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Piccolo by Akira Toriyama
Dragon Ball chapter #161
Dragon Ball episode 122
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Big Green (France/UK ('Big Green') dub) |
Satanàs Cor Petit
"Uncle Strangehead" (Malaysian dub)
Katattsu (grandfather) |
King Piccolo (parent / incarnate)
Kami (good counterpart, later assimilated)
Piccolo (ピッコロ Pikkoro ) is a fictional character from the Dragon Ball manga, authored by Akira Toriyama. Piccolo was first introduced as the reincarnation of the evil King Piccolo in chapter #167 The Tenka'ichi Budokai Disturbance (波乱の天下一武道会 Haran no Tenkaichi Budōkai ) first published in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on April 4, 1988, making him a demon and archrival of the protagonist, Goku. However, it is later revealed that he is from the race of alien beings called Namekians. After Goku defeats Piccolo, Piccolo decides to team up with Goku and his friends in order to beat newer, more dangerous threats. He also trains Goku's first child Gohan, and they form a strong bond.
Around the start of the Namek Saga, it's revealed that Piccolo's name means "New World" in the Namekian language.
Creation and conceptionEdit
Piccolo, along with his father, was created by Toriyama as he wanted to have a villain who would be a true "bad guy." Prior to their creation, nearly all the previous villains in the series were considered too likable. After creating Piccolo as the new villain, he noted that it was one of the most interesting parts of the stories and that he, and his son, became one of the favorite characters of the series. Although Piccolo's transformation from a villain to a hero was considered by Toriyama to be cliché, he still felt excited when drawing him noting that despite having a scary face, he still looks appealing.
- Main article: Piccolo Jr. Saga
After being hit through the stomach and killed by Goku's Penetrate! attack, King Piccolo's last action was to spit out an egg containing his son and reincarnation Piccolo, Jr., who was to avenge his death. Piccolo spent the next three years in intensive training, preparing himself for the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament where he knew Goku would be a contestant, with the intent to kill him and realize his father's dream of taking over the world.
After spending the three years training, a now physically teenage Piccolo entered the tournament using the alias, "Junior" ("Ma Junior" in the Japanese manga and anime, with "Ma" meaning evil or demon). When the tournament started, Piccolo easily breezed past the preliminaries and into the finals. From there he first faced off against Goku's friend Krillin. Though Piccolo managed to beat him with relative ease, even believing at one point that he had killed the small warrior, Piccolo was surprised by Krillin's resilience.
His next match was against a powerful but nerdish human named Hero, whom Piccolo soon discovered was actually Kami, the good counterpart of Piccolo, in disguise by means of possessing a weak, everyday human. When Kami attempted to use a technique to seal Piccolo into a small container (one like the rice cooker which was used to seal King Piccolo for centuries prior to his release), Piccolo surprised everyone by reflecting it and instead capturing Kami. Piccolo then swallowed the bottle, making chances of freeing Kami seem slim since both he and Goku knew that even if he managed to kill him again Kami would also die.
Piccolo Jr.'s next fight was the one he had been waiting for, a match/rematch with Goku. Though Piccolo used an assortment of new techniques, Goku found a way to make many of them work to his advantage, and even freed Kami from captivity when Piccolo increased his size.
In the end, Piccolo lost narrowly to Goku, but was shown mercy as Goku gave him a Senzu Bean, which fully healed him instantly. Piccolo held little gratitude for this act though, and promised to continue his quest to destroy Goku and take over the world before he left.
Dragon Ball ZEdit
Vegeta Saga Edit
- Main article: Vegeta Saga
After his defeat at the hands of Goku, Piccolo vowed to continue his quest to kill him and flies off into the sky. Five years pass and Piccolo has since continued to train in order to reach his goal, and one day he has a brief confrontation with the Saiyan Raditz, who shrugs off Piccolo's most powerful technique known at this time, the Destructive Wave. Raditz ultimately ignores him in favor of his true target (whose power reading he'd initially mistaken Piccolo's for due to their similar levels of progress), his younger brother Kakarot, who turned out to be Goku. When Piccolo learns of Raditz's plan to destroy humanity, he offers Goku a temporary truce in the face of this new threat, intending to resume his ongoing struggle with Goku afterward.
Achieving victory in the battle against Raditz at first seemed hopeless, as Raditz is considerably more powerful than both Goku and Piccolo together (being roughly three times the strength of Piccolo's 408 reading alone), with the latter losing an arm during battle. But, in the end Piccolo manages (after the intervention of the young Gohan, Goku's son who was kidnapped by Raditz) to mortally wound Raditz with a powerful attack he developed called the Special Beam Cannon, although Goku sacrificed his life in the process, and Piccolo thus avenges his father at a bit of an unexpected moment. Before dying, however, Raditz tricked Piccolo into telling him about the Dragon Balls, and reveals that two other, more powerful Saiyans, Vegeta and Nappa, will be arriving on Earth in one year. In anger, Piccolo finishes Raditz off with a final blow rather than making him suffer, an action noticed by Kami who suspects that Piccolo is changing. When Goku dies shortly afterwards his body mysteriously vanishes, with Piccolo confirming Kami's intervention.
With the news of even more powerful opponents soon to arrive, Piccolo takes Gohan in order to train the boy and use his massive potential to help defend the Earth from the Saiyans. Though his treatment to Gohan is initially harsh, he begins to warm up to the young boy, and the two form an unbreakable bond.
When Vegeta and Nappa arrive on Earth, they are met by Gohan, Goku's friends Krillin, Chiaotzu, Tien, and Yamcha, and Piccolo; Goku had been wished back to life, but would take several hours to arrive. Piccolo soon learns from the Saiyans that he is a Namekian rather than a demon as he previously believed. The Saiyans then start the fight off by growing six Saibamen, small, humanoid plant-like aliens grown from the ground who all have power levels equal to Raditz' 1200, which they instruct to fight in a mock tournament against the Earth's defenders. The Saibamen are all destroyed, though Yamcha is killed in battle when one of them manages to grip him and self-destruct, killing them both. Piccolo destroys the last remaining Saibaman, after it attacks Gohan, with a punch followed by a mouth blast called Kuchikarakikōha disintegrating it.
With the Saibamen gone, Nappa, the larger Saiyan, decides to enter combat. In the ensuing fight, Chiaotzu and Tien perish, and the defenders of the Earth are heavily beaten. Remembering that during his fight with Raditz, Goku pulled and squeezed his tail tightly and had caused him unbearable pain, Piccolo attempted the same feat and got a hold of Nappa's tail, but the monstrous Saiyan revealed he and Vegeta were immune to that handicap and knocked the Namek unconscious for a short while. When the smaller, but more powerful Saiyan, Vegeta, detects that Goku is arriving, and that he's more powerful than anticipated (being read at 5,000 without powering up, already), he orders Nappa to quickly kill the remaining defenders, as their working with Goku might result in a challenge. Goku's resurrection proves that the Dragon Balls are legitimate, so they can use the ones on Namek and don't need the ones located on Earth. Nappa first aims for Gohan with an extremely powerful attack, but Piccolo jumps in the way of it, sacrificing himself to save Gohan. With tears in his eyes, Piccolo bid farewell to Gohan, whom he admitted had made him soft and is the only person to ever call him friend. Piccolo's death also resulted in Kami's passing, as they were once a single being, and therefore if one died then so would the other.
