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I suppose that after endless battles...I have the fickle urge to save something now. Especially if it's my low-level warrior son.

—Bardock to Gine in "Dragon Ball Super: Broly"

Bardock Infobox
バーダック Bādakku
English Localized Name(s) VIZ Burdock
Personal Data
Universe 7th Universe 7th Universe
Race Saiyan
Birthplace Vegeta
Status Deceased
Gender Male Icon Male
Voice Actors
English AB David Gasman(SP001)
AB Doug Rand(Movie 8)
FUNi Sonny Strait
Japanese Masako Nozawa
Professional Status
Team(s) Strongest Saiyan Team
Affiliation(s) Freeza's Army Freeza's Army
Occupation(s) Combatant
Partner(s) Riku[4]
Headquarters Bardock's House, Bardock's Village, Vegeta
First Appearance
Manga Debut Volume #26, Chapter #307
Anime Debut SP001
Movie Debut Movie 8
Image Gallery

Bardock (バーダック, Bādakku; Viz "Burdock") was a low-class Saiyan combatant born on planet Vegeta, who was responsible for creating a rebellion against Freeza before the destruction of his home world.[5]


Main articles: Chapter -, Chapter 247, and Movie 20 On planet Vegeta, Gine was butchering meat before greeted by her husband upon his return to the planet. Assuring her husband that their eldest son, Raditz, is away on a mission with the young prince Vegeta, Gine is asked about their youngest son, a baby named 'Kakarotto'. She shows her husband the boy, who was kept in an incubation chamber for three years since his birth.[6]


The couple greet each other in the meat distribution center.

Bardock tells Gine that they would be wise to send Kakarotto off planet, and Gine is understandably worried for her son, forcefully telling Bardock that being in "infiltration baby" can be very dangerous. She concedes only when Bardock tells her that he mistrusts Freeza's intentions in recalling them, stating to have sensed the 'presence of death'. Gine remarks that it isn't like Bardock to be worried for his child, and Bardock says her soft nature infected him. That night, the Saiyan couple steals an Attack Pod and sets a crying Kakarotto inside. Even in the midst of this, Gine still suggests they try to escape together, though Bardock says Freeza would detect them on his scouter. After saying their goodbyes (which includes Gine promising to retrieve Kakarotto should Freeza not destroy the planet), Bardock and Gine send Kakarotto to Earth, thinking that the planet is too insignificant to be a danger to the Saiyan child or warrant Freeza's attention.[7]


Bardock and his wife embrace as Kakarotto flies off.

The couple have a final embrace as they watch their son fly off into space, with Gine giving her son one final warning to avoid the Galactic Patrol.[8]


Bardock's final moments.

Bardock flies into the stratosphere to investigate, as Freeza launches his attack on planet Vegeta. Alone, Bardock makes a final stand against Freeza, attempting to stop the incoming beam. Despite an intense struggle, attempting in vain to protect his family and home, Freeza's attack overwhelms Bardock's. The Saiyan is completely destroyed, his armor falling to pieces as he is killed, his planet beneath him destroyed.[9][10]


Bardock displays a social attitude, even greeting other Saiyans after arriving on his planet. Later, its shown Bardock deeply caring about his son to save him from the destruction of the their planet, an action he says that it is due to Gine's softness which spread all over him. While being as warlike as other Saiyans, these instances show that Bardock possess calm judgement and a small measure of humanity. Bardock's equally rare trait of rescuing his comrades made Bardock adored among a portion of lower-class Saiyans. [11] Bardock was famous for his bravery even among the Saiyans. He notably showed his bravery when he saw his impending doom; instead of fleeing for his own life, he chose to stay behind and fight to the death.




Consistent with Raditz's statement when he first reunited with his brother, as well as Freeza's when he first met Gokū, Bardock's appearance is very similar to that of his youngest son's: he has unkempt hair which partially stands on end, but Bardock has a scar on his left cheek and darker skin. Bardock's oldest son Raditz inherits only his eyes and complexion. In Dragon Ball Minus, Bardock wears a typical Fighting Jacket with shoulder pads and boots.


Bardock, like the vast majority of Saiyans, was considered a low-class warrior. However, among the lower-class warriors, Bardock was within the upper echelon, and could be considered an elite of the low-class. Despite this, Bardock was unable to become a mid-class warrior during his lifetime.[12] Despite this, during his rebellion against Freeza, he displayed power far beyond that of a low-class Saiyan. With a single energy blast, he was able to slow down Freeza's Super Huge Energy Sphere, something he would be unable to do if he was weaker than an Elite.[13]

In the anime only, Bardock possesses an impressive combat strength of 10,000. This was stated to be approaching the level of the king, Vegeta, which would place Bardock well above the level of a low-class combatant. Bardock was able to defeat a multitude of Freeza's combatants with his strength, but was defeated by Dodoria's Kikōha from the Mouth.[14]


See also: Great Monkey Transformation As with all Saiyans with a tail, Bardock can transform into a Giant Monkey at the sight of a full moon.

In the anime, Bardock is stated to be skilled enough with the Great Monkey Transformation to remember what his actions are while using it, showing a great amount of control using the form. This separates him from his teammates, none of whom have his level of control.[15]


Despite his limited involvement in the life of his two sons, especially his youngest son, Kakarotto, Bardock, as well as his wife, Gine, were instrumental in setting up a string of events that would go on to save the universe. By sending their youngest son away from the impending destruction of Vegeta and the entire Saiyan race, he would go on to grow up and become a great hero responsible for saving the planet Earth, as well as the universe, on more than one occasion. Their influence in this manner even resulted in the first Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan God manifesting itself in their youngest son for the first time in more than a thousand years.

In Other Media[]

TV Specials[]

Dragon Ball Z: A Lonesome, Final Battle - The Father of Z Warrior Son Gokū, who Challenged Freeza[]

Main article: SP001

Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission[]

Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock[]

Main articles: Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock (manga) and OVA4

Creation and Conception[]


  • By Toriyama's admission, Bardock most likely had siblings — meaning Kakarotto and Raditz had either aunts or uncles — but he also most likely didn't care, as Saiyans traditionally lack a family concept.[16]


  1. Akira Toriyama: The Anime Special, page 174
  2. Dragon Ball Spinemblem
  3. Dragon Ball Super Scouter Battle
  4. Dragon Ball Minus
  5. Dragon Ball chapter 307
  6. Dragon Ball Minus, page 9
  7. Dragon Ball Minus, pages 10-11
  8. Dragon Ball Minus, pages 13-14
  9. Dragon Ball chapter 307
  10. Dragon Ball Super: Broly
  11. Saikyō Jump March 2014 Issue – Akira Toriyama Super Q&A
  12. Saikyō Jump March 2014 Issue – Akira Toriyama Super Q&A
  13. Dragon Ball Super Broly
  14. Dragon Ball Z: A Lonesome, Final Battle - The Father of Z Warrior Son Gokū, who Challenged Freeza
  15. Dragon Ball Z: A Lonesome, Final Battle - The Father of Z Warrior Son Gokū, who Challenged Freeza
  16. Saikyō Jump March 2014 Issue – Akira Toriyama Super Q&A