Character Description
Krillin is a fictional character from Dragonball, Dragonball Z and Dragonball GT.
He is very short in height and is bald (Except in the Majin Buu Saga and onwards, as he grows his hair out after he retires from fighting.)
 Plot Involvement
Originally a monk, he travels far to train under Master Roshi. There he meets Goku, and after a little while they become friends. Krillin participates in all three Tenkaichi Budokai's featured in Dragonball but never manages to win. In Dragonball Z, Krillin assumes more of a supportive role. He participates in the battle against the Saiyans, as well as joining Bulma and Gohan on a mission to planet Namek, in a quest to obtain the Namekian Dragonballs. After the proceedings on Namek, Krillin starts to become less significant to the story, as the Saiyans' power grows too fast for him to be able to keep up. Barring a short fight against the Cell Jr's and a match at the Budokai during the Majin Buu saga, he never fights again. He also appears in Dragonball GT where he appears to have aged noticeably. Once again, his role is mainly supportive.
21st Martial Arts Tournament Saga
Krillin arrives at Master Roshi's island in search of training from the Master. Here, along with Goku, they start their arduous training, developing their skills and strength.
After some time, Master Roshi reveals that he plans to enter the two of them into the 21st Martial Arts Tournament, a tournament where Martial Artists gather from all over the world to compete. Goku and Krillin easily make it through the preliminaries and into the final 8. Krillin does very well, but loses in the Semi-Finals against Jackie Chun. After the competition is all finished, Krillin and Goku part ways.
 Dragonball Z
After the initial confrontation with Raditz and Goku's death, Krillin along with Yamcha, Tien and Yajirobe begin training in preparation for the day that two Saiyans will arrive on Earth. A year passes and after their training, even being trained by Kami himself, the group, along with Piccolo and Gohan meet to challenge the two Saiyan.
A one on one match is proposed between the Earth forces and the Saiyan's six Saibamen, but after Yamcha is killed this quickly falls apart. With teamwork the Saibamen are dealt with, then the larger of the two Saiyan, named Nappa, decides he will fight next. Nappa proves to be far more powerful than they expected and soon they lose both Tien and Chiaotzu in the battle. Krillin, Piccolo and Gohan continue to fight, still waiting for Goku to return. It's not long before Krillin is rendered too injured to continue fighting but the battle rages with Piccolo and Gohan until Piccolo dies at the hands of Nappa, sacrificing his life to save Gohan. It's then that Goku finally arrives and, after giving Gohan and Krillin a senzu each, fights Nappa himself. Goku greatly overpowers Nappa so Vegeta tells him to stop fighting. Irritated by this, Nappa decides to attack Gohan and Krillin instead, causing Goku to react quickly and injuring him enough that his back breaks. Vegeta then kills Nappa as he is of no use to him anymore, seeing Vegeta kill his own team mate makes Goku realise how dangerous Vegeta is, so he tells Krillin and Gohan to go home and leave the fight to him. Krillin and Gohan reluctantly agree.
While on their way home, Gohan worries for his father and decides to head back after him with Krillin. They find that Goku is in danger as Vegeta has transformed into a giant ape. Luckily for them, Yajirobe cut off Vegeta's tail, making him turn back to his normal form. Gohan and Krillin attempt to take on Vegeta, as Goku is now unable to fight. With the help of Goku, Krillin manages to pull together a Spirit Bomb to use on Vegeta, the attacks hits, but is still not enough to finish off Vegeta. But then Goku remembers the Light Ball in the sky which Vegeta used to turn himself into his giant monkey form, he tells Gohan to look at it, and as he still has his Saiyan tail he transforms. Vegeta manages to cut off Gohan's tail but not soon enough to escape serious injury. Vegeta is then forced to retreat to his space pod and leave Earth. Goku, Gohan and Krillin, knowing Earth was safe for now, head to the hospital.
Captain Ginyu, Namek, & Frieza Sagas
After healing up at the hospital and learning that on Planet Namek another set of Dragon Balls exist that could revive everyone killed in the recent fight, Gohan, Krillin and Bulma head to Namek. Once they arrive they set about searching for the Dragon Balls but soon realise there are other people after the same thing. The strangers are strong and will do anything to get hold of the Dragon Balls. Gohan and Krillin save a young Namek named Dende from being killed, and to get hold of just one Dragon Ball to prevent the others, who they learn are Frieza and his army, from summoning the Dragon and making a wish. Krillin goes off with Dende who suggests they go and meet Guru, while Gohan stays behind with Bulma.
