This article is about Piccolo Jr.. For other name uses, see Piccolo (Disambiguation).
|Alternate names||Big Green Uncle|
Szatan Serduszko (Polish Dub)
The Mean Green Man
The Big Green (Westwood Dub)
|Debut||Manga: "The Fist of Son Goku"|
Anime: "Lost and Found"
|Date of birth||May 9, Age 753|
|Date of death||Age 762 (Revived)|
May 12th, Age 767 (Alternate timeline)
Age 774 (Revived)
Age 789 (DBGT)
|Weight||255 lbs. (adult)|
|Address||Kami's Lookout (after fusing w/ Kami)|
|Allegiance||Z Fighters (Age 761 - 789)|
"It's ironic, isn't it? After all my years of training to defeat your father, I go out like this trying to save you; his son."
Piccolo (ピッコロ Pikkoro) is a fictional character the Dragon Ball manga, authored by Akira Toriyama. Piccolo was first introduced as the reincarnation of the evil Piccolo Daimao in Chapter #167. The Tenkaichi Budokai Disturbance (波乱の天下一武道会Haran no Tenkaichi Budōkai) first published in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on April 4, 1988, making him a demon and arch rival of the primary protagonist, Son Goku. However, it is later revealed that he is from the race of alien beings called Namekians. Piccolo is usually referred to as male, but as he is Namekian he is technically genderless. After Goku defeats Piccolo, Piccolo decides to team up with Goku and his friends in order to beat newer, more dangerous threats. He also trains Goku's first child Son Gohan, and they form a stronger bond, with Piccolo even going to sacrifice himself for his only friend.
A wise and cunning warrior who was originally a ruthless enemy of Goku, Piccolo later becomes a permanent member of the Dragon Team, largely due to forming a mutual respect to Goku and even more from forming a close bond with Goku's first-born son Gohan.
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 in the Dragon Ball manga, but five in the anime series. 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 with a sky blue obi (red in the manga). When not fighting seriously, Piccolo also wears a white turban 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 become 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 Ape transformation. 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.
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. 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 restrain and honor, as he for no reason saved a mother and daughter from debris during a storm. 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 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 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 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. 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. 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.
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.
King Piccolo Saga
Main article: King Piccolo Saga
Piccolo Jr. is the reincarnation of his father King Piccolo, who was once a part of the Nameless Namek who fought a war over Earth only to be eventually killed by Goku.
Battle with Goku
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!"
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 son and reincarnation Piccolo Jr, who was to avenge his death. Piccolo spent the next three years in intensive training, preparing himself for the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament where he knew Goku would be a contestant, with the intent to kill him, also to kill Shaun and Danielle with their older siblings: Marcus and Amelia, newborn niece, Alyson, a two-year-old baby son named Zesmond and realize his father's dream of taking over the world.
After spending the three years training, a now physically teenage Piccolo entered the tournament using the alias, "Junior" ("Ma Junior" (マジュニア) in the Japanese manga and anime, with "Ma" meaning evil or demon). When the tournament started, Piccolo easily breezed past the preliminaries and into the finals. From there he first faced off against Goku's best 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. Krillin even managed to score a hit, but missed Piccolo using a Kamehameha blast. In their fight, Krillin eventually gave up, realizing he could not beat Piccolo.
His next match was against a powerful but nerdy human named Hero, whom Piccolo soon discovered was actually Kami, the good counterpart of Piccolo, in disguise by means of possessing a weak, everyday human.
When Kami attempted to use a technique to seal Piccolo into a small container (one like the Electric Rice Cooker which was used to seal King Piccolo for centuries prior to his release), Piccolo surprised everyone by reflecting it and instead captured Kami. Piccolo then swallowed the bottle, making chances of freeing Kami seem very slim, since both he and Goku knew that the only way to get to Kami was to kill Piccolo, and if that happened, Kami would also die.
Piccolo Jr.'s next fight was the one he had been waiting for, the match/rematch with Goku. Though Piccolo used an assortment of new techniques, Goku found a way to make many of them work to his advantage, and even freed Kami from captivity when Piccolo increased his size, tricking him into getting so large 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 and Shaun's left shoulder, Piccolo managed to cripple Goku's arms and legs after surprising him with a beam through his shoulder, saying he will not make the same mistake his father did (that is letting Goku have one working arm). In the end, Piccolo lost narrowly, with Goku using flight for the first time to knock Piccolo out of the ring. He was shown mercy as Goku gave him a Senzu Bean, which fully healed him instantly. Piccolo held little gratitude for this act though, and promised to continue his quest to destroy Goku, Shaun and Danielle and take over the world before he left.
Dragon Ball Z
Main article: Vegeta Saga
"Gohan, you're the only real friend I've ever had. Thank you... I'm proud of you. Wish me back, okay?... Get 'em... Gohan..."
After his defeat at the hands of Goku, Piccolo vowed to continue his quest to avenge his father and kill Goku, Shaun and Danielle, and flies off into the sky. Five years pass and Piccolo has since continued to train in order to reach his goal, but one day he has a brief confrontation with the Saiyan Raditz, who found Piccolo due to his scouter when he was trying to locate his brother Kakarot (Goku). In complete awe over the sudden arrival of this stranger, Piccolo demands to know Raditz's origins and intentions. Raditz smirks at Piccolo's demands, to which Piccolo retaliates with a Destructive Wave. Raditz shrugs off Piccolo's most powerful technique without a single dent, with Piccolo trembling in fear. Before Raditz can murder Piccolo, his scouter locates another strong power level. This makes Raditz ultimately ignore Piccolo in favor of his true target (whose power reading he had initially mistaken Piccolo's for due to their similar levels of progress), his younger brother Kakarot, who turned out to be Goku after learning everything from Jimmy when he's first to meet him in person to following Raditz about to warn Goku. Piccolo and Jimmy follows Raditz to Kame House, where Goku and his four-year-old child Gohan went to meet up with old friends and Shaun, Danielle, Marcus, Amelia with their children: Marcus and Amelia's two children names five-year-old daughter, Alyson and a four-year-old son Nathaniel and Shaun and Danielle's two children names seven-year-old son Zesmond and three-year-old daughter Kayla, Piccolo learns of Raditz's plan to destroy humanity by hiding behind the house and listening into the conversation with his strong hearing abilities. When Raditz easily subdues Goku, killed Shaun and Danielle with his a blast though their bodies laying on the sand and water dying and kidnaps Gohan and Kayla, Piccolo offers to Goku, Jimmy and Zesmond a temporary truce in the face of this new threat, intending to resume his ongoing struggle with Goku afterward. Goku agrees, despite the pleas of his friends against the idea, both Jimmy and Zesmond to join their team to get Gohan and Kayla back and the four make their way to defeat Raditz.
Once Goku, Jimmy, Zesmond and Piccolo locate Raditz, Goku makes a feeble effort to rescue his son through discussion rather than action, but this fails, resulting in a battle. Raditz easily tackles both Piccolo and Goku, managing to sneak attack and surprise them every chance he gets, with Piccolo and Goku not even being able to land a single hit. When the battle takes to the air, Raditz fires two energy waves downwards at Goku and Piccolo. Goku luckily dodges, but Piccolo is less fortunate, with his left arm being lost by disintegration. With the battle seemingly hopeless, Piccolo asks Goku if he has developed any new techniques to assist in these kind of battles. Goku answers he has not, with Piccolo scoffing at Goku's lack of planning or preparation. Piccolo reveals he has developed a technique to pierce even the strongest of bodies, naming it the Special Beam Cannon. Piccolo demands for Goku to buy him extra time to charge the technique, but states the wait will be worth it. As Goku begins to get pummeled, Piccolo finishes charging the attack, but is now in even more woe, as he fears Raditz will be fast enough to evade. Piccolo's prediction comes true, as he fires the blast, Raditz manages to side-step the attack, taking off only a small fragment of his Battle Armor. Raditz discovers his earlier assumptions on Goku and Piccolo's power levels were wrong, as he now knows Goku and Piccolo both have the ability to raise their power levels over 1,000, something Raditz was unaware of at first. When all hopes seems lost, as Raditz starts to pummel Goku into submission by breaking his ribs, Goku's young son Gohan intervenes after destroying the pod he was contained in and charges towards Raditz, damaging Raditz's armor and hurting him greatly by smashing into his chest. Now due to Raditz being much weaker from the assault, Piccolo manages to mortally wound Raditz with the Special Beam Cannon, although Goku sacrifices his life in the process to restrain Raditz, and Piccolo thus avenges his father at a bit of an unexpected moment. Before dying, however, Raditz tricked Piccolo into telling him about the Dragon Balls, and reveals that two other, more powerful Saiyans, Nappaand Vegeta, will be arriving on Earth in one year. In anger, Piccolo finishes Raditz off with one final blow rather than making him suffer, an action noticed by Kami who suspects that Piccolo is changing. When Goku dies shortly afterwards his body mysteriously vanishes, with Piccolo confirming Kami's intervention.
With the news of even more powerful opponents soon to arrive, Piccolo takes Gohan to Break Wasteland in order to train the boy and raise his survival skills, so Piccolo can use Gohan's massive potential to help defend the Earth from the Saiyans, and originally, to help Piccolo take over the world afterwards. Though his treatment to Gohan is initially harsh, leaving him alone in the Wasteland for six months to raise his survival techniques, then brutally training the boy for the next six months, he begins to warm up to Gohan, and the two form an unbreakable bond. While the training occurred, Piccolo shows a little affection for Gohan in the first night of his six-month survival training by giving him three apples, as Gohan had not eaten anything in days. Piccolo does become annoyed when Gohan complains about the apples' bitter taste, remarking Gohan will need to let go of his time with his parents who pampered and spoilt him. Suddenly, Gohan transforms into a Great Ape and proceeds to destroy the wasteland around him, much to Piccolo's shock and slight fear. Piccolo destroys the moonto turn Gohan back to normal, knowing the two invading Saiyans could use this technique to their advantage also. Piccolo then proceeds to remove Gohan's tail, and makes him new training clothes and a sword.
