Top Ten Misused Dragon Ball Characters

The Top Ten
1 Trunks Trunks is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.
2 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.

Poor Yamcha. Never catch a break. Toriyama could at least give him a girl so we'd know he's happy and settle down but no... Yamcha doesn't even get that.

He was a badass in Dragon Ball... What HAPPENED?!?!?!
Is this why he's so hated? Because his character was screwed up? That's no his fault. He had so much potential but no... MAKE WAY FOR THE SAIYANS!
What happened to this character?! He had a well established personality and story arc but no...

Everyone is saying the exact same phrase regarding Yamaha:
What happened?

So true. He wasted all his talent, he would have been great... As a comedian!

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

Only misused when it comes to battle. Making him so weak against enemies makes zero sense most of the time, especially with how hard he trains but it works for Vegeta. People fall in love more because we see him defeated but not give up and we all want to be like that. We can relate to that.

He trains harder than anyone yet he is always weaker than Goku and sometimes even gohan. He trained his whole life to be the strongest, however even two kids (goten and trunks) train for 15 days in the hyperbolic time chamber and fused acheive super saiyan 3. That is not fair

Tien is even stronger than Krillin by the end of the Cell Saga and I'm pretty sure in the Buu Saga too. He is constantly training and is never a coward, even if he knows his opponents are stronger than he is. He always tries, but yet, he doesn't make it out.

Toriyama hates him so I'm not surprise Vegeta is mistreated and cheated out of victories. But he never gives up and always try to better himself. He's the best role model.

4 Android 18

I love that Krillin finally got to have a family, but if 18 was going to stay in the series, I think she should have gotten a little more involvement in the action, especially since she's probably stronger than Krillin.

She immediately became a housewife after Cell saga despite being the strongest DBZ female character.

How is she misused? She is the best female in Dragon Ball!

5 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 ...read more.

After Cell saga and then Buu saga, they turned him into a nerdy, non-training almost pacifist nerd. He had the potential to completely carry on Goku's legacy and even surpass him. Instead he is usually easily beaten, never again achieving greatness as a fighter, considering he was the strongest fighter at 9 years old compared to Goku and Vegita trained their whole lives to get where they are, then boom, they both simply pass him up, even though the older he got the more powerful he could have become. You don't make a character your favorite bad ass then turn him into a token punching bag while making Trunks and Goten even more powerful at a younger age. There's a reason the Cell Saga remains the best Saga among the people I know.

Gohan is only misused because he gets weak after the cell games. In reality he gets built up to beating cell. (One of dbz'so greatest villains). The fact that Dabura was such a challenge was a joke. I'm a fan of the Z sword training. Therefore the old Kai potential unlocking theory made sense to me. Especially since Gohan has always been known for his hidden potential. Although he played a major role in the buu saga he could of been better earlier on.

I like kid Gohan the best. He was so cute. Sure, he cried a lot but it was understandable in some situations. It was definitely easy to see why he cried a lot after be seized by Raditz. Uncle Raditz was very mean and intimidating, and Raditz made it very clear he had little regard for family, even for Gohan who was just a child.

I like Goten but Gohan was definitely misused. Why would you make the character with the highest power potential a technical pacifist?

6 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.

Although she was supposedly a brilliant scientist, most of her work was conducted off screen. On screen, she was treated as a joke and and was often depicted doing inexplicably dumb things, especially during filler segments. It's as if the writers were paranoid that their mostly male audience would not like seeing a woman portrayed as intelligent, and were determined to pander to this as much as possible by making Bulma an idiot any time the plot didn't require otherwise. She should have been smart all the time, not just when it made for a convenient plot device.

Dragon Ball Z never had any psychologically complex female characters, but that's what Bulma could have been if the show's writers took her seriously and didn't insist on treating her as a running joke.

Toriyama can't write female characters to save his life. He needs to hire RCMCLACHLAN to write Bulma's script. She understands the character far better than the creator himself.

Super is doing Bulma a bit of Justice but not much. They can do better with Bulma's character.

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

Raditz is one of the best characters in the show yet very misused. He calls his brother a disgrace to their race for becoming soft and part of Earth's population yet he is shown to be a coward in the face of death while other Saiyans aren't afraid of dying, making him somewhat of a hypocrite. Plus, he's evil and brutal with little to no redeeming qualities, which kind of ruins his character. He should have had more positive qualities and came back with a change of heart.

I really like Raditz. He's my favorite character. I hate that they killed him off so soon. It would have been nice if they could have brought back and given him a second chance. He's Goku's brother for God's sake! Vegeta was bad at first but changed as the saga went on. Raditz should have had that same chance.

He shouldve had his own Saga. I meen he killed Goku. He is the evil older brother! Goku shouldve gotten a rematch

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

Did you even watch the show? No one is more dedicated to their training than Vegeta.

He is more dedicated to his training than Goku and Vegeta, yet he is still weak.

I love Tien and I wish he wasn't always partnered up with that loser Yamcha.

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

She was not even in the anime of Dragon Ball Z. Or at least in Kai she wasn't. In the original however, I think she was used for filler.

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

He and Kid Trunks became Super Saiyans at a very young age, then they slacked off despite their being way more powerful than their dads when they were at the same age.

I think he serves his purpose well...being Trunks' not-so-bright lackey.

The Contenders
11 Nappa Nappa is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.
12 Piccolo Jr. (Kamiccolo)

Piccolo was a main Z fighter for most of the show, standing with the super saiyans against the Androids, Cell, and Frieza. Then all of the sudden in the Buu saga, he was cast to the side as Goten and Trunks' babysitter.

13 Pan Pan (パン, Pan) is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. She is the granddaughter of Earth's savior, Goku and the world champion, Mr. Satan. Pan's heritage is primarily Earthling, being the offspring of the Saiyan-Earthling hybrid Gohan and the Earthling ...read more.
14 Android 17 Android 17 is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.
15 Videl Videl is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

Another useless one.

16 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. ...read more.
17 Tenshinhan Town is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.
18 Uub
19 Future
20 Chi-Chi Chi-Chi is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

Who cares. She's always been useless.

21 Bulla Bulla is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.
22 Maron

I love her, she is my favorite Anime character.

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

He was misused as he was supposed to be the savior after goku taught goten and trunks the fusion dance. He wasted his fusion time and got separated.

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

His writing is trash to be honest and could've been a lot better.

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