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Ox-King, also referred to as Ox Demon King ( Gyūmaō) when his castle was engulfed in flames, is the king of Fire Mountain, as well as the father of Chi-Chi, the father in-law of Goku, the maternal grandfather of Gohan and Goten, and the great grandfather of Pan. He once trained with Goku's adoptive grandfather, Grandpa Gohan, under Master Roshi at the Turtle School.


Ox-King is quite large and has a lot of facial hair. His appearance is one of the most changing of all the supporting characters in the series. When he first appears, he is drawn more barbaric and menacing, and wields an axe. By the end of Dragon Ball and beginning of Dragon Ball Z, he dresses in normal attire and wears glasses instead of goggles. His facial hair is more detailed. In the Kid Buu Saga, he appears to be much bigger, his facial hair grows out more, and the hair in the back of his head extends out a little over his shoulders. There are also slight alterations to his clothes.

In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, he wears a blue jean and dark tank top with a tie. At the end of Dragon Ball Z, his hair is gray, and he wears formal clothes with an orange tie. In his very first appearance in Dragon Ball GT, his tie is purple, and in his next appearance, it is yellow. Overall, Ox-King's character design changes more than any of the other supporting characters such as Puar, Oolong, Yajirobe, etc.


Despite his threatening sounding name, Ox-King is really quite harmless and fun loving. He was somewhat demonic when his castle became engulfed in flames on Fire Mountain during a picnic with his daughter, and wreaked havoc through the village at the foot of the mountain. In the anime, he has a few large roles though from time to time, mainly involving keeping his daughter out of trouble. He also cares deeply for his family, buying his grandchildren presents and visiting quite often, and will stop at nothing to make sure things are done, such as protecting Chi-Chi's wedding gown from the fires surrounding his castle.

Though generally very polite and generally disinterested in girls, Ox-King is shown to have a perverted side similar to Master Roshi's when watching Maron sunbathe in the episode "Krillin's Proposal". The Ox-King is a smoker, as seen on the cover of the chapter "An Unexpected Strength", in the first Dragon Ball Z ending sequence, and in the episode "Gohan Goes Bananas!".

In Kakarot even after the Cell Games, Ox-King is shown to still fear Piccolo due to his past life as the Demon King Piccolo. He is also shown to be perverted much like his mentor Master Roshi, as he flips through the Girlish Magazine that Piccolo got from Krillin for Ox-King so could give the magazine to Master Roshi as a gift. Unfortunately, he is soon caught by Chi-Chi, who do to her dislike of such material does not consider it a "proper" gift to give to his mentor, becomes angry at her father. Ox-King tries to calm her down by offering to bring her some of his treasure, but she refuses on principle as he is setting a bad example for his grandson. As a result, she proceeds to comically beat him up for his transgressions. Ironically, the gift was actually something he came up with when Piccolo wouldn't leave because he overheard Ox-King mumbling to himself about Gohan and didn't want to reveal he was just thinking about what to eat, fearing that Piccolo might kill him for wasting his time.



Before the events of the Dragon Ball manga, the Ox-King was a martial artist who trained with Grandpa Gohan under Master Roshi. According to Master Roshi, the Ox-King and Grandpa Gohan did milk deliveries as part of their training, just like Goku and Krillin did after them. Sometime after completing his training under Master Roshi, Ox-King married an unnamed wife and became ruler of Fire Mountain. The Ox-King's wife gave birth to a daughter named Chi-Chi, but then died of an illness. His unnamed wife's wedding dress would eventually be given to Chi-Chi when she married Goku.

