Turles Crusher Corps. (クラッシャーターレス軍団 Kurasshā Tāresu Gundan) is a mercenary platoon who works closely under Turles, a low-class Saiyan pirate and former member of the Saiyan Army who bears a resemblance to Goku. They make their debut in the 1990 film Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, where the group sends a device to Earth, which catapults into a forest and causes a fire that completely destroys the area.
The goal of the Turles Crusher Corps. is to find a planet to grow the Tree of Might, in order to produce the fruit of the Tree of Might. This fruit gives the person who eats it unimaginable power. The Crusher Corps. wants to use this fruit to become the most powerful group of warriors in the universe. Some of their dialogue implies that their reasons for wanting to plant the Tree of Might is also out of a desire to defeat Frieza; Lakasei mentions that by eating the fruit they will be strong enough to defeat Frieza.
Arrival on Earth
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might
The team arrives on Earth and plant a seed which grows the Tree of Might, a plant that sucks the life of the planet on which it was planted and leaves it a desert. Goku, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu's attempts to destroy the tree are unsuccessful, and it is not long before they are confronted by the mercenaries Amond, Daiz, Cacao, Rasin, and Lakasei; their leader, Turles, watches the encounter from inside his spaceship.
Gohan arrives and joins the battle after rescuing Chiaotzu from Rasin, and is personally invited by Turles to join his men. Gohan refuses and is saved in time thanks to the arrival of Piccolo. Using a Power Ball, Turles forces Gohan to transform into a Great Ape and sets him on Goku, who eventually manages to cut his son's tail off and restore him to normal. They then attack Goku, who retaliates and kills them using the Kaio-ken technique. A showdown ensues between Goku and Turles, with Goku having the upper hand until Turles pushes his power further by eating a fruit of the Tree of Might. Slowly recovering while Turles is distracted by the rest of the Z Fighters, Goku decides to use the Spirit Bomb. Unable to gather energy from living beings, Goku decides to use the stolen energy inside the Tree of Might itself. Eventually successful in creating the Spirit Bomb, Goku sees his opportunity, and fires it straight into Turles, who is carried up the trunk of the Tree of Might and destroyed along with the tree when the Spirit Bomb explodes.
Escaping from Hell
Members of Turles Crusher Corps' briefly appear in Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, among the residents of Hell that make their escape to Earth. They were presumably all defeated by Gohan, who confronted them, and sent back to Hell.
- Turles - Leader
- Amond – Second in command
- Cacao – Elite soldier
- Daiz – Elite soldier
- Rasin – Elite soldier
- Lakasei – Elite soldier
- Other Media
- Future Warrior 2 (while training under Turles in Xenoverse 2)
Video Game Appearances
All members of Turles' Crusher Corps. appear as playable characters in Dragon Ball Heroes.
Though it does not appear, Turles Crusher Corps is mentioned in Xenoverse. Additionally, Turles himself appears as a playable character in Xenoverse 2 where it is revealed that the Crusher Corps invasion of Earth and defeat seen in the film takes place in an alternate timeline.
If the Future Warrior trains under Turles he will test them to see if they are Crusher Corp material. During the training, Turles also reveals that he plans to plant a Tree of Might in Conton City once the analysis of the soil sample he had sent back to his men for testing is complete and states that the Future Warrior will have to choose between working for the Time Patrol or joining the Crusher Corp (though this never actually occurs). It is also shown that Turles had formed an alliance with Lord Slug's clan, though ultimately plans to eliminate them once they had outlived their usefulness (while Lord Slug himself only allies with them in order to steal some of the Fruit of the Tree of Might).
- The name of the group is derived from the character profiles (namely, Turles' profile) on the Funimation DVD of The Tree of Might.
- The name of each member is a pun of a certain type of nut, bean, or related food item (Amond for Almond, Cacao for cocoa bean, Daiz for soybean, Rasin for raisin, and Lakasei for peanut).
- Footage of their fight with Goku appears in the "Rock the Dragon" opening.