Halo (天使の輪, Tenshi no Wa; Literally meaning "Angel Ring") are a luminous ring of light that rests above the heads of those who have died, but are allowed to keep their bodies in the Afterworld.
Halos are a mark of the dead; someone who has died, but has been allowed to keep their body, is given an Halo automatically. When Gokū went to train under the Kaiō of the North, he had an Halo above his head. An Halo also rests above the heads of those who have been brought back to life for a 24-hour period: Son Gohan, Son Gokū, Vegeta, and Freeza have all displayed an Halo when Uranai Baba brought them back for a 24-hour period.
In Other Media
The Halo makes an appearance in several video games. In the Budokai Tenkaichi series, Gokū's grandfather, Son Gohan, is always seen with one. Pikkon wears one permanently as well. In the Raging Blast series, the Halo is an item that can be equipped to characters of a positive alignment, and for Son Gokū, Vegeta, Piccolo, Kulilin, Tenshinhan, and Yamcha, it will be visible above their heads during customized sets. In Dragon Ball XenoVerse and its sequel, Son Gokū and Vegeta have existing presets with Halos, taken from the Majin Boo arc. The Halo can also be equipped to a Time Patroller.
- In the 4Kids dub of Dragon Ball Kai, Halos are replaced with glowing orbs.
- In the anime, the denizens of Hell are also depicted with Halos. This, however, likely contradicts information in the manga, as people who die do not typically keep their bodies; this is reserved as a privileged for those who have earned it, with Freeza being an apparent exception due to refusing to pass on.
- When a deceased person with a Halo fuses with a living person using potara, the new being won't have a ring, while in Dragon Ball Z: The Rebirth of Fusion!! Gokū and Vegeta if two deceased individuals fuse, the fused being will have a ring.