King Cold is the father of the evil Frieza and Cooler. Like his sons his name makes a reference to low temperatures.
King Cold is the father of the tyrannical and infamous Frieza and Cooler. Unlike his son Frieza, King Cold is an extremely tall individual ranking among the tallest and largest villains in Dragin Ball Z possibly being roughly as tall or taller than even Broly. He shares an appearance similar to his sons and an interesting note is that like Cooler and Frieza, King Cold's name also makes references to cold temperatures. His appearance is roughly similar to that of Frieza's Second Form although his skin color is lighter than Cooler's yet darker than Frieza's. King Cold sports the usual battle armor seen in the Dragon Ball Universe however it includes a black cape. Like Cooler, King Cold also has a dome on his head that is dark blue in color. It remains unknown if King Cold possesses the ability to transform like his sons Frieza and Cooler. King Cold has elegant mannerisms and a high-class attitude a trait Frieza possibly inherited from his father and they are both seemingly calm and collected at most times.
Another trait he shares with his sons is that they are all highly arrogant and impatient as well as demanding. King Cold holds great importance in his family but he has shown signs of annoyance of the time it takes Frieza to kill an opponent. An interesting note is that King Cold might not be particularly evil. He has stated that while his son Frieza was certainly evil he himself only yearned for peace although this may simply have been his attempt at tricking his opponent.
The Frieza Saga
King Cold makes no appearances in the Frieza Saga however he is briefly mentioned by Frieza. Goku manages to knock Frieza into a plateau causing Frieza say that besides his so called loving parents, Goku is the first person to actually harm him indicating that King Cold may be more powerful than Frieza although this can only be speculated and not be held as a fact due to lack of evidence.
The Return Of Frieza
Not so long after Goku had defeated Frieza and Planet Namek exploded, King Cold and his henchmen make their way through the debris of the destroyed Namek. King Cold is in apparent disbelief at the thought that his son (Frieza) was killed by the explosion of nothing more than a
King Cold and Frieza
mere planet and then proceeds to vow that he will avenge his son himself by finding the one responsible for his son's supposed death. While still searching through the debris of the explosion King Cold's scientist managed to find the wounded remains of Frieza floating in space as they rebuild him with various mechanical limbs saving Frieza from a near-death state. Upon Frieza awakens he surprises his father King Cold by telling him of the story of the legendary Super Saiyan that nearly put an end to his life.
The father and son duo immediately discover that the Super Saiyan (Goku) is traveling to Earth causing King Cold to suggest simply blowing up the planet from space. However Frieza disagrees stating that it is better to arrive on Earth before Goku and kill every single human being in order to make Goku suffer. And upon enraging Goku he would in provoke him into a battle and with King Cold's aid Frieza's victory would be nothing but expected and certain.
A severely injured King Cold moments before being killed by Future Trunks
The moment they arrive on Earth they are quickly confronted by Future Trunks who effortlessly dispatches their henchmen however both Cold and Frieza remain unimpressed until Future Trunks astonishes both of them by transforming into a Super Saiyan. The minute Frieza has a glimpse of Future Trunks in his Super Saiyan form he has a flashback of an enraged Super Saiyan Goku during their battle on Namek and this slightly frightens Frieza. Though frightened at first Frieza's deep hatred for the Saiyan race soon overshadows his fear as he charges into battle but is easily defeated by Trunks when he cuts him into pieces with his sword and finishes him off by vaporizing him with a massive ki blast.
Possibly out of fear King Cold willingly betrays his son Frieza by politely asking Trunks to take Frieza's place as his son even going so far as to offer him planets for his loyalty. Naturally Trunks refuses and King Cold believing that Trunks' power stemmed only from his sword calmly asked him to examine the fine piece of craftsmanship. A rather composed Trunks simply tosses the sword to Cold who begins to believe that the reason he defeated Frieza was because of the sword and that without the sword he is nothing. Believing the sword to hold tremendous power and now being the wielder of the sword King Cold blindly attempts to strike Trunks who easily catches the sword with his bare hands much to the surprise of a speechless Cold.
