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Frieza (フリーザ) is one of the most significant villains in the Dragon Ball manga, and in the Dragon Ball Z anime.
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He appears in some Dragon Ball Z movies, including Dragon Ball GT. Frieza is a galactic emperor who runs the planet trade and is feared for his ruthlessness and power. He is the descendant of Chilled, and the son of King Cold. He is also the younger brother of Cooler, and the father of Kuriza. In the Japanese version, his name is spell FREEZA.

Background

"I say we torch the whole barrel of monkeys".
— Frieza talking to Zarbon about exterminating the Saiyan race after King Vegeta's rebellion.

Frieza's father is a mutant with an abnormally high power level. Because of this, Frieza also possesses the mutants traits, making him and his father King Cold the only ones among Frieza's race who possess the striking level of power and cruelty shown in the series. However, even among his family and the rest of his race, Frieza was a prodigy, whose natural growth in power required him to never undergo any real training and still ultimately became recognized as the most powerful warrior in the universe. Frieza used to fight with his parents, and it had not been since these fights that he had ever had to dust himself off after a fight. At some point in Frieza's past, he conquered at least 448 planets, and built an elite force of soldiers named the Ginyu Force. Frieza annexed the Saiyans into his Galactic Frieza Army, and heard of the legends of the Super Saiyan and the Super Saiyan God. At one point, King Cold told Frieza that there were only two entities in the universe whom Frieza should never cross: Majin Buu and Beerus the Destroyer.

At some point in time Frieza met Beerus himself. The two got along fairly well as they both enjoyed destroying things. However one time Frieza got carried away and caused Beerus to get angry, Beerus fought Frieza and easily defeated the tyrant. Beerus also ordered him to destroy Planet Vegeta. Unbeknownst to Frieza, his arrogant attitude annoyed Beerus, who was more humble. He thought about destroying Frieza once he saved Beerus the trouble of destroying Planet Vegeta himself. At some point, Frieza encountered the Galactic Patrol and when they engaged him in combat he easily defeated them, thus the patrol decided that they should avoid Frieza at all costs.

Frieza had many races under his thumb in his planetary trade, but none were as significant as the Saiyans. Gifted with natural fighting ability, strength and the ability to become stronger after every battle, Saiyans became powerful weapons in Frieza's subjugation of planets, though Frieza noted they were never entirely loyal to him due to their pride. However, these very abilities made them a liability to the paranoid Frieza, afraid that, if left unchecked, the Saiyans could either unite and overwhelm him, or one day provide a warrior to rival Frieza himself - such as a Super Saiyan or a Super Saiyan God. Due to this, and also due to a past meeting with the God of Destruction Beerus, who asked him to wipe out the Saiyans for him, he decided to wipe out the planet and its inhabitants despite his attendant saying that it would be a shame to waste such powerful warriors. He also ended up forcing King Vegeta into giving him his son, Vegeta, as part of their continued "cooperation", although King Vegeta secretly intended to betray Frieza before he could ever let him have his son. Frieza then searched for a time where almost all of the Saiyans would be on Planet Vegeta, so that he could wipe all of them out at once. His attendant tells him that almost all of the Saiyans would be on the Planet in one month's time, and so Frieza decides to blow it up then.

Hearing the accomplishments of the low-level Saiyan Bardock and acting on his own fears of the Super Saiyan legends (including that of the Super Saiyan God), Frieza resolves to eliminate all possible threats. Zarbon suggests that he wipe out the Saiyans. He sends his henchman Dodoria and his elites to assassinate Bardock and his team, while Frieza himself sets a course to Planet Vegeta. On his arrival, King Vegeta and his men attempt an uprising both to end Frieza's reign and to rescue Prince Vegeta, but it ended disastrously with the King and his soldiers being slaughtered by Frieza as Zarbon and Dodoria watch.

As Frieza arrived in the planet's orbit, he suspected that other Saiyans would attempt to emulate King Vegeta's approach and commit a full-scale uprising, a suspicion confirmed when he was confronted by a charging Bardock, lunging through the fields of Frieza's men in defiance of the tyrant, and even goes as far as to fire a Final Spirit Cannon at him after giving a heart-felt speech declaring that the Saiyan race is done working for Frieza. The tyrant retaliated by laughing maniacally with glee as he prepared a Supernova to annihilate the planet. The attack consumes Bardock and some of his men as it buries itself deep beneath the planet's surface resulting in a massive explosion, eradicating nearly every Saiyan.

After the planet's explosion, a story was fabricated to ensure the loyalty of the few remaining Saiyans Frieza had kept in his employ as a convenience: Vegeta, Raditz and Nappa. According to the story, a large meteor struck Planet Vegeta and destroyed it that very day. Another version of the story is that it was the benevolent guardian of Planet Vegeta, ashamed at the immorality of the Saiyans, who summoned meteors to impact and destroy the planet and the Saiyan race. Despite these stories, Frieza's destruction of the Saiyans is a rumor that Vegeta heard before the events of Dragon Ball Z, as shown in a flashback during the Frieza Saga (although this might be a form of retroactive continuity, as Vegeta seemed to be unaware of this until Dodoria's confession before his death).

At one point, Frieza destroyed an entire planet and the rebellious race who lived on it with a single gigantic energy ball that he fired from his index finger. Vegeta witnessed this event, which caused him to become scared of Frieza's power and put his plans to assassinate Frieza on a hiatus. At one point prior to the battle on Namek, Frieza witnessed a conflict between Vegeta and the Ginyu Force member Guldo unfolding and blasted Guldo away with a weak energy wave as he wished to speak with Vegeta. Frieza then ordered Vegeta to come with him to conquer a planet that Frieza had taken a liking too.

Personality

"I doubt I need an introduction, but just in case, I am Lord Frieza, and yes, all the horrible stories you've heard are true".
— Frieza introduces himself to some Namekians in the episode "Namek's Defense" (English Version)

At his core, Frieza relishes death, agony, and destruction, as he shows in his enjoyment of Planet Vegeta's annihilation, as well as his maniacal glee when twice attempting to blow up Planet Namek. He is noted as being one of the most sadistic and megalomaniacal characters in the series, and often tries to make his enemies suffer before he kills them. On a related note, Frieza also has some annoyance with the revival ability of the Dragon Balls, as evidenced by his irritation when he learned that everyone he had killed had come back from the grave due to Goku and King Kai's plan, and later declared his intent of destroying both Earth and New Namek after killing Goku specifically to destroy their dragon balls and thus ensure Goku can't come back from the dead. Like most other villains in Dragon Ball Z, Frieza has an ego to match his power. He also has a sardonic wit and explains in "Face Off on Namek" that the three things he refuses to tolerate are cowardice, bad haircuts and military insurrection, and subsequently declares that Vegeta possesses all three of these qualities.

He utilizes dark humor at times, such as saying "Long live the King!" shortly after killing King Vegeta, as well as singing "Pop goes the weasel!" after violently murdering Krillin (both are mentioned in the English version only, the latter in particular was actually him threatening to kill Goku's son, Gohan, next). Frieza is fully aware of his reputation for brutality, and makes no effort to deny it, as evidenced by his introduction to the Namekians.

In a narrative sense, Frieza serves as a counter to the easy going, peaceful personality of Goku. He tends to react to any given situation quite evenly, and is only really driven over the edge once his full power starts to slip away and Super Saiyan Goku takes the upper hand in the final moments of their battle on Namek. Frieza is quite confident in his abilities, and often takes the opportunity to flaunt them (e.g. not using his limbs in some fights). His arrogance regarding his opponents' inherent inferiority and his own inherent superiority was even referenced in his image song in Dragon Ball Z: Kai, Only a Chilling Elegy, where some of the lyrics had him comparing his opponents to insects and worms, and also was referenced at least once in the show itself where Frieza asked, in obvious reference to Krillin, Gohan, and Vegeta as well as himself, respectively, "Did you really think that three little ants could defeat a dinosaur?".

Despite all of his arrogance, he is not so overconfident as to totally disregard potential threats to his rule, and sometimes displays what may be considered a paranoid attitude. He destroyed Planet Vegeta simply because of his nagging fear of the legend of the Super Saiyan, as well as the fear of a possible mass Saiyan revolt (though Whis claims Beerus was the one who authorized Planet Vegeta's destruction, however it is likely that Frieza's own reasons were the driving force and Beerus' authorization allowed Frieza to effectively kill two birds with one stone, by destroying Planet Vegeta he could avoid both a potential Saiyan uprising and at the same time avoid upsetting Beerus by carrying out his wishes and remain in the Destroyer's good graces for the time being).

Frieza is rather narcissistic and reacts violently to criticism. Unlike most other primary antagonists, he actually displays a very calm, civilized and refined demeanor, using very polite, regal, eloquent language rather than the more tough-talking style of most of the other villains. According to Akira Toriyama in the 30th anniversary Dragon Ball Super History Book, this demeanor was deliberately implemented into Frieza's character in order to highlight the chilling contrast regarding his cruel nature, and also admits that, while he does not do villains who were so unscrupulous as to have a psychological effect on the reader, Frieza did come close to matching that description. Despite these traits, he is quite cold-hearted, almost to the point of being machine-like in nature. He tends to view most problems and situations in an intellectual manner, like an academic or a professor, rather than as a manner of life or death (largely because his immense power causes him to believe he can easily defeat anyone the old fashioned way if he chooses to). Despite being very clever and intelligent Frieza's sheer power leads him to believe no force in the universe could challenge his authority since he extinguished Planet Vegeta, he typically underestimates his foes, resulting in his eventual downfall.

Following his crushing defeat on Namek, Frieza became obsessed with taking his revenge on Goku and his friends, as he headed to Earth as soon as he received the cybernetic modifications and becoming Mecha Frieza, believing the might his new cybernetic form was enough to challenge even a Super Saiyan. However he suffered another humiliating defeat at the hands of Future Trunks' Super Saiyan form which resulted in his death. He may have also lost what little sanity he may have had left, presumably from the strain of nearly being killed by Goku, as shortly after arriving on Earth, Frieza briefly hallucinated Super Saiyan Goku's presence nearby and quaked with fear before entering an intrusive flashback to his narrow survival on Namek, and when deciding to kill Goku's friends one by one as his revenge to Goku, he proceeded to break down into hysterical laughter and briefly babbling incoherently. Despite his belief that his form was superior to that of a Super Saiyan, he nonetheless expressed an immense amount of fear of Future Trunks' Super Saiyan form, even backing away wordlessly when he saw it, though he nonetheless put it aside shortly afterward to fight Future Trunks.

Upon being revived by Sorbet and Tagoma's wish to Shenron, Frieza was determined to resume his quest for revenge and killed Tagoma when he suggested otherwise. However upon learning that Goku and the Z-Fighters had become much stronger in the years following his death, he decided to train himself to become stronger, believing that as a prodigy among his family he could reach even greater levels of power, resulting in him obtaining mastery over his 100% Final Form and unlocking his Ultimate Evolution. However Frieza's overconfidence over the power of his new form and his desire for revenge, led him to immediately travel to Earth with an army of 1000 soldiers instead of training further to master this new form as well.

Frieza's haste and inexperience with the form proved to be his downfall as his stamina and power decreased the more he used it, which interestingly was the same problem he had when he used his 100% Final Form during the Battle on Planet Namek. Interestingly this trait of Frieza's is in sharp contrast with his nemesis Goku, who is usually focused on mastering or reducing the strain of his transformations such as the Super Saiyan form and other techniques (like the Kaio-ken), allowing him to use those forms and techniques longer by using his energy and stamina more efficiently instead of relying on its power alone to defeat his enemies quickly as Frieza is often inclined.

This habit is the result of Frieza having never encountered anyone strong enough to perceive as a threat to his rule, before he encountered Goku, thus he never really learned how to properly prepare himself to confront beings stronger than himself, unlike Goku who has fought several opponents stronger than himself. Since this has led to his defeat twice, it shows Frieza's arrogance prevents him from learning from his past errors and is ultimately what prevents him from reaching his true potential. This overconfidence also leads to him not engaging in regular training which explains why he couldn't control his power.

