Villain Overview
You poor fool!! With the power I possess, you don't stand a chance against me! You're going to die just like this planet! It'll be your grave! But I'll give you a decent burial at least. After all, you're a Saiyan.
~ Turles to Goku.
I am Turles. Mightiest of the Saiyan Warriors.
~ Turles
You recognize that I resemble your father. We are both Saiyan Warriors, struck from the same mold. Built for destruction.
~ Turles to Gohan about his resemblance to his father Goku.

Turles, also known as Tullece, is the main antagonist of the Dragon Ball Z film, The Tree of Might. He is a Saiyan warrior who bears a striking resemblance to Goku, but is his polar opposite and his alternate version of what if Goku didn't had a nasty bump on his head and kept his Saiyan characteristics forever.

He was voiced by the legendary voice actor Chris Patton.



Master Turles

Master Turles

Turles was a low-class Saiyan warrior from Planet Vegeta. It is assumed that he escaped the Death Ball attack Frieza used to destroy Planet Vegeta because he was on a mission at the time. At one point, Turles recruited Amond, Lakasei, Daiz, Cacao, and Rasin and formed his own private army known as the Turles Crusher Corps. They managed to obtain the seed of the Tree of Might, a tree that produced a fruit, capable of greatly increasing the power of anyone who ate it. However, this tree needed the life energy of a planet to grow. And so, Turles and his henchmen began seeking out planets that could sustain the tree.



Turles ruthlessly pinning Goku to the ground after severely beating him.

Turles represents what Son Goku would have become if he had not knocked his head on the bottom of the cliff when he was an infant. He is a very calm, collected, reserved, intelligent and cunning commander. Like most Saiyans, he is merciless, homicidal, destructive, sadistic, brutal, prideful, and self-assured. His sadism is expressed when he repeatedly blasts Goku while he pins him to the ground and laughs, and when he laughs while watching Oozaru Gohan attack Goku.

He is also genocidal, as he committed many acts of destruction and several planets through the tree of might. Despite his many negative traits, he is not completly void of compassion, as he had showed empathy to those weaker than him like Gohan. He is not above showing respect to his allies, as he shared comraderie with Lord Slug despite their differing goals and similar personality.

The Tree of Might


Turles with Gohan.

Turles eventually found his way to Earth where he planted the seed of the Tree of Might, after scanning the planet. From that point, he watched as his men battled the Z Warriors. However, Turles finally showed himself after Son Gohan defeated one of his men by himself. He realized that he was in the presence of Son Goku's son and met with the boy. Gohan was shocked by Turles's almost identical appearance to his father and the Saiyan warrior offered him a place amongst his fighters. Gohan refused the offer and Piccolo appeared in order to help him, though Turles beat him easily. The Saiyan realized that Gohan's tail had grown back and forced the boy to look at an energy ball of Blutz Waves he created, causing him to become an Oozaru ape.

Gohan went on a rampage and almost killed his father, but upon seeing his dragon friend, Hire Dragon, he began to play with him. However Turles attacked Hire Dragon and apparently killed him, which led to Gohan attacking him. The Saiyan was surprised when Gohan was able to demonstrate some level of control and attack only Turles. He was still able to fight Gohan and would have killed him, if Goku had not cut off his tail before Turles was able to hit him with his final attack.


Turles unleashing the Energy Wave part of his Meteor Break attack.

After swearing vengeance on the evil Saiyan for harming his son, Goku then fought all of Turles' men, while he watched from the sidelines. However, Piccolo attempted to attack him, with them engaging in a short battle which ended with Turles to taking his Makankosappo with ease and defeating the Namekian with one blast.

Turles vs. Goku

Turles brutally attacks Goku.

Meanwhile, Goku finished each of Turles's henchmen with one strike, using his Kaio-ken technique and his power continued to rise. Turles realized he may have underestimated Goku and managed to eat one of the Tree of Might's fruit, which dramatically increased his power. Even a Kaio-Ken at 10 times its usual strength and a Genki Dama formed from what remained of the planet's energy was unable to stop Turles.

Turles was then confronted by the weakened Z-fighters and defeated them with ease before Goku met him again. Goku then formed a Genki Dama from the energy within the Tree of Might, which he used to destroy both Turles and the tree.

Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans

After the Z Fighters set out to stop Dr. Raichi, phantom versions of Turles, Cooler, Lord Slug and Frieza appeared before them. Turles fought with Gohan giving the boy a beating- North Kaio revealed that they were undead and they would come back again and again until they were killed the same way they had been before. The phantom Turles was eventually defeated by Gohan.

