Yamcha was born on March 20, Age 733. He met Puar in Age 747.
Yamcha is originally characterized as a deadly warrior, who fears nothing but talking to women. After befriending Son Goku and the others, his personality remains mostly the same, but becomes very caring and considerate of the people he protects. He is showcased as a courageous warrior who strives his very best to be the best, but is unable to reach this status, a fact that appears to plague him. He has a great network of information, recognizing Goku's Power Pole as Grandpa Son Gohan's during their first fight.
Yamcha is a huge fan of the World Martial Arts Tournament and has always wanted to compete and someday win; it is likely this is why he has knowledge of famous fighters like Grandpa Gohan, Monster Carrot, Bacterian, and King Chappa. Whenever the tournament date neared, Yamcha would always go through vigorous training and invent a new technique like the Blinding Wolf Fang Fist, Neo Wolf Fang Fist, and the Spirit Ball. He is the second fighter to learn the Kamehameha since the beginning of Dragon Ball (the first is Goku). Sometime during his three years of training for the 23rd World Tournament, Yamcha got his face scarred.
In early Dragon Ball Z, he shows great pride in defending Earth from the Saiyans, and is willing to put his life on the line to stop them; which he evidently does. After returning from the dead, he prepares to battle the Androids. During this time he and Bulma break up for good (though they remain friends), and she ends up with Vegeta, which frustrated him. After seeing Vegeta's emotional reaction to Future Trunks' death, Yamcha forgave him and is later seen being friendly with Vegeta. Yamcha is also on good terms with Trunks and tells Future Trunks that his father really loved him. About after being nearly killed by Dr. Gero, he takes more of a comical approach, and becomes all but useless in battle due to the ever growing power of the villains the Z Fighters face. It appears whatever passion for fighting he had disappears with the emergence of the Super Saiyans, who severely outclass him in fighting ability, and he eventually comes to accept this. Despite this fact, he remains a trusted ally and fights on occasion when needed. During the latter half of Dragon Ball Z, he retires from fighting, but continues training and goes off on his own.
Yamcha expressed a strong desire to marry, which was the reason why he wanted to cure his fear of women. He also expressed excitement at the thought of starting a family. The Dragon Ball: Bouken Special book, released during the King Piccolo Saga, says he is nervous around women except for Bulma. Future Trunks states during the Trunks Saga, in both the manga, anime, and video games, that Yamcha later fully got over his nervousness around women and that his promiscuity caused Bulma to break up with him in his timeline.
In the manga, Future Trunks states that after Bulma and Yamcha broke up, Yamcha found a new girlfriend. Although she never appeared in any Dragon Ball media, Yamcha's new girlfriend is mentioned at the end of the Cell Games Saga, when Shenron asks for a wish and Yamcha jokingly proposes he wish for a necklace for the said girlfriend. Despite originally saying it was his dream to get married and Trunks saying that he found love again, Yamcha appears to be single in Dragon Ball GT.
Yamcha's appearance changes throughout the series, mainly his clothes and hairstyle. Yamcha started out the series with long hair and bangs. After settling down in the city, he cut his hair to fit in. Later on, he would grow his hair out again. Several of Yamcha's hairstyles are also used by Gohan at various points in his life.
Another of Yamcha's most significant appearance changes were the mysterious scars he got sometime during his three years training for the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. According to Android 19's scanner, Yamcha is 183 centimeters tall and weighs 68 kilograms, during the Androids Saga. The first kanji Yamcha has on his clothes 楽 (raku) stands for "comfort" or "easy"; there is no real meaning behind it other than he just enjoys being comfortable. After training with Master Roshi, he takes the "turtle" or "Kame" kanji "亀" as a sign of respect. Later, after training with King Kai, he wears both "Kame and "Kai" kanji. He wears them the opposite way Goku did ("Kame" on the back and "Kai" on the chest), except in Dragon Ball Z movie 3 where he wears the "Kai" kanji on the back and "Kame" on the chest.
Yamcha sometimes wears a white martial arts outfit with black trousers that bears a striking resemblance to the outfit worn by Bruce Lee during his fight with O'Hara in the film Enter the Dragon, as shown during one of his brief appearances in the Red Ribbon Army Saga and in Dragon Ball Z movie 14 (an outfit similar is also worn by Tsukutsun Tsun in the Dr. Slump remake).
Since his early appearence in Dragon Ball, Yamcha is shown as a skilled martial artist. In the begining of Dragon Ball Z, his power level is calculated as 177 by the scouter used Bulma. After training at Kami's Lookout for a year, his power level is 1,480. At that time, even though he is proven to be stronger than a Saibaman, he could not save himself from the suicidal Saiyaman Bomb attack which killed him. Afterwards in the Other World, Yamcha joins Tien, Chaozu and Piccolo to train under King Kai and, joining forces with Tien and Chiaotzu, he is shown strong enough to give Piccolo a hard time (whose power level was over 3,500). Shortly later, in a sparring session on King Kai's planet, he defeats Recoome whose power level is higher than Vegeta's 30,000.
After dying again, the Kid Buu Saga, Yamcha is shown training on Grand Kai's planet, where he is able to take out both Olibu and a Winged Gorila fighter with ease, but could not defeat Kuririn. He is also strong enough to stay on his feet with Kuririn against Kid Buu after the latter's attack managed to defeat all the other dead fighters.
In the Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might movie pamphlet, Yamcha's power level is 1,900. After three years of intense training on Earth, Yamcha has presumably gotten stronger in the Androids and Cell era, as Android 20 thought he was Son Goku when he first detected his power. In Dragon Ball Z: The Anime Adventure Game, Yamcha's power level is 600,000 during the Androids Saga. He is also strong enough to survive a fight with the Cell Juniors in Cell Games.
The ability to fly with the use of ki.
Yamcha can use the Kaio-ken in the video game Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
The most basic form of energy wave.
The ability to sense ki energy, which Yamcha learned while training on Kami's Lookout.
Yamcha is able to pull off the basic Kamehameha attack, as well as some variations. One such variation is specific to Yamcha alone: in Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale, Yamcha uses a special reverse Kamehameha, which looks like a regular Kamehameha, but can get him out of tight spots.
Team Work Kamehameha
A double Kamehameha attack used by Yamcha and Kuririn in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
Used as his super attack in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z.
Wolf Fang Fist
Yamcha's trademark attack. It is a very fast series of powerful punches, swipes, and kicks. Before the attack, a wolf's howl can be heard, along with an aura around Yamcha.
Blinding Wolf Fang Fist
A one-hit variant of the Wolf Fang Fist.
Tiger Jackhammer Fist
Yamcha punches his opponent repeatedly before finishing with a kick. Named in the Budokai series.