After the Saiyans are beaten by Goku and the rest of remaining fighters, Gohan, Krillin and the brilliant inventor Bulma head to Namek and to locate the Dragon Balls so that they can wish Kami, Piccolo, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu back to life and restore the Dragon Balls of Earth.
Namek Saga Edit
- Main article: Namek Saga
As Goku was forced to do after his noble death, Piccolo travels down the winding Snake Way to King Kai's Planet. There, he, Chiaotzu, Tien, and Yamcha all train under the watchful eye of King Kai and, though Piccolo never learns King Kai's secret techniques, his power does increase so significantly that even Nail (a Namekian with a power level of 42,000) notes it as unbelievable. Despite a lot of fans claiming that it does not make sense that Piccolo grew that much stronger in such a short period of time, Piccolo was ready to battle Frieza who he knew was stronger then Vegeta, which leads us to wonder just how strong Piccolo was after training for only six days. Based on manga statements, his power should have surpassed Vegeta's power while on earth, at the very least.
- Main article: Frieza Saga
On Planet Namek, Gohan, Krillin, and Dende, a young Namekian, gather the Dragon Balls and summon the Namekian Dragon, Porunga. Piccolo contacts Gohan (via King Kai's telepathy) and demands he be resurrected with the first wish, be sent to Namek to battle Frieza with the second, and then Gohan could do whatever with the last wish. Piccolo's reasoning was that if he is brought back, then the Earth Dragon Balls will immediately return alongside Kami, allowing for wishes to be made to bring back Tien, Chiaotzu and Yamcha.
Piccolo soon arrives on Namek at a random point, since Gohan did not specify where on Namek he should be sent when he asked Dende to have Porunga grant the wishes. After recovering from the initial shock of seeing his strangely familiar homeland for the first time and feeling the suffering of his people, Piccolo heads in the direction of a large energy source, believing it to be Frieza.
During his flight, he passes over a dying Namekian, Nail; a fighter-type Namekian who was earlier mauled by Frieza. Piccolo drops down to inspect the crippled Namekian and they begin to converse. Nail offers Piccolo to join with him, as the option of merging with his counterpart Kami could not be realized here (nor did Piccolo even want to be one with him, at this point). At first, Piccolo refuses, but Nail explains that Piccolo will not lose his personality, he will only feel the power gained from the fusion. Piccolo reluctantly accepts, and after the fusion is complete he is amazed by his awesome new power and rushes to Frieza's location.
When Piccolo arrives, he finds a battle in progress between Gohan, Krillin, and Vegeta (who had rebelled against Frieza), with Dende supporting them, against Frieza. He then takes on Frieza, who is in his second form, alone and is able to go blow to blow with him, even without removing his weighted clothing. Vegeta is shocked to find that the Namekian that Nappa killed so easily mere months ago had become so powerful. After a brief exchange of blows, Frieza transforms into his third form and assaults Piccolo with a large barrage of invisible and virtually unavoidable shots, crippling the Namekian.
An angry Gohan intervenes and blasts Frieza with a large bolt, but Frieza knocks it back and Piccolo uses the last of his strength to deflect the projectile with one of his own before it can hit the young Saiyan. Frieza then begins his final transformation into his true form, and Gohan uses the opportunity to take Piccolo to Dende, who has the ability to heal others completely. Piccolo quickly recovers, but he knows that he is even more thoroughly outclassed by Frieza's new form. Frieza begins his renewed attack with a single blast that kills Dende (having seen him healing Piccolo midway into his transformation), preventing the warriors from being healed again; Gohan, Krillin, and Piccolo respond with a joint assault but Frieza seemingly effortlessly evades all of their attacks.
Piccolo is then reduced to the sidelines, watching as a strengthened Vegeta attacks and falls against Frieza, helpless to intervene. After Goku arrives, Gohan, Krillin, and Piccolo get out of his way, and after witnessing Vegeta's murder at the hand's of Frieza, he watches Goku and Frieza duel from afar. (He also implies that he would like to fight Goku when it's over, though only for kicks.) Goku is soon overwhelmed by Frieza once he powers up to 50% of his power, nullifying even Goku's Kamehameha fired with a 20-fold Kaio-ken boosting his power, and, in desperation, attempts to use the Spirit Bomb. In order to buy Goku some time, Piccolo takes most of the remaining ki from Gohan and Krillin and jumps in to help, catching Frieza off-guard and kicking him in the head, giving Goku just enough time to finish the Spirit Bomb and launch it towards Frieza.
Just as our heroes rejoice, Frieza towers them revealing to still be alive, and shoots a powerful beam meant for Goku (in the anime only, for in the manga he intended to finish Piccolo and the others first all along, and as such aimed at him immediately), but Piccolo bravely takes the hit for his former rival and falls to the ground on the verge of death. After witnessing both Piccolo being heavily wounded, and Krillin being blown to pieces by Frieza, Goku finally had enough and untapped his hidden Super Saiyan powers. Gohan carried Piccolo off of the battlefield as Goku and Frieza clashed on the dying Planet Namek, with the former emerging as the victor. Piccolo is healed by Dende (who had been wished back to life along with the rest of the people killed by Frieza and his men) after being sent to Earth by a wish made to Porunga.
When the Namekians find a planet suitable to be New Namek, Piccolo declines to travel with them, and he stays on Earth with Gohan to protect and watch over the boy. Piccolo does not desire the peaceful, therefore dull, life to be had on Namek and instead wishes to keep training in order to become more powerful.
Trunks Saga Edit
- Main article: Trunks Saga
One year after the events on Namek, Piccolo sensed Frieza and another powerful being heading towards Earth. He headed to the area where he detected they would land, and was soon joined by Vegeta, Yamcha, Puar, Bulma, Tien, Chiaotzu, Krillin and Gohan. Despair sets in on the group as they realize that there's little they can do to oppose such powerful foes.
Soon after Frieza and his father, King Cold, land they are confronted by a mysterious youth, who reveals himself to be a Super Saiyan and almost effortlessly destroys the father-son duo along with their minions. Piccolo and the others follow the youth, who tells them when and where Goku will be arriving. Just as the boy predicted, Goku lands and the boy converses with him privately, though Piccolo's superior hearing allows him to listen in.
The boy, known as Future Trunks, is the future son of Vegeta and Bulma and reveals a terrible plot by Dr. Gero, a scientist for the non-active Red Ribbon Army, to create powerful Androids for the sole purpose of annihilating Goku. The Androids soon spiral out of control, and after murdering their creator go on to destroy everything around them, making Future Trunks' world a nightmare where they kill all but a few tens of thousands of the population. They eventually kill all the Z Fighters with the exception of Goku, who dies from a heart disease six months prior to the attack of the Androids. Future Trunks has come back in time to both give Goku the medicine to cure the disease and give the Z-Fighters ample warning. Future Trunks then departs back to his own timeline and Piccolo, since Goku doesn't know how to tell the group what he had discovered, explains everything to the group, except the identity of Future Trunks. The group then splits up to begin training for the oncoming threat, with Piccolo deciding to do his training alongside Goku and Gohan, which would later prove to have been a very wise decision.
