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Bulma Grand Kai Great Saiyaman Piccolo Vegeta
Chiaotzu Gohan Krillin South Kai Videl
Dende Goku Kibito Supreme Kai West Kai
East Kai Goten King Kai Tien Yajirobe
Elder Kai Gotenks North Kai Trunks Yamcha

In Dragon Ball, Bulma was a mixed up teenager with blue hair and a personality quirk that wouldn't allow her to shut up for a second. Now, she's blossomed into a mixed up woman with that same personality quirk. But, Bulma is very important to the team. She is a mechanical genius who can operate and fix anything. She is the one that discovers the capabilities of the Saiyan Scouter and enhances it for their own use. She also takes the lead in finding a spaceship capable of flying to Namek. Bulma designed the Dragon Radar, which tracks the locations of the Dragon Balls. Bulma is also fashion conscious and changes clothing and hairstyles during the series. She often wears clothing with either her name or "Capsule Corporation" on the item. Bulma has known Goku since he was a young boy. In the original Dragon Ball, Bulma had a crush on Yamcha. Although their romance blossoms, it was not permanent. In Dragon Ball Z she outgrows these impulses and settles her affections on Vegeta. They have a son, appropriately named Trunks. The original name for Bulma stands for bloomers (or girl's underwear). Her father is Dr. Brief, of the famous Capsule Corporation.


A master of telepathy, Chiaotzu has the power to stop people in their tracks and to communicate telepathically. This white-skinned, red-checked little being is the devoted companion of Tien. A strong fighter in the early days, Chiaotzu does not hesitate to throw himself onto Nappa's back and self-destruct in an attempt to save his friends. However, his power level does not increase as dramatically as the other Z fighters. Thus, Chiaotzu is not a major warrior in the later episodes of Dragon Ball Z.


The lone survivor from his village on the Planet Namek, Dende was rescued by Krillin and Gohan. Unlike Piccolo and other Namekian warriors, Dende does not possess strong fighting abilities. But he does have another crucial capability: the power to heal. Dende is thus important to the good guys during the battle with Frieza. Trustworthy and caring, Dende is loyal to Guru and his fellow Namekians. Later in Dragon Ball Z, Dende replaces Kami as the guardian of the Earth.


  East Kai
East Kai is the only female among the four ruling Kai's. She controls the East Quadrant of the universe, which is known for its speedy fighters.


  Elder Kai
Dai-Kaioushin is the "grand" elder Kaioushin.
He was a ruling Kai, most likely the Supreme Kai, fifteen generations before the current Supreme Kai. After his death, Elder Kai was trapped in the Legendary Z Sword. When Gohan snaps the sword in two while training, Elder Kai appears. He agrees to use his powers to bring out Gohan's latent or hidden capabilities. Elder Kai has a crystal ball that allows him to see what's happening on Earth. Dai-Kaioushin also helped Gohan enter his mystic form, and sacrificed his own life to revive Goku.


Named after his adoptive grandfather, Gohan is Goku and Chi-Chi's eldest son. He is idealistic, good and pure like his father. Gohan reveals his tremendous fighting potential when the earth is threatened. His heritage as part Saiyan and part human, make him stronger than if he were of one race alone. With Goku's departure to the next dimension and the eminent arrival of Saiyans stronger than Raditz, Gohan is key to the survival of Earth. Thus Piccolo, a former enemy of his father, joins forces with the good guys and trains Gohan for the upcoming battle. Over time, Gohan becomes friends with Piccolo, looks up to Piccolo and even wears similar clothing. Although initially a wimp, Gohan's training in the wilderness and subsequent fighting make him both brave and loyal. Following the fight on Earth, Gohan is determined to go with Bulma and Krillin to Namek to collect the seven Namekian Dragon Balls and help out his friends on Earth - especially since he feels he let them down during the fight on Earth. Gohan is key to the good guys success on Namek, risking his own life to save Dende, collecting Dragon Balls, traveling to see Guru who awakens a power sleeping within him, battling the Ginyu Force, etc. He will be the first to reach Super Saiyan II stage.


Goku is the hero of Dragon Ball Z, the most powerful warrior on earth and the first to become Super Saiyan in over 1000 years. When the Saiyans arrive, Goku learns the mysterious secret of his own past: He is a Saiyan formerly named Kakarot. Goku was sent to Earth as a baby to grow up and destroy the planet, but a head injury as a child scrambled Goku's programming. Instead of growing up to become a destructive super-warrior, he became innocent and pure of heart, fighting for good. Goku is peaceful, good natured, honest, loving to his family and friends, loyal, trustworthy, brave. If he has a weakness, it is his trusting nature. He always finds the "good" in people when others don't see it, though Goku's enemies sometimes take advantage of his naive trust. He originally trained under Master Roshi and wears his symbol until he trains under King Kai. Then he wears King Kai's symbol. Goku grows up and marries Chi-Chi. Together they have two sons: Gohan and (in a future episode)  Goten. ATTACKS: KAMEHAMEHA - an energy attack launched with both hands from his side, taught by Master Roshi KAIO-KEN - boosts power level turning Goku red-hot, taught by King Kai SPIRIT BOMB - an enormous attack drawing energy from all living things, taught by King Kai


Goten is the second son of Goku and Chi-Chi, and is Gohan's little brother. Goten loves to train in martial arts. He quickly develops incredibly strong powers (he just naturally goes Super Saiyan) that enable him to fight alongside the adults in their mission to defend earth. Goten's best friend is Trunks who is approximately one year older. They are often seen together. Goten goofs around when he fights, especially when fused with Trunks as Gotenks, where he makes up countless silly-named attacks. Pure of heart, he'll quickly jump into danger to help his friends and family.


