Top 10 Dragon Ball Z Villains


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Frieza, out of all the villains and characters in dbz had the most compelling backstory, which would either make u angry at the the character for his ruthlessness, awe at his power at the time, or just downright feel for the guy at the crumble of his empire... He was defeated by Goku who barely even has a backstory compared to other characters( I'm a saiyan, raised on Earth)... In the original dbz, Frieza's voice actors weren't great and it actually took away from his character, but in dbz Kai his new voice actor gives him the personality to back his power... His power wasn't the only thing that made Frieza special, but also his appearance and transformartions are unlike any other and looks as if careful thought was put into his designs. He goes from small and delicate to brutal brute, to ferocious monster to deadly pure white delicate humanoid nightmare... Frieza is such a great character, but over the years after his death in dbz history, his name is constantly mocked and the creator uses his power level as a stepping stone by future villains and and a reference used to exaggerate his power dwarf over the years. Now with the new movie, "Revival of Frieza" he's is back and with ONLY a couple months of training, his power now dwarfs all villains after his original death. He isn't a god but his hidden power allows him to go head to head with 2 of them... Despite his impressive comeback, like I said before, Frieza gets no justice. His new form's (while I wasn't expecting it to be anything like his brother's Cooler, a giant armored warrior) design is a rip off of the old golen Super saiyan... Instead of the creator creating a more ultimate evolution based off his pure white form, he decides to base his form color pallette off of Frieza's worst enemy ( are u serious?! )

And then, on top of that instead of Frieza effortlessly dominating the battlefield once again (despite his awesome power at this point) he seems to struggle to maintain the power and loses in pretty much the same manner as he did years before. Why bring back the emperor with this massive power boost, and kill him off again so quickly with no overall change in the direction of the franchise. Like I said before, it seems as if Frieza new found power is only used in this movie to exaggerate how strong Goku and Vegeta have gotten. Frieza gets no justice... BUT, that's just one more reason why Frieza is number one, it only took him months to reach a power that it takes Goku and others years to obtain.. So in a sense, Frieza is that AWESOME and truly is the most capable warrior of being THE STRONGEST IN THE DBZ UNIVERSE if only he stops making the same mistake
He committed a freaking genocide against Namek! A GENOCIDE! On a KIDS show


Dbz isn't a kid show it was an English dubbed adults show that just happened to air on Cartoon Network
Frieza rocks. He is the only one who could fo destroyed Goku if it wasn't for the fact that he loved toying with him. Also he's the only villian who can breath without atmosphere, stand the lack of pressure in space and he can survive the most horrifing injuries.

