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"He was supposed to go below, but he would have enjoyed that so I gave him my stamp of approval and admitted him up here."
— "Return to Other World"

King Yemma (えんだいおう Enma Daiō, lit. "Great King Enma") is the king of all ogres who judge the dead. A line of souls leads to his office where he decides whether a soul goes to Heaven or Hell.



King Yemma at his office

Compared to the other ogres, King Yemma is of a different color, he has a beard, he has a helmet with two horns, and he is colossal in size; even his desk is at least three times taller than Goku, who is able to fit in one drawer.


King Yemma is strong enough to stay in control in any situation and can easily overpower Raditz. Later in the series, when the power of the villains increases, this becomes less impressive. King Yemma is very impatient, and easily angered by the smallest of things (just like when screaming at Piccolo in Piccolo's Best Bet when he (Piccolo) was ruining the heaven), but is willing to listen to people's problems if he needs to. Though he might not seem like it, he is highly intelligent as shown when he recovered Vegeta's body and sent Dabura to heaven instead of hell. He is also good natured as was shown by his kind treatment of Goku and his tolerance of Goku's lack of manners.



Before Goku came along, King Yemma was the only one who had ever beaten Goz, caught Mez in a footrace, completed the trip along Snake Way, and escaped from Princess Snake's palace.

Dragon Ball Z

Saiyan Saga

Main article: Vegeta Saga


King Yemma while Goku comes back from King Kai's planet

King Yemma appears early in Dragon Ball Z, when Goku is killed during the Saiyan Saga and is brought to the Other World by Kami to receive training from King Kai. Until then, King Yemma was the only person who had ever run all the way along Snake Way, but he grants Goku permission to give it a try. He is apparently skilled to some degree in fighting, as he claims he easily bested Raditz when the latter attempted to fight him while passing through his realm using his Yemma Lock technique. Yet, according to Kami, King Kai is much stronger than he is. King Yemma heard Kami whisper this to Goku, and threatened to send him to Hell when he dies, although in truth, he was just trying to scare him. When Kami thought to himself about all of the dangers that would come in one year, King Yemma finally lost his patience and ordered Kami to leave.

Yemma is later shocked when Goku returns from King Kai's planet and watches as Kami and the latter return to Earth. He then realized Earth did have a chance against the Saiyans.

Majin Buu Saga

Main articles: Other World Saga, Babidi Saga, and Kid Buu Saga

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King Yemma

In the anime filler, King Yemma sent Cell down to Hell after Gohan killed him. Later, when Demon King Dabura is killed by Majin Buu, King Yemma admits him into Heaven on the basis that he would have enjoyed himself in Hell; however, in anime filler, Dabura is shown enjoying Heaven too. Later, it is revealed that after Vegeta's death, King Yemma allowed him to keep his body and had Fortuneteller Baba bring him to Earth so he could help Goku fight Super Buu. He also got a satellite television so he could watch the fight between Goku and Kid Buu. Following the battle's climax, King Yemma overhears Goku's hope that Kid Buu will return someday as a better person so that they can have a rematch, and decides to grant Goku's wish and reincarnate Kid Buu as Uub, who goes on to be Goku's apprentice and successor.

Dragon Ball Super

Universe 6 Saga

Main article: Universe 6 Saga Goku tells Vegeta that King Yemma heard his wish and brought Majin Buu back as Uub.

"Future" Trunks Saga

Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga King Yemma saw Goku for a brief moment when he died against Hit before he would revive himself with a Ki Blast.

Universe Survival Saga

Main article: Universe Survival Saga


Goku visits King Yemma

King Yemma is visited by Goku in order to reach Frieza in Hell and recruit him for the Tournament of Power, saying that he wants Frieza for 24 hours. Learning about the erasure of the Universe, King Yemma allows Goku to visit Frieza, and later grants him 24 hours time in the living world with the help of Fortuneteller Baba. He also temporarily grants Goku the responsibility to keep Frieza under control outside of Earth.

Dragon Ball GT

Super 17 Saga

Main article: Super 17 Saga King Yemma later makes a few cameo appearances in Dragon Ball GT, such as when he sent Piccolo to Hell during the Super 17 Saga.

Film appearances

Fusion Reborn

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn


King Yemma in Fusion Reborn

King Yemma is working until he gets trapped in his office by Janemba by a barrier that Pikkon slowly destroys while Goku and Vegeta fight the monster. One of his workers gets frozen by the strange yellow stuff that traps them inside. Pikkon realizes that insults could destroy the barrier, but its very slow, and King Yemma gets impatient and waits for a long time (Pikkon goes down to hold off Janemba while Goku and Vegeta are fusing). Everything inside the strange yellow circle is funny, and King Yemma wants to send people to either Hell or Heaven immediately.

Other manga appearences

Dr. Slump

Enma Dr Slump

Enma in Dr. Slump

The mythological figure King Yemma is closely based on (the two have the same name in the Japanese version of the manga, strengthening the connection), Enma, appears in Akira Toriyama's earlier manga series, Dr. Slump, where Trampire and her servant were hired by him as grim reapers to retrieve Senbei Norimaki when he died from being hit by a coconut. Arale Norimaki manages to go with them, throws a pile of poop on him, which angers him. Enma then sends them on the way to Hell, not knowing that Arale's friend Chivil is getting them back to the living world. During the incident, Enma fires Trampire and her servant.


King Yemma is strong enough that after Raditz died and was sent to the Other World, King Yemma was able to handle Raditz with ease after he began to get rowdy. However, as Kami tells Goku he is still not as strong as King Kai.

The movie pamphlet for Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might states that King Yemma has a power level of 1,300. In Dragon Ball Z: The Anime Adventure Game, his power level is 2,600.

Video games

Budokai HD - King Yemma

King Yemma in a Budokai HD cutscene

"The hat worn by King Yemma, who delivers judgment to the souls of the dead."
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 King Yemma's Hat description

Though he doesn't appear in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 he is referenced by the accessory King Yemma's Hat.

Voice actors


  • King Yemma is based on the Buddhist and Chinese deity Yama. Also, King Yemma's dislike for lying is a direct reference to a Buddhist fable where the lord of death Enma will tear out a child's tongue if they lie.
  • King Yemma shares similarities to King Enma from Yu Yu Hakusho in both appearance and occupation. This would be due to both being based on the same deity.
  • King Yemma shares the same voice actors as Mr. Satan in the Japanese version and FUNimation's English dub.
  • King Yemma may be many millions of years old, as Old Kai knew of him prior to meeting him during the events of the series.


See also