Anime name Piccolo
Manga name Piccolo
Alternate names Big Green Uncle
Green Man
Junior (Jr.)
Ma Junior
Mr. Piccolo
Piccolo Jr.
Uncle Strangehead
Szatan Serduszko (Polish Dub)
The Mean Green Man
The Big Green (Westwood Dub)
Debut Manga: "The Fist of Son Goku"
Anime: "Lost and Found"
Appears in
4 Star Dragon Ball Edit
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Race Namek
Date of birth May 9, Age 753
Date of death Age 762 (Revived)
May 12th, Age 767 (Alternate timeline)
Age 774 (Revived)
Age 789 (DBGT)
Height 7'5" (adult)
Weight 255 lbs. (adult)
Address Kami's Lookout (after fusing w/ Kami)
Occupation Martial artist
Allegiance Z Fighters (Age 761 - 789)
  • Future Piccolo (Alternate timeline counterpart)
  • Katas (Grandfather)
  • Nameless Namek (Father before splitting into two)
  • King Piccolo (Father/Incarnation)
  • Kami (Father/Good Counterpart/Permanent Fusee)
  • Unnamed offspring (Brothers)
  • Piano (Brother)
  • Tambourine (Brother)
  • Cymbal (Brother)
  • Drum (Brother)
  • Nail (Permanent Fusee)
  • Gohan (student)
  • Guru (Second Father due to fusion with Nail)
  • Dende (brother due to fusion with Nail)
  • Cargo (brother due to fusion with Nail)
  • Moori (Brother due to fusion with Nail)
  • Unnamed Adoptive Parents
  • Cell (modified clone)
  • Dr. Mashirito (Fusee in Jump Super Stars)
  • Piccolo (ピッコロ Pikkoro) is a fictional character the Dragon Ball manga, authored by Akira Toriyama. Piccolo was first introduced as the reincarnation of the evil Piccolo Daimao in Chapter #167. The Tenkaichi Budokai Disturbance (波乱の天下一武道会Haran no Tenkaichi Budōkai) first published in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on April 4, 1988, making him a demon and arch rival of the primary protagonist, Son Goku. However, it is later revealed that he is from the race of alien beings called Namekians. Piccolo is usually referred to as male, but as he is Namekian he is technically genderless. After Goku defeats Piccolo, Piccolo decides to team up with Goku and his friends in order to beat newer, more dangerous threats. He also trains Goku's first child Son Gohan, and they form a stronger bond, with Piccolo even going to sacrifice himself for his only friend.




    Piccolo's basic appearance throughout the series.

    When Piccolo Jr. as a teenager is introduced, he appears very tall, roughly the same as his father, King Piccolo , but with a more solid facial structure (lacking the large cheek bones and a humanly-shaped nose), as well as slightly thinner and a bit shorter (though technically he doesn't appear as a full grown adult until Z). Piccolo Jr.'s outfit when he was small was a very similar outfit to the one King Piccolo was first seen wearing (being of the exact same color scheme in the Kanzenban covers of the original manga), and from the time he's a young adult onward he wears the same gi as King Piccolo but minus the chest symbol and the color scheme switched where his gi was dark purplish blue rather than dark pale blue, and his obi light pale blue rather than light purplish blue, and he wore a white turban and an extremely weighted cape along with it when not fighting seriously. As the series went on Piccolo Jr.'s outfit became more his own, and by the time he faced Frieza his gi lost whatever blue was in its color and gained more of a purple one, his neckline becoming more low-cut like Goku's outfit, minus Goku's own undershirt. In the manga and in many of the movies he wore a red obi rather than a sky blue one. Even though Piccolo Jr. discards his old symbol, he uses it once in the series when he made his pupil Gohan a uniform after his previous outfit was torn in a Great Ape transformation brought upon by a restored moon. In a single filler episode in the anime, Piccolo is seen wearing an old outfit of Goku, which he despised wearing, when both of them are forced to go to driving school by Goku's wife, Chi-Chi.



    Piccolo learns how to drive in a Dragon Ball Z filler episode.

    Piccolo is originally villainous, much like his father. When battling Goku in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, he shows almost no mercy and no regard for his opponent, breaking all of Goku's limbs while laughing. Despite this, when he and Goku team up to battle Raditz, Piccolo does begin to show more honor during battle, even commemorating Goku on his noble sacrifice. After he trains and befriends Goku's young son, Gohan, Piccolo's heart and motives quickly begin to change. During the battle with Nappa, Piccolo goes as far as to sacrifice his life to save Gohan, stating that Gohan is the first one not to see him as a monster, that Gohan is the only one he can truly call a friend, and that how his friendship and love had changed him forever. Upon his return during the battle with Frieza on Planet Namek and after fusing with the Namekian warrior Nail, Piccolo fights for the honor of his people and to save the innocent. Years later, during the Androids and Cell arc, Piccolo still does retain a bit of ruthlessness and cockiness, but once he fuses with Kami, all traces of evil and hate disappear, and Piccolo is completely reborn as a pure soul.

    Even after merging with Kami, Piccolo remains a loner, preferring to stand apart from others. He has little to say unless it involves battle, and doesn't seem to understand the concept of romance. (He often sees "mushy stuff" as disgusting).


    Dragon BallEdit

    Battle with GokuEdit

    "Why don't you reserve passing judgment until after you've seen my latest technique... It's a real showstopper!"
    — Piccolo in "Junior No More".


    Piccolo Jr. as a kid in Dragon Ball.

    After being punched through the chest and killed by Goku's Penetrate! attack, King Piccolo's last action was to spit out an egg containing his son and reincarnation Piccolo Jr, who was to avenge his death. Piccolo spent the next three years in intensive training, preparing himself for the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament where he knew Goku would be a contestant, with the intent to kill him and realize his father's dream of taking over the world.

