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Piccolo is a Namekian warrior on Earth and one of the Z-Fighters. Born from the Demon King Piccolo to kill Goku, he would join him as one of his strongest allies.
Piccolo is the reincarnated offspring of Demon King Piccolo. He was born when Goku killed King Piccolo and before he died he spat an egg out. This was Piccolo and he was made specifically to destroy Goku for revenge. Piccolo grew and trained hard in isolation and preparing for a World Martial Arts Tournament. Dejected by defeat, he would go back into isolation to train once more.
Their battle would have to wait when an alien named Raditz came to Earth looking to kill Goku and nearly killed Piccolo to get to him. It was then discovered that this alien was Goku's brother and they are both aliens known as Saiyans. After Goku sacrificed himself to defeat Raditz by letting Piccolo kill them both. Piccolo would take in Goku's young son Gohan and train him for the coming battle with the other Saiyans who were on there way. Through developing this young child as a fighter, Piccolo's heart was moved. Though originally motivated by pride alone, this human connection and admiration for Goku's sacrifice would seal Piccolo as their ally and another protector of Earth and it's people. While fighting these new and more powerful Saiyans Piccolo also discovered his own origin. He was not a demon but another alien called a Namekian from the planet Namek.
Piccolo is a character of the Dragon Ball series created by Akira Toriyama. He is the first of the future line of Dragon Ball villains who would become allies of Goku after one major battle together. When asked about his favorite character, Toriyama would name Piccolo saying,
" I believe mine would be Piccolo. He was the first character in my manga where I was like, 'He has a really scary face, but he's so cool.' It's really cliche when bad guys turn into good guys, but it just feels great drawing it! "
Akria Toriyama on his favorite character.
In the fight with the villain Babidi, Toriyama originally wanted to have Piccolo fall under the spell, but editors convinced him that Vegeta would be a better choice since fans had been wanting to see Goku and Vegeta fight again.
Piccolo's first appeared in Dragon Ball Volume 14, Ch. 161 "The Fist of Son Goku", and his first anime appearance was in Dragon Ball - Episode 123 "Lost and Found". He has been voiced by Toshio Furukawa throughout the run of the anime in Japan, and the voice of Piccolo as a child was voiced by Hiromi Tsuru. Though, he has had several voice actresses for the release in the United States, due to the various companies that have dubbed the series in it's long run.
" It's ironic, isn't it? After all my years of training to defeat your father, I'd go out like this trying to save you; his son. "
Piccolo "Dragon Ball" Vol. - Ch.
In the original Dragon Ball series, Piccolo, as well as Demon King Piccolo and Kami, were said to be from the Dragon Clan who were the creators of the Dragon Balls. The story was originally designed to end after Goku defeated Piccolo and won the World's Martial Art's Tournament, but the series story was extended after this. It was then changed that Goku was now an alien called Saiyan and Piccolo was made into another alien species called a Namekian. He is a green-skinned character with patches of magenta long his arms and abdomen, and some of the more prominent facial features would be the pointed ears and antennas on his head. He is almost always wearing a turban and white cloak. These are shown to be heavily weighed down to assist him in his training.
Piccolo only has a brief appearance as part of the Dragon Ball era of story at the last end for the final World's Martial Arts Tournament. He is Goku's final opponent and shows off many skills that he shows to never use again.
It was in the Dragon Ball Z era of the story where much of Piccolo's origin was changed from demon to alien from Planet Namek. He would go on from a villain to a popular heroic character in the series. He is the one who originally trains Goku's son, Gohan, and even sacrificed himself to save Gohan. As the series progressed, Piccolo would need more power to keep up with the growing threats of enemies. He would become dramatically stronger several times by merging with other Nemekians. First with Nail on Planet Namek to fight Frieza, and later would combine with Kami, who was originally part of Demon King Piccolo; so he could take part in the Cell Games.
Gohan greatly admires Piccolo and even wears clothes modeled after him for when he goes into battle.
Until the training continued and he wouldn't stop until Goku paid for what he did. He trained for three long and hard years and he was now a teenager. The tournament began. Piccolo defeated anyone in his way with ease. Krillin was his next battle and he took Krillin down in the end. He went on to face a man named Hero which was actually Kami. Piccolo took him down and sealed him in a bottle and ate it. He did this so if anyone wanted to kill him they now could not cause they would kill Kami. He was then to fight Goku.
The fight was a long and hard one and Piccolo put up a great fight. But, in the end Goku beat him and during the fight he freed Kami. Even after this he still wanted to kill Goku and had his mind set for it. Eventually Piccolo went after Goku but, met Raditz who he started to fight. Raditz just walks away and goes looking for Goku. Piccolo goes to Goku and tells him the Raditz wants to destroy Earth. So him and Goku become allies for a short amount of time.
