New Dragon Ball Super Movie Introduces Another 'Terrifying' Villain In Dr Hedo (2023)

Dr Hedo is one of the new villains in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, but Zach Aguilar says that he isn’t super evil, just misunderstood.

Since 1984, Dragon Ball has introduced us to some of the best and most iconic villains in recent anime history, thankfully the franchise’s latest feature film has continued that tradition.

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero introduces us to Dr Hedo, a child-genius who after a somewhat controversial stint in prison, emerges to be the head of research and development for the new iteration of the Red Ribbon army.

HITC recently had the chance to interview some of the English voice cast for Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero and Zach Aguilar, who plays Dr Hedo, has broken down just who this new character truly is.

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Dr Hedo’s name had the Dragon Ball director googling during recordings

It has been widely reported that Dr Hedo’s name is actually meant to be a reference to the Japanese word for anti-vomiting medication. If this sounds strange, it’s because this word is in contract to Dr Gero’s name being a reference to vomiting.

Hilariously, when we asked Dr Hedo’s English voice actor Zach Aguilar about this, he revealed that the production team were actually googling it as the dubbed recordings were going on in the booth.

“Yeah, I remember talking with the director Chris Sabot about this and he was like “but I don’t know where Hedo comes from?” and they were like googling this whilst I was recording and being like “yeah it’s like anti-vomiting medication” like what is this, huh?! How does this?!” – Zach Aguilar, via Press Event.

However, Aguilar made the very good point that unusual names are certainly not a rarity in the Dragon Ball franchise. He added between bouts of laughter that “You know how it is with Dragon Ball all the characters, every character has a different [weird] name like even with Vegeta; everyone’s like “huh what’s a Vegeta is that a vegetable?” you know what I mean?”

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Dr. Hedo is SO teensy. What is it with scientists in Dragon Ball creating Androids who can easily carry them over their shoulder like a sack of potatoes.

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Dr Hedo isn’t an evil character, just misunderstood

Dr Hedo is arguably the most interesting character from the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero movie, but there is plenty of substance underneath the surface for this child-genius turned super-villain.

Aguilar explained how “Dr Hedo is just this crazy character and when we started working on the film, we were trying to figure out what his entire purpose was and maybe where he would go in the future?” Adding how “All these things to establish him as a solid character because he sort of shows up and is thrust into the world of dragon ball and the red ribbon army.”

When asked whether the voice role was a fun experience, Aguilar responded “Super fun, we got to do something wild with the voice I got to have [speaking in Dr Hedo voice] ‘very fun scenes’ and screaming and very wimpy, twerpy moments too as well and the writing it fantastic.”

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However, Aguilar would the conclude that Dr Hedo is not evil, but he is “is simply misunderstood” and that “I think he is not [evil] in his heart.”

“He doesn’t wake up every day and be like, ‘oh, wouldn’t it be fun to destroy the world?’ Or ‘wouldn’t it be fun to like harm, harm people?’ He does not have that sense of evilness to himself, he is not pure evil. I think he gets caught up in his research and inherently just kind of like does evil things maybe without realizing it. I don’t think he would ever intentionally harm somebody, you know, that is like an innocent person.” – Zach Aguilar, via Press Event.

“For us it was about focusing on just his pure goal to continue his research and make the greatest things, he is sort of a perfectionist, he wants to continue what he is doing and reach new heights and goals,” says Aguilar.

“It doesn’t matter about his past and his family he doesn’t care about that and you have to keep in mind he is still very young. He’s only 24 years old and he’s already accomplished more than you could say Dr Gero did in his entire lifetime – It’s cool, I’m excited to see where he is going to go from here.” – Zach Aguilar, via Press Event.

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Still feels unreal to join the cast of Dragon Ball! Working on the movie was such an incredible experience. Thank you @JustChrisSabat for the guidance and care he gave while directing. Everyone sounds amazing, and I’m just so proud to be a part of this movie. Get hyped!!!

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How does this character compare to your previous roles?

Aguilar then explained that “I think the pressure for me mostly came from the character just being so different from every other character that I’ve played. I play a lot of young heroes and “I am a protagonist” kind of role. Whereas this character is the absolute opposite.”

