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 Jr. spends 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.
Despite Piccolo's character developing over time throughout the series, Piccolo is always a stern, grumpy, and distant character, rarely smiling and preferring solitude to the company of others. Piccolo is shown to be very analytical and tactical battle, able to see through his opponent's skills and weaknesses to devise effective strategies for victory. In the Baby Saga, Baby openly acknowledged Piccolo as one of the most brilliant fighters in the galaxy. During the early stages of his life, he possessed many of the villainous properties of his father, such as a violent and destructive nature and a total disregard for anything besides victory. This was shown during his battle with Goku in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, where he shows almost no mercy or compassion for his opponent, breaking all of Goku's limbs while laughing sadistically, believing it was necessary after what Goku had done to his father.
Despite this, Piccolo's evil nature only dwelled through his desire to destroy Goku. He did actually possess some sense of good, having previously saved a mother and daughter from debris during a storm. Later, when he and Goku team up to battle Raditz, Piccolo began to show more honor during battle, even commemorating Goku on his noble sacrifice despite still considering him an enemy and during the battle against Nappa, praised the other Z Fighters' bravery and tactics. Piccolo has also shown traits of pragmatism, teaming up with his archrival Goku and later the rest of the Z Fighters when the threat of the Saiyans proves to be too much for him alone, citing the aliens' defeat as a shared goal. Despite his gradual shift toward a more heroic attitude, Piccolo still can be rude and confrontational toward people he deems stupid and is extremely direct and honest when giving his opinions about a situation or an individual, even if they may be considered extremely derogatory.
After he trains and befriends Goku's young son, Gohan, Piccolo's heart and motives quickly begin to change as the boy takes his time to talk with Piccolo and have normal discussions that do not result in a violent outbreak. Gohan even comments on this, telling Piccolo that he seems to be more grumpy than truly evil. During the battle with Nappa, Piccolo goes as far as to sacrifice his life to save Gohan, stating how his friendship and love had changed him forever. Piccolo has stated that Gohan was the first person to see him not as a monster and was proud to call him his friend, even going as far as to admit that Gohan is like the son he never had in one of the dubs. From this point on, he truly befriends the Z Fighters, rather than simply allying with them out of necessity. Upon his return during the battle with Frieza on Namek and after fusing with the Namekian warrior Nail, Piccolo fights for the honor of his people and to save the innocent. Shortly before this when he sensed Nail's dying ki, he made a comment how that had better not be Gohan's. After being teleported from the self-destructing Planet Namek and learning of Goku's intentions, Piccolo noted he would have preferred to fight alongside the noble warrior to the end.
During the Androids Saga, Piccolo still retains elements 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. He becomes much more compassionate to the lives of others, as shown by how he tried to get Cell to spare the man in Ginger Town. Although one trait he retains even after merging with Kami, is he prefers to be a loner and favors solitude over the presence of others. He has little to say unless it involves battle and does not seem to understand the concept of romance (which is to be expected as Namekians lack romantic relationships), referring to it as "mushy stuff".
As Piccolo carries on in life, he becomes slightly more relaxed and joyful, which simultaneously made it easier to stress and annoy him, especially during the Buu Saga, but he normally can still retain his stoic and calm personality if required to not show fear in the face of an enemy. He would partake and enjoy various parties and social events, including Bulma's birthday and Gohan's wedding. Even more, in Dragon Ball Super, Piccolo's kindness continued to show, displaying a gentler and nurturing side, helping in the raising of Pan, showing a very efficient job of it as he had a whole list set up on what to do for the baby. He has openly expressed affection in Gohan and even Pan, telling Gohan of how proud he was of him not only on his death bed during the Saiyan saga, but also when he sacrifices himself on Earth to make the Black Star Dragon Balls unusable. During Frieza's Revenge in Dragon Ball Super, Piccolo once again sacrificing his life to save Gohan from Frieza's Death Beam, though he was revived with the Namekian Dragon Balls after Frieza's defeat and was later sought out by Gohan for training as Piccolo's death and his ineffectiveness lead Gohan to realize that he couldn't keep martial arts out of his life completely as there where things he wanted to protect, with Piccolo agreeing to in order to help his student regain his former instincts and strength.
During his fight with Gohan in Dragon Ball Super, Piccolo helps Gohan regain his fighting instincts, telling him his flaws and actually helping Gohan to improve himself, something that Goku did not do when he fought Gohan, who was fighting as the Great Saiyaman.
Piccolo is frequently seen meditating in quiet places and drinking thawed ice water in the north area. He is also quite observant. This was shown when Trunks and Goten failed to fuse properly, twice, and he was able to precisely work out what minute details went wrong when they executed the fusion dance.
In Xenoverse, Piccolo is shown to have learned from his father's mistakes even using Master Mutaito's defeat of King Piccolo with the Denshi Jar and Evil Containment Wave as a analogy of why one must use whatever items or abilities one has at their disposal to win. This is further shown in the original manga and anime by Piccolo's development of the Evil Containment Wave Reflection technique which he used to counter Kami's use of the Evil Containment Wave essentially removing the one threat his father had feared the most.
When Piccolo is introduced as a teenager, he appears very tall, roughly the same as 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 does not appear as a full grown adult until Dragon Ball Z). Piccolo only has four fingers in the Dragon Ball manga, but five in the anime series. During the fight between him and Goku in Dragon Ball, as well as on the fight with Raditz when he loses his arm, Piccolo is seen with red blood. But later in the series, he bleeds purple blood when wounded or killed.
Piccolo's outfit when he was a kid is a very similar outfit to the one King Piccolo is first seen wearing, being of exactly the same color scheme in the Kanzenban manga covers. From the time he is a young adult onward, Piccolo wears the same gi as King Piccolo minus the chest symbol and with the color scheme switched; his gi was dark purplish blue rather than dark pale blue, and his obi light pale blue rather than light purplish blue.
When not fighting seriously, Piccolo also wears a white turban and a white cape along with it. Like Goku, Piccolo generally wears and trains with Weighted clothing. The cape itself is not weighted, but there is weighted padding underneath; this is seen twice in the series: when his cape is damaged while fighting Frieza in his second form, and when it is damaged by Lord Slug's henchmen. 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, many of the movies, and certain video games (Supersonic Warriors 2 and Super Dragon Ball Z), Piccolo wears a red obi rather than a sky blue one.
Even though Piccolo 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. In a filler episode in the anime, when both of them are forced by Goku's wife, Chi-Chi, to go to driving school, Piccolo wears an old outfit of Goku, which he despised wearing.
His power in early Dragon Ball Z is 322, and without his weighted clothing it is 408. A year later, during the battle against the Saiyans, his held back power level is 1,400 (1,220 in the manga) and 3,500 while fighting Nappa. According to Dragon Ball Z: The Anime Adventure Game, his power is 800,000 after training with King Kai and it is 1,200,000 after he had fused with Nail (which is around Second Form Frieza's power level of about 1,000,000), it also states that his power is 2,000,000 during the Garlic Jr. Saga. Turles' reads Piccolo's power level at 18,000 in The Tree of Might.
In the video game Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu (which covers up the series from Raditz's arrival to the Frieza Saga finale), Piccolo's power level in level 48 (the top level in the game, after fusing with Nail, Dende, Tsumuri and Maima) is 1,900,000.
After fusing with Kami, he can defeat Imperfect Cell (with the population of Gingertwon absorbed) while wearing his weighted clothing, and after removing his weighted clothing he can evenly fight against Android 17, and somewhat hurt Imperfect Cell (with many humans absorbed). Piccolo has been the strongest Z Fighter in the series at two points: when he fuses with Nail to battle Frieza and after he fuses with Kami to become the Nameless Namekian again and fight Imperfect Cell; in both cases, Piccolo fused with another Namekian. After Piccolo's training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber for a day, Goku states that Piccolo has become a lot stronger but is still no match for Perfect Cell, with his new power, Piccolo is able to hold his own against and even hurt the Cell Jrs (who were said to have power similar to the suppressed Perfect Cell in the English Version).
In the video game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors, Piccolo fuses with King Piccolo, after fusing with King Piccolo and thus gaining his full potential, Piccolo states that a battle against the fat Majin Buu would have been an "easy victory" and Super Buu states that Piccolo is stronger than he is even with weighted clothing on. In the sequel video game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2, Piccolo goes under the influence of Babidi, increasing his power above Super Buu's as well, and later absorbs Super Buu's power, becoming much stronger. In a special mission in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Scouter Battle Taikan Kamehameha, Piccolo Jr's power level is 500,000,000. In Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, which is set a few years after Kid Buu's defeat, Piccolo's power has increased enough that in his "Fuse with Kami" state he is able to fight against a powered up Perfect Cell (though the fight leaves Piccolo tired) as well as against Super Saiyan Teen Gohan.
Explosive Demon Wave
A very powerful energy blast shot from one hand. It is one of the signature attacks Piccolo got from his father King Piccolo.
A similar technique to Solar Flare. Used against Frieza.
A thin laser-like beam is shot from both eyes.
A variation of Scatter Shot. Multiple energy spheres are fired to surround an opponent and are guided to simultaneously smash the opponent, creating an explosion.
Hyper Explosive Demon Wave
An attack in which Piccolo creates a large blast which emanates from him in all directions. It is a wave of energy more powerful then the simple Explosive Wave.
A powerful beam shot from the mouth.
A powerful energy ball attack. Used against Imperfect Cell during their battle on the Tropical Islands.
A quick blast fired with one open hand directly in front of the other. Used during the Cell Games, when helping Gohan's Father-Son Kamehameha.
An energy sphere barrage similar to the Scatter Shot. Used by Piccolo, and Cell, at the Cell Games.
Multiple ki bolts fired at an opponent which creates a powerful explosion.
An invisible ki blast of a sudden wind attack that can be launched theoretically from any part of the body. Also called Exploding Wave.
Special Beam Cannon
One of Piccolo's most powerful, but time-consuming, attacks, which drills through nearly everything and every being. This was first used when Piccolo fought alongside Goku during their battle with Raditz.
An ability to move so fast over short distances, that it leaves an after-image behind. Piccolo sends out and image of himself to confuse his enemy. This ability cannot perform physical attacks as it is not real. It also fades through objects.
The ability to fly with the use of ki.
The Namekian ability to stretch one's limbs. The user extends his arms to tremendous lengths to attack or grab an opponent. Also known as Demon Hand in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z.
Risking it all for a friend
Piccolo jumps in the way of an incoming Ki Blast to save another character. Used to protect Gohan.
Explosive Breath Cannon
A rush attack that ends with a mouth blast. Piccolo used part of this move to kill a Saibaman.
A rush attack used by the possessed Piccolo in his fight with Gohan in the Garlic Jr. Saga. This attack appears in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast as one of Piccolo's Super Attacks.
The ability to sense Ki energy. Nail is able to also sense if the energy is good or evil.
Evil Containment Wave Reflection
A technique which allows Piccolo to reverse and capture the user of an Evil Containment Wave into a small container.
Full-Nelson Special Beam Cannon
A double team finisher used by Piccolo and Goku.
Dende and Piccolo can open the portal between Hell and Earth. It requires one of the two Namekians to be on the other side in Hell.
Reverse-Side Sword Attack
A sword technique used in tandem with Roronoa Zoro in the Cross Epoch crossover.
A Namekian trait that allows Piccolo to replace limbs lost in battle as long as his head remains intact.
The ability to channel one's thoughts to another being.
Technique which allows those who live in the godly realms to see everything that happen in the lower realms.
The ability for two Namekians to fuse together into one being.
Piccolo transforms into a Great Namek when he battles against Goku in the finale of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, and later when fighting against Super Garlic Jr. Piccolo's size greatly increases, his strength and weight increases, and the form does not impact his speed. Piccolo can increase to the size he wants, and uses three different size in the series: he is around the same height as Super Garlic Jr. when fighting him, he is giant sized when first used against Goku, and he barely fits on the arena and would not be able to take a step other wise he would step off when he grows even larger against Goku.
Fusion with Nail
During the Frieza Saga, Piccolo uses the Namekian Fusion with Nail, which greatly boosts his strength and power beyond his previous limitations. After the fusion, Piccolo is said to be a Super-Namek. With this, Piccolo is able to fight against Frieza evenly while the tyrant is in his 2nd Form. Through further training, Piccolo in this form is able to easily overpower Android 20.
Fusion with Kami
During the Imperfect Cell Saga, Piccolo uses the Namekian Fusion with Kami and becomes a Super Namek. With this power up, he is able to fight against Android 17 evenly for a short period of time.
Dragon Ball (Anime)
Piccolo Jr. arc
- "Why don't you reserve passing judgment until after you've seen my latest technique... It's a real showstopper!"
