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Dragon Ball: 10 Things You Need To Know About King Piccolo

Though ultimately losing to Goku, King Piccolo was more successful than the average Dragon Ball villain and is the only one to achieve all his goals.

No one can deny the impact Kami’s evil doppelgänger had on Dragon Ball. The sum of Kami’s exorcised malice, King Piccolo terrorized Earth for years before being sealed away by Master Mutaito. Hundreds of years later, he was freed by the Pilaf Gang & targeted the world’s greatest martial artists while simultaneously hunting down the Dragon Balls to restore his youth.

RELATED: How Old Is Piccolo & 9 Other Things You Didn't Know About Him

Though ultimately losing to Goku, King Piccolo was more successful than the average Dragon Ball villain, and is the only one to successfully conquer Earth. Yet some fans might be more familiar with his reincarnated self, Piccolo Jr. (or just “Piccolo”), and thus unaware of certain facts regarding the original Piccolo and his surprisingly influential legacy.

10 He Took Over The World On Goku Day

While changed to the 13th in the US dub, King Piccolo’s conquest of Earth was originally said to have happened on May 9. While the cruel king declared the date of his conquest to be “Piccolo Day,” May 9 has extra significance both in real life and in the Dragon Ball universe. In our world, May 9 is Goku Day, as “go” and “ku” resemble the pronunciations for the numbers “5” and “9,” respectively. In Dragon World (the universe where Dragon Ball is set), May 9 is also when the real ruler of Earth, King Furry, assumed the throne, 20 years before King Piccolo stole it from him.

9 He Is Akira Toriyama’s Favorite Villain

Favorites can sometimes be hard for creators to pick— Stan Lee was famous for saying his favorite character was the one he was writing at the moment, for example. Not so with Akira Toriyama, who said in the second Daizenshuu that King Piccolo was his preferred foe of the Dragon Ball franchise, explaining that the Demon King was the first “truly evil guy” he had drawn, as opposed to his earlier Dragon Ball villains and characters from Dr. Slump. Toriyama has also listed Piccolo Jr. as one of his favorite characters, stating that “it’s cool how Piccolo doesn’t talk much.”

8 His Throne Inspired An Entire Planet’s Architecture

Anybody who reads or watches the King Piccolo and Frieza arcs of Dragon Ball (Z) will notice that Saichoro and King Piccolo have something in common other than their species: their chairs are nearly identical. As Toriyama revealed in Daizenshuu 4 that this was a very deliberate choice, and King Piccolo’s throne influenced the aesthetic of virtually all things Namek-related (including the buildings they lived in and the ship Kami and Piccolo took to Earth before they split in two).

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Naturally, Saichoro's chair lacks the skulls on King Piccolo’s as Saichoro is a benevolent character who has never been identified as a demonic figure.

7 Same Man, Different Voice Actor (In Japan)

While Christopher Sabat voices both King Piccolo and Piccolo Jr. (better known as simply “Piccolo”) in the U.S. dub, the two characters have always been voiced by different people in the original Japanese dub. King Piccolo was originally played by Takeshi Aono, who also voiced Kami and other notable Dragon Ball characters like Ninja Murasaki. Upon Aono’s passing, Bin Shimada (voice actor of Broly and Dyspo, among others) assumed the role.

Piccolo Jr., of course, is famously voiced by Toshio Furukawa. Though the two Piccolos are essentially the same person, it’s not odd that they’d have different voices as the second Piccolo has different vocal cords from his father.

6 He Didn't Fight "All Over The Universe"

Funimation didn’t take as many liberties with its Dragon Ball dub as it did with Dragon Ball Z, but it did still occasionally stray from the original Japanese dialogue. On one occasion, it resulted in a flat-out error, with King Piccolo purporting to have fought off world. Given how he had no memory of being from another planet and arrived on Earth when he was an extremely young child, it is highly unlikely King Piccolo ever fought anyone outside of Earth.

5 He And His Children Set A Deadly New Record

Killing and resurrecting characters has become fairly commonplace in the Dragon Ball franchise, so it may be surprising to learn that wasn’t always the case. Not only were King Piccolo and his spawn, specifically Tambourine, responsible for more main character deaths than any previous villain, they were also the first foes to kill anyone in the main cast—previously, only supporting characters had died in Dragon Ball. King Piccolo and Tambourine’s killing spree began with Krillin, then extended to Chiaotzu and even Shenlong, while Master Roshi died after failing to seal King Piccolo away with the Mafuba.

4 His Name (Retroactively) Hints At His Origins

When Kami’s evil half decided to name himself “Piccolo,” he likely did not have the wooden musical instrument in mind. In Namekian, "Piccolo" means “another world”: unsurprisingly, it is also the word that must be uttered to open the door of the spaceship Kami and King Piccolo took to Earth while still a single being.

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The two had rediscovered the ship in their youth before they had split in two, but did not recall ever using it. However, seeing the craft must have stirred memories of the word “Piccolo” in their mind, likely vaguely reminding them that it described them in some way.

3 He’s The Source Of GT’s Biggest Plot Hole

When the Pilaf Gang first told King Piccolo about the Dragon Balls, it was clear the Demon King had no concept of what a Dragon Ball even was— indeed, he was quite shocked at seeing Shenlong for the first time. This was understandable as Kami had created the red-starred, wish-granting orbs after he and King Piccolo had separated. Therefore, it was quite bizarre that Dragon Ball GT would claim King Piccolo and Kami created the Black Star Dragon Balls before their split. Odder still was that Piccolo Jr., who inherited all of King Piccolo’s memories, did not recall creating the Black Star Balls either, despite having fused with Kami.

2 His Arc Introduced Dragon Ball’s First Permanent “Power Up”

Power ups aren't uncommon in Dragon Ball, from Saichoro's ability to awaken a fighter’s potential to the Rou Kaioshin's unlocking Dragon Ball Z. Before these methods, however, there was the Super God Water. Imbued with the power of gods, this special sacred liquid was located in a complex ice labyrinth in the northernmost reaches of Earth. However, the Super God Water was also poisonous and could kill anyone without the strength of mind & body to withstand it. Goku drank the water shortly before his rematch with King Piccolo, receiving an enormous strength increase.

1 He Might Have Influenced Cell

Since Cell’s personality is actually influenced by the DNA of the fighters used to create him, it should come as no surprise that King Piccolo’s cells have also left their mark on Cell’s psyche. Take for instance their shared theatricality: the Artificial Human invading a television screen to announce the Cell Games was quite similar to the televised proclamations King Piccolo would make after becoming Earth’s monarch. More notably, Piccolo’s stated motivation for deciding to destroy a sector of Earth every year— to see the fear on people’s faces— was the same reason why Cell made the Cell Games a public event.

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This article is about Piccolo Jr.. For other name uses, see Piccolo (Disambiguation).






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Little Green Bug (by Broly)[1]

Piccolo Jr. (ピッコロ・ジュニア,Pikkoro Junia, lit. "Piccolo Junior"), usually just called Piccolo or Kamiccolo and also known as Ma Junior (マジュニア,Majunia), is a Namekian and also the final child and reincarnation of King Piccolo, later becoming the reunification of the Nameless Namekian after fusing with Kami. According to Grand Elder Guru, Piccolo, along with Kami and King Piccolo, are part of the Dragon Clan, who were the original creators of the Dragon Balls.

A wise and cunning warrior, he was the main antagonist in the final saga of Dragon Ball, the Piccolo Jr. Saga, and was thus a ruthless enemy of Goku. However, starting with the first saga of Dragon Ball Z, the Raditz Saga, he began to lose all villainous traits, and when he started training Goku's son Gohan during the Vegeta Saga which led to the two developing a strong bond with each other, he became a permanent member of the Dragon Team and eventually one of Earth's greatest heroes.


Piccolo is a very tall and muscular Namekian. While greatly resembling his father/incarnation, he is noticeably shorter and somewhat thinner. He also has a more solid facial structure with less pronounced cheekbones, a rounder chin, and a straight nose. Piccolo only has four fingers with black nails in the Dragon Ball manga, but five fingers with white nails in the anime series and the Dragon Ball Super manga. Piccolo Jr.'s outfit when he was a kid is very similar to the one King Piccolo is first seen wearing, with the same color scheme shown on the Kanzenban manga covers. From the time he is a young adult onward, Piccolo wears a dark purplish-blue gi, pointy orange shoes and sky blue obi (red in the manga). When not fighting seriously, Piccolo also wears a white turban with a dark purplish-blue top and a white cape along with it.

