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If he's punching them without giving them any eye contact, you know Goku hates someone.

Being such a big series with many villains, Dragon Ball was sure to have plenty of villains, most of whom are too over-the-top, too hilarious, or at least too cool and badass to be hated....and then we have these villains, who show up just to be hated by said readers/viewers.

Dragon Ball
  • Tao Pai-Pai seems to have be made with the intention of being loathed by the viewers, starting with the very fact that he's the first human who killed someone good in the cast. After he murders Upa's father in front on him and defeats Goku in battle, he laughs at Upa and tells him that he's lucky that he's still alive, meaning that he has absolutely no problem killing children (and he all but kills Goku soon after). One of his worst offenses has to got to be when he forces a tailor to overwork on making an outfit for him in about three days...which he rewards by killing him. When he returns to Karin's Tower to look for the one Dragon Ball he neglected to find, he grabs Upa and throws him against the tower (fortunately, he was saved by Goku). He also charges eye-watering fees for his services simply because he can. It's taken further when he returns for the 23rd Tournament at the end of the anime's run: in addition to being back from the dead thanks to cash, he is now an extension of Tsuru Sen'nin's feud with Master Roshi, which itself was a hate-sink for Tsuru (see below). It makes his Curb-Stomp Battle defeat at the hands of Tien all the more satisfying.
    • Thanks to Word of God, it's been revealed that Tao once had a run-in with none other than Mr. Satan's mentor, which resulted in said mentor's death. Considering how early into the manga's timeline Tao died, this almost certainly means that Mr. Satan was a child at the time.
  • Tsuru Sen'nin, also known as Shen, definitely qualifies thanks to his rivalry towards Master Roshi. While Roshi is hardly mature himself during their feuds, it's pretty clear that Roshi would rather stop the rivalry and move on with his life. Shen meanwhile intentionally targets Roshi in order to bring shame upon him (he only shows up at the 22nd Tournament because Roshi's students competed in the 21st), and teaches Tien and Chiaotzu to be cold, callous fighters (Tien himself is a Hate Sink until Roshi's influence causes him to turn). Shen's status as a Hate Sink is cemented when, after Tien refuses to kill Goku in the ring after discovering that Shen forced Chiaotzu to paralyze Goku, Shen orders Chiaotzu to paralyze them both. When Chiaotzu refuses to harm his friend, Shen grabs him by the cuff and attempts to kill him. Luckily, Roshi is able to blast Shen away with his signature attack, the Kamehameha.

Dragon Ball Z

  • There's not one shred of likability to Raditz whatsoever; he's a brute, a bully, and a Dirty Coward all in one, and not even a credit to his race. Honestly, it's no wonder Goku never wanted to find out anything more about his Saiyan heritage or his birth parents if there was even the slightest chance they were as bad as Raditz.
  • Dodoria is easily the most despicable subordinate to Frieza's orders. Unlike other villains, he has no cool features, enjoys his work and has no other characterization outside of being a sadistic, cowardly brute.
  • According to Word of God, Frieza was created around the time of the Japanese economic bubble and was inspired by real estate speculators, whom Akira Toriyama called the "worst kind of people." He purposely does not draw bad guys so unscrupulous that it affects one psychologically, although he admits Frieza is close. It backfired, however, as Frieza ended being a Love to Hate example and one of greatest anime villains of all time.
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  • Downplayed with Chi-Chi. The writer of the anime, Akira Toriyama, stated that he did not like Chi-Chi's character as much and intended for her character to be a stereotypical "mean" Japanese mother who doesn't contribute much to the show. Her only role was to be a gag character that the other characters disagree with, to keep the main characters from doing their thing (her education-related goal for Gohan is portrayed as an obstacle for the main heroes of the show), and for her to be irrational and unreasonable towards the main protagonists.
  • Mr. Shu, the Sadist Teacher Chi-Chi hires to tutor Gohan during a filler episode in the Trunks Saga. Every moment of his screen time is spent either openly mocking and trash-talking Goku and/or beating Gohan with a whip for the slightest transgressions, so it's incredibly satisfying when Chi-Chi, upon realizing what a scumbag he is, throws him out a window and then chases him off of her property. For some fans, this act resulted in the earlier mentioned Chi-Chi being Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
  • Future Androids 17 and 18 for the Crapsack World that Future Trunks is in; most notably for their unrepentant murder of various characters, such as Future Gohan. It's very satisfying to see them visibly terrified and shocked when Trunks comes back and wrecks them.
  • 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 for bonus, he's a Big Bad Wannabe.
  • Van Zant and his partner, Smitty. In his first scene, he and his partner shoot an elderly couple dead, and he 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.

Dragon Ball Super

  • Zamasu is a Jerkass God who has it out for humanity (and mortals in general) because they are almost always in conflict and often wage war with each other. Although he has a point about mortals misusing the knowledge of the gods, are often warring with each other instead of learning from their mistakes, and that the gods themselves should do more to stop evil mortals from abusing their power, we as the audience are obviously not supposed to sympathize with him. For one, his rants against mortals are hypocritical since the gods have shown themselves to be just as flawed and some times more petty than mortals. Zamasu himself also goes beyond the limits when he tries to kill his master. A version of Zamasu succeeds and uses the Super Dragon Balls to take Goku's body, murders him with it, and then slaughters Goku's family using his face.
  • Goku Black, another Zamasu's incarnation, is completely devoid of any redeeming qualities, having caused endless misery and destruction upon a number of planets and their peoples. Even the initial mitigating factor of him being a Well-Intentioned Extremist falls flat as for all his claims of justice he's shown to a racist trying to remake the world in his image all in the name of his so called utopia. If somehow you don't already hate Black for causing random carnage and the second Apocalypse in Future Trunks' timeline, then you will hate him for killing Goten and Chi-Chi. Anyone who does like him is strictly based upon a Love to Hate angle. All in all he ended up becoming one of the most popular villains of the franchise.
    • Black's manga incarnation ends up being a better example of this trope. While his Anime counterpart's calm and charismatic personality makes him a likable villain, Manga Goku Black is outright obnoxious, throwing tantrums when he doesn't get his way and only getting ahead due to luck. His motive for stealing Goku's body and killing him is even more petty than the Anime incarnation'snote . It's obvious that Toei was going for a villain that the audience would Love to Hate, while Toyotarō created a villain the audience wants to suffer as much as possible, ASAP.
  • Barry Kahn is an actor for the "Great Saiyaman vs. Mr. Satan" movie. The audience is clearly not supposed to like Barry since he is an insufferable jerkass who will risk the life of his stunt double just to make a scene look cooler and wishes harm to others because they snub him.
  • Among the twelve Gods of Destruction, Quitela, Universe 4's God of Destruction, is clearly the most amoral of them all. He hates Beerus with a passion, and does all he can to hinder Universe 7's progress before the Tournament of Power begins, by secretly spying on U7, and manipulating Sidra of Universe 9 into trying to take out Frieza before he could join U7's team. When U9 was erased by the Zeno's, besides Mojito, Quitela is the only one who's not even fazed by it, instead just smiles and snickers. When it's his universe's turn to be erased, he nearly goes on a rampage trying to take everyone else left in the tournament with him before the Zenos wipe him and U4 out.



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