King Piccolo was the second strongest villain from the very first Dragon Ball anime. That show was focusing mainly on the childhood of Goku, the goofy kid who later managed to save the world several times in the anime. King Piccolo possessed insane power at that time, and nobody seemed to stand a chance against him.
Goku was the one who stopped King Piccolo from his evil reign, but the former demon remains as one of the most terrifying villains in the whole Dragon Ball franchise. The green ruler is light-years weaker than villains from Dragon Ball Z, GT, and Super (Frieza, Cell, Majin Buu, Zamasu, Omega Shenron and others, for instance), but he still stands out for something else. King Piccolo, who is sometimes referred to as Daimao, is Akira Toryiama’s favorite villain, and that should capture our attention. The creator of Dragon Ball himself knows something that most fans are not fully aware of. Now let’s see our reasons why King Piccolo is actually the best Dragon Ball villain ever:
3. He ruled the world
He converted a peaceful Earth into a living hell, legalizing mayhem and injustice for the whole planet. King Piccolo even had an army of Demon-like creatures ready to take down any opposition. Entire nations fell at Piccolo’s feet, and those daring to oppose were killed without remorse. Master Roshi, Krillin, Tien, and Chiaodzu were killed by the orders of King Piccolo. While Daimao was getting away with his evil plan, Goku was on his quest for finding the ultra divine water and getting stronger. Korin’s Tower was the playground this time, as it sent Goku to another dimension.
2. He killed the Eternal Dragon
King Piccolo was utterly evil, just like most of the Dragon Ball villains. Daimao even killed the Eternal Dragon after asking to become young once again. The demon king was an old villain when he was first introduced in Dragon Ball, as he was captured for a lot of time inside an electric jar. The demon was put there by Master Mutaito, who was also the trainer of Master Roshi. Mutaito used the Evil Containment Wave (aka Mafuba) for capturing the villain, a technique that Master Roshi and Tien use later in the first Dragon Ball franchise. The attack made an exciting come-back in Dragon Ball Super, when it was used by Goku, Future Trunks, and several times by Master Roshi again. After Piccolo escaped from the jar, he realized that all those years spent inside had drained him of his strength.
1. Creating a reincarnation of himself
King Piccolo just had his stomach and chest pierced by Goku’s devastating punch, although our hero looked like he was dead meat. But as the former ruler was on the point of total destruction, with his last efforts he managed to create and release an egg from his mouth that will later give birth to his own reincarnation.
The reincarnation became none other than the Piccolo we know from Dragon Ball Z – once Goku’s fierce rival, but later his trustful friend. Also known as Junior, the reincarnated Piccolo gave Goku a hard time in the next tournament of martial arts, where the two warriors fought until the last drop. Junior was even stronger than King Piccolo, and he gave everything he got to destroy Goku. However, the mighty Saiyan won again.
Creating a reincarnation of himself with his last efforts was an incredible move from a villain who looked like he had nothing left to give. It could’ve also been an exaggerated act from the demon king, but let’s not forget that we’re talking about Dragon Ball, where everything is possible.
Pretty much any villain from Dragon Ball Z, Super, or GT would mop the floor with King Piccolo, but the former ruler of Earth had some unique deeds in the whole franchise.