- This article is about Piccolo Jr.. For other name uses, see Piccolo (Disambiguation).
Piccolo Jr. (ピッコロ・ジュニア Pikkoro Junia), usually just called Piccolo also known as Ma Junior, is a Namekian and also the final child and reincarnation of the Demon King Piccolo, later becoming the reunification of the Nameless Namekian after fusing with Kami. According to Grand Elder Guru, Piccolo, along with Kami and King Piccolo, are part of the Dragon Clan, who were the original creators of the Dragon Balls.
A wise and cunning warrior who was originally a ruthless enemy of Goku, Piccolo later becomes a permanent member of the Dragon Team, largely due to forming a mutual respect to Goku and even more from forming a close bond with Goku's first-born son Gohan.
Piccolo is a very tall and muscular Namekian. While greatly resembling his father/incarnation, he is noticeably shorter and somewhat thinner. He also has a more solid facial structure with less pronounced cheekbones and a straight nose. Piccolo only has four fingers in the Dragon Ball manga, but five in the anime series. Piccolo Jr.'s outfit when he was a kid is very similar to the one King Piccolo is first seen wearing, with the same color scheme shown on the Kanzenban manga covers. From the time he is a young adult onward, Piccolo wears a dark purplish blue gi with a sky blue obi (red in the manga). When not fighting seriously, Piccolo also wears a white turban and a white cape along with it.
Like Goku, Piccolo generally wears and trains with Weighted clothing. The cape itself is not weighted, but there is weighted padding underneath; this is seen twice in the series: when his cape is damaged while fighting Frieza in his second form, and when it is damaged by Lord Slug's henchmen. As the series went on, Piccolo Jr.'s outfit became more his own and by the time he faced the Androids. The outfit's neckline become more low-cut like Goku's outfit, minus Goku's own undershirt. In the manga, many of the movies, and certain video games (Supersonic Warriors 2 and Super Dragon Ball Z), Piccolo wears a red obi rather than a sky blue one.
Even though Piccolo Jr. discards his old symbol, he uses it once in the series when he made his pupil Gohan a uniform after his previous outfit was torn in a Great Ape transformation. In a filler episode in the anime, when both of them are forced by Goku's wife Chi-Chi to go to driving school, Piccolo wears an old outfit of Goku's, which he despised wearing.
Throughout the franchise, regardless of Piccolo's allegiance, his general demeanor has always been a stern if not grumpy with an indifferent attitude towards others. Piccolo he rarely smiles and enjoys solitude. Piccolo is frequently seen meditating in quiet places and drinking thawed ice water in the north area. However, he shows a noticeable cockiness when fighting. He can also be very and confrontational toward people, showing very direct and honest opinions about a situation or an individual. Piccolo is known for his very precise and efficient methods in battle and likewise is shown to be very analytical and tactical in battle, able to see through his opponent's skills and weaknesses to devise effective strategies for victory. In the Baby Saga, Baby openly acknowledged Piccolo as one of the most brilliant fighters in the galaxy.
Originally, Piccolo inherited his father/former self's desire for world domination and destroying Goku. He was determined to prove his superiority and possessed many of the villainous properties of his father, such as a violent and destructive nature and a total disregard for anything besides victory. This was shown during his battle with Goku in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, where he shows almost no mercy for his opponent, breaking all of Goku's limbs while laughing sadistically, believing it was necessary after what Goku had done to his father. Despite all this, Piccolo was not without a measure of restrain and honor, as he for no reason saved a mother and daughter from debris during a storm. He also let Krillin walk away after submitting in the tournament. Piccolo has also shown traits of pragmatism, teaming up with his archrival Goku and later the rest of the Z Fighters when the threat of the Saiyans proves to be too much for him alone, citing the aliens' defeat as a shared goal. According to Goku, his overall evil nature became more of stubborn and angry attitude than flat-out villainous.
After his battle against Goku, Piccolo gradually began to develop for the better as the evil nature only dwelled through his desire to destroy Goku inherited from his father/former self. Later, when he and Goku team up to battle Raditz, Piccolo began to show more respect during battle, even commemorating Goku on his noble sacrifice despite still considering him an enemy and, during the battle against Nappa, praised the other Z Fighters' bravery and tactics.
While training Goku's young son, Gohan, while originally only for to prepare for the coming Saiyans, Piccolo's heart and motives quickly begin to change as the boy takes his time to talk with Piccolo and have normal discussions that do not result in a violent outbreak, this stemming from Gohan agreeing on Goku's views of Piccolo now being more grumpy than truly evil. During the battle with Nappa, Piccolo goes as far as to sacrifice his life to save Gohan, stating how his friendship and love had changed him forever. Piccolo has stated that Gohan was the first person to see him not as a monster and was proud to call him his friend. From then on, Piccolo became very protective of Gohan, proud in his growth as a man and seeing Gohan a surrogate-son, to which Gohan himself came to care for Piccolo as a dear uncle or even second father. This also truly cemented his change from evil to good and a true friend and team-mate for the Z Fighters. He also came to view Goku in a similar light as a dear friend and ally as after being teleported from the self-destructing Planet Namek and learning of Goku's intentions, Piccolo noted he would have preferred to fight alongside the noble warrior to the end, showing his respect for the Earth's savior.
Despite having spent most of his life unaware of his origins as an alien rather than a demon and shocked to learn such, Piccolo came to appreciate learning this truth. To which, upon learning of Frieza's genocidal attack on the Namekians, Piccolo was determined to fight Frieza and avenge his people, even when King Kai warned him of the danger Frieza's might possesses. After fusing with Nail and acquiring all his knowledge of Namekian culture, Piccolo felt whole as a person, now able to understand his roots. The greatest change in his character was when he made the choice to remerge with Kami so he could battle the androids. Kami's willingness to do this showed how little evil was left in Piccolo, trusting that Piccolo would use the extra strength along with Kami's divine powers and centuries-worth of experience for good. Once reunited, all remaining traces of evil disappeared from Piccolo. While still having a stern demeanor for the most part, Piccolo showed genuine compassion for all living being beyond those he deemed a friend, as he tried to get Cell to spare the man in Ginger Town. Although he still has little to say unless it involves battle and does not seem to understand the concept of romance, referring to it as "mushy stuff", although this is understandable do to Namekians lack romantic relations.
As Piccolo carries on in life, he becomes slightly more relaxed and joyful, which simultaneously made it easier to stress and annoy him. He would partake and enjoy various parties and social events, including Bulma's birthday and Gohan's wedding. Even more, in Dragon Ball Super, Piccolo's kindness continued to show, displaying a gentler and nurturing side, helping in the raising of Pan, showing a very efficient job of it as he had a whole list set up on what to do for the baby and genuinely enjoyed it. In Dragon Ball GT, his compassion and selflessness was even willing to sacrifice his life permanently to make sure the Black Star Dragon Balls remained unusable. While encouraging Gohan to find his own path in life, he still firmly believes that Gohan must keep up his training to better protect that which he loves. To which, he proudly accepted Gohan's request to retraining him after the second battle against Frieza cost Piccolo his life again to save Gohan. During which, Piccolo retains his harsh and merciless training methods, all in the goal of restoring Gohan's fighting instinct and true power.
In Xenoverse, Piccolo is shown to have learned from his father's mistakes even using Master Mutaito's defeat of King Piccolo with the Denshi Jar and Evil Containment Wave as an analogy of why one must use whatever items or abilities one has at their disposal to win. This is further shown in the original manga/anime by Piccolo's development of the Evil Containment Wave Reflection technique which he used to counter Kami's use of the Evil Containment Wave essentially removing the one threat his father had feared the most.
King Piccolo Saga
Main article: King Piccolo Saga Piccolo Jr. is the reincarnation of his father King Piccolo, who was once a part of the Nameless Namek who fought a war over Earth only to be eventually killed by Goku.
Piccolo Jr. Saga
Main article: Piccolo Jr. Saga
"Why don't you reserve passing judgment until after you've seen my latest technique... It's a real showstopper!"
After being punched through the chest and killed by Goku's Penetrate! attack, King Piccolo's last action was to spit out an egg containing his child and reincarnation Piccolo Jr, who was to avenge his death. Upon Piccolo's birth he still remembered all of King Piccolo's memories and techniques. Piccolo Jr. spends the next three years in intensive training, preparing himself for the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, where he knew Goku would be a contestant, with the intent to kill him and realize his parent's dream of taking over the world. During the three-year wait till the tournament, Piccolo wanders the Earth and trains for his revenge against Goku. During his wandering, he encounters a family celebrating the birthday of a young boy named Tai. During the boy's birthday celebration, Piccolo vandalizes their home and then runs away from their dog when Tai's father orders it to chase him. When the dog nearly catches up to the young Namekian, Piccolo blasts it away in fear with a beam, realizing some of the potential he has.
After spending the three years training, a now physically adolescent Piccolo enters the tournament using the alias "Junior" ("Ma Junior" (マジュニア) in the Japanese manga and anime, with "Ma" meaning demon). Piccolo manages to find Goku before the tournament properly begins, and Piccolo reminds himself not to let Goku win, and he must avenge his father. When the tournament starts, Piccolo easily breezed past the preliminaries and into the finals. From there he first faced off against Goku's friend Krillin. Though Piccolo managed to beat him with relative ease, even believing at one point that he had killed the small warrior, Piccolo was surprised by Krillin's resilience, and his ability to fly. Krillin even managed to score a hit, but missed Piccolo using a Kamehameha blast, as Piccolo had used an afterimage trick, and managed to knock Krillin back to the ground. In their fight, Krillin eventually gave up, realizing he could not beat Piccolo.
His next match is against a powerful but awkward human named Hero, whom Piccolo soon discovers he was actually Kami, the good counterpart of Piccolo, in disguise by means of possessing a weak, everyday human. When Kami attempts to use Evil Containment Wave to seal Piccolo into a small container, Piccolo surprises everyone by reflecting it and instead capturing Kami. Piccolo then swallows the bottle, making chances of freeing Kami seem very slim since what is apparently the only way to rescue Kami is to kill Piccolo and if that happens, Kami will also die.
Piccolo Jr.'s next fight is the one he was waiting for, the match/rematch with Goku. Though Piccolo uses an assortment of new powerful techniques, Goku finds a way to make many of them work to his advantage. Goku manages to free Kami from captivity when Piccolo increases his size, tricking him into getting so large that Goku could go down his throat and get the bottle. However, even after Goku seemingly defeated Piccolo by using the Meteor Combination attack, firing his new Super Kamehameha technique at Piccolo, Piccolo manages to cripple Goku's arms and legs after surprising him with a Mouth Energy Wave through his shoulder, saying he will not make the same mistake his father did (which was letting Goku have one working arm). In the end, Piccolo loses narrowly, with Goku using flight on-screen for the first time and knocking Piccolo out of the ring with a headbutt. He is shown mercy when Goku gives him a Senzu Bean, which fully heals him instantly. Piccolo holds little gratitude for this act though, and promises to continue his quest to destroy Goku and take over the world before leaving the tournament.
Dragon Ball Z
"Gohan, you're the only real friend I've ever had. I want to thank you."
After his defeat at the hands of Goku, Piccolo vowed to continue his quest to avenge his father and kill Goku, and flies off into the sky. Five years pass and Piccolo has since continued to train in order to reach his goal, but one day he has a brief confrontation with the Saiyan Raditz, who found Piccolo due to his scouter when he was trying to locate his brother Kakarot (Goku). In complete awe over the sudden arrival of this stranger, Piccolo demands to know Raditz's origins and intentions. Raditz smirks at Piccolo's demands, to which Piccolo retaliates with a Destructive Wave. Raditz shrugs off Piccolo's most powerful technique without a single dent, with Piccolo trembling in fear. Before Raditz can murder Piccolo, his scouter locates another strong power level. This makes Raditz ultimately ignore Piccolo in favor of his true target (whose power reading he had initially mistaken Piccolo's for due to their similar levels of progress), his younger brother Kakarot, who turned out to be Goku. Piccolo follows Raditz to Kame House, where Goku and his child Gohan went to meet up with old friends, Piccolo learns of Raditz's plan to destroy humanity by hiding behind the house and listening into the conversation with his strong hearing abilities. When Raditz easily subdues Goku and kidnaps Gohan, Piccolo offers to Goku a temporary truce in the face of this new threat, intending to resume his ongoing struggle with Goku afterward. Goku agrees, despite the pleas of his friends against the idea, and the two make their way to defeat Raditz.
Once Goku and Piccolo locate Raditz, Goku makes a feeble effort to rescue his son through discussion rather than action, but this fails, resulting in a battle. Raditz easily tackles both Piccolo and Goku, managing to sneak attack and surprise them every chance he gets, with Piccolo and Goku not even being able to land a single hit. When the battle takes to the air, Raditz fires two energy waves downwards at Goku and Piccolo. Goku luckily dodges, but Piccolo is less fortunate, with his left arm being lost by disintegration. With the battle seemingly hopeless, Piccolo asks Goku if he has developed any new techniques to assist in these kind of battles. Goku answers he has not, with Piccolo scoffing at Goku's lack of planning or preparation. Piccolo reveals he has developed a technique to pierce even the strongest of bodies, naming it the Special Beam Cannon. Piccolo demands for Goku to buy him extra time to charge the technique, but states the wait will be worth it. As Goku begins to get pummeled, Piccolo finishes charging the attack, but is now in even more woe, as he fears Raditz will be fast enough to evade. Piccolo's prediction comes true, as he fires the blast, Raditz manages to side-step the attack, taking off only a small fragment of his Battle Armor . Raditz discovers his earlier assumptions on Goku and Piccolo's power levels were wrong, as he now knows Goku and Piccolo both have the ability to raise their power levels over 1,000, something Raditz was unaware of at first. When all hopes seems lost, as Raditz starts to pummel Goku into submission by breaking his ribs, Goku's young son Gohan intervenes after destroying the pod he was contained in and charges towards Raditz, damaging Raditz's armor and hurting him greatly by smashing into his chest. Now due to Raditz being much weaker from the assault, Piccolo manages to mortally wound Raditz with the Special Beam Cannon, although Goku sacrifices his life in the process to restrain Raditz, and Piccolo thus avenges his father at a bit of an unexpected moment. Before dying, however, Raditz tricked Piccolo into telling him about the Dragon Balls, and reveals that two other, more powerful Saiyans, Nappa and Vegeta, will be arriving on Earth in one year. In anger, Piccolo finishes Raditz off with one final blow rather than making him suffer, an action noticed by Kami who suspects that Piccolo is changing. When Goku dies shortly afterwards his body mysteriously vanishes, with Piccolo confirming Kami's intervention.
Anyone killed by Piccolo before he turned good would be sent to limbo, with their spirit wandering in agony. Since Goku and Raditz did not suffer this fate after Piccolo killed them, Kami cited this as an indication that Piccolo was becoming less evil.
