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"Master! What are you doing? Have you forgotten your code master? Please, That's wrong, dead wrong... now I understand why you couldn't ride your cloud."
— "The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi"

Turtle (ウミガメ Umigame, lit. "Sea Turtle") is Master Roshi's friend and long-time companion. The good-natured, lovable turtle lives in Kame House with the elderly hermit.


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His personality is strict and virtuous, exactly the opposite of Master Roshi's, and so he often acts as Roshi's chaperon.[1] As well as being kind-hearted, he also has a sense of gratitude as he brought Master Roshi to Goku and Bulma with intention in rewarding them (specifically and mainly Goku) as a thank you for returning him to the sea.



He used to be just an ordinary loggerhead turtle, but became able to speak after living over many centuries with Master Roshi.

Dragon Ball

Emperor Pilaf Saga

Main article: Emperor Pilaf Saga


Turtle mistaken for a rock

After a year of being lost while picking mushrooms, Turtle ended up in Skull Valley one morning where he met Goku and was almost mistaken for a rock. After Bulma gave him some sea water, Goku decided to take Turtle 100 miles on his back to return him to the sea. On the way he was going to be eaten by a Bear Thief, but Goku defeated him very easily and continued on their way. When he got brought back, he went back to Kame House to get his owner, Master Roshi who rewarded Goku with the Flying Nimbus and Bulma with the three star Dragon Ball. Turtle saw Goku again when he came with Chi-Chi to retrieve the Bansho Fan from Roshi, but Turtle reminded Roshi that he accidentally threw it out and Roshi had to go and put the flames out himself. While Roshi trained Goku and Krillin, Turtle went on vacation.

Red Ribbon Army Saga

Main articles: General Blue Saga and Commander Red Saga When Turtle returned from his vacation, Goku and Bulma were at Kame House awaiting a submarine that Krillin and Launch were currently using. Turtle was reunited with his lost son when Goku was catching fish during his wait.


Turtle with Master Roshi

Shortly after Goku, Bulma and Krillin left, Captain Dark and his men arrived to try to take over the island. Turtle helps defeat them by making Launch sneeze and turn into her bad form, allowing her to defeat a muscular soldier who was going to shoot her. When Goku, Bulma and Krillin return, Launch's bad form steals the diamond they brought from the Pirate Cave and leaves the island. Soon, General Blue manages to make it on the island and ties everybody up, including Turtle, with magic ropes. Launch's good form comes back and saves the day when she releases Goku and he gets rid of the bomb. Turtle later joins everybody else when they attempt to help Goku fight off the Red Ribbon Army. When the gang gets to the Red Ribbon Army Headquarters, the army was already defeated by Goku.

Later, Turtle attends the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament with Launch, Puar, Oolong and Bulma.

King Piccolo Saga

Main article: King Piccolo Saga Turtle is seen with Oolong and Puar as Bulma places Chiaotzu and Master Roshi's corpses in freezing capsules just as she did with Krillin.

Piccolo Jr. Saga

Main article: Piccolo Jr. Saga


Turtle reads Roshi's fantasy book

When Goku and Chi-Chi visit Kame House to find info about the Bansho Fan, Turtle reads for them how on to make it in an old fantasy book written by Master Roshi. When reading, Turtle is seen wearing glasses.

Dragon Ball Z

Saiyan Saga

Main articles: Raditz Saga and Vegeta Saga


Gohan riding Turtle

Turtle is seen at Kame House with Bulma, Krillin and Master Roshi when Goku arrives with Gohan. Little Gohan is seen riding on him happily, and witnesses Raditz inform Goku of his past and who he really is, and kidnaps Gohan, but is later defeated by Piccolo and Goku teaming up. A year later, he is seen with everybody else watching the fight against the Saiyans on television.

Frieza Saga

Main article: Garlic Jr. Saga


Turtle celebrates his 1,000th birthday

In the anime, Turtle celebrates his 1,000th birthday at Kame House with Roshi, Krillin, Maron, Gohan, Chi-Chi, Ox-King, Bulma, Yamcha, Puar, and Oolong.

Cell Saga

Main article: Androids Saga


Turtle takes a fighting stance against a pair attempting to take advantage of Maron

Turtle defends Maron from two males who arrived at Roshi's Island and tried to take advantage of her. Turtle beats both of them up using martial arts. Maron tries to thank him by kissing him but Turtle hides his head in his shell because he doesn't want to be distrusting to Krillin. However, this upsets Maron and she leaves the island, much to Turtle's shock.

