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"Gohan, let it go. It is not a sin to fight for the right cause. There are those who words alone will not reach. Cell is such a being. I know how you feel, Gohan. You are gentle; you do not like to hurt. I know because I, too, have learned these feelings, but it is because you cherish life, that you must protect it. Please, drop your restraints. Protect the life I loved. You have the strength. My scanners sensed it. Just let it go."
— Android 16's final words to Gohan in "Cell Juniors Attack!"

Android 16 (人造人間16号 Jinzōningen Jū Roku-Gō, lit. "Artificial Human No. 16") is Dr. Gero's sixteenth Android creation. He was initially designed to serve Gero's vendetta against Goku, who overthrew the Red Ribbon Army as a child but is later deemed unfit for activation.


Android 16 is easily the tallest of all Androids in the entire "Dragon Ball" franchise, towering at over double the height of Android 18. He has icy blue eyes, a red/orange mohawk, and gold hoop earrings. His clothing consists of a dark undersuit, with a lime green vest, green boots, and green bracers. A small Red Ribbon Army logo is sewn to the left side of his vest, indicating his creator's affiliation. This presumptively changes when 16 is taken to Dr. Brief to be repaired; the logo is patched by the Capsule Corp. logo after he joins the Z-Fighters. His physical appearance is based on Dr. Gero's son, a high ranking Red Ribbon Army soldier who was killed in action by an enemy bullet sometime before the army's destruction at the hands of Goku.


Despite his intimidating size, monotone dialogue, and seemingly dangerous appearance, Android 16 is calm, friendly, and embraces nature and humanity. He does not tolerate evil and described Cell as an existence whose purpose is to destroy life, especially nature and animals (as Cell is the true evil destroying android that posed a destructive intention to the Earth and its inhabitants of the present timeline, not himself, 17 and 18). He is also protective of whomever he considers his friends, and nature, as he tried to ask Android 17 or 18 to run and hide somewhere and not be absorbed by Cell, even fighting the imperfect bio-android, although these proved futile, as 17's cockiness got the better of him, causing his absorption, and his damaged body and Semi-Perfect Cell's power too much for him, leaving him unable to protect 18, also resulting in her own absorption, and these qualities proved him to be a valuable ally to the Z Fighters in their battle against Cell. Despite his peaceful and friendly nature, he retains a cold and distant attitude towards Goku, since he was initially programmed to kill him. He and his fellow android, 17 had a somewhat brother-like relationship, and his nature-loving character inspired Gohan to let go of his rage and unleash his true power and the newly resurrected Android 17 to live a life to protect nature and animals as a park ranger, and causing him to change his demeanor to undergo a calm, mature, gentleman-like persona, who is willing to sacrifice himself to defend the surrounding animals from whomsoever tries to harm them.

In Xenoverse 2, Android 16 reveals that while he is programmed to kill Goku, he recognizes that Goku is a noble person and admits that he would prefer to be free of it. Ironically, in Dragon Ball FighterZ, 16 reveals that when his memory was transferred into a new body by Android 21 his program to kill Goku was not included which he notes when he confronts a Goku Clone.




Android 16 clearly showing his love for nature

Android 16 is an incomplete android designed by Dr. Gero to be created exclusively from synthetic technology. He was modeled on Gero's dead son, a high-ranking Red Ribbon soldier long ago felled by an enemy bullet. In his affection, Gero made him powerful but did not want him to be destroyed in battle, so he made him gentle.[3] Android 16's programming has yet to be completed and, as such, Dr. Gero opts not to activate him in fear that he might destroy Android 17 and Android 18. Dr. Gero even goes as far as to dub Android 16 a "prototype".[7] Android 16's most significant malfunction from Gero's perspective is likely his inherently peaceful behavior, often interacting with nature rather than complying with Gero's orders, making him similar to Android 8, although he is still committed to fulfilling his mission on destroying Goku. In due course, there is some truth to Dr. Gero's prediction, as Android 16's serene outlook drives him to attempt to destroy Cell, in an effort to eliminate the serious threat Cell posed to peace on Earth. Android 16 is very quiet, normally talking only when needed. He is also the only character that addresses that Android 17 and Android 18 are not evil.

