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Shenron (神龍; Shén Lóng)
The dragon of the Earth's Dragon Balls, Shenron always comes out to grant wishes to whoever summons him. He was created as a small statue by Mr. Popo, then given life by Kami.
- Benevolent Genie: The wish he grants is always exactly what the wisher wants, subject to the limitations of his power.
The missing ones must be from the village I slaughtered. The conditions were "killed by Freeza's men", correct? Well, since Freeza "discharged" me from his employment, I no longer qualify as one of "Freeza's men", yes? (Chuckles)
- Bilingual Bonus/Meaningful Name: Shen Long is Chinese for "God Dragon."
- Blind Idiot Translation/Spell My Name with an "S": The name Shenron comes from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese reading of Shen Long. Really, the dub was better when it just used "Eternal Dragon."
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: It's called Dragon Ball for a reason.
- Our Dragons Are Different
Turtle (海亀; Umigame, "Sea Turtle")
A turtle named Turtle, Master Roshi's loyal pet/housemate. Goku and Bulma met Turtle early in their search for the Dragon Balls when he was lost in the wilderness and returned him to Roshi, who gave Goku the Flying Nimbus as a reward. Turtle is good-natured and friendly, but often frustrated at Roshi's skirt-chasing antics.
- A Dog Named "Dog"
- Beleaguered Assistant
- Satellite Character: To Roshi.
- Servile Snarker
- Species Surname: His species is his only name.
- Talking Animal
- Turtle Power
Oolong (ウーロン; Uuron)
Voiced by: Naoki Tatsuda (Japanese); Dave Mallow (Harmony Gold dub); Alec Willows, Doug Parker (Ocean dub); Brad Jackson (Dragon Ball, Z and GT), Bryan Massey (Kai) (Funimation dub)
Originally a con artist who terrorized a small village using his shapeshifting powers, Oolong is a greedy, lecherous pig (literally); when Goku defeated him, Oolong joined him and Bulma in their search for the Dragon Balls. At first a useless whiner, Oolong later proved his worth by "stealing" Pilaf's wish from the Dragon Balls (by wishing for a pair of girl's panties). He and Puar were rivals in shapeshifting school, but because Oolong dropped out in kindergarten, his powers only allow him to stay transformed for five minutes.
- Achilles' Heel: He can only stay shapeshifted for five minutes. If he's shapeshifted for five minutes together (no matter how many forms he went through in that time span), he has to rest a minute before he can do it again. (Check his debut chapter in the manga: He can go straight from one form to another, so long as he hasn't used up all five minutes.)
- Adaptational Badass: In the unofficial Chinese Movie Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins, Oolong(known as Piggy) has the ability to turn into Rambo(yes that Rambo).
- Balloon Belly
- Beam Me Up, Scotty: He never wished for Bulma's panties. He specifically asked for the panties off a hot babe (or world's most comfortable pair of underwear in the original dub). It's never stated whether or not that pair belonged to Bulma.
- Big Damn Hero: Oolong interrupted Pilaf's wish preventing Pilaf from becoming ruler of the world.
- Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: How Bulma gets him to join the adventure. She slips him a drug that acts as a laxative every time he hears whistling.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Often pissed himself in fear in the manga.
- Dirty Coward: Played for Laughs
- Dub Name Change: Became "Mao Mao" in the Harmony Gold dub, presumably because of the Chinese uniform he originally wears.
- Expy: Originally, of Zhu Bajie (aka "Piggy") from Journey to the West.
- Messy Pig
- Non-Human Sidekick
- Petting Zoo People
- Species Lift: Oolong is a piggish human in the unofficial movie Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins.
- Smarter Than You Look: When Chi Chi appears during the 23rd Tournament, Oolong was the only one to recognize her, even though he only met her once!
- Theme Naming: After tea.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Oolong and Puar were classmates at the Shapeshifter Academy.
Puar (プーアル; Puuaru)
A shapeshifting cat-like creature and Yamcha's closest friend. Puar is fiercely loyal to Yamcha. Puar mostly just provides moral support to Goku and friends, but saved everyone the first time Goku transformed into a Great Ape by cutting off Goku's tail.
- Ambiguous Gender: In the Japanese version, Puar's gender is not directly referred to though it sometimes does use masculine pronouns. In the English version, Puar is referred to as a female on the few occasions when its gender is mentioned. This isn't the case in other translation such as the Portugese translation which has Puar state himself as male on his introduction.
- Eventually Toriyama was asked about Puar's gender and he said considered Puar male when writing the manga.
- Cute Kitten
- Dub Name Change: Became "Squeaker" in the Harmony Gold dub.
- Flight: Puar can inexplicably fly.
- Non-Human Sidekick
- Satellite Character: Puar is mostly important in relation to Yamcha.
- Species Lift: To Parrot in Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins
- Spell My Name with an "S": Alternately "Pu'erh", "Puaru".
- Talking Animal
- Theme Naming: After tea.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Oolong and Puar were classmates at the Shapeshifter Academy.
The daughter of the Ox-King. Chi-Chi is Goku's first and only love (though he didn't realize it when they first met). At the start Chi-Chi was rather panicky, attacking anything threatening with extreme force (she beheaded a T-Rex with only the blade on her helmet), though eventually grew out of this to become a rather firm fighter. At first when ChiChi asked Goku to wed, he thought marriage was food. When he realized his mistake years later, he gladly agreed to marry her. By the Z series, she was a rather overprotective parent, worrying about Gohan's education (which clashed with his saving the world) and her family's welfare in general.
- Action Girl
- Almighty Mom: And how... until she ran into Majin Buu.
- Badass Adorable: Particularly when she was younger.
- Berserk Button: Don't ever insult Goku, or imply that he is a terrible parent who abandons his family, in front of her, or you will regret it, as a tutor named Mr. Shu learned the hard way.
- Chickification: Chi-Chi still keeps her physical strength from the first series but gave up fighting in favor of being a housewife and overprotective parent in Z. Though, with what goes on in this series, it's kinda hard to blame her.
- Lampshaded in Kai
Roshi: That little firecracker wife turned out to be a real school mom, did she?
- Doting Parent: Gohan. Goten. Compare and contrast.
- Education Mama
- Flanderization: Chi-Chi's temperament and character is quite exaggerated in the anime from what it was in the manga.
- Hime Cut: Though it's difficult to tell, since her hair is usually done up. She ditched the bangs sometime after Goten was born.
- Hot Amazon: It should he noted that Goku got engaged soon after their match in the 23rd Tenka'ichi Budokai, where she reached the last 8 finalists.
- Hot Mom: Once you get past her temper, that is...
- Interspecies Romance: With Goku.
- Jerkass Facade: Chi-Chi has her moments that she isn't acting too obnoxious.
- Made of Iron: A playful tap from Goku accidentally sent Chichi through the wall of a house, through a tree, and halfway into a boulder! In the next panel she only has her head and arm in bandages to show for it and she's merely annoyed rather than in pain.
- Mama Bear: She may have retired from fighting, but she'll do whatever it takes to protect her sons.
- My Beloved Smother: Chi-chi has a seriously skewered sense of priorities when it comes to choosing between the human race's continued survival and her son's studies (Something that Gohan even lampshades in Super Android 13 when, after Chi Chi tried to stop Gohan from going after the androids due to homework, he asks her which she values more, his studies, or Goku's survival against the Androids, which shocked Chi Chi with this revelation enough for her to allow Gohan to go). Fortunately, she loosens up with Goten.
- She was also opposed to Videl's apparent interest in Gohan... until she discovered how much money Videl has.
- Despite the fact that Chi-Chi's father is said to own several castles.
- Didn't they get blown up by Roshi?
- Chichi stated that they were running out of her dad's money. Feeding Goku, Gohan and Goten probably added up.
- Shout-Out: Chi-Chi's original design was Super Sentai-like this. She even shot beams out of the gem in her helmet.
- Skewed Priorities: As mentioned above.
- The Other Darrin: Mayumi Shou, Chi-Chi's original seiyuu, left the series and was replaced by Naoko Watanabe.
- Tsundere: So much.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: Met Goku when he was 12, and later Happily Married with him.
