Turtle Hermit (anime character)

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"I know why! Because he's scared, that's why! Of the one more powerful than a Super Saiyan... his wife!"
Turtle Hermit in "Goku's Alive!!"

Turtle Hermit (かめ せんにん, Kame Sen'nin; FUNimation "Turtle Hermit", Viz "Kame Sen'nin") is the master of the Turtle School and the first character to wield the trademark Kamehameha. Though he seems frail, he is actually a mighty warrior. Past and present students include Grandpa Son Gohan, Gyumao, Son Goku, Kuririn, and Yamucha. His home, Kame House, is a house on a small isolated island that serves as a gathering place for his friends. He is both the archetypal wise old man and dirty old man, the latter being typical of shōnen manga. Sometimes he gets cranky, which provides further comic relief.

Name and origin

Turtle Hermit is commonly referred to as Master Roshi. The Japanese word "roshi" (老師) translates to the Chinese word for "teacher" (lǎoshī), so his real name may simply be "Master" and the "Roshi" may be just a suffix. Turtle Hermit many times goes by other titles. He is also known as Muten Roshi (武天 老師, Muten Rōshi; FUNimation "Master Roshi", Viz "Kame Sen'nin"). When wishing to act anonymously, Turtle Hermit adopts the name Jackie Chun (ジャッキー チュン, Jakkii Chun; FUNimation "Jackie Chun", Viz "Jacky Chin") (a parody of martial arts master Jackie Chan).

Muten Rōshi in the English anime adaptation is a phonetic adaptation of that title, Master Roshi. Some fans find it humorous that this adaptation translates to "Master Old Teacher", or simply "Master Master".


Turtle Hermit is bald with a thick Fu Man Chu and beard. Muten Roshi wears beach clothes or a martial arts suit with a Turtle Shell on his back. He usually wields a walking stick. His companions are usually Oolong, Kame, and Lunch.


Turtle Hermit at Goku's House.

Turtle Hermit is over 300 years old at the start of the series, and provides various stories to explain his longevity. He is a very lecherous pervert and is constantly watching young women on television in his spare time or looking at dirty magazines. He even accepts a bribe from the young teen Bulma, to show him her panties in exchange for a Dragon Ball early in the series (and got a very big surprise, as Bulma unknowingly was not wearing any panties when she exposed herself). Turtle Hermit constantly tries to molest any remotely sexy woman he can get close enough to; usually Bulma or Lunch in Dragon Ball. He firmly believes that he is the ultimate stud and very, very cool, even though his fashion sense and mannerisms seem to be at least a few generations out of style.

Despite his skirt-chasing antics, Turtle Hermit is still a very wise and kind-hearted person who loves those around him like his own grandchildren. He openly enjoys life and its simple pleasures, but is willing to die for an honorable cause if necessary. Despite being noted by Kame in the chapter "Kame-sennin's Basho-sen" that Turtle Hermit has consumed the "immortality elixir", Turtle Hermit dies when attempting to utilize the Mafuba against Piccolo Daimao, which shows that the elixir grants immortality, but not invulnerability. He appears in most of the Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z films, usually as comic relief in the films. After the fight against Majin Boo, Turtle Hermit left his old sunglasses, and went to more futuristic ones.

Relevance and occupation

Turtle Hermit in his Jackie Chun persona.

Turtle Hermit lived on a small island with a house built on it known as Kame House. Here, he trained his students. He was known as the Turtle Hermit due to the heavy Turtle Shell that he and his students wore on their backs for weight training. At the beginning of Dragon Ball, he is the strongest fighter on Earth (with a battle power of 139). His battle power pales in comparison to any of the Z Warriors later in the series.

Before Dragon Ball Z, Roshi was a celebrity on Earth for his martial arts skill, literally to the point where he was able to get Tenshinhan off the hook for a murder accusation just by his personal endorsement. In Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT, however, his fame seems to be long forgotten, probably due to the emergence of Hercule, who is now the biggest celebrity in the world. By the time of Dragon Ball GT, he seems to be enjoying semi retirement and first appears while holidaying in West City (i.e. trying to feel up as many girls as possible).

Graduates of Turtle Hermit's training often include the kanji for "Turtle" ("Kame") on their dogi.


Early life

Young Turtle Hermit
Turtle Hermit climbing Karin Tower.
Turtle Hermit and Crane Hermit during King Piccolo's rampage.