Due to these defaults, Android 16 was not meant to be activated before eventually being fixed by Dr. Gero; this is evidenced in Future Trunks' timeline where Android 16 is not seen and was possibly not activated, possibly due to his peaceful nature or because Future Goku was already dead due to the Heart virus and, thus, was no longer needed (Future Trunks fails to recognize Android 16 upon his second visit from the future). In Xenoverse 2, it is shown that Future Android 16 does actually exist in Future Trunks' timeline as he is found and reprogramed by Towa (in parallel timelines created as a result of the 2nd Future Warrior fixing Towa's alterations Future Android 16 is activated and joins forces with Future Android 17 and Future Android 18) to kill Future Gohan in Age 780 and later Future Trunks in Age 785 but was defeated both times thanks to the intervention of the 2nd Future Warrior and eventually destroyed.

Dragon Ball Z

Cell Saga

Main articles: Androids Saga, Imperfect Cell Saga, Perfect Cell Saga, and Cell Games Saga

"Negative! I will only fight Goku."
— Android 16, when #17 and #18 ask him to fight Vegeta


Android 16 confronts Cell

In the mainstream timeline, Android 18's curiosity in Android 16 leads her to activate the giant and the discrepancies with Gero who severely forbids her from doing so lead Android 17 to kill him. Future Trunks attempts to destroy the androids with the Buster Cannon before the activation of Android 16, but his attack has no effect on the trio and thus Android 16 is triggered. The trio then proceeds to travel in search of Goku, whom Android 16 is programmed to kill. When Super Saiyan Vegeta intercepts the trio, Android 17 and Android 18 implore Android 16 to step in and fight, interested to see him in action (their main purpose for activating him in the first place). Android 16, however, refuses to fight him, thus prompting Android 18 to volunteer. When Future Trunks, Krillin, Piccolo and Tien Shinhan arrive as Vegeta's reinforcement, Android 17 hopefully takes the opportunity to ask if 16 will join the fight, though as he initially assumed 16 once again opts not to. At the conclusion of the encounter, which has rendered everyone incapacitated besides Krillin who is spared so that he may see the others healed by Senzu Beans, it is revealed that 16 has been more intent on observing nearby birds, saddened that they flew away because of the noise made by the battle scene, than to take part in the fight.


Android 16 damaged by Cell

While Android 17 fights Piccolo on the Tropical Islands, the battle is interrupted by Cell, one of Dr. Gero's creations wanting to absorb Android 17 and 18 in order to achieve his perfect form. Eventually, when Android 17 is at Imperfect Cell's mercy and nearly absorbed, Android 16 interferes by sucker-punching Cell and releasing 17 from his grip. In an early encounter with Cell, Android 16 manages to rip Cell's tail off, hoping to prevent him from using it to absorb Androids 17 and 18. It is not until Imperfect Cell manages to grow his tail back, thanks to the regeneration abilities he got from Piccolo's cells, that Android 16 realizes the desperation of the struggle and resorts to using arguably his most powerful technique, Hell's Flash. Doing so he immobilizes Cell and removes his forearms, tucking them beneath his armpits and revealing cannons within the upper ends of his arms. These cannons take a brief moment to charge before igniting a giant explosion that literally created holes and marks around the island. Imperfect Cell withstands the onslaught, however, and is able to sneak upon Android 17, devouring him via his tail and signifying his transformation to Semi-Perfect Cell, granting him extended power and speed. In his Semi-Perfect form, Cell is able to take full headshots from Android 16, and remain completely undaunted. He then blasts Android 16, disfiguring his head and leaving him in a critical condition.

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Android 16 in Dr. Brief's lab

During the fight between Super Vegeta and Semi-Perfect Cell, Cell successfully absorbs Android 18 thanks to Vegeta's assistance, achieving the form of Perfect Cell, and leading him to leave the scene shortly after. Following Cell's departure after defeating both Vegeta and Super Saiyan Third Grade Future Trunks, Krillin takes Android 16 to the Capsule Corporation for Bulma and her father, Dr. Brief, to repair him. During these repairs, Bulma discovers a bomb implanted within Android 16, possibly intended by Dr. Gero to be used against Goku. Not wanting to take any chances, Bulma removes this bomb from 16's body.