- Warrior Princess
- The Worf Effect: There are a few times she does fight but due to most being superpowered people and her not keeping up with her training, she gets taken down easily.
Ox-King (牛魔王; Gyuu-Maou)
The legendary Ox-King of Fire Mountain. The Ox-King terrorized the countryside to keep would-be thieves away from his castle. When Goku and his friends came looking for one the Dragon Ball in his treasury, he relents (he couldn't get into his own castle anyway because of the wall of flames around it) and offers Goku his daughter's hand in marriage. Ox-King turned out to be one of Master Roshi's pupils and a friend of Goku's Grandpa Gohan. After his daughter settled down with Goku, he became a doting grandfather to Gohan and Goten.
- Doting Parent: He's very fond of his daughter and grandsons.
- Gentle Giant: He used to be quite violent, but mellowed out after Chi-Chi fell in love with Goku.
- Jerkass Facade: Ox-King intentionally pulled this up to his first appearance to prevent thieves from coming into his castle and robbing his gold. That, and taking his daughter. So, he terrorized the nearby village, and legends of him spread as a bloodthirsty demonic tyrant. Suffice to say, this wasn't the best course of action he could have taken (though, it was pretty effective). Father and daughter being inhumanly strong, notwithstanding (the latter killed a T. Rex with ease at twelve years of age). He later got reprimanded for this by Master Roshi, who told him to apologize to the villagers for how he treated them, and mellowed out... after his home on Frypan Mountain was blown to bits by Roshi.
- Overprotective Dad
- Public Domain Character: Ox-King is the only character other than Son Goku to retain the same name as his Journey to the West counterpart.
- Retired Badass
- The Other Darrin: His voice was replaced in Kai by Ryuzaburo Ohtomo, due to the death of Daisuke Gouri.
Lunch/Launch (ランチ; Ranchi)
Voiced by: Mami Koyama (Japanese), Meredith McCoy (Funimation dub)
Minor joke character during the original series, was picked up and brought to Roshi by Goku and Krillin to bribe him into training the two. Her "moodswings"—really a split personality—when she sneezes provided a fair amount of comedy, shifting between a sweet blue-haired ingenue and a violent blonde criminal. She's not heard from much in the Z series.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Bad Launch has a massive crush on Tien.
- All Girls Love Bad Boys: Bad Launch's crush stemmed from Tien's ruthless fighting style.
- Anti-Hero: Type IV or V.
- Blondes Are Evil
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She disappears after the Saiyan Saga in season 1 of the anime, and after the first chapter in the manga. Reportedly, this is because Toriyama simply had forgotten about her for quite some time.
- Demoted to Extra: The grand finale of the manga reunited everyone but Launch, because Toriyama plain forgot about her.
- Dub Name Change
- The Gunslinger
- Ingenue: Good Launch.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Blonde Lunch for Tenshinhan.
- More Dakka
- Ms. Fanservice
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl
- Sneeze Cut: Bad Launch was about to attack King Piccolo, but Bulma whispers something about her, and she sneezes and turns back.
- Sociopathic Hero: Bad Lunch.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is more accurately rendered as "Lunch", but the English versions call her "Launch".
- Split Personality: Is a fiery blonde and sweet blue-haired girl.
- Tareme Eyes/Tsurime Eyes: Good Launch and Bad Launch, respectively.
- Theme Naming: Named after a meal in a story where many characters are named after food and teas.
- Token Evil Teammate: Even after Bad Launch accepts Goku and company as friends, she's still a violent gun-toting criminal. She outright says she likes King Piccolo's style, but sides against him out of loyalty to her True Companions.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Good Launch is Girly Girl, Bad Launch is Tomboy.
- Tsundere: Blonde Launch.
Android 8 (人造人間八号; Jinzou Ningen Hachi-Gou)
Voiced by: Shozo Ishikawa (Japanese), Dale Wilson (Ocean dub), Mike McFarland (Funimation dub)
A Frankenstein-like monster and one of Doctor Gero's earliest Androids, 8 was rejected by the Red Ribbon Army due to his gentle nature. Helps out a young Goku during his raid on the Red Ribbon's Muscle Tower.
- Actual Pacifist
- Beware the Nice Ones: Don't harm anyone he knows or loves. Ever.
- Expy: Of Frankenstein's Monster.
- Fan Nickname: In the Japanese, Goku has trouble remembering his full name, so Goku calls him Hacchan (Eight-Man in the US manga and Eighter in the dub).
- Gentle Giant
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: With Goku... of sorts. Android 8 is the Sensitive Guy.
Korin (カリン; Karin)
Goku's second mentor, Korin is an 800 year old talking cat who lives in a tower directly under Kami's lookout. Korin's senzu beans, which causes full healing from physical injury after being eaten, play a big part in the series. Korin was also Master Roshi's mentor 300 years earlier.
- Dub Name Change: Funimation renamed him "Korin", probably because "Karin" sounds like a girl's name ("Karen") in English.
- Cute Kitten
- Eyes Always Shut
- Funny Animal
- Obsolete Mentor: However, Korin is still an invaluable source of wisdom and experience, not to mention the only source of the priceless healing resource of senzu seeds.
- Old Master
- Petting Zoo People
- Power-Up Food: His senzu beans.
- Simple Staff
- Trickster Mentor: The sacred water that would supposedly multiply Goku's power was actually just tap water. The training Goku underwent to steal the water from Korin was what really improved his skills.
- Subverted with the Ultra Divine Water, where the water itself brings out the person's power.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Korin often chastises Yajirobe for being lazy and rude, but he has yet to kick the latter out of his tower.
Fortuneteller Baba (占いババ; Uranai Baba)
A small, old witch that can divine things with the crystal ball she floats around on. The older sister of Master Roshi, she lives in a pyramid, providing divinations to those who can match one of two requirements—pay an outrageous fee, or defeat her chosen champions in combat. She can also provide a dead warrior a 24-hour return to the living, making for some joyous reunions. After the Red Ribbon saga, Goku's friends go to her for help finding the last Dragon Ball, and she periodically pops up to help for free, as the Z-warriors are now more powerful than any warrior she can employ.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Was voiced by the late Junpei Taniguchi until DBZ, when Mayumi Tanaka stepped in. In the English dubs, Paul Dobson replaced Ellen Kennedy in the Ocean dub, while Christopher Sabat voiced her in The Revenge of King Piccolo.
- Crystal Ball
- Foreshadowing: Hints that Goku will save the world, which he does two saga's later... and keeps on doing until the end of the series.
- Miniature Senior Citizens
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Like her brother, Muten Roshi, Uranai Baba is a title ("Fortunetelling Crone"), not a name. The US manga always refers to her as "All-Seeing Crone" to make this more blatant.
Chiaotzu (餃子; Chaozu)
Introduced in the second Tournament arc, Tien and Chiaotzu were initially rivals to Goku, Krillin, and Yamcha (as they belonged to an opposing dojo to Roshi's). The two eventually become friends to our heroes after realizing the lack of honor in their own methods. They become instrumental in the the next few arcs following their introduction, but after the Saiyan Saga Chiaotzu becomes less important (and after the Cell Saga, so does Tien). By the Cell Saga they become side characters who are mentioned and seen frequently, but rarely do anything significant.
- Balloon Belly
- Can't Catch Up
- Charlie Brown Baldness: Has only one strand of hair on his head which he proudly displayed to annoy Krillin in his introduction.
- Chinese Vampire: Has the appearance of a particularly cute one.
- Death From Above: During his fight with Krillin, Chiaotzu took advantage of his ability to fly to stay out of Krillin's reach and bombard him with his Dodon Pa.
- Enemy Mine: After King Piccolo attacks, Krillin is dead, Yamcha has a broken leg and Goku is off trying to beat up Krillin's killer. Ergo, Tien and Chiaotzu get recruited by Roshi to gather the Dragon Balls before Piccolo gets to them.
- Tien notes this as much, saying even though he acknowledges his previous actions as wrong, he still considers himself and Chiaotzu as the Crane Hermit's students, and a simple ask for forgiveness won't be enough.
- Evil Counterpart: Was originally this to Krillin.
- Failure Hero: In Z. The poor guy didn't get to show off his skills that much in Dragon Ball either.