Whilst speaking in the voice of Hedo, Aguilar noted how “he has these goals, he’s a scientist, he’s not necessarily evil but he has the goal of furthering his research and it was so different to everything else I’ve done. I was so happy and to work with the team and Chris sabot. Going to Crunchyroll and seeing the statue of Goku and the statue of Piccolo like yeah [laughing] sorry I’m a nerd.”

Alongside Dr Hedo in the latest reiteration of the Red Ribbon Army is Magenta and his trusted right-hand man, Carmine.

Jason Marnocha, who plays Carmine in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, revealed what it was like to play this new character – especially when compared to his previous roles.

“It’s great. I love it. I love it because like I’ve played the really broad villains before, but beginning to play one, one that is sort of, I keep saying that he’s sort of the Jeeves to Magenta’s Bertie Wooster. So, he’s this sort of a gentleman’s gentleman in that regard, like he’s his driver, he’s his right hand, man. He makes his PowerPoint presentations for him, all the important things that one needs to do is a right-hand man. But that was a lot of fun to get to play like cool collected evil is a lot of fun… It’s a lot of fun kind of trying to play the organizer of chaos.” – Jason Marnocha, via Press Event.

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Who is the villain in the new Dragon Ball super movie? ›

There's no shortage of villains in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, though perhaps the most essential to the plot is the mysterious Dr. Hedo. The first half of the film drops a lot of exposition for Dr. Hedo at a fast pace, so let's slow down a bit and explore exactly who this new antagonist is.

Is Dr Hedo a kid? ›

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero introduces us to Dr Hedo, a child-genius who after a somewhat controversial stint in prison, emerges to be the head of research and development for the new iteration of the Red Ribbon army.

Who is the final villain in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero? ›

June 2022 Update: According to DBHype, the final villain of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero will be Cell Max, a gigantic version of Cell who doesn't have any dialogues or lines in the movie. Cell Max is said to go berserk in the film as a result of Magenta activating him early.

Is Gamma 1 and 2 evil? ›

“Their personalities are very theatrical and bombastic, even if like Gamma 1 is more theatrical and bombastic [than] on the like stoic side, but they are already introduced as superheroes, even though they're the villains of the film.

Is Dr. Hedo a good guy? ›

Hedo is not an evil man. Instead, he has an obsession with superheroes and desires nothing more than to create the ultimate android superheroes. He does not truly believe Magenta's claims about the Red Ribbon Army being a force for good, but only goes along with their plans to secure funding for his research.

Is cell Max stronger than Broly? ›

In terms of raw power, Cell Max is exponentially stronger than Jiren but lacks the power to surpass Broly.

Is Beerus a villain? ›

Type of Villain

Beerus (in Japanese: ビルス, Birusu) is a major character in the Dragon Ball series, being the main antagonist of the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and the first saga in the Dragon Ball Super adaptation.

How much powerful is final Gohan? ›

Meanwhile, during the Saiyan saga, Gohan, only 5 years old at this time, according to Vegeta had a power level of 1,000 which raises to 2300 when he is enraged at Piccolo's death. Gohan during the Cell Saga was already a Super Saiyan 2 with a power level at least over 1 Billion.

Will Cell return in Dragon Ball Super? ›

Will Cell return in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero? Yes, but not exactly the same Cell you know from Dragon Ball Z. Cell will return in the movie in a powerful gigantic form known called Cell Max.

Who can defeat Jiren? ›

2) Goku. While Goku and Jiren were relatively evenly matched during the Tournament of Power, and once MUI came into play, Goku will eventually beat Jiren with ease. The Moro arc already saw Goku prioritizing his control over MUI, a critical factor in Goku's survival versus Jiren.

Who is Goku's hardest enemy? ›

Jiren is one of the strongest opponents that Goku has ever faced. The Pride Trooper from Universe 11 pulled out all the stops when it came to battling Goku. This fight allowed Goku to master the Ultra Instinct form, which granted him enhanced abilities.

Who can defeat Zeno? ›

1) Tenchi Kami

anime features Tenchi, who is a God who has lost his memories and discovers that he created the universe he lives in. In addition to Reality Warping, Light Manipulation, True Flight, Portal Creation, Time Travel, Omnipotence, Omniscience, and Omnipresence, he possesses numerous other Godly powers.

