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Mr. Popo

Fictional character from Dragon Ball

Mr. Popo (ミスター・ポポ, Misutā Popo) is a fictional character from the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. Within the series, he is a genie who serves as the assistant to Earth's guardian deity and the caretaker of their residence located high above the sky. He first appears in the one hundred sixty-third chapter of the Dragon Ball manga, published in In the Japanese anime adaptations, his seiyū was Toku Nishio, before Kawazu Yasuhiko took over the role for Dragon Ball Kai. For English language media, he was voiced by Chris Cason from to The character is voiced by Christopher Sabat for all media post

Mr. Popo's design and humanoid appearance has been criticized as an offensive racist stereotype by some commentators, such as children's book author Carole Boston Weatherford. As a result of the controversy, Mr. Popo's appearance had been modified in some media depictions of the character: his lips are downsized digitally in the American release of the Dragon Ball manga by Viz Media, and his skin is recoloured blue from his original black colour in the CW4Kids TV broadcast of Dragon Ball Kai.


Mr. Popo was initially envisioned by series creator Akira Toriyama as a reptilian humanoid with a chicken-like beak that had several variant designs, including one sketch with curly hair, though all of which were ultimately discarded.[1] Later concept art by Toriyama depict him as a slender man dressed in a manner reminiscent of Namu, an Indian yogi-inspired character who fights series protagonist Goku in a martial arts tournament early in the series.[1] Toriyama ultimately settled on the current design, a portly humanoid with bright facial expressions whose clothing resembles stereotypical depictions of Jinns, supernatural beings from Arabian mythology and Islamic theology.[1] The early concept art sketches of Mr. Popo are included in the 30th Anniversary Dragon Ball Super History Book published in [2]

According to Toriyama, Mr. Popo has served as an assistant to successive generations of gods who preside over Earth in the Dragon Ball universe, suggesting that he existed long before the "Nameless Namekian" arrived on Earth and subsequently serve as the world's guardian deity.[3] Besides being a skilled practitioner of martial arts, Toriyama noted that Mr. Popo is also responsible for crafting the physical appearance of the wish-granting dragon Shenron, originally created by the Namekian Kami" and summoned from Earth's seven Dragon Balls, as it is derived from a figurine modeled by Mr. Popo.[3]

The North American English releases of the manga series by Viz Media, which saw its first publication in March , reduced the size of Mr. Popo's lips by shading them in completely.[4][5] In , the CW4Kids airing of Dragon Ball Z Kai recoloured Mr. Popo's black skin to be blue and his lips orange-yellow in hue.[6][7]

Voice acting[edit]

Mr. Popo is voiced by Toku Nishio in the original series and Yasuhiko Kawazu in Kai. In English, he is voiced by Alvin Sanders and French Tickner in the Ocean dubs, and by Chris Cason and Christopher Sabat in the Funimation dubs. Sabat in particular is fond of the character, and was hopeful that the character would eventually be added into the roster of the popular fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ as part of future downloadable content.[8]


A supporting character who has few overall appearances within the series, Mr. Popo's duties consist of looking after Kami, tending to his residence, and reconstructing Shenron if the dragon's physical form is destroyed. He also tends to an ancient butterfly garden that he cultivated thousands of years prior to the events of the series. In Dragon Ball, Popo is far stronger than Son Goku when he first arrives at Kami's Palace. He trains Goku for three years until the boy learns everything he knows. Some of the techniques Goku developed under the tutelage of Mr. Popo include the Chou Kamehameha, a more lethal version of his signature attack. In Dragon Ball Z, he helps Bulma, Krillin, and Gohan by divulging the location of Kami's old starship to facilitate their journey to Planet Namek. He then serves Dende as his attendant upon the latter's ascension as Earth's new guardian deity later in the narrative.

Mr. Popo has demonstrated the ability to magically create objects from seemingly out of thin air, for example a flying carpet which he uses as transportation in the anime story arc Garlic Junior Saga, though the character is also depicted as capable of flight or levitation using ki. Unlike series protagonist Goku, Mr. Popo can teleport instantly to a desired location without requiring the use of an energy signature to home in on. In the Dragon Ball Z anime, Mr. Popo has a brief match with Son Goten and Trunks who have transformed into Super Saiyan form where he holds his own, blocking or dodging several hits and even appearing unfazed after being struck by a kick.

Controversy and reception[edit]

The Dragon Ball media franchise, particularly the anime adaptation of Dragon Ball Z, has long been popular with black communities around the world, as well as hip hop culture and art movement.[9][10][11] Despite not being human and not puroposely based on or taking inspiration from any people of African descents or origins, for many African Americans who grew up watching Dragon Ball anime, Mr. Popo is regarded as the only notable example of black representation in the series.[7][12] Nevertheless, by the early s Mr. Popo was described by some commentators to be a derogatory stereotype in the style of blackface, a controversial form of makeup historically associated with stage and film caricatures of African Americans, or a representation of the antiquated racial term sambo.[4] Despite what is specified above about the real character's inspiration and origins, in her article written for The Christian Science Monitor in May , Weatherford alleged that Mr. Popo represent a depiction of individuals with African heritage from a white supremacist perspective, and that characters like him are known to a far-reaching audience of children through cartoons and product tie-ins. She suggested that these stereotypical characters could adversely affect the malleable self-image of black children, and noted to her bemusement that "racist stereotypes that would shock Americans don't raise an eyebrow in much of Asia".[13] In , even the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University declared that Mr. Popo is an example of a racist caricature in modern fiction.[14] The Jim Crow Museum later published on their official website a letter written in response to their article from a reader who disagreed with their assertion that characters like Mr. Popo are deliberately anti-black in design.[15]

