Top 10 Dragon Ball Z Villains

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

Frieza, out of all the villains and characters in dbz had the most compelling backstory, which would either make u angry at the the character for his ruthlessness, awe at his power at the time, or just downright feel for the guy at the crumble of his empire... He was defeated by Goku who barely even has a backstory compared to other characters( I'm a saiyan, raised on Earth)... In the original dbz, Frieza's voice actors weren't great and it actually took away from his character, but in dbz Kai his new voice actor gives him the personality to back his power... His power wasn't the only thing that made Frieza special, but also his appearance and transformartions are unlike any other and looks as if careful thought was put into his designs. He goes from small and delicate to brutal brute, to ferocious monster to deadly pure white delicate humanoid nightmare... Frieza is such a great character, but over the years after his death in dbz history, his name is constantly mocked and the ...more

He committed a freaking genocide against Namek! A GENOCIDE! On a KIDS show - dgenerationdino

Dbz isn't a kid show it was an English dubbed adults show that just happened to air on Cartoon Network

Frieza rocks. He is the only one who could fo destroyed Goku if it wasn't for the fact that he loved toying with him. Also he's the only villian who can breath without atmosphere, stand the lack of pressure in space and he can survive the most horrifing injuries.

His saga is also the longest and he can destroy planets in the blink of an eye. The fact that he is vile and evil makes him Gokus arch nemasis and also one of the coolest villians on T. V

Frieza is the worst villain in my opinion. He is ruthless, coldhearted, and he is in it a LOT. Recently, Frieza has been in some new episodes on YouTube, and he's evil as ever. I personally think he is the worst of the worst.

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

Cell was everything a dbz villain should be. he was intellectually on par with the likes of gohan and piccolo, had the power and drive of goku, and the ruthlessness of frieza, the previous big bad of the series. cell's design is one of the most interesting designs in all of anime, his color palette along with his armor like skin spoke volumes in terms of originality, and his creation was basically a summary of all of the z warriors adventures. in a way, cell was a proper final villain of the show (even though he was not) and combined the best of all of dbz's villains and heroes cultivated into one final super being that the z warriors defeated together. the cell saga was the last time where the fight against the big bad was a team effort rather than a continuous tug of war with a revolving cast, it was in cell's story that the entirety of dbz made sense as up until that point, everyone whom goku and gohan has redeemed over the years came together to fight and defeat what was ...more

I have mixed feelings about Cell being in second place on this list, but he was the best dbz villain in my opinion. He was sociopathic, killing for amusement much like a cat that plays with a mouse until it dies, then moves on to the the next one.

He enjoyed the pain and suffering of others above all. He was also calculated and methodical. An intelligent opponent that put a lot of pressure on the Z warriors. They had to combined their efforts to defeat him, which really wasn't seen that much in the Buu saga and a little in the Frieza saga.

Frieza was a great ruthless villain, but that's all he was for the most part. He ruled with fear and that comes from weakness in my opinion. Cell was feared without having to try so hard. He was merciless like Frieza, but that wasn't all there was to him. He was more complex.

Cell was unpredictable, you never knew what he was going to do next, compared to Frieza who was fairly predictable in his behavior. As a side note Cell ...more

I think the others have said it all. Cell had incredible power and intelligence, his regeneration was impressive without being just bull like Buu's, he wasn't terrified of death like Frieza (in fact he was willing to die if it would mean the deaths of his enemies), and overall just stands out. Plus, most of the other villains have boring motives; Frieza wants to rule the galaxy and be immortal (yawn), Buu just wants to destroy everything, Brolly never had any established goals, and the pattern repeats itself. Cell sought perfection and to prove that he was perfect, the most powerful being in the universe. He delighted in others suffering and terror, but that wasn't the driving action behind his goals. He was basically a fusion of all the strongest fighters and villains up to that point and probably should have been the final boss (in fact, if I remember correctly he originally was until Toriyama was pressure by his readers to continue the series).

His theme is bad ass, his power is bad ass, he has bad ass one liners. Cell is the perfect villain!