With the news of even more powerful opponents soon to arrive, Piccolo takes Gohan to Break Wasteland in order to train the boy and raise his survival skills, so Piccolo can use Gohan's massive potential to help defend the Earth from the Saiyans, and originally, to help Piccolo take over the world afterwards. Though his treatment to Gohan is initially harsh, leaving him alone in the Wasteland for six months to raise his survival techniques, then brutally training the boy for the next six months, he begins to warm up to Gohan, and the two form an unbreakable bond. While the training occurred, Piccolo shows a little affection for Gohan in the first night of his six-month survival training by giving him three apples, as Gohan had not eaten anything in days. Piccolo does become annoyed when Gohan complains about the apples' bitter taste, remarking Gohan will need to let go of his time with his parents who pampered and spoilt him. Suddenly, Gohan transforms into a Great Ape and proceeds to destroy the wasteland around him, much to Piccolo's shock and slight fear. Piccolo destroys the moon to turn Gohan back to normal, knowing the two invading Saiyans could use this technique to their advantage also. Piccolo then proceeds to remove Gohan's tail, and makes him new training clothes and a sword.
When Vegeta and Nappa arrive on Earth, they are met by Gohan, Goku's friends Krillin, Chiaotzu, Tien Shinhan, and Yamcha, and Piccolo. Goku had been wished back to life, but would take several hours to arrive. Piccolo soon learns from the Saiyans that he is a Namekian rather than a demon as he previously believed. The Saiyans then start the fight off by growing six Saibamen, small, humanoid plant-like aliens grown from the ground who all have power levels equal to Raditz's 1200, which they instruct to fight in a mock tournament against the Earth's defenders. The Saibamen are all destroyed, though Yamcha is killed in battle when one of them manages to grip him and self-destruct, killing them both. Piccolo destroys the last remaining Saibaman, after it attacks Gohan, with a punch in the stomach, followed by a mouth blast, disintegrating it.
With the Saibamen gone, Nappa, the larger Saiyan, decides to enter combat. In the ensuing fight, Chiaotzu and Tien perish, and the defenders of the Earth are heavily beaten. When Chiaotzu prepares to self destruct while holding Nappa, Piccolo orders Gohan to watch Chiaotzu's sacrifice, and then proceeds to compliment Chiaotzu by saying Chiaotzu has won his respect for his sacrifice to take down a powerful enemy. Despite Piccolo landing some decent hits, and planning team attacks with Krillin and Gohan, Nappa seems invincible. During one of the team attacks, when Gohan gives into his fear and runs away from Nappa instead of blasting him as Piccolo ordered, Piccolo deems Gohan a failure, and when the three hour break occurs, suggests Gohan should go home, and not be a distraction in this fight. Remembering that during his fight with Raditz, Goku pulled and squeezed his tail tightly and had caused him unbearable pain, Piccolo attempted the same feat and got a hold of Nappa's tail (discussed with Krillin and Gohan after having a three-hour break) but the monstrous Saiyan revealed he and Vegeta were immune to that handicap and knocked the Namek unconscious for a short while. Later in the battle, when Nappa attempts to finish off Krillin with a final blast, Piccolo saves him just in time with a small hand blast launched at Nappa's back.
When the smaller but more powerful Saiyan named Vegeta detects that Goku is arriving, and that he is more powerful than anticipated (being read at 5,000 without powering up, already), he orders Nappa to quickly kill the remaining defenders, as their working with Goku might result in a challenge. Goku's resurrection proves that the Dragon Balls are legitimate, so they can use the ones on Namek and do not need the ones located on Earth. Nappa first aims for Gohan with an extremely powerful attack, but Piccolo jumps in the way of it, sacrificing himself to save Gohan. His body ruined, Piccolo falls to the ground. With tears in his eyes, Piccolo bids farewell to Gohan, whom he admits made him soft and is the only person to ever call him friend. Piccolo's death also results in Kami's passing, as they were once a single being, and therefore if one dies then so would the other.
After the Saiyans are beaten by Goku and the remaining fighters, and Vegeta retreats, Gohan, Krillin and the brilliant inventor Bulma head to Namek and to locate the Dragon Balls so that they can wish Kami, Piccolo, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu back to life and restore the Dragon Balls of Earth.
"Between the two of us, Gohan and Krillin, we can take this guy down."
As Goku was forced to do after his noble death, Piccolo travels down the winding Snake Way to King Kai's Planet. There, he, Chiaotzu, Tien, and Yamcha all train under the watchful eye of King Kai. While it is unknown if he ever learned any of King Kai's secret techniques, Piccolo's power does increase so significantly that even Nail (a Warrior-type Namekian with a power level of 42,000) notes it as unbelievable.
"It's my people who Frieza destroyed. It's MY fight. He needs to pay for what he's done, and I intend to make him."
On Namek, Gohan, Krillin, and Dende, a young Namekian who Krillin and Gohan had previously saved, gather the Namekian Dragon Balls and summon the Namekian Dragon, Porunga. Piccolo contacts Gohan (via King Kai's telepathy) and demands he be resurrected with the first wish, be sent to Namek to battle Frieza with the second, and then Gohan could do whatever with the last wish. Piccolo's reasoning was that if he is brought back, then the Earth Dragon Balls will immediately return alongside Kami, allowing for wishes to be made to bring back Tien, Chiaotzu and Yamcha.
Piccolo soon arrives on Namek at a random point, since Gohan did not specify where on Namek he should be sent to when he asked Dende to have Porunga grant the wishes. After recovering from the initial shock of seeing his strangely familiar homeland for the first time and feeling the suffering of his people, Piccolo heads in the direction of a large energy source, believing it to be Frieza.
During his flight, he passes over a dying Namekian, Nail, who was earlier easily mauled by Frieza. Piccolo drops down to inspect the crippled Namekian and they begin to converse. Nail offers Piccolo to join with him, as the option of merging with his counterpart Kami could not be realized here (nor did Piccolo even want to be one with him, at this point). At first, Piccolo refuses, but Nail explains that Piccolo will not lose his personality, he will only feel the power gained from the fusion. Piccolo reluctantly accepts, and after the fusion is complete he is amazed by his awesome new power and rushes to Frieza's location.
When Piccolo arrives, he finds a battle in progress between Gohan, Krillin, and Vegeta (who had rebelled against Frieza), with Dende supporting them, against Frieza. He then takes on Frieza, with the doubt of Krillin and Vegeta, who is in his second form, alone and is able to go blow to blow with him, even without removing his weighted clothing. Vegeta became shocked to find that the Namekian that Nappa killed with ease mere months ago had become so powerful. After a brief exchange of blows, Frieza transforms into his third form and assaults Piccolo with a large barrage of invisible and virtually unavoidable shots, crippling the Namekian.
An angry Gohan intervenes and blasts Frieza with a Full Power Masenko, but Frieza knocks it back, and Piccolo uses the last of his strength to deflect the projectile with one of his own before it can hit the young Saiyan. Frieza then begins his final transformation into his true form, and Gohan uses the opportunity to take Piccolo to Dende, who has the ability to heal others completely. Piccolo quickly recovers, but he knows that he is even more thoroughly outclassed by Frieza's new form. Frieza begins his renewed attack with a single blast that kills Dende (having seen him healing Piccolo midway into his transformation), preventing the warriors from being healed again; Gohan, Krillin, and Piccolo respond with a joint assault but Frieza seemingly effortlessly evades all of their attacks.
Piccolo is then reduced to the sidelines, watching as a strengthened Vegeta attacks and falls against Frieza, helpless to intervene. After Goku arrives, Gohan, Krillin, and Piccolo get out of his way, and after witnessing Vegeta's murder at the hand's of Frieza, he watches Goku and Frieza duel from afar. (He also implies that he would like to fight Goku when it's over, though only for kicks.) Goku is soon overwhelmed by Frieza once he powers up to 50% of his power, nullifying even Goku's Kamehameha fired with a 20-fold Kaio-ken boosting his power, and, in desperation, attempts to use the Spirit Bomb. In order to buy Goku some time, Piccolo takes most of the remaining ki from Gohan and Krillin and jumps in to help, catching Frieza off-guard and kicking him in the head, giving Goku just enough time to finish the Spirit Bomb and launch it towards Frieza, seemingly killing him. Piccolo drags Goku's body out of the water, and meets up with Gohan and Krillin, celebrating.
Just as our heroes rejoice, Frieza towers above them revealing to still be alive, and shoots a powerful beam meant for Goku (in the anime only, for in the manga he intended to finish Piccolo and the others first all along, and as such aimed at him immediately), but Piccolo bravely takes the hit for his former rival and falls to the ground on the verge of death. After witnessing both Piccolo being heavily wounded, and Krillin being blown to pieces by Frieza, Goku finally had enough and unleashed his hidden Super Saiyan powers. Gohan carried Piccolo off of the battlefield as Goku and Frieza clashed on the dying Planet Namek, with the former emerging as the victor. Piccolo is healed by Dende (who had been wished back to life along with the rest of the people killed by Frieza and his men) after being sent to Earth by a wish made to Porunga.
When the Namekians find a planet suitable to be New Namek, Piccolo declines to travel with them, and he stays on Earth with Gohan to protect and watch over the boy. Piccolo does not desire the peaceful, therefore dull, life to be had on Namek and instead wishes to keep training in order to become more powerful.
Garlic Jr. Saga
Main article: Garlic Jr. Saga
In this anime filler saga, Piccolo assists Gohan and Krillin in defeating Garlic Jr., a villain first encountered in the film: Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, who returned with an incredible power up from the Makyo Star being near. Piccolo had to cope with Kami, his counterpart, sometimes getting hurt or tired, affecting Piccolo in battle. He also faked being under the influence of the Black Water Mist in order to get close enough to Garlic Jr. to free Kami and Mr. Popo, and in order to keep up the act, he had to act like he wanted to kill Gohan. Later, Piccolo, Gohan and Krillin manage to get Garlic Jr. sealed back into the Dead Zone.
Main article: Trunks Saga One year after the events on Namek, Piccolo sensed Frieza and another powerful being heading towards Earth. He headed to the area where he detected they would land, and was soon joined by Vegeta, Yamcha, Puar, Bulma, Tien, Chiaotzu, Krillin and Gohan. Despair sets in on the group as they realize that there's little they can do to oppose such powerful foes.
Soon after Frieza and his father, King Cold, land they are confronted by a mysterious youth, who reveals himself to be a Super Saiyan and almost effortlessly destroys the father-son duo along with their minions. Piccolo and the others follow the youth, who tells them when and where Goku will be arriving. Just as the boy predicted, Goku lands and the boy converses with him privately, though Piccolo's superior hearing allows him to listen in.
The boy, known as Future Trunks, is the future son of Vegeta and Bulma and reveals a terrible plot by Dr. Gero, a scientist for the non-active Red Ribbon Army, to create powerful Androids for the sole purpose of annihilating Goku. The Androids soon spiral out of control, and after murdering their creator go on to destroy everything around them, making Future Trunks' world a nightmare where they kill all but a few tens of thousands of the population. They eventually kill all the Z Fighters with the exception of Goku, who dies from a heart disease six months prior to the attack of the Androids. Future Trunks has come back in time to both give Goku the medicine to cure the disease and give the Z Fighters ample warning. Future Trunks then departs back to his own timeline and Piccolo, since Goku does not know how to tell the group what he had discovered, explains everything to the group, except the identity of Future Trunks. The group then splits up to begin training for the oncoming threat, with Piccolo deciding to do his training alongside Goku and Gohan, which would later prove to have been a very wise decision.
While training with Goku and Gohan, Piccolo also was forced along with Goku to take a drivers test so Chi-Chi would not have to do as much chores as a result of their training. Piccolo had to wear human clothes, presumably to disguise his origins. He attempted to drive relatively safely, but his driving instructor, Cynthia, proved to be a terrible influence, as she encouraged Piccolo to drive recklessly while Goku was driving recklessly against his instructor's wishes. Eventually, they took a second attempt at a drivers test under a storm, only for them to fail the test a second time to save a bus full of children.
Main article: Androids Saga
Three years have passed by, and Goku, Krillin, Piccolo, Tien, and Yamcha meet at the designated time to confront the Androids with Vegeta and Future Trunks coming. Yajirobe drops by briefly to give the group Senzu Beans and, as he was leaving, his hovercar had been destroyed. Still not sensing their opponents, Gohan realized that, being Androids, they have no ki to detect and therefore must be searched for by sight. Piccolo and the others enter the city to search, but do not know what the Androids look like. They soon detect a large drop in Yamcha's ki and rush to the scene, finding both the two Androids and a critically wounded Yamcha with a hole through his gut. Goku soon leads the Androids to a different location so that the city is not destroyed in their fight, though the Androids demolish a large portion of it before they leave.
The Androids choose to fight in a desolate region filled with rocky hills. Piccolo surmises that they chose the location so that they could escape to the hills if the fight does not go their way. After the Androids explain that they have been watching Goku since he defeated the Red Ribbon Army up until his battle with Vegeta, Goku attacks Android 19. The Androids did not know of his ability to go Super Saiyan, and therefore his true strength. Piccolo is startled after Goku transforms because his power is much lower than it should be. Though Goku seems to be winning in the early part of the fight, he quickly loses his energy due to his heart disease and is eventually taken down by Android 19.
Piccolo and the others attempt to intervene, but Android 20 blocks their path and blasts Piccolo with his eye beams, sending him crashing to the ground. Vegeta then arrives, kicking Android 19 off of Goku and Piccolo quickly gets back up, revealing that he was pretending to be injured in order to catch the Androids off guard. Vegeta then kicks Goku out of the battle and Piccolo catches him, setting him down so Yamcha can take him home and give him the heart medicine that Future Trunks gave them. Vegeta and Android 19 then battle, with Vegeta revealing his ability to go Super Saiyan, and destroying 19 after confirming his ability to drain energy using the jewels embedded in his palms. Vegeta, severely drained from the fight with Android 19, acts as if he eager for a quick follow-up fight with Android 20. Nervous of Vegeta's new power, Android 20 fails to call the bluff and flees to the hills, while Vegeta is restored with a Senzu Bean.
Piccolo and the others start searching the hills for Android 20, but Piccolo is soon ambushed. With Android 20 holding a tight grip over his mouth and draining his energy, Piccolo sends out a telepathic message to Gohan. Gohan is alerted to the situation and heads for Piccolo Jr.'s now shrinking ki. He finds Piccolo and smashes Android 20 off of his mentor. Piccolo receives a Senzu Bean from Krillin and states that he will fight Android 20 himself. Android 20 is taken off guard by Piccolo's speed, and he quickly hits the android with several powerful blows, which surprises the Android because he did not expect for Piccolo to be this powerful. The Namekian finishes the battle with a powerful chop which takes off Android 20's right arm, while also referring to how he was formerly like Dr. Gero and consumed with the desire of revenge against Goku for his involvement in destroying a paternal figure of his, then sends him smashing him into the ground, badly beaten.
Krillin was astonished by Piccolo's power, believing Piccolo was extremely powerful for someone who is not a Super Saiyan. At this time Future Trunks shows up and states that Android 20 is not one of the Androids which caused such devastation in the future, having already seen the lifeless head that 19 was reduced into by Vegeta earlier. Bulma follows them closely in her skycar, and Android 20 sees his opportunity to escape and lets out an energy wave, destroying Bulma's vehicle and distracting everyone while he runs away, stating that he's going to activate Android 17 and Android 18.
