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Demons ( Oni) are evil creatures who enjoy using their power to torment, torture, and/or kill those who are weaker than themselves. In the Dragon Ball series, demons usually are humanoid-shaped, bulky, gray/green/blue, and have three toes on each foot. Most of them live in the Demon World, under the leadership of an evil-hearted deity called Makaioshin.[3] In Dragon Ball Fusions, they are considered part of the Offworlder race.


Demon Realm race

Main article: Demon Realm race Dabura comes from and is a king of the Demon Realm. It is a dimension separate from the main universe, located on the opposite side of their dimension, like the bottom side of a coin (more specifically, Daizenshuu 7 and the Super Exciting Guide books show it as being in the little pointy tip at the bottom of the snow globe that is the cosmos).

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Towa, a female member of the Demon Realm race

While Goku is training for the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, he visits a village located near the Demon Realm Gate, which is a portal to the Demon Realm. Evil beings from the Demon Realm come out of this gate and torment the village, and most recently Shula, the martial arts master of the Demon Realm, has kidnapped Princess Misa, so Goku goes to the Demon Realm and rescues her.

Towa is the sister of Dabura and is a brilliant scientist from Demon Realm. Her creation Mira is an artificial being who is primarily made up of DNA from the Demon Realm race, though is also known to possess DNA from several other species. They have a son named Fu, who will have a big influence on the world when he grows up.

There is no real name for Dabura and the other inhabitants of the Demon Realm. Daizenshuu 7's character dictionary simply lists Dabura and Shula as being of the "Demon Realm Race" (魔界の種族 Makai no Shuzoku).


Main article: Devil


Spike, the most notable Devil

In Dragon Ball, Devils (悪魔 Akuma) are a race indigenous to Hell and the most notable being Spike the Devil Man, the strongest of Fortuneteller Baba's fighters before Grandpa Gohan appears. Daizenshuu 7 slightly expands on this by noting that "devil" is not a general term for Hell's life-forms, but just designates Devilman's specific hellish race.

Devils appear as enemies in Dragon Ball Online and Dragon Ball Heroes. One specific Devil is named Psidevilman. They work for the Dark Makai army, with Psidevilman as a high-ranking member.

Demon Clans

Demon Clans (魔族 Mazoku)—alternatively referred to as Evil Tribes—refer to several groups of evil aliens that appear in the Dragon Ball series. To be a Demon Clansman you must be pure evil, and Demon Clansmen possess certain properties that their race does not normally have—notably King Piccolo and his offspring possessed abilities that other Namekians did not, such as the ability to completely destroy a Flying Nimbus and stop people's spirits from going to Otherworld by forcing them to remain dwelling in the living realm. King Piccolo was also able to birth mutant offspring, and Lord Slug and his clan were shown to have developed a weakness to sunlight. However, if someone loses their pure evil attribute, they will cease to be a Demon Clansman, as displayed by Piccolo—who loses his Demon Clan status by the time of the battle with Raditz.

In Xenoverse 2, Lord Slug's clan are confirmed by both Slug himself and Elder Kai to be an army of demons lead by Slug. Though Lord Slug is shown to be aware of his Namekian heritage, he still considers himself to be a demon and is pleased to have other demons join his ranks such as legendary Majin.

The Black Water Mist is also capable of turning people infected into Demon Clansmen, they gain several new traits in this state, including red pupils, a feral nature, and the power to turn others into Demon Clansmen via biting. However Piccolo is shown to possess an immunity to this as he only pretends to be infected, indicating that former Demon Clansmen may possess an immunity or resistance to the Black Water Mist's effects due to having once been Demon Clansmen.


Main articles: Mutated Namekian, Lord Slug's clan, and Dark Namekians

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King Piccolo releases his demons

The only Demon Clan that appears in the original manga is King Piccolo's group, composed of King Piccolo and his offspring Piano, Tambourine, Cymbal, and Drum. In the computer game Dragon Ball Online, King Piccolo's clan is revived in the form of a group of Evil Namekians, led by the Black Namekian Naraka. These Namekians attempted to take over the Earth at one point and also summon Mutant Nameks to do their bidding.

Another Demon Clan led by a Namekian, Lord Slug, is featured in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug. Unlike the other Namekian Demon Clans which were comprised purely out of evil Namekians, Lord Slug's Demon Clan consists of several different alien races, including the Slug Soldier race, Medas, and a few other unnamed races, all possibly originating from Planet Slug. They have both a hatred and a weakness to sunlight, like Lucifer and his demons.


