Top 10 Dragon Ball Z Villains


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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
Other than Vegeta, Frieza was the best written character in the series. He is powerful, ruthless and funny. It is amazing how his entire empire crumbles around him because of the ones he fears most.
[Newest]Frieza is the greatest villain in DBZ. He killed Krillin and made Goku go super saiyan.
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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.
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.
Cell was by far the best villain in Dragon Ball Z and the entire series. He had the most diverse personality of any character, he can absorb people as painfully as he likes, he can reproduce asexually and produce his own army, he had the cells of all the major characters at the time and he even makes a speech about eating a bean sound epic. What's not to like about Cell?
[Newest]When Cell killed Android 16 gohan went ssj2.
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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]Some may say Super Buu is more powerful, but Kid Buu is obviously more vicious and cleaver. Unlike Cell, Frieza, Broly, etc. , he is basically completely regenerative, and has reformed himself from SMOKE PARTICLES several times. If Super Buu can tear a hole in time and space, Kid Buu probably can too.
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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 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
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.
[Newest]Broly is a powerhouse
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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]Vegeta has to be number one

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
The strongest villain of course look at what he does

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.

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

The Contenders

11Super 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.
17 is my favorite number and saga

12Majin 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

13Garlic 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

14King Piccolo
King piccolo was very evil he killed the dragon so no can be wished back
King piccolo even killed shenron

I think I'm in love with baby. He is cute and cool good thing I'm on his side. I think he is handsome. I love his outfit.
He is not only strong but also very powerful.
He got the whole Earth on his side
He managed to take control of Vegeta.
He made a genius to revive him.
He looks amazing!

16Super Android 17
This Guy actually could defeat SSJ4 Goku. He's power in really up there, probably matched to Bills.

17Dr. Gero
He made some of the most dangerous super villains

18Majin 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

Bojack is the best
Bojack is Incredible Force, Only Gohan deffeating like defeat Cell, to transform in the super Sayajin 2.

20Android 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.
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.
In the alternate future 17 and his sister 18 wipe out two thirds of the human population. He delights in people suffering

A very underrated character with very interesting powers. Who can forget that evil laugh?
Why is he here I think he is more annoying than scrappy doo

22Android 18
She is pretty but evil but she turns good she is so pretty
I think the guy before me believes she's pretty.


Why did she fall for Krillin, one of the big mistakes in dragon ball Z.

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!

24Android 13
This guy is a monster! Also when he takes 14 and 15 parts, oh dear he is a evil strong killer robot. please don't try to fight him.
The most power ful villain

He is hilarious and you will quote everything he says.

Zarbon is the absolute best supporting villain in the series. He is responsible for telling Frieza to eliminate the Saiyan race, goes about pounding Vegeta's daylights in the most brutal fight scene in the entire series, and has likely the most exciting death scene in the entire series as well. He also is a lover of beauty and holds a dormant power, the ability to transform into a reptilian beast. He is the deadly dynamic of the combination of the beauty and the beast and the most mysterious yet demonic, ruthless, and brutal villain in the series. The only other comparable villain in terms of story, mannerism, and actual evil acts is Frieza himself.
Best villain because he had the best fight scene against Vegeta, ruthlessly pummeling him. He also was the Commander General of Frieza's entire army and slaughtered many under his command before meeting a grisly end himself. He has the ability to transform into a reptilian beast and uses his beauty as a clever camouflage for his demonic form. Zarbon is the beauty and the beast personified in one excellent villain and is a very successful plot device for Vegeta's story.
Best villain in the entire series because he had the most brutal fight, where he didn't even allow his opponent a chance to attack. Anyone who enjoys rooting for the villain has a field day with Zarbon's deadly fighting tactics. He's also the most militant and disciplined of Frieza's elite Commanders and the deadliest and most powerful in his army of millions.
[Newest]Zarbon is the best supporting villain as well as having the most exciting fight scene in the series. He's also a very deep character and does a lot for the actual plot. I love that he suggested and set up the Saiyan planet to get wiped out by his Master Frieza and continued to serve loyally until the brutal end.

