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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
Race Frost Demon
Status Deceased
Gender Male Icon Male
Voice Actors
English FUNi Linda Young (ZKai episode 1 • Video games until Raging Blast)
FUNi Christopher Ayres (Kai episode 19 onwards • Movie 19 • Video games from Raging Blast 2 onwards)
Japanese Ryūsei Nakao
Professional Status
Team(s) 7th Universe Team Symbol 7th Universe Team
Affiliation(s) Freeza's Army Symbol Freeza's Army
Occupation(s) Emperor[7]
Prince[8][9]
Partner(s) Sorbet (Revival of "F")
Cell (Anime only)
Previous Partner(s) Zarbon (Freeza Arc backward)
Dodoria (Freeza Arc backward)
Cold (Early Androids and Cell Arc)
First Appearance
Manga Debut Volume #21, Chapter #247
Anime Debut DBK001
Movie Debut Movie #7
OVA Debut OVA1
Family
Techniques
Tools
Image Gallery

Prince Freeza (フリーザ, Furīza; FUNimation "Frieza")[8] was the fearsome emperor (帝王, teiō)[10][11] 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.

Personality

"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[src]
Freeza cruelty

Freeza tortures Gohan.

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.[7][12] Freeza was extremely egotistical, believing himself to be a superior lifeform in a similar vein to the rest of his clan.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] 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-merciless-nature

Freeza mercilessly defeats Vegeta.

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 insadistically 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,[16] and against the the fighters from Earth for ruining his chances to gain eternal life.[17] 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.[18] In the anime, the tyrant's fear was so great that he immediately attempted to destroy the planet.[19]

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.[7]

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.

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 Supernova 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.

Appearance

Freeza First Form ROV

Freeza in his first form (with armor).

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][20] 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".[21] His physical appearance is an amalgamation of what Toriyama thought monsters looked like in his childhood.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24]

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.[25]

Trivia

  • Freeza's name derives from the word Freezer (フリーザー, Furīzā).[26]
DBFCM 297

Freeza's first transformation in the digitally colored edition.

  • In the digital manga chapters colorized by Shueisha's production team, Freeza's skin and the tip of his tail were colored pink rather than light violet and dark purple respectively. Additionally, the plates on both his arms and his legs are colored white rather than brown.
  • The color of Freeza's aura is inconsistent throughout the anime. He is first shown to have a blueish-white aura,[27] then is later shown to have a red aura with a black outline,[28] and yet, in other instances, he has a pinkish-red aura.[7]
  • 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.[29]

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!"

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 7.2 7.3 Dragon Ball Z: Revival of "F"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Dragon Ball chapter 136, page 3
  9. Daizenshū 4, page 59
  10. Official Trailer 3 HD Dragon Ball Z - Fukkatsu no F
  11. Dragon Ball Z: Revival of "F" (manga)
  12. Dragon Ball Z: God and God
  13. Dragon Ball chapter 97, page 11
  14. Dragon Ball chapter 125, page 11
  15. Dragon Ball chapter 105, pages 1-2
  16. Dragon Ball chapter 91, pages 11-14
  17. Dragon Ball chapter 101, page 10
  18. Dragon Ball chapter 137, pages 10-11
  19. Dragon Ball Z episode 120
  20. Daizenshū 4, page 56
  21. Daizenshū 2
  22. Weekly Shōnen Jump, Issue #1, 2003
  23. Dragon Ball: Tenkaichi Densetsu
  24. Dragon Ball 30th Anniversary “Super History Book” (21 January 2016); Akira Toriyama Interview
  25. Shenron Times - Volume 1
  26. Dragon Ball Super Exciting Guide: Character Volume, page 48
  27. Dragon Ball Z episode 77
  28. Dragon Ball Z episode 78
  29. “Dragon Ball Super” Rivals Super Biographies!!!

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