(亀仙人, Kame Sennin
?) is a fictional character and supercentenarian in the Dragon Ball
metaseries by Akira Toriyama. His appearance is that of an old human's, though he is stronger than most beings on Earth.
The "Turtle Immortal" (or "Turtle Hermit") is an ancient and wise martial arts master and the first Earthling to wield the Kamehameha
. Though he seems frail, he is a mighty warrior, having trained Grandpa Gohan, Ox King, Son Goku, and others. His home, Kame House, a shack on a small isolated island, serves as a gathering place for the Z Fighters and friends. He is a stock character, as he is both the archetypal wise old man and dirty old man, the latter being typical of Shōnen manga. Sometimes he gets cranky, which further provides comic relief. He is bald, with a thick van dyke beard and wears sunglasses. Roshi wears beach clothes or martial arts suits and, during the earlier stages of the series, a turtle shell on his back. He usually wields a walking stick. His companions are usually Turtle, Oolong and Launch.
Roshi was originally voiced by Kouhei Miyauchi. Miyauchi's final acting session before he died was for episode 260 of Dragon Ball Z
, which he recorded only 3 months before his death. The episode aired on March 15, 1995. In his final line, he yells out "Kuririn!"
, and is turned into a bar of chocolate by Majin Buu shortly afterwards. Since episode 288 of Dragon Ball Z
, Roshi is voiced by Hiroshi Masuoka, who voices him throughout Dragon Ball GT
, and in the recent video games, such as Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi
. In the 10th Anniversary Special he is voiced by Kinya Aikawa, and Masaharu Satō voiced him in Movie 13.