Krillin (クリリン, Kuririn) is the life-long best friend of Goku. He is a Z Fighter who is short and bald (with the exception of later years), and he provides comic relief during some tense moments. He is a good-natured, outgoing and a competitive martial artist. His only true vice seems to be his interest in women, though as the series progresses, his intentions lean more romantic, and in dangerous situations, he sometimes despairs about possibly dying unmarried. Once a fierce rival of Goku, he quickly became his best friend while training under Master Roshi. He also is good friends with Goku's son, Gohan. He eventually marries Android 18 (A former enemy) and settles down, having a daughter named Marron. Krillin is known for being very cunning during his fights often relying on tricking stronger opponents to defeat them.
Just like most Dragon Ball characters, Krillin's name, is a pun. In his case, it's Japanese source, Kuririn, is made up of two parts. The first two syllables come from 栗 kuri, which means "chestnut" in reference to his shaved head (the "chestnut" pun is also carried over to his daughter, Marron). The second part of his name comes from 少林 Shōrin ("Shaolin" in Chinese), as his early character designs were closely modeled on Shaolin monks.
Appearance, Personality, and History
Originally a monk of the Orin Temple, Krillin came to Master Roshi for training and soon became a student of the Turtle School in his first appearance in the anime and manga. He is Goku's rival and best-friend. Krillin is often used as comic relief or cannon fodder in Dragon Ball. As the most prominent full-blooded human character in the Dragon Ball series, Krillin also represents a sense of normalcy to Goku and Gohan, as well as often being the most identifiable. Often when things in the Dragon World turn bizarre, it is left to Krillin to shake his head in disbelief and crack a joke.
Despite his reputation as being a weakling compared to his Saiyan comrades, he is considered to be one of the stronger pure-blooded humans in the Dragon Ball series, being thousands of times stronger than the average person (although this is largely due to the fact that he was afforded much greater opportunities to increase his strength, such as training under the Guardian of the Earth and having his potential unlocked by Grand Elder Guru, things that no other human, such as Mr. Satan, ever had). Although he is not as strong as Goku or Gohan, his determination in helping his friends is a key asset. Furthermore, Krillin's ingenuity and talent for ki-manipulation is far superior than that of most warriors, even those stronger than himself, and he has an ability to sense hidden powers. Krillin had his dormant ki awakened by the Namek Elder, Guru, during the events of the Namek Saga (although it is possible that not all of his power was freed, due to the fact that Gohan still had more hidden power and that they both grew to be much stronger later on in the series), and this helped keep him among the same level as his more naturally powerful friends, at least for a little while. Krillin has trained hard most of his life, becoming extremely powerful and proving it in combat with many foes. Unfortunately, he is quickly outclassed by many of the other characters in the series, such as Piccolo and the Saiyans; though among all the full-blooded humans he faces in combat he is one of the strongest. On one occasion, Yamcha says, during the course of the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament, that Krillin is "the strongest human being in the world." Some fans feel that the mangaka, Akira Toriyama, uses Yamcha to state a canonical fact on this scene, although as this was said to Krillin's daughter, context may be required.
At any rate, Krillin is brave and resourceful, and the audience identifies him as a good-natured underdog. Along with Yamcha, Krillin has also, arguably, adjusted to a relatively normal life better than many of his friends by seeking women in his life. He is among the more "normal" human of his friends as he can be seen wearing normal clothes on days where he's not fighting other than his typical martial arts dogi, as well as engaging in other normal every-day activities such as watching TV, going to the beach, etc. In his role as the protagonist, Goku's best friend, Krillin, was among the only humans to remain a main character for the majority of the series, even as Master Roshi, Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu, Yajirobe, Chi-Chi and others faded into the background.
Many fans immediately will connect Krillin with his signature move, Destructo Disk, a spinning razor-sharp disk of energy that has the power to cut through just about anything. Despite its immense power, it is extremely unwieldy and hard to control. Consistent with the theme of redemption in the series, he spared Android 18's life when presented with the chance to activate her self-destruct sequence because he found her to be redeemable. In a bit of ironic fortune, he later married the beautiful android and later had a daughter named Marron.
Despite popular fan belief, Krillin is not naturally bald. Due to his original monastic training, he merely shaves his head. During his training with Goku under Master Roshi, Krillin comments that 'All who aspire to master the martial arts shave their heads in order to unfetter their ki' and seemed surprised to find out Master Roshi was naturally bald. After settling down with his new family, his hair grows out, although his original smooth crowned look is the most familiar to fans. The six dots on his forehead are probably scars from incense burns, based on the similar pattern that appears on the forehead of a Shaolin monk.
Overall, Krillin is a highly valued character in the Dragon Ball series: powerful, loyal, and brave. He is second only to Goku in the most appearances in the manga. In some more recent movies however, Krillin has been since demoted to comic relief character. This is most prominent in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! when he was beaten up by Chi-Chi, clonked his head twice, had his face fried by a stray energy bolt, had a large pile of snow dumped on him, had Vegeta sent flying into him, slipped and skidded past the main villain when he was about to attack him and was humiliated in the hospital (he even remarks during the Vegeta incident that "Why do these things always happen to me?").
Krillin trained at the Orin Temple since he was four. He was the weakest student and was frequently bullied. When he was 12 he got tired of the bullying and thus he began to travel to Master Roshi's island when he was seeking training to surpass the people at the temple and attract girls.
Training with Master Roshi
Krillin first appears on screen at the beginning of the Tournament Saga where he bribes Master Roshi with dirty magazines in order to be accepted as his student. Krillin's initial desire for learning martial arts under Master Roshi was to become more popular with girls.
At first, he detests Goku, who Krillin finds unintelligent and childish. It is to Krillin's increased annoyance that he discovers that Goku is a more powerful fighter than him in every way. The only time Krillin is ever able to get the better of Goku is through trickery and deceit. Even then, his reward (dinner that evening) is unenviable when he eats fish cooked by Launch that gives Master Roshi and him food poisoning. Goku, in his characteristic naiveté, remains almost totally unaware of Krillin's one-sided rivalry with him.