In a retrospective discussion about the character, Ramsey Isler from IGN suggested that it is easy to label Mr. Popo as a racist caricature if the character is described simply as "the black-skinned, red-lipped, turban-wearing servant of Kami". On one hand, he questioned the likelihood of whether Toriyama intentionally made a racist joke through Mr. Popo, acknowledging an argument from some quarters that Mr. Popo's appearance may have been "a little artistic license for an imaginary character", on the basis that "Japanese animation has a history of exaggerating non-Japanese characters because the Japanese population is not very diverse" and that Japanese society "does not have the kinds of racial sensitivities that the Western world has".[4] On the other hand, he also raised questions as to whether a controversial topic which is not intended to be offensive make it any less so, as well as whether explanations like "it's only a joke" or "they don't know any better" absolve wrongful conduct.[4] Jack Gardner from Screen Rant assessed Mr. Popo as a relic of blackface portrayal which persisted in the manga and animation industries of Japan and the wider Asian world, long after it became a taboo subject in North America following the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement. While Gardner acknowledged the subsequent and substantial changes to the highly divisive character, he found it shocking that Mr. Popo would even appear unaltered in an internationally popular syndicated television show in the s. On April 14, , a Black Lives Matter activist declared on his Twitter account that Mr. Popo is the most racist caricature in the anime genre. His tweet received more than 2, likes, and generated further discussion about other anime characters which may be considered offensive by the African American community.[16] Mr. Popo is one of the fictional people of color discussed in an October video uploaded by British publication The Guardian on their official YouTube channel, entitled "Anime gets blackness wrong, this is how fans are fixing it."[11]

Regarding the alteration of Mr. Popo's skin colour in some media depictions, Jemima Sebastian from IGN noted that the change was made for reasons that could never be fully explained, but that many fans would connect it to perceptions of racism.[6] Cecilia D'Anastasio from Kotaku observed that while there is awareness that the character was not intended to be African American, Mr. Popo's appearance still evokes the image of a "dark-skinned slave with puffy red lips" and the decision to recolour him for American television is indicative of his potentially offensive reception.[12]

See also[edit]

  • Jynx, a fictional species of Pokémon also accused of being a racist caricature


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  2. ^Toriyama, Akira (). 30th Anniversary ドラゴンボール超史集: SUPER HISTORY BOOK. Bandai Namco Entertainment. ISBN&#;.
  3. ^ abSebastian, Jemima (January 20, ). "Dragon Ball: ¿quién fue el creador de la imagen de Shenlong?" [Dragon Ball: who was the creator of the image of Shenlong?]. IGN Latin America (in Spanish). Retrieved January 29,
  4. ^ abcdIsler, Ramsey (April 11, ). "What's Wrong With Dragon Ball Z Part Two". IGN. Retrieved May 28,
  5. ^Gardner, Jack (March 8, ). "Dragon Ball Abridged Was Better Than The Anime". Screen Rant. Retrieved January 30,
  6. ^ abSebastian, Jemima (October 5, ). "Dragon Ball: Mr. Popo alguna vez tuvo la piel azul y no sólo en el anime" [Dragon Ball: Mr. Popo once had blue skin and not only in the anime]. IGN Latin America (in Spanish). Retrieved January 29,
  7. ^ ab"What Black Anime Fans Can Teach Us About Race in America". August 5, Retrieved October 24,
  8. ^Dennis, Catrina (February 11, ). "Christopher Sabat Wants Mr. Popo in Dragon Ball FighterZ". Comicbook.com. Retrieved October 24,
  9. ^Jackson, Gita (November 15, ). "Why Black Men Love Dragon Ball Z". Kotaku. Retrieved January 29,
  10. ^Gramuglia, Anthony (). "Why So Many Hip-Hop Artists Love Dragon Ball". CBR.com. Retrieved January 29,
  11. ^ abOsmond, Andrew (October 2, ). "Video on Black Representation in Anime Posted By Guardian Newspaper". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 29,
  12. ^ abD'Anastasio, Cecilia (August 16, ). "Black Cosplayers Talk About Self-Doubt". Kotaku. Retrieved January 29,
  13. ^Weatherford, Carole Boston (May 4, ). "Japan's bigoted exports to kids". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved May 28,
  14. ^Pilgrim, David (January ). "New Racist Forms of the 21st Century". ferris.edu. Ferris State University. Retrieved June 28,
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  16. ^Terracota, Sofi (July 22, ). "Activista de Black Lives Matter asegura que Dragon Ball es racista" [Black Lives Matter activist assures that Dragon Ball is racist]. Tomatozos (in Spanish). Retrieved January 29,

