Best Dragon Ball Z Characters


The Top TenXW


Vegeta is absolutely my favorite character. With a strong, sturdy, and gruff attitude, he is a tough opponent to beat and a worthy, although questionable, ally. His romance with Bulma is perhaps the mark of how he began to grow softer, and she worked wonders on his heart! He has goodness deep inside of him, as shown by his noble sacrifice during the Majin Buu Saga. He is a seasoned and powerful warrior with an extreme (and highly amusing) ego, as well as the soft side we all know exists.

Vegeta's dedication is undeniably far above than anyone elses. Kakarot achieved his super saiyan transformation while training under 100x gravity for what, 6 days? Vegeta relentlessly trained under 300x gravity and exceeding 400x gravity over 4 or more years and then traveled through space, far and wide training with meteors for so long to find the mother of all meteors to which he mustered his remaining strength to destroy. Only then, through his passionate anger did he achieve his super saiyan transformation. Kakarot was practically born with indefinite potential that's always easily obtained while Vegeta struggled his entire life alone only to be on par with him. He has transcended his limits like no other. A sentiment as deep as this, "What has more meaning than your own strength? " can only be fully understood by Vegeta.

With this, is his pride, not just arrogance for vanity's sake, no, it's much more noble than that. Deep within Vegeta's core is his self-respect, his ...more

Of all characters in DBZ Vegeta is my favorite. Yes he's arrogant, proud, prideful, reclusive and VERY stubborn but he's also extremely smart, serious, tactical and a very powerful ally.

Akira Toriyama designed him to be different from the other characters. He wanted you to get a sense of how alien Vegeta is (because he is an alien) by giving him the tanned skin tone, reddish brown hair and English names for his signature moves: I.E. big Bang Attack, Final Flash, Final Explosion, Final Shine, Galick Gun (supposed to be Garlic gun). ((If you notice, everyone elses' signature moves are in Japanese)). Those qualities defiantly set Vegeta apart from all the other characters in DBZ.

I don't like how drastic of a change that funimation (worse) and Ocean made to what the DBZ characters actually say in the ORIGINAL Japanese version. In my opinion he doesn't talk as cocky as he does in the English version (note: "as cocky"). I like to watch DBZ in Japanese dub only ...more

Amazing character development

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2GokuSon Goku (Born Kakarrot) is the main protagonist of the Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. His abilities include super strength, utilization of ki, flight, teleportation, super speed, enhanced reflexes, and Super Saiyan transformation that increase strength, speed, and durability. more.


Many people may think that Goku is a boring character, and consider his character to be unchanged throughout DBZ, but I disagree. I can see him mature from an innocent little boy to a great hero protecting the ones he loves, he strives to get better and be the strongest, continuously fighting for what he believes is right. Still, his character development is shallow compared to his son's, Vegeta's, or Piccolo's, but what makes Goku great is the influence he has on the anime industry, as well as his meanings to little children all around the world. He truly motivated me and countless children to be better, work harder and never gives up, helped us overcome our fears and fights for loved ones as well as justice. Therefore, Goku has become an anime icon that will last forever in people's hearts, and in my humble opinion, the greatest aniem character of all time. He is the most inspiring character I've ever seen. - Goku02

My absolute favourite. With a badass, serious, enthusiastic attitude on the battlefield and a happy-go-lucky, cheerful, positive and optimistic personality as well as his kind-hearted nature, Goku has always been known for his ability to make villains switch sides and warm the hearts of the people around him, make them feel secured and happy. He has motivated millions of readers all over the world. Just being around him makes people feel safe and delighted by the friendly atmosphere surrounding him. - Goku02

Goku is better than Vegeta

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Gohan's power level constantly increases the more he's pushed. If Toriyama had gone with his original idea of making him the main character after the Cell saga, you bet he would be number one on each of these power lists. His powers are grounded in his emotions, so they increase rather than decrease during the course of a battle. In other words... He's a BADASS.

