When anyone, from the most dedicated devotee to the most casual of onlooker, thinks of Dragon Ball, it’s likely that the first image that comes to mind is of either the spiky-haired Goku or Vegeta (along with gigantic beams of energy erupting from their palms, obviously).
They are, of course, the main characters, and their extreme, earth-shaking battles are the bread and butter of the entire franchise.
While the majority of the spotlight might be hogged by the hordes of burly men (and wimpy ones… sorry not sorry, Yamcha), the Dragon Ball franchise has a fantastic female cast, as well, and quite a few of them could, can, and did give the boys a run for their money, including the ultra-powerful Saiyans.
With our list of Dragon Ball: All Female Characters From Weakest To Most Powerful, Officially Ranked Selection, we’re ranking all the main female players, and letting the world know once and for all that Chi-Chi isn’t just a joke character who complains about Gohan becoming a delinquent.
We’re pulling our entrants from Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Super, and even GT, making sure we’ve covered our bases. And yes, while the headline might read “ALL female characters,” we obviously don’t mean literally every female. Instead, we’re sticking with all of the main ladies, of which there are more than enough to fill out both ends of the spectrum.
Let’s get started!
The child of a legitimately intense femme fatale —and Earth’s strongest human— seems like it might be the chosen one, but if Marron is any indication, that prophecy is flawed at best.
To be fair, Marron has absolutely no interest in being a fighter of any kind, but to think of her genes and the kind of battles her parents went through, it’s kind of sad to see her at the bottom of this list.
Marron displays no extraordinary potential or natural strength advantages of any kind, making her the weakest of the weak.
Mai, specifically the one from Trunk’s broken future, is no stranger to brutal conflict.
Along with being a survivalist and trusted leader, she’s a master of hand-to-hand combat and an expert in various firearms. Despite being only one rank above the pathetic Marron, Mai is exponentially more powerful and dangerous than her blonde-haired predecessor.
Still, with seemingly no ki control, Mai is far less effective than she should be.
Alright, so Fortuneteller Baba is an old hag who physically poses no threat to anyone whatsoever, but brawn doesn’t always determine who is or isn’t powerful.
Baba is an exceptionally gifted magic user, and she isn’t afraid to demonstrate this multiple times. In fact, her power is so great that she’s able to bring the deceased back to life, complete with their physical bodies, even if only temporarily.
While that’s just one example of her potent abilities, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think she’s got a few more tricks up her sleeve, especially ones that would make Mai’s weapons or martial arts useless.
A Dragon Ball character that more-or-less disappeared (despite a few “blink and you’ll miss it” cameos here and there), Launch was once a intense main figure in both Goku’s and Master Roshi’s lives.
Most of the time, Launch was a cheerful lady, but once she sneezed, it all went out the window.
She’s become explosively angry and ready to take anyone on. She also had a selection of high-caliber weapons at her disposal. While her battle skills might seem similar to Mai’s at a distance, the reason Launch beats out the freedom fighter is due to the sheer unpredictability tied to her rages.
She’s like a constantly cornered tiger, and one that definitely shouldn’t be provoked.
You might be wondering why Chi-Chi outranks freedom fighters and powerful witches. It’s a worthy question, for sure. We know that Chi-Chi is a martial artist, but her trying alone doesn’t automatically make her rank higher than those below her.
No, her higher rank stems from one particular strength: it looks like she knows the Kaio-ken.
While it was most likely done for comedic effect, the fact that it’s happened multiple times and used the iconic red aura that only the Kaio-ken has, we’re going to have to take it seriously.
Coupled with other examples of her using ki-based techniques, Chi-Chi is immediately leagues beyond battle-hardened humans.
As the second child of Bulma and Vegeta, it’s no surprise that she harbors exceptional power, due to not only her parentage but also her status as a half-Saiyan.
While those facts alone might make it seem that Bulla should be ranked at least a little higher on this list, Bulla isn’t a fighter, and, despite her potential, she has much to actually prove.
In GT, Bulla much prefers shopping to anything regarding fighting and, although the “Dragon Ball GT Perfect Files” state that she could become a Super Saiyan under the right circumstances, we don’t see it happen.
Despite that, her natural power, and the strong possibility that she knows at least something about fighting, Bulla can’t rank up without actual experience.
Finally making her animated appearance, Gine, the mother of Goku, is a pure Saiyan and easily makes the list.
We know from Dragon Ball Super: Broly that, despite being a warrior race, not every Saiyan is suited for combat.