External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Popo

Piccolo (Dragon Ball)

Character from the Dragon Ball franchise

Piccolo (Japanese: ピッコロ, Hepburn: Pikkoro) is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball media franchise created by Akira Toriyama. He is first seen in chapter # Son Goku Wins!! (孫悟空勝つ!!, Son Gokū Katsu!!), published in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on February 9, ,[1] as the reincarnation of the evil Piccolo Daimaō, who was positioned as a demonic antagonist of the series. However, it is later revealed that he is in fact a member of an extraterrestrial humanoid species called Namekians, those able to create the series' eponymous wish-granting Dragon Balls. After losing to Son Goku, Piccolo decides to team up with him and his friends in order to defeat newer, more dangerous threats, such as Vegeta, Frieza, Cell, Majin Buu, Beerus, Zamasu, Jiren, Broly, Moro and Granolah. He also trains Goku's eldest child Gohan in martial arts, with the two forming a strong bond.

Piccolo is one of the most popular and recognizable characters of the Dragon Ball franchise. The character has been consistently well received by fans and video game publications, with high placements in multiple "top" character lists and popularity polls. The character has also inspired Naruto manga author Masashi Kishimoto, as well as an internet meme which became popular in Japan in

Creation and development[edit]

Piccolo, more specifically his parent Piccolo Daimaō, was created by Toriyama as he wanted to have a villain who would be a true "bad guy." Prior to his creation, nearly all the previous villains in the series were considered too likable.[2] His editor, Kazuhiko Torishima, stated he introduced Toriyama to evil historical figures for inspiration. Piccolo Daimaō was created after he told the author how Roman Emperor Nero enjoyed watching people suffer.[3] However, the Shenlong Times issue #2, a bonus pamphlet given to some buyers of the Daizenshuu 2: Story Guide guidebook, says that the character was modeled after Torishima himself.[4] After creating Piccolo Daimaō, Toriyama noted that it was one of the most interesting parts of the series and that he became one of his favorite characters.[2] Although Piccolo's transformation from a villain to a hero was considered by Toriyama to be cliché, he still felt excited when drawing him, noting that despite having a scary face, he still looks appealing.[5]

Piccolo is initially assumed to, like his parent, be a member of the Demon Clan (魔族, Mazoku), however, midway through the series it is learned that they are actually members of the alien race called Namekians (ナメック星人, Namekku-seijin). Toriyama stated that he never thought of making Piccolo an alien until Kami was introduced. But afterwards he did try to make it consistent, such as drawing the Namekian architecture similar to the throne Piccolo Daimaō had.[6]

Voice actors[edit]

Toshio Furukawahas been adult Piccolo's Japanese voice actor in every single piece of Dragon Ballmedia.

In the original Japanese version of the anime and all other media, Piccolo is voiced by Toshio Furukawa, with the only exception being his initial newborn child form which was voiced by Hiromi Tsuru. Furukawa, who up to that point had mostly played happy lighter-voiced characters, said he got the role because he stated in interviews at the time that he wanted to play a villain.[7] He said it was difficult to constantly perform with a low voice because his normal lighter voice would break through if he broke concentration.[8] When asked if Takeshi Aono's work as Piccolo Daimaō influenced his portrayal of Piccolo, Furukawa replied that because Piccolo Daimaō was impulsive, he initially played his own role as an energetic person around eighteen-years-old and later imagined him as close to thirty-years old in Dragon Ball Z.[7] Furukawa, as well as Gohan's voice actress Masako Nozawa, said the episodes where Piccolo trains Gohan left an impression on them. He said the fans really enjoyed those episodes as well. Furukawa also cited Piccolo making a pun for Kaiō-sama as memorable because it was so out of character for him.[8] By the time he reprised the voice in Dragon Ball Super, Piccolo had become Furukawa's favorite character of all his roles.[9]

In English, several different voice actors have voiced Piccolo, including Scott McNeil in episodes ( unedited) in Funimation Entertainment's initial dub of Dragon Ball Z in association with Saban Entertainment and Ocean Productions as well as Geneon's dub of the first three Dragon Ball Z films,[10] and episodes of Westwood Media's dub of the franchise (in association with Ocean Productions);[11] by Ethan Cole in Chinook Animation's dub of Dragon Ball GT (produced in association with Blue Water Studios);[12] by Dan Woren in Bandai's English release of the video game Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout;[13] by British-born French actor Paul Bandey in the infamous English dubs of the movies released exclusively in the UK and the Netherlands by AB Groupe (wherein the character was referred to as "Big Green"), by David Gasman (who also voiced Goku in this dub) in the European dub of Dead Zone (there called In Pursuit of Garlic), vocal grunts by Ed Marcus in The History of Trunks (or Gohan and Trunks)[14] and consistently by Christopher Sabat in Funimation's in-house dub of all Dragon Ball media.[15]Ray Chase voices Piccolo in the Toonami Asia broadcast of Dragon Ball Super produced by Bang Zoom! Entertainment.[16]


