GOKU, is the hero of Dragonball Z, a good-natured and trusting soul. He is also the most powerful warrior on Earth and the
first Super Saiyan in over 1,000 years. Having honed his skills and strengthened his spirit to a level never achieved by any
being on Earth, Goku is able to fly, shoot energy beams from his hands, move at incredible speeds and, in a pinch, power up
to a fighting level so high it creates an energy aura around his body. Goku hasn't learned these skills just for fun: his
life is forced down this path as he battles the evil Saiyans in the final battle to save Earth.
When the Saiyans
arrive it is a total shock in more ways than one. Not only does Goku meet his deadliest foe ever, but he learns the mysterious
secret of his own past: he is a Saiyan formerly named Kakarot who was sent to destroy Earth. Goku's destiny is altered, however,
when he is discovered in the wilds as an infant and raised by a peaceful wise man. A near-fatal head injury scrambles Goku's
programming. Instead of growing up to become a destructive super-warrior, he becomes innocent and pure of heart, fighting
only for good.
Goku is very protective of his family and friends and is always there to help them. If he has a weakness,
it is his trusting nature. Goku is always looking for the good in people and can often find it where others do not. This costs
him dearly when be believes that the Saiyan named Raditz has turned away from evil. Goku later pays the ultimate sacrifice
to rid the Earth of Raditz.
Fortunately for our hero and for Earth, it's not the end of Goku. He is taken to the
Upper World to train under King Kai in preparation for the coming of two even stronger Saiyans. The Dragonballs will summon
him when the Saiyans approach Earth.
GOHAN, Goku and Chi-Chi's four-year-old son, was named after his adoptive grandfather. Physically, he resembles a young
Goku, right down to his tail and his propensity to become a raging Giant Monkey when he looks at a full moon. Spiritually,
he is good and pure of heart. Because of his protective mother, Gohan begins life as something of a wimp, but when the Earth
is threatened, he reveals his tremendous potential as a fighter. In one instance, he uncontrollably "powers up"
in order to rescue his father from a desperate situation. Soon Gohan is forced into training in preparation for the eminent
arrival of the evil Saiyans. As a result, he becomes a formidable fighter in his own right under the guidance of Piccolo (the
former archenemy of Gohan's father, Goku). Gohan first masters survival training. He is abandoned for six months in the wilderness,
where he must battle hunger, scorpions, saber tigers and dinosaurs, among other things. Next comes intense fighting against
Piccolo to train Gohan in the art of war. His mission: "to kill the Saiyans and save Earth." Gohan learns many lessons
under Piccolo, such as "don't see the enemy, feel him." Their special bond results in Piccolo stepping in front
of Nappa's mighty blast to save Gohan's life. Initially caught between "wimp" and "warrior," Gohan's loss
of nerve in the battle against the Saiyans costs his friends dearly. Haunted by his failure, he is determined to make up for
his cowardice. This determination leads Gohan to Planet Namek, where he searches for the source of the original Dragonball
so that he can wish his friends back to life. In the end, Gohan comes through in the final battle as he looks at the moon,
turns into a Giant Monkey and lunges toward Vegeta, causing him to flee. Gohan's power when initially kidnapped and placed
in the spaceship is 710. It jumps to 1,307 when he sees Goku hurt, then to 28,000 when he goes to fight after Piccolo is injured.
His tremendous power is credited to his unique genetic makeup, which makes him a stronger being.
VEGETA is the most powerful and feared of all the Saiyans. He bears the name of the planet from which he hails. Cunning, ruthless
and cruel in battle, he enjoys toying with those helpless creatures who dare oppose him. He is a "Super Elitist,"
the highest class of Saiyans, and believes he and Nappa can conquer Earth in three days. As the mightiest Saiyan warrior,
Vegeta has no tolerance for failure. In fact, he has eliminated his own men for showing weakness. After Nappa fails to defeat
Goku, for instance, Vegeta mercilessly gets rid of him. Like all Saiyans who still possess their tails, Vegeta metamorphoses
into a Giant Monkey when he sees the full moon, increasing his strength tenfold. This is when a Saiyan is at his fullest potential.
