Krillin (クリリン, Kuririn) is a supporting protagonist in the Dragon Ball manga, and the anime series Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super.
Krillin had a brief rivalry with Goku when they first met and trained under Master Roshi, but they quickly became lifelong best friends. One of the most powerful and talented Human martial artists on Earth, Krillin is courageous, a faithful ally and good-natured. He is a prominent Z Fighter, despite usually being overpowered by the major enemies. His short stature and baldness (with the exception of when he grows out his hair in the Majin Buu Saga onwards) aid him in his ability to provide comic relief during tense moments. During the latter half of Dragon Ball Z, he largely retires from fighting, opting to settle down with his family instead, becoming the husband of Android 18 and the father of Marron.
Krillin does not have a visible nose, however, he seems to be able to smell until someone mentions it (like Goku during the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament): he smells the diamond Bulma took from the Pirate Cave, and he smells the enticing trap meal in the Mirror spaceship. In the Dragon Ball: Bouken Special, when asked why Krillin does not have a nose, Akira Toriyama responded "Krillin has a physical idiosyncrasy that allows him to breathe through his skin." Earlier on in the series, Krillin had white eyes. However, later on, they seem to have disappeared completely, making the inside of his eyes the same color as his skin. Krillin is not naturally bald, due to his original monastic training, he merely shaves his head. During his training with Goku under Master Roshi, Krillin comments that "All who aspire to master the martial arts shave their heads in order to unfetter their ki" and seemed surprised to find out Master Roshi was naturally bald. After settling down with his new family, his hair grows out, although his original smooth crowned look is the most familiar to fans. The six dots on his forehead are scars from moxibustion burns, similar to the pattern that appear on the forehead of a Shaolin monk.
By the time of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Krillin has taken up the job of a police officer, he wears a uniform with a yellow shirt and blue trousers, a badge, and a helmet. When getting prepared to battle Frieza, Krillin asks Android 18 to shave his head for "old times sake".
|"I heard Master Roshi's training was difficult, but I haven't even broken a sweat yet."
— Krillin when Roshi's training starts, "Milk Delivery"
Originally a jealous and selfish person, Krillin did not respect rules when confronted with Roshi's training. After a short arch-rivalry between the two (years later, Krillin even admits that he hated Goku at first), he becomes Goku's best friend and his selfish and jealous personality becomes more kind-hearted and generous (although he still has slight selfish and jealous traits after his reform). Krillin is often used as comic relief or cannon fodder by the author, and has been killed the most amount of times in the Dragon Ball series. As the most prominent full-blooded human character in the Dragon Ball series, Krillin also represents a sense of normalcy to Goku and Gohan, as well as often being the most identifiable. Often when things in the Dragon World turn bizarre, it is left to Krillin to shake his head in disbelief and crack a joke.
Despite his reputation as being a weakling compared to his Saiyan comrades, he is considered to be one of the stronger pure-blooded humans in the Dragon Ball series, being thousands of times stronger than the average person (although this is largely due to the fact that he was afforded much greater opportunities to increase his strength, such as gaining the ability to use ki, training under the Guardian of the Earth, and having his potential unlocked by Grand Elder Guru, things that no other human, such as Mr. Satan, ever had). Although he is not as strong as Goku or Gohan, his determination in helping his friends is a key asset. Furthermore, Krillin's ingenuity and talent for ki-manipulation is far superior than that of most warriors, even those stronger than himself, and he has an ability to sense hidden powers. Krillin had his dormant ki awakened by the Namek Elder, Guru, during the events of the Namek Saga (although it is possible that not all of his power was freed, due to the fact that Gohan still had more hidden power and that they both grew to be much stronger), and this helped keep him among the same level as his more naturally powerful friends, at least for a little while. Krillin has trained hard most of his life, becoming extremely powerful and proving it in combat with many foes. Unfortunately, he is quickly outclassed by many of the other characters in the series, such as Piccolo and the Saiyans; though among all the full-blooded humans he faces in combat he is one of the strongest. On one occasion, during the course of the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament, Yamcha says to Krillin's daughter that Krillin is "the strongest human being in the world." Some fans feel that the manga, Akira Toriyama, uses Yamcha to state a fact on this scene, as he also says that Krillin is the "strongest Earthling male" in an interview. As it is spoken in the context of Krillin being married to 18, it implies that Krillin is the strongest Earthling at least by that point in the series (this claim gets support in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors in which the final part of Krillin's story, which focus on the Majin Buu Saga, is titled as "The Strongest Earthling"). Many fans immediately will connect Krillin with his signature move, Destructo Disc, a spinning razor-sharp disk of energy that has the power to cut through just about anything. Despite its immense power, it is extremely unwieldy and hard to control.
At any rate, Krillin is brave and resourceful, and the audience identifies him as a good-natured underdog. Along with Yamcha, Krillin has also, arguably, adjusted to a relatively normal life better than many of his friends by seeking women in his life. He is among the more "normal" human of his friends, as he can be seen wearing normal clothes on days where he's not fighting, other than his typical martial arts dōgi, as well as engaging in other normal every-day activities such as watching TV, going to the beach, etc. In his role as Goku's best friend, Krillin was among the only humans to remain a main character for the majority of the series, even as Master Roshi, Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu, Yajirobe, Chi-Chi and others faded into the background. Overall, Krillin is a highly valued character in the Dragon Ball series: powerful, loyal, and brave. He is second only to Goku in the most appearances in the manga. In some more recent movies however, Krillin has been since demoted to a comic relief character. This is most prominent in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!, when he was beaten up by Chi-Chi, clonked his head twice, had hot coffee spilled on his head, had his face fried by a stray energy bolt, had a large pile of snow dumped on him, had Vegeta sent flying into him, slipped and skidded past the main villain when he was about to attack him, and was humiliated in the hospital (he even remarks during the Vegeta incident that "Why do these things always happen to me?").
Consistent with the theme of redemption in the series, he spares Android 18's life when presented with the chance to activate her self-destruct sequence because he finds her to be redeemable. In a bit of ironic fortune, he later marries the beautiful android and later has a daughter named Marron with her.
Originally a monk of the Orin Temple, after training there for eight years, Krillin trained at the Orin Temple since he was four. He was the weakest student and was frequently bullied. When he was 13, he was getting tired of the bullying and he began to travel to Master Roshi's island when he was seeking training to surpass the people at the temple to defeat his bullies and to attract girls. Krillin came to Master Roshi and became a student of the Turtle School in his first appearance in the series.
"Master, my name's Krillin, and I've come all the way from a village in the east. Please allow me to be your humble student and learn to fight like you." — The young Krillin, asking Master Roshi for his teachings
Krillin first appears on screen at the beginning of the Tournament Saga. He bribes Master Roshi with dirty magazines in order to be accepted as his student. Krillin's initial desire for learning martial arts under Master Roshi was to become more popular with girls.
At first, he detests Goku, who Krillin finds unintelligent and childish. It is to Krillin's increased annoyance that he discovers that Goku is a more powerful fighter than him in every way. The only time Krillin is ever able to get the better of Goku is through trickery and deceit. Even then, his reward (dinner that evening) is unenviable when he eats fish cooked by Launch that gives him and Master Roshi food poisoning. Goku, in his characteristic naïveté, remains almost totally unaware of Krillin's one-sided rivalry with him.
As their grueling training progresses Goku and Krillin bond and, by the time of the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament, become inseparable friends; this aspect of their relationship never diminishes. Goku is always there to offer the insecure Krillin confidence and support, as well as fighting tips, and Krillin is often on hand to offer a pragmatic perspective to the often overly innocent and idealistic Goku, as well as clue him in on basic social knowledge that Goku missed out on growing up.
In his and Goku's first World Martial Arts Tournament, Krillin fares very well, even defeating bullies from his old training school by kicking one of them straight through a wall. He easily advances as one of the eight warriors going onto the main event. He makes it past the quarter-finals, defeating the disgusting Bacterian, as without a nose, Bacterian's stink has no effect on him: at first, Krillin is overwhelmed by the odor of Bacterian. However, Goku reminds Krillin that he does not have a nose. After realizing this, he is easily able to overcome his opponent. Unfortunately however, Krillin is defeated in the semi-finals, losing to Jackie Chun, who is Master Roshi in disguise.
Red Ribbon Army Saga
After the tournament, he trains under Master Roshi again, although he takes a break to aid Goku in his search for the Dragon Balls and fight against the Red Ribbon Army. Krillin, Goku and Bulma enter a cave to find some pirate treasure, but are followed by General Blue, who confronts Krillin and defeats him in battle. During the battle, Krillin manages to kick Blue in the face, giving Blue a nose bleed, which just makes Blue much more intent on killing Krillin. Krillin is almost killed when Blue uses his telekinesis to freeze Krillin, however Goku manages to save him, and fights Blue. When Goku defeats Blue, the cave begins to collapse, but Krillin, Bulma, and Goku escape in a submarine, though General Blue manages to survive as well. Later on, Krillin, Bulma, and Goku soon return to Kame House with the ruby Bulma managed to retrieve from the Pirate Cave. However, the ruby is stolen by Launch, and General Blue, who had found Kame House, uses his telekinesis to tie up Krillin and his friends and steal the Dragon Balls while setting a bomb to explode soon. Luckily, Launch returns in her good state and unties Goku, who throws the bomb away and chases after General Blue.