Is Gamma 1 and 2 evil? ›

“Their personalities are very theatrical and bombastic, even if like Gamma 1 is more theatrical and bombastic [than] on the like stoic side, but they are already introduced as superheroes, even though they're the villains of the film.

Who is the new character in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero? ›

Rounding out the new characters from Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero are Gamma 1 and Gamma 2, the androids Dr. Hedo creates to assist the newly refounded Red Ribbon Army. Unlike the other villains, the Gammas believe they're doing the right thing throughout the Dragon Ball Super movie.

Who is Dr. Gero's son? ›

Gevo (ゲボ, Gevo), code name Gold, is an elite Red Ribbon Army soldier and the son of the Red Ribbon Army head scientist Dr. Gero and Vomi. He is the template for Android 16.

What happened granola DBS? ›

Near the end of their last battle, after Vegeta points out his behavior is hypocritical and unlike his peaceful species, Granolah loses his temper and becomes willing to destroy himself to kill Vegeta.

Does Beerus like Cheelai? ›

Yes, Lord Beerus is romantically interested in Cheelai. In Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, Beerus had woken up from his four-month slumber when he found out that Goku had brought Broly to his planet.

What is Gohan's new form called? ›

However, comments from Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama shed light on what Gohan's new ability is [via]. Toriyama says it's called Son Gohan Beast. The name relates to the “beast” hidden within Gohan.

Why is Cell Max so powerful? ›

The only motive behind making Cell more powerful was strengthening the Red Ribbon Army. The previous versions of Cell used to be powerful too, but they also had great intelligence. Compared to them, Cell Max is completely mindless and only believes in destruction and eliminating his enemies.

Will Gohan get a new form in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero? ›

He Has A Deadly New Transformation To Understand

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero finally gives fans what they've been asking for when Gohan taps into a new form, Gohan Beast.

Is Broly going to be in Dragon Ball Super hero? ›

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero officially brings Broly back into the thick of the action as he's training with Goku and Vegeta as seen in the promotional materials leading up to the new movie's release.

Is Frieza going to be in DBS: Super Hero? ›

Is Frieza in Super Dragon Ball Heroes? Frieza makes a cameo appearance in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, but if you're hoping for anything substantial, expect to be disappointed. Frieza first appears in DBS: Super Hero in his mechanized form when Magenta shows Dr.

Why is Android 21 a Buu? ›

Android 21's absorption resembles a combination of Majin Buu's Candy Beam and Cell's absorption ability as she can increase her power by turning others into food and eating them.

Why is Dr. Gero evil? ›

Personality. Dr. Gero is a cold-hearted and merciless man who is willing to stop at nothing to achieve his goals, he doesn't let people get in his way, and even kidnaps other people to use for his experiments. He also holds a strong grudge against Goku due to him destroyed the entire Red Ribbon Army.

Why did Gero build 16? ›

Dr. Gero, who was a Red Ribbon scientist before the faction was destroyed by Goku as a child, designed Android 16 to look like Gebo and programmed him to kill Goku as revenge for destroying the Red Ribbon Army.

Can Granolah defeat Jiren? ›

On one hand, Jiren is said to be stronger than a God of Destruction and therefore should be able to beat Granolah since Granolah's wish didn't give him a God's power. On the other hand, Jiren is still technically a mortal and was beaten by Goku and friends, with Granolah having just beaten Goku himself.

Is Ultra ego stronger than ultra instinct? ›

Ultra Ego and Ultra Instinct are two sides of the same coin, which is why they are very similar in terms of strength. Still, Ultra Instinct seems to be a tad stronger because it doesn't drain so much energy from the user, i.e., it doesn't rely on pure destructive energy but rather on actual skills and powers.

Why did Beerus not fight Moro? ›

Because of plot. Moro is obviously a threat, and him not being destroyed ten million years ago makes no sense, since Beerus should've destroyed him without having any real trouble. The only real reason is plot, because Moro was conceived after Beerus in the story, so anything regarding them in the past is unknown.


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