-Constantly growing hidden powers.
-Took out Garlic Jr. At like, 3 or 4.
-Alternate counterpart defended Earth against the androids until age 23.
-First juvenile Super Saiyan.
-First half-breed to acheive SSJ.
-Only unfused demi-Saiyan to acheive SSJ2.
-KILLED CELL. (In your face, Hercule! )
-Two words: One-handed Kamehameha.
-Went head to head with Broly at 18.
-Killed Frieza in less than 5 seconds.
-Stronger than Super Buu before the absorption of Gotenks and Piccolo.
-With his Mystic form, Gohan is officially the strongest unfused fighter at the end of DBZ.

Gohan is so bad ass expecially when destroying cell. I don't even count the gt saga when he became 10x weaker but he's the only 1 who actually got a real family in dbz

Gohan is the absolute best.

He is the first guy to pierce saiyan armor! (Remember he didn't even have any training and stuff).

He fought Frieza when he was just a kid.

He totally defeated cell when he was a teen.

He was stronger than Buu even! It was only when Buu absorbed Piccolo that he was shown to be slightly weaker. He is truly a gift fighter, like his father and his emotions gave him that extra edge. However, he lacks the killer instinct a true saiyan has, like Goku and Vegeta, and that's what makes him more human and acceptable character in my opinion.

Gohan is my favorite character and best character in my opinion

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4PiccoloPiccolo is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. He first appeared in chapter 161 of the Dragon Ball manga in the Shonen Jump magazine on February 22, 1988. He is a member of the alien Namekian race and has abilities such as ki manipulation, regeneration, telepathy, more.

Piccolo killed Raitz.
Piccolo Strongest Of Race
Piccollo is a mean green ass kicking machine

I love all dbz characters but I love piccolo the most he has been the most awesome dbz character of all time (in my opinion) without him everyone would be dead maybe he did die 3 times but those were all sacrifices and without him everyone would be dead and gohan would be weaker than he is
He is a mean green but-kicking machine

Piccolo and the other non saiyan z fighters definitely deserve more growth in the series. Piccolo was the only one who could match the saiyan's strength throughout most of the series, and even he became outclassed in the buu saga. He was still a badass though

Think about it - he is the king of demons. Vegeta may be the prince of a dead monkey race, but Piccolo still outranks him

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5TrunksTrunks is a fictional character created by Akira Toriyama appearing in Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT, and Dragon Ball Super.

Trunks is one of my favorite characters. I love all versions, including future Trunks, present Trunks, and present teen Trunks. Present Trunks' laid back attitude makes him especially my favorite. He may be a saiyan, but he seems to be the most optimistic (Besides Goku, of course) about things that just look impossible. Future Trunks was also a great character, just Vegeta being his father made the plot so much better. It was great to see him kick Frieza's butt.

Trunks is the best. He gave it his all to beat the androids, Cell and the other villains that he has fought. AWESOME MOVE he pwned Frieza with about 5 slashes from his sword and a huge energy blast.

I think teen trunks is the best becuse he had the balls to stand up to the androids and when it came to cell he tried his hardest and his uss transformation is awesome way better than vegetas and his spikey hair is awesome, best bragon ball z charecter ever.

What are you voting guys? Teen Trunks doesn't exist on Dragon Ball Z. - KarovS

Ugly purple kid.

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Krillin is the representation of hope and perseverance. He isn't the strongest, or the coolest, or the tallest, or the fastest, but he still always fights till the end, providing all sorts of humour and good times along the way.
Plus he scored android 18. RESPECT.

Krillin is so underrated... he helped goku and the others so many times in saving what there was to fight for.

Krillin may be small, but he's the strongest human excluding Uub!! - animedude7

Krillin is a very weak character I think that he can't even be in the top50 characters of dragon ball saga

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Okay, so, let's look at his track record.

Survived being stabbed in the chest as a baby.