Piccolo has shown many unique abilities throughout the series. Due to his Namekian physiology,[17] Piccolo can expand his arms,[18][19] move fast enough to not be seen,[20] regenerate lost limbs of his body[21][22] so long as his head is still intact,[23] and possesses superhuman hearing[24] and strength. Piccolo's Chōkyoshinjutsu (超巨身術, "Super Large Body Technique", or "Super Giantification Spell" in Viz's manga) allows him to become gigantic to the point where he is capable of reaching mountain-like heights.[25] He also has the ability to conjure objects such as garments and a blade,[26] including his cape and turban outfit.[27][28][29] Among Piccolo's known psionic skills, he is able to communicate telepathically with select individuals. Thus, this enables him to read minds[30] and mentally contact others nearby.[31] In one instance, he alerts Trunks and Goten of Buu's proximity to the dimension where the two were training.[32]

Like many other characters in Dragon Ball, Piccolo has the ability of flight through the technique called Bukū-jutsu (舞空術, lit. "Air Dance Technique"). He also possesses an attack called the Bakuretsumaha (爆裂魔波, lit. "Exploding Wave", or "Destructive Wave" in the English anime dub), which is fired with one hand being supported by the other. One of Piccolo's most powerful attacks is the Makankōsappō (魔貫光殺砲, lit. "Demonic Screw Light Cannon", "Light of Death" in Viz's manga or "Special Beam Cannon" in the English anime dub) an attack that is expelled from Piccolo's index and middle fingers.[33][34] Unlike most energy-based attacks in Dragon Ball, the potent Makankōsappō pierces its targets like a drill rather than enveloping them or exploding on contact. Another attack of Piccolo's is the Renzoku Sen Kōdan (連続閃光弾, lit. "Repeated Flash Bullets", "Hellzone Grenade" in English media), which involves firing off many orbs of energy that float around the opponent. Piccolo then squeezes his hand to make all the orbs converge onto the opponent, exploding on contact. The Masenkō (魔閃光, lit. "Demon Flash") is another of his signature attacks, being one that he teaches to his pupil Gohan. Another move Piccolo is seen to have is the Gekiretsu Kodan (激烈光弾, lit. "Violent Light Grenade", simply "Light Grenade" in the English anime dub) which is conjured by putting his hands on his chest, gathering energy and then releasing it outwards. One of Piccolo's less frequently used techniques is the ability to fire energy rays from his eyes, which he first uses against Krillin's energy attack during their match in the 23rd Tenka'ichi Budōkai, then later against Goku in the finals, and again when he trains Gohan.

Piccolo can also perform a type of fusion which he does with Nail on planet Namek to confront Frieza and with Kami to confront the Androids, each time greatly increasing his power; the first time enough to clash toe-and-toe with Frieza's second form, and the latter he became much more powerful than an unmastered Super Saiyan.[35]


In Dragon Ball[edit]

Introduced as the offspring and reincarnate of the demon Piccolo Daimaō, Piccolo Jr. plans to continue his parent's mission of world domination, and avenge his death at the hands of Goku. Piccolo enters the 23rd Tenka'ichi Budōkai under the alias "Demon Junior" (マジュニア, Majunia). Piccolo defeats both Krillin, who gives up,[18][36] and Kami disguised as Hero, sealing Kami in the container of the Evil Containment Wave after Kami attacks him with the move and Piccolo sends it back in his direction.[30] He then fights Goku in the final round, who tricks Piccolo into enlarging himself so he can retrieve Kami,[25] from there causing many of Piccolo's techniques to backfire on him. Though crippling both Goku's arms and legs,[37] Piccolo is defeated when Goku headbutts him out of the ring,[38] though recovers thanks to receiving a Senzu Bean from Goku, who he promises to defeat as he departs.[39]

