Originally a jealous and selfish person, Krillin did not respect rules when confronted with Roshi’s training. After a short arch-rivalry between the two (years later, Krillin even admits that he hated Goku at first), he becomes Goku’s best friend and his selfish and jealous personality becomes more kind-hearted and generous (although he still has slight selfish and jealous traits after his reform). Krillin is often used as comic relief or cannon fodder by the author. 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, in fact he is well into the superhuman league (although this is largely due to the fact that he was afforded much greater opportunities to increase his strength, such as gaining the ability to use ki, 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), 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, during the course of the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament, Yamcha says to Krillin’s daughter that Krillin is “the strongest human being in the world.” Some fans feel that the manga, Akira Toriyama, uses Yamcha to state a fact on this scene, as he also says that Krillin is the “strongest Earthling male” in an interview. As it is spoken in the context of Krillin being married to 18, it implies that Krillin is the strongest Earthling at least by that point in the series (this claim gets support in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors in which the final part of Krillin’s story, which focus on the Majin Buu Saga, is titled as “The Strongest Earthling”). Many fans immediately will connect Krillin with his signature move, Destructo Disc, 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.
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 dōgi, as well as engaging in other normal every-day activities such as watching TV, going to the beach, etc. In his role as 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. 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 a 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 hot coffee spilled on his head, 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?”).
Consistent with the theme of redemption in the series, he allows Vegeta to live rather than killing him, albeit reluctantly, during the Vegeta Saga, a decision that later proves righteous as Vegeta goes on to become one of the most beneficial warriors of the Z Fighters. Also he spares Android 18’s life when presented with the chance to activate her self-destruct sequence because he had a huge crush on her (though this put the whole planet at risk because she was later absorbed by Cell, which helped him complete his evolution). In a bit of ironic fortune, he later marries the beautiful android and later has a daughter named Marron with her.
Krillin being beaten up by bullies of Orin Temple
Originally a monk of the Orin Temple, after training there for eight years, Krillin trained at the Orin Temple since he was four. He was the weakest student and was frequently bullied. When he was 13, he was getting tired of the bullying and he began to travel to Master Roshi’s island when he was seeking training to surpass the people at the temple to defeat his bullies and to attract girls. Krillin came to Master Roshi and became a student of the Turtle School in his first appearance in the series.
Main article: Tournament Saga
“Master, my name’s Krillin, and I’ve come all the way from a village in the east. Please allow me to be your humble student and learn to fight like you.”
— The young Krillin, asking Master Roshi for his teachings
Krillin meets Goku
Krillin first appears on screen at the beginning of the Tournament Saga. 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, whom 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 him and Master Roshi food poisoning. Goku, in his characteristic naïveté, remains almost totally unaware of Krillin’s one-sided rivalry with him.
Krillin does construction work as part of his training with Master Roshi
As their grueling training progresses Goku and Krillin bond and, by the time of the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament, become inseparable friends; 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.
Krillin gives Bacterian a full-power kick to the jaw
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 onto 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 does not have a nose. After realizing this, he is easily able to overcome his opponent. Unfortunately however, Krillin is defeated in the semi-finals, losing to Jackie Chun, who is Master Roshi in disguise.
Red Ribbon Army Saga
Main article: Red Ribbon Army Saga
Krillin and Bulma finding the pirate treasure
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. During the battle, Krillin manages to kick Blue in the face, giving Blue a nose bleed, which just makes Blue much more intent on killing Krillin. Krillin is almost killed when Blue uses his telekinesis to freeze Krillin, however Goku manages to save him, and fights Blue. When Goku defeats Blue, the cave begins to collapse, but Krillin, Bulma, and Goku escape in a submarine, though General Blue manages to survive as well. Later on, Krillin, Bulma, and Goku soon return to Kame House with the ruby Bulma managed to retrieve from the Pirate Cave. However, the ruby is stolen by Launch, and General Blue, who had found Kame House, uses his telekinesis to tie up Krillin and his friends and steal the Dragon Balls while setting a bomb to explode soon. Luckily, Launch returns in her good state and unties Goku, who throws the bomb away and chases after General Blue.
