- This article is about the original character. For other uses, see Piccolo (disambiguation).
"That's the problem with the human race. No respect...for the superior species."
King Piccolo (ピッコロ大魔王 Pikkoro Daimaō, lit. "Great Demon King Piccolo"), sometimes referred to just as the Daimao (大魔王 Daimaō, lit. "Great Demon King") is a Namekian who once precipitated the Earth into utter mayhem and pandemonium, spawning an army of animal-like Demon sons and converting a peaceful planet into a living hell. Later, it is revealed that he was the evil counterpart of Kami as King Piccolo and Kami were originally a single entity who had long forgotten his true name, and witnessed the evil deeds of humans while growing up. When the nameless learned of the Guardian of the Earth and that its role could be passed down, he sought the title and position, but the then-Guardian rejected him, as he knew that the Namekian's heart was not completely pure and like most people he had some level of malice, jealousy, vanity and impurity in his heart. Knowing that he would only be accepted for the role if his heart was pure, the Namekian split himself into two beings: his good half, Kami, and his evil half that would later become the great demon king, Piccolo.
He served as the main antagonist of the King Piccolo Saga.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Biography
- 4 Film Appearances
- 5 Other Dragon Ball stories
- 6 Power
- 7 Abilities
- 8 Appearances in other media
- 9 Voice Actors
- 10 Battles
- 11 List of characters killed by King Piccolo
- 12 Trivia
- 13 Gallery
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- 16 Site Navigation
When King Piccolo is introduced in chapter 135, "The Death of Kuririn", he is designed to appear as a strange-looking divine creature, like a goblin, who has pointy ears and fangs. The audience is later introduced to Kami, King Piccolo's good counterpart, and the two share an almost identical resemblance; with Kami's outfit even being a palette swap of King Piccolo's robe outfit. Kami never removes his robe for combat, but in a flashbacks, he is shown wearing the same dark gi as King Piccolo, but with his own kanji on under it. Later in the series, when other normal Namekians are introduced, it is revealed that this is the Namekians' typical appearance. At over eight feet tall, King Piccolo is by far one of the tallest and largest of the villains in the original Dragon Ball series, towering over all his opponents, including Master Mutaito, Master Roshi, Tien Shinhan, and Goku. King Piccolo's size and height are never explored upon, as no other Namekian (including Kami) is shown in their normal state to be King Piccolo's size and height, being that most are shown to be the size of normal humans, even Nail, their last remaining warrior, being at the height of Piccolo's reincarnation who was slightly shorter. Though, it is never determined if he is actually taller than Kami in his advanced age. One explanation to this could be His demon origins are much larger and less sleek than the Namekians, as shown from Grand Elder Guru and his humongous size Namekians can probably control their size at will.
When he first fully appears, King Piccolo is very aged and wears a black robe outfit with his own kanji, a red cape, along with brown light-weight footwear. His main outfit, without the robe and cape, is an indigo Asian martial arts uniform, with a light purple obi. King Piccolo's outfit is later revealed in the Namek Saga as being of Namekian Clothing with Demon Symbols, rather than actually having much to do with martial arts, though his kanji is something he added when he came into being which was meant to be the opposite to Kami's kanji.
After King Piccolo removes the robe for better performance, he nearly kills Goku with simple blasts and temporarily stops his heart, which may imply that, like his son Piccolo Junior's cape, his robe is weighted.
"Reports tell me that the present king is nothing more than a bleeding-heart peace-lover! Ha ha ha ha! It's always the sentimental ones who are my favorite to destroy! Don't you agree?"
Being the concentrated evil that lived within the Nameless Namekian, King Piccolo's personality is the exact opposite of his good counterpart, Kami; as he is presented as a cold, ruthless, sadistic, and power-hungry villain with little to no sense of compassion whatsoever. He has demonstrated on many occasions that he is willing to do anything to accomplish his goals, regardless of how many innocent lives need to be taken in the process. Piccolo has also been shown to have a very warped and twisted sense of humor, often breaking out into a maniacal laughter after causing some form of death and destruction and creating a holiday where he would destroy a city every year on the anniversary of his take-over. Despite his power-hungry nature, however, he has absolutely no interest in actually ruling over his subjects, at least after his release from the electric rice cooker by Pilaf. This was especially evident after he took over the world, where he outright admits that he has no interest in ruling over the planet despite his being the new king of the world and if anything encourages the subjects to do all the crimes they ever want while explicitly ending law and order.
Along with being extremely evil, Piccolo is also very arrogant, believing himself to be the most powerful being in the universe, and up until he was defeated by Goku, he was one hundred percent convinced that there was no one out there who could exceed his power. For all his many displays of arrogance, however, he was completely terrified of the Evil Containment Wave due to suffering its effects before, and completely freezes in horror the very moment it is performed. As a result, he made it his sole mission to eliminate all martial artists that either knew how or had the capacity to use it. He also believed that he and his sons were superior to Earthlings, though he himself, like Kami, was unaware of his Namekian origins, as he referred to both himself and his sons as Demons (however he is shown to be aware of his Namekian origins in certain video games).