The two go after Raditz and battle him. Raditz starts to beat on them but, then Gohan appeared. Gohan gets in the way and Piccolo is able to wound Raditz with a strong blast. But, the blast kills Goku too. Raditz was dying and starts to talk about more Saiyans. So Piccolo walks up to him and kills him. Piccolo looks for Goku's body and sees it's gone. He then guessed that Kami took the body.
So with more Saiyans coming Piccolo takes in Gohan. He starts to train him long and hard. He gave him painful tasks but, eventually the two become friends. Piccolo starts to look after Gohan like he was his own. They eventually went and found the two Saiyans. Goku was revived by Dragon Balls and all of Goku's friends wait for him. Then Saiyans then battle them. Nappa and Vegeta start to wail on the earth warrior. Nappa is then ordered to finish everyone off quickly. When Nappa sends a blast towards Gohan, Piccolo jumps in front and is killed. Goku arrives then and beats all the Saiyans. So then Goku goes to Planet Namek to find their Dragon Balls to revive everyone that had died.
So the crew goes all over Namek and find the Dragon Balls. After they collect them all and call the dragon. Piccolo sends them a message and tells them for the first wish to bring him back and then next use it to send him to Namek. He told them that if he made the wishes all of the Dragon Balls will return with Kami and he could wish his friends back afterwards. Piccolo arrives on Namek after being brought back. He flies towards Frieza but, looks around to see that Frieza has destroyed his home. On the way he finds a dying Namekian. The Namekian goes by Nail and tells Piccolo to fuse with him so he could beat Frieza. He accepts and fuses with nail and heads towards Frieza.
Piccolo finds Frieza and when he arrives he see's Gohan trying to fight. Piccolo then takes on Frieza and they fight hard against eachother. Frieza turns into his third form though and defeats Piccolo. Gohan takes Piccolo to Dende to get healed. After Piccolo is healed Frieza arrived and killed Dende. Frieza was now in his final form and was taking on all of the fighters. Goku shows up and starts to fight Frieza. They have a good battle but, Frieza starts to overpower him. So he starts to create a Spirit Bomb. Piccolo jumps in to buy Goku some time. Soon Goku forms the attack and launches it towards Frieza. The attack didn't kill Frieza but, injured him badly. Frieza then attacks Piccolo and almost kills him. Goku goes Super Saiyan and eventually defeats Frieza though. Piccolo is taken back to earth and is healed. There he stays with Gohan.
After the defeat of Frieza at the hand of Trunks when Frieza returns with his father King Cold, Trunks warns everyone about the upcoming Androids that would attempt to kill all Z Fighters and that Goku would die of a heart disease if not treated properly, when the Androids arrive Piccolo battles Cell and loses after this Piccolo has a brief battle with Android 17 however he is defeated with great ease and with the humiliating defeat Piccolo fuses with Kami and becomes much more powerful and after this he fights Android 17 and the two fight in an equal match however Piccolo and Android 17 where on par in terms of raw power he lacked Android 17's limitless stamina and so he became slightly tired and Cell surprisingly intervened in the battle but is knocked away by Piccolo and Piccolo continues to battle Android 17 until he is completely exhausted and Cell rushes in and uses the Solar Flare technique to blind Piccolo and then Cell absorbs Android 17 which makes Piccolo admit that he left his guard down. After Cell absorbs Android 18 he holds a martial arts tournament to determine Earth's fate, Piccolo went through intense training and his power was dramatically increased like every other Z Fighter, when Cell's tournament opened Goku was the first to fight however he immediatley told Gohan to fight next much to Piccolo's disapproval however being Gohan's father Goku told Piccolo he knew what he was doing, upon seeing Gohan fight Cell, Piccolo even offered to switch places with him however Goku told him that Gohan had the power to defeat Cell, Cell created Cell Jr.'s to fight the Z Fighters in order to release Gohan's rage so that Gohan would fight at full power, Piccolo was among the rest of the Z Fighters who did not stand much of a chance against the Cell Jr.'s, Gohan eventually defeated Cell by using the kamehameha technique and overpowering him however this is because Vegeta distracted Cell long enough for him to lose concentration which gave an open oppurtunity for Gohan to finish Cell.
Years past after Cell's defeat and Gohan had grown into a teenager and he no longer trained with Piccolo. During the Majin Buu Saga, Piccolo briefly fought Dabura with Krillin however he and Krillin are turned into stone when Dabura spits on them however they are then brought back to normal and Piccolo acts as a trainer to Goten and Trunks and helps them with their fusion technique and gives them directions in battle while they are fused however he is absorbed by Super Buu along with Goten and Trunks. He is later freed after Buu's defeat.
