Dragon Ball Z is probably the most popular anime saga among fans and much of this is due to the characters that make up the series’ more than 153 episodes.
Among heroes, villains, and villains who have become heroes, there are many characters that make up the different arcs of Dragon Ball Z, all of them unique.
In this list, we will select those who care for us as the best characters in Dragon Ball Z, get ready, because we have some controversial choices!
Let’s start with the one who will be the most controversial character to make our list, the anything but powerful, Mr. Satan! This list does not highlight the strongest, but those that for us are the best and that’s why Mr. Satan has to be part of it.
This fun character is the main comic relief tool that we can find in Dragon Ball, generating dozens of hilarious moments.
Interestingly in Dragon Ball Z, during the Majin Boo saga, we had the opportunity to see a more emotional side of Mr. Satan, something that ended up giving a new dimension to the character.
Dragon Ball Z further extended Goku‘s lineage, with the introduction of his youngest son (and a sort of mini-look-alike), Goten!
Goten is a super fun half-Saiyajin who is practically a perfect copy of Goku! The introduction of this character ended up calming the longing of the most nostalgic fans, serving as a kind of tribute to fans of the original series, Dragon Ball!
In addition, Goten is a character who delivered hilarious moments, I know he never fails to demonstrate his potential as a fighter.
Majin Buu was introduced in the Dragon Ball franchise as one of the most fearsome villains that Goku and company had ever faced.
However Majin Buu evolved and fans had the opportunity to see in Dragon Ball Z everything that Majin Buu had that was bad, as well as everything that he had good.
Interestingly, Majin Buu ended up becoming one of the most popular characters in Dragon Ball and one of the fans’ favorites, even today in the Dragon Ball Super anime.
Much like what we saw with Majin Boo, Piccolo is another good example of a character who goes from villain to hero in Dragon Ball Z.
However, in this case, this transformation happened more slowly, giving fans a chance to follow the whole process, creating a special bond with Piccolo.
Currently, Piccolo is one of the most regular characters in the different types of media in the Dragon Ball franchise, thus demonstrating his importance to the anime.
Frieza is probably still the most popular villain in the entire Dragon Ball franchise today! When he appeared in the Namek saga, fans were stunned by his seemingly limitless potential.
We can even say that Frieza was the first villain to really make the protagonist Goku feel obliged to overcome all his limits to defeat him.
Much like what happens with other characters, Frieza’s popularity is so great, that even today he has a super important role in the Dragon Ball Super anime.
Frieza may be the most popular villain, but Cell was without a doubt the most surprising, terrifying, and innovative villain in the entire franchise.
Cell’s characteristics were unique and the whole saga he starred in was different from anything we were used to watching in anime episodes.
From his presentation to the end of the saga in which he was the protagonist, everything was incredible, turning him into what for us was the most important villain of Dragon Ball Z.
It was almost mandatory, Goku had to be part of our list of the best Dragon Ball Z characters! In addition to being the protagonist, Goku has a number of characteristics that make him one of the most exciting characters in the entire franchise.
Dragon Ball Z turned out to be the series that gave the Saiyan a whole new status, with him being the first to transform into a Super Saiyan and opening up a whole new world of possibilities.
In addition, Goku has defeated several villains and has been a kind of savior throughout the series! Undoubtedly one of the most important characters in the anime world.
Future Trunks was a very pleasant surprise for all fans of the Dragon Ball franchise, introducing a new concept in the anime – that of time travel!
As the name implies, Future Trunks is a future-forward version of Vegeta’s son Trunks. Once he appeared on the small screen he quickly became a Dragon Ball fan favorite.
In addition to being a warrior from the future, Future Trunks’ power level is well above average. Also his characteristics are different from all other characters, wearing a mysterious sword and being able to use unique transformations for a Saiyan.
Vegeta is another example of a guy who went from villains to hero, however in this case this transition was much slower than that of any other character.
It was in Dragon Ball Z that we met this Saiyan for the first time and it was a huge adventure to see Vegeta slowly transforming into one of Goku’s greatest allies.
Vegeta also had his share of epic moments and personal overcomings! Undoubtedly one of the best characters in the entire franchise.
Gohan was (without a doubt) the most surprising character in Dragon Ball Z, going from a fragile boy to being the first to achieve the Super Saiyan 2 transformation.
In addition to that epic moment, he was responsible for defeating Cell in an epic fight that is still considered to be the best we’ve seen in the entire franchise.
Currently, fans are still waiting for the return of this Gohan, as they feel that Akira Toriyama did not respect the potential of the character who could become more powerful than Goku himself,