Like Goku, Piccolo generally wears and trains with Weighted clothing. The cape itself is not weighted, but there is weighted padding underneath; this is seen twice in the series: when his cape is damaged while fighting Frieza in his second form, and when it is damaged by Lord Slug's henchmen. As the series went on, Piccolo Jr.'s outfit became more his own and by the time he faced the Androids. The outfit's neckline becomes more low-cut like Goku's outfit, minus Goku's own undershirt. In the manga, many of the movies, and certain video games (Supersonic Warriors 2 and Super Dragon Ball Z), Piccolo wears 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 Apetransformation. In a filler episode in the anime, when both of them are forced by Goku's wife Chi-Chi to go to driving school, Piccolo wears an old outfit of Goku's, which he despised wearing.[10]


Throughout the franchise, regardless of Piccolo's allegiance, his general demeanor has always been stern, if not grumpy, with an indifferent attitude towards others. Piccolo rarely smiles and enjoys solitude. Piccolo is frequently seen meditating in quiet places and drinking thawed ice water in the north area.[3] However, he shows a noticeable cockiness when fighting. He can also be very confrontational toward people, showing very direct and honest opinions about a situation or an individual. Piccolo is known for his very precise and efficient methods in battle and likewise is shown to be very analytical and tactical in battle, able to see through his opponent's skills and weaknesses to devise effective strategies for victory. In the Baby Saga, Baby openly acknowledged Piccolo as one of the most brilliant fighters in the galaxy.

Originally, Piccolo inherited his father/former self's desire for world domination and destroying Goku. He was determined to prove his superiority and possessed many of the villainous properties of his father, such as a violent and destructive nature and a total disregard for anything besides victory. This was shown during his battle with Goku in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, where he shows almost no mercy for his opponent, breaking all of Goku's limbs while laughing sadistically, believing it was necessary after what Goku had done to his father. Despite all this, Piccolo was not without a measure of restraint and honor, as he for no reason saved a mother and daughter from debris during a storm.[11] He also let Krillin walk away after submitting in the tournament. Piccolo has also shown traits of pragmatism, teaming up with his archrival Goku and later the rest of the Z Fighters when the threat of the Saiyans proves to be too much for him alone, citing the aliens' defeat as a shared goal. According to Goku, his overall evil nature became more of a stubborn and angry attitude than flat-out villainous.

After his battle against Goku, Piccolo gradually began to develop for the better as the evil nature only dwelled through his desire to destroy Goku inherited from his father/former self. Later, when he and Goku team up to battle Raditz, Piccolo began to show more respect during the battle, even commemorating Goku on his noble sacrifice despite still considering him an enemy and, during the battle against Nappa, praised the other Z Fighters' bravery and tactics.

While training Goku's young son, Gohan, while originally only for to prepare for the coming Saiyans, Piccolo's heart and motives quickly begin to change as the boy takes his time to talk with Piccolo and have normal discussions that do not result in a violent outbreak, this stemming from Gohan agreeing on Goku's views of Piccolo now being more grumpy than truly evil. During the time he was training Gohan, both Mr. Popo and Kami noted the change in Piccolo's personality with Mr. Popo noting he was no longer the Demon King of old referencing his loss of Demon Clan status and Kami himself surmised that he had the same premonition of death that Kami himself had and that Piccolo wanted to leave behind some kind of legacy even if it was in the son of his sworn enemy. Around the start of Gohan's training Piccolo told Gohan that if he feels resentment towards him, then he should curse his own fate like Piccolo did, indicating Kami was right about Piccolo's motivation. During the battle with Nappa, Piccolo goes as far as to sacrifice his life to save Gohan, stating how his friendship and love had changed him forever. Piccolo has stated that Gohan was the first person to see him not as a monster and was proud to call him his friend. From then on, Piccolo became very protective of Gohan, proud in his growth as a man and seeing Gohan a surrogate-son, to which Gohan himself came to care for Piccolo as a dear uncle or even second father. This also truly cemented his change from evil to good and a true friend and team-mate for the Z Fighters. He also came to view Goku in a similar light as a dear friend and ally as after being teleported from the self-destructing Planet Namek and learning of Goku's intentions, Piccolo noted he would have preferred to fight alongside the noble warrior to the end, showing his respect for the Earth's savior.

Despite having spent most of his life unaware of his origins as an alien rather than a demon and shocked to learn such, Piccolo came to appreciate learning this truth. To which, upon learning of Frieza's genocidal attack on the Namekians, Piccolo was determined to fight Frieza and avenge his people, even when King Kai warned him of the danger Frieza's might possesses. After fusing with Nail and acquiring all his knowledge of Namekian culture, Piccolo felt whole as a person, now able to understand his roots. The greatest change in his character was when he made the choice to remerge with Kami so he could battle the androids. Kami's willingness to do this showed how little evil was left in Piccolo, trusting that Piccolo would use the extra strength along with Kami's divine powers and centuries-worth of experience for good. Once reunited, all remaining traces of evil disappeared from Piccolo. While still having a stern demeanor for the most part, Piccolo showed genuine compassion for all living being beyond those he deemed a friend, as he tried to get Cell to spare the man in Ginger Town. Furthermore, during the Fusion Saga, when Super Buuexterminates the human race with a single attack, Piccolo drops to his knees, both in shame for suggesting Buu to kill more humans (believing that it was necessary in order to bide time for Goten and Trunks to train, and as the Earthlings could be restored to life with the Dragon Balls) and horror, with Piccolo desperately hoping for redemption and vowing to bring them all back to life. Although he still has little to say unless it involves battle and does not seem to understand the concept of romance, referring to it as "mushy stuff", although this is understandable since Namekians lack romantic relations.

As Piccolo carries on in life, he becomes slightly more relaxed and joyful, which simultaneously made it easier to stress and annoy him. He would partake and enjoy various parties and social events, including Bulma's birthday and Gohan's wedding. Even more, in Dragon Ball Super, Piccolo's kindness continued to show, displaying a gentler and nurturing side, helping in the raising of Pan, showing a very efficient job of it as he had a whole list set up on what to do for the baby and genuinely enjoyed it. His raising of Pan also shows his more joyful and silly side, playing Peek-a-Boo with Pan when no one was looking and revealing that he actually sings to Pan whenever she cried at night. In Dragon Ball GT, his compassion and selflessness was even willing to sacrifice his life permanently to make sure the Black Star Dragon Balls remained unusable. While encouraging Gohan to find his own path in life, he still firmly believes that Gohan must keep up his training to better protect that which he loves. To which, he proudly accepted Gohan's request to retraining him after the second battle against Frieza cost Piccolo his life again to save Gohan. During which, Piccolo retains his harsh and merciless training methods, all in the goal of restoring Gohan's fighting instinct and true power.

Unlike most Namekians, Piccolo has a history of consuming solid food in addition to the Namekian's normally liquid diet of water. As a child, he is seen catching and eating a fish. Even after it is revealed Namekians only require water to survive, Piccolo occasionally eats solid food. In Dragon Ball Super he can be seen occasionally with a plate of food during various social gathers implying Piccolo eats socially. However, his favorite food is water from the Northern Mountains indicating he still retains a normal Namekian diet in addition to eating solid food.

In Xenoverse, Piccolo is shown to have learned from his father's mistakes even using Master Mutaito's defeat of King Piccolo with the Denshi Jar and Evil Containment Wave as an analogy of why one must use whatever items or abilities one has at their disposal to win. This is further shown in the original manga/anime by Piccolo's development of the Evil Containment Wave Reflection technique which he used to counter Kami's use of the Evil Containment Wave essentially removing the one threat his father had feared the most.


Dragon Ball

King Piccolo Saga

Main article: King Piccolo Saga Piccolo Jr. is the reincarnation of his father King Piccolo - who himself was once a part of the Nameless Namek - who fought a war over Earth only to be eventually killed by Goku.

Piccolo Jr. Saga

Main article: Piccolo Jr. Saga

"Why don't you reserve passing judgment until after you've seen my latest technique... It's a real showstopper!"
— Piccolo in "Junior No More".

After being punched through the chest and killed by Goku's Penetrate! attack, King Piccolo's last action was to spit out an egg containing his child and reincarnation Piccolo Jr, who was to avenge his death. Upon Piccolo's birth, he still remembered all of King Piccolo's memories and techniques.[12] Piccolo Jr.'s egg eventually flows down a river and is found by an elderly woman. The woman gets her husband, and wonders what it is. Before they can decide what to do with the egg, Piccolo hatches. The newly emerged Piccolo then destroys their home. Piccolo Jr. spends 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 parent's dream of taking over the world. During the three-year wait till the tournament, Piccolo wanders the Earth and trains for his revenge against Goku. During his wandering, he encounters a family celebrating the birthday of a young boy named Tai. During the boy's birthday celebration, Piccolo vandalizes their home and then runs away from their dog when Tai's father orders it to chase him. When the dog nearly catches up to the young Namekian, Piccolo blasts it away in fear with a beam, realizing some of the potentials he has.

