Trained by Master Roshi's rival, the Crane Hermit (Tsuru Senin). Tien Shinhan is widely known as the strongest human in Dragon Ball Z, though Akira Toriyama has stated he is a descendant of alien Tri-Cylops.
Tien Shinhan was initially an enemy of Goku and he was trained by Master Roshi's rival the Crane Hermit (Tsuru Senin). Tien Shinhan later becomes friends with Goku. Prior to becoming friends with Goku, Tien Shinhan was quite brutal as he broke Yamucha's leg without showing signs of remorse and had aspirations to be the worlds greatest assassin, like his master's younger brother Tao Pai Pai. The first time Tien Shinhan is seen in the Dragon Ball anime is in episode 82 where he and Chiaotzu go village to village scamming people out of their money by secretly bringing in a deadly beast known as the InoShikaCho, then charging the villagers money to get rid of it. Tien and Chiaotzu are the first characters with the ability to fly, which is a trademark of the Crane School.
Tien Shinhan is accompied by his friend Chiaotzu to enter the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament (Tenkaichi Budokai), where he breezes through the preliminaries and beats Yamcha and Jackie Chun (who is also secretly Master Roshi) and then faces an opponent who he finds is stronger than any other he has faced thus far in his life; Goku, whom he narrowly defeats in the championship match. After the tournament Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu become allies of Goku, training together with Yamcha and entering the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, where he meets his former master Tsuru Senin's little brother Tao Pai Pai, who has become stronger due to cyborg enhancements. Tien is able to easily defeat Tao Pai Pai only to lose in the semi finals to Goku. When the Saiyans arrive Tien Shinhan kills a Saibaman, then fights Nappa and despite losing an arm and fighting heroically after Chiaotzu's suicidal sacrifice, and using the desperation kikoho he is killed in the battle. Tien Shinhan and the rest of the deceased Z Fighters (Tien, Chiaotzu, Piccolo and Yamcha) are trained by King Kai and Tien is even seen fighting on par with Jeice and Burter of the Ginyu Force, who in the anime are invited to King Kai's Planet to aid in training. Tien and the others are later revived by Porunga. After the defeat of Frieza, Tien Shinhan goes through intense training and becomes much more powerful than before, going with the rest of the Z Fighters to engage the Androids. Tien is easily defeated by Android 17, but vows to continue fighting and helping anyway he can. Perhaps Tien's greatest feat is when he successfully manages to hold down Semi Perfect Cell with his Shin Kikoho technique. Tien participates in the Cell Games, however he falls victims to Cell's spawns called the Cell Jr.'s who are said to be stronger than a Super Saiyan. After Cell is defeated by Gohan, Tien Shinhan goes through a journey in the world to train with Chiaotzu, however when Majin Buu exterminates the population of Earth Tien and Chiaotzu are seen dodging Buu's Genocide Blast, and Tien helps Gohan in the battle against Buu but is defeated. Majin Buu even takes note of Tien calling him a "legendary warrior". Tien Shinhan is seen sparsely throughout Dragon Ball GT, Akira Toriyama had wanted him to be married to Lunch in GT, but Toei refused this request.
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Tenshinhan enters the tournament being staged by Mr. Satan's people and Gyosan Money (Mr. XS Cash) for his son's birthday. Ten easily makes it to the semi finals where Ten draws and must fight the Saiyan Trunks. This fight is dead even, Ten even uses his kikoho technique and is fighting on par with Trunks. However Trunks turns Super Saiyan and defeats Tenshinhan.
Ten then fights hard against Bojack and his crew, but is defeated.
Tenshinhan has trained intensely throughout his life and never stopped training until his death. Ten has devoted his life to learning all aspects of martial arts, and was taught the Tsuru Senin style, which included certain forbidden techniques such as the kikoho. Also due to intense physical training and later being trained by Kaiosama, Ten is much stronger than a normal human and he possesses superhuman strength and power to an unknown level, however during the 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai Muten Roshi remarks that Ten's kikoho is much stronger than the kamehameha which he used to destroy the moon at the 21st Tenkaichi Budokai. Tenshinhan possesses superhuman speed, incredible superhuman agility and he possesses vast superhuman stamina. Ten is also able to fly (In fact Bukujutsu-"flight" was a signature technique of the Crane School) and he is also able to manipulate energy for energy blasts, energy spheres, and energy sheilds.
Tenshinhan is also a master at using invisible ki blasts called Kiai.
Tenshinhan has displayed the ability to copy an opponents attacks after seeing it once, as demonstrated when he performs the Turtle School's signature Kamehameha:
In addition he posses several special moves:
In English called the Tri Beam Cannon, the Kikoho is literally a "spirit cultivation canon" Tenshinhan fires a powerful beam of energy that uses up his life force. Over exerting himself using this technique leads to death. Tenshinhan first used this move against Goku at the 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai, and variations against Nappa (Desperation Kikoho) and Cell (Shin Kikoho)
The Shishin no Ken (multiform) allows Tenshinhan to split his body into 4 independent beings. Tenshinhan used this technique notably against Goku at the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai. The one downside of this technique is each of the four bodies has 1/4th the power of the original.
The Shiyo Ken (four arms technique) is a special technique where Tenshinhan grows two extra arms out of his back for combat. Ten uses this attack against Goku at the 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai
Taiyo Ken (literally Fist of the Sun) or Solar Flare, is a technique Tenshinhan uses to blind his opponents. First used against Goku at the 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai, the Solar Flare has been a popular move for many Z characters, such as Goku and Cell.
The signature ki beam of the Crane School of martial arts, the Tsuru Senin (Crane Hermit) taught this move to both Tenshinhan and Chaozu.
Tenshinhan posses a third eye which increases his ability to follow opponents movements:
Tenshinhan has also demonstrated the ability to fire a laser like ki blast from his third eye, as seen in his fight at the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai.
It has long been suspected that Tenshinhan awakened his third eye through intense training and meditation, however Akira Toriyama has actually said that Ten's origins are extraterrestrial in nature and that he is descendant from an alien race of Tri Cylops, or Three Eyes.
Lunch falls in love with Tenshinhan after seeing him compete at the 22nd Tenkaichi Budoukai, where upon the completion of the tournament she wants him to come live with her on Kame Senin's island.. They have a lot of moments together but Tenshinhan never really returns her feelings. However, they do live together after the defeat of Piccolo Jr. After Tenshinhan's death at the hands of the Saiyans, Lunch goes on a journey around the world and the two never meet again.
It's also interesting to mention that only the blond Lunch seems to have feelings for him.
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