Turtle Hermit, the younger brother of Uranai Baba, was trained by the great master Mutaito a few hundred years prior to the beginning of Dragon Ball, and he was the first one of many to climb the ridiculously tall Karin Tower to be trained by the legendary Karin.

It took him 3 years to catch Karin in order to get the Sacred Water that was rumored to tremendously increase one's strength and speed. Prior to King Piccolo's rampage on Planet Earth, he and Shen were rivals, but sometime when Shen turned over a new leaf for a time they became friends and fought side by side against King Piccolo's demons, as shown in the anime. When both students and Mutaito lost the battle, the master said to both of them that he would return someday with a way to defeat King Piccolo.

Shen lost his faith to his master and reverted back to his evil way of thinking, using the logic that good wasn't enough to defeat King Piccolo and left while Turtle Hermit fled to the mountains while many more innocent people were killed. Several years later, Mutaito returned to Turtle Hermit, which by then, most of Earth's population was gone. In the second battle, Turtle Hermit painfully witnessed his mentor die when Mutaito used the Evil Containment Wave technique on King Piccolo to seal him in a denshi jar (Rice cooker). Afterwards, Turtle Hermit dropped the denshi jar into the deepest depths of the ocean and would go on to establish the Turtle School based on Mutaito's teaching.

After fifty years, Turtle Hermit mastered a unique attack of his own invention, called the Kamehameha. He was also Gohan's and Gyumao's original martial arts instructor.

Dragon Ball

Emperor Pilaf Saga

Main article: Emperor Pilaf Saga

Turtle Hermit giving Goku the Kinto Un.
Turtle Hermit using the Kamehameha to put out fthe lames atop Mt. Frypan.

After his friend, Kame, had been lost for a whole year, Turtle Hermit was taken to the people who brought him back which were a kid named Son Goku and a woman named Bulma. Turtle Hermit ended up giving his Flying Nimbus to Goku and was surprised that he was pure-hearted and able to ride it. Roshi also got to see under Bulma's night gown in exchange for his Three-Star Ball. When returning back to his house he saw that the Pilaf and his minions raided his house looking for the Dragon Ball which he gave away. While Pilaf and his minions asked for help to pushing his ship back in the water to catch them, Roshi poked a hole in it causing Pilaf to sink to the bottom.

A few days later, Goku returned with Gyumao's daughter, Chichi, to borrow the Basho Fan to put out the flames on Fire Mountain. Unfortunately for them, he threw it away when he accidently got it messy from using it as a placemat, but decided to use Baby Gamera to fly over to Fire Mountain and put out the flames using the Kamehameha Wave in exchange to touch Bulma's breasts. When he was finished putting out the flames, he saw that Goku had decided to try the Kamehameha on a car and destroyed it. Surprised that he could manage to do an attack that took him decades to master, Roshi decided to take Goku in as his student when Goku was finished with his quest gathering the Dragon Balls.

Tournament Saga

Main article: Tournament Saga

Turtle Hermit training Goku and Kuririn by having them deliver milk.
Turtle Hermit struggling to barely beat Goku at the Tenkaichi Tournament.

When Goku returned to his house to start his training Turtle Hermit had Goku retrieve a female friend for him. After Goku failed to get him a decent woman, a former Orin Temple student named Krillin came requesting to train under him as well. After being bribed with Dirty Magazines, Turtle Hermit decided to allow him to train under him with Goku if they can bring him a beautiful girl. They later brought back Launch who is a beautiful girl with a strange disorder of switching personalities. Turtle Hermit packs up his house in a Capsule and moved the party over to his special Training Island. He made Goku and Krillin wear Turtle Shells as he put them through tough and strange physical training which began at 4:30 A.M. and included early morning milk delivery, tilling land bared hand, construction working and even academic work.