"Protect the life I loved."
— Android 16 towards Gohan, just before being destroyed by Cell


Android 16 before being eliminated by Cell, triggering Gohan's rage

Later during the Cell Games, Android 16 sneaks behind Perfect Cell, distracted by his attacks on Gohan, with the intention of detonating upon him, unaware that Bulma removed the bomb while she repaired him. Once 16 realizes that his Self Destruct Device has been disabled, Cell escapes his hold and blasts the android into pieces, though his head remains intact. 16 convinces Mr. Satan to throw him close to the fighting, and he lands close to Gohan where he encourages the young warrior to release his anger and defend the Earth. Afterward, Cell steps on 16's head without hesitation, ending the existence of the peaceful android, and enrages Gohan to the extent that he ascends to the Super Saiyan 2 transformation and eventually defeats Cell.

It is not clear whether he was revived or not when the rest of Cell's victims were resurrected with the Dragon Balls. Even though Android 16 was purely made of technology (Unlike Androids 17 and 18, who were part human), characters like Arale Norimaki and Android 8 (who are also purely mechanical) were also revived when the Earth was restored following the battle with Kid Buu.

Dragon Ball GT

Shadow Dragon Saga

Main article: Shadow Dragon Saga Android 16 appears in one of Goku's flashbacks in Until We Meet Again.

Other Dragon Ball stories

Dragon Ball Online

In Age 1000 the Red Pants Army mass-produced weaker copies of Android 16 which though identical to Android 16 in appearance, they lack his non-aggressive personality and love of nature. Three of these models appear under the name Android 16a, Android 16b, and Android 16c but are ultimately destroyed by Time Patrol.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

During the main story's Android Warfare Saga, the Time Breakers empower Imperfect Cell with Dark Magic, making him stronger than Android 16, allowing him to defeat Android 16 and absorb both Android 17 and 18 at the same time, bypassing his Semi-Perfect form and transforming straight into his Perfect form, which Xeno Trunks surmises will cause the Cell Games to never occur. Guided by Xeno Trunks from the Time Nest, the Future Warrior travels to Age 767 just as Piccolo is about to engage Android 17, whom they discover was also empowered by Dark Magic before Cell arrives. Android 18 asks Android 16 if he has any data on the Warrior and he will say he does not and will comment on the Warrior's selected race (he is able to recognize them as a Saiyan, Namekian, or Earthling though will not recognize Majins or Frieza Race though he will theorize they are not of Earth). Eventually, Cell shows up and Piccolo is defeated, causing Android 16 to step up to protect his comrades and the Earth from Cell. However he as he is no longer evenly matched with Cell, the Future Warrior assists him in holding off Cell. Eventually, Android 17 challenges Cell to face him and is absorbed, restoring the original timeline. Later during the Cell Games, Cell creates several Dark Cell Juniors to torment the Z Fighters in an attempt to enrage Gohan, forcing the Future Warrior to assist the Z Fighters in fighting them off. They do this to buy time so, Mr. Satan can throw 16's head near Gohan so he can say his final words to Gohan and be destroyed by Cell, resulting in Gohan's transformation into his Super Saiyan 2 form, restoring the original timeline.

As part of the Masters Pack DLC, Android 16 appears in the small forested area south of Conton City's Recreation Plaza after the Future Warrior defeats Cell in the Android Warfare Saga. Android 16 is confused as to where he is and asks the Future Warrior to help him calibrate his Power Radar which he believes is malfunctioning due to all the high power levels in Conton City, but realizes it is functioning properly after sparring with the Future Warrior, which acts as Android 16's Initiation Test. After learning of the Warrior's mission, Android 16 offers to train the Warrior to help them defend history. Android 16 also enjoys being in Conton City as it is peaceful and full of nature. While training the Warrior, Android 16 reveals he is unaware as to why Dr. Gero created him nor the reason behind his vendetta against Goku, showing he is unaware that he was created in the image of Dr. Gero's son. He is however aware that Dr. Gero programmed him to be non-aggressive. While he is able to teach some of his skills to the Future Warrior, he is unable to teach them his Rocket Punch due to their lack of cybernetic enhancements that would allow them to use it (as Frieza Race members can gain cybernetics by wearing a Cosmic Suit, though are still incapable of learning Rocket Punch), though he does manage to teach them Hell Flash. Some of the Future Warrior's other masters will wonder if Android 16 is able to teach them anything they can actually use in battle due to their lack of cybernetics.