Following his death at the hands of Future Trunks, Frieza found himself in Earth's Hell, wrapped up in a cocoon hanging from a tree surrounded by flowers, guarded by the Angels of Hell, and forced to watch as stuffed animals, fairies, and angels joyfully and cheerfully danced and paraded while playing music. While most would find his punishment there rather benign and even somewhat pleasant, not to mention highly comical, for an eternal punishment in Hell, to Frieza it was absolute torture and ultimately turned out to be a fitting eternal punishment for the evil tyrant. After being revived, Frieza admitted to Goku that he completely loathed his time in Earth's Hell. As a result, this was one of the driving forces behind his revenge on the surviving Saiyans (as Super Saiyan Trunks was responsible for sending him there in the first place) and he revealed to Sorbet that after taking his revenge he decided he would destroy Earth believing that doing so would also eliminate Earth's Hell along with it.

Frieza also revealed that he found Goku's pure and noble character nauseating, to the point it made him want to vomit. Given Frieza's sadistic love of death and destruction, his aversion to all things pure and good is quite fitting and shows that deep down Frieza embraces his pure evil nature and despises all things that are purely good. On that note, he also had disgust for concepts such as mercy, as demonstrated by his reaction to Gohan trying to be merciful to one of his men. In Fusion Reborn, his disgust for anything good was such that such displays of good actually weaken him while empowered by Janemba, which was ultimately how Krillin and Android 18 managed to defeat him.

After his revival, Frieza is determined to take his revenge on Goku and though confident in the might of his new evolution, Golden Frieza, Frieza decided not to take any chances and developed a contingency plan with Sorbet to take advantage of Goku's tendency to let his guard down when he had the upper hand. Ultimately, Frieza was forced to resort to it when his new form's weakness began to take effect and gave Sorbet the signal to shoot Goku with his Bad Ring Laser while Goku's guard was down. In the movie adaption of Resurrection F, he was shown to be irritated when Sorbet and his forces wasn't able to locate Future Trunks (unaware of the fact that Future Trunks is from an alternate timeline). However in the Resurrection F adaption in Dragon Ball Super, after Gotenks fusion ran out, Frieza looks at the young Present Trunks, believing that he saw his face somewhere before. In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 parallel quest 71: Abominable Saiyans, the Future Warrior has to protect Kid Trunks from Frieza and his Army, Frieza will state that he has Trunks' image etched into his memory (once again showcasing his intense desire to kill Future Trunks). His desire for revenge was such that, in Super, he was even perfectly willing to obliterate the Namekian Dragon Balls simply to ensure Goku could not revive Piccolo or any other person he tries to kill.

This shows that Frieza had lost a large sense of honor he may have had before his death (which he showed when he remained behind on the dying Planet Namek to kill Goku personally instead of simply letting the planet's explosion take Goku's life), as he was willing to having one of his underlings underhandedly weaken Goku allowing Frieza to easily dominate his weakened opponent, most likely due to his desire to do anything to beat Goku. On a related note, his revival also left him extremely reckless especially when cornered. This was most evident when he was nearly beaten by Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, where he in a last ditch effort at killing him proceeded to detonate the Planet Earth at point-blank range, at the likely risk of him getting caught in the resulting explosion, whereas during his fight on Planet Namek with Super Saiyan Goku earlier on, Frieza held back enough power during his attempt at destroying Planet Namek to only have it detonate within five minutes out of fear of being caught in the resulting blast and killed. Despite having the upper hand, instead of finishing Goku off himself, Frieza decided to test Vegeta's loyalty by having him kill Goku.

However Frieza underestimated the deep-seeded hatred Vegeta held for him due to his role in the destruction of Planet Vegeta and the Genocide of the Saiyans, as in the movie he offered to make Vegeta Supreme Commander of the Frieza Force in exchange for Vegeta killing the wounded Goku and was surprised when Vegeta rejected his offer. He also mistook Vegeta's early attack on Goku as a sign of loyalty, not realizing Vegeta was just angry over Goku breaking their promise that they would take turns fighting Frieza. However this was partly due to the fact that Frieza was unaware that Vegeta had obtained the same level of power as Goku and mistakenly believed that Vegeta was no threat to him (however, in the Anime, he did recognize that Vegeta was stronger than before when he witnessed Vegeta effortlessly kill Ginyu).

During the Tournament of Power, Frieza is shown to be willing to accept his sworn nemesis' Goku's offer to take part in the Tournament of Power in exchange for Goku promising to revive him with the Dragon Balls if their team wins. After being brought back to life by Baba for a single day, Frieza and Goku greet each other by punching each other in the gut, showing that while they are technically allies, their animosity towards each other remains. Though allied with Goku for the tournament, Frieza maintains his normal evil personality and when they are confronted by assassins from Universe 9 hired by Sidra and Roh, he decides to warm-up by fighting the assassins even though they are late to leave for the tournament, however Frieza points out that their being no time left is not his fault as it was Goku who recruited him late. As Golden Frieza, he fights the assassins and is fascinated by the assassin's claims that Universe 9 is full of rough fighters. Frieza also reveals that while in Hell, he had mentally trained himself to the point his ki control skills are "delicate enough to not stir water" allowing him to reduce the weaknesses of his Golden Form, causing Frieza to dub himself "True Golden Frieza". Frieza proves his claims when he manages to maintain his Golden Form and even manage to stop an Energy of Destruction sphere Sidra had given the assassins. However Frieza is quick to use the attack on Goku, taking advantage of Goku's naïve nature and tendency to let his guard down to attack him with the sphere, even pointing out Goku's softness and telling him to escape from the sphere like he did, even though Frieza himself hardly cares if Goku survives or not. Frieza even steals a communicator from one of the assassins to contact Roh and Sidra, to offer his services to Universe 9 revealing he is willing to betray his own Universe to save himself, to the disgust of Sidra and Roh, though Sidra is does not completely reject Frieza's offer as he believes he can destroy him.

Fortunately for Goku, Beerus and Whis arrive and Beerus dispels the Energy of Destruction before it can destroy Goku, though Frieza destroys the communicator. Though Whis suggests Frieza may have been attempting to gain information from other Universes, Frieza secretly plots to himself that since the Tournament of Power is making even the Gods uneasy, it is the perfect chance to manipulate them. Goku challenges Frieza to a short match, making whoever lands the first punch the winner. If Goku wins, Frieza will forget his grudge and act obedient for Team Universe 7, and if Frieza wins he gets to do whatever he pleases. Frieza thinks to himself about his time in Hell, doing not just mental concentration to increase his power, but conducting endless battle simulations of killing Goku showing that Frieza has remained dedicated to taking his revenge on Goku, though is more patient about going about it and even willing to use the Tournament of Power to his advantage, even considering the possibility of manipulating the gods despite knowing that such blasphemy could get him destroyed. He also makes it clear that he will not take orders from Goku when he tells him to avoid killing more innocent bystanders, making it clear that the conflict between them is not over. Frieza also shows no qualms about risking the fate Universe 7 in order to warm-up, even if meant he would be erased as showed by his response when Goku points out they are late, by saying it is not his fault if their Universe is destroyed.

Due to his actions and prominence throughout the universe, his infamy sets the standard for members of his race, with characters often initially mistaking other members of his race to be him (like Chilled, Cooler, Frost, and Froze). His influence on the seventh universe's view of his race is noted in Xenoverse, where a heroic member of his race named Reso notes that his race being evil was a misconception, and only the likes of Frieza and Cold were truly pure evil.

Frieza has been shown to have a strong influence over people, though in a manner quite unlike Goku, he possess a corrupting influence that can cause some people that he exerts his will over for a long period of time to become much different from before, and more like him. The two most notable examples of this corruption being Vegeta and Tagoma, who both became completely different from how they previously acted due to Frieza. Despite his evil nature, Frieza can also be quite charismatic towards people who he does not treat badly, as the Ginyu Force all worship Frieza and have extreme loyalty towards him. In Xenoverse 2, both Beerus and Whis note Frieza's charisma. Also he is implied to be a capable leader, though in Xenoverse 2 in the Frieza's Spaceship rift it is implied that he has a unique leadership style in which he allows his subordinates to fight amongst in an attempt to get in his good graces, yet can show mercy toward in the form of second chances as he allows Dodoria and Zarbon to live after they are defeated by the Future Warrior (who was working undercover at the time), though instances such as these are rare and generally a one time thing as he admits he will not given them a third chance. This leadership style fits with Frieza's favoring the strong as the in-fighting keeps his soldiers on their toes and serves as a good way to weed out the weaker members and motivates his staff to become stronger in order to maintain their position, rank, or lives.

While Frieza himself never attempted to kill either his father or brother during his lifetime, and will work together with them to deal with threats to their family's reign (as shown the Trunks Saga, Plan to Eradicate Super Saiyans, and Xenoverse 2), he has hardly any real love or attachment to them, and even scoffs at the notion of reviving his father when Sorbet suggested it in both Resurrection ‘F’ and Dragon Ball Super. This is further shown when Universe 9 Supreme Kai Roh asks why Frieza would willingly betray Universe 7, asking him about any memories or loved ones Frieza may have, Frieza coldly dismisses him, saying he has no idea what he's talking about causing Roh to label Frieza a psychopath when discussing the possibility of Frieza joining Team Universe 9 with Sidra. It should be noted that Frieza is aware that Hell will be erased along with Universe 7, resulting in the spirits of both his father, brother, and relatives like Chilled being erased from existence (and possibly his son Kuriza if he exists outside of the Nekomajin manga), thus his willingness to betray Universe 7 to join Universe 9 shows that he cares only about himself and has no feelings of attachment for his brother, father, his son, or the rest of the Frieza Clan. While he has no real love for his family, he is proud of his clan and respected his father during his lifetime, as he took his father's warning about never opposing either Beerus or Majin Buu seriously. While they can work together, Frieza and Cooler have a strong sibling rivalry and it is implied that they would at some point have come into conflict over control of the Universe where it not for Frieza's defeat on Namek. What's also interesting to note is that Frieza spent a very long time (possibly his entire life) wanting to rule the 7th Universe. And now he risks getting the same thing he wanted to rule destroyed all for his own selfish gain.

When meeting Universe 6 team shortly after arriving to the Tournament of Power, Frieza immediately becomes intrigued by Frost, and the two have a discussion on how they both like to manipulate and rule by power.

In Xenoverse, he even goes as far as to say he will annihilate the Future Warrior for their treason (even if they are a member of his race) showing he has no qualms about murdering members of his own species (though this could also be caused by Frieza's mutated bloodline). He also is demonstrated to have absolutely no qualms with slaughtering his own forces, no matter how loyal they were to him, simply just for being in his way. This was demonstrated twice: once during his Genocide of the Saiyans where he proceeded to use his Supernova attack on Planet Vegeta, clearly not caring at all that several members of his own forces were within the trajectory of the Supernova ball despite their begging Frieza not to get them in the crossfire. The second time was when he was about to fight Goku in the Resurrection F adaptation in Dragon Ball Super, where he proceeded to power up, massacring his own troops in the process, and evidently did not care that they were killed - In the movie adaption of Resurrection F, he simply killed his own forces for not being able to defeat or kill any of the Z-Fighters (despite the Frieza Force's sheer numbers), stating that he can't stand the sight of their broken bodies dressed in his uniforms prior to Goku and Vegeta's arrival.

On a related note, he also is very pitiless and unforgiving towards his minions, and, at least in the anime, is shown to kill any minions who end up failing him in some way. One example was with Orlen, whom he killed both because of his failing to ask where Vegeta hid the Dragon Balls to a Namekian survivor from Vegeta's earlier raid and also to set an example to Zarbon about what would happen if he fails to retrieve Vegeta and bring him back to the ship for questioning (it should be noted that this was only in the Anime, as in the Manga, it was Appule who did this report, and Frieza instead simply has him send a request for the Ginyu Force). Similarly, after one of his soldiers backed away in fear due to Future Trunks effortlessly killing several of his men when they swarmed him, Frieza executed him by thrusting his arm through the soldier's chest from behind while looking away in disgust, while coldly telling him "You coward!" just as he did so.

Frieza can be best summed up as an intelligent, composed (for the most part), yet extremely sadistic and completely heartless psychopath. His final form's character biography in Raging Blast 2 states that Frieza has unparalleled cruelty.