WIth Dende's guidance, Krillin eventually arrives at Guru's place and is indeed given a Dragon Ball. Before Krillin leaves, Guru unlocks hidden power that lies dormant within Krillin, increasing his strength. Thinking Gohan could also benefit from this, Krillin heads back with the Dragon Ball to go get him. But die to his excitement over his new strength he was careless and on his way back he gets followed by Vegeta and Zarbon. Once Krillin arrives back at where he left Bulma, he finds Gohan has gone to look for a Dragon Ball but then realises that he was followed. Vegeta decides to deal with Zarbon first, rather than Krillin. It doesn't take too long for Vegeta to easily defeats Zarbon, killing him. He then turns his attention to Krillin and takes the Dragon Ball, then flies off. It's not too long until Gohan returns, carrying a Dragon Ball, Krillin then takes him and the Dragon Ball and heads back to Guru, but once again Vegeta catches up with them demanding his Dragon Ball back. Krillin stalls Vegeta while Gohan sees Guru who manages to unlock some of his hidden powers, making him stronger. Gohan then returns to face Vegeta, but they stop as they sense five new powers approaching Planet Namek. Vegeta recognises them as the Ginyu Force and warns Krillin and Gohan that they won't stand a chance against them and will have to team up and grant him immortality with the Dragon Balls. Reluctantly they agree and take their two Dragon Balls back to where Vegeta has hidden the five he had already collected. However they were too late and the Ginyu Force had already arrived, taking the Dragon Balls off them. Captain Ginyu, the leader, leaves to take the Dragon Balls back to Frieza, leaving Jiece, Guldo, Burter and Recoome to deal with Vegeta, Gohan and Krillin. Recoome is picked to fight Vegeta so Guldo takes on Krillin and Gohan, using his psychic abilities to overpower them. If it weren't for Vegeta stepping in and killing Guldo they would have died. Recoome then steps in to deal with Vegeta and greatly overpowers him despite Vegeta's efforts, much to Vegeta's annoyance Krillin and Gohan step in to help him. It's at this moment that Goku arrives on Namek to help, easily defeating both Burter and Recoome, leaving Jiece to go get help from Captain Ginyu. Goku gives the three of them a senzu, then, as Jiece arrives back with Ginyu, tells Gohan and Krillin to go find the Dragon Balls. They agree and head back to Frieza's ship where the Dragon Balls lay unguarded.
A short while later Goku returns with Jiece but they soon realise something is wrong - Ginyu has stolen Goku's body! Vegeta quickly kills Jiece and heads after Ginyu and as he overpowers him Ginyu realises he needs to change bodies again and attempts to steal Vegeta's. Goku jumps in the way and returns to his original body, Ginyu makes the same attack on Vegeta, except this time Goku throws a frog in the way, causing Ginyu to switch with it. Vegeta shows Goku to the healing machine in Frieza's ship and gives the others and himself Saiyan armour.
While Vegeta sleeps, Gohan and Krillin get Dende and attempt to summon the dragon without Vegeta, knowing that Guru doesn't have long left to live. They summon the Namek Dragon and manage to grant 2 or their 3 wishes - to revive Piccolo to life, and to bring Piccolo to Planet Namek. Just as they are deciding their third wish Vegeta catches up with them, incredibley enraged that they took off without him. He demands his immortality but it's too late, the dragon dies before the wish could be granted.
It's then that Frieza appears, enraged that his wish cannot be granted. With no sign of Piccolo around, Vegeta takes on Frieza and they seem evenly matched, until Vegeta provoks Frieza into transforming. By the time Frieza has transformed, Piccolo has arrived and takes on Frieza, doing remarkabley well and forcing Frieza to transform once more. In this form Frieza overpowers Piccolo which sends Gohan into a rage, with Gohan and Vegeta's growing strength, Frieza transforms one final time into his last form.