Dragon Ball[]

Emperor Pilaf Saga[]

Main article: Emperor Pilaf Saga

Living on Fire Mountain, Ox-King would either scare away or eat anything that came along, due to the fact that his castle was stuck up on the mountain in eternal flames, which angered him greatly. This leads residents in the surrounding area to dub him "The Emperor of Demons". Bulma, Goku and Oolong stumble upon him and Chi-Chi on their quest for the Dragon Balls. Ox-King first finds Bulma and Oolong wandering around Fire Mountain. After Bulma convinces him they are not enemies, he asks Goku to find his daughter Chi-Chi who has not returned after she went looking for his old Master, Roshi, to help put out the fire. They agree to help him, and Goku along with Chi-Chi bring back Master Roshi, the only one strong enough to break the barrier. Master Roshi fires a MAX Power Kamehameha at the wall of fire, and destroys it. However, the Kamehameha is so powerful that it takes the entire mountain with it. After Master Roshi blows the mountain and castle away, the Ox-King promises not to hurt anyone again. Although his castle is gone, Ox-King and Chi-Chi shrug it off and vow to build a new one. After Goku finds Chi-Chi and returns her to her father, Ox-King offers her to Goku as a wife in gratitude of her safe return. Not knowing what a wife is, Goku agrees.

Red Ribbon Army Saga[]

Main article: Red Ribbon Army Saga

When Chi-Chi starts to miss Goku in an anime filler, she and the Ox-King talk to an old lady who says that he is coming. The Ox-King throws a rock at a pterodactyl (who ate a Dragon Ball) for the wedding dinner of Goku and Chi-Chi. When Emperor Pilaf comes to Ox-King's village, Shu poses as Goku. Then, Colonel Silver and the Red Ribbon Army come and attack the Ox-King's village.

King Piccolo Saga[]

Main article: King Piccolo Saga

Four years later Ox-King and Chi-Chi reappear in the anime filler, where they are seen watching King Piccolo on TV. Later, while on his way to King Castle, Goku spots some of King Furry's guards attempting to kill Ox-King on King Piccolo's orders to kill all well-known martial artists, him being the first on the list. Goku puts a stop to it and heads off to stop King Piccolo. Later on they are seen outside, watching the celebration fireworks after King Piccolo is killed.

Piccolo Jr. Saga[]

Main article: Piccolo Jr. Saga

Again in the anime filler, three years later, Chi-Chi returns to Ox-King's castle with Goku. Chi-Chi announces she and Goku are getting married, which surprises Ox-King since he thought she was just going to tell him what the Tournament was like. Ox-King is eventually trapped in his own castle after they are once again engulfed in flames, and he vows to protect Chi-Chi's wedding dress from the flames. Goku and Chi-Chi first go to find the Bansho Fan to help put the flames out but they did not succeed in stopping the flames. Fortuneteller Baba then told them about the Furnace of Eight Divisions, a part of Other World which was the cause of the flames. Goku and Chi-Chi manage to repair the holes in the Furnace, which narrowly saves Ox-King. Sometime over the three years between the King Piccolo Saga and Piccolo Jr. Saga, Ox-King seemingly gives up being a warrior and also abandons his old armor towards the end of Dragon Ball, for the look he would have for most of Dragon Ball Z. The Ox-King also becomes noticeably friendlier during this time.


Ox-King originally wanted to name Goku and Chi-Chi's first child Gohan from a long list of names that all had "Ox" in them: "Ox-King Jr.", "Ox-Monkey", "Ox In The Box", "Big-Ox", "Oxford", "Ox-Man", or "Johnny-Ox-Seed". Gohan followed every one of these suggestions with crying. Chi-Chi then yelled at Goku for wanting to go fishing without coming up with at least one name. While yelling at Goku, Chi-Chi says the name of Goku's adoptive grandfather Gohan. Gohan laughed each time he heard the name, and Ox-King notices this and interrupts Chi-Chi's yelling to make Gohan's laughing known to his parents. Goku and Chi-Chi both accept his name idea.

Dragon Ball Z[]

Saiyan Saga[]

Main articles: Raditz Saga and Vegeta Saga

Ox-King visits Chi-Chi to bring presents for Gohan, who was training under Piccolo after Raditz's arrival and Goku's death. Krillin visits them and spend the night with them, but unable to break the news, he returns to Kame House. Ox-King then goes with Chi-Chi to Kame House where Roshi tells them what happened.

One year later, Ox-King returns to Kame House to witness the battle against the Saiyans on Fortuneteller Baba's Crystal Ball.

