Best Dragon Ball Z Characters

The Top Ten
1 Vegeta Vegeta is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

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

Vegeta is an impressive ensemble dark horse. He was a standout antagonist, raising the stakes to previously unseen heights and was of very short statue despite his strength, which immediately set him apart from previous villains.

As a protagonist, Vegeta was a poignant reflection of a complex aspect of the human condition: Failure, and redemption.

He constantly chastises the other z warriors, often with humorous results, which made for a welcome change of pace between fights. "Naturally, it's a Super Saiyan Bargain Sale! "

Vegeta's character revolves around his unwavering resolve, learning from his mistakes, and his rivalry with Goku. Almost all of his development stems from his failures rather than his victories.

Vegeta literally grew as a character in his efforts to surpass Goku. In the end, Vegeta's wish wasn't simply fulfilled, he became wiser and outgrew his pride. Coming to recognize Goku as an equal through comradeship.

Vegeta is my favorite character because although he has a tough, rough, no-nonsense exterior, he has a noble heart on the inside. His voice may be gruff and often cold-hearted, but on the inside he knows how to feel. He is a powerful warrior with a bitter, Malice-plagued past who must strive to become who he truly is inside: a valiant fighter with the ability to have the very same emotions as the other characters in Dragon Ball Z. He is powerful and brimming with potential. His arrogance is not only amusing, but it really builds up a liking for this pompous Prince. His ego is rather big, but that's just who he is. And that is why so many of us favor Vegeta over even the main character!

2 Goku Son Goku (Kakarrot) is the main protagonist in Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. He has many abilities like, super strength, utilization of ki, flight, teleportation, super speed, enhanced reflexes, and Super Saiyan transformation that increase strength, speed, and durability. His real name was suppose to be Kakarrot because that's his Saiyan name, and he is the son of Badrock, and Gina. His brother was Raditz. When they sent Goku (Kakarrot) to Earth his grandfather Gohan took care of him. Later on Goku didn't realize it when he was a kid, but he killed his grandfather Gohan because it was a full moon, and Goku looked at it, so he turned into a giant ape.

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 anime character of all time. He is the most inspiring character I've ever seen.

Son Goku is the character who broke the mold. In a generation that was populated by tough, gruff emo dudes, Goku came along as a small, cheerful, carefree character who has defined Japanese anime since his first appearance. He was the inspiration for characters like Naruto and Luffy (Naruto and one piece respectively) and continues to be widely considered as the greatest anime character of all time. Too many heroes today are the quiet, strong, angry type (example : Vegeta) while Goku continues to be the happy-go-lucky, carefree definition of purity and power. Son Goku = Greatest, strongest, coolest character in the history of entertainment.

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.

Obviously Vegeta is an absolutely legendary awesome character, but how can he be number 1? Goku should be first, and Vegeta second. Why? Because Goku is the greatest fictional hero of all time. He has inspired millions of people to be better people, he would give his own life to protect the Earth and it's people, and he is beyond legendary. Goku is obviously the best. In my opinion Vegeta and Piccolo are the two next best, with Gohan and Future Trunks coming fourth and fifth, but Goku is definitely the best. That's not opinion, it's fact. DBZ is all about Goku.

3 Piccolo Piccolo 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, flight, and superhuman hearing.

Piccolo had the entire Vegeta redemption arc in a way far cleaner and more subtle than the spiky-haired saiyan. He went from being pure evil, literally all bad and more monstrous in heart than Frieza could dream to be, to be one of the Earth's three greatest protectors.

Think about that. He went from existing as the incarnation of evil with the sole purpose of avenging his father, the Demon King Piccolo Daimo, to babysitting and helping to raise the son of the one he was born to kill.

He gave up his identity to ensure that which he cared for would be safe, threw away his life to save Gohan without hesitation when he came to Namek he could've left. He could've gone anywhere else and been rid of them all.

But he stayed. He went and fought Frieza.

He was the redeemed monster before Vegeta ever was.

The best enemy-turned-ally in the series. Piccolo even became a surrogate father to his nemesis' son. The only character among the heroes who was able to keep up with the super sayians and when he was finally left behind he became their mentor. No one but him embodies power and wisdom as well as he does within the Dragonball universe.

Piccolo is a tough and extremely powerful warrior that can trade blows with the likes of super SS Goku and SS Vegeta, but he is also a brilliant tactician, mentor and a very loyal ally. The cast of DBZ is great but I can't imagine DBZ without Piccolo and his shiny green noggin.

