Galactic Overlord Frieza
Master Frieza (Ocean Dub)
Fliza (Malaysian dub)
Gran Freezer (Latin America Dub)
Frezar (Arabic Dub)
Emperor of Space (by Spike the Devil Man in Budokai Tenkaichi 3)
|Debut||Manga: "Planet Namek, Cold and Dark"|
Anime: "Brood of Evil"
|Date of death||August, Age 764|
|Occupation||Leader of the Planet Trade Organization|
|Allegiance||Planet Trade Organization|
Ghost Warriors (Age 767)
"There are three things I refuse to tolerate: cowardice, bad haircuts, and military insurrection. And it is unfortunate that our friend Vegeta possesses all three of these."
Frieza (フリーザ) is one of the most significant villains in the Dragon Ball manga and the Dragon Ball Z anime. He also makes appearances in several Dragon Ball Z movies, as well as Dragon Ball GT episodes. Frieza is a galactic emperor of an unnamed race who runs the planet trade and is feared for his ruthlessness and power. He is the descendant of Chilled, the son of King Cold, the younger brother of Cooler, and the father of Kuriza. His name is a rephrase of "freezer."
Design and appearance
According to Akira Toriyama, Frieza's design is an amalgamation of what he thought monsters looked like in his childhood. According to the Daizenshuu, Frieza was also inspired by Toriyama's second editor, Yū Kondō.
Frieza is one of the villains in the series who possesses an entire range of transformations, each one being quite different than the others. It is implied by Vegeta and Frieza himself in the series that Frieza's fourth, most powerful form is actually his original form, with the other three being forms that suppress his power in order to conserve it, as well as to keep himself under control. Frieza later confirms this while fighting the main protagonist, Goku. His forms seem to revolve around both western and Japanese concepts of demons. According to an interview done by Shonen Jump with Toriyama, Frieza's fourth form was made to look small and harmless because Toriyama wanted to go against the expectation that strong characters always get stronger and bigger; to switch between telling a straightforward story and an unconventional one.
Like his brother and father, Frieza's name is a pun on all things relating to the cold. As both Cooler's and Frieza's names end in a short "a" vowel (rather than the long "ā" which usually signifies "er" in kana spellings on English words), Frieza's name is typically spelled with an "a" at the end (as opposed to "Freezer"). Logic would follow that the character's name should in turn be spelled in a similar fashion (as opposed to "Cooler"). Note that FUNimation Entertainment, the company responsible for Dragon Ball's production and distribution in North America and Australia, chooses to spell the name as Cooler (and Freeza as Frieza). It might also be a pun on him being more composed and serious than his brother, who would ergo be the "cooler" brother.
Frieza is introduced in the series as a powerful galactic overlord who is involved in the Planet Trade Organization in which the Saiyans, the main antagonists prior, were members. He rules a vast empire that has control over what has been said to be over 79 planets up until his death (Vegeta visited Planet Frieza 79 briefly after his defeat on Earth. At the time, Frieza himself was using that planet as a base, but was absent while making his way to Namek. Not all Frieza-dominated worlds, such as Planet Vegeta, were numbered). Frieza creates many armies from the planets that he conquers, though his most utilized race were the Saiyans. Frieza had heard about the legend of the Super Saiyan, a being with unrivaled power and the only single warrior that could pose a threat to him, but dismissed it as simple mythology; however, after several Saiyans emerged with rapidly evolving potential, Frieza began to fear that the legend of the Super Saiyan would indeed come true. Thus, when confronted by Bardock, a Saiyan whose powers were growing, Frieza wiped out the Saiyan race by annihilating Planet Vegeta, the home world of the Saiyan race. After analyzing the Saiyans' battle against the Earth, his actions eventually lead him into conflict with the heroes of the series when he tries to take possession of the wish-granting Dragon Balls on Planet Namek. Though still no one could possibly contend with his power, Frieza's fears were realized when he caused the emergence of the mythical Super Saiyan and was defeated by him in a terrific, planet-shattering engagement. Goku, who had escaped Frieza's attempt to destroy the Saiyans, had become the Super Saiyan, ironically, through Frieza's own evil actions.
"I doubt I need an introduction, but just in case, I am Lord Frieza, and yes, all the horrible stories you've heard are true."
At his core, Frieza relishes death and destruction, as he shows in his enjoyment of Planet Vegeta's destruction. He is notable for being one of the most sadistic characters in the series, and often tries to make his enemies suffer before he kills them. Like any of the other villains in Dragon Ball Z, Frieza also has an ego to match his power. He also has a sardonic wit and explains in "Face Off on Namek" that the three things he refuses to tolerate are cowardice, bad haircuts and military insurrection, and is quick to declare that Vegeta possesses all three of these qualities. Despite his cold-heartedness and numerous observations by other characters that he cares about no one but himself, Frieza does make several displays of respect towards his father, King Cold, implying that he is not threatened by family (especially considering it is stated in a Budokai Tenkaichi 3 biography that Cold is in fact stronger than Frieza; his mention of his parents being able to cause pain to his true form, as well as Piccolo's statement of a stronger power being with Frieza during his appearance on Earth before Future Trunks' appearance implies that this may be the case in the main series as well). However, even this respect is not absolute, as even after King Cold is introduced, Frieza continues to dub himself the most powerful being of his time, despite other characters being superior to him in strength, and even his own admission that his father was able to cause him pain in his final form.
In a narrative sense, this serves as a counter to the simple-natured, peaceful personality of Goku, but whether this was done intentionally is unknown. Though often surprised, Frieza tends to react to situations quite evenly, and is only really driven over the edge once his full power starts to slip away and Super Saiyan Goku takes the upper hand in the final moments of their battle on Namek. Frieza takes full pride in his abilities, and often takes the opportunity to demonstrate them (e.g. not using limbs in some fights, killing enemies slowly, and so on).
Ironically, for all of Frieza's power and arrogance, he sometimes displays a paranoid attitude. He destroyed Planet Vegeta simply because of the growing myth of the existence of a Super Saiyan, though when the idea of one is brought up, he utterly denies believing in one.
It should also be noted that in the Japanese version and English Kai dub, unlike most other primary villains, Frieza uses very polite, eloquent language rather than the more tough-talking style of most of the other villains. Despite these traits, he is quite cold-hearted, almost to the point of being machine-like in nature. He tends to view most problems and situations in an intellectual manner, as opposed to a manner of life or death (largely because his immense power causes him to believe he can easily defeat anyone the old fashioned way if he chooses to). This leads him to underestimate his foes, resulting in his eventual downfall. As a narcissist, he tends to be quite confident both in his abilities and his mind, and reacts violently to criticism. Ultimately, Frieza could be viewed as yet another example of a Machiavellian inspired ruler, with ruthless determination to achieve power.
Genocide of the Saiyans
Main article: Genocide of the Saiyans
"I say we torch the whole barrel of monkeys."
Frieza had many races under his thumb in his planetary trade, but none were as prevalent as the Saiyans. Gifted with natural fighting ability, strength and the ability to become stronger after every battle, Saiyans became powerful weapons in Frieza's subjugation of planets. However, these very abilities made them a liability to the paranoid Frieza, afraid that, if left unchecked, the Saiyans could either unite and overwhelm him, or one day provide a warrior to rival Frieza himself. With the advice of his top henchman Zarbon, Frieza plans to wipe out the Saiyan race. He also ended up forcing King Vegeta into giving him his son, Vegeta, as part of their continued "cooperation", although King Vegeta secretly intended to betray Frieza before he could ever let him have his son.
Hearing the accomplishments of the low-level Saiyan Bardock and acting on his own fears of the Super Saiyan legend, Frieza resolves to eliminate all possible threats. He sends his henchman Dodoria and his elites to assassinate Bardock and his team, while Frieza himself sets a course to Planet Vegeta. On his arrival, King Vegeta and his men attempt an uprising both to end Frieza's reign and to rescue Prince Vegeta, but it ended disastrously with the King and his soldiers being slaughtered by Frieza as Zarbon and Dodoria watch.