- — Piccolo in the episode "Junior No More". (English Version)
During the three year wait till the tournament, Piccolo wanders the Earth and trains for his revenge against Goku. During his wandering, he encounters a family celebrating the birthday of a young boy named Tai. During the boy's birthday celebration, Piccolo vandalizes their home and then runs away from their dog when Tai's father orders it to chase him. When the dog nearly catch up to the young Namekian, Piccolo blasts it away in fear with a beam, realizing some of the potential he has.
After spending the three years training, a now physically teenage Piccolo enters the tournament using the alias "Junior" ("Ma Junior" (マジュニア) in the Japanese version). Piccolo manages to find Son Goku before the tournament properly begins, and Piccolo reminds himself not to let Goku win, and he must avenge his father. When the tournament starts, Piccolo easily breezed past the preliminaries and into the finals. From there he first faced off against Goku's friend Kuririn.
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 Kuririn's resilience, and his ability to fly. Kuririn even managed to score a hit, but missed Piccolo using a Kamehameha blast, as Piccolo had used an afterimage trick, and managed to knock Kuririn back to the ground. In their fight, Kuririn eventually gave up, realizing he could not beat Piccolo.
His next match is against a powerful but awkward human named Hero, whom Piccolo soon discovers that it was actually Kami, the good counterpart of Piccolo, in disguise by means of possessing a weak, everyday human. When Kami attempts to use Evil Containment Wave to seal Piccolo into a small container, Piccolo surprises everyone by reflecting it and instead capturing Kami. Piccolo then swallows the bottle, making many chances of freeing Kami seem very slim since the only way to rescue Kami is to kill Piccolo and if that happens, Kami will also die.
Piccolo Jr.'s next fight is the one he was waiting for, the match/rematch with Goku. Though Piccolo uses an assortment of new powerful techniques, Goku finds a way to make many of them work to his advantage. Goku manages to free Kami from captivity when Piccolo increases his size, tricking him into getting so large that Goku could go down his throat and get the bottle. However, even after Goku seemingly defeated Piccolo by using the Meteor Combination attack, firing his new Super Kamehameha technique at Piccolo.
But Piccolo manages to cripple Goku's arms and legs after surprising him with a Mouth Energy Wave through his shoulder, saying he will not make the same mistake his father did (which was letting Goku have one working arm). In the end, Piccolo loses narrowly, with Goku using flight on-screen for the first time and knocking Piccolo out of the ring with a headbutt. He is shown mercy when Goku gives him a Senzu Bean, which fully heals him instantly. Piccolo holds little gratitude for this act though, and promises to continue his quest to destroy Goku and take over the world before leaving the tournament.
Dragon Ball Z (Anime)
- "Gohan, you're the only real friend I've ever had. I want to thank you."
- — Piccolo talking to a young Gohan as he dies after saving Gohan's life from Nappa in "The Return of Goku". (English Version)
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 locate his brother Son Goku. In complete awe over the sudden arrival of this stranger, Piccolo demands to know Raditz's origins and intentions. Raditz smirks at Piccolo's demands, to which Piccolo retaliates with a Destructive Wave. Raditz shrugs off Piccolo's most powerful technique without a single dent, with Piccolo trembling in fear.
Before Raditz can murder Piccolo, his scouter locates another strong power level. This makes Raditz ultimately ignore Piccolo in favor of his true target, his younger brother Goku. Piccolo follows Raditz to Kame House, where Goku and his child, Son Gohan went to meet up with old friends, Piccolo learns of Raditz's plan to destroy humanity by hiding behind the house and listening into the conversation with his strong hearing abilities. When Raditz easily subdues Goku and kidnaps Gohan, Piccolo offers to Goku a temporary truce in the face of this new threat, intending to resume his ongoing struggle with Goku afterward. Goku agrees, despite the pleas of his friends against the idea, and the two make their way to defeat Raditz.
Once Goku and Piccolo locate Raditz, Goku makes a feeble effort to rescue his son through discussion rather than action, however, this fails, resorting in a battle. Raditz easily tackles both Piccolo and Goku, managing to sneak attack and surprise them every chance he gets, with Piccolo and Goku not even being able to land a single hit. When the battle takes to the air, Raditz fires two energy waves downwards at Goku and Piccolo. Goku luckily dodges, but Piccolo is less fortunate, with his left arm being lost by disintegration. With the battle seemingly hopeless, Piccolo asks Goku if he has developed any new techniques to assist in these kind of battles. Goku answers he has not, with Piccolo scoffing at Goku's lack of planning or preparation. Piccolo reveals he has developed a technique to pierce even the strongest of bodies, naming it the Special Beam Cannon. Piccolo demands for Goku to buy him extra time to charge the technique, but states the wait will be worth it.
As Goku begins to get pummeled, Piccolo finishes charging the attack, but is now in even more woe, as he fears Raditz will be fast enough to evade. Piccolo's prediction comes true, as he fires the blast, Raditz manages to side-step the attack, taking off only a small fragment of his Battle Armor . Raditz discovers his earlier assumptions on Goku and Piccolo's power levels were wrong, as he now knows Goku and Piccolo both have the ability to raise their power levels over 1,000, something Raditz was unaware of at first. When all hopes seems lost, as Raditz starts to pummel Goku into submission by breaking his ribs, Goku's young son Gohan intervenes after destroying the pod he was contained in and charges towards Raditz, damaging Raditz's armor and hurting him greatly by smashing into his chest. Now due to Raditz being much weaker from the assault, Piccolo manages to mortally wound Raditz with the Special Beam Cannon, although Goku sacrifices his life in the process to restrain Raditz, 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 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.
Anyone killed by Piccolo before he turned good would be sent to limbo, with their spirit wandering in agony. Since Goku and Raditz did not suffer this fate after Piccolo killed them, Kami cited this as an indication that Piccolo was becoming less evil.
With the news of even more powerful opponents soon to arrive, Piccolo takes Gohan to Break Wasteland in order to train the boy and raise his survival skills, so Piccolo can use Gohan's massive potential to help defend the Earth from the Saiyans, and originally, to help Piccolo take over the world afterwards. Though his treatment to Gohan is initially harsh, leaving him alone in the Wasteland for six months to raise his survival techniques, then brutally training the boy for the next six months, he begins to warm up to Gohan, and the two form an unbreakable bond. While the training occurred, Piccolo shows a little affection for Gohan in the first night of his six month survival training by giving him three apples, since Gohan had not eaten anything in days.
Piccolo does become annoyed when Gohan complains about the apples' bitter taste, remarking Gohan will need to let go of his time with his parents who pampered and spoilt him. Suddenly, Gohan transforms into a Great Ape and proceeds to destroy the wasteland around him, much to Piccolo's shock and slight fear. Piccolo destroys the moon to turn Gohan back to normal, knowing the two invading Saiyans could use this technique to their advantage also. Piccolo then proceeds to remove Gohan's tail, and makes him new training clothes and a sword.
When Vegeta and Nappa arrive on Earth, they are met by Piccolo, Gohan, including Goku's friends Kuririn, Chaozu, Tien, and Yamcha. 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's 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.
With the Saibamen gone, Nappa, the larger Saiyan, decides to enter combat. In the ensuing fight, Chaozu and Tien perish, and the defenders of the Earth are heavily beaten. When Chaozu prepares to self destruct while holding Nappa, Piccolo orders Gohan to watch Chaozu's sacrifice, and then proceeds to compliment Chaozu by saying Chaozu has won his respect for his sacrifice to take down a powerful enemy. Despite Piccolo landing some decent hits, and planning team attacks with Kuririn and Gohan, Nappa seems invincible. During one of the team attacks, when Gohan gives into his fear and runs away from Nappa instead of blasting him as Piccolo ordered.
Piccolo deems Gohan a failure, and when the three hour break occurs, suggests Gohan should go home, and not be a distraction in this fight. Remembering that during his fight with Raditz, Goku pulled and squeezed his tail tightly and had caused him unbearable pain. Piccolo attempted the same feat and got a hold of Nappa's tail but the monstrous Saiyan revealed he and Vegeta were immune to that handicap and knocked the Namek unconscious for a short while. Later in the battle, when Nappa attempts to finish off Kuririn with a final blast, Piccolo saves him just in time with a small hand blast launched at Nappa's back.
When the smaller but more powerful Saiyan named Vegeta detects that Goku is arriving, and that he is more powerful than anticipated, he orders Nappa to quickly kill the remaining defenders, as their working with Goku might result in a challenge. Goku's resurrection proves that the Dragon Balls are legitimate, so they can use the ones on Namek and do not need the ones located on Earth. Nappa first aims for Gohan with an extremely powerful attack, but Piccolo jumps in the way of it, sacrificing himself to save Gohan. His body ruined, Piccolo falls to the ground. With tears in his eyes, Piccolo bids farewell to Gohan, whom he admits made him soft and is the only person to ever call him friend. Piccolo's death also results in Kami's passing, as they were once a single being, and therefore if one dies then so would the other.
After the Saiyans are beaten by Goku and the remaining fighters, and Vegeta retreats, Gohan, Kuririn and Bulma head to Namek and to locate the Dragon Balls so that they can wish Kami, Piccolo, Yamcha, Tien, and Chaozu back to life and restore the Dragon Balls of Earth.
Namek & Frieza arc
- "Between the two of us, Gohan and Kuririn, we can take this guy down."
- — Piccolo promises to help Goku against Frieza. (English Version)
As Goku was forced to do after his noble death, Piccolo travels down the winding Snake Way to King Kai's planet. While there he, Chaozu, Tien, and Yamcha all train under the watchful eye of King Kai. Then King Kai tells Goku that they all crossed Snake Way in a far shorter time than he did, and that they all requested for tougher training than what Goku had received.
Piccolo places his arm on King Kai's shoulder in order to convey his message. He quickly tells Goku not to listen to King Kai and to collect the Dragon Balls and wish them back to life. Piccolo says that in the meantime, they will do some training with King Kai to get ready. Goku agrees with Piccolo's proposition. Piccolo estimates that between him, Goku, Gohan, and Kuririn, they should be able to handle Frieza. King Kai struggles as he argues.
Piccolo says there's no time to waste and King Kai should start training them. King Kai says he will not if they are planning to fight Frieza. Piccolo promises that he will not fight Frieza, though he repeats to himself that he will. Tien thinks to himself, saying that he needs to train hard, just like Goku. He concludes that in order to face Frieza, they will all have to be at their best. King Kai asks Yamcha, Tien, Piccolo, and Chaozu if they are sure they are ready for his training... and none of them back down. King Kai says that their first challenge is to make him laugh in order to qualify for his training.
On King Kai's planet, Tien struggles to tell a joke to King Kai so he can laugh in order to qualify for his training. Yamcha and Chaozu are successful in their attempts as Piccolo becomes annoyed with the whole prospect. After Tien struggles with delivering his joke, Yamcha tells Tien a joke to tell, and Tien uses it, first experiencing difficulty as he remembers it, but eventually successfully making King Kai erupt with laughter.
King Kai begins the training regiment for the deceased warriors on his planet. He calls Bubbles, his pet monkey, so they can chase the primate. This was the same training that Goku had to endure, which King Kai reveals that it took Goku three weeks to achieve. The warriors are surprised at the sight of Bubbles, and are even more surprised to hear that it took so long to catch the monkey.
Chaozu asks that if they are able to catch the monkey, whether they will begin the real training with King Kai. King Kai answers saying that they must surpass another test, which involves Gregory, and only then can they acquire further needed skills. Bubbles begins to run as Yamcha, Tien, and Chaozu chase him. As King Kai turns, he is surprised to see that Piccolo has already caught the monkey with ease. Piccolo drags Bubbles and drops him in front of King Kai, noting that he does not want anymore games. Piccolo seriously summarizes the action as "monkey business," which makes King Kai erupt with laughter. None of the warriors share King Kai's enthusiasm for jokes, so he tells them they have a lot to learn about comedy.
While on King Kai's planet, Piccolo participate in a 1 versus 3 sparring match against Tien, Chaozu, and Yamcha. While it is unknown if he ever learned any of King Kai's secret techniques, Piccolo's power does increase so significantly that even Nail (a Warrior-type Namekian with a power level of 42,000) notes it as unbelievable.
On Namek, Son Gohan, Kuririn, and Dende, gather the Namekian Dragon Balls and summon the Namekian Dragon, Porunga. Piccolo contacts Gohan (via King Kai's telepathy) and demands he be resurrected with the first wish, then to be sent to Namek to battle Frieza with the second wish, and then Gohan could do whatever with the last wish. Piccolo's reasoning was that if he is brought back, then the Earth Dragon Balls will immediately return alongside Kami, allowing for wishes to be made to bring back Tien, Chaozu and Yamcha. The plan is successful, and Piccolo is revived. This makes King Kai mad since he promise not to fight Frieza. Piccolo lies to him saying he doesn't remember such a thing. King Kai then tells Piccolo that he doesn't care anymore while he is hold back by Tien and Yamcha. Piccolo is then revived with Gohan's first wish, and is brought to Planet Namek with Gohan's second wish.