- Friendly Target: Chiaotzu dies three times in the manga, same as Krillin in that medium. And he's nowhere as important plot-wise (poor guy...).
- Heroic Sacrifice/Senseless Sacrifice: Against Nappa.
- Heterosexual Life Partners: With Tien.
- Kick the Dog: His and Tien's introduction chapter.
- Older Than They Look: He looks exactly the same throughout the entire series.
- Overshadowed by Awesome
- Redemption Demotion
- Morality Pet: To Tien during his villain days. Particularly notable in Mystical Adventure
- Psychic Powers: Chiaotzu rigs the World Martial Arts Tournament twice, using telekinesis.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: He needs to use his fingers to solve basic math problems, like 3 + 4.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Chaozu? Chiaotzu? Chaotzu? Gyouza? Chaos? Kaos (used by the original translation of the Spanish manga. No idea where they came up with that)?
- Taking You with Me: Tries this on Nappa. It doesn't work.
- The Stoic: At first...
- Use Your Head: Against Krillin. Tsuru Sennin even comments that Chiaotzu's head is as hard as a diamond.
- Weaksauce Weakness: The only way to defeat Chiaotzu's psychic attacks is by breaking his concentration. Krillin does this by asking him confusing math questions. Like 4 + 4. The one that gets to him is 9-1.
- We Are Team Cannon Fodder: All the time. In the fight against Nappa, the poor little guy blew himself up and didn't make a DENT!
- The Worf Effect
Yajirobe is a fat samurai vagabond who eventually started living with Korin. He usually acts as a senzu delivery man, but also helped fight off King Piccolo's henchmen and Vegeta himself.
- Balloon Belly: After eating a handful of senzu at once.
- Big Eater
- Cowardly Lion: One minute he's hiding somewhere scared out of his wits, the next he's doing a sneak attack on the Big Bad.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: As stated above against Vegeta.
- Deadpan Snarker
- The Drag Along: Yajirobe hates training and getting into dangerous situations. During the Saiyan Saga, he flat out told Krillin that he did not want to go to the Lookout to train with Kami alongside the other Z fighters, but Korin wouldn't let him sit this one out. He is still a valuable ally that has too much of a conscience to just stand idly by while his friends give their lives to protect the Earth.
- Extreme Omnivore: Yajirobe killed and then ate one of Piccolo's minions.
Yajirobe: You're not gettin' any!
- Gut Feeling: Yajirobe loses in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament against Shin, who was Kami in disguise and while he is mocked for it, he constantly thinks that Shin is much more that he lets and when Yamcha is paired up with Shin he actually actively pities Yamcha, stating he has no chance against Shin. After Yamcha gets swatted like a fly by “Shin”, he is the only one not surprised by this outcome.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Yajirobe contemplated eating Goku after he was seemingly killed by Piccolo. Granted, Goku isn't exactly human, but he looks it enough to count and at the time no one knew he was an alien.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Katanas Are Better
- Let's Get Dangerous
- Meaningful Name: Yajirobe roughly translates as "taunting noodle spine".
- Overshadowed by Awesome: This guy was equal to Goku in his first appearance. However, Goku unlocked more of his hidden potential, and it quickly went downhill by the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, where he didn't even become a finalist.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Korin act like they hate each other, but they continue to live together at Korin Tower.
- Talking to Himself: See Krillin entry.
Mr. Popo (ミスター・ポポ; Misutaa Popo)
Voiced by: Toku Nishio, Kawazu Yasuhiko (Japanese); Alvin Sanders, French Tickner (Ocean dub); Chris Cason, Christopher Sabat (Funimation dub)
Kami's assistant and caretaker of his floating palace, Mr. Popo is a black (really black) genie person. Mr. Popo has apparently been around even longer than Kami has. Mr. Popo helps train a young Goku for his fight against Piccolo in the 3rd Tournament arc, and in Z, shows the heroes Kami's old spaceship and teaches Bulma how to use it.
- Bowdlerization: The US manga removed his large lips so Popo wouldn't be perceived as a racist stereotype.
- That's nothing. In the 4Kids TV airing of Kai, they recolored him blue.
- Magic Carpet: Can go to the other side of the world in seconds.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Despite his appearance, he was able to handle Goku, who had just recently killed Demon King Piccolo. In fact, he's capable of literally eating attacks like the Kamehameha wave with no visible effort.
- Number Two: To Kami, and every god before.
- Older Than He Looks: He's been around longer than Kami has.
- Third Person Person: In the Japanese version and Viz releases.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: In Funimation.
Goku's third mentor, and literally the God of Earth. An alien who was sent from Namek during a climate disaster, Kami, in his eagerness to earn this title, hastily expelled the evil within him to be worthy of it; this gave rise to the tyrant known as Demon King Piccolo, and the guilt of being responsible for his existence has haunted Kami for centuries. He is also the creator of Earth's Dragon Balls and the dragon Shenron.
- The Atoner: For creating Demon King Piccolo
- Badass Grandpa: Until Z.
- Big Good: Until Z
- Bilingual Bonus/Meaningful Name: In the third tournament arc he possesses a person named Shen. "Shen" is Chinese for "God."
- Demonic Possession: Inverted: he ends up possessing a person named Hero (Shen in the Japanese original) to fight off Piccolo Jr. before being sealed away, as well as removing himself from possessing his host so he wouldn't share the same fate.
- Everyone Calls Him Kami: Kami seems to be his title rather than his actual name. His real name is never mentioned, and it is implied that even he doesn't know what it is.
- God Job: "Kami" is a title given to the Guardian of Earth, an individual who works as Earth's spokesperson to the divine, in a manner of speaking. Kami, unlike the other gods introduced in the series, was not born a god on Planet Kaishin, and he is in fact a mortal being who has many times been on the verge of dying of old age. He inherited the title of Kami after succeding on a number of trials that proved his worth to the previous Kami, who then made him his successor.
- Good Counterpart: To Demon King Piccolo, whom he inadvertently created.
- Literal Split Personality: In DBZ, it is explained that this is how Demon King Piccolo was created.
- Moses in the Bulrushes: From Namek
- My Greatest Failure: Creating Demon King Piccolo in his haste to become God; he was quite willing to die for this sin.
- Obsolete Mentor: By the time Vegeta and Nappa invaded Earth, the only meaning to Kami's existence is to keep the Dragon Balls alive.
King Kai (界王; Kaiou)
Goku's fourth mentor in the series (after Master Roshi, Korin, and Kami). A small cricket-like man with a penchant for bad jokes. Helps train Goku to fight Nappa and Vegeta while Goku is in the afterlife. Also provides much information on the races in the series.
- Badass Grandpa: When giving advice
- Cool Shades: Much cooler than Roshi's.
- Eccentric Mentor: The Japanese version.
- Jive Turkey: The English version.
- The Obi-Wan: Even dies, though his student dies with him as well.
- Obsolete Mentor: Subverted. Even though he was already weaker than Vegeta before he taught Goku, King Kai is still a veritable library of skills, techniques and literally centuries of wisdom.
- Older and Wiser: Even more than Roshi
- Physical God: The status, not the power that the fighters wield.
- Pungeon Master: In addition to being a martial arts master. Before he agrees to train you, you have to make him laugh, and he only like really lame jokes.
- Psychic Powers / Telepathy: Can use his "cricket antennae" to have psychic conversations with others. He uses this to communicate with Goku and the others, coordinate plans (the wishes while Goku was fighting Freiza), and warn Goku of potential danger to the earth (several of the movies).
- Talking to Himself: See Goku.
- Wax On, Wax Off: First task: catch a monkey. Second task: hit a bug with a hammer.
A Namekian child who befriends Gohan and Krillin during their quest for DragonBalls on his planet. Later, after Kami merges with Piccolo, he becomes the new Kami of Earth to make sure the DragonBalls stay active on the planet.
- God Job: Dende doesn't have the fighting skills to protect the Earth but he does have the knowledge to create dragons, so he got the job
- Healing Hands: The reason why the Z Warriors heal up and why he's killed in the Frieza saga.
- Kill the Cutie: During the Frieza arc.
- Last of His Kind: Very briefly, but still.
