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"It's the only way, Tien. Don't worry. I'm not afraid. And if I can save you, then it's worth dying for."
— "The Power of Nappa"

Chiaotzu, also known as Chaoz (チャオ Chaozu) in the original Japanese version, is the constant companion and best friend of Tien Shinhan and one of Master Shen's former students.


Chiaotzu is an Earthling who possesses a few different traits than most, such as plain white skin and red cheeks. Like Krillin, Chiaotzu does not have a visible nose and is quite short in height. Chiaotzu has a single, wiry hair on his head, only seen after he removes his hat. His outfit throughout the majority of the series consists of the entire Crane School uniform. By the second half of the Vegeta Saga, however, he ditches the robe for a white tank top. In the Majin Buu Saga, like Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu wears a blue Hanfu (Han Chinese-style) robe with a white cloak and pants, and though he wears a Mongolian-style hat in the manga, he keeps the Crane School cap in the anime. He also does not appear to age.

Chiaotzu's design is based on Jiang Shi (Chinese vampires). The similarities are displayed in both his appearance and also when Chiaotzu performs some of his attacks. Jiang Shi is described as having white skin, red cheeks and wearing an outfit from the Qing Dynasty. These ghosts cannot walk (only hop), and they always keep their arms stretched out in front of them. These qualities are all referenced in Chiaotzu to some extent: when first encountered, Chiaotzu flies more often than walks, and his attacks are executed by stretching his arms. Chiaotzu's outfit also resembles a Qing one. At the time Chiaotzu debuted, there was a Jiang Shi movie craze throughout East Asia, specifically Hong Kong's Mr. Vampire and Taiwan's Hello Dracula movie series.

Another possibility is that Chiaotzu was inspired by Nezha from Journey to the West, the novel Akira Toriyama used as a prototype for his own work when he began creating the Dragon Ball manga series. Nezha is usually depicted as a baby with a totally white body, much like Chiaotzu. Nezha is an opponent of Sun Wukong (who inspired Goku) and one of his allies is Erlang Shen, a god depicted with three eyes. This makes Chiaotzu and Tien a fitting pair, being similar in appearance to Nezha and Erlang respectively.


In his initial characterization, Chiaotzu is sadistic and amoral due to the teachings of Master Shen. During the preliminary rounds of the tournament, he needlessly burns one of his opponents so badly that the man is bandaged from head to toe. He gleefully inflicts pain on Krillin with his psychic attack and uses the same attack to cheat in Tien's match with Goku, on Shen's order.

Later, Chiaotzu is a fairly quiet but brave psychic martial artist who is willing to help out his friends whenever possible and is highly devoted to his training with Tien. He will normally follow Tien every step of the way, but if he truly feels what he is doing is right, Chiaotzu will ignore Tien's rejections or even pleas in order to commit to the plan he has conjured up.[6] Despite being quiet and powerful, he also has a childish nature; mocking Krillin for shortcomings that Chiaotzu himself has when they first meet. He has demonstrated an inability to quickly solve basic addition problems or grasp some jokes. He enjoys watching movies and eating tenshindon[1] (Which is ironically the dish that Tien Shinhan was named for).


Dragon Ball[]

Fortuneteller Baba Saga[]


Tien and Chiaotzu scamming a village

Chiaotzu is shown as Tien's partner-in-crime, traveling with him from village to village with the InoShikaCho, a naturally gentle beast who attacks villages Tien and Chiaotzu tell him to. Tien and Chiaotzu inevitably "save" the villages and collect huge rewards for the false services. Goku tries to expose them as frauds, but Tien convinces the villagers it is Goku who is an ally of InoShikaCho. He is seen with Tien in the boat headed to the World Martial Arts Tournament on Papaya Island.

Tien Shinhan Saga[]


Chiaotzu uses his telekinesis

Chiaotzu is fully introduced to the series at the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament during the Tien Shinhan Saga. He is a student of Master Shen, who enters him along with Tien in order to represent the Crane School of martial arts and defeat the students of his rival, the Turtle Hermit Master Roshi.

At Tien's request, Chiaotzu uses his mental powers to fix the ordering of the matches in the quarter-finals. Chiaotzu decides to put himself up against Krillin, who is representing Master Shen's rival Master Roshi's Turtle School, and whom he had been exchanging petty insults with since the start of the tournament. As the quarter-final match begins, Chiaotzu and Krillin battle at an even pace, until Krillin starts to edge him out of the ring. Noticing this, Chiaotzu levitates high into the air and begins firing multiple Dodon Rays at Krillin. After Tien informs Master Shen that his brother, Mercenary Tao, faced defeat at the hands of Turtle student Goku, Chiaotzu was ordered to kill Krillin at once by using a single powerful Dodon Ray. As Chiaotzu fires his Dodon Ray, Krillin manages to avoid the attack by leaping upwards into the sky. Following the aftermath of the Dodon Ray's explosion, Krillin then proceeds to hit Chiaotzu with a Kamehameha, hoping to land Chiaotzu out of bounds. However, Chiaotzu manages to recover from the attack and levitates back into the tournament arena.


