The alien Sorbet, commander of the remnants of Frieza’s military, travels to Earth where the Pilaf Gang are forced to collect and use the magical Dragon Balls to summon the wish-granting eternal dragon Shenron to resurrect Frieza. However, due to Frieza having been killed when Future Trunks chopped him up with his sword, he is revived in many pieces which Sorbet’s minions manage to reassemble using their advanced technology. Once restored and back in command of his forces, Frieza abuses some of his minions and plots revenge against the Super Saiyans. Upon learning that Goku has grown far more powerful over time, Frieza postpones the invasion so he can train himself for the first time.
Jaco the Galactic Patrolman travels to Earth to warn Bulma that Frieza is approaching and with Goku and Vegeta away training with Whis on the Beerus’ planet, Gohan, Piccolo, Krillin, Master Roshi, Tien Shinhan and Jaco assemble to resist Frieza’s conquest and they fight and defeat thousands of his soldiers. Having greatly increased his power as the result of his training, Frieza overwhelms the warriors but Bulma is successful in making contact with Whis, notifying Goku and Vegeta of Frieza’s return. The Saiyans return to Earth, rescue their allies, and face Frieza while Whis and Beerus watch on. Goku fights Frieza first and quickly gains the advantage but the latter deduces that he is holding back, so the two foes agree to fight at full power. Goku transforms into a new godly Super Saiyan form with a glowing blue hair and aura (later dubbed Super Saiyan Blue) and Frieza assumes his new gold-plated form, which he dubs Golden Frieza. Although Frieza initially gains the upper hand, Goku soon realize that Frieza’s energy drains quickly due to his lack of experience with the golden form.
Goku eventually bests Frieza in battle and gives him an opportunity to leave Earth, but is blasted in the chest by Sorbet’s raygun when his guard is lowered. Frieza stands over the incapacitated Goku, and offers Vegeta a chance to kill him in order to become his second-in-command. Vegeta refuses, transforms into Super Saiyan Blue, and attacks Frieza. When Krillin attempts to revive Goku with a healing Senzu bean, Frieza attacks him, but Vegeta deflects the energy blast which subsequently kills Sorbet. Vegeta dominates Frieza who is humiliated and proceeds to launch a surprise energy blast into the Earth, completely destroying it and subsequently killing Vegeta. Goku, Beerus, and the others are shielded by Whis and left floating in space on a small patch of earth where they lament on the loss. Whis remarks that he has the ability to reverse time up to three minutes and, after doing so, Goku quickly kills Frieza with a Kamehameha wave; much to Vegeta’s anger.
In the aftermath, Goku and Vegeta discuss the assertion by Whis that, if the two of them were to properly learn to work together, opponents like Frieza would be defeated much easier. Vegeta scoffs and indicates that he would rather die and Goku humorously agrees. Vegeta remarks that it is about time they finally agree on something. In a post-credits scene, Frieza returns to Hell, and to his dismay, is welcomed back.