Smartest Dragon Ball Z Characters

The Top Ten

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.

Invented the dragon radar and a time machine.

She invented a time machine

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, ...read more.

Besides having the combined knowledge of the two ancient beings King Piccolo and Kami, he also has all of the Namekian knowledge of Nail and his own earthly experience. With the combined intellects of at least 4 individuals and the time he spends alone in meditation, Piccolo is nothing short of a genius. Its his strategic mind that has saved Goku and his friends on a number of occasions. If he wasn't so focused on martial arts mastery, who knows to what ends he could put his mind?

Strategic, Outsmarts,Manipulative

Dr. Gero

An earthling that was able to create Androids that were even more powerful than aliens like Frieza. He was even able to turn himself into an Android. And created a biological being that consists of DNA acquired from the most powerful warriors in the universe. That's brilliant.

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, ...read more.
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.
Gohan Son Gohan is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. Gohan is introduced as the first son of the protagonist Goku, and his wife Chi-Chi, in chapter #196 Kakarrot, first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on October 24, 1988. Chi-Chi is a strict and protective ...read more.

Gohan doesn't lack experience in battles, by 11 he surpassed his father and became, at that time, the strongest in the universe as buu was still dead or locked away and he even took on buu as well becoming the strongest unfused character in dbz as ultimate gohan. Also at 6 he went up against frieza, who was at the time undeniably strong, his name was enough to completely scare king kai and owned a galactic planet control organisation. At the time of the namek saga, nobody, not even vegeta would dare go up against him but yet he fought him took him down, before frieza went into his stronger form. Taking on cell, frieza and buu, being the strongest in the universe twice, ultimate gohan and super saiyan 2 gohan, I think that qualifies as the highest level of experience in the universe, even if in between cell and buu, he started to slack off a bit. He is very good academically and considered a genius, as well as being battle smart and being the captain for the winning team which is ...more

No, he's strong but he inexperienced, which is why he couldn't foresee Cell's potential dangerous actions like Goku did. In battles he's not as honed as veteran warriors like Goku and Vegeta. It's also the reason he lost to Krillin in Super, he's still young and isn't aware of many potential threats that can arise in a battle.

He's the smartest academically being a scholar, though he lacks experience in battles.

Seriously have you seen this boy smarts

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

He can do Mathematics with ease and he could've possibly learned Multiple Languages while he was a kid, maybe Planet Vegeta has a different official language. You never know how he successfully learned how to speak Earthling?

He's very tactical and is a brilliant strategist, though his pride does blind his judgement at times, which results in his making false decisions.

General Blue General Blue is an antagonist in the Dragon Ball manga and the anime Dragon Ball, and also makes an appearance in Dragon Ball GT.
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The Contenders

Dr. Kochin
Dr. Wheelo
Master Roshi Master Roshi is an anime fictional character from the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, created by Akira Toriyama.

He has 300 years' worth of experience. That's saying something.

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

Being smart seems to be genetic in the family so being bulimia son he got talent I do believe bra and pan will be smart when they grow up if there anything like their parents

Krillin Krillin (クリリン, Kuririn) is a supporting protagonist in the Dragon Ball manga, and the anime series Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super. ...read more.

He is a very good strategist and is fairly experienced and innovative during fights.

As experienced as Goku, but more innovative.

Goku Son Goku (Kakarrot) is the main protagonist in Dragon Ball franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. He has many abilities like, super strength, utilization of ki, flight, teleportation, super speed, enhanced reflexes, and Super Saiyan transformation that increase strength, speed, and durability. ...read more.

He IS the smartest when it comes to fighting, being able to outsmart even Piccolo at times. He always comes up with the best training methods, almost never makes false move, and is overall a brilliant strategist. His ignorance of academic knowledge was due to the fact that he spent his childhood in the forest without going to school. He also has the ability to learn things really fast, not just in battles but also in other things like driving a spaceship,.etc.. According to Dragon Ball Wiki, " He has a simple, practical view of the world that often comes off as naïve, which often makes many incorrectly assume him to be somewhat stupid. While often taking things to face-value, he comprehends the situation quickly and learns the basics of anything presented to him rather quickly. To which, he is repeatedly proven a very effective tactician, quickly see through his opponent's strength and battle tactics to formulate an effective countermeasure. Even more, he can determine his own flaws ...more

Crafty and innovative

Zuno

He is a nigh-omniscient being enough said.

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

He is an angel who's probably been around for a long time, way longer than any of the people on this list, other than shenron, there is no one who rivals him in this category.

Whis and any of the other angel seem to be highly intelligent they already know stuff before most character realize anything. They are always having to explain things

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

He is an all knowing, all powerful being who can grant any wish. No words on how smart he is.

Future Bulma

All that needs to be said is she invented a time machine

Elder Kai

He knows a lot.

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