From Dragon Ball Encyclopedia
Oolong (ウーロン, Ūron; FUNimation "Oolong", Viz "Oolong") is a Pig.
Oolong's name is a pun on the word Oolong.
- 1 Concept/Creation
- 2 Appearance and personality
- 3 Biography
- 3.1 Early life
- 3.2 Dragon Ball
- 3.3 Dragon Ball Z
- 3.4 Dragon Ball GT
- 3.5 Alternate timeline
- 3.6 Films
- 3.7 Video games
- 4 Techniques
- 5 Voice actors
- 6 Trivia
- 7 References
Oolong is loosely based on the character Zhu Bajie from the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West. In Akira Toriyama's early manga Dragon Boy, the character Binyao was an early take on the character with the same personality and abilities but a bat instead of a pig. In Akira Toriyama's first draft of Dragon Ball, Oolong was depicted as a farmer looking pig larger than both Goku and Bulma's original designs. The design Oolong stuck with was the appearance Toriyama came up with in his 3rd draft.
Appearance and personality
Oolong's normal form is of a humanoid pig, standing about four feet tall with pale pink skin. Initially, he dressed in the stereotypical clothing of the Communist Party of China, although later he tended to dress in trousers, button-down shirts, and suspenders.
The fact that Oolong is a pig wearing a Communist Party of China outfit implies Akira Toriyama's message behind this character. Also, Oolong has a darker attitude in his early appearances. This whole concept is dropped with the beginning of the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament.
Like Turtle Hermit, he enjoys smoking cigars and is a pervert, but considerably less so. His favorite hobby is collecting women's underwear. Oolong is cynical and cowardly. Ironically Oolong is three years younger than Goku. A running gag in both Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z is Oolong constantly being beaten up by Bulma during the martial arts tournaments due to her anxiety over the fighting. (At one point he tried to protect himself with a helmet.) He's also there to provide comic relief and is often very sarcastic.
Oolong lived in Octagon Village, a village filled with other talking perverted pigs like himself. He was expelled from the kindergarten there for kidnapping a teacher. He later attended the Shapeshifting Academy where he always bullied Puar around for lunch money but became expelled for stealing the teacher's panties (papers in the dub). He was able to get a nice mansion next to Aru Village by ripping off lots of people.
Emperor Pilaf Saga
Main article: Emperor Pilaf Saga
Oolong became known as a demon by the residents of Aru Village since he kidnapped their young women to take care of his house. Unfortunately for him, the young women were quite comfortable being stolen and living in wealth. While trying to claim Pochawompa as his next girl (which he actually planned to be the one he marries), he was stopped by Goku who defeated him and made him release the girls he previously kidnapped.
Bulma decided that he might be useful on her Dragon Ball quest and persuaded him to join their expedition. While heading out with them, Oolong disagreed with the whole idea of going. When he found out that they were heading to Fire Mountain Oolong tried to ditch them but failed when getting captured again. Bulma gave him a "vitamin" that causes him to have to go to the bathroom anytime someone whistles "Piggy!" which Bulma used to make him obey her and not try to leave. Since Bulma lost her Capsule case in a river, the gang was forced to walk the Diablo Desert where Oolong met up with Puar, a former classmate of which he bullied teamed up with a desert bandit named Yamcha. After Yamcha & Puar fled their fight against Goku, Oolong provided the gang with his House-Wagon for the night. That night Oolong learned from Goku about their quest for the Dragon Balls and that they have the power to grant any wish. After giving Goku and Bulma juice that put them to sleep, he was planning to steal the Dragon Balls and take advantage of Bulma during the night but it was cut short when Puar disguised as Goku went upstairs to Oolong. Not wanting Goku to snitch at Bulma that he was upstairs while she was sleeping, He took the form of Bulma and was led outside by the false Goku. After Oolong's five minutes were up, he transformed back to his original form causing Puar to transform in shock that the real Bulma is still in the House-Wagon with Yamcha. The next morning Oolong begins to drive the House-Wagon towards Fire Mountain but was shot down by Yamcha. Oolong was given a new car by Yamcha after Goku defeated him.
Two days later, Oolong and the rest of the gang arrived at Fire Mountain. While not wanting to go near the mountain due to the risk of possibly encountering the Ox-King, Bulma still forced him to go. Oolong and Bulma ended up meeting the Ox-King while Goku was away trying to get in the castle. Oolong wet his pants while he appeared and was going to be killed but then found out that they were friends with Gohan's grandson Goku and sparred them. Oolong waited at Fire Mountain with Bulma and the Ox-King so Goku and the Ox-King's daughter Chi-Chi can retrieve his former teacher Master Roshi to help put out the Flames on his castle. Master Roshi put the flames out but for the price of allowing him to touch Bulma's breasts which Bulma forced Oolong to transform into her so Roshi can touch them. Oolong took it to far by completely exposing Bulma's breasts and allowing Roshi to put his face between them, which made Bulma angry despite it not really being her.
