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"When people breathe this mist, any evil tendencies that they're resisting take control of their character. They become mad with the desire for wealth and material pleasure to the point of wanting to kill each other for it."
Garlic Jr. ("The Heavens Tremble")

Black Water Mist (アクアミスト; lit. "Aqua Mist") is an evil mist that appears in the anime-only Garlic Jr. Saga of Dragon Ball Z. The mist turns anyone affected into a Demon Clan member.[2]


The Black Water Mist had belonged to Garlic, but following Garlic's imprisonment and death, Kami hid it at Kami's Lookout. When Garlic Jr. takes over Kami's Lookout, he finds and releases the Black Water Mist. Anyone who breathes in the mist has the evil in their heart drawn out and becomes a demon like a vampire, and worships Garlic Jr. and the Spice Boys. In addition, anyone bitten by one infected by the mist becomes exactly like them. If kept unchecked, the Black Water Mist's effects would be irreversible after twenty-four hours.


A Black Water Mist card in the Bandai CCG

Chi-Chi, Bulma, Yamcha, Master Roshi, Oolong, and Puar were all infected by the Black Water Mist and attacked Gohan, Krillin, and Maron. Piccolo was bitten by them, and pretended to be infected, but in reality it had no effect on him, either because Nameks could be immune to the mist (though if they are, it contradicts Spice's line "Piccolo's Namekian body is having a strong reaction to the venom" although this appears more as an observation rather than a fact, and he could be mistaken) or because Piccolo used to be evil himself. As such, when he bites Krillin, Krillin is not affected, but pretends to be, as Piccolo tells him telepathically. They pretend to be infected by the mist so they can get to Garlic Jr. and rescue Kami and Mr. Popo, whom Garlic Jr. had trapped inside bottles.

The only thing that can negate the Black Water Mist is the Sacred Water. However, even the Sacred Water will be useless after 24 hours. Kami and Mr. Popo are able to get through the resting place of the former guardians to release the Sacred Water through the Seven Air Currents, restoring everyone on Earth back to normal.

Gohan, Piccolo, Krillin, Maron, Icarus, Korin, Yajirobe, Kami, and Mr. Popo are the only ones on Earth (aside from two unnamed people who get attacked by cats and mice, and presumably become infected) at this time who do not get infected by the Black Water Mist, due to Gohan being shielded from the effects by Icarus who threw Gohan in a cave and blocked the entrance, and Krillin and Maron diving underwater while swimming in the ocean just as the mist arrived in the vicinity for reasons completely unrelated to the mist. Goku is in space at this time, presumably on Planet Yardrat, and Vegeta is in space looking for Goku, as he was trying to figure out how to become a Super Saiyan like Goku did during his battle with Frieza.


  2. Daizenshuu 7, 1996