Chiaotzu fighting Krillin during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament

After both Chiaotzu and Krillin land back into the arena, Chiaotzu unleashes his Telekinesis technique to attack Krillin's internal organs. Whilst Chiaotzu has Krillin clutching his stomach in pain by the Telekinesis technique, Master Shen then telepathically orders him to slowly kill Krillin instead of tossing him out of bounds. Chiaotzu then proceeds to kick Krillin around the ring. Krillin soon figures out that Chiaotzu needs to have his palms spread out in order to continue with his attack. When Krillin asks Chiaotzu a basic math question, Chiaotzu needs to use his fingers to come up with the answer, which stops his Telekinesis technique from working each time he counts. The second time this happens, Chiaotzu is punched out of the arena after Krillin breaks free from the Telekinesis, thus causing Chiaotzu to lose the match via ring-out, making Master Shen wish he taught Chiaotzu math.


Chiaotzu preparing to help Tien with telekinesis

During Tien's match with Goku in the final round, Chiaotzu is ordered by Master Shen to use his psychic abilities to constantly paralyze Goku during the match. Eventually discovering this, Tien demands that Chiaotzu must stop since he wants a fair match. After Tien refuses to kill Goku and rejects the path of an assassin, an infuriated Master Shen orders Chiaotzu to kill both Tien and Goku. Chiaotzu refuses, as not only does he want to see how the tournament ends, but he also doesn't want to kill his best friend Tien, who is fighting at his best, even if his master orders it. The Crane Hermit then grabs Chiaotzu and threatens to kill him instead. Master Roshi puts an end to this by blasting Master Shen out of the stadium with a Kamehameha, thus saving Chiaotzu and allowing Tien and Goku to continue their match.

After the match ends and Tien is declared the winner of the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, Roshi offers to let Chiaotzu and Tien stay at the Kame House. Tien declines the offer, stating that he and Chiaotzu cannot follow the teachings of another, even if they have both betrayed their master.

King Piccolo Saga[]


Chiaotzu and Puar find Krillin's body

The good mood is short-lived, however, as Turtle student Krillin is unexpectedly killed while separated momentarily from the group. Along with his body, a note was left at the scene, with the character "demon" on it. A concerned Master Roshi tells everyone that it represents an incredibly powerful Demon King, King Piccolo, who was sealed away inside an Electric Rice Cooker centuries ago by Master Roshi's and Master Shen's old master, Master Mutaito, by using the suicidal Evil Containment Wave technique, but is now apparently free again. On hearing this, Goku, still not fully recovered from his battle with Tien, rushes off to seek revenge.


Chiaotzu stops bullets with his telekinetic abilities

Realizing the gravity of the situation, Chiaotzu and Tien volunteer to help in any way they can. They are informed of the seven Dragon Balls, which when collected summon Shenron, a mystical dragon that can grant any wish. Along with Master Roshi, they venture out on a desperate quest to retrieve them in order to have the Dragon revive Krillin. When Chiaotzu and his friends eventually arrive at a Mercenary Clan's location to retrieve a Dragon Ball, Chiaotzu uses his telekinetic powers to a great advantage when the clan fire many bullets towards Roshi, Tien, and Chiaotzu. After finding several of the Dragon Balls, the Dragon Radar shows them that the remaining Dragon Balls are actually coming towards them, meaning King Piccolo is also seeking the Dragon Balls and is coming for theirs. Master Roshi, Chiaotzu, and Tien use this as a plan to capture King Piccolo once again.


The dead Chiaotzu next to the dead Roshi

Before King Piccolo can confront them, Master Roshi unexpectedly knocks Tien out and hides him in a cave. He then afterward tells Chiaotzu that there has been a change of plans, and to refrain from jumping into the fight and to remain hidden, whatever happens. Master Roshi plans on using the Evil Containment Wave against King Piccolo since Goku is thought to have already been killed. Chiaotzu, along with a semi-conscious Tien, can do nothing but witnesses Master Roshi's ultimately unsuccessful stand against the powerful Demon King, dying in the process of giving a small speech. Afterward, King Piccolo wastes no time joining the Dragon Balls together to summon Shenron and have his wish for eternal youth granted. To combat this, Chiaotzu is ordered desperately by Tien to quickly make a wish to destroy King Piccolo before the Demon King can make one himself. Chiaotzu appears from the shadows and attempts to change the wish, but he is quickly killed mid-sentence from a blast by King Piccolo, an act Tien can only watch in horror. King Piccolo continues to make his wish and then destroys the Dragon afterward, knowing it is the only thing that can stop him.

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Chiaotzu and Tien after the latter was resurrected

When King Piccolo leaves, Tien respectfully places Roshi and Chiaotzu's corpses close to each other neatly, and soon Chiaotzu is placed in a Freezing Capsule to preserve his body. After Goku manages to defeat King Piccolo, Chiaotzu was later wished back to life by Bulma and company, after Goku convinced Kami to bring Shenron back to life, thus reviving the Dragon Balls.