    Piccolo as a teenager in Dragon Ball.

    After spending the three years training, a now physically teenage Piccolo entered the tournament using the alias, "Junior" ("Ma Junior" (マジュニア) in the Japanese manga and anime, with "Ma" meaning evil or demon). When the tournament started, Piccolo easily breezed past the preliminaries and into the finals. From there he first faced off against Goku's friend Krillin. Though Piccolo managed to beat him with relative ease, even believing at one point that he had killed the small warrior, Piccolo was surprised by Krillin's resilience. Krillin even managed to score a hit, but missed Piccolo using a Kamehameha blast. In their fight, Krillin eventually gave up, realizing he could not beat Piccolo.

    His next match was against a powerful but nerdy human named Hero, whom Piccolo soon discovered was actually Kami, the good counterpart of Piccolo, in disguise by means of possessing a weak, everyday human.


    Goku fights Piccolo in the World Tournament.

    When Kami attempted to use a technique to seal Piccolo into a small container (one like the Electric Rice Cooker which was used to seal King Piccolo for centuries prior to his release), Piccolo surprised everyone by reflecting it and instead captured Kami. Piccolo then swallowed the bottle, making chances of freeing Kami seem very slim, since both he and Goku knew that the only way to get to Kami was to kill Piccolo, and if that happened, Kami would also die.


    Goku defeats Piccolo

    Piccolo Jr.'s next fight was the one he had been waiting for, the match/rematch with Goku. Though Piccolo used an assortment of new techniques, Goku found a way to make many of them work to his advantage, and even freed Kami from captivity when Piccolo increased his size, tricking him into getting so large Goku could go down his throat and get the bottle. However, even after Goku seemingly defeated Piccolo by using the Meteor Combination attack, Piccolo managed to cripple Goku's arms and legs after surprising him with a beam through his shoulder, saying he will not make the same mistake his father did (that is letting Goku have one working arm). In the end, Piccolo lost narrowly, with Goku using flight for the first time to knock Piccolo out of the ring. He was shown mercy as Goku gave him a Senzu Bean, which fully healed him instantly. Piccolo held little gratitude for this act though, and promised to continue his quest to destroy Goku and take over the world before he left.

    Dragon Ball ZEdit

    Saiyan attackEdit

    "Gohan, you're the only real friend I've ever had. Thank you... I'm proud of you. Wish me back, okay?... Get 'em... Gohan..."
    — Piccolo to young Gohan as he dies after jumping in front of Nappa's blast to save Gohan's life


    Piccolo as he appears in the first episode of Dragon Ball Z

    After his defeat at the hands of Goku, Piccolo vowed to continue his quest to avenge his father and kill Goku, and flies off into the sky. Five years pass and Piccolo has since continued to train in order to reach his goal, but one day he has a brief confrontation with the Saiyan Raditz, who found Piccolo due to his scouter when he was trying to find his brother Kakarot (Goku). Raditz shrugs off Piccolo's most powerful technique known at this time, the Destructive Wave, with Piccolo trembling in fear. Raditz ultimately ignores him in favor of his true target (whose power reading he had initially mistaken Piccolo's for due to their similar levels of progress), his younger brother Kakarot, who turned out to be Goku. When Piccolo learns of Raditz's plan to destroy humanity, he offers Goku a temporary truce in the face of this new threat, intending to resume his ongoing struggle with Goku afterward.


    Goku and Piccolo join forces to fight Raditz

    Achieving victory in the battle against Raditz at first seemed hopeless, as Raditz is considerably more powerful than both Goku and Piccolo together (being roughly three times the strength of Piccolo's 408 reading alone), with the latter losing an arm during battle. However, Goku and Piccolo both had the ability to raise their power levels over 1,000, something Raditz was unaware of at first. In the end (after the intervention of the young Gohan, Goku's son who was kidnapped by Raditz), Piccolo manages to mortally wound Raditz with the Special Beam Cannon, a powerful attack he developed, although Goku sacrificed his life in the process, and Piccolo thus avenges his father at a bit of an unexpected moment. Before dying, however, Raditz tricked Piccolo into telling him about the Dragon Balls, and reveals that two other, more powerful Saiyans, Nappa and Vegeta, will be arriving on Earth in one year. In anger, Piccolo finishes Raditz off with one final blow rather than making him suffer, an action noticed by Kami who suspects that Piccolo is changing. When Goku dies shortly afterwards his body mysteriously vanishes, with Piccolo confirming Kami's intervention.


    Piccolo performs the Special Beam Cannon on Raditz

    With the news of even more powerful opponents soon to arrive, Piccolo takes Gohan to Break Wasteland in order to train the boy and use his massive potential to help defend the Earth from the Saiyans. Though his treatment to Gohan is initially harsh, he begins to warm up to the young boy, and the two form an unbreakable bond.


    Piccolo sparring with Gohan at Break Wasteland

    When Vegeta and Nappa arrive on Earth, they are met by Gohan, Goku's friends Krillin, Chiaotzu, Tien Shinhan, and Yamcha, and Piccolo; Goku had been wished back to life, but would take several hours to arrive. Piccolo soon learns from the Saiyans that he is a Namekian rather than a demon as he previously believed. The Saiyans then start the fight off by growing six Saibamen, small,humanoid plant-like aliens grown from the ground who all have power levels equal to Raditz' 1200, which they instruct to fight in a mock tournament against the Earth's defenders. The Saibamen are all destroyed, though Yamcha is killed in battle when one of them manages to grip him and self-destruct, killing them both. Piccolo destroys the last remaining Saibaman, after it attacks Gohan, with a punch in the stomach, followed by a mouth blast, disintegrating it .

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