Earth's Military, or King's Guards, or the Royal Defense Army (王立防衛軍 Ōritsu Bōei-gun), is the main armed force on Earth, employed by King Furry when disaster strikes the world. They bear a KG insignia on their uniform.
Factions and equipment
The military forces of the Dragon Ball World are seen using forces very similar to that of the real world's militaries. Infantry men are of course the main faction, and use such equipment as different types of guns, grenades and other explosives, Rocket Launchers, and much more. In terms of vehicles; tanks, jeeps, and armored cars seem to be used. The military is also composed of some sort of Navy or Air Force, as large battle ships and high powered jets are also employed. The King's Guard is a main faction within the military, most notably seen during the King Piccolo Saga and later during the Cell Games Saga. There are different types of Town Militia, which are factions within the main military force as well.
It is unknown exactly why such a force exists in the Dragon Ball world, as Earth at the time of the main series is fully governed by one king, so therefore it is unlikely that the same one nation would go to war with itself (although the fact that the Earth has a station broadcasting international news implies that the Earth may have more than one nation). However, it is possible that this military force, other than just for simple precaution, has existed long before Earth's government had become one. Another theory is that it was developed during King Piccolo's reign of destruction, and has been kept ever since in case of another emergency such as that. It is plausible that this military is mainly used to maintain peace, by combating such organizations as the Red Ribbon Army. Bulma, however, claimed that even Earth's Military was powerless before the Red Ribbon Army largely because of the latter's sphere of influence.
However, during Dragon Ball Z, Earth's Military forces are called into action on numerous occasions. When the two Saiyans Vegeta and Nappa threaten Earth, the Northern army does prepare to attack, only to be completely decimated by Nappa during his rampage (albeit causing him enough effort in destroying them that he admitted he may have come close to breaking a sweat from attacking them, having earlier promised Vegeta not to waste enough energy to do so.).
When Cell kills and absorbs all of the civilians in Gingertown, the military arrives with an with tanks, only for them to be destroyed by powerful energy beams from the monster's eyes. Later, when Cell threatens to destroy the Earth if it is not defeated in his tournament, King Furry sends part of the Royal Guard is bought in an attempt to destroy him again, this time believing he had brought more than enough infantry and vehicles, only to be defeated with ease once again. After the Cell Games, the soldiers who were killed were wished back to life.
Seven years after Gohan defeats Cell, the military is once again drawn into action with the threat of Majin Buu looming over the world. Despite an overwhelming force of battle ships and jets, they are no match for the power of Majin Buu and are effortlessly destroyed yet again. After the Earth is restored and Mr. Satan convinces the revived people of Earth to give their energy to the Super Spirit Bomb, members of the Earth's military give their energy.
In Dragon Ball Super, remnants of the military are seen as part of the Resistance against Goku Black in Future Trunks timeline where they are led by Future Trunks and Future Mai. However, they are all killed by Infinite Zamasu's Chou Makouhou Barrage.
- Earth's Military vs. Nappa (anime only)
- Earth's Military vs. Cell (Perfect Form)
- Earth's Military vs. Majin Buu
Video Game Appearances
An abandoned naval battleship appears in Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Shin Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku - Chikyū-Hen, but is collapses and sinks when Piccolo tries to land on it.
The King's Guards appear in the Cell Games Arena battle stage in the arcade game Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle, and they are seen in the city Goku visits right before the battle against Nappa and Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku.
In Dragon Ball Online, it is revealed that after the death of Mr. Satan in Age 820 that Earth was invaded by remnants of the Frieza Force lead by the Guard Troops as they mistakenly believed Mr. Satan to have been responsible for Frieza's death and with Mr. Satan dead, they felt confident that they could conquer Earth. Earth's Royal Army attempts to counterattack the Frieza Force's invasion but it fails leaving it up to the Earth's Martial Artist population and surviving Dragon Team members to combat the invasion. Thanks to the effort of the Dragon Team and the influence of Gohan's scholarly work Groundbreaking Science which had introduced the concept of ki to the general public as well as inspiring Goten and Trunks to become Swordsmen leading to the foundation of the Kikoukenjutsu Sword School, the Frieza Force's conquest of Earth was unsuccessful and the use of Ki by the disguised Dragon Team members sparked renewed interest in the martial arts leading to Krillin and Tien to found the New Turtle School and New Crane School respectively in Age 821.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, they are referred to as the Royal Army and are referenced by an accessory called the Royal Army Hat which is a worn by members of the army though its coloration specifically references the peaked caps worn during the Majin Buu Saga. As part of the Super Pack 4 DLC, the Royal Army uniform and helmet worn by members of Earth's Resistance in Future Trunks' timeline, appear as clothing option called Resistance Clothes and an accessory called Resistance Helmet. The Resistance Clothes and Resistance Helmet can be obtained in New Parallel Quest 111: "The Zero Mortal Plan".
- The military in several instances resemble the real life US Army, using things such as weapons, uniforms and vehicles modeled after them, an example is when Nappa is attacking them they use American fighter jets along with battleships.