- Name: Piccolo (ピッコロ)
- Species: Namekian
- Gender: Male
- Height: 7 ft 5 inches
- Weight: 255 lbs
Piccolo is a protagonist in the Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT series. However, he was originally the final villain of the Dragon Ball series. He is a Namekian reincarnation, and the last child of King Piccolo (his father). He was born with the soul purpose of avenging Goku for the death of his parents. After a lengthy battle the two form an alliance. An alliance that will soon become known as the Z Fighters.
He eventually becomes a crucial part of the Z fighters and even goes on to train young Gohan. He is a strong warrior and an even stronger mentor. As the story progresses, Piccolo fuses with Kami and obtains a wealth of knowledge and wisdom.
Piccolo’s appearance is that of most namekians. His body is green and he has large, pointy ears. He also has antennas and wears shoulder armor with a cape and head wrap. He sports a purple fighting Gi with a blue belt and brown shoes.
As Piccolo is first introduced it quickly becomes obvious that he is an angry, somewhat sadistic character that portrays an evil villain. In fact, during the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, he fights young Goku mercilessly, breaking his arms and legs while laughing.
Piccolo’s heart is changed when he becomes young Gohan’s mentor. He teaches him many abilities and pushes him to his limits. During the fight with Nappa, Piccolo even sacrafices his life to save Gohan, saying that Gohan changed his heart. Piccolo goes on to say that Gohan was the first person to see him not as an evil monster. And that he considers Gohan to be his friend. During the fight with Frieze, Piccolo returns (after fusing with the Namekian called “Nail”) to fight for the honor of his people.
Piccolo possesses a large amount of abilities and techniques which are used in Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT. Listed below are only a few of his most well-known attacks.
- Special Beam Cannon – This is probably the attack Piccolo is most well-known for. He created this ki blast in order to kill Goku but he continues to use it throughout the series, manga and movies. Piccolo places two fingers on his forehead and concentrates for quite some time. Meanwhile, his energy is stored up for the dispersion of his attack. When the attack is ready, Piccolo thrusts his two fingers forward (pointing at his target) and two beams shoot out from his fingers. One beam goes straight towards the target and the other spirals around the first beam.
- Masenko – This technique was taught to Gohan by Piccolo. He primarily uses this ability but Piccolo does use this ability a few times throughout the series. He places both hands above his head and shoots a massive energy blast towards his opponent. It’s strength rivals that of the Kamehameha blast created by Master Roshi.
- Hyper Explosive Demon Wave – Originally used on Goku as a final attack, this ability is a last-ditch effort to destroy anything and everything around the attacker. Piccolo charges energy then releases it all at once.
- Split (Multi) Form – This is an ability Piccolo uses to create a duplicate of himself. He uses this during his fight with Nappa and Vegeta in the Dragon Ball Z series. During other parts of the series Piccolo uses this ability for training purposes.
Namekians have some special abilities that Piccolo uses during his battles. These techniques include Mystic Attack, the Great Namekian Ability (power up) and even fusion. He is also knowns to perform other attacks such as Eye Lasers, Hellzone Grenade, Light Grenade, Materialization, Telekinesis and Telepathy.
Namekians have the ability of fusion. In this process, two Namekian become one. The primary Namek will remain in charge; their traits, memories, etc. While the other Namekian will be lost. However, in the process, the power of both Namekians remain the primary character. Piccolo fuses with two other Namekians during the Dragon Ball Z series.
Nail – During the Frieze saga, Piccolo and Nail fuse together. Piccolo teleports to Planet Namek and find Nail in a near death situation. Knowing the dire situation they’re in, Nail offers himself to be fused with Piccolo to give him a great power. Hoping the power will make the difference in their battle, Piccolo and Nail fuse together.
Kami – Several years after Piccolo’s fusion with Nail, he finds himself in need of more power. During the Android saga, Piccolo and Kami fuse together in hope of stopping the Androids. As Kami is fused in to Piccolo it grants him massive power, knowledge and wisdom.