Krillin also assisted Bulma, Yamcha and other residents of Kame house to help and save Goku who was on his way to fight the red ribbon army’s Headquarters.But they arrived late and were surprised at Goku defeating the entire army single-handedly in a head on battle.
Fortuneteller Baba Saga
Main article: Fortuneteller Baba Saga
Krillin awaits his opponent.
Later, Krillin competes with Goku and Yamcha in Fortuneteller Baba’s tournament for Goku to get the location of a Dragon Ball in order to revive Upa’s fallen father. He offers to fight first, and is met by Fangs the Vampire, who starts to dance on the arena, greatly annoying Krillin. Krillin eventually loses the battle by getting the blood sucked out of his head, causing him to lose consciousness and get kicked out of the area. However, Krillin cunningly comes up with the strategy that allows them to later defeat See-Through the Invisible Man. The side of Krillin that uses his wits, rather than his strength, to his advantage is seen many times in both series, particularly as he becomes comparatively less powerful.
Tien Shinhan Saga
Main article: Tien Shinhan Saga
Krillin in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament
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.
Krillin fighting Chiaotzu.
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 the latter 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.
King Piccolo Saga
Main article: King Piccolo Saga
Goku finds Krillin’s body after his death
After the 22nd Tournament, Goku realizes he left his objects behind, so Krillin volunteers to go 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 could go unchallenged and rule the world with no opposition. Krillin’s death played a large role in Goku’s determination to stop the evil plans of King Piccolo, with Goku wishing to avenge his best friend and Master Roshi’s death. Following King Piccolo’s defeat, Krillin and King Piccolo’s many other victims are later revived thanks to the Dragon Balls.
Piccolo Jr. Saga
Main article: Piccolo Jr. Saga
Krillin prepares to battle Piccolo at the World Tournament
Krillin joins Tien, Yamcha, and Chiaotzu on a training journey to Korin Tower. Along the way, they save a village from the eruption of Popo Poco Volcano. Krillin gets tricked into drinking an alcoholic beverage, which he later laments, but once again, provides comic relief. After they reach Korin Tower and receive his training, Krillin and the others train on their own until the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.
Krillin vs Piccolo
Krillin tries to punch Piccolo
After three years, when he meets Goku again at the World Martial Arts Tournament, Krillin hugs his best friend, saying he missed him. Eventually, Krillin fights Piccolo, the reincarnation/son of King Piccolo. Krillin lands some decent hits and manages to surprise Piccolo on several occasions, but quickly realizes Piccolo is far superior to him. During the match, Krillin reveals he can use the hovering space technique. When Krillin falls for Piccolo’s Afterimage Technique, which Piccolo used to land a free hit on Krillin, it causes him to eventually give up. Krillin watches Goku and Piccolo spar out. When all hope for Goku seems lost when most of his limbs are broken, Krillin, along with Tien and the others, attempt to assist Goku, but are suddenly caught off guard by Piccolo, now knowing they cannot help Goku, as Piccolo would defeat them easily. When Piccolo is defeated, Krillin greatly criticizes Goku’s choice of giving Piccolo a Senzu Bean to heal his wounds, and watches Goku and Chi-Chi head off from the World Tournament area on the Flying Nimbus.
Dragon Ball Z
Main article: Vegeta Saga
“Poor Tien! He gave…everything! Everything he had to help us! Goku! Why aren’t you here?! We need you!”
— Krillin after Tien’s death fighting Nappa
Yajirobe gives Kami’s message to Krillin
Five years have passed since Goku defeated Piccolo at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, 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. Krillin and Master Roshi offer to assist Goku in defeating Raditz, but instead, Piccolo makes a pact with Goku to team up against Raditz and then go their separate ways after. 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. Goku’s death causes great woe in Krillin, who yells out in sadness over his best friend’s death. He also witnesses Piccolo taking Goku’s son Gohan with him over to Break Wasteland to train, which Krillin could do nothing about, as Piccolo was too strong for him. When Roshi, Krillin, and Bulma return to Kame House, Krillin and Roshi discuss the true threat they face from the new Saiyans invading in a year. Roshi asks for Krillin to inform Chi-Chi of Goku’s death and Gohan’s kidnapping. Although he visits her, his fears of upsetting and angering Chi-Chi overcome him and he never actually reveals her what happened.