Main articles: Android 16 (new model), Super Warrior Arc, Enemy Warrior Arc, and Android 21 Arc

DB FighterZ Red Ribbon Army Android 16 & Android 21 (Cutscene)

New model Android 16 and Android 21 in Dragon Ball FighterZ

Android 16 is repaired by Android 21, who places his memories into a new model. The new model Android 16 does not consider himself the original, thinking he is in sense an imitation like the Clones. In all three scenarios, he ends up being destroyed by Android 21.


Manga and Anime

Originally, Android 17 claimed in the anime after scanning him from within his containment pod that 16 was weaker than himself, but this most likely due to him being inactive at the time. Android 16 is revealed to be the most powerful of the Red Ribbon Androids, other than Cell. In Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dr. Gero stated that Android 16 himself, can doom the entire planet. [8][9] Android 16's power was on par with Imperfect Cell after the latter had increased his power from absorbing energy from several hundred thousand people on Earth. After being repaired and modified by Bulma and Dr. Brief, Android 16 proved able to restrain Perfect Cell for a good period of time.

Statements by authors and guidebooks

Daizenshuu states that Android 16 is even stronger than Android 13.[10]

Video games

In Dragon Ball Z: The Anime Adventure Game, #16's power level is 30,000,000.

Techniques and Special Abilities

  • Bear Hug – A torture hold used against Perfect Cell.
  • Power Radar – A scouter-like device embedded within the android's eyes (sensors) that can detect energy level and location. Unlike the regular scouters, however, it does not explode upon encountering too high a power level (as far as it is shown in the series). Alternatively, it could be that the power sensors that Gero built simply have a much higher threshold for power sensing, not necessarily that their measurements cannot hit a limit. Named in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2. In Dragon Ball FighterZ, it is revealed by Android 16 that his Power Radar is unable to detect Godly ki as he is unable to read Goku's power level in his Super Saiyan Blue form.[11]
  • Cyborg Guard – Android 16's most basic defensive move, where he raises his arms up in defense. Named on a card in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z.
  • Energy Attack – The most basic form of energy wave used by androids.
  • Explosive Wave – Android 16 used this attack in the Budokai Tenkaichi series and in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast. He creates a weak burst of energy, with himself serving as the nexus, for minor protection.
  • Eye Beam – A synthetic form of Eye Laser. Android 16 used this attack against Cell. Also used in the Butōden series and as one of his Super Skills in Xenoverse 2.
  • Flight – The ability to fly without the use of ki.
  • Hell's Flash – Android 16 lifts his opponent and tosses them to the ground, then he removes his hands, revealing two built-in cannons, and charges up energy before shouting "Hell Flash!!" to release a powerful beam of energy that scorches the opponent. Android 16 used Hell's Flash against Imperfect Cell, attempting to kill him before he could absorb Androids 17 and 18.
  • Machine Impact – A dashing shoulder block attack that Android 16 used against Cell. Called Destructive Tackle in the Butōden series. Also known as Rocket Tackle in Xenoverse 2.
  • Pump Up – A power-up move that Android 16 used in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast.
  • Rocket Punch – A technique where Android 16 launches one of his arms or fists at his opponent in the manner of a rocket, and then it explodes on colliding with someone or something. Also called Hell's Impact. In the Raging Blast series Rocket Punch is his signature attack.
    • Super Rocket Punch - A stronger version of Rocket Punch used by Android 16 as one of his Special Moves in Dragon Ball Fusions.