Escaped an exploding planet by making an energy shield.

Took a kick from Vegeta as if it was nothing, in restricted super saiyan form.

Destroyed a planet with one barely charged, probably ordinary, ki blast.

Smashed Trunks into a rock, and a building, then he never got up again.

He kicked Goku around for the first half of the fight, and Goku was finally out after a barrage of ki blasts.

Took everyone's punches, kicks, and whatnot, like they were nothing.

Took a Kamehameha to the face, one that could destroy a planet multiple times over.

Personally beat Goku into the ground.

Made Vegeta scared for half of the movie. That IS worthy of mention.

Killed his father, and threw him into the comet heading for the planet.

Survived being blown up from the inside, hit by a comet, and frozen.

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This guy has the potential to be strongest dbz character IF he actually trained. I mean think about it, he never actually does training yet beat all z fighters even Goku.

GUY'S A DEMON! Has a power level of 1.4 BILLION (Confirmed via TOEI's 'Daizenshuu 6: Movies & T.V. specials' Production Guide) UNFUSED, with a regenerative energy supply, an energy shield that protects him in extreme environs, formidable rapid fire Ki blasts, the Eraser Cannon blast, and the PLANET BUSTING OMEGA CRUSHER enough SAID, Guy's a living god, with freaked out, super attuned, NATURAL Ki Manipulation. Barring any Buu past the Fat One, the fusions, Super Saiyan 3s (Goku/Gotenks), Ultimate Gohan, or some of the later movie villains, Broly has few equals at the end of the day, One on One he can match Super Saiyan 2s I content readily, his constant supply of Ki and the strength/muscle mass, leads me to believe he's some sort of Ultra Super Saiyan 2 in my humble opinion!

OVERRATED. I don't like Broly much. - Goku02

At first I thought he wasn't the legendary super saiyan but BOOM one the best transformation in the dbz universe come to life and bet the crap out of goku for a while. Best Non Cannon character in dbz.

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Cell is my favorite as he uses his smarts and cunning to outsmart some people. He is even told by Goku he is stronger then him and he has a cool design. Am I the only one who liked Semi-Perfect Cell? Plus, we saw his story from DEAD START TO DEAD FINISH (Larve form to Perfect form to Hell) Unlike "SOME" other people who we see from like 20 years old.

Then Goten (he is cute)

Cell is my favorite villain, even if he is more egotistical than Vegeta. Wait WHAT?! You don't know what I am talking about? Well, To say in short, His dying words were "IMPOSSIBLE! I'M PERFECT! " See what I mean? He is really sick though and deserves number 6 instead of 7.

Cell is the best character because he is strong has great techniques and is fast as hell. He is always confident about himself and that is important in a match. He is also the best and strongest android in Dragonball Z.
I give him credits for being the best villian in the entire show

My favorite character in the series

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Frieza is the best as he is a galactic overload space tyrant. He is practically most cruel and popular villain in the entire dragon ball franchisee. Not just that, he give goku the longest fight in the entire anime history. If just Frieza kill Goku instead of Krillin, then no force in the entire universe can stop him from total destruction as he probably destroy the entire planet earth so cell and majin buu won't even get chance to introduce, and if cell and majin buu is not even introduced, then whom can defeat Frieza in the entire universe?

He brought the best fight scenes in whole DBZ series! He is cold and sneaky bastard that got the best out of Goku like no one before... Or after. (I don't even count that silly GT episodes)

Friezas is just awesome he held his own against a super saiyan for the most part and survived severe injuries that would kill just about anybody else. He is a master at a lot of techniques and most of all he is so powerful he has to weaken himself to keep from killing people to fast and destroy planets at his weakest form.

He's number two

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Bardock was a complete badass hero since he tried to prevent frieza from blowing up planet vegeta and also w/o him goku would not exist.