Five years later, Piccolo is confronted by Raditz, Goku's older brother.[40] Realizing the Saiyan would thwart his plans for world domination, Piccolo teams up with Goku in an attempt to stop Raditz from destroying the Earth.[41] When the two arch rivals team up, Piccolo is able to defeat Raditz, but at the cost of Goku's life, as Piccolo's move Makankōsappō cuts through both Saiyans.[42] Piccolo's subsequent conversation with the dying Raditz, in which he reveals that the Dragon Balls can resurrect, is broadcast. Piccolo remains amazed with the powers from Gohan and trains him in preparation to fight against the two Saiyans who will invade Earth.[43][44] Early in their training, Piccolo destroys the moon to prevent Gohan from transforming into an Oozaru and removes his tail. As the year goes by, Piccolo starts to change as he spends time training Gohan, slowly beginning to bond with him. Kami himself comes to notice Piccolo's change of heart as well. When the Saiyans arrive a year later, Piccolo discovers his heritage from them. Piccolo tries to capitalize on Gohan's increased strength but cannot due to the child's fear,[45] convincing him to withdraw Gohan from the battle[46] and is knocked unconscious by Nappa after trying to weaken him. Piccolo saves Krillin from being finished off by one of Nappa's attacks. Vegeta senses that Goku is close by, stronger and could pose a challenge with the others involved and thereby orders their speedy execution. Nappa then unleashes another one of his attacks, this time aiming for Gohan. Piccolo, having come to care for the boy dearly, sacrifices himself to protect Gohan from the attack, resulting in the deaths of both himself and Kami, which results in the Dragon Balls ceasing to exist.[47] Vegeta is initially unable to activate the Oozaru transformation during his fight with Goku thanks to Piccolo's earlier deed. After the Saiyans are defeated, Gohan and the survivors travel to Piccolo's homeworld, Namek, to revive those who died against the Saiyans with the Namekian Dragon Balls. In the meantime, Piccolo trains in the afterlife with Kaiō-sama.[48] Piccolo is resurrected on planet Namek to help Goku and others defeat the evil Frieza. He takes this time to merge with the beaten Namekian called Nail (ネイル, Neiru), giving Piccolo a power increase.[35] Despite his massive power increase and going head to head with Frieza's second transformation,[49] Frieza transforms and Piccolo is defeated. After Frieza reaches his final form and immediately kills Dende afterward to prevent him from healing the group, Piccolo, Gohan and Krillin attack him to no avail.[50] In Frieza's following fight with Goku, who tries charging a Genki-dama to defeat him, Piccolo is given the remaining energy of both Gohan and Krillin, allowing him to stall for a short time.[51] Once Frieza emerges from the impact of the Genki-dama unscathed, Piccolo is severely injured by Frieza with a shot to the chest, leaving Goku to defeat Frieza alone.[52] Piccolo is taken from the battlefield by Gohan at the warning of Goku, as his death would render the Dragon Balls ineffective once more.[53] Piccolo is later teleported off the planet to safety on Earth and after regaining consciousness, declines to return to a new version of Namek as he wishes to protect Gohan and become stronger while remaining on Earth.

After Frieza's death, Piccolo trains with Goku and Gohan for three years to prepare for a battle against two powerful Androids created by the Red Ribbon Army's Dr. Gero to kill Goku. Piccolo tries to intervene during Goku's battle with Android 19, but is shot down by Dr. Gero, revealed to have faked being injured to lower the guard of the Androids. Though he manages to best Dr. Gero in battle, he is unable to prevent him from activating the other Androids. After being defeated by Android 17 and Android 18, Piccolo seeks to unite with Kami, and gain another massive increase in power. After uniting with Kami, Piccolo becomes aware of a more dangerous threat named Cell, who volunteers information on himself when believing he has bested Piccolo (oblivious to Piccolo's regenerative abilities) when in reality the latter was pretending to be defeated in order to find out Cell's origin. Before his second encounter with Cell, Piccolo once again battles the Androids, except this time he battles #17 one on one.[54] After a somewhat even match, Cell arrives on the battle scene; Cell needs to absorb the Androids to complete his power.[55] While trying to prevent this, Piccolo is nearly killed by Cell,[56] surviving the encounter thanks to his regenerative abilities and following some training in the Room of Spirit and Time, he is forced to participate in a tournament created by Cell called the Cell Games, where he fights one of the seven Cell Juniors that are created by Cell,[57] who are later destroyed by Gohan.[58] Piccolo laments that he cannot assist Gohan in his battle against Cell due to his lack of power, lauding Vegeta for helping Gohan after Cell's death and making the lookout his permanent residence.[59]

Seven years later, Piccolo is poised to fight Kaiō-shin at the 25th Tenkaichi Budōkai, forfeiting the match after finding himself reluctant to fight[60] and journeying with him to confront Babidi, being turned into stone by Dabura.[61] After being freed upon Dabura's death,[23] he attempts to kill Babidi. Piccolo discovers Babidi survived the attempt on his life when he goes to pay respects to the now deceased Vegeta, and Babidi later demands Piccolo be brought forward or humans will die in the meantime. Piccolo plans on giving himself up until Goku talks him out of it, citing his need of his teachings. Piccolo then acts as a trainer to Goten and Trunks and their fused form Gotenks. Piccolo trains the boys in fighting the evil creature Majin Buu, who finds them and the other heroes. Piccolo tries negotiating with Buu to give the group more time to conjure a fighter strong enough to combat him, Buu agreeing to an hour, which Piccolo uses to give Goten and Trunks half a month in the Room of Spirit and Time.[62] During Gotenks' fight with Buu, Piccolo seals them within the Room of Spirit and Time when he destroys the entrance after Gotenks lies that he has no moves left.[63] Gotenks uses his Super Saiyan 3 form's shouting to create an exit for Piccolo and himself, allowing them to return to Earth. After more unsuccessful attempts to kill Buu, he is later absorbed by Buu along with Gotenks and Gohan and incorporated into his being. He is later freed by Goku and Vegeta,[64] and he later gives his energy to Goku's Genki-Dama attack, which Goku uses to defeat Buu once and for all.[65]

In Toriyama's films and Dragon Ball Super[edit]

