Emperor Cold Cold Daio Cold-Sama King of the Universe Król Kord (Polish Dub) |FirstApp = Manga: Dragon Ball chapter #329 (DBZ chapter 135)

Anime: "Frieza's Counterattack |Appears in = DBZ, DBGT |Date of birth = |Date of death = August, Age 764 |Race= Frieza's Race, (Possibly Arcosian) |Allegiance = Planet Trade Organization |FamConnect = Frieza {Son}

Cooler {son}

Kuriza {Grandson}

Cell {Modified Clone}

Chilled {ancestor}

King Cold (コルド大王, Korudo Daiō) is the father of both Frieza and Cooler, and the "secret" leader of the planet trade organization. Like Frieza and Cooler, King Cold's name also refers to low temperatures. His first son is Cooler.

Appearance, Personality, and Abilities

King Cold ranks among the tallest villains in the Dragon Ball universe and his physical appearance is very similar to his sons, looking nearly identical to Frieza's second form. His skin is darker than Frieza's, but lighter than Cooler's. He wears the standard battle armor over his chest along with a black cape and the "dome" on his head is colored dark blue, like Cooler's (though it sometimes appears dark blue-green in the anime). Despite the fact that both of his sons have demonstrated the ability to transform, it is unknown if King Cold also has the ability to change shape.

King Cold has a calm, high-class attitude with elegant mannerisms. Unlike his son Frieza, he displays a great deal of arrogance and impatience. He seems to display a high level of concern for his family, though he

King Cold

quickly becomes annoyed with how long it takes Frieza to finish off an opponent. Despite his alleged high concern for his family, he has no qualms for attempting to replace family members if they are killed with the person who killed them, as evidenced by his attempting to get Future Trunks to join him after the latter killed Frieza.

Despite being the head of the Planet Trade Organization, King Cold's role and very existence are unknown to all but his own family. King Cold does not make his presence as the organization's leader known to any of its members, running the organization from behind closed doors and utilizing his son Frieza as its public face. While Frieza's own henchman are unaware of Cold's existence as shown when even Vegeta (an ex-employee of Frieza's) didn't even know about Cold, a select few henchmen are directly under his control.


Frieza Saga

While King Cold doesn't appear in the saga personally, he receives his first mention after Goku knocks Frieza into a plateau, when Frieza says that Goku is the first person to hurt him besides his "loving parents".

Trunks Saga


Frieza and King Cold on the way to Earth

Sometime after Frieza's defeat at the Super Saiyan's hands, King Cold and his crew search through the debris of Planet Namek's remains. Though in disbelief that his son could be destroyed by a mere planet's explosion, he vows that if Frieza has truly been defeated that he (King Cold) himself will avenge his son. Eventually, Cold's scientists discover Frieza's battered remains and manage to rebuild him with mechanical limbs. When Frieza awakens, he explains to his father about the Super Saiyan that nearly destroyed him. The two discover that the Super Saiyan is on his way to Earth. Though Cold recommends destroying the planet from space, Frieza devises a plan to arrive on Earth before the Super Saiyan does and kill the earthlings in an attempt to make the Super Saiyan suffer. Then, Frieza (with Cold's help) would have a rematch with the Super Saiyan and victory would be assured.


King Cold and his son, Frieza prepare to attack the Earth

When King Cold and Mecha Frieza arrive on Earth, a mysterious youth shows up and easily dispatches all of Cold's minions. Much to Frieza's horror and Cold's curiosity, the youth transforms into a Super Saiyan, survives all of Frieza's attacks (much to Cold's annoyance), and slays Frieza with his sword. King Cold then offers the youth the opportunity to take his son's place (even offering planets as well). The boy unabashedly declines, which doesn't worry Cold as he believes the boy's power stems solely from his weapon. In an attempt to acquire the boy's sword, Cold asks if he may examine the blade. With the sword in his hand, Cold strikes at the mysterious youth, but to his great horror, the blade is effortlessly caught. The youth begins to overpower King Cold and, with his other hand, shoots a God Breaker blast which goes right through King Cold's chest, sending him flying. Cold begins begging for his life, saying that he will give the youth all the planets he conquered, but his pleas for mercy fall on deaf ears, as the boy quickly finishes him off with yet another God Breaker blast, much to the shock of the Z Fighters. Cold only begs for his life in the anime while the first blast kills Cold immediately in the manga.

Alternate Timeline

In the alternate timeline, King Cold and Frieza journey to Earth to destroy it but Future Goku arrives early (via Instant Transmission) and kills Frieza and King Cold. It was at this point that King Cold and Frieza had their DNA sampled by Dr. Gero's spy robot as this happened in the regular timeline and in both Future Trunks' and Cell's.

Imperfect Cell Saga

King Cold is mentioned when the Z Fighters believe he is in Gingertown, though it actually turns out to be Imperfect Cell. Also, King Cold himself also appears in Imperfect Cell's flashback to Piccolo.

