Takes great delight in draining his victims and beating them senseless, giggling like a crazed child while he does so. You can also see the joy on his face as he sucks the life out of Goku.
- Smug Snake: He acts like a big shot, and only has the upper hand against Goku because of the heart virus. As soon as Vegeta kicks his ass and rips his arms off, he tries to make a break for it.
- The Stoic: When he's first seen, he didn't smile and had a largely blanked expression. Even when Goku was beating on him, he showed no real emotion. He did laugh maniacally after absorbing Goku's Kamehameha and started to beat him up and sucked his energy. His cold demeanor completely shatters after Vegeta tears him up, leaving him quivering in fear.
- Undignified Death: Loses his composure when Vegeta kicks his ass, and finally tries to run for his life after Vegeta tears his hands off.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Just like Android 20, he is shown using no fighting style or techniques. When Goku went Super Saiyan, 19 kept bull charging and didn't even try to evade or block Goku's attacks. Instead, he relies on his high endurance and his power absorption to get ahead. The moment he loses his ability to drain energy, he becomes completely defenseless and tries to run.
- Villainous Breakdown: Both figuratively and literally - after realizing that he has no chance against Vegeta, he ends up running away from him screaming his head off.
- Your Head Asplode: Inverted — 19's head is the only part of his body that doesn't end up exploding from Vegeta's Big Bang Attack.
Present Cell (現在のセル, Genzai no Seru)
The main timeline counterpart of Cell. He ends up being destroyed by Future Trunks and Krillin.
Besides tropes featured by Cell, Present Cell features examples of:
- Adaptational Badass: In the Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors game, he is able to become perfect from birth since Gero adjusted him to not need to absorb the Androids.
- Irony: Despite being created to kill Goku, and being from the same timeline as him, both Cell, Present Cell and Future Cell had the least personal relationship with him out of all the main villains in the series. This is even more ironic for Present Cell, as although the Cell from Cell's timeline who appeared in the main timeline at least did fight Goku and indirectly did manage to carry out his mission to kill Goku, Present Cell never even met Goku.
- You Can't Thwart Stage One: Averted; Future Trunks and Krillin killed him before Present Cell could awaken.
Cell Jrs. (セルJrs, Seru Junia)
Cell's offspring. They are asexually produced from Cell's tail, through cellular mitosis. According to Cell himself, each Cell Junior has his power and abilities.
In the manga of Dragon Ball Super, is revealed they survived and became park rangers along Android 17.
- Adaptational Wimp: They're extremely strong not only in general, but by the standards of the era. Regardless, video games tend to cast them in the role of weak expendable mooks. In the context of their arc, only two or three characters (Gohan, Cell, and maybe Goku) were stronger than even a single Cell Junior.
- Blackmail: Dialogue for an unused Budokai 3 scenario has one Cell Jr. tell Cell "I know what you're hiding," implying this on some level.
- Blood Knight: They love to fight and kill as much as their father.
- Boss in Mook Clothing: Despite being basically fodder, they are as strong as Super Saiyan Vegeta and Trunks, and in Super, can match Super Saiyan Goten and Trunks.
- The Bus Came Back: After having presumably been killed by Gohan during the Cell Games, a chapter in the Super manga reveals they have Cell's regeneration powers and were tamed by Android 17 afterwards.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: They brutally beat the Z warriors in order to provoke Gohan.
- Dirty Coward: They gleefully beat up the weaker Z-Fighters on Cell's orders, but back down in fear when faced with an enraged Super Saiyan 2 Gohan; one even uses Krillin as a Human Shield and threatens to slit his throat with Wolverine Claws if Gohan doesn't back off, and when only one of them is left, he straight-up tries to run away.
- Enfant Terrible: Created with the sole purpose of torturing the Z-Fighters to force Gohan to reveal his hidden power.
- Giggling Villain: They have no dialogue. They only laugh and giggle, when they're not screaming in terror and pain after Gohan is finished with them. They are at least able to speak, if an unused scenario in Budokai 3 is any indication.
- HeelFace Turn: In the Super manga, they were tamed by Android 17 to help defend his island from poachers. An unused scenario in Budokai 3 would've also seen one of them rebel against Cell.
- The Hyena: Their only dialog is to laugh and giggle when they're not screaming in terror and pain after Gohan is finished with them.
- Informed Attribute: They supposedly have the same powers as Cell, yet they don't have his regeneration powers, making their deaths more inconsistent. This was corrected in the manga adaptation of Dragon Ball Super, where they regenerated but were tamed by Android 17.
- Made of Explodium: In the anime, they explode into nothingness when Gohan kills them. In the manga, they also explode, but rather than this trope, it's because Gohan just hits them really hard, resulting in straight-up Gorn.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Even smaller than Krillin or a Saibaman, but are powerful enough to the point that everyone sans Super Saiyan 2 Gohan could only hold their own at best.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: After Gohan takes down all but one of them, the remaining Cell Jr tries (and fails) to run away.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the manga adaptation of Super, it was shown that they regenerated after Gohan destroyed their bodies.
- The Worf Effect: To the Z Fighters, they're unstoppable killing machines. They're nothing but pests to Super Saiyan 2 Gohan, who one-shots all of them. They also serve as a convenient measuring stick for Cell's true power; the Z Fighters were totally outclassed by all seven of them, but after powering up, Cell is confident that he's still stronger than Gohan, who he just saw obliterate the Juniors in one blow each. Then Gohan reveals his true power and it becomes apparent how terribly outclassed Cell truly is.
Future Trunks' Timeline
Future Android 17 and Future Android 18
Two androids created by Dr. Gero to kill Goku. They end up being activated prematurely, then turn on their creator and destroy him. They're actually cyborgs, as it's stated a few times that they were originally human teenage runaways kidnapped and experimented on by the old man.
In the Future Timeline, they go on a rampage across the Earth, causing destruction and chaos. Even the Z-Fighters end up dead at their hands, leaving Future Trunks the only one capable of stopping them. For this reason, they are very much different than the ones who appeared in the main timeline, who, while initially wanting to kill Goku, only did so because of boredom, before soon abandoning those plans and becoming allies of the Z-Fighters. As such, these can be considered as very different characters.
17's real name is Lapis and 18's is Lazuli as revealed by Word of God.
For any information about their main timeline counterparts, see Dragon Ball - Androids 17 and 18.
Besides tropes already featured by the main timeline Androids 17 and 18, the Future Androids 17 and 18 feature examples of:
- Alternate Self: They're the alternate selves of the main timeline Androids 17 and 18 who, for unknown reasons, were Ax-Crazy instead of just bored rebels and went on a killing spree on Earth.
- Anti-Climax: The threat of these androids gets quickly diminished, even compared to their present day counterparts, but especially in comparison to Cell. By the time the Trunks we know returns to his time, he's many, many times stronger than they are and defeats them without even breaking a sweat. That said, their defeat is extremely cathartic because you get to see done to them what they'd done to every other person in their time.
- Arch-Enemy: They serve as this to Future Trunks. They completely destroyed his world and killed most of his friends and family. Future Trunks had dedicated his entire life to bringing them down, which eventually led to traveling back in time as a last resort. However they see him as just someone to toy with.
- Ax-Crazy: Compared to the stoic demeanor of the androids from the main timeline, they took great enjoyment from murder and wanton destruction. They were also far less mentally stable than their counterparts. One example of this is Android 18's reaction to being struck by Future Trunks once he returned to his timeline at the end of the Cell Saga. The main timeline's Android 18 did not lose her composure even when she was being hit by Vegeta or later on by Mighty Mask, and it took Cell (who was vastly more powerful than her) absorbing her brother in front of her eyes to make her start to lose it, and even then she nevertheless managed to remain fairly rational given the circumstances. This 18, on the other hand, became very enraged and attacked Future Trunks while at the same time vocalizing all the hatred she felt for him.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: They work together as the main threats to Future Trunks' world.
- Body-Count Competition: Taken to a depraved extreme; they go on random mass murder sprees, and keep score of how many people they kill.Future Android 17: [while running over humans in a stolen hovercar] Oh yeah! We're talking major points here!
- Deader Than Dead: After Future Zeno destroyed the future timeline, everything was wiped out including the afterlife. That means their very souls were destroyed, erased from all existence. However, both Trunks and Mai ended up traveling back to the time before Shin is about to be killed by Dabura, one where Beerus still lives that allowed him to preemptively deal with Zamasu. So, although they're still dead, since the events of Android Saga still happen, they still exist.
- The Dreaded: In Trunks' timeline, they reduced the human populations to tens of thousands, and forced many of them underground.
- Evil Counterpart: To the Androids in the Main Timeline. The Androids in the future are more chaotic, sadistic and bloodthirsty while the present Androids are more neutral and just looking for a good fight.
