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"Did I forget to mention that I have the ability to raise my body temperature to even higher levels than the sun?"
The Four-Star Dragon

Nuova Shen Long (四 星 龍, Sì Xīng Lóng; Literally meaning "Four-Star Dragon") was one of the seven Evil Dragons and the fifth to be fought against by Son Goku and Pan. Nuova is the Dragon of the Four-Star Ball and represents the element of fire. He also stated that he was born from Piccolo Daimao wishing for the restoration of his youth during the events of the original Dragon Ball series.

His name is likely a play on the English word "Nova".


[edit] Biography

Nuova's 1st form

He first encountered Goku and Pan when they wandered into his domain – a city which he had reduced to a desert wasteland – and attempted to strike them down whilst encased in an orb of flame. After introducing himself as ‘the invincible four-star dragon’, Pan proceeded to inform him of the demise of four of the other dragons (something which seemingly surprised Nuova) and attempted to fight Nuova herself. However, he easily dodged her attack and knocked her out with a sound blow to the head. Goku demanded Nuova release the unconscious Pan and, to the Saiyan's surprise, Nuova did just that and quietly set Pan out of harm’s way. The two then squared off in a proper confrontation and Nuova swiftly overpowered Goku with his sheer speed and the ability to increase his body temperature to the equivalent of the sun. Goku is then forced to go on the defensive as Nuova relentlessly pursues him all across the city. Goku can only use Ki attacks without burning himself, but finds himself too hungry to shoot any.

Raging Nuova

After nearly meeting his end from Nuova's lethal Nova Death Ray technique, Goku decides to amp up the stakes and transforms straight to his Super Saiyan 4 form. Nuova responds in kind and transforms by shedding his outer shell, becoming much faster. While this allows Goku to even the odds somewhat, Nuova still holds a firm advantage thanks to his speed; Goku is only able to outmaneuver Nuova by leading him underground and using deception, allowing him to catch Nuova off-guard. However, Goku doesn’t finish off Nuova. When the Evil Dragon demands to know why, Goku explains that it is his way of thanking him for not harming his grand-daughter when he had the chance. Nuova simply replies that he wishes for a fair fight, a policy of which Goku approves. The two then return to the surface to commence their match anew.

The two are then interrupted by the arrival of Nuova’s twin brother, Eis Shen Long. Eis ridicules and pummels Nuova – who does not retaliate due to Eis being his brother – for his apparent weakness and takes on Goku himself. Nuova sits on the sidelines, refusing to gang up on an opponent. Goku mostly beats Eis, who resorts to freezing the Saiyan in place in order to win and instructs Nuova to incinerate him. Instead Nuova uses the heat of his attack to melt the ice surrounding Goku, allowing him to take on Eis a second time. Nuova later states how disgusted he is at Eis' tactics, but still does not strike him. When Goku successfully has Eis at pointblank range, Nuova is the one who requests Goku release him if he gives him the Dragon ball (despite stating that Eis "brought this on himself"). However, Eis goes back on his word and viciously blinds Goku with an icy liquid protruding from his sharp nails.

After Eis' demise, Nuova thanks Goku for a good fight and gives him some sort of medicine for the blindness caused by Eis' final attack. He then states that he will fight Goku again once the Saiyan recovers. Unfortunately, Nuova is killed on the spot by Syn Shen Long, who is disgusted by Nuova showing mercy to the wounded Saiyan. As he dies, Nuova apologizes to Goku by saying he wanted to settle their fight fairly.

Nuova Shen Long teaming up with SS4 Goku.

Nuova returns once more before the conclusion of the saga, this time to help Goku and Vegeta in defeating the seemingly unstoppable Omega Shen Long. After almost defeating Omega once during the fight, Goku managed to intercept (and swallow) the Four-Star Ball. This allowed Nuova to be reborn and empowered with Goku’s positive energy and he emerged from Goku's body seemingly loyal to Omega once again. Nuova requests that he face the two Saiyans alone and Omega agrees. Nuova then proceeds to outmatch Vegeta with little effort before blasting him out of the way. After a brief scuffle with Goku, the pair then hit Omega with a surprise attack, allowing Nuova to initiate the next part of the plan to destroy Omega. Surrounding them both in a Nova Sphere, Nuova restrains Omega Shen Long and states his contempt for him; he then attempts to incinerate Omega once and for all. Nuova even mocks Omega for the way he attacks his opponents by turning his back against him, remembering that he had shot him in the back when he first appeared. Unfortunately, Nuova’s taunts of him being immune to the heat of his own attack gives Omega the idea to forcefully possess Nuova via Naturon Shen Long's ability to possess bodies (when he absorbed the six other Dragon Balls, he took their powers along with them). Despite his best efforts Nuova’s body is used as a shell for Omega, allowing him to survive the blast. After the attack dissipates Omega bursts out of Nuova’s body and re-absorbs his Dragon Ball.

