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I’ve been a fan of Dragon Ball in all of its incarnations since first
seeing the original Ocean Group dub air on syndicated Saturday morning
TV and in that time, many of the myriad of characters in the franchise
have left their mark on me. This list will count my top ten personal
favorites, taking into account Dragon Ball, Z, Super, the movies and
specials, and even GT.
SPOILER ALERT: There are no characters from GT on this list.
Before I get to it, no list of mine would be complete without an honorable mention!
Honorable Mention- Beerus and Whis
Yes, I know this is technically TWO characters, but I feel they’re
closely linked enough that they should share this space, even though
both of them are well-defined and interesting in their own respective
rights. However, it is mostly their duo-act that leads to all their
best moments in the series, and Beerus and Whis’ interactions with each
other and the cast are always fun to behold.
As for Beerus, he took awhile to grow on me, and honestly I’m still a
little uncomfortable being cool with a guy who casually destroys whole
planets because he didn’t fancy the local cuisine. However, when he’s
not being an asshole, he has some delightful character quirks and
serves as a great foil for both Goku and Vegeta. He’s oozing with
personality, not just because of his fantastic voice actors (both in
Japanese and English), but also owing to his odd "hairless cat" character design and
body language. I guess I’ve come to think of Beerus as Galactus from
the Marvel universe, if Galactus wasn’t usually so unapproachable on a
personal level. As the God of Destruction, Beerus’ role is a necessary
one, even if he does come off as a total bastard while performing his
Whis is subject of one of the best character twists in the franchise.
When we’re first introduced to him and Beerus in “Battle of Gods”, we
are initially made to assume he is the subservient retainer to the God
of Destruction. At the end of the movie, it is revealed that Whis is in
fact stronger than Beerus, and their relationship is basically the
total opposite of what was presented. Whis is Beerus’ teacher and
basically babysitter, and later goes on to provide some training to Goku
and Vegeta in “Resurrection: F” and Dragon Ball Super. Much like
Beerus, Whis is blessed with some great voice actors on both sides of
the ocean, a standout character design, and a presence that commands
your attention whenever he is on screen.
Like I said before, Beerus and Whis work best when they’re together and
thankfully that’s usually always where they are. Their antics are
always hilarious to behold and both of them play off the rest of the
cast beautifully. I think their only major problem (aside from what I
mentioned about Beerus above) is that they are both plot-breakers in
multiple ways. Both of them are strong enough to beat any opponents
Goku and the rest have faced thus far, and thus their mere presence on
the battlefield usually removes a fat chunk of tension. Plus, Whis has
the power to REWIND TIME for up to five minutes into the past, which
kind of made the climax of “Resurrection: F” into a literal
Still, I do enjoy them both and consider them the worthiest inclusions
to the Dragon Ball mythos since the franchise was “revived” so to speak.
However, they just barely miss being in the top ten...
10. Artificial Human/Android 18
Technically it should be “Cyborg” 18, as she’s part human, but Android
18 is pretty chill all around. She's a money-maker and an arm-breaker,
but thankfully not a life-taker… at least her main timeline’s self
isn’t. Her evil future alternate timeline self was just a murderous
brat who eventually got what was coming to her, but the main 18 managed
to develop into a decent person, probably in no small part thanks to
Krillin. That’s a big part of why I like 18- because I like Krillin,
and if she likes Krillin, that must mean she’s cool, right??
I don’t want to define her solely by her relationship to Krillin, or
even her brother Android 17, but she does tend to work best playing off
other characters and those are the two she is closest with. I suppose
Akira Toriyama got a little lazy when it came to his female characters,
because most of them end up the same way- “stick’em with a baby and dust
your hands off.” Still, by the time of Super it’s very evident that 18
is a loving mother to Marron and wife to Krillin and you can’t say
anything bad about that. She’s a lot more practical than her husband,
and while Krillin will get involved in fights because it is the right
thing to do, 18’s response is usually “does it pay?” The two couldn’t
be more different personality-wise, and that’s probably why they make
such a good couple.
18’s also had great voice-acting throughout her entire animated career,
both in Japanese and English, and a striking character design. Those
cold blue eyes, brrrrr…
I’d think 18 should be more mad about people referencing anime-only
filler episodes than Krillin almost naming their daughter after his
9. Future Trunks
Cool anime hero with a tortured past and a sword! Future Trunks checks a
lot of superficial boxes for fans looking for a favorite character, but
he’s got some actual substance to him. Toriyama provided a lot of
pathos and depth in Trunks’ backstory and tragedy definitely builds
character in this instance. It’s no wonder that Future Trunks is as
popular as he is on his own, while present day Trunks usually needs his
best bud Goten around to bounce off of.