His saga is also the longest and he can destroy planets in the blink of an eye. The fact that he is vile and evil makes him Gokus arch nemasis and also one of the coolest villians on T. V
[Newest]Bro golden Frieza SMASHED Goku UP HARD CORE if I've got used to the form he could beat both Goku and vegeta super saiyan God super saiyan form LOL
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Cell was everything a dbz villain should be. he was intellectually on par with the likes of gohan and piccolo, had the power and drive of goku, and the ruthlessness of frieza, the previous big bad of the series. cell's design is one of the most interesting designs in all of anime, his color palette along with his armor like skin spoke volumes in terms of originality, and his creation was basically a summary of all of the z warriors adventures. in a way, cell was a proper final villain of the show (even though he was not) and combined the best of all of dbz's villains and heroes cultivated into one final super being that the z warriors defeated together. the cell saga was the last time where the fight against the big bad was a team effort rather than a continuous tug of war with a revolving cast, it was in cell's story that the entirety of dbz made sense as up until that point, everyone whom goku and gohan has redeemed over the years came together to fight and defeat what was essentially a mirror of their biggest strengths and conflicts. combine this with a voice unparalleled in charisma, and it's not hard to see why cell truly is the greatest dbz villain of all time.
I think the others have said it all. Cell had incredible power and intelligence, his regeneration was impressive without being just bull like Buu's, he wasn't terrified of death like Frieza (in fact he was willing to die if it would mean the deaths of his enemies), and overall just stands out. Plus, most of the other villains have boring motives; Frieza wants to rule the galaxy and be immortal (yawn), Buu just wants to destroy everything, Brolly never had any established goals, and the pattern repeats itself. Cell sought perfection and to prove that he was perfect, the most powerful being in the universe. He delighted in others suffering and terror, but that wasn't the driving action behind his goals. He was basically a fusion of all the strongest fighters and villains up to that point and probably should have been the final boss (in fact, if I remember correctly he originally was until Toriyama was pressure by his readers to continue the series).
It's truly difficult to select amongst DBZ's main villains, as they all fit into the storyline well, and I do agree with many of the other opinions on the other villains as well. Cell's introduction in the series was very unexpected (unless spoilers were read/seen). In the "current" time-line the viewers are expecting the androids to wreak havoc, but instead a mysterious creature from the future arrives. Cell makes the merciful Androids seem like friends, and then absorbs them. He held a presence unlike Buu or Frieza, and to top it off, he was the culmination of all previous major villains and main characters. Just a brief summary, but let's face it. Villains like Frieza have existed in reality (Hitler, Stalin... Etc). Buu (and all his forms) were a close 2nd to Cell... Buu was on the other end, he was a total fantasy character formed from magic. Cell was unlike real-life villains, but still had a science element to him. And hence, I'll give him the marginal victory over Buu, and a decent edge over Frieza.
[Newest]Cell is the strongest buy
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3Kid Buu
I am highly disappointed in Kid Buu's position on this list. Kid Buu is with out a doubt THE most vicious, brutal, and ruthless villain in the entire series Dragonball, Dragonball Z, AND GT! Kid Buu doesn't talk, he fights, destroys, and kills everything in his path! He doesn't bargain, play games, and spares nothing. Goku questioned his abilities and even talks about giving up, and that was with a WEAKER form of Buu. He is the only villain to succeed in destroying the Earth, and does it after Vegeta makes a statement about it. Buu doesn't care, as mentioned before, he is ruthless! Frieza, Cell, and Broly fighting together couldn't even stop Buu. And even after the Earth, Buu traveled from planet to planet destroying everything including the people in otherworld nearly Killing those who were already dead! Buu could get blown to bits and still revives himself, he was a monster! Cell was programmed to know the moves that he knew from strands of DNA, Buu learned everything he knew, just by seeing it done once, INCLUDING Instant Transmission! There is no contest, not even Goku in his Super Saiyan 3 form could stop him, when Cell was killed by just a stage 2 Super Saiyan. Kid Buu deserves more respect, as he has the most action packed saga in the entire series.
It's brutal, malicious, killer instinct combined with childlike, easy-going, relentless enjoyment of battle. The perfect combination if you ask me. Kid Buu is tireless, insane, extremely powerful and humorous in his antics. Yet he hardly says a word. Finally, A villain who doesn't talk and gloat before embarassing himself. That in itself is good enough.
He's just pure evil. No intentions. Just evil.
[Newest]Human extinction attack that AWESOME
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Broly is the one of the most ruthless if not the most ruthless character ever. He was evil all the way through. Sure Goku's power level was over 9000! But Broly was stronger than that when he was born. Laugh out loud Plus, he never had to cower and beg for his life like frieza or cell. And unlike cell or the buus, no regeneration powers! He survuved Friezas death ball as a baby! It took two movies to actually kill him. Bio Broly sucked of course, but if Broly had his own saga, even more of his unknown skills could be discovered. If he ever discovered ss4, not even Omega Shenron would stop him.
Broly is nothing but a giant unstoppable mass of legendary super-saiyan. He just hadn't unlocked his full potential when he was defeated by Goku.
Broly could easily beat cell and frieza. Think about it with every fight he would get stronger. When he was born his power level was 10k. Whereas goku was only 2... If Broly trained as much as goku frieza and cell would kill themselves to avoid embarrassment
[Newest]Since birth he has been the over 9000
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5Omega Shenron
He can single handed beat two super sayian 4 without any problems, also goku has to use a spirit bomb which contain energy of the universe. If he came sooner. The Z fighter wouldn't be able to beat him and also he almost won. If goku die by the Minus Energy ball the Omega Shenron throw at him the universe would be doom for good. Only SS4 gogeta could stand up and fight him head on without losing
He actually defeated two ss4 and three ss2 with a little effort.
Only gogeta can destroy him.
He was toying with the 2 most powerful beings in the universe and that to with both of them on ssj4 Goku and Vegeta didn't even put a scratch on omega. Omega shenron is the most powerful shadow dragon He should be on first position here.
[Newest]Huh too bad he's not even canon