While heading to the next location of a Dragon Ball, they stop at Monster Carrot's Village to refill on gas but Goku ends up messing with the Rabbit Mob causing their leader Monster Carrot to turn Bulma into a Carrot, but Oolong drove away and avoided the conflict until it was over. Five of the Dragon Balls that they gained on their quest were stolen by Shu when heading towards Pilaf's Castle. The gang was forced to team up with Yamcha and Puar who were following them from a distance for some time. When arriving at Pilaf's Castle, Goku's four star ball was stolen by having everyone trapped in a room and put to sleep with gas. Oolong and Puar were able to fly out of a hole made by Goku's Kamehameha so they can prevent Emperor Pilaf's plan to wish himself world domination. Oolong ends up preventing the wish by quickly jumping in a telling Shenron that he wants a girls pair of Panties. After the wish, Pilaf becomes angry and has Oolong and the others put into a cell that will fry them by morning. Oolong and the others were able to escape when Goku transforms into a Great Ape from looking at the Full Moon. Oolong helped Yamcha and Puar cut off Goku's tail after the destruction of Pilaf's Castle to revert him to his normal state. Once Goku wakes up, Oolong gave Goku his pants since Goku's clothes were torn off in his transformation. While saying goodbye to Goku, Oolong went with Bulma, Yamcha and Puar to West City.
Main article: Tournament Saga
On the way to West City, the plane Oolong was riding with the rest of the gang crashed making everybody walk the rest of the way. When back at West City, he stayed with Bulma and Puar to watch Yamcha train and even kept Bulma company when he left to train in the wild for the upcoming tournament. He attended the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament with his friends where he met back up with Goku and met Krillin. Since non competitors were not allowed to watch the Elimination Rounds, Bulma forced Oolong to let her use him as a stool so she can watch Yamcha fight. In the main tournament he is seen in the crowd with Bulma and Puar cheering on Goku, Krillin and Yamcha in their fights.
Red Ribbon Army Saga
Oolong appears at the 22nd World Tournament as a spectator to cheer on his friends. At the tournament, they learn of Master Roshi rival Master Shen and his two students Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu. Tien is set on beating Goku in the Tournament to avenge Master Shen brother Mercenary Tao. After the tournament Tien and Chiaotzu became friends with the others. Later, they find that Krillin has been found murdered by a monstrous killer.
Piccolo Jr. Saga
Three years later, Oolong also is the only one to have deduced the true identity of the mysterious female fighter that Goku had to face in the preliminaries (even stating "See, I told you so" while every one of Goku's friends was shocked to learn her true identity).
At the end of the Piccolo Jr. Saga in the anime only (in episode "Dress in Flames"), Chi-Chi and Fortuneteller Baba end up in a village occupied by Oolong-esque pig people. Jasmine and Oonaan claim to know Oolong and think he is a big pervert, but their attempts to spy on Chi-Chi and Baba in the village's hot spring show that they aren't any less perverted than he is.
Dragon Ball Z
Oolong's character dwindles to little importance, although in the anime and several movies, he appears quite often as comic relief. In Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest, soon after discovering the Dragon Balls have all gathered in one place, Oolong steals Bulma's Dragon Radar, and lures Gohan with him to the Zulmyzubril Mountains to verify their discovery and hopefully wish for another pair of panties.
Five years later, he asks Shenron if he can kill the Saiyans instead of reviving Goku, but Shenron says he can't do that. At the Kame House, he watches the battle against the Saiyans from television, and later with Fortuneteller Baba's Crystal Ball. In a rare moment of compassion, he cries out when Puar faints, their rivalry long forgotten.
The space tyrant, Freeza
Garlic Jr. Saga
The mysterious youth
The Androids and Cell
Three years later, Oolong stays at the Kame House with the others, waiting from news of their friends. When the others bring a sick Goku to Kames house to hide from the androids, he watches on TV as a monster named Cell attacks people in Gingertown. Later Kame house is flooded with water due to the final transformation on Cell.
Death and revival
Seven years later, Goku is allowed to come back to earth for one day. Oolong is at the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament supporting his friends and later goes with Bulma and the others look for the Dragon Balls. Oolong must later take refuge from Majin Buu on Kami's lookout. A day later, he is turned into chocolate and eaten by Super Buu. Later during the battle between Goku and Kid Buu his life is later restored with everyone else on the planet by a wish by Porunga and later gives his powers to Goku's Spirit Bomb to defeat Kid Buu. He later appears at Bulma's house for a party. Ten years later at the end of the series, Oolong is at the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament, once again supporting his friends.
