The following chart is the list of appearances for the Z Fighters as a group.
|Character||Dragon Ball||Saiyan Saga||Frieza Saga||Androids/Cell Saga||Majin Buu Saga||Dragon Ball GT|
|Piccolo||Yes (as a villain)||Yes (neutral)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Gohan||No (not born yet)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Goten||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||Yes||Yes|
|Trunks||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Future Trunks||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||Yes||No (in his timeline)||No (in his timeline)|
|Vegeta||No||Yes (as a villain)||Yes (neutral)||Yes||Yes (brainwashed)||Yes|
|Yamcha||Yes||Yes||Yes (dead)||Yes||Yes (retired)||Yes (briefly)|
|Tien Shinhan||Yes||Yes||Yes (dead)||Yes||Yes (briefly)||Yes (briefly)|
|Chiaotzu||Yes||Yes||Yes (dead)||Yes (retired)||Yes (briefly)||Yes (briefly)|
|Yajirobe||Yes||Yes||Yes (retired)||Yes||Yes (briefly)||Yes (briefly)|
|Pan||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||Yes||Yes|
|Uub||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||No (not born yet)||Yes (during the 28th tournament)||Yes|
|Android 18||No||No||No||Yes (as a villain and neutral)||Yes||Yes|
|Good Buu||No||No||No||No||Yes (as a villain in other forms)||Yes|
- Yajirobe plays a large role in the Vegeta Saga but is reduced to a smaller role in later Sagas; he only appears in various scenes on Korin Tower during the Android and Majin Buu Sagas of Dragon Ball Z, and during Dragon Ball GT.
- Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, and Chiaotzu die after the Saiyan Battle and are in King Kai's planet throughout the Frieza Saga, though they are later revived by the Namekian Dragon Balls. Yamcha appears during the early parts of the Buu Saga, only to be killed by Super Buu. Tien and Chiaotzu survive Super Buu's genocidal attack, and Tien later saves Gohan from Super Buu, however it is unknown where Chiaotzu is at this time.
- Vegeta is initially the antagonist in the Saiyan Saga, but switches sides (if one counts Namek Saga onwards) for the remainder of the series and becomes an Earthling after Kid Buu's defeat.
- Pan becomes a Z Fighter throughout Dragon Ball GT, although she is seen in the final three episodes (289-291; 274-276 in the edited version) of Dragon Ball Z.
- Piccolo makes a cameo appearance to fight Baby, but he is later obliterated. He is last seen on Earth before his death and plays a smaller role for the remainder of GT in Hell.
- Majin Buu, known as Good Buu in his good state, was the former villain of the Majin Buu Saga, but after expelling the evil from his body, which later formed into Evil Buu, he is no longer a threat to the world and befriends the Z Fighters.