15 Strongest Human Fighters in the Dragon Ball Universe

The amazing world of Dragon Ball is filled with extraordinary fighters of all races, genders, and species. However, as the series transitioned to Dragon Ball Z, the most memorable fighters on the show were often of the Saiyan clan. As remarkable as it is to watch Goku or Vegeta pull off a victory, there are other fighters with honorable mentions in the Dragon Ball universe who deserve their moment to shine. Most notably, the human fighters who dominated the original series. 

There’s no doubt that the amazing fight scenes of Dragon Ball Z and beyond, but which human fighter from the series was the strongest of them all? Let’s find out.

  1. Master Roshi

Master Roshi might be a creepy old man, but he’s still one of the strongest human fighters in the Dragon Ball universe. Even at an eternally dotage, Master Roshi was still kicking butt all the way back in Dragon Ball. He created the Kamehameha attack; taught Goku and Krillin everything he knows about martial arts; and fought against the original King Piccolo. As Resurrection ‘F’ showed, there’s still some fight left in this perverted geezer.

2. Krillin

Out of all the original human characters in Dragon Ball, Krillin held stood out as the most relatable one. He was Goku’s childhood friend and rival. The two of them grew stronger together, under the tutelage of Master Roshi. Although he wasn’t the strongest fighter in Dragon Ball Z, he was still a key figure in saving the day. He bounced the Spirit Bomb towards Vegeta, leading to his defeat. He took Gohan under his wing while they were searching for the Dragon Balls on Namek and protected him from Freiza and his goons whenever he could. Most significantly, his death in Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z pushed Goku to reach a higher level of prowess he couldn’t attain before. 

3. Tien Shinhan

While his third eye might make him look inhuman, Tien Shinhan is one of the strongest Earthlings to fight along with Goku in the series. Original Dragon Ball fanatics will remember Tien as an intimidating student of the Crane School who broke Yamcha’s leg during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament but later redeemed himself during his match with a young Goku. He was like a catalyst in defeating the original King Piccolo and sacrificed his life against Vegeta and Nappa in the early beginnings of Dragon Ball Z. Even though his role in DBZ decreased over time, Tien still got a few moments of badassery, such as blasting Cell with his Neo Tri-Beam blast.

4. Videl

Contradictory to her cowardly father, Mr. Satan, Videl is actually a great fighter who helps the community in any way she can. However, her moves are several steps below Gohan’s, which is why she asks him to train her for the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament. Unfortunately, her standout match in the tournament was with the possessed Spopovich, who reduced Videl to a pulp. Still, as an average fighter, Videl held out surprisingly long in her match against Babidi’s puppet and mastered the art of flying. She later marries Gohan and helps him out on his superhero business as the Great Saiyan woman. 

5. Uub

While Uub’s full potential as a fighter has yet to be discovered, he did give Goku one hell of a match during the final episode of Dragon Ball Z. Despite being the reincarnation of the evil kid Buu, Uub is an innocent Earthling at heart and only fought in the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament to feed his starving poor village. Uub is later trained by Goku to defend the world from future evil and to give Goku a memorable fight. In Dragon Ball GT, Uub’s training under Goku comes in handy in dealing with Baby Vegeta, Super 17, and Syn Shenron.

6. Grandpa Gohan

Arguably, Grandpa Gohan is the most important character to ever grace the Dragon Ball universe. If Gohan never found Goku as a child and raised them to be the kind and strong fighter that he is today, there would be no Dragon Ball period. The cruel irony of Grandpa Gohan’s death is that a young Goku accidentally killed him in his Giant Ape form, when he accidentally took a peek of the full moon. While Goku remains ignorant of Gohan’s true demise, he was able to reconnect briefly with his adoptive grandfather, when his spirit came down to Earth in the Fortuneteller Baba Saga.

7. Chi-Chi

In Dragon Ball Z, Chi-Chi’s role in the story was often one of a nagging housewife. However, in Dragon Ball, Chi-Chi was a spunky little kid like Goku who was fiesty and fearless. In her introduction, Chi-Chi killed a dinosaur with launching a blade from her helmet. She was also able to defeat some of the goons from the Red Ribbon Army by firing the laser from her helmet. Lastly, she participated in the  23rd World Martial Arts Tournament just to get close to Goku and confront him about the broken promise he made to her when they were kids.