Androids Saga Edit
- Main article: Androids Saga
Three years have passed by, and Goku, Krillin, Piccolo, Tien, and Yamcha meet at the designated time to confront the Androids with Vegeta (and Trunks, from the future) coming. Yajirobe drops by briefly to give the group Senzu Beans and, as he was leaving, his vehicle had been destroyed. Still not sensing their opponents, they realize that, being Androids, they have no ki to detect and therefore must be searched for by sight. Piccolo and the others enter the city to search, but do not know what the Androids look like. They soon detect a large drop in Yamcha's ki and rush to the scene, finding both the two Androids and a critically wounded Yamcha with a hole through his gut. Goku soon leads the Androids to a different location so that the city isn't destroyed in their fight, though the Androids demolish a large portion of it before they leave.
The Androids choose to fight in a desolate region filled with rocky hills. Piccolo surmises that they chose the location so that they could escape to the hills if the fight dosen't go their way. After the Androids explain that they've been watching Goku since he defeated the Red Ribbon Army up until his battle with Vegeta, Goku attacks Android 19. The Androids did not know of his ability to go Super Saiyan, and therefore his true strength. Piccolo is startled after Goku transforms because his power is much lower than it should be. Though Goku seems to be winning in the early part of the fight, he quickly loses his energy due to his heart disease and is eventually taken down by Android #19.
Piccolo and the others attempt to intervene, but Android 20 blocks their path and blasts Piccolo with his eye beams, sending him crashing to the ground. Vegeta then arrives, kicking Android #19 off of Goku and Piccolo quickly gets back up, revealing that he was pretending to be injured in order to catch the Androids off guard. Vegeta then kicks Goku out of the battle and Piccolo catches him, setting him down so Yamcha can take him home and give him the medicine that Future Trunks gave them. Vegeta and Android #19 then battle, with Vegeta revealing his ability to go Super Saiyan, and destroying #19 after confirming his ability to drain energy using the jewels embedded in his palms. Android #20, nervous of Vegeta's new power, flees to the hills.
Piccolo and the others start searching the hills for Android #20, but Piccolo is soon ambushed. With Android #20 holding a tight grip over his mouth and draining his energy, Piccolo sends out a telepathic message to Gohan. Gohan is alerted to the situation and heads for Piccolo Jr.'s now shrinking ki. He finds Piccolo and smashes Android #20 off of his mentor. Piccolo receives a Senzu Bean from Krillin and states that he will fight Android #20 himself. Android #20 is taken off guard by Piccolo's speed, and he quickly hits the android with several powerful blows, which surprises the Android because he didn't expect for Piccolo to be this powerful. The Namekian finishes the battle with a powerful chop which takes off Android #20's right arm, then sends him smashing him into the ground, badly beaten.
Krillin was astonished by Piccolo's power, believing Piccolo was extremely powerful for someone who isn't a Super Saiyan. At this time Future Trunks shows up and states that Android #20 is not one of the Androids which caused such devastation in the future, having already seen the lifeless head that #19 was reduced into by Vegeta earlier. Bulma follows them closely in her skycar, and Android #20 sees his opportunity to escape and lets out an energy wave, destroying Bulma's vehicle and distracting everyone while he runs away, stating that he's going to activate Android 17 and Android 18.
Bulma informs the group that Android #20 is actually Dr. Gero, who reconstructed himself into an Android, and of the location of his lab in North City. Piccolo then tells Bulma about Future Trunks, who at this point is already born in the main timeline. He then takes off with Krillin and Tien to North City to find Dr. Gero's lab and destroy the Androids before they can be awakened. Krillin finds the lab and alerts the others, but they arrive too late and the Androids are activated. The twin Androids then display mutiny on their creator by killing him, and against Gero's wishes awakening another Android: #16. Vegeta takes off after them and Piccolo and the others follow. When they catch up, they find that Vegeta has been fighting Android #18 and is not doing so well against the female Android due to his declining stamina. Android #17 warns them that if they get involved in the fight, he will step in as well.
They watch the fight and, though Vegeta seems to be on roughly equal footing at first glance (something that surprises Future Trunks because he never knew his father to be so powerful) Piccolo points out that Vegeta was tiring with every move and the Android was not. When Future Trunks gets involved with the fight after Vegeta receives a serious hit that breaks his left arm, Piccolo also charges in, but both are quickly swatted down by Android #17. When Piccolo gets back up, he charges at Android #17 who is choking Tien and is felled with a single blow to the stomach that nearly tears through him.
Imperfect Cell Saga Edit
- Main article: Imperfect Cell Saga
Krillin gives each of the warriors a Senzu Bean and Piccolo states he has an idea (in the original manga, Krillin asks if Piccolo has any plans for defeating the androids, to which Piccolo barks angrily and lies that he's a demon and has used them all along whilst plotting to overtake the world). When Krillin asks what it is, Piccolo angrily snaps at him and then abruptly takes off to Kami's Lookout. Piccolo doesn't need to explain to Kami why he's come, Kami having already read his thoughts that Piccolo wishes to fuse with him and become whole once again. Piccolo rebuffs Kami, stating that they are not fusing on an equal level and will simply be using the old Namekian as a tool to become more powerful, stating that the only reason that Kami even exist now in face of all the converging foes is for the Dragon Balls. Regardless, Kami is not opposed to the idea of fusing with Piccolo, but he wants to observe the situation for a while longer to be sure that his last decision is made for valid reasons.
Piccolo starts to argue with him, but Kami counters by pointing out that even Future Trunks stated these Androids are different (being "much, much" more powerful, for one, and for having spared their lives, whereas the future counterparts killed them outright), and that it was Vegeta who started the fight they just had. Piccolo calls Kami a coward for his reluctance and waits on the lookout for him to make up his mind. When Kami learns of the recent arrival of a danger from the future far greater than the Androids, he realizes he has no choice. With Piccolo serving as the base form, they fuse to return to being the original nameless Namek, whom made his first appearance briefly in Kami's flashback when he explains to Goku that he and Piccolo were once one. Stating that he was now no longer Kami or Piccolo, "The Nameless Namek," reborn once more, left the Lookout.
Piccolo rushes to Ginger Town, the location of this murderous new enemy. The bug-like creature claims that he is Piccolo's "brother", and the two engage in battle. Piccolo seems to have the upper hand, but is taken off guard when the creature launches a Kamehameha at Piccolo, which shocked him, as the move was Goku's attack. As he was dodging the blast the creature latches onto Piccolo's back and stings his left arm, draining the life from it and rendering the limb useless and withered. Piccolo headbutts the creature and breaks free, but claims that with his injury he has been defeated, luring the creature into explaining his actions. The creature reveals his name as Cell, and that he is a combination of Earth's greatest warriors put together by Dr. Gero.