Frieza immediately kills Dende and is then challenged by Vegeta. However despite Vegeta's increased strength he is no match for Frieza. As Frieza is about to kill him, Goku finally arrives, healed. Frieza mortally wounds Vegeta, and just before he dies he pleads with Goku to kill Frieza. Goku then takes on Frieza leaving the others to watch.
Eventually it comes down to Goku using a huge Spirit Bomb, but not even that is enough to kill Frieza, in his rage, Frieza kills Krillin.
Some months later Krillin is then revived to life, and they all wait for Goku to return back to Earth...
Garlic Jr., Trunks, & Androids Sagas
The Z Fighters gather in an abandoned section of the mountains, all sensing that Frieza is approaching Earth. But before any of them can react a mysterious youth appears out of no where and challenges Frieza, and his father King Cold alone, even turning into a Super Saiyan. He quickly disposes of Frieza and King Cold and invites them all to wait with him for Goku to arrive back on Earth, knowing that he should arrive very soon. They wait and sure enough, Goku arrives. The stranger takes Goku aside and talks to him in private, then leaves after. Goku tells the others that he was from the future and had come to warn them all that in 3 years time two powerful androids will appear, stronger than anything they have ever faced. In preparation for the day, all the Z Fighters go about training.
Three years come and go, and the day finally arrives that the Androids are supposed to appear. Goku and all the others, with the exception of Vegeta, gather by the city Trunks told him the Androids first attack. They wait and soon the time they were supposed to attack comes and passes, confused at first, they soon realise they can't sense the Androids because they are machinery and, as such, have no life energy. Forced to search the hard way, the group split up and search the city for the androids. It's Yamcha who finds them first and signals to the others, but by the time they reach him he has been badly injured. Goku tells Gohan to take Yamcha to get healed. Gohan does as he is told and soon returns back to the group, where Goku is taking on Android 19, but Goku seems to be struggling despite seeming to have the upper hand earlier. Gohan realises that the disease Trunks warned about must be affecting Goku, and as Goku drops out of Super Saiyan and is at the mercy of #19 it is then that Vegeta makes his presence known. Vegeta steps in and takes on #19 himself, also showing his new Super Saiyan skill, Yamcha then takes Goku back home to recieve the medicene Trunks left with him. Vegeta easily disposes of #19 but #20 escapes before they can destroy him. Vegeta, Gohan, Krillin and Tien head after #20 and follow him into a range of mountains. Eventually they find him, and this time Piccolo takes him on alone and overpowers him with ease. It's then that the Trunks, the boy from the future appears and also Bulma, in a hovercar. #20 takes the oppurtunity to attack Bulma's car and provide himself with a distraction to escape. Trunks, after explaining who he really is, also tells the others that the two androids they have been fighting are not the ones from his future, so the group head after #20 again, who Bulma informs is Dr Gero.
They come across Dr Gero's lab, where he has activated 3 more androids, #16, #17 and #18. The newly released androids kill Dr Gero and destroy most of the lab, then take on the Z Fighters. Insisting on a one-on-one, Vegeta takes on #18 alone, but despite his new Super Saiyan skills he is soon beaten, recieving terrible injuries. The androids take off, but before they leave, #18 gives Krillin a kiss on his cheek. It's then that Krillin starts to think a little differently about the android. As they leave, the Z Fighters go their own ways to rethink how to handle the situation.
Imperfect & Perfect Cell & Cell Games Sagas
After the group split up and learn of the existence of Cell, Trunks and Krillin head back to Dr Gero's lab in hope they can destroy the Cell that is growing in their time and also uncover anything to help them with the Androids. After destorying the lab and making off with some blueprints, they head back to the Capsule Corp and turn over the blueprints to Bulma, who is able to make a deactivation device for Krillin. But she warns he will have to get close in order for it to work. Bearing that in mind, Krillin makes off with the device in search of the Androids.