- Fantastic Racism: Future Androids 17 and 18 despise anyone who isn't them. This is justified since Dr. Gero specially programmed them to hate humans to make them more effective killers.
- They are this to the homegrown Saiyans. Those two share their sadistic jerkass tendencies and, Eighteen's small dose of standards aside, complete disregard for life outside their own kind. However, the Saiyans lived in a controlled galactic empire that cultivated and harnessed this into a most efficient form of planet plundering. The future twins, on the other hand, got that way through little more than hatred both personal and programmed, their reach is limited to Earth, they leave a few people (and shreds of civilization) alive but slowly rotting in fear and suffering for over two decades, and let's face it—they are entirely out of control.
- They're also this to their main timeline versions. While the latter merely create mayhem for their entertainment and have consciences, these ones are sociopaths whose idea of fun is mass murder. The twin androids are the only characters whose personalities are intrinsically different in the two timelines for unclear reasons (for Trunks, the differences are obviously due to how he was raised).
- Freudian Excuse: In the special, it's implied that their sociopathic tendencies were the direct result of Future Gero's plans for world domination, having apparently programmed them to have a hatred of humanity so he could then manipulate them into aiding him in conquering the planet. In comparison, their main timeline counterparts are much more mellow and become kindhearted people after Cell dies. Main timeline 17 and 18's dialogue suggests that it became much harder for them to feel emotion after becoming androids, which may explain why the Future versions were so desperate for thrills.
- Future Badass: Subverted. While undeniably powerful and dangerous, the Future Androids are in fact considerably weaker than their present counterparts. For comparison, Future 17 and 18 were about even with a Super Saiyan individually and only had the advantage against Future Gohan by working together, whereas Present 17 and 18 were strong enough to individually overpower a Super Saiyan with complete ease, thanks to Trunks (and Cell) affecting the timelines.
- Hero Killer: Future Androids 17 and 18 killed all the Z-Fighters of their timeline except for Future Trunks and Future Yajirobe.
- Irony: They enjoyed overwhelming, terrorizing, and killing humans. For decades. Trunks did the same thing to them before killing them when he returned to the future.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Because of the nature of History of Trunks, the future androids are never made to pay for their crimes. When Trunks does try to avenge Gohan's death, he is nearly killed. It will be another three years after the special ends before the androids get their just desserts.
- Karmic Death: The Androids cruelly murdered Future Gohan, and then eventually get slaughtered by his protege, who gained the ability to turn Super Saiyan in the wake of his mentor's death. He even subjects them to exactly what they did to Future Gohan before they killed him, and what they've been doing to the rest of the world for 20 years: making them feel completely powerless, outmatched, and afraid before killing them.
- Mook Horror Show: The two future Androids are subjected to this by Future Trunks when he gets back. Future Trunks explicitly stated that he's dishing out to them exactly that they did to Future Gohan before they killed him (not to mention what they've done to pretty much everybody else for going on 20 years), making it poetic justice.
- Post-Final Boss: Future 17 and Future 18 serve as this for the Android Saga alongside Future Cell. Future Trunks gets an episode to himself to clean up the last loose ends in his timeline, starting with them.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Future 17 and Future 18 take type B of this to its darkest logical extreme, going on random mass murdering sprees over the course of 20 years and actually keeping score of the kills. That's not even going into them treating their repeated CurbStomp Battles of Future Gohan and Trunks like a game, even remarking that they'd be throwing away "weeks worth of fun" by killing Trunks.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Once Future Trunks becomes stronger in the past and returns to his own time he pulls a Curb-Stomp Battle on the two of them while chewing them out on how much they've made the world suffer and killed all his friends, and now they feel just like how everyone else in the world does, completely powerless and afraid.Future Trunks: You hate the fact that youre powerless to stop me, that youre completely outmatched. Well imagine feeling the way you feel now all the time like the people of this planet do. Fools! How do you think my master Gohan felt when you ganged up on him in the rain and he had no way out? Well now its your turn. I hope you enjoy it!
- Retcon: In the original manga, Trunks directly states that Androids 19 and 20 were the androids that terrorised his future and killed all the Z-Fighters, which is still kept in many translations. Later, owing to some unkind words about 19 and 20's designs from Toriyama's ex-editor, 19 and 20 were scrapped from the story while Androids 17 and 18 are shown to be the only androids active in the Future timeline. When 19 and 20 emerge in the present timeline, Trunks has no idea who they are. Most adaptations, including the original anime, gloss over this glaring plot hole by having Trunks not state the Future androids' designations.
- Sadist: They spent decades slowly torturing the people of Earth with running them over with cars, shooting them while they're running, and 18 promising to spare them only for 17 to kill them anyway (with 18 only briefly upset every time). That's not even getting started on how they treated beating Future Gohan and Trunks to near death like it is a game.
- Teens Are Monsters: They ruthlessly murder people for their own pleasure and killed all the Z-Fighters leaving only Trunks the sole survivor.
- This Cannot Be!: Their reaction when Future Trunks returns to the past and beats them into the ground. Both androids are in absolute disbelief that the Saiyan who they effortlessly curb-stomped time and time again is now curb-stomping them instead.
- Victory Is Boring: Implied to be the reason why they dragged out their fights with Future Gohan as long as they did. In fact, when Trunks returns from the past and Future 18 decides to kill him to blow off steam, Future 17 gives her the okay, but also warns her they'll be throwing away "weeks worth of fun" if she does.
- Villains Out Shopping: In The History of Trunks, they take the time to enjoy a few rides in an amusement park in-between their rampage... also while killing everyone in the park and destroying it after they're over.
Future Android 17 (未来の人造人間17号, Mirai no Jinzou Ningen Juunana-Gou) / Future Lapis (未来の人ラピス, Mirai no Rapisu)
The alternate timeline counterpart of Android 17 who is more cruel than the one seen in the main timeline, and is bent on doing nothing but destroying and killing.
Besides tropes already featured by the main timeline Android 17, Future Android 17 features examples of:
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Future 17 reacts with a mix of horror and anger when Future Trunks returns and easily kills Future 18 right before his very eyes. He doesn't even run away if anything, he's even more determined to kill him despite how outclassed he is.
- Jerkass: Both Androids of the future are callous, selfish bastards, but Future Android 17's antics even manage to upset Future Android 18. For example, Future Android 18 decided to spare the life of a shop owner because he was nice to her, but even after hearing that, Future Android 17 killed the shop owner by blowing up his store. Later, Future Android 18 is shown to be very upset because Future Android 17 killed a boy she liked. Android 18 even says that Android 17 goes out of his way to destroy everything she likes. The Future Android 17 also appears to be considerably more bloodthirsty than Future Android 18, as while Android 18 will eventually grow bored of all the destruction the two of them are always causing, Android 17 can't seem to have enough of it.
- Moral Myopia: He furiously calls Trunks out after the latter kills Future 18, despite the fact that both Future 17 and Future 18 had spent twenty years rampaging across the Earth killing whoever and whenever they wanted For the Evulz. Trunks even calls him out on it before killing him too.Future Trunks: You think this life is all about you, don't you? What about the others? The ones that you two killed?!
Future Android 18 (未来の人造人間18号, Mirai no Jinzou Ningen Juuhachi-Gou) / Future Lazuli (未来の人ラズリ, Mirai no Razuri)
The alternate timeline counterpart of Android 18 who is far crueler than the one seen in the main timeline, and is bent on doing nothing more but destroying, killing, and sometimes clothes shopping.
Besides tropes already featured by the main timeline Android 18, Future Android 18 features examples of:
- Berserk Button: As Future Trunks found out the hard way, Future Android 18 does not react well to having her hair cut - it doesn't grow back.
- Dark Action Girl: Future 18 is a strong fighter and, along with her brother, killed nearly all of the Z Fighters.
- Designated Girl Fight: Averted, since Future Android 18 fought only against males (Future Gohan, Future Trunks).
- Even Evil Has Standards: Although heavily implied to be a ruthless android who treats killing humans as some sort of game, it is implied that she hated Future Android 17's decision to murder a boy that she thought was "cute".note Also, she scolds him for killing a clothing salesperson she had spared, saying it made her look dishonest.
- Not So Stoic: While she's already way more livid than her main timeline counterpart, Future 18 starts freaking out when Future Trunks reappears and starts to show how outclassed they are.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Future Android 18 asks Future Trunks if he'd "really hit a lady" while fighting him, but it's obvious she's just mocking him.
Future Cell (未来のセル, Mirai no Seru)
The alternate timeline counterpart of Cell from Future Trunks' timeline. He ends up being destroyed by Future Trunks.
Besides tropes featured by Cell, Future Cell features examples of:
- Adaptational Badass: In the Xenoverse games he is able to absorb the future Androids and achieves his perfect form like Cell.
