- This article is about the original character. For the character portrayed in live-action by Joon Park, see Yamcha/Dragonball Evolution.
Yamcha (ヤムチャ, Yamucha) is a main protagonist in the Dragon Ball manga and in the anime Dragon Ball, and later a supporting protagonist in Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super, with a few appearances in Dragon Ball GT. He is a former boyfriend of Bulma and the lifelong best friend of Puar.
A former desert bandit, Yamcha was once an enemy of Goku, but quickly reformed and became a friend and ally. Brave, boastful and dependable, Yamcha is a very talented martial artist and one of the most powerful humans on Earth, possessing skills and traits that allow him to fight alongside his fellow Z Fighters when major threats loom. Although he retired by the latter half of Dragon Ball Z, due to being largely outclassed by both his allies (namely the Saiyans) and their enemies, he is always present whenever a new threat approaches, and will occasionally lend a helping hand, thus proving himself to be a powerful ally in his own right. 
Yamcha's appearance changes throughout the series, mainly his clothes and hairstyle. Yamcha started out the series with long hair and bangs. After settling down in the city, he cut his hair to fit in. Later on, he would grow his hair out again and eventually cut short to a spikier hairstyle and completely short before outgrowing his hair once again. Several of Yamcha's hairstyles are also used by Gohan at various points in his life. Another of Yamcha's most significant appearance changes were the mysterious scars he got sometime during his three years training for the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. According to Android 19's scanner, Yamcha is 183 centimeters tall and weighs 68 kilograms, during the Androids Saga. The first kanji Yamcha has on his clothes 楽 (raku) stands for "comfort" or "easy"; there is no real meaning behind it other than he just enjoys being comfortable. After training with Master Roshi, he takes the "turtle" or "Kame" kanji "亀" as a sign of respect. Later, after training with King Kai, he wears both "Kame and "Kai" kanji. He wears them the opposite way Goku did ("Kame" on the back and "Kai" on the chest), except in Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might where he wears the "Kai" kanji on the back and "Kame" on the chest. Yamcha sometimes wears a white martial arts outfit with black trousers that bears a striking resemblance to the outfit worn by Bruce Lee during his fight with O'Hara in the film Enter the Dragon, as shown during one of his brief appearances in the Red Ribbon Army Saga and in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (an outfit similar is also worn by Tsukutsun Tsun in the Dr. Slump remake). In the Majin Buu saga, Yamcha wears a yellow suit jacket along with a white long-sleeved shirt and wears yellow suit pants and black shoes. At the end of Dragon Ball Z and throughout Dragon Ball GT, Yamcha now has his hair long again and wears it in a ponytail and retains the same outfit that he wore in the Majin Buu Saga as his undershirt are now sleeveless.
In Dragon Ball Super, Yamcha's outfit is a white martial arts with gray trousers (which is the exact same attire he wore in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods). His hair is almost the same style as the one he had during the Saiyan Saga and Frieza Saga.
When Akira Toriyama decided to create Dragon Ball, he used Wu Cheng'en's Journey to the West as a prototype for his own series. Yamcha is most likely based on Sha Wujing, also known as Sha Seng and Sha Heshang, from this novel. Both are powerful bandits who are associated with sand, (Yamcha from a sandy desert, Sha from a sand river), who reform and join the heroes on their quest.
Yamcha is originally characterized as a deadly warrior, who fears nothing but talking to women. After befriending Goku and the others, his personality remains mostly the same, but becomes very caring and considerate of the people he protects. He is showcased as a courageous warrior who strives to be the best, but is unable to reach this status, a fact that appears to plague him. He has a great network of information, recognizing Goku's Power Pole as Grandpa Gohan's during their first fight.
Yamcha is a huge fan of the World Martial Arts Tournament and has always wanted to compete and someday win. It is likely this is why he has knowledge of famous fighters like Grandpa Gohan, Monster Carrot, Bacterian and King Chappa. Whenever the tournament date neared, Yamcha would always go through vigorous training and invent a new technique like the Blinding Wolf Fang Fist, Neo Wolf Fang Fist and the Spirit Ball. He is the second fighter to learn the Kamehameha since the beginning of Dragon Ball (after Goku).
In early Dragon Ball Z, he shows great pride in defending Earth from the Saiyans, willing to put his life on the line to stop them; which he evidently does. Although he his killed, he dies a hero's death. After returning from the dead, he prepares to battle the Androids. In early Dragon Ball, Yamcha had a fear of women and tended to get terrified at the sight and touch of a woman, although he seemingly got over this after meeting Bulma when they were 16. They have a on-and-off again relationship for several years and despite her supposed mistreatment towards him, he still loved her. However, his love for her was unable to prevent him from becoming interested in other women. During the three years prior to the Androids' arrival, he and Bulma break up for good (though they remain friends) and she ends up with Vegeta, which frustrated him, especially at Vegeta for fathering her son, Trunks. His resentment towards Vegeta is apparent in the Androids Saga and Cell Games Saga, as he speaks bitterly that he is not Trunks' father and mocked Vegeta for being beaten by Cell. However, after seeing Vegeta's emotional reaction to Future Trunks' death, Yamcha forgave him and is later seen being friendly with Vegeta. Yamcha is also on good terms with Trunks and tells Future Trunks that his father really loved him. After being nearly killed by Dr. Gero, he takes more of a comical approach and becomes largely outmatched in battle due to the ever growing power of the enemies the Z Fighters face. It appears whatever passion and resolve for fighting he had disappears with the emergence of the Super Saiyans, who severely outclass him in fighting ability and he eventually comes to accept this. After realizing that his enemies severely overpower him, unlike Tien, who wishes to fight despite the odds, Yamcha accepts that his contribution would be futile, and instead opts to stand aside and keep watch, instead of engaging in combat. Despite this fact, he remains a trusted ally and will fight on occasion when needed. During the latter half of Dragon Ball Z, he retires from fighting, but continues training and goes off on his own.
In Dragon Ball Super, it is revealed Yamcha actually has grown stronger and has been training. However, he uses his strength for baseball rather than fighting at this time. During the Universal Survival Saga, Yamcha overhears Goku and Gohan's conversation, which implies that his passion for fighting still lingers especially in the upcoming Tournament of Power (although he plans to refuse their offer at first and then show up at the last minute to make a flashy entrance). When learning that he wasn't picked as a member for the Universe 7 team, Yamcha doesn't take it personally and wishes them luck at the Battle Royal.
Yamcha expressed a strong desire to get married, which was the reason why he wanted to cure his fear of women. He also expressed excitement at the thought of starting a family. The Dragon Ball: Bouken Special book, released during the King Piccolo Saga, says he is nervous around women except for Bulma. Future Trunks states during the Trunks Saga, that Yamcha later fully got over his nervousness around women and that his promiscuity caused Bulma to break up with him in his timeline.
Future Trunks states that after Bulma and Yamcha broke up, Yamcha found a new girlfriend. Although she never appeared in any Dragon Ball media, Yamcha's new girlfriend is mentioned at the end of the Cell Games Saga, when Shenron asks for a wish and Yamcha jokingly proposes he wish for a necklace for his girlfriend. Despite originally saying it was his dream to get married and Trunks saying that he found love again, Yamcha appears to be single in Dragon Ball Super and Dragon Ball GT.
Yamcha was born on March 20, Age 733. He met Puar in Age 747, two years before the Emperor Pilaf Saga takes place.
Emperor Pilaf Saga
Main article: Emperor Pilaf Saga
Yamcha is introduced in the Emperor Pilaf Saga as a 16 year old bandit that lives in Diablo Desert along with his companion, an anthropomorphic cat named Puar, and robs travelers who pass through. He ambushed Goku, Bulma and Oolong in order to steal their money and capsules. When challenged by Goku, they fought, with Yamcha using his signature technique, the Wolf Fang Fist, seemingly knocking Goku out. However, it only injured Goku. Then, Goku starts to have the disadvantage when he starts to get hungry, which drains his power. As Yamcha was about to defeat Goku, he spots Bulma and makes his retreat, due to his extreme fear of women. Yamcha returned to their camp that night and, while spying on them, learned of the Dragon Balls and their ability to grant a wish. He then decided to steal their Dragon Balls and make a wish to overcome his phobia, as he dreams of getting married. He and his companion Puar broke into the group's van that night to do so, but were foiled when the orbs under the sheet which Yamcha thought were Dragon Balls were actually the breasts of a nude and sleeping Bulma, causing him to leave in a confused daze. He attacked again the following day, by knocking over the group's van with a panzerfaust, but was again challenged by Goku and retreated when Goku damaged his vanity by knocking one of his teeth out. Yamcha's attack to the wagon had still done its damage so Goku's group was forced to leave it behind and walk. As Shu had earlier planted a bomb in the van which exploded shortly after it was abandoned, Yamcha's actions had inadvertently saved Goku.