Bulma informs the group that Android 20 is actually Dr. Gero, who reconstructed himself into an Android, and of the location of his lab in North City. Piccolo then tells Bulma about Future Trunks, who at this point is already born in the main timeline. He then takes off with Krillin and Tien to North City to find Dr. Gero's Lab and destroy the Androids before they can be awakened. Krillin finds the lab and alerts the others, but they arrive too late and the Androids are activated. The twin Androids then display mutiny on their creator by killing him, and against Gero's wishes awakening another Android: Android 16. Vegeta takes off after them and Piccolo and the others follow. When they catch up, they find that Vegeta has been fighting Android 18 and is not doing so well against the female Android due to his declining stamina. Android 17 warns them that if they get involved in the fight, he will step in as well.
They watch the fight and, though Vegeta seems to be on roughly equal footing at first glance (something that surprises Future Trunks because he never knew his father to be so powerful) Piccolo points out that Vegeta was tiring with every move and the Android was not. When Future Trunks gets involved with the fight after Vegeta receives a serious kick that breaks his left arm, Piccolo also charges in, but both are quickly swatted down by Android 17. When Piccolo gets back up, he charges at Android 17 who is choking Tien; when he reaches Android 17, he is felled with a single blow to the stomach that nearly tears through him.
"The Piccolo that you know is gone! I am The Namek. And as for you, well, you're history."
Krillin gives each of the warriors a Senzu Bean, and Piccolo states he has an idea (in the Japanese version and Dragon Ball Z Kai, Krillin asks if Piccolo has any plans for defeating the Androids, to which Piccolo barks angrily and lies that he was never their friend and is still plotting to overtake the world). When Krillin asks what it is, Piccolo angrily snaps at him and then abruptly takes off to Kami's Lookout. Piccolo does not need to explain to Kami why he has come, Kami having already read his thoughts that Piccolo wishes to fuse with him and become whole once again. Piccolo rebuffs Kami, stating that they are not fusing on an equal level and will simply be using the old Namekian as a tool to become more powerful, stating that the only reason that Kami even exists now in face of all the converging foes is for the Dragon Balls. Regardless, Kami is not opposed to the idea of fusing with Piccolo, but he wants to observe the situation for a while longer to be sure that his last decision is made for valid reasons.
Piccolo starts to argue with him, but Kami counters by pointing out that even Future Trunks stated these Androids are different (being "much, much" more powerful, for one, and for having spared their lives, whereas the future counterparts killed them outright), and that it was Vegeta who started the fight they just had. Piccolo calls Kami a coward for his reluctance and waits on the lookout for him to make up his mind. When Kami learns of the recent arrival of a danger from the future far greater than the Androids, he realizes he has no choice. With Piccolo serving as the base form, they merge into one being, becoming the nameless Namekian once again, himself stating that he was now no longer Kami or Piccolo.
Piccolo rushes to Ginger Town, the location of this murderous new enemy. The bug-like creature claims that he is Piccolo's "brother", which shocks Piccolo, and the two engage in battle. Piccolo seems to have the upper hand, but is taken off guard when the creature launches a Kamehameha at Piccolo, which shocked him, as the move was Goku's attack. As he was dodging the blast the creature latches onto Piccolo's back and stings his left arm, draining the life from it and rendering the limb useless and withered. Piccolo headbutts the creature and breaks free, but claims that with his injury he has been defeated, luring the creature into explaining his actions. The creature reveals his name as Cell, and that he is a combination of Earth's greatest warriors put together by Dr. Gero.
His purpose is to locate Android 17 and Android 18 and take their energy by absorbing them into his being so that he may achieve his Perfect form. Now knowing the creature's origin and intentions, Piccolo exposes his ruse, tearing the withered left arm free and growing a healthy one in its place, now prepared to resume battle with Imperfect Cell.
Future Trunks and Krillin soon arrive, and Imperfect Cell, now outnumbered, uses the Solar Flare (inherited from either Goku or the technique's coiner Tien) and escapes. Tien and Vegeta soon arrive and Piccolo explains the nature of Cell to them. He and Tien then search for Cell as the monster travels from town to town absorbing people's energy, but Imperfect Cell detects their ki and then lowers his own and hides every time they get close. Piccolo begins traveling on a jet plane, piloted by Yamcha, with Gohan, Krillin, and Tien so that they can keep their ki hidden while searching for the creature.
While searching, a recovered Goku teleports onto the plane and explains that he has a plan for himself, Future Trunks, Gohan, and Vegeta to use the Hyperbolic Time Chamber in order to train for a year in span of one Earth day. He then takes Gohan and teleports back to Kami's lookout. Piccolo and the rest keep searching but Piccolo begins to despair, knowing that with each town Imperfect Cell attacks, his strength grows and the monster will soon be powerful enough to confront and absorb the Androids.
Piccolo and the rest soon return to Kame House. By good or bad luck, the Androids soon arrive, demanding the location of Goku so that they may kill him to finish their game. Piccolo decides to use this opportunity to try and destroy them, thereby preventing them from being absorbed by Imperfect Cell. They head to deserted Tropical Islands and Piccolo learns that he will only have to fight Android 17, giving him a chance at victory. He and #17 are roughly equal in strength, and though Piccolo does not have the infinite energy of his opponent, he does have several tricks up his sleeve that prove an outstanding resistance, such as his amazing regeneration abilities and his variety of energy attacks, such as the Hellzone Grenade. However, Cell arrives in the middle of their fight.
With his increase in strength from absorbing countless humans from various cities, Imperfect Cell is now considerably more powerful than Piccolo, and on top of that Piccolo has expended a considerably large amount of his energy battling Android 17. After 17 is attacked by Cell, Piccolo steps in to help, but is easily swatted aside. Without any other options, Piccolo uses his desperation attack, the Light Grenade, and destroys the island that they were fighting on. However, Imperfect Cell bears no damage from the attack due to his superior strength, and sets his eyes on the weary Namekian.
Realizing that the both of them can do nothing to defeat Cell, Piccolo warns #17 to run; however, he is interrupted by Cell, with one swift punch, which snaps the brave Namek's neck and takes him down. Seeing no need to absorb him, Cell, using his See Ya! technique, picks Piccolo up from the ground and blasts a hole clean through his stomach and tosses him into the ocean, leaving him for dead. Luckily, Piccolo barely managed to survive thanks to his regeneration and is soon rescued by Goku and taken back to Kami's Lookout, along with Tien who had distracted Cell to stop him from absorbing Android 18.
Piccolo quickly recovers, but with Imperfect Cell having absorbed Android 17 and now in his even more powerful Semi-Perfect form, he can do nothing but watch. He observed as Super Vegeta first defeated Semi-Perfect Cell and then allowed him to absorb Android 18 and attain his Perfect form. He also witnessed Perfect Cell's subsequent victory over Future Trunks and his announcement of the Cell Games, giving the Earth's defenders ten days to prepare for his tournament.
Cell Games Saga
Main article: Cell Games Saga
"Damn you! Don't you see what you've done? Why couldn't you just listen to us for once Goku? We all warned you this would happen! You've pushed your son to his death! His death!"
When Goku and Gohan emerge from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Gohan requests for Piccolo to give him a copy of his uniform, which Piccolo happily conjures up for him. He is also startled by how much more powerful Goku became with his mastery over the Super Saiyan form. Piccolo enters the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and, although becoming significantly stronger, is still nowhere near powerful enough to challenge Perfect Cell. After he emerges, Goku asks him if it is possible for him to split with Kami again. Piccolo states that he can not, so Goku instead goes to New Namek to recruit a new guardian, and returns with Dende who takes the position and promptly reactivates the Dragon Balls.
When the ten day wait is over, Piccolo accompanies Goku and the others to the Cell Games. He stays on the sidelines for most of the battle but speaks up when Goku, after first battling then yielding to Perfect Cell, volunteers Gohan to fight. Piccolo states that no matter how strong Gohan had become, there is no way he can fight Perfect Cell. He criticizes even further when Goku tosses a Senzu Bean to Perfect Cell so that the fight is "fair". When Perfect Cell manages to grab Gohan in a bear hug and begins crushing him, Piccolo blames Goku for his action, and prepares to enter the battle, even though it likely means his death. Perfect Cell soon stops his attack though, deciding to target Gohan's friends instead. He soon spawns seven Cell Jrs, one for each Z Fighter watching the fight. Piccolo does well against the Cell Jrs, managing to stand his ground despite Cell's comment that only Vegeta and Trunks were able to fight back, while the weary Goku and the powerless humans are easily beaten to the ground, but is soon overwhelmed until Gohan finally snaps and transforms into a Super Saiyan 2, and kills all of the Cell Jrs with ease, leaving all of the Z warriors to look on in shock. In the anime filler Piccolo is actually shown to be the Z fighter who does a better job at beating the Cell Jrs, being able to assist Krillin, Yamcha and Tien for a while, however such filler goes against what happened in the manga.
Gohan battled Cell and was able to not only outmatch Cell, but also cause him to spit up Android 18 and revert to his Semi-Perfect form. Piccolo then witnessed Goku's noble sacrifice as he teleported himself and a self-destructing Cell (who tried to blow himself up along with the Earth) to King Kai's Planet, which was destroyed along with everybody who was present at the time (Goku, King Kai, Bubbles, and, in the anime, Gregory). But, Cell survived and became even stronger thanks to his Saiyan genes. He teleported back to Earth (he learned how to use the Instant Transmission technique), and after killing Future Trunks, ensued in a Kamehameha duel with Gohan, who Cell had already weakened when Gohan attempted to save Vegeta from Cell's Death Beam. Piccolo, along with the other Z Fighters, assisted Gohan in the duel by blasting Cell with various ki blasts, as Piccolo was unwilling to let the person who taught him the value of friendship die all alone against Cell (in the manga, rather than helping Gohan, Piccolo merely curses at his inability to make any difference in the situation, making it more of a surprise when Vegeta finally intervenes). The efforts of the Z Fighters failed to faze Cell until Vegeta distracted him with an energy blast, which gave Gohan the time he needed to destroy Cell once and for all. Piccolo then lauded Vegeta on hitting Cell in an honorable move, but the latter just tells Piccolo to get lost. Piccolo returned to the lookout, where he, upon being asked whether Gohan could come and see him again there, tells him he would bet on it.
Majin Buu Saga
When Piccolo is informed by a now teenaged Gohan that Goku is coming back to Earth for one day and that they are entering the World Martial Arts Tournament along with Android 18 (who has reformed and married Krillin), Krillin, and Vegeta, he decides to enter himself as well, under the alias of "Ma Junior" (as he had previously done when participating in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament during the Piccolo Jr. Saga of Dragon Ball). While there, Piccolo encounters a small purple alien who disturbs him deeply. When it's Piccolo's turn to fight, he faces the alien as his first opponent and finds that he is extremely reluctant to attack him, causing him to question just who this being is. The alien responds directly to Piccolo's thoughts, telling him that he'll find out soon enough and that for now they should just enjoy the fight. Piccolo quickly surrenders the match without raising a fist. When they meet in spectators area, Piccolo asks the alien if he is Grand Kai, the ruler of the Kai's, a set of four gods who each watch over quadrant of the galaxy, the alien's companion responds that he is actually the Supreme Kai, a much higher being who is above Grand Kai. Having much of Kami's essence, Piccolo is awed by Shin's presence and extremely respectful of his place on the divine hierarchy.
During a later fight between Gohan and Kibito, Gohan's energy is drained by two very oddly powerful humans after he is paralyzed by Shin, who intended to pursue the two to see where they would take the stolen energy. Shin then sets off to follow them, stating that any help would be appreciated. Piccolo immediately joins him, followed soon by Goku, Krillin, and Vegeta. As they travel, Shin informs them that the two humans are possessed pawns of a wizard named Babidi and they are collecting energy to revive a powerful force of destruction known as Majin Buu.
Piccolo and the others are joined by a fully recovered Gohan and Kibito, and then hide on a mountain near Babidi's ship and watch as he destroys the two human pawns as "their job was done". The Z Fighters are then attacked by Dabura, the Demon King whom Babidi has possessed as his strongest henchman, with a power roughly equal to Perfect Cell. Dabura quickly kills Kibito and spits on Krillin and Piccolo, turning them to stone.
"Why you little! I fought with both of your fathers in combat, since before you were born. You two don't have a clue! Even the smallest bit of power can mean the difference between winning and losing!"
After Dabura is later killed by an awakened Majin Buu, Piccolo returns to normal, but was in pieces due to have been accidentally shattered by Trunks while he was turned into stone. Fortunately, his head was not damaged, so he was able to completely regenerate. On returning to normal, the first thing Piccolo senses is the awesome power of Majin Buu and in the field in front of them, he sees a badly beaten Shin about to be turned into a snack for the monster. He is torn about what to do, as his instinct is to aid Shin, but he knows that he can do nothing against Majin Buu.
Before Majin Buu can finish Shin off, he was attacked by Vegeta, who was currently under Babidi's influence (but able to completely resist his control), and states that he will destroy Majin Buu in vengeance for the monster's (supposed) killing of Gohan, shocking Piccolo with the news. Piccolo watches their fight and barely escapes along with Goten, Trunks, and Krillin after Majin Buu unleashes his Angry Explosion technique. When Majin Buu resumes the attack on a badly wounded Vegeta, Piccolo is unable to prevent Goten and Trunks from rushing into the battle themselves. The pair manages to temporarily halt Majin Buu, smashing him through some mountains while his guard was down, and then attempts to aid Vegeta. In the meantime, Piccolo confronts Babidi. Piccolo resists the wizard's Demon Eye and breaks his Wizard Barrier. When Babidi attempts to plead for his life, claiming that only he can prevent Majin Buu from becoming out of control, Piccolo states that it does not matter as they will not allow Buu to live even if he is not alive and chops the wizard in half, fatally injuring him and then spitting as a sign of spite.
Piccolo watches as Vegeta knocks the two kids unconscious. When he descends to Vegeta, Vegeta asks Piccolo to take the children far from the battle site. Piccolo realizes that Vegeta plans on sacrificing himself. Vegeta confirms this by asking if he will see Kakarot (Goku's original Saiyan name) in the afterlife and Piccolo states he will not, because Vegeta has committed too many evil actions before joining the Z Fighters to be on the same plane as Goku and he will instead be reincarnated, after his spirit is purified. Piccolo, carrying the children, then retreats with Krillin until they witness an enormous explosion that Vegeta fueled despite all this, in an attempt to protect Bulma and Trunks, and "even Kakarot". After the blast had died down, Piccolo hands the kids to Krillin and tells him to tell everyone else what has happened and then goes back to the battle site to see what has transpired.
When he reaches the site, now a large crater, he pays his respects to Vegeta. He recalls about the time he had sacrificed himself to save Gohan's life many years ago, and bids farewell to the Saiyan Prince. He also finds a still barely alive Babidi, who survived due to his ability to conjure barriers. As he moves in to finish him off, Piccolo notices the pieces of Majin Buu moving. They quickly shape themselves into full miniature versions of Majin Buu and begin colliding into each other, reforming the original Majin Buu. He makes a fast retreat, catching up with Krillin and informing him that they have to go to Kami's Lookout in the slight chance that it might offer sanctuary.
