You were wrong about krillin
Written by Lawrence Mayfield
Summary: Everyone looks down on Krilling for a variety of negative reasons. An account of how they are wrong about him being worthless and pathetic.
The definition of pathetic is to arouse pity through vulnerability or sadness. Pitiful is defined as deserving or arousing pity. Both words are what most would use if they had to define Krillin. This short, bald, nasally sounding character has all of the characteristics of every comic relief character that comes to the aid of any serious die hard protagonists. And yes, often at times, Krillin is the one who's dialogue is filled with tension lifting comments aimed at lightening the mood.
But some how this lighthearted character's personality has some how blinded everyone to his greatness. Yes, I said it, greatness. We have become so drunk on power and destruction, and have completely forgotten the value of great support.
Here are the following reasons that you were wrong about Krillin.
Reliable How do we weigh the value of great support? I would measure it's value not by how much I can benefit from it, but by how reliable it is when needed.
Sure he is of the weakest of the Z Fighters, but let me remind you that he has logged more hours in the Dragonball series second to Goku. This means that during the good and bad times, Krillin has been there.
He was ready to take on both Vegeta and Nappa even when Goku was dead. Who was it that lead the party to Namek, in attempt to recover the Namekian Dragonballs, when EVERYONE else was dead? Gohan was just a child and Bulma was just the brains. This so called pathetic loser of a Z warrior stepped up to the plate, decided to leave his home planet, to venture off to some foreign place, with hopes that he might be able to bring his friends back from the dead. Let's not forget that he is already aware that there are far stronger beings in the universe, and yet still accepted the challenge. Was he scared? I'm sure he was. Did he still go, I think you know that answer. You can NEVER say Krillin isn't reliable. He will always do the best that he possibly can.
Brave You can never say Krillin is a coward. At times he has been cowardly, but that cowardly mindset is eventually overcome with bravery. As mentioned before, going to Namek took courage. Standing against the Ginyu Force, then onto Freeza took courage. He trained several years in wait for the androids to appear, fully aware they outclassed him in every way. He was there for 19 and 20's appearance. He helped chase Gero to his lab and didn't flee as the other androids joined the party.
He was among the very first to attack Perfect Cell, sure out of blind anger, but he was no coward. He stood on the front lines at the cell games despite previously having been put down with a single kick by Cell. He accepted his place aside his friends and had his very own Cell Jr to take on. In the final push against Cell, he was even before Vegeta, trying to make what little difference he could. Every time he got knocked down, he got back up. Never once giving into fear or exhaustion.
And even while dead, as Kid Buu came to cause havoc, Krillin stood up like a man, and gave it his best, while everyone else just watched. Krillin do NOT RUN.
Being brave isn't being able to stand up to an opposition. It's being able to face it despite your shortcomings. Let's face it, if you are Superman, do you really have to be brave most of the time?
Strongest Human on Earth
According to Krillin's Dragonball Wiki Page they make the claim that Krillin is one of the strongest humans on Earth. I would go as far to say that he IS the strongest human on earth. In the DBZ game "Supersonic Warriors", the final chapter of Krillin's story is titled "The Strongest Earthling".
Of course we could then debate who takes first place between him and Tien. But until that debate comes I will take Krillin's side for now. Look at how this mere human has grown to be such a powerhouse. Considering the fact that he not only has been training as a child with Master Roshi, he also trained alongside Goku. You would think that having Goku as a training partner would force him to not only be on top of his game, but also push himself harder to ensure Goku gets the proper pay off from training as well. Also having his potential unlocked by the Grand Elder Guru made it so he had access to hidden strength within him.
This is unlike the late coming Z Fighter Uub who happens to also be pure human and is on a Super Saiyan level of power. While Uub is human, he did not earn his strength. He is simply a reincarnation of one of the most powerful villains in the universe. If Majin Buu had not come to earth, then Uub would not have been as powerful or even born. Uub is not a result of human genetics or feats. Therefore I do not consider Uub to be among the earthlings that are products of their environment. While Krillin already had that power locked away inside of him, and Elder Guru simply unlocked it.
Toward the end of the Z series, a world tournament was held. In this tournament, only the strongest fighters were allowed to fight. And they determined their strength using a Punching Machine. Mr. Satan also known as Hercule was the one who set the standard of strength for others to achieve to. As he punched the machine, his best was a rating of 137. Note that other than the Z fighters, Mr. Satan become the reigning champ through actually beating his opponents. Though he is a lying bumbling idiot, the man just might actually be the worlds strongest non Z fighter, well excluding master Roshi of course.
When it was Krillins turn to hit the machine, you will notice that he had to hold back his power and hit it ever so softly resulting is a score of 192. When it was time to face his opponent Pintar, not only did he give him a mediocre punch to the gut, but finished him off while incredibly bored. So as you mock Krillin, I would dare say that there is a good chance that he would defeat some of your favorite "Human" Super Heroes. Which in turn would put Krillin in the higher tier of dangerous human brawlers.
Luckiest guy of them all
What does luck have to do with anything? I am going to cover this in two different ways. First being how lucky the man is to have not only survived (yes even from Dragonballs) for so long and continued to be a team player. Second being how much this man has seen in his life. Some of the greatest and horrific things have crossed his path.
Think about the Journey Krillin took. Being an outcast of his martial arts school, to meeting his lifelong friend Goku. Learning earth shattering attacks and the one I am most jealous of, how to fly. He has the satisfaction of knowing that there were some situations that had he not been present to, everything he now loves would have been obliterated. He is friends with the most powerful team in the universe and is considered one of them. He was one of only two pure blooded human beings to see the planet Namek before its destruction. He has laid eyes on the universes most fearsome enemies and lived to tell the story. He was able to become a genuine hero to his crush, Android 18, only to end up having her as his wife.
Through all of the pain and suffering, he became the father of a wonderful little girl named Marron. This man has seen almost as much action as his elite teammates, and yet when all is calm, gets to enjoy some of the best things of life. No tormenting past, no worrying about tomorrow, no feeling inadequate in the eyes of anyone, he in retrospect is a very lucky guy.
When you take the time to point out Krillins flaws, you show yourself ignorant to what it is that really makes Krillin an amazing person whos life, I would say is better than most, normal or super powered.
If you haven't got a chance to check out Krilling in all of his glory, go here.
Or maybe you think that there is something I am missing? Let's talk about it.