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Kakarot, you are a disgrace to your people! Thousands of years of evolution - and you cast it aside for a multitude of weaklings!
~ Turles berating Goku for abandoning his Saiyan heritage.

Turles, also spelled as Tullece, is the main antagonist of the 1990 Dragon Ball Z film Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might. He is a Saiyan warrior who bears a striking resemblance to Goku, but is his polar opposite and represents what Goku would have become if he hadn't hit his head as a baby and thus kept his Saiyan characteristics forever.

He was voiced Masako Nozawa in Japanese and Ward Perry and later Chris Patton in English.



Turles was a low-class Saiyan warrior from Planet Vegeta. It is assumed that he escaped the Supernova attack Frieza used to destroy Planet Vegeta because he was on a mission at the time. At one point, Turles recruited Amond, Rasin, Lakasei, Daizu and Cacao, forming his own private army known as the Turles Crusher Corps. They managed to obtain the seed of the Tree of Might, a tree that produced a fruit, capable of greatly increasing the power of anyone who ate it. However, this tree needed the life energy of a planet to grow. And so, Turles and his henchmen began seeking out planets that could sustain the tree.

Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might

Turles with Gohan in his grasp.

Turles eventually found his way to Earth where he planted the seed of the Tree of Might after scanning the planet. From that point, he watched as his men battled the Z-Fighters. However, Turles finally showed himself after Gohan defeated one of his men by himself. He realized that he was in the presence of Goku's son and met with the boy. Gohan was shocked by Turles's almost identical appearance to his father and the Saiyan warrior offered him a place amongst his fighters. Gohan refused the offer and Piccolo appeared in order to help him, though Turles beat him easily. The Saiyan realized that Gohan's tail had grown back and forced the boy to look at an energy ball of Blutz Waves he created, causing him to become a Great Ape.

Gohan went on a rampage and almost killed his father, but upon seeing his dragon friend, Icarus, he began to play with him. However Turles attacked Icarus and almost killed him, which led to Gohan attacking him. The Saiyan was surprised when Gohan was able to demonstrate some level of self-control and attack only Turles. He was still able to fight Gohan and would have killed him, if Goku had not cut off his tail before Turles was able to hit him with his final attack.

Turles unleashing the Energy Wave part of his Meteor Break attack.

After swearing vengeance on the evil Saiyan for harming his son, Goku then fought all of Turles's men, while he watched from the sidelines. However, Piccolo attempted to attack him, with them engaging in a short battle which ended with Turles tanking his Special Beam Cannon with ease and defeating the Namekian with one blast.

Turles brutally attacking Goku.

Meanwhile, Goku killed all of Turles's henchmen with a single strike using his Kaioken technique, and his power continued to rise. Turles realized he may have underestimated Goku and managed to eat one of the Tree of Might's fruits, which dramatically increased his power. Even a Kaioken x10 and a Spirit Bomb formed from what remained of the planet's energy was unable to stop Turles.

Turles was then confronted by the weakened Z-Fighters and defeated them with ease before Goku met him again. Goku then formed a second Spirit Bomb from the energy within the Tree of Might, which he used to destroy both Turles and the tree.

Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans

After the Z-Fighters set out to stop Dr. Raichi, phantom versions of Turles, Cooler, Lord Slug and Frieza appeared before them. Turles fought with Gohan, giving the boy a beating. King Kai revealed that they were undead, and they would come back again and again until they were killed the same way they had been before. The phantom Turles was eventually defeated by Gohan.

Other Media

Video games

Dragon Ball Z Side Story

Turles attacking Gohan.

Turles appears as a Ghost Warrior in the OVA known as Dragon Ball Z Side Story: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans and its Playdia adaptation Dragon Ball Z Side Story: True Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans - Earth Chapter, but is eventually killed again, this time by Gohan. However, in an alternate ending in the Playdia version, Turles manages to overpower and kill Gohan.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi

Turles made his first appearance as a playable character in games such as Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, featuring a never before seen Great Ape transformation. His Great Ape form in the game is typical of untrained lower-class soldiers, and cannot control his mind. He makes his second appearance in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and later returns in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse

Turles appears in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 along with Lord Slug.

Dragon Ball Heroes

Turles is among the individuals gathered by Fu and Towa at the Universe Tree. He and Bojack get into a scuffle when Bojack is provoked by Turless Saiyan heritage, before Fu stops them from fighting. He catches their attention by explaining how he saved them from their past defeats at Goku and his allies' hands. At this, Turles declares he will not lose again.