After eight months passed by Turtle Hermit brought them to Papaya Island to participate for the annual 21st Tenkaichi Tournament to test out their new strength. In the tournament, Turtle Hermit entered it himself under the disguise of Jackie Chun (an obvious parody of Jackie Chan), in order to make sure that his students did not win it, so that they would still have a challenge and would not become overconfident. He easily won the elimination rounds and was put up against Yamucha (one of Goku's friends from his quest finding the Dragon Balls) and defeated him. Next, Turtle Hermit was put up against Krillin in the semi-final who tried to distract him by throwing panties into arena but failed and Turtle Hermit still won. When Goku beat Namu in his semi-final match Turtle Hermit read Namu's mind and helped him out by giving him a storage capsule to fill with free water for his village and had him pose as Turtle Hermit in the crowd to convince Yamcha that Jackie Chun and Turtle Hermit are not the same person. In the final round Roshi was put up against Goku who became a tough match for him. When Goku looked at the full moon he turned into the Great Ape and he was forced to destroy the Moon to restore Goku back to his original form. Both of them still fighting and lacking energy it came down to Turtle Hermit winning just by barely having more energy. Once the tournament was over Roshi taught Goku that their is always someone better out there and that he should never think he is the best. With this in Goku's mind Turtle Hermit decided that Goku should now go out into the world and began a journey of his own.

Red Ribbon Army Saga - Commander Red Saga

Main articles: Red Ribbon Army Saga, General Blue Saga, and Commander Red Saga

Turtle Hermit and the others getting ready to head to Red Ribbon Army Headquarters.
Turtle Hermit and the others meeting Goku outside Red Ribbon Army Headquarters.

Turtle Hermit went back to the Kame House with Krillin so they can continue training. After a few days Goku returned with Bulma to get a submarine that he let them borrow in exchange for Bulma's Micro Band. When Lunch returned from getting groceries, Turtle Hermit decide to use the Micro Band to his advantage and draw her a bath so he can spy on her but Launch transformed into her hostile state threatening to shoot him if he doesn't do what she says. Captain Dark of the Red Ribbon Army had his troops come to his island to retrieve the dragon balls that Goku left behind and to make him build a radar for the Red Ribbon Army thinking that he was a scientist that gave him the radar. Turtle Hermit easily defeated the troops and Captain Dock. When Goku, Bulma and Krillin returned they gave Turtle Hermit an expensive diamond they found in the cave when retrieving their third Dragon Ball. Lunch who was still in her bad form took the diamond and left while General Blue of the Red Ribbon Army used his psychic powers to tie up everybody while he took the Dragon Balls and left a bomb to blow everybody up. They were saved when Launch returned in her good form and freed Goku to get rid of the bomb.

While the Red Ribbon Army were left being Goku's problem, Turtle Hermit had his Micro Band conviscated from Bulma because of the perverted tricks he tried. While everybody seemed to be relaxing for the time being Bulma made a scout plane that revealed that Goku was heading straight for the Red Ribbon Army Headquarters which they thought would be suicide. Roshi had Bulma contact Yamcha and bring a plane so they can catch up with Goku and help him in his risky fight. When they made it to the base, Goku had already defeated the Red Ribbon Army shocking Roshi even more on how powerful Goku has become. He even said that Goku could be even stronger than him.

Fortuneteller Baba Saga

Main article: Fortuneteller Baba Saga

Turtle Hermit reuniting with his sister, Baba.

Turtle Hermit and the others went back to Kame House after retrieving Goku from his victory over the Red Ribbon Army. Seeing that the last Dragon Ball's location was unknown Roshi pointed them in the direction of his older sister, the Fortuneteller Baba to have her reveal the position for them. Later on Goku came and grabbed Master Roshi and Bulma and took them to Fortuneteller Baba's Palace as part of a plan Krillin had. While Yamcha was facing an invisible man named See-Through, Krillin pulled Bulma's shirt down showing Turtle Hermit her bare breasts causing his nose to bleed and spray onto the Invisible Man revealing his position to Yamcha and be easily defeated. Turtle Hermit followed the rest of the gang and spectate the battles that Baba had them fight for her to tell them where the Dragon Ball was. After being impressed with seeing Goku defeat Bandages the Mummy and Spike the Devil Man at the Devil's Toilet, Goku had to fight a mysterious fighter that seemed familiar to both Goku and Roshi. When Goku won the mysterious fighter revealed himself to be Goku's Grandpa Gohan who Baba brought back from Otherworld for the day. When Goku retrieved the last ball, Bulma convinced Turtle Hermit to take on Yamcha as his student and began training for the 22nd Tenkaichi Tournament.

