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Other World[1][2] (あの世 Anoyo), also called the Underworld,[3] Other Side,[4] Cosmos,[5] Next Dimension[6] or Netherworld,[1][7] is the afterlife in the Dragon Ball series. It is where characters go when they die, and also where the higher deities of the universe reside. It also exists in other universes.

Overview

Hell and Heaven are the two main destinations for deceased people in the afterlife; however, there is also a level that exists between the two. This level contains the personal planets of deities such as King Kai and Grand Kai, as well as the celestial bureaucracy who are in charge of running the day-to-day activities of Other World, such as King Yemma. According to Goku, time does not exist in the afterlife; as such, using Super Saiyan 3 there is easier. Beings native to the afterlife like Mr. Popo and Korin are sent to planets like Earth to assist its God.[8] Also, Devils such as Spike the Devil Man are from the afterlife, Hell to be exact. Goku noted that dead warriors used half as much energy as their living body does.

With the involvement of Akira Toriyama in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, the Angels of Hell are in charge of running Earth's Hell as opposed to the Ogres in the anime filler.

There appear to be multiple versions of Heaven and Hell for each planet, and the afterlife you are sent to appears to be dictated solely according to whatever planet you die on, without regard to whatever planet or planets you have any connections to, sentimental or otherwise. This is best shown during the Golden Frieza Saga, when Frieza laments that he spent many years "in Earth's Hell," despite Frieza only being on Earth for a few minutes before being killed by Future Trunks and having absolutely no connections to Earth besides that.

This would also explain why Guru's body disappeared when he died a second time on Earth but did not disappear when he died the first time on Namek. Kami - the Guardian of Earth - was clearly shown to be capable of taking a deceased person's body to the afterlife if they earned that privilege through heroic deeds, like he did with Goku at the end of the Raditz Saga, whereas Namek did not appear to have a guardian, so there was no one to grant Guru his body in the afterlife. Since your death and afterlife are governed exclusively by whatever planet you die on, Guru was allowed to keep his body when he died on earth.

A replacement body can be made for a deceased resident if the deceased's original body is destroyed or severely damaged. The biggest example of this came in the Namek Saga, where it was revealed that Chaotzu was given a new body in the afterlife, despite the fact that his previous body was blown into a thousand pieces by his own self-destruction. However, in addition to Chaotzu, Tien was also given a new right arm after his original one had been severed at the hands of Nappa; Tien was allowed to keep this new arm after he was restored to life at the conclusion of the Frieza Saga, although the scar on his chest he acquired at the hands of the cyborg Mercenary Tao at the 23 World Martial Arts tournament still remained.

Appearance of dead people

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Spirits going to the Check-In Station

Normal characters who die come to the afterlife as spirits. Great heroes such as Goku and the other Z Fighters are permitted to keep their physical bodies. In the Dragon Ball Z anime, major villains and other characters are also seen with their normal physical forms. However, in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ and Dragon Ball Super, the villains are held in a cocoon, hanging from a tree.

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Residents of Other World

Those killed by demons such as King Piccolo's Demon Clan are unable to properly pass over into the afterlife and they are stuck forever in limbo, suffering horribly. People who die and keep their bodies in the Other World receive halos on top of their heads (in the 4Kids dub of Dragon Ball Z Kai, halos are changed to glowing orbs on top of heads).

Interaction with dead people is possible by living people through inter-world travel such through the use of Instant Transmission or by a special case in a temporary revival in bringing a deceased resident of Other World to the land of the living.

Many deceased people who had entered other world had their souls cleansed and reincarnated into new lifeforms back into the living world.

Known Residents

The following table includes only characters who were known to be in Other World at some point during the series. Naturally, it can be assumed that any mortal in the Dragon Ball universe will eventually become a resident with being erased before inevitable death as the exception. Note: Krillin has the unenviable position of having the most number of deaths. Characters with technical matters will appear with a "*" next to their name.

