First introduced as a young boy, Goku was originally conceived by creator Akira Toriyama as a variation of Sun Wukong, protagonist of the Chinese novel Journey to the West; wherefore Goku also sported a prehensile tail until later. When an enraged Frieza tried to blow up Namek, King Kai innitially believed he succeeded, only for Kami contact him and inadvertently reveal that Namek was still there (as Piccolo, who was on Namek at the time, would have been killed if the planet exploded and thus Kami would die again).

The next day while preparing to leave for the doomed West City, King Piccolo is confronted again by Goku, who narrowly defeats him by punching him clean through his midsection. He is voiced by Naoki Tatsuta in Japanese,[42] and by Alec Willows and Richard Newman in the Ocean dub. He is killed by King Piccolo's spawn Tambourine, but later revived by Shenron.[ch. In the Tournament of Destroyers, he faced off against Goku in the tournament against Universe 7. In Age 762 during the Battle on Planet Namek, Gohan and Krillin save Dende like in the original history (though he is not seen, he is mentioned to be with them) but are chased by both Dodoria and Zarbon due to Towa's manipulating Frieza via Dark Magic. [20] He is voiced by Ichirō Nagai[52] and Naoki Tatsuta in Japanese, Paul Dobson and Ted Cole in the Ocean dub, and Mark Britten and Chris Sabat in the Funimation dub. 193, 198, 205] He is later revealed to be a Namekian – a green-skinned, four-fingered, hairless humanoid species who created the series' titular Dragon Balls.[ch. dub. Garlic Jr. manages to defeat him once more off screen. While Goku runs off in search of Gohan with Garlic Jr.'s henchmen chasing after him, Kami confronts Garlic Jr. Kami states that he will not die so easily, and Garlic Jr. reveals that he has been granted eternal life by Shenron, though Kami is unconcerned and calls Garlic Jr. a fool. A reworked version of Broly that fits into the canon series continuity appears in the animated film Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Piccolo notes he's definitely a strange one but says he will consider it asking if that will do for now and Kagyu says it sure will before finally bidding him farewell.

[7] However, in 2003 he elaborated saying he added the tail because his editor told him without it Goku had no distinguishing features; while this was probably a joke, he went ahead and did it.

[7] He said he created King Piccolo because all his villains up to that point had something "likeable" about them, so the character was born in an attempt to have a truly evil opponent. [62] Japanese fans voted Mr. Satan the eleventh most popular character of the Dragon Ball series in a 2004 poll. Bulma (ブルマ, Buruma) first appears as a teenager, using the Dragon Radar, a fictional device she created to detect the energy signal emitted by Dragon Balls. Kame-Sen'nin (亀仙人, "Turtle Hermit"), also known as Muten-Rōshi (武天老師, lit "Martial Arts Genius Master") which is localised as "Master Roshi" in the English versions, is a perverted elderly martial arts master instructor that lives on a small island and is the inventor of the Kamehameha technique. She was portrayed by Eriko Tamura in the American live-action film Dragonball Evolution; her voice was dubbed over by Yūko Kaida in the Japanese version. Unlike her parents, Marron is not a martial artist and does not appear to possess any fighting ability or special powers. After assisting Tien Shinhan and Master Roshi in finding the Dragon Balls, Chiaotzu is killed by King Piccolo while trying to thwart his wish for eternal youth, but is later revived using the Dragon Balls.[ch. Kami instructing Piccolo to continue on with his battle. Piccolo says that is good as he doesn't need to as the punk was blacklisted the second he messed with Earth.