Freeza (フリーザ, Furīza; FUNimation "Frieza") is an exceedingly cruel mutant member of an extraterrestrial species. The son of Cold the Great King, Freeza is the emperor of a military organization known as the Freeza Army. His reign extended to most of the North Galaxies and was also implied to extend beyond them to much of the seventh universe.
Freeza was famously antagonistic of the Saiyan race due to his fear of their Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan God legends. With the authorization of the Hakaishin Beerus, he destroyed planet Vegeta and wiped out all but a handful of Saiyans. Decades later, this brought him into conflict with the Saiyan survivor, Son Gokū, who avenged his people by becoming a Super Saiyan and defeating Freeza on Namek.
Freeza and his father were killed by Trunks, a Super Saiyan from the future, when they attempted to invade the Earth and get revenge on Gokū. Afterwards, he remained in Earth's Hell until his minion Sorbet revived him. But, despite being vastly stronger, he was once again bested by Gokū and killed.
He was revived once more following the Tournament of Power as a gift from Beerus for assisting the seventh universe in achieving victory over Jiren. After the tournament, he rebuilt his army and continued his evil-doing unhindered.
Freeza was a shapeshifting extraterrestrial. 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 (
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.
|“||Damn him…! Damn him to Hell! The humiliation! I, Freeza, beaten by a lowly half-evolved Saiyan…! This is a nightmare… That's what it is! I'm going to wake up… and I'll be victorious! I'll be Freeza!||”|
Freeza was a cruel, egotistical, and despotic being who left a wake of pain and suffering in his wake. His reign of terror ultimately was what kept his empire in line and his reputation garnered both the attention (and ire) of the Hakaishin, Beerus, as well as the fear of Kaiō of the North. Freeza was extremely egotistical, believing himself to be a superior lifeform in a similar vein to the rest of his clan. He was also highly xenophobic, particularly towards the Saiyans, whom he frequently referred to as "monkeys" (モンキー, monkī) and considered half-evolved. His hatred for Saiyans was so ferocious that he easily felt no remorse for their genocide and also had no qualms with brutally beating a Saiyan child. The tyrant was also prone to immense bouts of rage whenever his plans fell through or he was extremely afraid. In many cases, these fits of rage would cause him to resort to destroying whatever planet he was on—especially if he felt pushed into a corner.
Above all of this, however, Freeza was capable of putting on a polite façade, as it was his standard personality trait. He used very polite speech patterns, and used the personal pronoun 'watashi' (私) and 'watakushi' (私), both being gender neutral pronouns that exacerbates his polite demeanor. However, when prone to fits of rage, Freeza would slip into the use of 'ore' (俺), which is a more masculine, arrogant pronoun. Oddly, the tyrant also used 'boku' (僕) when transforming into his final form, only reverting to 'ore' when sufficiently angered, though he resumed the usage of 'boku' when he arrived on Earth as a cyborg.
Freeza rarely ever engaged in battle, using his immense army of warriors and slaves to do his fighting for him. He would only ever engage in combat if he was left no other choice or simply as a form of entertainment. In battle, Freeza took enjoyment in sadistically making his opponent's suffer as much as he could. This was best seen during his occupation of Namek. The tyrant only engaged in combat against Nail in order to force the Namekian to tell him how to use Nameccian Dragon Balls, and against the the fighters from Earth for ruining his chances to gain eternal life. Later, upon learning that Son Gohan was a Saiyan child, his motivation shifted to bringing the Saiyan race to complete extinction. In combat, Freeza was extremely arrogant and overconfident, which lead to the tyrant being taken by surprise many times during his battles on Namek. His arrogant ultimately ended in his death in more ways than one. Beerus had planned to kill Freeza because of his arrogance, on top of it being the reason he was killed by Trunks. Eventually, his overconfidence and his tendency to fight an opponent for the amusement of the ordeal lead to the appearance of the Super Saiyan—his worst fear—in Son Gokū. Whenever he wanted to end a confrontation quickly, Freeza almost always resorted to use of his Kikōha from the Fingertips, which allowed him to kill most of his victims quickly and effortlessly.
After his confrontation with Gokū on Namek, Freeza's fear of Super Saiyans deepened tremendously. Upon meeting Trunks for the first time on Earth, Freeza was immediately stricken with fear at the mere mention that the boy might be a Super Saiyan. In the anime, the tyrant's fear was so great that he immediately attempted to destroy the planet.
This fear of Super Saiyans continued well after his death. While in Hell, Freeza continued to relive his defeats at the hands of Gokū and Trunks, eventually becoming obsessed with the idea of revenge against them. Upon his revival, Freeza's obsession with revenge was eventually his downfall once again. Despite seemingly overcoming his fear of Super Saiyans during the four months following his revival, his vengeful nature lead him to meet his second demise at the hands of a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Gokū.
Due to never training before his first death, Freeza didn't know the importance of learning to control a new form and power. This would lead to his second death. During his second stint in Hell, Freeza learned from this mistake, and began to develop an appreciation for controlling his power. While he retains his egostical and arrogant nature, he proves to be far more composed than he used to be, capable of cleverly cunning tactics that throw multiple parties off guard. His battle tactics changed as well, as he now analyzes an opponent who is too powerful, looking for weakpoints, rather than blindly rushing forward as he used to. Freeza has also developed more patience, especially in regards to his revenge, allowing himself to wait longer and practising subtlety in allegiance adjustments.
No matter how loyal his soldiers were to him, Freeza shows little to no care for them, as he is easily capable of killing them should they fail him in some way, many examples include: Moments before using his Super Huge Energy Sphere to destroy Planet Vegeta, he neither warns nor does he show any concern for them even when they begged him not to get them caught in the crossfire; Another instance was after Trunks kills almost all of his and Cold's soldiers, he kills the last soldier for showing fear, simply calling him a "coward"; In the Resurrection 'F' Saga in Super, he vaporizes his army after transforming into his final form, and doesn't show any remorse for doing so.
After the Tournament of Power, Freeza retains his selfishness, but has mellowed down and become more childish rather than ruthless. An example was when he wanted to use the Dragon Balls to become five centimeters taller because he does not like being short in his final form, but wants to make it look like he is still growing rather than the immortality he originally sought. This stems from his experience in hell where he could not die but could not move from his cocoon.
Notes and references
- ↑ (Kai episode 19 onwards • Movie 19 • Video games from Raging Blast 2 onwards)
- ↑ (Dragon Ball Super episodes 26-27, Dragon Ball FighterZ)
- ↑ Daizenshū 4, pages 56-57
- ↑ Daizenshū 5, page 122
- ↑ Dragon Ball Volume "F", page 11
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Dragon Ball Volume "F"
- ↑ Daizenshū 5
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Dragon Ball Z: Revival of "F" — Future Trunks Special Edition
- ↑ Dragon Ball chapter 136, page 3
- ↑ Daizenshū 4, page 59
- ↑ Daizenshū 4, page 56
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Dragon Ball Z: Revival of "F"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: God and God
- ↑ Dragon Ball chapter 97, page 11
- ↑ Dragon Ball chapter 125, page 11
- ↑ Dragon Ball chapter 105, pages 1-2
- ↑ Dragon Ball chapter 91, pages 11-14
- ↑ Dragon Ball chapter 101, page 10
- ↑ Dragon Ball chapter 137, pages 10-11
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 120