A trope most comic book fans hate is when a completely new character
appears and totally owns an established bad guy or upstages established
good guys right off the bat. Future Trunks is… almost guilty of that,
but honestly I think Akira Toriyama was savvy enough to somewhat subvert
that trope when he first introduced him. First off, Trunks was
revealed to be the son of Bulma and Vegeta, two well-established main
characters of the series. Talking in comic book terms, he’s a legacy
Secondly, his utter dismantling of Freeza was actually fairly appropriate on a
few levels and served multiple plot-related purposes. Freeza, as
charismatic a villain as he was (in Japan, at least), was well and truly spent as a character by that point. Dying at the hands of
Vegeta’s son had a certain amount of poetry to it and Trunks was
avenging the Saiyan race as well as his pa’s pride. On the plot side of
things, it certainly helped sell the encroaching threat of the Androids
if Trunks could dispatch Freeza so easily, yet couldn’t beat them.
yeah, I give Future Trunks a pass on this trope, especially since the
episode he kills Freeza is easily one of the best animated, scored and
directed single installments of DBZ. One of the first DVDs I ever
purchased was a Dragon Ball Z release featuring that episode, and I must
have watched it subbed in Japanese countless times.
The History of Trunks special is one of the better movies in the
franchise and Future Trunks’ return to the series in Super injected a
lot of life and interest into the plot. I know for me personally, Super
went from “just watching this out of franchise loyalty” to “MUST-watch”
when the Goku Black arc began. Future Trunks is just an electrifying
character to have pop-up in any Dragon Ball product, and I’m happy to
admit I think he’s super-cool too.
Heehee, remember this seizure-inducing commercial when Funimation was
hyping his arrival when they originally started dubbing the Android
I, like probably most American fans, was first introduced to Freeza (or
Frieza, as the English material insists on spelling it) in the Ocean
Group dub of Dragon Ball Z as it aired in syndication on Saturday
mornings. And like most everyone, I thought Freeza was totally a woman. I mean, there was the “lipstick”, the name, and of course- casting a
female voice actress as Freeza’s dub voice. It wasn’t until I watched
some grainy fansubbed VHS episodes of the original Japanese version that
I saw Freeza referred to as male. Hearing his haughty, mocking, and
admittedly-effeminate voice as performed by the incomparable Ryūsei
Nakao, I finally “got” what they were going for with this character and
was able to enjoy him (at least, in Japanese) henceforth.
The English dubs screwed up Freeza’s character for years, until casting
Christopher Ayres as his voice in Dragon Ball Kai. With a more accurate
translation and Ayres’ fantastic performance, English-speaking audiences finally
had a Freeza that was worthy of Toriyama’s original concept of the
character. Sadly, Ayres had to retire from voice-acting due to some
serious health issues. His understudy and replacement for Freeza’s English voice- Daman Mills, has done a fine job replicating the
performance however, and even adding his own unique flair to the
character. These fine and worthy dub voice actors have salvaged
Freeza’s image in the West nowadays. Add that to the fact that English
fans got to experience Ryūsei Nakao’s Freeza in “real time” as it were
by watching the official weekly Japanese stream of Dragon Ball Super,
and Freeza’s finally regarded with the respect he deserves all over the
There is a reason Freeza’s widely considered the best villain in the
entire franchise, and when he’s played right, you can see why. He’s the
one responsible for blowing up Planet Vegeta and bringing the Saiyan
race to near-extinction, so his importance to the series as a whole is
without question. Freeza’s personality, his charm and etiquette masking
an elitist sadism, is what truly makes him so compelling and fun to
watch. I’m glad that once Dragon Ball was “revived” so to speak, they
realized that Freeza should have a presence again, and “Resurrection: F”
and Super have certainly put him front and center again, making him a
“contender” once more.
Indeed, in the most recent video game, Dragon
Ball FighterZ, Freeza’s one of the main POV characters in the story mode
and he’s an absolute joy to follow around. With his newly-attained Golden form,
he no longer has to kowtow to guys like Cell or Buu who used to have
vastly-superior power over him.
Isn’t that just delightful? OHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHO!!!
