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"It appears Junior is out of bounds. The winner of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament is Goku!!"
World Tournament Announcer proclaiming Goku as the winner.

"The Victor" (やった! きゅうじょうさいきょうおとこ Yatta! Chikyūjō Saikyō no Otoko, lit. "Hooray! The World's Strongest Man") is the twenty-sixth episode of the Piccolo Jr. Saga and the one hundred forty-eighth episode in the Dragon Ball series. This episode first aired in Japan on March 8, 1989. Its original American airdate was November 19, 2003.



Goku defeats Piccolo

After Piccolo weakens Goku to the point where he cannot lift any of his broken appendages, Piccolo flies to the sky, as his father did in the previous fight, to finish off his nemesis. Kami asks Tien Shinhan to kill him, but Goku shouts that he truly can defeat Piccolo without killing him. Goku can't even move, so no one believes him. Piccolo slams an energy blast with the power of an atomic bomb, the Explosive Demon Wave, into Goku, who appears to be vaporized. Everyone mourns for an apparently killed Goku (primarily Chi-Chi, who Goku was going to marry after the tournament). However, unknown to Piccolo and the others, escaped by flying. He uses the opportunity to headbutt Piccolo in mid-air, and the World Tournament Announcer declares it a ring-out victory; Goku is named the champion of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. Everyone runs over to Goku, happy that he is alive.


The announcer right before declaring Goku the winner

Yajirobe comes out of hiding with Senzu Beans and fully heals Goku (much to the delight of Chi-Chi). Kami is about to kill Piccolo, but Goku stops him. Goku says that the Dragon Balls and the Eternal Dragon will disappear if Kami dies, and so their plan will not work.


Krillin, Yajirobe and Yamcha are shocked as Goku gives Piccolo Jr. a Senzu Bean

Master Roshi convinces Kami that he is still useful to the Earth, and Kami gives Goku new clothes. Goku suddenly uses a Senzu Bean to revive Piccolo, not wanting to jeopardize Kami's health and wanting to keep a strong sparring partner around. Everyone panics, as Piccolo shows complete contempt for this, thinking Goku to be soft, and departs after vowing to defeat Goku. Chiaotzu suddenly shows up to meet Tien, and Chi-Chi runs to Goku and hugs him, which embarrasses Goku, not wanting to show his affection for her in front of his friends. Kami suddenly offers Goku his job, and Goku quickly declines and flees on the Nimbus with Chi-Chi.

Major Events[]

  • Goku defeats Piccolo to become the Champion of the World Martial Arts Tournament.
  • Goku refuses the position of Guardian of Earth and leaves with his soon-to-be bride.


  • Goku vs. Piccolo





Differences from the Manga[]

  • Some of the extra dialogue spoken by those observing the fight was added for the anime.
  • In the manga, Master Roshi addresses the audience by saying that the series will continue on for a little while yet (changed in the English translation to say "This isn't over. Not by a long shot!", referencing Dragon Ball Z). The anime is more subtle instead having Roshi lamenting if this is the end of his and company's time with Goku, only for a coconut to fall on his head to assure that the story is far from over.


  • This is the last episode of the Dragon Ball anime that is comprised of material from the Dragon Ball manga. All episodes remaining of the original Dragon Ball that follow this one are filler.
  • In the Japanese version, when using his finger blast on Goku’s arm, Piccolo says he is doing it since his father was killed by leaving Goku with one usable limb. In the English dub, Piccolo incorrectly states that his father lost the same arm, and so he’s going to take Goku’s. When Goku’s arm is still there after the blast, a line was added where Piccolo says he isn’t actually going to take Goku’s arm, “but you get the idea”.
  • There is one scene where Tien is not wearing his green wristbands. The next time he is shown, he is back to wearing them.
  • Right after Goku defeats Piccolo, and all of his friends are celebrating, Krillin is shown with bare feet, and in the next shot he is wearing his shoes again.
  • In the Japanese version, Goku asks Yajirobe what he’s doing there, and Yajirobe, in embarrassment, says he’s just checking things out and gives Goku a Senzu Bean to eat. In the English dub, this was changed to Yajirobe asking if they have plans for Piccolo’s body because he wants to eat him, and then he tells Goku that if he wants beans to have a bean buffet, before giving him a single Senzu Bean.
  • In the Japanese version when Goku is celebrating after eating the Senzu Bean, Chi-Chi asks what happened to his injuries. In the English dub, this is changed to a line about how she’s never seen him so happy.
  • In the Japanese version, after the Senzu Bean heals Goku’s injuries, Krillin asks Yajirobe if the beans can heal injuries too. Yajirobe asks how Krillin ate one and didn’t realize that. In the English dub, Yajirobe’s line is changed to wondering why the beans taste like fish.
  • Yamcha saying to Goku after he feeds Piccolo a Senzu Bean, "That's just great, maybe you two can become best friends", foreshadows Goku and Piccolo's role in the first saga in the next anime series Dragon Ball Z.
  • This is the last episode in the Blue Water dub where Leda Davies, Mike Thiessen, Victor Atelevich, and Brendan Hunter voice Bulma, Krillin, Yamcha and Tien. For the Blue Water dub of Dragon Ball GT, they are replaced by Kristin Nowosad and Dan Gascon as the voices of Bulma and Krillin.
    • This is also the last episode in the Blue Water English dub until the Blue Water English dub of Dragon Ball GT where Dean Galloway voices Master Roshi.


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