- Moe Couplet: With Gohan. Dende's the only kid Gohan is really seen interacting with, and they are so cuuuute.
- Morality Pet: Also very close to Piccolo.
- Makes sense in that Piccolo fused with Nail, who was a sort of Big Brother Mentor to Dende.
- Non-Action Guy: One of the only main ones in the series
- Put on a Bus: Brought back to become god.
- The Bus Came Back: To become another Kami.
- Shoot the Medic First: And holy crap, Freeza did.
- Stunt Casting: The theory has been brought up re: Aya Hirano, especially since Dende is a pretty minor character and is getting an Image Song now.
Icarus (ハイヤードラゴン; Haiyaa Doragon)
A baby dragon that befriended Gohan after Gohan rescued him from a forest fire.
- Canon Foreigner: Only appears in movies and filler episodes.
- Cool Pet: He's basically pure wish fulfillment.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In Tree of Might he actually attacks Shen Long. Fortunately, Gohan saves Haiya Dragon from the counter-attack.
- Dragon Rider: Gohan rides him sometimes, despite having a higher flight speed on his own.
- Dub Name Change: His Japanese name is Haiya (or Higher) Dragon.
- Morality Pet: In Tree of Might, he calms Oozaru Gohan.
- Non-Human Sidekick: To Gohan.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
Bardock/Burdock (バーダック; Baadakku)
Goku's father. Was given the power to see the fate of his race and tried to stop it but ended up failing in the end. He died happy though when he realized his own son would be the one to take down Freeza.
- Affably Evil: For a mass-murdering space pirate, he's very laid back most of the time. And he has friends that he wanted to avenge.
- Almighty Janitor: Despite being stronger than King Vegeta by the time of his death, Bardock did not hold a ranking of high prestige within Saiyan society.
- Anti-Hero: Type V in the special. Type IV or III in the spinoff manga.
- Badass: Fighting Dodoria's henchmen, taking on Freeza AND, in the spinoff Manga, beating Chilled right after becoming a Super Saiyan.
- Blessed with Suck: On the planet they've just purged, an alien in his last moments gives Bardock psychic powers so that he could forsee his own planet's destruction.
- Lampshaded in the Abridged Series, where, during his fight with Dodoria, he says "USELESS ASS PSYCHIC POWERS!"
- Blood Knight: Pretty obvious, considering the fact that he is a Saiyan.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: According to Dragon Ball Online: Miira went back in time, snatched Bardock just as he was being disintegrated by Frieza's death ball, and ends up brainwashing him to be one of his minions. Eventually he breaks free of it and presumably kills him in a kamikaze attack, although he himself survives somehow.
- Breakout Character: Despite appearing only in a few pages in the original manga, Bardock got his own OVA and more scenes in the anime mostly because he is Goku's biological father, but then he started to earn a status of his own, apart from being just Goku's father Bardock got more exposition in games for the franchise.
- And finally to cement his breakout status, Bardock got his own manga series in 2011, a "what-if" he survived Planet Vegeta's destruction (that's implied to have involved time travelling to the past somehow), and venturing in his planet's distant past. Bardock even got a Super Saiyan transformation which previously only apperead in the game Dragon Ball Heroes.
- Byronic Hero
- Canon Immigrant: Akira thought he was pretty good, so he gave him a cameo. Further emphasized in Dragon Ball Kai, where the Bardock Special functions as a prequel, in an anime that basically was to be the manga, but with less filler and padding.
- Cassandra Truth: None of the other Saiyans believed that Freeza would destroy them.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: In Japanese.
- Death by Origin Story: take on Frieza in his first and weakest form, when you couldn't even take down Dodoria, who's weaker than both Zarbon and the Ginyu Force. It's still pretty awesome though
- Determinator: Blasts his way through hundreds of henchmen to get to Freeza.
- Doomed by Canon: No one in the series at that point could take on Frieza in his second form if the first wasn't enough, let alone his third form which he never revealed before or even his fourth and final.
- The Dragon: Tora.
- Dub Text: The English dub added a lot of character alterations not present in the original Japanese, mainly supposed "regret" at being "forced" to committ mass murder to make him more morally-palatable to western parents. The audience are expected to believe this in spite of the fact that Bardock and his men are CLEARLY shown to take joy and satisfaction in their jobs.
- Five-Bad Band/ Quirky Miniboss Squad: Bardock's Elite.
- Generation Xerox: In terms of appearance, he looks like a scarred, Older and Wiser Goku.
- Heel Face Turn: Can be considered a heel until he learns that Freeza betrayed his friends and plans to destroy Planet Vegeta. Even then he's still a Noble Demon. He completes his face turn in his Spinoff Manga.
- Hot Dad: Too bad, Goku sees him as a monster.
- Ignored Expert: As Goku's origins are based on Superman, it's not suprising he would be this.
- Noble Demon: ...to his credit, he comes to feel love (or at the very least, pride) for his son Kakarotto in the final seconds of his life, and he did legitimately care for his teammates, as evidenced by his anger towards Dodoria and Frieza after they mercilessly slaughtered his them on Planet Meat. Otherwise, he is still a black-hearted villain who enjoyed partaking in planetary genocide and mass murder.
- In his recent spinoff manga, he made the transition to full Anti-Hero.
- Popularity Power: Which is why in the spinoff manga, he manages to transform into a Super Saiyan.
- Posthumous Character: As Frieza remembers him.
- Speak of the Devil: After Bardock arrives at Planet Vegeta after suffering a heavy beating from Dodoria, he learns that his son Kakarot was shipped to Earth. He briefly forsaw this in his premonition dreams, and then comes to the conclusion that, if Kakarot is being sent to Earth was true, that must also mean that Frieza's attack on Planet Vegeta, and its destruction, is also true as well.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To Goku.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps
- Theme Naming: After the burdock vegetables.
- Time Travel: It's implied in his spinoff manga that this might be what happened to him after Frieza attempts to exterminate the Saiyans, being sent back to sometime before the Saiyans arrived at Planet Vegeta somehow, on what was then known as Planet Plant. Similarly, this is also what happened in Dragon Ball Online in regards to how he survived and got brainwashed by Miira.
- Stable Time Loop: He ends up being the Saiyan that inspired the Super Saiyan legend after he defeats Chilled, who then passes down the paranoia of the Saiyans to his descendants. Which leads to Freeza eventually blowing up Planet Vegeta, which leads to Bardock ending up in the past, which leads to... oh, you get the point.
- Villainous Friendship: Bardock and his elite are Type I.
- Villain Protagonist: In his introduction
- X Marks The "Anti Hero"
- You Can't Fight Fate: But you can start a legacy
King Vegeta (ベジータ王; Bejiita Ou)
King Vegeta was the King of all Saiyans and the father of Vegeta. He was also a "hero" to the Saiyans, after he led his people to victory in the Saiyan-Tuffle war, in which the planet was renamed in his honor. After his people were annexed by Frieza's planet trade organization, he had no choice but to pledge allegiance, knowing the Saiyans weren't powerful enough to defeat him.
The Saiyans worked under Frieza for several years, then his son, Prince Vegeta was given to Frieza under unknown circumstances, although King Vegeta intended to rebel before he would ever let Frieza gain his son. Unfortunately, his rebellion was cut short by Frieza himself and he was killed.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He was made King for a reason. Also, the planet was named after HIM. Not the other way around.
- Badass: Fighting his way past all of Frieza's henchmen, taking on Frieza, the man had guts.
- Badass Beard
- Blood Knight: He's a Saiyan, what else would you expect?
- Adaptation Expansion/Breakout Character/Canon Foreigner: Despite only being mentioned in just one page in the original manga, he got more scenes in the anime.
- Death by Origin Story: No King Vegeta, the role of defeating Frieza goes to one of your lowly soldiers' son.
- Determinator: See Badass
- Dub Text: The dub makes him sound more heroic. His motivation in the original is to free the Saiya-jin from Frieza and take his empire for their own. The prince was a minor factor, if even worth the mention.
- Doomed by Canon: See Death by Origin Story
- Egopolis: After the Saiyans conquered the Green Planet, he renamed it Vegeta, after himself.
- Evil Versus Evil: When going against Frieza its easy to forget King Vegeta was a tyrant himself, even though he did care for his son and his people.
