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Android 19
Jinzōningen Jū Kyū-Gō
Anime name Android 19
Alternate names #19
Artificial Human No. 19
Cyborg 19
KI-19 (Lithuanian dub)
Debut Manga: "The Gathering of the Warriors"
Anime: "The Androids Appear"
Appears in
Z Ball
Race Android
Date of death May 12th, Age 767 (escaped from Hell)
Age 790
Address Dr. Gero's Lab
Allegiance Red Ribbon Army (Red Ribbon Androids)
  • Dr. Gero (creator)
  • Android 19000 (variant)
  • "Do not try to escape. Yes, it is useless. Until I have all your energy, I will never let you go."
    — "The Secret of Dr. Gero"

    Android 19 (人造人間19号, Jinzōningen Jū Kyū-Gō) is a supporting antagonist who appears in the Dragon Ball manga, and in the animes Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT. He is Dr. Gero's nineteenth creation, designed to serve Gero's vendetta against Goku, who overthrew the Red Ribbon Army as a child. He makes his debut in "Slaughter in South City", the 338th Dragon Ball chapter, issued on March 10, 1992. He makes his first anime appearance in "The Androids Appear", the 126th Dragon Ball Z episode, which premiered on February 12, 1992.


    Android 19's appearance consists of completely white skin, two dangling earrings, extra large orange pants, an extra large banana white strap-on vest, a broad red sash, and an orange pointed hat with a Red Ribbon Army logo on the front. He is overweight, and has pointed, light blue cold eyes. Underneath his hat is a domed glass cranium, similar to that of Android 20 but with a pinkish color.



    Android 19 is the final android designed by Dr. Gero to be created exclusively from synthetic technology (although in some alternate timelines this respect goes to Android 16). The android was modeled after a doll decorating the command center of an enemy base, which Dr. Gero brought home as a trophy.[1] When Dr. Gero decided to turn himself into Android 20 in order to become immortal,[2][3] his brain was transplanted into his android body by Android 19.

    Dragon Ball Z


    Android 19 battles Goku

    Accompanied by Android 20 (the cyberneticized Dr. Gero), Android 19 appears during an assault on an island nine miles southwest of South City. Since they are mechanical beings, with no ki, the Z Fighters are unable to sense their presence, which culminates in Yamcha's tragic run-in with the pair. Gero grips onto Yamcha's face and lifts him off of the ground. As his energy is sapped through Gero's gripping hand, Gero uses his other hand to impale Yamcha's chest. Detecting that Yamcha's energy is dropping fast, the Z fighters manage to find him along with the two Androids.

    "You know some of my moves, but I know all of your moves Vegeta. Oh, yes, Dr. Gero studied you very thoroughly."
    — Android 19 when facing Vegeta


    Super Saiyan Vegeta rips off Android 19's hands

    After Android 20 destroys half of the city and Goku requests to fight somewhere else, Android 19 challenges Goku who proceeds to transform into Super Saiyan, shifting the fight in his own favor. Shortly after though, the heart virus foretold by Future Trunks begins affecting Goku later than expected, who collapses and is powerless against Android 19's attempt at energy absorption. Suddenly, before Android 19 could sap the last of his energy, he is sent flying aside by a surprise kick to the face. Fuming, 19 rises and looks upon his assailant, revealed to be Vegeta. Believing Vegeta is of roughly the same power level as Goku, the android arrogantly challenges the Saiyan, but, along with everyone else present, is shocked when Vegeta transforms into a Super Saiyan as well.


    Android 19's head after his body was destroyed by Vegeta

    Android 19 battles Vegeta, but with Vegeta's mercilessness, Android 19 is beaten badly by the Saiyan prince until he finally grabs hold of Vegeta's arms, claiming that he will not release hold of Vegeta until he has sapped dry all of his energy. This prompts Vegeta to prop his feet onto Android 19's face, before slowly tearing off his arms. Now terrified, Android 19 desperately attempts to make an escape, however Vegeta blasts him with his Big Bang Attack, and Android 19's fate is made clear when from the explosion emerges his smoking head. Shortly after the battle, Future Trunks arrives at where the battle took place, but when he sees Android 19's head, he does not recognize it, realizing that the Android that the Z Fighters destroyed is actually a different Android from the ones that are from his future/time.