King Piccolo, like most other villains, happens to be very intelligent, being able to think ahead and learn from his previous mistakes. This was shown when he destroyed Shenron after making his wish (so that no one would be able to use the Dragon Balls to stop his reign), as well as when his reincarnation decided to injure both of Goku's arms at the World Martial Arts Tournament (as opposed to before, when he ended up leaving one of them unharmed). Similarly, King Piccolo, after besting Goku in battle during their first encounter, also made sure to check his pulse to make sure the latter had died instead of assuming that he was killed from the attack. Owing to this intelligence, King Piccolo also was shown to be skilled at strategy, as evidenced by his actions when fighting the Z-Fighters for the remaining Dragon Balls: When arriving to confront them, he proceeded to show them the two Dragon Balls, and then eat both in front of them, all so he can force them to fight him and be beaten, and not spitting them out until after he made sure all potential threats had been eliminated. King Piccolo also happens to be somewhat manipulative, as demonstrated when he used Emperor Pilaf and his associates, Mai and Shu, to gather the Dragon Balls for him. Rather typically, he decided to dispose of them when he figured that he no longer had a use for them. Despite being pure evil, King Piccolo shows mercy on a few occasions; The first time is when he leaves Master Mutaito to die but spares Mutaito's students Master Roshi and Master Shen; The second time is when he does not kill Yajirobe, who hid from him during his fight with Goku (King Piccolo can apparently sense power levels, as he states Master Roshi, Chiaotzu, and Tien are hiding from him, but he also seemed surprised when Chiaotzu appeared, thinking Roshi was alone). Later, after regaining his youth and becoming arguably more maniacal than before, he also spares the lives of Emperor Pilaf, Mai, and Shu, and later the life of King Furry (though he kills almost all of King Furry's guards). Also, during the worldwide announcement of his takeover, Piccolo stated that he deeply sympathizes with the criminals. According to himself, he sympathizes with them, because he viewed their imprisonment as being no different from his own, having been sealed within the electronic jar for many years.
Also despite being evil, he shows compassion to his kids, having a panic attack when they are killed (except Drum), however he insults them when he sees they are destroyed by Goku but quickly understands their demise at his hands, when Goku kills him (as seen in the Volume 12 of the manga). He is also vengeful as he created Piccolo Jr. partially out of a desire to take revenge on Goku for thwarting him in addition to reincarnating himself to continue his goal of conquering Earth. However, this inadvertently saved the life of his counterpart Kami who resurrected Shenron at the behest of Goku allowing Goku's friends to revive King Piccolo and his son's victims, effectively undoing the evil he had caused since his release. Additionally, his reincarnation though initially evil, lacked King Piccolo's pure evil nature. Though his reincarnation would ultimately succeed in killing Goku during the battle with Raditz (though Goku would ultimately be revived by the Dragon Balls which Piccolo predicted would happen), Piccolo's evil nature began to fade and he would eventually reform becoming one of the Z Fighters ultimately failing to continue King Piccolo's evil legacy as he had intended.
Main article: King Piccolo wars
King Piccolo came into being some 300 years before the beginning of Dragon Ball sometime after a nameless Namekian on Earth attempted to assume the position of guardian of Earth, he was denied the position due to the evil that lay within (a guardian's motives must be pure, but the nameless Namekian also wanted the job for the power it brought). As a result, the Namekian concentrated and trained to relinquish the evil within; which conspired into producing two separate entities — if one should perish, the other would also. This resulted in two beings — the concentrated evil being known as King Piccolo, and the pure being known as Kami. At first, the name "Piccolo" was a reference to the wind instrument, but then a revelation by Mr. Popo to Bulma meant it translated to "different world" in Namekian.
Piccolo created several offspring and watched as they terrorized and killed helpless citizens and destroyed the cities they lived in but stepped in himself later on, after his sons were killed by Master Mutaito's pupils, including a young Master Roshi and a young Master Shen who were the only two who survived. Master Roshi and Master Shen could not as much as lay a finger on Piccolo, and Mutaito soon steps in but is himself outclassed and left to die by Piccolo. Despite Piccolo's devastating attacks, Mutaito lived. After being nursed back to health by his two remaining pupils, but before he could heal his wounds, Mutaito left, in shame because he lost in front of his two students. While Master Roshi never lost faith in his master, Master Shen did, and the two parted ways, with Master Roshi escaping to the mountains while Piccolo continued to kill human after human and destroy city after city.
Several years later, Mutaito seals King Piccolo in an Electric Rice Cooker with the help of Master Roshi and Master Shen. In the anime Mutaito and Roshi instead track Piccolo down for the final confrontation, which by this time the majority of Earth's population had been slaughtered. They find Piccolo in the ruins of a city, which is hauntingly quiet, and Mutaito wastes no time launching his attack on him, this special technique is revealed to be the suicidal Evil Containment Wave. Piccolo is trapped in the Electric Rice Cooker and Mutaito dies, and sometime afterward Master Roshi personally tosses the rice cooker into the deepest depths of the ocean.
The Electric Rice Cooker King Piccolo was sealed in was thrown into Isuri's Lake, the location of his throne. This area became corrupted by King Piccolo's evil spirit.
Afterward things slowly return to normal, with the cities being rebuilt and the Earth being repopulated, and over time people eventually forget King Piccolo ever existed, with the exception of Master Roshi, Master Shen and of course Kami. Some, such as Tien Shinhan and Yajirobe, heard the tale but dismissed it as a mere bedtime story.
King Piccolo Saga
Main article: King Piccolo Saga
"For some reason, every time I meet a martial artist, I have this incredible urge to destroy them. Even one as tiny and pathetic as you!"
A few centuries later, King Piccolo's Electric Rice Cooker is retrieved from Isuri's Lake by Emperor Pilaf, who releases him from his confinement. Piccolo forces Pilaf to let him use his airship while he decides to have all the current and former finalists of the World Martial Arts Tournament murdered, thereby removing all those who might be able to learn the Evil Containment Wave and trap him once again. To aid him in this, he spits out two eggs, containing his first two sons shown on screen, Piano and Tambourine. Tambourine quickly goes about the task, his first victim being Krillin.
He dispatches Goku shortly after, by blasting his Flying Nimbus apart, throwing him down to the ground and giving him a bad beating, though he survives. King Piccolo then spits out an egg containing a third son, Cymbal, who he assigns the task of gathering the Dragon Balls. King Piccolo seeks the Dragon Balls so that he can wish to regain his youth and full power from his first war on Earth.
