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Dragon Ball: The 10 Funniest Characters (& Their Most Hilarious Quote) – CBR – Comic Book Resources

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The Dragon Ball series will forever be a classic shonen anime about heroes who fight to save the world while also striving to become the strongest under the heavens. As there are so many characters with dreams as big as those, they need to also have big personalities to stand out and boast their confidence.

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And the best way to have a big personality is through humor. Whether it’s to taunt or bribe their opponent or just something unintentionally funny, the characters of Dragon Ball have said some pretty outrageous things throughout the series. Here are the ten funniest characters along with their most hilarious quotes.

10 Vegeta: “It’s over 9000!”

Based on his initial character introduction as a merciless and power-hungry Saiyan, one would never suspect Vegeta to be a funny guy. However, as brutal as he is, Vegeta owns one of the most iconic quotes in Dragon Ball thanks to the popular “It’s over 9000!” meme.

The context of the meme originates from Vegeta’s first encounter with Goku. Because Vegeta always boasts about being “the Prince of all Saiyans,” he was very surprised and angered to know that Goku’s power level rivaled his own–to the point where he smashed his scouter in rage. Today, the meme is still used to add a bit of humor when describing large quantities.

9 Piccolo: “I’m an alien?! …I’m from the Planet Namek? I can’t believe it.”

Piccolo is one of the most recognizable characters from Dragon Ball thanks to his bold green skin and antenna. Compared to the likes of Saiyans and humans, Piccolo definitely stands out like a sore thumb on Earth. But on an Earth with talking animals and three-eyed humans, he might not have ever felt out of place.

Therefore, when Vegeta and Nappa broke the news to him that he was from another planet, Piccolo was struck with a mild identity crisis. He literally could not believe that he was an alien from Planet Namek, despite the fact that he had green skin and antenna. It’s just hilarious that the thought of being an alien never even crossed his mind.

8 Nappa: “Do you think I was trying too hard to impress them, Vegeta?”

Though his presence in the anime was short-lived, Nappa will forever be remembered as the large, bald Saiyan and Vegeta’s loud-mouth partner.

With much built-up anticipation around the Saiyan’s arrival, Nappa took it upon himself to make their entrance as grand as possible. As soon as their space pods landed on Earth, Nappa thought it would be a great idea to blow up an entire city. After doing so, he was left all alone with Vegeta, wondering if he was “trying too hard to impress” the earthlings. Too bad there weren’t any people left to impress.

7 Recoome: “Alright, let’s do this, tough guy. This is what I think of you and your puny 5,000 power level.”

One of the goofiest evil organizations within the Dragon Ball series was the Ginyu Force, and the goofiest of the bunch was perhaps Recoome. Though he was powerful enough to defeat Vegeta at one point, his goofball personality was what stood out most about him.

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During his fight with Goku, Recoome assumed he had the upper hand, so he taunted his opponent with interesting poses and threats. While sticking his middle finger out, he said to Goku, “This is what I think of you and your puny 5,000 power level.” Unfortunately for Recoome, he foolishly underestimated Goku’s true strength and was beaten in an instant.

6 Buu: “So, do you wanna be candy, cookie, or pudding when Buu eats you?”

As a former villain of the series, Buu has done a lot of terrible things such as causing mass destruction and turning humans into sweets before eating them. However, it was his innocence and naivety that was taken advantage of by the much eviler Babidi. And he only began to learn good from bad after meeting Hercule.

When they first met, Buu was still blindly following Babidi’s order to kill and asked Hercule which type of sweet he wanted to turn into before his death. Through kindness and proper guidance, Hercule somehow managed to convince Buu to not eat him and instead lead a life of good faith and humor.

5 Bulma: “Hey guys, what’s that awful smell? Oh, it’s you. When’s the last time you bathed there, bud? You need a bath.”

Bulma may be an average human amongst many elite martial artists, supernatural beings, and Saiyans, but she doesn’t let that stop her from asserting her dominance–even in front of Vegeta.

After the fight with Frieza, Vegeta returned to Earth without finding Goku, extremely grumpy. Before he could take his anger out on Yamcha, Bulma stepped in and was not afraid to insult the Saiyan’s poor hygiene. Her ability to get someone as stubborn as Vegeta to comply with her wishes was hilariously impressive and one of the many things that led to their marriage.

4 Goku: “The earth has some very beautiful women on it. There’s one, in particular, I’m thinking about… the one you get to kiss.”

Goku was once an innocent child who barely understood what love or attraction was when he unknowingly agreed to marry Chi-Chi, but as an adult, he seemed to pick up on those concepts well enough to use them to his advantage.

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In an attempt to get stubborn Old Kai to agree to the use of Dragon Balls, Goku tempted the man with the chance to kiss a “beautiful woman.” Old Kai immediately caved, but the joke was on Old Kai because the “beautiful woman” Goku spoke of was not even his own wife, but rather Vegeta’s wife, Bulma.

3 Krillin: “Yeah, I was doing great until the fighting started.”

Krillin might not be a Saiyan like his best friend, Goku, but he’s still pretty darn strong for someone who is pure human. And he only got to be that strong through intensive training.

In preparation for the arrival of Vegeta and Nappa, Krillin and his friends trained with Kami for half a year to defend Earth in Goku’s absence. When the Saiyans actually arrived, however, they proved to be far stronger than expected, leaving Krillin badly injured. Despite the injuries, Goku said he could tell Krillin got stronger to which Krillin responded, “Yeah, I was doing great until the fighting started.” It all went downhill from there.

2 Hercule: “Yes, I’ll do anything to win. I’ll give you the prize money plus 10 million.”

Hercule is known as the “World Martial Arts Champion” to the public that idolizes him, but in reality, he is far weaker than Goku or any of his friends. At some point, Hercule realizes that fact but continues to pretend like he’s still the strongest in the world.

His hoax was almost blown during his tournament battle against Android 18. After striking fear into Hercule’s soul and putting him in a headlock, Android 18 threatened to expose him as a fraud to the spectators if he didn’t give her a hefty sum of money. Desperate to save both his life and reputation, Hercule agreed without hesitation.

1 Yamcha: “Well, that was easy. Looks like we’re in a different league altogether from your little green goon squad.”

In an anime world where people can be brought back to life with the Dragon Balls, death is much less tragic and is often not taken seriously. This is the unfortunate case for Yamcha, given that his death became a morbid meme.

After training rigorously for half a year, Yamcha felt confident and strong enough to take on any opponent, including Vegeta and Nappa. However, before Yamcha had the opportunity to face off against the Saiyans, he instead was tasked with fighting a Saibaman. Foolishly believing he had successfully killed one, Yamcha let his guard down while boasting that he was “in a different league” from the “green goon squad.” A few seconds later, the Saibaman blew itself up along with Yamcha, thus creating the iconic Yamcha death pose meme.

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