Tao Pai Pai
Tao Pai Pai Artwork

Full Name

Tao Pai Pai


General Tao


To kill Goku


Defeated by Goku

Tao Pai Pai is an assassin from the manga and anime series Dragon Ball.

Dragon Ball

famed assassin and mercenary, Tao Pai Pai was hired by the Red Ribbon Army to assassinate Son Goku. Commander Red was unsure about his ability and Tao demonstrated by killing General Blue, a former high ranking officer with a tongue strike. He defeated Goku with his Dodonpa, thinking he was dead, and killed his friend Bora with the back of his own spear, but he forgot one of the Dragon Balls. While Tao Pai Pai stayed on a nearby city to fetch new clothes, Goku, who had survived, climbed the Karin Tower, where he was trained by Karin. After three days, Tao attacks Upa, asking him where he was hiding the Dragon Ball, but Goku interrupts him and fights him again. Goku continuously beats Tao up pummeling to the ground as his tunic is torn off. He uses his Dodonpa again but Goku blocks the ray with his hands, at which point Goku reveals he climbed the Karin Tower and drank from the Sacred Water, which made him stronger. Tao flees and decided to climb the tower by himself, but he is tricked by Karin into drinking common water. Believing to be stronger than before, Tao decides to return, and is given a fake Kinto'un flying cloud by Karin, which makes him fall to the ground. He once again fights Goku and again is defeated, begging for mercy. While Goku is distracted, he trows a grenade at him and attempts to flee, but Goku kicks it back at him, blowing him up and nearly killing him.

Later, it was revealed his brother was Tsurusen'in. In the Piccolo Jr. Saga, he participated in the Tenkaichi Budokai, rebuilt as a cyborg and sought to gain vengeance on Tenshinhan for deserting his brother. He used a katana and scarred Tenshinhan on the chest and fired a Super Dodonpa, but Tenshinhan nullified the blast with a kiai and defeated him with one punch. Tenshinhan then drops an unconscious Tao over to Tsurusen'in who then takes him away.

Dragon Ball Z

Tao Pai Pai makes two appearances in Dragon Ball Z, both during the Cell Games saga. In his first appearance, he acted as the enforcer for a man who ran a shelter that could supposedly protect people from Cell. However Gohan showed up and disrupted the man's plans. When an old martial artist from the town took on a few henchmen, Tao was called out to fight him. After exchanging a few blows, Tao had him at his mercy and was about to finish him off with his Super Dodonpa, when Son Gohan stepped in. Though at first relieved that the boy was not Goku, whom he still feared from their last confrontation, he soon fled after finding out he was Goku's son.

In his second appearance, Tao Pai Pai was working for a businessman who wanted the Dragon Balls to wish for immortality, in order to save himself from Cell. However Goku showed up, also looking for the Dragon Balls. Though he wanted the two Dragon Balls Tao had, he was disappointed not to have anything to give in return, so the cyborg made him a deal. If Goku could solve three complex puzzle rings by dawn the next day, he could have the balls. Tao then took Goku's jacket, with the Dragon Balls inside and he and his boss made a break for it, thinking that Goku would not be able to track them down. However Goku managed to solve the puzzle rings and found them with his Instant Transmission.

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