The Ghost Warriors (ゴースト戦士, Gōsuto Senshi) are a group of phantom fighters created or "revived" by Dr. Raichi's super computer, Hatchiyack. They are Dr. Raichi, Frieza, Cooler, Lord Slug, and Turles. The Ghost Warriors debuted in the video game Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku and returned in its movie adaptation Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans.
As Raichi's supercomputer is able to harness and amplify "the power of hate", Ghost Warriors are universally seen to take the form of those who died with an intense grudge towards the Saiyans. Given the nature of the Other World within the Dragon Ball franchise, it is unknown if these apparitions are truly the ghosts of former villains or if they are merely facsimiles.
While they seemingly possess the exact appearance and mannerisms of their original forms, their strength is independent of their actual power level. Despite this boost in strength, Ghost Warriors are still able to be "killed" by an opponent with a vastly higher power, but can instantaneously reform and fight anew; the only way to prevent this is to defeat the Ghost Warrior with the same method that vanquished them in life.
While Dr. Raichi is the technically the first Ghost Warrior seen, it is Frieza's quartet who initially confront the Z Fighters. Resurrected through their burning hatred of the Saiyan race (a trait that mirrors Dr. Raichi's own grudge), the Ghost Warriors do battle with the heroes in order to prevent them from resolving the Destron Gas crisis. The battles against the Ghost Warriors are as follows in the OVA: Gohan vs. Turles, Piccolo vs. Lord Slug, Future Trunks vs. Frieza, and Goku vs. Cooler.
Initially cocky due to their new "immortality", the Ghost Warriors are eventually defeated in short order and reabsorbed into the Hatchiyack supercomputer, giving it even more hatred to use as a power source. Even though it is stated in the original version that the Ghost Warriors can only be defeated by the same way they were killed when they were alive, none of the Ghost Warriors are defeated in that way. The remake forgoes the original version's rule regarding the precise method of "killing" a Ghost Warrior.
Video game appearancesEdit
- Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku
- Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Shin Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku - Chikyū-Hen
- Turles' inclusion among the Ghost Warriors is unusual given that he is a Saiyan; he even goes on to say that his hatred for Saiyans surpasses those of the other villains, which is at odds with the typical "Saiyan pride" he displayed in his debut movie. It could be argued that his hate was channelled exclusively at Goku and Gohan for murdering him, but ultimately any discrepancy is allayed by this being simply a phantom rather than the real Turles.