We can assume that all of them are trained in how to fight, though, so Gine already has that going for her.
According to the manga, she actually does have battle experience as a low-class warrior, and that, along with an "almost mastery" of ki-based techniques, general power, Oozaru-transformation capabilities, and Saiyan blood, Gine would wipe the floor with those below her on the list.
Similar to Gine, Fasha, the first female Saiyan we ever saw on screen, is a low-class warrior.
Despite her less-than-impressive ranking, Fasha is a fearsome, relentless, and ruthless fighter, relishing in carnage and destruction like a true Saiyan.
She’s proven to be a proficient ki-user and brawler, plus, when transformed into a Great Ape, she’s an extremely dangerous and destructive force.
While Gine and Fasha are extremely similar is skillsets and probably also in power level, Fasha is able to edge out Goku’s mother due to the battle spirit and savagery that Gine simply doesn’t possess.
It’s because of that detail alone that Fasha takes the fourteenth slot.
How could Bulma, a mere human, rank above battle-hardened Saiyans?
In truth, her strength lies in her immense intellect, which opens the door for some wild possibilities.
Bulma’s brains are second to none, and she could create an all-powerful arsenal of weapons if she really needed to.
In fact, we’ve seen her develop a bullet that potentially had the power to wipe out Goku Black (which is insanely impressive when you think about it).
Because of her Goku-slaying capabilities (despite not panning out) Bulma is far more potentially powerful than she might seem and poses an immediate challenge to everyone below her.
That said, because we don’t know for certain if the bullet would have worked, we didn’t dare rank her any higher.
So maybe Videl isn’t capable of designing a weapon that could potentially terminate Goku Black. It doesn’t matter, because after being trained by Gohan, we’re sure that she could beat even a low-class Saiyan warrior like Gine or Fasha.
Videl, like Gohan, would eventually lose her edge, but at her height, she was indistinguishable from a superhero (which she was sure to take advantage of in her role as Great Saiyaman 2).
So while she’d never reach the powered up heights of those operating beyond human constraints, she’s certainly no pushover, and we’ve got our fingers crossed that she’ll jump back into the fray in some future saga.
While Pan is only a baby in Dragon Ball Super, it’s already apparent just how powerful she is, performing advanced techniques despite the fact that she’s not even potty-trained.
Fast forward to Dragon Ball GT, and the older Pan is quick to demonstrate that powerful Saiyan blood most assuredly flows through her veins.
Quite the powerful little fighter, she’s able to go on incredibly dangerous adventures with Goku and Trunks without worrying too much about her safety.
Better yet, she has the potential of becoming a Super Saiyan (and even further beyond), so she’s leagues beyond those ranked below her.
The one and only movie character to make it onto our list, Zangya hails from Bojack Unbound, and was an impressively gifted fighter.
The only female member of Bojack’s group, she was easily able to hold her own against the Z Fighters and posed a sizable threat, even against someone like Future Trunks.
In fact, it took the might of Super Saiyan 2 Gohan to outmatch her.
So while it’s possible that Pan could one day achieve SSJ2 and defeat Zangya, it’s still only theoretical at the moment, and that keeps Zangya safe in our rankings. Still, she should be proud that she’s the strongest female if we’re only counting the movies.
Despite being something of a joke character at first glance, Ribrianne is a unique fighter that poses a considerable challenge to Universe 7, including Goku and Vegeta.
With multiple transformations, unique techniques, and the ability to channel the adoration of her Universe into a force of energy capable of expanding her strength to previously unobtainable levels, Ribrianne's convention-breaking appearance proves that looks aren’t everything.
Android 18 would eventually get the upper hand against Ribrianne, despite being “Super” and gigantic, but we can’t help but admit that we’re curious about the actual limits of Ribrianne’s power… there still seems to be some room for growth.
9 Android 18
In truth, we know that Android 18 couldn’t stand a chance against the powered-up Super Saiyans who emerged from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, which was demonstrably proven when Future Trunks cleaned up his own timeline.
Logically, that would mean that Zangya should have Android 18 beaten, but she doesn’t.
Our reasoning is that, as seen by Android 17 in the Tournament of Power, if 18 were to undergo some extreme training, even someone like Zangya would be no match.
The potential is provably there, now we just need to see it in practice. Perhaps some time spent training with her brother out in the wilderness would do her some good!
As a member of the Pride Troopers, Cocotte is leagues beyond many participants in the Tournament of Power, and although she isn’t at the peak of power in the series or on this list, she’s still a formidable force that shouldn’t be underestimated.