His purpose is to locate Android #17 and Android #18 and take their energy by absorbing them into his being so that he may achieve his Perfect form. Now knowing the creatures origin and intentions, Piccolo exposes his ruse, tearing the withered left arm free and growing a healthy one in its place, now prepared to resume battle with Imperfect Cell.
Future Trunks and Krillin soon arrive, and Imperfect Cell, now outnumbered, uses the Solar Flare (inherited from either Goku or the technique's coiner Tien) and escapes. Tien and Vegeta soon arrive and Piccolo explains the nature of Imperfect Cell to them. He and Tien then search for Imperfect Cell as the monster travels from town to town absorbing people, but Imperfect Cell detects their ki and then lowers his own and hides every time they get close. Piccolo begins traveling on a jet plane, piloted by Yamcha, with Gohan, Krillin, and Tien so that they can keep their ki hidden while searching for the creature.
While searching, a recovered Goku teleports onto the plane and explains that he has a plan for himself, Future Trunks, Gohan, and Vegeta to use the Hyperbolic Time Chamber in order to train for a year in span of one Earth day. He then takes Gohan and teleports back to Kami's lookout. Piccolo and the rest keep searching but Piccolo begins to despair, knowing that with each town Imperfect Cell attacks, his strength grows and the monster will soon be powerful enough to confront and absorb the Androids.
Piccolo and the rest soon return to Kame House. By good or bad luck, the Androids soon arrive, demanding the location of Goku so that they may kill him to finish their game. Piccolo decides to use this opportunity to try and destroy them, thereby preventing them being absorbed by Imperfect Cell. They head to a deserted island and Piccolo learns that he will only have to fight Android #17, giving him a chance at victory. He and Android #17 are roughly equal in strength, and though Piccolo does not have the infinite stamina of his opponent, he does have several tricks up his sleeve and an outstanding resistance, as shown when Piccolo states that 17 is fast but his punches aren't very hard (volume 31 of the Dragon Ball manga). Before they can end their battle though, Imperfect Cell arrives.
With his increase in strength from absorbing countless humans from various cities, Imperfect Cell is now considerably more powerful than Piccolo, and on top of that Piccolo has expended a considerably amount of his energy battling Android #17, and is easily swatted aside when he attempts to prevent Imperfect Cell from absorbing the Android. Without any other options, Piccolo uses his desperation attack, the Light Grenade, and destroys the island that they were fighting on. But, Imperfect Cell avoids taking any damage from the attack with his superior strength, and sets his eyes on the weary Namekian.
Piccolo then warns #17 to run, but is interrupted by Cell, who with one swift punch, snaps the brave Namek's neck and takes him down. Seeing no need to absorb him, Cell picks Piccolo up from the ground and blasts a hole clean through his stomach and tosses him into the ocean, leaving him for dead. Luckily, Piccolo barely managed to survive and is soon rescued by Goku and taken back to Kami's Lookout.
Perfect Cell SagaEdit
- Main article: Perfect Cell Saga
Piccolo quickly recovers, but with Imperfect Cell having absorbed Android #17 and now in his even more powerful Semi-Perfect form, he can do nothing but watch. He observed as Super Vegeta first defeated Semi-Perfect Cell and then allowed him to absorb Android #18 and attain his Perfect form. He also witnessed Perfect Cell's subsequent victory over Future Trunks and his announcement of the Cell Games, giving the Earth's defenders ten days to prepare for his tournament.
Cell Games SagaEdit
- Main article: Cell Games Saga
When Goku and Gohan emerge from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Gohan requests for Piccolo to give him a copy of his uniform, which Piccolo happily conjures up for him. He is also startled by how much more powerful Goku became with his mastery over the Super Saiyan form. Piccolo enters the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and, although becoming significantly stronger, is still nowhere near powerful enough to challenge Perfect Cell. After he emerges, Goku asks him if it is possible for him to split with Kami again. Piccolo states that he can't, so Goku instead goes to New Namek to recruit a new guardian and returns with Dende who takes the position and promptly reactivates the Dragon Balls.
Piccolo accompanies Goku and the others to the Cell Games when the time arrives. He stays on the sidelines for most of the battle but speaks up when Goku, after first battling then yielding to Perfect Cell, volunteers Gohan to fight. Piccolo states that no matter how strong Gohan had become, there is no way he can fight Perfect Cell. He criticizes even further when Goku tosses a Senzu Bean to Perfect Cell so that the fight is "fair". When Perfect Cell manages to grab Gohan in a bear hug and begins crushing him, Piccolo blames Goku for his action, and prepares to enter the battle, even though it likely means his death. Perfect Cell soon stops his attack though, deciding to target Gohan's friends instead. He soon spawns seven Cell Jrs, one for each Z Fighter watching the fight. Piccolo does well against the Cell Jrs, managing to stand his ground despite Cell's comment that only Vegeta and Trunks were able to fight back, while the weary Goku and the powerless humans are easily beaten to the ground, but is soon overwhelmed until Gohan finally snaps and transforms into a Super Saiyan 2, and kills all of of the Cell Jr.s with ease, leaving all of the Z warriors to look on in shock. In the anime filler Piccolo is actually shown to be the Z fighter who does a better job at beating the Cell Jrs, being able to assist Krillin, Yamcha and Tien for a while, however such filler goes against what happened in the manga.
Gohan battled Cell and was able to not only outmatch Cell, but also cause him to spit up Android #18 and revert back to his Semi-Perfect form. Piccolo then witnessed Goku's noble sacrifice as he teleported himself and a self-destructing Cell (who tried to blow himself up along with the Earth) to King Kai's Planet, which was destroyed along with everybody who was present at the time (Goku, King Kai, Bubbles, and, in the anime, Gregory). But, Cell survived and became even stronger thanks to his Saiyan genes. He teleported back to Earth (he learned how to use the Instant Transmission technique), and after killing Future Trunks, ensued in a Kamehameha duel with a weakened Gohan. Piccolo, along with the other Z-Fighters, assisted Gohan in the duel by blasting Cell with various ki blasts. (In the manga, rather than helping Gohan, Piccolo merely curses at his inability to make any difference in the situation, making it more of a surprise when Vegeta finally intervenes.) The efforts of the Z Fighters failed to faze Cell until Vegeta distracted him with a energy blast, which gave Gohan the time he needed to destroy Cell once and for all. Piccolo then lauded Vegeta on hitting Cell in an honorable move, but the latter just tells Piccolo to get lost. Piccolo returned to the lookout, where he, upon being asked whether Gohan could come and see him again there, tells him he would bet on it.
World Tournament Saga Edit
- Main article: World Tournament Saga
When Piccolo is informed by a now teenaged Gohan that Goku is coming back to Earth for one day and that they are entering the World Martial Arts Tournament along with Android #18 (who has reformed and married Krillin), Krillin, and Vegeta, he decides to enter himself as well, under the alias of "Ma Junior" (as he had previously done when participating in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament during the Piccolo Jr. Saga of Dragon Ball). While there, Piccolo encounters a small purple alien who disturbs him deeply. When it's Piccolo's turn to fight, he faces the alien as his first opponent and finds that he is extremely reluctant to attack him, causing him to question just who this being is. The alien responds directly to Piccolo's thoughts, telling him that he'll find out soon enough and that for now they should just enjoy the fight. Piccolo quickly surrenders the match without raising a fist. When they meet in spectators area, Piccolo asks the alien if he is Grand Kai, the ruler of the Kai's, a set of four gods who each watch over quadrant of the galaxy, the alien's companion responds that he's actually East Supreme Kai, a much higher being who looks after a quadrant of the universe). Piccolo, having much of Kami's essence, is awed by Supreme Kai's presence and extremely respectful of his place on the divine hierarchy.
