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[edit] Character Description

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Yamcha is a fictional character from Dragonball, Dragonball Z and Dragonball GT. Yamcha is first introduced in Dragonball as a thief and a rival to Goku. He later becomes an ally and a member of the Z Fighters.

[edit] Plot Involvement

[edit] Dragonball

Yamcha first appeared in the beginning of Dragonball. Yamcha was a thief, and stumbled upon Bulma and Goku during their first quest for the Dragon Balls. Yamcha, with his partner Puar, a shape shifting blue creature that resembles a cat, decide to follow Goku and steal the dragon balls after they collect them. However after the gang is captured by Emperor Pilaf, they team up to escape his evil clutches. Unfortunately, Pilaf already summoned Shenron and Oolong had to quickly interrupt the wish process by wishing for something ridiculous. However, this ploy worked and the world was saved. However, both Yamcha and Bulma were going to use Shenron to find their true love, so although they could not wish for it, they instantly became a couple.

[edit] Dragonball Z

Vegeta Saga

After the death of Goku, Yamcha is called upon to train at Kami's Lookout in preparation for the day Vegeta and Nappa arrive on Earth. He trains at Kami's Lookout alongside Krillin, Tien, Chiaotzu and Yajirobe and continues training along once they all leave.

The day arrives and they all gather along with Piccolo and Gohan to face Vegeta and Nappa, the two Saiyans. Before the two Saiyans fight they send out six Saibaman, all equal power level to Raditz the little green fighting creatures fight the six warriors. Yamcha steps up and take on one of them, and fights well and thinking he defeats the Saibaman he turns his back assuming he won the battle but the Saibaman jumps onto him and self destructs, killing Yamcha in the process.

Frieza Saga

Yamcha spends the majority of this saga on King Kai's planet with Tien, Chiaotzu and Piccolo, training until he is eventually revived to life by Porunga.

Garlic Jr., Trunks, & Android Sagas

After training for the arrival of the Androids, Yamcha joins the rest of the Z Fighters on day they are supposed to attack. Unable to sense their ki, the Z Fighters are forced to search the city adn split up to cover more ground. It is Yamcha who first runs into Androids #19 and #20, and is greatly overpowered by Android #20 alone, nearly dieing from a wound to his stomach. Thanks to the senzu Yamcha's life is saved and he re-joins the group later. During Goku's fight with Android #19, Goku suffers from his disease of the heart and desperatly needs his medicine, Yamcha offers to take Goku back home, realising that he won't be of any help in the fight anyway. Yamcha remains at Goku's house for the remainder of this Saga.

Imperfect & Perfect Cell & Cell Games Sagas

Yamcha joins the other Z Fighters at the Cell Games for support, having to fight one of the Cell Jr's created by Cell later in the fight. Towards the end of Gohan's fight with Cell, Yamcha, and the others, help by firing their ki blasts at Cell to weaken him. Thus aiding Gohan in his defeat of Perfect Cell.

Majin Buu & Kid Buu Sagas

Yamcha's role in this Saga is minimal, he attends the tournament but this time only as a spectator and for the most part sticks around with Bulma, #18 and the others, suffering the same fate as them when they are all eaten by Buu, but also being brought back to life and offering up energy to go towards Goku's Spirit Bomb.

[edit] Dragonball GT

[edit] Appearance

Yamcha's appearance stays relatively for the majority of the series, though his clothes and hairstyle are changed several times. Many of Yamcha's hairstyle were also used by Gohan at various points of his life. For example, Gohan in Buu Saga has used Yamcha's hairstyle from the Android Saga

[edit] Voice Actors

In the original Japanese Yamcha was voiced by Tōru Furuya in all media. In Canadian Ocean Studio dub, he was voiced by Ted Cole. Cole would reprise his role in the Blue Water dub. In the Funimation dub, Yamcha was voiced by Christopher Sabat. Sabat voiced Yamcha in all the DBZ games.

[edit] Abilities

Yamcha is a skilled swordsman and exceptional martial artist.

Rogafūfūken (Wolf Fang Wind Fist, Wolf Fang Fist in English dub)

This technique, Wolf Fang Fist, is Yamcha's signature move. This technique is a quick flurry of punches and kicks


A concentrated beam of ki energy blast that most of the Z Warriors have a ability to perform as well

Sôkidan (Manipulated Energy Bullet, Spirit Ball in English dub)

This technique that form a ball of ki energy. He can control the ball fully allowing him to home it in on enemies and he can sometimes can home it underground and hit his enemies for a surprise attack!

Superhuman strength, speed and reflexes


Like other characters in the series. Yamcha has an ability of flight.

[edit] Appearances in other media

Yamcha is a playable character in the following Dragonball-related games:

  • Dragon Ball Z: Budoki
  • Dragon Ball Z: Budoki 2
  • Dragon Ball Z: Budoki 3
  • Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure
  • Dragon Ball Z: Sagas
  • Dragon Ball Z: Budoki Tenkaichi
  • Dragon Ball Z: Budoki Tenkaichi 2
  • Dragon Ball Z: Budoki Tenkaichi 3
  • Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit
  • Legend of Super Saiyan
  • Dragon Ball: Gokuden
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kyoushuu! Saiyajin
  • Dragon Ball Z II: Gekigami Freeza
  • Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzou Ningen
  • Dragon Ball Z: Goku Hishouden
  • Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu - as a card
  • Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World

He appears in these following games as a Boss/NPC

  • Dragon Power (named as Lancer in English translation)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Super Gokuden: Totsugeki-Hen
  • Dragon Ball Z: Super Gokuden: Kakusei-Hen
  • Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors
  • Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku
  • Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku 2
  • Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury

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