Main article: Makyan


Garlic sends his demons on Earth

Garlic and his son Garlic Jr., introduced in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, are also Demon Clan leaders. Contrary to King Piccolo's Demon Clan composed of Namekians and Mutated Nameks, Garlic and his son are from planet Makyo (Makyo means "Devil's Cave" in Japanese, which is the "Realm of Demons" in Japanese Buddhism). Garlic assembled a demon army after being outclassed by the Nameless Namekian as successor for the then-current Guardian of Earth. An enraged Garlic led an attack on Kami's Lookout in an attempt to take the position by force. The aging Guardian, however, managed to seal Garlic and the majority of his followers. To avenge his father, Garlic Jr. and his demonic followers (Ginger, Nicky, and Sansho) attack and try to kill the Nameless Namekian counterparts (Piccolo and Kami) whom Garlic Jr. blames for his father's demise. Years later, Garlic Jr. forms another Demon Clan with the Spice Boys (Spice, Vinegar, Mustard, and Salt), and uses Black Water Mist to turn humans who breath in it into evil "demons/vampires" who worship him and the Spice Boys.

Demon Gods

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Demon God Demigra

The main antagonist of the movie Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle, Lucifer, is given the title of Majin (魔神, Majin, lit. "Demon God"), though he is also mentioned to be a vampire in the English version,[4] and is also referred to as being a Devil. Note that this is a different kind of Majin from Buu's race, since the second kanji means "god", instead of "person".

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z references a demon god which Hirudegarn was based off.

The main antagonist of the game Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Demigra, is also referred to as a Demon God (Majin). The Dragon Ball Heroes game reveals that he turned into this state after gathering enough kiri. Demigra is also noted to be the God of the Demon Realm.


Main article: Majin


Majins from Buu's subspecies in Dragon Ball Online

The main "Majin" (魔人; lit. "Demon Man" or "Demon person") in the series is Majin Buu and all of his forms. Buu is a being who exists since time immemorial and was awakened by the mage Bibidi. Buu is pink, can regenerate as long as even a single one of his molecules remain, and can absorb others to take on their powers and physical characteristics. In the computer game Dragon Ball Online, Buu creates himself a lover in the form of a female fission named Miss Buu some point after the events of the series, and by Age 1000 there is an entire subspecies of Majin descended from him and Miss Buu.

There are other types of Majin too, such as Ozotto, the final enemy in the Dragon Ball Z V.R.V.S. arcade game, whose English name is "Ozotto the Super Monster". Ozotto has the ability to transform into the other fighters in the game.

Demon Realm Shinjin

Main articles: Makaio and Makaioshin Occasionally, there are Shinjin who are born evil. Those delinquent Shinjin are cast into the Demon Realm ruled by Makaioshin, where they live with the Makaio and are secluded from civilizations.[5]



Main article: Ogre


Devil's Castle Ogres in Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle


An Ogre that serves King Yemma

The Ogres (鬼, Oni) that appear in the series are, in the Japanese mythology, something of a mix between a demon and a troll. Demons first appeared in the series in the movie Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle where they live in the Devil's Castle, located on the Devil's Hand, and under the leadership of Lucifer. With the exception of Ghastel, Lucifer's demons usually use machine guns and Rocket Launchers to attack their opponents. These demons are called Ogres.[4] The Ogres who appear later in the series in Other World act as employees for and assist King Yemma in taking care of the Other World.

Blood Rubies

Main articles: Blood Ruby and King Gurumes The Blood Rubies caused King Gurumes to take on a transformation into a demonic entity.[6]

Miniature Demons

Main article: Miniature Demon

Demon Denizen

A Demon Denizen

Miniature Demons appear in Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans. They are short demons and come in three types: Demon Denizens, Demon Mystics, and Demon Nobles. Their appearance suggests that they are members of the Makyan species, though they also bear some resemblance to the Demon Realm race.

Fire Demons

Main article: Fire Demon Fire Demons are a race of demons who appear in Attack of the Saiyans, they are fire-like specter demons who are known to inhabit several areas on Earth. They are powerful, and only three have ever been shown: Evil Flame, Demon Flame, and Furnace Flame. Notably, Evil Flame is shown to have the ability to possess certain people, as he possess Chiaotzu, and possess great speed.


Pui Pui with the Demon mark

Main articles: Black Water Mist and Manipulation Sorcery A variety of beings can be turned into "demons" through possession methods / having their mind taken control of.

People infected by the Black Water Mist are turned into members of the "Evil Tribe", and people who are taken under the influence of Manipulation Sorcery gain the Demon mark, becoming Majin (魔人 Demon Man) - though this is merely a title and they do not become members of the Majin species. In the case of Yakon, he becomes a Majuu (魔獣 Demonic Beast).

Janemba is also capable of possessing people in a variety of ways. Their change varies depending on how he possess or influences them.

