Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z is an anime series in the Dragon Ball franchise
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Dragon Ball Z is the second and most popular of the three anime series in the Dragon Ball franchise.


Dragon Ball Z is the second anime adaptation of the Dragon Ball manga created by Akira Toriyama.


On the day of a five-year reunion with his friends at Kame House, Goku is faced with the unexpected arrival of an alien from another world named Raditz claiming to be his brother. When Goku refuses to cooperate with Raditz’s plans to destroy all of humanity on Earth, Raditz kidnaps Goku’s son, Gohan, and tells Goku to kill off one hundred humans. Faced with little choice, Goku teams up with his old enemy Piccolo in order to defeat Raditz. Even after Raditz is defeated, Goku, Piccolo, and Earth’s other warriors are faced with the task of having to defend the world from other alien forces.


See also: Dragon Ball Z (anime) characters for all characters in this series.

Z Fighters

The Z Fighters are a group of Earth's strongest warriors who defend the planet from enemy threats.

Goku (孫 悟空 Son Gokū)
Voiced by: Masako Nozawa Sean Schemmel
Race: Saiyan
Gender: Male
The main protagonist. He was sent on Earth when he was a baby to take over the planet but unfortunately he was found by and old man named Gohan and was raised in Earth. As a baby he was immensely powerful and was uncontrollable. One day he felt from a mountain and hurt bad in head, since then he became a happy loving boy. Fighting many bad guys and evils Goku became stronger and stronger and in one point he become the worlds mightiest hero. Having previously defeated Piccolo in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku has grown into an adult with his wife Chi Chi, and the couple have a son together named Gohan, named after Goku's adoptive grandfather. After the Cell game he got a second son named Goten. Goku is generally considered the most powerful of the Z Fighters and saves the Earth many times. He is a genius martial artist with a pure heart, making him an ideal hero, though his lack of education and common sense arguably makes him less of an ideal role model. He is the first one who become the Super Saiyan and made a legend.
Piccolo (ピッコロ Pikkoro)
Voiced by: Toshio Furukawa Chris Sabat
Race: Namekian
Gender: Other
Piccolo is the spawn of King Piccolo (Kami's evil counterpart) technically making him both King Piccolo's son and reincarnation. Originally Goku's arch-nemesis, he puts his differences with him aside to team up and defeat a mutual threat, Raditz. While training Gohan to defend the Earth against following Saiyan threats, Piccolo forms a bond with him and begins to care for others, eventually joining the good side permanently. Piccolo is one of the most powerful Z Fighters, as well as one of the most intelligent.
Gohan (孫 悟飯 Son Gohan)
Voiced by: Masako Nozawa Stephanie Nadolny (child-teen), Kyle Hebert (late teen-adult)
Race: HybridSaiyanHuman)
Gender: Male
Gohan is the first son of Goku and Chi-Chi, making him half Saiyan and half Human. Though he lacks his father's passion for fighting, he becomes one of the most powerful Z Fighters in order to protect Earth and his loved ones. Gohan has shown and extraordinary amount of hidden power and potential since he was a child. Through many difficulties and battle, he always overcomes his opponents no matter how strong and powerful they are. He is the first one in the series who became Super Saiyan 2. Later in the series his full potential was unlocked by Elder Supreme Kai to fight Majin Buu.
Vegeta (ベジータ Bejīta)
Voiced by: Ryo Horikawa Christopher R. Sabat
Race: Saiyan
Gender: Male
Vegeta is the prince of all Saiyans and the son of King Vegeta. After his home planet's destruction, he and two other Saiyans named Nappa and Raditz were served Frieza's planet trade organization. He was an antagonist but later became one of the good guy and eventually joined the Z fighters. Following the Raditz's mention about the Dragon Balls, he and Nappa made a trip on Earth for wish of immortality but was defeated by Goku and Gohan. Later he arrived on planet Namek to hunt the Namekian Dragon Balls, while Frieza was hunting the Dragon balls at the same time and a competition emerged between them. Claiming to be a Super Saiyan, he threatened Frieza multiple times but was failed and killed ultimately by Frieza. This was a major turning point of him. After Frieza's defeats by Goku, he joined the Z fighters and started to live on Earth. As Goku was always one step ahead of him, he always see Goku as a competitor and following the series progress he became one of the best friend of Goku. He is also the only person beside Broly, who calls Goku with the original Saiyan name - Kakarot. Vegeta is one of the strongest and genius fighter.
Krillin (クリリン Kuririn)
Voiced by: Mayumi Tanaka Sonny Strait
Race: Human
Gender: Male
Krillin was a fighting partner of Goku when they were child. He came from a village of the East to train from Master Roshi. Krllin and Goku both were trained by Master Roshi. Through the series progress he became a good ally of Goku and others. Following the defeats of Piccolo Jr. he fought against the Saiyans. Though he has no match against Saiyan power, he still try to help his friends at any cost. He helped the Z fighters to fight Frieza, Garlic Junior, Cell and numerous other villains. He is also one of the strongest human in Earth.
Yamcha (ヤムチャ Yamucha)
Voiced by: Toru Furuya Christopher R. Sabat
Race: Human
Gender: Male
Yamcha was once a desert king but later became an ally of Goku and others. He is also trained once by Master Roshi. He is famous for his Wolf Fang Fist technique. He fought in 21sit, 22nd and 23rd martial arts tournament and lost all the times in semi-final. After 23rd Budokai, he joined in a cricket club temporarily until the arrival of evil Saiyans. He helped the Z fighters through many battles. He is also a close friend of Tien and former lover of Bulma.
Tien Shinhan (天津飯 Tenshinhan)
Voiced by: Hirotaka Suzoki Jhon Burgmeier
Race: Human (Three Eyed Clan)
Gender: Male
Tien is a powerful martial artist under Krane Hermit styles. He was an antagonist and was first introduced before 22nd martial arts tournament. By the influences of Roshi he became a good guy and fought along side with Goku and others against King Piccolo. After King Piccolo's defeat, he became a student of Master Roshi along with Krillin, Yamcha and Chiaotzu. He was also trained in Korin's tower and Kami's lookout. He did a great deal of fight against saiyans and Androids and also one of the strongest human alive.
Chiaotzu (餃子 Chaozu)
Voiced by: Hiroki Emori Cathy Weseluck
Race: Human
Gender: Male
Chiaotzu is the shortest Z fighter. He is the lifelong best friend of Tien. He was introduced with Tien. He switched to Turtle hermit from Krane hermit with Tien after King Piccolo's defeat. He is less talkative and quite skillful. He was shown with Tien all the time from the beginning till end of the series. Despite not as strong as other Z fighters, he usually don't interfere with heavy battles.

