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Top 10 Strongest Dragonball Z Characters

Updated on February 12, 2013

Dragonball Z is a classic anime known for intense fight scenes and an interesting plot. This anime also boasts good character development. The main focus of this anime series is on Son Goku, one of the few survivors of the Saiyan Planet who was sent to earth for a mission. He was supposed to destroy earth but Son Goku ended up as its protector alongside with Vegeta, the prince of Saiyan, Piccolo, Son Gohan, and the rest of the Z warriors. Together, they face absurdly strong and evil enemies who won’t rest until destruction and chaos rule the world.

Dragonball Z introduced countless of characters each of the having unique skills and power levels. So the question is, which of them is the strongest? I’m a Dragonball Z fan since childhood so coming up with the Top 10 Strongest Dragonball Z Characters is relatively easy. If you think one of your favorites is not included, feel free to comment and express why your character should belong to this list. Have a good read!

Cell Final Form
Cell Final Form

Cell is an enemy from the future. He appeared years after the death of Frieza. The Z Warriors met Trunks from the future who warned them about the death of Son Goku and the destructive power of Cell. Trunks was greatly surprised since the androids he faced were far different from the ones he confronted in the future. Cell is probably the most horrifying enemy featured in Dragonball Z since he can use his tail to wholly absorb a person. By doing so, he gains more power and slowly achieves his ultimate form. Three androids were made alongside with Cell. Android 17 and 18 were intended to complete him while Android 16’s quest was to kill Son Goku. Our hero suffered from a heart disease and barely survived with the help of Trunks' medicine which the future Bulma made. After his completion, Cell organized a competition against the Z warriors. Son Goku and Son Gohan trained in the secret room to prepare and they successfully boasted their power levels in the process. It’s pretty obvious that Son Goku can handle Cell on his own but he refused and let Son Gohan finish the job. Cell was defeated but he managed to blow himself up killing Son Goku in the process and left Son Gohan regretful about not finishing his foe at once.

Uub
Uub

Uub is the reincarnation of Kid Majin Buu. He first appeared during the 28th world martial arts tournament where he faced Son Goku in the first round. Son Goku knew from the start that this thin kid has immense power so he asked Fat Majin Buu to sabotage the draw. Back then, Uub’s priority was to earn the prize money for his family. He was the strongest on their village yet he seems to have no confidence at all. Son Goku knew that Uub lacks battle experience so he purposely insulted Uub’s parents and make him as angry as possible. Uub’s power increased to a certain point that he can match up with Son Goku blow by blow. Though Son Goku was not in SSJ form during their fight, it’s still amazing how a skinny boy catch up with our hero’s fast and strong attacks. Son Goku decided to train Uub. During the Baby Saga, Uub saved Pan’s life and contributed greatly in Baby’s defeat as he fused with the fat Majin Buu to become Majuub.

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Gotenks basic form
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Gotenks SSJ
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Gotenks SSJ3
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Gotenks Ghost Kamikaze Technique
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Gotenks SSJ3 vs Majin Buu

Gotenks is the fusion of Trunks, Vegeta’s son, and Goten, Son Goku’s son. He was first introduced in the Majin Buu Saga where Goten and Trunks trained in the secret room to perfect the fusion technique. They were successful in combining their powers and becoming Gotenks but it was not enough to completely eliminate Majin Buu. Gotenks back then lacks battle experience. Most of his techniques are out of childish imagination and are not effective at all. As the anime series progressed, Gotenks became more powerful. He even reached the SSJ3 level and faced a much stronger form of Majin Buu almost equally. Nevertheless, Gotenk’s power seemed to be inefficient so he ended up being absorbed by his foe. Gotenks strength lies on sheer power. He may not boast battle experience like Son Goku and Vegeta but his power level is strong enough to defeat or somehow weaken any of the strongest foes the Z warriors have ever faced.

Son Gohan
Son Gohan

Son Gohan is the son of Son Goku and Chichi. Despite having a father who has fighting as the only thing in his mind, Son Gohan is a very intelligent boy. Chichi never fails to encourage him to go to school and make his assignments. Son Gohan’s power bloomed during the Cell Saga where his father trained him in the secret room. He was able to reach SSJ2 at a very young age and beat Cell in the process. Nevertheless, Gohan’s battle proficiency greatly leveled down afterwards since he ended up as a college student. Though he became a vigilante, most of his foes are basically thugs and criminals who don’t stand even an ounce of chance against a Saiyan like him. During the Majin Buu saga, Gohan was trained to defeat the monster yet he failed as was eaten in the process. Aside from his father, Son Gohan’s closest friend among the Z warriors is Piccolo, his first mentor. Piccolo might be harsh and straightforward but Gohan treats him as his second father.

