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"The purpose of striking a pose is not to become like a wallpaper. That's why we chant loudly when we pose, to draw attention to our magnificence. I know. I'll just have to raise the stakes a little bit. The best poser gets a candy!"
— "A Legend Revealed"

Captain Ginyu (ギニュー) is the leading member of an elite mercenary platoon, the eponymous Ginyu Force.


Captain Ginyu is shown to care deeply about his teammates, becoming incredibly furious when learning from Jeice that his three other subordinates were defeated and killed. However, he also can be quite harsh to his team members if they fail a mission, as shown when he harshly scolds Jeice for letting Burter and Recoome lose to Goku and running away from the fight. Ginyu is one of the few men who pure-heartedly reveres Frieza,[2] and so he is shown to be very loyal to Frieza, and follows any order Frieza gives him. His loyalty to Frieza appears to be so extreme that even after he has swapped bodies with a Namekian Frog, he tries to sneak a Namekian Dragon Ball away from Gohan to make sure that they do not use the Dragon Balls before Frieza can (or it may simply have been as revenge for such a humiliating defeat), and during his long tenure as a frog he endured the hardships without giving up hope due to his belief that one day he would be able to one day serve Frieza again. However, despite his flaws, Ginyu has displayed a strong sense of honor in combat and prefers fairness in his battles, as shown when he refused to break Goku's neck due to Jeice interfering in their fight, and even threatening to kill Jeice if he did it again. Goku takes note of this and insinuates that Ginyu may not be all bad and even capable of redemption.




Ginyu after he swapped bodies with the richest kid in his class

Like the other members of the Ginyu Force, Ginyu's special powers originated during his childhood. When Ginyu first learned of his Body Change ability, he swapped bodies with the richest kid in his class, which made him popular with girls but also stupid, and he soon realized that men should compete in terms of strength rather than money.[3] Only a few people have seen Ginyu's true form, and Salza is among them. Salza had to fight Ginyu to become leader of Cooler's Armored Squadron.[4][5]

Dragon Ball Z

Frieza Saga

Main articles: Namek Saga and Captain Ginyu Saga


Captain Ginyu

Captain Ginyu and his comrades are commissioned after Frieza learns that Vegeta is searching for the seven Dragon Balls on Namek, and that the Saiyan's Power Level is growing rapidly, quickly surpassing Frieza's personal henchmen, Dodoria and Zarbon. The force spends five days traveling the stars en route to Namek, and upon reaching the planet, Frieza dispatches the team to capture Vegeta, kill his two companions (Krillin and Gohan), and recover the Dragon Balls which have since been stolen by Vegeta. Efficient as they are, the Ginyu Force do not take long to track down their targets and locate all seven Dragon Balls, with the rest of his team showing off their special talents, such as Burter's tremendous speed and Guldo's time freezing. Initially, Captain Ginyu intends to slay Vegeta by himself, but when his subordinates complain that they have not had the opportunity to fight, Ginyu concedes, allowing them to deal with Vegeta and the others while he returns the Dragon Balls to Frieza's spaceship.


Ginyu with his comrades finding the Dragon Balls

Captain Ginyu transfers the Dragon Balls back to Frieza, using his telekinetic powers to levitate the Dragon Balls, but the two almost instantly discover that they can not activate the artifacts to summon the Eternal Dragon. Remembering one of his previous Namekian victims whose last words told of how Frieza could never make a wish even with the seven Dragon Balls gathered, Frieza deduces that there must be a secret Namekian language custom used to activate them. The tyrant uses his scouter to investigate the vicinity for Nameks, finding three of them in an area that his forces left untouched (Nail, Guru and Dende). Captain Ginyu volunteers to force the secret out of them, but Frieza declines in favor of handling the task himself. In the meantime, Captain Ginyu is assigned to watch over the seven Dragon Balls.