Tien Shinhan Saga

Main article: Tien Shinhan Saga

Turtle Hermit and Crane Hermit confrontating each other at the Tenkaichi Tournament.
Tenshinhan vs. Jackie Chun

Three years later, Roshi enters the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament under his alias of Jackie Chun again. At the tournament gates he meets his old rival Master Shen the crane hermit who decided to enter his students because he heard the news of Roshi's students getting far in the last tournament. Jackie Chun makes it past the preliminaries and in the quarter finals is put up against Man-Wolf who is holding a grudge against him. Man-Wolf hates him because of Roshi destroying the moon in the last tournament causing him to stay a wolf. Roshi easily beats him in the arena and was able to cure Man-Wolfs problem by using Krillin's head as a substitute moon. In the semi-finals he was put up against the crane hermits star pupil, Tien Shinhan. Roshi forfeited the battle since Tien found out that he was really Roshi in disguise and that he had faith in Tien's abilities and decided that he would be a better match for his students than himself. While Tien was conflicting with the commands Master Shen gave him in the final match against Goku, Roshi convinced Tien that Master Shen's ways are bad and saved Chiaotzu when Shen was going to kill him for Tien disobeying him.

King Piccolo Saga

Main article: King Piccolo Saga

Turtle Hermit using the Mufaba to stop Piccolo Daimao.

When Krillin was killed after the tournament by Tambourine, Roshi was able to identify that he was a spawn of the evil demon King Piccolo that his former mentor, Master Mutaito sacrificed himself to seal away. Realizing that King Piccolo was back, Roshi decided to travel with Tien and Chiaotzu to get the Dragon Balls before the demon king could. When King Piccolo found them Roshi and Chiaotzu were both killed by him in battle. Roshi was brought back to life after Goku defeated King Piccolo and traveled to Kami's Lookout to revive Shenron.

Piccolo Jr. Saga

Main article: Piccolo Jr. Saga

Lunch and Turtle Hermit at the 23rd Tenkaichi Tournament.

Three years later, Roshi attended the 23rd Tenkaichi Tournament to cheer on his friends and watch the battle against the reincarnated Piccolo.

Dragon Ball Z

Roshi stepped onto the sidelines and mostly remained as a background character throughout Dragon Ball Z, however, he did offer his wisdom and support frequently.

Saiyans attack

Five years later, Turtle Hermit was seen at his him home with Krillin, and Bulma, waiting for there reunion with Goku and his son, Gohan. The group is soon confronted by a man named Raditz, who reveals he is Goku's brother. He also reveals to Goku that he is a Saiyan warrior and was sent to Earth when he was a baby in order to wipe out all life. Master Roshi informs the confused and shocked Goku of a story that Grandpa Gohan told him. When he was a baby he hit his head and lost his memory, thus Goku lost his violent nature and become a happy, loving boy. Raditz implores Goku to join him in conquering planets, but is refused. However, Goku's son Gohan is kidnapped in order to get Goku to cooperate. Piccolo arrives to help Goku fight, and the two go off to take down Raditz. Later, Krillin, Bulma, and Master Roshi head to the battlefield and find Goku dying, a result of sacrificing himself to kill Raditz. Piccolo informs the group that two more Saiyans will be coming to Earth in one year, and that they far more powerful. A years later the Saiyans arrive and Master Roshi, Bulma, Oolong, Puar, Ox-King, and Chi Chi watch the battle on TV. They watch Yamcha fall, but the TV network shorts out, and they are unable to watch the continuing carnage, as Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu, and Piccolo all fall on the battlefield as well. Later they go to the battlefield to retrieve there injured friends, Krillin reveals the home world of Piccolo's, a place named Planet Namek where there are another a set of Dragon Balls that could be used to revive their fallen friends (as when Piccolo died, Kami did as well, rendering the Dragon Ball's inert).

The space tyrant, Freeza

Muten Roshi watches as Bulma, Krillin, and Gohan blast off into space, headed for Namek. Roshi is called by Bulma after they had arrived on Namek, but revealed the horrible news that Vegeta and a stronger being named Frieza were on the planet as well. Master Roshi visits the Hospital to tell Goku of the trouble on Namek. Later, Master Roshi is seen at Capsule Corporation with his friends who are worried about Goku, Gohan, and Krillin as they struggle to survive against Frieza on Namek. Roshi is also seen during Super Saiyan Goku's battle with Frieza. Master Roshi, Chi-Chi, Yajirobe and Dr. Brief are getting ready for a voyage to Namek, when they are sent a transmission from Gohan.