When Vegeta and Nappa arrive on Earth, they are met by Gohan, Goku's friends Krillin, Chiaotzu, Tien Shinhan, Jimmy and Yamcha, and Piccolo; Goku had been wished back to life, but would take several hours to arrive. Piccolo soon learns from the Saiyans that he is a Namekian rather than a demon as he previously believed. The Saiyans then start the fight off by growing six Saibamen, small,humanoid plant-like aliens grown from the ground who all have power levels equal to Raditz' 1200, which they instruct to fight in a mock tournament against the Earth's defenders. The Saibamen are all destroyed, though Yamcha is killed in battle when one of them manages to grip him and self-destruct, killing them both. Piccolo destroys the last remaining Saibaman, after it attacks Gohan, with a punch in the stomach, followed by a mouth blast, disintegrating it.
With the Saibamen gone, Nappa, the larger Saiyan, decides to enter combat. In the ensuing fight, Chiaotzu and Tien perish, and the defenders of the Earth are heavily beaten. When Chiaotzu prepares to self destruct while holding Nappa, Piccolo orders Gohan to watch Chiaotzu's sacrifice, and then proceeds to compliment Chiaotzu by saying Chiaotzu has won his respect for his sacrifice to take down a powerful enemy. Despite Piccolo landing some decent hits, and planning team attacks with Krillin and Gohan, Nappa seems invincible. During one of the team attacks, when Gohan gives into his fear and runs away from Nappa instead of blasting him as Piccolo ordered, Piccolo deems Gohan a failure, and when the three hour break occurs, suggests Gohan should go home, and not be a distraction in this fight. Remembering that during his fight with Raditz, Goku pulled and squeezed his tail tightly and had caused him unbearable pain, Piccolo attempted the same feat and got a hold of Nappa's tail (discussed with Krillin and Gohan after having a three-hour break) but the monstrous Saiyan revealed he and Vegeta were immune to that handicap and knocked the Namek unconscious for a short while. Later in the battle, when Nappa attempts to finish off Krillin with a final blast, Piccolo saves him just in time with a small hand blast launched at Nappa's back.
When the smaller but more powerful Saiyan named Vegeta detects that Goku is arriving, and that he is more powerful than anticipated (being read at 5,000 without powering up, already), he orders Nappa to quickly kill the remaining defenders, as their working with Goku might result in a challenge. Goku's resurrection proves that the Dragon Balls are legitimate, so they can use the ones on Namek and do not need the ones located on Earth. Nappa first aims for Gohan with an extremely powerful attack, but Piccolo jumps in the way of it, sacrificing himself to save Gohan. His body ruined, Piccolo falls to the ground. With tears in his eyes, Piccolo bids farewell to Gohan, whom he admits made him soft and is the only person to ever call him friend. Piccolo's death also results in Kami's passing, as they were once a single being, and therefore if one dies then so would the other.
After the Saiyans are beaten by Goku and the remaining fighters, and Vegeta retreats, Gohan, Jimmy, Kayla, Krillin and the brilliant inventor Bulma head to Namek and to locate the Dragon Balls so that they can wish Kami, Piccolo, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu back to life and restore the Dragon Balls of Earth.
"Between the five of us, Gohan, Jimmy, Kayla and Krillin, we can take this guy down."
As Goku was forced to do after his noble death, Piccolo travels down the winding Snake Way to King Kai's planet. There, he, Chiaotzu, Tien, and Yamcha all train under the watchful eye of King Kai. While it is unknown if he ever learned any of King Kai's secret techniques, Piccolo's power does increase so significantly that even Nail (a Warrior-type Namekian with a power level of 42,000) notes it as unbelievable.
"It's my people who Frieza destroyed. It's MY fight. He needs to pay for what he's done, and I intend to make him."
On Namek, Gohan, Krillin, Jimmy, Kayla and Dende, a young Namekian who Krillin and Gohan had previously saved, gather the Namekian Dragon Balls and summon the Namekian Dragon, Porunga. Piccolo contacts Gohan (via King Kai's telepathy) and demands he be resurrected with the first wish, be sent to Namek to battle Frieza with the second, and then Gohan could do whatever with the last wish. Piccolo's reasoning was that if he is brought back, then the Earth Dragon Balls will immediately return alongside Kami, allowing for wishes to be made to bring back Tien, Chiaotzu and Yamcha.
Piccolo soon arrives on Namek at a random point, since Gohan did not specify where on Namek he should be sent to when he asked Dende to have Porunga grant the wishes. After recovering from the initial shock of seeing his strangely familiar homeland for the first time and feeling the suffering of his people, Piccolo heads in the direction of a large energy source, believing it to be Frieza.
During his flight, he passes over a dying Namekian, Nail, who was earlier easily mauled by Frieza. Piccolo drops down to inspect the crippled Namekian and they begin to converse. Nail offers Piccolo to join with him, as the option of merging with his counterpart Kami could not be realized here (nor did Piccolo even want to be one with him, at this point). At first, Piccolo refuses, but Nail explains that Piccolo will not lose his personality, he will only feel the power gained from the fusion. Piccolo reluctantly accepts, and after the fusion is complete he is amazed by his awesome new power and rushes to Frieza's location.
When Piccolo arrives, he finds a battle in progress between Gohan, Krillin, Jimmy, Kayla and Vegeta (who had rebelled against Frieza), with Dende supporting them, against Frieza. He then takes on Frieza, with the doubt of Krillin and Vegeta, who is in his second form, alone and is able to go blow to blow with him, even without removing his weighted clothing. Vegeta became shocked to find that the Namekian that Nappa killed with ease mere months ago had become so powerful. After a brief exchange of blows, Frieza transforms into his third form and assaults Piccolo with a large barrage of invisible and virtually unavoidable shots, crippling the Namekian.
An angry Gohan intervenes and blasts Frieza with a Full Power Masenko, but Frieza knocks it back, and Piccolo uses the last of his strength to deflect the projectile with one of his own before it can hit the young Saiyan. Frieza then begins his final transformation into his true form, and Gohan uses the opportunity to take Piccolo to Dende, who has the ability to heal others completely. Piccolo quickly recovers, but he knows that he is even more thoroughly outclassed by Frieza's new form. Frieza begins his renewed attack with a single blast that kills Dende (having seen him healing Piccolo midway into his transformation), preventing the warriors from being healed again; Gohan, Krillin, and Piccolo respond with a joint assault but Frieza seemingly effortlessly evades all of their attacks.
Piccolo is then reduced to the sidelines, watching as a strengthened Vegeta attacks and falls against Frieza, helpless to intervene. After Goku arrives, Gohan, Jimmy, Kayla, Kelly, Krillin, and Piccolo get out of his way, and after witnessing Vegeta's murder at the hand's of Frieza, he watches Goku and Frieza duel from afar. (He also implies that he would like to fight Goku when it's over, though only for kicks.) Goku is soon overwhelmed by Frieza once he powers up to 50% of his power, nullifying even Goku's Kamehameha fired with a 20-fold Kaio-ken boosting his power, and, in desperation, attempts to use the Spirit Bomb. In order to buy Goku some time, Piccolo takes most of the remaining ki from Gohan, Jimmy, Kayla, Kelly and Krillin and jumps in to help, catching Frieza off-guard and kicking him in the head, giving Goku just enough time to finish the Spirit Bomb and launch it towards Frieza, seemingly killing him. Piccolo drags Goku's body out of the water, and meets up with Gohan, Jimmy, Kayla, Kelly and Krillin, celebrating.
Just as our heroes rejoice, Frieza towers above them revealing to still be alive, and shoots a powerful beam meant for Goku (in the anime only, for in the manga he intended to finish Piccolo and the others first all along, and as such aimed at him immediately), but Piccolo bravely takes the hit for his former rival and falls to the ground on the verge of death. After witnessing both Piccolo being heavily wounded, and Krillin being blown to pieces by Frieza, Goku finally had enough and unleashed his hidden Super Saiyan powers. Gohan, Jimmy and Kayla carried Piccolo off of the battlefield as Goku and Frieza clashed on the dying Planet Namek, with the former emerging as the victor. Piccolo is healed by Dende (who had been wished back to life along with the rest of the people killed by Frieza and his men) after being sent to Earth by a wish made to Porunga.
When the Namekians find a planet suitable to be New Namek, Piccolo declines to travel with them, and he stays on Earth with Gohan to protect and watch over the boy. Piccolo does not desire the peaceful, therefore dull, life to be had on Namek and instead wishes to keep training in order to become more powerful.
Garlic Jr. Saga
Main article: Garlic Jr. Saga
In this anime filler saga, Piccolo assists Gohan, Jimmy, Kayla and Krillin in defeating Garlic Jr., a villain first encountered in the film: Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, who returned with an incredible power up from the Makyo Star being near. Piccolo had to cope with Kami, his counterpart, sometimes getting hurt or tired, affecting Piccolo in battle. He also faked being under the influence of the Black Water Mist in order to get close enough to Garlic Jr. to free Kami and Mr. Popo, and in order to keep up the act, he had to act like he wanted to kill Gohan. Later, Piccolo, Gohan and Krillin manage to get Garlic Jr. sealed back into the Dead Zone.
Main article: Trunks Saga
One year after the events on Namek, Piccolo sensed Frieza and another powerful being heading towards Earth. He headed to the area where he detected they would land, and was soon joined by Vegeta, Yamcha, Puar, Bulma, Tien, Chiaotzu, Krillin, Jimmy, Alyson, Nathaniel and Gohan. Despair sets in on the group as they realize that there's little they can do to oppose such powerful foes.
Soon after Frieza and his father, King Cold, land they are confronted by a mysterious youth, who reveals himself to be a Super Saiyan and almost effortlessly destroys the father-son duo along with their minions. Piccolo and the others follow the youth, who tells them when and where Goku will be arriving. Just as the boy predicted, Goku lands and the boy converses with him privately, though Piccolo's superior hearing allows him to listen in.