Bar dock was the original super saiya, Goku' father, a ridiculously cool underdog, and ultimately just an amazing character. Sure, Goku and Vegeta fight to get stronger and be the best, but Bardock fights simply to survive, and to kill his opponent, plus he was the only saiyan besides of time to have the balls to fight Frieza, this gives his character a rawness that is unlike any other character, not to mention the fact that we only saw his character during Bardock Father of Goku and the Episode of Bardock. If you ask me Bardock deserves more than that, he deserves a series or at least a story arc dedicated to him. Bardock has and always will be my favorite and the best character in my opinion. You are in titled to your own opinion and I respect but you should know that BARDOCK IS AWESOME!

Everyone says that bardock is overrated but that is completely wrong. Krill em over bardock is ridiculous. Bardock was a low class soldier but he had the most heart. After his crew was destroyed he deliberately took friezas crew down by himself... Which was very hard or merely impossible rather to do back in those days. He was the first person to stand up to frieza and he was all by himself. He wears the red headband which many people don't know that it's his former comrades blood he wears in honor by his deceased partner - Doggystyle

Make more bardock episodes

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The Contenders


Without gogeta, heck, everyone would be dead by the hands of super janemba! He had the balls to mess with omega shenron and would've killed him with only 2 energy beams! Way better than vegito, who has too much of vegeta's cocky side. Gogeta has vegetas seriousness and goku's playfulness. Gogeta should be #1!

The ultimate fusion he fights with his arms folded and his big bang kamehameha

I think Gogeta the most powerful character in the dragon ball series.

Although Vegito is also a powerful character, but due to he can only go to super Vegito in the series, So I think he is The #1

His one of my favorite characters in Dragon ball but he is my most favorite character

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I prefer Trunks. He's cooler, smarter and Goten's boss

Yes, Trunks is slightly more powerful, but come on guys, Goten has always been Trunks' best friend, and competition. He was also the youngest Super Saiyan ever, at age 7, and can also kick some ass.

Trunks can kick Goten's ass to the ground.

Stop biasing. Goten and Trunks are equally strong, and Goten is one year younger, so if anything GOTEN would be the one who beats Trunks's ass to the ground if they were the same age. - Goku02

He should be in top 10

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Strongest character by the way toriyama planed it. He has the cockyness of vegeta and the goodness of gokus heart. I love the way he teases buu, like a cat playing with a mouse before the kill. Plus he is not as dumb as goku and inconsiderate as vegeta. Vegito ROCKS!

The strongest and the coolest. He has the best personalities from vegeta and Goku. He just had too little screen time for people to warm up to him.

Vegito is the strongest. People who think gogeta would win should check their facts. They mostly say that gogeta is stronger because he has more forms but this is about the characters themselves. Vegito did not have enough time to increase in strength because of buu's weird stomach. Also Goku has to be equal to vegeta while vegito had know such limitations. Also gogeta has a time limit depending on the strength of the fusion while vegito is permanent.

Not as cool as gogeta but still sick

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14Tien Shinhan

Come on, Why is Tien so low, He is awesome and Underrated, mainly since he is weaker but he is still awesome. Tri-Beam is one of the best DBZ attacks and Neo Tri-Beam is even better, and those attacks are both his, So he is an overall awesome character

Aside from Piccolo, Tien is the strongest non-Saiyan on the team.

Don't forget, he was able to help stall when Nappa and Vegeta attacked earth, and had enough power to temporarily keep Semi-Perfect Cell at bay. He even was able to assist in the Buu Saga.

I liked Tien's fighting style. I just wish humans could reach Saiyan levels of power in DBZ... I would have loved to see a stronger Tien fight Vegeta or Goku later in the series.

For being a human and thus having real limitations of power, Tien did more than his fair share.

Tien is underrated. He has some of the best moves in DBZ. Lots of people used Solar Flare because of Tien. He helped save the world every chance he got. He always stood up to the enemy, even though most of them were stronger than him. He also has awesome training methods.