Goku (who was rendered unconscious by Vegeta after a fight they had) soon arrives after them and they trade stories, informing Piccolo of Vegeta's willingness to become Babidi's pawn in order to gain power and his subsequent battle with Goku and stealing the last Senzu Bean prior to his attacking Majin Buu. Goku also informs Piccolo of the Fusion Dance technique he learned in the afterlife. Since both Gohan and Vegeta are gone there's no one for him to perform it with himself, but he can teach it to Goten and Kid Trunks, an idea that Mr. Popo ingenuously came up with.
Babidi then contacts all inhabitants of Earth telepathically, stating that he wants the location of Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo, and will destroy the lives of innocent people until they are found. After the first city is destroyed as a demonstration, Piccolo states that he will go to Majin Buu to try and spare some of the destruction, but Goku insists that he does not so that Piccolo can help teach the boys the Fusion technique.
Once Goku returns to the afterlife (after a brief fight with Majin Buu in which he displayed the new Super Saiyan 3 transformation), Piccolo takes over their instruction fully, correcting them on the mistakes they make when their Fusions fail the first two times. When the Fusion works properly, he finds an entirely new challenge in trying to install some discipline and control in the extremely powerful, and equally arrogant, Gotenks.
The first time they fuse properly, Gotenks goes after Majin Buu in his base form and returns to the lookout, badly bruised and battered but still alive. Piccolo scolds the young fused warrior for disobeying. After Goten and Trunks fuse while in the Super Saiyan state, Gotenks rushes off to battle again, this time with Piccolo following him. Gotenks wastes a large amount of time demonstrating his speed by flying around the world dozens of times and even taking a nap whilst waiting for Piccolo to catch up, only seeking Majin Buu when there's one minute left in the thirty minute Fusion time limit. This causes him to separate before he can even face Buu, leaving his individual fusees to hastily escape before Buu can kill them.
While waiting the hour needed for them to recover and fuse again, Piccolo observes the changes in Majin Buu, brought about by his friendship with Mr. Satan, a human who fraudulently took credit for defeating Cell and therefore became regarded as the world's greatest hero.
"Never train children when their mothers are around. It's always trouble."
Soon after, he witnessed the split of Mr. Buu into two separate Buu's, the battle between them, and the absorption of Mr. Buu by Evil Buu, resulting in the even more powerful Super Buu. Piccolo and Dende both immediately notice the sharp increase in power, and become even more worried. Super Buu is able to detect ki and quickly arrives at Kami's Lookout, looking for the stronger person who Goku said would fight with him. Piccolo tries to stall Buu by saying that the fighter is sleeping and pleads for more time, to which Super Buu angrily refuses.
Super Buu then sends out innumerable blasts, one for each person remaining on Earth, killing all but Mr. Satan, and the few who could avoid the beams, such as Tien and Chiaotzu. When Super Buu demands to fight again, Piccolo asks that they have one hour to wake the warrior up and get him prepared, adding that Mr. Satan's child (Videl, who was brought to the lookout) also wants him to wait. Super Buu reluctantly agrees due to the little of the good Majin Buu that he had in him, but vows to kill everyone straight afterwards.
Piccolo wastes no time and quickly ushers Goten and Kid Trunks into the Hyperbolic Time Chamber where they can train for fifteen Hyperbolic days in the hour that Super Buu has allowed them. While waiting, he explains to Videl how Super Buu knows about her father and his achievement of taming Mr. Buu. After a bit less than thirty minutes, Super Buu loses patience and demands to fight their warrior immediately. Piccolo relents and starts leading Super Buu to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, taking the long way to maximize the time it will take, but Buu quickly becomes aware of the ruse and demands for him to take him there immediately.
He contacts Goten and Kid Trunks telepathically, telling them that he will be at the room with Super Buu in one minute, giving them six hours to rest up for the fight. Piccolo also has a secret plan that, if Gotenks is not capable of stopping Super Buu, he will destroy the entrance to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, locking Super Buu and themselves inside for all of eternity.
Once Super Buu is in the room, Piccolo watches as Gotenks attacks him in base form with a multitude of goofy moves, doing no damage, as Piccolo gazes in astonishment and loss of hope. Gotenks then turns Super Saiyan and, with a powerful Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack, blows Super Buu to tiny fragments. Piccolo, knowing what happened last time when Vegeta did relatively the same thing, orders Gotenks to destroy all the pieces of Super Buu. It was in vain, as the vapors from the burned pieces regathered and formed back into Super Buu, to which Piccolo curses his luck for not completely erasing the vulnerable pieces when they had the chance.
Piccolo then asked Gotenks if he had any more special attacks left, which Gotenks falsely denies, stating that all was lost. With seemingly no options left, Piccolo destroys the entrance, trapping them in the room forever. Gotenks immediately insults Piccolo for this decision, and tells him of his plan to surprise Buu with a powerful attack pretending all is lost. Piccolo responds to this in complete disgust at Gotenks' attitude towards the situation, and they begin to argue. Super Buu, so enraged about not having access to any candy ever again in his location, lets out a mighty scream, ripping the fabric between the dimensions and creating a portal through which he escaped. Gotenks and Piccolo try several times to recreate Super Buu's portal but without any success. Eventually, when there seem to be no more options, Gotenks reveals that he had something up his sleeve, and turns Super Saiyan 3, with Piccolo once again, in astonishment.
Gotenks then quickly (and with more ease than the powered up Buu) blared open a portal which himself and Piccolo escaped from. On exiting, Super Buu boasted of his devouring all adult and teenager friends on the lookout, causing Gotenks to finally get serious and fight Super Buu fully. The resulting battle destroyed Kami's Lookout, leaving Piccolo despaired until he was asked by Gotenks to assist him in an attack where Super Buu was battered around like a volleyball whilst sealed inside Gotenks' Galactic Donuts.
Piccolo continued to observe the battle until Gotenks, just as he had a possible chance to defeat Super Buu with his enormous strength, reverted to his base form shortly before the fusion itself wore off. Seeing no hope left, Piccolo prepared to make his last stand with the two young Saiyans who could no longer fuse for an hour. Super Buu was distracted though, and the appearance of Gohan, now massively more powerful than he had been before was the reason.
Gohan attacked Super Buu and proved to be his superior by far; Super Buu retaliated by exploding and hiding his ki from the group. While waiting for him to reappear, Gohan filled Piccolo in on his training at the planet of the Supreme Kais, where he had been since, his first encounter with Mr. Buu, while Piccolo was a stone statue, and his mystical power up by the workings of Old Kai that predated the current one by fifteen generations.
They then left to find Dende, whom Gohan sensed was still alive thanks to Popo's sacrifice. On the way they encountered Mr. Satan and Piccolo picked him up, seeing in him the beginnings of a true hero. They then reunited with Dende, but it was brief as Super Buu chose this moment to attack them again. Though Gohan stepped up to defeat him for good, Super Buu instead challenged Goten and Kid Trunks to fight him as Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks again, which they obliged. It was part of his plan though and once Gotenks appeared, he sprung his trap to absorb him for his power and also Piccolo for his intelligence.
"Hmm...Who would have thought, Vegeta comes through in the clutch."
After being rescued by Goku and Vegeta (as Vegito, who was purposely absorbed by Buu to free the others), Piccolo was killed along with Goten, Gohan, and Trunks when Kid Buu blew up the Earth, while Goku and Vegeta managed to escape Earth. Piccolo was soon revived, along with the Earth and all its inhabitants, by wishes granted by Porunga. He then gave his energy to help form a Spirit Bomb being created by Goku to finish off Kid Buu after receiving Vegeta's planet-wide message, broadcasted by King Kai. Some time after Kid Buu is destroyed, in a filler episode, Piccolo, along with other characters, is at Bulma's house for a party.
Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Main article: Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Piccolo also attends Mr. Satan's party in Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!. Like most of the other Z Fighters and their family members, they watch Goten and Trunks' battle with Abo and Kado from the sidelines due to the enemies being weak enough for the children to handle them. When Gohan coaches the two, Krillin remarks to Piccolo on Gohan's dependability although Piccolo says he is "still too weak", leading Krillin to note Piccolo was still the strict master. Later on, he briefly goes into action by using his Special Beam Cannon to destroy the giant blast fired by Aka, protecting Bulma, Chi-Chi, Oolong and Puar.
Dragon Ball Super
God of Destruction Beerus Saga
Sometime after the titanic battle with Majin Buu, Piccolo is first seen scoping Gohan and Videl from a distance when they were leaving a book store. Piccolo attended Bulma's party, being given his copy of Gohan and Videl's wedding picture and being frustrated in learning that he had blinked while the picture was being taken once viewing it. Piccolo sings karaoke during the party, with Gohan being the only one who likes his performance. He also gets mad at losing at Bingo, saying it's a stupid Earth game.
When Beerus is angered by Majin Buu for not sharing any pudding, Piccolo teams up with Tien Shinhan and Android 18 to challenge Beerus. The three are taken out with ease without getting hit, in the movie he is knocked unconscious via Pressure Point Attacks using chop sticks, but in the anime Piccolo gets healed right away by Dende. While Majin Buu returned to challenge Beerus, Dende senses Beerus's ki as a god's and makes Piccolo aware of it. As Gohan began to charge at Beerus, Piccolo tries to warn him but it's too late, Gohan was taken out. Piccolo is stunned by Vegeta's power up after Bulma was slapped by Beerus.
Later, after Oolong has lost to Beerus in a rock-paper-scissors match, Piccolo is asked by Krillin that if he joined the fight, could there have been a chance but Piccolo denies. The match of rock-paper-scissors decided the fate of the Earth, in which Beerus is ready to blow it up. They are however saved by Goku arrival to Earth. After Goku has summoned Shenron to learn about Super Saiyan God, Piccolo claims that the ritual can't be done to the fact the there is a need of six righteous Saiyans but there are however four. Piccolo is bombarded by Master Roshi and Chi-Chi and was told that Vegeta is a righteous Saiyan. After Goku has transformed into the Super Saiyan God, Piccolo asks for a confirmation from Dende for Goku attaining god ki and it is deemed to be true.
Golden Frieza Saga
After the fight with Goku and Beerus, Piccolo is with Chi-Chi carrying groceries for Videl and Pan and Piccolo had to carry the groceries as payment for always eating at their place for free.
He was then seen babysitting Pan when Gohan and Videl went out shopping. At one point, he made funny faces and played peek a boo with her, making her laugh, until her parents return and just when Piccolo was relieved once more, he senses a bad energy where he was facing but didn't know what it was until Shenron was summoned and the sky darkened. After that was over, Piccolo predicted that he and his friends were in serious trouble.
When Piccolo and Gohan heard news of Frieza's return, they join Master Roshi, Krillin, and Tien Shinhan in the fight against him and his army of 1,000 soldiers.
In the movie Piccolo is challenged by Shisami during the battle with the soldiers, and has a difficult time fighting him. After all of Frieza's other soldiers are defeated, Gohan notices Piccolo is still having an even fight with Shisami, he takes over for him and effortlessly beats him while in his Super Saiyan form. This prompted Frieza to kill Gohan with one blow. Piccolo revived Gohan with a kiai to his chest to get his heart beating again and then used their second to last Senzu Bean to get him back on his feet. When Goku is needs a signal for him to use Instant Transmission, Piccolo along with the others power up to help him. In the anime Tagoma shot a ki blast at Gohan and injured him critically. Gohan's heart stopped so Piccolo restarted it with a kiai. Piccolo tries to attack Tagoma with his efforts, but he isn't strong enough to match Tagoma. Gohan helped Piccolo by shooting a blast at Tagoma to get him away. Then, Captain Ginyu switched bodies with Tagoma and takes on the Z Fighters with his immense power. They are easily beat by Ginyu with just single punches to everyone. After that, Piccolo watches Gohan transformed into a Super Saiyan and beat Ginyu in several hits but spared him. Frieza gets furious and starts shooting Death Beams at Gohan. Piccolo then sacrifices himself to protect Gohan after Frieza shoots him multiple times.
Since he does not die in the movie, Piccolo then witnesses the battle between Goku and Frieza, later Vegeta. Piccolo is one of the survivors of Earth's destruction by Frieza by being shielded by Whis. Whis, however, reverses time three minutes prior for Goku to kill Frieza, sending him back to Hell.
After his death in the anime, he is later revived with the Namekian Dragon Balls by Goku after Frieza's death. Then, Piccolo and everyone go to Capsule Corporation for a feast Bulma is preparing. He hears about the Frieza's new form, Golden Frieza and is intrigued by this. During the feast, he is approached by Gohan who realized he needs to train and asks Piccolo if he could do so and Piccolo accepts this and tells him to maintain his body first.
Universe 6 Saga
Main article: Universe 6 Saga
Sometime after the battle with Golden Frieza, Piccolo is training with Gohan. As they are training, they are approached by Vegeta, Goku, and Krillin. Piccolo is asked by Goku to participate in the tournament against Universe 6 but Gohan wants to do it. However, Gohan says he can't because there's an important conference he has to attend the day of the tournament. Piccolo then takes up on the offer and says he would like more information about the situation. Piccolo, Goku, and Vegeta head to Capsule Corporation, where Bulma is waiting on Jaco. Piccolo examines the Super Dragon Radar but while examining it, Piccolo is asked by Goku to train with him and Vegeta in the Time Chamber. Piccolo, however declines, saying he would rather train in silence because he can't keep up with them.
When Jaco arrives, Piccolo and co. head outside. When Vegeta notes that Saiyan women are strong-willed, Piccolo realizes why Goku likes Chi-Chi and Vegeta likes Bulma. Five days later, Piccolo is attending the tournament on the Nameless Planet because he has been selected by Goku to participate on Beerus' team, he along with Goku, Vegeta, Majin Buu, and the strongest fighter Beerus has ever fought. On the way to the Nameless Planet, while Vegeta is curious about a mystery being on the ship, Whis says it's the strongest fighter Beerus has ever faced, Monaka. Vegeta is shocked because of his appearance then Piccolo says they tend to underestimate their opponents off of appearance.
After two hours and forty-five minutes of traveling, they arrive on the Nameless Planet. Once they arrive, the written test, requested by Vegeta, is ready to commence. Piccolo senses good in Frost after Goku and Vegeta suggests he's Frieza. Vados demands everyone to sit because the exam is beginning. Piccolo stands by Goku and Vegeta as they are approached by one of universe six's warriors, Cabba. He reveals that he's a Saiyan from universe six and says interesting things about their universe's Saiyans such as having evolved past tails, the original home planet of Planet Salad is still present in universe six and Saiyans are good beings and they do not steal planets but rather help defeat evil beings.
After this encounter, everyone beings the exam which is ten questions to test the basic knowledge of the warriors. After the time span of ten minutes, Piccolo passes the exam but Majin Buu fails, the only one, and Piccolo even yells at him for spelling his name wrong but Buu has not done anything like it before. Piccolo, Goku, and Vegeta then see Beerus who demands they select their slots of who fights when: Goku fights first, Piccolo second, Vegeta third, and Monaka fourth. After the tournament presenter introduces the singer to sing the universe anthem, he presents the first match between Goku and Botamo. As he watches the match, Piccolo thinks that Goku's stamina will decrease first, Vegeta doesn't think Goku can win if he can't deal damage to Botamo. Piccolo thinks that Goku can only hurt Botamo if he goes all out but Vegeta doesn't think Goku should. Piccolo is shocked to see that Goku thought of pushing Botamo down and throwing him out the ring but he didn't think of that tactic.