Piccolo is just straight up BADASS.
He has some of the coolest attacks in DBZ like Special Beam Cannon, Light Grenade and Hellzone Grenade (or whatever it was called I can't remember).
He also brought us maybe the goriest scene in DBZ and he WRECKED Freeza's second form.
Piccolo is without a doubt my favorite character.

4 Gohan Son Gohan is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. Gohan is introduced as the first son of the protagonist Goku, and his wife Chi-Chi, in chapter #196 Kakarrot, first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on October 24, 1988. Chi-Chi is a strict and protective mother to Gohan, forcing him to focus on his studies and forbidding him from practicing martial arts. However, due to the various threats to the Earth, she reluctantly allows him to fight, with him ultimately becoming one of the strongest characters in the series. Gohan has been well received by both fans and critics, the latter usually citing the character's growth from his initial appearance more.

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 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 The Badass, my favourite in Dragon Ball Z and also favourite anime male! Gohan is orginally a crybaby, always protected and cared for by his loving parents. After undergoing harsh training methods of Piccolo, he became tougher, and fought alongside everyone against enemies though he's just 5. He became stronger and stronger, till he managed to unlock his enormous potential and hidden power, surpassing even his almighty father in the process. He turned into that badass 9-year-old kid who whooped Cell's ass like a boss. I find it awesome how Akira wrote his character, for such a pacifist like him to become somewhat ruthless after his SSJ2 transformation ( by the way that transformation is amazing. Those lightning sparks are truly epic ). What made him even more interesting, is his decision to continue to live peacefully as a normal high school student afterwards. This made him gain a lot of haters, but actually it fits his character. I like how he could manage to enjoy his ...more

Lets make a list...

Only one who beat the crap out of all three saiyans for a short time.

Beat the crap out of Frieda in his second, third, and final form.

After hyperbolic time chamber, Goku even said even as a ssj, he was stronger.

First to turn ssj2, and was only a teen when he did.

One handed Kamehameha when he lost power by saving Vegeta while Cell was at his best.

Even stated in the manga that mystic Gohan was stronger than a ssj3 by Goku.

Beat Super Buu, the one who the fused ssj3 could barley beat, without breaking a sweat. Goku was so much stronger than fat buu, but super buu is stronger and Gohan showed much more of a power gap between the two when they fought.

I could go on and on, how is he not number one? Gohan is the strongest infused character in DBZ history (maybe with the exception of Broly, POSSIBLY! ) Basically, best, most powerful, and most powerful for at least the good guys, maybe the best of all time. Could ...more

5 Trunks Trunks is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

You've got to be REALLY cool to pull off a name like Trunks and still be remembered for being awesome. Plus you've got to give him a whole lot of credit for never giving up hope even when the poor kid's entire timeline got ruined. His present timeline version is nice too, but falls flat in comparison to future Trunks.

Oh, and the fight against Frieza and King Cold. He accomplished in a single episode what Goku and the rest couldn't do in an entire SEASON. He doesn't let his ego or thirst for good fights or whatever affect him. He actually gets it done, and for a series as amazing albeit long-drawn as dbz tends to be, that's something we can appreciate.

Trunks was completely awesome. From his cool entrance into the series to his statement exit. He was the toughest character because he had grown up in a future where all his loved ones were killed. He lived in a post apocalyptic world that he made his business to protect. He made such a great impact on the show within the short period he was there (Future Trunks). He could have been a great main character if they gave him his own series in the future. In the end, Trunks is my favorite character because he took no nonsense and always worked to kill an oppenent as quickly as possible. He was the best..

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.

Future Trunks is my favoutite character by a long way for several reasons:
1) He defeats major villains with relative ease in ruthless fashion. No other character would kill the android, cell, freiza and king cold as quickly and efficiently.
2) He comes from an apocalyptic future where he has endured unimaginable hardship, which none of the other fighters have (they all have their freinds revived by the dragon balls)
3) He choses to fight and save others even when he is outmatched. He does this against the androids in both time lines and against perfect cell.
4) That USSJ transformation! When trunks goes ussj and fights cell it's so badass. He fairs much better than Vegeta did.
5) Trunks is also a good guy, he is very determined to save his freinds and family and risks everything to save them.

6 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 the series's most personal and significant antagonist, being responsible for many of the series' events, most notably Goku's transformation into a Super Saiyan.

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?

