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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 (閻魔大王, 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.



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.

Majin Buu Saga

Main articles: Babidi Saga and Kid Buu Saga

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King Yemma

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 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.

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 appearances

Dr. Slump

Enma Dr Slump

Yemma in Dr. Slump

King Yemma's first appearance in one of Akira Toriyama's manga series is in 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. Yemma then sends them on the way to Hell, not knowing that Arale's friend Chivil is getting them back to the living world. Also, King Yemma fires Trampire and her servant during the incident.


King Yemma is strong enough that after Raditz died and was sent to the Afterlife, 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

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 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

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