Due to the fact that Frost and Frieza are universal counterparts, they have several similarities and are nearly identical in many ways. When they first met each other, Frieza seemed surprise that there was another Emperor of Frost that looked like him, and once they saw each other, both of them smiled. The two Emperors then conversed in private and presumably got to know each other, as Frieza noted they have several things in common. Frieza then asks if Frost would like to work with him, to which Frost says he would be delighted to. However, they most likely do not have an actual deep friendship, but merely a form of respect for each other, as Frieza is incapable of feeling any actual attachments of love or friendship with anyone but himself, with Frost being just as heartless.

Appearance

According to Akira Toriyama, Frieza's design is an amalgamation of what he thought monsters looked like in his childhood. According to the Daizenshuu, Frieza was also inspired by Toriyama's second editor, Yū Kondō. According to Daizenshuu 2, Toriyama was also inspired to create Frieza due to the events of the Japanese economic bubble that had occurred at the time he was writing the Saiyan Saga, with Frieza specifically being based on real estate speculators, which Toriyama claimed were "the worst sort of people".

Frieza is one of the villains in the series who possesses an entire range of transformations, each one being quite different than the others. It is implied by Vegeta and Frieza himself in the series that Frieza's fourth, most powerful form is actually his original form, with the other three being forms that suppress his power in order to conserve it, as well as to keep himself under control. Frieza later confirms this while fighting the main protagonist, Goku. His forms seem to revolve around both western and Japanese concepts of demons. According to an interview done by Shonen Jump with Toriyama, Frieza's fourth form was made to look small and harmless because Toriyama wanted to go against the expectation that strong characters always get stronger and bigger; to switch between telling a straightforward story and an unconventional one.

Abilities

Frieza's power level in his first form is stated to be 530,000. When he transforms into his second form, his power jumps to "over 1,000,000" (he has the power of ten Friezas according to one of Piccolo's remarks, which would make his power 5,300,000 in his second form). In the series, when transforming into his second form, he continues to power up as he fights, only to transform again when outmatched by Piccolo. His power level in his third form is not stated in the manga/anime, and his final form has a power level of 120,000,000 at 100% of full power according to the Daizenshuu 7 and several video games (Dragon Ball Z: Scouter Battle Taikan Kamehameha states that Frieza's power level is 120,000,000 in his Final form, due to the fact that his 100% full power form does not appear). At 50% power (around 60,000,000), Frieza is able to cope with Goku's Kaio-ken x10, but a Kaio-ken x20 gives him trouble (Goku's 3,000,000 x 20=60,000,000 which roughly equals Frieza's 50%). Daizenshuu 2 states that Frieza's dormant power in his final form is "immeasurable". In the manga, Frieza is able to land a few hits on Super Saiyan Goku, but is completely outclassed overall.

In the anime, on the other hand, Frieza at 100% power is able to battle nearly evenly against Super Saiyan Goku (whose power level was 150,000,000), and even takes a slight advantage; the special The World of Dragon Ball Z states that Goku and Frieza were equal in power during their final battle, and Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 describes 100% Power Frieza and Super Saiyan Goku as being equal in speed and strength during their final battle on Namek (while it does not use the same formula as the main series, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z depicts Full Power Frieza as much more powerful than Super Saiyan Goku, as Full Power Frieza's in-game power level is 610 while Super Saiyan Goku's is only 435; comparable to Final Form Frieza's in-game power level of 430). However, because of the power output, his 100% power slowly drains, leading to Frieza's defeat. When he arrives on Earth in his mecha form, he states that he could kill Super Saiyan Goku by himself. When Mecha Frieza fought Super Saiyan Future Trunks, Frieza incorrectly believed that only 50% of his power was enough to defeat him while it is Future Trunks who easily defeated him, though this suggests that Mecha Frieza (at 50%) was stronger than 100% Full Power Frieza was on Namek.

In the Super 17 Saga of Dragon Ball GT, Frieza and Cell are stated to have powered up after training in Hell for many years and confidently challenge Goku even after having witnessed him fight an opponent such as Kid Buu. However, Goku's power has increased dramatically as well and he is able to defeat the two villains without turning into a Super Saiyan. According to Scouter Battle Taikan Kamehameha, Frieza's power level in his final form is 143,994,141 during the Super 17 Saga.

Over time, Frieza's power became so great that his body could not comfortably contain it, and a series of physical transformations were developed to limit his actual strength. While other beings in Dragon Ball Z transform to increase their power, Frieza transforms to control and contain it. His true form is his fourth form, with each of his other transformations meant to restrict his power and conceal it from his enemies. Frieza even says upon transforming to his second state that he has a harder time controlling himself and his power due to the immensity of his current strength. That would suggest that the second and third forms are mere physical augmentations which would allow Frieza to build enough strength to revert to his true form. While changing shape from his "first-form", each alteration builds on the previous.

In all, Frieza demonstrated four transformed states, each with increasing power (some larger than others and each resulting in different physical attributes). Frieza may also use these transformations to purposely decrease his power in order to torment his opponents by giving them a false sense of hope.

Eye Laser

Precise laser-like beam shot from the eyes. Mild potency, but fast and able to nullify lesser attacks and small projectiles, as well as destroy weaker opponents and obstacles. It is used by Frieza against King Vegeta's Elite Saiyan army who would try to save Prince Vegeta from Frieza just after he killed King Vegeta with one blow and shortly before he destroyed Planet Vegeta, including to enter the hut of the Namekian Grand Elder Guru while seeking the Dragon Balls, and in battle with Goku while fighting in final form.

Death Beam

Also known as Frieza Beam, this is Frieza's favored killing technique. He extends one arm and fires a small, bullet-like beam of ki from his index finger. It is able to be fired very quickly while maintaining precise aim. It can vary from either an explosion or piercing attack; killing Dende and Vegeta, respectively in this fashion, and also heavily wounds Piccolo. Called Death Beam in the U.S. releases of recent Dragon Ball Z video games. His third form uses a variant of this attack called Crazy Finger Beam, where he fires continuous Death Beams all at once; this attack is used on Piccolo during the Frieza Saga.

Death Bullet

A single small burst of energy that is usually used as part of the Crazy Finger Beam technique. Named in Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit.

Full Power Death Bullet

A powerful finger blast shot from the index finger. Named in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, where it is used by Frieza in his third form.

Finger Beam

Two beams shot at the same time from the index fingers on each hand. Named in the Raging Blast games and Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, where it is used by Frieza in his third form.

Crazy Finger Beam

An incredibly fast burst which explodes at a location Frieza points to. He uses this ability many times in rapid succession after transforming into this third form to quickly attack Piccolo.

Death Comet

A technique used by Frieza during Namek Saga. When Frieza is unable to control his anger at the fact that Vegeta stole his Dragon Balls, he starts firing massive spheres of energy that demolish the Namekian countryside.

Whirlwind Blow

Frieza uses this attack against three Namekians by lightly blowing, which produces strong winds that forms a tornado. Since he is shown to only use this once and in his weakest form, it may hint Frieza only uses this attack on feeble opponents.

Punishing Rush

This is a rush attack used by Frieza in the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series. Part of this attack is used in Frieza's fight with Nail in the Frieza Saga. Frieza uses a technique very similar, called Meteor Crash, in the Budokai video game series (not to be confused with Goku's Meteor Crash).

Death Ball

Frieza creates a spark of ki lights on the index finger and, once enough energy is gathered, this spark may grow to the size of a small moon. When ready, this Death Ball is thrown towards the target. Typically, this attack is used to destroy planets or as a last-ditch effort to kill an opponent.

Supernova

A more powerful version of the Death Ball used by both Frieza and his brother Cooler. Used by Frieza when he destroyed Planet Vegeta and the second time against Future Trunks. The name of the technique comes from the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series, and Frieza has a variant of it called Countdown to the Destruction in the Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game.

Destroy The Planet!

A variation of the Death Ball that Frieza uses in an attempt to destroy Planet Namek following Goku's transformation to Super Saiyan. However, he held back too much power, resulting in the planet being nearly destroyed. Named in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3.

100% Death Ball

An enormous pink energy sphere covered with electricity which is thrown at Goku while he is underwater during their battle on Namek. Though Goku is able to punch it into space, it still hits another planet, destroying it faster than any other planet destroyed by Frieza in the series. This attack was never used in the manga.

Punishing Blaster

Frieza fires a pink energy wave at the opponent. He uses this technique in his 2nd form against Piccolo. The name comes from Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, and is his Blast 2 in his 2nd form. It also appears in Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and the Raging Blast games.

Death Storm

A variation of the Exploding Wave used by 2nd Form Frieza. Its name comes from the Budokai Tenkaichi video games. Also used in Dragon Ball Z II: Gekishin Freeza and Dragon Ball Z: Legend of the Super Saiyan.

Death Bomb

A large black version of the Death Ball which serves as Frieza's ultimate technique in several video games.

Killer Ball

A Full Power Energy Barrage Wave used by Frieza several times during his battle against the Z Fighters on Namek. Named in the Budokai series, and also used in the Budokai Tenkaichi series. The version used against Goku in Dragon Ball GT was named Ki Surge in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.

HAIL Frieza

Frieza impales the opponent with his horn and tosses them away, only to blast them with a Punishing Blaster. He uses this attack to heavily injure Kuririn. It is named in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.

Death Fork

The first part of the HAIL Frieza rush. Frieza flies at the opponent, impales them with his horn, and then tosses them away. Named in Battle of Z.

Telekinesis

Frieza has strong psychokinetic powers, allowing him to freely levitate objects, such as boulders and Dragon Balls so that he does not have to carry them himself. He can even lift or move large objects through the air and blow up objects as big as mountains with only his mind. Used in his fight with Goku in the manga/anime series, and called Psychokinesis in the Budokai Tenkaichi series, where he uses it in his first, final, and 100% Power forms.

Imprisonment Ball

A special attack used on Goku, where he captures his opponent in a ball of energy they cannot break out of. Frieza can manipulate this ball as much as he wants, but it explodes as soon as it touches any surface other than Frieza himself. It is called Psylock Smasher in Budokai Tenkaichi 2. Also, a similar attack is used in Budokai Tenkaichi 3, called I might die this time (perhaps due to that being any victim's thoughts), in which Frieza shoots some rocks at the opponent, and if it hits, uses the Imprisonment Ball, and throws the opponent to the ground.

I Won't Let You Escape with Your Life!

Frieza's version of one of Vegeta's deadly attacks, Dirty Fireworks. Frieza shoots a small energy sphere into the opponent, lifts them up with telekinesis, then detonates the opponent by clenching his fist. He uses this technique to kill Kuririn.

Death Saucer

Similar to the normal Destructo Disk (most commonly used by Krillin), Frieza's are faster, a different color (purple), and can be controlled remotely. Frieza creates two of these to hound Goku until he's sliced in half by his own attack. Named in the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi video game series. Frieza can also use the regular Destructo Disk.

You Will Die By My Hand!

The powerful blast Frieza uses in a final attempt to kill Goku, who counters with the Angry Kamehameha. Named the Budokai Tenkaichi series.

First Form

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Frieza in his First Form

In his first form, Frieza is a relatively short humanoid being, albeit with a large chestnut-shaped skull with two horns that protrude at near 45 degree angles. He also has a tail with a spiked end, which is relatively thick in width, able to crack the ground when slammed, as well as having three talon-like toes. He has purple sections on his head, shoulders, and abdomen. His pink parts with lines appear on his arms, legs, and cheeks as well as his lilac skin on his face, feet, and hands.

He dons the wristbands and anklebands with brown sections with lines on the front. He has red eye pupils and his lips are darker red. He wears the same upper-body armor and shorts that many of his subordinates (including the Saiyans) are shown to wear. While traveling, he often gives the appearance of weakness by exclusively using his hoverchair for transportation, leaving his henchmen to do his "dirty work". In this form, Frieza appears to be very small in height, which is shown to be true on the rare occasions that he emerges from his hover-chair. His power level has been stated to be 530,000 by himself in the manga, when he fought Nail and in the Japanese version and English version of Dragon Ball Kai.

