Young, old, Gen-Xer or millennial, we’re all familiar with Goku and the rest of the Z-Fighters from Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball. Spanning across multiple medias such as mangas, animes, movies, video games and more, the Dragon Ball series has shown us some of the best fight scenes in the history of the world.
Since 1984, the monumental franchise has delivered amazing storylines and characters to boost its popularity and it’s not hard to see why Dragon Ball has become a household name. The entire series focuses on Goku, a Saiyan who’s bent on not only getting stronger but also on saving the entire universe from all beings that wish it harm. He’s joined by the other Z-Fighters like Vegeta, Krillin, Piccolo and many more in his mission.
Since the series showcases battles that see mountains destroyed and seas turned to steam, we can always expect a good show whenever a new villain pops up to challenge Earth’s mightiest. The series has produced some of the most powerful characters known to anime and manga alike but some are a cut above the rest. Here are the 15 most unfairly overpowered characters in Dragon Ball.
In the early days of Dragon Ball Z, Goku and the rest of the Z Fighters had to babysit Gohan all the way. He was a kid then but his father, Goku, saw potential in Gohan and has even said that his son is far more powerful than him. We get to witness Gohan’s might in the Cell saga as he transforms into Ultimate Gohan.
As Ultimate Gohan, his power levels increase to staggering amounts. It goes up to levels that even Goku gets impressed with. Sadly, Gohan preferred to become a scholar than a fighter and after the Cell saga, Gohan’s power was levelled down drastically. If he consistently trained like Goku the rest of his life, there’s a pretty big chance that he can eventually overpower his father. Gohan has managed to only reach Super Saiyan level 2 but it’s worth noting that he was the first to achieve the feat.
14. The Great Apes
Aside from transforming into blond overpowered beings, Saiyans can also transform into gigantic primates also called as Great Apes. While they’re already formidable in their Saiyan forms, Great Apes take things to another level of destruction with their size and uncontrollable rage.
Unlike getting to their Saiyan forms, the Saiyans can’t turn into a Great Ape on command. To become the gigantic primates, there has to be a full moon first. Though not as prominent as the Saiyan forms in the series, Great Apes are still considered as overpowered because of their size and strength.
We’ve seen the Great Ape forms of Goku, Gohan, Raditz, Nappa, Vegeta, Baby and several others more. The only weakness of Great Apes is their tail. Once cut, the Saiyans will revert back to their regular forms. That’s easier said than done though as who in their right mind would go behind a Great Ape to cut off its tail?
Gotenks is the result of a fusion between Goku’s second son, Gotan and Vegeta’s son, Trunks. The two children of the great Saiyans are formidable fighters on their own already and for kids their age, they can definitely destroy a few of the Z-Fighters’ enemies. When combined though, Gotenks proves to be a rather dangerous being.
Combining insane speed and power, Gotenks is an unfairly overpowered character despite being still a kid. What makes Gotenks even more powerful is his overconfidence which allows him to take on foes; regardless of who it is, without fear or second thought. This overconfidence is also the downside of Gotenks as it has gotten him in trouble on a few occasions.
Like his component beings, Gotenks is also capable of reaching a Super Saiyan form. In his base form, Gotenks is already formidable to a majority of the Z-Fighters but as a Super Saiyan, his power levels are without a doubt the best.
Appearing solely in one of the Dragon Ball movies, Broly is one of the most beloved and feared characters in the series’ lore. Like Goku and Vegeta, he’s also a Saiyan. When first seen, Broly is a man with a calm and harmless demeanor; which is very unlike their Saiyan race. Broly has dual personalities though; the other is far more dangerous but is controlled by a crown.
Without his crown, Broly will transform into his Legendary Super Saiyan form; a form both Vegeta and Goku are incapable of. His power increases a hundredfold while in this form and his small well-built physique turns into something far more intimidating and dangerous.
Broly is known to have a brash attitude and that’s why his father had to place the mind controlling crown on him. Broly’s hate for Goku stems from the fact that when they were still babies, Goku’s loud crying kept on bothering him.