In Dragon Ball GT, Piccolo rarely appears however he does appear in GT. Piccolo is severly injured by Gohan when he was possessed by Baby and he later dies with the Earth to destroy the Black Star Dragon Balls. He is then sent to Heaven however he requests to be sent to Hell in order to free Goku when he is imprisoned there. He puts Hell in order and protects it's rulers and Goku later goes to Hell to tell Piccolo that he is leaving and that he is glad they teamed up years ago and that they became friends. Piccolo tells Goku that he has become a good friend and that someday he will get out of Hell, the two shake hands and Goku leaves while Piccolo stays behind in Hell.
Piccolo's Namekian physiology grants him vast levels of superhuman physical strength and can augment his strength using telekinesis. Piccolo has been shown knocking down Android 17 hard enough that a large crater was created by the impact, Piccolo has overwhelmed Imperfect Cell with his physical strength, he has overpowered Android 17 with physical strength, on more than 2 occasions Piccolo has shown to possesses physical strength greater than that of the Androids and he has shattered entire cliffs and large rock formations with his fists. Throughout Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, Piccolo's physical strength increased to the point that when he was sent to Hell by King Yemma for blasting Heaven he took control of Hell and created an order to keep the villains under bay, villains which include (Bojack, Frieza, Perfect Cell, Cooler etc.) which would imply that Piccolo had enough power to keep these villains under bay. Piccolo's current power level is possibly beyond Super Saiyan 2 level and his physical strength allows him to lift in the excess of 100 tons with no known upper limit. Piccolo can grow even larger in size further increasing his physical strength.
His Namekian physiology grants him great superhuman speed. Piccolo thinks, reacts and moves at superhuman speeds. Piccolo is constantly said to be one of the fastest Z Fighters of all. Piccolo's superhuman speed apply when he is thinking as he thinks extremely fast, his reflexes and reactions are incredibly rapid as he dodges lightning fast attacks that cannot be seen by the human eye and dodges ki beams that have been previously shown to move at or in excess of the speed of light. Piccolo is depicted as flying incredibly fast well over hypersonic speeds and is able to fly at high intense and harsh atmospheric pressures, temperatures and environments. Piccolo is able to move so fast that he is able to leave an after-image of himself behind.
Piccolo's Namekian body grants him great superhuman physical durability. Piccolo has been shown withstanding blows and attacks from powerful enemies such as Android 17, Broly, Perfect Cell and others without sustaining great physical damage (with the exception of Broly who caused great physical damage to Piccolo). Piccolo has withstood being blasted through mountains, falls from great heights and powerful energy blasts without sustaining any visible physical damage.
Piccolo like all Namekians possesses an accelerated healing factor and regenerative ability. Piccolo's accelerated healing factor is so great that he is able to heal from severe injuries within moments and can regrow lost limbs in seconds. His regeneration and accelerated healing factor has proven a great advantage when in battle as he quickly heals or regenerates from devastating attacks. One of the greatest examples of this ability is when Piccolo was turned to stone by Dabura and Goten and Trunks accidentally smashed the stone Piccolo into pieces, after Dabura was killed Trunks and Goten were horrified to find out that they may have killed Piccolo, but he was soon seen completely uninjured, and explained that he can regenerate provided his head is intact.
Piccolo has the ability to split into another separate Piccolo creating another form or even clone of himself. Piccolo has shown this ability on plenty of occasions and can use this ability in a battle to his advantage or to confuse his opponents, as well as a tool to aid in training.
Piccolo is able to physically manipulate his body to grow in size further increasing his strength in process. Piccolo becomes ten times his size when in his giant form. Piccolo had used this ability when fighting Garlick Jr. and during the Piccolo Jr. Saga. He also possesses the power of elasticity with his skill of manipulation. Piccolo is able to extend his arms and legs reaching great distances, he stretches or extends his arms and they become almost elastic in nature seemingly looking as if they have no bones.
Piccolo is able to fire thin energy beams from his eyes called "Eye Lasers". His eye lasers are very fast and are able to nullify attacks and small projectiles. The potency of this attack varies. The color of the beams can be different and can be blue-tinged white or pure red depending on the intensity and amplitude of the lasers.
Piccolo is able to magically create random objects from thin air and is a form of matter manipulation. Piccolo has used this power during several occasions such as to create uniforms for himself and Gohan and during the Majin Buu he uses this power to create an hour glass out of thin air.