When King Piccolo senses that Cymbal has been killed, he orders Tambourine to hunt down the assassin. Guided by Emperor Pilaf's Global Dragon Radar, Tambourine arrives at Cymbal's last known location to discover Yajirobe and Goku, and in a vengeful rage for Krillin's death, Goku fights Tambourine, overpowering him, and then finally killing him. Again sensing that another of his sons has been killed, feeling pain, King Piccolo decides to deal with the fighter responsible personally. Upon arriving, King Piccolo confronts Goku, and despite his age, he easily defeats the boy (though King Piccolo was forced to admit that Goku was an exceptional fighter for forcing him down to the ground once). After a long fight, Goku is left severely beaten and near death, with King Piccolo's Makosen stopping Goku's heart momentarily. After checking Goku's heart, King Piccolo leaves Goku and takes his Dragon Ball, but Goku is saved by Yajirobe after King Piccolo leaves. A few hours later, Master Roshi challenges King Piccolo (using the remaining five Dragon Balls as a lure), attempting to trap him using the Evil Containment Wave. Master Roshi is able to catch the demon king in the wave, but when he attempts to hurl him into a container, he misses at the last second. The attempt leaves Master Roshi completely drained, and he dies shortly after, swearing to King Piccolo that his plans will never come to fruition.
After he taunts Master Roshi for failing, King Piccolo is then able to gather the Dragon Balls to summon Shenron. Asked by Tien, who could not move, Chiaotzu attempts to make a wish himself to prevent King Piccolo from doing so, but is killed by a Makosen from King Piccolo before he can finish his sentence, allowing King Piccolo to wish for eternal youth, becoming much more powerful than before since he is returned to his physical prime. However, before Shenron can disperse, King Piccolo kills the dragon with a single blast to prevent anyone else from using the Dragon Balls against him. Afterward, having no further use for them, Piccolo betrays Emperor Pilaf and his minions, literally throwing them off of their own airship.
With no one left that can properly challenge him, King Piccolo decides to savor his victory. Rather than all-out destroy civilization like he did the first time, he instead overthrows King Furry, after searching for him (killing many of Furry's guards in the process), to become the ruler of the Earth. At first, King Furry refuses to hand over his throne to Piccolo, but after Piccolo killed the Captain of the Guard on the hovercraft and destroyed half of the city with only some of his power, King Furry reluctantly does so.
As part of entertaining himself, he institutes several evil policies such as releasing all criminals and a more planned system of destruction. Since the Dragon world is split into 43 sections, King Piccolo decides that for every year on the day he conquered over King Furry, he will personally destroy each one of these sections until there is nothing but dust. The first number he randomly picks is 29, which is West City. Piccolo and Piano then prepare to fly to West City to start their new celebration scheme.
He is then confronted by Tien Shinhan, who has now learned the Evil Containment Wave Technique, but cannot perform it as the Electric Rice Cooker which would have been used to seal King Piccolo is broken (in the anime, Tien successfully performs the wave, but Drum is caught in it instead, and the rice cooker is destroyed before Tien could trap him). King Piccolo decides not to get his hands dirty and instead spits out an egg containing Drum, his most powerful son yet. The battle between Tien and this new son, Drum, is in the Namekian's favor, with Tien landing only one punch, but with no damage. After Tien cannot fight any longer, King Piccolo orders Drum to finish Tien off, but a much stronger Goku arrives just in time and quickly kills Drum with a kick to the head so hard that it knocks his eyeballs out.
King Piccolo and Goku face off again, with Goku surprising King Piccolo by managing to dominate him in the battle (thanks to the increase of power the Ultra Divine Water gave to Goku), blocking every attack King Piccolo throws at him. Goku manages to punch King Piccolo into Piano, with his crushing weight and Goku's strength, killing his son.
A fierce battle ensues, with King Piccolo briefly gaining the upper-hand when he manages to injure Goku's knee using Eye Lasers. He then manages to knock away Goku's Power Pole with a Finger Beam, after which he fires an Explosive Demon Wave at Goku, but Goku survives. After being unable to destroy Goku with another Explosive Demon Wave due to Tien helping Goku, King Piccolo resorts to a cowardly effort. He uses the weakened Tien as a human shield, threatening to crush his skull if Goku moves a muscle. Upon discovering that King Piccolo has killed Shenron and the Dragon Balls no longer exist, Goku resigns himself to do whatever King Piccolo wants despite Tien's pleas. King Piccolo then throws rocks at Goku with great force, costing the young hero the use of his legs and left arm. Satisfied, King Piccolo throws Tien aside and prepares to finish Goku off.
Realizing that he still had use of his right arm, Goku eventually blasts a Kamehameha from his right hand, propelling himself toward his enemy in the sky, punching a hole clean through King Piccolo's chest, mortally wounding him. Though shocked that he has been defeated, King Piccolo decides that Goku has only won for now and his legacy will continue; when Goku is not looking, he uses the last of his energy to spit an egg containing his final offspring/reincarnation, Piccolo Jr., thus sparing Kami's life. After imploring his son to avenge his death and destroy Goku, King Piccolo finally succumbs to his wounds and explodes.
Over the next three years, Piccolo Jr. would go on to challenge Goku at the next tournament for a rematch. Piccolo Jr. refers to himself as King Piccolo multiple times during the Piccolo Jr. Saga, as he is the reincarnation of his father.
Dragon Ball Super
"Future" Trunks Saga
Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga In the anime the Pilaf Gang has a flashback of Master Roshi's attempt to seal King Piccolo with the Evil Containment Wave is shown when Piccolo suggests that Goku seal the immortal Future Zamasu using the Evil Containment Wave after the second trip to the future timeline ends in failure.
Later when Goku and Krillin were sent into a forest to retrieve a special herb for Master Roshi as training, an illusion of King Piccolo, his son Tambourine, and many other villains from the Z-Fighters' past show up to challenge the duo.