Powers and Abilities

Turles (Great Ape)

Turles as a Great Ape.

Turles has superhuman abilities, as well as the ability to manipulate energy in the form of flight and energy blast attacks, abilities that many characters throughout the Dragon Ball series possess. Being a Saiyan, Turles is able to transform into a Great Ape when he takes in Blutz Waves from the moon and gains more power when he is injured. By eating a fruit from the Tree of Might, his physical attributes multiply several fold.

Notable Techniques

Fruit of the Tree of Might

Turles eats one of the fruits from the Tree of Might, causing his power level to increase approximately 15x stronger for each fruit. The fruits give Turles incredible power, turning the tides in his favor even further. It also gives Turles the power to reanimate those who have been long dead as two of his henchmen Rasin & Lakasei, who were from the extinct Beenz race were revived even long after they had since rotted into fossils.

Kill Driver

Turles forms a ring of energy with electricity sparking around it between his palms and throws it at his target. The resulting explosion is quite powerful, and apparently enough to kill a raging Ozarru. The downside of this technique is that if the target is small enough, they can pass through the ring completely unharmed.

Sudden Storm

Turles version of the Full Power Energy Barrage Wave. It is usually used as part of his I'll Dig Your Grave attack.

I'll Dig Your Grave

Turles punches the opponent, followed by a knee strike into the air. Then, he Double Axe Handles the opponent to the ground, followed by a Sudden Storm barrage.

Meteor Break

Turles shouts "I'm done with you!", and charges at the opponent to knee them up into the air. He then flies up to punch the opponent away and teleports above to kick them down to the ground. Just before the opponent hits the ground, he charges down and uses his Heavy Finish and Double Axe Handles them to the ground. He stomps on the opponent's head and shouts "Die!" as he blasts them with a single purple Energy Wave or a Full Power Energy Barrage Wave that, upon hitting anyone or anything, causes a second larger wave of purple energy to erupt from the target or a large purple explosion, inflicting a huge amount of damage.

Rock Crusher

A counterattack where Turles ducks down to avoid any attacks by the enemy, then he counterattacks with a powerful knee strike. The attack usually sends the opponent flying away. Is usually used as apart of Meteor Break.

Calamity Blaster

First, Turles charges an Energy Sphere with both hands behind his neck. Then, he thrusts his hands forward and fires a white and purple Energy Wave, inflicting a high amount of damage. It can be fired as a large Energy Wave or Sphere.

Video game appearance

Japanese Games

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Turles hits Gohan in the back neck.

Turles appears as a Ghost Warrior in the Famicom game known as Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku and its Playdia adaption Shin Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku - Chikyū-Hen, but is eventually killed again, this time by Gohan. However, in an alternate ending in the Playdia version, Turles is much stronger than gohan and easily ends up killing Gohan instead.

DBZ Games

He made his first appearance as a playable character in games such as Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, featuring a never before seen Great Ape transformation. His Oozaru ape form in the game is typical of untrained lower-class soldiers, and cannot control his mind. He makes his second appearance in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and later returns in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2. He also appears in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 along with Lord Slug.


  • Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball Z, stated that Turles' similar appearance to Goku was not a coincidence. Turles was designed to be an alternate version of Goku, how he would have turned out if he had not lost all his memories of being a Saiyan because of a bump on the head he received as a child. However Turles' story has varied from dub to dub. An example is in the French dub, where he is actually Goku's twin brother.
  • Turles has special pre-battle dialogue with both Vegeta and King Vegeta in the video games, Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2 and 3 and teen Gohan in Raging Blast and Raging Blast 2 Vegeta says that Turles' face is utterly disgusting, to which Tullece responds by saying that this brings back memories. When he wins, Turles mockingly calls Vegeta the "Princess of Saiyans." When facing Gohan, he asks if he wants to join him now and when facing Super Saiyan Gohan, he asks if he dyed his hair. When he wins, Turles calls Gohan the brat of all Saiyans.
  • Turles' voice actor in the Original Japanese version was Masako Nozawa (who also voiced Goku, Gohan, Goten and Bardock in the Original Japanese version), Ted Cole in the Ocean English Dub, Chris Patton in the Funimation English Dub, Mario Castañeda in the Latin American Dub, and Luca Sandri in the Italian Dub.
  • Turles' name is a pun on "lettuce".
  • Turles is the first evil counterpart of Goku to appear, the second is Shadow Goku and the third is Goku Black.


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