Cell (セル) is a character from the Japanese manga and anime series Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. He is the primary antagonist of the Androids/Cell story arc.

Characters Consumed Edit

Personality Edit

Cell is a very evil creature who desires nothing more than to reach his perfect form and then demonstrate the sheer power of his perfection. As he hunts down Androids 17 and 18, he takes delight in showing his overwhelming strength and disposing of all who stand in his way. He also relishes the act of absorbing 17 and 18 as they are the key to reaching his perfection. He briefly tries to persuade them to join him, egotistically claiming they will be part of his perfection, but they turn him down, which only mildly annoys him.

History Edit

Cell is a bio-android created by the scientist Dr. Gero, intended to be the perfect life form. His mission is to absorb two of Dr. Gero's other androids, Android 17 and 18, in order to achieve his perfect form.

During the Androids/Cell storyline, Cell arrives from an alternate timeline seeking Androids 17 and 18 as they had been destroyed in his timeline. After absorbing countless people to increase his strength, Cell confronts Androids 17 and 18. He first fights Android 17 and easily overpowers him. Another android, Android 16, intervenes, but Cell manages to sneak up on Android 17 and absorb him, reaching his second form.

He then pursues Android 18, but is interrupted and nearly defeated by the Saiyan warriors Vegeta and Trunks. However, upon hearing of the potential of his perfect form, Vegeta allows Cell to absorb Android 18. Trunks, Android 16, and the human warrior Krillin still attempt to stop him, but Cell uses his Solar Flare technique to blind everyone and absorbs Android 18, finally reaching his perfect form.

Afterwards, to demonstrate the power of his perfect form, he holds a tournament called The Cell Games. During the tournament, he battles Son Gohan who hits him so hard that he vomits up Android 18, reverting him to his second form. Cell then detonates himself, killing Android 17 in the process. Cell then revives, being restored to his perfect form, but Gohan ultimately destroys him.

In Dragon Ball GT, during the Super 17 story arc, Cell teams up with the villainous Frieza to battle Son Goku, who has reverted to a child and is trapped in Hell along with them. During the battle, Cell engulfs Goku with his tail and absorbs him into his body. However, Goku quickly forces his way back out and Cell and Frieza are defeated.

Method of Consumption Edit

Cell is able to swallow and absorb people whole with his tail. Though normally having a pointed tip, his tail is able to open up and become a large funnel by which he can engulf his victims and swallow them whole into his body. This method was used on Androids 17 and 18, whom he needed to absorb whole in order to reach his perfect form. When in his perfect form, while his tail is usually retracted, Cell can extend it and still use this method as did to absorb Goku.

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Videos Edit

Cell Absorbs Androids 17 & 18

Cell Absorbs Androids 17 & 18

Quotes Edit

"You should have listened to your friend!" (said before absorbing Android 17, Dragon Ball Z, Funimation dub)

"Time to devour the last morsel and become whole!" (said before absorbing Android 18, Dragon Ball Z, Funimation dub)

"So sorry to keep you waiting!" (said before absorbing Android 17, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Funimation dub)

"Now I'm gonna take my time and savor you properly" (said before absorbing Android 18, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Funimation dub)

Notes Edit

  • Cell is also able to absorb his victims by piercing their bodies with the tip of his tail, after which he liquefies them and sucks them into his body. However, since this method dissolves his victims before consuming them, it does not meet the criteria of "swallowed whole".