As Frieza arrived in the planet's orbit, Frieza suspected that the rest of the Saiyans will attempt to emulate King Vegeta's approach and commit a full-scale uprising, a suspicion confirmed when he was confronted by a charging Bardock, lunging through the fields of Frieza's men, and in defiance of the tyrant, even goes as far as to fire a ki blast at Frieza after giving a heart-felt speech declaring that the Saiyan race is going to stop working for Frieza. The tyrant retaliated by laughing maniacally with insane glee as he prepared a Supernova to annihilate the planet. The attack consumes Bardock and some of his men as it buries itself deep beneath the planet's surface resulting in a massive explosion, eradicating nearly every Saiyan.
After the planet's explosion, a story was fabricated to ensure the loyalty of the few remaining Saiyans Frieza had kept in his employ as a convenience: Vegeta, Raditz and Nappa. According to the myth that was created, a meteor hit Planet Vegeta and destroyed it that very day. Another version is that it was the benevolent guardian of Planet Vegeta, ashamed at the immorality of the Saiyans, who summoned meteors to impact and destroy the planet and the Saiyan race. Despite these stories, Frieza's destruction of the Saiyans is a rumor that Vegeta heard before the events of Dragon Ball Z, as shown in a flashback during the Frieza Saga (although this might be a form of retroactive continuity, as Vegeta seemed to be unaware of this until Dodoria's confession before his death).
"I desire but one tiny little wish, for the one thing I don't already have: the power of Eternal Life."
Twenty-five years later, Frieza spies on Vegeta's scouter during the Saiyan Saga and in doing so, learns of the existence of the Dragon Balls on Namek. Planning to obtain them and make a wish for immortality, Frieza arrives on Namek with his longtime comrades and top two highest ranking henchmen, Zarbon and Dodoria, in order to try and obtain the Dragon Balls from the Namekians. After Cui, Dodoria, and Zarbon fall to Vegeta, who had betrayed Frieza to collect the fabled items for his own ends, the Ginyu Force is summoned by Frieza to retrieve the Dragon Balls and neutralize the Saiyan rogue so that he can be brought to him. Ultimately, they fail to do so when Goku arrives on Planet Namek and fights them, eventually defeating them.
Ginyu did bring Frieza the Dragon Balls while his comrades fought, and he and Frieza attempted to summon the dragon, but had no success, coming to the conclusion that they needed some special password only a Namekian would know. While searching for the secret to unlock the power of the Dragon Balls, Frieza finds out that three Namekians are still alive by checking his scouter, so he speeds towards and arrives at Grand Elder Guru's home where he is confronted by Nail, the strongest of the Namekian warriors on the planet. Nail leads Frieza away from Guru, and fights Frieza, only for Frieza to horribly torture Nail, in an attempt to reveal the password of the Dragon Balls (and in the process, causes Guru's death under the strain of Frieza's torture). Frieza then leaves him to die after discovering the fight was a diversion for Dende to reveal the password to Krillin and Gohan as they take the Dragon Balls. Enraged, he follows in pursuit of the heroes only to find that Porunga, the Namekian Dragon is gone due to Guru's death. He confronts Vegeta, Krillin, Gohan, and Dende after Guru had passed away. He then faces off with a much more powerful Vegeta, who is now capable of possibly holding his own for a bit against Frieza's strength.
Spurred on by Vegeta, Frieza unveils his second form, allowing him to defeat Vegeta. After Frieza uses the Death Storm attack, he takes his time to decide who should die first, and chooses Krillin. He injures Krillin by impaling him and torturing him, then throwing him into the Namekian sea, taunting Gohan with his friend's limp body. Gohan responds in an incredible fury and proceeds to pound Frieza with punches, kicks and a barrage of ki blasts. Frieza then proceeds to pummel him as a response, and just before he can finish him off, Krillin, healed by Dende, shoots a Destructo Disk at his tail, chopping the tip of it off. Frieza chases Krillin in a diversion and returns to the others when Frieza decides to finish them off. Fortunately, Piccolo joins the battle - only slightly lesser in abilities to Frieza, because of his fusion with Nail.
As Piccolo and Frieza fought, Piccolo was revealed to be holding back because of his weighted clothing. Frieza, eager to demonstrate even more of his power to Piccolo, again transformed, unlocking more of his power. Piccolo tries to outrun Frieza, but Frieza's speed was too much for Piccolo. Frieza then brutally attacks Piccolo with his Crazy Finger Beam. Gohan again gets angry, and fires the Full Power Masenko, which Frieza struggles with, but eventually deflects back. Piccolo protects Gohan by firing a blast at it, deflecting it away. Frieza notes Gohan's growing power, and notices he is a Saiyan, but doubts Vegeta is his father (he still believes that only Raditz, Nappa, and Vegeta escaped Planet Vegeta's destruction), and finally he unveils his true form, stressing that he intended to give his foes the "pleasure" of observing it before they died; in the anime, he promises to show them "a terror greater than hell."
In his new form, Frieza first killed Dende, who Frieza had found out had been healing the heroes when he saw Dende healing Piccolo just before transforming into his final form. Piccolo, Krillin and Gohan attack Frieza, but Frieza easily dodges their flurry of kicks and punches. After receiving another Zenkai at his request, Vegeta announced himself as a Super Saiyan and fought Frieza, attempting to hit Frieza with an intense flurry of punches, however, Frieza's speed is still far too much for Vegeta to handle, leaving Vegeta in a quiet state of fear. With all his power, Vegeta fires a Final Burst Cannon at Frieza directly, but the tyrant was still far his superior and easily kicked the beam away. After Vegeta lost his hope, Frieza proceeds to punish him: Frieza tortures Vegeta by repeatedly punching Vegeta's spine while strangling him with his tail. As Piccolo, Krillin and Gohan watch in horror, in a sadistic manner, Frieza reminds them that they can assist Vegeta if they want to. Just as Frieza was about to slay Vegeta, the healed Goku arrives on the battlefield, ready to fight Frieza. Vegeta, believing that Goku had finally become a full-fledged Super Saiyan, taunts Frieza, even though he is too badly beaten to even stand. Frieza, proud of his past accomplishments, smirks before sending his Death Beam through the Saiyan Prince's heart. Teetering on the brink of death, Vegeta is able to tell the newly-healed Goku of Frieza's genocide of the Saiyan race, imploring him to take revenge on behalf for all Saiyans.
As Vegeta finishes his plea to Goku, he finally dies from his injury. Goku, saddened by Vegeta's death, buries him and vows to finish Frieza. Goku and Frieza then spar, with Frieza realizing that his opponent is the son of the Saiyan that gave him such trouble years before. Goku and Frieza are an even match for a while (with the latter even admitting that Goku is the first person other than his parents to cause him pain in his true form), until Frieza determines and states that with 50%, he could easily defeat Goku, with Goku believing this is a bluff. Frieza then increases his power to 50% of his maximum, and easily beats Goku, with Goku completely unable to keep up. Goku attempts to use his Kaio-ken x10 during this battle, but Frieza stills beats him using half of his maximum power. Goku then goes desperate and attempts to use a Kaio-ken x20 and a Kamehameha attack, but to no significant avail (the best he could do was slightly char Frieza's hands), as Frieza easily diffuses the blast with 50% of his power. However, he does become alarmingly aware of his opponent's remarkable abilities.
It should be noted that in the English dub, Frieza states that he had only been fighting at 1% of his full power. Also, no reference is made in this dub to Frieza not using even a third of his power while battling Goku with x10 Kaio-ken. After taking another beating, a severely battered Goku attempts to create a giant Spirit Bomb by calling on the energies of Namek's solar system as a final resort, as Namek did not have enough life on the planet to make the Spirit Bomb powerful. Piccolo is able to distract the tyrant long enough, kicking him into the ocean, and Goku is eventually able to heavily wound Frieza using the Large Spirit Bomb.
With everyone believing the warlord to be dead, the heroes take the time to relax, until Krillin noticed that Frieza had emerged from the blast's crater, retaliating by mortally wounding Piccolo with a Death Beam (in the manga, Frieza intentionally fired at Piccolo, while in the anime, Frieza fired at Goku and then Piccolo pushed him out of the way and took the blast instead). Frieza then used his telekinetic powers to make Krillin fly into the air and, despite Goku's pleas, he murders Krillin. Already bordering on the edge of his rage, Goku was pushed over the edge, his rage exploding, causing Frieza to inadvertently create what he had always feared: a Super Saiyan.