Frieza killed almost all of the Saiyan race, almost all the Namekians, Vegeta, Krillin (but that's not to hard to do) Dende, planet Vegeta, and planet Namek. Also in his new Golden form he kicked 2 times more but than before but he does not like losing, especially if you are a saiyan, or if you defy "Lord Frieza". In conclusion if he does not like you your dead but if you beat him in any margin he will cunningly fill the gap between his loss to his victory in the most cruel way he sees fit.

For me, the emperor Frieza is the best because he's not only ultra-powerful but also cruel and sadistic. That's why I love him.
His last form is also well-designed.
He kills so much innocent people and he enjoys it... just like me!
Such a shame that he didn't kill goku on that day... I'd like to see him rule the whole galaxy!

Frieza is a villain who deserves to be the best not in just dbz, db resurrection f and potentially db super ( as stated by the series author ), but in the entire ANIME INDUSTRY. His unique personality; his ruthless and arrogant nature; his sadistic nature, its all nothing less then best. He without any argument possesses all the needed qualities needed to be the best villain of all. No, he possesses the quality needed to be more than just perfect! The unique character Frieza is, can never be rivaled even in the best and the legendry DRAGON BALL FRANCHISE. HAIL TO LORD Frieza!

7 Bulma 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.

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's the most important character in the entire series. Without her everyone on earth would've been dead 10x over. Yes goku and all the other fighters were needed so she could survive and did all the fighting but without her goku wouldn't have left the forest, without her no dragon radar, no time machine, no trunks, no spaceship, no money for all their escapades. She is the most pivotal character through her personality as well as her ingenuity. By far the most important and well rounded character I've seen in a long time. She is the perfect example of a support character that I've seen in any series and she also doesn't let the men around her push her around or take advantage of her. She her progress and development through the whole series allowed her to achieve feats that in my opinion are greater than just saving the world. WHICH UNLESS YOU'RE PAYING ATTENTION wouldn't BE EVEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT HER. Plus she fell for the Saiyan that had the most character development so she ...more

This character does not get enough love. I know the show's misogynistic writers used her for a lot of filler material that turned her into a bit of a joke, and I know her accomplishments are always downplayed as compared to the male characters around her, but the other characters would all be dead without her. And she definitely deserves to be higher on this list than that perv Master Roshi who sexually harasses her and never did anything useful after training Goku.

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!

8 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.

Frieza was ruthless and evil, Buu was unimaginably powerful, but Cell, on the other hand, was perfect. His powers were cooler as well. He could do anything Frieza could but better, same applies to most Z fighters. His offspring were at least as strong as Vegeta and he could produce them without trouble. Lastly, the gap between Buu and Cell is much much less than the gap between Frieza and Cell.

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 villain in the entire show

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 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)

9 Bardock Bardock is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama. He is the father of Goku.

Bardock was the leader of a group of saiyans(Fasha, Shugesh,Tora, Borgos) that lead the attacks on other planets to scavenge them for resources. more.

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

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!

Bardock is the original super saiyan, without him Goku would have never been BORN! Also he cares for his crew, he's a badass, he looks like a badass, and he has a scar on his face and everybody knows tat your automatically cool if you have a scar on your face- well except if your Yamcha he's useless, he wears his best friend's arm band as a bandana to honor his crew, and he had ta balls to go up against Frieza BY HIMSELF back when it actually mattered. You could say he had Dragon Ball


Bardock is the original super saiyan, and quite possibly the original ssj god. He single handedly took on freiza himself, in the hope of redemption. He is, by saiyam standards, a saint, he cares a great deal about his team mates and family. He stole an escape pod to save his son in Minus and refused to escape with him, saying freiza would be able to track them using scouters. He is an anti hero with an extra shot of hero. He loved his wife, Gine as well as both his sons, which is also extremely rare for saiyans. He is also a super saiyan and that means he is, by some measure, good.

10 Krillin Krillin (クリリン, Kuririn) is a supporting protagonist in the Dragon Ball manga, and the anime series Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super. more.

Krillin is -and always has been- my favorite character all throughout my 16 years of being a fan of the Dragonball series. I may be biased because he was my first fictional crush (ironically, Android 18 was my second), but he's just got the personality of someone I would want to spend my time around. He's got a lot of determination, cares for his friends, and has a good sense of humor.

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.

Technically he is the main character of Dragon Ball Z.
He interacts with all the characters in every saga. He is part of the plot in every saga.
Goku just appears when the story needs a strong character but he don't interact too much with Frieza or cell.