7. Artificial Human/Android 16
Unlike Androids 17 and 18, 16 actually CAN claim the “Android”
descriptor, being as he is entirely artificial and not half-human. 16
is a character who actually got more fleshed out in supplementary
materials than he did during his time on the show. His physical
appearance and personality were based on Dr. Gero’s deceased son, who
died fighting for the Red Ribbon Army that Goku eventually destroyed.
This information, which was never revealed in the manga or anime, adds
another dimension of depth to Gero’s motivations and reasons for revenge
on Goku and serves to make 16 an even more tragic character than he
already was. His “gentle giant” persona and love of nature was
contrasted with his cold, unyielding directive to find and kill Goku.
Sure, maybe Toriyama was recycling some of Android 8's earlier character
beats with 16, but 16 is easily the more memorable guy overall.
Of course, what probably comes to most people’s minds when it comes to
Android 16 is his death at the end of the Cell Saga, where he serves as
the catalyst to Gohan’s unleashing of his hidden potential. His role in
one of the most dramatic and important scenes in all of Dragon Ball is
usually overshadowed by the scene itself, but you do have to spare some
regard for how well Toriyama defined 16’s character in the brief time he
was active. He was pretty much the perfect person to be in that moment
and speak those words to Gohan.
I always thought 16 looked cool, and he had good voice performances on
both sides of the ocean, although his initial Funimation dub performance
by Jeremy Inman took the “robot” thing a bit too far. He’s one of my
favorite guys to play as in Dragon Ball FighterZ, and his role in that
game’s story mode has upped his profile with fans a bit. 16’s
self-sacrificing nature is on full display even in gameplay, where he
can activate his internal bomb and take out an opponent at the cost of
his life (well, 99.9999999999% of his life.)
No lie, Yamcha was actually my first favorite character in the
franchise. This was when I first started watching the original Ocean
Group dub of the first thirteen episodes of Dragon Ball in syndication.
Back then, the character pool was kind of limited, and when me and my
cousins wanted to “play” Dragon Ball, I got Yamcha, one of my cousins
was Goku, and the youngest cousin got stuck with being Oolong. Yamcha
was pretty cool in those days, the roguish desert bandit with a sword
who could unleash the speed and fury of a wolf. Plus, he had a
relatable weakness- a fear of girls, which was something ten year-old me
could probably understand.
Of course, as the years passed and I saw more and more of the series,
Yamcha became progressively less impressive and cool as he was surpassed
by Goku and virtually everyone else. The ability to punch with the
power of a wolf shockingly took a backseat to firing energy blasts that
could level mountains... go figure. Yamcha’s string of defeats and humiliations led
to the fans themselves treating him as a joke, and nowadays that
perception of him is actually made manifest in official media. Still,
I’ve always had a soft spot for the poor guy, and I think I’d prefer to
laugh with Yamcha, and not at him.
Even though there’s still a lot of fun at
his expense in it, I did enjoy his “spotlight” episode of Dragon Ball
Super. Much like in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the baseball-focused
episode of Super is a total hoot and Yamcha gets to demonstrate his
skills in a field that Goku and the rest are utterly clueless in. He
does get some moments to shine in it, but of course… his history of
failure is never far behind poor Yamcha.
Yamcha was originally voiced by Tōru Furuya, who is also the official
voice of Amuro Ray in Japan. Being the big Gundam fan that I am, that
obviously adds some cool points to Yamcha. He is one of my mains in Dragon Ball FighterZ and as the Honest Trailer for the
game puts it, Yamcha is surprisingly “Not Garbage?” in it. There is
quite a lot of satisfaction in overcoming Vegeta’s Final Flash with a
precisely-timed Neo Wolf Fang Fist- Yamcha’s level three super move. So
I’ll continue to champion Yamcha like that- being good with him in a
video game… because he sure ain’t doing anything to improve his image by
The animated special “Bardock: Father of Goku” is probably one of my
favorite single things in the Dragon Ball franchise period. It’s just a
fantastic production all around and Akira Toriyama liked it so much
that he declared it canon to the manga as well. Of course, I mean the
original Japanese version… the Funimation English dub was made in a time
where more precise translations and keeping the original music and tone
of Dragon Ball was less of a priority than it is now. It is this first
portrayal of Bardock that makes this list here- a typical, low-class
Saiyan gifted almost by happenstance with sporadic glimpses of the
future. These visions drive him to attempt and save his race from their
impending and tragic fate… which he is ultimately unable to prevent.
