|“||Oh, to see the Dragon Balls turn to stone at the very moment your wish might have come true. Quite a pill to swallow, eh, Vegeta? Of course, even more so for myself. As a matter of fact, in all my years, I have never been so angry as I am now. How incredibly irritating not to have seen the writing on the wall... now you pay! You vile, filth-sucking maggots! You will rue the day you crossed my path! Prepare yourself to face oblivion!||„|
|~ Frieza swearing vengeance upon his enemies.|
|“||Simian bastard... I am Lord Frieza. None surpass me! No one even comes close! Etch this into your skull; I am emperor of the universe! The likes of you are only fit to grovel at my feet! Or better still... to die in disgrace AT THE HANDS OF YOUR MASTER!||„|
|~ Frieza after his first defeat.|
|“||Set a course for Earth, father. (King Cold: Planet Earth? Whatever for, my son?) I'd like to blow it up.||„|
|~ Frieza after King Cold saved him.|
Frieza is the main antagonist of the Dragon Ball franchise.
He is the self-proclaimed "Emperor of the Universe" whose goal is to conquer the universe and achieve immortality. He is a powerful tyrant who was responsible for the destruction of Planet Vegeta and is the arch-nemesis of both Goku and Vegeta.
He is voiced by Ryūsei Nakao (who also voiced Caesar Clown and Cooler) in the Japanese version, and by Linda Young, Pauline Newstone, the late Christopher Ayres, and Daman Mills in the English version.
What Makes Him Pure Evil?
- While it is implied that he was abused by his father King Cold and was raised to become the evil monster he is today, it does not at all justify his actions. It's implied he was already heinous before that as well.
- He is shown to be incredibly racist towards Saiyans, as he constantly calls them monkeys.
- He runs the Planet Trade Organization, where he and his men wipe out entire alien species and sell their planets for profit, giving him one of the highest body counts above those of most other villains in the Dragon Ball franchise for all his death, destruction and oppression.
- He is also shown to have no gratitude at all, as when Vegeta, Nappa and Raditz came to tell him they had exterminated an entire alien race in three days, Frieza rudely told them to go away, humiliating them in the process.
- After being introduced to the Saiyans by King Cold, Frieza killed three Saiyans who were trying to shoot him just to demonstrate how the Scouters work.
- He was responsible for the destruction of Planet Vegeta and the near-extinction of the Saiyan race, meaning he destroyed the world Goku, Vegeta, Raditz, Nappa, Paragus, Broly and Turles were born on, and killed hundreds of his own men with no hesitation, including Goku, Raditz and Vegeta's parents.
- Immediately after destroying Planet Vegeta, he laughed with psychotic glee, describing the explosion as a "great show".
- He was one of the individuals responsible for the destruction of Planet Cereal and the near extinction of the Cerelian race, as well as the planet's Namekian inhabitants.
- Although he does have a few comedic moments, he is still taken 100% seriously as a dangerous threat.
Raditz and Saiyan Saga
- He sent Raditz, Nappa, and Vegeta to Earth to destroy and sell it, which makes him responsible for their actions there.
- Alongside Vegeta and Raditz (who attempted to kidnapped Gohan when he was a child), he is indirectly responsible for Gohan being put through ruthless and hard training by Piccolo, thus getting rid of some of Gohan's innocence.
Namek and Frieza Saga
- He terrorizes the inhabitants of Planet Namek whilst searching for their Dragon Balls, killing most of the planet's population.
- He furiously killed Orlen for murdering a survivor who knew where Vegeta hid the Dragon Balls, and threatened to do the same to Zarbon if he doesn’t go after and find Vegeta.
- He was responsible for the death of Grand Elder Guru due to murdering most of the Namekians, therefore causing the Dragon Balls to turn to stone, and making Dende, Gohan, Vegeta, and Krillin's wish pointless.
- While fighting his enemies, he prefers to prolong their pain by brutally torturing them, as seen with Nail, Vegeta, Piccolo, Gohan, Goku, and Krillin.
- While torturing Vegeta, he also ate a live crab off the former's shoulder.
- He murdered Dende, who was a child at the time, to prevent his healing powers from being used any further.
- He fired a Death Ray into Vegeta when he was encouraging Goku to defeat the former. Although he meant to shut Vegeta up and accidentally killed him, Frieza couldn't care less and laughed at his death.
- After he survived the Spirit Bomb, he decided to mentally torture Goku by mortally wounding Piccolo before blowing up Krillin and attempting to do the same to Gohan. This caused Goku to become a Super Saiyan.