Krillin prepares an attack after Yamcha’s death
Soon, Yajirobe visits Kame House on a demand from Korin to inform Krillin that Kami, the guardian of the Earth, has requested his arrival so they can train together for the one year they have left before the Saiyans Vegeta and Nappa arrive. At first, Krillin incorrectly speaks Yajirobe’s name, but is soon corrected. After gathering his companions, Krillin, along with Tien, Chiaotzu, Yamcha, and Yajirobe train with Kami and Mr. Popo. 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 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.
Krillin engages the Saibamen in combat
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 but one. Piccolo, Vegeta, and Nappa are all impressed with the sheer power of his attack, but it is not fast enough to work on the Saiyans. The battle continues, with Chiaotzu and Tien falling. Piccolo, Krillin, and Gohan come up with a plan to grab Nappa’s tail to weaken him, then while he is off guard, they blast him. However, the plan failed as Nappa had already trained his tail from attacks. Eventually Piccolo dies, taking Kami and the Dragon Balls with him, rendering Krillin and Gohan the only ones left to fight.
Krillin delivers a heavy kick to the face of the Saiyan brute Nappa
They are saved by Goku, who shows his new power against Nappa, until Nappa is killed by Vegeta. Krillin asks Goku to fight Vegeta somewhere else to make sure the corpses of their dead friends do not get destroyed. Goku has Krillin take Gohan away from the battle. On the way back home Gohan decides they can not let Goku face this danger alone. They go to Gizard Wasteland (Krillin coming just so Gohan does not get hurt) and are able to help Goku with the Spirit Bomb he creates to defeat Vegeta; Krillin throws the ball, missing Vegeta, but Gohan bounces it back and it hits the Saiyan Prince, damaging him.
Krillin throwing the Spirit Bomb at 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 katana and prepares to kill him to end his reign of terror. Goku tells Krillin not to and he explains that it is not right as Vegeta is now defenseless and may turn over a new leaf as a result of being spared, and also so that he may be able to fight him once again, impressed by Vegeta’s strength. 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, and reluctantly, decides to trust Goku’s judgment and let Vegeta go.
Main articles: Namek Saga, Captain Ginyu Saga, and Frieza Saga
“I’m sorry but if we go down there, we’ll end up just like him.”
— “The Hunted”
Gohan and Krillin witnessing Frieza’s treatment to the Namekians
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, planet Namek, to use the Namekian Dragon Balls to wish Kami, and thus, Piccolo back to life. While Krillin recovers from his injuries in Wukong Hospital Mr. Popo shows Kami’s old spaceship and its incredible speed to Bulma. Afterwards, Bulma, Krillin, and Gohan head off in the spaceship towards Planet Namek, to start their mission. After a few detours on their way there, the trio arrive and discover that this peaceful planet is under siege by the 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 watching Frieza’s soldiers butcher several Namekians, Gohan and Krillin rescue a young Namekian named Dende from Frieza’s henchman Dodoria and have to outrun Dodoria himself, eventually escaping by using the Solar Flare. Afterwards, Dende takes the two warriors to Grand Elder Guru, guardian of Namek, who is able to release the hidden ki potential 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 Krillin and Gohan, Frieza, and Vegeta.
Krillin and Gohan prepare for battle
Eventually, just as Vegeta discovers them, the Dragon Balls they collected are taken by Captain Ginyu and given 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.
Krillin stops Recoome’s Eraser Gun attack
He helps in the battles with Guldo and Recoome, managing to hit Guldo with a few blasts before Guldo time-freezes him. When fighting Recoome, Krillin kicks him in the back of the head to defend Vegeta from the Recoome Eraser Gun. 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 neck, more specifically the base of the spine, which puts him out of commission until he is healed by a Senzu Bean when Goku finally arrives on Namek.