The boy, known as Future Trunks, is the future son of Vegeta and Bulma and reveals a terrible plot by Dr. Gero, a scientist for the non-active Red Ribbon Army, to create powerful Androids for the sole purpose of annihilating Goku. The Androids soon spiral out of control, and after murdering their creator go on to destroy everything around them, making Future Trunks' world a nightmare where they kill all but a few tens of thousands of the population. They eventually kill all the Z Fighters with the exception of Goku, who dies from a heart disease six months prior to the attack of the Androids. Future Trunks has come back in time to both give Goku the medicine to cure the disease and give the Z Fighters ample warning. Future Trunks then departs back to his own timeline and Piccolo, since Goku does not know how to tell the group what he had discovered, explains everything to the group, except the identity of Future Trunks. The group then splits up to begin training for the oncoming threat, with Piccolo deciding to do his training alongside Goku and Gohan, which would later prove to have been a very wise decision.
While training with Goku and Gohan, Piccolo also was forced along with Goku to take a drivers test so Chi-Chi would not have to do as much chores as a result of their training. Piccolo had to wear human clothes, presumably to disguise his origins. He attempted to drive relatively safely, but his driving instructor, Cynthia, proved to be a terrible influence, as she encouraged Piccolo to drive recklessly while Goku was driving recklessly against his instructor's wishes. Eventually, they took a second attempt at a drivers test under a storm, only for them to fail the test a second time to save a bus full of children.
Main article: Androids Saga
Three years have passed by, and Goku, Krillin, Piccolo, Tien, and Yamcha meet at the designated time to confront the Androids with Vegeta and Future Trunkscoming. Yajirobe drops by briefly to give the group Senzu Beans and, as he was leaving, his hovercar had been destroyed. Still not sensing their opponents, Gohan realized that, being Androids, they have no ki to detect and therefore must be searched for by sight. Piccolo and the others enter the city to search, but do not know what the Androids look like. They soon detect a large drop in Yamcha's ki and rush to the scene, finding both the two Androids and a critically wounded Yamcha with a hole through his gut. Goku soon leads the Androids to a different location so that the city is not destroyed in their fight, though the Androids demolish a large portion of it before they leave.
The Androids choose to fight in a desolate region filled with rocky hills. Piccolo surmises that they chose the location so that they could escape to the hills if the fight does not go their way. After the Androids explain that they have been watching Goku since he defeated the Red Ribbon Army up until his battle with Vegeta, Goku attacks Android 19. The Androids did not know of his ability to go Super Saiyan, and therefore his true strength. Piccolo is startled after Goku transforms because his power is much lower than it should be. Though Goku seems to be winning in the early part of the fight, he quickly loses his energy due to his heart disease and is eventually taken down by Android 19.
Piccolo and the others attempt to intervene, but Android 20 blocks their path and blasts Piccolo with his eye beams, sending him crashing to the ground. Vegeta then arrives, kicking Android 19 off of Goku and Piccolo quickly gets back up, revealing that he was pretending to be injured in order to catch the Androids off guard. Vegeta then kicks Goku out of the battle and Piccolo catches him, setting him down so Yamcha can take him home and give him the heart medicine that Future Trunks gave them. Vegeta and Android 19 then battle, with Vegeta revealing his ability to go Super Saiyan, and destroying 19 after confirming his ability to drain energy using the jewels embedded in his palms. Vegeta, severely drained from the fight with Android 19, acts as if he eager for a quick follow-up fight with Android 20. Nervous of Vegeta's new power, Android 20 fails to call the bluff and flees to the hills, while Vegeta is restored with a Senzu Bean.
Piccolo and the others start searching the hills for Android 20, but Piccolo is soon ambushed. With Android 20 holding a tight grip over his mouth and draining his energy, Piccolo sends out a telepathic message to Gohan. Gohan is alerted to the situation and heads for Piccolo Jr.'s now shrinking ki. He finds Piccolo and smashes Android 20 off of his mentor. Piccolo receives a Senzu Bean from Krillin and states that he will fight Android 20 himself. Android 20 is taken off guard by Piccolo's speed, and he quickly hits the android with several powerful blows, which surprises the Android because he did not expect for Piccolo to be this powerful. The Namekian finishes the battle with a powerful chop which takes off Android 20's right arm, while also referring to how he was formerly like Dr. Gero and consumed with the desire of revenge against Goku for his involvement in destroying a paternal figure of his, then sends him smashing him into the ground, badly beaten.
Krillin was astonished by Piccolo's power, believing Piccolo was extremely powerful for someone who is not a Super Saiyan. At this time Future Trunks shows up and states that Android 20 is not one of the Androids which caused such devastation in the future, having already seen the lifeless head that 19 was reduced into by Vegeta earlier. Bulma follows them closely in her skycar, and Android 20 sees his opportunity to escape and lets out an energy wave, destroying Bulma's vehicle and distracting everyone while he runs away, stating that he's going to activate Android 17 and Android 18.
Bulma informs the group that Android 20 is actually Dr. Gero, who reconstructed himself into an Android, and of the location of his lab in North City. Piccolo then tells Bulma about Future Trunks, who at this point is already born in the main timeline. He then takes off with Krillin and Tien to North City to find Dr. Gero's Laband destroy the Androids before they can be awakened. Krillin finds the lab and alerts the others, but they arrive too late and the Androids are activated. The twin Androids then display mutiny on their creator by killing him, and against Gero's wishes awakening another Android: Android 16. Vegeta takes off after them and Piccolo and the others follow. When they catch up, they find that Vegeta has been fighting Android 18 and is not doing so well against the female Android due to his declining stamina. Android 17 warns them that if they get involved in the fight, he will step in as well.
They watch the fight and, though Vegeta seems to be on roughly equal footing at first glance (something that surprises Future Trunks because he never knew his father to be so powerful) Piccolo points out that Vegeta was tiring with every move and the Android was not. When Future Trunks gets involved with the fight after Vegeta receives a serious kick that breaks his left arm, Piccolo also charges in, but both are quickly swatted down by Android 17. When Piccolo gets back up, he charges at Android 17 who is choking Tien; when he reaches Android 17, he is felled with a single blow to the stomach that nearly tears through him.
Imperfect and Perfect Cell Saga
"The Piccolo that you know is gone! I am The Namek. And as for you, well, you're history."
Krillin gives each of the warriors a Senzu Bean, and Piccolo states he has an idea (in the Japanese version and Dragon Ball Z Kai, Krillin asks if Piccolo has any plans for defeating the Androids, to which Piccolo barks angrily and lies that he was never their friend and is still plotting to overtake the world). When Krillin asks what it is, Piccolo angrily snaps at him and then abruptly takes off to Kami's Lookout. Piccolo does not need to explain to Kami why he has come, Kami having already read his thoughts that Piccolo wishes to fuse with him and become whole once again. Piccolo rebuffs Kami, stating that they are not fusing on an equal level and will simply be using the old Namekian as a tool to become more powerful, stating that the only reason that Kami even exists now in face of all the converging foes is for the Dragon Balls. Regardless, Kami is not opposed to the idea of fusing with Piccolo, but he wants to observe the situation for a while longer to be sure that his last decision is made for valid reasons.
Piccolo starts to argue with him, but Kami counters by pointing out that even Future Trunks stated these Androids are different (being "much, much" more powerful, for one, and for having spared their lives, whereas the future counterparts killed them outright), and that it was Vegeta who started the fight they just had. Piccolo calls Kami a coward for his reluctance and waits on the lookout for him to make up his mind. When Kami learns of the recent arrival of a danger from the future far greater than the Androids, he realizes he has no choice. With Piccolo serving as the base form, they merge into one being, becoming the nameless Namekian once again, himself stating that he was now no longer Kami or Piccolo.
Piccolo rushes to Ginger Town, the location of this murderous new enemy. The bug-like creature claims that he is Piccolo's "brother", which shocks Piccolo, and the two engage in battle. Piccolo seems to have the upper hand, but is taken off guard when the creature launches a Kamehameha at Piccolo, which shocked him, as the move was Goku's attack. As he was dodging the blast the creature latches onto Piccolo's back and stings his left arm, draining the life from it and rendering the limb useless and withered. Piccolo headbutts the creature and breaks free, but claims that with his injury he has been defeated, luring the creature into explaining his actions. The creature reveals his name as Cell, and that he is a combination of Earth's greatest warriors put together by Dr. Gero.
His purpose is to locate Android 17 and Android 18 and take their energy by absorbing them into his being so that he may achieve his Perfect form. Now knowing the creature's origin and intentions, Piccolo exposes his ruse, tearing the withered left arm free and growing a healthy one in its place, now prepared to resume battle with Imperfect Cell.
Future Trunks and Krillin soon arrive, and Imperfect Cell, now outnumbered, uses the Solar Flare (inherited from either Goku or the technique's coiner Tien) and escapes. Tien and Vegeta soon arrive and Piccolo explains the nature of Cell to them. He and Tien then search for Cell as the monster travels from town to town absorbing people's energy, but Imperfect Cell detects their ki and then lowers his own and hides every time they get close. Piccolo begins traveling on a jet plane, piloted by Yamcha, with Gohan, Krillin, and Tien so that they can keep their kihidden while searching for the creature.
While searching, a recovered Goku teleports onto the plane and explains that he has a plan for himself, Future Trunks, Gohan, and Vegeta to use the Hyperbolic Time Chamber in order to train for a year in span of one Earth day. He then takes Gohan and teleports back to Kami's lookout. Piccolo and the rest keep searching but Piccolo begins to despair, knowing that with each town Imperfect Cell attacks, his strength grows and the monster will soon be powerful enough to confront and absorb the Androids.
Piccolo and the rest soon return to Kame House. By good or bad luck, the Androids soon arrive, demanding the location of Goku so that they may kill him to finish their game. Piccolo decides to use this opportunity to try and destroy them, thereby preventing them from being absorbed by Imperfect Cell. They head to deserted Tropical Islands and Piccolo learns that he will only have to fight Android 17, giving him a chance at victory. He and #17 are roughly equal in strength, and though Piccolo does not have the infinite energy of his opponent, he does have several tricks up his sleeve that prove an outstanding resistance, such as his amazing regeneration abilities and his variety of energy attacks, such as the Hellzone Grenade. However, Cell arrives in the middle of their fight.