Supporting Characters

Bulma (ブルマ Buruma)
Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru Tiffany Vollmer
Race: Human
Gender: Female
Bulma was Goku's first friend, and traveled with him when he was a boy in search of the Dragon Balls. She is a rich girl and a genius, inheriting both her fortune and her smarts from her father; the founder of Capsule Corporation. Bulma and her father are responsible for several useful inventions that help the Z Fighters, from gadgets like the Dragon Radar to the Capsule Corp. Spaceships reverse engineered from Attack Balls.
Chi-Chi (チチ Chichi)
Voiced by: Mayumi Shou Cynthia Cranz
Race: Human
Gender: Female
She is the wife of Goku and the mother of Gohan and Goten. She is Ox King's daughter and also a martial artist and is considered as the world's strongest women (human). She was protective to Gohan for study but after Goku's death, she focused on martial arts with Goten. She was also shown to be able to use the Kaio ken technique in the anime filler episodes of Garlic Junior saga.

Main Antagonists

Raditz (ラディッツ Radittsu)
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba Justin Cook
Race: Saiyan
Gender: Male
Goku's older brother, Raditz is one of the remaining Saiyans alive after the destruction of their home world. He comes to Earth to retrieve his younger brother who was originally sent to destroy all life on the planet, only to find instead that Kakarott, known as Goku on Earth, had forgotten his mission and instead made friends with the natives, living as one of them.
Frieza (フリーザ, Furiza)
Voiced by: Ryūsei Nakao Linda Young
Race: Alien (Unknown)
Gender: Male
Frieza is the first main antagonist of Dragon Ball Z. He is the leader of planet trade organization. About 20 years ago before the start of the series, Frieza destroyed Planet Vegeta fearing the growing power of the Saiyans and the myth of the existence of a Super Saiyan . Entire Saiyan race were eliminated along with the planet by a flick of his finger. Only four Saiyans survived the disaster: Nappa, Vegeta, Raditz and Kakarot (Goku). By learning the capability of magical Dragon Balls, he went to planet Namek for a wish of immortality. As Piccolo, Tien, Yamcha and Chiaotzu are dead, the rest of the fighters must face this evil super power on Namek to stop the evil wish. For his sheer power and wrath, he is well known among the Kais and also one of the powerful super-villain of the series.
Garlic Junior (ガーリック・ジュニア, Gārikku Junia)
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba Chuck Huber
Race: Makyan
Gender: Male
Garlic Jr. reappears after his escape from the Dead zone by powering up from Makyo star. He then went to Kami's lookout and captures Mr. Popo and Kami. To fulfill his father's wish, Garlic Jr. schemes to take control of Earth's population by the use of the Black Water Mist. It is a dark mist of cloud which is mixed to the atmosphere and whoever breathes it will become mindless Vamipirish slave of Garlic Junior. As Goku is in somewhere in space and Vegeta is training in outer space, its up to Gohan, Piccolo and the rest of the Z fighters to stop this evil maniac from taking over the Earth.
Cell (セル, Seru)
Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto Dameon Clarke
Race: Bio-Android
Gender: Male
Cell is the ultimate android of Dr. Gero. He has the DNA of Goku, Piccolo, Tien, Frieza and King Cold. A mysterious young Super Saiyan came from future and warned the Z fighters about the upcoming events of two Androids created by Dr. Gero which will occur 3 years later. After three years it is revealed that the appearance of Trunks from the future not also changed the future but also changed the course of timeline. An unknown creature appeared from another timeline revealed to be Cell who came by a time machine from his own timeline. He is looking for those two androids to absorb them that Trunks warned about to complete his biological perfection by reaching to his ultimate form.
Majin Buu (魔人ブウ,Majin Bū)
Voiced by: Kozo Shioya Josh Martin
Race: Majin
Gender: Male
Majin Buu is a magical being created by an evil wizard named Bibidi over 5 million years ago in a distant corner of the Universe. He was created for galactic domination by destroying every living worlds into ashes. For his immense power of destruction with wild and ruthless nature, Bibidi failed to control him. After absorbing Southern and Eastern supreme Kai, he became a childlike Fat buu with less destructive nature. Bibidi then sealed him away in a magical ball. Bibidi's son Babidi brought the sealed Buu to the Earth by a spell as the Earth is his next target. All these things revealed when Supreme Kai and Kibito attended in the 25th World Martial Art Tournament. Babidi brought the demon king Dabura with him to free Majin Buu from the magical ball by absorbing energies from the strongest fighters of the Earth. Being freed from the magical ball and through multiple transformations, the true form of the ultimate evil unleashed. Goku, Vegeta, Gohan and the rest of the Z fighters must stop this pure evil being for the sake of the Universe.