Piccolo soon arrives on Namek at a random point, since Gohan did not specify where on Namek he should be sent to when he asked Dende to have Porunga grant the wishes. After recovering from the initial shock of seeing his strangely familiar homeland for the first time and feeling the suffering of his people, Piccolo heads in the direction of a large energy source, believing it to be Frieza.
During his flight, he passes over a dying Namekian, Nail, who was easily mauled by Frieza. Piccolo drops down to inspect the crippled Namekian and they begin to converse. Nail offers Piccolo to join with him, as the option of merging with his counterpart Kami could not be realized here. At first, Piccolo refuses, but Nail explains that Piccolo will not lose his personality, he will only feel the power gained from the fusion. Piccolo reluctantly accepts, and after the fusion is complete he is amazed by his awesome new power and rushes to Frieza's location.
When Piccolo arrives, he finds a battle in progress between Gohan, Kuririn, and Vegeta (who had rebelled against Frieza), with Dende supporting them against Frieza. He then takes on Frieza, with the doubt of Kuririn and Vegeta, who is in his second form, alone and is able to go blow to blow with him, even without removing his weighted clothing. Vegeta became shocked to find that the Namekian that Nappa killed with ease months ago had become so powerful. After a brief exchange of blows, Frieza transforms into his third form and assaults Piccolo with a large barrage of invisible and virtually unavoidable shots, crippling the Namekian.
An angry Gohan intervenes and blasts Frieza with a Full Power Masenko, but Frieza knocks it back, and Piccolo uses the last of his strength to deflect the projectile with one of his own before it can hit the young Saiyan. Frieza then begins his final transformation into his true form, and Gohan uses the opportunity to take Piccolo to Dende, who has the ability to heal others completely. Piccolo quickly recovers, but he knows that he is even more thoroughly outclassed by Frieza's new form. Frieza begins his renewed attack with a single blast that kills Dende (having seen him healing Piccolo midway into his transformation), preventing the warriors from being healed again. This makes Gohan, Kuririn, and Piccolo respond with a joint assault but Frieza seemingly effortlessly evades all of their attacks.
Piccolo is then reduced to the sidelines, watching as a strengthened Vegeta attacks and falls against Frieza, helpless to intervene. After Son Goku arrives, Gohan, Kuririn, and Piccolo get out of his way, and after witnessing Vegeta's murder at the hand's of Frieza, he watches Goku and Frieza duel from afar. He also implies that he would like to fight Goku when it's over, though only for kicks. When Goku is soon overwhelmed by Frieza once he powers up to 50% of his power, nullifying even Goku's Kamehameha fired with a 20-fold Kaio-ken boosting his power, and in desperation attempts to use the Spirit Bomb.
In order to buy Goku some time, Piccolo takes most of the remaining ki from Gohan and Kuririn and jumps in to help. By catching Frieza off-guard and kicking him in the head, Piccolo gave Goku just enough time to finish the Spirit Bomb and launch it towards Frieza, seemingly killing him. Piccolo then drags Goku's body out of the water, and meets up with Gohan and Kuririn, celebrating.
Just as our heroes rejoice, Frieza towers above them revealing to still be alive, and shoots a powerful beam meant for Goku, but Piccolo bravely takes the hit for his former rival and falls to the ground on the verge of death. After witnessing both Piccolo being heavily wounded, and Kuririn being blown to pieces by Frieza, Goku finally had enough and unleashed his hidden Super Saiyan powers. Goku realizes that Piccolo is alive but unconscious. He then told Gohan to carry Piccolo off of the battlefield as Goku and Frieza clashed on the dying Planet Namek. Gohan finally reaches Goku's ship and lays Piccolo there. Piccolo is then transported to earth by Porunga. On Earth, Grand Elder Guru explains to everyone that they were all wished to Earth in order to escape from Namek's explosion, but Goku chose to remain on Namek in order to ensure Frieza's defeat. Piccolo is shocked and saddened at the news, but touched by Goku's bravery. He begins reflecting on their past history, leading Piccolo to believe Goku was different from the others thanks to Goku's bravery; and how Goku's power has now far surpassed Piccolo's, but still does not desire more.
Vegeta interrupts, claiming Goku only remained on Namek to fulfill his desire for combat. Though he is upset that Goku will die, he hides it by appearing happy that Goku will be killed and removed from his life forever. He begins provoking Gohan into fighting with him by insulting Goku and threatening to bring everyone under his control by wishing for immortality with Earth's Dragon Balls, but Piccolo cuts him short, telling him that those Dragon Balls, which were used to revive him, have now turned to stone for only a year, irritating Vegeta.
When Grand Elder Guru realizes that it is now time for him to die again, this time of natural causes. The Namekians gather around Guru to pay him their final respects (and, to their fury, realize that no one from Elder Tsuno's village is present, since they were murdered by Vegeta and not Frieza, and thus not brought back). Guru passes the power of the Namekian Dragon Balls to the second eldest Namekian, Moori, and disappears after bidding his children farewell. Gohan reflects on how Guru unlocked his hidden potential to help him do battle with the Ginyu Force. Gohan, Dende and Piccolo promise not to let Guru down, and regret how Kuririn could not see this. Dende then tells them that Kuririn can be revived with the Namekian Dragon Balls, since Porunga can revive someone more than once as long as the death was not natural, Gohan is delighted with the news.
After Goku wins the battle, but is caught in planet Namek's explosion, Gohan and the others mourn the Saiyan warrior's apparent death. Hope seems lost for Goku and Kuririn. Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo and Bulma are left devastated. But Vegeta hides his remorse for Goku's apparent death by pretending to be pleased and happy about it. This time, Gohan becomes enraged to the point that he challenges Vegeta to a fight. Despite landing a few good hits, Vegeta subdues Gohan and only stops when Piccolo intervenes and tells him to "back off". Frustrated at Gohan's inability to face the truth like a man, Vegeta flies off. But they are all are still emotionally hurt from the loss of their friend. Piccolo is healed by Dende after being sent to Earth by a wish made to Porunga.
Months later, they are allowed to use the Namekian Dragon Balls to wish Goku back to life. However, they are shocked after the Eternal Dragon Porunga refuses the wish that Goku be brought back to life, but everyone rejoices once the Dragon explains that Goku did not die from Namek's explosion. So Gohan and the others use their next wish to restore Kuririn to life. The Earthlings then use their last wish to restore Yamcha. Another 130 days later, Porunga is summoned again. The first wish is to revive Chaozu, the second wish to bring back Tien, and the third to wish the Namekians to a distant, vacant planet discovered by King Kai to have a similar atmosphere to Namek. After bidding a tearful farewell to Gohan, Dende vanishes from the Earth along with the other Nameks, and Porunga and the Namekian Dragon Balls follow. The Z Fighters' long mission to revive their fallen comrades now complete. During this time of peace, everyone awaits the arrival of Goku, and Gohan goes back to his studies while Piccolo watches over him and his mother. Piccolo does not desire the peaceful, therefore dull, life to be had on Namek and instead wishes to keep training in order to become more powerful.
Garlic Jr. arc
In this anime filler saga, Piccolo assists Son Gohan and Kuririn in defeating Garlic Jr., a villain first encountered in the film: Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, who returned with an incredible power up from the Makyo Star being near. Piccolo had to cope with Kami, his counterpart, sometimes getting hurt or tired, affecting Piccolo in battle. He also faked being under the influence of the Black Water Mist in order to get close enough to Garlic Jr. to free Kami and Mr. Popo, and in order to keep up the act, he had to act like he wanted to kill Gohan. Later, Piccolo, Gohan and Kuririn manage to get Garlic Jr. sealed back into the Dead Zone.
One year after the events on Namek, Piccolo sensed Frieza and another powerful being heading towards Earth. He headed to the area where he detected they would land, and was soon joined by Vegeta, Yamcha, Puar, Bulma, Tien, Chaozu, Kuririn and Son Gohan. Despair sets in on the group as they realize that there's little they can do to oppose such powerful foes.
Soon after Frieza and his father, King Cold, land they are confronted by a mysterious youth, who reveals himself to be a Super Saiyan and almost effortlessly destroys the father-son duo along with their minions. Piccolo and the others follow the youth, who tells them when and where Son Goku will be arriving. Just as the boy predicted, Goku lands and the boy converses with him privately, though Piccolo's superior hearing allows him to listen in.
The boy, known as Future Trunks, is the future son of Future Vegeta and Future Bulma. He reveals a terrible plot by Dr. Gero, a scientist for the non-active Red Ribbon Army, to create powerful Androids for the sole purpose of annihilating Goku. The Androids soon spiral out of control, and after murdering their creator go on to destroy everything around them, making Future Trunks' world a nightmare where they kill all but a few tens of thousands of the population.
They eventually kill all the Z Fighters with the exception of Future Son Goku, who dies from a heart disease six months prior to the attack of the Androids. Future Trunks has come back in time to both give Goku the medicine to cure the disease and give the Z Fighters ample warning. Future Trunks then departs back to his own timeline and Piccolo, since Goku does not know how to tell the group what he had discovered, explains everything to the group, except the identity of Future Trunks. The group then splits up to begin training for the oncoming threat, with Piccolo deciding to do his training alongside Goku and Gohan, which would later prove to have been a very wise decision.
While training with Goku and Gohan, Piccolo also was forced along with Goku to take a drivers test so Chi-Chi would not have to do as much chores as a result of their training. Piccolo had to wear human clothes, presumably to disguise his origins. He attempted to drive relatively safely, but his driving instructor, Cynthia, proved to be a terrible influence, as she encouraged Piccolo to drive recklessly while Goku was driving recklessly against his instructor's wishes. Eventually, they took a second attempt at a drivers test under a storm, only for them to fail the test a second time to save a bus full of children.
Androids & Cell arc
Three years have passed by, with Son Goku, Kuririn, Piccolo, Tien, and Yamcha meeting at the designated time to confront the Androids with Vegeta and Future Trunks coming. Yajirobe drops by briefly to give the group Senzu Beans and, as he was leaving, his hovercar had been destroyed. Still not sensing their opponents, Son Gohan realized that, being Androids, they have no ki to detect and therefore must be searched for by sight. Piccolo and the others enter the city to search, but do not know what the Androids look like. They soon detect a large drop in Yamcha's ki and rush to the scene, finding both the two Androids and a critically wounded Yamcha with a hole through his gut. Goku soon leads the Androids to a different location so that the city is not destroyed in their fight, though the Androids demolish a large portion of it before they leave.
The Androids choose to fight in a desolate region filled with rocky hills. Piccolo surmises that they chose the location so that they could escape to the hills if the fight does not go their way. After the Androids explain that they have been watching Goku since he defeated the Red Ribbon Army up until his battle with Vegeta, Goku attacks Android 19. The Androids did not know of his ability to go Super Saiyan, and therefore his true strength. Piccolo is startled after Goku transforms because his power is much lower than it should be. Though Goku seems to be winning in the early part of the fight, he quickly loses his energy due to his heart disease and is eventually taken down by Android 19.
Piccolo and the others attempt to intervene, but Android 20 blocks their path and blasts Piccolo with his eye beams, sending him crashing to the ground. Vegeta then arrives, kicking Android 19 off of Goku and Piccolo quickly gets back up, revealing that he was pretending to be injured in order to catch the Androids off guard. Vegeta then kicks Goku out of the battle and Piccolo catches him, setting him down so Yamcha can take him home and give him the heart medicine that Future Trunks gave them. Vegeta and Android 19 then battle, with Vegeta revealing his ability to go Super Saiyan, and destroying 19 after confirming his ability to drain energy using the jewels embedded in his palms. Vegeta, severely drained from the fight with Android 19, acts as if he eager for a quick follow-up fight with Android 20. Nervous of Vegeta's new power, Android 20 fails to call the bluff and flees to the hills, while Vegeta is restored with a Senzu Bean.
Piccolo and the others start searching the hills for Android 20, but Piccolo is soon ambushed. With Android 20 holding a tight grip over his mouth and draining his energy, Piccolo sends out a telepathic message to Gohan. Gohan is alerted to the situation and heads for Piccolo's now shrinking ki. He finds Piccolo and smashes Android 20 off of his mentor. Piccolo receives a Senzu Bean from Kuririn and states that he will fight Android 20 himself. Android 20 is taken off guard by Piccolo's speed, and he quickly hits the android with several powerful blows, which surprises the Android because he did not expect for Piccolo to be this powerful. The Namekian finishes the battle with a powerful chop which takes off Android 20's right arm, while also referring to how he was formerly like Dr. Gero and consumed with the desire of revenge against Goku for his involvement in destroying a paternal figure of his, then sends him smashing him into the ground, badly beaten.
