The following is a complete list of both the Kanji and the various Symbols that appear in the Dragon Ball series.


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Yamcha's kanji, 樂, pronounced raku and meaning "comfort" and "easy". During early Dragon Ball, Yamcha dons this kanji on the front of his uniform until he meets and trains under Master Roshi. 樂 is a much more widely used kanji in Chinese than Japanese.

Ox king

Ox-King's kanji, 牛, pronounced gyū and meaning "ox" or "cow". Towards the end of Dragon Ball, Ox-King begins wearing a hat with this kanji on it, and continues to wear it throughout Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT.


Monster Carrot Kanji, 兎, pronounced usagi and meaning "rabbit". Monster Carrot wears this kanji as a large patch on the front of his uniform.


Emperor Pilaf's Kanji, 炒饭, pronounced chǎofàn in Mandarin and meaning "fried rice". This kanji is worn by Pilaf as a large front patch. 炒饭 is a Chinese way of writing the kanji rather than Japanese.


Master Roshi's kanji, 亀, pronounced kame and meaning "turtle", is the kanji that all of those trained under Master Roshi are given to wear after completing their training. This kanji is a patch worn on the top right side of the Turtle School uniform, and on a much larger patch on the back.


Mercenary Tao's kanji, 殺, pronounced satsu and meaning "kill". Tao wears this kanji on the front of his uniform, and on the back has "kill you" written in English.


Crane's kanji, 鶴, pronounced tsuru and meaning "crane". Master Shen wears this kanji on the front of his uniform, as do Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu before becoming Z Fighters.


Chiaotzu's Kanji, 餃, pronounced jiǎo in Mandarin and meaning "dumpling". Chiaotzu wears this kanji as a large patch on the front, but removes it by the start of Dragon Ball Z


Master Mutaito's kanji, 武, pronounced mu in Chinese and meaning "martial arts" or "martial artist". This symbol is worn by those trained under Master Mutaito. It is also the logo for the World Martial Arts Tournament.


King Piccolo's kanji, 魔, pronounced ma and meaning "demon", "devil", or "evil spirit". King Piccolo wears this kanji on the front of his uniform, as does Piccolo Jr. as a young child. Piccolo Jr. also gives Gohan this kanji while under his training. The word majin also borrows from this symbol (meaning the same things).


Kami's kanji, 神, pronounced kami and meaning "god". Kami wears this patch on the front of his robes, and is stitched in. During Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler, Dende is briefly shown wearing Kami's old outfit.


Goku's family kanji, 孫, pronounced son and meaning "descendant", stands for the families last name (Son Goku). Gohan wears this patch in early Dragon Ball Z as a large patch on the front of his outfit.


Goku's kanji, 悟, pronounced Go (meaning "wisdom") is the kanji that Goku adopts after his training in preparation for the upcoming battles on Planet Namek. Goku continues to wear this kanji until the arrival of the Androids.

  • Goku (after his training before Namek)
  • Gohan (during the Shadow Dragon Saga)

Gohan's kanji, 飯 pronounced han and meaning "meal" or "boiled rice". Future Gohan, the alternate timeline counterpart of Gohan dons this kanji as a large patch on his back.


The Saiyan Royal Family symbol worn by those of Saiyan royal blood. This symbol appears painted into the armor that is worn by King Vegeta and his son, Vegeta.


King Kai's kanji, 界王, pronounced kaiō and meaning "world king" King Kai wears these two kanji on a large, round patch on the front of his uniform. When Goku dons it, he wears it only on the back of his uniform, keeping the Master Roshi kanji on the top right of the front of his uniform. Yamcha wears it in reverse to Goku, having the Kai kanji on the front and the Master Roshi kanji on the back.


Grand Kai's kanji, 大, pronounced dai and meaning "grand" or "greatest". This kanji is worn by Grand Kai on both his uniform and hat.


Neko Majin Z, the Neko Majin trained by Goku, wears this symbol, ネ, on the front of his dogi. Pronounced ne, this symbol is unlike most symbols addorned on the dogis in the series in that it is in katakana, a Japanese writing system typically used for borrowed words.


Symbol Info

Seen outside Yamcha's hideout. 千錘百煉 stands [roughly] for the belief that something needs to be worked on, over and over again to be able to improve. It's a Chinese expression that can be translated as "Thoroughly tempered" but it literally means "100,000 Lian hammer", Lian being a unit of measurement.


First seen hanging over the entrance to Oolong's hide-out, and later on the side of his 'M' Capsule House-Wagon. However in the latter, the kanji are reversed: 龍烏<->烏龍. It is read as "Wulong/Oolong" in Chinese. It is a type of Chinese tea. In Classical Chinese it would have been written from right to left.


Symbol Info Users

This is the symbol used by King Gurumes' henchmen as seen on their upper left suit.


The Red Ribbon Army symbol, worn by all members. Most members don this symbol on their uniform as small patches. The Red Ribbon Androids created by Dr. Gero are seen with the patch located on their apparel.


Garlic Jr.'s symbol, which is an image of a yellow castle, possibly showing the connection to his father's attempt at gaining the throne as Guardian of Earth. Garlic Jr. wears this as a large patch on the front of his uniform.


Ginyu Special Corps Logo, worn by all members of the Ginyu Force. Each member dons the symbol on the top right corner of their armor's chest plate.


Cooler's Armored Squadron Symbol, worn by Cooler's three top henchmen, Salza, Neiz, and Doore. This symbol is worn on different parts of the warriors' battle armor.


Capsule Corporation logo, used as the businesses logo as well as on clothes. Future Trunks wears the logo as a small patch on the top of his right arm.


Majin Symbol, the symbol used by Babidi that shows control over subjects, such as Dabura, Spopovich and Yamu. This symbol appears on the controlled person's head (or chest in the case of Yakon) as a large M.


Z, the Neko Majin trained by Goku, wears this symbol on the back of his dogi.