Other Antagonists

Turles ( ターレス,Taresu)
Voiced by: Masako Nozawa Chris Patton
Race: Saiyan
Gender: Male
Turles is the villain of Dragon Ball Z : The Tree Of Might. He was shown as another Saiyan survivor from planet Vegeta's destruction and he looks like almost Goku because of their same Saiyan DNA architecture. He came to Earth with his henchmen to plant seed for a "Tree of might" to make a fruit which is a source of immense power. Whoever eats the fruit will become ten fold stronger but the effects is temporary. As the tree will suck Earth's resources to gather energies in fruit, the Z fighters must stop Turles to save the World.
Lord Slug ( スラッグ,Suraguu)
Voiced by: Yuusaku Yara Brice Armstrong
Race: Namekian
Gender: Male
Slug is the villain of Dragon Ball Z : Lord Slug. He is a Super-Namek just like Piccolo. He was banished from Namek long time ago before the catastrophic climate disaster and since then he gathered an army to conquer planets. The ship he used to travel from planet to planet has advance technology to Terra-freeze planet. He used this method to take over Earth. The dramatic atmospheric change of climates creates negative effects on the lives of planets. Goku and his friends must stop his evasion in Earth.
Cooler ( クウラ, Kurra)
Voiced by: Ryusei Nakao Andrew Chandler
Race: Alien (Unknown)
Gender: Male
Cooler is the villain of Dragon Ball Z : Cooler's Revenge and Return Of Cooler. He is the elder brother of Frieza and a member of planet trade organization. He generally stays in his fourth form and was said to be stronger than Frieza in the fifth form which was first introduced in Cooler's Revenge. Learning an unknown Super Saiyan from Earth defeated Frieza on Namek, he heads to planet Earth for the revenge of his brother's defeat. He was defeated by Super Saiyan Goku and was thrown into the Sun. The sequel of the movie - The Return Of Cooler, it was revealed that his brain survived the disaster and was integrated with broken electronics circuits in space. Since then he created his own planet sized monster space ship Big Gete Star and a cyborg army of Metal Cooler who can regenerate any broken parts of their body.
Android 13 ( 人造人間13号, Jinzōningen Jū San)
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Sogabe Phillip Wilburn
Race: Android
Gender: Male
Android 13 is the villain of Dragon Ball Z : Super Android 13. When Dr. Gero died in the hand of his own creation - Android 17 and Android 18, a Super Computer with artificial intelligent was still carrying the task of Dr. Gero. The computer created a series of Androids : Android 14 and Android 15 and a special version 13. He is created for the sole purpose of destroying Goku and designed to absorb a circuit part of Android 14 and 15 which will transform him into an indestructible killing machine. It seen that not even a triple Super Saiyans - Goku, Vegeta and Future Trunks aren't able to handle him. Now the Earth's last hope is depending on Goku's final trump Spirit Bomb.
Bojack ( ボージャック, Bojakku)
Voiced by: Tesshou Genada Bob Carter
Race: Race Of Hera
Gender: Male
Bojack is the villain of Dragon Ball Z : Bojack Unbound. He was imprisoned by Kais in a star many years ago for his horrible crime throughout the galaxy. When Goku teleported Cell to King Kai's planet, the self explosion of Cell destroyed King Kai's planet, freeing Bojack from the stellar system. After being free, he decided to take position in World martial arts tournament to kill the strongest fighter to ensure that no one prevents him from conquering the Universe in future. In Earth a big tournament arranged where Gohan, Trunks, Piccolo, Krillin and Yamcha participated. The Z fighters must prepare themselves to face this super villain.