Captain Ginyu wants to face Goku after Jeice alerts him of the threat

While guarding the Dragon Balls, Captain Ginyu is joined by one of his subordinates, a delirious Jeice, who confirms that a powerful warrior has arrived on Namek, and their comrades, Recoome, Burter and Guldo, have been brutally killed. Captain Ginyu scolds Jeice for running away from the battle, and advises against Jeice's proposal to warn Frieza, as he does not want this to compromise his reputation. Ginyu decides to confront this new fighter called Goku himself, leaving his subordinates in the care of the Dragon Balls (in the manga, Jeice is left to hide the balls, while in the anime, they are left to be buried by Frieza's low-class soldiers).


Ginyu performing the Body Change technique

Upon convening with Goku, Captain Ginyu determines that the Saiyan is capable of masking his true power level (as Ginyu is the only member of the Ginyu Force able to do so), speculating his true strength to be somewhere around 60,000 (in contrast to what has appeared on the Ginyu Force's scouters as a mere 5,000). The commander's first advance on Goku is only amplified when Vegeta escapes the scene in flight, in spite of the alliance he and Goku had formed specially for the encounter. This distraction leaves Goku open for an elbow bash to the face. Goku and Ginyu continue to do battle, with Ginyu eventually realizing his shortcomings against the Saiyan from Earth. Ginyu started to believe that Goku might even be a Super Saiyan. However, he disproved this as no Saiyan he ever encountered or heard about was as sympathetic as Goku. As Ginyu and Goku continue their battle, both Ginyu and Goku manage to trick each other, using certain tricks and stealth attacks to land hits, as they seem evenly matched. Despite managing to capture Goku in a full nelson, Ginyu releases him upon deducing that he was only able to take hold of Goku as a result of Jeice's interference, blasting Goku with a beam, which distracted him. For this, he admonishes Jeice, even threatening to kill him if he intrudes on the conflict once more. This act makes him seem to be an honorable fighter.


Ginyu in Goku's body attacked by Gohan

Captain Ginyu realizes Goku is not using his full power in their fight, and requests Goku to reveal his full power, which he does, shocking Ginyu and Jeice, as Goku's power was 180,000, while Ginyu's was 120,000. Accepting that he is at odds with Goku, Ginyu's next action is a startling one. He spontaneously stabs his chest, before revealing his true plot: resorting to his ability to exchange bodies in an attempt to level with Goku, showing the reason why he stabbed his old body; so that Goku cannot fight back and will eventually die of blood loss. The body change is a success, but Captain Ginyu fails to make the most of Goku's shell's power level of 180,000, stopping short at just 23,000. Only in the English dub, Jeice says that the power level was actually growing weaker.


Ginyu is pummeled by a relentless Vegeta

With this, he is promptly forced into a losing battle against Gohan and Krillin while Vegeta battles Jeice. However, midway through the battle, he begins to learn how to draw out Goku's full power and begins to fight back and win against Gohan and Krillin, even when Goku (having also learnt how to utilize Ginyu's body's power) tries to come to their assistance, Ginyu easily defeats all three of them. It is not until Vegeta, having finished off Jeice, appears and pummels Ginyu with his new maximum power that they survive. Beaten into the ground, Ginyu attempts switching bodies with Vegeta twice. The first time, Goku, still rendered within Ginyu's body, interferes with the attack. The second time, the further injured Goku successfully tosses a Namekian Frog within the trajectory of the Body Change's energy wave, thus rendering Captain Ginyu's soul trapped within the shell of the frog. Unable to pronounce the technique, he is unable to transfer himself to a new body. Likewise, Ginyu's original body is inhabited by the Frog's soul, and in a similar manner, can only speak in croaks.

Captain Ginyu is ultimately the only member of the Ginyu Force not to be killed by Vegeta. Though Vegeta has the opportunity to finish the captain off after Ginyu switches bodies with the frog, Vegeta opts not to kill him so as not to get "toad guts" all over his "nice clean boots" (in the manga and Kai, Vegeta lets him live after Goku mentions that he is no longer a threat, and states that the life he has ahead of him is torture enough).


