Androids (人造人間 Jinzōningen, lit. "Artificial Human") are robotic/cyborg humans, most of which were created by the evil scientist Dr. Gero. Most of the androids are said to have unlimited energy and eternal life. Due to their inorganic nature, they, or at least the ones created by Dr. Gero, except for Cell (who had Goku and Vegeta's Super Saiyan cells), also have no detectable aura (Cell being the only android that can produce one, again due to Goku and Vegeta's cells integrated into his being, and Android 17 during his fight against Goku, in Dragon Ball Super, and possibly throughout the series), unlike Saiyans, Humans, and others, so they cannot be directly tracked using Scouters or Ki Sense, the only one that can be sensed is via Ki Sense is Gero's ultimate creation, Cell himself. In Dragon Ball Fusions, they are considered part of the Earthling race.
Androids serve as main villains during the Android conflict, each serving a purpose of their own. Originally, all of the androids were plans used to kill Goku, however, most of the androids turn to the good side or are destroyed. However, in Future Trunks' Alternate Timeline, the androids succeed in their plans for world destruction, managing to kill all of the main Z Fighters (except for Goku, who dies of a heart virus, and Gohan, who survives but is killed 13 years later) until finally being destroyed by Trunks almost 20 years later. However, all these android models may be powerful, but they can be easily beaten if they let their guard down.
There are three types of androids seen in the series, according to their power supplies:
- The kind with no drawbacks and an unlimited power supply (such as #8, #16, #17 and #18). This type was said to be more difficult to control. They are immune to being directly detected via Ki Sense or Scouters due to lacking a ki-signature. However, they can be detected indirectly via their opponents' ki. Androids #17 and #18 are special cases, because they had special infinite power cores, which is required by the Bio-Android, Cell, through absorption of the cyborg duo to reach his Perfect Form. Since they are human-based, these android models can increase their power and get stronger if they train, and still retain their organic reproductive systems, allowing them to reproduce (as in the case of Android #18 giving birth to a healthy daughter, Marron). Despite having no drawbacks and infinite energy and stamina, these androids can still be parred on or even be outclassed by non-android opponents in strength and power, if they do not train that is (Examples when Future Trunks easily destroys Future 17 and 18 with little effort, when Cell easily dominates Present 17 and later, Present 18, and when the God of Destruction, Beerus knocks the latter out by elbowing her from behind). Regardless, they can be vulnerable to attacks if they let their guard down.
- The kind which requires constant intake of energy, usually stolen from victims, to keep their power reservoir from draining, which would cause the android to malfunction (such as #19 and #20). The more energy they absorb from their victims, the stronger they get. Curiously, Dr. Gero oversees his configuration into the latter, rather than the type with no apparent limitations (though it is implied by #18 that this is because the energy-absorbing model is easier to control). This model, like the other Android models (exempting Bio-Androids), is immune to being directly detected by Ki Sense or Scouters due to lacking a ki-signature. However, they can be detected indirectly due to the depleting ki-signature of the victim. These androids can be possibly vulnerable if they let their guard down.
- The kind whose energy exists and circulates as a form of organic ki similar to that of naturally born beings, otherwise known as Bio-Androids (such as Cell and the Cell Juniors). These androids can be tracked by Ki Sense, though as Cell proves, they in turn can also learn to sense other's ki as well as mask their own ki signature to elude pursuit, just as organics can. In the case of Cell and all bio-androids based on him, their organic ki is derived from the cells of powerful humans, Saiyans, Namekians, and members of Frieza's race. These androids, among others, can also become wide-open if they let their guard down.
There are also three types of androids seen in the series, according to their "base" or materials:
- "Cyborgs", androids made from an original human as a base (such as #8 (according to some guides), #13, #17, #18 and #20). Since they are human-based, they can become stronger if they train. Despite being referred to as "Androids", other than #20 they possess little to no robotic parts and the alterations to their being are simply a result of their organic matter being reconstructed. Though they do not need to eat, they do need to hydrate. Also, their cells deteriorate slowly, so they age slowly too.