After learning of the trouble on Namek, Goku (who had been recovering in the hospital) is healed quickly by a sensu bean from Yajirobe and arrives to help. He makes quick work of the Ginyu Force, a group of mercenaries under Frieza’s employ, but is badly injured and taken by Vegeta to be recovered in a healing tank.
“I don’t believe it. Looks like this is the end. Frieza’s just too powerful.”
— “Krillin after being impaled by Frieza’s horns”
Krillin is impaled on Frieza’s horns
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, who is pushed out of the way by Krillin, who inturn, 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 to save Krillin.
Krillin prepares his Destructo Disc on planet Namek
Here, the Destructo Disc 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 not outfight.
Krillin and Gohan finding Goku and Piccolo alive after Goku launched the Spirit Bomb
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 to raises his power. Krillin is reluctant to attack Vegeta, but sees no other way and so he fires a beam through his stomach. He then asks Dende to heal Vegeta, but Dende refuses, which worryies Krillin, who knows that Vegeta may very well die. Eventually, Dende is convinced by Piccolo and Vegeta is healed, much more powerful than before.
Krillin just before his tragic death
Frieza finally gets wind of Dende’s healing ability, and so the tyrant kills him. Goku arrives back on the scene, and is enraged after witnessing Vegeta’s horrible murder at the hands of Frieza. Goku and Frieza then do battle, and although Goku puts up the best fight that Frieza has ever seen, he is still unable to defeat him. Enraged at how much of a challenge Goku has proven to be, Frieza, after surviving the Large Spirit Bomb, lashes out at Goku’s friends, badly injuring Piccolo and viciously murderes Krillin by blowing him to pieces with kiai.
The death of his best friend completely infuriates Goku, as he believes that Krillin can never be returned to life, as Shenron cannot grant the same wish twice. When Frieza pushes the final button by declaring that he will kill Gohan next, 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.
Krillin is resurrected
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 Porunga says that he can only return him to the place he died. With planet Namek destroyed, they first wish to transport Krillin’s soul to the Check-In Station in Other World, 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 for another chance at life.
Garlic Jr. Saga
Main article: Garlic Jr. Saga
“Gohan this is my… friend, Maron.”
— “The Heavens Tremble”
Krillin displays his fancy white suit
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.
Krillin attacks Mustard
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.
Main articles: Trunks Saga, Androids Saga, Imperfect Cell Saga, Perfect Cell Saga, and Cell Games Saga
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Krillin wearing Roshi’s sunglasses
Sometime after Garlic Jr.’s defeat, Krillin attempts to perfect his Kamehameha technique to get his mind off the breakup with Maron, but he realized that his Kamehameha techniques still were not good enough when he ended up causing a tsunami instead of splitting the waves. He was not told off for it by Master Roshi because he was asleep during that time and thus missed it. He later sensed that Frieza and his father King Cold were approaching Earth, and after contacting Gohan, he left for a specific spot at Northern Wastelands, close to where Frieza would arrive on Earth. After Frieza and King Cold’s defeat, Krillin learned of the threat of the Androids from the boy who defeated them via Piccolo. It was later revealed to him that the boy came from the future and was named Trunks.
Goku, who came back from Planet Yardrat, showed him and the other Z Fighters the Instant Transmission technique, taking Roshi’s sunglasses and giving them to Krillin.
Krillin is ambushed and attacked by Android 20
During the events of the Android Saga, Krillin, along with the other Z Fighters, trained hard after Future Trunks regaled them with a grim tale of events that would soon 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 the heart virus began to take its affect on the Super Saiyan. Though Krillin attempts to aid his friend with a Senzu Bean, his efforts are futile. After Vegeta arrives and kills Android 19, Android 20, really the robotic body of 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 near his laboratory.
