Ghosts (幽霊 Yūrei) are spirits of deceased people that come from the Other World to haunt the living. Ghosts usually make minor appearances in the Dragon Ball series, but they often appear as enemies in Dragon Ball video games.
In Dragon Ball Z, a ghost is seen working as a waiter in the café where the Guide who took Goku to the start of the Snake Way meets Fortuneteller Baba in order to give her Goku's message for Master Roshi (which reaches him via Kami and Yajirobe). Souls appear in the Other World, most often waiting in front of King Yemma's Check-In Station, sightseeing in Hell or Heaven. Although not an actual ghost, Frieza briefly wondered in confusion whether Vegeta was a ghost, due to him previously having murdered the Saiyan Prince earlier, only for Vegeta to "answer" by trying to attack Frieza. However, because Porunga had granted the wish to evacuate all but Frieza and Goku from the doomed Planet Namek earlier, Vegeta was not able to finish the attack and thus prove he wasn't actually a ghost before he got teleported off-planet. During the Garlic Jr. Saga, ghosts are seen on Earth after Garlic Jr. released the Black Water Mist. Additionally Kami of the Previous Generation and the other deceased Guardians of Earth appear as phantoms when Kami and Mr. Popo travel through Divine Sage Realm to release the Sacred Water via Seven Air Currents to cure the Earthlings infected by the Black Water Mist.
Dr. Lychee's supercomputer Hatchiyack is able to "revive" enemies of the Saiyans in the form of Ghost Warriors. Gotenks uses a technique called Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack to create ghost versions of himself. Super Buu also uses this technique. The Kamikaze Ghosts are somewhat intelligent and extremely dangerous beings created by the user's ki, which resembles the user in personality and appearance. They are touch-sensitive and explode the second they touch something, including each other.
Additionally in the anime, during the Majin Buu conflict, during their time in Heaven, Bulma, Chi-Chi, Dabura, & Videl gain Halos and ghostly tails as they were not allowed to keep their physical bodies while in Other World like Grandpa Gohan, Goku, Vegeta, Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu, Piccolo, Krillin, King Kai, Gregory, Bubbles, Pikkon, and Olibu do. Additionally during the "Future" Trunks Saga in the manga, Future Old Kai is depicted as having a Halo and ghostly tail after he died when Future Dabura destroyed the petrified Z Sword during his battle with Future Trunks, Future Kibito, & Future Shin, indicating his body was destroyed along with the Z Sword resulting in him being revived without his physical body, unlike his counterpart who retained his physical body after he transfered his remaining life force to revive Goku. This suggests that deceased persons who do not retain their physical bodies upon death take on ghostly forms due to their soul lacking their physical body to inhabit.
In Dragon Ball Super, Dr. Mashirito returns as a ghost and escapes Hell after being killed in Dr. Slump. He attacks the World Invention Conference after using a drug on Arale that makes her go on a rampage at the awards ceremony. As he is a ghost and already dead, Dr. Mashirito's ghost cannot be touched, harmed, or killed. However it is revealed that this invulnerability does not apply to a God of Destruction as Beerus is able to use Hakai to completely destroy Dr. Mashirito. As ghosts of deceased persons are effectively a manifestation of their soul, if they are destroyed by a God of Destruction they are permanently erased from existence.
Techniques and Special Abilities
- Flight/Hikou – The ghosts are capable of flight, either through ki or due to their ghostly nature.
- Ghosts like Dr. Mashirito are normally invulnerable physical attacks due to the ghostly nature. As they are already dead, they cannot be killed either, though they can be destroyed by the Hakai technique which will destroy them completely, erasing them from existence due to their soul being destroyed. Additionally like deceased individuals allowed to keep their physical bodies after death, ghosts are vulnerable to being Erased from existence by the Omni-Kings Zeno and Future Zeno as Erase wipes the target out of existence including their soul.
- Body Manipulation. - The phantom Guardians are able control and manipulate their ghostly bodies.
- Self Destruction – The signature ability of a Kamikaze Ghost.
- Kamehameha – The Kamikaze Ghosts summoned by Super Buu are able to use this attack.
- Bending Kamehameha – The Kamikaze Ghosts summoned by Super Buu use this variation.
- Masenko – The Kamikaze Ghosts summoned by Super Buu are able to use this attack. Called Galick Gun in certain dubs.
Video Game Appearances
Krillin and another man appear as ghosts in King Piccolo's mansion in Dragon Ball: Daimaō Fukkatsu. Several types of Ghost Warriors are enemies in Dragon Ball Z Side Story: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans. Spirits in Hell are enemies in Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku. Ghost enemies that look similar to Ghost Usher appear in Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury (along with stronger Phantom and Poltergeist variants, which have a pink tone and a blue tone respectively), in the 4th and 6th chapters of Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo, and in the Fire Cave and Pilaf's Castle in Dragon Ball: Origins.
Lantern Ghost/Ship Ghost/Patrol Ghost and Ghost Pot/Head Ghoul/Death Sentence are enemies in Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans. Spirits also appear in Hell in this game, but not as enemies. Also, in both Attack of the Saiyans and Dragon Ball Online, Ghost Usher and green ghosts similar to Ghost Usher work for Fortuneteller Baba at her palace.
Gotenks' ghosts appear in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World, Budokai Tenkaichi series, and Dragon Ball: Xenoverse series. The ghosts can be used with Super (one ghost) and Ultimate (five ghosts) skills. Custom Future Warriors can learn both variations, but each ghost will look exactly like Gotenks' ghosts.