As originally portrayed, Bardock had no real heroic leanings, simply
seeking revenge and survival. He doesn’t even really seem to give a
crap about his newborn son Kakarot- the Saiyan who would grow up to be
Son Goku. Even as he meets his fated death at Freeza’s hands, the last
future vision he receives is that his son will eventually avenge their
race and defeat Freeza… and that’s all that would appear to matter to
him. However, as the franchise marched on and Bardock’s character was
appreciated by more fans, more fiction featuring him was produced, which
all gets a bit away from what made Bardock such a compelling and honest
character to begin with.
The “Episode of Bardock” animated special from 2011 puts forth the
notion that Bardock was sent back millions of years into the past at the
moment of his death. He wakes up on a primitive planet Vegeta, fights a
great ancestor of Freeza, and becomes the first Super Saiyan, thus
spawning the legend in the first place. Leaving aside the
basically-unexplained time travel plot device, making Bardock a Super
Saiyan- the FIRST one to boot, actually kind of makes him LESS unique.
Mostly because almost EVERY modern-day Saiyan in Dragon Ball becomes a
Super Saiyan at some point, but also because being a legendary
super-warrior was never what Bardock’s character and story was
There’s also “Dragon Ball: Minus”, a prequel manga story written by
Toriyama in 2014 that basically retcons the Bardock Special out of
existence. In it, Bardock is presented as having a wife, being a loving
husband and father, and purposefully sends Kakarot away from Planet
Vegeta in a pod to spare him from Freeza. My fellow Fanhole Derek likes
to joke that the original Funimation English dub of Dragon Ball Z made
it seem like Goku’s dad was very similar to Superman’s dad Jor-El.
Whelp, Toriyama seemingly decided to make that even more so in this
comic. It’s a weird little story to have been produced, especially
considering how Toriyama reportedly loved the Bardock Special so much as
to consider it canon to his own manga writing. Most people, myself
included, definitely prefer the animated Special version of Bardock’s
So yeah, I think Bardock’s a great character… if you basically ignore
any fiction featuring him past 1990. I’m glad that his appearance in
the Dragon Ball FighterZ game only uses his Super Saiyan transformation
during a level 3 super move because ordinary grunt Bardock is BEST
Cell has always been my favorite villain in Dragon Ball… mostly because
the Cell Saga is my favorite story arc. Time-travel and robots… I guess
that’s just the Transformers fan in me. Cell isn’t really a robot
though- he’s a “bio-android” to be precise, and I really enjoyed how
distinct his three main forms were made in the story. His first
Imperfect form was creepy, predatory and cunning… and the introduction
to it was accompanied by a suspenseful tone that Dragon Ball seldom
strikes. In the anime especially, it came off like a horror movie as
the heroes tried to work out who and what Cell was before Piccolo
finally came face-to-face with it, er… “him." I felt his insectoid body
design and inhuman face lived up to all that build-up and mystique
Cell’s second, or “Semi-Perfect” form became more of a swaggering
brute-like character that was honestly a little harder to take seriously
thanks to his froggy-face. However, his Perfect form was and is one of
my favorite character designs from Toriyama. The wings, the
lizard-like patches on his skin, even his “Pope Hat” gave him a very
distinct silhouette and presence.
Personality-wise, Cell’s just as theatrical as Freeza is, albeit in a
different way. Freeza’s more about being overly polite and composed in
his sadism, while Cell favors grand gestures and spectacle. They both
share the same “sore loser” streak though and crack up when things
aren’t going their way. Cell’s also basically Gohan’s arch-nemesis, and
the two actually make convincing foils for each other with their
conflicting personalities. Since Gohan’s a little farther up this list
(SPOILERS!), it’s only natural I’d like the guy who was involved with
Gohan’s most important scene in the entire series (along with Android
Cell’s got a great, booming Japanese voice actor in Norio Wakamoto, but I
also really enjoy Dameon Clarke’s English dub voice for his Perfect
form as well. Clarke adds another layer of that theatricality I
mentioned above to Cell’s character in his performance that makes the
bio-android seem a bit more charming in English. As for that business
in GT when he absorbed and then had to “crap” out kid Goku… let’s just
forget about that, okay? Like… with the rest of GT.
