Boasting some of the most interesting antagonists in all of anime, Dragon Ball’s villains have a multitude of relatable character traits.
Boasting some of the most interesting antagonists in all of anime, Dragon Ball’s villains have a multitude of memorable elements working in their favor. Whether it’s their design or the arc from which they emanate, the villains of Dragon Ball always leave an impression, good and bad, on the fandom, but when it comes to personality, this concept is only magnified.
Applying the Meyers-Briggs type indicator, a comprehensive list of traits that can be assembled to delineate a variety of personality types, to the villains of Dragon Ball provides deeper insight into their specific character. Listed below are the MBTI® of Dragon Ball villains.
1. Zamasu: INFJ
Evaluating himself as the superior life form, and enacting a spree of villainy to confirm as much, Zamasu is the perfect representation of an INFJ in the roster of Dragon Ball rogues. Broken down as introversion, intuition, feeling, and judgment, Zamasu affects each of these traits at different times.
When the viewer is first introduced to him, Zamasu is quiet and reserved- leaning heavily on his introverted nature., and by the end of his character arc, Zamasu has essentially appointed himself judge of all mortal life.
2. Beerus: INTP
As a wandering epicurean, self-involved personification reaper scythe, Beerus is quite literally an odd cat- which perfectly primes him to be classified as an INTP. With several philosophers within this personality type, INTPs- also known as the logician- lead with the curiosity.
Beerus, who is perfectly capable of ending all life on Earth, allows Goku and his friends to live simply out of curiosity. INTPs- listed plainly as introversion, intuition, thinking, and perception- observe and deduce. Ditching the villain shtick, Beerus mainly observes these days.
3. Buu: ISFP
Majin Buu’s most memorable trait, across the plethora of forms he took during his tenure, is probably his irreverence. Whether it’s his silly behavior as in his rotund original form, or his amorphous, shapeshifting attacks as Kid Buu, Dragon Ball Z’s final villain is as unconventional as it gets.
ISFP- also known as the adventurer type- also cling to the unconventional as a base state. Breaking down the acronym to introversion, sensing, feeling, and perception helps explain Buu’s eventual inclusion into the main cast of Dragon Ball.
4. Cell: ESFP
Known as the entertainer, ESFPs like Cell love to put on a show. Despite possessing enough power to instantly decimate the solar system, Cell decided to lean into his showmanship and throw a tournament as a celebration of his might.
ESFPs- broken down as extroversion, sensing, feeling, and perception- typically comprise, as the name would indicate, several facets of the media. Even after his apparent demise, Cell immediately returns with all of the pomp and pageantry of a rockstar’s encore performance. Cell is peak ESFP.
5. Frieza: ENTJ
Richard Nixon is an ENTJ. If that doesn’t incline one to believe that intergalactic despot Frieza is a prime example of the ENTJ, it’s hard to imagine what will. Referred to as the commander, ENTJ – or extroversion, intuition, thinking, judgment- personality types are often associated with high positions of political importance.
Focusing on the intuition portion of ENTJ, it’s important to remember that before events of Dragon Ball: Ressurection F, Frieza relied solely on intuition, as he never found it necessary to train for battle.
6. Vegeta: ISTP
ISTP is most commonly known as the virtuoso archetype of the MBTI® personality spectrum and given Vegeta’s background as Sayian prodigy, the correlation seems incredibly apt. Breaking the acronym down as introversion, sensing, thinking, and perception, one can easily see how the traits read like a shortlist of Vegeta’s complex personality.
In reality, Vegeta has a lot in common with famous ISTP Micahel Jordan, of the Chicago Bulls, as both are driven to win regardless of the cost to themselves or those that support them.
7. Nappa: ISTJ
Possessing the same personality type as Raditz doesn’t mean that Nappa used it as congruently as his Sayian cohort. Whereas Raditz’s insistence on being a rogue ISTJ led to his demise, Nappa deferred to Vegeta for instruction and formulated plans based on the given perimeters.
Throughout history, some of the most famous soldiers and generals have been ISTJ and Nappa’s one-man assault on “Earth’s special forces” puts him in that lofty contention. Moreover, Nappa showed his proficiency as a general while commanding the vicious Saibamen.
8. Raditz: ISTJ
As the first hurdle of the latter half of Dragon Ball, Raditz seemed invincible, but in truth, he was using his ISTJ personality to mask his considerable weakness. ISTJ- otherwise known as introversion, sensing, thinking, and judgment- are commonly referred to as the architect.
Despite knowing he only had a slight advantage over the combined might of Piccolo and Goku, Raditz was able to feign total superiority over his foes by cleverly exploiting structural weaknesses. One famous ISTJ with a similar fighting strategy is Evander Holyfield.
9. Piccolo Jr: ENTP
In this case, the apple falls pretty far from the tree. As the ENTP- or extroversion, intuition, thinking, and perception- variant of the MBTI®, Piccolo is classified as the debater. Celebrated for their curiosity and intellect, debaters are known to shape the world.
Throughout Dragon Ball, fans witness how intelligent and calculating Piccolo is irrespective of the situation. Although Piccolo’s world domination tendencies have since waned, their presence within him as an ENTP makes sense, considering that it’s the personality type attributed to Alexander the Great.
10. King Piccolo: ENFJ
The ENFJ- or extroversion, intuition, feeling, and judgment- personality type is known as the protagonist. That may seem odd considering that King Piccolo is a villain, but when one browses the roster of traits attributed to the type, the association becomes clear.
Known as charismatic, inspiring, natural leaders, ENFJs, like King Piccolo. often have prominent places in politics. Since he did try to assert himself as the undisputed monarch of Earth, while using his charisma to lead other villains, King Piccolo is undoubtedly an ENFJ.