Realizing that he could not beat Goku, Yamcha instead decided to let the group collect all seven balls and then take the wish. He again came to the group, this time apologizing for his behavior, and gave them a car to make up for damaging their van. The car, of course, had a tracking device in it.
While on the group's trail, Yamcha encounters a mysterious girl who destroyed a T-Rex and was frightened by Yamcha and attacks him, causing him to retaliate and knock her out. Later, when eavesdropping on Goku's conversation with Ox-King, he realizes that the girl is Chi-Chi, Ox-King's daughter. Not wanting to face the wrath of an angry Ox-King, Yamcha races back to the scene and apologizes to Chi-Chi, saying he did what he did because he is crazy with love for her. He quickly hides when he sees Goku coming and, by luck, witnesses Chi-Chi pull Goku's tail, exposing his weak spot. Yamcha returns to Fire Mountain and remains hidden as Goku returns with Chi-Chi and Master Roshi, the legendary martial arts master who trained both Ox-King and Goku's grandfather, Grandpa Gohan. He is awed by Master Roshi's display of the Kamehameha, an energy wave Master Roshi used with the intention of putting out the massive fire at Ox-King's residence, but instead, destroyed the castle and the entire mountain it was on. He also can not help, but be somewhat envious after Goku is chosen by Master Roshi to be his disciple.
Yamcha continues to tail the group, letting it slip in front of Puar he thinks Bulma has a beautiful voice, after they recover the sixth Dragon Ball from Ox-King into a remote village. There, he has to intervene and help Goku after Bulma is turned into a carrot by Monster Carrot, leader of the Rabbit Mob. He orders Puar to turn into a bird and rescue the hostage carrot-Bulma while he takes out Monster Carrot's two henchmen. Working with Goku, the two recover carrot Bulma and through Puar's trickery get Monster Carrot to change her back. Yamcha quickly hides again after this, letting Goku deal with the gang without having to worry about Bulma's safety. While watching Bulma's disappointment at his absence, Yamcha silently curses his shyness around her.
When Shu ambushes Goku, Bulma and Oolong, stealing five of their six balls along with destroying their car with his Pilaf Machine, Yamcha has to again intervene, this time joining the group. They track the balls to Pilaf's Castle, but are soon trapped. From a hole blasted in the wall by Goku they witness Emperor Pilaf summoning Shenron and Yamcha orders Puar to go with Oolong and stop it. Emperor Pilaf's wish is interrupted by Oolong and, as punishment, the group is moved into a giant solar-oven like cell to die the next day when the sun comes up; they are not contained long though before Goku transforms into a Great Ape and destroys their cell by the light of the full moon.
To get the group to safety, Yamcha is forced to pick up Bulma despite his girl phobia. Just as Goku is about to crush Bulma, pinned by some rubble, Yamcha comes to the rescue and grabs his tail, stunning him long enough for Puar to transform into a giant pair of scissors and cut the tail off, returning Goku to his normal state. The next morning, with the balls now inert, the gang goes their separate ways. Yamcha and Bulma are satisfied though, as they now have each other and, therefore, no need to make any wishes. They go with Bulma back to the city while Goku goes off to train with Master Roshi.
Main article: Tournament Saga
Excited about the Martial Arts Tournament, Yamcha goes to the wilderness to hone his skills. After a month Yamcha returns and saves Bulma from getting hit by a truck. Bulma does not recognize Yamcha at first due to his beard and disheveled appearance. When she does realize its him she is both happy and annoyed that he did not call or contact her during his long absence.
Yamcha next meets up with Goku at the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament where he says he had a haircut at Bulma's request. Yamcha makes it to the quarter-finals, but is eliminated by Jackie Chun, who dodges all of Yamcha's attacks and knocks him out of the ring by creating a powerful wind with a hand chop. This level of power, along with the physical likeness, causes Yamcha to suspect Jackie Chun is Master Roshi in disguise, before Roshi solicits Nam to wear a fake beard and convince Yamcha that he is not Roshi.
When Goku sees the full moon and turns into a Great Ape during his battle with Jackie Chun, Jackie Chun fires a MAX Power Kamehameha in the ape's direction despite Yamcha's desperate attempt to stop Chun. When the smoke clears, Goku is nowhere to be found, and Yamcha and his friends start to cry. Fortunately, it turns out Goku was just knocked out asleep. After Jackie Chun wins the tournament, Yamcha and the others celebrate by going out to dinner on Roshi's tab.
Red Ribbon Army Saga
After the tournament, Yamcha returns to West City with Bulma and the others. Bulma gets angry at him because the other girls in the city are all over him. When Goku was flying on the Nimbus on a tour to West city, he (and Bulma through the Micro Band) comes across Yamcha, Oolong, and Puar. Oolong and Puar tell Goku that Bulma has been treating Yamcha badly. Yamcha says this is true, but he still likes her. Bulma resizes herself after hearing these comments, gets angry at Yamcha again, and heads alone to the Dream Land amusement park. Yamcha is upset by this, but goes with Goku, Oolong, and Puar to the amusement park anyway. On the way, the two save a fortune teller from thugs. However, it is actually Hasky, a thief hired by the Red Ribbon Army to take the Dragon Balls. Hasky has a bunch of failed attempts to steal the Dragon Balls, but no one catches on.Eventually Goku leaves the Dragon Ball with Yamcha. Seeing her chance, Hasky attempts to seduce him, but Yamcha finds out she's a fake by coming across the real fortune teller. Hasky attacks Yamcha with a sword and he fights her off. Unfortunately, Bulma comes across them and in her view it looks like the two are kissing. Bulma hurls a cabinet at Yamcha right as he just beat Hasky and stomps off. This allowed Hasky to tie up Yamcha and take the Dragon Balls, but not before revealing she planted a bomb in the park. Yamcha later helps Goku take care of Hasky, get the Dragon Balls back, and defuse the bomb.
But due to the incident with Bulma, Yamcha's already strained relationship with her was strained even further and she left with Goku to find a new boyfriend with the Dragon Balls.
Later on, after Goku defeats the entire Red Ribbon Army, Yamcha and the rest of the gang rush to help him in a helicopter, but they learned that their help ultimately proved unnecessary because Goku finished them off without them.
Fortuneteller Baba Saga
Main article: Fortuneteller Baba Saga
Yamcha decides to accompany Goku and travels with him to see Fortuneteller Baba at her palace to learn the location of the last Dragon Ball to revive Upa's father, Bora. Fortuneteller Baba does not give readings free though and will only do it after her five warriors are beaten. Yamcha faces her second warrior, See-Through the Invisible Man.
Unable to see his opponent, Yamcha is unable to land a blow and is getting damaged. Yamcha then figures he can locate his opponent by sound of his footsteps, which initially works in allowing to land blows on the Invisible Man, but is foiled when Fortuneteller Baba starts singing to cover the noise made by the Invisible Man. Krillin thinks quickly though; he asks Goku to bring both Bulma and Master Roshi to the ring and then flashes Bulma's breasts to Master Roshi, causing him to have a massive nose bleed which covers the Invisible Man in blood. With his opponent now visible, Yamcha uses his Wolf Fang Fist and quickly dispatches him.
Fortuneteller Baba then takes the warriors to a new ring, the Devil's Toilet which has a thin platform over a pool of powerful acid. In this arena Yamcha battles his next opponent, Bandages the Mummy, who is both a fast and strong mummy. Things look bad for Yamcha until he manages a quick sneak attack, tripping Bandages the Mummy off the ledge; though it is proved futile as Bandages the Mummy is able to use his bandages like a rope and climb his way back up. They fight again, and again Yamcha is pummeled until he is held up by his neck before being tossed down towards the acid. Fortunately, Goku intervened and saved him with his Power Pole.
Goku takes over the fighting at this point and defeats Bandages the Mummy with one hit, as well as the rest of Fortuneteller Baba's fighters. It is not in vain for Yamcha though, as Master Roshi accepts him to become one of his students.
