Dragon Ball: 10 Facts About Krillin Fans Forget

Dragon Ball truly is a one-of-a-kind phenomenon. It's been around since the 80s, and its popularity hasn't shown any signs of slowing down, even well into the times we live in now. One of the dearest animes to ever enter fans' lives, Dragon Ball is credited by many for the increasing popularity of the genre, and it's one of those things that parents and siblings love to pass on from one generation to the other. It's quite hard to imagine a world where Dragon Ball isn't one of those references that everyone catches instantly.

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One of the most likable and popular characters to come out of the Dragon Ball franchise is Krillin, the bald-headed best friend that we've all grown to love. With such a complex rollercoaster that is the world of Dragon Ball, sometimes it's easy for some to discredit Krillin. However, he's a major character in many pivotal points of the franchise, so today, we're bringing back 10 awesome facts about him that fans forget.

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10 He Keeps His Head Shaved For Strength

Apparently, Krillin is the exact opposite of the mythological hero Samson, whose entire power and strength depended on him not cutting his hair. Many fans might believe Krillin's signature look of a bald head is a genetic condition, and that he is simply unable to grow hair. This is quite far from the truth, though.

Krillin believes that all the best martial artists have a bald head since the lack of hair supposedly augments their power and brings their ki out to play. There really isn't anything to indicate that this is the truth, but Krillin still decides to believe this, shaving his head as if his life depended on it. We love a quirky character!

9 His Signature Dots Are Incense Burns

Yes, there's more to Krillin's head beside the fact that he really enjoys shaving it for power enhancement. Anyone will recognize the six dots that adorn Krillin's bald head. It's part of his signature look, alongside his stature. While it's understandable that most people will assume these tiny dots are some sort of birthmark, that's not it.

These distinctive traits are actually - wait for it - incense burns. Yes, you got that right. It's an homage to a ritual performed in Eastern culture, where monks are required to have their heads burned in order to prove their religious devotion. It should be noted that Krillin sported these markings from very early on, which comes to prove how seriously he took his training.

8 He Has The Strongest Ki Attack

Ki attacks are one of the staples of Dragon Ball. It's not exactly a rarity either - there's plenty of ki attacks to choose from, with powers ranging from slightly destructive to outright cataclysmic. Ki powers are often used during fight scenes, and they can mean the defeat of an opponent pretty easily.

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It might come as a surprise to the least devoted fans of the franchise that Krillin actually has the strongest ki attack out of everyone in Dragon Ball. The Kienzan has the power to cut through pretty much anything, which makes it pretty much impossible to be matched in any way.

7 He's Incredibly Skilled

There's a very important distinction to be made between what it means to be skilled and what it means to be strong. Krillin isn't, by a long shot, the strongest character to come out of Dragon Ball. Again, he does get beaten up a fair amount of times, and anyone who's familiar with the franchise can name at least a dozen characters that can best Krillian in the strength department.

What Krillin is though, is an extremely skilled martial artist. What he lacks in strength he makes up for in the elegance and beauty of his movements during a fight, and he's taken down some serious opponents relying on his wits and intelligence, which arguably makes him a better fighter than characters who have nothing but their physicality to carry them through an action-packed scene.

6 His Name Isn't Krillin

It might come as a surprise to some fans that the original name of the character isn't actually Krillin. Much like what happened to other elements of the franchise, the character's name was changed from Kuririn to the one most of us know today, Krillin. What's perhaps even more interesting, is that the original name was a pun - and a very interesting one at that.

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Split into two parts, the original Kuririn is both a play on the word chestnut, which is a clear reference to his signature bald look and monks, which are the clear inspiration for Krillin's overall style and demeanor. Very clever! It's a shame that the pun was somewhat lost in translation, though.

5 He's A Good Student

There are many flaws that can be pointed out Krillin's way, but his discipline as a student is not of them. Of course, Goku is and always will be the main character, and the absolute favorite amongst many fans. His fighting style is unique, and he is the most skilled fighter in the Dragon Ball universe. However, he's not exactly the perfect student, often switching masters and missing the perfection of Krillin.

Krillin is devoted to the Turtle School and their teachings. He follows the rules down to absolute perfection, and he trains to the point of becoming the top honor student. His devotion provides results, that clearly shows through his star technique and powerful ki attack.

4 He's Not Just Your Typical Human

One of the things that we all know Krillin for is the ongoing gag that he gets beaten up quite a lot. And this isn't just something the fans noticed - in Dragon Ball Z Abridged there's actually a counter to let you know exactly how many times Krillin kissed the floor. It's part of his likeableness and it's not necessarily a bad thing, it just comes to show he has no quit in him.

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Let us not forget that Krillin is only human. Any other human person who saw himself in the positions and situations Krillin is often faced with wouldn't last ten seconds. Krillin, on the other hand, is nothing short of exceptional, and he can easily be defined as one of the strongest humans on Earth, which is nothing to be ashamed of.

3 He Used The Spirit Bomb

It's quite strange that no other characters take advantage of Krillin's awesome move. After all, his ki attack, the Kienzan, has the power to cut through anything, which comes in handy when we think about things like fights and destruction. However, Krillin uses other people's moves, one of them being Goku's Spirit Bomb.

The Spirit Bomb was only used by Goku and Krillin. Yes, it's true that it hasn't exactly performed great deads. However, when the Z fighters are pit against Vegeta, he goes ahead and takes advantage of it. Surprisingly enough, there's a result of sorts, and Krillin manages to hit Vegeta, aided by Gohan.

2 He Breathes Through His Skin

Well, it's pretty clear for anyone who is watching Krillin on their screens that he doesn't have a nose. Hard not to notice, it's kind of a big deal for a human person to lack such a tremendous part of their face. However, many fans disregarded this, and it was often attributed to the fact that sometimes animators take some liberties with their drawings.

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This isn't the case for Krillin, because his lack of nose has actually been referenced on the Dragon Ball franchise. So within the universe, everyone is aware of the fact. But how does he breathe then? you might ask. Well, according to the creator, he breathes through his skin. Cool superpower, although somewhat useless.

1 He's The Only One Who Faced Every Form Of Dragon Ball Z's Villains


We've already established that Krillin isn't the coward that many people believe him to be. True, many times his suggestion is to either run or hide from the big bad of the hour. However, as we've seen, he is an extremely skilled fighter, one of the strongest humans of the entire franchise, and has a ki attack capable of great things.

In addition to all of this, Krillin is the only one who faced every form of all Dragon Ball Z's Villains, including all five Frieza's forms, Cell, and both Garlic Jr.'s forms. It's an impressive feat, and yet another one that comes to show just how impressive and important to the story Krillin's character is.

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