I thought only kind people who have great achievements could keep their body in hell or heaven so that they can continue to improve; Kami said that when Goku died the first time. But why did people like Cell, Frieza, Dr. Gero (and this one can't even fight!) keep their bodies? What's more, Baby didn't show up in hell. Why did all of this happen?

And why did Chi Chi keep her body when she died? She was sent to heaven in a flower ground with some other people when Goku was fighting Majin Buu.

  • This is weird but my opinion is that they could have fillers to the show. example, in DBZ when grand kai send pikkon to hell because there was trouble.Of course Goku went with him. That showed goku how strong Pikkon was and some action to the episode. And in GT portal was created to the earth from hell and all the bad guys come causing trouble and they had to fight them. Simple as that.
    – user6477
    Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 21:35
  • @user6477 It has to be fillers. I have never heard of a Scene in Hell that was actually Canon material and not filler, Movie, Or GT, all 3 of which are not canon. Even the Wiki says that about hell. Chichi did not have a body as i recall either, her soul just took on a form similar to her body(probably for identification reasons, as all souls look alike) but she still had the soul tail and no legs. Even Frieza in the newer mostly canon movie was shown in Heaven, not hell, Though immobilized and with no power to be tortured by All things good.
    – Ryan
    Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 20:39

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It was also the case for Raditz and the Ginyu Force. It puzzles me too and there was never a definitive reason given. I think it's because they are strong fighters when compared to the other 'normal' people who go to the Other World. For example, when Raditz died, King Yama told Goku that Raditz was unruly and he had to subdue him. He also said that he was going to send Cell down below, but he would have liked that so he gave the stamp of approval to stay above. I don't think there is a definitive answer for this, though it is likely due to the fact that they are all strong fighters.

  • It doesn't explain why Vegeta didn't keep his body Commented Aug 25, 2013 at 0:27
  • @TAAPSogeking It was never explained. All the answers here are speculative.
    – iKlsR
    Commented Aug 25, 2013 at 2:55

That's an inconsistency introduced by the anime. They introduced them in fillers, to be able to make more chapters from the manga. As with other fillers, that was inconsistent with the more coherent manga.

In the manga, only a few warriors are allowed to have their bodies in the alterlife. Other souls were shown as little clouds. Specifically, evil souls were punished, purified and removed of any memory before reincarnation.


I don't think it was ever really explained, not in the anime at least. At first I thought it was just all hell-goers kept their bodies, but you'd think there'd be a lot more down there. It's gotta be something along the lines of what iKlsR suggested: skilled and well-trained fighters.

Regarding Baby, that's in GT and it's probably better to not consider him when figuring it out simply because you can't determine if it's 100% canon or not.

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