Ginyu and Bulma share a moment on Namek, after Ginyu accidentally exchanges bodies with a frog

In the manga, Ginyu is never seen or heard from again. In the anime, however, Ginyu continues making subsequent filler appearances as a frog. Here, he is discovered by Bulma and kept as her companion. After realizing that the frog understands human dialect, Bulma creates a device to translate his croaking into speech, which Ginyu in turn uses to betray Bulma with his regained ability to pronounce the Body Change technique. Seizing Bulma's body, Ginyu uses Bulma's air-ski to visit the site of Frieza and Goku's showdown, also attended by Piccolo, Krillin and Gohan; Bulma takes hold of the air-ski, and despite Ginyu's attempt to lose the frog, Bulma is able to reach her oblivious friends. Captain Ginyu attempted to pose as Bulma and watch the fight between Goku and Frieza, although he lets slip about his true identity when he blurted out cheers directed towards Frieza. Sensing that he ended up exposing himself, Ginyu wages an attack on the trio, before deciding to switch bodies with the most powerful of the three, Piccolo. Gohan comes to realize that the frog is in actuality Bulma, which leads him to throw Bulma in the path of the wave, reverting Ginyu to the shell of a frog once again, and restoring Bulma to her human body. Bulma and Ginyu are then blown away by the force of one of the blasts from Goku and Frieza's fight. They are eventually blown into a cliff by Goku's Spirit Bomb. Ginyu is eventually used to scout out to see where they are by Bulma, who is still sore about Ginyu's earlier betrayal. By the time Ginyu reports back to Bulma, she notices the immense aura overtaking an island in the vicinity: The same island Frieza, Goku, and Gohan are on as Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan.


Captain Ginyu at the Capsule Corporation

After a wish made to Porunga, the Eternal Dragon of Namek, Ginyu is later transported to Earth with all living beings on Namek except Goku and Frieza. Afterwards, Ginyu goes on to live among the frogs surrounding Capsule Corporation, apparently becoming the ruler of the pond. He also ends up living in the greenhouse of Bulma's home.[6] It is never revealed what becomes of the frog whose soul is within Ginyu's shell, save for one scene where he hops around the Earth forest where Porunga evacuates the people of Namek to Earth.

Cell Saga

Main article: Cell Games Saga Ginyu makes infrequent appearances in later episodes as a frog, such as outside Goku's house during Gohan's 11th birthday[7].

Majin Buu Saga

Main article: World Tournament Saga Ginyu appears later when he is picked up by a Great Saiyaman-disguised Gohan, after an attempt by Sharpner to unmask him.[8] Ginyu is ultimately killed when Kid Buu destroys the Earth. However, he is revived alongside the Earth and its citizens later but is still trapped in his Namekian frog body.

Dragon Ball Super

Resurrection ‘F’ Saga

Main article: Resurrection ‘F’ Saga

Frog Ginyu in Super

Ginyu watches Frieza's revival

Ginyu, first seen as a frog, sees Sorbet and Tagoma put Frieza's body parts into their containment. Several months later, at the start of Frieza's revenge, Ginyu sneaks into Jaco's ship so that he can fly to the battlefield. After many of Frieza's soldiers are defeated and Tagoma is about to engage the Z Fighters in battle, Ginyu climbs out of Jaco's ship.

Revival Special Fighting Pose

Taking Tagoma's body, Ginyu reclaims his place as Frieza's strongest soldier

When Tagoma lies on the ground after having been hit by Gotenks, Ginyu appears and changes bodies with Tagoma by tricking him into reading the word "Change" that he wrote in the dirt in a foreign language. Ginyu—now with the body of Tagoma—has a brief discussion with Frieza explaining how he's still alive and has always been faithful to the belief that one day he would fight for Frieza once more despite his hardships as a frog. After doing his new pose to commemorate his revival he attacks the Z Fighters on Frieza's orders, decimating them in combat.


Ginyu attacking Gohan

In response to Ginyu overwhelming them, Ginyu is challenged by Gohan in a one on one fight, but he later transforms because he proved no match for him due to not training. As a Super Saiyan, Gohan manages to easily defeat Ginyu in a two blows, but spares him, saying there is no point in continuing the fight. Frieza then steps in and exclaims that he will finish Gohan off in Ginyu's place, blasting him with a barrage of Death Beams. While Frieza is attacking Gohan, Ginyu holds off the other Z Fighters who tried to help him against the tyrant.

