King Piccolo, sometimes referred to just as the Daimao, is a Namekian who once precipitated the Earth into utter mayhem and pandemonium. spawning an army of demonic offspring and converting the peaceful planet into a living hell. Later, it is revealed that he was the evil counterpart of Kami as King Piccolo and Kami were originally a single entity who had long forgotten his true name, and witnessed the evil deeds of humans while growing up.
When the nameless learned of the Guardian of the Earth and that its role could be passed down, he sought the title and position, but the then-Guardian rejected him, as he knew that the Namekian’s heart was not completely pure and like most people he had some level of malice, jealousy, vanity and impurity in his heart. Knowing that he would only be accepted for the role if his heart was pure, the Namekian split himself into two beings: his good half, Kami, and his evil half that would later become the great demon king, Piccolo. He served as the main antagonist of the King Piccolo Saga.
Personality: King Piccolo
Being the concentrated evil that lived within the Nameless Namekian, King Piccolo’s personality is the exact opposite of his good counterpart, Kami; as he is presented as a cold, ruthless, sadistic, and power-hungry villain with little to no sense of compassion whatsoever. He has demonstrated on many occasions that he is willing to do anything to accomplish his goals, regardless of how many innocent lives need to be taken in the process.
King Piccolo has also been shown to have a very warped and twisted sense of humor, often breaking out into a maniacal laughter after causing some form of death and destruction and creating a holiday where he would destroy a city every year on the anniversary of his take-over. Despite his power-hungry nature, however, he has absolutely no interest in actually ruling over his subjects, at least after his release from the electric rice cooker by Pilaf. This was especially evident after he took over the world, where he outright admits that he has no interest in ruling over the planet despite his being the new king of the world and if anything encourages the subjects to do all the crimes they ever want while explicitly ending law and order.
Appearance: King Piccolo
When he first fully appears, King Piccolo is very aged and wears a black robe outfit with his own kanji, a red cape, along with brown light-weight footwear. His main outfit, without the robe and cape, is an indigo Asian martial arts uniform, with a light purple obi. King Piccolo’s outfit is later revealed in the Namek Saga as being of Namekian Clothing with Demon Symbols, rather than actually having much to do with martial arts, though his kanji is something he added when he came into being which was meant to be the opposite to Kami’s kanji. After King Piccolo removes the robe for better performance, he nearly kills Goku with simple blasts and temporarily stops his heart, which may imply that, like his son Piccolo Junior’s cape, his robe is weighted.
King Piccolo came into being some 300 years before the beginning of Dragon Ball sometime after a nameless Namekian on Earth attempted to assume the position of guardian of Earth, he was denied the position due to the evil that lay within (a guardian’s motives must be pure, but the nameless Namekian also wanted the job for the power it brought).
As a result, the Namekian concentrated and trained to relinquish the evil within; which conspired into producing two separate entities — if one should perish, the other would also. This resulted in two beings — the concentrated evil being known as King Piccolo, and the pure being known as Kami. At first, the name “Piccolo” was a reference to the wind instrument, but then a revelation by Mr. Popo to Bulma meant it translated to “different world” in Namekian.