Frieza is single-handedly one of the most interesting villains in the whole Dragon Ball franchise. Introduced during Dragon Ball Z and returning in later iterations, Frieza was one of the most dangerous and notorious villains created by Akira Toriyama, which is why he is so beloved by the fans. One of the questions surrounding Frieza is his race. In this article, we are going to tell you what Frieza’s race in Dragon Ball is and how this question ties into the larger Dragon Ball lore.
The Frieza Race is a mysterious race in Dragon Ball of which Frieza’s whole family are a part of. The race was first introduced in the series in the Namek Saga of Dragon Ball Z, the first part of the larger Frieza Saga. The species have been referred to as the Frost Demons and Friezas colloquially and also as the Lineage of Evil, but they are still shrouded in mystery. In Dragon Ball Fusions, they are considered to be part of the Alien race.
The rest of this article is going to focus on the character of Frieza and his race. Although we do have a lot of information on the race, a lot of details are still unknown, but we have done our best to compile everything in one place for you. We are also going to tell you a bit about the best-known members of the race scattered throughout the universe.
Frieza’s race explained
Little is known of its origins, as its home planet is never mentioned. All members of this race in the manga and anime come from a sole family, the Frieza family. Among the race, Frieza’s family members are especially strong mutants with an unnatural level of cruelty. With the possible exception of Kuriza (son of Frieza in the Nekomajin manga), their name structure is derived from low temperatures.
They are all employed in high status in a large Galactic Frieza Army, which they also dominate. They pride themselves on being the strongest race in the universe, though none of them possess the same level of power and cruelty as Frieza and King Cold, as they are mutated members of the species. As they gain power, they create new ways to disguise their fighting powers from opponents and allies.
Transforming into their next form greatly increases their fighting power, creating the idea that forms function as comfort zones to hold such intense levels of energy; Frieza says he transforms to keep his own power under control. The comfort zones, along with the policies of Frieza’s empire to destroy the races that work with him if he sees them as a threat, all indicate a civilization that doesn’t trust others; this seems to be an inherent trait of this race.
However, there are some members of Frieza’s race who are capable of compassion for the weak and, to a certain extent, patience. This is prevalent in the actions of the hero Froze, who ignores a Toad boy who throws a rock at him thinking he is Frieza, and although he is somewhat affronted, the hero later comes to save the same Toad boy when he is attacked by Dorodabo.
The species’ home planet, as we have said, is unknown. They are seen to dominate various planets and often live on ships, traveling between the worlds their organizations are operating on. Frieza has at least 448 planets, and his brother has at least 256 planets.
Members of this race are short humanoid beings (in their first form) with red eyes, shiny black lips, an elastic tail, feet with three fingers (not all of them have this feature, like Frost who has human-like feet) and crystals of different colors on parts of the body. They also have a Biosuit whose appearance can be modified at will. These beings possess great strength from the moment they are born, so they are forced to suppress their power through transformations to control it, members of this race may have hair but it is not very common.
Frieza’s race has the ability to transform into various forms, as we have already said, each with a different level of power and speed, and members of the race are known to not even need to breathe and can survive in the vacuum of space. They are also capable of projecting Ki waves, some of which can destroy entire worlds, something Frieza did at least three times.
Their metabolism appears to be incredibly slow, as Frieza spent nineteen months in the vacuum of space while missing his lower body and much of his torso and head, without any food or water. Members of Frieza’s race have great longevity.
Frieza also mentions the ability to copy powers when fighting Nail, indicating that he is making a copy of his regenerative abilities which his race already possessed, but less effectively. Members of this race can undergo body modifications of different kinds, such as having small holes in the wrist and tail with stingers that can be dipped in poison to infect through physical contact.
Who are the known representatives of Frieza’s race?
In the rest of this article, we are going to tell you about the known representatives of this race, both canon and non-canon, as well as those members of this race who have been created artificially, like Cell and the like. They are:
Frieza / Future Frieza
Frieza is the brutal dictator and 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 Cooler. The tyrant emperor is responsible for the death of Bardock and Gine, the parents of Son Goku, King Vegeta, as well as most of their kind, the Saiyans of Planet Vegeta, leading to an ethnic cleansing popularly known as the Saiyan Genocide.
He appears as the main antagonist of the Frieza Saga. He is considered the flagship villain of the Dragon Ball franchise, Goku’s archenemy, and the worst rival of his former ally, the Saiyan prince, Vegeta IV.
Cooler / Future Cooler
Cooler was an alien prince of Universe 7, commander of the Frieza Empire along with his younger brother Frieza, his nephew Kuriza, and their father, the Great King Cold, who ruled in secret. He appears as the main antagonist of the feature film bilogy consisting of Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge and Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler.
King Cold / Future King Cold
Cold is an alien from the same race as his son Frieza. He is the father of Frieza and Cooler, as well as Kuriza’s grandfather (in Neko Majin Z), and is also secretly the leader of the Intergalactic Empire of Universe 7 along with his children. Like the name of his youngest son, his refers to low temperatures.
Kuriza is a character from the Nekomajin manga, a Dragon Ball parody written by Akira Toriyama. The name Kruziza is a pretty silly pun, indeed, “Kuri” is the Japanese word for “chestnut” (because of his chestnut-shaped head) and “za” to remember that Frieza is his father.
Chilled was a mutant alien space pirate who attacked the planet Plant when it was inhabited by the Saiyana in the Year 1104. He is also the ancestor of the Great King Cold, Cooler, and Frieza. He first appears as the main antagonist of the spinoff manga Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock and its animated OVA adaptation.
Froze is a character from the Dragon Ball Heroes video games and of the manga Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission. He introduces himself as the first antagonist of the First Tournament saga. Froze was an Earthling human who managed to become part of Frieza’s race thanks to technology.
Rezok, best known as the Elite of his clan, is a character who appears in the video game Dragon Ball Heroes as a playable avatar. He is another non-canon member of Frieza’s race.
Frost is the emperor of a mafia organization of galactic pirates from Universe 6, is considered the counterpart of Frieza from the said universe and one of the warriors selected by Champa for his team. Vados says that he was brought it in under the guise of offering to help Champa free the universe from wars, and thus fight in his Universal Martial Arts Association Tournament. He first appears in the Dragon Ball Super anime and manga during the Universe 6 vs. Universe 7 Arc.
Cell / Future Cell
Cell is a bio android created by Dr. Gero’s computer, who came from the future of line 3 with the intention of taking revenge on Goku for having killed the Red Ribbon Army, and with it the dream of every villain: to dominate the world. He is the main antagonist of the Androids and Cell Arc. He is made from the cells of Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta, Frieza and his father the Great King Cold.
The Cell Jr. are small spawns of Cell, who appeared after Cell in his perfect form expelled them from his body. Each of them have the same techniques and are almost as strong as their father. Originally seven of them were created, which Son Gohan apparently destroys by obtaining Super Saiyan 2, until it was revealed in Dragon Ball Super that they actually survived and stayed on Monster Island and help Android 17 in his work as rangers.