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The fourth instalment in our character guide for Dragon Ball Z

With a cast of dozens, there still more to fill you in on the heroes and villains to keep an eye on in the latest super-charged volume of the famous action epic!

Garlic Jr. The latest menace to cast a shadow over the Earth, Garlic Jr’s vendetta is an immensely personal one. Seeking revenge for his father – denied the role of Guardian of Earth centuries before due to his selfish ambitions – and having already been defeated by Goku once before, Jr launches his most nefarious scheme yet. Turning the populace to his will with a substance known as Black Water Mists, he’s determined to salvage the family name. Despite his tiny stature, Garlic is a tough enemy, capable of bulking up into an even more dangerous Super form – not one to be underestimated.

Spice Boys. Thankfully nothing to do with the warbling minxes who plagued music charts in the ‘90s, this quartet of villains serves as Garlic Jr’s generals. Lead by Spice, a narcissist with an appetite for destruction, the team is rounded out by Salt, a short and especially cruel red alien; Vinegar, an arrogant man-mountain; and Mustard, a horned monster resembling a humanoid frog. While a lack of teamwork is often the undoing of many villains, the Spice Boys have spent years honing their group attacks, enabling them to pool energies to create an ensnaring energy web, or magnify each other’s individual attacks.

Dende. A native of Namek, the home planet of Piccolo. Dende has a unique and incredibly potent healing ability, one capable of restoring recipients to full health even after suffering grievous wounds. First appearing during the assault on his homeworld, Dende is rescued from certain death at the hands of Dodoria by Gohan and Krillin. Joining them in their search for the alien Dragon Balls, his powers prove essential in making sure the Z-Fighters could hold the line against Frieza. A greater destiny lies ahead for the brave young Namekian though, as he prepares to take up the role of Guardian of Earth.

King Cold. Like son, like father – and when the son is the despotic Frieza, then dear old dad is going to be an utterly evil brute. Towering over his offspring and the heroes of Dragon Ball Z alike, King Cold cuts an imposing and terrifying figure. Functioning as the true power behind his son’s public throne, he is a haughty and elitist sort, regarding other species as far below him. Oddly, he has some twisted degree of affection for Frieza, swearing vengeance on Goku after learning of his son’s defeat at his hands.

Trunks. Mysterious time traveller? Super-powered secret Saiyan? Saviour of the future? Trunks is all of these – and he hasn’t even been born yet. The child of Vegeta and Bulma, Trunks grew up in a nightmarish future where Goku and friends were all killed. Sent back in a desperate effort to prevent those events coming to pass, Trunks is a battle-hardened warrior of immense skill and power, keen to use his knowledge to change the timeline for the better. With his father’s aptitude for battle and his mother’s genius-level intellect, he’s a fierce new addition to the Z-Fighters’ ranks.

Dragon Ball Z box four is out on UK DVD from Manga Entertainment.

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