I’ve had many episodes to dwell on these characters and my attention has lingered - - as it does so unpredictability, sometimes - - on Nappa’s Q-ball of a scalp. Considering how most of the Saiyans are defined by their outrageous, shocked-up manes, there has to be some added significance when one among their ranks is as bald as he is. I mean, isn’t the whole notion of seeking Super Saiyan ascendancy kind of cocked-up when he doesn’t have any hair that can go gold and shiny?
Considering how it’s repeatedly stressed how this big, lumbering oaf is subservient to this slight, diminutive Prince Vegeta, I can’t help but wonder if there’s a deliberate rearrangement of authority and an implicit caste system being represented here. Again, this is a show where hair fundamentally equals power. Krillin is so consistently impotent that he’s one of the show’s most reliable punchlines, and now we see Tien, another baldly, proving to be just as ineffectual against the bad guys.
The strengths of Piccolo, Buu and the like don’t really disprove this either, because they’re inhuman creatures who aren’t expected to have hair. When you see a character in DBZ - - be he human or Saiyan - - who is notably missing hair that his peers have, you immediately understand that he’s less powerful. No, Toriyama probably wasn’t trying to push some follicle agenda, but the notion is there, and if he subconsciously incorporated it into the story, then there probably is something more to it.
More to than we have space for here, though. While I’ve still got space, I’ll just say… poor Chiaotzu!
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|Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk|