Top 10 Dragon Ball Z Villains
The Top Ten
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
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
Other than Vegeta, Frieza was the best written character in the series. He is powerful, ruthless and funny. It is amazing how his entire empire crumbles around him because of the ones he fears most.
Cell was a true villain to be reckoned with, especially considering that he was an amalgamation of all the best traits from all the Z warriors. He had no issue killing off entire towns to get his strength, and was cocky yet confident enough to let Goku and Vegeta take their kids to try and train to be stronger, all the while knowing he would still be stronger in comparison.
My only gripe is that his character development relied on the mercy of Vegeta to get to his final stage. I highly disliked that plot filler moment.
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).
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.
I seriously love vegeta in dbz he's just the best character and the coolest person ever to rival goku. (Maybe not including hit in dbs)
I love him so much xx
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.
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
Everyone pretty much covered the main points that Kid Buu is an unstoppable force of destruction, with the stubborn demeanor of a child wanting to create chaos. He has zero moments of mercy or patience unlike other villains, and completely wiped the map of all the warriors. And the fact that he cackles in the face of his destruction.
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.
A big, buff killing machine with his only intention being to wipe out Goku...and anyone else who gets in the way of that. While I feel like Paragus had a stronger motive than Broly to be evil, Broly being an unstoppable Saiyan of destruction was still really cool to watch.
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).
No he doesn't.
Broly was laying waste to the Southern Galaxy, not destroying it in a second
Broly doesn't get stronger any second, that's dub error.
Broly is so overrated.
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
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.
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
Yeah super buu is so strong and in dragon ball multiverse he have a plan to absorb broly
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?
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.
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
I think he's a really powerful fighter and very cool too he acted a little strange but he's alright for a god of destruction and destroying galxay it be a lot better if he was a good instead of a bad guy cause he don't look that bad.
Underrated concept for a villains
His design and voice are so cool and so is the idea of the shadow dragons
I wish it was made canon, it's that good
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.
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
He's SO FUN to use on both Budokai and Tenkaichi games, the way he fights is so smooth yet so deadly, can easily manipulate dimensions and generate weaponry out of thin air, this guy's unstoppable, and he doesn't need to speak a word to be so
Such an underrated villain! He was the cool (pun not intended), level-minded, calculating contrast to Frieza's impulsive tendencies. He calmly lets people reap what they sow, but still makes it aware that he's a villain at heart. His final transformation design was fantastic too. I hope we see him again someday.
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.
Sure he was a generic villain, but how could you hate this guy. He literally killed Shenron.
Ahhh. Very nostalgic. He is definitely one of the better villains. Back when the "I want to take over the world." Idea was only kind of overplayed. He still had a nice backstory, and an interesting continuity problem that Akira Toriyama managed to fix in Z...Or "Fix."
King piccolo was very evil he killed the dragon so no can be wished back
King piccolo even killed shenron
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!
powerfull mercifull, kicks gokus butt
He is so cool. he's poetic, stylish and a smartmouth. He brought back a great fusion, Vegito, and gave a great tear jerker when he killed Chi Chi and Goten. 10/10
Goku Black is one of the greatest villains. He provided a challenge that didn't require goku to just power up like every other villain he's faced. Also, my boy vegito needed to be shown again. He's too funny
Easily one of the best written villain in dragon ball history.
Goku black should be number 1
Zarbon is the absolute best supporting villain 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.
Best villain because he had the best fight scene against Vegeta, ruthlessly pummeling him. He also was the Commander General of Frieza's entire army and slaughtered many under his command before meeting a grisly end himself. He has the ability to transform into a reptilian beast and uses his beauty as a clever camouflage for his demonic form. Zarbon is the beauty and the beast personified in one excellent villain and is a very successful plot device for Vegeta's story.
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 the best supporting villain as well as having the most exciting fight scene in the series. He's also a very deep character and does a lot for the actual plot. I love that he suggested and set up the Saiyan planet to get wiped out by his Master Frieza and continued to serve loyally until the brutal end.
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.
His innocent form was the best because he was so unpredictable. He killed Babadi and befriended Mr Satan. He also cured a boy’s blindness
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!
Who couldn't like Raditz especially after watching Masakox's What if Raditz turned good story? It's nice to think about Goku having someone like a brother...Even if in his eyes it didn't seem like he had one at all considering the way that he acted...Kinda wish they brought him back somehow, but there'd be no reason to...So I understand why it hasn't happened.
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!
Unlike his father, Jr was less evil and we could all see that from the start. He meditated and focus while the other piccolo slept on his throne with his eyes opened. Piccolo was a really cool villain
Have you even seen piccolo Jr. Saga? He rips Goku to pieces!
Not only is he my favorite dragon ball villain, he is also my favorite dbz z fighter and character in general.
See again piccolo is more of a hero not a villain. For hardly any time he hated goku
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).
Still, before Toriyama decided to suck the life out of her, she was one kick-ass ...more
I think the guy before me believes she's pretty.
Android 18 sucks and she's not a villain, just a side renegade who joins the team and becomes a part of the Z Fighters.
She is pretty but evil but she turns good she is so pretty
OG Android 17 in the Cell Saga was ruthless and quite literally heartless. He was the most prone to violence out of the other Androids. Him and 18 made a great team, but 18 showed more of a soft sign early on, while 17 genuinely just wanted to destroy everything up until Cell absorbed him.
Android 17 sucks and he's not a villain, just a renegade who joins the team and becomes a side hero.
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.
I can't believe Nappa is so far down here! He was Vegeta's right-hand man for a reason: because he was just as cold-hearted and ruthless and the prince. He was a sadistic guy who took pleasure in hurting/killing others.
Team Four Star made him a more likable character. Other than that...He is just a murderer. Like most of the people on this list hahaha.
I thought Nappa was cool. He's really underrated, and could get some more appreciation for being the first to take out almost every Z-Fighter out at once. Why do people only like him for team Four Star? Nappa was easily one of the most unique villains in the show
Nappa - One badass
Nappa is EXTREMELY underrated. In the beginning of the show he was a forced to be FEARED. And was kind of built up to be a huge threat. He caused the death of Tien, Chazou, Yamcha, Piccolo (and Kami) and beat the tar out of Gohan and Krillin. People only like him because of Abridged (which is still a pretty good Nappa) but he was one of the most ruthless villains in the series.
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
Zamasu was one of the few villains with an actual motive for destruction (as opposed to all the generic power-hungry villains). Not only that, he was also one of the few villains to actually SUCCEED in destroying the freaking universe. On top of that he basically fused with himself to become stronger and gave Goku a run for his money.
I prefer fused to base Zamasu but regardless he was a great threat to the universe.
He killed Goku, took his body and killed his family with it. Then he became so powerful only the omni king can stop him, I prefer him as Goku black because he was a masochistic psychopath. But Zamasu is interesting because he knows he is a hypocrite but sees his actions as a noble sacrifice to save the universe. The moment when he cried was mocked but it gives him so much more character. Goku Black is still more interesting but since they are the same person I guess he deserves to be at least top 5
Definitely needs to be top 10; he's one of the strongest and most menacing villains the z fighter ever went up against
In all fairness, Hit is in no way, a villain. He just so happened to be the last obstacle in the tourney between Universes 6 and 7. And even then, Champa was the main antagonist of that storyline.
He killed Goku, yes, but that was because of Goku himself. And in regards to his character, Hit is actually a decent guy with morals and standards. Heck, he even sees Goku as a worthy rival.
Well hit apparently is the most dangerous assassin and he has an epic battle with him in db super and Ozotto is just a video game villain I have never heard of in the dbz vr game OK and apparently he wasn't even that tough I was told my friend in Japan he was the easiest fight in the games
This guy has no power limit + can stop time.
How cooler can you get?
I mean come on it's your boy Jiren. No need to say a lot, he is just a badass.
If one was to consider how he acts in Episode 127 of Super, go ahead.
He barely killed Goku. Yep, barely.
No he sucks
True he is a unforgettable villain but not the best he does deserve top 20 though
Do I really have to say? Took down ssj3 oku and almost beat ssj4 Goku.
Baby vegeta too strong super siayan 3 Goku couldn't take him on and ssj4 Goku sure nearly took him down but oozaru version bam done