Piccolo Jr. Saga[]


Chiaotzu flying

Chiaotzu then trains with Tien, Yamcha, and the newly resurrected Krillin until they are informed by Master Roshi that, to be able to compete with Goku, they are going to need to find better ways to train than are available at the Kame House. They all head to Korin Tower and train with Korin before each going their own separate way.

Three years after King Piccolo's defeat, Chiaotzu, along with Tien, Krillin, and Yamcha, return to compete in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. He, as well as the rest of the group, is surprised to see Goku, now a teenager, and looks forward to the upcoming fights.


Chiaotzu uses his mental powers to fix the ordering of the matches

When the lots are drawn up to determine the order of the fights, Chiaotzu carries out Tien's request to manipulate the cards so that none of the group (Tien, Yamcha, Goku, Chiaotzu, and Krillin) or Piccolo Jr., King Piccolo’s reincarnation, fight each other in the preliminaries.

The early matches seem to be going as usual, with the group quickly dispatching their opponents. When Chiaotzu faces his opponent, he turns fearful, with Tien then receiving a horrible sense of something happening to Chiaotzu. He races to the scene and finds Chiaotzu heavily wounded and unconscious, his opponent turning out to be the now cybernetically-enhanced Mercenary Tao. Tao explains that after his seeming death by Goku, he was rebuilt into the half-man half-machine before them, and had returned to take revenge on Tien and Chiaotzu for disgracing the Crane School, and Goku for defeating him before. Chiaotzu had suffered serious injuries, but was treated at the nearby hospital and later rejoined Tien and the others after Goku defeated Piccolo Jr.

Dragon Ball Z[]

Saiyan Saga[]

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Chiaotzu and Yamcha train for the arrival of the Saiyans

Five years after the defeat of Piccolo Jr., after learning that Goku sacrificed his life to defeat Raditz, Chiaotzu is summoned along with Tien Shinhan, Krillin, Yamcha and Yajirobe to train at The Lookout for the battle against Vegeta and Nappa. After completing Kami's training, he then continues to train with Tien until the Saiyans arrive on Earth. As Tien and Chiaotzu make their way to the battlefield, Tien requests that Chiaotzu stays behind. Chiaotzu begins insisting that he too has trained hard, thus earning his right to participate in the fight. Tien continues to pressure Chiaotzu into staying, however, Chiaotzu refuses and continues with Tien along to the battlefield.

Both Chiaotzu and Tien arrive at the battlefield prior to the fight beginning, but just before Yamcha does. Despite the Z Fighters agreeing with Vegeta to challenge the Saibamen one at a time, Chiaotzu and Gohan do not get their chance to take on any of the Saibamen.

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Chiaotzu's suicidal attack against Nappa

After Yamcha is killed by a self-destructing Saibaman, and the remaining Saibamen were destroyed by Krillin and Piccolo, Nappa decides to challenge the Z Fighters himself. Whilst he powers himself up, Chiaotzu attempts to use his Telekinesis attack on Nappa, but he proves too strong for the attack to have any effect. As Nappa finishes powering up, he charges at Tien and proceeds to cut off his left arm. Chiaotzu is horrified, as he sees the mighty Saiyan brutally attacking his best friend before his eyes. After Krillin recovers from the aftershock of a Blazing Storm from Nappa, he looks around in fear that Chiaotzu was taken out by the blast. Vegeta tells Nappa to look behind him, as Chiaotzu latches himself upon Nappa's back, thus making himself a living bomb. The gigantic Saiyan struggles to remove him. After Chiaotzu telepathically says goodbye to Tien, he detonates and kills himself, in a hopeful attempt to save his friends. However, Nappa surprises the Z Fighters by smugly reappearing from the smoke unfazed, and with a small amount of damage being done to him. Tien and Krillin are then left in anger at the fact that Chiaotzu's attack did not faze Nappa at all, and thus Chiaotzu's suicide attack was in vain.

Frieza Saga[]


Chiaotzu confronts Gregory

Because of the influence of Kami, after he perished, Chiaotzu's body was regenerated by Kami and was allowed to train on King Kai's Planet in the Other World as Goku did earlier. Joining him were the other warriors who also perished in the battle against the Saiyans: Tien, Piccolo, and Yamcha. On King Kai's planet, 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.[7]


Chiaotzu is happy both he and Tien are back on Earth

Chiaotzu, along with Tien and Yamcha, remain on King Kai's planet and learns of everyone's (Goku, Vegeta, Krillin, Gohan, Dende, and Piccolo fused with Nail) mighty struggle with the evil tyrant Frieza on planet Namek. In a filler scenario, he defeated Guldo of the Ginyu Force with relative ease.

After Yamcha reports Goku's victory, he then relays that Namekian Dragon Balls can revive those who died more times, specifically meaning Chiaotzu, Goku, and Krillin can be revived too, delighting him.

He is eventually wished back to life a second time along with Tien by a wish made to Porunga. After returning to Earth, Chiaotzu and Tien go into solitude, training in the mountains.