Arrogant to a fault, Vegeta hates the thought of being weaker than any other creature. Due to this fear he is constantly training
and searching for the extra edge that will keep him on top. Vegeta is even more intent on destroying Gohan, for he realizes
that the combination of human and Saiyan is stronger than human or Saiyan alone. Physically smaller than Goku, Vegeta has
wild black hair that is pushed back by a receding hairline. Nevertheless, he can power up to unbelievable levels and destroy
entire planets. When he gathers all the Dragonballs his wish is simple: immortality. While exceeding Goku in both strength
and technique, Vegeta does not win the battle for Earth. He makes the mistake of creating a moon to experience the tenfold
increase in strength associated with the Giant Monkey metamorphosis. Gohan, however, also sees the moon and subsequently transforms
into a Giant Monkey, too. When Yarjirobe sneaks up behind Vegeta and cuts off his tail, stopping the metamorphosis, Gohan
takes the upper hand. Vegeta flees Earth. His flight would have been stopped and Vegeta killed except for Goku's intervention.
The son of Bulma and Vegeta, Trunks is a visitor from a very dark future. In Trunks' timeline, Goku contracts a fatal heart
disease just when Earth needs to be saved from a terrible fate. Trunks time travels in order to prevent this tragedy, but
is drawn into battle before he can warn Goku. Turning Super Saiyan, Trunks first defeats Frieza, and then crushes King Cold.
Proving that he is one of the most powerful fighters in the universe, Trunks explains Earth's danger and administers Goku's
medicine. Having accomplished his mission, Trunks returns to the future. Trunks later returns to help the Z Warriors battle
Once Goku's arch enemy, Piccolo is the second strongest being on Earth. He wears an extremely heavy cape that constantly trains
his muscles. He is renowned for his powerful energy blasts as well as his ability to split into separate entities. Green like
a lizard, Piccolo has the ability to regenerate limbs lost in battle, a capability that comes in handy more than once. Originally
from the faraway planet (although Piccolo doesn't know this for a long time), Piccolo begins battling Goku to rule the world.
When the Saiyans arrive, however, Piccolo joins forces with Goku to defeat a greater evil. At first their alliance is uneasy,
but as the story progresses their bond grows stronger. Piccolo trains Goku's son, Gohan, for the upcoming battle against the
Saiyans. Piccolo is unsure of his own motivations in assisting his onetime enemy and helping to raise his son. Gohan sees
the good within Piccolo and their relationship brings this good out in him. In the showdown with Vegeta and Nappa, Piccolo
saves Gohan's life by jumping in front of an energy blast.
He is one of the characters who was originally "evil", but through series of unexpected events,
the "evil" in him was slowly washed away as Piccolo took different forms.
Piccolo is the offspring of Daimon, who was the pure "evil" which separated from Kami-sama
as another body. Piccolo and Kami-sama is one person in two bodies. If one of them die, both will die. When Daimon was
killed by Son Goku, he vowed that his offspring Piccolo will avenge him. Thus, Piccolo's character is not just pure "evil"
the way Daimon is. He is simply focused on destroying Son Goku. The two of them first met in the Budokai.
With the arrival of Raditz, Piccolo found himself an unwilling partner of Son Goku
and together defeated Raditz. When he learned that two more poweful Saiyajin will avenge Raditz, Piccolo only found himself
even more unwillingly on Goku's side by volunteering to train his Son, Gohan to become a warrior to fight against the Saiyajin.
Piccolo's militant training style made Gohan a stronger person, gradually unleashing Gohan's tremendous talent. During the
time he spent with Gohan, Piccolo began to develop love and care for Gohan, which was fully realized when he sacrificed his
life for Gohan in the battle against Nappa. His love and care for Gohan is readily apparent throughout the Freeza and Cell