Android 16's bomb

  • Self Destruct Device – Originally intended to be used against Goku, a self-destruct device implanted within Android 16 can incite arguably his most powerful technique. In an act of suicide, Android 16 sneaks behind his opponent, grabbing them and then detonating the bomb inside his chest. Android 16 tries using the self-destruct device against Perfect Cell but fails due to the unforeseen removal of the bomb by Bulma and her father, Dr. Brief, who were very surprised to find that such a powerful bomb had been embedded inside. It is his Ultimate Blast in the Budokai Tenkaichi games.
  • Hell Spiral – A team attack used by Android 16, Android 17 and Android 18 in the Nintendo DS game Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2.
  • Super-Power Direct Attack – A dashing punch used in the Butōden series.
  • Hyper Cannon – Android 16 fires three consecutive Ki Blasts at the opponent. Used in the Butōden series.
  • Kiai – Used in the Butōden series.
  • Mega Energy Bomb – An energy sphere fired from one hand. It is one of his super attacks in the Butōden series.
  • Evolution Buster – Android 16 grabs his opponent and performs a spinning piledriver. Used in Super Dragon Ball Z.
  • Killing Neck Throw – Android 16 grabs the opponent's head and swings them over his head before violently smashing them to the ground. Used in the Budokai series.
  • Finishing SplashSkill – A High-Speed Rush used in the Budokai series.
  • Devil Crush – Android 16 kicks the opponent up in the air, then he delivers a hook punch, an uppercut, and finally a powerful kick that sends the opponent crashing down to the ground. Used in the Budokai series.
  • Gigantic Press – Android 16 lays down in mid-air, diving downward to land on and crush his opponent. Used in Super Dragon Ball Z, this attack is not to be confused with Parallel Broly's Gigantic Press.
  • Android Rush - A rush technique used by Android 16 in Xenoverse 2.
  • Energy Field - A barrier technique used by Android 16 as his Evasive Skill in Xenoverse 2.
  • Villainous Mode - A Dark Magic power-up used by Android 16 in Parallel Quest 29: "17 and 18 of the Official History" in Xenoverse 2.

Forms and transformations

Perfectly Controlled

Perfectly Controlled 16

A form taken on by Android 16 in Dragon Ball Heroes, it is the result of 16 falling under the control of Android 20's Enhanced Remodel state. In this state Android 16's eyes glow red.

New Model

Main article: Android 16 (new model)

New Model 16

New Model Android 16

In Dragon Ball FighterZ, Android 16 is rebuilt by Android 21 (before some of her cells went out of control) by placing the original 16's memories into a new body after the original was destroyed by Cell during the Cell Games. Though he retains the original 16's memories and overall personality he views himself to be little more than a copy of the original and lacks the original's programming to terminate Goku as Android 21 rebuilt him due to him designed after her human son whom she had mothered with Dr. Gero back when both she and Gero were fully human. Other than his programming New Model 16 is virtually identical to the original in appearance and sports the Red Ribbon Army logo as Android 21 was created to serve as its de facto leader following the death of Dr. Gero. He is loyal to Android 21's original personality which he refers to as her "heart" and secretly works against her evil side. He also possesses the abilities and weaponry of the original as well including a Self Destruct Device. He is also capable of firing a full power version of Hell's Flash called Hell Flash Maximum Output.

Video Game Appearances


Android 16 in Ultimate Tenkaichi

Android 16 appears Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzōningen, Dragon Ball Z: Gekitō Tenkaichi Budōkai, Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden, Dragon Ball Z: The Legend, Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors, Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II, Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu, Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu, and Dragon Ball Online. He is briefly seen in cutscenes in Dragon Ball Z: Idainaru Son Goku Densetsu.

Android 16 copy

One of the Red Pants Army's Android 16 copies

Android 16 is a playable character in the Budokai series, the Budokai Tenkaichi series, Super Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit, the Raging Blast series, Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden, Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, Dragon Ball Z For Kinect, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, Dragon Ball Fusions, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. In Ultimate Tenkaichi, 16's green armor and black clothing are customizable clothes the player can dress their Saiyan Hero character in, and the colors can be changed.

Android 16 in Zenkai Battle Royale

Android 16 in Zenkai Battle Royale

Android 16 also appears as a playable character in the arcade games Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle, Dragon Ball Z: Bakuretsu Impact, Dragon Ball Z: W Bakuretsu Impact, Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Battlers, Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale and Dragon Ball Heroes.


Budokai Team Android Trophy for unlocking Android 19, Android 16, and Android 18 in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai in the HD Collection

Android 16 is a support-type character with Android 17 in Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors, Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 and Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden. He, along with Krillin and Yamcha, is one of the starting masters of the Hero Mode in Ultimate Tenkaichi; 16 is present if the player uses a Heavy-type custom character.