Dragon Ball GT
Shadow Dragon Saga
Bardock - The Father of Goku
Battle of Gods
Main article: Dragon Ball Super: Broly
King Piccolo makes a cameo appearance when Goku mentions how a lot has happened to the Earth to Broly which shows when Goku killed King Piccolo for the very first time with his Penetrate! attack back when Goku was fighting King Piccolo during the King Piccolo Saga.
Other Dragon Ball stories
Main article: Dragon Ball Online Though King Piccolo himself does not appear, his actions in the past continue to have an effect on the population of Earth years after his death. It is revealed that in the past King Piccolo lived in Isuri's Lake area where he had created a throne which remained there long after his death. When the Namekians settled in the area after the destruction of New Namek by Mira after they had relocated to Earth in Age 851, they inadvertently settled close to the Demon King's old Throne which had a corrupting effect on the Namekians that settled there causing evil to take root in their hearts. Meanwhile, some of King Piccolo's children had survived the King Piccolo wars with some being secretly incubated in places such as Pilaf’s castle, and others that had bred naturally in the wild. King Piccolo's final son/reincarnation Piccolo became aware of their existence but determined he could not resolve the situation on his own, and so he accepted it. However, after Grand Elder Moori and the Namekians settled on Earth and Namekians began training to defend their new home. In Age 853 at Moori's suggestion Piccolo and the Namekians worked to round up King Piccolo's mutant offspring and their descendants to keep them secure. In the midst of this, some Dragon clansmen started to research these mutants and were able to master handling them. This knowledge leads to the birth of Poko Priest class who could summon Mutant Namekians to do their bidding though unlike King Piccolo for good as well as evil. By Age 940, the Dark Namekians had begun to grow in size and power. Additionally, the Evil Egg was discovered that same year born from the evil within the hearts of Namekians who had moved to Earth. The egg is carefully sealed and kept stored. In Age 972, The Black Namekian, Naraku, is born from the sealed Evil Egg. Naraku was pure evil much like King Piccolo before him. After increasing his number of Dark Namekian comrades, Naraku starts a civil war among the Namekians. By Age 1000, Naraku leads the Dark Namekians and evil Mutant Namekians in trying to conquer Earth as King Piccolo had done in the past, even allying himself with the Time Breakers responsible for New Namek's destruction. However, Piccolo alerts the Time Patrol who defeat Naraku and the Dark Namekians. Thus King Piccolo is inadvertently responsible for the development of both Poko Priest class and his lingering evil influence was responsible for the birth of Naraku and the Dark Namekians who would carry on King Piccolo's legacy of evil and Namekian aggression, though it would ultimately be thwarted by Piccolo and the Time Patrol.
Main article: Dragon Ball Xenoverse Percel mentions that in his Time Patrol mission he has been sent to an altered timeline where King Piccolo has absorbed Kami, and his army of demons are clashing with the Red Ribbon Army's androids. This conflict has almost caused the destruction of the Earth and Percel is having difficulties fixing it. Later on, Babidi and his army arrive on Earth and get involved with the conflict between King Piccolo and the androids, turning it into a three-way war. Eventually, Percel solves everything and the damage is fixed with the Namekian Dragon Balls.
Main article: Dragon Ball Fusions King Piccolo is among the many fighters to appear in the Timespace Rift and is imprisoned in Hell by King Yemma. Kid Goku originates from the time period when he was training under Kami after King Piccolo's death and reincarnation. The Namekians living in the Timespace Rift such as Nail and Guru have heard stories of King Piccolo and his son/reincarnation. One of Guru's children named Moolin hears these stories and inspired by King Piccolo starts causing childish mischief while calling himself Demon King Moolin. Guru enlists Tekka's Team in helping to deal with Moolin, though Kid Goku jumps to the conclusion that Moolin has become evil like King Piccolo while in reality he is little more than a misbehaved child playing Demon King. However Tekka's Team manage to catch Moolin and Goten convinces him to behave by using King Piccolo's son/reincarnation Piccolo as a role model. Later King Piccolo escapes Hell as a result of Ultra Pinich actions and confronts Tekka's Team to seek revenge on Kid Goku. He transforms into his Great Namekian form and fights Tekka's Team as a boss, but is defeated. Eventually Tekka's Team can recruit King Piccolo in his base form. King Piccolo can also perform EX-Fusion with Dabura to create the demonic EX-Fusion Demon King Daccolo.
- Manga and Anime
At his introduction, King Piccolo was quite possibly the strongest being on the Earth at that time, aside from Kami and Mr. Popo. Even in old age, he proved to be strong enough to easily defeat the teenage Goku, even taking a Kamehameha full on without even a scratch, although King Piccolo did comment on Goku's impressive fighting abilities, having to get serious in order to pummel Goku. It was also said by Roshi that even if he, Tien, and Chiaotzu fought King Piccolo together they would be easily defeated, and King Piccolo was also shown to be able to kill Chiaotzu with a single ki blast.
It was said that his power in his youth made his power in his old age look like nothing in comparison. After becoming young he was said to have "infinite power" and boasted that he was "somewhere between invincible and immortal", he also killed Shenron with a single Evil Cannon, and it was said that his power had multiplied from what it was before. He was said to be able to destroy an entire city with his strongest attack and claimed that he could destroy an entire sector of the world in the blink of an eye (with the world split into 43 sections).
However, with all his power, King Piccolo was ultimately killed by Goku after he had grown stronger due to both recovering from near death and after unlocking his potential by drinking the Ultra Divine Water. Though formidable during his lifetime on Earth, his power would later be dwarfed at the 23rd World Tournament by both Goku and his final son, Piccolo Junior. Additionally while fighting Piccolo Junior in Hero's body, Kami told Piccolo Junior that King Piccolo was "always the weaker half" indicating he was superior to King Piccolo though their Life Link prevented Kami from killing him as doing so would result in Kami's own death.