After Botamo is defeated, Piccolo watches the match between Goku and Frost. Piccolo sees Frost transform into his third form. Frost's third form makes him remember all of the negative attributes of Frieza and the events that occurred on Planet Namek. Piccolo is surprised when Goku is defeated by Frost. Piccolo confronts Frost, he takes his weighted clothing off and prepares to fight.
Frost first charges towards Piccolo but Piccolo vanishes and move above Frost where he starts to prepare his Special Beam Cannon, Frost then fired multiple death beams at Piccolo but Piccolo dodges all of them except for one which pierced through his right leg, causing him to fall back on the ground, but then Piccolo uses the Multi-Form. Frost uses an explosive wave to wipe out all of the clones leaving the one real Piccolo behind and he then did a few swift attacks towards Piccolo and just as Frost was about to finish him off. Because of his upcoming victory, Frost is off guard. Piccolo uses the mystic arm attack and wrapped around Frost with his left arm, preparing to shoot the Special Beam Cannon at Frost. Piccolo says that he allowed Frost to pierce his leg in order to create this chance. However though Frost then uses the poison against Piccolo making him feel dizzy and shot the Special Beam Cannon upwards, missing Frost. Frost then moves towards Piccolo and shoots an energy blast through Piccolo causing the Namekian's defeat.
Piccolo is disqualified though after everyone discovers Frost's cheat, Piccolo's loss is retracted. Therefore, Piccolo will participate in the next match. However, Vegeta tells referee to let Frost continue the tournament as Vegeta wanted to beat Frost himself, Piccolo accepts to be forfeited. Piccolo comes back to sit with his team, he announces Vegeta that this upcoming match won't be lightly. After Vegeta defeats Frost, Piccolo watches the next match between Vegeta and Magetta. Vegeta gets insane and releases his ki. Vegeta's ki breaks Vados' new barrier into pieces. The fragments of the barrier dart around. Piccolo dodges them, he is surprised that Monaka didn't move even an inch to avoid. While watching the match between Vegeta and Cabba, Piccolo realizes that Goku is concerned about Hit, the strongest fighter from Universe 6. After taking out Cabba, Vegeta faces Hit. Piccolo can't believe that Vegeta is quickly defeated. Even Goku, Vegeta and Piccolo couldn't see Hit's attacks. Piccolo hears Whis mentions that Monaka is just an amateur and he is simply motivation for Goku and Vegeta, and is shocked. The match between Goku and Hit begins. Piccolo is stunned when Hit screams and improves his power in such a short amount of time. Piccolo then sees Goku uses his old technique and becomes a Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken. He is impressed by Goku's extreme fast speed. He then watches as Goku forfeits his match against Hit, deliberately falling out of the ring. Piccolo also stands silent during the arrival of Zeno. Piccolo is then present as the Super Dragon Balls are used to summon Super Shenron, and then returns home with the other Z-Fighters.
Main article: Copy-Vegeta Arc
Piccolo attends the Universe 7 victory party with the other Z-Fighters, along with Beerus, Whis, and Monaka. Before Goku arrives, Piccolo must assist in protecting Monaka's secret. As Beerus dons a life-sized Monaka costume and does battle with Goku, Piccolo and Vegeta interfere in the fight, claiming to being "controlled" by "Monaka". Piccolo uses his Mystic Attack to grab Goku, while Vegeta whispers to him that he is a terrible actor. After Beerus adjusts his costume, he forcefully throws Piccolo and Vegeta out of the match and continues the fight. Piccolo watches as the fight ends and Monaka's secret is protected in the end.
While Gohan and Videl are away on business, Piccolo was tasked with babysitting Pan, who calls him "Piccoyo". Goku, Chi-Chi and Goten then arrive at the house, as their house has been destroyed, and Piccolo gives them oddly specific instructions on taking care of Pan and what she likes to eat. Later that night, Piccolo talks with Goku about his Delayed Onset Ki Disorder, who casually says that his Ki is so flustered that Piccolo would beat him in an all-out fight. The following day, when Pan disappears, Piccolo angrily yells at Goku and Chi-Chi, and assist them in looking for her. Pan is found by the time Gohan and Videl arrive back home.
"Future" Trunks Saga
Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga
Piccolo comes to Goku's field and trains through cabbages. Future Trunks returns from his timeline, Piccolo goes to Capsule Corporation to see what happening. He and the others see Goku Black's appearances and watches the fight between Goku and Black. Piccolo, Vegeta and Krillin are shocked about Black's superior power. Throughout the fight, Black is pulled back to his timeline by his Time Ring, the battle ends. Bulma askes Piccolo and Krillin to fill the holes creating from the battle against Black in her garden. Future Trunks comes and asks Piccolo where Gohan is. He suggest Trunks meet Gohan at his school where Gohan's studying.After the second battle of Goku, Vegeta and Future Trunks in Trunks' timeline, Piccolo comes to the Capsule Corporation, finds way to beat Zamasu and Black, along with their actual origin that Black was once Zamasu, who switch bodies with Goku via Super Dragon Balls, then kills both Goku, and his wife and son, then uses Time Ring to prevent his death from the altered timeline where he is killed by Beerus, and fasten up Future Zamasu's same desire by killing Future Gowasu quickly. Because Future Zamasu's now immortal thanks to Super Dragon Ball in his timeline and destroyed it, Piccolo suggests Goku use Evil Containment Wave to seal one of them to prevent them from teaming up. He gets ready to teach Goku the technique but Goku's unware and instantly teleports to Master Roshi's house.
Upon Goku, Vegeta and Bulma's final return to the future where Black destroys both Time Machine and a jar that was used for sealing Black via Evil Containment Wave, Piccolo is horrified to learn that now Goku forgot to bring an Evil Containment Wave seal paper to strengthen the containment's seal, leaving Goku, Vegeta and Bulma, along with the humanity on Future Trunks' timeline are doom. Before Future Trunks and Mai leave to the new timeline created by Whis, Piccolo and Gohan arrive to say goodbye.
Universe Survival Saga
Main article: Universe Survival Saga
Gohan approaches Piccolo in a secluded area. Without needing Gohan to explain himself, Piccolo immediately understands why he came to him and agrees to train Gohan back to his powerful self before the Tournament of Power. Along with the other Z Fighters, Piccolo participates in the Tournament of Power to save Universe 7 from destruction. Piccolo is chosen instantly by Gohan with no debate from Goku, Beerus or Whis. Later when Gohan and Goku arrive to inform Piccolo about the tournament, he accepts and offers to get Gohan back into shape to restore his fighting instincts on Goku's behalf.
When Android 17 arrived at the Capsule Corporation after agreeing to participate in the tournament, Piccolo told him that he had noticed that the android had become much stronger than before and tried his hand to thank him for his help In the tournament. Android 17 shook hands with pleasure. When all of the members assemble, Piccolo, alongside the other members of Team Universe 7, depart to the World of Void.
When the Tournament of Power began, Piccolo decides to remain with Gohan, Krillin, Tien Shinhan and Master Roshi. They are attacked by Lavender, Botamo, Comfrey, Shosa and Dercori. Their team assault does no damage to them. After Universe 9 is erased, Piccolo is just as shocked as the other fighters. They are attacked by Universe 10's Jium. During his attack Piccolo takes of his weighted clothing. Piccolo witnesses Kale's rampage, with him noting that Kale cannot control her power. After Kale's rampage, he is separated by the others, but they manage to regroup. Seeing the state of the Tournament Gohan, Piccolo, Tien and Master Roshi decide to fight separately. He was about to fight Universe 10's Jirasen, but Brianne de Chateau knocked out the latter, shocking Piccolo. Piccolo, alongside Gohan encounter Botamo. Piccolo let Gohan fight Botamo, while he was watching. After Botamo's defeat, they are challenged by Universe 10's Obuni and Rubalt. Piccolo fights Rubalt, easily defeating him with the Hellzone Grenade and blasting him off the stage with an energy wave. After Universe 10 is erased, Piccolo sees Gohan being sad and mournful and he snaps him out of it and the two depart.
Sometime later, Gohan and Piccolo are approached by Universe 6's Dr. Rota. Dr. Rota wants to reveal his ability, however before he can do so, he is taken out by a powerful Ki Blast. Gohan and Piccolo hide. Piccolo throws a rock out in the open which is destroyed by the same Ki Blast that took out Dr. Rota. Piccolo says its an attack that focuses energy in one point like the Special Beam Cannon and is shot from far away. Also, Piccolo cannot sense the attacker's energy. Gohan asks if Dr. Rota is dead, Piccolo says that if he would be dead then the attacker would have been disqualified, meaning he is still alive. Gohan and Piccolo decide to move to an area with rubble without the attacker seeing them. Afterwards, Piccolo's arm is shot off, however Piccolo regenerates, and the two decide to find the attacker. While spheres are patrolling the area, Piccolo puts his arm out in the open, and is shot, however he dodges it. Gohan saw the direction of the shot and the two decide to head there to take out the attacker. Gohan throws a rock which Piccolo blows up with a Ki Blast, creating dust, which they use as cover. In the dust, Piccolo finds one of Prum's spheres. Piccolo wonders what the sphere does, and the two are attacked once again. Piccolo destroys the sphere, revealing that the sphere had heat. Piccolo then takes a shot that was meant for Gohan, this time, both of his arms are shot off, however Piccolo regenerates once again. Piccolo reveals that the attacker is looking for their body heat, explaining why the attacker was capable of shooting them even in the dust. Piccolo and Gohan then heat up the entire area with heat in order to trick the attacker. Prum then bombards the entire area with Ki Blasts, cutting off Gohan and Piccolo. Gohan and Piccolo hide under a rock, as Tien comes to help them, dodge all the Ki Blasts. Piccolo and Gohan witness as Tien is eliminated by Hermila. After Hermila and Prum are eliminated, Piccolo and Gohan depart together.
Later, Gohan and Piccolo confronted Saonel and Pirina, Namekians from Universe 6, after stopping their sneak attack on Goku. While initially Gohan and Piccolo were taken aback having to save each other numerous times, Gohan eventually is able to slowly start to dominate the pair. The fight however is unable to be finished due to Goku and Kefla's fight interrupting all other fights. After Goku defeat's Kefla, Piccolo and Gohan resume there battle with Saonel and Pirina. While squaring off with them both Piccolo and Gohan sense a major change in them. Piccolo realize what they did and engage the super powered Namekians. Piccolo is driven back into a wall by Pirina, who confirms Piccolo's theory that they fused with many Namekians. Piccolo pushes him off as Gohan powers up to his Ultimate state and tells Piccolo he can handle both of them no problem but wants Piccolo to focus all his power. Piccolo begins charging a full power Special Beam Cannon as Gohan engages the pair. Gohan is caught by Saonel who holds him in the air and Piccolo panics and fires what he had charged and it doesn't do anything, forcing Gohan to break free take the hit for both of them.
Unconscious, Piccolo is greeted by Kami and Nail, who point in front of him to see Gohan shielding him. Gohan apologizes and says he will get serious now and asks Piccolo to do it again as it will work. Piccolo apologizes to Gohan for getting on him about not being a warrior when he himself allowed himself to get caught up in his fellow Namekian's fighting spirit, but Piccolo vows to never allow that to happen again. He gets serious as well and charges up all his power into his Special Beam Cannon as Gohan is dominating both Saonel and Pirina. As Gohan fires his Ultimate Kamehameha at the Namekian duo for the finish, Pirina holds them on the stage with a Mouth Energy Wave as Saonel pulls his way through the attack. Assuming he has Gohan, Saonel jumps out of the attack only for Gohan to smile at him to reveal Piccolo behind him as Piccolo fires his full power Special Beam Cannon easily piercing clean through both Saonel and Pirina. Seeing his moment at his wounded foes, Gohan unleashes his full power blowing them clean out of the arena, eliminating Universe 6. Piccolo manages to save from being knocked out of the arena by Gamisaras. After Gohan made Gamisaras' silhouette appear, Piccolo knocked him out of the arena. Shantza creates illusions of erased fighters to fight Team Universe 7, however Piccolo sees him and knocks him out of the arena with a Ki Blast. Piccolo senses Damon's energy and tries to knock him out of the arena, however Piccolo is tricked by Damon and knocked out of the arena. Piccolo continues to watch the Tournament of Power from the bench.
Peaceful World Saga
Main article: Peaceful World Saga
Ten years after Kid Buu's defeat, Piccolo attends the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament and witness the emergence of Uub, the good, human reincarnation of Kid Buu. When the picking the tournament fighters' places, Piccolo, along with Dende, over hears Goku claim Uub as the reincarnation of Majin Buu. The second match between Goku and Uub, Piccolo could tell that Goku hasn't been that happy in a long time. In the middle of the match, Goku leaves with Uub to be his martial arts teacher and train him.
Dragon Ball GT
Main article: Baby Saga
"You're a parasite! You've lived off my friends' bodies long enough! Show yourself!"
5 years later when Baby arrives the Earth, Piccolo is the first one who detects the evil presence of Baby after he possesses Goten. After Baby transfers bodies to Gohan, Piccolo arrives to save Goten. He fires Special Beam Cannon at Baby but his attack is missed, he is quickly blasted by the possessed Super Saiyan Gohan's Kamehameha, but survives the attack. He does not appear again until near the end of the saga when he saves a young boy who was left behind during the evacuation of Earth, as it was about to explode.
When Goku returns to teleport both Piccolo and the boy away, Piccolo gives him the energy he needs to do so, but decides to remain behind. The reason for the Earth's destruction was due to the Black Star Dragon Balls, artifacts made by Kami before he split with King Piccolo; by Piccolo's sacrifice, the Black Star Dragon Balls would be turned eternally to stone. His last moments show him having a telepathic farewell conversation with Gohan before dying again in the explosion on Earth. He does not wish to be brought back to life, so the Earth can be at peace from the Black Star Dragon Balls. He is sent to Heaven by King Yemma.
Super 17 Saga
Main article: Super 17 Saga
"Hahaha you fool! I am the Evil King Piccolo, and you made a mistake on sending me to the other world!"
A year later, in the Super 17 Saga, Piccolo figures out that Goku is stuck in Hell and he starts blasting Heaven, so that King Yemma is forced to send him to Hell. Piccolo and Dende then create a gateway between Hell and Earth that allows Goku to make it back and fight Super 17. Shortly afterwards, Nappa, General Blue, Staff Officer Black, and Major Metallitron, having been killed and sent back to Hell by Vegeta and Pan, respectively, attempt to fight Piccolo, although Piccolo presumably beats them.
Shadow Dragon Saga
Main article: Shadow Dragon Saga
"I asked what are you doing here!? Please tell me you haven't died again! Do you have any idea what I had to go through to send you back to Earth?"