After Goku and Vegeta arrive, Ginyu joins in the discussion, stating his contempt for Goku and Vegeta having trapped him in a frog's body. Almost immediately after, Vegeta kills Ginyu with a ki blast, noting that he could interfere with their upcoming fight with Frieza.

Dragon Ball GT

Super 17 Saga

Main article: Super 17 Saga Captain Ginyu is shown again in the Super 17 Saga of Dragon Ball GT, but he is defeated again and sent back to Hell.

Video game stories

Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi Hero Mode

Ginyu appears as the first boss in the Hero Mode of Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi. In the Hero Mode, the Hero requests to take over the Ginyu Force. After beating Ginyu, when the Hero changes his mind and disagrees to leadership of the force, Ginyu gives the Hero his first Dragon Ball to summon Ultimate Shenron.

Dragon Ball Online

Giant time breaker frog ginyu

Mega Ginyu Frog in Dragon Ball Online

Captain Ginyu appears in the computer game Dragon Ball Online, when he and his forces arrive on Namek as per Frieza's orders as in the manga/anime. When Ginyu eventually takes over Goku's body, the Time Patrol fights him in order to stop him from getting to close to a brainwashing machine. Later, back in his original body, Ginyu attempts to take Vegeta's body, but Goku saves Vegeta by throwing a Namekian Frog between Ginyu and Vegeta, giving Ginyu the frog's body. Towa appears and, disappointed at not being able to take over Goku, transforms Frog Ginyu into Mega Ginyu Frog, giving him red eyes, a Time Breaker gem, and extra power and size (being the largest of the brainwashed Galactic Frieza Army soldiers). Mega Ginyu Frog summons other types of Namekian Frogs to aid him during the battle. Even though he is still defeated by the Time Patrol, Towa finds him to be a success (compared to her other experiments).


Manga and Anime
DXRD Caption of Captain Ginyu say he never used his true power - Dragon Ball Manga volume 19 chapter 283

Ginyu states in the manga that he never used his true power prior facing Goku

During his battle with Goku, Frieza stated that he did not think anyone in the universe had surpassed Ginyu.[9] Jeice states that Captain Ginyu's maximum power level is 120,000. By comparison, the rest of the Ginyu Force members, who were the strongest fighters in the galaxy other than Frieza, were stated to be between 40,000 and 60,000. However, he was no match for Kaio-Ken Goku, whose power was 180,000. When Ginyu trades bodies with Goku, his power level decreases to 23,000 (as well as decreasing even further, according to Jeice's reading on his scouter in the English dub), as he could not unlock Goku's power.

In the Resurrection ‘F’ Saga, after taking over Tagoma's body during Frieza's revenge, Ginyu gains access to all of the power of Tagoma and then powers up further to bring out Tagoma's full power, but he isn't used to his power from the start. Ginyu is able to decimate the Z Fighters, even Piccolo and Gohan, who he calls a disappointment. However, Ginyu is completely outclassed by Gohan when he transforms into a Super Saiyan and is defeated in two hits. Base Vegeta kills him effortlessly with an energy wave

