Garlic (ガーリック, Gārikku) was a villain in the Dragon Ball Z universe. He is mentioned in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, and later in the Garlic Jr. Saga. He was the father of the antagonist Garlic Jr.
Garlic competed with the Nameless Namekian for the throne of Guardian of the Earth. The Namekian was chosen over Garlic because unlike the Namekian, Garlic held evil ambitions that soon became apparent to the previous Kami. Garlic resented the decision, and led an army of Demon Clansmen up to the Lookout in order to overthrow him. According to Kami, his predecessor sealed Garlic and his demon clansmen.
However, in Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone and the Garlic Jr. Saga, a flashback recaps the scene of Garlic forcefully trying to take the throne, revealing that Garlic was sealed in a Dark Crystal in a similar fashion that Kami and Mr. Popo were captured and contained in clear bottles by Garlic Jr. One may infer that Garlic was kept in that crystal for the remainder of his life. It is possible that the crystal is somehow connected to the Dead Zone, thus all who are sealed in it are trapped within the Dead Zone.
Garlic's dying wish was for his son Garlic Jr. to take revenge against Kami, something that Garlic Jr. would attempt 300 years later.
Techniques and special abilities
- Dead Zone – The most dangerous of Garlic's attacks, which he uses on characters he hates, and not only wants to kill, but who he wants to torture too, such as Kami. He is never shown using the attack on-screen, but his son said the Dead Zone was created by Garlic.
- Black Water Mist - Before he was sealed in the Dead Zone, Garlic had the Black Water Mist in his possession. With it he could corrupt the people, turning them into his evil followers, becoming his permanent demon slaves after 24 hours. This is likely how Garlic obtained his Demon army that he used to try to take over the position of the Earth's Kami. After his defeat, the Black Water Mist was taken to Kami's Lookout to prevent its use, but was later found and used by his son Garlic Jr. after his takeover of Kami's Lookout.