- He, under frustration of Goku overpowering him, decided to blow up Planet Namek in order to starve Goku and his friends out of air. He is shown to be a hypocrite as it's revealed he panicked at the destruction killing him as well and botched up the attack.
- When Goku ends the fight after seeing his power drop, Frieza attempts to kill him using his Death Saucers, which inadvertently got him sliced in half. Then, even after Goku chose to show him mercy and give him energy in spite of having good reasons to kill him for good, Frieza cowardly attempts to kill him with a surprise energy blast from behind, which ultimately backfires.
Android and Buu Saga
- Right after being revived with cybernetic enhancements by his father, King Cold, he tells his father to set a course to Earth as he wants to destroy it.
- After detecting Goku coming to Earth, Frieza decided to beat him to it first, and then ordered his army to mercilessly kill all their inhabitants, while he decides to personally kill Goku's friends and family.
- He tried to kill the new arrival (Future Trunks) multiple times to solidify his strength, despite Future Trunks warning him and his army to leave Earth intact.
- He tries to destroy Earth with an attack 10 times stronger than the one he used to destroy Namek, despite his father still being on the planet. He would have gone through with it hadn't Future Trunks diverted his attack.
- Despite being put in Hell for decades and knowing he could escape if he made up for his sins, he refuses to change himself or feel any remorse for his actions.
- In the Namek saga, after hiring the Ginyu Force, he killed Namole due to feeling that he would no longer be useful. In the Japanese version, he instead killed Namole for cowardice.
- When Cell was torturing an ogre to find a way out of Hell, Frieza didn't care, refused to protest, and sadistically grinned as it occurred. Then, after seeing Goku arrive in Hell, Frieza ordered the Ginyu Force to kill him. Goku also states that Frieza will refuse to learn the error of his ways even in death.
- He and the other deceased villains somehow managed to escape from Hell and invaded a city until Gohan killed him with a gut punch.
- While watching Goku fight Kid Buu, Frieza immaturely mocks Goku and states that he should've killed him when he had the chance. He is also shown cheering for Kid Buu alongside the other villains.
- He teamed up with Cell and tried to kill Goku, not caring that he was a child at the time.
- Even though he and Cell team up and seem to get along due to training together and their shared hatred towards Goku, they both hate each other in reality, as shown in Dragon Ball GT and FighterZ.
Resurrection of F
- He had no interest in reviving his father with the Dragon Balls, hypocritically stating that he was bloated with self-importance and demonstrating he held no love for King Cold whatsoever (although King Cold deserved it for all the terrible things he did). In the promotional manga that adapts the first part of the film (drawn by Toyotaro) he doesn't even ask Sorbet and Tagoma about his father's fate.
- When Tagoma suggests he should ignore getting revenge on the Saiyans due to their superior strength and instead focus on strengthening his empire, Frieza kills him in the film and brutally tortures him in the anime.
- He corrupts Tagoma, turning him from an honorable warrior who respected his superiors into a ruthless, sadistic monster like himself who was willing to sacrifice his comrades to kill his enemies.
- He nearly kills Gohan in a similar way that he killed him a few years ago for no reason other than petty spite.
- He orders Tagoma to kill Goten and Trunks due to them resembling Goku and Future Trunks.
- He tortures Gohan due to him sparing Ginyu (reminding him of the time he was spared by Goku), proving himself to be utterly ungrateful to him.
- He also killed Piccolo due to him intervening in Gohan's torture.
- He coldly brushes off the deaths of even his most loyal soldiers such as Tagoma and Ginyu.
- He attempts to kill Bulma and Jaco in order to distract Goku during their fight.
- He has Sorbet shoot Goku with a fatal laser when the Saiyan offers him a chance to leave with his life, then proceeds to torture him.
- He tries to convince Vegeta into going back into his life of villainy and kill Goku in order to become his second-in-command.
- He cowardly destroys Earth when he was cornered by Vegeta and would have fully succeeded in both the destruction of Earth and Vegeta had Whis not rewinded time.
- He regularly kills his subordinates as seen in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' and Dragon Ball Super. Despite their loyalty to him, Frieza killed almost all of his men during the invasion of Earth when they lost to the Z-Fighters. Even after he started treating them better, he still killed one for calling him "short".
Tournament of Power
- While he does agree to join the Z-Fighters in the Tournament of Power, it is only because Goku threatens to leave him in Hell if he refuses.
- He immediately betrays Goku after being revived. Afterwards, he attempts to make a deal with Universe 9 in case Universe 7 does not win the Tournament of Power. While talking to the Gods of Universe 9, he does not express any care for Universe 7 or anyone in the universe he is from if it is wiped from existence.
- He killed several assassins sent by Sidra to test his power, despite Goku requesting him not to, brushing it as inevitable when Universe 9 loses and gets erased.