Vegeta SSJ4
Vegeta SSJ4

Vegeta is the prince of Saiyan. He was introduced as a foe together with Napa, a co-survivor of planet Saiyan’s destruction. Son Goku defeated him on their first encounter but he vowed for revenge. Their next meeting was on Planet Nemic but they were allies that time against Frieza. Vegeta was shocked about Son Goku’s fast paced progress. He was left behind so he decided to live on Earth and personally know what made Son Goku strong. He married Bulma and even had a child who he named Trunks. Despite years of living on Earth, Vegeta’s jealousy on Son Goku’s immense power was never absent. Nevertheless, he is a reliable friend. He might be bossy and cruel but Vegeta is a fearless warrior who is always willing to give up his life just to keep his family safe and uplift the honor of Saiyan warriors. Vegeta is a living proof that changing for the better is always possible.

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Angry Majin Buu
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Majin Buu after consuming Gotenks
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Majin Buu after consuming Piccolo
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Majin Buu after consuming Gohan
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Fat Majin Buu laughing
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Fat vs Kid Majin Buu
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Majin Buu vs Vegeta

Majin Buu is one of the main antagonists in the Dragonball Z series. His power basically lies on consuming his enemies by turning them into chocolates. Majin Buu managed to get Son Gohan, Piccolo, Gotenks, and even Vegito. The kid Majin Buu is the strongest and fearsome of them all. Even Son Goku on SSJ3 failed to completely defeat him since Majin Buu’s power source seems to be infinite. Nonetheless, Son Goku managed to eliminate him through his most devastating technique namely the Universal Spirit Bomb. Every life force on Earth helped out and raised their hands. This is probably the only situation where Mr. Satan actually helped the Z warriors in defeating an enemy since he encouraged the masses to respond in Son Goku’s plea for more power. Majin Buu’s elastic properties made him even more challenging as a foe. He can turn himself into a ball and travel at lightning speed to hit an enemy in an instant. Moreover, physical attacks won’t go well against Majin Buu since his cushion-like body absorbs them with ease.

Baby
Baby

Baby has two main goals. The first one is reviving the Tuffle race while the other is the complete extermination of the Z warriors. He started out as weak opponent yet his power level gradually progressed as he controlled one strong fighter after another. In the end, Baby was able to control Vegeta and successfully restored the condition of his home planet. Probably the only weakness of Baby is his childish attitude. He can easily be taunted which usually leads to reckless decisions. He became one of the strongest enemies of Son Goku as he transformed into a Golden Great Ape. Even Son Goku’s SSJ4 form took a beating against Baby. Baby is merciless and will not hesitate to kill even the innocent who blocks his way towards the achievement of his goals. He can directly go inside anyone’s body and completely gain control over it. Son Goku and the rest of the Z Warriors are merciful and won’t imagine themselves hurting their friends, which is why Baby’s technique is very effective against them.

Son Goku SSJ4
Son Goku SSJ4

Son Goku is the main protagonist in Dragonball Z. He is a lucky Saiyan who was sent out on a mission to Earth before their planet was destroyed by Frieza. Son Goku was found and raised by Son Gohan. Though he was a really naughty kid at first, everything changed when he accidentally fell on a cliff and bumped his head on a rock. From that day on, Son Goku became a warrior of justice, peace, and freedom. He dislikes oppressors and will never back out from a battle especially if the safety of his loved ones is at stake. He died a couple of times because of his heroic acts yet he somehow manages to come back to life. He has two signature techniques namely the Kamehameha (Turtle Destruction Wave) and Spirit Bomb. The first was taught by his mater Roshi while the second was a technique he learned from his friend in the other dimension, Kayo Sama. Son Goku can also teleport to his friends in an instant, a technique aliens taught him after the Frieza Saga.

Omega Shenron
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Omega Shenron is the complete form of Shyn Shenron. He was created as the negative effect of Popo’s wish to revive everyone eliminated in Planet Nemic. Its power comes from the first star Dragonball. Even the mighty Son Goku in SSJ4 is not a match against this merciless monster. He is determined to destroy earth and any living planet he encounters.