After spending the three years training, a now physically adolescent Piccolo enters the tournament using the alias "Junior" ("Ma Junior" (マジュニア) in the Japanese manga and anime, with "Ma" meaning demon). The day before the tournament, Piccolo saves a kid from falling rubble, but then people run away after they see him. Piccolo manages to find Goku before the tournament properly begins, and Piccolo reminds himself not to let Goku win, and he must avenge his father.

When the tournament starts, 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, and his ability to fly. Krillin even managed to score a hit, but missed Piccolo using a Kamehameha blast, as Piccolo had used an afterimage trick, and managed to knock Krillin back to the ground. In their fight, Krillin eventually gave up, realizing he could not beat Piccolo.

His next match is against a powerful but awkward human named Hero, whom Piccolo soon discovers he was actually Kami, the good counterpart of Piccolo, in disguise by means of possessing a weak, everyday human. When Kami attempts to use Evil Containment Wave to seal Piccolo into a small container, Piccolo surprises everyone by reflecting it and instead of capturing Kami. Piccolo then swallows the bottle, making chances of freeing Kami to seem very slim since what is apparently the only way to rescue Kami is to kill Piccolo and if that happens, Kami will also die.

Piccolo Jr.'s next fight is the one he was waiting for, the match/rematch with Goku. Though Piccolo uses an assortment of new powerful techniques, Goku finds a way to make many of them work to his advantage. Goku manages to free Kami from captivity when Piccolo increases his size, tricking him into getting so large that Goku could go down his throat and get the bottle. However, even after Goku seemingly defeated Piccolo by using the Meteor Combination attack, firing his new Super Kamehameha technique at Piccolo, Piccolo manages to cripple Goku's arms and legs after surprising him with a Mouth Energy Wave through his shoulder, saying he will not make the same mistake his father did (which was letting Goku have one working arm).

In the end, Piccolo loses narrowly, with Goku using flight on-screen for the first time and knocking Piccolo out of the ring with a headbutt. He is shown mercy when Goku gives him a Senzu Bean, which fully heals him instantly much to the shock and horror of his friends. Piccolo holds little gratitude for this act though and promises to continue his quest to destroy Goku and take over the world someday before leaving the tournament.

Dragon Ball Z

Saiyan Saga

Main articles: Raditz Saga and Vegeta Saga

"Gohan, you're the only real friend I've ever had. I want to thank you."
— Piccolo to young Gohan as he dies after jumping in front of Nappa's blast to save Gohan's life in "The Return of Goku".

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Piccolo (Dragon Ball)

Character from the Dragon Ball franchise

Piccolo (Japanese: ピッコロ, Hepburn: Pikkoro) is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball media franchise created by Akira Toriyama. He is first seen in chapter #161 Son Goku Wins!! (孫悟空勝つ!!, Son Gokū Katsu!!), published in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on February 9, 1988,[1] as the reincarnation of the evil Piccolo Daimaō, who was positioned as a demonic antagonist of the series. However, it is later revealed that he is in fact a member of an extraterrestrial humanoid species called Namekians, those able to create the series' eponymous wish-granting Dragon Balls. After losing to Son Goku, Piccolo decides to team up with him and his friends in order to defeat newer, more dangerous threats, such as Vegeta, Frieza, Cell, Majin Buu, Beerus, Zamasu, Jiren, Broly, Moro and Granolah. He also trains Goku's eldest child Gohan in martial arts, with the two forming a strong bond.

Piccolo is one of the most popular and recognizable characters of the Dragon Ball franchise. The character has been consistently well received by fans and video game publications, with high placements in multiple "top" character lists and popularity polls. The character has also inspired Naruto manga author Masashi Kishimoto, as well as an internet meme which became popular in Japan in 2013.

Creation and development[edit]

Piccolo, more specifically his parent Piccolo Daimaō, was created by Toriyama as he wanted to have a villain who would be a true "bad guy." Prior to his creation, nearly all the previous villains in the series were considered too likable.[2] His editor, Kazuhiko Torishima, stated he introduced Toriyama to evil historical figures for inspiration. Piccolo Daimaō was created after he told the author how Roman Emperor Nero enjoyed watching people suffer.[3] However, the Shenlong Times issue #2, a bonus pamphlet given to some buyers of the Daizenshuu 2: Story Guide guidebook, says that the character was modeled after Torishima himself.[4] After creating Piccolo Daimaō, Toriyama noted that it was one of the most interesting parts of the series and that he became one of his favorite characters.[2] 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.[5]

Piccolo is initially assumed to, like his parent, be a member of the Demon Clan (魔族, Mazoku), however, midway through the series it is learned that they are actually members of the alien race called Namekians (ナメック星人, Namekku-seijin). Toriyama stated that he never thought of making Piccolo an alien until Kami was introduced. But afterwards he did try to make it consistent, such as drawing the Namekian architecture similar to the throne Piccolo Daimaō had.[6]

Voice actors[edit]

Toshio Furukawahas been adult Piccolo's Japanese voice actor in every single piece of Dragon Ballmedia.

In the original Japanese version of the anime and all other media, Piccolo is voiced by Toshio Furukawa, with the only exception being his initial newborn child form which was voiced by Hiromi Tsuru. Furukawa, who up to that point had mostly played happy lighter-voiced characters, said he got the role because he stated in interviews at the time that he wanted to play a villain.[7] He said it was difficult to constantly perform with a low voice because his normal lighter voice would break through if he broke concentration.[8] When asked if Takeshi Aono's work as Piccolo Daimaō influenced his portrayal of Piccolo, Furukawa replied that because Piccolo Daimaō was impulsive, he initially played his own role as an energetic person around eighteen-years-old and later imagined him as close to thirty-years old in Dragon Ball Z.[7] Furukawa, as well as Gohan's voice actress Masako Nozawa, said the episodes where Piccolo trains Gohan left an impression on them. He said the fans really enjoyed those episodes as well. Furukawa also cited Piccolo making a pun for Kaiō-sama as memorable because it was so out of character for him.[8] By the time he reprised the voice in Dragon Ball Super, Piccolo had become Furukawa's favorite character of all his roles.[9]

In English, several different voice actors have voiced Piccolo, including Scott McNeil in episodes 1-53 (1-67 unedited) in Funimation Entertainment's initial dub of Dragon Ball Z in association with Saban Entertainment and Ocean Productions as well as Geneon's dub of the first three Dragon Ball Z films,[10] and episodes 108-291 of Westwood Media's dub of the franchise (in association with Ocean Productions);[11] by Ethan Cole in Chinook Animation's dub of Dragon Ball GT (produced in association with Blue Water Studios);[12] by Dan Woren in Bandai's English release of the video game Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout;[13] by British-born French actor Paul Bandey in the infamous English dubs of the movies released exclusively in the UK and the Netherlands by AB Groupe (wherein the character was referred to as "Big Green"), by David Gasman (who also voiced Goku in this dub) in the European dub of Dead Zone (there called In Pursuit of Garlic), vocal grunts by Ed Marcus in The History of Trunks (or Gohan and Trunks)[14] and consistently by Christopher Sabat in Funimation's in-house dub of all Dragon Ball media.[15]Ray Chase voices Piccolo in the Toonami Asia broadcast of Dragon Ball Super produced by Bang Zoom! Entertainment.[16]


Piccolo has shown many unique abilities throughout the series. Due to his Namekian physiology,[17] Piccolo can expand his arms,[18][19] move fast enough to not be seen,[20] regenerate lost limbs of his body[21][22] so long as his head is still intact,[23] and possesses superhuman hearing[24] and strength. Piccolo's Chōkyoshinjutsu (超巨身術, "Super Large Body Technique", or "Super Giantification Spell" in Viz's manga) allows him to become gigantic to the point where he is capable of reaching mountain-like heights.[25] He also has the ability to conjure objects such as garments and a blade,[26] including his cape and turban outfit.[27][28][29] Among Piccolo's known psionic skills, he is able to communicate telepathically with select individuals. Thus, this enables him to read minds[30] and mentally contact others nearby.[31] In one instance, he alerts Trunks and Goten of Buu's proximity to the dimension where the two were training.[32]

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", or "Destructive Wave" in the English anime 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", "Light of Death" in Viz's manga or "Special Beam Cannon" in the English anime dub) an attack that is expelled from Piccolo's index and middle fingers.[33][34] 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. Another attack of Piccolo's is the Renzoku Sen Kōdan (連続閃光弾, lit. "Repeated Flash Bullets", "Hellzone Grenade" in English media), 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. The Masenkō (魔閃光, lit. "Demon Flash") is another of his signature attacks, being one that he teaches to his pupil Gohan. Another move Piccolo is seen to have is the Gekiretsu Kodan (激烈光弾, lit. "Violent Light Grenade", simply "Light Grenade" in the English anime 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, which he first uses against Krillin's energy attack during their match in the 23rd Tenka'ichi Budōkai, then later against Goku in the finals, and again when he trains Gohan.

