List of symbols

From Dragon Ball Encyclopedia, the ''Dragon Ball'' wiki

The following is a list of symbols.


Symbol Info Users

Turtle Hermit's kanji (亀), pronounced "kame" and meaning "turtle", was the kanji that all of those trained under Turtle Hermit were given to wear after completing their training. This kanji was a small patch worn on the top right side of the uniform and a larger patch on the back.

Son kanji.png

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

Kami kanji 3.png

Kami's kanji (神), pronounced "kami" and meaning "god". Kami wore this patch on the front of his robes. In Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler, Dende was briefly shown wearing Kami's old outfit. During the manga and main series, however, he never did.

Gyumao kanji.jpg

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

  • Gyumao
North Kaio symbol 2.png

North Kaio's kanji (界王), pronounced "kaiō" and meaning "world king". North Kaio wore these two kanji on a large, round patch on the front of his uniform. When Goku donned it, he wore it only on the back of his uniform, keeping Roshi's kanji on the top right of the front of his uniform. Yamucha wore it in reverse to Goku, having Kaio's kanji on the front and Roshi's kanji on the back.

  • North Kaio
  • Son Goku (after his training)
  • All other Kaios
  • Yamucha (during Cell Saga)
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Goku's kanji (悟), pronounced go and meaning "awaken", was the kanji that Goku adopted after his training in preparation for the upcoming battles on Planet Namek. Goku continued to wear this kanji until the arrival of the Artificial Humans.

  • Son Goku (after his training before Namek)
  • Son Gohan (during the Shadow Dragon Saga)
Grand Kaio kanji.png

Grand Kaio's kanji (大), pronounced "dai" and meaning "grand" or "greatest". This kanji was worn by Grand Kaio on both his uniform and hat.

  • Grand Kaio
Yamucha kanji.png

Yamucha's kanji (樂), pronounced "raku" and meaning "comfort" and "easy". During early Dragon Ball, Yamucha donned this kanji on the front of his uniform until he met and trained under Roshi. 樂 is a much more widely used kanji in Chinese than Japanese.

  • Yamucha (before Turtle Hermit's training)
Gohan kanji.png

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

  • Future Son Gohan
Saiyan Royal Family symbol.jpg

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

Piccolo Daimao kanji 2.png

Piccolo Daimao's kanji (魔), pronounced "ma" and meaning "magic" or "evil spirit". Piccolo Daimao wore this kanji on the front of his uniform as did Piccolo Jr. as a young child. Piccolo Jr. also gave Gohan this kanji while he was under his training. The word "majin" also borrows from this symbol, majin meaning "magic person" or "wizard" in Japanese.

  • Piccolo Daimao
  • Piccolo (as a child)
  • Son Gohan (as a young child training under Piccolo Jr.)
Tao kanji.png

Tao Pai Pai's kanji (殺), pronounced "satsu" and meaning "kill". Tao wore this kanji on the front of his uniform and on the back had 'KILLYOU' written in English.

  • Tao Pai Pai
Crane Hermit kanji.png

Crane Hermit's kanji (鶴, pronounced "tsuru" and meaning "crane". Crane Hermit wore this kanji on the front of his uniform, as did Tenshinhan and Chiaotzu before becoming Z Warriors.

  • Crane Hermit
  • Tenshinhan
  • Chaozu
Pilaf kanji.png

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

  • Pilaf
Chaozu kanji.png

Chiaotzu's kanji (餃) is pronounced "jiǎo" in Mandarin and means "dumpling". Chiaotzu wore this kanji as a large patch on the front, but removes it by the start of Dragon Ball Z.

  • Chaozu
Usagi kanji.png

Monster Carrot's kanji (兎), pronounced "usagi" and meaning "rabbit". Monster Carrot wore this kanji as a large patch on the front of his uniform.

Mutaito Training Academy kanji.png

Mutaito's kanji (武), pronounced "mu" in Chinese and meaning "martial" or "military", was worn by those trained under Mutaito. It was also the logo for the Tenkaichi Tournament.

  • Mutaito
  • Turtle Hermit
  • Crane Hermit
Neko Majin Z katakana.jpg

Neko Majin Z, the Neko Majin trained by Goku, wore the symbol 'ネ' on the front of his gi. Pronounced "ne", this symbol was unlike most symbols adorned on the gi in the series in that it was in katakana, a Japanese writing system typically used for borrowed words.

  • Neko Majin Z


Symbol Info
Yamucha's Hideout 1.jpg

Seen on Yamucha'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 is a Chinese expression that can be translated as "Thoroughly tempered", but it literally means "100,000 Lian hammer" – Lian is a unit of measurement.

Oolong's Hideout.jpg

First seen hanging over the entrance to Oolong's hideout and later on the side of his M Capsule. In the latter, however, the kanji were 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
Red Ribbon Army symbol 2.png

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

  • Commander Red
  • Staff Officer Black
  • General Blue
  • Many soldiers and workers
  • Artificial Human No. 17 (During the Androids Saga)
  • Artificial Human No. 18 (During the Androids Saga)
  • Artificial Human No. 16
  • Dr. Gero
  • Artificial Human No. 19
  • Artificial Human No. 13
  • Artificial Human No. 14
  • Artificial Human No. 15
  • Hell Fighter 17
  • Super No. 17
Garlic Jr. symbol.jpg

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

  • Garlic Jr.
Ginyu Special Corps symbol 1.png

The Ginyu Special Corps logo worn by all members. Each member donned the symbol on the top right corner of their armor's chest plate.

Coola Armored Corps symbol.png

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

  • Salza
  • Neiz
  • Doore
Capsule Corporation symbol.png

The Capsule Corporation logo used as the business' logo as well as on clothes. Future Trunks wore the logo as a small patch on the top of his right arm.

Majin symbol 1.png

The Majin symbol was used by Babidi to show control over subjects, such as Dabura. This symbol appeared on the controlled person's head (or chest) as a large 'M'.

King Gurumes symbol.png

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

Neko Majin Z symbol.jpg

Neko Majin Z, the Neko Majin who was trained by Goku, wore this symbol on the back of his gi.

  • Neko Majin Z