Tien Shinhan vs. Mercenary Tao (殺し屋桃白白の逆襲 Koroshiya Taopaipai no Gyakushu) is the fourteenth episode of the Piccolo Jr. Saga and the one hundred thirty-sixth episode in the Dragon Ball series. The episode first aired on November 30, 1988.
For first ten minutes, neither participants moved an inch which is because of Tien's perfect defence. Shen telepathic distracts Tien to give advantage for Tao. Tien seems to be a lot stronger than Mercenary Tao and tries to escort him out of the ring until Mercenary Tao takes off one of his cybernetic hands revealing a knife. The World Tournament Announcer tells Tao that he is disqualified for using a weapon, but Mercenary Tao does not listen. He wants to kill Tien for deciding to join the Turtle Hermit's students.
Tien agitated and decides to take Tao on while the announcer tries to negotiate his way through them but Tao vows to kill the announcer and Turtle hermit's student as well. Yamcha & Krillin offer a lending hand, but Tien refuses
Tao charges with his Knife but Tien breaks it, so Mercenary Tao takes off his other hand revealing a cannon for his Super Dodon Wave. Mercenary Tao shoots the Super Dodon Wave at Tien. Tien survives the ray easily by being able to destroy it. Tien punches the shocked Mercenary Tao in the stomach then gives Mercenary Tao to Master Shen with the order to never bother him again. Master Shen and Mercenary Tao leave the World Martial Arts Tournament saying that the Turtle Hermit and his students will not die in peace. Tien returns to calm himself while his friends praise him while Krillin adds on, Yamcha stops him understanding Tien need to be alone. Master Roshi is proud of his students and also Tien for their maturity. Meanwhile, the match between Goku and "Anonymous" is about to begin. The announcer explains Anonymous request to with held her name while Piccolo watches the match. Anonymous seems to be furious at Goku.
- The cut made by Mercenary Tao on Tien Shinhan remains throughout his life, and is never healed by Senzu beans or any other form of healing.
- This episode was Master Shen's last appearance in the series and Mercenary Tao's last appearance up until the Cell Games Saga episode, A Girl Named Lime in Dragon Ball Z.