Krillin also assisted Bulma, Yamcha and other residents of Kame house to help and save Goku who was on his way to fight the red ribbon army's Headquarters.But they arrived late and were surprised at Goku defeating the entire army single-handedly in a head on battle.
Fortuneteller Baba Saga
Later, Krillin competes with Goku and Yamcha in Fortuneteller Baba's tournament for Goku to get the location of a Dragon Ball in order to revive Upa's fallen father. He offers to fight first, and is met by Fangs the Vampire, who starts to dance on the arena, greatly annoying Krillin. Krillin eventually loses the battle by getting the blood sucked out of his head, causing him to lose consciousness and get kicked out of the area. However, Krillin cunningly comes up with the strategy that allows them to later defeat See-Through the Invisible Man. The side of Krillin that uses his wits, rather than his strength, to his advantage is seen many times in both series, particularly as he becomes comparatively less powerful.
Tien Shinhan Saga
At 17 years of age, Krillin enters the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament. He forms a rivalry with Crane School student Chiaotzu during the preliminary matches.
While the fighters are drawing lots for the fight order, Chiaotzu puts himself against Krillin using his telekinesis. Later on during their quarter-final match, after a one-sided match in Chiaotzu's favor, Krillin uses his cunning in order to defeat Chiaotzu and yells math problems at him in order to use up his telekinetic powers; Krillin manages to defeat Chiaotzu while the latter was trying to do basic mental arithmetic.
Krillin then advances to the semi-finals where, after a long match, he is eventually defeated by Goku who used his stunning speed.
King Piccolo Saga
After the 22nd Tournament, Goku realizes he left his objects behind, so Krillin volunteers to go back to pick them up. Krillin is then killed by getting his neck snapped by a kick from Tambourine, a "demon" who was out on his duty to kill all of the greatest martial artists so that King Piccolo could go unchallenged and rule the world with no opposition. Krillin's death played a large role in Goku's determination to stop the evil plans of King Piccolo, with Goku wishing to avenge his best friend and Master Roshi's death. Following King Piccolo's defeat, Krillin and King Piccolo's many other victims are later revived thanks to the Dragon Balls.
Piccolo Jr. Saga
Krillin joins Tien, Yamcha, and Chiaotzu on a training journey to Korin Tower. Along the way, they save a village from the eruption of Popo Poco Volcano. Krillin gets tricked into drinking an alcoholic beverage, which he later laments, but once again, provides comic relief. After they reach Korin Tower and receive his training, Krillin and the others train on their own until the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament.
After three years, when he meets Goku again at the World Martial Arts Tournament, Krillin hugs his best friend, saying he missed him. Eventually, Krillin fights Piccolo, the reincarnation/son of King Piccolo. Krillin lands some decent hits and manages to surprise Piccolo on several occasions, but quickly realizes Piccolo is far superior to him. During the match, Krillin reveals he can use the hovering space technique. When Krillin falls for Piccolo's Afterimage Technique, which Piccolo used to land a free hit on Krillin, it causes him to eventually give up. Krillin watches Goku and Piccolo spar out. When all hope for Goku seems lost when most of his limbs are broken, Krillin, along with Tien and the others, attempt to assist Goku, but are suddenly caught off guard by Piccolo, now knowing they cannot help Goku, as Piccolo would defeat them easily. When Piccolo is defeated, Krillin greatly criticizes Goku's choice of giving Piccolo a Senzu Bean to heal his wounds, and watches Goku and Chi-Chi head off from the World Tournament area on the Flying Nimbus.
Dragon Ball Z
"Poor Tien! He gave...everything! Everything he had to help us! Goku! Why aren't you here?! We need you!" — Krillin after Tien's death fighting Nappa
Five years have passed since Goku defeated Piccolo at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, he, Goku and Bulma attend a reunion at Master Roshi's island, where Goku introduces them to his son, Gohan. While there, Krillin is as surprised as the others by the arrival of Goku's brother, Raditz, who reveals Goku's origins as a Saiyan and slaps Krillin into Kame House, taking Gohan with him. Krillin and Master Roshi offer to assist Goku in defeating Raditz, but instead, Piccolo makes a pact with Goku to team up against Raditz and then go their separate ways after. After Piccolo and Goku defeat Raditz, Krillin arrives to the scene and goes to Goku's side while he is dying and watches his body disappear. Goku's death causes great woe in Krillin, who yells out in sadness over his best friend's death. He also witnesses Piccolo taking Goku's son Gohan with him over to Break Wasteland to train, which Krillin could do nothing about, as Piccolo was too strong for him. When Roshi, Krillin, and Bulma return to Kame House, Krillin and Roshi discuss the true threat they face from the new Saiyans invading in a year. Roshi asks for Krillin to inform Chi-Chi of Goku's death and Gohan's kidnapping. Although he visits her, his fears of upsetting and angering Chi-Chi overcome him and he never actually reveals her what happened.
Soon, Yajirobe visits Kame House on a demand from Korin to inform Krillin that Kami, the guardian of the Earth, has requested his arrival so they can train together for the one year they have left before the Saiyans Vegeta and Nappa arrive. At first, Krillin incorrectly speaks Yajirobe's name, but is soon corrected. After gathering his companions, Krillin, along with Tien, Chiaotzu, Yamcha, and Yajirobe train with Kami and Mr. Popo. They do this in order to raise their power levels enough to be able to hold their own against the Saiyans. Like the others, Krillin's power grows exponentially during this year, until he is far more powerful than Raditz ever was. When the Saiyans arrive, Krillin, Tien, Chiaotzu and Yamcha join Piccolo and Gohan to hold Vegeta and Nappa off until Goku's arrival.
When Yamcha is quickly killed by a kamikaze Saibaman, Krillin is enraged at his friend's death and unleashes his Scattering Bullet attack that obliterates all but one. Piccolo, Vegeta, and Nappa are all impressed with the sheer power of his attack, but it is not fast enough to work on the Saiyans. The battle continues, with Chiaotzu and Tien falling. Piccolo, Krillin, and Gohan come up with a plan to grab Nappa's tail to weaken him, then while he is off guard, they blast him. However, the plan failed as Nappa had already trained his tail from attacks. Eventually Piccolo dies, taking Kami and the Dragon Balls with him, rendering Krillin and Gohan the only ones left to fight.
They are saved by Goku, who shows his new power against Nappa, until Nappa is killed by Vegeta. Krillin asks Goku to fight Vegeta somewhere else to make sure the corpses of their dead friends do not get destroyed. Goku has Krillin take Gohan away from the battle. On the way back home Gohan decides they can not let Goku face this danger alone. They go to Gizard Wasteland (Krillin coming just so Gohan does not get hurt) and are able to help Goku with the Spirit Bomb he creates to defeat Vegeta; Krillin throws the ball, missing Vegeta, but Gohan bounces it back and it hits the Saiyan Prince, damaging him.
At the end of the battle, Krillin is the only one of the five survivors (Goku, Krillin, Gohan, Vegeta, and Yajirobe) who still has the ability to walk. As Vegeta struggles to crawl to his spaceship to escape, Krillin picks up Yajirobe's katana and prepares to kill him to end his reign of terror. Goku tells Krillin not to and he explains that it is not right as Vegeta is now defenseless and may turn over a new leaf as a result of being spared, and also so that he may be able to fight him once again, impressed by Vegeta's strength. Krillin is understandably incredulous over Goku's compassion for the man who almost destroyed the planet and scoffs at the idea that Vegeta is capable of turning over a new leaf, but he ultimately, and reluctantly, decides to trust Goku's judgment and let Vegeta go.
|"I'm sorry but if we go down there, we'll end up just like him."
— "The Hunted"
With Piccolo, and thus Kami, dead, the Dragon Balls have become inactive and thus the Namek Saga begins, with everyone mourning the seemingly permanent deaths of Piccolo, Kami, Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu. Fortunately, Krillin comes up with an idea. If the Dragon Balls were created by Namekians, then they could travel to Piccolo's home world, planet Namek, to use the Namekian Dragon Balls to wish Kami, and thus, Piccolo back to life. While Krillin recovers from his injuries in Wukong Hospital Mr. Popo shows Kami's old spaceship and its incredible speed to Bulma. Afterwards, Bulma, Krillin, and Gohan head off in the spaceship towards Planet Namek, to start their mission. After a few detours on their way there, the trio arrive and discover that this peaceful planet is under siege by the galactic overlord, Frieza, the employer of the Saiyans and destroyer of Planet Vegeta (Goku and Vegeta's home world). To make matters worse, Vegeta is on the planet as well. Both are also after the Dragon Balls for immortality, and Krillin and Gohan discover that there is much more at stake than the lives of their departed friends. After watching Frieza's soldiers butcher several Namekians, Gohan and Krillin rescue a young Namekian named Dende from Frieza's henchman Dodoria and have to outrun Dodoria himself, eventually escaping by using the Solar Flare. Afterwards, Dende takes the two warriors to Grand Elder Guru, guardian of Namek, who is able to release the hidden ki potential inside them, causing their power levels to raise, once again, exponentially.
Newly powered-up, a complex three-sided game of "Capture the Dragon Balls" ensues between Krillin and Gohan, Frieza, and Vegeta.
Eventually, just as Vegeta discovers them, the Dragon Balls they collected are taken by Captain Ginyu and given to Frieza. They then decide to pool their resources so that the incredibly powerful Frieza can be defeated. Though Krillin reluctantly agrees to give Vegeta the Dragon Balls when they get them back, he privately plans with Gohan to sneak off with the Dragon Balls and make their own wish to bring back their friends when the time comes.