Goten and Trunks form this new entity by the Metamoru art of Fusion, which was taught to Goku and is passed on to Goten and Trunks while Goku is back from the Other World. The fusion must occur between two beings of equal power (Trunks has to lower his power level to fuse with Goten), and is accomplished by a goofy looking, mirror-image dance. This type of fusion only lasts 30 minutes, and they must recuperate for one hour before fusing again. Goten and Trunks are first trained in the art of Fusion by Goku and then by Piccolo. They try several times before getting it right, creating two awkwardly formed Gotenks in the beginning. Once perfected, the fused Gotenks is an incredibly powerful fighter. Like Goten and Trunks, Gotenks has an amazing ability to learn moves quickly, and quickly manages to go to Super Saiyan and even Super Saiyan 3 or third stage Super Saiyan after watching Goku do it once.


  Grand Kai
The Grand Kai rules over the four Kai's. He is second only to Supreme Kai as the overseer of the entire universe. He is also the overseer of the Other World tournament. Grand Kai is reputed as the greatest fighter in the universe, but he's been out of training for centuries.


  Great Saiyaman
During high school Gohan adopts a secret identity when fighting bad guys: the Great Saiyaman. He transforms into the Great Saiyaman with a simple push of a button on his Transformation Band watch. Initially Great Saiyaman wears a helmet. Gohan eliminates this from his wardrobe when entering the World Martial Arts Tournament. Any type of armor is not allowed. Pictured below is the Great Saiyaman both with his helmet and after he eliminates the helmet from his disguise and uses a scarf and sunglasses instead.


He is the loyal body guard of Supreme Kai. A strong fighter, he's lived a long time, though he's not as old as Supreme Kai. He has the ability to transport himself and others to any other part of the universe. He also has the power to heal those who are injured or near death.


  King Kai
Living in the 'Next Dimension,' King Kai is known throughout the universe as one of the greatest fighters and martial arts teachers (although his teaching methods are rather unorthodox). His house is on a tiny planet at the end of Snake Way. The small planet has ten times the gravity of Earth, and is thus an ideal training site. His companions include a goofy monkey named Bubbles and a grasshopper named Gregory. King Kai possesses a humorous, corny sense of humor (he's always telling jokes or puns) as well as great wisdom. Fortunately for our friends, he can communicate telepathically, giving them good advice and warnings in critical situations. Goku trained under King Kai and now wears his symbol. Yamcha, Chiaotzu, Tien, and Piccolo also train under King Kai when they are sent to the 'Next Dimension.' When Goku seeks King Kai in the 'Next Dimension,' King Kai begins his training by having Goku catch Bubbles - no easy task with an energetic monkey and a gravity ten times the force of earth's. Goku catches Bubbles after only three months. His next task is to hit Gregory the grasshopper with a hammer. Goku, impressively, performs this task in three weeks. Only after these tasks increasing Goku's strength and speed, does Kai begin the personal training of Goku. In the 118 days left before the Saiyan's return, Kai teaches Goku the 'Kaio-ken' and how to gather energy from the planet into one great fighting energy ball. Later King Kai takes on the training of Yamcha, Tien, Chiaotzu, and Piccolo using the same techniques that were successful with Goku.


As a young boy, Krillin studied martial arts with Goku under Master Roshi. Originally he and Goku were fierce rivals, but now they are best friends. A short, bald warrior, Krillin provides comic relief in tense situations as he tries to keep up with Goku and some of the other more powerful warriors. A good fighter on his own accord, he's always there to help Goku. He can and has saved his friend's life more than once. In fact, Krillin unleashes an incredibly powerful energy blast shaped like a flying disk that can slice through mountaintops. Goku constantly encourages Krillin to have confidence in his own abilities as Krillin learns to be a remarkable fighter--that is, for an earthling. Loyal, courageous and dedicated to his friends, Krillin is willing to fight against the Saiyans even though he doesn't want to die and knows that he can't be brought back to life again by the Dragon Balls. Krillin and Gohan become very close friends through their adventures on Earth and Namek, and Krillin would do anything for Gohan.


  North Kai
The Earth is in the North Quandrant of the universe, thus the being we know as King Kai is also known as North Kai.


