Frieza's Subordinates (フリーザの部下 Furīza no Buka) or King Cold's Subordinates are a handful (16 according to the manga and an anime zoom-out overview, see anime number issue in the trivia) of Frieza Force soldiers, specially selected by King Cold to aid the tyrant in the retrieval of Frieza, and his and son's attack on Earth in August Age 764.
These soldiers made their manga appearances in the Dragon Ball manga chapters "The Coming of King Cold" and "The Young Man of Mystery" (330-331) and in the Dragon Ball Z episodes "Frieza's Counterattack", "The Mysterious Youth", and "Another Super Saiyan?".
Members of this group first made their debut after the end of Battle on Planet Namek which ended in Frieza's defeat by Super Saiyan Goku. King Cold took these troops with him to search for Frieza who he believes that survived the explosion of Planet Namek, after Fisshi shows concerns whether Frieza really survived Cold replies with breaking one of his spaceship's windows and cause some of the crew to fall into space. Then, the Unnamed Captain locates Frieza's shattered body and the crew quickly get him on board and take him to get medical treatment on King Cold's planet.
After Frieza's recovery, and his revival as Mecha Frieza by the Frieza Force medics, he asked his father to change their course to Earth so he could have his revenge on the Saiyan. Frieza's subordinates accompanied him there, they're landing in the Northern Wastelands and just after Frieza instructed some of them to go out, find and kill the Dragon Team, Future Trunks appears and killed them in the very moment. Future Trunks then confronted Iru who was sent by Frieza to take him out, killing him with ease and then quickly finished the rest of Frieza's subordinates when they attempted to rush him.
In the manga the chain of events goes slightly different than in the anime, Frieza still commands the 3 soldiers to kill all Earthlings they can find, and then Future Trunks arrives killing no soldier yet, saying that he'll kill Frieza and Cold, Frieza sends Iru to face the youth, who easily kills him, then the Unnamed Captain launch the revenge charge that ends up in the next page with everyone chopped dead, none survives and Frieza says he's impressed and that Future Trunks is beyond his first expectations, and that due to his soldiers' death he'll need to take care of the youth by himself.
Their last standing remnant who managed to somehow survive Future Trunks' attack, is killed by a vicious move by Mecha Frieza who sliced his internal organs with his hand through his stomach simply because he stood in his way. In the English dub it was because the survivor showed fear of Future Trunks.
- Unnamed Captain
- Iru's race pilot
- Nappa-like humanoid co-pilot
- Purple butterfly-like soldier.
- Short teal & green piranha like soldier.
- Red-haired Vegeta-esque soldier (wrong colored Fisshi).
- A possible Brench-seijin.
- Six (3 purple & 3 green) Members of Appule's race.
- Other humanoids and various alien races.
- Eire - purple version of Iru. Appears in Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzoingen.
- Okuto - orange version of Iru. Appears in Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzoingen.
- Zea - pink version of Fisshi. Appears in Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzoingen.
- Frayne - a blue armored version of Salza. Appears in Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzoingen.
- Soy - an orange version of Dore. Appears in Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzoingen.
- Karmath - a blue version of Neiz. Appears in Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzoingen.
- Members of Unnamed Fish-like race. Appear in Dragon Ball Z: Legacy of Goku II.
- Members of Blueberry's race. Appear in Dragon Ball Z: Legacy of Goku II.
- Appule - Appears as a member in Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu & Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
- Banan - Appears as a member in Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu & Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
- Sūi - Appears as a member in Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu.
- Anime and Manga
Frieza seemed to consider them strong enough to handle all of the Earthlings present on the planet. Despite apparently being powerful soldiers, some of them are carrying Ray Gun which were generally used by the weakest soldiers of the Galactic Frieza Army.
- Video games
In Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, one of the Appule's race Frieza Force Grunts manages to survive Future Trunks' attack, but is badly injured. Fortunately for him, he is found by a local Jingron Village girl who brings him to her village to treat his injuries. Remorseful he decides to quit the Frieza Force and the Former Frieza Force Soldier decides to join Jingron Village Milita as a way to atone for taking part in Frieza's Subordinates invasion of Earth alongside King Cold and Frieza, by using his strength to protect Jingron Village and the girl whom he seems to have become somewhat smitten with. His survival indicates he may have been slightly stronger than the others. However he admits his own power pales in comparison to Earthling who injured him. Additionally after Cell builds the Cell Games Arena nearby Jingron Village, the Former Frieza Force Soldier is no where to be found, though it is unclear if he evacuated, challenged Cell himself, or took part in the Earth's Military attack on Cell (which is not shown in Kakarot) only to be killed due to Cell being far stronger than Future Trunks.
The revived King Cold tells Gohan that these were his best men and values their strengths. After Gohan tells him he defeated them, Cold who isn't aware Gohan is a Saiyan, replies that it's impossible since only a Super Saiyan can defeat them.
Video Game Appearances
Frieza's Subordinates are enemies of the Dragon Team in most acts of Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzōningen where Fisshi and the others are keeping humans as hostages and fight the Z Fighters. Recolors of Cooler's Armored Squadron (named Frayne, Soy, and Karmath) also appear as Frieza's minions.
Frieza's Subordinates are the primary regular enemies in the Trunks Saga portion of Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu, under the generic name: "Frieza Soldier", where their members include characters that were based on Appule, Banan, and Sūi. Their sprites, however, are only of the blue Frieza Soldier. In this game it is discovered that they're aware of what Namekians look like and that Frieza told them they've escaped to Earth while fighting Piccolo, they're also aware of who Vegeta is and fear when facing him.