In the final episode, "Until We Meet Again", Goku goes to Hell to say his good-bye to Piccolo. Piccolo gets angry and yells at Goku. Goku raises his hand and wants to shake hands with Piccolo. After shaking hands with Goku, Piccolo realises that Goku will go with Shenron. Goku promises to get Piccolo back into Heaven, where he rightfully belongs. Ironically, Piccolo seems to have become a protector of Hell, as he is shown defeating a giant monster who was causing trouble, while the watch-keeper ogres from Hell cheer him on. Piccolo is last seen discovering that Goku has already left and bids farewell to him.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone
In the beginning of the movie, Piccolo was training near a canyon, when he is ambushed by Garlic Jr. and his minions, being beaten to near death. This action also causes Kami to believe that Piccolo had died. Piccolo then arrives and teams up with Goku in order to pay back Garlic Jr and his minions for their attempt at his life, personally killing Sansho during the match. Eventually, he and Goku seemingly destroy a powered up Garlic Jr. via a barrage of ki blasts. Piccolo and Goku then are about to fight so Piccolo could "settle the score" with him, but Garlic Jr. reveals his survival, having wished for immortality earlier, and attempts to seal Goku, Gohan, and Piccolo in the Dead Zone. However, Gohan knocks Garlic Jr. in the Dead Zone. Piccolo and Goku then go their own way.
The World's Strongest
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest
In the beginning of the movie, a reformed Piccolo saves Gohan and Oolong from an ambush from Dr. Wheelo's Bio Men, after they stumbled upon Dr. Kochin bringing the Dragon Balls to the site of Wheelo's fortress to unseal it due to Bulma's Dragon Radar picking it up. He apparently perished in the process, but in actuality, he survived and was captured, and then brainwashed into fighting for Dr. Wheelo by placing a gold root-like device on his forehead. The brainwashed Piccolo is then forced to fight Goku, although the device is eventually damaged enough to snap him back to his senses and attack Wheelo.
The Tree of Might
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might
Piccolo appears in the beginning, meditating near the water falls only to sense a powerful force that would be coming from the newly planted tree of might. He later appears to save Gohan from Turles, demanding Gohan's release from the Saiyan's grasp, Turles quickly retaliates only for him to ambush and blast the Namekian warrior from behind. Piccolo somehow regains consciousness, while beckoning Goku to cut off Gohan's tail after being transformed, only to be knocked back by the Great Ape Gohan, while getting blasted away by Turles. With Goku in a middle of a fight against the Turles Crusher Corps., Piccolo confronts Turles and tries to go toe to toe with the Lower Class warrior but struggles during their fight, as he soon would later counterattack with a Special Beam Cannon only for it to be block by the Saiyan with Piccolo quickly finished off with a powerful energy wave. Piccolo confronts Turles for the final time with the rest of the Z-Fighters to defend Goku, but was clearly outmatched due to Turles's newly increased power from eating the fruits from the tree of might. Later near the end, with Goku's Spirit Bomb finally destroying Turles along with the Tree of Might, Piccolo is seen once again meditating near the waterfalls with peace once again restored.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug
Piccolo aids in fighting against Lord Slug's clan. He eventually is offered by a beaten Wings to join Lord Slug, claiming that they are of the demon clan, but Piccolo refuses and blasts his head off. Piccolo was later instrumental in Lord Slug's final defeat, by having Gohan exploit Namekians' weaknesses to high-frequency sounds by whistling, and also removing his own ears so they will not be damaged from the attack. Piccolo eventually transfers some of his remaining energy to Goku in order to allow him to continue his battle against Great Namek Lord Slug and, when Goku prepares to attack Slug with the Kaio-ken x100, Slug claims to feel Piccolo's presence alongside Goku.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge
"My name is Piccolo. You should never have come to this planet!"
Piccolo ends up saving Gohan from Cooler's Armored Squadron, hitting Dore in the back with a ki blast just as Dore was going to crush Gohan's head with his right hand. Having witnessed their fighting style earlier, he also tells them they are unlikely to kill him. He later saves Gohan from Dore's pursuit by firing a homing energy beam at Dore, eventually killing Dore when his attempt at deflecting it failed. Piccolo then was caught in Neiz's body wave, although he shortly thereafter reflected it back at Neiz, frying and killing him. He then attempted to attack Salza with two chasing bullets, but Salza managed to parry them.
They fought to a stalemate, but just before Piccolo could kill Salza, he ended up ambushed by Cooler, being hit with a beam to the chest. Piccolo could only express shock at Frieza's apparent survival, mistaking Cooler for his brother Frieza, while being hit with multiple Chaotic Death Ends. Eventually, Cooler manages to bring a comatose Piccolo to Salza, asking him what he should do with him. When Salza properly introduces Cooler to Goku, Cooler demonstrates how merciless he is by dropping Piccolo's body and then hitting him with yet another Chaotic Death End before Goku could catch him, to Goku's horror and rage. This action was one of the things in Goku's mind that resulted in Goku becoming a Super Saiyan again. Despite this, Picolo managed to survive this, and later managed to save Gohan, Goku, Icarus, Oolong, and Krillin from Salza by firing a Special Beam Cannon at him from far away.
Super Android 13!
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!
"Same old unhealthy obsession, same old foul one-track programming."
Piccolo arrives to help Goku fight against Android 13. After #13 manages to become Super Android 13, Piccolo and Goku attempt to defeat him, but were beaten relatively easily. He attempts to protect Gohan when Gohan attempts to fight off #13, but is knocked back. He later manages to pull #13 in a full nelson to throw off 13's S.S. Energy Bomber from Goku's Spirit Bomb and is knocked back for it, although not before buying Goku enough time to finish it. He is later seen during the credits, sitting on a rock in the ocean with Vegeta, facing opposite to each other. He asked Vegeta if it was over, and the saiyan answered "Not until the fish jumps." Vegeta quickly declared it was over after a fish jumped out of the water.
The Return of Cooler
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler
"The Namekian race is not yours to conquer."
Piccolo is among the Z Fighters who traveled to New Namek to aid the Namekians from the new threat of the Big Gete Star. He fights with Krillin and Gohan against the Cyclopian Guards. He later attempts to get to the Big Gete Star, but is forced to fight a Meta-Cooler (to which he expressed shock as to how it got there so quickly, not realizing that the Meta-Cooler fighting against Goku was actually just one of an entire line of them). Eventually, he manages to survive the battle when Goku and Vegeta overloaded the Big Gete Star's systems with their Super Saiyan energy, as well as getting Gohan, Krillin, Oolong, Yajirobe, Master Roshi, and the Namekian populace out.
Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
"You're not just fighting a Saiyan, you're fighting a monster."
Piccolo had sensed Broly's immense power, as well as Broly's severe insanity from Kami's Lookout. This, along with his earlier having overheard King Kai's conversation with Goku about the destruction of the South Galaxy at Broly's hands, prompted him to depart for New Planet Vegeta with a Capsule Corps spaceship. After landing it, he let Krillin, Oolong, Master Roshi, and the surviving Shamoian Slaves leave with it to escape from the doomed planet. He then saved Gohan from Broly's Eraser Cannon at the last second, and then accused Broly of being a monster who picks on children first, before Broly counters that he's not simply a "monster", but the devil himself. Piccolo then gives Gohan, Goku, and Future Trunks Senzu Beans to refresh them before they challenged Broly again. Piccolo was eventually knocked away by Broly to Vegeta's location. He then tries to force Vegeta to fight Broly, but when it became apparent that Vegeta was not going to snap out of his terrified state, he, disgusted with Vegeta's cowardly behavior, drops him down to the city after telling him to stay clear of the true warriors. Eventually, he expended most of his energy fighting Broly, and agrees to lend Goku his remaining energy as a last resort to defeating Broly. Eventually, he and the rest of the characters somehow managed to teleport inside the Capsule Corporation ship shortly after Broly's defeat.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound
"Looks like you found a good fight. Mind if I cut in?"
Piccolo participates in the Intergalactic Tournament, and faces off against Krillin after getting through the preliminaries. However, he ends up forfeiting because he was disgusted that Krillin was not doing well against him. Eventually, he returns to help Gohan fight against Bojack and his gang, but ends up beaten down. He later stands in solitude in the hospital courtyard with Vegeta, similar to Super Android 13.
Broly - Second Coming
Main article: Broly - Second Coming
Piccolo does not appear in this movie, but he is seen saving a weakened Gohan after his fight with Broly, in which lured Broly into a pit of molten lava. After waking up, Gohan realizes that in fact it was Krillin dressed as Piccolo who saved him.
Battle of Gods
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Piccolo attends Bulma's birthday party and takes part in some it's activities such as bingo and singing. When Beerus begins his rampage due to not having any pudding. Piccolo is one of the Z Fighters who confronts him however he is defeated almost instantly when Beerus strikes his pressure points with chop sticks. Later on when Goku attempts to become a Super Saiyan God, it is Piccolo who tells him that his first try is a failure and that he has not become a God. When Goku successfully becomes a God and fights Beerus, Piccolo watches the intense battle along with the others.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ When Piccolo and Gohan heard news of Frieza's return, they join Master Roshi, Krillin, and Tien Shinhan in the fight against him and his army of 1,000 soldiers. In the movie Piccolo is challenged by Shisami during the battle with the soldiers, and has a difficult time fighting him. After all of Frieza's other soldiers are defeated, Gohan notices Piccolo is still having an even fight with Shisami, he takes over for him and effortlessly beats him while in his Super Saiyan form. This prompted Frieza to kill Gohan with one blow. Piccolo revived Gohan with a kiai to his chest to get his heart beating again and then used their second to last Senzu Bean to get him back on his feet. When Goku is needs a signal for him to use Instant Transmission, Piccolo along with the others power up to help him. Since he does not die in the movie, Piccolo then witnesses the battle between Goku and Frieza, later Vegeta. Piccolo is one of the survivors of Earth's destruction by Frieza by being shielded by Whis. Whis, however, reverses time three minutes prior for Goku to kill Frieza, sending him back to Hell.
Other Dragon Ball stories
Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans
Piccolo helps Goku and Gohan during their battle against the Ghost Warriors. He notably defeats Kawazu at Poco Poco Volcano, and takes on Lord Slug in West City. He later battles Dr. Raichi on the Dark Planet, and defeats Hatchiyack along with the other Z Fighters.
The Real 4-D
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Real 4-D Piccolo arrives alongside Vegeta and Krillin to save Goku when he is about to be killed by Frieza. Piccolo contributes to stalling Frieza while Goku prepares the Spirit Bomb by attacking with his Special Beam Cannon, though the tyrant easily deflects it and Piccolo is knocked down alongside his allies by Frieza's kiai.
After Frieza is defeated by the Spirit Bomb, Piccolo helps the other Z Fighters repair the destroyed city.
Ultimate Tenkaichi Hero Mode
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi
After he is attacked by Golden Great Ape Baby, Piccolo goes to the Glacier in order to become stronger to bring the world to peace. In his search for the Dragon Balls, the hero hears of Piccolo, the reincarnation of King Piccolo, and tries to find out if he is behind the recent disasters on Earth. When the hero encounters him, Piccolo shows harsh feelings towards the hero, and the two fight, with the Saiyan greatly surprising Piccolo. After suffering some injury, Piccolo fires his Special Beam Cannon at the hero, which makes the hero awaken his true powers and become a Super Saiyan. After being defeated by the hero's new power, Piccolo reveals his earlier escape from Baby, and that he was looking for the one responsible for the chaos too. Piccolo tells him that someone gathered the seven Dragon Balls a year ago and wished Ultimate Shenron to make Earth a living Hell; explaining the appearance of Ginyu and Baby, and the changed attitudes of the Androids. Piccolo had almost found out who the villain was, but was attacked by the Golden Great Ape sent out by the villain before he was able to ascertain their identity. Piccolo compares the hero to past heroes like Goku and Gohan and then trains the hero in order to save the corrupted world.
Main article: Dragon Ball Xenoverse Piccolo first appears during the altered timeline of the Saiyan conflict fighting Raditz alongside Goku. However thanks to Dark Magic, Raditz manages to escape their Full-Nelson Special Beam Cannon resulting in only Goku being killed by the Special Beam Cannon, allowing Raditz to kill Piccolo with an Saturday Crash. The Future Warrior is sent by Xeno Trunks to fix the history change as their first mission. Arriving before the change, Goku is overpowered by Raditz while Piccolo is charging the Special Beam Cannon, only for an angry Gohan to break out of Raditz's Attack Ball and attack Raditz with Leave My Daddy Alone!, however the attack fails when Dark Magic powers Raditz up allowing him to dodge and he attempts to kill Gohan in retaliation, though the Future Warrior manages to rescue him and carry him to safety. The Warrior then confronts Raditz alongside Goku and Piccolo, who manage to weaken Raditz enough allowing Goku and Piccolo to kill him like in the original history, though Piccolo is shocked after realizing the mysterious Future Warrior has disappeared unaware they have traveled back to Age 850. During the battle with Saibamen, the Warrior returns to aid Piccolo, Krillin, Tien, Yamcha, and Gohan against the Dark Saibamen. The Warrior however is separated while fighting the Dark Magic enhanced Saibamen, resulting in the deaths of Yamcha and Tien who are both killed by a Saibaman Bomb. Like in the original history, Piccolo dies shielding Gohan from Nappa's Bomber DX, angering the Future Warrior despite knowing it was part of the original history. The Future Warrior honors Piccolo's sacrifice by taking on Nappa while the newly arrived Goku faces off against Vegeta. The Warrior defeats Nappa and aids Goku, Krillin, and Gohan in defeating Vegeta. During the battle on Planet Namek, Piccolo is revived then transported to Namek where he fuses with Nail like in the original timeline. However Frieza empowered by Dark Magic skips right to his final form, though the Future Warrior arrives to help. Piccolo is injured after Dark Frieza survives the Large Spirit Bomb. After Krillin is killed and Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan, the Future Warrior shields Gohan and the unconscious Piccolo from being hit by one of the stray blasts from Dark Frieza's Killer Ball attack on SSJ Goku, before joining the Super Saiyan in confronting Dark Frieza. During Super Buus rampage, Demigra's Mirage uses his dark magic to take control of Piccolo and has him attack Goten and Trunks to alter history to free Demigra from the Crack of Time. The Demon God also forces Dark Super Buu to perform Super Vanishing Ball to destroy the Earth, killing Ultimate Gohan, Piccolo, Goten, Trunks, Dende, Mr. Satan before the arrival of Goku and Vegeta. The Future Warrior travels back in time to free Dark Piccolo from Demigra's control by giving him a sound beating. Piccolo is later freed and Demigra's Mirage leaves while Demigra maintains control over Dark Super Buu, which Gotenks and the Warrior manage to work together until Ultimate Gohan arrives. However Super Buu is transformed by Dark Magic to take on his original Kid Buu form, who wastes not time in blowing up Earth killing Piccolo, Gohan, Goten, and Trunks, though Goku manages to save Dende, Mr. Satan, and the Future Warrior and joins him and Vegeta on the Sacred World of the Kais. During the second ending, a spiritual manifestation of Piccolo appears along with Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, and Krillin who lend the Future Warrior power which allows them to kill Demigra with a Z-Spirit Kamehameha.