Tien Shinhan Saga
Main article: Tien Shinhan Saga
Three years later, Yamcha competes in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament. While in the preliminaries he has confrontational words with Tien Shinhan, the prize student of a rival school, who mocks Yamcha and claims to destroy Yamcha in the ring. When the finals are about to begin, Tien has his friend Chiaotzu use his psychic powers to fix the fight schedule numbering so that he and Yamcha face off first in the quarterfinals.
At the start of their fight, they seem to be trading an equal number of blows. Yamcha then attempts his Wolf Fang Blowing Wind, but it is beaten by Tien who parries the assault and counters with a quick punch to Yamcha's gut. Yamcha decides to go all out and utilizes, to everyone's surprise, the Kamehameha; this is stopped by Tien who reflects the attack back at Yamcha with a Kiai, making Yamcha jump into the air. Tien also jumps and kicks Yamcha, knocking him out. However, Tien does not stop at that. Tien then shatters the unconscious Yamcha's leg with a diving knee attack. (Note that this is Yamcha's only tournament match where he is defeated by KO rather than ring-out).
Yamcha is eliminated by KO and goes to the local hospital with Puar turning into a carpet for Yamcha to lie on. In hospital for the rest of the competition, Yamcha listens to the remainder of the fights on the radio, and manages to be there for the fight between Goku and Tien. When Tien wins and decides to turn over a new leaf due to Roshi's advice, Yamcha is one of the first to clap for him. Later, when a reformed Tien apologizes for the unnecessary beating, Yamcha says bones can always grow back and that he awaits their next bout. The two then forge a friendly rivalry and promise to meet again at the next tournament.
King Piccolo Saga
Main article: King Piccolo Saga
Due to his injuries, Yamcha spends the majority of the King Piccolo Saga on the sidelines. He is powerless to intervene as first Krillin, followed by Master Roshi, and then Chiaotzu are killed by King Piccolo. Tambourine attacks Yamcha and they battle at the Training Island. In part due to Yamcha's injured leg, Tambourine gets the upper hand, but Yamcha is luckily saved from death when King Piccolo calls Tambourine to go after Cymbal's killer. When he learns of King Piccolo's takeover of the world capital, as well as Tien's seemingly suicidal mission to take him out, Yamcha joins in and races to the scene. He arrives with Bulma and Launch only to find it a desolate wasteland. They soon encounter a battered Tien who fills them in that Goku's actually alive and defeated the Demon King (although they heard on radio that "a small boy" was fighting Piccolo and deduced that it must be Goku, Tien gave them confirmation); Yamcha then assists Tien in getting back to the Kame House to recover.
Not long after, Goku quickly bursts in and announces that he is training with Kami before taking off again after recovering his Power Pole. This knowledge causes Yamcha to redouble his preparation for the next World Martial Arts Tournament.
Yamcha trains along with Tien and the resurrected Krillin and Chiaotzu until Master Roshi informed them that, to be able to reach Goku's level of power, they are going to need to find better ways to train than those available at the Kame House. After that, they all head to Korin Tower and train with Korin before each going their own separate way in preparing for the next, 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.
Piccolo Jr. Saga
Main article: Piccolo Jr. Saga
Yamcha next meets with the group at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, he has trained for the last three years for this tournament (earning his trademark scars in the process) and looks forward to the fights.
Yamcha is present when Goku reunites with an adult Chi-Chi and like the others did not recognize her as an adult. After Goku remembered his proposal to Chi-Chi, she apologized to Yamcha for not marrying him (referring to Yamcha's false love confession), making Bulma angry at him.Yamcha makes it to the quarter-finals and must contend with a nerdy human named Hero and finds himself injured by what seem like accidental clumsy mistakes made by his opponent (like getting kicked in the kidney after Hero supposedly tripped, and landing on the back of Hero's head, hurting his groin). When they both state that they will fight seriously, Hero proves to be a fighter in a class well beyond Yamcha and quickly counters every move Yamcha makes. In desperation Yamcha uses his secret weapon, the Spirit Ball, a powerful ball of guided energy. While it proves to be an effective attack, it is ultimately futile as Hero (who is actually Kami) recovers from being hit with it and knocks Yamcha out of the ring. At the end of the match Yamcha is oddly calm and congratulates hero on his win. Hero says Yamcha has great skill and potential but needs to work on his focus and defense.
Yamcha can only watch from there on out, in awe at the massive power displayed in the fight between Goku and Piccolo Jr. at which he is powerless to intervene. When Goku eventually does defeat Piccolo Jr., Yamcha joins the others in celebrating his victory.
Dragon Ball Z
Main article: Vegeta Saga
Over the next five years, Yamcha retired from fighting and became a baseball player on the team called the "Taitans", wearing number 00. Despite being the best player, he still longed for the days of being a fighter.
After Goku sacrifices his life to defeat Raditz, Yamcha is summoned along with Tien, Chiaotzu, Krillin and Yajirobe to train at Kami's Lookout for the battle against Vegeta and Nappa. Yamcha and the rest of the Z Fighters get an experience of how truly powerful Saiyans are when they use the Pendulum Room to transport their minds back in time to Planet Vegeta 100 years in the past. Yamcha and the rest of the Z Fighters are easily defeated by the might of Scarface and Shorty, despite Yamcha firing his most powerful attack, the Super Spirit Ball during the battle. When they are transported back to the Pendulum Room, Yamcha and the rest of the Z Fighters feel incredible fear and woe, now promising Mr. Popo they will get as strong as possible to defeat Nappa and Vegeta. After completing the training on Kami's Lookout, Yamcha trains on his own until the Saiyans arrive.
Yamcha arrives at the battlefield just prior to the fight beginning. After Tien defeats one of them, Yamcha volunteers to do battle with one of Nappa's spawned Saibamen, in place of Krillin who had already been revived once with the Dragon Balls. Yamcha's fight with the Saibaman is quite fast and he seemingly defeats the creature with utter ease after evading its swipes from its claws, and smashing it with a Kamehameha from behind. The creature was now believed to be dead, as it was beaten brutally by Yamcha. But as a turn of events, it was just barely alive and gathered the remainder of its energy to leap and cling onto Yamcha and self-destruct, killing both Yamcha and itself in the process.
His death devastates Bulma and Puar, as well as Krillin, who swears to avenge Yamcha's sacrifice and does so by destroying most of the Saibamen in utter contempt.
Because of the influence of Kami, after he died, in the Namek Saga and Frieza Saga Yamcha was allowed to train on King Kai's planet in the Other World as Goku did earlier. Joining him were the other warriors who also perished in the battle against the Saiyans: Piccolo, Tien and Chiaotzu. On King Kai's planet, King Kai tells Goku that they all crossed Snake Way in a far shorter time than he did, and that they all requested for tougher training than what Goku had received.
Through King Kai, he is able to witness everyone's (Goku, Vegeta, Krillin, Gohan, Dende and Piccolo fused with Nail) battle with the evil tyrant Frieza on planet Namek. Yamcha takes on Recoome of the Ginyu Force and, similar to Goku, dispatches him with relative ease. When Goku is thought to have been killed in the destruction of Namek after defeating Frieza, Yamcha relays the information to everyone through Bulma. He is returned to life 130 days later in the first batch of wishes from Porunga and continues to live at Capsule Corporation with Puar, Bulma, and now Vegeta.
In the filler Garlic Jr. Saga, while Goku was still out in the Galaxy after his battle with Frieza, the Z Fighters all came to Master Roshi's House for a get together. During the time he becomes possessed by the Black Water Mist and became a mindless zombie who was loyal to Garlic Jr., along with the rest of the group except Gohan, Piccolo, Krillin, and his new girlfriend Maron. Afterwards, he is brought back to normal along with everyone else after the Sacred Water was poured into the Seven Air Currents and Garlic Jr. was defeated. Not long after, he resumed his baseball career for a brief period.
When a rebuilt Frieza and his father invades the Earth, in the Trunks Saga Yamcha is one of the defenders who prepares to confront him, though he is overwhelmed by the tyrants' power. He is just as amazed as everyone else though when a mysterious youth suddenly appears and quickly destroys Frieza and his force. He listened to the youth, who claims that Goku will be arriving shortly and, after waiting for Goku's return, witnesses their sparring in awe. He was then filled in by Piccolo, who could hear the entire conversation between the two, that in three years powerful androids will appear and kill everyone if they are not fully prepared; Goku invited Yamcha to train with him, but Yamcha refused, saying that he liked training at his own pace. Around this time Yamcha drops hints to Bulma that he is ready to settle down.