During a later fight between Gohan and Kibito, Gohan's energy is drained by two very oddly powerful humans after he is paralyzed by East Supreme Kai, who intended to pursue the two to see where they would take the stolen energy. East Supreme Kai then sets off to follow them, stating that any help would be appreciated. Piccolo immediately joins him, followed soon by Goku, Krillin, and Vegeta. As they travel, East Supreme Kai informs them that the two humans are possessed pawns of a wizard named Babidi and they are collecting energy to revive an immensely powerful force of destruction known as Majin Buu.
- Main article: Babidi Saga
Piccolo and the others are joined by a fully recovered Gohan and Kibito, and then hide on a mountain near Babidi's ship and watch as he destroys the two human pawns as "their job was done". (Later, when they see that the stolen Super Saiyan 2 energy nearly filled up half of Buu's revival power, he curses his luck for killing them outright.) The group is then attacked by Dabura, The Demon King, whom Babidi has possessed as his strongest henchman with a power roughly equal to Cell's from when he faced Goku. Dabura quickly kills Kibito and spits on Krillin and Piccolo, turning them to stone.
Majin Buu SagaEdit
- Main article: Majin Buu Saga
After Dabura is later killed by an awakened Majin Buu, Piccolo returns to normal, but was in pieces due to have been accidentally shattered by Kid Trunks while he was turned into stone. Fortunately, his head was not damaged and he was able to completely regenerate. On returning to normal, the first thing Piccolo senses is the awesome power of Majin Buu and in the field in front of them, he sees a badly beaten East Supreme Kai about to be turned into a snack for the monster. He is torn about what to do, as his instinct is to aid East Supreme Kai, but he knows that he can do nothing against Majin Buu.
Before Majin Buu can finish East Supreme Kai off, he was attacked by Vegeta, who was currently under Babidi's influence (but able to completely resist his control), and states that he will destroy Majin Buu in vengeance for the monster's (supposed) killing of Gohan, shocking Piccolo with the news. Piccolo watches their fight and barely escapes along with Goten, Trunks, and Krillin after Majin Buu unleashes his Angry Explosion technique. When Majin Buu resumes the attack on a badly wounded Vegeta, Piccolo is unable to prevent Goten and Trunks from rushing into the battle themselves. The pair manages to temporarily halt Majin Buu, smashing him through some mountains while his guard was down, and then attempting to aid Vegeta. Piccolo, in the meantime, confronts Babidi and chops the wizard in half, fatally injuring him and then spitting as a sign of spite.
Piccolo watches as Vegeta knocks the two kids unconscious. When he descends to Vegeta, the Super Saiyan 2 asks him to take the children far from the battle site and Piccolo realizes that Vegeta plans on sacrificing himself. Vegeta confirms this by asking if he will see Kakarot (Goku's original Saiyan name) in the afterlife and Piccolo states he won't. Vegeta has committed too many evil actions before joining the Z Fighters to be on the same plane as Goku and he will likely be reincarnated, after his spirit is purified, instead.
Piccolo, carrying the children, then retreats with Krillin until they witness an enormous explosion that Vegeta fueled despite all this, in an attempt to protect Bulma and Trunks, and "even Kakarot". After the blast had died down, Piccolo hands the kids to Krillin and tells him to tell everyone else what has happened and then goes back to the battle site to see what has transpired.
When he reaches the site, now a large crater, he pays his respects to Vegeta. He recalls about the time he had sacrificed himself to save Gohan's life many years ago, and bids farewell to the Saiyan Prince. He also finds a still barely alive Babidi, who survived due to his ability to conjure barriers. As he moves in to finish him off, Piccolo notices the pieces of Majin Buu moving. They quickly shape themselves into full miniature versions of Majin Buu and begin colliding into each other, reforming the original Majin Buu. He makes a fast retreat, catching up with Krillin and informing him that they have to go to Kami's Lookout in the slight chance that it might offer sanctuary.
Goku (who was rendered unconscious by Vegeta after a fight they had) soon arrives after them and they trade stories, informing Piccolo of Vegeta's willingness to become Babidi's pawn in order to gain power and his subsequent battle with Goku and stealing the last Senzu Bean prior to his attacking Majin Buu. Goku also informs Piccolo of the Fusion Dance technique he learned in the afterlife. Since both Gohan and Vegeta are gone there's no one for him to perform it with himself, but he can teach it to Goten and Kid Trunks, an idea that Mr. Popo ingenuously came up with.
Babidi then contacts all inhabitants of Earth telepathically, stating that he wants the location of Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo, and will destroy the lives of innocent people until they are found. After the first city is destroyed as a demonstration, Piccolo states that he will go to Majin Buu to try and spare some of the destruction, but Goku insists that he doesn't so that Piccolo can help teach the boys the Fusion Dance technique.
Once Goku returns to the afterlife (after a brief fight with Majin Buu in which he displayed the new Super Saiyan 3 transformation), Piccolo takes over their instruction fully, correcting them on the mistakes they make when their Fusions fail the first two times. When the Fusion works properly, he finds an entirely new challenge in trying to install some discipline and control in the extremely powerful, and equally arrogant, Gotenks.
The first time they fuse properly, Gotenks goes after Majin Buu in his base form and returns to the lookout, badly bruised and battered but still alive. Piccolo scolds the young fused warrior for disobeying. After Goten and Trunks fuse while in the Super Saiyan state, Gotenks rushes off to battle again, this time with Piccolo following him. Gotenks wastes a large amount of time demonstrating his speed by flying around the world dozens of times and even taking a nap whilst waiting for Piccolo to catch up, only seeking Majin Buu when there's one minute left in the thirty minute Fusion time limit. This causes him to separate before he can even face Buu, leaving his individual fusees to hastily escape before Buu can kill them.
While waiting the hour needed for them to recover and fuse again, Piccolo observes the changes in Majin Buu, brought about by his friendship with Hercule, a human who fraudulently took credit for defeating Cell and therefore became regarded as the world's greatest hero.
- Main article: Fusion Saga
Soon after, he witnessed the split of Mr. Buu into two separate Buu's, the battle between them, and the absorption of Mr. Buu by Evil Buu, resulting in even more powerful Super Buu. Super Buu is able to detect ki and quickly arrives at Kami's Lookout, looking for the stronger person who Goku said would fight with him. Piccolo tries to stall by saying that the fighter is sleeping and pleads for more time. Super Buu refuses.
Super Buu then sends out innumerable blasts, one for each person remaining on Earth, killing all but Mr. Satan and the few who could avoid the beams such as Tien and Chiaotzu. When he demands to fight again, Piccolo Jr. asks that they have one hour to wake the warrior up and get him prepared, adding that Hercule's child (Videl, who was brought to the lookout) also wants him to wait. Super Buu reluctantly agrees due to the little of the good Majin Buu that he had in him, but vows to kill everyone afterwards.