Frieza Saga[]

Main articles: Namek Saga and Frieza Saga

Frieza-Androids Interlude[]

Main articles: Garlic Jr. Saga and Trunks Saga

Cell Saga[]

Main article: Cell Games Saga

Ox-King watches the battle against Cell on TV at Chi-Chi's house. When the TV breaks, Chi-Chi breaks down and angrily berates Goku for having Gohan fight Cell, causing Ox-King to sternly remind Chi-Chi of how much Gohan had grown and that he is capable of defeating Cell and saving the planet, thanks to Goku's help. This however, just enrages Chi-Chi even further, and she begins trashing her living room- even going so far as to break her T.V. Some time later, Baba comes to the house and they watch the fight on Baba's Crystal Ball.

After the Cell Games and Goku's death, Ox-King often helps sneak Gohan out from his studies. He proudly boasts at the time that his grandson is "the strongest guy in the world".

World Tournament Saga[]

Main articles: World Tournament Saga and Babidi Saga

Seven years after the defeat of Cell, Ox-King has another grandson named Goten, who was born shortly after the Cell Games. When Goku is to return to Earth for one day, Ox-King attends the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament to cheer on his family and friends.

When Vegeta kills a massive number of people at the World Tournament stadium to get Goku to fight him, Ox-King goes with the group to gather the Dragon Balls.

Majin Buu Saga[]

Main articles: Fusion Saga and Kid Buu SagaOx-King takes refuge at The Lookout, where he and the others learn of the monster Majin Buu and the deaths of Vegeta and Gohan (the latter of whom was actually with Supreme Kai and Kibito on their planet). Hearing the tragic news makes Chi-Chi faint. Ox-King keeps watch over her until she recovers.

A day later, Super Buu finds the tower and allows them to live for a short time. Ox-King attempts to keep Chi-Chi away from fighting Buu, but fails when she is turned to an egg and smashed. Ox-King is then one of the characters who accompany Krillin and Dende when they decide to follow Buu and Piccolo to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. When Super Buu escapes from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber after Piccolo destroys the door, he turns Ox-King and the rest of the group into chocolate with his Chocolate Beam and eats them, thus killing them. Later, the destroyed Earth and all its people are revived and Ox-King give some of his energy to help Goku make the Spirit Bomb to destroy Kid Buu. He later watches as his daughter Chi-Chi hugs Goku after she is finally reunited with him.

Dragon Ball Super[]

God of Destruction Beerus Saga[]

Main article: God of Destruction Beerus Saga

Ox-King becomes poor after the fire in Fire Mountain burned his treasure. Without his treasure, he is unable to support Chi-Chi and Goku which makes Chi-Chi tell Goku to get a job.

Ox-King later joins everyone at Bulma's birthday party on her cruise liner. He is shown socializing with everybody around the ship. He also serves as a waiter of sorts, helping out by serving food and drinks to people, like Master Roshi and Oolong, who he finds looking at nude magazines. When Beerus arrives at Earth, Ox-King joins the small crowd of people watching Beerus eat the food Krillin serves him. Unlike many others, he chooses to stay with a few other people on the ship, while Bulma gathers nearly everybody in her space-pod to go in for a closer look at Goku and Beerus' fight.

Universe 6 Saga[]

Main article: Universe 6 SagaOx-King attends the Tournament of Destroyers with his family and friends. After nearly three hours of traveling from Earth to Beerus' planet, and from Beerus' planet to their destination, the Nameless Planet, they finally arrive there. Ox-King is a bystander and he watches the matches between Universe 7 and Universe 6.

Copy-Vegeta Saga[]

Main article: Copy-Vegeta Saga

Peaceful World Saga[]

Main article: Peaceful World Saga

Ten years after Majin Buu's defeat, he attends the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament to cheer on his great-granddaughter, Pan.

Dragon Ball GT[]

Baby Saga[]

Main article: Baby Saga

Ox-King is apparently possessed by Baby, along with the entire population of Earth. He only makes cameo appearances when the Baby-threat ends.