- Generation Xerox: He looks like Vegeta with brown hair and a beard.
- Hot Dad: To Vegeta.
- Morality Pet: While otherwise very evil, King Vegeta genuinely loved his son.
- I Have Your Son: Frieza's flashback heavily implies that Frieza forced King Vegeta into letting him take Prince Vegeta with the threat of hurting his people if he refused. However, his intention of cowing King Vegeta backfired as it resulted in the latter planning to revolt against Frieza as the last straw. Similarly, Frieza also threatened his son, Prince Vegeta, into doing what he commands with the consequence of failure or disobedience being to kill his father by Frieza's hand, the latter of which he did anyway.
- Noble Demon: ...to his credit, obviously loves his son, and he did legitimately care for his people. Otherwise, he is still a black-hearted villain who enjoyed partaking in genocide and mass murder on a planetary scale. In Plan To Eradicate the Saiyans, its mentioned that he ruthlessly wiped out every Tuffle including civillians. In Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, he exiled his young son Tarble for being too kind.
- Papa Wolf: At least part of his motivation (whether a large or small part depends on the actual version of the show) for revolting against Frieza was because the latter forced him to give him his son, Prince Vegeta.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To Vegeta
- Theme Naming: After the word vegetable.
- Would Hurt a Child: As shown in the Broly movie.
- You Have Failed Me... / Shoot the Messenger: King Vegeta in a flashback ended up blasting his messenger to smithereens after he reported that they had to wait three days before attacking the planet because of the full moon coinciding around that time. It's implied that he was more irritated that he can't get the job done for Frieza on time than the actual failure.
- Villain Protagonist: Anybody who goes against Frieza
Krillin's girlfriend during the anime's Garlic Jr. Saga. Made a brief reappearance during the Androids Saga.
- Brainless Beauty: As Korin put it, she is so dumb, even party balloons have more of a brain than her. She's also clueless enough to actually allow Roshi to take advantage of her.
- Canon Foreigner
- Expy: Her design was similar to Bulma, though younger (which is essentially replicated with Bra in GT.)
- Fan Service: Aside from her... obvious lack of intellect, she is also quite voluptulous, and has been in a skimpy bathing suit, although some versions of the American dub often expand it to be relatively more modest.
- I Have Boobs - You Must Obey!: Somehow worked on Yajirobe and Korin...
- Lady in Red: Aside from her yellow bathing suit, she also wears a red dress.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: She has the nerve to call Bulma and Chi-Chi old, but the way it's portrayed gives one the impression that she's not really being mean and is just too stupid to know that you shouldn't do that.
- Name's the Same: Maron is an anime-only character. Akira Toriyama later created a daughter for Kuririn and #18, and the final chapter of the manga revealed her name to be Marron. While it looks like Marron was named after her father's ex, it's more likely that Toriyama and the writers at Toei simply hit on the same pun: "marron" is French for "chestnut," which Kuririn's name is a pun on.
- Noodle Incident: Inverted—her reappearance was on-screen, and detailed. However, Roshi stated after she left due to being too bored with waiting for Krillin that they should not tell Krillin that she arrived at his island, specifically due to wanting Krillin to get over their initial breakup.
- Shallow Love Interest: What Krillin and Maron's relationship ultimately amounted to; a rare intentional case.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Alternately "Mallon".
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Androids 16, 17 and 18
Android 16 (人造人間十六号; Jinzou Ningen Juuroku-Gou)
An incomplete android built by Dr. Gero. He was released prematurely by 17 and 18 and brought along to search for Goku. While strong he is more interested in nature than fighting, becoming an ally to the Z Fighters after 17 and 18 are absorbed by Cell. Sadly he ends up being Killed Off for Real by Cell. Though it's his death that sparks Gohan's power jump.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted with Android 16, who plainly stated that his goal was to kill Son Goku, as per his programming, and he tagged along with the other androids because he believed that they had the same goal as him. This also implies the later confirmed truth that 16 is the only one of the trio who is not fully sentient, since Bulma had to remove Dr. Gero's programming from 16 when she repaired him - so that he wouldn't want to fight Goku anymore - while Android 18 did not get the same treatment. In fact, Android 18 seemed to have absolutely no interest in killing Goku whatsoever from the start, and Android 17 appeared to be hunting Goku out of his own free will, seeing it as some kind of "game".
- Awesomeness By Analysis: Android 16 seems to have a knack for analysing the power and abilities of others, immediately sensing Piccolo's fusion. In a show where everyone is constantly underestimating their opponent, this sticks out.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As the overconfident Cell finds out the hard and painful way.
- The Big Guy
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Unlike the others killed by Cell , 16 is not revived by the dragon balls, and probably knew this would be the case. His death is arguably the most awesome in the series, as he sacrifices his existence to give Gohan the will to fight, and dies with a smile on his face.
- Expy: Of Android 8 from earlier in the series. Both androids are fully mechanical creations that are incredibly strong but considered failures in spite of it due to their well-meaning, caring personalities.
- Friend to All Living Things: He likes the birds.
- Gentle Giant: He's big and one of the only non-cocky hero or pricks in the series, he HAD to go...
- Heroic RROD: Subverted. Although he fully intended to self-destruct and take Cell with him, he ended up unable to go through with it because Bulma removed his self-destruct device out of fear that he'd use it against Goku when she discovered it while repairing 16.
- Killed Off for Real: 16's death is all the more jarring because it sticks in a series where Death Is Cheap.
- Nice Guy: Too Nice.
- Playing Against Type: Midorikawa, in a non-bishounen role.
- Robo Speak: US Dub only.
- Even that stopped recently.
- Rocket Punch: Literally.
- Taking You with Me: Tragically subverted. 16 carried a self-destruct device with a magnitude higher than a nuclear bomb that was presumably implanted by Gero for an attempt to kill Goku. 16 ultimately attempts to use this on Cell, but he ended up unable to go through with it because Bulma removed the device when doing repair work on 16.
- This gets even worse because Cell states that even if he had the bomb, since he was ridiculously powerful, he would probably would've lost an easily regeneratable body part or not have been affected at all.
- The Stoic
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: If he didn't have a soul when Gero built him, he would most likely have earned one by the time Cell brutally murdered him.
Androids 17 and 18
Two androids created by Dr. Gero to kill Goku. They end up being activated prematurely, then turn on their creator and destroy him. Literally, 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 alternate timeline, they go on a rampage across the Earth, causing destruction and chaos. Even the Z Fighters end up buying it at their hands, at least till Trunks' extended stay in the past gives him enough strength to take them out. In the main timeline they're oddly more subdued, deciding to only focus on finding and fighting Goku. 18 seems to hardly care about it at all and only fights when prompted. After the androids' first bout with the Z Fighters, 18 comes across the frightened Kuririn and kisses him on a whim. He pretty much falls for her after this and clinches their relationship after wishing a bomb installed by Dr. Gero out of her body. The two turn out to be the necessary sacrifices for Gero's greatest creation, Cell to absorb and become his ultimate form, which he succeeded for a while, until Gohan and Goku's actions cause him to lose both. 18 becomes another background character after this although she has a somewhat more notable part (the Budokai arc in he Majin Buu Saga), while her twin brother 17 is relegated to a cameo appearance in the final battle, before they both take some precedence again in GT's Super 17 arc.
- By the way, "Future" 17 and 18 refer to the ones in Future Trunks' timeline, who destroyed most of the world and caused him to go back in time in the first place. Unlike the main timeline's counterparts, they are almost completly amoral and never turn good.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Dr. Gero couldn't create an android evil/obedient or powerful enough to carry out his desires to rule the world or destroy Goku to save his life - until he "made" these two. Or so it seems… except he can't control them at all, and it turns out they're always just waiting for him to let his guard down so they can off him permanently. Its also implied that they wanted to kill all humans because Dr. Gero preprogrammed them to hate humans so he could use them to conquer the world.
- Ax Crazy: The androids from Future Trunks's timeline took great enjoyment from murder and wanton destruction. Compared to the androids from the main timeline, they were also much less mentally stable. 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 Might Mask, and even when she fought Cell, who was vastly more powerful than her, she appeared to be more scared than angry and nevertheless managed to remain fairly rational given the circumstances. The Android 18 from Future Trunks's timeline, on the other hand, became very enraged and attacked Future Trunks while at the same time vocalizing all the hatred she felt for him.