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3 Kid Buu Kid Buu

I am highly disappointed in Kid Buu's position on this list. Kid Buu is with out a doubt THE most vicious, brutal, and ruthless villain in the entire series Dragonball, Dragonball Z, AND GT! Kid Buu doesn't talk, he fights, destroys, and kills everything in his path! He doesn't bargain, play games, and spares nothing. Goku questioned his abilities and even talks about giving up, and that was with a WEAKER form of Buu. He is the only villain to succeed in destroying the Earth, and does it after Vegeta makes a statement about it. Buu doesn't care, as mentioned before, he is ruthless! Frieza, Cell, and Broly fighting together couldn't even stop Buu. And even after the Earth, Buu traveled from planet to planet destroying everything including the people in otherworld nearly Killing those who were already dead! Buu could get blown to bits and still revives himself, he was a monster! Cell was programmed to know the moves that he knew from strands of DNA, Buu learned everything he knew, just ...more

It's brutal, Malicious, killer instinct combined with childlike, easy-going, relentless enjoyment of battle. The perfect combination if you ask me. Kid Buu is tireless, insane, extremely powerful and humorous in his antics. Yet he hardly says a word. Finally, A villain who doesn't talk and gloat before embarassing himself. That in itself is good enough.

He's just pure evil. No intentions. Just evil.

He is Brutal killing machine which no one can kill

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4 Broly Broly

Broly is easily the deadliest foe the Z fighters have ever faced. Every other villain is defeated in the end by the efforts of one or two of the Z warriors. Broly took on Vegeta, Goku, Piccolo, Gohan and Trunks all at once, and completely TRASHED them. It took all of their power funneled into a punch thrown by Goku just to injure him. (by the way, Broly spent a good deal of time standing there and LETTING Goku hit him as much as he wanted. Broly didn't even react.) Frieza destroys planets for fun. Broly destroys galaxies for fun. Cell's power is limited by his Zenkai boosts / absorption. Broly's power increases with every passing second. Majin Buu isn't much better: only gets stronger through absorption (or in the case of kid buu, ejection).

Broly is the second to the dangerous enemy of Goku. Broly can destroy 'whole universe' without using his Legendary Super Saiyan because king Kai said 'he almost destroy the south galaxy'. Broly did not yet remove the mind control device while destroying the south galaxy until Broly found Goku. And if Goku did not affect Broly's psychological state of mind he can control himself and improve his saiyan level (Legendary Super Saiyan 1,2,3,4) and might more powerful than Gogeta super saiyan 4

Broly will be the most dangerous enemy of Goku. Broly can destroy 'whole universe' without using his Legendary Super Saiyan because king Kai said 'he almost destroy the south galaxy'. Broly did not yet remove the mind control device while destroying the south galaxy until Broly found Goku. And if Goku did not affect Broly's psychological state of mind he can control himself and improve his saiyan level (Legendary Super Saiyan 1,2,3,4) and might more powerful than Gogeta super saiyan 4

I think I lost a couple brain cells by reading some of the comments.

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

Vegeta should defiantly be number 1 on here not 9? What is wrong with you people? Vegeta was one the the best fighters every think about it, survived a spirit bomb, took two members of the ginyu force out by himself, destroyed android #19, played around with semi-perfect cell, Did a epic move the final flash on perfect cell, nearly blowing up the planet, had his mind taken over and still did what he wanted, did the coolest kamikaze attack I've ever seen! If you want me to continue I'd be glad to, because vegeta is awesome and he shouldn't be this low on a list.

When Vegeta came to Earth for the first time, he was awesome; when battling the b Z fighters he was seemingly immortal. He was hit by the kamehameha, then by the spirit bomb but still he was capable of facing great ape Gohan. That battle was truly awesome! And before leaving Earth badly injuried he told Krillin ( who listened to Goku and didn't finish him off) and told him "when I come back, I'll stare in your eyes as I crash your life". Vegeta on Namek exterminates an entire village, including the elderly and the children. He was defined as "pure evil" and "unspeakable evil". Vegeta even desroyed an entire planet just by using his fingertips!

Vegeta is definitely the best character in DBZ in my opinion.
I get that most people don't consider him to be the best villain because he becomes a hero (while still being ruthless and badass)

The best pure villain in DBZ in my opinion is Frieza, just because Vegeta is more of an hero/antihero than a villain for most of the time.

Vegeta the best character. And also he just turned evil just to have character development. Genius!

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6 Cooler

Out of all the villains in DBZ, Cooler is, has been, and always will be my all-time favourite. Part of it is because of his transformations (and physical appearance in general) but mainly I like him because of the difference between him and Frieza. Frieza's ok, as a villain (he's the only villain I know that can make 'I'm going to kill you' sound polite) but he was SO self-absorbed and full of himself, that he believed he could simply conquer anyone with no trouble. In that instance, Goku put him in his place. Whereas Cooler, he doesn't underestimate his opponents, and even insists that his men check over and over the area, even after it seems as though the enemies were obliterated.

