Best Dragon Ball Z Characters

The Top Ten Best Dragon Ball Z Characters

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

Of all characters in DBZ Vegeta is my favorite. Yes he's arrogant, proud, prideful, reclusive and VERY stubborn but he's also extremely smart, serious, tactical and a very powerful ally.

Akira Toriyama designed him to be different from the other characters. He wanted you to get a sense of how alien Vegeta is (because he is an alien) by giving him the tanned skin tone, reddish brown hair and English names for his signature moves: I.E. big Bang Attack, Final Flash, Final Explosion, Final Shine, Galick Gun (supposed to be Garlic gun). ((If you notice, everyone elses' signature moves are in Japanese)). Those qualities defiantly set Vegeta apart from all the other characters in DBZ.

I don't like how drastic of a change that funimation (worse) and Ocean made to what the DBZ characters actually say in the ORIGINAL Japanese version. In my opinion he doesn't talk as cocky as he does in the English version (note: "as cocky"). I like to watch DBZ in Japanese dub only ...more

He is my best character because he always stand like a tough warrior but deep inside him there is a sensitive side

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. more.


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. - Goku02

He may not be a true hero, but I like that he cares for his friends, they help him push beyond his limits. That's why I can tolerate Goku in Super. He's very interesting and very kind.

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. - Goku02

He's the strongest character ever! He can beat Saitama and Superman! - Daviddv0601

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, more.

Piccolo killed Raitz.
Piccolo Strongest Of Race
Piccollo is a mean green ass kicking machine

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.

What is DBZ without piccolo!? - brandonburton7

Piccolo is tactical, smart, proud, caring, cool and an utter badass enough said.

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 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 so bad ass expecially when destroying cell. I don't even count the gt saga when he became 10x weaker but he's the only 1 who actually got a real family in 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 - snowfairyqueen

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

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.

Trunks is the best. He gave it his all to beat the androids, Cell and the other villains that he has fought. AWESOME MOVE he pwned Frieza with about 5 slashes from his sword and a huge energy blast.

I think teen trunks is the best becuse he had the balls to stand up to the androids and when it came to cell he tried his hardest and his uss transformation is awesome way better than vegetas and his spikey hair is awesome, best bragon ball z charecter ever.

What are you voting guys? Teen Trunks doesn't exist on Dragon Ball Z. - KarovS

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.

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 more.

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?

He brought the best fight scenes in whole DBZ series! He is cold and sneaky bastard that got the best out of Goku like no one before... Or after. (I don't even count that silly GT episodes)

Friezas is just awesome he held his own against a super saiyan for the most part and survived severe injuries that would kill just about anybody else. He is a master at a lot of techniques and most of all he is so powerful he has to weaken himself to keep from killing people to fast and destroy planets at his weakest form.

The feared ruler of the cosmos what I most liked about him is at the end when Goku kills buu he says why am I not surprised he is truly a galactic overlord I would rank him above cell his far more better than cell

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.

Bulma's character developed better than any other in the series. Initially she was a source of juvenile humor appropriate to the series. Later she matured into a woman who could take care of her family and became important to reflect on the softer side of Vegeta.

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!

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!

No Android 18 is. She's far more badass and much less annoying than Bulma. - LightBamboo

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.

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.

That jaw line.

I easily prefer Cell over any DBZ villain, way better than Frieza/Freeza in my opinion.

Great personality and great power, and beats Goku twice.

I love Cell, he is just perfect.
-Perfect color pallet
-Perfect voice
-Perfect personality
-Perfect design

He is just perfect, change my mind.

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)

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.

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

Bardock was a complete badass hero since he tried to prevent frieza from blowing up planet vegeta and also w/o him goku would not exist.

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!

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 - Doggystyle

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


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 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.

Truly the strongest anime character ever. He just hasn't awakened his true power yet.

Gotta love his signature technique, "Destructo Disc", and his romance with Android 18! Anime's greatest sidekick in my opinion.

"The strongest human alive, married a never aging hot girl, cut of Frieza's tale...

seriously, what makes Krillin so great is that he knows he isn't as strong as the opponents he's fighting, but he still goes and fights them just to protect his friends. REMEMBER, EVERY TIME KRILLIN DIES, HE"S DYING TO PROTECT YOU

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

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!

Goku's not dumb. He's just oblivious since he never went to school. - Goku02

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.