Neo Wolf Fang Fist
An upgraded version of the Wolf Fang Fist. Also called Wolf Fang Blowing Wind, or Wolf Fang Whirlwind Claw.
A weaker version of the Wolf Fang Fist used in Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans. Yamcha can combine it with Krillin's and Tien's rush attacks to form the Earthling Strike.
Wolf Slice Fist
Yamcha kicks the opponent up in the air, and then he kicks and punches them down again. Used in the Budokai series.
Yamcha charges ki into his fist and delivers an energized punch. It is used to defeat Recoome in the anime. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
A controllable energy ball of great precision.
Extra Large Spirit Ball
A much more powerful version of the Spirit Ball, and is even bigger than Yamcha himself.
Wolf Fang Blast
Yamcha uppercuts his opponent up in the air, then he flies up and knock them down to the ground again. Yamcha then fires a barrage of ki blasts on the opponent, only to finish the attack with a large ball of ki. Used only in the Budokai series.
One of Yamcha's Blast 1's in the Budokai Tenkaichi series. It allows him to dodge any sort of incoming attack (except normal ki blasts), with blinding speed.
Power up to the Very Limit
One of Yamcha's Blast 1 in the Budokai Tenkaichi series. It instantly put him in MAX power mode, along with adding all stat bonuses.
Increases Attack power while depleting ki at the same time. Used in the Raging Blast series.
A supportive technique used by Yamcha in Zenkai Battle Royale. As is typical of Yamcha, who is easily affected by others, he can use his appeal (with the start button) to increase his special abilities. But if you think Yamcha is weak, you can perform the same action with the Appeal Counter so he gets a taste of his own medicine.
Azure Dragon Sword
A sword Yamcha uses to fight with on rare occasions.
Used in Curse of the Blood Rubies. Yamcha is also seen briefly holding them in the anime episode "Final Showdown" as well as its manga counterpart. Machine Gun – Yamcha is seen holding a submachine gun similar to a Russian PPSh-41 the morning following his first meeting with Goku and his friends.
Yamcha's Rocket Launcher, which he uses to destroy Oolong's House-Wagon.
A flying jet scooter.
Yamcha's Old Fashioned Buggy. This is also his favorite car. Used to track Goku, Bulma and Oolong from Diablo Desert to Fire Mountain.
Yamcha's hovercar. He used it to track Goku, Bulma and Oolong from Fire Mountain to Pilaf's Castle. In the filler episode "He's Always Late", Yamcha has a new hovercar.
Yamcha is able to use the fusion dance with Tien to form Tiencha, only in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2.
TienchaTiencha is the fusion of Yamcha and his ally Tien. He only appears in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2. In the Japanese version, he is call Yamhan.
Yamcule is a hypothetical fusion of Yamcha and Mr. Satan. It is a "Fusion Frenzy" card in the Dragon Ball Collectible card game, however, the card itself does not depict the fused character, instead showing the two fusing characters beside each other.
Dragon Ball (Anime)
Emperor Pilaf arc
Yamcha is introduced in the Emperor Pilaf Saga as a 16 year old bandit that lives in Diablo Desert along with his companion, an anthropomorphic cat named Puar, and robs travelers who pass through. He ambushed Son Goku, Bulma and Oolong in order to steal their money and capsules. When challenged by Goku, they fought, with Yamcha using his signature technique, the Wolf Fang Fist, seemingly knocking Goku out. However, it only injured Goku. Then, Goku starts to have the disadvantage when he starts to get hungry, which drains his power. As Yamcha was about to defeat Goku, he spots Bulma and makes his retreat, due to his extreme fear of women.
Yamcha returned to their camp that night and, while spying on them, learned of the Dragon Balls and their ability to grant a wish. He then decided to steal their Dragon Balls and make a wish to overcome his phobia, as he dreams of getting married. He and his companion Puar broke into the group's van that night to do so, but were foiled when the orbs under the sheet which Yamcha thought were Dragon Balls were actually the breasts of a nude and sleeping Bulma, causing him to leave in a confused daze.
He attacked them again the following day, by knocking over the group's van with a panzer faust, but was again challenged by Goku and retreated when Goku damaged his vanity by knocking one of his teeth out. Yamcha's attack to the wagon had still done its damage so Goku's group was forced to leave it behind and walk. As Shu had earlier planted a bomb in the van which exploded shortly after it was abandoned, Yamcha's actions had inadvertently saved Goku.
Realizing that he could not beat Goku, Yamcha instead decided to let the group collect all seven balls and then take the wish. He once again came to the group, this time apologizing for his behavior, and gave them a car to make up for damaging their van. The car, of course, had a tracking device in it.
While on the group's trail, Yamcha encounters a mysterious girl who destroyed a T-Rex and was frightened by Yamcha and attacks him, causing him to retaliate and knock her out. Later, when eavesdropping on Goku's conversation with the Ox King, he realizes that the girl is Chi-Chi, Ox-King's daughter. Not wanting to face the wrath of an angry Ox King, Yamcha races back to the scene and apologizes to Chi-Chi, saying he did what he did because he is crazy with love for her. He quickly hides when he sees Goku coming and, by luck, witnesses Chi-Chi pull Goku's tail, exposing his weak spot.
Yamcha returns to Fire Mountain and remains hidden as Goku returns with Chi-Chi and Master Roshi, the legendary martial arts master who trained both the Ox King and Goku's grandfather, Grandpa Son Gohan. He is awed by Master Roshi's display of the Kamehameha, an energy wave Master Roshi used with the intention of putting out the massive fire at Ox-King's residence, but instead, destroyed the castle and the entire mountain it was on. He also can not help, but be somewhat envious after Goku is chosen by Master Roshi to be his disciple.
Yamcha continues to tail the group, letting it slip in front of Puar he thinks Bulma has a beautiful voice, after they recover the sixth Dragon Ball from Ox King into a remote village. There, he has to intervene and help Goku after Bulma is turned into a carrot by Monster Carrot, leader of the Rabbit Mob. He orders Puar to turn into a bird and rescue the hostage carrot-Bulma while he takes out Monster Carrot's two henchmen. Working with Goku, the two recover carrot Bulma and through Puar's trickery get Monster Carrot to change her back. Yamcha quickly hides again after this, letting Goku deal with the gang without having to worry about Bulma's safety. While watching Bulma's disappointment at his absence, Yamcha silently curses his shyness around her.
