Top 10 Dragon Ball Z Villains

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The Top Ten

1 Frieza Frieza Freeza (Pronounced "Frieza" in the Funimation dub) is fictional character in the Dragon Ball series by Akira Toriyama as the primary antagonist of the Freeza Saga. He is a galactic tyrant who governs the Planet Trade Organization and is feared by the universe for his sadistic and brutal nature. He is ...read more.

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

King Piccolo is the evil half of a whole being, Cell wasn't really evil at all (he just wanted to show off his Perfect form's strength) and Majin Buu is a physical representation of evil. Freeza, to me, is what TRUE evil is. As long as someone believes what they're doing is right on some level, I don't believe it to be truly evil. Freeza KNEW what he was doing was wrong, he killed elderly people and children not because they were dangerous, but because he could, and no one, he believed, could stop him. He stands at the top of my list forever for that reason.

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2 Cell Cell Cell is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball series by Akira Toriyama. He is the main antagonist of the Android Saga, being an android/artificial life form from the future, whose goal is to become "perfect" via absorbing Androids 17 and 18 and becoming the strongest fighter in the universe.

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).

Best dbz villain I don't know why he is not last villain in series he should be last villain because he had ability of everyone. At first he was weak and get scared then show some arrogant like Vegeta in second form and then he just become Beerus type when he become perfect and mocked Vegeta after final flash.

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3 Kid 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.

Buu was a very interesting character. He was brutal and vicious. He was special and you didn't have the idea that he was evil, just to be evil.

Frieza: A great villain with personality, but his motives were bull. When I watched dragon ball z, Frieza made me think of Bowser from Mario. No motives, just evil to be evil.

Cell: One of my favorites. The only thing I don't like about Cell, is that he needed te dumb actions of our heroes to get stronger. His motives sucked, but it was at least better than Frieza's.

Broly: Okay, he's cool, but nothing more. He had no personality and no motives.

Vegeta: As a villain, he was cool. He had a great personality, but his motives were cool too. He was a great challenge for our heroes.

Super Buu: Same as Kid Buu.

Cooler: The movie was cool, but he was a little bit to similar to Frieza.

Janemba: He was cool, but a copy of Majin Buu.

Bills:, he is just amazing.

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4 Broly Broly

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.

Broly is the legendary super saiyan that is prophecised to come all 1000 years. Just by doing nothing his Power Level rises.

Nobody was ever able to beat him 1 vs 1. Goku needed the Power of every Z fighter and wasnt even able to kill him. And later he comes back without ever Training on grown up gohan long after the cell ark.

If broly would ever train not even beerus would stand a chance.

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5 Vegeta Vegeta

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.

Vegeta is the most powerful character in dragon ball z as compare with the super saiyan go who is goku in anny super saiyan power

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6 Super 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

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

The strongest villain of course look at what he does

Super buu was more smart than he ever let people on and always knew how to win a fight.Against stronger enemies he would cheat instead of getting killed because of a new transformation.Super saiyan 3 and 2 types of transformation were created and that wasnt really a win since he became kid buu.

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7 Cooler

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.

Frieza is awesome, but his brother is 20% cooler...

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8 Janemba Janemba

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

My my my he just took on goku ssj3 like he was killing a mosquito

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9 Omega 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 is absolutely incredible, omega is just something else. I love his awesome huge bully-like design, it really adds to his almost godly like appearance. I must admit, I personally think he was a little too careless with his power and definitely could have been a more destructive force. None the less, omega was a beast...an insanely powerful beast.

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.

Omega shenron, go get yourself a cooky. You just defeated Goku and Vegita, in SSJ 4 mode. Only he was defeated by the whole universe, that seems a BIT unfair...

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10 Bills

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

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?

You said it right he is not a villain, he's god and in that department there are creators and destroyers so yeah.

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The Contenders

11 Majin Vegeta

Probably the best fight he put up against Goku during the whole series

I like this was because he was the transformation that really established vegeta as a good guy when he blows him self up also I cried when that happens

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

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12 King Piccolo

King piccolo was very evil he killed the dragon so no can be wished back

King piccolo even killed shenron

In my opinion, he deserves to be in top 3; the only ones that might be better are Freeza and/or Cell.

Why isn't he even on the top ten?

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13 Majin Buu Majin Buu ...read more.

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!

Buu is awesome he should be like number 3 he's fat fast and he literally turns cities into candy

Turning people into chocolates, this ability is awesome.

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14 Raditz Raditz

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!

Everyone pushed Raditz aside, but many of them forget that he was insanely powerful at the start of the show. Everyone else had a power level of around 300, but Raditz's was over one thousand! He was a badass, and could have easily defeated Goku and Piccolo if he hadn't been so cocky. But that arrogance simply made him a better character.

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!

Raditz was amazing he easily fought goku and piccolo to a standstill

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15 Android 17 Android 17

Should definitely be higher on the list. In the future that trunks did not tinker with, android 17 (with help from 18) basically took over and killed people for fun. He's ruthless as it gets.

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 hadn't 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 absorbed 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

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16 Garlic 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.

Worst villain ever, pilaf is more entertaining than this guy

Garlic Jr is my favorite villain.

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17 Super 17 Super 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.

He should be with omega shenron

Can absorb any ki blast...even kamehameha X 10...And the android barrier can block anything...

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18 Zarbon

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.

He was the most memorable out of Frieza's group. When Cui died, I laughed. When Dodoria died, I cringed. When Zarbon died, I stared in awe. I knew he was going to die, but not that early.

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19 Captain 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.

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20 Nappa

Nappa is so underrated, yet such a badass mofo. You guys only like him because of the abridged series, and that's cool, but just know that this guy took out all the Z-Fighters killing 4 of them in the process! Plus, he was the first one ever to block Goku's kamehameha. Imagine if he would train up to the Frieza Saga, man, that guy would hold his own against Frieza if so.

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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