Piccolo wastes no time and quickly ushers Goten and Kid Trunks into the Hyperbolic Time Chamber where they can train for fifteen Hyperbolic days in the hour that Super Buu has allowed them. While waiting, he explains to Videl how Super Buu knows about her father and his achievement of taming Mr. Buu. After a bit less than thirty minutes, Super Buu loses patience and demands to fight their warrior immediately. Piccolo relents and starts leading Super Buu to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, taking the long way to maximize the time it will take, but Buu quickly becomes aware of the ruse and demands for him to take him there immediately.
He contacts Goten and Kid Trunks telepathically, telling them that he'll be at the room with Super Buu in one minute, giving them six hours to rest up for the fight. Piccolo also has a secret plan that, if Gotenks isn't capable of stopping Super Buu, he'll destroy the entrance to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, locking Super Buu inside for all of eternity; Super Buu will likely be killed shortly after.
Once Super Buu is in the room, Piccolo Jr. watches as Gotenks attacks him in base form with a multitude of goofy moves, doing no damage. Gotenks then turned Super Saiyan and, with a powerful Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack, blew Super Buu to bits. Piccolo Jr., knowing what happened last time when Vegeta did relatively the same thing, ordered Gotenks to destroy all the pieces of Super Buu; it was in vain as the vapors from the burned pieces regathered and formed back into Super Buu, to which Piccolo curses his luck for not completely erasing the vulnerable pieces when they had the chance.
Piccolo Jr. then asked Gotenks if he had any more special attacks left, which Gotenks falsely denied, stating that all was lost. With seemingly no options left, Piccolo Jr. destroyed the entrance, trapping them in the room forever. Super Buu, so enraged about not having access to any candy ever again in his location, let out a mighty scream, ripping the fabric between the dimensions and creating a portal through which he escaped. Gotenks and Piccolo Jr. tried several times to recreate Super Buu's portal but without any success. Eventually, when there seemed to be no more options, Gotenks revealed that he had something up his sleeves and turned Super Saiyan 3.
He then quickly (and with more ease than the powered up Buu) blared open a portal which himself and Piccolo Jr. escaped from. On exiting, Super Buu boasted of his devouring all adult and teenager friends on the lookout, causing Gotenks to finally get serious and fight Super Buu fully. The resulting battle destroyed Kami's Lookout, leaving Piccolo Jr. despaired until he was asked by Gotenks to assist him in an attack where Super Buu was battered around like a volleyball whilst sealed inside Gotenks' Galactic Donuts.
Piccolo Jr. continued to observe the battle until Gotenks, just as he was about to finish Super Buu off with his enormous strength, reverted back to his base form shortly before the fusion itself wore off. Seeing no hope left, Piccolo Jr. prepared to make his last stand with the two young Saiyans who could no longer fuse for an hour. Super Buu was distracted though, and the appearance of Gohan, now massively more powerful than he had been before was the reason.
Gohan attacked Super Buu and proved to be his superior by far; Super Buu retaliated by exploding and hiding his ki from the group. While waiting for him to reappear, Gohan filled Piccolo Jr. in on his training at the planet of the Supreme Kais, where he'd been since, his first encounter with Mr. Buu, while Piccolo Jr. was stoned, and his mystical power up by the workings of Elder Kai that predated the current one by fifteen generations.
They then left to find Dende, whom Gohan sensed was still alive thanks to Popo's sacrifice. On the way they encountered Hercule and Piccolo Jr. picked him up, seeing in him the beginnings of a true hero. They then reunited with Dende, but it was brief as Super Buu chose this moment to attack them again. Though Gohan stepped up to defeat him for good, Super Buu instead challenged Goten and Kid Trunks to fight him as Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks again, which they obliged. It was part of his plan though and once Gotenks appeared, he sprung his trap to absorb him for his power and also Piccolo Jr. for his intelligence.
Kid Buu SagaEdit
- Main article: Kid Buu Saga
After being rescued by Goku and Vegeta (as Vegito, who was purposely absorbed by Buu to free the others), Piccolo was then destroyed along with Goten, Gohan, and Trunks when Kid Buu (the original Buu) blew up the Earth.
Piccolo was soon revived, along with the Earth and all its inhabitants, by wishes granted by Porunga. He then gave his energy to help form a Spirit Bomb being created by Goku to finish off Kid Buu after receiving Vegeta's planet-wide message, broadcasted by King Kai.
Movie appearances Edit
- Dead Zone
- The World's Strongest
- The Tree of Might
- Lord Slug
- Cooler's Revenge
- Return of Cooler
- The History of Trunks (in the prologue and is mentioned)
- Bardock: The Father of Goku (in Bardock's visions of the future)
- Super Android 13!
- Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan
- Bojack Unbound
Garlic Jr. Saga Edit
- Main article: Garlic Jr. Saga
Piccolo Jr. also appears in the Garlic Jr. Saga, where he assists Gohan and Krillin defeat Garlic Jr., a villain first encountered in the first Dragon Ball Z film: Dead Zone, who returned with an incredible power up from the Makyo Star being near. He also had to fake being under the influence of the Black Water Mist in order to get close enough to Garlic Jr. to free Kami and Mr. Popo, and in order to keep up the act, had to act like he wanted to kill Gohan.
Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! Edit
- Main article: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Piccolo also attends Mr. Satan's party in Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!. Like most of the other Z Fighters and their family members, they watch Goten and Trunks's battle with Abo and Kado from the sidelines due to the enemies being weak enough for the children to handle them. When Gohan coaches the two, Krillin remarks to Piccolo on Gohan's dependability although Piccolo says he is "still too weak", leading Krillin to note Piccolo was still the strict master. Later on, he briefly goes into action by using his Special Beam Cannon to destroy the giant blast fired by Abo and Kado's fused form.
Dragon Ball GT Edit
In Dragon Ball GT, Piccolo makes a few brief but important appearances.
In the Baby Saga, Piccolo detects the evil presence of Baby after he possess Goten and then shows up briefly after Baby transfers bodies to Gohan. On arrival though, he is quickly blasted by the possessed Super Saiyan Gohan's Kamehameha, but survives the attack. He does not appear again until near the end of the saga when he saves a young boy who was left behind during the evacuation of Earth, as it was about to explode. When Goku returns to teleport both Piccolo and the boy away, Piccolo gives him the energy he needs to do so, but remains behind. The reason for the Earth's destruction was due to the Black Star Dragon Balls, artifacts made by Kami before he split with his father King Piccolo; by Piccolo's sacrifice, the Black Star Dragon Balls would be turned eternally to stone. His last moments show him having a telepathic farewell conversation with Gohan before dying again in the explosion on Earth. He does not wish to be brought back to life, so the Earth can be at peace from the Black Star Dragon Balls. He is sent to Heaven by King Yemma.
Later, in the Super 17 Saga, Piccolo starts blasting Heaven, so that King Yemma is forced to send him to Hell, where he and Dende can create a gateway between Earth and Hell that allows Goku to make it back and fight Super 17.