- In the Super manga, although the negotiation between him and Goku is not shown, it is implied that he attacked Goku after he was released from his prison in Hell, as he was not thrilled to collaborate with him (Goku states that "the peaceful negotiation did not work").
- He proposes an alliance to Frost after noticing his resemblance to him and asking him if he likes to command by force like him. He tells Frost to throw Krillin, Tien and Roshi out of the ring (which Frost does with the first two). It should be noted that although this was a staging to win Frost's sympathies, take advantage of his naivety and manipulate him to get him to do the dirty work, Frieza suggests for Frost to fight at full power after learning that, after the Perfect Form, he has no other transformations (unlike himself, who acquired the Golden Form). He did not initially know that Frost was naive, easily manipulated him, and had him shoot down three members of the his team compromised their safety. He later betrayed Frost by eliminating him and caused Zeno to erase him from existence for trying to attack Frieza outside of the ring.
- In relation to that, it gets established that if Gohan hadn't figured out that Frieza was only pretending to betray Universe 7, then he would have genuinely done so.
- During the Tournament of Power, he mercilessly tortures several of the fighters from the other universes, sometimes leaving them on the brink of death, as shown with Cabba and Jimizu. He also tortures Caulifla in the manga.
- During Toppo's beam struggle with Android 17, Frieza appears behind Toppo, attacking with a barrage of Death Beams while sadistically laughing. While he did save 17 from elimination, he primarily did so just to torture Toppo.
- While he does fight Jiren alongside Goku and trusts him, it was only for pragmatic reasons.
Post-Tournament of Power
- Even after helping Goku and the Z-Fighters win the Tournament of Power, he immediately reverted back to his old evil ways, as shown when he betrayed and killed Broly's father, Paragus, in order to have Broly unlock his "Legendary Super Saiyan" form and kill Goku and Vegeta for him (although Paragus arguably deserved it due to him having betrayed and killed a comrade in the same manner decades ago and constantly abusing Broly). He then tries to murder Cheelai and Lemo after they betray him and use the Dragon Balls to save Broly from being killed by Gogeta.
- He shows no interest in stopping Moro and the rest of the criminals who broke out of the Galactic Patrol Prison, and when Kikono questions this by stating they are criminals too, Frieza replies that they overtake planets to sell to other races who are in need of new planets, so they're merely businessmen, demonstrating a massive sense of delusion and hypocrisy.
- Frieza has one possible mitigating factor that could prevent him from being Pure Evil: it's shown he has some fondness for his childhood nanny Berryblue and respects her enough to let her reveal his insecurities to other members of the Frieza Force, something he would immediately vaporize any lesser minion for, implying Frieza could have some care for Berryblue since she's the closest thing he has to a mother. However, since he was shown willing to betray Universe 7 and have all of its inhabitants killed, including her, it's unclear if Frieza actually cares for her or just has some mild degree of fondness towards her at most.
- Although the series themes of redemption are shown for former villains like Piccolo and Vegeta in the story with Goku giving Frieza chances of some sort of redemption or at least redeeming qualities are crushed by him in the Super storyline, however his story arc is still ongoing as the final confrontation on his ambition to beat Goku has still yet to be resolved as Piccolo resolved his through Goku's son Gohan in finding his heart and Vegeta humbling his pride in honor of his rivalry with Goku, not to mention that Vegeta was initially Pure Evil in his early run in the series. With all that being said it is possible that Frieza's development may happen in seeing his devoted life in being superior is not what matters on what a fighter is, but this hasn't been well indicated of a foreshadowing for this to happen.
- An example given notice to the possibility of him getting a prevention, is him and Goku's teamwork in fighting Jiren, with Jiren seeing their teamwork as the secret of their universe being the power of trust which not only involved Goku in the very moment in making Jiren realize this but Frieza, meaning Frieza may have more to do with the meaning of trust in the future of the series.
- The reason why he listed as a Preserved Pure Evil is because of how the continuities in Dragon Ball have had some fair share of differences such as how the movies being of the Cooler duology had him part of the continuity even though it doesn't fit into the storyline of the series, or Bardock the Father of Goku showed a different backstory in him destroying Planet Vegeta in compare and contrast to how he did in Dragon Ball Super Broly's backstory, the noticeable difference was in the Dragon Ball Super anime and manga, where it branches two continuities that are part of the Dragon Ball official timeline, other examples can be games such as Xenoverse spanning different events of him and the debate that has been a controversial since 1997 being on if Dragon Ball GT was an official continuation of the Dragon Ball Manga or not, making his GT self being another version of him and not his main version remain in question.