Piccolo can also perform a type of fusion which he does with Nail on planet Namek to confront Frieza and with Kami to confront the Androids, each time greatly increasing his power; the first time enough to clash toe-and-toe with Frieza's second form, and the latter he became much more powerful than an unmastered Super Saiyan.[35]


In Dragon Ball[edit]

Introduced as the offspring and reincarnate of the demon Piccolo Daimaō, Piccolo Jr. plans to continue his parent's mission of world domination, and avenge his death at the hands of Goku. Piccolo enters the 23rd Tenka'ichi Budōkai under the alias "Demon Junior" (マジュニア, Majunia). Piccolo defeats both Krillin, who gives up,[18][36] and Kami disguised as Hero, sealing Kami in the container of the Evil Containment Wave after Kami attacks him with the move and Piccolo sends it back in his direction.[30] He then fights Goku in the final round, who tricks Piccolo into enlarging himself so he can retrieve Kami,[25] from there causing many of Piccolo's techniques to backfire on him. Though crippling both Goku's arms and legs,[37] Piccolo is defeated when Goku headbutts him out of the ring,[38] though recovers thanks to receiving a Senzu Bean from Goku, who he promises to defeat as he departs.[39]

Five years later, Piccolo is confronted by Raditz, Goku's older brother.[40] Realizing the Saiyan would thwart his plans for world domination, Piccolo teams up with Goku in an attempt to stop Raditz from destroying the Earth.[41] When the two arch rivals team up, Piccolo is able to defeat Raditz, but at the cost of Goku's life, as Piccolo's move Makankōsappō cuts through both Saiyans.[42] Piccolo's subsequent conversation with the dying Raditz, in which he reveals that the Dragon Balls can resurrect, is broadcast. Piccolo remains amazed with the powers from Gohan and trains him in preparation to fight against the two Saiyans who will invade Earth.[43][44] Early in their training, Piccolo destroys the moon to prevent Gohan from transforming into an Oozaru and removes his tail. As the year goes by, Piccolo starts to change as he spends time training Gohan, slowly beginning to bond with him. Kami himself comes to notice Piccolo's change of heart as well. When the Saiyans arrive a year later, Piccolo discovers his heritage from them. Piccolo tries to capitalize on Gohan's increased strength but cannot due to the child's fear,[45] convincing him to withdraw Gohan from the battle[46] and is knocked unconscious by Nappa after trying to weaken him. Piccolo saves Krillin from being finished off by one of Nappa's attacks. Vegeta senses that Goku is close by, stronger and could pose a challenge with the others involved and thereby orders their speedy execution. Nappa then unleashes another one of his attacks, this time aiming for Gohan. Piccolo, having come to care for the boy dearly, sacrifices himself to protect Gohan from the attack, resulting in the deaths of both himself and Kami, which results in the Dragon Balls ceasing to exist.[47] Vegeta is initially unable to activate the Oozaru transformation during his fight with Goku thanks to Piccolo's earlier deed. After the Saiyans are defeated, Gohan and the survivors travel to Piccolo's homeworld, Namek, to revive those who died against the Saiyans with the Namekian Dragon Balls. In the meantime, Piccolo trains in the afterlife with Kaiō-sama.[48] Piccolo is resurrected on planet Namek to help Goku and others defeat the evil Frieza. He takes this time to merge with the beaten Namekian called Nail (ネイル, Neiru), giving Piccolo a power increase.[35] Despite his massive power increase and going head to head with Frieza's second transformation,[49] Frieza transforms and Piccolo is defeated. After Frieza reaches his final form and immediately kills Dende afterward to prevent him from healing the group, Piccolo, Gohan and Krillin attack him to no avail.[50] In Frieza's following fight with Goku, who tries charging a Genki-dama to defeat him, Piccolo is given the remaining energy of both Gohan and Krillin, allowing him to stall for a short time.[51] Once Frieza emerges from the impact of the Genki-dama unscathed, Piccolo is severely injured by Frieza with a shot to the chest, leaving Goku to defeat Frieza alone.[52] Piccolo is taken from the battlefield by Gohan at the warning of Goku, as his death would render the Dragon Balls ineffective once more.[53] Piccolo is later teleported off the planet to safety on Earth and after regaining consciousness, declines to return to a new version of Namek as he wishes to protect Gohan and become stronger while remaining on Earth.

After Frieza's death, Piccolo trains with Goku and Gohan for three years to prepare for a battle against two powerful Androids created by the Red Ribbon Army's Dr. Gero to kill Goku. Piccolo tries to intervene during Goku's battle with Android 19, but is shot down by Dr. Gero, revealed to have faked being injured to lower the guard of the Androids. Though he manages to best Dr. Gero in battle, he is unable to prevent him from activating the other Androids. After being defeated by Android 17 and Android 18, Piccolo seeks to unite with Kami, and gain another massive increase in power. After uniting with Kami, Piccolo becomes aware of a more dangerous threat named Cell, who volunteers information on himself when believing he has bested Piccolo (oblivious to Piccolo's regenerative abilities) when in reality the latter was pretending to be defeated in order to find out Cell's origin. Before his second encounter with Cell, Piccolo once again battles the Androids, except this time he battles #17 one on one.[54] After a somewhat even match, Cell arrives on the battle scene; Cell needs to absorb the Androids to complete his power.[55] While trying to prevent this, Piccolo is nearly killed by Cell,[56] surviving the encounter thanks to his regenerative abilities and following some training in the Room of Spirit and Time, he is forced to participate in a tournament created by Cell called the Cell Games, where he fights one of the seven Cell Juniors that are created by Cell,[57] who are later destroyed by Gohan.[58] Piccolo laments that he cannot assist Gohan in his battle against Cell due to his lack of power, lauding Vegeta for helping Gohan after Cell's death and making the lookout his permanent residence.[59]

Seven years later, Piccolo is poised to fight Kaiō-shin at the 25th Tenkaichi Budōkai, forfeiting the match after finding himself reluctant to fight[60] and journeying with him to confront Babidi, being turned into stone by Dabura.[61] After being freed upon Dabura's death,[23] he attempts to kill Babidi. Piccolo discovers Babidi survived the attempt on his life when he goes to pay respects to the now deceased Vegeta, and Babidi later demands Piccolo be brought forward or humans will die in the meantime. Piccolo plans on giving himself up until Goku talks him out of it, citing his need of his teachings. Piccolo then acts as a trainer to Goten and Trunks and their fused form Gotenks. Piccolo trains the boys in fighting the evil creature Majin Buu, who finds them and the other heroes. Piccolo tries negotiating with Buu to give the group more time to conjure a fighter strong enough to combat him, Buu agreeing to an hour, which Piccolo uses to give Goten and Trunks half a month in the Room of Spirit and Time.[62] During Gotenks' fight with Buu, Piccolo seals them within the Room of Spirit and Time when he destroys the entrance after Gotenks lies that he has no moves left.[63] Gotenks uses his Super Saiyan 3 form's shouting to create an exit for Piccolo and himself, allowing them to return to Earth. After more unsuccessful attempts to kill Buu, he is later absorbed by Buu along with Gotenks and Gohan and incorporated into his being. He is later freed by Goku and Vegeta,[64] and he later gives his energy to Goku's Genki-Dama attack, which Goku uses to defeat Buu once and for all.[65]

In Toriyama's films and Dragon Ball Super[edit]

