Last updated on March 12th, 2021 at 11:06 pm
I promised that we were moving into anime rankings, and now it’s time for our first one: The Most Powerful Dragon Ball Characters Ranked!
In the last couple listicles we started moving into a different style with lists based more around powers, abilities and strength rather than purely based on the style and effectiveness of the workout routine that is inspired by the character or celebrity.
Either way these listicles are both fun AND a great way to help you guys find workouts outside of scouring through The Workout Database.
If you’re a member of The SHJ Army and have been around a bit you’ll know that Dragon Ball Z is the top (with My Hero Academia being potentially tied for first) anime we have here at SHJ, even having it’s own Dragon Ball Z Workouts Database hidden within our Anime Workouts Database.
To be clear though: We ARE going to be working around the MOST POWERFUL Dragon Ball Character of all time (not physically strongest), but we will be prioritizing characters that we have built workouts around.
That being said, I will also be doing two things to make this fair for any characters that are not on the list:
- I will be adding characters based on your comments below this article if you make a good enough argument for why that character should be on the list.
- I will have a bonus section for the most powerful characters that aren’t necessarily deserving of a spot on our main list (in my opinion), but at the very least deserve an honorable mention.
And, if you guys are into these type of listicles over our other variation, then you can also check out the new style we used on superheroes most recently.
So far we’ve seen:
- The Most Powerful Superheroes of All Time
- The Most Powerful Superheroes with No Power
- The Physically Strongest Superheroes of All Time
BUT, I’m really excited that we’re going to be stepping it up a notch into more anime lists as well.
Starting with seeing the most powerful anime characters of all time now that we’ve been slowly incorporating tons and tons of new anime shows with their top characters into our ever-growing list of awesomeness.
Let’s get to the eggs and bacon of this though, and start talking about our Most Powerful Dragon Ball Characters.
This is based on research into other listicles, my own opinion after watching DBZ and Super multiple times over, and also considering the SHJ Army members inside our Academy who I worked with (asking for their own lists and rankings) as well.
Let’s do it!
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NUMBER SIXTEEN: PICCOLO
We’re starting this one off with our Namekian Piccolo!
Piccolo may have started out in DBZ as a antagonist but he quickly became an ally, friend and even trainer to Gohan and the rest of the gang.
While his power doesn’t ever end up living up to our Saiyans, he still packs a punch and is a extremely powerful warrior from planet Namek.
Piccolo has been stated to be stronger than Super Saiyan Goku and was able to take on Super Saiyan 2 Gohan at one point, but his power does not grow as fast as the Saiyans, and thus, despite constantly training, which brings him in as our sixteenth character.
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NUMBER FIFTEEN: MASTER ROSHI
I LOVE Master Roshi.
Master Roshi is one of the strongest humans, and as DBZ would all them, earthings, in the history of humanity.
Even after we factor in he fact that his age has slowed him down a bit, Master Roshi is still able to enter the Tournament of Power and put on a show for us, standing up against the strongest characters across all universes.
NUMBER FOURTEEN: CAULIFLA
And here comes the start of our female badasses from Dragon Ball Z and Super!
This was actually a hard decision on what the order should be of he next three, but in the end I decided Caulifla comes in at fourteen before we see a few of our Androids.
Caulifa showed just how strong she is in the Tournament of Power and that’s without being able to come anywhere near the transformations Goku and Vegeta are able to pull off!
That being said, I’d love to hear where you guys think she should fall on this list and whether you agree with my placement or think she could potentially be 2-3 spots higher!
NUMBER THIRTEEN: ANDROID 18
Next up is Android 18!
Some lists put Android 18 higher on the list than Android 17 strictly due to the fact that being that 18 came after 17 it automatically implies she has some upgrades that 17 doesn’t.
BUT, what I had to consider was the fact that Android 17 turns out to be by far the strongest Android/bio-human in all of Dragon Ball by the end of super.
I should have likely called for a spoiler alert, but you probably saw that coming.
Either way, though, 17 definitely deserves her slot on this list, whether that be up or down one position in line.
NUMBER TWELVE: ANDROID 17
At number twelve we have Android 17, the brother of our bio-human Android 18.
As I said above, Android 17 over time has become the strongest bio-human in existence.
After seeing what Android 17 could do in The Tournament of Power it became extremely clear just how strong he had become.
At our first introduction of Android 17, like many, I wasn’t that big of a fan. But, by the end of Dragon Ball Super 17 becomes a front runner among the list of characters I grew to appreciate.
NUMBER ELEVEN: TRUNKS
Who doesn’t love Trunks?’
Trick question, everyone loves trunks.
When Future Trunks entered during the Cell saga I remember being blown away as a kid. He was THE COOLEST.
Trunks swings back for the Goku Black Saga, but we also need to remember that we have two different Trunks to consider. Young Trunks, in our main timeline, is actually extremely strong, and potentially on his way to being stronger than Future Trunks as time passes.
We’re used to seeing him fuse with Goten to become Gotenks, but even alone the son of Vegeta can pack a punch in both timelines!
NUMBER TEN: KALE
Now it’s time for our Beserker Super Saiyan!
The fact that Kale is coming in at number ten when her power level is so insane really tells you something about how strong some of our other Dragon Ball characters are.
Kale is essentially our female version of Broly, but from Universe 6 with Caulifla (they even fuse to become Kefla) and a bit behind on unlocking her power and potential compared to Broly (although we kind of reset that with our newest Broly movie).
Where Broly is considered a Legendary Super Saiyan, Kale is actually known as a Berserker Super Saiyan; although, like Broly she still turns into a massive golden haired warrior!