Tien really needs more attention. He is one of the strongest Z Fighters, but he never has bad-ass screen time.

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15Android #18

Sadistic, collected and calm, she's one of the strongest characters in Dbz universe and the strongest female, with the strength to destroy a timeline, infinite energy supply and fatal techniques like Sadistic 18, she's definitely one of the best characters in Dbz.

Strong, sarcastic and badass, Android #18 is a beautiful killing machine with goodness deep inside her, and one of my favourite girls in the anime world. - Goku02

Absolutely one of the best and strongest dbz characters in my opinion she and goku are my favorite!

Sexiest girl ever! - P-51IsDaBest

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16Master Roshi

Roshi was a great teacher, even with his perverted old mind. He's not as strong as the Z fighters (even krillin at the start of Z is stronger than him), nor was the one who taught Goku the spirit bomb, fighting with aura, instant transmission, etc. But there's a reason Goku and Krillin still wear the uniform of the old turtle hermit. I love that Roshi didn't just teach Goku and Krillin the correct way to fight, but the reason WHY. Not to mention he's the creator of the most popular technique in Dragonball Z history and the one who taught the Kamehameha to Goku.

Master Roshi was the original master, and he was the start to the training done by all the z fighters and with out him they would not be the same fighting machines.

It just sucks that master roshi has become more generic in the dbz series

He didn't teach Goku the spirit bomb or instant transmission

Put this old pervert to rest. He serves no purpose.

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17Kid Buu

Kid Buu, not only was he the strongest of Buu's forms, he was random and unpredictable, to the point of even fallin asleep in battle. Also he's pure... Pure evil maybe, but still pure as he was able to deflect the spirit bomb, not use another attack to stop it, he actually deflected it right back at Goku. Another thing, not only is he pure evil, he's so powerful Goku openly hopes that one day Kid Buu will return as a good person so that they may have a rematch. In the Other World, King Yemma hears Goku's request and makes it come true by having Kid Buu reincarnated as a Human named Uub. That just proves how overall Badass he is.

This boy! Absolutely scares anyone...

Kid buu is not strongest buu but the funniest buu

I love him and I don't watch dbz!

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18Bulma Bulma is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. Bulma is the most significant female character in the series.

Bulma's character developed better than any other in the series. Initially she was a source of juvenile humor appropriate to the series. Later she matured into a woman who could take care of her family and became important to reflect on the softer side of Vegeta.

Honestly Bulma is amazing. Not only is she hilarious and witty, but she is a genius as well creating a laser gun at 5 and a portable dragon radar at 16 as well as repairing alien technology and making a time travelling machine. Constantly she stands up against others vastly stronger then her and tries to reason with them. Simply put, Bulma never backs down from a challenge!

It was amazing watching Bulma grow up. She's always badass on her own terms. She might not throw a punch or a kick to the villains, but unlike other warriors she never becomes useless thanks to her brain and engineering skills. Kudos to the lady who invented time travel, created some of the first interplanetary spaceships, was an awesome single mom, hacked scouters and domesticated Vegeta. Go deux ex Bulma!

She is annoying.

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19Future Trunks

Unlike Goku and Vegeta, he gives up too fast and is not independent. Don't like him.

He's MUCH kinder than Vegeta. I'm actually surprised such a grumpy bastard can have such a nice son... He's nothing like his annoying father.

Sexier than Goku and Gohan but not Vegeta.

Ugly! Cuter than his dad though.

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20Kid Goku

Goku is a Dragon Ball Character not a DBZ Character! If this was a Top 10 Dragon Ball Characters it would probably be Goku and Bulma then others after.

Kid goku is insanely funny and makes gohan look like a wimp

The cutest kid ever! Kid Goku was hilarious, kind, strong as well as brave with an innocent mind and nothing but courage and purity in his heart. - Goku02

Kid Goku is cute, brave and strong. He should be much higher than this.

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