Main article: Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 In Xenoverse 2, the Future Warrior 2 is a new Time Patroller selected by Chronoa to protect history. Their first mission is to deal with another alteration to Age 761, in which Raditz manages to dodge Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon, though Goku survives. Suddenly thee 2nd Future Warrior appears but ends up messing up their entrance before joining the battle. Piccolo asks the Warrior to help Goku keep Raditz busy while he prepares to charge up on last Special Beam Cannon. Like the original Future Warrior, the 2nd is able to weaken Raditz enough for Goku and Piccolo to kill him with the Full-Nelson Special Beam Cannon. In Age 762, the Warrior joins the other Z Fighters in taking on Nappa and Vegeta. However they soon sense someone preventing Goku from reaching them, forcing the Warrior to leave to help Goku fight off the evil Saiyan Turles who had been recruited by the Time Breakers from another timeline. After driving Turles off, Goku and the Warrior return to the battlefield after Piccolo sacrifices himself to save Gohan. The Warrior manages to avenge Piccolo by defeating Nappa and after he transforms into a Great Ape alongside Vegeta, kills Nappa and helps Goku, Gohan, Krillin, and Yajirobe (who is unseen, though ends up cutting off Vegeta's tail) defeat Great Ape Vegeta. During the Battle on Planet Namek, the Future Warrior is sent to aid Nail against 1st Form Dark Frieza, helping him by time so Dende can help Gohan and Krillin revive Piccolo and wish him to Namek. The Warrior is successful, but they discover that Turles and Lord Slug are near the Dragon Balls and is called back as soon as Nail informs Frieza that he had been stalling. The Future Warrior uses the Time Scroll to travel back further, to save Gohan and Krillin from the villains who seek to use the Dragon Balls to obtain immortality, though put aside their differences to deal with the Warrior. The Warrior convinces Gohan and Krillin to take the Dragon Balls and flee while they deal with Turles and Lord Slug. With help from Xeno Trunks, the 2nd Future Warrior manages to defeat the pair after they are transformed into the incomplete Supervillain forms by Towa's new spell. Meanwhile, Gohan, Krillin, and Dende use the Dragon Balls to revive Piccolo and transport him to Namek, where he fuses with the injured Nail. Dark Frieza once again transforms directly into his Final Form, causing Piccolo to apologize to Gohan and the others for bringing him back for nothing in the face of Frieza's overwhelming power. Ultimately the Future Warrior is forced to keep Frieza busy while Goku charges the Spirit Bomb. Piccolo is injured by Frieza, though Goku manages to take Frieza's Killer Ball attack inside of dodging it, thus the Warrior doesn't have to shield Gohan and Piccolo like the original Future Warrior did. The Future Warrior and Super Saiyan Goku manage to defeat Frieza and his brother Cooler who had been transported through time by Towa to aid his brother in defeating the Super Saiyan. During Majin Vegeta's battle with Majin Buu in Age 774, Piccolo arrives after Majin Vegeta knocks out Trunks and Goten telling him to take them far away. The Future Warrior flies away together with Piccolo carrying the boys as Vegeta attempts to kill Majin Buu with his Final Explosion and dies like in the original history. During the battle with Super Buu, the Future Warrior aids Piccolo and Gotenks in combating the evil Majin. After Gotenks fusion times out, Piccolo and the Warrior take on Super Buu, buying enough time for Ultimate Gohan to arrive. During Frieza's Revenge, due to Towa's meddling and impersonation of Chronoa, Whis and Beerus travel to the Time Nest in Age 852, preventing Whis from saving Goku and his friends from Frieza's Earth Breaker, which kills Piccolo and all those saved by Whis. However Whis' Temporal Do-Over allows the Future Warrior to stop Frieza's attack, forcing Frieza and the revived Cooler to take on their Supervillain forms, though they are defeated by the combined might of Goku, Vegeta, and the Future Warrior. During the Tournament with Universe 6, a history change causes Goku and Majin Buu to miss the tournament, though the Future Warrior takes Buu's spot, while the original Future Warrior and Xeno Trunks find Goku training on King Kai's Planet, unaware it was the day of the tournament. As a result, Piccolo fight Botamo in Goku's place. Though he struggles at first, he eventually manages to defeat Botamo. After the Warrior passes the test, Champa suggests tag matches which Beerus agrees to, so Piccolo and the Warrior pair up to take on Frost and Cabba. While Piccolo faces Cabba, the Warrior faces Frost. However, when Frost uses his Secret Poison, the Warrior is almost defeated by ring out, though Piccolo manages to break off from fighting Cabba long enough to stop Frost's attack, allowing the Future Warrior to recover. Eventually, Frost's cheating is discovered and his true colors are revealed, though Vegeta tells the warrior to not settle for a disqualification and make Frost pay. After Frost is defeated, Vegeta asks Piccolo to step down. As a result, Vegeta and the Warrior face off against Cabba and Hit. Thanks to the Warrior's efforts the Tournament with Universe 6 ends in a victory for Universe 7 like in the original timeline.
Main article: List of Power Levels
- Manga and Anime
Piccolo is the most powerful Namekian in Universe 7 and Universe 6, with Grand Elder Guru remarking him (or rather his original self the Nameless Namekian) to be a prodigy amongst prodigies, and even strong enough to stand up to Super Saiyans.
As he is the reincarnation and final son of King Piccolo, Piccolo retains all of his father's memories and experiences, as well as skills and abilities. This along with his dedication to training and meditation, allowed him to well surpass his father at his peak. Unlike his father, Piccolo even developed Evil Containment Wave Reflection, rendering the one technique his father feared useless on him as shown when he manages to counter Kami's use of the technique back at him. Like his father, Piccolo was a challenging opponent for Goku, who barely managed to defeat him with a flying headbutt. Though he was defeated and ironically spared from being killed by Kami by Goku, Piccolo continued to train to defeat Goku, leading him to develop the Special Beam Cannon which allows him to channel all his energy into his finger tips and is one of his most powerful techniques as it ultimately succeeded in killing Goku as well as his brother Raditz, however he only managed to overcome Raditz with the assistance of Goku and Gohan who had managed to weaken the Saiyan.
His power level in early Dragon Ball Z is 322, and without his weighted clothing it is 408. A year later, during the battle against the Saiyans, his held back power level is 3,500. After fusing with Nail he was able to combat and gain the upperhand over Frieza in his second form who boasted a power level of 1,000,000.
After his training in preparation for the Androids, despite Android 20 absorbing most of his energy, once rejuvenated by a senzu bean, he was able to charge himself up to easily dominates Android 20. This made Krillin exclaim that Piccolo reached the Super Saiyan realm of strength. After fusing with Kami, he can defeat Imperfect Cell (with the population of Gingertown absorbed) while wearing his weighted clothing. Later, once removing his weighted clothing, his strength was on par with Android 17. Also, with his superior combat experience and ingenuity, he was able to keep up with the android's unlimited energy to gain a slight advantage over the foe. Once Imperfect Cell arrived, Piccolo's sneak attack was able to somewhat hurt Imperfect Cell (with several thousands of humans absorbed). After Piccolo's training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber for a day, Goku states that Piccolo has become a lot stronger but is still no match for Perfect Cell. With his new power, in the anime, Piccolo is able to hold his own against and even hurt the Cell Juniors (who were said to have power similar to the suppressed Perfect Cell in the English dub).
During the very beginning of the Majin Buu Saga, Piccolo is too intimidated to fight Shin, either due to his strength or godly status. It is implied that Piccolo is stronger than Goten and Trunks, as when Gotenks' fusion wears off inside Buu, Piccolo's traits become dominant - and it is said that Buu's strongest absorption victim is the one who he shows dominant traits of.
Piccolo has been the strongest Z Fighter in the series at two points: when he fuses with Nail to battle Frieza and after he fuses with Kami to become the Nameless Namekian again and fight Imperfect Cell; in both cases, Piccolo fused with another Namekian.
In Dragon Ball Super, Piccolo is easily defeated by the God of Destruction, Beerus with a kiai. During the Golden Frieza Saga, Piccolo is easily overpowered by Frieza's strongest soldier, Tagoma, who is much weaker than Gohan as a Super Saiyan.
In the anime, after Frieza's defeat, Piccolo begins retraining Gohan. By the time of the Tournament of Destroyers in the anime, Piccolo was slightly ahead of Gohan's base power, as after a match, only Gohan showed exhaustion. In the anime, Goku and Piccolo both believed that he had no chance against Frost, however, they did not know that Frost defeated Super Saiyan Goku only by cheating. Piccolo proved to be stronger than expected, able to hold off Frost's assault with a single hand while gather energy in the other for charged blasts. Ultimately, his strength combined with strategic skills and experience, able to successfully defend himself long enough to finish charging his Special Beam Cannon. Once catching Frost off guard, he was able to hold Frost in place with one arm, with Frost being unable to break out without cheating with his poison needle, Frost admitted that Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon would have definitely defeated him, which instead put a large hole through Vados's force field barrier, which stunned Champa, a God of Destruction who believed her barrier to be unbreakable. In the manga, Piccolo proved able to skillfully dodge all of Frost's blasts with his weights on. Once removing them, Piccolo proved able to fight on par against the Universe 6 Emperor, dragging out the fight until both fighters were left winded, making Frost resort again to using his needle; this was made even more impressive considering that in the manga Frost managed to put up a good fight against Super Saiyan Goku.
In the anime, after the tournament, Goku challenged Piccolo to a speed contest involving harvesting cabbages in a field. Piccolo, with his weighted clothing, managed to match Goku's speed, showing a tremendous increase in power after Frieza's second invasion.
By the time of the Tournament of Power, Piccolo's continued training made his power reach such a level that he found Gohan's current progress as below satisfactory despite recently being reconditioned to stronger than ever. During a last-minute preparations for the tournament, a sparring match left Super Saiyan Gohan amazed by how powerful Piccolo became, easily overpowering his pupil with his weighted clothing on. Without his weights, Piccolo equally overwhelms Super Saiyan 2 Gohan. However, once Piccolo reawakens Gohan's warrior spirit, letting Gohan access the full potential of his Ultimate state without Super Saiyan, even with his cloning technique, Piccolo was quickly overpowered. However, through strategy, he could still compete with the Saiyan-hybrid. Later when sparring with Goku, Piccolo (without his weights) proves to be able to fire off an Hyper Explosive Demon Wave that base Goku can barely hold back.
During the Tournament of Power, in the anime, rather than going off on his own, Piccolo chose to remain with Gohan, Krillin, Tien Shinhan and Master Roshi - they launched an assault that caused little to no damage against Lavender, Botamo, Comfrey, Shosa and Dercori. He easily dodged Jirasen's assault. He easily defeated Rubalt with his Hellzone Grenade. He was able to withstand Hermila's Ki Blasts, albeit losing both arms. However, Piccolo was able to quickly regenerate multiple times from the same assault and continue battling effectively, showing considerable stamina. Piccolo was able to briefly fight on par with Saonel, and was able to blast him away with a ki blast when Gohan caught his hand. After realizing both Pirina and Saonel had assimilated many Namekians from Universe 6, Piccolo was still able to fight Pirina on somewhat equal footing (although his Hellzone Grenade is ineffective against the bulky Namekian). His non-fully charged Special Beam Cannon was able to deal some light damage to Pirina and his full power Special Beam Cannon is able to pierce both Namekians and go through Pirina's energy wave. Saonel was amazed that there is a Namekian like Piccolo who possesses such amazing power to actually cause significant harm to both himself and Pirina in one attack. Against Gamisaras, after his silhouette was revealed by the smoke Gohan made, Piccolo quickly defeated him, knocking him out of the arena with a Mouth Energy Wave. Piccolo was also able to knock Shantza out of the arena with a single Ki Blast. However, against Damon, while Piccolo could follow the foe's energy trail, because he mistook the foe's diminutive stature for invisibility, he struck too high and missed, letting Damon knock Piccolo out of the arena with a barrage of blows.
In the manga version of the Tournament of Power, Piccolo proved able to effortlessly defeat Jirasen with a simple energy blast. He than easily evaded a sneak attack from Napapa, blocking the large foe's assault with a single hand before eliminating him.
In Dragon Ball GT, Piccolo's power has grown substantially. During the Black Star Dragon Ball Saga, it is remarked by Trunks that Piccolo is one of the people on Earth stronger than him.
During the Baby Saga, Piccolo takes a Kamehameha from Super Saiyan Baby-Gohan. While he's not able to resist the attack from his possessed pupil, Piccolo was powerful enough the endure the attack and save Goten from it. Though he is heavily injured, he was able to endure it long enough to help Goku with the final evacuation of the people of Earth and provide Goku with enough energy to teleport while in his underdeveloped child form.
When Piccolo reappears during the Super 17 Saga, he decides to become the warden of Hell. Due to his status as someone dead, he's decided to be sure that none of the residents of Hell are unable to escape again. As shown in the Shadow Dragon Saga, Piccolo is doing fine with his position as the powerhouse in hell. Preventing all of the villains from gaining any sort of control. Showing that Piccolo has improved to the point where he can handle all of the villains of the past with no problems.
Turles' reads Piccolo's power level at 18,000 in The Tree of Might.
In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Piccolo is easily defeated by the God of Destruction, Beerus. He has defeated with ease by two chop sticks to two vital pressure points on the chest.
In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Piccolo is able effortlessly defeat 1,000 of Frieza's elite soldiers. Against the strongest warrior in the Galactic Frieza Army, Shisami, Piccolo was able to hold his own despite, stating to Gohan that he would have won even if Gohan had not stepped in.
- Statements by authors and guidebooks
According to Daizenshuu 2, even just upon being born Piccolo was a great fighter as he had access to all of King Piccolo's memories and techniques.
In Daizenshuu 7, Piccolo's biography states that after fusing with Nail, their combined power level is "Over 1,000,000" and is enough to defeat Frieza's 2nd form (who stated in both manga & anime to be over 1 million himself).
- Video games
In Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, which is set a few years after Kid Buu's defeat, Piccolo's power has increased enough that in his "Fuse with Kami" state he is able to fight against a powered up Perfect Cell (though the fight leaves Piccolo tired) as well as against Super Saiyan Teen Gohan.
In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 what if scenario, Destined Rivals, Piccolo is able to defeat Shin in battle without even having to take off his weighted clothing. In the video game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors, Piccolo fuses with King Piccolo, after fusing with King Piccolo and thus gaining his full potential, Piccolo states that a battle against the fat Majin Buu would have been an "easy victory" and Super Buu states that Piccolo is stronger than he is even with weighted clothing on. In the sequel video game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2, Piccolo goes under the influence of Babidi, increasing his power above Super Buu's as well, and later absorbs Super Buu's power, becoming much stronger.
According to Dragon Ball Z: The Anime Adventure Game, his power is 800,000 after training with King Kai and it is 1,200,000 after he had fused with Nail (which is around Second Form Frieza's power level of about 1,000,000), it also states that his power is 2,000,000 during the Garlic Jr. Saga.
In the video game Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu (which covers up the series from Raditz's arrival to the Frieza Saga finale), Piccolo's power level in level 48 (the top level in the game, after fusing with Nail, Dende, Tsumuri and Maima) is 1,900,000.