In Dragon Ball Online, Android 16's design is mass-produced by the Red Ribbon Army's successor organization, the Red Pants Army, creating at least three of these weaker models: Android 16A, Android 16B, and Android 16C. These three models were stored in capsules in Paella's castle in the Kinoko Rocks and were fought by and defeated by the Time Patrol in Age 1000.

While Android 16 himself is absent in Dragon Ball Xenoverse, his armor appears as an outfit available to the Future Warrior called Android 16's Clothes. The 4 pieces of his outfit (Upper Body, Lower Body, Hands, & Feet) can be obtained in Parallel Quest 23: "Clash! Perfect Cell!". There is also an equipable Android 16 Z-Soul called Set your rage free....

Android 16 XV2 Character Scan

Android 16 Xenoverse 2 Scan

In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Android 16 appears in an alternate version of his battle with Imperfect Cell. In the altered history, Imperfect Cell is empowered with Dark Magic by Towa and Mira which he uses to defeat Piccolo and Android 16, allowing him to absorb 17 & 18 at the same time, resulting him achieving his Perfect form before Future Trunks and Vegeta arrive from their training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. To prevent this change, Chronoa sends the Future Warrior to Age 767 with Xeno Trunks provide backup from the Time Nest due to his familiarity with this part of the timeline. After Piccolo is defeated by Cell, Android 16 steps up to fight Cell however due to the power-up Cell received from Towa, he is no longer evenly matched with Cell, forcing the Future Warrior to team up with 16 to hold off Cell and restore the Timeline.

Xenoverse 2 also introduces Android 16's future counterpart, Future Android 16 who is activated and reprogrammed by Towa to alter history in Trunks' timeline. He also appears as one of the Future Warrior's DLC masters in the Masters Pack DLC, though the Warrior must complete both the Android Warfare Saga and A Desperate Future Saga before he will appear in Conton City. After these Sagas are completed, Android 16 will appear in a small forested area located south of the Recreation Plaza and Time Machine Station.

