Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might is the third Dragon Ball Z movie produced. It was originally released in Japan on July 7, 1990, between episodes 54 and 55 of Dragon Ball Z. In the United States, it was first dubbed into English by FUNimation Entertainment in 1997, airing in syndication as a three-episode arc of the television series.

The heavily edited 1997 dub premiered on Cartoon Network's Toonami block on January 29, 1999.[1] It also aired on Toonami on six other occasions: May 29, 1999, as part of DBZ20XL, February 21, 2000, as part of the DBZ President's Day Movie Marathon[2], April 8, 2000, as part of Toonami: Full Cycle[3], December 15, 2000[5], March 16, 2001[7], and November 23, 2001.


The Z Fighters face a new threat that starts with the burning of a forest, caused by the impact of a cosmic object, in which Gohan and Krillin rescue the forest animals and a small dragon named Icarus. Although they are able to restore the forest to its normal state with the Dragon Balls, Icarus does not return and stays with Gohan, much to Chi-Chi's fury. Goku then shows a nearby cave to let Gohan keep the dragon with him. Later, the cosmic object that crashed and caused the forest fire earlier reveals itself to be a probe, and shortly thereafter, the Earth is visited by an unfriendly group of aliens under the leadership of a Saiyan. Upon arriving, they plant a seed which grows the Tree of Might, a plant that sucks the life of the planet on which it was planted and leaves it a desert. At King Kai's request, Goku, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, and Chiaotzu investigate and try to destroy the Tree, but they are unsuccessful. They are then confronted by the aliens whilst their leader watches from inside the spaceship. Eventually, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu are defeated by the aliens, with only Goku remaining as the one who can hold his own against them.

During the ensuing battle, Chiaotzu is rescued by Gohan, who had just arrived, and demonstrates his incredible fighting skills by easily taking out Lakasei. He is then encountered by the aliens' leader Turles, a Saiyan who bears a striking resemblance to Goku. Turles gives Gohan a choice to either join him or die. Gohan refuses to join Turles, and is saved in time thanks to the arrival of Piccolo. However, Turles ambushes and blasts him from behind, having Gohan where he wants him, he notices Gohan's regrown tail and creates an artificial moon, forcibly turning Gohan into a Great Ape and sets him on Goku, who is almost crushed to death in Gohan's hand until Icarus arrives and calms Gohan down. But when Turles attacks Icarus, Gohan is angered and turns on Turles, who fires an attack at Gohan. Before the attack can make contact, Goku manages to cut his son's tail off and restore him to normal. Cradling the little one in his arms, Goku threatens Turles. Angry and impressed at the same time, Turles sets his henchmen on Goku, who uses the Kaio-ken and makes quick work of them while Piccolo unsuccessfully fights Turles again. Goku and Turles then fight, with Goku having the upper hand, until Turles pushes his power further by eating a fruit from the Tree of Might. With his new power, Turles dominates Goku and beats him to the point that he is no longer able to fight, even with the use of the Kaio-ken x10 (x20 in the FUNimation Dub).

Slowly recovering while Turles is distracted by the rest of the Z Fighters, whom he brutally dispatches, Goku decides to use the Spirit Bomb. Despite gaining energy from the living, he is not able to attack Turles as he counterattacks with the Calamity Blaster, neutralizing Goku's Spirit Bomb. Unable to gather more energy from living beings, Goku decides to steal energy from inside the Tree of Might itself. Eventually successful in creating the Spirit Bomb, Goku sees his opportunity, and fires it straight into Turles, who is carried up the trunk of the Tree of Might and destroyed along with the Tree when the Spirit Bomb explodes. With the terror now over, the Z Fighters return to their normal lives once again.


Voice CastEdit

CharacterJapanese Voice ActorEnglish (FUNimation-Saban 1997)
Voice Actor
English (FUNimation-Pioneer 1998)
Voice Actor
English (FUNimation 2006)
Voice Actor
Goku Masako Nozawa Ian James Corlett Peter Kelamis Sean Schemmel
Gohan Masako Nozawa Saffron Henderson Saffron Henderson Stephanie Nadolny
Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Terry Klassen Terry Klassen Sonny Strait
Yamcha Toru Furuya Ted Cole Ted Cole Christopher R. Sabat
Tien Hirotaka Suzuoki Matt Smith Matt Smith John Burgmeier
Chiaotzu Hiroko Emori Cathy Weseluck Cathy Weseluck Monika Antonelli
Piccolo Toshio Furukawa Scott McNeil Scott McNeil Christopher R. Sabat
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Lalainia Lindbjerg Lalainia Lindbjerg Tiffany Vollmer
Chi-Chi Mayumi Shō Laara Sadiq Laara Sadiq Cynthia Cranz
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Alec Willows Scott McNeil Brad Jackson
Puar Naoko Watanabe Cathy Weseluck Cathy Weseluck Monika Antonelli
Master Roshi Kōhei Miyauchi Ian James Corlett Don Brown Mike McFarland
King Kai Joji Yanami Don Brown Don Brown Sean Schemmel
Shenron Kenji Utsumi Don Brown Don Brown Christopher R. Sabat
Icarus Naoki Tatsuta Doug Parker Doug Parker Christopher R. Sabat
Raisin Kenji Utsumi Don Brown Scott McNeil Robert McCollum
Lakasei Masaharu Satou Alec Willows Don Brown Robert McCollum
Daiz Yūji Machi Scott McNeil Scott McNeil Mark Lancaster
Cacao Shinobu Satouchi Alvin Sanders Alvin Sanders Jeff Johnson
Amond Banjo Ginga Paul Dobson Paul Dobson Paul Slavens
Turles Masako Nozawa Ward Perry Ward Perry Chris Patton


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "NEWS ARCHIVES FOR JANUARY 1999 ". January 1999. Retrieved on September 9, 2016. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "[ Toonami Dragon ball Z President's Day Marathon Promo] ". Retrieved on October 14, 2016. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Toonami - "Full Cycle" - Promos & Commercials (4/8/2000) ". February 27, 2015. Retrieved on March 26, 2015. 
  4. "Toonami Full Cycle Lineup! ". March 26, 2000. Retrieved on November 1, 2015. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Tree of Might - Toonami Promo (December 15 2000) ". Retrieved on October 20, 2016. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Friday's Toonami Movie *not* Sailor Moon R ". March 16, 2001.'s-toonami-movie-not-sailor-moon-r. Retrieved on April 5, 2015. 
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