In the final episode "Till We Meet Again" Goku goes to Hell to say good-bye, and promising to get him back into Heaven where he rightfully belongs.
Power level Edit
- Main article: List of power levels
Video games Edit
Piccolo has been in many Dragon Ball-related video games such as Hyper Dimension and the Super Butōden and Budokai series of games, and is a playable character in crossover games such as Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars. In most Dragon Ball video games, Piccolo has no transformations, however in the Budokai and Tenkaichi series Piccolo has multiple forms, such as post-Nail and Kami fusions. In Super Sonic Warriors, in Piccolo's story it is revealed that his power will be increased further if he fuses with King Piccolo (which makes him truly complete). The increase is enough for him to equal Super Buu in combat.
When Piccolo Jr. is introduced, he appears roughly the same as King Piccolo, but with a more solid facial structure (lacking the large cheek bones and a humanly-shaped nose), as well as slightly thinner and a bit shorter (though technically he doesn't appear as a full grown adult until Z). Piccolo Jr.'s outfit when he was small was a very similar outfit to the one King Piccolo was first seen wearing (being of the exact same color scheme in the Kanzenban covers of the original manga), and from the time he's a young adult onward he wears the same gi as King Piccolo but minus the chest symbol and the color scheme switched where his gi was dark purplish blue rather than dark pale blue, and his obi light pale blue rather than light purplish blue, and he wore a white turban and an extremely weighted cape along with it when not fighting seriously. As the series went on Piccolo Jr.'s outfit became more his own, and by the time he faced Frieza his gi lost whatever blue was in its color and gained more of a purple one, his neckline becoming more low-cut like Goku's outfit, minus Goku's own undershirt. In the manga and in many of the movies he wore a red obi rather than a sky blue one. Even though Piccolo Jr. discards his old symbol, he uses it once in the series when he made his pupil Gohan a uniform after his previous outfit was torn in a Great Ape transformation brought upon by a restored moon. In a single filler episode in the anime, Piccolo is seen wearing an old outfit of Goku's when both of them are forced to go to driving school by Goku's wife, Chi Chi.
- Main article: List of techniques used by Piccolo
- "You usually pick on the children first?" (To Broly in Funimation dub of "Broly The Legendary Super Sayian")
- "Now, should I clean the trash of the universe?" (Final Bout)
- "I've been waiting for this..you ready to die?...SPECIAL BEAM CANNON!!"
- (To Gohan) "What's wrong? You won't last long with that attitude." (Budokai Tenkaichi 3)
- (To King Piccolo) "If you still want to fuse that's fine, however, the personality will be based on me!" (Budokai Tenkaichi 3)
- "The Namekian race is not yours to conquer." (To Cooler during the Funimation dub of "Return of Cooler")
- "Look, I've gone through some changes but my name is still Piccolo!" (To Goku after being called "Kamicollo")
- "It's a shame, you could have put this hand to good use!" (Piccolo battling Android 20)
- "My name is Piccolo, you should have never of come to this planet." (Piccolo battling Salza, during "Cooler's Revenge")
- "Farewell, old friend." (Piccolo's last words in Dragonball GT to Goku)
Voice actors Edit
In the original Japanese version of the entire Dragon Ball anime series, as well as its spinoffs, Piccolo has been voiced by Toshio Furukawa. However, as a newborn child in Dragon Ball, he was voiced by Hiromi Tsuru.
Several different voice actors have voiced Piccolo in English productions of the anime. In Funimation Entertainment's dub of Dragon Ball Z in association with Saban Entertainment and Ocean Productions, he was voiced by Scott McNeil in episodes 1-67 (1-53 unedited). In Geneon's dub of the films Dead Zone, The World's Strongest and Tree of Might, Scott McNeil again voiced Piccolo. In Westwood Media's dub of the franchise (in association with Ocean Productions), Piccolo was voiced by Scott McNeil in episodes 108-291. In Chinook Animation's dub of Dragon Ball GT (produced in association with Blue Water Studios), Piccolo was voiced by Ethan Cole. In Bandai's English release of Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout, Piccolo is voiced by Dan Woren. In Funimation's in-house dub of the Dragon Ball franchise, Piccolo has been consistently voiced by Christopher Sabat.
Piccolo has shown many unique abilities throughout the series. Due to his Namekian physiology, Piccolo can expand his arms, move fast enough to not be seen, regenerate lost limbs of his body so long as his head is still intact, and possesses superhuman hearing and strength. Piccolo's Chōkyoshinjutsu (超巨身術 Super Large Body Technique , "Super Giantification Spell" in Viz media) allows him to become gigantic to the point where he is capable of reaching mountain-like heights, though it is unclear if these are his restrictions. He also has the ability to conjure objects such as garments and a blade, including his cape and turban outfit as well as a very large sandglass. Among Piccolo's known psionic skills, he is able to communicate telepathically with select individuals. Thus, this enables him to read minds and mentally contact others nearby. In one instance, he alerts Trunks and Goten of Buu's proximity to the dimension where the two were training.
Like many other characters in Dragon Ball, Piccolo has the ability of flight through the technique called Bukū-jutsu (舞空術 lit. Air dance technique ). He also possesses an attack called the Bakuretsumaha (爆裂魔波 lit . Exploding Wave , "Destructive Wave" in the English dub), which is fired with one hand being supported by the other. One of Piccolo's most powerful attacks is the Makankōsappō (魔貫光殺砲 lit. Demonic Screw Light Cannon , "Special Beam Cannon" in the English dub and "Light of Death" in Viz media) an attack that is expelled from Piccolo's index and middle fingers. Unlike most energy-based attacks in Dragon Ball, the potent Makankōsappō pierces its targets like a drill rather than enveloping them or exploding on contact. Piccolo's ultimate attack in the video games he has appeared in is called Renzoku Sen Kōdan (連続閃光弾 lit. Repeated Flash Bullets, translated also as "Hellzone Grenade" ), which involves firing off many orbs of energy that float around the opponent. Piccolo then squeezes his hand to make all the orbs converge onto the opponent, exploding on contact. Piccolo also possesses the ability of "Scatter Shot" in which he fires many different chi energy blasts shot from one hand at the same time. Piccolo is also seen possessing an attack called the Masenkō (魔閃光 lit. Demon Flash ), which Piccolo teaches to his pupil Gohan. Another move Piccolo is seen to have is the Gekiretsu Kodan (激烈光弾 lit. Violent Light Grenade , "Light Grenade" in the English dub) which is conjured by putting his hands on his chest, gathering energy and then releasing it outwards. One of Piccolo's less frequently used techniques is the ability to fire energy rays from his eyes (similar to "heat vision"), which he first uses against Krillin's energy attack during their match in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, then later against Goku in the finals, and again when he trains Gohan in the Saiyan Saga.
Piccolo can also perform the "Namekian Fusion" which he does with Nail on the distant Planet Namek to confront Freeza and with Kami to confront the androids as a super namek, each time greatly increased Piccolo's power level (the first time enough to clash toe-and-toe with Freeza's second form, and the latter he became much more powerful than an unmastered Super Saiyan.).
