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Grand Kai (大界王 Dai Kaiō, lit. "Great King of the Worlds") is the king who oversees the four Kais, North Kai, West Kai, South Kai and East Kai, who rule over the four quadrants of the universe.




Grand Kai concept art (Son Goku Densetsu)

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.[1]


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 the kanji symbol for Kai, as well as a hat with the kanji symbol for "Grand" 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 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


The Grand Kai during the Other World Tournament

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.

It is revealed in the World Tournament Saga that, despite his position, he is not authorized to set foot on the Sacred World of the Kais.

Film appearances

Fusion Reborn

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn

He mentions that it takes a crisis for the 4 kais to get along.


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


Grand Kai in Buu's Fury

Voice actors


  • Until the introduction of Supreme Kai, Grand Kai was the strongest known kai and widely believed by the mortals of Universe 7 to be the strongest in the universe. It is unknown if this middle rank exists in other universes because, with exception to Zamasu (a former North Kai in line to become the new Supreme Kai), the only kais from other universes to be widely shown in the Dragon Ball media are the Supreme Kais.


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