Back when I first got to watch some Japanese fansubs of Dragon Ball Z as
a lad and decided I was King Shit Otaku for doing so, I remember I used to
insist on calling Krillin “Kuririn”, as his name was transliterated in
the subs. Of course, I was also somewhat ignorant of the nebulous
relationship between the “L” and “R” sounds in the Japanese language,
and I usually mispronounced the name as “KUR-RIN”. Oh how I derided the
English dub for pronouncing it “Krillin”… but I guess they were about
as close to getting it right as I was. I still tried to spell it
“Kuririn” whenever I typed it out, even if I always left out the “i” in
the middle of his name when saying it aloud. And hey… the Dragon Ball
Super manga adaptation actually acknowledged my confusion in a recent
In whatever case, Kuririn is best bud to Goku, an honorary older brother
or uncle to Gohan, and just generally a stalwart companion to whomever
was in his presence. He wasn’t ever the strongest, quickest, or even
smartest guy… but Kuririn’s bravery, determination, and heart were a key
ingredient to many victories throughout the series. While he’s
overshadowed greatly in power by most of the others, never underestimate
the value of having Kuririn at your side in a fight… even if it’s just
to toss you a healing Senzu Bean.
Kuririn’s also aces when it comes to comedy relief, even in the middle
of a life-or-death struggle. He added much levity to many serious
situations and it’s near-impossible not to root for this guy… or not
feel devastated when he is hurt or dies. It’s no coincidence that
Goku’s two greatest eruptions of rage in the series occurred right after
Kuririn was killed. The little monk just inspires that much loyalty
and love from his friends and family.
Kuririn’s English dub voices have been okay for the most part. I think I
hold a soft spot in my heart for Terry Klassen’s portrayal and his
apparent catchphrase for the character- “This is nuts!” Mayumi Tanaka’s
original Japanese performance is pretty distinct however, and she adds a
lot of the character’s heart. Speaking of, I’ve really enjoyed the
spotlight Kuririn’s received in Dragon Ball Super, and the focus on his
family life with Android 18 and Marron. Nice guys might finish last,
but I think Kuririn still ends up with a win in the end no matter what
2. Son Gohan
From a pampered little four year-old crybaby to savior of the universe
one-and-a-half times running, Gohan had a long journey throughout Dragon
Ball Z. That’s probably why he’s fairly popular with most fans, as
many got to “grow up” alongside him as the series progressed over the
years. Gohan’s simply a more relatable character than his dad is,
having more down-to-Earth and “normal” character flaws and foibles.
Whether it is overcoming his fears, dealing with an overbearing parent,
or simply not wanting to hurt people, Gohan is a lot more human than
Goku beyond just the literal sense.
That human side of him is what made it so easy to make a lifelong friend
of someone like Piccolo, utterly changing the way the former Demon King
lived his life. With his earnest attitude, Gohan makes easy friends of anyone, really… it seems like even Vegeta has high expectations of
him on many occasions. His innate likability and pure heart make it
that much more rewarding when Gohan succeeds or fulfills these lofty
expectations placed on him. Indeed, one of the dramatic high points of
the entire franchise is Gohan finally unleashing the hidden potential
that has been within him since his debut and saving the planet from Cell
at the age of eleven (with an able assist from "Ghost Dad", of course!)
Even when he’s older, Gohan seems to have it more “together” than his
father in matters other than fighting. While Goku loves and values his
family, they’re also clearly not the primary focus in his life. Gohan,
on the other hand, treats his wife Videl and daughter Pan as the center
of his universe. Goku stumbled onto his “hero” role almost by accident,
but Gohan loves being actively heroic… to the point where he made up
his own superhero identity as the Great Saiyaman. Gohan thinks all his
theatrics as Saiyaman are completely awesome and cool and staunchly
defends this persona to anyone who raises an eyebrow. I mean… wouldn’t
After Goku’s death in the Cell saga, Akira Toriyama intended for Gohan
to be the main protagonist for the remainder of Dragon Ball, as he
didn’t envision it continuing for much longer anyhow. Indeed, the first
half of the Buu saga does make it seem like that will be the case, but
Toriyama changed his tune towards the end and shifted focus back to
Goku. While the story is traditionally that he was receiving a lot of
fan mail that had readers wanting Goku front-and-center again, Toriyama
has gone on record admitting that he simply wasn’t sure where else to
take the character of Son Gohan at that point. The end of the Cell saga
did really seem like the culmination of Gohan’s character and a good
place to end the series overall, so I guess I can see where he was
While his “Mystic” upgrade during the Buu Saga was
certainly impressive, Toriyama felt the only place Gohan could go from
there was down, and the character’s later years are marked with some
disappointing showings. Despite this, Gohan’s popularity hasn’t
decreased among the fanbase, and when Dragon Ball Super entered the
Tournament of Power story arc, one of the things that was most
looked-forward to was Gohan’s return to significance on the battlefield.