Techniques and special abilities


Ginyu using telekinesis

  • Galaxy Dynamite – A barrage of energy blasts. Also known as Parmesan Shower.
  • Ginyu Special – A High Speed Rush used in the Budokai series.
  • Ginyu Strike – Ginyu punches the opponent up in the air, and then he punches him more in mid-air and elbows him down again. Used in the Budokai series.
  • Ginyu Storm – A team attack that is Captain Ginyu's Ultimate Attack in Supersonic Warriors 2.
  • Got You! – A physical technique he used against Goku. Named Dynamite Punch in Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors.
  • Milky Cannon – A Ki Blast of focused energy. In addition to the regular Milky Cannon, Ginyu uses a variation called Painful Awakening in the Butōden series.
  • Visionary Attack – A finger beam barrage which Ginyu used against Goku. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
  • Processed Power Crush – A jumping streak kick attack used in the Butōden series. In the Budokai series, Ginyu kicks the opponent up in the air, then he punches and kicks them down again, and finally Ginyu kicks his opponent in the back when he is down.
  • Strong Jersey – Ginyu charges the opponent at blinding speed with his elbow. Used in the Butōden series and the Budokai series.
  • Ginyu Smash – Ginyu created an energy sphere in front of him from his two hands joined together, then he slams the sphere with his open hands or a kick, hurling the it towards the opponent. It is one of his super attacks in Dragon Ball Z: Buyū Retsuden.
  • Self-Harm – Ginyu generally uses this technique before performing the Body Change. It is one of his Blast 1 in the Budokai Tenkaichi series. It is called Holstein Shock in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
  • Sway Rush - Signature attack in the Raging Blast Series.
  • Fighting Poses:
    • Special Fighting Pose 1 – One of Ginyu's fighting poses named in the Budokai series. This fighting pose is also one of Ginyu's Blast 1 in the Budokai Tenkaichi series, renamed SP Fighting Pose 5.
    • Special Fighting Pose 2 – One of Ginyu's fighting poses named in the Budokai series.
    • Ginyu Fighting Pose: Body – One of Ginyu's fighting poses named in the Raging Blast games.
    • Ginyu Fighting Pose: Heart – One of Ginyu's fighting poses, named in the Raging Blast series. In Supersonic Warriors 2, this pose is named Special Pose and lowers the energy of Ginyu's opponent by 25%.
    • Ginyu Fighting Pose: Technique – One of Ginyu's fighting poses named in the Raging Blast series. It starts with the Special Fighting Pose 2 and is finished with the Special Fighting Pose 1.
    • Ginyu Fighting Pose – Ginyu poses and swaps his health and ki around. Used in Battle of Z.
    • Revival Special Fighting Pose – A special fighting pose created by Ginyu to commemorate his revival, used in Tagoma's body while talking to Frieza.
    • Together We Are The... Ginyu Force! - The Ginyu Force's signature team fighting pose which Captain Ginyu is quite fond and proud of. Performed by Ginyu and the rest of the Ginyu Force upon arriving on Namek.
  • Telekinesis – Used to transport the Namekian Dragon Balls to Frieza's spaceship.
  • Body of Steel – Thanks to taking over Tagoma's body, Ginyu gained his Body of Steel. Thanks to this he became practically impervious to attacks from people of the same power level as him or lower.
  • Kamehameha – Used by Ginyu (in Goku's body) to defeat Goku (in Vegeta's body) in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.
  • Acid – Mega Ginyu Frog spits acid as his primary form of attack in Dragon Ball Online.
  • Namekian Frogs – Mega Ginyu Frog can summon other types of Namekian Frogs to aid him in battle in Dragon Ball Online.


Goku's body

Main article: Goku

Calling the Eternal Dragon - Ginyu power-up

Ginyu after changing bodies with Goku

The form Ginyu takes when he changes bodies with Goku. He does have some differences from the usual Goku in this state, such as more menacing eyes and a green scouter.

This form of Ginyu is playable in several video games and is called Captain Ginyu Transformed in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game. In Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, the form is known as Goku's Body.

Namekian Frog's body

Main article: Namekian Frog

Namekian Frog

Ginyu stuck in the body of a Namekian Frog

When trying to steal Vegeta's body during the battle on Namek, Goku throws a Namekian Frog in the way, causing Ginyu to become trapped in its body. In this state Ginyu is referred to as "Ginyu Frog". He remains in this body for years, until Frieza's revival and return to Earth, at which point he takes advantage of the situation at hand and switches bodies with Tagoma.

Bulma's body

Main article: Bulma

Ginyu and Piccolo

Ginyu in Bulma's body attempts to switch with Piccolo

In anime Filler, the Ginyu Frog manages to briefly switch bodies with Bulma after she fits him with a Universal Translator. In her body, he pretends to be her and watches the battle between Frieza and Goku with Gohan, Krillin, and Piccolo. Eventually Gohan realizes the switch after talking to Bulma in Ginyu's Frog body. His deception exposed Ginyu and the captain tries to steal Piccolo's stronger body, but Gohan throws the Bulma Frog in front of Piccolo causing Bulma to return to her original body and Ginyu back to a frog. Though limited in Bulma's body, Ginyu can sense ki naturally without the aid of a Scouter and retains his ability to perform the Body Change.

