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!
Not too long ago, some monumental news came through that put joy into the hearts of Namekian fans everywhere! We are of course referring to the confirmation that Piccolo is set to play a big role in 2022's "Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO"! For a deep dive into everything we know about the movie so far, check out the article linked below.
Updates on the "Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO" Film Have Arrived!!
It goes without saying that finding out more about Piccolo's place in the story is at the top of our wish list, but for now, we have no choice but to cross our fingers and wait! In today's article, we're touching base with Dende, whose character design for the new movie was released alongside Piccolo's! It looks like the young Namekian has grown quite a bit since his appearance in "Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods"!
Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
The growth rate of Namekians is a mystery, with Piccolo's miraculous growth spurt over the course of three years lying at the heart of it, but it seems as though Dende has been growing slowly but steadily each time we see him.
Let's take a trip down memory lane and see how he developed from his very first appearance as a youngster, all the way to his last appearance in the final volume of the "Dragon Ball" manga!
Exactly how old Dende was when he first appeared is unknown, but he was considered to be a child by the young and old Namekians alike whose protection he was under.
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Having been rescued by Gohan and Krillin, Dende bounces back and plays a key role in the fight against the Frieza Force with a phenomenal display of bravery! It was all thanks to Dende and his ability to speak Namekian that our heroes were able to summon Planet Namek's wish-granting dragon, Porunga.
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Another scene more than worth a second look is when Frieza screams "You despicable maggots!" and threatens to kill Dende and the others for using the Dragon Balls before he could. It's remarkable that even in the face of the Emperor of the Universe's unbridled rage, Dende stands his ground with the others and resolves to protect the Dragon Balls until the bitter end.
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Not long afterwards, Dende once again demonstrates his worth as an ally and a friend when he safely retrieves Krillin, who had been launched into the sea after being struck by Frieza in his second form! Outstanding!!
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Dende is also able to provide invaluable support to his allies with his healing abilities, and he even had the courage to defy Vegeta, who had destroyed an entire Namekian village! Talk about fighting spirit!!
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Roughly 4 years and 260 days after the epic battle with Frieza, a now slightly taller Dende becomes Earth's guardian after being declared a prodigy of the Dragon Clan by Elder Muri.
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A few years on from the battle against Cell, Dende's chubby cheeks have gone and the young Guardian is starting to look a lot more grown up.
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During the fight against Majin Buu, Dende was also forced to grow mentally. When asked to shelter Goku and the others' families in Kami's Palace, he becomes unsure of himself and his role as guardian. He seeks guidance from Piccolo, who firmly reminds him that he is Earth's guardian and that he needs to make his own decisions!
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Sometime later, Dende demonstrates his growth when, after receiving criticism from Elder Kai for the way in which the Dragon Balls were being used, he adamantly defends his position, showing that his bravery is not limited to the battlefield.
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Which brings us to the final battle with Majin Buu. When even the Genki-dama is not quite enough for Goku to emerge victorious, it's Dende's quick thinking that results in the battered and broken Saiyan being restored to full power. When delivering the crucial final blow, Goku expresses his thanks towards the Dragon Balls, but we like to think that that gratitude also extends to Dende himself!
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The story of Dragon Ball Super picks up after the climax of the battle with Majin Buu. As the Tournament of Power, the fighting competition set to determine the fate of all universes, gets underway, Dende has just about overtaken Mr. Popo in height.
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Dende came to the rescue once again in the Galactic Patrol Prisoner arc when he healed Goku, who had been defeated by the planet-consuming Moro! Plus, he had also become responsible for the safety of a young Namekian named Esca!
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10 years after the battle with Majin Buu, Dende spectates the 28th Tenkaichi Budokai standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the abnormally tall Piccolo—it's tough to say, but it looks like Piccolo might still just have the edge! Looking back on Dende's journey and seeing how much the little Namekian grows and matures almost brings a tear to the eye!
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And with that, all that's left to do is hopelessly try to tame our excitement of seeing Dende once again on the big screen in 2022! We just know he's going to do great!
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