Resident Cause(s) of residency
Android 8 Killed by Staff Officer Black in The Path to Power).
Killed by Super Buu.
Killed by Frieza (time reversed, death undone).
Future Android 8 Killed by Infinite Zamasu in the alternate timeline.
Android 13 Killed by Goku after being punched through the chest before disintegrating.
Android 14 Killed by Future Trunks after being bisected before exploding.
Android 15 Killed by Vegeta after being decapitated before exploding.
Android 17 Killed by Cell.
Killed by Super Buu or Kid Buu.
Killed by Frieza (time reversed, death undone).
Killed by Goku after fusing with Hell Fighter 17.
Future Android 17 Killed by Future Trunks in the alternate timeline.
Android 18 Killed by Super Buu.
Killed by Frieza (time reversed, death undone).
Future Android 18 Killed by Future Trunks in the alternate timeline.
Android 19 Killed by Vegeta.
Killed by Trunks and Goten.
Angila Killed by Goku.
Amond Killed by Goku.
Appule Killed by Vegeta.
Babidi Killed by Innocent Buu.
Future Babidi Killed by Future Trunks in the alternate timeline.
Bardock's Planet Elite Force Killed by Team Dodoria.
Bora Killed by Mercenary Tao.
*Bacterian Killed by Tambourine (prevented from entering).
Killed by Super Buu.
Bido Killed by Gohan.
Bojack Killed by Gohan.
Broly Killed by Gohan, Goten, and Goku.
Bio-Broly Killed by Goten and Trunks.
Bubbles Native to Other World. Killed by Cell.
Bujin Killed by Gohan.
Bulma Killed by Super Buu.
Future Bulma Killed by Goku Black.
Burter Killed by Vegeta.
Captain Dark Killed by Master Roshi.
Killed by Pan.
Captain Ginyu Killed by Kid Buu.
Killed by Vegeta in the Golden Frieza Saga.
Captain Yellow Killed by Goku.
Killed by Pan.
Cooler Killed by Goku.
Cell Killed by Gohan.
Present Cell Killed by Future Trunks and Krillin.
Future Cell Killed by Future Trunks in the alternate timeline.
7 Cell Juniors Killed by Gohan.
*Chiaotzu Killed by King Piccolo (prevented from entering).
Killed when using his Farewell, Mr. Tien against Nappa.
Killed by Kid Buu.
Killed by Frieza (time reversed, death undone).
*Future Chiaotzu Killed by Future King Piccolo (prevented from entering).
Killed when using Farewell, Mr. Tien against Future Nappa.
Killed by Future Android 17 or Future Android 18 in the alternate timeline.
Cloned Vegeta Killed by Goku.
Commander Zeeun Killed by Lord Slug.
Cui Killed by Vegeta.
Cacao Killed by Goku.
Chi-Chi Killed by Super Buu.
Killed by Frieza (time reversed, death undone).
Future Chi-Chi Killed by Goku Black or Infinite Zamasu in the alternate timeline.
Chi-Chi (Goku Black's timeline) Killed by Goku Black (event erased).
Dabura Killed by Innocent Buu.
Future Dabura Killed by Future Trunks in the alternate timeline.
Dende Killed by Frieza.
Killed by Frieza (time reversed, death undone).
Future Dende Killed by Future Frieza.
Presumably killed by Goku Black in the alternate timeline.
Dodoria Killed by Vegeta.
Team Dodoria (except Dodoria) Killed by Bardock.
Dolltaki Killed by General Rilldo.
Dr. Gero Killed by Android 17.
Killed by Super 17.
Future Dr. Gero Killed by Future Android 17 in the alternate timeline.
Dr. Mashirito Killed by Obotchaman.
Spirit destroyed by Beerus.
Dr. Myuu Killed by Baby.
Killed by Super 17.
Daiz Killed by Goku.
Dr. Kochin Unintentionally killed by Dr. Wheelo.
Dr. Wheelo Killed by Goku.
East Kai Native to Other World.
Ebifurya Killed by Goku.
Emperor Pilaf Killed by Super Buu or Kid Buu.
Killed by Frieza (time reversed, death undone).
Fortuneteller Baba Escorts People to and from Other World.
*Frieza Killed by Future Trunks.
Killed by Gohan in Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn.
Killed by Goku.
Future Frieza Killed by Future Goku in the alternate timeline.
