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Earth's Hell truly was a hell. Not only were my powers taken away from me, I was strung up like a bag worm moth, and placed in a field of flowers in a clearing in the woods where angels and fairies lived. At times, I had to watch cute stuffed animals dance around and hold parades. Do you have any idea how much anguish that caused me?!

—Freeza to Son Gokū in Dragon Ball Z: Revival of "F"


Freeza first form ROF
Freeza[1][2][3]
フリーザ Furīza
Epithet Evil Emperor (悪の帝王, Aku no Teiō)[4]
Emperor Freeza (フリーザ帝王, Furīza Teiō)[5]
Emperor of the Universe (宇宙の帝王, Uchū no Teiō)[6]
English Localized Name(s) FUNi Frieza
Personal Data
Universe 7th Universe Symbol 7th Universe
Dominion Hell, Afterworld
Race Alien
Sub-race Freeza's Family
Gender Male Icon Male
Height 158 cm/5'2"
Voice Actors
English Linda Young
Christopher Ayres[Note 1]
Daman Mills[Note 2]
Japanese Ryūsei Nakao
Professional Status
Team(s) 7th Universe
Affiliation(s) Freeza Army Symbol Freeza Army
Occupation(s) Emperor
Prince[7][8]
Partner(s) Cell (Anime only)
Superior(s) Cold
Counterpart(s) Freeza (Future)
First Appearance
Manga Debut Volume #21, Chapter #247
Anime Debut DBK001
Movie Debut Movie #7
OVA Debut OVA1
Game Debut Dragon Ball Z II: Violent God Freeza
Family
Techniques
Tools
Vehicles
Image Gallery

Freeza (フリーザ, Furīza; FUNimation "Frieza")[7] was the fearsome emperor (帝王, teiō)[9][10] of his army—feared as the Evil Emperor (悪の帝王, Aku no Teiō).[4] He ruled alongside his father, Cold, though he alone was credited with absolute power within the organization. He was responsible for the destruction of planet Vegeta and the eradication of the Saiyan race, due to his fear of the Super Saiyan legend. He later sought the Dragon Balls on Namek which would bring him into contact with Gokū—the man who would ironically become a Super Saiyan and defeat him. He would go on to be killed by Trunks, another Super Saiyan. Years later, he would be revived and seek vengeance on Gokū, only to be foiled and killed a second time. After the conclusion of the Tournament of Power, Freeza was personally revived by Whis, as a reward for his efforts. 

Appearance

Freeza First Form ROV

Freeza in his first form (with armor).

First Form

Freeza was a shapeshifting member of the Frost Demon race. As a result, his appearance varied widely depending on which form he was using. Most of the time, however, he would remain in a suppressed form, known as his First Form (だいけいたい, Dai-Ichi Keitai)[4][11] in order to control his overwhelming power. In this form, Freeza had a humanoid body, a large purple cranium, two horns protruding from his head, small red eyes, and a long, pink, purple-tipped tail. The skin on his hands, feet, and face were a light shade of violet, while the skin around his cranium, as well as the flesh making up his torso, lower arms, and lower legs were white.

He also sported brown plating on the white portions of his arms and legs and a purple spot, similar to that of his head, in the center of his torso as well as on his shoulders. The skin on his upper arms and legs, in he meantime, was pink like his tail. On the sides of his head, he possessed two large openings which acted as his ears. He also sported two pink stripes down the side of his face and dark-colored lips. Freeza's base state was also unique in that it was the only form that he wore battle armor. In his case, the armor sported a purple breastplate and brown shoulder plates. Ironically, though he wore battle armor, whenever he fought seriously, he would remove the armor forcibly by shattering it with his energy. During his time on Namek, he wore a red Scouter over his right eye. However, after it broke during his battle against Vegeta, he was never seen wearing one again.

Creation and Conception

Created around the time of the Japanese economic bubble and was inspired by real estate speculators, Freeza appears as a broker who forcibly takes over planets to resell them, whom Toriyama called the "worst kind of people".[12] His physical appearance is an amalgamation of what Toriyama thought monsters looked like in his childhood.[13] His name is a pun on freezer, akin to the fact that the members of the Ginyu Special Squadron are named after items one would normally put in a refrigerator.[14] Toriyama also mentioned in the 30th Anniversary Dragon Ball Chōshishū: Super History Book's interview that he "vaguely" remembers basing Freeza off of a queen "or something" from a movie.[15]

Some of those on the publishing staff would go on to believe Toriyama based Freeza on his second editor, Yū Kondō. Kondō, however, prefers to believe he was the inspiration for Trunks.[16]

Freeza bears a remarkable resemblance in appearance and personality to Wang Zhen from the film Secret Service of the Imperial Court. Both are androgynous tyrants, move around in a palanquin or palanquin-esque chair, are effeminate and sadistic, and are killed by being vertically sliced in half.

Trivia

  • Freeza's name derives from the word Freezer (フリーザー, Furīzā).[17]
  • The color of Freeza's aura is inconsistent throughout the anime. He is first shown to have a blueish-white aura,[18] then is later shown to have a red aura with a black outline,[19] and yet, in other instances, he has a pinkish-red aura.[20]
  • Freeza's death after obtaining his Golden Freeza transformation, is directly linked to his advice he gave to Trunks in the FUNimation Dub, about he who acquires his skills quickly, is the one who is the first to perish.
  • Throughout all of video games, many of Freeza's techniques have "Death" within the name.
  • Within the Japanese series, Freeza has used the most personal pronouns out of any one character, running the gambit between four of them and never truly settling on one method to refer to himself.
  • According to the Dragon Ball Super rival 'danger scale', Golden Freeza places seven stars out of twelve.[21]
  • In the 119th Episode of Gintama, Freeza was parodied as Breeza (ブリーザ, Burīza).

Quotes

FUNimation Japanese
  • "Father once said there were two warriors I was never to challenge; Beerus the Destroyer, and Majin Boo. You're telling me he beat that Bū?"
  • (To Sorbet, concerning Son Gokū) "In that case, he's mightier than I dared to dream! This could be most salubrious for me."
  • "I've never trained a day in my life. There was never a need. Imagine what could happen if I unlocked my latent potential."
  • (About Hell) "Instead of ruling the universe with an iron fist, I was being serenaded by teddy bears!"

Notes & References

Notes

  1. FUNi (Kai episode 19 onwards • Movie 19 • Video games from Raging Blast 2 onwards)
  2. FUNi (Dragon Ball Super episodes 26-27, Dragon Ball FighterZ)

References

  1. Daizenshū 4, pages 56-57
  2. Daizenshū 5, page 122
  3. Dragon Ball Volume "F", page 11
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Dragon Ball Volume "F"
  5. Daizenshū 5
  6. Dragon Ball Z: Revival of "F" — Future Trunks Special Edition
  7. 7.0 7.1 Dragon Ball chapter 136, page 3
  8. Daizenshū 4, page 59
  9. Official Trailer 3 HD Dragon Ball Z - Fukkatsu no F
  10. Dragon Ball Z: Revival of "F" (manga)
  11. Daizenshū 4, page 56
  12. Daizenshū 2
  13. Weekly Shōnen Jump, Issue #1, 2003
  14. Dragon Ball: Tenkaichi Densetsu
  15. Dragon Ball 30th Anniversary “Super History Book” (21 January 2016); Akira Toriyama Interview
  16. Shenron Times - Volume 1
  17. Dragon Ball Super Exciting Guide: Character Volume, page 48
  18. Dragon Ball Z episode 77
  19. Dragon Ball Z episode 78
  20. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Resurrection
  21. “Dragon Ball Super” Rivals Super Biographies!!!