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 ...more

He committed a freaking genocide against Namek! A GENOCIDE! On a KIDS show - dgenerationdino

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

I think Frieza is the most evilest because he want all of the dragon balls so he can be a mortal

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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 ...more

I have mixed feelings about Cell being in second place on this list, but he was the best dbz villain in my opinion. He was sociopathic, killing for amusement much like a cat that plays with a mouse until it dies, then moves on to the the next one.

He enjoyed the pain and suffering of others above all. He was also calculated and methodical. An intelligent opponent that put a lot of pressure on the Z warriors. They had to combined their efforts to defeat him, which really wasn't seen that much in the Buu saga and a little in the Frieza saga.

Frieza was a great ruthless villain, but that's all he was for the most part. He ruled with fear and that comes from weakness in my opinion. Cell was feared without having to try so hard. He was merciless like Frieza, but that wasn't all there was to him. He was more complex.

Cell was unpredictable, you never knew what he was going to do next, compared to Frieza who was fairly predictable in his behavior. As a side note Cell ...more

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).

Cell can absorb like buu and he can use all dbz attacks because he is perfect he is a total badass

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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 ...more

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.

I think kid is the most power villain

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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

Every way he was killed off was fake and made no sense. I mean come on, a power up and 1 punch from Goku and he's out like that? The 2nd Broly movie made some sense although he could have destroyed the Earth by flicking his wrist. And don't even talk to me about Bio Broly it was awful. Broly was never given a true chance to shine in my opinion I feel like he should've been involved the actual series.

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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.

He has the best lines. When he kicked ass, it's the greatest and most entertaining thing. Vegeta is the most memorable villain.

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6Omega 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.

Huh too bad he's not even canon

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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. - EvilAngel

He is also very powerful

Is awesome how even before absorbed outsmarts both piccolo and gohan. He's totally a chess-master and likely the smartest character of DBZ

This is really off super buu should be 1st Goku had no choice but to fuse with vegeta to beat him

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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

Janemba can turn a club into a badass sword!

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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.

Cooler is cooler

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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

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.

Beerus is a god but acts like us. He's so much like us to the point that nobody can suspect that he's a god. Also, he's the most powerful out of all of the villains. Defeating Goku in SSJ3 form in 2 blows! That means he's something. Also, he could destroy planets in one snap of his fingers. Also, he's HILARIOUS! His comment on Vegeta's Bingo Dance, his reason to destroy Earth, come on. This villain cracks you up. Also, HE'S A CAT AND HAS A PET FISH AND LOVES SUSHI. How ironic is that?

Whis should be higher and not Bills. I know that Bills is strong but Whis is stronger

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The Newcomers

?Baby Vegeta

Do I really have to say? Took down ssj3 oku and almost beat ssj4 Goku.

Baby vegeta too strong super siayan 3 Goku couldn't take him on and ssj4 Goku sure nearly took him down but oozaru version bam done

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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!

Raditz may not be strong (compared to the Z fighter now) but he was a badass. He's the first villain in DBZ and he made an amazing impression, catching a bullet and flinging it back with enough force to kill a man. Only the combined efforts of Piccolo and Goku finally killed him, and even then Goku died too!

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!

I wished he survived longer. :(

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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

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16Super 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

17 is my favorite number and saga

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17Dr. Gero

He made some of the most dangerous super villains

DR. Gero was just a total badass

18Captain Ginyu

Captain Ginyu was a badass. He had been the strongest in the universe for years, even stronger than when Goku had trained to become more powerful than Vegeta who was once the strongest in the universe, until 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.

He can change body with anyone! Even Frieza or beerus


I thought Nappa was cool. He's really underrated, and could get some more appreciation for being the first to take out almost every Z-Fighter out at once. Why do people only like him for team Four Star? Nappa was easily one of the most unique villains in the show

Nappa - One badass

He is hilarious and you will quote everything he says.

At least he got dbz abridged

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Umm... 44? Seriously? This guy deserves a lot more credit. Even though he's a newer character, I mean, this guy maintains balance in the universe by destroying worlds. If he can destroy worlds, imagine how easily he could defeat Frieza!

He already on the list at number 10

Beerus is my favorite

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