Second Form

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Frieza in his Second Form

His second form is similar in appearance to the first, except much larger, both in height and muscle mass, which can be clearly seen on his chest and stomach areas. Frieza claims to have at least doubled his power in this state, which he has stated is over 1,000,000. He also grows longer horns, which now instead of protruding sideways from his skull curve sharply upwards into near right angles.

His armor cannot contain his form and shatters, leaving him with a new, white natural armor covering his chest and shoulders. He has purple sections on his shoulders and abdomen, and orange sections on his forearms and shins. In this form, he somewhat resembles his father King Cold. In the English version, this form is referred to as his true first form, probably because of his father's form.

Third Form

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Frieza in his Third Form

Frieza's third form is again more brutish, with an extremely elongated skull. His facial features contort and change, with his nose melding into his mouth to form a crude beak. His original horns recede and are now white in color, erupting in pairs along the length of his head. Two pairs of spikes grow out of his back and curve upward somewhat, and the armor on his shoulders fling themselves outward like shoulder pads.

He walks and stands with a slight hunch, as if the strain of supporting his head was too much for even Frieza's own body to bear. Frieza stated that no-one had ever seen this form before. Although powerful, Frieza spent less time in this form than in any other form; spanning only one episode in the uncut version. In the English version, Frieza's voice in this form is essentially the same as his second form with a voice effect added to give him more of an alien-like voice (sounds like his first and second forms together). For the Season 3 Box Set, this effect was removed making him sound exactly the same as his second form. In Dragon Ball Z Kai, however, his voice is much deeper, similar to Cooler in his final form. Apparently, Frieza's battle with Piccolo was the first time he had ever shown this transformation to an opponent.

Fourth Form

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Frieza in his Final Form

The Japanese title of the chapter "The Final Transformation" refers to this state as Super Frieza (超フリーザ). This is, arguably, Frieza's most recognizable form. Drastically differing from his previous transformations, in his final form, Frieza instead regresses, with his former form cracking and shattering like a shell, becoming a short, white lizard-like, almost harmless-looking creature; his horns and spikes disappear and his physique becomes streamlined.

His skin becomes pure, solid-white with purple sections on his head, shoulders, forearms, abdomen and shins. His arms, legs, cheeks, and tail are no longer pink along with his lilac skin on his face, neck, hands, and feet. All injuries taken in other forms are healed. This form is the one that Frieza was born in, thus being his "true" form. This is the form that allows him to reach his full potential. Frieza's regular Final Form is him using less than a third of his power. According to him, the only ones who have ever managed to harm him in this form are Goku and "his loving parents".

50% - 100% Power

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Frieza in his 100% Maximum Power form

When Frieza is at 50%-70% strength in his final form, his muscle mass increases quite drastically, though nowhere near his Full Power. Frieza first utilizes this state when concluding that his regular Final Form is not completely outmatching Goku and thus increases up to 50%. Before powering up to 50% Power to fight Goku, Frieza states that he has never had to power up to 50% to fight an opponent before, as anyone he fought previously was defeated by lesser levels of his power. When he finds that he is easily beating Goku at this point, he decreases his power slightly by an unknown amount and still outmatches him. Frieza later increases up to 70% while fighting Super Saiyan Goku, before finally beginning his transformation to Full Power. Frieza later regress to his 50% Power state when fighting Gohan, and then powers back up to Full Power when Goku returns.

When Frieza attains 85%-100% strength in his final form, it greatly increases his muscle mass (without lowering his speed). At 100%, this is literally the peak of Frieza's potential and the maximum amount of power his body can output; his muscle mass becomes engorged compared to his previously sleek frame. With absolute strength, he is able to make Super Saiyan Goku struggle during the final battle on Planet Namek. However, due to his prior damage and the strain on his body, he is not able to fight at maximum capacity for long, slowly weakening. Also, Goku says he was holding back to test the limits of Frieza's full power until Porunga appeared. Frieza's power level in this form is 120,000,000 during the battle on Planet Namek.

Frieza's 100% Power from is a temporary power up in Supersonic Warriors that can be used by Frieza in any of his states: Final form (LV1), Mecha form (LV2), and Immortal Final form (LV3); unlike in the manga and anime, Frieza can go to 100% Power instantaneously and without gaining any extra muscle. In its sequel, Supersonic Warriors 2, Frieza can use his full power through the technique named 100% Activation which, like in the previous game, does not increase his muscles but instead gives him a white and purple aura. In the story mode of the PSP game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, Frieza is shown to have managed to control his 100% power form while in Hell, being able to power up to it instantaneously and without the risk of losing any power, making him able to stay in the form for as long as he wishes. Later on in the story, Frieza absorbs large quantities of Janemba's evil energy, making him far stronger than anyone else on the planet.

By the time of his invasion of Earth in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', despite greatly increasing his power level compared to his fight on Planet Namek, Frieza no longer needs to enlarge his muscles in order to use his full power. This makes him no longer strain his body and thereby allowing him to maintain his peak power for much longer durations of time unhindered. He is also immediately able to access this form from his first form without first going through his second and third form. He gained these abilities at some point during his training. This mastered state of Frieza's fourth form is referred to as Full Power form or Final Form.

Mecha Frieza

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Mecha Frieza

Mecha Frieza (メカフリーザ) is Frieza rebuilt with cybernetic enhancements by scientists under the order of King Cold after what remained of the still-living Frieza was salvaged after being physically ruined while caught in Planet Namek's explosion after his defeat. The whole of the lower half of his body and right side of his face was replaced with scarring and metal accouterments covering what little was left of his organic self. These enhancements allowed him to exceed the limits imposed by his fully organic form, though by how much or in what way is unknown. In the original manga, Gohan mentioned that he was nowhere near the power he displayed against Goku, but Vegeta said he was much stronger than before.

In the FUNimation Remastered Box Sets, as well as the English version of Dragon Ball Kai, this form has a slight mechanical sound to his voice. In the video game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors, Frieza obtains a cybernetic suit of armor that he places over his injuries after defeating Goku and which is his level two state in the game; while wearing the armor his appearance is identical to Mecha Frieza's but he is strong enough to defeat the Super Saiyans and Red Ribbon Androids.

Full Armor Mecha Frieza

Full Armor Mecha Frieza appears in the video game Super Dragon Ball Z, this form is a stronger version of Mecha Frieza (called Cyborg Frieza in-game): this form has a rocket launcher mounted on his shoulder, the ammunition for which are stored behind his other shoulder, he has a belt of explosives around his waist, and his tail is upgraded with additional armor and sharp blades.

Majin Frieza

Frieza appears in this form in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2. Frieza's power increases greatly in this form, to the point of being able to fight Super Saiyan 2 Goku. In the story mode, he and Cell are revived and turned into Majins by Babidi. However, they are once again beaten by Goku and the other Z Fighters. When Majin Buu kills Babidi, Frieza and Cell turn back to their old selves and do not remember anything of being controlled by Babidi. After that, they are beaten and absorbed by Super Buu, and sent back to Hell when Super Buu is defeated. Majin Frieza is also a starter character in Dragon Ball Z 2 V. His appearance while under Babidi's control also differs in that he bears the Majin mark on his forehead.

Evil Energy power up

In the story of Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Towa gives first form Frieza the ability to use the evil energy power up. Frieza uses this power up while fighting Vegeta, Kuririn, and Gohan. The power up also allows him to skip from his first form to his final form.

Villainous Mode

In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse Frieza is hit by the Time Breaker's dark magic in order to give Frieza the power to use Villainous Mode. While in this state Frieza is much stronger than he was originally. His appearance changes slightly, his eyes turning pure red and he gains a dark aura. Frieza is shown using Villainous Mode in Final Form and 100% Full Power state.

Demon God Possessed

During the finale of Xenoverse Démigra resurrects Frieza and possess him, while possessed Frieza uses his 100% Full Power, his body turns purplish, his eyes go pure red, and he gains the two black lines that go from the bottom of his eyes to the bottom of his head. When fought in game Frieza also has Villainous Mode active, however when playable he lacks this additional form.

Ultimate Evolution

A state achieved by Frieza in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, in which he is referred to as Golden Frieza (ゴールデンフリーザ). The form is referred to as being an Ultimate Evolution (究極進化), his version specifically being referred to as Golden Evolution since he chose to make the state's armor golden. Frieza attained this form during the time he spent training for his invasion of Planet Earth and revenge against the Saiyans. While the form grants Frieza an amazing amount of power (actually surpassing Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku and Vegeta), it comes at a great cost, for the form is very taxing on the user's stamina if they are not used to it. Goku and later Vegeta picked up on this weakness and used it to defeat the tyrant during the course of the film.

After using the form for several minutes, Frieza's stamina and power plummeted to the point where his attacks were no longer fazing Goku while using the form, showing Frieza's inexperience with the form. Vegeta speculated that Frieza must have came straight to Earth after he unlocked the form, given how much stamina and power Frieza was losing while in the form.

In this state, Frieza's skin turns purple and he gains golden armor that covers most of his body. His aura changes, becoming fiery like that of Super Saiyan God.

Dragon Ball Z (Anime)

Namek & Frieza arc

"Poor stupid Saiyan. You honestly think you've won. Your puny mind never could understand. I am Frieza, the most powerful being in the Universe. And you are nothing but a beast. A fragile animal. You can't win because I am mighty, and you are not."
— Frieza becomes angry at his defeat by Super Saiyan Son Goku in the episode "Mighty Blast of Rage" (English Version)

Twenty-five years later, Frieza spies on Vegeta's scouter during the Saiyan Saga and in doing so, learns of the existence of the Dragon Balls on Namek. Planning to obtain them and make a wish for immortality, Frieza arrives on Namek with his longtime comrades and top two highest ranking henchmen, Zarbon and Dodoria, in order to try and obtain the Dragon Balls from the Namekians. After Cui, Dodoria, and Zarbon fall to Vegeta, who had betrayed Frieza to collect the fabled items for his own ends, the Ginyu Force is summoned by Frieza to retrieve the Dragon Balls and neutralize the Saiyan rogue so that he can be brought to him. Ultimately, they fail to do so when Goku arrives on Planet Namek and fights them, eventually defeating them.

Ginyu did bring Frieza the Dragon Balls while his comrades fought, and he and Frieza attempted to summon the dragon, but had no success, coming to the conclusion that they needed some special password only a Namekian would know. While searching for the secret to unlock the power of the Dragon Balls, Frieza finds out that three Namekians are still alive by checking his scouter, so he speeds towards and arrives at Grand Elder Guru's home where he is confronted by Nail, the strongest of the Namekian warriors on the planet.

Nail leads Frieza away from Guru, and fights Frieza, only for Frieza to horribly torture Nail, in an attempt to reveal the password of the Dragon Balls. Frieza then leaves him to die after discovering the fight was a diversion for Dende to reveal the password to Kuririn and Son Gohan as they take the Dragon Balls. Enraged, he follows in pursuit of the heroes only to find that Porunga, the Namekian Dragon is gone due to Guru's death. He confronts Vegeta, Kuririn, Gohan, and Dende after Guru had passed away. He then faces off with a much more powerful Vegeta, who is now capable of possibly holding his own for a bit against Frieza's strength.

Spurred on by Vegeta, Frieza unveils his second form, allowing him to defeat Vegeta. After Frieza uses the Death Storm attack, he takes his time to decide who should die first, and chooses Kuririn. He injures Kuririn by impaling him and torturing him, then throwing him into the Namekian sea, taunting Gohan with his friend's limp body. Gohan responds in an incredible fury and proceeds to pound Frieza with punches, kicks and a barrage of ki blasts. Frieza then proceeds to pummel him as a response, and just before he can finish him off, Kuririn, healed by Dende, shoots a Destructo Disk at his tail, chopping the tip of it off. Frieza chases Kuririn in a diversion and returns to the others when Frieza decides to finish them off. Fortunately, Piccolo joins the battle and is able to go blow to blow with Frieza thanks to his fusion with Nail.