Kuririn was astonished by Piccolo's power, believing Piccolo was extremely powerful for someone who is not a Super Saiyan. At this time Future Trunks shows up and states that Android 20 is not one of the Androids which caused such devastation in the future, having already seen the lifeless head that 19 was reduced into by Vegeta earlier. Bulma follows them closely in her skycar, and Android 20 sees his opportunity to escape and lets out an energy wave, destroying Bulma's vehicle and distracting everyone while he runs away, stating that he's going to activate Android 17 and Android 18.
Bulma informs the group that Android 20 is actually Dr. Gero, who reconstructed himself into an Android, and of the location of his lab in North City. Piccolo then tells Bulma about Future Trunks, who at this point is already born in the main timeline. He then takes off with Kuririn and Tien to North City to find Dr. Gero's Lab and destroy the Androids before they can be awakened. Kuririn finds the lab and alerts the others, but they arrive too late and the Androids are activated. The twin Androids then display mutiny on their creator by killing him, and against Gero's wishes awakening another Android: Android 16. Vegeta takes off after them and Piccolo and the others follow. When they catch up, they find that Vegeta has been fighting Android 18 and is not doing so well against the female Android due to his declining stamina. Android 17 warns them that if they get involved in the fight, he will step in as well.
They watch the fight and, although Vegeta seems to be on roughly equal footing at first glance (something that surprises Future Trunks because he never knew his father to be so powerful). Piccolo points out that Vegeta was tiring with every move and the Android was not. When Future Trunks gets involved with the fight after Vegeta receives a serious kick that breaks his left arm, Piccolo also charges in, but both are quickly swatted down by Android 17. When Piccolo gets back up, he charges at Android 17 who is choking Tien; when he reaches Android 17, he is felled with a single blow to the stomach that nearly tears through him.
Kuririn gives each of the warriors a Senzu Bean, and Piccolo states he has an idea. In the Japanese version, Kuririn asks if Piccolo has any plans for defeating the Androids, to which Piccolo barks angrily and lies that he was never their friend and is still plotting to overtake the world. Piccolo angrily snaps at him and then abruptly takes off to Kami's Lookout. Piccolo does not need to explain to Kami why he has come, Kami having already read his thoughts that Piccolo wishes to fuse with him and become whole once again. Piccolo rebuffs Kami, stating that they are not fusing on an equal level and will simply be using the old Namekian as a tool to become more powerful, stating that the only reason that Kami even exists now in face of all the converging foes is for the Dragon Balls. Regardless, Kami is not opposed to the idea of fusing with Piccolo, but he wants to observe the situation for a while longer to be sure that his last decision is made for valid reasons.
Piccolo starts to argue with him, but Kami counters by pointing out that even Future Trunks stated these Androids are different and that it was Vegeta who started the fight they just had. Piccolo calls Kami a coward for his reluctance and waits on the lookout for him to make up his mind. When Kami learns of the recent arrival of a danger from the future far greater than the Androids, he realizes he has no choice. With Piccolo serving as the base form, they merge into one being, becoming the nameless Namekian once again, himself stating that he was now no longer Kami or Piccolo.
Piccolo rushes to Ginger Town, the location of this murderous new enemy. The bug-like creature claims that he is Piccolo's "brother", which shocks Piccolo, and the two engage in battle. Piccolo seems to have the upper hand, but is taken off guard when the creature launches a Kamehameha at Piccolo, which shocked him, as the move was Goku's attack. As he was dodging the blast the creature latches onto Piccolo's back and stings his left arm, draining the life from it and rendering the limb useless and withered. Piccolo headbutts the creature and breaks free, but claims that with his injury he has been defeated, luring the creature into explaining his actions. The creature reveals his name as Cell, and that he is a combination of Earth's greatest warriors put together by Dr. Gero.
His purpose is to locate Android 17 and Android 18 and take their energy by absorbing them into his being so that he may achieve his Perfect form. Now knowing the creature's origin and intentions, Piccolo exposes his ruse, tearing the withered left arm free and growing a healthy one in its place, now prepared to resume battle with Imperfect Cell.
Future Trunks and Kuririn soon arrive, and Imperfect Cell, now outnumbered, uses the Solar Flare Technique and escapes. Tien and Vegeta soon arrive and Piccolo explains the nature of Imperfect Cell to them. He and Tien then search for Imperfect Cell as the monster travels from town to town absorbing people's energy, but Imperfect Cell detects their ki and then lowers his own and hides every time they get close. Piccolo begins traveling on a jet plane, piloted by Yamcha, with Gohan, Kuririn, and Tien so that they can keep their ki hidden while searching for the creature.
While searching, a recovered Goku teleports onto the plane and explains that he has a plan for himself, Future Trunks, Gohan, and Vegeta to use the Hyperbolic Time Chamber in order to train for a year in span of one Earth day. He then takes Gohan and teleports back to Kami's lookout. Piccolo and the rest keep searching but Piccolo begins to despair, knowing that with each town Imperfect Cell attacks, his strength grows and the monster will soon be powerful enough to confront and absorb the Androids.
Piccolo and the rest soon return to Kame House. By good or bad luck, the Androids soon arrive, demanding the location of Goku so that they may kill him to finish their game. Piccolo decides to use this opportunity to try and destroy them, thereby preventing them from being absorbed by Imperfect Cell. They head to deserted Tropical Islands and Piccolo learns that he will only have to fight Android 17, giving him a chance at victory. He and #17 are roughly equal in strength, and though Piccolo does not have the infinite energy of his opponent, he does have several tricks up his sleeve that prove an outstanding resistance, such as his amazing regeneration abilities and his variety of energy attacks, such as the Hellzone Grenade. However, Cell arrives in the middle of their fight.
With his increase in strength from absorbing countless humans from various cities, Imperfect Cell is now considerably more powerful than Piccolo, and on top of that Piccolo has expended a considerably large amount of his energy battling Android 17. After 17 is attacked by Cell, Piccolo steps in to help, but is easily swatted aside. Without any other options, Piccolo uses his desperation attack, the Light Grenade, and destroys the island that they were fighting on. But, Imperfect Cell avoids it, bearing no damage from the attack with his superior strength, and sets his eyes on the weary Namekian.
Realizing that the both of them can do nothing to defeat Cell, Piccolo warns #17 to run; however, he is interrupted by Cell, with one swift punch, which snaps the brave Namek's neck and takes him down. Seeing no need to absorb him, Cell, using his See Ya! technique, picks Piccolo up from the ground and blasts a hole clean through his stomach and tosses him into the ocean, leaving him for dead. Luckily, Piccolo barely managed to survive thanks to his regeneration and is soon rescued by Goku and taken back to Kami's Lookout, along with Tien who had distracted Cell to stop him from absorbing Android 18.
Piccolo quickly recovers, but with Imperfect Cell having absorbed Android 17 and now in his even more powerful Semi-Perfect form, he can do nothing but watch. He observed as Super Vegeta first defeated Semi-Perfect Cell and then allowed him to absorb Android 18 and attain his Perfect form. He also witnessed Perfect Cell's subsequent victory over Future Trunks and his announcement of the Cell Games, giving the Earth's defenders ten days to prepare for his tournament.
Cell Games arc
- Goku, you fool! We told you! But you wouldn't listen to us! Well, maybe you'll hear this - Your son's dead Goku! He's DEAD!!!"
- Piccolo angrily talking to Goku after Cell blasted young Gohan into a mountain rock in the episode "Gohan's Desperate Plea" (English Version)
While on Kami' Lookout, Piccolo and Tien learn that Cell will be hosting a Tournament call the Cell Games. He then tells Bulma that Trunks is alright, and that he prepares to enter the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.
When Son Goku and Gohan emerge from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Son Gohan requests for Piccolo to give him a copy of his uniform, which Piccolo happily conjures up for him. He is also startled by how much more powerful Goku became with his mastery over the Super Saiyan form. Piccolo enters the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and, although becoming significantly stronger, is still nowhere near powerful enough to challenge Perfect Cell. After he emerges, Goku asks him if it is possible for him to split with Kami again. Piccolo states that he can not, so Goku instead goes to New Namek to recruit a new guardian, and returns with Dende who takes the position and promptly reactivates the Dragon Balls.
When the ten day wait is over, Piccolo accompanies Goku and the others to the Cell Games. He stays on the sidelines for most of the battle but speaks up when Goku, after first battling then yielding to Perfect Cell, volunteers Son Gohan to fight. Piccolo states that no matter how strong Gohan had become, there is no way he can fight Perfect Cell. He criticizes even further when Goku tosses a Senzu Bean to Perfect Cell so that the fight is "fair". When Perfect Cell manages to grab Gohan in a bear hug and begins crushing him, Piccolo blames Goku for his action, and prepares to enter the battle, even though it likely means his death. Perfect Cell soon stops his attack though, deciding to target Gohan's friends instead. He soon spawns seven Cell Jrs, one for each Z Fighter watching the fight.
Piccolo does well against the Cell Jrs, managing to stand his ground despite Cell's comment that only Vegeta and Trunks were able to fight back, while the weary Goku and the powerless Kuririn, Tien and Yamcha are easily beaten to the ground, but is soon overwhelmed until Gohan finally snaps and transforms into a Super Saiyan 2, and kills all of the Cell Jrs with ease, leaving all of the Z warriors to look on in shock. In the anime, Piccolo is actually shown to be the Z fighter who does a better job at beating the Cell Jrs, being able to assist Kuririn, Yamcha and Tien for a while. This includes telling Tien and Yamcha to help Goku against the Cell Jrs.
Gohan battled Cell and was able to not only outmatch Cell, but also cause him to spit up Android 18 and revert to his Semi-Perfect form. Piccolo then witnessed Goku's noble sacrifice as he teleported himself and a self-destructing Cell (who tried to blow himself up along with the Earth) to King Kai's Planet, which was destroyed along with everybody who was present at the time (Goku, King Kai, Bubbles, and, in the anime, Gregory). Everyone the realizes that Goku is truly dead, and this upsets Gohan overall.
But, Cell survived and became even stronger thanks to his Saiyan genes. He teleported back to Earth (he learned how to use the Instant Transmission technique), and after killing Future Trunks, ensued in a Kamehameha duel with Gohan, who Cell had already weakened when Gohan attempted to save Vegeta from Cell's Death Beam. Piccolo, along with Tien, Yamcha and Kuririn assisted Gohan in the duel by blasting Cell with various ki blasts, as Piccolo was unwilling to let the person who taught him the value of friendship die all alone against Cell. The efforts of the Z Fighters failed to faze Cell until Vegeta distracted him with an energy blast, which gave Gohan the strength he needed to destroy Cell once and for all.
Piccolo then praised Vegeta on hitting Cell in an honorable move, but the latter just tells Piccolo to get lost. Piccolo returned to the lookout where he, along with Tien and Yamcha learned from Gohan that Kuririn is in love with Android 18. He also witness that Shenron can grant two wishes instead one now.
Along with the revival of Future Trunks and all the victims that were kill by Cell. He then learns telepathy that Goku wants to stay in Other world, and gave the role of earths protector to Gohan since it would be better for his enemies not to attack earth if he is alive. Piccolo, Yamcha, Tien and Gohan then reveal their greatest memory of Goku. Which is shown in a flashback. When the group has difficulty thinking of a second wish, Yamcha jokingly contemplates asking Shenron for an expensive diamond necklace for the girl his going out with. He then hears Kuririn asking Shenron to remove the bombs from inside Android 17 and 18's body. This is successful, with Kuririn finally admitting to the others that he truly loves 18 . But everyone thinks that 17 is 18's boy friend, then she reveals her self to the others and corrects them when she angrily tells them that 17 is her twin brother. This surprises everyone, and after 18 leaves. Yamcha tells Kuririn that 18 is in to you, and Kuririn asks Yamcha If he is sure.
Yamcha admits this, and tells Kuririn that he'll help him when It comes to romance since Goku helped him with Martial Arts. Piccolo then comments that he doesn't want to know what love is. Tien then tells everyone that Goku doesn't want them to be sad, since he taught them not to hold back on their emotions. Tien then leaves after telling Gohan to take very good care of Chi-Chi for Goku, with Gohan and Yamcha saying goodbye to Tien. Piccolo then tells Gohan that he will live at Kami's Lookout for now on. Then being asked whether Gohan could come and see him again there, he wouldn't tells him he wouldn't miss it for the world. Piccolo is lastly seen looking at Gohan, Kuririn, Yamcha and Future Trunks leave Kami's Lookout.