As their grueling training progresses, however, Goku and Krillin bond and by the time of the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament are inseparable friends, and this aspect of their relationship never diminishes. Goku is always there to offer the insecure Krillin confidence and support, as well as fighting tips, and Krillin is often on hand to offer a pragmatic perspective to the often overly innocent and idealistic Goku as well as clue him in on basic social knowledge that Goku missed out on growing up at Mount Pauzo.
In his and Goku's first World Martial Arts Tournament, Krillin fares very well, even defeating bullies from his old training school by kicking one of them straight through a wall. He easily advances as one of the eight warriors going on into the main event. He makes it past the quarter-finals, defeating the disgusting Bacterian, as without a nose, Bacterian's stink has no effect on him: at first, Krillin is overwhelmed by the odor of Bacterian. However, Goku reminds Krillin that he doesn't have a nose. After realizing this, he is easily able to overcome his opponet. Unfortunately, however, Krillin is defeated in the semi-finals, losing to Jackie Chun, his sensei Master Roshi in disguise.
Adventures with Goku and Bulma
After the tournament, he trains under Master Roshi again, although he takes a break to aid Goku in his search for the Dragon Balls and fight against the Red Ribbon Army. Krillin, Goku and Bulma enter a cave to find some pirate treasure, but are followed by General Blue, who confronts Krillin and defeats him in battle. Krillin is almost killed, until Goku saves him, and fights Blue. When Goku defeats Blue, the cave begins to collapse, but Krillin, Bulma, and Goku escape in a submarine, with General Blue surviving as well.
Battling Fortuneteller Baba's warriors
Later, Krillin competes with Goku and Yamcha in Fortuneteller Baba's tournament for Goku to get the location of a Dragon Ball. He loses in a fight against Fangs the Vampire by getting his blood sucked out of his head, causing him to lose consciousness and getting kicked out of the area. However, cunning Krillin comes up with the strategy that allows them to later defeat See-Through the Invisible Man. The motif of Krillin using his wits, rather than his strength, to his advantage is seen many times in both series, particularly as he becomes comparatively less powerful.
Meeting Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu
At 17 years of age, Krillin enters the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament. He forms a rivalry with Crane School student Chiaotzu during the preliminary matches.
While the fighters are drawing lots for the fight order, Chiaotzu puts himself against Krillin using his telekinesis. Later on during their quarter-final match, after a one-sided match in Chiaotzu's favor, Krillin uses his cunning in order to defeat Chiaotzu and yells math problems at him in order to use up his telekinetic powers; Krillin manages to defeat Chiaotzu while Chiaotzu was trying to do basic mental arithmetic.
Krillin then advances to the semi-finals where, after a long match, he is eventually defeated by Goku who used his stunning speed.
After the 22nd Tournament, Goku realizes he left his objects behind, so Krillin goes back to pick them up. Krillin is then killed by getting his neck snapped by a kick from Tambourine, a "demon" who was out on his duty to kill all of the greatest martial artists so that King Piccolo would go unchallenged and rule the world with no problems. Although dead, he played a large role in Goku's determination to avenge his death, as well as Master Roshi's. He is later revived by the Dragon Balls, following King Piccolo's defeat, along with King Piccolo's many other victims.
King Piccolo's Reincarnation
He continues to train and once again makes it to the main tournament in the 23rd Budokai. When Krillin meets Goku after three years, Krillin hugs his best friend, saying he missed him. Eventually, Krillin fights Piccolo, the reincartion/son of King Piccolo. Krillin lands some decent hits, but quickly realizes Piccolo is far superior than him in fighting. During this match, Krillin reveals he can use the hovering space technique (in the episode "Anonymous Proposal"). Piccolo is surprised by Krillin's power, but Krillin eventually gives up. Krillin watches Goku and Piccolo spar out, and when Piccolo is defeated, watches Goku and Chi-Chi head off from the World Tournament area on the Flying Nimbus.
Dragon Ball Z
Five years have passed since Goku defeated Piccolo at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, and he, Goku and Bulma attend a reunion at Master Roshi's island, where Goku introduces them to his son, Gohan. While there, Krillin is as surprised as the others by the arrival of Goku's brother, Raditz, who reveals Goku's origins as a Saiyan and slaps Krillin into Kame House, taking Gohan with him. After Piccolo and Goku defeat Raditz, Krillin arrives to the scene and goes to Goku's side while he is dying and watches his body disappear. He also witnesses Piccolo taking Goku's son Gohan with him into Break Wasteland to train, which Krillin could do nothing about, as Piccolo was to strong for him. Krillin is left to break the bad news to Goku's wife Chi-Chi, although he never actually does it.
In the year that the Earth has before the arrival of Vegeta and Nappa, Krillin, along with Tien, Chiaotzu, Yamcha and Yajirobe train with Kami, the guardian of the Earth. They do this in order to raise their power levels enough to be able to hold their own against the Saiyans. Like the others, Krillin's power grows exponentially during this year, until he is now far more powerful than Raditz ever was. When the Saiyans arrive, Krillin, Tien, Chiaotzu and Yamcha join Piccolo and Gohan to hold Vegeta and Nappa off until Goku's arrival.
When Yamcha is quickly killed by a kamikaze Saibaman, Krillin is enraged at his friend's death and unleashes his scattering bullet attack that obliterates all of the saibamen but one. Piccolo, Vegeta, and Nappa are all impressed with the sheer power of his attack, but it isn't fast enough to work on the Saiyans.
The battle continues, with Chiaotzu, Tien and Piccolo falling one by one, until only Krillin and Gohan are the only two left. They are saved by Goku, and at his request, he has Krillin take Gohan away from the battle. On the way back home Gohan has a change of heart, deciding they can't let Goku face this danger alone and they return (Krillin coming just so Gohan doesn't get hurt) and are able to help Goku with the Spirit Bomb he creates to defeat Vegeta.