In the ensuing battle, Super Saiyan Goku and Frieza trade blows, but as the fight progresses, Frieza's 50% power clearly proves to be less than adequate against the Super Saiyan; even his Death Beams at that level have little effect on the newly empowered Saiyan. In frustration, Frieza sends a Death Ball into the core of the planet, starting a chain reaction that would destroy Namek in five minutes (revealing immediately afterwards that he held back too much of his power for the Death Ball to be a complete success). Frieza unleashes 70% and then 100% of his power, which Goku requested, wanting to fight him using all his strength. Goku also notes that Frieza wanted it this way as well, because if he had not, he would have fired at the planet again. At this point, Frieza launches a terrific assault against Super Saiyan Goku, who had not expected Frieza's power to be as high as it is.
"Poor stupid Saiyan. You honestly think you've won. Your puny mind never could understand. I am Frieza, the most powerful being in the Universe. And you are nothing but a monkey. You can't win because I am mighty, and you are not."
However, Super Saiyan Goku realizes that after sustaining so much damage in his 50% state, Frieza's body would no longer be able to handle his 100% power for very long. Super Saiyan Goku and Frieza face off and eventually, after a very long battle, Super Saiyan Goku gets the battle under his control, delivering a final momentous blow to the tyrant that symbolically ends Frieza's reign. Seeing Frieza's power slipping fast now, Super Saiyan Goku decides to call off the fight, claiming it would be pointless to continue, as Frieza is losing strength rapidly and Super Saiyan Goku had already humbled the tyrant. He also mentioned that he was holding back ever since Frieza achieved 100% to see what the form was capable of. Humiliated, Frieza refuses to relent, attacking Super Saiyan Goku with two of his own more powerful versions of the Chasing Destructo Disk. As Super Saiyan Goku dodges the attacks, Frieza ironically becomes distracted long enough to be bifurcated by his own attack.
Barely clinging to life, but desperate to survive, Frieza begs for mercy, which Super Saiyan Goku hesitantly provides, giving him a little of his ki. Frieza's pride refuses to allow him to be beaten and saved by a Saiyan "monkey", and he expends what little energy he has left to attack Goku. Overcome with anger, Super Saiyan Goku fires an Angry Kamehameha that consumes both Frieza and his attack and ravages what remains of him in the process.
Reconstruction and Death
"I am Lord Frieza! None surpass me! No one even comes close! Etch this into your skull: I am Emperor of the Universe! The likes of you are only fit to grovel at my feet! Or better still, to die in disgrace at the hands of your master!"
Unbeknownst to Goku and everyone else, Frieza was not killed on Namek. Frieza's shredded body floated in the planet's debris, kept company only by his thoughts of how the universe's conqueror had been thoroughly beaten by a lowly Saiyan. His father King Cold had crews search the area, not believing his son to have been destroyed by something as insignificant as the explosion of a planet. What could be found of Frieza was salvaged, and reconstructed with cybernetic enhancements, leaving him scarred and bitter. Knowing he was stronger than ever before - Frieza's first thought upon rehabilitation is revenge on those who defeated him on Namek.
Frieza beats Goku to Earth (despite his ill intentions towards Earth and all who lived there, Frieza notes It's a good planet on first viewing) and orders his henchmen to find and slaughter its inhabitants, with Frieza keen on killing his enemy's friends himself. However, his army is torn apart by a mysterious youth. Frieza dismisses his challenger as an insolent child, and pays him almost no heed until the boy reveals himself as another Super Saiyan.
Dumbstruck, Frieza makes several different efforts to kill the youth, such as energy blasts, each of which is parried easily (this occurs only in the anime while the youth wasted no time and killed Frieza after a single attack in the manga. Also, Gohan implies that Frieza was holding back 50% of his power in the manga whereas the anime has Frieza going all out). He then plays his trump card in the form of a Death Ball ten times the size of the one that destroyed Planet Namek (this attack is called Supernova in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3). Even this is nonchalantly brushed away, until a mortified Frieza causes it to detonate with another shot of ki. Thinking him dead, both father and son are stunned when the youth fires a Burning Attack out of nowhere. Fuming, Frieza becomes oblivious to his opponent's position, and is surprised and sliced in half by the Saiyan youth before being cut to pieces and vaporized in an effortless blast. King Cold meets the same fate, with the youth obliterating him with the God Breaker when the tyrant tries to attack him. Despite this, the common myth throughout the universe remains that Goku defeated Frieza on Namek.
Frieza's cells were collected by Dr. Gero's remote tracking device and used to create Cell, who notably gained Frieza's Death Beam. In the alternate future timelines of Future Trunks and Cell, it is implied that Future Goku used Instant Transmission to teleport to Earth and kill Frieza and his father King Cold instead of Trunks.
"It's been a long time, Goku, and you've gotten so much cuter."
After his death, Frieza makes numerous cameo appearances throughout the remainder of the series from Hell. His first (and most major) role was teaming up with Cell and causing trouble in Hell, along with King Cold and the dead members of the Ginyu Force. Frieza and King Cold were the only two villains in this scene to not be thrown onto the Mountain of Needles by Pikkon; Pikkon knocked Frieza out with a single punch to the face after elbowing King Cold in the stomach. Then all seven were locked up in a prison cell. This was one of the rare times Frieza and Cell (two of the three main villains of the show) are seen talking to each other.
Later, Frieza is shown observing Goku's fight with Kid Buu alongside other defeated villains from the series, even saying "I could have done the same thing if I hadn't lost both my legs!" When Frieza sees Goku winning against Kid Buu via the Spirit Bomb, he remarks "Why am I not surprised?"
In Dragon Ball GT, Frieza teams up with Cell to act as a distraction for Goku while a horde of villains from the Z Fighters' past escape Hell, thanks to Dr. Gero and Dr. Myuu's portal. Even when Frieza and Cell combine their forces to combat Goku, they both fall under Goku's might, with each of their most significant attacks failing after another. Eventually, after much bickering, Cell and Frieza use their newly made combination technique, the Hell Bazooka, to launch Goku downwards into the darker realms of Hell where their opponent has to endure the Terrible Torture Tour. Frieza and Cell come to see Goku frozen after the final stage of the tour, but due to Goku being alive, his living energy heats the ice encasing his body. He then uses the snow machine of the Torture Tour to freeze Cell and Frieza, finally defeating them. Frieza was last seen with Cell being arrested by the ogres.
Frieza's power level in his first form is stated to be 530,000. When he transforms into his second form, his power jumps to "over 1,000,000." In the series, when transforming into his second form, he continues to power up as he fights, only to transform again when outmatched by Piccolo. His power level in his third form is not stated in the manga/anime, and his final form has a power level of 120,000,000 at 100% of full power according to the Daizenshuu 7 and several video games (including Dragon Ball Z: Scouter Battle Taikan Kamehameha). At 50% power (around 60,000,000), Frieza is able to cope with Goku's Kaio-ken x10, but a Kaio-ken x20 gives him trouble (Goku's 3,000,000 x 20=60,000,000 which roughly equals Frieza's 50%). In the manga, Frieza is able to land several hits on Goku and put up a good fight, but is still outclassed overall. In the anime, on the other hand, Frieza at 100% power is able to battle nearly evenly against Super Saiyan Goku (whose power level was 150,000,000), and even takes a slight advantage. However, because of the power output, his 100% power slowly drains, leading to his defeat.
In the RPG game Dragon Ball Z II: Gekishin Freeza, his power level is 20,000 in his first form, 30,000 in his second form, 40,000 in his third form, and 50,000 in his final form.
The RPG game Dragon Ball Z: Legend of the Super Saiyan provides different power levels for Frieza. In his first form, Frieza is at a maximum of 530,000. In his second stage, he is stated to be at 1,000,000, and in his third form, his power is 1,550,000. Once reaching his final form, Frieza's power level raises to 1,700,000, and 3,000,000 at 100% power.