- "Total artificial construct types", androids which were made up completely from mechanical parts (such as Major Metallitron, #8 (according to Akira Toriyama),#14, #15, #16, #19, and Arale). For some reason, the totally artificial ones have a blood-like liquid crimson substance, presumably a kind of power oil.
- "Bio-Androids", androids constructed either through biological engineering or as clones spawned from other bio-androids rather than from machine parts and/or a human base (Cell and the Cell Juniors).
As the most developed bio-android with the most versatile energy source, Cell also possess elements of the first two android power supply types as well. For one, he is able to absorb the energy of others and integrate them into his being through his tail, either by sucking them up or swallowing them whole. The latter method actually transforms him into a stronger state, and if he absorbs both #17 and #18 this way, he evolves into a highly potent form he describes as "perfection". Also, his cells can store memory of any form of power they ever taste, allowing him to return to that form if he should ever nearly become vaporized after losing it. Thanks to this and combined with the Saiyan Power healing factor of his Saiyan cell properties, he can in fact return from near death even stronger than ever before no matter how severely he should be weakened beforehand.
Universe 3 is a universe populated by cyborgs, modified beings, and machines. The God of Destruction itself is a robot like being named Mosco. The universe's team during the Tournament of Power: Team Universe 3 is made up of modified warriors, cyborgs and robots.
Red Ribbon Army series
Main article: Red Ribbon Androids
- Major Metallitron – Created by the Red Ribbon Army, destroyed by Goku and again by Pan, and may have not been made by Dr. Gero.
- Dr. Gero's Prototype Androids – Early test models. A superior Super Prototype Android model also existed.
- Android 1 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
- Android 2 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
- Android 3 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
- Android 4 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
- Android 5 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
- Android 6 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
- Android 7 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
- Android 8 – Created by Dr. Gero (and Dr. Flappe in the anime), now living at Jingle Village.
- Android 9 – In Dragon Ball Online, Android 9 is Commander Red revived as a Cyborg. In Dragon Ball SD, Android 9 is an Android version of Akio Iyoku labeled as "Iyo-ku-gō" (a play on the name of the V-Jump Editor-in-Chief's name).
- Android 10 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
- Android 11 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
- Android 12 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
- Android 13 – Completed by Dr. Gero's Super Computer. Does not appear in manga, although the Androids ABCs section implies that they were nearing completion.
- Android 14 – Completed by Dr. Gero's Super Computer. Does not appear in manga, although the Androids ABCs section implies that they were nearing completion; destroyed by Future Trunks in Super Android 13!
- Android 15 – Completed by Dr. Gero's Super Computer. Does not appear in manga, although the Androids ABCs section implies that they were nearing completion; destroyed by Vegeta in Super Android 13!
- Android 16 – Purely robotic with incomplete programming. Destroyed by Perfect Cell during the Cell Games.
- Android 16A – Copy of #16 created by the Red Pants Army.
- Android 16B – Copy of #16 created by the Red Pants Army.
- Android 16C – Copy of #16 created by the Red Pants Army.
- Future Android 16 - Purely robotic with incomplete programming and unable to fulfil his original directive to eliminate Future Goku due to his death by heart virus. Originally he was never activated in the alternate future timeline, but was found by the time traveling Towa and reprogrammed to serve the Time Breakers in altering the history of the future timeline. Sent to eliminate Future Gohan in Age 780 before his final confrontation with 17 & 18, but was defeated due to the intervention of the Time Patrol. Was later repaired by Towa and sent to kill Future Trunks backed up by Future Perfect Cell in Age 785. With the assistance of the Future Warrior, Future Trunks manages to kill both Androids leading to the destruction of Future 16, Future Cell, and the absorbed Future 17 & 18, effectively restoring the original timeline. However as a side effect, several parallel future timelines were created involving the original Future 16 teaming up Future 17 & 18 in their rampage. Shown to be capable of detecting the energy emitted by Dragon Balls with his Power Radar in one of these parallel timelines.
- Knight Destroyer - The older and more powerful variant of the Destroyer. It possessed several variants: Metal Hulk and Shadow Colossus. Pilaf's Guardian was also a Knight Destroyer.