Once Krillin catches up with Android #18 and #16 they are hiding from Cell. Krillin gets within range to use the deactivation device but he can't bring himself to do it, remembering the kiss that #18 gave him earlier. He smashes the device, much to the Androids suprise. Vegeta and Trunks show up, fresh from their training in the Room of Spirit and Time and Vegeta demands a fight with Cell. With his increased strength, Vegeta easily overpowers Cell to the point that Vegeta is actually disappointed in the fight. It's then that Cell offers Vegeta the chance to fight him at a stronger level if he lets him absorb Android #18. Despite Trunks and Krillin's protests, Vegeta agrees even going as far as attacking Trunks to stop him from interveening. Cell absorbs #18 and Krillin begins to regret his decision of not deactivating her. With the transformation complete, Cell takes on Vegeta again and this time overpowers him, even Vegeta's new Final Flash attack is no good against Cell. It doesn't take long for Vegeta to be beaten unconscious, Trunks takes over the fight, telling Krillin that he didn't interfere earlier because he was stronger than Vegeta and didn't want to hurt his father's pride. But soon Trunks realises that his extra strength is no help at all, because his speed is greatly comprimised, admitting defeat Trunks surrenders. But Cell doesn't kill him, he says they should all come in 10 days time and fight him again at a tournament, hoping they would all be stronger by then and give him a good fight. Trunks, and a revived Vegeta, head back to the Room of Spirit and Time for more training, while Krillin takes #16 back to the Capsule Corp as he was damaged and doesn't feel the need to be afraid of him.
Finally the day for the Cell Games arrives and they all gather to fight Cell. Goku fights him first but he gives up part the way through the fight, insisting that Gohan is stronger than him and should fight instead. Gohan is unsure about this but agrees to fight and initially doesn't seem to be making much progress. Cell is disappointed in this and wonders why Goku sent out Gohan to fight him as he was expecting a better fight. Gohan explains that when he gets angry he unlocks strength, so Cell decides to release Cell Jrs and attack Goku, Vegeta and the others in an attempt to make Gohan angry. Despite all this it doesn't seem to be enough to push Gohan over the edge, even when he realises everyone there but Trunks has died once before and as such, can't be revived again. Android #16, who also joined the others to fight Cell makes an attempt to destroy Cell by self destructing himself. But unknown to him, his bomb was removed by Bulma so his plan was a failure. Cell then destroys #16 himself, smashing him to pieces. #16's head remains intact and he talks to Gohan, telling him it's okay to get angry, if he's fighting for good. Cell gets irritated by #16's noise and smashes his head, totally destroying him, this is what sends Gohan into a rage, pushing him over the edge and transforming him into a Super Saiyan 2. In his transformed state he is easily a match for Cell, even begins to toy with him despite Goku and the others asking for him to finish Cell. This leads to Gohan's downfall, as Cell realises he cannot win he decides to make a desperate move - self destructing, an explosion powerful enough to destroy the whole planet. There's nothing Gohan can do and as he dispairs at his mistake Goku steps in, telling Gohan he did well, then teleporting himself and Cell away, sacrificing himself to save them all.
Gohan is distraught that his actions have ultimately lead to the death of his father but before he can mourn the loss Cell reappears, and aims a beam randomally, killing Trunks. Cell explains that in the explosion his core cell wasn't destroyed so he simply regenerated himself, and because of his Saiyan cells, he's even stronger than before. Before Gohan can react, Vegeta launches a fierce attack on Cell for killing Trunks but is unable to make much damage and winds up injured. Gohan saves Vegeta's left by blocking a blast, badly injuring his arm. Cell then launches a powerful Kamehameha, which Gohan matches with his own, and the two are locked in a beam battle. With words of encouragement from his father's spirit Gohan is able to keep Cell's beam at bay, but not enough to overpower him. Piccolo, Krillin, Yamcha and Tien also step in to help by firing their own blasts at Cell. Finally, Vegeta gives in and helps too, much to Cell's suprise. Using that moment when Cell is distracted, Gohan pushes the beam forward and is finally able to overcome Cell and kill him for good.
Later, as everyone on Earth is wishing back to life those that were killed by Cell, Goku refuses the offer to come back, saying that he feels trouble follows him and Earth would be safer. He then stays with King Kai in Other World, saying goodbye to his friends and family.
Majin Buu & Kid Buu Sagas
It has been 7 years since the defeat of Cell and Krillin has been living peacefully at the Kame House, he has even married Android #18 and they have a young daughter called Maron. He has also stopped shaving his head.