Great Saiyaman arc
When Piccolo is informed by a now 16 year old teenage Son Gohan that Goku is coming back to Earth for one day and that they are entering the World Martial Arts Tournament along with Android 18, Kuririn, and Vegeta. He decides to enter himself as well, once again under the alias of "Ma Junior".
The World Tournament arc
While there, Piccolo encounters a small purple alien who disturbs him deeply. When it's Piccolo's turn to fight, he faces the alien as his first opponent and finds that he is extremely reluctant to attack him, causing him to question just who this being is. The alien responds directly to Piccolo's thoughts, telling him that he'll find out soon enough and that for now they should just enjoy the fight. Piccolo quickly surrenders the match without raising a fist.
When they meet in spectators area, Piccolo asks the alien if he is Grand Kai, the ruler of the Kai's, a set of four gods who each watch over quadrant of the galaxy, the alien's companion responds that he is actually the Eastern Supreme Kai, a much higher being who is above Grand Kai. Having much of Kami's essence, Piccolo is awed by Supreme Kai's presence and extremely respectful of his place on the divine hierarchy.
During a later fight between Gohan and Kibito, Gohan's energy is drained by two very oddly powerful humans after he is paralyzed by East Supreme Kai, who intended to pursue the two to see where they would take the stolen energy. East Supreme Kai then sets off to follow them, stating that any help would be appreciated. Piccolo immediately joins him, followed soon by Son Goku, Kuririn, and Vegeta. As they travel, East Supreme Kai informs them that the two humans are possessed pawns of a wizard named Babidi and they are collecting energy to revive a powerful force of destruction known as Majin Buu.
Piccolo and the others are joined by a fully recovered Gohan and Kibito, and then hide on a mountain near Babidi's ship and watch as he destroys the two human pawns as "their job was done". The Z Fighters are then attacked by Dabura, the Demon King whom Babidi has possessed as his strongest henchman, with a power roughly equal to Perfect Cell. Dabura quickly kills Kibito. Then he spits on Kuririn and Piccolo, turning them to stone.
Majin Buu arc
- "Why you little! I fought with both of your fathers in combat, since before you were born. You two don't have a clue! Even the smallest bit of power can mean the difference between winning and losing!"
- — Piccolo angrily talking to Trunks who states that he and Goten can easily kill Majin Buu (English Version)
After Dabura is later killed by an awakened Majin Buu, Piccolo returns to normal, but was in pieces due to have been accidentally shattered by Trunks while he was turned into stone. Fortunately, his head was not damaged, so he was able to completely regenerate. On returning to normal, the first thing Piccolo senses is the awesome power of Majin Buu and in the field in front of them, he sees a badly beaten East Supreme Kai about to be turned into a snack for the monster. He is torn about what to do, as his instinct is to aid East Supreme Kai, but he knows that he can do nothing against Majin Buu.
Before Majin Buu can finish East Supreme Kai off, he was attacked by Vegeta, who was currently under Babidi's influence (but able to completely resist his control), and states that he will destroy Majin Buu in vengeance for the monster's supposedly killed Gohan, shocking Piccolo with the news. Piccolo watches their fight and barely escapes along with Son Goten, Trunks, and Kuririn after Majin Buu unleashes his Angry Explosion technique. When Majin Buu resumes the attack on a badly wounded Vegeta, Piccolo is unable to prevent Goten and Trunks from rushing into the battle themselves. The pair manages to temporarily halt Majin Buu, smashing him through some mountains while his guard was down, and then attempts to aid Vegeta.
In the meantime, Piccolo confronts Babidi. Piccolo resists the wizard's Demon Eye and breaks his Wizard Barrier. When Babidi attempts to plead for his life, claiming that only he can prevent Majin Buu from becoming out of control, Piccolo states that it does not matter as they will not allow Buu to live even if he is not alive and chops the wizard in half, fatally injuring him and then spitting as a sign of spite.
Piccolo watches as Vegeta knocks the two kids unconscious. When he descends to Vegeta, Vegeta asks Piccolo to take the children far from the battle site. Piccolo realizes that Vegeta plans on sacrificing himself. Vegeta confirms this by asking if he will see Kakarot (Goku's original Saiyan name) in the afterlife and Piccolo states he will not, because Vegeta has committed too many evil actions before joining the Z Fighters to be on the same plane as Goku and he will instead be reincarnated, after his spirit is purified.
Piccolo, carrying the children, then retreats with Kuririn until they witness an enormous explosion that Vegeta fueled despite all this, in an attempt to protect Bulma and Trunks, and "even Kakarot". After the blast had died down, Piccolo hands the kids to Kuririn and tells him to tell everyone else what has happened and then goes back to the battle site to see what has transpired.
When he reaches the site, now a large crater, he pays his respects to Vegeta. He recalls about the time he had sacrificed himself to save Gohan's life many years ago, and bids farewell to the Saiyan Prince. He also finds a still barely alive Babidi, who survived due to his ability to conjure barriers. As he moves in to finish him off, Piccolo notices the pieces of Majin Buu moving. They quickly shape themselves into full miniature versions of Majin Buu and begin colliding into each other, reforming the original Majin Buu. He makes a fast retreat, catching up with Kuririn and informing him that they have to go to Kami's Lookout in the slight chance that it might offer sanctuary.
Goku (who was rendered unconscious by Vegeta after a fight they had) soon arrives after them and they trade stories, informing Piccolo of Vegeta's willingness to become Babidi's pawn in order to gain power and his subsequent battle with Goku and stealing the last Senzu Bean prior to his attacking Majin Buu. Goku also informs Piccolo of the Fusion Dance technique he learned in the afterlife. Since both Gohan and Vegeta are gone there's no one for him to perform it with himself, but he can teach it to Goten and Trunks, an idea that Mr. Popo ingenuously came up with.
Babidi then contacts all inhabitants of Earth telepathically, stating that he wants the location of Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo, and will destroy the lives of innocent people until they are found. After the first city is destroyed as a demonstration, Piccolo states that he will go to Majin Buu to try and spare some of the destruction, but Goku insists that he does not so that Piccolo can help teach the boys the Fusion Dance technique.
Once Goku returns to the afterlife, Piccolo takes over their instructions on how to do the fusion dance fully.
Fusion Dance arc
- "Never train children when their mothers are around. It's always trouble."
- — Piccolo in the episode "Buu Against Buu" (English Version)
Piccolo is seen correcting them on the mistakes they make when their Fusions fail the first two times. When the Fusion works properly, he finds an entirely new challenge in trying to install some discipline and control in the extremely powerful, and equally arrogant, Gotenks.
The first time they fuse properly, Gotenks goes after Majin Buu in his base form and returns to the lookout, badly bruised and battered but still alive. Piccolo scolds the young fused warrior for disobeying. After Goten and Trunks fuse while in the Super Saiyan state, Gotenks rushes off to battle again, this time with Piccolo following him. Gotenks wastes a large amount of time demonstrating his speed by flying around the world dozens of times and even taking a nap whilst waiting for Piccolo to catch up, only seeking Majin Buu when there's one minute left in the thirty minute Fusion time limit. This causes him to separate before he can even face Buu, leaving his individual fusers to hastily escape before Buu can kill them.
While waiting the hour needed for them to recover and fuse again, Piccolo observes the changes in Majin Buu, brought about by his friendship with Mr. Satan, a human who fraudulently took Gohan's credit for defeating Cell and therefore became regarded as the world's greatest hero.
Soon after, he witnessed the split of Majin Buu split into two separate Buu's, the battle between them, and the absorption of Mr. Buu by Evil Buu, resulting in the even more powerful Super Buu. Piccolo and Dende both immediately notice the sharp increase in power, and become even more worried. Super Buu is able to detect ki and quickly arrives at Kami's Lookout, looking for the stronger person who Goku said would fight with him. Piccolo tries to stall Buu by saying that the fighter is sleeping and pleads for more time, to which Super Buu angrily refuses.
Super Buu then sends out innumerable blasts, one for each person remaining on Earth, killing all but Mr. Satan, and the few who could avoid the beams, such as Tien and Chaozu. When Super Buu demands to fight again, Piccolo asks that they have one hour to wake the warrior up and get him prepared, adding that Mr. Satan's child, Videl, also wants him to wait. Super Buu reluctantly agrees due to the little of the good Majin Buu that he had in him, but vows to kill everyone straight afterwards.
Piccolo wastes no time and quickly ushers Goten and Trunks into the Hyperbolic Time Chamber where they can train for fifteen Hyperbolic days in the hour that Super Buu has allowed them. While waiting, he explains to Videl how Super Buu knows about her father and his achievement of taming Mr. Buu. After a bit less than thirty minutes, Super Buu loses patience and demands to fight their warrior immediately. Piccolo relents and starts leading Super Buu to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, taking the long way to maximize the time it will take, but Buu quickly becomes aware of the ruse and demands for him to take him there immediately.
He contacts Goten and Kid Trunks telepathically, telling them that he will be at the room with Super Buu in one minute, giving them six hours to rest up for the fight. Piccolo also has a secret plan that, if Gotenks is not capable of stopping Super Buu, he will destroy the entrance to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, locking Super Buu and themselves inside for all of eternity.
Once Super Buu is in the room, Piccolo watches as Gotenks attacks him in base form with a multitude of goofy moves, doing no damage, as Piccolo gazes in astonishment and loss of hope. Gotenks then turns Super Saiyan and, with a powerful Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack, blows Super Buu to tiny fragments. Piccolo, knowing what happened last time when Vegeta did relatively the same thing, orders Gotenks to destroy all the pieces of Super Buu. It was in vain, as the vapors from the burned pieces regathered and formed back into Super Buu, to which Piccolo curses his luck for not completely erasing the vulnerable pieces when they had the chance.
Piccolo then asked Gotenks if he had any more special attacks left, which Gotenks falsely denies, stating that all was lost. With seemingly no options left, Piccolo destroys the entrance, trapping them in the room forever. Gotenks immediately insults Piccolo for this decision, and tells him of his plan to surprise Buu with a powerful attack pretending all is lost. Piccolo responds to this in complete disgust at Gotenks' attitude towards the situation, and they begin to argue. Super Buu, so enraged about not having access to any candy ever again in his location, lets out a mighty scream, ripping the fabric between the dimensions and creating a portal through which he escaped. Gotenks and Piccolo try several times to recreate Super Buu's portal but without any success. Eventually, when there seem to be no more options, Gotenks reveals that he had something up his sleeve, and turns Super Saiyan 3, with Piccolo once again, in astonishment.
Gotenks then quickly and with more ease than the powered up Buu blared open a portal which himself and Piccolo escaped from. On exiting, Super Buu boasted of his devouring all adult and teenager friends on the lookout, causing Gotenks to finally get serious and fight Super Buu fully. The resulting battle destroyed Kami's Lookout, leaving Piccolo despaired until he was asked by Gotenks to assist him in an attack where Super Buu was battered around like a volleyball whilst sealed inside Gotenks' Galactic Donuts.
Piccolo continued to observe the battle until Gotenks, just as he had a possible chance to defeat Super Buu with his enormous strength, reverted to his base form shortly before the fusion itself wore off. Seeing no hope left, Piccolo prepared to make his last stand with the two young Saiyans who could no longer fuse for an hour. Super Buu was distracted though, and the appearance of Son Gohan, now massively more powerful than he had been before was the reason.
Gohan attacked Super Buu and proved to be his superior by far; Super Buu retaliated by exploding and hiding his ki from the group. While waiting for him to reappear, Gohan filled Piccolo in on his training at the planet of the Supreme Kais, where he had been since, his first encounter with Mr. Buu, while Piccolo was a stone statue, and his mystical power up by the workings of Old Kai that predated the current one by fifteen generations.
They then left to find Dende, whom Gohan sensed was still alive thanks to Popo's sacrifice. On the way they encountered Mr. Satan and Piccolo picked him up, seeing in him the beginnings of a true hero. They then reunited with Dende, but it was brief as Super Buu chose this moment to attack them again. Though Gohan stepped up to defeat him for good, Super Buu instead challenged Goten and Kid Trunks to fight him as Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks again, which they obliged. It was part of his plan though and once Gotenks appeared, he sprung his trap to absorb him for his power and also Piccolo for his intelligence.
Kid Buu & Uub arc
- "Hmm...Who would have thought, Vegeta comes through in the clutch."