During this saga, Yamcha sneaks into the Capsule Corporation shuttle at night-time to attempt to train in 300 times the gravity of Earth, so that he can prove he is just as adept a fighter as Vegeta. However, after activating this gravity setting, Yamcha suddenly finds himself completely overwhelmed and on the verge of being crushed to death by the gravity. He ultimately manages to shift his hand to the control deck to restore the gravitation level.
Nevertheless, he spent the next three years in training for the Androids' arrival. During his training, Yamcha ends up distracted by various women working out at the gym he was currently training at, and a mishap with the weights resulted in him deeply reconsidering his training methods. During this time, he and Bulma breakup once and for all. After the three years, in the Androids Saga Yamcha meets Goku, Gohan, Piccolo and Tien at the location of the androids arrival. He also informs the group that the baby Bulma has with them is not his, and also stated that they'll be surprised as to who the real father was (with Goku managing to not only state accurately that the baby's father was Vegeta, but even reveal the baby's name as being Trunks, to everyone's shock). Realizing that they can not sense the androids after Yajirobe's car was shot down, the group splits up and searches the city for them. Yamcha is the first to find them, although he is initially unaware that the two are the Androids until he spotted the older man, Android 20, having a Red Ribbon logo on his hat, and is quickly grabbed around the mouth by Android 20 (later revealed to be Dr. Gero), draining his energy and preventing him from calling for backup or battling them, although not before attempting to yell to the other Z-Fighters that he had located them. Yamcha is then incapacitated after Android 20 punches a hole clean through his midsection; the sudden drop in his ki alerts the rest of the group though, and they arrive shortly after.
Krillin quickly takes Yamcha away from the battle and gives him a Senzu Bean, causing him to recover to full strength. Though he does not want to fight the Androids again, he then tags along to watch the fight and, after Goku succumbs to his heart disease, takes him home to get him his medicine. Yamcha soon after transports Goku to Kame House to hide him from Android 16, Android 17 and Android 18.
From watching the news he hears of the new threat, Cell, a monster that goes around absorbing people during the Imperfect Cell Saga. He aids Piccolo on the search for Imperfect Cell by piloting an airplane so it would not detect their ki, but it continuously evades them. When the Androids later arrive on Master Roshi's island looking for Goku, Yamcha stays behind while Piccolo goes off with them to fight on a deserted island.
Later on when Perfect Cell broadcasts his intentions to hold his Cell Games, a tournament of sorts with himself as the only opponent, Yamcha decides to accompany the fighters, but along with Tien decides not to participate. During the Cell Games Saga Yamcha does not get the opportunity to fight until Perfect Cell creates his Cell Juniors, who attack the Z Fighters and quickly take most of them out, including Yamcha, who got his arm brutally broken in the battle. However, in the anime, both himself and Tien simultaneously got a hit on one of the Cell Junior's while protecting Goku. He quickly recovers after eating a Senzu Bean once Gohan destroys the Cell Juniors and spends the rest of the match as an observer. In the anime, near the end of the Cell Games, Yamcha along with the rest of the Z Fighters help in distracting Cell long enough for Gohan to raise the power of his attack in an attempt to destroy the Bio-Android.
Once Gohan finally destroys Super Perfect Cell, Yamcha carries Gohan back to Kami's Lookout. He then makes the wish to resurrect everyone killed by Cell. When the group has difficulty thinking of a second wish, he jokingly contemplates asking Shenron for an expensive diamond necklace for the girl he's going out with. He and the rest of the group see Future Trunks off as he leaves for his own time and then they go their separate ways.
Majin Buu Saga
Seven years later, Yamcha attends the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament as a spectator since he gave up fighting professionally. Soon the tournament is interrupted though as the other Z Fighters leave, and then return with Vegeta now possessed by Babidi, an evil wizard. Yamcha manages to survive Vegeta's massacre along with his other friends in the crowd, barely escaping from Vegeta's blasts.
After Vegeta attacked the crowd, Yamcha went with Bulma and a few others to ask Shenron to bring back all the goodhearted people who were killed that day by Babidi and Vegeta. He then heads to Kami's Lookout to take refuge from the assault of the new terror, Majin Buu, and witnesses Goten and Trunks' first attempts at performing the Fusion Dance, and finally their success when they become Gotenks.
A day later, Super Buu eventually finds everyone at the tower and allows them to live for a short time. When Super Buu escapes from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber Yamcha is quickly turned into chocolate and eaten with the others.
Yamcha and Krillin go to Grand Kai's planet, where Yamcha recovers his passion for fighting. It does appear that Yamcha has been training despite his lack of willingness to fight due to the fact that he can stand against two of the North quadrant's strongest fighters. Later they have a brief fight with Kid Buu in the Other World.
After being resurrected, Yamcha's last real action in the series is giving Goku his energy to help form the Spirit Bomb that defeats Kid Buu.
After the end of the Buu saga, as he has the dilemma of loving women but not being good around them, Yamcha is still wandering blindly in search of the ideal partner he will not be nervous around. He has even worked in a host club, but because of his nervousness, it did not go well and he was fired. His livelihood is mainly working together with Puar as a freelance bodyguard, and he occasionally goes to Tien Shinhan's to help with the farm as well.
Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Main article: Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Yamcha is among the group attending Mr. Satan's party. He sits on the sidelines during the battle against Abo and Kado because it was decided that they were weak enough that Goten and Trunks would be enough to defeat them. Gotenks uses Yamcha's Wolf Fang Fist against the fused version of Abo and Kado, Aka. After Aka unleashes his Super Destructive Energy Wave, Yamcha himself briefly enters the action and uses a Spirit Ball to destroy the top of a large building that was about to crush Bulma, Puar and Oolong, as well as various pieces of rubble. Despite having apparently given up on fighting, he is shown to be wearing his gi under his suit. While Yamcha does not appear to use one of his Wolf Fang techniques, his aura still makes him appear as a wolf.
Dragon Ball Super
God of Destruction Beerus Saga
Main article: God of Destruction Beerus Saga
Some time after the battle with Majin Buu, Yamcha and Puar head towards Bulma's birthday, which is being held on a cruise ship, where they encounter Krillin, Android 18, and their daughter, Marron. They are also flying to get there, as it was taking too long driving in a car. Yamcha and Puar later encounter Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu on the ship. When Beerus arrives on the ship, Yamcha is one of the first to introduce himself to Lord Beerus. He exaggerates his power, proclaiming himself as the strongest one on the ship. He roughly slaps him on the back, which worries Vegeta that it might upset him, but Beerus just shrugs it off.
Yamcha joins the crowd of people when Beerus eats the octopus balls served to him by Krillin, with one containing wasabi. They chant him on, encouraging Beerus to take a bite. Later, Yamcha joins several others as they board Bulma's space pod to get a better view of Goku and Beerus' fight. In the end, Beerus beats Goku, but he doesn't destroy the Earth because he falls asleep in the process.
Golden Frieza Saga
Main article: Golden Frieza Saga Yamcha was killed when Frieza blew up the Earth. This event is however reversed by Whis doing his Temporal Do-Over technique.
Universe 6 Saga
Main article: Universe 6 Saga
Yamcha is traveling with Goku and the rest of the gang to the Nameless Planet where the Universe 6 and 7 Gods of Destruction Selection Martial Arts Competition is being held and they're being taken there by Whis in his cube. After two hours and forty-five minutes of traveling, they arrive on the Nameless Planet. Yamcha is a bystander and watches the tournament from the stands. He watches the first match between Goku and Universe 6's, Botamo. He is later shocked along with everyone else when Goku is defeated by Frost. During Vegeta's match with Cabba, Yamcha points out similarities between Cabba and a young Goku he fought when they first meet long ago. As Vegeta begins toying with Cabba, he shows some doubt that Vegeta has rid himself of all of his sinister qualities, but dismisses them once he realizes that Vegeta simply wanted to push the weaker Saiyan to increase his power. Yamcha then witnesses the entire tournament, and is present with the Z-Fighters as the wish with the Super Dragon Balls is made, and they all return to Earth.
Yamcha attends Bulma's Universe 7 victory party, and is tasked along with everyone else to keep Monaka's secret safe from Goku. After Goku fought with "Monaka" (Beerus wearing a Monaka costume), Yamcha accidentally points out Monaka passing out from the fight. After Goku sees that there are two Monakas the other Z-Fighters scorn Yamcha, and Beerus starts to grow angry, but calms down when Goku praises Monaka for having the ability to clone himself. The party then starts.