When Shu ambushes Goku, Bulma and Oolong, stealing five of their six balls along with destroying their car with his Pilaf Machine, Yamcha has to again intervene, this time joining the group. They track the balls to Pilaf's Castle, but are soon trapped. From a hole blasted in the wall by Goku they witness Emperor Pilaf summoning Shenron and Yamcha orders Puar to go with Oolong and stop it. Emperor Pilaf's wish is interrupted by Oolong and, as punishment, the group is moved into a giant solar-oven like cell to die the next day when the sun comes up; they are not contained long though before Goku transforms into a Great Ape and destroys their cell by the light of the full moon.
To get the group to safety, Yamcha is forced to pick up Bulma despite his girl phobia.Just as Goku is about to crush Bulma, pinned by some rubble, Yamcha comes to the rescue and grabs his tail, stunning him long enough for Puar to transform into a giant pair of scissors and cut the tail off, returning Goku to his normal state. The next morning, with the balls now inert, the gang goes their separate ways. Yamcha and Bulma are satisfied though, as they now have each other and, therefore, no need to make any wishes. They go with Bulma back to the city while Goku goes off to train with Master Roshi.
World Tournament arc
Excited about the Martial arts tournament, Yamcha goes to the wilderness to hone his skills. After a month Yamcha returns and saves Bulma from getting hit by a truck. Bulma does not recognize Yamcha at first due to his beard and disheveled appearance. When she does realize its him she is both happy and annoyed that he did not call or contact her during his long absence.
Yamcha next meets up with Son Goku at the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament where he says he had a haircut at Bulma's request. Yamcha makes it to the quarter-finals, but is eliminated by Jackie Chun, who dodges all of Yamcha's attacks and knocks him out of the ring by creating a powerful wind with a hand chop. This level of power, along with the physical likeness, causes Yamcha to suspect Jackie Chun is Master Roshi in disguise, before Roshi solicits Nam to wear a fake beard and convince Yamcha that he is not Roshi.
When Goku sees the full moon and turns into a Great Ape during his battle with Jackie Chun, Jackie Chun fires a MAX Power Kamehameha in the ape's direction despite Yamcha's desperate attempt to stop Chun. When the smoke clears, Goku is nowhere to be found, and Yamcha and his friends start to cry. Fortunately, it turns out Goku was just knocked out asleep. After Jackie Chun wins the tournament, Yamcha and the others celebrate by going out to dinner on Roshi's tab.
Red Ribbon Army arc
After the tournament, Yamcha returns to West City with Bulma and the others. Bulma gets angry at him because the other girls in the city are all over him. When Goku was flying on the Nimbus on a tour to West city, he (and Bulma through the Micro Band) comes across Yamcha, Oolong, and Puar. Oolong and Puar tell Goku that Bulma has been treating Yamcha badly. Yamcha says this is true, but he still likes her. Bulma resizes herself after hearing these comments, gets angry at Yamcha again, and heads alone to the Dream Land amusement park. Yamcha is upset by this, but goes with Goku, Oolong, and Puar to the amusement park anyway. On the way, the two save a fortune teller from thugs. However, it is actually Hasky, a thief hired by the Red Ribbon Army to take the Dragon Balls.
Eventually Goku leaves the Dragon Ball with Yamcha. Seeing her chance, Hasky attempts to seduce him, but Yamcha finds out she's a fake by coming across the real fortune teller. Hasky attacks Yamcha with a sword and he fights her off. Unfortunately, Bulma comes across them and in her view it looks like the two are kissing. Bulma hurls a cabinet at Yamcha right as he just beat Hasky and stomps off. This allowed Hasky to tie up Yamcha and take the Dragon Balls, but not before revealing she planted a bomb in the park. Yamcha later helps Goku take care of Hasky, get the Dragon Balls back, and defuse the bomb. But due to the incident with Bulma, Yamcha's already strained relationship with her was strained even further and she left with Goku to find a new boyfriend with the Dragon Balls.
Later on, after Goku defeats the entire Red Ribbon Army, Yamcha and the rest of the gang rush to help him in a helicopter, but they learned that their help ultimately proved unnecessary because Goku finished them off without them.
Fortuneteller Baba arc
Yamcha decides to accompany Son Goku and travels with him to see Fortuneteller Baba at her palace to learn the location of the last Dragon Ball to revive Upa's father, Bora. Fortuneteller Baba does not give readings free though and will only do it after her five warriors are beaten. Yamcha faces her second warrior, See-Through the Invisible Man.
Unable to see his opponent, Yamcha is unable to land a blow and is getting damaged. Yamcha then figures he can locate his opponent by sound of his footsteps, which initially works in allowing to land blows on the Invisible Man, but is foiled when Fortuneteller Baba starts singing to cover the noise made by the Invisible Man. Kuririn thinks quickly though; he asks Goku to bring both Bulma and Master Roshi to the ring and then flashes Bulma's breasts to Master Roshi, causing him to have a massive nose bleed which covers the Invisible Man in blood. With his opponent now visible, Yamcha uses his Wolf Fang Fist and quickly dispatches him.
Fortuneteller Baba then takes the warriors to a new ring, the Devil's Toilet which has a thin platform over a pool of powerful acid. In this arena Yamcha battles his next opponent, Bandages the Mummy, who is both a fast and strong mummy. Things look bad for Yamcha until he manages a quick sneak attack, tripping Bandages the Mummy off the ledge; though it is proved futile as Bandages the Mummy is able to use his bandages like a rope and climb his way back up. They fight again, and again Yamcha is pummeled until he is held up by his neck before being tossed down towards the acid. Luckily Goku intervened and saved him with his Power Pole.
Goku takes over the fighting at this point and defeats Bandages the Mummy with one hit, as well as the rest of Fortuneteller Baba's fighters. It is not in vain for Yamcha though, as Master Roshi accepts him to become one of his students.
Tien Shinhan arc
Three years later, Yamcha competes in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament. While in the preliminaries he has confrontational words with Tien, the prize student of a rival school, who mocks Yamcha and claims to destroy Yamcha in the ring. When the finals are about to begin, Tien has his friend Chaozu use his psychic powers to fix the fight schedule numbering so that he and Yamcha face off first in the quarterfinals.
At the start of their fight, they seem to be trading an equal number of blows. Yamcha then attempts his Wolf Fang Blowing Wind, but it is beaten by Tien who parries the assault and counters with a quick punch to Yamcha's gut. Yamcha decides to go all out and utilizes, to everyone's surprise, the Kamehameha; this is stopped by Tien who reflects the attack back at Yamcha with a Kiai, making Yamcha jump into the air. Tien also jumps and kicks Yamcha, knocking him out. However, Tien does not stop after that. Tien then shatters the unconscious Yamcha's leg with a diving knee attack. This is Yamcha's only tournament match where he is defeated by KO rather than ring-out.
