Freeza (DBZ) : The Galactic Emperor
Freezer is above all the whole franchise’s catalyst antagonist, as it is his actions that led to Goku’s arrival on Earth. He has made several comebacks since his fight with Sangoku on Namek, including multiple invasions on Earth. In Dragon Ball Super, he was even chosen to represent Universe 7 as the tenth member of Team 7 for the Power Tournament to replace Buu. 🐱💻
Freezer is above all the most recurring villain of the whole Dragon Ball series. In this article, you will discover :
- Who Freezer really is
- What does he look like
- Where does his hatred of the Saiyans come from?
- Its techniques and transformations
And much more! So let's not wait any longer to find out who's hiding behind Freezer, this emblematic antagonist! 🚨
WHO'S FREEZA IN DRAGON BALL?
Freezer is the main antagonist from the sagas Namek, Freezer, Trunks, god of destruction and Golden Freezer. He is also the main antagonist of the films Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - Goku's Father and Dragon Ball Z: The Resurrection of 'F'. He was then the villain protagonist in the survival saga of the universe and the secondary antagonist in the movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
He is the descendant of Chilled, the second son of King Cold, the younger brother of Cooler, and the father of Kuriza.
A. WHO IS THE FREEZA’S MOTHER?
Freezer's mother is a character mentioned several times in the Funimation version of Dragon Ball Z, and in several video games. This woman of the Freezer race is the Freezer’ and Cooler’s mother. Freezer and Cooler's children's education is a disturbing story. She apparently died at some point, as Cooler claims that he is the only living member of his family. 😲
B. WHO IS THE FREEZA’S FATHER?
We already know more about Freezer's father, who calls himself King Cold (コルド大だい王おう Korudo Daiō, literally "Great King Cold"). He is the king and former emperor of Universe 7 and a shadow member of his family's organization, the Freezer Force, which he headed when it was known as the Cold Force. He is the father of Cooler and Freezer, as well as Kuriza's grandfather.
THE APPEARANCE OF A FREEZER
According to Akira Toriyama, Freezer is an amalgam of what he dreamed of when he was a child. Freezer was also inspired by Toriyama's second publisher, Yū Kondō. Toriyama also created Freezer because of the events of the Japanese economic bubble that occurred at the time he was writing the Saiyan saga, Freezer being specifically based on real estate speculators, who according to Toriyama were "the worst kind of people". 🏢
Freezer has a whole series of transformations (like Cell or Boo), each one being very different from the other. Vegeta and Freezer himself suggest that the fourth form of Freezer, the most powerful, is in fact its original form, the other three being forms that suppress and retain its enormous power. Freezer will confirm this later by fighting the main protagonist, Goku. Its forms seem to revolve around the concepts of Western and Japanese demons. 👺
In its first form, Freezer usually wears combat armor with a purple patch on his chest. In its true natural form and also in its "golden" form, Freezer wears the ultimate bio-suit of its breed, the Z combat suit. 🥋
When he is in his Mecha Freezer form, his body is equipped with a permanent cosmic suit. In the survival of the universe saga, he has a halo on his head because of his death, although it was removed after the tournament, as Whis gave him back his life for "good behavior". 🎐
THE FREEZER CHARACTER
Freezer is an evil being who revels in pain, death, destruction, fear and power. Unlike most of the main antagonists, he displays a behavior that is nevertheless contrasting because he is civilized and refined, speaking with a royal and eloquent nature. In the Japanese versions, he even uses the Keigo dialect, which uses extremely respectful and formal phraseology. 👅
He tends to handle most situations with a methodical approach. He routinely uses black humor, making twisted jokes and tasteless mockery of his enemies before killing them. Freezer is fully aware of his reputation as a brutal character, and makes no effort to deny it, but rather revels in it as evidenced by his introduction to Namekiens. 💥
He also showed great anger at the idea of his cruel acts being undone, at the resurrection of all his previous victims. Freezer can be summed up as an intelligent sociopath, but extremely sadistic and heartless. In the biography of his final character, in the video game Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2, he displays unparalleled cruelty. He has even been commonly referred to as "The Most Evil Guy in Universe 7". In the movie Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge, Goku, in condemning Cooler, noted that Freezer was "full of hate". 🦹
Although they may work together, Freezer and Cooler have a strong sibling rivalry, and it is implied that they would have come into conflict at some point for control of the universe. In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, he is shown to be slightly annoyed when his father patted him affectionately on the back while they are on the planet Vegeta, showing his general aversion to affection, even from his father. 👨👦👦
