Nameks, or Namekians, are a race of peaceful slug-like humanoids originating from Planet Namek.

An asexual species—though with a distinctively masculine appearance—Nameks vary in size and build but share certain traits such as their distictive green skin, pointy ears and antennae. Their home-world, Namek, was terrorized by Frieza, as well as host of his other soldiers. The planet was ultimately destroyed by Frieza as a last-ditch effort to kill his enemy Goku; Frieza could survive in space whereas Goku could not. All of the Nameks were temporarily transported to Earth, where they lived for nearly a year before being resettled on New Namek

Anatomy and appearanceEdit

Nameks are humanoids with slug-like characteristics, including antennae, light green skin, and pink patches appearing throughout their bodies. Elderly Nameks have darker green skin and less prominent pink patches (these appear to become dull-orange as the Namek advances in age), pointy ears, and red rings, in which they have three red conjoined rings on their ankles and wrists, making them look like they have ankle bands and wristbands. They require only water for sustenance, and are possibly photosynthetic. Namekians appear to have very long lifespans; for example, Grand Elder Guru, the only Namekian known to die of natural causes, was over 500 years old when he died. They also have purple blood.

Namekians do not have genders and reproduce asexually by spitting out an egg, even though they possess physiques similar to those of human males. Although offspring can be genetic copies, it appears the parent can control the physical appearance of their children; King Piccolo was able to spawn demonic Nameks that did not resemble a Namek at all to help him in his quest for eternal youth and complete domination. Nameks are also telepathically linked to their sons and can reach them from seemingly anywhere, as well as sense their deaths.

Namekians demonstrate a wide variety of abilities, many of them magical in nature. It is unknown if they are common to the species versus the individual. These abilities include, but are not limited to, regeneration of lost limbs, the ability to fuse themselves with other Nameks, being able to control the size and shape of their limbs, healing, telekinesis, and many more.

Society and cultureEdit

Nameks are philosophical warriors, being broadly divided into two classes: fighters and healers. Namekian society is centred around respect to the village elder.


  • The name "Namek" is taken from the word namekuji, which means "slug" in Japanese.