"Future" Trunks Saga
Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga
During the baseball game between Universe 6 and Universe 7, Yamcha takes over pitching after Goku was nearly ejected from the game due to destroying the field and Yamcha debuts a new technique for pitching, the Wolf Fang Pitching Fist, the speed of his Wolf Fang Fist with the controllability of the Spirit Ball and uses it to near effortlessly strike out Universe 6 for the 1st half of set 1, impressing everyone, especially Bulma who begins to flirt with Yamcha again. When Universe 7 steps up to bat with Yamcha up 1st, who mouths off to Vegeta that he will not lose to him in baseball, Vegeta; who along with Goten were filling in for the missing Hit and Frost of Universe 6, pitches the ball into Yamcha's ribcage and then berates both Yamcha and Bulma for flirting with each other. However this causes Yamcha to walk to 1st base, shocking Vegeta who thought the rules of baseball were to hit the opponent. Goku comes up to pitch next and both power up to Super Saiyan Blue(Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan). Vegeta pitches as hard as he can and is shocked when Goku begins to overpower his pitch, proclaiming that he put all of his power into it. When Vegeta begins to fire ki blasts into the ball to give it more power Yamcha makes a break for 2nd, which causes Vegeta to stop attacking Goku and overpowers Vegeta's pitch but is caught out by Botamo who throws the ball to Goten but misses him so Yamcha makes another break to 2nd base but is struck by both Champa and Vegeta at the same time but still made it to the base and allowed to stay due to being attacked.
When Gohan hits the ball Yamcha makes a run to 3rd base but Champa again intervenes and stops Botamo from getting Gohan out and throws the ball at Yamcha, once again hitting him in the spine but Yamcha once again makes it to the base, proclaiming he will not lose at baseball weakly from the ground. Beerus gets mad at Champa for playing dirty and attacking Yamcha so the two gods begin to fight, with Goku recalling that if two gods of destruction fight all of the universe will be destroyed. Everyone runs to Bulma's shield in a attempt to protect themselves except for Yamcha, who bravely makes a dash for homebase during the ki barrage storm that was flying off of Beerus and Champa, which the blasts were destroying the entire area. Whis and Vados stop the fight, saying that it is taboo for Gods of Destruction to fight one another and called the game off saying Universe 7 won. When Champa asked why Vados points to home plate, revealing Yamcha successfully braved the ki barrage storm, winning the game for Universe 7, but was coincidentally laying inside the crater near death in the exact same pose from when he was blown up by a Saibaman many years ago. Krillin, Gohan and Piccolo all pointing it out as a bad memory. Yamcha weakly says that he is going to take a different kind of walk off and collapsed from his injuries.
Universe Survival Saga
Main article: Universe Survival Saga At Capsule Corporation, Yamcha comes to visit right after Bulla is born and he asks to hold her. However, Bulla starts to cry as he makes a funny face and this enrages Vegeta into turning into Super Saiyan Blue. Yamcha overhears the conversation of Goku and Gohan about recruiting fighters for the Tournament of Power, and becomes convinced he will be recruited also, and heads home to wait for Goku to ask him.
Yamcha is later seen at his house, rehearsing his lines of initially refusing to join them; and then show up at the last minute, all the while still waiting for Goku. Him and Puar are seen watching television in his bed until Master Roshi and Oolong arrive. Yamcha thinks Roshi is inviting him to join the team. The Turtle Hermit asks for Yamcha to tell Puar to transform into a young woman in order to overcome his perverted antics for the Tournament of Power; in the meantime Yamcha asks Oolong if he is still getting recruited and the latter responds with a "maybe".
At Capsule Corporation, Yamcha, Puar, and Oolong is watching the fighters of U7 leave. Yamcha mentions that the universe's fate is in their hands.
Peaceful World Saga
Main article: Peaceful World Saga Ten years after Kid Buu's defeat, Yamcha is seen along with the rest of the Z Fighters at the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament and witnesses the emergence of Uub, the good, human reincarnation of Kid Buu. Yamcha is said farewell to by Goku, just before he takes off with Uub to his village to train him.
Dragon Ball GT
Main article: Baby Saga
Yamcha makes a cameo appearance in Dragon Ball GT in episode 34, "Back in the Game": He is seen in a photograph alongside many of the other Z Fighters. He also makes another cameo in episode 40, "Piccolo's Decision": he is among a group of people in an undisclosed area when they are taken to New Planet Plant because Earth is about to be destroyed due to the Black Star Dragon Balls. He returns to Earth when it is restored by the Namekian Dragon Balls and attends a party at Bulma's house with the rest of the Z Fighters.
Shadow Dragon Saga
Main article: Shadow Dragon Saga
By the end of Dragon Ball GT (in the final GT episode), Yamcha is seen fixing his car in the middle of the desert with Puar. He is seen in the final ending montage of the episode as well.
Curse of the Blood Rubies
Main article: Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies
As a partial retelling of the Pilaf Saga, Yamcha's basic history starts out the same (scared of girls, likes Bulma, and plots to steal the Dragon Balls), but diverges at a certain point. After hearing Goku is going to visit the Turtle Hermit, Yamcha tries to get Roshi to beat up Goku by telling the hermit that Goku plots to steal his shell. The plan fails due to Goku showing his purity by riding the Nimbus cloud and Yamcha retreats after Bulma gets close to him. In the next Part of his plan, Yamcha raids King Gurumes for the remaining six Dragon Balls and other valuables. The desert bandit rides up the castle walls with the Silverstar 4 while simultaneously avoiding gunfire. At the top, Yamcha effortlessly simultaneously defeats six of King Gurumes' soldiers with nunchucks and then runs into a room full of blood rubies. Yamcha and Puar stuff their pockets with rubies and while exiting come across Oolong and Bulma. There is no time to say hello as an armed Raven bursts into the scene and riddles Yamcha's chest with bullets seemingly killing him to Puar's distress. Raven points her gun towards Bulma but Yamcha sweep kicks her as Blood rubies pour out of his shirt.
He easily disarms Raven, but refuses to fight after seeing her gender. Undeterred Raven pulls out her grenades and starts tossing them after the gang causing the hallway to fall apart. The grenades caused a huge boulder to head down in Bulma's direction, acting fast Yamcha jumps up and catches it. In gratitude for saving her Bulma gives Yamcha a big hug making the shy rogue blush and scream. Yamcha later watches with Bulma as the Dragon Balls come together and Penny wishes to get rid of the Blood rubies. Yamcha realizes he no longer needs to wish away his fear of girls and hooks up with Bulma.
Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle
Main article: Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle
Yamcha appears in the film as Bulma's boyfriend and Goku's friend (likely continuing from the previous movie). After hearing from Roshi that he sent Goku and Krillin off to Devil's Castle, Yamcha and the others head there in a helicopter. Near the castle, their helicopter is attacked by demons and crashes.
Yamcha, Puar and Oolong wake up inside the castle. In an effort to rescue Bulma from getting her blood drained, using the transforming abilities of the latter, they disguise themselves as demons but are caught when Oolong's transforming ability gives away. They are then stuck in a stone wall along with Goku, Krillin, and Launch. When Goku breaks them out by turning into his Great Ape form, Yamcha and Puar cut his tail to ensure everyone's safety. They reach Lucifer, and Yamcha takes out an ax equipped Igor to rescue Bulma. After Lucifer is defeated, Yamcha returns Goku, Krillin, and Launch to the Kame House.
Main article: Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure
Yamcha appears helping Bulma in her search for the Dragon Balls located in Mifan, though Yamcha is more interested in entering the World Martial Arts Tournament located there, having always wanted to enter like in the main series. After saying hi to Goku and Krillin, Yamcha separates from Bulma and enters the Tournament. Yamcha defeats a giant called Gregor and moves on to face Bora in the semi finals. At first the fight is even with Yamcha dodging all of Bora's blows and Bora blocking Yamcha's strikes, but Master Roshi distracts Yamcha, causing him to cease his dodging and allowing Bora to knock him out of the ring.
Yamcha does not appear again until later in the movie when Bulma is cornered by Mifan troops, Yamcha rushes in and pushes her out of the way of the Crane Hermit's Dodon Ray. Unfortunately while Yamcha got them both to safety, Bulma's Dragon Balls dropped into an ocean crevice. Fortunately, Goku finds a way around this and Yamcha is present at Bora's revival.
