With unshaken loyalty to Frieza, Dragon Ball’s Captain Ginyu acted in his superior’s best interests at all times, which led to bad results.
To fans of the Dragon Ball franchise, mention of the planet Namek evokes nostalgic feelings of wonder and excitement; it’s the hallowed location where Goku first became a Super Saiyan, where Lord Frieza—one of the series’s most iconic villains—is introduced, and, of course, where the Ginyu Force’s beloved and meme-rich poses first took off.
While Captain Ginyu and company are often remembered for their love for extravagant presentation, the leader of the Ginyu Force was particularly cruel and powerful. With unwavering loyalty to Frieza, Captain Ginyu acted in his superior’s best interests at all times, which naturally led to the galactic soldier committing some terrible actions against the people of Namek, the Z Fighters, and presumably the entire universe.
- He Served Frieza Loyally
Considering his temperament as a tyrant, service to Lord Frieza was often demanded rather than encouraged—”failure” was generally synonymous with “death.” This certainly promoted obedience through fear, but seems distinct from genuine “loyalty.” Captain Ginyu, however, showed a degree of dedication uncommon within Frieza’s army; when Ginyu learns of Guldo, Recoome, and Burter’s deaths, he is thankful that he still has time to resolve the situation before Frieza hears of any failures.
Rather than acting out of fear, Captin Ginyu seems sincerely concerned with maintaining his squad’s reputation with Frieza; the Ginyu Force’s status within Frieza’s army may be inferred by his trust in their ability to carry out a mission integral to his plans for immortality: gathering and protecting the Namekian Dragon Balls.
2. He Led The Ginyu Force
The Ginyu Force comprises elite soldiers hand-picked by Frieza; ostensibly a team of some of the strongest warriors in the galaxy, Captain Ginyu’s position as leader speaks to his combat prowess and command capabilities. Aside from being incredibly powerful and effective, it seems that Captain Ginyu instills a unique mindset and set of principles in his subordinates.
The Ginyu Force regularly strike hilarious power poses—often eliciting confused or embarrassed reactions from onlookers—and act in accordance with a group-established code of conduct: they bet and are rewarded with candy, they play rock-paper-scissors to make decisions, and they take turns battling foes, even chastising members if they interfere.
3. He Took Pleasure In Terrible Orders
Captain Ginyu, always one to lead by example, cracks a murderous smile, and his subordinates erupt in raucous cheers. Although their association is a clear signal of their villainous nature, Captain Ginyu’s overt bloodlust speaks to the nature of the Ginyu Force holistically.
4. He Appears To Be An Honorable Fighter
One of Captain Ginyu’s strangest aspects is that he appears to be an honorable, fair fighter. Once Goku lands on the scene and quickly dispatches members of the Ginyu Force, the captain decides to avenge his fallen comrades himself. Initially, Ginyu’s desire for combat mirrors Goku, and the latter even surmises that his opponent must be a kindred spirit.
5. He Successfully Delivered The Dragon Balls To Frieza
With Goku still in transit, Gohan and Krillin desperately join forces with Vegeta in an attempt to keep Frieza from realizing his wish. The Ginyu Force, however, quickly catches the three and commandeers their completed collection of Dragon Balls. Excited by the prospect of a fight, Captain Ginyu announces he will fight Vegeta himself, but his squad isn’t so keen on this idea; according to them, it’s their turn to have a fight.
Showing his concern for team morale, Captain Ginyu acquiesces to their request. Unable to prevent him from leaving, the unlikely alliance between the Earthlings and the Saiyan Prince is forced to watch Captain Ginyu gleefully fly off with the Dragon Balls in tow, seemingly cementing Frieza’s triumph.
6. He Takes Goku’s Body
All honorable pretenses are shattered, however, when Ginyu is backed into a corner and losing out to Goku’s strength. The Captain critically wounds himself in response. Understandably confused by his opponent’s action, Goku is caught with his guard down when Ginyu unleashes his ultimate technique: Body Change.
7. He Crushes The Z Fighters In Tagoma’s Body
While it’s true that many of the fighters might have stagnated as far as their power levels are concerned, Gohan in particular, it’s still impressive that Ginyu singlehandedly puts Earth’s defenders on the back foot. Despite his new body, Ginyu seems to still be weaker than a Super Saiyan, as Gohan transforms and subdues him.
8. He Tricks Tagoma And Rejoins Frieza’s Service
The most powerful of Frieza’s henchmen is undoubtedly Tagoma, who gained this strength by being Frieza’s training partner and glorified punching bag. Seizing the moment during a lull in the battle, Tagoma is tricked by a frog to say aloud “change.” This frog was none other than Captain Ginyu himself, who promptly took his new body and repledged his allegiance to Frieza.
9. He Takes Advantage Of Bulma’s Genius
Thinking she has found a companion, Bulma ingeniously crafts a device that translates the frog’s croaks into speech; Ginyu wastes no time using this technology and takes Bulma’s body for his own, strips her of the translation device, and rides off on her motorcycle.
10. He Deceives Krillin
Sensing that enemies are fast approaching, the warriors from Earth hide, but when they see it’s Goku and Jeice, Krillin assumes that his friend has defeated Ginyu and gained a new ally. Playing into this deception, Ginyu-Goku pumps Krillin for information regarding the Dragon Balls and the requisite ritual for employing their power.