As far as Dragon Ball villains are concerned, Frieza is not only one of the best-known ones, he is also one of the most popular ones. He was Goku’s first real test (he was far more dangerous than Piccolo) and in that regard has become a cult classic character that is well-known even outside the peculiar fandom. Now, due to a stupid dubbing error, some people are wondering whether Frieza is male or female and in order to clear that up, we have written this article, in which you will find the answer to the aforementioned question.
Frieza has always been and is undoubtedly male. He has been portrayed as a male character, he has been referred to as a male character, and he has been referring to himself as a male character. The issue comes from a bad dubbing error in the English language dub of the series, where he was accidentally referred to as a female, but that is simply a dubbing error and nothing more.
In the rest of this article, we are going to tell you what you need to know about the issue of Frieza from Dragon Ball and his gender. By now, you already know that Frieza is a male character, but we are going to elaborate a bit on that and give you all the details you need. Some mild spoilers might be present, so keep an eye out.
Is Frieza male or female?
Frieza is the first true villain in Goku’s adulthood stage with the ability to transform in various stages. This serves him, as confirmed by Vegeta in the series, to be able to maintain his great power stabilized, which he is unable to control on his own. Frieza’s final form, and therefore his real form, is the strongest of the four appearances that the villain assumes in the series, the previous three being containers of his great power.
Frieza’s forms seem to revolve around Western concepts (as in his third form in which he resembles a xenomorph) and Eastern (as his second form vaguely resembles an oni). According to an interview conducted by Shonen Jump with Toriyama, the fourth form of Frieza was made smaller and harmless because Toriyama wanted to go against the expectation that powerful characters are always stronger and bigger, to go from telling a story simple and unconventional.
He is a mutant alien, a brutal dictator, and the leader of the Galactic Empire of Universe 7 with the secret strategic support of his father Cold. In the movies, he also leads this empire with his older brother Coola. In addition to being considered as Frost’s counterpart from Universe 6. Everything that we know from the source material points to Frieza being male. He is also referred to as a male and refers to himself as male, which is why there is absolutely no doubt that Frieza is a male character.
Why do people think Frieza is female?
The issue actually comes from a very stupid dubbing error made in the English language dub of Dragon Ball Z. Namely, in the specific episode, Sabat/Vegeta says the line “It will be your last mistake”, but it was so poorly said that it sounded like: “It will be her last mistake”. This is where the issue actually comes from, as there is no other indication that Frieza is anything but a male character.
What is Frieza’s personality like?
Now, does Frieza’s personality match his gender? Well, let us examine that issue as well. Frieza is a being who enjoys the death and the suffering of others. Sadistic and ruthless by nature, he prefers to make his victims suffer rather than kill them for complete satisfaction. Combined with his sadistic personality, Frieza is also quite arrogant, sarcastic, and witty, especially when referring to Vegeta as someone with a bad haircut, poor military discipline, and cowardice, or when he destroyed the planet Vegeta, arguing that it was “beautiful”.
Despite his coldness and numerous remarks by other characters that he doesn’t care about anyone but himself, Frieza shows respect towards his father Cold, implying that he is not threatened by the family. However, this aspect is not absolute, as even after Cold was introduced, Frieza continues to call himself the most powerful being of his time, despite the fact that other characters are superior to him in strength, and even he himself admits that his father was able to cause him great pain in his final form.
While often unsurprised, Frieza tends to react to situations fairly evenly and is actually driven to use his full power when the situation starts to get out of hand like when Son Goku transformed into Super Saiyan gets the upper hand in the final moments of his battle on Namek. Frieza takes great pride in his abilities, and often takes the opportunity to show them off (for example, not using limbs in some fights, killing enemies bit by bit, and so on).
Ironically, despite Frieza’s power and arrogance, he sometimes displays a paranoid attitude. As proof, he destroyed Planet Vegeta simply due to the growing myth of the existence of a Super Saiyan, though when questioned about it, he completely denies believing in one. Frieza uses a very polite way of speaking, being a more difficult style of speaking than most of the other villains.
Despite these characteristics, he is quite callous, almost to the point of being machine-like by nature. Frieza tends to view most problems and situations in an intellectual way, rather than something that involves life or death (largely due to his immense power which makes him believe that he can easily defeat anyone in any way he can).
This leads him to underestimate his enemies, which resulted in his final defeat. As a narcissist, he tends to be quite confident in both his abilities and his way of thinking, and reacts violently to criticism. After his overwhelming defeat on Namek, Frieza became obsessed with retaliating against Goku and his friends.
His attempt to kill the Z Fighters one by one before the Saiyan reached his home in time was a clear example of how low he is willing to fall in order to carry out his ambition. As he headed to Earth, as soon as he received the cybernetic modifications, he idealized that his new form was enough to challenge even a Super Saiyan.
However, he suffered another humiliating defeat at the hands of Alternate Future Trunks who turned out to be the architect of his death. Also, in said battle, he may have lost what little sanity he had left, presumably due to the stress of almost being killed by Goku, since shortly after arriving on Earth, Frieza suffered brief hallucinations about Goku’s presence nearby.
He trembled in fear before going into a flashback to his narrow survival on Namek, and, despite his belief that his form was superior to that of a Super Saiyan, he expressed an immense amount of fear at Trunks’ transformation, even recoiling speechlessly when he saw it, though then he put it all aside soon after to fight it.
After his death at the hands of Future Trunks and then being revived, Frieza is more determined than ever to fulfill his revenge against the Saiyans and although confident in his current power, he does not mind resorting to low and brazen moves such as attacking Krillin and Bulma only for Goku to drop his guard when he had the upper hand. This shows that Frieza has lost any sense of honor that he may have had prior to his death, likely due to his willingness to do anything to defeat Goku.