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The 15 Most Brutal Vegeta Kills In Dragon Ball, Ranked

April 14, 2020 14.4k votes 1.9k voters 100.7k views15 items

When it comes to bad boys in anime you love to hate, Vegeta is the cream of the crop. He was THE villain of Dragon Ball Z. His initial match with Goku kicked off one of the greatest rivalries in anime history. It took every remaining fighters on Earth to bring him down, and even then, he had enough strength to fly away to fight another day. Even when he “joined forces” with the Z-Warriors to take down the unstoppable Frieza, he was still a ruthless fighter to the bitter end. There’s no denying that as Vegeta rebuilt his life on Earth with Bulma and his son Trunks, his heart softened throughout the show, but he never lost that awesome edge that made everyone love him since day one. 

Whether you loved him as a barbaric villain or a wicked anti-hero, there’s no denying the prince of all Saiyans was behind the most brutal kills in Dragon Ball Z, as well as the most epic scenes in the series run. Just take a look at Vegeta’s most merciless beatdowns against the greatest villains in Dragon Ball Z. If you need more Vegeta love, take a look at his best quotes from the show.    

  • Android 19 was created for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill Goku. Just as Future Trunks foretold, Goku is infected by the deadly Heart Virus. However, instead of the infection happening before the arrival of the androids, it happened during his match with Android 19. Luckily, Vegeta was more than capable of destroying the mime-like robot himself. While Android 19 initially believed he had the upper hand against Vegeta, his surprise transformation into a Super Saiyan dashed all hopes for victory. Vegeta viciously assaulted Android 19, ripped off both of the android’s arms, then destroyed Android 19 with his Big Bang Attack.  

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    If there was one moment in Dragon Ball Z that demonstrated the power and unpredictability of Vegeta, it would be the scene of him nonchalantly killing Nappa, his longtime partner-in-crime. Before Nappa was blasted into smithereens, the bald lummox was wiping out Earth’s strongest warriors with ease. One by one, the Z-Warriors -- who trained for one year in anticipation for this fight -- succumbed to Nappa’s brute strength. It wasn’t until Goku came back to life and knocked the wind out of Nappa did Earth stand a fighting chance. To see Vegeta casually throw Nappa up in the air and finish him off really put the situation in perspective. Nappa was the small fry; Vegeta was the Big Mac. 

  • The decapitation of Guldo was an unintentionally hilarious end to the lowest-ranking member of the Ginyu Force. Before Vegeta lopped off his head, Guldo was in an intense match between Krillin and Gohan. By using the full extent of his psychic and time-freezing powers, Guldo finally had the two Earthlings right where he wanted them. Guldo was about to finish the two Z-Warriors off when Vegeta chopped off his head with an energy beam. As his head rolled on the ground, Guldo cursed Vegeta for fighting dirty (even though Guldo was no better). Vegeta responded by disintegrating Guldo’s head.

  • Watch out, ladies. Zarbon might be a beaut, but there’s an ugly (and dangerous) beast hiding within him. In a role-reversal from his previous matches with Freiza’s henchmen, Vegeta is overconfident in his initial battle with Zarbon, until the handsome soldier unleashes his ugly side on him. While Vegeta was left for dead, Zarbon was forced to save his life, in order to find the location of the Dragon Ball that Vegeta stole. However, Vegeta recovering from his near-death experience with Zarbon is what gives him the power to defeat him. Simiarly to the previous henchmen, Zarbon tried to bargain for his life, but Vegeta finished him off with his Final Galick Gun.