- Destroyer - Mass produced military robot. It possessed several variants: Red Destroyer, Green Destroyer, Gokd Destroyer, Annihilator and Death Machine.
- Android 17 – A cyborg, he was considered a failure. Fused with Hell Fighter 17. Resurrected and living in peace by himself. Participated in the Tournament of Power.
- Android 18 – A cyborg, she was considered a failure by Dr. Gero. Living in peace with Krillin. Participated in the Tournament of Power.
- Future Android 18 – A cyborg, considered a failure. Reigned terror on Earth for nearly 20 years until eventually destroyed by Future Trunks.
- Android 19 – Purely robotic, considered a success, destroyed by Vegeta.
- Android 20 – Robotic body of Dr. Gero with the organic brain of the late doctor installed in the head. Android 20 was destroyed by Android 17 and then again by Super 17.
- Future Android 20 (replica) – Robotic copy of Future Gero used as a body by his Super Computer in the Nintendo DS game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2.
- Androids 20 – Two other copies of Future 20 created by the Future Gero's Super Computer in order to assist it in combat in Supersonic Warriors 2.
- Android 21 - An Android that appears in Dragon Ball FighterZ.
- Android 33 – An Android created from Dr. Gero's villain database and a playable character in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Android 44 – An Android created from Dr. Gero's villain database and a playable character in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Android 55 – An Android created from Dr. Gero's villain database and a playable character in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Android 76 – A Namekian Android created from Dr. Gero's villain database and a playable character in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Android 8000 – An android in the computer game Dragon Ball Online, based off Android 8.
- Android 19000 – An android in Dragon Ball Online, based off Android 19.
- Nimu – A male Android who is the Android "Hero" avatar in Dragon Ball Heroes, and who was named in Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission.
- Nico – A female Android who is the Android "Elite" avatar in Dragon Ball Heroes, and who was named in Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission.
- Super Android 13 – Android 13 fused with Android 14 and Android 15, destroyed by Goku in Super Android 13!
- Super 17 – Fusion of Android 17 and Hell Fighter 17, half-cyborg and half-machine mutant, destroyed by Goku and Android 18.
- Android 1617 - The EX-Fusion of Android 16 & Android 17 who appears in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Android 1718 - The EX-Fusion of Android twins 17 & 18 who appears in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Arale 18 - The EX-Fusion of the female androids Arale Norimaki & Android 18 who appears in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Android 1920 - The EX-Fusion of Android 19 & his creator Dr. Gero/Android 20 who appears in Dragon Ball Fusions.
Main article: Bio-Android
- Sandmen – Bio-Androids in Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans.
- Yorgans – Bio-Androids in Attack of the Saiyans.
- Failed Experiments – Bio-Androids in Attack of the Saiyans.
- Cell – Bio-mechanical, killed by Gohan.
- Cell Jrs. – Bio-Androids who are the offspring of Cell, destroyed by Gohan.
- Super 17 w/ Cell absorbed – The form Super 17 takes after absorbing the Bio-Android Cell. The form appears in Dragon Ball Heroes only.
- Genome – A Bio-Android who is the Android "Berserker" avatar in Dragon Ball Heroes, and who was named in Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission.
- Bio-Androids – Bio-mechanical species of Cell-like creatures in Dragon Ball Online. They are Larval Cells, Imperfect Cells, and Cell-X Jrs.
- Mira - An artificial Demon created in Demon Realm by the scientist Towa by condensing the DNA and energy collected from various martial arts masters and warriors throughout history. He later became Towa's husband, as well Dabura's successor as Demon King, and leader of the Time Breakers and destroyer of New Namek. Antagonist in the video games Dragon Ball Online, Dragon Ball Xenoverse, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
- Perfect 16 - The EX-Fusion of Perfect Cell & Android 16 who appears in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Cell 17 - The EX-Fusion of Perfect Cell & Android 17 who appears in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Cellza - The EX-Fusion of Perfect Cell & Frieza who appears in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Ultra Pinich - The Five-Way Fusion of Cell, Frieza, Pinich, Wanta, and Paprika who appears in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Damira - The EX-Fusion of Mira & Dabura.