The Z warriors combined forces to eliminate him but their efforts were futile. Good thing Bulma invented a machine which can help Vegeta reach SSJ4. Son Goku fused with Vegeta and became Gogeta SSJ4 and eventually beaten Omega Shenron. He is considered by many as the most powerful villain in the entire Dragonball Z series. His speed, agility, and power are unfathomable. Nevertheless, he acknowledges fear unlike most anime fans believe. It was evident when he faced Gogeta SSJ4 that he was anxious and was fearful about the ultimate warrior’s power.

Gogeta SSJ4
Gogeta SSJ4

Gogeta is the fusion of Son Goku and Vegeta while they are on Super Saiyan 4. Vegeta is always negative about the fusion technique because of his pride. Nevertheless, there are a few situations where fighting is futile especially against an enemy with a horrifying and seemingly incomparable power and there’s no other way left than to fuse. Vegeta can’t reach Super Sayan 4 on his own so Bulma invented a machine to help him achieve the peak of a Super Saiyan’s power. This warrior is considered the most powerful in the universe boasting immense speed, strength, and power. Gogeta easily defeated Omega Shenron and was even not serious during the battle. His fight against Omega Shenron didn’t last long. It’s very evident that Gogeta is simply toying with Omega Shenron as he makes multiple copies of himself and joked about shooting the enemy with a powerful technique all at once. The full potential of this warrior is still unknown but I guess there’s no enemy strong enough to put Gogeta’s power to the test.

Son Goku SSJ4 in Action!

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      kakaroto 22 months ago

      None of these character can beat super buuhan. Vegetto did.

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      Nelson Joseph 23 months ago

      Goku shud be on the second and bills at the first. and no ways omega shenron is powerful thn goku

      in their fight goku ssj4 doesn't evn touch him and omega shenron is defeated....

      and there r many thngs but i cant tll

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      malo 2 years ago

      All of you are crazy. Goku's strongest opponent was the lord of destruction from battle of the gods

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      james 2 years ago

      If gogeta was cannon it would be him

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      --------- 2 years ago

      broly is the over all strongest and gogeta is second strongest who ties with omega shenron

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      vinayakvgopal 3 years ago

      No way only the gogeta is the top powerful in the all univers becz the power of gogeta when not fully powered is 1/4 of the universe so gogeta

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      Lord K 3 years ago

      Lol, GT is not canon people. If we consider canon characters only, then the list would be:

      1) Whis

      2) Bills

      3) Goku (Super Saiyan God)

      4) Vegito

      5) Super Buuhan (Super Buu with Gohan)

      6) Super Buutenks (Super Buu with Gotenks)

      7) Gohan

      8) Super Buu

      9) Kid Buu

      10) Vegeta

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      kokm 3 years ago

      you guys don't knw what your talking about,goku is strongest person in all series cuse without goku non of the other characters could kill the evil enemies.gohan is strong cuse he's still young but goku gets older through generations jst like the old -kai. and gogeta is strongest of all yea ik wihtout bulma's machine non of this this could be happened but see it positive its done by the writers :)

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      kokm 3 years ago

      you guys don't knw what your talking about,goku is strongest person in all series cuse without goku non of the other characters could kill the evil enemies.gohan is strong cuse he's still young but goku gets older through generations jst like the old -kai. and gogeta is strongest of all yea ik wihtout bulma's machine non of this this could be happened but see it positive its done by the writers :)

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      whiss! 3 years ago

      whiss is the strongest!!!

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      Le Audric 3 years ago

      1.Whis

      2-10. Others

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      Gohan 3 years ago

      if you are not talking about the gt, gohan is stronger than goku. goku could not defeat super buu but ultimate gohan almost killed super buu. (but absorbed by 'gotenks buu') so on dragon ball z, gohan is strongest but in gt, goku makes super saiyan 4 and that is the strongest.

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      KB 3 years ago

      No Freiza

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      3 years ago

      Krillin is obviously number 1

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      EG 3 years ago

      Gohan is not stonger than Goku!!! Sure he was strong when he was young but as he got older he stayed at a stage of power and did not go beyond, while Goku kept surpassing anyone.

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      brandon 3 years ago

      if its just z (including the movies) it would be

      1. whis

      2. bills

      3. kid buu

      4. vegito

      5. super buu

      6. mystic/ultimate gohan

      7. goku

      8. gotenks

      9. vegeta

      10. YAMCHA! jk i don't know who would be 10

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      dickheads 3 years ago

      whiss is the strongest !!

