Makyans (魔凶星人 Makyō-seijin, lit. "People of Planet Makyo"), also referred to as the Serpent race in the English dub, are the natives of the Makyo Star.
Maykyans are humanoids whose features vary, but of their most common traits are pointed ears and fangs. They have a natural transformation which causes extreme growth of the body and an increase in strength, seen in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone and the Garlic Jr. Saga. Though it is unknown if this is common among the species, all the Makyans that appear in the series are evil and violent.
At some point, Garlic's ancestors came to Earth, and Garlic eventually competed with the Nameless Namekian for guardianship of the planet, but was denied the position by former guardian due to his evil ambitions for the Earth, which eventually led to him attempting to take the position by force and being sealed up for the remainder of his life. Garlic Jr. emerged a few hundred years later and twice attempted to avenge his father by killing Kami and fulfilling his father's dark dreams of ruling the Earth, only to find himself trapped inside the Dead Zone both times.
Main article: Gigantification
Makyans are able to take on a special transformation when fighting; this form is used by Garlic Jr, Ginger, Nicky, and Sansho in Dead Zone and later by Spice and Vinegar during the Garlic Jr. Saga. The transformation is called Kyōdaika in Daizenshuu 7, and the form is referred to as Garlic Jr.'s Super form in the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series. The transformation primarily increases their height and muscle mass, but sometimes there are secondary effects such as Vinegar's horns changing shape and Garlic Jr.'s color darkening and his head changing shape. Most Makyans can only take this form when the Makyo Star is nearby (as is the case with Spice and Vinegar), but some possess the capability to use it by themselves (such as Garlic Jr. and the three lords).
- The Miniature Demons enemies in the Nintendo DS RPG Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans bear a resemblance to Garlic Junior's base form and may be Makyans themselves. There are three types of Miniature Demons: Demon Denizens, Demon Mystics, and Demon Nobles.