- Deader Than Dead: After Future Zen'o destroyed the future timeline, everything was wiped out including the afterlife. That meant his very soul was destroyed, erased from all of existence. However, both Trunks and Mai ended up traveling back to the time before Shin is about to be killed by Dabura, one where Beerus still lives that allowed him to preemptively deal with Zamasu. So, although he is still dead, since the events of Android Saga still happen, he still exists.
- Didn't See That Coming: He is caught flatfooted by the fact Future Trunks killed Future 17 and 18.
- Informed Attribute: He claims to be stronger than the androids ("You couldn't even defeat the androids, much less myself!") and to have all sorts of techniques, which would match the profile of the "main" Cell; unlike his alternate self though, he never gets to prove it, as Trunks kills him in one shot.
- Irony: Despite being created to kill Goku, both Cell and Future Cell had the least personal relationship with him out of all the main villains in the series. This is even more ironic for Future Cell, as although the Cell who appeared in the main timeline at least did fight Goku and indirectly did manage to carry out his mission to kill Goku, Future Cell never even met Goku, who had already died of the heart virus.
- Post-Final Boss: Future Cell serves as this for the Android Saga alongside Future Androids 17 and 18, but he's leagues behind his primary self and he only exists for Trunks to show off how far he's come and clean up some loose ends.
- Walking Spoiler: Unlike the other Future characters, that there was a Future Cell is a big plot twist not revealed until the very end of the Android saga. He wasn't even hinted at until Future Trunks put two and two together after killing the Future Androids 17 and 18 and realized that there must be a Future Cell too, since each timeline had their own version of Cell (the main timeline has Present Cell, Future Trunks' timeline has Future Cell, and Cell's timeline has the Cell who was the Big Bad of the Cell Saga). Of course the twist isn't much of a secret any more.
- You Can't Thwart Stage One: Averted; Future Trunks kills Future Androids 17 and 18 before Future Cell could absorb them. From then on, he's pretty much screwed.
Majin Buu Saga
A small alien wizard who is trying to take over the world using his doppelganger father Bibidi's living weapon Majin Buu. It works for a while, but when he gets too mouthy, it backfires royally.
- Adaptational Badass: In the manga, Piccolo takes him down with no effort. In the anime, Babidi's not a true threat to Piccolo but does make him put a little effort into taking him down.
- Aliens Are Bastards: He's a sadist with a childish obsession with destruction.
- Alien Blood: Bleeds purple when Buu decapitates him.
- Arc Villain: Despite not lasting very long, he's the one who awakened Majin Buu and sent him to terrorize the Earth.
- As Long as There is Evil: As long as somebody has evil in their heart, Babidi can take control of them.
- Asshole Victim: He's easily the least sympathetic of Buu's victims unless you count Van Zant.
- Ax-Crazy: He is a gleeful sadist that takes joy in actively harming others.
- Bad Boss: His Establishing Character Moment is having Spopovich and Yamu killed on the spot after they give him Gohan's stolen Ki, with Shin outright saying that Babidi always kills his minions when he doesn't need them anymore. This also kills him in the end regarding his treatment of Majin Buu, who after realizing he doesn't have to take his shit, smashes his head apart like a watermelon.
- Big Bad: Babidi is effectively the main antagonist from the time the main plot is introduced to the moment Buu kills him, and lasts a surprisingly long time in this role. He lasts about two volumes- the second half of volume 37 (where he doesn't appear directly, but his minions and name do), all of volume 38, and the first half of volume 39. Though in the case of 39, he shares the role with Fat Buu, who is absolutely more dangerous than him and only follows the bare minimum of Babidi's orders to not get sealed.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In spite of his dark magic powers, formidable enough that the Supreme Kai treads lightly against him, physically he's really no match for any of the Z Fighters or even a normal human girl (one tossed him around like it was nothing after Fat Buu ate everything at her bakery and he didn't want to pay for it) and is completely reliant on the likes of Dabura and Majin Buu to do all the fighting for him. His magic, however, is extremely powerful; he can mind control the likes of Dabura and Vegeta, teleport himself and others, generate barriers strong enough to block attacks from Fat Buu, create lamp-like containers capable of piercing a Super Saiyan 2's flesh, draw out peoples' dormant power to make them stronger, make weaker beings explode with his mind, broadcast messages telepathically to billions of people, and so on. In other words, a Glass Cannon. As Shin put it:Shin/Supreme Kai: Basically, he is nothing to fear but the magic at his disposal is powerful indeed.
- Brainwashing: How he recruits his minions.
- Bullying a Dragon: Unlike his father who favored the carrot (cake), Babidi preferred to use the stick in controlling Buu. Whenever Buu showed some disobedience, Babidi would threaten to reseal him. This continued until Goku scolds Buu for letting such a weak coward order him around and Babidi shortly found himself lacking a head.
- Combat Commentator: In the anime, he watches the fight with Kid Buu in Hell, and unlike all of the other villains, he wants Goku to win because Buu killed him.Babidi: Do it, Goku! Beat the Buu!
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Babidis entire plan revolved around blackmailing Buu to do his dirty work while threatening him with imprisonment should he act out of turn. Needless to say, Buu quickly gets very tired of Babidis antics and turns his head to paste.
- Deadline News: Theatrically declares the beginning of his genocidal rampage through a global telepathic broadcast. Keeps giving updates to the increasingly-terrified populace as he makes progress, only to have his last broadcast show everyone Goku's Super Saiyan 3 transformation followed by Buu and Goku's first fight, and then his own death.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Babidi shows why being a Bad Boss who is prone to You Have Outlived Your Usefulness is a detriment in the long run. He ruthlessly kills Spopovich and Yamu when they exceeded his expectations and allowed Buu to eat his loyal Dragon Dabura, despite his warnings that Buu would turn on him and begs him to reseal him. When Buu did turn against him, he had no one left to protect him.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Despite Goku fighting evenly with Majin Buu (who up to this point had no equal), Babidi still felt brave enough to flip off Goku when he says that Buu was far too talented of a fighter to be controlled by someone like Babidi. In the Japanese text, he flips off Goku when he says that he will ask Yemma to really torture him in Hell.
- Didn't Think This Through: He does this a grand total of three times:
- First, he tries to keep Piccolo from killing him by pointing out without someone to seal Majin Buu away, he'll destroy the world. Piccolo points out that's what Babidi intends to do anyway, so the end result would be no different, and bisects him.
- Babidi gets Buu to heal him, and threatens him into compliance, with the threat of sealing him away. When Goku challenges them, he tries to repeat the threat only for Buu to point out that if he does, Goku would kill Babidi easily. Luckily for him, Buu is willing to fight Goku anyway.
- The last time proves fatal, as trying to control Majin Buu through the fear of a spell falls apart when Buu simply crushes his windpipe, rendering him unable to speak, and kills him.
- Dirty Coward: Justified since he's weaker than most of the villains at this point, and he relies more on his minions since he knows he's done once one gets him. Goku even outright calls Babidi a "cowardly worm" while criticizing Buu for letting Babidi boss him around.
- Enemy Mine: Sort of. He doesn't directly aid Goku in regards to defeating Kid Buu, but he cheers him on solely because he wants Buu dead as revenge for killing him in the first place.
- Entitled Bastard: Despite being a sadistic bastard who regularly tortures others and a Bad Boss to the nth degree, Babidi has the gall to beg Piccolo to help him after being cut in half and left to die. Piccolo rightfully tells him to screw off. He manages to get Buu to heal him shortly after, insisting that if he dies, no one will be able to set Buu free should he be sealed up again.
- Epic Fail: During Vegeta's fight with Pui Pui, Babidi transforms the environment into that of Pui Pui's home planet of Zoon, which has gravity 10 times that of Earth, in order to give Pui Pui an advantage. It backfires completely, because not only does Vegeta regularly train in 450 times Earth's gravity, but his own home planet of Vegeta had gravity equal to that of Zoon anyway.Vegeta: Maybe... if your planet had five hundred times Earth's gravity, you'd have an advantage, but ten? I don't even feel it!
- Establishing Character Moment: When first introduced, Babidi thanks Spopovich and Yamu for collecting energy to revive Majin Buu, and then declares he has no more use for them and gleefully has them killed on the spot. This alone tells the audience everything they need to know about Babidi's character: a sadistic and insecure man who compensates for his shortcomings by torturing and abusing beings more helpless than himself.
- Evil Gloating: Once Buu is resurrected and beats the Supreme Kai into the ground, Babidi spends several seconds rubbing it into Shin's face, even remarking that despite all his efforts to stop him, Shin's bringing the Z-Fighters, beings with a lot of energy, right to him did nothing but speed Babidi's plans along and essentially handed him victory on a silver platter.Babidi: What a wonderful day this is! Though I fully plan to rip you into pieces, let me first say thank you. After all, if it weren't for all the incredibly strong fighters you brought me, I wouldn't have been able to bring Majin Buu back to life.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: With some encouragement from Goku, Majin Buu eventually turns on Babidi and kills him.