With his increase in strength from absorbing countless humans from various cities, Imperfect Cell is now considerably more powerful than Piccolo, and on top of that Piccolo has expended a considerably large amount of his energy battling Android 17. After 17 is attacked by Cell, Piccolo steps in to help, but is easily swatted aside. Without any other options, Piccolo uses his desperation attack, the Light Grenade, and destroys the island that they were fighting on. However, Imperfect Cell bears no damage from the attack due to his superior strength, and sets his eyes on the weary Namekian.
Realizing that the both of them can do nothing to defeat Cell, Piccolo warns #17 to run; however, he is interrupted by Cell, with one swift punch, which snaps the brave Namek's neck and takes him down. Seeing no need to absorb him, Cell, using his See Ya! technique, picks Piccolo up from the ground and blasts a hole clean through his stomach and tosses him into the ocean, leaving him for dead. Luckily, Piccolo barely managed to survive thanks to his regeneration and is soon rescued by Goku and taken back to Kami's Lookout, along with Tien who had distracted Cell to stop him from absorbing Android 18.
Piccolo quickly recovers, but with Imperfect Cell having absorbed Android 17 and now in his even more powerful Semi-Perfect form, he can do nothing but watch. He observed as Super Vegeta first defeated Semi-Perfect Cell and then allowed him to absorb Android 18 and attain his Perfect form. He also witnessed Perfect Cell's subsequent victory over Future Trunks and his announcement of the Cell Games, giving the Earth's defenders ten days to prepare for his tournament.
Cell Games Saga
Main article: Cell Games Saga
"Damn you! Don't you see what you've done? Why couldn't you just listen to us for once Goku? We all warned you this would happen! You've pushed your son to his death! His death"
When Goku and Gohan emerge from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Gohan requests for Piccolo to give him a copy of his uniform, which Piccolo happily conjures up for him. He is also startled by how much more powerful Goku became with his mastery over the Super Saiyan form. Piccolo enters the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and, although becoming significantly stronger, is still nowhere near powerful enough to challenge Perfect Cell. After he emerges, Goku asks him if it is possible for him to split with Kami again. Piccolo states that he can not, so Goku instead goes to New Namek to recruit a new guardian, and returns with Dende who takes the position and promptly reactivates the Dragon Balls.
When the ten day wait is over, Piccolo accompanies Goku and the others to the Cell Games. He stays on the sidelines for most of the battle but speaks up when Goku, after first battling then yielding to Perfect Cell, volunteers Gohan to fight. Piccolo states that no matter how strong Gohan had become, there is no way he can fight Perfect Cell. He criticizes even further when Goku tosses a Senzu Bean to Perfect Cell so that the fight is "fair". When Perfect Cell manages to grab Gohan in a bear hug and begins crushing him, Piccolo blames Goku for his action, and prepares to enter the battle, even though it likely means his death. Perfect Cell soon stops his attack though, deciding to target Gohan's friends instead. He soon spawns seven Cell Jrs, one for each Z Fighter watching the fight. Piccolo does well against the Cell Jrs, managing to stand his ground despite Cell's comment that only Vegeta and Trunks were able to fight back, while the weary Goku and the powerless humans are easily beaten to the ground, but is soon overwhelmed until Gohan finally snaps and transforms into a Super Saiyan 2, and kills all of the Cell Jrs with ease, leaving all of the Z warriors to look on in shock. In the anime filler Piccolo is actually shown to be the Z fighter who does a better job at beating the Cell Jrs, being able to assist Krillin, Yamcha and Tien for a while, however such filler goes against what happened in the manga.
Gohan battled Cell and was able to not only outmatch Cell, but also cause him to spit up Android 18 and revert to his Semi-Perfect form. Piccolo then witnessed Goku's noble sacrifice as he teleported himself and a self-destructing Cell (who tried to blow himself up along with the Earth) to King Kai's Planet, which was destroyed along with everybody who was present at the time (Goku, King Kai, Bubbles, and, in the anime, Gregory). But, Cell survived and became even stronger thanks to his Saiyan genes. He teleported back to Earth (he learned how to use the Instant Transmission technique), and after killing Future Trunks, ensued in a Kamehameha duel with Gohan, who Cell had already weakened when Gohan attempted to save Vegeta from Cell's Death Beam. Piccolo, along with the other Z Fighters, assisted Gohan in the duel by blasting Cell with various ki blasts, as Piccolo was unwilling to let the person who taught him the value of friendship die all alone against Cell (in the manga, rather than helping Gohan, Piccolo merely curses at his inability to make any difference in the situation, making it more of a surprise when Vegeta finally intervenes). The efforts of the Z Fighters failed to faze Cell until Vegeta distracted him with an energy blast, which gave Gohan the time he needed to destroy Cell once and for all. Piccolo then lauded Vegeta on hitting Cell in an honorable move, but the latter just tells Piccolo to get lost. Piccolo returned to the lookout, where he, upon being asked whether Gohan could come and see him again there, tells him he would bet on it.
Majin Buu Saga
When Piccolo is informed by a now teenaged Gohan that Goku is coming back to Earth for one day and that they are entering the World Martial Arts Tournament along with Android 18 (who has reformed and married Krillin), Krillin, and Vegeta, he decides to enter himself as well, under the alias of "Ma Junior" (as he had previously done when participating in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament during the Piccolo Jr. Saga of Dragon Ball). While there, Piccolo encounters a small purple alien who disturbs him deeply. When it's Piccolo's turn to fight, he faces the alien as his first opponent and finds that he is extremely reluctant to attack him, causing him to question just who this being is. The alien responds directly to Piccolo's thoughts, telling him that he'll find out soon enough and that for now they should just enjoy the fight. Piccolo quickly surrenders the match without raising a fist. When they meet in spectators area, Piccolo asks the alien if he is Grand Kai, the ruler of the Kai's, a set of four gods who each watch over quadrant of the galaxy, the alien's companion responds that he is actually the Supreme Kai, a much higher being who is above Grand Kai. Having much of Kami's essence, Piccolo is awed by Shin's presence and extremely respectful of his place on the divine hierarchy.
During a later fight between Gohan and Kibito, Gohan's energy is drained by two very oddly powerful humans after he is paralyzed by Shin, who intended to pursue the two to see where they would take the stolen energy. Shin then sets off to follow them, stating that any help would be appreciated. Piccolo immediately joins him, followed soon by Goku, Krillin, and Vegeta. As they travel, Shin informs them that the two humans are possessed pawns of a wizard named Babidi and they are collecting energy to revive a powerful force of destruction known as Majin Buu.
Piccolo and the others are joined by a fully recovered Gohan and Kibito, and then hide on a mountain near Babidi's ship and watch as he destroys the two human pawns as "their job was done". The Z Fighters are then attacked by Dabura, the Demon King whom Babidi has possessed as his strongest henchman, with a power roughly equal to Perfect Cell. Dabura quickly kills Kibito and spits on Krillin and Piccolo, turning them to stone.
"Why you little! I fought with both of your fathers in combat, since before you were born. You two don't have a clue! Even the smallest bit of power can mean the difference between winning and losing!"
After Dabura is later killed by an awakened Majin Buu, Piccolo returns to normal, but was in pieces due to have been accidentally shattered by Trunks while he was turned into stone. Fortunately, his head was not damaged, so he was able to completely regenerate. On returning to normal, the first thing Piccolo senses is the awesome power of Majin Buu and in the field in front of them, he sees a badly beaten Shin about to be turned into a snack for the monster. He is torn about what to do, as his instinct is to aid Shin, but he knows that he can do nothing against Majin Buu.
Before Majin Buu can finish Shin off, he was attacked by Vegeta, who was currently under Babidi's influence (but able to completely resist his control), and states that he will destroy Majin Buu in vengeance for the monster's (supposed) killing of Gohan, shocking Piccolo with the news. Piccolo watches their fight and barely escapes along with Goten, Trunks, and Krillin after Majin Buu unleashes his Angry Explosion technique. When Majin Buu resumes the attack on a badly wounded Vegeta, Piccolo is unable to prevent Goten and Trunks from rushing into the battle themselves. The pair manages to temporarily halt Majin Buu, smashing him through some mountains while his guard was down, and then attempts to aid Vegeta. In the meantime, Piccolo confronts Babidi. Piccolo resists the wizard's Demon Eye and breaks his Wizard Barrier. When Babidi attempts to plead for his life, claiming that only he can prevent Majin Buu from becoming out of control, Piccolo states that it does not matter as they will not allow Buu to live even if he is not alive and chops the wizard in half, fatally injuring him and then spitting as a sign of spite.
Piccolo watches as Vegeta knocks the two kids unconscious. When he descends to Vegeta, Vegeta asks Piccolo to take the children far from the battle site. Piccolo realizes that Vegeta plans on sacrificing himself. Vegeta confirms this by asking if he will see Kakarot (Goku's original Saiyan name) in the afterlife and Piccolo states he will not, because Vegeta has committed too many evil actions before joining the Z Fighters to be on the same plane as Goku and he will instead be reincarnated, after his spirit is purified. Piccolo, carrying the children, then retreats with Krillin until they witness an enormous explosion that Vegeta fueled despite all this, in an attempt to protect Bulma and Trunks, and "even Kakarot". After the blast had died down, Piccolo hands the kids to Krillin and tells him to tell everyone else what has happened and then goes back to the battle site to see what has transpired.
When he reaches the site, now a large crater, he pays his respects to Vegeta. He recalls about the time he had sacrificed himself to save Gohan's life many years ago, and bids farewell to the Saiyan Prince. He also finds a still barely alive Babidi, who survived due to his ability to conjure barriers. As he moves in to finish him off, Piccolo notices the pieces of Majin Buu moving. They quickly shape themselves into full miniature versions of Majin Buu and begin colliding into each other, reforming the original Majin Buu. He makes a fast retreat, catching up with Krillin and informing him that they have to go to Kami's Lookout in the slight chance that it might offer sanctuary.
Goku (who was rendered unconscious by Vegeta after a fight they had) soon arrives after them and they trade stories, informing Piccolo of Vegeta's willingness to become Babidi's pawn in order to gain power and his subsequent battle with Goku and stealing the last Senzu Bean prior to his attacking Majin Buu. Goku also informs Piccolo of the Fusion Dance technique he learned in the afterlife. Since both Gohan and Vegeta are gone there's no one for him to perform it with himself, but he can teach it to Goten and Kid Trunks, an idea that Mr. Popo ingenuously came up with.
