Ginyu Special Corps
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The Ginyu Special Corps (ギニュー 特 戦隊, Ginyū Toku Sentai; FUNimation "Ginyu Force"; Literally meaning "Ginyu Specialized Squadron") is an elite mercenary team that Commander Ginyu leads.
The Ginyu Special Corps' Japanese name is a pun on the words Milk Special Corps.
Dragon Ball Z
Namek Saga - Captain Ginyu Saga
A team of super elite and powerful warriors, they are called upon by Freeza to assist in the defeat of Vegeta and obtainment of the Dragon Balls on Planet Namek during the course of the Namek Saga and Captain Ginyu Saga in an attempt to regroup from the previous failures of Dodoria and Zarbon. Though physically some of the strongest in the universe, the Ginyu Special Corps' arrogant members delighted in coming up with strange poses, betting candy on fights, and playing rock-paper-scissors to decide the order they should fight. The overall surprise Freeza displayed when they arrived on Namek seems to imply that he had never met them in person before, or he had never gotten used to their goofy attitude. The interesting thing about the Ginyu Special Corps is that they have their own individual special or gifted abilities into which they can supplement their own ki, e.g. Reacoom – high-endurance, Butta - incredible speed, Jheese – specialized Ki Blasts/techniques, Ghurd - psionic abilities, and Ginyu - consciousness transferring. The strongest of them all was Ginyu himself, who, for a majority of his appearances in the series, occupied the body of a horned, purple-skinned alien, though he was capable of changing bodies at will. All but Ginyu were killed by Vegeta, with Ginyu having the unfortunate mishap of body-switching with a Namekian Frog (and Vegeta decided to be merciful for once).
All of the members of the Ginyu Force reappeared (in the anime only) during the Frieza Saga from their current positions of defeat. Ginyu (currently in the body of a Frog) switched bodies with Bulma Brief in Frieza's Boast, but inadvertently switched back with her while going after Piccolo in "Embodiment of Fire". In "Trump Card", Reacoom, Butta, Jheese, and Ghurd (who were all dead) arrive at North Kaio's World. Reacoom fought against Yamucha, Butta and Jheese fought against Tenshinhan, and Ghurd fought against Chaozu. Powered up from their training with North Kaio, the dead members of Earth's Special Forces (which would later be expanded to the Z Warriors) were easily able to overpower them and sent them all into Hell where they were unable to escape.
Great Saiyaman Saga
They later teamed up with Freeza, King Cold, and Cell in "Warriors of the Dead", but were all beaten by Goku and fell into the Bloody Pond. Later, they were impaled on spikes by Paikuhan and locked up. Ginyu had a few cameo appearances as a Frog on Planet Earth throughout the series until Boo killed him by blowing up Planet Earth.
Dragon Ball GT and films
The members of the Ginyu Special Corps made their escape from Hell in "A Dangerous Union" and Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, but were eventually defeated and sent back.
The Vegeta Special Corps
In Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, the Vegeta Special Corps is the name given to the Ginyu Special Corps after Vegeta defeated Ginyu in the What If Saga scenario, "Ginyu Force Shakeup Part 2: Ginyu Demoted." Vegeta took the role of captain of the Ginyu Special Corps and renamed the Ginyu Special Corps after himself. He also commented on how pathetic the fighting poses were when Recoome asked what their new poses would be. He also called the current members of the Ginyu Special Corps losers for even having poses.
Ginyu Special Corps members have been playable in:
- Dragon Ball Z (Commander Ginyu, ReaCoom, and Butta only)
- Dragon Ball Z: Buyū Retsuden (Commander Ginyu and ReaCoom only)
- Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 (Commander Ginyu and ReaCoom only)
- Dragon Ball Z: Shin Butōden (Commander Ginyu and ReaCoom only)
- Dragon Ball Z: The Legend
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai (Commander Ginyu and ReaCoom only)
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 (Commander Ginyu and ReaCoom only)
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 (Commander Ginyu and ReaCoom only)
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
- Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors
- Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors (Commander Ginyu only, but ReaCoom, Jheese, and Ghurd are Attacks)
- Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 (Commander Ginyu only, but ReaCoom, Butta, Jheese, and Ghurd are attacks)
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
- Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit (Only Commander Ginyu and ReaCoom)
- Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World (Only Commander Ginyu and ReaCoom)
- Dragon Ball: Raging Blast
- Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2
Ginyu Force members have been enemies in:
- Dragon Ball Z: Sūpā Saiya Densetsu
- Dragon Ball Z: Sūpā Gokū Den: Kakusei Hen
- Dragon Ball Z: Gokū Gekitōden
- Dragon Ball Z: Sagas (all except Ghurd)
- Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku (all except Ghurd)
Sentai and the Ginyu Special Corps
The Ginyu Special Corps has some resemblances (maybe references) to early Sentai teams: five color-coded warriors, tendencies to pose during battle, role calls and supernatural powers. However, because Toriyama's works usually feature parody, the stances used by the Ginyu Special Corps may be a parody of the stances seen in magical girl animes of the time. Some of the recent references to the Ginyu Special Corps' stylistic forms of poses and colorful display comes from Super Sentai (The series that was adopted into Power Rangers) and even Sailor Moon. Ginyu's resemblance to Sailor Moon may have been enhanced when he switched bodies with Bulma in the anime. This resemblance to Sentai may be due to Toriyama stating in an interview that his son was interested in Sentai shows.
- In Episode 86 (87 in the Japanese dub) of the Pokemon anime, "The Crystal Onix", when Team Rocket does their motto – when Jessie and James say their names near the end – they strike poses similar to the Ginyu Special Corps. Jessie's pose resembles the one Recoome strikes when he is about to fight Vegeta (glimpsed again when Ginyu begins to observe that Guldo, Recoome, and Burter are dead). James' pose looks like the kind of pose that any member of the Ginyu Special Corps (particularly Jeice or Ginyu) would strike.
- Three members of the Ginyu Special Corps (Butta, Jheese, Reacoom) were all voiced by Christopher R. Sabat in the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball Z. Butta was originally voiced by Mark Britten and was replaced by Sabat after taking leave. In Dragon Ball Z Kai, Sabat kept the role of Reacoom, therefore Vic Mignogna and Jason Liebricht handed over the voices of Butta and Jheese, respectively.
- In addition to their resemblance to the Sailor Senshi from Sailor Moon, the Ginyu Force is also similar to the Witches 5, five chief villains from Sailor Moon, in that they are shadowed when we first see them. and the only ones that last long in a fight against the heroes are the leader and the least serious one (Ginyu and Recoome).
- All four members of the Ginyu Special Corps who are killed during the Captain Ginyu Saga are killed by Vegeta, although Jheese is actually the only one of the four that Vegeta defeats in a battle prior to destroying him. Vegeta also had a chance to squash and kill Ginyu (as a Frog), but decided not to as he did not want to get his boots dirty (though in Dragon Ball Z Kai, his amusement at Ginyu hopping around stopped him from doing so).
- In the opening sequence of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2, the entire Ginyu Special Corps strikes their famous team poses. Only Reacoom and Ginyu appear in-game though.
- In most of the video games that they appear in, only Reacoom and Ginyu are playable.
- Each Ginyu Special Corps member wears a green Scouter. The only exception is Ghurd, who does not wear a Scouter at all.
- The Ginyu Special Corps insigna resembles First Form Freeza's head.