A terrified Krillin is kissed by Android 18
Krillin quickly realizes he is outgunned, and Dr. Gero attacks him without any restraint. Shortly after, Krillin watches Dr. Gero enter his lab and releases his ki to signal the other Z Fighters. Piccolo and Tien are first on the scene, proud of Krillin for finding it. Just as they begin their assault, Krillin informs them that Dr. Gero beat him to the lab. This angers Piccolo. Once inside, Dr. Gero releases Android 17 and Android 18. They then kill the doctor 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.
Krillin attacks Imperfect Cell to save a woman and her young brother, Tommy
A short time later, Krillin and Future Trunks destroy Dr. Gero’s laboratory along with the early stage of the evil bio-android Cell. Meanwhile, after merging with Kami, Piccolo gave chase to 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.
Krillin attacks Perfect Cell to no avail
After Cell is successful in absorbing Android 17 and reaching his second state, Bulma creates a remote 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. 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 present 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.
Krillin during the 10 day wait for the Cell Games
Cell then defeats both Vegeta and Trunks, 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. He also spends time with his best friends, Goku and Gohan who decide not to train.
Krillin battles a Cell Jr.
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. 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 cough up Android 18 and revert to his second form after being kicked in the stomach by Gohan. Krillin immediately tends to her side, much to Vegeta’s surprise and objection, (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. Krillin, along with Piccolo, Tien, and Yamcha all join forces to help Gohan against the newly empowered Cell. Krillin, like the rest, is brushed off by Cell’s energy multiple times. Finally, after Vegeta provides the distraction needed, Cell is put down by Gohan for good in a Kamehameha wave struggle.
Krillin holding an injured Android 18
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.
Majin Buu Saga
Main articles: World Tournament Saga, Majin Buu Saga, Fusion Saga, and Kid Buu Saga
Krillin beats Pintar
Seven years later, Krillin is shown to have grown (black) hair, married Android 18, and has had a daughter named Marron and lives with his family at Kame House, Master Roshi’s home. Krillin’s family is an exceptionally ordinary household, but 18 is scary when she gets angry, so Krillin goes out of his way a little bit for her.
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 Shin, the Supreme Kai, to Babidi’s spaceship.
Krillin is turned to stone by Dabura’s spit
Shin and Kibito lead Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo, and Krillin to the wizard Babidi’s spaceship in hopes of stopping Buu. Upon arrival, Dabura kills Kibito, and using his magical spit, turns Krillin and Piccolo into stone.
Krillin with his family on Kami’s Lookout, shocked to hear the horrible news of Gohan and Vegeta’s deaths
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. Krillin reacts to Vegeta’s sacrifice with shock and mourns him, acknowledging him as a comrade. This act fails and Buu miraculously regenerates himself. Piccolo and Krillin flee with the unconscious Goten 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.
Krillin attacks Super Buu
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 the Hyperbolic 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.
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Krillin and his daughter are revived
After Krillin is eaten by Majin Buu, he is sent in the Other World. There, he trains with King Kai until Kid Buu appears. Buu overwhelms Pikkon and Olibu quickly, and Krillin risks his existence by attacking him from behind with his Destructo Disc, only to find that the attack has no effect at all (Yamcha remarks at how “it would have worked on anyone else but him”). He then is thrashed around by the monster, and is almost destroyed when Buu is 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.
Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Main article: Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Krillin saves Android 18 and Marron
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 Disc to cut it in half. He revealed that he was wearing his Turtle School Gi along with Yamcha and, obviously, Goku.
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God of Destruction Beerus Saga
Main article: God of Destruction Beerus Saga
Kuririn and his family going to Bulma’s birthday.
Sometime after the battle with Majin Buu, Krillin is in traffic with Android 18 and Marron heading towards Bulma’s birthday party. They could’ve avoided traffic, but 18 took longer than expected on make-up. After being fed up with traffic, Krillin puts the car into a capsule and flies towards the cruise ship. On the way there, he sees Yamcha and Puar, then Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu.
