Freeza's Force-Meatian conflict
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Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bardock: The Father of Goku
After a clear victory in the Kanassan war, Bardock and his team returned to Planet Vegeta for recovery. Meanwhile, Freeza had heard about the victory on Planet Kanassa and was shocked that a group of low-class Saiyans had been able to complete a job that not even his elite soldiers were able to accomplish. This caused Freeza to become fearful of the Saiyans' ever growing power, therefore he devised a secret plan. Freeza ordered the Planet Elite Force to invade and conquer Planet Meat. The task seemed like an apparent easy mission, therefore Bardock's team decided to leave without him as he was injured. When Bardock awoke from his recovery a short time later, he rushed to Planet Meat as quick as possible and found that his entire team had been slaughtered.
Ambush by Dodoria's Elite
Bardock arrived on Planet Meat and found the corpses of thousands of Meatians. He initially believed his team had already won the conflict and celebrated after the reading on his Scouter read four battle powers intact. Upon his arrival to the site of where he believed his team to be, however, he found almost his entire team dead with only Tora barely alive. Tora then explained to Bardock what had happened and how this was because Freeza had grown fearful of the Saiyans. He had them conquer Planet Meat only to be ambushed by Dodoria's Elite. Tora then passed away and Bardock swore to him that he would be avenged. Dodoria's Elite then arrived and the battle between Bardock and the warriors began. Bardock managed to skillfully kill all four warriors with relative ease despite being outnumbered 4-1. He was then attacked and nearly killed by Dodoria, who easily defeated Bardock with a single mouth blast. Bardock barely managed to survive the initial attack. Beaten and nearly dead, Bardock found the strength to climb into his Attack Ball and head back to Planet Vegeta, ready to spread the word of Freeza's plot.