Black Water Mist

Some months later there is a party at Master Roshi's island. But they are affected by the Black Water Mist let loose by Garlic Jr.. They are later cured by the Sacred Water up in Kami's Lookout, and Garlic Jr. trapped in the Dead Zone yet again by Gohan.

A mysterious youth

Around a year later, Freeza and his father arrive on Planet Earth looking for revenge against Goku, only to be halted by the appearance of a mysterious boy, who proceeds to transform into a Super Saiyan and destroys the villains. Goku arrives soon after, and the boy reveals himself to be named Trunks, and that he is the son of Vegeta and Bulma from the future, a world plagued by two killer Androids who had killed all of the Z Warriors. He also reveals Goku would succumb to a heart virus in a few years, but gives him the antidote and advises he and the others to train for the arrival of the Androids in three years time.

The Androids and Cell

Three years later Muten Roshi is at his house with Oolong and Chiaotzu as they await the news regarding the battle with the Androids. Later, Goku who had come down with the heart virus is brought to his island to hide from the Androids, who were on the hunt for the fallen Super Saiyan. They later discover a monster named Cell (who is an Android from the future, who had come from another timeline in another time machine) who needs to absorb Android 17 and Android 18 to reach his "Perfect" form. A few days later, Goku recovers and he decides to continue his training in order to combat the Androids. Later the Androids arrive at his island looking for Goku, but Piccolo, who had merged with Kami, takes the Androids to a near by island to fight. Later the house is flooded due to Cell's final transformation. Master Roshi is later seen at Capsule corp. listening to Cell's announcement of the Cell Games that will take place in ten days. Later, Master Roshi watches the Cell Games on TV at his house with Bulma.

Death and revival

Seven years after the defeat of Cell, Muten Roshi is told by Gohan that Goku will be returning to Earth to attend the World Martial Arts Tournament. Master Roshi attends the Tournament to cheer on his friends. The appearance of Babidi changes the course of events, and after Vegeta is taken over by the wizard, he kills hundreds of people at the tournament in order to get Goku to fight him. Master Roshi goes with the others to look for the Dragon Balls in order to revive those killed by Vegeta. However, a much larger threat surfaces when Babidi's monster Majin Buu is released. He later takes refuge from Majin Buu on Kami's Lookout. A day later, Buu undergoes a transformation into Super Buu, who finds The Lookout and allows them to live for a short time as he await to fight the powerful warrior Goku promised him. While on The Lookout, Super Buu uses his Genocide Blast to kill all the people on Earth except for those on the Lookout. He is later tricked into the Hyperbolic Time Chamber in order for Gotenks to fight him on his terms. After Piccolo believes Gotenks had lost, he destroys the door to the chamber, trapping them in for eternity. However, Buu is enraged when he learns he will not be able to eat chocolate, and rips a hole in the dimensions using his powerful voice. Super Buu escapes and turns everybody into chocolate and eats them. Later, Master Roshi is revived and gives his energy to Goku to fuel the Spirit Bomb to defeat Kid Buu. Ten years later he attends the 28th World Tournament to cheer on his friends at the end of Dragon Ball Z series.

Dragon Ball GT

Muten Roshi, Oolong, and Puar in Dragon Ball GT.

Muten Roshi is seen in "Piccolo's Decision", as he must go to Planet Tuffle to escape the explosion of Earth and later attends a party at Bulma's house. In the last episode of Dragon Ball GT, Master Roshi is seen on his island with Krillin and Goku remembering old times and saying their final goodbyes to Goku. In his last appearance Master Roshi is seen on a few of the final flashbacks.


Turtle Hermit in Dragon Ball: Evolution.

Turtle Hermit appeared in Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies, Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins, and Dragonball: Evolution.

Video games

Turtle Hermit is a playable character in:

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Forms and transformations

Base form

Turtle Hermit's base form

In his base form, he seems old and fragile usually walking with a cane, not doing much battle, but able to perform incredible acts that most ordinary people cannot accomplish, such as his ability to move at incredible speeds; in fact, compared to the average human, he could be seen as a superhuman. In the Vegeta Saga, he is seen having a power level of 139, compared to the average human's power level of 5, in the episode after the defeat of Raditz.

