A team of super-elite and powerful warriors, they are called upon by Freeza to assist in the defeat of Vegeta and obtainment of the Dragon Balls on Planet Namek during the course of the Freeza Saga in an attempt to regroup from Zarbon and Dodoria's previous failure. Though physically some of the very strongest in the universe, the Ginyu Force's members delight in coming up with strange poses, betting candy on fights, and playing Janken to decide the order they should fight. The interesting thing about the Ginyu Force is they have their own individual special or gifted abilities in which they can supplement their own ki into. (E.g. Reacoom - nigh-invulnerability, Butta - incredible speed, Jheese - specialised Ki blasts/techniques, Gurd - psionic abilities, Captain Ginyu - conciousness transferring). The strongest of them all is Captain Ginyu himself, a horned, purple-skinned mutant capable of changing bodies at will. All but Ginyu were killed by Vegeta, with the last having the unfortunate mishap of body-switching with a Namekian frog.
The Ginyu Force members follow the tradition of Dragon Ball characters being named for puns, in this case all manner of dairy products. The name Gi'nyu Tokusentai itself translates to "Special Corps. Milk".
Sentai and the Ginyu Force
The Ginyu Force has some resemblances (maybe references) to early Sentai teams: five color-coded warriors, tendences to pose during battle, role calls and supernatural powers. However, because Toriyama's works usually feature parody, the stances used by the Ginyu Force may be a parody of the stances seen in magical girl animes of the time. Some of the recent references to the Ginyu Force's stylistic forms of poses and colorful display comes from Super Sentai and even Sailor Moon.