In Dragon Ball Z: Goku Gekitōden, his power level is 250,000 in his first form, 530,000 in his second form, 1,100,000 in his third form, 2,500,000 in his final form, and 5,000,000 at 100% power.
In the video game Dragon Ball Z: Sagas, his power level during his final battle with Goku is stated to be 12,000,000 (this could be derived from an error in the early translation of the Daizenshuu where it was stated to be 12,000,000 instead of the correct 120,000,000).
Several video games show Frieza as having improved vastly, with a promotional movie for Dragon Ball Heroes showing him fighting on par with Super Saiyan Goku and the two Saiyan Heroes using his base power in final form. In Shin Budokai, Frieza also defeats Legendary Super Saiyan Broly behind the scenes (Legendary Super Saiyan Broly was shown to give Super Saiyan 3 Goku trouble, meaning that Frieza had increased to be around equal to Super Saiyan 3 Goku in power). In Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2, Mecha Frieza's Galaxy mode boss suggests that Mecha Frieza at 100% is on par with a Super Saiyan 2.
Techniques and special abilities
- Flight – The ability of flight through the manipulation of ki.
- Ki Blast – The most basic form of energy wave.
- Eye Laser – Precise laser-like beam shot from the eyes. Mild potency, but fast and able to nullify lesser attacks and small projectiles, as well as destroy weaker opponents and obstacles. It was used by Frieza to enter the hut of the Namekian Grand Elder, Guru, while seeking the Dragon Balls, in battle with Goku, and against King Vegeta's Elite Saiyan army who would try to save Prince Vegeta from Frieza (shortly before he destroyed Planet Vegeta and just after he killed King Vegeta with one blow).
- Death Beam – Also known as Frieza Beam, this is Frieza's favored killing technique. He extends one arm and fires a small, bullet-like beam of ki from his index finger. It is able to be fired very quickly while maintaining precise aim. It can vary from either an explosion or piercing attack; killing Dende and Vegeta, respectively in this fashion, and also heavily wounds Piccolo. Called Death Beam in the U.S. releases of recent Dragon Ball Z video games. His third form uses a variant of this attack called Crazy Finger Beam where he fires continuous Death Beams all at once. This attack was used on Piccolo during the Frieza Saga.
- Barrage Death Beam – A rapid-fire version of the Death Beam.
- Death Comet – A technique used by Frieza during Namek Saga. When Frieza is unable to control his anger at the fact that Vegeta stole his Dragon Balls, he starts firing massive spheres of energy that demolish the Namekian countryside.
- Whirlwind Blow – Frieza used this attack against three Namekians by lightly blowing, which produced strong winds that formed a tornado. Since he was seen to only use this once in his weakest form, it may hint he only uses it on feeble opponents.
- Punishing Rush – This is a rush attack used by Frieza in the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series. Part of this attack was used in Frieza's fight with Nail in the Frieza Saga. Frieza uses a technique very similar, called Meteor Crash, in the Budokai video game series (not to be confused with Goku's Meteor Crash).
- Death Ball – Frieza creates a spark of ki lights on the index finger and, once enough energy is gathered, this spark may grow to the size of a small moon. When ready, this Death Ball is thrown towards the target. Typically, this attack is used to destroy planets or as a last-ditch effort to kill an opponent.
- Supernova – A more powerful version of the Death Ball used by both Frieza and his brother Cooler. Used by Frieza when he destroyed Planet Vegeta and the second time against Future Trunks. The name of the technique comes from the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series.
- Destroy The Planet! – A variation of the Death Ball Frieza used in an attempt to destroy Planet Namek following Goku's transformation to Super Saiyan. However, he held back too much power, resulting in the planet being nearly destroyed. The name of the technique comes from Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
- 100% Death Ball – Only used once by Frieza, this enormous pink energy sphere covered with electricity was thrown at Goku who was underwater at the time. Though Goku was able to punch it into space, it still hit another planet, destroying it faster than any planet destruction in DBZ history. This attack was never used in the manga, as Frieza was afraid of being caught in the destruction of Namek.
- Punishing Blaster – Frieza fires a pink energy wave at the opponent. He used this technique against Piccolo (who had merged with Nail) in his 2nd form. The name comes from Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, and is his Blast 2 in his 2nd form. It also appears in Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and the Raging Blast games.
- Death Storm – A variation of the Exploding Wave used by 2nd Form Frieza. Its name comes from the Budokai Tenkaichi video games. Also used in Dragon Ball Z II: Gekishin Freeza and Dragon Ball Z: Legend of the Super Saiyan.
- Killer Ball – A Full Power Energy Barrage Wave used by Frieza several times during his battle against the Z Fighters on Namek. Named in the Budokai series, and also used in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- HAIL Frieza – Frieza impales the opponent with his horn and tosses them away, only to blast them with a Punishing Blaster. He used this attack to heavily injure Krillin. It is named in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- It's Just Getting Exciting! – A rush attack used by 2nd form Frieza.
- You Thought That Was It? – A counter attack used by 2nd form Frieza.
- Punishing Counter – A counter attack used by third form Frieza.
- Crazy Finger Beam – A weak, but incredibly fast burst which explodes at a location Frieza points to. He uses this ability many times in rapid succession to quickly defeat Piccolo after transforming into this third form.
- Transformation – This is Frieza's ability to morph himself from a weaker state to a more powerful one. These transformations were originally a containment of his true power, with his actual form being what's commonly referred to as "Final". In all, Frieza demonstrated three transformations and four altered states, overlooking his bulk at 100% power and cyborg augmentation.
- Kiai – One of the techniques Frieza against Super Saiyan Goku. At 50% power, it was enough to stun Goku for several minutes. Also used in the Butōden series.
- Telekinesis – Frieza has strong psychokinetic powers, allowing him to freely levitate objects, such as boulders and Dragon Balls so that he does not have to carry them himself. He can even lift or move large objects through the air and blow up objects as big as mountains with only his mind. Used in his fight with Goku in the manga/anime series, and called Psychokinesis in the Budokai Tenkaichi series, where he uses it in his first, final, and 100% Power forms.
- Psycho Beam (サイコビーム) – One of Frieza psychokinetic techniques in Legend of the Super Saiyan.
- Psycho Blast – Using his telekinesis, Frieza lifts and throws rocks at his opponent. Used against Goku.
- Imprisonment Ball – A special attack used on Goku, where he captures his opponent in a ball of energy they cannot break out of. Frieza can manipulate this ball as much as he wants, but it explodes as soon as it touches any surface other than Frieza himself. It is called Psylock Smasher in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2. Also, a similar attack is used in Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3, called I might die this time (perhaps due to that being any victim's thoughts), in which Frieza shoots some rocks at the opponent, and if it hits, uses the Imprisonment Ball, and throws the opponent to the ground.
- I Won't Let You Escape with Your Life! – Frieza's version of one of Vegeta's deadly attacks, Dirty Fireworks. Frieza shoots a small energy sphere into the opponent, lifts them up with telekinesis, then detonates the opponent by clenching his fist. He has used this technique to kill Krillin.
- Death Wave – A powerful long blade-like energy beam Frieza creates with two of his fingers and that can slice through anything, as stated by Frieza. Named in the Budokai series, it is also called Energy Cutter and Fissure Slash.
- Frieza Invisible Blast – A variation of Frieza's Fissure Slice that is present within Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22, where he forms an invisible arcing blast towards his opponent.
- 50% Power – A rush attack used by Frieza in his final form against Goku. Frieza first teleports behind his opponent and knocks them off their feet with a low kick, and then he catches the opponent by their neck using his tail and brings them closer to himself so that he can elbow them in the ribs.
- Death Break – A rush attack used by Frieza in his 100% Power form.
- Nova Strike – An attack where he places a purple sphere of energy around himself and charges at the enemy. He uses this when he reaches 100%. The name of this attack is taken from the Budokai Tenkaichi games.
- Homing Destructo Disk – Similar to the normal Destructo Disk (most commonly used by Krillin), Frieza's are faster, a different color (purple), and can be controlled remotely. Frieza creates two of these to hound Goku until he's sliced in half by his own attack. It is called Death Saucer in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi video game series.