Future Beerus Died when Future Supreme Kai was killed by Future Dabura (in the manga) or Goku Black (in the anime) in the alternate timeline.
Future Trunks (Cell's timeline) Killed by Cell.
Future Trunks Killed by Cell.
General Blue Killed by Mercenary Tao.
Killed by Pan.
General Rilldo Killed by Goku, Pan, and Trunks.
Killed by Majuub.
*Giran Killed by Tambourine (prevented from entering).
Killed by Super Buu.
Ginger Killed along with Nikki by Goku.
Grandpa Gohan Inadvertently killed by Goku.
Gohan Killed by Kid Buu.
Future Gohan Killed by Future Android 17 and Future Android 18 in the alternate timeline.
Goku Killed along with Raditz by Piccolo.
Killed by Cell
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Future Goku Killed along with Future Raditz by Future Piccolo.
Died from a heart disease in the alternate timeline.
Goku (Goku Black's timeline) Killed by Goku Black (event erased).
Goz Native to Other World.
Goten Killed by Kid Buu.
Killed by Frieza (time reversed, death undone).
Goten (Goku Black's timeline) Killed by Goku Black (event erased).
Grand Kai Native to Other World.
Grand Supreme Kai Native to Other World.
Gregory Native to Other World. Killed by Cell.
*Guarana Killed by Champa.
Guldo Killed by Vegeta.
Guru Died of depression over loss of his children and stress from Frieza.
Died of old age.
Gyoshu Killed by Lord Slug.
Hell Fighter 17 Native to Hell.
Killed by Goku and Android 18 after fusing with Android 17.
Jeice Killed by Vegeta.
Kami Died when Piccolo was killed by Nappa.
As part of Piccolo, died when Piccolo was killed by Kid Buu.
As part of Piccolo, died when Piccolo was killed Frieza in Golden Frieza Saga.
As part of Piccolo, died when Earth blew up due to the Black Star Dragon Balls.
Future Kami Died when Future Piccolo was killed by Future Nappa.
Died when Future Piccolo was killed by Future Android 18.
Kishime Killed by Goku.
Kibito Native to Other World.
Killed by Dabura.
Future Kibito Native to Other World.
Killed by Future Dabura.
Kibito Kai Native to Other World.
King Chappa Killed by Tambourine (prevented from entering).
King Cold Killed by Future Trunks.
Future King Cold Killed by Future Goku in the alternate timeline.
King Vegeta Killed by Frieza.
King Kai Native to Other World.
Killed by Cell's explosion.
King Yemma Native to Other World.
Kogu Killed by Future Trunks.
Korin Killed by Super Buu or Kid Buu.
Future Korin Killed by Future Android 18 in the alternate timeline.
*Krillin Killed by Tambourine (prevented from entering).
Killed by Frieza.
Killed by Super Buu.
Killed by Android 17.
*Future Krillin Killed by Future Tambourine (prevented from entering).
Killed by Future Frieza.
Killed by Future Android 17 and Future Android 18 in the alternate timeline.
Kakuja Unintentionally killed by Lord Slug with the rest of his soldiers.
Lakasei Killed by Goku.
Lord Slug Killed by Goku.
Man-Wolf Killed by Tambourine (prevented from entering).
Major Metallitron His batteries were drained of their energy.
Destroyed by Pan.
Marron Killed by Super Buu.
Master Roshi Died after attempting to capture King Piccolo using the Evil Containment Wave.
Killed by Super Buu.
Future Master Roshi Died after attempting to capture Future King Piccolo using the Evil Containment Wave]].
Killed by Goku Black or by Infinite Zamasu.
Mai Killed by Super Buu or Kid Buu.
Killed by Frieza (time reversed, death undone).
Medamatcha Killed by Goku.
Mez Native to Other World.
Misokatsun Killed by Goku.
Moori Killed by Frieza's Death Beam in the manga or Dodoria's Mouth Energy Wave in the anime.
Future Moori Killed by Future Frieza the manga]] or Future Dodoriathe anime.
Presumably killed by Goku Black.
Nail As part of Piccolo, killed by Kid Buu.
As part of Piccolo, killed by Frieza in Golden Frieza Saga.