Tagoma's body

Main article: Tagoma

Tagoma Ginyu

Ginyu with Tagoma's body

During Frieza's revenge, Ginyu takes control of Tagoma's body, and then powers up even further thanks to having greater ki manipulation skills than Tagoma, allowing him to draw the body's power out much further. However, when Gohan turned Super Saiyan and squared off against him, he was completely outclassed.

Other forms

Mega Ginyu Frog

Main articles: Time Breaker mind control and Giant Form In Dragon Ball Online when Frog Ginyu is transformed into a giant Time Breaker by Towa he is named Mega Ginyu Frog. Mega Ginyu Frog is far larger and stronger than frog Ginyu, and is also capable of spitting acid and summoning other Namekian Frogs.

Vegeta's body

Main article: Vegeta In the altered timeline in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Ginyu takes over Vegeta, becoming Venyu.[10] He then leads his "Venyu Force" in an attack on the Z Fighters, before taking over Goku's body.

Ginyu first took this form in Super Gokuden: Kakusei-Hen, in a what if story [11] but is killed by Freeza who mistook him for Vegeta.

Evil Energy power up
Villainous Ginyu Goku

Ginyu uses the evil energy power up

In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, after taking over Goku's body, Ginyu is given the Evil Energy power up, giving him access to Goku's full power and techniques.

Future Warrior's body

Main article: Future Warrior In Xenoverse, Ginyu inadvertently switches bodies with the Future Warrior, when Jeice accidentally knocks the Future Warrior into the path of the Body Change. While in the Warrior's body Ginyu will have any of the Warrior's equipped custom skills and transformations. The Warrior's body can be the body of either a Saiyan, Human, Majin, Namekian, or Frieza's Race. Additionally the body may also be a Female Saiyan, Female Human, or Female Majin.

Super Saiyan

Main article: Super Saiyan

Super Saiyan Ginyu

Super Saiyan Ginyu (Goku's body)

In Xenoverse, Parallel Quest 18: "Return of the Ginyu Force!" Ginyu steals Goku's body after the Ginyu Force (backed by Frieza) invade Earth, gaining access to Goku's Super Saiyan form. During the battle with Ginyu in Goku's body, Ginyu transforms into a Super Saiyan.

Video game appearances

"How could the captain of the galaxy illustrious Ginyu Force be beaten?"
Ultimate Tenkaichi

In the two Supersonic Warriors games, Ginyu manages to survive the conflict on Namek in his humanoid form and continues to Earth (alongside Frieza in the first game) in seek of Earth's Dragon Balls. There, he faces and defeats characters such as Krillin, Android 20, Android 18, Super Saiyan Goku, Super Saiyan Gohan, Piccolo, and even the Legendary Super Saiyan Broly. In Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2, when Ginyu faces an opponent stronger than him (like Super Saiyan Goku or Future Trunks), he uses the same trick Cui played on Vegeta on Namek, saying to his rival that either Frieza or Cooler are behind them and then escapes in order to keep looking after the Dragon Balls with the Dragon Radar he stole from Krillin. In both games, Ginyu's only wish from the Dragon Balls is to revive his deceased friends and to re-form the Ginyu Force. In the first game, his wish demolishes Frieza's desire for immortality by accident as Frieza gives Ginyu the first wish as a reward for Ginyu's hard work of collecting the balls, thinking the Earth's Dragon Balls grant three wishes like the Namekian Dragon Balls. In the second game, his wish to revive his "allies that were killed on Nameks" makes him revive Frieza, Zarbon and Dodoria alongside the Ginyu Force members.


Captain Ginyu in Ultimate Tenkaichi

In Frieza's story-mode in Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors, Ginyu appears in front of Frieza after Frieza's victory over Super Saiyan Goku on Namek. Frieza is shocked, as he thought Ginyu was dead. Ginyu excuses for failing in his mission of obtaining the Dragon Balls. Frieza is in a good mood after killing Goku and forgives him, and they both escape the dying Planet Namek just before the explosion. On Planet Frieza 79, Frieza gives Ginyu a chance of cleaning his reputation and they both make a journey to Earth for its Dragon Balls. They conquer the planet after killing the Z Fighters and destroying the populated areas on it. Frieza then renames Earth: "Planet Frieza #80". Ginyu finds the Dragon Radar on the West City ruins and starts to look after the balls. After finding four of them, he locates Dr. Gero's secret lab, where Android 20 is keeping the remaining balls in order to lure the two aliens in, believing he will be able to take down Frieza if he absorbs Ginyu's energy. Ginyu's scouter does not detect any person near the balls' location, so he goes in to look if it is a trap. While inside, he is attacked from behind and killed by Android 20. Frieza then meets Android 20 and says that, considering Android 20's mechanic way of powering up, Ginyu "never stood a chance".

