“Only a heartless soul would run and leave his friends behind. We’re in this together.”
Puar’s design was based on the character Binyaofrom Akira Toriyama’s early depiction of Dragon Ball called Dragon Boy. The character is a shapeshifter like Puar, but he has Oolong’s personality.
Puar’s official design was established in Akira Toriyama’s third draft of Dragon Ball. Though sharing an appearance to that of a cat or rabbit, Puar is neither species, but is drawn a little bit to look like a cat (Puar is referred to as a cat by Emperor Pilaf, and Future Puar is referred to as a cat as well by Future Oolong).
Being voiced by only female voice actors, the character is referred to as female numerous times in Saban’s edited English version of Dragon Ball andDragon Ball Z, although Toriyama has indicated in interviews that he had considered Puar male while writing the manga. In the Japanese versions, Puar refers to himself/herself as boku and is sometimes referred to as Puar-kun, hinting male characteristics. Despite indications of masculinity, referring to Bat-Puar, Bulma tells Oolong to “Go help her!” in the English dub of “The Penalty is Pinball” and when Puar faints in the English dub of “The Power of Nappa”, Roshi reassures Oolong by saying “She’ll be okay.”
Puar attended the Southern Transformation Kindergarten, along with Oolong who used to bully him. Some time after that, Puar met Yamcha and became his companion in Diablo Desert. When they first met Goku and Bulma, along with Oolong, Puar says that he and Yamcha have been together for exactly two years, one month, and three days. The two were originally a pair of desert thieves, robbing capsules and money from travelers who would cross the area where they lived. On one such occasion, after a little more than two years together, the pair meets Goku, Bulma, and Oolong. Puar recognizes the last of these characters as an old schoolmate at the Southern Transformation Kindergarten.
Author: Dibu Papers
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