Top 10 Most Powerful Dragon Ball Z Characters

This list includes the most powerful characters from Dragon Ball Z only. Characters from Dragon Ball GT or Dragon Ball are not included. There is a separate list that includes characters from Dragon Ball GT.
The Top Ten
1 Super Vegito

Technically, the Omni King is the strongest, but that would be stupid. Super Vegito is stronger than Fused Zamasu, who, by the way, absorbed the entire 4th dimension. Fused Zamasu is said to be possibly even stronger than Whis, and Vegito beat him. That makes Vegito the second strongest being in the universe.

Most powerful character in Dragon Ball Z. The only other character in DBZ that comes close is Super Gogeta in the movie Fusion Reborn. Though Gogeta might seem identical to Vegito (and I actually easily prefer Gogeta and think he's much more awesome), Vegito is actually stronger because the Old Kai said that the Potara Earrings fusion is much stronger than the Fusion Dance.

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

Whis is obviously many times more powerful than Lord Beerus, even though Whis is his attendant. But Whis is also Beerus' personal trainer, so we can automatically prove that Whis is stronger than Beerus.

Beerus would absolutely wipe the floor with, say, Vegito (officially stated, you know), and Whis was able to take Beerus out in one move. Whis is the strongest in the regular fields. Only someone capable of absorbing him could win, and even then, Whis moves faster than anyone else shown so far can think, so that may not even work.

As of 2016, Whis is the absolute strongest. Only until they introduce a new, even stronger character, or Goku/Vegeta complete their training, will we have competition.

3 Ultimate Gohan

Gohan has always had the most potential in Dragon Ball. He was the first to transform into Super Saiyan 2 and also defeated Cell. In the next series, nobody could beat Super Buu. Gohan came down from the Kai planet and just dominated Buu.

If Gohan had trained as hard and as long as Goku and Vegeta did, there is absolutely no doubt he would be the strongest character in all of Dragon Ball.

Ultimate (aka Mystic) Gohan is not only more powerful than a SSJ3 transformation but is completely stable. The only reason why it was decided Goku would defeat Kid Buu was because Goku was the main guy.

I love Goku as a character, but if you pitted them both against one another, Gohan would dominate simply because he has ascended to a superior form.

4 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... read more

Goku's full potential still hasn't been unlocked yet. As far as I know, Goku's Mastered Ultra Instinct (MUI) is his most powerful form. But in the future, he could grow to be exponentially stronger than before, possibly even reaching the Omni King's power level (although that is highly improbable).

Are you serious? Goku Super Saiyan 4 is way stronger than Vegeta could ever be. Goku beat even Majin Vegeta. He has defeated Vegeta multiple times. Vegeta never stood a chance. The only time Vegeta won was the first time they fought.

Goku is the one who beats all of the strongest villains. Even Vegeta himself admitted that Goku is much stronger than him. Vegeta was inferior to Frieza, Buu, Cell, Broly, and so many others. Goku is the one that beat Frieza, Buu, Broly, and everyone else but Cell and that other guy that Gohan had to take care of himself. But seriously, anyone who truly knows this show knows that Goku is not only the main character but the most powerful character on the whole show!

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

Hmm, Goku is ranked higher than Beerus even though he didn't get close to defeating him. And Vegeta trains just as hard as Goku. Even though Vegeta had a better fight against Beerus than Goku did, what makes it even more questionable is that Goku didn't even touch Beerus, and Beerus was only using 60% of his power. So explain to me how Goku is stronger than Beerus.

And keep in mind that Goku was a Super Saiyan God, and Beerus defeated him with 40% of his power left. So don't say that Goku could go Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan and defeat Beerus because if Beerus could beat Goku in Super Saiyan 1 and he beat Goku in Super Saiyan God, then he could beat him in Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan.

6 Super Gogeta

Gogeta is stronger than Vegito, thus making him the strongest character in DBZ. Goku stated in his fight with Janemba, "You should be proud of yourself, only Majin Buu has pushed me this far in battle," when Goku turned SSJ3. This implies that Janemba is stronger than Buu. Yet, Gogeta defeated Janemba with a single attack that included six hits, whereas Vegito took a while to defeat Super Buu.

While I understand that Vegito needed to save his friends, he could have killed Super Buu and then revived his friends with the Namekian Dragon Balls. In conclusion, Gogeta was able to maintain his power and attacks. With his Stardust Breaker attack, he was able to unmutate Janemba. Vegito had to manually get inside of Buu to free his friends. Gogeta could have used Stardust Breaker to free his friends.

7 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.

He defeated Android 18 with a simple move, then defeated Piccolo and Tien with a couple of chopsticks, defeated Super Saiyan 3 Goku by touching him, beat Gotenks by spanking him a little, defeated Mystic Gohan and Majin Buu in half a second, and defeated Vegeta in 1 second, all of it with a smile. And then he defeated Super Saiyan God with 70% of his power.