Piccolo has the power to manipulate energy mainly ki. Piccolo manipulates energy for several reasons such as energy blasts, energy waves, energy bolts, energy beams, electricity generation etc. Piccolo is able to create powerful energy blasts capable of harming the likes of Goku, Gohan and others and has destroyed mountains and other rock formations with his energy attacks. Piccolo has been shown creating a homing beam of energy that follows the intended target until it reaches the target, Piccolo has also launched blasts of electricity from his antennae that cause considerable damage. Piccolo has shown complete and perfect mastery over his energy manipulation and has launched a scattered array of energy bolts surrounding an opponent and smashing into the target upon his command, he can manipulate invisible energy to launch an energy wind ki attack from hypothetically any part of his body. Piccolo can also launch explosive blasts of energy causing great damage and devastating destruction easily capable of destroying a city and can blast powerful bolts of energy at his targets. His blasts are powerful enough to effortlessly destroy entire forests, cities, mountains, moons, and could destroy the planet with a powerful energy blast. Piccolo can gather the ki energy in his environment and use it to increase or and enhance and or augment his overall power and speed and when gathering this energy dubbed as "Powering Up" a flame-like aura of a random color forms around his body emitting its own light as it begins to rapidly shift implying that he is increasing the energy he is gathering. Piccolo can also channel the ki energy around his body to further increase his physical strength and he can functionally concentrate the ki energy in single areas of his body such as his fists to deliver more power blows called "Energy-Enhanced Strikes". When Piccolo like other Z Fighters and characters power up the ground begins to quake and sometimes even craters form around them and large debris of rocks levitate around them. Piccolo is well known for effortlessly destroying the moon at the very beginning of Dragonball Z with a ki blast Since then his destructive power has increased exponentially after training, fusing with Nail, and becoming one with Kami.
Piccolo can use his energy powers to sense a being's ki and follow the energy signature of the ki and follow the energy trail the being leaves behind to locate the being. Piccolo can use this ability to sense the remnants of a being's ki as well.
Piccolo can lift and manipulate heavy objects and people with his mind. He can lift incredibly heavy objects almost mountain-like in size and when powering up (gathering the ki energy around him) large debris of rock begin levitating around him and Piccolo's telekinesis can allow him to lift objects weighing several tons with no known upper limit to the weight of which he can lift.
Piccolo is able to send his thoughts into other beings' minds to actively communicate with them and he is able to receive the thoughts of other beings and can functionally read the minds of other beings. Piccolo's telepathy however does not allow him to send mind blasts or mental attacks however with significant training he could theoretically do so.
Piccolo is superhuman intelligent speaking with an advanced vocabulary only matched by Vegeta's royal vocabulary however Piccolo's is out of pure wisdom and intelligence. Piccolo is able to conduct great strategic plans during battle to defeat a powerful opponent and is able to analyze the most complicated of problems. In addition Super Buu was very dumb and had even lower intelligence than Fat Buu and spoke in the third person however after he absorbed Piccolo he became vastly more intelligent than he had ever been and spoke with an advanced vocabulary and had a great increase in intelligence. Piccolo is depicted as one of the smartest DB characters.
Piccolo is a master hand to hand combatant and is functionally the wisest, most calculating and the cleverest fighter among all of the Z Fighters. Piccolo is a master of several martial arts and is actively a better fighter than Goku and even with Vegeta. Piccolo's wisdom and experience during battle serve him well as he observes his opponent's fighting style developing several counters for their techniques and moves and goes on rather than the defensive than offensive stance to better understand his opponent's fighting style and counter them. Piccolo's fighting skill is so great and well known that he had become Gohan's hand to hand combat teacher.
Various changes were made to Piccolo throughout the animated adaption of the Dragon Ball series produced by Toei Animation. In the manga, Piccolo is illustrated with four fingers, but the anime draws him with five fingers. Another alteration is to Piccolo's blood. Though in Dragon Ball he is shown to have read blood, in Dragon Ball Z after losing his arm. He's shown to to have purple blood.
In a rare cross promotional event, the completely separate worlds of Dragon Ball and One Piece, created by Eiichiro Oda, were merged into a completely original story where character from both series were combined to make a short story in manga and later made into an anime special. The story was called Cross Epoc.
Piccolo has made appearances in several of the official anime movies during the Dragon Ball Z era of the story. None of these films held any place in the official continuity of the series.
It was in 2009 that an officially sanctioned live-action movie was created in the U.S. The title was Dragonball Evolution. Much of the story was changed from the original concept. In this movie Piccolo was named as Lord Piccolo and was played by James Marsters. The movie was panned by both fans and critics. Though, despite the poor reception of the first movie. There were confirmed report of a direct sequel until word came that Hollywood was going to attempt a reboot of the movie instead.
(For a full list of games that feature Piccolo, see her profile on Giant Bomb. HERE)
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