- Death Cannon – A more powerful form of Death Beam shot from the palm of the hand. Used by Frieza only in his Final form and 100% Power form.
- You Will Die By My Hand! – The name given to the blast Frieza used in a final attempt to kill Goku, who countered with the Angry Kamehameha. The name is taken from the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- Tail Attack – Frieza can attack his opponents using his powerful tail. He uses this to strangle Vegeta, and later to strangle Goku.
- Ruthless Blow – An attack used by Mecha Frieza where he impales his opponent with his right hand. Mecha Frieza used this attack to kill one of King Cold's soldiers after all the other soldiers were sliced up by Future Trunks' sword.
- Death Blaster – A Full Power Energy Wave used by Mecha Frieza against Super Saiyan Trunks.
- Fly Away – Frieza shoots a large wave of purple energy across the stage left to right. He uses this attack in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors.
- Death Junk – From below, Mecha Frieza shoots energy blasts into a formation, which strikes the opponent in groups of two. Used in the Nintendo DS game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2.
- Nightmare Blast – From above the opponent, Mecha Frieza shoots energy blasts into a formation different from that of the Death Junk, which strikes the opponent. Also used in Supersonic Warriors 2.
- Super Explosive Wave – A technique used by Mecha Frieza in the video game Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2.
- Blind Meteor – A combo move exclusive to Supersonic Warriors 2. Frieza summons Zarbon and Dodoria who blast the opponent. Then, Frieza attacks the opponent and blasts him to the ground to finish him off.
- Ghost King – A team attack used by Mecha Frieza and King Cold in Supersonic Warriors 2. Mecha Frieza releases a Barrage Death Beam and blasts the opponent to the right, where King Cold punches the opponent down into the ground.
- Cold Family Power – A team attack where both he and King Cold attack the opponent as a team followed, by King Cold finishing off the opponent with a Dirty Slash and an energy blast. It is King Cold's Ultimate Blast in Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
- Freeze Storm – A combo move where Cooler and Mecha Frieza create a blizzard and fire it at the opponent. Used Supersonic Warriors 2.
- Hell Bazooka – A technique that Cell and Frieza developed together while in Hell. Both Cell and Frieza begin to glow, then a yellow ki emits from both of their bodies, which then envelops their opponent, trapping him/her in an inescapable ki orb. Then, both the users throws the orb prison down into the deepest part of Hell, with the prisoner in it. Named Almighty Light Cage in the FUNimation Dub.
- Absolute Evil – A team attack used by Frieza and Cell in Supersonic Warriors 2.
- Power Up – One of Frieza's techniques in Legend of the Super Saiyan and the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- Frieza Head Smash – One of Frieza's attacks named the Butōden series.
- Tail Whip – Using his tail, Frieza catches and throws his opponent. Used in the Butōden series.
- Tail Smash – Frieza hits his opponent with his tail. Used in the Butōden series. Named Super Tail Hit in Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout.
- Kick Combo – Frieza attacks his opponent only with his feet. Named in Final Bout, it is also Frieza's throw move in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- Sly Downward Hit – A diving kick followed by a tail hit. One of his techniques in Final Bout.
- Frieza Nightmare – Frieza kicks the opponent up in the air, then he kicks and punches him down again, and finally Frieza kicks his opponent in the back when he is down. Used in the Budokai series.
- Evil Dance – A rush attack finished with a Kiai. Used in the Budokai series. In Supersonic Warriors 2, "Evil Dance" is the name of Mecha Frieza's Barrage Death Beam technique.
- Kamehameha – Frieza used this technique in Super Dragon Ball Z.
- Round Dash – Frieza circles his opponent and fires energy attacks. Used in Super Dragon Ball Z.
- Sonic Warp – Frieza does rapid movement that looks like he teleports, similar to the Afterimage Technique. He uses the technique several times during his battle against Goku on Namek. Named in Super Dragon Ball Z, and Wild Sense the Raging Blast games.
- Crack Bomb – Cyborg Frieza fires an explosive from the cybernetic part on his shoulder. Used in Super Dragon Ball Z.
- Warp Whip – A devastating throw used by Cyborg Frieza in Super Dragon Ball Z.
- Pump Up – One of his Blast 1 in his first form in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- Finish Sign – One of his Blast 1 in his second form in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- Explosive Wave – One of his Blast 1 in his second and third forms in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- Hi-Tension – One of his Blast 1 in his third form in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- Full Power – One of his Blast 1 in his final form in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- Long awaited-for 100% – One of his Blast 1 in his 100% Power form in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
Other traits and abilities
- Frieza has the ability to survive even the most horrifying injuries, a trait which was passed onto Cell. However, while minor injuries seem to be of minor nuisance to him, unlike the other two major villains of the series, he is completely unable to regenerate lost body parts, though his tail stump seems to cope with the bleeding after some time.
- Frieza can breathe without atmospheric air, enabling him to survive in space, which is why he is not afraid to attack a planet with the Death Ball.
- He also seems to be unable to sense the ki of other people, like the rest of his minions, who use Scouters as a compromise. However, he was able to have a glimpse of a "powerful Saiyan developing and heading to Namek" before the person in question (Goku) actually appeared in front of him. Also, given enough time, Frieza can lock his senses and his mind onto his opponent to read his/her position at any given moment. He demonstrated this when he began fighting Goku with 50% of his power.
- Frieza can extend and retract his tail to great distances.
Forms and transformations
Over time, Frieza's power became so great that his body could not comfortably contain it, and a series of physical transformations were developed to limit his actual strength. While other beings in Dragon Ball Z transform to increase their power, Frieza transforms to control and contain it. His true form is his fourth form, with each of his other transformations meant to restrict his power and conceal it from his enemies. Frieza even says upon transforming to his second state that he has a harder time controlling himself and his power due to the immensity of his current strength. That would suggest that the second and third forms are mere physical augmentations which would allow Frieza to build enough strength to revert to his true form. While changing shape from his "first-form", each alteration builds on the previous.
In all, Frieza demonstrated four transformed states, each with increasing power (some larger than others and each resulting in different physical attributes). Frieza may also use these transformations to purposely decrease his power in order to torment his opponents by giving them a false sense of hope.
In his first form, Frieza is a relatively short humanoid being, albeit with a large chestnut-shaped skull with two horns that protrude at near 45 degree angles. He also has a tail with a spiked end, which is relatively thick in width, able to crack the ground when slammed, as well as having three talon-like toes. He has purple sections on his head, shoulders, and abdomen. His pink parts with lines appear on his arms, legs, and cheeks as well as his lilac skin on his face, feet, and hands. He dons the wristbands and anklebands with brown sections with lines on the front. He has red eye pupils and his lips are darker red. He wears the same upper-body armor and shorts that many of his subordinates (including the Saiyans) are shown to wear. While traveling, he often gives the appearance of weakness by exclusively using his hoverchair for transportation, leaving his henchmen to do his "dirty work". In this form, Frieza appears to be very small in height, which is shown to be true on the rare occasions that he emerges from his hover-chair. His power level has been stated to be 530,000 by himself in the manga, when he fought Nail and in the Japanese and English versions of Dragon Ball Kai.
His second form is similar in appearance to the first, except much larger, both in height and muscle mass, which can be clearly seen on his chest and stomach areas. Frieza claims to have at least doubled his power in this state, which he has stated is over 1,000,000. He also grows longer horns, which now instead of protruding sideways from his skull curve sharply upwards into near right angles. His armor cannot contain his form and shatters, leaving him with a new, white natural armor covering his chest and shoulders. He has purple sections on his shoulders and abdomen, and orange sections on his forearms and shins. In this form, he somewhat resembles his father King Cold. In the English anime, this form is referred to as his true first form, probably because of his father's form.
