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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


Icarus saves Gohan from the Black Water Mist

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.

Trunks Saga

Main article: Trunks Saga

Dragon Ball Z Driving School 367

Icarus and Gohan watching Goku's driving lesson

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

Main article: Great Saiyaman Saga During the Great Saiyaman Saga, when Goten is playing with a dinosaur, Goten says that the dinosaur reminds him of Icarus.

Film Appearances

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 in the movie The Tree of Might, 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.

It also later calmed Gohan down even after being turned into his Great Ape form by Turles. It is then blasted away by Turles, which infuriates Great Ape Gohan.

Lord Slug

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 spaceship was with Gohan and Oolong after Lord Slug's wish for youth was granted.

Cooler's Revenge

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge


Gohan riding Icarus in 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.

Voice actors



The dragon in Kosuke & Rikimaru

  • Icarus is the only non-supernatural dragon to appear in the Dragon Ball series, and the only character that Shenron attacks (when Icarus attacks Shenron out of fear in The Tree of Might).
  • 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 is the name of a boy in a famous story from Greek mythology. Icarus' father, Daedalus, constructed wax wings for him and his son so that they could fly in order to escape from King Minos' prison. But after escaping, fascinated with his newfound ability, Icarus ignored his father's warning and went near the Sun, which caused the wax to melt. Icarus then fell into a sea, which became known as the Icarian Sea.
  • Icarus, Cooler, Garlic Jr., and Gogeta are the only movie characters who appear in the anime.


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