Piccolo appears in eleven Dragon Ball Z films; in the first movie, Piccolo aids in stopping Garlic Jr.'s plot after having been attacked by his minions, wanting revenge;[66] in the second, Piccolo is brainwashed by Dr. Wheelo and made to combat the others until Gohan frees him by destroying the machinery associated with his brainwashing;[67] in the third, Piccolo comes to save Gohan from Turles and succeeds by taking a blast for him;[68] in the fourth, Piccolo combats Lord Slug and discovers that Namekians are weak to whistling, allowing for his defeat;[69] in the fifth, Piccolo is able to defeat most of Cooler's squadron, only to be defeated by Cooler himself;[70] in the sixth, Piccolo fights Cooler's minions on Namek and saves the others after they are captured;[71] in the seventh, Piccolo saves Gohan from being attacked by Android 13 and battles the android in both his forms;[72] in the eighth, Piccolo travels to New Planet Vegeta and fights Broly, giving his energy to Goku which leads to the foe's defeat;[73] in the ninth, Piccolo comes to help the others fight Bojack and his crew;[74] in the fourteenth, Piccolo combats Beerus alongside Android 18 and Tenshinhan, only to be bested;[75] and, lastly, in the fifteenth, Piccolo narrowly escapes death once Frieza destroys the Earth.[76] After the events of the latter two films, Piccolo is resurrected after being killed by Frieza in the Dragon Ball Super retelling of Resurrection 'F' and agrees to train Gohan again.[77] Piccolo then accepts a request to participate in a tournament against Universe 6 fighters,[78] where his loss to Frost is retracted after cheating on Frost's part is discovered, though he still declines being allowed to fight more as Vegeta wants to takes his place.[79] After this, Piccolo reunites with Trunks[80] and suggests the Evil Containment Wave be used to seal Goku Black and unsuccessfully tries demonstrating it,[81] Piccolo later performing the move while being recorded by Bulma, who later shows the footage to Trunks so he can learn it.[82] Piccolo tries reviving a seemingly deceased Goku after finding his body.[83] Piccolo agrees to participate in the Tournament of Power.[84] Piccolo is forced into hiding by Universe 2's Prum after Prum destroys both of Piccolo's arms,[85] and lends his energy to Goku's Genki-Dama against Universe 11's Jiren.[86] Piccolo and Gohan blast Saonel and Pirina out of bounds, eliminating Universe 6 from the tournament,[87] before Piccolo is knocked out of bounds by Universe 4's last fighter Damon.[88]

In other media[edit]

In filler episodes of Dragon Ball Z, during the Saiyan arc, Piccolo strands Gohan on an island, losing his location in the process,[89] and appears to Gohan after he turns down returning home, taking him back to his training.[90] After the Namek arc, Piccolo appears to help Gohan and Krillin when they are attacked by their friends who are under the effects of the Black Water Mist.[91] In battling the group, Piccolo seemingly falls victim and appears on Kami's Lookout, where Gohan and Krillin travel to stop Garlic Jr., to halt the pair.[92] After appearing to infect Krillin too and he and Piccolo overwhelm Gohan, Piccolo reveals to Gohan that he had been pretending the entire time[93] and battles Garlic Jr. until his defeat. Piccolo and Goku are later made to get driver's licenses by Chi-Chi. Following the Buu arc, Piccolo attends a gathering. Piccolo has appeared in other Dragon Ball animations barring the series and films; in Dragon Ball Z Side Story: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans, Piccolo defeats Lord Slug and Hatchiyak[94] and in Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, Piccolo prevents Aka's Wahaha no Ha from destroying Satan Hotel.[95]

In the anime-only sequel Dragon Ball GT, Piccolo arrives to recover Goten after Baby ceases possessing him and moves to Gohan. Piccolo confronts the Baby-possessed Gohan and is injured. After Baby is defeated, Piccolo sacrifices himself to put the Black Star Dragon Balls to rest and bring peace to the world. He goes to Heaven but then requests to be sent to Hell in order to free Goku when he is imprisoned there.[96] He can be seen putting Hell in order and protecting the rulers there.[97] Goku later stops in Hell to see Piccolo. He tells Piccolo that he will be leaving and that they are glad they met and teamed up. Goku also tells Piccolo that he had become a good friend and promised to get him out of Hell someday. They shake hands and Goku leaves while Piccolo stays behind.[98]

Piccolo has made multiple appearances in music. "I Lo~ve Mr. Piccolo" appears on the 1990 album Dragon Ball Z Hit Song Collection III: Space Dancing, Gohan singing about his admiration for Piccolo and wondering what his species is.[99] In the 1991 album Dragon Ball Z Hit Song Collection 8: Character Special 2, the song "The Feeling of Whistling Piccolo Edit" features Piccolo complaining and begging for a whistler to stop exploiting his weakness before he departs.[100] Piccolo is also mentioned in the song "Goku" by Soulja Boy, who brags about feeling like Piccolo and multiple other Dragon Ball characters, and in the song "Break Bread" by Bryson Tiller, with the verse "Got green like Piccolo".

In the 2006 Dragon Ball and One Piece crossover manga Cross Epoch, Piccolo appears as a swordsman alongside Roronoa Zoro. In the 2013 special Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special (ドリーム9 トリコ&ワンピース&ドラゴンボールZ 超コラボスペシャル!), Piccolo cheers on Goku in his match against Monkey D. Luffy and Toriko. In an episode of Mad parodying the film Moneyball, Piccolo and other Dragon Ball characters are drafted by Billy Beane into the Oakland A baseball team.[101]

Video games[edit]

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.[102] In several games, Piccolo has exclusive forms such as Majin or fusions with Maima, Tsumuri, Dende,[103] Dr. Mashirito, and Piccolo Daimaō,[104] which drastically increase his power.

Piccolo appears in multiple story modes in the 2006 game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2. In Gohan's story, Piccolo is turned evil by a blast from Babidi, and becomes the leader of Buu and Dabura. After fighting Gohan, he flees[105] and absorbs Buu, increasing his power. Piccolo then announces via television his intent to take over the world, and partners with Cell and Frieza before being defeated by Gohan.[106]

In the 2011 game Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, Piccolo is defeated by Baby, encountering and battling the player while training, causing the player's Super Saiyan transformation and their subsequent overpowering of him. After he is defeated, Piccolo resolves to train the player.

In the 2015 game Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Piccolo appears as a mentor. Within the story mode, Piccolo fights the player while under the control of Demigra, and in the final battle against Demigra, Piccolo gives the player his energy.[107]

In the 2016 game Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Piccolo and Android 16 are defeated by Villainous Mode Imperfect Cell, allowing him to absorb #17 and #18 at the same time.[108] The player then comes to assist Piccolo in his fight against Cell.

In the 2018 game Dragon Ball FighterZ, Piccolo is found unconscious by Goku and Krillin,[109] and agrees to help them fight off clones and discover their origins upon waking up.[110] Piccolo joins the two in finding Gohan and Vegeta, and uses his Makankōsappō to participate in destroying Android 21.[111]

He is a playable character in some crossover games such as Jump Super Stars, Jump Ultimate Stars, and Jump Force.

Cultural impact[edit]

An illustration of the Makankōsappōmeme.

The character has influenced Naruto manga author Masashi Kishimoto; in order to give Sasuke Uchiha a central role in the film Boruto: Naruto the Movie, Kishimoto made him the teacher of the protagonist Boruto Uzumaki as his father, Naruto Uzumaki, was busy. This was inspired by how Piccolo starts training Gohan when Goku dies in Dragon Ball.[112]

Piccolo's attack Special Beam Cannon / Makankōsappō became a meme which started with Japanese schoolgirls photographing themselves apparently using, and being affected by, this attack in 2013.[113] According to gaming blog Kotaku, the trend took off after photos were posted on Japan's largest bulletin board 2channel,[114] with photographs typically showing one person striking the ground or making a mystical gesture while others around them are photographically captured in mid-air.[115][116][117][118]


Piccolo's popularity has inspired fan laborby Dragon Ballfandom, such as cosplay.

Piccolo is a popular character in the series. He placed fifth in both the 1993 and 1995 Dragon Ball character popularity polls voted on by Weekly Shōnen Jump readers.[119] In 2004, fans of the series voted him the fifth most popular character for a poll in the book Dragon Ball Forever.[120] Piccolo has appeared in various Anime Grand Prix polls, taking high places in the category "best male character" in 1990,[121] 1991[122] and 1992 polls.[123]

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 of the series, noting how he decides to train Gohan to fight Vegeta.[124] Although Katherine Luther from 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.[125] During a review of 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 the said battle to be very entertaining despite it lasting several episodes.[126] 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 over the later anime.[127] While reviewing the fourth Dragon Ball Z film, Anime News Network writer Allen Drivers found Piccolo's initial scenes peacefully enough to entertain viewers.[128] In a later film, John Sinnott from DVD Talk criticized Piccolo's involvement saying he appears "from out of no where" in order to fight alongside his friends giving the film little reasoning.[129] Chris Homer from The Fandom Post believed Piccolo's sacrifice in Dragon Ball GT "was a genuine touching moment" for fans of Dragon Ball Z, but also viewed the death as relying "too much on previous ideas" in order for it to get sorted.[130] Sam Leach from Anime News Network noted that some fans of the series tend to joke Piccolo is a better paternal figure to Gohan than his actual father, Goku, and felt that Dragon Ball Super emphasized it more when Piccolo started training him again.[131]


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This article is about the original character. For other uses, see Piccolo (disambiguation).