He helps in the battles with Guldo and Recoome, managing to hit Guldo with a few blasts before Guldo time-freezes him. When fighting Recoome, Krillin kicks him in the back of the head to defend Vegeta from the Recoome Eraser Gun. Because of this intervention, Recoome's attack backfires, knocking out all but six of his teeth. Angered, Recoome retaliates by kicking Krillin in the back of the neck, more specifically the base of the spine, which puts him out of commission until he is healed by a Senzu Bean when Goku finally arrives on Namek.
After learning of the trouble on Namek, Goku (who had been recovering in the hospital) is healed quickly by a sensu bean from Yajirobe and arrives to help. He makes quick work of the Ginyu Force, a group of mercenaries under Frieza's employ, but is badly injured and taken by Vegeta to be recovered in a healing tank.
|"I don't believe it. Looks like this is the end. Frieza's just too powerful."
— "Krillin after being impaled by Frieza's horns"
Krillin, Gohan, and Vegeta recover the Dragon Balls but Vegeta is unable to wish for his immortality without the password. Krillin leaves to get the password from Guru, but encounters Dende, who informs him the password is "Porunga". They return and, with Vegeta asleep, decide to just make their own wish now. In the Namekian language, Dende wishes for Piccolo to be returned to life and brought to Namek. This causes Kami to return to life on Earth as well, and Master Roshi begins steps to gather the newly restored Earth Dragon Balls.
Vegeta awakes a short time later and is enraged that his immortality has been taken from him, but Krillin and Gohan are saved by the arrival of Frieza, who demands their immediate attention. Frieza transforms in his second, more powerful form, and attempts to attack Dende, who is pushed out of the way by Krillin, who inturn, is quickly skewered on Frieza's horn and left for dead. He then turns his attention onto Gohan and starts badly thrashing him. With Frieza distracted, Dende uses his healing abilities to save Krillin.
Here, the Destructo Disc makes its most memorable appearance when the supposedly dead Krillin appears out of nowhere to deliver the attacks on Frieza, which cuts off the bottom part of his tail, the distraction saving Gohan from certain death. Enraged at his lost tail, Frieza charges after Krillin, catching up to him easily. Krillin knew he needed to keep Frieza distracted long enough for Dende to save Gohan. He tricked and evaded Frieza for quite some time, eventually using a Solar Flare, to temporarily blind him. This is another example of Krillin's tendency to outwit opponents that he can not outfight.
Piccolo shows up, having fused with the warrior Nail, and joins Krillin, Gohan, and Vegeta in their fight. For a moment, it looks like the Z Warriors have the upper hand, before Frieza transforms again, leaving them in the dust. While Frieza is distracted, Vegeta urges Krillin to try to kill him, which would grant Vegeta a zenkai to raises his power. Krillin is reluctant to attack Vegeta, but sees no other way and so he fires a beam through his stomach. He then asks Dende to heal Vegeta, but Dende refuses, which worryies Krillin, who knows that Vegeta may very well die. Eventually, Dende is convinced by Piccolo and Vegeta is healed, much more powerful than before.
Frieza finally gets wind of Dende's healing ability, and so the tyrant kills him. Goku arrives back on the scene, and is enraged after witnessing Vegeta's horrible murder at the hands of Frieza. Goku and Frieza then do battle, and although Goku puts up the best fight that Frieza has ever seen, he is still unable to defeat him. Enraged at how much of a challenge Goku has proven to be, Frieza, after surviving the Large Spirit Bomb, lashes out at Goku's friends, badly injuring Piccolo and viciously murderes Krillin by blowing him to pieces with kiai.
The death of his best friend completely infuriates Goku, as he believes that Krillin can never be returned to life, as Shenron cannot grant the same wish twice. When Frieza pushes the final button by declaring that he will kill Gohan next, Goku's anger explodes and he transforms into a Super Saiyan for the first time, granting him the power to defeat Frieza. In a desperate ploy Frieza attempts to destroy the planet, knowing that while he can survive in the vacuum of space, Goku cannot. Although Goku defeats Frieza, and although the rest make it off the planet, Goku appears to be killed with the planet's destruction.
Using the Namekian Dragon Balls, which can grant the same wish more than once, Bulma wishes for Krillin to return to Earth alive and well, but Porunga says that he can only return him to the place he died. With planet Namek destroyed, they first wish to transport Krillin's soul to the Check-In Station in Other World, and then they wish him alive again. Krillin is returned to life, as are Yamcha, Tien, and Chiaotzu as well as anyone killed by Frieza, which includes Vegeta and Dende. Everyone is delighted to hear that Goku is still alive, but are shocked when he refuses to come home yet, saying he needs to do more training in space. Though he misses his best friend, Krillin settles back into life on Earth with his friends, thankful for another chance at life.
"Gohan this is my... friend, Maron." — "The Heavens Tremble"
During the one-year period before Goku's eventual return to Earth, Garlic Jr. returns and Krillin joins Gohan and Piccolo in the battle against the immortal tyrant, as they are the only three Z Fighters who avoid the Black Water Mist. During the battle he fights the Spice Boys and is badly wounded twice during the fight first when he takes a blast from Salt and later when Vinegar beats him up badly.
During this time period, Krillin finally gets his first girlfriend; a ditzy bombshell by the name of Maron (not to be confused with his future daughter Marron), the relationship is marked by Krillin's insecurity, and instead of proposing to her as he had planned, Krillin decides to break up with her because he thinks she deserves better than him. He's floored when he discovers she would have married him, but by that point it is too late.
Sometime after Garlic Jr.'s defeat, Krillin attempts to perfect his Kamehameha technique to get his mind off the breakup with Maron, but he realized that his Kamehameha techniques still were not good enough when he ended up causing a tsunami instead of splitting the waves. He was not told off for it by Master Roshi because he was asleep during that time and thus missed it. He later sensed that Frieza and his father King Cold were approaching Earth, and after contacting Gohan, he left for a specific spot at Northern Wastelands, close to where Frieza would arrive on Earth. After Frieza and King Cold's defeat, Krillin learned of the threat of the Androids from the boy who defeated them via Piccolo. It was later revealed to him that the boy came from the future and was named Trunks.
Goku, who came back from Planet Yardrat, showed him and the other Z Fighters the Instant Transmission technique, taking Roshi's sunglasses and giving them to Krillin.
During the events of the Android Saga, Krillin, along with the other Z Fighters, trained hard after Future Trunks regaled them with a grim tale of events that would soon unfold. When the day of reckoning did arrive, Krillin was right on the scene with his friends, ready to defend the Earth. When Goku battled Android 19, Krillin watched in horror when the heart virus began to take its affect on the Super Saiyan. Though Krillin attempts to aid his friend with a Senzu Bean, his efforts are futile. After Vegeta arrives and kills Android 19, Android 20, really the robotic body of Dr. Gero, attempts to escape, knowing that both Piccolo and Vegeta could easily kill him. The Z Fighters give chase, and Krillin is the first to find him near his laboratory.
Krillin quickly realizes he is outgunned, and Dr. Gero attacks him without any restraint. Shortly after, Krillin watches Dr. Gero enter his lab and releases his ki to signal the other Z Fighters. Piccolo and Tien are first on the scene, proud of Krillin for finding it. Just as they begin their assault, Krillin informs them that Dr. Gero beat him to the lab. This angers Piccolo. Once inside, Dr. Gero releases Android 17 and Android 18. They then kill the doctor and release another of his creations, Android 16. While the Z Fighters battle with the powerful machines, Krillin stands back in horror, knowing that he would be no match for them. The androids defeat the Z Fighters with relative ease, and head off to kill Goku. Krillin attempts to talk them out of it, but fails. However, Android 18 walks up, wishes him good luck, and kisses him on the cheek.
A short time later, Krillin and Future Trunks destroy Dr. Gero's laboratory along with the early stage of the evil bio-android Cell. Meanwhile, after merging with Kami, Piccolo gave chase to a fleeing Cell, knowing that he must stop the creature from absorbing 17 and 18. Tien and Krillin join the hunt, and once again, Krillin is the first to find the enemy. In filler, he saves a woman and her younger brother from Cell, just as the monster was about to absorb them. He gives them enough time to get onto an airplane, and uses Solar Flare on Cell to escape with them, but Cell catches up. Krillin then proceeds to attempt and fight Cell only to be smashed through the airplane. Just before Cell nearly kills Krillin, Piccolo and Tien then arrive, and Cell flees once again.
After Cell is successful in absorbing Android 17 and reaching his second state, Bulma creates a remote that can shut down Android 18 so that Cell could not absorb her. She instructs Krillin to be the one to do it, but upon arriving at the battle scene, he sees how frightened she is, and he remembers the kiss she gave him. He then throws the controller to the ground and smashes it, revealing that he had fallen for the beautiful android. Then Cell uses the "Solar Flare" technique to blind everyone present and starts absorbing 18. Then Krillin begins attacking Cell head on, attempting to save her, but it was too late, and Cell reaches his "Perfect" form. Out of anger, a heart-broken Krillin foolishly attacks Cell, only to be smashed away in seconds. However, he did manage to sense a large bulk of Cell's power that he kept hidden a split-second before being kicked away by Perfect Cell, causing him to warn Future Trunks about his hiding his overall power upon being fed a Senzu Bean.
