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Villain Overview

Father always spoiled you rotten, you little brat!
~ Cooler about Frieza.
Ha! So this is the mighty Super Saiyan that defeated my brother. How ridiculous. Frieza deserved to die if he got beat by a weakling like you. I AM THE SUPREME MASTER OF THIS UNIVERSE! I AM THE GREAT DESTROYER, THE TAKER OF LIFE! IT IS MY WILL THAT THIS PLANET AND EVERYONE ON IT BE ANNIHILATED!
~ Cooler's villainous breakdown.
Yes, by all accounts, I should in fact be dead. Incinerated in the fires of your sun. But fate, it seems, saw fit that I'd have a second chance. And thanks to the power of the Big Gete Star, I have been reborn stronger and sleeker; new and improved, you might say.
~ Cooler's most famous quote.

Cooler is the older brother of Frieza, the first son of King Cold, and the titular main antagonist of the 1991 film Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge, with an emulation of him acting as the main antagonist of the 1992 sequel Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler. Like Garlic Jr., he too is an anime-only character that never existed in the manga.

He was voiced by Ryūsei Nakao in Japanese and Andrew Chandler in English.


My brother was a pest. I would've killed him myself sooner or later.
~ Cooler to Goku of his dislike for Frieza.

Cooler's personality is quite similar to that of his younger brother and his father, though with a few noticeable differences. Like Frieza, Cooler handles problems in an intellectual and serious manner. Though unlike his brother, Cooler is not consumed by his ego and is less likely to underestimate his opponents, as seen when he acknowledged that Goku was still alive despite taking a direct hit from his attack, and thus ordered his subordinates to search for and kill him.

Even when they had demolished a large portion of the surrounding environment with continuous barrages of energy blasts, he did insist that they continued their pursuit. Cooler is also apparently more positively inclined and respectful towards his subordinates than his brother and father, as he has never once been seen abusing, ridiculing, executing them or anything of the sort, and even offer to take on opponents whom outmatch them personally, which likely contributes to their undivided loyalty and respect to him.

Despite these seemingly honorable qualities, Cooler is ultimately a ruthless, cutthroat, and traitorous killer, even by his own admission. He is perfectly willing to kill his minions in pursuit of his goals, and while he does not appear to relish in the agony and despair of his opponents like his brother does, he is fully capable of attacking children, ambushing enemies from behind, and inflicting great harm upon an already incapacitated opponent. Upon entering his final form, Cooler displays a personality similar to the one shown by his younger brother in his second form, though not quite as pronounced.

Cooler becomes increasingly more brutal in his efforts to kill Goku. One similarity he has with his brother is that Cooler is completely assured of his own superiority over his opponents, and his ego is also quite pronounced as he denotes himself as the "supreme master of the universe". Like his brother, Cooler regarded all Saiyans as monkeys.

With regards to his relationship with his family, Cooler appears to have had a simple sibling rivalry with Frieza, labelling him as arrogant, supercilious, foolish, vile, and spoiled brat and a pest, and even goes as far as to admit that if Goku had not killed Frieza, he himself might have done so. In "Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans", however, Cooler and Frieza appear to be more than capable of working together to defeat a common foe, though this is likely due to the both of them having been defeated by the Saiyans and their subsequent desire for revenge.

Cooler is never shown with King Cold, but dialogue implies that he holds the same respect for his father as Frieza did. He does, however, show some resentment towards him for treating Frieza better than him.


Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge

Cooler appears in the fifth Dragon Ball Z movie: Cooler's Revenge. The movie opens with Frieza destroying Planet Vegeta. In his ship, Cooler notices a space pod coming from the planet, a space pod containing the Saiyan baby Kakarot. Cooler tells his men to let it go, as he believed that it was Frieza's fault that someone escaped. Years later, Cooler learns that his brother was killed by a Saiyan and with his armored squadron travels to Earth to exact revenge for shaming their family name.

Once there he finds Kakarot, now Son Goku, and tries to blast Gohan, Goku's son but Goku gets in the way of the blast and fires at the pursuing Cooler before he and Gohan are washed away by the river. Cooler's men congratulate him on his victory but he states that Goku is still alive since he was able to fight back after taking a blast to the back. Instead of destroying the planet to vaporize his foe, Cooler declares he won't be satisfied unless Goku is brought before him so he could finish him off to punish him. He has his men search the planet for Goku.

Krillin finds and takes Goku away while Gohan goes to get a Senzu bean to heal his father. After getting the bean, Cooler's forces catch up to him, but Piccolo comes in to save him easily killing two of the members until Cooler seriously wounds him and has Salza pursue Gohan.