8. Ox-King

It’s funny to look back at the Ox-King when he was a barbarian and not the adorable grandpa he became in Dragon Ball Z. The Ox-King was introduced in Dragon Ball as a diabolic warrior who lived in a castle forever surrounded by flames. Despite the urban legends, the Ox-King turned out to be a big softy who apologized deeply to his former teacher, Master Roshi, for his dreadful behaviour and begged him to put out the eternal flames from his castle.

9. Yajirobe

Yajirobe might be remembered best as the Senzu Bean guy, but he had his moments of valor (and cowardice) in the DBZ series. During the King Piccolo Saga, Yajirobe fought and killed the demon Cymbal, and ate him up for lunch. He also saved kid Goku’s life by catching him before Goku hit the ground after he used up all his strength to defeat King Piccolo. Yajirobe’s most remembered moment, however, is him cutting off Vegeta’s tail during his Great Ape form, reducing him back to human size.

10. Tao Pai Pai

With the exception of Jackie Chun (who was really Master Roshi in disguise), kid Goku never had a worthy adversary during the early run of Dragon Ball. All that changed with the arrival of Tao Pai Pai, or “Mercenary Tao,” to be more precise. The executioner the first real challenge for Goku, during his adventure of the Commander Red Saga. Tao, who killed General Blue with his tongue, defeated Goku with a blast of his Dodon Ray. He also killed Bora by launching him up in the air and pierced his heart with Bora’s own spear. Goku’s defeat by the hands of Tao led to him seeking the Sacred Water from Korin Tower to take back his strength. Goku was victorious in his rematch against Tao, but Tao’s real defeat came from his own hands when he tried to fool Goku with a surprise grenade attack, only for it to literally blow up in his face. His cyborg appearance during the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament was enough to keep him alive but didn’t give him enough strength to defeat Tien.

11. Bora

The Indigenous warrior, Bora, made his debut during the Red Ribbon Saga of Dragon Ball. When Captain Yellow threatened Bora and his son for the four-star Dragon Ball, Bora was able to wipe out Yellow and his heavily-armed soldiers all by himself. Unfortunately, Bora was not as good as Mercenary Tao, who killed him with Bora’s own spear. Thankfully, Bora was able to bring Bora back to life with the help of the Dragon Balls. 

12. Mr. Satan

Despite being regarded as the strongest fighter in the whole world, Mr. Satan is actually a big coward. Throughout the latter half of Dragon Ball Z, Mr. Satan chickens out on every opportunity to display his strength against the bad guys and the Z Fighters. The being said, Mr. Satan is still one of the most important characters in the Dragon Ball universe. By befriending Majin Buu, Mr. Satan steered the pink monster towards the path of righteousness (and caused him to divorce the evil side from his body). Mr. Satan was also instrumental in defeating Kid Buu once and for all, such as getting everyone on Earth to lend Goku their energy for his Spirit Bomb. So, in a way, Mr. Satan is brave, just not in the fighter way.

13. Nam

Although the sight of a sexy striptease was almost enough to throw him off the hook, Nam is a respected warrior who fought in the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament to save his desert village from drought. Nam’s most powerful attack was the Cross Arm Dive, which had the power to knock the victim out for 10 days. While Nam’s bout with young Goku was neck-and-neck, he was nearly killed by Tien Shinhan in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament.

14. General Blue

Although he suffered a humiliating death by the hands–er, the tongue of Tao Pai Pai, General Blue was still a formidable foe in the original Dragon Ball. While his martial art training wasn’t enough to overcome kid Goku’s strength, General Blue was able to paralyze the young hero through the use of his Psychic Eyes. General Blue also had other telekinetic abilities, such as being able to lift objects with his mind. Fortunately for Goku, using these telekinetic powers requires great concentration from General Blue, which was broken the minute he saw a mouse creep by.

15. King Chappa

As a former winner of the World Martial Arts Tournament, King Chappa was able to defeat all of his opponents, untouched by anyone. Despite the tremendous reputation and the use of his eight-handed technique, King Chappa was no match for kid Goku during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament. In an artwork drawn by Dragon Ball Super manga artist, Toyotarou, it’s suggested that an elderly King Chappa was the one who trained Uub for his tournament debut.

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