The Illusion Saiyans made their debut in the Dragon Ball Z franchise as rogue Saiyans in the filler episode "Pendulum Room Peril". Mr. Popo uses the Pendulum Room to send Krillin, Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, and Chiaotzu travel to Planet Vegeta over a hundred years in the past in order to fight those two Saiyans as part of their training. The Illusion Saiyans confront and easily defeat the four Z Fighters, starting with Chiaotzu and Krillin and finishing with Tien Shinhan and Yamcha.
Video game appearances
The two Saiyans also appear in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Kyōshū! Saiyan. They arrive on Earth with Raditz, and reappear later in the game as regular enemies with five other warriors who are not Saiyans, but are modeled after preexisting characters in the series. This caste of fighter consists of a tall Saiyan named Brocco, a Makyan named Cinnamon (he has the appearance of a gray-skinned Sansho), a fighter named Cucumber (has the appearance of an orange-skinned Saibaman), another Makyan named Herb (has the appearance of a red-skinned Nicky), another one named Jasmine (has the appearance of a blue-skinned Ginger), a fighter named Kaiware (has the appearance of a blue-skinned Saibaman), and finally, a short Saiyan named Pumpkin. Pumpkin also appeared under the name Onion as a separate enemy who can transform into a Great Ape.