- — Piccolo while donating his energy to the Super Spirit Bomb (English Version)
After being rescued by Son Goku and Vegeta (as Vegito, who was purposely absorbed by Buu to free the others), Piccolo was killed along with Son Gohan, Son Goten, and Trunks when Kid Buu blew up the Earth, while Goku and Vegeta managed to escape Earth.
Piccolo was soon revived, along with the Earth and all its inhabitants, by wishes granted by Porunga. He then gave his energy to help form a Spirit Bomb being created by Goku to finish off Kid Buu after receiving Vegeta's planet-wide message, broadcasted by King Kai. Some time after Kid Buu is destroyed, near the end of the series, Piccolo is seen at a party at Bulma's house.
Piccolo's last action in the series was, along with most major characters, to attend the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament ten years after the Kid Buu Saga and witness the emergence of Uub, the good, human reincarnation of Kid Buu.
Dragon Ball Super (Anime)
Battle of Gods arc
Sometime after the titanic battle with Majin Buu, Piccolo is first seen scoping Gohan and Videl from a distance when they were leaving a book store. Piccolo attended Bulma's party, being given his copy of Gohan and Videl's wedding picture and being frustrated in learning that he had blinked while the picture was being taken once viewing it. Piccolo sings karaoke during the party, with Gohan being the only one who likes his performance. He also gets mad at losing at Bingo, saying it's a stupid Earth game.
When Beerus is angered by Majin Buu for not sharing any pudding, Piccolo teams up with Tien Shinhan and Android 18 to challenge Beerus. The three are taken out with ease without getting hit, in the movie he is knocked unconscious via Pressure Point Attacks using chop sticks, but in the anime Piccolo gets healed right away by Dende. While Majin Buu returned to challenge Beerus, Dende senses Beerus's ki as a god's and makes Piccolo aware of it. As Gohan began to charge at Beerus, Piccolo tries to warn him but it's too late, Gohan was taken out. Piccolo is stunned by Vegeta's power up after Bulma was slapped by Beerus.
Later, after Oolong has lost to Beerus in a rock-paper-scissors match, Piccolo is asked by Krillin that if he joined the fight, could there have been a chance but Piccolo denies. The match of rock-paper-scissors decided the fate of the Earth, in which Beerus is ready to blow it up. They are however saved by Goku arrival to Earth. After Goku has summoned Shenron to learn about Super Saiyan God, Piccolo claims that the ritual can't be done to to the fact the there is a need of six righteous Saiyans but there are however four. Piccolo is bombarded by Master Roshi and Chi-Chi and was told that Vegeta is a righteous Saiyan. After Goku has transformed into the Super Saiyan God, Piccolo asks for a confirmation from Dende for Goku attaining god ki and it is deemed to be true. He then enjoys the party after Whis retreats with Beerus.
Resurrection F arc
After the fight with Goku and Beerus, Piccolo is with Chi-Chi carrying groceries for Videl and Pan and Piccolo had to carry the groceries as payment for always eating at their place for free.
He was then seen babysitting Pan when Gohan and Videl went out shopping. At one point, he made funny faces and played peek a boo with her, making her laugh, until her parents return and just when Piccolo was relieved once more, he senses a bad energy where he was facing but didn't know what it was until Shenron was summoned and the sky darkened. After that was over, Piccolo predicted that he and his friends were in serious trouble. When Piccolo and Gohan heard news of Frieza's return, they join Master Roshi, Kuririn, and Tien in the fight against him and his army of 1,000 soldiers.
In the anime, Tagoma shot a ki blast at Gohan and injured him critically. Gohan's heart stopped so Piccolo restarted it with a kiai. Piccolo tries to attack Tagoma with his efforts, but he isn't strong enough to match Tagoma. Gohan helped Piccolo by shooting a blast at Tagoma to get him away. Then, Captain Ginyu switched bodies with Tagoma and takes on the Z Fighters with his immense power. They are easily beat by Ginyu with just single punches to everyone. After that, Piccolo watches Gohan transformed into a Super Saiyan and beat Ginyu in several hits but spared him. Frieza gets furious and starts shooting Death Beams at Gohan. Piccolo then sacrifices himself to protect Gohan after Frieza shoots him multiple times.
After his death in the anime, he is later revived with the Namekian Dragon Balls by Goku after Frieza's death. Then, Piccolo and everyone go to Capsule Corporation for a feast Bulma is preparing. He hears about the Frieza's new form, Golden Frieza and is intrigued by this. During the feast, he is approached by Gohan who realized he needs to train and asks Piccolo if he could do so and Piccolo accepts this and tells him to maintain his body first.
Universe 6 arc
Sometime after the battle with Golden Frieza, Piccolo is training with Gohan. As they are training, they are approached by Vegeta, Goku, and Kuririn. Piccolo is asked by Goku to participate in the tournament against Universe 6 but Gohan wants to do it. However, Gohan says he can't because there's an important conference he has to attend the day of the tournament. Piccolo then takes up on the offer and says he would like more information about the situation. Piccolo, Goku, and Vegeta head to Capsule Corporation, where Bulma is waiting on Jaco. Piccolo examines the Super Dragon Radar but while examining it, Piccolo is asked by Goku to train with him and Vegeta in the Time Chamber. Piccolo however declines, saying he would rather train in silence because he can't keep up with them.
When Jaco arrives, Piccolo and co. head outside. When Vegeta notes that Saiyan women are strong-willed, Piccolo realizes why Goku likes Chi-Chi and Vegeta likes Bulma. Five days later, Piccolo is attending the tournament on the Nameless Planet because he has been selected by Goku to participate on Beerus' team, he along with Goku, Vegeta, Majin Buu, and the strongest fighter Beerus has ever fought. On the way to the Nameless Planet, while Vegeta is curious about a mystery being on the ship, Whis says it's the strongest fighter Beerus has ever faced, Monaka. Vegeta is shocked because of his appearance then Piccolo says they tend to underestimate their opponents off of appearance.
After two hours and forty-five minutes of traveling, they arrive on the Nameless Planet. Once they arrive, the written test, requested by Vegeta, is ready to commence. Piccolo senses good in Frost after Goku and Vegeta suggests he's Frieza. Vados demands everyone to sit because the exam is beginning. Piccolo stands by Goku and Vegeta as they are approached by one of universe six's warriors, Cabba. He reveals that he's a Saiyan from universe six and says interesting things about their universe's Saiyans such as having evolved past tails, the original home planet of Planet Salad is still present in universe six and Saiyans are good beings and they do not steal planets but rather help defeat evil beings.
After this encounter, everyone beings the exam which is ten questions to test the basic knowledge of the warriors. After the time span of ten minutes, Piccolo passes the exam but Majin Buu fails, the only one, and Piccolo even yells at him for spelling his name wrong but Buu has not done anything like it before. Piccolo, Goku, and Vegeta then see Beerus who demands they select their slots of who fights when: Goku fights first, Piccolo second, Vegeta third, and Monaka fourth.
After the tournament presenter introduces the singer to sing the universe anthem, he presents the first match between Goku and Botamo. As he watches the match, Piccolo thinks that Goku's stamina will decrease first, Vegeta doesn't think Goku can win if he can't deal damage to Botamo. Piccolo thinks that Goku can only hurt Botamo if he goes all out but Vegeta doesn't think Goku should. Piccolo is shocked to see that Goku thought of pushing Botamo down and throwing him out the ring but he didn't think of that tactic.
After Botamo is defeated, Piccolo watches the match between Goku and Frost. Piccolo sees Frost transform into his third form. Frost's third form makes him remember all of the negative attributes of Frieza and the events that occurred on Planet Namek. Piccolo is surprised when Goku is defeated by Frost. Piccolo confronts Frost, he takes his weighted clothing off and prepares to fight.
Frost first charges towards Piccolo but Piccolo vanishes and move above Frost where he starts to prepare his Special Beam Cannon, Frost then fired multiple death beams at Piccolo but Piccolo dodges all of them except for one which pierced through his right leg, causing him to fall back on the ground, but then Piccolo uses the Multi-Form. Frost uses an explosive wave to wipe out all of the clones leaving the one real Piccolo behind and he then did a few swift attacks towards Piccolo and just as Frost was about to finish him off.
Because of his upcoming victory, Frost is off guard. Piccolo uses the mystic arm attack and wrapped around Frost with his left arm, preparing to shoot the Special Beam Cannon at Frost. Piccolo says that he allowed Frost to pierce his leg in order to create this chance. However though Frost then uses the poison against Piccolo making him feel dizzy and shot the Special Beam Cannon upwards, missing Frost. Frost then moves towards Piccolo and shoots a energy blast through Piccolo causing the Namekian's defeat.
Piccolo is disqualified though after everyone discovers Frost's cheat, Piccolo's loss is retracted. Therefore, Piccolo will participate in the next match. However, Vegeta tells referee to let Frost continue the tournament as Vegeta wanted to beat Frost himself, Piccolo accepts to be forfeited. Piccolo comes back to sit with his team, he announces Vegeta that this upcoming match won't be lightly. After Vegeta defeats Frost, Piccolo watches the next match between Vegeta and Magetta. Vegeta gets insane and releases his ki. Vegeta's ki breaks Vados' new barrier into pieces. The fragments of the barrier dart around. Piccolo dodges them, he is surprised that Monaka didn't move even an inch to avoid. While watching the match between Vegeta and Cabba, Piccolo realizes that Goku is concerned about Hit, the strongest fighter from Universe 6.
After taking out Cabba, Vegeta faces Hit. Piccolo can't believe that Vegeta is quickly defeated. Even Goku, Vegeta and Piccolo couldn't see Hit's attacks. Piccolo hears Whis mentions that Monaka is just an amateur and he is simply motivation for Goku and Vegeta, and is shocked. The match between Goku and Hit begins. Piccolo is stunned when Hit screams and improves his power in such a short amount of time. Piccolo then sees Goku uses his old technique and becomes a Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken. He is impressed by Goku's extreme fast speed. He then watches as Goku forfeits his match against Hit, deliberately falling out of the ring. Piccolo also stands silent during the arrival of the Omni-King. Piccolo is then present as the Super Dragon Balls are used to summon Super Shenron, and then returns home with the other Z-Fighters.
Piccolo attends the Universe 7 victory party with the other Z-Fighters, along with Beerus, Whis, and Monaka. Before Goku arrives, Piccolo must assist in protecting Monaka's secret. As Beerus dons a life-sized Monaka costume and does battle with Goku, Piccolo and Vegeta interfere in the fight, claiming to being "controlled" by "Monaka". Piccolo uses his Mystic Attack to grab Goku, while Vegeta whispers to him that he is a terrible actor. After Beerus adjusts his costume, he forcefully throws Piccolo and Vegeta out of the match and continues the fight. Piccolo watches as the fight ends and Monaka's secret is protected in the end.
While Gohan and Videl are away on business, Piccolo was tasked with babysitting Pan, who calls him "Piccoyo". Goku, Chi-Chi and Goten then arrive at the house, as their house has been destroyed, and Piccolo gives them oddly specific instructions on taking care of Pan and what she likes to eat. Later that night, Piccolo talks with Goku about his Delayed Onset Ki Disorder, who casually says that his Ki is so flustered that Piccolo would beat him in an all-out fight. The following day, when Pan disappears, Piccolo angrily yells at Goku and Chi-Chi, and assist them in looking for her. Pan is found by the time Gohan and Videl arrive back home.
Future Trunks arc
As he and Goku and harvesting. Goten wants to help after Goku told Piccolo that Master Roshi made him and Kuririn do this when they were little. However Piccolo finds it hard to believe. Kuririn arrives and wonders why Goku is okay with doing this while Vegeta is off training at Beerus' planet. Overhearing this, Goku begins sensing for Vegeta's ki. When Vegeta transforms into a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, Goku locks onto his ki, and teleports. Everyone is surprised but Kuririn, who is forced by Chi-Chi to harvest in Goku's place.
Then Piccolo and Kuririn, after harvesting all of the lettuce, are resting and reminiscing about Kuririn's time training with Master Roshi. Chi-Chi and Goten appear, telling Kuririn and Piccolo that Future Trunks' time machine has appeared. Kuririn and Piccolo wonder if something bad happened in the future again, and they fly to Capsule Corporation.
Finally arriving at the location, Piccolo and Kuririn arrive greet Future Trunks, until a thunderstorm suddenly appears. A portal is opened, and Black Goku arrives, which surprises Future Trunks. Goku and Black Goku officially meet. Piccolo asks Bulma who the enemy is and she says Black Goku is her enemy.
Piccolo along with Future Trunks, Vegeta and Kuririn all fly away to watch the fight. After the time machine is destroy by Black Goku, everyone wonders how to fix it. Piccolo asks Whis if Black Goku is a supereme Kai.