Yamcha is eliminated by KO and goes to the local hospital with Puar turning into a carpet for Yamcha to lie on. In hospital for the rest of the competition, Yamcha listens to the remainder of the fights on the radio, and manages to be there for the fight between Goku and Tien. When Tien wins and decides to turn over a new leaf due to Roshi's advice, Yamcha is one of the first to clap for him. Later, when a reformed Tien apologizes for the unnecessary beating, Yamcha says bones can always grow back and that he awaits their next bout. The two then forge a friendly rivalry and promise to meet again at the next tournament.
King Piccolo arc
Due to his injuries, Yamcha spends the majority of the King Piccolo Saga on the sidelines. He is powerless to intervene as first Kuririn, followed by Master Roshi, and then Chaozu are killed by King Piccolo. Tambourine attacks Yamcha and they battle at the Training Island. In part due to Yamcha's injured leg, Tambourine gets the upper hand, but Yamcha is luckily saved from death when King Piccolo calls Tambourine to go after Cymbal's killer. When he learns of King Piccolo's takeover of the world capital, as well as Tien's seemingly suicidal mission to take him out, Yamcha joins in and races to the scene.
He arrives with Bulma and Launch only to find it a desolate wasteland. They soon encounter a battered Tien who fills them in that Goku's actually alive and defeated the Demon King. Although they heard on radio that "a small boy" was fighting Piccolo and deduced that it must be Goku. Yamcha then assists Tien in getting back to the Kame House to recover.
Not long after, Son Goku quickly bursts in and announces that he is training with Kami before taking off again after recovering his Power Pole. This knowledge causes Yamcha to redouble his preparation for the next World Martial Arts Tournament.
Yamcha trains along with Tien along the revived Kuririn and Chaozu until Master Roshi informed them that, to be able to reach Goku's level of power, they are going to need to find better ways to train than those available at the Kame House. After that, they all head to Korin Tower and train with Korin before each going their own separate way in preparing for the next, 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.
Piccolo Jr. arc
Three years later, Yamcha meets with the group at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, he has trained for last three years for this tournament (earning his trademark scars in the process) and looks forward to the fights.
Yamcha is present when a now 18 year old Son Goku reunites with an older Chi-Chi and like the others did not recognize her as an older young women. After Goku remembered his proposal to Chi-Chi, she apologized to Yamcha for not marrying him, this makes Bulma angry at him.
Yamcha makes it to the quarter-finals and must contend with a nerdy human named Hero and finds himself injured by what seem like accidental clumsy mistakes made by his opponent (like getting kicked in the kidney after Hero supposedly tripped, and landing on the back of Hero's head, hurting his groin). When they both state that they will fight seriously, Hero proves to be a fighter in a class well beyond Yamcha and quickly counters every move Yamcha makes. In desperation Yamcha uses his secret weapon, the Spirit Ball, a powerful ball of guided energy.
While it proves to be an effective attack, it is ultimately futile as Hero (who is actually Kami) recovers from being hit with it and knocks Yamcha out of the ring. At the end of the match Yamcha is oddly calm and congratulates hero on his win. Hero says Yamcha has great skill and potential but needs to work on his focus and defense. Yamcha can only watch from there on out, in awe at the massive power displayed in the fight between Goku and Piccolo at which he is powerless to intervene. When Goku eventually does defeat Piccolo Jr., Yamcha joins the others in celebrating his victory. Yamcha is lastly seen watching Goku leave on Flying Nimbus with Chi-Chi after his friend became champion of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.
Dragon Ball Z (Anime)
Five years later, Yamcha retired from fighting and became a baseball player on the team called the "Taitans", wearing number 00. Despite being the best player, he still longed for the days of being a fighter.
After Son Goku sacrifices his life to defeat Raditz. Yamcha is summoned along with Tien, Chaozu, Kuririn and Yajirobe to train at Kami's Lookout for the battle against Vegeta and Nappa. Yamcha and the rest of the Z Fighters get an experience of how truly powerful Saiyans are when they use the Pendulum Room to transport their minds back in time to Planet Vegeta 100 years in the past. Yamcha and the rest of the Z Fighters are easily defeated by the might of Scarface and Shorty, despite Yamcha firing his most powerful attack, the Super Spirit Ball during the battle. When they are transported back to the Pendulum Room, Yamcha and the rest of the Z Fighters feel incredible fear and woe, now promising Mr. Popo they will get as strong as possible to defeat Nappa and Vegeta. After completing the training on Kami's Lookout, Yamcha trains on his own until the Saiyans arrive.
Yamcha arrives at the battlefield just prior to the fight beginning. After Tien defeats one of them, Yamcha volunteers to do battle with one of Nappa's spawned Saibamen, in place of Krillin who had already been revived once with the Dragon Balls. Yamcha's fight with the Saibaman is quite fast and he seemingly defeats the creature with utter ease after evading its swipes from its claws, and smashing it with a Kamehameha from behind. The creature was now believed to be dead, as it was beaten brutally by Yamcha. But as a turn of events, it was just barely alive and gathered the remainder of its energy to leap and cling onto Yamcha and self-destruct, killing both Yamcha and itself in the process.
His death devastates Bulma and Puar, Including Kuririn, who swears to avenge Yamcha's sacrifice and does so by destroying most of the Saibamen in utter contempt.
Namek & Frieza arc
Because of the influence of Kami, after he died, Yamcha was allowed to train on King Kai's planet in the Other World as Goku did earlier. Joining him were the other warriors who also perished in the battle against the Saiyans: Piccolo, Tien and Chaozu. On King Kai's planet, King Kai tells Son Goku that they all crossed Snake Way in a far shorter time than he did, and that they all requested for tougher training than what Goku had received.
Yamcha asks King Kai if he can say hello to Goku. King Kai instructs Yamcha to rest his hand on his shoulder and speak. Goku asks if Kami is with them as well, but Yamcha says that Kami remained at the Check-In Station in Other World. Yamcha tells Goku that he is aware of his plan to wish them all back to life using the Dragon Balls of planet Namek. He also says that Goku is a good friend, and Goku becomes overjoyed from hearing from his friends. Yamcha tells Goku that It is Chaozu that is with them. This makes Goku really happy for Chaozu.
Yamcha tells Goku that the trip down Snake Way was not as difficult as the increased gravity on King Kai's planet. Goku agrees with him and tells him he is training under a high amount of gravity himself, with the gravity machine being set at 30 times Earth's normal gravity. Goku explains that he is on his way to Namek so he can aid Kuririn, Gohan, and Bulma. As Goku tells them that Vegeta is also on Namek. Goku continues to explain that there are other warriors on planet Namek who are not Saiyans but wear the same uniforms. Goku concludes that the leader of the extraterrestrial space pirates is more powerful than Vegeta.
