Piccolo has been one of the oldest members of the Dragon Ball franchise, first starting as a villain in the first series but eventually becoming one of the greatest protectors of the Earth throughout both Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super. With the former Demon King set to be a major part of the next movie of the Shonen series, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, one fan artist has decided to bring back his more evil side in some classical art.
When Piccolo first hit the scene, he was arguably the biggest villain of the original Dragon Ball series, appearing as an old Namekian who was dead set on ruling the world and achieving his youth in order to terrorize the populace. Not just using his strength to create bizarre offspring, the Demon King Piccolo went so far as to release all prisoners from jail to wreck havoc as well as promising to destroy a city per day to celebrate himself. When Goku as a kid was able to defeat the Demon King, his last action was shooting out an egg that held the Piccolo that we know today, with the final arc of the original series seeing Goku and "Piccolo Jr" coming to blows.
Twitter Artist Justin96636, who has been on a tear when it comes to interpreting different Z-Fighters in this classic aesthetic recently, took the opportunity to imagine PIccolo reverting much more into a demon rather than the friendlier brawler of today who was softened up thanks in part to the influence of Gohan:
Chien Chih Kang (Justin)art -Dragon ball Ukiyoe style pic.twitter.com/NT6d6Ek4gB— 簡志剛 (@Justin96636) May 13, 2022
Piccolo has changed astronomically since the early days of the Shonen franchise, currently fighting alongside Goku and the other Z-Fighters in protecting the Earth. With Goku and Vegeta slated to be training off-world during the events of the next movie of the franchise, Piccolo stepping up to the plate and wielding a new transformation is a welcome change for many fans of Dragon Ball, as it allows the Namekian to finally play catch-up with the Saiyans.
Piccolo's new transformation still has a lot of mystery surrounding it, though the movie described this new form as being his "potential unleashed", leaving many fans wondering if this might align with Gohan's Ultimate form that he learned during the Majin Buu Saga.
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