|Date of death||Age 737|
As noted by Raditz and Frieza, Bardock bears a striking resemblance to Goku: he is a tall man of muscular built with black hair. His hair is unkempt with three bangs hanging to the right of his forehead and two hanging to the left. His hair also stands up in the front with five spikes and four in the back. Unlike his younger son, he has a tanner skin-tone and his eyes are more defined and sterner, much like his elder son. Arguably his most distinctive trait is the long thick rough scar running down his left cheek. Like most Universe 7 Saiyans, he has a long prehensile tail with brown fur which generally keeps secured around his waist akin to a belt. He wears a black and green Battle Armor, dark blue combat pants, long black armbands with matching leg warmers, a green Scouter on his left eye, and black and green boots.
Like most Saiyans from Universe 7, he is somewhat cocky, loves fighting, and will kill in cold blood. But compared to the cold-hearted and simple thoughts of his race, Bardock also happens to possess calm judgment and a measure of humanity. Due to his actions of saving his companions, which is rare for a Saiyan, he is greatly adored among a portion of the low-class warriors. He has a great sense of pride and independence as while most Saiyans have all been tamed by Frieza and his army, even King Vegeta, Bardock is the only one that maintains something of their pure nature and showed a willingness to challenge Frieza. Despite this he has a very plain view in life. While praised by others as brilliant, Bardock rejects such compliments, believing that he is simply experienced for combat. His loyalty and compassion for his friends and allies. Along with this, he even went as far to start and lead a revolution with a band of likeminded Saiyans galactic tyrant Frieza, and even with high rate of failure, he still risked his life to free his race. He has a laid-back and fearless personality as evidenced by him taking responsibility in confronting Frieza when he was clearly no match. He is a highly capable tactician in battle, able to perceive the situation at hand and act accordingly with it, as shown from his ability to out-maneuver Frieza's men.
Bardock became an important figure at the time when the Tuffles and the Saiyans lived together on Planet Plant. In Age 720, he helped lead and win many battles for his people against the Tuffles in a conflict that raged for ten long years; this event was the Saiyan-Tuffle war, with him ending the war with his creation of the Power Ball technique, in Age 730.
Bardock was the strongest Saiyan race at the time of planet Vegeta's destruction and descended forgotten and powerful bloodline. His power level is stated to be around 12,500.
Seen using the Great Ape transformation when conquering planets, Bardock's power level as a Great Ape would be 125,000 since the transformation multiplies the base power level by ten. This means his Great Ape form is above the likes of Zarbon, Dodoria, and the entire Ginyu Force with Captain Ginyu himself included (who possessed a power level of 120,000).