The strongest and the coolest. He has the best personalities from vegeta and Goku. He just had too little screen time for people to warm up to him.

Vegeta and Goku are my favourite characters as it is, but Vegito? He takes what makes both of them so awesome, (Vegeta's cockiness and Goku's sense of humor), he is also probably the most hilarious character in the entire series.


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

Come on, Why is Tien so low, He is awesome and Underrated, mainly since he is weaker but he is still awesome. Tri-Beam is one of the best DBZ attacks and Neo Tri-Beam is even better, and those attacks are both his, So he is an overall awesome character

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 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.

13 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

This guy has the potential to be strongest dbz character IF he actually trained. I mean think about it, he never actually does training yet beat all z fighters even Goku.

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!

OVERRATED. I don't like Broly much. - Goku02

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.

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.

Goten needs to stop sticking around Trunks. He always has to lower himself to his ugly friend's level out of pity.

He's so cute. Should be in the top 10.

Coolest kid on the block.

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!

The ultimate fusion he fights with his arms folded and his big bang kamehameha

Big bang kamehameha!

SSJ3 Gotenks < Buuhan, Super Gogeta is around SSJ3 Gotenks power, while Vegito was toying with Buuhan AT HIS BASE FORM. So it's clear that this overrated fusion dance is weaker than potara - jfietearp

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

He destroyed Goku super Sayian 3 like he was nothing. Wow he is strong - PeekieJ

He's a god of destruction!

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

Common this god can rip anyone apart and he can easily just destroy the universe means no Goku no vegeta he should be number 1

This list is not for the strongest character. This list is for the best character. On another hand, Bills means nothing for Z sagas. - luki

17 Android #18

Great personality it was also quite nice to see Krillin get a wife and kid

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.

Strong, sarcastic and badass, Android #18 is a beautiful killing machine with goodness deep inside her, and one of my favourite girls in the anime world. - Goku02

Absolutely one of the best and strongest dbz characters in my opinion she and goku are my favorite!

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

The author of the series himself stated that if you where to rank the characters Goku, Bills, and Whis. Super saiyan god Goku would be a 6, bills would be a 10, AND WHIS WOULD BE A 15.

So what? A character has to be strong in order for you to like him / her? - Goku02

He's stronger than Bills!

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

He can kill bills = he can destroy the universe

19 Android #17

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

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.

He should be higher than his sister!

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

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. - Goku02

Kid goku is insanely funny and makes gohan look like a wimp

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

21 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.

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.

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.

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

22 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.

This boy! Absolutely scares anyone...

Kid buu is not strongest buu but the funniest buu

I love him and I don't watch dbz!

23 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.

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.

It just sucks that master roshi has become more generic in the dbz series

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.

He didn't teach Goku the spirit bomb or instant transmission

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

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!

He looks badass and is badass He has a good history and shows it when he fights in my opinion he's the coolest and my personal favorite

Raditz is my favorite character along with Vegeta and Cell. Completely awesome, the perfect Saiyan warrior

Even though he is weak he gets the best of goku which shows how smart he is. He could keep getting injured and getting healed then defeat omega shenron.

25 Future Gohan Future Gohan is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama. He is featured in the alternate timeline counterpart of Gohan.

Imma go with Future Gohan since everybody goes for the usual Vegeta, Goku, Teen Gohan & Future Trunks. Why I like Future Gohan, he took on the mentor role like Piccolo to teach the next generation Trunks, that's what it's all about. He grew up around grown men and now he's the last warrior left. Not to mention he held his own against the androids with one arm. Amazing development of one of the most innocent characters in an alternate and darker future.

THE INCREDIBLE GOHAN! I loved this guy! They have to make another movie or something with him in it. He was awesome and if I bet he was in more things, lots of people would like him. I mean he helped Trunks out a lot and he trained him and his death caused Trunks to turn SUPER! I really want more of him and soon, somehow and someway even though he is dead. But now that I realize it, that it wouldn't be popular and if there was a return of Gohan it still wouldn't be good so I really don't know. I guess I will just have enjoy the parts he was in the special.

Future Gohan reminded me a lot of Son Goku. They both tried really hard and were overall nice guys and would anything to protect Earth. Future Gohan really did his best to be like his father. I remember when Gohan gave the last Senzu Bean to Trunks and before he gave it to Trunks he said "Now Gohan, what would your father do." Goku would have been really proud to see this part of Gohan because he was NOT AT ALL like the Gohan from the present timeline. I just can't believe he is this far behind from lots of other characters

He is the best character in the specials. Gohan was just a very nice and outgoing guy and he worked his ass off to attempt to beat the Androids and I felt like if he survived the last battle he would have gotten really strong because of that saiyan boost after a battle and I really wanted to see more of him.