Guru notes that the Nameless Namekian splitting in two halved his power.
- Statements by authors and guidebooks
It is stated in Weekly Jump and Daizenshuu 7 that his and Goku's power levels are 260 during their fight at King Castle, and Daizesnhuu 7 also states that King Piccolo with his youth restored has power rivaling a small nuclear bomb. The movie pamphlet for Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might states that he has a power level of 500 after his youth was restored.
- Video games
In the Adventure Mode of Extreme Butōden, which occurs after GT, when in control of Piccolo's body, King Piccolo is able to fight on par with Super Saiyan Goku.
- Flight – Literally meaning "lighter than air skill", the user forces their ki upon the ground in order to levitate and take to the skies.
- Ki Blast – The most basic form of energy wave.
- Life Link - Due to being created via Fission, King Piccolo's life and the life of Kami are linked thus one will die if the other perishes either via natural or unnatural causes. As it made King Piccolo or Kami killing the other essentially a suicidal act, it effectively resulted in a stalemate between the two as King Piccolo could not kill Kami and Kami could not kill King Piccolo, though this allowed King Piccolo to terrorize the Earth with Kami helpless to stop him unless he was willing to perish along with King Piccolo, though King Piccolo was later sealed by Mutaito putting an end to his evil allowing Kami to survive and continuing to serve as Guardian of Earth. However, King Piccolo inadvertently saved Kami's life when he reincarnated himself into Piccolo Jr. which transferred the life link to his final son after he was fatally injured by Goku, which was fortunate as Kami was the only one who could restore Shenron and the Dragon Balls would be rendered inert anyway if Kami died. The life link is also neutralized if King Piccolo and Kami perform Namekian Fusion resulting in them becoming the Nameless Namekian once more.
- Eternal Youth - After making a wish upon Shenron, King Piccolo was restored to his physical prime, regain his youthful health and appearance as well as peak power and prowess. In addition, he became immune to aging, which made him able to potentially live forever he would never grow old, however due to being life linked with Kami this ability is rendered moot as Kami still ages thus King Piccolo would still die if Kami were to die of old age. This ability was passed to his son Piccolo Jr. upon King Piccolo's death.
- Finger Beam – Basic energy attack fired from the index finger. King Piccolo's version is named Laser Shot in the Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game.
- Explosive Demon Wave – A very powerful blast shot from one hand while the other hand is used to support the arm that is firing the blast. King Piccolo can turn an entire city into dust using this move, and he claims that he could destroy 1/43rd of the entire world's surface with it.
- Don't Get Cocky Kid – A clear ki blast of a sudden wind attack that can be launched theoretically from any part of the body. It is generally not as powerful as other attacks.
- Exploding Wave – It involves waving the arm and having the land explode in its wake. King Piccolo uses this technique to show his power while at King Castle, destroying a city.
- Evil Wave Explosion – King Piccolo's Explosive Wave technique. Named in the Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game. In Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo, King Piccolo uses this after recovering from dizziness, or as a quick counterattack, or randomly in battle as a more charged version while saying "I'll blow you away!"
- Soumasen – A precise laser eye beam shot from both eyes. This attack is used to kill a guard posted at the gates leading to King Furry's Castle, and during his battle with Goku in order to incapacitate one of Goku's legs. Named in the Budokai Tenkaichi series (his son Tambourine also uses this move).
- Mouth Energy Wave – A beam shot from the mouth; considerably more powerful than normal ki bolts. King Piccolo used this attack to destroy Shenron after having his wish for eternal youth made. This move is usually spelled as Kochi kara kikou ha.
- Super Demon Cannon - A variation of Mouth Energy Wave used by Giant Demon King Piccolo where he fires a wind-like stream of energy at the opponent. Used by Giant Demon King Piccolo's Super Attack in World Mission.
- Makosen – King Piccolo fires power ki beams from each hand, one after the other. He first uses it at the end of his first fight with Goku, causing the young boy's heart to stop momentarily. The first blast is intentionally meant to be a distraction; forcing the opponent to evade it, while the second more powerful blast actually hits the target dead on. Goku falls for this trick a second time, but is unharmed by the second blast that hits him. He uses this technique again on Chiaotzu to prevent him from stealing his wish, killing him.
- Birthing an Egg – The ability to spit out an egg from his mouth which is the natural form of reproduction for Namekians though perverted by King Piccolo to create Mutant Namekian offspring. King Piccolo can give the son part or all of his powers and memories. He also uses this technique as part of his Blast 2 called Your name is Drum in the Budokai Tenkaichi series, and during a boss mission in Dragon Ball Heroes.
- Reincarnation - King Piccolo possesses the ability to give birth to an egg that contains his essence including his power and memories. This ability circumvents the life link as it effectively allows King Piccolo to reincarnate himself into his own offspring who inherits King Piccolo's life link with Kami those allowing Kami to survive King Piccolo's death. Used by King Piccolo to create the egg that gave birth to his final son/reincarnation, Piccolo Junior. Though his reincarnation inherits his memories and powers, they do not apparently inherit his complete personality, as Piccolo was never as evil as his father, though he was dedicated to killing Goku at first and taking over the Earth, Piccolo was capable of acts of selflessness and even acts of altruism long before he met Gohan as shown by him saving a mother and child from falling debris in the Piccolo Jr. Saga.
- Scattering Bullet-like technique – King Piccolo uses this technique in two variations in Revenge of King Piccolo only. He first lowers down to knee level, then raises his right hand and fires seven to eight beams in the air, eventually crashing down at the opponent. With the second variation he draws back his hand, the he fires multiple ki blasts, spreading across the battlefield.
- Telekinesis – This technique involves controlling and manipulating people or objects with the mind. King Piccolo performed this just by lifting a finger, as it was first seen when he magically lifted the five Dragon Balls that Master Roshi had hid under the ground.