Eventually, Gohan gets to Goku and gives him the bean but Salza destroys the rest and wounds Gohan and Krillin. As he goes to finish Goku, the latter has recovered and confronts a surprised Salza threatening him if he doesn't leave Earth. However, Cooler arrives and reveals that he had beaten Piccolo as Goku calls out to his friend while believing Cooler is Frieza. Goku then learns from Salza that Cooler is really Frieza's brother, as he understands why they are like in cruelty. After Cooler blasts away the wounded Piccolo, Goku powers up knocking aside Salza as he begins to fight Cooler in rage. Cooler is amused and they fight for a while as Cooler understands how Goku gave Frieza trouble and reveals that he has one more form than Frieza, and transforms into a monstrous version of himself with an extreme power.

After transforming, Cooler fights Goku effortlessly and has no problem fighting Goku in his Kaio-ken form either before beating him to the ground and slamming him into a wall. Cooler begins destroying things all over and in the process, wounds a bird. This makes Goku think about what will happen to the people he loves if Cooler wins, and he transforms into a Super Saiyan. After Goku transforms, he admonishes Cooler's unnecessary killings, telling him not to take his sadness out on others.

Cooler tells Goku he is doing what he wants and states his belief of the strong surviving and the weak dying as Goku declares they'll play by Cooler's method in fighting. Goku attacks Cooler who sees that he cannot keep up with the Saiyan, he laughs in amusement at finally understanding why his brother was killed so he summons up a ball of energy, to destroy the planet which would kill Goku. However to his shock, Goku uses a Kamehameha wave and pushes the blast back at Cooler sending him to space, straight into the sun.

One of many Meta-Coolers.

As he dies, Cooler wonders why Goku wasn't destroyed with the rest of his people at that moment he realizes that Goku was that same Saiyan baby in the space pod that he allowed to escape Planet Vegeta 26 years ago, and that by mocking his brother, he was the real fool as he allowed the space pod go allowing the same Saiyan to grow up and defeat him.

Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler

Main article: Meta-Cooler

An emulation of Cooler appears Dragon Ball Z movie: Return of Cooler as the main antagonist. Goku is told to go to the planet New Namek by Dende, who senses that something is wrong there. Goku is confronted by a metallic Cooler on New Namek. Meta-Cooler reveals that he plans to use the Namekians as a bio-fuel for the sentient planet-sized machine, the Big Gete Star, as the original Cooler's remains have combined with it.

After fighting him a little while, Goku discovers that Meta-Cooler will just regenerate after he is attacked. Goku, even after turning Super Saiyan, has trouble fending off Meta-Cooler. Then, as Meta-Cooler was choking Goku, Vegeta arrives and begins to help Goku fight Meta-Cooler. Vegeta goes Super Saiyan and together they are able to defeat Meta-Cooler. However, thousands of Meta-Coolers then appear and attack Goku and Vegeta, who are quickly outmatched.

The organic remains of Cooler.

Goku and Vegeta are brought to the core of the metallic planet, where the organic remains of the actual Cooler is kept. He explains how he fused with the Big Gete Star and essentially became the Big Gete Star. He then restrains the Saiyans and leeches their energy. Goku breaks free and concentrates a ball of energy. Meta-Cooler creates a giant body of metal to fight with, but Goku throws the energy at him, Meta-Cooler is hit by the blast, which causes the star to explode, finally ending what remains of Cooler.

Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans

Cooler later returns again in Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans as a ghost warrior. He, alongside his brother Frieza, Lord Slug, and Turles team up because they all want to kill whoever humiliated them. Cooler fights Goku and is later killed. However, in an alternate ending, Cooler ends up killing Goku.

Super Dragon Ball Heroes

In the Anime - Cooler first appeared in the Prison Planet, where he meets and allies with Future Trunks to inverstigate the cause of them being sent there. During the group's encounter with Cumber, Cooler displays the ability to turn Golden (like Frieza) and lent his assistance to return a berserk Goku to his senses. He then uses this power to ambush Cumber that left little to no effect on the latter, Cooler attempts to save Trunks from the Evil Saiyans grasp. Cooler continues watching the battle from a distance, save for a couple of moments in regards to Fu's appearances. Moments before the destruction of the Prison Planet, Cooler gives chase to an escaping Fu, he was never seen again afterwards. He was then seen returned as Meta-Cooler in the next saga.

Dragon Ball GT

Cooler made a brief cameo appearance in Dragon Ball GT along with several villains from the past. He was defeated and sent back to Hell along with the villains.