When he was a teenager and a student under Mutaito, he wore clothes similar to what he wore in the present, as he was shown to have worn a light-purple, monk-like outfit and black sunglasses and had a full head of hair, when he was shown climbing Karin Tower, when Goku went back in time and met him around this time. (Whether this was before or after he climbed the tower was never stated.)

Sometime later in his life, he started wearing the standard garb of Mutaito's students, a purple gi and a bald head. In this appearance, he was taller, buffer, more youthful, and physically resembled Tien without his third eye.

50% Max Power

Turtle Hermit at his 50% max power form.

Roshi fought Tien in this form at the 22nd World tournament. It is more muscular and more powerful than his base form, but the muscles aren't as large as that of his max power.

MAX Power

Turtle Hermit's MAX Power form

Muten Roshi can also increase his energy and achieve his final stage, MAX Power Turtle Hermit (MAX パワー 亀 仙人, MAKKUSU Pawā Kame Sen'nin), or Muten Roshi Maximum Output (武天 老師 最大 出力, Muten Rōshi Saidai Shutsuryoku).[3] In this form, his appearance changes dramatically, with an enormous increase in muscle mass and strength. In this state, he can perform many Ki attacks, most noticeably being the enhanced Kamehameha, at their maximum potential. Full power of this stage is unknown, but he was able to destroy the moon with the MAX Power Kamehameha, causing Goku to revert back to his base form after having transformed into his Great Ape form during the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament. This form is seen when he puts out the fire on Fire Mountain, as Jackie Chun when he destroys the Moon, and when he transforms into this form to fight against Broly, but backed down at the last minute (mostly because he was too drunk to even focus). He rarely uses this form because of the decrease in speed and stamina.


  • Super agility and stamina (In base form)
  • Super strength (In MAX Power form)


Turtle Hermit and Crane Hermit using a Full Power Energy Wave.
  • Bankoku bikkuri-sho (Thunder Shock Surprise in the English anime and Bankoku Surprise Prize in the English manga) – The most potent and powerful attack used by Turtle Hermit (disguised as Jackie Chun) in which he shoots a lightning blast towards the target using both hands, and traps the opponent within an electric field. Normally, the opponent cannot escape. Goku, however, was able to escape by transforming into a Great Ape at the sight of a full moon. Before Goku, Master Roshi had only needed to use the attack once before while sparring with Grandpa Gohan. The attack is extremely lethal and dangerous, and as such, Roshi prefers not to use it. This attack is named after a 1967 Japanese variety show, Bankoku Bikkuri Show.
  • Bound Technique – (Hands and Feet Paralysis) This move was used by Roshi when he was pitted against Man Wolf during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament. Despite its usage in the manga, it was only named in the anime.
  • Combined Full Power Energy Wave - he used this technique with Shen against a group of King Piccolo's Demons.
  • Cobra Twist
  • Figure-Four Leg Lock
  • Kamehameha – An energy blast of which Master Roshi created. He presumably taught it to Grandpa Gohan and then several of the Z Fighters of Earth, including Krillin and Yamcha. Goku figured out how to perform the technique after witnessing Roshi use it. Tien gained the ability to perform the Kamehameha, and double its power (something that was apparently retconned as the series continued), when he observed it from Yamcha. Majin Buu also learns the attack after seeing Goku use it. This is Goku's signature attack. The attack is performed by cupping the hands at the side of the body, usually the right, drawing them back and saying "KA-ME-HA-ME-HA" in five stages, before thrusting the hands forward and shooting a powerful blue energy beam towards the target.
  • Ki Blast – The most basic form of energy wave.
  • Hypnosis – Saiminjutsu (催眠術, Saiminjutsu) is a technique used by Jackie Chun at the 22nd Tenkaichi Tournament against Goku. It can be used to hypnotize and control the mind of the opponent.
  • Original Kamehameha – The original version of the Kamehameha, it involves many arm sweeping movements before cupping the hands together.
  • Maximum Power Kamehameha – This is simply a Kamehameha performed after ki is gathered into all parts of the body, causing a far more muscular build than normal. This causes a much more powerful blast than normally possible. Capable of destorying a planetary body about the size of Earth's moon.
  • Mafuba (Demon Seal) – Invented by Mutaito as a way to capture King Piccolo. The problem with this technique is that it sacrifices the user's life. First, you hold one hand in the air, palm up, and stick two fingers out. Basically, you concentrate on the user and pick them up, forcing their spirit to a destination. In all the cases, the user was forced into a container with a holy talisman charm reading "demon seal" or "magic seal". The aim has to be perfect in order to get the user inside the jar, and it takes a great deal of discipline.
  • Telepathy – The ability to channel one's thoughts to another being. Roshi uses this at the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament to read the mind of Namu who was in desperate need of water for his drought-ridden village. He later uses this to converse between himself and the Master Shen during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, even if the conversation was merely exchanging insults.
  • Jan-ken – This is Goku's signature attack in early Dragon Ball, but is soon replaced by the Kamehameha. The user shouts, "Jan-ken" and then a name corresponding to the attack. The same technique was taught to Grandpa Son Gohan by Roshi. It is unknown whether he is the inventor of the technique, although it is assumed so.
  • Special Beam Cannon – Roshi was shown to use this technique in Dragon Ball Z: Atsumare! Gokū Wārudo. He is not shown to use the technique in any other part of the Dragon Ball media.
  • Sui-ken – Roshi used the Sui-ken (酔拳, Sui-ken; Literally meaning "Drunken Fist") as Jackie Chun in the World Martial Arts Tournament. He acts drunk by wobbling around, and while the opponent is confused he hits them by catching them off guard. Quite possibly a reference to the Jackie Chan film Drunken Master.
  • Pressure Point Attack – A technique which, by touching certain pressure points on an opponent's body, can incite effects such as paralysis.
  • Sawayakana Kaze – Sawayakana Kaze (さわやかな 風, Sawayakana Kaze)
  • Yoiko minmin-ken – was used by Roshi at the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament (as Jackie Chun). Basically this is a hypnosis move used to put the opponent to sleep by using hand motions and weird voice sounds.
  • Zanzo-ken (Shadow Fist) – With this ability, Roshi can move in an explosive burst so quickly that he leaves an image of himself behind. Most often it is used to dodge an incoming attack and get behind the opponent to perform a counter-attack.