At the end of the battle, Krillin is the only one of the five survivors (Goku, Krillin, Gohan, Vegeta and Yajirobe) who still has the ability to walk. As Vegeta struggles to crawl to his spaceship to escape, Krillin picks up Yajirobe's sword and prepares to kill him to end his reign of terror. Goku tells Krillin not to and he explains that it's not right as Vegeta is now defenseless and may turn over a new leaf as a result of being spared. Krillin is understandably incredulous over Goku's compassion for the man who almost destroyed the planet and scoffs at the idea that Vegeta is capable of turning over a new leaf, but he ultimately decides to trust Goku's judgment and lets Vegeta go.
Journey to Namek
With Piccolo, and thus Kami, dead, the Dragon Balls have become inactive and thus the Namek Saga begins with everyone mourning the seemingly permanent deaths of Piccolo, Kami, Yamcha, Tien and Chiaotzu. Fortunately, Krillin comes up with an idea. If the Dragon Balls were created by Namekians, then they could travel to Piccolo's home world, the planet Namek, to use other Dragon Balls to wish Kami and Piccolo back to life. After Mr. Popo shows Kami's old spaceship and its incredible speed to Bulma, Gohan, Krillin and mechanical expert Bulma blast off into space headed to Planet Namek.
After a few detours on their way there, the trio arrive and discover that this peaceful planet is under siege by galactic overlord, Frieza, the employer of the Saiyans and destroyer of Planet Vegeta, Goku and Vegeta's home world. To make matters worse, Vegeta is on the planet as well. Both are also after the Dragon Balls for immortality, and Krillin and Gohan discover that there is much more at stake than the lives of their departed friends. After rescuing a young Namekian named Dende from Frieza's henchmanDodoria, he takes the two warriors to Grand Elder Guru, the Namek's guardian, who is able to release the hidden kipotential inside them, causing their power levels to raise, once again, exponentially.
Newly powered-up, a complex three-sided game of "capture the Dragon Balls" ensues between Frieza, Vegeta, Krillin and Gohan.
Struggle on Namek
Eventually, when Vegeta discovers them, the Dragon Balls they collected are taken by Captain Ginyu to give to Frieza. They then decide to pool their resources so that the incredibly powerful Frieza can be defeated. Though Krillin reluctantly agrees to give Vegeta the Dragon Balls when they get them back, he privately plans with Gohan to sneak off with the Dragon Balls and make their own wish to bring back their friends when the time comes.
He helps in the battles with Guldo andRecoome, managing to hit Guldo with a few Ki Blasts before Guldo time-freezes him. When fighting Recoome, Krillin kicks him in the back of the head to defend Vegeta from Recoome's Mouth Energy Wave. Because of this intervention, Recoome's attack backfires, knocking out all but six of his teeth. Angered, Recoome retaliates by kicking Krillin in the back of the head, which puts him out of commission until he is healed by a Senzu Bean when Goku finally gets to Namek.
After learning of the trouble on Namek, Goku (who had been recovering in the hospital) arrives to help. He makes quick work of the Ginyu Force, a group of mercenaries under Frieza's employ, but is badly injured and is taken by Vegeta to be recovered in a healing tank.
Battling Frieza and Second Murder
Krillin, Gohan, and Vegeta recover the Dragon Balls but Vegeta is unable to wish for his immortality without the password. Krillin leaves to get the password from Guru, but encounters Dende who informs him the password is "Porunga", they return and, with Vegeta asleep, decide to just make their own wish now. In the Namekian language, Dende wishes for Piccolo to be returned to life and brought to Namek. This causes Kami to return to life on Earth as well, and Master Roshi begins steps to gather the newly restored Earth Dragon Balls.
Vegeta awakes a short time later and is enraged that his immortality has been taken from him, but Krillin and Gohan are saved by the arrival of Frieza, who demands their immediate attention. Frieza transforms in his second, more powerful form, and attempts to attack Dende. Dende is pushed out of the way by Krillin, who is quickly skewered on Frieza's horn and left for dead. He then turns his attention onto Gohan and starts badly thrashing him. With Frieza distracted, Dende uses his healing abilities tosave Krillin.
Here, the Destructo Disk makes its most memorable appearance when the supposedly dead Krillin appears out of nowhere to deliver the attacks on Frieza, which cuts off the bottom part of his tail, the distraction saving Gohan from certain death. Enraged at his lost tail, Frieza charges after Krillin, catching up to him easily. Krillin knew he needed to keep Frieza distracted long enough for Dende to save Gohan. He tricked and evaded Frieza for quite some time, eventually using a Solar Flare, to temporarily blind him. This is another example of Krillin's tendency to outwit opponents that he can't outfight.
Piccolo shows up, having fused with the warrior Nail, and joins Krillin, Gohan and Vegeta in their fight. For a moment, it looks like the Z Warriors have the upper hand, before Frieza transforms again, leaving them in the dust. While Frieza is distracted, Vegeta urges Krillin to try to kill him, which would grant Vegeta a zenkai, which raises his power. Krillin is reluctant to attack Vegeta, but sees no other way and so he beams him through his belly. He then asks Dende to heal Vegeta, but Dende refuses, worrying Krillin that maybe Vegeta actually will die. Eventually, Dende is convinced and Vegeta is healed, much more powerful than before.
Frieza finally gets wise to Dende's healing and so the tyrant kills him. Goku arrives back on the scene, and after witnessing Vegeta's horrible murder at the hands of Frieza, is enraged. Goku and Frieza then do battle, and although Goku puts up the best fight that Frieza has ever seen, he's still not able to defeat him. Enraged at how much of a challenge Goku is proving to be, Frieza lashes out at Goku's friends, badly injuring Piccolo and horribly murdering Krillin by blowing him to pieces telekinetically.
