The Weekly ☆ Character Showcase is an article series where we introduce one character from the Dragon Ball universe each week. This week we're dropping in with a friendly face and the "king" of the northern region of the universe, Kaio North!
Kaio North is a bewilderingly powerful divine being who rules over the Northern realm of the universe, which is where Goku and friends happen to live. He lives with his pet monkey, Bubbles, on the Planet of the Kaio, where gravity is ten times stronger than it is on Earth! His hobbies include driving and telling awful jokes.
When Goku arrives and asks to be trained in order to save the world from the impending Saiyan attack, Kaio starts by instructing him to catch Bubbles.
Upon Goku successfully capturing the elusive monkey, Kaio acknowledges his vast potential and resolves to teach him the deadly Kaio-ken technique that even he himself had failed to master.
His training of Goku was rigorous but not without great merit—Kaio also saw fit to teach Goku the Genki-dama, a move where the user collects a vast amount of life energy and releases it in a single devastating blast.
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By placing a hand on Kaio's back and speaking through your thoughts, it's possible to communicate telepathically with people over great distances.
By adjusting the direction of his antennae, Kaio is able to see events unfolding in far-off locations.
With a flick of his antennae, Kaio was able to create a light-weight yet durable uniform for Goku to wear.
Kaio is a self-proclaimed comedy genius!
When Goku first came to train under Kaio, he mistook the Saiyan for an aspiring comedian coming to study the art of comedy and challenged him to make him laugh as a condition of becoming his disciple. The northern lord boasted that it takes quite the joke make him crack, but Goku had him doubled over with laughter with the terrible pun, "I don't even know what comedians read!! Comic books?!!!" It seems the threshold for what makes a good joke is a little lower than Kaio had made it out to be.
→Preview: Next week's character is a certain someone who has previously destroyed the Planet of the Kaio!
*All comic images are from the Japanese version.
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