As Piccolo and Frieza fight, Piccolo is revealed to be holding back because of his weighted clothing. Eager to demonstrate even more of his power to Piccolo, Frieza again transforms, unlocking more of his power. Piccolo tries to outrun Frieza, but Frieza's speed is too much for Piccolo. Frieza then brutally attacks Piccolo with his Crazy Finger Beam. Gohan again gets angry, and fires the Full Power Masenko, which Frieza struggles with, but eventually deflects back. Piccolo protects Gohan by firing a blast at it, deflecting it away. Frieza notes Gohan's growing power, and notices he is a Saiyan, but thinks Vegeta is his father, and finally he unveils his true form, stressing that he intended to give his foes the "pleasure" of observing it before they died; in the anime, he promises to show them "a terror greater than hell."

In his new form, Frieza first killed Dende, who Frieza had found out had been healing the heroes when he saw Dende healing Piccolo just before transforming into his final form. Piccolo, Krillin and Gohan attack Frieza, but Frieza easily dodges their flurry of kicks and punches. After receiving another Zenkai at his request, Vegeta announced himself as a Super Saiyan and fought Frieza, attempting to hit Frieza with an intense flurry of punches, however, Frieza's speed is still far too much for Vegeta to handle, leaving Vegeta in a quiet state of fear. With all his power, Vegeta fires a Final Burst Cannon at Frieza directly, but the tyrant was still far his superior and easily kicked the beam away.

After Vegeta lost his hope, Frieza proceeds to punish him: Frieza tortures Vegeta by repeatedly punching Vegeta's spine while strangling him with his tail. As Piccolo, Krillin and Gohan watch in horror, in a sadistic manner, Frieza reminds them that they can assist Vegeta if they want to. Just as Frieza was about to slay Vegeta, the healed Goku arrives on the battlefield, ready to fight Frieza. Vegeta, believing that Son Goku had finally become a full-fledged Super Saiyan, taunts Frieza, even though he is too badly beaten to even stand. Frieza, proud of his past accomplishments, smirks before sending his Death Beam through the Saiyan Prince's heart. Teetering on the brink of death, Vegeta is able to tell the newly healed Goku of Frieza's genocide of the Saiyan race, imploring him to take revenge on behalf for all Saiyans.

As Vegeta finishes his plea to Goku, he finally dies from his injury. Goku, saddened by Vegeta's death, buries him and vows to finish Frieza. Goku and Frieza then spar, with Frieza realizing that his opponent is the son of the Saiyan that gave him such trouble years before. Goku and Frieza are an even match for a while, until Frieza determines and states that with 50%, he could easily defeat Goku, with Goku believing this is a bluff. Frieza then increases his power to 50% of his maximum, and easily beats Goku, with Goku completely unable to keep up. Goku attempts to use his Kaio-ken x10 during this battle, but Frieza stills beats him using half of his maximum power. Goku then goes desperate and attempts to use a Kaio-ken x20 and a Kamehameha attack, but to no significant avail, as Frieza easily diffuses the blast with 50% of his power. However, he does become alarmingly aware of his opponent's remarkable abilities.

It should be noted that in the English version, Frieza states that he had only been fighting at 1% of his full power. Also, no reference is made in this dub to Frieza not using even a third of his power while battling Goku with x10 Kaio-ken. After taking another beating, a severely battered Goku attempts to create a large Spirit Bomb by calling on the energies of Namek's solar system as a final resort, as Namek did not have enough life on the planet to make the Spirit Bomb powerful. Piccolo is able to distract the tyrant long enough, kicking him into the ocean, and Goku is eventually able to heavily wound Frieza using the large Spirit Bomb.

With everyone believing the warlord to be dead, the heroes take the time to relax, until Krillin noticed that Frieza had emerged from the blast's crater, retaliating by mortally wounding Piccolo with a Death Beam. Frieza then used his telekinetic powers to make Kuririn fly into the air and, despite Goku's pleas, he murders Kuririn. Already bordering on the edge of his rage, Goku was pushed over the edge, his rage exploding, causing Frieza to inadvertently create what he had always feared: a Super Saiyan.

In the ensuing battle, Super Saiyan Goku and Frieza trade blows, but as the fight progresses, Frieza's 50% power clearly proves to be less than adequate against the Super Saiyan; even his Barrage Death Beam have little effect on the newly empowered Saiyan. Frieza attempts to remind Goku that the Saiyans were as ruthless as Frieza himself is in their barbarism, to which Goku replies that the Saiyans have "paid for their mistakes" now, causing Frieza to ask whether that was the reason he killed them easily. In frustration, Frieza sends a Death Ball into the core of the planet, starting a chain reaction that would destroy Namek in five minutes while revealing immediately afterwards that he held back too much of his power for the Death Ball to be a complete success.

Goku and Frieza continue to fight on Namek, with Goku beginning to get the hang of Frieza's power and fight back, as Namek's destruction draws closer. As Goku slowly begins to get the upper hand against Frieza, Frieza becomes enraged to the point that he begins flying towards Goku at maximum speed. Goku fires a Kamehameha wave at Frieza. Frieza flies straight into Goku's Kamehameha and a struggle ensues. Overcome by rage, Frieza pushes against the Kamehameha wave as hard as he can, and Goku powers it up several times to keep Frieza at bay. Finally, Frieza suddenly flies away from the Kamehameha and straight into a distracted Goku, burying him in a hole hundreds of feet underground, which then explodes with lava.

From afar, Gohan feels Goku's energy signal vanish completely, as if Goku has died. Gohan instead flies off to confront Frieza. Gohan reaches Frieza as the tyrant prepares to leave Namek. In his confidence, Frieza goes back to his normal final form state and takes Gohan on, easily dominating the young Saiyan. Eventually, Frieza insults Goku and declares him dead, enraging Gohan. Realizing that Goku may very well be gone, Gohan attempts to flee, but Frieza intercepts him, having found out that Gohan was trying to delay him so that he would die in Namek's explosion. Then, Gohan begins to feel Goku's energy signal from below. With newfound confidence, Gohan attacks Frieza with multiple punches and launches an Ultimate Masenko at him, but it fails to damage Frieza. Impressed, Frieza powers up to 100% again and prepares to kill Gohan.

However, just then, Goku emerges from the sea: although he had been injured by Frieza's sneak attack, he hid his energy signal and stayed below long enough to recover his strength. Ordering Gohan to leave Namek, Goku prepares to face Frieza again. Goku and Frieza resume their fight, and this time, Goku has the upper hand, easily scoring a direct hit on the tyrant. Frieza spots Porunga from afar and realizes that it still may not be too late to wish for immortality. Frieza flies towards Porunga and Goku gives chase, briefly battling the tyrant. But Dende reaches Porunga first, but Frieza hits Goku aside and tries to wish for eternal life from Porunga. However, in his ignorance, he makes the mistake of not making his wish in Namekian language. Dende makes Guru and King Kai's wish in Namekian, which Porunga agrees to grant. Enraged, Frieza attempts to kill Dende, but he is sent to Earth in time. Vegeta arrives and briefly sees Goku as a Super Saiyan before he too is sent to Earth along with everyone else on Namek, sans Goku and Frieza. Frieza openly wonders as to how Dende and Vegeta can be alive, and Goku reveals the plan he made with King Kai and Guru, irritating Frieza greatly.

Frieza tells Goku that Namek will be exploding in a matter of minutes now and berates him for his suicidal decision to stay on Namek. Goku, however, counters that this way he feels much better, now that he can fight Frieza without having to worry about his friends. The two foes descend to the ground to begin the final round of their epic duel. Frieza unleashes his 100% Death Ball in an attempt to destroy Goku, but Goku deflects the Death Ball into space, where it explodes. Frieza angrily screams out that only one of them will leave Namek alive.

Frieza unleashes 70% and then 100% of his power, which Goku requested, wanting to fight him using all his strength. Goku also notes that Frieza wanted it this way as well, because if he had not, he would have fired at the planet again. At this point, Frieza launches a terrific assault against Super Saiyan Goku, who had not expected Frieza's power to be as high as it is.

However, Super Saiyan Goku realizes that after sustaining so much damage in his 50% state, Frieza's body would no longer be able to handle his 100% power for very long. Super Saiyan Goku and Frieza face off and eventually, after a very long battle, Super Saiyan Goku gets the battle under his control, delivering a final momentous blow to the tyrant that symbolically ends Frieza's reign. Seeing Frieza's power slipping fast now, Super Saiyan Goku decides to call off the fight, claiming it would be pointless to continue, as Frieza is losing strength rapidly and Super Saiyan Goku had already humbled the tyrant.

He also mentioned that he was holding back ever since Frieza achieved 100% to see what the form was capable of. Humiliated, Frieza refuses to relent, attacking Super Saiyan Goku with two of his Death Saucers. As Super Saiyan Goku dodges the attacks, Frieza ironically becomes distracted long enough to be bifurcated by his own attack.

Barely clinging to life, but desperate to survive, Frieza begs for mercy, which Super Saiyan Goku hesitantly provides, giving him a little of his ki. Frieza's pride refuses to allow him to be beaten and saved by a Saiyan "monkey", and he expends what little energy he has left to attack Goku. Overcome with anger, Super Saiyan Goku fires an Angry Kamehameha that consumes both Frieza's attack and what remains of him in the process.

Trunks arc

Unknown to Goku and everyone else, Frieza was not killed on Namek. Frieza's shredded body floated in the planet's debris, kept company only by his thoughts of how the universe's conqueror had been thoroughly beaten by a lowly Saiyan. His father King Cold had crews search the area, not believing his son to have been destroyed by something as insignificant as the explosion of a planet. What could be found of Frieza is salvaged and reconstructed with cybernetic enhancements, leaving him scarred and bitter. Knowing he is now stronger than ever before, Frieza's first thought upon rehabilitation is revenge on those who defeated him on Namek.

Frieza beats Goku to Earth and orders his henchmen to find and slaughter its inhabitants, with Frieza keen on killing his enemy's friends himself. However, his army is torn apart by a mysterious youth. Frieza dismisses his challenger as an insolent child, and pays him almost no heed until the boy reveals himself as another Super Saiyan.

Dumbstruck, Frieza makes several different efforts to kill the youth, such as energy blasts, each of which is parried easily (this occurs only in the anime while the youth wasted no time and killed Frieza after a single attack in the manga. Also, Gohan implies that Frieza was holding back 50% of his power in the manga whereas the anime has Frieza going all out). He then plays his trump card in the form of a Supernova (a Death Ball ten times the size of the one that destroyed Planet Namek).

Even this is nonchalantly brushed away, until a mortified Frieza causes it to detonate with another shot of ki. Thinking him dead, both father and son are stunned when the youth fires a Burning Attack out of nowhere. Fuming, Frieza becomes oblivious to his opponent's position, and is surprised and sliced in half by the Saiyan youth before being cut to pieces and vaporized in an effortless blast. King Cold meets the same fate, with the youth obliterating him with the God Breaker when the tyrant tries to attack him. Despite this, the common myth throughout the universe remains that Goku defeated Frieza on Namek.

Frieza's cells were collected by Dr. Gero's remote tracking device and used to create Cell, who famously gained Frieza's Death Beam. In Future Trunks' timeline, it is implied that Future Son Goku used Instant Transmission to teleport to Earth and kill Frieza and his father King Cold instead of Trunks.

Great Saiyaman arc

After his death, Frieza makes numerous cameo appearances throughout the remainder of the series from Hell. His first and most major role was teaming up with Cell and causing trouble in Hell, along with King Cold and the dead members of the Ginyu Force. Frieza and King Cold were the only two villains in this scene to not be thrown onto the Mountain of Needles by Pikkon; Pikkon knocked Frieza out with a single punch to the face after elbowing King Cold in the stomach. Then all seven were locked up in a prison cell. This was one of the rare times Frieza and Cell (two of the three main villains of the show) are seen talking to each other.

Kid Buu arc

Later, Frieza is shown observing Goku's fight with Kid Buu alongside other defeated villains from the series, even saying "I could have done the same thing if I hadn't lost both my legs!" When Frieza sees Goku winning against Kid Buu via the Spirit Bomb, he thinks to himself "Why am I not surprised?"

Dragon Ball Super (Anime)

Resurrection F arc

After Frieza's death, his spirit was kept imprisoned in Earth's Hell, with the Angels of Hell being the ones who were tasked with ensuring that he remained captive. During his time in Hell, Frieza's spirit retained the appearance of his Mecha Frieza state and was left trapped inside a cocoon.

