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This article is about the character portrayed in live-action by James Marsters. For the original character, see King Piccolo.

"Imagine being shackled so tightly that every atom in your body stood compacted, still. That was my hell... for two-thousand years. With this Dragon Ball, I take my vengeance upon the Earth."
Dragonball Evolution

Lord Piccolo (ピッコロ Pikkoro) is a fictional character in the 2009 film Dragonball Evolution. He is an adaptation of King Piccolo, an early antagonist in Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball franchise, and Piccolo Jr., his reincarnation. In Dragonball Evolution, Lord Piccolo is portrayed by James Marsters.


James Marsters, the actor who portrays Piccolo, explains that the character is "thousands of years old and a very long time ago he used to be a force of good, but [he] got into a bad argument and was put into prison for 2000 years. It got him very angry, and he finds a way to escape and then tries to destroy the world."


According to Roshi, Lord Piccolo is an evil Namekian god who travelled to Earth with his right-hand Saiyan and fellow deity Oozaru two thousand years in the past, around 200 BC. He attacked humanity, but was stopped by seven mystics who used the Mafuba technique to seal him away inside an urn where he was trapped for two thousand years. After escaping from the urn, Piccolo looks for the Dragon Balls, wanting them to wish for eternal youth.

Dragonball Evolution movie

Piccolo attacks Grandpa Gohan

In the movie, Piccolo kills Grandpa Gohan and has Mai collect the Dragon Balls for him. After Goku overcomes his evil side, he defeats Piccolo with the Kamehameha attack, but Piccolo survives and is treated by a woman he spared.

Dragonball Evolution video game

In a secret part of the story in the film's video game, Piccolo is resurrected through some mysterious force. Going by the identity of Neo Piccolo, he assaults Toi-San Temple with the Fu-Lum. While Goku fights the Fu-Lum, Neo Piccolo battles Roshi. After the Fu-Lum are destroyed by a Kamehameha, Piccolo has a rematch with Goku, but is defeated for a second time by the Saiyan.

Techniques and Special Abilities


Neo Piccolo

Main article: Super Namekian

Neo Piccolo

Neo Piccolo (ネオピッコロ, Neo Pikkoro) is an enhanced state used by Lord Piccolo in the Dragonball Evolution video game after being resurrected through some mysterious force as a Super Namek. Gameplay-wise, he remains the same as his normal counterpart, except that he also gains a counter move identical to one used by Roshi in the same game.

Actor's insight

  • "Oh, Dragonball is the coolest television cartoon in the last 50,000 years. It's got a Shakespearean sense of good and evil. The movie has incredible action scenes with characters with unbelievable powers. It's going to be really visually exciting."[1]
  • "Definitely the story of this movie is different from the original. . . . For example, some characters in the original don't appear in the movie. And we try to give it a more gritty and graphic (realistic) feeling. Though there are differences between the two, I think it is all right if the core part of Dragonball remains."[2]
  • "True men need not to flaunt themselves. They're calm, gentle and modest but when it comes to the crunch they don't hesitate to kill the enemy, and I think that's what Goku is. Goku is a real man.[2]
  • "Speaking of Piccolo, one word comes into my mind, it's "loneliness". Piccolo is always floating in the air in the beautiful landscape, but he never even admires the landscape, he is only thinking or musing and staring at his feet. I think that is a characteristic of Piccolo more than anything else. Maybe it must be a characteristic for revenge. He hates himself and blames the people who had trapped him. His desire to kill not only them but their family, furthermore to destroy the city and the planet they live and protect. To get revenge is everything to him. Everything."[2]


  • James Marsters, the actor who portrayed Lord Piccolo, would later go on to voice Zamasu/Future Zamasu in the Funimation dub. Coincidentally, both Lord Piccolo and Zamasu/Future Zamasu had a similar personality, and both characters even had a connection to a villainous form of Goku.



  1. James Marsters Discusses Dragonball cinematical.com
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Interview with James Marsters dbthemovie.com, 7-Jul-2008

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