The only two who are stronger than him are Whis and the unbeatable Wasabi (joking about the Wasabi).

If you have seen the movie, you would probably know that Goku was forced to say "I quit" by Beerus. More comes when Beerus grabbed Buu and defeated him and the rest of Goku's family, including Gotenks. Later on, Beerus reveals that it takes 6 Super Saiyans to create a Super Saiyan God, which only brought Beerus's power to just 70%.

So basically, he is the strongest known DBZ character after Whis, his own trainer.

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

Kid Buu held back a Spirit Bomb that contained the power of all the Z fighters, every living being on Earth, all of the Namekians, the Elder Kai and Supreme Kai, King Yemma, and all of his attendants with Goku pushing on it in base form. He was able to overpower it and throw it back. Only when Goku got his strength back and finished the attack with his (x100) Super Saiyan 2 strength was it enough to defeat him, after which Goku was exhausted again.

I put my vote on Kid Buu.

Kid Buu is stronger than Goku SSJ3. Goku only defeated him because people gave him the power of the Spirit Bomb.

9 SSGSS Vegeta

He is stronger than SSGSS Goku because he got the power himself, and Goku got it from others.

Not necessarily the strongest, but stronger than most of these.

10 Goku SS3 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... read more

I just think he is strong because he took down Janemba. (I thought that was pretty cool.) Anyway, he also looks super cute in that form.

Goku just can't be beaten. Nobody can stop him, not Cooler, Frieza, Meta Cooler, Broly, or even Buu.

Because of his training and due to Gohan's lack of training, he would be slightly stronger than Gohan.

The Contenders
11 SS God Goku

The third strongest, in my opinion. Much weaker than Bills, who is weaker than Whis.

God is bigger than everyone, and he beat Beerus, the world's strongest person.

He is practically invincible except for when the god powers run out.

12 Super Buu (Gohan absorbed)
13 Future Trunks
14 Vados Vados is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

I heard that she is slightly more powerful than Whis, so I guess that makes her extremely strong.

She's currently the most powerful being in the DB universe. The sexism in DB makes her rated below Whis, whom she trained and is a little weaker than she is (like the case of Cyborg #17 and Cyborg #18).

She's Whis's elder sister and martial arts teacher and surpassed him in terms of power.

15 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 Sh┼Źnen Jump magazine on October 24, 1988. Chi-Chi is a strict and protective... read more

The kid who killed Cell! If he didn't study, he would be stronger than Goku.

I would say that Gohan is a very powerful character with hidden potential compared to the other characters.

16 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.

Broly isn't the strongest character in the series, but he definitely has the most potential and talent. He was born with a power level of 10,000, surpassing the power level of Prime King Vegeta. In contrast, Goku was born with a power level of only 2.

Just think about it, what if Broly had put the same time into training as Goku did? He would've reached Legendary Super Saiyan 3 in no time. Legendary Super Saiyan is considered to be between Super Saiyan 1.5 and 2.5 in terms of power. Additionally, Super Saiyan 2 doubles the Saiyan's power level compared to the base Super Saiyan form.

So, if Broly put in the work and reached Legendary Super Saiyan 2, he would be as strong as Goku in his Super Saiyan 3 form. Broly often toys with his opponents, and his fights are always handicapped. It's a shame they didn't have a Broly saga.

17 Golden Frieza
18 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
19 Super Buu (Gotenks and Piccolo absorbed)
20 Omega Shenron Omega Shenron is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

Come on, all of you. How can you forget this monster? He toyed with Goku SSJ4 and Vegeta SSJ4. He should be No. 4 or 5.

Why has no one mentioned Omega Shenron? I think he is also strong.

21 God Vegeta

He's only a little bit weaker than God Goku. God Vegeta is the second strongest in the world.

22 SSGSS Goku

Worst list I have ever seen. Of course, Goku is the second strongest after Whis.

He should probably be third. I mean, he mixed his god powers with his Super Saiyan.

23 Super Janemba

Janemba can crush SSJ3 Goku and SSJ2 Vegeta and is as strong as Buuhan, which means he is stronger than Mystic Gohan. That is why he is the best. If you did not know this, Janemba can regenerate. Remember, Pikkon insulted and cracked his skin, but he regenerated from it. He is truly the best, better than Ultimate Gohan.

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

Destroyed Frieza and demolished Androids 17 and 18 while Gohan Super Saiyan could not even scratch them. He clearly has the most potential in the series.

Future Trunks is the most badass character in DBZ. He killed Frieza in one episode.

He defeated android 18 and 17 in the future timeline and also Cell. He executed 14.

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

Think about it. If he absorbed SSJ4 Gogeta, what would stop him?

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