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

Frieza was the ultimate tyrant with limitless minions (like vegeta) of their own calibur, and yet cooler topped Frieza in everything Frieza was not

Cooler is the best character out there and he has the power to pound almost all the dragon ball z characters as with a power level of "470,000,000" he's clearly one of the strongest in the series.

He is so cool he he

Has the potential to be awesome, but man did they blow it.

27 Mystic Gohan

So Mystic Gohan is different from Gohan? - Goku02

First of all the real name is ultimate gohan or super gohan I think he is stronger than kid buu

Most powerful unused character in the end - favouredlist314

Coolest and more powerful when he arrived in majin buu saga.

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

Smuggy personality, mocking his opponent's, and turns people into candy, what else?

I love Super Buu, he was probably the coolest Buu in my opinion, he had some awesome fights, I honestly think Kid Buu is quite overrated, I like all the Buu's though but seeing Super Buu absorb people and get evern stronger was awesome! - taytayxtaytay

Yeah I don't know why people think kid buu is stronger like what?

Way! Stronger than kid buu

29 King Piccolo King Piccolo is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball, created by Akira Toriyama.

Piccolo is strong and he is nice but he can't beat a lot of people

30 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.

Well, all I can say about yamcha is that he's my favourite character in the dragon ball series and unfortunately he's heavily underrated, I mean... in Dragon ball he proved to be a very skilled character, he was a disciple of master roshi along with goku and krillin, and he learned some powerful moves like the kamehameha, wolf fang fist spirit ball etc, in the 22th martial arts tournament he showed his power by putting up a good fight against tienshinhan WHO ALSO BEAT GOKU and became the winner of this tournament, but in dragon ball z yamcha was made a clown, I think he deserved more respect and he deserved to be stronger in the series, he's also a character with a lot of style, but unfortunately he's always being beaten in dragon ball z, I can't stand the way he's beaten by dr gero so easily he deserved to had put up a better fight against that dr gero I mean... Yamcha is stronger than that!

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

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.

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

She is very cute and should return in Super with her own character arc about growing up and standing up for herself at school or something.

Pointless character. She is a brat just like her mother, but unlike her, her mother is at least useful.

She's kind of bratty and pushy like her mother. Don't like her. - GoldenApples_05

Bra is beautiful.

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

Nappa's not one of the coolest characters, but he's definitely a Saiyan. Arrogant and loves destruction. Apparently, he used to have hair at one time.

Let's face it: the only reasons anyone cares about this guy are because 1. He's part of over 9000 and 2. his appearance in Abridged. At the very least, though, in Abridged, he get's some of the best lines and moments in the whole series. I always laugh whenever I watch the My Turn and Planet Arlia scenes.

But Vegeta, trix are for kids

#39? This List Disappoints Me - s646451

33 Kid Gohan

He's so cute

Should be a lot higher - taytayxtaytay

34 Tapion

He's just great! He is a damn cool dude if you ask me, also he is part of the best DBZ movie!

Tapion should be higher, I thought in Wrath of The Dragon that he was a complete beast, he's just so awesome he's easily in my top 10.

He's so cool and underrated, he gave trunks his sword plus his ocarina just sounds beautiful.

He was my favorite in the movie - ParkerFang

35 King Kai

He is who made Goku powerful, imagine if he trained Vegeta, and the rest of the crew.

He is a cute little guy who trained Goku in his preparation for the fight against vegeta. If he had not trained Goku vegeta and nappa would have destroyed hm and all other Z fighters. Then whole of earth would be under vegeta and nappa's dominance

It's funny to watch him when he gets mad at Goku the other day I saw his car

One of the funniest Dragon Ball Z characters of all time! - taytayxtaytay

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

Vados is hilarious! Her attitude is both badass, cool and funny at the same time. - Goku02

37 Teen Gohan

He is my favorite character. I don't like how he grew up and I liked him better in these parts of dbz. Sure, I liked him in the beginning, but, he was being useless. But, he had potential. He just let it all out in one blast of anger which is super Saiyan two. I think it's one of my favorite transformations.