Also similar to Broly, she essentially loses mental control of herself in order to gain her massive power. Thankfully for her, we’re not ranking her control and strictly talking about overall power level.
NUMBER NINE: BROLY
Time for our Legendary Super Saiyan.
I already talked a bit about Broly when explaining Kale’s power, but now it’s time to give this insanely powerful Legendary Super Saiyan his rightful spot on he list.
Growing up I wanted Broly to join our team of Saiyans so badly, so our most recent Broly movie from Dragon Ball Super really moved things in a direction that I have been waiting for for a long time.
Broly easily takes on both Goku and Vegeta at the same time, and his power level is EXTREMELY high without anywhere near the amount of training our other saiyans have gone through, but he’s still only coming in at number nine.
NUMBER EIGHT: GOHAN
A Half-Saiyan coming in at number eight.
I’m going to be honest: I personally think Gohan could have been lightyears stronger if it wasn’t for Chi-Chi (and of course his own choices as well).
That being said, Gohan still comes back into Dragon Ball Super showing off power that is well deserving of his spot on this list.
He is by far the strongest half saiyan, half human character in the entire show, and likely has the potential to move up a few slots on this list if he really devoted himself to training like his father Goku.
But, we can still admit that his fight against Cell may have been his most badass moment…!
NUMBER SEVEN: HIT
Ready for our assassin of Universe 6.
Hit’s powers really come from his ability to be able to skip through time. With that he takes his other strengths and builds them around that ability to make him one of the strongest characters in all of Dragon Ball.
One of my favorite handful of episodes in all of Super consist of Goku actually secretly having Whis hire Hit to attempt to assassinate him so he can train to prepare against Hit’s abilities. Goku doesn’t want to see it coming, and it actually almost costs him his life!
Hit can go toe to toe with Goku and Vegeta, even in the Super Saiyan Blue forms, which is why he definitely deserves this spot at number seven on our list.
NUMBER SIX: FRIEZA
Friend or foe?
Frieza has come a LONG way from his origins in Dragon Ball Z. Originally the big villain set out to end it all, Frieza eventually powers up enough to become Golden Frieza that puts him at peak strength. This is what we see Frieza in during Tournament of Powers as he is able to stand with the saiyans and take on he strongest characters in all of Dragon Ball.
If it wasn’t for Goku and Vegeta eventually growing stronger than even their Super Saiyan Blue forms Frieza may have had the potential to make it into the top five, but six is still pretty awesome considering the characters who come next.
NUMBER FIVE: TOPPO
Ready for Universe 11!?
Toppo is all about justice and slaying evil, but he puts that aside when he is ambushed by Frieza and lets loose with his true power of a God of Destruction.
He is actually currently training under Belmod to become the next God of Destruction for Universe 11, and as we’ll see by the end of this list….Gods of Destruction have powers that are unmatched by any other character (and we’ll be specifically seeing one at the top of this list).
But, whether Toppo needs to go through his training still or not, he still comes in within The Top Five Strongest Dragon Ball Characters of All Time!
NUMBER FOUR: VEGETA
We finally made it to Vegeta!
You had to know both Vegeta and Goku were coming in top five, but I think the order of our top five really swings things around due to our number one and two slot AND considering we are working with honorable mentions.
I don’t think Vegeta and Goku need an explanation of their power, but at the very least I would like to say that we have multiple workout routines basd on these characters that you can work with.
So you have plenty of ways to train like Prince Vegeta here at SHJ!
NUMBER THREE: GOKU
Goku…at number three..!? How can this be!?
I had a hard time deciding whether Goku should come in at number two or three, but ultimately opted to put him a slot above Vegeta and give the number two slot to a character that seemed to be lightyears above Goku’s power level when we saw them go head to head.
That being said, similar to Vegeta, we also have a good handful of workouts inspired by Goku.
One day Goku may be deserving of the top slot on this list, but for now this is how I personally see this one being placed in the most fair way.
NUMBER TWO: JIREN
There’s only two characters on this list that land above Goku, and Jiren is one.
Outside of Gods (which we’ll see more of below, and Toppo doesn’t count…yet), Jiren is the strongest warrior in Dragon Ball Super.
Jiren is from Universe 11 like Toppo and joins him as a Pride Warrior, but his power level is beyond anything we’ve ever seen before (aside from Gods).
Jiren is so strong that he pushed Goku to such limits that he had to achieve a new form just to stand a chance. And even that wasn’t enough to take down Jiren!
Compared to any other mortal warrior, Jiren is without a doubt our strongest and most powerful character.
NUMBER ONE: BEERUS
It’s time for our God of Destruction Beerus.
Below I’m going to tell you about a character that the creator of Dragon Ball actually stated was stronger than Beerus, BUT for now he’s coming in at our number one slot.
We’ve seen other Gods of Destruction like Champa, but Beerus is the most prominent in our adventures, and is able to take out Goku and Vegeta with just a flick to the head.
No, seriously, I’m talking fully unconscious Goku and/or Vegeta with a flick of his finger.
That being said, we can automatically assume that even with Jiren’s extreme strengths he still wouldn’t be a match for this God.
And now it’s time for some honorable mentions.
These are in no specific order, but do definitely deserve a mention (especially Whis).
And here’s why I specifically say Whis deserves his spot:
Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragonball explicitly stated that Whis, the mentor and martial arts trainer of the God of destruction, Beerus is the most powerful character in the Dragonball. Whis knocked down Beerus cold with just a strike to his head. He also can make time go backward or forward 3 minutes.
But I’d also love to hear who YOU think should be on this list!
Don’t forget to comment your thoughts below.
Now get out there and begin unleashing your inner superhuman!
Until next time,
SHJ’s Nick Fury