I recently saw a post on the Geeks Under Grace community page illuminating the only thing greater about Frieza than his power level and shiny head: his relentlessly inflated arrogance. A brief primer for the layman (though, let’s face it, everyone who clicked on this article is going to be a DB fan): Frieza is the most notorious villain in the history of Dragon Ball (DBZ, if you’re only familiar with the anime). He took a seemingly infinite amount of episodes to defeat, and his battle with Goku holds the record for being the longest standing battle in all of anime, clocking in at over four hours. Because he’d gone relatively unchallenged his entire life, Frieza believed himself incapable of being defeated. For good reasons, too. Before Goku entered the fray, Frieza had no serious competition.
But Goku does enter the fray, and he overcomes Frieza. He also famously gives Frieza something the genocidal tyrant doesn’t deserve: a second chance. This comes only after Frieza begs, with tears in his eyes, to be spared a much-warranted destruction. Imparting some of his own power to the dying warlord, Goku flies off, believing his battle concluded and that Frieza will leave in peace, thoroughly understanding his defeat. However, Frieza infamously decides, nah, he isn’t about that life. So, conjuring up every last drop of pride and disdain in his body, Frieza fires all of Goku’s mercy back at him in one final attack. Being that Goku isn’t a fool, he obviously kept more power for himself, and properly disposes of Frieza for what seems to be once and for all. (We learn later that this isn’t true, but at the time he was considered good as gone).