In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 Frieza's Subordinates are shown to be Banan-like Frieza Soldier and Appule, they are called by Mecha-Frieza to handle Spike the Devil Man in the What-If scenario called: "Unexpected Help", but failed, and so does Frieza and Cold who are waiting for Goku to return to Earth, so they can kill him, only to find themselves defeated by Spike the Devil Man who overpowers their evil hearts with his Devilmite Beam.
In Dragon Ball Heroes game promotional animated clips some of Frieza's Subordinates can be seen among the Frieza Force soldiers who face the invading Saiyan Heroes, Beat & Note, in Frieza's Spaceship. This was re-used in the DBH 10th anniversary special episode, Push Forward to the Battlefield! Dragon Ball Heroes, opening.
They also appear in the opening Time Patroller recruitment video of Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 during the portion where Chronoa explains the Time Patrol's cardinal rule against altering history, using Future Trunks' actions that lead to him killing Frieza's Subordinates and Mecha Frieza instead of Goku as an example of what not to do.
In the Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle scenario "Hope!! Fight Against Despair" that takes place in the Alternate Timeline, when Future Goku teleports to Earth to confront Future Mecha Frieza and Future King Cold he finds the Z-Fighters consisting of Future Piccolo, Future Gohan, Future Krillin, and Future Vegeta (who originally wore his Battle Armor, but after an update he wears his pink "BADMAN" shirt like his main timeline counterpart) already confronting the tyrants, hinting it was them who killed Frieza's Subordinates in the Future Timline.
These soldiers appear in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot and most are slain by Future Trunks when he confronts the Frieza Force. However one Frieza Force Grunt survives but is badly injured. Ironically he is rescued and receives medical treatment from a local girl from Jingron Village near the landing site of King Cold's Spaceship. This causes his view of Earthlings to change and feeling bad about taking part in the invasion, the Former Frieza Force Soldier decides to join the local militia to protect it out of gratitude and so he can be close to the girl who saved him. As a result he is another former member of the Frieza Force to take up residence on Earth. Interestingly, he mistakenly assumes Vegeta and Goku to be Earthlings (presumably due to their lack of Tails) and is somewhat weary of Earthlings not native to Jingron Village feeling they will judge him for his alien appearance. However he is friendly with aliens such as Piccolo and will tell him his backstory.
The rest are resurrected alongside King Cold they are fought as enemies under the name "King Cold's Subordinate" and are referred to by Cold as being his most elite troops. However, they are all defeated by Gohan.
- The names of most of Frieza's Subordinates are derived from fishes and other marine animals.
- Most of them are never named in either the manga or the anime, their names are only known from Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzōningen.
- All of Frieza's Subordinates are depicted wearing red scouters.
- The Captain, Fisshi & the Jeice-esque soldier wear the special V-shaped collar Battle Armor (alongside King Cold) that was only seen used by the Ginyu Force. However, the Captain is seen wearing basic armor on his promotional appearance in Dragon Ball Heroes.
- The Captain's eyebrows design varies throughout his appearances in Dragon Ball Z, from being described as lacking them he eventually gets blond and later white colored (perhaps to match his beard's color) eyebrows.
- In the FUNimation dub, Fisshi is referred to as "Captain" by King Cold while reporting to him that the crew didn't managed to detect a life-sign from Frieza after Planet Namek's explosion.
- The Captain of Frieza's Subordinates is first seen with wrist protectors, but while he shouts that he found Frieza his hands are covered with gloves despite being bare exposed in the previous scene. He's also seen wearing gloves and a different shaped & colored battle armor in Dragon Ball Heroes.
- There's a red haired humanoid soldier among Frieza's Subordinates who stands next to Iru before he's sent by Mecha Frieza to fight Future Trunks, it appears to be an animation mistake of drawing and design of this humanoid who in the manga adaptation is revealed to be Fisshi.
- There seems to be an animation inconsistency in the coloring and modeling of Frieza's Subordinates which leads the viewer to think that there are more soldiers than in reality.
- In the scene where Frieza commands the 3 soldiers to be killed first by Future Trunks the frame was modeled after the manga in which the far right soldier has an uncompleted body due to the fact in the manga there was Frieza's talking bubble upon his head.
- The red-head Vegeta-esque soldier is seen without shoulder pads in his debut, but when he faces Future Trunks he suddenly has them on his armor. In the manga this soldier doesn't exists and it is Fisshi who stands next to Iru.
- The horned soldier who is among the first 3 soldiers to be killed by Future Trunks in the anime is shown twice to be lacking his horns, he alongside the Jeice-esque soldier at the charge scene are the only soldiers of Frieza's army to be seen wearing his scouter on his right eye in the history of the Dragon Ball franchise. He's shown once colored as a normal human by skin color - probably a coloring mistake.
- Fisshi, the Captain and the Piranha-like soldier made a brief appearance in the 3rd promotional video of Dragon Ball Heroes.
- In Israel, while the show aired for the first time in 2003 the "Kids' Channel" posted a list of power levels (till the Trunks Saga) on their website (which was based mostly on the translation of the Daizenshuu) which stated they were at 5,000 each and were called: "Frieza's top-men".
- In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ - Special One Shot chapter 3 there is a frame where 3/4 of the main soldiers of Frieza resembles the subordinate by their races with the adding of Abo's esque to their side.
- Some of the henchmen who can be seen in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ are based upon Fisshi and the piranha-like soldier.
- Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, 2020
- Despite being depicted in both manga and anime as King Cold's direct underlings, Daizenshuu 2 (1995) stated they are actually Frieza's men.
- King Cold refers to them as "our underlings" while suggesting Frieza to send them to kill all humans to burn time till Goku's arrival in Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu; Mecha Frieza calls them "my underlings" in the same game after they're killed.
- Dragon Ball chapter 330, "The Coming of King Cold", page 13