Shinhan is a disciplined, reclusive and heavily devoted martial artist, and
one of the strongest Earthlings within the Dragon Ball universe. He
also possesses a few non-human traits due to being descended from the
Three-Eyed People. He battles alongside the other Z-Fighters when major
threats to the Earth surface, often courageously engaging enemies far more
powerful than himself. However,
he spends most of his time training with his lifelong best friend, Chiaotzu.
He has a unique physical composition as
a throwback to his ancestors, the Three-Eyed clan;
he has the ability to grow arms from his back and
split into four people, as well as shoot laser beams out of his third eye. Due
to being raised by Master Shen, Tien lost the ability to use the myriad powers
of his third eye for good purposes. During
the early years of his life, Tien entered Master Shen's Crane School. There,
he learned powerful ki-based techniques such as the Solar Flare, the
Dodon Ray and the Tri-Beam, and he was taught defensive techniques by Master
Shen's younger brother, Mercenary Tao.
Tien Shinhan was originally a
cold-hearted and ruthless warrior, never caring for anyone's life with the
exception of his fellow students and mentors. This brutality can be plainly
seen when he crushes Yamcha's and
another fighter's leg during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament. However,
he finds a lifelong best friend in Chiaotzu, for whom he cares deeply, and
vice-versa. He highly idolized his mentor Mercenary Tao and desired to be a
famous assassin like him. Due to Master Roshi's and Goku's
consolations, he changed his demeanor and became one of the most respected
warriors on the planet. Before he transitioned to the good side, he planned to
kill Goku during the World Martial Arts Tournament as he was seen as a threat
to himself and his cohorts.
However, this mentality soon changes with the
realization that he disagrees with the brutal methods employed by his masters,
Shen and Mercenary Tao. He goes off on his own to train and soon becomes a
powerful ally to Goku and the others. His personality transitions from one of
a brutal killer to that of an honorable warrior who cares deeply for those he
strives to protect. He occasionally tries to repent for his former brutality,
but eventually rises above his horrid memories and looks toward to the future.
He is very stern and serious, not cracking jokes and goofing around as often
as most of the other Z-Fighters.
Updated: Jan. 5th, 2018
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