Piccolo appears in eleven Dragon Ball Z films; in the first movie, Piccolo aids in stopping Garlic Jr.'s plot after having been attacked by his minions, wanting revenge;[66] in the second, Piccolo is brainwashed by Dr. Wheelo and made to combat the others until Gohan frees him by destroying the machinery associated with his brainwashing;[67] in the third, Piccolo comes to save Gohan from Turles and succeeds by taking a blast for him;[68] in the fourth, Piccolo combats Lord Slug and discovers that Namekians are weak to whistling, allowing for his defeat;[69] in the fifth, Piccolo is able to defeat most of Cooler's squadron, only to be defeated by Cooler himself;[70] in the sixth, Piccolo fights Cooler's minions on Namek and saves the others after they are captured;[71] in the seventh, Piccolo saves Gohan from being attacked by Android 13 and battles the android in both his forms;[72] in the eighth, Piccolo travels to New Planet Vegeta and fights Broly, giving his energy to Goku which leads to the foe's defeat;[73] in the ninth, Piccolo comes to help the others fight Bojack and his crew;[74] in the fourteenth, Piccolo combats Beerus alongside Android 18 and Tenshinhan, only to be bested;[75] and, lastly, in the fifteenth, Piccolo narrowly escapes death once Frieza destroys the Earth.[76] After the events of the latter two films, Piccolo is resurrected after being killed by Frieza in the Dragon Ball Super retelling of Resurrection 'F' and agrees to train Gohan again.[77] Piccolo then accepts a request to participate in a tournament against Universe 6 fighters,[78] where his loss to Frost is retracted after cheating on Frost's part is discovered, though he still declines being allowed to fight more as Vegeta wants to takes his place.[79] After this, Piccolo reunites with Trunks[80] and suggests the Evil Containment Wave be used to seal Goku Black and unsuccessfully tries demonstrating it,[81] Piccolo later performing the move while being recorded by Bulma, who later shows the footage to Trunks so he can learn it.[82] Piccolo tries reviving a seemingly deceased Goku after finding his body.[83] Piccolo agrees to participate in the Tournament of Power.[84] Piccolo is forced into hiding by Universe 2's Prum after Prum destroys both of Piccolo's arms,[85] and lends his energy to Goku's Genki-Dama against Universe 11's Jiren.[86] Piccolo and Gohan blast Saonel and Pirina out of bounds, eliminating Universe 6 from the tournament,[87] before Piccolo is knocked out of bounds by Universe 4's last fighter Damon.[88]

In other media[edit]

In filler episodes of Dragon Ball Z, during the Saiyan arc, Piccolo strands Gohan on an island, losing his location in the process,[89] and appears to Gohan after he turns down returning home, taking him back to his training.[90] After the Namek arc, Piccolo appears to help Gohan and Krillin when they are attacked by their friends who are under the effects of the Black Water Mist.[91] In battling the group, Piccolo seemingly falls victim and appears on Kami's Lookout, where Gohan and Krillin travel to stop Garlic Jr., to halt the pair.[92] After appearing to infect Krillin too and he and Piccolo overwhelm Gohan, Piccolo reveals to Gohan that he had been pretending the entire time[93] and battles Garlic Jr. until his defeat. Piccolo and Goku are later made to get driver's licenses by Chi-Chi. Following the Buu arc, Piccolo attends a gathering. Piccolo has appeared in other Dragon Ball animations barring the series and films; in Dragon Ball Z Side Story: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans, Piccolo defeats Lord Slug and Hatchiyak[94] and in Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, Piccolo prevents Aka's Wahaha no Ha from destroying Satan Hotel.[95]

In the anime-only sequel Dragon Ball GT, Piccolo arrives to recover Goten after Baby ceases possessing him and moves to Gohan. Piccolo confronts the Baby-possessed Gohan and is injured. After Baby is defeated, Piccolo sacrifices himself to put the Black Star Dragon Balls to rest and bring peace to the world. He goes to Heaven but then requests to be sent to Hell in order to free Goku when he is imprisoned there.[96] He can be seen putting Hell in order and protecting the rulers there.[97] Goku later stops in Hell to see Piccolo. He tells Piccolo that he will be leaving and that they are glad they met and teamed up. Goku also tells Piccolo that he had become a good friend and promised to get him out of Hell someday. They shake hands and Goku leaves while Piccolo stays behind.[98]

Piccolo has made multiple appearances in music. "I Lo~ve Mr. Piccolo" appears on the album Dragon Ball Z Hit Song Collection III: Space Dancing, Gohan singing about his admiration for Piccolo and wondering what his species is.[99] In the album Dragon Ball Z Hit Song Collection 8: Character Special 2, the song "The Feeling of Whistling Piccolo Edit" features Piccolo complaining and begging for a whistler to stop exploiting his weakness before he departs.[] Piccolo is also mentioned in the song "Goku" by Soulja Boy, who brags about feeling like Piccolo and multiple other Dragon Ball characters, and in the song "Break Bread" by Bryson Tiller, with the verse "Got green like Piccolo".