Film appearances[]

Dead Zone[]

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Dead ZoneThe Ox-King arrives at Goku's House to see his daughter and grandson, delivering a number of books for him as gifts when he is suddenly struck from behind by Ginger and collapses to the ground. After Chi-Chi also falls defeated, he urges Gohan to run away but he is unfortunately captured anyway.

Battle of Gods[]

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of GodsFour years after the defeat of Kid Buu, Ox-King and the rest of his family and friends attend Bulma's birthday celebration at Capsule Corporation where it is disturbed by the God of Destruction Beerus.

Other Dragon Ball stories[]

The Return of Son Goku and Friends![]

Main article: Dragon Ball: The Return of Son Goku and Friends!


Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

"A thirteen-foot tall brawny man and Chi-Chi's father. He was once feared as the "Demon Emperor," but has long since become a harmless and fun-loving figure who adores his grandson Gohan. He wears a horned helmet, making his title of "Ox-King" fitting. Secrets of the Ox-King 1: His castle once sat atop Mt. Frypan and was filled with treasure he had stolen. That treasure was blown away by Master Roshi's Kamehameha, but the Ox-King was eventually able to recover all of it. It is that treasure that helps Goku and his family get by, as Goku does not work."

Ox-King Z Encyclopedia Summary in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

Ox-King appears as an NPC who appears at various points during the story and can occasionally be found in certain areas.

In between Evil Emperor Frieza Episode 1: "Bulma's Advice" and Evil Emperor Frieza Episode 1: "Interplanetary Preps", Gohan finds his grandfather worried and asks him what is wrong. This leads to Sub Story: "Like a Different Person", where Ox-King reveals he's worried about Chi-Chi and Gohan decides to go check on her. Gohan overhears his mother talking to herself about needing ingredients. Gohan reports back to his grandfather and tells him what he heard. The two decide to go collect the ingredients Chi-Chi needs as a surprise for her in order to cheer her up.

During the Cell Saga, Ox-King can be found fishing at the pond in West Forest Area near the Sacred Land of Korin.

During the Cell Saga Intermission after Gohan gives Dende the Rainbow Crystal he needs to power up the Earth Dragon Balls to make them nearer in strength to the Namekian Dragon Balls, Piccolo can find Ox-King next to Goku's House. He overhears the former "Demon Emperor" mumbling to himself and becomes curious when he mentions Gohan. However Ox-King is still pretty terrified of Piccolo, due to seeing him more like the Demon King Piccolo of old (implying he is unaware of Piccolo's recent fusion with Kami). This lead to the Sub Story: "An Awkward Pair". While Ox-King was only wondering about what to have to eat, he fears Piccolo will kill him for wasting his time and Piccolo's piercing "death stare" only reinforces that fear. Ox-King then acts like he was planning on getting a gift for Master Roshi and wanted to ask Goku, though unfortunately he is currently dead. Piccolo suggests he ask another Earthling, but Ox-King ropes Piccolo into going to ask Krillin what kind of gift Master Roshi would like. After helping Krillin out with his training, he gives Piccolo an unopened Girlish Magazine which he notes Master Roshi is sure to enjoy. Piccolo returns to Goku's House and hands over the magazine. However being a widower, Ox-King can't help but take a peek at the magazine to determine if it is up to Master Roshi's standards. He is amazed at the quality of the magazine and notes Master Roshi's Sunglasses will melt when he sees it. Unfortunately Chi-Chi overhears the commotion her father is making in his excitement and is utterly horrified to see her own father holding such a risqué magazine. He tries to explain it is a gift for Master Roshi, but she points out he was flipping through it and that it is an improper gift to give to someone's martial arts mentor. Ox-King tries to calm her down by offering to bring her some treasure, but she refuses to let him off the hook this time (implying he has a history of trying to bribe his daughter with riches from his treasure vault) and beats him up for setting a bad example for his grandson. Piccolo wisely decided to take his leave not wanting to get caught up in anymore of Ox-King and Chi-Chi's family drama, completing the Sub Story. This unlocks the Secrets of the Ox-King 1 section of Ox-King's Z Encyclopedia Summary and his Soul Emblem. The Secrets of the Ox-King 1 reveals that Ox-King's treasure are actually riches stolen by him, presumably during his days as the feared "Demon Emperor", indicating he like Yamcha was formerly a bandit/thief.