Goku's onetime archenemy, Piccolo is the second strongest being on the Earth, born as a concentration of Kami's negative spirits. He has powerful energy blasts, can split into two or four separate entities, and has the ability to regenerate limbs. He is often seen in a white cape. Originally from the far away planet Namek (although Piccolo doesn't know this for a long time), Piccolo starts off fighting Goku to rule the world. When the Saiyans arrive he joins forces with Goku. At first it is an uneasy alliance, but as the story unfolds, their bond becomes stronger. While training Goku's son Gohan for the upcoming battle against the Saiyans, Piccolo develops a special bond with Gohan. Through Gohan, the only person who has ever been a friend to him, Piccolo starts changing character for the better. He ends up sacrificing his own life to save Gohan. While battling with Frieza, Piccolo merges with Nail, the last of the Namekain warriors and former guardian of Guru. From this merging, Piccolo gains Nail's ancient Namek fighting style, greatly enhancing Piccolo's powers and abilities.


  South Kai
As the reputation of being a peaceful area of space because all the fighters from this quadrant are comparatively weak.


  Supreme Kai
The Supreme Kai is the highest ruler remaining after Buu's elimination of the other Kais years ago. He becomes the Supreme Kai by default, ruling over Grand Kai and thus all life in the universe. He comes to Earth during the World Martial Arts Tournament to warn Goku about Babidi's plan to revive Buu and to prevent it from happening.


Tien is a three-eyed man intent on training to be strong. Originally trained by one of Master Roshi's rivals, Tien switched sides and became a Z fighter. He beat Goku at a worldwide martial arts tournament, is able to stop a waterfall with a blast and can crush rocks on his head. His fighting techniques include the ability to hover in the air, throw concentration bombs, blind with flashes of light, and split into two or four separate entities. Tien is excited about being trained by Kami and willing to fight against the Saiyans despite the odds. He volunteers to be the first to fight against the Saibamen, wins the battle and goes on to fight against the Saiyans. Tien can communicate telepathically with Chiaotzu, his best friend.


Trunks is the son of Bulma, a headstrong technical genius, and Vegeta, one of the most powerful fighters in the Dragon Ball Z universe. His exact age is not certain, but he first appears in Dragon Ball Z in his mid to late teens. He is from the future and has witnessed a threat to Earth which cannot be stopped in that time. He has come back in time to try to save the Earth of his time, only to find our heroes in Earth facing their own peril. Much to the amazement of our friends, Trunks immediately turns Super Saiyan and defeats Frieza and King Cold. He gives Goku medicine to prevent his death from heart disease and tells them of Earth's coming predicament. The Z fighters immediately go into training, and Trunks returns to his own time. Trunks returns to our timeline again in the Android Saga to ensure that the androids do arrive on Earth. He is also born during this saga, so we have the opportunity to see him both as a teenager and a baby at the same time. He continues to exist as a boy and a teen until the end of the Cell Saga, when the older Trunks returns to his original timeline.


Vegeta is a powerful Saiyan. He is a 'Super Elitist' and a prince, the son of King Vegeta, past ruler of the Saiyans. Vegeta and his comrade Nappa are two of the last surviving Saiyans. They come to Earth to destroy all life and sell the planet. Though physically smaller than Goku, Vegeta can power up to unbelievable levels destroying entire planets. He is a fierce rival of Goku's, striving always to seek power levels as high or higher than Goku and to reach Super Saiyan level. Ambitious and determined, Vegeta wants the Dragon Balls to gain immortality. He is determined to destroy Frieza. After the Namek Saga he fights on the side of the good guys and becomes the father of Trunks.


Seventeen years old, Videl is an expert at martial arts and is the daughter of Hercule, the Martial Arts Champion of the World. Videl attends Orange Star High School with Gohan. She is often called upon by the city to aid in police matters. She is determined to unmask the Great Saiyaman. When she finds out its Gohan, she threatens to tell everyone his secret unless Gohan joins the upcoming tournament. He also teaches her to fly. Videl fights in the World Martial Arts Tournament. At Gohan's suggestion, she cuts her hair before the tournament. Eventually in another television season, Videl marries Gohan and they have a daughter, Pan.


  West Kai
Short and chubby, West Kai controls the Universe's West Quadrant, which is the home of many incredible warriors. Pikkon is his prize fighter.


Yajirobe is one good guy not interested in fighting. Usually on the sidelines, with food in his mouth, he doesn't willingly go near danger and isn't willing to go in the Pendulum Room to train to fight the Saiyans. Yajirobe does come through in the end when he sneaks up behind the Giant Vegeta Monkey and cuts off his tail. He works for Kami and Korin.


Yamcha is a longtime friend and ally of Goku's, though he was once a notorious bandit. He is sometimes accompanied by Paur, his devoted cat companion. He is anxious and willing to be trained by Kami and to join the upcoming battle against the Saiyans even though he understands that the odds will be against them. In the heat of battle Yamcha volunteers to fight the Saibamen instead of Krillin because Krillin has already been brought back to life by the Dragon Balls. He and Bulma were formerly an item, and often illicit sparks fly for each other. Eventually Bulma moves on to Vegeta. Yamcha is defeated during battle with the Saibamen, and trains in the 'Next Dimension' under King Kai.