Tora's original character design by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru differed much from the final draft by Akira Toriyama. Originally he had hair that closely resembled Vegeta's. His body was not muscular like it is now, he was actually drawn with a much thinner body, which made him look taller than Bardock. Like a few other members of Bardock's team, Tora's name was not changed completely from the original draft to the final draft, as it was Tomā (トマー); the other members consist of Bardock and Shugesh.
Tora is one of the taller members of Bardock's team and wears ice blue and black armor. His hair is flat at the top and kept in a small ponytail at the back, and his skin is a dark tan color.
Tora is much like Bardock in that he will kill in cold blood and is a ruthless fighter, yet has a high degree of honor and camaraderie. He is also shown to have a light-hearted side, often playfully teasing his allies, especially his best friend Bardock, to whom he makes of point of keeping the captain from getting too cocky.
In the Dragon Ball SD adaption of the Episode of Bardock, his light-hearted side is shown when he convinces Bardock and his teammates to perform a team fighting pose (which is identical to the Ginyu Force's signature team fighting pose), though Bardock finds the pose awkward and is comically angry at Tora for convincing him to do something so embarrassing.
Dragon Ball Z
Main article: Frieza Saga
Dragon Ball Super
According to Toyotarō's interpretation of what may have happened to them during Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Tora is contacted by Leek about the order to return, however Tora and the other members of his squad have not heard it. They are then killed by Dodoria and two underlings.
Bardock - The Father of Goku
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku
Tora, along with Bardock, Fasha, Borgos, and Shugesh, attack Planet Kanassa in their Great Ape forms. After Bardock is attacked by the last surviving Kanassan, Toolo, Tora kills the Kanassan. Then, Tora and the others decide to return Bardock to their home world Planet Vegeta, so that he can receive treatment for his injuries.
After hearing that there is an inconsistency in his brainwaves, the group decide to leave without him to wipe out the inhabitants on Planet Meat, as this is their next assignment. It is assumed that after reaching Meat, they immediately destroy all of its natives, but before they can celebrate the moment, they are ambushed by Dodoria and his elites, who make short work of the team.
Before finishing Tora off with a brutal punch to the face, Dodoria reveals Frieza's intent to destroy the entire Saiyan race. Tora initially survives the attack, but dies of his wounds immediately after informing the recovered Bardock of what he has discovered. Tora is the only person Bardock gets the chance to talk to when the latter finds his group slaughtered by Dodoria and his elites. Vowing to avenge his four allies, Bardock removes Tora's armband (now soaked in blood) and ties it across his forehead, providing an emotional backstory for one of Bardock's most recognizable physical features.
Other Dragon Ball stories
Episode of Bardock
Main article: Dragon Ball: Episode of Bardock
Tora has a cameo appearance along with his fallen comrades Fasha, Borgos and Shugesh.
Dragon Ball Legends
Main article: Dragon Ball Legends The Pre-Bardock - The Father of Goku Tora is among the members of Team Bardock that end up taking part in the Tournament of Time on Earth in Age 780. Bardock from post the death of his teammates also ends up being transported to Age 780 and seeks to locate any of his teammates that ended up in Age 780.
However Bardock learns the Saiyan in Red is hunting and killing Saiyan participants. Due to the amnesiac Ancient Saiyan Shallot's resemblance, Bardock ends up confronting him until he discovers Shallot is innocent. While Bardock joins forces with Shallot to combat various threats such as Saiyan in Red, as well as Cooler and New Cell during the Super Cell Games.
During Shallot and Caulifla's search for Kale following the Super Cell Games, they end up encountering Tora and Fasha. Shallot notes Tora's scent smells like Bardock's blood stained bandana, unaware it is due to said bandana being soaked in the blood of Tora's deceased counterpart in Bardock's timeline of origin. Upon realizing they are Bardock's teammates, Shallot informs them where they can find Bardock.
Tora and Fasha would later be recruited by Shallot's ally Zahha who had faked his death at the hands of the Saiyan in Red Giblet who is actually Shallot's twin brother. They join Bardock (who had arrived late) in combating the the Dark Ki controlled members of the Mastermind's group, that were trying to stop Shallot's Super Saiyan God ritual. Fortunately, Shallot's allies manage to hold them off, while he and his five Saiyan allies (Goku, Teen Gohan, Youth Future Trunks, Caulifla, and Cabba) complete the ritual.
Shallot would later encounter Borgos and Shugesh who end up helping Team Beerus deal with the threat DRK Kid Buu. Afterwards they reunited with the Tora and the others, creating their own base in a ruined city.
