"Who blasted mah blast!?"
Android 15 (人造人間15号, Jinzōningen Jūgo-Gō; "Artificial Human No. 15") is Dr. Gero's fifteenth android creation. He is designed to serve Gero's vendetta against Goku, who overthrew the Red Ribbon Army as a child. He makes his debut in the 1992 film Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!
According to Akira Toriyama's art of the character, this android was intended to be Android 14 (人造人間14号, Jinzōningen Jū Yon-Gō; lit. "Artificial Human No. 14"), however Toei Animation switched the two androids' names.
Creation and concept
In the original concept art drawn by Akira Toriyama, Android 15 is labeled as Android 14 and Android 14 is labeled as Android 15, but the anime staff switched their names around due to the story development and other circumstances.
Even though Android 13, Android 14, and Android 15 are not featured in the Dragon Ball manga, the "Androids A-B-C's" section mentions that Androids 13, 14, and 15 are very close to the Android concept. Super Android 13! provides an original explanation that while Dr. Gero is murdered by Android 17 prior to personally completing 13 through 15, he leaves an underground supercomputer to finish the models posthumously.
Android 15 takes the appearance of a very short and small man. To some extent, he embodies a stereotype of an African American due to his large pink lips and dark skin tone. This is especially noticed in the FUNimation dub, where he is given the voice of an African American as well. 15 dons a large green hat with a red ball on top, what some consider the rendition of a pimp's hat. He has a black and white tuxedo shirt with a dark yellow and blue overcoat. He also wears a red bow tie sporting the "Red Ribbon" logo. He also wears baggy light blue pants and black boots. Underneath his hat, he also has a white glass-dome cranium, similar to that of Androids 19 and Android 20. In addition, without his sunglasses, his eyes are also completely mechanical.
Android 15 has short lines in both the original version and FUNimation dub. In the original, he only says two lines: "Son Goku..." a few times and "Trunks" only once. In FUNimation's dub, he exclaims things like "Who blasted mah blast!?" and "Okay... let's dance" with a "pimp" or "gangster" accent (which is most likely stereotypical/becoming of his appearance). His main concern is his duty to take out Goku and company. He portrays a comedic side, as he hilariously falls through snow once in the movie & fixes his tie and hat on a regular basis. He can be seen drinking from a small flask in the film as well, giving his character charm.
Android 15 was developed by Dr. Gero at some point before the Android Saga. Along with Android 13 and Android 14, Android 15 was quite close to the final Android form, however like their predecessors they had one problem or another, and as such were presumably destroyed by Dr. Gero
Super Android 13!
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!
Android 15 is completed by Dr. Gero's self-aware supercomputer alongside Android 14. The two set out for West City, where they devastatingly assault a restaurant where Goku's family is in the midst of dining, in an effort to kill Goku. After rescuing bystanders in the restaurant's vicinity, a short battle between the Androids and Goku and Future Trunks ensues (the former deducing their connection to Dr. Gero and his androids from the prominently displayed Red Ribbon logo on Android 15 as well as the fact that he couldn't sense their energy earlier); the fighters soon after take their combat to an isolated glacial area, where they are followed by Gohan and Krillin.
While 15 and 14 are taking up arms against Goku and Future Trunks, a third android arrives on the scene: Android 13, who was completed by Dr. Gero's supercomputer after Androids 15 and 14. Upon his arrival on the scene, 13 confronts Goku, leaving Trunks and Vegeta to fight against 14 and 15 respectively. Ultimately, Android 15 is destroyed by Vegeta following Vegeta's transformation to Super Saiyan by decapitating him with a punch (in sync with the destruction of Android 14 by Super Saiyan Trunks), although not before dealing a heavy blow to the Saiyan Prince simultaneously, with the decapitation having a delayed effect. However, even their deaths are fail-safe, as 13 absorbs components from 15 and 14, resulting in his transformation into Super Android 13.
Android 15 is powerful enough to trouble Goku, Future Trunks and Vegeta in their base forms. It is shown that he possesses power only somewhat inferior to Vegeta when the latter turns into a Super Saiyan, as he manages to hurt Vegeta several times, and just before he is destroyed his final blow manages to knock Vegeta out of Super Saiyan.
- 3D Scan Mode – A mode that allows for advanced scanning of enemies.
- Android Barrier – Used to protect himself from Future Trunks' Continuous Energy Bullets. It is one of his Blast 1 techniques in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2.
- Android Strike 15 – Android 15's ultimate attack. Used on Vegeta in the movie, and named in Raging Blast 2.
- Energy Squall – An energy sphere barrage used by Android 14 and Android 15 against Future Trunks.
- Energy Blast – The most basic form of energy attack used by androids.
- F.F. Spark Cannon – An energy sphere barrage used by Android 15 against Future Trunks. Named in Dragon Ball Heroes.
- Flight – The ability to fly without the use of ki.
- Multi-step Ki Blast – An energy sphere technique used several time in the movie. It is Android 15's signature attack in Raging Blast 2.
- Murder Ball – A Full Power Energy Ball. One of Android 15 Super Attacks in Raging Blast 2.
- Combined Energy Ball – First, Androids 15 and 14 charge their own energy spheres, then they combine them into one unique and gigantic energy sphere, and fire it from below at the target. They used this attack against Goku and his family, destroying the building where the family was dining.
- Pump Up – One of Android 15's Blast 1 techniques in Raging Blast 2.
"Clothes worn by Android 15, an artificial lifeform created by Doctor Gero's computer to continue the mad scientist's vendetta against Goku."
— Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Android 15's Clothes description
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 after the Version 1.05.00 Update, Android 15's Clothes appear as clothing options, while Android 15's Shades & Hat appear as an accessory. Both can be purchased from the TP Medal Shop (open Friday to Sunday).
- In the original version of the movie, Android 15 has very little dialog, only saying two lines throughout the movie: "Son Goku" a few times, & "Trunks" once. FUNimation's dub however, gives him numerous lines to speak, in an African-American accent.
- Android 15's bowtie is primarily based on the Red Ribbon Army's insignia. Humorously this technically makes him the only Red Ribbon Android to actually wear a Red Ribbon as a bowtie is basically ribbon of fabric tied around the collar of a shirt in a symmetrical manner so that the two opposite ends form loops.