The death of his best friend completely unhinges Goku, as he believes that Krillin can never be returned to life as the Dragon can't grant the same wish twice. Goku's anger explodes and he transforms into a Super Saiyan for the first time, granting him the power to defeat Frieza. In a desperate ploy Frieza attempts to destroy the planet, knowing that while he can survive in the vacuum of space, Goku cannot. Although Goku defeats Frieza, and although the rest make it off the planet, Goku appears to be killed with the planet's destruction.
Using the Namekian Dragon Balls, which can grant the same wish more than once, Bulma wishes for Krillin to return to Earth alive and well. But Shenron says that he will come back and drift in the emptiness of space, because he can only return him to the place he died. And planet Namek is no more. So they use the Dragonballs to transport Krillin's soul to the Earth station, so can be brought back on Earth, and then they wish him alive again. Krillin is returned to life, as are Yamcha, Tien and Chiaotzu as well as anyone killed by Frieza, which includes Vegeta and Dende. Everyone is delighted to hear that Goku is still alive, but are shocked when he refuses to come home yet, saying he needs to do more training in space. Though he misses his best friend, Krillin settles back into life on Earth with his friends, thankful at another chance for life.
Garlic Jr.'s return
During the one year period before Goku's eventual return to Earth, Garlic Jr. returns and Krillin joins Gohan and Piccolo in the battle against the immortal tyrant, as they are the only three Z Fighters who avoid the Black Water Mist. During the battle he fights the Spice Boys and is badly wounded twice during the fight first when he takes a blast from Salt and later when Vinegar beats him up badly.
During this time period, Krillin finally gets his first girlfriend; a ditzy bombshell by the name of Maron (not to be confused with his future daughter Marron), the relationship is marked by Krillin's insecurity, and instead of proposing to her as he had planned, Krillin decides to break up with her because he thinks she deserves better than him. He's floored when he discovers she would have married him, but by that point it is too late.
The Mysterious Youth
Sometime after Garlic Jr.'s defeat, Frieza and his father King Cold arrive on Earth, and the threat of the Androids is revealed by a boy from the future named Trunks.
During the events of the Android Saga, Krillin, along with the other Z Fighters, trained hard after Future Trunks grim tale of events soon to unfold. When the day of reckoning did arrive, Krillin was right on the scene with his friends, ready to defend the Earth. When Goku battled Android 19, Krillin watched in horror when his heart virus began to take it's affect on the Super Saiyan. After Vegeta arrives and kills Android 19, Android 20 (Dr. Gero), attempts to escape, knowing that both Piccolo and Vegeta could easily kill him. The Z Fighters give chase, and Krillin is the first to find him in frot of his laboratory.
Krillin quickly realizes he is outgunned, and Dr. Gero attacks him without any restraint. However, the Z Fighters fly by, scaring the android away. A short time later, Dr. Gero releases Android 17 andAndroid 18. They then kill the Dr. and release another of his creations, Android 16. While the Z Fighters battle with the powerful machines, Krillin stands back in horror, knowing that he would be no match for them. The androids defeat the Z Fighters with relative ease, and head off to kill Goku. Krillin attempts to talk them out of it, but fails. However, Android #18 walks up, wishes him good luck, and kisses him on the cheek.
The new threat, Cell
A short time later, Krillin and Future Trunks destroy Dr. Gero's laboratory along with the early stage of the evil CellCell. Meanwhile, after merging with Kami, Piccolo gave chase a fleeing Cell, knowing that he must stop the creature from absorbing 17 and 18. Tien and Krillin join the hunt, and once again, Krillin is the first to find the enemy. In filler, he saves a woman and her younger brother from Cell, just as the monster was about to absorb them. He gives them enough time to get onto an airplane, and uses Solar Flare on Cell to escape with them, but Cell catches up. Krillin then proceeds to attempt and fight Cell only to be smashed through the airplane. Just before Cell nearly kills Krillin, Piccolo and Tien then arrive, and Cell flees once again.
After Cell is successful in absorbing Android 17 and reaching his second state, Bulma creates a device that can shut down Android 18 so that Cell could not absorb her. She instructs Krillin to be the one to do it, but upon arriving at the battle scene, he sees how frightened she is, and he remembers the kiss she gave him. After a war in with himself, he then throws the controller to the ground and smashes it, revealing that he had fallen for the beautiful android. Then Cell uses the "Solar Flare" technique to blind everyone within sight and starts absorbing 18. Then Krillin begins attacking Cell head on, attempting to save her, but it was too late, and Cell reaches his "Perfect" form. Out of anger, a heart-broken Krillin foolishly attacks Cell, only to be smashed away in seconds. However, he did manage to sense a large bulk of Cell's power that he kept hidden a split-second before being kicked away by Perfect Cell, causing him to warn Future Trunks about his hiding his overall power upon being fed a Senzu Bean.
The Cell Games
Cell then defeats both Vegeta and Trunks without breaking a sweat, and goes on to announce a tournament he calls, The Cell Games. The Z Warriors then spend the remaining 10 days preparing for the games, as does Krillin.
When the day finally arrives, Goku is the first to battle Cell. After a long and intense battle, Goku forfeits, and tells Gohan that it's his turn to fight. In order to unleash Gohan's anger, Cell spawns seven Cell Jr.s. They then proceed to attack the Z Fighters, including Krillin who gets help from Piccolo in the anime against his Cell Jr. With all this, and Cell's murder of the peaceful #16, Gohan's anger explodes and he transforms into a Super Saiyan 2, and causes Cell to revert back to his second form and cough up Android 18 after being kicked in the stomach by Gohan. Krillin immediately tends to her side, much to Vegeta's objections and surprise (presuming Vegeta was still bitter about his first fight with Android 18) and calling Krillin a fool. Cell later attempts to self destruct, only to be teleported away by Goku, killing himself in the process. Cell manages to survive and returns to Earth, only to be finally put down by Gohan for good in a Kamehameha wave struggle.
After returning to the Lookout, the Z Fighters summon Shenron and ask for Goku to be revived. However, Goku asks not to be brought back. With one wish left, Krillin asks if Shenron will remove the bombs from inside the android's bodies, just another show of compassion toward #18. #18 sees this while hiding, and is shocked but charmed. She then reveals herself looking very angry towards Krillin, but then replied that it was a very nice thing he did for her, showing that she may have a soft spot for Krillin after all. She leaves, as do the rest of the Z Fighters, off to continue their lives.
