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Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール, Doragon Bōru), created by Akira Toriyama in 1984, is an internationally famous media franchise. It consists primarily of one manga series, three different anime, eighteen animated feature films, an unofficial live-action Chinese movie, a collectible trading card game, a large number of electronic games, as well as other collectibles like action figures. Dragon Ball has an extensive online fanbase and, as of 2005, is consistently one of the most frequently searched-for terms on Google, Yahoo!, Lycos, and YouTube.

The narrative of Dragon Ball received some of its inspiration and various characters from the Chinese folk novel Journey to the West, though it diverges from the novel very quickly. It follows the adventures of its lead character, Son Goku (based on the Monkey King of the folk legend, Sun Wukong) from his childhood into old age. Dragon Ball originally included action and comedy elements, as well a significant amount of science fiction, though the story became more sci-fi oriented over time.

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Piccolo (ピッコロ, Pikkoro)[1] [2] is a fictional character from the Dragon Ball metaseries. He is considered both the son and reincarnation of Piccolo Daimao ("Piccolo the Great Demon King") and was spawned to save himself from certain death at the hands of Son Goku. Like his father, he appears as a tall green humanoid creature with pointy ears. After his narrow defeat against Goku, Piccolo is soon forced to form an at first uneasy alliance with Goku and his friends against newer, more dangerous threats. Out of necessity he also takes it upon himself to train Goku's child Son Gohan, forming a powerful bond which ultimately redeems him when he sacrifices himself to save the child's life. After his resurrection he fully joins Goku and the others in their struggles against ever more powerful villains. Unlike the human characters in the series, Piccolo's relative power remains competitive with that of the Saiyans' up until the Majin Buu Saga -- at which point, his role shifts from warrior to mentor.

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  1. ^ (born circa 730 A.D.) Piccolo's name is originally derived from the musical instrument, as all of the Great Demon King's henchmen had the names of various instruments.
  2. ^ Around the start of the Namek Saga, it's revealed that his name means "another world" in Namekian.

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This is the Toriyama bot or "Tori" bot, seen mostly in Dr. Slump and some of Dragon Ball. The creator of the two series, Akira Toriyama, based it on himself.

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  • As part of his self parody, the main character Neko Majin actually has a transformation that is similar to the Super Saiyan, where he becomes "Super Neko Majin".


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