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Always heighten oneself. That's the principle for martial artists.

—Tenshinhan to Gokū in "An Unknown Beauty Appears! The Tenshin Temple's Mystery?!"

Tenshinhan Infobox


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Alternative Name(s) Ten (テン; FUNimation "Tien")
Epithet Three-Eyed Baldy (三つ目ハゲ, Mittsume Hage)[5]
English Localized Name(s) FUNi Tien Shinhan
HAR Shinto
Personal Data
Universe 7th Universe Symbol 7th Universe
Galaxy Milky Way, North Galaxies
Race Earthling
Birthplace Earth
Birthday September 15, Age 733[6]
Gender Male Icon Male
Height 187 cm/6'2"[7][6]
Weight 75 kg/165 lbs.[7][6]
Voice Actors
English HAR Eddie Frierson
OCE Math Smith
FUNi Chris Cason
FUNi John Burgmeier
AB Doug Rand
AB David Gasman
AB Sharon Mahn
Japanese Hirotaka Suzuoki(Dragon BallZ)
Kōichi Yamadera(Z episodes 82, 84)
Mitsuaki Madono(Games)
Hikaru Midorikawa(KaiSuper)
Professional Status
Team(s) Dragon Team
7th Universe Team
Affiliation(s) Tenshin Temple Symbol Tenshin Temple
Occupation(s) Martial artist
Martial artist teacher
Partner(s) Chaoz
Master(s) Tsuru-Sennin
Headquarters Earth
First Appearance
Manga Debut Volume 10, Chapter 113
Anime Debut DB082
Movie Debut Movie 19
OVA Debut OVA2
Image Gallery

Tenshinhan (天津飯テンシンハン; FUNimation "Tien Shinhan"), a Human-type Earthling descendant of the Three-Eyed clan, is a former member of the Tsuru-Sen Style Dōjō and a member of Earth's special fighting force, the Dragon Team. He now leads the Tenshin Temple.



Initially Tenshinhan was a ruthless person, due to his idolization of Taopaipai. Since his defeat by a teenage Gokū, he begins to see the error of his ways. Since his redemption, he transitioned from brutal to honorable warrior, preferring fair fights, and has absolutely zero-tolerance for cheating. Like Goku, he trains and enjoys the sport in fighting and longed for a rematch with him.

He is very solitary by nature, as he comes and goes, and never stays around for small talk. He's also stern and serious, unlike most of the other Dragon Team. He is also fearless, pushing his opponent to not hold anything back, and by going against enemies far more powerful than himself.

His lifelong friend is Chaoz, as they are usually seen together, and would often go training. The two are very protective of one-another, that he went into a state of grief when Chaoz sacrificed himself in an attempt to kill Nappa. His other best friend is Yamcha, despite their initial encounter, the two developed a friendly rivalry and fought side by side. When Freeza's troops came to Earth, Tenshinhan warns him to stay away (out of consideration, due to Yamcha's retirement).


Tenshinhan ConceptArt RoF

Tenshinhan's appearance has changed little over the course of the series. He is a fair complexioned man, with a head devoid of hair. He has three eyes; two stern eyes and a third one that rests in the center of his forehead. Notably, his physique is the most muscular out of the Dragon Team. He gained a distinctive scar on his body, from battling Taopaipai.

When he first appeared, Tenshinhan wore a green, Chinese-themed outfit, with yellow sleeves, purple gi pants, and green and red armbands. He also wore a black hat with red sphere atop it. The green portion of the outfit was emblazoned with Tsuru Sennin's emblem. Later, he would wear a similar outfit without the Chinese-themed top, instead wearing a yellow shirt,though the pants were green with black boots and yellow wrappings. He would eventually discard the shirt, but kept the gi pants and donned a green cloth over his left shoulder and torso.


When Tenshinhan entered the 22nd Budokai, he was one of the strongest fighters in the world. He easily defeated Yamcha in his first matchup. In the semifinals, he fought Kame-Sennin, and though Rōshi forfeited the match, he admitted that if the match continued, Tenshinhan probably would have won. In the finals, he was slightly outclassed by Son Gokū, but he made up for this with his power to fly, which Gokū didn't have at this point, and won the tournament. Since Gokū defeated Tambourine without much trouble, Tenshinhan was probably also stronger than Tambourine. However, Tenshinhan was beaten easily by Drum. After Gokū drank the Chōshinsui, he defeated Drum with a single kick, meaning he and to a lesser extent Piccolo Daimaō were far beyond Tenshinhan's power.

At the 23rd Budokai, Tenshinhan's training had made him much stronger. He defeated Taopaipai with ease and even had an edge over Gokū while the latter was wearing weighted clothing. Once Gokū took off his weighted clothing, however, he moved too fast for Tenshinhan to track, even taking off Tenshinhan's belt without him noticing. Gokū has stated that he holds back during Budokai matches unless his opponent is trying to kill him, so this was probably not his full power. Tenshinhan was powerless against Piccolo Jr., and was probably weaker than God as well.