Major battles

Turtle Hermit in Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
  • Turtle Hermit and Shen vs. King Piccolo's demon sons
  • Turtle Hermit vs. (Grandpa) Gohan (Stated to have fought him, battle never seen)
  • Turtle Hermit (Jackie Chun) vs. Yamcha
  • Turtle Hermit (Jackie Chun) vs. Krillin
  • Turtle Hermit (Jackie Chun) vs. Goku
  • Turtle Hermit (Jackie Chun) vs. Man-Wolf
  • Turtle Hermit (Jackie Chun) vs. Tien Shinhan
  • Turtle Hermit vs. King Piccolo (Old form)
  • Turtle Hermit vs. Bio Warriors (Movie 2)
  • Turtle Hermit vs. Ebifurya, Kishime and Misokatsun (Movie 2)

Voice actors


Turtle Hermit's cameo in Plan to Eradicate Super Saiyans.
  • Aside from Krillin, Turtle Hermit is the only male main character whose birth is unaccounted for to have never been evil (at least in the manga, though the anime did have him briefly becoming evil due to the Black Water Mist and Baby's control). Even Goku, a.k.a. Kakarrot, was initially evil, and the births of Son Gohan, Goten, and Trunks births are accounted for.
  • Turtle Hermit has a driver's license which he uses to prove his identity to a doubtful Chichi in the chapter "In Search of Kame-Sen'nin" (it was likely a pilot's liscense, since he is shown to own a private jet).
  • Turtle Hermit enjoys eating home delivered pizza, which serves as a tongue-in-cheek joke because he lives so far out into the ocean.
  • Turtle Hermit is the first character to be shown to transform when he transforms into his MAX Power form.
  • During the Garlic Jr. Saga, when all of the Z Warriors are under the Black Water Mist's control, Turtle Hermit is the only person who retains the ability to clearly speak.
  • Though Turtle Hermit usually appears wearing a signature Turtle Shell on his back, he actually has an entire closet full of different colored varieties to choose from, as seen in DB Episode 14 and DB Episode 55.
  • Turtle Hermit makes an appearance in Cross Epoch and is partnered with Sanji.
  • Turtle Hermit can be seen on a billboard in Metro West in Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate Super Saiyans.
  • Turtle Hermit's MAX Power form shares some similarties with the Ultra Super Saiyan form. They both give the user super strength, but decrease speed and stamina.


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