In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Ginyu is playable in both his standard form and in Goku's Body, Goku in Ginyu's body is also fully playable. In an altered history of Age 762, Dark Ginyu steals Vegeta's body and attacks Goku with the rest Ginyu Force. While Goku is distracted by the other Ginyu force members, Dark Ginyu uses the Body Change to switch from Vegeta's body to Goku's body. Dark Ginyu then kills Goku in Vegeta's body with a Kamehameha. To avoid this altered history, Future Trunks sends the Future Warrior back to aid Goku, his father, Krillin, and Gohan. While the Future Warrior is fighting with Jeice, Dark Ginyu tries to steal Goku's body with a Body Change, but is accidentally swaps bodies with the Future Warrior when Jeice accidentally knocks the Warrior in the path of the Body Change. Dark Ginyu becomes angry at Jeice as there is a difference in the potential power between the Warrior and Goku, with Goku's being the greater of the two. Realizing their ally the Future Warrior and Dark Ginyu have switched bodies, Goku asks the Future Warrior to use Ginyu's body to infiltrate Frieza's spaceship to help Krillin and Gohan retrieve the Namekian Dragon Balls believing that Frieza's henchmen will mistake the Warrior for Captain Ginyu due to the Body Change. Under the orders of Future Trunks, the Warrior agrees to Goku request and leaves Goku alone face Ginyu in the Warrior's body. While fighting Goku alone in the Warrior's body Dark Ginyu is unable to switch bodies with Goku as he is aware of the technique thanks to Dark Ginyu's Body Change with Future Warrior. Eventually Dark Ginyu manages to escape Goku and flies to Frieza's spaceship only to find the Future Warrior, Gohan, and Krillin have successfully retrieved the Namekian Dragon Balls and placed them outside Frieza's ship. Still in the Warrior's body, Ginyu confronts the trio while a hidden Vegeta watches nearby, and Goku arrives in pursuit of Ginyu in the Warrior's body. In Ginyu's body the Future Warrior stands up to fight Ginyu in the Warrior's body in the hopes of getting their body back. Still in the Warrior's damaged body Ginyu tries steal Goku's body again unleashes another Body Change on Goku, but Future Trunks warns the Future Warrior of the body change in time for the Warrior to shield Goku and reverse the Body Change, causing the Future Warrior and Ginyu return to their original bodies. Back in his original body, Dark Ginyu has Guldo use Telekinesis to restrain Goku and performs another body change, successfully managing to steal Goku's Body. In Goku's body, Ginyu enters Villainous Mode and faces off against Goku in Ginyu's body and the Future Warrior, while Vegeta enters the fight facing off against Guldo. The following fight plays out pretty much as it did in the origin history, Vegeta knocks Goku's body down to the ground with a Sledgehammer attack and Ginyu tries to swap Goku's heavily damaged body for Vegeta's but Goku in Ginyu's body jumps in the way returning both to their original bodies. Then Ginyu tries again to steal Vegeta's body only for Goku to grab a nearby Namekian Frog and throw it in the way of the Body Change causing Ginyu to swap bodies with the frog instead of Vegeta. He appears as Dark Ginyu via Démigra's Dark Magic and obtains Villainous Mode after swapping bodies with Goku. In Parallel Quest 18: "Return of the Ginyu Force!", Ginyu manages to steal Goku's body when the Ginyu Force invades Earth. After all of the other Ginyu Force Members are defeated, Ginyu will appear in Goku's body. After taking a certain amount of damage he will cause Goku's body to transform into a Super Saiyan. Ginyu can only do this in the Parallel Quest and Ginyu's Super Saiyan Goku form is not playable. A much friendlier Captain Ginyu also appears in Toki Toki City to recruit potential new members of the Ginyu Force and the Future Warrior can apply resulting in Captain Ginyu becoming their Master and will teach the Warrior various Fighting Poses and techniques, ultimately teaching the Warrior his signature Body Change technique for successfully completing his Ginyu Force training regiment.