King Kai realizes that Goku is talking about Frieza. King Kai begins to warn Goku that Frieza is the strongest and fiercest opponent he could ever face and there's no way he is ready for him. King Kai tells Goku that he is not warning him for his own sake, but for all people everywhere. He continues to warn Goku to never anger Frieza, for his wrath spreads through the entire universe. Goku brings up that he has to collect the Dragon Balls as a valid argument and he at least has to try. King Kai continues to warn him, telling him to promise that he will not go near Frieza.
Piccolo places his arm on King Kai's shoulder in order to convey his message. He quickly tells Goku not to listen to King Kai and to collect the Dragon Balls and wish them back to life. Piccolo says that in the meantime, they will do some training with King Kai to get ready. Goku agrees with Piccolo's proposition. Piccolo estimates that between him, Goku, Gohan, and Kuririn, they should be able to handle Frieza. King Kai struggles as he argues. Piccolo says there's no time to waste and King Kai should start training them. King Kai says he will not if they are planning to fight Frieza.
Piccolo promises that he will not fight Frieza, though he repeats to himself that he will. Tien thinks to himself, saying that he needs to train hard, just like Goku. He concludes that in order to face Frieza, they will all have to be at their best. King Kai asks Yamcha, Tien, Piccolo, and Chiaotzu if they are sure they are ready for his training... and none of them back down. King Kai says that their first challenge is to make him laugh in order to qualify for his training.
Yamcha and Chaozu are successful in their attempts as Piccolo becomes annoyed with the whole prospect. After Tien struggles with delivering his joke, Yamcha tells Tien a joke to tell, and Tien uses it, first experiencing difficulty as he remembers it, but eventually successfully making King Kai erupt with laughter. King Kai begins the training regiment for the deceased warriors on his planet. He calls Bubbles, his pet monkey, so they can chase the primate. This was the same training that Goku had to endure, which King Kai reveals that it took Goku three weeks to achieve. The warriors are surprised at the sight of Bubbles, and are even more surprised to hear that it took so long to catch the monkey.
Chaozu asks that if they are able to catch the monkey, whether they will begin the real training with King Kai. King Kai answers saying that they must surpass another test, which involves Gregory, and only then can they acquire further needed skills. Bubbles begins to run as Yamcha, Tien, and Chaozu chase him. But are surprised to see that Piccolo has already caught the monkey with ease. None of the warriors share King Kai's enthusiasm for jokes, so he tells them they have a lot to learn about comedy. Yamcha eventually catches Bubble, but he and the others are surprise that Gregory the grasshopper is their next task. While on King Kai's planet, Yamcha along with Tien and Chaozu, participate in a 3 versus 1 sparring match against Piccolo.
When Gohan, Kuririn, and Dende, gather the Namekian Dragon Balls and summon the Namekian Dragon, Porunga. Piccolo contacts Gohan (via King Kai's telepathy) and demands he be resurrected with the first wish, then to be sent to Namek to battle Frieza with the second wish, and then Gohan could do whatever with the last wish. This makes King Kai mad since he promise not to fight, King Kai then tells Piccolo that he doesn't care anymore while he is hold back by Tien and Yamcha. Piccolo's reasoning was that if he is brought back, then the Earth Dragon Balls will immediately return alongside Kami, allowing for wishes to be made to bring back Tien, Chaozu and Yamcha.
Through King Kai, Yamcha is able to witness Goku, Vegeta, Kuririn, Son Gohan, Dende and Piccolo battle with the evil tyrant Frieza on planet Namek. Yamcha takes on Recoome of the Ginyu Force and, similar to Goku, dispatches him with relative ease. When Goku is thought to have been killed in the destruction of Namek after defeating Frieza, Yamcha relays the information to everyone through Bulma. He is returned to life 130 days later in the first batch of wishes from Porunga and continues to live at Capsule Corporation with Puar, Bulma, and now Vegeta.
Garlic Jr. arc
In the filler Garlic Jr. Saga, while Goku was still out in the Galaxy after his battle with Frieza the Z Fighters all came to Master Roshi's House for a get together. During this time, Yamcha becomes possessed by the Black Water Mist and became a mindless zombie who was loyal to Garlic Jr. along with the rest of the group except Son Gohan, Piccolo, Kuririn, and his new girlfriend Maron. Afterwards, he is brought back to normal with everyone else after the Sacred Water was poured into the Seven Air Currents and Garlic Jr. was defeated. Not long after he resumed his baseball career for a brief period.
When a rebuilt Frieza and his father invades the Earth, in the Trunks Saga Yamcha is one of the defenders who prepares to confront him, though he is overwhelmed by the tyrants' power. He is just as amazed as everyone else though when a mysterious youth suddenly appears and quickly destroys Frieza and his force.
He listened to the youth, who claims that Son Goku will be arriving shortly and, after waiting for Goku's return, witnesses their sparring in awe. He was then filled in by Piccolo, who could hear the entire conversation between the two, that in three years powerful androids will appear and kill everyone if they are not fully prepared; Goku invited Yamcha to train with him, but Yamcha refused, saying that he liked training at his own pace. Around this time Yamcha drops hints to Bulma that he is ready to settle down.
During this saga, Yamcha sneaks into the Capsule Corporation shuttle at night-time to attempt to train in 300 times the gravity of Earth, so that he can prove he is just as adept a fighter as Vegeta. However, after activating this gravity setting, Yamcha suddenly finds himself completely overwhelmed and on the verge of being crushed to death by the gravity. He ultimately manages to shift his hand to the control deck to restore the gravitation level.
Androids & Cell arc
Nevertheless, he spent the next three years in training for the Androids' arrival. During his training, Yamcha ends up distracted by various women working out at the gym he was currently training at, and a mishap with the weights resulted in him deeply reconsidering his training methods. During this time, he and Bulma breakup once and for all. After the three years, Yamcha meets Son Goku, Son Gohan, Piccolo and Tien at the location of the androids arrival. Realizing that they can not sense the androids, the group splits up and searches the city for them. Yamcha is the first to find them, and unaware that the two are the Androidsl Yamcha is quickly grabbed around the mouth by Android 20 (later revealed to be Dr. Gero), draining his energy and preventing him from calling for backup or battling them. Yamcha is then incapacitated after Android 20 punches a hole clean through his midsection; the sudden drop in his ki alerts the rest of the group though, and they arrive shortly after.
Kuririn quickly takes Yamcha away from the battle and gives him a Senzu Bean, causing him to recover to full strength. Though he does not want to fight the Androids again, he then tags along to watch the fight and, after Goku succumbs to his heart disease, Yamcha takes him home to get him his medicine. Yamcha soon after transports Goku to Kame House to hide him from Android 16, Android 17 and Android 18.