The Path to Power
Main article: Dragon Ball: The Path to Power
Yamcha is a main character in The Path to Power, an adaptation that is a mix between the Pilaf and Red Ribbon Army Sagas. Similar to the show Yamcha attacks Goku (who is not hungry in this version) for his valuables and is winning but flees upon seeing Bulma due to his girl phobia. His affection for Bulma is more obvious, Puar getting him to admit she is all that is on his mind.
The bandits follow the gang north to icy weather by Muscle Tower, missing the desert heat Yamcha and Puar go into a cave to warm up with a family of bears. Still spying on them as they meet Roshi, Yamcha upon hearing about the Dragon Balls realizes with them 'he could get rid of his phobia and "be with.....whoever he wants." Unfortunately the gang is then attacked by a Red Ribbon Fleet, Roshi fights back with a Kamehameha (amazing Yamcha), but they are still captured by General Blue. Yamcha decides to make a rescue attempt by sneaking attacking General Blue, Bulma is so excited to see Yamcha that she yells at to him making the Desert Wolf freeze and lose his cover, both him and Puar captured with everyone else.
While in prison with the Gang, Yamcha mostly gets over his anxiety around Bulma, connecting with her and even sharing an accidental kiss after an explosion rocks the prison. Escaping the prison, Yamcha watches Goku's fight with Officer Black and Eighter's sacrifice. As Shenron appears, Yamcha willingly gives up his wish, as he and Bulma look into each other's eyes.
The Tree of Might
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might
Yamcha flies his new ship until his ship is destroyed by Amond. He goes to Goku's house and tells his friends about his stuff. After King Kai tells about the Tree of Might's appearance, Yamcha and the other Z fighters seek the tree. They try to uproot the tree but they're unsuccessful. The heroes face Turles's henchmen and start to battle with them. Yamcha fires his Spirit Ball at Cacao. His attack cause no damage to Cacao, they fight hand-to-hand until the henchman beats Yamcha. Yamcha appears once again to with the others to defend Goku near the end of the Movie.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound
Yamcha and Gohan, Piccolo, Krillin, Tien and Future Trunks participates in the Intergalactic World Tournament. He is one of the first disqualified. Yamcha appears once again along with Tien, when they go to Battle Zone to help Gohan against Bojack's gang. Yamcha faces Bido and Zangya and fights with them but is quickly defeated.
Battle of Gods
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
"Wait a minute! I only count six Dragon Balls."
Four years after Majin Buu's defeat, Yamcha is invited to Bulma's birthday party alongside the other Z-Fighters and their friends. Here he encounters Beerus and Whis, who are looking for a Super Saiyan God to fight with. Yamcha is enjoying the party. When Bulma is beginning the Bingo Contest, Yamcha notices that one of the Dragon Balls are missing. The last Dragon Ball is later found in the hands of Mai and Emperor Pilaf. Beerus eventually gets angered by Majin Buu because he didn't share his pudding. Yamcha himself doesn't take part in the fight against Beerus and is evacuated by Krillin alongside the other guests to safety.
When Beerus challenged Oolong to a rock-paper-scissors match, Yamcha gives Oolong a plan: he told Oolong that Beerus thought he was just a pig with hooves who didn't have fingers. Yamcha speculated that Beerus would use paper, so to counter this, Oolong used scissors. However Beerus heard the entire plan and proceeded to attempt to destroy the Earth. He later watches the fight between Super Saiyan God Goku and Beerus while airborne. In the end, Beerus beats Goku, but doesn't destroy Earth and goes home.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' Yamcha is mentioned when Tien tells his friends that he and Chiaotzu fighting against Frieza's army would be suicide. He was later killed when Frieza blew up the Earth. This event is however reversed by Whis doing his Temporal Do-Over technique.
Other Dragon Ball stories
The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha
Yamcha appears in his own spin off manga, where he is the main protagonist. Once a boy who loved Dragon Ball had an accident and when he woke up he found himself in the body of Yamcha, since then he tries to make Yamcha the best. In the battle against Vegeta and Nappa he saved Yamcha from the Saibaman and he killed all of them, he went to Namek and got his potential unlocked.
Rather than training with the others at Kami's Lookout until the Saiyans arrival, he instead asks Mr Popo for a spaceship to reach Planet Namek. He lands on Planet Namek and immediately seeks out Nail (who turns down his request at first), he then goes off to go find the Grand Elder Guru (who sees that the boy is from another world), unlocking his potential. Nail begins to train him after Guru gives his consent and the two warriors train for six months. While resting inside the spaceship, Bulma calls him and says that the two Saiyans are on their way. The boy suddenly realizes that the time-frame is different in the manga and asks to use the Namekian Dragon Balls, Purunga is summoned and the boy uses the first of three wishes to warp back to Earth. After returning to Earth, Yamcha rushes to the battlefield and squares off against Nappa and beats him with no trouble at all. Yamcha then teams up with Goku against Vegeta, the boy has a hard time against the Saiyan prince until realizing Vegeta's bingo dance when Beerus was on Earth, he distracts Vegeta by calling out Beerus' name and knocks him into the air for Goku to fire a charged-up Kamehameha Wave. Vegeta is defeated and escapes, the boy attempted to shoot down the spacepod, but stops upon realizing future events (i.e. Future Trunks and Vegeta's redemption), and decides not to. Since the Saibamen and Saiyans were defeated compared to the original timeline, none of the other Z-Fighters die in the battle. The boy begins to worry about the Earthlings characters being far surpassed in the battles later on in the story against villains such as Frieza, Cell, and Majin Buu. Unknown to everybody else, Kami senses a mysterious presence that is implied to have come from the same world as the boy.
Main article: List of Power Levels
- Manga and Anime
Yamcha is one of the strongest human fighters on Earth. The fact that his enemies underestimate him at times actually plays into Yamcha's favor, allowing him to catch his enemies off guard. Since his early appearance in Dragon Ball, Yamcha is shown to be a skilled martial artist. Yamcha defeated Goku in their first encounter (who was weakened from hunger at the time), whose power level was 10. When Goku trains with Roshi, Yamcha is far surpassed.
While Goku trained with Roshi, Yamcha had trained for a month in the wilderness. At the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament, Yamcha makes it past the elimination rounds and defeats most ordinary martial artists including Fighter 40. Yamcha fights Jackie Chun in the quarter finals, who dodges all of his attacks with little effort. Jackie Chun easily defeats Yamcha with a kiai.
In the Fortuneteller Baba Saga, Yamcha fights See-Through the Invisible Man, whom beats him up due to being invisible. However, See-Through's only advantage is being invisible and he is easily defeated by Yamcha when he becomes visible thanks to Roshi's nose bleed. Yamcha is defeated easily by Bandages the Mummy, whom dodged all of his attacks including the Wolf Fang Fist. After Baba's Tournament, Roshi begins training Yamcha as his pupil.
Three years after Baba's Tournament, Yamcha has improved greatly and participates in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament. He is again defeated in the quarter finals, this time by Tien Shinhan, who also cripples him. However, Yamcha managed to put up a good fight against Tien who was equal in strength to Goku at the time.
In the anime, Yamcha is dominated by Tambourine in the King Piccolo Saga. He is spared from being killed by Tambourine when King Piccolo calls on Tambourine to find Cymbal's killer. In the manga, Tambourine and Yamcha didn't fight but Tambourine was going to kill Yamcha next and didn't because he got the message Cymbal had been killed.
In the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, Yamcha is defeated in the quarter finals by Shen, who was really a Human possessed by Kami. Kami tells Yamcha that he has great potential and was impressed by his Spirit Ball technique, but he needed to improve on his focus and defense.
In the beginning of Dragon Ball Z, Yamcha's power level is calculated as 177 by the scouter used by Bulma. After training at Kami's Lookout for a year, his power level is 1,480. At that time, even though he is proven to be stronger than a Saibaman, he could not save himself from the suicidal Saibaman Bomb attack which killed him (albeit Yamcha had his back turned, and was likely caught off guard, which may have been due to his overconfidence in believing the creature to be dead.) Afterwards in the Other World, Yamcha trains under King Kai and in the anime, when joining forces with Tien and Chiaotzu, together they are shown strong enough to give a hard time to Piccolo. In the anime, in a sparring session on King Kai's planet, he defeats Recoome, an opponent whose power level is at least 40,000, and had easily taken out Vegeta.