Krillin is the strongest human in all of Dragon Ball. He never gives up and for that he deserves to at least be in the top 5. He's definitely in my top 3 favorite Dragon Ball characters.

The Contenders
11 Vegito Vegito is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

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.

What's this guys! I mean you all like vegeta right or maybe goku. their power levels have met and created the warrior who:
- Played around with Majin BuuHan
- Sent Destroy Everything! Sphere into space with a kick in his base form
- Forced Buu to absorb himself so he could save Gotenks, Piccolo, Gohan, Good Buu
- Kicked Everyone's Ass
I know that Vegito has only been around for 5 or 6 episodes but he kicked everyone's ass in a short limit of time

I love Vegito, he is basically Goku and Vegeta fused together, he should be #1 he has Vegeta's cockiness and Goku's kindness, he's like a cat about to kill a mouse, toys with the mouse before the kill. I love the fight between Vegito and Buu, Vegito's the cat, and Buu is the mouse. And he doesn't have Vegeta's ruthlessness or Goku stupidity he's perfect.

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!

12 Broly Broly is the main antagonist in the Broly Triple Threat trilogy and Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie. He appears to be the latest of the Legendary Super Saiyans who appear every thousand years. His father was Paragus.

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.

Beat up two ...more

When it comes to Broly he is probably one of the strongest saiyan ever in fact he is the legendary super saiyan. The first movie of Broly was very popular and also it is the third most amazing movie of dragon ball.This character has the potential to be the strongest because he has unlimited KI and always try to keep improving his techniques. In the first movie Goku's super kamehameha was like nothing to him. Broly also took up the whole south galaxy! and in other hand villains like buu and cell has the potential to destroy only the earth.So for me Broly is the best villain ever/

Awesome villain. The only reason he isn't higher on the list, is cause he wasn't canon, and if he was, I'm pretty sure everyone knows he would be way more popular if so. Broly should have replaced Buu. If he did, DBZ would truly be complete. Tyrant. Perfect being. The legendary Super Saiyan. What a great order that is. Too bad it never happened.

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!

13 Tien Shinhan Town is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

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 was Goku's rival before Vegeta, and arguably had more potential than him. He was much much weaker during the King Piccolo saga, but he managed to recover and slightly overpower weighted goku in the 23rd tournament. Tien was unable to train with all the masters, use kaioken, and exploit zenkais, and unlock ssj forms like the Goku was, which is why he was so underrated. He was a complete badass in Dragon Ball, second only to Goku, Piccolo Jr. And Kami. He completely tanked Cyborg Tao's super dodon ray, and pretty much one shotted him even after having his chest cut open. He became obscure in Dbz, but his neo tri beam is arguably the best ki technique, and it is simply put, impossible that Krillin is stronger than him at any time besides during the Frieza saga. Tien is a beast, and he is at least as strong as Frieza during the Buu saga.

Tien is highly underrated. He should be higher. I loved him in Dragon Ball and (besides Piccolo) he is the strongest non- Saiyan of the group. And that's a high achievement considering Piccolo is pretty strong and Tien was actually able to push CELL. His fighting style is wonderful!

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.

14 Kid Trunks Kid Trunks is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

This is utter bull. Trunks and Goten are equally strong and equally useful / useless, with their helping rescue Vegeta and producing Gotenks, and biasing fans call Kid Trunks powerful and useful and Goten weak and useless. That's low.

Considering his father is the most badass character in anime, Trunks is following his footsteps. He's the most handsomest and badass kid of his generation. More kids should be like him.

This is shocking. Trunks should be above Goten. He's stronger, cuter, smarter, and is the bad ass of the two. Goten follows Trunks like an brainless idiot. Trunks is better than him.

Should be way lower, where his useless sister is. She's always pestering, just like her sibling. Poor Vegeta has to run around taking care of his uselss children, he'd rather have Future Trunks.

15 Gogeta Gogeta is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

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!

Gogeta is easily the best Fusion. Vegetto was cocky and full of attitude and took a total of 16:12 minutes to defeat Buuhan, While Gogeta only took 3:25 minutes to defeat Super Janemba. Janemba (His fat form) is easily stronger than Buuhan by a lot. Gogeta really knows how to take a punch.

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

Gogeta defeated Omega Shenron, and Janemba, and in his ssj4 form is the most overpowered character in dbgt and maybe in Dragon Ball history( besides Whis, beerus, and Vados). So is it me or is that pretty awesome.