She seems to be equal in strength to Android 18’s level of power during the tournament but had the unmatched advantage of being able to manipulate space.
Despite the fact that it would be Android 18 who would eliminate Cocotte, the Pride Trooper still edges her out in power, as her “Cocotte Zone” was seemingly impenetrable, even by Android 17 and Goku standards.
Caulifla, with her tough attitude and eagerness to brawl, was already a someone that shouldn’t be messed with, but once she learned how to tap into the potential of the Super Saiyan state, it was a game changer.
Proving to be incredibly adept at learning new skills, Caulifla soared through the ranks of Super Saiyan transformations, seemingly mastering forms that normally took years to achieve in mere seconds.
Her attitude, tactical mind, and quickly-mastered powers easily earn her a high spot on this list.
We’re excited to see where this character goes next, and whether or not she’ll end up becoming something more of a threat than the reasonably friendly position she’s in now.
6 Android 21
Hailing from FighterZ, Android 21 is a little hard to gauge, due to the plotline of the game involving equalizing and/or reducing all the major players’ power levels. Even when considering that caveat, though, there’s no question that Android 21 belongs amongst the highest echelons of powerful female fighters.
Much like Cell, Android 21 is comprised of the cells of the most powerful fighters available (including Majin Buu), and she can increase her power by absorbing others.
Critically, though, Android 21’s greatest strength comes from her razor-sharp intellect and her ability to manipulate her enemies.
With her virtually unrivaled intelligence and sheer power, Android 21 is a tremendous threat.
At first, Kale seemed like nothing more than a measly and rather wimpy pushover. Timid, soft-spoken, and generally averse to any kind of combat, any hopes of her being a fighter, let alone a formidable one, seemed to be a pipe dream.
… until she snapped, that is.
Very clearly based on the original Broly, Kale’s explosive rage triggered a new transformation.
Giant, muscular, and seething with uncontrollable fury, the powered up Kale proved to not only be a threat to Goku, but to everyone at the Tournament of Power.
If she wasn’t contained, there’s no telling what would have happened.
Mixing Caulifla’s savage battle spirit (and potent power) along with Kale’s seemingly limitless pools of berserker-rage-fueled potential, we get Kefla, the scariest, fastest, and most dangerous female Saiyan in the series.
While both of the Universe 6’s main Saiyan ladies were formidable in their own rights (especially the berserk Kale), having both of their strengths combined while simultaneously shaving off the majority of their weaknesses, Kefla was a nearly indestructible warrior and puts everyone preceding her on this list to shame, including her two halves.
What exactly are the limits of Kefla’s might? Unfortunately, it seems that we might never know the answer, but we’re hoping that Caulifla and Kale will do the Fusion Dance, so we can at least see what that cooks up.
Honestly, we debated for quite a while about putting Arale on this list, considering she’s not exactly a native to the Dragon Ball franchise, and her only major appearance was a self-admitted gag episode (sorry, Vegeta)!
Even so, her display of raw power was worth noting.
Despite her cute, childlike appearance, Arale was able to quickly and irrefutably prove her superior might, even against Goku and Vegeta, who stood no chance of stopping her.
These two men are the series’ main characters and have literally attained the powers of gods, and they still couldn’t do a thing to Arale.
That speaks for itself.
As a God of Destruction, Helles is imbued with the power of… you guessed it… destruction, which makes her EXTREMELY dangerous.
While there is a lot of hearsay about how strong the Gods of Destruction are, with people like Jiren and Frieza apparently surpassing them, we’ve yet to see a God of Destruction go all out.
Until we actually see the limits of a God of Destruction (not including Toppo, who wasn’t fully-fledged), we think it’s fair to say that Helles belongs as the runner-up to the most powerful female character in Dragon Ball.
If it’s any consolation for her, we’re certain that the Gods of Destruction will have a much larger role to play in whatever is next for the series.
1 Vados (And The Rest Of The Female Angels)
Was there any question that Vados, and the rest of the female Angels, would be at the top of this list?
Truthfully, we haven’t witnessed any major examples of any Angel wiping the floor with anyone, but it’s no secret that these heavenly entities are VASTLY powerful and apparently stronger than even the Gods of Destruction that they casually tend to.
So while we’ve yet to personally see Vados decimate someone like Champa (at least not yet…) we’re certain that she is, by far, the strongest female in the series so far.
On the off-chance that theory regarding the Angels attempting to overthrow Zen-Oh pans out, here’s to hoping that Vados gets to demonstrate her incomprehensible strength.