- Arale Norimaki – Created by Senbei Norimaki in Dr. Slump and is the first successfully built android.
- Obotchaman – Created by Dr. Mashirito in Dr. Slump and is based on the same design plans that made Arale.
- Pirate Robot - A combat robot created by pirates to protect their treasure, it was numbered "2" on it's legs. A variant numbered "3" appears in Dragon Ball Online.
- Cyborg Tao – Mercenary was rebuilt as a cyborg after being defeated by Goku. He describes himself as "the world's first cyborg assassin."
- Dr. Kochin – Movie character, accidentally destroyed by Dr. Wheelo (knocked him into a chasm where he exploded).
- Dr. Wheelo – Movie character, killed by Goku in Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest.
- Cacao – Movie character only, half android-half Ikonda-seijin (a cyborg). Killed by Goku in Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might.
- Compression-01 - Members of the Guard troops.
- Mecha Frieza – Frieza was rebuilt thanks to his father soon after the latter found him injured following his deadly battle against Super Saiyan Goku, becoming half organic, half mechanical (like Mercenary Tao). Mecha Frieza retained his cybernetics while in Hell, though after he was revived Frieza lost his cybernetics after the pieces of his Mecha Frieza form were placed in the Frieza Force's new Medical Machine and he reverted to his 1st form free of his cybernetic enhancements.
- Mecha Future Frieza – The Frieza from Future Trunks' and Cell's timelines also appeared as Mecha Frieza.
- Meta-Coolers – Movie characters, destroyed by Goku and Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler.
- Meta-Cooler Core – Cooler revived as the core of the Big Gete Star.
- Hatchiyack – A machine that was created by the Tuffle scientist Dr. Raichi.
- Some Frieza's race members - In Dragon Ball Xenoverse and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, members of Frieza's race can combine their body tissue with mechanical parts to transform themselves into cyborgs.
- Octopapa – Turned into a cyborg by the Time Breakers and put in charge of some cave, near the location of Cell-X, in Dragon Ball Online.
- Mecha Goku - A metallic android duplicate of Goku created by Bulma to be a training partner for Vegeta to use in Dragon Ball Fusions. Capable of transforming into Super Mecha Goku, which resembles Goku's Super Saiyan form and causes Mecha Goku's metallic body to turn golden.
Main article: Bio-Warrior
- Bio-Men – Bio-Warriors created by Dr. Kochin.
- Kishime – A Bio-Warrior created by Dr. Kochin.
- Misokatsun – A Bio-Warrior created by Dr. Kochin.
- Ebifurya – A Bio-Warrior created by Dr. Kochin.
- Bio-Broly – Bio-Warrior clone of Broly created by Dr. Collie.
- Bio-Warriors – Biological warriors created by human scientists.
- Mosco - God of Destruction of Universe 3.
- Biarra - Robot, member of Team Universe 3
- Borareta - Robot, member of Team Universe 3
- Catopesra - Cyborg, member of Team Universe 3
- Koitsukai - Robot, member of Team Universe 3
- Maji Kayo - Cyborg, member of Team Universe 3
- Narirama - Robot, member of Team Universe 3
- Nigrisshi - Cyborg, member of Team Universe 3
- Pancea - Robot, member of Team Universe 3
- Paparoni - Cyborg, member of Team Universe 3
- The Preecho - Cyborg, member of Team Universe 3
Certain Androids have shown the ability to take on a form labeled "Super Android". In the anime and movies, the only Super Androids shown are Super Android 13 and Super Android 17, both obtaining their forms by merging with other Androids in order to increase their power.
This type of transformation is exclusive to the Bio-Androids, Cell being the example, by absorbing other android models, which were required to reach it, Cell absorbed both Android 17 and 18 to climb from his Semi-Perfect to Perfect Form, this unique form seemed to change Cell's personality and demeanor, becoming laid-back and confident like Goku. When Bio-Androids like Cell take this form, their wings grow back, their tail recedes, and the body structure becoming human-like in appearance.