11. Syn Shenron
Countless wishes have taken their toll on the Dragon Balls and the inevitable happens and unfairly overpowered creatures called Shadow Dragons were born. Among the Shadow Dragons is Syn Shenron, one of the most powerful enemies that Goku and Vegeta has faced and one that required a joint effort from the pair to fully destroy.
Syn Shenron has a far more powerful form called Omega Shenron, this is the form that pushed Super Saiyan 4 Goku and Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta to their limits. The pair had to fuse into Vegito and create the very powerful Vegito Super Saiyan 4.
When it comes to combat, Omega Shenron’s strength is accompanied by his disregard for battle etiquette. Unlike Goku’s past enemies, Omega Shenron is not shy to use dirty tactics to win and it’s this trait that makes him one of the most powerful enemies in the series.
10. Kid Buu
Goku and Vegeta were in for a surprise when they defeated the seemingly unbeatable Super Buu. From the pink gelatinous monstrosity spawned another form of Buu called Kid Buu. Don’t let the innocent and childlike physique fool you, Kid Buu is as destructive and as reckless as any of the other bad Buus.
While Super Buu remained calm and calculative in battle, Kid Buu is the physical embodiment of chaos. Like a kid, he throws fits of tantrums, which is bad for the Z Fighters as Kid Buu’s tantrums can result in planets getting destroyed. He was crazy and insanely fast and it took Goku and literally the rest of the world to destroy him. In what seems to be one of the best fights in Dragon Ball history, Goku, along with the help of Vegeta and the entire population of Earth, created the biggest Spirit Ball ever. It was only then that Kid Buu was destroyed.
Frieza was the first major villain in Dragon Ball Z and he’s perhaps the most memorable one. The small physique and squeaky voice may make Frieza less intimidating but if a being can destroy mountains using his finger, then he’s definitely not someone to be messed with.
It was Frieza that forced Goku to become a Super Saiyan the first time and that reveals just how powerful he was. He was ultimately destroyed by Goku and he came back as Cyber-Frieza but was again, destroyed by Goku. Why does Frieza keep getting destroyed you ask? It’s because he doesn’t train.
In Dragon Ball Resurrection F, Frieza makes a comeback again but this time, he decided to train before fighting Goku. All those times before was Frieza’s all natural power. After achieving another form, Frieza proved to be a match against Goku but he was defeated nonetheless. He managed to destroy Earth during the fight but with a little help from Whis, Goku won.
8. Goku Black
One of the biggest fears of humanity is that Goku turns his back on us and begins having a change of heart. What would happen if Earth’s best decides to become a villain instead? That would never happen of course but when the series introduced parallel universes, we got to see an evil version of Goku simply called Goku Black.
Goku Black is basically Zamasu that takes control of Goku’s body in an effort to destroy all mortals. The result is an evil and heartless version of Goku. The base form of Goku Black is as powerful as the Super Saiyan level 3 of Goku! That’s impressive considering how Super Saiyan level 3 is powerful enough.
Goku Black isn’t capable of a Super Saiyan God form but he manages to create his own take on the form which he names Super Saiyan Rose. In this form, Goku Black manages to beat Vegeta and proves as an equal to Goku.
Also known as the Prince of Saiyans, Vegeta; despite being a few power levels behind Goku, is still one of the most powerful characters in the series. If he wasn’t such a hot headed Saiyan, then maybe, just maybe, he could’ve trained enough to surpass his mortal rival, Goku. Honestly speaking though, it’s his jealousy of Goku’s strength that keeps Vegeta pushing to become more powerful.
His hot headedness has cost him his life on more than one occasion because he recklessly charges into battle whenever he becomes super pissed. Sometimes though, his hot headedness has allowed him to cause more pain to the enemies that terrorize Earth.
Vegeta is capable of reaching many Super Saiyan forms like Goku. The only exception is that he isn’t able to reach Super Saiyan 3 as he skips to the 4th level instead. Despite his lacking forms, Vegeta is still capable of transforming into the more powerful Super Saiyan God.