Android 16 is an important character in the story mode of Dragon Ball FighterZ. In this game, Android 21 rebuilds Android 16 by transferring the original 16's memory into a new body. This new 16 lacks the original 16's programming to kill Goku and plays the role of both enemy and ally. During the Super Warrior Arc, he links a human soul to Goku for unknown reasons and attempts to abduct them. He refuses to explain himself to Bulma and attempts to take Goku and the soul controlling him by force. However, the soul manages to transform Goku into a Super Saiyan and defeats 16. 16 decides to retreat without them. It is later revealed that 16 is working with 21 who reveals herself when they discover her lab and defeat Android 16. 21 reveals she is aware 16 linked the soul to Goku without her permission and it is implied that Android 16 did it in order to protect someone. However, 21 transforms and destroys 16 for his betrayal, leaving the identity of who he was trying to protect a mystery which Whis himself wonders about after 21 is killed and asks the soul to tell him about it if they manage to learn the truth. This leads to the Enemy Warrior Arc, where it is revealed that Android 16 and 21 used the Namekian Dragon Balls to revive Nappa, the Ginyu Force, Frieza, and Cell. However when 16 tries to link the soul to Goku, it instead somehow links with Frieza. 16 explains what happened to the soul and Frieza as well as his and 21's involvement. Frieza finds himself unable to destroy the soul or 16 as the soul controls his body and 16 explains that Frieza must be linked in order to fight. Frieza convinces the soul to work for him in order to learn what 21 is planning. He discovers that 21 had linked artificial souls to Nappa, the Ginyu Force, Cell, Android 17, and Android 18 in order to control them. Frieza manages to free Nappa and the Ginyu Force, while Cell manages to bend the soul controlling himself to his will and joins forces with Frieza and his army (consisting of Nappa and the Ginyu Force). 21 sends Android 18 to eliminate the villains lead by Frieza and Cell, though they defeat Android 18, causing 21 to pretend she is a helpless victim that 18 had been injured trying to protect when Krillin and Goku show up, causing an enraged Krillin to attack them for harming his wife allowing 21 to escape. 21 later orders 16 to deal with the villains. 16 is defeated though 21 reveals herself to the villains and the Z Fighters. 16 shields 21 when Frieza and Cell attack her when she is vulnerable, only for 21 to reveal she had feigned helplessness knowing 16 would protect her as punishment for his betrayal then destroys him. As a result, the soul linked with Frieza convinces villains and Z Fighters to join forces to stop 21. In the Android 21 Arc, Android 18 is abducted by 16 while she is searching for Krillin and takes her to 21's lab. The soul ends up being linked to 18. Both 16 and 21 are surprised by this development. They reveal that they had also abducted 17 and linked a soul to him though it did not last. Android 17 asks the soul to let him speak to 18, who regains control. 16 and 21 ask 17 and 18 to assist them in hunting the clones that have been rampaging across the Earth, and the two agree, joining forces with their old companion 16. The Red Ribbon Androids hunt down the clones but 17 and 18 notice 21's strange behavior. Eventually, they run into Krillin and 21 orders 18 to fight him, stating that Androids have no need for family. 18 defeats Krillin and 16 has the soul link with 21 to calm her down. The soul discovers that there is a second persona in Android 21's mind which they manage to suppress. Wanting answers, 17 and 18 return with 16 to 21's lab where 16 reveals that 21 was originally human converted into a Bio-Android created from the cells of countless warrior and scientists by Dr. Gero's Supercomputer. Unfortunately, some of the cells went out of control causing 21 to develop an insatiable hunger that drives her to turn people into food and consume them to absorb their power. This conflicted with 21's true personality causing her to develop a second evil personality. 21 hoped to use the linking system originally developed by Dr. Gero to link a soul to 21 to help her combat her hunger. Sympathizing with 21's plight, 17, 18, and the linked soul agree to help 21 recognizing she is a good person who is suffering because of Dr. Gero. During conversations with the linked soul, 21 reveals her human-self was the mother of Android 16's human template and that she rebuilt him because of this and reveals that were it not for her hunger and evil personality, she would have been content with living together with 16 whom she developed a mother-like attachment to. While she reveals that 16 doesn't completely understand her sentiment, he does apparently care for her and her well-being. However the nature of her relationship with Dr. Gero when she was human remains unclear as 21 has hardly any memory of her human life, other than what she was apparently able to learn via research. This does not stop 21 from wondering about her original name and imagining what her human life was like, though she admits 16 does understand her curiosity. However while hunting the clones they encounter Cell, who reveals he had bent the soul he was linked to his will. Despite 16's protested, 21 transforms into her true form to protect her fellow allies and links with the soul to fight. 21 defeats Cell, but losing control and tries to absorb Cell, attacking 16 when he tries to stop her. He entrusts the protection of 21's "heart" to 17, 18, and the linked soul before being destroyed. Android 21's heart regains control. Horrified by the death of 16, Android 21 uses Fission causing her good and evil halves to split. The evil 21 absorbs Cell and transforms into a more powerful version of her true form. The good Android 21, 18, and 17 become dedicated to stopping the evil 21. Ultimately the good 21 chooses to die with her evil side due to her fear that her hunger will cause her to turn on her newfound friends and hurt them like she had with 16, something which she feels very guilty about.

Voice Actors

  • Japanese: Hikaru Midorikawa
  • English:
  • Portuguese dub: Vítor Rocha
  • Italian dub: Pietro Ubaldi
  • Brazilian Portuguese dub: Luiz Laffey (DBZ), Márcio Marconatto (DBZKai)
  • Catalan dub: Oriol Rafel
  • French dub: Marc Brétonnière
  • German dub: Tim Moeseritz
  • Hebrew dub: Yoram Yosephsberg
  • Latin American dub: Enrique Cervantes (DBZ, DBZ Kai Majin Buu Saga flaschback), Marco Guerrero (DBZ Kai until Cell Saga)
  • Tagalog Dub: Vincent Gutierrez


  • Android 16 vs. Cell (Imperfect Form)
  • Android 16 vs. Cell (Semi-Perfect Form)
  • Android 16, Krillin, and Android 18 vs. Cell (Semi Perfect Form)
  • Android 16 vs. Cell (Perfect Form)