- Telepathy – This is the ability to channel one's thoughts to another being. King Piccolo used this technique to immediately contact Tambourine to avenge Cymbal's death.
- Full Power – One of King Piccolo's Blast 1 in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- Kaikosen – One of King Piccolo's Blast 1 in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- Magic Materialization – A magical ability used to create objects from seemingly thin air. King Piccolo was never actually seen using this technique, but it is assumed he knew it since he was seen with the same skeletal-like of his twice (the first was in Pilaf's airship and apparently, the same throne appeared in the king's castle). His skeletal throne was alike to that of Guru's from Namek.
- Demon Hand – Although he never displays the Namekian ability to expand his arms in the anime or manga, he is capable of doing so in most video games he has appeared in. In Dragon Ball Fusions, it appears as a Special Move under the name Decoy.
- Super Decoy - A stronger version of Decoy with greater range. One of King Piccolo's Special Moves In Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Demon Fist – King Piccolo extends his arm to grab his opponent, tosses them in the air, and shoots them with an energy blast. One of King Piccolo's techniques in Super Dragon Ball Z, also used by Piccolo Jr.
- Drill Kick – A powerful kick technique used in Super Dragon Ball Z.
- Majin Rendan – A powerful energy blast used in Super Dragon Ball Z.
- Masougenki – A charge attack that ends with one of two blows. Used in Super Dragon Ball Z.
- Fusion - King Piccolo is capable of performing at least three different fusion techniques in various video games.
- Namekian Fusion – In Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors, King Piccolo (after being beaten in a fight) fuses with Piccolo (who was already fused with Kami), becoming the original nameless Namekian again. This fusion is enough for Piccolo to equal and surpass the power of Super Buu.
- EX-Fusion - By wearing a Metamo-Ring and performing the Fusion Dance he can perform EX-Fusion with Demon King Dabura to create Demon King Daccolo. Used in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Five-Way Fusion - By performing the five-way fusion dance with 4 other people, King Piccolo can fuse to create an Ultra Fusion. If initiated by King Piccolo it will produce a Namekian Ultra Fusion. Can be used by King Piccolo outside of the main story of Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Heavenly Demon Body-Crushing Cannon (魔天砕身砲) – A descending physical attack from the sky used in Dragon Ball Z: Idainaru Son Goku Densetsu.
- Special Beam Cannon - used in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 by his son Piccolo, but since King Piccolo is an alternate costume for Piccolo, he can use this attack too.
- Light Grenade - used in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 by his son Piccolo, but since King Piccolo is an alternate costume for Piccolo, he can use this attack too.
- Hellzone Grenade - used in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 by his son Piccolo, but since King Piccolo is an alternate costume for Piccolo, he can use this attack too.
- Regeneration - The Namekian ability to regenerate limbs and regain health. In the manga and anime King Piccolo only uses this ability as part of his transformation into the Great Namekian form, and is unable to heal the fatal blow dealt to him by Goku. Appears as both a Special Move and a passive Skill in Dragon Ball Fusions. The Special Move regenerates an arm to recover health. The passive Skill restores some health automatically each turn.
- Super Regeneration - A stronger version of Regeneration that restores more health. One of King Piccolo's Special Moves in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Perfect Regeneration - A version of Regeneration that is even stronger than Super Regeneration. One of King Piccolo's Special Moves in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Super Regeneration - A stronger version of Regeneration that restores more health. One of King Piccolo's Special Moves in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Royalty - Stat boost when facing a lower level enemy. One of King Piccolo's passive Skills.
- Body Change Block - Immune to Body Change and Body Change EX. One of Giant King Piccolo's passive Skills in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Proud Victor - Nullifies 90% damage if below 10% health. One of Giant King Piccolo's passive Skills in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Great Namekian
"He can turn into a giant by activating his body's cells. In this form, he gets faster and stronger, but it puts a strain on his body."
— Giant King Piccolo's Dragon Ball Fusions profile description
King Piccolo maintains a height much greater than most Namekians at all times. During his battle against Goku he increases his size further after becoming enraged at the young Saiyan. King Piccolo can also use his Great Namekian form in Super Dragon Ball Z during certain combos and has the ability to transform into this state in Dragon Ball Heroes. Tekka's Team fights against him in this form in Dragon Ball Fusions.
"Grew to massive proportions!"
— Giant Demon King Ability Effect description in World Mission
In World Mission, this form is called Giant Demon King Piccolo and King Piccolo can transform into it via the CAA Giant Special Ability Universal Giant Demon King Piccolo which can be activated from R2 (Round 2) onwards, activate Giant Ability to increase DMG dealt & make his Super Attack always available. Additionally increase attacked enemy CI (Charge Impact) speed & -2 Hero Energy to enemy team when performing a Super Attack. After transforming, King Piccolo's Giant Ability is called Giant Demon King, similar to his son Piccolo Junior's version Giant Demon.
- Super Namekian
In an altered timeline, King Piccolo absorbed Kami, adding his strength and knowledge, as well as access to the Super Namekian power of his original self. In this state he can birth Demons strong enough to hold their own against the Red Ribbon Army's Androids, and Organization of Babidi. King Piccolo fuses with Kami during a boss mission added in the fourth mission of the God Mission series (GDM4) in Dragon Ball Heroes.
In the Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game, King Piccolo can fuse with any in-game Namekian (including Piccolo, Kami, Guru, Nail, and Dende) in order to increase his power.