Seven Years Later
Seven years later, Krillin is shown to have grown hair, married Android 18, and has had a daughter named Marron and lives with his family at Kame House, Master Roshi's home. Gohan comes to his house to tell him the news of Goku joining the tournament and that he is staying for 1 day on Earth. Krillin is excited, but isnt sure if he wants to join the Martial Arts Tournament. His wife 18 pushes him to join and he eventually does, but he had to trim up.
Goku's return and the World Tournament
When Goku announced his return to Earth for the World Tournament, Krillin is ecstatic to see his best friend again. Krillin enters the World Tournament along with Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo, 18 and Videl and wins his first match up against the boastful Pintar without exerting himself. During the events of the tournament, the evil Majin Buu's origins are revealed and the danger the Earth now faces becomes apparent. Krillin flies off with Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, Gohan, Videl, Kibito, and the Supreme Kai to Babidi's spaceship.
Turned to Stone
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A while later Dabura is killed by the newly released Majin Buu, and Krillin and Piccolo turn back to normal. Shortly after, Majin Vegeta arrives and kills himself by a self explosion in an attempt to kill Buu once and for all. It fails, and Buu miraculously regenerates himself. Piccolo and Krillin flee with the unconsciousGoten and Trunks back to the lookout tower. Goku soon arrives a while later, and introduces his idea of fusion. While training the boys, Babidi and Buu head towards West City, the location of the dragon ball radar and the Z Fighters only shot at reviving the dead. Goku intervenes, and transforms into a Super Saiyan 3. He is quickly able to gain the upper hand on Buu, and after a short fight, teleports back to the Lookout.
Fusion Plan and a Third Murder
A day later, Super buu finds Kami's Lookout and allows them to live for a short time. While on The Lookout Buu uses his Human Extinction Attack to kill all the people on Earth except for the family and friends on The Lookout. Due to Goten and Trunks' fusion, Gotenks, failing to kill Super Buu inside theHyperbolic Time Chamber, the monster manages to escape (even despite Piccolo blowing up the door, the only way out or in). He then proceeds to kill and eat all of the present company on the Lookout, including Krillin, who attempts to fight Buu to buy time for the others to escape. He quickly fails, but dies a hero's death.
The Final Battle!
After Krillin was eaten by Majin Buu, he was in the Other World training with King Kai until Kid Buu appeared, using Instant Transmission to try and locate Goku and Vegeta. Buu overwhelmed Pikkon and Olibu quickly, and Krillin risked his existence by attacking him from behind with his Destructo Disk, only to find that the attack had no effect at all (Yamcha remarks at how, "it would have worked on anyone else but him"). He then was thrashed around by the monster, and was almost destroyed before Buu was drawn away by Goku and Vegeta to the Sacred World of the Kais. During the battle with Kid Buu, Dende uses the Dragon Balls to wish all those killed by Buu back to Earth (which was also just brought back after being blown up by Buu). Krillin as well of all of Earth's people transfer some of their energy to Goku's Super Spirit Bomb. Soon after, Goku launches the bomb, finally killing Majin Buu once and for all. The people of Earth and the Z Fighters then continue their lives, all together, at last.
End of Dragon Ball Z
Around ten years later, some of the Z Fighters attend another World Tournament. Krillin doesn't participate but attends. After Goku leaves with Uub to train, Krillin isn't seen again until Dragon Ball GT.
Dragon Ball GT
Battling against Baby
Years later, Krillin appears briefly in Dragon Ball GT. He is seen with his wife Android 18 and daughter Marron several brief times through the series. Still true to his role in comic relief, these brief intermissions often see Android 18 and Marron ordering him around.
Super 17, The Ultimate Android and Fourth Murder
During the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament, Krillin simply observes. Later, he is confronted and killed by Android 17 (at the time brainwashed by his clone created from the depths of Hell by Dr. Myuu) after Krillin tried to help him remember how much he hated Dr. Gero when 17 tried to convince Android 18 to join him. After seeing her husband killed by her brother, 18 goes mad with rage and attacks 17 with everything she has in an attempt to avenge Krillin. After being defeated 18 holds her husband's hand and tells him she loves him. After 18 and Goku defeat Super 17, the 7 Dragon Balls (which are now cracked because of overuse) are gathered to revive Krillin and everyone who was killed by the villains from Hell, but the Shadow Dragons appear after attempting to make the wish.
The Shadow Dragons
After defeating Omega Shenron, Goku wishes to revive everyone who was killed during the Super 17 and Shadow Dragon sagas, which brings Krillin back to life. Before departing with Shenron, Goku asks him to stop at Kame House to say goodbye to Krillin and Master Roshi. In his final appearance, Krillin has an emotional final meeting with Goku on Master Roshi's island home along with Master Roshi himself. They reminisce over old times, and Krillin and Goku have a friendly sparring match. Krillin wins, to both his and Goku's joy (even though Goku let him). After this, Goku suddenly disappears leaving Krillin very confused.
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Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug
Krillin made minor roles in this movie. First, he accompanied Goku in trying to destroy the comet coming to Earth with Kamehameha waves, though the "comet" wasn't a comet at all, it was the spaceship of Earth's new threat, Lord Slug and his henchmen. Krillin and Goku observed that the entire planet was frozen and cold, with thousands of clouds covering the sun. As they found the source of the disaster, they found Gohan and Piccolo having trouble facing Lord Slug's top two henchmen, Medamatcha and Angila. Though Goku got rid of them with no effort at all, they had trouble facing Lord Slug himself, who used the Dragon Balls to restore his youth. Krillin attacked Lord Slug carelessly, which resulted in him getting slapped away and having to suffer near-freezing while Goku had trouble facing Lord Slug. He was then seen in the ending along with Gohan, Piccolo, Yajirobe and Goku.