Ox-King is the type who relies on power more than techniques. He cannot use the Kamehameha because he was not quite good enough to master it.

Manga and anime

The Ox-King is a strong martial artist who trained under Roshi alongside Grandpa Gohan long ago.

In an Emperor Pilaf Saga filler scene, the Ox-King attacks Goku. Goku is able to dodge every attack the Ox-King has but none of his attacks damage Ox-King at all.

During the Red Ribbon Army Saga, the Ox-King is able to withstand tank blasts without any damage. He is also strong enough to destroy tanks with his fists or by slicing them with his axe. However, he is rendered helpless whenever Colonel Silver blinds him with some goo and he is trapped in a net by the Red Ribbon Army.

He also trained his daughter Chi-Chi in the martial arts.


In Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, Ox-King is knocked unconscious in one blow by Garlic Jr.'s henchman, Ginger (though he was off guard). Ginger proved to be much more powerful than the likes of Chi Chi, but was no match for Goku even in his Super Makyan state. Goku with weighted clothing on proved to be more powerful than the transformed Ginger.

Statements by authors and guidebooks

In the movie pamphlet for Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might and Dragon Ball Z: The Anime Adventure Game, Ox-King's power level is stated to be 900.

Techniques and Special Abiilities[]

  • Axe Attack – An axe combo used to attack Goku in a filler scene in the Emperor Pilaf Saga. Also used in the Origins series.
  • Down Thrust – A ground pound with his axe. It leaves him open after his axe get stuck into the ground. Used in the Origins series.
  • Flying Axe – Ox-King throws his axe at his opponent, and it comes back like a boomerang. Used to attack Bulma and Oolong in the Emperor Pilaf Saga. Also used in Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo and the Origins series.
  • Gigantic Rock Throw – Used to kill a pterodactyl during the Red Ribbon Army Saga.
  • Charging Mad Bull – A charge move that can be repeated up to three times. Ox-King charges straight to the enemy with the force of an ox. Used in the Origins series.


  • Axe -
  • Hovercar - One of Earth's more common vehicles that are very fast compared to their wheeled counterparts.
  • Wedding Dress - The wedding dress belonging to his dead wife which he gave to Chi-Chi for her wedding.
  • Airplane - In Kakarot, Ox-King has an Airplane which ge uses to travel to West Forest Area near the Sacred Land of Korin during the Cell Saga of Kakarot.
  • Girlish Magazine - An unopened risqué magazine acquired from Krillin by Piccolo to give to Ox-King as a gift for Master Roshi. Ended up flipping through it himself, but was caught by Chi-Chi who was unsurprisingly enraged by her father's behavior. An Event Item from the Adults Sub Story: "An Awkward Pair" in Kakarot.

Video Game Appearances[]

  • Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo
  • Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kyōshū! Saiyan
  • Dragon Ball Z Side Story: True Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans - Earth Saga
  • Dragon Ball Z: Super Gokuden: Totsugeki-Hen
  • Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury
  • Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure
  • Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2
  • Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi
  • Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
  • Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
  • Dragon Ball: Origins
  • Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans
  • Dragon Ball Online
  • Dragon Ball: Origins 2
  • Dragon Ball RPG: Shōnen-hen

In Shenron no Nazo and Origins, Ox-King is the boss of the Fire Mountain stage.

In Gokuden, Super Gokuden: Totsugeki-Hen, Advanced Adventure, and Dragon Ball Online's Time Machine Quest 2, and Shōnen-hen, Ox-King appears in their stories.

In Kyōshū! Saiyan, Ox-King is met in Ginger's area and gives a Roshi card.

In True Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans - Earth Saga, Ox-King helps the Dragon Team.

In Supersonic Warriors 2, there is an audience member that looks like Ox-King on the right side of the World Tournament stage.

In the Budokai Tenkaichi series, Ox-King's voice is heard, but Daisuke Gōri is not credited as him in Budokai Tenkaichi 3.

In Origins 2, Ox-King is the final boss of Level 7 in the Survival Tower mode.