As part of Piccolo, died when Earth was destroyed due to use of the Black Star Dragon Balls.
Future Nail As part of Future Piccolo, killed by Future Android 18.
*Nam Killed by Tambourine (Prevented from entering).
Killed by Super Buu.
Namole Killed by Frieza.
Nappa Killed by Vegeta twice.
North Supreme Kai Native to Other World.
Killed by Kid Buu.
Nicky Killed by Goku.
Old Kai Native to Other World.
Gives his life to Goku.
Future Old Kai Native to Other World.
Killed by Future Dabura while in the Z Sword.
Olibu Died under unknown circumstances.
Oolong Killed by Super Buu.
Killed by Frieza (time reversed, death undone).
Future Oolong killed Goku Black or Infinite Zamasu.
Ox-King Killed by Super Buu.
Killed by Frieza (time reversed, death undone).
*Future Ox-King Killed by Goku Black or Infinite Zamasu.
*Pamput Killed by Tambourine (prevented from entering).
Pan Killed by Frieza (time reversed, death undone).
Paragus Killed by Broly by being crushed in his space pod.
Piccolo Killed by Nappa.
Killed by Kid Buu.
Killed by Frieza in the Golden Frieza Saga.
Died when Earth was destroyed due to the Black Star Dragon Balls.
Future Piccolo Killed by Future Nappa.
Killed by Future Android 18.
Pikkon Died under unknown circumstances.
Princess Snake Native to Other World.
Puar Killed by Super Buu.
Future Puar Killed by Goku Black or Infinite Zamasu.
Pui Pui Killed by Vegeta.
Killed by Goten.
Raditz Killed along Goku by Piccolo
Recoome Killed by Vegeta.
Rasin Killed by Goku.
South Supreme Kai Native to Other World.
Died when Kid Buu died from Goku's Super Spirit Bomb.
South Kai Native to Other World.
Spike the Devil Man Born in Hell.
Killed by either Super Buu's genocide attack or Kid Buu's destruction of Planet Earth.
Staff Officer Black Killed by Goku.
Killed by Pan.
Shin Native to Other World.
Future Shin Native to Other World.
Killed by Future Dabura (in the manga) or Goku Black (in the anime) in the alternate timeline.
Saibamen Killed by Vegeta, died when Self Destructing on Yamcha, killed Krillin and Piccolo.
Killed by Majuub.
Salza Killed by Piccolo.
Sansho Killed by Piccolo.
*Shisami Killed by Frieza.
Shu Killed by Super Buu or Kid Buu.
Killed by Frieza (time reversed, death undone).
*Sorbet Killed by Vegeta
Spopovich Killed by Babidi.
Super 17 Killed by Goku and Android 18.
*Tagoma Killed by Frieza in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.
Turles Killed by Goku.
Turtle Killed by Super Buu or Kid Buu.
Future Turtle Killed by Infinite Zamasu.
Trunks Killed by Kid Buu.
Tien Shinhan Died from exhaustion when fighting Nappa.
Killed by Kid Buu.
Future Tien Shinhan Died from exhaustion when fighting Future Nappa.
Killed by Future Android 18.
Universe 9's Assassins Killed by Frieza.
Universe 9's Assassin Boss Killed by Frieza.
Vegeta Killed by Frieza.
Died when using Final Explosion on Innocent Buu.
Killed by Frieza (time reversed, death undone)
Future Vegeta Killed by Future Frieza.
Killed by Future Android 17.
Videl Killed by Super Buu.
West Kai Native to Other World.
West Supreme Kai Native to Other World.
Killed by Kid Buu.
Wings Killed by Piccolo.
Yakon Killed by Goku.
Killed by Trunks.
Yamu Killed by Pui Pui.
Yamcha Killed by a Saibaman.
Killed by Super Buu
Killed by Frieza (time reversed, death undone).
Future Yamcha Killed by a Future Saibaman.
Killed by Future Android 17.
Yajirobe Killed by Super Buu or Kid Buu
Killed by Frieza (time reversed, death undone).
Future Yajirobe Killed by Infinite Zamasu.
Zangya Killed by Bojack.
Zarbon Killed by Vegeta.
Note: In addition to the above table, all Earth's residents (excluding Goku, Vegeta, Mr. Satan, Dende, Fortuneteller Baba, and Bee) were killed either during Super Buu's Human Extinction Attack or Kid Buu's Planet Burst thereafter.