- Evil Old Folks: He's one of the oldest characters in the series, and a sadistic bastard to boot.
- Evil Sorcerer: What does he use his magic for? Summon an Eldritch Abomination like his father did to take over the universe.
- Faux Affably Evil: Acts dignified and polite when he's in control. The moment things go wrong, he turns into a Spoiled Brat, throwing tantrums and whining. He's also extremely sadistic and loves to torture people.
- Foil: To Fat Buu, in that they are both childlike antagonists that are centuries old. The difference is that while Fat Buu is childlike in a pure and innocent way, genuinely doesn't know that killing people is wrong, looks ageless despite having existed for centuries, is smarter than he looks, and can be reasoned with; Babidi is more of a Spoiled Brat that sadistically enjoys killing people, looks old in stark contrast to his immaturity, turns out to be incredibly Stupid Evil, and ignores anyone that tries to reason with him- resulting in his Karmic Death later.
- Genre Blindness: It never occurred to him that Buu could betray him despite Dabura's warning to him.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Everything that happens during The Buu Saga is because of his actions.
- Hate Sink: Like Raditz, Babidi seems to be made to be as unlikable as possible and thus all the more satisfying when Majin Buu kills him. He's a sadistic, utterly callous villain who's also an idiotic Dirty Coward, in stark contrast to the much more likable Majin Buu and Dabura. He's up there with Frieza in being utterly despicable without even the excuse of being born evil, and as horrible as Frieza was even he was competent and had an Evil Is Cool, while Babidi is just a Big Bad Wannabe.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: If Buu turning on him wasn't enough, in Dragon Ball Heroes, he can be absorbed by Kid Buu.
- Home Field Advantage: He can use his magic to teleport his minions and fighters to various environments, and his henchmen use it to their advantage. Of course, it doesn't work out: sending them to Pui Pui's home planet to use the increased gravity against the Z-Fighters fails because Vegeta himself is a Heavyworlder who's trained under much higher gravity, and hosting a fight on Yakon's homeworld of complete darkness fails because Goku's Ki Sense allows him to keep pace with Yakon's Innate Night Vision.
- Immortal Immaturity: He's a five million year old wizard, but acts like a Spoiled Brat.
- Inexplicably Awesome: Babidi and his past self/father Bibidi are enormously powerful wizards who have lived for millions of years, bound the primordial representation of destruction to their will, wiped out galaxies using him, and cowed the gods themselves, to the point where the last remaining Supreme Kai is outright scared of what Babidi can do. Babidi's magic is powerful enough to do things no other characters can and mind control Dabura, the ruler of the Demon Realm who himself surpasses the highest gods of both his realm and the mortal realm.note We never even get a hint of where they came from.
- Irony: In the anime, he actively cheers Goku and Vegeta on from Hell during the fight with Kid Buu, wanting Buu to die for betraying and killing him, but doesn't notice (or seem to care) that the fat Majin Buu, the one who actually killed him, lives on.
- Karmic Death: Since Majin Buu's release, Babidi threatened Buu with sealing Buu back up if he doesn't submit to him and/or obey his command, and was verbally abusive. After Babidi makes the mistake of telling off Buu for not killing Goku when he had the chance, Buu decides that he has had enough, and after tricking Babidi into coming closer, he strangles Babidi so that he can't utter the incantation that would seal him away, and then punches his head off in a bloody mist. To add an extra heap of karma on top, Babidi spent most of the arc killing his minions once he had no more use for them, leaving nobody around to defend him once Buu turns on him. And Buu kills him for the same reason.
- Kick the Dog:
- Killing Spopovich and Yamu even after they followed his orders. And afterwards, he killed a random bystander just for not knowing where Goten, Trunks, or Piccolo are.
- Him showing the entire world Buu turning entire cities into candy and chocolate before eating them alive. He then reminds everyone that he will have the Earth destroyed in five days if Trunks, Piccolo, and Goten don't reveal themselves. And that random bystander he murdered, he made his head explode from the inside out and broadcast it.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Not a single damn was given once Buu killed him, even though Buu went completely on a rampage without anyone to control him.
- Also, to many fans, there was no sympathy given to Spopovich when Babidi killed him extremely graphically, given what Spopovich had done to Videl.
- Lack of Empathy: Common Dragon Ball villain trait.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After he ruthlessly disposed of anyone who wasn't of use to him, Buu kills him because he no longer needs Babidi. Even better, since Babidi allowed Buu to kill his most loyal servant, there was no one who would have gone out of their way to save him.
- Logical Weakness: He manages to keep Buu in line by repeatedly threatening to seal him back up again. When Buu inevitably turns on him, the very first thing he does is strangle him; after all, Babidi can't recite the incantation to seal him away if he can't speak.
- Moral Myopia: He wants to kill the Supreme Kai because he killed his father to stop Majin Buu's rampage. Babidi's father caused the death of millions if not billions by unleashing Buu, including all of the Supreme Kais except one. Babidi also regularly murders others, including his own men, without care. Piccolo calls him out on it after cuts him in half, and Babidi has the gall to beg him for help.Piccolo: When you help others, you receive help. When's the last time you used your powers to help someone? I'll bet it's been a while, hasn't it?
Babidi: Help! Don't lecture me!
Piccolo: You don't like being hurt, do you? But you delight in hurting others. You're right. You don't need a lecture. You need to be exterminated.
- More Than Mind Control: The way Babidi's control spell works is to seek the evil within a person's heart and manipulate it into making a person want to serve them. It is mind control, but it relies on the victim's willingness to be enslaved and so can be overridden with sufficiently strong willpower or emotion. (Vegeta's absurdly strong sense of Pride allows him to exert his own will and ignore Babidi's orders, for example.)
- Non-Action Big Bad Wannabe: Babidi takes this to a ridiculous level, relying on taking control of others and making them fight in his place while screaming orders at them. Even in Budokai Tenkaichi 3, his attacks are mostly summoning others to do his dirty work.
- Oh, Crap!: After Piccolo points out that he Didn't Think This Through, and after he mouths off one too many times to Buu.
- Punny Name/Shout-Out: Bibidi, Babidi, and Buu.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Despite being a centuries-old wizard, he acts like a spoiled child. He is prone to throwing tantrums, whining, and bullying others when things don't go his way. He also treats hurting and killing people like some kind of game, laughing in delight when Buu ate entire cities or when his former loyal servant Dabura was beaten senseless and devoured.
- Sadist: Just like his "father", he loves destruction and killing as much as they do.
- Secret Identity Apathy: He wanted revenge on Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo for interfering with and injuring him. Since he doesn't know their names, he has Majin Buu blow up cities one by one and gives a general description to the people of Earth while demanding they show themselves. A man recognizes the description and tells Babidi their names, only for Babidi to say he couldn't care less what their names are and kill him.
- Small, Annoying Creature: A villainous example, especially since he needs his minions to back him up.
- Smug Snake: Ohh boy, is he ever. Not helped at all by his status as a smarmy Squishy Wizard Non-Action Big Bad Wannabe in a series full of Blood Knights.
- Spoiled Brat: Goes hand and hand with him being a Psychopathic Manchild. He rants and yells when things don't go his way and refuses to consider that he can be wrong. This really stands out since he's one of oldest characters introduced in the series.
- Squishy Wizard: Only villainous example of this series. His magic is very powerful. He can kill weaker people from far distances, teleport others to different planets, and his curse allows him to control monsters like Dabura if they have any evil in their hearts. He is also a weakling who is nearly killed by Piccolo. His only close combat defense is a barrier that can be shattered if enough force is applied and a type of gel that can cause a person to explode, which can be blown off.
- Stupid Evil: Babidi has this horrible habit of killing anyone he thinks he doesn't need anymore. This leads to him killing Spopovich and Yamu when they succeeded on their mission to collect energy. When he learns that they managed to gather enough energy to fill Majin Buu up by half, he has no clue how they did it since he killed them. He also gleefully allows Buu to fight and eat Dabura when he tries to warn him that Buu wouldn't remain loyal and will eventually kill him. To top it all off, he constantly demeans and threatens to reseal Buu, despite having no other protection since he no longer has Dabura around. This ends with him having his head crushed by Buu.
- Take Over The Universe: Initially, he had plans for universal domination after Majin Buu was revived, but Vegeta blew up his spaceship. So he settled for terrorizing Earth instead. Probably should have forced them to build a new spaceship instead.
- The Sociopath: Low-functioning example. He doesn't care about anyone else, loves the pains he inflicts and throws his minions under the bus when he doesn't need them. He's also very impatient and doesn't think things through, which leads to his demise.
