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The 20 Greatest Dragon Ball Movie Villains, Ranked

October 28, 2020 406 votes 49 voters20 items

In its multi-decade run, the Dragon Ball series has come out with a ton of great movies. One of the things that makes them so exhilarating is the villains who provide the heroes with challenges they must overcome. 

Some of the best Dragon Ball movie villains also appear in the main series or show up after being introduced in the movie. By the time Frieza is introduced as the big bad of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ fans are already well-acquainted with him. Meanwhile, Garlic Jr. was first introduced in a film before getting his own saga in the anime. Other villains like Dr. Wheelo from Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest, are exclusive to the movie. 

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  • Though he's better known for his role in the main series, Frieza is also the primary villain of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F'. Initially trapped in a cocoon in Hell, a group of his minions revive him with the power of the Dragon Balls. Because he can't be fully revived all at once, he's revived in pieces. Once he's finally fully revived, his new goal is to destroy Goku and Future Trunks. 

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  • 6

    Broly - Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Broly Triple Threat

    The first incarnation of Broly was thought to be the last of the Legendary Super Saiyans, which appear every 1,000 years. After being condemned by his own people, he sought revenge. According to Takao Koyama, the writer behind the first 13 DBZ movies, none of the preceding villains measure up to Broly's standards, although later villains like Beerus would prove to be stronger than him. 

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  • 7

    Beerus - Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

    As the God of Destruction, Beerus is extremely powerful but also extremely capricious and petty. As a literal god whose job it is to destroy so that new life can grow, he has little moral resistance to blowing up whole planets, and often threatens to do so if his whims are not fulfilled. Despite being modeled after an actual elderly cat, he's too powerful for any of the Z-Fighters to deal with, even Goku and Vegeta. The key to defeating him isn't strength, but convincing him to cooperate through various means, including bribery. 

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  • 8

    Future Android 17 & 18 - Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks

    Thanks to programming by Future Dr. Gero, Future Android 17 and Future 18 are far more malicious than their main timeline counterparts. These two love causing pain and suffering, and care for little else. They do care about each other, and Android 18, in particular, is interested in shopping, but for the most part destruction is the name of the game. This is quite different from their main timeline counterparts, who possess genuine humanity and capacity for love.

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