"Every single person on Earth is gonna die soon. Wouldn't you like to go out with a bang in the end!?"
Van Zant is a madman character unnamed in the Dragon Ball manga, but named in the anime Dragon Ball Z. First appearing in the Majin Buu Saga, he is a deranged gunman who enjoys killing people (apparently, with the rationale that since it is "the end of the world", he wants to go out with a bang). In the Japanese version and the manga, Smitty refers to him as "young master," implying that Van Zant is from a wealthy family and that Smitty is his butler and/or servant.
Dragon Ball Z
Majin Buu Saga
Main article: Majin Buu Saga
Van Zant is first seen mercilessly shooting an elderly lady and then, after much convincing, he gets his friend Smitty to shoot her husband. After killing many innocents, Smitty and Van Zant decided to go to Majin Buu's house to try and kill Majin Buu, so he could kill more people (which is ironic, as his excuse for killing people in the first place was because he figured that Buu would be destroying the Earth). Van Zant and Smitty spot Mr. Satan, the famous world champion at Buu's house, which greatly surprises them. Van Zant shoots Bee, Majin Buu's puppy dog, then he and Smitty blow up Buu's house using Rocket Launchers. In anger, Mr. Satan then pummels both Van Zant and Smitty. Van Zant later returns for revenge and shoots Mr. Satan.
Though both Bee and Satan survive, Majin Buu becomes very angry, causing Evil Buu to appear from the steam coming out of his head. The first thing Evil Buu does is to vaporize Van Zant into nothingness using his Guilty Flash technique. In the uncut, there is a scene where Van Zant shoots Evil Buu moments before his death, but the bullets merely bounce off him.
Van Zant is a normal human who relies primarily on firearms. As a result he is physically weak compared to a trained martial artist like Mr. Satan who though outclassed by the Z Fighters is strong enough to disarm Van Zant and give a well deserved beating, though Van Zant does later injure the Champion by shooting him, which only angers Buu. However even with his weapons he is no match for the likes of Majin Buu or the Z Fighters as Evil Buu is able to kill him effortlessly.
Weapons and vehicles
- Gun – Van Zant's gun is based on the Czech CZ-75. Used to shoot Mr. Satan.
- Rocket Launcher – A weapon that he and Smitty use to blow Majin Buu's house up.
- Sniper rifle – A weapon based on the H&K PSG-1. Used to shoot an elderly lady.
- Hovercar – A sport model hovercar. The rear boot is large enough to hold multiple weapons.
Video game appearances
- Japanese: Shigeru Chiba (DBZ), Masakazu Nemoto (DBZ Kai)
- Ocean Group dub: Michael Dobson
- FUNimation dub: Mark Orvik
- Van Zant & Smitty vs. Mr. Satan
- Van Zant vs. Mr. Satan
- Van Zant vs. Evil Buu
- In the Ocean dub and FUNimation dub versions, he has a very strong Cockney accent.
- One of the members of the Toad Warriors resembles Van Zant's appearance. Also, General White's redesign for Dragon Ball: The Path to Power bears some resemblance to Van Zant, albeit with dark hair and a longer nose.
- Due to his pure evil nature and role in creating Evil Buu who absorbed Good Buu creating the more dangerous Super Buu, he was presumably among the evil people not revived by Porunga and was likely sentenced to spend eternity in Hell by King Yemma given the evil nature of his actions as well as taking into account his role in the creation of Super Buu and the destruction the evil Majin caused, as were it not for Van Zant's actions, Majin Buu would have likely stopped killing.