[edit] Anti-hero?

Nuova Shen Long's innate nobility and morals, unique among the seven Evil Dragons, could stem from a number of places. The most obvious is that he is the dragon of the Four-Star Ball, a Dragon Ball which has always been associated with Goku and his adopted grandfather, Grandpa Son Gohan. Another is that the wish made by King Piccolo – unlike all the other wishes that spawned the Evil Dragons – was a selfish one, and as such would produce less negative energy after being granted. Nuova Shen Long also has the distinction of being the last character Goku is able to win over to his side.

Another example of Nuova being a "good" Evil Dragon is the element that he wields, fire, which is viewed as an element of nobility used by some protagonists in certain media.

[edit] Abilities

Nuova Shenron in Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3.

Nuova Shen Long's abilities are all heat-based, and he can raise the temperature to more than 6000 degrees Celsius, effectively making him hotter than the surface of the Sun.

  • Fire Blasts: Nova Shen Long is capable of firing fire blasts from his palms just as casually as he can shoot Ki blasts. (Like many other fighters.)
  • Sun Gun Attack: Nuova Shen Long hides in a fireball and shoots ki blasts from within it. This attack is not named in the Japanese anime.
  • Burst Attack: A huge ball of fire shot at the opponent. This move is used on Goku to melt the ice from Eis Shen Long's Ice Ray. This attack seems to have variations as this move has in the original Nova Shenron shouts "Burst Attack" not only when freeing Goku from the Ice, but also when Nova pretended to be under Omega Shen Long's control he shouted, "Burst Attack" in the Japanese dub although this time the attack was used in a "Lens" fashion. He also used a lower powered version of this attack to SS4 Vegeta's face as a diversion to except he formed a lens first which shoots a lethal blast of Fire at the opponent. He also used this version of his attack twice against Goku in his first form. In the English dub, the "Lens" version is given the name "Nova Death Ray" as opposed to "Nova Star" for the flaming Kamehameha-like ball used by Nova.
  • Nova Sphere: Nuova Shen Long's ultimate attack. He grabs his opponent, then encases both himself and the opponent in a fireball. The fireball will explode if any volatile attacks are made, with a powerful explosion that can even kill Omega Shenron. Nuova Shenron himself will not be harmed by the explosion.
  • Ki Blast: The most basic form of energy wave.
  • Flight: The ability to fly.
  • Explosive Wave: Nuova used this attack in the Budokai Tenkaichi video game series.
  • Burning Tornado: One of Nuova's attacks in the Budokai Tenkaichi series.

[edit] Video game appearances

Nuova Shenron made his debut video game appearance in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3. He is playable in his second form as well as his alternate outfit being similar to his brother Eis Shenron and has the Nova Star as one of his attacks. Although Nuova is a hero in Dragon Ball GT, he is listed as a villain in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3. This is because he started out as an evil character; No. 18, No. 17, No. 16, and Fat Boo are also listed as villains.

[edit] Voice actors

[edit] Trivia

  • Nuova Shenron's personality somewhat resembles that of the early Piccolo (possibly the first truly evil villain to change to good) as he is willing to aid his foe against another enemy and is willing to take on Goku in a fair fight (as Piccolo originally fought Goku at the Tenkaichi Tournament). It is likely Nuova helping Goku was in some ways a tribute to Piccolo (who at this point had died and was stuck in Hell after helping Goku escape).
  • Both Goku & Nuova Shenron have teamed up with an enemy to defeat their brothers (Goku teamed up with Piccolo to defeat Raditz and Nuova teamed up with Goku to defeat Eis) who are evil & dishonorable. Also they ended up dying shortly after doing so, only to be revived and die a second time (Goku sacrified himself to defeat Raditz and Nuova was killed by Syn Shenron for helping Goku kill Eis, Goku was revived but died protecting the world from Cell and Nuova was revived only to die trying to defeat Omega Shenron).