The Bear Thief (山賊熊, Sanzoku Kuma) is an anthropomorphic bear who lives somewhere around Mount Paozu. He wields a large Chinese broadsword called Azure Dragon Sword, and attacks passersby for food or valuables. He likes to eat turtles.
Emperor Pilaf Saga
In Age 749, on Mount Paozu, the Bear Thief encounters Goku and Bulma early in their adventure to collect the Dragon Balls as they are escorting Master Roshi's Turtle back to the ocean. The Bear Thief intends to have Goku give up the turtle for him to eat it, but Goku refuses. This leads to a confrontation between the two. Having not been able to even touch Goku, the Bear Thief is defeated with a punch between the eyes.
Techniques and special abilities
- Sword Blast – The Bear Thief slams his scimitar into the ground creating a small shockwave. He uses it in the video games Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure and Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo.
- Down Thrust – A ground pound with his sword. Used in Revenge of King Piccolo.
- Bombs – The Bear Thief throws bombs at his opponent. Used in Revenge of King Piccolo.
- Howl – Used in Revenge of King Piccolo to increase his defense.
Video game appearances
The Bear Thief appears in several Dragon Ball video games. He is boss in early titles such as Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo, Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden (and its Wonder Swan Color remake), and Dragon Ball Z: Super Gokuden: Totsugeki-Hen. In Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II, a whole group of Bear Thieves is introduced: the Kuma Mercenary Clan.
The Bear Thief's first playable appearance is in Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure, where he first serves as the boss of the first level and can be unlocked as a playable character later in the game.
He makes his first 3D appearance in Dragon Ball: Origins, as the boss of level 1-4 (he also appears as one of the collectible figures). Also, Dragon Ball: Origins has a few regular enemies modeled after the Bear Thief.
Similarly, different types of enemies modeled after him appear in Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans: Bandit, Snow Bandit, and Bandit King.
In Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo, the Bear Thief is the first boss in the game, fought just after Goku encounters Colonel Silver. He is also a boss in Dragon Ball RPG: Shōnen-hen.
He also makes an appearance as an enemy in Dragon Ball Online.
- Japanese: Masaharu Satō, Takahiko Sakaguma
- FUNimation dub: Dameon Clarke (anime) and Bob Carter (Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo)
- Ocean Group dub: Ian James Corlett
- Latin American dub: Carlos Magaña
- The mercenary leader who appears in "Tien's Atonement" looks almost identical to the Bear Thief.
- The Bear Thief has been the base of several other anthropomorphic animal and bandits that appear in the various media in the Dragon Ball franchise. The most notable being a Tiger Thief character that appears in the episode "Terror and Plague" and "Goku's Traffic Safety".
- The armor the Bear Thief wears resembles that worn by Chinese soldiers during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Ox-King, the Tiger Thief, the nameless warrior from "Terror and Plague", Sky Dragon, and Lord Yao also wear similar-looking uniform.