Welcome to the Namek Editorial, where the magnificence and allure of Namekians is eloquently explained to the people of Earth by the lead writer for the site's Namek branch!
In our articles thus far, we've mainly been getting to know Piccolo and Great Demon King Piccolo better than ever before. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't other Namekians who we've been dying to spotlight! We hope you join us for this very special article where we'll be taking a look back at the colorful entourage of Namekians who have graced us with their presence in the "Dragon Ball" manga.
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Great Demon King Piccolo
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First up are two of the most famous among all Namekians, Great Demon King Piccolo and Kami. Originally these two were one being, but Kami opted to purge himself of all his inner evil in order to become Earth's guardian. The evil that was henceforth ejected came to be none other than Great Demon King Piccolo.
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"Son of Katas"
Fleeing a cataclysmic climate shift that occurred on Planet Namek, the "Son of Katas"—Great Demon King Piccolo & Kami's original form—evacuated to earth. On Planet Namek he was known as the prodigy child of the clan who created the Dragon Balls, the Dragon Clan; and on Earth, his skills as a fighter were the stuff of legend. All-in-all, he was an extremely powerful being with immense potential.
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Many years later, Great Demon King Piccolo spawned Piccolo in his dying moments. By the way, the name "Piccolo" is not actually the name Katas gave to his son, it's in fact the word that must be spoken to open Namekian spacecraft and has the literal meaning of "another world".
In other words, no one knows Great Demon King Piccolo, Kami, or Piccolo's Namekian names. We'd love to find out the truth, but the mystery these characters are enshrouded by does add to their allure.
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Elder Muri (center) with villagers
Here's another familiar face—Elder Muri, the leader of one of the villages attacked by Frieza and his evil cohorts. Despite the presence of Zarbon and Dodoria, Elder Muri miraculously managed to destroy three scouters. He also appeared later on in the series when Goku arrived on New Planet Namek in search of a new "Kami" for Earth.
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Dende (left) / Cargo (right)
Cowering beside Elder Muri are Dende—who would later go on to become Earth's Guardian—and an almost identical Namekian youth named Cargo. They may be hard to tell apart at first glance, but Cargo is a touch smaller, and his clothes had a different color to Dende's in the colored edition of the manga.
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These brave young Namekians charged forth to face the Frieza Force. Despite not being warrior-type Namekians, they each had Power Levels of roughly 3,000. When Vegeta made his assault on Earth, he was already aware that Namekians possessed extreme fighting prowess. It would seem that the strength of Namekians is known throughout the cosmos.
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Inhabitants of Elder Tsuno's Village
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Elder Tsuno was the leader of a village that suffered an attack at the hands of Vegeta. Elderly villagers can be seen conducting important work such as passing on their wisdom to the next generation of young Namekians and harvesting crops, while the young and able-bodied appear to be constructing a house. This one panel gives readers a rare and valuable glimpse of what life on Planet Namek is really like.
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The only warrior-type Namekian on Planet Namek—Nail! His Power Level when he fought Frieza was a phenomenal 42,000. One need only recall that Piccolo's Power Level was a comparatively meager 1,330 when he fired his lethal "Makankosappo: Special Beam Cannon" during his final confrontation with Raditz to realize the magnitude of Nail's power!
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All Namekians unfortunate enough to be on Planet Namek at the time of Frieza's invasion were offspring of Saichoro's. Since Dende was number 108, we can safely say that there were at least that many! Saichoro possesses many a mysterious ability, including being able to search through others' memories as well as the ability to awaken latent power within them.
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Namekians revived with the Dragon Balls
There are of course more Namekians to be seen in the extensive history of Dragon Ball, but I'm sure you'll agree we covered more than our fair share today! Namekians aren't as easy to distinguish from each other as Earthlings are, owing to the fact that they lack hair and eyebrows, but they do have different physical builds and facial features that give each member their own characteristics. It's also worth mentioning that there are lot of Namekian children!
We here at the Namek branch are particularly intrigued by the young Namekian who can be seen above, standing beside Elder Muri. With looks that suggest he must be around the same age Dende was during the Majin Buu arc, his beaming smile and youthful glow make for one handsome Namekian!
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And we're yet to mention that "Dragon Ball Super" also features an abundance of Namekians! One prime example is Granolah's adoptive father, Monaito, who appears in the "Granolah the Survivor" arc, which is currently ongoing in V Jump.
We've got another big article in the works highlighting Monaito and the other Namekians from "Dragon Ball Super", so be on the lookout for the next edition of the Namek Editorial!
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