- Blue Eyes: Both of them, icy cold ones.
- Creepy Twins: At first.
- Dragon-in-Chief: To Gero, until Cell absorbs them.
- Even Evil Has Standards: This more or less applies more to their alternate future selves than to their present selves, but still: Although Android 18 is heavily implied to be a ruthless android who treats killing humans as some sort of game, it is implied that she hated Android 17's decision to murder a boy that she thought was "cute."
- Evil Knockoff: Hell Fighter 17 in GT. The Bad Future duo may or may not also count.
- Friendly Enemies: At first.
- Freudian Excuse: It's implied that their sociopathic tendencies in the special was the direct result of 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.
- Gone Horribly Right: See A.I. Is a Crapshoot.
- Half-Identical Twins: 17 is a brunet while 18 is blonde, but they do look alike at least in facial features.
- Heel Face Turn: For both of them, although 17 later undergoes a Face Heel Turn as a result of Brainwashed and Crazy in GT (but he gets better).
- Hero-Killer: Future Androids 17 and 18 killed all the Z fighters of their timeline except for Trunks.
- Lovable Rogues
- Lovable Rogue is Not a Toy: As Dr. Gero explicitly finds out several times courtesy of 17.
- Mook Horror Show: The two future Androids are subjected to this by Future Trunks when he gets back.
- No Name Given: Their real names are never revealed and they are refered to only by their respective numerical designations. During the World Martial Arts Tournament in the Buu Saga, Android 18 signs up for the tournament as "Number 18", which is rather humorous when one considers that she could have easily used a pseudonym instead, if giving her real name was not an option, but did not feel so inclined. When questioned, she says that the reason why she is called "Number 18" is because "[her] father was a bit dull" (in the original version, she says that "it doesn't matter").
- Phlebotinum Rebel: Until Cell absorbs them.
- Psychopathic Manchild: The future versions of 17 and 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.
- The Runaways: It's heavily implied they were this prior to getting kidnapped and experimented on by Dr. Gero.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Android 17 is the red oni and Android 18 is the blue oni.
- The Starscream: For Dr. Gero.
Android 17 (人造人間十七号; Jinzou Ningen Juunana-Gou)
- Adult Child/Psychopathic Manchild: He intends to fight Goku just to "have fun", intentionally decides to not ask Krillin where Goku is as well to waste time driving instead of flying straight there all because it's "part of the game", has a tendency to go off in terms of a shortcut just because he thinks its fun, and actually treated holding up some hunters as being like a game, claiming they won. The last part was justified, however, as he was trying to get them to contribute to Goku's spirit bomb.
- Cavalier Competitor: Of the first variety. Even keeps some of this as Super 17.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In GT.
- Heel Face Revolving Door: About as frequently as Vegeta, too.
- Jerkass: Future Android 17. Both Androids of the future are callous, selfish bastards, but Android 17's antics even manage to upset Android 18. For example, Android 18 decided to spare the life of a shop owner because he was nice to her, but even after hearing that, Android 17 killed the shop owner by blowing up his store. Later, Android 18 is shown to be very upset because 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.
- Put on a Bus: In the manga, 17 was never seen again after being absorbed by Cell other than a brief cameo towards the end of the Buu Saga, giving Goku energy for the Spirit Bomb against Kid Buu.
Android 18 (人造人間十八号; Jinzou Ningen Juuhachi-Gou)
- Action Girl
- Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: You got to hand it to No. 18 for being quite the cunning bitch. She makes it to the final round of the World Martial Arts Tournament, clearly out-classing the "champion" Mr. Satan, but rather than beating him up and taking the title (which would draw unwanted attention), she decides to throw the fight in exchange for double this tournament's prize money and a cut of all future prize money Hercule ever earns.
- Blondes Are Evil: Until her Heel Face Turn. Played straight with Future 18, though.
- Combat Pragmatist: One of her favorite moves is a punishing kick to the elbow designed specifically to shatter arm bones.
- The Comically Serious: Come on, her interactions with Muten Roshi are pure gold.
- And her interactions with Mr. Satan...or at least Trunks and Goten enjoy it, Krillin is worried she might hurt him.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: In Bio-Broly, well at least she wasn't really happy with the Hot Scientist hugging Krillin.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Subtle (due to being Out of Focus after the Cell Saga), but there. Much more noticeable in GT, where she's almost completely defrosted.
- Doting Parent: To Marron, the only other person besides Kuririn that has made her smile.
- The Fashionista: Loves to shop and doesn't shy away from other people's wardrobes, either, going through Chi-Chi's clothes when they stop off at Goku's house.
- Hot Mom: Though 18 has the cheat-card of a body that no longer ages.
- She does make herself look more adult-like later on through a haircut and a change in wardrobe. Doesn't take away from this trope, though.
- Moe Couplet: The fact that 18 sees past Kuririn's shortness for the decent guy he is implies she has a kind and gentle side to her.
- Their double death in GT at the hands of a brainwashed 17 is perhaps the series's single biggest Tear Jerker.
- Panty Shot: Many in the anime, although the black pantyhose she was wearing covered it all.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Her cold and distant demeanor tends to thaw when she's around her husband and daughter.
- The Stoic: Aside from looking scared when Cell was pursuing her and smiling a few times when teasing Krillin or together with her family, Android 18 sports a serious, uninterested facial expression most of the time.
- Tsundere: 18 has more dere-dere moments in the anime, particularly GT.
- Typecasting: Yet another Ito Miki role associated with robots. Other roles of this type include the title characters of Project A-ko and Battle Angel Alita.
Kuririn's daughter with Android #18.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Hair of Gold
- Infant Immortality: She averts it. She's three years old at the time of the Buu saga, and she's unceremoniously killed along with everyone else.
- Living Prop: She's mainly used as a visual cue to Goku and the readers that yes, Kuririn and 18 were a couple.
Eastern Supreme Kai (東の界王神; Higashi no Kaioushin)
The King of All Cosmos (Until the Old Kaioshin is released) who appears to be a short, purple alien with a white mohawk. He is assisted by his servant Kibito. He is the last surviving Kaioshin since Majin Buu came to his world and killed/absorbed them. However, he managed to avenge them by killing the monster's creator, the wizard Bibidi and leaving Buu's cocoon on Earth. Millions of years later, he returned to Earth when Bibidi's son, Babidi, sought to revive Majin Buu and enlisted Goku's, Gohan's, Vegeta's, Kuririn's and Piccolo's help to stop him. While they failed to prevent the release of Majin Buu, he was generally surprised by the incredible powers of Super Saiyans and assisted Gohan. One fusion later, he resumes his role as the second Kaioshin.
- Bishonen: Even more so after fusing with Kibito.
- Break the Cutie: In the past, when Bibidi had Buu kill his True Companions, and especially the Supreme Kai at the time, right before his eyes.
- Fusion Dance: Played for Laughs with his servant Kibito, which results in his more elf-like appearance.
- Informed Ability: He, along with the other Kaioshin, is apparently powerful enough to kill Freeza "with a single blow". Yet, he spends the early half of the Buu arc getting shocked over Babidi's Elite Mooks, who were easily dispatched by the way.
- I Sense a Disturbance In The Force: Being a Kaio, he would have some degree of omniscience, and doesn't need antennae for it.
- King of All Cosmos: Since Buu absorbed God, he has this role. Until the Elder Kaioshin takes/shares this role.
- Physical God: By this point, he's merely on the sidelines as beings like Cell and Buu easily outclassed him,
- Really Seven Hundred Years Old: Even though he's millions or maybe even billions of years old, he's still seen as the "junior" Kaioshin and looks much younger than the other Kais.
- Red Herring: His first appearance at the tournament seems to imply that he'll be the arc's Big Bad but it turns out he's a good guy. Spopavitch and Yamu were the ones you should've watched out for.
- She's a Man In Japan: The Catalan dub turned him into a woman (because men don't wear earrings, probably).