Babidi then contacts all inhabitants of Earth telepathically, stating that he wants the location of Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo, and will destroy the lives of innocent people until they are found. After the first city is destroyed as a demonstration, Piccolo states that he will go to Majin Buu to try and spare some of the destruction, but Goku insists that he does not so that Piccolo can help teach the boys the Fusion technique.
Once Goku returns to the afterlife (after a brief fight with Majin Buu in which he displayed the new Super Saiyan 3 transformation), Piccolo takes over their instruction fully, correcting them on the mistakes they make when their Fusions fail the first two times. When the Fusion works properly, he finds an entirely new challenge in trying to install some discipline and control in the extremely powerful, and equally arrogant, Gotenks.
The first time they fuse properly, Gotenks goes after Majin Buu in his base form and returns to the lookout, badly bruised and battered but still alive. Piccolo scolds the young fused warrior for disobeying. After Goten and Trunks fuse while in the Super Saiyan state, Gotenks rushes off to battle again, this time with Piccolo following him. Gotenks wastes a large amount of time demonstrating his speed by flying around the world dozens of times and even taking a nap whilst waiting for Piccolo to catch up, only seeking Majin Buu when there's one minute left in the thirty minute Fusion time limit. This causes him to separate before he can even face Buu, leaving his individual fusees to hastily escape before Buu can kill them.
While waiting the hour needed for them to recover and fuse again, Piccolo observes the changes in Majin Buu, brought about by his friendship with Mr. Satan, a human who fraudulently took credit for defeating Cell and therefore became regarded as the world's greatest hero.
"Never train children when their mothers are around. It's always trouble."
Soon after, he witnessed the split of Mr. Buu into two separate Buu's, the battle between them, and the absorption of Mr. Buu by Evil Buu, resulting in the even more powerful Super Buu. Piccolo and Dende both immediately notice the sharp increase in power, and become even more worried. Super Buu is able to detect ki and quickly arrives at Kami's Lookout, looking for the stronger person who Goku said would fight with him. Piccolo tries to stall Buu by saying that the fighter is sleeping and pleads for more time, to which Super Buu angrily refuses.
Super Buu then sends out innumerable blasts, one for each person remaining on Earth, killing all but Mr. Satan, and the few who could avoid the beams, such as Tien and Chiaotzu. When Super Buu demands to fight again, Piccolo asks that they have one hour to wake the warrior up and get him prepared, adding that Mr. Satan's child (Videl, who was brought to the lookout) also wants him to wait. Super Buu reluctantly agrees due to the little of the good Majin Buu that he had in him, but vows to kill everyone straight afterwards.
Piccolo wastes no time and quickly ushers Goten and Kid Trunks into the Hyperbolic Time Chamber where they can train for fifteen Hyperbolic days in the hour that Super Buu has allowed them. While waiting, he explains to Videl how Super Buu knows about her father and his achievement of taming Mr. Buu. After a bit less than thirty minutes, Super Buu loses patience and demands to fight their warrior immediately. Piccolo relents and starts leading Super Buu to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, taking the long way to maximize the time it will take, but Buu quickly becomes aware of the ruse and demands for him to take him there immediately.
He contacts Goten and Kid Trunks telepathically, telling them that he will be at the room with Super Buu in one minute, giving them six hours to rest up for the fight. Piccolo also has a secret plan that, if Gotenks is not capable of stopping Super Buu, he will destroy the entrance to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, locking Super Buu and themselves inside for all of eternity.
Once Super Buu is in the room, Piccolo watches as Gotenks attacks him in base form with a multitude of goofy moves, doing no damage, as Piccolo gazes in astonishment and loss of hope. Gotenks then turns Super Saiyan and, with a powerful Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack, blows Super Buu to tiny fragments. Piccolo, knowing what happened last time when Vegeta did relatively the same thing, orders Gotenks to destroy all the pieces of Super Buu. It was in vain, as the vapors from the burned pieces regathered and formed back into Super Buu, to which Piccolo curses his luck for not completely erasing the vulnerable pieces when they had the chance.
Piccolo then asked Gotenks if he had any more special attacks left, which Gotenks falsely denies, stating that all was lost. With seemingly no options left, Piccolo destroys the entrance, trapping them in the room forever. Gotenks immediately insults Piccolo for this decision, and tells him of his plan to surprise Buu with a powerful attack pretending all is lost. Piccolo responds to this in complete disgust at Gotenks' attitude towards the situation, and they begin to argue. Super Buu, so enraged about not having access to any candy ever again in his location, lets out a mighty scream, ripping the fabric between the dimensions and creating a portal through which he escaped. Gotenks and Piccolo try several times to recreate Super Buu's portal but without any success. Eventually, when there seem to be no more options, Gotenks reveals that he had something up his sleeve, and turns Super Saiyan 3, with Piccolo once again, in astonishment.
Gotenks then quickly (and with more ease than the powered up Buu) blared open a portal which himself and Piccolo escaped from. On exiting, Super Buu boasted of his devouring all adult and teenager friends on the lookout, causing Gotenks to finally get serious and fight Super Buu fully. The resulting battle destroyed Kami's Lookout, leaving Piccolo despaired until he was asked by Gotenks to assist him in an attack where Super Buu was battered around like a volleyball whilst sealed inside Gotenks' Galactic Donuts.
Piccolo continued to observe the battle until Gotenks, just as he had a possible chance to defeat Super Buu with his enormous strength, reverted to his base form shortly before the fusion itself wore off. Seeing no hope left, Piccolo prepared to make his last stand with the two young Saiyans who could no longer fuse for an hour. Super Buu was distracted though, and the appearance of Gohan, now massively more powerful than he had been before was the reason.
Gohan attacked Super Buu and proved to be his superior by far; Super Buu retaliated by exploding and hiding his kifrom the group. While waiting for him to reappear, Gohan filled Piccolo in on his training at the planet of the Supreme Kais, where he had been since, his first encounter with Mr. Buu, while Piccolo was a stone statue, and his mystical power up by the workings of Old Kai that predated the current one by fifteen generations.
They then left to find Dende, whom Gohan sensed was still alive thanks to Popo's sacrifice. On the way they encountered Mr. Satan and Piccolo picked him up, seeing in him the beginnings of a true hero. They then reunited with Dende, but it was brief as Super Buu chose this moment to attack them again. Though Gohan stepped up to defeat him for good, Super Buu instead challenged Goten and Kid Trunks to fight him as Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks again, which they obliged. It was part of his plan though and once Gotenks appeared, he sprung his trap to absorb him for his power and also Piccolo for his intelligence.
"Hmm...Who would have thought, Vegeta comes through in the clutch."
After being rescued by Goku and Vegeta (as Vegito, who was purposely absorbed by Buu to free the others), Piccolo was killed along with Goten, Gohan, and Trunks when Kid Buu blew up the Earth, while Goku and Vegeta managed to escape Earth.
Piccolo was soon revived, along with the Earth and all its inhabitants, by wishes granted by Porunga. He then gave his energy to help form a Spirit Bombbeing created by Goku to finish off Kid Buu after receiving Vegeta's planet-wide message, broadcasted by King Kai.
Some time after Kid Buu is destroyed, in a filler episode, Piccolo, along with other characters, is at Bulma's house for a party.
Peaceful World Saga
Main article: Perfect World Saga
Ten years after Kid Buu's defeat, Piccolo attends the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament and witness the emergence of Uub, the good, human reincarnation of Kid Buu. When the picking the tournament fighters' places, Piccolo, along with Dende, over hears Goku claim Uub as the reincarnation of Majin Buu. The second match between Goku and Uub, Piccolo could tell that Goku hasn't been that happy in a long time. In the middle of the match, Goku leaves with Uub to be his martial arts teacher and train him.
Dragon Ball GT
Main article: Baby Saga
5 year later In the Baby Saga, when Baby arrives the Earth, Piccolo is the first one who detects the evil presence of Baby after he possesses Goten. After Baby transfers bodies to Gohan, Piccolo arrives to save Goten. He fires Special Beam Cannon at Baby but his attack is missed, he is quickly blasted by the possessed Super Saiyan Gohan's Kamehameha, but survives the attack. He does not appear again until near the end of the saga when he saves a young boy who was left behind during the evacuation of Earth, as it was about to explode.
When Goku returns to teleport both Piccolo and the boy away, Piccolo gives him the energy he needs to do so, but decides to remain behind. The reason for the Earth's destruction was due to the Black Star Dragon Balls, artifacts made by Kami before he split with King Piccolo; by Piccolo's sacrifice, the Black Star Dragon Balls would be turned eternally to stone. His last moments show him having a telepathic farewell conversation with Gohan before dying again in the explosion on Earth. He does not wish to be brought back to life, so the Earth can be at peace from the Black Star Dragon Balls. He is sent to Heaven by King Yemma.
Super 17 Saga
Main article: Super 17 Saga
"Hahaha you fool! I am the Evil King Piccolo, and you made a mistake on sending me to the other world!"
A year later, in the Super 17 Saga, Piccolo figures out that Goku is stuck in Hell and he starts blasting Heaven, so that King Yemma is forced to send him to Hell. Piccolo and Dende then create a gateway between Hell and Earth that allows Goku to make it back and fight Super 17. Shortly afterwards, Nappa, General Blue, Staff Officer Black, and Major Metallitron, having been killed and sent back to Hell by Vegeta and Pan, respectively, attempt to fight Piccolo, although Piccolo presumably beats them.
Shadow Dragon Saga
Main article: Shadow Dragon Saga
"I asked what are you doing here!? Please tell me you haven't died again! Do you have any idea what I had to go through to send you back to Earth?"
In the final episode, "Until We Meet Again", Goku goes to Hell to say his good-bye to Piccolo. Piccolo gets angry and yells at Goku. Goku raises his hand and wants to shake hands with Piccolo. After shaking hands with Goku, Piccolo realises that Goku will go with Shenron. Goku promises to get Piccolo back into Heaven, where he rightfully belongs. Ironically, Piccolo seems to have become a protector of Hell, as he is shown defeating a giant monster who was causing trouble, while the watch-keeper ogres from Hell cheer him on. Piccolo is last seen discovering that Goku has already left and bids farewell to him.