"That's the problem with the human race. No respect...for the superior species."
— "Prelude to Vengeance"

King Piccolo



Pikkoro Daimaō

Manga name

Great Demon King Piccolo


Demon King Piccolo
Dark Lord Piccolo
Evil King Piccolo[1]
Lord Piccolo
The Original Piccolo
Piccolo Sr.
Piccoro Dai Maku
King of Demons


200 kg (441 lbs)[2]
115.5 kg (255 lbs) "Old"


Demon King (self-proclaimed)
King of Earth (briefly)

King Piccolo (ピッコロ,Pikkoro Daimaō, lit. "Great Demon King Piccolo"), sometimes referred to just as the Daimao (,Daimaō, lit. "Great Demon King") is a Namekian who once precipitated the Earth into utter mayhem and pandemonium,[4] spawning an army of animal-like Demon sons and converting a peaceful planet into a living hell.[4] Later, it is revealed that he was the evil counterpart of Kami as King Piccolo and Kami were originally a single entity who had long forgotten his true name, and witnessed the evil deeds of humans while growing up. When the nameless learned of the Guardian of the Earth and that its role could be passed down, he sought the title and position, but the then-Guardian rejected him, as he knew that the Namekian's heart was not completely pure and like most people he had some level of malice, jealousy, vanity and impurity in his heart. Knowing that he would only be accepted for the role if his heart was pure, the Namekian split himself into two beings: his good half, Kami, and his evil half that would later become the great demon king, Piccolo.

He served as the main antagonist of the King Piccolo Saga.

Thanks to his usage of the Pokopen ability, King Piccolo was able to "reincarnate" himself as Piccolo Jr. (ピッコロ・ジュニア,Pikkoro Junia).


When King Piccolo is introduced in chapter 135, "The Death of Kuririn", he is designed to appear as a strange-looking divine creature, like a goblin, who has pointy ears and fangs. The audience is later introduced to Kami, King Piccolo's good counterpart, and the two share an almost identical resemblance; with Kami's outfit even being a palette swap of King Piccolo's robe outfit. Kami never removes his robe for combat, but in a flashbacks, he is shown wearing the same dark gi as King Piccolo, but with his own kanji on under it. Later in the series, when other normal Namekians are introduced, it is revealed that this is the Namekians' typical appearance. At over eight feet tall, King Piccolo is by far one of the tallest and largest of the villains in the original Dragon Ball series, towering over all his opponents, including Master Mutaito, Master Roshi, Tien Shinhan, and Goku. King Piccolo's size and height are never explored upon, as no other Namekian (including Kami) is shown in their normal state to be King Piccolo's size and height, being that most are shown to be the size of normal humans, even Nail, their last remaining warrior, being at the height of Piccolo's reincarnation who was slightly shorter. Though, it is never determined if he is actually taller than Kami in his advanced age. One explanation to this could be His demon origins are much larger and less sleek than the Namekians, as shown from Grand Elder Guru and his humongous size Namekians can probably control their size at will.

When he first fully appears, King Piccolo is very aged and wears a black robe outfit with his own kanji, a red cape, along with brown light-weight footwear. His main outfit, without the robe and cape, is an indigo Asian martial arts uniform, with a light purple obi. King Piccolo's outfit is later revealed in the Namek Saga as being of Namekian Clothing with Demon Symbols, rather than actually having much to do with martial arts, though his kanji is something he added when he came into being which was meant to be the opposite to Kami's kanji.

After King Piccolo removes the robe for better performance, he nearly kills Goku with simple blasts and temporarily stops his heart, which may imply that, like his son Piccolo Junior's cape, his robe is weighted.


"Reports tell me that the present king is nothing more than a bleeding-heart peace-lover! Ha ha ha ha! It's always the sentimental ones who are my favorite to destroy! Don't you agree?"
— "King Piccolo's Wish"

Being the concentrated evil that lived within the Nameless Namekian, King Piccolo's personality is the exact opposite of his good counterpart, Kami; as he is presented as a cold, ruthless, sadistic, and power-hungry villain with little to no sense of compassion whatsoever. He has demonstrated on many occasions that he is willing to do anything to accomplish his goals, regardless of how many innocent lives need to be taken in the process. Piccolo has also been shown to have a very warped and twisted sense of humor, often breaking out into a maniacal laughter after causing some form of death and destruction and creating a holiday where he would destroy a city every year on the anniversary of his take-over. Despite his power-hungry nature, however, he has absolutely no interest in actually ruling over his subjects, at least after his release from the electric rice cooker by Pilaf. This was especially evident after he took over the world, where he outright admits that he has no interest in ruling over the planet despite his being the new king of the world and if anything encourages the subjects to do all the crimes they ever want while explicitly ending law and order.

Along with being extremely evil, Piccolo is also very arrogant, believing himself to be the most powerful being in the universe, and up until he was defeated by Goku, he was one hundred percent convinced that there was no one out there who could exceed his power. For all his many displays of arrogance, however, he was completely terrified of the Evil Containment Wave due to suffering its effects before, and completely freezes in horror the very moment it is performed. As a result, he made it his sole mission to eliminate all martial artists that either knew how or had the capacity to use it. He also believed that he and his sons were superior to Earthlings, though he himself, like Kami, was unaware of his Namekian origins, as he referred to both himself and his sons as Demons (however he is shown to be aware of his Namekian origins in certain video games).

King Piccolo, like most other villains, happens to be very intelligent, being able to think ahead and learn from his previous mistakes. This was shown when he destroyed Shenron after making his wish (so that no one would be able to use the Dragon Balls to stop his reign), as well as when his reincarnation decided to injure both of Goku's arms at the World Martial Arts Tournament (as opposed to before, when he ended up leaving one of them unharmed). Similarly, King Piccolo, after besting Goku in battle during their first encounter, also made sure to check his pulse to make sure the latter had died instead of assuming that he was killed from the attack. Owing to this intelligence, King Piccolo also was shown to be skilled at strategy, as evidenced by his actions when fighting the Z-Fighters for the remaining Dragon Balls: When arriving to confront them, he proceeded to show them the two Dragon Balls, and then eat both in front of them, all so he can force them to fight him and be beaten, and not spitting them out until after he made sure all potential threats had been eliminated. King Piccolo also happens to be somewhat manipulative, as demonstrated when he used Emperor Pilaf and his associates, Mai and Shu, to gather the Dragon Balls for him. Rather typically, he decided to dispose of them when he figured that he no longer had a use for them. Despite being pure evil, King Piccolo shows mercy on a few occasions; The first time is when he leaves Master Mutaito to die but spares Mutaito's students Master Roshi and Master Shen; The second time is when he does not kill Yajirobe, who hid from him during his fight with Goku (King Piccolo can apparently sense power levels, as he states Master Roshi, Chiaotzu, and Tien are hiding from him, but he also seemed surprised when Chiaotzu appeared, thinking Roshi was alone). Later, after regaining his youth and becoming arguably more maniacal than before, he also spares the lives of Emperor Pilaf, Mai, and Shu, and later the life of King Furry (though he kills almost all of King Furry's guards). Also, during the worldwide announcement of his takeover, Piccolo stated that he deeply sympathizes with the criminals. According to himself, he sympathizes with them, because he viewed their imprisonment as being no different from his own, having been sealed within the electronic jar for many years.

Also despite being evil, he shows compassion to his kids, having a panic attack when they are killed (except Drum), however he insults them when he sees they are destroyed by Goku but quickly understands their demise at his hands, when Goku kills him (as seen in the Volume 12 of the manga). He is also vengeful as he created Piccolo Jr. partially out of a desire to take revenge on Goku for thwarting him in addition to reincarnating himself to continue his goal of conquering Earth. However, this inadvertently saved the life of his counterpart Kami who resurrected Shenron at the behest of Goku allowing Goku's friends to revive King Piccolo and his son's victims, effectively undoing the evil he had caused since his release. Additionally, his reincarnation though initially evil, lacked King Piccolo's pure evil nature. Though his reincarnation would ultimately succeed in killing Goku during the battle with Raditz (though Goku would ultimately be revived by the Dragon Balls which Piccolo predicted would happen), Piccolo's evil nature began to fade and he would eventually reform becoming one of the Z Fighters ultimately failing to continue King Piccolo's evil legacy as he had intended.