- Brainwashed Piccolo
- Ultra Fusion
- Demon King Daccolo
Appearances in other media
Video Game Appearances
- Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden
- Dragon Ball: Daimaō Fukkatsu
- Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden
- Dragon Ball Z: Idainaru Son Goku Densetsu
- Dragon Ball Z: Super Gokuden: Totsugeki-Hen
- Dragon Ball
- Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure
- Dragon Ball Z: Sagas
- Super Dragon Ball Z
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (Japanese/PAL Wii versions)
- Dragon Ball Z: Bakuretsu Impact
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
- Dragon Ball Z: W Bakuretsu Impact
- Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Battlers
- Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo
- Dragon Ball Online
- Dragon Ball Heroes
- Dragon Ball RPG: Shōnen-hen
- Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden
- Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle
- Dragon Ball Fusions
- Dragon Ball Legends
- Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission
"Clothes the first Demon King Piccolo wore. Noted for the large "Demon" symbol on the front."
— Dragon Ball Xenoverse clothing description
His gi appears as a wearable costume under the name Piccolo's Clothes in the Xenoverse series. However, it is depicted as having the same color scheme as Demon Clothes (Piccolo) as the gi is purple with a blue obi with the Demon Clan symbol on the front.
King Piccolo is a playable character in Dragon Ball Heroes, where both his Aged and young variants were added in the fourth mission of the God Mission series (GDM4). He appears in several battles in the Demon King Piccolo Saga added in the same mission, including one where he absorbs Kami and another where he spits out an egg containing Piccolo Jr. to join his side.
In Dragon Ball FighterZ, Piccolo's Color 02 is based on King Piccolo though it only alters the color of Piccolo's Demon Clothes.
In Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, King Piccolo and his reign of terror are referenced several times by the Z Encyclopedia and even some NPCs. For example, during the Intermission after the Saiyan Saga, a man in Orange City notes the recent commotion caused by the destruction of East City reminds him of King Piccolo. During the Intermission following the Frieza Saga, An old man in Olive Village in East Ravine tells the story of King Piccolo to a young adult male who has a hard time believing the story despite it being a historical fact. If Piccolo talks to the old man, he notices the resemblance between him and his father/past self.
- Japanese: Takeshi Aono †, Bin Shimada (Dragon Ball Heroes onwards)
- Latin American Spanish dub: Carlos Segundo
- Spanish dub: Vicente Martínez Barquín (DB), Antonio Inchausti (DBZ ep 54)
- Portuguese dub: Henrique Feist
- Brazilian Portuguese dub: Fábio Tomasini (old), Luiz Antônio Lobue (young)
- German dub: Jürg Löw
- Italian dub: Mario Zucca
- Hungarian dub: Konrád Antal
- Polish dub: Patryk Kasper (DBS)
- Greek dub: Manos Venieris, Giannis Papaioannou
- Catalan dub: Fèlix Benito
- Valencian dub: Joan Molina
- Galician dub: Santiago Pousa
- Pre-Dragon Ball
- King Piccolo vs. Master Mutaito, Master Roshi and Master Shen
- King Piccolo vs. Master Mutaito and Master Roshi (anime only)
- Dragon Ball
- King Piccolo vs. Goku
- King Piccolo vs. Master Roshi
- King Piccolo vs. Chiaotzu
- King Piccolo vs. Earth's Military
- King Piccolo vs. Strong King's Guard
- King Piccolo vs. Captain of the Guard
- King Piccolo vs. Tien Shinhan
- King Piccolo vs. Goku
- Dragon Ball Super
- King Piccolo (illusion), Tambourine (illusion), Vegeta (illusion), Nappa (illusion), Ginyu (illusion), Burter (illusion), Jeice (illusion), Recoome (illusion), Guldo (illusion), Frieza (Final Form) (illusion), Cell (Perfect Form) (illusion), Super Buu (illusion), Dabura (illusion), Raditz (illusion), Bulma (illusion), and Super Shenron (illusion) vs. Goku (Base/Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan 3/Super Saiyan Blue) and Krillin
List of characters killed by King Piccolo
- Earthlings – Lots of people are killed by King Piccolo when he devastated the Earth.
- Chiaotzu – Killed by King Piccolo's ki blast when Shenron is summoned by King Piccolo, Chiaotzu tries to change the wish to destroy King Piccolo before the Demon makes one himself, but Chiaotzu is unsuccessful.
- Shenron – Killed by King Piccolo after Shenron regains King Piccolo's youth.
- Earth's Military – Killed by King Piccolo when King Piccolo takes over the King's Castle.
- Strong King's Guard – Killed by King Piccolo when King Piccolo takes over the King's Castle.
- Captain of the Guard – Killed by King Piccolo when he tries to protect King Furry.
- Master Mutaito - Died as a direct result of his using the Evil Containment Wave to successful seal King Piccolo in the Electric Rice Cooker.
- Master Roshi - Died as a direct result of his failed attempt to seal King Piccolo with the Evil Containment Wave.
- King Piccolo's name is based on the
- The word Piccolo means "another world" in the Namekian language.
- In the original manga, King Piccolo is the only villain to get his wish granted by Shenron, and the first villain to get his wish granted in both anime and manga.
- King Piccolo is the first person in the series to kill Shenron. The second was Towa in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
- Early in the anime, King Piccolo's blood is portrayed as red. Later, when Namekians are recognized as a true race within the series and not a simple demon clan as initially suspected, their blood is portrayed as purple, even though Drum's blood was seen as purple before the Vegeta Saga, the beginning of which still portrayed their blood as red.
- In the English dub of the anime, when questioning how Goku could withstand his power, he remarks that he had fought all over the universe and never met anyone who could match his strength. This may have been a vague way of implying King Piccolo had used the ship in which Kami had originally come to Earth to seek stronger opponents in space sometime before being sealed away, though the original Japanese versions makes no mention of this, as the ship and Kami's origins had not been revealed during this time. Later, when the ship was finally revealed, it did not appear to have been used since it had landed on Earth with the Nameless Namekian on board.
- Though Piccolo was shown to know the language, and some of his powers and techniques are of Namekian origin, even replicating Grand Elder Guru's throne.