FREEZA HATES SAIYANS
A. WHY DOES FREEZA HATE SAIYANS?
Freezer has always had an aversion to Saiyans. He even hated this alien race long before the Namek saga. To understand, you have to go back to a generation before. Bardock killed his ancestor, Chilled. And Chilled must have warned his family that the Saiyans were far too powerful. This information was passed on to Freezer, and he repeated the massacre to exterminate as many Saiyans as possible. 🧨
He also sees them as competition and he knows how violent and mean they are, because that's their nature. This alien race is therefore doomed to destruction even before the original Dragon Ball saga begins. They also show no remorse for anyone or any species they help to systematically kill. 🔪
B. WHY VEGETA HATES FREEZA?
On the planet Vegeta, Prince Saiyan (Vegeta, of the same name as the planet) loyally served Freezer, as did his fellow Saiyans. Despite all this, Freezer has always had a natural hatred for Vegeta from the beginning. And Vegeta has always hated Freezer because he controlled his people . So Vegeta was a dead man, but he managed to outsmart him until the end. 🎭
IS FREEZA SO BAD?
The simplest explanation is that it was simply designed as such by Toriyama. But to go further, it's because he was raised to be like that. As we have seen in the various sagas, his entire race (so far) is cruel and evil. But for Freezer, his father, King Cold, reigned over the universe as a real tyrant, which necessarily forged his mind in that sense. 🥊
IS FREEZER THE MEANEST CHARACTER?
Yes, Freezer is certainly the meanest of all the villains from the Dragon Ball sagas put together. Well, in the universe of Dragon Ball Z anyway... Gohan tries to seize him and will attack him, but this will not do him any lasting damage. Piccolo merges with Nail to reach an unprecedented level of power, but that won't cause him any problems either. 😈
So because of its incredible power and its unparalleled technicality, Freezer will prove to be more powerful than Buu and Cell in DBZ. It will also be found in the new Dragon Ball Super series a little later. 📺
WHO KILLED FREEZA?
This is a question that has been asked a lot. The scene takes place during the 30th episode of the Freezer saga and thus 104th episode of the DBZ series. Goku faces Freezer on the planet Namek in a fierce fight. It's during an umpteenth attack that the villain's riposte will turn against him. The disc he had sent to Goku scalped most of his body. 🌌
Freezer was then in agony when Goku prepared to leave Namek. But because of our hero's caring personality, Goku will offer some of his energy to Freezer so that he can survive, despite King Kai's insistence. So Freezer is not dead! 😏
A. ENERGY BALL (NOVA)
An attack where Freezer wraps himself in energy and flies straight to his enemy to tackle him. Used against Goku on Namek, and also to eliminate Jiren during the Power Tournament
B. DEATH SAUCER
After witnessing Krillin's Destructo Disk, Freezer quickly created his own improved version called the Death Saucer. This technique is the same as the Destructo Disk, but it is much faster and it automatically heads towards its target.
C. DEATH BALL
The Death Ball is Freezer's ultimate attack and is usually used as a last resort in battle or as a method of destroying a planet. The technique consists of a ball of energy charged on the finger and then thrown at the target, although after his resurrection he displays a more powerful version charged with his whole hand.
ANECDOTES ABOUT FREEZER IN DBZ
- According to an interview by Shonen Jump with Toriyama, the final shape of Freezer was deliberately designed to look smaller and less threatening: Toriyama wanted to go against the idea that villains and monsters become bigger and meaner as they get stronger. Ingenious isn't it? 😏
- In case you hadn't guessed it, its name is a rewording of "freezer"... 🥶
- Freezer is the first character to survive a full-powered spiritual bomb, the second being Jiren.
- The fight between Goku and Freezer was the longest in the Dragon Ball Z anime, with 19 episodes. It is also considered the longest fight recorded in an anime, with about 3.5 hours of screen time.
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