At the party, Krillin asks Bulma how old she is and is suspected by Android 18 of not wanting the second place prize of the bingo tournament, a castle, though he insists otherwise. Following Beerus and Whis being introduced to him by Bulma, Krillin offers Beerus some Russian Takoyaki with wasabi or octopus, only to be confronted by Vegeta, later clapping for Beerus and saying his name with most of the other attendees. Krillin eats one of the takoyaki and runs around afterward with a flaming mouth, the result of the wasabi being too spicy and falls to the ground. When Beerus become enraged and decides to destroy the Earth, Krillin can only stand by as Piccolo, 18, and Vegeta are effortlessly defeated. He acts as a bystander during Goku and Beerus’ battle, but at the end, Beerus falls asleep and leaves the Earth in peace.
Golden Frieza Saga
Main article: Golden Frieza Saga
Krillin after taking a punch from Goku.
While Goku was working out at the field, Krillin came by to visit him. Krillin had thought Goku might have gone off to King Kai’s to train again, so he is glad to find him there. Seeing that Goku is still set on continuing his training, Krillin reminisces about how the two of them used to train together under Master Roshi. But now, Goku has grown strong enough to be a match for even the God of Destruction Beerus. Curious to experience for himself just how strong Goku has become, Krillin asks Goku to hit him. After some persuading, Goku does, sending Krillin flying across the countryside and straight through a house or two. Goku teleports to try and catch him but misses, and Krillin crashes straight into a large boulder. Back at Goku’s house, Android 18 treats Krillin’s bruise. Krillin wanted to see if he made the right decision of retiring from martial artsand getting hit by Goku confirmed his decision.
Krillin as a police officer.
Krillin later becomes a police officer and was first seen chasing a pair of robbers until Bulma interferes and helps knock them out. Although he’s thankful for Bulma’s help, he gives her a ticket for speeding. Just then his phone rings. He and Bulma are summoned over to Gohan’s house to try and help deal with the situation of Chi-Chi kicking out Gohan and Mr. Satan for their seemingly reckless behavior with Pan, with Goku and Goten showing up at the same time too. Bulma promises to help calm Chi-Chi down if Krillin gets rid of her ticket. Krillin then whispers to Goku if he can search for Vegeta’s ki and teleport after him after Goku realizes that Vegeta is training on Beerus’s planet and wants to join him, but sadly, Goku cannot sense Vegeta’s ki at all.
Krillin fights with Frieza soldiers.
Four months later, when Krillin was busy at work, he got a phone call from Bulma saying that Frieza has come back to life and is approaching the Earth. He receives the Turtle School gi from 18 and she then shaves his hair. He then picks up Master Roshi and they meet up with Tien Shinhan, Gohan, and Piccolo to fight Frieza and his forces despite two of them having kids at home. Initially, Krillin was scared of so many and Frieza again. Sensing his fear and recognizing him, Frieza offers one of his planets to whomever kills Krillin. A large portion of the army goes after Krillin, who much to his shock manages to easily dodge them. Master Roshi tells Krillin his eyes can follow the most powerful being in the world, mentioning Cell, Buu and Beerus. Roshi tells him weaklings like these won’t ever touch him. Roshi also tells him he is a student of the great Master Roshi meaning they can never beat him. Having his confidence restored, Krillin unleashes the Scatter Kamehameha, leveling all of the soldiers sent by Frieza to kill him. Krillin continues to assist and attempts to help out with Tagoma but is dropped along with the others. After getting back to his feet and after Gohan takes down Captain Ginyu Krillin and Piccolo attempt to go help Gohan with Frieza but are held back by Ginyu.
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Krillin and Master Roshi during the battle against Golden Frieza
He then watches the fight between Goku and Frieza and later Vegeta who steps in after Goku is taken out and Krillin uses the last Senzu Bean on Goku. After Frieza destroys the Earth, Krillin gets protected by Whis, along with the others, and mourns the death of his family. Whis undoes time for Goku to able to kill Frieza and send him back to Earth’s Hell. He is later seen at a party, with the other Z fighters who participated in the fight.