Cell then defeats both Vegeta and Trunks, and goes on to announce a tournament he calls, The Cell Games. The Z Warriors then spend the remaining 10 days preparing for the games, as does Krillin. He also spends time with his best friends, Goku and Gohan who decide not to train.
When the day finally arrives, Goku is the first to battle Cell. After a long and intense battle, Goku forfeits, and tells Gohan that it's his turn to fight. In order to unleash Gohan's anger, Cell spawns seven Cell Jr.s. They then proceed to attack the Z Fighters, including Krillin. With all this, and Cell's murder of the peaceful #16, Gohan's anger explodes and he transforms into a Super Saiyan 2, and causes Cell to cough up Android 18 and revert to his second form after being kicked in the stomach by Gohan. Krillin immediately tends to her side, much to Vegeta's surprise and objection, (presuming Vegeta was still bitter about his first fight with Android 18), and calling Krillin a fool. Cell later attempts to self-destruct, only to be teleported away by Goku, killing himself in the process. Cell manages to survive and returns to Earth. Krillin, along with Piccolo, Tien, and Yamcha all join forces to help Gohan against the newly empowered Cell. Krillin, like the rest, is brushed off by Cell's energy multiple times. Finally, after Vegeta provides the distraction needed, Cell is put down by Gohan for good in a Kamehameha wave struggle.
After returning to the Lookout, the Z Fighters summon Shenron and ask for Goku to be revived. However, Goku asks not to be brought back. With one wish left, Krillin asks if Shenron will remove the bombs from inside the android's bodies, just another show of compassion toward #18. #18 sees this while hiding, and is shocked but charmed. She then reveals herself looking very angry towards Krillin, but then replied that it was a very nice thing he did for her, showing that she may have a soft spot for Krillin after all. She leaves, as do the rest of the Z Fighters, off to continue their lives.
Majin Buu Saga
Seven years later, Krillin is shown to have grown (black) hair, married Android 18, and has had a daughter named Marron and lives with his family at Kame House, Master Roshi's home. Krillin's family is an exceptionally ordinary household, but 18 is scary when she gets angry, so Krillin goes out of his way a little bit for her.
When Goku announced his return to Earth for the World Tournament, Krillin is ecstatic to see his best friend again. Krillin enters the World Tournament along with Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo, 18 and Videl and wins his first match up against the boastful Pintar without exerting himself. During the events of the tournament, the evil Majin Buu's origins are revealed and the danger the Earth now faces becomes apparent. Krillin flies off with Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, Gohan, Videl, Kibito, and Shin, the Supreme Kai, to Babidi's spaceship.
Shin and Kibito lead Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo, and Krillin to the wizard Babidi's spaceship in hopes of stopping Buu. Upon arrival, Dabura kills Kibito, and using his magical spit, turns Krillin and Piccolo into stone.
A while later Dabura is killed by the newly released Majin Buu, and Krillin and Piccolo turn back to normal. Shortly after, Majin Vegeta arrives and kills himself by a self explosion in an attempt to kill Buu once and for all. It fails, and Buu miraculously regenerates himself. Piccolo and Krillin flee with the unconscious Goten and Trunks back to the lookout tower. Goku soon arrives a while later, and introduces his idea of fusion. While training the boys, Babidi and Buu head towards West City, the location of the dragon ball radar and the Z Fighters only shot at reviving the dead. Goku intervenes, and transforms into a Super Saiyan 3. He is quickly able to gain the upper hand on Buu, and after a short fight, teleports back to the Lookout.
A day later, Super Buu finds Kami's Lookout and allows them to live for a short time. While on The Lookout Buu uses his Human Extinction Attack to kill all the people on Earth except for the family and friends on The Lookout. Due to Goten and Trunks' fusion, Gotenks, failing to kill Super Buu inside the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, the monster manages to escape (even despite Piccolo blowing up the door, the only way out or in). He then proceeds to kill and eat all of the present company on the Lookout, including Krillin, who attempts to fight Buu to buy time for the others to escape. He quickly fails, but dies a hero's death.
After Krillin is eaten by Majin Buu, he is sent in the Other World. There, he trains with King Kai until Kid Buu appears. Buu overwhelms Pikkon and Olibu quickly, and Krillin risks his existence by attacking him from behind with his Destructo Disc, only to find that the attack has no effect at all (Yamcha remarks at how "it would have worked on anyone else but him"). He then is thrashed around by the monster, and is almost destroyed when Buu is drawn away by Goku and Vegeta to the Sacred World of the Kais.
During the battle with Kid Buu, Dende uses the Dragon Balls to wish all those killed by Buu back to Earth (which was also just brought back after being blown up by Buu). Krillin as well of all of Earth's people transfer some of their energy to Goku's Super Spirit Bomb. Soon after, Goku launches the bomb, finally killing Majin Buu once and for all. The people of Earth and the Z Fighters then continue their lives, all together, at last.
Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Two years following the defeat of Majin Buu, Krillin, along with Android 18 and his daughter, Marron, accompanied the Z Fighters to Mr. Satan's new hotel for a lunch banquet to celebrate the defeat of the evil Majin. Just like the other Z Fighters, Krillin was shocked that Vegeta had a long-lost brother, Tarble. When the intergalactic duo, Abo and Kado appeared, he watched Goten and Trunks dominate them in battle, only until they fuse into Aka. When Aka used his Wahaha no Ha attacks to terrorize the area, Krillin saved his wife and daughter from large debris by using Destructo Disc to cut it in half. He revealed that he was wearing his Turtle School Gi along with Yamcha and, obviously, Goku.
Dragon Ball Super
Battle of Gods Saga
Sometime after the battle with Majin Buu, Krillin is in traffic with Android 18 and Marron heading towards Bulma's birthday party. They could've avoided traffic, but 18 took longer than expected on make-up. After being fed up with traffic, Krillin puts the car into a capsule and flies towards the cruise ship. On the way there, he sees Yamcha and Puar, then Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu.
At the party, Krillin asks Bulma how old she is and is suspected by Android 18 of not wanting the second place prize of the bingo tournament, a castle, though he insists otherwise. Following Beerus and Whis being introduced to him by Bulma, Krillin offers Beerus food, only to be confronted by Vegeta, later clapping for Beerus and saying his name with most of the other attendees. Krillin eats one of the appetizers and runs around afterward with a flaming mouth, the result of it being too spicy and falls to the ground.
Resurrection ‘F’ Saga
While Goku was working out at the field, Krillin came by to visit him. Krillin had thought Goku might have gone off to King Kai's to train again, so he is glad to find him there. Seeing that Goku is still set on continuing his training, Krillin reminisces about how the two of them used to train together under Master Roshi. But now, Goku has grown strong enough to be a match for even the God of Destruction Beerus. Curious to experience for himself just how strong Goku has become, Krillin asks Goku to hit him. After some persuading, Goku does, sending Krillin flying across the countryside and straight through a house or two. Goku teleports to try and catch him but misses, and Krillin crashes straight into a large boulder. Back at Goku's house, Android 18 treats Krillin's bruise. Krillin wanted to see if he wanted to retire fighting and getting hit by Goku confirmed his decision.
Krillin later becomes a police officer and was first seen chasing a pair of robbers until Bulma interferes and helps knock them out. Although he’s thankful for Bulma’s help, he gives her a ticket for speeding. Just then his phone rings. He and Bulma are summoned over to Gohan’s house to try and help deal with the situation of Chi-Chi kicking out Gohan and Mr. Satan for their violent behavior, with Goku and Goten showing up at the same time too. Bulma promises to help calm Chi-Chi down if Kuririn gets rid of her ticket. Krillin then whispers to Goku if he can search for Vegeta’s ki and teleport after him after Goku realizes that Vegeta is training on Beerus's planet and wants to join him, but sadly, Goku cannot sense Vegeta’s ki at all.
Four months later, when Krillin was busy at work, he got a phone call from Bulma saying that Frieza has come back to life and is approaching the Earth. He receives the Turtle School gi from 18 and she then shaves his hair. He then picks up Master Roshi and they meet up with Tien Shinhan, Gohan, and Piccolo to fight Frieza and his forces despite two of them having kids at home. Initially, Krillin was scared of so many and Frieza again. Sensing his fear and recognizing him, Frieza offers one of his planets to whomever kills Krillin. A large portion of the army goes after Krillin, who much to his shock manages to easily dodge them. Master Roshi tells Krillin his eyes can follow the most powerful being in the world, mentioning Cell, Buu and Beerus. Roshi tells him weaklings like these won't ever touch him. Roshi also tells him he is a student of the great Master Roshi meaning they can never beat him. Having his confidence restored, Krillin unleashes the Scatter Kamehameha, leveling all of the soldiers sent by Frieza to kill him. Krillin continues to assist and attempts to help out with Tagoma but is dropped along with the others. After getting back to his feet and after Gohan takes down Captain Ginyu Krillin and Piccolo attempt to go help Gohan with Frieza but are held back by Ginyu.
He then watches the fight between Goku and Frieza and later Vegeta who steps in after Goku is taken out and Krillin uses the last Senzu Bean on Goku. After Frieza destroys the Earth, Krillin gets protected by Whis, along with the others. Whis undoes time for Goku to able to kill Frieza and send him back to Earth's Hell. He is later seen at a party, with the other Z fighters who participated in the fight.