Bardock - The Father of Goku
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku
Krillin appears in Bardock's visions about Goku in this movie.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge
In the movie, Krillin goes with Goku, Gohan, Oolong, and Icarus on a camping trip. However, their trip ended up being cut short by Cooler's Armored Squadron's ambush after sensing their ki, with him being knocked out by Neiz while he tries to warn Gohan about Doore being behind Gohan. He later regains consciousness due to Icarus licking his face. He then led a search party composed of himself, Icarus, and Oolong to search for Goku without being detected by Cooler's minions. Unfortunately, while trying to eliminate the rubble blocking Goku and Gohan's hiding place, he was forced to use a Ki attack, narrowly avoiding Neiz's investigation due to a Pterodactyl flying overhead. He remains with Goku to monitor Goku's condition (as he was earlier wounded by taking Cooler's attack that was intended to kill Gohan) while Gohan and Korin went to get Senzu beans, also advising Gohan to fly far above the clouds so the scouters don't detect him. Gohan eventually returns with the Senzu beans, but Salza botched their plan by blasting the bean container, causing Krillin, in a fury, to attack Salza. He is later defeated by Salza, although not before Goku was fed a spare bean by Gohan that Yajirobe supplied him with earlier, and saw Goku reemerge before passing out. Krillin's defeat was one of the things in Goku's mind that drove him to become a super saiyan again to defeat Cooler. Krillin later recovered and regrouped with Goku, after he had defeated Cooler by launching him into the sun, but was later threatened by Salza before he was killed by Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon.
The Return of Cooler
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler
Krillin was among the Z Fighters who were dispatched to New Namek to aid the Namekians from a new threat relating to the Big Gete Star, where they saved a Namekian from one of the Cyclopian Guards. However, he became shocked along with everyone else when it became apparent that Cooler was not only alive, but leading the attack on New Namek. Krillin, Gohan, and Piccolo then fought the Cyclopian Guards while Goku fought against Cooler. However, although they eventually managed to defeat several of the Cyclopian Guards, they nonetheless ended up captured and brought to the Big Gete Star, although they managed to escape the fate of their brains being chopped up when Goku and Vegeta managed to overload the Big Gete Star's systems.
Super Android 13!
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! Krillin, along with Master Roshi, Oolong, and Future Trunks, went over to a model runway show with swimsuit models, although it was taking a long time for it to open, causing the group, sans Trunks, to decide to try and peek into the dressing rooms, although he initially tried to scold them at first. They later rendezvoused with Goku, Gohan, and Chi-Chi at a shopping center, and later aided in evacuating the civilians after the rooftop Restaurant was bombed from below by Androids 14 and 15. After Chi-Chi was forced to let Gohan aid Goku after the latter reminded her that Goku's life was far more important than his studies, Krillin tries to talk up with Chi-Chi, only for Chi-Chi to force Krillin to go after Gohan and Goku, with him lamenting that he'll never land himself a woman. He eventually meets up with Gohan, and was going to help aid Goku and Trunks against the Androids, but ended up backing down at the last second when Androids 14 and 15 were ganging up on Trunks, as he realizes that he doesn't stand a chance against them. Krillin is eventually knocked into an ice wall by Android 13 throwing Vegeta's unconscious body at him, with him lamenting that he always gets injured in the crossfire. He later witnesses Goku's attempt at delivering the Spirit Bomb to Super Android 13 as a Super Saiyan, and was subsequently hospitalized as a result of his injuries.
The History of Trunks
Main articles: Future Krillin and Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks Future Krillin was seen with the rest of the Z Fighters mourning Future Goku's apparent death. Six months later on May 10th, Age 767, he accompanied the Z Fighters (excluding Future Gohan to face the new threats, Androids 17 and 18. In the History of Trunks TV prologue, he was killed last with two energy beams to the face. In the Ghosts of Tomorrow flashback, he is killed third after Future Piccolo by an energy wave from Future Android 17.
Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan During the Hanabi picnic, he attempts to sing Karaoke (more specifically "I just wanna be your puppy."), although he had a bysmal singing voice. Eventually, the Karaoke session was interrupted by the arrival of Paragus. Krillin eventually unwittingly goes along to New Planet Vegeta (he was trying to stop Master Roshi from boarding, who at the same time was also trying to stop Vegeta from going). Krillin, along with Gohan, then joins up with Trunks in investigating New Planet Vegeta, due to the latter being suspicious about Paragus, eventually stopping one of Paragus' soldiers from whipping one of the Shamoian slaves. Krillin then attempts to punch the air in order to prove that he shouldn't be messed with. The reinforcement soldiers flee, apparently taking the hint, so Krillin decides to show off, causing him to unintentionally kick an Instant Transmissioning Goku in the face. Afterwards, when asking the Shamoians about the Legendary Super Saiyan's existence, Krillin suspects that Paragus might actually be telling the truth about the Super Saiyan at least. The next day, Krillin brings several of the slaves over to Paragus's proximity when Trunks was alerting Vegeta about New Planet Vegeta being a fake. Eventually, Goku orders Krillin and Roshi to evacuate all of the slaves shortly after Broly blows up the planet Shamoa, eventually taking the Capsule Corp ship that Piccolo brought along after their original escape vehicle, Paragus's ship, was destroyed by Broly venti Ki.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound
Krillin participated in the Intergalactic Tournament. He managed to get through the preliminaries, which involved tilting platforms, namely because his opponents cannot grab his head due to his having waxed it earlier. He was then going to fight Piccolo, but because he did a very poor job fighting Piccolo, Piccolo forefeited the match out of disgust. Krillin then ranked among the finalists, along with Gohan, Future Trunks, and a Sumo Wrestler named Doskoi. Krillin then fought the supposed first Galactic Champion; Zangya (in actuality one of Bojack's Galaxy Soldiers), and despite trying not to go easy on her just because of her beautiful looks and her being a girl, he was effortlessly beaten by her and delivered to her master, Bojack. He later attempted to aid Gohan in beating Bojack and his minions, but was later beaten down. He was later hospitalized in the ending as a result of the fight.
