As a few of the strongest relics within the Dragon Ball multiverse, many unscrupulous figures have sought the Dragon Balls to be granted magical needs from the Everlasting Dragon to assist additional their nefarious agenda. One of many extra frequent needs desired by a lot of Dragon Ball Z‘s early antagonists, together with Vegeta and Frieza, was immortality — not simply remaining freed from growing older but in addition impervious to mortal accidents. And whereas each of them would fail, one usually neglected villain from DBZ really succeeded in utilizing the Dragon Balls to achieve immortality: Garlic, Jr.
Garlic, Jr. was launched as the first antagonist within the 1989 anime movie Dragon Ball Z: Useless Zone, the primary movie within the franchise to bear the Dragon Ball Z moniker after three Dragon Ball movies. Set shortly earlier than the occasions of the primary anime sequence — with Gohan’s latent potential nonetheless largely unknown to his household and Piccolo nonetheless a dedicated villain earlier than the Saiyan Saga — Garlic, Jr. and his minions assault Chi Chi and Gohan whereas Goku is away fishing, seizing Gohan’s four-star Dragon Ball.
By the point Goku and Piccolo arrive on the scene, briefly agreeing to a truce in opposition to their mutual enemy, Garlic, Jr. had already used the Dragon Balls to want for immortality. Unable to bodily defeat the magically empowered villain, Garlic, Jr. opens an extra-dimensional portal to the Useless Zone to seal away his opponents — just for an upset Gohan to lash out along with his latent powers and push the villain into his personal pocket universe jail.
Whereas a lot of the Dragon Ball Z anime movies are thought-about non-canonical for contradicting the chronology of the anime sequence and never being included in Akira Toriyama’s authentic manga, the occasions of Useless Zone would briefly resurface within the anime for a filler story arc. Whereas Goku was nonetheless touring again to Earth after defeating Frieza on Namek, Garlic, Jr. escaped from the Useless Zone when the supply of his powers, the Makyo Star, nears Earth and empowers him sufficient to interrupt free. Recruiting the demonic Spice Boys as his newest henchmen, Garlic, Jr. assaults the Lookout and douses the Earth with Black Water Mist to make its inhabitants his violent topics. All seems misplaced till Gohan destroys the Makyo Star and the weakened Garlic, Jr. is sucked again into the Useless Zone.
It is necessary to notice that whereas Garlic, Jr. is immortal, he can nonetheless really feel ache and be knocked round by highly effective assaults, even after present process a fight transformation into a bigger, extra muscular kind. On condition that Goku and Piccolo have been in a position to briefly defeat Garlic, Jr. after taking off their weighted garments, this means Garlic, Jr. is considerably weaker than Raditz. Nevertheless, the Makyo Star’s proximity to Earth throughout the Garlic, Jr. Saga made the villain in a position to almost overpower the younger Saiyan after his time on Namek.
Whereas Garlic, Jr.’s appearances have been restricted to an anime movie and filler story arc, there’s at all times the prospect he might reappear sooner or later in Dragon Ball Tremendous, given that he’s immortal and stays imprisoned inside the Useless Zone. Nevertheless, even getting his want didn’t considerably strengthen Garlic, Jr., if in any respect, demonstrating that even immortality has its limits because the Z Fighters have gotten way more highly effective than their preliminary skirmishes with the villain.