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Although Grand Kai does not appear in the Dragon Ball manga, he is mentioned there. In fact, his characterization in the anime was suggested to the production staff by the manga's author Akira Toriyama himself.
Grand Kai is portrayed as an aged hipster, usually wearing jeans and a denim jacket, and constantly listening to rock music on his boom box. He wears black Wayfarer sunglasses, and owns a Blue 1958 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible. When overseeing the Other World Tournament, he wears yellow robes with a black mantle depicting a Chinese symbol on it, as well as a hat of the same color and with the same symbol on it.
Even though he is the teacher of the greatest warriors in the universe, Grand Kai is more of a sweet and a kind grandfatherly figure than a traditional disciplinarian (much like North Kai and Master Roshi). Paying no heed to respectful-but-cold formality, he lovingly treats his social-inferiors as equals and dotes on them as if they were his own grandchildren. In the Japanese dub, he affectionately addresses younger warriors with suffix of "-chan" (e.g., Goku-chan, Paikuhan-chan), a term of endearment usually reserved for young children.
Dragon Ball Z
Majin Buu Saga
Main article: Great Saiyaman Saga
Goku is brought to Grand Kai's planet in the beginning of the Great Saiyaman Saga by North Kai. When meeting them, Grand Kai gives Pikkon and Goku the mission to stop Cell's rebellion in Hell (although his initial wording of his command, alongside Goku's unfamiliarity with Grand Kai, made it seem as though he was telling Pikkon to go to Hell as an insult, causing Goku to become offended).
Shortly later, Grand Kai holds an Other World Tournament on his planet, which ends in a draw between Goku and Pikkon. Despite his position, he is not as strong as Pikkon or Goku, due to having neglected his training. This is why he uses the full breadth of the rules to keep from having to teach either of them immediately at the conclusion of the tournament.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
Grand Kai is considerably stronger than the other Kais, and is known to be the greatest fighter in the four quarters of the universe. However, he is not as strong as Pikkon or Goku due to having neglected his training.
Video game appearance
- Japanese: Ryūji Saikachi
- FUNimation dub: Mark Britten, Evan Jones (Movie 12)
- Ocean dub: Paul Dobson
- Latin American Spanish dub: Carlos Magaña
- Brazilian Portuguese dub: Eleu Salvador
- Hungarian dub: Tibor Kristóf