Even if he never reached the dramatic highs of the Cell Saga again, he
remains one of my absolute favorite characters in the franchise.
My favorite Dragon Ball character is Piccolo, or “Piccolo Junior” as he
is sometimes referred, being the son/reincarnation of the Great Demon
King Piccolo that met his end at Son Goku’s hands. While he started off
as a straight-up villain who was intent on avenging his dad and killing
Goku, Piccolo has gone through a lot of growth and development as a
character since then. I was first introduced to him through the Ocean
Group dub of Dragon Ball Z, and even though I hadn’t seen or even been
aware of his history in Dragon Ball up until that point, I think it was
pretty clear to me what Piccolo was about from the outset.
His team-up with
Goku to fight Raditz was one of the first significant times I took note of a
fictional trope that I’m quite fond of- what I like to term the “Rival
Fusion”. Rival Fusion is when two enemies must put aside their
differences and fight side-by-side against a larger threat to them both.
After seeing Goku and Piccolo take on Raditz together, I knew that
this was a dramatic set-up that I would always find awesome.
As I continued immersing myself in the Dragon Ball franchise, Piccolo
rather consistently remained as my favorite character. Obviously, he
has a distinct look and presence, some rather unique special techniques,
and a chill attitude. He was pretty much Vegeta before Vegeta was
Vegeta… although I guess you can say that about Tenshinhan too… and most
other Dragon Ball villains. Piccolo eventually softened through his
mentoring of Gohan and became a trusted ally and friend to Goku and the
rest of the cast. He still maintained a ruthless edge to his tactics
and a lack of mercy towards his foes that the others (aside of Vegeta)
lacked. In fact, one of the little joys of the Dragon Ball Z movies is
seeing Piccolo dispatch many hapless henchmen of the main villains in
some pretty brutal ways.
Of course, there’s another side to Piccolo… get him out of his element
or put him in everyday situations that he’s completely unfamiliar or
uncomfortable with and you usually get some comedy gold. It’s really
quite the testament to how much his character has grown over the years
when you put the Piccolo who took pleasure in torturing a crippled Goku
in the 23th Tenkachi Budokai next to the Piccolo who babysits for
Gohan’s daughter Pan. Watching Pan, his brief stewardship of Goten and
Trunks during the Buu Saga, and helping Beerus and Vegeta pull the wool
over Goku’s eyes in regards to Monaka are all pretty entertaining
moments in Piccolo’s history. However, my absolute favorite extended Piccolo
comedy bit is the anime-only filler episode of him and Goku being forced
to get their driver’s licenses.
Another reason I quickly attached myself to Piccolo from the fore was
thanks to Scott McNeil’s distinct and stellar dub performance in the
English version. Toshio Furukawa’s original Japanese performance is
also solid and memorable, but Scott McNeil just tended to add this
demon-y rasp to his take on the character that really made it unique.
Chris Sabat’s Piccolo… well, at first I kinda hated his forced-sounding
performance, but he slowly adapted it and made it sound more natural by
the Buu Saga. Nowadays, I can tolerate his Piccolo, but back in the
days when Funimation’s in-house dub had just debuted, Sabat just seemed
like such a step down from McNeil. Still, it was useful for generating
several amusing Internet memes, chief among them… Motivational Piccolo.
So yeah, Piccolo’s my favorite character and I think I’ve been through the entire cast while constructing this list.
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Why? Well.....someday we hope to.....because it has already begun!
Join Mike, Justin, Tony and Derek as they discuss the Manga of the popular Mobile Suit Gundam Video Game franchise, Blue Destiny! Part of the ongoing Blue Cupcakes Strike Back Month event here on Fanholes Podcast!
Justin and Derek are kicking off Blue Cupcakes Strike Back Month with a pair of doozies! First up Kamen Rider X faces off against the threat of.....STARFISH HITLER!!!! Then on the second half of the show, the Fanholes talk that freaky-deaky alien M1 over in Ultraman X!
Listen as the Fanholes are slowly driven insane by the heinous hodgepodge of lifeless animation, half-assed sound mixing, tragic dialogue, and ponderous plotting that men call... Machinima's Titans Return.