Krillin (Japanese: クリリン, Hepburn: Kuririn), known as Kuririn in Funimation's English subtitles and Viz Media's release of the manga, Klilyn in Japanese merchandise English translations, is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. He is introduced in chapter #25 A Rival? Arrival!! (ライバル？参上!!, Raibaru? Sanjō!!), first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on May 21, 1985, as Goku's fellow martial arts student under Kame-Sen'nin. As the series progresses, Krillin becomes Goku's closest ally and best friend as he fights every villain along with Goku or before him and is often depicted as the comic relief.