Universe 6 Saga
Sometime after the battle with Golden Frieza, Krillin hears from No. 18 that Goku and co. are having a picnic in space. Krillin finds Goku to get confirmation. Krillin is informed what really is happening, a tournament against Universe 6. He then tags along with Goku and Vegeta to find the last two members on their team. The last two members for Team Universe 7 is Majin Buu, who Goku promises the Super Dragon Balls to, and Piccolo. On the day of the tournament, Whis transport the Dragon Team to Beerus' planet to pick up Beerus and their other teammate. Krillin and the Dragon Team are present throughout the entire tournament, seeing the matches.
In the manga, Krillin is bald during the Universe 6 Saga, while he had hair during the anime arc. Also in the manga, he appears to wear the green outfit he wore during the Battle of Gods arc.
"Future" Trunks Saga
Krillin helps Piccolo harvest Chi-Chi's lettuce farm as Goku leaves for Beerus' planet. Later, when Future Trunks arrives back from his timeline, Krillin and Piccolo both meet him and learn about the threat of Goku Black. Later, when he and Zamasu are defeated, Krillin is among the group saying goodbye to Future Trunks and Future Mai as they leave for a new timeline to live in.
Later on, Krillin is in a battle with criminals and his arm is grazed by a bullet. Goku shows up and apprehends the criminals, wanting Krillin to train with him. Krillin says he gave up fighting, but 18 calls him a spineless weakling for having so much trouble against usual criminals. Krillin agrees to train with Goku and they head to Kame House for old time's sake. Goku is forced to wear a heavy-weighted Turtle suit and is banned from flying or going Super Saiyan, but even then he easily defeats Krillin in a quick sparring match. Master Roshi gives the two an opportunity to train by asking them to collect paradise plants on a remote island. The two do so and wander into the Forest of Terror, where illusions of many enemies of their past manifest and surround them. Krillin is incredibly afraid as he confronts his previous killers: Tambourine, Frieza, and Super Buu.
Throughout the fight, Krillin is afraid and even at one point gives up and tries to escape. He then picks up the resolve to fight back and learns the secret about the illusions: they disappear when he suppresses his energy. Krillin regains his will to fight, unlocking his power back, and even helps Goku defeat the illusion of Super Shenron created by Fortuneteller Baba. Krillin, with his fighting spirit returned, vows to continue fighting for his sake and his family's as the two return the newly-grown paradise plant to Master Roshi. 18 shaves Krillin's head when he goes home. Krillin then trains with Goku again afterwards, still saying he's banned from turning Super Saiyan.
Universe Survival Saga
Peaceful World Saga
Krillin is seen ten years after Majin Buu's defeat, attending the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament watching and cheering his friends.
Dragon Ball GT
Krillin appears briefly in Dragon Ball GT: he is seen with his wife Android 18 and daughter Marron several brief times through the series. Still true to his role in comic relief, these brief intermissions often see Android 18 and Marron ordering him around. He along with almost everyone else on Earth are taken over by the parasite Baby. During Pan, Mr. Satan and Majin Buu's attempt to sneak aboard a ship to New Planet Plant, they rude Krillin, forcing him along with his family and others to remain on Earth and await for further order from Baby. While shopping in the city, Krillin is forced to carry both Marron and his wife's items when the Earth is nearly destroyed by a blast during the fight between Goku and Baby Vegeta. Along with everyone else, Krillin is cured by the Sacred Water and escapes Earth's destruction caused by the Black Star Dragon Balls. After the Earth is revived by the Namekian Dragon Balls and everyone returns to Earth, he and his family attend a party at Capsule Corporation.
Super 17 Saga
Krillin is seen a year later at the 31st World Martial Arts Tournament with Gohan and the others as they observe Goku, Pan, Majuub (disguised as Papayaman), and Mr. Satan competing in the Tournament
Some months later, Krillin is confronted and killed by Android 17 (at the time brainwashed by his clone created from the depths of Hell by Dr. Myuu) after Krillin tried to help him remember how much he hated Dr. Gero when 17 tried to convince Android 18 to join him. After seeing her husband killed by her brother, 18 goes mad with rage and attacks 17 with everything she has in an attempt to avenge Krillin. After being defeated, 18 holds her husband's hand and tells him she loves him. After 18 and Goku defeat Super 17, the seven Dragon Balls (which are now cracked because of overuse) are gathered to revive Krillin and everyone who was killed by the villains from Hell, but the Shadow Dragons appear after attempting to make the wish.
Shadow Dragon Saga
After defeating Omega Shenron, Goku wishes to revive everyone who was killed during the Super 17 and Shadow Dragon sagas, which brings Krillin back to life. Before departing with Shenron, Goku asks him to stop at Kame House to say goodbye to Krillin and Master Roshi. In his final appearance, Krillin has an emotional final meeting with Goku on Master Roshi's island home along with Master Roshi himself. They reminisce over old times, and Krillin and Goku have a friendly sparring match. Krillin wins, to both his and Goku's joy. After this, Goku suddenly disappears leaving Krillin very confused.
Bardock - The Father of Goku
Krillin appears in Bardock's visions about Goku in this movie.
Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle
Krillin helps Goku rescue his son, Gohan in Garlic Jr.'s fortress.
The World's Strongest
Krillin and Gohan help Goku rescue Roshi and Bulma in Wheelo's fortress.
The Tree of Might
Krillin and the other Z Fighters battle the Turles Crusher Corps.
Krillin had a minor role in this movie. First, he accompanied Goku in trying to destroy the comet coming to Earth with Kamehameha waves, though the "comet" was not a comet at all, it was the spaceship of Earth's new threat, Lord Slug and his henchmen. Krillin and Goku observed that the entire planet was frozen and cold, with thousands of clouds covering the sun. As they found the source of the disaster, they found Gohan and Piccolo having trouble facing Lord Slug's top two henchmen, Medamatcha and Angila. Though Goku got rid of them with no effort at all, they had trouble facing Lord Slug himself, who used the Dragon Balls to restore his youth. Krillin attacked Lord Slug carelessly, which resulted in him getting slapped away and having to suffer near-freezing while Goku had trouble facing Lord Slug. He was then seen in the ending along with Gohan, Piccolo, Yajirobe and Goku.
In the movie, Krillin goes with Goku, Gohan, Oolong, and Icarus on a camping trip. However, their trip ended up being cut short by Cooler's Armored Squadron's ambush after sensing their ki, with him being knocked out by Neiz while he tries to warn Gohan about Doore being behind Gohan. He later regains consciousness due to Icarus licking his face. He then led a search party composed of himself, Icarus, and Oolong to search for Goku without being detected by Cooler's minions. Unfortunately, while trying to eliminate the rubble blocking Goku and Gohan's hiding place, he was forced to use a Ki attack, narrowly avoiding Neiz's investigation due to a Pterodactyl flying overhead. He remains with Goku to monitor Goku's condition (as he was earlier wounded by taking Cooler's attack that was intended to kill Gohan) while Gohan and Icarus went to get Senzu Beans, also advising Gohan to fly far above the clouds so the scouters do not detect him. Gohan eventually returns with the Senzu Beans, but Salza botched their plan by blasting the bean container, causing Krillin, in a fury, to attack Salza. He is later defeated by Salza, although not before Goku was fed a spare bean by Gohan that Yajirobe supplied him with earlier, and saw Goku reemerge before passing out. Krillin's defeat was one of the things in Goku's mind that drove him to become a super saiyan again to defeat Cooler. Krillin later recovered and regrouped with Goku, after he had defeated Cooler by launching him into the sun, but was later threatened by Salza before he was killed by Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon.
The Return of Cooler
Krillin was among the Z Fighters who were dispatched to New Namek to aid the Namekians from a new threat relating to the Big Gete Star, where they saved a Namekian from one of the Cyclopian Guards. However, he became shocked along with everyone else when it became apparent that Cooler was not only alive, but leading the attack on New Namek. Krillin, Gohan, and Piccolo then fought the Cyclopian Guards while Goku fought against Cooler. The Cyclopian Guards show clear superiority to Krillin, though at one point Krillin does manage to take one out by following Piccolo's advice of concentrating his energy in a single spot. Krillin continues to battle the Cyclopian Guards, being swatted around and eventually captured by one via a Bearhug. Along with Gohan, Oolong, Roshi, and Yajirobe, he ends up captured and is brought to the Big Gete Star, although they managed to escape the fate of their brains being chopped up when Goku and Vegeta managed to overload the Big Gete Star's systems.
Super Android 13!
Krillin, along with Master Roshi, Oolong, and Future Trunks, go over to a model runway show with swimsuit models. As it is taking a long time for it to open, although Krillin initially tried to scold them at first, the group sans Future Trunks decides to try and peek into the dressing rooms. They later rendezvous with Goku, Gohan, and Chi-Chi at a shopping center, and later aid in evacuating the civilians after the rooftop restaurant was bombed from below by Android 15 and Android 14. When Chi-Chi lets Gohan aid Goku after the latter reminded her that Goku's life was far more important than his studies, Krillin tries to talk up with Chi-Chi, only for Chi-Chi to force Krillin to go after Gohan and Goku, with him lamenting that he will never land himself a woman. He eventually meets up with Gohan, and is going to help aid Goku and Future Trunks against the Androids but, as he realizes that he does not stand a chance against them, Krillin ended up backing down at the last second when Android 15 and Android 14 are ganging up on Future Trunks. Despite his lack of participation, he nonetheless ends up hit in the crossfire, including having his face scorched by one of Android 13's blasts. Krillin is eventually knocked into an ice wall by Android 13, or rather, Super Android 13 throwing Vegeta's unconscious body at him, with him lamenting that he always gets injured in the crossfire. He then tried to fight Super Android 13, only to be easily defeated by an energy blast. He later witnesses Goku's attempt as a Super Saiyan at delivering the Spirit Bomb to Super Android 13, and is subsequently hospitalized as a result of his injuries.
Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
During the Hanabi picnic, he attempts to sing Karaoke (more specifically "I just wanna be your puppy."), although he had an abysmal singing voice. Eventually, the Karaoke session was interrupted by the arrival of Paragus. Krillin eventually unwittingly goes along to New Planet Vegeta (he was trying to stop Master Roshi from boarding, who at the same time was also trying to stop Vegeta from going). Krillin, along with Gohan, then joins up with Trunks in investigating New Planet Vegeta, due to the latter being suspicious about Paragus, eventually stopping one of Paragus' soldiers from whipping one of the Shamoian slaves. Krillin then punches the air in order to prove that he should not be messed with. The reinforcement soldiers flee, apparently taking the hint, so Krillin decides to show off, causing him to unintentionally punch an Instant Transmitting Goku in the face. Afterwards, when asking the Shamoians about the Legendary Super Saiyan's existence, Krillin suspects that Paragus might actually be telling the truth about the Super Saiyan at least. He briefly wakes up alongside Gohan, only to witness Goku being viciously attacked by Paragus' son, Broly, as well as being flattened by the destroyed mattress that the irate Saiyan discarded. The next day, Krillin brings several of the slaves over to Paragus' proximity when Trunks was alerting Vegeta about New Planet Vegeta being a fake. Eventually, Goku orders Krillin and Roshi to evacuate all of the slaves shortly after Broly blows up their planet Shamo, eventually taking the Capsule Corporation spaceship that Piccolo brought along after their original escape vehicle, Paragus' spaceship, was destroyed by Broly. When witnessing Paragus' spaceship being destroyed, Krillin humorously tries to tell an oblivious Master Roshi (who was lamenting that he left his lunch on the spaceship) about how they needed the ship to evacuate only to interrupt himself and realize that he had forgotten all about finishing his karaoke session.
Krillin participated in the Intergalactic Tournament. He managed to get through the preliminaries, which involved tilting platforms, namely because his opponents cannot grab his head due to his having waxed it earlier. He was then going to fight Piccolo, but because he did a very poor job fighting Piccolo, Piccolo forfeited the match out of disgust. Krillin then ranked among the finalists, along with Gohan, Future Trunks, and a Sumo Wrestler named Doskoi. Krillin then fought the supposed first Galactic Champion; Zangya (in actuality one of Bojack's Galaxy Soldiers), and despite trying not to go easy on her just because of her beautiful looks and her being a girl, he was effortlessly beaten by her and delivered to her master, Bojack. He later attempted to aid Gohan in beating Bojack and his minions, but was later beaten down. He was later hospitalized in the ending as a result of the fight.
Broly - Second Coming
Krillin, after donning a Piccolo costume, managed to save Gohan after he passed out after luring Broly into a lava pit that he had earlier created, but after Broly had revealed himself to have survived the earlier trick, Krillin realizes that Broly is singling him out, and decides that he's probably singled out for being too good, only for him to be blasted effortlessly into a rockface and passing out. He later requests for help to get out of the rock face after Broly was defeated for good.
Krillin goes with Goten and Trunks to Mr. Satan's mansion because Android 18 wants to cow him into giving her the prize money she was promised when she forfeited the match earlier. However, he later has to go babysitting with his daughter, Marron, and being forced to change diapers after she has "an accident". Eventually, he travels to Jaguar's island to aid Android 18, and ends up fighting Broly's clone, Bio-Broly. He later helps Goten and Trunks in creating a three joint Kamehameha wave in order to create a freak wave after it became apparent that the only way to stop the spread of the culture fluid towards the planet is if it is doused with sea water. He is initially shocked when Bio-Broly re-emerges as a giant, but after Bio-Broly was solidified, he narrowly avoids Goten and Trunks' blasts that were intended to destroy the now solidified Bio-Broly.
Wrath of the Dragon
Krillin makes a few brief appearances in this movie. He helps Goku and friends find the Dragon Balls to wish open the music box that holds Tapion.
Battle of Gods
Four years after Majin Buu's defeat, Krillin is at Bulma's birthday party with his family and friends. Krillin does not engage the God of Destruction, Beerus, because he doesn't know what he's capable of. While the fight begins, Gohan asks him to evacuate the others (Yamcha, supporting characters and Pilaf Gang) from the battlefield. Krillin later watches the battle between gods, Super Saiyan God Goku and the God of Destruction Beerus. Beerus ends up winning the battle but spares the lives of the Earthlings.
"I'm just an Earthling that knows how to fight!" — Krillin telling Jaco who he is.
Sometime since the encounter with the God of Destruction Beerus, Krillin has become a police officer. Sometime afterwards, Krillin is writing up a punk when Shenron is summoned. Krillin wonders if Pilaf is up to something. Four months later, Krillin is chasing robbers who has just robbed a bank. Through the city and alleyways, Krillin stops the robbers and arrests them. He gets a call from Bulma and is told that Frieza is returning to Earth with a thousand soldiers. At his police post, Krillin changes clothes into his gi and he also gets his hair cut off by No. 18. He then takes off to go get Master Roshi and also goes to Korin's Tower to retrieve Senzu Beans.
Krillin and Master Roshi reach North City to battle Frieza and his army. Krillin is frightened by Frieza's appearance and Frieza remembers his time with him on Namek. After Frieza waits impatiently for Goku to return, Sorbet orders the army to attack. Krillin, Gohan, Master Roshi, Tien Shinhan, Jaco, and Piccolo take out Frieza's army, leaving Frieza and Sorbet. Goku and Vegeta reach Earth from training on Beerus' planet with Whis, and they have been notified Frieza's return. Krillin stays back to watch the fight between Goku and Frieza.
After Goku has been impaled by Sorbet's Bad Ring Laser and Vegeta steps in, Krillin has one Senzu Bean left and gives it to Goku. In the process, Frieza tries to kill Krillin with a ki blast by gets invaded by Vegeta. Krillin gives the Senzu to Goku, helping him recover. The Earth gets blown up by Frieza but Whis protects Krillin and the ones close to him. Whis undoes time so Goku could kill Frieza before he destroys the Earth again, sending him back to Hell.
Manga and Anime
Despite being regarded as a weakling compared to his Saiyan comrades, in truth, he is the strongest Earthling warrior. In addition, combined with his own battle tactics make him a skilled fighter. Due to him being portrayed often as a comic relief character by the latter half of Dragon Ball Z, his true power is never really seen. When the time counts, however, he can catch opponents more powerful than him off guard.
Introduced at the start of the Tournament Saga in Dragon Ball, Krillin is a thirteen year old boy that left Orin Temple after he had been weaker than the other students there and often bullied. After training under Roshi, Krillin is able to easily defeat his former bullies at the 21st World Tournament. In a filler segment during the Buu Saga in Dragon Ball Z, Krillin is stronger than Goku while training with Roshi in a flashback. Roshi tells Krillin to lower his ki to match Goku's. This, however, is inconsistent as Goku was shown to be superior to Krillin during the training.
At the 21st World Tournament, Krillin struggles to land a blow on Jackie Chun (really Roshi in disguise) until he finally lands a blow that is blocked by Jackie's hand. He then tells Krillin that he was very good since he had to use his hand. Jackie Chun is vastly more powerful than Krillin but Krillin lands a kick when he uses a pair of panties to distract him. His kick is strong enough to send Jackie Chun away into the air, but he managed to get back into the ring and win the fight.
General Blue, the strongest member of the Red Ribbon Army, proves to be much stronger than Krillin and easily defeats him. During the Fortuneteller Baba Saga, Krillin is defeated by Fangs the Vampire but only because Fangs in his bat form was fast and he managed to get Krillin by surprise and drink his blood. The weakened Krillin was then easily defeated by Fangs.
After three years of training, Krillin participates in the 22nd World Tournament. He is shown to have become much stronger and is evenly matched with Chiaotzu in the quarter finals, whom he defeats after tricking him with a basic math question (to weaken his psychic powers). Krillin fights Goku in the semi-finals and has a long match with him where he was able to put up a good fight but was defeated.
Krillin is easily killed by Tambourine. Tambourine is killed easily by Goku at full power, who had a power level of 180. When Krillin is revived, he trains with Tien, Chiaotzu, and Yamcha. They train under Korin and become much stronger. At the 23rd Tournament, Krillin manages to land some decent hits and surprise Piccolo on several occasions but is ultimately not strong enough to defeat him. Piccolo even comments at the time that conquering the earth would be difficult with fighters like him.
Krillin's power level at the start of Dragon Ball Z while not fighting is 206 according to Bulma's modified scouter. Later, during the battle with the Saiyans, his suppressed power level is 1,083 (1,100 in the anime) and 1,770 when fighting at full strength. After having his potential unlocked by Guru and while powering up to fight against Guldo, his power level is over 10,000 according to Jeice's scouter and when Vegeta sensed Krillin's potential unlocked power he initially mistook him for Zarbon, but then noted that his power was somewhat weaker than Zarbon's. When first encountering the Ginyu Force, Krillin thinks to himself that he could never become as strong as them no matter how much he trained, other than Guldo - who he considered to be a shrimp power wise. Vegeta notes during the battle against Frieza that Krillin's power as well as that of Gohan, keeps sharply rising. This was because of their potential being unlocked by Guru.