27Captain 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 is so weird. But it makes him kind of funny.
My Favorite member of the Ginyu Force.

29Android 19

30Lord Slug

31Mercenary Tao
He's better because he's got that moustache legends are made of

32Chi Chi
How does being concerned make you a villain!
Chi Chi is just mad and she is the meaning of Yandere


I hate Chi chi best in the Dragon Ball series.
She's arrogant and so rude.

33Super Android 13

He is cool warrior his power level is only 1400 and he not a siyan but he has the power of 100 peoples he also generate fusion bomb, energy blast and top of all he also generate spirit bomb he has three eyes he is killed by nappa in dbz kai he lives in Mrs popo place but he is awesome


35Super Perfect Cell
He is Cell who is in 2nd place!

He's Goku, except he's evil and he knows it. He's the opposite of Goku, and a ruthless overlord. He deserved more time than he got. He's DBZ's most pure evil villain. Turles = Badass.
He is an evil beast. He looks like an evil version of Goku. But he's still very cool. And he gets stronger when he eats fruit from the tree of might.
Come on guys. He BEAT Goku! Watch the tree of night you'll see what I mean. Goku got "main characters advantage" at the end.


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 is god of destruction nearly killed majinn buu

He is awesome He Is Damn Cool Villain His Power Level Is 85,000 He Is Too powerful Even Vegeta, Krillian And Gohan Didn't Put a Scratch On It But Still Goku Defeat Him In One Shot


40General Blue
Legit human threat before power up bull plagued the series.

HE is not a siayan he is just funny guy his power level is 45000 he run away when nappa and vageta arrived in series DBZ kai


Hatchiyack is probably one of the coolest dbz character just becuase of his badassness

The best villain that never was.

44Demon King Dabura


I always loved this guy. Wish he did more

47Ninja Murasaki

48General Blue

Goku and Vegeta are the best!

This list is only for villains. Why is he here?
He is damn cool vilan but goku ss2 defeat him his power level is 17000 he wore very awesome armor he is a saiyan he also become ss1 in DBZ AT GT Kai


51King Cold
He is so strong and powerful and pure evil
I love this Bara Space Daddy
Really would've liked to have seen more of him. It was kinda rude to just bring him into the show for a few measly episodes, then kill him off (I know he makes a few cameos later on, but that's just not enough. )
King cold can capture entire solarsystems even cooler & frieza were afraid of him

Have you even seen piccolo Jr. Saga? He rips goku to pieces!
Not only is he my favorite dragon ball villain, he is also my favorite dbz z fighter and character in general.
Name another villain who broke Goku into pieces. It should've taken 3 senzu beans to heal him.


Super ghost kamikaze attack. I mean what little legend.

He's like super tall and could kill anyone and anything by stepping on it or punching/kicking them. Also Goku had to go SS3 just to defeat him and now that's saying something!

Gohan is son of goku the very first super siyan he in awesome he is trained by picollo and in spirit his power level almost reach to 1.2 billion he is cute and in full moon he transform in to gorella and his power level is 1.9billion he and trunks fuse and become gotenks and his power level grew to 2.3 billion
He is the son of goku he can kick butt and he bet cell and freiza simple

Considering that just about everything bad that happened in the series was Goku's fault I think it's fair to say that he is the series' greatest villain. He's made so many bad decisions (although one or two ended up being good in hindsight he still shouldn't have made them). He let Vegeta, an enemy that swore revenge, live, he allowed Freiza to survive which had it not been for Trunks or Goku's new Instant Transmission technique would have ended badly for Earth. HE GAVE CELL A SENZU BEAN so he would be at full power to FIGHT HIS 11 YEAR OLD SON, and he didn't beat fat Buu when he had the chance because he wanted to give the kids a chance to save the Earth.
Whats wrong with you! He did that because he knew what was gonna happen
Goku is the best

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