Universe 6 Saga
Main article: Universe 6 Saga
Krillin at the Universe 6 tournament
Sometime after the battle with Golden Frieza, Krillin hears from No. 18 that Goku and co. are having a picnic in space. Krillin finds Goku to get confirmation. Krillin is informed what really is happening, a tournament against Universe 6. He then tags along with Goku and Vegeta to find the last two members on their team. The last two members for Team Universe 7 is Majin Buu, who Goku promises the Super Dragon Balls to, and Piccolo. On the day of the tournament, Whis transport the Dragon Team to Beerus’ planet to pick up Beerus and their other teammate. Krillin and the Dragon Team are present throughout the entire tournament, seeing the matches.
In the manga, Krillin is bald during the Universe 6 Saga, while he had hair during the anime arc. Also in the manga, he appears to wear the green outfit he wore during the Battle of Gods arc.
“Future” Trunks Saga
Main article: “Future” Trunks Saga
Krillin with Vegeta, Piccolo and Trunks watching the fight of Goku and Black.
Krillin helps Piccolo harvest Chi-Chi’s lettuce farm as Goku leaves for Beerus’ planet. Later, when Future Trunks arrives back from his timeline, Krillin and Piccolo both meet him and learn about the threat of Goku Black. Later, when he and Zamasu are defeated, Krillin is among the group saying goodbye to Future Trunks and Future Mai as they leave for a new timeline to live in.
Krillin and Goku receive a assignment from Master Roshi.
Later on, Krillin is in a battle with criminals and his arm is grazed by a bullet. Goku shows up and apprehends the criminals, wanting Krillin to train with him. Krillin says he gave up fighting, but 18 calls him a spineless weakling for having so much trouble against usual criminals. Krillin agrees to train with Goku and they head to Kame House for old time’s sake. Goku is forced to wear a heavy-weighted Turtle suit and is banned from flying or going Super Saiyan, but even then he easily defeats Krillin in a quick sparring match. Master Roshi gives the two an opportunity to train by asking them to collect paradise plants on a remote island. The two do so and wander into the Forest of Terror, where illusions of many enemies of their past manifest and surround them. Krillin is incredibly afraid as he confronts his previous killers: Tambourine, Frieza, and Super Buu.
Krillin’s fighting spirit returned
Throughout the fight, Krillin is afraid and even at one point gives up and tries to escape. He then picks up the resolve to fight back and learns the secret about the illusions: they disappear when he suppresses his energy. Krillin regains his will to fight, unlocking his power back, and even helps Goku defeat the illusion of Super Shenron created by Fortuneteller Baba. Krillin, with his fighting spirit returned, vows to continue fighting for his sake and his family’s as the two return the newly-grown paradise plant to Master Roshi. 18 shaves Krillin’s head when he goes home. Krillin then trains with Goku again afterwards, still saying he’s banned from turning Super Saiyan.
Universe Survival Saga
Main article: Universe Survival Saga
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Krillin fights Goku.
Along with the other Z fighters, Krillin participates in the Tournament of Power to save Universe 7 from destruction. Before deciding on Krillin Gohan was unsure if he should or not as Hercule mentioned he retired a long time ago. Goku and Gohan sit down and image train to determine Krillin’s chances, with Gohan playing the role of Krillin and Goku playing the role of Basil. While able to hold his own for a time Krillin was ultimately killed during the image training with Gohan saying that would be Krillin’s fate. Goku says Krillin will be fine and tells Gohan that Krillin has been training again and has all sorts of new crazy techniques. Trusting his father Gohan agrees. After Bulla’s birth, Goku leaves to go and recruit Krillin and 18. Both refuse at first until Goku lies about there being a prize money. 18 is suspicious but Krillin is oblivious to the lie, and decides to test his full power first. Gohan comes by later and tests Krillin himself and later Goku fights Krillin at full power.