He is my most favorite character. He had all his potential stored up and then let it all out at cell. It was just so amazing!

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

I love Launch! I'm so sad that Toriyama forgot about her. I really wish we could have seen her and Tien have a child and raise him/her around the same time Goten and Trunks were born!

Launch, she is a grunge werewolf! I just love launch as I was later... 13

The babe. She was fantastic and her dual personalities were incredibly unique. I wish there was more of her, but alas, Toriyama forgot about her...

That's Jemela Bacchus's favorite character at dragonball z. The blonde hair girl at dbz.

39 Vegeta Jr

He is grate he has a tail but trunks bulla and gotten don't I just don't get it

40 Android #16

Just incredibly moral, so unlike the other androids. Not to forget that he beat the crap out of cell when nobody else could, then walked away with a hole in his head!

Totally underrated. I believe he should of been repaired and become friends with goten and trunks

Said let it go before it was cool.

A very cool and complex character. Displays moral traits and emotions more humane than most non-synthetic beings.

41 Hit

He is the one punch man of dragon ball Super and he can fiddle with time awesome

Badass, cool abilities and The Best character introduced in Super.

I don't know why he is this low

Almost as cool as vegeta deserves to be in top 5 at least. - Kingoflions

42 Zarbon Zarbon is Frieza's right hand man and highest ranking Commander and General in an army of millions. He is always beside his master and emperor, Lord Frieza, following his orders and carrying out his dirty work alongside his comrade, Dodoria. Zarbon is responsible for advising Frieza on numerous matters, more.

Zarbon has an excellent persona and villainous attitude. He's also got a great design and he's a morally complex character overall when it comes to both his elegant form and his monstrous deadly form. Aside from the fact that he serves Frieza with utmost loyalty, he's also one of the most brutal tacticians and military commanders in the entire universe.

Zarbon is one of the absolute best villains 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.

Zarbon is the 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.

Zarbon is an amazingly disciplined and loyal follower of Frieza. He's got a great rivalry with Vegeta and is a very skilled fighter.

43 Dr. Briefs Cat

It's just waiting for the right moment to strike. And then it will rule the universe

All hail our feline overlord.

The deep character development and relationships that we see established by doctor brief's cat (aka Scratch) is nothing short of godlike, Shakespearean,transcendent character writing by akira toriyama, easily one of the best characters to ever emerge from japan, perhaps all of the east. when the mainstream public sees the light that has lay dormant for decades, they will realize their folly.

One day it shall rule us all. they all said I was crazy, well now whos crazy mom!

44 Captain Ginyu Captain Ginyu is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

He is Awesome! And I think he is one of the most powerful if someone is stronger than him all he has to do is body change into them. (as long as there are no frogs around) think about it what if he body changed with broly!

Leader of the ginyu force "CAPTAIN GINYU"!


45 Boo

Why is buu's name spelt wrong, it's buu people not boo, sheesh


I have to that your forgeting one of the most awesome carachters ever.
MR. Satan! Not only is he the world champ... But without him the Z fighters
Would never of killed boo. Considering he was the only person to convince the people of Earth to create the Spirit Bomb.


46 Future Trunks

Badass all characters in the future are badass

He is great

He's mine. STAY AWAY, B*TCHES!

47 Supreme Kai

Extremely under rated. He is very wise, but also hilarious at times. Cool design too.

Supreme was just underestimating the 3 saiyans full power apart from that he's actually a good character and it shows how much the Z Fighters have achieved.

The Supreme Kai is super cool and super strong! He's 1000x stonger than Frieza for god sakes!

48 Nail

He fused with piccolo so that makes him part of the strongest Namakien.


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

Turles is the beast! The way he blasts away a spirit bomb with calamity blaster. But I guess without the fruit he would lose.

I think Turles is awesome because he easily beats a kaio-ken x20, his calamity blaster beats spirit bomb and he is an original saiyan. He is stronger than Frieza's third form when he eats the fruit of the tree of might.

Turles is an evil beast, but he's still cool in my opinion! Definitely a saiyan. He looks like an evil version of Goku. Eating from the tree of might enhances his power!

Turles is a beast, I think I said enough.

50 Nuova Shenron

Umm hello? He is so strong, he almost destroyed omega shenron, was born bad, became good, is really fair and awesome! Manipulator of the sun? Come on now, that's awesome.

Fairest villain ever.

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