It's a tough call to choose the fighter you love best from the pantheon of Dragon Ball fantasy characters, but creator Akira Toriyama has a particular one in mind. During a recent interview for Daizenshuu 2, Toriyama revealed that although the main hero, Goku, was dear to his heart, a fierce green alien ranks as number one.
"I guess I like Piccolo the most after all," said Toriyama. "Out of all the enemies, Piccolo Daimaō is the one I like most, and even after that I like Piccolo the most. I like Piccolo about the same as I like Goku."
The global Dragon Ball empire began as a popular manga in 1984 that eventually blossomed into multiple anime TV series by Toei Animation, 19 TV specials, clothing, novels, games, toys and action figures. Raking in an estimated $5 billion in merchandising bucks and selling nearly a quarter-billion manga volumes since its inception, Dragon Ball is one of the most profitable and recognized anime properties on the planet.
A lethal component of the Z Fighters, Piccolo is a Namekian alien who is considered a strategic member of the Dragon Clan, the group that created the legendary Dragon Balls. He's a reincarnation of the Demon King Piccolo and becomes a trusted ally of Goku after bonding with his son, Gohan, during intense martial arts training.
When questioned about more characters he had a particular affection toward, Toriyama picked the humorous fighter, Mr. Satan.
"It was fun drawing Satan. When I first brought him out, I didn't think that I would end up making Satan that important of a character. I thought he'd just be a one-shot character. Satan is like that, but thinking up worthless gags is more enjoyable than doing the fight scenes," he joked.
(via Comic Book)