Dragon Ball GT
Unlike many of the characters, he hasn't aged at all. However, he does age a little in Dragon Ball GT. Years later, In the Baby Saga, when the Earth is about to explode, he moves with everyone else to the new Tuffle Planet, and later reappears at the Capsule Corporation in a party. Oolong's wish for panties leads to the creation of Oceanus Shenron (which, due to the nature of the wish, ironically creates the same kind of Shadow Dragon as most of her brothers). Oolong is last seen in the final flashbacks in the final episode of Dragon Ball anime.
Oolong is one of the few characters to survive in the "Trunks Timeline", as seen in the Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks TV Special. He is hidden in a submarine with Puar, Master Roshi, and Turtle.
- Oolong usually appears as nothing more than a one-line character in cut scenes for most Dragon Ball video games, such as Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 and Super Dragon Ball Z, however, he appears as a playable fighter in Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure (transformed into a Bat, but changes into a rocket for his specials).
- In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai, when all the seven Dragon Balls are gathered, Oolong appears and summons Shenlong, giving the player a choice of 3 Breakthrough capsules.
- In Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22, if two players choose Kid Goku, the loser transforms into Oolong.
- In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, in Launch's Skill Shop, Oolong hides himself in a window.
- While he himself does not appear in Shin Budokai, he is referenced and implied to have stolen a wish when the player acquires all of the Dragon Balls as Cooler.
- He appears in Dragon Ball: Origins playing mostly the same role as he did in the Pilaf Saga, except that the player must navigate their way through Oolong's maze-like lair to battle him.
- Transformation – Although he was expelled from the Shapeshifting Academy for stealing the teacher's panties and lacks the ability to change his form for more than five minutes at a time without a break. After a full five minutes have passed, Oolong's magic requires an additional minute to allow his magic to replenish so that he may transform again (Dragon Ball's other shapeshifter, Puar, completed the training and does not have this limitation). With his shapeshifting, Oolong can look like anything at all.
- Japanese dub: Naoki Tatsuta
- Ocean Group dub: Alec Willows (DB, DBZ Seasons 1-2); Doug Parker (Androids Saga and Majin Buu Saga)
- Blue Water dub: Corby Proctor
- FUNimation dub: Brad Jackson, Bryan Massey (Dragon Ball Z Kai)
- Harmony Gold dub: Dave Mallow (DB Movie 3)
- Latin American dub: Ernesto Lezama (until mid-Frieza Saga), Arturo Mercado (remaining)
- Portuguese dub: Ricardo Spínola
- French dub: Philippe Ariotti
- The Dragon Ball Collectible Card Game lists Oolong as being part of the Changeling race.
- While many evil characters eventually reformed and joined the side of good, Oolong has the distinction of being the first.
- Oolong is the first to speculate that Son Goku is not an Earthling, raising the question of whether he is "some kinda space alien" after the destruction he causes as a Great Ape at Emperor Pilaf's palace.
- In some of his first appearances, Oolong is shown wearing a Mao suit, made famous by Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong. This is possibly due to the fact that his character is based on a Chinese Legend. It could also be a reference to George Orwell's Animal Farm as the pigs in that novel were the ones who were in charge of the communist government on the farm.
- Oolong's transformations include a Demon, Frenchman, Bull, ramen-carrying robot, Bat, rocket, paddle, Fish, motorcycle, ladder, Bulma, and even some panties.
- Oolong is the first to make a wish in the Dragon Ball manga (excluding wishes made not seen.) and also the first to save the world by making a wish in time to stop Pilaf's evil plot.
- He is the most frequently appearing non-fighting comic relief character in the movies, appearing in eight movies.
- Oolong is likely based off of Donbe from Akira Toriyama's previous series, Dr. Slump. They are both shapeshifting animals and do some perverted tricks.
- Zoonama's story is very similar to that of Oolong, as both terrorized villages and demanded the daughters of the townspeople.
- Oolong makes a cameo appearance in the 7th Dr. Slump film in a crowd alongside Launch, the Pilaf Gang, and the two main characters of Akira Toriyama's one-shot Pink.
- Dragon Power
- Super Barcode Wars
- "Dress in Flames"
- "One, Two, Yamcha-cha!"
- "Yamcha the Desert Bandit"
- "So Long, Oolong!"
- "Oolong the Terrible"
- "Oo! Oo! Oolong!"
- "So Long, Oolong!"
- "Oolong the Terrible"
- "Yamcha and Pu'ar"
- "One, Two, Yamcha-cha!"
- "Yamcha the Desert Bandit"
- "Dragon Balls in Danger"
- "Onward to Fry-Pan..."
- "Keep an Eye on the Dragon Balls"
- "Goku's Rival"
- "So Long, Oolong!"
- "Separate Ways"