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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 Dark King Mechikabura, an ancient demon who founded the army.

After Mechikabura was sealed away in the Crack of Time, 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 re-emergence, the group was known as the Dark Demon Realm Army (暗黒魔界軍 Ankoku Makai-gun).[2] After Mechikabura's re-emergence, 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 are 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 and Dark King Mechikabura Sagas.



The Dark Empire was formed sometime after the foundation of the Demon Realm, under the leadership of the Dark King Mechikabura. It had multiple sects, including the Demigra Army, 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.


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The highest ranked members of the Dark Empire

Though Mira and Towa appear to be the main leaders of the Time Breakers, the organization is 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 sealed away in the Crack of Time until Towa was able to release him. Mechikabura's motives behind his leadership of the Dark Empire appear to be due to his resentment towards Chronoa for having taken the position of Supreme Kai of Time and for having sealed him away.

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The Dark Empire's leaders during the end of the Mechikabura conflict

In addition to Mechikabura, Towa, and Mira, Demon King Dabura holds a high-ranking position within the organization. In the game, 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.

Towa later joined Fu's group, the Universe Creation Planners, with the aim of turning her son into the Dark Empire's new leader by making him the new Dark King.


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 (such as Mira's Robots) 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 Heroes[]

Dark Demon Realm Saga[]

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The Time Breakers

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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Xeno Dabura with his sister Towa

Xeno 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, Xeno Dabura emerges to aid his sister, and confronts Super Saiyan 3 Xeno Trunks in battle.

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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, Xeno Dabura and Super Mira are defeated at the Chaos Gate, Broly suddenly appears and blasts them away.

Dark Empire Saga[]

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Mechikabura returns

Mechikabura is released from the Crack of Time by Towa using energy stolen from strong fighters 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 before they can, the balls scatter across time and space, merging with different warriors. Mechikabura grants Demon God powers upon Towa and the other high-ranking demons, Gravy, Putine, Shroom, Salsa and Dabura and they split up to track down the Dark Dragon Balls, confronting both the warriors of the past and the Time Patrol in the process.

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The Demon Gods of the Dark Empire

The Dark Empire are able to finally gather all seven of the Dark Dragon Balls and return them to the demon realm where Mechikabura summons Dark Shenron and begins to make his wish. The Time Patrol show up to stop him in time, but the Demon Gods are able to fend them off long enough for Dark Shenron to successfully grant the wish and restore Mechikabura's youth. Chronoa uses her Time Power Unleashed form and traps both herself and Mechikabura in the Time Labyrinth.

Dark King Mechikabura Saga[]

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Mechikabura defeated

Later on, Mechikabura is finally able to escape from the Time Labyrinth and place Chronoa under mind control. Now in a perfected state he gives his high ranking demon followers new enhanced Demon God forms. To combat this threat, the Time Patrol and Demigra Army form a temporary alliance and go on to defeat all of Mechikabura's followers. Mechikabura absorbs several of the beaten demon gods which allows him to enter into the Time Power Unleashed state too then heads to the Time Nest to obtain Tokitoki so that he can absorb time itself. However in the final battle against Mechikabura, the Time Patrol, Demigra Army and Chronoa, having regained her senses, are able to overcome him after Xeno Trunks uses the Key Sword to seal him away once and for all, putting an end to the Dark Empire.

Tokitoki then go on to dispel the darkness from the Demon Realm and Mechikabura's tower begins to collapse, just before it does, Towa carry off her artificial son, Fu alongside with Mira, so that he may live on and releases him into the sky where he travels through a rift in time.

Universe Creation Saga[]

Xeno Trunks and Xeno Pan track down the remnants of the Dark Demon Realm army and defeat them.

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Fu and his allies

However, Fu and his group - who are in a sense a successor to the Dark Empire - have begun to make their move. The Demigra Army, who are formerly of the Dark Empire, are still at large. Additionally, former Demon Gods Salsa and Putine are working together to locate the rest of the former Demon Gods, though they formed a truce with the Time Patrol during the battle against Black Janemba in Hell.

It is eventually revealed that Towa's true goal in working with Fu's group is to revive the Dark Empire and make her son the new Dark King. Upon extracting the Dark Factor from Mechikabura and placing it inside her son, Fu becomes the new Dark King and successfully accomplishes his goal of creating a new Pseudo Universe though is placed in a Time Labyrinth at the same time.

New Space-Time War Saga[]

Fu eventually escapes by absorbing Dogidogi and partakes in a final battle against the Time Patrol and the Dragon Team though he is ultimately defeated by Goku.

Supreme Kai of Time Saga[]

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Demigra and Xeno Omega Shenron

Some time afterwards, Demigra retrieves the Dark Factor from Mechikabura's spirit to become the latest Dark King. He interrupts Aeos' Super Space-Time Tournament, unleashing powerful and evil entities from the Time Scrolls to confront it's participants.

Other Dragon Ball stories[]

Dragon Ball Online[]


Frieza Force remnants allied with the Time Breakers in 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[]

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Towa along with Mira on planet Namek in 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 during the battle on Planet 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[]

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Mira after absorbing Towa and Tokitoki's egg in 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[]

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.

Known Members[]

Primary members
Time Breakers
Demigra Army (formerly)
Brainwashed Members/Minions (formerly)
Time Breaker sub-factions
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A Dark Empire ship

Mechikabura's ship

Mechikabura's ship

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The Dark Empire's Warriors of Darkness team in World Mission




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