Majin Buu Saga

Main articles: World Tournament Saga and Peaceful World Saga Turtle is seen at Kame House with Master Roshi when Gohan tells Krillin about the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament. It is likely that Turtle was killed when Kid Buu blew up the Earth, but was revived when Dende wished for everyone on Earth to be revived by Porunga. Near the end of the Buu Saga, Turtle appears at Bulma's party.

Dragon Ball Super

God of Destruction Beerus Saga

Main article: God of Destruction Beerus Saga Turtle goes to Bulma's birthday which is on a huge cruise liner.

"Future" Trunks Saga

Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga When Master Roshi teaches Goku the Evil Containment Wave, the Saiyan practices the technique on Turtle, and uses it successfully after several tries.

Universe Survival Saga

Main article: Universe Survival Saga

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Dragon Ball GT

Shadow Dragon Saga

Main article: Shadow Dragon Saga Turtle is one of the few characters that Goku bids farewell to after departing with Shenron.

Film Appearances

Curse of the Blood Rubies

Main article: Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies Turtle makes a brief appearance at Kame House when Goku and his friends arrive to visit Master Roshi.

Mystical Adventure

Main article: Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure Turtle accompanies Master Roshi, Goku and Krillin on their visit to Mifan so that they can take part in a Martial Arts Tournament.

The Path to Power

Main article: Dragon Ball: The Path to Power


Turtle in The Path to Power

While Oolong is driving, he narrowly avoids running over Turtle while crossing the road. Turtle explains to Goku and Bulma that while he was on a trip to gather mushrooms he got lost a year ago. He asks them if they can help him return to the sea and they do so. He asks them to wait for him as he goes to fetch their reward and returns the next morning with Master Roshi. He is later caught up in the troubles with the Red Ribbon Army until Goku puts an end to them.

Dead Zone

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone Turtle appears briefly at Kame House when Goku heads there to retrieve the Dragon Radar from Bulma.

The World's Strongest

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest When the Bio-Man arrive at Kame House in search of Master Roshi, Turtle is the one to greet them.

Other Dragon Ball Stories

Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!


Turtle in Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!

Main article: Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! Two years after Kid Buu's defeat, Turtle is attending Mr. Satan's banquet at his newly made hotel for defeating Buu along Master Roshi and co. On the way to the banquet, Goku gets Turtle's name wrong, saying "Urigome" rather than "Umigame". At the banquet, the celebration is then crashed by a brother duo, Abo and Cado, whom are after Vegeta's brother, Tarble. The brothers are challenged by Goten and Trunks but they fail in defeating them. The brothers, merged as Aka, unleash a technique that destroyed the hotel. Aka is then defeated by Goku with a Kamehameha. After this encounter, they continue their feast.


Turtle is just a giant turtle. He possesses little martial art skills, ki abilities or anything unnatural traits.

Turtle's power level is 0.001 early in Dragon Ball Z, as revealed when Bulma tests Raditz's scouter in the Vegeta Saga. This is most likely a joke, as in a later filler episode, Turtle easily fends off a pair of young men to protect Maron using Toshio's Turtle Style. On a similar note, he used a move similar to Rapid Movement to stand in front of Maron against the aforementioned two men before beating them up.

Appearances in other media

Live-action Movie


Turtle's Live-action appearance

Turtle appears in the 1990 Korean adaption, Dragon Ball: Ssawora Son Goku, Igyeora Son Goku. He is not played by an actor but instead a puppet with a voice actor.

Video Game Appearances

Voice Actors


  • Goku rescuing Turtle and returning him to the sea is clearly a reference to Urashima Tarō's story (Bulma even makes an in-joke about it).
  • In the Japanese dub he is called Umigame. An ongoing joke in early Dragon Ball sagas (and in Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!) is for Goku to call him Urigome (lit. "blockhead") by mistake.
  • At roughly 1000 years of age, Turtle is actually older than Master Roshi himself.
    • In the episode "Krillin's Proposal" in Dragon Ball Z, Turtle celebrates his 1000th birthday. In the final episode of Dragon Ball GT, Turtle makes a comment that some members of his species can live to be 1000 years old and Krillin remarks "You're not even close to that old."
  • In the 10th anniversary special, Dragon Ball: The Path to Power, Turtle believes he is a tortoise instead of a sea turtle. He is mistaken since only turtles have flippers, a fact in the special which is pointed out by Bulma.



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