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Akira is a character based on Akira Toriyama used to represent himself in appearances in his series, usually of a comedic nature (its name is based on Akira's last name, Toriyama). He takes the appearance of Akira Toriyama's avatar "Tori-Bot" and makes several major appearances in Dr. Slump, and minor appearances in Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Super and Dragon Ball GT.



Toriyama is the ultimate ruler of the Dragon Ball world, and is a person far greater than even the Supreme Kais.[2]

Dragon Ball


Tori-Bot in "Nimbus Cloud of Roshi"

Tori-Bot makes few appearances in the early parts of the Dragon Ball manga (chapters 1 and 42). He can be seen in episode three of Dragon Ball, "The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi", on a tree when Bulma and Goku walk to the beach. In the Japanese dub, he mumbles "Penguin Village...this is not".

In the scene at the saloon Launch enters in "Look Out for Launch", Tori-Bot is shown on a poster as one of the criminals that were already taken down and he had the lowest bounty, possibly being comic relief.


Tori-Bot's wanted poster in "Look Out For Launch"

Tori-Bot appears again hanging on a tree at the first floor garden in Capsule Corporation in the filler episode "Master Thief, Hasky".

Dragon Ball Z


Panel featuring Tori-Bot in Chapter 480

Tori-Bot appears in the crowd of fighters watching Goku fight Pikkon, with his head colored yellow instead of the usual blue/black. He also appears in episode 210, "The World Tournament" and episode 215, "Forfeit of Piccolo".

In the Dragon Ball manga chapter 480, "The Fusion Succeeds...?!", Tori-Bot appears on Kami's Lookout when Krillin notices the panels for when Trunks and Goten attempt the Fusion Dance multiple times are repeated, so Tori-Bot apologizes to his editor and asks not to be paid for having the same image of Trunks and Goten fusing used twice in the same chapter.

In Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming, when Goten talks about what he wants to wish for, Tori-Bot is seen at the bottom of the screen. Tori-Bot is seen as an icon on Gohan's computer along with Neko Majin in Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!.

Dragon Ball Super

Tori-Bot's face appears on the Zeni banknotes that Mr. Satan gives to Goku.

Dragon Ball GT

Tori-Bot appears in yellow and green on a shaving kit Vegeta bought in episode 27 of Dragon Ball GT, "The Attack on Vegeta".

Other appearances

Hetappi Manga Kenkyūjo


Hetappi and Tori-Bot

In Hetappi Manga Kenkyūjo, Tori-Bot explains to his young assistant Hetappi, as well as the readers, how to create a manga.

Tobal No. 1


Tori in Tobal No. 1

In the video game Tobal No. 1, which had characters designed by Akira Toriyama, Robotoriyama can be unlocked by completing Quest Mode. He is instead called "Toriyamarobo", and in the English version, he's called only "Tori".


Toriyama is far greater than the Supreme Kais. As the author he possess power over the entire Dragon Ball world.

Video game appearances

Tori-Bot appears under the name "Toripo" in Blue Dragon, an RPG that was designed by Akira Toriyama.


Tori-Bot in Dragon Ball Heroes


Tori-Bot (Blue Dragon)

Although hard to see, Tori-Bot appears in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai as an audience member of the World Tournament. He reappears in Budokai 2, again as a member of the World Tournament audience. What seems to be a version of Tori-Bot makes random appearances in Dragon Ball Online; an image of the character appears on-screen with a speech bubble above its head. Tori-Bot also appears as one of the selectable helping robots in Dragon Ball Heroes: when he is used, all of the team's super attacks will damage the opponent with no regards to Hero Energy (special meter) for 4 rounds. He also appears in Defense and Attack Forms in the game.


  • Before using Tori-Bot, Toriyama drew himself as an anthropomorphic bird called Tori (as tori means "bird" in Japanese).
  • Several characters in Dr. Slump look like Tori-Bot: one is a member of the Fly Milk gang, and another is Miss. Akiko.
  • Tori-Bot is the only character from Dr. Slump that appeared in Dragon Ball Super and Dragon Ball GT.



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