Not long after, Turles arrives alongside Bojack to confront Goku, Vegeta, Xeno Pan and Xeno Trunks. After a mock greeting as Goku recognizes him, he manages to get Goku into a chokehold, leaving Bojack an opportunity to attack out of revenge for the space pirate's death at his son Gohan's hands. Turles and Bojack then proceed to power up with malicious auras similar to Cumber's and fight Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta respectively, Turles boasting about the power of the Universe Tree's fruit. When Fu catches the Saiyan duo's attention, Turles and Bojack blast them from behind for lowering their guard. Turles and Goku continue to battle until Dogidogi, under the command of Fu, flaps his wings to freeze Goku and the others in place allowing Fu to take the opportunity to capture Tokitoki and escape through a space-time distortion. Almost immediately afterwards, unsatisfied with Fu's interference, Turles and Bojack



  • Goku
  • Gohan
  • Icarus
  • Piccolo
  • Krillin
  • Tien Shinhan
  • Yamcha
  • Chiaotzu
  • Vegeta
  • Goku Black (Dragon Ball Heroes)


Turles represents what Goku would have become if he had never suffered a head injury while he was an infant. He is a very calm, collected, reserved, intelligent and cunning commander. Like most Saiyans, he is merciless, homicidal, destructive, sadistic, brutal, prideful and self-assured. His sadism is expressed when he repeatedly blasts Goku while he pins him to the ground and laughs, and when he laughs while watching Great Ape Gohan attack Goku.

Turles ruthlessly pinning Goku to the ground after severely beating him.

He is also a genocidal being, as he committed many acts of destruction and several planets through the Tree of Might. Despite his many negative traits, he is not completely devoid of compassion, as he had showed empathy to those weaker than him like Gohan. He is not above showing respect to his allies, as he shared camaraderie with Lord Slug despite their differing goals and similar personality.

Powers and Abilities

Turles as a Great Ape.

Turles has superhuman abilities, as well as the ability to manipulate energy in the form of flight and energy blast attacks, abilities that many characters throughout the Dragon Ball series possess. Being a Saiyan, Turles is able to transform into a Great Ape when he takes in Blutz Waves from the moon and gains more power when he is injured. By eating a fruit from the Tree of Might, his physical attributes multiply several fold.

Notable Techniques

Fruit of the Tree of Might

Turles eats one of the fruits from the Tree of Might, causing his power level to increase approximately 15x stronger for each fruit. The fruits give Turles incredible power, turning the tides in his favor even further. It also gives Turles the power to reanimate those who have been long dead as two of his henchmen Rasin & Lakasei, who were from the extinct Beenz race, were revived long after they had rotted into fossils.

Kill Driver

Turles forms a ring of energy with electricity sparking around it between his palms and throws it at his target. The resulting explosion is quite powerful, and apparently enough to kill a raging Ozarru. The downside of this technique is that if the target is small enough, they can pass through the ring completely unharmed.

Sudden Storm

Turles version of the Full Power Energy Barrage Wave. It is usually used as part of his I'll Dig Your Grave! attack.

I'll Dig Your Grave!

Turles punches the opponent, followed by a knee strike into the air. Then, he Double Axe Handles the opponent to the ground, followed by a Sudden Storm barrage.

Meteor Break

Turles shouts "I'm done with you!", and charges at the opponent to knee them up into the air. He then flies up to punch the opponent away and teleports above to kick them down to the ground. Just before the opponent hits the ground, he charges down and uses his Heavy Finish and Double Axe Handles them to the ground. He stomps on the opponent's head and shouts "Die!" as he blasts them with a single purple Energy Wave or a Full Power Energy Barrage Wave that, upon hitting anyone or anything, causes a second larger wave of purple energy to erupt from the target or a large purple explosion, inflicting a huge amount of damage.

Rock Crusher

A counterattack where Turles ducks down to avoid any attacks by the enemy, then he counterattacks with a powerful knee strike. The attack usually sends the opponent flying away. Is usually used as apart of Meteor Break.

Calamity Blaster

First, Turles charges an Energy Sphere with both hands behind his neck. Then, he thrusts his hands forward and fires a white and purple Energy Wave, inflicting a high amount of damage. It can be fired as a large Energy Wave or Sphere.


  • Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball Z, stated that Turles' similar appearance to Goku was not a coincidence. Turles was designed to be how Goku would've turned out if he hadn't lost all his memories of being a Saiyan following a head injury he suffered as a baby. However, Turles' story has varied from dub to dub. An example is in the French dub, where he is actually Goku's twin brother.
  • Turles has special pre-battle dialogue with both Vegeta and King Vegeta in the videogames Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2 and Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and teen Gohan in Raging Blast 2. Vegeta says that Turles' face is utterly disgusting, to which Turles responds by saying that this brings back memories. When he wins, Turles mockingly calls Vegeta "The Princess of Saiyans". When facing Gohan, he asks if he wants to join him now and when facing Super Saiyan Gohan, he asks if he dyed his hair. When he wins, Turles calls Gohan "the Brat of All Saiyans".
  • Turles' voice actor in the original Japanese version was Masako Nozawa (who also voiced Goku, Gohan, Goten and Bardock), Ward Perry in the Ocean English dub, Chris Patton in the Funimation English dub, Mario Castañeda in the Latin American dub, and Luca Sandri in the Italian dub.
  • Turles' name in Japanese is a pun on the Japanese translation of the word "lettuce".
  • Turles is the first evil version of Goku to appear, the second being Shadow Goku from Dragon Ball Heroes and the third being Goku Black from Dragon Ball Super.


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