    Dragon Ball GT


    Android 19 and Pui Pui unleash their blasts in Dragon Ball GT

    Android 19 is shown with Pui Pui using their energy blasts after they escaped from Hell in the Super 17 Saga. He is destroyed when Goten and Trunks appear to notice him out of the corner of their eye, launch a barrage of ki shots into an alley, comically resulting in his head flying off once again. He is also seen firing energy blasts in a flashback during the final episode of GT.

    Power level

    Android 19 was strong enough to survive against Super Saiyan Goku and later Super Saiyan Vegeta for a short amount of time, though he was completely outmatched.

    His power level is stated to be 10,000,000 in Dragon Ball Z: The Anime Adventure Game. In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, Android 19's in-game power level is 405.

    Special abilities

    • Built-in Scouter – A scouter embedded within the android's eyes as sensors that can detect energy level and location.
    • Energy Absorption – also known as Life Drain 19. A technique where Android 19 takes hold of an opponent with his hands and proceeds to drain their energy through his palms. In the Androids Saga, 19 uses this as a last resort against Vegeta, who spends the duration of their battle outclassing him, but is yet again overpowered when Vegeta tears off 19's arms.
    • 19 Absorb - Android 19's signature attack in the Raging Blast Series.
    • Flight – The ability to fly without the use of ki.
    • Energy Attack – The most basic form of energy wave used by androids.

    Android 19 firing the Eye Beams

    Video game appearances


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

    Voice actors



    Android 19000

    • According to Akira Toriyama, Android 19 and Android 20 were originally meant to be the androids which Future Trunks foretold of, however his former editor Kazuhiko Torishima said that the two looked outdated and ridiculous. So, rather than make them the final androids, Toriyama opted to continue the saga in favor of Android 17 and Android 18.[4]
    • When Vegeta rips off Android 19's hands, red liquid spews from his arms, making it look like he is losing blood, but for a purely synthetic android, he should be losing oil. In fact, Vegeta even refers to it as oil when he mentions that he has an oil leak.
    • Android 19 has what looks like an electronic brain under his hat, much like Android 20 has a real brain.
    • Despite him not having a soul, he somehow comes back when Super Android 17 breaks out of Hell.
    • Android 19 is decapitated on both occasions that he was defeated (Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT).
    • The effect used for Android 19's voice varies with each dub. In the original Japanese version of the Dragon Ball Z, as well as most other dubs including the Ocean dub, he has the voice of an ordinary human. In the FUNimation dub, he has a nasally animatronic voice, save for the remastered season box sets released by the studio which see the voice filter removed.
    • In the American Budokai series, Android 19's voice is greatly similar to that of Majin Buu's.
    • In the Raging Blast series, there is a special dialogue between 19 and Chiaotzu in which 19 will accuse him of copying his looks and Chiaotzu responds by saying "copy you, why would I?"


    See also


    1. "Dragon Ball Q&A" section, Dragon Ball Full Color Androids Saga volume 1, 2014
    2. Dragon Ball chapter 349, "The Androids Awake!"
    3. "Yes. Now I have eternal life like you." - Dr. Gero, Dragon Ball Z episode 133, "Nightmare Comes True"
    4. "Right around then was when the Androids No. 19 and No. 20 appeared. You weren't my editor or anything anymore, but you specifically called me to say "I thought that the enemies had finally come, but aren't these just a geezer and a fatso?" (laughs) In truth, I hadn't had plans for anyone but No. 19 and No. 20 to appear. But there was no helping it, so I brought out No. 17 and No. 18. Then you called me up and said "What, this time it is just some brats?" So I brought out Cell." Akira Toriyama, Daizenshuu 2, 1995

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