King Gurumes (グルメス大王 Gurumesu Daiō) is the main antagonist of Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies.
In his normal state, King Gurumes is a small, ugly bald-headed man. In his mutated state, he is considerably larger than before, taking on more of a monstrous appearance rather than that of a man with purple skin and mismatched sized eyes.
King Gurumes is shown to be a poor king consumed by greed for the Blood Rubies and is willing to go to extremes to obtain a greater amount of them to fulfill his insatiable appetite.
Gurumes is the king of his own land, the Land of Gurumes. Shortly after discovering that the deposits beneath his country harbored priceless blood rubies, he begins mutating into an obese horror with a virtually unsatisfiable appetite. This leads to his actions becoming corrupt in nature, as he continues ordering excavation of the blood rubies in order to fund a plethora of the world's greatest cuisines in a desperate attempt to cure his essentially painful hunger. Eventually, Gurumes comes to the conclusion that only the eternal dragon Shenron has the power "to wish [his] hunger away".
Curse of the Blood Rubies
Main article: Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies Gurumes has four Dragon Balls in his possession and his two most esteemed henchmen, Pasta and Bongo, confiscate Goku's Four-Star Dragon Ball from his home without his knowledge, leaving decent payment in its place. This causes Goku and Bulma, who is a passionate hunter of the artifacts, to seek out the two minions. During their adventure, Goku and Bulma make several acquaintances, among them Penny, a girl native to the Land of Gurumes who seeks the assistance of Master Roshi in overthrowing the selfish tyrant to rescue her decaying land.
At the climax of the film, Bulma throws the Dragon Balls into Gurumes' stomach. With the seven Dragon Balls now gathered inside Gurumes' stomach, Shenron is summoned, and the ray of light emitted by the Dragon Balls during the summoning process explodes through his mouth, destroying the upper floors of his castle. Penny requests that the Eternal Dragon restore her lands former peace and beauty, and thus Shenron removes the blood rubies from the deposits beneath the region (the dialogue between Penny and Shenron during the wish-granting sequence varies between the two versions of the film, but the result does not deviate between the two). It is also shown that Shenron's actions have re-granted Gurumes his human form, and ultimately his appetite is cured when Penny hands him a common apple, its simplicity shocking the king.
In his transformed state and after growing further in size, Gurumes is large and heavy enough to flatten Bongo just by stepping on him. When he fights Goku, his strength is great enough to put a lot of pressure on him and he was able to withstand a Kamehameha and receive little to no damage from it.
Techniques and Special Abilities
- Gurumes Cannon (グルメスキャノン Gurumesu Kyanon) - King Gurumes fires a green ball of slather from his mouth. Appears as King Gurumes' Super Attack from Dragon Ball Heroes.
- Hungry Stamp - Gurumes punches the opponent, then stomps on them with his foot. Appears as his Super Attack in Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle.
- Hikou - The ability to fly using wings or special devices. Used by Gurumes in Dokkan Battle.
Main article: Blood Ruby
Gurumes' transformed state is a mutation caused by the Blood Rubies which turns him into a monster. The form increases his size and turns his skin purple. Gurumes battles Goku using the form.
- Blood Rubies - Rare gemstones found in the Land of Gurumes which King Gurumes has his people mine excessively generating great wealth for himself to his country's determent. Unfortunately they cause him to mutate into a monster with an insatiable appetite for food which he acquires using his country's immense wealth thanks to the Blood Rubies, before resorting to use the Dragon Balls to acquire the ultimate in cuisine. However this proved to be his undoing a girl from his country Annie wished the Blood Rubies to disappear and for the land to go back to the way it was. This however restores Gurumes humanity and ends his mutation.
- Jetpack - In Dokkan Battle, Gurumes uses a powerful jetpack capable of lifting his large mutated form allowing him to fly in battle.
Video Game Appearances
Gurumes in his transformed state is playable in Dragon Ball Heroes.
In Dokkan Battle, King Gurumes appears as a non-playable character card under the name Gurumes and his card acts as a boss in his transformed state in the Story Event "Curse of the Blood Rubies".
- Japanese: Shūichirō Moriyama †
- Brazilian Portuguese dub: Luiz Laffey
- King Gurumes (Transformed State) vs. Goku
- His name is a pun off "gourmet".
- The Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest movie villain Misokatsun bears some physical resemblance to Gurumes' mutated form.
- Gurumes is one of the few movie villains not to be killed (others includes his minions Bongo and Pasta, Garlic Jr., Abo, Kado, Men-Men, Lord Jaguar and Broly from Dragon Ball Super).
- His insatiable hunger is similar Android 21 who like Gurumes was originally a Human-type Earthling.
- Daizenshuu 6, 1995