6. Super Buu
There have been several versions of the pink gelatinous blob that is Buu. The fat Buu, also called Good Buu is the kindest. The skinny and brown Evil Buu is the harshest. The Kid Buu is the most unstable and fiercest. Super Buu on the other hand, this slim and tall Buu is the most powerful of them all.
Super Buu was created after Evil Buu turned Good Buu into a chocolate and ate him. The result is an unfairly overpowered character. He wasn’t initially that strong but when Super Buu seemingly devoured Piccolo, Gotenks and Super Gohan, Super Buu became almost unbeatable.
He’s immoral and he doesn’t have an ounce of conscience in him. Perhaps it’s his personality that turns him into one of the most powerful characters in the series. If it wasn’t for Vegito, Super Buu would’ve ended everyone in the series.
This shouldn’t be a surprise now but Goku, the main protagonist and the one we all have grown up watching, is perhaps one of the most powerful characters in the Dragon Ball universe. He may have died several times throughout the series but when he comes back, he comes back several times stronger than he was before.
What makes Goku more special is that his strength comes from not only his Saiyan blood, but from his determination and will to become stronger. Aside from saving the world from whatever forces that want it gone, Goku is intent on training to become one of the strongest fighters in the universe.
In his regular and normal form, Goku is already a menace to most of the villains that seek to destroy Earth. When he transforms into his Saiyan forms, especially his Super Saiyan God form, the unlucky enemy on the other end is as good as gone. The Earth is lucky to have Goku on their side.
Two beings combining into one gives Dragon Ball fans something to look forward to as through fusions, we have seen some of the most powerful characters there are. Perhaps the most powerful character fusion in the entire series is Gogeta; who is the fusion of Goku and Vegita.
Honestly speaking, Gogeta is easily overpowered by Vegito, a far more superior fusion of Goku and Vegita. What makes Gogeta overpowered though is the fact that it has a form that results from the level 4 Super Saiyans of both Goku and Vegeta. We only got to see Gogeta Super Saiyan 4 in one story arc though.
Beerus was first seen in the movie, Dragon Ball Battle of the Gods. He’s basically one of the most feared creatures in the entire universe because he basically destroys any planet that he beats the best fighters of. Don’t let his rabbit features fool you, Beerus is one of the very few enemies that even Goku couldn’t beat.
When Beerus lands on Earth, it’s Goku that takes him up to his challenge and Beerus beats Super Saiyan 3 Goku in 2 strikes. After Goku succeeds in achieving his Super Saiyan God form, he challenges Beerus yet again. The match lasts several times longer than their first encounter but Goku falls short still.
When moviegoers first saw Dragon Ball Battle of the Gods, many initially thought that Beerus was the leader in the Beerus/Whis pair. That’s the total opposite because Beerus revealed at the end of the movie that the strongest fighter he’s ever faced; yep even better than Goku’s best form, is none other than his master, Whis.
At first glance, Whis is easily thought of as the usual villain’s assistant that doesn’t offer much when it comes to battle. After the reveal at the end of the recent movie, fans saw Whis at a whole new level. Whis has yet to display his full potential when it comes to battle but he’s believed to be the fastest being in the universe.
Like most of the unfairly overpowered beings introduced first in Dragon Ball Super, Zen-Oh, also called The King of All, isn’t too keen on showcasing his fighting prowess. Despite this, The King of All is still the most powerful character in the entire Dragon Ball universe, no questions asked.
Zen-Oh holds authority over all the 12 universes introduced in Dragon Ball Super. He’s basically The Creator in Akira Toriyama’s stellar manga franchise. In a story filled with several characters that can destroy planets in one move, how strong can the omnipotent being of the universe be?
In one occasion, Whis states that there used to be 18 universes. That’s a lot but as of the current story arc in the manga, there are only 12 universes remaining. What happened to the other 6? Zen-Oh destroyed them all simply because he had a mood swing.