Broly - Second Coming
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming Krillin, after donning a Piccolo costume, managed to save Gohan after he passed out after luring Broly into a lava pit that he had earlier created, but after Broly had revealed himself to have survived the earlier trick, Krillin realizes that Broly is singling him out, and decides that he's probably singled out for being too good, only for him to be blasted effortlessly into a rockface and passing out. He later requests for help to get out of the rock face after Broly was defeated for good.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly Krillin goes with Goten and Trunks to Mr. Satan's mansion because Android 18 wants to cow him into giving her the prize money she was promised when she forefeited the match earlier. However, he later has to go babysitting with his daughter, Marron, and being forced to change diapers after she has an accident. Eventually, he travels to Jaguar's island to aid Android 18, and ends up fighting Broly's clone, Bio-Broly. He later helps Goten and Trunks in creating a three joint Kamehameha wave in order to create a freak wave after it became apparent that the only way to stop the spread of the culture fluid towards the planet is if it is doused with sea water. He is initially shocked when Bio-Broly re-emerges as a giant, but after Bio-Broly was solidified, he narrowly avoids Goten and Trunks' blasts that were intended to destroy the now solidified Bio-Broly.
Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon
Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Main article: Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return! Two years following the defeat of Majin Buu, Krillin, along with Android 18 and his daughter, Marron, accompanied the Z Fighters to Mr. Satan's new hotel for a lunch banquet to celebrate the defeat of the evil Majin. Just like the other Z Fighters, Krillin was shocked that Vegeta had a long-lost brother, Tarble. When the intergalactic duo, Abo and Kado appeared, he watched Goten and Trunks dominate them in battle, only until they fuse into Aka. When Aka used his Wahaha no Ha attacks to terrorize the area, Krillin saved his wife and daughter from large debris by using Destructo Disk to cut it in half. He revealed that he was wearing his Turtle School Gi along with Yamcha and, obviously, Goku.
Atsumare! Gokū Wārudo
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Atsumare! Gokū Wārudo
Main articles: Goku's Traffic Safety and Goku's Fire Brigade Krillin appears in the two PSA films, "Goku's Traffic Safety" and "Goku's Fire Brigade". In "Goku's Fire Brigade", he appears as a volunteering fire man.
Flight – The ability to fly with the use of ki.
Ki Blast – The most basic form of energy wave.
Kamehameha – Krillin learns the move by just watching Goku and Yamcha use it, he uses this move for the first time in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament against Chiaotzu.
Double Tsuihikidan – A move where Krillin fires two energy waves that target his enemy. Krillin used this technique against Piccolo in the 23th World Martial Arts Tournament. It was named Homing Energy Wave in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast.
Scattering Bullet – Krillin uses this move after witnessing the death of Yamcha.
Destructo Disk – Also known as Kienzan, is an attack invented by Krillin that has very sharp edges that can cut through just about anything.
Dual Destructo Disk – A team attack used by Krillin and Android 18 in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2.
Photon Bomber – An energy ball used by Krillin as a final attack to destroy Dr. Gero's laboratory.
Solar Flare – An attack that can blind anyone who is facing the user unless their eyes are closed.
After Image Technique – An attack that leaves multiple false images of the user.
Tri-Form – Used against Nappa along with Piccolo to create three versions of himself that could fight. Krillin uses this technique only in the anime.
Spirit Bomb – The ultimate technqiue that King Kai taught Goku. Krillin is able to use it when Goku gives it to him to try and defeat Vegeta. In Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors after dying of the heart virus, Goku comes back for a day to teach this technique and the Kaio-ken to Krillin. (Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors only.)
Unlock Potential, Krillin's potential or hidden power is unlocked by the Namekian Guru. Kaio-ken, a technique which multiplies Krillin's power level depending on what level is used. It is taught to him by Goku in Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors. (Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors only.)
Video game appearances
Krillin has appeared in many Dragon Ball video games, such as:
Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo (Non-Playable Character)
Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 (Non-Playable Character)
Super Gokuden series (Non-Playable Character)
Dragon Ball Z: Goku Hishōden
Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure
Dragon Ball: Origins
Dragon Ball: Origins 2
Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo
Legacy of Goku series
Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors
Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans
Dragon Ball Z: Sagas
Dragon Ball Z: Gekitō Tenkaichi Budōkai
Dragon Ball Z: Buyū Retsuden
Dragon Ball Z: The Legend
Supersonic Warriors series
Budokai Tenkaichi series
Super Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit
Raging Blast series
Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale
Dragon Ball Online
Dragon Ball Heroes
Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi
Main article: Prilin
In Shonen Jump's 13th issue there was a what-if fusion of Piccolo and Krillin called Prilin. He inherited Piccolo's ears and color, while Krillins height and forehead marks.
Main article: Cellin
Cellin is the product of Cell absorbing Krillin.