Broly ( ブロリー, Burori)
Voiced by: Bin Shimada Vic Mignogna
Race: Saiyan
Gender: Male
Broly is the villain of Dragon Ball Z : Broly The Legendary Super-Saiyan, Broly Second Coming and Bio-Broly. He was introduced with a new extreme version of Super Saiyan called Legendary Super Saiyan for its infinite amount of expendable power. Broly and Goku were born at the same day and Broly had a power level of 10000 while baby where Goku had only 2. It was shown that Broly and his father Paragus are also survivors from planet Vegeta's destruction. Destroying the most parts of South galaxy, Broly seems to target the North galaxy next where Dragon Ball Z events take place. Paragus visits Earth to bring Vegeta to a planet by lying that it is a new planet Vegeta, which will be collided with a comet soon. Taking instruction from King Kai, Goku teleports to the planet as well to investigate the Legendary Super Saiyan's existence where a huge battle take place. The form is extraordinarily powerful that four Super Saiyans - Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Trunks and a Super Namek Piccolo have no match for Broly. He was defeated by Goku by gathering energies from the fallen fighters. 7 years later Broly back again and this time on Earth. He was defeated and killed this time by father sons triple Kamehameha of Goku, Gohan and Goten by throwing Brolly into the sun. In a sequel of that movie Bio-Broly, a clone of Broly is made by genetic engineering from a sample of Broly's blood.
Janemba ( ジャネンバ, Janenba)
Voiced by: Tesshou Genada Kent Williams
Race: Demon
Gender: Male
Janemba is the villain of Dragon Ball Z : Fusion Reborn. He is a powerful demon typed being created by an accident in Check in station. Initially he was a huge fat Janemba who blocked King Yemma in Check in station and changed the entire dimension of hell into his own play ground. By the orders of Grand Kai, Goku and Pikkon visits Check in station where a fight occurred between Goku and Janemba. Overpowering Janemba by transforming into Super Saiyan 3, Goku almost had the victory but Janemba transformed into a more powerful being Super Janemba. Janemba's reality warping effect expanded to the living world. The dead becomes alive and the gate of hell opened. Vegeta joined the battle. Now its up to Goku and Vegeta to take down the evil Janemba.
Hirudegarn ( ヒルデガーン, Hildegarn)
Voiced by: Shin Aomori Robert McCollum
Race: Genmajin (Demon)
Gender: Male
Hirudegarn is the villain of Dragon Ball Z : Wrath Of The Dragon. He was created by wizards on Konats planet of Southern galaxy about thousands of years ago. He is released on Earth by an evil wizard named Hoi but the Hirudegarn was locked into a music box by Tapion. So Hoi persuaded Goku and others to collect the Dragon balls so that eternal dragon Shenron can open the box and eventually he succeeded. After unlocking the box, it is revealed that Tapion was inside the box and the monster was sealed inside of him so that it can never come back. Hoi managed to bring back Hirudegarn from Tapion's soul and a havoc destruction took place on Earth. As he was a Phantom of mist and shadow and for his gigantic sky-crapper size, it was extremely difficult to hurt him physically. Goku, Gohan, Goten, Vegeta and Trunks all are on their ground to take down the giant monster.

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Name Dragon Ball Z
Name: ドラゴンボールZ
Romaji: Doragon Bōru Zetto
Publisher FUNimation
Start Year 1989
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