- This Cannot Be!: His reaction when Majin Vegeta actively resists his commands in favor of going after Goku: according to Babidi, this is the first time any of his brainwashed slaves have ever defied him.Babidi: How can the possessed say no to the possessor?!
- 13 Is Unlucky: Even more meta; the Babidi Saga is the thirteenth saga of Dragon Ball Z.
- Time Abyss: At least five million years old, as his father was killed then.
- Too Dumb to Live:
- See Bullying a Dragon.
- Dabura, who has been nothing but loyal to Babidi, warns him that Buu is uncontrollable and that the demon will eventually kill him. Instead of even considering Dabura's warning, Babidi throws a tantrum, yelling that he didn't need Dabura anymore since he had Buu. By the time Buu turns on him, Babidi had absolutely no one who would save him.
- Underestimating Badassery: Like Shin, he badly underestimated the Saiyans. If Vegeta didn't feel the need to sell his soul to beat Goku, Babidi's entire plan would have been ruined. He also keeps underestimating his enemies, like thinking Piccolo wasn't strong enough to break his barrier or that Super Saiyan 3 Goku couldn't kill Majin Buu. Amazingly, he even underestimates Buu, thinking that he could keep the Majin under control with threats and brute force.
- Undignified Death: Buu fools Babidi into moving close enough for Buu to grab Babidi, lock his mouth, and execute him, which involves Buu punching Babidi's head off and then throwing his body to blow it up. What makes this undignified? That Buu could have turned Babidi into candy, but had chosen not to, in effect saying that Babidi is disgusting from head to toe.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Towards his loyal right-hand man Dabura. This quote from the original Funi dub sums it up.Babidi: There is no "us" anymore! Don't you understand? He's been my life's ambition and now that he's here, you are nothing!
- It backfires when Buu finally realizes (working off a hint from Goku) that he doesn't actually have to take it... The Z Fighters and his two Dragons were all stronger than he was, so first Dabura, then Buu, basically served as his bodyguards.
- Villains Want Mercy: When Piccolo has him cornered, Babidi begs for his life, pointing out that without him, Majin Buu will be completely uncontrollable and destroy the Earth. Piccolo states that it's no different than what Babidi plans to do anyway, and he and the Z Fighters will stop Buu, before slicing Babidi in half. Babidi manages to cling to life long enough for Buu to heal him.
- We Have Reserves: Babidi considers all of his minions expendable as long as he gets to Majin Buu. His first scene has him have Spopovich and Yamu killed on the spot after they give him Gohan's stolen Ki, with the Supreme Kai stating outright that Babidi always kills any minions he thinks he doesn't need anymore, and the very second Buu is revived, Babidi immediately casts off Dabura, his loyal right-hand man, and allows Buu to kill and eat him, spelling it out to him that he doesn't need anyone to serve him but Majin Buu. This ends up biting him in the ass once Buu realizes, with a little prodding from Goku, that that he doesn't have to take Babidi's shit.
- Weak, but Skilled: Played With. Shin stated that while Babidi is physically weak his magical powers were so great that it may take all of the Z Fighters to defeat him. However, it isn't Babidi's magic in of itself that are dangerous, but his ability to enslave powerful servants who have even a hint of evil within them and uses them as his bodyguards like Dabura. His spell also makes those he possesses stronger by bringing out their inner evil. By himself, however, Babidi is basically helpless outside of a few defense spells that can kill weaker people like Spopovich, and is nearly killed by Piccolo who was in full Papa Wolf mood since he believed Gohan was killed by Buu at Babidi's orders.
- Wizards from Outer Space: He's an alien wizard.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: His philosophy, since the only ally he considers important at all is Majin Buu. His putting all of his eggs in the strongest basket he has at the time and discarding ones he's already used comes back to bite him several times, and ultimately he falls victim to this trope as well.
- You Killed My Father: He sought revenge on Shin for killing Bibidi.
- Your Head Asplode: Buu kills him by punching him in the face so hard that his head explodes.
Demon King Dabra/Dabura (ダーブラ)
The King of the Demon Realm and Babidi's right-hand man. He assists in his plans for some time, until Babidi abandons him in favor of Buu. He tries to fight Buu to prove his worth but winds up killed as a result. If that wasn't bad enough, King Yemma sends him to Heaven because since he is a demon, Hell wouldn't be a suitable punishment for him.
- Adaptational Badass: While his power in both versions is the same, his presentation varies. In the manga, Dabura's skills and abilities are extremely lacking in comparison to his anime counterpart. He mostly uses sneak attacks and in fact, he never once throws a single physical punch in the entire manga. He's unable to overpower a rusty Gohan and is quickly dealt with by Buu before he can even throw a single attack. The anime, however, amps him up, giving him a much longer fight with Gohan and even letting him stand up to Buu for quite some time. At least part of this may be due to the fact that most of his fight with Gohan was off-screen in the manga,note so the anime expanding on it offered a good chance to properly use him.
- Xenoverse 2 gives him a massive power boost during the events of the final story DLC, roughly around the level of the god-tier fighters, causing him to be a credible penultimate opponent in that story (with the final opponent either being Fu or Goku depending on the player's choices).
- Affably Evil: Regal and gentlemanly, the picture of evil nobility.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Even if he was the Demon King, he got a raw deal by being disposed of by Babidi and actually eaten by Buu.
- Alien Blood: He bleeds purple.
- Big Red Devil: Missing wings and tail notwithstanding. He's about seven and a half feet tall, towering over everyone except Fat Buu.
- Card-Carrying Villain: It's to the point where a couple of his attacks are even called Evil Flame and Hate Ray Cannon. Subverted after his HeelFace Turn though.
- Cassandra Truth: He warns Babidi that Buu will eventually turn on him and he should seal him away before it's too late. Babidi blows him off and eventually does meet his end at Buu's hands.
- Cool Big Bro: To Towa in Dragon Ball Xenoverse, which is her entire motivation for her actions.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- Mere minutes after being introduced he obliterated Kibito, turned Krillin and Piccolo into stone statues and fended off both Goku and Vegeta. His future counterpart also quickly killed Kibito and Elder Kai before easily demolishing Shin and Super Saiyan Trunks at the same time.
- He got on the receiving end of one of these after Buu was awakening, having his eyes gouged and then being turned into a cookie and eaten.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Postmortem, when he pulls a HeelFace Turn in the afterlife.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Is much more of a threat than Babidi. It was actually his plan to turn Vegeta evil that allowed Majin Buu to be revived.
- The Dreaded: Shin and Kibito are horrified when they learned Babidi had charmed Dabura, the King of the Demon World. Goku and Vegeta, however, don't think much of him since he's only as strong as Perfect Cell, and by that point, they had surpassed him.
- Evil Sounds Deep: In both the dub and the Japanese version, he has a deep, very regal voice. Fitting for someone called the Demon King.
- Eye Scream: Majin Buu punches his eyes out shortly after being freed from the seal. He didn't blind him though. It also qualifies under Disproportionate Retribution, seeing how he did this after Dabura called him a bumbling idiot.
- Genius Bruiser: He's almost as strong as Perfect Cell and is also extremely clever. During his fight with Gohan, he tricks Gohan several times and sees through all of Gohan's moves. It is also his plan to turn Vegeta that allows Majin Buu to be released. He tells Babidi to order Vegeta to kill Shin and Gohan immediately so they don't interfere with their plans later, though Vegeta is able to No-Sell this order. Once he sensed how powerful Buu was, he begged Babidi to seal him up, correctly predicting that he wouldn't be able to control the monster.
- The Ghost: In the Xenoverse games. Dabura's younger sister, Towa, is a time-traveler screwing with history and wants revenge on Buu for her brother's death. Yet, Dabura would not actually appear in Story Mode until the final DLC of Xenoverse 2, long after the main story was finished.
- HeelFace Turn: Anime only and it's more due to the environment he's now stuck in turning him into a Love Freak, but Dabura does help the spirits of Chi-Chi, Bulma and Videl try to look for Gohan in the afterlife and comforts them when it doesn't seem they're able.
- Hero Killer: As was said above, he disintegrated Kibito, turned Piccolo and Krillin into stone (effectively killing them, though they do not stay in stone very long), and gives Gohan one heck of a fight.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Tries to use his petrifying spit on his nephew Fu (after Fu reveals he has no intention of avenging Towa) in the final Xenoverse 2 DLC, only for Fu to send it back at him with his sword and turn his uncle to stone.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: He can pull out his sword and spear from seemingly nowhere.
- Ironic Hell: He was sent to Heaven for his crimes. King Yemma believed he'd enjoy it too much in Hell. He did eventually reform himself there in the anime, as Chi-Chi, Bulma, and Videl discovered, to the point he became a Love Freak.
- Love Freak: After going to Heaven, he basically becomes a big bulky hippie.