Frieza-Androids Interlude[]


Chiaotzu in the Trunks Saga

A year later, whilst Chiaotzu and Tien are training in the mountains, they are interrupted when they sense two powerful evil kis heading towards Earth. They then fly to the location of where the kis are coming from. Both Chiaotzu and Tien are surprised to find Vegeta (who was somewhat reformed during the crisis on Namek and now resides on Earth with Bulma) and the other Z Fighters who inform them that the ki they are detecting is Frieza, who somehow survived. When Frieza does land, he is quickly dispatched by an unknown mysterious youth. Piccolo, overhearing the youth's private conversation with Goku, tells everyone the warning that two incredibly powerful Androids will attack within three years.

Androids Saga[]


Chiaotzu in the Android Saga

After the three years had passed, the rest of the Z Fighters appear to the location where the androids would soon show up. Tien tells the others that Chiaotzu did indeed train with him for the arrival of the androids, but thought it was best to leave him behind, as Tien felt he would not have been able to keep up with the battle, which Goku agreed with. During this time, Chiaotzu proceeded to cook for Master Roshi, Puar, and Oolong. He also met Maron, who had returned looking for Krillin. After the rest of the Z-Fighters were defeated by Androids 17 and 18, Chiaotzu left with Tien, after being informed about the seriousness of the situation.

Cell Saga[]

Chiaotzu later reappears in what seems to be a training area, where he and Tien both sense Cell's ki.[8]

Due to a possible request from Tien, Chiaotzu also does not appear at the Cell Games with the other Z Fighters or the fight against the Cell Juniors.

Majin Buu Saga[]

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Chiaotzu senses Super Saiyan 3 Goku

He makes an appearance with Tien as they are traveling in the mountains; he is interrupted when they both sense Goku transforming into his Super Saiyan 3 form.[9]

Chiaotzu later reappears alongside Tien whilst they are training in the mountains. Here, himself and Tien manage to evade being hit by Super Buu's Human Extinction Attack, which was used to exterminate the population of Earth. They then briefly examine the small craters left behind by Super Buu's attack.


Tien and Chiaotzu give their energy for Goku's Super Spirit Bomb

He is killed along with Tien when Kid Buu blows up the Earth using the Planet Burst and is later wished back to life along with everyone else. Afterward, he and Tien later give their energy to the Super Spirit Bomb along with everyone else on Earth, so that Goku can destroy Kid Buu. He is later seen at a party at Bulma's house.

After the end of the Buu saga, Chiaotzu helps out with farming together with Tien Shinhan. His work utilizing his telekinetic powers has a reputation for its efficiency, and he is hired at an expensive rate by farmers nearby, so he apparently has a surprisingly large amount of money saved away.[4]

Dragon Ball Super[]

God of Destruction Beerus Saga[]


Chiaotzu arrives on the Princess Bulma

Chiaotzu, along with Tien Shinhan, attends Bulma's birthday party. On the way there, they encounter Krillin, 18, Marron, Yamcha, and Puar. At the party, Chiaotzu plays with Marron during this event. The God of Destruction, Beerus shows up and decides to participate in the activities while searching for the Super Saiyan God. He eventually gets angry over not getting pudding from Buu. After Beerus takes out the Z-Fighters presently there, he decides to destroy the Earth. Chiaotzu stays by Tien Shinhan until Goku arrives from King Kai's planet and asks Beerus for more time.

Goku uses this time to summon Shenron and ask him how to summon a Super Saiyan God. With the help of Vegeta, Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Videl (who is presently pregnant with Pan), Goku is able to become a Super Saiyan God. Super Saiyan God Goku and Beerus start clashing throughout Earth and eventually through space. Chiaotzu watches the fight from Bulma's aircraft after Goku and Beerus get too far for them to see. Their fight eventually descends to Earth but Goku loses in the end. Beerus is prepared to destroy the Earth but falls asleep with preparing a blast. Whis, Beerus' attendant takes Beerus home.

Golden Frieza Saga[]

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Tien and Chiaotzu realize Shenron had been summoned

Sometime after the battle with the God of Destruction Beerus, Chiaotzu is farming with Tien Shinhan when suddenly the sky darkens so they realize Shenron has been summoned. During the Golden Frieza Saga, Tien mentions to Gohan and Piccolo he is sorry he didn't bring Chiaotzu to the battle with Frieza's Army as the 1000 soldiers go out of the tyrant's ship - an alternation of the claim made in the movie. Chiaotzu dies when Frieza uses his Emperor's Blast to blow up the Earth, but his death is undone by Whis' who draws back time to the moment SSB Vegeta defeated Frieza.

Universe 6 Saga[]

Chiaotzu is traveling with Goku and the rest of the gang to the Nameless Planet where the Tournament of Destroyers is being held and they're being taken there by Whis in his box. After two hours and forty-five minutes of traveling, they arrive on the Nameless Planet. Chiaotzu is a bystander and watches the tournament from the stands.

Copy-Vegeta Saga[]


Chiaotzu trying to stop Goku with telekinesis

At the celebration party, Chiaotzu is seen flying Marron around. He later also uses his telekinesis to try to stop Goku from trying to spar Monaka, to no avail.

