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The Legend of a Dragon (竜の伝説 Doragon no Densetsu, lit. "The Legend of the Dragon) is the thirty-third episode of Dragon Ball and the fifth episode of the Red Ribbon Army Saga.



Silver while defeating professional boxers

Goku wakes up and begins looking for the Dragon Balls again. He is flying over a forest and gets hungry, so he decides to look for a "snack tree." He finds a piece of fruit, but a monkey takes it before he can. He chases the monkey, but stops when he sees her give it to her baby. The baby monkey falls out of the tree, and when the mommy monkey is helping it, a panther attacks, but Goku beats it up. Then all the monkeys come and give Goku food. He eats too much, and falls asleep. While he is asleep, the monkeys find the Five-Star Dragon Ball up in a tree and start playing catch with it.

At the Red Ribbon Army Headquarters, Colonel Silver, as "training", proceeded to fight four professional boxers at a time. Upon defeating them effortlessly, he was congratulated by his peers, while Silver admits he was hoping for more of a challenge. Silver is then called over to the leader of the Red Ribbon Army, Commander Red's office, where upon entry, Red proceeds to sic his pet cat on him, with Silver dodging him quickly enough to only leave a minor scratch on his cheek. Afterwards, Red praises his quick reflexes and unflinching nerve, citing that the last person to walk into the door lost an eye, with Red stating that said individual is "no longer with us" (implying that he had the soldier executed for failing to dodge the cat). He then told Silver that he had what it took to get far in the Red Ribbon Army, citing that nothing succeeds like excess. Silver then agreed and that he's pleased to serve the Red Ribbon Army, with Red stating he shall serve it.

Meanwhile, Krillin is training with Master Roshi, doing push-ups with 2 turtles and the Turtle Hermit sitting on his back. Later, when they are eating, Master Roshi tells Krillin and Launch the legend of the Dragon Balls. It used to be a single giant orb, which was put in a magnificent sculpture of a Dragon. Some men tried to steal it, but were shocked. It was then decided that it would be safer if it were split into 7 separate orbs, to prevent evil from using it. After the story, they talk about what they would wish for. Roshi then wonders what he could wish for. Launch then asks if Roshi wanted a new turtle shell, a bigger island, or even world peace and happiness. Roshi, however, states the only thing he's definitely sure he wants is "a piece of something." Krillin then deduced that Roshi's wish has nothing to do with heroics.


The "Original Dragon Ball" as shown during Roshi's story

Goku wakes up, and sees on the Dragon Radar that the Dragon Ball is moving away. Meanwhile, the Red Ribbon Army is looking for the same ball. Silver then tells the soldiers to have the area searched, stating he doesn't care if they burn the forest or dig it up so long as they find him the Dragon Ball. They eventually discover that the monkeys have it, and are ordered by Colonel Silver to burn the forest and shoot the monkeys. This gets Goku mad, and he attacks them. While the battle occurs, Silver asks his men about their progress in finding the Dragon Ball, to which they answer negatively. Nearby, having apparently defeated the soldiers who attacked him, Goku proceeds to crush a tank with a giant rock. Colonel Silver and one of his soldiers soon show up. Goku then recognized Silver as being the one who attacked the Ox King. Silver threatens to kill Goku in a mock-introductory tone, but Goku stands firm and says he is not afraid of Silver. Just then, the mommy monkey and the baby monkey holding the Dragon Ball swing by. In an attempt to retrieve the Dragon Ball, Colonel Silver borrows the rifle from his soldier and shoots at the branch the mommy monkey was about to grab onto. While the two monkeys are falling into a gorge, Goku catches the mother monkey by the tail, saving her and the baby. The Dragon Ball, however, is dropped into the river and floats downstream.


  • Red Ribbon Soldiers vs. Monkeys
  • Goku vs. Red Ribbon Soldiers


Character Name Original Japanese FUNimation dub
Goku Masako Nozawa Stephanie Nadolny
Colonel Silver Banjō Ginga Christopher R. Sabat
Master Roshi Kōhei Miyauchi Mike McFarland
Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Laurie Steele
Launch Mami Koyama Unknown
Narrator Jōji Yanami Brice Armstrong


  • This episode is filler.
  • A plothole exists when Master Roshi explains the origin of the Dragon Balls, and how they used to be one giant idol of a dragon. This conflicts with the rest of the manga and anime, where Kami created the Dragon Balls. However, this is only given as a tale that Roshi had heard, which probably was a legend with no real basis. Furthermore, this episode is filler, so the existence of a plothole should come as no surprise and this information can be perfectly discarded.
    • The Legend itself is not surprising as most of the general population of Earth are ignorant that the Dragon Balls even exist, which has likely caused them to be viewed as nothing more than mythical objects spoken of in old legends such as the story told by Master Roshi. As most people are also unaware of the existence of Kami let alone his role in creating the Dragon Balls, it is not surprising that the people of Earth would create a myth to explain the existence of the Dragon Balls.
    • Ironically, the legend itself is similar to the origins of how the Namekians created the Namekian Dragon Balls which were created from pieces of one of the Super Dragon Balls. However they differ in that the Namekian Dragon Balls were created using the pieces from the original set of Dragon Balls created by Zalama. Kami himself created the Earth's Dragon Balls due to a sort of racial memory of that event, so it is possible that Kami may have created this myth to obscure the origins of the Earth's Dragon Balls using whatever racial memory he my have possessed of the origin Namekian Dragon Balls, as the Namekians were presumably unaware that there was more than one Super Dragon Ball, which may explain why the legend states there was originally only one Dragon Ball.
    • Another more likely possibility is story of the Earth's Dragon Balls origins became distorted and obscured with the passage of time changing overtime with each retelling, to the point it resulted in Kami's role be omitted completely or leading to the development of multiple different origin stories, with the one told by Roshi simply being one version of the legend that he had heard.
  • Commander Red states that he needs four more Dragon Balls; however, he still needs six.
  • After Commander Red throws the knife at the statue, Colonel Silver's hair and eyebrows are black instead of red. This might be due to the shadow covering him, as shown when it covers parts of him in previous and following scenes.
  • When Bulma asks Roshi for the Three-Star Ball he had around his neck in "The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi", Roshi states that it is a trinket which he never had any use of, and he is baffled when Bulma explains their power and their ability to grant a wish. Whereas in this episode, Roshi seems to know the origin of their creation. However it is possible that he learned of the story after his encounter with Bulma. Its possible that Roshi after learning if their power from Bulma may have done his own research on the Dragon Balls. Another possibility is that he only remembered the old legend after his encounter with Bulma. Presumably Roshi himself may have never believed the tale and had forgotten it due to his old age, only to be reminded of it later on thanks to his encounters with Goku and Bulma.


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