While being outside, Piccolo and Kuririn are doing yard work as Future Trunks approaches them and asks how Gohan is doing. After Piccolo told Future Trunks that Gohan is a scholar, Kuririn suggests that Future Trunks go meet Gohan, but Piccolo says he is currently at a conference. They hand Future Trunks a map to Gohan's area of work.
Later on when everyone eats dinner at Bulma's house. He and Kuririn then sees Future Trunks' new outfit. After the second battle of Goku, Vegeta and Future Trunks in Trunks' timeline, Piccolo comes to the Capsule Corporation, finds way to beat Zamasu and Black Goku. Because Zamasu's now immortal, Piccolo suggests Goku use Evil Containment Wave to seal one of them to prevent them from teaming up. He gets ready to teach Goku the technique but Goku's unware and instantly teleports to Master Roshi's house.
Afterwards Master Roshi calls them saying that Goku left the paper amulet, and Trunks tells this to Piccolo. However Piccolo calls Goku a idiot. After Black Goku is defeated Piccolo says goodbye to Future Trunks.
Universe Survival arc
Gohan approaches Piccolo in a secluded area. Without needing Gohan to explain himself, Piccolo immediately understands why he came to him and agrees to train Gohan back to his powerful self before the Tournament of Power. Along with the other Z Fighters, Piccolo participates in the Tournament of Power to save Universe 7 from destruction. Piccolo is chosen instantly by Gohan with no debate from Goku, Beerus or Whis. Later when Gohan and Goku arrive to inform Piccolo about the tournament, he accepts and offers to get Gohan back into shape to restore his fighting instincts on Goku's behalf.
When Android 17 arrived at the Capsule Corporation after agreeing to participate in the tournament, Piccolo told him that he had noticed that the android had become much stronger than before and tried his hand to thank him for his help In the tournament. Android 17 shook hands with pleasure. When all of the members assemble, Piccolo, alongside the other members of Team Universe 7, depart to the World of Void.
When the Tournament of Power began, Piccolo decides to remain with Gohan, Krillin, Tien Shinhan and Master Roshi. They are attacked by Lavender, Botamo, Comfrey, Shosa and Dercori. Their team assault does no damage to them. After Universe 9 is erased, Piccolo is just as shocked as the other fighters. They are attacked by Universe 10's Jium. During his attack Piccolo takes of his weighted clothing. Piccolo witnesses Kale's rampage, with him noting that Kale cannot control her power. After Kale's rampage, he is separated by the others, but they manage to regroup. Seeing the state of the Tournament Gohan, Piccolo, Tien and Master Roshi decide to fight separately. He was about to fight Universe 10's Jirasen, but Brianne de Chateau knocked out the latter, shocking Piccolo. Piccolo, alongside Gohan encounter Botamo. Piccolo let Gohan fight Botamo, while he was watching. After Botamo's defeat, they are challenged by Universe 10's Obuni and Rubalt. Piccolo fights Rubalt, easily defeating him with the Hellzone Grenade and blasting him off the stage with an energy wave. After Universe 10 is erased, Piccolo sees Gohan being sad and mournful and he snaps him out of it and the two depart.
Sometime later, Gohan and Piccolo are approached by Universe 6's Dr. Rota. Dr. Rota wants to reveal his ability, however before he can do so, he is taken out by a powerful Ki Blast. Gohan and Piccolo hide. Piccolo throws a rock out in the open which is destroyed by the same Ki Blast that took out Dr. Rota. Piccolo says its an attack that focuses energy in one point like the Special Beam Cannon and is shot from far away. Also, Piccolo cannot sense the attacker's energy. Gohan asks if Dr. Rota is dead, Piccolo says that if he would be dead then the attacker would have been disqualified, meaning he is still alive. Gohan and Piccolo decide to move to an area with rubble without the attacker seeing them. Afterwards, Piccolo's arm is shot off, however Piccolo regenerates, and the two decide to find the attacker. While spheres are patrolling the area, Piccolo puts his arm out in the open, and is shot, however he dodges it.
Gohan saw the direction of the shot and the two decide to head there to take out the attacker. Gohan throws a rock which Piccolo blows up with a Ki Blast, creating dust, which they use as cover. In the dust, Piccolo finds one of Prum's spheres. Piccolo wonders what the sphere does, and the two are attacked once again. Piccolo destroys the sphere, revealing that the sphere had heat. Piccolo then takes a shot that was meant for Gohan, this time, both of his arms are shot off, however Piccolo regenerates once again. Piccolo reveals that the attacker is looking for their body heat, explaining why the attacker was capable of shooting them even in the dust. Piccolo and Gohan then heat up the entire area with heat in order to trick the attacker. Prum then bombards the entire area with Ki Blasts, cutting off Gohan and Piccolo. Gohan and Piccolo hide under a rock, as Tien comes to help them, dodge all the Ki Blasts. Piccolo and Gohan witness as Tien is eliminated by Hermila. After Hermila and Prum are eliminated, Piccolo and Gohan depart together.
Dragon Ball GT (Anime)
- "You're a parasite! You've lived off my friends' bodies long enough! Show yourself!"
- — Piccolo challenging an infected Baby Gohan (English Version)
In the Baby Saga, Piccolo detects the evil presence of Baby after he possesses Son Goten and then shows up briefly after Baby transfers bodies to Son Gohan. On arrival though, he is quickly blasted by the possessed Super Saiyan Gohan's Kamehameha, but survives the attack. He does not appear again until near the end of the saga when he saves a young boy who was left behind during the evacuation of Earth, as it was about to explode.
When a Super Saiyan 4 Son Goku returns to teleport both Piccolo and the boy away, Piccolo gives him the energy he needs to do so, but decides to remain behind. The reason for the Earth's destruction was due to the Black Star Dragon Balls, artifacts made by Kami before he split with King Piccolo; by Piccolo's sacrifice, the Black Star Dragon Balls would be turned eternally to stone. His last moments show him having a telepathic farewell conversation with Gohan before dying again in the explosion on Earth. He does not wish to be brought back to life, so the Earth can be at peace from the Black Star Dragon Balls. He is sent to Heaven by King Yemma.
Super 17 arc
Later, in the Super 17 Saga, Piccolo figures out that Son Goku is stuck in Hell and he starts blasting Heaven, so that King Yemma is forced to send him to Hell. Piccolo and Dende then create a gateway between Hell and Earth that allows Goku to make it back and fight Super 17. Shortly afterwards, Nappa, General Blue, Staff Officer Black, and Major Metallitron, having been killed and sent back to Hell by Vegeta and Pan, respectively, attempt to fight Piccolo, although Piccolo presumably beats them.
Shadow Dragons arc
- I asked what are you doing here!? Please tell me you haven't died again! Do you have any idea what I had to go through to send you back to Earth?"
- — Piccolo as he bids his final farewell to Goku (English Version)
In the final episode of Dragon Ball GT, Son Goku goes to Hell to say his good-bye to Piccolo, promising to get him back into Heaven, where he rightfully belongs. Ironically, Piccolo seems to have become a protector of Hell, as he is shown defeating a giant monster who was causing trouble, while the watch-keeper ogres from Hell cheer him on.
In the beginning of the movie, Piccolo was training near a canyon, when he is ambushed by Garlic Jr. and his minions, being beaten to near death. This action also causes Kami to believe that Piccolo had died. Piccolo then arrives and teams up with Goku in order to pay back Garlic Jr and his minions for their attempt at his life, personally killing Sansho during the match. Eventually, he and Goku seemingly destroy a powered up Garlic Jr. via a barrage of ki blasts. Piccolo and Goku then are about to fight so Piccolo could "settle the score" with him, but Garlic Jr. reveals his survival, having wished for immortality earlier, and attempts to seal Goku, Gohan, and Piccolo in the Dead Zone. However, Gohan knocks Garlic Jr. in the Dead Zone. Piccolo and Goku then go their own way.
In the beginning of the movie, a reformed Piccolo saves Gohan and Oolong from an ambush from Dr. Wheelo's Bio Men, after they stumbled upon Dr. Kochin bringing the Dragon Balls to the site of Wheelo's fortress to unseal it due to Bulma's Dragonball Radar picking it up. He apparently perished in the process, but in actuality, he survived and was captured, and then brainwashed into fighting for Dr. Wheelo by placing a gold root-like device on his forehead. The brainwashed Piccolo is then forced to fight Goku, although the device is eventually damaged enough to snap him back to his senses and attack Wheelo.
Piccolo appears in the beginning, meditating near the water falls only to sense a powerful force that would be coming from the newly planted tree of might. He later appears to save Gohan from Tullece, demanding Gohan's release from the Saiyan's grasp, Tullece quickly retaliates only for him to ambush and blast the Namekian warrior from behind. Piccolo somehow regains consciousness, while beckoning Goku to cut off Gohan's tail after being transformed, only to be knocked back by the Great Ape Gohan, while getting blasted away by Tullece.
With Goku in a middle of a fight against the Tullece Crusher Corps., Piccolo confronts Tullece and tries to go toe to toe with the Lower Class warrior but struggles during their fight, as he soon would later counterattack with a Special Beam Cannon only for it to be block by the Saiyan with Piccolo quickly finished off with a powerful energy wave. Piccolo confronts Tullece for the final time with the rest of the Z-Fighters to defend Goku, but was clearly outmatched due to Turles's newly increased power from eating the fruits from the tree of might. Later near the end, with Goku's Spirit Bomb finally destroying Tullece along with the Tree of Might, Piccolo is seen once again meditating near the waterfalls with peace once again restored.
Piccolo aids in fighting against Lord Slug's clan. He eventually is offered by a beaten Wings to join Lord Slug, claiming that they are of the demon clan, but Piccolo refuses and blasts his head off. Piccolo was later instrumental in Lord Slug's final defeat, by having Gohan exploit Namekians' weaknesses to high-frequency sounds by whistling, and also removing his own ears so they will not be damaged from the attack. Piccolo eventually transfers some of his remaining energy to Goku in order to allow him to continue his battle against Great Namek Lord Slug and, when Goku prepares to attack Slug with the Kaio-ken x100, Slug claims to feel Piccolo's presence alongside Goku.
Piccolo ends up saving Gohan from Cooler's Armored Squadron, hitting Dore in the back with a ki blast just as Dore was going to crush Gohan's head with his right hand. Having witnessed their fighting style earlier, he also tells them they are unlikely to kill him. He later saves Gohan from Dore's pursuit by firing a homing energy beam at Dore, eventually killing Dore when his attempt at deflecting it failed. Piccolo then was caught in Neiz's body wave, although he shortly thereafter reflected it back at Neiz, frying and killing him. He then attempted to attack Salza with two chasing bullets, but Salza managed to parry them. They fought to a stalemate, but just before Piccolo could kill Salza, he ended up ambushed by Cooler, being hit with a beam to the chest. Piccolo could only express shock at Frieza's apparent survival, mistaking Cooler for Frieza, while being hit with multiple Chaotic Death Ends. Eventually, Cooler manages to bring a comatose Piccolo to Salza, asking him what he should do with him.
When Salza properly introduces Cooler to Goku, Cooler demonstrates how merciless he is by dropping Piccolo's body and then hitting him with yet another Chaotic Death End before Goku could catch him, to Goku's horror and rage. This action was one of the things in Goku's mind that resulted in Goku becoming a Super Saiyan again. Despite this, Piccolo managed to survive this, and later managed to save Gohan, Goku, Icarus, Oolong, and Krillin from Salza by firing a Special Beam Cannon at him from far away.
Piccolo is among the Z Fighters who traveled to New Namek to aid the Namekians from the new threat of the Big Gete Star. He fights with Krillin and Gohan against the Cyclopian Guards. He later attempts to get to the Big Gete Star, but is forced to fight a Meta-Cooler (to which he expressed shock as to how it got there so quickly, not realizing that the Meta-Cooler fighting against Goku was actually just one of an entire line of them). Eventually, he manages to survive the battle when Goku and Vegeta overloaded the Big Gete Star's systems with their Super Saiyan energy, as well as getting Gohan, Kuririn, Oolong, Yajirobe, Master Roshi, and the Namekian populace out safety.
- Same old unhealthy obsession, same old foul one-track programming"
- — Piccolo to #13 after helping Goku (English version)
Piccolo arrives to help Goku fight against Android 13. After #13 manages to become Super Android 13, Piccolo and Goku attempt to defeat him, but were beaten relatively easily. He attempts to protect Gohan when Gohan attempts to fight off #13, but is knocked back. He later manages to pull #13 in a full nelson to throw off 13's S.S. Energy Bomber from Goku's Spirit Bomb and is knocked back for it, although not before buying Goku enough time to finish it. He is later seen during the credits, sitting on a rock in the ocean with Vegeta, facing opposite to each other. He asked Vegeta if it was over, and the saiyan answered "Not until the fish jumps." Vegeta quickly declared it was over after a fish jumped out of the water.
