Piccolo is the Namekian reincarnation and final son of King Piccolo of the Dragon Clan, who were the original creators and custodian of the Dragon Ball. He is a protagonist in the Dragon Ball Z series. He is a wise strategist and a prominent member of the Z Fighters and played a fatherly role to Goku’s son. He had a strong bond with Gohan as he trained him in martial arts in readiness of an impending attack on Earth by the alien Saiyans.
He was initially re-incarnated to avenge the death of his father in the hands of Goku, but he soon formed alliance with Goku after he was defeated by him. They soon struck a powerful bond which made him very close to Gohan and had to sacrifice his life to save the boy’s life at the hands of Nappa. His role however shifted from warrior to mentor as the story progressed.
Just as his father, he was a tactical genius and later gained the wisdom of Kami when they fused together. He appeared tall during his teenage age with a firm facial structure. As a child, his costume looked exactly like that of his dad and he loves to wear weighted clothing whenever he is not fighting.
The name “Piccolo” means “another world” in Namekian language and the name serves as a password to open the door of the Namekian spaceship. He was named after “piccolo” – the half-sized flute based on the family’s name puns hinged on musical instruments.
Just like his father, Piccolo was villainous. He shows no regard or mercy for his opponent that was visible at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament where he broke all of Goku’s limbs laughing as he did so. He also possesses some good attitude, and this was noticed when he saved a mother and daughter during a storm.
His calm attitude was visible when he trained and befriended Gohan. They had regular conversations without violence, and this calmed his heart and motives. He even confessed that Gohan was the first person that saw him as a friend, not a monster stating that, Gohan was like a son he never had. Their bond was so strong that Piccolo offered his life to save Gohan from the grips of Nappa declaring how their friendship has changed his life positively.
On his return from the battle of Namek and after fusing with the warrior Nail, Piccolo fought to save his people and the innocent.