Universe Survival Saga[]

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Tien walking on the beach with Chiaotzu

Chiaotzu is seen walking on the beach with Tien after a training session.

After a few days (with 9 hours and 40 minutes till the Tournament of Power will begin) it is revealed both Chiaotzu and Tien now run a dojo called "the Tien-Shin Style Dojo". Chiaotzu opens the door to Yurin, an ex-Crane School fighter, who came there to get revenge against Tien for leaving her behind when they left the Crane School and takes her to meet Tien. Afterward, when Goku arrives to recruit Tien and Master Roshi, we learn that Tien and Chiaotzu haven't met Goku since the U6 Tournament.

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Chiaotzu defeats a dojo student possessed by Yurin's spell

Afterwards, the town next to the dojo is being attacked by Tien's students under Yurin's talisman spells, Goku uses Instant Transmission to take Tien, Chiaotzu, and Roshi to the town, there Tien asks Chiaotzu and Goku to take care of his possessed students, which they do, but at first Chiaotzu's suppressed attack towards them isn't enough. When Roshi is taken under Yurin's spell and manages to defeat Tien, Chiaotzu is worried about his best friend, but Goku saves him. When Goku is charging his Kamehameha at the possessed Full Power Roshi, the defeated Tien asks Chiaotzu to use his psychic powers against Yurin, so he shoots a wind bubble towards her skirt to lift it up and weakens her complete possession of Roshi before Goku hit him. After Yurin is stopped Tien agrees to take her as his student, which makes Chiaotzu show his concerns and to speak against this idea.

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Chiaotzu and Roshi watches the tag battle

Shortly after, Chiaotzu goes to a nearby restaurant to eat dinner with Tien, Roshi, and Goku. After a while of eating with Tien's paying for the expensive treat due to Goku's Saiyan hunger, Gohan and Piccolo arrive and invite Goku to test their new strength. Goku accepts it but wants Tien to tag in with him in a 2 on 2 fight. Chiaotzu stands on a near cliff and watches the battle with Roshi talking with him. After Piccolo and Tien had been taken out, they join Chiaotzu and Roshi to view the battle between Ultimate Gohan and Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-ken Goku.

In the manga, Tien considers Chiaotzu as the tenth member for Team Universe 7 once Good Buu fell asleep.

Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga[]

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Tien and Chiaotzu on the battlefield

During the two month preparation against Moro's Galactic Brigade, Chiaotzu is recruited by the Galactic Patrol alongside Tien Shinhan to help defend the Earth (though he is nervous, as he had not fought a serious battle in a long time). After witnessing Moro Corps' scatter around the world, Chiaotzu and Tien head off and are are seen fighting against Bikkura Quoitur.

The pair manage to keep Bikkura on the defensive, though the Metalman is unfazed by their barrage of attacks. After their Galactic Patrol allies inform him and Tien of Bikkura's race, Chiaotzu remembers that Metalmen are weak to insults and tries to get Tien to insult Bikkura into submission, but Tien's half-baked jabs are in vain. Chiaotzu makes a more successful attempt of his own at ticking Bikkura off, calling him an octopus, sticking his tongue out at him and delivering the final blow by declaring Bikkura a "half-witted hunk of scrap metal". With the Metalman sobbing on the ground, Chiaotzu chastises Tien for being terrible at insulting people.

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Chiaotzu gives his energy to assist Goku

Afterwards Chiaotzu and Tien fly over to another source of ki energy, where they find Yamcha being overpowered by Zauyogi. Tien and Chiaotzu assists Yamcha against this foe, but were outmatched as well. Fortunately, Goku suddenly teleports to their location and intercepts Zauyogi's attack before preceding to take him down with a single blow.

During the final battle between Goku and Moro, when Goku is having his energy drained, Chiaotzu and the others give their energy to Vegeta so that he can pass it on to Goku in an attempt to revitalise him.

Dragon Ball GT[]

Baby Saga[]

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Tien and Chiaotzu in "Piccolo's Decision"

Chiaotzu makes a brief appearance on the New Planet Plant with Tien when Earth is about to explode due to the effect of using the deadly Black Star Dragon Balls. Afterwards, the pair attend a party at Capsule Corporation with their friends after the earth is restored.[10]

Shadow Dragon Saga[]

He also makes another appearance when he and Tien are training under a waterfall as they watch Goku pass by with Shenron. Tien looks back and Chiaotzu starts tearing up.

Super Dragon Ball Heroes[]

Universal Conflict Saga[]

When Hearts' God Meteor is shattered, Chiaotzu stops shards of it from falling on the Tien-Shin Style Dojo using his telekinesis.