From watching the news he hears of the new threat, Cell, a monster that goes around absorbing people during the Imperfect Cell Saga. He aids Piccolo on the search for Imperfect Cell by piloting an airplane so it would not detect their ki, but it continuously evades them. When the Androids later arrive on Master Roshi's island looking for Goku, Yamcha stays behind while Piccolo goes off with them to fight on a deserted island.
Cell Games arc
Yamcha along with Master Roshi, attended Capsule Corps. to locate where Cell's going to broadcast his Cell Games. They accidentally find Cell while Roshi and Oolong are watching a female exercise channel, with Cell rising through the floor. Chaozu then learns that Cell will destroy the earth if their is no one strong enough that will enter the Cell Games. Yamcha is among the others when he hears Trunks say that Goku and Gohan be apart of their Super Saiyan Team. This upsets Chi-Chi over all, as she says that she agrees on Goku entering the tournament, but not Gohan. Yamcha then hears Chi-Chi revealing that Gohan's only future is to be a scholar, and that he can only train with Goku. But Gohan is not become a Martial Artist. Yamcha is then shock when Chi-Chi refers all of Goku's friends as a "Little Gang".
Later on after Perfect Cell broadcasts his intentions to hold his Cell Games, Yamcha decides to accompany the fighters, but along with Tien decides not to participate. During the Cell Games Yamcha does not get the opportunity to fight until Perfect Cell creates his Cell Juniors, who attack the Z Fighters and quickly take most of them out, including Yamcha, who got his arm brutally broken in the battle. He quickly recovers after eating a Senzu Bean, then he and Tien want to help the weaken Son Goku from getting kill by the Cell Jr.
He then witnesses Son Gohan destroying all the Cell Juniors and spends the rest of the match as an observer. After Goku sacrifice himself to save earth from being blown up by Semi Perfect Cell, everyone realizes that Goku is truly dead and that Cell actually survive his suicide plan. Yamcha and everyone else witness the death of Future Trunks by Cell's doing. Yamcha went to assist Trunks but realize that the 21 year old boy had died that moment after coughing out blood from his mouth to show signs of life. Yamcha and the others witness Vegeta attacking Cell head on to avenge Trunks' death but to no success. Near the end of the Cell Games, Yamcha along with Piccolo, Kuririn, and Tien try to help Gohan in distracting Cell long enough for Gohan to raise the power of his attack in an attempt to destroy the Bio-Android.
Once Gohan finally destroys Cell, Yamcha carries Gohan back to Kami's Lookout. After Dende heals Android 18, Yamcha tells 18 from a far away distance that Gohan defeated Cell. Then Yamcha along with Tien and Piccolo learn from Gohan that Kuririn is in love with Android 18, this shock Yamcha and Tien overall. After 18 assumedly leaves, He then makes the wish to resurrect everyone killed by Cell. Then he and the group learn from Goku, that he doesn't want to be wish back to life. Yamcha remarks that Goku has being cheerful since he was a little, Yamcha along Tien, Piccolo and Gohan reveal their favorite memory of Goku. Which is reveal in a flashback. When the group has difficulty thinking of a second wish, Yamcha jokingly contemplates asking Shenron for an expensive diamond necklace for the girl his going out with. He then hears Kuririn asking Shenron to remove the bombs from inside Android 17 and 18's body. This is successful, with Kuririn finally admitting to the others that he truly loves 18 . But everyone thinks that 17 is 18's boy friend, then she reveals her self to the others and corrects them when she angrily tells them that 17 is her twin brother. This surprises everyone, and after 18 leaves. Yamcha tells Kuririn that 18 is in to you, and Kuririn asks Yamcha If he is sure.
Yamcha admits this, and tells Kuririn that he'll help him when It comes to romance since Goku helped him with Martial Arts. Tien then tells everyone that Goku doesn't want them to be sad, since he taught them not to hold back on their emotions. Tien then leaves after telling Gohan to take very good care of Chi-Chi for Goku, with Gohan and Yamcha saying goodbye to Tien. Then Yamcha, Gohan, Kuririn and Future Trunks leave Kami's Lookout, to go there separate ways. Yamcha tells Trunks that Vegeta try to avenge him after he saw Cell kill him. This surprises Trunks and makes him happy overall. The next day, Yamcha and the rest of the group see Future Trunks off as he leaves to return to his own timeline .
The World Tournament arc
Seven years later, Yamcha attends the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament as a spectator since he gave up fighting professionally. Soon the tournament is interrupted though as the other Z Fighters leave, and then return with Vegeta now possessed by Babidi, an evil wizard. Yamcha manages to survive Vegeta's massacre along with his other friends in the crowd, barely escaping from Vegeta's blasts.
Majin Buu arc
After Vegeta attacked the crowd, Yamcha went with Bulma and a few others to ask Shenron to bring back all the goodhearted people who were killed that day by Babidi and Vegeta. He then heads to Kami's Lookout to take refuge from the assault of the new terror, Majin Buu.
Fusion Dance arc
He then witnesses Son Goten and Trunks' first attempts at performing the Fusion Dance, and finally their success when they become Gotenks. A day later, Super Buu eventually finds everyone at the tower and allows them to live for a short time. When Super Buu escapes from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber Yamcha is quickly turned into chocolate and eaten with the others.
Kid Buu & Uub arc
Yamcha and Kuririn go to Grand Kai's planet, where Yamcha recovers his passion for fighting. It does appear that Yamcha has been training despite his lack of willingness to fight due to the fact that he can stand against two of the North quadrant's strongest fighters. Later they have a brief fight with Kid Buu in the Other World. After being resurrected, Yamcha's last real action in the series is giving Son Goku his energy to help form the Spirit Bomb that defeats Kid Buu.
After the end of the Buu saga, as he has the dilemma of loving women but not being good around them, Yamcha is still wandering blindly in search of the ideal partner he will not be nervous around. He has even worked in a host club, but because of his nervousness, it did not go well and he was fired. His livelihood is mainly working together with Puar as a freelance bodyguard, and he occasionally goes to Tien's house to help with the farm as well.
10 years after Kid Buu's defeat, Yamcha is seen along with the rest of the Z Fighters at the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament and witness the emergence of Uub, the good, human reincarnation of Kid Buu.
Dragon Ball Super (Anime)
Battle of Gods arc
Six months after the battle with Majin Buu, Yamcha and Puar head towards Bulma's birthday which is being held on a cruise ship where they encounter Kuririn, 18, and Marron then Tien and Chaozu. They are also flying to get there, as it was taking too long driving in a car. Yamcha and Puar later encounter Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu on the ship. When Beerus arrives on the ship, Yamcha is one of the first to introduce himself to Lord Beerus. He exaggerates his power, proclaiming himself as the strongest one on the ship. He roughly slaps him on the back, which worries Vegeta that it might upset him, but Beerus just shrugs it off.