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      derk 3 years ago

      gohan had the potential to be the strongest saiyan. he progressed faster than anyone else. if he was committed to fighting and had the drive that goku/vegeta had, he would have easily surpassed all of the characters. he was too gentle throughout the series so he never tapped into his full power. and of course chichi was killing him with the homework

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      dbz 3 years ago

      Bills the God of destruction is stronger than vegito and everyone in the z universe combined only whis is stronger then him, and hes the weakest of the twelve gods but still second strongest in his universe, super sayain god goku is also stronger then vegito

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      zmaster12 3 years ago

      bills vs ssj4 goku gt

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      mujtaba sohail 3 years ago

      where is bills and whis

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      John 3 years ago

      This list is terribly inaccurate and the comments show it

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      callum 4 years ago

      vegito!!!!!!!!!!!

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      EJ Lambert 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I honestly think Vegeto belongs on this list more than Gogeta. For one thing his fusion was permanent if not for Majin Buu's interior workings while Gogeta lasts just 30 minutes. One can only imagine how Vegeto would've progressed with Goku's natural talent and Vegeta's intelligence and determination.

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      Empeiri 4 years ago

      Son goku is the strongest because if bulma didn't creat the machine that make vegeta SSJ4 supero gogeta will not be created

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      mskripek 4 years ago

      There's no way buu is stronger than vegeta since he can ssj4 now. Vegito is the strongest character since fusion with the earrings is A LOT stronger than the other fusion. But, I don't agree with the movie and GT story lines because the power of the enemies flip-flops... Anyway it should be:

      1. Super Vegito (Beat Super Buu's ass as candy, imagine him at SSJ4)

      2. Super Gogeta (goku/vegeta fuse as SSj4, but i could see him as #1)

      3. Omega Shenron

      4. Bills (this one's up for debate, but apparently he's baddass)

      5. Super Android 17 (He beat SSJ4 Goku, but he did die when Goku was is his kid form so it's a toss up)

      6. Goku (obvious reasons)

      7. Baby Vegeta (not just baby, cuz his original form is weak)

      8. Vegeta (He can go SSj4)

      9. Super Buu (With everyone absorbed would be one bad dude)

      10. Janemba (This one's a toss up too, but they needed to be Gogeta)

      Other mentions could be :

      Broly, but we never really know how strong he is.

      Super Hirudegarn (He was really strong, but it was a movie)

      Gotenks (SSJ3)

      Mystic Gohan (it's not ultimate gohan and he didn't go SSJ3)

      Other Buu forms, but i'll just use one.

      Perfect Cell (Just cuz it's almost impossible to kill him)

      Other shadow dragons (pretty strong, but i'll just use Omega Shenron)

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      Ericajean 4 years ago

      My favorite character of all time is Mr. Napoleon Complex himself...Vegeta. I normally do not go for the antagonists of a show but when I first watched Vegeta, I thought he was smart, cunning, attractive and very mean. I knew he would change for the better too and when he married Bulma and had two children with her, and fought alongside Goku- I knew he couldn't be so bad after all. Redemption reigns!

      Thanks for the awesome hub!

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      Hustlerespect 4 years ago

      broly is the strongest!

      Stronger than anyone in the series.

      if you only count dragonball z. not GT.

      1. broly

      2. gohan

      3. goku

      4. buu

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      4 years ago

      wait actually since mr popo is immortal doesn't that mean hes the strongest

      mr popo ftw

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      4 years ago

      whis is stronger than bills

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      BattleOfGods 4 years ago

      1. Bills

      2. 3. 4.... Others

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      Jay 4 years ago

      From a strictly canon point of view your list is completely wrong.

      The list would go something like

      1. Vegito (Gogeta is not canon)

      2. super buu

      3. Gohan (it has been stated by the series creator that gohan is the strongest non fusion character excluding super buu because he absorbs gotenks/gohan)

      4. Gotenks

      5. Kid buu

      6. Goku

      7. Vegeta

      After that it becomes a bit hard to determine, did piccolo ever surpass cell? would trunks be able to beat piccolo?

      If you count non canon, cell wouldn't even be in the top 20.

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      Stevemagegod 4 years ago

      Goku mentioned in GT that General Rildo in his normal form is more powerful than Majin Buu. So i think Rildo should be 9 and Uub should be 10.

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      dailytop10 4 years ago from Davao City

      I haven't included the characters introduced in the movies. If I did, Janemba and Broly would definitely make it.Thank you for dropping by!

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      redwards01 4 years ago from Bermuda

      Not a bad list. I'm just surprised Broly didn't make the cut.

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