- The Gods Must Be Lazy: Played straight and subverted. Apparently guys like Frieza aren't important enough for him to worry about despite the fact that he claims he could've easily stopped him. Spends a lot of the Buu Saga being owned and having to rely on Goku and co. to deal with Buu, but he means well.
- White-Haired Pretty Boy: A rare benevolent version of this trope, even if he acts mysterious beforehand.
- You Killed My Father: Babidi's reason for hating him.
Mr. Satan/Hercule (ミスター・サタン; Misutaa Satan)
A human who became the Budokai champion while Goku and the others were busy with their own things. At first introduced as a pompous loudmouth who thought of all the energy ball throwing and flying as "tricks". He slowly but surely, however, manages to prove his worth near the end of the series.
- All There in the Manual: One of the newer guide books includes a Q&A session with Akira Toriyama where he reveals that Mr. Satan's civilian name is "Mark." In kana, that would be maaku, which is an anagram of akuma. Which is - you guessed it! - Japanese for "devil."
- Anti-Hero: Type I.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: It takes him a while to accept that all the superhuman powers are actually real. He figures it out eventually.
- Awesome McCoolname: At least in the dub. Hercule Satan.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Borders on Large Ham
- Badass Mustache: Only one in the main cast to have one.
- Characterization Marches On: When Mr. Satan was first introduced, he was a Manipulative Bastard, Fake Ultimate Hero, Dirty Coward and Jerk with Good Publicity. while in the Buu saga, he was a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, The So-Called Coward and Classical Anti-Hero.
- Cowardly Lion: May not have the courage of a hero, but he certainly has the heart of one. His willingness to do good in spite of his cowardice and incompetence is enough to earn Piccolo's respect and approval as the "True Champion of the World."
- Death Is Cheap: Not directly for him, though. He is the only character to have not died once in the series, and that's only because Buu still had a soft spot for him and couldn't bring himself to kill his only friend.
- Doting Grandparent: He absolutely adores his little girl Videl and her little-girl Pan-chan!!
- Dub Name Change: To avoid the obvious controversy having a character named "Satan" in a kids' show would have caused. The uncut English DVDs switch back to "Mr. Satan", but also try to retcon "Hercule" into being his first name.
- Also a case of Fridge Brilliance, because Word of God has it that "Mr. Satan" is actually his Stage Name and his real name is "Mark" (which, to keep with the pun, would be "Maaku" in Japanese-style Engrish. "Maaku" is an anagram of "akuma", the Japanese word for "devil"). He seems to be very much a Professional Wrestling parody; seldom will you see a wrestler ever go through their entire career with the same ring name, and in fact there are cases where a guy's had two ring names that could believably be merged together in ways similar to a "Mr. Hercule Satan". For example: Stevie Richards becomes "Dr. Stevie"? Dr. Stevie Richards. Booker T becomes "King Booker"? King Booker T.
- The Filipino dub goes completely out-of-whack and renames him "Master Pogi" (literally, "Master Handsome", which hardly fits his appearance).
- Strangely enough the Dub in Latin America, a predominantly Catholic Region, kept the name and the crowds cheerfully chanting "Satan, Satan"
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Granted, he is still a decent and kind-hearted man who genuinely wants to make the world a better place; he has the Heart of a True Warrior, if nothing else.
- Subverted at the very last minute!
- He and Goku actually get along just fine, once their kids hook up.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, he is a greedy, lying skirt chasing coward. But he is still a fundamentally decent, sensitive and kind hearted human being who wants to make the world a better place.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Only one of the main cast who's not borderline Bishonen
- Large Ham: Even more so than most of the series' Big Bads
- Manipulative Bastard: Subverted.
- Miles Gloriosus:acts like one
- Morality Chain: For Buu. When he and poor Bee were shot, Buu horribly LOST IT.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Seems like some bizarre cross between Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage.
- Off-Model: In the manga during the Buu saga he looks...odd. Like his head is too big for his body, which might have been intentional.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Under normal circumstances, he would be an incredible fighter. Unfortunately for him, these are not normal circumstances.
- Popularity Power: Earlier in the series, most people acknowledged the existence of ki energy and there was little doubt that Master Roshi's - by then considered a legend among martial artists - Kamehameha was a very real and deadly technique, and while Goku and his friends never actually became celebrities, the public always looked forward to watching them fight whenever there was a World Martial Arts Tournament. Everything changed once Mr. Satan declared that ki attacks were nothing but tricks, which pretty much made the entire population of the world grow skeptical.
- Porn Stache: Only main character with one, not counting GT.
- Small Name, Big Ego: For a while, anyway.
- Tender Tears: Mr. Satan is an incredibly sensitive soul who is able to shed tears for a demon who wiped out the human race, and on top of that has faith that it can change to a better person.
- The So-Called Coward: He's NOT fearless; but his willingness to stand up and do something when it matters in spite of being a weakling makes him the bravest of all the Z-Warriors.
- Too Dumb to Live: Subverted to HFIL and back. You would think that getting fly-swatted by Cell and attempting to murder Buu via video games would get him killed. And you are. So. Goddamned. Wrong. Mr Satan, Fortuneteller Baba, and Supreme Kai/Kaioshin are the only characters in the entire series to never die, which is quite an achievement in this series!
- Took a Level in Badass: When Vegeta fails to telepathically convince the people of Earth to lend their energy for Goku's Spirit Bomb, Mr. Satan angrily yells out for them to do so. Thanks to his popularity back on Earth, it fucking works.
- Then after it fails, he stands up to Vegeta, who is demanding that he do it again. Since Goku's first Spirit Bomb had drained most of the population's energy already, and asking them to give another dose would kill those who didn't have enough to give.
- What Do You Mean It's Not Awesome?: He's a millionaire thanks to it! Also, trying to defeat Majin Buu with video games.
Videl (ビーデル; Biideru)
Voiced by: Yuko Minaguchi (Japanese); Moneca Stori (Ocean dub); Kara Edwards, Lucy Small (Funimation dub)
Mr Satan's daughter and Gohan's girlfriend and inevitably wife. She is introduced as a crimefighter who far surpasses her father in strength. When a teenage Gohan appears on the scene as the "Gold Fighter" and then Saiyaman, she grows suspicious and eventually manages to find out Gohan's secret. However, the more she gets to know him, the more she falls for him and the rest is pretty much history from there.
- Action Girl: She's got low Ki control and no superpowers, but is very physically strong and tough for a normal human.
- Anger Born of Worry
- Badass Adorable: Cheekily pointed out by Kuririn to Gohan:
Kuririn: Mr Satan's daughter, eh? She's so cute, you'd never guess... So Gohan, when are the wedding bells gonna toll, boy?
- Battle Couple: With Gohan as Saiyaman #2/Saiyagirl.
- Chickification: In GT. And how...
- Cute Bruiser: What Yuko Minaguchi used to be typecast as (Eg. Sailor Saturn) before Dragonball Z.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: More so in the anime, in which she is portrayed as more bitchy initially but, around the time of her haircut, starts to act nicer toward Gohan.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Hot Mom: At the end of the series. Note that the typecasting of her voice actress. Yuko Minaguchi, becomes this sort of character after the end of the Dragonball franchise. The most famous example being the adorable and kind Minase Akiko of Kanon.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The top of her head barely reaches Gohan's mid-back; her shoulders are level with his waist. Not only is Videl short, Gohan is tall.
- Important Haircut: We first see that she's warming up to Gohan when she cuts off her Girlish Pigtails after he tells her that short hair suits a warrior better and she thinks he likes short-haired girls.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: Videl is the strongest woman on the planet, just as Chi Chi was at her age. The Funimation dub even has Gohan explicitly say that he's never met someone so headstrong and obstinate, "except for my mother." They didn't bother hiding this one.
- Talking To Herself: Shares the same voice actress as her daughter, Minaguchi Yuko.
- Also shares the same voice actress with Goten in the English dub.
- You Just Told Me: Manga only, where Videl figures out Gohan = Saiyaman in about three seconds. The anime took a bit longer, and only because of an identical cut from Saiyaman was on Gohan.