- Strangely, King Piccolo is shown to know he is a Namekian in Budokai Tenkaichi 3: if the player pairs him against Lord Slug or Nail, he will say "I won't let anybody stand in my way, even if they're a Namekian!"
- Despite not being referred to as Piccolo Daimao in the English dub, an attack increase item in Budokai 3 is called "Daimao's Power" and can only be used by Piccolo.
- Despite being a Namekian, who is stated to only need water for nourishment, in anime filler, King Piccolo is shown to eat food when a feast is prepared for him.
- This trait of eating solid food was inherited by his final son/reincarnation as the young Piccolo Junior is shown eating a fish while living in the wilderness. However, his son would apparently come to realize that he did not need to consume solid food to survive as he only drinks water in Dragon Ball Z.
- In Dragon Ball Super, Piccolo is occasionally seen apparently enjoying meals at social gatherings years after learning he only requires water to survive.
- King Piccolo and his son consumption of solid food are referenced in Xenoverse 2 by a Namekian farmer in Conton City.
- In Kakarot, his son can consume food like other characters though he is never actually shown eating during Full Course Meals (instead he is shown with a glass of water though he still receives the same benefits from full course meals).
- In addition to Piccolo, Necke is a young Namekian whom Gohan rescues on Namek and discovers is suffering from an stress disorder which prevents the child from absorbing nutrients from water forcing him to learn how to eat solid food as an alternative way of acquiring nutrients. As a result of his disorder he chooses to remain on Earth instead of relocating to New Namek. Necke's story reveals Namekians can absorb nutrients from both water and solid foods though can obtain all the nutrients they require from water unless they suffer from the same condition as Necke which impedes their ability to absorb nutrients from water, forcing them to rely on solid food.
- Despite planning to have his reincarnation take revenge on Goku and kill him in order to rule the Earth, King Piccolo's final act ironically did more good than evil, as Piccolo would later go on the be one of Earth's greatest heroes.
- In Dragon Ball GT, King Piccolo's selfish wish for eternal youth is revealed to have spawned the 4-Star Shadow Dragon Nuova Shenron. Unlike the other Shadow Dragons, Nuova Shenron was noble and honorable, even becoming an ally of Goku. Nuova Shenron's good nature is the direct result of King Piccolo's wish, as it was a selfish and evil wish. This marks the second time King Piccolo is responsible for the birth of a rival of Goku's who later becomes an ally.
- King Piccolo is the first villain to technically and partially succeed in taking revenge on Goku as his reincarnation Piccolo ultimately ends up killing Goku in Dragon Ball Z with the Special Beam Cannon which was one of King Piccolo's main reasons in creating Piccolo, though it should be noted that Goku sacrificed his life to defeat and kill his older brother Raditz and was later revived with the Earth's Dragon Balls. Interestingly, he shares this with Dr. Gero who partially succeeded in taking revenge on Goku (for the destruction of the Red Ribbon Army) when he was killed by Cell's self-destruction, though again it was the result of a self-sacrifice by Goku who was ultimately revived by Elder Kai transferring his remaining life to Goku. Additionally, King Piccolo himself is related to Cell through his son as Cell possesses Piccolo's cells.
- In an interview, while talking about Cell, Akira Toriyama pointed out that King Piccolo had also previously enjoyed himself by taking over the world as if it were a game and tried to rule the world through fear, causing Toriyama to wonder if Cell's similar way of doing things is from the influence of Piccolo cells.
- In Dragon Ball Super manga, when Vados and Champa question Piccolo's status as a Namekian, Piccolo refers to himself as the reincarnation of the Demon King Piccolo.
- In Chapter 383 of the manga Gin Tama, King Piccolo makes an appearance, where he is seen being sucked by a black hole, much in the same way as when he was sucked in by the Evil Containment Wave. Gintoki comically bought some seals and a rice cooker, saying "the previous owner had sealed evil king something --ccolo". Shimura then says "You were just missing the "Pi"!!!!! It's friggin' Evil King Piccolo!!!!!"
- In the FUNimation dub, King Piccolo never actually wishes for eternal youth, just the restoration of his youth and former power.
- According to the Daizenshuu, King Piccolo was inspired by Akira Toriyama's first editor, Kazuhiko Torishima. He shares this with Dr. Mashirito from Dr. Slump, who was also inspired by Kazuhiko Torishima.
- In Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors, it is implied in a what-if scenario that Piccolo Jr. can only access the Nameless Namekian's full potential by fusing with his father King Piccolo in addition to Kami. Presumably, this is due to Piccolo's status as being both King Piccolo's child and reincarnation. Thus by fusing with both his son and Kami, the Nameless Namekian is effectively restored completely.
- Counting the film Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, Piccolo is the first evil Namekian to wish for eternal youth, the second being Lord Slug in the film. Lord Slug shares many similarities with King Piccolo as they are both evil Namekians that lead Demon Clans and in their old age sought the Dragon Balls to restore their youth and power.
- King Piccolo was given a mention in Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound, where Goku upon learning about the titular villain compared the villain to him.
- King Piccolo's strategy of eating the Dragon Balls and defeating the Dragon Team before taking their remaining Dragon Balls was later reused with Super Saiyan 4 Broly in the manga version of Victory Mission.
- In Dragon Ball GT, Goku tries a similar strategy, eating one of the Dragon Balls.
- Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors, 2002
- Dragon Ball: Bouken Special, 1987
- Dragon Ball Online, 2010
- Dragon Ball chapter 135, "The Death of Kuririn", Pages 42-43 — ISBN 1-59116-155-X
- Dragon Ball Z manga, Volume 5, Chapter 50, Page 61 — ISBN 1-56931-934-0
- Piccolo Day
- Weekly Jump, issue 31st, 1989
- Daizenshuu 4
- Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission, 2019
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse, 2015
- "Dragon Ball Q&A" section, Dragon Ball Full Color Androids Saga volume 4, 2014