Krillin has a quick sparring match with 18
Krillin is rather upset about Goku’s decision to recruit Frieza
After accepting the invitation for the Tournament of Power, Krillin haves a sparring match with 18, and with Marron cheering both of them on. Arriving at Capsule Corp. to leave for the tournament, Krillin is surprised to learn Master Roshi has been training to overcome his weakness to seduction but believes it is necessary if they want to win the prize money. Piccolo and Tien are confused by this and Gohan is forced to admit it was a lie, as well as the fact the universe will be erased if they lose. When Goku arrives, Krillin angrily condemns Goku for not only lying but bribing them with money all because Goku thought Krillin would be too scared to participate. Krillin considers dropping out but changes his mind when Beerus threatens to kill him and Bulma offers to pay everyone money for participating.
Krillin and 18 briefly celebrate that they ringed out Shosa
Krillin and the others listened on as Goku and Beerus were discussing adding a new 10th member, Krillin and the Universe 7 team were shocked when Goku suggested bringing Frieza back to life. After Goku returns to Capsule Corp. with Frieza, they are transported by Whis to the World of Void. When meeting the other fighters at the Tournament of Power, Krillin asks Master Roshi about his weakness for females and the Turtle Hermit assures him that it will no longer hinder him. Once the Battle Royal begins Krillin chooses to stay alongside Gohan, Piccolo, Tien Shinhan, and Master Roshi; They were soon surrounded by Lavender Botamo, Comfrey, Shosa and Dercori – the Universe 7 team launched a combined assault (with Krillin firing his Destructo-Disk), but it did little to nothing against their opponents.
Krillin fights against Jium and used his Destructo Disc Triple Blade to injure his wing, which stunned and slowed Jium down enough to allow Master Roshi to blast him out of the ring with a MAX Power Kamehameha. Krillin then managed to save his wife 18 from being eliminated by Shosa, and the two worked together to get him out of bounds. Krillin soon fights against Majora and uses the Solar Flare X100, but the latter was unaffected due to his blindness; the two engaged in combat and Krillin threw his shoe at him in order to overwhelm his senses due to Krillin’s strong body odor off and successfully got Majora out of the ring after firing a Kamehameha wave. However, while Krillin was celebrating his victories, he was ambushed by Frost and was the first member of Team Universe 7 to fall off the arena. After reappearing in the stands, Krillin is belittled by almost everyone, including Beerus, Shin, 17 and 18.
Throughout the Tournament Krillin has been cheering on Universe 7. When Goku is battling Jiren Krillin along with Gohan, Piccolo, Android 18, Android 17, Frieza, Tien Shinhan & Master Roshi gives Goku his energy to form the Spirit Bomb.
Peaceful World Saga
Main article: Peaceful World Saga
Krillin at the 28th World Tournament
Krillin is seen ten years after Majin Buu’s defeat, attending the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament watching and cheering his friends.
Dragon Ball GT
Main article: Baby Saga
Krillin’s appearance in GT
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. He along with almost everyone else on Earth are taken over by the parasite Baby. During Pan, Mr. Satan and Majin Buu’s attempt to sneak aboard a ship to New Planet Plant, they rude Krillin, forcing him along with his family and others to remain on Earth and await for further order from Baby. While shopping in the city, Krillin is forced to carry both Marron and his wife’s items when the Earth is nearly destroyed by a blast during the fight between Goku and Baby Vegeta. Along with everyone else, Krillin is cured by the Sacred Water and escapes Earth’s destruction caused by the Black Star Dragon Balls. After the Earth is revived by the Namekian Dragon Balls and everyone returns to Earth, he and his family attend a party at Capsule Corporation.
Super 17 Saga
Main article: Super 17 Saga
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Android 18 tries to revive Krillin after he is killed by Android 17
Krillin is seen a year later at the 31st World Martial Arts Tournament with Gohan and the others as they observe Goku, Pan, Majuub (disguised as Papayaman), and Mr. Satan competing in the Tournament
Some months later, Krillin 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 seven 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.
Shadow Dragon Saga
Main article: Shadow Dragon Saga
Krillin’s final meeting with Goku
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 on the war with the Shadow Dragons, and Krillin and Goku have a friendly sparring match. Krillin wins, to both his and Goku’s joy. After this, Goku suddenly disappears leaving Krillin very confused.