Captain Ginyu appears in the following games:

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Captain Ginyu's character model in Raging Blast 2

Ginyu Zenkai Royale

Captain Ginyu in Zenkai Battle Royale

Voice actors


Dragon Ball Z
  • Captain Ginyu vs. Goku
  • Captain Ginyu (Goku's body) vs. Gohan and Krillin
  • Captain Ginyu (Goku's body) vs. Vegeta
  • Captain Ginyu (Bulma's body) vs. Krillin
Dragon Ball Super
  • Captain Ginyu (Tagoma's body) vs. Gohan, Piccolo, Krillin, Tien Shinhan, and Master Roshi
  • Captain Ginyu (Tagoma's body) vs. Gohan (Base/Super Saiyan)
  • Captain Ginyu (Tagoma's body) vs. Vegeta


  • His name is a pun on gyūnyū (牛乳), the Japanese word for dairy milk.
  • Captain Ginyu's "Character Introduction" biography in the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series states that Ginyu has used the Body Change technique numerous times in his career, which suggests that his humanoid appearance in Dragon Ball Z is the result of a previous Body Change, rather than Ginyu's original body. However, Ginyu's appearance as a child and in the Other World in Dragon Ball GT after dying in the body of a Namekian Frog (in Dragon Ball Z) or Tagoma's body (Dragon Ball Super) is the form he had during first on-screen appearance. It may be possible, however, that this body was simply his preferred one, the one he had stayed in for the most time (even longer than the frog), or that he had switched back to his original one sometime before the battle on Namek, or that the artists/animators wanted to ensure he was recognized easily by the viewers.
  • Ginyu is the only member of the Ginyu Force that did not die on Namek as he was killed by Kid Buu on Earth, and then in Tagoma's body by Vegeta in Dragon Ball Super.
  • In Chi-Chi's commentary in Budokai Tenkaichi 3, she notes that Ginyu appears to like comic book heroes. Indeed, he does often strike poses like a hero.
  • In most English dubs of Dragon Ball Z, each of Captain Ginyu's voice actors also served as series narrators: Dale Kelly was the first narrator in the FUNimation dub (until he was replaced by Kyle Hebert), and Brice Armstrong was the narrator of the Dragon Ball anime series. Of note, even though Ginyu and the narrator are not the same voice actor in the English dub of Dragon Ball Z Kai, that series' narrator, Doc Morgan, sounds strikingly similar to Richard Newman (Ginyu's Ocean dub voice actor).
  • In the Remastered Ginyu Saga, where Ginyu is voiced by Brice Armstrong, Dale Kelly's voice is still used whenever Ginyu powers up, possibly due to Armstrong's age (of note, Armstrong retired shortly after the Remastered versions).
  • Ginyu's reaction for Jeice's report about the death of Guldo, Recoome and Burter differs in the English dubs: in the original Ocean dub, he shouts that "How could three of the most powerful warriors in the universe be defeated?!" and then has a flashback of each of them. However, in the FUNimation dub, he shouts "How could two of the of the most powerful warriors in the universe be defeated?!" and then has the same visual of them three; which could be because Goku did not defeat Guldo and Ginyu does specify "one man" defeating Recoome and Burter.
  • In Dragon Ball Z Kai, for the preview for "Surprise! Goku is Ginyu and Ginyu is Goku?!", Ginyu breaks the Fourth Wall by saying that he is taking charge and comments on changing the series name to "Ginyu Force Kai".
  • In the scene he appears as ghost in the Other World on Dragon Ball GT, Ginyu is drawn with white gloves (like most of Frieza's henchmen and Ginyu Force members), instead of the black & white arm-protectors he wear in his humanoid shell.
  • Captain Ginyu was the last member of the Ginyu Force to be killed by Vegeta.


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