As he is contained in a cocoon in Earth's Hell, Frieza dreamed of his defeats at the hands of the Super Saiyans, Goku and Trunks, but soon woke up to the sight of the Angels of Hell. However, over fourteen years after Frieza's demise, his two of Frieza's men, Sorbet (commander of Frieza's army) and Tagoma (elite soldier), collect all of the Dragon Balls with the aid of the Pilaf Gang and resurrect him, and he is revived as he was just before his death, as Mecha Frieza and in pieces. Sorbet and Tagoma collect all of the pieces save for his right eye which is found by Pilaf, who hands it to Sorbet just as he and Tagoma are about to leave. On Sorbet's spaceship they put the organic parts in a Medical Machine, Frieza's body is regenerated and he reverts himself back into his first form completely free of his cybernetics. As he recovers inside the chamber Frieza dreams of his first defeat by Super Saiyan Goku, and angrily wakes up, shaking the entire ship.

He was then introduced to Sorbet and Tagoma while they explained to him how they brought him back to life and they could have brought King Cold back to life as well but Frieza suggested that there was no need for that, and suggested he would need to wait for his vengeance against the Saiyans, he announces to his soldiers that he will not be satisfied until the Super Saiyans (Goku and Future Trunks) have both been killed. Tagoma then suggests to Frieza that he should just ignore Goku and the other Saiyans and focus on the universe.

In the movie and manga Frieza furiously blasts Tagoma into outer space with a quick ki blast. Sorbet preventing other deaths, activates the ship's energy shields. In the anime angry at Tagoma's suggestion to leave the Saiyans alone, he shot Tagoma with ki blasts instead of killing him because it would be considered boring to kill him quickly. Frieza is then informed by Sorbet that Goku's power has surpassed that of even Majin Buu, which is far more than Frieza could have imagined. But due to him being a prodigy, Frieza believes that through four months of serious training, he will be able to reach a level of power high enough to wipe out the Saiyans in the blink of an eye, in the movie and manga claiming he will be able to raise his power level from 530,000 to be 1,300,000. He decided to train himself for four months in order to pull out his potential. For the next four months Frieza trained, sometimes using Tagoma as a training partner, during training sessions with Tagoma, Frieza would beat him within an inch of his life and then having him go to heal up for the next days training, allowing Frieza to both get stronger, and master his torturing-type fighting style; which would allow him to fight Goku for as long as possible without killing him, in order to cause the Saiyan as much pain as possible.

After all that time passed, Frieza and his forces eventually reach Earth and he gets excited about exacting his revenge on the Saiyans. As they are about to land Frieza begins laughing gleefully at his chance at revenge. After landing on Earth, he fires a Death Beam at North City, completely wiping it out, and then Frieza encounters the Z Fighters - who have gathered to try and resist him. Frieza gets impatient for Goku to arrive. Frieza notices that Krillin has been revived with the Dragon Balls and says that the Dragon Balls can revive the powerful and the pathetic. Frieza also gets remarks from Bulma, who sees him for the first time. Bulma asks Frieza for time for Goku to arrive, but he gives them only ten seconds. After the ten second are over, not interested in fighting until Goku arrives, Frieza has his army of 1,000 soldiers engage the Z Fighters, when Sorbet attempts to give orders to the soldiers Frieza flicks him away and instead has the soldiers all aim for Krillin as a joke - offering a planet to whoever kills him.

Frieza comments on Gohan's abilities as a fighter, and says that "he's as soft as his father". Soon Frieza's soldiers are defeated match by the Z Fighters, and so Frieza watches Sorbet command Shisami to enter the battle after he volunteers to do so. He watches as Shisami faces off against Piccolo before Gohan steps in and faces him, in the movie and manga Gohan turns Super Saiyan and defeats Shisami in one blow, while in the anime Tagoma kills Shisami in order to wipe out Gohan - the enemy's strongest warrior, something which intrigues Frieza. Frieza then agrees to let Tagoma become the supreme commander of his forces, and be given a free planet, if he wipes out the Z Fighters. He then proceeds to watch the battle unfold until Gotenks arrives, injuring Tagoma and asking to fight Frieza - only to unfuse. Frieza notes Goten's resemblance to Goku, and Trunks resemblance to Future Trunks and grows angry at how the Saiyans have multiplied, ordering Tagoma to wipe them out. Frieza tells Sorbet that the Super Saiyans are more fearful out of recordings.

Shortly afterwards, Frieza is approached by Captain Ginyu who has switched bodies with Tagoma while he was feeling pain on the ground. He explains to Frieza his hardships throughout the years from being swapped bodies to arriving on Earth to Frieza's return. Frieza is happy that Ginyu is alive and once more in his service, but is unimpressed by Ginyu's fighting pose, and asks him to be useful and wipe out the Z Fighters. Frieza watches with glee and Ginyu decimates the Z Fighters, noting that he is stronger than Tagoma was. However, Ginyu is defeated when Gohan transforms into a Super Saiyan, with Frieza expressing surprise that Goku's son was capable of obtaining the form.

In the anime, after Gohan tells Ginyu that he will spare him as he is not worth fighting, Frieza recalls that this scenario is identical to the last part of his battle with Goku on Namek and snaps, flying down to the battlefield in his hover chair and torturing Gohan with Death Beams whilst telling him to scream, beg for mercy, and run. After Gohan succumbs to his injuries and falls to the ground, Frieza attacks with a finishing Death Beam, suddenly, Piccolo jumps in the way of Frieza's attack - taking the full brunt of it - and protecting Gohan. In the manga Goku and Vegeta arrive as the Frieza Force is defeated. In the movie after the Frieza Force has been defeated, Frieza blows up his army out of disappointment. Frieza decides to wipe out the warriors one-by-one and one punches Gohan in the abdomen. He however is quickly revived by Piccolo, who pumped his heart, and was given a Senzu Bean from Kuririn.

After killing Piccolo in the anime, Frieza finds Gohan's screaming for Piccolo very amusing and decides to amuse himself and when Bulma finally talks to Whis, he disallows Sorbet to kill her at the moment in hopes that she might bring Goku to Earth. When he does not come right away, Frieza allows Ginyu to fight and kill Goku's friends so that he can be entertained at the least, but then Gohan stands up to Frieza and powers up into his Super Saiyan form once more to protect everyone, including his family and that power up eventually tires him out completely and Frieza once again decides to kill Gohan when Goku and Vegeta, who used Instant Transmission thanks to Gohan's power-up, blocks the Death Beam and Frieza becomes annoyed at first but then smiles evilly now that Goku is finally here at last, along with Vegeta.

He tells them about how he returned back to life and how excoriating Hell was and that Goku was the reason his life became Hell itself. After Vegeta kills Ginyu, Frieza recognizes Vegeta's increased strength and promises to kill him after Goku. Finally, after Goku and Frieza talk about their recent training, Frieza decides to transform into his final form from the start to avoid making mistakes again and prepares himself to fight. In the anime his transformation vaporizes the rest of his soldiers in the process (except Sorbet) and prepares himself to fight.

They start their fight in the ground after powering up and then power up again during close combat. Frieza actually thanks Goku for making himself train to fight him at this level but then gets angry again and plans to kill Krillin and Bulma with Ki blasts but Goku and Vegeta show up at the last minute and deflect them (Vegeta did this because Goku was pinned to the ground by Frieza at the time). Then they resume their fight and they take it all the way above the clouds. Frieza told Goku he attacked his friends so he can fight Goku at his angriest but Goku refuses to as well as him destroying the Namekian Dragon Balls. After being beat around, Frieza fires a Golden Death Ball at Goku and he uses a Kamehameha to collide, causing an explosion.

After a Ki blast barrage conflict, Vegeta shows up and fights Goku which impresses Frieza and he questions his loyalty to him, though Frieza fires a blast at the two and tells Vegeta that he wants to fight Goku first. After he became irritated by Vegeta's continuous clapping, the Saiyan decides to take on the tyrant himself only for the two of them to negotiate for them to fight each other after Frieza kills Goku. In the manga Goku gains the advantage by blasting Frieza with a God Kamehameha, prompting the tyrant to announce that he is soon going to reveal his further evolution. Frieza then witnesses Goku transform into his Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan form.

Frieza tries to knock out Goku from behind to gauge his power, but Goku catches this attack with his fist, prompting Frieza into finally transforming himself into Golden Frieza, despite his own warnings, feeling honored to be fighting close to the Saiyan's god. After saying goodbye in advance, Frieza re-proceeds to fight Goku and he had the upper hand at first but Goku blocked all of Frieza's upcoming energy attacks which results in an energy clash that lasts a while and results in a blinding explosion and both combatants are still in their prime.

As Beerus and Whis show up for their dessert, thanks to his new exceedingly high power, Frieza once again gains the upper hand against Goku and after comparing how long it took to reach their new forms, Frieza decides to kill Goku immediately and his friends too so that he won't be lonely in Hell. When he spots Beerus, however he becomes frightened and frustrated that he might interfere but Beerus told Frieza to do as he pleases. Frieza then decides to continue his revenge and kept pushing him further and further, leaving Goku exhausted.

Frieza then strangles Goku with his tail and punches him in the gut and head repeatedly until Goku bit his tail forcing him to let go, yet Frieza still had the upper hand and knocked him down again. He then explains again why he hates Goku for his actions back on Planet Namek and tries to kill him with his energy attacks but for some reason Goku kept surviving them all. They were almost interrupted by Vegeta, who wanted to kill Frieza for Goku but he insisted that he almost has him. Goku also warns Frieza about his form's downside but he ignores his warnings and decides to wrap things up, with both combatants using every last bit of power they have left.

At first, Frieza seemed to be dominating again, not even allowing Goku to drown to death, until Goku's prediction started to come true: he burns more power and stamina than his body can supply and didn't regulate it before he decided to exact his revenge. Due to his massive drop in power and stamina Goku knocks him away with God Shock Flash in the movie, and a forehead punch in the anime. Goku then suggests that Frieza leave so that they can have a rematch later, however Frieza signaled to have Sorbet shoot Goku straight in the chest with his ring. He then repeatedly kicks Goku and explains his weaknesses while doing so: his strength makes him careless. In the movie he asks Vegeta to finish Goku off - offering to make him supreme commander, though Vegeta declines and begins to fight Frieza. In the anime he was about to kill Goku once and for all when Vegeta attacks then Frieza dodges it.

When Vegeta tells Kuririn to give Goku a Senzu Bean, Frieza tries to kill him with a Death Beam but Vegeta blocks it and it ends up killing Sorbet. Frieza hardly believes that Vegeta could kill him now, but he too, turns into a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, which frightens Frieza at first. Frieza tries to hit Vegeta with a lot of Ki blasts but he was never fazed by any of them due to Frieza having lost most of his power. After a bit of big talk, Vegeta beats up Frieza and the tyrant then reverts back into his Final form. Before Vegeta could kill Frieza, he blows up the Earth and kills Vegeta and everyone and everything on Earth, including Pan, Videl, 18, Marron, Chi-Chi, Majin Buu, Mr. Satan, and Dr. Brief and Mrs. Brief. Stated by Beerus and Whis, they stated that Frieza survived the destruction thus is floating in space, preparing his next move. However, the event was undone by Whis' Temporal Do-Over technique and Goku turned into his Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan God form and charged and launched a Kamehameha strong enough to destroy Frieza and sent him back to Hell before he can destroy the Earth. Once back in Earth's Hell, he was forced to watch the angels of Hell dance and sing while strapping a cocoon again, much to Frieza's chagrin.

Future Trunks arc

When Goku and Krillin are training together and sent by Roshi to find a medicine called "Paradise Grass" they enter a strange forest to look for it, however they encounter a manifestation of Frieza, this is due to the forest being on the edge between this world and the next, and thus the memories of past battles can manifest, and Frieza manifests as he was on Namek through Krillin's memory. Seeing Frieza terrifies Krillin as Frieza was one of the three villains that killed him. Goku is able to destroy the Frieza illusion, but it keeps coming back until Goku makes it and the other illusions disintegrate by not reacting to them at all. Krillin was later surrounded by multiple illusions of Frieza that eventually morphed into Nappa.