In the Dragon Ball and One Piece crossover manga Cross Epoch, Piccolo appears as a swordsman alongside Roronoa Zoro. In the special Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special (ドリーム9 トリコ&ワンピース&ドラゴンボールZ 超コラボスペシャル!), Piccolo cheers on Goku in his match against Monkey D. Luffy and Toriko. In an episode of Mad parodying the film Moneyball, Piccolo and other Dragon Ball characters are drafted by Billy Beane into the Oakland A baseball team.[]

Video games[edit]

Piccolo has been in many Dragon Ball-related video games such as Super Butōden, the Budokai and Budokai Tenkaichi series of games, as well as Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World and Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit.[] In several games, Piccolo has exclusive forms such as Majin or fusions with Maima, Tsumuri, Dende,[] Dr. Mashirito, and Piccolo Daimaō,[] which drastically increase his power.

Piccolo appears in multiple story modes in the game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2. In Gohan's story, Piccolo is turned evil by a blast from Babidi, and becomes the leader of Buu and Dabura. After fighting Gohan, he flees[] and absorbs Buu, increasing his power. Piccolo then announces via television his intent to take over the world, and partners with Cell and Frieza before being defeated by Gohan.[]

In the game Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, Piccolo is defeated by Baby, encountering and battling the player while training, causing the player's Super Saiyan transformation and their subsequent overpowering of him. After he is defeated, Piccolo resolves to train the player.

In the game Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Piccolo appears as a mentor. Within the story mode, Piccolo fights the player while under the control of Demigra, and in the final battle against Demigra, Piccolo gives the player his energy.[]

In the game Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Piccolo and Android 16 are defeated by Villainous Mode Imperfect Cell, allowing him to absorb #17 and #18 at the same time.[] The player then comes to assist Piccolo in his fight against Cell.

In the game Dragon Ball FighterZ, Piccolo is found unconscious by Goku and Krillin,[] and agrees to help them fight off clones and discover their origins upon waking up.[] Piccolo joins the two in finding Gohan and Vegeta, and uses his Makankōsappō to participate in destroying Android []

He is a playable character in some crossover games such as Jump Super Stars, Jump Ultimate Stars, and Jump Force.

Cultural impact[edit]

An illustration of the Makankōsappōmeme.

The character has influenced Naruto manga author Masashi Kishimoto; in order to give Sasuke Uchiha a central role in the film Boruto: Naruto the Movie, Kishimoto made him the teacher of the protagonist Boruto Uzumaki as his father, Naruto Uzumaki, was busy. This was inspired by how Piccolo starts training Gohan when Goku dies in Dragon Ball.[]

Piccolo's attack Special Beam Cannon / Makankōsappō became a meme which started with Japanese schoolgirls photographing themselves apparently using, and being affected by, this attack in [] According to gaming blog Kotaku, the trend took off after photos were posted on Japan's largest bulletin board 2channel,[] with photographs typically showing one person striking the ground or making a mystical gesture while others around them are photographically captured in mid-air.[][][][]


Piccolo's popularity has inspired fan laborby Dragon Ballfandom, such as cosplay.

Piccolo is a popular character in the series. He placed fifth in both the and Dragon Ball character popularity polls voted on by Weekly Shōnen Jump readers.[] In , fans of the series voted him the fifth most popular character for a poll in the book Dragon Ball Forever.[] Piccolo has appeared in various Anime Grand Prix polls, taking high places in the category "best male character" in ,[] [] and polls.[]

Piccolo's character has received praise and criticism by publications for various media. Chris Beveridge from Mania Entertainment praised Piccolo's growth in Dragon Ball Z as one of the most important parts of the series, noting how he decides to train Gohan to fight Vegeta.[] Although Katherine Luther from About.com noted Piccolo to be one of the strongest warriors from his planet, she mentioned he has several weaknesses that make him weaker than other characters from the series, with his most notable one being his affection for Gohan.[] During a review of the Dragon Ball anime, Beveridge noted Piccolo to be able to perform a large number of abilities in contrast to other characters such as Goku, making the fight between both of them unbalanced. However, he found the said battle to be very entertaining despite it lasting several episodes.[] Tim Jones from THEM Anime Reviews found Piccolo's differences from Dragon Ball to Dragon Ball Z as one of the reasons the former show is recommendable to viewers over the later anime.[] While reviewing the fourth Dragon Ball Z film, Anime News Network writer Allen Drivers found Piccolo's initial scenes peacefully enough to entertain viewers.[] In a later film, John Sinnott from DVD Talk criticized Piccolo's involvement saying he appears "from out of no where" in order to fight alongside his friends giving the film little reasoning.[] Chris Homer from The Fandom Post believed Piccolo's sacrifice in Dragon Ball GT "was a genuine touching moment" for fans of Dragon Ball Z, but also viewed the death as relying "too much on previous ideas" in order for it to get sorted.[] Sam Leach from Anime News Network noted that some fans of the series tend to joke Piccolo is a better paternal figure to Gohan than his actual father, Goku, and felt that Dragon Ball Super emphasized it more when Piccolo started training him again.[]


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I mean, he is not even black yet they seem to identify him as "one of their own", let alone that there is no such thing as "their own", humanity is divided into ethnicities not into "races", and all ethnicities within any "race/color" don't view themselves as "one".

