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Hirudegarn or Hildegarn (ヒルデガーン, Hirudegān) is the enormous monster and main villain in the Dragon Ball Z movie, Wrath of the Dragon. He is a simple beast that wrecks and kills everything in his way.

Despite his appearance at a point in the timeline that could have made him canon to the original TV series, Hirudegarn was not created by Akira Toriyama. Hirudegarn's name comes from the Co-Producer, Seichi Hirude, who didn't like the original design of Hirudegarn, demanded that they redesign the character, and when he saw the new design, his jaw dropped. The sound effect for a jaw dropping in Japan is "Gaan" (ガーン), so they named the character Hirudegaan[1].

Biography

The ancient monster Hirudegarn existed thousands of years prior to the events of the series, on an Earth-like planet in the southern galaxy named Planet Konats. According to the Funimation dub, Hirudegarn was an ancient, malevolent, wraith-like phantom beast of mist and shadow, who "consumed its victims and imprisoned their life-force" (similar to Cell but on a massive scale). He was apparently turned to stone with the use of an enchanted sword and a pair of enchanted ocarinas, and sealed away in a temple by Tapion's and Minotia's ancestors, until a group of star traveling black magicians (known as the Kashvar) arrived on Konats, and used a dark spell to bring the monster back to life. The monster immediately went on a rampage, killing everyone who tried to get in his way, and devastating the planet. Tapion and his brother Minotia managed to freeze the monster in his tracks by each playing a pair of enchanted ocarinas found in th wraiths temple, giving a good wizard the opportunity to cut the monster in half with an enchanted sword. Since Hirudegarn couldn't be killed at the time, his upper-half was sealed in Tapion and the other half in Minotia and in this way the brothers became legends. However, fearing that the Kashvar would try to revive the monster again someday, the brothers were separated, each sealed in a music box oracle by the wizard, and were shot into opposite ends of the galaxy far away from each other by the Konats war council, with the oracle holding Tapion landing on Earth. The wizard vowed to release the brothers once the Kashvar were brought to justice, and it is assumed that the Kashvar were hunted down over time. A thousand years later, in the present, the last of the Kashvar, named Hoy, had vowed to resurrect the monster to rule the universe. He released Hirudegarn's lower half on a distant planet and easily disposed of Minotia, who got crushed under the feet of the monster. On Earth however, Hoy switched to a more tactical plan and spied on Gohan (as the Great Saiyaman) and Videl as they fought crime. Both were summoned from their school again to rescue Hoy, who was pretending to be suicidal to gain their trust and sympathy. Hoy then told the two about the legendary warrior, Tapion.

Both were anxious to see who this Tapion was, however neither they nor Goten, Trunks or Goku were able to open the seal. Seeing no other alternative, the fighters of Earth collected the Dragon Balls so they could summon Shenron and wish for the seal to be broken. Shenron succeeded, and Gohan, Videl, Goten, Trunks, Goku and Bulma, along with Hoy, met Tapion for the first time. Tapion was very angry at them all, because it was a bad idea to release him. He demanded that he be sealed back again, but by his release the oracle had shattered, so that proved impossible. Trunks however was determined to bring him food and drinks, as he saw Tapion as a brother.

Shortly after Tapion's release, Hirudegarn's lower half (summoned by Hoy) was busy wrecking a city. Gohan and Videl arrived at the scene to investigate, but shortly after they arrived they were almost swept away by the monster's tail. They executed their Great Saiyaman poses, however Hirudegarn's legs were not impressed; he threw the two each to a side of the street, with Videl losing her helmet, and Gohan losing his turban and sunglasses. Gohan immediately set up a counter-attack, with Videl supporting him. After the short battle Videl thought Gohan had won, however Gohan said it wasn't over yet. Then both heard the same ocarina melody that they heard when Tapion was released, and they noticed the monster was gone.


Later, Tapion explained everything to Bulma, and revealed that Hoy had deceived them all. Bulma was angered at hearing it, and she decided to create another oracle. At the same time Hirudegarn's lower half was summoned by Hoy once again wrecking havoc, as he drew four men and a woman into his tail to devour their life energy. Hoy directed his power to release the upper half of Hirudegarn. He finally succeeded in this, and with the monster back together nothing could stop him. However, the Z Fighters resisted magnificently. Goku, Gohan and Goten were the first ones to launch a counterattack, but just as Gohan was crushed by the tail, Vegeta threw himself into the line of battle after saving Gohan. Goten and Trunks decided to become Gotenks with the Fusion Dance, however this resulted in Hirudegarn evolving. In his new form Hirudegarn mowed Gotenks down to the ground, smashed Gohan and Videl into a building and Goku was thrown into some rubble. Tapion played the ocarina again and managed to seal Hirudegarn inside himself. He then ordered Trunks to kill him with his sword, which would destroy the trapped monster. Trunks hesitated but was about to do it when Hirudegarn broke free as Tapion couldn't contain the whole monster by himself. His ocarina is destroyed in the process. Hoy (who had been watching the whole fight) mocked Tapion for being so foolish, but was killed when Hirudegarn crushed him underfoot. Nevertheless, Trunks tried to fight Hirudegarn with Tapion's sword and managed to cut off the monster's tail, but then Goku arose as a Super Saiyan 3 and used his Dragon Fist to pierce through Hirudegarn, obliterating the monster.

Video game appearances

Hirudegarn made his debut video game appearance in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 and again in Budokai Tenkaichi 3. Only his final form is playable.

Abillities

Mist: Hirudegarn can turn into a mist to prevent damage and reappear in front of the enemy for a surprise attack. This move seems to be reflex, making Hirudegarn invincible due to his intangibility. This technique can only be bypassed when Hirudegan is attacking, which makes him briefly tangible.

Drain Life: Hirudegarn can absorb people's energy with his tail, much like Cell.

Chou Makousen: Lets out a massive fire beam from the mouth.

Super Explosive Wave: Creates a giant explosion, with Hirudegarn himself serving as the nexus.

Gigantic Flame: Spits out bolts of powerful, blazing fireballs.

Trivia

  • Hirudegarn is the biggest movie villain, with the exception of the Big Gete Star.
  • Janemba is probably stronger than Hirudegarn, as Goku couldn't beat Janemba as a Super Saiyan 3, while Hirudegarn was beaten easily once Goku transformed. However, since Goku's fight with Hirudegarn takes place after his encounter with Janemba, it's possible that Goku's strength had increased by then.
  • Hirudegarn's first form has never appeared in any video games.
  • It is likely that Trunks would have killed Hirudegarn if Goku hadn't told him he would be fighting Hirudegarn himself. This suggests a similar event may have happened in Trunks's future timeline, as Frieza's death scene is shown in the credits of this movie.
  • Hirudegarn eating people is similar to Cell absorbing people. His second form also looks like Cell's first form.
  • The scene where the blue orbs rise into the sky after Hirudegarn's death is similar to the Phantoms' death scene on Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. Tapion also described Hirudegarn as a phantom.
  • Hirudegarn's existence bears some similarities to that of Majin Buu. Both were created to be instruments of destruction, were sealed away for thousands of years, and later revived by their creator or their creator's descendant. Like Buu, Hirudegarn ends up killing the one who revived him though in Hirudegarn's case it seemed to be accidental.

Voice actors

  • Japanese Dub: Shin Aomori
  • FUNimation Dub: Robert McCollum

References

  1. Daizenshuu #6





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