  • After being repaired by Bulma and her father, Android 16 wears a Capsule Corp. logo over his Red Ribbon logo, most likely showing that he no longer wants to work for the Red Ribbon Army.
  • Android 16 shares a few traits with Android 8: they both became friendly, are very tall compared to other members of the show, they loved nature, faced a tragic end, and their deaths fueled enough rage within Goku and Gohan to triumph over the villain that had killed them (Commander Black in the The Path to Power and Cell, respectively).
  • In the original FUNimation dub, Android 16 had a more robotic tone in his voice. In Kai and some video games, he sounds more human.
  • In the Funimation dub for Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dr. Gero's reasons for not wanting Android 16 to be activated seem to stem from a fear that his power would somehow be a threat to Earth's existence. This reasoning does not seem to be consistent with that which has been stated in other official sources, and could almost be seen as a direct contradiction to his actual reasoning for fearing 16 stemming from the possibility that the android's gentle nature could jeopardize Gero's ultimate goal of revenge against Goku and his allies. The inconsistency of this sentiment is further illustrated in the blatant disregard for Earth's well-being that is present in Dr. Gero's other creations, most notably Cell.
    • Given that Android 16 was created in the image of Dr Gero's son, it is possible that Dr. Gero's reasons may have been out of fear that Android 16 could be destroyed (either by Gero's enemies or via 16's Android Bomb). It is possible that Gero's feelings for his dead son prevented him from sacrificing 16 for his vendetta against Goku. Presumably, Dr. Gero created him in his son's image as a homage to his son who had been killed in battle by an enemy bullet long before the army was destroyed by Goku. Unfortunately, Dr. Gero himself could not bare the thought of seeing 16 destroyed as it would be like losing his son all over again, thus he programmed him to be non-aggressive before deciding to move on to other projects, leaving his programming unfinished. Dr. Gero did not destroy 16 presumably for the same reasons he didn't deploy him against Goku, due to the affection he had for him and his dead son. As a result, Android 16 could be seen as an embodiment and legacy of Dr. Gero's love for his deceased son.
      • It is also strongly implied that it was Android 21's love for her human son that caused her to rebuild Android 16 after learning he was modelled after him. However 21 is apparently unaware that Dr. Gero was her son's father and apparently has no memory that she was once in a relationship with Dr. Gero. As a result, exact nature of the relationship between the human 21 and Dr. Gero is unclear beyond the fact that they were the parents of 16's human template.
  • In the arcade game Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle, it is shown that Android 16 went on to live in the forest after Cell's defeat, protecting animals from poachers and other dangers. Interestingly, this is similar to his comrade Android 17 who became a forest ranger after being revived following the Cell Games.
  • Although many people believe 16 was permanently destroyed by Cell, and unable to be revived by the Dragon Balls due to being an Android and technically not a living thing, that is not true, as Hacchan (#8), Arale, Obatchaman and his "comrades" were revived by the Namekian Dragon Balls along with the rest of Earth's good people after Kid Buu blew it up.
    • Presumably he was revived by Shenron along with Android 17 after the Cell Games (and was later revived by Porunga when the Earth was destroyed during the Majin Buu conflict as he was likely strong enough to survive Super Buu's Human Extinction Attack, given that Tien and Chiaotzu managed to dodge it) and simply lives peacefully on Earth (presumably he was unaware of Goku's revival during the Majin Buu conflict, which may explain why he has not tried to kill him after he was revived or managed to overcome his programming to destroy Goku). He is not mentioned in the Universal Survival Saga, though.
    • However, it is also possible that this was an oversight on Toriyama's part, given the lack of appearance or mention of Android 16 after the revival of Cell's or Majin Buu's victims.
    • In Xenoverse 2, it is implied that he may have been transported to Conton City in Age 852 by Chronoa to train members of the Time Patrol after his revival following the Cell Games, which may explain his absence during the Majin Buu conflict, unlike his comrade Android 17 who makes a cameo appearance giving his energy to Goku's Spirit Bomb.
  • In Xenoverse 2, Android 16 reveals that he wishes to be rid of Dr. Gero's programming to kill Goku. He is also shown to be unaware that he was modeled after Dr. Gero's deceased son nor that he was intentionally programmed by Dr. Gero to be non aggressive as he assumes that it was the result of a defect and that Dr. Gero viewed him as a failure.
  • Coincidentally, Android 16's voice, Hikaru Midorikawa, would later become Tien Shinhan's current voice actor in the most recent Dragon Ball media.


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