16 Android #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.

She's one of the few female characters who can actually fight. She also kicked Vegetas butt and broke his arm when he was a Super Sayain (Which immediately made her one of my favourite characters). Don't get me wrong, I like Vegeta as a character, but it was so satisfying watching him getting his butt whupped and having him (Not to mention his ego) knocked down a peg.

Jinzoningen Juuhachigou is my favorite female anime character. She's badass, she's sassy, she's cool, she's sarcastic, she's a deadly and destructive android that is different from the typical damsels in distress, and she's an interesting character who could have become a villain but chose not to. She's awesome.

The only super powered female fighter in the entire series, she's hot, pretty and perfect fighter! Also she and #17 destroyed Future Trunk's timeline laugh out loud.

17 Beerus Beerus is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama. He made his first appearance in the 2013 feature film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods.

You guys need to understand this is not about who is the strongest it is about who the fans like the most. If it was about who was the strongest Whis and Beerus would win, but it's not so yeah...

I'm surprised beers is this low considering he's easily the top 5 most popular characters in the entire franchise.

An awesome new villain as funny as he his powerful. Also the first to defeat Goku. That's worth something.

Come on he took God Gokus kamehameha and just stood there! God of destruction people!

18 Kid Goku Kid Goku is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

He's so cute and kind yet still the most courageous and charismatic leader. A great strategist, he's powerful, funny, tough ( as a result of so many years living on his own in the forest ) with a caring heart that always looks out for his dear friends. He's the nicest friend, yet also the mightiest and scariest warrior, he fights like a thunder with his mind as clear as the sky. The fact that he learned legendary techniques like the Kamehameha after seeing it only once is truly remarkable, showing how bright a child he was. He's also super naive and innocent, which makes him all the more cuter. Not to mention his appetite! Watching the little Monkey Boy growing up days by days among his loving friends and masters, getting stronger and stronger to become Earth's greatest savior and protector ( which he is ) is my greatest pleasure ever. I'm so happy to watch him live on each day with his innocently cute smile splattered on his face like that. It always brings a tear to my eyes and ...more

He's like the original Sun Wukong in Journey to the West who he was named after, cheerful, mischievous and adventurous, while courageous, tough and occasionally a bit ruthless when fighting, as opposed to his merciful future self.

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.

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.

19 Whis Whis is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Super, created by Akira Toriyama.

Let's be honest, vegeta is my favorite too but since whis character has been introduced. He has been my another favorite character. As on October 2015, he is the strongest among all of them & wiser, yet he is so calm & silent about it. He has this

He is the strongest character in dragon ball history he could take out beerus with just one hit if he needs to.

Powerful yet coolest character of DBZ. He was introduced later maybe that's the reason he is in number 26.

I wish whis was no. 3... Number 1 should be VEGETA 2. Bills (beerus) 3 whis would be great... I don't like KAKAROT at all... He is very stupid and lacks intelligence

20 Android #17

Android 17 is the best. He kicks ass he has enough arrogance to rival some Saiyans, he is hot, and he just is so independent and he actually has feelings and doesn't like slaughtering innocent people. He is the best.

In my opinion he's cooler than 18 but due to the lack of screen time and him being a male, he isn't as popular but is a awesome character who is under appreciated and missed used.

Android 17 is the best character because he effortlessly took out almost EVERYBODY and he wasn't even using half his strength. Then the fact that he seems to have more depth and personality to him than the other characters. Not to mention the way he maneuvered that van, LOL Seriously, NOBODY can do that but him

This guy has one of the most awesome voices in the show. His personality is so cool! But I wish he became a Z-Fighter like Android 18...

21 Kid Buu Kid Buu is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

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.

Easily the most powerful villain of DBZ. (Yes, including Buuhan. )

He's the creature that existed since since eternity. He's the creature that wiped out planets over planets in mere seconds just to kill his opponents. He's the being that dozes of while fighting Goku and Vegeta. He's the insane little badass dude who literally just cannot be stopped from destruction.

He should definitely be one of the strongest characters in dragonball history! If not for the namekian dragon balls, he would've killed Goku and vegita!

This boy! Absolutely scares anyone...

22 Master Roshi Master Roshi is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

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.

He's ultra perverted, but he's a master with a heart of gold. He truly cares for his students.
In DBZ they mostly show the perverted side of him, but watch the original Dragon Ball series and you'll see a brilliant teacher who is extremely caring towards his little students and always wants the best for them.

The greatest master of all. The first, most original, with a kind and warm heart. He's really caring and is an awesome character, if you could look past his outer perverted tendencies.

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.