Frieza's third form is again more brutish, with an extremely elongated skull. His facial features contort and change, with his nose melding into his mouth to form a crude beak. His original horns recede and are now white in color, erupting in pairs along the length of his head. Two pairs of spikes grow out of his back and curve upward somewhat, and the armor on his shoulders fling themselves outward like shoulder pads. He walks and stands with a slight hunch, as if the strain of supporting his head was too much for even Frieza's own body to bear. Frieza stated that no-one had ever seen this form before (which leads us to believe that Frieza, even only in his second form, had been more than enough to trample over any fighter he had come across in the universe). Although powerful, Frieza spent less time in this form than in any other form; spanning only one episode in the uncut version. In the FUNimation Dub, Frieza's voice in this form is essentially the same as his second form with a voice effect added to give him more of an alien-like voice (sounds like his first and second forms together). For the Season 3 Box Set, this effect was removed making him sound exactly the same as his second form. In Dragon Ball Z Kai, however, his voice is much deeper, similar to Cooler in his final form.
This is, arguably, Frieza's most recognizable form. Drastically differing from his previous transformations, in his final form, Frieza instead regresses, with his former form cracking and shattering like a shell, becoming a short, lizard-like, almost harmless-looking creature; his horns and spikes disappear and his physique becomes streamlined. His skin becomes pure, solid-white with purple sections on his head, shoulders, forearms, abdomen and shins. His arms, legs, cheeks, and tail are no longer pink along with his lilac skin on his face, neck, hands, and feet. All injuries taken in other forms are healed. This form is the one that Frieza was born in, thus being his "true" form. In fact, according to him, the only ones who have ever given him pain in this form are Goku and "his loving parents". The similarity that this form bears with his first form may hint that, if need be, Frieza can regress to his first form directly, as a means to suppressing his massive power. This is the form that allows him to reach his full potential.
100% Power Form
When Frieza attains 100% strength in his final form, it greatly increases his muscle mass (without lowering his speed). At 100%, this is literally the peak of Frieza's potential and the maximum amount of power his body can output; his muscle mass becomes engorged compared to his previously sleek frame. With absolute strength, he is able to make Super Saiyan Goku struggle during the final battle on Planet Namek. However, due to his prior damage and the strain on his body, he is not able to fight at maximum capacity for long, slowly weakening. Also, Goku says he was holding back to test the limits of Frieza's full power. Freeza's power level in this form is 120,000,000.
Mecha Frieza (メカフリーザ) is Frieza rebuilt with cybernetic enhancements by scientists under the order of King Cold after what remained of the still-living Frieza was salvaged after being physically ruined while caught in Planet Namek's explosion after his defeat. The whole of the lower half of his body and right side of his face was replaced with scarring and metal accouterments covering what little was left of his organic self. These enhancements allowed him to exceed the limits imposed by his fully organic form, though by how much or in what way is unknown. In the original manga, Gohan mentioned that he was nowhere near the power he displayed against Goku, but Vegeta said he was much stronger than before. In the PS2 game Super Dragon Ball Z, a new design for Mecha Frieza (called Cyborg Frieza in-game) was created by Akira Toriyama: this form has a rocket launcher mounted on his shoulder. In the FUNimation Remastered Box Sets, as well as the English dubbed version of Dragon Ball Kai, this form has a slight mechanical sound to his voice.
Frieza appears in this form in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2. In the story mode, he and Cell are revived and turned into Majins by Babidi, and are once again beaten by Goku and the other Z Fighters. When Majin Buu kills Babidi, Frieza and Cell turn back to their old selves and do not remember anything of being controlled by Babidi. After that they are beaten again and go back to hell. Majin Frieza is also a starter character in Dragon Ball Z 2 V. His appearance while under Babidi's control also differs in that, besides his bearing the Majin mark on his forehead, he also has a facial tic where his right eye is widely opened and his left eye is squinted.
Movies and TV specials
Frieza appears in the following Dragon Ball Z movies and television specials:
During the TV Special, Frieza mulls over the Saiyans' increasing power until Zarbon advises his master to eliminate Bardock and his team. In the end, Frieza is challenged by Bardock himself, who survived the onslaught and wants revenge for the death of his crew. Bardock fires a Riot Javelin at Frieza, who makes a Supernova and cancels out Bardock's attack. Frieza then sends the ball straight into the core of the Planet Vegeta, wiping out almost the entire Saiyan race and many of his own henchmen.
Frieza only appears at the start of the movie, which is identical to the scene towards the end of Bardock - The Father of Goku in which he destroys Planet Vegeta. Cooler watches him from his spaceship and scolds his brother for not seeing the escaping Attack Ball containing baby Goku. After this he is mentioned a few times by various characters.
Frieza appears in the OVA (and later in the recycling of its animation into the Playdia game) Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans and its remake Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans. In it, Frieza is resurrected as a Ghost Warrior, with he and past villains Cooler, Turles, and Lord Slug attacking Goku and his friends. Once it is revealed these are merely Ghost Warriors meant to distract the heroes, the Ghost Warrior Frieza and his allies are easily dealt with.
"A common stranger knows my name? I see that my illustrious reputation precedes me."
When Janemba appears, the dead are revived and they all escape to Earth, under Frieza's command. Frieza confronts Gohan and Videl, and immediately recognizes Gohan as Goku's son. Deciding the boy should pay for his father's "sins", Frieza sends his army of villains (Zarbon, Jeice, Burter, Bojack, Paragus, Recoome, Salza, etc.) to attack the couple, but Gohan flies through them all and silences him by punching Frieza in the stomach and blowing him away with an energy shot to the gut. His terrified minions quickly disperse.
Frieza appears when the tourists reach the Fuji TV orb section. He blasts the orb and throws it into the ocean. Goku, Krillin, and Gohan appear and lift the orb but Frieza attempts to destroy it with a Death Beam. Goku blocks the attack and then transforms into a Super Saiyan to battle Max Power Frieza.
- Other movies
Frieza's destruction of Planet Vegeta is shown from another point of view in Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan (DBZ Movie #8) and Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock, and both Rasin and Lakasei from Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might (DBZ Movie #3) believe they would be strong enough to challenge Frieza after eating the fruit of the tree. Mecha Frieza appears in the credits of Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon, being sliced by Future Trunks. Frieza is mentioned in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, when the God of Destruction Bills awakens from a long slumber and asks if Frieza destroyed Planet Vegeta during his nap and is then told that a Saiyan (Goku) defeated Frieza. He is then shown when Bills and Whis watch the past battle between Super Saiyan Goku and Frieza on Namek.
Frieza makes some appearances in other mangas that are made for special events, like a special chapter made for the 30th anniversary of KochiKame. Frieza is waiting with Appule on Namek for the three other Dragon Balls to be found, when Ryotsu Kankichi comes and says that Frieza cannot park his spaceship there. Frieza uses a Death Beam to kill Ryotsu Kankichi but, to their surprise, he is still alive. Ryotsu Kankichi yells that they have to pay the fine and Frieza attacks with an energy wave, which also fails to hurt Ryotsu Kankichi. When Ryotsu Kankichi pulls a bazooka out of the air, Appule says that there is no doubt and that Ryotsu Kankichi is a gag manga character. Frieza says he does not care because he is the strongest being in the universe and he fires blasts at Ryotsu Kankichi until he is tired. When even this does not kill Ryotsu Kankichi, Frieza leaves in his spaceship with Appule, and says that nothing happened.
In the Nekomajin chapter "Neko Majin Z 3", published in August 2003 (Monthly Shōnen Jump, 2003, #9), Frieza is mentioned by Vegeta who tells Onio and Kuriza (Frieza's son) that he came because Frieza ordered him to.
Frieza also appears briefly in the first chapter of the spin-off manga Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock, seen destroying Planet Vegeta.
Video game appearances
All games are listed in chronological order of release.
- Dragon Ball Z: Kyōshū! Saiyan (Famicom) – Cameo at the end of the game.
- Dragon Ball Z II: Gekishin Freeza (Famicom) – Appears in First and Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzōningen (Famicom) – Appears in Final and Mecha Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Legend of the Super Saiyan (Super Famicom) – Appears in all forms except Mecha
- Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku (Famicom) – Appears in Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Gekitō Tenkaichi Budōkai (Famicom) – Playable in all forms except Mecha
- Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden (SNES) – Playable in 100% Final Form
- Cult Jump (Game Boy)
- Dragon Ball Z: Super Gokuden: Kakusei-Hen (Super Famicom) – Second and Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Goku Gekitōden (Game Boy) – Playable in First and Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Buyū Retsuden (Sega Mega Drive) – Playable in Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z (Arcade)
- Dragon Ball Z: Idainaru Son Goku Densetsu (PC-Engine) – Appears in Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 (PlayStation) – Playable in Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension (SNES) – Playable in Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Shin Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku - Chikyū-Hen (Playdia) – Appears in Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z: The Legend (PlayStation, Sega Saturn) – Playable in Final Form
- Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout (PlayStation) – Playable in Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku (Game Boy Advance) – Appears in all forms except Mecha Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors (Game Boy Color) – Appears in Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai (GameCube, PlayStation 2) – Playable in First, Final, 100% and Mecha Form
- Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II (Game Boy Advance) – Appears in Final Form and Mecha Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (GameCube, PlayStation 2) – Playable in Final, Mecha and Majin Form
- Dragon Ball Z 2 V (PlayStation 2) – Playable in Final, Mecha and Majin Form. Also playable as Kuriza and Cooler.
- Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu (Game Boy Advance) – Playable in Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors (Game Boy Advance) – Playable in Final Form and Mecha Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 (PlayStation 2) – Playable in all forms except Majin
- Data Carddass Dragon Ball Z (Arcade) - Playable in Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Sagas (GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox) – Appears in First, Second, and Final Form
- Jump Super Stars (Nintendo DS) – Playable in Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi (PlayStation 2) – Playable in all forms except Majin
- Data Carddass Dragon Ball Z 2 (Arcade) – Playable in First Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 (Nintendo DS) – Playable in Final and Mecha Form
- Super Dragon Ball Z (PlayStation 2) – Playable in Final Form and Mecha Form redesigned by Akira Toriyama
- Battle Stadium D.O.N (GameCube, PlayStation 2) – Playable in Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z TV game (Pinball mode) – Appears in all forms except Mecha
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (PlayStation 2, Wii) – Playable in all forms
- Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai (PSP) – Playable in Final Form and 100% Final Form
- Jump Ultimate Stars (Nintendo DS) – Playable in Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Battle Taikan Kamehameha – Appears in Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Battle Taikan Kamehameha 2 – Appears in Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Scouter Battle Taikan Kamehameha – Appears in Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Bakuretsu Impact (Arcade) – Playable in First Form, Second Form, Third Form, Final Form, Mecha Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road (PSP) Playable in Final and 100% Final Form
- Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu (Nintendo DS) – Appears in all forms
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (PlayStation 2, Wii) – Playable in all forms but Mecha is a separate character.
- Dragon Ball Z: W Bakuretsu Impact (Arcade)
- Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit (Playstation 3, Xbox 360) – Playable in all forms except Mecha Form (who appears in a cutscene).
- Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World (Playstation 2) – Playable in all forms. Also appears in two Minigames.
- Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Battlers (Arcade) – Playable in all forms.
- Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans (Nintendo DS) – Cameo at the end of the game.
- Dragon Ball: Raging Blast (Playstation 3, Xbox 360) – Playable in all forms except Mecha Form
- Dragon Ball Online (Computer)
- Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 (Playstation 3, Xbox 360) – Playable in all forms
- Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team (PSP)
- Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden (Nintendo DS)
- Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale (Arcade) – Playable in Final Form (w/ Mecha Frieza as an alternate costume).
- Dragon Ball Heroes (Arcade)
- Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi (Playstation 3, Xbox 360)
- Dragon Ball Z For Kinect (Xbox 360)
- Dragon Ball: Tap Battle (Android2.3, iOS)
Frieza has made numerous appearances in other media. He has appeared in Japanese commercials, notably for the video game Super Gokuden: Kakusei-Hen.
On March 25, 2006, on Fuji TV, Frieza and Goku appeared in the segment IQ Mirror Mistake 7 (ＩＱミラーまちがい７, Aikyuu Miraa Machigai Nana) in the game show IQ Supplement (ＩＱサプリ). In this segment, 7 mistakes can be found throughout a short animation made specifically for the show. In the scene, Frieza has gathered all seven Dragon Balls and is about to summon forth the Namekian dragon, when Goku suddenly appears. Goku vows to stop him, but Frieza has other plans. Frieza rapidly transforms to his final form, while Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan. The two fly across the face of Namek, exchanging blows with neither backing down. Frieza prepares and fires a "Destroy The Planet!" Death Ball at Goku, but the Saiyan counters it with a Super Kamehameha. The two waves collide, but the Super Kamehameha is too much for Frieza to handle. On April 7, 2007, IQ Mirror Mistake 7 was re-aired during Fuji TV's historical special Nippon Ijin Taishō · Saikyō no Ijin wa Dare? (日本偉人大賞・最強の偉人は誰？; lit. "Japan's Great Awards - Who is the Strongest Hero?"), which also featured a special segment in which Goku and the World Tournament Announcer appear. IQ Mirror Mistake 7 was also shown by Ryūsei Nakao (Frieza's Japanese voice) at Animazement 2008.
The Japanese nu metal/punk band "Maximum the Hormone" released "「F」" as part of an A-side of a music single on July 9, 2008. The entirety of the song references Frieza and his character's arc, with the single itself rising as high as number two on the Oricon music chart.
In the manga Black Cat, the character Sven Vollfied is often seen using his cell phone. At the top of the phone's wrist strap is a miniature-sized badge of Frieza's head. A caricature of Frieza mixed with a Greys was parodied as a mech pilot in an episode of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi. The anime Yakitate!! Japan featured a spoof re-enactment of the fight between Goku and Frieza, with a character clad in a refrigerator representing the latter. The Cartoon Network staple Codename: Kids Next Door had a parody of their own of the climactic fight and the Frieza character, with the Delightful Children From Down the Lane portraying him as a multi-headed monstrosity.
Manga and Anime
- Frieza (1st form) vs. King Vegeta
- Frieza (1st form) vs. Bardock
- Frieza (1st form) vs. Nail
- Frieza (1st form) vs. Vegeta
- Frieza (2nd form) vs. Krillin
- Frieza (2nd form) vs. Gohan
- Frieza (2nd form) vs. Piccolo (Fused with Nail)
- Frieza (2nd form) vs. Vegeta
- Frieza (3rd form) vs. Piccolo (Fused with Nail)
- Frieza (3rd form) vs. Gohan
- Frieza (4th form, 1%) vs. Vegeta
- Frieza (4th form, 1-50%) vs. Goku
- Frieza (4th form) vs. Piccolo (Fused with Nail)
- Frieza (4th form, 70%) vs. Super Saiyan Goku
- Frieza (4th form, 100%) vs. Super Saiyan Goku
- Frieza (4th form, 50%) vs. Gohan
- Frieza (4th form, 100%) vs. Super Saiyan Goku
- Frieza (Mecha) vs. Super Saiyan Future Trunks
- Frieza (4th form) vs. Pikkon
- Frieza (4th form) and Perfect Cell vs. Kid Goku
Movies and Specials
- Frieza (1st form) vs. Bardock (Bardock: Father of Goku and Episode of Bardock)
- Frieza (4th form) vs. Gohan (Fusion Reborn)
- Ghost Warrior Frieza (4th form) vs. Super Saiyan Trunks and Super Saiyan Vegeta (Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans and Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans)
- Frieza (4th form, 100%) vs. Super Saiyan Goku (Kyutai Panic Adventure!)
Video Game stories
- Frieza (4th form) vs. Legendary Super Saiyan Broly (Shin Budokai)
List of characters killed by Frieza
- King Vegeta – Killed by Frieza with a single punch.
- Bardock – Bardock was apparently killed when Frieza threw his Supernova at Planet Vegeta to blow it up. Several media released after Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku show that Bardock was sent to another time instead of dying.
- Saiyans – Frieza killed the Saiyans with a Supernova, destroying the Planet Vegeta.
- Namekians – Killed many during the war on Namek. They were later revived with the Dragon Balls.
- Cargo (manga only) – Killed by Frieza with an energy blast over Moori's shoulder. He was later revived with the Dragon Balls with the rest of the Namekians.