- "You're not just fighting a Saiyan, you're fighting a monster."
- — Piccolo describing Broly to the Vegeta (English version)
Piccolo had sensed Broly's immense power, as well as Broly's severe insanity from Kami's Lookout. This, along with his earlier having overheard King Kai's conversation with Goku about the destruction of the South Galaxy at Broly's hands, prompted him to depart for New Planet Vegeta with a Capsule Corps spaceship. After landing it, he let Kuririn, Oolong, Master Roshi, and the surviving Shamoian Slaves leave with it to escape from the doomed planet. He then saved Gohan from Broly's Eraser Cannon at the last second, and then accused Broly of being a monster who picks on children first, before Broly counters that he's not simply a "monster", but the devil himself. Piccolo then gives Gohan, Goku, and Future Trunks Senzu Beans to refresh them before they challenged Broly again.
Piccolo was eventually knocked away by Broly to Vegeta's location. He then tries to force Vegeta to fight Broly, but when it became apparent that Vegeta was not going to snap out of his terrified state, he, disgusted with Vegeta's cowardly behavior, drops him down to the city after telling him to stay clear of the true warriors. Eventually, he expended most of his energy fighting Broly, and agrees to lend Goku his remaining energy as a last resort to defeating Broly. Eventually, he and the rest of the characters somehow managed to teleport inside the Capsule Corporation ship shortly after Broly's defeat. He is seen sitting side by side with Vegeta.
- "Looks like you found a good fight. Mind if I cut in?"
- — Piccolo after saving Gohan from Bojack
Piccolo participates in the Intergalactic Tournament, and faces off against Krillin after getting through the preliminaries. However, he ends up forfeiting because he was disgusted that Krillin was not doing well against him. Eventually, he returns to help Gohan fight against Bojack and his gang, but ends up beaten down. He later stands in solitude in the hospital courtyard with Vegeta, similar to Super Android 13.
He was then seen babysitting Pan when Gohan and Videl went out shopping. Piccolo was relieved once more when Gohan and Videl arrive, he senses a bad energy where he was facing but didn't know what it was until Shenron was summoned and the sky darkened. After that was over, Piccolo predicted that he and his friends were in serious trouble. When Piccolo and Gohan heard news of Frieza's return, they join Master Roshi, Kuririn, and Tien in the fight against him and his army of 1,000 soldiers.
In the movie Piccolo is challenged by Shisami during the battle with the soldiers, and has a difficult time fighting him. After all of Frieza's other soldiers are defeated, Gohan notices Piccolo is still having an even fight with Shisami, he takes over for him and effortlessly beats him while in his Super Saiyan form. This prompted Frieza to kill Gohan with one blow. Piccolo revived Gohan with a kiai to his chest to get his heart beating again and then used their second to last Senzu Bean to get him back on his feet. When Goku needs a signal for him to use Instant Transmission, Piccolo along with the others power up to help him.
Since he does not die in the movie, Piccolo then witnesses the battle between Goku and Frieza, later Vegeta. Piccolo is one of the survivors of Earth's destruction by Frieza by being shielded by Whis. Whis, however, reverses time three minutes prior for Goku to kill Frieza, sending him back to Hell.
He I seen in visions by Bardock.
Even though he doesn't appear in the special in person. In the English Version only, Piccolo is mention by Pan when she reveals to her grandson, Son Goku Jr., that her late father, Son Gohan, trained with the Namekian. In quote by saying "My father trained with Piccolo for a year, and his still ran away from his first fight. But that was when he finally discover his real strength".
Piccolo helps Goku and Gohan during their battle against the Ghost Warriors. He notably defeats Kawazu at Poco Poco Volcano, and takes on Lord Slug in West City. He later battles Dr. Raichi on the Dark Planet, and defeats Hatchiyack along with the other Z Fighters.
Piccolo also attends Mr. Satan's party in Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!. Like most of the other Z Fighters and their family members, they watch Goten and Trunks' battle with Abo and Kado from the sidelines due to the enemies being weak enough for the children to handle them. When Gohan coaches the two, Krillin remarks to Piccolo on Gohan's dependability although Piccolo says he is "still too weak", leading Krillin to note Piccolo was still the strict master. Later on, he briefly goes into action by using his Special Beam Cannon to destroy the giant blast fired by Aka, protecting Bulma, Chi-Chi, Oolong and Puar.
Piccolo is a playable character in all the following video games:
- Data Carddass Dragon Ball Z
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- Dragon Ball Heroes
- Dragon Ball GT Final Bout
- Dragon Ball GT Transformation
- Dragon Ball Kai Ultimate Butoden
- Dragon Ball Zenkai Battle Royale
- Dragon Ball Z Attack of the Saiyans
- Dragon Ball Z Bakuretsu Impact
- Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z
- Dragon Ball Z Budokai
- Dragon Ball Z Budokai 2
- Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3
- Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi
- Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2
- Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3
- Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection
- Dragon Ball Z Burst Limit
- Dragon Ball Z Buyu Retsuden
- Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle
- Dragon Ball Z Dragon Battlers
- Dragon Ball Z For Kinect
- Dragon Ball Z Gaiden Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku
- Dragon Ball Z Gekito Tenkaichi Budokai
- Dragon Ball Z II Gekishin Freeza
- Dragon Ball Z 3 Gokuden
- Dragon Ball Z Goku Hishōden
- Dragon Ball Z Goku Gekitoden
- Dragon Ball Z Harukanaru Densetsu
- Dragon Ball Z Hyper Dimension
- Dragon Ball Z Kyoshu! Saiyan
- Dragon Ball Z Legendary Super Warriors
- Dragon Ball Z Legend of the Super Saiyan
- Dragon Ball Z Raging Blast
- Dragon Ball Z Raging Blast 2
- Dragon Ball Z III Ressen Jinzoningen
- Dragon Ball Z Sagas
- Dragon Ball Z Scouter Battle Taikan Kamehameha
- Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai
- Dragon Ball Z Shin Budokai - Another Road
- Dragon Ball Z Shin Butoden
- Dragon Ball Z 2 Super Battle
- Dragon Ball Z Super Butoden
- Dragon Ball Z Super Butoden 2
- Dragon Ball Z Super Butoden 3
- Dragon Ball Z Super Gokuden Kakusei Hen
- Dragon Ball Z Supersonic Warriors
- Dragon Ball Z Supersonic Warriors 2
- Dragon Ball Z Tap Battle
- Dragon Ball Z The Legend
- Dragon Ball Z The Legacy of Goku
- Dragon Ball Z The Legacy of Goku 2
- Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Battle 22
- Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi
- Dragon Ball Z V.R.V.S.
- Dragon Ball Z W Bakuretsu Impact
- Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse
- Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse 2
- Super Dragon Ball Z
- Jump Ultimate Star
- Jump Victory VS
- 'Katas (Grandfather)
- Nameless Namekian (Father before splitting into two)
- King Piccolo (Father/Past Incarnation)
- Kami (Father's good counterpart/permanent fuser)
- Piano (Brother)
- Tambourine (Brother)
- Cymbal (Brother)
- Drum (Brother)
- Son Gohan (Student)
- Nail (Permanent Fuser)
- Guru (Second Father due to fusion with Nail)
- Moori (Older Brother due to fusion with Nail)
- Dende (Younger Brother due to fusion with Nail)
- Cargo (Younger Brother due to fusion with Nail)
- King Kai (Mentor)
- Future Piccolo (Future Counterpart/dead)
- Piccolo is named after the half-sized flute, piccolo, continuing his family's name puns based on musical instruments. In the series, it is revealed that his name means "another world" in the Namekian language. The phrase "Piccolo" is used to open the door of the Namekian spaceship.
- Piccolo is Akira Toriyama's favorite character. He explains thoroughly "I believe mine would be Piccolo. He was the first character in my manga where I was like, 'He has a scary face, but he's so cool!' It really is cliché when bad guys turn into good guys, but it just feels great drawing it!". However, he contradicts this in an interview with Shonen Jump where he states that Goku is his favorite character in the series.
- Despite being about Goku's age physically (maybe older), he is actually only about four years older than Gohan chronologically (based on the time line because he was spawned three years before the tournament in which he fought Goku, and Gohan was four years old when he made his first appearance five years later).
- Piccolo has trained both of Goku's children: he trained Gohan to fight the Saiyans and Goten to fight Majin Buu. Alongside Goten, he also trained Trunks.
- In the second half of the Dragon Ball GT episode "Raising the Stakes", when Videl is changing to her Great Saiyaman 2 outfit, a small Piccolo toy can be spotted in a box.
- Piccolo is one of several enemies or rivals to become an ally or friend. Others include: Oolong, Yamcha, Kuririn, Tien, Chaozu, Vegeta, Androids 16, Android 18, Majin Buu, and finally Nuova Shenron.
- Piccolo's hobby is meditating in quiet places.
- Piccolo is one of the few Namekians actually seen consuming food, as he is seen eating a fish when he was a child.
- In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, he is revealed to also be fond of the special water found in the Time Nest due to its ability to cleanse the mind and soul. As a result, he considers the Time Nest as a kind of utopia for Namekians (due to the fact his people subsist on water).
- Piccolo's favorite food is water (particularly the thawed ice water from the north area).
- On the front cover of the VIZBIG EDITION of DRAGONBALL VOL. 12, Piccolo's skin tone is a pale bluish color.
Piccolo has many similarities with Uchiha Sasuke from Naruto/Naruto Shippuuden.
- Both are the last of their kind.
- Both train by themselves.
- Both lived their whole life alone.
- Both are referred to as "Uncle" by their student. (For Piccolo : Gohan. Whereas for Sasuke : Boruto)
- Both are great at fighting with one arm. (However for Piccolo : he prefers to fight with two arms. Whereas for Sasuke : he prefers to fight with one arm)
- Both have the same personality. (Both : quiet, anti-social, stern, and short temper)
- Both are the main characters rival. (For Piccolo : Goku. Whereas for Sasuke : Naruto)
- Both trained the son of the main character. (For Piccolo : Gohan. Whereas for Sasuke : Boruto)
- Both lecture their student on how their father risked his life to save them. (For Piccolo : he tells Gohan that even though Goku saved him, Gohan has to train so he can stop Vegeta and Nappa from destroying earth. Whereas for Sasuke : he told Boruto that he is making the same mistakes Naruto made when he was his age)
- Both are harsh towards their student while training them. (For Piccolo : leaving Gohan in the woods to survive on his own for a year, and teaching him brutal martial arts that he didn't learn yet. Whereas for Sasuke : having Boruto endure difficult shurikenjutsu training and lecturing him about complaining on not being able to learn other techniques that aren't his speciality)
- Both told their student about the past. (For Sasuke : he told Boruto about how Naruto acted as a child. Whereas for Piccolo : he told Gohan about his five year rivalry with Goku)
- However they would only show their softer side when they protect their student from getting kill. (For Piccolo : protecting Gohan from Nappa. Whereas for Sasuke : protecting Boruto from Momoshiki)
- Both met another one of their rivals friend, but doesn't talk to them that much. (For Piccolo : Kuririn. Whereas for Sasuke : Neji) However Kuririn remains a live to still speak with Piccolo. Whereas Neji dies way before Sasuke can talk to him more.
- Both have spoke to their rivals wife in order to see where their rival is at. (For Piccolo : Chi-Chi. Whereas for Sasuke : Hinata) However Piccolo has plenty of contact with Chi-Chi, and holds great fear for her due to her temper. Whereas Sasuke has little contact with Hinata, but seems to be on good terms with her due to her being friendly and kind to him.
- Both know where their rival lives at. (For Piccolo : he knows that Goku lives in a house in the woods that is next to his old house. Whereas for Sasuke : he knew that Naruto lived in a one bedroom apartment building, but now knows that he lives next to same building because he lives in a big house with Hinata)
- Both fought and survive against a strong enemy that they weren't able to kill. (For Piccolo : Frieza. Whereas for Sasuke : Orochimaru)
- Both trained their student at a very young age. (For Piccolo : training Gohan at the age of 4. Whereas for Sasuke : training Boruto when the latter is at the age of 12)
- Both would secretly watch their student from the shadows whenever they rival is too busy. (For Piccolo : he watches over Gohan while being far away from the woods. Whereas for Sasuke : he watches over Boruto while being far away from the Hokage Monument)
- Both of them would try to get along with two of their rivals friends but for their rivals sake. (For Piccolo : Kuririn and Tien. Whereas for Sasuke : Shikamaru and Sai)
- Japanese : Toshio Furukawa (1988 – Present)
- English : Christopher Sabat (1996 – Present)
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