After Goku tells the others of the androids, he offers to train with both Yamcha and Krillin. They both refuse. Yamcha says that he couldn't keep up with Goku's kind of training. He trains on his own.
After three years of intense training on Earth, Yamcha has presumably gotten stronger in the Androids and Cell era, as Android 20 thought he was Goku when he first detected his power - though at this point Gero thought Goku had reached his peak in the Saiyan Saga. He is easily brought to near death in one blow by Gero (once again likely caught off guard due to not being aware that Gero was an android much less his true identity), and later utterly decimated by a Cell Jr. when the small Bio-Androids attack, and only survives because the Cell Juniors were suppressing their power as they were ordered not to kill the Z Fighters.
By the time of the Majin Buu Saga, Yamcha's power had likely dropped considerably from its peak, as he had given up on martial arts after the Cell Games.
In several anime only portions of the Fusion Saga, while Vegito is turned into candy by Super Buu, King Kai suggests to send Krillin and Yamcha to fight him instead of Goku and Vegeta, implying they're his next best fighters. After dying again in the Kid Buu Saga, Yamcha is shown training on Grand Kai's planet where he is able to take out both Olibu and a Winged Gorilla fighter with ease (implying that he has at least kept up with his training and has restored his passion for fighting). He, along with Krillin were also strong enough to stay on their feet against Kid Buu after being hit by one of his attacks, the two also lasted longer than all of the other dead fighters. This is all however, anime only.
In the Battle of Gods Saga, Yamcha was seen doing a mini training session with Piccolo. He also retains his superhuman abilities (such as the ability to fly), and admits to Beerus that he is still one of the strongest fighters present, and gave the God of Destruction a friendly pat on the back that causes the latter to stumble (in a comedic fashion).
During the Universe 6 vs Universe 7 baseball game Yamcha reveals he has kept up with his training but uses it for baseball instead of fighting. He created a new kind of pitching technique called the "Wolf Fang Pitching Fist" a pitch that has the speed of his Wolf Fang Fist and the maneuverability of the Spirit Ball. This pitch is extremely effective, allowing Yamcha to effortlessly strike out Botamo and Cabba and striking out Universe 6 for the 1st half of the 1st set. Despite keeping up with his training, Yamcha passes out heroically winning the game for Universe 7, due to the injuries he received from braving a ki barrage storm that was tearing apart Universe 7 from the Beerus and Champa battle.
In the Universe Survival Saga, when learning of a tournament pitting all twelve universes against each other, featuring the strongest warriors of each respective universe, Yamcha was excited by the prospect and expected to be chosen as a member of the team.
In Dragon Garrow Lee's spin-off manga Dragon Ball Side Story: The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha - unlike in the mainstream series, Yamcha trains early on with Goku at Master Roshi's and has gotten drastically stronger to the point where he becomes unscathed by several Saibamen explosions at once. Thanks to having his potential unlocked by Guru and training with Nail prior to the Saiyan invasion, his power level is noted by Vegeta to be over 10,000 and as such, he and Goku together can match Vegeta in combat.
In the Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might movie pamphlet, Yamcha's power level is 1,900. He was shown to at least hold his own against Cacao and managed to hit the latter with the Spirit Ball, but was eventually overpowered. His and the others (excluding Goku) combined might was no match for the fruit empowered Turles.
By the time of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, it would appear that Yamcha has slacked off on his training and along with Chiaotzu doesn't participate in the Z Fighters' battle against Frieza's army of 1,000 soldiers because it is deemed too dangerous for them by former rival and long time friend Tien.
- Video Games
A hidden scenario in Yamcha's story-arc of Budokai 3 HD Collection: several years after Majin Buu's defeat, Yamcha was able to defeat Tien in the World Tournament, and advance to the finals against Mr. Satan. Though due to his promise to Goku and also having a higher power level than Hercule's, Yamcha willingly throws the fight. Later his newfound confidence led to rumors of him challenging Goku and Vegeta. Another scenario had him fight against Vegeta as revenge for taking Bulma as his wife. Though he won the battle, the rematch between the two ended differently.
In the What-If scenario of Raging Blast, Yamcha fights Vegeta and defeats him. Future Trunks shows up after (with the belief that he'll no longer exist Vegeta and Bulma aren't together), Yamcha defeats him as well, and now realizes that he must be the strongest fighter in the universe.
In Parallel Quest 86 of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Yamcha's Supervillain form is powerful enough to overwhelm Adult Gohan, Tien Shinhan, and Piccolo (Gohan notes that one punch can knock someone out cold).
Main article: List of techniques used by Yamcha
Power-Ups and Transformations
Outside of the manga and anime, Yamcha has been given several other transformations in different media.
Unlock Potential Main article: Unlock Potential
In Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu, Yamcha can have his potential unlocked by Guru if he manages to survive the battle with Nappa (this can be achieved if Goku returns instantly) allowing him to travel to Namek. He also has his potential unlocked by both the Ultra Divine Water and later Guru in the spin-off manga, The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha.
Kaio-ken Main article: Kaio-ken
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, one of Yamcha's playable forms can use the Kaio-ken technique as one of his Supers. In this state, Yamcha's base power level is doubled and his body becomes shrouded in a crimson aura. Though Yamcha did train under King Kai after he was killed during the Saiyan conflict, he is never shown using this technique in either the manga or the anime.
Supervillain Main article: Supervillain
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Yamcha is enhanced by the dark magic of the Time Breakers in Parallel Quest 86: "Yamcha Is Number One" which causes Goten to appear in Conton City to find someone to help bring Yamcha back to his senses.
When merely corrupted by the Dark Magic his power is greatly increased beyond what Yamcha was capable of at that moment in history, able to stand toe to toe with Adult Gohan, Piccolo and Tien at the same time, with Gohan commenting that a single blow from Yamcha was capable of knocking a fighter of Gohan's caliber out cold.
After being defeated, Yamcha revives shaving off life to increase power and undergoes the Supervillain transformation. In this form Yamcha is referred to as Evil Yamcha (or Yamcha•Supervillain). This transformation causes the user's body color to change to a pale shade of white, their eyes glowing a hot pink color, and he gains the Time Breaker's broken infinity on his forehead. This form also grants him access to some of the Time Breaker's Super Skills such as Towa's Bloody Sauce, Mira's Phantom Fist, and Darkness Mixer, in addition to Yamcha's original techniques such as Spirit Ball and Neo Wolf Fang Fist.
When Yamcha was finally brought down he had no memory of what happened. Yamcha's Supervillain form becomes playable after PQ 86 is completed.
In the Expert Mission 13: "A History of Mixed Battles", Supervillain Yamcha may appear as a random opponent.
Tiencha Main article: Tiencha
Yamcule Yamcule is a hypothetical fusion of Yamcha and Mr. Satan. It is a "Fusion Frenzy" card in the Dragon Ball Collectible card game, however, the card itself does not depict the fused character, instead showing the two fusing characters beside each other.
Weapons and vehicles
Yamcha is one of the few Z Fighters who are shown to drive on a regular basis in Dragon Ball Z. The other is Yajirobe, but Piccolo has been seen driving once, Goku and Tien have been seen driving twice each, and Vegeta once.
- Azure Dragon Sword – A sword Yamcha uses to fight with on rare occasions.
- Nunchucks – Used in Curse of the Blood Rubies. Yamcha is also seen briefly holding them in the anime episode "Final Showdown" as well as its manga counterpart.
- Machine Gun – Yamcha is seen holding a submachine gun similar to a Russian PPSh-41 the morning following his first meeting with Goku and his friends.
- Panzerfaust – Yamcha's Rocket Launcher, which he uses to destroy Oolong's House-Wagon.
- Jet Squirrel – A flying jet scooter.
- Mighty Mouse – Yamcha's Old Fashioned Buggy. This is also his favorite car. Used to track Goku, Bulma and Oolong from Diablo Desert to Fire Mountain.
- Silverstar 4 – Yamcha's hovercar. He used it to track Goku, Bulma and Oolong from Fire Mountain to Pilaf's Castle. In the filler episode "He's Always Late", Yamcha has a new hovercar.