In a special mission in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Scouter Battle Taikan Kamehameha, Piccolo Jr's power level is 500,000,000.
In the Universe 6 story DLC for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 due to Goku being missing Piccolo steps up into Goku's place and defeats Botamo by knocking him out of the ring, and is capable of fighting on par with Cabba when the latter was using his base form, and while in the midst of fighting Cabba, Piccolo was able to move to the opposite side of the ring and save the Future Warrior 2 from Frost's poison and then swap back to fighting Cabba.
Main article: List of techniques used by Piccolo
- Demon Hand
Main article: Demon Hand
The Namekian Demon Clan's ability to stretch their arms is one of Piccolo's signature offensive techniques - being his own unique ability. Under the name "Demon Hand", Piccolo uses this technique in fights in order to gain a ranged advantage on opponents while still engaging in physical combat.
Piccolo possess the Namekian ability to regenerate his body.
- Scatter Shot
Main article: Scatter Shot
A rapid fire technique where Piccolo fires off many energy spheres which explode when they hit something. Piccolo eventually managed to develop a more complex Scatter Shot technique dubbed the Hellzone Grenade, which is used the same way, however the blasts are controlled by Piccolo - generally to surround the opponent - before they are all guided straight at the foe at the same time.
- Special Beam Cannon
Main article: Special Beam Cannon
A very powerful technique developed by Piccolo for the purpose of killing Goku. The technique requires a high charging period in order to be used to its full potential, but when unleashed it is devastating - being capable of even severely wounding beings stronger than Piccolo thanks to its piercing properties.
In this state Piccolo is referred to as Giant Piccolo. Piccolo transforms into a Great Namekian when he battles against Goku in the finale of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, and later when fighting against Super Garlic Jr. Piccolo's size greatly increases, his strength and weight increases, and the form does not impact his speed in a violent way, however his ki does not increase.
Piccolo can increase to the size he wants, and uses three different size in the series: he is around the same height as Super Garlic Jr. when fighting him, he is giant sized when first used against Goku (about the size of a Great Ape), and he barely fits on the arena and would not be able to take a step other wise he would step off when he grows even larger against Goku. His largest seen size is described as being as large as a mountain in the manga, and a volcano in the anime, this larger version of Great Namek is referred to as Super Giant-Form.
A state taken on by Piccolo when he is under the control of Dr. Kochin and Dr. Wheelo, in this form Piccolo wears a gold device on his head and his eyes turn red. Piccolo can use this form in Dragon Ball Heroes starting from JM6.
During the Frieza Saga, Piccolo uses the Namekian Fusion with Nail, which greatly boosts his strength and power beyond his previous limitations. After the fusion, Piccolo is said to be a Super-Namek. With this, Piccolo is able to fight against Frieza evenly while the tyrant is in his 2nd Form. Through further training, Piccolo in this form is able to easily overpower Android 20 and according to Krillin Piccolo's power rivaled that of a Super Saiyan. According to Nail if Piccolo had fused with him while he was "whole" he would have been capable of defeating Frieza.
During the Imperfect Cell Saga, Piccolo uses the Namekian Fusion with Kami and becomes a Super Namek. He is mistakenly referred to as "Kamiccolo" by Goku just after the merger. With this power up, he is able to fight against Android 17 evenly for a short period of time. With further training Piccolo was able to hold his own and for a brief time hold an advantage against the Cell Jr's in the anime. In the years that followed Piccolo's power was well behind that of Goku and Vegeta. Despite this, he believed that if was to fight with Vegeta together they may have been able to destroy Majin Buu.
Fusion with Maima and Tsumuri
Fusion with Dende Main article: Namekian Fusion In Dragon Ball Z: Legend of the Super Saiyan, just before the final battle with final form Frieza, Piccolo has the option to fuse with Dende.
In Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors, Piccolo summons Porunga and revives King Piccolo. After a duel in which Piccolo wins, he fuses with his father and becomes truly complete. In this state he has obtained his full potential. After fusing with King Piccolo, Piccolo's power is stated to be far above Majin Buu and somewhat above regular Super Buu although Piccolo states after fighting with Super Buu that while stronger he doesn't have the power to destroy him and Buu isn't capable of destroying him either. Piccolo also has this form in Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors.
Piccolo transforms into the Majin form in the Majin Piccolo what-if scenarios in Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2, in the Tenkaichi Tag Team what-if scenario "Majin Piccolo is Born", and in Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road. In all three games, he does not have an M on his forehead. In Supersonic Warriors 2, the form makes Piccolo stronger than Majin Buu, and he can resurrect dead characters. Majin Piccolo further powers up in the what-if saga in Supersonic Warriors 2 when he absorbs Super Buu's power. After Majin Piccolo is beaten, he calms down and returns to his old self. Piccolo is named as Majin Piccolo in Tenkaichi Tag Team and has power somewhat superior to Super Saiyan 2 Goku. In Shin Budokai - Another Road, Piccolo is referred to as mind-controlled Piccolo while in this state, and is not as strong as he is in Supersonic Warriors 2.
Prillin Main article: Prillin
In the video game Jump Super Stars, Piccolo has the ability to fuse with Dr. Mashirito (through the Fusion Dance) for a tag attack, the resulting character using a yelling attack (this fusion might be a reference to the fact that both characters were based on Akira Toriyama's first editor, Kazuhiko Torishima). In the Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game, Piccolo can fuse with any in-game Namekians through the card "Namekian Fusion" (in game Namekians include: Nail, Kami, King Piccolo, Dende, Guru, and Piccolo himself). In Dragon Ball Heroes, he can fuse any of the three Namekian avatars in the game, though the body kept is the avatars and not Piccolo's.
- Bansho Fan
Main article: Bansho Fan
A mystical fan that raises a typhoon in one wave, a thunderstorm in two, and a monsoon in three. Used by Piccolo in Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Shin Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku - Chikyū-Hen, Piccolo uses the Bansho Fan to quell a storm near a volcanic area.
Appearences in other media
Piccolo appears as a swordsman with Roronoa Zoro in the crossover manga Cross Epoch (both have the same FUNimation dub voice actor, Christopher Sabat). They travel on deers with lion face and are hopelessly lost until boarding the Kuri-Chopa Marine Train Coaster to attend Shenron's tea party. They save the train from being hit by Emperor Pilaf and Buggy's falling Tettiri Number 55 airship using their Reverse-Side Sword Attack. Zoro and Piccolo appear together again in the Dragon Ball × One Piece "Dream 9" promo, yelling that people should watch One Piece after Dragon Ball Kai aired.
Video Game Appearances
Piccolo has been in many Dragon Ball video games, such as Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden (and its remake), Dragon Ball Z: Kyōshū! Saiyan, Dragon Ball Z II: Gekishin Freeza, Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu, Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzōningen, the Gaiden: Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku series, Dragon Ball Z: Goku Hishōden, Dragon Ball Z: Goku Gekitōden, Dragon Ball Z: Super Gokuden: Kakusei-Hen, the Legacy of Goku series, Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors, Dragon Ball Z: Sagas, Dragon Ball GT: Transformation, Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu, Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans, and Dragon Ball Online. He is playable in the following fighting games: Dragon Ball Z: Gekitō Tenkaichi Budōkai, Dragon Ball Z, the Butōden series, Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle, Dragon Ball Z: V.R.V.S., Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension, Dragon Ball Z: The Legend, the Supersonic Warriors series, the Budokai series, the Budokai Tenkaichi series, Dragon Ball Z: Scouter Battle Taikan Kamehameha - Ora to Omee to Scouter, Super Dragon Ball Z, the Dragon Ball Z TV games, Data Carddass Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Bakuretsu Impact, Dragon Ball Z: W Bakuretsu Impact, Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit, Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Battlers, the Raging Blast series, Dragon Ball Heroes, Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale, Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, Dragon Ball Z For Kinect, Dragon Ball: Tap Battle, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Dragon Ball Discross, IC Carddass Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden, Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, Dragon Ball Fusions, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Dragon Ball Legends.
Piccolo is a boss in the crossover game Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden, he makes an appearance in Cult Jump, and he is a playable character in the crossover games Jump Super Stars, Battle Stadium D.O.N., and Jump Ultimate Stars. In Jump Super Stars, he briefly fuses with Dr. Mashirito for a tag attack, the resulting character using a yelling attack.
In the Game Boy Advance game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors, in Piccolo's story, it is revealed that his power will be increased further if he fuses with King Piccolo. Piccolo states that although he is the reincarnation of King Piccolo, he is not King Piccolo himself, therefore it is fully possible to bring King Piccolo back for him to fuse with. As he does, much to his father's loathing, Piccolo's evil essence had all but faded away by this point in the series, giving him a Kami-like disposition. When Piccolo fuses with King Piccolo, he becomes the true original nameless Namekian, attaining power that in all likelihood much surpassed what he ever reached in the series. The increase is enough for him to equal Super Buu in combat.
Piccolo becomes Majin Piccolo in a what-if story of Adolescent Gohan's story mode in the Nintendo DS game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 and in the story mode of the PSP game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road, although he does not have an M on his forehead. Majin Piccolo appears with Super Buu, Cell and Frieza in Supersonic Warriors 2 and he appears with fake Goku, Teen Gohan, Vegeta, Future Trunks, and more in Shin Budokai - Another Road. After Majin Piccolo is beaten, he calms down and returns to his old self. As Majin Piccolo he was stated to have increased in power considerably and was forced to be taken seriously by Goku and Gohan.
In Budokai and Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Piccolo has multiple forms, such as post-Nail and Kami fusions. In Budokai Tenkaichi 3, in the tournament mode, Piccolo's name is shown as Majunior (this is in reference of his previous alias when entering the 23rd and 25th World Tournament under this name in the manga and anime series). In Ultimate Tenkaichi, Piccolo plays a large role in the Hero Mode of the game. After he is attacked by Golden Great Ape Baby, Piccolo goes to the Glacier in order to become stronger to bring the world to peace. When the Hero encounters him, Piccolo shows harsh feelings towards the Hero, and the two fight, with the Saiyan greatly surprising Piccolo. After suffering some injury, Piccolo fires his Special Beam Cannon at the Hero, which makes the Hero awaken his true powers and become a Super Saiyan. After being defeated by the Hero's new power, Piccolo reveals his earlier escape from Baby, and then trains the Hero in order to save the corrupted world.
List of characters killed by Piccolo
The following is a list of characters actually killed by Piccolo.
- Raditz – Goku held Raditz in place, while Piccolo charged up and fired a Special Beam Cannon, mortally wounding Raditz and killing Goku. Piccolo later finished Raditz off while he was laughing at him.
- Goku – Shot through the chest with a Special Beam Cannon, killing him and mortally wounding his brother and enemy, Raditz. Goku was later revived with the Dragon Balls.
- Saibaman – Killed by Piccolo with the Explosive Breath Cannon.
- Sansho – Piccolo smashed the demon into the wall and finished him with an energy blast.
- Slug's soldiers – Most of them are killed by Gohan and Piccolo.
- Wings – Piccolo broke Wings' arm, then later shot an energy blast at his head, blowing it clean off.
- Dore – As Gohan left to take the Senzu Beans to Goku, Dore chased after him, so Piccolo fired a Chasing Bullet at Dore that followed him around. Dore eventually tried to block it, but was unable to, and was destroyed.
- Neiz – Neiz electrocuted Piccolo, but Piccolo, while electrified, grabbed onto Neiz's head, electrocuting him and killing him.
- Salza – Salza was about to kill Goku and the others, weakened from battle, when Piccolo shot a Special Beam Cannon through him, killing him.
- Lord Slug – After the Destron Gas Generator is destroyed, Piccolo kills Slug with an energy wave.
- Piccolo is named after the half-sized flute, Namekian language. The phrase "Piccolo" is used to open the door of the Namekian spaceship. , continuing his family's name puns based on musical instruments. In the series, it is revealed that his name means "another world" in the
- Piccolo is Akira Toriyama's favorite character. He explains thoroughly "I believe mine would be Piccolo. He was the first character in my manga where I was like, 'He has a scary face, but he's so cool!' It really is cliché when bad guys turn into good guys, but it just feels great drawing it!". However, he contradicts this in an interview with Shōnen Jump where he states that Goku is his favorite character in the series.
- Piccolo has trained both of Goku's children: he trained Gohan to fight the Saiyans and Goten to fight Majin Buu. Alongside Goten, he also trained Trunks.
- Piccolo was temporarily the strongest Z fighter. After he fused with Kami, his powers surpassed that of Goku and Vegeta's Super Saiyan at the time.
- In the second half of the Dragon Ball GT episode "Raising the Stakes", when Videl is changing to her Great Saiyaman 2 outfit, a small Piccolo toy can be spotted in a box.
- Piccolo is one of several enemies or rivals to become an ally or friend. Others include: Oolong, Yamcha, Krillin, Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu, then Vegeta, Androids 16, 17 and 18, Majin Buu, and finally Nuova Shenron.
- Piccolo was the youngest villain in the series, being only three years old when he fought Goku (despite having the physical and mental maturity of a teenager). Conversely, his father was the oldest villain in the series prior to the introduction of the millennia-old Majin Buu, having been an ambiguously high number of decades old when he was released from the Denshi Jar.
- Piccolo was fittingly born on Piccolo Day, the holiday created by his father. He shares his birth date with his older brother Drum, who was born and died shortly before Piccolo was born.
- Piccolo's hobby is meditating in quiet places.
- Piccolo's belt is usually colored blue in the anime, though a few video games (such as Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden, Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors and Dragon Ball Online) have Piccolo wearing a red belt.
- In the old temple on Namek in Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku their are statues of Piccolo.
- Piccolo is one of the few Namekians actually seen consuming food, as he is seen eating a fish when he was a child.
- In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, he is revealed to also be fond of the special water found in the Time Nest due to its ability to cleanse the mind and soul. As a result, he considers the Time Nest as a kind of utopia for Namekians (due to the fact his people subsist on water).
- During the fight between him and Goku in Dragon Ball, as well as on the fight with Raditz when he loses his arm, Piccolo is seen with red blood. But later in the series, he bleeds purple blood. In Dragon Ball Super, he was bleeding green blood.
- Piccolo's favorite food is water (particularly the thawed ice water from the north area).
- On the front cover of the VIZBIG EDITION of DRAGONBALL VOL. 12, Piccolo's skin tone is a pale bluish color.
- Piccolo is the only known Z fighter who knows CPR, as seen when he resuscitates Gohan and does multiple heart compressions on Goku after being hit by Hit's Flash Fist Crush.
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- ↑ Dragon Ball Super episode 22 Change! An Impossible Revival! The Name's Ginyu!!
- ↑ Dragon Ball GT
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Dragon Ball: Super Exciting Guide, 2009
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Dragon Ball Xenoverse, 2015
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Dragon Ball Xenoverse, 2016
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 125, "Goku's Ordeal"
- ↑ Dragon Ball episode 133, "Changes"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Daizenshuu 2, 1995
- ↑ Daizenshuu 2
- ↑ Interview with Akira Toriyama featured as an extra in a Japanese One Piece coloring book
- ↑ Shōnen Jump interview c. 1995 found in Dragon Ball Z manga Complete Box Set