There have been a lot of deaths in Dragonball Z, some of them are really famous, while the others, not so much. Here is the list of the top 10 deaths from Dragonball Z:
Tien Yamcha and Chaitzou Die Fighting Nappa
This was the first time ever in Dragonball Z that multiple heroes died at the same time. All of them fall in battle when Goku is running back from the Snake Way. Trying to stand up to the asshole Saiyans, Vegeta, and Nappa, these three die while protecting others. Amongst them, Chaitzou’s death was the most saddening
Okay, even you knew this moment had to be on this list. When Buu is revived and all superheroes, as strong as Gohan are defeated by Buu (except Goku), Vegeta takes on the mantle to finish Buu by himself. When he sees that Buu can’t die, the anti-hero actually makes the ‘ultimate sacrifice’, he powers up so much that there is an explosion, taking everything with it, including Vegeta’s life. Buu too is obliterated, only to grow once again from all those tiny bits, But even so, Vegeta’s sacrifice brought tears to all of ours’ eyes.
Goku Dies Fighting Ratidz
This death was the first big death on the cartoon. When Ratidz is almost unstoppable and hurt by Gohan’s head bang, Goku grabs the already wounded Ratidz from behind and tells Piccolo to shoot a beam across Ratidz’s heart. This then even causes Goku to die of the attack.
Android 16’s Crushed By Cell
This truly was one of the most saddening moments in Dragonball Z history. After Bulma’s father heals Android 16, he returns to the battlefield, where he grabs Cell from behind in order to explode himself. But sadly, he can’t, this is because the bomb had been removed from inside him, so as to see that even if he turns to the dark side, he’s not someone to be feared. This happens, and after that Cell blows him up, his head is left working, and he can talk. His parting words just before Cell crushes his talking heaisre to inspire Gohan, about how he loves ‘Life’ just like 16 and is a good person, but Cell needs to be stopped. These words aren’t in vain as because of this talk, Gohan is finally able to unleash his true power.
Goku Dies Fighting Cell
This too has been a pretty famous moment from the epic series, this is when Gohan in his overconfidence doesn’t kill Cell when he has the chance, Cell mad with agony decides to transform himself into a bomb and blow up the entire Earth with him, this is when Goku decides to ‘Instantly Transmit’ cell to King Kai’s planet which then is blown to shreds after Cell blasts, killing King Kai as well as Goku. Even after that Cell lives.
Okay this is not just one moment, but Picollo, in order to save Gohan has died or almost died three times up till now. The first one was when Nappa and Vegeta come to earth and Goku hasn’t arrived yet so it is up to Piccolo to save Gohan’s life, who stands in between the blast that Nappa shoots at Gohan. The second time too he almost died, coming in between the beam that Frieza meant for Gohan, and the third time, he died when everyone was brought to be safe, but Piccolo remained on the explodoing planet.
Vegeta Killed By Freiza
This too has been one of the most famous deaths from Dragonball Z. In the Frieza saga, when Frieza shoots a beam across Vegeta’s heart, leaving him to die, the proud Saiyan prince puts his heart out talking all about how his father as well as he himself had been nothing but pawns to spare in Frieza’s game, how he even after knowing that it was Frieza who killed his father, couldn’t do anything about it, about how he wanted to be a strong prince but was always demeaned by the Galactic Warlord. It was the only time, when fans saw Vegeta cry for the first and last time in the series, begging Goku not to show any mercy to the asshole, Frieza.
Trunks Sees Gohan’s Dead Body
In the alternate timeline, Android 17 and 18 are even bigger bastards than they were in the normal timeline. The brother sister killer duo had already killed all the Zee warriors even before Trunks was a teen. It is just up to Gohan who too only has one arm left, him and Trunks who will be the ones fighting the androids. The biggest grief comes to Trunks when he finds out that his only friend and mentor too has been killed by the Androids, worse is how he was killed. By the duo cheating and ganging up on him.
Goku tells Vegeta and Gohan are Dead
This truly is one of the most famous deaths on the show, as when Vegeta and Gohan die or pparently one of them is not so dead, Goku tells their spouses that their lover/husband have fallen in battle. This was the first time ever that Videl’s love was so clearly seen for Gohan.
Okay at this time Krillin’s death actually meant something. Here it is the ever so bad Frieza, who is at the worst that she can be. After he survives Goku’s Spirit Bomb Attack, he gets all cocky and decides to blast! Yes to blast the shit out of Krillin. Krillin goes up in the air, shouting, Goku Save Me and is blown to bits. It was a great shock to us, as it was probably the most brutal way for a hero to die. His death wasn’t left unavenged, as Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan, and beats the shit out of Frieza.