Demon Invader Saga[]

Chiaotzu is absorbed by Majin Ozotto when eats the Earth.[11]

Film appearances[]

Mystical Adventure[]


Chiaotzu in Mystical Adventure

Chiaotzu appears as the Emperor of Mifan. Serving under him are Minister Shen, General Tao, his bodyguard Tien Shinhan and the Mifan Army. Chiaotzu having lost his precious Ran Ran, believes his men are trying to gather the Dragon Balls in order to find it. However, unbeknownst to Chiaotzu, they are actually plotting to steal the kingdom away from him. One-night Chiaotzu has a nightmare that someone was trying to kill him and calls out for Tien, telling him how much he values their friendship and that he should call him by his real name as opposed to "Your Majesty". The next day, Emperor Chiaotzu attends the Tournament taking place in Mifan, but Shen soon reveals his true intentions and Chiaotzu is left feeling betrayed and hurt upon realizing that Tien was in on it. Shen orders Tien to kill Chiaotzu but he can't bring himself to do it, Shen goes to finish the job himself but Tien blasts him with a Tri-Beam first. Chiaotzu is reunited with Ran Ran, a doll, and peace to the kingdom is restored.

The Tree of Might[]

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Chiaotzu in The Tree of Might

After the Tree of Might is formed on Earth, everyone gathers at Goku's House where they are told by King Kai about the danger it holds. Chiaotzu and the others head to the tree and fire powerful blasts at in unison to no effect. When the Turles Crusher Corps. appear, Chiaotzu encounters Rasin but can only flee from him. He is caught by a barrage of blasts and falls to the ground though is saved from being finished off thanks to Gohan. Chiaotzu appears once again with the others to defend Goku against Turles while he is trying to form a Spirit Bomb but is quickly taken down. After the Tree of Might is destroyed, Chiaotzu joins everyone on a camping trip.

Bojack Unbound[]

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Chiaotzu in Bojack Unbound

Chiaotzu appears in the crowd alongside Oolong during the Intergalactic Tournament where he supports his friend Tien Shinhan during his matches. After Gohan, Future Trunks and Krillin finish competing in the Tournament and defeat Bojack and his Galaxy Soldiers, Chiaotzu and Oolong visit them in the hospital where they are having their wounds tended to.

Battle of Gods[]


Chiaotzu in Battle of Gods

Four years after the battle against Majin Buu, Chiaotzu attends Bulma's birthday party while his friends soon face the God of Destruction Beerus.

Resurrection ‘F’[]

Chiaotzu is mentioned when Tien tells his friends that he and Yamcha won't be able to keep up with the fight against Frieza's army. He was later killed when Frieza blew up the Earth. This event is however reversed by Whis doing his Temporal Do-Over.

Super Hero[]

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The Z-Fighters in Magenta's false depiction of them.

Chiaotzu makes a cameo appearance in Magenta's false depiction of the Dragon Team as villains confronting Cell.

Other Dragon Ball Stories[]

The Return of Son Goku and Friends![]

Two years after Kid Buu's defeat, Chiaotzu and Tien attend Mr. Satan's banquet at Mr. Satan's newly made hotel which celebrates Buu's defeat. The celebration is crashed by a brother duo, Abo, and Kado, who are after Vegeta's brother, Tarble. The brothers are challenged by Goten and Trunks but they fail in defeating them. The brothers, merged as Aka, unleash a technique that destroyed the hotel. Aka is then defeated by Goku with a Kamehameha. After this encounter, they continue their feast.

Chiaotzu (along with Tien) only appears in the manga version, in the anime version he wasn't seen or mentioned.


Super Warrior Arc

In the Super Warrior Arc, Tien and Chiaotzu are out investing the Clones of various villains and the Z Fighters themselves start appearing when Tien's power is suppressed and sealed by the waves produced by a machine developed by Dr. Gero which was activated by the Supercomputer's latest creation Android 21. Chiaotzu is unaffected by the waves due to his power level being lower than Yamcha who despite being rusty is still strong enough to be affected yet remain conscious. However, this allows Chiaotzu to defend Tien from the clones until Goku and Krillin manage to locate them. They even commending him for his bravery and loyalty. However once Tien recovers, he takes on more of a supportive role from the side lines though he will appear to aid Tien through his psychic powers and Farewell, Mr. Tien team attack which allows him to be summoned to grab Tien's opponent and explode. Despite Tien's reaction after it is used, Chiaotzu cannot actually die from using the technique within the game's narrative.


Manga and Anime

Being a disciple of the Crane School and having exceptional psychic powers, Chiaotzu is stronger than regular martial artists, as shown when he is qualified for the finals of the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament in his first participation. At the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, he is Krillin's equal in the quarterfinals and is able to take a Kamehameha. He is defeated when Krillin confuses him with a basic math question, as Krillin was distracting him to weaken his psychic powers. In the King Piccolo Saga, Chiaotzu is killed with a single ki blast by King Piccolo but is later revived.

After being revived, Chiaotzu trains with Tien, Krillin, and Yamcha and they train under Korin. Three years after King Piccolo's defeat, they enter the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. While initially easily making his way the preliminary round, Chiaotzu is quickly defeated by Cyborg Tao in their match.