23 Shenron Shenron is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

The reason the show began. Goku would still be living in the jungle if Shenron didn't exist because Bulma brought him along to look for the Dragon Balls so she could get a wish from him.

Without him goku piccolo krillin etc. would not even be alive! Most people don't see him as a main character but think how many episodes/movies has shenron been in? Enough said.

I think the earth would be doomed without him. Plus, dragons rule anyway. He is without a doubt the most important character in the show.

The strongest character of all anime come on he can bring you back to life!

24 Raditz Raditz is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

ever since I started reading Dragon Ball Z, Raditz definitely stood out to me. He's cool, definitely NOT that weak, and he was killed off way too early! He needs more screen time. I really hope he's brought back. Raditz is the best, and he doesn't deserve the hate he's getting! Raditz is the BEST! Heck, he has a bigger role than Nappa, Vageta, Gohan, and Goku! Please bring Raditz back! He is important!

I have commented on Raditz before, but it's just because I love him so much! He's drop dead sexy and I love him to death! And he's not weak because when fighting Goku and Piccolo, he did have the upper hand for most of the fight. He even blew Piccolo's arm off. I don't care what anyone says, Raditz rules and I really don't think that anyone is a bigger Raditz fan than ME! I LOVE you Raditz!

Raditz has been my favorite anime character ever since I started watching anime back in the 90's. I thought he looked so cool and acted so badass. I am very mad he didn't get more screentime as his character lent himself to a far larger role than someone like Vegeta

I like Raditz he looks so awesome with his long black hair and I thought he had a lot of potential, I've always wanted to see him as a super Saiyan. It's uch a shame he was killed off so early...

25 Yamcha Yamcha (ヤムチャ, Yamucha) is a Bandit and a main protagonist in the Dragon Ball manga and in the anime Dragon Ball, and later a supporting protagonist in Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super, with a few appearances in Dragon Ball GT. He has black hair and has a scar across his eye and cheek.

Is it too much to ask to at least put Yamcha in Dragon Ball Super more often and have an awesome moment if not more? After all, nobody has to be a saiyan to be awesome. I find it unfair that Goku and Vegeta are too overpowered in Super to the point that they have to fool around in order to bring some "conflict". I wish everyone who is not Goku or Vegeta could do more especially Yamcha. I don't see why some people treat him like a weakling when he is among the most powerful humans. It's not Yamcha's fault that during the Saiyan Arc and beyond, he become "useless" it just that the saiyans are hogging everything. Say what you want of me but NOT having transformations or the "Saiyan gets stronger after near death experience" and still be able to win is more impressive than being overpowered.

Yamcha would have been a great character, his fighting spirit was high in DB, he showed a great fight against Tien in the 22nd tenkaichi budokai, was the second Z warrior to develop the Kame Hame Ha; his Spirit Ball impressed everyone, even Kami during his fight; he was trained under Roshi and King Kai (in fillers). He was over confident at the beginning of DBZ and that made him lose against the Saibamen. After that he showed fear against powerful villains but he was willing to help all the time. Most people think he's a coward, but they underrate him so much. He was a true friend, and he deserved more during the whole series.

Yamcha quickly became my favorite character when I first started reading Dragon Ball. He has a cool design, has his own couple of very cool special attacks (Spirit Ball, Wolf Fang Fist), he's very relatable, has been around since the very first Dragon Ball adventure, and is a generally fun character.

He continues training and helping out far into the series, even though he is hopelessly out-powered. His ultimately futile struggles to keep up with many of his much stronger teammates, made him very relatable to me (not everyone can be the main hero that saves the day, but Yamcha kept at it, always being there with the rest of the team). His training led him to become one of the strongest human beings ever!

He was also a big presence in the first half of the series, playing a big part of several of Gokus adventures and having a couple of big moments of his own (e.g. being a vital part in cutting of Gokus tail when he first became a Great Ape and having an awesome fight with ...more

Toriyami, why you no keep Yamcha in dbz? I always thought Yamcha was funny, but he never gave up and always tried to help. I don't think it was fair to make him into a side character just to show how strong everyone else was. He just became a a piece of meat for everyone else to hide behind (Android saga? ) And he's hot! Not to mention he got screwed over by Bulma... Nasty Vegeta and his giant widows peak... But I love him so much and he deserves some happiness like everyone else in the series, probably more so than other characters (so does Tien too). Anyway if nothing else he is my favorite. (and he's spoo hot! ) - A Yamcha fangirl and proud of it

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