Evil Incarnate

Main article: Janemba

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Janemba, the embodiment of evil energy

In the movies, there is another demon: Janemba who appears in Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn. Janemba is a powerful demon and is evil energy taken physical form, as such he is described as "the living definition of evil". Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle refers to Janemba as a Demon of Hell. In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, he is referred to as the Angel from the Underworld.


Demon Eternal Dragons are shown to exist in Dragon Ball Online, the most notable being Mr. Poko Poko, a Black Mashenlong.

Shadow Dragons

Mount Paozu Demons

Main articles: Lord Yao, Mamba, Susha, and Torga


Mamba and Torga


Mamba and Susha

Lord Yao is a boar-like demon from Mount Paozu who appears in the movie Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy and who calls himself the "Demon King". Three other demons live on Mount Paozu: Mamba - a humanoid demon, Susha - a frog-like demon, and Torga - a chicken-like demon.

Video game appearances


Demons in Dragon Ball Online

Demons are spectators in the Devil's Toilet battle stage in the arcade game Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle. Fire Demons, Miniature Demons, and Majins (Gogyo Majin/Ensei Majin/Spring Majin) are enemies in the Nintendo DS game Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans.

A "Master of the Demon World" is mentioned by Dabura in his pre-fight dialogue with Super Janemba in Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, saying that Super Janemba appears similar to this master.

In addition to Mira and Towa, demons similar to Spike the Devil Man are enemies in the computer game Dragon Ball Online.

In Dragon Ball Fusions, both Demons, Devils, and Majins are all classified under Offworlder along with the Shinjin, for example Dabura, Towa, and Mira are all classified as Offworlder in Dragon Ball Fusions. The game also introduces original Demon characters such as former Demon Queen Mirayo, Demon Realm Idol Pipila, and the Devil Butor.

Known Demons

Demon Gods
  • Demigra – A male member of the Demon Realm race who became God of Demon Realm after becoming a Demon God, and main antagonist in the video game Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
  • Towa - A female Member of the Demon Realm race and Dabura's younger sister, granted the Demon God state by Mechikabura. An recurring antagonist in several video games Dragon Ball Online, Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, and Dragon Ball Heroes.
  • Dabura - A male member of the Demon Realm race and King of Demon Realm, who obtains the Demon God state in Dark Empire Saga of Super Dragon Ball Heroes.
  • Putine - A female Member of the Demon Realm race and cohort of Demigra's who was one of the Demon Gods summoned by Mechikabura to search for the Dark Dragon Balls.
  • Gravy - A male member of the Demon Realm race and cohort of Demigra's who was one of the Demon Gods summoned by Mechikabura to search for the Dark Dragon Balls.
  • Lucifer – A vampiric demonic deity and a Demon King who rules over Devil's Castle with an army of Ogres. Appears as main antagonist of the movie Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle.
  • Konats' Demon God – The entity on whom Hirudegarn is based on, was worshiped on planet Konats.
Demon Realm race

Main article: Members of the Demon Realm race


Main article: Members of the Devil race

Other Demons
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Spring Guardian and Spring Majin in Attack of the Saiyans

  • Fire Demons – Flame-made demons who appear in Attack of the Saiyans. The tree types are Evil Flame, Demon Flame, and Furnace Flame.
  • Miniature Demons – Short demons who appear in Attack of the Saiyans. The tree types are Demon Denizen, Demon Mystic, and Demon Noble.
  • People influenced by the Black Water Mist
  • Kadoola - A demon who fought with a lot of people in Hell and became their leader. He wants to go to Heaven.
King Piccolo's Demon Clan
Dark Namekians

Main article: Members of the Makyan race

Fiends (魔物; demonic things)
Lord Slug's clan

Main article: Members of the Ogre race


Main article: Members of the Majin race

Mount Paozu Demons


  • Besides the species, the term "demon" or "devil" has also been used as a descriptive term, usually to imply that the person being addressed as such was significantly inhuman in their actions and cruelty, beyond even that of a regular monster. On New Planet Vegeta, the Legendary Super Saiyan Broly uses the term devil to describe himself in response to Piccolo calling him a monster. The narrator refers to Cell as a "demented demon" during the cold opening of "Cell Returns" When angrily confronting Future Android 17 over the death of his son, an old man from Parsley City calls the Android a demon for the murder of his son.



  1. In the anime, during Goku's first visit to Hell in the Vegeta Saga, it is revealed by Goz and Mez that there is a tree in Hell that grows fruit that only the Ogre King Yemma is allowed to eat
  2. It is said by Mamba that human meat is the best edible meat
  3. Dragon Ball: Super Exciting Guide, 2009
  4. 4.0 4.1 Back cover of Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle
  5. Dragon Ball: Super Exciting Guide, 2009
  6. Daizenshuu 6, 1995

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