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"There's a legend that speaks of a boy who would come to liberate our people, but we always thought it was just folklore."
— A villager to Bulma

"Oolong the Terrible" (ひとさらいようかいウーロン Hitosarai Yōkai Ūron, lit. "The Kidnapping Monster, Oolong") is the fourth episode of Dragon Ball and the fourth episode of the Emperor Pilaf Saga. This episode first aired in Japan on March 19, 1986. Its original American airdate was September 30, 1995.


Oolong Village

Goku and Bulma discover Aru Village which looked to be deserted

Goku and Bulma continue their search for the Dragon Balls, An envious Bulma is still upset at not being able to ride the Nimbus cloud, briefly loses sight of the road and falls off her motorcycle off a really steep hill, causing her to drop one of the Dragon Balls and cry. Goku comes to check on her, and the Dragon Ball begins to glow. Both of them look ahead and they see Aru Village. Goku decides to check there for a Dragon Ball. The two enter the village, only to see no one there. Bulma thinks it is a ghost town, but Goku feels that there are people there. Goku heads to the Sherman Priest's house, but the door is locked, so he punches it open. As soon as he enters, a heavy axe comes crashing down on his head, only to give him a small lump. Sherman Priest then tells him not to take his daughter, but Goku reveals that he is not whoever Sherman Priest thinks he is. Sherman Priest tells Goku and Bulma that a shape-shifting monster named Oolong has been taking away the villager's daughters, and intends to take his daughter Pochawompa next. Bulma asks him if he has seen a Dragon Ball around and shows him one of hers.


All of the villagers gather at Sherman Priest's house

By now, the village realizes that Oolong is nowhere in sight, and are all at the Sherman Priest's front door. Grandma Paozu, an old lady, shows Bulma the Six-Star Dragon Ball, and Goku asks for it. The woman refuses, saying it was passed down from other generations. Bulma asks the lady if she can have it if she and Goku defeat Oolong, and get the girls back. The village says that Oolong cannot be defeated, but Bulma comes up with a plan. Goku dresses up like Pochawompa and waits outside the village. Oolong comes crashing in, in the form of a devil in a tux with flowers. Oolong asks for Pochawompa to marry him, but Goku, still disguised, does not respond and thinks to himself that he really needs to go to the bathroom. Oolong then changes into the form of a handsome man, and Bulma, watching from indoors, is lured by Oolong's new form. Oolong, who takes a liking to Bulma immediately, debates whether he should take her or the other one (Goku).


Goku undercover as Pochawompa in front of Oolong

Checking on Pochawompa, he realizes that "she" is taking a leak, only as a boy can, and finally realizes that he has been tricked. Oolong again changes form into a huge Spanish-speaking bull. Goku takes off the disguise and gets ready to fight Oolong, but Oolong runs away at the last second. Goku chases him, and when he gets outside the gates, he sees a small pig. The pig tells Goku that Oolong went to the other side of the town, and Goku runs after him. After Goku leaves, the pig reveals himself as Oolong, in his true form. After going to shape-shifting school, Oolong learned to take different forms, but there was one catch: he could only be in a certain form for 5 minutes and no longer. Oolong explains that he had to terrorize the village since he was constantly being dumped by girls and needed some girlfriends. Goku returns to the village, and tells the pig that he did not find Oolong. Oolong now takes the form of a giant metal ninja with giant chopsticks and a giant bowl of soup, and tells Goku that if he runs away, he will not be dipped in Oolong's hot soup. Goku says he will not leave, and Oolong accidentally dips his finger in the hot soup and burns himself.


Goku catches Oolong in his true form

From behind, a young boy named Johnny shoots a slingshot at the back of Oolong's neck, but his mother carries him away before Oolong is able to retaliate. Oolong turns back to Goku who reminds him that he was going to kill him. Oolong asks why Goku thinks he can win and Goku says he learned karate from his grandpa. Oolong says that if Goku is really good at karate, he can break three bricks with one hand. Oolong pulls three bricks out of hammerspace and piles them up. Goku breaks them with one finger. Suddenly, Oolong turns into a bat and flies away. Bulma reminds Goku that he has to find the lost girls, so Goku calls for his Nimbus Cloud and pursues Oolong. Goku is not far behind Oolong, but Oolong changes form again, this time into a rocket. In the middle of the chase, Oolong turns back to his normal form upon his five minutes being up and falls to the ground. Goku ties him up and takes him back to the village.


