I recently learned of a folk storybook character in Turkish culture named Keloglan. He is a bald child that uses his wits to get out of tough situations:
I was pretty struck by how similar he looked to Krillin in Dragon Ball, and it made me wonder if Krillin was based on this character. Some reasons behind my suspicion:
1) The names are remarkably similar: The Turkish pronunciation is keh-lee-o-lan, and the Japanese name seems like a very likely transliteration of this name.
2) Goku was based on a folklore character (the monkey).
3) They look quite similar, and share their primary physical characteristic (baldness).
Is there any information about whether Akira Toriyama used Keloglan as an inspiration for Krillin in the Dragon Ball series?