Video Game Appearances

Goku goes there after he is killed along with Raditz in Dragon Ball Z: Kyōshū! Saiyan, Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku, Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu, and Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans. He also visits the Other World in Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury.

After the resurrection of Goku, the Z Fighters can still visit the Other World in Attack of the Saiyans and Buu's Fury; they return there by asking one of the ghosts at Fortuneteller Baba's Palace in Attack of the Saiyans, while they can use a teleporter to return there in Kami's Lookout in Buu's Fury.

There are two Other World battle stages in Super Dragon Ball Z, King Yemma's Palace and King Kai's Planet.

In Dragon Ball Fusions, races native to Other World and other dimensions such as Demon Realm, such as Shinjin, Angels, Devils, and Demons are classified as members of the Offworlder race. Additionally, both the Check-In Station and King Kai's planet appear with different parts of the Timespace Rift created by Tekka and Pinich's wish to Shenron. Additionally the Timespace Rift is shown to be connected to Earth's Hell by a time hole which Tekka's Team accidentally opens allowing the cocooned Frieza (from the time period following his second death) to escape.

Trivia

  • In the first 53 episodes of the edited anime, where Ocean Group dubs voiced all the characters, Other World was referred to as "the next dimension" and the act of wishing a dead person back to life with the Dragon Balls is called "bringing (them) back to this dimension" to make the show more child-friendly.
  • Old Kai was able to leave the Other World and go to New Namek while he was dead, without the help of Fortuneteller Baba. Also, in the special Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, King Kai and pets appear at Mr. Satan's party while still dead. It is possible that deities such as the Kais and Supreme Kais are not bound by the same rules as deceased mortals or are permitted to go to the living world due to their status.
  • Piccolo tells Vegeta that Goku kept his body when he died because he sacrificed himself to save the world from Cell, and devoted his life to fighting for good, and that Vegeta will not keep his body if he dies because he spent most of his life fighting for evil. However, true villains like Frieza, Cell, King Cold, Recoome, Burter, Jeice, Guldo, Dr. Gero, Appule, and Babidi did keep their bodies after death (the Ginyu Force can be explained because King Kai invited them over to show that Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu could beat them, but the reason behind the others is unknown). Also, Piccolo, despite initially having an evil heart when he first died, was not only allowed to keep his body, but he also was allowed to go to King Kai's planet, however it should be noted that this is likely due to his heroic sacrifice in shielding Gohan, an extremely selfless act. It should also be noted that Piccolo was the reincarnation of King Piccolo who despite his evil nature was never as evil as his father as he saved the life of a mother and child whom he did not know from falling debris during the Piccolo Jr. Saga (when he was still a villain). Piccolo also aid Goku in defeating Raditz saving the Earth from Raditz and died fighting the remaining Saiyans. This is an inconsistency in the anime because of filler (however Piccolo does appear on King Kami's Planet in the manga though this is not an inconsistency for the reasons stated above).
    • Additionally in the Dragon Ball Super manga, Frieza, Sorbet, and Sashimi are shown to retain their bodies in Earth's Hell as well.
  • When Cell self-destructed and killed Goku, King Kai, Bubbles, and Gregory, all four of them appeared on Snake Way. They noticed Cell was not there and realized he must have survived. However, Android 17 (who was killed by Cell's self-destruction as he was trapped inside him at the time) did not appear there either. However it is possible that he went to the Check-In station instead, as Goku had died previously so he may have been allowed to stay with King Kai who likely didn't have to be judged by Yemma due to his godly status and the fact that he lives in Other World. Gregory and Bubbles are also nature to Other World and work for King Kai so they would likely be exempt.