In Dragon Ball Z, Chiaotzu is chosen among other warriors to train on Kami's Lookout for battle against the Saiyans and manages to surpass Kami. After he died in the battle with the Saiyans, Chiaotzu joins Tien, Yamcha, and Piccolo in their journey to train under King Kai and, joining forces with Tien and Yamcha, he is shown strong enough to give a hard time to Piccolo. Shortly afterwards, in a sparring session on King Kai's Planet, he defeats Guldo.

It is assumed that Chiaotzu got stronger due to his three-year training for the battle with the Androids, but it was not enough according to Tien, and he was forced to quit because "he couldn't keep up". Despite this Chiaotzu still wished he could fight and keeps on training with Tien for the Cell Games and later on. In the Fusion Saga, both Chiaotzu and Tien are strong enough to avoid and survive Super Buu's Human Extinction Attack, which terminated almost all lives on Earth.

In the manga version of Dragon Ball: The Return of Son Goku and Friends!, Chiaotzu is intimidated by Aka's Full Power Wahaha no Ha.

During the Golden Frieza Saga, Tien mentions he is sorry he didn't bring Chiaotzu to the battle with Frieza's Army as the 1,000 soldiers leave the tyrant's ship - an alternation of the claim made in the movie.

During the Universe 6 Saga, Chiaotzu's psychic strength proved strong enough to briefly hold a non-powered up base Goku in place, with the latter struggling to get out of it. In the Universe Survival Saga, while Yurin attacks their new hometown, Chiaotzu, much like Goku, manages to defeat Tien's talisman possessed students with ease. In the manga, when Team Universe 7 still needed a tenth member before the Tournament of Power started, Tien strongly considered Chiaotzu to fill that position.

In the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga, Chiaotzu and Tien together are able to handle themselves against Bikkura Quoitur. Chiaotzu was the one to finally defeat the Metalman (through an insult), being his first victory in years.


In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Chiaotzu was not brought along to battle the Frieza Force because Tien Shinhan thought Frieza's soldiers were too dangerous for him.

Statements by authors and guidebooks

In the Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might movie pamphlet, Chiaotzu's power level is only 130 while most of the rest of the Z Fighters have their power levels higher than in their fight with Nappa and Vegeta.

His power level is 610 according to the Daizenshuu after having trained on Kami's Lookout.

Video Games

In Dragon Ball FighterZ, it is shown that Chiaotzu, despite continuing to train alongside Tien, is actually weaker than Yamcha who is admittedly rusty due to having given up martial arts. This is shown by the fact that unlike Yamcha, Chiaotzu is not powerful enough to be affected or have his power sealed by the power suppression waves which is why he is able to stand and protect Tien from the clones while Yamcha was partially affected yet remained conscious. However, his immunity due to his power level being too low to be affected actually proves useful as it allows him to utilize his full power while most of his friends are debilitated thus can fight without Soul Linking. It also allowed him to hold out and protect the unconscious Tien from the clones until Goku and Krillin found them something which they and Tien later commended him for recognizing he fought valiantly to protect Tien showing he can always be counted on to be there for his friends even if he isn't as powerful as them.


  • Flight – This is the ability to fly using one's ki. Chiaotzu appears to have no trouble controlling his energy and is able to float in the air for longer periods of time than most others.

Chiaotzu fires a Ki Blast

  • Ki Blast – The most basic form of energy wave.
  • Ki Sense – An ability that allows the user to sense ki and power levels. Learned from Mr. Popo and demonstrated during the Saiyans arrival on Earth.
  • Drill Attack – First, Chiaotzu rapidly spins, and then uses the speed to crash into his opponent with great force, seriously damaging him/her.
  • Dodon Ray – A superheated beam shot from the finger.
    • Dodon Barrage – The user overwhelms the opponent with repeated, rapid-fire blasts from the tip of their finger and finishes with a single powerful Dodon Ray.
    • Super Dodon Blast – This superior variation of the Dodon Ray requires the user to charge up before firing it at the opponent, rather than shoot multiple, weaker Dodon Rays. It also creates a much larger explosion upon impact.
    • Super Dodon Wave - Used in Dragon Ball Fusions.
  • Mimicry – The coveted ability to copy another fighter's technique after seeing it used only once.
    • Afterimage Technique – An ability to move so swiftly that an image of the user is left behind. Chiaotzu is shown doing this technique along with Tien, Krillin and Yamcha whilst jogging through a forest on their long journey to Korin's Tower.[12] Also his Blast 1 in Budokai Tenkaichi series.
  • Telepathy – It is a way to communicate with others using one's mind. Users can also read the minds of the ones they communicate with, similar to telepathic eavesdropping.
  • Telekinesis – A technique that allows the user to manipulate objects and other people with the power of one's mind.
    • Psychic Attack – Chiaotzu holds out his hands with palms out (sometimes in a Masenko-like position) and converts his psychic energy into an energy bubble in his hands. He then fires the sphere at the opponent, and it explodes on them, blasting them away.
    • Psychic Rock Throw – The performer uses telekinesis to lift a medium-sized to large boulder (tiles or debris) from the ground nearby, and then throws it at the opponent, inflicting moderate damage.
    • Psychic Spark – Used in the Raging Blast series.
    • Paralysis - Used in Dragon Ball Fusions.
      • All Paralysis - Used in Dragon Ball Fusions.
    • Farewell, Mr. Tien – The user grabs onto the opponent's back and is covered in a white light before blowing themselves up.
  • Psionics - Used in the Raging Blast Series.
    • Divination - The ability to see events far away in time and space, usually through Crystal Balls. Chiaotzu's eyes turn red whilst using this ability.[13]
  • Ki Pass - Used in Dragon Ball Fusions.
  • Risking it all for a friend - Used in Dragon Ball FighterZ.