Main article: List of Power Levels
Manga and Anime
Piccolo is the most powerful Namekian in Universe 7 and Universe 6, with Grand Elder Guru remarking him (or rather his original self the Nameless Namekian) to be a prodigy amongst prodigies, and even strong enough to stand up to Super Saiyans. Piccolo has been the strongest Z Fighter in the series at two points: when he fuses with Nail to battle Frieza and after he fuses with Kami to become the Nameless Namekian again and fight Imperfect Cell; in both cases, Piccolo fused with another Namekian.
As he is the reincarnation and final son of King Piccolo, Piccolo retains all of his father's memories and experiences, as well as skills and abilities. This along with his dedication to training and meditation, allowed him to well surpass his father at his peak. Unlike his father, Piccolo even developed Evil Containment Wave Reflection, rendering the one technique his father feared useless on him as shown when he manages to counter Kami's use of the technique back at him. Like his father, Piccolo was a challenging opponent for Goku, who barely managed to defeat him with a flying headbutt. Though he was defeated and ironically spared from being killed by Kami by Goku, Piccolo continued to train to defeat Goku, leading him to develop the Special Beam Cannon which allows him to channel all his energy into his finger tips and is one of his most powerful techniques, as it ultimately succeeded in killing Goku as well as his brother Raditz. However, he managed to overcome Raditz only with the assistance of Goku and Gohan, who had managed to weaken the Saiyan.
His power level in early Dragon Ball Z is 322, and without his weighted clothing it is 408. A year later, during the battle against the Saiyans, his power level is 3,500. After fusing with Nail, he was able to combat and gain the upper hand over Frieza in his second form, who boasted a power level of 1,000,000.
After his training in preparation for the Androids, despite Android 20 absorbing most of his energy, once rejuvenated by a senzu bean, Piccolo was able to charge himself up to easily dominate Android 20. This made Krillin exclaim that Piccolo reached the Super Saiyan realm of strength. After fusing with Kami, he can defeat Imperfect Cell (with the population of Gingertown absorbed) while wearing his weighted clothing. Later, after removing his weighted clothing, his strength was on par with Android 17. Also, with his superior combat experience and ingenuity, he was able to keep up with the android's unlimited energy to gain a slight advantage over the foe. Once Imperfect Cell arrived, Piccolo's sneak attack was able to somewhat hurt Imperfect Cell (with several thousands of humans absorbed). Unfortunately, he is still utterly dominated by Imperfect Cell, and even his most powerful attack was unable to damage Cell. After Piccolo's training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber for a day, Goku states that Piccolo has become a lot stronger but is still no match for Perfect Cell. With his new power, in the anime, Piccolo is able to hold his own against and even hurt the Cell Juniors (who were said to have power similar to the suppressed Perfect Cell in the English dub).
During the very beginning of the Majin Buu Saga, Piccolo is too intimidated to fight Shin, either due to his strength or godly status. Against Babidi, Piccolo is able shake off the foe's magic attacks and breach his barrier, allowing him to easily defeat the wizard by cutting him in half. Piccolo believed that if was to fight with Vegeta, together they may have been able to destroy Innocent Buu. It is implied that Piccolo is stronger than Goten and Trunks, as when Gotenks' fusion wears off inside Buu, Piccolo's traits become dominant - and it is said that Buu's strongest absorption victim is the one who he shows dominant traits of.
In Dragon Ball Super, Piccolo is easily defeated by the God of Destruction, Beerus, with a kiai. During the Golden Frieza Saga, Piccolo is easily overpowered by Frieza's strongest soldier, Tagoma.
In the anime, after Frieza's defeat, Piccolo begins retraining Gohan. By the time of the Tournament of Destroyers in the anime, Piccolo was slightly ahead of Gohan's base power, as after a match, only Gohan showed exhaustion. In the anime, Goku and Piccolo both believed that he had no chance against Frost, however, they did not know that Frost defeated Super Saiyan Goku only by cheating. Piccolo proved to be stronger than expected, able to hold off Frost's assault with a single hand while gathering energy in the other for charged blasts. Ultimately, with his strength combined with strategic skills and experience, he was able to successfully defend himself long enough to finish charging his Special Beam Cannon. Catching Frost off guard, he was able to hold Frost in place with one arm, with Frost being unable to break out without cheating with his poison needle, Frost admitted that Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon would have definitely defeated him, which instead put a large hole through Vados's force field barrier, which stunned Champa, a God of Destruction who believed her barrier to be unbreakable. In the manga, Piccolo proved able to skillfully dodge all of Frost's blasts with his weights on. After removing them, Piccolo proved able to fight on par against the Universe 6 Emperor, dragging out the fight until both fighters were left winded, making Frost resort again to using his needle; this was made even more impressive considering that in the manga Frost managed to put up a good fight against Super Saiyan Goku.
In the anime, after the tournament, Goku challenged Piccolo to a speed contest involving harvesting cabbages in a field. Piccolo, with his weighted clothing, managed to match Goku's speed, showing a tremendous increase in power after Frieza's second invasion.
By the time of the Tournament of Power, Piccolo's continued training made his power reach such a level that he found Gohan's current progress less than satisfactory despite recently being reconditioned to be stronger than ever. During last-minute preparations for the tournament, a sparring match left Super Saiyan Gohan amazed by how powerful Piccolo became, easily overpowering his pupil with his weighted clothing on. Without his weights, Piccolo equally overwhelms Super Saiyan 2 Gohan. However, once Piccolo reawakens Gohan's warrior spirit, letting Gohan access the full potential of his Ultimate state without Super Saiyan, even with his cloning technique, Piccolo was quickly overpowered. However, through strategy, he could still compete with the Saiyan-hybrid. Later when sparring with Goku, Piccolo (without his weights) proves to be able to fire off an Hyper Explosive Demon Wave that base Goku can barely hold back.
During the Tournament of Power, in the anime, rather than going off on his own, Piccolo chose to remain with Gohan, Krillin, Tien Shinhan and Master Roshi - they launched an assault that caused little to no damage against Lavender, Botamo, Comfrey, Shosa and Dercori. He easily dodged Dyrasem's assault. He easily defeated Rubaltwith his Hellzone Grenade. He was able to withstand Hermila's Ki Blasts, albeit losing both arms. However, Piccolo was able to quickly regenerate multiple times from the same assault and continue battling effectively, showing considerable stamina. Piccolo was able to briefly fight on par with Saonel, and was able to blast him away with a kiblast when Gohan caught his hand. After realizing both Pirina and Saonel had assimilated many Namekians from Universe 6, Piccolo was still able to fight Pirina on somewhat equal footing (although his Hellzone Grenade is ineffective against the bulky Namekian). His non-fully charged Special Beam Cannon was able to deal some light damage to Pirina and his full power Special Beam Cannon is able to pierce both Namekians and go through Pirina's energy wave. Saonel was amazed that there is a Namekian like Piccolo who possesses such amazing power to actually cause significant harm to both himself and Pirina in one attack. Piccolo was also able to knock Shantzaout of the arena with a single ki blast.
In the manga version of the Tournament of Power, Piccolo proved able to effortlessly defeat Dyrasem with a simple energy blast. He than easily evaded a sneak attack from Napapa, blocking the large foe's assault with a single hand before eliminating him.
In both the manga and anime Piccolo was able to knock Gamisaras out of the arena with a single energy wave after locating him. However against Damon, while Piccolo could follow the foe's energy trail, because he mistook the foe's diminutive stature for invisibility, he struck too high and missed, letting Damon knock Piccolo out of the arena with a barrage of blows.
In Dragon Ball GT, Piccolo's power has grown substantially. During the Black Star Dragon Ball Saga, it is remarked by Trunks that Piccolo is one of the people on Earth stronger than him.
During the Baby Saga, Piccolo is referred to as the mightiest Namekian by Baby - and a suitable opponent to test Super Saiyan Gohan's power on. Piccolo takes a Kamehameha from Super Saiyan Baby Gohan and while he's not able to resist the attack from his possessed pupil, Piccolo was powerful enough the endure the attack even without guarding and while protecting Goten from it. Though he is heavily injured, he was able to endure it long enough to help Goku with the final evacuation of the people of Earth and provide Goku with enough energy to teleport while in his underdeveloped child form.
When Piccolo reappears during the Super 17 Saga, he decides to become the warden of Hell. Due to his status as someone dead, he's decided to be sure that none of the residents of Hell are able to escape again. As shown in the Shadow Dragon Saga, Piccolo is doing fine with his position as the powerhouse in hell. Preventing all of the villains from gaining any sort of control, showing that Piccolo has improved to the point where he can handle all of the villains of the past with no problems.
- Super Dragon Ball Heroes
In the anime version of the Universal Conflict Saga, Piccolo (with his weigheted clothing on) is able to match Kamin in battle. He and Android 17 together can overwhelm Kamin and Oren, causing them to fuse into Kamioren. Piccolo's fully charged Special Beam Cannon is also powerful enough to pierce through Kamioren.
In Dead Zone, Piccolo and Goku together are able to quickly overwhelm Super Garlic Jr.
In Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest,
In Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Turles' reads Piccolo's power level at 18,000.
In Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, Piccolo is able to overwhelm and kill Wings.
In Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge, Piccolo is able to kill Dore with a single energy wave, and turns Neiz's attack back on him to kill him, he is also able to hold and edge over Salza but is quickly taken down by Cooler before he can finish him off.
In Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler, Piccolo is able to destroy an entire army of Cyclopian Guards with an explosive wave.
In Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!,
In Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan,
In Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound,
In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Piccolo is easily defeated by the God of Destruction, Beerus. He has defeated with ease by two chop sticks to two vital pressure points on the chest.
In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Piccolo is able effortlessly defeat 1,000 of Frieza's elite soldiers. Against the strongest warrior in the Frieza Force, Shisami, Piccolo was able to hold his own despite, stating to Gohan that he would have won even if Gohan had not stepped in.