- Orlen – He returned to Frieza after discovering the hidden village Vegeta attacked, but as he had not found out where Vegeta had hidden the Dragon Ball, Frieza killed him with his Eye Laser, threatening to do the same to Zarbon if he did not find Vegeta and make him talk.
- Namole – While Namole timidly delivered the news that the Ginyu Force were arriving soon, Frieza kills him for showing fear in his presence.
- Dende – Frieza saw that Dende had the power to heal, so he killed him with a Death Beam to eliminate this threat. He was later revived with the Dragon Balls.
- Vegeta – Frieza mercilessly beat him up, and then when Goku came and Vegeta talked about Frieza being beaten by a Saiyan, Frieza killed the Saiyan Prince with a Death Beam through the chest just to shut him up. Before dying, he told Goku to destroy Frieza, but was later revived with the Dragon Balls.
- Krillin – Frieza lifted him into the air using telekinesis and blew him up when he clenched his fist, inducing Goku's first Super Saiyan transformation. He was later revived with the Namekian Dragon Balls. (Note: This was Krillin's second time dying, as he was killed by Tambourine in Dragon Ball).
- Unnamed Captain – Killed by Frieza, who pierced him with his hand from behind after he retreated from Future Trunks.
- Broly - Killed by Frieza behind the scenes in the story mode of Shin Budokai when they began fighting over the location of the Dragon Balls.
- Japanese dub: Ryūsei Nakao
- English dub of Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout: Eddie Frierson
- English Ocean Group dub: Pauline Newstone
- English FUNimation dub: Linda Young (DBZ, games, DBZ Kai ep. 1), Chris Ayres (DBZ Kai ep. 19 onwards, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2)
- English Blue Water dub: Maureen Jones (DBGT)
- Spanish dub (Latin America): Gerardo Reyero (DBZ, DBGT), Ricardo Brust (DBZ Episode 44), Dafnis Fernández (DBZ Kai), Enrique Cervantes (Bardock - The Father of Goku)
- Spanish dub (Spain): Ángel Corpa
- Portuguese dub (Brazil): Carlos Campanile
- Portuguese dub (Portugal): Ricardo Spínola
- Danish dub: Peter Secher Schmidt
- French dub: Philippe Ariotti
- German dub: Thomas-Nero Wolff
- Italian dub: Gianfranco Gamba
- Polish dub: Marek Obertyn
- Croatian dub: Sven Jakir
- Hungarian dub: Cs.Németh Lajos
- Catalan dub: Jose Luis Valero
His voice in the English dub is criticized; with that and various features in his character design like his dark colored lips leads to some gender confusion with new fans.
Frieza was mentioned as one of the "most beloved characters" in an article by GamePro. Also on pages D1 and D3 of The Ledger's December 8, 1999 paper, he is one of the reasons that DBZ was listed as a violent show for children back then stating, "In one recent episode, beads of sweat form on the brow of a character named Vegeta, as he is nearly strangled to death by an evil foe named Frieza. In another, Frieza uses the horns on his head to impale a good guy named Krillin through the chest."  As well as opinions on his appearance: "Little Gohan is abruptly in the icy metallic grip of one of his arch-nemeses, Frieza, a silvery androgynous giant who looks like a cross between the monster in Alien and Batman's Mr. Freeze."  He was also in a "List of the Top 11 Anime Villains" made by That Dude in The Suede (an affiliate of That Guy with the Glasses) in which Frieza is ranked #6.
A Japanese metal band named Maximum the Hormone even dedicated a song to Frieza, titled "Freeza".
- In an interview with Akira Toriyama, he revealed that Frieza is a combination of all his worst fears.
- Frieza's story somewhat mirrors many Greek tragedies, incorporating the message that one cannot escape from his own fate or destiny no matter what one does to avoid it. In fear of the Legend of the Super Saiyan, Frieza destroyed the Saiyans, thus causing the catalyst necessary for a Saiyan to become what he had feared.
- Frieza is the last major villain who is not artificially created, being actually born naturally (Cell and Majin Buu of Dragon Ball Z and Baby, Super 17 and Omega Shenron in Dragon Ball GT are all artificial constructs or a result of some form of conjuring).
- Frieza has the largest amount of soldiers working for him, in comparison to all of the other villains in the series (including movies and Dragon Ball GT).
- The manga and anime never specify exactly how large of a region Frieza oversees, only implying that he controlled at least 79 planets. However, in Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge, Cooler states that Frieza ruled the northern quadrant of the universe.
- Frieza is the final villain in the Dragon Ball manga to have a desire for the Dragon Balls. Though there were also villains in animes and movies who later expressed such desires, as well as villains in video games (Bojack wants them in Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2, and Babidi wants to use the Dragon Balls to wish for control over Majin Buu in Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road).
- An error in the FUNimation Dub had Frieza (in his first form) saying he was 530,000 times stronger than Nail, who had a power level of 42,000. This meant that Frieza's power level was 22,260,000,000. In the original Japanese dub Frieza states he has a power level of 530,000 and he later states this in the FUNimation dub as well.
- Several mistakes regarding the color of Frieza's neck, armor, and tail are made during the Namek Saga. Occasionally (though not quite so often) Frieza's neck is shown to be pink instead of the same almost-white color of his face, and at other times, the purple spike at the end of his tail is also shown to be pink. In at least one scene in Vegeta Revived, during an explosion, Frieza's armor is white instead of purple.
- Frieza's third form vaguely resembles a Warrior Xenomorph from the Alien film series, particularly in skull structure (in addition, Cooler's final form vaguely resembles a Predator).
- The fight between Goku and Frieza was the longest in Dragon Ball Z anime, at 19 episodes.
- Frieza survived one of the most horrific injuries in the series. In his case, it was the loss of his lower half, his right eye, the upper part of his head and his left arm.
- Frieza has his tail cut off three times. The first time is when he was in his second form, when Krillin chops it off with a Destructo Disk, though it seems to regenerate when he enters his final form. The second is when he is hit by Goku's Spirit Bomb, as part of it is unable to withstand the blast and thus comes off. The third is when he is cut in half by his own attack, the energy disks slice off his body, arm and tail.
- In addition, Frieza is chopped in half twice during his lifetime. The first is when he is chopped horizontally in two by his own energy disk. The second is when Future Trunks slices him vertically in half, seconds before chopping him to pieces and completely destroying him. In Dragon Ball GT, Frieza is chopped in half a third time while fighting Goku in Hell and using Krillin's Destructo Disk technique against him, which Goku turns back on him.
- Frieza is the second villain to be defeated by Goku and return as a cyborg. The first is Mercenary Tao. Interestingly, both characters suffered grave injuries resulting in receiving cybernetics because of dirty attacks towards Goku (IE, begging for mercy, and then attacking Goku when his guard was let down), and both were given cybernetics by a relative of theirs. They were also both defeated very quickly after reappearing by someone other than Goku.
- Of all villains, Frieza has reappeared and been defeated the most; a total of 5 times, or 6 if counting Ghost Warrior Frieza defeated by Future Trunks. He has been defeated twice by Goku, once by Future Trunks, once by Pikkon, and once by Gohan.
- Frieza's voice in the Great Saiyaman Saga, Fusion Reborn, and Dragon Ball GT, sounds like that of his first form even though he is in his final form. This voice is also used for him in all video games where only his 2nd and 3rd forms sound differently from his first form.
- In the Japanese and English versions of Dragon Ball Kai, Frieza's theme song, "Only a Chilling Elegy", is played in the episode "A Nightmare Transformation! Frieza's Power-Level One Million?!", before and during the time when Frieza in his second form impales Krillin with his horn and in the episode "Frieza's Final Transformation! The Ultimate Nightmare Begins!" when Gohan, Krillin, and Piccolo fight Frieza in his final form.
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 195, "Warriors of the Dead"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Online, 2010
- ↑ Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock, 2011
- ↑ What's Wrong With Dragon Ball Z Part One, Even Goku's popular anime franchise is not perfect, Ramsey Isler for IGN (April 10, 2008)
- ↑ gamepro.com
- ↑ Frieza dbz -tv-com, newspaper
- ↑ dallasobserver.com
- ↑ Top 11 anime villains, at thatguywiththeglasses.com