  • Goku (Attempted Victim)
  • Vegeta (Attempted Victim and Killer)
  • Krillin (Attempted Victim)
  • Master Roshi (Attempted Victim)
  • Yajirobe (Attempted Victim)
  • Oolong (Attempted Victim)
  • Gohan (Attempted Victim)
  • Piccolo (Attempted Victim)
  • All other Namekians (Attempted Victims)
  • Future Trunks
  • Hearts
  • Xeno Broly

Powers and Abilities

Hmph, you do as well as I expected. Enough to have defeated my brother. However, the real hell begins now! Once you witness this hell, I will show you no mercy, no matter how you scream! Not until I've torn you to bits. One time more. I am able to transform myself one time more than my brother. You should consider this an honor. You will be the first to witness my ultimate transformation, and the last!
~ Cooler, shortly before transforming.

Like many characters in DBZ, Cooler possesses colossal superhuman strength, durability, and speed. Though he was inferior to Frieza (during the Frieza Saga) while in his base form he is stronger than him in his fifth form. He also has energy manipulation, able to generate powerful energy blast, create a Death Ball much like Frieza (though Cooler claims he can gather energy a lot faster than he can), and can fly. Like his brother, Cooler is able to transform. Cooler has a stronger fifth form that his brother did not have.

Power Level

Cooler is shown fighting on par with base Goku and Frieza states that no one has power equal to him 50%, meaning that Cooler's power is at least around 3,000,000 and his maximum is at most slightly less than 60,000,000. Cooler in his fifth form is stated to have a power level of 470,000,000 in a V-Jump for Budokai Tenkaichi 3. This is far superior to his brother's 120,000,000 (during the Frieza Saga), or the 150,000,000 power-level Goku had as a Super Saiyan on Namek. The multiplier for Cooler's fifth form is more than 20x, but less than 50x.

In Dragon Ball Heroes, his base form is shown to be comparable to goku's Super Saiyan Berserk form, as both were at a brief stalemate. His newly acquired golden form's supernova is enough to excite Cumber enough to break his restraints. His blasts prove useless at phasing Cumber when he is grappling Future Trunks, but are enough to aggravate cumber and make him shoot his mouth beam at Cooler. He is also shown briefly holding back said mouth beam, when vegeta and trunks were fully consumed by the same attack, and taking little damage when the mouth beam (that significantly dagames the sky and chains around the Prison Planet and causes an alarm in fu's lab) overpowers him.

In the universal conflict arc, Meta Cooler easily overpowers Laggs, and despite being caught off guard at first, is able to fight evenly with Super Saiyan 3 Cumber, having a slight edge thanks to his metallic body that allows him to somewhat resist Cumber's punches and negate most ki blasts. After being annoyed by Cumber's continuous barrage of ki blasts (that deal little to no damage but push him back), he transforms into Golden Meta Cooler and easily decimates Cumber, almost killing him with a triple supernova attack. His overheating issue keeps his massive power in check. He is forced to retreat for repairs by a malfunction that weakens his supernovas he was about to fire (though he is still able to fire them, and even the weakened supernovas are strong enough to incapacitate cumber).

In the fake universe saga, Cooler's overheating issur appears to be fixed, but he seems to be significantly weaker, possibly as a result of the fix. He fights evenly with base Hearts, and gets a moderate edge over him with the power of the dark dragon balls. His attacks force hearts on the defensive and even knock him back quite far, however, he did not stand a chance against Legendary Super Saiyan broly (who is comparable to SSJ4 limit breaker vegito), or against base warrior in black (who is slightly weaker in his SSJ form than SSJ rosé Goku Black, who at the time was slightly weaker than Ultra Instinct Omen goku)

In his ghost state, he is able to briefly fight against full-power Super Saiyan Goku (after his training in the Room of Time and Space).

In Shin Budokai - Another Road, Cooler in his 5th form has become strong enough to defeat Paikuhan, who at one point, had been strong enough to defeat Super Perfect Cell (during the Cell Games Saga).

Notable Techniques

Arc Blast

A possible variation of the Death Flash attack. It is a Yellow Ki Ball that is fired at it's target. There is also a video game variation of the attack used in his 5th Form. Cooler holds his hand back and swiped it across, causing hundreds of sharp blue Ki Blasts to fly across the screen. The opponent is hit multiple times by the attack.

Supernova Death Ball

The version used by Cooler Is called Supernova Cooler. He gathers massive amounts of Ki in mere seconds in the form of a massive orange Death Ball. Like with Frieza's version, Cooler's Death Ball can destroy entire planets

Chaotic Dead End

Cooler says "Time for your punishment!" or "Take this", the user shoots a Death Beam through the opponent's chest, impaling them. Then, while laughing, he finishes by shooting several Particle Bombs at the falling opponent, inflicting a huge amount of damage. This is similar to how he nearly killed Piccolo in his first movie.

