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The Dark Empire (あんこくていこく Ankoku Teikoku) is an army of demons commanded by the ancient demon Mechikabura and his subordinate Towa.

After Mechikabura's demise, Towa was left in control of the group, with it being renamed as the Time Breakers[1], early on referred to as the "Pale Man's Army" by the Time Patrol (due to believing Mira was the leader). Shortly before Mechikabura's revival, the group was known as the Dark Demon Realm Army (暗黒魔界軍 Ankoku Makai-gun).[2] After Mechikabura's revival, the group became the Dark Empire once more, with their army known as the Dark Imperial Army.[3]

The Time Breakers are the primary antagonistic force in Dragon Ball Online and the Dragon Ball Xenoverse series, and also minor antagonists in Dragon Ball Fusions. The Dark Demon Realm army are the primary antagonistic force in the Dark Demon Realm Saga and the Dark Empire are the primary antagonists of the Dark Empire Saga and Dark King Mechikabura Saga.



The Dark Empire was formed some time after the foundation of the Demon Realm, under the leadership of the Dark King Mechikabura. It had multiple sects, including the vanished sect, of which Demigra was the leader.

After Mechikabura's death, the Dark Empire ceased. Demigra also abandoned the empire and was sealed away by Chronoa, and Dabura was enslaved by Babidi - greatly lessening their manpower. However Towa re-created it as a smaller group named the Time Breakers. Whilst Demon God Demigra is not known to be directly affiliated with the Time Breakers, it is implied that he pulled some strings and was the cause of their creation in order to have himself freed from his imprisonment in the Crack of Time.[4]

The Time Breakers acted with the goal of gathering enough energy to break open the seal on the Demon Realm, destroy Majin Buu in revenge for Dabura's death, and revive Mechikabura so that the Dark Empire may be restored. They leap through time to collect energy from powerful warriors, while unintentionally loosening the seal on Demigra due to their actions.


Dark Empire strongest

The Dark Empire's leaders during the end of the conflict with the Time Patrol

Though Mira and Towa appear to be the main leaders of the Time Breakers, the organization is actually simply a sub-faction of the Dark Empire controlled by Mechikabura - who was not shown in a position of power until later due to being deceased until Towa could revive him. Mechikabura's motives behind his leadership of the Dark Empire appear to be due to his as-yet-unexplained animosity towards Chronoa.

Dark Empire elite

The highest ranked members of the Dark Empire

In addition to Mechikabura, Towa, and Mira, Demon King Dabura holds a high ranking position within the organization. Demigra was also shown to ally himself with the Dark Demon Realm army at one point, acting alongside Mira, and later allied with the Dark Empire when Mechikabura gathered the Dark Dragon Balls. However, afterward he turned against them and helped to defeat Mechikabura.


The Dark Empire is made up entirely of members of the Demon Realm race and a few Saiyans who have been altered by dark magic. The Demon Gods act as the commanders of the empire's army.

As the "Time Breakers" the group included other types of demons, such as Devils and "Addicted" Majins, and employed several android models and cyborgs as infantry. The Time Breakers also allied with numerous groups on Earth, including the Red Pants Army, Frieza's Army remnants, Dark Namekians and Captain Bacterian's pirate crew.

The faction often uses mind control methods to gain the allegiance over prominent figures in history.


Dragon Ball Online

Main article: Dragon Ball Online Mira, with the help of the Time Breakers attacked and destroyed New Namek in Age 851 with the Spirit Bomb. Mira recruited members of the Paella Gang, the Red Pants Army, Bardock, the evil Namekians, remnants of the Frieza Force, Androids such as Android 8000 and Android 19000, and evil Majins in his faction to help him in his quest to steal Goku's DNA. When traveling back in time, Mira and the Time Breakers have created temporal distortions in the past (Time Rifts), thus allowing people who get sucked in to end up in the past. Future Trunks was forewarned of Mira's intentions to spread chaos throughout the timeline. Using a Time Machine, he and the Time Patrol he gathered, travel back in time to try and restore the timeline, fighting the Time Breakers in several Time Machine Quests on Earth and Namek. Mira had stolen the “Time Passport,” a device that made leaping through time possible. Due to Mira interfering with history everywhere he went, the resulting myriad of time paradoxes put a strain on the limited capacity of the entire universe. If these time paradoxes were to continue increasing, the universe, unable to withstand the capacity overload, will erupt into a massive explosion.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse

Main article: Dragon Ball Xenoverse In Age 850, Towa and Mira head through time, causing numerous issues to the timeline by empowering several villains in order to gather energy as a part of their goal to break the seal on the Demon Realm. This is the first time the Time Patrol encounter their presence. The first physical confrontation between them takes place on the Battle of Namek, where Towa and Mira confront the Future Warrior after he defeats the Ginyu Force. Mira and the warrior then do battle, with Mira being clearly superior. The Time Patrol encounter Towa and Mira several times, until finally during Age 774, the Future Warrior battles Mira for the final time and defeats him. With his body destroyed, Towa retreats, though she returns later in order to obtain Mira's core so she can bring him back. The Time Breakers return two years later, in Age 852, trying once again to cause distortion to history.

Xenoverse 2

Main article: Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 In Age 852, Towa has revived Mira and has new allies in the name of Masked Saiyan, Turles and Lord Slug who assist her in manipulating the events of time in order to gather the damaged energy that is required to break the seal on the Demon Realm. In the final act of the game, the Masked Saiyan who is in actuality a mind controlled Bardock gains back his free will and battles Mira in the Crack of Time. Towa having laid a trap, arrives at the Time Nest and steals Toki-toki's egg as the dormant energy within easily breaks the seal. Mira returns from the Crack of Time a changed man and turns on Towa by absorbing her and the egg. However, in the end thanks to the efforts of the Future Warrior and Goku, Mira is destroyed once again and the egg is taken back into their possession.