Main article: King Piccolo wars

King Piccolo came into being some 300 years before the beginning of Dragon Ball sometime after a nameless Namekian on Earth attempted to assume the position of guardian of Earth, he was denied the position due to the evil that lay within (a guardian's motives must be pure, but the nameless Namekian also wanted the job for the power it brought). As a result, the Namekian concentrated and trained to relinquish the evil within; which conspired into producing two separate entities — if one should perish, the other would also. This resulted in two beings — the concentrated evil being known as King Piccolo, and the pure being known as Kami. At first, the name "Piccolo" was a reference to the wind instrument, but then a revelation by Mr. Popo to Bulma meant it translated to "different world" in Namekian.[5]

Piccolo created several offspring and watched as they terrorized and killed helpless citizens and destroyed the cities they lived in but stepped in himself later on, after his sons were killed by Master Mutaito's pupils, including a young Master Roshi and a young Master Shen who were the only two who survived. Master Roshi and Master Shen could not as much as lay a finger on Piccolo, and Mutaito soon steps in but is himself outclassed and left to die by Piccolo. Despite Piccolo's devastating attacks, Mutaito lived. After being nursed back to health by his two remaining pupils, but before he could heal his wounds, Mutaito left, in shame because he lost in front of his two students. While Master Roshi never lost faith in his master, Master Shen did, and the two parted ways, with Master Roshi escaping to the mountains while Piccolo continued to kill human after human and destroy city after city.

Several years later, Mutaito seals King Piccolo in an Electric Rice Cooker with the help of Master Roshi and Master Shen. In the anime Mutaito and Roshi instead track Piccolo down for the final confrontation, which by this time the majority of Earth's population had been slaughtered. They find Piccolo in the ruins of a city, which is hauntingly quiet, and Mutaito wastes no time launching his attack on him, this special technique is revealed to be the suicidal Evil Containment Wave. Piccolo is trapped in the Electric Rice Cooker and Mutaito dies, and sometime afterward Master Roshi personally tosses the rice cooker into the deepest depths of the ocean.

The Electric Rice Cooker King Piccolo was sealed in was thrown into Isuri's Lake, the location of his throne. This area became corrupted by King Piccolo's evil spirit.

Afterward things slowly return to normal, with the cities being rebuilt and the Earth being repopulated, and over time people eventually forget King Piccolo ever existed, with the exception of Master Roshi, Master Shen and of course Kami. Some, such as Tien Shinhan and Yajirobe, heard the tale but dismissed it as a mere bedtime story.

Dragon Ball

King Piccolo Saga

Main article: King Piccolo Saga

"For some reason, every time I meet a martial artist, I have this incredible urge to destroy them. Even one as tiny and pathetic as you!"
Goku vs. King Piccolo

A few centuries later, King Piccolo's Electric Rice Cooker is retrieved from Isuri's Lake by Emperor Pilaf, who releases him from his confinement. Piccolo forces Pilaf to let him use his airship while he decides to have all the current and former finalists of the World Martial Arts Tournament murdered, thereby removing all those who might be able to learn the Evil Containment Wave and trap him once again. To aid him in this, he spits out two eggs, containing his first two sons shown on screen, Piano and Tambourine. Tambourine quickly goes about the task, his first victim being Krillin.

He dispatches Goku shortly after, by blasting his Flying Nimbus apart, throwing him down to the ground and giving him a bad beating, though he survives. King Piccolo then spits out an egg containing a third son, Cymbal, who he assigns the task of gathering the Dragon Balls. King Piccolo seeks the Dragon Balls so that he can wish to regain his youth and full power from his first war on Earth.

When King Piccolo senses that Cymbal has been killed, he orders Tambourine to hunt down the assassin. Guided by Emperor Pilaf's Global Dragon Radar, Tambourine arrives at Cymbal's last known location to discover Yajirobe and Goku, and in a vengeful rage for Krillin's death, Goku fights Tambourine, overpowering him, and then finally killing him. Again sensing that another of his sons has been killed, feeling pain, King Piccolo decides to deal with the fighter responsible personally. Upon arriving, King Piccolo confronts Goku, and despite his age, he easily defeats the boy (though King Piccolo was forced to admit that Goku was an exceptional fighter for forcing him down to the ground once). After a long fight, Goku is left severely beaten and near death, with King Piccolo's Makosen stopping Goku's heart momentarily. After checking Goku's heart, King Piccolo leaves Goku and takes his Dragon Ball, but Goku is saved by Yajirobe after King Piccolo leaves. A few hours later, Master Roshi challenges King Piccolo (using the remaining five Dragon Balls as a lure), attempting to trap him using the Evil Containment Wave. Master Roshi is able to catch the demon king in the wave, but when he attempts to hurl him into a container, he misses at the last second. The attempt leaves Master Roshi completely drained, and he dies shortly after, swearing to King Piccolo that his plans will never come to fruition.

After he taunts Master Roshi for failing, King Piccolo is then able to gather the Dragon Balls to summon Shenron. Asked by Tien, who could not move, Chiaotzu attempts to make a wish himself to prevent King Piccolo from doing so, but is killed by a Makosen from King Piccolo before he can finish his sentence, allowing King Piccolo to wish for eternal youth, becoming much more powerful than before since he is returned to his physical prime. However, before Shenron can disperse, King Piccolo kills the dragon with a single blast to prevent anyone else from using the Dragon Balls against him. Afterward, having no further use for them, Piccolo betrays Emperor Pilaf and his minions, literally throwing them off of their own airship.

With no one left that can properly challenge him, King Piccolo decides to savor his victory. Rather than all-out destroy civilization like he did the first time, he instead overthrows King Furry, after searching for him (killing many of Furry's guards in the process), to become the ruler of the Earth. At first, King Furry refuses to hand over his throne to Piccolo, but after Piccolo killed the Captain of the Guard on the hovercraft and destroyed half of the city with only some of his power, King Furry reluctantly does so.

As part of entertaining himself, he institutes several evil policies such as releasing all criminals and a more planned system of destruction. Since the Dragon world is split into 43 sections, King Piccolo decides that for every year on the day he conquered over King Furry, he will personally destroy each one of these sections until there is nothing but dust. The first number he randomly picks is 29, which is West City. Piccolo and Piano then prepare to fly to West City to start their new celebration scheme.

He is then confronted by Tien Shinhan, who has now learned the Evil Containment Wave Technique, but cannot perform it as the Electric Rice Cooker which would have been used to seal King Piccolo is broken (in the anime, Tien successfully performs the wave, but Drum is caught in it instead, and the rice cooker is destroyed before Tien could trap him). King Piccolo decides not to get his hands dirty and instead spits out an egg containing Drum, his most powerful son yet. The battle between Tien and this new son, Drum, is in the Namekian's favor, with Tien landing only one punch, but with no damage. After Tien cannot fight any longer, King Piccolo orders Drum to finish Tien off, but a much stronger Goku arrives just in time and quickly kills Drum with a kick to the head so hard that it knocks his eyeballs out.

King Piccolo and Goku face off again, with Goku surprising King Piccolo by managing to dominate him in the battle (thanks to the increase of power the Ultra Divine Water gave to Goku), blocking every attack King Piccolo throws at him. Goku manages to punch King Piccolo into Piano, with his crushing weight and Goku's strength, killing his son.

A fierce battle ensues, with King Piccolo briefly gaining the upper-hand when he manages to injure Goku's knee using Eye Lasers. He then manages to knock away Goku's Power Pole with a Finger Beam, after which he fires an Explosive Demon Wave at Goku, but Goku survives. After being unable to destroy Goku with another Explosive Demon Wave due to Tien helping Goku, King Piccolo resorts to a cowardly effort. He uses the weakened Tien as a human shield, threatening to crush his skull if Goku moves a muscle. Upon discovering that King Piccolo has killed Shenron and the Dragon Balls no longer exist, Goku resigns himself to do whatever King Piccolo wants despite Tien's pleas. King Piccolo then throws rocks at Goku with great force, costing the young hero the use of his legs and left arm. Satisfied, King Piccolo throws Tien aside and prepares to finish Goku off.