That being said, Akira Toriyama's treatment and conception of black skinned people is utterly not fonding towards them.
Edit: It's quite obvious Piccolo (and Namekians) is closer to Far Easterners in concept than to blacks.

This doesn't amuse me the slightest.

I think it has more to do with Piccolo being the minority in the group. Everyone else in the hero team is just Caucasian looking people with black or blue hair, or bald and Piccolo's just the one green dude. There's also the fact that he's a pretty beloved stoic character that most people agree he's a cool character whose motivations are pretty justified and simple. He's kinda gotta gangsta loner vibe to him.


But what do I know, I'm just some Asian dude. But yeah, ultimately it's a projection thing and a pretty baseless one.


UraRenge posted

I think it has more to do with Piccolo being the minority in the group. Everyone else in the hero team is just Caucasian looking people with black or blue hair, or bald and Piccolo's just the one green dude. There's also the fact that he's a pretty beloved stoic character that most people agree he's a cool character whose motivations are pretty justified and simple. He's kinda gotta gangsta loner vibe to him.


But what do I know, I'm just some Asian dude. But yeah, ultimately it's a projection thing and a pretty baseless one.

Trunks has purple hair

Shut up Scotty, no one asked you troll.


Piccolo is green not black

Never trolled

Most of the black weebs I know seem to have some weird obsession with Gohan, not exactly sure why

I never understood it either. It's pretty weird. DeliciousCupCak posted

Piccolo is green not black

Im black. I dont identify with Piccolo. At all.

What a weird thread. An illuminating one, tho.

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10 Times Piccolo Was Actually A Pretty Chill Guy (Dragon Ball)

Why is Piccolo Considered "The Black Guy"?

Postby Lunatic Fringe » Sun Nov 29, am

Something that's kinda been, I guess, "bothering" me since I really started delving into the Dragon Ball internet fandom is the notion that Piccolo iswell, black. Your mileage may vary on what the term necessarily means but keep in mind that "Piccolo being the black guy" is basically a meme along with Krillin being the most useless, Yamcha's first death being hilariously pathetic, Popo being a racist caricature, etc so it's safe to say that it's not something that you're supposed to approach with a studious curiosity. Now, as I mentioned before, this meme "bothers" me. Not because I find it offensive but because I can't understand where or how it came about. I think about every black stereotype out there and I can't find anyway to connect the dots as to how this meme makes any sense. Is folding his arms and scowling all the time really what makes Piccolo "black"? I mean, I understand that the other memes I've referenced come about from a lack of understanding about how the original version plays out since I'm willing to bet that most American viewers that religiously watched DBZ from '99 to '03 on Toonami, like I did, had that as their first experience and therefore, didn't understand just how much Yamcha dying meant to the series or that Krillin had actually come a long way since his debut in the Dragon Ball anime. But even taking that casual, FUNi perspective into consideration, nothing comes up as to how Piccolo being "black" makes any sense. How did this come about? How did it get to be so prominent? I'm really at a loss here and I'd appreciate it if some in the know could shed some light on this cryptic concept.

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Black guy piccolo

Many Black kids like me fondly remember the days of staying up late to watch anime and getting up early to watch Saturday morning cartoons featuring characters of literally all colours. But did you know that some of these characters are actually members of the diaspora because us Black boys and girls had to make up for the lack of representation in animation with something? So allow me to show you some examples of cartoon characters who don’t look, but indeed are, Black. With proof!

1. Piccolo (Dragon Ball Z)

Ah yes, the great Namekian Demon King from the supercharged anime Dragon Ball Z. Although he sports green and pink skin, this fighter is undeniably Black. Given that the colour of his skin makes it hard for him to fit in, that he fully adopts a B-boy style when he wears Earthling clothes, and that his home planet was destroyed by colonizers, Piccolo’s narrative is nothing other than one from the diaspora.

2. Knuckles (Sonic the Hedgehog)

The echidna was introduced to be second-fiddle to the titular hedgehog of this famed video game series, but his collected and stoic attitude made him a star to Black boys everywhere. His unending quest to reclaim relics stolen from his people is a perfectly relatable struggle, and he fully has dreadlocks. Enough questions asked.

3. Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog)

As if it wasn’t enough that he’s cool, and the fastest guy on the planet, he was voiced by Jaleel White in his 90’s television show. “Did I do that?” If by “do that” he means be Black? Then yes. Yes, he did. Tails is Black too. I’m just going to claim the whole crew.

4. Luigi (Super Mario)

Is Black. And a bottom. I dare you to prove me wrong.

5. Pingu (Pingu)

This stop-motion penguin has the mischievous energy of a mixed child named Elijah. The penguin family has the complete look of a family that emigrated from the Carribean to Edmonton, and that totally explains all the ice and snow.

6. All the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles except Donatello (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

Although they may be anthropomorphized turtles who are named after Italian renaissance painters and who do Japanese martial arts, these unsung heroes are constantly doing the work despite being sent underground by an oppressive society. They are Black as hell. Except Donatello. He can hang, though.


So there you have it! When you take your nostalgia trips back to Sonic Adventure games and wonder why Knuckles themes are always rap songs, now you know why!

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