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Chiaoman is the EX-Fusion of Chiaotzu and Saibaman who appears in Dragon Ball Fusions.


Chiaohan is the EX-Fusion of Chiaotzu and Tien Shinhan who appears in Dragon Ball Fusions.

Chiaoldo is the EX-Fusion of Chiaotzu and Guldo who appears in Dragon Ball Fusions.

Video Game Appearances[]

Chiaotzu Ultimate Butoden

Chiaotzu in Ultimate Butōden


Tien and Chiaotzu fire Dodon Rays at Majin Buu in Supersonic Warriors 2

Raging Blast - Chiaotzu

Chiaotzu in Raging Blast

In Gokuden and its remake, Chiaotzu is a boss.

In Attack of the Saiyans, Chiaotzu is briefly possessed by Evil Flame when the demon was released from his prison by Tien Shinhan who was seeking power before the 23rd World Martial arts Tournament. Later, while the Z Fighters are training before the arrival of the Saiyans, Master Shen kidnaps Chiaotzu as part of a plot to get revenge on Tien (for humiliating him and his brother). He lures Tien and the other Z Fighters to his hideout within Mutaito's Training Grounds and unleashes his Tao Pai Pai EX robot to attack Tien and the Z Fighters. After the Z Fighters defeat the robot, Tien threatened to put an end to Shen if he ever threatens Tien or his friends again. Shen promptly flees.

In the Raging Blast series, if one uses Chiaotzu has special dialogue with Android 19, who accuses Chiaotzu of copying his looks. Also in the same series, Majin Buu and Chiaotzu argue over who is the weird one.

In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Chiaotzu's costume from Battle of Gods can be obtained by the Future Warrior as can his costume from the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament. Additionally, his hat appears as an accessory and there is a wig accessory based on his head which features a single strand of hair.

In FighterZ, Chiaotzu appears as a character paired with Tien Shinhan who appears briefly in Tien's battle opening cutscene and as part of Tien's Farewell, Mr. Tien Super Move assist attack where Chiaotzu grabs the opponent and self-destructs though it cannot be used for the rest of the match. Interesting, the technique can be used by Chiaotzu multiple times throughout the main story though this is likely due to game mechanics involving Self Destruction techniques.

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Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball Z
  • Chiaotzu and Yajirobe vs. Yamcha (anime only)
  • Chiaotzu vs. Yamcha (manga only)
  • Chiaotzu, Tien Shinhan, Krillin, and Yamcha vs. Scarface and Shorty (Anime only)
  • Chiaotzu, Tien, Piccolo, Krillin and Gohan vs. Nappa
  • Chiaotzu, Tien Shinhan, and Yamcha vs. Piccolo (anime only)
  • Chiaotzu vs. Guldo (anime only)
  • Chiaotzu vs. Tien Shinhan (training; anime only)
Dragon Ball Super
  • Chiaotzu and Tien Shinhan vs. Lakasei and Rasin
  • Chiaotzu, Tien Shinhan, Krillin, Yamcha, and Piccolo vs. Turles


  • Chiaotzu's Japanese name (餃子) is a pun on the Chinese food jiaozi (called gyoza in Japanese, and "potstickers" in English).
  • Chiaotzu's hobby is watching movies.[1]
  • Chiaotzu's favorite food is tenshindon, in which, aptly enough, is also the name of his best friend.[1]
  • Chiaotzu's favorite vehicle is the air scooter.[1]
  • In the original Japanese versions of the manga and anime, Chiaotzu has a tendency to refer to Tien as "Ten-san", displaying both familiarity and respect. This habit was kept for the U.S. English version of the manga but is somewhat downplayed in the U.S. anime dub, where his name is shortened to "Tien" and used in this manner by most every character although he sometimes refers to Tien as Mr. Tien in the American dub.
  • While Chiaotzu's position as an emperor was a role he only assumed in the film Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure and never in the original manga or anime series, he is referred to as "the young emperor Chiaotzu" in the Funimation dub of the Dragon Ball Z episode "Goku's Alive!!"
Chiaotzu mask in Naruto

A Chiaotzu mask on the left in Naruto

  • Chiaotzu has a cameo in Naruto chapter 150. While Naruto is roaming around in the festival, his face is seen in one panel in the form of a mask on display. This is not surprising as Naruto series author Masashi Kishimoto is known to be a fan of Akira Toriyama's work and has cited Toriyama as one of the authors who inspired Kishimoto to become a manga artist.



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