- This article is about the original character. For the character portrayed in live-action by Chow Yun-Fat, see Roshi (Chow Yun-Fat).
|Anime name||Master Roshi|
The Turtle Hermit
Kame-Geezer (by Bulma)
Grandpa Happy Hands
Učitelj Roši (Croatia)
קאמה סנין (Israel)
Genialny Żółw (anime) (Poland)
Dżeki Szun (as Jackie Chun) (anime) (Poland)
Boski Miszcz (manga) (Poland)
Chelonotzini/Turtle Genie (Χελωνοτζίνι) (Greece)
Herr der Schildkröten (Germany)
Follet Tortuga (Catalunya)
Tartaruga Genial (Portugal)
The Old One (United Kingdom)
Mestre Kame (Brazil)
Duende Tortuga/Maestro Mutenroi (Spain)
Kornjačin Vrač, Učitelj Buten (Serbia)
Maestro Roshi (Mexico)
Genio delle Tartarughe (Italy)
Zseniális Teknős (Hungary)
Master Muten (Philippines)
Datuk Kame (Malaysian)
Guru Roshi (Indonesian)
Tortue Géniale (France)
Džinas Vėžlys (Lithuanian)
Kaplumbağa Efendi (Turkey)
Mucheon Dosa (무천도사)
|Debut||Manga: "Sea Monkeys"|
Anime: "The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi"
|Date of birth||Age 430|
|Date of death||Age 753 (revived)|
Age 774 (revived)
|Weight||97 lbs. (44kg)|
|Address||NBI 8250012 B.|
|Occupation||Martial arts teacher|
Volunteer fireman (Goku's Fire Brigade)
Policeman (Cross Epoch)
|Allegiance||Mutaito Training Academy|
Master Roshi (武天老師, Muten Rōshi), also known as the Turtle Hermit (亀仙人, Kamesen'nin), is a supporting protagonist in the Dragon Ball manga, and makes appearances in Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT. He is an ancient and wise martial arts master, and the first character to wield the trademark Kamehameha. Though he seems frail, Roshi is actually a mighty warrior. He trained Grandpa Gohan, Ox-King, Goku, Krillin, and Yamcha. Master Roshi is both the archetypical wise old man and a perverted old man, the latter being typical of shōnen manga. Sometimes, he gets cranky, which further provides comic relief. His companions are usually Oolong, Turtle, and Launch. His home is Kame House, a shack on a small isolated island which serves as a gathering place for "his friends".
Master Roshi is bald, with a thick fu manchu and a thick beard. He wears beach clothes or a martial arts suit and a Turtle Shell on his back. He usually wields a walking stick.
Name and origin
His name appears in the original manga as Muten Roshi (武天老師). His name in English adaptations is a phonetic adaptation of that title: Master Roshi. The Japanese word roshi (老師) correlates to the Chinese word for "teacher" (lǎoshī) and Muten (武天) is made up of the characters for military/martial and heaven. Some fans find it humorous that this adaptation translates to "Master Old Teacher", or simply "Master Master".
Most frequently, he is also known as Turtle Hermit. During the World Martial Arts Tournaments, he adopted the moniker Jackie Chun (ジャッキー・チュン, Jakkī Chun; a parody of martial arts master Jackie Chan) to remain anonymous so that he could demonstrate to his pupils that the world was a big place where there was always someone stronger. Master Roshi's first appearance is in chapter/issue #3 of the Dragon Ball manga.
Master Roshi is over three hundred years old at the start of the series, and provides various stories to explain his longevity. Roshi enjoys eating home delivered pizza according to Akira Toriyama, which serves as a tongue-in-cheek joke because Roshi lives so far out into the ocean. He is a very lecherous pervert, and is constantly watching Aerobics Women on television or looking at Dirty Magazines in his spare time. He even accepts a bribe from Bulma, to show him her panties in exchange for a Dragon Ball early in the series (and got a very big surprise, as Bulma unknowingly was not wearing any panties when she exposed herself). Master Roshi constantly tries to molest any remotely sexy woman he can get close enough to; usually Bulma or Launch in Dragon Ball or Maron in Dragon Ball Z. He firmly believes that he is the ultimate stud and very, very cool, even though his fashion sense and mannerisms seem to be at least a few generations out of style. Although he is dedicated to training his students in the way of the Turtle clan, he will nonetheless tell off his students when they are practicing the Kamehameha wave because the water is ruining his magazines. The only time he did not tell off one of his students for this when practicing the Kamehameha wave was when Krillin tried to practice it in order to get his mind off his breakup with Maron, partially because he was asleep when it happened.
Despite his skirt-chasing antics, Master Roshi is still a very wise and kind-hearted person who loves those around him like his own grandchildren. He openly enjoys life and its simple pleasures, but is willing to die for an honorable cause if necessary. Despite being noted by Turtle in the chapter "Kame-sennin's Basho-sen" that Master Roshi has consumed the "immortality elixir", Roshi dies when attempting to utilize the Evil Containment Wave against King Piccolo (who was freed during the King Piccolo Saga), which shows that the elixir grants immortality, but not invulnerability. He appears in most of the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z movies, usually as comic relief in the films. After the fight against Majin Buu, Master Roshi left his old sunglasses, and went to more futuristic ones.
Relevance and occupation
Master Roshi lives on a small island with a house built on it, known as Kame House; here, he trains his students. Master Roshi is known as the "Turtle Hermit", due to the heavy Turtle Shell that he and his students wear on their backs for weight training. At the beginning of Dragon Ball, he is the strongest fighter on Earth (with a power level of 139). However, his Power Level pales in comparison to any of the Z Fighters later in the series.
Before Dragon Ball Z, Roshi was a celebrity on Earth for his martial arts skill, literally to the point where he was able to get Tien Shinhan off the hook for a murder accusation just by his personal endorsement. In Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, however, his fame seems to be long forgotten, probably due to the emergence of Mr. Satan, who is now the biggest celebrity in the world. By the time of Dragon Ball GT, he seems to be enjoying semi retirement and first appears while holidaying in West City (i.e. trying to feel up as many girls as possible).
Master Roshi has a driver's license, which he uses to prove his identity to a doubtful Chi-Chi in the chapter "In Search of Kame-Sen'nin".
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