Universe Survival arc

After 9 of the 10 member of Team Universe 7 gather and upon realizing that Buu has fallen asleep and will not wake up for at least two months, Goku, in a desperate state suggests making Frieza the 10th member after Beerus rages at the group for destroying all of Frieza's army. Everyone protests because Frieza is as likely to destroy them rather than help them. Nevertheless, Goku insists he and Vegeta can stop Frieza should he get out of control. Goku convinces King Yemma to have him escorted to Hell where he finds Frieza strung up in his cocoon. Frieza wonders why Goku is there, and figures he is planning something when Goku asks Frieza how he would like to get out of Hell for a bit. After telling Frieza about the Tournament of Power, he cuts the cocoon down, liberating Frieza. Frieza admits he is intrigued, and asks Goku if it would inconvenience him if he said no. Goku admits it would, so Frieza says no. Goku then walks away, and Frieza quickly claims he was joking.

Frieza tells Goku to use the Dragon Balls to revive him, enticing Goku by claiming he can become even stronger. Frieza powers up to his golden form, and Goku tells Frieza that he really is the most evil being in the Universe to exploit his weakness like that. Goku tells Frieza the winner will get to use the Super Dragon Balls, and that he can use those to resurrect himself should he win. Frieza remarks that doesn't guarantee his revival even if they win, and says that using the Earth Dragon Balls will be fine. Goku promises to revive Frieza, and so Frieza agrees to join Team Universe 7. Goku goes to see Fortuneteller Baba, and asks her to bring Frieza to Earth for 24 hours. Baba is reluctant to do this, but does as Goku asks since the fate of their Universe is at stake. Frieza arrives, and he and Goku greet each other by punching each other in the guts. Assassins from Universe 9 arrive to assassinate Goku and Frieza, who powers up to Golden Frieza and begins killing the assassins. Frieza reveals that he learned to maintain his stamina by mental concentration via imagining killing Goku. Frieza is hit by a Energy of Destruction but quickly gains control of it and hits Goku with it. He uses a communicator device from one of the assassins to talk to Sidra and Roh. Frieza offers them a bargain: they make him a member of their team and he will perform well, as he doesn't want to be collateral damage if Universe 7 is erased and offers to kill Goku to ensure his team doesn't win. As the two gods argue over this, Beerus and Whis show up causing Freiza to destroy the communicator. Beerus suspects Frieza is plotting against them, though Whis thinks he may simply have been trying to get intel on other universes.

Frieza notes to himself that this tournament is the perfect opportunity to manipulate the gods of the many universes, and thinks to himself that Beerus will not be in charge for long. After Beerus frees him, Goku asks for a quick spar with Frieza on the condition that whoever lands one punch wins. Both punch each other in the face and knock each other out cold and Beerus declares they are evenly matched. Frieza is taken to the rest of the team. As soon as he arrives, all the other members look at him suspiciously while Beerus prevents him from doing anything stupid to which Frieza tells him he knows. Vegeta then makes a comment about his halo but Frieza promises him that he will give him one too. As the team leaves, Whis tells them to join hands so he can get to the tournament. Frieza notices that Vegeta does not want to hold his hand. After a bit of bickering, Beerus screams that they had to work as a team and grabs Frieza's arm instead of Vegeta.

Frieza and his teammates are transported by Whis to the World of Void. There he meets the fighters from other universes, and is surprised to see Frost, another member of his race. Before the tournament begins, Frieza and Frost meet in secret near the far edge of the ring. Frieza makes sure he and Frost are similar before offering for them to work together, which Frost accepts. Like Goku, Vegeta, 17 and 18, Frieza ignores Gohan's strategy and runs off to fight on his own; ki blasting Catopesra from Universe 3 at point blank. Frieza easily defeats Napapa and incapacitates Roselle, and had caused the latter to accidentally jump out of bounds after some torture. Frieza then witnesses Universe 9 being erased by the two Zen-ohs and swears to reign over them one day. When Kale transformed, and started going on a rampage, Frieza just calmly smiled, seemingly unfazed. Later, when Gohan talked about reuniting their team, Frieza showed up while clutching Murichim by his head. Vegeta approaches Frieza and accuse him of staking his prey. Frieza laughs and says first come first serve before throwing Murichim out of the ring.

Frieza appears again, watching the spectating crowd from above a ledge, and deciding who will be his next victim. He then notices Gohan struggling against Jimeze, and comes to his aid. But, to Gohan, Jimeze, and the spectating Universe 7's surprise, he allows for the fight between Gohan and Jimeze to continue. However, after Gohan is overwhelmed once again by Jimeze's power and since he wasn't using his full power, Frieza intervenes once again and destroys an energy wave Jimeze conjured just as he was about to finish Gohan, with Frieza condescendingly stating his hand slipped. Jimeze then quickly uses his instant transmission and appears behind Frieza, but Frieza uses a tail attack and knocks him back into the ground. Jimeze doesn't understand how Frieza is able to combat his instant transmission, and Frieza comes over to him and states that his instant transmission is mere child's play. Jimeze attempts it again, but once again, Frieza easily attacks him. Using his tail to lift him from his throat, Frieza proceeds to torture Jimeze, and with a final ki blast, claims his victory over him. With both Universe 2 and 7 in shock, Frieza throws him out of the ring, where the members of Universe 2 proceed to give their fallen comrade aid.

As Frieza berates Gohan for not using his full power against Jimeze, Frost comes in on the scene, complimenting Frieza for the exhilarating battle. Champa yells at Frost to get away from Frieza, as he knows he is no match for him, but then Frost reveals that his only enemy is Gohan. Frieza then walks over to his side, and everyone realizes they had already formed an alliance. With everything out on the table, Frost insists that Frieza does battle against Gohan, to which Frieza accepts. Before they begin, Frost warns Frieza if he should be lying to him, he would suffer the consequences, and forms a Death Beam at his fingertips. Frieza and Gohan then do battle, with Frieza holding an upper hand for the majority of the battle. As the battle goes on, Gohan powers up to his Ultimate form and manages to get a good punch on Frieza. Realizing the full extent of his power, Frieza proceeds to power up to his Golden Form, and after a very short bout, Frieza defeats Gohan. Frost then comes on from the sidelines, marveling at the amazing power Frieza possesses. Frieza states to him that he can also attain this power from training, or at the very least, his maximum power form, to which Frieza proceeds to transform into.

Frost follows suit, and Frieza gives him an important lesson about the form, which is to use it early on to make sure the body's stamina doesn't run out. Frieza gives him one final lesson, which is to not trust anyone, and proceeds to knock him out of the ring. After Frost is knocked out, Gohan pushes himself off of the ground, revealing himself to still be conscious. Utterly shocked by this betrayal, Frieza reveals to Frost that he never intended to work with him, as he considers Frost an amateur in comparison to himself. Enraged by the fact that Frieza would dare call him an amateur, Frost prepares a ki blast, but before he can fire, he is erased by Zen-Oh, who restates that nobody can attack from outside the arena and warning Champa they would erase Universe 6 if they did it again. With the fight finally over, Frieza states to Gohan that they should continue to work together to attain victory, and leaves with a smile on his face.

After observing Gok's battle with Jiren and overhearing the gods fear of a mortal using the form Frieza gives chase to Goku who flee's after his loss to recover. Frieza is able to catch Goku and prepares charging a blast stating that no one can actually see them behind the pillar. Goku fearing for his life screams as Frieza fires his attack, however to Goku's shock, he is alive and Frieza laughs and reveals he gave him some of his energy. Frieza said that even though he didn't give him much, knowing that Goku is more then enough to get back on his feet and begin recovering. Frieza continues by telling Goku now all debts are paid, stated fighting Jiren is something he wanted to avoid. He also told Goku that the gods were actually scared of Goku when he was using his new found power and told him the gods called it Ultra Instinct. He also informs Goku he is doing well out there as expected and Universe 7 needs him to keep doing well, as Frieza takes his leave to find his next victim. After watching Vegeta save Cabba and learning of there relationship Frieza became disgusted at the thought and challenges Cabba to a fight after he barely beats Monna. Dispite his best efforts, Cabba is incapable of handling Frieza in his base form and powers up to Super Saiyan 2 after Frieza backs him into a corner. Once Frieza reveals his hatred of Saiyans, Cabba fires a Galick Cannon at him, who rather than blocking the move, powers up to his Golden Frieza form and defeats Cabba with Emperor's Death Beams. Uncharacteristically, Frieza asks Cabba to give up and when Cabba refuses Frieza blasts him out of the ring with a basic ki blast. Afterwards Frieza says that he regrets using more stamina than required to take out trash.

Frieza fires several Death Beams, looking for a fighter to entertain him, (Dyspo opted not to deal with him and flees while hiding behind a boulder). Suddenly Katopesla appears and transforms into his Whirlwind Speed Mode form and asks Frieza if he's fast enough to even catch him before running off (Frieza simply ignores this). Frieza then appears before Goku, Caulifla, and Kale and expressed interest in eliminating the two female Saiyans and was about to counter the Caulifla's Crush Cannon with his Death Ball, but stops when Goku insisted on taking them both on. He continues to observe the battle between Goku (whom re-awoken his Ultra Instinct) and Kefla and stated that he needs Goku to continue working for him after he emerged victorious. Frieza watches on as Universe's 2 and 6 were erased, simply stating that Goku didn't tap into "Ultra Instinct" this time. Later when Anilaza is created, Frieza gets asked by Goku to help in the battle. Frieza helps Goku, Vegeta, 17, and Gohan to defeat Anilaza.

During the fight against the remaining three members Team Universe 11, Dyspo used his Light Bullet to try and attack Frieza from behind, but Frieza grabbed Dyspo’s attacking arm with his tail. Frieza said it was handy to have a tail. Dyspo smiled and said it was handy for him too, and then dragged Frieza by the tail, slammed him face first into a rock formation, and dragged his face through it.

Dragon Ball GT (Anime)

Super 17 arc

"It's been a long time, Goku, and you've gotten so much cuter."
— Frieza mocks Goku about his childhood appearance in GT (English Version)

In Dragon Ball GT, Frieza teams up with Cell to act as a distraction for Goku while a horde of villains from the Z Fighters' past escape Hell, thanks to Dr. Gero and Dr. Myuu's portal. Even when Frieza and Cell combine their forces to combat Son Goku, they both fall under Goku's might, with each of their most significant attacks failing after another.

Eventually, after much bickering, Cell and Frieza use their newly made combination technique, the Hell's Buster, to launch Goku downwards into the darker realms of Hell where their opponent has to endure the Terrible Torture Tour. Frieza and Cell come to see Goku frozen after the final stage of the tour, but due to Goku being alive, his living energy heats the ice encasing his body. He then uses the snow machine of the Torture Tour to freeze Cell and Frieza, finally defeating them. Frieza was last seen with Cell being arrested by the ogres.

Film Appearances

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Frieza only appears at the start of the movie, which is identical to the scene towards the end of Bardock - The Father of Goku in which he destroys Planet Vegeta. Cooler watches him from his spaceship and scolds his brother for not seeing the escaping Attack Ball containing baby Goku. After this he is mentioned a few times by various characters.

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"A common stranger knows my name? I see that my illustrious reputation precedes me."
— Frieza talking to Great Saiyaman before the teenage boy reveals himself as Son Gohan (English Version)

When Janemba appears, the dead are revived and they all escape to Earth, under Frieza's command. Frieza confronts Son Gohan and [[Videl], and immediately recognizes Gohan as Goku's son. Deciding the boy should pay for his father's "sins", Frieza sends his army of villains to attack the couple, but Gohan flies through them all and silences him by punching Frieza in the stomach and blowing him away with an energy shot to the gut. His terrified minions quickly disperse.

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Frieza as Mecha Frieza appears in the credits of Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon, being sliced by Future Trunks.

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Frieza is mentioned in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, when the God of Destruction Beerus awakens from a long slumber and asks if Frieza destroyed Planet Vegeta during his nap and is then told that a Saiyan (Goku) defeated Frieza. He is then shown when Beerus and Whis watch the past battle between Super Saiyan Goku and Frieza on Namek.