  • The exact nature of whether souls in the afterlife can be destroyed or not is conflicting in information. In Dragon Ball Z, it is clear that it is possible to be erased from existence by dying while already dead. Kid Buu almost ends the existence of Yamcha, Krillin, Olibu, Pikkon, Torbie, Maraikoh, King Kai, and all the other dead people on Grand Kai's Planet by blowing it up, but they are saved when Goku and Vegeta raise their power and draw him to Supreme Kai's planet. When Vegeta is about to fight Kid Buu to buy Goku some time to get his Super Saiyan 3 energy back, Goku warns him that if he dies while already dead, he will not exist anymore, and Vegeta is almost "killed again" by Kid Buu when Mr. Satan comes to his rescue. However, when Piccolo defeats Chiaotzu in King Kai's planet during the episode "Piccolo vs. Everyone", it is stated that he can not die since he is already dead; furthermore, in the episode "Warriors of the Dead", Pikkon impaled Cell and the remaining Ginyu Force members on the Needle Mountain, yet they survived and, as a result, the Ginyu Force members had an "X"-bandage across their torsos to depict they were hurt); and in Dragon Ball GT, Goku uses some attacks on Frieza and Cell which would have killed them (including freezing them with an ice machine and accidentally shattering them) but they "survive" because they were already dead and could not die again (though Cell could easily be explained in regards to his regenerative powers).
    • However these inconsistencies only occur in the anime's filler for the sake of increasing tension in the story if necessary, and no indication is ever made in the manga that a soul can be permanently harmed.
    • In Dragon Ball Super, it is shown that if the Ghost of a deceased person is killed by a God of Destruction, their soul is destroyed and they are erased from existence, as shown when Dr. Mashirito was destroyed by Beerus. Thus Dr. Mashirito is the first deceased person shown having his soul permanently destroyed in the Dragon Ball series.
    • Similarly, there were also instances where completely artificial lifeforms were present in the Other World, despite technically lacking souls due to not being alive (specifically, Android 19 and Major Metallitron).
    • In addition, there were also conflicting accounts of what happens when a cyborg or a person who lost body parts or even bodied gear goes to the Other World. Although Tien, Frieza, and Cooler (who had lost his left forearm to Nappa's Arm Break ability, became a cyborg due to extensive injuries on Namek, and had what little remained of his body merged with the Big Gete Star, respectively) were able to have their bodies fully restored after entering the afterlife, Dr. Gero still retained his cyborg body while in Hell despite originally being human; however in addition the absorption pads on his hands were missing, and though he died without his hat, in GT he is seen to have retained it, Nappa died with his armor, but in GT he regains it back.
    • When Zeno erases a universe, all the deceased souls of that universe are destroyed as well. This is shown when Zeno's future counterpart, Future Zeno destroys the future timeline's multiverse in Dragon Ball Super to destroy the semi-immortal bodiless essence of Infinite Zamasu that was trying to merge with all of creation. As a result, the souls of Future Gohan, Future Goku, Future Bulma, Future Vegeta, and the other future inhabitants killed by the Androids and Goku Black were all erased as well.
  • It is implied that Raditz did keep his body like Goku did, as Raditz tried to fight King Yemma, but he defeated him using his Yemma Lock.
    • However the exact case to why Raditz kept his body is unknown. In many video games like Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, the explanation of Raditz regaining his body is because King Kai needed a sparring partner for Goku's training for the remaining Saiyans; this plot is the most commonly used when involving Dragon Ball games.
  • In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ and Dragon Ball Super, Hell is completely different to the anime filler due to Akira Toriyama's major involvement (most notably Hell) as the Angels of Earth's Hell watches over dead evil spirits (such as Frieza) locked in a cocoon hanging in a tree surrounded by flowers.
    • It is implied in Dragon Ball Super, by King Yemma that if one is killed or sent back to the afterlife outside of Earth they do not get sent to his immediate part of Otherworld. Just before he approves Frieza's temporary resurrection for the Tournament of Power in the Universe Survival Saga, he tells Goku "If he gets out of control take care of him outside of Earth. That way I won't have to deal with him here."
      • While it is not explained what exactly he meant, but it most likely refers to his Check-In Station, as in Super it is heavily implied each planet has their own section of Other World such as Earth's Hell. Other stations however have yet to be seen.

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