I really hope to see more of Cooler in Dragon Ball Z, cameos and such, though it would be AWESOME if he were to have his own saga (probably won't happen, but a girl can dream, can't she? )

Wish he could have gotten a whole saga to himself. He was sick! He was Frieza but with another transformation.

Cooler definitely deserved his own saga, I mean, he had a great personality, showed a lot more depth than his brother, and did not underestimate the power of those he was fighting; a trait completley unique to him. He was an undefined badass and if there ever is a Z2, he's gotta be in it. Cell is awesome too. So is Freiza and Super buu. Broly falls a bit short for me and bills certainly shouldn't be on here but I digress. Cooler is awesome.

Cal, cool, and collected Cooler was an amazing villain, so much better than his younger brother.

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7 Super Buu Super Buu

Very similar in attitude and style to his later self when he absorbs Gohan, he is a very cool and brilliant villain. How he turns the tables against Gohan is pretty awesome. - EvilAngel

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

This is really off super buu should be 1st Goku had no choice but to fuse with vegeta to beat him

Strongest form of Majn Buu and when he plays mind games with Goten, Trunks, Gohan and Goku wow!

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8 Janemba Janemba

If you haven't seen DBZ Movie 12 named "Fusion Reborn", go see it now. Janemba is epic. His first form is something to laugh at, but his last is badass. In my opinion he's as good as Frieza

Janemba is not overrated by many dbz fans but he is truly powerful at last form. He likes so badass, imagine if he absorbed kid buu his power level would be so high. Goku needed to fuse to beat him, no offense but I think he could defeat broly or Frieza but I think it would be a close match between kid buu.

He had absolutely no trouble in facing goku ssj3 he has perfect manipulation
The demon can alter reality. For example, he changed the Other World station, with King Yemma in it, into a jellybean looking thing along with everything else in Other World, even the tournament grounds. He is apparently able to physically alter and Deconstruct/Reconstruct the mass of objects. He is also very skilled in martial arts overpowering both goku and vegeta

I loved him in fusion reborn why can't he be higher

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9 Omega Shenron Omega Shenron

He can single handed beat two super sayian 4 without any problems, also goku has to use a spirit bomb which contain energy of the universe. If he came sooner. The Z fighter wouldn't be able to beat him and also he almost won. If goku die by the Minus Energy ball the Omega Shenron throw at him the universe would be doom for good. Only SS4 gogeta could stand up and fight him head on without losing

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

He was toying with the 2 most powerful beings in the universe and that to with both of them on ssj4 Goku and Vegeta didn't even put a scratch on omega. Omega shenron is the most powerful shadow dragon He should be on first position here.

Why can't he be on number 1 or 2 he's just beast

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10 Beerus

Why is bills not number 1 he is as strong a s a god maybe even stronger he gave Goku lots of trouble and made vegeta be nice to him because Goku lost in a battle with bills which made vegeta petrified of bills. Vegeta usually never backs down from a fight. Bills is definitely for sure with out a doubt number 1. No question about it.

Beerus is a god but acts like us. He's so much like us to the point that nobody can suspect that he's a god. Also, he's the most powerful out of all of the villains. Defeating Goku in SSJ3 form in 2 blows! That means he's something. Also, he could destroy planets in one snap of his fingers. Also, he's HILARIOUS! His comment on Vegeta's Bingo Dance, his reason to destroy Earth, come on. This villain cracks you up. Also, HE'S A CAT AND HAS A PET FISH AND LOVES SUSHI. How ironic is that?

Bills presents he is the strongest, after watching a specific scene, you see Bills simply flick Super Saiyan 3 Goku with a finger. Frieza got his butt kicked by a Super Saiyan, so think for a second, who is stronger? I mean come on! This isn't rocket science people!

The reason bills is low on the list is because he's not really a villain he's just doing his job

Beerus isn't technically a villain but is still powerful enough to tap ss3 Goku on the shoulder and barley leave him alive, and when Goku goes ssg he only uses 70% of his power to defeat him.

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The Contenders

11 King Piccolo King Piccolo

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

King piccolo even killed shenron

Why isn't he even on the top ten?

Underrated

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12 Majin Buu Majin Buu ...read more.