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Frieza appears as the main antagonist of Resurrection ‘F’. After Frieza's death, his spirit was kept imprisoned in Hell, with the Angels of Hell being the ones who were tasked with ensuring that he remained captive. During his time in Hell, Frieza's spirit retained the appearance of his Mecha Frieza state and was left trapped inside a cocoon. However, over 14 years after Frieza's demise, his two elite soldiers Sorbet and Tagoma collect all of the Dragon Balls and resurrect him, and he is revived as he was just before his death, as Mecha Frieza and in pieces. Sorbet and Tagoma collect all of the pieces of Frieza and put the organic parts in a healing chamber, Frieza's body is regenerated and he reverts himself back into his first form.

As soon as Frieza's body is regenerated, he announces to his soldiers that he will not be satisfied until Goku and Trunks have both been killed. Tagoma then suggests to Frieza that he should just ignore Goku and the other Saiyans. Furiously, Frieza blasts Tagoma into outer space with a quick ki blast. Sorbet preventing other deaths, shields the ship. Sorbet then informs Frieza that Goku's power has surpassed that of even Majin Buu, which is far more than Frieza could have imagined. But due to him being a prodigy, Frieza believes that through four months of serious training, he will be able to reach a level of power high enough to wipe out the Saiyans in the blink of an eye, claiming he will be able to raise his power level to be 1,300,000.

During his new invasion of Earth, Frieza first appears in his first form with an army of one thousand soldiers. After landing on Earth, he fires a Death Beam at North City, completely destroying it. Afterward, Frieza fights against Goku using his fourth form, with Goku winning the fight until Frieza decides to utilize what appears to be a purple version of the Death Ball to clash with Goku's Kamehameha. The two later transform into their final transformations: Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, with Frieza transforming into his Ultimate Evolution state. Once in this form, he refers to himself as Golden Frieza.

As Frieza's power was depleting, due to not having the proper time spent in his Ultimate Evolution, Goku gains the advantage until Sorbet injures Goku when he is off guard with his Bad Ring Laser, allowing Frieza to defeat Goku. Frieza offers Vegeta commander chief in his army if he killed Goku. Vegeta declines as he needs Goku to get stronger. After stating this, Vegeta steps up to fight Frieza. Vegeta told Krillin to give Goku a senzu bean, Frieza became furious and shoots an energy beam at Krillin as he is giving Goku the Senzu Bean, Vegeta deflects it away, killing Sorbet. Vegeta then turns Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan. After being beat up by Vegeta, Frieza turns back to his Fourth Form and realizes he cannot defeat him, so he blows up the Earth, killing Vegeta and all the inhabitants living there. Stated by Beerus and Whis, they stated that Frieza survived the destruction thus floating in space in pieces. However, Whis turns time back to before Frieza is about to blow up the earth, and Goku destroys Frieza with a Kamehameha, thus preventing Earth's destruction. The movie's end credits show Frieza back in Hell with the Angels of Hell, who start to laugh as they welcome him back.

Plans to Eradicate the Super Saiyans

Frieza appears in the OVA Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans. In it, Frieza is resurrected as a Ghost Warrior, with he and past villains Cooler, Tullece, and Lord Slug attacking Son Goku and his friends. Ghost Frieza fights against Future Trunks and Vegeta in their Super Saiyan forms, and is being defeated by them until the Destron Gas takes effect, at which point Ghost Frieza and the other Ghost Warriors prepare to finish the Z Fighters of with finger beams, though before they can Bulma appears and shuts down the machine, removing all of the Destron Gas. The Z Fighters then return to full power and Ghost Warrior Frieza and his allies are easily dealt with, as the Ghost Warriors are disintegrating, Ghost Frieza yells out that the Saiyans should not underestimate their grudge. Frieza briefly appears after this, with his grudge energy being the second last to enter Hatchiyack.

Video Games

Frieza is a playable character in all the following video games:

  • Battle Stadium D.O.N
  • Data Carddass Dragon Ball Z
  • Data Carddass Dragon Ball Z 2
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • Dragon Ball Fusions
  • Dragon Ball GT Final Bout
  • Dragon Ball Heroes
  • Dragon Ball Kai Ultimate Butoden
  • Dragon Ball Tap Battle
  • Dragon Ball Zenkai Battle Royale
  • Dragon Ball Z Attack of the Saiyans
  • Dragon Ball Z Bakuretsu Impact
  • Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z
  • Dragon Ball Z Battle Taikan Kamehameha
  • Dragon Ball Z Battle Taikan Kamehameha 2
  • Dragon Ball Z Budokai
  • Dragon Ball Z Budokai 2
  • Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3
  • Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi
  • Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2
  • Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3
  • Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection
  • Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit
  • Dragon Ball Z Buyu Retsuden
  • Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle
  • Dragon Ball Z Dragon Battlers
  • Dragon Ball Z For Kinect
  • Dragon Ball Z Gaiden Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku
  • Dragon Ball Z Gaiden Shin Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku Chikyu Hen
  • Dragon Ball Z II Gekishin Freeza
  • Dragon Ball Z Gekito Tenkaichi Budokai
  • Dragon Ball Z Goku Gekitoden
  • Dragon Ball Z Harukanaru Densetsu
  • Dragon Ball Z Hyper Dimension
  • Dragon Ball Z Idainaru Son Goku Densetsu
  • Dragon Ball Z Infinite World
  • Dragon Ball Z Kyoshu! Saiyan
  • Dragon Ball Z Legend of the Super Saiyan
  • Dragon Ball Z Legendary Super Warriors
  • Dragon Ball Z Raging Blast
  • Dragon Ball Z Raging Blast 2
  • Dragon Ball Z III Ressen Jinzoningen
  • Dragon Ball Z Scouter Battle Taikan Kamehameha
  • Dragon Ball Z Sagas
  • Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai
  • Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai - Another Road
  • Dragon Ball Z Super Butoden
  • Dragon Ball Z Super Gokuden Kakusei Hen
  • Dragon Ball Z Supersonic Warriors
  • Dragon Ball Z Supersonic Warriors 2
  • Dragon Ball Z Taiketsu
  • Dragon Ball Z Tenkaichi Tag Team
  • Dragon Ball Z The Legend
  • Dragon Ball Z The Legacy of Goku
  • Dragon Ball Z The Legacy of Goku II
  • Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Battle 22
  • Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi
  • Dragon Ball Z 2 V
  • Dragon Ball Z W Bakuretsu Impact
  • Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse
  • Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse 2
  • Jump Force
  • Jump Super Stars
  • Jump Ultimate Stars
  • J-Stars Victory VS
  • Super Dragon Ball Z

Quotes

Relationships

King Cold

Cooler

Kuriza

Cell

Zarbon

Dodoria

Tullece

Lord Slug

Nappa

Raditz

Captain Ginyu

Burter

Recoome

Jeice

Guldo

King Vegeta

Bardock

Son Goku

Son Gohan

Son Goten

Vegeta

Bulma

Future Trunks

Trunks

Kuririn

Piccolo

Nail

Dende

Grand Elder

Beerus

Whis

Knownable Relatives

  • Chilled (Ancestor/dead)
  • King Cold (Father)
  • Cooler (Older Brother)
  • Kuriza (Son)
  • Future Frieza (Future Counterpart/dead)

Trivia

  • His name is a rephrase of "freezer."
  • Like his brother and father, Frieza's name is a pun on all things relating to the cold. As both Cooler's and Frieza's names end in a short "a" vowel (rather than the long "ā" which usually signifies "er" in kana spellings on English words), Frieza's name is typically spelled with an "a" at the end (as opposed to "Freezer"). Logic would follow that the character's name should in turn be spelled in a similar fashion (as opposed to "Cooler"). Note that FUNimation Entertainment, the company responsible for Dragon Ball's production and distribution in North America and Australia, chooses to spell the name as Cooler (and Freeza as Frieza). It might also be a pun on him being more composed and serious than his brother, who would ergo be the "cooler" brother.
  • In an interview with Akira Toriyama, he revealed that Frieza is a combination of all his worst fears.
  • Frieza's story somewhat mirrors many Greek tragedies, incorporating the message that one cannot escape from his own fate or destiny no matter what one does to avoid it. In fear of the Legend of the Super Saiyan, Frieza destroyed the Saiyans, thus causing the catalyst necessary for a Saiyan to become what he had feared.
  • Ironically, despite doing everything in his power to make sure that a Super Saiyan would never surface, Frieza caused the most Super Saiyan transformations in the series: he caused Goku to become a Super Saiyan by killing Kuririn, he caused Gohan to become a Super Saiyan in the Time Chamber when Gohan envisioned Frieza killing his friends and family, his and his ancestor Chilled's actions caused Bardock to become a Super Saiyan, and Broly states in Shin Budokai that Frieza destroying Planet Vegeta was what caused him to become a Super Saiyan for the first time.
  • Frieza is the final villain in the Dragon Ball manga to have a desire for the Dragon Balls. Though there were also villains in animes and movies who later expressed such desires, as well as villains in video games (Bojack wants them in Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2, Cooler and Cell join Frieza in trying to obtain them in Shin Budokai, and Future Babidi wants to use the Dragon Balls to wish for control over Future Majin Buu in Shin Budokai - Another Road).
  • An error in the English version had Frieza (in his first form) saying he was 530,000 times stronger than Nail, who had a power level of 42,000. This meant that Frieza's power level was 22,260,000,000. In the original Japanese dub Frieza states he has a power level of 530,000 and he later states this in the English version as well.
  • Several mistakes regarding the color of Frieza's neck, armor, and tail are made during the Namek Saga. Occasionally (though not often), Frieza's neck is shown to be pink instead of the same almost-white color of his face, and at other times, the purple spike at the end of his tail is also shown to be pink. In at least one scene in "Vegeta Revived", during an explosion, Frieza's armor is white instead of purple.
  • Frieza's third form somewhat resembles a Xenomorph from the Alien film series, particularly in skull structure and his dorsal spines (in addition, Cooler's final form vaguely resembles a Predator).
  • The fight between Goku and Frieza was the longest in the Dragon Ball Z anime, at 19 episodes.
  • Frieza survived one of the most horrific injuries in the series: the loss of the lower half of his body, his right eye, the upper part of his head and his left arm.
  • Frieza has his tail cut off three times. The first time is when he was in his second form, when Kuririn chops it off with a Destructo Disk, though it seems to regenerate when he enters his final form. The second is when he is hit by Goku's Spirit Bomb, as part of it is unable to withstand the blast and thus comes off. The third is when he is cut in half by his own attack, the energy disks slice off his body in half, along with one arm and his tail.
  • In addition, Frieza is chopped in half twice during his lifetime. The first is when he is chopped horizontally in two by his own energy disk. The second is when Future Trunks slices him vertically in half, seconds before chopping him to pieces and completely destroying him. In Dragon Ball GT, Frieza is chopped in half a third time while fighting Goku in Hell and using Kuririn's Destructo Disk technique against him, which Goku turns back on him.
  • Frieza is the second villain to be defeated by Goku and return as a cyborg. The first is Mercenary Tao. Interestingly, both characters suffered grave injuries resulting in receiving cybernetics because of dirty attacks towards Goku (i.e. begging for mercy, and then attacking Goku when his guard was let down), and both were given cybernetics by a relative of theirs. They were also both defeated very quickly after reappearing by someone other than Goku.
  • Of all villains, Frieza has reappeared and been defeated the most; a total of 5 times, or 6 if counting Ghost Warrior Frieza defeated by Future Trunks. He has been defeated twice by Goku, once by Future Trunks, once by Pikkon, and once by Gohan.
  • Frieza's voice in the Great Saiyaman Saga, Fusion Reborn, and Dragon Ball GT, sounds like that of his first form even though he is in his final form. This voice is also used for him in all video games where only his 2nd and 3rd forms sound differently from his first form.
  • In the Japanese version and English version of Dragon Ball Kai, Frieza's theme song, "Only a Chilling Elegy", is played in the episode "A Nightmare Transformation! Frieza's Power-Level One Million?!", before and during the time when Frieza in his second form impales Kuririn with his horn and in the episode "Frieza's Final Transformation! The Ultimate Nightmare Begins!" when Gohan, Kuririn, and Piccolo fight Frieza in his final form.

Voice Actresses & Actors

  • Japanese : Ryusei Nakao (1990 – Present)
  • English : Chris Ayres (2010 – Present)
  • English voice actress : Linda Young (1997 – 2009)

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