- Maou the Demon King: Unlike King Piccolo, Dabura's a born and bred demon who ruled as King of the Demon World. He definitely looks the part, and is as strong as the previous Arc Villain. He was even sent to Heaven because he'd enjoy Hell too much.
- Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight: His mighty demonic sword is snapped in half by Gohan during their fight.
- Noble Demon:
- Whether or not the curse comes into the equation, Dabura remains admirably loyal to Babidi even as he is abandoned by the ungrateful mage, warning his master that Buu will not stay loyal and will be the death of him if not quickly sealed. He was, naturally, completely right.
- He also challenges Gohan, Goku, and Vegeta to attack him all at once, thinking he'd be too much for any one of them (an overestimation of his power, but it's the thought that counts). When Babidi asked him where he'd like the fight to take place, he requested a planet similar to Earth, so as not to give him an unfair advantage.
- No Pronunciation Guide: Subverted. Despite the "ā" in the Japanese "Dābura" specifically denoting the sound emphasis, the more-or-less official romanization Dabra, the "abracadabra" pun, and even Bruce Faulconer's own interpretation of the name in his track titles as "Doubler", the Funimation dub took to pronouncing Dabura with the "u" most heavily emphasized and have largely stuck with this even in the post-Kai era, to the point it almost comes across as a different name.
- Only Sane Man: Unlike Babidi, he actually realizes Majin Buu will screw him over.
- Physical God: More like Physical Devil. Whereas Demon King Piccolo earned his title on Earth through a life of murder and terror, Dabura literally is the King of the Demon World itself. He is explicitly said to be around the same power level as Perfect Cell which means up to that point he was the second strongest villain or equal to the strongest one the Z Fighters had ever faced. Of course, Goku was stronger than Cell at this point by far. Dabura is about equal to Gohan, who defeated Cell, but Gohan's skills had explicitly degraded by that point. Played With in that, as Toriyama would later reveal, Dabura is not a god, but rather a mortal being who happens to be stronger than all of the "real" gods.note In this respect he's similar to Goku, Vegeta, and Gohan.
- Power Levels: Dialogue between him and Babidi gives the only Power Levels in the series post-Freeza. They use a different system called kiri, which measures energy instead of power. On that scale, Super Saiyan 1 Goku is a 3,000 and Yakon is an 800. It's not clear where Dabura is, but he does claim that 4,000 kiri is far inferior to him, so presumably he's at least a 5,000. He says that 200-300 kiri is enough to destroy a couple of very large planets.
- Reality Ensues: Like Vegeta's sacrifice not being enough to redeem him of his sins, Dabura becoming a Love Freak, and helping the women search for Gohan in the afterlife, wasn't enough to get him wished back to life as per the specifications of the wish in question.
- Redemption Equals Death: Inverted. He becomes good after dying, thanks to a combination of not being under Babidi's control anymore and being sent to Heaven.
- Satanic Archetype: He's stated to be the King of the Demon World, meaning that, for all intents and purposes, he's the Devil himself.
- Sinister Scimitar: His large sword greatly resembles one.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The Funimation dub writes and pronounces his name as Dabura. The manga and subtitles go with Dabra.
- Shoot the Medic First: Whether it was intentional or not, the first person Dābura attacked when Babidi ordered him to lure in the Dragon Team was Kibito, the only person with healing capabilities with the heroes. Given the fact that he and Babidi are very familiar with the Kaiōshin and Kibito, it is likely Dābura's targeting of Kibito was intentional.
- Story-Breaker Power: Dabura's Super Spit that can turn anyone hit by it into stone, regardless of power. If you're not expecting it or don't know about this ability, you're almost guaranteed to be a lawn statue. Once hit, you are for all intents and purposes dead and the spell can only be reversed with Dabura's death. Thankfully, spit tends to be slow, making it somewhat easy to dodge and if the spit hit clothing, they can be removed.
- Super Spit: His spit can turn anything into stone.
- Taken for Granite: His spit can turn anything into stone.
- Theme Naming: Just as Bibidi, Babidi and Buu got their names from a magical incantation, Dabura's is derived from "abracadabra" (while also sounding similar to "abura", Japanese for "oil"). More apparent in the Viz manga, which romanizes his name as Dabra.
- Underestimating Badassery:
- Upon Buu's awakening, he thought the reviving spell was a failure since Buu acted like a little kid and not the terror of the universe he heard about. He outright called Buu a bumbling idiot and mused how Buu doesn't understand him. That is before Buu punches him in the eyes and knocks him into a cliff, critically wounding him. After that, he tries to kill Buu, recognizing that a demon of that power wouldn't stay loyal to Babidi.
- He goes back and forward with the Saiyans. Although he recognizes their power, he thinks he can easily beat them and expected Pui Pui and Yakon to make quick work of them. When they failed, he dismisses them for being careless. Fighting a rusty Gohan and getting a read of Vegeta's power (either from sensing it or just from hearing him belittle Gohan) cures him of this problem. While he maintains that he can handle "trash like [Gohan]", he labels Vegeta as potentially the strongest Majin warrior, which is why he advises Babidi to take control of him.
- Undignified Death: He's the king of the Demons and a powerful warrior in his own right. He's killed when Buu turned him into cookie and ate him up.
- Undying Loyalty:
- Curse or not, he is by far the most loyal minion on Babidi's side. He goes as far as to fight Buu, trying to save Babidi from the demon's eventual betrayal. Babidi, on the other hand, sees Dabura as nothing more than a tool that has outlived its usefulness.
- In the Time Breaker/Time Patrol-related video games, he and his sister Towa share this dynamic. They each take turns trying to manipulate history to avenge the other's death in the Xenoverse series and clearly have each other's backs in the Dark Demon Realm saga of Heroes.
- Weak, but Skilled: He gains the upper hand on Super Saiyan 2 Gohan in their brief battle despite being moderately weaker (as shown by their direct struggle over his sword), by using all of his available magic abilities and tricks.
- World's Strongest Man: Shin says that, while Goku/Gohan/Vegeta are the strongest in their realm, Dabura is by far the strongest in the Demon Realm. Toriyama further clarifies that even the gods of the Demon Realm, the Demon Supreme Kais, are far weaker than Dabura. Specifically he says that the current Supreme Kai, Shin, is stronger than the Demon Supreme Kais. In the series proper, Shin admits that he's much weaker than Dabra.
- Worf Effect: He's about equal to Perfect Cell, can use magic, and is able to fight back a rusty Gohan. Buu easily beats him up and turns him into a cookie before eating him.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He got this from Babidi despite all his loyal service and being the one who came up with the plan to awaken Buu. Talk about Ungrateful Bastard.
Pui Pui (プイプイ)
Babidi's alien minion from the planet Zoon. Tasked to fight the Z-Fighters so Babidi can resurrect Majin Buu, Pui Pui faces Vegeta. Boasting about how Zoon has 10 times the gravity of Earth, Pui Pui is humiliated and then killed by Vegeta after he tells Pui Pui that he trained at 500 times Earth's gravity.
- Alien Blood: Purple.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- The victim of an outright one-sided take of the trope against Vegeta (who didn't even bother going Super Saiyan).
- Hilariously carried over into Buu's Fury for the GBA. Without level grinding at all, you can kill him in a single punch. He has one of the lowest hp counts in the game (including the early random enemies.)
- Determinator: And despite being clearly beaten, Pui Pui foolishly kept on fighting until Vegeta killed him.
- Evil Gloating: Especially about how his planet has higher gravity than Earth's. Vegeta being totally unaffected by it is what finally breaks Pui Pui's overconfidence.
- Gone Horribly Right: He had Babidi turn the battlefield in his homeworld, with 10 times the gravity of Earth. It just happens that his opponent comes from a homeworld with the same gravity and is used to a gravity of 500 times that of Earth...
- Heavy Worlder: Boasted about how his homeworld has 10 times the gravity of Earth.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Green in color.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Accompanying a "Toyotaro Drew It!" sketch of the character, Toyotaro theorises that, like Vegeta, Pui Pui was probably not completely evil before he became a Majin, but Babidi can manipulate any trace of darkness in a person's heart to make them a minion.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: The sad thing is that he is genuinely one of the most powerful beings in the universe.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Despite genuinely being one of the strongest beings in the universe, he, like many other villains, is ignorant that all the strongest fighters in the series at this point are on Earth, leading to a humiliating defeat. His very emotional and ineffectual tactics against Vegeta show him to be this.
- Smug Snake: Definitely. He was way too confident that no matter how strong the Z-Fighters were, they wouldn't be any match for him, especially considering he didn't have a clue who they were or exactly how powerful they really were. Vegeta proved him dead wrong the moment they started fighting.
- So Last Season: His implied level of power, and the specific measuring stick of ten times Earth's gravity, are woefully behind the curve—the latter was last considered impressive back in the Saiyan arc.