After hearing about the tournament, and how much money is on offer as a prize, #18 pursuades Krillin to enter. The day finally arrives and everyone gathers at the tournament, Goku and the others all make it through to the final rounds, as well as Videl and a few other strange characters. The Youth Division is first and as everyone suspected, Goten and Trunks make it to the final. It's quite close, but eventually Trunks is the winner. During the adult matchs, Piccolo decides to forfeit his round, as he senses his opponent is none other than the Lord of Lords himself, the Supreme Kai. Videl gets badly injured during her match and Gohan's is next. He is faced by the Supreme Kai's companion, Kibito, who tells him he wants to see his full power. Gohan agrees and powers up to Super Saiyan, but before they can fight Spopovitch and Yamu, two other fighters who made it to the finals, attack and steal all of Gohan's power and run off. Supreme Kai explains to them all that a wizard has appeared on Earth to ressurrect a monster known as Majin Buu, and that they will need his power to help stop this from happening. They all follow Supreme Kai to where the wizard is hiding and watch and spot him, Babidi, who has also gained control of Dabura, the king of Demons. Babidi heads inside with the energy they collected from Gohan but is aware that they are all watching him, Dabura attacks and turns both Piccolo and Krillin to stone, and kills Kabito.
When Dabura dies both Krillin and Piccolo turn back to normal and find Goten and Trunks hanging around. Vegeta is fighting with Majin Buu and seems to be doing well, but it soon becomes obvious that Majin Buu is incredibley difficult to destroy as he can reform his body from tiny pieces. Vegeta begins to run into trouble with Majin Buu, making Trunks want to step in, being quickly followed by Goten. While Trunks and Goten are over with Vegeta, he knocks the both of them out. Piccolo takes the two of them and flies off with Krillin, knowing that Vegeta is going to sacrifice his life to destroy Majin Buu. After the explosion, they realises that despite Vegeta's effort, Majin Buu is still alive, the four of them head to the Lookout to decide what to do next. It doesn't take long for Goku to join them.
They then decide what their next move should be, Goku suggests that they teach Goten and Trunks the Fusion, something if Gohan and Vegeta were still alive he would have liked to have tried with them in this situation. But before Goku is able to teach them it, he has to stall Majin Buu while Trunks goes back home to retrieve the Dragon Radar. Goku meets with Majin Buu and Babidi and is suprised by how quickly Majin Buu learns. Seeing how strong he is, Goku reveals that he can reach a level beyond Super Saiyan 2 - Super Saiyan 3. He is able to keep Majin Buu busy for long enough for Trunks to return to the lookout with the Dragon Radar, then returns there himself. Goku doesn't have long left before he must return to Heaven so in the time he has, he shows Goten and Trunks how to do the Fusion. Baba soon arrives to take Goku away and he goes back to Heaven with her, leaving Piccolo in charge of teaching Goten and Trunks.
Soon enough, their training pays off and Goten and Trunks are able to successfully fuse into Gotenks. However, this form is very arrogant and cocky and still requires more training to actually be able to beat Buu. Piccolo suggests the two of them train in the Room of Spirit and Time to get the most possible time to train, as Buu is already looking for them. After a short while, Buu comes to find the Lookout, and Piccolo takes him and Buu inside the Room where Goten and Trunks are training, leaving the others outside in safety - for a while. Buu is able to escape from the room and turns everyone into candy and eats them.
It's not until later that Krillin is revived to life by Vegeta's wish to have everyone on Earth, except the bad ones, to be brought back to life and he contributes all his energy to Goku's Spirit Bomb.
Ten years after the defeat of Buu, Krillin is still living peacefully with #18 and Maron.
 Dragonball GT
Like most characters in this Saga, Krillin is forced into a minor role. As Baby's influence spreads over Earth, Krillin and his family become infected by Baby and join the queue to get to the new Planet that Baby has created. Unfortunately for Krillin, and much to Android 18 and Marron's disappointment, Krillin is just one place in the queue too far back and won't be leaving Earth. As with everyone else on Earth, Krillin is restored to his natural state after Baby is defeated.
Krillin's signature move. In later Sagas, it is seen used by other characters.
 Appearances in Other Media
Krillin appears in a large number of games, for example: the Budokai Series and the Budokai Tenkaichi series.