Dragon Ball Z is built on themes of heroism, redemption, and friendship, following the saiyan Goku and his ever-evolving band of comrades as they protect his adopted world from threats both intergalactic and domestic. His exploits span several sagas comprised of unraveling plot lines. DBZ, though prominently featuring Goku, has an array of characters that function mostly as an ensemble cast such as Yamcha, Goku's one-time nemesis Vegeta, second major villain Cell, one of the youngest Super Saiyans Goten, Broly who is the first Super Saiyan, original Z fighters member Piccolo, and the first Saiyan to go Super Saiyan 2 Gohan, coloring a huge, fictional universe with meticulously constructed personalities. The series’ best characters are the ones developed thoughtfully in relationship to others. They are flawed but also engaging, and their arcs greatly impact the universe as a whole. We have compiled a list ranking the Dragon Ball Z characters, from inconsequential to absolutely essential.
In the version that is shown on YTV in Canada, the story begins mid-way through the Dragon Ball Z series. Raditz, Goku's brother has traveled to Earth to find out why Goku has not yet destroyed the planet as he was supposed to do. But while as a baby, Goku was dropped (down a huge cliff) and forgot his real mission. Kakarot, Goku's real name battles his brother Raditzs along with former enemy Piccolo and friend Krillin. Meanwhile, Gohan; Goku's son reveals his hidden powers against Raditz and nearly kills Raditz. However Goku is killed in the end, but Raditz is eventually defeated by Piccolo. Before he dies, he tells them that two evil Saiyans even more powerful then he is, are on route to Earth. The remaining fighters, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu begin their training to battle the evil Saiyans, while Piccolo takes off with Gohan to train him in using his new found power. Meanwhile, Goku has to make his way back on Snake Way to King Kai's where he trains himself in the secret ... Written by dreamian