Dragon Ball and its follow-up series Dragon Ball Z were created by manga writing legend Akira Toriyama. When he designed our favorite characters like Goku, Vegeta, Krillin, Future Trunks, Gohan, and beyond, did he know the extent to which his Martial Arts fiction would go? DBZ is not only a part of his home country of Japan’s pop culture, but also in the United States with fans everywhere. Not only has it spun off two anime series (I don’t count GT), there have been several films that follow their own continuity outside of the anime. They produced such epic villains like Broly and Cooler, but also some lame ones like the Biomen. Here are the Dragon Ball Z villains ranked worst to best.
Dr. Wheelo (The World’s Strongest) – The robotic Dr. Wheelo and his Biomen seek to absorb the power of the greatest fighter. Unfortunately, his data is outdated and he kidnaps Master Roshi. Though some DBZ villains are known to be a bit silly, this one took the cake.
Lord Slug (uh, Lord Slug) – He was a somewhat overpowered Namekian who wants to turn the earth into his vessel through Terra-forming. Okay, but why earth? Just because? Oh, wait, it’s the Dragon Balls. Sigh.
Janemba (Fusion Reborn) – Though this movie did introduce us to Gogeta, the whole concept was bad. An accidentally created villain named Janemba tears open a crack in Other World, allowing dead villains to escape onto Earth. While the Z Fighters battle the undead armies, Goku and Vegeta fuse to fight him. He was a somewhat pointless adversary.
Mr. Jaguar (Bio-Broly) – This villain cloned Broly to expose frauds in the Martial Arts world. So what? Though watching Goten, Trunks, and Android 18 fight was pretty interesting, Mr. Jaguar was nothing more than a MacGuffin to bring the Z Fighters to his island.
Garlic Jr. (The Dead Zone) – His father once unlocked a dimension with zombie like villains, but Garlic Jr. wants to open that zone again. Goku and Piccolo easily stop him. One side note, his movie is the only considered “canon” to the DBZ series.
Turles (Tree of Might) – While the movie is spotty, this secret Saiyan and look-a-like to Goku proved to be quite the foe to Goku.
Bojack (Bojack Unbound) – He’s an evil alien who was banished to another dimension, but managed to escape to cause havoc on earth. An adult Gohan and Future Trunks have to stop him.
Android 13 (Super Android 13) – This movie tries to stay canonical. It takes place right after the Cell Saga as far as I can tell and futures the evil Android 13 fighting the Z Fighters.
Hirudegarn (Wrath of the Dragon) – This movie had some input from Akira Toriyama. This made it and its monstrous villain one of the better of the films.
Broly (Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan, Broly: Second Coming, Bio-Broly) – This pipsqueak Saiyan did not impress Vegeta, that is, until he went Super Saiyan. After that, he became a villain obsessed with killing Goku and would wind up causing trouble in Other World.
Cooler (Cooler’s Revenge, Revenge of Cooler) – After the death of Frieza, his mysterious older brother arrived to kill Goku in vengeance. He proved to be more powerful than his young sibling, but Goku still defeated him. He would return as Meta-Cooler to cause trouble for the Z Fighters.
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This post was updated from a previous version.