Icarus, known as Hire Dragon (ハイヤードラゴン Haiyā Doragon) in the original Japanese version, is a young purple dragon that is one of Gohan's closest non-humanoid friends. He is known as "Hire Dragon" (Haiyā Doragon) in the original Japanese dialogue and in the uncut English Ocean version of Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might.
Dragon Ball Z
Garlic Jr. Saga
Main article: Garlic Jr. Saga
In the Garlic Jr. Saga, Icarus caught wind of the Black Water Mist's arrival and manages to find a cave and blocks the entrance to save Gohan from the Mist. Icarus later saves Maron after she is almost killed by the infected Bulma and Chi-Chi.
Main article: Trunks Saga
Icarus later appears in the final episode of the Trunks Saga (it does not appear again after this, possibly returning to the forest it came from).
Great Saiyaman Saga
The Tree of Might
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might
Icarus lives in a forest near Goku's house. Icarus first meets Gohan when Gohan saves him from being smashed by a falling tree. Later, when Shenron is summoned to restore the forest back to normal, Icarus is scared and tries to attack him. Gohan stops him and Icarus lets go of his fear and becomes grateful when Shenron restores the forest.
Icarus follows Gohan home but the latter's mother Chi-Chi prevents this, to their sadness. However, Gohan's father Goku makes a home for Icarus in a cave which allows the two to stay together as a grateful Icarus licks Goku who states its no problem.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug
Icarus appears in Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, dancing with Gohan while Piccolo was meditating at the beginning of the movie. It later went to the place where Lord Slug's Planet Cruiser was with Gohan and Oolong after Slug's wish for youth was granted.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge
Icarus played a very significant role in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge. During the events of Cooler's invasion of Earth, Icarus went camping with Goku, Oolong and Gohan. When Cooler's Armored Squadron was picking on Gohan, it was ready to try and attack the force despite being of no match to them, with Oolong, who wants to flee as soon as possible, trying to get him away before Goku shows up. It also found Goku and Gohan in a cave beyond some rubble that was caused by the Armored Squadron bombarding the general vicinity with Full Power Energy Barrage Waves in order to ensure Goku is dead, and alerted Oolong and Krillin who were searching for them while hiding from the Armored Squadron. Icarus later helps Gohan bring Senzu Beans from Korin Tower which Goku needed to survive after being hurt by Cooler's Darkness Eye Beam, flying high enough to prevent the Armored Squadron's scouters from detecting him. When returning, however, Icarus and Gohan were ambushed by Armored Squadron, with him being shot down by Salza's Finger Beam despite Gohan's attempts to defend him. It survives, however, and arrives at Goku's area after Cooler's seeming demise.
Video Game Appearances
Icarus is featured in Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans as one of Gohan's moves. Icarus comes and heals Gohan and his allies, and then flies away. In the option menu of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, there is an image of Gohan riding on Icarus.
- Japanese: Naoki Tatsuta
- Brazilian Portuguese dub: Eleu Salvador
- Icarus is the only non-supernatural dragon to appear in the Dragon Ball series, and the only character that Shenron ever attacks (when Icarus attacks Shenron out of fear in The Tree of Might).
- While they are both dragons Shenron and Icarus' designs differ as Icarus design resembles European depictions of Dragons while Shenron resembles chinese/east asian depiction of dragons. Additional Shenron is an Eternal Dragon, a divine species of sentient wish granting dragon which is in sharp contrast to Icarus who is apparently an ordinary species of dragon native to Earth (as Shenron was created by the Kami who is not originally from Earth as he is the good counterpart of the Nameless Namekian who was born on Namek).
- Icarus looks very similar to Taxi Dragon, a dragon who appears in Akira Toriyama's previous manga series, Dr. Slump. He also looks like the dragon in Kosuke & Rikimaru - The Dragon of Konpei Island, an anime movie made by Toriyama in 1988.
- Icarus, Cooler, Garlic Jr., and Gogeta are the only movie characters who appear in the anime.
- Icarus' fate is never revealed in any filler or films.