- Theme Naming: His name comes from "Chichin-puipui", a Japanese good luck incantation that mothers use when children hurt themselves. Like Yakon's name pun, it's Lost in Translation into English. The official Viz manga changes his name into Pocus instead (as in "hocus pocus"), to preserve the theme.
- Underestimating Badassery: To say that he underestimated Vegeta would be, well, an understatement. It becomes even funnier when he thought he had the home advantage since his planet had ten times the Earth's gravity. That's the exact same gravity of Vegeta's birth planet, and even then, Vegeta had trained under literally hundreds of times Earth's gravity prior to their battle.
Babidi's monstrous "pet" from the planet Dark Star who battles against Goku. During the fight, Yakon drains the "pure light" from Goku whenever he turns Super Saiyan, temporally de-powering him. Goku feeds Yakon so much light that the monster explodes.
- Balloon Belly: Yakon gets one before dying.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: In addition to being able to eat light, he can somehow survive on a planet with no sun. And he can be perfectly okay in normal or bright light despite being born on a planet with no light.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Can pull his 'bones' in and out to attack his opponent.
- Death by Gluttony: Subverted. Dabura, Shin, and Gohan assume Yakon did this when eating so much of Goku's Super Saiyan energy that he explodes. Vegeta, however, is sharp enough to catch that Goku briefly changed to Super Saiyan 2, drastically increasing the amount of energy Yakon was trying to inhale all at once, overloading and killing him.
- Energy Absorption: Yakon's ability to eat light.
- Exposed Extraterrestrials: Unlike the rest of Babidi's minions, he wears no clothing.
- Expy: Of a Rancor.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Goku defeated him by using his light-absorbing ability against him by force-feeding him more than he could handle.
- Innate Night Vision: As a native of Dark Star, he can see in complete darkness.
- Lightning Bruiser: Managed to catch Goku off guard with a quick slash attack.
- Fed to the Beast: He's the beast.
- Phlebotinum Overload: Too much light, however, proved to be a bad thing.
- So Last Season: Not as much as Pui Pui, but still. He's a terrifying monster and one of the most powerful beings in the universe, but by the time the Buu arc happens, his level of power is woefully inadequate. His best feat is making Goku use Super Saiyan at all.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only shows up to fight Goku and be killed, but the fight reveals to Vegeta that Goku is able to become a Super Saiyan 2. This reawakens Vegeta's inferiority complex to the point he's willing to let Babidi possess him for more power, setting in motion his fight with Goku and Buu's freedom.
- Theme Naming: Gets his name from "tekumaku-mayakon", a magical chant that originates from the late 1960s anime Himitsu no Akko-chan. In the show, the protagonist uses this phrase to transform through the power of a magic compact mirror given to her by a mirror spirit. Unlike Pui Pui/Pocus, there has never been an attempt to localize Yakon's name, making him seem like the odd one out of the theme naming to non-Japanese viewers.
- Villainous Glutton: He can eat light and sucked Goku until he turned back to normal from being a Super Saiyan.
- Weakened by the Light: Averted. Despite coming from a planet shrouded in darkness, his eyes are not sensitive to light. Yakon can see in both the dark and light.
Spopovich (スポポビッチ, Supopobitchi) and Yamu (ヤムー)
Two human fighters possessed and empowered by Babidi, sent to infiltrate the 25th Tenkaichi Budokai and to drain all of Gohan's ki in order to draw out enough energy to revive Majin Buu. Once their job was done, Babidi, having no more use for them, has them both killed.
- Adaptational Jerkass: In the manga, Yamu stops Spopovich from torturing Videl any further because he is disgusted by it. In the anime, at least in the English dub, his reason is instead because Spopovich was wasting time tormenting her and they were supposed to gather energy for Babidi.
- Alas, Poor Villain: In-Universe, the Z Fighters are horrified at the way Babidi callously has them obliterated even after they accomplished their task for him. Even Gohan finds it sickening, and need we remind you these are the same two guys who jammed a needle into his side, sucked out almost all of his energy, and in Spopovich's case, ruthlessly beat Videl within an inch of her life.
- Alien Blood: Probably related to the spell, Spopovich has purple blood. He and Yamu also have purple tongues.
- Asshole Victim: In spite of their Alas, Poor Villain moment and the fact that they were brainwashed the entire time, it's noticeable that when Bulma uses the Dragon Balls later on the same day to bring back everyone who died and wasn't evil they're not among those resurrected, since they were only brainwashed due to willingly going to Babidi for power.
- Bald of Evil: Both lost their hair when they went to the dark side.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Thanks to Babidi's spell, especially Spopovich who nearly kills Videl.
- The Brute: Spopovich. He isn't known for much except for how he tortured Videl to get back at her father for Curb Stomping him at the last Tournament.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: The minute he stops holding back, Spopovich goes out of his way to do this to Videl; by the end of the match, he's sadistically stomping on Videl's head while Videl is screaming in agony.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Spopovich receives one of the most gruesome deaths in the series, slowly and horrifically inflating until he explodes (and it's not even the last time this happens to a minor villain in this saga!) Given that he gave one of the most brutal beatdowns in the series to a hero, a young girl at that, you won't find many fans who don't consider this well-deserved.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Spopovich almost murders Videl in retaliation for her father defeating him at the last tournament.
- Dumb Muscle: Spopovich. He doesn't seem too much even before his face-heel turn.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In spite of being enslaved by Babidi's magic, Yamu retains enough of his humanity to be disgusted and angered by Spopovich's torture of Videl in their battle. When the latter was about to kill the girl, he could tolerate it no longer and erupts:Yamu: ENOUGH, Spopovich! [with a look of genuine pity and sadness for Videl] This isn't what we came here to do; ring-out the girl and finish this match.
- Evil Is Petty: Spopovich beat Videl within an inch of her life because he lost to her father. It's even implied that he became Babidi's servant just so he could get back at Mr. Satan.
- Fat and Skinny: While Spopovich is bulky and bulges with muscle, Yamu is comparatively slim.
- Foreshadowing: Spopovich, having grown frustrated with being beaten by Mr. Satan, is enslaved by Babidi and given a power-up which he then uses to get back at his rival. Vegeta would later repeat this. In fact, Vegeta seems to have been inspired by it.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Spopovich started out as an average fighter in the 24th World Martial Arts Tournament. By the time of the 25th, he's now Babidi's lackey who beats Videl to a bloody pulp and is instrumental to Buu's revival.
- In the Back: Yamu is killed after Pui Pui shoots him in from behind as he runs for his life.
- It's Personal: Spopovich inadvertently invokes this against Gohan after brutally taking down Videl. Subverted, though, as seen in The Unfought below.
- Karmic Death: Spopovich sadistically abuse the power granted to him by Babidi against Videl. In the end, Babidi takes that same power and uses it to gruesomely blow him up from the inside.
- Kick the Dog: Spopovich's entire fight against Videl, once he starts fighting seriously.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: In the anime's version of the Spopovich vs. Videl fight, when Videl finally manages to concede that she's in over her head against the magically-enhanced Spopovich and lets herself get thrown out of the ring... only for Spopovich to grab her leg in mid-air and toss her back in, returning her to a Curb-Stomp Battle that seemed to be doing its damnedest to rival the Frieza vs. Vegeta fight in sheer brutality.
- Neck Snap: Spopovich finds himself on the receiving end of an accidental one from Videl. No problem; he just forcefully wrenches it back into place.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Spopovich gives a brutal one to Videl in their fight, to the point that Videl is left crying in agony.
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Spopovich did this to Videl at first. He took a lot of free hits, without receiving damage at all, and even an apparently lethal kick in the neck, which was deserving of a disqualification for Videl... until Spopovich turned his neck back to place, and then he proceeded to fight seriously, brutally harming Videl in the process.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Spopovich gave himself over to Babidi and then entered the tournament to get revenge on Mr. Satan for humiliating him in the last tournament. He takes great pleasure in torturing Videl and nearly kills her before Yamu stops him.
- The Stoic: Yamu, until he's faced with death.
- Sympathy for the Hero: Yamu genuinely felt sorry for Videl when she was being tormented by Spopovich.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Nearly always seen together.
- Took a Level in Badass: They were normal humans prior to their brainwashing. Spopovich, in fact, lost to Mr. Satan at the last tournament, fairly quickly at that. Post-brainwashing, they have flight, super-strength, and energy blasts. They're still incredibly weak by the standards of the main characters, but far stronger than any regular human.
- The Unfought: After Spopovich cripples Videl, an angry Gohan assures him that they will face off in the next round, where Gohan hoped to seek revenge. After it becomes clear who Spopovich and Yamu are working for, however, Gohan never gets the chance to make good on that promise, as the duo are killed off by Babidi and his minions. Yamu is never even shown fighting someone before his death.