The girls were fine the whole time

Oolong apologizes to the villagers and then takes him to his "shack", which is really a large mansion and shows the three daughters, Sarah, Alexi, and Little Flower. Each girl seems to be living a life of luxury and are asking Oolong for favors; it is obvious that Oolong had spoiled them. Oolong pleads with the villagers to take their kids back, seeing how they are so much trouble. Grandma Paozu presents Goku and Bulma with the Six-Star Dragon Ball.

Major Events[]

  • Goku and Bulma arrive in Aru Village.
  • Goku and Bulma meet Oolong, a shape-shifting pig who is terrorizing the village.
  • Goku defeats Oolong, and Grandma Paozu gives them the Six-Star Dragon Ball.


  • Goku vs. Sherman Priest
  • Goku vs. Oolong
  • Johnny vs. Oolong








  • One-Eyed Monster - Used by Oolong via Shapeshifting (flashback).
  • Ogre - Used by Oolong via Shapeshifting.
  • Blue monster - Used by Oolong via Shapeshifting (flashback).
  • Vampire - Used by Oolong via Shapeshifting (flashback).
  • Handsome Frenchman - Used by Oolong via Shapeshifting.
  • Bull - Used by Oolong via Shapeshifting.
  • Ramen Robot - Used by Oolong via Shapeshifting.
  • Bat - Used by Oolong via Shapeshifting.
  • Rocket - Used by Oolong via Shapeshifting.

Differences from the Manga[]

  • In the manga, Goku and Bulma found Aru Village from the Dragon Radar, but in the episode they found it after Bulma bails off of her motorcycle, dropping a Dragon Ball that started glowing. It is notable however that the narrator mentions that they were already heading to the Dragon Ball's location after checking the Dragon Radar before the episode began.
  • The villagers praying for Goku and Bulma's success against Oolong is expanded in the anime with Little Flower's father in particular praising Goku for his courage.
  • Grandma Paozu hands Bulma the Dragon Ball as the group is walking to Oolong's home in the manga, but in the anime, she gives it to the latter after confirming that the missing girls are safe.


Scenes removed[]

  • The scene where Goku touches Pochawompa's crotch to check if she is a boy or a girl is cut from the Ocean dub.
  • Another scene with Bulma showing her clothed breasts to Oolong disguised as a handsome man and Oolong imagining touching a woman's breasts was shortened for TV in the Ocean Group dub.

Dialogue changes[]

  • A scene where Goku touches Grandma Paozu's crotch to check if she is a male or a female was cut from the Ocean Group dub. However, the scene was kept in the Blue Water dub, making it look like Goku is dusting off the old lady's apron.


  • This is the first episode to not feature any scenes of Emperor Pilaf or any of his minions.
  • This is the first episode to feature Goku visiting a village.
  • This is the first time Goku convinces a villain to change his ways.
  • This is the first episode to feature one time characters that have names.
    • This is also the first episode where the one time characters are human.
  • The seventh episode of Dragon Ball GT, "Trunks, the Bride" has a similar plot concerning a monster menacing a village and trying to marry the village girls. It also features Trunks dressing up in a similar fashion as Goku did. In that episode, Goku also mentions the time he had to dress like a girl from this episode and originally Pan planned on having Goku playing the role of the fake bride but he was too short due to him being a kid again.
    • Goku himself rejected Pan's idea as it had failed in the past (and Goku was by this point more familiar with gender roles/norms and a grandfather thus presumably more uncomfortable with the idea of crossdressing as such concepts were still new to Goku when he cross-dressed to fool Oolong).
  • This episode is the first time Goku wears girl's clothing in the anime, with the second being "Look Out for Launch" when he is tricked by Roshi into wearing women's lingerie so Master Roshi can see Launch in lingerie by claiming it was a "training uniform" which the pure-hearted Goku and Launch believed. However, in this episode, Goku intentionally crossdressed, while in "Look Out for Launch" he had no idea what he was actually wearing due to Master Roshi's deception and Krillin going along with Roshi's perverted plan.
  • When the Sherman Priest says "I can't believe I was scared by a little pig", he has white hair instead of dark. Also he's voiced by Christopher Sabat for that one line instead of John Burgmeier in the Funimation dub, likely due to him being mistaken for a separate character. This is the case in the Harmony Gold dub as well where Steve Kramer voices Sherman in the aforementioned scene instead of his main actor Dave Mallow.
  • Sarah's Mother, in the Funimation dub, was voiced by Kara Edwards for her asking Bulma to bring her daughter back to her. Her lines at the end of the episode, however, were provided by Julie Franklin.


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