Realizing that he still had use of his right arm, Goku eventually blasts a Kamehameha from his right hand, propelling himself toward his enemy in the sky, punching a hole clean through King Piccolo's chest, mortally wounding him. Though shocked that he has been defeated, King Piccolo decides that Goku has only won for now and his legacy will continue; when Goku is not looking, he uses the last of his energy to spit an egg containing his final offspring/reincarnation, Piccolo Jr., thus sparing Kami's life. After imploring his son to avenge his death and destroy Goku, King Piccolo finally succumbs to his wounds and explodes.

Over the next three years, Piccolo Jr. would go on to challenge Goku at the next tournament for a rematch. Piccolo Jr. refers to himself as King Piccolo multiple times during the Piccolo Jr. Saga, as he is the reincarnation of his father.

Dragon Ball Super

"Future" Trunks Saga

Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga In the anime the Pilaf Gang has a flashback of Master Roshi's attempt to seal King Piccolo with the Evil Containment Wave is shown when Piccolo suggests that Goku seal the immortal Future Zamasu using the Evil Containment Wave after the second trip to the future timeline ends in failure.


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James Teal (Animerica 1996) wrote:When you think about it, there are a number of similarities between the Chinese-inspired Son Goku and that most American of superhero icons, Superman. Both are aliens sent to Earth shortly after birth to escape the destruction of their homeworlds; both possess super-strength, flight, super-speed, heightened senses and the ability to cast energy blasts. But the crucial difference between them lies not only in how they view the world, but in how the world views them.

Superman is, and always has been, a symbol for truth, justice, and upstanding moral fortitude–a role model and leader as much as a fighter. The more down-to-earth Goku has no illusions about being responsible for maintaining social order, or for setting some kind of moral example for the entire world. Goku is simply a martial artist who’s devoted his life toward perfecting his fighting skills and other abilities. Though never shy about risking his life to save either one person or the entire world, he just doesn’t believe that the balance of the world rests in any way on his shoulders, and he has no need to shape any part of it in his image. Goku is an idealist, and believes that there is some good in everyone, but he is unconcerned with the big picture of the world…unless it has to do with some kind of fight. Politics, society, law and order don’t have much bearing on his life, but he’s a man who knows right from wrong.

Master Mutaito Defeats King Piccolo [English]

Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo

2009 video game

Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo, released in Japan as Dragon Ball: World's Greatest Adventure (ドラゴンボール天下一大冒険, Doragon Bōru Tenkaichi Daibōken), is a video game based on the Dragon Ball franchise. It was developed by Media.Vision and published by Namco Bandai under the Bandai label. It was released in Japan on July 23, 2009, and in other territories in October of that same year.

The game is an arcade style beat'em up and platformer that allows players to take on the role of series protagonist Goku as he fights to stop both the Red Ribbon Army organization and later Demon King Piccolo from collecting the Dragon Balls to complete their plans for world domination. To date, Revenge of King Piccolo was the last console game in Dragon Ball franchise to be centered around the first 194 chapters of the original manga series.


Players can battle with a basic or mêlée combat system. The two meters on the top left hand corner represent healthand ki, while the on right represent zeni just collected.

The game has two styles of gameplay to work with. The Adventure Mode retells the events within both the Red Ribbon Army and early Demon King Piccolo story arcs. In this mode game functions as arcade style beat'em up and platformer, where players in the role of protagonist Goku, run from point A to point B fighting various enemies and bosses and hopping gaps and ledges.[2][3] Players can use simple and melee type of attacks or use the Kamehameha battle. Each enemy the player takes out will earn them health, powerups, or zeni which can be used in the shop.[4] The game uses a lock-on system which allows players to deliver powerful connecting attacks or to grab a device to cross hard to pass places.[5] The World Tournament lets players battle as one of the available fighter in the Adventure Mode in a World Martial Arts Tournament style VS fighter.[6] Other modes include the shop, where players can buy upgrades, in game music, movies and collectables,[7] and the gallery where player can view their earned collectables, music, and movies.


The game was first announced in the May issue of V Jump magazine. The article featured screenshots revealed that the game would be a platformer, and it would focus on both the Red Ribbon Army and Demon King Piccolo story arcs. Another screenshot demonstrated a few of the features with the Wiimote.[8] A few weeks later Namco Bandai's European branch would issue a statement that they would release the game throughout Europe. It also stated that the game would feature the original series music and voice overs, an unlockable VS mode, and a release date sometime in Autumn.[9]

On June 2, Namco Bandai's US branch issued a statement announcing that they would also be distributing the game as Revenge of King Piccolo throughout North America. They also would mention about the game's controls such as the Wiimote and Nunchuk's ability to issue combos and execute various ki attacks like the Kamehameha, that the game would feature an RPG element that would let the player use Zeni to buy items to help power-up Goku, and a release date sometime in the Fall season.[10] On September 25, Namco Bandai announced that Revenge of King Piccolo was complete and would be available on October 20.[11]



Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo received generally mixed reviews from critics. It has a score of 65% on Metacritic.[20]Nintendo World Report awarded it a score of 8 out of 10, saying "Solid games like Dragon Ball Revenge of King Piccolo keep the franchise alive. It manages to integrate multiple game genres into one great title that series fans should enjoy"[21]IGN awarded it a score of 7.4 out of 10, calling it "A simple beat-'em-up that seems perfect for kids but too forgiving and straightforward for die-hards."[22]GameSpot awarded it a score of 5.0 out of 10, saying "Revenge of King Piccolo is more successful as a Dragon Ball primer than as an actual fighting game."[23]


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  2. ^"Playing the Game". Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo Instruction Booklet. Dragon Ball. Santa Clara, California: Namco Bandai. October 20, 2009. pp. 8–13.
  3. ^"Adventure". Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo Instruction Booklet. Dragon Ball. Santa Clara, California: Namco Bandai. October 20, 2009. p. 14.
  4. ^"About Items". Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo Instruction Booklet. Dragon Ball. Santa Clara, California: Namco Bandai. October 20, 2009. p. 15.
  5. ^"Playing the Game". Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo Instruction Booklet. Dragon Ball. Santa Clara, California: Namco Bandai. October 20, 2009. p. 10.
  6. ^"World Tournament". Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo Instruction Booklet. Dragon Ball. Santa Clara, California: Namco Bandai. October 20, 2009. p. 16.
  7. ^"Shop". Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo Instruction Booklet. Dragon Ball. Santa Clara, California: Namco Bandai. October 20, 2009. p. 17.
  8. ^"Wii→今夏→アクション→Dragon Ball天下一大冒険" [Wii → Summer → Action → Dragon Ball: World's Greatest Adventure]. V Jump (in Japanese). Tokyo-to, Chiyoda-ku Hitotsubashi 2-5-10: Shueisha: 55 & 56. May 2009.CS1 maint: location (link)
  9. ^"Namco Bandai Games Europe Announces 'Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo' for Wii Bringing the Fun-filled, Action-packed Original Dragon Ball Story to Wii for the First Time with 3D Graphics, Launching in Europe Autumn 2009". Namco Bandai EU. May 25, 2009. Archived from the original on June 15, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
  10. ^"Namco Bandai Games Announces Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo for Wii Relive the Action-Packed Original Dragon Ball Story". Santa Clara, CA: Namco Bandai. June 2, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
  11. ^"Namco's Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo Goes Gold, Action-packed side scrolling Dragon Ball adventure is coming exclusively for Wii.". IGN. September 25, 2009. Archived from the original on September 28, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  12. ^"DRAGON BALL: REVENGE OF KING PICCOLO". Metacritic. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  13. ^Joynt, Patrick (November 20, 2009). "Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo Review". GameSpot. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  14. ^"DRAGON BALL: REVENGE OF KING PICCOLO REVIEW". GamesRadar. October 20, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  15. ^"Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo – WII – Review". GameZone. May 4, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  16. ^Bozon, Mark (November 18, 2009). "Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo Review". IGN. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  17. ^Hernandez, Pedro (November 17, 2009). "Dragon Ball Revenge of King Piccolo". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  18. ^Bella, Jesús (November 2, 2009). "Análisis de Dragon Ball Revenge of Piccolo". 3DJuegos. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  19. ^Mey, Macarena (October 30, 2009). "Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo". Vandal. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  20. ^"Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo". Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  21. ^"Dragon Ball Revenge of King Piccolo Review - Review". Retrieved 30 December 2016.
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  23. ^"Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo Review". Retrieved 30 December 2016.


  1. ^Released under the Bandai brand name outside North America.

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