In the filler Garlic Jr. Saga, Krillin is no match for the Spice Boys, Garlic Jr.'s henchmen. Every one of the Spice Boys proves to be stronger than Krillin. Two of the Spice Boys in particular, Mustard and Vinegar, nearly kill Krillin on two separate occasions. Gohan, however, manages to kill all of the Spice Boys.
Krillin did train for three years for the androids but just like Yamcha, proves to be much weaker than Android 20. When ambushed by Android 20, Krillin is easily defeated and badly injured.
In the anime, Krillin is strong enough to hit Imperfect Cell in the stomach with a headbutt,. He is utterly decimated by a Cell Jr. when the small Bio-Androids attack, and only survives because the Cell Juniors were suppressing their power as they were ordered not to kill the Z Fighters.
In the Fusion Saga, while Vegito is turned into candy by Super Buu, King Kai suggests to send Krillin and Yamcha to fight him. In the Kid Buu Saga, he is shown to handle Yamcha, who previously easily beaten Olibu, without breaking a sweat. He is also strong enough to stay on his feet with Yamcha against Kid Buu after being hit by the latter's attack, they also lasted the longest out of all the dead fighters. However this is all anime only.
In Dragon Ball Super, by the time of Frieza's resurrection and return to Earth after training, Krillin is unable to beat Frieza as he is because he's on a completely different level. Number 18 says that she's still stronger than Krillin. He does however have the power to combat Frieza's soldiers. However, their two elite soldiers, Shisami and Tagoma, are too much for Krillin to handle and he is soon beaten by Captain Ginyu, who possesses Tagoma's body.
His power took a significant downturn after the events of Frieza's resurrection, and he became weak enough to be harmed by bullets, as seen when his arm got scrapped by two robber's rifles. It's at this point that 18 remarks how weak Krillin has become, and how the warrior she saw now was not the man she fell in love with, prompting him to train with Master Roshi to enhance his fighting abilities once more. As Krillin regains his fighting spirit, his powers return, and are even enhanced to the point where he can clad his fists with his aura, causing huge explosions. The newly empowered Krillin became strong enough to defeat the very illusions he was initially afraid of, even beating a fake illusion of Super Shenron (with Super Saiyan Blue Goku's help). However, whenever Krillin spars with Goku, he bans him from becoming a Super Saiyan, as it is still too much for him to handle.
In The World's Strongest, Krillin has a power level of 5,000 according to the Movie 3 Pamphlet. He and Gohan are both defeated easily by Kishime.
In The Tree of Might, Krillin struggles against Amond, who deflects his Destructo Disk.
In Lord Slug, Krillin is defeated in one hit by Lord Slug.
In Cooler's Revenge, Krillin is knocked out by Neiz. Neiz was the weakest of Cooler's Armored Squadron and was defeated easily by Piccolo, but still strong enough to defeat Gohan.
In The Return of Cooler, Krillin manages to destroy one of the Cyclopian Guards by blasting them in their weak spot even though they were much stronger than him.
Krillin is shown to be able to keep up with Goten and Trunks, also in their Super Saiyan form, aiding them and Android 18 against Bio-Broly, and even cause him some harm. However it should be noted that Bio-Broly is much weaker than the original Broly as in the previous film, Broly easily knocked Krillin out with a single attack.
In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Krillin, along with Gohan, Piccolo, Tien Shinhan, Master Roshi and Jaco hold off Frieza's soldiers for Goku and Vegeta to arrive and take on Frieza. Krillin is said to be weaker than Number 18 but he goes anyway. Krillin is able to take on a group of Frieza's men but at one point is overwhelmed and requires Gohan's help, by the end of the battle he is seen to have gotten minor injuries and thus takes a Senzu Bean.
Krillin's power level after his potential is unlocked is 13,000 according to Daizenshuu 7. The last rating of Krillin's power level is 75,000 during the battle with Frieza (when Krillin's potential has finished unlocking), according to the 1991 V-Jump #1.
In Krillin's profile for Resurrection ‘F’ he is referred to as "the strongest Earthling warrior". The Animedia blurb for the Universe Survival Saga also refers to him as "the strongest Earthling".
- Flight – The ability to fly with the use of ki.
- Ki Blast – The most basic form of energy wave.
- Ki Sense – Krillin is capable of sensing the energy of his foes. It is noted that Krillin is a master sensor, as he was able to sense Perfect Cell's full power just by being hit by him once (while he was heavily suppressed), and could sense that Future Trunks had a further transformation.
- Speed Ki Blast – Krillin's signature attack in the Raging Blast games.
- Full Power Energy Blast Volley – Used in the Butōden series (named Renzoku Energy Dan) and the first Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi.
- Best Headbutt (全力頭突き) – Krillin's headbutt technique. He uses a headbutt to defeat Paul and impress his sister Mint, while he was at the Popo Poco Volcano village, and he later uses the technique against Cell during the Imperfect Cell Saga when he struggles to save Tommy and his sister from the monster. It is one of his super attack as an adult in Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu (named Super Head-Butt), and as a kid Dragon Ball Heroes (named Best Headbutt).
- Balloon Technique (Fūsenka) – Krillin sucks in some air, causing him to inflate like a balloon and float. He uses this technique during his battle against Goku in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament.
- Farting (Sukashippe) – Krillin goes above an opponent and farts in their face. Used as a revenge after Bacterian did the same to him.
- Orin Combo - A rush technique learned by Krillin during his training at the Orin Temple which appears as one of his Super Skills in the Xenoverse series. Krillin performs a rush attack while ascending then delivers a final strike that knocks the opponent downwards.
- Rengeki – A rush attack used in Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans. Krillin can combine it with Yamcha's and Tien's rush attacks to form the Earthling Strike. Krillin's High Speed Rush in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai is the Berserk Fist/Valiant Fist, and he also uses the Zanku Fist and the Jackhammer.
- Kamehameha – Krillin learns the move by just watching Goku and Yamcha use it, and he uses this move for the first time in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament against Chiaotzu.
- Reverse Kamehameha – Krillin uses the Reverse Kamehameha in the Butōden series to perform attacks like headbutts or knee smashes. He also uses the Knee Drop in Super Dragon Ball Z.
- Super Kamehameha - A stronger version of the Kamehameha originally developed by Goku. Can be learned by Krillin as a Special Move in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Full Power Kamehameha – A stronger variant of the Kamehameha used against Frieza in the PSP game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai.
- Multiple Kamehameha - A team Kamehameha attack used by Krillin and his allies.
- Team Work Kamehameha – A double Kamehameha attack used by Krillin and Yamcha in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
- Kamehame Fever - A team Kamehameha used by Krillin, Yamcha, and Goku.
- Master-Student Kamehameha - A team Kamehameha used by Krillin, Goku, and Master Roshi against Dr. Wheelo in the film Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest.
- Friend Kamehameha - A team Kamehameha used by Krillin, Goten, and Trunks on Broly's deformed clone in the film Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly.
- Double Tsuihikidan – A move where Krillin fires two energy waves that target his enemy. Krillin used this technique against Piccolo in the 23th World Martial Arts Tournament. It was named Homing Energy Wave in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast.
- Scattering Bullet – After witnessing the death of Yamcha, Krillin fires a Ki blast at his enemy. Right before it hits, the attack flies above his target and scatters apart resulting in several small but powerful blasts.
- Jumping Energy Wave - An energy wave fired at the ground to propel Krillin upwards. Used by Krillin in both the manga and anime while distracting Nappa so Piccolo could grab the Saiyan's tail. Named in Xenoverse 2.
- Destructo Disc – Also known as Kienzan, is an attack invented by Krillin that has very sharp edges that can cut through just about anything. Originally used by Krillin during the fight with Nappa, though Vegeta managed to warn Nappa to dodge in time causing Nappa to only receive a small cut on his cheek.
- Dual Destructo-Disc – A team attack used by Krillin and Android 18 in the Nintendo DS game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2.
- Chain Destructo Disc Barrage – A rapid-fire version of the Destructo Disc used by Krillin against Frieza.
- Super Destructo-Disc – A more powerful version of the Destructo Disc used by Krillin in Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
- Solar Flare – An attack that can blind anyone who is facing the user unless their eyes are closed. Krillin used this technique against Dodoria, Frieza in his second form and (in the anime) Imperfect Cell.
- After Image Technique – An attack that leaves multiple false images of the user. The Afterimage Strike is one of his Blast 1 in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- Tri-Beam – Tien Shinhan's signature attack. Krillin can use it in the video game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors.
- Tri-Form – Used against Nappa along with Piccolo to create three versions of himself that could fight. Krillin uses this technique only in the anime.
- Risking it all for a friend – Krillin jumps in the way of an incoming Ki Blast to save Gohan. Used during the Garlic Jr. Saga.
- Photon Bomber – An energy sphere used by Krillin as a final attack to destroy Dr. Gero's laboratory.
- Spirit Bomb – The ultimate technique that King Kai taught to Goku. In the story of Supersonic Warriors, after dying of the heart virus, Goku comes back for a day to teach this technique and the Kaio-ken to Krillin. Krillin ultimately uses the technique to kill Cell during the Cell Games.