Effortlessly overpowering a struggling King Cold with a single arm Trunks uses his other arm to shoot a ki energy blast through the tyrant's chest sending him flying into a rocky wall as he begins to bleed due to his injury. It should be noted that there is a difference in the manga and anime on how King Cold was actually killed. In the anime while bleeding due to Trunks' ki blast he in an act of cowardice begins begging for his life only to be completely ignored by Trunks who simply vaporizes him with an energy blast while in the manga Trunks immediately finishes Cold off giving him no time to beg for his life.
Future Trunks Timeline
In Future Trunks' timeline the same encounter occurred only without the presence of Future Trunks. King Cold and Frieza arrive on Earth ready to exact their revenge on Goku by destroying the planet however Goku arrives and intervenes. Goku then quickly kills both Frieza and King Cold. It should be noted that it was this period when Dr. Gero collected their DNA samples by using his spy bots.
King Cold makes almost no appearance in the Imperfect Cell Saga however he is once again briefly mentioned by the Z Fighters when they believe that he is in Gingertown. Cell also has a flashback of King Cold.
Time In Hell
The Cold Family in Hell
Not so long after the end of the Cell Games, King Cold, Frieza and the deceased members of the once powerfulGinyu Force form a partnership and friendship with Perfect Cell. With Cell, King Cold and the rest attempt to find a way to return to Earth from Hell by torturing and executing the ogres functioning as guardians. Eventually these cruel antics of theirs can be no longer tolerated and so Goku and Pikkon arrive and easily defeat them all. King Cold is humiliated during this battle as before he is even aware of what is happening he
King Cold and his henchmen in jail
is knocked unconscious when Pikkon delivers a powerful elbow on his gut. Later he is seen in Hell's jail imprisoned with the Ginyu Force members, his son Frieza and Cell. Interestingly he complains that he should have at least been allowed to take a shower.
Later on after he along with the rest are released from the prison in Hell he and countless of the other past villains silently watch the battle between Goku and Kid Buu through a crystal ball. King Cold is also seen laughing with joy when he witnesses Goku's refusal to throw the Spirit Bomb with an injured Vegeta in the way however his sinister smile vanishes when Hercule carries Vegeta's injured body out of the Spirit Bomb's path allowing Goku to finally finish off Kid Buu.
Dragon Ball GT
Alongisde a few members of Ginyu Fore and other villains King Cold escapes from hell.. briefly
King Cold makes a very rare appearance in Dragon Ball GT. He along with many other villains from the past was seen escaping from Hell for a brief period of time. His fate remains unknown however once could assume that he was possibly defeated by one of the Z Fighters and unfortunately for him sent back to Hell.
Powers & Abilities
It is unknown what kind of powers King Cold might possess due to him never being seen engaging in battle in neither the manga or anime however one could assume that he possesses the standard abilities of Dragon Ball Z characters such as superhuman strength, speed, durability, flight and energy manipulation. However King Cold's power level could be assumed to be higher than even Frieza's. When Frieza was knocked into a plateau by Goku he stated that Goku was the first person to ever hurt him other than his "Loving parents" although Frieza's mother is never shown so it could be assumed that he was referring to only King Cold. His power level has been mentioned several times.
In the manga, Krillin, Gohan and Tien stated that they felt a humongous ki just like Frieza's. In the anime, King Cold himself, Goku and Vegeta referred to him as even more powerful than Frieza's. The Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 makes an official statement that King Cold's strength is greater than that of Cooler and Frieza. King Cold however has never been given the opportunity to display his power however he has been easily dispatched by Super Saiyans like his sons Cooler and Frieza have been as well. King Cold was also most likely a very skilled fighter due to being a galactic tyrant and having an array of soldiers.
He might have also been skilled in the use of weaponry as he seemed to display slight knowledge on sword craftsmanship when examining Future Trunks' sword and the fact that he briefly wielded it in an attempt at combat when he tried to strike down Trunks with the sword. He must have functioned as a general for his soldiers as well and most likely possesses hand to hand combat skill superior to their own. It is also likely that he trained his sons who are both exceptional fighters and galactic overlords.
It can also be assumed that King Cold possesses roughly the same powers and abilities as Frieza and Cooler due to the fact that they are from the same species.