In other mediaEdit
Piccolo has been in many Dragon Ball-related video games such as Super Butōden, the Budokai and Budokai Tenkaichi series of games, as well as Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World and Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit. He is a playable character in some crossover games such as Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars.
Piccolo's character has received praise and criticism by publications for various media. Chris Beveridge from Mania Entertainment praised Piccolo's growth in Dragon Ball Z as one of the most important parts from the series, noting how he decides to train Gohan to fight Vegeta. Although Katherine Luther from About.com noted Piccolo to be one of the strongest warriors from his planet, she mentioned he has several weaknesses that make him weaker than other characters from the series, with his most notable one being his affection for Gohan. During a review from the Dragon Ball anime, Beveridge noted Piccolo to be able to perform a large number of abilities in contrast to other characters such as Goku, making the fight between both of them unbalanced. However, he found such battle to be very entertaining despite it lasting several episodes. Tim Jones from THEM Anime Reviews found Piccolo's differences from Dragon Ball to Dragon Ball Z as one of the reasons the former show is recommendable to viewers from the later anime. While reviewing the fourth film from Dragon Ball Z Anime News Network writer Allen Drivers found Piccolo's initial scenes in such movie was peacefully enough to entertain viewers. In a later film, John Sinnott from DVD Talk criticized Piccolo's involvement during it as he appears "from out of no where" in order to fight alongside his friends giving the film little reasoning. Piccolo has appeared in various Anime Grand Prix poll, taking high places in the category "best male character."
- Piccolo is Akira Toriyama's favorite character. He explains thoroughly I believe mine would be Piccolo. He was the first character in my manga where I was like, "He has a scary face, but he's so cool!" It really is cliché when bad guys turn into good guys, but it just feels great drawing it! .
- Piccolo sort of developed a habit of saying "I'm getting too old for this" during various moments in the Dragon Ball Z anime, though this may be due to the fact he's a reincarnation of a being that was hundreds of years old.
- Despite being about Goku's age physically (maybe older), he is actually only about 4 years older than Gohan chronologically (based on the time line because he was spawned 3 years before the tournament in which he fought Goku, and Gohan was 4 years old when he made his first appearance 5 years later).
- During the episode where Goku and Piccolo take the driving test Piccolo asks, "What's for dinner?" even though he doesn't need to eat anyway. Also in the dragonball z special "Yo! Goku and his friends return" Piccolo is seen holding a spoon with a bowl of soup in front of him. It is only revealed that Piccolo, being a Namek, needs nothing but water to survive in Dragon Ball Z, however, so this may be a throwback to Piccolo's upbringing on Earth, similar to Goku's non-Saiyan, merciful disposition. This was implied earlier when Kami mentioned that he recalled how he used to hunt for food when he was young.
- In certain Dragon Ball Z movies and video games Piccolo's sash is red like in the manga instead of blue, and Gohan (during the Cell arc for example) in turn wears the same gi.
- Piccolo is one of the only two characters in the Dragon Ball universe to have killed the main character Goku (the other being Cell). Although in both cases Goku sacrificed himself to save the world.
- Around the start of the Namek Saga, it's revealed that his name means "another world" in the Namek language. The phrase "Piccolo" is used to move the Namekian spaceship into another planet, along with some other phrases.
- It is interesting to note that, while he only actually dies three times in the Dragon Ball anime series, he comes close to death a number of times. The first is when Frieza shoots a Death Beam through his chest before killing Krillin (though, he was fairly injured by Frieza's "Crazy Finger Beam" assault before, only to be healed by Dende). The second is when Kami is weakened by the former guardians during the Garlic Jr. Saga, and Kami is almost killed, which would kill Piccolo Jr. as well. The third is when Cell breaks Piccolo Jr.'s neck, shoots a hole clean through his stomach, and throws him into the lake. The fourth is when he is turned to stone by King Dabura during the Babidi Saga, and accidentally shattered to pieces by Kid Trunks later in the Majin Buu Saga. He is able to regenerate because his Namekian heritage allows him to recover from any injury as long as his head remains intact (much the same way that Cell, who inherited this ability from his cells, can regenerate so long as his core is untouched). Also, he was badly beaten after a long, hard fight against Goku in the final round of the 23rd World Tournament at the end of the Piccolo Jr. Saga, but Goku allows him to have a Senzu Bean after he ate his own, so that Piccolo may live (contrary to Kami's intention of killing him and himself in order to protect the Earth, one that would thereby deactivate the Dragon Balls).
- Due to Kami and King Piccolo being the same person, one would have to assume that Kami is also Piccolo's father.
- Coincidentally, Piccolo and Zoro were seen together during Cross Epoch and they both have the same FUNimation dub voice actor, Christopher R. Sabat.
- In the Gameboy Advance game "Supersonic Warriors", Piccolo in his own storyline fuses with King Piccolo, becoming the true original Namek and attaining power that in all likelihood much surpassed what he ever reached in the series. In-game, Piccolo states, that although he is the reincarnation of King Piccolo, he isn't King Piccolo himself, therefore it's fully possible to bring King Piccolo back for Junior to fuse with - as he does, much to his father's loathing.
- Piccolo is possibly the strongest Z-Fighter after the Saiyans (Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, and Future Trunks) and Uub.
- Piccolo is one of the few primary Z Fighters to have never used the Kamehameha Wave.
- Piccolo's fight with Android #17 is considerd by fans as the last great non-Saiyan battle in the series.
- Piccolo has only been the strongest character in the series at one point; after he fuses with Kami to become the "Nameless Namek" to fight Imperfect Cell.
- ↑ Weekly Shonen Jump #35 April 4, 1988
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z manga, volume 5, chapter 50
- ↑ Toriyama, Akira (August 9, 1995). "Akira Toriyama Super Interview: 2nd Round". Dragon Ball Daizenshu 2: Story Guide. Shueisha. pp. 261–264. ISBN 4-08-782752-6.
- ↑ Oda, Eiichiro (July 9, 2001). "Monochrome Talk". ONEPIECEイラスト集 COLORWALK 1. Shueisha. ISBN 4-08-859217-4.
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- ↑ Dragon Ball Z Geneon dub's credits
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z Westwood dub's credits
- ↑ Dragon Ball GT Chinook dub's credits
- ↑ Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout credits
- ↑ Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, and Dragon Ball Z Kai Funimation dub's credits
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- ↑ Beveridge, Chris (June 7, 2005). "Dragon Ball Z Saga 3: Into the Wind". Mania Entertainment. http://www.mania.com/dragon-ball-z-saga-3-into-wind_article_77058.html. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
- ↑ Luther, Katherine. "About.com: Piccolo". About.com. http://anime.about.com/od/dragonbal2/p/piccolo.htm. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
- ↑ Beveridge, Chris (August 19, 2003). "Dragon Ball: Piccolo Jr. Part 2 Saga Set". Mania Entertainment. http://www.mania.com/dragon-ball-piccolo-jr-part-2-saga-set_article_75478.html. Retrieved June 21, 2009.
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- ↑ The interview with Akira Toriyama that was featured as an extra in a Japanese One Piece coloring book