Voice Actors[]

  • Japanese: Daisuke Gōri † (most media until 2010), Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (DBZ Kai Cell-Buu sagas, DBS)
  • English:
    • BLT/Ocean Group dubs: Dave "Squatch" Ward
    • Funimation dub: Mark Britten (DBZ episodes 88-194 [75-179 edited] and The History of Trunks; originally), Christopher Sabat (DBZ episodes 208-291 [195-276 edited]; originally), Kyle Hebert (DB; DBZ episodes 88-291 [75-276 edited] and The History of Trunks; remastered, DBZ episodes 1-67, Dead Zone 2005 dub; DBGT)
    • Blue Water dub: Dave Pettitt
    • AB Groupe dub: David Gasman (Dead Zone), Paul Bandey (The History of Trunks)
  • German dub: Reinhard Schulat-Rademacher (DB), Jan Spitzer (DBZ, DBZ Kai, DBS)
  • Italian dubs: Tony Fuochi, Renato Montanari (JTV)
  • Spanish:
    • Castilian Spanish dub: Ferrán Llavina (DB episodes 1-26), Juan Fernández Mejías (most media)
    • Latin American Spanish dub: Mario Sauret (DB, DBZ, DBGT, DBZ Kai until Cell Saga), Eduardo Borja† (DBZ; some eps.), Enrique Cervantes (DBZ Kai Majin Buu Saga)
  • Brazilian Portuguese dub: Cássius Romero (DB 1996 dub), João Batista (DBZ until Cell Saga), Silvio Navas (DBZ - Majin Buu saga, DB 2002 redub - 1st voice, Dead Zone), Mauro Castro (DB 2002 redub - 2nd voice, DBZ Kai TFC), Antônio Moreno (Battle of Gods)
  • Polish dub: Leszek Filipowicz (DBS)
  • Croatian dub: Igor Hamer
  • Tagalog dub: Noel Magat
  • Hebrew dub: Ami Mandelman


Dragon Ball
  • Ox-King vs. Goku (anime only)
  • Ox-King vs. Red Ribbon Army (anime only)
  • Ox-King and Chi-Chi vs. King's Guards (anime only)


  • He has a blood type of O.
  • He is based on Niúmówáng ("Ox/Bull Demon King"), a character from the Chinese novel Journey to the West, on which the Dragon Ball series is based. In the novel, the character befriended the Monkey King (the equivalent of Goku). His wife, the Iron Fan Princess, was also the owner of the trademark Bansho Fan.
    • Also like Sun Wukong/Son Goku, the Ox-King's name is exactly the same as the original Niumowang, only rendered in the Japanese on'yomi reading (Gyuumaou).
  • The armor Ox-King wears in his first appearance resembles that worn by Chinese soldiers during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The Bear Thief, the Tiger Thief, the nameless warrior from "Terror and Plague", Sky Dragon, and Lord Yao also wear similar-looking uniform.
  • Though Ox-King's age is never revealed, it can be assumed that he is in his early sixties by the time the Buu Saga takes place. His hair is naturally orangish-brown when he first appears, but gradually gets darker as the series progresses to the point of being black up until the end of Dragon Ball Z, where it finally starts to gray (the special Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!! and the movie Battle of Gods appear to show this transition, as his hair is no longer black, but a light brownish/gray-like color). By the time Dragon Ball GT begins, he is supposedly over 70 years old (80 in the Funimation dub due to it taking place ten years instead of five after DBZ) and still living, shown by his minor appearances in two Dragon Ball GT episodes as well as other promotional works.
    • Ox-King is the only known human character, other than Master Roshi, to live four generations in the series, being alive during the lives of his daughter, grandsons, and great-granddaughter.
  • Ox-King's height keeps changing constantly. One example would be when they summoned Shenron in the Buu saga, in some scenes it shows everyone up to his stomach, but in others they only seem to be as big as his knee.
  • In an interview, Akira Toriyama stated that the best cooks in the Dragon Ball universe are Ox-King and Yamcha.
  • In Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, there is a special dialog between Master Roshi and Chi-Chi, which Master Roshi says that he never liked Ox-King.