Dragon Ball has seen many characters introduced over the decades that have sprung from Akira Toriyama's brain and while the Elder Kai might not be on the same level as a Super Saiyan strength wise, the Kaisohin was influential in granting the Z-Fighters a major victory. Helping unlock Gohan's potential as well as helping to introduce the Potarra earrings, the Elder Kai has long been featured as an old man, though recent art from Dragon Ball Super's manga artist has taken fans back into the past.
One of the biggest events that Elder Kai helped make happen was the further development of Gohan's power, with the Kaioshin arriving during the events of the Majin Buu Saga thanks to being freed from the "Z-Sword". While not being stronger than Buu, or the Z-Fighters for that matter, the Kaioshin had the ability to unleash the full potential of whomever he focused on, performing a hilarious ritual that would bring about "Mystic Gohan". While this ultimate form was what Son Gohan had used throughout most of Dragon Ball Super, in the latest movie, Goku's son was able to achieve a new transformation in fighting against the Red Ribbon Army and the new androids at their disposal.
The Official Dragon Ball Website shared the new image from Toyotaro, giving us a new look at the Elder Kai before he had fused with the "Old Witch" who had accidentally slapped on one of the Potarra Earrings and had created a brand new version of the character that we came to know in Dragon Ball Z:
Since Dragon Ball Super began, the Kaioshins haven't had as much of a role as they once did, though the Goku Black Arc flipped things on their ear when Zamasu, a rogue Kaisohin had hit the scene. Luckily, Goku and the other Z-Fighters were able to defeat Zamasu and the Kai from another timeline that overtook an alternate Goku's body, though with the Shonen franchise's ability to bring back villains, perhaps one day the antagonist will make a comeback.
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