Vegeta should defiantly be number 1 on here not 9? What is wrong with you people? Vegeta was one the the best fighters every think about it, survived a spirit bomb, took two members of the ginyu force out by himself, destroyed android #19, played around with semi-perfect cell, Did a epic move the final flash on perfect cell, nearly blowing up the planet, had his mind taken over and still did what he wanted, did the coolest kamikaze attack I've ever seen! If you want me to continue I'd be glad to, because vegeta is awesome and he shouldn't be this low on a list.
When Vegeta came to Earth for the first time, he was awesome; when battling the b Z fighters he was seemingly immortal. He was hit by the kamehameha, then by the spirit bomb but still he was capable of facing great ape Gohan. That battle was truly awesome! And before leaving Earth badly injuried he told Krillin ( who listened to Goku and didn't finish him off) and told him "when I come back, I'll stare in your eyes as I crash your life". Vegeta on Namek exterminates an entire village, including the elderly and the children. He was defined as "pure evil" and "unspeakable evil". Vegeta even desroyed an entire planet just by using his fingertips!
Vegeta is definitely the best character in DBZ in my opinion.
I get that most people don't consider him to be the best villain because he becomes a hero (while still being ruthless and badass)

The best pure villain in DBZ in my opinion is Frieza, just because Vegeta is more of an hero/antihero than a villain for most of the time.
[Newest]I like him because he is extremely skilled, and is prepared for pretty much anything.

7Super Buu
Very similar in attitude and style to his later self when he absorbs Gohan, he is a very cool and brilliant villain. How he turns the tables against Gohan is pretty awesome.


He is also very powerful
This is flawed. this should be #2
[Newest]The strongest villain of course look at what he does

If you haven't seen DBZ Movie 12 named "Fusion Reborn", go see it now. Janemba is epic. His first form is something to laugh at, but his last is badass. In my opinion he's as good as Frieza
Janemba is not overrated by many dbz fans but he is truly powerful at last form. He likes so badass, imagine if he absorbed kid buu his power level would be so high. Goku needed to fuse to beat him, no offense but I think he could defeat broly or Frieza but I think it would be a close match between kid buu.
He had absolutely no trouble in facing goku ssj3 he has perfect manipulation
The demon can alter reality. For example, he changed the Other World station, with King Yemma in it, into a jellybean looking thing along with everything else in Other World, even the tournament grounds. He is apparently able to physically alter and Deconstruct/Reconstruct the mass of objects. He is also very skilled in martial arts overpowering both goku and vegeta

Out of all the villains in DBZ, Cooler is, has been, and always will be my all-time favourite. Part of it is because of his transformations (and physical appearance in general) but mainly I like him because of the difference between him and Frieza. Frieza's ok, as a villain (he's the only villain I know that can make 'I'm going to kill you' sound polite) but he was SO self-absorbed and full of himself, that he believed he could simply conquer anyone with no trouble. In that instance, Goku put him in his place. Whereas Cooler, he doesn't underestimate his opponents, and even insists that his men check over and over the area, even after it seems as though the enemies were obliterated.