Krillin vs. Fighter 97
Krillin vs. Bruce Lee Impersonator
Krillin vs. Bacterian
Krillin vs. Master Roshi (Jackie Chun)
Krillin vs. General Blue
Krillin vs. Fangs the Vampire
Krillin vs. Chiaotzu
Krillin vs. Goku
Krillin vs. Tambourine
Krillin vs. Piccolo (Junior)
Krillin vs. 4 Saibamen
Krillin, Chiaotzu, Tien Shinhan & Yamcha vs. Scarface & Shorty
Krillin, Piccolo, Tien, Chiaotzu and Gohan vs. Nappa
Krillin, Gohan and Yajirobe vs. Vegeta
Krillin and Gohan vs. two Frieza soldiers
Krillin and Gohan vs. Dodoria
Krillin, Gohan and Vegeta vs. Guldo
Krillin, Gohan and Vegeta vs. Recoome
Krillin & Gohan vs. Captain Ginyu (Goku's body)
Krillin, Gohan and Vegeta vs. Frieza
Krillin vs. Frieza (Second Form)
Krillin vs. Dr. Gero
Krillin vs. Imperfect Cell
Krillin, Yamcha, Tien, Vegeta (SS 2nd Grade), Goku (Full Power SS), Future Trunks (SS 2nd Grade), & Piccolo vs. Cell Juniors
Krillin, Piccolo, Tien, Yamcha, Vegeta and Gohan vs. Super Perfect Cell
Krillin vs. Pintar
Krillin vs. Super Buu
Krillin, Yamcha, Olibu and Pikkon vs. Kid Buu
Krillin vs. Android 17
Krillin vs. Goku
Krillin, Gohan & Goku vs. Ebifurya & Kishime (The World's Strongest)
Krillin, Gohan & Master Roshi vs. Dr. Kochin(The World's Strongest)
Krillin, Piccolo, Gohan, Goku & Master Roshi vs. Dr. Wheelo (The World's Strongest)
Krillin, Gohan & Piccolo vs. Dr. Wheelo (The World's Strongest)
Krillin vs. Amond (The Tree of Might)
Krillin, Piccolo, Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, and Chiaotzu vs. Turles (The Tree of Might)
Krillin & Goku vs. Lord Slug (Lord Slug)
Krillin & Gohan vs. Salza (Cooler's Revenge)
Krillin, Piccolo & Gohan vs. Cyclopian Guards (The Return of Cooler
Krillin & Gohan vs. Android 13 (Fusion) (Super Android 13!)
Krillin vs. Zangya (Bojack Unbound)
Krillin & Gohan vs. Broly (Legendary Super Saiyan) (Broly - Second Coming)
Japanese Dub: Mayumi Tanaka Ocean Dub: Terry Klassen FUNimation Dub: Sonny Strait (Adult); Laurie Steele (Kid) Blue Water dub: Mike Thiessen (DB), Dan Gascon (DBGT) Latin American Dub: Rossy Aguirre (up until the first half of the Freezer saga); Eduardo Garza (second half of Freezer saga, Cell saga and DBZ Kai); Luis Daniel Ramírez (Boo saga); Alejandro Illescas (†) (DBGT) Brazilian Dub: Fábio Lucindo German Dub: Wanja Gerick (DBZ & onward) Italian Dub: Marcella Silvestri; Davide Lepore (OAV) Portuguese Dub: Fernanda Figueiredo (DB & DBZ); João Loy (DBGT) Spanish Dub: Fancesc Figuerola (DB ep. 14-26); Ángeles Neira (DB ep. 27-153; DBZ); Alejandro Albaiceta (DBGT, except flashbacks)
According to the Daizenshuus, Krillin enjoys eating at Chinese buffets.
In total, Krillin dies four times. He is killed once by Tambourine, once by Frieza, once by being eaten by Majin Buu, and finally by a brainwashed Android 17. Krillin is also the only character to die in Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT.
His future counterpart is ironically killed by the future versions of his wife and brother-in-law, who also killed the rest of the Z Warriors with the exception of Trunks in the TV special/manga special The History Of Trunks. Oddly enough, when Trunks has a flashback to Krillin's death in the series, Krillin is killed by only 17, with 18 nowhere to be seen, implying that the two may never have come in contact with each other.
During the Namek Saga, Krillin is seen wearing a cap with "Kamesen" on it (an abbriviated form of Master Roshi's alternate name "Kame-Sen'nin") with his Romaji name, "Kulilin", right underneath it. He is also seen wearing a cap with the Japanese name for turtle, "KAME", on it.
In the anime's movies and filler material, Krillin is often the subject of visual gags resulting in his injury. (A perfect example would be his failed attack on Dr. Wheelo in Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest.)
Comically, Krillin is the only good character in the video game Shin Budokai who doesn't get his wish granted. In which case, Shenron left before Krillin could even think of a wish.
What is sometimes considered a plot hole between the anime and anything related to Garlic Jr., Krillin does not seem to be aware that Gohan is Goku's son in the first episode of the anime, when he saw him in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone and he was referred to as Goku's son in front of Krillin (Only in the English dub, however). However, ironically it is he who seems to refer to the events of the movie in Episode 8, "Gohan Goes Bananas!", when he tries to decide what to tell Chi-Chi about Goku's death and Gohan being trained by Piccolo, and one of the things he thinks about saying is "Gohan's been kidnapped again". The "again" implies that Gohan has been kidnapped at least once before, which is either when Garlic Jr. or Raditz kidnaps Gohan.
Krillin is the only person to come face to face with every form of each main villain in Dragon Ball Z (if filler is included). He was there when Vegeta first came, he went back to help Goku and saw his Great Ape form. He was there for all 4 of Frieza's forms (unless one counts his 100% state as a different form), he tried to fight all forms of Cell, and he saw both of Garlic Jr.'s forms. He was there at the release of Fat Majin Buu, tried to fight Super Buu, and in filler, tried to fight Kid Buu.
Krillin is the only character to encounter Broly in all three movies (unless you count Goku planning to fight Broly at the end of Bio-Broly), although he only truly fought Broly in Bio-Broly (as he didn't fight him at all in the first movie, and was knocked out before he even got the chance to attack in the second).
Krillin breaks the fourth wall in Broly: The Second Coming by saying "None of you would have lasted a season without me!" Although he might of been referring to the weather seasons.
Krillin is the only other character besides Goku to be seen launching the Spirit Bomb (outside of video games).
Krillin appears on the cover art of the Voodoo Glow Skulls: Who Is, This Is album in his Battle Armor.
In January 2007, Oricon conducted a poll in which they asked Japanese manga/anime fans which characters from any anime/manga they would most like to see in their own spinoff series; Krillin ranked third in the men's poll and sixth in the overall poll.
Despite being three years younger than Yamcha, Krillin seems to have aged quicker. For example, during Dragon Ball GT, Krillin has gray hair and considers himself old at 54, while in the last scene to include him, Yamcha seems to have aged slower being 57 and still looking as if he is in his prime.