In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, sensing Super Saiyan God Goku's battle with Wrathful Broly, Piccolo notes that if he came to assist he would probably just get in the way.
- Statements by authors and guidebooks
According to Daizenshuu 2, even just upon being born Piccolo was a great fighter as he had access to all of King Piccolo's memories and techniques.
In Daizenshuu 7, Piccolo's biography states that after fusing with Nail, their combined power level is "Over 1,000,000" and is enough to defeat Frieza's 2nd form (who stated in both manga & anime to be over 1 million himself).
- Video games
In Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, which is set a few years after Kid Buu's defeat, Piccolo's power has increased enough that in his "Fuse with Kami" state he is able to fight against a powered up Perfect Cell (though the fight leaves Piccolo tired) as well as against Super Saiyan Teen Gohan.
In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 what if scenario, Destined Rivals, Piccolo is able to defeat Shin in battle without even having to take off his weighted clothing.
In Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors, Piccolo fuses with King Piccolo, after fusing with King Piccolo and thus gaining his full potential, Piccolo states that a battle against the fat Majin Buu would have been an "easy victory" and Super Buu states that Piccolo is stronger than he is even with weighted clothing on. In the sequel video game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2, Piccolo goes under the influence of Babidi, increasing his power above Super Buu's as well, and later absorbs Super Buu's power, becoming much stronger.
According to Dragon Ball Z: The Anime Adventure Game, his power is 800,000 after training with King Kai and it is 1,200,000 after he had fused with Nail (which is around Second Form Frieza's power level of about 1,000,000), it also states that his power is 2,000,000 during the Garlic Jr. Saga.
In Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu (which covers up the series from Raditz's arrival to the Frieza Saga finale), Piccolo's power level in level 48 (the top level in the game, after fusing with Nail, Dende, Tsumuri and Maima) is 1,900,000.
In a special mission in Dragon Ball Z: Scouter Battle Taikan Kamehameha - Ora to Omee to Scouter, Piccolo Jr's power level is 500,000,000.
In the Universe 6 story DLC for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 due to Goku being missing Piccolo steps up into Goku's place and defeats Botamo by knocking him out of the ring, and is capable of fighting on par with Cabba when the latter was using his base form, and while in the midst of fighting Cabba, Piccolo was able to move to the opposite side of the ring and save the Future Warrior 2 from Frost's poison and then swap back to fighting Cabba.
Techniques and Special Abilities
Forms and transformations
Appearances in other media
Piccolo appears as a swordsman with Roronoa Zoro in the crossover manga Cross Epoch (both have the same Funimation dub voice actor, Christopher Sabat). They travel on deers with lion face and are hopelessly lost until boarding the Kuri-Chopa Marine Train Coaster to attend Shenron's tea party. They save the train from being hit by Emperor Pilaf and Buggy's falling Tettiri Number 55 airship using their Reverse-Side Sword Attack. Zoro and Piccolo appear together again in the Dragon Ball × One Piece "Dream 9" promo, yelling that people should watch One Piece after Dragon Ball Kai aired.
Video Games Appearances
Piccolo is the playable character in the following video games appearances include:
- Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden
- Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden
- Dragon Ball Z: Kyōshū! Saiyan
- Dragon Ball Z II: Gekishin Freeza
- Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzōningen
- Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu
- Dragon Ball Z: Gekitō Tenkaichi Budōkai
- Dragon Ball Z
- Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden
- Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku
- Dragon Ball Z: Z Senshi Dai Shugyō! Cult Jump
- Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2
- Dragon Ball Z: V.R.V.S.
- Dragon Ball Z: Buyū Retsuden
- Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Shin Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku - Chikyū-Hen
- Dragon Ball Z: Idainaru Son Goku Densetsu
- Dragon Ball Z: Goku Hishōden
- Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Shin Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku - Uchū-Hen
- Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle
- Dragon Ball Z: Super Gokuden: Totsugeki-Hen
- Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22
- Dragon Ball Z: Goku Gekitōden
- Dragon Ball Z: Super Gokuden: Kakusei-Hen
- Dragon Ball Z: Shin Butōden
- Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension
- Dragon Ball Z: The Legend
- Anime Designer: Dragon Ball Z
- Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout
- Dragon Ball Z: Collectible CD Picture Cards
- Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku
- Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game
- Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai
- Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2
- Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu
- Dragon Ball
- Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors
- Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3
- Data Carddass
- Dragon Ball Z
- Dragon Ball Z: Sagas Jump Super Stars
- Dragon Ball GT: Transformation
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi
- Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 Super
- Dragon Ball Z
- Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai
- Battle Stadium D.O.N.
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
- Jump Ultimate Stars
- Dragon Ball Z: Scouter Battle Taikan Kamehameha - Ora to Omee to Scouter
- Dragon Ball Z TV games
- Dragon Ball Z: Bakuretsu Impact
- Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road
- Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
- Dragon Ball Z: Battle Taikan Kamehameha 2 - Ossu Omee Gokū Tenkaichi Budōkai
- Dragon Ball Z: Scouter Battle Taikan Kamehameha - Ora to Omee to Scouter
- Dragon Ball Z: W Bakuretsu Impact
- Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit
- Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World
- Dragon Ball Z × One Piece: Battle Taikan Gomu Gomu no Kamehameha - Omee no Koe de Ora o Yobu
- Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Battlers
- Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans
- Dragon Ball: Raging Blast
- Dragon Ball Online
- Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team
- Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2
- Dragon Ball Heroes
- Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden
- Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle
- Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi
- Dragon Ball Z For Kinect
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection
- Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission
- Dragon Ball: Tap Battle
- J Legend Retsuden
- Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z
- Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse
- Dragon Ball Discross
- Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden
- Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle
- IC Carddass
- Dragon Ball
- Dragon Ball Fusions
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- Dragon Ball Legends Jump Force
- Dragon Ball Game Project Z
- Japanese: Hiromi Tsuru † (child), Toshio Furukawa (teen/adult)
- Ocean Group dub: Scott McNeil
- FUNimation dub: Christopher R. Sabat
- Blue Water dub: Elinor Holt (kid), Ethan Cole (teen/adult)
- AB Groupe dub: Paul Bandey, Doug Rand (screams in The World's Strongest), David Gasman (Dead Zone)
- Bang Zoom! dub: Ray Chase
- Creative Products dub: Ray Buyco
- Latin American Spanish dub: Yamil Atala (child), Carlos Segundo Bravo (teen and adult - DB, DBZ, DBGT, DBZ Kai TFC, DBS), José Luis Castañeda (DBZ, some episodes, DBZ movie 3, DBZ movie 8), Idzi Dutkiewicz (DBZ Kai until Cell Saga)
- Castilian Spanish dub: Luis Fernando Rios (DB and around 70 episodes of DBZ), Antonio Inchausti(rest of DBZ, DBGT, Movies)
- Hindi dub - Shailendra Pandey
- Catalan dub: Xavier Cassan (DB), Raúl Llorens (DBZ, DBGT), Xavier Fernández (1st voice in Z; DBZ Kai)
- Tagalog dub: Bernie Malejana, Louie Paraboles (redub)
- German dub: Roman Rossa (DB), David Nathan (DBZ, DBGT), Felix Spieß (DBZ Kai, DBS)
- Portuguese dub: Henrique Feist (DB), João Loy (DBZ - episode 1-133, DBGT, Dragon Ball Super), Vítor Rocha(DBZ - episodes 134-291)
- Brazilian Portuguese dub: Leonardo Camilo (DBZ - first 6 episodes), Luís Antônio Lobue (most media), Vágner Santos (Dragon Ball Kai), Cassius Romero (DBZ movie 8)
- Italian dubs: Paolo Torrisi (child), Alberto Olivero (adult until 2016), Luca Ghignone (adult 2016),Piero Tiberi(Dynit dub), Danilo Di Martino (Battle of Gods)
- French dub: Philippe Ariotti, Marc Brétonnière (DBGT)
- Polish dub: Paweł Peterman (DBS)
- Croatian dub: Matko Knešaurek
- Hungarian dub: Csík Csaba Krisztián
- Greek dub: Yiannis Papaioannou (DBZ), Themis Psihogios (some episodes), Panagiotis Tsitsas (DBGT, Movies), Konstantinos Kakkanas (DBS)
- Korean dub: Jeong-Ho Kim (1st voice), Park Gyuwung (2nd voice), Seung-Uk Jeong (3rd voice)
- Valencian dub: Edu Borja (DB), Aureli Delgado (DBZ)
- Basque dub: Mikel Apaolaza (DBZ), Peio Artetxe (DBGT), Juan Martin Goiricelaya (DBZ Kai)
- Galician dub: Coté Sansegundo
- Arabic dub: Mohammed Khair Abu Hassoun
- Hebrew dub: Zvika Schwarzberg
- Thai dub: Manoon Raeungchemeun
- Piccolo vs. Dog (anime only)
- Piccolo vs. Two King Soldiers (anime only)
- Piccolo vs. 2 World Martial Arts Tournament preliminary contestants
- Piccolo vs. Krillin
- Piccolo vs. Hero (Kami)
- Piccolo (Base/Great Namekian) vs. Goku
- Piccolo vs. Raditz
- Piccolo, Goku, Jimmy, Zesmond, Kayla and Gohan vs. Raditz
- Piccolo vs. Clone Piccolo (anime only)
- Piccolo vs. Gohan (anime only)
- Piccolo vs. Gohan (Base/Great Ape) (anime only)
- Piccolo vs. Gohan (anime only)
- Piccolo vs. Gohan
- Piccolo vs. Gohan
- Piccolo, Gohan, Kayla and Krillin vs. Saibamen (anime only)
- Piccolo vs. A Saibaman
- Piccolo vs. Nappa (anime only)
- Piccolo, Chiaotzu, Tien, Krillin, Jimmy, Kayla and Gohan vs. Nappa
- Piccolo, Jimmy and Krillin vs. Nappa
- Piccolo, Gohan, Jimmy, Kayla and Krillin vs. Nappa
- Piccolo vs. Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, and Chiaotzu (anime only)
- Piccolo vs. Frieza (Second/Third Form)
- Piccolo vs. Frieza (Final Form/50%)
- Piccolo vs. Piccolo Clones (anime only)
- Piccolo vs. Yamcha (Infected) (anime only)
- Piccolo vs. Spice, Vinegar, Mustard, Salt, Yamcha (Infected), Master Roshi (Infected), Chi-Chi (Infected), Marcus (Infected), Amelia (Infected), Danielle (Infected), Zesmond (Infected), Alyson (Infected), Nathaniel (Infected) and Bulma (Infected) (anime only)
- Piccolo vs. Gohan (anime only)
- Piccolo and Krillin vs. Gohan (anime only)
- Piccolo vs. Spice (anime only)
- Piccolo vs. Garlic Jr. (anime only)
- Piccolo vs. Garlic Jr. (Super Garlic Jr.) (anime only)
- Piccolo (Giant Namek) vs. Garlic Jr. (Super Garlic Jr.) (anime only)
- Piccolo, Gohan, Shaun, Jimmy, Kayla and Krillin vs. Garlic Jr. (Super Garlic Jr.) (anime only)
- Piccolo and Goku vs. Gohan (training; anime only)
- Piccolo and Gohan vs. Goku (training; anime only)
- Piccolo vs. Goku (training; anime only)
- Piccolo vs. Android 20
- Piccolo vs. Android 20
- Piccolo, Vegeta (Super Saiyan), Future Trunks (Super Saiyan), and Tien Shinhan vs. Android 17 and Android 18
- Piccolo vs. Cell (Imperfect Form)
- Piccolo vs. Android 17
- Piccolo, Jimmy and Android 17 vs. Cell (Imperfect Form)
- Piccolo vs. Clone Piccolo (anime only)
- Piccolo vs. Cell Jr.