Yamcha joins the crowd of people when Beerus eats the octopus balls served to him by Kuririn, with one containing wasabi. They chant him on, encouraging Beerus to take a bite. Later, Yamcha joins several others as they board Bulma's space pod to get a better view of Goku and Beerus' fight. In the end, Beerus beats Goku, but he doesn't destroy the Earth because he falls asleep in the process. After Whis leaves with Beerus, Yamcha enjoys the rest of the party.
Universe 6 arc
Yamcha is traveling with Goku and the rest of the gang to the Nameless Planet where the Universe 6 and 7 Gods of Destruction Selection Martial Arts Competition is being held and they're being taken there by Whis in his cube. After two hours and forty-five minutes of traveling, they arrive on the Nameless Planet. Yamcha is a bystander and watches the tournament from the stands. He watches the first match between Goku and Universe 6's, Botamo.
Later on he is shock with everyone else when Goku is defeated by Frost. During Vegeta's match with Cabba, Yamcha points out similarities between Cabba and a young Goku he fought when they first meet long ago. As Vegeta begins toying with Cabba, he shows some doubt that Vegeta has rid himself of all of his sinister qualities, but dismisses them once he realizes that Vegeta simply wanted to push the weaker Saiyan to increase his power. Yamcha then witnesses the entire tournament, and is present with the Z-Fighters as the wish with the Super Dragon Balls is made, and they all return to Earth.
Yamcha attends Bulma's Universe 7 victory party, and is tasked along with everyone else to keep Monaka's secret safe from Goku. After Goku fought with "Monaka" (Beerus wearing a Monaka costume), Yamcha accidentally points out Monaka passing out from the fight. After Goku sees that there are two Monakas the other Z-Fighters scorn Yamcha, and Beerus starts to grow angry, but calms down when Goku praises Monaka for having the ability to clone himself. The party then starts.
Future Trunks arc
During the baseball game between Universe 6 and Universe 7, Yamcha takes over pitching after Goku was nearly ejected from the game due to destroying the field and Yamcha debuts a new technique for pitching, the Wolf Fang Pitching Fist, the speed of his Wolf Fang Fist with the controllability of the Spirit Ball and uses it to near effortlessly strike out Universe 6 for the 1st half of set 1, impressing everyone, especially Bulma who begins to flirt with Yamcha again. When Universe 7 steps up to bat with Yamcha up 1st, who mouths off to Vegeta that he will not lose to him in baseball, Vegeta; who along with Goten were filling in for the missing Hit and Frost of Universe 6, pitches the ball into Yamcha's ribcage and then berates both Yamcha and Bulma for flirting with each other. However this causes Yamcha to walk to 1st base, shocking Vegeta who thought the rules of baseball were to hit the opponent. Goku comes up to pitch next and both power up to Super Saiyan Blue(Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan). Vegeta pitches as hard as he can and is shocked when Goku begins to overpower his pitch, proclaiming that he put all of his power into it. When Vegeta begins to fire ki blasts into the ball to give it more power Yamcha makes a break for 2nd, which causes Vegeta to stop attacking Goku and overpowers Vegeta's pitch but is caught out by Botamo who throws the ball to Goten but misses him so Yamcha makes another break to 2nd base but is struck by both Champa and Vegeta at the same time but still made it to the base and allowed to stay due to being attacked.
When Gohan hits the ball Yamcha makes a run to 3rd base but Champa again intervenes and stops Botamo from getting Gohan out and throws the ball at Yamcha, once again hitting him in the spine but Yamcha once again makes it to the base, proclaiming he will not lose at baseball weakly from the ground. Beerus gets mad at Champa for playing dirty and attacking Yamcha so the two gods begin to fight, with Goku recalling that if two gods of destruction fight all of the universe will be destroyed. Everyone runs to Bulma's shield in a attempt to protect themselves except for Yamcha, who bravely makes a dash for homebase during the ki barrage storm that was flying off of Beerus and Champa, which the blasts were destroying the entire area. Whis and Vados stop the fight, saying that it is taboo for Gods of Destruction to fight one another and called the game off saying Universe 7 won. When Champa asked why Vados points to home plate, revealing Yamcha successfully braved the ki barrage storm, winning the game for Universe 7, but was ironically laying inside the crater near death in the exact same pose from when he was blown up by a Saibaman many years ago. Krillin, Gohan and Piccolo all pointing it out as a bad memory. Yamcha weakly says that he is going to take a different kind of walk off and collapsed from his injuries.
Universe Survival arc
At Capsule Corporation, Yamcha comes to visit right after Bulla is born and he asks to hold her. However, Bulla starts to cry as he makes a funny face and this enrages Vegeta into turning into Super Saiyan Blue. Yamcha overhears the conversation of Goku and Gohan about recruiting fighters for the Tournament of Power, and becomes convinced he will be recruited also, and heads home to wait for Goku to ask him.
Yamcha is later seen at his house, rehearsing his lines of initially refusing to join them; and then show up at the last minute, all the while still waiting for Goku. Him and Puar are seen watching television in his bed until Master Roshi and Oolong arrive. Yamcha thinks Roshi is inviting him to join the team. The Turtle Hermit asks for Yamcha to tell Puar to transform into a young woman in order to overcome his perverted antics for the Tournament of Power; in the meantime Yamcha asks Oolong if he is still getting recruited and the latter responds with a "maybe".
At Capsule Corporation, Yamcha, Puar, and Oolong is watching the fighters of U7 leave. Yamcha mentions that the universe's fate is in their hands.
In the manga, Yamcha was considered by Bulma as an option for Team Universe 7 although he is not invited.
Dragon Ball GT (Anime)
Yamcha makes a cameo appearance in Dragon Ball GT episode 40, he is among a group of people in an undisclosed area when they are taken to New Planet Plant because Earth is about to be destroyed due to the Black Star Dragon Balls. He returns to Earth when it is restored by the Namekian Dragon Balls and attends a party at Bulma's house with the rest of the Z Fighters.
Shadow Dragons arc
By the end of Dragon Ball GT, Yamcha is seen fixing his car in the middle of the desert with Puar. He and Puar witness seeing their friend, Son Goku, leaving with Shenron. He is lastly seen in a flashback by Goku in the same episode as well.
Tien says to Goku and the others that he told Yamcha and Chaozu not to come to the battle with Frieza and his army, as it was too dangerous for them.
