Dragon Ball is known for frequently bringing new characters to the scene, and some of them had some pretty unforgettable entrances. That’s why we need to remind you about some of them during this article, while we can certainly wait for more exciting Dragon Ball moments in the near future. The “Dragon Ball Daima” anime will debut in the fall of 2024, the successor to Budokai Tenkaichi 3 will launch soon, and the Dragon Ball Super Manga will obviously pop out new chapters.
Dragon Ball never ceases to amaze us, and the surprise factor plays a very important role for Toryiama, the original creator of the franchise. While the term “best” in this case is more subjective rather than objective, perhaps nobody can deny that these characters had some unforgettable introductions in the show:
Raditz was introduced in the very first episode of Dragon Ball Z. He was Goku’s evil brother who informed our hero about his true origins as an alien from planet Vegeta. Raditz informed Goku about the Saiyan heritage and evil mission of our hero that he was supposed to carry out when he was sent to Earth in a spaceship, but we all know that Goku couldn’t possibly be one of the bad guys. Seeing that Goku doesn’t want to comply with his mission, nor does he want to join the Saiyans in their evil quest of conquering planets and selling them to the highest bidder, Raditz applies a more unorthodox method and tries to kill his brother after kidnapping Gohan.
Apart from the fact that Raditz was the most powerful villain that Goku ever had to face until that point, the evil Saiyan had a badass and rockstar look. He used every dirty trick in the book to try to persuade his brother to join him: kidnapping his son, beating him up, and even blackmailing him emotionally when Goku figured out his weak spot and grabbed his tail.
Goku had to team up with Piccolo in order to pose a chance at defeating Raditz, and that was one of the most memorable fights in Dragon Ball history. Too bad we never got to see any other major appearances of Raditz in Dragon Ball again after his battle with Goku and Piccolo!
After the long and devastating fight between Goku and Frieza on Namek, the evil intergalactic overlord gets transformed into a cyborg by his henchmen. Frieza decided to pay a visit to Goku on Earth in order to get his revenge, as the Super Saiyan transformation that our hero used against him left Frieza with some terrifying nightmares. Frieza was stronger than ever and confident that he could have his revenge on Goku, but little did he know that another Super Saiyan was waiting for him on Earth. That was none other than Trunks, the son of Vegeta and Bulma, who came 20 years from the future in a time machine in order to warn the Z warriors about the androids created by Dr. Gero and about the heart virus of Goku. After firing everything he had at Trunks, Frieza proved to be no match for the young Super Saiyan. In a few short moves, Trunks sliced Frieza into pieces with his sword and blasted the remains with a powerful energy wave.
Future Trunks definitely had one of the most badass entrances in Dragon Ball history. He came from the future and killed the strongest villain in Dragon Ball at that time with ease while also proving that Goku isn’t the only Super Saiyan around.
Dabura calls himself the King of the Demon World, and it’s enough to take a short peek at his terrifying looks to realize that he is telling the truth. Introduced back in the Majin Buu Saga of Dragon Ball Z, Dabura looks like a pure devil from the pits of Hell; he’s red, with snake eyes-looking pupils, a beard, pointy ears, and horns. He also knew some devastating moves, even though some would say that he was relying too much on his sword. By spitting on an opponent, Dabura would make him turn into stone. Gohan fought Dabura while Babidi was trying to revive Majin Buu from his long slumber.
Dabura was the main henchman of Babidi, the evil wizard who, despite not having an impressive power level, had what it takes to revive Majin Buu, the strongest villain in Dragon Ball Z. Dabura managed to turn Piccolo and Krillin into statues, while he was close to doing the same with Gohan if the young Super Saiyan didn’t rapidly remove one of his gloves. Too bad Dabura didn’t get more spotlight in Dragon Ball after his badass introduction in the Majin Buu Saga! He was only seen in the Other World realizing and appreciating the power of love (yes, you’ve read that correctly!). What a bummer for a character with so much potential!
Goku Black, one of the main villains in Dragon Ball Super, left fans very curious about his true identity for plenty of episodes before the mystery has finally been revealed. It turned out that Goku Black wasn’t an evil version of Goku from a parallel universe as many fans were betting on; instead, Goku Black was only an evil deity, Zamasu, who stole Goku’s body in another timeline. Zamasu was impressed with the Saiyan’s powers and his ability to become stronger after each battle, which is why he took his body.
Goku Black was introduced as a villain who caused a lot of destruction and mayhem in the timeline of Future Trunks in Dragon Ball Super, as everybody was afraid of him. Trunks was no match for Goku Black, which is why he asked for help from the Z warriors by traveling back in time in order to save his own timeline. But what Dragon Ball fan could possibly remain unmoved when seeing a character with Goku’s face acting evil and causing worldwide pain and sorrow? Talk about a badass entrance!
In the end, perhaps each and every Dragon Ball character has its charm when it comes to their introduction and evolution (except for Mr. Satan, of course). We can expect a lot of exciting stuff from the future of the franchise, as Dragon Ball Daima is just around the corner!