Great Saiyaman Saga

Just after the Cell Games Saga, King Cold (along with Frieza and the four deceased members of the Ginyu Force)
Frieza and Cold

King Cold and Frieza in hell

strikes up a friendship with Super Perfect Cell and assist him in his quest to find a way back to Earth from Hell via torturing the ogre guardians. He is punished when Goku and Pikkon show up and defeat them. Before he can know what's happening, Cold is knocked out when Pikkon elbows him in the stomach. Cold is then later shown complaining in a jail cell in Hell, saying he could have at least had a shower. Sometime after King Cold is released from prison, he, along with tons of past villains, watch the final battle between Goku and Kid Buu via a crystal ball. He

King Cold in Prison

also laughs at one point where Goku refuses to throw the Spirit Bomb with Vegeta in the way, but his smile fades away when he sees Mr. Satan take Vegeta's injured body aside, leaving Goku to kill Kid Buu with the Spirit Bomb.

Super 17 Saga


King Cold (Top right) and other villians ecaping from hell

King Cold (at the upper right-hand corner) escaping from Hell, alongside Recoome, Guldo, Babidi, Appule, and Cui.

In Dragon Ball GT, King Cold, along with many other past villains, was briefly seen escaping from Hell. Although his fate was never shown or explicitly stated, it could be assumed that he was defeated by one of the heroes, and sent back to where he came from.

Power Level

Although King Cold never actually engages in a proper fight in either the manga or anime, his level of power is mentioned several times. In the manga, Gohan, Krillin, and Tien Shinhan acknowledge a "huge ki just like Frieza's". In the FUNimation Dub of the anime, the narrator seems to doubt that Trunks can take on King Cold by himself (despite Trunks having effortlessly defeated Frieza moments before). Tien, Cold himself, and Vegeta (in the original Japanese version, as well as in the English dub of Dragon Ball Kai) reference King Cold as being even more powerful than Frieza. The video game Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 states that "Officially, King Cold's strength is greater than Frieza or Cooler's". Despite his supposed strength, King Cold is never given the opportunity to showcase his power (outside of the videogames) and like both of his sons, is easily dispatched by a Super Saiyan.

Daizenshuu 7 states in Cold's bio that he is "somewhat inferior" to Frieza.

Techniques and special abilities

  • Flight – Like almost all Dragon Ball Z characters, King Cold is able to fly through use of his ki.
  • Ki Blast – The most basic form of energy wave.
  • Swordmanship (Swordplay) – Fighting using a sword. He seems to have some knowledge of swords and sword fighting. This is based on his statements to Future Trunks and his attempt to strike Trunks down after being lent his sword in the manga and anime. King Cold also uses Trunks' sword in Budokai Tenkaichi 3, which is likely inspired by this.
  • Full Power Death Beam – A powered up version of the Death Beam. This attack comes from Budokai Tenkaichi 3, and only he and Super Perfect Cell can use this attack in the game.
  • Super Explosive Wave – He creates a massive explosion with himself as the nexus. King Cold is seen using it only in Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
  • Cold Family Power – His Ultimate Blast in Budokai Tenkaichi 3. It is a team attack where both he and Mecha Frieza attack the opponent as a team followed by King Cold finishing off the opponent with a sword strike, followed by an energy blast.
  • Exploding Wave – One of Cold's Blast 1 in Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
  • King's Dignity – One of Cold's Blast 1 in Budokai Tenkaichi 3.
  • Survival – King Cold can breathe without atmospheric air, enabling him to survive in space. It may be possible that like his sons, Cold has the ability to survive even the most horrifying injuries, as he is still conscious and capable of smooth speech despite having a hole in his chest.

Video game appearances

King Cold appears during cutscenes in Budokai 1 and Burst Limit 1, and is mentioned in Frieza's biographies in Budokai Tenkaichi 2. He appears in the video games Legacy of Goku II and Supersonic Warriors 2, the latter of which he appears during Mecha Frieza's ultimate attack.

King Cold makes his first playable appearance in Budokai Tenkaichi 3 where he is unlocked by completing the Cell Games on Hard. In this game, his only Story-Mode appearance is the "What-If" scenario entitled, Unexpected Help where he is the final opponent of Spike the Devil Man.

Voice actors

  • Japanese Dub: Daisuke Gori (Dragon Ball Z), Ryuzaburo Otomo (Dragon Ball Kai)
  • Ocean Group Dub: Adam Henderson
  • FUNimation Dub: Brad Jackson (Dragon Ball Z and Budokai Tenkaichi 3), Jason Douglas (Dragon Ball Z Kai)
  • Latin American Dub: Humberto Solórzano and José Luis Castañeda
  • Brazilian Dub: Jonas Mello and Sílvio Navas


  • Frieza referred to King Cold as his "loving parents" to Goku on Namek in both the manga and anime (both in English and in Japanese), whereas Frieza simply mentions "his father" to Goku in Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and Dragon Ball Z Kai.
  • King Cold's last words to Future Trunks differ from the English version and Japanese version. In the English version, he lies that while his son was evil, he himself only wanted peace. In the Japanese version, he tries to bribe Future Trunks once again by offering him planets to rule over. The latter version of King Cold's last words occurs in both the English version and the Japanese version of Dragon Ball Z Kai.
  • Although King Cold appears to be one of the tallest villains in the Dragon Ball series, his exact size is not always consistent. The manga depicts Cold as being nearly triple the height of Mecha-Frieza, while the anime depicts him with varying sizes. In Budokai Tenkaichi 3, King Cold's height is equal to Frieza's Second Form.
  • If King Cold fights Frieza or Cooler in Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and defeats them, King Cold will say he was always "a horrible son".
  • While the original Japanese anime and most dubs (including the Ocean Dub and Dragon Ball Z Kai) give King Cold a deep brutish voice, the FUNimation Dub portrays Cold with a British accent.