Yamcha is playable in all the following video games:
- Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure
- Dragon Ball Daimao Fukkatsu
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- Dragon Ball Fusions
- Dragon Ball 3 Gokuden
- Dragon Ball Heroes
- Dragon Ball Kai Ultimate Butoden
- Dragon Ball Origins
- Dragon Ball Origins 2
- Dragon Ball Revenge of King Piccolo
- Dragon Ball RPG Shonen-hen
- Dragon Ball Shenron no Nazo
- Dragon Ball Z Attack of the Saiyans
- Dragon Ball Z Bakuretsu Impact
- Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z
- 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 Buu's Fury
- Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle
- Dragon Ball Z Dragon Battlers
- Dragon Ball Z For Kinect
- Dragon Ball Z II Gekishin Freeza
- Dragon Ball Z Goku Hishoden
- Dragon Ball Z Harukanaru Densetsu
- Dragon Ball Z Infinite World
- Dragon Ball Z Idainaru Son Goku Densetsu
- 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 Sagas
- Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai
- Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai - Another Road
- Dragon Ball Z 2 Super Battle
- Dragon Ball Z Super Gokuden Totsugeki Hen
- Dragon Ball Z Super Gokuden Kakusei Hen
- Dragon Ball Z Supersonic Warriors 2
- 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 Tenkaichi
- Dragon Ball Z W Bakuretsu Impact
- Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse
- Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse 2
- Dragon Ball Z Zenkai Battle Royale
- Puar (Best Friend)
- Son Goku (Second Best Friend)
- Bulma (Ex Girlfriend)
- Master Roshi (Mentor)
- Korin (Mentor)
- Kami (Mentor)
- Mr. Popo (Mentor)
- King Kai (Mentor)
- Unnamed Girlfriend
- Tien (Fuser and Rival)
- Future Yamcha (Future Counterpart/dead)
- His name is a play on "Yum cha" (literally "drink tea"), referring to a gathering to drink tea and eat dim sum.
- In Dragon Ball Forever's poll of the top 20 best characters, Yamcha was voted number 15 by Japanese fans. This is above Tien Shinhan, Bulma, and Yajirobe.
- In every World Martial Arts Tournament Yamcha has been in, he has always lost in a quarter-final match (in the 21st he was defeated by Jackie Chun, in the 22nd he lost to Tien, and in the 23rd he was defeated by Hero who was actually Kami).
- In the anime, Yamcha is the first Z Fighter seen with a full-time paying job. Yamcha can be seen playing for a baseball team called the "Taitans". "TAITAN" (タイタン) is the Japanese spelling of "Titan", which is also the name of several sports teams.
- In "The Androids Appear", Android 19's scanner reads that Yamcha's address is NB: 8250012B, his height is 183 cm, his weight is 68 kg, special ability is the Rouga Whowhoken, and that he is a Class B warrior. These statistics are also used in the Dragon Ball: Bouken Special.
- In his appearance in Dragon Ball GT, Yamcha is about 57 years old. Despite this he shows no real age difference aside from another hairstyle change.
- Yamcha is the only character to be voiced by his English voice actor, Christopher Sabat, in all four Dragon Ball movies.
- Yamcha has his own theme song sung by his Japanese voice actor Toru Furuya. It is titled Wolf Hurricane and sings about his desert life and loneliness.
- In Attack of the Saiyans, Yamcha and Puar mention having bandit friends back at their hideout in Diablo Desert.
- Abel, the protagonist of the 1989 Dragon Quest OVA Dragon Warrior: Legend of the Hero Abel who was also designed by Akira Toriyama, also looks similar to Yamcha and even shares the same Japanese voice actor.
- In every World Martial Arts Tournament Yamcha has been in, he has always lost in a quarter-final match (in the 21st he was defeated by Jackie Chun, in the 22nd he lost to Tien, and in the 23rd he was defeated by Hero who was actually Kami).
- Yamcha is the only playable Z-Fighter in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 which has a Supervillian form.
- There's a special dialogue between Yamcha and Turles, should they fight one-another - Yamcha will mention his vehicle being totaled, with the latter responding with ignorance of the situation. This is a reference to his vehicle being destroyed by Amond one of Turles' henchmen in the Tree of Might film.
- Yamcha is one of the few Z-Fighters who have never met Frieza face to face.
Despite his supposed retirement, Yamcha still trains, and has fought (or prepared to) on occasions, such moments include:
- Olibu and Gorilla - Yamcha fights the two at the same time and after defeating them in a sparring match, he states that his passion for fighting has resurfaced in 7 years.
- Kid Buu - he and Krillin were the last to still be on their feet, after all the other dead fighters were defeated and shot a ki blasts at the Majin.
- Abo and Cado - While he never fought the two, though due to the chaos caused by Gotenks and Aka's fight, Yamcha jumped into action and used his Spirit Ball to destroy several large debris which nearly crushed Bulma, Puar, and Oolong. During that moment, it was revealed that he (as well as Krillin) was wearing his gi under his suit (much to Goku's surprise).
- Beerus - He and the others were seen preparing to face the God of Destruction after Goku was defeated and threatened to destroy the world.
According to the databooks:
- His blood type is O.
- Yamcha has been stated to be a good cook by Akira Toriyama.
- Yamcha's hobbies are grappling and playing baseball.
- Yamcha's favorite food is hard-baked soba.
- Yamcha's favorite vehicle is the Might Mouse, his old-fashioned buggy.
Yamcha shares some similarities with his live action self from Dragon Ball Evolution.
- Yamcha retains his status as a desert bandit who uses extortion to spare passerby.
- As in the manga, he joins the adventure with the intent of finding the Dragon Balls.
- Also as in the manga, he meets the others while attempting to rob them.
- His voice is similar to that of Christopher R Sabat the English voice actor of Yamcha
- He still cowers at stronger fighters. When Roshi flies up to him, he backs away scared. Roshi even makes him flinch on one occasion.
Yamcha has many differences with his live action self from Dragon Ball Evolution.
- While joining up to find the Dragon Balls it was his intention in both the movie and the manga, that he wanted to make a wish to cure his shyness around women. Whereas in the movie, he just wanted to sell them to the highest bidder.
- Yamcha does not exhibit any shyness around women, and in fact is an outright flirt towards Bulma.
- He is not a fighter, despite being a major fighter in the manga.
- In the manga, he is accompanied by Puar. Whereas in the movie, Puar does not exist.
- Yamcha does not carry a sword as he does in the manga.
- Yamcha has almost shoulder length curly hair, with some blond, as opposed to his manga version, where it is long and black, and variously changed, but always remains black.
- Japanese : Toru Furuya (1986 – Present)
- English : Christopher Sabat (1995 – Present)
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