I really hope to see more of Cooler in Dragon Ball Z, cameos and such, though it would be AWESOME if he were to have his own saga (probably won't happen, but a girl can dream, can't she? )
Wish he could have gotten a whole saga to himself. He was sick! He was Frieza but with another transformation.
Cooler definitely deserved his own saga, I mean, he had a great personality, showed a lot more depth than his brother, and did not underestimate the power of those he was fighting; a trait completley unique to him. He was an undefined badass and if there ever is a Z2, he's gotta be in it. Cell is awesome too. So is Freiza and Super buu. Broly falls a bit short for me and bills certainly shouldn't be on here but I digress. Cooler is awesome.
[Newest]He was a lot better than frieza

Why is bills not number 1 he is as strong a s a god maybe even stronger he gave Goku lots of trouble and made vegeta be nice to him because Goku lost in a battle with bills which made vegeta petrified of bills. Vegeta usually never backs down from a fight. Bills is definitely for sure with out a doubt number 1. No question about it.
Bills presents he is the strongest, after watching a specific scene, you see Bills simply flick Super Saiyan 3 Goku with a finger. Frieza got his butt kicked by a Super Saiyan, so think for a second, who is stronger? I mean come on! This isn't rocket science people!
The reason bills is low on the list is because he's not really a villain he's just doing his job
I think he's a really powerful fighter and very cool too he acted a little strange but he's alright for a god of destruction and destroying galxay it be a lot better if he was a good instead of a bad guy cause he don't look that bad.
[Newest]Bills wanted to destroy earth and while doing it he nearly killed the main character Goku

The Contenders

11Majin Vegeta
Probably the best fight he put up against goku during the whole series
Goku had a limited time on Earth, so what does Vegeta do? Kicks his ass almost kills him and blows up Majin Buu.. Talk about being awesome, ruthless and an amazing character!
powerfull mercifull, kicks gokus butt

12King Piccolo
King piccolo was very evil he killed the dragon so no can be wished back
King piccolo even killed shenron

13Majin Buu
Common guys! How can you not like majin buu! He turns people into chocolate for goodness sake! He is by far the best villain in dbz!
I loved majin buu

I love Raditz. And he is not weak because when he was fighting Goku and Piccolo, he did have the upper hand for most of the fight. They just barely managed to defeat him. The only reason they won is because Goku put Raditz in a full nelson and both were hit by Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon. I would have liked to have seen Raditz come back, switch sides, and make well with his family. Well, Raditz, I LOVE you, even if nobody else does!
Come on give him some credit! The first villian ya not as strong as the others but he is the first villian so it would be dumb to give him to much power but still really good!
Love raditz. such an imposing figure and I've always wondered what it would have been like if he HAD switched sides instead of... you know.. dying and then being easily overpowered in the otherworld.
He is Goku's blood and a better class saiyan.. he could have been awesome!
[Newest]This dude better appear in Dragon Ball Super

15Garlic Jr.
It was awesome the anime when he rules the world and Piccolo cheats everyone (including viewer) and then krillin goes to play too and Gohan is apparently left alone against his two friends.

The bad part was Kami and Popo running like stupids for an hour or two.
Both Piccolo and Goku had a hard time fighting this guy.
This guy is boring

16Dr. Gero
He made some of the most dangerous super villains

17Android 17
You have to admire that he never gives up. Even when the odds were against him with Cell, he never admitted defeat and he got back up every time. Whereas someone else would probably just lay there and wait for someone to rescue them. 17 probably has more heart and more courage than anybody else.
In the alternate future 17 and his sister 18 wipe out two thirds of the human population. He delights in people suffering
Nobody could even scratch his weaker 'sister' android 18 when they were introduced, if they hadnt been re programmed to not be so vicious they would have killed every Z-Fighter without a doubt, and they probably could have taken cell if they got to him. Before he absorbes all of the people.

He is hilarious and you will quote everything he says.
At least he got dbz abridged
Sigh Another TFS quote. Is this seriously the ONLY reason why people like Nappa?

19Captain Ginyu
He got the best move in whole Dragonball, he can swap bodies! Still we don't know if this was his real body. And he got the best poses of all villains.

20Super 17
Who can guess that tall thin bully guy can absorb a powerful attack like the red colored kamehameha x10. Goku had no chance of winning if it wasn't for the help of 18.
Super android 17 is awesome by defeating super saying vegeta, gohan, and almost defeating Goku if it wasn't for android 18 he could have defeated him.
Cell is way better

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