During Shallot and Cheelai's hunt for Broly they encounter Bardock fighting Combatants engaging in a "Saiyan Hunt". Realizing that a force that large would have one of the Frieza Force bigwigs leading the charge, Bardock rushes off to get back to his team's base where Tora, Fasha, Borgos, and Shugesh are holding down the fort. However some Combatants impede his, Shallot, and Cheelai's progress, with the Combatants informing Bardock that Dodoria is leading the assault on the base.
Meanwhile, Tora, Fasha, Borgos, and Shugesh are fighting off the Combatants. Eventually, Dodoria shows up (who they discover is a different Dodoria than the one Fasha and Tora fought and the one that Borgos and Shugesh had slaved under when they first meet Shallot). Tora asks why they are hunting Saiyans, noting they are allies in their era of origin, causing Dodoria to reveal he is from the period after Team Dodoria's slaughter of Team Bardock and Frieza's Genocide of the Saiyans, revealing their and the Saiyan race's historical. Fortunately, they manage to defeat Dodoria's henchmen, however Dodoria knocks out Borgos and Shugesh, before preparing to slaughter Fasha and Tora, only for Bardock to make it in time to save his comrades. However Dodoria reveals that Frieza has been informed of their location and is on his way, laughing as he believes their situation is hopeless, causing Tora to kill the injuried Dodoria in anger, ironically avenging himself and his teammates deaths during the events of Bardock - The Father of Goku.
- Video Games
According to Dragon Ball Carddass, Tora's power level is 5,000.
Techniques and Special Abilities
- Flight – The ability to fly with the use of ki.
- Ki Blast - the most basic form of an energy attack.
- Flame Ballet – An attack meant to ignite the opponent in blue flames. Used on Toolo in the TV special, and named in Dragon Ball Heroes.
- Mouth Energy Wave – It is unknown if Tora can use this in his base form but he is seen using this attack in his Great Ape form in Bardock - The Father of Goku.
- SP Fighting Pose 4 (3) – Used in Dragon Ball SD.
Forms and Transformations
Main article: Great Ape
As with all Saiyans with a tail, Tora is able to achieve the Great Ape transformation at the sight of a full moon (or another source of Blutz Waves). He used this ability while on Planet Kanassa. Great Ape Tora becomes a playable character in Dragon Ball Heroes, introduced in the tenth mission of the God Mission series (GDM10).
Video Game Appearances
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
- Dragon Ball Heroes
- Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle
- Dragon Ball Legends
- Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission
Tora has made cameos or is mentioned in several video games.
In Budokai 3, Tora's face is shown whenever Bardock does his Spirit of Saiyans.
In Budokai Tenkaichi 2, Tora's corpse is briefly shown in the reenacted Bardock Special (although it was merely Nappa used as a placeholder for Tora).
In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Tora's name is seen on Dodoria's biography page.
In Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit, Tora is mentioned by Bardock when he is about to fight Frieza.
Tora's first appearance as a playable character is in Dragon Ball Heroes.
In Dokkan Battle, he is playable both in his base and Great Ape forms.
In World Mission, he is playable in his base form.
- Japanese: Kazuyuki Sogabe (originally), Tetsu Inada (Dragon Ball Heroes)
- Brazilian Portuguese dub: José Parisi Jr. (original dub), Alexandre Marconatto (redub)
- Latin American Spanish dub: Ricardo Brust
- Hebrew dub: Yuval Segal
- German dub: Thomas Schmuckert
- Greek dub: Tzimis Apergis
- Pre-Dragon Ball
- TV Special
- Tora (Great Ape), Bardock (Great Ape), Fasha (Great Ape), Borgos (Great Ape), and Shugesh (Great Ape) vs. Kanassan Commander, Demetrious, and Kanassan warriors
- Tora, Bardock, and Shugesh vs. Toolo
- Tora, Fasha, Borgos, and Shugesh vs. Meatians
- Tora, Fasha, Borgos, and Shugesh vs. Dodoria and his elites
List of Characters Killed by Tora
- TV Special
- Dragon Ball Legends
- Combatants - Killed during the Frieza Force's Saiyan Hunt during the Tournament of Time.
- Dodoria - Killed by Tora in anger during the Tournament of Time after informing Team Bardock that Frieza is on his way to their base.
- His name is a pun on the word "tomato".
- In the Episode of Bardock, Tora is wearing armor in the same style that Bardock wears, without the shoulder plating. This is not what he wore in his original death scene in Bardock - The Father of Goku.
- In the Dragon Ball manga chapter "The Ultimate Battle Begins!", Bardock wears his blood soaked armband as a bandana like in Bardock, Father of Goku in Frieza's flashback (depicted in two panels) of their encounter during the Genocide of the Saiyans. However in Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Bardock doesn't wear it when he confronts Frieza. It should be noted that Dragon Ball Minus: The Departure of the Fated Child (that Broly partially adapts into animation) does not actually show Bardock's encounter with Frieza like the Broly film thus this contradiction does not occur in the manga continuity.