- Piccolo, Gohan (Super Saiyan 2), Tien Shinhan, Yamcha, Jimmy (Unlock Potential), Kayla (Potential Unleashed) and Krillin vs. Cell (Super Perfect Form) (anime only)
- Piccolo vs. Shin
- Piccolo, Goku, Vegeta, Jimmy, Zesmond and Krillin vs. Dabura
- Piccolo vs. Babidi
- Piccolo vs. Baby (Infected Gohan/Super Saiyan)
- Piccolo vs. A Hell Monster
- Piccolo vs. Ginger, Nicky, and Sansho
- Piccolo vs. Sansho
- Piccolo and Goku vs. Garlic Jr. (Super Garlic Jr.)
- Piccolo vs. Goku
- Piccolo vs. 4 Bio-Men
- Piccolo (Mind Control) vs. Goku
- Piccolo, Goku, Gohan, Krillin, Jimmy, Zesmond, Alyson, Nathaniel, Kayla, Shaun, Danielle, Marcus and Master Roshi vs. Dr. Wheelo
- Piccolo, Gohan, Jimmy, Kayla and Krillin vs. Dr. Wheelo
- Piccolo and Gohan vs. Turles
- Piccolo vs. Turles
- Piccolo, Krillin, Jimmy, Zesmond, Marcus, Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, and Chiaotzu vs. Turles
- Piccolo vs. Wings
- Piccolo vs. Medamatcha and Angila
- Piccolo vs. Lord Slug (Great Namekian)
- Piccolo vs. Dore, Neiz, and Salza
- Piccolo vs. Cooler (Final Form)
- Piccolo, Krillin, Jimmy, Zesmond, Zachary, Paul, Kayla and Gohan vs. Cyclopian Guards
- Piccolo vs. Meta-Cooler
- Piccolo, Goku (Base/Super Saiyan), Shaun (Base/Super Saiyan), Zesmond (Base/Super Saiyan), Jimmy, Zachary, Paul, Kayla and Gohan vs. Android 13
- Piccolo vs. Android 13 (Super Android 13)
- Piccolo, Vegeta, Shaun and Future Trunks (Base/Super Saiyan) vs. Android 13 (Super Android 13)
- Piccolo, Goku (Super Saiyan), Gohan (Super Saiyan), Jimmy (Unlock Potential), Zesmond (Super Saiyan), Kayla (Super Saiyan), Future Trunks (Super Saiyan Second Grade), and Vegeta (Super Saiyan Second Grade) vs. Broly (Legendary Super Saiyan)
- Piccolo vs. Krillin
- Piccolo vs. Bojack
- Piccolo vs. Goku (flashback)
List of characters killed by Piccolo
Dragon Ball Z
- Raditz – Goku held Raditz in place, while Piccolo charged up and fired a Special Beam Cannon, mortally wounding Raditz and killing Goku. Piccolo later finished Raditz off while he was laughing at him.
- Goku – Shot through the chest with a Special Beam Cannon, killing him and mortally wounding his brother and enemy, Raditz. Goku was later revived with the Dragon Balls.
- Saibaman – Killed by Piccolo with the Explosive Breath Cannon.
- Remote tracking device - Destroyed by Piccolo when he was made aware of it by Cell.
- Sansho – Piccolo smashed the demon into the wall and finished him with an energy blast.
- A Bio-Man – Piccolo killed one of them with a Mouth Energy Wave during their first meeting.
- Slug's soldiers – Most of them are killed by Gohan and Piccolo.
- Wings – Piccolo broke Wings' arm, then later shot an energy blast at his head, blowing it clean off.
- Dore – As Gohan left to take the Senzu Beans to Goku, Dore chased after him, so Piccolo fired a Chasing Bullet at Dore that followed him around. Dore eventually tried to block it, but was unable to, and was destroyed.
- Neiz – Neiz electrocuted Piccolo, but Piccolo, while electrified, grabbed onto Neiz's head, electrocuting him and killing him.
- Salza – Salza was about to kill Goku and the others, weakened from battle, when Piccolo shot a Special Beam Cannon through him, killing him.
- Cyclopian Guards - Several of them were killed by Piccolo, Gohan, and Krillin.
- Ghost Lord Slug – After the Destron Gas Generator is destroyed, Piccolo kills Slug with an energy wave.
- Hatchiyack – Killed by the combined efforts of Goku's Super Kamehameha, Vegeta's Final Flash, Future Trunks' Burning Attack, Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon and Gohan's Super Masenko.
- Majin Ozotto - Optionally killed by Piccolo.
- Piccolo is named after the half-sized flute, piccolo, continuing his family's name puns based on musical instruments. In the series, it is revealed that his name means "another world" in the Namekian language. The phrase "Piccolo" is used to open the door of the Namekian spaceship.
- 'Piccolo' also means 'small' in the Italian language, and, as a surname, was used to denote someone of small stature or height, which is rather ironic given Piccolo's height and build.
- Piccolo is Akira Toriyama's favorite character. He explains thoroughly "I believe mine would be Piccolo. He was the first character in my manga where I was like, 'He has a scary face, but he's so cool!' It really is cliché when bad guys turn into good guys, but it just feels great drawing it!". However, he contradicts this in an interview with Shōnen Jump where he states that Goku is his favorite character in the series.
- Piccolo has trained both of Goku's children: he trained Gohan to fight the Saiyans and Goten to fight Majin Buu. Alongside Goten, he also trained Trunks.
- Piccolo was temporarily the strongest Z fighter. After he fused with Kami, his powers surpassed that of Goku and Vegeta's Super Saiyan at the time.
- In the second half of the Dragon Ball GT episode "Raising the Stakes", when Videl is changing to her Great Saiyaman 2 outfit, a small Piccolo toy can be spotted in a box.
- Piccolo is one of several enemies or rivals to become an ally or friend. Others include: Oolong, Yamcha, Krillin, Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu, then Vegeta, Androids 16, 17 and 18, Majin Buu, and finally Nuova Shenron.
- Piccolo was the youngest villain in the series, being only three years old when he fought Goku (despite having the physical and mental maturity of a teenager). Conversely, his father was the oldest villain in the series prior to the introduction of the millennia-old Majin Buu, having been an ambiguously high number of decades old when he was released from the Electric Rice Cooker.
- Piccolo was fittingly born on Piccolo Day, the holiday created by his father. He shares his birth date with his older brother Drum, who was born and died shortly before Piccolo was born.
- Piccolo's hobby is meditating in quiet places.
- Piccolo's belt is usually colored blue in the anime, though a few video games (such as Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden, Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors and Dragon Ball Online) have Piccolo wearing a red belt.
- In the old temple on Namek in Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku, there are statues of Piccolo.
- Piccolo is one of the few Namekians actually seen consuming food, as he is seen eating a fish when he was a child.
- In Xenoverse, he is revealed to also be fond of the special water found in the Time Nest due to its ability to cleanse the mind and soul. As a result, he considers the Time Nest as a kind of utopia for Namekians (due to the fact his people subsist on water).
- During the fight between him and Goku in Dragon Ball, as well as on the fight with Raditz when he loses his arm, Piccolo is seen with red blood. But later in the series, he bleeds purple blood. In Dragon Ball Super, he was bleeding green blood.
- Piccolo's favorite food is water (particularly the thawed ice water from the north area).
- On the front cover of the VIZBIG EDITION of DRAGONBALL VOL. 12, Piccolo's skin tone is a pale bluish color.
- Piccolo is the only known Z Fighter who knows CPR, as seen when he resuscitates Gohan and does multiple heart compressions on Goku after being hit by Hit's Flash Fist Crush.
- Piccolo technically succeeded in avenging King Piccolo, as he killed Goku with his Special Beam cannon in the fight against Raditz, but Goku wanted Piccolo to kill him so he could hold Raditz in place in order for the Special Beam Cannon to fatally wound the Saiyan invader.
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super episode 22 Change! An Unexpected Return! His Name is Ginyu!!
- ↑ Dragon Ball GT episode 40, "Piccolo's Decision"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Dragon Ball: Super Exciting Guide, 2009
- ↑ Dragon Ball Fusions, 2016
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 125, "Goku's Ordeal"
- ↑ Dragon Ball episode 133, "Changes"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Daizenshuu 2, 1995
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Daizenshu 4
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: V.R.V.S., 1994
- ↑ Interview with Akira Toriyama featured as an extra in a Japanese One Piece coloring book
- ↑ Shōnen Jump interview c. 1995 found in Dragon Ball Zmanga Complete Box Set
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