I personally loved INNOCENT Buu, not GOOD Buu (who is much weaker and stupider), because he could be evil or good (hence "innocent"). He perfectly combined humor with power, something that the Z fighters underestimated. He can copy any move by seeing it once, can turn anything into anything, can shape-shift, is immortal, doesn't have any metabolic needs, can unless endless power from how angry he gets, has a force field, the biggest mouth laser ever, his ki is insane, knows how to fight, has endless regeneration and energy (NEVER GETS TIRED), is ruthless yet smart, can copy himself, exists on the magical plane/can physically affect magic somehow, has super breath, is really fast for being fat, can absorb people, can't die physically, can change into any state of matter, CAN HEAL PEOPLE, and I can keep going on! The whole point of his character is to be zany and nonsensical, so he can basically get away with anything.

Common guys! How can you not like majin buu! He turns people into chocolate for goodness sake! He is by far the best villain in dbz!

He's my personal favorite because it's just funny to watch him. He could be destroying a pastry store and hurting people but I can't help but laugh. He's awesome!

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

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13 Majin Vegeta

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

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

Goku had a limited time on Earth, so what does Vegeta do? Kicks his ass almost kills him and blows up Majin Buu.. Talk about being awesome, ruthless and an amazing character!

I like gt vegeta design way better

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14 Raditz Raditz

I love Raditz. And he is not weak because when he was fighting Goku and Piccolo, he did have the upper hand for most of the fight. They just barely managed to defeat him. The only reason they won is because Goku put Raditz in a full nelson and both were hit by Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon. I would have liked to have seen Raditz come back, switch sides, and make well with his family. Well, Raditz, I LOVE you, even if nobody else does!

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

Raditz may not be strong (compared to the Z fighter now) but he was a badass. He's the first villain in DBZ and he made an amazing impression, catching a bullet and flinging it back with enough force to kill a man. Only the combined efforts of Piccolo and Goku finally killed him, and even then Goku died too!

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

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15 Android 17 Android 17

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

You have to admire that he never gives up. Even when the odds were against him with Cell, he never admitted defeat and he got back up every time. Whereas someone else would probably just lay there and wait for someone to rescue them. 17 probably has more heart and more courage than anybody else.

He is ruthless random guy: please don't kill me 17: don't worry I will

He is stronger than ss4 Goku! (he is super 17 after all

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16 Garlic Jr. Garlic Jr.

It was awesome the anime when he rules the world and Piccolo cheats everyone (including viewer) and then krillin goes to play too and Gohan is apparently left alone against his two friends.

The bad part was Kami and Popo running like stupids for an hour or two.

Both Piccolo and Goku had a hard time fighting this guy.

This guy is boring

Worst villain ever, pilaf is more entertaining than this guy

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17 Super 17 Super 17

Who can guess that tall thin bully guy can absorb a powerful attack like the red colored kamehameha x10. Goku had no chance of winning if it wasn't for the help of 18.

Super android 17 is awesome by defeating super saying vegeta, gohan, and almost defeating Goku if it wasn't for android 18 he could have defeated him.

He should be with omega shenron

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

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18 Baby

And baby can master the host abilities and boost their power levels up and I like teen baby design way better then the adult one

I like baby to I mean come on guys baby has to be the bes villain ever he can take control of peephole body and to me I like. Baby vegetables regular outfit

And baby can take anybody energy and take his permint host body easy if he get enough energy and baby janemba is way stronger than omega shenron

I never really liked baby his saga just wasn't very good although he did spark SS4

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19 Captain Ginyu Captain Ginyu

Captain Ginyu was a badass. He had been the strongest in the universe for years, even stronger than when Goku had trained to become more powerful than Vegeta who was once the strongest in the universe, until Ginyu

He got the best move in whole Dragonball, he can swap bodies! Still we don't know if this was his real body. And he got the best poses of all villains.

He can change body with anyone! Even Frieza or beerus

THE CAMPEST MAN ALIVE

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20 Android 18 Android 18

Also known as, "the only competent female character in all of Dragon Ball Z." Her introduction was badass, showing her deck the floor with SSJ Vegeta, and Future Trunks, not to mention, a lot of cool techniques, like the Accel Dance (with 17), Zero Point field, and later, the Destructo-Disc. Her character interactions with the other androids, Krillain, and later, Mr. Satan are among some of the best in the series, and Trunks's movie really shows off her power and character as a villain.

Unfortunately however, like Chi-Chi before her, she becomes horribly insignificant after properly joining the good guys (bar a storyline where she wins the 25th World Martial Arts tournament and hilariously shakes Mr. Satan down for money), and basically just stays in the kitchen from that point onward (despite being MUCH STRONGER than Krillain, Tien, and possibly Piccolo who all at least TRY to fight).

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I think the guy before me believes she's pretty. - keyson

She is pretty but evil but she turns good she is so pretty

Not a villain technically main timeline more or less never did anything that bad to be conidered evil

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