Uub/Oob (ウーブ; Uubu)
Voiced by: Megumi Urawa (Kid Uub), Atsushi Kisaichi (Adult Uub) (Japanese); Sean Teague (Funimation dub)
A young boy from a poor village who competes in the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament in order to win the prize money to buy food for the starving villagers. There, he fights against Goku, who offers to train him; Uub has enormous potential since he is actually the human reincarnation of Majin Buu. He completes his training at the beginning of the anime-only series GT, and returns to his village, but is called upon his duty to protect the Earth when he believes his mentor to have been killed in battle.
- Ambiguously Brown: after his fusion with Buu, the animators apparently can't decide if the boy is white, black or mulatto.
- Batman Gambit: Pulled a Beautiful one on Baby Vegeta. Originally it was believed that Baby had overpowered and reflected Uub’s transformation beam back at him, transforming him into candy and eating him. Later is was learned that Uub had PLANNED the move to attack him from the inside, where he was at his weakest
- Fridge Brilliance: In his previous life (as Buu) he had been on the other side of this exact same gambit.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Berserk Button: do NOT insult his family.
- Big Damn Hero: despite his little role in GT, Uub made himself the protagonist of at least FOUR Big Damn Hero moments:
- Firstly, he saved Pan from a Brainwashed and Crazy Gohan;
- Secondly, he saved Goku, Gohan, Goten, Trunks and Pan from Baby in the culmination of his Batman Gambit (see above);
- Thirdly, he saved Gohan from General Rildo (and destroyed the latter with a single blow);
- And finally, he prevent Goku from being impaled by a statue (courtesy of Syn Shenron)... by destroying the statue.
- Demoted to Extra: Surprisingly inconsequential in GT, despite Goku's intention to have him take his place as Earth's guardian.
- Last-Episode New Character
- Massive-Numbered Siblings: it's stated he's the first of five children.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: his One-Episode Wonder alter ego, Papayaman.
- Put on a Bus: from episode 1 to episode 31 of GT.
- Sdrawkcab Name
- Spell My Name with an "S": Uub/Ub/Ubb/Oob...
- Split Personality Merge: Sort of. He fuses with the Good Buu to become Uubuu (Majuub).
- The Worf Effect
- Token Minority
- Walking Shirtless Scene: in the first episode of GT, combined with Clothing Damage.
Bra/Bulla (ブラ; Bura)
Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru (Japanese), Pariski Fakhri (Funimation dub)
Vegeta's and Bulma's second child.
- Adaptation Dye Job: Like her mother, her hair was purple in the manga, blue in the anime
- Age-Inappropriate Dress
- Bare Your Midriff: GT costume.
- Blue Eyes
- Brainwashed and Crazy: By Baby
- Calling the Old Man Out: Bra lets her father know exactly what she thinks of his mustache.
- Daddy's Girl: She's the only person Vegeta actually listens to. She even made him shave his ridiculous Porn Stache.
- Detached Sleeves
- Hair Decorations: Her headband
- Expy: Of Bulma in appearance, just like Maron, and Vegeta in temper (Lampshaded by Baby).
- Fan Service
- Generation Xerox: Looks exactly like her mom and with the same temperament.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- Lady in Red: Her GT costume.
- Last-Episode New Character
- Living Prop: In the manga she existed just to show that Vegeta and Bulma are still together and Happily Married.
- Meaningful Name/Theme Naming/Unfortunate Name: Named after undergarments like the whole Briefs family.
- Satellite Character: Everything about her character, is only seen in relationship with Vegeta.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Bulla/Bra/Bura?
- She's Got Legs
- Strong Family Resemblance
- The Tease: Flirted with two older men while her father was driving.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly girl to Pan's tomboy.
- Valley Girl: Like mother, like daughter.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A.
Goku Jr. (孫悟空ジュニア; Son Gokuu Junia)
Voiced by: Masako Nozawa (Japanese), Stephanie Nadolny (Funimation dub)
The protagonist of the Dragon Ball GT TV special. He is a descendent of Goku. While he has Goku's looks and appetite, his personality is more like that of an ordinary child although that may be due to the fact that - unlike his ancestor - he wasn't Raised by Wolves. Goku lives with his (great great) grandmother Pan and edures endless Training from Hell from her as she tries to mold him into Earth's next great hero. When Pan suddenly becomes seriously ill, Goku decides to hunt down the legendary 4-star dragon ball in order to wish her back to health.
- Action Survivor
- Bring My Brown Pants
- Canon Foreigner
- Disappeared Dad
- Hereditary Hairstyle
- Identical Grandson
- Kid Hero
- Lovable Coward
- Missing Mom
- Non-Action Guy
- Strong Family Resemblance
- Took a Level in Badass: Becomes much tougher by the end of the special and even tougher by the time he shows up in the final episode of the main series.
A central character from the 13th (and final) DBZ movie. Trapped in suspended animation for 1000 years, he is awakened from his slumber via a wish from Goku and the gang. Unfortunately, in doing so, they also unleashed the full horror of a terrible giant beast; a beast that Tapion sacrificed himself to defeat all those years ago. Tapion takes it upon himself to do away with the monster once and for all, and ultimately enlists the help of the Saiyans in his quest to do so. He is arguably the film's main protagonist, thus making Wrath of the Dragon the only movie or special not to star a saiyan or part-saiyan.
- Badass Pacifist: Drops the pacifist part when he starts appearing in the Budokai games.
- Bash Brothers: With his little brother Minosha.
- Big Damn Hero
- But Now I Must Go
- Canon Foreigner
- Captain Ersatz: Probably is this to the likes of Link.
- And Crono.
- Cool Sword: Given to (main timeline) Trunks at the end of the movie, and he'd go on to use it in GT. May or may not be the sword that future Trunks used, depending on if Tapion came to Earth or not in that time.
- Dark and Troubled Past
- Dead Little Brother
- Defrosting Ice King: Opens up more once Trunks befriends him.
- Enemy Within
- Good Is Not Nice
- I Cannot Self-Terminate
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Trunks
- Leitmotif: That is actually important to the plot, no less.
- Older Than They Look
- Perpetual Frowner
- Pointy Ears
- The Quiet One: At first.
- Sealed Evil Inside a Person-Shaped Sealed Good in a Can: Technically, the evil monster is sealed inside him and then he is sealed inside the can.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Spelling doesn't change, but the Japanese version pronounces his name with a short "a" sound while the Funimation dub pronounces it with a long "a" sound.
- Theme Naming: Tapion's name is apparently a play on the word tapioca, which fits with the food-naming theme.
Tarble & Gure
Tarble (ターブル; Taaburu) & Gure (グレ)
2 characters who were introduced in the 2008 special "Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return". Tarble is Vegeta's younger brother. Unlike Vegeta and pretty much every pure blooded Saiyan (besides Goku), Tarble is a kindhearted and polite individual. It was because of this along with him being a low level Saiyan that he was sent off to a distant planet. In the special, he comes to Earth to ask for Vegeta's assistance in defeating 2 remnants of Frieza's forces who have been terrorizing the planet he has settled on. Like Goku and Vegeta he is married.
Gure is Tarble's wife who also came to Earth with him. She is very short, slightly shorter then Trunks and Goten. Her species is unknown, but she looks nothing like a Saiyan or a human
- Big Brother Worship: Despite not having seen Vegeta in over 20 years, has a very high opinion of him and even believes he defeated Frieza.
- Black Sheep
- Happily Married: Gure looking nothing like a human or Saiyan certainly doesn't discourage Tarble from proudly introducing her as his beloved to Vegeta.
- Interspecies Romance: While there's plenty of this in Dragon Ball, these two really stand out.
- Marth Debuted in Smash Bros: The special he first appeared in has yet to be released in any form outside Japan, so for many western fans, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 is the first time they see him.
- Odd Couple
- Older Than They Look: Despite looking younger then even teenage Gohan, Tarble can only be at most 5 years younger then Vegeta. Which means he is in his 30s.
- One Head Taller
- Sibling Yin-Yang
- Theme Naming: Vegetable. Get it?
- The Unfavorite: Was exiled for being weak. However, Vegeta, who would have killed him on the spot for being a weakling (like Nappa) 11 years ago, has become "nice" enough by the time they reunited to merely find him extremely annoying.
- also known as "Gyuumaou", literally Japanese for "Ox-King"
- Karin in the original Japanese