At the start of the Saiyan Arc, Tenshinhan's fighting strength was measured at 250, significantly lower than either Piccolo or Gokū even with weighted clothing (both were around 330). After a year of training with God, Tenshinhan's fighting strength rose to 1,830, making him significantly stronger than Raditz. He knocked a Saibaiman to the ground in just a few blows, though that Saibaiman was holding back. Tenshinhan wasn't able to do anything against Nappa; the Saiyan cut Tenshinhan's arm off while still suppressing his power, and even the Life Cultivation Cannon didn't do much to him.

Tenshinhan trained on the Kaiō of the North's planet for several months, but since he was dead, he didn't fight anyone during this arc. Since Kulilin has been stated as the strongest human, many believe Kulilin surpassed Tenshinhan when his potential was unlocked during this arc. Tenshinhan rarely got to showcase his power after that, since he had become so much weaker than the Super Saiyans and Piccolo. He watched the fight between the Dragon Team and Numbers 19 and 20, but he didn't participate. It is heavily implied that Piccolo was stronger than Tenshinhan even before fusing with God, but even he was defeated in a single blow by Number 17 along with Tenshinhan himself. Later in the arc, he used the Neo-Life Cultivation Cannon repeatedly against Cell, who had absorbed Number 17. This managed to force Cell back and stall him long enough for Number 18 to escape, but it didn't do lasting damage and drained Tenshinhan so much he couldn't move. Only Gokū's arrival saved Tenshinhan's life. During the Cell Games, Tenshinhan fought a Cell Jr. but was easily defeated.

Seven years later, Tenshinhan tries to defeat the evil Majin Boo (Gotenks absorbed) with a Kikōhō, but his attack does nothing.

In God and God, Tenshinhan (along with Piccolo and Android 18) fought against Beerus, but was brushed aside. By the time of the Resurrection F Arc, Tenshinhan was strong enough to combat several of Freezer's Soldiers, but would not be a match against the elite members like Shisami or Tagoma.

In the Universe Survival Arc, Tenshinhan was able to subdue his own students under Yurin's mind control (the latter group who had their power multiflied), although he was unable to defeat a mind controlled Muten Roshi at Max Power. Later when assisting Goku against Gohan and Piccolo, he was overpowered by the half-Saiyan.

Life Cultivation Technique

Life Cultivation Wave


Life Cultivation Cannon

Part I

22nd Tenka-Ichi Budōkai Arc

Piccolo Daimaō Arc

23rd Tenka-Ichi Budōkai

Part II

Saiyan Arc

Freeza Arc

Androids Arc

Cell Arc

Part III

Majin Boo Arc

Part IV

Dragon Ball Z: God and God

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: God and God

Dragon Ball Z: Revival of "F"

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Revival of "F"

Dragon Ball Super

See also: Dragon Ball Super

God and God Arc

Main article: God and God Arc

Revival of "F" Arc

Main article: Revival of "F" Arc

Hakaishin Champa Arc

Main article: Hakaishin Champa Arc

Universe Survival Arc

Tenshinhan will be one of the 10 participants in the Tournament of Power, along with Son Goku Son Gohan, Vegeta, Piccolo, Kulilin, No 17, No 18, Mūten Rōshi, and Majin Boo.

In Other Timelines

Trunks' Timeline

After Gokū's death by a heart disease, No. 17 and No. 18 awakened and started going on a rampage across the world. Tenshinhan fought the androids, alongside the other Earthling warriors, only to fail and dying in the process.

In Other Media

Dragon Ball Super (manga)

See also: Dragon Ball Super#Manga

God and God Arc (manga)

Tenshinhan is invited at Bulma's birthday party on a luxurious passenger ship. He watches the conflicts between Dragon Team and the Hakaishin Beerus, but doesn't join the battle. He manages to save Goten and Trunks, whose fusion is failed in attempt to attack the Hakaishin and being thrown into the ocean.[8] Later, Gokū shows up, summons Shenron and eventually transforms into a Super Saiyan God, along with other people, he witnesses the beginning of Beerus and Gokū's fight.[9]

Hakaishin Champa Arc (manga)

Creation and Conception


  • Tenshinhan's name is a pun on tenshindon, a quasi-Chinese dish actually invented in Japan. The dish consists of crabmeat omelet over rice.
    • His name is written in kanji (天津飯), though a furigana reading is given (テンシンハン) to indicate that it has a foreign reading (Chinese). Although, "Tenshinhan" is also the normal Japanese reading for the kanji.
  • Many are confused as to Tenshinhan's race, some sources claimed him as a once normal human who went through intense meditation to obtain his third eye, where others claimed him as being a descendant to the Three-Eyed clan. It's likely that he could be a Human/Triclops hybrid.
  • Akira Toriyama has stated Kulilin is the strongest Earthling, meaning Tenshinhan's power is between that of Yamcha and Kulilin.



  1. Daizenshu 3 page 129
  2. Daizenshū 4, page 64
  3. Dragon Ball Super: Super Start Guide, page 28
  4. Dragon Ball Volume "F", page 18
  5. Dragon Ball Super episode 89
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Dragon Ball Super Exciting Guide: Character Volume
  7. 7.0 7.1 Daizenshuu 7
  8. Dragon Ball Super chapter 3
  9. Dragon Ball Super chapter 3
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