Dragon Ball Fusions

Main article: Dragon Ball Fusions Towa and Mira appear from a rift opened by Tekka in Area 4F of the Timespace Rift. Tekka, Trunks, Goten, Kid Goku, and Pan unaware Towa and Mira are evil and enemies of Time Patrol Trunks ask Towa and Mira for their assistance in helping Tekka's Team stop a rampaging Broly with Towa and Mira playing along so they may use the opportunity to collect energy and take revenge on Trunks for his counterpart's meddling, though Trunks unaware of Towa's true nature is smitten with Towa whom he and Goten ironically find attractive. After reaching Broly, Towa betrays Tekka's Team and turns Broly into Great Ape Broly in order to utilize Broly to obtain a large amount of energy and to take revenge on Trunks. They obtain some energy from the battle between Great Ape Broly and Tekka's team, but are forced to flee when Beerus shows up.

Later Towa regains control over Broly and learns of Bulma's Metamo-Ring invention which allows two people to perform EX-Fusion. Wanting revenge on Tekka's Team, Towa brainwashes Adult Goku and has him perform EX-Fusion with Broly to create Karoly whom Towa believes is potentially stronger than Beerus. Unfortunately Karoly is too powerful for Towa to control and it is revealed afterwards that Goku allowed Towa to control him in order to try fusion with Broly which would normally be impossible due to Broly's pathological hatred of Goku.

Through EX-Fusion, Dabura and Mira can form Damira while Dabura and King Piccolo can form Demon King Daccolo, while Towa and Arale Norimaki can form Towale, while Towa and Gine can form Towane. After Tekka's Team complete the main story, Towa and Mira appear in Sub-Event: "A Special Sparring Partner", where Tekka's Team can fight Mira and four other fighters. After defeating them and completing the mission, Towa and Mira will join Tekka's Team unlocking them as playable characters.

Dragon Ball Heroes

Dark Demon Realm Saga

Dark Demon Realm Saga

Main article: Dark Demon Realm Saga

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The Time Breakers in the Demon Realm

The Time Breakers, now under the name "Dark Demon Realm army", are confronted by the Time Patrol in the Demon Realm, the two going to war as part of the army's plans to gain enough energy to release the Demon Realm's seal. The battle begins with Mira sending the Masked Saiyan to fight, however after losing control of the warrior Mira snaps and goes on a rampage eventually transforming into his Super Mira form.

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Dabura: Xeno with his sister Towa

Future Trunks and Chronoa confront Towa, who reveals that the entire point of the preceding battle was to gain more energy to contribute to Demon Realm's unsealing, she and her commanders then attack them, causing them to retreat to the Time Nest. Towa, then proceeds to resurrect her brother Dabura. The army then heads to Age 753 in an attempt to alter the battle between King Piccolo and Goku. After the Time Patrol arrive, disrupting their plans and incapacitating the army's commanders, Dabura: Xeno emerges to aid his sister, and confronts Super Saiyan 3 Trunks: Xeno in battle.

Assault on the Hell Gate Saga

Main article: Assault on the Hell Gate Saga

TB 7

Darkness Towa arrives to force a merge between Super 17 and Android 18

Traveling to the era of Dragon Ball GT, Darkness Towa forcefully merges Android 18 into Super 17 using her newly empowered magic, transforming him into a new more powerful form. Towa then watches as Gohan turns Super Saiyan 4 and the battle between the three Super Saiyan 4s and the powered up Super Android takes place.

The Time Breakers combat the Time Patrol when they attack the Hell Gates. After Darkness Towa, Dabura: Xeno and Super Mira are defeated at the Chaos Gate, Broly suddenly appears and blasts them away.

Demon God Demigra Saga

Main article: Demon God Demigra

Dark Empire soldiers

A horde of Demon Realm Soldier Σ

The high ranking Time Breaker members are all present as Towa prepares to talk with them, when suddenly Mechikabura appears, causing them all to quickly bow to him.

Dark Empire Saga

Main article: Dark Empire Saga

Demon Gods of the Dark Empire

The Demon Gods of the Dark Empire

During the Demon God Towa Saga, Mechikabura has been revived, and so the Dark Makai army becomes the Dark Empire. Mechikabura however is old and Towa suggests they use the Dark Dragon Balls to restore his youth however the balls scatter across time and space and merged with different warriors. They head out to recover each of the Dark Dragon Balls whilst the Time Patrol continue to stand in their way.

Dark King Mechikabura Saga

Main article: Dark King Mechikabura Saga

Known Members

Primary members
  • Mechikabura (Dark King, Dark Empire leader; sealed away)[5]
  • Towa (Time Breaker leader, Dark Empire sub-leader, Demon God)
  • Mira (Towa's bodyguard, Demon King; deceased in manga)
  • Mira (Dark Empire) (Towa's bodyguard)
  • Dabura (Demon King, Demon God)
  • Putine (Demon God)
  • Gravy (Demon God)
  • Salsa (Demon God; deceased)
  • Shroom (Death God, Demon God; deceased)
  • Fu (son of Towa and Mira; defected)
  • Fin (artificial Majin)
  • Dark Empire soldier types
    • Demon Realm Soldier
    • Demon Realm Soldier Σ
    • Demon Realm Soldier Ω
    • Demon Realm Soldier Δ
    • Reaper Soldier
    • Demon Realm Soldier Λ
  • Xeno King Vegeta (defected; deceased)
  • Xeno Paragus (deceased)
Time Breakers
Demigra Army (formerly)
Brainwashed Members/Minions (formerly)
Time Breaker sub-factions
Dark Empire ship

A Dark Empire ship

Mechikabura's ship

Mechikabura's ship




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