Super Perfect Form
This is a form achieved by Bio-Androids, like Cell, when they recover from a state of near-death, due to Saiyan cells, thus drastically increasing their power, when Cell appears in this state, he still looks the same in appearance as his Perfect Form, however the energy output is so overflowing that his body seemed to glow, and electrical sparks surround his aura, like a Super Saiyan 2.
Main article: God Class-up In Dragon Ball Heroes, the Android Hero Nimu and the Android Elite Nico are capable of taking on a god state like all of the other avatars using God Power.
Main article: Supervillain In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, by using Towa's Dark Magic to shave off a bit of life force, Perfect Cell and Metal Cooler can transform into their Supervillain forms which cause them to gain a black & white aura along with glowing pink eyes, and a glowing Time Breaker symbol on their forehead. Mira also takes on this form by overcoming his power limiter, even though doing so recklessly causes him to start overheating and according to Towa, will eventually cause him to self-destruct, producing an explosion that she surmises could threaten to wipe out the universe.
- At the beginning of Dr. Slump (set 5 years before the beginning of Dragon Ball), Senbei Norimaki claims that Arale who he created was the first perfected humanoid android on Earth.
- Before the android concept had become more fleshed out in the anime series, particularly by the Trunks Saga (when previously there were only a few android characters in the franchise), the term 'android' is used in "Enter Goku" by Vegeta, to describe the seemingly invincible Recoome. Funny enough, Android 16 looks very similar to Recoome in terms of hair and stature.
- Although #8, #17, #18, and #20 (Dr. Gero) are called androids, they are actually cyborgs (the androids are called cyborgs in some dubs).
- Despite being mechanical, thus having no soul or inner essence, even the full androids still manage to make it to other world after their destruction (as Kochin's Bio-men are seen in Fusion Reborn, and Android 19 is seen in Dragon Ball GT).
- Some Dragon Ball Z video games that use aura to show ones level of ki (such as Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3), do not show an aura for Androids. In the Budokai Tenkaichi series, Androids can not charge their ki up, with it instead constantly recharging on its own. However Android 17 is briefly seen powering up with an aura in Dragon Ball Super's second intro.
- Androids, like No.17 and No. 18, are not required to eat but must hydrate which results in living longer than normal humans
- some Androids, like No. 17, 18, and Cell, can feel pain, mainly because 17 and 18 are human-based, and Cell is a bio-engineered type Android, at one time, when Super Saiyan 2 Gohan kicks him hard in the stomach, this caused so much great pain that he threw out 18, and then Android 18 is shown hurt and injured during her fight against Mighty Mask (Goten and Trunks), and Bio-Broly when at one time, he breaks her arm, causing her to scream in pain, When Super Buu turns her and Marron into chocolate, she screams in agony, and when Future Android 17 is blown to bits by Future Trunks, he is heard screaming, in the FUNimation dub and Dragon Ball Z Kai only, in the original Japanese version of Dragon Ball Z, Future Android 17 is not heard screaming, in the FUNimation version of Kai, Future 17's scream is barely heard, compared to the previous dub of Z, while in the Japanese version, his scream is loud and is heard very clearly.
- Despite her infinite energy supply, Android 18 cannot move when she was turned into chocolate by Super Buu, mainly because the victim must have massive amounts of strength, and not power or energy, to move their candied bodies, in the case of Candy Vegito, who can move as a jawbreaker because of his overwhelming strength as well as power, and he even can talk as a mere candy.
- It is shown that Cyborg-type Androids are capable of taking baths without short-circuiting themselves, as shown with Android 18, although offscreen, took a bath with her daughter, Marron, as evidenced by a towel on their heads.
- Strangely, in the Cell Games Saga, Android 18 is shown short-circuiting when Super Perfect Cell powers up, with pink surges of electricity crackling around her.
- When Android 17 appeared in Dragon Ball Super's second opening sequence, there is a scene that he produces an aura as he fires a kiblast, despite being an android/cyborg, which is somewhat strange, as cyborg-type androids are not supposed to produce such auras, as they have insensible and artificial ki and infinite power supply that recharges on its own without the use of such an aura.