Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku After a clear victory in the Kanassan war, Bardock and his team returned to Planet Vegeta for recovery. Meanwhile, Frieza had heard about the victory on Kanassa and was shocked that a band of low-class Saiyans were able to complete a job that not even his elites were able to accomplish. This caused Frieza to become fearful of the Saiyans' ever growing power, so he then devised a secret plan. Frieza ordered Bardock's team to invade and conquer Planet Meat. The task seemed like an apparent easy mission, so Bardock's team decided to leave without him. When Bardock awoke from his recovery a short time later, he rushed to Meat as quick as possible, only to find his entire team slaughtered.
Ambush by Dodoria and his Elite
Bardock arrived on Meat to find the corpses of thousands of Meatians, and he initially believed his team had already won and was celebrating after the reading on his scouter read four power levels fully intact. However, upon his arrival to the site of where he believed his team to be, he found his entire team dead, with only his best comrade, Tora, still just barely alive. Tora then explained to Bardock what had happened and how this was because Frieza was growing fearful of the Saiyans, so he had them conquer Meat only to be ambushed by Team Dodoria. Tora then passes away as well, with Bardock swearing to him that he will be avenged. Dodoria's Elite then arrives, and the battle between Bardock and the warriors begins. Bardock, despite being outnumbered 4-1, manages to skillfully kill all four warriors with relative ease, only to be attacked and nearly killed by Dodoria, who easily defeats Bardock with a single mouth blast. Bardock barely manages to survive the initial attack. Beaten and nearly dead, Bardock finds the strength to climb into his Attack Ball and heads back to Planet Vegeta, ready to spread the word of Frieza's plot.