- Unskilled, but Strong: In terms of skill, Videl is actually better than Spopovich, but thanks to Babidi, he has power that far exceeds that of a normal human. It's actually what tips the Z-fighters off that there is something wrong since they can't fathom how someone could be that unskilled but so strong.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Yamu doesn't wear a shirt at all.
- Why Am I Ticking?: How Babidi kills Spopovich. He makes him expand until he explodes from the inside out.
- Would Hit a Girl: Spopovich doesn't just hit Videl; he beats her to a bloody pulp to the point where she's screaming and crying from the pain, and is only stopped from killing her by Yamu ordering him to stop.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The victims of this despite succeeding in their mission.
A stubby wizard responsible for summoning the demon Majin Buu millions of years prior to the beginning of Dragon Ball. The wizard Babidi is his doppelganger but refers to him as his "father".
- Aliens Are Bastards: He's a sadistic, murderous wizard.
- Ax-Crazy: Much like his doppelganger, he's a gleeful sadist.
- Bad Boss: Possibly. We don't see a whole lot of his interactions with Buu, but we do know that Buu rebelled against him somewhat regularly. With that said, he favored the carrot (cake) when it came to handling Buu, something Babidi should have taken notes from.
- Evil Sorcerer: He uses his magic to create (later retconned as "summon") Majin Buu to take over the universe!
- Fat Bastard: He's fairly rotund, especially in comparison to Babidi.
- Food as Bribe: He got Buu to destroy planets for him by serving him cake every night as a reward for his services.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Lacks even the very bare motivation and backstory that his son had.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Though the heroes never meet him (barring Shin), he sets the events that lead to the Buu Saga in motion.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Both he and Babidi are evil, no doubt about that, but it's suggested that Bibidi is more of a Benevolent Boss. Whereas Babidi was mostly an asshole to Buu, causing Buu to become The Starscream, Bibidi willingly rewarded Buu with cake when he did well (granted, it was because he was using Food as Bribe, but at least he willingly rewarded his minion).
- Me's a Crowd: Had the ability to split himself into multiple copies, but doing so divided his power among all of his copies. Once he died, his doppelganger/"son" Babidi gained all of the power.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He planned on using Buu to annihilate everything in the universe so that he could shape the remains to his liking.
- Posthumous Character: He's mentioned a lot but has less than five minutes of screentime in the anime, and none in the manga. We only see a brief flashback to him late in the anime when Shin is explaining Buu's original form. note
- Predecessor Villain: To Babidi, who is his doppelganger and is using his plan.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He may have a small amount of screentime, but the entire Buu Saga and the massacre of the Kais occurs because of his actions.
- Truly Single Parent: Babidi is actually a magically-created clone of him.
Van Zant (ライフル銃の男, Raifuru Jū no Otoko, "Man with Gun")
A deranged human gunman who uses Majin Buu's threat as an excuse to kill as many innocent people as possible. His actions lead directly to the birth of Evil Buu, of whom Van Zant is the first victim.
- Apocalypse Anarchy: He uses Majin Buu's killing spree as an excuse to go on his own. His rationale: Buu's most likely going to kill everyone anyway, so why not?
- Asshole Victim: Alongside Babidi, he's easily the least sympathetic of Buu's victims.
- Ax-Crazy: He's a lunatic gunman who eagerly uses Buu's rampage as an excuse to kill as many people as possible.
- Bad People Abuse Animals: As if he wasn't monstrous and evil enough already, when he hunts down Buu, he shoots Bee the puppy for the hell of it. Mr. Satan is outraged and promptly beats him to a pulp.
- Bullying a Dragon: He decides to try to kill Majin Buu so he can continue to kill people, after Buu's personally wiped out most of humanity. Brilliant idea.
- Establishing Character Moment: In his first scene, he shoots an old lady dead and talks his pal Smitty into doing the same to her husband.
- Evil Brit: The Funimation and Ocean dubs give him a thick Cockney accent.
- Evil Counterpart: Kai makes him seem like a counterpart to Mr. Satan, if he wasn't one already, sharing physical characteristics, wildly underestimating Buu, and now with the removal of his original "Why not?" motive for shooting things up, explaining his presence by hoping to destroy Buu and be "worshiped" as the world's greatest hero... except he's still a trigger-happy crazed shooter.
- For the Evulz: He takes advantage of Majin Buu's killing spree to go on one of his own, stating that since Buu's going to destroy the world anyway, he can do whatever he wants. Since he later drops this and decides to try to kill Buu himself so he can go on killing people, it's clear Van Zant loves hurting and killing people so much that all he needs is an excuse.
- Hate Sink: Everything he does is basically meant to make the viewer hate him. In his first scene, he and Smitty shoot an elderly couple dead, and Van Zant then revels about how awesome it feels to kill someone. We next see the two shooting people at random in a nearby town before going to Buu's house, which leads up to Van Zant shooting Buu's dog and Mr. Satan, triggering the release of Buu's evil side. All this for no reason other than the sheer thrill of killing people. What's worse is that he uses Buu's destruction spree as an excuse, reasoning that everyone will be killed eventually, and even going so far as to pretend that Buu killed his victims.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Van Zant is living proof that humans can be just as evil and cruel as the monsters and aliens Goku and his friends fight on a regular basis. He uses Buu's killing spree as an excuse to go on one of his own, and eventually shoots and nearly kills Mr. Satan and Bee, causing Buu to spawn Evil Buu. From here on out, the Buu Saga consists of the rest of the universe paying the price for Van Zant's actions. The episode he appears in to kickstart this is called "The Evil of Men."
- Kick the Dog: Literally; the first thing he does upon finding Buu is shoot Bee, the little puppy, for fun.
- Motive Decay: His initial reason for his killing spree is because he thinks that since Buu is eventually going to destroy the world anyway, he can do whatever he wants. This spirals into him trying to kill Buu himself because he wants to keep killing people.
- No Name Given: In the manga and Japanese anime.
- Oh, Crap!: He freaks out and attempts to run away when Evil Buu spots and heads right for him, then spends his last moments in sheer terror when shooting him inevitably doesn't work.
- Rich Bastard: in the manga and Japanese anime, it's implied that he comes from a wealthy background or family, as Smitty calls him "Young Master".
- Shooting Superman: He tries to assassinate Buu with a missile, which more confuses Buu than anything. He has more luck shooting Mr. Satan and Bee with a normal gun, but considering that's what caused the creation of Evil Buu, he probably should have stuck to the original plan.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's only around for a couple episodes, but it's because of him that Evil Buu/Super Buu came into existence.
- Spree Killer: His entire sub-plot is played over a days-long killing spree and the only reason he decides to take on Buu is to not have anybody ending his rampage.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Evil Buu shoots him with a blast powerful enough to destroy the entire hill he's standing on. At point blank range.
- Too Dumb to Live: Goes out of his way to provoke and attempt to kill Majin Buu despite knowing how powerful and dangerous he is. This proceeds to quite literally blow up in his face when this causes Evil Buu to spawn.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: As he caused the creation of Super Buu, he is indirectly responsible for all the bad stuff that happens afterwards.
- Villain Has a Point: In the English version of the anime, he points out what a lousy hero Mr Satan is, cooking meals like a nanny for Buu while he is destroying their world. While Satan was trying to reform him, from an outsider's viewpoint it just looked like he was saving his own neck.
- Villainous Friendship: With his lackey, Smitty. Zant calls him an "old friend" at one point, and they do get along fairly well. Zant asked Smitty to help him kill people because he wanted him to join in on the fun.
Smitty (召し使い, Meshitukai, "Servant")
Van Zant's toady. He also plays a part in the creation of Evil Buu (and, by proxy, Super Buu).
- Asshole Victim: Just like his boss. He mercilessly kills several people and is shown visibly enjoying himself despite his initial reluctance. Smitty gets quite possibly the most brutal death in the whole series.
- Battle Butler: In the manga and Japanese anime, it is implied that Smitty is Van Zant's butler, as he addresses him as "Young master".
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Buu turns into liquid and goes down his throat, making him expand until he explodes. You almost feel sorry for him given how his boss got off so much easier. Even Mr. Satan and Bee (who were shot and nearly killed by his boss) are sickened.
- Fat Bastard: He's rather plump.
- Ignored Epiphany: He is distraught when Van Zant tells him to kill an old man, but he does so anyway and finds it fun.
- No Name Given: In the manga and Japanese anime.
- Orifice Invasion: How he dies; Buu liquifies and shoots down his throat, causing him to expand until his body pops like a zit.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He isn't a sociopath like his master and follows Van Zant more out of servitude than enjoyment of killing people. That said, he does come to like committing murder.
- Shooting Superman: He shoots at Super Buu with a machine gun, only to be shocked when Buu just stands there and regenerates. This is after Buu survived being hit with a missile.
- Villainous Friendship: With his boss, Van Zant. The two get along a bit better than the average boss and evil henchman do.