- Fusion Spirit Bomb - A team attack variation of the Spirit Bomb used by Gohan, Krillin, and Goku where Goku gives the energy he collected to Krillin to try and defeat Vegeta. Krillin manages to throw the technique but Vegeta dodges, though Goku telepathically tells Gohan to bounce it back as he is pure of heart and will not be effected, causing the attack to hit Vegeta. However the Saiyan manages to survive the attack, though is weakened as a result.
- Spirit Ball – Used against Kid Buu when he attacks the Majin in the Other World along with Yamcha in the anime. Krillin can perform this homing technique in Supersonic Warriors 2 as well.
- Senkouken – A dashing punch used in the Butōden series.
- Shockwave Kick – A turn around kick used in the Butōden series.
- Gariou Kick – A dashing slide kick used in the Butōden series.
- Diving Kick – A diving double foot stomp. Named in the Butōden series. He also uses it as his diving smash in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.
- Meteo Irritation – His meteor attack in Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22.
- Flicker – Krillin jumps and rolls past the enemy. Used in Super Dragon Ball Z.
Forms and Power ups
During the Namek Saga, Krillin has his potential unlocked by the Grand Elder Guru, raising his power to a level above that of the Ginyu Force member, Guldo. The ceremony is simple, the Grand Elder just needs to put his hand on top of Krillin's head and draw out his hidden potential. In addition, Krillin's and Gohan's power rises after each battle, as noted by Vegeta. This "form" appears as a transformation in the games of the Budokai series.
In both Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors and Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Krillin can utilize the Kaio-ken as a "power up". In Supersonic Warriors, Krillin learns the technique in his "What-If" story, after dying of the heart virus, Goku (with Fortuneteller Baba's help) returns to teach Krillin the Kaio-Ken and Spirit Bomb techniques so he can protect the Earth in Goku's place. Krillin can use these techniques in his level 3 form. In Xenoverse, Krillin can use this form as one of his Super Skills in his 5th Skillset. However the Kaioken Awoken Skill does not appear in the sequel, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
Spirit Bomb absorbed
In the story of Shin Budokai, Krillin is given the energy from a Spirit Bomb by Goku, and he later uses this energy in order to power himself up enough to fight Frieza. When powering up into this state, Krillin powers up in the same way as he would into his Unlock Potential form.
Prilin is a hypothetical fusion between Piccolo and Krillin. He appeared for the first time in the 13th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump. In the Buu saga, Krillin and Piccolo are seen to perform the Fusion Dance as a demonstration for Goten and Trunks, so Akira Toriyama drew a hypothetical fusion between the two characters as a goof. This fusion was simply a drawing and never made it to the manga or the anime. Part of the reason is suggested to be that Piccolo and Krillin's bodies are not similar enough to actually create a fusion through this technique.
In the Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game "Fusion Frenzy" pack, there is a fusion of Piccolo and Krillin named Piccillin.
Despite the hypothetical nature of the fusion, Prilin makes his first playable appearance in Dragon Ball Fusions. It is unclear if this means that a fusion between Piccolo and Krillin is actually possible or a side effect of the warping of timespace within the Timespace Rift making the fusion possible.
EX Prillin is the EX-Fusion of Piccolo and Krillin, as well as the EX-Fusion counterpart of Prillin. Unlike Prillin, EX Prillin is not hypothetical as EX-Fusion allows two characters wearing Metamo-Rings to fuse after performing the Fusion Dance, regardless of differences in size or power between the two fusee. EX Prillin first appeared in Dragon Ball Fusions.
The EX-Fusion of Krillin and Kid Goku who first appeared in Dragon Ball Fusions.
The EX-Fusion of Krillin and Teen Gohan who first appeared in Dragon Ball Fusions.
Appearances in other media
In the crossover manga Cross Epoch, Krillin runs the Kuri-Chopa Marine Train Coaster with Tony Tony Chopper. They are the first shown when they learn about Shenron's tea party. Their train is boarded by Piccolo and Roronoa Zoro, who save it from being hit by Emperor Pilaf and Buggy's falling Tettiri Number 55 airship.
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- Spanish dub (Latin America): Rossy Aguirre (up until DBZ ep.60, child DBZ Kai TFC flashback), Eduardo Garza (rest of Frieza Saga, Cell Saga, DBZ Kai and DBS), Luis Daniel Ramírez (Buu Saga), Alejandro Illescas (†) (DBGT)
- Spanish dub (Castillian): Francesc Figuerola (DB ep. 14-26) (†), Ángeles Neira (DB ep. 27-153; DBZ), Alejandro Albaiceta (DBGT, except flashbacks)
- Catalan Dub: Francesc Figuerola (DB ep. 14-26) (†); Marta Barbarà (Rest of DB, Z, DBZ Kai); Carles di Blasi(GT)
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- Like most characters in the series, the name Krillin is a pun. In his case, its Japanese source, Kuririn, is made up of two parts. The first two syllables come from 栗 (kuri), which means "chestnut" in reference to his shaved head (the "chestnut" pun is also carried over to his daughter Marron). The second part of his name comes from 少林 (Shōrin; "Shaolin" in Chinese), as his early character designs were closely modeled on Shaolin monks. Other beliefs are that his name comes from kuri-kuri/kurin-kurin (an onomatopoeia for something cute and round), kuri-kuri shita me (meaning "big round eyes"), or the words kurikuri (which can mean "bald") and rin (a word added to the end of a name to make it sound cute). His English name, meanwhile, seems to be a play on "krill" (both a miniscule species of shrimp-like crustacean and the Swedish term for a small fry of fish) in reference to his diminutive stature. During the Namek Saga, Krillin's name appears as Akira Toriyama spells it: Krillin is seen wearing a cap with "Kamesen" on it (an abbreviated form of Master Roshi's alternate name Kame-Sen'nin) with his Romaji name, Kulilin, right underneath it.
- He has a blood type of A.
- Krillin was introduced into the series due to Akira Toriyama's editor at the time, Kazuhiko Torishima, considering Goku too bland in personality, and wanted another character to make things more interesting.
- In the poll of the top 20 best characters featured in the book Dragon Ball Forever, Krillin was voted number 7 by Japanese fans. He was the highest of the humans by a large margin.
- Krillin is the only person to come face to face with every form of each main villain in Dragon Ball Z (if filler is included). He was there when Vegeta first came, he went back to help Goku and saw his Great Ape form. He was there for all 5 of Frieza's forms (unless one counts his 100% state as a different form, and his Golden Frieza form), he tried to fight all forms of Cell, and he saw both of Garlic Jr.'s forms. He was there at the release of Fat Majin Buu, tried to fight Super Buu, and in filler, tried to fight Kid Buu. Although he did not see every absorption of Super Buu, those weren't really transformations but rather absorptions.
- Krillin breaks the fourth wall in Broly: The Second Coming by saying "None of you would have lasted a season without me!" Although he might of been referring to the weather seasons.
- Krillin appears on the cover art of the Voodoo Glow Skulls: Who Is, This Is album in his Battle Armor.
- In January 2007, Oricon conducted a poll in which they asked Japanese manga/anime fans which characters from any anime/manga they would most like to see in their own spinoff series; Krillin ranked third in the men's poll and sixth in the overall poll.
- Krillin is one of the few characters who have broken the fourth wall in the manga. In his case, he suspects that the various sequences of Goten & Trunks performing the fusion dance are all photocopies of the same set of drawings due to how each set of panels appears to be identical.
- Krillin has died more than any other character in the series, having been killed by Tambourine, Frieza, Androids 17 and 18 (in Future Trunks's timeline), Super Buu, and (if GT is counted) Super 17.
- Krillin was born in Age 736, the equivalent to the year 1971. Krillin is also the only character up to date in the Dragon Ball franchise who is one year older than Goku, not counting Mr. Satan.
- In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, when Bulma calls Krillin his cellphone to inform him about Frieza's return, the ringtone that plays is We Are!, which is the original opening theme the One Piece anime. This is likely a reference to Krillin's seiyū, Mayumi Tanaka's role voicing the One Piece series main protagonist, Monkey D. Luffy. This also applies to the Funimation dub, where Krillin's voice, Sonny Strait, voices Usopp.
- Krillin's hobby is karaoke.
- Krillin's favorite food is Chinese buffet.
- Krillin's favorite vehicle is a sports car.
- Three of Krillin's deaths completely infuriated both his best friend and his wife, first when Tambourine kills him, second, on Namek, when Frieza made him explode in cold blood, and when he threatens to kill Gohan next, Goku's rage exploded, and (if one counts GT), when a brainwashed Android 17 killed him with a Photon Flash, which enraged Android 18, causing her to attack her own brother, however, Goku's anger is so exceedingly overwhelming that, his best friend's death was the key component into him becoming the legendary Super Saiyan, and granted him the power to defeat Frieza.
- However, both failed to kill the villains who killed Krillin, with Goku seemingly destroying Frieza with an Angry Kamehameha when the latter tries to kill him with a ki blast, but he survived and, after arriving on Earth, was killed by Future Trunks, secondly, it took a team-up between his wife and his best friend (who heard of his death from 18, infuriating him), both vengeful of his death, with some distraction from Android 18 with ki blasts, some control from the real Android 17, and finally, Goku's Super Dragon Fist followed by a Kamehameha to finish off the demented Super 17, thus, both his wife and best friend finally avenged him.