Darkness Eye Beam

Cooler fires two thin purple rays of Ki emitted from the eyes.

Death Beam

Both Cooler and Frieza use this technique. They both also both use the Barrage Death Beam variation. If it hits its target, this technique can pierce through a weaker opponont; killing them.

Particle Bomb

Explosive Ki Blasts that are usually used as part of his Chaotic Dead End technique.

Death Chaser

A melee technique used by his 5th Form. First, Cooler charges at the opponent and punches them up into the air. He then flies after the opponent and knees them in the stomach, before backhand punching them down to the ground. Finally, Cooler charges down at the opponent and finishes the attack with his Lightning Attack, inflicting a great deal of damage.

Lightning Attack

A downwards kick where rushes towards his victim and then kicks downwards, smashing the opponent into the ground.

Death Flash

In his first form Cooler uses the Death Flash, charging the attack with both of his hands upward and firing with his hands forward. When Goku falls into the river after being blasted by Cooler, Cooler hunts him and fires his Death Flash at him. Cooler also uses the Death Flash in his final form, but this time charging the attack with his one hand backward, as oppose to the first Death Flash he used in his Base Form.

Dignity of the Conqueror

A red Full Power Energy Wave Barrage used in his 5th Form.

Shadow Crusher

Originally called Nova Chariot it is Cooler surrounding himself with a blue barrier and flies at the enemy, ramming them and inflicting a great deal of damage. It is very similar to Frieza's Death Crasher. Cooler can also use that technique.

Fatal Combination

Cooler punches the opponent in the stomach, then he whirls the opponent around to the ground with the punch still on the stomach. Last, Cooler throws the opponent away in order to knock the opponent even further away, inflicting a great deal of damage. If the opponent is down on the ground while Cooler is above, he proceeds to drop down and then rush at the opponent.

Psycho Barrier

A Ki Barrier technique used by several other fighters.


A technique in which one can manipulate matter with thought waves. It is unknown how power Cooler's telekinesis is to Frieza's.


Forms 1 and 2

Cooler never displays these forms during the series, though they are mentioned to exist in Weekly Shonen Jump.

True Form

The main form that Cooler uses, it is the form that he first appeared in, his power in this form is similar to that of Base Goku.

Fifth Form

A form which Cooler discovered before Frieza, this state is his most powerful form and seems to be Frieza's species equivalent of a Super Saiyan. He is said to have a power level of 470,000,000 in this form. This form is even stronger than Frieza's full powered final form. In this form, he was far stronger than Base Goku who in the movie, was likely stronger than Frieza even without turning Super Saiyan. That said, because Goku's Super Saiyan was far more powerful than before, Cooler performed far worse than Frieza did when he fought him.

Ghost Warrior

Cooler takes this form in Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans and its remake, he takes the form after being brought back by Hatchiyack.


Cooler takes this form in The Return of Cooler, his body becomes more metallic after being one with the Big Gete Star, allowing Cooler to mass-produce his clones in order to attack the Z Warriors and destroy New Namek. This form let him take on Super Saiyan Goku and Vegata at once. Furthermore, because each clone is even more powerful than the last, he easily overpowered them after the Big Gete Star created many copies.

Golden Cooler

Cooler's variation of Frieza's Golden form. Cooler attained this state during his battle against Cumber a.k.a. the Evil Saiyan. Cooler's appreance in this state is the same as his fifth form but has Golden coloration.


Now I know why my brother was killed. I love it! You're too much!
~ Cooler after witnessed Goku's Super Saiyan powers
Hahaha, yes! It is I who decides who lives and who dies! All living things are mere playthings to me! No-one can comprehend my power and cunning! ...WHAT!?
~ Cooler demonstrating a God Complex before Goku overpowers him.


  • Similarly, to the third form of his brother, who was inspired by the Xenomorph, even the final form of Cooler is inspired by a famous alien species of cinema: in his case, the Predator.
  • In The Return of Cooler, he is similar to Sephiroth; both were seemingly killed by the main character, but fused with another powerful sentient being (Jenova for Sephiroth and the Big Gete Star for Cooler), gaining complete control over the other and using this to create clones to remotely control as his avatars while his true body is hidden away in a somewhat weakened yet powerful form.
    • Also, the sword technique Trunks kills his brother Frieza with is similar to the Omnislash that Cloud kills Sephiroth with, though Cloud's attack lacks the energy blast that reduced Frieza to dust.

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