The following chart is the list of appearances for the Z Fighters as a group.
|Character||Dragon Ball||Saiyan Saga||Frieza Saga||Androids/Cell Saga||Majin Buu Saga||Dragon Ball Super||Dragon Ball GT|
|Piccolo||Yes (as an antagonist)||Yes (neutral)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Krillin||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes (retired)||Yes||Yes (retired)|
|Yamcha||Yes||Yes||Yes (dead)||Yes||Yes (retired)||Yes (retired)||Yes (briefly)|
|Tien Shinhan||Yes||Yes||Yes (dead)||Yes||Yes (retired)||Yes||Yes (briefly)|
|Chiaotzu||Yes||Yes||Yes (dead)||Yes (retired)||Yes (briefly)||Yes (retired)||Yes (briefly)|
|Yajirobe||Yes||Yes||Yes (retired)||Yes||Yes (briefly)||Yes
|Gohan||No (not born yet)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Vegeta||No||Yes (as an antagonist)||Yes (neutral)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Future Trunks||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||Yes||No (in his timeline)||Yes||No (in his timeline)|
|Trunks||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||Yes (inactive due to being a baby)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Goten||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Android 18||No||No||No||Yes (as an antagonist and neutral)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Good Buu||No||No||No||No||Yes (as an antagonist in other forms)||Yes||Yes|
|Pan||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||Yes||Yes (inactive due to being a baby)||Yes|
|Uub||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||Yes (during the 28th tournament)||Yes (inactive due to being a baby)||Yes|
|Android 17||No||No||No||Yes (as an antagonist and neutral)||Yes (briefly)||Yes (Tournament of Power)||Yes (as an antagonist due to being brainwashed)|
|Master Roshi||Yes||Yes||Yes (briefly)||Yes (briefly)||Yes||Yes||Yes (briefly)|
- Yajirobe plays a large role in the Vegeta Saga but is reduced to a smaller role in later Sagas; he only appears in various scenes on Korin Tower during the Android and Majin Buu Sagas of Dragon Ball Z, and during Dragon Ball GT.
- Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, and Chiaotzu die after the Saiyan Battle and are in King Kai's planet throughout the Frieza Saga, though they are later revived by the Namekian Dragon Balls. Yamcha appears during the early parts of the Buu Saga, only to be killed by Super Buu. Tien and Chiaotzu survive Super Buu's genocidal attack, and Tien later saves Gohan from Super Buu, however it is unknown where Chiaotzu is at this time.
- Vegeta is initially the antagonist in the Saiyan Saga, but switches sides (if one counts Namek Saga onwards) for the remainder of the series and becomes an Earthling after Kid Buu's defeat.
- Pan becomes a Z Fighter throughout Dragon Ball GT, although she is seen in the final three episodes (289-291; 274-276 in the edited version) of Dragon Ball Z.
- Piccolo makes a cameo appearance to fight Baby, but he is soon defeated. He is last seen on Earth before his death, and later plays a smaller role in Hell for the remainder of GT.
- Majin Buu, known as Good Buu in his good state, is the former villain of the Majin Buu Saga, but after expelling the evil from his body, which later forms into Evil Buu, he is no longer a threat to the world and befriends the Z Fighters.