While Frieza has become a classic Dragon Ball villain and one of the most iconic characters throughout the entire franchise, he has recently been surpassed by a newer villain who succeeded where Frieza so miserably failed. During the Dragon Ball Z era, Frieza was killed for good after Future Trunks sliced him to pieces. However, Frieza made his return in Dragon Ball Super, and while he was killed a second time by the Z-Fighters after he tried to conquer planet earth, he was once again brought back to life to help Dragon Ball’s heroes save the universe during the Tournament of Power. With his more permanent return to canon, Frieza has vowed to pick up right where he left off and conquer the universe, though it seems like he has already been shown up by a clearly more effective villain. 


Fans were introduced to Frieza in Dragon Ball Z Chapter 53 “Planet Namek, Cold and Dark” by Akira Toriyama. During that storyline, Frieza and his army have invaded Planet Namek in search of the wish-granting Dragon Balls so that Frieza can attain ultimate power. However, Frieza’s plans are foiled after the Z-Fighters show up on the planet and defeat his forces. In a last-ditch effort to achieve victory, Frieza challenges Goku to a final showdown, an iconic battle during which Goku reaches Super Saiyan for the first time. Much to the tyrant’s humiliating disappointment, Goku utterly destroys Frieza, cutting him in half and blasting him with one final burst of energy as the entire planet around him crumbles into nothing but bits of space rock. 

Frieza epically failed in his attempt to gain all of the Dragon Balls on Planet Namek, something that cannot be said for the scariest villain Goku and Vegeta have ever faced. Moro, an ancient sorcerer who is powered by the billions of people he has slaughtered from the countless planets he has consumed, also went on a hunt for the Dragon Balls on the new Planet Namek and was successful in Dragon Ball Super Chapter 48 by Akira Toriyama and Toyotarou. During that storyline, Moro wishes to attain the Dragon Balls to become the most powerful version of himself. Unlike Frieza, Moro is able to get all of the Dragon Balls and have his sinister wish granted, making him not only a more effective villain than Frieza, but at that point a much more powerful one as well. 

The striking similarities between Frieza and Moro’s hunt for the Dragon Balls isn’t the only factor that ties this Dragon Ball Super storyline to the one told in Dragon Ball Z. While Frieza was searching for the Dragon Balls in Dragon Ball Z, Vegeta was hunting for them as well. While on the surface that may seem like a good thing given Vegeta’s newfound heroism, the Saiyan warrior was a deadly villain at that time. In his own personal quest for the Dragon Balls, Vegeta kills an entire village of Namekians, a crime he is ashamed of and spends this entire Dragon Ball Super storyline atoning for. 

From Vegeta working to make up for the evil of his past to the similarities between Frieza and Moro’s journey, this Dragon Ball Super storyline is very much connected to the Namekian story from Dragon Ball Z with one key difference. In Dragon Ball Super, the villainous Moro is successful in gaining the Dragon Balls from the Namekians and thereby accomplishing what Frieza never could.

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