Appearances in other media
Yamcha appears in the first Famicom game Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo. In this game, Yamcha appears as a boss character in the Diablo Desert levels, then as an ally in certain cutscenes, and finally as a boss again in the Tournament level. He is renamed Lancer in Dragon Power, the edited American release of the game. Yamcha's first playable appearance is in the 1989 Famicom game Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden. In this appearance, Yamcha replaces Krillin (also playable for the first time in the same battle) when he falls against Bandages the Mummy. Neither Krillin or Yamcha are capable of willing their only battles in the games though this is changed in the 2003 Wonderswan remake. Yamcha is a playable character in the first Dragon Ball Z based game, Dragon Ball Z: Kyōshū! Saiyan.
In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, there is tournament known as Yamcha Game. In this tournament, the player is not allowed to choose his own character and the final battle is against Yamcha himself. In Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, there is a What-if story called "Yamcha's Resolve" where Yamcha faces Vegeta and beats him trying to prove that he should be Bulma's lover. Future Trunks appears to stop Yamcha changing history and making Trunks not exist, but Yamcha defeats Vegeta anyway. However, since Yamcha was a bit of a playboy according to the game, the future would not be altered anyway. Yamcha also beats Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 at the World Tournament in the Buu Saga. Along with Krillin and Android 16, Yamcha is one of the starting masters in the Hero Mode of Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi. He is present if the player uses a Standard-type custom character.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, in addition to appearing in the main story, he appears in the GT Pack 1 DLC as one of the Future Warrior's optional Masters. His Turtle School uniform also appears as a clothing option, the DLC outfit Yamcha's Clothes which he wore during his days as a desert bandit, and Yamcha's Sword appears as an accessory. His long hairstyle from the Saiyan's Saga is also one of the Warrior's selectable hair options. If the Future Warrior wears his desert bandit outfit, and talks to Yamcha while he is the Warrior's current Master, Yamcha will recognize his old outfit and thanks the Future Warrior for having that much respect for him, while fighting back tears welling up in his eyes. During his training of the Future Warrior he will teach them some of his signature techniques such as the Wolf Fang Fist and Spirit Ball. The Future Warrior's second training Mission under Yamcha involves Yamcha and the Future Warrior taking out some revenge on some Saibamen as a way to teach the Warrior the values of teamwork and not letting ones guard down (like Yamcha did in his battle with the Saibamen that ended up killing him via its Self Destruction).
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Yamcha appears once again as one of the Optional Masters for the new Future Warrior. He sometimes appear on the Resort District/Kame Island in Conton City and gives the Future Warrior an optional sidequest of having them collecting the turtle stones he'll throw (the stones can be found in random locations); after the player collects the stones, he will reward them with TP Medals (the number of TP Medals depend on how fast the player can obtain the turtle stones). It also to note that there are more turtle stones lying around than what the player is required to find.
Yamcha appears in the following video games:
- Japanese: Tōru Furuya
- English dubs:
- Latin American Spanish dub: Jesús Barrero (†) (DB; first voice), Ricardo Mendoza (rest of DB, DBZ, DBGT, DBZ KAI and DBS), Enrique Mederos (†) (DBZ; some eps. Boo saga)
- Catalan dub: Óscar Muñoz (DB and DBZ), Lluís Marrasé (DBZ last eps.)
- French dub: Eric Legrand
- Hebrew dub: Efron Etkin (DB, DBZ, and DBGT), Gadi Levy (DBS)
- Italian dub: Diego Sabre
- Brazilian Portuguese dub: Márcio Araújo
- Portuguese dub: António Semedo (†) (DB, DBZ and DBGT) and Romeu Vala (Dragon Ball Super)
- Croatian dub: Matko Knešaure
- Korean dub: Kim Yeong Seon
- Valencian dub: Marti Pich
- Tagalog dub: Louie Paraboles
List of characters killed by Yamcha
- Saibamen - In The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha, Yamcha is the one to kill the Saibamen.
- Nappa - In The Case of Being Reincarnated as Yamcha, Yamcha is the one to kill Nappa, finishing him with a Kamehameha.
- His name is a play on "Yum cha" (literally "drink tea"), referring to a gathering to drink tea and eat dim sum.
- His blood type is O.
- In Dragon Ball Forever poll of the Top 20 best characters, Yamcha was voted number 15 by Japanese fans. This is above Tien Shinhan, Bulma, and Yajirobe.
- In every World Martial Arts Tournament Yamcha has been in, he has always lost in a quarter-final match (in the 21st he was defeated by Jackie Chun, in the 22nd he lost to Tien, and in the 23rd he was defeated by Hero who was actually Kami).
- In the anime, Yamcha is the first Z Fighter seen with a full-time paying job. Yamcha can be seen playing for a baseball team called the "Taitans". "TAITAN" (タイタン) is the Japanese spelling of "Titan", which is also the name of several sports teams.
- In "The Androids Appear", Android 19's scanner reads that Yamcha's address is NB: 8250012B, his height is 183 cm, his weight is 68 kg, special ability is the Rouga Whowhoken, and that he is a Class B warrior. These statistics are also used in the Dragon Ball: Bouken Special.
- Yamcha has his own theme song sung by his voice actor Tōru Furuya. It is titled Wolf Hurricane and sings about his desert life and loneliness.
- Abel, the protagonist of the 1989 Dragon Quest OVA Dragon Warrior: Legend of the Hero Abel who was also designed by Akira Toriyama, also looks similar to Yamcha and even shares the same Japanese voice actor.
- Yamcha has been stated to be a good cook by Akira Toriyama.
- Yamcha's hobbies are grappling and baseball.
- Yamcha's favorite food is hard-baked soba.
- Yamcha's favorite vehicle is the Might Mouse, his old-fashioned buggy.
- Despite his supposed retirement, Yamcha still trains, and has fought (or prepared to) on occasions, such moments include:
- Olibu and Gorilla - Yamcha fights the two at the same time and after defeating them in a sparring match, he states that his passion for fighting has resurfaced in 7 years.
- Kid Buu - he and Krillin were the last to still be on their feet, after all the other dead fighters were defeated and shot a ki blasts at the Majin.
- Abo and Cado - While he never fought the two, though due to the chaos caused by Gotenks and Aka's fight, Yamcha jumped into action and used his Spirit Ball to destroy several large debris which nearly crushed Bulma, Puar, and Oolong. During that moment, it was revealed that he (as well as Krillin) was wearing his gi under his suit (much to Goku's surprise).
- Beerus - He and the others were seen preparing to face the God of Destruction after Goku was defeated and threatened to destroy the world.
- Yamcha is the only playable Z-Fighter in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 which has a Supervillian form.
- There's a special dialogue between Yamcha and Turles, should they fight one-another - Yamcha will mention his vehicle being totaled, with the latter responding with ignorance of the situation. This is a reference to his vehicle being destroyed by Amond one of Turles' henchmen in the Tree of Might film.
- Yamcha is one of the few Z-Fighters who have never met Frieza face to face.
Main article: Yamcha/Gallery
- ↑ http://www.kanzenshuu.com/translations/weekly-jump-1986-37-character-biography-data/ Weekly Shōnen Jump #37, August 1986
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Dragon Ball: Super Exciting Guide, 2009
- ↑ Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy, 1997
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Dragon Ball Z episode 126, "The Androids Appear"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Daizenshuu 7, 1996
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- ↑ Dragon Ball Super Episode 88.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Interview with Akira Toriyama, Mandō Kobayashi, March 24, 2013
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2
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- ↑ Dragon Ball episode 13, "The Legend of Goku"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 208, "Gather For the Tournament"
- ↑ Yamcha clothing guide
- ↑ DBZGT Legacy's clothing guide
- ↑ Dragon Ball Hair Style Guide
- ↑ Dragon Ball: Bouken Special, 1987
- ↑ Symbol Guide at myfavoritegames.com
- ↑ All about Akira Toriyama
- ↑ Saiyan Chronicles on Journey to the West
- ↑ Dragon Ball episode 19, "The Tournament Begins"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 193, "One More Wish"
- ↑ Dragon Ball anime episode 6, "Keep an Eye on the Dragon Balls"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 108, "Goku's Special Technique"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z manga Vol. 06, p. 119, King Kai states to Goku that Yamcha, Chiaotzu, Piccolo and Tien Shinhan all want tougher training than he had. ISBN 1569319359
- ↑ DLC1
- ↑ Yum cha culture article
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z name puns at saiyanisland.com
- ↑ article on Yum cha
- ↑ Weekly Shōnen Jump, issue #37, 1986
- ↑ Chōzenshū 1